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U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster Visits Veterans Services

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster paid Citrus County Veterans Services and Veteran Outpatient Clinic in Lecanto a visit on Tuesday, February 21. Left to Right: Ken Wells, Veterans Services Officer; Joanne Granger, Director of Support Services; Ellen Davis, Veterans Services Officer; U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster; Janet Gramann, Veterans Services Secretary and Kimberly Menster, Veterans Services Officer.

Veterans Court Seeks Male Mentors

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Being a Veterans Treatment Court Mentor doesn't take a lot of time… and it may change the life of a fellow vet. The unique piece about Veterans Treatment Court is the presence of volunteer veteran mentors for the participants.  Male veterans are matched with male mentors and female veterans are matched with female mentors.  The mentors act as sponsors to help support the veteran and guide them to a successful outcome.

The Veterans Treatment Court model requires regular court appearances (a bi-weekly minimum in the early phases of the program), as well as mandatory attendance at treatment sessions and frequent and random testing for substance use (drug and/or alcohol).  Veterans respond favorably to this structured environment given their past experiences in the Armed Forces.  However, a few will struggle and it is exactly those veterans who need a Veterans Treatment Court program the most.  Without this structure, these veterans will re offend and remain in the criminal justice system.  The Veterans Treatment Court is able to ensure they meet their obligations to themselves, the court, and their community.

Veterans wishing to act as a Veterans Treatment Court Mentor may contact Kelly Kell, Supervisor of the Court Alternatives Program at:  352-341-7035 or Kelly.Kell@citrusbocc.com.

Commissioner Coleman Holds Town Hall Meeting In Inverness

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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Commissioner Brian Coleman holds Town Hall Meeting at the Historic Courthouse Museum in Inverness on Monday, February 20

Commissioner Coleman Holds Community Town Hall Meeting

Commissioner Brian Coleman held a Town Hall Meeting at the Historic Courthouse Museum in Inverness on Monday, February 20. Citizens took advantage of the opportunity to chat with the commissioner and ask questions that were on their mind. For more information on upcoming Town Hall meetings call Public Information Officer Cynthia Oswald at 352-527-5484.

Free Program on Closing Your Seasonal Home

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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. 

This class will be held on Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:30am.  Pre-registration is appreciated.  This free program is held at the Coastal Region Public Library at 8619 W Crystal St, Crystal River, FL 34428.

To register online https://closingyourseasonalhome.eventbrite.com

For more information, call Sarah or Stephanie at the University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension office in Lecanto 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 Extension connects the public with the University of Florida/IFAS’ knowledge, research, and resources to address youth, family, community, and agricultural needs.”

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Two Free Florida-friendly Gardening Workshops in March 2017

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

Turf basics

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on March 7, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Managing a healthy lawn is often a full time job and recurring expense. Selection of the right materials to accomplish a specific task is always the best place to start. Sustainable lawn varieties, typical weed infestations and pests which target our lawns are highlighted during this workshop. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.

Florida-friendly fertilizing

Citrus County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program is offering a free gardening workshop on March 21, 2017 from 2:00-3:30 pm. Fertilization of your lawn and landscape can be complicated. Using several steps including soil testing, when and how to apply fertilizers and effective irrigation practices after application are essential to proper fertilization practices. This program will discuss proper Florida Friendly fertilization practices developed by the University of Florida. Classes are held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Please contact Steven Davis at (352) 527-5708 to confirm your participation.


Two Career Fairs Planned

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold a pair of career fairs in March in Marion and Citrus counties. The career fairs, which take place March 21 and 23, are free and open to anyone seeking employment. To date, more than 30 employers with open positions plan on participating.  

“Holding these on two days and in two locations provides plenty of opportunities for career seekers and employers,” said Brenda Chrisman, CareerSource CLM’s business services officer. Chrisman said the annual fairs provide a “fast, efficient and effective” recruiting option for businesses while offering career seekers the ability to meet one-on-one with hiring managers.

While there is no need to register, professional dress is required. 

Both career fairs take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Marion County Spring Career Fair is set for Tuesday, March 21 at CF’s Klein Conference Center in Ocala. To date, 26 area employers plan to participate:
    Aflac, ASB Financial, Auto Customs, Benefit Advisors, Cardinal LG – Ocala, College of Central Florida, City of Ocala - Water Resources, Episcopal Children’s Services, Florida Department of Children and Families Mental Health Treatment Facilities, Florida Department of Corrections, Harmony United Psychiatric Care, Health Matters, Kindred Hospice, Marion County Board of County Commissioners, McCall Technology Group, MGM Hotels, Middlesex, Ocala Community Care, Ocala Electric Utility, Ocala Police Department, On Top of the World, Raney’s, Silver Springs Bottled Water Company and Sitel.
  • Citrus County Spring Career Fair takes place Thursday, March 23 at CF’s Citrus County campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, in Lecanto. More than a dozen employers are lined up for the event: Aflac, ASB Financial, Auto Customs, Benefit Advisors, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, Citrus County Fire Rescue, Episcopal Children’s Services, Florida Department of Corrections, Health Matters, Home Instead Senior Care, Key Training Center, Middlesex and Teleiman, LLC.

Free career fair preparation assistance is available at CareerSource CLM career centers. For more information, visit Career Fairs at careersourceclm.com or call 800-434-JOBS, ext. 1200.

