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The Retired Senior Volunteer Program would like to thank the Rotary Club of Brooksville and the citizens of Hernando County, who so generously provided the new toys that were wrapped and distributed by DayStar of Hernando County to more than 160 needy families this past Christmas.

Your time and generosity provided a great Christmas for our children.

Dr. Albert Brewer, director


I am currently a resident of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and have been a yearly visitor to Hernando County for more than 25 years.

Due to my stepdad's illness, I had the opportunity to meet and work with Hernando-Pasco Hospice. Words alone cannot describe the services that are provided by this nonprofit organization.

Each and every person treated us with consideration and compassion. My stepdad was treated with respect and kindness, which allowed him to have dignity during his last hours.

I will always remember these people and how they helped us during my stepdad's passing. Please keep this organization in mind when you are looking for help to care for your ill family members. I cannot recommend them more highly, and because they are nonprofit, your donations are gratefully accepted.

Joanne Berger,

Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The Chocachatti Elementary School House of Representatives was honored with a recent visit by Hernando County Commissioner Robert Schenck. The commissioner came to the school to swear in Chocachatti's MicroSociety officers and House of Representatives.

The MicroSociety officers are: Mackenzie Siem, president; Jacob Faulkingham, vice president; Meghan Rance, secretary; and James Diven, treasurer.

Commissioner Schenck then spoke to the government representatives about his job.

We are grateful that Commissioner Schenck took time out of his busy day to visit us.

Mackenzie Siem, president,

and the House of Representatives

Chocachatti Elementary School

"Blankets of Love" was a huge success. The Enrichment Centers/Senior Friends, with the help of Hernando County Commissioner Diane Rowden, held the first annual electric blanket drive recently.

A big thank-you goes out to Oak Hill Hospital, Brooksville and Spring Hill Regional Hospitals, Wal-Mart, Commissioner Rowden, County Attorney Garth Collier and all the others who donated their time and money.

We were able to purchase 116 blankets. Mid-Florida Community Services handled the distribution of the blankets.

As always, the Enrichment Centers/Senior Friends would like to thank everyone for their support.

Debbie Walker-Druzbick, coordinator

Enrichment Center/Senior Friends


The West Hernando Athletic Club Seniors is a softball league for individuals over 55 years old. The 60-game schedule runs through April.

The playoffs are in May. Larry Wagner umpires all games.

The 2003-04 WHACS teams include: Ron Fee, Suncoast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center/Dr. Fady Zeidan, American Legion Post 186, Elks Lodge 2582, Casablanca Pub and Yellow Submarine Cafe, and Moose Lodge 521. The commissioner is Joe Yantus.

On Jan. 12, Casablanca/Yellow Submarine defeated Ron Fee, 23-10. Suncoast Orthopedics beat the American Legion, 22-1.

On Jan. 14, the American Legion won the first game over the Moose Lodge, 17-9. In the second game, Casablanca/Yellow Submarine squeaked by the Elks Lodge, 21-20.

On Jan. 16, Suncoast Orthopedics stopped the Elks Lodge, 22-9. In the second game, Ron Fee beat the Moose Lodge, 25-10.

To date, the standings are: Suncoast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Center, 20-10; Casablanca Pub and Yellow Submarine Cafe, 20-13; Moose Lodge 521, 17-15; Ron Fee, 14-16; Elks Lodge 2582, 11-20; American Legion Post 186, 11-21.

In addition to weekly games, the WHACS have weekly and monthly social events and activities. Games are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. For information, contact Lloyd Rogers, league secretary, at 596-7412.

_ Hometown Hernando welcomes reports on recreational and sports activities, both youth and adult, that do not normally run on the sports pages. Send your news and results to: Jean Hayes, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174.

Deanna Dammer, left, acting president of RSVP, and Dr. Richard Trump, vice president of RSVP and a member of the Rotary Club of Brooksville, stand among the toys collected for RSVP's annual toy drive.

Members of Chocachatti Elementary School's House of Representatives were recently sworn in by Hernando County Commissioner Robert Schenck. Standing in front, from left, are Tanner Cummings, Rayanna Nguyen, Kaelynn Elliott and Savannah Carroll. In the second row, from left, are Matthew Campbell, Michaela Platt, Marcel Leaman, Heather Bencivengo, Peter Napoli and Tyler MacClean. In the third row, from left, are Dannae Hunter, Austin Vermette, Kailey Matamoros, Kelly Cusuma and Schenck.

The Enrichment Centers/Senior Friends recently had its first electric blanket drive, Blankets of Love. Standing in back, from left, are Bea Polichak, Jini Sommerfeld, Marie Nyquist, Karen Miles, Rose Siggelkow, Emily Liddle, Eileen Francks, Trudy Cosgrove and Doreen Uzuanis. Seated, from left, are County Commissioner Diane Rowden and George Popovich and Janette Fryer of Mid-Florida Community Services. Billie Black and Linda Davis were not available for the picture.