• Rochelle Kaiser

  • Education is heading to the park.

    From 3 to 6 p.m. today, Oct. 29, Crystal River primary, middle and high schools will get together at Copeland Park, 850 N.E. Third St, Crystal River, for Copeland Community Campus.

  • At first glance, it wasn’t clear who was learning more — the first-graders or the high school students.

    Brandy Gibbs’ Early Childhood Education students at Citrus High School experienced firsthand last week how to instruct elementary-level students. Meanwhile, Julie Zolnierz’s first-graders at Inverness Primary School learned about economics and business success and fundamental life skills.


    Megan Carella


    It can happen as easily as a small child putting her hand in her mouth. Perhaps the paint is chipping on the walls of your old home. The paint dust on her fingers gets into her mouth and absorbed into her bloodstream. Or he puts that old toy you bought at a yard sale in his mouth while he’s playing. Simply drinking water from older pipes can cause it.

  • Special to the Chronicle

    A hilarious, yet sometimes touching, play about five very different Southern women opens next Friday at the Art Center Theatre at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. in Citrus Hills. The women meet for a long weekend at the beach each August, free of husbands, kids and jobs, to renew their friendship and discuss their lives,

  • Gloria Yoder

  • When patrons in our wine shop in Connecticut asked for a recommendation, the first questions from me (once I knew a price range) were white or red, and bone dry or a tad sweet? And almost 10 to 1, the answer would be: “Oh, dry, very dry. None of that sweet stuff for me!” People were leery of old-fashioned grapey-sugary wine.

  • “From the very first prickly pears harvested by Paleo-Indians more than 12,000 years ago to the Seminole tribe’s staple dish of sofkee, Florida’s culinary history is as diverse as its geography.”

  • One of the secrets to success for Brothers Pizza in the Crystal Springs Shopping Center is the creamy cheese topping, but don’t ask how it’s made — it’s a 

  • Give a student a firsthand experience with a potential employer, let his or her imagination run wild with options and be prepared to be amazed.

    Two weeks ago, Citrus High School drafting academy teacher Howard Lindsey and Withlacoochee Technical College automation and production technology instructor Laurie Newkirk did just that.

  • He is not only one of a kind but a superstar — in the drafting world.

    Scoring a 99 percent on the ADDA (American Designing Drafting Association) Mechanical Apprentice Draftsman Certification exam, Citrus High School junior Trie Wade, 16, is one of three individuals in the history of the nation to score a 99 percent. The other two persons were also CHS drafting students from previous years.


    Katie Hendrick


    When you hear the word “cataracts,” you might think of George Burns and his Coke bottle glasses that were so thick he developed tunnel vision.

    “He couldn’t look at another actor and his feet at the same time, so he shuffled when he walked across a stage,” said Dr. John Rowda, an ophthalmologist at the West Coast Eye Institute in Lecanto.



    Gloria Yoder

    The Amish Cook

  • A frequently asked request is: Help me with a stress-free approach when ordering from a restaurant wine list.

    This needs more than just a one-sentence reply. We are not discussing the little table cards citing a half dozen selections, nor the inventory restaurants may feature on the inside of set menus, typically easy to follow. Rather, let’s focus on the hefty choices offered by big cruise ships, as well as major urban top-shelf restaurants with wine lists resembling a telephone book.

  • Jennifer Schreifels is convinced, she says, “that once people taste my baked goods they will be back for more.”

    Comments from customers in the store recently would indicate she is right on the mark, judging by their rave reviews for her custard-filled éclairs and carrot cakes.

    The entrepreneur and mother of two children opened her Sweet Life Bakery on County Road 581 in Inverness, on May 1 of this year, a venture she describes as a labor of love.

  •  So, how do you like your sandwich? The choices are endless, but today, Oct. 9, is National Submarine Day, so you might want to think about that question and act on it.

    Goodness knows there are a plethera of sub shops in Citrus County if you don’t want to create your amazing sandwich. Hot or cold, a good sub sandwich is a sight and taste to behold.

  • One nationwide chain restaurant is helping a local employee succeed in life.

    The Kentucky Fried Chicken Foundation has selected two-year Inverness team member Kristen Bullock as a recipient of a $2,000 Reach High scholarship.

    The 2003 Dunnellon High School graduate is currently attending College of Central Florida for a degree in business administration and a dream of opening a Popeye’s franchise in Inverness.

  • What does Superintendent Sandra “Sam” Himmel do all day?

    That’s what Lecanto High School’s Simi Shah wanted to discover Thursday as she followed Himmel around the district.

    “I think it is important for students our age to understand what people put into our school system and how hard the superintendent works to keep everything in order,” Shah said.

    Recently, at a LHS football game, Shah approached Himmel with the request to shadow her for the day.

  • Nestled north of Beverly Hills is a small, but mighty school for parents desiring biblical education for their children.

    St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church & School only has 72 students enrolled; however, they are academically competitive throughout the county.


    Megan Carella


    Fitness instructor Vickie Reed never expected a breast cancer diagnosis three years ago. With no family history and a very healthy lifestyle, breast cancer was the last thing on the then 54-year-old’s mind. A mammogram and then a biopsy indicated stage 1 cancer. A lumpectomy and radiation therapy followed.