Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Hernando briefs

COPING WITH HOLIDAY GRIEF: HPH Hospice will offer a Holiday Grief Workshop at 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at its West Hernando team office, 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

The program is for adults concerned about coping with the holidays after the loss of a loved one. It will be led by a hospice bereavement counselor who will give tips on coping with grief.

Preregistration is requested. Call toll-free 1-800-486-6784. For information, visit

CHRISTMAS CANTATA: The Nativity Lutheran Church Chancel Choir will present its annual Christmas Cantata at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at the church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

The cantata will be the musical, One Incredible Moment, by Tom Fettke. It is directed by Donna Olsen. For information, call (352) 597-1456.

ARC OPEN HOUSE: The Arc Nature Coast will host its annual Holiday Open House from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at its education center at 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

There will be music and a special Christmas program presented by Arc members. Complimentary lunch will be provided.

For information, call (352) 592-5650, ext. 408.

BOOK SIGNING WITH TEEN AUTHOR: Ariel Lenart, an 18-year-old Christian author, will sign copies of her new book, Someday My Prince Will Come, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville.

The book offers "big sister encouragement" for preteen girls on areas of boys, popularity and waiting for true love.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Christmas on Main Street festivities in downtown Brooksville. Those who purchase a book will receive an embossed purity dog tag necklace and chain. Free gift wrapping will be available for books and other gift items in the cafe. There will also be treats and door prizes given away.

For information about the event, call Rising Sun at (352) 848-0090. Information on Lenart's book is available on her website,, and is also on

BABYSITTING COURSE: The Hernando County Recreation Department will offer a babysitting course, sponsored by the American Heart Association, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

The class will teach what babysitters need to know and what parents want in a safe and responsible sitter. Participants will also learn about writing resumes and interviewing for jobs.

The cost is $50, which includes a book and certifications in babysitting, CPR and general first-aid basics, good for two years. Preregistration and payment is required. Call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or instructor Julie Stack at (352) 684-5664, or visit the website at

ARTIST RECEPTIONS: The Spring Hill Art League will co-host the following artist receptions:

• Reception for artist Grace Ashcraft, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8, at Art, Craft, Bridal and Frame, Town Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The reception will be held in conjunction with the shop's annual Christmas party, and will include demonstrations and prize drawings. Refreshments will be served. Ashcraft's works will remain on display through the end of December.

• Reception for artist Carol Knudson, 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8, Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. Refreshments will be served. Knudson's works will remain on display through the end of December.

For information, call (352) 556-3984.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: The Hernando County Shrine Club will host a breakfast buffet with Santa from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 16 at the club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

The menu includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, orange juice, coffee and tea.

Advance tickets are $7 adults, $5 children ages 5-11 and free for ages 4 and younger. Tickets purchased at the door are an additional $1 each.

For information, call Larry at (716) 207-7382 or Jerry at (352) 610-4124.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA: As part of the national Wreaths Across America on Dec. 15, wreaths will be placed on veterans' graves at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens, 14354 Spring Hill Drive, east of Spring Hill.

The Civil Air Patrol Honor Guard will start the wreath placement at 10 a.m., followed by a ceremony starting at noon. The Knights of Columbus will provide an honor guard for the ceremony. Local dignitaries will participate, including U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, county commissioners and others.

The national project involves placing sponsored wreaths on grave markers at national cemeteries, as well as on veterans' graves at other cemeteries.

For information, call Michael Squillace or Dennis Reich at (352) 796-7080.

LEARN CPR: A CPR/automated external defibrillator class will be offered at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, in the Medical Arts Building at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville.

The course meets the guidelines of the American Heart Association and the American Safety and Health Institute. It is designed for professional health care providers, but anyone may participate.

The cost is $20. Upon completion of the course, students will receive a two-year certification card. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Call Bob Kanner at (352) 597-8875.

CELEBRATE HOLIDAYS WITH KOREAN VETS: Korean War Veterans Legion 5053 and Ladies Auxiliary invite the community to their annual Christmas party on Dec. 15 at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. A social hour with a cash bar will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded.

A buffet dinner will be served at 3 p.m. by John Mason Catering (entrees include roast turkey breast with gravy and cranberry sauce, and roast loin of pork with gravy; dessert is apple pie a la mode).

The Key Notes Band will entertain from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Table reservations for eight or more are available.

For tickets or information, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.

CITY CHRISTMAS DECORATING CONTEST: The city of Brooksville Beautification Board is sponsoring its annual Best Christmas Decorations contest. Businesses and residences within the city limits are invited to participate.

Members of the Beautification Board will determine the winners on Dec. 11. Those participating should have their properties lit by 6 p.m.

Awards will be given in two categories: best residential Christmas display and best commercial Christmas display. Winners will be recognized by the Beautification Board and the Brooksville City Council during the council's meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 17. Winners will be presented with a plaque and a recognition gift.

To nominate a property, or for information, call Lindsay Morgan at (352) 540-3856.

Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

Hillsborough school district and its teachers are at a bargaining impasse, but still talking

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Pinellas jury: Clearwater man representing himself is guilty of killing his mother

LARGO — A jury found Daniel Richards guilty of second-degree murder on Friday for the fatal beating of his 83-year-old mother.Richards, a 61-year-old who represented himself during his trial, was sentenced to life in prison.On the night of July 17, 2...
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FHP: Overturned vehicle reported on northbound Howard Frankland

ST. PETERSBURG — Drivers should avoid the northbound Howard Frankland Bridge for a while: The Florida Highway Patrol is responding to a report of an overturned vehicle there.The incident was reported on northbound Interstate 275, near mile marker 32,...
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Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay girls swim teams

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No charges against motorist as bicyclist is hit from behind, killed in Seminole Heights

TAMPA — A 52-year-old man riding a bicycle was killed early Friday when he was struck from behind by a car in Seminole Heights, Tampa police said.Wayne Kersh, 52, was killed in the collision about 12:15 a.m. on Hillsborough Avenue near N Central Aven...
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Tampa Bay Times’ all-Tampa Bay boys swim teams

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Hillsborough County Swimmer of the Year: Brendan Driscoll, Jr., JesuitDriscoll was the only boys swimmer from Hillsborough County to win an individual state title this year and he did it with emphasis, taking gold in the 500 free in 4:29.50, almost...
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Ranking America’s top 10 chain restaurants. How does your favorite stack up

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Taxpayer subsidies of Tampa golf courses are on the rise as struggles continue

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When you think you’ve got Brayden Point figured out, a surprise awaits

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How to optimize your college football bowl-watching experience

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