Join the Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve and learn about “Levy County’s Prehistoric Connections” on Tuesday, December 23, at 2:00 pm. The program will be held at the Ellie Schiller Education Center, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown, FL. Brack Barker will explore the prehistoric connections of our environment between then and now. Mr. Barker is a Florida Master Naturalist, Certified Kayak instructor, and has over twelve years background in museums. In a week or so following this program, Mr. Barker will conduct an interpretive program at the Shell Mound Archaeological site near Cedar Key. Join us on Tuesday, December 23, for more details on the Shell Mound walk.
Visit the Friends of the WGP website at withlacoocheegulfpreserve.com for more information on this and other scheduled programs. Directional maps are also available at the website.
Last week Cedar Key FFA participated in the annual Sub-District competition. On Thursday morning, agriculture teacher, Mr. Dennis Voyles, and five FFA members, Sarah Bartholemy, MacKenzie Kirkbride, Casey Williams, Grace Cowart, and Amanda Robinson, traveled to the First Baptist Church of Chiefland where the event was held.
The results are as follows:
Sarah Bartholemy- 1st in high school Prepared Public Speaking with a speech entitled “”The American Farmer”
MacKenzie Kirkbride- 1st Place in the Creed Speaking Competition
Casey Williams- 2nd in the Creed Speaking Competition
Amanda Robinson- 1st in the middle school Prepared Public Speaking with a speech entitled “FFA in 3D”
Grace Cowart- 3rd place in Extemporaneous Public Speaking for a speech entitled “The Impact of a Community Garden” (In this category, FFA members are given 30 minutes to prepare a 3 to 5 minute speech on a topic drawn at random.)
The Cedar Key students competed against three other schools for their sub-district titles, Bronson, Chiefland, and Williston. First place winners in each category will advance to district competition in Branford in late January.
Williston, Chiefland, Bronson, and Cedar Key FFA chapters participated in this competition.
Good luck and, way to go, Cedar Key FFA!
A note from Roger McDaniels.
Come join us.
We are on Track for Brazilian Pepper work for Tuesday, December 16. We'll meet at 9:00 am just north of Number Four Bridge, west side at the entrance to Andrews property.
We’d like to work that area for a couple hours, take a break, and then work the area along CR-24 by the Marine Lab.
This will be our last work day for this year with the Christmas and New Year’s days coming up in the next couple weeks. We'll restart our work again on January 6th.
Thanks for all your help.
SAVE THE DATE!
Come enjoy soup, salad and dessert at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall from 5:00 to 7:00 on Wednesday, January 28th, and take home a hand-crafted bowl made by a local artist. A donation in the amount of your choice is suggested. Take away available.
Do, please, mark this January date.
The Cedar Key Fiction Book Bunch welcomes new and old readers to join them for the 2015 season. Good company and discussions await you monthly at the Cedar Key Library upstairs meeting room. Meetings occur on the second Monday of each month at 1:30pm.
The season’s schedule, complete with books to be talked about follow.
Should you be looking for more fine pieces to read, the December Fiction Book Bunch members believe the following to be worthy of your time.
Cedar Key Librarian Molly Jubitz will try to have copies of the books available to you.
Alexis placed third in the Elementary Division. Her mom Crystal Lipscomb and her brother Trey, were there to cheer her on as well as principal Darby Allen and teacher Janeice Smith. If you want to learn more about Coastal Clean-Up or speaking effectively, just ask Alexis.
Remember the need to obliterate the non-native Brazilian pepper plant. Left alone, it will destroy native cultivars.
Meet at 9:00 am on SR-24 just north of Number Four Bridge. We'll proceed into the Andrews Tract for a couple hours, take a break, and then work the area by the Marine Research Lab.
See you there. The environment needs you.
Children of all ages are invited to join us for a fun celebration of Christmas. Come listen to a Christmas Story, make crafts, enjoy refreshments and have pictures taken with a holiday scene! The pictures will be printed at the party for free. Please contact your local library for more information.
SVP is beginning performances for John Patrick's comedy The Curious Savage at the Chief Theater. Laughter abounds when Mrs. Savage and her adult stepchildren have very different ideas about how to best use the millions of dollars left by her late husband. Show dates are December 5-7 and 12-14 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. This play is presented by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service.
