At the Nov. 11 TOPS Chapter 387, Beverly Hills meeting, 33 members, including a new member, and two guests were present. The best losers for the week were Betty Allan and Sylvia Giffune. The runnerup was Helen Hallberg.
The jackpot of $2.50 was given to the State Recognition Day fund. Marilyn Miller won the fruit basket and $3.50.
The meeting included a show-and-tell program about crafts and hobbies. The Quarter Pounder game continued.
The proceeds from the flea market added $250 to the State Recognition Day fund. Leader Jackie Dean thanked everyone who donated items and who worked at the flea market.
The chapter meets each Monday with weigh-ins at 3 p.m. and a business meeting and program from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Beverly Hills Community Building.
People interested in visiting this weight loss support group may do so one time before joining.
For more information regarding TOPS, call Jackie at 527-8405.
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The Interfaith Council of Citrus County presented Dr. Riadh Fakhoury as guest speaker Oct. 24 at the Presbyterian Church of Crystal River.
Fakhoury is a local chiropractic physician who serves as president of the Islamic Association of Central Florida.
He spoke to the audience in the church about the origin and basic beliefs of Islam and Islam's similarities to other major religions.
A wide-ranging question-and-answer session followed the speech.
For information on the Interfaith Council, call 341-0781.
LEARNING ABOUT DISABILITIES: At a recent meeting, guest speakers Alma Warren and Scott Fetters gave the Kiwanis Club of Homosassa an overview of the effects of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. Pictured at left is Warren, executive director of Barrier Free America; Ernie Verge, secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Homosassa Springs, center; and Fetters, a volunteer Americans With Disabilities Act advocate. For more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, call Warren at 628-5401.
A WINNING FLOAT: The Sturgeon Submarine Base of Crystal River won first place at the annual Veterans Fair held during Veterans Appreciation Week at the Crystal River Mall. The submarine float shown in this picture was judged the best at the fair. Picture from left to right are Richard Dorff, commander of the base, Reggie Clarke, John Dudas, Inverness Mayor Joyce Rogers, Crystal River Mayor Ron Kitchen, Paul Sable, David Garraway and Matt Morse.
World War II veterans who earned the American campaign theater ribbon, Asiatic Pacific or the European medal are eligible to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Other veterans are also eligible.
Members of the military who have even served recently may be eligible for membership. If you served, no matter how recently, in Korea or its territorial waters, you are eligible.
Veterans who served in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and even Bosnia are welcome.
If you have questions about qualifications, VFW Post 4337 would like to talk to you.
Call 344-3495 or stop in at the post, 906 State Road 44 E between the hours of 9 and 2 a.m. Monday through Friday.
The post is also in the process of forming a men's auxiliary. Contact the post for particulars.
Mark your calendar for the special "Pancake Breakfast with Santa" which will be held from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Key Training Center Business Office next to the Inverness Thrift Store. Santa will share the story 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at 9 and again at 10. Prices are $3 for adults and $1.50 for children (ages 12 and under). The breakfast is being hosted by the Inverness Lions Club.
Additionally, the Key Training Center is sponsoring a Santa's Secret Shop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Dec. 14, and Dec. 21 at the Inverness Key Training Center Thrift Store, 1625 W. Main Street (State Road 44).
This special shop is for children ages 5 to 12 and will enable children to select holiday gifts for their family and friends by themselves. Their purchases remain secret from those who would normally have to take them to a store.
The shop will be supervised by Key Center staff and volunteers who will help the children pick out their gifts in a comfortable and fun atmosphere. Merchandise prices will range from 13 cents to $14 with half of the items priced under $2.50.
The gifts are specially chosen to provide a good selection of more than 100 different items for parnts, relatives, friends and others. All purchased items will be wrapped and personalized.
For more information, please call Shirley Strickland at (352) 564-1440. All proceeds will benefit the Key Training Center to deliver services to the mentally challenged.
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Youth of the Month of October at the Inverness Unit of the Boys and Girls Club is John Flowers. John is 6 years old and in first grade at Pleasant Grove Elementary School.
He loves to participate in Power Hour and he says he is the best speller in his class.
He also enjoys painting, playing flag football and basketball.
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The Youth of the Month for October at the Homosassa Unit of the Boys and Girls Club is Alex Beasly. Alex is in the fifth grade at Homosassa Elementary, and has been a member of the Homosassa Unit for about a year.
She is involved in all that the club has to offer including newspaper and 4-H. Alex always has a positive attitude and is a very hard worker.
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Nature Coast Young Marine Pfc. Nicholas Razzaghi has been chosen as Young Marine of the Month for October.
Although he is a recent recruit, Razzaghi was selected by the staff because of his loyalty to the Young Marine program, his military bearing and his good attitude.
Staff members with the Young Marines say he continually sets a good example for his peers and is proving himself to be an outstanding Young Marine.
Razzaghi received a certificate of accomplishment and a gift certificate from Regal Cinemas.
Nicholas, who is a 15-year-old freshman at Lecanto High School, is the son of Rebecca and Robert Shaw of Beverly Hills.
He says that he would like to be a Marine after he graduates from high school.
NOTES OF THANKS
Editor: On Nov. 9 we attended a Dinner Theatre presentation as a Hospice fundraiser. The play was based on the story WIT, a Pulitzer Prize winner, written by Margaret Edson.
This play was performed by a cast of 10 local artists, and was approximately two hours in length. The script was quite extensive for so few cast members, with Maralyn Nell, the leading lady responsible for most of the dialogue.
The cast dedicated many hours in preparation for the play, and their diligence was evident in their performance on stage.
We are very fortunate to have members of our community who are talented, dedicated, and unselfishly share their love of the arts.
Kudos to the entire cast.
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Editor: Through the support and generosity of the communities we serve, Central Baptist Family Services, under a contract with the Florida Department of Children and Families, has assisted 1,488 children and their families with adoption, in-home protection, and family support services, and more than 5,000 children with transportation to essential appointments and visits.
For just over a year and a half, our community partners in Lake, Sumter, Marion, Citrus, and Hernando counties have encouraged and supported our efforts to provide long-term stability to children and families in our area.
Many have volunteered considerable time to make our adoption matching picnics and parents' night out events so successful, while others have lent financial support.
For more than 100 years, our nonprofit, nondenominational programs have provided shelter and safety or strengthened families through counseling, guidance, and education. Sometimes we simply offer hope to those who have none.
Without the support of individuals, corporations and families interested in adoption or foster care who provide in-kind donations, volunteerism and/or financial gifts, we would not bc able to support children and families.
We are successful because of the continued support we receive from many concerned individuals, corporations, and families.
We thank you for caring.
Director of Community Relations
Central Baptist Family Services