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Local artist makes art out of history

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Craig Quirolo's Suffragette Bowl

While some artists hope to infuse their art with some form of historical significance, Craig Quirolo has done that and more. Each of his Chinsegut pieces are literally part of the history of Brooksville and Hernando County as a whole.

Over the past few years, a number of renovations at Chinsegut Hill have been carried out. “I discovered the, ‘wood pile,’ at Chinsegut Hill Manor,” Quirolo says. “Dead, dying, and diseased trees were felled at the Manor when the county took control of the property a few years ago.”

US taxes paid since 1960

The 25th anniversary of the first web page led to a discussion of tax revenue. It was a question of whether or not the DotCom companies had led to a significant increase in tax revenue. We looked at tax revenue from 1960 to now. There are two peaks in the data one ending in 2000, the so called dotcom bubble and another in 2008, which was the end of the housing bubble. You can see the recessions and booms in the tax revenue data.

Nick Ruggiero was dedicated to community, country and family

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Nick Ruggiero, far left, former Spring Hill Fire Chief

Nick Ruggiero oversaw the growth of the Spring Hill Fire Department from "meager beginnings" to the establishment of three fire stations with paid staff, dispatchers, EMTs and up to date fire engines and ambulances.

Looking at the statement above in the year 2016, without prior knowledge of those meager beginnings, it is difficult to understand the progress that was made between the time Ruggiero started as a volunteer with the Department in 1968 and when he resigned as Fire Chief in 1985.

Weeks Hardware 100 years: Celebrating the importance of family, work ethic and traditional values

Photos by Alice Mary Herden

Weeks Hardware, John Morgan Weeks (right) with two employees. Photo provided by Mrs. Weeks

At Weeks Hardware in downtown Brooksville, Otella Weeks, 87, born in Tennessee and one of twelve siblings, has continued the daily operations of the store following the passing of her husband Joseph Weeks two years ago. Joe Weeks ran the store for 65 years.

The bell rings as a customer walks in “I need some filters,” the gentleman requested. As Otella helps her customer they proceed to the back of the store to check what filters the hardware store has on supply. The gentleman was happy to have found a couple of filters he needed and both walked to the front.

Who was F.W. Springstead?

F.W. Springstead High School

Frank W. Springstead High School has served Hernando County since 1975. This leads to the question of who was Frank W. Springstead and why was the High School named after him.

Frank was born in 1918 in Brooksville and his father was J. D. Springstead. The Springstead family was a prominent early family of the area. When Frank W. Springstead married Ann Eichelberger, they were prominent enough to have their wedding carried on the society page of The Evening Independent on Wednesday, June 22, 1938. The article is quite detailed in the dresses that were worn at the wedding.

SunWest: beach, development and change

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

The Sunwest Park is a beach park on a 70 acre spring-fed lake. The park features white sand beaches, picnic tables, and pavilions. There are also kayaks, paddle boards, and a floating aqua park for people to use for additional charges when there is availability. It has become a popular summer destination for Hernando county residents.

A love story with a model A, a gas station and a big oak tree

Patti and Elwood "Buster" Webb celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 24, 2016 with a gathering of family and friends at Papa Joe's, a popular local restaurant. The couple met as sophomores in Hernando High School in October of 1952. Patti and Buster said they were extremely pleased with the hard work their daughters did to put the event together. They were also happy to see good friends they hadn't seen for years.

Discovering Colonel Raymond Robins

Colonel Raymond Robins had fond memories of his first years in Hernando County. Raymond was sent to live with relatives here after his father lost his inheritance and his mother was committed to an insane asylum. Raymond Robins spent seven years in Brooksville with his first cousin, Mrs. McKay. McKay acted as a foster mother to Robins. The family lived in Bodine Grove, a 100 acre orange grove started by McKay's father Dr. Bodine. As a child he visited the Snow family several times at their home on the top of what is now called Chinsegut Hill.

The Spring Hill Waterfall: a welcoming landmark for nearly 50 years

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

In 1968, the United States was in the throes of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon was elected President, and Spring Hill was established. It is hard to imagine how the mega land developer, Deltona Corporation, would choose to develop this unspoiled piece of Florida.

The Mackle Brothers created the Deltona Corporation to build their Florida communities. They created the name Deltona by combining Daytona and Delray. It was through Deltona Corporation that Spring Hill, an unincorporated area of Hernando County between Clearwater and Brooksville, was planned and built.

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