Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Hernando airport's drone test proposal to be discussed, protested

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SPRING HILL

Drone test site proposal to be discussed

The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will host two public meetings regarding Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport's application to be one of six sites in the United States for the testing of drones for domestic use. The meetings will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Also, the group is planning a demonstration from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Commercial Way and Cortez Boulevard in Weeki Wachee. For information, call Brian Moore at (352) 686-9936.

Spring concert by Festival Singers

The Nature Coast Festival Singers will present their annual spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. The concert will feature the works of Vivaldi, Mozart, Haydn and others. There is no cost to attend; an offering will be collected. For information, call (352) 515-5335.

BROOKSVILLE

Animal Services to close for training

Hernando County Animal Services, 19450 Oliver St., will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday for staff training. The facility opens to the public at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m. For information, call (352) 796-5062.

SHADY HILLS

Wine tasting to help museum group

The Hernando Historical Museum Association will host a wine-tasting fundraiser from 7 to 9 p.m. April 6 at Strong Tower Winery, 17810 Forge Drive. The event will include music, appetizers, wine tasting, raffles and an auction. Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Tickets are $15 each or $25 per couple, and may be purchased at the winery or at the Hernando Heritage Museum at 601 Museum Court, Brooksville. Proceeds will to toward the Hernando Historical Museum Association's one-room schoolhouse project on the 1885 train depot grounds in Brooksville. For information, call Regina at (352) 385-8463 or send email to [email protected]

Today's pick

Butterfly gardening program: 10:30 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 540-6230.

Hernando deaths

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