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Hernando briefs

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 11, 2001

Forum on new medical programs for ex-military

Two new medical programs are now available for area residents who are Medicare-eligible military retirees and their families. The programs, TRICARE For Life and TRICARE Senior Pharmacy, will be discussed at a forum at 9 a.m. Monday in the National Guard Armory, 16386 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The forum will include presentations by U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman, representatives from the U.S. Department of Defense, and TRICARE Humana Military Healthcare Services.

The programs are in addition to existing pharmacy and medical benefits, offered on a space-availability basis. Those eligible are military retirees who have served 20 years or more in the service who are 65 years and older who are participating in Medicare Part B. Certain military personnel who were medically retired prior to completing 20 years are also eligible. Certain family members and survivors are also eligible. Beneficiaries must be enrolled in Medicare Part B to be eligible for TFL. To participate in TSRx, beneficiaries who turned 65 on or after April 1 also must be in Medicare Part B (those who were 65 before April 1 are not required to be enrolled in Medicare Part B).

TFL will begin Oct. 1, and is designed to provide additional health care and pharmacy coverage. However, those who believe they are eligible should not cancel supplemental insurance until their eligibility is confirmed.

For further information, call Thurman's Inverness office at (800) 833-4352. Also, the West Central Chapter of the Retired Officers Association can provide further information about these programs. Call Alex at TROA at 686-9306.

Spring Hill Art League seeking exhibitors

BROOKSVILLE -- Exhibitors can apply for applications for the Spring Hill Art League's 28th annual Fall Harvest of Arts and Crafts Festival, which will be Oct. 20-21 in Tom Varn Park, off Darby Lane.

Acceptable media for exhibitors (including students) include oils, mixed media, acrylics, watercolor, photography, graphics, drawing and pastel. Categories will also be available in three dimensional fine arts sculpture, woodcarving, pottery, jewelry and textiles. All work must be original.

The entry fee for a 12-foot by 12-foot space is $55 (plus a $5 jury fee) for art league members and $70 (plus the $5 jury fee) for non-members. There is no entry for student art (seventh-12th grades only).

The show is being hosted by the city of Brooksville. Sponsors are the St. Petersburg Times and Bay News 9.

For applications and information, call Ann Preston, 688-9862.

Fall Toddler Program at library is full

The Fall Toddler Program being offered by the Hernando County Public Library System is no longer accepting registration, as the program is full at both the Lykes Memorial Library and West Hernando/Foggia Branch Library sites.

For information regarding this or any other program being offered through the library system, call 592-5606.

Attorney will speak to Hernando Beach club

HERNANDO BEACH -- The Hernando Beach Women's Club will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday at VFW Post 9236 on Shoal Line Boulevard. Attorney Katherine Lonergan will be the speaker. For information, call Marie Carpenter, 688-5899.

Used book sale Saturday at branch library

BROOKSVILLE -- The Small Bananas Book Corner will have a used book sale from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 31170 Cortez Blvd. (in the Sunrise Plaza), east of Brooksville.

Sales are conducted on the first and third Saturday of each month, and are sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County. All proceeds benefit the Hernando County Public Library System.

For information, call Claire Walters, 583-5342.

Weeki Wachee Springs plans car and truck show

WEEKI WACHEE -- Weeki Wachee Springs will host its "Cruzin' Customz" Car and Truck Show Sept. 22 and 23 at the attraction on Commercial Way at Cortez Boulevard.

Registration for those interested in exhibiting is $35, which includes two 2-day passes to the attraction. Registration for the special Saturday Night Cruzin' Show is $10.

Participants will vie for 50 awards, such as Vehicle of Distinction and Best of Show, as well as best paint, best engine, best graphics and best use of neon.

For information, call organizers Kathy and Bill Cox at (904) 672-6388.

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