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Childcare available for Hernando essential workers

News and notes from Hernando County.


YMCAs offer childcare for essential workers

The YMCAs of Tampa Bay are offering all-day youth relief care for essential workers at YMCA locations throughout Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties to help support the children of healthcare and emergency response professionals, as well as other essential workers, who are playing important roles combating the coronavirus. Together, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, YMCA of the Suncoast and YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg are working to meet a critical need to help the Greater Tampa Bay region continue to effectively function as our schools are closed.

In Hernando County, care will be offered from 6:30 or 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. weekdays, tentatively through May 8, at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill; call (352) 688-9622. Hernando qualified employees can register at The cost is $125 per week (financial aid available).

The YMCAs of the Tampa Bay are otherwise closed through May 8, and that date may change.

Hernando County Fair livestock auction set for April 3

BROOKSVILLE — “Canceling is for everybody’s safety,” said Shari Klimas, fair board president, when announcing that the Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show set for April 3-11 were canceled.

However, novel arrangements are underway for an auction of market livestock intended for the fair, raised by 4-H’ers and FFA members.

As many as 32 steers, 58 market swine, 13 pullet trios and 13 turkeys will be eligible for sale. Dudley’s Auction & Estate Services of Inverness is handling sale arrangements. Bids will be accepted at from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 4-6.

The young stockmen also may sell their animals privately.

Those who’ll join the online auction should deliver their animals for weigh-in at the fairgrounds, 6436 S. Broad St., from 8 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 3. To minimize any spread of disease, only one person will be permitted out of each delivery vehicle at a time. Once on site, the animals will be in the care of fair personnel. Each animal will be photographed for its online presentation.

Slaughter firms will be scheduled to pick up animals at the fairgrounds the morning of April 7. Buyers of the pullets will be responsible for their own pick-ups.

Additional information is available by calling the Hernando fair office at (352) 796-3504.

Unwanted bicycles can help the poor

Nature Coast Community Service Foundation is seeking donations of bicycles and bike parts. Through a partnership with Grace Presbyterian Bicycle Ministry, all donations will be reconditioned and given to people in need. Also needed are working cell phones, as well as drive-able recreational vehicles to help house homeless people.

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


Sponsors wanted for Pace Center event

Pace Center for Girls Hernando is seeking sponsors for its second “Believing in Girls Breakfast,” which is planned for 8:30 a.m. May 7 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. All proceeds will benefit the students of Pace Hernando.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available from $100 (which includes recognition from the podium and one ticket), to $5,000, which includes a banner with logo, reserved seating for up to eight and goody bag opportunities. Individual tickets to the event are $20.

More than 170 community members attended the inaugural event in 2019 and listened to Pace students describe how the program has changed their lives and the lives of their families for the better.

The Pace Center for Girls is located on the campus of J.D. Floyd Elementary School and offers services that consider how girls learn and develop. The Pace Center for Girls is a nationally-recognized, research-based nonresidential program model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services, with a focus on the future for middle and high school age girls.

For sponsorships and tickets, visit For information about the Pace Center for Girls, contact Diana Jerome at (727) 849-1901, ext. 1908 or Visit

Doctor joins Access staff

Access Health Care Physicians welcomes Michael D. Rudelli, MD, to its medical staff. Dr. Rudelli, a primary care physician, comes to Access from a private pathology practice. He has been involved with medical practices at the international level. Dr. Rudelli practices at the main Access Health Care office at 5350 Spring Hill Drive. New patients are welcome. Call (352) 688-8116.