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Band camp begins at Brandon High on Monday

Band camp begins at Brandon High on Monday

Brandon High School's band camp is Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The camp, which includes indoor and outdoor rehearsals, is for students registered for Band I-VI. Required dress includes tennis shoes, shorts, light-colored T-shirts and water that can be carried. For a full list of required items, go to There is a parents' meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the school.

Students who have not contacted band director Melanie Driscoll about attending camp should do so before Monday via e-mail at

RUSKIN Aug. 11 benefit to help girl raped at library

An event to benefit the former East Bay High School student who was attacked and raped at the Bloomingdale library will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Ruskin VFW, 5120 U.S. 41 N.

There will be live music, food and beverages. The cost is $10 per family at the door or $5 per person. The girl, who was blinded in the April 24 attack and can't talk or swallow, is undergoing rehabilitation in Sarasota. Her care costs $30,000 a month and Medicaid recently notified the girl's family that it won't cover her expenses any longer.

For more information on the event, call Melanie Morrison at 645-3808 or send e-mail to

Donations to the Bloomingdale Library Rape Victim Fund can be made at SunTrust banks.


State gives okay for 30 miles of power lines

The state approved a power line corridor this week that will run 30 miles from Temple Terrace to Polk County, crisscrossing what opponents of the plan say are pristine forest and wetland areas.

The state's Siting Board — made up of the governor and his cabinet — unanimously approved the Tampa Electric Co. plan.

About a dozen local residents made the trip to Tallahassee and gave a two-minute presentation to the board.

The group was led by Susan Watson, whose 5-acre property sits adjacent to the corridor.

Watson and her neighbors worry about an eagle's nest that sits along the route, as well as other wildlife in the area.

They also say there may be archaeological sites. Watson said the group is considering an appeal in court.

The approved corridor is 1 mile wide.

Tampa Electric has to meet several state requirements before deciding where to place the power lines within the corridor.


Kids can get art smart at classes

Help your kids learn about and understand art with a series of classes at Center Place.

Most classes run four weeks. The cost is $36 for members and $46 for nonmembers. Courses include "Jump Start for Art," ages 4 to 7, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays starting Aug. 4.; "Fun Painting for Children," ages 7 to 13, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays starting Aug. 7; "Drawing for Children," ages 8 to 10, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays starting Aug. 7; "Drawing for Kids," ages 11 and older, 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays starting Aug. 7; and "Home School Art Classes," ages 7 and older, 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesdays starting Sept. 2.

Center Place is at 619 Vonderburg Drive. Call 685-8888 for more information.

Band camp begins at Brandon High on Monday 07/31/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 9:24am]
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