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Local groups partner to address opioid problem

From Left to Right: Steve Snider, Barbara Sweinberg, Tresa Watson, Dr. Linda  Lepik, Adam Shehub, Danish Hasan; Photo provided

There has been a lot of focus recently on the growing “opioid epidemic” in the United States – from politicians talking about how best to solve this serious problem to television networks featuring programs about this important health and social issue.

As the name implies, opioids are drugs derived from opium. They act on the nervous system to relieve pain, but continued use and abuse can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Most such as OxyContin, Oxycodone, Percodan and Tylenol with Codeine are legal, with a prescription. Some, like heroin are illegal.

Members of K-9 Partners for Patriots help Congress see benefits of service dogs

Mary Peter and Ron Flaville with K-9 Partners for Patriots, Inc. in Brooksville attended a conference in Washington D.C. last month. Held by the Association of Service Dog Providers for Military Veterans, the meeting took place July 17-20.

Peter and Flaville had several purposes in attending the meeting.

“We wanted to identify service dog issues with other veteran service organizations in order to share ‘best practices’ and come up with solutions to those problems,” Ms. Peter states.

Hernando County Sheriff's Office presents First Quarter Awards

Most people associate the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) with deputies catching bad guys or handing out traffic tickets. However, there is more to the department than that. Almost five hundred people work together to make the HCSO successful. On Tuesday, June 13, Sheriff Nienhuis handed out awards to those with mundane tasks such as preparing meals for inmates at the correction facility and setting up computer programs to make the organization more efficient, as well as for outstanding service like helping to save a life or solving a difficult case using forensic techniques.

Competition Washington D.C.

From left to right:  Madeline Jean-Marie, Jasmine Jean-Marie, Victoria Pereira, Natalia Vargas of Weeki Wachee High School

Two teams will proudly represent Hernando County in Washington D.C. next month.

For many people, history is a boring subject – one of memorizing dates, people, and events that happened hundreds of years ago with no relevance to their daily lives. However, for those students who participated in the National History Day (www.nhd.org) projects at the school, district and state levels, the subject was both interesting and relevant.

“It’s not a Job; it’s a Ministry”

Blessing of the Hands- from left to right: Rachel Provau RN,CNO; Raleifoot Chisholn RN, MBA; Daphne Moise, MD; Sabrina Pistole, RN; Chaplain Jeannie Caamano

National Nurses’ Week is celebrated annually nationwide the first week of May to honor the services that the nursing profession makes to the community.

According to Rachel Provau, Chief Nursing Officer at Bayfront Health Spring Hill, there are a number of ways in which Bayfront t Health Systems takes part in this celebration at both their local branches.

“At the beginning of the week the staff votes on ‘Best of…’ for all nursing categories. On Friday we have a little party in the cafeteria and hand out gift cards to the winners. We also hand out nursing awards.”

"Broadway" comes to Brooksville Chocachatti Elementary students give stellar performance of Peter Pan, Junior

Peter Pan played by Isabella Diaz defeats Captain Hook played by Andrew Clarkson.  Lost boys, pirates and Wendy look on.  From left to right:  Payton Griffith, Ellas Neesham, Alexandria Lagness, Brendan Shannon, Chesney Alvardo

I’ve never been to a Broadway show or even an off-Broadway show, but the rendition of classic Peter Pan given by students at Chocachatti Elementary School on Monday, May 8 could give any of these venues a run for their money.

Under the direction of teachers Rhonda Bowers, Irmarie Kraft and Nancy Kraus, the cast of “dozens,” made up of third through fifth graders performed on a professional level – proof that seven months of three-times-a-week rehearsals paid off.

Retired Army Sergeant pays tribute to Veterans with yard display

David L. Beckner's yard display on Barclay.

While driving down Barclay in Brooksville last week I spotted something that made me stop. It was a display made out of plywood depicting two soldiers kneeling down in front of three wooden crosses. I was curious about it and wanted to take a picture. I pulled into the driveway and waited until someone came out of the house so I could get the homeowner’s permission to take the photo. Little did I know that I would get more than just a “photo op.”

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