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Published Sep. 2, 2005

Suncoast Vegetarians is a new group for people who are vegetarian, vegan, raw/living food enthusiasts or fruitarian. Started in Hernando County, this group is open all residents of the Suncoast area.

The group's first meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the meeting room of the Hernando County Library main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. There are plans for picnics, potlucks, outings, activities and play groups and more for children.

For directions, call Victoria at 352-848-0442.

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Twenty-nine people attended the TOPS Chapter 387, Beverly Hills meeting Oct. 20. The best loser was Jeannine Davis, who won a charm for her 5 pound loss. Runnerup was Helen Hallberg with a 2 pound loss. The Turtle charm went to Marylou St. Clair.

The jackpot of $2.30 was donated to the State Recognition Day fund.

In place of the regular meeting, members prepared for the cheerleading skit that will be presented at the Fall Rally in Lecanto on Saturday . Members will be recognized for achievements during 2002 at this event.

Irene Koenigbauer and Helen Wright were selected to be honored as members who worked above and beyond for the chapter. Members also will march in costumes as a unit in the Dec. 6 holiday parade.

The Slenderella Contest continues. The person with the most consistent losses from Oct. 6 through Dec. 8 will be crowned and congratulated at the Holiday Party on Dec. 9.

The chapter meets Mondays with weigh-ins at 3 p.m. and a business meeting and program from 4 to 5 in the Beverly Hills Community Building. People interested in visiting this weight loss support group can do so one time before joining. For information, call Jackie at 527-8405.

TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE BEGINS: Bi-partisan support for the Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots campaign was shown recently when John Kolley, president of the North Suncoast Republican Club, accepted the first toy of the season from Ruth Anderson, president of the Sugarmill Woods Democratic Club. It was a toy shark. Toys for Tots is the Marine Corps' premier community action program. Over the past 13 years, Marines have distributed an average of 9-million toys annually, and brought the joy of Christmas to an average of 4.6-million children each year. Toy drop-offs will be set up soon; all clubs are invited to participate. Call John Kolley at 382-0992 for more information.