Prescription Drug Take Back at the Veterans Administration

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

There will be a prescription drug take back at the Veterans Administration Lecanto Community Based Outpatient Clinic on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Unwanted prescription and non-prescription medications will be accepted for safe disposal and this event is open to the public. 

We will accept: Prescriptions • Prescription Patches • Prescription Medications • Ointments and Lotions • Over the Counter Medication • Vitamins • Samples • Pet Medication

We will NOT accept:  Illegal Narcotics • Paraphernalia • Needles/Sharps • Thermometers • Bloody or

Infectious Waste • Medication from Businesses/Clinics • Hydrogen Peroxide • Aerosol Cans • Inhalers

The VA Lecanto Community Based Outpatient Clinic is located at: 2804 West Marc Knighton Court, Suite A, Lecanto, FL 34461

Build Healthy Relationships UPDATED

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County is pleased to offer 2 different educational series to help you improve your relationships.  SMART Couples Florida classes are designed to teach you how to communicate needs, listen to the needs of others, successfully resolve conflict, and maintain happy and healthy relationships with everyone in your life

 1.   “Elevate,” is a fun and powerful relationship-enhancement workshop to help couples improve their communication skills and strengthen their relationships. This program runs Fridays from 6 pm-8:30 p.m. from March 24 - April 21. At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

2. “Smart Steps” is a fun and empowering stepfamily workshop designed to help strengthen the relationship of the couple and their children, including non-custodial parents. The program runs Thursdays from 6-8:30 p.m. from March 23-April 20. At the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Ste. 1, Lecanto.

A light meal is served each week. To register by March 17th, or for more information, visit the SMARTcouples.org Classes and Events page or contact UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County at 352-527-5700.

Funding for this project is provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant: #90FM 0079-01-00. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 286.26, F.S., persons needing accommodations or an interpreter to participate in programs should contact their UF/IFAS Extension office no later than 5 days prior to the scheduled meeting time or call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD).

Tourism Grant Funding Available Through March 24

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Tourist Development Council announces that it will continue to receive grant applications for Tourism Grants through Friday, March 24.  The application period for the first funding round of 2017 opened in January.

January 1, 2017- Applicant Submittal Period Opens

March 24, 2017 - Applicant Submittal Period Ends

April 12, 2017- Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council, Grant Selection, and Budget Allocation

There are three different grant categories available:  Capital Improvement Projects, Special Project/Events and Collateral Materials for Marketing.

Capital Improvement Projects Funding Program

Capital projects must be located within Citrus County and serve to establish new or refurbish existing facilities or infrastructures that are publicly owned and operated or owned and operated by not-for-profit organizations and open to the public for recreational activities, cultural events and performances that host events in Citrus County whose primary goal and purpose is to bring substantial numbers of tourists/visitors to the County, thereby promoting overnight hotel stays within the County.

Tourist Development Capital Projects Funding will be allocated from the Tourist Development Tax Budget. This will ensure that funding is available for contribution for financial assistance for special events and other programs that generate increased tourism activity within Citrus County. The Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) of Citrus County, a political subdivision of the State of Florida, (County) may allocate an annual allotment of Tourism Development Tax Revenue to the Reserve Fund to facilitate Capital Projects.


The goals of the program are:

Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

Enhance the quality of existing infrastructure and encourage new economic development

Educate visitors to the different areas in the County.

Special Project/Events Grant

The Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) offers a Special Event Grant program to organizations designated to promote Special Project/Events Grant program to organizations to promote special events/projects to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County thereby impacting the lodging industry.  A Special Event is defined as any activity, service, venue or event, intended to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County.

This Special Project/Events Grant is to provide funding to advertise and promote events to out of county markets to attract overnight visitors. The Grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use for Marketing, Advertisement, and Promotional materials.

Collateral Materials Grant

The purpose of the Citrus County Tourist Development Collateral Materials Grant is to assist organizations in Citrus County by providing funding awards for program dollars to make our area more appealing to visitors who are spending the night in Citrus County. This grant leverages TDC resources and extends the marketing for Citrus County.

The goals of the program are:

Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

Enhance the quality of existing material and encourage new collateral development

Educate visitors to the different areas in the County.

The application submittal dates for Collateral Materials are the same as for Special Project/Events.

For more detail on each type of grant, maximum awards, eligible projects, reporting requirements, etc., visit the Tourist Development Council website at:  

http://www.citrusbocc.com/commissioners/advboards/tdc/tdc.htm.  Applicants must conform to the TDC’s policies and procedures as specified.  Applications failing to meet the deadlines will not be considered until the next funding cycle.


Zumba Citrus Donates 297 teddy bears to Meals on Wheels

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

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For four years straight Zumba Citrus members in Homosassa have been collecting and donating Valentines Bears to give some love to Citrus County home bound seniors that receive Meals on Wheels. 

This year Zumba Citrus collected 297 adorable teddy bears in gift bags. This number was enough for all Citrus County home delivered meal clients to receive a bear of their own. 

Special thanks to Joyce Groh, Zumba Instructor and Betsy King at Zumba Citrus, and all the Zumba Citrus members for donating and organizing this heartwarming program.  In the picture Joyce Groh, left, is delivering 297 bears to Kriss Hornaday, Central Citrus Community Center Coordinator, right.

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