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Sportsman’s Expo coming to Brooksville

News and notes from Hernando County
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]


Library events scheduled

The Hernando County Public Library System will host several events in March:

• Caregiver Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 10, at the East Hernando Branch, 6457 Windmere Road, east of Brooksville. The event is for those who are caring for someone with early-stage dementia or Alzheimer’s, and may be feeling overwhelmed. This support group helps find ways to cope.

• Spring Break Crafts, 2 to 3 p.m. March 16. at the West Hernando/Staffordene Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Weeki Wachee. Children 5 and older are invited to make a craft. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Hernando County.

• Author Talk with Jason Korsiak, 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 16 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville; and 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 20 at the Spring Hill/Harold G. Zopp Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Join local author Jason Korsiak for a story time for adults with his book, Marvin Mac’s Bad Day. It is a humorous storybook for adults about the worst day in the life of the unluckiest guy in the world.

Bedlam movie screening, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. March 27 at the Spring Hill Branch Library. Filmmaker and practicing psychiatrist Ken Rosenberg visits ERs, jails and homeless camps to tell the stories behind our national mental health crisis. This screening is brought by the local PBS (WEDU) station and Independent Lens.

All events are free. For further details, call (352) 754-4043 or visit

Donate bikes, computers and cell phones

Nature Coast Community Service Foundation is seeking unwanted bicycles and parts to be reconditioned and given to the needy. The foundation also is collecting unwanted cell phones in working order, as well as computers of any make or model, in any condition (must have a Windows platform).

Donated computers will be repaired, have all personal data erased, returned to original settings and used to train the homeless to find employment.

All donations are tax-deductible. The Nature Coast Community Service Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless where they live with food, clothing, bedding and compassion. For further information or to donate, call (352) 600-9555.

SCORE offers small-business seminars

Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small-business seminars:

• Introduction to Business Taxes, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 3, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• Launch Your Business with YouTube, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 4, Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• Basic QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 4, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Also 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 24, Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes.

• How to Apply for a Business Loan, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 10, Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. Also 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 26, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 12, Hudson Regional Library.

• Starting an Assisted-Living Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 16, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• Creating a Successful Business Plan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 17, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center.

To register or for more information, visit and click on the local workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

Vacancies available on county board

Hernando County Board of County Commissioners is accepting applications from individuals wishing to serve as a member on the Hernando County Board of Construction and Regulation. The following positions are vacant: one architect/engineer, one building contractor, two consumer positions and one roofing contractor.

The Board of Construction and Regulation performs the duties of a board of adjustment and appeals, and acts as a countywide compliance review board.

Applications are available at the County Administrator’s Office at 20 North Main St., Room 263 in Brooksville, by calling (352) 754-4002, or by visiting Applications must be returned to the County Administrator’s Office by 5 p.m. Feb. 28. All applicants must be residents and registered voters in Hernando County. These are voluntary, non-paid positions and may be designated as an alternate member position.

Sheriff recommends ‘Eyes on the Street’

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office reminds residents of its “Eyes on the Street” initiative and the Neighbors app by Ring. “Eyes on the Street” is an initiative that started five years ago to assist law enforcement officers in Hernando County in solving crimes. The initiative is designed to use the assistance of residents and businesses in the fight against criminal activity. By voluntarily completing the registration form, detectives will be able to contact participants for possible investigative leads when crimes occur in specific areas. The program registry will serve as a log of all security cameras and/or surveillance systems throughout Hernando County.

The Sheriff’s Office also joined the Neighbors app in 2019 and recommends that others join. The app provides the Hernando County community with real-time local crime and safety information.

Those who have security cameras and/or surveillance systems and would like to participate in the “Eyes on the Streets” initiative, visit the sheriff’s website and complete the registration form at

To learn more about the Neighbors app, visit; to download the app, visit


Two-day golf tourney benefits wounded vets

The third-annual golf tournament to benefit the Wounded Warriors Foundation will be March 14 and 15 at Hernando Oaks Golf Club, 5230 Delacroix Drive. The Saturday tee time is 11:30 a.m., and Sunday tee time is 9 a.m. The tourney is an A-B-C-D scramble format.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. March 14. A prime rib dinner will be served after the first day of golf. Food will be served after the Sunday golf. There will be a skills game, closest to the pin and closest to the line contests, a 50-50 drawing, raffle and awards after golf on Sunday.

The cost is $150 per player; non-golfers pay $20 for the dinner. The entry fee must be paid by March 1. For information, call Rich Maura at (860) 916-4133 or Tony Fernandes at (727) 277-1280.

Sports expo planned for March 28-29

The first Central Florida Sportsman’s Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28 and 29 at Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane.

The event will feature new boats, fishing gear, marine toys, RVs, trucks, 4-wheelers, exhibits, clinics and demonstrations. More than 100 vendors are participating.

A Car and Truck Show will be included from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28. The best in show winner will receive $100 and a trophy. Separate categories for cars and trucks will include 1949 and older, 1950-1980, and 1980-new.

The two-day event will include food, drinks, clinics and a variety of activities. For further information, call (303) 358-2593.

Visitors, volunteers wanted at museums

The Hernando Historical Museum Association invites community members who enjoy history and meeting new people to visit its museums and consider becoming a volunteer at one of its three museums: The May-Stringer House at 601 Museum Court; the 1885 Train Depot at 70 Russell St.; and the adjacent Countryman One Room Schoolhouse at 66 Russell St.

Adult and student volunteers are welcome to work as museum greeters and tour guides. To learn more, call the May-Stringer house at (352) 799-0129, the Train Depot at (352) 799-4766 or the One Room Schoolhouse at (352) 515-3054.


Enter chili in annual cook-off

People Helping People of Hernando County will host its fifth-annual Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21 at the PHP Help Center, 1396 Kass Circle. There is room for more contestants. Judges also are needed, and will receive free admission and an opportunity to taste all the competing chili.

Contestants will prepare their chili prior to the event. They must provide their own crockpots or containers. PHP will have warming trays and Sterno cans to keep the chili hot. The cost to enter is $20. The event will include games and prizes. For details, call (352) 686-4466.