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On Aug. 2, about 500 red and black belts from around the country gathered for the 2000 Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics held in Orlando. Among the competitors was a team of six from Tae Kwon Do America in Spring Hill.

Instructor Guy J. Bruno, along with John and Katelyn Bruno, Jennifer Draganchuk, and Amy, Eric and Kelly Ragan were sent to help represent Florida in this national competition. To qualify for this event, the athletes had previously placed in their state's Tae Kwon Do championship.

After a weekend of competing and making new friends, the six came home with three gold medals and two bronze.

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On Aug. 5 the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville held its annual Radio Rodeo in conjunction with WWJB 1450 AM Radio. The event, sponsored by Kiwanis International, raised money for Iodine Deficiency Disease. Last year alone, Kiwanis International saved more than 400-million lives, mostly in Third World countries.

About the disease: Iodine plays an important role in the production of thyroid hormone, which is important in regulating various bodily functions. It is crucial to fetal and infant brain development. Iodine deficiency is the world's leading cause of intellectual deficiency. Researchers feel that chronic iodine deficiency may even be linked to Beck disease, a bone disorder most commonly found in central Asia. The illness is especially prevalent where the usual diet often lacks two essential nutrients: iodine and selenium.

The Radio Rodeo works like this: For a donation, local businesses send in advertisements, which the Kiwanians, acting as DJs, read during the radio broadcast. About $2,000 was raised during this year's event. The Brooksville Kiwanis turn the money over to the Kiwanis International, which passes the money to UNICEF. UNICEF distributes the money as needed to Third World countries, which typically helps to build salt-processing plants.

The businesses that participated in this year'sRadio Rodeo were: Oak Hill Hospital, Farm Bureau Insurance/Gwynn Blair, Coastal Engineering, McGee & Mason, Proland, Robert A. Buckner Associates, Osmond Printing, Goodyear/Gemini, Gulf Coast Title Co., Central Power and Lime, Oliver and Co. PA, Affordable Insurance, Foresight Land Surveyors, King Ornamental, Civil-Tech Consulting Engineers, Brown & Brown Insurance, Master Auto Air Muffler & Brakes, Florida Crushed Stone, Community Funeral Services, Coffin & McLean Associates, Car Quest Auto Parts, Brooksville Dental Associates, A OK Used Auto Parts, Tommie Dawson Realty, Ponys Plus, Huntington National Bank, W.D. Greene Land Surveying, Topline Tire & Auto Centers, Home/Land Title, Mary Ann Dewitt Realtor, David Shrader/State Farm Insurance, Prudential, Multiple Equipment Sales and Service, Country Kitchen Restaurant, Schraut and Associates, Killingsworth Agency, SunTrust Bank, Nature Coast, TTG Properties/IDD, Regional Healthcare, All County Animal Hospital, Browning Insurance Agency and Central Truck & Industrial Parts.

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville who participated in the Radio Rodeo include Rick Carlton, Robert Draper, Bill Greene, Joe Johnston, Dean Alexander, Paul Wieczorek, Tom Pepe and Burt Harres.

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On Sept. 6, the Hernando Community Blood Bank celebrated Labor Day with a cook-in. Those who came to donate were treated to homemade "sloppy joes" and a variety of pies. There were 52 donors on hand to enjoy the festivities.

A variety of pies were donated by Publix store No. 359 at Mariner and Cortez boulevards. The Hernando Community Blood Bank will be doing its part to get voters to the polls this November for the general election. On Sept. 20, individuals who come in to donate blood also may register to vote.

Hot dogs and T-shirts also will be available for all donors at the blood bank from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at 12395 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. For more information, contact Pat Wells at 596-2002.


Former Brooksville resident Kenneth A. Jenkins, who now goes by the stage name of Ken Alan Jenkins, has landed a role in the Broadway musical, Fosse.

The show is a revue about Bob Fosse, a famed dancer, choreographer and director. The show will feature some of the songs and dances from many of the shows Fosse is most famous for. Featured songs will include Bye Bye Blackbird, Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries, Mr. Bojangles, Hey Big Spender and Razzle Dazzle.

Jenkins spent almost two decades in community theater, including his beginnings at Stage West, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Richey Suncoast Theatre and the Mark II Dinner Theatre, before making his way to Broadway. Most recently he was a member of the Fosse Broadway Tour for about nine months.

