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  • 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?

  • 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

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