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More than 200 tickets to the Central Florida Community College Foundation's third show of the season, Dukes of Dixieland, have been distributed to faculty and staff of the Citrus County School System as a token of appreciation for their service to youth and the county from the Foundation and the Citrus County Campus. The show is scheduled for Jan. 9 at the Curtis Peterson Auditorium.

In the past, most shows have not been completely sold out. Dr. Cash Pealer, President of the CFCC Foundation, reasoned that, "if some tickets are unsold, why not give them to a special group that the college wants to honor."

After discussions with Dr. Torri Lilly, Provost of the Citrus County Campus, the decision was made to honor Citrus County School Board employees who will receive tickets as a token of appreciation for their service to students and to Citrus County.

Superintendent Sandra "Sam" Himmel was moved by the recognition from CFCC, saying, "I am thrilled to receive these tickets, but I am even more excited about the very strong and collaborative relationship we have with CFCC. Together we can do many good things for our students and the county."

For information about the shows or to purchase tickets, call the Citrus County Campus at 746-6721, ext. 1416.


The Capital City Bank Group Foundation awarded the Key Training Center a $2,500 grant for specialized motorized assistive equipment for Contento Cottage, a home that is being built for six non-ambulatory mentally challenged adults. On hand for the presentation were Steve Martin, Community President; Robin Falkenburg, AVP & Senior Office Manager; Trish Striglio, Citrus Springs Office Manager; Melissa Walker, Key Center Foundation Director; Debbie Wade, Inverness Office Manager, and Chet Cole, Key Training Center Executive Director.

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On Dec. 13, 25 members weighed in at the TOPS Chapter FL387, Beverly Hills. The best losers were Darlene Drafts and Marilyn Miller with a 1.5 pound loss each and the runnerup was Marge Gansen with a 1 pound loss. The jackpot of $2 went to the State Recognition Day fund.

The Slenderella Queen, chapter leader Arlene Delisle, and Slenderella runner-up, Sharon Ketchum, were honored at the holiday party at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club. Since Arlene could not be present, she received her crown and robe at the Dec. 13 meeting.

Marge gave a quiz on Christmas carols, which was enjoyed by all. Arlene Josefson won first prize for correctly naming 21 and Ann Jaffer won second place with 20 out of 24.

Donations of food items for the Day Star charity were made instead of having the usual fruit basket.

The chapter did not meet on Dec. 20 or Dec. 27. Meetings resume with a 3 p.m. weigh-in on Monday.

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


Mrs. Gail Bockiaro's 3rd-grade class at Inverness Primary School recently donated a "Keeping Quilt" they designed and made, to the children cared for by Citrus Memorial Hospital.

"This was the start of new traditions" of giving back to the community," said Mrs. Bockiaro. It was the final activity for a special reading unit in the class.

Twenty-four students and their seven adult companions enjoyed a tour in the hospital, ending with a presentation ceremony and an ice cream party.

Accepting the quilt for the hospital, CEO Ryan Beaty said, "We appreciate the work and thought that you put into this project, and I know that the children who have to be in the hospital will enjoy seeing your project and feel your love."

Jan Powers, CMH Director of Nursing Services, asked class members to identify which squares they made and tell the group their idea for the design. As students proudly pointed to their quilt squares, they told of their desire to help cheer up sick children and bring some sunshine and joy to those who didn't feel well and had to stay indoors.

The quilt will be displayed for CMH's smallest patients and their families to see, with a dedication plaque identifying Mrs. Bockiaro's 3rd grade class of 2004 as its creators.


Central Florida Community College Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences, June Jones, and University Center manager, Gail Akin, recently graduated from the Academy for Leadership and Development.

Jones and Akin completed the community college leadership training program over the course of the past year.

The Academy for Leadership and Development is a program created in conjunction with the Chair Academy, a division of the Maricopa Community College District in Mesa, Arizona.

