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Childhood Development Services Inc. is a non-profit organization that currently:

+ Is accepting applications for the Head Start/Early Head Start Programs for children birth to age 5. Call Ginny at 563-0185.

+ Has many opportunities for community volunteers. Call 637-3933.

+ Has employment openings in Citrus and Marion counties. Call the job line at 1-800-635-5437, press 4 at the prompt.




The Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution nominated Eli Nuzzi for the Eagle Scout Scholarship. He was named as the State of Florida's Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout Scholarship winner for the year 2005. He will now compete for the National scholarship award against Eagle Scouts from each state.

Nuzzi is the son of Richard and Karen Nuzzi of Lecanto. He has been in scouting for 10 years and is presently a member of BSA unit 452. Nuzzi passed his Eagle Board of Review June 15, 2002. He has earned 46 merit badges and four palms in scouting.

All Eagle Scouts who are registered in an active Eagle Scout unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of their application are eligible to participate in the Eagle Scout Scholarship contest.

An Eagle Scout wishing to participate must complete an application which includes his scout history, leadership in scouting, and activities in his school, community and religious institution. Merit badges for American Heritage, Genealogy and Law are recommended. He must also complete a four-generation ancestor chart and write a patriotic theme of 500 words or less complete with bibliography.

After completing his documentation, Nuzzi submitted it to the Withlacoochee Chapter, Eagle Scout Chairman Charles Day and co-chairman Richard Sumner. After reviewing all applications and documentation Nuzzi was chosen as the Withlacoochee Chapter winner. His documentation was forwarded to the state committee.

At the Jan. 12 meeting of the Withlacoochee Chapter SAR, Nuzzi was presented the SAR Eagle Scout medal, a certificate and the $100 chapter award.

At the April Board of Management meeting of the FLSSAR in Gainesville, Nuzzi will receive a desktop Eagle trophy, a certificate and a $1,000 cash prize.

The National Eagle Scout Committee is examining Nuzzi's documentation. They award three cash prizes: $8,000 to the first place winner; $4,000 to the runner-up and $2,000 to the second runner-up.

Members of the SAR are men who are direct lineal descendents of a patriot of the American Revolutionary War. Members of the Withlacoochee Chapter reside in Citrus and Hernando counties. For information on the 2006 Eagle Scout Scholarship competition, call John Camillo in Citrus at 382-7383, or in Hernando call Charles Day, 799-5335 or Richard Sumner, 754-8928.




The Garden Club of Crystal River held its monthly meeting on Feb. 13 at the St. Martin Preserve/Crystal River State Park.

The guest speaker, Christine Small, provided an interesting educational program with numerous slides of butterflies and the foliage which attracts these beautiful creatures of nature.

After the program, refreshments were served by the hostesses of the day, Jane Noyes and her sister Mickey, Pat McCarthy and Margie Harper. Noyes designed a lovely table arrangement with a Valentine's Day theme.

In preparation for the Flower Show in April, the Garden Club is sponsoring a well known designer, Andrea Little, for a members-only workshop. Ms. Little will demonstrate the Art of Flower Arranging. The Flower Show will be presented at St. Anne's Episcopal Church on April 29.

The Garden Club also will visit Rainbow Springs State Park in early March.

For information on joining, call Mary Ulyat, president, at 564-0123.

WTI CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACADEMY: At the recent graduation ceremony for the Withlacoochee Technical Institute Criminal Justice Academy, Alfred Gerogiannis was awarded a $500 reimbursement grant by the Citrus County Sheriff's Citizens' Academy Alumni Association. From left are: Lt. Doug Dodd, director Citizens' Academy; Commander Wayne Burns, law enforcement bureau; Gerogiannis; Bob Huscher, alumni president; Claudia Perry, alumni treasurer; Nancy Mancuso, alumni secretary, and Charles Hidalgo, alumni director. For information about Academy classes, call the Sheriff's Office at 726-4488.

SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Eli Nuzzi, right, has been named the State of Florida's Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout Scholarship winner for 2005. He was nominated by the Withlacoochee Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Chairman Charles Day, left, of the Withlacoochee Chapter SAR Eagle Scout committee, and assistant chairman Richard Sumner present Nuzzi, of Lecanto, with a certificate, an Eagle Scout medal and a $100 cash prize.

