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Features

  • 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.

  • “Did someone tell you there was free liquor and guns here?”
    It’s not a bad question to be posed to an overflow crowd by a man who has spent his life living and chronicling the Florida way of life.
    With that opening, Jeff Klinkenberg had the audience hooked. Klinkenburg, whose work appears most Sundays in the Tampa Bay Times (formerly St. Pete Times) newspaper, has published several books on Florida’s interesting, unique and weird characters , animals and places.

  • The Cedar Key Woman’s Club will present its Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, March 15. This annual event has become the hit of the town in the past few seasons. Featuring Cedar Key models with fashions coordinated by Nancy Stephens from Déjà Vu on Second Street, the entertainment value is worth the price of the ticket.

  • By Patty Roesch
    Special to the Beacon
    The Cedar Key Arts Center held a Salute to Wildlife March 3. From 5-7 p.m. guests explored the exhibit sipping happily on wine and enjoying the food.
    In appreciation of the Suwanne Refuge, the art was to feature the area. Ann Kamzelski and Jack Murphy were among the artists with work on display.
    Kamzalski is a digital photographer. Armed with her camera and Photoshop, she creates images that keep the viewer wondering.

  •  On Monday March 12, from 5-7:30 p.m. The public is invited to a Jambalaya dinner and cake walk at the Cedar Key Eagles Aerie home on the corner of 3rd and B Streets.

  • By Claire Brown
    Shark Correspondent

     
    It's been one month now that my other half, Tyler Beckham, has been stationed in Japan. (For those of you who are geographically challenged like I am, that's the opposite side of the world.) In dealing with the multiple hardships that dating someone who is an entire day ahead of you with little communication brings, I have come to a conclusion that I think will make day to day life much easier for those of us left at home. Ready for this?