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Sheree Monroe of Crystal River has joined the Hospice of Citrus County Comfort Home Care Team as their new community liaison. Monroe has lived in Citrus County since 1981 and has a background in marketing, public relations and advertising.

Her previous jobs include director of marketing and public relations at Rock Crusher Canyon, station manager and sales manager at Citrus 95 and executive vice president for the Crystal River Chamber of Commerce.

She is married to Joe Monroe and they have two children, Nick and Stephanie.

Since 1983, Hospice of Citrus County has provided responsive end-of-life care to people of all ages, including children. Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance companies.

Hospice of Citrus County recognizes that dying is a part of living and works to foster acceptance and respect for all phases and transitions in life.

Hospice offices are in Beverly Hills with thrift and gift shops in Inverness and Homosassa Springs. For information about Hospice of Citrus County or its thrift shops, call 527-2020 or e-mail them at

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Nature Coast Volunteer Center, teaming with God's Clods and Hospice of Citrus County, will offer clown outreach training classes during October. The three-part session _ appropriate for individuals and families, young or older _ will meet Oct. 2 and Oct. 16 at the First Presbyterian Church of Inverness and Oct. 30 at the First United Methodist Church of Homosassa.

Diane Cary, Iris Whittaker, Bonnie Saylor, and other experienced clowns will coordinate a variety of workshops, including character development, makeup, costumes, props, balloon sculpting, magic, skits, clown ethics and clowning for hospitals, nursing homes and gospel clowning.

On Oct. 30, clown students will "debut" at a children's Halloween party, plus visit a hospital and nursing home just before a graduation dinner ceremony at a local restaurant.

Upon completion of the training, clown graduates participate in various community events sponsored by local nonprofit organizations.

Many clowns accept ongoing assignments, visiting long-term care residents, hospital patients, or hospice families. Others assist with mentoring or literacy projects at schools, day care centers, or libraries. Whether sculpting balloons, performing skits, marching in parades, face painting, teaching, or making visits, the clowns bring smiles, laughter and a lot of love to fellow citizens.

You can join the corps of dedicated and caring individuals who continue to reach out by selecting activities from requests received through the Volunteer Center. Clowns from previous classes often serve as mentors for new graduates as they begin clowning, lending both support and friendship while having fun.

To register for the training or for more information about clowns who serve with a smile, call Diane Cary (also known as Pansy) at the Nature Coast Volunteer Center, 527-5430. Preregistration is required. Class size is limited.

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On Sept. 20, 22 members weighed in at the meeting of TOPS Chapter FL387, Beverly Hills. The best loser was Darlene Drafts. Pat Mazzone was the runnerup. The $1.75 jackpot was donated to the State Recognition Day Fund. Pink team members received $2 each for winning the Topsie Derby game.

Leader Arlene Delisle announced that the Slenderella contest would begin Monday . When the contest closes Dec. 6, a Slenderella Queen will be chosen based on consecutive weight losses. The queen will be crowned Dec. 8 at the holiday party at Andre's.

Arlene Josefson presented a program based on keeping a daily journal as is recommended in the chapter handbook The Choice Is Yours.

A TOPS Rally Day in Ocala is planned for Nov. 6.

The chapter meets Mondays with weigh-ins at 3 p.m. and a business meeting and program from 4 to 5 in the Beverly Hills Community Building at 1 Civic Circle. People interested in visiting this weight loss support group may do so one time before joining. For information regarding TOPS, call Jackie Dean at 527-8405.


B. Donovan Foster, a sixth-grader at Citrus Springs Middle School, has been nominated for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. The conference is sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council comprised of members of the U.S. Congress and more than 25 ambassadors representing countries around the world, as well as national leaders in education, government and administration.

Nominated students demonstrate maturity, academic excellence and leadership potential. Junior National Young Leaders Conference offers these high-achieving sixth- and seventh-grade students the opportunity to learn about leadership through U.S. history.

Donovan will examine different historical time periods and the characteristics of leadership with the goal of gaining a better understanding of what it takes to become an effective leader.

He will develop critical thinking, decision-making, and communication skills through hands-on learning both in and out of the classroom. Participants will also visit historical landmarks.

Donovan has a choice of participating in the six-day learning experience in Washington, D.C. or in Boston, Mass.

His next challenge is raising at least a portion of the funds for his air fare and tuition, which totals $1,685.


The Citrus County Health Department is conducting a Car Seat Check-Up Event on Saturday . It is sponsored by the Wal-Mart in Homosassa as part of their Baby Week activities. The free child safety seat inspection will be held in the parking lot from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. No appointment is needed.

Parents should bring their children to be sure their safety seats can be correctly adjusted for the height and weight of each child.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, four out of five safety seats are installed incorrectly and of children ride in the wrong restraint for their weight and height.

Certified child passenger safety technicians from the Citrus Schools Transportation Department, Citrus Sheriff's Office, Health Department, Childhood Development Services and the Crystal River Police Department will check safety seats for correct fit and secure installation. Seats will also be checked for any recalls.

Volunteers from the Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club will distribute car seat safety information and provide child care during check ups.

For more information, call the Citrus County Health Department at 726-1731 ext. 242.


+ Carrillo, Sylvia Alice and Michael Anthony, Floral City, Oscar Alex Carrillo, 7 pounds 14.9 ounces, 6:07 a.m. Sept. 10, 2004, Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

+ Brown, Shantay Shenetta, Beverly Hills, Re'Shay Timothy D. Brown, 6 pounds 9 ounces, 7:19 p.m. Sept. 10, 2004, Spring Hill Regional Hospital.

