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Brooksville Air Center to celebrate grand opening


Brooksville Air Center to celebrate opening

A grand opening celebration of Brooksville Air Center will be at 11 a.m. at the facility at 15421 Technology Drive, south of Brooksville in the Hernando County Airport Corporate Park.

BAC is the second fixed-base operator at the Hernando County Airport.

Families are welcome to the event, which includes a pig roast and tours of a World War II B-25 bomber. The event is free, but donations for Lea's Prayers and Postage Inc., a local nonprofit organization that provides postage for packages to troops serving overseas, are welcome.

For information, call (352) 754-5449 or visit


Youth tennis camp signups now open

Hernando County Recreation will offer tennis camp for youth 8-14 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through June 25 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd.

Both beginner and intermediate participants will develop technique and form and improve their tennis skills. The instructor is Doug Haskedakes, a certified tennis coach at Springstead High School.

The cost is $90, plus a $10 registration fee. Stop by the Recreation office at 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, call (352) 754-4031 or visit


Mosquito control staff offers free workshops

In recognition of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week (June 20-26), staff from Hernando County's Mosquito Control Division will be on hand at local stores to show residents what they can do to help keep their property mosquito-free:

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday at Lowe's, 7117 Broad St., Brooksville.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wal-Mart Supercenter, 13300 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25, Lowe's, 4780 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Also, mosquito control director Guangye Hu will be the guest on the Plant Lady Show on WWJB-AM 1450 radio station from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Monday. Listeners can call in questions at (352) 540-6552.

Information is also available online at


Members needed for Block Grant Board

Brooksville City Council is accepting applications from those interested in volunteering on the Community Development Block Grant Citizens Task Advisory Board.

There are five positions available: two 4-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2014; two 3-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2013; and one 2-year term for an alternate member ending Dec. 31, 2012.

Those interested must be city residents and registered Florida voters. To be considered, an appropriate application form must be completed. Applications are available online at or can be obtained at the city clerk's office at City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. Completed applications must be returned to the office.

For information, call (352) 540-3853.


Charity barbecue to feature Bucs players

A Guns and Hoses Hernando County Barbecue Festival will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 26 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St.

There will be food and games. Tampa Bay Buccaneer players also will be meeting, greeting and cooking. There will be raffles to win a seven-day Hawaii trip and two 42-inch flat screen TVs.

All proceeds go to the Frank Loreto Family Fund to benefit Sgt. Frank Loreto of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Tickets are $10 per person, $15 per couple, $20 per family. For information, call Brian McGinnis at (352) 678-0950.


HPH Hospice offers volunteer orientation

HPH Hospice will host a two-part volunteer orientation for adults and teens 14 and older from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 30 and July 2 at the office at 12260 Cortez Blvd.

A variety of opportunities are available, such as patient visitation, family respite, cooking at the Hospice House, office support and video production. Details are available online at

Preregistration is required. Call Mary Kay Sandell at (352) 597-1882.



Florida International Teaching Zoo will offer its veterinary assistant program designed for pet lovers, exotic animal aficionados, zoo and performing animal professionals.

The 14-week lecture series and veterinary assistant skills certification program will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, starting July 6, at the Villages' Lifelong Learning College, located at the Villages High School, 275 Buffalo Trail.

Topics include veterinary medical aspects of animals, such as dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles and exotic zoo animals; basics of diseases, taxonomy, nutrition, housing emergency procedures, anesthesia and sanitation.

Demonstrations provided, with student participation, include the basics of fecal parasite diagnosis, CPR and wound and bandaging.

Past graduates are currently employed at veterinary clinics, wildlife and pet rescue facilities, and pet grooming salons.

Cost for the program with full certification is $510. All fees are tax-deductible and will benefit the Teaching Zoo's facility being constructed in Sumter County.

To register or for information, call Mark Wilson at (352) 867-7788 (leave message), or the Villages at (352) 753-3035.


Philippine-Americans schedule dinner-dance

The Hernando County Philippine-American Association will host an Independence Day Dinner, Show and Dance from 6 to 11 p.m. July 3 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

The menu includes roast pork, spare ribs, roast chicken, lumpia, pancit (noodles), assorted vegetables and desserts.

The public is welcome. Tickets are $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers, $10 for children 6-15 and free for 5 and younger. For tickets or details, call (352) 848-1031, (352) 666-5381 or (352) 397-9730.


Fine Arts Council needs volunteers

The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from those interested in volunteering on the Hernando County Fine Arts Council. There are four unexpired terms on the council: two that will expire Dec. 31, one that will expire Dec. 31, 2011, and one that expires Dec. 31, 2013.

The purpose of the council is to promote the arts and support groups associated with the arts in Hernando County.

Applications are available in the County Administrator's Office, Room 263 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. June 29.

To be considered, applicants must be residents and registered voters of Hernando County. For information, call (352) 754-4002.


Yard sale benefits fight against landfill

A yard sale to benefit the Citizens' Preservation Fund will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 9 and 10 at 29034 Wildlife Lane.

Donations of items for the sale are appreciate. The last day to bring items is July 7. Tables for use at the sale also are needed.

The Citizen Preservation Fund is a group of local residents who started a campaign against the pending 26-acre landfill site on the southern edge of the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.

For information or to make arrangements to drop off items for the sale, call Paige at (352) 754-1759. Visit the website at

Brooksville Air Center to celebrate grand opening 06/17/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 17, 2010 7:12pm]
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