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Earlier this year, Austin White submitted a poem in a contest for young poets offered by Creative Communication. Recently, his poem was selected for recognition from thousands of entries in the seventh- through ninth-grade category.

The top 10 poets in each division (grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12) received recognition in the poetry anthology A Celebration of Poets. Each winner received a complimentary copy of the anthology and a $50 savings bond.

Creative Communication sponsors the contest to offer a creative outlet that honors youth. Poems are selected for their literary merit, creativity and social significance.

White is a ninth-grader at Springstead High School and the son of James and Alexandra White of Brooksville.

Clubs and Organizations

The new Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast made it a goal to visit all 10 of the Kiwanis clubs within District 8 by the end of the Kiwanis year on Sept. 30.

On Sept. 10, four members - Evelyn Harmer, Pat Herrmann, Al Johnson and Dana Cutlip - visited the Kiwanis Club of Ridge Manor at Denny's Restaurant in Ridge Manor West.

Prior to that visit, the club visited the Zephyrhills, Brooksville and Spring Hill clubs, and had plans to visit the Brooksville Ridge club.

The Kiwanis Club of Ridge Manor hosted the recent inter-club meeting. Representatives from the Ridge Manor, Zephyrhills, Brooksville and Nature Coast clubs attended.

The purpose of inter-club meetings is to foster friendships and provide education regarding other clubs' service projects, community involvement, fundraisers, traditions, goals and meeting practices.

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On Sept. 13, five members of the Hernando Computer Club - Mich Morin, Maria McNeil, Don Karslake, and Klaus and Brigitte Haag - attended and took several hundred pictures at the Soggy Doggy Day event at Pine Island.

The event was organized by the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department. A large sampling of the club members' photos - 170 - can be viewed on the club's Web site at

The club invites visitors to view the images and to download any of the photos at no cost.

The club offers classes on how to take, organize and improve photos, and also on how to manipulate photos with Photoshop Elements. For information, call (352) 584-7171.

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