On Thursday, October 27, Cedar Key School’s Student Government Association (SGA) will be hosting a Red Ribbon Week Spaghetti Dinner. It will take place in the auditorium at CKS from 6:00-7:30 pm. Spaghetti, garlic bread, dessert, and drinks will be served for $5 per ticket.
We are raising money for SGA to be able to host events such as Red Ribbon Week, Pennies 4 Patients, Homecoming Festivities, service projects at CKS, and to assist with the cost of traveling to the SGA Florida State Convention in February.
DETAILS: After the loss of a loved one, coping with daily living can be hard. Knowing you are not alone in your difficult journey can make all the difference. Join Haven Hospice and others in your community on November 10, 6 p.m. at the Haven Hospice Community Building at the Tri-Counties Care Center in Chiefland for its Love and Remembrance Memorial Service.
Haven provides this service at no charge and anyone in the community who has lost someone is invited. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures and mementos of loved ones that can be placed on our Table of Memories. Receptions will follow. For more information, call the Haven Hospice Healing Hearts program at 1.844.LIGHTEN or visit www.havenhospice.org.
In the marsh north of the airport, a single-engine airplane landed at approximately 7:30 this morning, October 19. This, after another plane landed at the south of the runway on Saturday, October 15.
Police Chief Virgil Sandlin and Fire Chief Robert Robinson responded immediately and brought the three travelers to land. No one was serously injured.
Cedar Key Fire Chief Robert Robinson is thrilled to announce the acceptance of the Firehouse Sub Public Safety Foundation’s award of Hurst extrication equipment to Cedar Key Fire & Rescue. The new equipment is valued at $30,037.00 and consists of a Hurst cutter, spreader, ram, and the necessary batteries and chargers required for use. In addition, the award also includes a Hurst eDraulic bank charger, power supply, and three mounting brackets. This new rescue equipment will be welcomed with open arms as it will be replacing the department’s 30+ year old equipment.
Chief Robinson explains that this award will allow for faster and safer rescues involving vehicle entrapment. Due to the fact that today’s vehicles are built to withstand more than ever before, the newer extrication equipment has become a necessity to be able to power through the tougher construction in the event of a rescue.
The Cedar Key Fire Department will hold a dedication event once the grant fulfillment process is complete. Further details will be announced in the near future.
“Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Firehouse Subs co-founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they fed first responders and survivors. As they traveled back to Florida exhausted and exhilarated, they knew they could do more and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since inception, the non-profit organization has given more than $23 million to hometown heroes in 46 states and Puerto Rico.”
October 19, 2016
The theme this year is YOLO (You Only Live Once) Be Drug Free! Every student from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Twelve will be given a YOLO red ribbon to wear each day of the week and we will have themed dress up days.
The SWAT club is also helping to promote this cause. SWAT stands for Students Working against Tobacco. Students will receive a small reward each day for dressing up and be entered into a drawing at the end of the week for a Red Ribbon Prize Pack. We will also be entering a photo contest to earn the school a $1,000 reward.
The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America.
The link below superbly captures the spirit of the 2016Cedar Key Seafood Festival. Photographs were taken by resident Rory Brannan for your enjoyment.
CKS Varsity Hi-Q team had an incredible win against the Chiefland Hi-Q team for the first time in nearly five years.
The Cedar Key Varsity team is comprised of Heather Sikes, Alicia Neal, Whitney Neal, Emilie LaVoie, and Tanner Wisdom.
The Chiefland Middle-High School varsity team has held the title of district finalists for the last two years, but on October 4th Cedar Key beat them 95-90. It was a tie when the last “time” was called at the end of round three. It was all down to a tie breaking question that read “In what art form did these ancient Greeks excel? Lysistratus, Scopas, Myron, Praxiteles, Phidias.” After about three tense seconds of waiting the game was over, Heather Sikes buzzed in with the answer “Sculpting” and got the point.
Cedar Key’s veteran Hi-Q coach, Raymond Powers, said he was both impressed and proud of his varsity team for this historic win.
While reading the book, some of the students commented that they had never tried a raspberry. As the discussion continued another kid made a comment that there are more berries like blackberries and strawberries. Those comments got Mrs. Kathy to bring in blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries for each student to try. Overall, the students preferred strawberries over the other berries.
