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Picture 1: Spring Hill Hospital Auxiliary members recently donated $8,000 to the Hospice Care Center. Pictured, from left, are Betty Ann Lively, Judy Johnson, Jo Karnilla, Kaydee Cantatore, auxiliary president, and Evie Park, donor relations coordinator at Hernando-Pasco Hospice.

On Feb. 8, Hernando-Pasco Hospice hosted the grand opening of its Hospice Care Center. Part of the festivities was an official ribbon-cutting ceremony by members of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.

The event honored individuals and community groups who sponsored the cost of major renovations necessary to ensure patient and family comfort at the Hospice Care Center. By naming each of the eight patients rooms, the donors have a permanent and lasting tribute to their loved ones or organization.

The individual room sponsors who donated $3,500 each included: Mary Ellen Elovski, Don Bouffard, Bank of America, Jean Palmer and the Timber Pines Tennis Club. The Spring Hill Regional Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary named two rooms with its generous donation of $8,000.

Located in an isolated wing of Brooksville Healthcare Center, the Hospice Care Center is Hernando-Pasco Hospice's newest commitment to providing specialized care to critically ill patients. It is designed for critically ill patients with uncontrolled symptoms and patients with unmanageable pain.

The Hospice Care Center has a separate, private entrance where patients, family members and visitors enjoy a warm, home-like environment. The Hospice Care Center serves all residents of Hernando County. For information about the Hospice Care Center, call 597-1882 or toll-free 1-800-486-8733.

Picture 1: The Step Sisters, a non-profit tap dancing group, performed a special holiday routine for the Spring Hill Orchid Lovers Club.

The Step Sisters, a non-profit tap-dancing group, performed some of their precussion tap-dancing routines for the Spring Hill Orchid Lovers Club in December. The Step Sisters are a group of local women who have performed for more than 40 times in the last year, including at the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival, festivals at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, several local nursing homes, and numerous social and fraternal organization events.

Individuals or organizations looking for uniquely different entertainment should contact Darlene Meier at 686-1849.

Veterans

Marine Corp League, Daniel J. Daly Detachment 1002, of Hernando Beach had its valentine's party on Feb. 24 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 in Hernando Beach. Special guests U.S. Rep. Karen Thurman, state Senior Vice Commandant Thomas J. Heron and State Midwest Upper Dist VCMDT Vic Voltaggio attended.

Detachment 1002 Commandant Joseph "Chico" M. Alaimo presented Thurman with an honorary membership in the Marine Corps League. Food and entertainment were provided.

Picture 1: Larry Cohen, a member of the Nature Coast Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 174, collected and transported Valentine's Day cards made by local prekindergarten students for the hospitalized veterans at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes. Pictured with Cohen, from left, are Alexis Pagan and Sophillia Langley.

The Department of Veterans Affairs observed its National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans the week of Feb. 11. Prekindergarten students at the Robert R. Moton Early Intervention Center and at Deltona, Eastside, J.D. Floyd, Westside and Pine Grove elementary Schools all made valentines for the hospitalized veterans at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes.

According to the Brenda W. Cason, Prekindergarten Early Intervention Program director, "the Valentine's Day activity was a great opportunity for developing inter-generational relationships, developing empathy, sharing and caring, sound/symbol relations such as "V' for "valentines' and "veterans,' and many more".

The Hernando County school district's Prekindergarten Early Intervention Program strives to provide a high-quality, developmentally appropriate program that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of preschoolers who are at risk of failure in school.

The members of Nature Coast Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 174 arranged for the transportation of the valentines to the nursing home. Chapter 174 members are dedicated to seeing that veterans moving into their later years are not forgotten, and expressed how much the gesture meant to veterans in the nursing home.

"The children are too young to realize what they have done. But the veterans will always remember that what they did in maintaining the freedom that we all enjoy today was not in vain," said Larry Cohen, judge advocate for the Korean War veterans.

For information on the Prekindergarten Early Intervention Program, contact Brenda W. Cason at 797-7024.

Picture 1: Members of Navy Seabee Veterans of America Island X-6 held their 14th anniversary dinner celebration March 4. Some of the members who attended included Vincent Triolo, left, and his wife, Bella, and Al Lawrence and his wife, Agnes.

Members of the Navy Seabee Veterans of America Island X-6 and their "honeybees" held their 14th Anniversary Dinner celebration on March 4 at Brewmaster Steakhouse in Spring Hill. Event chairman Fred Beake was the first commander of Island X-6 when it was formed 15 years ago.

Navy Seabees of Island X-6 served in the invasions of Africa, Normandy and many Pacific islands during World War II.

During the dinner, Commander Lloyd Probst briefly addressed the group, recounting recent accomplishments of the group. Favors and the anniversary cake were furnished by the group's auxiliary. The event closed with everyone singing the national Navy Seabee song, led by Joe Ogar.

Recreation and Sports

The Tornadoes are the 2000-01 league champions of the under-12 First Hernando Youth Soccer League. Coached by Mike Gennusa and Jim Friel, the Tornadoes had a nearly perfect season, remaining undefeated against other First Hernando Youth Soccer teams, and boasting an overall record against all teams of 10 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie.

The Tornadoes had six shutout games, scoring a total of 35 goals and only giving up nine goals all season. Team members then went on to represent the First Hernando Youth Soccer League in the C Cup Championships in Citrus County.

On March 3, 10 and 11, in the C-6 District Tournament with the best 16 teams from Spring Hill, Brooksville, Hudson, and east and west Citrus County, the Tornadoes had an impressive five-game, undefeated shutout record and captured the C-6 District Championship.

Coach Gennusa attributed the team's achievements to teamwork and a desire for the kids to do their best.

Tornadoes team members include: Kevin Becker, Sascha Denny, James Duncan, Matt Ellerbee, Steven Ellerbee, Scott Fisher, Chris Friel, Gregory Gennusa, Kevin Hann, Brian Niles, Jeremiah Norris, Jessica O'Shea, Jessie Quartararo and Daniel Wilson.

_ Hometown Hernando welcomes reports on recreational and sports activities, both young and adult, that do not normally run on the Sports pages. Send your news and results to: Jean Hayes, Hernando Times, 3233 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606.

Club Corner

High Fives

Cadet Richard Salazar of Spring Hill was recently promoted to the rank of corporal at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico, Mo. At the academy, young men in grades four through 12 participate in a college-preparatory, structured curriculum that consistently sends 90 percent of graduates on to colleges and universities.

The U.S. Department of Education has designated the academy as an "exemplary private school." Last year, Missouri Military Academy was again designated by the U.S. Army as a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Honor Unit with Distinction.

Salazar is the son of Ricardo and Betty Salazar of Spring Hill.

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