Citrus County woman elected President of Alzheimer’s Family Organization Board of Directors

Debbie Selsavage, of Inverness, has been elected to the position of President of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Family Organization, based in Spring Hill, Florida. The Alzheimer’s Family Organization (AFO) is a charitable non-profit corporation that provides education, support, and services to caregivers of individuals living with Alzheimer’s and dementia in eight west-central … Continue reading Citrus County woman elected President of Alzheimer’s Family Organization Board of Directors

First Friday Brings Music to the Streets of Dade City

June 2 kicks off summer’s First Friday, a date night of sorts featuring live music, store specials and a community atmosphere from 5-9 pm in Dade City. Downtown shopkeepers and restaurateurs are staying open late to bring some of the finest shopping and dining to NatureCoasters. Live music, in the form of street musicians throughout … Continue reading First Friday Brings Music to the Streets of Dade City

“Music, Mojitos & Margaritas” at Lori Anne’s June 2

Street musicians will provide the backdrop for another fantastic, fun First Friday event. Join Lori Anne’s, at 14135 7th Street in downtown Dade City for “Music, Mojitos & Margaritas”. Live Music will be performed by the Amazing Acoustical Duet – Phase 111. Kathy, Tony and Daniel perform a variety of acoustic rock songs from the 1970s … Continue reading “Music, Mojitos & Margaritas” at Lori Anne’s June 2

Shelter Cat Sisters featured on Citrus Channel 16

On May 24, Channel 16, local television channel, featured Deb Bloss, Leslie Ramalho, and Judy Swinson, from Citrus County Animal Services, and two very special guests, Callie and Sundae*, sister cats from our Meet the Match Cat Room, as part of their morning programming. During the television interview, Mary Lee Johnson with Snippet was thanked … Continue reading Shelter Cat Sisters featured on Citrus Channel 16

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Looking ahead to a great Memorial Weekend of fishing and family fun. The weather should be pleasant and nice. For good action head to the waters west of the Homosassa and Crystal River channels to fish the structures in 8 to 12 feet of water. Patchy bottom with sponge, sand and rocks will produce sea … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Government Closings for Memorial Day

Hello NatureCoasters! I have received several notices from area governmental agencies that they will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day. Many citizens and businesses will have alternate trash pickup. Schools will be closed. Some public transportation will not be running. Simply put, take the day off. Take time to honor of those … Continue reading Government Closings for Memorial Day

Hernando Historical Preservation Society features Steve Rinck 6/1

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society it pleased to welcome HHPS member Steve Rinck as our guest speaker at the June 2017 meeting. Mr. Rinck will portray the character of Paddington McCormick, an Irish immigrant who joined the U.S. Infrantry in 1835.  Paddy’s company traveled to the wilderness of central Florida Territory to force the Seminoles out to Oklahoma, and … Continue reading Hernando Historical Preservation Society features Steve Rinck 6/1

Nature Coast Volunteer Center Schedules Special Needs Call Down Drill

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of the Nature Coast Volunteer Center (NCVC) is hosting a Special Needs Call-Down Drill. It will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The training exercise is being sponsored in partnership with Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Section. NCVC, … Continue reading Nature Coast Volunteer Center Schedules Special Needs Call Down Drill

Hernando County Burn Ban Lifted

The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners has allowed the temporary countywide burn ban to expire as of May 23, 2017. The recommendation came from Deputy Chief Kevin Carroll after consultation with the Florida Forest Service and based on the recent rains and the improvement in the Keetch Byram Drought Index (KBDI) for Hernando County. … Continue reading Hernando County Burn Ban Lifted

An Update from Old Homosassa

I’ve been writing here on NatureCoaster.com for two months now! Started on March 28 and it’ already late May with sum-sum-summer time right around the corner! Thought I’d take today to give a few updates from my previous posts…. First, the Fishing Homosassa 101 seminar was a great success! Eager guests started arriving at 5:30 pm for … Continue reading An Update from Old Homosassa

Citrus County Seeking Participants for Required Lead and Copper Testing

The County is required to obtain no less than thirty residential samples in the Charles A. Black, Citrus Springs-Pine Ridge, and Sugarmill Woods PWS during this year’s sampling event, which will take place during the month of June.  These samples are collected to determine the contribution of faucet fixtures and household plumbing and/or solder to … Continue reading Citrus County Seeking Participants for Required Lead and Copper Testing

Blackberries come in early at Bramble Creek

Ann and Gene Altman opened their well-established blackberry farm early this year, due to the weather. For local blackberry lovers, this is good news – Tuesday evenings from 5 – 8pm, you can pick your fill of huge, delicious, thornless blackberries at 23031 Hayman Road, Brooksville, Florida 34602. They are also open on Saturday mornings … Continue reading Blackberries come in early at Bramble Creek

Manatee Successfully Rehabbed and Released

A young male manatee was rescued by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on February 20, 2017.  He was found at Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River. The manatee was suffering from cold stress injuries and was underweight. FWC brought him to the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for treatment and rehabilitation. … Continue reading Manatee Successfully Rehabbed and Released

Brooksville Seeks Nominations for this year’s Great Brooksvillian Award

The City of Brooksville is now seeking nominations for the 2017 “Great Brooksvillian” Award. This annual program recognizes the outstanding men and women who have made significant positive contributions to the history, culture and/or economy of our great community. Each year the Brooksville City Council will make a selection from the nominees. A perpetual plaque … Continue reading Brooksville Seeks Nominations for this year’s Great Brooksvillian Award

