Jamie Lynn Griffiths graduated from the University of South Florida on May 4 with bachelor's degrees in business economics and international studies. Griffiths is a 1998 graduate of Central High School. She was a dual enrollment student and also graduated from Pasco-Hernando Community College the same year.
Griffiths is a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honors society in economics, and the Golden Key National Honor Society. She was on the USF College of Business Administration dean's list for the past four years.
While pursuing her degree in international studies, Griffiths spent two months living and studying in the Czech Republic. She is spending this summer in the People's Republic of China teaching English and American culture at Nankai University.
Upon her return in August, she will pursue a master's degree in economics and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems at USF.
Griffiths extended her gratitude to her teachers in Hernando County, the Florida Lottery Bright Futures Scholarship program and her family for the support they provided. Griffiths offered special recognition to Pam Loder, Griffiths' business education teacher of four years and the Future Business Leaders of America adviser at Central High School.
Griffiths is the daughter of James C. and Cindy E. Griffiths of Brooksville.
At a luncheon at Silverthorn Country Club, newly elected officers of the Spring Hill Life Member Club of the BellSouth Telephone Pioneers of America were installed for the 2002-03 year. Past president Bob Sachs served as installing officer. Guest speaker Cindy White, a representative of Florida Pioneer Chapter 39, gave words of encouragement and praise for the work and energies of the club and its members.
New officers include: Ray Kaposi, president; Jim Frewin, vice president; Ardella Morrison, treasurer; Clara Raglan, member-at-large; and Clem Johnson, immediate past president.
Kaposi, originally from Michigan, worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Co. After he transferred to Florida, he worked for BellSouth in the Pompano Beach area and then moved to Spring Hill after retiring.
Kaposi became affiliated with the Spring Hill Life Member Club in 1996 and served as vice president in 2001-02. He also works with the Talking Books for the Blind, the Silent Signal project and is one of the Pioneer clowns.
Frewin was employed by New York Telephone and retired to Spring Hill. He joined the Pioneer Club in 1993 and is also active in the Talking Books group. He was chairman for the Arthritis Walk and is involved in community activities.
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The Spring Hill Garden Club installed officers for 2002-03 during a ceremony at Two Crabs Restaurant in Hernando Beach on May 24.
Gloria Nadeau, past president, served as installing officer and conducted the ceremony based on the club's Golden Rule. Golden roses were presented to all outgoing and incoming officers.
The new officers include: Colombe Horchos, president; Sharon Swanson, vice president; Mary Kay Rushe, corresponding secretary; Joan Fierro, recording secretary; and Roberta King, treasurer. Maggie Merl, Clem Dobias and Bonnie Ruge will serve as directors.
Following the ceremony, a meal was served and enjoyed by all of the club members who attended.
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On May 23, the Hernando Quilter's Guild invited representatives of the Arc Nature Coast to attend their monthly meeting. Guild members presented Mark Barry, Arc executive director, and Nancy Stubbs, Arc public relations specialist, with eight quilts.
Also attending the meeting were Mike DiRienzo, Arc's group home team leader; Jackie Willis, Arc aide; and five Arc customers, Lynne, Ali and Mark Majewski, Gary Kassay, and Gary Stubbs.
Both organizations are committed to serving the community. The guild makes quilts to comfort those in need; Arc serves residents with disabilities and their families.
The Arc quilt project began in January, when Bonnie Guistozzi, guild president, outlined the group's charity project for the first half of the year. The project involved making eight twin-sized quilts for the two group homes run by Arc. Fabric and other supplies were donated by guild members.
Thirty-two guild members in groups of two to six worked on the quilts. Each group was assigned one customer who was allowed to customize a quilt. Stubbs forwarded the personal customer information to guild members.
Each quilt was personally presented to the customer by the group of guild members that made it. Guild members appreciated the opportunity to personally present their works. Light refreshments were served after the presentations.
The Hernando Quilter's Guild thanked members who participated in the project. Individuals interested in quilting are welcome to join the group. For information, contact Guistozzi at 686-7348 or Sherry Bell at 592-1979.