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Hospice of Citrus County recently announced the addition of Debbie Rector to the Board of Directors.

Debbie has been a very positive, active hospice volunteer for more than two years, working on many fundraising projects.

"Hospice became dear to my heart after my father died under hospice care in Cape Cod, Massachusetts," Debbie explained.

"Debbie's passion and advocacy for the hospice mission will prove a true asset to this organization and its future growth agenda," said Anthony Palumbo, Chief Executive Officer of Hospice of Citrus County.

In 1987 Rector moved to Citrus County from the South Shore area of Massachusetts. She has been a Re/Max Realty One agent for more than 11 years. Her top notch service to her clients and attention to detail has earned her ranking in the top 1 percent of Re/Max Florida's top agents.

Debbie is also an accomplished equestrian, riding her jumper to a U.S. National championship title and other riding events. She resides on her farm in Dunnellon with her husband Johnnie Rector, a Citrus County native, and their two dogs and six horses.

"Debbie's love of Hospice and incredible energy will serve all the members of our community well as we move forward building our Hospice House Facility," said County Judge, Mark Yerman, President of Hospice of Citrus County's Board of Directors.


The Citrus County Veterans Coalition enter its second year of activity with the first meeting of 2005 scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the County Government Complex on Sovereign Path in Lecanto. Membership of regular and associate members has grown to over 400 and all first year members will be considered charter members of the organization.

The final nominations and voting for 2005 officers and directors will take place. Nominees for office must be in attendance to accept their nomination. All nominees will be given the opportunity to speak on their behalf as to why they want the position.

It is essential that all member's voices be heard on this important issue as these will be permanent officers as prescribed in the By Laws. The initial officers were placed in their temporary position at the formation of the Coalition. All of the current officers and directors were nominated to remain in their positions for the designated terms as prescribed by the By Laws.

There are also new nominees placed on the ballot for a variety of positions and two present directors have not accepted the nomination to stay in those positions. Some of the new officers will serve two year terms and others will serve one year terms as written in the By Laws.

The Membership will also hear the first reading of the corrected and revised By Laws. The membership will vote to accept the By Laws, as corrected and revised, at the February meeting after a second reading. Only regular veteran members will have a vote in the election of officers and acceptance of the By Laws.

Any honorably discharged veteran of the armed forces is invited to join the coalition. For more information visit the Citrus County Veterans Coalition web site at or, call Chris at 795-7000 or Larry at 341-0113.



Save the Water Tower, Inc., would like to thank Progress Energy for giving us such a beautiful and thoughtful gift, this holiday season. I hope you saw the Christmas cheer which arrived in the form of seven men in Progress Energy uniforms on Dec. 9.

Two crews were dispersed to Dunnellon's Historic Water Tower under the direction of Progress Energy's Lynette Vermillion (Community Relations Manager), Donald Broadhurst and Scott Prosser.

When the Transmission Crew from Wildwood, which included Glen Vaughn, Chris Leggett, John Gallipoli and Kenneth Wood, and the Dunnellon Distribution Crew that included Steve Jenks, Tom Huey and Jason Kjos were finished, our historic tower was ready to be presented _ as soon as it got dark.

We are so very fortunate to have the support of Progress Energy and all the previously mentioned people. To think that they would give of their time and money to accomplish for all the citizens of the City of Dunnellon and her visitors, this beautiful gift-wrapped present.

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and when you see anyone from Progress Energy, please thank them. This could not have happened without them.

Save The Water Tower Inc.


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I would like to take this opportunity to offer a special thank you to those who worked so hard to make the Heritage Hall & Museum a reality for the 2004 Heritage Days in Floral City. This was an inaugural effort and without their help and dedication we would not have realized the tremendous success we did.

Wayne Dean, Citrus County Historical Society volunteer for providing all the wonderful copies of the historic photos displayed in the museum. Cathy Thompson, Director of The Old Courthouse Museum and Laurie Dietzler, Educational Coordinator, for their guidance and patience in helping to research and develop the exhibits.

