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Published Sep. 2, 2005

The Four Chaplains Memorial Service was Feb. 3 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spring Hill. The annual ceremony, sponsored by American Legion Post 208, was attended by 200 members of local veterans organizations and the public.

The program opened with the advancement of colors and the color guard from 26 veterans organizations, led by Clyde Newell, Post 208 sergeant-at-arms, and Thomas Entenmann. Chaplain Roger Hinds escorted the participating chaplains of the day to the altar. The invocation was given by the Rev. Dr. Ronald Garrett, pastor of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

The saga of the four chaplains was read by Mary M. Hinds, past commander of Post 208. Biographies of the four chaplains were read by the following: the Rev. Deacon Roland Desjardens of St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, who represented Catholic chaplain John P. Washington; Polly Levine of Temple Beth David, who represented chaplain Alexander Goode of the Jewish faith; Roger Hinds of the American Legion Post 208, who represented chaplain George Fox of the Methodist faith; and the Rev. Ronald Garrett of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, who represented chaplain Clark Poling of the Dutch Reform faith.

Hinds recognized Hazel Keenan, widow of George Keenan, a survivor of the USS Dorchester troop ship. Cmdr. Roland Gast presented certificates of appreciation to the participating clergy.

A collection was taken for the Chapel of the Four Chaplains in Pennsylvania. More than $300 was collected and will be sent with a program and publicity releases to the chapel.

Hinds thanked all who took part in the moving ceremony.

On Feb. 12, Spring Hill Regional Hospital had an open house for its rehabilitation center in the Medical Arts Building on Quality Drive in Spring Hill. The public and physicians were invited.

The rehabilitation center helps patients gain greater independence through programs including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, therapeutic recreation and stroke rehabilitation.

On Feb. 14, members of the Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central brought their spouses to their meeting, which included reminiscing about their first dates, honeymoons, their favorite songs, best vacations and personal experiences of all kinds, including love themes appropriate to the occasion.

Intermittently, the group joined in some sing-alongs, such as I Can't Give You Anything But Love, I Love You Truly and By the Light of the Silvery Moon.

The club meets at noon every Thursday at LaBella Napoli restaurant, 4055 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Members begin every meeting with a song or two. President Bill Newell chose to follow the lead of the Rotary International president, Richard King, who starts every Rotary district, national and international event with a song.

Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central is one of a handful of singing clubs in Rotary District 6950 and has even compiled a Rotary song book with a selection of Rotary songs composed by Newell.

One of the club's projects is sponsorship of the Interact Club at Central High School. Interact is the junior version of Rotary and is involved in school, community and international projects. The faculty sponsors of Central's Interact Club are Sue Isaacson, counselor, and teacher Troy Bishop.

Another project of the club is Career Day held at Central High School. During Career Day, businesses and members of the professional community devote time to explain to the students how to plan for their careers.

New members are being sought to bring new ideas for serving the community through Rotary. Anyone interested in joining may call 683-0420 or 666-0606.

The Arc Nature Coast, an affiliated chapter of The Arc, the national organization for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families, hosted a Sweetheart's Dance at Spring Hill Elementary School on Feb. 8. More than 100 people attended.

Door prizes were given to Arc customers and attendees whose tickets were drawn. Marlene Duric of Brooksville donated 13 decorated gift baskets for the door prizes. In addition, Shirley and Missy Jackson of Spring Hill donated a handmade patriotic wreath that was awarded as one of the door prizes.

The Arc Nature Coast sponsors many dances throughout the year, including a Spring Fling, which will be May 10; Summer Sizzler, Aug. 23; a Halloween/Costume Dance on Oct. 25; and a Christmas Dance, which will be Dec. 13.

All dances are in the cafeteria at Spring Hill Elementary School. The dances are from 7 to 10 p.m., and the public is invited. Food and refreshments are served, and a DJ is provided. The cost is $2 per person, except for the Christmas dance, which is $3 and includes a gift from Santa.

Individuals interested in donating door prizes should contact Nancy Stubbs, public relations associate, at 592-5652.

Spring Hill Regional Hospital staff members recently attended the rehabilitation center's open house ceremony. From left, are: Scott Foote; Alison Gosine; Brad Moon; Mary Rose Babino, physical therapy manager; Mamie Fagin; and Edgar Jovellanos.

Singing Rotarians Bill Newell, left, president of the Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central, and Richard D. King, president of Rotary International, greeted each other at a recent District 6950 Rotary conference.

The Arc Nature Coast awarded several door prizes to customers who attended the Sweetheart Dance on Feb. 8. The winners assembled later that night to pick up their gifts.