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During a recent chapter meeting, the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recognized two Eagle Scouts.

Jeremiah Lovestrand won first place in the chapter's George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest and second place in the chapter's Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship Contest. The tenth-grade homeschooled student lives in Citrus County.

Lovestrand's essay was titled "The Role of the Kentucky Long Rifle in the Revolutionary War." He was presented a check for $100 and a certificate.

To participate in the scholarship contest, an Eagle Scout must complete an application, which includes his Scout history, and complete a four-generation ancestor chart and write a theme of 500 words with bibliography. Lovestrand was presented a check for $100, an SAR Eagle Scholarship patch and a certificate.

Nathan Lovestrand, Jeremiah's older brother, was the winner of the scholarship contest. Nathan has been in Cub and Boy Scouts for 11 years. He has earned 126 merit badges, the three SAR merit badges and the PRAY God and Country award. He was presented a certificate, an Eagle medal, an SAR scholarship patch and a check for $250. His application went on to the national level for judging.

Guest speaker John Mitchell, the Boy Scouts of America Withlacoochee District executive, spoke about how Scouting helped shape him, as well as his hopes the Withlacoochee District

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Marine Corps League Detachment 708, which sponsors the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots of Hernando County campaign, recently presented the Hernando Shrine Club with a certificate of appreciation for donating space for donations for two weeks during the annual campaign. Shrine Club members Jim Quinn, president; Jerry Van Langeveld, hall rental manager; Art Lent, secretary; Fred Basehore, treasurer and past president, and past presidents Larry Hawley, Larry Spaulding, George Knauler, Larry Cotton and Don Halloran accepted the certificate from Marion Kelley, detachment commandant and Toys for Tots coordinator.

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Recreation and sports

The 9-Hole Golf Ladies of High Point Golf Club had its biannual Golf Invitational on Feb. 24. The theme was "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," and the format was a four player scramble.

Pat Goman and Ann Marie Hartnett served as event chairwomen.

Winning teams were chosen in two categories: front nine and back nine.

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The Brookridge/High Point Golf Tournament was held at the Brookridge Golf and Country Club on Feb. 22. Proceeds, which totaled more than $2,600, will be used to purchase new equipment for the golf course.

One hundred fourteen golfers participated. Although no one had a hole-in-one on No. 3 to win a new Buick provided by Rick Matthews, more than $900 in prizes were awarded.

The men's winning team, at 12 under par, included Mark Willmore, Rick Ferguson and Bill Gallagher, all from Brookridge, and Bob Cranston, Dan Vanatta and Ray Mackenzie, all from High Point. The women's winning team, at 9 under par, was made up of Cathy Willmore, Mary Babcock, Robin Walter, Barbara Gray and Christine Bemis, all of Brookridge, and Pat Angeline of High Point.

Lunch was prepared by Dick Theriault, with help from Jack Fieber. Joe Gray, pro shop manager, set up the pro shop for the luncheon and then helped with the cleanup.

Bruce and Jan Bishop, along with their crew, organized the parking and arrangements for the golf carts. Special recognition went to Marilyn and Ray Duffek, whose efforts made the event possible. Another tournament took place on Saturday to benefit the High Point golf course.

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