Mary Craven, Citrus County Tourism Development Manager, whose professional advice and expertise was invaluable and who personally helped install exhibits.

Dave Bellman, of Bellman Painting Contractors, who donated materials and time to paint the interior of the museum and make it shine.

Earl Towery, U.S. Army soldier re-enactor, and Steve Creamer, Seminole Indian warrior re-enactor, both of them enlivened our Second Seminole War exhibit.

Dave Noble, who provided equipment, materials and his time to clean the floors of the museum to eliminate grease and dirt as safety hazards.

Christine Hardon, for her expertise in arranging and decorating the "Country Store" section of the museum. Michael Harndon, Certified Aborist, for his generous donation of the banner over the entrance to the hall.

John Zellner, for being an "Old Timer", there to answer questions and tell stories of Floral City's past.

Hooper Funeral Home, for the loan of chairs for our video viewing room, where videos of Citrus County's past were shown.

Keith Barco, for providing the hay bales that added such a wonderful atmosphere and aroma to the museum.

H.D. Bassett, Tom Ritchie and Ossie Beasley for helping with the muscle to set up and dismantle the exhibits.

Marcia Beasley, Chairman of Floral City Heritage Days, for coordinating the operation of the "'Country Store" and her enthusiasm for bringing the Heritage Hall and Museum alive.

The Floral City Lions Club, for their generous loan of tables used for the display of exhibits and artifacts.

And to all the volunteers who made themselves available in the hall and museum during the three days the exhibits were open to the public, a big thank you.

It is through this kind of volunteer effort by the Citizens of Floral City and Citrus County that everyone can participate in our heritage and enjoy the colorful past of our ancestors.

I offer my sincere appreciation.

Frank Peters, chairman

2004 Floral City Heritage Hall and Museum

Citrus County School Superintendent Sandra "Sam" Himmel, left, recently accepted 200 tickets to the CFCC Foundation's third show of the season, Dukes of Dixieland, from Dr. Torri Lilly, Provost/Vice President of the Citrus County Campus. The tickets were donated to the faculty and staff of the Citrus County School System.

Mrs. Gail Bockiaro's 3rd-grade class at Inverness Primary School recently donated a "Keeping Quilt" they designed and made to the children cared for by Citrus Memorial Hospital. Holding the quilt from left are Mrs. Bockiaro, CMH Director of Nursing Services Jan Powers and Ryan Beaty, President/CEO of CMH.

SERTOMA CLUB MAKES DONATION: The Inverness Sertoma Club recently presented the Citrus County School Readiness Coalition with a check from Inverness Sertoma's 19th annual Golf Tournament at Citrus Hills. From left are Fred Clark, School Readiness Coalition Board Member; Ingrid Ellis, School Readiness Coalition Contract Coordinator; and Brian L. Tharp, president; presenting the check on behalf of the Inverness Sertoma Club.

KEEPING BODIES, AND SPIRITS, WARM: The Creative Quilters of the Women of Sugarmill Woods made more than 55 lap quilts this year, which were donated to Crystal River Health and Rehabilitation Center, Chassahowitzka Fire Department emergency vehicles, Hospice, CASA, Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute in Lecanto, and to homebound residents in Sugarmill Woods. From left are Marie Riley, Mary Kaliski, Katherine Acton, Ange Shea, Anne Colucci, Mary-Alice Leather and Karen Godfrey. Quilters not pictured are Peggy Mitten and Janet Vernam.

GENEROUS DONATION: Thanks to an extremely successful 11th annual Golf Tournament to benefit Habitat for Humanity, the Realtors' Association of Citrus County presented Norm Peterson, president of Habitat for Humanity, with a check in the amount of $10,000. From left are Bonnie Rosenberger, association executive; Joy Bily, President; Dawyna Hedick, chairman for Affordable Housing; and Norm Peterson.