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Kathi Jackson, founder of Kathi's K9s, a nonprofit dog rescue organization based in Weeki Wachee, has published her first book, Not My Dog: Foster Dogs I Have Loved, about fostering and re-homing dogs. Jackson, who has been teaching third grade in Pasco county for more than 20 years, recently held a Dog Day 5K walk/run at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill. Proceeds benefited Kathi's K9s, which accepts dogs from various animal services around the state, transports them to the facility, where they receive vetting and rehabilitation, then places them for adoption. Assisting at the facility is Michelle Melady, a local dog trainer-behaviorist. Jackson's book is available on amazon.com and at Hernando County libraries. For information, visit adoptapet.com/adoption_rescue/84516.html.
Orange Blossom Music awards
The Orange Blossom Country Music Association, a Florida nonprofit organization that helps promote the development of country/gospel music artists, recently announced its 2012 winners. Sheila Kirk, the association's president, presented several local recipients with awards at Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 on Jan. 8.
Sheila Jackson won Songwriter of the Year in the Traditional Country and Gospel category; Songwriter of the Year/New Country and Gospel, and Songwriter of the Year/Bluegrass. Clay Kirk received Songwriter of the Year/Traditional Gospel; Vocalist of the Year/Traditional Gospel; Entertainer of the Year/Traditional Gospel; Vocalist of the Year/Traditional Country, and Entertainer of the Year/Traditional Country.
Danielle Pacifico was awarded the second place Vocalist of the Year/New Country (youth 13-16), and second place Entertainer of the Year/New Country (youth 13-16). Milena Mathes received second place Vocalist of the Year/Traditional Country and second place Entertainer of the Year/Traditional Country. Judy Dunham won first place Vocalist of the Year/New Country.
Jon Dalton won first place Vocalist of the Year/Bluegrass; first place Vocalist of the Year/New Gospel, and second place Vocalist of the Year/Traditional Country. John Jordan was presented second place Vocalist of the Year/New Gospel and first place Entertainer of the Year/New Gospel. Brad Dunham received second place Vocalist of the Year/New Country.
Ronald Pruitt was awarded first place Vocalist of the Year/New Country. Hartmund Kohl received second place Vocalist of the Year/Traditional Gospel.
All first- and second-place winners qualify to compete in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., at the North American Country Music Association awards for national and international titles, March 10 to 17.