Spring 2017 Citrus Citizens Academy Graduates Celebrated

The 2017 Spring Citizens Academy Graduation Event was held in the Board of County Commissioners Chambers at the Citrus County Courthouse on Thursday, May 18. In attendance were Commissioner Ron Kitchen and County Administrator Randy Oliver, who both congratulated the participants and thanked them for spending time learning more about local government. Graduates recognized at … Continue reading Spring 2017 Citrus Citizens Academy Graduates Celebrated

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park to Reopen May 20

County Park to reopen with limited access on trails Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park will reopen this Saturday, May 20, 2017, although sections of many trails still remain off limits. The park was closed for safety concerns and to provide access to firefighters dealing with the recent wildfire. Here is the latest information from the … Continue reading Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park to Reopen May 20

Free First Time Homebuyer’s Class offered in June

Citrus County Housing Services is offering a free First Time Homebuyer’s class which is being conducted by the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Citrus County office. Participants, who attend the entire program, will receive a Certificate of Completion which is valid for two (2) years and is required for first time homebuyer assistance programs. These classes … Continue reading Free First Time Homebuyer’s Class offered in June

Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update

Come out to the farm and get fresh produce without the work. This weeks harvest includes Gladiola Flowers, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Italian Broad Beans, Cukes, Eggplants and more! See the image below for a complete list of Upicktopia’s available produce and pricing. Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 9am to 6pm 19125 Phillips Rd. in Masaryktown, Florida … Continue reading Upicktopia Masaryktown Farm Update

Woman’s Club of Inverness is Recognized on its 100th Anniversary

May 9, 2017 was the 100 year anniversary of the General Federation of Woman’s Club of Inverness (GFWC). The GFWC Woman’s Club of Inverness has been working for the betterment of Citrus County since 1917 and has been responsible for many educational firsts in Citrus County including the establishment of the first library and Parent … Continue reading Woman’s Club of Inverness is Recognized on its 100th Anniversary

Darby Harvest Community Sale and Market May 27

We are a friendly outdoor market located in some of Dade City’s prettiest countryside. This is a free event for all where you can enjoy a delicious lunch from Two Stax Grill BBQ and shop with our great vendors. You can expect to find LuLaRo clothing, Faire Soaps,  handmade jewelry, Origami Owl jewelry, pallet and … Continue reading Darby Harvest Community Sale and Market May 27

Paddling Adventure for NatureCoasters: Blazing a new Trail

Kayaking and canoeing are peaceful ways of interacting with nature on the water and getting healthy exercise, without getting too wet. Florida’s Adventure Coast (Hernando County) recently opened a new paddling trail from Bayport Park to Linda Pedersen Park to  give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy what makes Florida’s Nature Coast such a … Continue reading Paddling Adventure for NatureCoasters: Blazing a new Trail

WoofStock May 20 benefits Pasco Animal Services

Pasco County Animal Services will hold the Third Annual WoofStock Saturday, May 20! We will have live bands, kids’ crafts, pony rides, vendors, food, wine tastings and more! The funds raised will go toward the care of sick or injured animals that come into the shelter. This annual fundraising event will occur from 11:00AM – … Continue reading WoofStock May 20 benefits Pasco Animal Services

Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

Looking at the warm week ahead, after the much needed rain this past Saturday, fishing patterns will be shifting into a new gear. Tarpon are showing up south of Homosassa and on the outer bars west of Crystal River. Cobia are still loitering around markers, structure and rock piles  north of the Homosassa channel and … Continue reading Homosassa Inshore Fishing Report with Captain Toney

New Port Richey FarmNet to open Farmer’s Market 6/3

New Port Richey FarmNet will open a new farmer’s market at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity (4131 Madison, New Port Richey, 34652). Official opening is Saturday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will also be online, with ordering throughout the week and pick up on Saturdays. This is a great … Continue reading New Port Richey FarmNet to open Farmer’s Market 6/3

JG Ranch May Update: Sweet Corn, Berries & More

It’s May and we have a little over 2 months left for this season.  Jeff has all ready started working up the strawberry beds and putting in a new irrigation/sprinkler system.  Forty thousand plants have been ordered for October 1st delivery and we are looking for a pre-Thanksgiving strawberry opening. Sweet corn is now available … Continue reading JG Ranch May Update: Sweet Corn, Berries & More

Pasco celebrates Bike to Work Day 5/19

In an effort to showcase the benefits of biking and to encourage more people to give biking a try, the Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) declares the month of May, 2017 as Bike Month. Pasco County is also declaring the third week in May as Bike to Work Week. Friday, May 19, 2017 will … Continue reading Pasco celebrates Bike to Work Day 5/19

Live Oak Theatre Summer Camp Registration is now online

Parents may now register their children and pay directly online for the L:ive Oak Theatre Performing Arts Summer Camp.  Simply go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org and click on the button “SUMMER CAMP” for instructions about how to register and pay. Due to the success of Live Oak Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz, enrollment in its … Continue reading Live Oak Theatre Summer Camp Registration is now online

Jamming on the West Side of Citrus County

If you have been looking for a place to “jam”, this is the post for you! I play the banjo.  I know, crazy right?  Really crazy because I’ve never been a big fan of bluegrass! And still  wonder why I bought a banjo. (Possibly the influence of Mumford & Sons, Kermit the Frog, and Steve Martin rather … Continue reading Jamming on the West Side of Citrus County

Students Find Leaky Toilets

In celebration of the EPA’s “We’re for Water” initiative, Citrus County Utilities challenged 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classrooms to test home toilets for leaks in the third annual Classroom Leak Detection Challenge.  Twenty-nine classes from six schools tested 593 toilets using dye tablets provided by the utility. “The students were surprised to learn that … Continue reading Students Find Leaky Toilets

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