The Donald M. Michels Jr. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6180 Auxiliary received awards at the recent State VFW Convention in Orlando.
The auxiliary received second-place awards for its poppy, Americanism and safety programs; a third-place award in community and youth programs; and an award for the Voice of Democracy program.
Vicki Bickford, VFW Post 6180 Auxiliary president, and four members attended the convention.
Auxiliary member Sue Gleeson has been elected District 21 Auxiliary president, and Vicki Bickford and been appointed to the Department of Florida color guard.
Bayonet Point resident
BAYONET POINT _ Robert L. Russano, son of Bob and Angela Busch of Bayonet Point, is a graduation candidate at Santa Fe Community College as a certified cardiopulmonary technician.
Russano is completing a rotation at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., a trauma hospital with seven catheterization labs. He has been offered a permanent position on its staff.
team wins award
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Junior Achievement of the Suncoast was the recipient of the Peak Performance Team Award at the National Training Seminar in Philadelphia.
The award was presented by the National Office of Junior Achievement and recognizes superior performance for the past fiscal year by a local Junior Achievement staff team. Junior Achievement of the Suncoast serves Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Alachua, Levy and Marion counties and is a non-profit education organization.
Chamber of Commerce
again flying flag
NEW PORT RICHEY _ In the late 1970s, the West Pasco Kiwanis Club dedicated a flagpole to the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, where the U.S. flag waved for almost a decade until a tropical storm ruined it and the hardware needed to support the flag.
Through the combined efforts of the West Pasco Kiwanis Club, the American Legion Paradise Post 79 of New Port Richey and Florida Power, the U.S. flag once again flies over the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce.
Bill Duff, past president and charter member of the Kiwanis Club, orchestrated efforts to raise the flag July 4. Richard Biddle of Florida Power volunteered the use of equipment to reattach the hardware for the pole. Charles Chaval, commander of Paradise Post 79, made the presentation.
New Port Richey Mayor Peter Altman and Wally Savage of the chamber accepted the gift.
Law student makes
Georgetown dean's list
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Keith S. Shotzberger of New Port Richey has made the dean's list at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C. He is in his first year and ranks in the top 10 percent of his class.
Shotzberger is doing a judicial internship this summer with Judge Johnathan R. Steinberg of the U.S. Court of Veteran Appeals in Washington, D.C.
Shotzberger graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 and is a 1991 graduate of Hudson High School.
Public Health Unit
lauded for program
NEW PORT RICHEY _ The Pasco Public Health Unit has been recognized for its Dietetic Internship Program, created in response to the difficulty in recruiting and retaining public health nutritionists in county public health units.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials named the Pasco County Public Health Unit as this year's runner-up for the J. Howard Beard Award at an annual awards luncheon in Bellevue, Wash.
Port Richey student
wins Maine scholarship
PORT RICHEY _ Dipty J. Shukla, daughter of Jay and Nila Shukla of Port Richey, has received a full scholarship to attend the University of Maine in Orono.
Miss Shukla is a recent graduate of Ridgewood High School, where she carried a 4.0 grade-point average.
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