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Members of the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently donated food and money to the Humane Society of Hernando County.

The collection began shortly after member Cheryl Adamick visited the shelter and learned that holiday donations were down. She inquired as to what was needed and reported back to the chapter.

On Dec. 19, chapter members made a special delivery to the shelter, bringing food items that were requested, along with a check for $120. The check was presented to Teresa Cord, shelter manager.

Chapter members who participated included Peggy Brim, Linda Strickland, Linda Cleaveland, Peg Matthews, Jean Casey, Cheryl Adamick, Kristi Emerson, and the chapter's young helper, Christopher Rozwalka.

Four local chapters of Beta Sigma Phi crowned their 2004 sweethearts recently. Each of the queens, representing her chapter, participated in the 29th annual Hernando County Christmas Parade on Dec. 13.

From Epsilon Epsilon Chapter, Julie Brown was crowned chapter sweetheart; from Xi Kappa Sigma Chapter, Angie Gantt was crowned; from Alpha Rho Master Chapter, Angie Beetz was crowned, and from Preceptor Delta Iota Chapter, Libby Murray was crowned.

On Feb. 7, at the Brooksville Golf & Country Club, Beta Sigma Phi's Valentine's dance will be held, and the chapter sweethearts will be honored. Each chapter will raise funds to honor its queen, and the chapter that raises the most will earn the title of queen.

All funds raised will be donated to the Shriners Children's Hospital in Tampa. The Valentine's dance is open to the public. For tickets or information, contact Jean Casey at 796-1538.

Members of AARP Chapter 1026 of Spring Hill recently elected officers and directors for 2004.

Officers include Steve Mattingly of Spring Hill, president; Steve Zeldon of Ridge Manor, vice president; Rose Deorie of Timber Pines, secretary; and Mickey Abdo of the Heather, treasurer.

Directors include Marilyn Naegeli, Charlotte Brown, Adline Greico, Dick Sharp, Jean Konski, Bob Taylor and Jay Fudim.

The chapter invites all AARP members to attend the local chapter meetings to get the latest information about the organization.

At the meeting Thursday, officers and directors will be installed. Topics of discussion will include the newly passed Senate Bill 52 that mandates all drivers over the age of 80 must have their eyes tested, and prescription drugs.

The chapter has two advocacy organizers and three volunteers who assist the organizers. Advocacy organizers address issues that concern seniors 50 years old and older and some issues that concern all citizens. The advocacy organizers are AARP lobbyists.

The organizers are working on issues such as telephone rate increases, health care, the uninsured, nursing home care and the deregulation of electric companies. The issues are addressed on both the state and federal levels.

The local chapter meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the International House of Pancakes on Commercial Way. Call Steve Mattingly at 754-9404.

WITH GRATITUDE: The Hernando County Commission recently presented a resolution to representatives of the National Guard unit based at the Hernando County Airport prior to members of the unit being deployed to the Middle East. The resolution urged Hernando County residents to support the troops and express appreciation and gratitude for their commitment to the cause of peace and freedom. Standing, from left, are County Commissioner Nancy Robinson, 1st Lt. Paul Daniel, Commissioner Mary Aiken, Maj. Benjamin Lacy, 2nd Lt. Ken Chapman, commission Chairwoman Betty Whitehouse and commissioners Rob Schenck and Diane Rowden.

REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR: Two World War II veterans who survived Pearl Harbor were recently presented with a resolution by the Hernando County Commission in honor of those who gave their lives at Pearl Harbor. The resolution also commended the good works of World War II veterans as they continue to serve the communities in which they live. The resolution urged Hernando County residents to never forget Pearl Harbor and addressed the need to maintain a strong defense to protect our nation. Standing, from left, are Commissioner Nancy Robinson, Donald E. Caring and Laurence A. Poulin.

Members of the Epsilon Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi made a donation to the Humane Society of Hernando County. Standing, from left, are chapter member Peggy Brim; Teresa Cord, shelter manager,; and Kenny Harrelson, son of Cord.

AARP Chapter 1026 of Spring Hill elected new officers. Standing, from left, are Steve Mattingly, Rose Deorie, Mickey Abdo and Steve Zeldon.

Local chapters of Beta Sigma Phi each crowned their 2004 sweethearts. Standing, from left, are Julie Brown, Angie Gantt, Angie Beetz and Libby Murray.