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Published Aug. 28, 2005

Dr. Sandra Verbosky Cadena, 51, of Brooksville was recently appointed to the Baker Act work group by Gov. Jeb Bush.

Cadena is an assistant professor at the University of South Florida. She was appointed for a term beginning Aug. 27 and ending March 1.

The work group was created for the purpose of determining the fiscal impact of including in the involuntary examination provisions of the Baker Act mental health professionals who are not presently permitted by law to seek involuntary examination under the Baker Act.

The group will coordinated through the state Department of Children and Families.

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Anne Lindsay Vogel of Brookridge recently returned from a five-week tour through the western United States. She traveled from July 6 through Aug. 11.

Vogel retired in November 2002 after 36 years as a civilian employee of the Navy, the past 24 years in Norfolk, Va. She moved to Brookridge in July 2003.

Vogel obtained tour books and maps from AAA, used pictures of out-of-the-way places from several scenic magazines, and contacted several chambers of commerce for places she hadn't previously visited.

She mapped out a route that enabled her to visit various points of interest in each state. Traveling alone and driving on state and county routes wherever possible, she passed through many small towns and saw interesting sights she would have missed had she traveled on the interstate.

Traveling more than 10,000 miles, Vogel drove as far north as Saute Ste. Marie, Mich., as far west as Washington state, as far south as Sedona, Ariz., and through the Midwest on her return home.

A stop in Salt Lake City enabled her to attend a rehearsal of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Since Vogel had previously lived in Hawaii, this trip fulfilled her desire to visit each of the states, except Alaska. She hopes to do the Alaskan trip next.

Vogel is the daughter of Betty and Bob Atwood, also of Brookridge.

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Christopher D. Wagner, 36, of Brooksville, was recently appointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida Coordinating Council on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

Wagner, chief executive officer of Revolutionary Creations and president of the Florida Association of the Deaf, was appointed for a term beginning Aug. 27 and ending July 31, 2008.

The functions of the council include advising and coordinating policies, coordination of services, technical assistance, advocacy and education. Duties include providing of information and assistance to the Legislature and the public/private sectors, technical assistance to other state agencies, information and referral services, promotion of public and individual advocacy, and conducting public hearings on behalf of the state on deaf and hard of gearing issues.

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Susan R. "Roxanne" Maldunas, 50, of Brooksville was recently reappointed by Gov. Jeb Bush to the board of directors of the Florida Center for Nursing.

Maldunas is a staff nurse at Regional Medical Center. She was reappointed for a term beginning Aug. 31 and ending June 30, 2007.

The Florida Center for Nursing was created to address issues of supply and demand for nursing, including recruitment, retention and utilization of nurse workforce resources.


The Hernando Hills Hi-Lites chapter hosted the Area 6 contest and convention of Harmony Inc. in Jacksonville recently.

Members of D'Lites, a quartet within the chapter, sang for the first time at an area contest and qualified for the international convention and contest. The group will fly to New York in November to compete and participate in the World Series of Harmony.

Harmony Inc. formed "A League of Their Own" in 1959 and will soon celebrate its 45th anniversary. The Hernando Hills Hi-Lites women's barbershop chorus is a member of Harmony Inc. and has been in Hernando County since 1991.

The chorus welcomes new members. Rehearsals are from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays at Mariner United Methodist Church in Spring Hill. The group will soon begin practicing for its holiday performances.

For information, contact Tessie at 686-4122.

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The Hernando County Sheriff's Office presented its second quarter employee and citizen awards during a ceremony on Aug. 20.

Detectives Jeff Hogan and Rob Santoro received certificates of commendation for having a major role in solving more than 90 residential, construction site and storage facility burglaries committed by three individuals over a two-month period. Almost $69,000 of stolen property was recovered.

Detectives James Boylan and Harold Varvel received ribbons of commendation. Boylan is a major case unit detective. He recently identified a suspect in an Internet child pornography case that ended with state and federal charges against the suspect, with additional arrests anticipated.

Varvel has been assigned to the major case unit since 1996, where he investigates economic crimes and assists with other major investigations. His successes include the Dance Tonight and Light House Builders fraud cases, and an identity theft case involving hundreds of victims and thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise.

Deputy Parrish "Bubba" Thompson was awarded the certificate of commendation for his willingness to put himself in harm's way to protect the life of another. Thompson, who is a pilot, was on his way home after duty when he heard a dispatch call regarding a disturbance. He decided to respond to the call, which turned out to be a felony domestic battery on a pregnant woman with shots being fired. Thompson threw himself on top of the victim to protect her until the area was safe.

