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BOCC Proclaims December 7, 2014 as "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day"

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

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(Attached picture: from left to right:   The Board of County Commissioners are joined by members of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 186)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting proclaiming November 18, 2014 as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day” in Citrus County, Florida. More than two thousand citizens of the United States were killed and more than one thousand citizens of the United States were wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor, marking the entry of the United States into World War II.

On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force attacked units of the armed forces of the United States, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, thus making this the Seventy Second anniversary of that historic event. The veterans of World War II, and all other citizens of Citrus County, commemorate December 7 in remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor, instilling in all people a greater understanding and appreciation of the selfless sacrifice of the individuals who served at Pearl Harbor and continued to distinguish themselves in the armed forces of the United States during World War II.

The Board of County Commissioners urges all citizens to observe this special day each year with appropriate ceremonies and activities, and encourages all county agencies, organizations, and individuals to fly the Flag of the United States at half-staff on each December 7 in honor of the individuals who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

BOCC Proclaims November 2014 as "National Hospice & Palliative Care Month"

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

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(Attached picture: from left to right:   The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from HPH Hospice and Hospice of Citrus County and the Nature Coast)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 18 proclaiming November 2014 as “National Hospice & Palliative Care Month” in Citrus County, Florida. Hospice encourages all people to learn about options of care and to share their wishes with family, loved ones, and their healthcare professionals.

Hospice and Palliative care provides patients and families the highest quality care during a life-limiting illness and at the end of life, through pain management, symptom control, caregiver training and assistance, and emotional and spiritual support, allowing patients to live fully up until the final moments, surrounded and supported by the faces of loved ones, friends, and committed caregivers. Hospice is committed to upholding the dignity of every person, regardless of age, health, or social status, and fully recognizes that every stage of human life deserves to be treated with the utmost respect and care.

The Board of County Commissioners encourages citizens to increase their understanding and awareness of care at the end of life and to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs.

BOCC Proclaims November 20, 2014 as "Children's Grief Awareness Day"

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

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(Attached picture: from left to right:  The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from HPH Hospice and Hospice of Citrus County and the Nature Coast)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting proclaiming November 18, 2014 as “Children’s Grief Awareness Day” in Citrus County, Florida. Children’s Grief Awareness Day provides an opportunity of all of us to raise awareness of the painful impact that the death of a loved one has in the life of a child, and an opportunity for all of us to recognize and support the grieving children we know and see in our daily lives.

Every school district has students who have experienced personal loss, children who have had a loved one die, especially a close family member, experience intense inner turmoil and there are more grieving children than most of us realize. HPH Hospice and Hospice of Citrus County and the Nature Coast provide comfort, guidance and emotional support to children. The Florida Legislature observes Children’s Grief Awareness Day in Florida annually on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, a particularly difficult time for those grieving the loss of a loved one.

The Board of County Commissioners applauds the work currently being accomplished and supports grieving children on their journey toward hope after a loved one dies.

BOCC Proclaims Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from several county and state agencies involved in providing assistance with hunger relief and homelessness)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 4 proclaiming November 15 through November 23 as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Citrus County. The purpose of this proclamation is to educate the public about on the many reasons people are hungry and homeless, including the shortage of affordable housing in Citrus County for low income residents. There are many Citrus County organizations committed to sheltering and providing supportive services, meals and food supplies to the homeless, including the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition and its partners.

The Board of County Commissioners recognizes hunger and homelessness continues to be a serious problem for many individuals and families in Citrus County.

BOCC Proclaims "National Farm-City Week"

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

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(Attached picture: from left to right:   Scott Adams, Commissioner; Joe Meek, Commissioner; Jimmy Brooks, representative of Hernando/Citrus Florida Farm Bureau; Dennis Damato, Commissioner; Rebecca Bays, Commissioner; J.J. Kenney, Commissioner)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on November 4 proclaiming November 21 through 27, 2014 as “National Farm-City Week” in Citrus County, Florida. Agriculture employs more than 2 million workers, including farmers, ranchers, shippers, processors, marketers, retailers, truck drivers, and inspectors, who annually contribute more than 1.4 billion dollars to Florida’s economy.

