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Play poker to pay for troops' postage



Poker run will raise postage for troops' mail

Lea's Prayers and Postage will host the second annual Poker Run to support the troops on June 8, starting at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and the first bikes out will be at 11 a.m.

Run stops include Bayport Inn in Weeki Wachee, Marine Corps League Detachment 708 in Brooksville, IR-RU Family Social Club in Floral City and Sleepy Hollow in Floral City.

The cost is $20 for the first hand and $10 for additional hands. There will be raffles and a 50/50 drawing.

Funds raised will go to Lea's Prayers and Postage, a nonprofit group that supports postage for packages sent to troops overseas. For information, call Dee Mills at 428-8564 or Linda Kidwell at 684-4185.


Vets to receive coin

marking Korean War

U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has available the new commemorative coin honoring Korean War veterans at her Brooksville office, Room 200 at the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St.

Brown-Waite's office is working with local veterans groups to identify the thousands of 5th Congressional District constituents who served in Korea.

Those who served in Korea between June 25, 1950 and Dec. 31, 1953, and have been honorably discharged, are eligible for the new Korean War Commemorative Coin. A copy of the DD-214 is needed to ensure eligibility.

For an application to receive the coin, or for information, call the Brooksville office at 799-8354.


Veterans' thank-you dinner to raise funds

Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708, will host the "Thank You Veterans Night" fundraiser dinner dance May 22 at the detachment at 8405 Sunshine Grove Road.

The event, sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, will include a steak dinner to be served at 5 p.m., followed by music with DJ Richie G.

Tickets are $15 each; tickets are limited and will be sold on a first-come basis at the Leatherneck Lounge at the detachment.

One needs not to be a veteran to attend. For information, call 597-7979.


Registrations open for

Withlacoochee Tech

Withlacoochee Technical Institute is now taking registrations for a variety of classes. Unless otherwise specified, classes start Aug. 18 and are from 7:15 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. weekdays.

• Administrative assistant — Students are prepared for employment as a general office clerk, clerical support/secretary, assistant digital production designer and administrative assistant. The program is about two semesters long for registered full-time students; part-time enrollment is also available.

• Air conditioning, refrigeration and heating technology — Students are prepared to be proficient technicians in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration fields. The program is about three semesters long for full-time students.

• Automotive collision repair and refinishing — students are prepared to be automobile repairers and painters. The program is about three semesters for students enrolled full time.

• Automotive services technology — this class gives instruction in basic management, diagnostic skills, servicing, maintaining and repairing mechanical systems, including fuel, electrical, heating/cooling, suspension, engine, transmission/drive train and brakes. The program is about four semesters for full-time students.

• Carpentry — training includes construction theory, blueprint reading, cost estimating, layout, fabrication, assembly and installation of structures and fixtures, building codes and care of equipment. The class is about two semesters long for full-time students.

• Commercial foods and culinary arts — students are prepared for employment as a baker, cook, cook's helper, counter work/cafeteria line worker, and utility worker. The course is about three semesters long for full-time students.

• Computer systems technology — students are prepared to become computer repair technicians and network support technicians. The program is about three semesters for full-time students.

• Cosmetology — classroom and lab experiences enable students to become proficient in beauty treatments. The course is about 11 months in length.

• Early childhood education — students are prepared for employment as early childhood educators and child care providers. The course includes Part I and Part II State-Mandated Child Care Training in order to prepare for the state competency examinations. Completion of this course will prepare students for earning the child development associate equivalency credential. The course is approximately five months.

• Electricity program — students are prepared for employment as residential electricians and residential electricians' helpers. The course is approximately three semesters for full-time students.

• Marine service technology — students are prepared for employment as machinery mechanics or marine engine mechanics. The course is about three semesters for full-time students.

• Medical administrative specialist — students are prepared with the skills necessary to become employed as medical administrative specialists, medical office technologists, front desk specialists and information technology specialists. The program is about two semesters for full-time students.

• Patient care assistant — classes include the certified nursing assistant and home health aid certifications. The course is approximately 11 weeks and prepares students to work in hospitals, home health care and in long-term facilities.

• Applied welding technology — students are prepared for employment as a combination welder. The program is approximately two semesters in length for full-time students.

• Evening nursing assistant class, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with some scheduled Saturday classes, starting Sept. 2. This is an 11-week class that will certify students to work in long-term care facilities. Students will also earn their CPR certification.

Withlacoochee Technical Institute is at 1201 W Main St.

For registration, class details, costs, requirements and financial assistance information, call (352) 726-2430.

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