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K of C hosts childrens' free throw contest

(ran PS edition)

St. Thomas Aquinas Knights of Columbus Council 11497 is sponsoring a free throw contest Saturday for boys and girls ages 10 to 14 at the Holiday Recreation Center, 2730 Strauber Memorial Highway, Holiday.

The annual contest's winners progress through local, district and state competitions.

International champions are announced by the KofC International headquarters based on scores from the state level competitions. Boys and girls compete in their respective age divisions.

Joseph Kuhn, a 4th Degree knight of Council 11497, chairman of the event, explains that there is no fee of any kind for entrants.

"All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation," he explained.

Participants are required to provide proof of age. Written consent entry forms are available at most schools. Extra forms will be provide at the event. The same rules apply.

For information, call Kuhn at 372-6772.

CARES benefit dinners celebrate Pasco's history

Community Aging and Retirement Services is hosting two benefit dinners. The first is planned Thursday at Heritage Springs Country Club in New Port Richey and Feb. 12 at Jovita Golf and Country Club in Dade City.

Theme for both affairs is "A Celebration of Pasco History."

Dr. Susan MacManus, political analyst, will serve as mistress of ceremonies at both benefits.

"Pasco Living History," a video featuring members of Pasco's pioneer families telling stories of the county's past, will be premiered at the first dinner and shown again at the second.

Dr. Marc J. Yacht, director of the Pasco County Health Department and a member of CARES board of directors, provided overall direction of the video. He also conducted the interviews. The filming and editing were done by students from Schwettman Educational Center in New Port Richey directed by Doug Van Eiten.

The CARES Phil Mishkin Award, given to a Pasco County resident who has demonstrated an outstanding personal commitment to improving the lives of Florida's elders, will be presented at the Heritage Springs dinner where Dewey Mitchell will be honorary chair. A reception is set at 6 with dinner served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program. Tickets are $50 per person. The entree choice is Chicken Marsala or Swedish Beef. Call, Bill Aycrigg at 862-9291, ext. 226, or to make a reservation for either dinner, call 862-9291, ext. 224.

Port Richey Organ Society names officers for 2004

Winnie Herweck will serve as president of the Port Richey Organ Society for the coming year.

Other officers are Louise Kienle, vice president; Helen LaCagnina, secretary and Bernard Knudsen, treasurer.

For information, call 856-1733.

_ Information about people and special events in west Pasco (including Holiday, Port Richey, New Port Richey and Hudson) must be sent in writing one week before the event or one week before deadline for reservations or tickets to Carolyn Hopkins, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. In most of west Pasco, call (727) 869-6231. In Holiday, call (727) 842-9465. Unless noted, all phone numbers are area code 727.