By Bill Roberts
Special to the Beacon
The Martins were an old Cracker family that had settled in the Big Scrub not long after the end of the Second Seminole Indian War. The area was between the Ocklawaha and St. John’s River, and in 1908, became the Ocala National Forest. It was almost a half a million acres and up to the time that I worked there, it had been open range.
Hey everyone. I hope everyone is enjoying this little shot of nice weather and, man, let’s hope it lasts a little while. We need some kind of good trend with no wind, no rain, and maybe, just maybe, our water will get cleared up some.
Artist of the Month
The Cedar Keyhole’s Artist of the Month for March is Russ Raethka. Raethka has been a member of this artists’ co-op for 15 years. His acrylic and watercolor paintings depict classic Cedar Key scenes. His trademark work is watercolors of virtually all the fish found in the waters surrounding Cedar Key. Additionally, he creates notecards and postcards of his art images. All his work is creatively framed and matted.
By Robert Kint
The varsity boy Sharks played the Ocala Christian Crusaders in a head-to-head battle on Tuesday, March 11. Unfortunately, the varsity baseball Sharks didn’t bring home the win and ended the game with a final score of 13-3. The boys were pumped while playing, having the varsity girls there to cheer them on.
Children have been part of Cedar Key’s Spring Arts Festivals from the very beginning. They have been artists participating in the main event or in art competitions organized through the Cedar Key School and have helped out with food booths or in restaurants around town on busy festival weekends. Here are a few special stories.
June 6-7, 1964: Carmen Day
The Cedar Key FFA chapter competed in the Area II Ornamental Horticulture CDE’s last week – and once again brought home some impressive hardware.
The smallest school in the state just doesn’t let its size keep them from dominating certain FFA events, said Cedar Key advisor Denny Voyles.
In the five areas of the contest, Area II (which stretches from Citrus County to Jacksonville and west to Madison), 66 teams competed for the chance to go on to the state finals.