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Anyone who is in the market for buying a franchise will need to put together the resources they will need on their end to make sure everything gets started properly. Most companies that offer franchises have a process you have to follow to be qualified for a franchise, and at that point the franchise company offers guidance and their own resources. But you should always protect your own business interests and make sure that you have the right team of people on your side when negotiating a franchise purchase.

Things you need on business transactions

Legal Representation

You should never attempt to purchase a franchise without a good
franchise business attorney on your side. As business transactions go, purchasing a franchise can be extremely complicated. When the franchise company approves you for purchase, you still have a series of obstacles to get past that only a qualified attorney can help you with. Do not hire an attorney who has only general business experience, as they will not understand the nuances of a franchise contract. Be sure to hire an attorney who has specific experience in the buying and selling of franchises to make sure your interests are protected.

A Lender

Your franchise company might offer you funding that would make it easier for you to get your franchise off the ground, but it might not be the best funding you can get. Before you enter in a franchise purchase negotiation, you should have your own lender on hand to possibly offer you a better financing deal that the franchise company is offering.

An Accountant

Franchise agreements are filled with calculations relating to licenses and percentages needed to satisfy the franchising agreement each quarter and year. Even a business expert can get a bit confused by all of the math involved in franchising, which is why it is smart to have an accountant on your team who can read through the complicated formulas and requirements and give you the information you need in plain English.

Buying a franchise gives you a chance to own a business that already has a marketing reputation, and a proven business method that has been refined over the years. When you are negotiating the purchase of a franchise, you should have a team of experts on your side who will look after your interests and makes sure that you understand what you are getting into.

MANHUNT MONDAY – James Charles Vanderveer

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If you know the whereabouts of this subject (or have any information), please call the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office at 352-754-6830. If you would like to remain anonymous or be eligible for a reward, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477). To submit a tip on line, please visit http://www.hernandosheriff.org/Tips/

Traffic Crash with Road Obstruction

Traffic Alert Monday 08-17-15

Mariner Boulevard and Wexford Boulevard

Northbound Lanes BLOCKED

Multiple Vehicles Involved

Please avoid the area or expect delays until the roadway can be cleared (usually about 30 – 45 minutes).

For a real-time look at Hernando County Traffic Accidents and Responses – please visit the following link: http://www.hernandosheriff.org/applications/cadinternetportal/

Eight county runners enter states

For the fifth straight season and seventh time since 2007, Nature Coast Technical’s vaunted boys cross country program has reached its ultimate goal: the FHSAA Finals.

The 68th annual state finals, featuring eight races (Class 1A-4A boys and girls), are set for Saturday morning at Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park’s 3.1-mile layout.

Hernando County will be represented by eight elite runners, all in the 2A races, including NCT’s seven-man boys squad featuring: seniors Conner Schwefringhaus and Daniel Montoya, juniors Austin Mulyck, Jacob Rockwell, Matt Aubertin and Marc Preston, and freshman sensation Trevor Foley.

NCT junior Amelia Schmit is the county’s lone entry in the female division.

Almost half of the NCT boys contingency has experienced competing not only at this pressure-packed event, but running at the same Leon County venue the past two years.

Additionally, the thinclads are expected to be aided by the low 50-degree temperatures during the race.

On what might bolster the Sharks’ chances, “The course is nice and wide open with one big loop. There are a couple of rolling hills and it’s a true cross country course running through the woods,” explained Milholland.

“Plus the experience factor should give our guys a little more confidence,” insisted Milholland. “A guy like Austin is making this third trip to states. Having that experience of running on this course is huge.”

Mulyck, ranked as the county’s No. 2 runner behind a personal best 5K clocking of 16:31.85, finished 141st as a freshman before improving to 99th last season.

Aubertin (171st) and Rockwell (156th) both competed on the all-grass Apalachee Regional Park surface last year.

Schwefringhaus missed running in this race last year due to a family commitment, so he along with Montoya, Preston and Foley will all be making his state debut.

Last fall, NCT finished 22nd in 2A out of 24 teams. On Saturday, the Sharks enter seeded in a tie for 15th place with Tampa-Berkeley Prep.

