Procession today honors fallen Marine
A 23-year-old Marine from Homosassa who was killed in Afghanistan last week is coming home today. The body of Cpl. John Taylor will be flown into Hernando County Airport about 1 p.m., and authorities are welcoming supporters to join the procession to Citrus County. "Since he gave the ultimate sacrifice, out of respect for his family, we encourage people to come out," said Hernando County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Black. Authorities asked that those wishing to join should meet at nearby Helicopter Drive. The procession will go from the airport north on U.S. 41 through Brooksville and will pass through Inverness about 2 p.m. It will then travel west on State Road 44 through Lecanto and turn onto County Road 490 heading into Homosassa. The casket will eventually be escorted south on U.S. 19 to Wilder Funeral Home at 4890 S Suncoast Blvd. Authorities said people driving behind the procession will not be allowed to pass.
Food drive to fill plates for children
Several local organizations and businesses have joined forces to gather food to help feed displaced or homeless children in the community. As part of the "Feed Our Kids" drive, donations of food can be dropped off weekdays during business hours at Paul and Jerry's Storage, 10149 County Line Road, or the day care building at Bridge Christian Life Center, 7279 Pinehurst Drive. Food will be distributed March 11 and 12. Items needed include peanut butter, jelly, juice boxes, granola bars, cereal, instant oatmeal, ramen noodles, shelf stable milk, sandwich bags, plastic spoons, lunch sacks, canned ravioli and spaghetti, individually bagged chips; fruit, applesauce and pudding cups, macaroni and cheese, tuna fish and Spam. E-mail Silent Servants at email@example.com.
United Way to aid food, shelter needs
Starting Monday, the United Way of Hernando County will begin accepting applications from nonprofit agencies for funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Phase 29. To qualify for funding, the agencies must be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and, if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. March 31 is the application deadline. Contact the United Way of Hernando County at (352) 688-2026.
Members of the Council of Catholic Women of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church recently put on a comedy skit at the group's monthly meeting. The group was incorrectly identified on Wednesday's Hometown Hernando page.
Toddler Time/Storytime preschool programs: Toddler Time (for ages 18 to 35 months) starts at 10 a.m.; Storytime (for ages 3 to 5 years) at 11 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 540-6391.