American farmers and ranchers help feed the world by producing a bounty of nutritious foods. To do this, they rely upon essential partnerships with urban and suburban communities to supply, sell and deliver finished products across the country and around the globe, as they contribute to the health and well-being of our country and to the strength of our economy. As they perform their daily work, farmers and ranchers preserve freshwater recharge areas, wildlife habitat and green space. Consumers help farm families maintain their superior natural resource conservation practices by purchasing Florida agricultural products. Farm-City Week activities celebrate the mutually beneficial relationships that support quality of life we all enjoy

The Board of County Commissioners encourages citizens in rural and urban areas to acknowledge all those who produce and supply our community and nation with an abundance of agricultural products.

Citrus County BOCC Recognizes Citrus County Recycles Day

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

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(Attached picture: The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives from Keep Citrus County Beautiful)

 The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 28 recognizing November 15 as “Citrus County Recycles Day” in Citrus County. Citrus County currently ranks 16 out of 67 counties statewide in percentage of materials recycled.

We depend upon the quantity and quality of our natural resources for our life and all of our daily activities and needs. The citizens of Citrus County are dedicated to good stewardship of our natural resources and promoting the social, environmental, and economic benefits of buying recycled and recycling. Keep Citrus County Beautiful promotes recycling, litter prevention and beautification projects throughout Citrus County.

For more information on recycling programs in our county, please visit /pubworks/swm/solid_waste.htm or call Solid Waste Management at 746-7670.

BOCC Proclaims Veterans Appreciation Week and Veterans Day 2014

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

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(Attached picture: from left to right:   Scott Adams, Commissioner; Joe Meek, Commissioner; Sam Dininno, Citrus County Veterans Service Officer; Dennis Damato, Commissioner; Rebecca Bays, Commissioner; J.J. Kenney, Commissioner)

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on October 28 proclaiming October 25 through November 14 as Veterans Appreciation Week in Citrus County and recognizes November 11, 2014 as Veterans Day. This year’s Veterans Appreciation Week has been set aside to honor the World War II veterans.

On December 17, 1941, the largest war of all time and the most defining event of the 20th century. More than 400,000 Americans made the supreme sacrifice by laying down their lives so others could live free. It is fitting the citizens of Citrus County join in honoring our greatest generation of men and women whose service and sacrifice have enabled us to enjoy our freedom and way of life unique only to the United States of America.

Monday, November 11 is recognized nationwide as Veterans Day.

BOCC Proclaims Constitutional Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

(Attached picture: from left to right: The Board of County Commissioners is joined by representatives of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution) The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 9 proclaiming September 17 through 23, 2014 “Constitution Week” in Citrus County. September 17 marks the 227th anniversary of the framing of the Constitution of the United States of America by the Constitutional Convention. The Constitution of the United States of America, the guardian of our liberties, embodies the principles of limited government in a Republic dedicated to rule by law. Public Law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America designating September 17 through 23 as Constitution Week. The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County asks our citizens to reaffirm the ideals the Framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedoms guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties.

BOCC Proclaims Save Our Waters Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

Citrus County BOCC proclaims Child Passenger Safety Week

Category: Board Recognitions       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2014

(Attached picture: Board of County Commissioners are joined by representatives from the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office) The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on September 9 proclaiming the week of September 14-20 as “Child Passenger Safety Week” in Citrus County. Research shows that car seats reduce the risk of fatal injury for infants by seventy one percent and by fifty four percent for toddlers. Car seats are most effective when installed and used correctly. Last year, an estimated 123,000 children under the age of thirteen were injured as passengers of automobile traffic accidents. For children ages one to thirteen, it is a leading cause of death. All fifty States, the District of Columbia, and our Territories require the use of car seats for children traveling in motor vehicles. These laws were enacted because they save lives and prevent injuries. Citrus County is committed to working closely with our partners and safety advocates at the Early Learning Coalition of the Nature Coast and the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office to help parents and other caregivers make the kind of choices that will keep kids alive and safe. The goal is to educate parents and caregivers about best practice when traveling with children. During Child Passenger Safety Week, and throughout the year, free car seat inspections are provided by appointment at the Early Learning Coalition office in Crystal River and the Inverness Community resource office at Whispering Pines Park. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to take advantage of this service and ensure that their children are getting the very best protection and are riding in the right seat for their age and size. A twenty minute car seat checkup could save the life of a child.

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