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Savvy Caregiver Program to be offered

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Citrus County in partnership with Elder Options is offering the Savvy Caregiver Program at the West Citrus Community Center, 8940 West Veterans Drive, Homosassa, Florida 34448. The seven-week program is designed for caregivers who assist persons with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and will be held on Tuesdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm beginning February 4 through March 17, 2020. 

Registration is required for free class as class size is limited.  Throughout the series you will, learn to differentiate the types of dementia and the progression of the disease, improve your caregiver self-care skills, gain confidence to set and alter caregiving goals, learn skills on responding to dementia behaviors and increase opportunities for family involvement in caregiving.

For more information and to reserve your spot in the class please phone Savvy Caregiver at, (352)692-5220 or register online at, http://agingresources.org/savvy-caregiver-for-families/.

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Salvation Army Cold Weather Shelter to Open

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Salvation Army will have their Cold Weather Shelter open Tuesday, January 21, 2020.  The shelter is open 7pm to 7am and is located at The Salvation Army, 712 S. School Avenue, Lecanto, FL 34461.

Remember, someone seeking cold weather shelter can go to any Citrus County Bus Stop at the last pickup time, and the driver will drop off the person at The Salvation Army at no cost. The person will be picked up at The Salvation Army the following morning and taken back to the same area

If you have any questions, please contact The Salvation Army directly at 352-513-4960.

Spring into Gardening at the Central Ridge Library

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Friends of the Central Ridge Library invite the public to their annual meeting on Friday, January 24th at 10:30 AM at the Central Ridge branch of the Citrus County Library System for a special gardening class. BJ Jarvis from the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County will be giving instructions on how you can get started growing your own healthy herbs this spring. This free performance will follow a brief installation of officers. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about the friends of the library and other library activities visit citruslibraries.org

Celebrating Ten Years of “Love Your Library”

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Love Your Library is the signature annual fundraising event hosted by the Library Advisory Board, in partnership with the Friends of the Library groups, to benefit the Citrus County Library System. On Friday, February 7 at 6:30pm, the Central Ridge Branch in Beverly Hills will be transformed for the 10th Annual Love Your Library event. This year we’ll be stepping back a century to the 1920’s for a Bootleggers Ball featuring flappers, gangsters, some speakeasy charm, and a little art deco style to get things roaring! 

The Cove Pub and Grub will be smuggling in the goods again this year with a delicious selection of appetizers and the famous smashed potato bar. It wouldn’t be much of a speakeasy without adult beverage options, so attendees can be assured that prohibition will not keep us from having a variety of wine and beer. Our DJ for the evening will be mixing in music from the era so you can dance the Charleston and trot the Toddle.

There will be a huge silent auction that will provide excellent opportunities to bid on an array of great items including artwork, jewelry, an amazing assortment of themed baskets, and much more. During this fun-filled night, raffles will also be held for a chance to win incredible themed gift baskets provided by the Friends of the Library groups. Not to be forgotten and back by popular demand, the Wine Toss will give attendees a chance to test their skill and win a prize or two.

The evening is made possible by Suncoast Credit Union, Duke Energy, Crystal Automotive and Motorcycle Group, and other local businesses through their generous sponsorship of the event.

All proceeds stay here in Citrus County and will directly benefit the Citrus County Library System through the Library Foundation Fund as established by the Library Advisory Board. The fund is at over 65% of the goal to raise $500,000 toward major building improvements for the Lakes Region Library in Inverness and Coastal Region Library in Crystal River. With each building now over 30 years old, major renovations are needed to keep our libraries flexible and vibrant spaces that meet the modern needs of the community.

Tickets are $30 each if purchased in advance at any library branch ($35 night of event). For more information or questions, please contact Ben Kampschroer at 352-513-5961 or email Ben.Kampschroer@citruslibraries.org

Free Irrigation 101 workshop in January

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Citrus County Utilities is offering a free irrigation 101 workshop on January 22, 2020 from 1-4 pm. The training offers the basics of operating an irrigation system in Florida.  Learn how to schedule the irrigation controller and how long to run each zone. Find out how much water to apply during summer months vs. winter. Discover simple maintenance tips to keep the system in check. Hear about our local soils and plant water needs. This workshop is held at the Citrus County Extension Service building located at 3650 W Sovereign Path in Lecanto.  Register at https://ccufflprogram.eventbrite.com/.

County Office closings and holiday hours for Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

County Office closings and holiday hours for Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance

Citrus County Government offices will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Citrus County Landfill will be open until 2:30pm on Monday, January 20, 2020, the Administration Office is closed.

Citrus County Transit Services will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020.

All library branches will be closed Monday, January 20, 2020.

Bicentennial Pool will be closed Monday January 20, 2020.

Citrus County Transit will be closed January 20, 2020.

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Citrus County Courthouse Annex Parking lot gets new driveway

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

Citrus County Public Works is beginning parking and access improvements to the Citrus County Courthouse Annex (Stovall Building) property in downtown Inverness.  Currently Road Maintenance is doing the prep work for a new driveway, which will enhance traffic and pedestrian safety. The Courthouse Annex currently houses the Citrus County Tax Collector and Citrus County property Appraiser.

