The Taste of Cedar Key featured the best of our local restaurants. This City Park Saturday, October 4, 2014, event, had mouths watering in anticipation and lips smacking in satisfaction.
The Chamber of Commerce and the restaurateurs not only fed the many visitors and locals in Cedar Key, they donated the net proceeds to the Cedar Key School.
Their lovely home and yard are anchored by two coastal oaks in the front, and a large Magnolia tree in the back. Ken saved the magnolia when the former owners were getting ready to cut it down when it was about half its current size and transplanted it to their lot.
Congratulations to Vanessa and Ken for their beautiful setting.
On Monday, October 27, 2014, Florida Department of Transportation personnel presented their preliminary replacement concepts for three Cedar Key bridges to a concerned audience of over seventy individuals.
From 4:30 until 6:30 pm, FDOT personnel spoke informally to citizens individually or in small groups; all milled around a series of displays which included aerial photos, cross-sections, timelines, and budgets. At 6:30 pm, seated audience members articulated their concerns to District Planning and Environmental Manager William Henderson.
The three bridges, to be concurrently replaced in 2017, and the FDOT’s preliminary concepts follow.
Visualizing the changes evoked dramatic reactions from the audience, even though all seemed to understand that the bridges need to be replaced soon.
The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library are gearing up for our Fall Book Sale. We are looking for book donations of gently handled hardcover books to add to our sale inventory. You may drop your donations at the library at 11 56th Street, Yankeetown, Florida, or call 352-447-4212 for pickup arrangements during regular library hours.
The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library will hold their Fall Book Sale beginning Saturday, November 15, 9am to 1pm at 11 56th Street, Yankeetown. The sale will continue through the following Thursday during library hours – Tuesday 3pm-8pm; Wednesday and Thursday 9am-5pm.
If you cannot make it during the week, look for us at the Yankeetown Seafood Festival on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday Novembe 23 - 9am-5pm on Riverside Drive. Visit our website at http://www.friendsofafknotts.com for more information.
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The Cedar Key Garden Club will have Brazilian Pepper Eradication training presentation at the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Key Wildlife Refuge Office (off CR347 just south of Fowlers Bluff) on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, at 9:00 am. Following the presentation there will be a field application exercise.
Brazilian pepper is highly invasive and chokes out native plants. Do, think about taking part and keeping Cedar Key’s Brazilian pepper under control.
The 2014-2015 girls varsity basketball season began on Monday, October 20. That is the first day girls teams are allowed to practice in Florida. This season the Sharks will have 14 girls on the team with six returning from last season's successful run.
The Sharks open the season at Bronson's preseason tournament on Friday, November 7 and will play again the following night. The home opener for the Sharks is Friday, November 21 with district foe Hilliard coming to town.
Come out and support the Sharks this year as they look to build on last year's success. The girls should play an exciting up-tempo style of ball on both offense and defense.
SUPPORT OUR TEAM!
On July 22nd, 2014, my family and I dropped my sister, Lauren Bartholemy, off at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, Rhode Island. On that day life as I knew it changed forever. Lauren will graduate from the prep school in the summer of 2015 and will go on to attend four years at the United States Naval Academy. After the academy she will then serve in the United States Navy for five years.
In 2014, loggerhead turtle nest numbers remained high and leatherback turtle nesting reached a new record in the state according to FWC research scientists.
“Sea turtles face many important threats at sea and on land, which need to be addressed for the recovery of these charismatic and endangered species, but the results of the 2014 nesting season in Florida are encouraging and provide a positive outlook for the future”, said Dr. Simona Ceriani, FWC research scientist.
Last summer, Russ and I left Cedar Key for a month to walk the Way of St. James in Portugal and Spain. It was the sixth time we had gone to walk part of the trail. In Episode 1, I talked about that most recent hike. In Episode 2, I described what the Camino is and how we prepared to hike it. This time, I will talk a bit about what it is like to be on the trail.
Life on the Trail
Accommodations are abundant. For $15 to $20 a night, we can choose an albergue (hostel) providing a bunk, shared bathrooms and showers, a common room, a kitchen, often a shared dinner and breakfast, and splendid camaraderie.
