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Published November 19, 2006



HOLE-IN-ONE: On Nov. 8, Jayne Stasik of Beverly Hills aced the 100 yard, par 3 hole 7 on Little Pine Trail at Pineridge Golf Course. She used a 9-wood. Witnessing her feat were Joyce Kocielko, Ida Bach and and Pat Berry.

On Sept. 27, Mary Ann Conroy had a hole-in-one on the 74-yard par 3 hole 1 on the Little Pine Trail at Pineridge Golf Course. Her witnesses were Bert Bitz, Johanna Roskow and Carol Curtis.

Meet the People

Editors note: This is one in an occasional series of articles about your neighbors and friends.

Pam Garbig never met a bead or rock she didn't like. At the age of 2, she was picking up rocks and retrieving beads that fascinated her.

"I've been an artist all my life," said Garbig, 41, who is the owner of the Circle of Fire bead shop in Hernando. She is also a gourd artist, a poet and a percussion instrumentalist.

She became a jewelry artist, "by accident" just 10 years ago when she was confined for two weeks with a severe bout of strep throat.

"I had all these beads and rocks under my bed," Garbig explained. "I figured I might as well do something with them."

Garbig also uses her beads and rocks to decorate her gourds, which "tell me what they want to be."

Garbig offers jewelry work by other artists, classes, and just about any bead or jewelry fitting the mind can imagine. If she doesn't have it, you probably don't need it.

Creativity is runs in the family. Her husband, Jeffrey, is a drummer, singer and songwriter.

Son Anthony Cardoza, 25, is a self-taught lead guitarist and a professional cook, who graduated from the Withlacoochee Technical Institute's culinary program.

"But he still calls me up for my recipes," said Garbig. "He likes my old recipes that he grew up with."

Her other son, 5-year-old Darian Garbig "has been beading since he was 2. He loves it," Garbig said.

Darian's other loves are music and Hot Wheels.

"He has hundreds of Hot Wheels," said Garbig.

Keeping things a family affair, Garbig's sister, Melissa Callahan, and her mother Carol McHale are an integral part of the shop, lending a hand and working wherever needed.

To reach Garbig, call 344-3473.


It took them more than 60 years, but twins Millard "Bud" Wetzel of Floral City and Mildred "Midge" (Wetzel) Gearhart of Wellsboro, Pa., have finally managed to celebrate their common birthday together.

The twins were born Nov. 1, 1921, in Clearfield, Pa., to Charles and Nellie Wetzel. They had six siblings.

Midge recently visited her son John in Brooksville. This gave the twins an opportunity to catch up and celebrate their mutual birthday together for the first time in 60-plus years.

As a surprise to the pair, their two brothers, Lewis Wetzel of Curwensville, Pa., and Wallace "Wally" Wetzel and his wife, Sue, of Walnut, Calif., flew in to share the enjoyment.

Bud is a retired American Baptist pastor having been a minister for 42 years, serving churches in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Midge Gearhart is the wife of the late Silas Gearhart, who also served American Baptist churches in Pennsylvania.

Bud Wetzel married Pauline "Polly" Parker, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Paul S. Parker. The couple have four children, 16 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Midge and Silas have three sons, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

The birthday celebration was at the Old World Restaurant, Floral City on Nov. 1. Midge was overheard telling the serving person that she and Bud were twins. "Not identical though. I'm a girl and he's a boy."

Bud is not certain but thinks he is the older, allowing that "women prefer to be younger."

Attending the party were: Polly, Bud's wife of 65 years; their eldest daughter Pauletta and her husband, Clyde Canfield; Midge and eldest son John Gearhart and his wife, Pat, and their brother Lewis Wetzel and his wife, Sue.

Later, Bud and Midge each celebrated with individual birthday cakes at Pauletta's home.

High Fives

On Nov. 2 Sheriff Jeff Dawsy was presented the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal by the Withlacoochee Chapter of the SAR. The presentation ceremony was in Inverness at the Sheriff's Administration building.

The Commendation Medal was presented to Sheriff Dawsy by all of the officers of the Withlacoochee Chapter. The Law Enforcement Commendation Medal can be awarded only to a person in the law enforcement field who has served with distinction and dedication and also must have made a substantial contribution in the public safety field. The Withlacoochee Chapter is required to report the award of the Commendation Medal presented to Sheriff Dawsy to its National Headquarters in Louisville, Ky.Sheriff Dawsy is the only recipient of the Commendation Medal to be presented by the Withlacoochee Chapter since it was chartered in 1988.

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