Jenkins began dancing at age 5. He attended Central High School and graduated from Tampa Preparatory School in 1993. He was awarded a Presidential Scholarship in the Arts presented by President Clinton and the Ruth Eckerd Hall Scholarship for Dance presented by Twyla Tharp.

Jenkins has been part of two touring productions, Chicago and Grease!. He has performed in Tokyo, Montreal, Orlando, Dallas and Washington, D.C. According to his mother, Jenkins has always dreamed of being on Broadway.

He is the son of Roy and Geraldine Jenkins of Tallahassee and formerly of Brooksville.

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On Aug. 12, VFW Post 10209 and its Ladies Auxiliary gave the flag presentation for the grand opening and ribbon-cutting of Sears in the new Coastal Way shopping center in Brooksville.

Sears Manager Penny Parker contacted the post's color guard in hopes that they might be willing to give a special flag ceremony for the store's grand opening celebration.

Those who participated in the ceremony were: Peggy Koulan, president of the ladies auxiliary; Ron Bennett; Ed Noll, post commander; Ray Malec; Jeff Johnston; Ed Aviles; Harry N. Gowans; Patrick Rogers, and Betty Lou Bennett, district 21 president.

As a goodwill gesture to the community, Sears presented a $2,000 check to Hernando-Pasco Hospice following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.


Boy Scout Troop 421 from Mariner United Methodist Church in Spring Hill recently sent 14 scouts to summer camp at Flamming Arrow Scout Reservation in Lake Wales. The scouts who attended the camp were: James Boardman Jr.; Brandon Boggs; Mark Clifton; Nathan and Noah Doyle; Mitchell, Patrick and Vincent Gonzalez; Derrick Hilbert; Ross McCarthy; Nick and Ryan Pride; Sage Ryan and Phillip Williams.

Troop leaders who attended the camp were: Beth Doyle, Lenny Gonzalez and Chris Ryan.

The scouts worked on more than 70 merit badges from environmental science and rifle shooting to first aid and waterskiing. During the family night, a very long and severe thunderstorm erupted. Using their scouting knowledge, the scouts cooked their dinner over a campfire.

Adults or youth interested in Boy Scouts may call Doyle at 683-3809.


Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. at the Eckerd Youth Challenge Program in Brooksville, wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the generous donation of $2,000 by the Bank of America. A special thanks goes to Diane White, representative from the New Port Richey branch, for her gracious efforts in making it possible.

The Eckerd Youth Challenge Program is contracted with the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide services for 48 youthful male offenders from 13- to 18-years-old. The program provides a full range of services aimed at increasing life skills and social, educational and vocational competencies. The overarching goal of the program is to equip the youth with more functional and pro-social life skills so that they can return to and remain in their communities as law-abiding citizens, thereby reducing the risk to public safety.

On Aug. 29, Gus Hertz, representing the Brooksville branch of Bank of America, visited the "Challenge" program. A special assembly was held with all 48 youth. Javon Hall, chairperson of the Eckerd Challenge Advisory Committee; Christine Samuel, director; Debra Whittaker, business manager, and several other staff members attended.

Hall accepted the $2,000 check on behalf of the Challenge Program. Christine Samuel and the Eckerd Challenge Program look forward to a long relationship with Bank of America. Thanks again for assisting us in our efforts to serve these young men.

Debra Whittaker

Business Manager

Eckerd Youth Challenge Program

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I'm writing this letter in hopes of thanking those who came to my aid. On Feb. 22, as I was taking my children to the YMCA, my van was struck from the side. In a time that we hear about people in too much of a hurry to care about anyone else, I found just the opposite. As soon as my van had come to a standstill, I remember seeing a hand with a cell phone in it and the voice of a man calling 911. Thank you, sir, for calling for help so quickly.

Then there were the ladies who came and stayed on each side of me. They kept talking to me, keeping me from losing consciousness, reassuring me that my children were all there and insisting that I stay still. I can't thank you ladies enough for the compassion you showed and for insisting I stay still, as one of my injuries was a broken neck.

Some of my children were able to get out and were at the side of the van. Thank you to the people who went to them to see if they were okay. And thank you to the people who were checking at the back of the van where my little boy lay unconscious.

So many people came to our aid, people I will probably never know or know me. I just want to say thank you so very much to everyone who cared enough to stop and help. Your kindness and concern are proof of the goodness in this world, when all we hear about is the bad. I will never forget it.

Kathy Stanina

Spring Hill