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The Citrus County Audubon Society invites the public to join it on a field trip to Fort Island Beach in Crystal River on Saturday. Participants should meet in the parking lot of the park at 8 a.m. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. For more information, call 628-6066.

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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-4 will present the Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills and Seamanship program consisting of eight two-hour sessions on Mondays and Thursdays beginning at 7 p.m. April 8 at Central Florida Community College, 3800 S Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.

The program will cover such topics as boat handling, safety equipment, rules of the road and other subjects critical to safe boating. State law requires all power boaters born after September 1980 to have training prior to obtaining a Florida boating operator's ID. Registration is $5 and training materials are $30. To register, call CFCC at 746-6721, or for information, call Jim Kelly at 795-4412.

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The Knights of Columbus, Abbot Francis Sadlier Council 6168 of Beverly Hills had a welcome visitor at its recent meeting when their "adopted" seminarian, Tim Grivois, was in town visiting his grandfather Joe Grivois. The Knights presented Tim with a check for $2,500 which was the proceeds from a dinner they held to raise money for him.

The money will go toward his education as he progresses toward the priesthood. Tim is a junior at St. Xavier University in Chicago and is in formation with the St. Columban's Foreign Mission Society.

In addition to his studies, he is a lay minister at Alexian Brothers Bonaventure House, a transitional house for the homeless men and women living with AIDS. He is also an activist for Peace and Justice relating to militarization and immigration issues.

Additionally, the group has announced its service awards for the month of March. Newsletter editor Lee Nowicke and his wife, Marie, have been named Family of the Month and Chancellor Don Irwin has been named Knight of the Month.

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Waterfront Home Owners Assembly met on March 5 at Lake Rousseau RV Resort.

Sandra Clodwick was announced as the new president of the assembly. Board members elected are Stu Barnette, Walter Cowen, Bill Hayes, Mel Gilmore and Faye Patterson.

Reports were given on reduced fire insurance rates for those with waterfront property. Currently, some insurance companies offer reduced rates for properties within 5 miles of a fire station. It was suggested that there was a countywide move to change the rating which could potentially lead to an insurance cost savings.

Another item addressed was noise pollution from airboats. A committee is investigating which laws are applicable and how they might be enforced. It was noted that some groups are proposing a study to return the Withlacoochee to its original flow, which could ultimately impact Lake Rousseau.

John Dennis discussed the actions of the Withlacoochee Restoration Planning Board, which centered on the objections to the study to divert more water into the river below the dam. Dennis will keep WHOA up to date on the actions of this board. He suggested that the group invite Jim Brooks, head of the board, to a future meeting.

WHOA expressed its appreciation to Lake Rousseau RV Resort for providing the hall for WHOA's monthly meeting. The next meeting takes place at 7 p.m. April 2.

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The Chinsegut Nature Center will hold a Chassahowitzka Wildflower Walk at 10 a.m. Tuesday. For information on location and meeting place, call the center at (352) 754-6722.

Also, from 10 a.m. to noon April 10 there will be a handson exotic plant control effort. You are invited to join in to remove invasive exotics such as tropical soda apple, coral ardesia, air potato, Chinese tallow, and camphor tree from the landscape.

There will be a demonstration of the techniques for control of these plants and then participants can join staff members in pulling some of these exotic plants. For more information, call (352) 754-6722.

The center is located at 23212 Lake Lindsey Road (Route 476), Brooksville.

You can also visit the center's online site at /join-us/chinsegut/index.html where an updated listing of programs is available.

New fire station

Officials broke ground on March 12 for the new Floral City Fire Station being built at the corner of U.S. 41 and Spanish Trail south of Floral City. Construction will begin in early April by Winkel Construction of Inverness. Pictured from left are: Charles Poliseno, director of public safety; Vicki Phillips, commissioner; Gary Bartell, commissioner; Mike Schlaudraff, director of fire service; Roger Batchelor, commissioner; Jim Fowler, commission chairman; Robert Bessler, Floral City VFD assistant chief; Floyd Bedford, Floral City VFD chief; Josh Wooten, commissioner; Floyd Michael Bedford, Floral City VFD lieutenant; Ken Saunders, assistant county administrator; Richard Wesch, county administrator; Rick Winkel, Winkel Construction project manager; and Bill Winkel, Winkel president. Present but not shown is Alma "Shortie" Bedford, Floral City VFD.

Ushering in spring

The Sugarmill Chorale will have its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church of Homosassa, 8831 W. Bradshaw St. Shown are the soloists for the event, from left, tenor Dick Ribble, soprano Marion Consiglio, alto Joanne Nesler, baritone Dick Lindenberger and soprano Lucille Davis. The theme of the concert is love. Included in the program will be sacred and classical pieces as well as romantic favorites. Tickets are $6 and are available from all chorale members or by calling 382-3498.


