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Bachschmidt joins Withlacoochee River Basin Board

BROOKSVILLE

Bachschmidt is appointed to water board

Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed William J. Bachschmidt of Inglis to the Withlacoochee River Basin Board, which includes portions of Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion, Pasco and Sumter counties. He is the vice president of D.A.B. Constructors Inc. Bachschmidt succeeds Seeth K. Trimpert. His term ends March 1, 2011.

See art, poetry contest today

An exhibit and reception for judging the Dawn Center's Art and Poetry Contest will be at 5 p.m. today at the Purple Leopard Design Studio, 100 N Brooksville Ave. The contest, held in conjunction with the Hernando County School District, includes work by middle and high school students on the theme "Many Views. One Vision: Making Hernando County Free of Domestic and Sexual Violence." Light refreshments will be served. The artwork and poetry will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the Dawn Center's programs. For information, call Morgan Moeller at (352) 592-1288.

Group wants help sprucing up decor

The Brooksville Beautification Board is raising funds to replace old Christmas decorations. The board's goal for the 2009 holiday season is to replace old utility pole decorations with new energy-efficient lighted wreaths that will compliment the historic character of downtown. Funding will depend entirely on community support. Those wishing to help out can stop by the Beautification Board's booth at the Market on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday . For information, call Lindsay Morgan at (352) 544-5400.

Countywide

Donate blood, receive goodies

LifeSouth Community Blood Center's 20th annual "8 On Your Side" Holiday Blood Drive will be from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lowe's, 7117 Broad St., Brooksville, and 4780 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. All those who donate blood will receive free admission tickets to MOSI, a recognition gift item and a cholesterol screening. To donate, you must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo ID (16-year-olds require a written parental consent to donate). For information, call (352) 596-2002 or visit www.lifesouth.org.

SPRING HILL

Support group helps bereaved

Those finding it difficult to get through the holiday season while grieving the loss of a loved one are invited to the Hernando-Pasco Hospice's community grief support group that meets from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at the facility at 12260 Cortez Blvd. This is an ongoing group for adults trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one. There is no cost and no reservations are needed. The group will not meet Dec. 25 or Jan. 1, but will resume Jan. 8. For information, call toll-free at 1-800-486-8784.

Today's meeting

Brooksville City Council, 7 p.m., City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

Today's pick

Adult choir Christmas music program, 7 p.m., Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. 683-5882.

Hernando deaths

Viau, Donald Alfred

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Bachschmidt joins Withlacoochee River Basin Board 12/14/08 [Last modified: Monday, December 15, 2008 2:21pm]
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