Winter Park-Trinity Prep is heavily favored to repeat as state champion while an intense battle looms for the runner-up trophy between Jacksonville-Bishop Kenny (2012 state champ), Fort Lauderdale-Pine Crest and Lakeland’s McKeel Academy.

Though the California Street thinclads placed among the state’s top 10 in 2011-12, finishing fifth and seventh respectively, the Brooksville distance runners do not have the depth – particularly in the back end of the lineup – to compete for the tallest trophy.

In fact, NCT’s finest runner, the 15-year-old Foley, will arrive seeded 13th overall. The county’s top-ranked runner, however, is on the precipice of eclipsing several records.

The first-year Shark phenom has finished in the top 10 in each of the races he’s competed in. With one more top-10 finish, he’ll tie the 5K county record set by Hernando senior Ben Martucci in 2006 (11).

Of NCT’s 67 career 5K runners, Foley ranks fourth all-time behind a personal best time of 16:21.35. Only Matt Lambert (16:19.99), Cody Van Natter (16:12.55) and Bruce Federico (16:06.00) stand ahead of him.

On a fast course and pushed by stellar competition, Foley may break loose.

Federico holds the school record with the best-ever state finish – the school’s only previous top-10 effort at states, finishing ninth in Dade City in 2008.

Just as motivating, no Hernando County freshman runner has ever placed among the state’s top 10 – earning first team All-State honors – over the past 44 seasons.

Milholland believes Foley is hitting his stride.

“Trevor will probably run this race in his head 1,000 times before Saturday,” noted the defending Hernando Today Coach of the Year. “Last week, he broke out quickly and remained out front and it worked. I thought he adapted well, especially on a tough course.

“Even though he’s seeded 13th, he beat five of the guys who are ranked above him at Alachua,” added Milholland. “To me, there are no clear-cut winners of this race.”

Milholland’s goal for Foley is simple, as the coach said, “If Trevor gets a top 10 in that field; I’ll be pleased. The pre-state race times in Tallahassee were phenomenal. Why not go out with a bang? I think Trevor will go for broke.”

Assessing the remainder of the team, “Right now, we’re seeded either 15th or 16th,” he said. “I think Jacob and Conner can break 17:40. I believe all the rest can go under 18:15. If we do that, I see us finishing 13th – it’s that tough a field.”

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The first-year Schmit would love to duplicate what Springstead sophomore Amber Philpott accomplished in last year’s 3A state race.

Philpott concluded a remarkable breakout season with eight top-10 finishes in eight meets by placing ninth in Leon County.

NCT, which placed 13th as a team in 2012 and 14th last season, has never before been represented by an individual runner.

Like Foley, Schmit may shred the record book. She’s also chasing a ghost. No Hernando County female runner has captured states since Hernando High senior Gina Bawden – a move-in from New Zealand – in 1993.

With one more top 10, Schmit will extend the school’s single-season record of top-10 finishes. With a 10th straight top 10s, she’ll tie Alexa Lacy’s school career record.

Schmit, who surpassed Alyssa Deligio’s previous school mark of 20:27.00 behind an 18:53.91 clocking this season, needs to finish better than Deligio’s 42nd place at states in 20:30.01 in 2013 to establish two new school records.

In 2013, Philpott set the county record for the fastest time at states in 18:49.14.

Milholland believes Schmit, who is seeded 10th, is primed for stardom.

“Physically, she’s great,” pointed out Milholland. “She’s running well and feeling good and precisely at the right time of the year.”

On Schmit’s game plan, “Again, she’s got to get out in front,” insisted Milholland. “She’ll be surrounded by Bolles girls and there’s (North Marion senior Leigha) Torino, too. She’s got to stay within striking distance of that first pack. She can’t allow herself to run in gaps.”

At a Glance

What – 68th annual Class 2A Boys Cross Country FHSAA Finals.

Who – Twenty-four teams are expected to compete including Region I’s Jacksonville-Bishop Kenny, Pensacola-West Florida, Pensacola Catholic, Jacksonville-Bishop Snyder, Jackonville-The Bolles School and Crawfordville-Wakulla; Region II’s Winter Park-Trinity Prep, Orlando-Lake Highland Prep, Nature Coast Technical, Citra-North Marion, Gainesville-Eastside and Wesley Chapel; Region III’s Lakeland-McKeel Academy, Tampa-Jesuit, Immokalee, LaBelle, Englewood-Lemon Bay and Tampa-Berkeley Prep; and Region IV’s Fort Lauderdale-Pine Crest, Rockledge, Miami-Ransom Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian, Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons and Key West. Defending state champion is Trinity Prep.

