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Signup is today for pageant, model contest

By TIMES STAFF
Published March 17, 2007


WEEKI WACHEE

The first Teen/Miss Weeki Wachee Pageant and Calendar Model Contest will be 5:30 p.m. March 24 at Weeki Wachee Springs. The event is sponsored by Star Search Pageants in partnership with FloridaStarUSA.com and Weeki Wachee Springs.

Those wishing to participate must attend a registration session today, starting at 10 a.m. Pageant representatives will be on hand to sign contestants up. No new entries will be accepted on event day.

The contest will be conducted in the underwater Mermaid Theater at the attraction. All ages can participate in the event, with a special focus on Teen Miss and Miss divisions. A calendar that will feature all contestants will be produced.

The panel of judges will be made up of Weeki Wachee Mermaids, including Mayor Robin Anderson.

The cost to attend the event will be $10 does not apply to contestants. For information, call 678-9588 or visit the Web site at www.WeekiWacheePageant.com.

COUNTYWIDE

Conserve water, save money with rebates

Hernando County Utilities Department Water Conservation Division is offering two rebate programs for customers who practice specific water conservation measures.

The first program is the 2007 Low Flow Toilet Replacement Program for utility customers. A $100 water bill rebate is given to customers who participate.

The second program is the 2007 Rain Sensor Installation Program. To further promote residential outdoor water conservation, the Utilities Department is offering a $50 water bill rebate for customers who participate in this program.

Participants in the rebate programs must be Hernando County Utilities Department water or water/sewer customers who irrigate with county water; the home must have been built prior to 2001 and the rain sensor must be installed by one of the participating irrigation contractors.

For information or to sign up, call 540-4368, ext. 35139.

SPRING HILL

Community workshop Thursday at golf club

Hernando Progress will present the biannual Hernando County Community Summit Workshop from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.

Issues to be discussed include transportation, growth management, business development, education and safety and security.

The summit is an effort that has been under way for several years to develop a blueprint for the future that works with the county's Comprehensive Plan. The purpose is to build a consensus among the business community, environmental groups, homeowners' associations and county government about the quality of life in Hernando County.

The community summit is a collaborative effort among Hernando Progress, the Hernando County Commission, the city of Brooksville and the Hernando County School Board. Elected officials are expected to attend and participate in the discussions.

For information, call Duane Chichester at 544-5206.

SPRING HILL

Polish Legion offers polka dance March 31

The Polish Legion of American Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary, Walter Weiss Memorial Post 196, will host a "Honkey" style polka dance featuring the nationally renowned Jersey Polka Richie Band on March 31 at VFW Post 10209, 15166 Spring Hill Drive.

Doors will open for cocktails and food service at 4:30 p.m. Music and dancing will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available; attendees are not allowed to bring beverages. Food will be available to purchase, and includes hot kielbasa sandwiches, or plates with sides of "lazy" pierogi or homemade potato salad.

Tickets to the dance are $10 each. For tickets or information, call John and Anne Rakucewicz at 796-0300, or Frank Makosiej at 796-1923. E-mail requests for tickets can be sent to john@kcontrols.com.