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Horse, jockey recover from steeplechase fall

(ran PC edition)

The jockey and horse who fell a few hurdles short of the finish line at Sunday's Little Everglades Steeplechase are both fine, event organizers said Tuesday.

Irish import Pasteur, the 5-year-old in the day's biggest race, the Founders Cup, collapsed on the home stretch from heat exhaustion, said event spokeswoman Beverly Green.

Jockey David Bentley "was fine, but he was shaken up a little bit," Green said. The horse was packed in ice until his temperature came back down, then he trotted back to the barn, she said.

"These guys come down from the Carolinas, and they're not used to our weather, and also it's the first race of the year," Green said. "But there was no damage and (Pasteur) was just fine."

7 students winners in

"Love My Library' contest

More than 2,000 entries were received for the "I Love My Library" bookmark contest sponsored by the Pasco County Library Cooperative. All elementary school students in Pasco County were eligible to enter. The grand prize winner will receive a $100 savings bond, and the six students, who won honorable mention, will receive a certificate. This year's contest winners are:

Grand prize winner: Amber Way, grade 3, Anclote Elementary School.

Honorable mentions: Kelli Wall, kindergarten, Lake Myrtle Elementary School.

Nicole Nielson, grade 1, Wesley Chapel Elementary School.

Amanda Nienhuis, grade 2, Grace Christian School.

Jessica Rellias, grade 4, Calusa Elementary School.

Ashley Hanchett, grade 5, Sanders Elementary School.

Hospital recognizes 2 for

their service to patients

Pat Hendricks and Esther Froehle have been awarded the Frist Humanitarian Award as employee and volunteer of the year by Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. The award was created to recognize one employee and one volunteer who demonstrate extraordinary concern for the happiness and welfare of the hospital's patients and their community.

Hendricks has been employed with the hospital since 1985 as the head chef of food and nutrition services where she coordinates fundraising activities and prepares bake sale goods. Froehle volunteers three to four days per week at the hospital as a chaplain's aide. Representatives of Regional Medical Center say she has demonstrated commitment to the needs of patients and their families through her volunteer work inside and outside of the hospital.