Published: November 28, 2007



Military News

Marine Corps Pvt. Andrew P. Wheelock recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C.

Wheelock and fellow recruits began their training at 5 a.m. by running 3 miles and performing calisthenics. In addition to physical conditioning, Wheelock spent numerous hours in classroom and field assignments, which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and weapons training. The recruits performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

Wheelock is the son of Joanne C. Sellinger of Spring Hill and Terry W. Wheelock of Youngsville, N.C.

Clubs and Organizations

The Kiwanis Club of Ridge Manor had its annual Halloween Bash for children at Ridge Manor Park on Oct. 31. Young and old alike enjoyed refreshments and fun games. Scary hay rides were made possible thanks to Brooksville Regional Hospital. The event was designed as a safe place for children to enjoy Halloween candy and show off their costumes.

A costume contest was held, with winners in three categories. Cash prizes, donated by County Commissioner Chris Kingsley, were awarded.

In the 0- to 5-year-old division, Tyler Berry won first place for her Tigger costume; Zakery Durkin took second place as Woody from Toy Story; and Zoey Totaro received third place for her Eeyore costume.

In the 6- to 11-year-old division, Leandra Martinez won first place as a geisha girl; Calvin Hecker won second place as a boxing champ; and Savannah Carpenter received third place as a creepy creature.

In the 12 and older division, Taylor Day won first place for her butterfly costume; Barry Ulevy took second with his soldier outfit; and Casy Gilspie won third place with her rendition of a pirate.

Corporate sponsors included Brooksville Regional Hospital, Hernando Parks and Recreation, Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Hernando County Fire Department, Curves of Ridge Manor, McDonald's of Ridge Manor, Burger King of Ridge Manor, Spring Lake Real Estate, Hernando East Realty, Commissioner Chris Kingsley, Winn-Dixie of Ridge Manor and BJ's Wholesale Club in Tampa.

Notes of Thanks

I had the privilege of serving as a volunteer for the Witherow family's Haunted Trail on the two weekends prior to and on Halloween night. No one can say there is nothing to do in Hernando County! What an amazing event they have offered.

Guest after guest who left the event commented that it was better than Hallow-Scream at Busch Gardens - and a lot cheaper. It was a night the entire family could afford on any budget.

This amazing family and their friends spent months preparing and rehearsing for a fun-filled and scare-filled trail for all ages. They had special codes for young children so they could tone down the fright level if needed. From infants to seniors, everyone came out laughing and thrilled. It was reminiscent of the days when Halloween was just plain fun and no fear for your child's safety.

As if all of this hard work and dedication for the sake of family entertainment wasn't enough for one family to provide to our community, the Witherows also generously donated their profits to Hernando-Pasco Hospice and the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. While I only helped with makeup and traffic control, I felt a part of something very special, and I am grateful. This is the kind of community spirit that makes me proud to live in Hernando County.

Thank you to the Witherow family and all of the volunteers who offered us a fright to remember.

Joanne Schoch, executive director, Humane Society of the Nature Coast

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Caption: Dr. Adel M. Eldin - Special to the Times: feast after fast: Hernando County Muslim children and their families celebrated the end of Ramadan during the Eid ul-Fitr dinner party Oct. 11 at the SNPJ hall in Spring Hill. Special guests included Hernando County Sheriff Richard Nugent and former School Board member John Druzbick. Eid ul-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims fast and spend extra time in devotion and prayer. The religious observance takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar. The iftar meal is served at the end of the day. Men and women are seated separately during dinner.

Published in the following newspaper: St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Section: Hernando Times