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Flotilla 15-8 vet to be memorialized Monday

Published April 12, 2007



The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct a memorial service for Stanley Neil at 7 p.m. Monday at the auxiliary building at 4340 Calienta St.

Neil was one of the founders of the Hernando Beach Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-8 and served as its second commander. He helped set up the flotilla's first radio room and also set up flotillas in Hudson, Homosassa and Crystal River. He piloted Bill Watts' boat during search and rescues.

Neil, who died in September, moved from Michigan to Spring Hill and then to Hernando Beach in 1972. He served as a pilot during World War II and was a firefighter in Michigan for 25 years.


Celebration of Poetry seeks poets, listeners

Pasco-Hernando Community College will host its fifth annual Celebration of Poetry from 7 to 9 p.m. April 20 in Room A-139 at the North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Faculty, staff, students and the community are invited to listen and participate in the free open-mike poetry reading. Refreshments and a door prize will be provided by the PHCC North Campus Student Government Association.

Those wishing to read one or two of their works during the program are advised to sign up in advance. To sign up, call Richard Dowling at 797-5132 or Kay Cramer at 797-5109.

If time permits, attendees who have not signed up in advance may also have an opportunity to read their own works or works by their favorite poet.


Hate weeds? Here's a chance to kill some

A "Weed-Out Day" is planned for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., off Spring Hill Drive.

Volunteers are needed to help rid the grounds of invasive plants. Volunteers will be treated to a continental breakfast and receive information on invasive plants.

The gardens, sponsored by the Spring Hill Garden Club, received a grant from the Coastal Rivers Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District for the removal of invasive plants and the replacement of plants using Florida-friendly landscaping techniques. The replacement planting is scheduled for May 19.

The removal of invasive plants is an ongoing project and those interested can help any Saturday or Wednesday morning. For information, call 683-9933.


Celebrate National Library Week

To celebrate National Library Week, the Hernando County Public Library will host the following events:

- An Adult Look at the Bats of Florida, 1 p.m. Monday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Author Cynthia Marks will discuss ways the Florida Bat Conservancy works to rescue and care for injured bats.

- How to Create a Butterfly Garden, 1 p.m. Tuesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Author Sue Walsh will teach participants how to create a successful butterfly garden.

- Movies at Your Library program to show 1995 film, Sense and Sensibility, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The film won Emma Thompson an academy award for her portrayal of Elinor. The movie also stars Kate Winslet as Marianne. It is the story of two sisters in 19th century England who struggle to find romantic happiness in a society obsessed with financial and social stature. The movie is rated PG. Refreshments will be served.

- Book discussion group, 2 p.m. April 19, West Hernando/Staffordene T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. The group will discuss the novel, Nickel and Dimed: On Not Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich.

All programs are free and no registration is required. For information, call 540-6391.

[Last modified April 11, 2007, 23:38:38]

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