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Clubs and organizations
The Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution were one of 18 color guard units that marched in the 231st anniversary celebration of the last naval battle of the American Revolution on March 8. The event, held at Brevard Veterans Park in Merritt Island, was presented by the Florida Society of the SAR.
The group celebrated Capt. John Barry's victory, carried out from aboard his ship, the Alliance, on March 10, 1783, off the coast of Florida, just south of Cape Canaveral. The Rev. Randy Moody, chaplain general of the National Society of the SAR, gave the invocation, and the Port Canaveral U.S. Coast Guard unit posted colors.
The 18 color guard units paraded for the massing of colors led by Florida SAR president Ted Duay and J.M. Tomme Sr., registrar general for the national organization. The day concluded with the rifle salute by American Legion Post 117.
Representing the Withlacoochee Chapter of SAR were Robert Folk, president, and Charlie Day, immediate past president. The chapter earned a blue streamer/participation ribbon.
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THE Bus, Hernando County's mass transit service, was recently presented with two awards from the McDonald Transit Associates for a transportation system that serves a population of fewer than 250,000.
The first award was for attaining the second-highest increase in fixed-route passenger trips for 2013, achieving nearly a 20 percent increase from the previous year. THE Bus also received a first-place award in the safety category for not having any accidents during 2013.
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The Hernando County Commission proclaimed March as Irish Heritage Month. Accepting the resolution from Commissioner Nick Nicholson was Dr. Michael Higgins, president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1, Hernando County, and James Cahill, vice president of the Florida state board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Recreation and sports
The Hernando Sportsman's Club in Brooksville hosted its annual Florida 4-H State Rifle Competition on March 1. More than 40 youth, ages 12 to 17, from all over the state competed.
Victor Hill, 13, a seventh-grade student at J.D. Floyd K-8 School of Environmental Science, won four first-place awards. It was the first time he had competed.
Victor won first place in the Civilian Marksmanship Program Rimfire Sporter Rifle (intermediate division) competition, first place in the NRA Three-Position (intermediate division rifle) competition and won the overall first-place award in the Individual Small Bore (intermediate division) competition. He also was part of the winning Small Bore Team (intermediate division rifle), along with Max Thurek, 14, and Dominic Tocco, 12.
Team members Alyssa Bahrs, 17, Marie Aguele, 15, Kyle Curabba, 16, and Miguel Reyes, 15, won the first-place award in the Small Bore Team (senior division rifle) competition. Reyes also won first place in the overall Individual Small Bore (senior division) competition, and Aguele took fourth place.