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Steve and Marie Straight hosted a mixer for community leaders interested in serving on the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County.

Prospective board members included Rick Bement, Lane Vick, Father Vincent Morton, Patience Nave, Kevin Sweeney and Bob Christensen.

Current board members attending were Anne Pope, Bonnie Hardiman, Bob Halleen, Marie Straight, Mary Curry, Glen Abbott and executive director Pennie Anderson.

Hors d'oeuvres were served as the group discussed the club's goals, the children's needs and future sites of the Boys & Girls Club.

Bonnie Hardiman won an umbrella for having the most guests attending.

On Feb. 23, 34 members of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association Chapter FL1-R, Dunnellon Rainbow Riders rode to Manatee Springs State Park. The group used a fork to feed a squirrel a brownie.

On Saturday, the group met for an omelet and pancake breakfast at the Masonic Lodge on Powell Road, followed by a ride.

From 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays the association meets for "Kick Tire" at the Olde Fashioned Sweet Shoppe on Pennsylvania Avenue in Dunnellon.

If you have a motorcycle or an interest in motorcycles, the group invites you to join them for fun, good food and ice cream. And you will never have a problem finding someone who will talk about motorcycles with you.

The group is preparing the annual RIDE FOR KIDS, a motorcycle event that supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States. For information, visit their Web site at

This year's event will be on Nov. 2, beginning in Dunnellon.

The first Task Force organizational meeting was held Feb. 9 and eight members of the Rainbow Riders attended. Volunteers are needed for the Task Force and for the day of the ride.

You do not need to be a motorcyclist to volunteer. Anyone willing to help is welcome.

The next Task Force meeting will be April 13.

For information on any of these events, call FL1-R Chapter directors Martin and Emily Czysz at (352) 465-0583.

Guardian Thistle Pipe and Drum Corps, with members from Citrus, Pasco and Hernando counties, is accepting new members, either beginners or those with experience.

The group provides free pipe and drum lessons to those who are interested in learning the age-old tradition of the great Highland bagpipes and drums.

They also have a bugle corps that is an extension of the band. The corps' bugle major is an accomplished rudimental and pipe band drummer and bugler. He is a member of various associations, including Bugles Across America. He is the only American/associate member of the Royal Marine Buglers Association. He provides the fundamentals of bugling and rudimental/pipe band drumming for serious students.

The band seeks to form a brass section to accompany the pipes, drums and bugles during performances. If you play a brass instrument such as trumpet, french horn, coronet or woodwind and have a desire to participate, contact the group.

Practices are from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday evenings at the Veterans Memorial Park Center, 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson.

For information, call pipemajor Ken Stowell at (727) 967-3559 or; bugle major and acting drum sergeant Larry Carey at (727) 869-7747 or or visit the group's Web site


A retirement party will be held for Ann Daniel at Inverness Primary School from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 21.

Pictures, letters and other memorabilia are needed for a scrapbook. The public is asked to send or drop off items for Bev King or Noreen Clark at Inverness Primary School no later than April 15.

If you have a special memory you would like to share at this event, RSVP to Inverness Primary School by calling 726-2632 by May 9.



On Feb. 22, the Citrus Eagles held their grand reopening. What a great turnout.

State Rep. Charlie Dean and his wife, Judy, were our special guests. The official ribbon cutting was at 4 p.m. and Charlie Dean, Aerie president Chuck Ruprecht and auxiliary president Donna Marcinak assisted in this great event.

We have had many trials and tribulations, but the day turned out great.

The club was filled to capacity for a great dinner of prime rib prepared by a crew that always steps in to make our functions successful.

The club was decorated by a group that gave its all.

After dinner, members enjoyed a night of music and socializing.

I would like to thank all of the officers and members of Citrus Eagles 3992 for helping make our grand reopening a great success.

Thank you again Charlie and Judy Dean for helping us make our grand reopening a complete success even though a storm continued through the day.

Chuck Ruprecht

Aerie president


Cal Martin of Beverly Hills was voted Artist of the Month during the February meeting of the Citrus Watercolor Club. His entry, Market Day, is a colorful tropical painting of a person waiting to go to market.