Where – Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park.

When – Saturday at 10 a.m.

At Stake – State championship. Trophies awarded to the top two teams while medallions are presented to the top 10 individual placers.

What – 41st annual Class 2A Girls Cross Country FHSAA Finals.

Who – Nature Coast Technical junior Amelia Schmit. Defending state champion is Bolles.

Where – Tallahassee’s Apalachee Regional Park.

When – Saturday at 9:10 a.m.

At Stake – State championship. Trophies awarded to the top two teams while medallions are presented to the top 10 individual placers.

By the numbers: NCT’s All-Time Boys Cross Country State Results

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO

YR CLASS PLACE COACH

2007 2A 14th/24 teams Armen Merjanian

2008 2A 13th/24 teams Armen Merjanian

2010 3A 20th/12 teams Eric Milholland

2011 2A 5th/24 teams Eric Milholland

2012 2A 7th/24 teams Eric Milholland

2013 2A 22nd/24 teams Eric Milholland

By the numbers: NCT’s All-Time Girls Cross Country State Results

– Compiled by TONY CASTRO

YR CLASS PLACE COACH

2012 2A 13th/24 teams Eric Milholland

2013 2A 14th/24 teams Eric Milholland

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Girls Scouts running event

SAFETY HARBOR – On Sept. 27, Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (GSWCF) will host its second annual Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot in downtown Safety Harbor. This year’s event is expected to draw 1,000 participants from elite runners to walkers.

The Thin Mint Sprint, a 5K (3.1 mile) race, will begin at 8 a.m. The Tagalong Trot, a one-mile fun run/walk designed for younger racers or those who do not wish to participate in the 5K, will begin at 9 a.m.

Both will start in front of the Safety Harbor Marina (110 Veterans Memorial Lane).

Registration is available online at www.gswcf.org/sprint through Friday. Entry fees are $30 for the Thin Mint Sprint and $20 for the Tagalong Trot.

There will be an awards ceremony for the top three male and female finishers following the 5K race. The top 50 male and top 50 female 5K finishers will also receive a box of their favorite Girl Scout Cookies, compliments of FITniche. Every runner or walker who finishes their race event will receive a medal.

Post-race, all participants will have access to a celebration area complete with refreshments, music and Girl Scout Cookies.

For those unable to attend in person, there’s also the option to participate in spirit as a virtual runner. GSWCF will send a running bib and race shirt to all virtual runners so they can run or walk at their convenience. The cost to participate in the virtual race is $20 through Friday.

All proceeds from the event will support the nearly 21,000 girls and nearly 8,500 adult members served by GSWCF in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sumter counties.

For more information, contact Terri Costello, development manager at (813) 262-1688 or tcostello@gswcf.org.

Sport Shooting Festivals coming

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s Sunshine State Games Sport Shooting Festivals return to the range in the fall and registration is now open for the three regional festivals, featuring 19 events, to be held at seven venues.

Not only is there a variety of events being held in September and October, they’re geographically spread out around the state.

The Gulf Coast Shooting Festival takes place Oct. 25-26, with six events to be held between Hernando Sportsman’s Club, as well as Sarasota Military Academy, and Skyway Trap and Skeet Club with United States Clay Target Academy in St. Petersburg.

Events of the Gulf Coast Shooting Festival will have lesser restrictions and rules than normal Olympic-style shooting events to encourage more participation and introduce athletes to an Olympic-style event.

All Florida residents who have lived in the state for at least 30 days prior to the date of competition are eligible if they meet the requirements specified by each sport. Non-resident guest athletes/teams may participate upon approval by the Florida Sports Foundation.

Age divisions, levels of expertise and types of qualification vary with each sport.

For the festival at the Hernando Sportsman’s Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Hwy 19), registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 8 a.m.

The festival will showcase the following competitions: international style pistol – standard pistol, air pistol, centerfire and sport pistol; smallbore rifle prone and 3-position – international style rifle and sporter rifle.

