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Hernando County Commission to hold public hearing on THE Bus service


Public invited to hearing on bus service

The Hernando County Commission will conduct a public hearing on the proposed reduction in THE Bus, the county's fixed-route transit service, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Commission Chambers at Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.

This hearing follows the requisite 30-day public comment period that ended on June 3. Commissioners will discuss and are expected to take action on the proposed reductions.

For information, call Dennis Dix at (352) 754-4057. The agenda may be viewed online at agendas.

Those with disabilities needing special accommodations to participate in the hearing should call Alice Gura at (352) 754-4002 by today; those who are hearing impaired should call toll-free 1-800-676-3777.


Work on water line will interrupt service

Hernando County Utilities Department will make water line improvements at the Cedar Lane Water Plant between 11 p.m. Monday and 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The work will require an interruption in water service for about 150 customers in the surrounding area. A "precautionary boil water notice" will be given to all customers affected by this interruption. While the water is turned off, customers are advised to turn off their water heaters to prevent element damage. Sprinkler systems should be turned off as well.

For information, call (352) 754-4037.


Learn about landscape design, chinch bugs

Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will offer the following free horticulture classes:

• Basics of Landscape Design, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. From selecting the right plant to proper planting techniques, this class will cover the basic principles of landscape design and installation to have a professional-looking landscape without the professional cost. Seating limited.

• Chinch Bugs in St. Augustine Turf, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Participants will learn what a chinch bug looks like, the damage they cause and how to treat the lawn for chinch bugs.

Both classes will be presented by Florida yards and neighborhoods coordinator John Korycki. For information, call (352) 754-4433.


Tickets on sale for pork, chicken barbecue

The Spring Lake Community Club will host its annual pork and chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville.

Tickets are $5 each; children younger than 12 eat free. Those attending are encouraged to bring a covered dish.

All Hernando County residents are invited. For information, call Pat Hernandez at (352) 799-5957.

The community center features a small library that is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Tickets to the barbecue can be purchased during library hours or on the day of the event.


Break out your '50s attire for sock hop

The Spring Hill Community Association will host a '50s Sock Hop at 7 p.m. June 27 at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave.

Music will be provided by DJ Marty the One May Party. There will be contests and prizes for best 1950s attire and more. Food and drinks will be available.

Tickets are $5. For reservations or information, call Cara at (352) 666-4746, visit online at or stop by the office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday or Friday.


Low-cost pet vaccines available Thursday

Due to popular demand, the Florida International Teaching Zoo's veterinary staff will offer another low-cost pet vaccination clinic from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Tractor Supply, 18741 Cortez Blvd.

Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats will be $6. Dog distemper/parvovirus combo shots and cat distemper shots are $14, and dog kennel cough/bordatella shots are $15. All vaccinations will be administered by the veterinarian. Documentation will be provided.

Proceeds benefit Teaching Zoo programs, including endangered species propagation, veterinary assistance distance learning and elephant survival programs. For information, call Wilson at (352) 867-7788.


Groceries available from Angel Ministries

Christian Church in the Wildwood, 10051 Country Road, will take Angel Food Ministries orders on the following days:

• 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 27

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 3 and July 10

• 5 to 7 p.m. July 8

• 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12

Orders made at the church must be paid with cash or food stamps. To view a menu or place an order online, visit For information, call (352) 596-1388, ext. 224.

Angel Food Ministries is a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides grocery relief to anyone interested in participating.

The cost is $30 per unit, which retails for about $60. Various specialty boxes are available, as well as senior packages and an allergen-free food box.


Learn how to navigate safely using a GPS

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer Navigating with GPS (Global Positioning System) from 9 a.m. to noon June 27 at the facility at 4340 Calienta St.

Participants will learn how to use GPS to get to a destination and back safely and will learn how to program waypoints, develop routes and interface GPS routes with a nautical chart.

The cost is $35. For information, call (352) 754-1104 or visit


Women's luncheon will honor teachers

The Brooksville/Spring Hill Christian Women's Connection will host a luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 14 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.

The luncheon theme will be "Honoring All Teachers," featuring Bealls Outlet fashions modeled by students and their favorite teachers. All area teachers are invited to the event. Door prizes will be given.

The inspirational speaker will be Ann Parish from New Smyrna Beach. She will discuss "Bugs in My Teeth and Other White Knuckle Stories from a Motorcycle Enthusiast."

All area women are invited. The cost is $13.50 inclusive. Free childcare available with advanced reservations.

Luncheon and childcare reservations are required by July 9. Call Dolores at (352) 799-3735 or Barbara at (352) 796-5216.

Christian Women's Connection is affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries.


Bring old gold, silver to hospital fundraiser

Back by popular demand, the Spring Hill Regional Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary will sponsor another Gold Exchange fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24 at the hospital, 10461 Quality Drive.

Visitors can bring in and sell their broken, unwanted gold or silver jewelry pieces, including necklaces, rings and earrings. For information, call Pat at (352) 666-8755 or Ann at (352) 686-1291.


Tickets available for veterans luau

Korean War Veterans Chapter 174 and Ladies Auxiliary will host a Hawaiian Luau at 2 p.m. Sept. 5 at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

The event will feature a buffet dinner, South Pacific Revue hula show, music for dancing with the Frankie Dee New York Orchestra, leis, door prizes and a cash bar.

Tickets are $22 per person. Tables for eight or more available. For information or tickets, call Rich at (352) 688-7196.


Join Aripeka Elks for July 4 barbecue

Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 will host a Fourth of July Barbecue starting at 3 p.m. July 4 at the lodge, 9135 Denton Ave.

Food includes hot dogs, hamburgers, coleslaw, potato salad and baked beans. Music will be provided by Jim & Jim from 3 to 7 p.m., with Karaoke with Annie starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $6 and can be purchased in the office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or at the door.

For information, call (727) 868-2994.


County plan workshop wants your comments

Hernando County Metropolitan Planning Organization staff will conduct a Consensus Building Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Hernando County Utilities Department's conference room at 21030 Cortez Blvd.

The purpose of the workshop is to obtain public comment on the proposed transportation improvements that will be included in the development of the MPO's major update of the Long Range Transportation Plan and the Transit Development Plan. The public can participate in the review and discussion on the transportation plan, transportation and land use, transportation for the under-served, project priorities and funding, and transportation improvements, including roadways, bicycle, pedestrian and public transportation improvements.

County commissioners and representatives of local, regional and state agencies may be in attendance.

For information, call Dennis Dix or Hugh Pascoe in Room 262 of the Hernando County Government Center, call (352) 754-4057, or e-mail Visit the Web site at www.


Basketball league for men to start Thursday

A men's basketball league is forming. Games will be played on Thursday and Sunday evenings starting June 25 at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St.

The cost is $20 per player. Proceeds will benefit Nature Coast's basketball program.

To register or for information, call (352) 385-2194.


Spaghetti dinner slated for June 27

Knights of Columbus Council 11317 and Ladies Auxiliary will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. June 27 in the parish hall at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.

Tickets are $6, available in the parish office and after each Mass through Sunday. Funds raised will benefit St. Vincent de Paul and Notre Dame School.

For information, call the church at (352) 688-0663.


Community services board to meet July 8

The Mid-Florida Community Services governing board will meet at 10 a.m. July 8 at 820 Kennedy Blvd.

Individuals needing auxiliary aids or services to effectively participate in the meeting should make their needs and preferences known at least one week prior to the meeting.

For information, call Mid-Florida Community Services at (352) 796-1425.

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