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Extension Service Offers Free Program on Closing Your Seasonal Home

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension Service is providing a free program on tips on leaving your home for extended periods. This is a program that will prepare your home inside and out, prevent mold & mildew, organize important papers, and keep your home safe from disasters.

The class will be offered twice this spring; on Wednesday, March 7th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM or Monday, March 19th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Pre-registration is required and the fee of $10.00 per household is due a week before the scheduled program. Registration fee includes materials and is payable by check, cash, or online. To register online https://cyshlecanto.eventbrite.com. This program is held at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office located at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL 34461. For more information, call Sarah or Stephanie at the University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension office in Lecanto at 352-527-5700.

Students Challenged to Detect Toilet Leaks

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County Utilities is hosting its fourth Classroom Leak Detection Challenge for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms.  This annual event celebrates the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative by challenging students to test their home toilets for leaks.  All necessary supplies are provided by the utility.

This is a hands-on leak detection activity that teaches children and adults alike how to find and fix toilet leaks.  In 2017, fifth grade science teacher Kathy Kopp of Forest Ridge Elementary said, “The students were surprised to learn that toilet leaks occur within the tank and bowl, not necessarily outside the toilet leaking water on the floor.” Kopp added that the experience “gave students a real-life activity to share with their parents and other family members.”

Twenty-nine classes tested 593 toilets during the 2017 challenge.  Students found ninety-one leaky toilets with an estimated saving of more than 18,000 gallons of water a day when fixed. 

This is a fun and engaging event with free shower timers for students of participating classrooms.  All classes are also entered into a chance drawing to win a pizza party. 

Teachers interested in participating in the 2018 challenge should send an email to Debra.Burden@citrusbocc.com by April 17, 2018 that includes the school, teacher name, grade and the number of students.  The utility will mail detection supplies directly to the school. For more information, contact Debra Burden at (352) 527-7684.

Zumba Citrus Donates Valentine Bears to Homebound Seniors

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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Joyce Groh, Zumba Citrus Instructor (left), is delivering the bears to Kriss   Hornaday, Central Citrus Community Center Coordinator (center), and Nadeen Horak, of Zumba Citrus (right).

Zumba Citrus located in Homosassa, donated Valentine teddy bears for the fifth year in a row, to give some love to home bound seniors that participate in Citrus County’s Meals on Wheels Program.

This year Zumba Citrus was able to collect over 250 adorable teddy bears in gift bags. The bears were distributed by the volunteers that delivered lunch to Meals on Wheels recipients on Valentine’s Day. 

Special thanks to Joyce Groh, Zumba Instructor at Zumba Citrus, and all the Zumba Citrus Members for organizing this heartwarming program and for their donations. 

Arlington Street Recycling Drop Off Location to Close

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Citrus County has been asked by the land owner to remove recycling containers from the Single Stream Recycling Drop off site located at Arlington Street Just off US 41 in Inverness. This will be effective February 23, 2018. We apologize for this inconvenience. Please visit http://www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/recycling/recycling-dropoff-locations.htm for a list of available single stream recycling drop off locations in Citrus County. For further information please contact the Solid Waste Department at 527-7670.

CR491 Temporary Lane Closures Announced

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

There will be temporary lane closures due to construction at the CR491 and SR44 intersection scheduled to begin on Wednesday, February 28 through Friday, March 2.

South of SR44 (Gulf to Lake Highway), North Bound outside lane of CR491 will be temporarily closed to construct new signal foundations.  Foundations will be constructed at both the northeast and southeast corners of CR491 at the intersection with SR44.  The North Bound CR491 outside lane closure will begin at Laurel Street and extend north of SR44.

Both daytime and nighttime closures are anticipated.  Daytime closures are scheduled from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM.  Nighttime closures are scheduled from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM.  One North Bound lane on CR491 will be provided through the work zone during the construction period. 

Earth Day Family Festival Announced Co-hosted by Extension Service & Citrus Native Plant Society

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

Bring your family, friends and curiosity to the Citrus County Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 from 9-12 noon at the Extension Service Lecanto office and Learning Landscape Garden, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, on the Lecanto Government Center complex, rain or shine.

