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Kentucky colonel awards presented: Hernando County residents Paul Clark, Godfrey Eason and Dianne Bonfield were recently presented with their official Kentucky colonel certificates by Nick Morana, a retired Army colonel and a Kentucky colonel since 1980.
Morana submitted a recommendation to Kentucky Gov. Steven L. Beshear on behalf of Clark, Eason and Bonfield for their community service.
Clark, a local business owner for the past 40 years, has amassed thousands of volunteer hours at the Knights of Columbus, St. Anthony Catholic Church and with local veterans organizations.
Eason, who worked in various educational capacities in New York, began serving on various committees and organizations after moving to Spring Hill. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill and currently serves on the board of directors with the Brooksville Engineering Science and Technology Academy.
Bonfield, who has 45 years of experience in the academic field, has been with the Hernando County School District since 1973 and has been a member of the School Board since 2006.
She is active in the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society and is a supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.
The Kentucky colonel is the highest honor awarded by the commonwealth of Kentucky.
Note of thanks
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Committee recently hosted the second annual Politics in the Park at the Knights of Columbus hall in Spring Hill.
This old-fashioned political rally was the biggest political event of the year with more than 400 attendees. Local residents had the opportunity to meet local, state and federal candidates and discuss election issues.
Sponsors and partners included: Civil Air Patrol Color Guard Squadron 301, the Hernando County Democratic Party, the Hernando County Republican Party, Hernando County Government Broadcasting, the Hernando County supervisor of elections, Tampa Bay Times, Penny for Projects, Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee, WWJB-AM 1450 and WXJB-FM 99.9, Jeff Holcomb, Jimmy Lodato, Robert Neuhausen, Laurie Pizzo, Beth Narverud and Bo Samargya.
The chamber also wishes to thank the government affairs committee, all of the volunteers and chamber diplomats. And lastly, a thank-you to Billy Healis of the Walmart Distribution Center for serving as emcee.
Tyler Stapleton, Florida Traditions Bank, event co-chairman