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painted in oil and watercolor.

Duncan has a lifelong love of painting and enjoys painting natural scenes. Her favorite subjects are water and reflections. She has studied painting in both Illinois and Florida. After moving to Spring Hill, she studied with Diane Becker.

Duncan has been a member of the Spring Hill Art League for the past 10 years. She volunteers her time by notifying members about coming meetings and exhibitions. For information on Duncan or other monthly artists, call the library at (352) 540-6391.

Veterans

On Nov. 15, Gulf Coast WAVES Unit 27 hosted a luncheon to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Women Veterans Recognition Week, so proclaimed by the Hernando County Commission during the week of Veterans Day.

Barbara McCarthy, WAVES Unit 27 president, introduced the guests, who included military veterans and representatives of other organizations. The program began with a few words from keynote speaker U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite, who discussed issues concerning women's healthcare programs.

Remarks were made by several other guests, including Matt Peters, Hernando County veterans service officer; Betsy Waddell, Florida state director and WAVES national 12th regional representative; Berenice George, past WAVES National president, past WAVES Florida state director and past 12th regional representative; Timothy Borson, facilitator of Veterans on Wings, and County Commissioner Rose Rocco.

After the luncheon, a proclamation certificate was presented to one woman in each branch of military service by Rocco. Carolyn Edwards accepted on behalf of the Army Nurses Corps; Toni Mahan-Ready accepted for the Army Air Corps; Debra Gould-Avery accepted for the WACS and Army; Barbara McCarthy accepted for the WAVES and Navy; Grace McMillan accepted for the Air Force; Daisy Cain accepted for the Marines, and Theona Mangano accepted for the SPARS and the Coast Guard. The Navy Nurses Corps did not have a representative present, so Lee Lund accepted the certificate.

Following the presentations, Borson showed a video of the Veterans on Wings, explaining how the group will fly any World War II veteran to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII Memorial free of charge.

The program concluded with entertainment by the Pine Chords barbershop quartet of the Hernando Harmonizers. The luncheon was dedicated to and in memory of Unit 27 member Rita Cranford-Wilson.

The WAVES meet at 10:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month (except July and August) at Atria Evergreen Woods. For information, contact Barbara McCarthy, president, at (352) 683-7119 or Peg Banco, vice president, at (352) 596-7749.

High Fives

The Boy Scouts of Troop 433, sponsored by St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Spring Hill, recently attended the Withlacoochee District Camporee at the McGregor Smith Scout Reservation in Inverness.

Although the weather did not cooperate, the Scouts had an exciting time. There were 15 events held during the weekend that tested the boys' physical strength as well as their mental ability. Events included football and baseball throws, timed pushup races, and several events related to safety.

Each troop attending entered patrols made up of eight or fewer Scouts. Some troops had one patrol while others had two or more. The troop with the patrol that won the most ribbons was the Shark Patrol from Troop 433. The patrol won 11 ribbons (four first-place, four second-place and three third-place).

Part of the Scout oath is to "keep my self physically strong," and to prove it, one of the scouts from the Shark Patrol completed 72 pushups in one minute.

The next Camporee, planned for April, will test the Scouts' ability to adapt outdoors.

For information about Troop 433, contact David Nelson at (352) 683-6204.

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Leslie Duncan is the Artist of the Month for December at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. Her work this month consists of natural subjects

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