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The Spanish American Club of Citrus County would like to thank you for supporting our third annual golf tournament. Nilza Castillo, president, Mary Rivera, chairwoman of the scholarship committee, Elsie Aponte, vice president and committee member, John Cepeda, director and committee member and Diana Suarez, committee member, would like to take this opportunity to thank you for participating in this year's tournament.

The tournament is our primary fundraiser to provide scholarships for local high school students. Since the scholarship committee's inception in 1999, we have awarded 23 $500 scholarships totaling $11,500. We would like to thank those who played golf, the individuals and businesses who sponsored holes, the individuals and businesses who donated gifts for our raffle and the volunteers who manned holes.

Hole Sponsors:

Aaron's, Neal Weldon, Inverness; Able Body, Robert Ramirez, Hernando; Ace Hardware, Hernando, Inverness; Angel & Associates Inc., Jeffery Golubeff, Crystal River; Elsie Aponte & John Cepeda, Members; the Battistini Family, Friends; Bentley's Restaurant, Dunnellon; Better Health Chiropractic, Cheryl McFarland, D.C., P.A., Crystal River; Emilio & Frances Calderon, Members; Canadian Meds, Charlie & Maribel Richer, Inverness; Lou & Nilza Castillo, members; Century 21, Karen Morton, Inverness; Charles E. Davis Funeral Home, Inverness; Citrus County Chronicle, Crystal River; Citrus Gastroenterology, Fernando Bueno, M.D., Johannes Martensson, M.D., PhD., Inverness; Citrus Hills Medical Center, Bradley Ruben, D.O., Hernando; Citrus Springs New Homes & Lots, Dr. Peter A. Pav, St. Petersburg; Eddie & Myriam Cortes, Members; Crystal Chevrolet Chrysler Dodge Jeep, Homosassa, Inverness, Brooksville; C&S Residential Roofing, Inverness; Buddy & Rosa DeArmas, members; Fero Funeral Home/Fero Memorial Gardens, Beverly Hills, Dunnellon; Ira Fialko, D.O., pediatrician, Crystal River; First Federal Savings Bank, Inverness; Gaby Golf Putting Greens, Spring Hill; Gastroenterology Associates, Anil K. Ram, M.D., Crystal River; Robert & Julia Grasso, Members; The Hager Group, Inverness, Crystal River; Herbalife, Mary Rivera, Inverness; W. Stephen Howard, D.M.D., P.A., Inverness; Knights Of Columbus, 6168, Beverly Hills; Joe's Family Restaurant, Inverness; Just Cruise & Travel, Ed & Peggy Wyka, Inverness; Los Amigos, Plus One, Members; Endrico & Yolanda Lugo, members; Midway Animal Hospital, K.C. Nayfield, D.V.M., P.A., Homosassa; Eddie & Margarita Morales, members; Nick Nicholas Ford, Inverness; Jim & Josie Perez, members; Phil & Irma Ramirez, members; Ruiz-Angelo Real Estate, L.L.C., Jake & Emily, Beverly Hills; Nilda B. Santiago, member; Carlos & Diana Suarez, members; Lou Suro & Mary Ocasio, members; Richard C. Swanson, D.M.D., Crystal River; Pete & Martha Velazquez, members; Tony & Carmen Velez, members; Tom & Louise Welter, Friends, Pro Life; Williams Enterprises, Leonard & Carmen Williams, Inverness.

Gift Donors

Able Body, Robert Ramirez, Hernando; Adventureland Driving Range, Floral City; Bealls Department Store, Doug Yates, Inverness; Beverly Hills Bowling, Beverly Hills; Big T's Golf Shop, Troy Suarez, Beverly Hills; Roy Brown Lincoln Mercury dealer, Crystal River; Century 21, Marilyn Booth, Inverness; Checkers, Inverness; Cinnamon Sticks, Inverness; Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club, Hernando; Citrus Shop Easy, Vicky Ross, Inverness; Ckoral, Kristina Boone, Inverness; Buddy & Rosa DeArmas, members; Energy Brands, Anthony Lord, Miami Beach; The Flower Basket, Inverness; Fortune Financial Insurance Services, Arnold & Mary Ann Virgilio, Inverness; Frank's Family Restaurant, Hernando; Golf Club Outlet, Beverly Hills; Grace Nicole Inc., Grace Nicole, Inverness; Here's Golf, Hernando; Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Homosassa; Low Income Housing, Inverness; Inverness Florist, Inverness; Just Golf, Michael S Zysek, Ocala; Party Lite, Kristina Boone, Inverness; Pizza Cafe, Kevin & Teresa Paig, Hernando; Plantation Golf Resort, Crystal River; Point O'Woods Golf Club, Inverness; Publix, Inverness, Beverly Hills; Regions Bank, Inverness; Rendezvous Beauty Salon, Inverness; Salon Creations, Inverness; Sonny's Bar-B-Que, Inverness; Sears Roebuck, Ray Khoury, Inverness _ Se Habla Espanol;

Sportsman Bowling, Inverness; Carlos & Diana Suarez, Members; Sugar Mill Woods Country Club, Homosassa; Twisted Oaks Country Club, Beverly Hills; Village Cadillac Toyota, Homosassa; Wal-Mart, Inverness; Winn-Dixie, Inverness.

Citrus Springs Middle School sixth-grader B. Donovan Foster was nominated and accepted for the Junior National Young Leaders Conference sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. He is shown with Marylynn Levengood, the fifth-grade teacher who nominated him for the honor.