Category Archives: Hernando County

New Firehouse Program brings Awareness and Community Pride

Hernando County Fire Rescue (HCFR) has recently kicked-off its new Community Firehouse Initiative designed to engage the neighborhoods in which it serves. This program aims to raise awareness about public safety and create opportunities for residents and emergency responders to work together on local projects that result in community pride. The first of these projects … Continue reading New Firehouse Program brings Awareness and Community Pride

Are the Chassahowitzka (Chazz) Bears OK?

 Chazz Bears are dangerously Isolated The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Nature Coast was established in 1943 as a winter preserve for migratory water birds. Today, over 31,000 acres are protected and managed by several federal, state and local government agencies with the goal of offering migrating and wintering water birds a place to … Continue reading Are the Chassahowitzka (Chazz) Bears OK?

Chinsegut Conservation Center Nature Programs for September

Chisnegut Conservation Center is located 7 miles north of Brooksville, and covers 408 of the 850 acres comprising Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). The Conservation center has regular nature programs and is the only educational facility operated by the Commission’s Office of Public Access and Wildlife Viewing. September 1st 7:30 PM                     Night Hike: As … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center Nature Programs for September

Guardian adLitem Program Seeks Volunteers

The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is currently in desperate need of volunteers to be advocates for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are in the court system. A GAL is a trained volunteer appointed by the court to advocate on behalf of a child. The GAL becomes familiar with the child’s case and … Continue reading Guardian adLitem Program Seeks Volunteers

Buccaneer Bay moves to Weekends only August 14

Buccaneer Bay hours move to the Fall schedule. Beginning August 14, the water slides will be open only on Saturday and Sunday through October 1, 2017 — when the slides will close for the winter season. Buccaneer Bay is open for swimming year-round. Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at … Continue reading Buccaneer Bay moves to Weekends only August 14

Hernando/Citrus MPO Meeting Aug. 15

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida. Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to: Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Administrative Amendment Authority and Roll Forward Amendment … Continue reading Hernando/Citrus MPO Meeting Aug. 15

Little Rock Cannery to reopen August 8

Hernando County’s Little Rock Cannery, located at 15487 Citrus Way in Brooksville, has been closed for scheduled maintenance since early July. The facility will reopen on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. The cannery is a place where Florida residents can prepare their fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood to be jarred. It has the capacity to pressure … Continue reading Little Rock Cannery to reopen August 8

Canning to Preserve Tasty, Healthy Traditions

I fondly remember making applesauce from fresh-picked apples with my mom in our little kitchen up north. We made chunky-style sauce from locally-grown Macintoshes in a time when only pureed applesauce was available at the grocery store, adding cinnamon for a flavor that became my definition of delicious! When reading labels on spaghetti sauce, sugar … Continue reading Canning to Preserve Tasty, Healthy Traditions

The Hernando/Citrus MPO to hold public meeting Aug. 15

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida. Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to: Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Administrative Amendment Authority and Roll Forward Amendment … Continue reading The Hernando/Citrus MPO to hold public meeting Aug. 15

Mitchell Road Closed Aug 8-10 for CSX Repairs

Mitchell Road will be closed to through traffic August 8–10, 2017, while CSX repairs the railroad crossing located near the Pinewood Dairy Road intersection in Brooksville. The road will be blocked off at each side of the railroad crossing.  Message boards will be placed at the Cortez Boulevard and Emerson Road intersections to alert motorists … Continue reading Mitchell Road Closed Aug 8-10 for CSX Repairs

Backpack Giveaway August 5 in Brooksville

Free Backpack Giveaway event hosted by Friends of the Children, Inc. A backpack filled with basic school supplies for children in K-81h grade. One backpack per child with an adult present. Several vendors and supporters will be present to distribute additional school supplies. Children must be present to receive a backpack. The backpack giveaway will … Continue reading Backpack Giveaway August 5 in Brooksville

