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The BOCC proclaims Women’s History Month in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Abby Madeiros, representing Citrus County League of Women Voters

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on March 11, 2019 proclaiming the month of March 2019 as Women’s History Month.

American women have played and continue to play critical economic, cultural, and social roles in every sphere of the life of the Nation by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside the home, along with providing the majority of volunteer labor force for the Nation.

Women of every race, class, and ethnic background served as early leaders in the forefront of every major progressive social change movement. Women have served our country courageously in the military, have been leaders, not only in securing their own rights of suffrage and equal opportunity, but also in the abolitionist movement, and emancipation movement, the industrial labor movement, the civil rights movements and especially the peace movement. 

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 2019 as Women’s History Month in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

The BOCC proclaims Newspaper in Education Week in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Jodi Pushkin from the Tampa Bay Times, and Dianne Perkins from the Citrus County Chronicle

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 26, 2019 proclaiming the week of March 4 through 8, 2019 as Newspaper in Education Week.

Newspaper in Education (NIE) is an international program that encourages the use of daily newspaper as a progressive teaching resource (a living textbook) for students from primary through adult education levels. For more than forty years, the Tampa Bay Times Bay Times Newspaper in Education program has been a community partner, serving educators, students and families by providing funded newspapers, companion materials and instructional support. 

The American Press Institute commemorates and celebrates Newspaper in Education Week annually during the first full school week in March.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 4 through 8, 2019 as Newspaper in Education Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens.

The BOCC proclaims Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Melissa Walker, Key Training Center Executive Director and representatives from the Key Center

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 26, 2019 proclaiming March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

The Key Training Center is the primary local organization advocating and serving persons with developmental disabilities to achieve optimum independence by promoting and offering programs to improve the quality of life for more than three hundred developmentally disabled individuals in Citrus County.

Individuals with developmental disabilities in conjunction with family members, advocacy groups, governmental agencies and service organizations are encouraging all citizens to realize that individuals with developmental disabilities should be afforded opportunities in the community, including full access to housing, employment, and recreational activities.

Celebrating the abilities and contributions of people with developmental disabilities serves to enrich our community, enhance diversity, and help to build a great state and nation.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 2019 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in Citrus County and invites all citizens to celebrate with someone with developmental disability and the Key Training Center looking beyond the disability to the precious individuals these persons are and that they represent a very “key” part of our community.


The BOCC proclaims Women Veterans Recognition Week in Citrus County

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

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The Board of County Commissioners; Chairman Jeff Kinnard, First Vice-Chairman Brian Coleman, Second Vice-Chairman Scott Carnahan, Ron Kitchen, and Jimmie T. Smith, with Cynthia Henderson President/Founder, Female Veterans Network and representatives from women veterans’ organizations

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on February 26, 2019 proclaiming the week of March 10 through 16, 2019 as Women Veterans Recognition Week.

Florida has the third largest population of women veterans in the United States, being home to 154,000 women veterans making up more than 9 percent of the veteran population in Florida, and Citrus County is home to over 1,500 women veterans.

Citrus County recognizes the tremendous sacrifices of women veterans while in uniform and joins the State of Florida and the nation in honoring the invaluable impact that women veterans make both locally and throughout the world.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes March 10 through 16, 2019 as Women Veterans Recognition Week in Citrus County and calls the observance to the attention of all citizens. 

Join Commissioner Jeff Kinnard for a Town Hall Meeting at Homosassa Library on Tuesday March 19

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Jeff Kinnard will be holding a Town Hall Meeting for the general public to attend on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. The meeting will be held at Homosassa Library, located at 4100 S. Grandmarch Avenue Homosassa, FL 34446 from 5:30pm to 7pm.

“My aim is to connect with the community on issues and challenges facing our county, from public parks to road resurfacing.  I want to know what’s on people’s minds and have a format to discuss, reflect, and problem solve,” explained Kinnard. “Please come with questions or concerns, as this is intended to be an informal setting.”

For more information, please call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at (352) 527-5484.

Seeking applications for seat on the Citrus Springs Advisory Board

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for the Citrus Springs Advisory Board.  This Advisory Board is seeking two qualified regular members to complete two-year terms that will expire on January 31, 2020.

