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AmVets to have cookout, membership drive at post

By Times Staff Writers
Published June 29, 2005

SPRING HILL - American Veterans Post 28 will have a cookout/membership drive Sunday and Monday at its new post home, 7403 Spring Hill Drive (Spring Hill Shopping Plaza). The event will begin at 1 p.m. each day.

Membership is open to all present and past members of the U.S. armed forces (active, reserve, National Guard) who are serving or have served honorably. Those attending should bring their ID card or DD 214. Anyone who joins the AmVets at the event will receive a free hamburger, hot dog and soft drink.

For information, call Jim Johnson at 683-3871, Al Beamud at 684-6770 or Joel Smoyer at (352) 726-4429. For information about the Ladies Auxiliary, call Phyllis at 596-9341 or Jeana at 597-5895.

Sheriff's Office warning: Some fireworks are illegal

Because the Fourth of July holiday brings many fireworks vendors to the area, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office wishes to remind residents that while some items are okay to use, there are many fireworks that are illegal.

Any device that uses combustion or explosive material is not legal, including (but not limited to) blank cartridges, toy cannons, fire-propelled balloons, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles and anything containing explosive tablets or other substances.

Some items that are allowable include sparklers, glow worms, noisemakers, party poppers, snappers, trick matches, cap guns and other devices with paper caps containing 25/100th grains or less of explosive mixture where the hand cannot come in contact with the camp when in place for the explosion.

Any public display of fireworks must be approved by the Hernando County Commission, law enforcement and the fire department.

For information on the regulation of fireworks, visit the Web site at and find Florida Statute 791.01 and 791.02. For information, call the sheriff's office at 754-6830.

Brooksville Council changes date of meeting

BROOKSVILLE - Because of a scheduling conflict, the Brooksville City Council has changed its regular council meeting in July. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 12 in the council chambers at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

The agenda can be viewed and downloaded, when finalized, on the city's Web site at For information, call 544-5407.

Sponsors, golfers needed for SPCA fundraiser

BROOKSVILLE - Golfers and hole sponsors are needed for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Hernando County's annual golf tournament, which will be July 9 at Rivard Golf and Country Club on Broad Street, south of Brooksville.

The tournament, which is open to 128 players, will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The format is a four-person scramble. The cost is $35 per golfer, which includes lunch. Hole sponsorships are $50 per hole.

Prizes will be awarded for the longest putt, best scores and closest to the pin. There will be door prizes and a raffle.

Funds raised will be used for the rescue and care of orphaned and unwanted cats and dogs that come through the SPCA doors. Repairs and modifications to the shelter are also greatly needed. The SPCA of Hernando County is a nonprofit, no-kill, all-volunteer shelter that receives no government funding.

To sign up for the tournament, to become a sponsor or for information, call Rivard at 796-1410 or the SPCA at 596-7000.

[Last modified June 29, 2005, 01:18:19]

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