Sir Knight Dan Pushee, KCT, Webmaster for the Grand Encampment (left) was awarded the prestigious National Award during the Triennial Conclave.
This award is given every three years for distinguished, outstanding and meritorious service to the Masonic Fraternity in general and to Grand Encampment of Knights Templar in particular. It was presented to him before a crowd of close to 500 people who gave him a standing ovation.
Congratulations, Dan! Well deserved!
If you use Florida Pest Control for your home or business, you can now easily pay your bill online versus with those pesky paper checks via its new website. Customers can also now set up appointments for inspection or pest control online at http://www.flapest.com.
Additionally, its new website launched this month provides customers with fast access to details about services, contact information, its people, and showcases the Florida Pest Control brand. It even features the section “What’s Bugging You?,” which provides odds-and-ends like useful tips for identifying pests, coloring pages of Florida wildlife for children, and even protein-rich bug recipes for the adventurous.
With offices spreading across the state from Pensacola to Tampa, including its branch in <a href=”http://www.flapest.com/locations_crystalriver.aspx“>Crystal River</a>, Florida Pest Control has been serving customers for more than 60 years.
The area’s first-of-its-kind Cub Scout Pack – made up of 19 developmentally disabled adults who live at NewHorizonsVillage in Lecanto recently marked its membership in scouting with a ceremony, highlighted by the raising of the American Flag.
The 19 new members of Pack 1275 are among 48 residents of NewHorizonsVillage, an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled. New Horizons provides homes and around-the-clock care for adults whose disabilities may result from autism; cerebral palsy; epilepsy; behavior and other factors.
Scouting fits perfectly into the educational program New Horizons conducts for its residents. Scouting, with its programs of growth and service, will be of great value to its residents.
Jennifer Siegert is district executive of the Withlacoochee District, a part of the Gulf Ridge Council, Boy Scouts of America. She said that Pack 1275 is the first such scouting group in her area of responsibility called the Withlacoochee District. She serves some 1,000 scouts in Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter Counties and includes CrystalRiver, Inverness, Wildwood, Bushnell, Brooksville, and Spring Hill.
The 10 men of Pack 1275 will be enrolled as Cub Scouts, the nine women as Ventureers.
“The disabled can join scouting at any age,” Siegert said. “They’ll be able to work toward merit badges and go on outings.” She added that scouting offers alternative badge opportunities for activities that the disabled cannot perform.
The Flag Ceremony is an important part of the scouting tradition because, Siegert said, “Patriotism and citizenship are central to scouting.” Everyone who’s going to be part of the pack is so excited.
Residents attend education and personal growth classes at New Horizons’ recently-completed 9,000 square-foot adult learning center. A recreation program, field trips, volunteering in the community and other activities are all part of NewHorizonVillage’s care efforts for the developmentally disabled.
The NewHorizonsVillage website is www.newhorizonsvillage.us.