Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Archive


H. Ryan Crowe of Brooksville has graduated with honors from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a bachelor's degree in animal science.

Crowe is a 1996 graduate of Central High School. In 1998, he graduated from Pasco-Hernando Community College, where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

While attending the University of Florida, Crowe was recognized on the Dean's List every semester. He was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, National Agricultural Honorary Society, co-coordinator for the livestock and meat evaluation course, a member and officer of Block & Bridal, assistant director for the university Cattlemen's Association, a member of the intercollegiate livestock judging team, and the intercollegiate meats judging team.

Crowe is the son of Randy and Kathy Crowe of Brooksville.

The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Brenda Huey of Spring Hill has been named a U.S. national award winner for cheerleading. Brenda, who attends Powell Middle School, was nominated for the award by Lili Southerland, a counselor at the school. Brenda's name will appear in the U.S. Achievement Academy official yearbook, which is published nationally.

Brenda is the daughter of Sam and Lynne Huey of Spring Hill.

More than 200 of Hernando County Government's Partners in Public Service were honored at a reception at Silverthorn Country Club. The evening's theme was "Celebration of Volunteers," and during the evening the Board of County Commissioners presented certificates of appreciation to master gardeners, 4-H leaders and other County Extension volunteers, advisory board members, volunteer firefighters, Adopt-A-Road groups, Camp Funshine workers and volunteers working in the various library branches and other county offices.

The volunteers were treated to entertainment provided by the Suzuki Strings, featuring Charlotte Murrin, the Brown Family and Marisa Grande. Other guests included Carla Becker, Vince Vanni and his youth drama class, Frank McDowell III and a girls ensemble from Brooksville Assembly of God, featuring Sylvana and Sarah Rosario, Jackie Moen and Lisa Gonzalez. A dessert buffet was provided by Silverthorn Country Club.

The County Commission honors more than 575 volunteers annually at the recognition program, a small token of appreciation for the many ways in which volunteers make a difference for residents of Hernando County.

Ryan C. Kranz of Spring Hill has graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in criminology. Ryan is the son of Fred and Nora Kranz of Spring Hill.

David J. Long III of Gainesville formerly of Weeki Wachee, has graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in health. Long plans to remain at UF, where he will pursue a master's degree in decision and information sciences. Long is a 1996 graduate of Springstead High School and the son of Joanne M. and David Long of Weeki Wachee.

Alicia J. Petrizzi of Gainesville, formerly of Spring Hill, has graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in education. Petrizzi will pursue a master's degree in education once her internship is completed and hopes to be an elementary school teacher. Petrizzi is the daughter of Joy Martinez and Robert Petrizzi.

Jennifer Ann Legoo of Brooksville recently graduated from the Brooksville campus of Pasco-Hernando Community College with an associate's degree. Legoo is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the National Honorary Scholastic Society and is a recipient of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. Legoo plans to major in psychology at the University of South Florida as an undergraduate in the fall. Legoo is a 1998 graduate of Central High School and is the daughter of Mary C. St. Amant and Anton E. Legoo of Brooksville.


St. Jude Council 6383, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary recently held its annual luncheon and fashion show. Chairwomen were Marge deYoung and Jean Hanes. The fashion show followed a turkey dinner and dessert.

The fashions were by Dressed to Kill of New Port Richey. Models included: Fran Barone, Lorraine Busca, Anna Contesti, Mary Lou Iovine, Donna Liegel, Diane Paffrath, Mary Pedone, Gerri Santino, Josephine Taylor and Chris Zawacki.

Prizes were given out during the course of the afternoon. The success of the fashion show was due to the combined efforts of the Ladies Auxiliary and the Knights of Columbus, who thanks all of those who donated gifts for prizes.

The Orchid Lover's Club of Spring Hill recently held its fifth annual orchid show, Orchids on Parade, at the Florida National Guard Armory in Spring Hill. More than 900 people attended the show, which featured displays of some of the most beautiful orchids grown in Florida.

Show winners included: Betty and Don Burkham, owners of B&D Orchids, won best commercial exhibit; the Orchid Society of West Pasco won best society exhibit; Randy Vick of the Orchid Society of West Pasco won best individual exhibit; Marie Witt, owner of Crystal River Orchid Supply, won best species for her meiracyllium trinasutum exhibit.

