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Published Oct. 25, 2006|Updated Jan. 9, 2007

The Touch of Class Corvette Club presents the "Corvettes in Motion" Road Rally & Corvette Gathering on Nov. 12, at Crystal Chevrolet, 1035 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa.

There is an infinite amount of detail required in laying out the route being traveled. The rally is similar to a scavenger hunt. When participants and their navigators begin, they receive a sheet with clues indicating when and where to turn. Winners are decided by the closest to the actual miles run to complete the route and correct answers to a fun quiz on Corvettes.

This event benefits the Boy's & Girl's Club of Citrus County and Hospice of Citrus County. The scouts of Citrus County will provide food and enjoy any profits they receive.

The Corvette Gathering starts at 11 a.m. Display your Corvette and enjoy the company of fellow Corvette enthusiasts. There is no registration fee for Gathering-only participants.

The public is invited to view the Corvettes on display and enjoy the music, food and fun. There is no admission and plenty of free parking. For information, call 637-2661. The Rally sign up sheet is on the TOCCC Web site at

Citrus Kids

On Sept. 30, the Our Lady of Fatima Council of the Knights of Columbus Council 6391 held its annual Soccer Challenge at Holden Park in Inverness.

Ryan Simsay of Inverness won the Challenge in the 12 - 14 age group. Michael Wyka Jr. of Floral City won the Challenge in the 10 - 11 age group. Other notable entrants were Belinda Maxey of Lecanto and Nicholas Wyka of Floral City. Winners advanced to the K of C district competition

On Oct. 8, the K of C, Council 6391, held its annual Spelling Bee at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Steven Capellan was the winner in the ninth and 10th grade level; Joan Capellan won in the seventh and eighth grade level; and Abbey Mattingly won in the fifth and sixth grade level.

A special thanks to Debbie Sosnicki of Our Lady of Fatima for serving as the Spelling Bee's announcer. The winners now advance to Knights of Columbus district competition representing Our Lady of Fatima Council 6391. Congratulations and good luck.

JESSICA LAMBERT | Special to the Times

SERVICE AWARDS FOR COUNTY EMPLOYEES: Employee service awards were presented at the Oct. 10 meeting of the County Commission. From left are: Billie Harper, tradesworker, five years; Mary Ann Kuebler, library aide, five years; Mary Jane Lawrence, library aide, five years; Barbara Johns, senior secretary, 10 years; John Kelly, medium equipment operator, 15 years; Commission Chairman Gary Bartell; Cheryl Green, field librarian, 15 years; Pearlie Adams, custodian, 20 years; Mary Spearing, medium equipment operator, 20 years; Debbie Harrison, contractor services inspection specialist, 20 years; and Lorraine Watson, secretary, 25 years.

LORI PENDER | Special to the Times

WELCOME TO THE CLUB: Elizabeth "Isa" Earnest has been selected as the Unit Director for the Inverness Boys & Girls Club on Main Street. Earnest has her master's in education from the University of Florida. She taught in the Orlando area for the past seven years, which included teaching emotionally handicapped and learning disabled children. Executive director Lori Pender said, "Isa comes with an incredible background, and we are very excited about the changes she is making."

PENNY ZAPHEL | Special to the Times

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH: Anne Quinn was named Volunteer of the Month for October for the Citrus Memorial Health System Auxiliary. Quinn began her service at Citrus Memorial Health System in August 2000. She has accumulated more than 1,700 hours. A hostess in the surgical waiting room, Quinn is assigned to one day of service, but often is there three or four times. Offering congratulations are, from left, Ryan Beaty, CEO; Quinn; Iva Pucket, Auxiliary president; Bebe Lindberg, chairperson surgical waiting room; and Norm Dontigney, volunteer and former chairperson of the surgical waiting room. Several employees expressed admiration for Quinn because she is so pleasant and kind to the patients and guests.

JESSICA LAMBERT | Special to the Times

HISTORICAL MARKER AT OLD COURTHOUSE: Members of the Citrus County Commission, Historical Resources Advisory Board, Historical Society and other representatives gather for the unveiling of the county's first State Historical Marker at the Historic Citrus County Courthouse. From left, back row: David Arthurs, HRAB member; John Grannan, HRAB member; Frank Peters, CCHS member; Frank DiGiovanni, Inverness city manager; Dan Armstrong CCHS president, Brad Thorpe, Community Services director; Jim Fowler, first vice chairman, County Commission. Front row: Mary Glancy, Community Services executive secretary; County Commissioners Vicki Phillips and Joyce Valentino; Dr. Sandra Noble, vice chairman, HRAB; Cathy Turner-Thompson, director of museum services; Christi Hugar, Clerk of Courts Office. The state program places markers and plaques at sites of historical and visual interest to visitors.

JESSICA LAMBERT | Special to the Times

THANK YOU, VICKI: Citrus County Health Department Administrator Mary Beth Nayfield, left, presents a plaque to Commissioner Vicki Phillips during the Oct. 10 meeting of the County Commission. Phillips received the plaque on behalf of the George A. Dame Community Health Center Inc. for her efforts and commitment to the expansion of healthcare services to county residents.

JUDY GRONER | Special to the Times

DEMOCRATS SALUTE LABOR: On Sept. 30, the Citrus County Democratic Executive Committee held its annual Salute to Labor picnic in honor of the working men and women of the county. During the picnic a special memorial honored all those killed in Afghanistan and Iraq. Active and retired members of the United Auto Workers, Teamsters, Carpenters, Airline Pilot's Association and other unions were on hand. Also on hand were a number of candidates or their representatives. Three local candidates who took time to join the picnic were, from left: Bernie Leven, John Russell and Phil Mulrain.

GORDON HAYES | Special to the Times

PLANNING THE NEXT ROAD RALLY: Members of the Touch of Class Corvette Club recently took time to plan the route for the upcoming Corvettes in Motion Road Rally & Corvette Gathering on Nov. 12 at Crystal Chevrolet, 1035 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa. The Road Rally committee members shown, from left, are Len Codella, Rick Moorbeck, Bob Vacca, Mike Gurry, Bill Kern, and John Willis. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County and Hospice of Citrus County.

RICHARD HAMEL | Special to the Times

NEW ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER: On Oct. 4, County Commissioner Vicki Phillips, left, swore in Susan Jacobs as a member of the Citrus Springs MSBU Advisory Committee. Bob Johnson also was sworn in for another term. Johnson is chairman of the Advisory Committee. The ceremony was at the Citrus Springs Community Center.


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