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RSVP now for hurricane preparation discussion at county utilities office

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 2, 2007


BROOKSVILLE

Hurricane preparedness will be discussed at the next Hernando County Water Awareness Series program from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at Hernando County Utilities, 21030 Cortez Blvd. (Truck Bypass 50). Light refreshments will be served. Tom Leto from Hernando County Emergency Management will discuss how to prepare for hurricane season. Action plans will be discussed by Ricky Leach from Hernando County Utilities, Steve Whitaker from Hernando County Public Works and Mike Holtkamp from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to 540-4368, exts. 35105, 35620 or 35139.

 SPRING HILL

Golf tourney will raise cash for scholarships

The Knights of Columbus St. Jude Council will host its annual Scholarship Golf Tournament June 9 at the Seven Hills Golf Course, 10599 Fairchild Road, off Mariner Boulevard.

Women and men are invited to participate in the tournament. The cost is $45 per person.

A shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. Following the tournament will be a luncheon and door prizes presented at the St. Jude's Knights of Columbus Hall at 10470 Spring Hill Drive.

A rain date is set for June 16.

All funds raised will go toward student scholarships. Cash donations and hole sponsorships are welcome. Last year's event raised $7, 000 in scholarships that were presented to Hernando County high school seniors.

For information, call Mike Snoha at 596-2416, Jim Santore at 666-8697 or Dick Doddie at 666-8009.

SPRING HILL

Need a permit? Office is moving

The Hernando County Development Department will close its west-side office at 7465 Forest Oaks Blvd. at 5 p.m. May 10.

The department will reopen at its new location at 7425 Spring Hill Drive (at Kass Circle) when the offices are finished, which is expected to be during the summer.

During this time, customers can stop by the Brooksville office at 789 Providence Blvd. for their permitting and zoning needs. For information, call 754-4050.

SPRING HILL

Summer camp plans 'round-the-world fun

The Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County is accepting applications for summer camp.

A parent orientation will be at 6 p.m. May 8 at the club, 5404 Applegate Drive.

The cost is a $25 per family registration fee, a $30 activity fee per child and $50 per week per child. There is a $5 discount on the weekly fee for additional children.

Campers will be able to "travel around the world" in 10 weeks. Each camper will be issued a passport and experience different countries. They will complete arts and crafts and sample popular foods from each country. The summer camps will also offer three programs to teach members healthy habits.

For information, call the club at 666-0068.

BUSHNELL

Flags, music, more to mark Memorial Day

The Florida National Cemetery will host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. May 28. The cemetery is at 6502 SW 102nd Ave. (exit 309 off Interstate 75).

The event will include speaker Rear Adm. Leroy Collins Jr., executive director of the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Collins is a Tallahassee native who graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned ensign in 1956. He has more than 10 years' active duty as a line officer aboard a variety of Navy vessels, including the USS Calvert and USS Chivo and he served on the USS James Madison as the ballistic missile weapons officer. He served as commander of Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Region 8, from 1985 to 1987, participated in Operation Desert Shield and was awarded the Legion of Merit three times.

The ceremony will also include the Avenue of Flags, which includes a display of more than 400 flags along the cemetery roadways, the South Sumter High School Band and singers Linda Burnette, Sheriff Bill Farmer and Laura Riley. Buglers Garfield Jones and Gayle Williams will perform taps, the Florida National Guard will provide a gun salute and Ye Mystic Aircrew will conduct a flyover.

For information, call the cemetery office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays at (352) 793-7740.

Student artists have event suited to them

Hernando County students are invited to participate in the Hernando County Fine Art Council's 23rd annual Art, Craft and Music Festival, which will be Saturday and Sunday at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville.

Opportunities are available for public, private and home-schooled students from elementary through high school.

Cash prizes will be awarded: $100 for first place, $75 for second and $25 for third place in different levels.

Displays of multiple pieces of art are welcome. Visual arts are encouraged, but presentations of music, dance, drama, poetry and other art forms are also welcome.

For information, call Mary Jane Russell at 754-4788 or visit the Web site at www.hernandoarts.org.

COUNTYWIDE

AARP has safe driver courses set for May

AARP will conduct its Driver Safety Program classes at the following locations in May:

-12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and May 9, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. (behind Oak Hill Hospital). Call instructor, 684-9302.

-Noon to 4 p.m. May 11 and 14, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 670 Broad St. Call instructor, 799-3658.

-9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 and 18, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call instructor, 686-7179.

-Noon to 4 p.m. May 15 and 17, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call instructor, 683-1176.

-8 a.m. to noon May 16 and 17, Brookridge clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call instructor, 666-4044.

-9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 16 and 23, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Call to register, 683-8594.

The course, open to anyone 50 and older, costs $10. Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate to submit to their insurance company for a possible rate reduction. Class size is limited; call to register.

COUNTYWIDE

Wealth of events planned for Law Week

In celebration of Law Week 2007, the Hernando County Bar Association will host the following events this week:

-A book drive will be conducted throughout the week for the Public Library of New Orleans, which is in need of books to replenish its shelves after Hurricane Katrina. Books can be dropped of at the Day Law Office, 4108 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

-Radio talk shows, 9 to 11 a.m. through Friday, on WWJB-AM 1450. Listeners will be able to call in and ask questions.

-Mock trials will be conducted at 10 a.m. today through Thursday. County Judge Donald Scaglione will preside in Courtroom B at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Elementary school-age children will be in attendance.

-Roundtable discussion, hosted by Circuit Judge Richard Tombrink Jr., will be aired on Hernando County Government Broadcasting, Bright House cable Ch. 19, at various times today through Friday.

-Golf Scramble, 1 p.m. Thursday, at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 13446 Links Drive, Brooksville. Proceeds fund the Hernando County Bar Association's scholarship program. For details or to register, call Jason Melton at 650-1941.

-Probate/Estate Planning and Medicaid Issues discussion, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, in the county commission chambers at the Hernando County Government Center. Topics of discussion include estate planning, wills, living wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care surrogates and Medicaid qualifying.

The theme of this year's Law Week is "Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy." For information on any of the Law Week events, call Sandra Day at 684-6545.

COUNTYWIDE

Sign up for sheriff's summer camps

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the Sheriff's ROAR Summer Day Camp 2007.

The camp, held in partnership with Eckerd Youth Alternatives/Hi-Five, is for children ages 6 to 12 and is offered at no cost. Sheriff's school resource officers and Eckerd Youth staff will serve as camp counselors. Each child may only attend one week-long session, where they will learn leadership skills, social skills, and safety through arts and crafts, games and team sports. Snacks and lunches will be provided.

Camps dates and locations:

- June 4-8, Nature Coast Technical High School

- June 11-15, Fox Chapel Middle School

- June 18-22, Eastside Elementary

- June 25-29, Kennedy Park

All camps will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Applications are available in the sheriff's main office at 18900 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville; the District 2 office at 7485 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill; and at all elementary and middle schools. All applications must be mailed or dropped off at either sheriff's office location. For information, call Vickie Porter at 754-6830, ext. 53664.

SPRING HILL

Angels the topic at next girls' night out

Spring Hill Bible Church will host a Gals' Night Out at 6 p.m. Friday. The event will include dinner, and Christian artist Ruth Gee will speak on angels. Girls from the church's children's choir will entertain.

Tickets are $6; ages 6 and younger admitted free. For reservations or information, call 544-5644.