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Hernando County briefs for Oct. 3

YOUTH VFW ESSAY CONTESTS: Local middle and high school youth are invited to enter the annual essay contests offered through the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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The Voice of Democracy competition is open to students in grades 9 to 12. Entrants must submit a three- to five-minute audio essay on the theme "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?"

The Patriot's Pen competition, for students in grades 6 to 8, calls for a 300- to 400-word essay on "What I Would Tell America's Founding Fathers."

Two local VFW posts are accepting entries:

• VFW Post 9236 and Ladies Auxiliary, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. The post will award a $500 cash scholarship to the Voice of Democracy winner and $200 cash to the Patriot's Pen winner. For details, call Jen or Betty at the post, (352) 596-9236.

• VFW Post 10209 and Ladies Auxiliary, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. Contact Kathy Alonzo at (352) 232-6409 or (352) 796-0398.

Winners move on with a chance to enter the national competition. The top national prize for the Voice of Democracy is a $30,000 scholarship. The top prize for the Patriot's Pen contest is $5,000.

The deadline for all entries is Nov. 1. Typed Voice of Democracy essays must be accompanied by a recorded CD version. Visit for rules and entry forms. Patriot's Pen essays must be typed. Visit for details.

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS OPEN ON COUNTY BOARDS: The Hernando County Commission is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving on the following boards.

All positions will become vacant as of Dec. 31:

• Aviation Authority — two positions.

• Board of Construction and Regulation — Positions for one consumer, one roofing contractor and one general contractor.

• Environmentally Sensitive Lands Committee — Two professional positions.

Applicants should have expertise and/or education in one of the following areas: botany, engineering with knowledge of land development or land use, archaeology, geology or hydrology, biology, realty, ecology, forestry/land management, or a related natural science.

• Fine Arts Council — Three positions.

• Library Advisory Committee — Three regular and two alternate positions.

• Planning and Zoning Commission — Two regular and one alternate positions.

• Port Authority — Two positions.

• Tourist Development Council — One representative involved in a tourism endeavor that does not collect the tourism tax.

Applications are available in the county administrator's office, Room 263, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville, or online at

Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 25.

All applications must be residents and registered voters of Hernando County.

For information, call (352) 754-4002.

AIR SHOW: The Hernando Aero Modelers will host a Charity Air Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the group's field, at the Cemex entrance road at 16301 Ponce De Leon Blvd., north of Brooksville.

There will be pattern and scale demonstrations, pylon races, high-speed delta demonstrations, combat flying, static aircraft displays and skilled flying events.

Food and drinks will be available.

Admission is $3 per person or $5 per carload.

Proceeds will benefit the Hernando Cattlemen's Association scholarship fund.

For more information, call Bill Panzeter at (352) 346-9948.

Hernando County briefs for Oct. 3 10/02/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 10:22pm]
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