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HIGH FIVES

NEW GRADUATE: Kristina Marissa Schmidt of Spring Hill graduated with a bachelor's degree in hospitality management from the University of Central Florida in Orlando on Dec. 15. Schmidt will continue her employment at the Orlando Hyatt Regency hotel, where she has worked for the past two years. She is a 1998 honors graduate of Springstead High School, the daughter of Rosemarie Schmidt of Spring Hill and Walter Schmidt of New York, and the granddaughter of Michael and Elsa Caggiano of Spring Hill.

TO HULA OR HIBERNATE?: Jillian Eicholtz, 4, shows off one of her favorite Christmas gifts: a Hawaiian hula outfit, complete with grass skirt. Jillian and her family traveled to Fenton, Mich., for a family reunion and vacation. They stayed at the home of Jillian's aunt and uncle, Toni and Dan Burns. Jillian is the daughter of Mike and Marsha Eicholtz and granddaughter of Beverly and Richard Eicholtz, all of Spring Hill.

NOTES OF THANKS

The Spring Hill Community Association would like to thank all the volunteers, sponsors and the community for making Angels On High a huge success.

This year's Angels On High was in December at the Spring Hill Community Association property on Kenlake Avenue. This was the third year for the event.

More than 70 decorated plywood angels were suspended in the trees along a lighted pathway through the woods. Entertainment was provided nightly in the Lake House by local groups. Attendees were invited to vote for their favorite angel. More than 200 ballots were cast.

The top six favorite angels were: Krystal Angel by Shirley and George Goodrich, first place; Xira Bowels, second place; Christy Hill, third place; Chem-Plus by the McCloud Family, fourth place; Hernando-Pasco Hospice, fifth place, and Nature's Place in Timber Pines, sixth place.

Special thanks to our sponsors: the St. Petersburg Times and Fred and Marty Montgomery at Exit Realty Shoppe.

The Angels On High committee worked hundreds of hours clearing the path, lighting the property and planning this event. A huge thank-you to our angels: Paul and Cookie Morales, Peggy and Gene Hammond, Nick and Eileen Elefante, Jim Bouffard, Carol McArten, Doug Hall, Eileen Hammond and Ki Hill.

For information about the Spring Hill Community Association, call the Lake House between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays at 666-4746.

Ki Hill, president,

Spring Hill Community Association

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A sincere thank-you to all the many volunteers who gave of their time and talents to make our first annual dinner/day at the races such a great success.

Most notably, Brigitte Haag for her inspiration and hard work, and Alonzo Merritt for his wonderful entree and talented auctioneering.

To Robert Batten and Larry Kelly, a very special thank you for spending all those cold hours preparing the pig roast. To Lance Sutter, our gifted moderator, and the Hernando Beach Yacht Club for furnishing such a fantastic facility.

To our two wonderful bartenders, Debbie and Wyatt, who performed their talents to the fullest, we thank you. To Jim Garrett for his gifted craftsmanship, and Lucy Levine for her talented painting, decorating and organization, we thank you.

Thank you Bobby Williston and Karen Gemmel for the outstanding food preparation, along with Betty McGuire, Carol Garrett, David Warman, Denise Hoogland, Gladys Moore, Gloria Levine, Jeannie Vernon, Melody Merritt, Megan Schenck, Klaus Haag, Lee Williston, Margot Calvert, Marsha Kushner, Nita Johnson, Paul Levine, Ronnie Orbin, Verna Wilcoxson, Nat Maniscalco and Valerie Wright.

Thank you to the Hernando Beach Property Owners Association and the Hernando Beach Crime Watch and others who volunteered in the race proceedings and cleanup, such as Art and Mildred Kasper, Dolly Steed, Doug Kinney, Esther Squire, Lewis Johnson, Joan Lentini, John and Nancy Golden, John McQuade, Ken Boardman, Linda and Mike Prescott, Lori Harris, Lorna Drewry, Ted and Terri O'Grady and Harry Wilcoxson.

Special thanks to our two beautiful jockeys, Jeannine Schmidt and Denise Tumelty, without whom the horses would not have gotten out of the gates. Guests included: county commissioners Nancy Robinson and Robert Schenck, Sheriff Richard Nugent and his wife, and District 2 Commander Craig Baxley and his wife.

And finally, thanks to the residents and neighbors who attended or financially supported us in this fundraiser. We extend our deep appreciation.

Jim Steed, president,

Hernando Beach Crime Watch

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