Kayak paddling enthusiasts traveled from all over the southeastern US and Florida to attend the Seventh annual Hidden Coast Paddling Adventures event held November 5-8 in Inglis and Yankeetown, Florida. This event is held in one of the three coastal communities of Levy, Dixie or Taylor counties within the Big Bend region of Florida. Levy County was proud to host this year’s event and also hosted a very successful 2013 Hidden Coast Paddling Adventures event in Cedar Key.
Sixty-three paddlers and thirty guides/sweeps participated in the four day event. Without the assistance of the good folks from the communities, including the Inglis-Yankeetown Women’s Club, Inglis-Yankeetown Lion’s Club, Shrimp Landing Restaurant, Capt. Rick’s Tours and Charters, Tuckaho RV Camp & Tavern, B’s Marina and Campground, the two cities, Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, and the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce, the event wouldn’t have been as successful. A special ‘Thank You’ to Steve Cournoyer of Dunnellon for being the Paddling Trails Coordinator for this event. He did a ‘boat load’ of work to make this an excellent event for the paddlers.
It is estimated the four-day event brought an economic boost into the communities of approximately $32,000. This boost would include accommodation, gasoline, food supplies, restaurants and gifts purchased during their visit to the area.
The goal of the paddling event organizers is to introduce paddlers to a coastal community where they can experience new paddling trails they would not normally know about. Each paddling trail is guided which takes the worry out of trying out a new adventure by yourself. Director of Levy County Tourism Carol McQueen said, “The desire of the event is to provide participants with an excellent paddling experience in the ‘hopes’ these new visitors will tell their friends and neighbors about their adventures, and then return on their own to visit this area of Levy County, which will continue to increase our local revenues.” Next year’s event will be September 30 through October 2, 2016 in Dixie County at the coastal community of Suwannee, Florida. Online registration at www.hiddencoastpaddlingadventures.com will open sometime in mid spring of 2016.
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CHILDRENS ART BENEFIT DINNER
Children's ART Benefit Dinner, Raffle and Auction-Thursday, January 7, 5:15 pm at CK Community Center.
KAYAK SILENT AUCTION
Don't forget to make your reservations for the upcoming drama Death Trap on December 4 and 5 at 8 pm, December 6 at 2 pm, December 11 and 12 at 8 pm and December 13 at 2 pm.
Please contact Suwannee Valley Players at 352-493-ARTS.
We are having problems with our current phone system at the theatre. Please call Becky Gill at 352-443-9096 for reservations, membership, tickets etc.
At its first meeting of the 2015- 2016 season, the Cedar Key Garden Club attracted some 31 members to its November 9, 2015, meeting at the Christ Episcopal Church this week.
Business at hand involved: the treasurer’s report; the 2015-2016 slate of officers, special recognition; brainstorming; concluding remarks.
The slate was presented by the consummately capable, and retiring secretary, Katherine Dunlop. Her slate, accepted and applauded, included:
President Dave Treharne,
Vice President Joe Hand,
Secretary Sharon Kay,
and Treasurer Julie Stephens.
Cedar Key Commissioner, and new Garden Club member, requested that the club assist the city in the following efforts:
Cedar Key Mayor Heath Davis presented Colson with a certificate of recognition and Past-President Roger McDaniels offered Colson an honorary lifetime membership to the Garden Club.
President Dave Treharne led the group in brainstorming activities and programs for the season and will report the results at the December meeting.
The Holiday Luncheon will occur on December 2 at noon at the Episcopal Church Meeting Room. Everyone is invited to attend. More details will be forthcoming.
CITY AND LIONS COLLABORATE TO MAKE THE SEAFOOD FESTIVAL A SUCCESS.....SUSTAINABLE
November 10, 2015
The November Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole is Sue Tanck. Sue’s specialty is dried flower arrangements with an artistic flair. The creative symmetry between the container and her choice of flowers is striking. Sue’s arrangements span the gamut from tiny teacup designs to large creations. Her works may be strikingly modern, distinctly Victorian and everything in between. Sue owned her own flower shop and being in an art gallery allows her to explore the solely artistic aspect of her specialty. Additionally, Sue creates one-of-a-kind art gift bags and tags.
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op comprised of 23 local and regional members. The gallery has been a working enterprise supporting the arts in Cedar Key and displaying the works of area artists for 48 years. The Keyhole is located on historic 2nd Street in Cedar Key, an island in the Gulf of Mexico, with a rich history in the arts and renowned for its old Florida ambiance, abundant wildlife and gorgeous scenery.
The gallery is open seven days a week year round from 10 am to 5 pm.
Cedar Key News EditorialLUKENS PROPERTY TO BE CLOSED
The Levy County Historical Society is seeking persons who have an interest in model railroading. Our organization would like to bring folks together who share a similar interest in model railroading to form the Nature Coast Model Railroading Club.
The first meeting of the group will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at the Chiefland Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot, 23 SE 2nd Avenue, Chiefland, Florida.
This gathering will be informal but we ask that you come prepared with your thoughts and ideas on the best course of action to form a model railroading club.
Visitors love the calendar, but it is Cedar Key residents who send the calendars away as gifts that have become an important part of the calendar’s success. Pictures from Cedar Key now hang in homes in almost every State – and in Canada, England, and Germany! Where else could you find such a beautiful memento for just $10?
