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  • Literally under our noses in Cedar Key, for the past six years,
    mosaic artist Valerie Bretl has been going about her work - meticulously
    creating fine art that will endure forever.
    Working for eight to 10 hours a day on her
    screened porch, she even received inspiration for
    her current piece from one of the massive oak
    trees in her yard. The dappled light, gravel
    paths and beautiful landscaping are a
    soothing backdrop to her work table covered
    in marble pieces and tiles. Heavy

  • The light pouring in from the dome’s rectangular opening made silhouettes out of John Novak and the large telescope he built some years back.
    “It gathers a huge amount of photons at an accelerated speed,” he explained, staring at his complex assemblage of mirrors, wires and metal parts painted gold and red. “It’s similar to the imager used on the Hubble (Space Telescope).”

  • Flashing their incredible colors and swishing their flowing tails, approximately 68 koi, 47 goldfish and their 7 owners
    dazzled roughly 300 visitors recently at the 10th Annual Koi and Goldfish Show, hosted by the Nature’s Coast Koi Club.
    The event was held Oct. 9-10 at the home of Johnny and Martha Foster of Old Town. 

  • Pam Oakley, Parade Marshall & Eileen Senecal Co-Parade Marshal
    Jim Wilcox, judge the Floats and Decorated Boats,
    1st Place Crab Crew… They won $50.00 and have donated the money
    to Cedar Key cheerleaders
    2nd Place Cedar Key cheerleaders
    3rd Place Coconuts
    Cindy Leiner, judge Vehicles and Undecorated Boats,
    1st Place Nancy Bell’s Tricycle… They won $50.00 and have donated to
    the recyclables
    2nd Place WWII Vets
    3rd Place David Feign
    Peggy and Bill Delanie, judges Groups

  • Cedar Key City Hall 352-543-5132

    Cedar Key Public Library 352-543-5777
    Hours: Mon., Wed, Thur., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues., 4-8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Cedar Key Water & Sewerage District 352-543-5285
      Hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

      • Cedar Key Area Chamber of Commerce 352-543-5600

  •  By Toni C. Collins

  • 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.