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Published Feb. 15, 2008

Oak Hill Hospital's associate activity committee adopted families from the community for the holidays. Ninety-nine children and families received bicycles, tricycles and other Christmas presents.

The committee is an organization made up of Oak Hill Hospital associates. It was created soon after the opening of Oak Hill in 1984. The committee has been conducting its annual holiday angel program for almost two decades.

The gifts were donated to the Salvation Army, and Majors Tim and Janice Roberts arrived at the hospital with a truck and, along with many of the committee members, helped load the gifts.

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The Hernando Beach Club was busy the weekend of Dec. 14-15.

First, the club had its annual Christmas party. The Just Us duo provided musical entertainment. Member Ed Barnes and the rest of his kitchen crew served a roast beef dinner. More than 100 members and guests ate and danced throughout the night.

On Dec. 15, the club had its annual Breakfast with Santa. Santa, played by Jim Marsh, and Carli, a mermaid from Weeki Wachee Springs, helped complete the event, along with members of the Hernando Beach Volunteer Fire Department, who brought along one of their fire trucks for the children to see.

For information about the Hernando Beach Club, call Bunni at 688-4976.

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A crowd of people gathered at the Hernando Beach Yacht Club and along the channels of Hernando Beach to view the 30th annual Christmas boat parade Dec. 15.

This year, 13 boats participated. Fleet Capt. Bob Weinand announced the winners.

For "most original," the winner was Bobbi Matassa. George Calvert won for "most lighted," and John Wosnik took "funniest."

Judges were Sherri Nieves of Inverness, Joel Rado of Brooksville and Randy Milnes of Omaha, Neb.

Donations of toys and cash collected that night were given to Helping Hands of Hernando County. Organizers thanked everyone who attended and helped to make the event a success.

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The Kiwanis Club of Ridge Manor, in cooperation with most of the churches in the Ridge Manor area, had a Christmas Day dinner for the underprivileged and shut-ins in the community. The event was at the Ridge Manor Community Center.

Organizers prepared meals for 200. Jim Adams, a retired Army cook, prepared the turkeys. County Commissioner Chris Kingsley and his daughter, Kali, assisted in the kitchen and on the serving lines.

Kenneth George, along with members of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. William O'Meara Assembly 2817, helped set up tables and also worked the serving lines.

Corporate sponsors includedBrooksville Regional Hospital, Sam's Club, Publix of Brooksville, Wal-Mart of Bushnell, Golden Coral, Love Thy Neighbor, the owners of the Sunrise Plaza, Balogh Pest Control, attorney Derek Saltzman and Winn-Dixie of Ridge Manor.

Many individuals helped behind the scenes.

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Members of the Volunteer Auxiliary of Spring Hill Regional Hospital participated in the 2007 Angels on High event in mid-December, sponsored by the Spring Hill Community Association.

Volunteer member Esther Pohl designed and created the angel, using the standard supply list required to enter the contest. The volunteer auxiliary has participated in the event for the past several years and looks forward to continuing the tradition.

For information about the Volunteer Auxiliary at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, call Gwendolyn Battle, volunteer coordinator, at 684-7535.

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