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DAR Chapter of Sun City Center putting plans in motion for upcoming fundraiser

In Sun City Center, the Col. George Mercer Brooke Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has been busy planning its 2015 luncheon and fashion show fundraiser to benefit Athena House, a charity that provides housing for homeless female veterans. Committee members recently got together to plan the table decorations for the event. From left, seated: Carol Acosta, Jody Masterson and Bunny Blackstone. Standing: Jan Bassett, Pat Peltz and Ellen Cyr.

SCC Emergency Squad

Sun City Center welcomes latest Emergency Medical Responders

The Sun City Center Emergency Squad is pleased to announce its newest emergency medical responders. Recently completing the class, from left, back row, are: Conor Richards, trainer Jennie Casey, and Robert Montgomery. Front row: Austin Alfaro, John Fetting and Frank Gomez.

Photo by Gladys Vargas

Riverview Woman's Club Foundation grants six scholarships

The Riverview Woman's Club Foundation recently hosted a scholarship luncheon, awarding six achievement scholarships for exceptional volunteerism, outstanding academic achievement and community college attendance. Pictured, from left, are three scholarship recipients and members of the Riverview Woman's Club: Michele Wirth, vice president; Gabriella Acosta, Heidi Morales, AlaEldean Elmunaier; Jeanne Burkeson, immediate past president; and Donna Lee Fore, president. Scholarship recipients not pictured: Veronica Rivera, Jacob Russo and Jailene Marin.

Photo by Frank Kepley

MOWW welcomes Michael Sconti to recent luncheon

The Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) recently featured Michael Scionti, candidate for Circuit Court Judge, Group 19, at its monthly meeting at the Sun City Center Freedom Plaza Club. Scionti, a Florida native and lifelong resident of Hillsborough County, has served as a military magistrate, military prosecutor and legal counsel for service members and their families. Additionally, he has served as a state representative and oversaw rule of law advancements and counter-terrorism prosecutions in Afghanistan. He volunteered for tours of duty in Iraq from 2003 to 2008 and presided over military-commissioned war tribunals of suspected enemy prisoners of war, insurgents and terrorists. Pictured: Michael Scionti, left, and Charles Conover, right, Commander of local MOWW chapter.

Courtesy of Ellen Kleinschmidt

Freedom Plaza couple celebrates 62 years of marriage

Freedom Plaza residents Roger and Ginny Zwieg recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary with their daughter, Ellen; her husband Kevin; one of their grandsons, Brian; and his fiancée, Mika McGee. Ginny previously worked with hearing impaired children in suburban Milwaukee schools and Roger had a career in the oil industry, retiring as vice president and general manager of a petroleum marketing firm. He also spent 30 years in the Air Force and Air National Guard, retiring as a staff intelligence officer. The relocated to Sun City Center to be near their daughter, Ellen Kleinschmidt, and their two grandsons, Andy and Brian. Pictured: Roger and Ginny Zwieg, far right; Ellen Kleinschmidt; son-in-law Kevin Kleinschmidt, center; grandson Brian and his fiancée, Mika McGee, far left.

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