Couple treated for rabies after fox bites woman
A rabid fox bit a woman on Monday and her husband was also exposed to rabies, leading to a public health warning in the couple's neighborhood in northern Hernando County. The Health Department reported that a fox attacked the couple, who were not identified, in an area along County Road 491 north of U.S. 98. The woman was bitten on the arm and her husband was exposed while assisting her. A neighbor killed the fox, which was sent to the Department of Health laboratory in Tampa, where lab results confirmed it was rabid. The couple is being treated at the Hillsborough County Health Department. Residents in the area are encouraged to report any stray animals or to report wild animals exhibiting aggressive or unusual behavior to Hernando County Animal Services at (352) 796-5062. The Hernando County Health Department will be posting information signs in the area.
Blood Center to throw early July 4 bash
LifeSouth Community Blood Center will host a "4th of July Early Kickoff" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the facility, 12395 Cortez Blvd. There will be music, hot dogs, hamburgers, beans, coleslaw and ice cream floats for all visitors. Muscle cars will be on hand from noon to 1:30 p.m., antique cars from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and a DJ entertaining from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Blood donations are greatly needed. Donors must be 16 or older. All donors must present photo identification. For information, call (352) 596-2002.
Museum celebration kicks off quilt exhibit
The Hernando Heritage Museum will host a celebration to kick off its Quilt Exhibit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 601 Museum Court, downtown Brooksville. The exhibit will include numerous artistic new and much-loved quilts with a past. There will be at least two quilts commemorating 9/11, including one made by the mother of a fallen firefighter. There also will be vendors and demonstrators, as well as free trunk shows at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with certified quilt appraiser Brenda Grampsas. The exhibit will continue throughout July. Outdoor events are free; tours of the museum are $5. For information, call (352) 688-6504 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Gardeners' Weekly Plant Sale: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville. (352) 754-4433.
Florida Library Youth Program presents Make and Take Craft: Children ages 5-12 can stop in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to make a special craft. East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Free. (352) 540-6391.