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Kindergarten students from Chocachatti Elementary School took a field trip recently to Ole McMickey's Farm in Odessa. The children observed and learned about farm animals, including chickens, turkeys, horses, geese, pigs and some reptiles.

Everyone enjoyed a picnic lunch after the farm tour, before the two classes had to return to school. Teachers Lynne Noark and Connie Ottoson said it was the children's first school field trip.

Each year, according to the teachers, the farm visit is one of the kindergarten classes' favorite field trips. Unfortunately, this will be one of the last groups to visit Ole McMickey's Farm. The cost of insurance and the demand for the property have made the farm too expensive to operate. The farm is closing this month.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

The Hernando County Commission recently presented a resolution recognizing the members of Brooksville Senior Future Farmers of America chapter at Hernando High School for their impressive placement as a national finalist in the Chapter Development Division at the 78th annual National FFA Convention.

Commissioners recognized the teamwork and commitment demonstrated by the chapter's members. In addition, member Karleena Ahrens was named a 2005 Star in Agriscience finalist, one of the organization's highest honors.

Attending the Jan. 24 County Commission meeting to accept their honors were Karleena Ahrens, Margo Stewart, Tiffany Ann Scott, Candi Hicks, Rachel Batten and Rick Ahrens, the FFA director at Hernando High.

The FFA organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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On Jan. 24, the Hernando County Commission proclaimed Feb. 4 as Step Up, Florida! Day in Hernando County.

The resolution encouraged county residents to take the challenge and "step up" with fellow Floridians to promote increased physical activity and healthy lifestyles.

Step Up, Florida! is taking place in all 67 Florida counties this month. Participants will pass a "fitness flags" from county to county until several routes merge for the final event in Jacksonville on Feb. 28.

Step Up, Florida! came through Hernando County on Feb. 4, when the flag was carried from the Pasco County line to the Citrus County line.

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County Commissioner Nancy Robinson, on behalf of the Hernando County Commission, presented Cathy Gee, executive director of the American Heart Association/Nature Coast and Citrus Divisions, with a resolution proclaiming Feb. 3 as National Wear Red for Women Day in Hernando County.

The proclamation recognized the importance of the ongoing fight against heart disease and strokes. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and men in America. Heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases claim the lives of more than half a million women each year.

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Early on Jan. 22, members of the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill assembled to begin cleaning up along Forest Oaks Boulevard in Spring Hill.

The orange safety vests, gloves, spike sticks and plastic bags came out for another day of picking up numerous beer bottles and other trash along the road.

Fourteen members participated: Cathy Edmisten, Dick Magnuson, Irv Homer, Bob Mercier, Roseann Jones, Michael Jones, John Lango, Don Creedman, Mike Vassay, Rose Milks, Al Johnson, Dave Spelts, Curt Krabel and Godfrey Eason.

The Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill is involved in numerous service projects throughout the year. Individuals interested in becoming part of this group should contact Beverly Reso at 683-7668. You can also visit their Web site: www.springhillkiwanis.com.

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At a recent meeting of the High Point Lions Club, Arlene Winkle, a housing specialist with Carol Cares Referral Services, spoke about the ways her organization finds assisted living homes or other facilities for those looking for long-term care.

Carol Cares Referral Services specializes in matching the physical and emotional needs of clients to particular places. There is no charge for the referral service.

For information about Carol Cares Referral Services, call 754-4370.

RECREATION

AND SPORTS

The West Hernando Athletic Club Seniors is a softball league for players over 55 years old. The 60-game schedule runs through April. The playoffs are in May. Larry Wagner umpires all games.

The 2005-06 teams include: C's Yellow Submarine, American Legion Post 186, Moose Lodge 521, Elks Lodge 2582, Suncoast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center/Dr. Fady Zeidan, Ron Fee, Chaney Chiropractic Clinic and Good Shepherd Medical Clinic. The commissioner is Bobby Burch.

On Jan. 4 at Veterans Memorial Park, C's Yellow Sub beat the Moose Lodge by a score of 21-18. In the second game, American Legiondefeated Good Shepherd, 30-18.

On Jan. 6 at Veterans Memorial Park, C's Yellow Sub defeated the American Legion, 10-2, and Ron Feeoutlasted Good Shepherd by a score of 39-22. Also on Jan. 6, at Anderson Snow Park, the Moose Lodgebeat Chaney Chiropractic, 33-29.

On Jan. 9 at Veterans Memorial Park, Good Shepherd edged Suncoast Orthopedics, 15-14, and the Elks Lodge beat the Moose Lodge, 22-17.

On Jan. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park, Ron Fee squeaked by C's Yellow Sub, 18-17 in extra innings, and Chaney Chiropractic defeated the American Legion, 18-8.

On Jan. 13 at Veterans Memorial Park, Suncoast Orthopedics defeated C's Yellow Sub, 25-20, and Chaney Chiropractic beat Ron Fee, 34-9. Also on Jan. 13, at Anderson Snow Park, the American Legionbeat the Moose Lodge, 21-8, and the Elks squeaked by Good Shepherd, 19-18.

On Jan. 16 at Veterans Memorial Park, Good Shepherd beat Chaney Chiropractic, 15-11, and the Moose Lodge defeated Suncoast Orthopedics, 18-6.

On Jan. 18 at Anderson Snow Park, Suncoast Orthopedics beat Chaney Chiropractic, 17-16.

On Jan. 20 at Veterans Memorial Park, Good Shepherd defeated C's Yellow Sub, 17-5, and the Elks Lodge beat the American Legion, 11-5.

