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CUB SCOUTS’ ADVENTURE:
CEDAR KEY FIRE STATION
May 7, 2017

 

 
Six very active boys enjoyed a wonderful afternoon at the Cedar Key Fire Station with Fire Chief Robert Robinson and his Levy County Emergency colleagues this past Wednesday, May 10, at 6:30 pm.  
 
Met at the station to cheer them on was Cedar Key Commissioner Sue Colson, and accompanied by moms, dads, granddads, and sisters, the group totaled twenty-one. 
 
Isaac Custer, Brodie Gill, William Stephenson, Max and Micah deHaven, and Jolan Doty comprise Cub Scout Pack 114 which is led by resident, and father, Jams Custer.   The group includes young boys in kindergarten through the fifth grade; they live in Cedar Key or the adjacent area.    The group meets on Wednesday evenings and once a month, they have an outing, such as this one.

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Fire Chief Robinson demonstrated for the boys the contents of Fire Rescue Unit 75, the truck first on the scene of most incidents.  They boys lifted and felt the weight of firemen’s boots, pants, jackets, and other essential gear.  They watched the extractor flex.  They went on to the ladder truck and shot water from the hose across the parking lot.
 
Levy Emergency personnel Katy Graves Janok and Jim Jones spoke about their jobs.  Janik demonstrated for the boys the critical equipment inside their truck, letting them handle and become familiar with some of it. Questions abounded.
 
Robinson’s message to the Cub Scouts echoed the  Scout values:  ethical behavior, trustworthiness, physical heath, and good character.  

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 CEDAR KEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY COFFEE
BRINGS CROWD
February 20, 2017

Cedar Key Resident Bob Wooley presented the second in a series of  Cedar Key Historical Society Coffees.  Wooley and his topic, Florida in the Civil War, drew a crowd of nearly sixty persons.  

  
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PRESENTS ITS MONTHLY COFFEE
February 6, 2017
 
Second in a series of Coffees presented by the Cedar Key Historical Society is Florida in the Civil War. This coffee is scheduled for February 16 at the Community Center on Sixth Street in Cedar Key.  The coffee will begin at 10 am,  is free, is and open to the public.
 
Our lecturer for this coffee is Bob Wooley of Cedar Key.
 
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THE “DITCH OF DREAMS”
The Cross-Florida Barge Canal
 
 
The Cedar Key Historical Society's 2017 program of Coffees got off to a fine start on January 19 with a presentation of the “Ditch of Dreams. The Cross-Florida Barge Canal and the Struggle for Florida’s Future”. As presented by Dave Tegeder, Associate Professor at the Department of Social and Behavioural Science in Santa Fe College, and Steve Noll, Professor at the Department of History in the University of Florida, the genesis of this scheme and its extraordinary history (even back to the Spanish conquest) are of relevance to the development of Florida and perhaps especially to the city of Cedar Key. Thus, David Levy Yulee’s Florida Railroad running from Fernandina to Cedar Key and the parallel “ditch” between the St John’s River and Yankeetown were based, at different times, on the vision of a trans-Florida link that would provide an essential cog in a global transportation system linking the eastern and western worlds.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Cedar Key lost its railroad in 1932, however, while the canal, “vampire-like”, has survived two starts and three stoppages since reaching the high-spot of its fortunes in 1929, and has never died. In this time, the canal has suffered all the usual problems facing project development in Florida, whether economic, environmental, financial, legal or political but, according to the co-presenters, perhaps with a greater than usual element of irony and “David and Goliath” confrontations.
 
Army Corps of Engineers, was at the time of the Great Depression, to be a ship canal four times the size of the Panama Canal; 220miles long and 30ft deep serving the boom town of Ocala, and as such was inaugurated by President Roosevelt in 1935. But it took no more than a year for a gathering of competing interests to get the work stopped, of which the most significant pointer for the future were the voices, looking back to the pristine enchantment of Nineteenth Century Florida, now being raised about the need to preserve nature and specifically to the effect of damaging the Florida Aquifer.


SEEKING THE
RICHARD L. SMITH FAMILY
November 1, 2016

Due to the high water during Hurricane Hermine, some papers belonging to Richard L Smith have been displaced. We are happy to return those papers to the family of Richard L Smith. Please call 543-5549. Amy Gernhardt, Executive Director, Cedar Key Historical Society Museum between the hours of 10:30 am and 3:30 pm.

