Monday, June 18, 2018
News Roundup




American Legion Post 99: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, 208 E Fort Dade Ave. (352) 796-3259.

Brookridge Line Dance Club: 8150 Hampton St. Beginner lessons, 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays; higher beginner lessons, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Thursdays. $2 per lesson. Improver and low intermediate instruction, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays; $3 per lesson. Classes are open to both Brookridge residents and nonresidents. Norma, (352) 397-6088.

Embroiderers' Guild of America, Sand Hill Crane Chapter: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. Bring a lunch. Membership is open to anyone interested in stitching, from the most experienced to those wishing to learn. Mentors available. (352) 666-8350.

Florida Native Plant Society: 7 p.m. Monday, Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for food and socializing. The speaker will be Brian Smith of the Florida Greenways and Trails Foundation, who will give an overview of the coast-to-coast trail project, which will connect 14 existing trails traveling from the east to west coasts of Florida. [email protected]

German-American Club of Spring Hill: Membership meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Hernando Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road. An Oktoberfest dance will be Oct. 18, with music by Manni Daum. Doors open at 4 p.m. with food (leberkase, bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut and rolls) served 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and dancing from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $18 for members and $22 for guests, and must be purchased in advance. Lisa Yaskulski, (352) 688-3744.

GFWC Brooksville Woman's Club: Luncheon at noon and meeting at 1 p.m. today, 131 S Main St. The cost for lunch is $6. Marilyn Townsend will discuss community improvements. Guests welcome. The annual Victorian teas will be noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 to 11. The cost is $7 per person. The menu includes assorted teas, finger sandwiches, jams and tarts, scones with jam, clotted cream and petit fours. Large groups should call ahead. Cherry Stettin, (352) 799-3801, or Yvonne, (352) 848-7988.

Hernando County Shrine Club: Spaghetti dinner, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road. The menu includes antipasto salad, spaghetti with meat or marina sauce, Italian sausage and bread, dessert, and coffee or tea. Tickets are $7, $5 for 11 and younger, available at the door. Larry, (352) 238-3806, or Jerry, (352) 610-4124.

Historic Hernando Preservation Society: 5:30 p.m. Thursday, City Council chambers, City Hall, 201 Howell Ave. Jerry Morris of the Seminole Wars Historic Foundation will speak. Vickie Jimmerson, (407) 401-1600, or [email protected] Web:

Marine Corps League, Spring Hill Detachment 708: 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Tickets are available for the Birthday Ball celebration of the 238th year of the Marine Corps, which will be Nov. 8 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. Cocktails at 4 p.m., ceremony at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and music by Norm Bernard and Southern Exposure. The theme is "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans." The speaker will be retired Lt. Gen. Stephen G. Olmstead. Tickets are $45 each and must be purchased by Oct. 30. Al Tamburrino, (352) 277-2732. For the weekly schedule of events, visit the website at (352) 597-7979.

Hernando Beach

Hernando County Fishing Club: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, VFW Post 9236, 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. The club arranges freshwater and saltwater fishing trips at discount prices, group outings at fishing piers and other locations, seminars on fishing techniques and other events. Rich, (352) 796-7711 or [email protected]; Rick, (352) 345-4390 or [email protected] Web:

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236: 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Spaghetti dinner, 5 to 7 p.m. today; $6.50. (352) 596-9236.

Spring Hill

African-American Club: 2 p.m. Thursday, Regency Oaks Civic Center, 4445 Breakwater Blvd. There will be a speaker and a memorial. (352) 686-2742 or (352) 686-7831.

Hernando Computer Club: All programs are at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. For class schedule visit or call (352) 684-7171.

Hernando County Green Party: Green Screens showing of Iron Jawed Angels, 4:30 p.m. today, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston star in this television drama about Alice Paul and the women of the 1917 women's suffrage movement. Refreshments served. (352) 666-7576, (352) 683-3151.

Hernando County Philippine-American Association: Eighth anniversary dinner-dance, 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12, Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd. Includes entertainment and music by DJ Willie. Buffet dinner served; entrees include chicken marsala, stuffed crab and beef tips in brown gravy. Cash bar available. Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers. Aurora, (352) 848-1031; Celia, (352) 398-6207, or Estela, (727) 242-3407.

Illinois Club: Oktoberfest, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. New members welcome; annual dues are $12. Rich Bellem, (352) 688-8924.

Italian-American Club of Spring Hill: 1 p.m. Saturday, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Coulton Hall, 2301 Deltona Blvd. Teresa, (352) 683-6712.

John Brown Woodcarvers: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Faith Evangelical Free Church, 5338 Freeport Drive. (352) 688-7605.

Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Up 4 Breakfast, 14359 Spring Hill Drive. The cost for dinner is $10, which includes drink, tax and tip. Al Johnson, (352) 684-1661.

Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill: Noon Tuesdays, Pasco-Hernando Community College, Spring Hill Campus, Building B, 450 Beverly Court. Susan Myers, (352) 428-3717. Website:

Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, IHOP, 3636 Commercial Way. Dana Cutlip, (352) 428-4714. Web:

National Association of Retired Veteran Employees: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. A representative from the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority will speak. Lynn, (352) 796-0477.

Nature Coast Decorative Artists: 9 a.m. Saturday, Weeki Wachee Senior Citizen Center, 3357 Susan Drive. There will be a meeting, show-and-tell and a class. Reservations are required for the class by Mellisa Miller Nece. RSVP to Sandy Mihalus, (352) 688-4106 or (352) 527-2778. Web:

Nature Coast Telecom Pioneers: Annual birthday party, 1 p.m. today, Mariner United Methodist Church, 7079 Mariner Blvd. Members are asked to bring school supplies, used stamps, community service hours, can tabs, food for the needy and other collected items. Bonnie, (352) 592-9856.

