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  • 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.

  • A new CD now available in local shops features Cedar Key resident Matthew Chatowsky sings and plays all the instruments on the album – which he recorded in his home.

    Matt says the album and its songs are uniquely Cedar Key. “The CD is entirely local,” Matt said. “They’re about Cedar Key and produced in Cedar Key – all done in my Cedar Key house.”

    The music doesn’t fit into any one particular genre.  It’s part blues, part country, a little rock, and some folk.

  • Cities (San Francisco, U.S.A.; Mumbai, India) and even countries around the world (Ireland, Switzerland, and believe it or not, China) are beginning to ban or heavily tax single use plastic bags (the flimsy ones we get at the grocery store).  Why?

    Because plastic bags are made from petroleum (oil) and somewhere between 500 billion and a trillion bags are produced worldwide annually – another example of our dependence on oil.

  • Coconuts of Cedar Key, Dock St.

    No cover charge

    Friday-Saturday: Temporary Taboo, 8:30-12:30 p.m.

    Sunday: Barry Moore, 2-6 p.m.

    Tuesday and Thursday: Karaoke, 6-10 p.m.

    Wednesday: Free pool

    543-6390

    Frogs Landing, Dock St

    No cover charge

    Friday-Saturday: Karl W. Davis Trio

    543-9243

    Sunset Isle RV Park

    Saturday: Free Edy's soft serve ice cream, noon to 7 p.m.

    Must bring Page 9 from the Beacon to get the ice cream. Limit 3 cones per paper.

    543-5375

  • On Jan. 22 Cedar Key Mayor Heath Davis asked three residents to serve on an Energy Advisory Panel to spearhead a citywide, citizen-based conservation movement.

    Faced with many tasks, Tom Deverin, Connie Nelson and Luz Kraujalis decided first to tackle the big project of recycling household and business garbage.

  • About eight months ago, 45-year-old Polly “P.J.” Jensen noticed a lump under her left arm.

    She was unable to afford health insurance and ineligible for Medicaid.

    “So I kind of set it aside at the time – something I should have never done,” P.J. said. “Something every women should never do.”

    After a while, the mild discomfort became painful tenderness. “It got to the point that I couldn’t wear anything tight around that area.”

    She finally went to the doctor early this month.

  • After 34 years of dedication, Cedar Key Postmaster Annette Kordgien retired from the United States Postal Service Oct. 1.

  • Airheads from all over the state converged on a 45-acre farm located between Cedar Key and Chiefland last weekend for the Second Annual Suwannee River Tech Day and Camp.

    The international Airheads Beemer Club is for riders who own specific BMW bikes: those with air-cooled engines. Most anything that happens with an Airhead Beemer can be repaired on the side of the road with the tool kit that BMW provides – with the right knowledge, of course.

    That’s why the Airheads motto is “Simple by Choice.”

  • ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the isle,

    Not a clammer clamming, they were through for a while.

    Cedar Key was decked out by the people with care;

    Already by airboat, Santa Clam had been there.

    The pelicans were nestled all snug on the dock,

    Dreaming of sweet fishes and next year’s Sock Hop;

    The seagulls they were resting, not causing a flap,

    Planning their strategy for when snowbirds came back.

    When over the Gulf there arose such a clatter;

  • More than 40 participants from the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens Work Activity Center located in Otter Creek visited the Cedar Key Community Center last Thursday for a luncheon, informational presentations by local officials and a dance.

    “Mrs. Thelma McCain made us a fish dinner, grits, coleslaw, hush puppies and cake,” said Trainer Kathy Eschbach. McCain’s son Harold is a LARC participant. “Mrs. McCain fed everybody – anyone who walked through the front door,” Eschbach said.

  • Cedar Key artist and Florida native Mike Segal has been busy in 2009. His painting “July 4th Snoozer at Cedar Key,” was chosen to headline the upcoming Old Florida Celebration of the Arts and he received an honorarium to teach art to after school teachers in Alachua County.

  • Luz Kraujalis, known affectionately around Cedar Key as the “Tree Lady” has done it again. With the gracious donation of island landowner Tom Tonnilier of TNT Nursery, and three and a half days hard work by a handful of volunteers, Luz has seen to it that 62 young trees have been planted throughout downtown and the surrounding area.

    Tonnilier offered the sand live oak trees to the city as a gift, complete with delivery from his nursery in Alachua County.

  • The Friends and staff of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges held an Open House last Saturday at the Suwannee Community Center in the town of Suwannee.

    Normally held at the Cedar Key NWR, this was the first time the annual event took place in Dixie County.

    “We wanted to give people over here an opportunity to get to know the Refuge,” said Refuge Manager John Kasbohm. “Based on the turnout we’ll probably rotate years – one year in Cedar Key, one here in Suwannee.”

  • Call it a working man’s respect for earning a living, call it a blue collar vacation, Jim Jackson of International Falls, Minnesota likes to spend vacations meeting new people and experiencing their professions. Jim spent the first six days of vacation hauling three poplar logs 1800 miles from the Canadian border to Cedar Key for a friend he made last year - local furniture maker Herman Wells.

    “I can‘t sit on the beach or anything like that,” Jim said of his taste in vacations.

  • The Cedar Key Historical Museum, housed in the Lutterloh Building located on the corner of 2nd and D street in Downtown Cedar Key, re-opened its doors last week after months of renovations that stripped the original structure down to little more than its front façade.

    The Cedar Key Historical Society’s museum will operate as a working museum for the next several weeks as volunteers continue to complete some of the exhibits, according to volunteer Elizabeth Ehrbar.

  • As the sun dries the final traces of moisture left from a damp night, 10 prescribed fire specialists make their way into the meeting room at the Cedar Key and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge headquarters for the morning briefing.