Sunday, February 25, 2018
News Roundup

What clubs are up to


Croom Trail Riders: 9 a.m. Saturday, Twin Ponds in the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Take Mondon Hill Road to Soult Road, follow dirt road to Trail 7, then left and follow into Hunt Camp. Lunch after the ride; bring a dish to share, a chair and drink. Those who don't ride can meet at noon for lunch. Martha Casisa, [email protected], (732) 763-5552 or (352) 544-8034.

Daughters of the American Revolution Annuttaliga Chapter: Luncheon meeting, 11 a.m. Monday, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive. The program will be "Patriotic: DAR Memorial Service" and recognition of new members. Donations for veterans will be collected. Call Judy for reservations, (352) 796-6944.

Genealogy Society of Hernando County: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, LDS Family History Center, 21043 Yontz Road. Pam Treme and Pattie Schultz will present a program on "Posting Queries to Mailing Lists and Message Boards." Visitors welcome. Kathleen Marsh, (352) 796-1623.

German-American Club of Spring Hill: Spring dance, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Hernando Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., off Sunshine Grove Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Music provided by DJ Herb. Dress code is club casual. Bring your own beverages. Tickets must be purchased in advance: $10 for members and $13 for guests. Call Ursula Horstmann, (727) 697-2761 or (352) 279-0910.

Hernando Audubon Society: Annual picnic, May 24, at Alfred A. McKethan Park, 10800 Pine Island Drive, Pine Island. The picnic will start shortly after 5 p.m. (parking at the park is $5 before 5 p.m. and $2 after 5 p.m.) with a short bird hike along the beach. Food will be ready at 6 p.m. The Audubon will supply hot dogs. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to share, their own drinks and place settings. Bring binoculars and a bird book for the hike. This is the last event of the season. Meetings and field hikes will resume in September. Elaine, (352) 686-8195 or [email protected] Web:

Old Hernando History Roundtable: Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, John's Corner Family Restaurant, 711 S Broad St. After lunch, there will be a program on "Hernando Architecture and Historic Preservation" by JoAnn Peck. Visitors welcome. Annual membership is $10 per couple. Roger Landers, (352) 848-0505, or Sid Taylor, (352) 344-4705.

Hernando Beach

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236: 3435 Shoal Line Blvd. Fish and shrimp dinners, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday; prices vary, $6 to $7.50. Steak shoot, 1 p.m. May 23. (352) 596-9236.

Spring Hill

AARP Hernando County West Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Kally K's, 3383 Commercial Way. The topic will be "Assisted Living/Medic." Reservations required. Bob Williams, (352) 596-0722.

Chesapeake Bay Club: 1 p.m. Tuesday. Call for location. Patti, (352) 428-0884.

H2U Partner's Club: Buddy's Trio band, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Partner's Club at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. A "Meet and Eat" will be 12:30 p.m. May 23. (352) 597-6383.

Hernando Computer Club: Membership Committee, 10 a.m. Monday. General membership meeting, 7 p.m. Monday; visitors are welcome at no cost. Jim Moll of the Hernando County Cooperative Extension Service will give planting tips. Hernando County budget director George Zoettlein will give an update on the county budget. For a schedule of upcoming classes, visit All programs are at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8375 Spring Hill Drive. Classes are $2 each, for members only. (352) 684-7171.

Hernando Jazz Society: 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd. This will be the final gathering of the season. During the performance, the jazz society will award several cash scholarships to recent audition winners in grades 9 through 12. The scholarship winners will also perform. A cash bar and buffet will be available, starting at 1 p.m. Nonmembers should call for reservations to ensure admission into the Wellington community. (352) 835-7183 or (352) 835-7942. For membership, call Bill McLoughlin, (352) 799-9690.

Knights of Columbus, St. Jude Council 6383: 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Weekly: Dinner, 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by dancing from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays. Various dinner choices available. Dinner and dancing, $10 (includes tax and tip); dancing only, $3. Bingo, 12:30 p.m. Sundays and 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Lunch and sandwiches available. (352) 683-1227 or (352) 686-2650.

Ladies of the British Commonwealth: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. This is a new group. All women of British lineage are welcome. (352) 688-6503.

Michigan Club: Meet for dinner, 4 p.m. Friday, China One, 4241 Mariner Blvd. Club meeting, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. There will not be meetings in June, July or August, but club members will still meet for the monthly lunch and suppers. Dave or Barb Selbach, (352) 592-9663.

