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Columns

  • Good News On Recycling

  • My foray into horse ownership


    For the record, I have always been a sucker for the under dog. Or
    maybe I should say, the under canary......and
    now, the under horse. Plus, I hate bullies.

  • Conservation Corner: CK transitions to a more sustainable future through recycling

    As we all know, transitions are never easy and that holds
    true for Cedar Key’s efforts towards a more sustainable
    future. But let’s look at some numbers that might give us
    some encouragement:
    Now that we know that our community efforts have nearly
    doubled our recycling, let’s look at how we got there,
    problems that ensued and solutions that help us address these
    problems.
    EDUCATION
    Community informational meetings were held the last

  • Conservation Corner

    When you’re strolling the Seafood Festival this weekend
    don’t be surprised if you’re approached by one of “The
    Recyclables”, a recycled costume creation by local artist and
    Energy Advisory Panel member, Connie Nelson. “The
    Recyclables” in conjunction with the Cedar Key School are
    again working towards the goal of asking as many American
    citizens as possible to renew for the coming year their personal
    commitment to protect the environment by signing a

  • Sometimes I Wonder……

    By BEV Ringenberg
    ‘Don’t know about you, but sometimes I wonder if the
    little bit I try to do to “reduce, reuse, & recycle” can really
    make a difference. With so many of us in this world can we
    really stop the drain on our natural resources? Is there really
    any hope?
    But then, something little happens and my optimism
    returns. This time it happened when I was paging through
    my new 2011 “At-A Glance” Calendar (yep, I’m still stuck

  • Social Security covers every season of life

    By Paul D. Barnes
    Social Security Regional Commissioner, Atlanta, Ga
    The cool winds and changing leaves are telltale signs:
    another autumn has arrived. Sometimes it’s hard to believe
    how quickly the seasons change and the years pass by.
    Whatever season of life you happen to be in, it may be a
    good time to reflect on the protection you have through
    Social Security.
    Each stage of life — from the spring of youth to the summer
    of middle age to the autumn of retirement — comes with

  • Social Security Questions

    By Alice Moses-Turner
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville, Fl
    Question: What is the earliest age that I can apply for
    Social Security retirement benefits?
    Answer:

    If you want benefits to begin at age 62 — the earliest age
    you can receive reduced retirement benefits, you must be at
    least 61 years and 9 months of age to apply. Keep in mind
    your benefits will be reduced so evaluate your options carefully
    before you decide when to retire, Even if you are not

  • Conservation Corner

    Four of Cedar Key’s lodging establishments, Seahorse Landing, Island Place, Park Place and Faraway Inn, made the time and investment to be certified by Florida’s DEP as a Green Lodging.  This voluntary initiative designates and recognizes lodging establishments that make a commitment to conservation and protection of Florida’s natural resources.  The program consists of environmental guidelines designed for the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to improve environmental performance.

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Our friend Mack

    Mr. Mack was a lot of things to a lot of people. We all knew him as a mainstay of the Cedar Keys.

    His works are all over the Keys; his abilities, many; his heart, stern, though warm.

    He leaves a legacy for the archives of the town. You can't help but note the heavy yellow equipment that speckled the land on which he worked, the place he called his shop, to your right on your way out of town.

    His living went a long way toward building what we now know as Cedar Key. And his passing leaves a hole, a void, not soon to be filled.

  • Reflections: Who's the best choice for the job?

    Everyone's eyes are on the candidates. What is it going to be, the Republicans or the Democrats?

    I have no qualms about saying I'm a Democrat but I am also not beneath voting Republican if I thought a Republican candidate was better. However, in this case I emphatically favor the Democrats for both President and Vice President.

    I am a little worried, though. My neighborhood is riddled with McCain - Palin posters. It seems where I live most people are registered Republicans.