Last year more than 800 calendars were sold, and proceeds from the project were used to fund many Cedar Key causes supported by the Woman’s Club, such as the Cedar Key School, the Food Pantry, the Woman’s Shelter, the Seniors’ Lunch program, Arts Center programs for children, the Library, and Fisher House in Gainesville. Work on the calendar continues all year – we already have two submissions for next year’s calendar!
The support from businesses who carry the calendar is an important partnership for the Woman’s Club and very appreciated. On Festival weekend you can buy your calendars at the CKWC booth in the Park, or from the Cedar Key Market, Dilly Dally Galley, the Chamber Welcome Center, or from the Historical Museum. Thank you for your continued support for this beautiful Cedar Key calendar!
Remember, Christmas is just around the corner and part of your contribution will be tax-deductible. We hope that you find that this gorgeous piece of functional artwork ROCKS YOUR BOAT!
Presentations lasted from 10:50 through 12:00, where students and advisers to welcomed to eat, although; the students were not welcome to the offerings of Panera, which was reserved for the advisors. Students were presented with Domino’s pizza and cookies. Once the majority’s hunger was indulged, everyone was welcome to participate in the booth walk drawing. This entitled visiting the eight booths describing the events one may enter in the FBLA world, and writing down what one chose to enlighten their self upon. All the students who partook in this event had the chance to win any of the numerous gifts brought by the visiting schools. Unfortunately for the Cedar Key chapter, the trip was cut short before winners were drawn and they were headed on their way home. Overall, it was an inspiring day on the journey to leadership and how one may aspire to be their best in the world today.
This year Lightning’s Spook House was held in front of my shop across from City Hall on Second Street. We drew quite a crowd this year. Halloween is always better on the weekend because more of the parents come too. My volunteers and I worked real hard to put on the show. We ran out of candy about 8:15, but we started with around 400 pounds. We were probably too generous with portions. I apologize to anyone that didn’t get candy, but sure hope you enjoyed the show.
I made a video and posted it to You Tube: https://youtu.be/A_bcG4LSoK0
Thank you to all who gave money, as it was expensive to move locations this year. I took in about $600, and spent about $850. My largest contributions came from Dr. Jim Peck, Melvyn Lauderdale, Steven Priessman, and Jim Hedges. I got $75 from the Drummond Bank donation box. I surely would consider business sponsors next year, were they so inclined.
Most of the candy was donated by you all through the Rosewood Dollar Store. 140 pounds of chocolate candy came from the good folks at the Cedar Key Food Bank. Many bags were brought to me personally. Thank you for contributing.
Saw some talking heads on television the other day. It is amazing how people can look at the same set of facts and come up with two totally different conclusions. The first head said that there has always been climate change and that humans have absolutely nothing to do with it. The other talking head said that the carbon tax and efforts to reduce carbon emissions through government policy would be a total job killer for the United States. Where the heck do these people get their information from? They must disregard the facts, make them up or twist them around to support their position.
First, a carbon tax is a tax levied on the carbon content of hydrocarbon fuels such as coal, petroleum and natural gas. These carbons are released into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, CO2. The carbon tax addresses the problem of industry emitters of these greenhouse gases not paying the full social cost of their actions. Some of the social costs are the effects that CO2 emissions have on human health due to the spread of disease, decreased food supply, water shortages, coastal destruction, displacement of hundreds of millions of people, etc. With no action taken, these effects will only increase, at a faster rate over a rather short time span.
As for the first statement that humans have nothing to do with climate change totally disregards science. Ninety-seven per cent of all the scientists that study the earth’s climate conclude that the earth’s climate is changing and that it is due to the increase in carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. Remember, for a long period of time there was also denial that the earth is round. But 97% is a huge consensus amongst the scientist and it seems hard to refute their finds from all the different fields of science that they represent. But regular folks might come to this same conclusion just by observation: bigger droughts, bigger storms, extreme temperatures, more and bigger forest fires, the rise of the oceans water temps and sea level rise. The results of the increase of CO2 in our atmosphere are all around us and will affect everyone no matter where you live. 2015 will be the warmest year in recorded history with the previous decade being the warmest in hundreds of thousands of years. These are scientific facts, not viewpoints.
It Was a Wonderful Life
November 3, 2015
Buddy “J.M.” Crevasse III died on Sunday morning at Haven Hospice after a valiant struggle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Minnie, his sister Peggy, two sons, Beau (Christen) and Bobby (Sarah), his four grandchildren Hunter (7), Colt (5), Jackson (1), and Samantha (8), and several nieces and nephews.
Buddy has been a life-long resident of Gainesville where he leaves an indelible contribution of public service. In 1945, he moved to Gainesville with his parents, Joe and Margaret Crevasse, where they established Crevasse's Florist, a landmark Gainesville business. Buddy was a 1963 graduate of Gainesville High School, and the University of Florida School of Criminal Justice. He joined the Alachua County Sheriffs’ Department in 1967, holding almost every possible office, before his retirement in 2004. During his 37-year career, he was responsible for courthouse security, evidence, and property warrants, and patrol. He ended his career as Captain of the Civil Department. He attended the FBI academy in 1972.
Buddy is credited with starting the Neighborhood Crime Watch program. Over the course of his illustrious career he was the recipient of numerous citations and awards, including the 1983 and 1984 Florida Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.