Thursday, April 19, 2018
News Roundup

Mermaids celebrate 65 years at anniversary reunion

WEEKI WACHEE

CELEBRATE A MERMAID MILESTONE

The 65th anniversary Mermaid Reunion will be today and Sunday at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way. Local mermaids at the attraction have been entertaining audiences from around the world since 1947. The celebration will include performances by current and former mermaids. Park admission is $13 for adults, $8 for kids age 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and younger. Call (352) 592-5656 or visit weekiwachee.com.

BROOKSVILLE

Donate to 'Tools for School' today

A "Tools for School" community fundraising event will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today in the Winn-Dixie parking lot at 1230 Broad St. A bus from the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County will collect donations of school supplies and backpacks. The fundraiser is in preparation for the annual backpack giveaway for local schoolchildren, which will be Aug. 18. For information, email [email protected]

HOMOSASSA

Shorebird Aviary grand opening set

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will host a grand opening and dedication of its Shorebird Aviary at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The new aviary is a 75- by 75-foot cylindrical structure that includes a waterway and pond with landscaping, offering visitors a close-up view of the birds. The aviary includes a variety of Florida shorebirds: ospreys, black-crowned and yellow-crowned night herons, little blue herons, green herons, stilts, terns, ruddy turnstones and others. Refreshments will be served. The project was funded by Ellie Schiller and the Felburn Foundation. The park is at 4150 S Suncoast Blvd.; those attending are asked to enter the park at the Fishbowl Drive entrance. For information, call (352) 628-5343 or visit floridastateparks.org/homosassasprings/default.cfm.

Today's picks

VFW Post 9236 Steak Dinner: 6-8 p.m., VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $10. (352) 596-9236.

Ghost Tours: 8-10 p.m., Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. $20, cash only. Reservations required. (352) 799-0129.

Stage West presents Annie Jr.: 8 p.m., Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. $10. (352) 683-5113. stagewest.net.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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High school scoreboard for April 19

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Updated: 5 hours ago
Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant in Gilchrist County

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