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SKIRMISH ENDS THE SERIES,
THE CIVIL WAR IN LEVY COUNTY
March 26, 2016

On Saturday, March 19, the Levy County Historical Society entertained and taught another full audience about the importance of the Cedar Keys in the Civil War.  In full Confederate regalia, Bob Wooley, a member of the Gainesville Civil War Roundtable of North Florida, rounded out the enlightening, extensive series.

Wooley began his talk with a video of other reenactors and himself igniting Confederate cannons in North Carolina.  The mortar’s sound, the kickback, and smoke brought some reality to the audience.   Wooley spent some time explaining the lead up to the skirmish, adding much to the audience’s understanding of the whole event.   Wooley’s talk, in historian Toni C. Collins’ words,  set “forth the events that occurred early on the morning of February 13, 1865, between Union and Confederate soldiers in the fields on the mainland near one of the station stops on the Florida Railroad.”

State Library and Archives of Florida Staff Historian Joshua Goodman delivered the first of the three-part series titled “Soldier, Refugee, Sailor, Contraband: the Many Faces of War” in January.   

Levy County Historical Society President and author Toni C. Collins presented the second in the series, “Salt - The Lifeline of The Confederacy,” in February. 

Between 250 and 300 area residents and visitors enjoyed the series at the Cedar Key RV Resort.  One hopes that the Levy County Historical Society is pondering something equally engaging for 2017.

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CEDAR KEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THANKS ITS DOCENTS
March 25, 2016
 
 
On Friday, March 11, the Cedar Key Historical Society thanked its docents and many hard workers with a beautiful afternoon at Seahorse Key.  Some twenty folks hopped aboard the University of Florida Research Vessel Discovery, captained by Kenny McCain, at the UF dock at Hungry Bend.  The day could not have ben finer:  wispy clouds, 70ish degrees, and open blue water.
 
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Captain McCain’s sage advice upon leaving the dock was not to fall overboard as the boat is a powerful one and could do a soul damage.  He added, “If you do end up in the water in the channel, just swim a few yards and then stand up; I’ll get you,” referencing the very shallow water.  Both pieces of good advice.

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Lunch was a hearty Ada Blue pulled pork sandwich, chips, a very fine cookie, and water or a soda.  While eating, the group had the opportunity to pose questions to the two experts:  Dr. John Andrews, President of the Cedar Key Historical Society and Dr. Mari Sgambati, Seahorse Key Marine Lab Education and Outreach Coordinator.  Andrews was able to recount much Seahorse Key history, including a relative buried in the cemetery on the island.  Sgambati   responded to questions about the recent nest abandonment, horseshoe crab projects, and larger biological diversity issues on Seahorse.  Under her direction the Seahorse Key Marine Lab has increased its outreach programs from thirty to 110 in the past two years.
 
 

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Some of the docent group met Artist-in-Residence Carroll Swayze.  The Artist in Residence program is sponsored by the Marine Lab, the Cedar Key Arts Center, and the Cedar Keys Wildlife Refuge.  Swayze, spent two years in the Fine Arts Department of York University in Toronto, Ontario, and continued her studies at the Ringling School of Art and Design, in Sarasota, Florida.  She describes herself as a painter and a printmaker.  You can find more about Swayze at http://carrollswayze.com.  Her resulting art work from the Artist-in-Residence four-day stay on Seahorse will be featured at the Cedar Key Arts Center soon.
 
 
 
Individuals who have not been to the island for a while noticed many fine changes: the bunk bed area has new mattresses and looks much tidier; the walk down the hill to the beach is minimally gentler, but gentler, indeed; the steps dock at the foot of the hill down to the beach are now in place so that one need not leap onto the sand.  The entire area is as beautiful and natural as it was, but now it appears consummately well cared for and appreciated.
The Historical Society could not have chosen a finer day nor a finer place to celebrate its  docents.
 