The Cheer Attitude All Stars competed at UCA Nationals at the Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando on March 9 where they placed fifth in the nation. The team earned this bid to the Nationals when they took first place on Dec. 1 at UCA regional competition.

The team first competed in the morning at the semifinals where they earned advancement to the finals that afternoon. The finals were covered by ESPN2 and will be aired soon.

Cheer Attitude All Stars is a brand new junior division team that started in April 2001. The ages on this team are 10 through 15.

The group had a very successful first season, doing well at all competitions. They frequently competed against veteran all-star teams. Their first year record included: Cheer Power in St. Pete, second place; UCA Regionals in Orlando, first place; Canam-Tampa, second place; Florida Championships State Fair-Tampa, fourth place, and UCA Nationals Orlando fifth place.

This year's Cheer Attitude Team members are: Laura Beatty, Megan Boivin, Courtney Buckingham, Marlana Camden, Christina Flores, Felicia Flores, Allison Greenman, Dawn Hans, Jamie Jones, Jessica Jordan, Amanda Lyons, Katie Kirkland, Tiffani Machado, Desiree Metzler, Joslyn Moore, Marie Norton, Lauren Ogen, Ashton O'Steen, Randi Rae, Mariah Roberts, Marlina Savage, Jacqulyn Seffern, Becky Smith, Hayley Stoltz, Hannah Surber, Ariel Taylor, Jessica Taylor, Rachel Tirpak, Jessie Wheeler, and Stephanie Wheeler.

Tryouts for the 2002-03 season will be held sometime in May. There will be more than one team due to interest in the group. For information, call Tracy Seffern at 795-4860.

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Children ages 6 and under are invited to an "Eggstra Eggciting" program from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at the Lakes Region Library, 1511 Druid Road, Inverness. Participants will enjoy egg tales, yokes and a craft.

An egg hunt of library grounds will follow the program. it is sponsored by the Beta Club of Citrus High School. Children should bring a basket or bag for their goodies.

The Cheer Attitude All Stars competed at UCA Nationals at the Wide World of Sports in Orlando on March 9 where they placed fifth in the nation. Six of the girls were chosen All Americans at the Florida State Championships, giving them the honor of cheering in the halftime routine of the 2003 NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. They are, back row from left, Hannah Surber, Ashton O'Steen and Stephanie Wheeler. Front row, from left, Christina Flores, Desiree Metzler and Jacqulyn Seffern.


HELPING OUT: On March 7 the Beverly Hills Jewish Center, Congregation Beth Sholom, gave the Salvation Army a barrel of nonperishable foods as part of its ongoing Project Isaiah. Helping out, from left, are Les Leavitt, past president of the congregation; Sandy Flatow, current president; Rabbi Zvi Ettinger; and Lu Davis of the Salvation Army.



The Alzheimer's Family Organization held its 2002 Rock 'n' Roll Rally to Remember on Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next to the Plantation Inn on U.S. 19 in Crystal River. Citrus County residents rocked for those who can't remember.

Thanks to the co-chairs, Cathy Pearson and Bruce Garrison and their committee, more than $6,500 was raised to provide services for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers in Citrus County.

The Alzheimer's Family Organization, People Helping Families, provides needed programs and services including, Respite Care Assistance, Wanderer's I.D. Program, Support Groups, Caregiver/Professional Educational Seminars, and services the central Florida area, including Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lake, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas and Sumter counties.

Kathy Montero, Alzheimer's Family Organization


The members of the Citrus County Ad Hoc Florida World War II Memorial Committee will meet on at 5 p.m. March 27 in the community room of the Citrus Times, 498 SE Kings Bay Drive, in Crystal River.

Among items to be discussed are future and current fundraising projects. All members of the committee are urged to attend. Veterans are invited to attend the meetings.

The committee was formed in 2001 by the County Commission for the purpose of assisting with the fundraising efforts for Florida's own World War II Memorial and Traveling Exhibits, public and educational awareness projects. The committee currently has commemorative lapel pins available with a minimum donation of $10.

Names and donations for the upcoming Book of Memories are also being accepted, and those included do not have to be from Florida. These may be ordered through the mail by request to the Citrus County Ad Hoc Florida World War II Memorial Committee, P.0. Box 1253, Homosassa Springs, FL 34447, or at Nature Coast Tourism Development Inc. and Welcome Center, 521 Fort Island Trail, Plantation Pointe Office Complex, Crystal River. Call (352) 564-9197 for more information.