The smallbore rifle (3-position at 50 yards) competition will be limited to the first 80 entries.

The pistol completion will be limited to the first 40 entries.

To preregister, visit: https://events.clearthunder.com/SHOOTING14. Mail-in registration forms can be found at http://www.flasports.com/images/pdf_files/2014SSG/shooting/gulf/intlsmborerifleief.pdf. Deadline for mail-in registrations is Oct. 20. Fees are $25 for preregistration, $35 for on-site registration. Preregistration must be received by Oct. 20 or register online until Oct. 23.

For more information, visit: http://www.flasports.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=107%3Asports-shooting-championships&catid=42%3Asport-event&Itemid=60#gulf, www.hernandosportsmansclub.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hernando-Sportsmans-Club/181824431850883.

For further information, contact Sarah Kirchberg at (727) 724-3082 or skirchberg@flasports.com.

Senior Games online registration open

TALLAHASSEE – Registration is now open for the 2014 Florida International Senior Games and State Championships, to be held Dec. 6-14 in Lee County and the City of Cape Coral.

Visit https://events.clearthunder.com/FSG2014 to register for the 23rd annual Olympic-style sports festival for athletes age 50 and over.

The 2014 Florida International Senior Games and State Championships is a qualifier for the 2015 National Senior Games, to be held, in Minneapolis/St. Paul/Bloomington, Minn. in the summer of 2015.

Entry fees begin at $11 per event and vary by sport. Sports with multiple events carry additional charges per event. Team sports have a team entry fee. The deadline for online registration is Nov. 21.

The Florida International Senior Games and State Championships feature 24 sports and events over nine days of competition. Some sports and events require a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games event to participate at the State Championships. Those sports include: 3-on-3 basketball, basketball shooting, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, tennis, and track and field.

Sports that are open to all athletes without a qualifying performance at a local Senior Games include: archery, bag toss, billiards, bocce, croquet, fencing, powerlifting, power walk, race walk, racquetball, road race (5K and 10K) and volleyball.

The Pensacola Senior Games began on Sept. 8 and continue through Sunday.

Other remaining local Senior Games include: Tampa Bay Senior Games, Sept. 29-Oct. 17; Gainesville Senior Games, Oct. 3-12; Jacksonville Senior Games, Oct. 6-11; Ormond Beach Senior Games, Oct. 25-Nov. 1; Martin County Senior Games (Stuart), Nov. 1-10; and Golden Age Games (Sanford), Nov. 8-15.

For more information, visit www.flasports.com or call toll-free 1-866-FLGAMES (354-2637).

4-H Benefit Trap Tournament

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is hosting a 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament on Oct. 4, at the club’s trap range, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. 19).

All proceeds are to benefit the youth of the Hernando Sportsman’s 4-H Club.

The trap tournament consists of four rounds of 25 shots each, for a total of 100 shots. Trophies will be awarded in three categories: youth, adult and senior. The winner is determined by most targets hit.

Cost is $40 per trap shooter, $35 if preregistered by Sept. 27. Lunch is provided to all participants.

To preregister, mail in this registration form to the club: http://www.hernandosportsmansclub.com/PDF/4HTrapBenefitFlyer.pdf .

Registration for shooters begin at 8 a.m. Shooting will start at 9 a.m. Please bring your own shotgun, ammo and lawn chair.

For more information, contact Ken at (352) 797-0409.

Wounded Warriors event

BROOKSVILLE – A Wounded Warriors Project event will be held at the Hernando Sportsman’s Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. 19) on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is being held for local veterans to shoot various kinds of firearms for free, from pistols, to rifles, to full auto-style heavy firearms.

All the firearms and ammo have been donated for use that day for vets and their families. A bounce house will be on site for kids.

Texas Roadhouse and Golden Corral will both donate lunch for the veterans and their families. The public is welcome to attend as spectators for free.

Any veterans who wish to participate should contact Rick Cicero at (434) 294-5883 or richard_cicero@bellsouth.net.

For more information, visit http://www.hernandosportsmansclub.com/warriorshoot.htm.

