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Hernando Briefs for Sept. 1


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Alert notification system debuts

Hernando County has launched its new emergency notification system, AlertHernando, which informs residents of emergency situations so they can act to protect themselves. Through AlertHernando, the county can contact thousands of residents within minutes with important information about things such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods. Residents are encouraged to register for the free service at Residents listed in the Yellow or White Pages will be automatically subscribed to alerts by phone. AlertHernando registration also allows residents and visitors to self-register and provide additional contact information. For information, call (352) 754-4083.


Papa Joe's event will benefit Dawn Center

Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville, will host Under the Chandeliers, a gourmet fare and wine pairing from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14. The event will benefit the Dawn Center, which provides free supportive services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The event, in the restaurant's Caprrici Room, will offer five courses of elegant food, wine and fun. Tickets are $75 per person. For tickets or information, call April Johnson at (727) 457-3242 or the restaurant at (352) 631-8230.


Registration open for Rails to Trail ride

The 23rd annual Rails to Trails Bike Ride on the Withlacoochee State Trail will be on Oct. 1. Riders may start anytime between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. The ride is the only fundraiser held for the trail each year, and proceeds benefit trail upkeep, enhancements and amenities. The ride begins and ends at the trailhead at 315 N Apopka Ave. A continental breakfast will be available for purchase, and lunch will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Apopka trailhead. Riders registered by Sept. 11 will receive a commemorative T-shirt. The entry fee is $35 for riders ages 12 and older; $15 for riders ages 11 and younger (must be accompanied by an adult). Mailed entries must be received by Sept. 29. All others must register as walk-ups on the day of the ride. Early packet pickup will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in the pavilion at the Apopka trailhead for pre-registered riders only. There will be five stops on the route where water, sports drinks, food and restrooms will be available. For information, call (352) 527-9535 or send email to [email protected]

To register online, visit Mail entries to: Rails to Trails, 3572 N Stirrup Drive, Beverly Hills, FL 34465.


YMCA to host 9/11 remembrance events

The public is invited to take part in a two-day event to remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and to honor those who were there to assist and continue to serve. The annual Freedom Run 5K and 1-mile walk will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 9 at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner. There will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids. Prizes will be awarded to first-, second- and third-place finishers. A continental breakfast and block party will be held afterward. The event is free. The 16th Run/Walk to Remember will begin with an informal gathering at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at the Y. The event is free, but will not be timed or have race support. For information, call Amber at (352) 688-9622.

To assure organizers have plenty of food, pre-registration is requested. To RSVP, visit

9/11 Memorial Bike Run set for Sept. 9

K9 Partners for Patriots will host the 9/11 Memorial Bike Run on Sept. 9. Registration will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts. Kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. The race starts at Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 13383 County Line Road, and ends at the Crystal River Fraternal Order of Eagles 4272, 5340 W Grover Cleveland Blvd., Homosassa. The event will a police-escorted ride with entertainment, food, drinks and a raffle. Breakfast will be available for purchase at 8 a.m. at the Elks lodge. The event will benefit veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury through K9 Partners for Patriots. Tickets are $10 per rider; $5 for passengers.

For information, call Dave at (727) 992-6247 or Leo at (630) 660-0354. To register in advance, visit

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony set for VFW

The Retired New York City Firefighters of Spring Hill will host a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Sept. 11 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, off Anderson Snow Road. The free public event will honor the memory of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Light refreshments will be served prior to the ceremony. The ceremony will include the posting of colors, lowering the flag to half staff, the laying of wreaths and a 21-gun salute. Afterward, food and beverages will be available for purchase in the post.

Those attending are invited to arrive early and view the 9/11 memorial on the grounds, which includes items from all of the attack sites.

Medicare changes topic of AARP meeting

Hernando County West AARP Chapter 5445 will meet at noon Sept. 5 at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 4685 Commercial Way. If ordering from the menu, plan to arrive at 11 a.m. Discussion will include an update on the chapter and Medicare changes. To RSVP, call Robert at (352) 683-9361.

Goodwill donors get discount to aquarium

During September, those who drop off clothing or household items at the Goodwill Spring Hill Superstore, 4750 Commercial Way, will receive a coupon good for $10 off each full paid general admission ticket to the Florida Aquarium in Tampa, up to four tickets. Goodwill shoppers who round up their purchases to the nearest dollar will also get a coupon. The coupons are redeemable at the aquarium until Nov. 30. For each ticket redeemed, the Florida Aquarium will donate $1 to support Goodwill services. For information, call (352) 596-1712 or (727) 317-4220.

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