Teacher of year hails from central high
Bethann Brooks, a 10th- to 12th-grade health science teacher at Central High School, has been named Hernando County Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during a banquet Friday night at the Palace Grand in Spring Hill where all 23 of the nominees — one per school, selected by their peers — were honored. Brooks, 48, has been with the Hernando school district for seven years. The Teacher of the Year program is sponsored by the Hernando County Education Foundation.
County science fair needs volunteers
Volunteers and sponsors are needed for the annual Hernando County Science and Engineering Fair, which will be from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 S Broad St. Professionals and retirees with science and engineering backgrounds are needed to help with judging of scientific method and engineering projects. Individuals with a strong interest in botany, animal sciences, behavioral sciences, engineering, medicine/health or environmental studies are welcome. Projects will be by Hernando County students in the sixth through 12th grades. Businesses are needed to sponsor special awards in specific categories, such as botany or environmental science. Contact Colleen Doulk at (352) 797-7024, ext. 301, or [email protected]
Program offers adult day care
Catholic Charities, 8370 Forest Oaks Blvd., offers a mini-adult day care/respite program from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The program is designed for people with early-stage memory disorder illnesses, such as Alzheimer's, dementia, stroke or Parkinson's disease. All faiths are welcome. For information, call Gary Chapin at (352) 422-7731.
Bark Island: 7:30-9:30 a.m., Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Pine Island. $7 for the first dog; $3 for each additional dog. (352) 754-4031.
Hernando Sportsman's Club Gun and Knife Show: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. $6; children 15 and younger admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult. (352) 799-3605.
West Hernando Coin Club Coin and Currency Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Free. (352) 346-0654.
Special Olympics Hernando Poker Ride: 9 a.m., starting at Twin Pond Hunt Camp on Forest Road 7, about a mile north of Soult Road/Forest Road 12, Brooksville. $20 per rider. (352) 238-2279.
Skating for Charity — Go Go Locomo: Includes two sessions. From 6 to 9:30 p.m. for all ages; 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. for teens and adults. Locomo Skate/Dance/Party, 10450 County Line Road, Spring Hill. $6 per session. (352) 232-4580, (352) 597-6383.
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