QUILTS WITH STAR APPEAL: The Jan. 25 workshop for the Creative Quilters of Citrus County was the LeMoyne Star Table Runner presented by Roxanne Barnes. Enjoying the workshop, from left standing: Mattie Bliss, Kathy Boggess, Rose O'Toole, Pati Sargeant, Gloria Clewett, Ruth Hampson, Joan DeLuca, and Sue Reisner. Seated are: Donna Werthmuller, Roxanne Barnes, B.J. Smith, Sue Lynn Storey and Gladys Murphy. And kneeling: Addie Atkinson, Joyce Johnston and Edie Wehner. The technique for diamond-piecing of a basic eight-pointed star was based on instructions by Marianne Fons and Liz Porter. Thanks to Roxanne's infinite patience and careful explanation, everyone went home with at least one finished perfect star. This month, B.J. Smith will show how to make a patchwork jacket; Helen Siegel will teach hand quilting for March and Mabel Toth will help participants in April learn beginning applique using a tulip pattern from the 1930s.

SAFE BOATING CLASS GRADS: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Homosassa Flotilla 15-04 completed its most recent safe boating program on Jan. 30. This program, which met for five sessions, presented America's Boating Course, approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. All 12 participants, 10 are pictured, successfully passed the final exam, and will receive the Florida Boater's ID card. Seated from the left: Jack Sparling, course supervisor for this program; William Kemp, Patty Kemp, Edward Iddlings, Philip Bartlett, Kenneth Noll and Bart Bryan, Instructor. Standing from the left: Al Hepner, instructor; Tom Nicodemus, Laura Ludwigs, Darnell Ludwigs, Raymond Stimpson, James Reusch and Ned Barry, Instructor. Not shown: Joan Edwards and Chris Edwards. Individuals interested in attending safe boating programs, call Jack Sparling at 476-8271, or Elaine Miranda at 564-2521.

FIRST-PLACE SCIENCE PROJECT: Stephanie Hernandez, 18, a student at Withlacoochee Technical Institute in Inverness, recently captured first-place honors in Senior Chemistry at the Citrus Regional Science Fair for her project, "DNA Extraction from White Onions Using Laboratory Reagents vs. Household Materials."

ROLE MODEL AND FATHER OF THE MONTH: On Jan. 25, Jeffrey Clarke, a parent volunteer, found himself flanked by children during a visit to the Carter Street Head Start Location of Childhood Development Services Inc. Clarke, center back, is joined by: Jeffrey, Isaiah, Ashton, Alexie, Dylan, Rhys, Ryan, Aaliyah, Elidiara, Jamie, Serena, Keyara and James. He was there to provide a positive community role model for the children and to emphasize the importance of literacy. For his service in the classroom, Clarke was named February's "Father of the Month."

MORE NEW FLOTILLA MEMBERS: The Homosassa Flotilla 15-04 of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary recently added two new members during the Feb. 7 meeting. Being sworn in are, from left, William Schultz and Daniel Noble. The auxiliary is active in assisting the U.S. Coast Guard with promoting homeland security, public instruction of safe boating, vessel safety exams, safety patrols on the rivers and coastal waters, search/rescue and law enforcement air patrols and many other activities. For information, call Ned Barry at 249-1042, or e-mail

NEW FLOTILLA MEMBERS: Three new members were sworn in during the Jan. 3 meeting of the Homosassa Flotilla 15-04 of the USCG Auxiliary. From left are new members Dolores Brand, Chuck Amati and Peter Palmer. Leading the oath are Flotilla Commander Harold Imhoff and Vice Flotilla Commander George Dooris. The auxiliary is active in assisting the U.S. Coast Guard with promoting homeland security, public instruction of safe boating, vessel safety exams, safety patrols on the rivers and coastal waters, search/rescue and law enforcement air patrols and many other activities. For information, call Ned Barry at 249-1042, or e-mail

ALTRUSA FUNDRAISERS: From left, Altrusa member Susan Gillserved as auctioneer and was assisted by Altrusan Tammy Smith during Altrusa International Inc. of Citrus County's recent Monte Carlo night fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the Citrus County Family Visitation Center and Altrusa's High School Scholarship Program.

TOP HEALTH DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE: Marybeth Nayfield, left, Citrus County Health Department Administrator, recently presented Judith Tear with an award for being the department's 2005 Employee of the Year. Tear is the emergency coordinator and public information officer for the health department. She was recognized by her peers for her dedication and service in and out of the county. Last year, Tear, responded to Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina and Wilma, working in the affected communities to help restore the infrastructure and services.