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Columns

  • Omaha, Gateway to the Plains

     Not that long past, a couple weeks or so back, Anne and I went to Omaha to visit family. Anne wanted to be there in the fall of the year. That was part of the plan, to see Omaha and the plains and farmland as winter approached.

  • Student volunteers educate through recycling and parading efforts

     At the recent Seafood Festival, 13 Cedar Key students volunteered to monitor the three recycling/trash sites that were set up in the city park to maximize the capture rate of all recyclables. 

  • Déjà Vu translates to eco-chic recycled clothing

    The thriving consignment store, Déjà Vu, on Second St. was started by Nancy Stephens in 2002 when she saw the need in the Cedar Key community for locally available and economically priced gently used clothing. Thus began one of Cedar Key’s many contemporary efforts to recycle.

    Even if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to shop at Déjà Vu, you’ve probably been recycling your clothes for years, though you may not think of it that way.

  • The Two of Them

    It was early morning a couple or so days back. It was cool, crisp and dry. The sun had not yet shown.

    Dawn was near. A bright planet was in the western sky setting ever so slowly, Jupiter I believe. The sky was clear of clouds, the stars remaining were dimming.

    Somewhere near, a heron squawked three times decreasing in volume. The water was calm. Some terns had awakened and were working the water in the calmer places.

  • Why kids can drive golf carts in CK

    C. C. of Cedar Key writes: “I wrote to you last month about being able to drive my golf cart around the city of Cedar Key without a driver’s license even though my license was suspended, and you told me I couldn’t because it was a motor vehicle and I had to have a valid driver’s license. If that’s true, why do I see kids who don’t have licenses driving golf carts all over the place? If they can do it, why can’t I?”

    Dear C. C.,

  • Energy conservation = money saved

    The average yearly electric bill in the United States is about $2,000 per year per household. On average the amount paid per kilowatt of electricity used in the U. S. goes up 6 percent per year. In eight years that $2,000 will become $3,000 unless you do something to conserve electricity.

  • Raising ovarian cancer awareness one teal toe at a time

    Summer is when most women and girls’ feet look their best and their toes have some color on them, and for years, red was THE color. But recently you may have seen an unusual color highlighting local toes – teal blue.

    Just as pink is THE color to remind the world about breast cancer awareness, now, the color teal is trying to do the same for ovarian cancer.

  • Efficiency: It’s an obvious energy source

    In a recent Conservation Corner, using nuclear power to generate electricity was shown to be both extremely dangerous and expensive. It is not the clean, safe and cheap source for electricity that it was touted to be. The only saving grace of nuclear power is that it does not have a large carbon footprint like a coal-fired electric generation plant.

  • The Granola Chronicle

    When I was younger, my mother used to make home made granola cereal. I don’t really know what started it - probably to save money. 

    Now that I buy my own groceries, I want to save money - leaving more money for adult beverages. I am appalled by the price of cereals and even more so, the price of granola - dinky little bags for easily $5 a bag.

  • Earth: Making a life on a tough new planet

     Most of us are familiar with this practice:  a nonfiction author writes a book about a current event or issue and the book is published.  Then, maybe five to ten years later, the book is republished with a “New Introduction” so the author can discuss changes that have occurred since the book was originally released.