2011 Crystal River Boat Parade

The 2011 Crystal River Boat Parade


CR boat parade happens tonight

The Crystal River Community Holiday Boat Parade starts at 6:15 p.m. today. This year’s theme is “A Country Christmas.”

Contact Capt. Suzie Holstead Martin at 352-586-8068 for more information.

Vehicle fire spreads to home

A vehicle fire spread to a Beverly Hills home early Thursday morning, destroying several vehicles and much of the residence.

Firefighters with Citrus County Fire Rescue were dispatched at 1:07 a.m. to 25 N. Melbourne St., where crews from the Pine Ridge Station arrived at 1:14 a.m. to find three vehicles on fire within a few feet of the house, which was already partly on fire, according to a fire rescue report.

Fire had already spread through the eves and into the attic. Crews put out fires in the vehicles and home, which had 50 percent structural damage and lost half of its contents in the fire, which started in one of the vehicles, the report states.

While the home’s smoke detectors weren’t working, occupants were able to escape in time. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross was called to assist the residents.

Crews from Pine Ridge, Citrus Springs, Hernando, Connell Heights and Kensington responded to the fire.

— Buster Thompson/Staff writer

Adult care grant funds available

Are you a caregiver for an adult or senior who requires assistance due to memory impairment, dementia or Alzheimer’s? Maybe your loved one has no memory impairment but requires physical help throughout the day and you don’t feel that they are safe staying alone.

If so, Citrus County Senior Programs has grant funding available for you to enroll your loved one in the Key Care Club Adult Day Care Center. The Key Care Club Program is the only Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) licensed adult day care center in Citrus County. The mission of the Key Care Club is to provide a caring environment for individuals by participating in meaningful activities with others that help their well-being and quality of life. The program provides respite for a few hours or a full day, allowing caregivers the freedom to work, handle personal business or just relax while knowing that their loved one is safe and well cared for.

The Key Care Club specializes in group and individual activities. These activities are provided in a safe, secure and supervised setting during daytime hours. Specially trained staff provides activities that are designed to promote independence and self-esteem and to improve the mental and physical condition of members. Staff provides assistance with personal care and can supervise self-administered medication. There is access to licensed nurses during operating hours, should assistance be required. Hot meals and nutritious snacks are also provided for the member’s enjoyment.

For more information, please call Citrus County Senior Programs at 352-527-5930.

Early deadlines for obit notices

  • Obituaries for Saturday publication will deadline at noon today (Friday).
  • Obituaries for Monday and Tuesday publications will deadline at 3 p.m. Saturday. Information submitted past deadline will appear in the next available edition.

County holiday closings set

Citrus County government offices will be closed in observance of Christmas today and Monday, Dec. 25, and also Monday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year’s.

The Citrus County Central Landfill will close at 2:30 p.m. today (administrative offices closed all day, no hazardous waste), and will operate regular hours Saturday, and be closed all day Monday, Dec. 25.

The landfill will also be closed Monday, Jan. 1. For more information on landfill hours, call 352-527-7670 during office hours or go to the county’s website at: www.citrusbocc.com/pubworks/swm/solid-waste.htm.

Citrus County libraries will be closed today through Monday. All branches will resume normal hours on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

All branches of the library will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. Normal operation hours will resume the next day, Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Citrus County Transit will be closed today and Monday. Transit will be closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Citrus County Animal Services will be closed today and Mond but is open for regular business hours on Saturday, Dec. 23. Animal Services will be closed Monday, Jan. 1.

Bicentennial Park pool will be closed today, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Also, the pool will be closed on Monday, Jan. 1.

— From staff reports

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