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  • Story Submitted by Island Arts
    If you’ve visited Island Arts across from the Post Office on Second Street in the past two weeks you’ve probably asked “Where’s Bo?”  If you don’t know who Bo is, then let me tell you, you missed meeting the coolest shop cat in Cedar Key.  

  • Artist of the Month for May 2012 at the Cedar Keyhole Gallery is Virginia Stevenson.
    Using a variety of fabrics and dyeing methods, Virginia Stevenson has steeply advanced the sophistication of her creations. Her works have appeared in a number of shows as well as collections. Stevenson has also been commissioned to devise fabric solutions for decorator challenges. Never idle, Stevenson uses many of her original fabric designs in producing ready-to-wear fashions. All of her latest creations will be on display at the Cedar Keyhole during the entire month of May.

  • At 79, Henry Gernhardt’s hands have twisted, turned, pressed, pounded, painted and baked globs of earth into works of art for more than 73 years.
    The artist, who now lives and works just outside of Cedar Key with his wife, Amy, grew up in rural Connecticut in a family he describes as being mostly engineers and mechanics.
    “I just couldn’t get into that,” he says. “I always did things different.”
    So, Gernhardt started a formal education in the arts at Norwich Art School in the early 1950s.

  • The months of February and March provided an opportunity for Levy County Visitors Bureau to host two international groups of travel writers, a television segment shoot and a writer and photographer from Southern Living magazine.

  • By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger

  • By MELISSA WATERS
    Special to the Beacon
    Roxy Blues is a fictional story based upon the lives of real people.  It is the story of two ordinary people who live in Cedar Key and the impact that an extremely effective pain killing medication has upon their lives. 
    Roxy Contin overtakes a husband and wife's life and becomes an addiction.  This is a novel about what could happen to any of us, writes Pierce Kelley the author, an attorney in Cedar Key.

  • By Donna Thalacher
    Wintertime Cedar Key resident
    I probably got started into composting for the wrong reason. In Iowa, John and I live on the Des Moines River and I love to garden.  As the years have passed, my flower beds have both grown in size and number, including a rather large wildflower bank meadow.  And if that isn’t enough, once the grandchildren started arriving, our fruit and vegetable gardens started growing as well.

  • On Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Florida’s coastline from Pensacola to St. Mark’s will step back into maritime history by staging the second Lighthouse Challenge.
    Five lighthouse: Pensacola Lighthouse, Cape San Blas Lighthouse, Cape St. George Light, Crooked River Lighthouse and St. Mark’s Lighthouse will be open to visitors.

  • The Cedar Key Woman’s Club held its Installation Dinner on March 28 at the Seabreeze Restaurant in Cedar Key.
    The theme of the event was “recycling”, and true to that theme, the club’s new officers are those that served in the past.
    Officers installed include: Jane Moore, president; Debbie Franks, first vice-president (not present), Joan Selby, second vice-president; Teri Brennan, secretary; Cindy Leiner, treasurer (not present); Judy Duvall, parliamentarian; and Eileen Senecal, corresponding secretary.

  • By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    The Federal government has conducted a census or account of its population every year since 1790. In that year the census takers, who were U.S. Marshals on horseback, counted 3.9 million inhabitants.
    Why did the government undertake such a huge project? As America expanded, the nation’s interests grew more complex and the government needed to plan for that new growth.

  • By LESLIE STURMER

    Special to the Beacon

  • Each Wednesday morning, the Boat Builders meet at 9 a.m.
    Also on Wednesday mornings, Chris Harkness is in the photo lab. The next few sessions Chris will be teaching pinhole camera techniques.
    • Ann Kamzelski has extended her Photoshop elements class through March 27, when she will show how to change images to black and white, how to add a watermark and will work on editing images brought to class. The fee is $20 for members - $25 for nonmembers.  Ann’s number is (352) 543-9660.

  • Twelve Cedar Key Lions took being green to heart on St. Patrick’s Day,
    collecting 150 lbs. of roadside trash on the Lions’ two mile stretch of Adopt-a-Road on Rt. 24 leading into Cedar Key. Lions doing their part are, from left: Teri Brennan, Judy Duvall, Ralph Selby, Dale Register, Susan Hollandsworth, Lannie Cardona, Frank Molitor, Bob Piscura, Judy Howerton, Roland Senecal and George Sresovich. (Not pictured is Rory Brennan).
     

  • By Eileen Senecal
    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club held its Annual Luncheon & Fashion Show on March 15, entertaining over 150 women.  The ladies just can’t be beat with their efforts to support local charities and raise funds for the scholarship for a Cedar Key young lady graduate.  

  • Cedar Key School was recognized Friday by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for outstanding efforts in 2011 to promote recycling.
    Cedar Key students, collecting about 550 pledges to recycle in FDEP’s staterwide K-12 Recycling Pledge Card Contest, pushed their school to the top three in the state.

  • By PAM DARTY
    Special to the Beacon
    To celebrate Florida Archaeology Month the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) will host four distinguished archaeologists and two Ranger-led walks at the Shell Mound archaeological site near Cedar Key.
    All activities are free.

  • Pre-school Storytime
    These programs use books and music to present the young children with the concept that books, reading and libraries are fun and enjoyed at all ages.  The programs last 30 minutes.
     • A.F. Knotts Public Library - Yankeetown: March 20 @ 3 p.m. - The Color Green Theme
     • Bronson Public Library: March 26 @ 10:30 a.m. - The Color Green
     • Luther Callaway Public Library - Chiefland: March 19 @ 11 a.m. - St. Patrick’s Day Theme

  • By Molly Beckham-Cowart
    Girl Scouts across the nation have much to celebrate this week. March 11-17 is National Girl Scout Week.
    This year is not any regular anniversary though, March 12 marks the 100th anniversary of the official birth of Girl Scouting in the United States. The Girl Scouts of America organization was founded in 1912, in Savannah, GA by Juliette Gordan Low, or “Crazy Daisy” as she was affectionately called by friends.