Monday, January 22, 2018
News Roundup

News and notes for Hernando County

Driver safety program: AARP Driver Safety Program classes are available at various locations. The cost for each six-hour course is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. These classes are scheduled in September:

• 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 2 and 4, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Tony Stramiello at (352) 684-6348.

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3, Brooksville Enrichment Center, Suite 120, Bayfront Health Brooksville Medical Arts Building, 17222 Hospital Blvd., west of Brooksville. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 and 10, Oak Hill Hospital H2U Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Dominick D'Antonio at (352) 684-2524.

• Noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 and 11, Forest Oaks Lutheran, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Marge Lingor at (352) 596-9193.

• Noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 16 and 18, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, Suite 105, Bayfront Health Spring Hill Medical Arts Building, 10441 Quality Drive, Spring Hill. Call Bill Conn at (352) 556-3050 or (606) 669-3224.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20, Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Call Michelle Haenel at (352) 666-4044.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26, Downing Funeral Home, 1214 Wendy Court, Spring Hill. Call Skip De Montozon at (352) 683-6840.

Elder Options to review grant requests: Elder Options' grant review committee will review and discuss grant applications at 10 a.m. Wednesday at its office at 100 SW 75th St., Suite 301, Gainesville.

Applications have been submitted by qualified organizations to provide services under the Older Americans Act for the 2015 program period. The committee will make funding recommendations, which will be considered by the full board of directors on Dec. 10.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend. For information, call (352) 378-6649 or visit

Beach bash: The Hernando Beach Club invites local residents to its End of Summer Beach Bash on Aug. 31 at the club, 3145 Flamingo Drive, Hernando Beach.

Happy hour will be from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by dinner with hot dogs, hamburgers, ziti and other food. Music for dancing will be provided by DJ Al.

Tickets are $13 for club members and $16 for nonmembers. For information, call (352) 596-5878.

Museums need volunteers: The Hernando Historical Museum Association is in need of volunteers to help keep its two historical museums open to the public — the Hernando Heritage Museum (May-Stringer house) at 601 Museum Court and the 1885 Train Depot at 70 Russell St., both in Brooksville.

Volunteers are asked to work three hours a week to provide guided tours of the structures. Volunteers do not need any special expertise other than an interest in history.

Those interested may call Virginia Rusk at (352) 796-5398 or Ron Daniel at (352) 678-9889.

Kindles for kids: Through a grant from the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, the Hernando County Public Library System now has 24 Kindle Fire HDX tablets available, each preloaded with 50 classic children's books.

The Kindles, available for in-library use only, have been divided among the library branches. For information, stop by any branch library or call (352) 754-4043. Visit the website at

Hospice bereavement program: HPH Hospice will offer its Grief's Journey Bereavement Program from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 9 through Oct. 28, at the office at 12260 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

A hospice bereavement counselor will help the group understand the grief process and explore coping strategies.

The program is for newly bereaved adults or those who are just coming to terms with their grief over the death of a loved one. There is no cost, and prior association with HPH Hospice is not required.

Due to limited class size, preregistration is required. Also, attendance at one of the first two weeks' meetings is necessary to continue with the group. To register or for information, call toll-free 1-800-846-8784.

Poker run honors fallen soldier: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 Men's Auxiliary will host a poker run Sept. 6, starting and ending at the post, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Kickstands up at 10 a.m.; last bike in at 4:30 p.m.

The run is to honor the memory of Army Spc. Justin Coleman of Spring Hill, who died in Afghanistan in 2009.

Stops will include the Chassahowitzka River Lodge, VFW Post 7122 in Floral City, River Ratz Cafe in Nobleton, the Sail Inn in Brooksville and BB Magee's in Hudson.

The cost is $10 per entry; additional hands are $10 each. Entry includes a biscuits-and-gravy breakfast at 8 a.m. and hamburgers and hot dogs upon completion. The first-place prize is $100.

Proceeds will benefit various charities the auxiliary supports. For details, call (352) 596-9236.

Pile burner course: The Florida Forest Service and the Sumter County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a certified pile burner's course from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11 at the West Central Florida Agriculture Center at the Sumter County Fairgrounds, 7620 Route 471, Bushnell.

Completing this course allows a landowner to burn piles legally. When the weather is dry, certified burners will receive priority for authorization to burn. Also, certified burners may burn up to two hours longer per day and receive multiple authorizations.

The cost for the class is $50 and includes lunch, materials and the exam. Preregistration is required by Sept. 4.

To reserve a seat or for information details, call DarLinda Deteau at (352) 569-6865. Those who require special assistance due to a disability can call (352) 569-6862.

Deputies seek hit-and-run driver who seriously injured bicyclist in Plant City

Deputies seek hit-and-run driver who seriously injured bicyclist in Plant City

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Lessons of another Belichick-Brady Super Bowl

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Clearwater police investigate taxi jacking near Crest Lake Park

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Woman, 35, struck and killed while walking across SR 60 in Valrico

VALRICO — A 35-year-old Thonotosassa woman was struck and killed by a car while walking across State Road 60 west of Mount Carmel Road on Sunday night, the Florida Highway Patrol said.Brandi Eckelstafer was walking south across SR 60 just after 8 p....
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Crisco, dune buggy and a face-plant: Fired-up Philly fans take to the streets

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Hooper: Deal with sea-level rise or prepare to be inundated

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Forecast: Warm weather remains, but cold front will bring rain to Tampa Bay

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Police: 2 IEDs detonated at a Florida mall, no injuries

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St. Pete spilled 266,000 gallons of waste into Smacks Bayou

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