County utilities offers rebates for customers
Customers of Hernando County Utilities are invited to participate in the following rebate programs geared to help save water and money:
• Hernando County low-flow toilet rebate program — Those who own a home built prior to 1994 and have toilets that use 3.5 gallons per flush or more may participate in the program. Customers must use participating plumbers for purchase and installation of the low-flow toilets. No do-it-yourself or customer-purchased toilets will qualify for the rebate. Customers will receive a water bill credit of $100 per toilet, for up to two toilets per household. Those who own a home built before 2000 may replace a 1.6 gallons per flush toilet with a 1.28 gallons per flush toilet, if you have not received a low-flow toilet rebate in the past.
• Rain sensor rebate program — Utilities customers who use county-provided water to irrigate their lawns may participate in the program. The home and irrigation system must be older than 2005. You must purchase a new rain sensor within the time limits of the rebate from a participating irrigation contractor. Complete irrigation system installation projects do not qualify for this rebate. Do-it-yourself installations do not qualify. Qualified participants will receive a $50 water bill credit.
The rebates for both programs are available through Sept. 28, 2020. For a list of participating plumbers or irrigation contractors, call (352) 754-4705 or visit the website at hernandocounty.us/departments/departments-n-z/utilities/conservation/water-conservation-customer-incentives.
Kiwanis to host annual Christmas parade
The 45th-annual Brooksville Christmas Parade, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville, will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 through downtown. This year’s theme is “Christmas at the Movies.”
Entries are being accepted from businesses, organizations and other groups wishing to enter a float. Since the Kiwanis arranges for Santa Claus to participate, entrants are asked to refrain from using a live Santa on their floats.
Entry fees are $65 commercial, $40 for nonprofit and horse groups, and $30 for individual/single horse entrants. All entries will be prejudged prior to the parade, with trophies awarded at the start of the parade for winners to display along the parade route.
Entries must be received by 5 p.m. Dec. 2. Entry forms and details are available at kiwanisclubofbrooksville.org, or contact Barbara Hitzemann at email@example.com.
Botanical gardens hosts annual holiday event
The Nature Coast Botanical Gardens will host the 12th-annual “Holiday in the Gardens” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7 at 1489 Parker Ave. Organizations, businesses and individuals are invited to come decorate Christmas trees while listening to holiday music and enjoying food and refreshments.
The event will feature an angel display, a miniature railroad, children’s tree and a snowman village. Santa Claus will visit. There is no cost to attend.
Also, on Dec. 14, the annual poinsettia planting at the Spring Hill Waterfall (at the entrance to Spring Hill Drive at Commercial Way), will be held. Residents can come and plant a poinsettia in memory of a loved one. For information on either event, call (352) 683-9933.