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Hernando briefs for June 27

Pine beetle assistance program: The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Florida Forest Service is accepting applications through July 18 for the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program for nonindustrial private forest landowners.

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The program provides incentive payments for conducting a first pulpwood thinning, conducting prescribed burning operations and mechanical underbrush treatments, and planting longleaf or slash pine.

The Southern pine beetle is considered one of the most destructive forest pests in the Southeast. Periodic outbreaks can rapidly kill millions of pine trees over tens of thousands of acres. The most recent series of major outbreaks resulted in an estimated $59 million in timber loss between 1999 and 2002.

To learn more about the program and for an application form, call Hernando County forester Nicole Howard at (352) 797-4130 or visit

Low-cost pet vaccinations: The Florida International Teaching Zoo veterinary staff will offer a low-cost pet vaccination clinic from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply Co., 18741 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $7. Dog distemper-parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots will be $15; kennel cough (Bordetella) shots for dogs will be $16.

A veterinarian will administer all vaccinations. Documentation will be provided. Proceeds are tax-deductible contributions that will benefit the teaching zoo in Bushnell. For information, call (352) 867-7788 and leave a message.

Veterinary assistant course: The Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer its 14-week veterinary assistant program from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, starting July 8, at the Villages Lifelong Learning College at the Villages High School, 275 Buffalo Trail.

Lecture topics will include veterinary aspects of diseases, emergency situations, nutrition, taxonomy, internal and external parasites, and client management skills. Laboratory skill classes will cover bandaging and fecal parasite analysis. Species covered include dogs and cats, zoo animals, horses and pet birds.

Tests will be given. Upon completion, students will receive veterinary assistant certification.

Cost for the program with full certification is $500. All fees are tax deductible and will benefit the teaching zoo's facility being constructed in Sumter County.

To register or to obtain information, call (352) 753-3035 or (352) 867-7788.

Candidate fundraiser: A campaign kickoff and fundraiser for Dan Oliver, Democratic candidate for Hernando County Commission District 4, will be July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

Dinner tickets are $25 each and must be purchased in advance. A cash bar will be available. There will be a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing.

To purchase tickets, mail the payment along with a return address and occupation to the Dan Oliver Campaign, P.O. Box 1715, Brooksville, FL 34601. Online payments through Paypal can be made at For more information, call (352) 263-9842 or send an email to

Tour the new vo-tech center: Tours are available of the Suncoast Technical Education Center, Hernando County's new vocational-technical center for adults.

Tour dates include July 9 and Aug. 6, both at 11 a.m. The center is at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville.

The center offers programs in areas such as automotive, cosmetology, cyber security, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, machining, cybersecurity, nurse's aide, and restaurant food and alcohol safety training through ServSafe. For more information, call (352) 797-7091.

Women's Hall of Fame nominations sought: The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is accepting nominations through July 15 for the 2014-15 Florida Women's Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors Florida women who have made significant contributions to the improvement of life for Florida residents.

The commission will recommend 10 nominees to Gov. Rick Scott, who will select up to three women to be inducted in March.

For a nomination form, write to: Florida Commission on the Status of Women, Office of the Attorney General, PL-01, The Capitol, Tallahassee, FL 32300-1050, or call (850) 414-3300. Forms may also be downloaded from

Teachers can send in wish lists: The United Way of Hernando County is accepting teacher wish lists for the annual Stuff the Bus event, which will be Aug. 1 to 3.

Hernando County schoolteachers may submit applications through July 25 online at

The United Way is offering a new incentive this year. In addition to the school supplies teachers will receive, for every teacher who signs up and completes a volunteer shift at a bus location, one stuffed backpack with age-appropriate classroom supplies will be provided to a needy child at the teacher's school.

Nonteachers interested in volunteering for the event may fill out an application at unitedwayhernando.rg/volunteer-hernando. Local businesses are encouraged to become a drop-off/collection site. For more information, call (352) 688-2026.

Nominate a Great Brooksvillian: The city of Brooksville is accepting nominations for the 2014 Great Brooksvillian, who will be honored at a ceremony during the Founders Week celebration in October. Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 15 at 5 p.m..

The annual program recognizes outstanding individuals who have made significant positive contributions to the history, culture or economy of the community.

Each year's honoree is presented with a plaque, and another plaque is maintained at City Hall. Nomination forms are available online at or at the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

The city is also accepting volunteers wishing to serve on the screening committee to review the nominations. For more information, call (352) 540-3853 or send an email to

Hernando briefs for June 27 06/25/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:03pm]
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