16-month-old dies week after pool rescue
A child rescued from a family swimming pool last week died Monday evening. On Feb. 21, paramedics took 16-month-old Nicholas Harris from a Corinthian Street home about 12:30 p.m. to Spring Hill Regional Hospital, where he was in critical condition. Hernando County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Donna Black did not have details on the child's death. She said the official report would be released today, but that as of Tuesday the incident was still being ruled an accident.
Congressional art contest entries due
U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent is accepting entry forms by fax through 5 p.m. Friday for the Congressional Art Competition, a nationwide art contest for high school students. Winners' works will hang in the halls of the U.S. Capitol for the following 11 months. Qualifications, guidelines and other information is available at house.gov/house/ArtGuidelines.shtml. A signature of an authorized art teacher must accompany submissions and a parent's signature is required for students younger than 18. Entry forms are to be faxed to (352) 799-8776. Entries can be delivered to Brooksville City Hall on March 9, where an exhibition of all entries will be March 14, and the Congressional Art Competition Reception will be 6 to 8 p.m. March 25. For more information, call Joy Hampton at (352) 799-8354.
Islamic seminar scheduled Friday
The Humanitarians and Etymology Society at Springstead High School will host an Islamic seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd. This is an informational seminar that will include several speakers who will explain the various aspects of Islam. Questions from the audience will be accepted. Food and drinks will be served. For information, call Kathleen Long at (352) 797-7010, ext. 296.
Girl Scouts plan cookie booths
The Girl Scouts of West Central Florida's Spring Mermaids Service Unit has announced cookie booths will be set up throughout the county on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) through March 20 at the following locations: Publix and Winn-Dixie supermarkets, Walmart Supercenters, Sam's Club and Nellie's Restaurant. A booth also will be set up at the Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest, which will be Saturday and Sunday at Linda Pedersen Park. The troops are again participating in the Cookies from Home program, which allows customers to donate cookies to active duty soldiers. A cookie booth locator is now available online at gswcf.org, or call Nicole Verdi at (352) 584-9843.
New Beginnings Youth Shelter open house: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 18377 Sheriff Mylander Way, Brooksville. (352) 540-6015. yfainc.org.
Spaghetti Night at VFW: 4:30 to 7 p.m., VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $6.50. (352) 596-9236.