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Hernando County news briefs for June 14

Published Jun. 6


Several county boards have vacancies to fill

Hernando County Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications from individuals interested in serving as a member on the following county committees:

• Affordable Housing Advisory Committee — One opening for someone who represents employers within the jurisdiction.

• Board of Construction and Regulation — One roofing contractor.

• Fine Arts Council — one member position.

• Library Advisor Committee — One alternate member position.

These are volunteer, non-paid positions. All applicants must be residents and registered voters in Hernando County.

Applications are available in the county administrator's office at 20 N Main St., Room 263, Brooksville; by calling (352) 754-4002, or visit Completed applications must be returned to the administrator's office no later than 5 p.m. June 20.

AARP offers driver safety class to seniors

The AARP Driver Safety Program will be offered at several locations in Hernando County in July. The course is open to drivers 50 and older who, upon completion, may receive a discount on their auto insurance premiums. The certificate is valid for three years. The cost is $15 for AARP members (bring membership card) and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited; preregistration is required.

• 9 a.m. to noon July 1 and 2, Salishan Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane, Spring Hill. Call Lawrence, (352) 304-8363.

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 3, Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Brooksville. Call Marge, (352) 678-1533.

• Noon to 3 p.m. July 9 and 11, Forest Oaks Lutheran Church, 8555 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Wayne, (352) 597-9590.

• 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 25, Spring Hill Enrichment Center, 10441 Quality Drive, Medical Arts Building, Suite 105, Spring Hill. Call Marge, (352) 678-1533.

County offers a variety of summer camps

Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department announced its summer camp schedule. A variety of camps are being offered for children ages 8-14. Some camps have limited enrollment and age limits differ by camp.

A complete listing of the programs and registration forms may be found online at Registration forms may be faxed, emailed, mailed or delivered to the Parks and Recreation office at 205 Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, FL 34601. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Contact Parks and Recreation at (352)754-4031, fax (352)754-4415, email to or visit Facebook at @HCParksNRec for more information.

• Basketball — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8-11 at West Hernando Middle School, 14325 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville. The cost is $80. Limited to 50 campers.


• Volleyball Camp — Learn the fundamentals of the game, drills and skills, followed

by scrimmage games. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24-27, at West Hernando Middle School. The cost is $80.

• Weeki Wachee Kayak Days — Join a paddling experience down the Weeki Wachee River. Campers must be able to swim and paddling experience is preferred, but not needed. You will be guided down the river by two Recreation Department staff and will end the adventure at Rogers Park , 7244 Shoal Line Blvd., Weeki Wachee. This one-day camp will be offered June 19 and 26; July 10, 17, 24 and 31; and Aug. 7. The cost is $20 per day.

• Sports Camp — Includes a variety of indoor and outdoor sports activities, including basketball, flag football, tennis, dodge ball, kickball and more. Campers will spend each day learning the rules and playing the games of the most common sports they love to participate in. Two camps are available: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17-20, July 1-3 and July 15-18, at West Hernando Middle School. The cost is $80.

• Football — Learn the fundamentals of the game, drills, skills and conditioning. Camp will be conducted by Calvin Brown and Marion Jones, who work with the high school football programs. Camp will be July 29-Aug. 1 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $80.

• Offshore Day — Enjoy a day out fishing with other campers and their parents on a chartered boat. The trip is designed for parents and children to enjoy offshore fishing together. It will be 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27 on the Thunder party boat, 4317 Calienta St., Hernando Beach. Limited to 24 people. The cost is $65.

• Outdoor Adventure Camp — Enjoy a week of adventures. Each week has a slight difference in activities. Some trips will be kayaking, offshore fishing, Rays baseball game, Adventure Island, Rainbow River, Fort Desoto, Tree Hoppers, Skyzone, Cemex and many others. Field trips are subject to change due to weather, but will be replaced with field trips of the same caliber. Pick up and drop off times will vary depending on the week/trips. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. See the daily itinerary for each week on the website.

Several four-day camps with 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. hours will offer extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an additional $15 per week.


Shower to support influx of kittens

Operation Kindness will sponsor its third-annual Kitten Shower for Hernando County Animal Services from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 at the Animal Services shelter, 19450 Oliver St.

The event is to help support the hundreds of kittens that arrive at the shelter every spring and summer. Last year, Animal Services staff and volunteer fosters provided live-saving assistance to approximately 730 kittens, many whom require costly formula and other items that go over and above standard shelter supplies.

The event will include raffle baskets, as well as cats, kittens and dogs available for adoption. Adoption fees will be sponsored in part by Operation Kindness.

Cash donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at the shower, online at or by mailing to P.O. Box 6977, Spring Hill, FL 34611.

Jericho Road needs help distributing food

Jericho Road Ministries is seeking volunteers to help distribute food supplies to the needy at its food distribution location at Mary's House, 1163 Howell Ave. Assistance is needed with administrative duties and handing out food.

Jericho is facing pressure due to growing numbers of unemployed and homeless people in Hernando County. Help can be as little as one day a week (between 9 a.m. and noon) or more.

Jericho Road Ministries is a Christian-based ministry, and pastoral approval will be required for all volunteers. For further information, contact Hommy Navarro at (352) 799-2912, ext. 112; or Melisa Renn at ext. 110.


Flotilla to offer safe boating course

The Hudson Flotilla 11-7 Coast Guard Auxiliary will offer the Florida-mandated "About Boating Safely" class from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22 at the training facility at 9135 Denton Ave.

The cost is $40 for the first family member and $20 for each additional member. It includes the class, digital library and processing fee. Those who complete the class will receive the Florida Boating Safely Education Card.

The class is offered on the fourth Saturday of each month. Group rates are available, and private classes can be scheduled for groups of five or more. Advance registration is appreciated. To register for the class or for information, send email to or call (727) 697-8013.

Spring Hill

Radio club to participate in field day

Members of the Spring Hill Amateur radio Club will participate in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise June 22 and 23 at the Sand Hill Scout Reservation. They will join ham radio operations across North America, showcasing the science and skill of amateur radio.

The public is encouraged to stop by and watch. For further information on the field day, or to learn about becoming a licensed amateur radio operator, visit or

County offers free youth basketball camp

Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with Coach Michael Jones to host a free basketball camp from 9 a.m. to noon July 13 at Delta Woods Park, 3400 Deltona Blvd. The camp is open to youth ages 7 to 17, who will learn the rules, skills and mental aspects of the game of basketball.

Spots are limited to the first 100 registrants. Shirts will be provided to those who preregister by July 10. Contact the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or visit to register or for further information.

Coin and collectibles show set for June 22

The West Hernando Coin Club will host a Coin, Currency, Stamp and Collectibles Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 22 at the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church hall, 13485 Spring Hill Drive.

ICG (independent coin grader) grading service will be on hand to give free appraisals and take submissions. Gold, silver, coins, stamps and foreign currency will be bought, sold and traded. There will be a youth treasure hunt, with all children winning a prize. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Admission and parking is free. Door prizes will be awarded hourly, with a grand prize of a 2019 American silver eagle.

For information, call (352) 587-3344 or email to

Vendors wanted for Columbus Day Fiesta

The Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, Nature Coast Lodge 2502, is accepting vendor applications for the second annual Columbus Day Fiesta, which will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way.

The event will feature a variety of entertainment, music, Italian food, a beer truck, raffles, prizes and face painting for children.

For details, contact Nina at (352) 683-7713 or Fred at (352) 442-0238.

Contact Phyllis Day at or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.


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