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“COMMUNITY”
REALLY MEANS “COMMUNITY” IN CEDAR KEY
CEDAR KEY COMMUNITY GARDEN DELIVERS ITS FIRST HARVEST TO THE CEDAR KEY FOOD PANTRY
January 14, 2016

JAN16 EileenDonna 0098xeThe Cedar Key Food Pantry’s administrator Donna Beach and financial manager Jeri Treat welcomed the Community Garden’s first small harvest from Lions Club President Eileen Bowers Thursday at the Cedar Key Food Pantry at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church.JAN 16 JeriEileen 0100xe

Arugula, other lettuces, basil, kale, and other greens were among the small harvest.  This Cedar Key Garden Club’s Community Garden contribution is another part of our  “community coming together to support the Pantry.”  “A lot is going on at the Food Pantry,”’ commented Beach.  “We are so thankful to the Lions for their ogling supply of fresh milk for years.” 

This Christmas brought the wonderful surprise of: a spaghetti dinner, a half palate of food, and a monetary donation from the folks at Cedar Key RV Resort some nine miles north of Cedar Key on State Road 24.

Beach reminds the community that items that continue to be needed are:  

  • personal hygiene items, preferably non-gender specific, but all are welcomed;
  • peanut butter because it is unavailable from the Food of the Mighty where the Pantry purchases much of its food at discounted prices and the fact that peanut butter is a fine source of protein;
  • small bags of rice and beans;
  • and canned fruit.

Items may be dropped off at the Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church entrance on Third Street on Thursday afternoons. 

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?
October 28, 2015
  • Beach explained, “We never have enough soup, canned fruit, toiletries, personal care items, and peanut butter.”  These items are most welcomed and may be dropped off at the Pantry or the church offices.
  • Difficult items to purchase for the Food Pantry are peanut butter as it is most expensive and hard to acquire at the food bank.  Eggs and produce are difficult because they have short shelf lives. OCT 31 BREADimages
  • Dollar donations are most useful because they allow the Pantry to buy bulk items from lower-cost food banks.

CONCERNS OF BEACH AND TREAT?

  • Beach shared the fact that the USDA food stuffs may “dry up” next year because no clear lines of food delivery have been decided upon at the end of its fiscal year, October.  The impact of no USDA food coming to the Pantry is dramatic.  “Most of what we have here is from the USDA,” commented Beach, motioning towards the stack of canned vegetables and fruit.  Cedar Key News staff intends to pursue this USDA delivery issue and will report upon its findings. 
  • Beach and Treat are hopeful that the Cedar Key School’s Future Farmers of America teacher and students will continue the very helpful assistance that they have provided in the past. 
  • Beach and Treat are hopeful that all the generous groups that have assisted the Pantry for years continue to do so.  Only with their help have “we been able to provide approximately 100,000 pounds of food last year to those in need.”

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WHAT HAPPENS EVERY THURSDAY AT THE PANTRY?
October 27, 2015
  • Clients come by the Pantry at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church each Thursday between 2:30 and 4:30 pm. 
  • They are greeted by Beach, Treat, and other volunteers present.
  •  The Pantry has a list that articulates how much food clients may take with them which depends upon the size of the family. 
  • Clients select their stores.  Usually visitors leave with three pieces of meat each week.
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HOW DOES THE FOOD
GET TO THE PANTRY?
  • The Food Pantry must purchase its food, much of which is USDA surplus; it does so with the donation ollars.  The Pantry spends approximately $200 to $250 per week; holidays costs can go to $1,000.
  • The Pantry purchases most food from Gainesville-based Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, a private non-profit organization founded in 1987, which collects, sorts, stores, and distributes donated food and basic essentials to more than 160 non-profit feeding programs and partner agencies.  They have purchasing power; they serve Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, and Levy County. 
  • Bread of the Mighty sells food to the Food Pantry at a significantly reduced rate as they are a non profit, buy in bulk, and distribute locally.  Items may be purchased for as little as $0 .18 a pound and loaves of bread at $o.10. 
  • Beach and other volunteers select, purchase, load, transport, deliver to Cedar Key, unload, and ultimately distribute the stores.
  • Beach stores and refrigerates much food in Gainesville on her property before it can be delivered to Cedar Key.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? and
CONCERNS OF BEACH AND TREAT?
will be the subject of tomorrow’s article.

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WHO ARE THE FOOD PANTRY CLIENTS?
October 25, 2015
Working Folks
Beach explained that few to none of the people who come to the Food Pantry are not working.  “They are elderly people living on a fixed income and/or underemployed people working several jobs, in many cases, just to make ends meet,” Beach explained. 
 
