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Dominique Clemente of Weeki Wachee was recently accepted to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine in Atlanta, Ga., which begins today and runs through July 24. The 10-day forum is a career development program for high school students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential and an interest in medicine.

In addition to site visits to cutting-edge medical schools and clinical facilities, Dominique will hear from and have the opportunity to interact with leaders within the medical field. Students have up-close personal contact with physicians, surgeons, researchers, scientists and medical educators.

Dominique, 17, will be a senior at Central High School in the fall and is the daughter of Carl and Chris Clemente of Weeki Wachee.

Tammy S. Quinn of Brooksville received her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from National-Louis University on June 1. She graduated with an overall grade-point average of 4.0 in her studies.

Commencement was at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. Those attending the ceremony included: Quinn's husband, Joe Quinn; her daughter, MacKenzie Anne Quinn; her father, Wes Williams of Spring Hill, and friend Robin Kidd of Brooksville.

Quinn is a Project CHILD teacher at Moton Elementary School in Brooksville and has been teaching at Moton for seven years. In addition to this achievement, she was Moton's 2001 Teacher of the Year.

Clubs & Organizations

The Hernando Performing Arts Center Guild presented three students from Hernando High School with $2,000 scholarships. Charlene Johnston, scholarship committee chairwoman, gave the recipients _ Marisa Grande, Tommy Scrivens and Anne Schlotterlein _ their scholarship letters during Hernando High's senior awards night.

Grande plans to attend Rollins College to study violin and visual and graphic art in advertising. Scrivens plans to attend Ohio State University, where he will continue his education in the art of dance. Schlotterlein plans to attend Rollins College and study vocal performance.

All three graduates have been active in their school, churches and the community, performing and gaining experience in their particular art.

For some time now, the Brooksville Mural Society has been planning to complete murals in the S Main Street and Liberty Street area of Brooksville so that community members and visitors can park and walk up, view and enjoy the murals. The group is confident that the project will bring customers to the merchants of the city.

"Where cities have supported the mural projects, merchants have flourished," said Mary Alice Queiros, mural chairwoman.

Tony Covell, owner of the A.L. Covell Electric Co., recently signed the first mural wall contract that allows the society to paint a mural on the south side of his building at 30 Liberty St. This mural will picture a street scene from the 1880s.

Six artists submitted final drawings for this first mural. Judges selected one artist, Maurea Sleesman of Weeki Wachee, to complete the mural, and soon site committee members will prepare the wall for the artist to paint. A to-scale painting of the mural will be on display at the Brooksville City Hall Art Gallery by the end of July.

Joe DeAngrea of Old World Antiques on S Main Street will have a mural painted on the north side of his building facing the parking lot. This mural will be a historical rendering of old shops on S Main Street from the 1880s. To date, 12 artists have expressed a desire to submit a design. The closing date for this mural is Aug. 1.

All of the Mural Society's murals are designed to bring the historical past back to life and allow tourists see the past and the present at the same time. The murals are not designed to change any of the present buildings but rather to enhance the sense of history one sees when visiting and walking around Brooksville.

A group of volunteer citizens formed and incorporated the Brooksville Mural Society and has been working since November 2000 to plan the placement and themes that best illustrate the history of Brooksville and Hernando County.

The purpose of the murals is to attract tourists to the area and create a hub of activity that will provide new business opportunities, promote the already-established businesses and direct attention to the cultural and educational programs and historical buildings of Brooksville.

Anyone who has a wall they would like painted, or anyone wishing to sponsor a special mural or who has an idea for one, is asked to contact Mary Alice Queiros at 544-5407.

Clubs and Organizations

On May 30, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce presented its 2001 awards during the organization's annual awards and installation banquet at the Wellington at Seven Hills. The event, co-sponsored by Wal-Mart SuperCenter and Dr. A.M. Eldin, recognized local businesses and residents for contributions to the community.

Those nominated for the Business of Distinction Award included: Dr. Carl Steinkamp of Brooksville Dental Association, Barbara Manzi of Manzi Metals Inc., and Wendy Sirowich of Sweet 'N Lo Pet Motel. The winner was Manzi Meals. This award was sponsored by Hernando Healthcare.

Those nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award included: Harold and Helen Keith, Barbara Manuel, Gus Guadagnino, Irvin Homer, Thomas J. Deen, Melanie Harman, Walter Dry, Rose Rocco, Yvonne Woods, Steve Compton, Helen Fleming, Evelyn DeHart, Stuart May, James Polk, Susan Rupe, Richard Buckingham, Frances Baird and Mary Alice Queiros. The winner was Helen Fleming. This award was sponsored by Capital City Bank.

