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  • Most people have a list of things they would like to do before they die, but few people actually do items on that list three times. Peg and Russ Hall are two of those rare people. 

  • The Sawgrass Club of Cedar Key presents school supplies and a check to Cedar Key School totaling approximately $350. From left: Sawgrass member Eileen Senecal, CKS Principal Sue Ice, CKS Student Government President Claire Brown, Sawgrass members Pam Oakley and Judy Duvall.

  • September 11, 2001

    That fateful day in September, ten years past, Anne and I were on a trip up the coast. The plan was to spend two weeks at our leisure on a journey, sight seeing, exploring, thinking, writing, doing our art.

    Not much went toward our intentions. As the days unfolded, I recorded them and published some of the thoughts and observations in the Cedar Key Beacon. Much of what follows was printed there:

    A Transition From Positive Expectations

  • Cedar Key may be the “Clam Capital of the World.” However, Homer, Alaska, is the official halibut capital of the world. In fact, like Cedar Key’s clam claim, there’s a sign at the city limits that says so.

  • As a youngster growing up in Canada, Susan Coffin was well aware of the Inuit custom of carving animals. It was something she learned about at the age of nine, when she received a carved stone duck.

  • Eva Marie Everson knew she had come to the right place when she crossed the No. 4 bridge and her cell phone service promptly stopped working. 

  • If you Google the history of the zentangle, you really won't find anything that specific on the subject because it is something that defies a tidy definition. When you look at an example, at first glance, it may just appear to be a bunch of doodles.

    But, it is more than that. Some practitioners believe that it serves as a form of meditation. There is some deliberate thought involved initially but they easily fall into a rhythmic, relaxed state as they draw the different designs.

  • In commemoration of the recent changes in food laws in Florida, specifically regarding “cottage” cooking laws, I thought writing about my recent venture into jam-making was in order.

  • The Cedar Keyhole Gallery Artist of the Month for August is Joanne Pirzer. She uses the skills of woodworker, painter and sculptor in combining various types of wood into an overall wall hanging. It may be a tropical or wildlife scene but the sense of realistic presentation is immediately striking. 

  • Tucked away off Hodges Avenue is arguably the ugliest circa 1960’s building on the island. But don’t let that put you off.  Inside and around the property are a variety of things to do and see that will make you forget the bad architecture.

  •     There is secret garden at the corner of 6th and E Streets and you are welcome to drop in any time. Tonya Sprong has reestablished her business, “Beauty By The Yard” at her home, after a short stint on 2nd Street.
        She is not a fan of four walls and loves the opportunity and inspiration for creativity that her back yard provides under the sheltering branches of a giant oak tree.

  • Cassie Lozier, age 10, and her dog, Chase, take a break in front of her aunt Julie Gore’s shop on State Road 24. She, her two dogs and a friend had been out collecting sea water for a new salt water aquarium she was assembling - with some help. They later went out and caught a variety of ocean critters to stock the tank with and, according to her aunt, it’s coming along just swimmingly.

  • Some tales are hard to believe, but this one is absolutely true as relayed by Miss Grace Cowart and her mom, Molly.

  • There was once a real estate appraiser in a large city on the west coast of Florida getting pressured by banks to “help us make the numbers work.” 

    So he decided after many years in the business to close shop, mail his license back to Tallahassee and instead, become a police officer. Nine years ago, at the age of 55, that man was Officer John McMullen. 

  • Next time you flush your toilet, give a silent thank-you to the men who work at the Cedar Key Sewage Treatment Plant and be glad it is them, and not you, who work there.

    Then, thank them again when you see them around town.

    A tour of the plant on Tuesday by the proud manager, Jack Hotalling, revealed more than any resident would ever want to know, see or smell about the facility.

  • Back in mid-winter, when the FFA Aquaculture team was beginning to practice for the state contest, the team asked me, “If we win the state, will you take us charter fishing?”

  • Chunky Pond, Levyville, Bronson–no matter what it was called, it was always the center-piece of Levy County. That was but one of the hundreds of historical snippets shared Saturday as Levy County celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Atlantic to the Gulf Railroad that connected Fernadina Beach to Cedar Key.

    The brainchild of David Levy Yulee, Florida senator and the first Jewish member of Congress, the railroad began in 1856 and after several starts-stops, at last reached Cedar Key in 1861. 

  • You may have walked or driven by a house on Fourth Street numerous times and barely noticed it was there - half hidden behind low limerock walls that terrace the sloping yard and overgrown cabbage palms.  Or, perhaps, you stopped to take a photo of the pair of adirondack chairs, swaths of ferns and pile of bleached out shells on each side of the stairs.

    It is one of those houses that could go either way - photo op or you might pass right by and not look up. 750 Fourth Street - home of Luz Beckham Kraujalis and her husband, Walter. 

  • A new book, "Dark Origins of Valentine’s Day" by Arnie Spiel details the not-so-romantic history of Feb. 14, that includes Roman executions in the 3rd Century.

    Luckily, that was not the case in Cedar Key on Monday, when 150 people met to celebrate at the Community Center and enjoyed a dinner catered by the Island Room and music by the Dock Street Band.

    Among the sold-out crowd at the event, sponsored by the Lion’s Club, were three couples who revealed a thing or two about their relationships and a little bit more.