Number Soar on Holidays
The Pantry feeds approximately 50 families each week.  Last Thanksgiving and Christmas the Pantry helped feed 92 families.
 
Local   32625ers
The Food Pantry offers food to individuals and families in the 32625 ZIP Code.  Pantry staff ask for some official correspondence attesting to the fact that applicants live within the ZIP Code area; a light bill would work.  If they have children, staff asks for some kind of official paper attesting to that fact;  a school report card will suffice. 
 
Those Earning Less
The Pantry operates within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for its Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP).   In order to be eligible to take food from the Pantry, according the USDA, poverty levels apply: individuals must have an annual income  of $15,301 or less; a family of two $20,709 or less; a family of four $31,525 or less; and so on.OCT 26 CHEESEimages
 
WHAT HAPPENS EVERY THURSDAY AT THE PANTRY? and HOW DOES THE FOOD GET TO THE PANTRY?
will be the subject of tomorrow’s article.

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CEDAR KEY FOOD PANTRY
…WHAT A STORY
October 25, 2015
 
There is so much to learn about our Cedar Key Food Pantry that it is hard to know where to start.   Cedar Key News staff spent time this past week interviewing the Pantry staff and viewing the operation; they learned a great deal.OCT 31 BREADimages

After much thought, Cedar Key News staff thought a series of four shorter articles would be the best approach to updating/informing readers about the Pantry.  Each of the four is worth reading, even if you believe you know the Pantry well.  Things change; needs change.  So the Pantry changes, adapting to needs of this community.

The four articles are:

  • WHO MAKES THE PANTRY WORK?
  • WHO ARE THE FOOD PANTRY CLIENTS?
  • WHAT HAPPENS EVERY THURSDAY AT THE PANTRY? and HOW DOES THE FOOD GET TO THE PANTRY?
  • HOW CAN YOU HELP? and CONCERNS OF BEACH AND TREAT

Cedar Key News will publish one a day, attempting not to overwhelm readers. 

 

WHO MAKES THE PANTRY WORK?

Donna Beach
First is Donna Beach, now a Gainesville resident, who orchestrates the operation from top to bottom.  She makes the long- and short- range plans that make it possible for each of the fifty families coming to the Pantry have food, a variety of it, fresh milk, produce when available, and as healthy as possible additional choices.  Beach is also United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), replete with its regulations and paperwork, contact person.
 
Jeri Treat
Second is Cedar Key resident Jeri Treat who is Beach’s colleague and the Food Pantry treasurer.  Treat also manages the entire operation on the rare occasion that Beach is away.  She also stocks shelves, helps applicants complete paperwork, acts as liaison to local contacts, and prepares boxes of food for those unable to do so for themselves.  

With rare exception, you will find both Beach and Treat greeting visitors and distributing stores every Thursday at the Food Pantry.

The Cedar Key United Methodist Church
The church houses the Pantry offering a large amount of physical space to house, sort, stack, and distribute food.  The church also most graciously pays the utility bills and offers its parking space to the effort.
 
Bill and Peggy Delaino
The Food Pantry was begun by Cedar Key’s Bill and Peggy Delaino approximately twelve years ago, in 2003.  Beach remarked, “They did it all, whatever it took.”  Record keeping, communication with the USDA, food choice, ordering, delivering, and distribution were their tasks.  What vision.
 
Cedar Key School Students and Teacher
Recently retired Future Farmers of America (FFA) instructor Denny Voyles estimated that his students have planted, grown, picked, and delivered over 8,000 pounds of produce to the Pantry during his tenure. 
 
Cedar Key Lions Club
Each week a Cedar Key Lions Club member sees to it that the Pantry has lots of fresh milk.  The club orders, purchases, and delivers the milk every week, fifty two weeks each year.
Cedar Key Community Groups
The Cedar Key community as a whole, Donna Beach made it a point to say, is most generous.  “I can’t think of one organization that does not contribute in some way to our efforts,” she explained.  All of the churches offer donations and solicit from their flocks; civic organizations help with donations as well.
 
WHO ARE THE FOOD PANTRY CLIENTS?
will be the subject of tomorrow’s article.

