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TOPS Chapter 443, Dunnellon is proud to announce that Beverly DeBusschere has attained the honored KOPS (keeping off pounds sensibly) status. It is the objective of TOPS members to attain KOPS status by reaching their goal weight. Bev has reached her goal weight, losing 48 pounds in nine months by using the TOPS philosophy of taking off pounds sensibly. Weekly best losers for June were Dawn Mistkowski, Don Moore and Ken Tucker, who won twice. Tucker was the monthly best loser with a 15.75 pound loss. Marge Bagdonas received her 30 pounds lost charm and Dawn Mistkowski received her 10 pounds lost bracelet and 20 pounds lost charm.

TOPS Dunnellon welcomed Kathy Haney, Irene Tomasiello and Suzanne Hoffman to the chapter. The entire chapter has lost more than 250 pounds this year.

The group meets Thursday evenings at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church. Call Don at 489-5641 or Sam at 465-1840 or e-mail topsfl443juno.com for more information.

This is the last call to make reservations for the "First Light Delight Nature Cruise" sponsored by Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. The cruise will be at 7 a.m. Saturday. Participants will be taken on a cruise down Pepper Creek with a knowledgeable interpreter. Participants will meet at 6:30 a.m. at the park's visitor center on U.S. 19.

A morning guided park tour offers an opportunity to experience the park before it opens to the public. Hundreds of birds can be seen roosting in the tree tops. A breakfast buffet will be served at the Wildside Cafe.

Cost of this cruise is $15 per person. Space is limited. Immediate registration is suggested. For reservations, call Art Swanson at 746-1727.

The Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is the citizens support organization for the wildlife park. Through events like the cruise, the Friends raise funds to help make improvements to the park's wildlife habitat.

The Beverly Hills Recreation Association continues to provide live music to dance to on Friday nights. Local favorite Travis Turner will be on hand this Friday to provide a variety of music to ensure all will have a great time.

The BHRA clubhouse is at 77 Civic Circle and can be reached from either County Road 486 or CR 491. The public is welcome. Tables for singles are available. Tickets are $4 at the door. Coffee, cake and ice are provided with setups and snacks available for purchase.

HOT, a street ministry of River of Life Fellowship, invites the community to a free summer special event at 7 p.m. Friday at Kash n' Karry in Inverness. At 6:45 p.m. kids ages 3 to 11 are invited for a special presentation just for them.

This event will include a free concert, free food and free ice cream. For more information or to volunteer, call 637-5059.

Thirty-three members attended the July 15 meeting of the TOPS Chapter 387, Beverly Hills. The best loser for the week was Agnes Comparato with a 4{ pound loss. Arlene Delisle and Pat Mazzone were the runners up with 3{ pound losses. All three were awarded charms. Evelyn Howell won the jackpot.

Irene Koenigbauer won the TOPS Express game and a new quarter-pounder game began. Mary Eagleson gave an interesting program on an Elderhostel trip she and her husband took aboard the Universe Explorer to Alaska.

The chapter meets each Monday with weigh-ins at 3 p.m. and a business meeting and program from 4 to 5 in the Beverly Hills Community Building, 1 Civic Circle. Persons interested in visiting this weight loss support group may do so one time for free. For more information on TOPS, call Jackie at 527-8405.

KIWANIS SPEAKER: Dorothy T. Pernu, left, from the marketing and public relations department at Seven Rivers Community Hospital, is shown with Earle Kracht, program coordinator for the Kiwanis Club of Homosassa Springs. Pernu recently spoke at the Kiwanis luncheon and business meeting. She gave an overview of hospital operations and recent improvements at the hospital, including a new Express Care Center and an expanded emergency services department. The hospital also has had a major renovation to lobbies on the second and third floors. The Kiwanis Club of Homosassa is recruiting members interested in providing a valuable service to the community. Call Arthur Jaching at 382-0878 or visit the Web site at www.kiwanisohs.com.

Beverly DeBusschere, a member of TOPS Chapter 443, Dunnellon, has attained the honored KOPS (keeping off pounds sensibly) status. It is the objective of all TOPS members to attain KOPS status by reaching their goal weight.

