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Names of Promising Picasso Show winners announced

The Pasco Fine Arts Council has announced winners in the Promising Picasso Show, an annual event for area artists.

In watercolor, Sharon Curtis won first place for Yellow Pond Lilies,; Nathan Golub, second, for Bottle & Vase; and Sharon Curtis, honorable mention, for Yellow Ladies Slippers.

In painting, Jo Schmidt won first place for Garden Series; Marjorie Vesely, second, for Best Friends; and honorable mentions went to Nicole Tucker for Rag Doll, Carol Spicuglia for Snail Kite and Kathy McMichael for Fruit in Basket.

In drawing, Nicholae Tucker won first place for Arabian Man, and Randall Johnston won second place for Gorilla.

In sculpture, Marcia Stickel won first place for Raku Plate and Sandy Crane won second place for Papoose.

Marjorie Vesely was named public choice winner for Garden Path.

Snowbird Regatta

winners announced

NEW PORT RICHEY _ Winners in the recent Snowbird Regatta sponsored by the Gulf Harbors Yacht Club have been announced.

Ken Snow and his crew aboard the Ostinato placed first with a corrected time and a new record of 1 hour. Bliss, whose captain was Steve Kell, placed a close second in 1:05.42.Carl Mazzucia on Duchess was third in 1:06.6. Fifteen sailboats were entered in the race.

Trophies were presented at the clubhouse following the competition.

New River Library

receives award

WESLEY CHAPEL _ The New River Library was honored by the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce at an awards banquet at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel.

Carol Camenga, branch manager, received a plaque citing the library for its role in youth encouragement and guidance.

Local graduates

are Stetson leaders

DADE CITY _ Three local students attending Stetson University were recently named Stetson Family Weekend organizational leaders.

Family Weekend is designed to give parents a chance to experience Stetson life through a variety of social and cultural events.

The students are:

Sarah Catherine Reed, daughter of Marvin and Daphne Reed of Dade City. She is a graduate of Pasco High.

Morgan Terese Braine of New Port Richey, a religious studies major, who is the daughter of Robert Braine of New York City and Patricia Barlborough of New Port Richey. She is a graduate of Ridgewood High .

And Kevin Michael Boyd, son of Ricky Boyd and Sharon Boyd, both of Dade City. He is a graduate of Pasco High.

Social workers

honor Mike Fasano

NEW PORT RICHEY _ The Florida Association of School Social Workers has named state Rep. Mike Fasano as the Florida House of Representatives Legislator of the Year.

The award was presented recently in Fort Myers.

Hudson songwriter

has music recorded

HUDSON _ Songwriter William Gehrke of Hudson has had music recorded on a cassette album produced by Hilltop Records. The album, Hilltop Country, is now available at targeted stores.

Hudson High School grad

is National Merit Finalist

SPRING HILL _ Rita Claire Economos of Spring Hill, a first-year student at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass., has been named a National Merit Finalist. She is the daughter of Lynda and John Economos.

She was selected Hudson High's Outstanding Student for 1997. She was a member of the National Honor Society and was listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students.

She won scholarships from Beacon Woods East Women's Club, Gulf Harbors Yacht Club and Unit 335 Hudson American Legion Auxiliary.

She was a member of the varsity golf and track teams and served on the class council. She was selected to participate in Girls State. She played alto saxophone in the Class Act Band and was a member of Interact.

After completing her studies at Mount Holyoke, she plans to continue studies at the graduate level.

She is the granddaughter of James and Betty Davis of New Port Richey and great granddaughter of Margaret Stevens of Holiday.

Gulf Harbors Precinct 33

chooses representative

NEW PORT RICHEY _ George Jandacka has been elected to be the representative of Gulf Harbors Precinct 33 executive committee for the Republican Party.

For information, call Jandacka at 847-7713.

Local adult poetry

winners announced

HUDSON _ Adults who were winners in the first Poetry Speaks Poetry Festival at Hudson Regional Library have been announced.

Kurt Van Wilt of Saint Leo won for a poem titled Orpheus of Stones.

General public winners are Pariksith Singh for Half an Earth Away; John Thomas Tooze, Up On the Roof; Liz Bahs, On Healing; Nola Garrett, At Choir Practice; S.W. Brock, The Chairs; Daniel Callaghan, A Vietnam Vet Speaks to his Grandson; Ellen Wilson Manuel, Memories; Ann Dickson Sargeant, It's Summer; Ella Conarton, Sandhill Cranes; and Michele Houck Murrell, A Writer's Prayer.

The event was sponsored by the Pasco County Library System and Friends of the Pasco County Library System.

Center for Independence

receives $150,000 grant

HOLIDAY _ The Center for Independence received $150,000 grant recently during ceremonies at a quarterly meeting at Dixie Groves Community clubhouse in Holiday.

The presentation was made by state Rep. Mike Fasano who was instrumental in securing the grant from the Florida Legislature. The agency will use the funds to build a much-needed group home in Pasco County for adults with developmental disabilities. For information call 942-5454.

Elks Lodge 2284

names students of month

NEW PORT RICHEY _ The New Port Richey Elks Lodge 2284 has named students of the month at Gulf High School.

They are Michael Currie and Elizabeth Leoty.

Currie, 16, is the son of Michael and Patricia Currie of New Port Richey. He is captain of the football, track and weightlifting teams, treasurer of FHS, co-president of Posey, a poetic writing club, and a member of the Baseball Club.

He volunteers at the Good Samaritan Clinic and participated in the Coastal Clean-up.

His hobbies are writing, weightlifting and running. He works at Winn-Dixie and plans to attend the University of Florida.

Leoty, 17, is the daughter of Linda and Tommy Leota Jr. of New Port Richey. She is active in sports and is a member of the varsity soccer and softball teams.

She is treasurer of the National Honor Society, Class Act treasurer, student council president, member of Math Honor Society, Poesy and Interact.

She volunteers at the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club. She plans a career in law and hopes to attend either the University of Florida or Auburn University.

_ Do you have good news to share? Contact Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. For information in most of west Pasco, call (813) 869-6231. From Holiday, call (813) 842-9465. Elsewhere, call (800) 333-7505.