Geraldine H. Walling, 93, passed away late Friday, May 15, 2015, at Florence Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Marengo, Illinois.
She was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 21, 1921 to LeRoy M. Bickell and Garnett M. Bickell. On May 3, 1942 she married Jack S. Walling in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
After years of being an Air Force wife, during WWII and Korea, she and her husband returned to northern Michigan. In retirement, they moved to Cedar Key, Florida. It was truly their home and they were very pleased to be part of the community. Gerry’s “Cedar Key friends” brought her great joy and comfort.
Gerry loved family, sewing, golf, watching football, reading and her “Cedar Key” friends. A life member of the Order of the Eastern Stars, Gerry was a loving and joyful wife, mother and friend, always ready to help others. She was a member of the Cedar Key Women’s Club since 1987, a lifelong member of the Cedar Key Eagles Auxiliary, numerous other organizations and an AARP Drive Alive facilitator. Gerry was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church of Cedar Key.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, Floyd Snyder, and brother-in-law, John Walling.
She is survived by her daughter Patricia (Carl) Kennedy and grandchildren Kathleen Kennedy and James Kennedy.
Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 6, at 4 pm. at the Christ Episcopal Church, Highway 24 and 5th Street, Cedar Key, Florida, with Reverend Jim Wright officiating.
Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Ranger Pam Darty will retire in June. The Refuge will not be the same. In her honor, fellows gathered on May 12, to celebrate her years with the system.
Pam Darty has often been the voice and face of the Refuge through the years. You have seen her name frequently in her many articles in the Cedar Key News, the Refuge Newsletter, the Cedar Key Beacon, and other publications. She is the ranger who takes middle school students into the wilds of Seahorse Key, the one who leads countless visitors on hikes on Shell Mound and recounts its legends and history, the one who produced the Refuges’ Nature Classroom, the one who helps with donations to Cedar Key School’s science classes, the one who was among the first to welcome the Smithsonian Museum’s on Main Street, the one who, with volunteers, directed “pollinator partners [to] put pretty plants in place” in the Refuge’s butterfly garden, the one who reminded us of the 1991 passage of the Wilderness Act and all that that entails, and so many, many more meaningful acts.
Kathy Trujillo and Jane Connors put together the pot luck retirement party for everyone’s favorite Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge ranger. We will all miss Pam Darty and wish her well on her new adventure.
I want to Thank everyone who has shown support and came to the benefit dinner. Your concern means the world to me. I truly appreciate everyone's help. I'm still recovering, and dealing with some new complications, but I'm trying and praying and hoping it gets better soon.
Thank you all, Patti Morgan
Eons of ions . . . . . Broccoli Billy
The Cedar Key City Commission and the Community Redevelopment Agency met last evening and voted the following individuals into the following positions.
Detailed information about the meeting will be published in the Cedar Key News soon.
The Gifted and Enriched Learning Program will produce th play Alice in Wonderland on Thursday, May 21st, at 6:00 pm the CKS auditorium.
Ticket prices are $2 for adults and $1 for students/children.
Hope to see you there.
The books’ contents were as wonderfully varied as were the students who wrote them. One young lady wrote extensively about how to play softball. An enterprising young lady wrote about the Internet and how her learning has directed her future career in information technology. One particularly sensitive young man wrote about his experiences living with a family after a tornado disaster, how he and his family helped, and how thankful he was to have his family and his home.
Capping the story telling was the provocation of the stories’ morals from the children. With a bit of cajoling, the Kindergarten and Grade One students came up with such astute themes as, “You can be friends with anyone,” and “Even though you are different, you can like each other.”
Some unidentified person notified Florida Fish and Wildlife in Gainesville and at the Kirkpatrick Marine Lab here in Cedar Key. Understanding the shortage of Fish and Wildlife personnel and the difficulty of getting into the field for recovery, Hodge and Hathcock gathered up the bird and took it to a biologist at the Marine Lab arranged by Mary Bottenberg. Within minutes of the biologist attending the bird, he expired.
A reminder, perhaps, to keep pets on leashes in areas such as these. One never knows what to expect.
