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Hometown Hernando

By JEAN HAYES

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 21, 2001


High Fives

Frank and Adele Greene of Spring Hill recently hosted a family reunion of the Greene siblings. Although one sister, Shirley Greene Hoffman of Greensburg, Pa., was unable to attend, six brothers and sisters gathered to reminisce and catch up with each other.

Brothers attending the reunion were: Frank and Bob Greene, both of Spring Hill; Dick Greene of San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Ron Greene of Cheektowaga, N.Y. Sisters included: Rose Greene Rigo of Dania Beach and Carol Greene Reynolds of Holiday.

Cadet Richard Salazar of Spring Hill was recently promoted to the rank of corporal at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Mo. At the academy, young men in grades four through 12 participate in a college-preparatory, structured curriculum that consistently sends 90 percent of graduates on to colleges and universities.

The U.S. Department of Education has designated the academy as an "exemplary private school." Last year, Missouri Military Academy was again designated by the U.S. Army as a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Honor Unit with Distinction.

Salazar is the son of Ricardo and Betty Salazar of Spring Hill.

Clubs and Organizations

On Feb. 8, Hernando-Pasco Hospice hosted the grand opening of its Hospice Care Center. Part of the festivities was an official ribbon-cutting ceremony by members of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.

The event honored individuals and community groups who sponsored the cost of major renovations necessary to ensure patient and family comfort at the Hospice Care Center. By naming each of the eight patients rooms, the donors have a permanent and lasting tribute to their loved ones or organization.

The individual room sponsors who donated $3,500 each included: Mary Ellen Elovski, Don Bouffard, Bank of America, Jean Palmer and the Timber Pines Tennis Club. The Spring Hill Regional Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary named two rooms with its generous donation of $8,000.

Located in an isolated wing of Brooksville Healthcare Center, the Hospice Care Center is Hernando-Pasco Hospice's newest commitment to providing specialized care to critically ill patients. It is designed for critically ill patients with uncontrolled symptoms and patients with unmanageable pain.

The Hospice Care Center has a separate, private entrance where patients, family members and visitors enjoy a warm, home-like environment. The Hospice Care Center serves all residents of Hernando County. For information about the Hospice Care Center, call 597-1882 or toll-free 1-800-486-8733.

The Step Sisters, a non-profit tap-dancing group, performed some of their precussion tap-dancing routines for the Spring Hill Orchid Lovers Club in December. The Step Sisters are a group of local women who have performed for more than 40 times in the last year, including at the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival, festivals at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, several local nursing homes, and numerous social and fraternal organization events.

Individuals or organizations looking for uniquely different entertainment should contact Darlene Meier at 686-1849.

Veterans

Marine Corp League, Daniel J. Daly Detachment 1002, of Hernando Beach had its valentine's party on Feb. 24 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 in Hernando Beach. Special guests U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman, state Senior Vice Commandant Thomas J. Heron and State Midwest Upper Dist VCMDT Vic Voltaggio attended.

Detachment 1002 Commandant Joseph "Chico" M. Alaimo presented Thurman with an honorary membership in the Marine Corps League. Food and entertainment were provided.

The Department of Veterans Affairs observed its National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans the week of Feb. 11. Prekindergarten students at the Robert R. Moton Early Intervention Center and at Deltona, Eastside, J.D. Floyd, Westside and Pine Grove elementary Schools all made valentines for the hospitalized veterans at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes.

According to the Brenda W. Cason, Prekindergarten Early Intervention Program director, "the Valentine's Day activity was a great opportunity for developing inter-generational relationships, developing empathy, sharing and caring, sound/symbol relations such as "V' for "valentines' and "veterans,' and many more".

The Hernando County school district's Prekindergarten Early Intervention Program strives to provide a high-quality, developmentally appropriate program that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of preschoolers who are at risk of failure in school.

The members of Nature Coast Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 174 arranged for the transportation of the valentines to the nursing home. Chapter 174 members are dedicated to seeing that veterans moving into their later years are not forgotten, and expressed how much the gesture meant to veterans in the nursing home.

"The children are too young to realize what they have done. But the veterans will always remember that what they did in maintaining the freedom that we all enjoy today was not in vain," said Larry Cohen, judge advocate for the Korean War veterans.

