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Today's Features

  • Do you qualify for help in paying Medicare costs?

    The Medicare Savings Program, a new Program for the state Department of Elder Affairs and Elder Options of Gainesville, is trying to find Medicare beneficiaries to qualify for help in paying their Medicare Part D Drug Plan costs (Extra Help/LIS) and/or to have their Medicare Part B Premium ($96.40 or $110.50) paid.

    To qualify for Part D assistance, an individual must have income and assets as follows:

  • The Social Security Stories Project is seeking stories from individuals about the importance and impact of Social Security in their lives, with a goal of receiving 1,000 stories by the end of July.

    The submitted stories will be reviewed for possible inclusion in a new book to be published in honor of the 75th anniversary of Social Security on Aug. 14, 2010.

    There are 10 stories featured in a new video that can be viewed on YouTube. The video uses photos submitted by the story tellers, as well as audio captured through a special toll-free number set up for the project.

  • Correction — The 2nd place winning dish in the Cajun Clam Challenge at this year's CLAMerica Celebration was Cajun Clam Cakes, Prepared by Chris Hancock of Tony’s Seafood.

    The July 15 issue of the Beacon had the wrong photo.

  • A new CD now available in local shops features Cedar Key resident Matthew Chatowsky sings and plays all the instruments on the album – which he recorded in his home.

    Matt says the album and its songs are uniquely Cedar Key. “The CD is entirely local,” Matt said. “They’re about Cedar Key and produced in Cedar Key – all done in my Cedar Key house.”

    The music doesn’t fit into any one particular genre.  It’s part blues, part country, a little rock, and some folk.

  • Cities (San Francisco, U.S.A.; Mumbai, India) and even countries around the world (Ireland, Switzerland, and believe it or not, China) are beginning to ban or heavily tax single use plastic bags (the flimsy ones we get at the grocery store).  Why?

    Because plastic bags are made from petroleum (oil) and somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion bags are produced worldwide annually – another example of our dependence on oil.

  • Coconuts of Cedar Key, Dock St.

    No cover charge

    Friday-Saturday: Temporary Taboo, 8:30-12:30 p.m.

    Sunday: Barry Moore, 2-6 p.m.

    Tuesday and Thursday: Karaoke, 6-10 p.m.

    Wednesday: Free pool

    543-6390

    Frogs Landing, Dock St

    No cover charge

    Friday-Saturday: Karl W. Davis Trio

    543-9243

    Sunset Isle RV Park

    Saturday: Free Edy's soft serve ice cream, noon to 7 p.m.

    Must bring Page 9 from the Beacon to get the ice cream. Limit 3 cones per paper.

    543-5375

  • On Jan. 22 Cedar Key Mayor Heath Davis asked three residents to serve on an Energy Advisory Panel to spearhead a citywide, citizen-based conservation movement.

    Faced with many tasks, Tom Deverin, Connie Nelson and Luz Kraujalis decided first to tackle the big project of recycling household and business garbage.

  • About eight months ago, 45-year-old Polly “P.J.” Jensen noticed a lump under her left arm.

    She was unable to afford health insurance and ineligible for Medicaid.

    “So I kind of set it aside at the time – something I should have never done,” P.J. said. “Something every women should never do.”

    After a while, the mild discomfort became painful tenderness. “It got to the point that I couldn’t wear anything tight around that area.”

    She finally went to the doctor early this month.

  • After 34 years of dedication, Cedar Key Postmaster Annette Kordgien retired from the United States Postal Service Oct. 1.

  • Airheads from all over the state converged on a 45-acre farm located between Cedar Key and Chiefland last weekend for the Second Annual Suwannee River Tech Day and Camp.

    The international Airheads Beemer Club is for riders who own specific BMW bikes: those with air-cooled engines. Most anything that happens with an Airhead Beemer can be repaired on the side of the road with the tool kit that BMW provides – with the right knowledge, of course.

    That’s why the Airheads motto is “Simple by Choice.”