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Service to honor four WWII chaplains

The annual Four Chaplains Memorial Service will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 2301 Deltona Blvd.

Area veterans organizations and auxiliaries are invited to participate in the service, which is sponsored by Post 997 of the Jewish War Veterans.

The service is to honor the four chaplains (a Methodist minister, a rabbi, a Catholic priest and a Lutheran minister) who were aboard the USS Dorchester when it was torpedoed during World War II on Feb. 3, 1943. The men handed out life jackets to the servicemen aboard and, when there were no jackets left to hand out, gave up their own. The chaplains died aboard the ship and were last seen with their arms linked, praying with the men remaining on the ship as it sank.

For information, call Mel Greene at 666-0606.

Openings on advisory panel on block grants

The Hernando County Commission is taking applications from those interested in filling vacancies on the Hernando County Citizens Advisory Task Force for the Community Development Block Grant program.

The vacant positions are for county residents who are interested in providing input relative to all phases of the Community Development Block Grant, Housing Rehabilitation Program. These are volunteer, nonpaid positions that will be effective from the date of the grant award, until the close of the grant (approximately two years).

Applications are available in the county Social Services office, Room 161, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St. Completed applications must be returned to the office no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 4.

Those applying must be Hernando County residents and registered voters. Call 540-4338.

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