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  • Sikorski's Attic 8/28/2016: Unidentified item is actually old light switch plate

    Dear John: My husband collects statues, paintings, prints and photographs of eagles. He must have at least two or three dozen pieces. I purchased a box lot of mostly junk and discovered it had this metal plaque or whatever with the eagle at the top. He really likes it, but we wonder what it was used for. There are two rectangles cut out in the center. Also, there are four circular holes on the edge. What do you think it is and how old is it? The dimensions are 5 1/4 inches high by 4 1/2 wide. — F.D., Internet

  • Jane's Garden 8/28/2016: Renovating the lawn

    Popular, perennial, warm season turf grasses in Florida include Bahia, Bermuda, Carpetgrass, Centipede, Saint Augustine, Seashore Paspalum and Zoysia. None are native to the United States of America, but none are considered invasive or disruptive to native ecosystems. All do go dormant in winter as days shorten and temperatures cool in late fall. All have coarser blades than northern turf grasses like fescue.

  • Fertilizer ordinance: Let us do this right

    In coming weeks, our county commissioners will consider enhancing the county fertilizer ordinance with intent to address excessive nutrient loads in our waters. Our coastal springs and the Withlacoochee River are impaired by nutrients as determined by The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and excess fertilizer use is a major contributor.

  • A fond farewell

    After living in Citrus County for over 32 years my husband and I have decided its time to venture beyond its borders and pursue the next chapter of our lives out west.

  • Positive leader makes a mark

    A popular Crystal River City Council member made a decision last week not to seek re-election because he might not be able to fulfill the four-year term in office.

    He figured if he got re-elected and accepted a four-year term on the council, he would have a responsibility to serve the full term. He didn’t want to renege on that commitment.

    It’s something called “credibility” that councilman Andy Houston was not willing to sacrifice.

  • We can’t stick our heads in the sand

    Cortney Stewart: SEEING BEYOND

    Is there anyone who could have predicted what a strange year 2016 would be? Between the violence and the politics and the weather, things certainly feel pretty out of control. 

    Just look at this summer alone. 

  • There’s a reason we should support Publix

    Amy Meek: GUEST COLUMN

  • Recognize Women’s Equality Day

    Kate Betsko: Special to the Chronicle

  • Citrus Democrats have several reasons to vote in primary

    Wendy Williams

    Special to the Chronicle

    Many Citrus County Democrats feel they have been blocked from participating in the primary election since there are NPA candidates running for the sheriff’s and county commissioner’s District 5 race; however, Democrats still have several important reasons to turn out for the primary on Aug. 30.

  • What kind of impact are we making?

    Cortney Stewart: SEEING BEYOND

    “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” 

    — Nelson Mandela