The Cemetery Club is currently in rehearsal for this side-splitting comedy. Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband's graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife's grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart. The Washington Journal describes it as "Very touching and humorous. An evening of pure pleasure that will make you glad you went to the theatre."
There is a small authentic karate dojo in Chiefland that goes unnoticed by those of us in town, not involved. The huge sign can barely be seen, nearly hidden behind a wall. The teacher has travelled across the world twice to study with the Grand Master of Shorin-ryu karate and now, he shares it here.
John Lohde’s class atmosphere is positive and encouraging while building good character. “The last thing Sensei John tells us every night is ‘Go home and do something nice for your parents”,reports 3rd-grader, Craig Horton. “And he tells us to show respect for each other before and after class.”
Instructor John Lohde, a student of martial arts for 43 years, has always enjoyed the competition of karate tournaments. Nationally ranked, he meets competitors from across the country and across the globe. At last week’s Gator National Tournament in Tampa, Lohde took first place trophies in both events he entered.
Often, Lohde judges lower belt events during tournaments, which along with his own events, keeps him busy all day. This time, family members came to cheer him on. “The fact that family came to watch meant more to me than those 8 foot trophies,” he said.
For indoor summer fitness, for a sport that requires no team, for self-defense, try karate, the 400- year old martial art from Okinawa. Go visit True Path Karate Rendokan (206 N Main) and watch.
It’s the easiest way to improve the appearance of your home, increase the value of your property, and raise your spirits. But landscaping can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you are starting with weeds and poor soil. It doesn’t need to be. Start slowly, use the resources available, and aim for improvement instead of perfection.
Pick one area to start. If your yard is small, it could be the whole front yard, but it could be just the area in front of a porch, along a sidewalk, or next to a fence. Even a small area can have a huge visual impact. Take a picture of the area you are landscaping. I print the picture on plain paper, so I can sketch in ideas, but even a cell phone picture will do. This will keep you focused when you are shopping and faced with a vast array of gorgeous plants and a limited budget.
Decide what you are trying to accomplish. Do you want a pop of color, to make the area more inviting, or to cover unattractive features? How much time are you willing to spend maintaining the plants? A nifty website to help you plan is www.floridayards.org. You can design your whole yard with the interactive yard feature, or use the plant database to find just the right Florida-friendly plant.
It is almost a given that if you are growing plants in Cedar Key you probably don’t have the best soil. You can have the soil tested by the UF/IFAS Analytical Services Laboratories (soilslab.ifas.ufl.edu) for a very minimal fee (currently $7) to find the pH of the soil and identify what’s missing, then choose commercial fertilizer to supplement. But the best use of soil testing is choosing the right plants for the conditions you have. If you discover, as I did, that the soil is very alkaline (pH 8.0), growing azaleas, ixorras, blueberries, camellias, gardenias and hibiscus (all of which prefer a pH of 4.5 to 5.5) is going to require more effort than plants like honeysuckle, jasmine and cassia, which tolerate a higher pH.
The least expensive way to amend the soil to provide nutrients and improve the water holding capability of our sandy soil is composting. Compost is free; vegetable and fruit skins and peels, coffee grounds, dead plant and leaf matter all go into the compost bin, which I turn over every couple weeks. When it starts to look like soil, it’s ready to work in. There are numerous publications available on composting from the county extension service. The publication http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep323 is a basic guide. .
When you know where you want to landscape, what you want to accomplish, and your soil is ready, get your plants. Go to a local plant nursery, especially if you are a novice; expert advice is available and the plants are adapted for our unique growing conditions. Keep your photo front and center, and look for salt-tolerant, heat-tolerant, and drought-tolerant plants that will grow in Plant Hardiness Zone 9A. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, bargain and request discounts, especially if you are buying several plants.
The planning is the hard part. Dig the holes, gently place the plants, work in the amended soil, and water frequently until the plants are established. Then stand back and enjoy. If you plant well-chosen plants in the right place, you will be rewarded. Landscaping your yard does not have to be a budget breaker. With planning and preparation you can create an attractive yard, improve the value of your home, and add some joy to your world.