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  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) kicked off Nature Coast Fishing for Youth, its first class of the summer, last week in Cedar Key.

    After an hour and a half bus ride, Taylor County kids scrambled off of the bus and under the open breezeway beneath the research facility’s offices and classroom.

    The class started off with a 10 minute fish matching game and a welcome from instructor and FWC Environmental Specialist Missy Jackson and her assistant Thomas Zimmerman.

  • Scott, Phil and Doug Little were in town for a double celebration this week, Scott’s 60th birthday, and most importantly, the 6th Biennial Little Fishing Competition.

    “We do this special thing,” said Doug, who hosts the competition at his home where the Old Ice-house used to be located. “This is our sixth time. We do it every other year.”

  • Lillian Kathleen Bishop Baker, known simply as “Great” by her many descendents, celebrated her 85th birthday last weekend, surrounded by generations of family at the Cedar Key City Park.

    Kathleen greeted well-wishers sporting a name tag that read, “Great.”

    “All the grandchildren call her that,” said her daughter Rita Bishop. “Great” seems an appropriate word to describe the octogenarian: great grandmother Kathleen is the matriarch of a great big family that traces its ties to Cedar Key for a great many generations.

  • Pierce Kelley, an attorney in Cedar Key, recently announced the release of his sixth novel, Asleep at the Wheel.

    Like many of his other novels, Asleep at the Wheel is a legal thriller and is set in North Florida. The Protagonist falls asleep while driving back to his home in Fernandina Beach after a weekend of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. His best friend dies in the resulting car crash.

  • “You get out of education what you put into it,” said native Beth Davis who was recently sworn in for a third term as school board member of Levy County representing district 2 Cedar Key. “If you’re there to get an education, you’re going to get it.”

    And Beth should know.

  • “There is beauty at all stages of hair,” says Tina Williams who opened Tina’s Hair Design Friday to a busy schedule.

    Located at 511 2nd Street, the salon offers male and female cuts, color, pedicure, full-body waxing, tanning and condition treatments. The salon is decorated in an androgynous classic red and black motif welcoming to men and women, the young and elderly alike. Iconic images of beauty such as Marilyn Monroe decorate the walls.

  • Island local Linda Cook Flynn is the feature artist this month at the Cedar Key Arts Center Members’ Gallery.

    “This is joy,” said the multimedia artist regarding the opportunity to show at the Center.

    Flynn, a native Floridian, found her calling with acrylic paints just two years ago, after studying watercolor for two years. She often uses mediums, a glue-like substance, to add texture and shape to her creations. Other texturizers she is fond of include burlap and linen cloth.

  • Donna Tanck once took a stained glass art class that changed her life and that of her husband, Dave. Donna recalled that while she and Dave were restoring an old house in Minnesota where they lived for 17 years, she wanted to learn how to create a stained glass window to complement the design of the house.

    They sold the house and moved before the window was made but Donna fell in love with glass and never looked back.

  • In 2002 a Mission Committee of the Cedar Key United Methodist Church invited representatives from other churches as well as community members to identify a need for assistance. Everyone agreed that the need was local and the Food Pantry was born.

    Housed in the new Faith Center Building of the Cedar Key UMC on 2nd St., the Food Pantry is supported by a cross section of the community: part time and full time residents, area churches, local businesses, civic organizations, Cedar Key School, public agencies, and the proceeds of festival bake sales.

  • A good day for the birder is usually NOT a good day for the bird; so explained Dr. Doug Levey, ornithologist from the University of Florida, a Keynote Speaker for the Nature Coast Bird & Wildlife Experience.

  • Funky bar, gifted jazz keyboardist, quiet night, regulars nodding approval. No crowd, no loudmouths, just music. It doesn't get any better.

    Since 2003 Joel Benefiel has held court at the Island Hotel's King Neptune Lounge on Friday evenings. He has brought jazz greats from around the world, organizing Jazz & Blues concerts for local jazz aficionados.

    Joel - solo, duet or trio - sharing a lifetime of musical experience.

  • Corrine Ryan, Cedar Keyhole's Artist of the Month, was 15 when she bought her Dad a leather drink holder at an art show. He loved it but more importantly looked at his daughter and said, "You can do this."

    Corrine's Leather Madness began. She spent her allowance on leather tools, leather and art books. She didn't just stamp art; she carved or tooled it from original designs.

  • An angel of mercy has quietly been providing a great service to the community of Cedar Key for the past 25 years. She does house calls, meets appointments at her Rosewood office, keeps us fit and limber, offers herbal oils, and wraps us in wellness. She is Mary Inskeep, Licensed Massage Therapist.

  • Wondering what the new mandatory motorcycle safety courses are like, but not yet ready enough to leap in?

    As your guinea pig, I recently went to class at Gainesville Motorcycle Safety Training and received my motorcycle endorsement. Here's how it works:

  • Cedar Key native Jeremy Philabaum has been commended by his superiors for his excellent performance on duty.

    Aviation Structural Mechanic (Safety Equipment) Third Class Petty Officer (AME3) Jeremy Philabaum, grandson of Cheryl Philabaum, of Cedar Key, has been awarded the "Maintenance Professional of the Month" Award for the exceptional efforts and performance of his duties.

    AME3 Philabaum is currently in the middle of a six month, multi-site, deployment with Patrol Squadron (VP) Four-Six and Maintenance Detachment Team Alpha (MDT-A) in the Persian Gulf region.

  • Alabama, Johnny Nash, Bertie Higgins, Dennis Yost, Starbuck, Artimus Pyle and Bo Diddley are just a few of a diverse group of stars that Irwin has worked with in his long and storied career.

    Seeing the music industry eat up a lot of his friends, Irwin chose to take the low road some 20 years ago, moving to rural Levy County to chill out, spend time with the family, collect some royalty money and play a little music.

    It's worked out well in some respects.

  • Are the crystal clear Gulf waters and the wonders beneath calling your name?

    Break out your mask and fins! Scallop season began July 1 and runs through Sept. 10.

    Anyone who has scalloped before knows the technique of snorkeling along picking scallops off the bottom of Florida's coastal bay areas.

    This is typically done in 2.5 to 4 feet of water - an excellent activity for the whole family to enjoy. Other techniques involve wading and scooping up scallops with a dip net.

  • The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces a series of summer inshore fishing clinics for children at the Senator George Kirkpatrick Marine Lab in Cedar Key. This program is open to youths between the ages of 6 and 16.

    The one day clinics will take place in June and July. Participants will learn about fish identification, knot tying, casting, bait types, habitat types, gear care and more. The clinic will end with catch-and-release pier fishing.

  • There were tears during the slide show and tears at the presentation of flowers, but sunny smiles otherwise reigned Saturday morning as Cedar Key seniors walked into the gymnasium as students and skipped and danced out as alumni.

    The class of 2008 sent 16 seniors into the world this week, led by salutatorian Jaclyn Stefani. Eight scholarship recipients took home more than $6,000 in special awards, plus Florida Bright Futures scholarships which pay up to 75 percent to 100 percent of students' in-state tuition.

  • Jaclyn Stefani doesn't know where she'll be in 10 years. She's not sure where in the world she'd really like to live. But with a career track of Army nursing and her EMT and CNA certificates already under her belt, she's put herself in a great position to find out - one place at a time, if necessary.

    Stefani is the daughter of Peter and Gina Stefani, and Pete's big sister. She has the highest GPA in her graduating class - 3.666, and she'll be Cedar Key School's 2008 salutatorian.