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  • Florida State Parks have a program called “parknerships” that involves, as you might guess, partnering with other agencies, civic groups and schools to achieve its goals. This is always a win-win for those involved.  This past week, it was a winning day for the Levy Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) and the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.

  • On Feb. 18, the Cedar Key Woman’s Club once more came home beribboned from the Gainesville Arts and Crafts day.
    Each year, the CKWC participates in a District Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs competition, where first place winners from 17 different communities compete.

  • Eileen Senecal, from the Cedar Key Woman’s Club, has been named Volunteer of the Year by District 5 of the Florida Federation of Woman’s Clubs.
    This prestigious award was presented at the District Arts and Crafts Luncheon held in Gainesville on Saturday, Feb. 18.

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  •  A couple of years ago, when I first joined the Energy Advisory Group, one of the other volunteers  suggested that we promote composting along with other initiatives like curbside recycling with unit based pricing, electric/water conservation  and the weatherization program.  My response at that time was – OMG, that’s way over the top --- only the most dedicated “tree huggers” would ever do THAT!  And, anyway, I thought to myself, “I don’t have a garden and I hate yard work, why would I compost?”

  • The University of Florida IFAS Shellfish Extension Program and Florida Sea Grant invite you to a presentation at the Cedar Key Library on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

    The talk, by Dr. Jennifer Seavey, a landscape ecologist with the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, will focus on the analysis of oyster reef changes over time in the Big Bend.

  • The beginning of the new year marked the end of a year-long project for Cedar Key resident Michelle Pearson.

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  •  Sarah Bartholemy, a freshman FFA member in Cedar Key placed first in the FFA District Creed Speaking Contest. Sarah advances to the State Finals in June in Orlando. The State Champion in this event will represent Florida in the National Creed Speaking Contest in October.  Good luck Sarah! 

  • Zandy Zettler stood back alone and eyed the long wooden wall adjoining the Cedar Key Arts Center, pondering the flat black figures cast across its exterior under the noonday sun. The shadows, likenesses of children stretching and crouching, had been trapped there for days, awaiting the paint-dipped brush of tiny hands to set them free.

  • By RORY BRENNAN

    Publicity

  • By Toni Collins
    County Historian
    On December 13, 1977, Charles Hardee, Chairman of the Levy County Board of County Commissioners and Rollin C. Janney, representing the Levy County Planning and Zoning Commission, held a public hearing to consider the proposed purchase of environmentally endangered lands called the Cedar Key Scrub Habitat. There were 18 persons in attendance and there was no opposition to the proposal.

  • Steven and Kim Murphy announced the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Elle Murphy. Born Dec 12, 2011. She is the grandaughter of Morgan and Lynell Fine of Cedar Key.
     

  • By Toni Collins
    Special to the Beacon

  • Individuals interested in supporting the Kathleen Tuck memorial educational display on the horseshoe crab in Cedar Key City Park can send donations to “Memorial Fund for Kathleen Tuck” at the Drummond Community Bank in Cedar Key or by purchasing shadow boxes with crab molts (shells) available for sale at Deja Vu, 589 Second St., Cedar Key. Proceeds from the sale of the shadow boxes will help pay for the panels.
     

  • “This is our 26th annual Spaghetti Dinner, and it promises to be the best ever,” said Jane Moore, President of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.
    Every year the Woman’s Club serves around 200 spaghetti dinners, and this is its biggest fund-raiser of the year.

  • The Cedar Key Women’s Club is fundraising for the Gainesville Fisher House.  Fisher House is a home away from home that will be built near the VA Hospital in Gainesville.  Many other states have a Fisher House, but this facility will be a place to stay for our veterans and military families receiving care at the Gainesville VA.  It will be 16,000 square feet, complete with bedrooms and living areas and kitchens on the neighboring property to the VA.  It will be available to those receiving medical care in the nearby VA facility.