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  •  The 44th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival experienced another successful turnout this past weekend. 

    Ashley Thornton was there to capture the activities which included eating a veriety of seafood.

     

  • By Lisa Statham Posteraro

  • Pirate McFly of Clearwater battles it out with Hawkeye Jim of Tampa Bay on the shores of Cedar Key during the epic birddog sea battle, a part of the three-day Pirate Invasion  festivities.

    Look in the Multimedia section of our website for more photos from the weekend.

  • By Ashley Thornton

  • Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum was one of the jailbirds taken into custody at last week’s Jail and Bail, sponsored by the Williston Rotary Club.

    The fund-raiser brought in more than $4,500 that will be used for youth programs, including The Dictionary Project and The Black Stallion Project. 

  • By Carolyn Ten Broeck

  • When it came time to wean calves from their mothers it was a drawn-out affair. First, you separated the bull calves from the heifers. We castrated the bulls, marked and branded both bunches and then put them together in a separate pasture behind the cow pen.

  • The Hidden Coast Paddling Festival has gotten to be such a celebrated event on the Gulf Coast –  paddlers have already been registering for the October festival.  After the town of Suwannee made a smashing success of the 2012 Hidden Coast Paddling Festival everyone wants in.  

  • A group of seriously-interested science students from the Black Rock Forest Consortium of Cornwall, N.Y. spent a week at the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory recently.

  • Eileen Senecal of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club presents a check for $2,000 to Patti Fabiani, executive director of the Gainesville Fisher House Foundation. During 2012 and 2013 the ladies of the club have raffled off two quilts as a fundraiser for the soon to be built Fisher House. The first quilt to be raffled was made by several of the local

  • The Cedar Keys Light Station is nearly 159 years old.  To celebrate its part in our history, the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge will host a lighthouse open house on August 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Bring your own boat or take a tour boat out into the Gulf to join in the fun.  

  • By Carolyn Ten Broeck

  • Ted CoConis likes to keep things quiet, diligently working away in his island studio. Getting “away from the buzz of the fast lane” is one of the reasons he and his wife, Kristen, made Cedar Key their winter home 25 years ago. 

  •  Submitted by Bob Hudson

    Special to the Beacon

  • Each branch of the Levy County Public Library System will have a series of fun, free summer library programs this year. All the programs start at 10 a.m. and will last about an hour. Each program will include a presentation, a craft, a snack and take home goodies. All materials are provided by the library and the programs are open to children of all ages.

  • Month of May

  • To earn funds for their trip to Washington, DC, the 5th grade class will be holding a fun event the whole community can enjoy. A delicious spaghetti dinner will be served, followed by a viewing of a great movie. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the CKS auditorium and will include a silent auction and lots of great door prizes donated by generous area businesses.

  • The 2014 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Festival is calling all artists for submissions to the Design Contest for the 2014 image for the festival.

  • Suwannee Valley Players is performing the play Barefoot in the Park on May 10-12 and 17-19.

  • This closeup of a Vietnamese hollyhock was taken in the yard of this month’s Cedar Key Garden Club’s Garden of the Month.