You may also contact us at 352-493-ARTS, www.svplayers.org, or follow us on Facebook!
The 1st Place winner of the 2014 Cedar Key Speech Competition, sponsored by 4-H, was 5th grader Alexis Lipscomb, with her speech about “Coastal Clean-up.” Following her in 2nd Place was 4th grader Kendall Bailey, and 5th graderTatyana Miranda in third place.
This is the second year in a row that Alexis has advanced to the district spelling bee, which will be held on Dec. 4 at 7:00 pm in the Bronson High school cafeteria.
Let’s go on a journey together, with a new version of Thomas Jefferson’s Lewis &Clark expedition. Our president has just commissioned Mr. John Star and Thomas Dust to take on the tremendous task, which is known as the “stardust” expedition! The goal is to establish a food producing facility on the moon as a supply for interplanetary space travel.
Let’s imagine what this facility might be like, as this requires a big imagination. Our so called greenhouse would have to be underground to temper extreme heat and cold. We might need a nuclear reactor (perhaps the size of a 5 gallon bucket to provide electricity and controlled heat) for our operation. Water being very heavy on earth is a problem so we need sister ships to supply it in multiple trips. All internal structures could be mostly of carbon fiber which is light and very strong and made here on earth.
Harry and Magda have nurtured with TLC an amazing inventory of about 140 kinds of plants with a total of about 2,000 plants. They have many tales to tell about what grows and doesn't grow in our area.
The Florida Master Gardener Program is a volunteer-driven program that benefits UF/IFAS Extension and the citizens of Florida. The program relies on dedicated volunteers who have an interest in gardening and in giving back to their communities. Think you might be interested?
Class fees are kept as low as possible. This year, Extension is providing most of the financial resource. For 2015, course materials fee is $10 (ten dollars).
Leaders start putting handbooks together on January 7. Class Assistants/Mentors are needed to with handbook preparation, photography, registration, etc.
Application may also be found online @ http://levy.ifas.ufl.edu/.
Applicants can complete, save to desktop/device and email me as attachment. We will have paper applications available at Extension office and Yankeetown Festival (this weekend) and Clay Landing Days (next Friday and Saturday) booths.
I arrived at the Levy County Park and Boat Ramp around 10am. There wasn’t a soul there. Only 1 truck and its empty boat trailer sat in the lot. I drove to the river’s edge and parked. I got out and stood on the bank and looked down river and saw no boats and no people. I looked up river and saw 1 boat about 17ft. long drifting down with the current, and inside the boat, tossing lures up to the bank and maneuvering them so as to attract a bass was Capt. Jimmy Keith. I didn’t realize it then but it was gonna be my lucky day.
Thanksgiving On The Road
This weekend, Thanksgiving Day Weekend, is the most heavily traveled time of the year. Whether by train, plane, bus, car or whatever, many people are on the move to spend the Thanksgiving time with loved ones. Fortunately for most folks, the travel involves a short trip of a few miles or an hour or so, but for quite a few, the distance traveled and time spent are substantial.
Until just the past couple of years, I've been one of the latter most of my life. It feels good not to have to do all that traveling just to be with family and loved ones on Thanksgiving weekend. For many years, I was a professional person on the road driving as part of my occupation. Drivers of those eighteen wheelers are in this group. Thanksgiving was one day, a Thursday. Most often, Fridays, Saturdays and even Sundays were considered workdays.
No professional driver likes to be traveling when there are so many other drivers outnumbering you who only do distance travel a few times a year. Many of them are oblivious to the ways of the road, and the professional traveler has to watch out for them and to be courteous and helpful to them while he is on his own mission. That can be a real chore.
The Collectors’ Show is open to all Cedar Key residents and members of CKAC. Your favorite art or craft piece to be shown at the Cedar Key Arts Center.
If you would like to participate, and I hope you do, let me know as soon as possible so I can plan the exhibit. Some of those who have contacted me need to affirm the entry again by e-mail.
Work must be ready to hang or place. Deliver with contract attached and your name securely placed on the back or under the piece. Please include the title of the piece. Entries are due between January 5 -7, 2015, in the upstairs gallery. Pick up February 1-4th. The name of the lender will be withheld upon request. Gallery contracts are available at Cedar Key Arts Center.