Martin's art background includes art studies at Whitney School of Art in New Haven, Conn., and further painting, design and art history classes at Southern Connecticut State College. His watercolors have been widely shown throughout Citrus County. He has been awarded a number of ribbons at art shows in Connecticut. He was also voted Artist of the Month by the Citrus County Art League, the Citrus Watercolor Club and the Beverly Hills Art Group. He has given demonstrations in dry-on-wet and wet-on-wet techniques of watercolor.

Martin and his wife moved to Beverly Hills from Connecticut in June 1998. Since his arrival he has been active in the above-mentioned groups. He teaches at the Beverly Hills Art Group.


Inverness Primary School held its Family Adventure Night on Feb. 25. Parents, grandparents and mentors joined the children at the school to share in a night of fun and learning.

The event featured games of pick up sticks and checkers. The group also created paper airplanes and made paper doll cutouts.

They also enjoyed homemade ice cream and a free hot dog dinner.

The Crystal River unit of the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month for February is Janelle Pineo. Janelle is 11 years old and is in the fifth grade at Rock Crusher Elementary School. Janelle enjoys painting and doing other crafts at the club. When she isn't at the club, she participates in karate and loves to swim. She is always very helpful to the staff during cleanup time and is always willing to help the younger club members during art time and with the garden club.

The Homosassa unit of the Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month for February is Jessica Iannelli. Jessica is 12 years old and is in the fifth grade at Homosassa Elementary. She has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club Homosassa Unit for about three years and is very involved with the club newspaper and several other programs.

The Youth of the Month at the Inverness Unit of the Boys & Girls Club for February is Jessica Macas. Jessica is 11 years old and is in the fifth grade at Pleasant Grove Elementary. Jessica likes horses and gymnastics. She also enjoys doing arts and craft projects and working on the computers. Jessica is a huge help to the staff and she also enjoys helping other members during Power Hour.

The Lakes Region Library of the Citrus County Library System is featuring the 15th annual artwork display of Inverness Middle School in the Youth Room.

Art teachers Fred Huffman and Joy Livingston have shared the creative expressions of their sixth- through eighth-grade students every year since 1989. Many techniques are demonstrated including a painted paper collage, aboriginal bark painted etchings, pinhole photography, linoleum block printing, scratchboard and papier-mache masks.

Don't miss the opportunity to view these flamboyant visual treats. The Lakes Region Library is at 1511 Druid Road, Inverness. The art work will be on display through the end of the month.

The Central Florida Sugar Babes Doll and Teddy Bear Club has canceled its annual Doll and Teddy Bear Show and Sale, which was planned for Saturday at the American Italian Social Club on State Road 44 in Inverness.

For information on this cancellation or the group, call Ruthe at 382-1826 or Betty at 382-2513.

NEW FIRE STATION: The Floral City Masonic Lodge and members of the 19th Masonic District held a dedication Feb. 22 of the new Citrus County Fire Station No. 51 in Floral City. From left are Chief Robert "Bob" Bessler, Right Worshipful Travis F. Teal, DDGM, and Worshipful Richard Bidwell, Worshipful Master of Floral City Masonic Lodge. Teal was the presiding officer at the service. A complete set of photos can be viewed under special events at

SPREADING THE HEALTHY NEWS: Amy Kingery, left, speaks with a visitor about Seven Rivers Community Hospital's newsletter, HealthBeat. The hospital recently participated in the Life Care Health Fair and the Beverly Hills Health Fair. At the fairs, hospital representatives educated community members about the risks of stroke and how to recognize and prevent the condition. Hospital employees attend several health fairs each year and the hospital is dedicated to providing up-to-date health education information to the community.

THE CAT'S MEOW: Shilah Goodwin was chosen Miss Teen Citrus 2003 on Friday night. Her performance of the Stray Cat Strut was done in a costume reminiscent of the theatrical blockbuster Cats. Her tiger-striped outfit was complete with painted face and tail.

Above, kindergarten student Corey Miller challenges his dad, Bill, to a game of checkers during the Family Adventure Night at Inverness Primary School on Feb. 25. Below, third-grade aide Sandie Saporito, left, teaches third-grader Garrett Johnson how to play pick up sticks while behind her guidance secretary Georgie Conrad deals a hand of cards to prekindergarten student Xavier Monsegur, center, and third-grader Lauren Rodenbach in a game of Old Maid.