Nature Coast 9.12 Groups: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way. Speakers will include Bobby Jay Sullivan, candidate for Hernando County sheriff; Kim Sterling Bogart, candidate for Pasco County sheriff; Sandy Balfour, candidate for Citrus County superintendent of schools, and Gus Guadagnino, candidate for Hernando County School Board District 4. Also, Kim Irvine, field coordinator for Americans for Prosperity-Florida, will give an update on actions that can be taken this election year. There will be a raffle and refreshments. All those interested are welcome to attend; there is no cost. Web:

New Jersey Club: Doors open at 11 a.m. and meeting at 1 p.m. today, Senior Citizens Club of Hernando County, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road. Bring lunch. Members are also asked to bring nonperishable food donations. Members will go to see Swing! at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre on Sunday. Annette, (352) 683-8752.

Opera Lovers Club: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Forest Glenn Clubhouse, 1431 Friar Tuck Lane. The topic will be Lakme, a relatively unknown opera by Leo Delibes, a contemporary of Bizet. The public is welcome. [email protected] or

Orchid Lovers of Spring Hill: 1 p.m. Saturday, Partner's Club at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. The 20th anniversary of the club will be celebrated. Jack Batchelor of Paradise Orchids will speak and sell orchids. There will be a show table and complimentary refreshments. Linda Roderick, (352) 597-3736.

Sons of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502: Dinner at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive. Speakers will include state Sen. Mike Fasano and state Rep. John Legg, who will discuss the latest legislative session. New members welcome; one does not need to be of Italian heritage to join. Richard Sanvenero Sr., (352) 263-7829, or Rose, (352) 796-7714.

Spring Hill Amateur Radio Club: FCC license testing, 6:30 p.m. today; club meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday. Partner's Club at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd. Weekly: Club net, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; a SKYWARN Weather Net is at 7:15 p.m. Tuesdays during hurricane season. The club operates on a 2-meter repeater on 146.805 MHz (no tone). Dave, (352) 684-3925 (KB3GYN). Web:

Spring Hill Garden Club: 1 p.m. Tuesday, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd. Newly elected officers will be installed. Club members maintain the plant nursery and adjacent Nature Coat Botanical Gardens at 1489 Parker Ave., as well as the waterfall entrance at Spring Hill Drive and Commercial Way. Volunteers are needed to help from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Saturdays (any amount of time is appreciated). (352) 683-9933. Web:

St. Frances Cabrini Knights of Columbus Council 13209: Social, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Xavier Hall, 5030 Mariner Blvd. U.S. Rep. Rich Nugent will speak for about 30 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer period. Jack Hauser, (352) 686-9767.

St. Theresa Social Club: Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, parish hall, St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way. Membership is open to singles and couples. Annual dues are $5 per person. Bingo is at 5:45 p.m. Mondays. Evelyn, (352) 683-1532.

Suncoast Ship Model Society: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Weeki Wachee Senior Center, 3357 Susan Drive, at Toucan Trail. All interested modelers are welcome. Jim, (352) 592-6419.


Wisconsin Club of Hernando County: Social dinner, 2 p.m. today, Boston Cooker, 5375 Spring Hill Drive. Carolee, (352) 666-2974.

Pasco County


Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520: Pancake breakfast, 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, 9135 Denton Ave. The cost is $2 for all-you-can-eat pancakes. Other menu items available. Bottomless coffee is $1. (727) 863-2520.

Polish-American Social Club: Dinner-dance, Sunday, 7615 New Jersey Ave., Hudson. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Dinner choice is ham with pineapple or baked chicken, served from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Dancing to Happy Music by Jeanne from 2:15 to 5 p.m. Tickets $11 for members and $13 for nonmembers. RSVP to Dolores, (352) 596-4802, or Josephine, (727) 862-1520.

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

Police: Man, 60, arrested for fleeing from fatal Largo pedestrian crash

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Updated: 7 hours ago
Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

Sheriff: Roads reopen after Tampa crash results in natural gas leak near Citrus Park Mall

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Updated: 7 hours ago

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Updated: 8 hours ago

Two airlinescut ties withNRA aftershootings

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Updated: 8 hours ago

‘Up to States’ to armteachers, Trump tweets

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Updated: 8 hours ago
Security Council demands30-day cease-fire in Syria

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Updated: 8 hours ago

Updated: 9 hours ago
Call her more than just a survivor

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Updated: 10 hours ago
Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

Police: Male motorcyclist crashed, then the driver was run over by two cars

TAMPA — A male motorcyclist died early Saturday morning on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the Tampa Police Department said.About 1:35 a.m., the victim rode his motorcycle west on the Courtney Campbell at high speeds, police said. The motorcycle stru...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Northeast High alumnus Jon Mott wins 3rd Gasparilla 15K crown

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Published: 02/24/18