NOTES OF THANKS

Editor:

I want to thank everyone who had a hand in making the third annual Uncle Sam Jam 2002 Festival such a resounding success. Since this event was dedicated to and staffed by as many of Citrus County's nonprofit community as we could round up, the donations of time, money and services by so many people and organizations were indispensable. I would be remiss if I didn't thank some of the major contributors to the event's success. The free advertising and stories by the Citrus County Chronicle, the St. Petersburg Times and the Gallop Press got the word out to everyone about this event, which brought the people out in droves.

The music by Eddie Shannon & Company's Dance Band and his ladies created a steady stream of wonderful danceable music for everyone to enjoy all evening long. Charlie Wade from Suncoast Bicycles Plus started off the afternoon with the largest ever children's decorated bicycle parade, where every participant won a prize.

Mayor Joyce Rogers did her usual superb job of organizing the patriotic portion of the evening with the Manatee Young Marines of Citrus County, along with a very tall and well dressed "Uncle Sam," which was followed by our very own Citrus County Sheriff's Office orchestrating the Bank of Inverness "$150 Sand Pile Coin Dig" for all of the small kids in the crowd, which to me was the most enjoyable and hilarious event to watch, with sand flying in every direction.

Lillian and her Rock & Roll Salon girls were the hit of the face painting, hair braiding and patriotic nail painting crowd, who were joined this year by the girls from Castaways Beauty Salon.

Unfortunately the moonwalk jumparoos were not in constant motion because they kept blowing the electrical fuses, but the Cliffhanger Rock Climbing Wall was a great hit with the braver souls in the crowd. The blueberry pie tasting committee consisting of Judge Patricia Thomas, Mayor Joyce Rogers and Police Chief Lee Alexander certainly seemed to enjoy every minute of their portion of the evening (with prizes by Ritzy Rags & Glitzy Jewels, Etc. and At Wicks End). The Nature Coast Knights, the Citrus County Wanderers and the Citrus County Corvette Club were spectacular as always.

All of the nonprofit food vendors provided more than enough food for everyone in the crowd (East Citrus Youth Soccer, Inverness Rotary, Citrus United Basket, The Path of Citrus County, CASA, Citrus County Historical Society, the Key Training Center, Habitat for Humanity, and the Boys & Girls Club of Citrus County).

Unfortunately, if I took the space to mention all of the 40-plus nonprofit entities who participated in this wonderful event, I would take up all of the page, but suffice to say, this event is becoming the bellwether event for the nonprofit community of Citrus County, and since we do not charge any entrance fee, 100 percent of the revenue goes directly toward good works.

Thanks to everyone for making this possible, and see you again next year.

Winston C. Perry, president

The New Inverness Olde Towne

Association Inc.

Editor:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County would like to thank the sponsors of our 2002 Car Raffle. Our sponsors, Crystal Motor Car Co., SunTrust, Nature Coast and the Citrus County Chronicle made this fundraiser our highest grossing single event. Also, many thanks to all of our wonderful supporters who bought one or more car raffle tickets. Our organization survives on the generosity of the community and our community has never let us down. We will always remain the "positive place for kids" in Citrus County.

Pennie L. Anderson

executive director

Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County

CITRUS KIDS

Citrus High School is proud to announce that five of its cheerleaders have been selected to be on the National Cheerleader Associations All-American Team! As a member of the team, Julia Martone, Kristin Burke, Gina Carver, Shalay Jackson and Amanda Connolly have been invited to perform at the FedEx Orange Bowl game Jan. 2 in Miami.

Each of the NCA participants had to first be nominated to be eligible to compete for the title of All American Cheerleader. The winners were selected based on an overall score in cheering, dancing and gymnastic competition.

For the Orange Bowl trip, the girls need to raise $1,100 each to cover the costs of travel, lodging, uniforms, rehearsal fees, insurance and chaperones.

The girls get catered meals, Orange Bowl tickets, souvenir videos, performance team backpack, T-shirt, pin and patch. The All American Team is also invited to a New Year's Eve formal dinner party and dance and the Orange Bowl Beach Bash.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime event for these cheerleaders. They have worked hard to achieve this honor and need your help to attain their goal. They will greatly appreciate any donations offered toward this opportunity. Call 637-3641 or 637-5779.

