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WATER AUTHORITY ELECTS 2014 OFFICERS: Hernando County Commissioner Jim Adkins has been elected chairman of the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority's board of directors for 2014. Other officers include Sumter County Commissioner Al Butler, vice chairman, and Marion County Commissioner Stan McClain, treasurer. The authority represents Hernando, Citrus, Marion and Sumter counties. The next board meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W Sovereign Path, Lecanto.

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CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Black History Month Productions will host its sixth annual Black History Month Recognition Banquet at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Lorenzo Hamilton Community Center at Kennedy Park, 899 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville. This year's honoree will be deacon Andrew Williams Jr., who was designated by the National Association of Counties as one of the 1,000 Points of Light for his contributions to Hernando County and Brooksville. Williams was county government's first black engineering technician and first black right-of-way agent. He developed and coordinated the first municipal service taxing unit and served on a number of city and county boards. Tickets to the event are $15. Advertisements are needed for the souvenir journal and are $30 for a quarter page, $50 for a half page and $75 for a full page. The deadline is Feb. 14. Checks should be made payable to Black History Month Productions and mailed to 2249 Lema Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34609.For tickets or information about advertising in the souvenir journal, call (352) 515-6613.

BREAKFAST BENEFIT: Helping Hands of Brookridge, a group that sews for charity, will host an all-you-can-eat sausage and pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 9 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. The cost is $5 per person and includes juice, coffee and tea. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of supplies to make Linus Project blankets and items for hospice, youth centers, veterans, nursing homes and pregnancy crisis clinics.

NIGHT OF COMEDY AND SONG: Brookridge Entertainment will present comedian Karen Rontowski and vocalist Steve Fowler at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Tickets are $20 each. The remaining concerts of the 2013-14 season include:

• The Edward Twins, March 13.

• Robin Roth, April 10.

For information or to purchase tickets, call Larry or Vivian Schmitz at (352) 610-4901.

SCHEDULE A SINGING VALENTINE: The Hernando Harmonizers will provide singing valentines between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 13 and 15 throughout Hernando County. The singing valentines include a serenade of two love songs by a men's barbershop quartet in tuxedoes. Recipients will also receive a long-stem silk red rose, a personalized valentine card and a photograph of the occasion. The cost is $40, with $5 of the fee donated to HPH Hospice.

The Hernando Harmonizers is a nonprofit men's a cappella chorus. For information or to schedule a singing valentine, call Charles at (352) 686-7559 or Gene at (352) 684-7931.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES: The Suncoast Technical Education Center will kick off its spring schedule of community education classes in February.

A variety of classes are available, including beginning sewing, beginning sign language, beginning Mandarin Chinese, oil painting, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Cooking Made Easy, cake decorating, edible container gardening, deco mesh and crochet. For a full list of classes, dates and costs, stop by the office at Nature Coast Technical High School, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville, or call (352) 797-7091.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GRADUATING SENIORS: The following organizations are offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors:

• Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union has scholarships available to seniors who live in its 15-county coverage area, which includes Hernando County. There is one award of $10,000 per year, for four years, during the pursuit of a bachelor's degree at a four-year university; one award of $6,000 per year, for two years, for those pursuing an associate's degree, followed by $10,000 per year for two years to complete a bachelor's degree at a four-year college; one award of $6,000 per year for two years for those pursuing workforce preparation through an associate of science or associate in applied science degree, and a one-time award up to $4,000 to a student attending a vocational or technical program.

The application deadline is March 31. Applications are available online at or by stopping by any branch office.

• The Timbertones Community Chorus of Timber Pines will award scholarships to graduating Hernando County seniors enrolled in vocal music classes or who are participating in vocal music activities. The chorus hopes to award a total of $8,000. Scholarships must be used to further music education.

Applicants will be asked about their musical goals and music background, and are required to have an accumulated grade-point average of at least 2.8. A letter of recommendation from a high school vocal music teacher is required. Finalists will be asked to audition before a committee headed by Timbertones music director Roberta "Bobbi" Moger.

Applications are available at all county high school guidance offices or from music directors. The application deadline is Feb. 14.

Scholarship winners will be asked to perform at one or more of the Timbertones' spring concerts, April 11 to 13, where they will be presented with their awards. For information, contact Charles Burnim at

POLKA DANCE: Molly B and Squeezebox will entertain from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

American and polka music will be played. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Admission is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. For information, call Catherine at (989) 768-0031.

Hernando County news briefs 01/24/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 4:41pm]
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