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BOCC Recognizes Stakeholders Advisory Group Members

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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(The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Stakeholders Advisory Group)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented certificates of appreciation to the members of the Stakeholders Advisory Group (SAG) at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016. The sixteen citizens honored for their service to the county were: George Bendtsen, Karen Etsy, Stephen Farnsworth, Janet Garvin, Gaston Hall, Sue Laporte, Linda Myers, Walter Osborn, Robert Raybold, Debbie Ressler, Theodora Rusnak, Donald Schaefer, Donna Schmid, Kenneth Swade, Linus Upson, and Patricia Wade. 

BOCC Proclaims September as National Sewing Month in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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(The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with local sewing organizations representative.) 

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016, proclaiming September 2016 as National Sewing Month in Citrus County. President Ronald Regan proclaimed the first National Sewing Month while he was in office. We recognize local non-profit sewing groups for offering classes, special sales events, sewing for charity events, and for bringing awareness to our communities many needs. Citrus County sewing groups work tirelessly on items of clothing for less fortunate school children, sewing for the homeless missions, and the Nature Coast Chapter of Florida Sewing, Sew-Ciety has participated in the Two Good Soles since its inception. Citrus County celebrates the Florida Sewing, Sew-Ciety, the American Sewing Guild, The Cracker Quilters and other local sewing groups, for the many valuable contributions over the years to our community.

BOCC Proclaims Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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(The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with local Falls Awareness representatives.)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016, proclaiming September 22 of 2016 as Falls Prevention Day in Citrus County. It is estimated that one-third of seniors older than sixty-five and half of those eighty and older will fall each year. Falls contribute significantly to depression, loss of mobility, and loss of functional independence among older adults. Many falls can be prevented and injuries from falls are a community health problem. Each year this day recognizes the organizations, agencies, health care providers, and individuals who are collaborating year-round to raise awareness, and provide resources to prevent falls and help those who suffer from complications following a fall.

BOCC Proclaims Save Our Waters Week September 17-24

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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(The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with Citrus County Water Conservation Manager, Debra Burden and Save Our Waters 2016 volunteers)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016, proclaiming the week of September 17 - 24 of 2016 as Save Our Waters Week in Citrus County. Citrus County treasures the God-given water resources of our aquifers, springs, rivers, lakes and coastal estuaries that are interconnected essential elements of our physical situation which we share with wildlife and our beautiful abundant plant life. All citizens of Citrus County depend on the quality and quantity of our waters for personal hygiene, home services, agriculture, business pursuits and occupations. Our waters are also a highly valued resource for boating, swimming, fishing, and diving for both residents and visitors alike.


BOCC Proclaims Assisted Living Week September 11-17

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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(The Board of County Commissioners is pictured with representatives from local assisted living facilities.)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016, proclaiming the week of September 11 - 17 of 2016 as Assisted Living Week in Citrus County. Residents of assisted living communities are a vital part of Florida’s rich history and deepen our Citrus County identity. Assisted living is a critical long term care service for mature adults that fosters choice, dignity, and independence. Each year this week demonstrates our nation’s appreciation of the unique individuals who reside in assisted living communities and the staff members and volunteers who deliver care every day.

BOCC Proclaims September as Senior Center Month in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

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(The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Citrus County Senior Centers)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 13, 2016, proclaiming September of 2016 as Senior Center Month in Citrus County. Seniors centers are the first place citizens of Citrus County turn to for valuable programs, activities, and access to benefits and services. Senior centers provide for learning and socialization with peers, as well as offering tools and resources to help manage personal health and finances, leading to continued independence. This year’s theme, “Celebrate LIFE at Your Senior Center”, focuses on how senior centers provide opportunities for Learning, Independence, Friendship, and Energy and recognizes the special contributions of the senior center participants, and the special efforts of the staff and volunteers who work every day to enhance the well-being of the older citizens of our community. 

Citrus County Awarded Two State Safe Routes to School Grants

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Both Forest Ridge Elementary School and Pleasant Grove Elementary School will be the recipients of new sidewalks due to the Florida State Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Grant Program.

The grant program funding is offered in an effort to improve the health and well-being of students by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. The Citrus County BOCC approved applying for the two grants on January 12 of this year.

The Forest Ridge Elementary School sidewalk construction will run from CR 486 to W. Lake Beverly Drive to Civic Circle. This area includes the Central Ridge Public Library, the Beverly Hills Community Park and Skateboard Park, and the Beverly Hills Boys and Girls Clubs. Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will fund the design and construction which is estimated at a cost of $1,159,900. Construction of the new sidewalk is scheduled to begin in 2018. Two hundred sixty of the school’s seven hundred thirty-nine students reside within two miles of the school.

