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By Times Staff Writer
Published February 20, 2008


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High Fives

Pasco-Hernando Community College recognized district board of trustees member Dr. Rao Musunuru at the winter commencement ceremony at the West Campus.

Current trustees Vice Chairman Thomas Weightman presented Musunuru with a recognition plaque for his service as chairman of the PHCC board for 2006-07.

Appointed by the governor, Musunuru has been serving as a member of the PHCC board since 1999. He also previously served as chairman of the board during 2002-03. Musunuru is a nationally recognized cardiologist from Pasco County with a special interest in health services.

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Russell Baker received his Eagle Scout rank at a Court of Honor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spring Hill on Jan. 6. The court was opened by Life Scout Joshua Baker, Russell's brother, with the presentation of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by Life Scout Anthony Pacchiarotti, who led all the Scouts in reciting the Scouts' oath.

After the introduction of Eagle Scouts in the audience, the committee members of Troop 433 were introduced.

Russell Baker, the Eagle candidate, was escorted to the stage by Eagle Scout William Taylor. After Russell received the Eagle Pledge, Heidi Caparello, Russell's mother, was escorted to the stage by her son, First Class Scout Erik Baker. Caparello presented the Eagle medal to Baker, and he presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin.

Guests included County Commissioner Chris Kingsley;Erik Perone, Withlacoochee District commissioner, and Virgle Hempfield of the Knights of Pythias. Hempfield presented Baker with a letter from the supreme secretary, a certificate and patch. Kingsley presented Baker with a resolution from the County Commission.

Baker received the Eagle Charge from his uncle, Assistant State Attorney Derik A. Nelson, who received his Eagle rank in 1984. Baker presented two of his Scout leaders with the Eagle Mentor pin. Baker also presented an Eagle tie tack to his grandfather, David Nelson, Troop 433 Scoutmaster.

Clubs and Organizations

On Dec. 13, LifeSouth Community Blood Center celebrated 20 years of saving lives in Hernando County. A reception was held at the blood center on Cortez Boulevard.

The first 20 charter organization sponsors were recognized with a certificate, and their names were placed on a plaque. In addition, past and present advisory board members were honored, and several groups were given honorable mentions.

The 20 charter organization sponsors includedOak Hill Hospital, Publix, Grace Presbyterian Church, Hernando Correctional Institute, theBrookridge community, Hernando County employees, Hernando High School, Springstead High School, Brooksville Health Care Center, SunTrustBank/Nature Coast, theHigh Point community, St. Theresa Catholic Church, Subway, Countryside Estates, Brooksville Regional Hospital, St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, Sparton Electronics, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Cemex Inc. and Cemex Brooksville Quarry South.

Honorable mentions were given toFirst United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, Metal Industries, Eckerd Youth Challenge Program, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Hernando County Sheriff's Office, thecity of Brooksville, Ridge Manor Community Center and Grace World Outreach Church.

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Marsha Reiniers was the speaker at the January meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville.

Reiniers is a long-term care insurance specialist for Genworth Financial and has earned her certified long-term care professional designation. She is also licensed with John Hancock, MetLife, Prudential and Allianz.

An active member of the community, Reiniers serves on the board for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, where she is also on the education committee and chairman of the Honor Student Banquet committee. A member of the Hernando Business Women's Professional group and Professional Women's group, she was recognized in 2006 with the Woman of Achievement award.

Note of Thanks

The General Federation of Women's Club of Spring Hill would like to thank the many businesses that displayed our Angel Christmas trees. Their customers were very generous and put a smile on 150 foster children for Christmas.

The businesses includedFlammer Ford, Contour Express Spring Hill, Head Shed, Nicholas Nails II, LA Works Hair Salon, Winn-Dixie, Regency Oaks Club, and thePublix stores at Lakewood Plaza, Hernando West Plaza, BarclayandMariner Commons.

Joyce Dupuis, Spring Hill