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Firefighters get two brushfires under control

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 31, 2007


SPRING HILL

Hernando County firefighters battled two simultaneous brushfires that burned about 80 acres in the northwestern part of the county Wednesday evening. No one was injured and no structures were damaged. Crews had the sides of a 50-acre fire burning in the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge under control about 6 p.m., said Hernando County Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Frank DeFrancesco. With the help of two tractors from the state Division of Forestry, crews angled the spreading fire into the refuge's swamps, DeFrancesco said. It was not clear what started the fire, he said. Another tractor was used to help control a 30-acre blaze near the Woodland Waters subdivision, off U.S. 19. That one began after a father and son set off fireworks, DeFrancesco said. At the next County Commission meeting on Tuesday, Hernando fire Chief Mike Nickerson plans to ask commissioners for a ban on the use and sale of fireworks because of the dry conditions throughout the county.

BUSHNELL

Protesters honor Iraq war dead

Antiwar protesters from the Nature Coast Coalition for Peace and Justice will conduct a Memorial Day commemoration for those killed in the Iraq War at 11:15 a.m. Friday at the Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave. (Exit 309 off Interstate 75). The group will meet at the entrance at 11 a.m., then choose an appropriate place to conduct the commemoration. The coalition also will demonstrate against the war from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the intersection of Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard in Weeki Wachee. The group will highlight the Democratic Party's failure to vote against continued war funding.

HERNANDO BEACH

Cruise to the club for a free car show

The Hernando Beach Club and the Spring Hill Drifters Car Club will host a car show from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday (rain date June 24) at the beach club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd. Antique and specialty cars will be on the grounds. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For information, call Bunni at 688-4976.

BROOKSVILLE

Health center offers colposcopies

The Hernando County Health Department/Nature Coast Community Health Center now offers colposcopy services at the Brooksville office, 300 S Main St. A colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure used to help medical providers determine the cause of an abnormal pap smear. It is a visual examination of the cervix using a lighted, magnifying instrument that gives the ability to distinguish normal from abnormal tissue and take biopsies for further exam. To schedule an appointment or to obtain more information, call 540-6800, ext. 82084.

Public meeting

Hernando County Health Care Advisory Board, 1 p.m., County Commission Chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.