Edition No. 5

Honoring the Brave: Remembering the History and Significance of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a special holiday that takes place on the last Monday of May every year in the United States. It’s a day to remember and respect the brave men and women who served in the American Armed Forces and gave their lives for their country. This holiday has a long history that goes back to the Civil War, and there are many ways that you can honor and remember those who have served.

The Civil War took place from 1861 to 1865, and many soldiers lost their lives on the battlefield. Unfortunately, their graves were often left unmarked. As a way to honor them, groups of women in both the North and South began to decorate the graves of fallen soldiers with flowers. This led to the creation of Decoration Day, which was first celebrated on May 30, 1868, and later renamed Memorial Day.

Today, Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States. Many people celebrate this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials to pay their respects to the fallen, attending parades and ceremonies, and lowering the American flag to half-staff until noon. If you want to show your appreciation, you can also volunteer at a veterans’ organization or donate to a charity that supports veterans and their families.

There are many ways to honor and remember those who have served on Memorial Day. It’s important to remember that Memorial Day is not just a day off from school or work. It’s a day to reflect on the cost of freedom and to remember the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served in the United States military. It’s crucial to understand that without these soldiers, our country would not be the same, and we must be grateful for their service. No matter how you choose to commemorate this important holiday, it’s a time to remember the brave men and women who fought for our country and to honor their memory.

Summer Vacation Planning: Tips for Memorable Getaway

With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start planning a memorable vacation. Whether you’re dreaming of a road trip across the country or a relaxing beach getaway, here are some tips to help you make the most of your summer vacation.

Decide on your destination: The first step in planning your summer vacation is deciding where you want to go. Do you want to explore a new city, go hiking in the mountains, or relax on the beach? Consider your budget and the time you have available to travel. If you’re on a tight budget, consider a staycation or a road trip to a nearby destination. If you have more time and money to spend, you may want to plan a trip to a far-off destination.

Book your accommodations and transportation in advance: Once you’ve decided on your destination, it’s important to book your accommodations and transportation in advance. This will help you save money and avoid last-minute stress. Look for deals on hotels or vacation rentals, and consider using a travel rewards credit card to earn points and save on flights or rental cars. If you’re driving, make sure your car is in good condition and plan your route ahead of time.

Plan your activities: The best way to make the most of your summer vacation is to plan your activities ahead of time. Research local attractions and activities, such as museums, hiking trails, or water parks. Make reservations for popular activities in advance, and create a rough itinerary for your trip. However, be sure to leave some flexibility in your schedule for spontaneous adventures and downtime.

Pack wisely: Packing for a summer vacation can be a challenge, especially if you’re traveling to a destination with different climates or activities. Make a packing list and check the weather forecast for your destination. Pack light, breathable clothing for warm weather destinations, and bring layers for cooler temperatures or air-conditioned buildings. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and any medications you may need.

Stay safe: While it’s important to have fun on your summer vacation, it’s also important to stay safe. Be aware of your surroundings and follow local laws and customs. Keep your valuables secure and be cautious when using public Wi-Fi or ATMs. If you’re traveling abroad, make sure you have a valid passport and any necessary visas or vaccinations.

Disconnect and recharge: Summer vacations are a great opportunity to disconnect from technology and recharge your batteries. Consider limiting your use of social media and email, and spend time enjoying the present moment with your loved ones. Take a break from work and daily responsibilities, and focus on relaxing and having fun.

Planning a summer vacation can be exciting and fun, but it’s important to do your research and plan ahead. Decide on your destination, book your accommodations and transportation in advance, and plan your activities for a memorable getaway. With a little bit of planning, you can make this summer one to remember!

Get Ready to Explore the Nature Coast: Fun Activities to Enjoy as the Summer Heats Up

As the weather starts to warm up, it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fun outdoor activities on the Nature Coast. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, there are plenty of activities to choose from that are perfect for the whole family.

One of the most unique and exciting outdoor activities in Citrus County is swimming with manatees. The Crystal River is home to one of the largest populations of manatees in the world, making it an ideal place to see these gentle giants up close. Swimming with manatees is a regulated activity, and there are strict guidelines in place to protect these endangered animals. Tour operators offer guided tours, which are designed to provide a safe and responsible way to interact with manatees in their natural habitat.

