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and learn seven songs.
"It's been intense, but it's been a
lot of fun," said Megan Rackel, an
eighth-grader at Inverness Middle.
t was intense three days for The pupils' performance for the
about 70 Citrus County middle community was Saturday at Curtis
school musicians. Peterson Auditorium.
Chosen from Inverness. Confident in her peers. Megan
Crystal River, Citrus Springs and focused on all that she learned dur-
Lecanto Middle schools, the pupils ing the practices 30 minutes before
joined to form the Nature Coast the show.
Middle School Honors Band. "I'm a little nervous because I
The students were chosen for know I need to work on some
their academic and music abilities things." Megan said. i
and good conduct. Band director Susan McCraw a
After meeting Thursday the group came to work with the honor band Seth Saveo, 12, a seventh-grader at Crystal River Middle School, on tim-
had just three days adapt to a new pani, and other honors band members practice Friday afternoon with
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While no one knows the exact num-
ber of homeless in Citrus County, more
Than a dozen local agencies are trying
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to change that, and, in the process, get
much-needed funds to address the
Local organizations will take surveys
to areas across the county where home-
less stay or gather to get food and other
necessities. The two-page "Point in
in favor of a
bill will now
go before the
Time" is part of a once-a-year effort
coordinated through the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban
Development to get a more accurate
count of homeless men and women liv-
ing across the country.
Agencies such as the Salvation Army,
Citrus United Basket, Family Resource
Center, as well as homeless shelters
and services are conducting the survey
boy from his
in hopes of obtaining HUD money to
put toward creating more affordable
housing, homeless programs and sup-
Debbie Lattin, chairwoman for Citrus
County Harvest, said 480 homeless
were counted in the 2003 survey and
she is not optimistic the number will
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Yukiko Palmore, a seventh-grader at Lecanto Middle School, stretches her neck Friday between songs during a rehearsal of the Nature Coast Middle
School Honors Band at Curtis Peterson Auditorium. Select band pupils from the four county middle schools practiced three days with a new conductor,
and played a concert Saturday afternoon.
Best musicians play in honors band
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It would be hard to put a
value to it, but some law stu-
dents at the University of
Florida have given the city of
Crystal River a gift, and it's
one that could keep on giving.
The gift is a model historic
preservation ordinance, The
21-page ordinance is the result
of about 240 hours of work by
the three law students in a pro-
gram at the Conservation
Clinic at the University of
Florida Levin College of Law.
It could be the first step
toward an historic preserva-
tion board and an effort to cre-
ate a true historic district in
the city, particularly the
Area. An historic district
would result in some buildings
state and It could be
federal the first
preserva- step toward
tion fund- an historic
SThe or- preservation
dinance board and
the best an effort to
that other create a
mental true historic
entities district in
in Flor- district in
ida use in the city.
servation ordinances, as well
as some others from around
The law students, Terra
Dubois, Katrina Thomas and
Leslie Utiger, researched the
issue and tried to footnote and
tailor the ordinance so the city
could easily personalize any
element for its own use. The
model also will be offered to
other municipalities that
would like to adapt it to their
The three law students also
spent a day in the city photo-
graphing about 60 buildings
that according to the property
appraiser's records are more
than 50 years old. That's the
threshold for being considered
an historic building. That digi-
tal photo survey will be avail-
able to the city for a starting
point for a roster for potential
"This is really something,"
said an impressed Magge
Ericson, adding that it would
difficult to put a price tag on
the model ordinance and
research that went into it, not
to mention the survey.
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