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Hernando's light shines still brighter

As Hernando County keeps growing, adding a touch of class here and there, it seems that even the local television celebrities have begun taking notice of us.

Sheryl Browne, news anchor for WTSP-Ch. 10, will be the guest speaker Sunday night at the fourth annual awards banquet sponsored by the Hernando County Brotherhood/Sisterhood Association. The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on State Road 50.

Also, Dick Fletcher, Ch. 10 weather forecaster, will visit Powell Middle School today to give his weather lesson to eighth-graders. Assistant Principal Brenda Cason says 270 students will attend.

When it comes to a touch of class, Hernando County has reason to be proud of the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, which will perform its first semiformal concert Tuesday at the Springstead Theater on Mariner Boulevard.

Conductor Marvin Rosenberg has gathered some of the best talent from every corner of the county. Music lovers have been looking forward to this event for a long time. The program of Broadway tunes and popular and classical selections promises to bring an evening of delightful entertainment to all those lucky enough to have tickets to the sold-out affair.

I could not mention a touch of class and the Springstead Theater in the same breath without including Springstead teacher Dennis Caltagirone.

Bravo on being chosen Hernando County Teacher of the Year, and thanks, Dennis, for fighting for a first-class theater. We owe you a debt of gratitude for bringing drama, music and dance to your students, and to the people of Hernando.

While I'm singing the praises of people in Hernando County, it's a wonderful tribute to the churches of Spring Hill that the fifth annual ecumenical choir of 130 voices will once again present a concert Feb. 23 at the Mariner United Methodist Church.

The choirs of seven churches will join in this year's presentation, coordinated by Stephanie Stonerook, musical director at Mariner United Methodist. The 3 p.m. concert is free and open to the public. Judging from last year's performance, I wouldn't miss this outstanding event for the world.

For those who love to hear sacred music, there's another treat in store.

The Rev. Ray Favichia, pastor at Grace Fellowship Christian Church, tells me everyone is invited to hear seven soloists from four churches who will sing at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22. Sounds like a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon outdoors.

There's an unmistakable note of pride in the voice of Ron Belscher these days, when he talks about his daughter, Rebecca, and how the Hernando County school district's dual enrollment program helped her advance her career.

On the same day she graduated from Springstead High School in 1989, Rebecca accepted her diploma from Pasco-Hernando Community College. She won a full academic scholarship from Florida State University (FSU) for her remaining two years of college and graduated in 1991.

Rebecca was off to Paris in July to study at L'Institut Catholique on a full scholarship from the French department at FSU. Now, she teaches French I and II and advanced-placement French at Rutherford High School in Panama City. Rebecca has been nominated for the Sallie Mae First Year Teacher Award, which will be given to 100 outstanding new Florida teachers in September.

Joe Zuyus of Spring Hill is lining up golfers to take part in a great day at the Spring Hill Country Club on Feb. 29. It's the annual fund-raiser for the Hernando County Sheriff's Junior Deputy League.

A hole in one wins a 1992 Pontiac, but Joe says everyone, even the worst golfer, will walk away with some kind of prize. For details, call Joe at 683-0893.

Valentine's Day is Friday, and it brings out the romance in all of us, especially writers.

Gene Brooks of Brooksville sent us a copy of his essay about being married to five different women _ a professional, a mother, a homebody, a sexy gal and the world's greatest cook _ all rolled up in one wonderful person, his wife, Peggy.

See? (Husbands take note.) Even married men can be romantic.

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