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Fire destroys cage at Hernando attraction, but lemur escapes injury


Fire destroys cage, but lemur escapes injury

A lemur at a Hernando County roadside attraction escaped injury early Monday when a fire destroyed its cage. George the lemur was in his cage at Boyett's Grove Citrus & Zoo Attraction on Spring Lake Highway when an electric space heater set the cage's bedding on fire, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office report. A newspaper delivery driver reported flames at the attraction about 4:30 a.m., and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire.

Free course helps prepare for disaster

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Emergency Management Section, will host a free Community Emergency Response Team training course from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, starting this week, at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., west of Brooksville. This is a six-week interactive course on comprehensive hazards preparedness. Topics include community and self-preparedness, how to suppress small fires, disaster medical techniques, how to conduct a proper search and rescue, and how to cope with the stress of disaster. The course concludes with a disaster drill. Participants receive a state certificate. To register or for information, call Pam Harris at (352) 754-4083.


School official cancer-free after treatments

School Board member Dianne Bonfield announced Tuesday night that after four treatments at the Florida Cancer Institute in Spring Hill for lymphoma, she has been diagnosed cancer-free. Bonfield, 61, said she has two treatments left. "I can thank the good Lord and all the prayers," she said. Bonfield said she hasn't decided whether to run for re-election.

Donations needed for victim's funeral

Donations are being collected and an account has been set up for the family of Kathryn Donovan, who was shot and killed Thursday by her brother, John Kalisz, who also killed two others. Money raised will help with funeral costs, as well as for medical bills for Donovan's daughter, Manessa, who was seriously wounded in the shooting, and who does not have insurance. Donations may be made payable to Suzanna Greif and sent to: c/o Suntrust Bank, 1 E Jefferson St., Brooksville, FL 34601, Attention: Sherri Lucier. Call (352) 397-5446.

Today's meeting

Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority, 4:30 p.m., Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2379 Broad St., south of Brooksville.

Today's picks

'Caring for Cold-Damaged Plants' seminar: 10 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Free. (352) 754-4433.

Weekly pierogi and bake sales resume at St. Andrew Ukrainian Catholic Church: Noon-3 p.m., 8064 Weeping Willow St., Spring Hill. (352) 688-1839 or (352) 597-5589.

Fire destroys cage at Hernando attraction, but lemur escapes injury 01/19/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 9:10pm]
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