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Hometown Hernando for Aug. 23

United Way of Hernando County’s 13th-annual Stuff the Bus events took place July 12-14. United Way staff, school teachers, community partner, and volunteers collected donated school supplies at all Hernando County Publix locations, as well as two local Walmart locations. This year, there were 721 total hours logged by volunteers. This initiative brought in 8,306 pounds of school supplies which stocked more 158 classrooms in 23 schools. “We are so thankful to live in such a giving community that knows what it takes to live united and make a difference for Hernando’s youth,” said United Way’s executive director/CEO Angela B. Walasek. She thanks United Way’s Partners in Education, Oak Hill Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Care Center for sponsoring Stuff the Bus T-Shirts, and Chocachatti Elementary School for allowing United Way to use its cafeteria space to sort.  United Way of Hernando County
United Way of Hernando County’s 13th-annual Stuff the Bus events took place July 12-14. United Way staff, school teachers, community partner, and volunteers collected donated school supplies at all Hernando County Publix locations, as well as two local Walmart locations. This year, there were 721 total hours logged by volunteers. This initiative brought in 8,306 pounds of school supplies which stocked more 158 classrooms in 23 schools. “We are so thankful to live in such a giving community that knows what it takes to live united and make a difference for Hernando’s youth,” said United Way’s executive director/CEO Angela B. Walasek. She thanks United Way’s Partners in Education, Oak Hill Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Care Center for sponsoring Stuff the Bus T-Shirts, and Chocachatti Elementary School for allowing United Way to use its cafeteria space to sort. United Way of Hernando County
Published Aug. 19, 2019

U.S. Air Force Airman Keenan M. Ruh graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman also earned four credits toward an associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Ruh is the son of Nick Ruh and Hailey Smith of Weeki Wachee, and Heidi and Zac Lauenstein of Beatrice, Neb. He is the brother of Brittney Ruh of Beatrice. The airman is a 2018 graduate of Beatrice High School.

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