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Allan Bello installs light bulbs on a carousel being set up as part of the 2011 Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest at the Land O’Lakes community center.STEPHEN J. CODDINGTON | Times (2011)

Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest promises plenty of down-home fun

WEEKI WACHEE — Swamp monsters, gator bites and cypress knee carvings signify the Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest's nod to old Florida, and all three will be featured as the 22nd edition of the popular three-day festival gets under way today at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with plenty of fun, food, and arts and crafts. F …

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  1. Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest promises plenty of down-home fun

    Events

    WEEKI WACHEE — Swamp monsters, gator bites and cypress knee carvings signify the Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest's nod to old Florida, and all three will be featured as the 22nd edition of the popular three-day festival gets under way today at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park with plenty of fun, food, and arts and …

    Allan Bello installs light bulbs on a carousel being set up as part of the 2011 Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest at the Land O’Lakes community center.
  2. Brooksville to move forward with environmental assessments of three Brownfields sites

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — For two years, city officials have been identifying and whittling down a list of properties in the city suspected of harboring pollutants.

  3. Brooksville Blueberry Festival's leader doesn't need to fight questions

    Local Government

    Michael Heard doesn't understand.

    She created a fun event, the Florida Blueberry Festival. She has raised a lot of money to get the word out about her big annual party and about Brooksville.

    Michael Heard has threatened to sue a council member.
  4. Swamp Fest, Ride for Hospice and other Things to Do on the North Suncoast

    Events

    Love him tender

    Brookridge Entertainment will present "A Tribute to Elvis Presley: Featuring Dwight Icenhower" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brookridge. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door. Call to reserve a ticket or for season ticket information. (352) …

    Times files
  5. Seniors Helping Seniors aims to assist those who need help with everyday chores, tasks

    Business

    SPRING HILL — Widower Andrew Krotje says he could cook hotdogs and hamburgers for mere survival. But he relishes more variety, particularly the Italian sausage and green pepper dish that Kate McCarthy stirs up.

    Andrew Krotje teaches the game of dominoes to Seniors Helping Seniors caregiver Kate McCarthy, left, as the organization’s director, Sue Simone, suggests a play. McCarthy cooks for Krotje and they often play games.
  6. Eastside fifth-grader lauded for mastery of computerized learning program

    K12

    HILL 'N DALE — Eastside Elementary School fifth-grader Bridgette Zupancic does not like B's. The straight-A student remembered a time during fourth grade when she had to be absent. She made up the work, she said, but "I didn't know exactly what it was, so I didn't get an A. I hate B's."

    Not only did  Bridgette Zupancic, 11, master the program, she completed the work in February.
  7. Hometown Hernando for March 6

    Human Interest

    We want your news!

    Hometown Hernando is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Hernando news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Local officials participate in Brooksville’s MLK parade: Several elected officials representing Hernando County participated in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in downtown Brooksville on Jan. 19. Shown in front, from left, are: Commissioner Diane Rowden, state Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent, and commissioners Wayne Dukes and Jeff Holcomb. In back is commission Chairman Nick Nicholson.