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PIRATES HELP CEDAR KEY FOOD PANTRY
October 24, 2015
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Bard Production’s Joe Catalano delivered a $700 check to the Food Pantry on October 22, 2015.  The dollars were collected at the Third Pirate Invasion this past September in Cedar Key.  In addition to the $700, the Pirates put collection boxes in and around their weekend events into which were deposited canned foods which amounted to what Catalano reports to be 300 pounds of food. 

Catalano further reported that from the Second Cedar Key Pirate Invasion in September 2014, the organization delivered a $500 check to the Pantry and collected nearly half of the canned goods that they collected in 2015.  “It’s going to get bigger every year,” said Catalano.

The Cedar Key Food Pantry’s Donna Beach and Jeri Treat happily accepted the check on behalf of the Pantry and thanked Catalano for his work and delivery.

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PIRATES INVADE
SEPTEMBER 16 - 18, 2016

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OCT 17 EEAGLES auction

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EAGLES
 OF CEDAR KEY
CHANGE OF MEETING DATES
January 6, 2015

The Eagles will change meeting dates this month.

The January meetings will be changed from
 the 1st and 3rd Thursdays,  January 1 and 15,
 to January 8 and 22.
 
Please, mark your calendars.   
The Eagles want you at these meetings.

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ATTENTION,  ALL EAGLES

NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS!!

Due to the Seafood Festival we are changing our meeting from October 16, 2014 to October 23, 2014 at 7PM.

 

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Below is Jennie Pinto's  note of thanks to those who made the Octovber 1, 2014, Community Relief Spaghetti Dinner possible.
HOW DID THE COMMUNITY RELIEF FUND SPAGHETTI DINNER TURN OUT?
DOES FANTABULOUS SOUND GOOD?
Octobeer 11, 2014 
 

We raised enough to purchase 13 more gas cards, which is a LOT.

Can't say enough about our crew!  Ken Young, you COOK! Lynn Renfroe, you just grinned and worked.  Mike Fischer, love that garlic bread! Marty and Buzz Healy were invaluable, just jumping in,  and DOING.  Katie Bancroft-Lady, you are superb, just swinging in, smiling, and working.  (and you roll a might mean silverware-wonder where you learned THAT?) Jacquelyn Slaughter, you just kept asking for "another task". Loretta Fettig, you "swung in there" and worked.  Eileen Bower, glad you felt well enough to be our cash counting, ticket dispensing cashier.  Patti Hopson, is there anything you won't do? Noah Webster, you are a MASTER of conserve, compost, recycle and reuse!  Larry Feldman, we really really didn't expect you to wield that broom.

Now, onto MY favorite part, the desserts.... they were fantastic!!  Many thanks to Judy Treharne, Chris Black, Sarah Cardona, Tom and Nan Hooker, and the chocolate covered cherry cake queen, Susan Rosenthal.

Virgil-even though I give you a hard time, and the city crew of Brian and Mike, Thank YOU.  You went over and beyond.

Miss Brenda and Henry, (my Nana has ice) thank you for the ice AND coolers.

Eagles 4194, thank you "filling the holes," not that I have EVER forgotten anything.  The Food Pantry helped us, providing the pasta and other ingredients.

Winn Dixie in Chiefland has a GREAT  produce department, they HAND selected the lettuce AND tomatoes.

May thanks to my own dear, Will Winegarden, who does not get upset when our house becomes a staging ground, and cleans up afterwards.

My "other family," Nature Coast Realty, Inc, thank you for giving me the time to do!  Without you, I wouldn't have time, energy, or a "real job."

Caryn Stephenson and Anne Young of Pelican Realty, thank you for SELLING tickets.

And last, but far from least, the beautiful, wonderful, wonderous, loving people of Cedar Key, who came with large appetites and open pockets.  I enjoyed watching friends and neighbors breaking bread, visiting, and ENJOYING fellowship and good times.

If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me, I am still "fuzzy" from the love shown by the people of MY town, the ruby red Gem of the Nature Coast, Cedar Key, FL, the town with a HEART.