The Pleasant Grove Elementary School sidewalk construction will run from the Pleasant Grove School to SR 44. The area includes the Lakes Region Public Library. FDOT will fund the design and construction which is estimated at $432,700. Construction of the new sidewalk is scheduled to begin in 2020. Eighty-five of the school’s seven hundred fifty-one students live within two miles of the school and seventy-four middle and high school students live in the community.

Citrus County Department of Public Works, Road Maintenance applied for the two grants as the “maintaining” agency, partnering with Citrus County School District as required by the SRTS program guidelines. Eligible SRTS projects are required to directly support increased safety and convenience for students in grades K-high school to walk and/or bicycle to/from school. 

Medicare Information

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

ARE YOU ON MEDICARE?  HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OPEN ENROLLMENT?  JOIN UF/IFAS EXTENSION CITRUS COUNTY & SHINE FOR MEDICARE: OPEN ENROLLMENT

WHO:              Individuals currently on Medicare   

WHAT:            Medicare Open Enrollment:

Learn about your options for Medicare in 2017.  Get answers to your Medicare questions, concerns, and options from a knowledgeable unbiased source.                       

WHEN:           October 17, 2016

                    Monday Morning from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

WHERE:          UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County

                     3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto, FL 34461

WHY:            Medicare’s open enrollment period is from October 15th to December 7th.  Each year Medicare health and drug plans can make changes.  Learn what changes may affect you and receive information about what plans may meet your needs better.     

For more information or to register, contact Sarah at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 352-527-5700.

All programs and related activities sponsored for or assisted by, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences are open to all persons with nondiscrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations.  For persons with disabilities requiring special accommodations, please contact our office at least five working days prior to the program so that proper consideration may be given to the request. Our phone number is (325) 527-5700. For the hearing impaired, please contact the Florida Relay Center Service at 1-800-955-8771.

Citrus County Begins Storm Debris Collection

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

Citrus County’s storm debris contractor will commence the first of two roadside pickups of storm related vegetative and construction debris on Monday, September 19. Plans are to start in the Old Homosassa area working from Mason Creek northward.

The storm debris will be collected from every publicly accessible road located west of US Highway 19, as long as debris is not mixed and the debris is placed where it can be mechanically collected. Please separate the material into three categories; natural vegetative (tree debris and limbs), construction/demolition debris (furniture, carpet, shingles, building materials), and household hazardous waste. Household hazardous waste will not be collected by the contractor but may be taken to the Citrus County Central Landfill.

The contractor will have crews throughout the impacted area west of US Highway 19. Residents are asked to be patient as the contractor works to complete the collection.

For more information on preparing for roadside pickup, storm debris separation and other storm recovery information visit, http://www.citrusbocc.com/

Guardian ad Litem Seeks Child Advocate Volunteers

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2016

The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is currently in desperate need of volunteers to be advocates for abused, neglected or abandoned children whose cases are in the court system.

A GAL is a trained volunteer appointed by the court to advocate on behalf of a child. The GAL becomes familiar with the child’s case and makes recommendations to help ensure a safe, stable and permanent environment for the child.

“Over 675 children in Hernando and Citrus Counties have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. GAL volunteers make a profound difference in the life of these children by helping judges decide whether a child should be reunited with his or her family, remain in foster care or in the worst of circumstances, placed for adoption,” said Marcia Hilty, Circuit Director of GAL Program for 5th Judicial Circuit. “They make sure important services are provided. Simply put, a GAL volunteer makes sure everyone does what is best for the child.”

Research has shown that when a child whose case is being heard in dependency court is assigned to a GAL volunteer, they spend less time in foster care and do better in school. However, there are more children in the system than volunteers to serve them at this time.

Eligible volunteers must be 21 years of age and older (adults between 19 and 21 years are also eligible to work alongside a certified volunteer GAL), successfully complete the pre-service training program and be cleared of any serious criminal history via a level II criminal background check. A GAL must complete 30 hours of pre-service training. On average, volunteers should expect to spend 10-15 hours a month on a case, and most cases last 10-12 months. The volunteer works as part of a team, including a volunteer supervisor and program attorney.

The next GAL training in Lecanto, Citrus County.  All participants must complete an application process prior to training.  To become a volunteer contact Diana Hollwedel at 352-812-6971 or email Diana.hollwedel@gal.fl.gov

For more information on Citrus County visit our website, http://www.citrusbocc.com/

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