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Swiftmud announces herbicide schedule

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, also known as Swiftmud, has announced the following schedule for using the herbicide Reward in treating water hyacinth and water lettuce on portions of the Withlacoochee River in Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties:

From Monday through Thursday, plants will be treated on the river from County Road 476 to County Road 48.

Operations may be canceled due to environmental conditions, man power and equipment availability.

Watering restrictions within the treated area:

No livestock watering for one day.

No irrigation of crops for five days.

Water shall not be used for drinking for two days, does not apply to tap water.

Signs displaying treatment dates and applicable restrictions will be posted in treated areas.

The management and treatment of nuisance exotic vegetation is necessary to maintain recreational activities and to the protection of native plant populations in Florida waters. Swiftmud conducts aquatic plant management operations in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Game & Fresh Water Fish Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Call Brian V. Nelson, aquatic plant manager, 352-796-7211, ext. 4537, or toll-free, 1-800-423-1476 (Florida only); TDD, 1-800-231-6103 (Florida only).

Surplus commodities

distributed Thursday

USDA Surplus Commodities will be distributed in Marion County on Thursday . Each facility will close for lunch.

Distribution will be at the following times and locations: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., American Legion Hall, U.S. 41 S, Dunnellon; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Orange Lake Civic Club, Lakeview Avenue, Orange Lake; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, 2232 N Jacksonville Road, Ocala; and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Theresa Catholic Church, 11528 SE U.S. 301, Belleview.

Registration will be held on site with written proof of all household income. Anyone receiving Food Stamps, SSI, TANF and/or live in public housing are automatically qualified. Others must be income eligible.

Per month income guidelines are:

One person _ $973 or less.

Two people _ $1,313 or less.

Three people _ $1,654 or less.

Four people _ $1,994 or less.

Some of the items to be distributed are canned vegetables, meats and dried products.

USDA's Temporary Emergency Food Program is available to all eligible recipients regardless of race, religion, national origin, age, sex or handicap.

This program is sponsored by Mid Florida Community Services Inc. and the State of Florida, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Bring your own bags and manpower. First come first served.

Donations sought

to aid ailing woman

Janice Ballard, a Homosassa resident, is in need of stem cell injections to treat complications of Multiple Sclerosis. Ballard must raise $4,000 before Dec. 12, because the experimental medical program is being cancelled by the government.

The Nuclear Security Force is working to raise the needed funds for Ballard to have this procedure. An account has been set up at the GTE Credit Union or donations may be given to any security shift captain.

Call Sue Nowak, 697-2079.

Candidates needed to

fill Pine Ridge vacancies

BEVERLY HILLS _ The Pine Ridge Property Owners Association's election committee is seeking candidates to fill three vacancies on the association's board of directors. Applications and standard resume forms are available at the community center and should be turned in before Dec. 31.

Call committee chairwoman Mary Ellen Carbone at 746-3515.