For information on the Prekindergarten Early Intervention Program, contact Brenda W. Cason at 797-7024.

Members of the Navy Seabee Veterans of America Island X-6 and their "honeybees" held their 14th Anniversary Dinner celebration on March 4 at Brewmaster Steakhouse in Spring Hill. Event chairman Fred Beake was the first commander of Island X-6 when it was formed 15 years ago.

Navy Seabees of Island X-6 served in the invasions of Africa, Normandy and many Pacific islands during World War II.

During the dinner, Commander Lloyd Probst briefly addressed the group, recounting recent accomplishments of the group. Favors and the anniversary cake were furnished by the group's auxiliary. The event closed with everyone singing the national Navy Seabee song, led by Joe Ogar.

Recreation and Sports

The Tornadoes are the 2000-01 league champions of the under-12 First Hernando Youth Soccer League. Coached by Mike Gennusa and Jim Friel, the Tornadoes had a nearly perfect season, remaining undefeated against other First Hernando Youth Soccer teams, and boasting an overall record against all teams of 10 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie.

The Tornadoes had six shutout games, scoring a total of 35 goals and only giving up nine goals all season. Team members then went on to represent the First Hernando Youth Soccer League in the C Cup Championships in Citrus County.

On March 3, 10 and 11, in the C-6 District Tournament with the best 16 teams from Spring Hill, Brooksville, Hudson, and east and west Citrus County, the Tornadoes had an impressive five-game, undefeated shutout record and captured the C-6 District Championship.

Coach Gennusa attributed the team's achievements to teamwork and a desire for the kids to do their best.

Tornadoes team members include: Kevin Becker, Sascha Denny, James Duncan, Matt Ellerbee, Steven Ellerbee, Scott Fisher, Chris Friel, Gregory Gennusa, Kevin Hann, Brian Niles, Jeremiah Norris, Jessica O'Shea, Jessie Quartararo and Daniel Wilson.

On March 8, the Ohio Club held its regular monthly meeting. President Florence Rulli welcomed her fellow Buckeyes and called the meeting to order. She opened the meeting with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegence, then invited everyone to feast on the potluck luncheon that members had provided.

Following lunch, the group conducted its business. Vice President June Dunn noted that in place of a potluck, sandwiches will be served at the April meeting. Six volunteers offered to help her.

Treasurer Paul Lutz reminded everyone that the club would be celebrating 198 years of Ohio statehood with a dinner at Elks Lodge 2582, at 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville, on March 23. Ohio was the 17th state to be admitted to the Union. Members selected their choice of meal preference and got directions to the lodge.

Only one member present was celebrating a birthday during the month of March: Pat Reinart; one couple was celebrating their anniversary: Paul and Lila Bowman, 29 years. The group congratulated them.

President Rulli mentioned that more than a year ago the club held a successful garage sale, which helped to increase the treasury balance. She suggested members think about holding another one this year, and be ready to discuss it at the April meeting.

The Ohio Club has close to 100 members.

In January, club members voted in new officers, and in February those officers were installed. Officers serve for two-year terms. The 2001-03 officers are: Florence Rulli, president; June Dunn, vice president; Betty Tournoux, secretary, and Paul Lutz, treasurer.

The very first Ohio Club meeting took place in January 1980. Members Pauline Campbell and Catherine Wervey are the only charter members remaining. The club agreed at that time to promote the social interest of its members, and today the club still maintains that goal.

Friendships among some club members go back a long way.

On April 28, 1956, in Newton Falls, Ohio, Eleanor and Nicholas Hannison were married. Mr. Hannison's best friend, Leo Scalia, was his best man. Somehow the Hannisons and the Scalias both moved to Spring Hill, and today they are fellow members of the Ohio Club.

It is, indeed, a small world.

-- The Ohio Club meets at 1 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at Bouma Hall, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The club, which was organized in December 1979, welcomes all individuals who lived in Ohio at any time. For information about the club, contact Lou Stroble at 683-4591.

- Hometown Hernando welcomes reports on recreational and sports activities, both young and adult, that do not normally run on the Sports pages. Send your news and results to: Jean Hayes, Hernando Times, 3233 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606.

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