Wanda and Bill Byrd, owners of Byrd Orchids, won best first bloomed seedling for their phalaenopsis ambo buddha exhibit; Marie Witt, owner of Crystal River Orchid Supply, won best miniature for her bulbophyllum falcatum exhibit; Orchid Society of West Pasco won best specimen for the oncidium sphacelatum exhibit.

Betty Burkham, owner of B&D Orchids, won best cattleya alliance for her laeliocattleya Irene finey exhibit; Marie Witt, owner of Crystal River Orchid Supply, won best dendrobium for her dendrobium fire coral "super star" am/aos exhibit; Doris Howze of the Ocala Orchid Society won best cymbidium alliance for her cymbidium little black sambo exhibit.

Trudy Duerstock of the Orchid Lover's Club of Spring Hill won best oncidinae for her brassia rex "salkata" exhibit; Betty Burkham, owner of B&D Orchids, won best cypripedium for her phragmepedium caudata "sanderae" exhibit; Lois and Bill Shannon of Shanon Orchids and the Ocala Orchid Society won best phalaenopsis for their phalaenopsis taida Lawrence "Suzanne" exhibit; Marie Witt, owner of Crystal River Orchid Supply, won best vandaceous alliance for her vanda first and last exhibit; and Lyn and Ed Bugbee of Featherstone Orchids won best miscellaneous for their Florida native cyrtopodium punctatum exhibit.

Special awards were given to dispalys plants and/or orchid-related materials that were worthy in the eyes of the judges but were not eligible for an American Orchid Society award. Marie Witt received special awards for her artistic endeavor and foroutstanding flower quality for her miltonopsis Laurie Kathleen. Additionally, the Orchid Lover's Club of Spring Hill took second place in best society exhibit.

Jim Duerstock, president of the Orchid Lover's Club of Spring Hill, and the board of members thanked club members who participated in the floor design of the show, the physical placement of the displays, the classification and registration of all orchids entered, and the placement of the orchids in the individual display areas for judging.

The group also recognized the judges, clerks and recorders for selecting the winners, preparing the award certificates and presenting the trophies. Area vendors' participation, through their displays and sales, plus displays by each of the participating societies, enhanced this year's show. Special recognition was given to those who prepared and served meals, as well as those who helped take down the displays and clean up the area.

St. Frances' Widowed and Singles Club held its election of officers meeting May 10. Officers for 2000-01 include: Evelyn Brown, president; Mary Chiusano, vice president; Bea Polichak, assistant vice president; Dorothy DiRenzo, secretary; and Helen Sereika, treasurer.

The club, created for those who have lost a spouse or who are single, consists of individuals who have a desire to make the most of their lives and have some fun doing it.

Margi Rimestad, who has been a member for the past year and a half, said, "Members are mostly looking for something to do to fill the idle hours. We've gone on trips, and we often hold luncheons at really nice places."

St. Frances Cabrini Church's Msgr. John A. Cippel recently spoke with Brown and told her he was happy with what the group was doing. He said the group was filling a need in the community.

The club hopes that more men will join, since the majority of club members are women. The women said they are not looking for serious relationships.

"Diversity is good. It's nice to mingle and hear mixed conversations. Having men in the group makes things more interesting," said Rimestad. "Personally I'm not looking for anything serious. Maybe an occasional dinner out, but I'm not looking to get married."

Meetings are used by members to gather and lend support and to catch up and visit with friends, but serious work and upcoming events are also discussed.

The group recently held a successful picnic at Delta Woods Park, which included a water balloon "fight." Plans also are under way for another upcoming picnic with a luau theme, a tour of Ybor City in Tampa, and an evening at the Show Palace. The group recently completed a cookbook that is expected to go on sale at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in the fall. There will be 300 copies to sell, at a cost of $5 each, according to Brown, and the church will receive the profits.

After the formalities of the meeting, members enjoyed wine and cheese, crackers and vegetables while guest organist Scott Heyder of Fletcher Music Centers in Brooksville played some favorite tunes.

The meeting concluded with the serving of cookies and coffee. The room was abuzz with friendly conversations, stories of grandchildren and tales of relatives back home.

Membership is open to the public. Individuals interested in learning more about the club should call 596-5071.

The Hernando County PTA Council recently presented its top two awards to Janet Yungmann-Barkalow and Lisa Miller, both administrators at J.D. Floyd Elementary School in Spring Hill.

Yungmann-Barkalow was presented with the PTA's "Principal of the Year" award. Yungmann-Barkalow began her career with the Hernando County school system 32 years ago. She began teaching at Brooksville Elementary, then moved to Hernando High School, and then to Parrott Middle School, where she became the dean of students and assistant principal.

