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Applications available for Miss Hernando/Pasco scholarship pageant


Scholarship pageant applications available

Applications are available for the second annual Miss Hernando/Pasco Pageant, which will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 10 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

This is a scholarship pageant put on by International Pageant Productions, a nonprofit agency. It is an official preliminary pageant to Miss Florida U.S. International, Teen Florida-World, Jr. Miss and Little Miss Florida.

The pageant includes age divisions from 12 months through married women. All participants will receive a goodie bag with T-shirts, gifts from area merchants and gift certificates.

For further information or an application, call (352) 256-9959 or e-mail to

VFW to host memorial ceremony for 9-11

A 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 11 at the 9-11 memorial site at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

A memorial viewing will begin at 9 a.m. and the ceremony will start at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served after the ceremony.

The memorial includes a piece of steel from the collapsed towers of the World Trade Center, a slate tile from the roof of the Pentagon, a canister of soil from the Shanksville, Pa., crash site and paving bricks with the names of every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. There is also a small remembrance of the 17 U.S. sailors killed on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in 2000.

Visitors should bring their own lawn chairs. For information, call (352) 796-0398.


Master Gardener applicants sought

The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking new applicants for the 2011-12 Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

The program is open to anyone with a strong interest in gardening, a willingness to learn, a desire to share wise gardening practices with others and the time to volunteer. No prior Florida gardening experience required.

Those interested must attend a mandatory "get acquainted" session to learn more about this volunteer program. Sessions will be at 2 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive.

Registration is requested. Call (352) 754-4433.

RC Charity Fun-Fly scheduled for Sept. 10

The Hernando Aero Modelers will host an RC Charity Fun-Fly from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the club field near the Cemex entrance on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, north of Brooksville.

Scheduled events include free flying; giant scale pattern, pylon racing, precision pattern flying, giant sailplane demonstrations; World War I and World War II fly-bys, electric planes, parasails, paratrooper drop, learn-to-fly training, static displays and a computer simulator.

Admission is $3 per person or $5 per carload. Parking is free. Prizes will be awarded, donated by participating vendors. Food and drinks will be available.

For information, call Bill Panzeter at (352) 346-9948 or Al Payne at (352) 597-5346.


Deadline Sept. 30 for water bill incentives

Hernando County Utilities Department customers who meet the requirements of the Low Flow Toilet Replacement Program and/or the Rain Sensor Rebate Program have until Sept. 30 to receive a water bill credit for participating in these programs.

Low Flow Toilet Replacement Program: HCUD is offering up to a $200 ($100 per toilet) water bill credit for customers to have their high per gallon flush toilets replaced with a new water-saving toilet 1.6 gpf (gallon per flush) toilet. Program requirements include the home must have been built prior to 1994 and currently have a 3.5 gpf or higher water using toilet. Also, a participating plumber must be used to install the new toilet(s).

Rain Sensor Rebate Program: Outdoor water use (sprinklers, etc.) accounts for half or more of the water a household uses. HCUD is offering a $50 water bill credit to customers who do not currently have a rain sensor and irrigate (water) with Hernando County Utilities water. The home and irrigation system need to be older than 2001, and a participating irrigation contractor must be used. To receive a rebate, customers must first pre-qualify. Call (352) 754-4705.

For a list of participating plumbers (for the Low Flow Toilet Replacement Program) and irrigation contractors (for the Rain Sensor Rebate Program) go online to; or e-mail to; or call (352) 754-4705.


Libraries to host free programs, activities

The Hernando County Public Library System will offer the following free programs and activities:

• Time Management Workshop, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. The workshop will be presented by Career Central. It addresses the Eisenhower Method and is taught using a story to introduce the concept. Discussion follows to reinforce and illustrate the practical application in the workplace, school and elsewhere.

• Showing of the movie, Life as We Know It, 2 p.m. Thursday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The only thing Holley and Eric have in common is their mutual dislike for one another and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. When their mutual best friends, Sophie's parents, die in an accident, the two become Sophie's caregivers and must learn to put aside their differences. The 2010 film, rated PG-13, stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. Light refreshments will be served.

• Downloading Digital Audio and e-Books at the Library, 10 a.m. Friday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The class will include how to browse, check out, download and place a hold on digital media. Participants are encouraged to bring their audio and e-Book reader equipment, with cords.


Singers to start Christmas rehearsals

The Nature Coast Festival Singers will begin rehearsals for their Christmas concerts at 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way.

Anyone who loves to sing and is willing to commit to attending weekly rehearsals (7 p.m. Mondays) are welcome to join the chorus. Music will be available to purchase at this first rehearsal. Those who have a copy of the Messiah should bring it to the rehearsal.

For information, call Shirley at (352) 597-2235.

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