What insects help our gardens? Why are worms slimy? Which critters provide pollination? Ever looked into a functioning beehive? Get answers to these questions and more at this FREE event with more than 20 fun-filled, hands-on, activities for the young and young-at-heart.

You will interact with live insects, discover where our water comes from and how to protect it, make bird feeders, plant pollinator plants and more.  There will be a Scavenger Hunt with prizes and take home activities for youth. A commemorative tree planting ceremony takes place at 10 am. 

This event is co-hosted by the UF/Citrus County Extension Service and the Citrus Native Plant Society.  For more information, call 352-527-5700. 

The BOCC proclaims Career and Technical Education Month in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Ron Kitchen, First Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Second Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Scott Carnahan and Jimmie T. Smith are pictured with Withlacoochee Technical College (WTC) Director Gloria Bishop, Betsy Beraquit WTC Career Advisor and Skills USA Advisor, WTC students and Skills USA competitors; Kari Burton (Electrical Program) and Christopher Fordham (Automotive Program).

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 13, 2018 proclaiming February as Career and Technical Education Month.

Leaders from business and industry nationwide report increasing challenges related to the skills gap and connecting qualified professionals with available careers in critical growing CTE-related fields, including healthcare, energy, advanced manufacturing and information technology.

Career and technical education prepares students for these and other fulfilling careers by offering integrated programs of study that link secondary and postsecondary education and lead to the attainment of industry-recognized credentials. Ensuring employers have access to a qualified workforce is a crucial step in ensuring productivity among business and industry communities as well as continued American economic growth and global competitiveness.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes February 2018 as Career and Technical Education Month in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

The BOCC Proclaims Through with Chew Week in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Ron Kitchen, First Vice-Chairman Jeff Kinnard, Second Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Scott Carnahan and Jimmie T. Smith, are pictured with representatives of the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida and Florida Department of Health in Citrus County, Wayne Galbreath, Aspen Welfel, and Chloe Hale

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 13, 2018 proclaiming the week of February 18 through 24, 2018 as Through with Chew Week.

Using smokeless tobacco can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence; smokeless tobacco can lead to nicotine addiction and dependence. Smokeless tobacco users have an 80 percent higher risk of oral cancer. Youth use of smokeless tobacco has fluctuated but has not decreased compared to a decade ago. Many of the highest youth smokeless tobacco use rates are in rural areas. Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way can double a tobacco users chances of successfully quitting.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes February 18 through 24, 2018 as Through with Chew Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

Eden Park Fishing Pier Refurbished

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

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The repair and refurbishing of the fishing pier at Eden Park, 614 Park Lake Terrace, Inverness is now complete. The re-decking and construction of new railings of the pier was done by Citrus County Parks and Recreation Grounds Maintenance crew and was funded by State Boating Improvement Funds at a total cost of $1,989.    

African American Read-In Returns

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2018

The celebration of literature by African-American authors continues in 2018 with Citrus County’s eleventh observance of the National African American Read-In to be held on Sunday, February 25th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm at the Learning and Conference Center on the College of Central Florida’s Citrus Campus. Many members of the community have volunteered to be readers at this increasingly popular event. School principals and students, local elected officials and private citizens, actors and a community choir, will all gather together to emphasize the importance of reading and literacy to all of us. Ranging from speeches to spirituals, picture books to poetry to prayer; short selections will be read aloud allowing listeners to enter the fascinating world of ideas and images conveyed through the written word. Come together with friends and neighbors for the 11th Annual African American Read-In and celebrate history and literature. Listen as moving, inspirational, and humorous selections from a wide range of African American literature are read aloud. Enjoy musical entertainment and refreshments.

The idea for an African American Read-In was introduced by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English. Local sponsors for our event include the Educational Partners in Citrus County with representatives from the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, the College of Central Florida’s Institute for Community Advancement, Saint Leo University, Citrus County Schools and the Citrus County Library System along with financial support from the Citrus County Chronicle, Publix, the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc., the Afro-American Club of Citrus County, and other local and national businesses, such as Walgreens.

The program is free and open to the general public. The College of Central Florida is located at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway (County Road 491). Parents and grandparents are especially encouraged to bring their upper elementary through high school aged children along with them. Refreshments will be provided during an informal social time following the event. For more information please phone Kathy Turner Thompson, the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, at 352-341-6436 or go to http://facebook.com./citrusaari.

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