In 1986, Yungmann-Barkalow took the position of principal at Brooksville Elementary, and, in 1987, she began her present position at Floyd.

Yungmann-Barkalow received her bachelor's degree in health and physical education at Bowling Green State University. She received her master's degree in education from the University of South Florida, followed by an education specialist degree, also from USF. She earned her doctorate in education from Nova University in 1993.

Throughout her career, Yungmann-Barkalow has received many educational honors, and was recently selected for the Alumni Award to the Hall of Fame at West Tech High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

Yungmann-Barkalow was born in Cleveland, has four sons and currently lives in Brooksville with her husband, Bill.

Lisa Miller was presented with the PTA's "Assistant Principal of the Year" award. She has been the assistant principal at J.D. Floyd Elementary for the past six years. Miller began teaching in the Hernando County school system more than 17 years ago, first as a teacher in the elementary grade levels before moving on to middle school.

Miller is a native of New York City and currently lives in Lutz with her husband, Ed. Miller is a graduate of Springstead High School, the University of Tampa and USF.

The Hernando County PTA Council chose the two winners from a list of applicants from 12 PTA schools in Hernando County. The awards were presented during a special ceremony at Powell Middle School on May 3.

The Nature Coast Lucent/AT&T Pioneer Life Member Club of Spring Hill is a community service organization. The group is part of the Telephone Pioneers of America organization, the world's largest industry-based volunteer group. The Pioneers, established in 1911, are active and retired employees of the telecommunications industry, largely the former Western Electric/AT&T.

The Spring Hill group takes on many tasks, including their "cuddly Lucy" project, which provides dolls to Alzheimer's patients at area nursing homes, "talking books," where members repair cassette recorders for the blind, and "hug-a-bears" and "heart pillows," which members make to give to surgical patients, especially children, at area hospitals.

The group also participates in the "adopt-a-road" project and makes "baby caps" for newborns. In addition, the club collects food items, mostly from its own members, to be donated to those in need. Members have also dressed as clowns to entertain during various Hernando County functions.

Recently the group has begun two new projects; "H.O.T. Trikes," which stands for hand-operated tricycle trikes, a program that provides specially equipped bikes, made by Lucent/AT&T Pioneer members, specifically for disabled children. And, the group has adopted the Eastbrooke Health Care Center in Brooksville.

Special projects are taken on from time to time as the need arises. For instance, with the upcoming hurricane season, the group decided to help fill a local food pantry. During the past month, and to coincide with the nationwide "Global Day of Caring" project, the group collected about 700 pounds of non-perishable food, costing more than $475, and donated it to the St. Vincent dePaul Thrift Shop. Several members, including Joseph and Doris Trudeau, Ed and Earlene Young, and Dot and Earl Neagles, recently delivered the food to the thrift Shop on Kass Circle in Spring Hill.

Individuals who are retired from AT&T or Lucent Technologies (formerly Western Electric Co.) and are interested in learning more about the Nature Coast Lucent/AT&T Pioneer Life Member Club should call 596-2056. The group meets at 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, except July and August, at the Senior Citizen Center, 7925 Rhanbuoy Road, Spring Hill, for fellowship, entertainment and refreshments.


I just wanted to take a minute to thank the Spring Hill Fire and Rescue for their help this morning.

I live in northwest Indiana. My aunt and uncle, Helan and David Morales, live in Spring Hill. Sometime this morning, the ambulance and fire department responded to the call from my Aunt Helen, that my Uncle David had collapsed on the floor. My Aunt Helen called her son David here in northwest Indiana to tell him what had happened and that she was going to the hospital. She said she would call him later as soon as she knew more about his dad's condition.

Naturally, it was a very emotional phone call between mother and son. In the rush, my Aunt Helen forgot to tell my cousin David, and he forgot to ask: Which hospital?

After my cousin David and his mother hung up, my cousin David called my mom. My mother and my Aunt Helen are sisters. My mother called to tell me what had happened to Uncle David, but everyone was so upset because no one knew the name of the hospital.

Thank God for the Internet. I got on the Internet here at my office and looked up Spring Hill, Fla., and was able to call and find out the name of the hospital. The dispatcher at Spring Hill Fire and Rescue was wonderful and, thanks to her, my cousin David, my mother and the rest of the family here in northwest Indiana were able to contact Oak Hill Hospital and speak to my Aunt Helen.

Thank you so much for your help.

Vicki Barlog

Northwest Indiana