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  • Although there was no official count,
    the cars that lined the streets up to
    Whiddon Avenue, the pedestrians carrying
    their purchases and the half dozen tour
    buses parked at the school were a testament
    to the crowd of thousands that
    swarmed Cedar Key this past weekend.
    Saturday’s parade included everything
    from pirate wenches and a marching
    band to politicians and pageant queens.
    The vehicles were as diverse — from fire
    trucks and clam boats to horse trailers and

  • Remember this summer's mosquito infestation?  How about the hatching after the heavy rains and flooding in September?
    Learn how to battle the blodsucking invasion at two presentations on creating havens for bats.
    Ranger Pam Darty of the U.S. Fish Service at Lower Suwannee Wildlife Refuge will give a  presentation on Florida Bats and Bat Houses at the Ellie Schiller Education Center in the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve (WGP) at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown, Friday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m..  Admission is free.

  • John Myers is a Master Gardener, class of 2008. He spoke about hummingbirds, native plants, and the importance of soil testing before planting.

  • The Cedar Keyhole Gallery is proud to announce Artist of the Month for September 2010 is Steve Bloom.

  • A memorial service for James Simon Bailey, 1839 - 1908, Company G, 60th Regiment, Georgia CSA on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 3 p.m. at Jennings Lake Cemetery.

    The children of James S Bailey are Jane Ann Bailey Knighten, Jefferson Timothy Bailey, Larcinia Bailey Suggs, Mary Penina Bailey Nash, Ella Bailey Cooper Nash Knighten, James Wiley Bailey, William Redmond Bailey, Silvia Bailey Moore, Ashley Bailey, John Gordon Bailey, Sidney Newton Bailey, Eunice Bailey Polk, Pernion Bailey, Oliver W Bailey, Ruby Rachel Bailey Rose, Jennings Bryan Bailey and Frances Beatrice Bailey Rivers.

  • A convoy of about 250 motorcycles of every make, model and year snaked its way along about 63 miles of scenic Levy County highways and back roads Saturday as part of the fifth annual Ride to Provide.

    The ride, led by a patrol car from the Levy County Sheriff’s Office, started at Bronson High School and ended in Otter Creek on the campus of the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens.  Members of the local law enforcement community organized the annual event, which helps fund LARC, in 2006.

  • Suwannee Valley Players' open their fall season on Friday with "The Night We Knocked the Critic Dead," a comedy by L. Don Swartz.  Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Additional performances will be Friday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m..

    All shows will be at The Chief Theater at 25 Park Ave in Chiefland. Tickets can be purchased at the box office starting one hour before show time. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students.

  • Some students have returned to school after a recent loss—a parent, sibling or someone else they were close to.

  • With summer vacations now behind us and the biggest season of all just ahead – football season – it’s a good time to think about donating blood.

    During the summer, when school is out and student numbers drop on university campuses, the blood supply takes an annual dip as well. Now, with students back and vacations over, donors are needed to rebuild the community blood supply.

    It takes only about 45 minutes.

  •  It’s time to let your voice be heard.

  • Ask Bronson Volunteer Fire Department Captain Jerry Horton why the program he helped pioneer, the Levy County Fire Academy, is growing in popularity, and he’ll tell you it’s because of the quality of the instructors. “If it wasn’t for the instructors, it wouldn’t be what it is today,” he said Thursday. The program, given its official name this year, has steadily grown since it was started about five years ago and is being looked at by the Florida State Fire College, in Ocala, as a potential partner in providing more advanced t

  • Although the effects of the oil spill are decreasing in Florida, the threat to wildlife remains.

  • The Suwannee River Water Management District commends Anderson Columbia Co., Inc., and Strickland Field Limited Partnership for a10-year commitment to water resource protection. The District purchased development rights on a 3,822-acre parcel owned by Anderson Columbia and Strickland Field Limited Partnership for $2.3 million 10 years ago. Under the terms of the conservation easement, landowners of the property have agreed to keep the property in its current natural state. The agreement restricts harvesting or alteration of forested wetlands.

  • Tri-County Ducks Unlimited is having their annual banquet on Thursday, Aug. 19, at The Gilchrist Club in Trenton.  The doors open at 6 p.m. with cocktails and social from 6 to 7 p.m. and dinner at 7:15 p.m. The auction starts at 8 p.m.   Seating is limited to only 50 tickets which are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are usually not available at the door. For reservations or more information, please contact Michael E.

  • Data collection specialists with the Suwannee River Water Management District spend long hours installing, maintaining and collecting data from gages along our rivers, lakes, and streams, but they can’t do it without the help of a few volunteers that supplement their efforts.  More than 30 volunteer observers help collect  rainfall and water-level data from manual gages within the District’s 15-county region.

  • Another Way, Inc., which operates a shelter and life skills center for victims of domestic violence and rape in Chiefland, has received a grant from Walmart Foundation for $60,000 to support the continuation of its Economic Empowerment Program. The non-profit agency which serves Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Lafayette, Levy and Suwannee counties had been facing an end of funding for the program by another foundation when the Walmart Foundation came through with the grant. Donna Fagan, executive director of Another Way, said the agency serves about 900 to

  • In these tough economic times, more people are looking for different ways to enjoy the outdoors.

    Birding is one outdoor activity that is increasing in popularity, and Levy County has a plethora of sites to view and enjoy the unique aspects of Florida birdwatching.

    To help get people started with the new hobby, the College of Central Florida is offering a Birding Basics course Friday, Aug. 20 at the Levy Center in Chiefland. The class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the cost is $15 per person.

  • Do you qualify for help in paying Medicare costs?

    The Medicare Savings Program, a new Program for the state Department of Elder Affairs and Elder Options of Gainesville, is trying to find Medicare beneficiaries to qualify for help in paying their Medicare Part D Drug Plan costs (Extra Help/LIS) and/or to have their Medicare Part B Premium ($96.40 or $110.50) paid.

    To qualify for Part D assistance, an individual must have income and assets as follows:

  • The Social Security Stories Project is seeking stories from individuals about the importance and impact of Social Security in their lives, with a goal of receiving 1,000 stories by the end of July.

    The submitted stories will be reviewed for possible inclusion in a new book to be published in honor of the 75th anniversary of Social Security on Aug. 14, 2010.

    There are 10 stories featured in a new video that can be viewed on YouTube. The video uses photos submitted by the story tellers, as well as audio captured through a special toll-free number set up for the project.

  • Correction — The 2nd place winning dish in the Cajun Clam Challenge at this year's CLAMerica Celebration was Cajun Clam Cakes, Prepared by Chris Hancock of Tony’s Seafood.

    The July 15 issue of the Beacon had the wrong photo.