Sheriff's traffic unit is doubling staff tonight
If you plan to be out this evening ringing in 2012, a word to the wise: Make good decisions, or a sheriff's deputy may spoil your good time. Sheriff Al Nienhuis said the Sheriff's Office traffic unit will nearly double its normal staffing, focusing on impaired or reckless drivers. The community policing unit will patrol commercial and residential areas. And the selective enforcement unit will be fully staffed, working undercover throughout the county. "It is my goal that the citizens of Hernando County have the peace of mind knowing that we have stepped up our efforts to bring in the New Year in a safe manner," Nienhuis said.
Brooksville Raid set for Jan. 21-22
The 32nd annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 21 and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The event is presented by the Hernando Historical Museum Association and the North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club. It will include Civil War battle re-enactments, artillery demonstrations, music by the 97th Regiment String Band, camps, concessions and vendors. $8 for adults; $4 for children ages 6 to 12; free for children ages 5 and younger and Scouts in uniform. Park for free. Visit brooksvilleraid.com or call (352) 799-0129.
Education is topic of symposium
West Hernando/Spring Hill Hadassah will present its annual Education Day Symposium from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St. The panel will include Crystal Holmes of Elder Resources; Robert Russano, area SHINE coordinator; Susan Cuellan of the Arthritis Association, and Dr. Ronald S. Gilberg, who specializes in geriatrics. Lunch will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased by Jan. 16. Call Elaine Medoff at (352) 666-8467 or Myrna Lax at (352) 686-9243.
Learn to safely use muzzleloading rifle
A two-day NRA muzzleloading rifle course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 7 and 8 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. The course includes classroom instruction and time on the range. Students will learn the rules for safe gun handling, parts, loading, cleaning, shooting from a standing position and from a crossed stick position, and continued opportunities for skill development. The cost is $100, which includes the NRA's muzzleloading rifle handbook, and a course completion certificate. Preregistration is required. Call (352) 597-9931.
New Year's Eve Fifth and Blues: 5 p.m.-midnight, along Main Street in downtown Brooksville. Free family-friendly event sponsored by the Brooksville Business Alliance. (352) 848-0090.
New Year's Eve Family Night: 9 p.m.-midnight, Brooksville Wesleyan Church, 22319 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free. (352) 799-3066.