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Hometown Hernando

What's happening

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 15, 2006


Two Pasco-Hernando Community College graduates prove it is never too late to earn a degree. Dominick A. Ruggiero, 72, of Spring Hill and Patricia Morris, 62, of New Port Richey were among the winter graduates at PHCC.

Ruggiero earned an associate's degree in legal assisting. He returned to school at the age of 70 after his wife died. Ruggiero served as a student government president while at PHCC. He also is a guardian ad litem and participates in the court mediation program in Hernando County.

Morris took 44 years to earn an associate's degree, and she has no plans to retire or stop going to school. She has always wanted to be a teacher and plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in education. While Morris was a student at PHCC, three of her grandchildren were also attending the school.

The winter commencement was on Dec. 12 in the gym at the PHCC New Port Richey campus. Approximately 223 degrees and certificates were conferred.

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State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, was named a Tampa Bay Library Consortium "Library Champion" on Dec. 12.

The award was given jointly by Charlie Parker, executive director of the Tampa Bay Library Consortium, Susan Dillinger, director of the New Port Richey Public Library, and Linda Allen, director of the Pasco County Library System. The award was given for Fasano's leadership and support of library services in Florida.

The Tampa Bay Library Consortium is a nonprofit multi-type library cooperative comprising 93 member libraries serving 12 west-central Florida counties, including Hernando.


Members of the Hernando Computer Club chose to support the New Beginnings Youth Shelter in Brooksville through the club's community service program.

The program accepts donated equipment from members and others in the community, then the club's "techie group" purges and rebuilds the equipment so that it can fulfill a need for organizations in Hernando County. In November, club member Jim Rogers delivered a second computer to the shelter.

Once the equipment is delivered, Martha Gonzalez, office manager at New Beginnings, explains the various computer programs to residents to help them learn to use the computers. The Hernando Computer Club is committed to delivering two more for use by the young residents.

Members of the club's "techie group" include Vic Symonds, John Hectus, Wolfgang Steinberger and Jim Rogers.

The club meets in the Shriners building at Montour Street and Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Membership is open to anyone. For information, call 592-0070 or visit the club's Web site:

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The Illinois Club of Spring Hill recently celebrated its 22nd anniversary. Attending the celebration was Grace Bauma, a charter member and the club's first president. Bauma presided over the first meeting on Dec. 2, 1983, at the Spring Hill Community Center with 50 members attending.

Also attending the anniversary party were longtime members and sisters, Helga Imburgia and Irene Garrity, who have been with the club for 20 years.

Throughout the years, Grace Bauma and her husband, Ronald, assumed custodial care of the clubhouse, giving freely of their time without remuneration. For many years the couple handled hall rentals, maintenance, repairs and improvements. As a reward for their dedicated service, on March 6, 1998, the clubhouse was renamed Bauma Hall in their honor.

The Illinois Club of Spring Hill meets at 1 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at the Forest Oaks Lutheran Church. For information, call 688-0256.

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On Dec. 4, the Spring Hill Cruisers and Hardee's Restaurant were hosts of a benefit toy collection for needy children of Hernando County. The event was at Hardee's Restaurant on Commercial Way in Weeki Wachee.

With the help of other area car clubs and the generosity of the people of the county, the Spring Hill Cruisers and Hardee's collected a truckload of toys and $300. The donations benefited the Christmas Angel Program of Hernando County.

Classic cars were on display, and Santa paid a visit. With the help of the Model A Car Club, kids young and old were treated to rides in the rumble seat of several cars.

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The Hernando Beach Club had its Breakfast with Santa Claus event Dec. 10 at the club. The holiday party was attended by club members and guests.

Santa, Ronald Neubauer, and his elf helpers, Bunny White and Kristopher Amore, gave out gifts to all children at the breakfast. A mermaid from Weeki Wachee Springs spent time with the children and adults.

A continental breakfast was enjoyed by all, including Santa and his helpers, and five members of the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

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The Spring Hill Garden Club had its annual poinsettia planting on Dec. 10 at the waterfall entrance to Spring Hill Drive. The poinsettias were planted in memory of loved ones.

The tradition began 17 years ago when member Don Kubiak planted poinsettias at the waterfall in memory of his parents. Today, members are on hand during the planting to help residents fill out the memorial book, as well as plant the poinsettias.

Members helping this year included: Tom Braun, Don Kubiak, Richard Keller, Gen Hanley, President Bobbie Braun, Jim Erickson, Dick Keller, Jeanne Erickson, Fran Olson, Sharon Swanson, Maggie Merl, Tuang Tuggey, Eileen Jaeger, Merry Erickson, Betty Dieck and Deb Swanson.

Helping with traffic was Hernando County sheriff's Deputy Joseph Martinez.


The GlenLakes Ladies' Association sponsored its annual invitational Dec. 1. Area clubs that were invited and participated in the tournament included: Black Diamond, Brookridge, the Dunes, Heritage Pines, the Links, Plantation, Seven Rivers, Seven Springs, Southern Woods, Spring Hill, Sugarmill Woods, Timber Pines and Twisted Oaks. There were 120 players in the event.

The morning started out quite chilly, but turned into a beautiful day for golf. After the tournament, lunch was served and prizes awarded.

The field was divided into two flights. Six places were awarded prizes in each flight. The format was two best balls of the foursome.

In Flight I, first place went to the foursome of Barbara Keller and Cindy Rincon from GlenLakes and their partners Nan O'Connor-Roys from Southern Woods and Judy Procious from Timber Pines.

Second place went to LuAnn Cavanagh and Dottie Guenther from GlenLakes, and partners Brenda Ferrell from Plantation and Rita Ames from Timber Pines. Third-place winners were Ann Pullman and Joan Earhart from GlenLakes, with Jan Kominski from Twisted Oaks and Eileen Jango from Black Diamond.

Fourth place went to Mary Chalmers and Beckie Monroe from GlenLakes partnered with Linda Fernandes and Hazel Vermette, both from Timber Pines. Fifth-place winners were Joanne Moroz and Del Mohler from GlenLakes, with Betty Simpson and Edie Gadleski, both from Heritage Pines. Sixth-place winners were Helen Hughes and Mary Vuolo from GlenLakes, and Celine McLeon from Heritage Pines and Joan Beasley from Black Diamond.

In Flight II, Pat Buchanan and Maria Alexander from GlenLakes with Jane Bavette from Heritage Pines and Lorrie Wallace from Sugarmill Woods, took first place with the low score of the entire field, 114.

Second place went to M.J. Rice and Sandi Conti from GlenLakes partnered with Annmarie Stimson from Seven Springs and Valeria Harris from Spring Hill. Third place went to Mary Duval and Betty Provost from GlenLakes with Marge Abernathy from Twisted Oaks and Cathy Wright from Southern Woods.

Fourth-place winners were Jessie Helton and Pat Sandel from GlenLakes along with Nancy Stewart from the Dunes and Isabell Donald from Spring Hill. Taking fifth place were Sharon Jordan and Lois Emker from GlenLakes, and Lee Ferrari from Sugarmill Woods and Helen McIntyre from Plantation.

Sixth place went to Sandy O'Dell and Terry Herdrich from GlenLakes partnered with RoseMarie Blaseck from Spring Hill and Jan Broderick from the Links.

The committee for the event consisted of 14 women from the GlenLakes Ladies' Golf Association, headed by Pat Joyner.

Several GlenLakes women made miniature golf carts for the centerpieces on the tables.

[Last modified January 15, 2006, 01:47:20]

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