The voice of authority

October 08, 2017 - 00:29

Certified Dementia Communication Specialist

 Mr. Gary LeBlanc is a health columnist  specializing in dementia care.  He has authored over 350 articles on the subject and provides local caregiver workshops

There will be many situations when a caregiver must decide what role to play. It can become awkward being the guardian, especially when one is caring for a parent. But that’s exactly the role that must be assumed. While being my father’s caregiver for a decade, I experienced a plethora of times when I felt uneasy using a voice of authority toward him. I’m not speaking about scolding him, just using a voice of stern reason.

Program aids rescue of sea turtle

October 07, 2017 - 09:22

Florida Sea Grant, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County has recently partnered with the Loggerhead Marinelife Center to expand the Responsible Pier Initiative to Hernando County. Since its launch in 2013, the program has aided in the rescue of over 300 turtles and the removal of over 4,000 pounds of marine debris. Over 53 piers from Texas to Virginia, including Puerto Rico, have joined this program. On Thursday, Sept.

NJROTC Cadets lend a hand in Irma prep

September 29, 2017 - 11:00
In front and center there are cadets Hallett, Torres, and Shreiber.  Hallett was shoveling, Torres was assisting and Shreiber tied up the bags.

In preparation of hurricane Irma, Central’s NJROTC cadets jumped at the opportunity to help the community. With only one day notice, the cadet in charge, Alexa Fiore, collected a group of twenty to volunteer. The event was held at the fire rescue stations 1 and 2, where the cadets spent their time filling sandbags for those living in low lying areas and assisting in carrying the bags to the vehicles. Several hundred of sandbags were distributed in the course of three days prior to the expected storm.

Central's Navy Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Training

September 29, 2017 - 10:57


For 16 consecutive years, Central’s NJROTC cadets have been dragged from their comfort zones and thrown into the trenches. For a weekend, full of leadership training with the opportunity to develop each other’s strengths, abilities, and reasoning skills. One of several purposes of this Mini Boot Camp was to learn the position skills necessary for platoon commander, guide, and squad leaders. In order to correctly demonstrate to their subordinates back in the unit. The other developed skills dealt with team problem solving and collaboration, rather than individual workings.

Nature Coast Therapy Dogs

September 19, 2017 - 08:44
Photography by CHERYL CLANTON:

Ruby is greeted by Nature Coast Therapy Dogs Lincoln and Turbo with volunteers DJ and Rita. Photo by Cheryl Clanton

They say dogs are a man’s best friend. This might actually be true. Studies have shown that pets, especially dogs, can increase the happiness and well-being of the people they spend time with. This is why pet therapy has become an increasingly popular form of rehabilitation. Hernando County has an amazing volunteer organization called Nature Coast Therapy Dogs. They strive to bring happiness to those who are in nursing homes or hospitals, and so much more. Therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improve the lives of other people.

Hazel Land’s years of legal service and activism

September 17, 2017 - 10:01
Hazel Land- photo courtesy of Ms. Land

Eighty-five year old Hazel Land has seen a lot of changes. Hazel was born and raised in Brooksville, grew up in the Jim Crow era and attended a segregated high school. The youngest of three girls, Hazel recounts her large family structure, noting that her grandmother had 15 children, which included a set of triplets.

Major blueberry grower wiped out by Irma; help them replant

September 14, 2017 - 16:29


Hurricane Irma downed approximately 100,000 blueberry bushes at Frogmore Fresh Farm, a 125-acre blueberry farm in Pasco County. If these plants are not re-staked and reestablished, they will die, a significant loss for the grower and the Florida blueberry industry. Searching for a solution, Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County director, worked through the UF/IFAS network to recruit volunteers to come to the farm and help save the plants.


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