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Hernando Briefs for Aug. 28


Group to host forums on half-cent sales tax

The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will sponsor two public meetings to discuss and debate the pros and cons of the half-cent sales tax referendum that voters will decide on Sept. 8.

Speakers, both for and against the sales tax, have been invited. The first meeting will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. The second meeting will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave.

The meetings are open to the public. For information, call (352) 585-2907.


Woman wins $1 million from scratch-off game

A 62-year-old Spring Hill woman has claimed a $1 million prize in the $10,000,000 Florida Cash Scratch-Off game. It was the first $10,000,000 scratch-off ticket Louann Lameau had ever bought.

Lameau chose to receive a one-time, lump-sum payment of $746,213.60. She purchased the winning ticket at Circle K, 11091 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.


Nonprofit expo to host barbecue fundraiser

Florida Agriculture and Wildlife Expo, a nonprofit organization, will host a barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at the future site of the expo, a 150-acre parcel at 11077 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

The barbecue will be provided by Hungry Harry's Bar-B-Que of Land O'Lakes. Adult plates will cost $10 (ages 13 and older); a child's plate will be $5. Plates include a choice of chicken or pork, two sides and a choice of tea or lemonade. Beer and wine will be sold.

The event will include a petting zoo, entertainment and a 50-50 drawing. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. To order, call (352) 462-3831. For information about, visit

4-H club takes orders for bushels of apples

The Hernando County 4-H Kaleidoscope Kids are offering half and whole bushels of apples for $23 and $38, respectively. A bushel is approximately 86 apples, depending on size and weight.

Apple varieties include Crispin or Empire. The bushels will be available for pickup from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Hernando County Extension Office, 1653 Blaise Drive, and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Hernando County Government Center parking lot, 20 N Main St.

The deadline to order is Oct. 1. Proceeds provide educational materials, scholarships and field trips for Hernando County youths. To order, call Nancy at (352) 754-4433, ext. 2, or send email to her at to request an order form. Checks must be payable to Kaleidoscope 4-H Club, though other 4-H clubs benefit.

Fall Native Plant Sale to offer many species

The Hernando Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will have its Fall Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Chinsegut Hill, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville.

Local native plant growers will offer a range of species for west-central Florida landscapes, including perennials, shrubs and trees. Plant and garden experts will be on hand with exhibits and advice.

Tours of Chinsegut's grounds will be available from 10 to 11 a.m., and the newly restored manor house will be open. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 799-5400.

Taste of the Fields tickets now on sale

Tickets are on sale for Taste of the Fields, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville Ridge, which will take place from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 19 at Lakeside Ranch, 19297 Ayers Road.

The "Country Elegant" event kicks off with hors d'oeuvres, then a multi-course dinner served family style, with local beers, wine and music. The event benefits the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville Ridge.

Tickets are $50 and are available at For information, call (352) 596-6632.

Halloween Harvest Festival seeks helpers

Volunteers are needed for the 26th annual Halloween Harvest Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 24 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. Some of the volunteers will be asked to scare people inside the haunted house and along the haunted trail. Others are needed to help with games and face painting. All face-painting materials will be provided. To volunteer, call Penny or Nicole at (352) 754-4031.

Free program teaches basic archery skills

Archery for Beginners, a free program to learn basic skills, will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road.

National Schools in Archery Program equipment will be provided at the on-site outdoor range.

Participants must be at least 12 and should not bring any personal archery equipment.

Parents must remain with children at all times.

Dress for the outdoors. For information or to register, call (352) 754-6722 or visit


Day offers license-free saltwater fishing

License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day on Sept. 5 offers an opportunity for parents who don't yet have a license to take youths fishing or for avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. Though the license is waived for all recreational anglers, all other rules still apply.

For information and a list of rules, visit