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Citrus County Citizens’ Academy Recognizes Spring 2019 Graduates

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

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Citizen Academy Facilitator Doug Wright was joined by Spring 2019 Citizen Academy Graduates: Linda Bluver, Dana Durham and Carol Hoki

The 2019 Spring Citizens Academy Graduation Event was held at the Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Facilitator Doug Wright congratulated the participants and thanked them for spending time learning more about local government. Graduates recognized for their participation were: Linda Bluver, Dana Durham and Carol Hoki.

The Citrus County Citizens’ Academy is an interactive program that focuses on educating citizens about the County’s governmental operations. Elected officials, Constitutional Officers, Department Directors and county staff host unique and informative sessions designed to give a hands-on inside look into county government operations. Participants learn about our local government, the community in which we live, and at the end of the twelve sessions, have made new friends, and most of all gained knowledge to be great ambassadors within our community.

For more information on the Citizens’ Academy program or to register for the Fall 2019 session please contact Doug Wright at: douglas.wright@citrusbocc.com.

The BOCC congratulates the Knights of Columbus in Citrus County on 50th Anniversary

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 Knights; Mike Belkin, Jerry Thompson, Richard Surowiak, John Uva, Charlie Gach and Ladies Auxiliary member, Denise Uva

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 14, 2019 congratulating the Knights of Columbus, Abbot Francis Sadlier Council 6168, Beverly Hills, on their 50th anniversary.

The Knights of Columbus Abbot Francis Sadlier Council 6168 was chartered by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, New Haven, Connecticut, on May 31, 1969 in Beverly Hills, Florida. The Knights of Columbus, Abbot Francis Sadler Council through model citizenship, charitable activities and generous donations during the past 50 years, has contributed immensely to the greater good of the citizens of Citrus County. In the last 10 years, earned, collected and donated in excess of $275,000 to charitable nonprofit organizations in Citrus County, provided coats for Citrus County children who otherwise would have had none in the cold of winter and inspired Citrus County citizens to donate toys to Santa Claus for children who otherwise would have received none at Christmas.

During the last 50 years the Knights of Columbus, Abbot Francis Sadlier Council has created, organized, supervised and led countless activities for young men and women of Citrus County, basketball free throw championships, spelling bees, soccer challenges to name a few. The members proudly espouse the virtues of charity, unity, fraternalism and patriotism in all that they do for the good of citizens and should be praised for their history of generosity, dedication, devotion to fellow men and women and model citizenship.

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County congratulates the members of the Knights of Columbus Abbot Francis Sadlier Council 6168 on its 50th Anniversary in Citrus County, Florida and calls the occasion to the attention of all citizens.

Extension Service offers food safety training

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

You do not have to travel to Tampa or Orlando to get your ServSafe® Food Protection Manager’s Certification.  The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County is providing training to help food managers and staff keep food served to Florida’s consumers safer.

This is a comprehensive training that provides the most up-to-date information and current regulations.  The ServSafe® Manager’s exam is given at the end of the training, which provides a National Certification that is good for five years.  Certification is required in Florida for food managers of all establishments licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and selected licenses of the Department of Health. 

The next class will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019.  Pre-registration of two weeks is required.  It will begin promptly at 8:30 am, and run approximately 8 hours, then participants will have a maximum of two hours to take the national certification exam.  There is no “test only” option.  Participants should bring valid picture identification with them, and a sack lunch. Training is held at the UF/IFAS Extension Citrus County office at 3650 W Sovereign Path, Suite 1, Lecanto (from State Road 44, go south on County Road 491, turn west on Saunders Way, go one block, turn left onto Sovereign Path.  The Extension building is the first building on the right). 

To register online: http://tinyurl.com/z6dp7jf

Cost for the course and exam is $110.  The purchase of the ServSafe® Manager Manual for $55 is highly recommended and is available in English or Spanish.  It is suggested that participants study the ServSafe® Manager 7th edition textbook prior to attending the class.  For more information, call Sarah at the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County 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 (352) 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.”

The BOCC proclaims Older Americans 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 Senior Programs Supervisor, Janice Hale; and Senior Programs Participants, Joyce Ritter, Eddie Roberts, Sue Goddard, Basil McGlashen, Allen Matthews, Mary Hixon, and Laura Touchton

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on May 14, 2019 proclaiming the month of May 2019 as Older American Month in Citrus County.

Citrus County includes a growing number of older Americans who enrich our community through their

diverse life experiences. The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners is committed to strengthening our community by connecting with and supporting older adults, their families, and caregivers and acknowledging their many valuable contributions to society.

The BOCC recognizes the importance of bringing together all generations and engaging in activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being for the benefit of all. The BOCC can enhance the lives of older Americans in our community by:

•             Promoting home- and community-based services that support independent living

•             Involving older adults in community events and other activities

•             Providing opportunities for older adults to work, volunteer, learn, lead, and mentor

The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County does hereby proclaim May 2019 to be Older Americans Month in Citrus County, Florida. We urge every resident to take time during this month to recognize older adults and the people who serve them as essential and valuable members of our community. 