SHINE volunteers will not be able to provide in-person help to Cedar Key seniors who wish to review their Medicare Part D drug program this year due to storm damage to the library building.
Instead, there are two alternatives seniors may choose.
SHINE is a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. The SHINE volunteers will help you make the best informed decision with your Medicare Part D Drug Program.
At approximately 9 am today, Saturday, October 15, 2016, while attempting a to land, another small two-seater airplane, N767EM, met the marsh at the Cedar Key Airport. No one was injured!
The latest book published by author and historian, Toni C. Collins, entitled CIVIL WAR BLOCKADE RUNNING ON FLORIDA’S GULF COAST, will be available at the Cedar Key Seafood Festival, October 15 and 16th at the Levy County Historical Society booth in the park. Toni invites you to stop by and talk and have your book signed.
The first meeting of the Cedar Key Woman’s Club’s 2016-2017 service season started off with a bang! Leading the charge was First Vice-President Eileen Senecal, standing in for President Jane Moore and heading up a new roster of Woman’s Club officers.
With unanimous approval, the CKWC fired off several generous contributions to help fund ongoing community needs. The Community Relief Fund received a donation of $500, the money going to assist people with gasoline cards and, at times, the occasional utility bill. Ken Young gratefully accepted the check from Woman’s Club members Susan Hollandsworth, Susan Rosenthal, and Eileen Senecal. Also, the CKS High School Girls Basketball Team, running short of necessary equipment and supplies, was awarded $500 to provide shoes, shin splints, and therapeutic bandages and tape. Coach David welcomed the contribution presented by Eileen Senecal on behalf of the Lady Sharks. Not to overlook the little ghosts and ghoolies, Wayne Watson, the driving force behind Cedar Key Halloween Night, happily received a Woman’s Club donation for $100 toward treats for the Trick-or-Treaters.
There is no trick in treating local needs with concern and compassion. The Cedar Key Woman’s Club remains dedicated to the youth, the community, and the overall welfare of our island home.
KANAPAHA BOTANICAL GARDENS NEWS!
GIANT VICTORIA WATER LILY
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and the Florida Forest Service are celebrating 80 years of Florida state forests this October, which is also Florida State Forest Awareness Month, with events throughout the state. Since its establishment in 1936, the Florida state forest system has evolved and grown into one of the most extensive and well-managed state forest systems in the nation, with 37 state forests covering 1.1 million acres and attracting 2.2 million annual visitors.
“Florida's state forests are vital ecological and economic resources for our state,” said Commissioner Adam H. Putnam. “After 80 years, Florida's forests still provide an abundance of benefits from clean air and water, to diverse plant and animal communities, and recreational opportunities.”
Florida's state forests provide plentiful opportunities for public recreation, including: hiking, biking, camping, swimming, paddling, hunting, fishing and more.
“To protect these vital resources, the Florida Forest Service uses sound forest management practices,” said Jim Karels, Florida State Forester. “Through extensive reforestation efforts, prescribed fire treatments, wildlife restoration, invasive species control and more, the Florida Forest Service and its partners have worked together to keep our state forests vibrant, productive and sustainable.”
Over the last 15 years, the Florida Forest Service has planted and seeded more than 77,000 acres of trees, including pine, cypress and hardwood. On average, 3.5 million tree seedlings are planted every year on state forests in Florida. In addition, an average of more than 160,000 state forest acres are treated with prescribed fire each year to ensure ecosystem health and reduce wildfire risk.
To learn more or to find out how you can support a Florida state forest near you, visit the Friends of Florida State Forests website.
Power boats and paddled crafts will de-litter the local waterways starting at 9 am. Some canoes will be available courtesy of Gateway Marina. The Refuge will bring their boat down the river from Fowlers Bluff and pick up trash on the way, there is room for 16 onboard. The hurricane left us plenty of work, so please come.
A chicken and rice lunch at noon is provided by the Suwannee Chamber of Commerce and the Friends of the Lower Suwannee Refuge. A Friends board meeting will convene after lunch; all are welcome to attend.
Sign Up: Debbie Meeks 352-278-5088
The new Cedar Key chapter of the Audubon Society met at interim president Bill Rucker’s house on Tuesday afternoon to plan for the coming year. The National Audubon Society, whose 1905 founders included famed naturalist and Cedar Key visitor John Muir, is one of the country’s most vigorous and influential environmental groups, working to protect bird habitats, public lands and water, and to promote a profound appreciation of our natural world. The Cedar Key chapter, which met last April for the first time, has seen its membership grow from 0 to above 40 and has already accomplished a number of its initial goals.
