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Columns

  • Cedar Key: food for thought

    By Eileen Bowers
    I was settin’ at this restaurant
    When the waiter came up and said, “What do you want?”
    I looked at the menu — it looked so nice.
    Till he said, “Let me give you some advice.”
    He said, “Spaghetti and potatoes got too much starch,
    Pork chops and sausage are bad for your heart.
    There’s hormones in chicken and beef and veal,
    Bowl of ravioli is a dead man’s meal.
    Bread’s got preservatives, there’s nitrates in ham,

  • Today in Levy Lounty History: The Spanish moss industry in Florida

    Some people do not care for Spanish moss. However, as early as 1773, the value of the plant was recognized as cattle feed and a cheap packing for crates of fruits and vegetables.
    The processed product also was well adapted for the purpose of stuffing mattresses, chairs, saddles and collars.
    The plant is not a parasite, nor is it a moss. Instead it is a member of the pineapple family and one of the many epiphytes or “air plants” to be found in Florida.

  • Little known Levy County hurricanes

    Of all the recorded hurricanes to hit the United States since 1851, 36-percent of them have made landfall in Florida. However, the state did have 18 hurricane seasons pass without a known storm impacting the state.
    Although hurricane season officially opens on June 1 of each year, the month of highest activity has historically been September, followed by October and then August. Weather officials began using female names to identify hurricanes in 1953 and followed with males names in 1979. The Saffir-Simpson scale for measuring hurricane strength was created in 1975.

  • Today in Levy County History: First chartered Masonic lodge in Levy County

    The first established Masonic lodge of record in Levy County was chartered at Levyville on January 16, 1867. The Brown Lodge No. 51, Free & Accepted Masons was named for Thomas M. Brown (1785-1867), Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Florida in 1849.
    On May 27, 1870, the Levy County Board of County Commissioners sold the old courthouse situated at Levyville and the one acre lot on which it stood, to the lodge for the sum of $510.

  • Cedar Key: a model for energy conservation

    At the recent well attended Educational Outreach Program that the City of Cedar Key hosted, several interesting items were discussed. Ron Hendrick, who is the Waste Reduction Manager for the Florida DEP, stated that he was going to use Cedar Key as an example of what a small community can do to reduce waste and conserve energy. Our little group of islands is a model for energy awareness, conservation and sustainability.  Imagine that!

  • Florida’s harassing telephone call statute

    M. T. of Fowler’s Bluff asks, “I have an ex-boyfriend who is so angry at me because I broke up with him, and put him out of my house, that he keeps calling me and calling me and won’t stop. He leaves nasty messages on my answer machine, too. Is there anything I can do to stop him?”

    Dear M.T.:

  • Serving wounded warriors and their survivors

    By Kay Louder
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville, Fl

    It’s an American tradition to pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces each Memorial Day — especially honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

  • Pet therapy brings smiles to patients

    By  Koertni Blackketter
    Special to the Citizen
    The joy that a pet can bring is unlike any other. However, there comes a time in everyone’s life when having a pet is no longer a feasible option. Because of this, Haven Hospice has created a pet therapy program. Through this program, inpatients are still able to experience the joy that only a pet can bring.

  • Today in Levy County History: Civil War shipwrecks, sailors in Florida

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    “Ships, Sailors and Shipwrecks of Civil War Florida” is the theme of the current exhibit at the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee. Visitors are offered a glimpse into several aspects of the war previously undocumented. The exhibit contains a collection of artifacts recovered from Florida wrecks and also the items on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and Florida Division of Historical Resources.

  • Today in Levy County History:Yacht to patrol the west coast

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    Marine Hospital to Inaugurate a new service
    August 25, 1899 - Tampa Tribune

    Tampa is be the headquarters for a thorough quarantine patrol, which the Marine Hospital Services has decided to inaugurate along the west coast of Florida from Key West to Cedar Key. The vessel BRATTON will be on station to intercept fishing vessels from Cuba to prevent the introduction of yellow fever into Florida.