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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
aPRIL 26, 2017
 
REPRESENTATIVE
NEAL DUNN
TOWN HALL
MAY 6, 2017
“Citizens for an Engaged Electorate is a progressive group of individuals dedicated to building a functioning democratic republic.  To that end, CEE informs the public about the importance of participating in the democratic process; offers a summary of significant issues; and provides tools to individuals to effect change.” 

 

Letter to Citizens:

Democracy doesn’t work when citizens don’t participate. One of the tools for participation is the town hall.  Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) is calling on folks to exercise their right to have a say in their government.

CEE, in partnership with AARP Williston Chapter 912, is hosting a double-header of town halls on May 6, first at Dunnellon Public Library (10:30 a.m.-12 noon) and then at Williston  Community Center (1:30-3:00 p.m.) on Main Street (behind Walgreen’s, which is on Noble Avenue).

Levy County is in the new U.S. Congressional District 2, and our congressman is Republican Neal Dunn.  The district runs from the Florida’s Panhandle to Dunnellon; Dunn’s regional offices are in Panama City and Tallahassee.

Representative Dunn has declined our invitation to meet with citizens, but CEE members are researching his campaign statements, newsletters and press coverage as a congressman as well as his votes so far.  We will be presenting this information at both town halls.

More important, we will provide citizens a chance to tell their stories about what they expect from their government and how much certain programs and legislation mean to them.  Examples of topics include: health care and health insurance, Medicare, Social Security, clean water, public parks, public education, and the U.S. Postal Service.

In addition to being invited to comment briefly on topics at the town hall, attendees will also have the opportunity to fill out cards with questions or comments and have them forwarded to Rep. Dunn's staff.

Find out what your U.S. Representative is doing for you.  We’ll record the meeting so it can be delivered to the congressman. We’re hopeful it will entice our representative to come to our next town hall to learn better how to represent the citizens at the far south end of his district.

For more information, call Barbara at 352-465-8461 or Drollene at 352-465-4862; send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Drollene P. Brown
Morriston
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COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
LEVY CAMPUS
LAUNCHES TIMBER PROGRAM
April 14, 2017

The College of Central Florida will launch its new Timber Harvesting Equipment Program May 8. The deadline to apply for the program is Friday, April 28.

The eight-week noncredit program is designed to increase the number of workforce ready employees for the timber industry in North Central Florida.

Beginning May 8, students will participate in five weeks of classroom instruction followed by three weeks of field instruction with hands-on experience. Upon successful completion, students will earn Master Logger Certification, OSHA 10-hour Certification and CPR Certification and have the opportunity to interview with area logging contractors for immediate employment in the timber harvesting industry.

The timber program is being offered thanks to support from two grants: an $11,000 Big Bend Region Seed Grant from the Arlington, Virginia-based Conservation Fund and a $200,000 grant from Lyme Timber.

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CEDAR KEY COMMUNITY
CALENDAR 2017
UPDATED  4/21/17

Editor's Note:  The following calendar is an attempt to keep all aware of Cedar Key events   The links will take you to the CKN articles/announcements which contain additional specifics.  Cedar Key News staff welcomes your comments; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APRIL

4/24  Cedar Keys Audubon Member Meeting and Presentation, Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries with Ann Paul, 5 pm, Cedar Key Library, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/3019-cedar-keys-audubon-presents-ann-paul

4/26  Non Fiction Book Bunch, 1:30 pm, Cedar Key Library, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/2967-book-bunch-march-2017

4/28  Levy County/Cedar Key Election  Canvassing Board, City Hall, Accuracy Testing, 10 am, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/2977-city-elections-canvassing-board

4/28 Levy County Libraries Presents Rock Painting, Cedar Key Library, 6 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/arts-ents/3024-ckac-offers-rock-painting

4/29 Got Drugs Drop Off, City Hall, 10am – 2 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3008-got-drugs-2017

4/29 Children’s Table Fundraiser, Bronson Elementary School Cafeteria, 1 – 4 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/3033-childrens-table-fundraiser


 
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LOGO UCFNEW CCF LEVY CAMPUS OFFERING
$50,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

 

CHIEFLAND, Fla. (April 14, 2017) — The College of Central Florida is offering $500 scholarships to students who want to be among the first to attend the new CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus opening in August.

One-hundred scholarships are available to eligible students who take six or more credits at the new campus in fall semester, with classes beginning Aug. 21. The scholarships are available to new, returning and transfer students.

