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Aerial spraying for mosquitoes is tonight for parts of Hernando


That overhead buzz? It's to kill mosquitoes

An aerial attack on Hernando County's growing mosquito population is planned for tonight over parts of the county. The spraying will begin after 8 p.m. If weather does not permit, the spraying will be moved to Thursday night. The one-time application will be done at no cost to the county by Vector Disease Control, under contract with the Department of Agriculture. Officials said Hernando's mosquito population has tripled since Tropical Storm Debby, raising concerns about increased exposure to humans and the possibility of disease. Precautions are taken to protect the public and animals during the spraying, according to a county news release. Insecticide formulations must be approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in urban areas and must comply with federal, state and local regulations.


PHCC board has two new leaders

The Pasco-Hernando Community College board of trustees recently elected a new chairman and vice chairman for the 2012-13 academic year. Dr. S.K. Rao Musunuru was elected chairman, succeeding Jeanne M. Gavish, and John L. DiRienzo was elected vice chairman. Musunuru is a board-certified cardiologist who is affiliated with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Pasco County. DiRienzo, of Spring Hill, is an adjunct faculty member at Saint Leo University and past president of the board of directors for Arc of Florida and the Arc Nature Coast in Hernando County, where he is still a volunteer.


Kids' prescription drug use is topic

The Hernando County Community Anti-Drug Coalition will meet at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at Pinebrook Medical Center, 14540 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. Shannon Sayre will give a talk, "The Silent Epidemic: Youth Prescription Drug Use." For information: (352) 596-8000.

Improvements may warrant an award

Brooksville's Beautification Board is taking nominations for the Margaret R. Ghiotto residential and commercial improvement awards. The awards are presented to city homeowners and businesses in recognition of improvements made to their properties. Nominations will be accepted through Aug. 31. Forms are available at (select the "Downloads" tab, then "Board Agendas and Minutes"). The Beautification Board also wants to be notified of properties in the beginning stages of renovation, so photos can be taken during the transformation. For information, contact Lindsay Morgan at (352) 540-3810 or

Today's meeting

Hernando County Housing Authority, 3 p.m., Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Today's picks

'Colorful Annuals' horticulture class: 10:30 a.m., Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. (352) 754-4433.

Reception for artists Diane Becker and Joyce Sundheim: 5-7 p.m., Rising Sun Cafe, 10 S Main St., Brooksville. (352) 556-3984.

Hernando deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.