Sunday, May 27, 2018
News Roundup

Hernando County 4-H Association holds fundraising auction Saturday

Each summer, 50 kids from Hernando County get to camp out in cabins and spend five days experiencing the outdoors at Camp Ocala.

Their families' financial wherewithal doesn't matter. The Hernando County 4-H Association picks up the tab — $180 to $200 per camper.

To raise the money, the association has an annual benefit auction and dinner, and the 19th annual event will be Saturday at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center on County Line Road.

The auction — with big-ticket items offered during a verbal sale and smaller ones displayed for silent sale — raises $7,000 to $10,000 a year, said 4-H extension agent Nancy Moores.

After the cost of camp scholarships is covered, additional money is earmarked for 4-Hers traveling to compete at district and state events and for older 4-H members to stretch their leadership experiences by taking part in Legislature Week in Tallahassee, state 4-H Congress at the University of Florida and the Citizenship Focus program in Washington, D.C.

"Just during the summer months," Moores said, "we spend $7,000 to $10,000."

Delaney Ahrens, 16, won a $1,000 association scholarship to attend the summer governmental program in the nation's capital.

Moores maintains that the residential camp scholarships — which include lodging, food, transportation, hands-on learning and outdoor pleasures — are "still the biggest bargain in town."

Because of the scholarships, Hernando fills its camper allotment while two other counties that share the regional facility do not, the 4-H agent said, adding, "No child should miss camp because their family can't afford to send them."

As well as financial need, scholarships are awarded on merit.

Eleven-year-old Nicholas Lollie of Brooksville just knows he wants to attend.

For the past three summers, the 4-H Clover Bud graduated to full-fledged membership in the Pure Country 4-H Club.

"It's meant that I get to have fun and hang out with lots of friends and learn something new," Nicholas said.

At camp he has chosen activities in fishing, sewing, crafts and photography.

"You learn a lot," he said. "I want to do forest ecology."

His mother, Jeannette Lollie, who volunteers as camp nurse, explained that the fishing endeavor has taught Nicholas not just how to bait a hook and cast a line, but about water temperatures, algae, fish varieties and their tastes.

"In addition to education, they're learning leadership and about staying focused," said Jeannette Lollie. "(Leaders) are teaching them without their even knowing they're learning."

At her first 4-H camp this past summer, Emily Buck, 12, of Brooksville built on her eight years of experience hunting wild hogs with her dad, James Buck. Emily has pursued camp sessions in nature, archery and canoeing. She liked archery the best, but said "no way" would she hunt hogs with a bow and arrow.

Nonetheless, Emily's hunting treks led to her first 4-H project, raising a market hog, which she showed and sold at the Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Sale.

Numerous items have been donated for the Saturday evening auction, said association board member Helen Fleming. "What we need are to sell tickets."

Among the items: three family photographic portrait offerings, valued at $650 each, given by Cason Photography of Tampa, and four rounds of golf plus cart by Triple S Golf Ranch of Dade City, to be paired with restaurant coupons.

Many coupons for area attractions, outings and restaurants, plus various services and themed baskets of goodies, will be offered.

James Buck already has purchased 10 tickets, aiming to fill a table by inviting friends to join the family.

During 4-H's last program year, 682 young people were reached through 4-H clubs, and 750 to 1,000 more by short-term 4-H programs. Sixteen clubs throughout the county offered projects in robotics, sewing, foods and nutrition, entomology, horticulture, livestock, shooting sports, teen leadership and civic responsibility.

Beth Gray can be contacted at [email protected]

Comments
Rays journal: Reliever Austin Pruitt pitches nearly six scoreless innings for second career save

Rays journal: Reliever Austin Pruitt pitches nearly six scoreless innings for second career save

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays RHP Austin Pruitt has started and worked out of the bullpen, in both short and long relief.But he did not expect to pick up his second career save Sunday by having to log 5⅔ innings, allowing only three hits whi...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Floodwaters surge in Maryland town

Floodwaters surge in Maryland town

Crews were engaged in multiple water rescues and buildings collapsed in historic Ellicott City on Sunday evening as floodwaters raged through its streets following torrential thunderstorms, Howard County, Maryland, officials said.Maryland Gov. Larry ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Orioles game

Rick Stroud’s takeaways from Sunday’s Rays-Orioles game

So the team that just got back from a 10-day, 11-game road trip in three time zones is headed back out west for Memorial Day? The Rays travel to Oakland, Calif., Seattle and Washington, D.C. It's the first time they visited the West Coast on back-to-...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

Rays bats come alive with six-run rally to beat Orioles 8-3

ST. PETERSBURG — If you think the Rays are holding their pitching staff together with baling wire, duct tape and an overbooked shuttle to Triple-A Durham, a bigger story might be how their bats keep producing runs no matter who is swinging them...
Updated: 4 hours ago
RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

RFK’s son: There was 2nd shooter

Los Angeles Times (TNS)As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy approaches, conspiracy theories still abound.The latest to back the theory of a second gunman is the senator’s son Robert F. Kennedy Jr.Sirhan B. Sirhan, a ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Visa woes have summer businesses hiring Puerto Ricans

Visa woes have summer businesses hiring Puerto Ricans

PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Frustrated by red tape and visa limits on foreign workers, tourism businesses from Maine to Missouri are turning to Puerto Ricans who are fleeing a shattered economy and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bob Smith, owner of S...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

Troopers looking for driver in New Port Richey fatal hit-and-run

NEW PORT RICHEYDriver surrenders after crash that kills bicyclistThe driver Florida Highway Patrol troopers say struck and killed a bicyclist then drove from the scene turned herself in Sunday afternoon.Shanna Marie Rampino surrendered a 2000 Toyota ...
Updated: 6 hours ago
A solemn display

A solemn display

Associated PressVisitors to Boston Commons in Boston last week pass 37,000 American flags planted to honor every Massachusetts resident killed in war dating to the Revolutionary War. The "flag garden" idea on Memorial Day started in Boston about a de...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

BIDDEFORD, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday in Maine after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue, a spokesman said. Just after 2 p.m., Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the 93-year-old Bush, said he was awak...
Updated: 9 hours ago
None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

None injured in Trinity rehab center fire

TRINITY — No one was hurt Sunday morning after a fire broke out at a rehabilitation center.According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, Trinity Regional Rehab Center at 2144 Welbilt Blvd. is running on generator power after the blaze broke out about 10:30 ...
Updated: 10 hours ago