Allison Hogan received the Employee of the Quarter award. A forensics technician, Hogan assists detectives with investigations. She was particularly helpful during an investigation that started out as an attempted armed robbery and ended with a vehicle the suspect had stolen being involved in a fatal crash. It was originally believed the deceased person in the vehicle was the suspect.

Hogan worked closely with the case detective and helped find the real identity of the victim, who was a runaway from Maryland. The suspect escaped after the crash, but, due to Hogan's thoroughness at the scene, the suspect was later identified and captured. He was charged with first-degree murder because his theft of the vehicle and the subsequent crash caused the death of the victim.

Deputy Carlo Daleo Jr. received the Deputy of the Quarter award. Daleo is a traffic deputy in District 1 who takes a leadership role in traffic-related campaigns, such as DUI, safety belt and red-light running. He also makes sure the Sheriff's Office participates in statewide traffic enforcement challenges.

In addition to his daily work, Daleo maintains statistics, attends community traffic meetings and disseminates information to other departments in the agency.

There were two retirements during the quarter _ K9 Ugat and K9 Duke. Ugat and Duke, both police dogs, retired from their drug detection and tracking duties in March. Ugat had been the partner of Deputy Steve Kelly, and between October 2000 and March 2004 helped recover $20,065 in cash and 4.5 pounds of narcotics. He assisted in the apprehension of 24 suspects.

Duke and his partner, Chris Erickson, worked together for six years and recovered more than $143,400 in cash, 34 pounds of narcotics, and apprehended 32 suspects.

The Days Inn in Ridge Manor West was presented with a certificate of appreciation. Thanks to general manager Diedre Fletcher, the motel provides a work station for deputies assigned to District 3. The space gives deputies a place to do paperwork and use a telephone.

Recognized with a longevity award for 20 years of service, was Rick Baker, communications systems specialist. Recognized for 15 years of service were: Sgt. Cyrus Robinson; Detective Tom Banks; Deputy Ronald "Pat" Bassett; Connie Bair, District 1 secretary, and Judi Banks, forensics specialist.

Recognized for 10 years of service were: Tom Miller, STARCOM coordinator, and deputies Stacy Rodriguez, Charles Peyton and Charles "Ed" Nugent.


I would like to tell everyone "thank you" for all the help during the Hurricane Charlie scare Aug. 13.

The people who organized and ran the special needs shelter at West Hernando Middle School were so solicitous of our needs. They were all so wonderful. Thank you, thank you.

Elaine Medoff,

Spring Hill

LONGTIME MEMBERS: Members of Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8 in Hernando Beach honored Sally and Bill Bogan for 25 years of membership. The two received recognition at the flotilla's Aug. 16 meeting. Standing from left are Craig Elliot, vice flotilla commander, Sally and Bill Bogan, and Len Sinisgalli, flotilla commander.

One of the many sites Anne Lindsay Vogel visited during her five-week tour through the western United States was Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the Utah/Arizona border.

Members of the Hernando Hills Hi-Lites women's barbershop chorus, standing in back, from left, are Melanie King, JoAnn Collins, Jeannine Zack, Vicki Browning, Roz Jarrett, Jean St. Hilaire, Tessie Abrami, Juanita Knight and Catherine Greubel. In front, from left, are Gina Charles, Anita O'Neill, director Doug Parker, Linda Long and Laurie St. Hilaire.

Members of the D'Lites quartet, from left, are Roz Jarrett, Jeannine Zack, Linda Long and Gina Charles.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office recently presented its second quarter employee and citizen awards. Standing in back, from left, are Tom Banks, Hal Varvel, Rob Santoro, Stacy Rodriguez, Jeff Hogan and Pat Bassett. Standing in front, from left, are James Boylan, Judi Banks, Steve Kelly, Connie Bair, Diedre Fletcher, Allison Hogan, Chris Erickson, Cyrus Robinson, Carlo Daleo Jr. and Parrish Thompson.

NEW MEMBERS: On Aug. 16, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-8 in Hernando Beach welcomed three new members, John P. Bowerfind, standing in front on left, Irwin Rappon and Jan Broeders. Standing in back, from left, are Craig Elliot, vice flotilla commander, and Len Sinisgalli, flotilla commander.