An annual third-party financial audit for fiscal year ending Sept. 30 has again found the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office to be in compliance with government auditing standards. The report comes from MSL CPAs & Advisors, the external financial auditors for the county.

"This marks the 11th consecutive year that this administration has received a clean audit," said Sheriff Al Nienhuis in a news release. "The taxpayers of Hernando County can take comfort in knowing that independent reviews again confirm my commitment to fiscal responsibility."

The auditors also conduct random examinations and tests of internal controls.

These tests review compliance with certain provisions of laws, regulations, contracts and grant agreements, and other matters.

Hospital names director of Medical-Surgical Nursing Units

BROOKSVILLE — Emelda Forrester has been named director of Medical-Surgical Nursing Units at Oak Hill Hospital.

Forrester is board certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing, which requires additional training and a certification exam. She is also a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

Forrester comes to Oak Hill Hospital from Mount Sinai Brooklyn, New York, where she served as director of Patient Care Services of a 212-bed hospital. She began her career as a bedside nurse and was promoted to different leadership roles, including charge nurse and nurse manager.

Hernando Audubon lists March events

Hernando Audubon recently announced the following events:

• Hernando Audubon Birding Trip to Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, Saturday, March 6: Masks required. Participants limited. Make reservations with Lucille at croomwalker@gmail.com or 352-540-9746. Meet at 8 a.m. in the first parking lot beyond the entrance to the preserve at 1001 Old Rock Road in Yankeetown. We will look for birds at a salt pond, tidal marshes, and an oak hammock.

• Hernando Audubon Birding Trip to Honeymoon Island, Tuesday, March 9: Masks required. Participants limited. Make reservations with Bev at 352-686-0460 or bevalhansen@gmail.com Meet at 7:15 a.m. on the causeway, at the first pull-off on the south side of Curlew Road (SR-586). We expect to see a variety of waders, gulls, terns, and shorebirds. Park fee is $4 for lone driver or $8 for 2-8 people.

Youth orchestra needs instruments

The Hernando Youth Orchestra needs instruments. Those who have unneeded musical instruments are encouraged to donate them to the orchestra.

Instruments are offered to young musicians who can’t afford to buy or replace an instrument. Call 352-600-9555 for more information or to donate an instrument. The orchestra will pick up your donation and provide a tax-deductible receipt.

The Hernando Youth Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. For more information visit www.HernandoYouthOrchestra.org

Camping equipment donations sought

The Nature Coast Community Services Foundation needs tents, tarpaulins, and camping equipment for citizens without homes. The group is also collecting bicycles and bike parts to be reconditioned and given to people who need them.

Anyone who has an RV they have been unable to sell is asked to consider donating; donors can take the value as a tax deduction.

The Nature Coast Community Services Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. For more information or to schedule a pickup, call 352-600-9555.