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The Volunteer Auxiliary at Spring Hill Regional Hospital had its holiday celebration at the Wellington clubhouse Dec. 6. More than 100 volunteers attended and enjoyed the meal and entertainment.

Gwendolyn Battle, volunteer coordinator for the hospital, coordinated the program, which included music by the Spring Hill Acoustical Guitar Club, Shoemaker Karaoke and some of the volunteers themselves.

The highlight was a "Tina Turner Revue" performed by several staff members at Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

For information on joining the volunteers, call Gwendolyn Battle at 684-7535.

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Local music students performed a Christmas recital for members of the Annuttaliga Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution during a recent meeting at the Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.

The students were all first-year voice students with Dr. Paula Whitaker, a clinical psychologist with a background in vocal pedagogy and performance. The elementary and junior high school students are home-schooled students and students from the Methodist School Center in Brooksville.

Whitaker serves as the choir director at First United Methodist Church of Brooksville and teaches private lessons in her home studio, called Grace Notes.

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Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582 hosted a Christmas

party for mentally chal lenged residents of the Key Training Center on Dec. 11.

For the first time in 26 years, Rose Pellgrin, a longtime advocate for the Key Training Center and the party's founder, was not in attendance. Pellgrin, who was 95, died on Nov. 18. This year's party was held in honor of her daughter, Marian, who is one of the center's clients.

This was the 27th year the lodge has provided the party, complete with a meal, for residents of the center. Paul Stark, exalted ruler, welcomed the guests and introduced the center's director, Melissa Walker. More than 100 clients and 43 staff members attended. Following dinner, a cake donated by the Harmony House restaurant in Masaryktown was served.

Elks member Ron Thomas portrayed Santa Claus, and each client received a Christmas gift. Dance music was provided by Take Two, which donated its time for the event. The lodge announced it will continue to provide the hall and the food for the event next year.

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The Kiwanis Club of Brooksville had its annual Christmas dinner meeting at the Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks on Dec. 18.

Christmas music was provided by eight local singers who receive voice lessons from Dr. Paula Whitaker. The students included Ivey Whitaker, Azalea Smith, Catelyn Ellinghuysen, Autumn Smith, Brittany Jayne Spradlin, Rebecca Morgan, Paisley Whitaker and Laura Statkus.

Making a special appearance were Santa (J.D. Worley) and Mrs. Claus (Darlene Worley).


The Hernando County Sheriff's Office participated in the 33rd annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade in Brooksville on Dec. 8. The Sheriff's Office entries included the Sheriff's Office honor guard, the DARE car, the motorcycle unit and a float entry.

This year's float was the Sheriff's Office boat, which was decorated in accordance with the theme of the parade, "Stars of Christmas." Eight children rode on the float as the sheriff's "Stars of Christmas." Each of the "stars" received a Santa hat with their name on it, along with the sheriff's star.

The "stars" included: Savannah Cameron, Rheanna Cameron, Dasabria O'Banner, Trevor O'Banner, Andrew Breedlove, Taylor Pippenger, Austin Swartz and Victoria Vernon. The sheriff's "special helper" was Brooke Snell.

Members of the honor guard who participated in the parade included Deputies Bill Boettger, Chris Calderon, Tyler O'Donnell, Scott Lamia, Ed Ciccone and Carlo Daleo Jr.

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The Oak Hill Hospital Associate Activity Committee had its annual Cookies with Santa program Dec. 12.

Cookies with Santa is open to family members of Oak Hill Hospital associates, volunteers and physicians. The event is sponsored by the associate activity committee.

The event is held at the hospital in the evening, after dinner has been served. Children get to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they want for Christmas.

Santa, played by Mike Culliton, visited the Oak Hill Hospital pediatric unit and talked with the patients.