Senior Companion Program Looking for Volunteers

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

The Senior Companion is a program of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center. To become a Senior Companion, you must be 55 years of age or over, not employed, have your own vehicle, and a valid driver’s license and insurance. The positions are open to income-eligible individuals and opportunities are available in various areas of the County. Pre-service and ongoing training is provided.

Who are Senior Companions?

Senior Companions become part of a team of caregivers. They are healthy older adults who help other adults live independently. Senior Companions make the lives of those they serve less lonely by serving them on a regular basis.

Companions must commit to work a minimum of 5 hours per week. In exchange they will receive a stipend, mileage allowance, paid vacation, and sick time. The purpose of this program is to help housebound seniors stay independent in their homes. Without the help of Senior Companions, many older adults would be unable to continue living at home and would require more expensive, less personal care.

Senior Companions typically visit their clients once a week and assist with a variety of tasks. Activities include assistance with important daily activities such as transportation to medical appointments, shopping, letter writing, and/or assistance with meal preparation. The Senior Companion will also keep watchful eye on their client to notice when extra care is necessary. They also offer encouragement to remain physically and mentally active, provide disaster preparedness information, and provide community service information when required.

What benefits do Senior Companions receive?

The Senior Companions receive compensation to cover the cost of serving in the form of a stipend, mileage reimbursement, and supplemental accident and liability coverage.

If you would like more information about becoming a Senior Companion, please call Laurie Diestler at 352-527-5952.

Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization Technical Advisory Committee to hold public meeting

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at the Citrus Transit Center, 1300 South Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Florida.

Items on the agenda include:

· 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Update

· FY 2019/20-2023/24 Transportation Improvement Program

· List of Priority Projects for FY 2020/21

· Consultant scopes of services

· Extensions to Continuing Planning Services Contracts

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.

Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization Citizens Advisory Committee to hold public meeting

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m., at the Citrus Transit Center, 1300 South Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, Florida.

Items on the agenda include:

· 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) Update

· FY 2019/20-2023/24 Transportation Improvement Program

· List of Priority Projects for FY 2020/21

· Consultant scopes of services

· Extensions to Continuing Planning Services Contracts

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.

Extension Announces Master Gardener Volunteer Opportunity

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

If you love gardening, enjoy helping people and have time to share your skills, discover what it means to be a Master Gardener volunteer with University of Florida/Citrus County Extension. No local gardening experience is required!

Explore what it means to be a Master Gardener volunteer at one of the Get Acquainted sessions. Extension and its volunteers offer garden information in a wide variety of Florida-Friendly landscape practices such as correctly identifying garden pests and diseases, effective methods to apply irrigation and fertilizers, vegetable gardening, selection of appropriate plant materials for our area and more.

Your choice of two Get Acquainted sessions will be offered Friday, June 7 from 10am to 11:30am or Friday, June 14 from 2pm to 3:30pm. Both sessions will be held at the Extension office, 3650 W. Sovereign Path, Lecanto. During the informational session, you will hear what Extension needs in a volunteer, meet current volunteers, and get your questions answered, including how to apply. Class sessions start in mid-July and run through mid-August twice per week on Wednesdays and Fridays. 

RSVP to reserve your space or questions at, 352-527-5700.

Veterans Administration looking for volunteer drivers

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

Do you have a few hours during the week to drive a Citrus County veteran to much needed services? Volunteer drivers are desperately needed to drive veterans to appointments at the Gainesville Veterans’ Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and to the Villages Out Patient Clinic (OPC).

Drivers volunteer on an on-call basis, one to three times a week. Volunteers will receive a free physical examination at the Gainesville VAMC, lunch the day they drive and participate in the awards program for miles driven.

There is an application process for potential volunteers and a Veterans’ Administration (VA) identification badge will be provided. Fingerprinting and proof of driver’s license and vehicle insurance will need to be provided to participate. For more information on this volunteer opportunity call, 352-746-8005.

Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization May Meeting Recap

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

The Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) met on May 15, 2019 in a public meeting at the Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto FL. The points of interest from the meeting are below:

· FDOT reported that a northbound right turn lane from US 19 onto Thrasher has been determined warranted and should be under construction next year.

· The MPO approved an amendment to the FY 2019-FY 2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include a lighting project in Citrus County.

· The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) was amended to reflect carry forward Planning funds and to include MPO annual certification.

· The MPO approved the 2019 Public Transportation Grant Agreement between the MPO and the Florida Department of Transportation in the amount of $105,500. The agreement must still be approved by Citrus and Hernando County because local matches are required.

· The MPO approved the FY 2019 Certifications and Assurances for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funding.

· The MPO approved the extensions of contracts G0D90 and G0T22 to June 30, 2020.

· The MPO’s Administrative Assistant position was reclassified to an Administrative Assistant III.

· The MPO discussed reviewing committee quorum issues in the future if attendance continues to be problematic.

For further information regarding the Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Organization, visit us at:

https://www.hernandocounty.us/departments/departments-f-m/metropolitan-planning-organization

The next MPO meeting is scheduled for Tuesday June 18, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in the Lecanto Government Center, 3600 W. Sovereign Path, Room 166, Lecanto Florida.  Please Contact the Hernando/Citrus MPO at (352) 754-4082 for more information

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