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Registered nurse Bernie Johnson was awarded the Grand Star during Seven Rivers Community Hospital's June Star of the Month program. Johnson was nominated by Lisa Ramirez, PCA, and Mary Anne Smith, RN, for her courageous actions at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. As noted, "Bernie crawled through the shattered back window of the car to administer CPR to the female victim who was pinned inside the car."

Also involved at the scene were Ramirez and Karen Osborn, LPN, who assisted with an injured male victim. Ramirez and Osborn both received Five Pillars of Excellence awards for service.

Smith stated, "These employees should be commended for their quick response and wonderful acts of compassion. EMS was so impressed that they came to the hospital to personally thank each one."

Other Five Pillar Stars were Verna Adams for improving quality; Patricia Dourm for supporting people; Pamela Reilly for decreasing cost; and Elizabeth Hooper for promoting growth.

Registered nurse Bernie Johnson, third from right, was awarded the Grand Star during Seven Rivers Community Hospital's June Star of the Month program. Pictured with Johnson, from left, are other Five Pillar of Excellence Stars: Patricia Dourm, Elizabeth Hooper, Karen Osborn, Lisa Ramirez and Verna Adams.

RECOGNIZING SERVICE: Lorraine Orr, left, representing Boys & Girls Clubs of America, presented Anne Pope, center, president of the local Boys & Girls Club, with the Board Member of the Year in Florida award at a recent conference. Also shown is Pennie L. Anderson, executive director of Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County.


The Citrus County Library System announces its Florida Library Youth Program program finale, Hats off to Puppets, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday at the Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W Citrus Springs Blvd., Dunnellon.

Nancy Kenton Puppet Productions will present Hats off to Puppets Music + Magic + String Puppets. Full of humor and audience participation, this show features characters and magic to delight audiences of all ages.

Nancy Kenton has been a professional puppeteer for 25 years. With a background in theater and education, she began her career working for internationally known Bob Brown Marionettes. She has performed at the White House, Kennedy Center and malls, festivals, schools and libraries in eight states.

Kenton constructs the puppets she uses, which include hand puppets, marionettes, rod puppets, lap puppets, the Japanese bunraku style and shadow puppets. She uses many different performance styles ranging from the vaudeville-type marionette variety show to the more structured storytelling style.

Kenton also does comedic presentations using puppets and magic as a part of the class she teaches for the Improv Comedy Traffic Schools of Florida. For more information, visit the library system Web site at or call the library closest to you.

Nancy Kenton Puppet Productions will present Hats off to Puppets on Friday at the Citrus Springs Community Center. This is the grand finale of the annual Florida Library Youth Program.


CONFIDENCE COURSE: Members of the Manatee Young Marines of Citrus County are shown preparing to get to work developing a "confidence course" on land donated to the group by VFW Post 4252 in Hernando and the county.The group has also been given the use of a building in which it is setting up an office to handle records. The building will also act as a home base for the Manatee Young Marines. A recruiting station for future Young Marines, this type of place gives them a sense of belonging and shows them organization and leadership skills.


GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: Donald and Shirley Housley, shown then and now, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 14 with their children, Shirley, Deby and Lori of Pinellas Park, Donna of St. Petersburg, Mary of Hernando, and Donald of Washington. They have several grandchildren: Chris, Ben, Lisa, Jamee, Joey, Cody, Kyle, Kristin, Michael and Brandi Joe. They have one great-grandchild, Haley, and another on the way.