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Cindy Braun sits in the choir loft at Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, typing the text of Pastor Glenn Fischer̢۪s sermon onto her steno keyboard so people who are hard of hearing can read it on a big screen at the front of the sanctuary. [Photo courtesy of Forest Oaks Lutheran Church]

Closed captioning brings clarity to hearing impaired at Forest Oaks Lutheran

SPRING HILL — When Cindy Braun began her career as a court reporter 25 years ago, she never envisioned it would one day lead to a closed captioning ministry. A few years after joining Forest Oaks Lutheran Church 13 years ago, it occurred to Braun that what she did for a living could be a service to those in her chu …

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  1. Richloam General Store harks back to earlier times in Hernando County

    Human Interest

    RIDGE MANOR

    Decades before second-growth woodland gave birth to the Withlacoochee State Forest came loggers and real estate hawkers, Shroeder Land and Timber Co., descending out of Milwaukee in the early 1900s.

    Eric Burkes has restored and reopened the Richloam General Store, founded by his great uncle in 1901.
  2. Weekend Winter Fest to bring back music, fun at Lake House

    Events

    SPRING HILL — Before the Spring Hill Community Association disbanded in 2014 and sold the Lake House to the county, the property was a prime destination for outdoor concerts and events.

    Greg Billings Band photo will perform from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Winter Fest at the Lake House in Spring Hill.
  3. Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 24

    Events

    Festivals

    Fair time: The Pasco County Fair wraps up this weekend at the county fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Gates will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to midnight Feb. 25 and noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 26. The fair features a giant midway and an array of food, livestock …

    BRENDAN FITTERER   |   TimesThe Pasco County Fair concludes Feb. 26 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City.
  4. Heart Month reminds us that many problems are preventable

    Columns

    February is American Heart Month, and, as a passionate doctor fighting heart disease and stroke, I wanted to first share some facts about heart disease in America.

    Eldin
  5. Hernando Bloodmobile for Feb. 24

    News

    LifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations during the coming week.

  6. Hernando Vendors for Feb. 24

    News

    • Exhibitors and food vendors are needed for the 33rd annual Art in the Park festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 11 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 at Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. Exhibitor fees are $150 for fine art and $125 for crafts. An electric hookup is $25 if reserved by Feb. 27; after …

  7. Hernando Pet of the Week for Feb. 24

    Pets

    Pet of the week | Gracie

    Gracie is a 10-year-old mixed breed. She is sweet, affectionate and likes to be taken on walks. She would make a wonderful companion. Inquiries about adopting Gracie or other dogs and cats can be made at the Humane Society of the Nature Coast shelter at Wiscon and Mobley …

    Humane Society of the Nature Coast