Those nominated for the Community Service Award included: William Koenig, Rob Foreman, The Arc Nature Coast, Nicholas Nicholson, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Jaclynn Kanaar, the United Way of Hernando County, Catherine Lozano, Heddi Warner, Virginia Jackson, Fran Baird, Veterans Services of Hernando County, Sharon Wallen, the Dawn Center, African American Club, Mary Alice Queiros, Tom Anderson, Hernando County Family YMCA and Bruce Gimbel. The winner was the United Way of Hernando County. This award was sponsored by Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

Those nominated for the Business of the Year Award included: Weeks Hardware Co.-Joseph Weeks; Oak Hill Hospital-Jaime A. Wesolowski, CEO; Hernando County Mining Association and Gale Insulation of Hernando-Brian Betters. The winner was Oak Hill Hospital. This award was sponsored by Brooksville Coca-Cola.

Those nominated for the Government Service Award included: David L. Russell, Florida state representative; Wayne Odegaard, University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service; Grant Tolbert, Hernando County Development Department; Thomas Mylander, former Hernando County sheriff, and Susan Rupe, county tourism development coordinator. The winner was Susan Rupe. This award was sponsored by Dr. A.M. Eldin.

Those nominated for the Chamber Service Award included: Gordon Coburn, Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative; Kevin and Jaclynn Kanaar, New York Life Insurance/AFLAC; Ruby Turner, Warman Financial Services; Michael McHugh; Maria Kretschmar, the Visual Spectrum, and Fran Korringa, chamber volunter. The winner was Gordon Coburn. This award was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.

Notes of Thanks

Re: the Memorial Day services May 30.

A heartfelt thank you and praise to the Spring Hill Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, Ladies Auxiliary and Florida Hills Memorial Gardens in Spring Hill, which for the past 27 years has allowed us to commemorate these services at their gardens, on the traditional day, May 30.

The Congress of these United States voted on this date in 1865. From 1775 to 1865, there was never any recognition given to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country. Henry C. Wells of Waterloo, N.Y., mentioned that honor should be shown to those patriotic dead of the Civil War, by decorating the graves of the men and women. Waterloo was the birthplace of Memorial Day.

In 1971, the Congress of these United States, under the presidency of Richard Nixon, took it upon themselves to change the date so that the good people of these United States could have a three-day holiday, calling it "observed," a kick in the butt to the fighting forces of this great country. After 30 years, we have to succumb to the leaders of this nation. Without support of other organizations, we stood alone.

We had many supporters throughout the years, as we did this year at the annual services in Spring Hill, including all the organizations, the Sheriff's Office, the county commissioners, our national and state legislature representatives, newspapers and, new this year, television coverage.

The keynote speaker was Maj. Lewis M. Hersey of the Black Hawk helicopter unit of the National Guard. I was impressed by the young Marines. It felt great to see the youths out there, as well as the young children who turned out for the services held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Gus Scumaci

VFW chairman, District 21

Community Services

We wish to extend our gratitude to the Hernando County Marine Council for spearheading a fundraiser to help with medical expenses for our daughter, Katie James, who suffered kidney failure at age 14. They saw one of their own fisherman whose family was struggling day to day and reached out to help.

We are humbled by the warmth and generosity shown by this organization and the entire community. The outpouring of love and support was overwhelming.

Our thanks go to the following members of the Hernando County Marine Council and their families: Cap. Jim Bradley and his wife, Debbie; Chuck and Dolly Brookins; Dan and Shirley Carlson; Bill Walker, and John Sadis, for all their hard work and effort.

The Marine Council began the fundraiser with a fish fry at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 in Hernando Beach on May 15. There were 250 tickets sold, but almost 400 people attended. We are very grateful for those who participated by donating whatever they could to make it such a huge success, including: Captain Brad's Seafood and Crab House, VFW Post 9236, Publix at Mariner Square, Winn Dixie on Commercial Way, Lisa Atkins, Dorie Anderson, Alonzo and Melody Merritt, Joan Lentini, Judy Sadis, all our friends and family members who assisted, and especially to all the individuals who turned out to support us. Thank you.

Mark and Mary James

Brooksville

Joe Lemieux, owner of Go to Health, recently provided a generous donation to the Jerome Brown Community Center. The many new toys and games are educational as well as fun. Thanks so much for your community support. It is very much appreciated.

Emilia Raia

Program/activities coordinator

Jerome Brown Community Center

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