Skull dug up at PHCC is identified
A human skull unearthed last week at Pasco-Hernando Community College is American Indian, archeologists announced Tuesday. A construction worker discovered the skull when he noticed the round, white object in the mouth of the bulldozer he was operating, PHCC spokeswoman Lucy Miller said. Experts have not yet determined the skull's age. American Indian artifacts are relatively common in the nearby state-designated site of historical significance about a mile north of the Pasco-Hernando County line off U.S. 19, Miller said. Construction crews found the skull while building a parking lot, she said.
Deadline today to register for toys
Today is the last day to register children for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots Program in Hernando County. Hernando County residents in need can register their children, ages 6 months to 12 years, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Parents or legal guardians must register in person and bring their driver's license, proof of residency, birth certificates and Social Security cards for each child. For information, call (352) 796-3666.
Visit gardens to see holiday trees
The annual Holiday in the Gardens continues at Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave. The event includes numerous trees that have been decorated by various groups and organizations, which will be on display through early January. It includes a contest for the best-decorated tree. Envelopes are available at the entrance to the gardens and visitors can vote for their favorite tree through Dec. 24; the cost is $1 per vote. The botanical gardens are open daily during daylight hours. For information, call (352) 683-9933.
The Hernando Audubon Society's 31st annual Christmas Bird Count in Hernando County will be on Saturday. A wrong day was listed in Saturday's Hernando Times. To sign up or for information, call Clay at (352) 592-4949.
Holiday shopping event to benefit the Dawn Center: 5:30-8 p.m., Suncoast Villa Apartments clubhouse, 3454 Suncoast Villa Way, Spring Hill. (727) 271-1348.
Master Gardeners weekly plant sale: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Master Gardener nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.
Detailed obituaries are published in the Tampa Bay section.