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By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published May 7, 2006


MILESTONES

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Rising of Beverly Hills celebrated their 65th anniversary on May 3. The Risings were married in 1941 at her parents home in Cumberland Head, N.Y.

They have two children: the late Sandra Rising Pickersgill and son-in-law Colin Pickersgill of Champlain, N.Y., and Keith and Cindy Rising of Starkville, Miss.

There are also two granddaughters, Dawn Rising Lambert of Columbus, Miss., and Tanya Rising Dinning and husband, Carl, of Mathiston, Miss. They also have four great-granddaughters: Shalyn Dinning, Madison Dinning, Tori Dinning and Kennedy Lambert.

Mr. Rising retired in 1978 from Plattsburgh Municipal Electric Department where he was assistant manager. They moved to Beverly Hills after his retirement.

CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Inverness Wal-Mart store manager Larry Gamble recently presented a check for a $1,000 Store Managers Grant to Citrus County Junior Achievement. Accepting the check on behalf of JA were Co-Chairperson Janice Warren and JA Executive Director Doug Lobel.

The Wal-Mart grant will enable JA to expand the program to more schools. As a result, Homosassa Elementary School will have its first JA class in many years conducted by first time JA volunteer Ray Sergeant of Mercantile Bank in Crystal River, who will teach Nancy Chambers' third grade.

This was made possible thanks to the encouragement of parent Joann Boatright and the quick response of Regina Allegretta, the school's principal who worked to identify and fit the class in during the last few weeks of this school year. This will pave the way for more JA classes at the school when the next school year starts in August.

Junior Achievement business volunteers teach JA curriculum on the economics of life in grades K-12 in many schools throughout the county.

JA depends on private funding to pay for the programs it provides to the schools. JA will have its annual fundraising breakfast at Plantation Inn in Crystal River at 8 a.m. Thursday. For information on attending this free fundraising breakfast to help support Junior Achievement in Citrus County, call Doug Lobel at 400-0540.

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The Citrus County Master Gardener Association, under the auspices of the County Extension Service and the University of Florida, held a symposium on the Edible Landscape this year.

This symposium featured different aspects of edible plants that can be grown in Citrus County, uses of these plants, and related subjects such as attracting honey bees and bluebirds.

Plants covered included fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, sprouts, pineapples, grapes, and edible flowers. Appropriate species that grow well in Citrus County were highlighted as well as the times of year to plant, propagate, cultivate, nurture, and harvest. Information on growing plants hydroponically, in water and not soil, was included.

Various ways of using the harvest were demonstrated such as cooking with herbs and non-edible herb uses, growing sprouts, making jelly, dehydrating (a preservation method), making grape wine, grape vine wreaths and baskets, adding flowers to salads and using them as decorations.

Information was available on the Citrus County Canning Center, which is a part of the Extension Service and one of only three in the state. At the canning center, foods can be preserved under the direction of a professional to be enjoyed throughout the year.

Visitors were challenged to visit each display to learn about the subject and to collect stars. Different colored stars were then used to obtain a free seedling of four different species of trees that grow in Citrus County and which will provide an edible part or fruit.

The Citrus County Master Gardener Association plans future symposiums on various aspects of gardening in Citrus County. For information, call the Extension Service at 527-5700.

CITRUS KIDS

Gail Bockiaro's fourth-grade class at Inverness Primary School recently honored the more than 450 volunteers serving Citrus Memorial Health System by constructing a display board in the hospital corridor.

The display board theme was "Volunteers are Helping Hands" and was displayed during Volunteer Week, April 23-30. The names of all the volunteers at the hospital were printed on the fingers of each hand. The students decorated each hand with a friendship bracelet with their name on it.

Some of the students involved in this project and another project this year, have expressed a desire to be a volunteer when they grow up. Deborah Beaty assisted Mrs. Bockiaro with the project. Mrs. Beaty recorded the students saying, "Volunteers are Helping Hands", which was part of the display.

The students were given a tour of the Diagnostic Imaging area and the chapel at the hospital.

"The volunteers are thrilled to be honored by the young students. Volunteers have been searching the display for their name," said Penny Zaphel, manager of volunteers at the hospital.

HIGH FIVES

Jackie Reeves and Marilyn Berger have been the driving forces through the remodeling of the Sunshine Gift Shop at Citrus Memorial Health System. For their dedication, they were named Co-volunteers of the Month for April.

Reeves is a new volunteer that was willing to step into the chairperson position of the clerks. She has worked diligently to scheduled and re-train all the clerks. Reeves is also responsible for posting the payrolls deductions from the gift shop and fundraising events.

"Jackie is a true asset to our Gift Shop. She started during a time when we really needed someone to work with the clerks in a positive manner," said Penny Zaphel, manager of volunteers. "You can always count of Jackie to come in with a smile and assist wherever she is needed," Zaphel said.

Berger is a professional buyer that has generously given of her talents to the gift shop for five years. Berger has accumulated for more 2,300 hours, most of them buying and merchandising in the gift shop.

Ms. Berger travels to buyer's shows, purchases all the merchandise, inventories the items, prices each item and places them in the gift shop.

"We are very fortunate to have a professional buyer. Most gift shops do not have this quality of talent volunteering for them," Zaphel said.

NOTE OF THANKS

Editor:

Bay Area Air conditioning truly stepped up to the plate donating to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County a complete air condition system for the Crystal River Unit.

With summer right around the corner, this was a top priority. We couldn't offer programs without the building being air conditioned and we were trying to figure out where we would get the money to replace the system.

All is took was one phone call to Dave Hutchins of Bay Area and they were on it within days. Bay Area also is donating quarterly maintenance to all three units.

This community is so giving and willing to help when needed and Dave Hutchins and his staff are proof of that. Thanks to Bay Area we now have a full system installed and operating just in time for summer.

Lori Pender, executive director Boys & Girls Clubs of Citrus County

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Editor:

On behalf of the AARP Tax-Aide group in Citrus County, I would like to thank your newspaper for the excellent coverage you provided.

I would also like to thank all our partners who provided office space so that we could carry out our mission: Citrus County Library System, County Commissioners, Crystal River Moose, West Citrus Elks, Wachovia Bank of Inverness, and Regions Bank of Beverly Hills. Thanks to their support, we were able to provide free tax assistance and tax preparation to nearly 6,000 people and prepare nearly 3,400 federal tax returns.

Our group of 70-plus volunteers donated more than 6,000 hours in helping county residents. We look forward to next year and the continuing support provided by the above mentioned groups.

Terry Allison, District coordinator of Tax-Aide