Eligible applicants must reside full time and own property within the boundaries of the Citrus Springs Municipal Service Benefit Unit as approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

The Citrus Springs Advisory Board meets the first Wednesday of every month at 9:00am at the Citrus Springs Community Building, located at 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd in Citrus Springs. The purpose of this board is to provide facilities, street lighting, beautification and other essential facilities and municipal services for the Citrus Springs area.

Applications can be accessed at:

https://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/advisory-board-application.pdf

Completed applications should be sent to Citrus County Administration, 3600 W. Sovereign Path Suite 267, Lecanto, FL 34461. 

Department of Health warns of phone call scams

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County has recently been informed of scam calls that look to have originated from our main number: (352) 527-0068.  These callers will ask for personal information such as your social security number, Medicaid number or other vital information. These fraudulent calls do not originate from this number. 

The Florida Department of Health would not call you, unsolicited, asking for your address, social security number, or other identifying information.  Scammers are attempting to obtain your data for use in their fraud schemes, costing you money. Do not be a victim of this criminal activity! If the call seems suspicious, just hang up.                             

Link to FDOH PSA video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cAfgv_44hE

PetMeals Program in Need of Donations

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Do you have a pet who is a member of your family?  Do you love animals? The PetMeals Program is seeking help from pet lovers throughout Citrus County.

The Citrus County PetMeals Program is in need of donations. The program provides dog and cat food to the companion pets of senior homebound clients who receive Meals on Wheels.

The PetMeals program began, as a national program, when it was noticed that a very thin man was only taking small bites of his food and then placing his food tray on the floor for a very overweight Chihuahua to finish the meal.  When asked why he was doing this, he stated he did not have the money to buy dog food any longer and that he would rather go hungry than not feed his beloved pet.

The PetMeals Program is 100 percent donation-based, volunteer driven program that provides dog food and cat food to our senior homebound clients.

If you are able, please donate unopened bags or cans of dog or cat food to your closest community center or monetary donation can be mailed to:

Citrus County BOCC

Citrus County PetMeals Program

2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct. Key #3

Lecanto FL 34461

Any contributions are accepted and appreciated.  For more information on how to help, or locations to make food or monetary donation, please call. (352) 527-5975

Metropolitan Planning Organization to meet

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Lecanto Government Building, 3600 West Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto, Florida.

Items scheduled on the agenda include, but are not limited to:

•             2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Update

•             Hernando County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (TDLCB) Appointment

•             Citrus County Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board (LCB) Appointment

•             Three Sisters Springs Trail Update

•             MPO Workshop – April 17, 2019 Notification

Approximately one week prior to the meeting the meeting agenda may be viewed online at:  www.hernandocounty.us and/or www.hernandocounty.us/hernandocitrusmpo.

The public is encouraged to attend.  Any questions concerning this public meeting should be directed to Mr. Steve Diez, MPO Executive Director, Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization, 1661 Blaise Drive, Brooksville, FL, 34601, telephone (352) 754-4082, extension 28013, or email mpo@hernandocounty.us.

Join in the “March for Meals” Community Center Fundraising Events

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2019

Citrus County’s Community Centers are raising money for March for Meals.  All donations will benefit Citrus County Meals on Wheels Program.

Central Citrus Community Center

2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct. Lecanto

(352) 527-5993

Pancake Breakfast -  March 15th, from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., $3 Donation

West Citrus Community Center

8940 W. Veterans Drive, Homosassa

(352) 795-3831

Root Beer Float Fundraiser – March 20th & 21st at 12:00 p.m., $1 Donation

East Citrus Community Center

9907 E. Gulf to Lake Highway, Inverness

(352) 344-9666

St. Patrick’s Day Gift Basket Drawing- March 14th, Donation $1 for one, $2 for three, $5 for 10 

Inverness Community Center

1082 N. Paul Dr. Inverness,

(352) 726-1009

Drawing for elegant Barbie dolls, March 15th, $1 Donation

Shamrocks for $1 Donation at all of the community centers.

For more information, or to reserve lunch for that day, please call the numbers listed above for the location closest to you.

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