Weeki Wachee English teacher gets top honors
Angela M. Kennedy, an English teacher at the new Weeki Wachee High School, is Hernando County's Teacher of the Year for the 2010-11 school year. The announcement of Kennedy's selection was made Friday night during a banquet at the Palace Grand in Spring Hill, sponsored by the Hernando County Education Foundation. Kennedy, 32, teaches English II and English II AP Prep classes at Weeki Wachee, where she also is chairwoman of the English department, a sophomore class sponsor and chairwoman of the school improvement committee. Kennedy was Central High School's Teacher of the Year nominee during the 2006-07 school year.
Storm damages 18 structures
Hernando County's assessment teams completed their survey of the wreckage that resulted from Tuesday evening's fierce winter storm and found damage to 18 structures in Hernando. Thirteen structures sustained minor damage, three moderate and two major, emergency management director Cecilia Patella said Friday, adding that it was too early to estimate cost. The two structures that had major damage (a mobile home and a site-built home) are uninhabitable until they're repaired. As of Friday, no injuries had been reported. Earlier in the week, National Weather Service meteorologists determined that severe straight-line winds — not tornadoes — hit the area.
YMCA offering scuba lessons
The Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., will offer scuba lessons from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Tuesday. Lessons are for youths 12 and older and adults who are in good physical health and are comfortable in and under water. There will be six class and pool sessions in the Y's heated, enclosed pool. The cost is $195 for YMCA facility members and $245 for program members/participants, payable to the YMCA. Registration is required by Monday. Participants must have their own mask, fins and snorkel. Call the Y at (352) 688-9622. For questions regarding certification, call Mark Butler at (352) 214-1171.
Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV: 7 p.m. An optional spaghetti dinner will precede the concert from 5 to 6:30 p.m.; dinner tickets $12 at the door. Free concert; an offering will be taken. Christ Lutheran Church, 475 North Ave. W, Brooksville. (352) 796-7918.
REV It Up to Stomp Out Cancer Car and Bike Show: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill's Relay for Life team. (352) 596-5623.
Trail Ride for the Preservation of the Croom Forest: Gates open at 8 a.m.; ride starts at 10 a.m. Diamond B Ranch, 21309 Kettering Road, north of Dade City. $30 at the gate. (352) 754-1759.