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HPH Hospice offering training as it searches for new volunteers


HPH Hospice offering volunteer training

HPH Hospice will offer a two‑day volunteer training from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 31 and April 2 at the office at 12260 Cortez Blvd.

There is a need for new volunteers to fill important positions, as many hospice volunteers are seasonal residents returning to their northern homes for the spring and summer. Some volunteer opportunities available include visiting hospice patients and providing a few hours of respite for family members, preparing meals at the Hospice House, as well as making lap robes, slippers or crafts to cheer patients.

The training will include an extensive overview of the nonprofit agency, which will assist trainees in deciding in which areas they would like to serve.

Preregistration is required. Call Mary Kay Sandell at (352) 597-1882.


Silverthrown hosting benefit golf tourney

The Silverthorn Ladies and Men Golf Associations will host the 13 annual Hospice Benefit Golf Tournament April 15 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane.

This is a four-person team tournament. A shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m.

The entry fee is $80 per golfer, which includes the tournament, lunch and an opportunity to win prizes. Nongolfers can attend the luncheon, which starts at 1 p.m., for $35. Both options include a $20 tax deductible donation to HPH Hospice.

Signature sponsors include Gail Spada Century 21 Alliance Realty and Cindy Vanderheiden, owner of Staging with Success. The Hardy Team ReMax Marking specialists will sponsor a hole‑in‑one contest on each of the par-3 holes, which gives a golfer four chances to get a hole-in-one and win $500 per hole.

To register, call Bobbie Joseph at (352) 797-0846.


Country dance to feature Jim & Jim

Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will host a Country Western Dance from 6 to 10 p.m. March 27 at the detachment, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.

A pulled pork dinner will be served from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by country western music by Jim & Jim. The lounge will be open for drinks.

Tickets are $12 each and are available in the lounge. For information, call (352) 597-7979.


Get navigation help at upcoming GPS class

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer its "Navigating with Global Positioning System" course from 9 a.m. to noon March 20 at the facility, 4340 Calienta St.

Participants will learn how to use GPS to get to one's destination and back safely. The course teaches how to program waypoints, develop routes and interface GPS routes with a nautical chart. The cost is $35.

To register or for information, call Jeff Hoff, (352) 397-5417; leave your name, number of participants, class selection and your phone number.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary also provides free vessel safety checks. The checks can be done where the boat is kept. To schedule a check, call Jackie at (352) 666-7239.


Two nature projects get education grants

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has awarded two Hernando County projects with Community Education Grants:

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Spring Hill received a $4,600 grant to teach staff, church members, visitors and other Spring Hill faith-based communities the importance of Florida-friendly landscaping in conserving water supplies. Volunteers will coordinate workshops and continue to transform the church grounds into a Florida-friendly campus.

Kayak Nature Adventures received a $5,000 grant to organize manatee habitat "spring cleaning" at six locations: two Weeki Wachee sites, two Terra Ceia sites, one at Clam Bayou and one at Bear Creek. Volunteers will be provided free access to kayaks, a guide, trash bags and equipment needed to collect the trash. For details or participant registration, visit

The Community Education Grant program is provided by Swiftmud's Coastal Rivers, Hillborough River, Manasota and Pinellas Anclote River basin boards. Grants, up to $5,000 each, are to help fund projects that provide communities an opportunity to learn about water resources. This year, 35 grants were awarded districtwide for a total of $144,052.

The 2011 Community Education Grant program will begin its application process in June. For information, call (352) 796-7211, ext. 4757.


Donations needed to finish 9/11 memorial

The Retired Firefighters of New York City, Spring Hill Chapter 343, needs donations to help with the construction of the memorial garden at Veterans of Foreign Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

The memorial will have a piece of steel from the collapsed towers of the World Trade Center, a slate tile from the roof of the Pentagon, a canister of soil from the Shanksville, Pa., crash site and paving bricks with the name of every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. There is also a small remembrance of the 17 U.S. sailors killed on the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen in 2000.

The steel, tile and canister are already in place, along with 381 engraved bricks. Approximately 900 more bricks are needed to complete the project.

The Retired Firefighters want to get the completed memorial included in the National Registry of Historic Places in Washington, D.C.

Monetary donations of any amount are welcome, but sponsoring an engraved brick for the memorial wall costs $50.

Donations can be sent to: 9-11 Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 343, Brooksville, FL 34601. For information, call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401 or (352) 584-5365; or John Pasquale at (352) 683-7966 or (352) 428-9766.


Operation Prom seeks dresses, tuxedos

The General Federation of Women's Clubs, Spring Hill Service League has started up Operation Prom, again teaming up with Imperial Cleaners and Hernando High School to offer free prom dresses to those who cannot afford them.

Donations of prom dresses, tuxedos and other formal wear and accessories are needed. Those wishing to donate can drop items off at any Imperial Cleaners location in Hernando County, which will dry-clean them at no cost and pass them onto Operation Prom.

Operation Prom will have all dresses available at Hernando High School, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. For information, call Dee Smith at (352) 597-1103. Call Hernando High School at (352) 797-7015; call Imperial Cleaners at (352) 688-1387, (352) 544-1069 or (352) 596-4644.


Donations needed for Shrine Club auction

Hernando County Shrine Club is seeking donations for its annual auction, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 3 at Umstead's Family Auction, CCA Charity Auction House, 2035 S Broad St. The club is seeking donations such as household items, tools, toys, collectibles, glassware, jewelry, coins, books, antiques, furniture, appliances, paintings and more. Items do not have to be new, but must be in good condition.

All proceeds will go the Shrine Hospital for Children in Tampa, which treated 425 children from Hernando County in 2009.

The hospital treats children, at no cost, for orthopedic problems and burn injuries.

To make arrangements for a donation dropoff or pickup, call Jack at (352) 666-4980 or Fred at (352) 597-1703.


Charity tournament looking for sponsors

Sponsors are needed for the 2010 Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice. The tournament will cast off April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will follow at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way.

Last year's event included more than 50 anglers participating and raising more than $13,000 for the local hospice, a nonprofit organization that provides care, comfort and support to more than 1,000 individuals affected by a life-limiting illness on an average daily basis in Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties.

For details, contact Debbie Hogan ( or Jennifer Rey ( at (352) 799-8423.

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