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NEW AERIE OFFICERS
FOR CK FRATERNAL ORDER OF EAGLES
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Cedar Key Aerie 4194, Fraternal Order of Eagles, installed a new slate of Officers for the June 2014-May 2015 year.  Pictured, more or less from left to right, are Bob Cooper, President; Steve McClintock, Trustee; Bob Abate, Treasurer; Jahn McCumbers, Secretary; Chris Lewis, Conductor; Red Renfroe, Trustee; Brenda Rutherford, Chaplain and Deb Franks, Trustee.  Missing from the picture are Calvin Henderson, Inside Guard, and Lynn Renfroe, Vice President.
 
This core group will share the responsibility of leading the Aerie during the coming year, but it is the membership as a whole - volunteers and committee members - who make the Organization work.
 
The Fraternal Order of Eagles motto is “People Helping People.”  If you would like to be a part of this community-oriented organization, we invite you to join us!  Stop by the Aerie Home on the corner of Third and B Streets and say “Hi!”
 
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The Cedar Key Eagles are proud to host two large events in the month of October.

On October 13, District 5 of the Florida State Eagles will meet in Cedar Key.  
District 5 Aeries and Auxiliaries include:
 
CEDAR KEY GARDEN CLUB BOARD TO MEET, INVITES YOU
October 31, 2017
 
The Cedar Key Garden Club Board will meet at 9 am int the Cedar Key Arts Center upstairs back room on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, to plan its activities for the season.
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Everyone is welcomed; please, join us.

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 COMMUNITY GARDEN WORK DAY …LOGO COMM GRDN image
ENJOYED BY ALL
March 31, 2017

DSCN3616Much, much work and many, many tasks were completed this past Wednesday, March 29, at the Cedar Key Community Garden.   From eight to early two in the afternoon, the group stopped only for scrumptious 1842 Daily Grind scones and coffee and, of course, Deverin-provided bottles of cool, refreshing water.   Good fellowship, great company, and accomplishment were the orders of the day, all under the expert leadership of Tom Deverin (ever so elusive to the camera).DSCN3615

A new irrigation system was installed with Joe Hand and Alban Cyr mechanizing the operation while Bill Seyfert, our new-Canadian-best-friend Pierre, and Gene Higa dug the trench that now runs from the north beds to the south and the west of the Garden.   The system will keep the Garden’s front flower area and the length of the trellis hydrated through the summer months on a timed system.  

 

DSCN3621 Beth Mizell, Linda Seyert, Kathy Sturr, and Mandy Offerle laid irrigation hose throughout the area and covered it with mulch.  Pat Deverin tended all the wildflowers surrounding the two palm trees mid-garden.  Sue Colson's nasturshiums punctuated the beauty of the Garden.DSCN3618

Jeri Treat fertilized the flowering shrubs. Maria Sgambati and Sam Gibbs built berms, laid insulation, and covered with shells the two crepe myrtles so that water will not drain away.  Lois Benninghoff hauled away debris in her golf cart.

 

Indeed, a fine time was had by all and the Garden even lovelier than before (if that is possible). 


 

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COMMUNITY GARDEN WORK DAY!
Y’ALL COME!
March 27, 2017
 
To the Community of Cedar Key,
This coming Wednesday, March 29th, from 9 am until ? we will have another work day.  If you're an early riser, folks will be at the Garden at 8 am.  Please make it to this event, if you can, so and help us with the Cedar Key Community Garden.  Everyone has a part to play, all are welcome. Appropriate tools would be shovels, rakes, post hole diggers, pitch forks, etc. and of course your smiles.

 

To Community Gardeners,  
We need you and your energy at the work day.  Nothing very strenuous will be necessary, but all hands need to be on deck.  We've got spiffing up to do for the Festival.  We've an irrigation line to lay, plants to plant, others to move to a better location, mulch to move, shells to place, and more.  Bring your tools, gloves, and rakes, in particular. 
 
 
 
All friends are welcome.
Tom Deverin
Community Garden Project Leader 
 
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CEDAR KEY GARDEN CLUB
ANNUAL PLANT SALE IS HERE
 
 
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THE CEDAR KEY GARDEN CLUB
PLANT  SALE! 
 
