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On Jan. 20, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office held its annual awards ceremony at the Citrus Springs Community Center. The following members of the Sheriff's Office received service awards:

Five Years of Service: Michael Baute, Patricia Chatkiewicz, Robert Crosnoe, Corey Davidson, Joseph Faherty, Maurice McDaniel, Cynthia Russo, Susan Troni and William Wilkinson.

10 Years of Service: Beverly Bender, Aaron Broughton, David Coles, Melanie Harkovich, Mike Kilian, Marjorie Leonard, Danny Linhart, William Reach, Mike Snider and David Vincent.

15 Years of Service: Gary Atchison, Tony Boline, Patricia Helton, Gloria Johnson, William Kelley, Robert Levesque, John Luc, Sheri Moeckel, Kevin Reese, Debra Smith, Sue Waterman, Bonnie White and Luther Willis.

20 Years of Service: Wyndell Alexander and Eddie Lane.

Business Partnership Awards were presented to:

Jerry and Patty Graber, Graber Automotive: Jerry and Patty Graber have been making generous donations to the Sheriff's Office Explorer Post No. 331. Without the continued support of responsible citizens and business owners like these folks, the Explorer Post would not be able to take an active part in shaping the future of our youth. Thank you so much.

Cindy Fowler, Homosassa Wal-Mart: Wal-Mart of Homosassa has been a big supporter of Citrus County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post No. 331. They have made a large financial contribution, which afforded the group the ability to attend a weeklong delegates' meeting in Tallahassee. The Sheriff's Office thanks them for their generosity in helping shape the future of our youth.

Coral Anderson and Ron Towsey, Inverness Kennel Club: This club has donated thousands of dollars to the Citrus County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit. The generosity and caring support of civic clubs and organizations such as the Inverness Kennel Club makes this county a safer place to live. The Sheriff's Office thanks you . . . and their dogs thank you.

The Board of County Commissioners presented the following employee service awards at its Jan. 13 meeting.

Five years: Lesa R. Ehlers and Anne T. Mutha.

10 years: Pamela J. Baize, James Maynard, Francis M. (Mitch) Roe and James (Jim) Saltmarsh.

15 years: Sherry Guess.

At the Jan. 20 meeting of the Inverness City Council, the following people received their Years of Service awards:

James Napolitano, 25 years.

Michael Maguire, 20 years.

John Owen, 15 years.

Rodney Cochran and Michael Erb, five years.

At the Jan. 15 meeting of the GFWC Woman'sClub of Beverly Hills Hanna Templin installed new member Hildegard Palys.

Members brought in a variety of crafts to be judged. Blue ribbon winners were: Shirley Uherchik, quilting; Marguerite Pinkston, ceramics and crocheted bed doll; Barbara Klug, pine needle bird house; Louise Potocny, poinsettia photo and Carol Nievinski, pebble art. Winners will compete at a District V meeting in Gainesville. The club thanks Beverly Sheputa for being the judge.

The members made material plates with instruction by Muriel Wahl.

Meetings are open to guests. The next meeting is 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hills Community Center, 1 Civic Circle. Call 527-0408.


The Citrus Hills Men's Golf Association held its annual Ladies Day Tournament on Jan. 21. At least 130 men and women enjoyed the rescheduled event, which was rained out previously, and the pizza party which followed. The format was a handicapped scramble and team and individual prizes were awarded as follows.

Team awards:

First place (40.2), Don and Judy Boggs, Larry and Carol Mahoney.

Second place (45.5), Bob Cohen, Vee Balemian, and Louis and Bettye Nipper.

Third place (45.9), Ole Lunde, Ann Anderson, Len and Karen Featz.

Fourth place (47.7), Joe O'Neil, Yvonne Blass, John Knapczyk, Hazel Jackson.

Fifth place (50.6), Don and Marilyn Winograd, Dick and Sandy Brown.

Sixth place (52.3), John Rowan, Mary Lou Hollbrook, Ray Boudreau, Flo Cascadden.

Seventh place (52.3), George and Shirley Cronin, Bob O'Donnell, Dody Schwartz.

Eighth place (53.6), Bob and Pat Swanson, Dick and Boya Larson.

Ninth place (53.6), Len and Ann Ciriello, John and Priscilla Nagle.

Closest to the pin on No. 9: Richard Larsen and Brenda Lindsey.

Longest men's drive on No. 1 (in fairway): Rich Siepkowski.

Closest lady to the hole on the second shot on No. 1 (on the green): Diane Sinclair.

Last place team (score unreportable): Tom and Diane Halloran, Mel and Sherry Zeiner.

Hole-In-One on No. 3: Colin Cheetham.


Dr. Darcie MacMahon, exhibits coordinator for the Florida Museum of Natural History, presents Fort Mose: Free Black Town on the Spanish Frontier at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.

Dr. MacMahon will present a slide lecture to tell the story of the African men, women and children who risked their lives to escape slavery on English plantations in South Carolina. The Spaniards in Florida promised religious sanctuary and when more than 100 arrived, they established the first legally sanctioned free black community in what is now the United States. Details uncovered that tell the rich and balanced view of African-American life in the Spanish colonies are explored.

This Florida Humanities Council program is provided through the cooperation of the Friends Groups of the Citrus County Library System and is an adjunct to the Fort Mose display, on loan from the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida in Gainesville, that is at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum through the month of February.

This program is free to the public. For information, visit the Library System's Web Site at, or call the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum at 341-6429.



The Beverly Hills Lions Foundation would like to thank the following establishments for allowing us to have our volunteers in front of their stores on Jan. 10 for our annual White Cane Day. White Can Day allows us to raise funds that help the Lions help others.

Thanks to: Winn-Dixie, Publix, Walgreens, Chicken King, and Wal-Mart. Thank you and to all the people that donated to our worthy cause. We would not be able to help others without your support.

And especially thanks to our volunteers who braved the freezing temperature. Again a great big Thank You.

Richard Hallett and

Henry Becker,


Beverly Hills Lions Foundation

LEADING LEAGUE LADIES: Members of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 186 have sponsored a ladies bowling team. The group currently enjoys maintaining first place in the bowling league. Shown, from left, are Theresa Randazzo, Angie Trascoy, Lillian Doyno and Mary Lou Sampson. Not shown is Mary Travali.


HONORING SERVICE: Service awards were recently presented to members of the Property Appraisers Office. Presenting the awards is Melanie Hensley, chief deputy. Seated, from left, are Barry Snyder, five years, and Corey Gorham, 10 years. Standing, from left, with five years service are Tonya Caldwell, Terry Bolles and Linda Willmon.