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The Gulf Coast Homing Pigeon Club had a groundbreaking on May 31. Club members and the ladies auxiliary were on hand for the celebration. Member Bob Greiner opened the ceremony by releasing many of his pigeons.
The club's new site will be on a 10-acre parcel on Springtime Street in Spring Hill, near County Line Road. The 4,500-square-foot building will have a 1,600-square-foot pavilion for outside activities.
The club has been at its present site in Pasco County for 15 years. Membership has grown so rapidly in the last five years _ to more than 160 members _ that the club has outgrown its clubhouse.
Club officers include: Tom Sawyer, president; David Rodriguez, vice president; Vernon Young, second vice president; Dan Van Lake, recording secretary; Jack Payne, treasurer; Bruce Cerone, race secretary; Eric Arnold, race stats; and John Schaper, sergeant-at-arms.
Ladies Auxiliary officers include: Toni Young, president; Pat Payne, vice president; Lois Gioielli, treasurer; and Connie Revoir, secretary.
NOTES OF THANKS
The members of Chocachatti Elementary School's Extreme Steel Band would like to thank Johnny Maestro and Tommy Marasciullo of M&M Recording
Studio for donating their facility and their time for the school.
M&M Recording Studio invited the third-, forth- and fifth-graders from Carol Ballard's steel drum group to make a recording of their music. The students recorded six songs during the session. Both Maestro and Marasciullo were extremely helpful and made this a wonderful experience for the students.
The CD will soon be available for sale at the Music Shack in Spring Hill.
Michael Tellone, principal
Chocachatti Elementary School
Jim Frewin, left, and Ray Kaposi were recently installed as officers of the Spring Hill Life Member Club of the BellSouth Telephone Pioneers of America.
New officers of the Spring Hill Garden Club were installed by Gloria Nadeau. From left, are: Nadeau, Colombe Horchos, Roberta King, Mary Kay Rushe, Joan Fierro, Clem Dobias, Bonnie Ruge and Maggie Merl. Not pictured is Sharon Swanson.
Bowling helps out
The Sun Viking Lodge of the Sons of Norway recently had its annual charity bowling tournament and dinner/dance. The event raised $1,000. The funds were presented to, from left, Barbara Sweinberg of Habitat for Humanity, Stephanie Walley of the Dawn Center, and Lorilee Wagnecz of the Pasco-Hernando Hospice.
Bonnie Guistozzi, left, president of the Hernando Quilter's Guild, presented Nancy Stubbs, public relations specialist with the Arc Nature Coast, center, and Mark Barry, Arc executive director, with eight quilts for Arc customers.
Officers take over
Spring Hill Women of the Moose Chapter 1765 recently installed new officers for 2002-03. From left are Marie NeSmith, secretary/treasurer; Grace Kehoe, senior regent; Patricia Russo, chaplain; Barbara Parra, junior regent; Janet Anthony, recorder; and Debbie Chamberland, junior graduate regent.
RECREATION AND SPORTS
The Mets were the postseason champions of the Hernando Youth League's Spring Hill Dixie Baseball 10-and-under minors division. The team, sponsored by Bucket's restaurant in Spring Hill, boasted a 19-4 record. In the front row, from left, are: Aron Walasek, Nick Allegra, Jonathan Kolar, R.J. Evans and Michael Forgach. In the center, from left, are: Robert Gomez, Tyler Mancillas, Jonathan Russell, Jay Feret, Sean Murphy and Eddie Castro. Standing in back, from left, are: Terry Forgach, head coach; Dave Castro, coach; Mimi Castro, team mom; Ron Evans, coach; and Willie Zayas, coach and sponsor.
Members of the Gulf Coast Homing Pigeon Club watch as pigeons are released during a groundbreaking for a new clubhouse.
Members of Chocachatti Elementary School's Extreme Steel Band recently made a recording of their music at M&M Recording Studio in Spring Hill.