SWFTWMD Votes to Continue Once-per-Week Watering Restrictions

Year-Round Water Conservation Measures Return Elsewhere Due to lingering drought effects and water resources not recovering as quickly as other areas, the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to maintain once-per-week lawn watering and other restrictions in the District’s northern region, which includes Citrus, Hernando, Levy and portions of Lake, Marion … Continue reading SWFTWMD Votes to Continue Once-per-Week Watering Restrictions

Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport named General Aviation Airport of the Year

The Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) was recently named the 2017 General Aviation Airport of the Year by the Florida Department of Transportation. The award recognized BKV’s outstanding achievements in airport aesthetics, safety and services. Eligible nominees for this award must be a public-use general aviation airport within the state of Florida.  BKV came out … Continue reading Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport named General Aviation Airport of the Year

Spring Hill Water Main break evacuates residents; Boil Water notice in effect

Two apartment units at Brookview Villas located at 7114 Barclay Ave. in Spring Hill have been evacuated due to a six-inch water main break that occurred today at approximately 4 a.m. The water main break caused a 10×12, six-foot-deep hole in the driveway of one apartment building, damaging a car. The ground is washed out … Continue reading Spring Hill Water Main break evacuates residents; Boil Water notice in effect

Chinsegut Conservation Center August Programs

August 3rd                            R-A-W Real Amazing Wildlife: Join professional photographer and photography teacher Alice Herden for a two day workshop on photographing wildlife. The RAW workshops include an informational session on wildlife with biologists and land management professionals. Workshop includes many extras and one-on-one camera instruction. See details and register at https://creative-nature-photography.com. This workshop requires … Continue reading Chinsegut Conservation Center August Programs

Exploring Nature Coast Springs

There is nothing like hopping into a 72-degree spring on a hot, humid day to cool the body and soothe the soul. Florida is graced with many natural springs, providing crystal clear, cool (some would say cold) water and the Nature Coast has a great concentration of these magical geological phenomena. Although we tend to … Continue reading Exploring Nature Coast Springs

Master Gardener Class offers Online Sessions

The Master Gardener program is accepting new Master Gardener trainees for its next class beginning in September, but because it is difficult for many people to take off from work during the week for training, this class will be offered on-line. The Master Gardener program will still meet on Tuesday evenings from 6-9PM for hands-on … Continue reading Master Gardener Class offers Online Sessions

July/August Events from Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension

Wild Edibles Participants will learn which plants have been used for food sources, and how they’ve been prepared. Presenter: Master Gardener Rita Grant Date/Time/Location: Wednesday July 26 @ 10:30 AM at the Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill, 34608 Fall Vegetable Gardening Participants will learn the basics about Fall vegetable gardening … Continue reading July/August Events from Hernando County UF/IFAS Extension

HHPS features Antique Furniture in Interior Design & an Auction August 3

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society will be holding their monthly meeting at the Brooksville Mining Association Enrichment Center located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard on US 41 (Broad Street) in Brooksville on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. Roger Carlton Sherman, former Board Chairman of the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa is … Continue reading HHPS features Antique Furniture in Interior Design & an Auction August 3

Brooksville Garden Club Renews Adopt-A-Trail

The Brooksville Garden Club renewed their Adopt-A-Trail agreement (Area 7) for two more years on the Good Neighbor Trail. Volunteers maintain section of the bicycle & walk trail by keeping it litter free at least 6 times a year. “Little Litter Walks” in the cool mornings give us a friendly walk & talk. Attract your … Continue reading Brooksville Garden Club Renews Adopt-A-Trail

Repairs to Shoal Line Blvd. Completed; Road Reopens

The Hernando County Department of Public Works announces that Shoal Line Boulevard is now reopened. Since Monday, July 10, a portion of the road, just south of Cofer Road to just north of Richard Drive, was closed to restore a damaged drainage pipe.   Repairs, paving, striping and sod placement were completed ahead of schedule … Continue reading Repairs to Shoal Line Blvd. Completed; Road Reopens