 
WHEN?MAR 3 PLANT YELLOWdownload
SATURDAY, MARCH 11
FROM 9 UNTIL 2 PM
 
 
WHERE?
ON THE SIDE OF CITY HALL
 
MORE?
PINE STRAW, TOO!  
OVER 150 PLANTS OF ALL KINDS FOR YOUR SPRING PLANTING 
 
 
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SECOND ANNUAL NATIVE PLANT SALE
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GARDEN CLUB ENJOYS CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
December 17, 2016
 
GrdnClbMtg 7615xeThe Cedar Key Garden Club members and others gathered at the traditional Christmas Luncheon at the Episcopal Church Meeting Hall this past Wednesday, December 14, at noon. 
 
Lovely, festive, and native, of course, centerpieces of Dahoon Holly cuttings and pine cones, graced the tables, Donna Thalacker creations.
 
President Roger McDaniels welcomed all and proceeded with the business part of the meeting.   Items he discussed included the following. 
Vice-President Joe Hand spoke about the Cedar Key School Agriculture class coming to the Community Garden on Tuesday, December 13, where they learned a great deal, got their hands dirty, transplanted new sprouts, and tasted sage-seasoned cookies and salad with kale and other ingredients grown in the Garden.  Delighted students walked away asking for the recipes. 
 
Tom Deverin presented to the luncheon participants plantings from the Community Garden ready for replanting at home.   These plantings were gathered and wrapped for transport to the luncheon by the Cedar Key School Agriculture students.  These included broccoli and cauliflower.


COMMUNITY GARDENERS
AT IT, AGAIN!
November 15, 2016
 
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Responding to community desires, wants, or wishes, or needs, Community Garden Leader Tom Deverin and his band of builders constructed three new raised, four-by-ten foot garden beds this past Thursday, November 10.DSCN3492
 
The perfect 70-degree temperature, low humidity, and the fine company made the tasks a pleasure.  Materials were ordered, gathered, transported to the garden; beds were built; the cardboard needed to place below the soil in the bed to hold water was gathered; wheelbarrows of soil were loaded and placed into the beds.  More weeding, cleanup, and bed planting filled the day.
 
The three new beds are located on the northeast side of the garden closest to Third Street.  Come on by and take a look.
  
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COMMUNITY GARDEN’S FIRST WORK DAY
TURNS EVERYTHING GREEN AND FRESH
November 12, 2016
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Some twenty gardeners gathered at the Community Garden on Second Street in Cedar Key for its first workday of the season, November 1, 2016.  And work, they did.

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They mowed the rear lawn;
they tidied up leftover cardboard;
they reulched year-old beds, tossing and
turning soil and adding nutrients and fresh mulch;
they transplanted sprouts to newly mulched beds;
they cleaned the shell walkway;
they weeded and planted the flower beds;
they uprooted weeds from the garden’s periphery;
they added fresh mulch to the ground around the beds;
they weeded the trellis;
they replanted the community bed from which transplants come. 
 
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The carpentry team, Alban Cyr, Joe Hand, Tom Deverin, and others,  added a new trellis, placed immediately to the right as you enter the garden through the gate on Second Street.  This trellis displays the Cedar Key Arts Center’s pieces.
 
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Best of all were the folks new to the garden.  They seeded or transplanted sprouts into their newly assigned beds with the help of the rest of the gardeners.
 
 
 
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In about three weeks, several kinds of vegetables ready to transplant: cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, and three types of lettuce etc.
 
   
Gardener or not, do drop by the Community Garden and enjoy the incredible number of butterflies, greens, and blooming flowers.  All are welcome!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CEDAR KEY GARDEN CLUB
ASKS FOR YOUR HELP
March 24, 2016
 
WHAT:  CEDAR KEY GARDEN CLUB WORK PARTY
GATHERING TOGETHER TO CLEAN UP
THE CEDAR KEY ART CENTER GARDEN
 
WHEN:  MONDAY, MARCH 28, FROM 9 AM  UNTIL AT NOON

WHERE:  CEDAR KEY ARTS CENTER, 457 SECOND STREET

THOUGHTS
REALLY WORTHY CAUSE AS MANY VISITORS STOP BY THE GARDEN
BRING YOUR CLIPPERS AND GLOVES
YOU’LL BE IN GREAT COMPANY
 
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COMMUNITY GARDEN WORKDAY…
EVEN MORE PICTURES…
March 12, 2016
 
PEAS ON EARTH RUSS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SUE PEG OYSTERS
 
PEG SUE MAIRA BILL
 
LYNN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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