The first goal was to address the need for a more active and organized bird rescue system. Birds, most often brown pelicans, are occasionally hooked accidentally by those fishing off docks and bridges here. The solution was to provide both vital information as well as to teach more citizens the skills necessary to respond to these situations. Signs instructing people who to contact and what to do should they encounter such an entanglement have been placed at 6 locations around town: the Number Four Bridge, the airport bridge, Cemetery Point Park, the corner of G and First streets, the City Marina, and the fishing pier on Dock Street. In addition, Savanna Barry, Regional Specialized Sea Grant Agent of the Nature Coast Biological Station, organized and conducted a workshop in July on the proper procedures involved in saving injured birds. This workshop trained over twenty residents who could now lend a knowledgeable hand in such an operation. Dr. Barry also visited the Cedar Key Youth Summer Program; our town now boasts a number of children who will know what to do if they encounter a hooked or injured pelican.
The children who attended the Youth Program this summer were also treated to a presentation on the birds of Cedar Key by Doug Maple, local bird authority and fitness guru. From Doug’s visual and informative workshop, the camp attendees voted on their five favorite birds and produced drawings which have been turned into a colorful poster. This poster will be on display at the Cedar Key Audubon Society’s booth at the upcoming Seafood Festival.
FEMA ASSISTANCE IN CEDAR KEY
Dear Friends of the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts,
You may remember that in 2015 the Old Florida Celebration of the Arts was named one of the top five Small Juried Arts Festivals in America (and one of the top in the South).
ArtFairCalendar.com is repeating the survey this year and votes are due by October 25, 2016. The survey only takes a few minutes and we would greatly appreciate you support. Copy and paste this link in your search bar to cast your vote.
When you walk into the Gainesville Artisan’s Guild Gallery or the Keyhole Artist Co-op in Cedar Key and see the paintings of Judi Cain, the 2017 Old Florida Celebration of the Arts Design Contest winner, you can’t help but notice a boundless, perhaps even psychedelic, energy in her artwork depicting people, pets, wildlife and nature. And, if she happens to be working at the desk the day you are there you may be lucky enough to connect with this women who not only enjoys what she does but embodies the “joy of living.” But, it hasn’t always been that way….
Judi had no formal training in art until high school art classes but her ability to “copy just about anything,” including creating pencil portraits of her friends from their school pictures in grade school and drawing elegant clothing for paper dolls, led her to consider fashion design as a possible art career. However, coming from a small town in the Midwest, options for this sort of education were few, and she ended up finishing her undergraduate degree with a triple major in Art, Home Economics and Teaching from SE Missouri State College and began teaching art in the public school system.
But, this was the 70’s, and after meeting and later marrying a man who had no art education but “innate artistic ability and endless creativity,” she “ran away” with him in their VW van and became part of a group of traveling “mall artists.” The Mall Circuit took them all over the country and ultimately to Gainesville where they settled in 1980. As her husband’s art career took off and they started a family, Judi put her own art on the back burner. Together, they took their talent, love of Halloween, costume making and mall art experience and became the primary providers of hand-made and commercial costumes in North Florida, running the legendary Center Stage Costume and Magic Shop in Gainesville for three decades.
Throughout this time, although she continued to do mostly commissioned portrait work, Judi never considered herself a “real artist,” as she felt that she was still just copying what she saw, not creating something from somewhere deep within like she saw in her husband’s work. It was not until living through a life crisis that resulted in the loss of their business, his career, and their marriage that Judi, on her own for the first time in 35 years, decided “there were no more excuses” and she was not going to let what happen break her.
Determined to find her inner creative ability, Judi started by spending 15-30 minutes every morning with her colored pencils and “just drawing.” Eventually, at the encouragement of her daughter, she went outside her comfort zone and started to use acrylic paints. She still remembers the day when her “ego mind shut up and the energy began to flow.” She had decided to just squirt all her paints on a huge 30” x 40” canvas and then, using her lovingly cared for 30-year old brush, began to see something and do something she’d never done before. For the first time she was painting not just from knowledge and what she saw but from intuition and a boundless energy that now drives her work.