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Youth Essay awards program is Saturday

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 19, 2001

HERNANDO BEACH -- The Parrott Middle School Youth Essay Contest awards will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 9236, 3425 Shore Line Blvd.

Post members and the ladies auxiliary will present U.S. savings bonds to participating students. A chicken dinner will be served for $5.50 per plate. The public is invited to honor the students. For information, call the post at 596-9236.

Booth space open for festival in May

BROOKSVILLE -- Vendor spaces are available for the Hernando County Fine Arts, Crafts and Music Festival, which will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 26-27 at Tom Varn Park on Darby Lane.

Prizes totaling more than $5,600 will be awarded for fine arts, fine crafts and student art and crafts. The festival is the former Masaryktown Festival. For information and applications, call 584-6288.

Sweet onions on sale in benefit

The Rotary Club of Spring Hill is selling large Vidalia onions grown at Folsom Farms in Glenville, Ga. The cost is $10 for a 10-pound bag. Proceeds will go toward the club's various community programs. For information, call 686-3014.

Women celebrate clubs' anniversaries

BROOKSVILLE -- The Brooksville Woman's Club and Spring Hill Service League will host a Federation/Founders Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Brooksville Woman's Club, 131 S Main St.

The reception is to celebrate the Brooksville Woman's Club's 91-year anniversary and the service league's one-year anniversary. City and county officials have been invited. Refreshments will be served.

For information call Evelyn, 796-2397, or Dee, 597-1103.

County Government Week coming up

BROOKSVILLE -- The Hernando County Commission has designated April 22-28 as County Government Week. To reflect the theme, "Counties Make E-Government Work," the following activities are planned:

Displays in the Hernando County Government Center atrium will highlight the use of technology in various government programs and services, education curriculum and local industries.

Channel 19 will broadcast a video featuring specific applications of technology in the classroom and in three businesses in the Hernando County Airport Industrial Park.

Channel 19 will air a live special edition of the county administrator's regular program, Issues and Answers at 7 p.m. April 26. During that time, residents will have an opportunity to call in questions.

Residents may visit the government center at 20 N Main St., or visit the Web site at For information call 754-4009, ext. 142.

Scrapbook class is being offered

BROOKSVILLE -- A Creative Memories scrapbook class will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 in the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, off Darby Lane.

The cost is $15 and registration is required. For information, call Emilia Raia, program/activities coordinator, at 544-5498.

Instructors needed for athletic clinics

BROOKSVILLE -- The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is seeking instructors for physical activities including basketball and volleyball clinics at the Jerome Brown Community Center off W Jefferson Street.

Instructors are needed for year-round programs. For information, call Emilia Raia at 544-5498.

Sunday event kicks off Victims' Rights Week

BROOKSVILLE -- National Victims' Rights Week begins Sunday and runs through April 28.

A program to remember victims of crime will be at noon Wednesday at the Hernando Park Community Activity Center, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., next to the Lykes Memorial Library.

The public is invited to show support for victims and survivors of crime during this program. Anyone who has a loved one they want remembered may call Veda Ramirez at 754-4255.

Relay for Life events set for this weekend

SPRING HILL -- The American Cancer Society will sponsor its annual Relay for Life Cancer Walk at 6 p.m. Friday and at noon Saturday.

Both events will be at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd.

Forty-three teams have formed to collect money and will be selling various items to raise additional funds on the days of the relays.

In addition to food and beverages there will be a boom box and cell phone, New York Yankees vs. Devil Rays game tickets and foursome golf games. Entertainment will be provided.

Area boaters invited for blessing of fleet

HERNANDO BEACH -- The Hernando Beach Yacht Club will conduct its annual blessing of the fleet ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. May 12 at 4163 Shoal Line Blvd.

Area residents are invited to bring their boats for participation and the public is welcome to observe the parade of boats as they past the yacht club.

All sea craft will be blessed by the Rev. Mark Walton, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hernando Beach. Hernando County Commissioner Mary C. Aiken also will attend.

Following the ceremonies there will be a reception and dinner. For information, call Dick Weichman or Gary Chasey at 686-6604cq.

For information about the membership drive, call Dennis Buck at 597-25535.

Hazardous waste collection day set

SPRING HILL -- Hernando County commissioners and the Waste Management Division will sponsor a household hazardous waste collection day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 28 at the West Hernando Transfer Station, 2525 Osowaw Blvd.

U.S. Liquids will accept household hazardous waste from Hernando County residents and hazardous waste from "conditionally exempt small quantity generators." There will be no charge to county residents for disposal of their own waste.

The cost for disposal of hazardous waste will be at the same rate as the county's contract. Prices for hazardous chemical removal and disposal may be obtained from the Waste Management Division at 14450 Landfill Road in Brooksville. For information, all 754-4112, Ext. 116.

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