How long have you lived in Hernando County, and where do you live? Where did you live previously?
I've lived in Hernando County for five years in the community of Silverthorn. My husband and I moved to Florida from Roswell, Ga.
I grew up in Valley Stream, N.Y., on Long Island and graduated from Queens College in Flushing. I taught fourth grade out on Long Island in Rocky Point. After getting married, we moved to Huntington, Long Island, and then spent three years in Camarillo, Calif., north of Los Angeles. From there I moved to Palm Harbor, where we lived for 20 years before moving to Hernando County.
Who are the members of your family?
My husband, Bill, is a banker. We have two children — Tracy and Paul — and three grandchildren.
Tracy lives in New York City with her husband, Paul, and their two beautiful boys, Eamon, 3, and Cyrus, 1. My son, Paul, lives in Charleston, S.C., with his wife, Suzanne, and their darling daughter, Bella, 11/2.
Tell us about your career.
I taught fourth grade on Long Island and then was a full-time mother until my children were in high school. I taught fourth and fifth grade in Hillsborough County and have substituted in all grades from kindergarten to 12th grade.
What kinds of activities are you involved in now?
I'm a member of the Democratic Women's Club and the Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee and precinct captain. I started a book club at Silverthorn, enjoy attending lectures at Academia Hernando, and participating in water aerobics. I am also the vice president of the Hernando Herb Society.
Tell me more about the herb society.
I joined the Hernando Herb Society soon after we moved to Brooksville in 2003. I have met some lovely people and have learned a lot about growing and using herbs. The society was started by two women (one was Evelyn Boisen) who were tired of traveling all the way to the herb society in Tampa.
The purpose of the Hernando Herb Society is to provide education and opportunities — to share information with other herb enthusiasts through programs, field trips and hands-on experiences. Monthly programs include topics on planting and growing herbs, gourmet cooking with herbs, herbal cosmetics, herbal crafts and gifts, and field trips.
Our annual tea is a welcome back for members and an opportunity for new people to find out about our club and join. This year, it will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Cooperative Extension Service, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville, near the Hernando County Fairgrounds. New members are welcome.
In October, the club will go on a field trip to the Chinsegut Nature Center for a tour and program. Later in the year, we will have a speaker from Green World Path who will talk about organic gardening.
Do you have any special hobbies?
I enjoy making my own greeting cards and wreaths, and dabbling in genealogy. I also like to make quilts. I made two quilts for my first grandson and granddaughter using Sunbonnet Sue and Sunbonnet Sam appliques my mother made for my brother and me when we were born. They were on curtains in our room growing up.
What are your favorite things to do in Hernando County?
One of my favorite things is visiting places out in the rural part of our county. I like to see the farms and cows and horses, and to pick blueberries and get fresh produce, especially corn at Frazier's Farm. I like to take visitors to Homosassa Springs and go canoeing.
What do you think would make Hernando County a better place to live?
I think it's a pretty good place to live right now, but guess I would like to see more high-quality entertainment and be closer to sports venues. It's a long ride to Tampa, especially returning late in the evening. It would be nice if we had public transportation to the city.
Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.
I was born on Staten Island, N.Y., and grew up on Long Island. I love the water and really miss living near the Atlantic Ocean. I spent my summers going to Jones Beach state park.
I love sailing and used to belong to the Windlasses of Clearwater, a women's sailing club. I sailed a Sunfish, and we raced every week. We also enjoy taking cruises to Clearwater Beach and spoil islands in St. Joseph's Sound for picnics.
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