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A full house was on hand Sept. 21 at the Hampton Room at Citrus Hills Country Club for the annual Industry Appreciation Week luncheon. Progress Energy sponsored the luncheon, while the the Citrus County Economic Development Council and the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the entire week of activities.

Kathy Small from Progress provided the welcoming remarks as guests enjoyed salads, chicken and beef tips. Small, who is EDC president, introduced the guest speaker: Bill Fruth, president of POLICOM Corp., who discussed economic issue in Citrus.

Janet Yant, president of the chamber, made the closing remarks.

During the luncheon, Bill Barker, from One Stop Employer Connection, was named 2004 Person of the Year. Champs Software was named 2004's outstanding small business, while Technology Conservation Group took honors as outstanding employer/corporate citizen of the year.

RECREATION

The Citrus Hills Women's Golf Association held an "Ace of Aces" tournament on Sept. 14 with 53 members participating. Asterisks indicate qualifiers for Ace of Aces. Results were:

+ Flight A: Low Gross, R. Gosselin, +73; First low net, H. Clayton, +64; Second low net, N. Kimball, 67.

+ Flight B: Low Gross, R. Keaney, +86; First low net, J. Richert, +69, tie with J. Ra, 69; Second low net, J.D. Smith, 71, tie with D. Halloran, 71.

+ Flight C: Low Gross, M. Campbell, +92; First low net, A. Margagliano, +63; Second low net, Y.J. Kim, 65; Third low net, E. Kodis, 67; Fourth low net, Y. Blass, 68.

+ Flight D: Low Gross, M.J. Rugala, +104; Low net, M.L. Underhill, +74.

+ BIRDIES: Hole 1, Betty Mullins, R. Gosselin, S. Park, S. Romiti; Hole 5, B. Mullins; Hole 6, N. Kimball; Hole 7, J. Ra; Hole 9, J. Richert, J. Sospenzi; Hole 13, S. Pyles; Hole 15, J. Ra; Hole 16, K. Chang, H. Clayton; Hole 18, S. Pyles, T. Chong.

TAKE A LOOK

Sumter Electric Cooperative (SECO) announced that it has again broken its own record for giving to the United Way campaigns in its service territory.

SECO employees have pledged over $56,500 to help others during 2004-2005. That breaks the previous year's record of nearly $52,000.

SECO's employees designate where their contributions are to go and this year the breakdown is as follows:

+ Lake & Sumter counties _ $32,960

+ Marion County _ $13,936

+ Citrus County _ $6,992

+ All others _ $2,626

"The per capita giving of our employees is simply outstanding and I am very proud of their commitment to the communities we serve," said SECO CEO Jim Duncan in a press release.

"Our employees' involvement with United Way also goes beyond the money which is so desperately needed. They also serve on advisory committees, executive committees, resource management committees, agency review committees and on some United Way boards."

Duncan pointed out that the donations of SECO's employee will help fund over 50 agencies, programs and services in Lake & Sumter counties, 26 agencies and 33 programs in Marion County, and 25 agencies in Citrus County.

SECO Director of Public Affairs Barry Bowman summed it up by saying, "The Co-op's commitment to United Way is a direct reflection of our corporate purpose and that is to provide exceptional service to our customers, co-workers and communities."

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The Citrus County Health Department is conducting a Car Seat Check-Up Event on Saturday. It is sponsored by the Wal-Mart in Homosassa as part of their Baby Week activities. The free child safety seat inspection will be held in the parking lot from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. No appointment is needed. Parents are reminded to bring their children to be sure the safety seat can be correctly adjusted for the height and weight of each child.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),4 out of 5 safety seats are installed incorrectly, and 1/3 of children ride in the wrong restraint for their weight and height.

Certified child passenger safety technicians from the Citrus Schools Transportation Department, Citrus Sheriff's Office, Health Department, Childhood Development Services, and Crystal River Police Department will check safety seats for correct fit and secure installation. Seats will also be checked for any recalls. Volunteers from the Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club will distribute car seat safety information and provide child care during checkups.

For more information, call the Citrus County Health Department at 726-1731 ext. 242.

BONSAI DEMONSTRATION: Bonsai artist Darwin Mounsey is shown at work on one of his creations. Mounsey will be the guest speaker at the season's first meeting of the Beverly Hills Garden Club, 1 p.m. Tuesday at VFW Post 10087, 2170 W Vet Lane, Beverly Hills. He has been actively involved with bonsai for 20 years and will discuss the creation and care of bonsai plants. His plants have won several awards over the years. Other members of the Buttonwood Bonsai Club will be on hand with their creations. Refreshments will be served and the public is invited.

CORPORATE PHILANTHROPY: In keeping with its corporate philosophy of giving back to the local community, Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership of Inverness recently donated $500 to benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches. Attending the check presentation were, from left: Frank Kenny, development officer for the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, also known as "Florida's Charity for Florida's Children"; Sheriff Jeff Dawsy and Stephen Marshalsea, Aaron's customer accounts manager.

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