Hernando Briefs for May 27

Published May 26, 2016


Institute offers classes to fire service workers

Five Bugles Institute recently entered into a training agreement with Pasco County Fire Rescue and will offer Fire Service Certification classes and continuing education classes to fire service personnel throughout the state, beginning in June at the Pasco County Fire Rescue Training Facility, 15910 Little Ranch Road.

Fire service personnel pursuing career development opportunities are required to attend pre-requisite training before taking state certification examinations. Participants will receive classroom and practical training in the areas of fire inspection, fire investigation, fire instruction, fire officer certifications and other educational opportunities.

Five Bugles Institute will coordinate the class schedule with Pasco County Fire Rescue, and classes will not interfere with departmental training requirements or schedules. For information, call training chief Shawn Whited at (727) 861-3007 or email


Memorial Day event planned at cemetery

The annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Florida National Cemetery will be at 11 a.m. Monday. The cemetery is at 6502 SW 102nd Ave. (exit 309 off Interstate 75). The keynote speaker is Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James S. Hartsell. Steve Jerve of WFLA TV News Channel 8 will be master of ceremonies. Included are patriotic songs, a rifle salute and a flyover. Guests are encouraged to arrive early. Seating is limited; bring a lawn chair or blanket.


Groups can apply for outreach grant

There is still time to apply for the Hernando County Community Outreach Grant. Through Wednesday, organizations that wish to make positive changes in their community can apply to receive up to $5,000 to enhance their community's character, value, safety, environment and recreational opportunities.

To apply, visit or call (352) 754-4004.

Grant funding is reimbursed upon project completion. The program is designed for short-term projects that begin and end between Oct. 1 and July 31, 2017. Projects must take place in Hernando County and have a public benefit.

Sheriff's day camps taking applicants

Registration is under way to attend the Hernando County Sheriff's Office annual ROAR (Respect Others And youRself) summer day camps. Applications are available at Click on programs, then youth programs, then ROAR summer day camps.

All sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The camp, for kids ages 6 to 12, is free for the first 60 registered campers each week. Preference will be given to children who have never attended camp. Each child may attend only one weeklong session.

The first session will be from June 13 to 17 at Powell Middle School, 4100 Barclay Ave., Spring Hill.

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Session 2 will be from June 20 to 24 at Springstead High School, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Session 3 will be from June 27 to July 1 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

And session 4 will be from July 11 to 15 at Weeki Wachee High School, 12150 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

For information, call Annie Laurie Austin, community relations, at (352) 797-3660.

Retiree program needs volunteers 55 or older

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program, sponsored by Mid Florida Community Services, is looking for volunteers to fill fun and fulfilling opportunities in Hernando County. Hernando residents ages 55 or older interested in using their experience and skills to impact the lives of children and seniors can call (352) 796-8117.

Survey helps develop health needs strategy

The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County is partnering with the WellFlorida Council to conduct a communitywide survey of health needs and resources. The Community Health Assessment is conducted every three years and the data help drive services, focus programs and support grants.

Residents are asked to complete the survey at For information, call (352) 540-6817.

Spring Hill

Diabetes education classes set to start

The Department of Health in Hernando County will host a free seven-week diabetes education class designed to help diabetics and caregivers understand and successfully manage their disease, from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. The series begins Tuesday and ends July 18.

To RSVP, call Ashley at (352) 540-6842.

Program designed to boost mental health

NAMI Hernando will offer its free 10-week Peer-to-Peer educational program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting July 13 at the NAMI Beautiful Mind Center, 10554 Spring Hill Drive.

The program is a unique and experiential learning program for people living with a serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery.

To register, call (352) 684-0004 or email