In Marion County, the Rainbow River is a popular spot for kayaking and canoeing. The crystal-clear water is perfect for spotting fish and other wildlife. You can rent kayaks and canoes from local outfitters and launch from various locations along the river.

One of the popular outdoor activities in Citrus County is hiking. There are many hiking trails in the area, ranging from easy strolls to more challenging treks. One of the best places to hike in Citrus County is the Withlacoochee State Forest. This forest covers over 157,000 acres and features many different trails to explore. Whether you’re looking for a short hike or a longer trek, there’s something for everyone in the Withlacoochee State Forest. 

Speaking of trails, Marion County is known as the “Horse Capital of the World” and for good reason. There are many horse farms and equestrian centers in the area where you can take horseback riding lessons or go on guided trail rides. One popular spot for horseback riding is the Cross Florida Greenway, which offers over 100 miles of trails.

If you prefer biking, the Withlacoochee State Trail is a must-visit for both Citrus and Hernando Counties. The trail spans over 46 miles and is perfect for both casual and serious bikers. With beautiful scenery and plenty of places to stop and rest, it’s an ideal way to explore the area.

In Hernando County, you can visit the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, which features a natural spring and offers kayaking, paddleboarding, and even mermaid shows. Or, if you’re looking for a more relaxed outdoor activity, visiting a local park is a great option. Citrus and Hernando Counties are home to many parks, each offering something unique. Some popular parks in Citrus County include the Crystal River Preserve State Park and the Fort Island Gulf Beach. Hernando County boasts Alfred A. McKethan Pine Island Park, Bayport Park, and more.

The Nature Coast is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors, with a wide variety of activities to choose from. Whether you’re interested in swimming with manatees, kayaking, hiking, or visiting a local park, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful area. So why not take advantage of the warm weather and get outside to explore all that the nature coast has to offer?

Keith Taylor Law Group Community

Pictured (Left to Right): Samantha Wheat, Vanessa Dove, Brandi MacCurdy, Attorney Adam Czaya, Attorney Jessica Czaya, Attorney Keith Taylor, United Way Citrus County CEO - George Schmalstig, Attorney Lindsey Cappola, Christie Vann, Amber Spurgeon, Ashley Baxter, Kyla Vadovsky, Erin Savoie

United Way of Citrus County Small Business Circle 365 a group of businesses that pledge to contribute $1 per day, or $365 per year, to support the United Way’s mission of improving lives and strengthening the community.

The United Way of Citrus County’s mission is to improve the community by mobilizing people and resources. They focus on education, financial stability, and health as the building blocks for a successful life. Through partnerships with organizations and individuals, they strive to create lasting change and enhance the well-being of the community.

Keith R. Taylor Law Endowed Scholarship with College of Central Florida

Attention Crystal River and Dunnellon High School Cheerleaders!

Keith Taylor Law Group is pleased to announce that we have a scholarship opportunity available to Crystal River and Dunnellon High School Cheerleaders who plan on attending College of Central Florida.

To be eligible:

  • Completed application on file to attend CF
  • Recent Graduating cheerleader of Crystal River or Dunnellon HS
  • Have earned a min 2.8 weighted GPA in HS or College
  • Complete a photo/publicity waiver
  • Application for student aid must be completed.

For more information contact CF at 352-873-5801 

Keith Taylor Law Group Community

Pictured (Left to Right): Erin Savoie, Ashley Baxter, Attorney Jessica Czaya, Attorney Adam Czaya, Amber Spurgeon, CCB Board Member Scott Hebert, CCB Board Member Sean Furniss

Our donation was made through the Birdies Fore Blessings Golf Tournament, a fundraising event that supports Citrus County Blessings’ mission.

Citrus County Blessings is a local nonprofit organization that provides food and basic necessities to children and families in need in Citrus County, Florida. We believe in supporting our community and are grateful to have the opportunity to make a positive impact through our giving.