Running series coming to Florida

Texas 10 Race Management, LLC, in conjunction with WinWin Events, will launch an all-new 10-mile running series in Florida on the heels of the already successful Texas 10 Series.

Event management is offering runners a primary 10-mile race in addition to companion five-mile and kid’s one-mile events.

The 2014 Florida 10 Series will kick off in Lakeland on Oct. 19 and be followed with an event in Sarasota on Dec. 7.

The inaugural Florida10 Lakeland event will take place in northern Lakeland near Florida Polytechnic University.

All 10-mile finishers earn points to be eligible for up to $7,800 prize money in the Ponce De Leon Cup competition, which will be divided among the male and female age groups. Additionally, clubs can earn up to $2,600 in the Everglade Cup Competition, which is based on the finishers in all three Florida 10 Series distances.

The Susan G. Komen Florida Suncoast Chapter has been selected as the highlight charity of the Florida 10 Charity Challenge powered by Reason2Race.

With this program, athletes may race for and in honor of the highlight charity or any other 501 (c)(3) charity.

Event management will provide a $1,000 prize purse for the top fundraisers’ charities at each Florida 10 Series race.

The top overall fundraiser wins a $500 donation with the second-place fundraiser’s charity receiving a $200 donation. The third- through fifth-place fundraisers will receive $100 contributions toward their charities.

As with any active lifestyle event, volunteers are a must and a Florida 10 event – where approximately 100 volunteers will be needed — is no different. Volunteer groups or organizations may receive donations for serving with as few as 15 volunteers.

Online registration for all future events and details of the Florida 10 Charity Challenge and the Ponce De Leon and Everglade Club Cup competitions is available at www.florida10series.com.

Kiwanis Club golf tournament

SPRING HILL – The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill is holding its 10th annual Children’s Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 26 at Silverthorn Country Club.

The club, which is partnering with the City of Brooksville and The 1st Tee of Brooksville, is seeking corporate sponsors as well as players/teams.

For more information, visit www.springhillkiwanis.org.

Grass volleyball series coming

TALLAHASSEE – Florida’s Sunshine State Games begins a new Grass Volleyball Series, in partnership with the Florida Region of USA Volleyball, with a series of events for volleyball enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.

Two local events each in September and October lead up to a State Championships in November.

Divisions are available for Recreational Adult Coed 6’s, Competitive Adult Coed 4’s and Junior 6’s (girls/boys age 16 and up only). The Junior 6 division will not be available at all locations.

Dates and locations include: Saturday, Estero Recreation Center in Fort Myers; Oct. 11, 17th Street Park in Sarasota; Oct. 25, Holiday Inn Sports Complex in Fort Lauderdale; and State Championships, Nov. 8, Hickory Point Recreation Park in Tavares.

Registration fee for the Competitive Adult Coed 4’s division teams is $100, Recreational Adult Coed 6’s is $150 and Junior 6’s (girls age 16-18) is $100.

Team VIP fees are also available for an additional cost. The VIP fees include lunch, water during the event, and access to the VIP area. Each of the six stops will benefit a local charity.

All teams participating in one of the six Florida stops are eligible to compete in the State Championships.

Registration and competition information is currently available at http://www.floridavolleyball.org/sunshine-state-games-grass-vb-series.html.

Firearms safety classes

BROOKSVILLE – The Hernando Sportsman’s Club is offering several firearms safety classes over the next few months.

The class dates are Oct. 1, Oct. 18, Nov. 5, Nov. 15, and Dec. 3. A special “ladies only” firearms safety course will be held on Sept. 20 and Dec. 20.

All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman’s Club, 16121 Commercial Way.

This is an introductory “First Steps” orientation class for new shooters. The courses cover lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home; intro to pistol safety, parts and operation; intro to ammo and the fundamentals of pistol shooting; intro to pistol shooting from the seated and standing position; and intro to pistol cleaning and storage.

The classes include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break. All materials and equipment needed for the class and live-fire training is provided to students, including the use of a .22-caliber firearm, ammo, earplugs and eye protection.

The cost is $60. Successful completion of this class also provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit if desired.

Pre-registration is required. Please call (352) 597-9931 to preregister.