The scholarships are a one-time opportunity to celebrate the opening of the campus, which is the first permanent higher education facility in Levy County. The $30 college application fee will also be waived for students who plan to attend the new campus.

Students simply need to apply to CF Levy Campus for fall 2017 to be considered. Additional information will be sent via mail and scholarships will be awarded upon completed registration.


 

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CEDAR KEY FOOD PANTRY..
$20 PURCHASES MUCH
April 11, 2017

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The picture seen here tells a remarkable story.  Many Cedar Key residents believe that all the food distributed through the local food pantry is donated, but that is not true.  Most of the food is purchased through the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank in Gainesville, although at a greatly reduced price.

 The poster pictured shows what one $20 bill can buy.  That is a remarkable story, and the reason the food pantry is always seeking cash donations to help feed local families.  The food is only distributed to Levy County residents. Participants are required to show proof of local residency.

 Anyone caring to contribute to the work of the Cedar Key Food Pantry can send a check to CK Food Pantry, c/o CK United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 338, Cedar Key, FL 32625.  It will immediately be put to productive use.

 

 

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CORRECTIONS / DETENTION
OFFICER OPENINGS
April 11, 2017 - May 11 2017

The Levy County Sheriff's Office Detention Bureau is currently accepting applications for Corrections/Detention Officer. The State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE) is required. Starting Salary is $32,000.

 
Applicants must have excellent communication skills, general computer skills, high school diploma or equivalent and cannot have a criminal history or an arrest record.  Employment requires rotating 12 hour shifts.  Benefit package includes health insurance and Florida State Retirement. Applications can be downloaded from the Levy County Sheriff's Office website at http://www.levyso.com or picked up at the Sheriff's Office.  Applications must be submitted to the Levy County Sheriff's Office Human Resource Division. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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CEDAR KEY COMMUNITY
CALENDAR 2017
UPDATED  4/11/17

Editor's Note:  The following calendar is an attempt to keep all aware of Cedar Key events   The links will take you to the CKN articles/announcements which contain additional specifics.  Cedar Key News staff welcomes your comments; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APRIL

4/18  Cedar Key City Commission Meeting, Temporary City Hall, 6 pm

4/20  Cedar Key Historical Society Coffee, Cedar Key Community Center, 10 am

4/26  Non Fiction Book Bunch, 1:30 pm, Cedar Key Library, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/2967-book-bunch-march-2017

4/28  Levy County/Cedar Key Election  Canvassing Board, City Hall, Accuracy Testing, 10 am, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/2977-city-elections-canvassing-board

4/29 Got Drugs Drop Off, City Hall, 10am – 2 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3008-got-drugs-2017


CEDAR KEY COMMUNITY
CALENDAR 2017
UPDATED  4/12/17

Editor's Note:  The following calendar is an attempt to keep all aware of Cedar Key events   The links will take you to the CKN articles/announcements which contain additional specifics.  Cedar Key News staff welcomes your comments; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APRIL

4/14 City of Cedar Key Clear as Mud Meeting, City Hall, 9 am, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/3005-clear-as-mud-agenda-14-april-2017

4/17  Cedar Keys Audubon Board Meeting,  Location to be announced, 3 pm

4/18  Cedar Key City Commission Meeting, Temporary City Hall, 6 pm

4/20  Cedar Key Historical Society Coffee, Cedar Key Community Center, 10 am

4/24  Cedar Keys Audubon Member Meeting and Presentation, Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries with Ann Paul, 5 pm, Cedar Key Library, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/3019-cedar-keys-audubon-presents-ann-paul

4/26  Non Fiction Book Bunch, 1:30 pm, Cedar Key Library, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/2967-book-bunch-march-2017

4/28  Levy County/Cedar Key Election  Canvassing Board, City Hall, Accuracy Testing, 10 am, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/2977-city-elections-canvassing-board

4/29 Got Drugs Drop Off, City Hall, 10am – 2 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/3008-got-drugs-2017


 
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CEDAR KEY COMMUNITY
CALENDAR 2017
UPDATED  4/1/17

Editor's Note:  The following calendar is an attempt to keep all aware of Cedar Key events   The links will take you to the CKN articles/announcements which contain additional specifics.  Cedar Key News staff welcomes your comments; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

APRIL

4/1 Cedar Key Friends of the Library present Russ Hall’s Tram Trail Biodiversity Project, Cedar Key Library, 10:30 am,  http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/29-library/2990-fol-brings-2

4/3  Friends of County Road 347 Cleanup, 9 am, meet at CR 347 Adopt-a-Highway Sign, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/2919-friends-of-cr-347-april-2017

4/4 Pepper Busting with McDaniels, Marina, 9 am, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/2993-pepper-busting-4-april-2017


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CEDAR KEY COMMUNITY
CALENDAR 2017
UPDATED  3/22/17

Editor's Note:  The following calendar is an attempt to keep all aware of Cedar Key events   The links will take you to the CKN articles/announcements which contain additional specifics.  Cedar Key News staff welcomes your comments; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3/23  Soup, Study, Share, Christs Episcopal Church, 6 7:30 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/city-news/15-announcements/2904-soup-study-share

3/23  Cedar Key Woman’s Club Unique Fashion Show, Cedar Key Community Center, 1:30 pm,  http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/clubs-church-groups/39-woman-s-club-news/2879-ckwc-2017-fashion-show

3/23 Cedar Key Friends of the Library present Ken Sulak’s Suwannee River Sturgeon, Cedar Key Library, 5 pm, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/2963-fol-upcoming-events

3/24  Cedar Key Arts Center presents Create a Place, Cedar Key Community Garden, 10 am – 4 pm

3/25 Cedar Key Friends of the Library present Ken Sassaman’s New Findings in the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, 10:30 am, http://cedarkeynews.com/index.php/activities/20-conservation/2963-fol-upcoming-events


REMINDER….

THE  NON- FICTION  BOOK  BUNCH 

WILL MEET WEDNESDAY,  MARCH 29 AT  1:30 PM

IN THE CEDAR  KEY LIBRARY UPSTAIRS MEETING  ROOM

ALL ARE WELCOME! 


CEDAR KEY FRIENDS OF THE LIRARY
THANK COMMUNITY
March 19, 2016

 On behalf of the Friends of the Library, I would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2017 Cedar Key Golf Outing.  I would especially like to thank Joe and Betty Chambers and Bob Piscura for the hundreds of hours they spent planning this event.  A special thank you also goes to The Big Deck for not only providing a venue for dinner, but sponsoring a team, donating food, sponsoring a hole, and providing many prizes. 

The Friends are overwhelmed by the generosity of the community in supporting the Golf Outing.  We were thrilled with the money raised last year, and this year the Outing, astoundingly, raised more than double last year’s donation!  With the damage from Hermine and the library still struggling to fully open, this donation will help immensely.

Sue Wooley
Cedar Key Friends of the Library Past President 
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SECOND ANNUAL CEDAR KEY
OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT
……..A note from Joe Chambers
 
March 17, 2017
 MAR 18 GOLF PIC DSCF3105When Bryan Skarupski, Bob Piscura, and I met to plan the Second Annual Cedar Key Open, we were glad to choose the Friends of the Library again this year as the beneficiary.  The Friends are a fantastic community resource in many ways; their lecture series is always great.  This year the need seemed even greater with the damage caused by Hurricane Hermine. One aspect that touched me this year was the tremendous resiliency and community support as many of the significant donors, hole sponsors, and team sponsors were themselves greatly impacted by Hermine.  
 
Last year we hoped to raise $300 for the Library and raised $2,250.  This year we hoped to exceed the $2,250 and raised $5,376.  Great support !  Plus we had fun at the golf tournament.
 
HIGHLIGHTS
$5,376.00 raised to support the Cedar Key Library.  The donation was made to the Friends of the Library.  President of the Friends of the Library Sue Wooley and Library Manager Molly Jubitz graciously accepted the gift.
The event was sponsored by The Big Deck Raw Bar.  Owners Bryan and Darlene Skarupski generously donated time, food, venue, and support for this event.
 
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QUALIFYING PERIOD ENDS
FOR CITY AND WATER DISTRICT SEATS
March 17, 2017
 
The Qualifying Period for the City of Cedar Key and the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District open seats ended today at noon. 
 
CEDAR KEY CITY COMMISSION SEATS:
City Commission Seats are currently held by: Seat 1, Heath Davis; Seat 3 Diana Topping; Seat 5 Sue Colson. 
After today’s qualifying period deadline:   
  • Heath Davis is unopposed in Seat 1;
  • Chris Topping and Nicki Rucker qualified for Seat 3;
  • Sue Colson is unopposed in Seat 5.
CEDAR KEY WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT SEATS:
Water and Sewer District Seats are currently held by:  Seat 2 Chris Reynolds; Seat 4 Thelma McCain; Seat 5 Joe Hand.
After today’s qualifying period deadline:
  • Chris Reynolds is unopposed in Seat 2;
  • Steve Rosenthal is unopposed in Seat 4;
  • Joe Hand is unopposed in Seat 5.
 
ELECTIONS will be held at Cedar Key City Hall on May 2, 2017, and if necessary a RUN OFF ELECTION on May 23, 2017, from 7 am until 7 pm.
 
REGISTRATION BOOKS CLOSE on Monday, April 3, 2017, at 5 pm.

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LEVY COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
POLL WORKER ORIENTATION
March 15, 2017
 
The Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office will hold Poll Worker Orientation on the dates below.  This is a mandatory orientation for anyone interested in becoming a Levy County Poll Worker.  The purpose of this orientation is to provide details about requirements of being a Poll Worker. If interested you may select to attend one of the following dates.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
 
The orientation will be held at 421 South Court Street Bronson, FL 32621. Please use the side entrance of the Elections Office. 
 
If you plan to attend please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to rsvp. The deadline to rsvp is March 27, 2017. For more information, please call 352-486-5163.
 
Tammy Jones
Levy County Supervisor of Elections
421 South Court Street
Bronson, Fl. 32621
  
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LEVY COUNTY SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
March 12, 2017 
 
ELECTIONS OFFICE TO
RECEIVE HAVA FUNDS
March 12, 2017
 
LEVY CTY SUPVSR ELECT
 
The Levy County Supervisor of Elections office will be the recipient of the Help America Vote Act funds in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.  
 
In order to receive the funds, the Legislation requires that the Board of County Commissioners certify that the county will match the state funds of $6,371.50 with a 15% county match in the amount of $955.72.   The Board of County Commissioners unanimously agreed to provide the funds at their March 7, 2017, County Commission meeting.
 
The Help America Vote Act funds are appropriated by the Legislature to be distributed to county supervisors of elections in order to assist with federal election activities.  The funds are to be used for voter education and poll worker training.  
 
 


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THE   FICTION  BOOK  BUNCH 

WILL MEET MONDAY,  MARCH 13 AT  1:30 PM

IN THE CEDAR  KEY LIBRARY UPSTAIRS MEETING  ROOM

ALL ARE WELCOME! 

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 LEVY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS THIRD IN THE SERIES
March 10, 2017

 

MAR 11 John Milton write up

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MAR 9 Spring Fling Poster
 
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THELMA RAINS MCCAIN
NOVEMBER 20, 1940 – MARCH 5, 2017
March 9, 2017
 
 
On this beautiful Cedar Key day, with cloudless blue skies above and Carolina wrens and cardinals singling full throatedly from the trees, Thelma McCain’s family and her community gathered at the Cedar Key Cemetery at 11 am to honor her presence in their lives. 
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Greeting the 300 people as they entered the cemetery were two Central Florida Electrical Cooperative service trucks with booms raised hoisting a huge American flag while it wafted in the morning breeze.   
 
At precisely 11 am, Christ Episcopal Church’s Reverend Jim Wright invited the crowd to “Gather around” as he began the service.  The hymn, “God of the Mountain,” was sung by the Christ Episcopal Church Choir.  Cedar Key First Baptist Church Pastor Todd Pope spoke briefly about Thelma McCain reminiscing how thoughtful and caring she was about him and others. 
 
Eileen Senecal, invited by Wright to speak for the community, spoke about Thelma not only being the matriarch of her family, but of Cedar Key as well, because of her leadership in so very many activities which included: providing clothing for Cedar Key School students, her decades-long tour with the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District, her Central Florida Electrical Cooperative Board membership, her pie making skills, and so much more.  Senecal ended with, “She will be missed but not forgotten.”
 
The choir and the attendees sang “What a Day that Will Be” and “Glorify Thy Name.”    Reverend Wright closed by reminding all of the words on the inscribed stone marking Thelma’s grave, “Like a Rock.”  
 
The Chiefland viewing was full to overflowing last evening as was the Community Center where family and community gathered after the graveside funeral today.  

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