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By Times Staff Writer
Published January 27, 2008
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Clubs and Organizations
Standing ovations were received by the We Love to Sing group after their rendition of the Nativity story through Christmas carols and narrative recently.
On Dec. 8, the group performed at Mariner United Methodist Church in Spring Hill; the Dec. 9 performance was at Cloverleaf Forest in Brooksville.
The performances began with a medley of traditional Christmas carols, followed by a carol from Trinidad, The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy, with an opening solo by Demetrice Sanders. The group then sang The Angel Gabriel a capella. Also included in the program was a duet by Cilla and Joy Goodwin, who sang What Can I Bring?Danielle Sanders performed a solo from the Lloyd Larson cantata called The Birthday of A King, and the program concluded with a rousing version of Kum Ba Ya.
For information about the group or to join (two alto singers are needed), contact Sue Bjorkman at 540-9610.
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On Dec. 9, the fourth annual Lady of Guadalupe Celebration and second annual all-Spanish Mass was held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Brooksville. The celebration was sponsored by the Hispanic Society of Saint Anthony and coordinated by a group of members.
For the second year, the group invited Father Octavio Diaz, from Mexico City to officiate, and he was assisted by Father Robert Donlan and deacons Manny Carreiro and Mike Ruffner. Altar assistants were Melissa Carreiro, Adolfo Castanon Jr. and Edwin Acevedo.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is a 16th century Roman Catholic icon depicting an apparition of the Virgin Mary. It is Mexico's most beloved religious and cultural image. Our Lady of Guadalupe is known in Mexico as "La Virgen Morena," which means the brown-skinned virgin.
The feast day is typically celebrated on Dec. 12, commemorating the account of her appearances to Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City from Dec. 9 through Dec. 12, 1531.
The celebration began with a procession leaving Heffernan Hall, winding around the church to the main entrance, with a statue of Lady Guadalupe leading the way. Members of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. William O'Meara Assembly 2817, assisted with the service, as did several children. Following the Mass, a dinner was served in the hall.
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Members of Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520 in Hudson wrapped up 2007 with a lot of activities.
Bill Borrusch, the lodge's Adopt-A-Road chairman, along with 11 volunteers, collected trash from a 2-mile area of U.S. 19 - a total of 14 large trash bags weighing 420 pounds. The group also picked up several large articles.
The lodge had its annual memorial service honoring deceased Elk brothers and sisters on Dec. 2. Fifty names were called, and an officer of the lodge placed a white carnation on the altar for each. Approximately 75 attended.
On Dec. 8, the lodge's blood bank collected 19 pints of blood from members and nonmembers. Sixteen members of the lodge and two members of the Ladies of Aripeka Elks assisted the Salvation Army with its bell-ringing Christmas program in mid-December.
Freida Deane, the lodge's veterans chairman, along with 18 volunteers, put on a Christmas party for residents at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes. Gifts were given, and pizza and goodies were served. Those attending enjoyed a karaoke program. Later that day, Deane and two volunteers from the Aripeka lodge and the New Port Richey lodge visited veterans at Summer Tree Nursing Home in Holiday. The group served beverages and cookies and passed out gifts.
Wayne Getz, through the lodge's Bingo Charities account, presented the following donations: $250 to the Kids Wish Network; $250 to the Special Olympics; $500 to the Holy Ground shelter, and $2,000 to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund to support Florida's major projects. From the lodge's charity account, a donation of $500 was given to Toys for Tots.
On Dec. 23, Peter Jensen, the lodge's exalted ruler, hosted the annual eggnog party. More than 250 members attended, enjoying hors d'oeuvres and eggnog, along with dance music.
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The exercise group from Northcliffe Baptist Church held its Christmas party at the Wellington at Seven Hills on Dec. 19. Members presented a gift to Darelene McCallister, who leads the group. The group enjoyed games, gifts and lunch.
Notes of Thanks
The Hernando County Family YMCA's School-Age Program would like to thank Anneliese and Horst Leubner and all the members of the German-American Club of Spring Hill for their contribution of gifts to the YMCA's Giving Tree.
The group has done a wonderful job of supplying toys and clothes for the children in our program. Without their help, we would not have been able to satisfy the wishes of as many children as we did.
The YMCA is grateful for their thoughtfulness and generosity.
Tammy Brinker, School-Age Program executive director