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By JEAN HAYES
Published August 22, 2004

MILITARY NEWS

Army Pvt. Drew G. Carpenter, 18, graduated from basic military training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., on Aug. 13. He is a member of the military police and will be stationed at the Fort Riley Army Education Center in Kansas for further training.

Carpenter is a 2003 graduate of Springstead High School and the son of George and Wanda Carpenter of Spring Hill.

HIGH FIVES

Members of Cub Scout Pack 303 conducted their graduation and crossover ceremonies at Lakewood Retreat south of Brooksville during a family camp-out in June. The ceremonies were followed by a potluck supper.

During graduation, each Scout received his neckerchief, signifying what den he is in, and his handbook, along with other awards the Scout might have earned prior to graduation.

Graduating from the Tiger Cubs to the Wolf Den was Alex Lund. Moving from the Wolf Den into the Bear Den were: Jordan Nein, Zachary Mitchell, Scott Wilkins, Spencer Van Ommerman, Michael Smith, Dylan Bent, Ethan Krause, Logan Brown, Matthew Streigel and Ryan Kelly.

Advancing from the Bear Den into the first-year Webelos were: Ian Kelly, Tyler Jones, Eric Barnes, MarkJohn Kraus, Erik Carlson and Mark Manfette.

Moving from first-year Webelos into the second-year Webelos were: Zachary Gooch, Michael Renczkowski, Joseph Burns, Collin Steiger and Bryce Fitzgerald.

A separate ceremony was held for seven Webelo Scouts who crossed over into Boy Scouts. Crossing over into Boy Scout Troop 433 were: Joshua Baker and Trent Jones. Crossing over into Boy Scout Troop 303 were: Andrew Lund, Ryan Malone, Patrick Stier, Shawn Swanger and Lee Pips.

Conducting the crossover ceremony were Jeremy Little, scoutmaster of Troop 303, and Ryan Young. Troop 303 provided refreshments following the ceremony.

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His favorite hangout for his weekly card game was the setting for Frank "Red" Frederick's 101st birthday party on Aug. 9. Of course, the party, at Spring Hill Moose Lodge Family Center 521, had to wait until the euchre Tournament was over.

Linda Knapp, Frederick's granddaughter, planned the birthday celebration to coincide with the tournament, since all of his "euchre buddies" would be there.

Knapp made a large sheet cake, enough to feed the 24 tournament players and anyone else who was at the club that day. Frederick, who finished in third place after the score cards were tallied, blew out the candles on the cake before opening the stack of gifts waiting for him.

His "euchre buddies" pitched in and surprised him with several gag gifts.

"He likes a good joke and has a great sense of humor," said Knapp. "He still loves beer and blonds."

Frederick's longevity may be part genetics, but Knapp added that he has never smoked and doesn't like to visit the doctor. He doesn't take any medications, either.

The first gift Frederick opened was a T-shirt that read "At my age, I've seen it all and done it all, I just can't remember it all." He liked it.

But what made him grin was a beer bottle cover that pictured a woman in a red polka-dot bikini. He put it to good use.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

The Tangerine Charter Chapter of th e American Business Women's Association in Brooksville recently had its annual business associates/scholarship awards event at the Hernando Oaks Golf & Country Club.

The chapter-awarded scholarships provide money for the following Hernando County students: Amber LaRosa, who is attending Baptist College of Florida to become a preschool or elementary teacher; Christy Poppy, who will attend Valencia Community College and then move to the University of Central Florida to study corporate law, and Erica Doll, who is attending the University of Florida, working toward a bachelor's degree in public relations and later a master's degree.

Funds for the scholarships are generated by the chapter's annual Mermaid Rod Run Car Show each January, along with other various community fundraisers. Chapter members are proud to assist in the education of the students as they work to attain their goals.

Each year, chapter members elect a Rookie of the Year and a Member of the Year. Robin Tyson was chosen as the 2004 Rookie of the Year, and Tiffany Lyons as the 2004 Member of the Year. Both gave their time and energy to chapter functions throughout the year.

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Gearing up for the Aug. 31 primary election, more than 250 area Republicans turned out for the Grand Old Party's second annual Chili in July contest at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209 in Spring Hill.

Some contestants went for spice, while others went for pizazz. Showing off the skills he learned in the firehouse chow line, Jim Adkins, former Brooksville fire chief, claimed the top number of votes for his firehouse chili recipe. He described his recipe as spicy with a bit of sweetness.

On the other side of the spectrum, Lara Bradburn, a former newspaper reporter, combined showmanship with an appetizing recipe to win the crowd's favor. Altering the theme "Chili in July" to "chilly in July," Bradburn decorated her display table with an igloo and snowflakes, with penguins made of hot chili peppers. The wintry motif and tasty entree earned Bradburn a third-place finish.

Anna Liisa Covell, Brooksville electrician, garnered enough votes to take second place in the field, which included candidates from races ranging from Hernando County Commission to Congress.

The top three winners are all running for the County Commission District 5 seat. Every candidate on the Republican ticket, along with current officeholders, were invited to participate in the fundraiser.

Even the party's top leader, Presiden t George W. Bush, and U.S. Senate candidate and Brooksville native Bill McCollum were represented by their favorite recipes.

VETERANS

Two members of Marine Corps League Detachment 708 in Spring Hill were elected to state-level posts during the 81st Marine Corps League and Marine Corps League Auxiliary national convention Aug. 1-7 in Irving, Texas.

Les Homan was elected commandant for the Department of Florida, and William G. Backes was elected junior vice commandant for the Department of Florida.

Also traveling to Texas from Florida were Charles Smith, from Marine Corps League Pfc. Samuel R. Wall Detachment 1139 in Floral City, who was elected senior vice commandant, Department of Florida; and Pete Gray, from Marine Corps League Gen. AA Vandegrif Detachment 068 in Boynton Beach, who was elected judge advocate, Department of Florida.

NOTE OF THANKS

On June 19, the grand opening of the Get Out the Vote House, at 401 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Brooksville, was a huge success. People from all over the county came out to support this important project. Many of the candidates running for office joined with elected officials in showing their support for this effort to encourage citizens to exercise their hard-won right to vote.

The house was painted by members of the community, including the Young Democrats, the Democratic Black Caucus, Minority Legal Assistance, the Kerry Campaign, the Hernando County Democratic Executive Committee and even a county commissioner and her family.

This support enabled us to treat more than 80 residents of south Brooksville and their guests to a tasty barbecue. More importantly, we put an icon in the center of our main street and brought a beacon of sunshine to what some people consider a dark and sad section of our community, a perception that we hope this house will change.

The designers of this project hope that this house will become a point of pride for the community to rally around, a place where they can share their thoughts and hopes as well as their concerns.

The house was the joint effort of many people who have big hopes for south Brooksville and the people who live there. We would like to thank those who stepped up to help, including: County Commissioner Diane Rowden, Linda and Mike Prescott, Mary-Ellen McNulty, Richard Howell, Wayman Boggs and the many other family members and friends who pitched in to help.

Paul Boston, Organizer, Get Out the Vote House

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