Dr. Kenneth Martin has been crowned King Pithla for 1997 and Cherry Kinnunen, Queen Chasco.
The coronation took place at the recent 12th annual Chasco Fiesta Coronation Ball at the Spartan Manor.
Ron Thornton, 1996 king, and Beverly Barnett, 1996 queen, crowned the new royalty.
More than 20 past Fiesta kings and queens attended the ball at the 75th anniversary of the Chasco Fiesta.
Chasco prince and princess are crowned
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Hudson Sertoma has announced winners in the Chasco Fiesta Baby Contest.
In the 4- to 5-year-old division, Taylor Foster, 4, son of Randy and Shannon Foster of Hudson, was crowned prince and Krystal Rosado, 5, daughter of Luis and Alexandra Rosado of New Port Richey, was crowned princess.
Taylor attends prekindergarten at Hudson Elementary School and Krystal attends Anclote Elementary School. They will ride as prince and princess in the Chasco Fiesta boat parade.
First place in the 4 to 8 months baby contest were Christopher Chiger for boys and Cassidy Zduniak-O'Connor for girls. In the 9 to 11 months category, the boys winner was Timothy R. Gierke Jr. and the girls winner was Kayla Getz.
In the 1-year-old category for boys, Reece Waymire was first and Halee Nicole Evola was first for girls. In the 2- to 3-year-old category the winner was A.
J. Schryer for boys and Brittney Alexandra Grande for girls.
Winners named for Chasco parade floats
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Winners have been named for Chasco Street Parade Floats.
In the nonprofessional business category, Lil Buckeroo Ranch won first place and Genesis School won second place and best theme.
In professional floats, the winners are Plumbers of Suojanen Enterprises, first place; Upper Room Apostolic Church, second; and YMCA, best theme.
In floats, nonprofessional, clubs and organizations, the winners are First Baptist Church of Elfers, first place; Pasco Parks and Recreation, second; and First Baptist Church of Elfers, best theme.
Dade City artist
wins at art show
DADE CITY _ Robert Stagemyer, Dade City artist, won first place for a sculpture at the recent ( Pelican Marsh Fine Art Show in Naples.
The two sculptures favored by the judges, Gulf Storm and Guardian Angel, were both purchased by the John Gardetto Family of Milwaukee for their Naples home.
Stagemyer gave them his blue ribbon to hang with the works. He said it was in appreciation for providing such a beautiful setting and home for his sculptures.
Stagemyer is working on a large, three-piece wall sculpture for Diane Cooper of Cooper Real Estate for her home.
Local Eagle Scout
is honored recently
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Robert Lee Johnson of New Port Richey, an Eagle Scout, was honored recently for achieving scouting's highest rank.
Johnson received a proclamation and certificate from Pinellas County Commissioner Sallie Parks at a ceremony in the Pinellas County Commissioners Chambers.
He spent the day with his sponsor, Dr. Edward Swanick, a St. Petersburg cardiologist, discussing his interest in the field of cardiology and accompanying Swanick on his rounds at St. Anthony's, Bayfront and All Children's hospitals. After the hospital rounds, Johnson and Swanick attended the annual Eagle Scout Banquet at the St. Petersburg Hilton.
Johnson is an honor roll student at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey, a second lieutenant and flight commander in the Air Force Jr. ROTC program and a cadet sergeant in the Civil Air Patrol.
Steven Basak receives
honors in Royal Rangers
PORT RICHEY _ Steven Basak, 12, son of John and Jackie Basak of Port Richey, has received honors in the Royal Rangers, a Christian scouting organization.
A member of Outpost 31, Steven recently won first place as "Royal Ranger of the Year" at the county level for Pasco and Pinellas counties. Later he won second place in the state competition. He is a member of the Living Faith Christian Fellowship Church of Holiday.
Carol Lamb named
PORT RICHEY _ Carol Lamb of Port Richey won the local Toastmaster International Speech Contest.
A mortgage broker with S&L Financial Service Corp of Port Richey, she is president of the West Pasco Toastmasters Club 7429. She next will compete at the area level.
Bob Mack won the Table Topics portion of the contest.
Debbie Hagner becomes
PORT RICHEY _ Debbie Hagner of Port Richey is a professional genealogist who has completed courses at Brigham Young University.
She has received accreditation from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City specializing in Midwestern states.
She has received an associate degree in data processing and a bachelor of technology degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and National Technical Institute for the Deaf. She is using her computer skills and love of genealogy to forge a new career and has opened her own business called Family Tree Surgeon in Port Richey.
Local Stetson students make the news
David Andre Doorneweerd and James Gabriel Vickaryous of New Port Richey are new students at Stetson University.
William Kevin Joseph of New Port Richey recently performed at Stetson University's Stover Theatre presentation of Same Rope, Different Threads, a series of one-act plays. Joseph is the son of William J. and Carol A. Joseph of New Port Richey. He is a graduate of River Ridge High School.
Alicia Gay Jordan of Dade City and Elizabeth Lorraine Maresca of New Port Richey have been selected new members of social sororities at Stetson. Jordan is the daughter of Joseph and Patricia Jordan of Dade City. She is a graduate of Pasco Comprehensive High School. She was selected as a new member of Zeta Tau Alpha. Maresca is the daughter of William and Dorothea Maresca of New Port Richey. She is a graduate of Ridgewood High School. She was selected as a new member of Pi Beta Phi.
Jennifer Ann Wooten of Zephyrhills is a student intern teacher this spring at Father Lopez High School in Daytona Beach. Wooten is the daughter of Bobby and Joyce Wooten of Zephyrhills. She is a graduate of Zephyrhills High School.
is published poet
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Tim Ivanovskiy of New Port Richey has had an original poem published in Fields of Gold, a treasury of today's poetry compiled by the National Library of Poetry.
The poem is Mother, expressing a mother's love for her child.
Local artist exhibited
work at ArtiGras '97
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Bob Masella of New Port Richey was selected to exhibit his acrylic paintings at ArtiGras '97, a three-day festival in Palm Beach Gardens.
His exhibit, "Our World, featured Florida sailboats and Cape Cod lighthouses, famous golf courses and ancient Irish castles. He has earned recognition as a seascape and landscape artist.
Kitchen Band forms
to entertain others
HOLIDAY _ Thirty-five men and women have joined to form a kitchen band to entertain others and for their own enjoyment.
The band is called The Young at Heart Swingers of Holiday Travel Park.
They perform on a variety of instruments including wash tubs, pails, kazoos, tambourines, scrub boards and organ. They present a one-hour show complete with skits. They performed recently at the Florida State Fair in Tampa and in a parade at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City.
For information call Joy Morris, 942-3948.
ZEPHYRHILLS _ June Owens, Zephyrhills poet and writer, has received first prize in Georgia Poetry Society's Edward Davin Vickers Memorial Poetry Awards for 1996.
In addition to the monetary prize, the award included a parchment certificate and publication in the poetry anthology of the Society, The Reach of Song.
Pen Women list local winners of contest
CLEARWATER _ The West Coast Florida Branch of the National League of Pen Women has announced local winners in its Arts and Letters '97 competition.
They are Susan Duda Schultz of New Port Richey, first place watercolor; Martha Robb Duda of Hudson, second place watercolor; Susan Duda Schultz, merit award watercolor; Eva Fender of Holiday, merit award; and Ester M. Ayers of New Port Richey, second place for a short story.
Susan Duda Schultz won first place for watercolor as the West Coast Florida Regional winner.
Do you have good news to share? Contact Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey 34668. For information in most of West Pasco, call (813) 869-6231. From Holiday, call (813) 842-9465. Elsewhere, call (800) 333-7505.