The new driveway is currently scheduled to be paved over the Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend, at the same time as the courthouse parking lot next to the Sheriff’s Office. Once paving is completed the landscape islands will be constructed and the old driveway will be removed. The new configuration will add two new parking places and an identified pedestrian crosswalk. 

Please note the existing driveway will not be closed until the new driveway is open for traffic.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to use caution will in the construction area. For more information phone 352-527-5477.

Musical Performance at the Coastal Region Library

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

The Friends of the Coastal Region Library invite the public to their annual meeting on Friday, January 17th at 2:00PM at the Coastal Region branch of the Citrus County Library System for a special musical performance. Dave DeLuca will take participants on a musical journey with your favorite doo-wop hits throughout the decades. This free performance will follow a brief installation of officers. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about the friends of the library and other library activities visit citruslibraries.org. 

Citrus County Transit Expands No Charge Services to VA Facilities

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

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Veteran Bobbie Potter, escort Debbie Potter, Veteran Charles Owen, and Veteran Richard Walsh

Veterans in Citrus County now have more transportation options thanks to expanding services at Citrus County Transit. The county’s large veteran population has historically depended on transit services to the VA hospital in Gainesville and to The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic. Transit Services is now adding transport to the VA hospital in Tampa 

The 2020 schedule and services includes:

•             Every Tuesday transportation to The VA  Hospital in Tampa

•             Every Wednesday transportation to The  VA Hospital in Gainesville

•             Every Thursday transportation to The Villages Outpatient Clinic 

•             Buses are handicap accessible and can accommodate wheelchairs and walkers

•             Home pickups are available

•             Space permitting the Veteran can bring an escort

•             There is NO charge for this service

Citrus County is pleased to be able to expand transit service to our veterans. Here are a couple recent quotes from riders;

“Very good service.  I’m 85 years old and if this service was not available I would have to really scramble to get a ride.” Said veteran Richard Walsh of Inverness.

Veteran Charles Owen from Hernando said, “Ride was great.  At 95 years old, I should not be driving such a long distance.  Without this service I would not have any other way to get to my appointments.”

For more information or to make reservations call Janet Gramann at 352-527-7630 

Landfill Partners for First in Florida Innovative Research

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2020

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Photo: Michael Corey (Operator), Frederick Graff (Operator), Devin Walker (CEO/Co-Founder), and Henry Norris Citrus County Solid Waste Management Director

T2C-Energy demo staff: Michael Corey (Operator), Frederick Graff (Operator), Donny Jones (Operator), Ian Jones (Operator), Rob West (Operations Manager), and Devin Walker (CEO/Co-Founder).

Landfill Partners for First in Florida Innovative Research

Good things come out of professional conferences. The relationship between T2C-Energy and Citrus County Landfill first started back in 2016 when Henry Norris, Solid Waste Director and Devin Walker, CEO of T2C met at a Florida Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) conference and began a discussion about a possible partnership.  A partnership that would come to fruition and become the first of its kind in Florida.

“Initially we wanted to establish a collaborative effort between various County Landfills, University of South Florida, and T2C-Energy in order to understand the needs of the waste industry and develop a solution that could fit those needs,” said Mr. Walker. “Henry was receptive to the idea of waste derived fuel and over the past three years this eventually allowed us to reach the point we are today in demonstrating the technology on site at Citrus County Landfill.”  The goal of the demo is to show the efficiency and quality of fuel that can be produced from the raw landfill gas generated at the landfill.

T2C-Energy began back in 2012 as a University of South Florida spin-off company by the technology developers.  Through the support of private (USCleantech), Federal (Department of Energy), and State (Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services) agencies, the company has scaled the technology out of the lab and to the pilot/demonstration level.

The waste to diesel conversion process offers an opportunity to decarbonize the entire waste industry.  The amount of landfill gas generated at the Citrus County Central Landfill would produce enough renewable diesel fuel to not only fuel all the heavy equipment and diesel trucks operated by the landfill but also supply the diesel fuel needs of all County owned and operated diesel engines.  This would decarbonize the entire County fleet of diesel-powered engines.  “It would be quite a powerful statement if the County could say that all of our diesel engines are powered by a 100% waste derived renewable fuel,” said Mr. Norris.

This technology has the backing of many State and Federal agencies as well as companies abroad. It is important to remember this technology is still in the research and development stages and has yet to see full scale operations. Citrus County will continue to support T2C-Energy’s efforts and applauds forward thinking and innovative developments resulting in better ways to manage our resources. Citrus County is committed to good environmental stewardship and with its Gulf waters, three first magnitude springs, state forest and fresh water lakes chain, seizing the opportunity to be a part of innovative research with the primary goal of commercializing technology that will provide economic opportunity and job creation, while decarbonizing the waste industry is a perfect fit.

For more information on the Citrus County Landfill phone, 352-527-7670.

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