Boy Scout Troop 24 presented awards at a recent Red and Green Banquet at the American Legion Paradise Post 79, sponsors of the troop.
Ryan Ryder, Patrick Burns, Brandon Chavis and Sean Bamrick received Wilderness Survival badges. Greg Manning was awarded the Citizenship in the Nation Award and has one more merit badge to earn for the rank of Life. Austin Ryder was awarded Star. Aaron Kulkla earned the rank of First Class and Kurt Schmidt the Tenderfoot Rank.
Four boys from Cub Scouts were welcomed recently in a Crossover ceremony. They are Carl Sawyer, Jimmy Arnold, Roy DiRaffaele and Joe Folcarelli. They received a Scout badge at the banquet.
Damon Brown, an Eagle Scout of Troop 24, was the special speaker. He explained how following the Scout Law affects a scout's everyday life _ not only now but also in the future.
Special guests included Charlie Hobbs from the New Port Richey Community Cooperative; Kay Hobbs of Calusa Business and Professional Women and Ed White from the American Legion Post 79.
Man makes Flagler President's Roll
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Michael Lennon of New Port Richey has been named to the President's Roll for the fall 1997 semester at Flagler College in St. Augustine.
Selection to the President's Roll requires a 4.0 grade point average out of a possible 4.0. Lennon is a December 1997 graduate.
Saint Leo Dean's List holds local names
SAINT LEO _ Local students have been named to the Dean's List at Saint Leo College for the fall semester.
They are Natalie Ciocca, Jason Teel, Angela Ricciardi, Darlene Parker and Mary Munday, all of New Port Richey; Sharlene Gill, Deborah Brooker and Jennifer Molby, all of Port Richey; and Phillip Quinn of Hudson.
In order to qualify for the Dean's List, full time students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
VA clinic volunteers honored
PORT RICHEY _ Volunteers at the Port Richey VA Outpatient Clinic were recognized recently.
The men and women who volunteer serve coffee to patients, assist the staff with administrative duties, work as service officers for the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and Veterans of Foreign Wars and generally help where needed. From 25 to 30 volunteers donate their services.
Helen Poslusny, head of administration, said, "Even more volunteers are needed, due to ever expanding services." Those who can give a couple of hours a week are asked to call her at 869-3203, ext. 7348.
TOPS chapter notes 29-pound loss
PORT RICHEY _ Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Chapter Fl 416 has named Viola DiCurzio-Leighton as its "Queen" for losing 29 pounds.
She was honored for losing the most weight in the chapter to reach her goal.
She attended State Recognition Day in Jacksonville recently.
For information about TOPS call 845-3771.
WAC veterans help choral group
HUDSON _ The Women's Army Corps Veterans Association Chapter 79 of Pasco County recently presented $250 to the Upbeat Choral Group of Hudson Middle School.
Gary Sawyer, choir master, accepted the contribution.
Upbeat, the group of middle school students, is raising funds for travel expenses to the America Sings Festival in Nashville.
Woman receives USF education degree
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Jenny Kromolicki, daughter of Joe and Joan Kromolicki, graduated with honors from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in elementary education.
She was a member of the Suncoast Area Teacher Training Honors Program and completed her final internship with Linda McCarthy at Cotee River Elementary School.
Eagles donate to Alzheimer's chapter
NEW PORT RICHEY _ The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Suncoast Aerie 3153 of New Port Richey recently donated $1,147 to the West Central Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
The funds will be used for various services and programs in Pasco county.
Dominick DePetrillo, executive director of the Alzheimer's Chapter, gave a special thank you to Joe Dellechiaie, Eagles president; Ellie Varga, auxiliary president, and Ethel Miller, Alzheimer's committee chairwoman, for their efforts on behalf of Alzheimer's.
Man earns exercise science degree
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Tom Larson, son of Marsha and Terry Larson, is a recent graduate of the University of Florida College of Health and Human Performance.
Larson received a bachelor's degree in exercise science and is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist.
He is a member of Golden Key National Honor Society.
He will attend Nova Southeastern University College of Physical Therapy in August. Larson is a 1994 graduate of Ridgewood High School.
55 Alive instructors receive award
HUDSON _ At a recent instructors workshop for the American Association of Retired Persons 55 Alive program, 20 instructors were presented a GEM Award by Denise McCoy of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Division of Drivers Licenses in Port Richey.
GEM stands for "Going the Extra Mile." The award recognized the many volunteer hours spent teaching the 55 Alive Course.
For information on registering for one of the scheduled classes in the Hudson area call Charles Fisher at 862-4178. For those in Port Richey or New Port Richey call Art Olliffee at 847-4811 and in Holiday call Ray Messier at 842-3145.
Ridgewood graduate receives degree
NEW PORT RICHEY _ Robbie Blankenship, son of Beth and Robert Blankenship, graduated May 2 from Saint Leo College with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
He is a 1994 graduate of Ridgewood High School.
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