Donations may be made payable to: Citrus All American Team and mailed to the Bank of Inverness, PO Box 1929, Inverness, FL 34451-1929.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County will be celebrating National KidsDay with a clubwide barbecue Aug. 1 and a trip to Wild Waters on Aug. 2. Call 621-9225.

National KidsDay is the first Sunday in August. Inaugural National KidsDay programs on Aug. 5, 2001, included more than 250,000 kids and parents spending meaningful time together at more than 500 community events across the United States. Visit www.kidsday.net for more information about National KidsDay and for information about national and local events.

Teen Leaders in Action's fourth annual Summer Character Camp is Aug. 7-9 at the Citrus County Auditorium, U.S. 41 S, Inverness. The Aug. 7 class will run from 1 to 4:30 p.m., while the Aug. 8 and Aug. 9 classes are from 1 to 4 p.m. A snack and drink will be provided for campers. Character Camp is for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Parents are asked to register children by Aug.2. The cost of the camp is $5 per family if registered in advance, and $10 per family for late registration if space is available. To register, call club adviser Angie Rushton at 860-0050.

TLA introduces children to the program Character First!, which involves teens teaching children how to build character into their lives through crafts, songs and stories. The three-day camp will cover responsibility, patience, initiative, self-control, punctuality, resourcefulness, discretion, tolerance and creativity. All elementary school-aged children are invited to attend and learn these character qualities.

RECREATION

Chinsegut Nature Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road (Route 476), Brooksville, will offer a free introductory archery workshop for all ages from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday . Equipment will be supplied.

Also, at 8:30 p.m. Friday, there will be a night walk at the center. Participants should bring a flashlight and insect repellent. They will listen and look for the night sounds and animals of summer: frogs, bats, owls, flying squirrels and more.

For reservations, call (352) 754-6722.

The Mavericks, a small competitive golf group composed of senior golfers with handicaps ranging from about 8 to 22 play tournaments once a month at various courses in the area. Past tournaments have been held at El Diablo, Plantation Palms, Cheval, Silverthorn and other sites.

There are 24 competitors at each event and they play three events at a time: A low net, a low gross and a two-man-best ball event with prizes awarded immediately after each event. Their most recent event was July 18 at Skyview of Citrus Hills with the following results:

Low gross: First, Pete Fox (78); Second, Anton Schmid (81).

Low net: First, Bruce Brickmeier (64); Second, Harry Sampson (65) in a 4 person card-off.

Two man best ball: First, Bruce Brickmeier and Harry Sampson (54); Second, Jim Melia and John Mione (64); Third, Charlie Church and Ron Rosenwald (64) all in a fix team card-off.

Closest to the pins: Front, Rich Runkle; Back, Ron Rosenwald

The next event will be at Royal Oaks on Aug. 22.

The Suncoast Seniors Bowling League is looking for a few folks older than 50 who like to bowl and have fun. This is a mixed, 100 percent handicap league that bowls at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Beverly Hills Bowl.

The 2002-2003 season begins Sept. 3 and ends May 6, 2003. The organizational meeting will be at 1 p.m. Saturday. Joan Steele is the secretary and she will be glad to answer any questions. Call Joan at 527-8170

The Withlacoochee Technical Institute gym is open to the public year round. The gym is in Building 700, Room 707.

WTI offers one-on-one instruction with an experienced fitness instructor. The program consists of weights, machines and cardiovascular equipment.

The gym is open Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8 a.m. until noon. Membership dues are $20 per month. For information, visit the gym during operating hours or call (352) 726-2430, ext. 290.

BIRTHS

Jessica and George Douglas Healey Jr., Homosassa, boy, Dane Douglas Healey, June 30, at Oak Hill Hospital.

HIGH FIVES

HOSPITAL'S STARS: Seven Rivers Community Hospital Target 100 Stars of the Month for July are, back row from left: Bobbi Gynan, Pat Ouderkirk, Michaeline Llewellyn, Louise Keenan, Ann Grant, Mary Magee-Allen, Maggie Person; front row from left, Chris Schippers, Gloria Boltin and Kathy Clark. They have been honored for their outstanding efforts to decrease costs, promote quality, support people and influence growth. Maggie Person was recognized as July's Grand Star for quickly responding to a choking victim in the hospital cafeteria.

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