Because they also provide snoring and night-time trips by many of your roommates to remote restrooms, we often opt for small boarding house style accommodations with more privacy. Those cost $40 to $50 for two people, sometimes with a private bathroom and a meal or two.
Despite having to climb hills with our flat-lander legs, the trail is beautiful to us. We walk on Roman bridges, alongside rivers and canals, climb forested mountains, watch sheep and horses, listen to birds calling “cuckoo” to us, cross through rolling fields of wheat blowing in gentle (and not so gentle) breezes, and poke into abandoned stone buildings in medieval towns. On the flip side, it sometimes rains. The mud in France on our first hike stuck to my shoes. They got so heavy I could barely pick up my feet. But I only cried a little. And, in 2013, we had sleet and snow . . . in mid-May. Looking back on it, living with the weather is part of the adventure. It does not always feel that way in real time, however.
There is only one real rule on the Camino. If you want to get a “Compostela,” a certificate of completion from the Pilgrim Office in Santiago, you must walk the final 100 kilometers (62 miles) or bike the final 200.
So, back to the original question . . . Why do it?
We walk the Camino for the beauty of it, for the people we meet, and the challenge to our bodies. We do it because we can, and maybe next year we won’t be able to.
Oh yes, and we do it for the bragging rights.
Peg Rooney Hall lives in Cedar Key and Gainesville. She is on the Board of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWRs and chair of its communications team. She is co-author, with her husband Russell J Hall, of Second Wind on the Way of Saint James: A Novel and The Summer of a Thousand Cheeses. Their blog is www.caminodreaming.net. They will teach “Hiking the Camino” for the Santa Fe College Community Education in February. If there is interest in such a class in Cedar Key, they would be happy to offer it.
Last evening, Monday, October 20, 2014, at 5:01pm and 6:00pm, two meetings, led by Vice-Mayor Sue Colson, sought public comment from locals about how they would like to see Cedar Key’s public parks improved. More than a dozen individuals came to the Cedar Key Community Center to take part in the brainstorming session.
Colson is seeking two $50,000 Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FDRAP) grants, one for Cemetery Point Park and one for City Park on Second Street. Grant writer Fred Fox, with whom the City of Cedar Key has successfully worked in the past, will be hired to write and administer the grants for a percentage of the grants, leaving approximately $46,000 from each with which to upgrade the parks.
After further discussion, the group ranked ideas as follows: first, expand the walking trails; second, increase native vegetation and shade trees. In third place, three items ranked equally: a kayak ramp, a telescope, and covered seating.
After further discussion, the group ranked ideas as follows: first cameras; second, additional lighting; third, more shade trees; fourth, more sea grasses; and fifth, new playground pieces.
The meetings concluded at 6:50pm with Colson’s many thanks for the audience’s input.
As noted above, all meetings are open to the public.
October 16, 2014
Each year for the past ten years, the Cedar Key Public Library has collected blankets and outerwear for needy homeless people in North Central Florida. These items are distributed to the homeless population by the North Central Florida Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry.
The library again will be a collection point for items needed by the coalition: blankets, jackets, hats, gloves and socks. Items are limited due to limits in storage space, so PLEASE do not donate items other than those listed.
Patrons of the Cedar Key Public Library always have been generous in their donations for this program, and we welcome your donations again this year. Thank you for thinking of those less fortunate who are in need of these items during the winter.
Cedar Key School’s kindergarten, first grade, and fourth grade have won a grant for a multi-age project which will study the life cycle of Painted Lady Butterflies.
Teachers C. Tomlin, J. Sloan, L. Campbell, and K McCain wrote the grant proposal titled Buddies and Butterflies. Countywide, proposals are submitted; they are then judged by the New Innovative Creative Education (NICE) selection committee. Cedar Key School teachers and students won their award, while some other Levy County Schools won grants as well.
Stay tuned for more NICE Painted Lady Butterfly classroom progress!
That's it. Simply put, the Redfish are all over the fish friendly habitat of Cedar Key, Florida.