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The members of DancEtc. Academy of Dance Arts are proving to be worth their weight in platinum. The school's dance team, ETC. competed March 1 at the Foot Loose regional competition in Orlando and won 11 platinum awards, six gold awards and one high silver award.

Ashley Surkamer earned a platinum award, registered the highest score for a senior solo and captured the overall high score in the entire competition with her tap number, Speaking in Tongues. Her routine was choreographed by Penny Knox, director of DancEtc.

Other results included:

+ Overall high score in intermediate age division small group for Shine It On.

+ Overall high score in senior age division small group for Too Darn Hot.

+ Overall high score in senior age division large group for Street Walker.

+ Overall high score in intermediate age division duet/trio for We've Got Elegance, which featured Karyn DeLoach and Stefanie Wheeler.

+ Overall high score in four and under age division for Castle On A Cloud, which featured Athena Hagerman.

+ Stephanie Wheeler won second overall high score solo in the intermediate age division for Choo Choo CH' Boogie.

+ Lilliana Hagerman won third overall high score in the pre-teen division for Coppelia.

+ Jessie Wheeler and Ashley Surkamer won second overall high score in the senior duet age division for Tap Apella.

+ Jessica Jordan and Emily Lyons won third overall high score in the senior duet/trio division for Thoroughly Modern Millie.

We've Got Elegance, Stefanie Wheeler and Karyn DeLoach's high-score winning duet, also won the most entertaining award in the entire competition.

Other awards included platinums won by Karyn DeLoach for Big Time in the tap category and Ashley Surkamer for Fallin' in the lyrical category.

Gold awards were earned by Lilliana Hagerman, jazz, Stupid Cupid; Brittany Sanow, tap, American Bandstand; Ashley Surkamer, jazz, Melody of Love; Stefanie Wheeler and Ashley Surkamer duet, I Hope You Dance, lyrical; Alyssa Anderson and Ashley Surkamer, Steam Heat, musical show.

Alyssa Anderson received a high silver award for Cure For The Itch.

Members of the DancEtc. ETC. Team are Alyssa Anderson, Karyn DeLoach, Lilliana Hagerman, Jessica Jordan, Emily Lyons, Shannon Miller, Kristi Miller, Emily Niblett Lauren Norberg, Brittany Sanow, Erin Sisto, Sara Sisto, Ashley Surkamer, Jessie Wheeler and Stefanie Wheeler.

DancEtc. will present their spring showcase of competition pieces at 7 p.m. March 17 at Curtis Peterson Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at DancEtc. or call 795-3265.


Members of the Citrus Jazz Society played to a full house March 2 at Andre's of Citrus Hills' Hampton Room. During request time, some new musicians joined the old hands as the group belted out several perennial favorites, such as Caravan, which featured Richard St. James on drums.

Other musicians who performed included Joe Michel, one of the newcomers to the group, on vibra harp; Ben Brown, an outstanding trumpet player who has missed a few sessions because of a health problem; Bob McCoy, trombone; Bobbie Leigh, guitar and vocals; Bill Waters, who put down his usual trombone to play electronic bass fiddle; Bill Rea, keyboard and vocals; Al Hesse, still great on saxophone at 89; Hank Kaiser and Richard Sturdevant on trumpet; Richard Langevin on bass guitar and the the society's musical director, Ken Lattin on drums.

Citrus Jazz Society members and other music lovers in the area are asked to mark their calendars for April 13 at Andre's when the group will gather again. Eddie Graham and his All-Stars from the Orlando area will join the regular members. They last performed for the society in December.


A prettier day couldn't have been dreamed up: blue skies, fluffy clouds, light breezes and temperatures in the mid 80s. With Hawaiian background music playing, a spectator could almost have expected Don Ho and his tiny bubbles to put in an appearance _ until noticing that oak and pine trees, not palm trees, were in abundance along the canyon wall.

The Citrus County Sheriff's Office held its fourth annual volunteer appreciation luncheon March 5 at the Rock Crusher Canyon Pavilion. Entertainment was provided by the Royal Polynesian Review's Hawaiian theme.