New York State Club: 5 p.m. Thursday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. A turkey dinner will be served. The annual picnic will be in November. Carolyn, (352) 684-6979. Members bowl at 11 a.m. every Monday at Spring Hill Lanes; call Marge for details, (352) 686-8015.

Sons of Italy, Friendship Lodge 2728: 6:30 p.m. today, Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. Charlotte, (727) 378-3711, or Angie, (727) 697-3734.

Sons of Italy, Nature Coast Lodge 2502: Monthly social, 5 p.m. today, Buffet City, 13235 Cortez Blvd. Denise, (727) 862-3170, or Zina (352) 688-9740.

St. Frances Cabrini Council of Catholic Women: 8:30 a.m. today, in the church hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd. The Evening Circle will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Classroom 4. The living rosary will be recited at both meetings. Plans are under way for the fall bazaar set for Nov. 9 and 10. (352) 683-9666.

St. Theresa Social Club: Business meeting, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, parish hall, 1107 Commercial Way. Bingo is at 5:45 p.m. Mondays. For membership, call Carol Smith, (352) 346-9165. For bingo, call Oscar, (352) 600-9361.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209: 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive. The Ladies Auxiliary will host an old-fashioned barbecue from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Choices are sausage and peppers, hamburger or hot dog platters, each for $6. Drinks available for purchase. Music provided by Rusty. There will be raffles. Proceeds will benefit programs such as Cancer Aid, VFW Home for Children, military services, scholarships and the VFW Veterans Village. Kathy Alonzo, (352) 232-6409. For weekly events, call (352) 796-0398.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8681: 18940 Drayton St., at County Line Road For weekly events, call (727) 856-1860.

Withlacoochee Rockhounds: 7 p.m. Oct. 9, Weeki Wahee Senior Citizens Center, 3357 Susan Drive. (352) 688-7810.

Citrus County


Historical Novel Society, First Florida Chapter: Business meeting at 1 p.m. and program at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Central Ridge Library, 425 W Roosevelt Blvd. The program will be a critique session, where chapter members will bring in copies of their work for review and critique. Sarah Glenn, (727) 945-1064. Web:

Pasco County


Pasco Billiken Club: 11:13 a.m. Tuesday, Niko's Place Restaurant, 6818 U.S. 19 N. Lunch will follow the meeting. (727) 372-0528.

Send information for the Clubs column to Phyllis Day, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; fax to (352) 754-6133; or email [email protected] (put the club's name in email subject line). Deadline for this news is two weeks before event or reservation deadline. Information cannot be published if the time, date, place, ticket price (if applicable) or contact person and phone number is missing. For information, call (352) 754-6101 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Private Florida firm buys Rent-A-Center in $1 billion deal

Private Florida firm buys Rent-A-Center in $1 billion deal

An Orlando private equity firm has purchased lease-to-own business Rent-A-Center in a deal valued at more than $1 billion.Vintage Capital Management put a bid in for the company on Friday: $15 per share, $1 per share above its previous offer. Rent-A-...
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Hernando Business Digest for June 22

Business digestBrieflyHOSPITAL RECEIVES AWARD: Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill was the recipient of Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence...
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Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northeast High grad return home

Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Northeast High grad return home

ST. PETERSBURG — In November 1969, at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Air Force Capt. James White and his wife Sharon enjoyed their last night out together, dining on hotel room service with family friends Neil and Janet Armstrong.It was four months af...
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Tampa police seek driver who struck pedestrian and fled scene

Tampa police seek driver who struck pedestrian and fled scene

TAMPA — Police are seeking the public’s help in locating the driver who fatally struck a pedestrian before fleeing the scene on Sunday night.Police say the driver struck an unidentified woman near the intersection of N Nebraska Avenue and E Linebaugh...
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Florida Aquarium continues coral restoration research in Cuba

Florida Aquarium continues coral restoration research in Cuba

At the current rate of restoration work, some estimate it will be 550 years before certain types of coral are removed from the endangered species list."I don’t know if that timeline works for you," Scott Graves, director of the Florida Aquarium’s Cen...
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Man caught in rip current, drowns off Lido Beach

Man caught in rip current, drowns off Lido Beach

A man who was swimming off Lido Beach got caught in a rip current and drowned Sunday night.According to the Sarasota Police Department, the unidentified man was swimming with a woman near Big Pass, a boater channel, around 10 p.m. before becoming cau...
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Child, 1, killed in single-car crash in Ruskin

Child, 1, killed in single-car crash in Ruskin

RUSKIN — A 1-year-old child was killed Sunday night and four family members were hospitalized when their vehicle overturned into a ditch.Deputies, responding to the scene after receiving several 911 calls around 6:30 p.m., located the overturned vehi...
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Hernando Religion Calendar for June 22

Religion calendarBrooksvilleProvidence Church is offering a free weekly water-themed Kid’s Summer Fun Series that features Biblical stories, worship music and activities for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The group meets at 6:30 p.m. W...
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Hernando Bloodmobile for June 22

BloodmobileLifeSouth Community Blood Center will have blood drives at the following off-site locations during the coming week.June 22: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Surge Suppression, 15424 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sam...
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Hernando Government Meetings for June 22

Here is a listing of public meetings scheduled for this week:TuesdayHernando County Commission, 9 a.m., commission chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N. Main St., Brooksville.Southwest Florida Water Management District, 9 a.m., district ...
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