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VETERANS

The Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans recently elected officers for 2002. The new officers include: Fran Steeves, volunteer president and president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186; Pat Fennell, volunteer vice president and a member of the Elks National Veterans Committee; Dorothy Henderson, volunteer secretary and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186; Mary Gangloff, volunteer treasurer and member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186; Larry Cohen, volunteer parliamentarian and member of the Nature Coast Korean War Veterans; Eddy Koh, volunteer adviser and owner of Quail Hollow Country Club, and John Mitchell, volunteer sergeant-at-arms and member of DAV Chapter 120.

The Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans group is dedicated to serving veterans at the Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Home in Land O'Lakes. As a nonprofit organization, all money collected is used for veterans' needs.

Dues for organizations or individuals are $10 per year. The group is not limited to veterans organizations; all organizations and individuals are welcome. The Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans group meets at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Home, 6919 Parkway Blvd., Land O'Lakes. For information, call Fran Steeves at 686-1820.

HIGH FIVES

On Feb. 21, Central High School hosted HEART Literacy's Most Improved Reader Awards Banquet, part of Hernando County Literacy Week activities. Following dinner, HEART program director Denise Moen began the program by presenting acknowledgements. School superintendent Wendy Tellone gave congratulatory remarks before students were presented with their certificates.

The following students were honored for being the most improved readers in their schools: Karissa Armbruster, Notre Dame Interparochial School; Summer Vasseur, Hernando Christian Academy; Maria Millard, Spring Hill Christian Academy; Nicholas Galbo, West Hernando Christian Academy; Thomas Watson and Kayla Trudell, Brooksville Elementary School;

Jacqueline DeAngelis, Laura Rivera and Joshuah Cleveland, Chocachatti Elementary School; Amy McKay, Christine Munsey and Dayna Spadafora, Deltona Elementary School; Tameka Brown and Christopher Rowlands, Eastside Elementary School; Shane Oxendine, Tim Quick and Michael Muoio, J.D. Floyd Elementary School; Austin McConnell and Stafford Williams, Moton Elementary School;

Jesse Hinojosa, Justin Caliva and Victoria McGonigal, Pine Grove Elementary School; Scott Heffner, Francisco Torres and Derrick Valentine, Spring Hill Elementary School; Gregory Jarque and Michael Batterbee, Suncoast Elementary School; Jade Beatty and Carmen Morales, Westside Elementary School; Rosalinda Miles, Heidi Bell and Sean Souza, Fox Chapel Middle School; Victor Espiritu, Brandon Alonso and Preston Williams, Parrott Middle School;

Stefanie Reil and Danielle Lanigan, Powell Middle School; Tawiania Stanley, Bradley Wisner and Anderson Vazquez, West Hernando Middle School; Darrin Mobley, Star Education Center; Nicholas Marty, Amanda Jaje and Josh Clark, Central High School; Christopher Bunn, Amanda Sawyer and Jennifer Moore, Hernando High School; Falisia Ram, Lisa Thompson, Luke Kenney, Ephraim Behensky and Antoinette Buccellato, Springstead High School; and Anthony Impemba and Carlos DeOliveras, HEART Literacy.

The 2002 officers of the Nature Coast Volunteers for Veterans were recently elected. Standing, from left, are Larry Cohen, parliamentarian; Dorothy Henderson, secretary; Mary Gangloff, treasurer; Pat Fennell, vice president; and Fran Steeves, president.

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