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Baseball tournament will raise funds for Will Bleakley USF scholarship

CLEARWATER Tournament to help Bleakley scholarship

The Will Bleakley Memorial Baseball Tournament will be from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Frank Tack Field, 1967 N Hercules Ave., off Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard.

Games will be played throughout the day. Spectator admission is free. There will be a concession stand, silent auction and raffles. All proceeds will be used to set up a scholarship at the University of South Florida in Bleakley's name.

Bleakley, 25, a former USF football player, was one of three friends who died when their boat capsized in the Gulf of Mexico on March 1. Also killed were former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith. A fourth friend, Nick Schuyler, survived.

Saturday's event is being coordinated by Anthony Turchetti, Bleakley's coach/teammate from the Clearwater Men's Baseball League. Visit the Web site at or call Turchetti at (727) 748-2889 or e-mail

SPRING HILL Cougar cheerleading, football signups set

The West Hernando Cougars will have registration for the 2009 football and cheerleading season from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Delta Woods Park on Deltona Boulevard. Additional registration dates include May 16, 17, 24 and 30; and June 6, 7, 13 and 14.

Football divisions include junior flyweight for ages 5-6, flyweight for ages 7-8, mighty mites for ages 9-10, junior varsity for ages 11-12 and varsity for ages 13-15. Ages are as of Jan. 1, 2009.

The cost for football is $175, which includes a game uniform. Cheerleading is $225, which includes a cheer uniform, cheer shoes and practice uniform.

For information, call Bobby McFarland at (352) 585-6524.

SPRING HILL Tax collector's branch office closed for a day

The Hernando County Tax Collector's branch office in the Westside Government Center, 7489 Forest Oaks Blvd., will be closed on Wednesday for training purposes. The office will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday.

The main office, Room 112 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, will remain open. For information, call (352) 754-4180.

BROOKSVILLE Butterfly walk, more, planned at Chinsegut

Chinsegut Nature Center will host the following events and programs in May:

• Chinsegut Butterfly Walk, 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. Bring binoculars and a butterfly guide.

• Chinsegut History Tour, noon to 3 p.m. May 13. This is a living history interpretation of Chinsegut's past. The program will start at the nature center and end at Chinsegut Hill.

• Geocaching class, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class size is limited to 30.

All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and at the nature center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, north of Brooksville. Space is limited and reservations are needed. Call (352) 754-6722.

SPRING HILL Hospice seeking and training volunteers

Hernando-Pasco Hospice is in need of volunteers. A two-day training for prospective volunteers will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 13 and 15 at the office at 12260 Cortez Blvd. The office is on the 10-acre campus that also is home to the Hospice House and new Hospice Care Center.

Training participants will be given an overview of the nonprofit organization and the various volunteer opportunities available. Lunch will be provided both days.

Preregistration for the training is required. Call Mary Kay Sandell, volunteer coordinator, at (352) 597-1882.


Talented? Volunteer to entertain veterans

The Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans is seeking volunteer entertainment for the veterans residing in the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans' Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes.

The facility is home to 120 veterans. Volunteers need share their talents for only an hour or so a month.

Those interested can call Fran Finley at (352) 686-1820 or Susan Poynter at (813) 558-5000, ext. 224, for details.


Learn the basics of record management

The State Library and Archives of Florida has selected Brooksville as a host site for the 2009 "Basics of Record Management" seminar series. The local seminar will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave.

The SLAF, which is a division of the Florida Department of State, is offering a series of seminars on basic records management in various locations throughout the state.

The seminars are designed for individuals who have records management responsibilities.

To register, or for information, call Lindsay Morgan at (352) 540-3810, ext. 37163, or e-mail Registration details are also available on the Web at


Get your car washed and help Boy Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 433 will have a carwash from 8:30 a.m. to noon May 9 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd.

Carwashes will be given for a donation to the Scouts' summer camp fund.

All funds raised at the carwash will be used to defray the cost of camp, which is $1,600 this year.

For information, call Dave Nelson at (352) 683-6204.

SPRING HILL Fox Chapel Middle PTSA to meet Monday

Fox Chapel Middle School's PTSA will have a general meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the media center at the school, 9412 Fox Chapel Lane.

Deputy Wendy McGinnis will give a presentation on Internet safety as well as gangs and bullies. Food and drinks will be served.

PTSA membership is not required to attend this meeting. To reserve a seat, RSVP to Debbie Grech at (352) 797-7025, (352) 398-9667 or

BROOKSVILLE Beef, goat and poultry production classes set

Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer the first class of its Livestock Series at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Extension office, 19490 Oliver St. The topic is beef production.

The series will be presented by Stacy Strickland, regional specialized extension agent.

Additional topics will be goat production on May 14, and poultry production on May 20.

There is no cost to participate. To register, call (352) 754-4433.

RIDGE MANOR WEST Learn what annuals survive summer heat

A free class, "Colorful Annuals for the Summertime Heat," will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road.

Jim Moll, urban horticulture agent for the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service, will discuss which annuals will thrive and look nice throughout the summer. There is no cost and no registration is required. Seating is limited. For information, call (352) 754-4433.

GAINESVILLE Deadline for nutrition services is May 13

Elder Options will accept applications through 4 p.m. May 13 to provide senior nutrition services under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Correspondence regarding this application should be addressed to: David Huckabee, Director of Program Operations, Elder Options, 5700 SW 34th St., Suite 222, Gainesville, FL 32608. Call (352) 378-6649.


Mother's Day event May 10 at Elks Lodge

Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 will host a Mother's Day program and dinner dance May 10 at the lodge, 14494 Cortez Blvd.

Cocktail hour will be from 3 to 4 p.m. The program honoring mothers will be at 4 p.m., with dinner following at 4:30 p.m. The menu choice is chicken breast or roast beef, which will be served with tossed salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, mixed vegetables, rolls and coffee. Ice cream will be served for dessert.

Dancing to the music of Take Two will start during the cocktail hour, then continue again from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 each, and must be purchased by Tuesday. Call Darlene Keck at (352) 688-5353.

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