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Hometown Hernando

What's happening

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 19, 2006


Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Erica D. Reynolds, 20, recently graduated from the Camp Johnson Marine Corps Service Support Schools at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Reynolds graduated from boot camp at the Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C., on Aug. 5. After recruit training and graduation, she went on to attend Marine combat training at the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger.

Reynolds was meritoriously promoted in early November and will be back on active duty recruiting in the Tallahassee area this month. Currently, she is stationed at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga.

Reynolds is a 2003 graduate of Central High School and a 2004 graduate of Pasco-Hernando Community College. She is attending Florida State University in Tallahassee. Reynolds is the granddaughter of Sandra Rossier of Brooksville.


At the Jan. 5 meeting of the West Pasco Bar Association, state Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, was honored by the Florida Bar and the Florida Bar Foundation for his contributions in fostering the delivery of civil legal assistance to the people of Florida.

As he presented the award to Fasano, Florida Bar president Alan B. Bookman said, "This award is one way to thank Senator Fasano for his support of the Florida Civil Legal Assistance Act and to recognize his commitment to all Floridians having equal access to justice."

"It is most humbling that the work I do as a legislator has a positive impact on the ability of Floridians to gain access to legal counsel," Fasano said.

Additionally, Fasano was recently recognized by Florida Legal Services for his commitment to assuring equal access to justice. Chief Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court presented the award to Fasano.

Also, Habitat for Humanity recently presented Fasano with an Award of Appreciation for legislative service on behalf of affordable housing and low-income Floridians.

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Oil paintings by Esther Pohl is on display this month at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. A variety of subjects, including landscapes, seascapes, birds and flowers, are featured in her show.

Since retiring to Hernando County in 1994, Pohl has studied oil painting with private art teachers and attended adult education art classes. She continues to improve her skills through the Spring Hill Art League's painting interest group, which meets every week. Pohl is a supporter of the league and serves as its recording secretary.

Library Art Works may be viewed during regular library hours from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. For information, call 540-6391.

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Students at Wider Horizons School carried the gifts they purchased for families in need during the holidays to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store just before Christmas.

Each class adopted a needy family in Hernando County, then bought and wrapped presents for a total of 30 children and 11 adults. The annual school activity gives students the satisfaction of helping others during the holidays.

To ensure the anonymity of the adopted families, volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry give the school numbers, including the ages and sex of the children and the parents, but not the names. The volunteers then distribute the gifts.

In addition to the gifts, Domenick and Julie Maglio, owner and director of the school, presented Woody Cornetta, St. Vincent de Paul district president, with a check to benefit the food pantry.


The Arc Nature Coast recently announced its employees of the quarter.

Arc customer Ross Johnson was chosen as the Southwest Florida Water Management District enclave employee of the quarter. The award nomination was submitted by Stan Lavoie, Swiftmud enclave team leader.

Ann Overbay was chosen as the Wal-Mart enclave employee of the quarter. Her nomination was submitted by Michael Hogan, Wal-Mart enclave liaison.

Jimmy Best was chosen as the Enrichment Center enclave employee of the quarter. His nomination was submitted by Gabriella Sciarrillo, Enrichment Center team leader.

Each quarter, the Arc Nature Coast's enclave team leaders and their peers choose an employee of the quarter. Those selected receive certificates of recognition, and gift certificates to Pizza Hut in Spring Hill.

Individuals or businesses interested in finding out more about the Arc Nature Coast's employement opportunities may contact Christine Hogan at 592-5654.

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The latest monthly meeting for the Spring Hill 2006 Relay for Life event was held at Springstead High School on Jan. 9.

This year's theme is "International Countries and Cities." The slogan is "Hands Around the World Joined to Fight Cancer." This year's relay will be held April 21-22 at Springstead.

Committee members thanked Kathi Kost of Kost Effectives for the Brazilian feast that she provided for the meeting. More than 60 members attended.

To date there are 33 teams ready to do their part in the relay to help eradicate cancer. Members shared ideas on fundraising and recruiting additional teams and sponsors, as well as thoughts on creating a special relay event. Organizers have set a goal of 55 teams for this year's event.

Individuals interested in forming a team only need 10 people and $100. Individuals may also volunteer to be on an existing team. For information on team participation, call Debbie Cutlip at 684-9137.

Sponsors are still needed, and begin at $250. For information about sponsorships, contact Carla Looper at (352) 540-0119. Cancer survivors who wish to participate, should contact Tracy Echols at 684-2773.

The Relay for Life event is open to the public. There will be participants from all of the teams walking the track all night and into the morning. Teams will have campsites along the track selling food, drinks and other assorted items. Entertainment and games are also planned. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Members of Walter Weiss Memorial Post 196, Polish Legion of American Veterans, in Spring Hill paid a visit to Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg to distribute Christmas gifts.

The gifts were collected from members and guests attending the post's annual Oplatek celebration in December.

Post 196 members John Rakucewicz, Walter Stachowicz and post commander Frank Makosiej, along with auxiliary members Millie Stachowicz and Ann Rakucewicz, president, spent about three hours distributing the 70 gifts to the resident veterans.

Post members visited with veterans in the facility's activity room, where veterans opened their gifts.

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The Springwood Estates Women's Club created a handcrafted angel for the Spring Hill Community Association's annual Angels on High outdoor holiday decoration display on the 5-acre plot of woods next to the association's clubhouse on Kenlake Avenue in Spring Hill.

The club's message, conveyed through the angel, was peace. Each year, individuals, organizations and clubs create angels that are hung from the trees by the association's clubhouse during the holidays.

Members Mary Ann Lazowski, Elaine Moyer, Patti Werner, Sue Walsh, Carol Dennis and Rita Becker helped with the club's entry.

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Th e Southwest Florida Water Management District announced that the Spring Hill Garden Club was chosen to receive a $5,000 grant from district's 2006 Community Education Grant Program.

The garden club was awarded the funds for its "Florida Native Plant Garden" project. The Florida-friendly landscape project will use all native plants and is an expansion of previous efforts.

Volunteers will remove invasive species and replace them with Florida native plants. Volunteers will also construct wetland and upland habitats and establish an ongoing maintenance schedule as well as educational seminars.

The project is funded by the district's Coastal Rivers Basin Board, which includes portions of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

This year the District awarded 34 grants districtwide for a total of $151,278. The grants, which are up to $5,000 each, help finance projects that provide communities the opportunity to learn about water resources.

This is the ninth year community education grants have been available. The Southwest Florida Water Management District's 2007 Community Education Grant Program will begin its application process in August if funding is approved by the basin boards. The deadline for applications is tentatively scheduled for September. For information, call toll-free 1-800-423-1476 or 796-7211, ext. 4757.

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Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent recently accepted a check for $5,000 for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches from Interconnect Cable Technologies Corp.

The check was presented to the sheriff by Interconnect president Randy Sevald. Interconnect Cable is a contract manufacturer of cables and electronic assemblies with offices in the Hernando County Airport Industrial Park.

The Florida Sheriffs Association established its youth ranches in 1957. The nonprofit residential child-care and family service organization is primarily dependent on gifts and donations.

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