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Hernando Briefs for Sept. 14

Published Sep. 10, 2018


Couples golf league seeks members

The Couples of Hernando Golf League is seeking new members. The league travels to courses in and near Hernando County to play 18 holes of golf on the second Monday of each month from October through May. Play an assortment of local courses and meet other couples from the area. Membership dues are $30 per couple. Couples can try the league out and play as a guest of a member couple, though you won't be able to participate in the game for prize money. The cost of golf is about $35 per person for each event, including prize fees. A point system (double bogie, 1; bogie, 2; par, 3; birdie, 5 and eagle, 8) is used for scoring. For information, call Doug Cord, (352) 684-2835, or Ed Smith, (352) 686-6578.

Carolers needed for Christmas program

The Brooksville Main Street promotion committee is seeking groups of carolers for the 2018 "25 Days of Christmas" program, including the Christmas tree lighting at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. The vision is to have local churches and groups performing between 6 and 7 p.m., Dec. 8-24 on the courthouse steps next to the lighted Christmas tree. The tree's synchronized music and light show will start at 7 p.m. each evening. The dates are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups interested in performing can call or text Stan Putnam from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday at (727) 215-1222, or email at

Volunteer for commission vacancy

Hernando County Commissioners are accepting applications from individuals interested in serving a four-year, regular-member term on the Hernando County Planning & Zoning Commission, effective until Dec. 31, 2022. The planning commission acts as an advisory body to the board of County Commissioners on matters pertaining to rezoning and other land-use issues. Applicants must be residents and registered voters in Hernando County. Applicants must have computer access and a basic understanding of how to use a computer as all agenda packets and correspondence of the planning commission are prepared and distributed digitally. All members are required to provide their own personal laptop for the meetings. This is a voluntary, non-paid position and may be designated as an alternate member position. Applications are available in the County Administrator's Office, 20 N Main Street, Room 263, Brooksville, FL 34601, or at Applications must be returned no later than 5 p.m., Sept. 20. For information, call (352) 754-4002.

Public works seeks public input

The Waterways Division of the Hernando County Department of Public Works is developing a boat ramp master plan for its coastal public boat ramp facilities, including launches at Bayport, Rogers Park, Jenkins Creek and Hernando Beach. Public input is needed from users of these facilities. A user survey was conducted on opening day of gag grouper season and the first weekend of scallop season. To gain additional feedback, an online survey was developed to prioritize improvements to the boat ramps and parking areas at these facilities. To take the survey, visit A public workshop will be held to present the survey results and design concepts for facility improvements. The overall intent is to improve Gulf access for Hernando County's residents and visitors.


Enjoy hauntingly good fun at the museum

The Historic May-Stringer House Museum will host the first Brooksville Paranormal Experience from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the museum, 601 Museum Court. Ghost tours are $10 per person (cash at the door) for ages 12 and older, due to sensitive topics. The event will include exhibits, psychic readings, vendors, food trucks and tales from the "other" side of Brooksville. Advance tickets are $8 and will be available at the museum from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Proceeds from the event benefit the Hernando Historic Museum Association and PKC (Paranormal Kicks Cancer), a nonprofit organization that raises funds to grant wishes to children with cancer.

Theatre gets
a new name

Live Oak Theatre Company recently announced that its theatre, formerly known as the Live Oak Center for the Arts, was renamed the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts. The renaming of the theatre, located at 21030 Cortez Blvd., acknowledges the encouragement and financial support given by the Morsanis of Brooksville during the theatre's initial capital campaign. For information, visit or call (352) 593-0027.

set for Lake Townsen

Hernando County Public Works Department will begin work on an Americans with Disabilities Act accessible road project at Lake Townsen Regional Park, 28011 Lake Lindsey Road. Weather permitting, work will occur through Sept. 28, temporarily closing the fishing pier and boat ramp. Improvements will be made to the road leading from the park's restrooms to the Withlacoochee State Trail and extending to the boat ramp and fishing pier. The improved road will be made from lime rock and millings for ADA accessibility. A handicap parking spot for a boat trailer and vehicle will be added. For information, call (352) 754-4027.

National Night Out is a family-friendly event

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will present the sixth-annual National Night Out event from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 in the parking lot of Target, 3101 Aerial Way, south of Brooksville. The goal of the event is to help build a strong, safe, healthy and united community. Get to know your neighbors and Hernando's first responders. More than 100 businesses and organizations will donate time, products and/or services for the family-friendly community event, which will include activities for children and adults, food, arts and crafts, performances and interactive events. The event is free and open to the public.

Chapter of NARFE to meet Sept. 21

Chapter 1322 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road. The chapter will discuss the proposed 2019 budget, national NARFE elections and FEDcon18 (training conference for the federal community). As a group, NARFE supports legislation beneficial to Federal employees and annuitants. New members are welcome. For information, call Dennis Foley at (352) 754-6160.

Register for golf clinic for the blind

Tarpon Woods Golf Club, 1100 Tarpon Woods Blvd., Palm Harbor, will host the first Blind Golf Clinic in honor of National Blind Sports Day at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Hernando residents interested in participating in the free event can register at the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, 6492 California St., or by calling Diane at (727) 784-7606. For information, call (352) 754-1132.


Orchid club changes its name

The Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill has changed its name to the Nature Coast Orchid Society. The club meets at 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month (except September, October and December) at VFW Post 8681, 18940 Drayton St. For information, call Mary Lou at (218) 556-1855 or visit

VFW will host 2-day craft/rummage sale

The Auxiliary of the VFW Post 8681 will host a craft/rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30 at the post, 18940 Drayton St. Vendors will be set up indoors and outdoors. Proceeds benefit the Fort McCoy (VFW Veterans Village) assisted living facility. For information, call Barbara at (352) 600-9784.


PHSC celebrates Constitution Day

Pasco-Hernando State College will host a Constitution Day celebration to commemorate the 1787 formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court. Hernando County Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson will be on campus with voter registration materials. Each attendee will receive a copy of the preamble to the U.S. Constitution while supplies last. A special ceremony will be performed beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sept. 17 by Central High School's ROTC drill team and color guard, and will include the singing of the national anthem by an ROTC vocalist. Michael Lashbrook, PHSC history instructor, will discuss the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the events that led to the creation of the Constitution and the Preamble from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Sept. 18.

The events are free and open to the public. For information, visit or call (855) 669-7472.

Hispanic festival will be Sept. 29

The second annual Hispanic Heritage Festival will be from 2 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Spring Hill Community Center/Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave. The event will include live music, food, arts and crafts, beer, wine, frozen sangria, and the crowning of the Miss Hispanic Queen Hernando County. New this year, a domino tournament will be held beginning at 3 p.m. The entry fee to join the tournament is $5, and cash prizes will be awarded. To register to play, call Jose Torres at (352) 277-1902. The festival is free to attend, parking will be $5. Additional parking will be available by the boat ramp and at Westside Elementary School. No coolers or outside food will be allowed. Bring a chair or blanket.

For information, call Vivian Rivera at (352) 346-3531.


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