For information on the club, visit www.hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Ride to Defeat ALS

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – The ALS Association Florida Chapter is pleased to announce that UnitedHealthcare is once again sponsoring its annual Ride to Defeat ALS, a one-day cycling event that raises funds to fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The event takes place Nov. 8 at The Holiday Inn Harbourside Hotel, located at 401 2nd St. in Indian Rocks Beach. The event kicks off at 8 a.m.

UnitedHealthcare is sponsoring a portion of the ride titled “The UnitedHealthcare Metric Century,” a 62-mile route that parallels the Gulf of Mexico and passes through historic Fort De Soto Park on Mullet Key.

Nearly 500 cyclists are expected to participate. Funds raised during this event will support research, programs and services for people living with ALS in Florida. This fundraising community event also serves to generate hope and action around the fight to conquer Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

The day’s ride concludes with a lunch and family celebration at The Holiday Inn Harbourside Hotel. Along with cyclists, many volunteers are also needed before, during and after the event.

To register for the ride or sign up to help, visit www.RidetoDefeatALS.org.

Project Appleseed rifle marksmanship clinic

BROOKSVILLE – The Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held Oct. 11-12 and Nov. 29-30 at the Hernando Sportsman’s Club, located at 16121 Commercial Way (U.S. Hwy. 19).

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The clinic starts at 8:30 a.m. and will continue until 5 p.m.

Project Appleseed is an activity of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association and dedicated to teaching every American our shared heritage and history as well as traditional rifle marksmanship skills. The Revolutionary War Veterans Association is a non-profit organization operated by volunteer instructors.

Their heritage program vividly portrays the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Modern listeners are confronted with the danger, the fear, and the heartbreaking separations that arose out of the choices made on April 19, 1775. They are also reminded of the marksmanship skills and masterful organization that ultimately helped set the colonists on the path to success. Those who attend gain a better understanding of the fundamental choices faced by our ancestors as they began to set the stage for the nation we now enjoy.

Participants are taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills that allow a rifleman to be accurate out to 400 yards, with iron sights, standard rifle and surplus ammo. Most of the instruction at a Project Appleseed event is conducted on the firing range at 25 meters, at reduced-size targets to simulate 100 to 400 yards. Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a sling and Revolutionary War history.

Please bring ear/eye protection, rifle with sling and ammo, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks and drinks. Please bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. Food and beverages are also available for purchase for lunch in the clubhouse.

A .22-caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammo, but a centerfire rifle can be used if preferred. About 500 rounds of ammo will be needed per day.

Marksmanship Clinic fees are $60 for adults, $20 for youth under age 18. Active military, Guard and Reserve, law enforcement officers with ID, disabled, elected officials and Revolutionary re-enactors in costume are free. Additional club range fees of $14 per day apply for adults and children age 12 and older.

To register online, go to www.appleseedinfo.org. For more information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or tdawson@tampabay.rr.com.

J.C. Karate offering classes

RIDGE MANOR – J.C. Karate is currently offering classes starting for only $30 a month.

Come out and train under Soke Master Jason P. Chase Sr., a two-time Triple Crown state champion and 2011 National Instructor of the Year, with no hidden fees or surprise costs, in a family-friendly environment where character development and life skills along with martial arts training will taught.

J.C. Karate is located in Ridge Manor at 31162 Cortez Blvd., in the Winn-Dixie plaza.

For more information, contact (352) 467-0506 or chase@jckarate.org.

Tennis camp and classes

SPRING HILL – Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start Drills Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10.00 per class. Drills and games are designed for beginning players using the USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players.

Learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Additionally, Ace Performance Tennis is offering a Ladies Night Out, Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Delta Woods Park.

The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a fun social setting.

For more information on the camp and classes, contact John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or www.louisedowney.usptapro.com.

LeBlanc: Hurricane Season and Dementia

For the past six years I have written articles about the challenges of caring for someone with dementia during hurricane season. To all caregivers I recommend being prepared at all times of the year, in case evacuation becomes necessary.

As significant as these articles were, I worry about being repetitious. But this year I have great news for all Florida residents. A bill passed this year by the Senate and House, and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, requires the Division of Emergency Management to develop a special needs shelter registration program for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. This law takes effect Jan. 1 and will be implemented fully by March 1.