Sheriff Jeff Dawsy toured the pavilion, giving hugs to the women and handshakes to the men. Lt. Doug Dodd acted as emcee and opened the event by telling the 800 or so volunteers who were on hand, "It can't be said enough _ we appreciate you and all the hard work you do."

Dodd is the director of the Community Affairs Division of the Sheriff's Office. His wife, Laurie, performed a beautiful rendition of the national anthem during opening ceremonies.

Stan and Betty Olsen were presented with an American flag plate that featured a pewter eagle design. The plate was given to them for their contributions to the volunteers activities, including the use of the pavilion for the event.

Dawsy said there were about 600 volunteers when he took office. "Now there are nearly 1,200," he said. Volunteers staff the Crime Watch and Surveillance Units, and perform duties in just about every facet of the Sheriff's Office. They offer fingerprinting identification for schoolchildren and they help the Marine Public Service Aids patrol area waters. With the the efforts of these volunteers, every area of the county is covered.

Dawsy told the volunteers that their efforts have helped his office save more than $1-million and have "taken police officers from doing small details like dealing with smashed mailboxes ... and returned $50,000 to retirees that might otherwise have ben lost in scams."

Jerry Robins, of Sugarmill Woods, is a volunteers. His background in newspapers and public relations have served him well in the six years he has worked with public information officer Gail Tierney.

"These people know how to treat volunteers," Robbins said. "And how to utilize them. The county is very lucky to have this organization." Dodd said the number of volunteers fluctuates because many of their ranks are winter visitors. Most of the volunteers, he said, are "retirees who still have a lot of productive years left."

The event was made possible by a $5,000 donation from Progressive Energy and money from the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Activity Fund.


Editor: I just want to thank First Baptist Church of Inverness for having the Love Department, which is a Sunday school class for retarded people. The love that pours out through all the people who help out each Sunday is wonderful to see.

On Feb. 7, they had a Valentine dinner with 130 kids having a chicken and rice dinner. Dot Gay, a former teacher who has moved away, came back for a visit. The kids just lit up when they saw her. There were lots of hugs and tears. Also, that night they had the missionaries come and do a program. I know that the missionaries got a lot out of singing and praising God from all the clients. In fact, they wanted the missionaries to come back to their classes on Sunday to tell more about what they do in Africa.

We aren't members of the church, but our daughter, Heidi, goes every Sunday after our service and talks about Sunday school all week.

I extend thanks from the bottom of my heart for the kind, caring people at First Baptist Church who give back so much love. They show all the special people, who need to know they are cared for, even if they area little different, and that God loves everyone, just the way they are and everyone can sing and pray to him.

Gail Sturtevant,


Students at DancEtc. Academy of Dance Arts earned several awards recently during the Foot Loose Regional Competition in Orlando. Shown from left, back row: Karyn Deloach, Jessica Jordan, Alyssa Anderson, Jessie Wheeler, Emily Lyons, Emily Niblett, Kristi Miller, Sara Sisto and Erin Sisto. Front row from left: Brittany Sanow, Stefanie Wheeler, Ashley Surkamer, Lilliana Hagerman, Lauren Norberg and Shannon Miller. Not pictured: Athena Hagerman.

SPAGHETTI DINNER: TOOFAR president Marco Wilson, left, and group member George Schimpf fill their plates during a Feb. 15 spaghetti dinner sponsored by the organization.

The Royal Polynesian Revue brought several members of the Citrus County Sheriff's Office staff onstage to learn a Polynesian dance March 5 during the office's annual volunteer appreciation luncheon. Shown from left are: Capt. Jim Cernick, finance director Donna Tvenstrup, the revue's band leader Lami Wolfgramm, Capt. Mike Richie, human resources director Bonnie White and Capt. Fred Moran.

Capt. Ed Graham of the Highlands Surveillance Unit shows the audience at the Sheriff's Volunteer Appreciation luncheon the right way to do a Polynesian dance. His instructor is one of the members of the Royal Polynesian Revue troupe.