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Hometown Pasco for Oct. 4

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Sept. 12 was a special day for a special lady, who the day prior turned a very spry 100. Ruth Ellis Smith Bousquet was born on Sept. 11, 1919, in upstate New York to Carlton and Anna Ellis. She had two brothers, Harold and Art. After graduating from Sandy Creek Central School in 1938, she attended Dibert’s Business School, where she met her future husband of 50 years, Ralph Smith. They were married on Aug. 27, 1939, and lived in Sandy Creek, New York, where for 50 years they owned and operated an insurance agency. They had two children, Lawrence and Georgia, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The Smiths retired and moved to Florida in 1984. Ralph died in 1989. In 1997, Ruth married Art Bousquet (who passed away in 1999) and inherited two stepdaughters and many more grandchildren. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ruth, who lives in New Port Richey, fulfilled one of the items on her bucket list by flying in a hot air balloon (at 99). She will now be able to fulfill the other item on her bucket list, a helicopter ride presented to her by her friends of the Grand Valley Music Society.
Sept. 12 was a special day for a special lady, who the day prior turned a very spry 100. Ruth Ellis Smith Bousquet was born on Sept. 11, 1919, in upstate New York to Carlton and Anna Ellis. She had two brothers, Harold and Art. After graduating from Sandy Creek Central School in 1938, she attended Dibert’s Business School, where she met her future husband of 50 years, Ralph Smith. They were married on Aug. 27, 1939, and lived in Sandy Creek, New York, where for 50 years they owned and operated an insurance agency. They had two children, Lawrence and Georgia, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The Smiths retired and moved to Florida in 1984. Ralph died in 1989. In 1997, Ruth married Art Bousquet (who passed away in 1999) and inherited two stepdaughters and many more grandchildren. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ruth, who lives in New Port Richey, fulfilled one of the items on her bucket list by flying in a hot air balloon (at 99). She will now be able to fulfill the other item on her bucket list, a helicopter ride presented to her by her friends of the Grand Valley Music Society. [ Frank Parnell ]
Published Sep. 29, 2019
The Pithlochaskotee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in New Port Richey has made Stand Down, a local 3-day event for homeless veterans operated by One Community Now, a priority in its chapter for several years, focusing on these veterans' needs. Linda Hollywood, the Pithlochaskotee Chapter's veterans committee chair, organizes collections for Stand Down. The collection table was overflowing at the September meeting, in preparation for the Stand Down event that will be held Oct. 18-20 at the Concourse Rotary Pavilion in Shady Hills (visit ocnstanddown.org for details).
The Pithlochaskotee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in New Port Richey has made Stand Down, a local 3-day event for homeless veterans operated by One Community Now, a priority in its chapter for several years, focusing on these veterans' needs. Linda Hollywood, the Pithlochaskotee Chapter's veterans committee chair, organizes collections for Stand Down. The collection table was overflowing at the September meeting, in preparation for the Stand Down event that will be held Oct. 18-20 at the Concourse Rotary Pavilion in Shady Hills (visit ocnstanddown.org for details). [ Kathy Oko ]
Pasco Kids First announced that Dr. Todd Bodanza and his team from Champion Wellness Center/Conforti Crossroads Chiropractic in Trinity held a back-to-school event to provide 50 kids and teens receiving services from the Pasco Kids First’s Trauma Therapy Program. The youth received backpacks full of school supplies. The chiropractic office held a Christmas in July event with their patients and the community with free adjustments and assessments when they adopted from the list of children in need. The total donation was approximately $3,000 of supplies, which was a tremendous relief for caregivers and tremendous way to start the school year. Pictured, from left to right: Jennifer Conforti and Tara Perez with Champion Wellness Center, delivering the backpack donation.
Pasco Kids First announced that Dr. Todd Bodanza and his team from Champion Wellness Center/Conforti Crossroads Chiropractic in Trinity held a back-to-school event to provide 50 kids and teens receiving services from the Pasco Kids First’s Trauma Therapy Program. The youth received backpacks full of school supplies. The chiropractic office held a Christmas in July event with their patients and the community with free adjustments and assessments when they adopted from the list of children in need. The total donation was approximately $3,000 of supplies, which was a tremendous relief for caregivers and tremendous way to start the school year. Pictured, from left to right: Jennifer Conforti and Tara Perez with Champion Wellness Center, delivering the backpack donation. [ Becky Bennett ]
U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Harley Ambrowsky, from Hudson, sands down the railing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 11. The John C. Stennis was in port conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.