The lack of concern for these special facilities has troubled me in recent years. I found it shocking how few counties in Florida had Alzheimer’s or dementia listed as a disability on emergency shelter forms.

There’s no question that here in Florida we understand the serious amount of damage these storms can generate. It’s amazing how a simple summer thunderstorm can develop into something tropical and turn our world upside down.

So, caregivers everywhere, let’s talk about the importance of developing and putting an evacuation plan in place. You do not want to end up in a regular emergency shelter. Your loved one would feed off of the heightened anxiety in that building, causing his or her confusion level and behavior to rise to the hilt.

Here’s my suggestion: If possible, stay away from all shelters completely. If you have family or friends who live outside of the path of the storm, consider staying with them. (Have this plan in place far in advance, of course.) If you do not have this option, see if your county has dementia on its list for shelters that accommodate disabled people. As I noted earlier, if the new law is implemented as planned, this all will be in place by next year’s tropical storm season.

My biggest concern today is whether staffers in these shelters will be properly trained on dementia care. Maybe training them will be another important undertaking for those of us who are knowledgeable in the field.

Caregivers, make sure you have your evacuation kits ready to go. Also, a list of contacts for both you and your loved one to keep in your possession — just in case you get separated. And don’t forget about your pets! Reassure your loved one that his or her pet is going to be OK. Otherwise you might never get them out of the house!

Having to evacuate your home is stressful enough; having to do so while caring for someone with dementia is a task I don’t wish on anyone.

There is a free guide from the National Institute on Aging called “Disaster Preparedness — Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips” that you can download through the website: http://www.nia.nih.gov/

Unfortunately it’s not just the storm, but also its aftermath, for which we need to prepare. After a particular hurricane my dad and I had no electricity for 13 days — which meant no water, because we had a well that ran on electricity. Those were the longest 13 days of my life!

Think ahead and plan for the worst. And thank you to our Florida leaders who realized that dementia is, without a doubt, a disability.

For a decade Gary Joseph LeBlanc was the primary caregiver of his father, after his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He can be reached at us41books@bellsouth.net. His newly released book “Managing Alzheimer’s and Dementia Behaviors,” and his other books “While I Still Can” and an expanded edition of “Staying Afloat in a Sea of Forgetfullness,” can be found at www.commonsensecaregiving.com.

Brooksville man charged in beating, deputies say

A Brooksville man was charged Saturday with aggravated assault and battery after beating a man with his fists and threatening him with a wooden stick, Hernando deputies said.

Cory Ray Griest was being held at the Hernando County Detention Center on $5,500 bond.

Griest attacked the man at his residence in the 1100 block of Jackson Avenue, deputies said.

During the attack, the victim grabbed a four-foot stick to defend himself and Griest took it from him and raised it over his head in an attempt to hit him, according to an arrest report.

The stick didn’t hit the victim but Griest stuck him with his fists several more times, causing injuries to the left side of his head, face and shoulder area, deputies said.

Three witnesses corroborated the victim’s report, deputies said.

Griest was found a short distance from the incident and arrested.

He told deputies he didn’t know what happened at the scene and had no contact with the victim, deputies said.

Woman gets 5 months for telling judge she works for DEA

BROOKSVILLE – A 36-year-old Spring Hill woman was arrested in a Hernando County courtroom Thursday after misrepresenting herself as a Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

During a domestic violence hearing in front of Circuit Judge Stephen Toner, Jo Leigh Allen said she was a federal DEA agent.
Jo Leigh Allen
Jo Leigh Allen

Judge Toner stopped the hearing, according to the sheriff’s office, and asked deputies to investigate her claim.

After finding out Allen was not in drug enforcement, Toner found her in direct civil contempt and sentenced her to 5 months and 29 days in the Hernando County Jail.

Court records show Allen filed the petition for a domestic violence injunction on Jan. 3. Records also show Allen filed an injunction in December, which was later dismissed.

Allen was arrested on charges of grand theft of a motor vehicle in November, and spent 33 days in the jail before prosecutors dropped the charges.

In the past, Allen has been convicted of falsely reporting a crime, driving with a suspended license, felony petit theft, grand theft, possession of a controlled substance, DUI, fleeing and eluding police, resisting an officer, possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell.