Two nights of below freezing to end today
For the second night in a row, the official temperature fell to 15 degrees at the Hernando County Airport, south of Brooksville. According to the National Weather Service, the 15-degree low was recorded early Tuesday and again between 7 and 8 a.m. Wednesday. A low of 13 was recorded early Wednesday at the University of Florida weather station near Nobleton, in northeast Hernando County. That should be Hernando's last brush with subfreezing temperatures for a while. Nighttime lows are expected to be in the 40s or 50s into early next week, with daytime highs in the 70s.
Courses offered for boaters of all skills
Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8, 4340 Calienta St., will offer two boating courses in January. About Boating Safety at 7 p.m. Jan. 11-13, is a beginner program. The cost is $35, which includes a text. Boating Skills and Seamanship at 7 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 18 is a comprehensive nine-week program designed for experienced and novice boaters. The cost is $50, which includes all materials and a textbook. Completion of either program satisfies the requirement for the Florida boating safety ID. Registration is conducted a half-hour before the first class. For more information, call Jeffrey Hoff at (352) 397-5417.
Memorial garden donations sought
Retired Firefighters of New York City Spring Hill Chapter 343 needs donations for the memorial garden at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. The memorial includes a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, a slate tile from the roof of the Pentagon, a canister of soil from the Shanksville, Pa., crash site and paving bricks with the names of every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. There is also a small remembrance of the 17 U.S. sailors killed on the USS Cole off Yemen in 2000. About 600 more bricks are needed to complete the project. Monetary donations of all amounts are welcome; an engraved brick costs $50. Call Joe Holland at (352) 686-4401 or (352) 584-5365, or John Pasquale at (352) 683-7966 or (352) 428-9766.
Learn to manage your finances
The Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will present the following financial management classes: Developing an Effective Spending Plan, 10 a.m. Jan. 5 at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill; and Effective Credit Management, 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the East Hernando Branch Library, 6457 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. Free; no registration required. Call the extension office at (352) 754-4433 or the library at (352) 540-6391.