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© St. Petersburg Times, published February 18, 2001

The Spanish American club of Citrus County recently sponsored a cruise aboard the Carnival Paradise. Shown are members of the club and the public who participated. Front row, left to right: Manny Barbosa, Nilda Santiago, Greg Hamilton, Julie Hamilton, Louis Castillo, Nilza Castillo, Marie Hartley, Jean Oler, Carmen Vega, Mercedes Bobe, Minerva Nicholson, Carmen Rivera, Mary Rivera, Emily Bonilla and Nimia Placa. Back row: Andy LoCascio, Mary LoCascio, Julio Collazo, Shirley Collazo, Jim Perez, Josie Perez, Roselle Hodges, Cadelario Mendoza, Gregorio Rivera, Maurice McKenna and Santa McKenna. Not shown are: Roger and Rosemarie Auger and Jesse and Amy Kulp.

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The Spanish American Club of Citrus County sponsored a seven-day cruise aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Paradise, a non-smoking ship. The group left the Port of Miami on Jan. 21 and returned on Jan. 28. The group consisted of at least 30 club members and their family members.

Ports of call included Nassau, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they spent 13 hours sight-seeing, shopping and drinking in the beauty of the island. This was the fourth cruise for the group.

The Spanish American Club is open to the public. For information of the group, call Nilza Castillo at 341-1446.

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Homosassa Flotilla 15-4 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary recently announced the election of George Kopbrowski as flotilla commander and Frank DeLucia as vice flotilla commander. Both of these officers are veteran members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The Homosassa Flotilla 15-4 provides service to Citrus County boaters and support to the U.S. Coast Guard. Public services include conducting safe boating and seamanship classes, courtesy vessel safety checks, USCG Academy Introduction Mission and the Recruitment Assistance Program.

Support efforts on behalf of the USCG include conducting safety surface and air patrols, search and rescue missions both by surface vessels and aircraft, environmental patrols and navigational aids inspections, and providing communications support.

The members of Homosassa Flotilla 15-4 offer their thanks to out-going Flotilla Commander Raymond Royal and Vice Commander Harry Cooper for a job well done throughout 2000.

For information, call Brent Utter at 382-1925 or contact him by e-mail at

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Officer elections for the year 2001 were held at the January meeting of the Episcopal Church Women of St. Anne's. The following women were inducted on Feb. 4 by Father Russell Griffin, rector of St. Anne's: Anne Rieker, president; Virginia Moorehead, vice president; Marcia Clarke, secretary; Nita Hodges, treasurer (second year of a two-year term); Charlene Guthas, ECW representative to the vestry; Elizabeth Petallet and Sue Guard, rummage sale co-chairwomen; Louise Pollack and Marcia Clarke, devotions leaders.

All women who are members of the Episcopal Church are automatically members of the Episcopal Church Women. The ECW have a history of providing support to the clergy and to church members by being responsible for funeral receptions when needed and newcomer luncheons at the rector's request. The ECW is also available to assist with the church bulletins and regular newsletters.

Additionally, the St. Anne's ECW hold an annual rummage sale and a November Holly Fair to support their outreach projects within the church and throughout the community.

For information, call Anne Riecker at 746-1649.

Citrus kids

The Beverly Hills Horseshoe Club sponsored a "Freezeroo" Horseshoe Tournament on Jan. 20. The tournament was appropriately named, as temperatures sank into the 50s and the weather was bitter and windy.

Although 40 players originally were scheduled to pitch horseshoes, only 33 hardy players completed their games. Among the junior participants were Mike Ehresman, first place; P.J. Ganter, second place; Lee Seckinger, third place; and Jonathan Hasel, fourth place.


The newly formed Citrus County World War II Ad Hoc Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday in the conference room of the Citrus County Chronicle in Meadowcrest. Participants will be asked to submit ideas for fundraising for the Florida World War II Memorial. This committee was approved by Citrus County commissioners on Dec. 19. Ann Burch is the chairman. For information about the Florida World War II Memorial, call Burch at 564-9197.

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Central Florida Community College will hold a free "Getting Started" workshop from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Building 2, Room 103, of the Lecanto Campus, 3800 S Lecanto Highway (County Road 491 S), Lecanto. The session offers information on becoming a student at CFCC, financial aid resources, testing requirements and more. For information, call 746-6721.

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The Citrus County Engineering staff will conduct two public information meetings regarding the widening of County Road 486 from Forest Ridge Boulevard to U.S. 41.

The first meeting will take place from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Hernando Elementary School, 2353 N Croft Ave., Hernando. The second meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m. March 12 in the Hampton Room of Andre's of Citrus Hills.

These will be informal meetings with no formal presentation. Project aerials, widening plans, access management and other pertinent information will be available. Representatives from the county staff and the design consultant will be on hand to answer questions. Both sites are handicapped accessible, but if you need special assistance, call Joyce St. Pierre at 527-5446.

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Dr. Annette Goins Shakir, daughter of Rosewood survivor Arnett Turner Goins, will speak from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Central Ridge Library, 425 W Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills. She will discuss the massacre at the tiny black farming community near Cedar Key and the fight for public recognition. Dr. Goins will be introduced by Teretta Charles, principal of Inverness Primary School and Citrus County's "Most Admired Woman in Education."

Nationally acclaimed artist Mel Zeoli recently signed prints of his oil painting of the Old Courthouse in Inverness. The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, in the Old Courthouse, has these signed prints available for purchase along with a variety of Florida-related items and books on local and Florida history. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Guided tours are available. For information, call 341-6427.


Citrus County Parks and Recreation will hold a two-day "Golf Club Workshop" from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday at the Homosassa Lions Club, 3705 S Indiana Terrace (off County Road 490, approximately a quarter mile east of U.S. 19), Homosassa.

Jim Goodwillie, a clubmaker for 19 years, Class A member of the Professional Clubmaker's Society, and advanced professional of the Golf Clubmaker's Association, will be the instructor. He will provide information on selecting clubs best suited to a golfer's game and swing characteristics and explore club trends and golf myths. Part of the workshop will be devoted to measuring club specifications of participants.

The fee is $10. Participants should bring materials to take notes. To register, call 795-2202. Any person requiring reasonable accommodation because of a disability or physical impairment should call the County Parks and Recreation office at the above number. TDD is the same.

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