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Navy Seaman Recruit Jakob R. Petracco, recently completed Navy basic training at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Petracco completed a variety of training, including classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Petracco is a 2007 graduate of Springstead High School and the son of Katharina Petracco of Spring Hill and Peter J. Petracco of Weeki Wachee.

High fives

Keith Laufenberg of Spring Hill has published a short story, Thunder and Lightning on

The spiritual story conveys the extremely different cultures of the Native Americans and the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars in the 1870s, particularly with regard to how they treated horses.

Laufenberg, who was born in New York, has been writing poems, short stories and novels for about 30 years.

Clubs and Organizations

The Florida's Coast to Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross, which includes Hernando County, had its 91st annual meeting June 18 in Daytona Beach.

New members of the board of directors - including Jane Potter, Kelly Dispennette, Lil Berard, John Simmons and Ghislaine Taylor, were installed. Re-elected board members include: Carol Anderson, Archie Gallon, Peggy Hildebrand and Pete Zahn.

New officers include: Sherry Burger, board chairwoman; Cindy Long, chairwoman elect; Lori Stone-Maushund, treasurer and Rick Rice, secretary.

Other board members include: Frank Barnes, Jessie Clark, Charlie Craig, Nigel Hinds, Dennis Kozack, Tom McClelland and Kathy Scanland of Spring Hill.

The chapter also honored volunteers, including Gerri Serra, Volunteer of the Year for Citrus/Hernando, and Mary Hanley-Phillips, Rookie of the Year for Citrus/Hernando.

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