U.S. Navy Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Harley Ambrowsky, from Hudson, sands down the railing on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 11. The John C. Stennis was in port conducting routine operations in support of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. [ MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 3RD CLASS IKENNA TANAKA | Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ikenna Tanaka/U.S. Navy ]
The Phi Delta Kappa fraternity in Odessa held its fourth Christmas in July event at its fraternity for 32 children in the Pasco Kids First Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando program. The fraternity brothers and Eagle Scout Lucas Stiber had a Christmas tree, festive decorations and provided pizza and subs donated by Jersey Mike's. The kids enjoyed writing letters to Santa before Mrs. Claus and Santa arrived and gave them each a wrapped gift. There were 19 school-aged children who received backpacks with school supplies and clothing to help them start the school year out right. Also, 13 infant and toddler siblings received age-appropriate gifts from Santa.
The Phi Delta Kappa fraternity in Odessa held its fourth Christmas in July event at its fraternity for 32 children in the Pasco Kids First Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando program. The fraternity brothers and Eagle Scout Lucas Stiber had a Christmas tree, festive decorations and provided pizza and subs donated by Jersey Mike's. The kids enjoyed writing letters to Santa before Mrs. Claus and Santa arrived and gave them each a wrapped gift. There were 19 school-aged children who received backpacks with school supplies and clothing to help them start the school year out right. Also, 13 infant and toddler siblings received age-appropriate gifts from Santa. [ J. David ]
Kelly Mothershead was one of several award recipients for the Pinellas Realtor Organization’s 2019 “Good Neighbor” award.  Kelly is a local realtor and is a board member of the Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. The award came with a $1,000 cash prize, which Kelly accepted on behalf of Pasco ASAP. Raising awareness on the prevention and treatment of substance use is a cause that is close to Kelly’s heart, as her own son died from an overdose. Pictured (left to right): David Bennett, PRO Biz, Inc., president and CEO; Chrissie Parris, ASAP interim coordinator; Kelly Mothershead, and Kevin Batdorf, chairman of the board of the National Association of Realtors.
Kelly Mothershead was one of several award recipients for the Pinellas Realtor Organization’s 2019 “Good Neighbor” award. Kelly is a local realtor and is a board member of the Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention. The award came with a $1,000 cash prize, which Kelly accepted on behalf of Pasco ASAP. Raising awareness on the prevention and treatment of substance use is a cause that is close to Kelly’s heart, as her own son died from an overdose. Pictured (left to right): David Bennett, PRO Biz, Inc., president and CEO; Chrissie Parris, ASAP interim coordinator; Kelly Mothershead, and Kevin Batdorf, chairman of the board of the National Association of Realtors. [ Christine Duncan/Pasco ASAP ]
Congratulations to Peter Huron, the photo contest winner of the Claim Your Youth Club from San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union. Huron took the time to show the world how he sees it with a photo of a spider web, dotted with dew, on a barbed wire fence. Carrie Carlberg, vice president and area manager for the San Antonio office, presented him with his winnings: a certificate, selfie stick, a Starbucks gift card and swag. The contest was open to credit union members ages 13-18.
Congratulations to Peter Huron, the photo contest winner of the Claim Your Youth Club from San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union. Huron took the time to show the world how he sees it with a photo of a spider web, dotted with dew, on a barbed wire fence. Carrie Carlberg, vice president and area manager for the San Antonio office, presented him with his winnings: a certificate, selfie stick, a Starbucks gift card and swag. The contest was open to credit union members ages 13-18. [ Jill Evans ]
The Rotary Club of Seven Springs presented Pasco Kids First with a check for $2,165 as part of its community grant programs. The grant will allow the agency’s Trauma Therapy Program to purchase new research-based psychological assessment tools for children who experienced abuse or neglect. The Trauma Treatment Team provides victim advocacy and specialized therapy for child victims of trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse and community trauma. Pictured, left to right: Becky Bennett, Kelly Plouffe and Luke Walker.
The Rotary Club of Seven Springs presented Pasco Kids First with a check for $2,165 as part of its community grant programs. The grant will allow the agency’s Trauma Therapy Program to purchase new research-based psychological assessment tools for children who experienced abuse or neglect. The Trauma Treatment Team provides victim advocacy and specialized therapy for child victims of trauma, sexual abuse, physical abuse and community trauma. Pictured, left to right: Becky Bennett, Kelly Plouffe and Luke Walker. [ Becky Bennett ]


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