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Hometown Hernando for Sept. 20

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Members of the Live Oak Conservatory Pre-K 1 Combo Class rest after their first session of tap, jazz and ballet. The class includes children from 18 months to 5 years old. The conservatory kicked off its second year in August, offering performing arts classes for children and adults. The Live Oak Theatre Company is a nonprofit repertory company, located at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts in Brooksville. Visit [Jane Russell Geddings]
Published Sep. 15
Girl Scout Troop 4421 recently put together a plan to equip Hernando County Fire Rescue with "Comfort Kits." These kits were assembled by the troop, filled with items that firemen can hand out to children they encounter during a traumatic situation, as a way to provide comfort to them. The Comfort Kits include stuffed animals, blankets, socks, small dolls, toy cars and board books. The goal of Girl Scout Troop and its leader, Kashima Lynch, is to provide each fire station in Hernando County with Comfort Kits within the next few years to reach as many children as possible. The first three Comfort Kits recently were delivered to Fire Station 2 on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill. Pictured (left to right) firefighter/paramedic Thomas Nickola, driver engineer Steve Kelly; Girl Scouts Kathy Ligertwood, Abigail McCarthy, Kai Connors, Lilli Posey, Kethryn Lynch and Aislinn Lynch; firefighter/medic Habib Garcia-Buelvas and Capt. Danny Papa. [Tonya Posey]
Brooksville Garden Club announced its 2019-20 board. Seated front, left to right: Ronette Snyder, treasurer; Elsa Lampron, president; and Connie Hopkins, recording secretary. Standing, from left: Diane Lamoureux, vice president; and Sheryl Mistretta, corresponding secretary. The club meets at 1 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at its new meeting location, Sylvan Grove Club House, 2490 Broad St., Brooksville. [Sheryl Mistretta]
Nativity Lutheran Church of Weeki Wachee recently held its annual mission outreach for more than 50 children from the Resurrection House (Rez House) Mission at the Zephyrhills Walmart. The Rez House is a light in Dade City, providing love, hope, spiritual guidance and food. Nativity's congregation donated $976, and the non-profit Thrivent Financial for Christians provided $250, for the purchase of back-to-school shoes, socks and underwear. Walmart gave the children school supplies and cookies; their patience and generosity was appreciated. [Susan Nordstrom]
The 100+ Women Who Care Nature Coast (100WWC), a eleemosynary organization that supports local nonprofit organizations, recently awarded a $3,800 grant to the Hernando Youth Orchestra at a ceremony at Temple Beth David in Spring Hill. The donation will be matched at 50 percent by the Richard M. Shulze Family Foundation. It will allow HYO to replace old music stands, buy new sheet music and offer music lessons at no or low cost. Hernando Youth Orchestra was founded in 2007 by John St. John, a professional musician, composer and cellist. HYO performs eight to 10 concerts a year. The Nature Coast chapter of 100+ Women who Care was founded in 2016 by three women who wanted to join with other similarly-minded women to make a positive difference in Hernando County by their combined philanthropy. Pictured: Members of 100WWC present the check to HYO executive director Ellen Paul. Mary Crouse, founder of 100WWC is on the far right. [Ellen Paul]
In an effort to "Save the Manatees," signs are being posted on private docks along local waterways in Aripeka, Hernando Beach and Weeki Wachee, alerting boaters for the need to slow down for the manatees residing in the water. Pictured: Aripeka resident Fran Finley and Warren Werner. [Fran Finley]
On Sept. 7, residents of Salishan Gracious Retirement Living in Spring Hill helped celebrate the 75th anniversary of Reg and Elaine Williams. The couple (ages 95 and 93) have resided there for two years. The celebration included the Williams' three sons, Reg Jr. (Skip), Ron and Randy, along with their wives. It was the first time in 22 years that they had all been together. Reg and Elaine met while roller skating at The Chateau in Bangor, Maine. After high school, Reg joined the Army and shipped out to Europe during World War II. They married while he was home on leave, before returning overseas to fight in the Battle of the Bulge. Before retiring to Florida, the couple opened a radio repair shop, then a telephone answering service. The Williams also have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Their first great-great granddaughter, Rose Emma, was born two months ago. [Salishan Gracious Retirement Living]

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