Chinsegut’s Historic Treasures adorn Brooksville

Chinsegut (pronounced chin-SEE-gut) is an Alaskan Innuit word meaning, “The spirit of things lost and regained.” This local treasure is an interesting piece of the Nature Coast’s history, having been homesteaded by John and Susan Bishop in the 1800s. Colonel Bird T. Pearson of South Carolina acquired 160 acres through the Armed Occupation Act in … Continue reading Chinsegut’s Historic Treasures adorn Brooksville

Hernando County Cannery temporarily closed for maintenance

Hernando County’s Little Rock Cannery, located at 15487 Citrus Way in Brooksville, is currently closed for planned maintenance through July 30, 2017. The cannery is a place where Florida residents can prepare their fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood to be jarred. It has the capacity to pressure can up to 96 jars at one time, … Continue reading Hernando County Cannery temporarily closed for maintenance

Help Chinsegut Hill fulfill their Grant before 7/31

The Friends of Chinsegut Hill received a State of Florida, Division of Historical Resources grant in order to continue the restoration of the 1852 built manor house. The house needed historically accurate lighting (47 total), window hardware (for 67 windows) and floor vent covers to match the heart pine flooring on the first floor. As … Continue reading Help Chinsegut Hill fulfill their Grant before 7/31

Memorial Day and Labor Day Trash/Recycling Services added in Hernando County

The main Hernando County landfill, located at 14450 Landfill Road in Brooksville, will now be open on Memorial and Labor Day holidays and curbside trash and recycling collection will be available. There are no changes to the hours of operation for the convenience centers located in Spring Hill and Ridge Manor. The landfill will remain … Continue reading Memorial Day and Labor Day Trash/Recycling Services added in Hernando County

Blackberries available tomorrow, 7/8 at Bramble Creek Farms

Good news for blackberry fans: Bramble Creek Farms will be open for one more upick this Saturday, July 8 from 8 am – noon. This lovely farm is located at: 23031 Hayman Rd, Brooksville, Florida, FL 34602, just west of Batten Road, on Hayman, and their phone number is 352-796-5473. They grown only thornless berries and … Continue reading Blackberries available tomorrow, 7/8 at Bramble Creek Farms

Shoal Line Boulevard to be Closed 7/10-14

The Hernando County Department of Public Works will be repairing a portion of Shoal Line Boulevard, just south of Cofer Road to just north of Richard Drive, requiring a road closure from July 10 through July 14, 2017. Repair work will involve a 20-foot-wide excavation across the entire road to restore a damaged drainage pipe. … Continue reading Shoal Line Boulevard to be Closed 7/10-14

Scalloping Florida’s Nature Coast: A Delicious Adventure

At one time, the West Central coast of Florida supported a robust commercial scallop industry, with 400,000 lbs. of bay scallops being harvested in Florida in 1957. By 1992, the commercial harvest was near zero. Fishery groups banded together and worked to restore the scallop populations to healthy levels and by 2005, most years showed … Continue reading Scalloping Florida’s Nature Coast: A Delicious Adventure

Jane Russell Geddings joins Live Oak Theatre as Resident Choreographer

Live Oak Theatre is particularly proud to announce the appointment of Jane Russell Geddings as its resident choreographer. Ms. Geddings’ first project will be the choreography for its season opener, Annie. Ms. Geddings comes to Live Oak Theatre from the Patel Conservatory where she serves as an adjunct faculty member in both dance and theatre … Continue reading Jane Russell Geddings joins Live Oak Theatre as Resident Choreographer

Lake Townsend and Nobleton Boat Ramps Reopen

Water levels on the Withlacoochee River have risen approximately one foot allowing public boat ramps at Lake Townsen and Nobleton parks to reopen for motorized boats. In addition, minor repairs were completed at the Lake Townsen boat ramp. Due to low water levels, the Mountain Lake boat ramp on Mountain Lake Road in Brooksville and … Continue reading Lake Townsend and Nobleton Boat Ramps Reopen