On Jan. 23 at Veterans Memorial Park, Ron Fee edged the Elks Lodge, 18-16, and C's Yellow Sub defeated Chaney Chiropractic, 17-5.

On Jan. 25 at Veterans Memorial Park, Suncoast Orthopedics defeated the American Legion, 16-9, and Good Shepherd beat the Moose Lodge, 7-4.

On Jan. 27 at Veterans Memorial Park, the American Legion beat Good Shepherd, 18-9, and Chaney Chiropractic defeated the Elks Lodge, 33-21. Also on Jan. 27, at Anderson Snow Park, C's Yellow Subsqueaked by the Moose Lodge, 19-18, and Ron Fee defeated Suncoast, 18-14.

On Feb. 1 at Veterans Memorial Park, Chaney Chiropractic pummeled the American Legion, 23-11, and Ron Fee beat C's Yellow, 20-16. Also on Feb. 1, at Anderson Snow Park, Suncoast Orthopedics defeated Good Shepherd by a score of 19-11, and the Moose Lodge beat the Elks Lodge, 25-12.

The second half of the season began Jan. 4. At the end of the season, the first-place team from the first half will play the first-place team from the second half for the 2005-06 title.

To date the standings are:

Ron Fee, 6 wins, 1 loss

Elks Lodge 2582, 4-3

Suncoast Orthopedics, 4-3

Chaney Chiropractic Clinic, 4-4

C's Yellow Submarine, 4-5

Good Shepherd Medical Clinic, 4-5

Moose Lodge 521, 3-5

American Legion Post 186, 3-6

In addition to weekly games, the league has weekly and monthly social events and activities. Games are at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Veterans Memorial Park and at Anderson Snow Park, both 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.

NOTES OF THANKS

Members of Operation Prom are happy to report that they have received some beautiful gowns and dresses that were recently donated. The General Federation of Womens Clubs, Spring Hill Service Leaguehas been gathering nearly new prom wear - for both girls and boys - to make it possible for everyone to be able to afford to go to the prom.

The league's mission is to get involved in the community, focusing particularly on children. We wish to thank the community for its overwhelming support. To date, we have received many items for girls, but very few for the boys.

We are still in need of tuxedos, suits, shoes, shirts and ties for the young men. So we are asking the men of the community to check their closets for that tuxedo or suit that no longer fits. You will make a young man happy to wear it to his prom.

To donate or for information, contact Dee at 597-1103.

,12p2 Dee Smith

Operation Prom program coordinator

The General Federation

of Womens Clubs,

Spring Hill Service League

DOWN ON THE FARM: Kindergarten classes from Chocachatti Elementary School visited Ole McMickey's Farm in Odessa recently. Unfortunately, this will be one of the last groups to visit the farm, which is closing this month.

STEP UP, FLORIDA DAY IN COUNTY: County Commissioner Chris Kingsley, on behalf of the commission, presented a resolution proclaiming Feb. 4 as "Step Up, Florida!" Day in Hernando County. From left are: Cathy Gee, executive director of the American Heart Association; Sharon Kulesa-Fye of the Hernando County Family YMCA; Kingsley; and Karen Gidden, Heart Healthy Hernando coordinator, and Erica Holback, senior health educator, both with the County Health Department.

WEAR RED FOR WOMEN DAY: County Commissioner Nancy Robinson, right, on behalf of the commission, presented a resolution proclaiming Feb. 3 as National Wear Red for Women Day in Hernando County. Accepting the resolution was Cathy Gee, executive director of the American Heart Association. The proclamation recognized the importance of the fight against heart disease and strokes. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in America.

KIWANIS CLEANUP CREW: Members of the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill participated in a cleanup along Forest Oaks Boulevard. In back, from left, are: Cathy Edmisten, Dick Magnuson, Irv Homer, Bob Mercier, Roseann Jones, Michael Jones, John Lango and Don Creedman. In front, from left, are: Mike Vassay, Rose Milks, Al Johnson and Dave Spelts.

GOWNS AND DRESSES FOR OPERATION PROM: Members of Operation Prom, including president Alice Elliott, left, and chairwoman Dee Smith display some of the gowns and dresses that have been donated for the latest community project of the General Federation of Womens Clubs, Spring Hill Service League.

HOUSING SPECIALIST EXPLAINS SERVICES: Arlene Winkle, right, housing specialist with Carol Cares Referral Services, was the speaker at a recent meeting of the High Point Lions Club. Standing with Winkle is Alma Lowe, Lions program coordinator.

BEAUTIFICATION AWARD WINNERS: Brooksville Mayor Joseph E. Johnson III, left, and Lou Kavouras, right, the Beautification Board chairwoman, presented the residential beautification award to Mary Ann and Ronald Lawson during the Jan. 23 Brooksville City Council meeting. The award recognizes the improvements the Lawsons have made to their property at 15 Crosby St.

SPRING HILL GARDEN CLUB ANNOUNCES FUNDRAISER: Members of the Spring Hill Garden Club have been at work, planning and organizing the club's "All Games Party" fundraiser. Party committee members recently finished the fliers announcing the event. Displaying the fliers, are, seated from left: chairwoman Fran Olson, Sharon Swanson, Gen Hanley and Bobbie Braun. Standing in back, from left, are: Maggie Merl and Jeanne Lynch. Committee members Diana Limpert, Betty Dieck and Doris Brennan were unavailable for the photo. The fundraiser, which will benefit the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, will be March 3. There will be prizes and a drawing. For information, contact Fran Olson at 597-5514.

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