Myron S. Watson, 65 of Chiefland, Florida passed away October 7, 2015, at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties with his family at his side. Mr. Watson was born in Gainesville on June 16, 1950, to Russell and Ida Mae Watson and lived his entire life in Levy County. Myron was a Christian Man and member of the Church of Christ in Chiefland, FL. Mr. Watson was an umpire for 30 years, a FFA Alumni member, a Lifetime Member of the North American Hunting Club. Myron loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. The most enjoyment in Life was his hunting, fishing and family.
Mr. Watson is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dianne Watson of Chiefland, FL., his children, Shane and Angie Watson, Ryan and Kristi Watson all of Chiefland, FL., his sisters Prentice ( Jack) Spann of Trenton, FL., Jeanette Murray of Jacksonville, a brother Galen ( Donna ) Watson of Trenton, FL., his grandchildren, Kaleb and Kendall Watson, Mylee Ward, several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Ida Mae Watson and a son Jon Ryan Watson.
The glamorized burden of getting ready for the magical night of prom is no longer just for the teenagers of the household. At Cedar Key School, it’s the parents who also get their chance to dance the night away. The “Parent Prom” is the brainchild of Crystal Sharp and Lisa Fine; created with a mix of their imagination, creativity, and just a hint of jealousy at their children’s evening of dressing up and letting loose.
For the veteran party animals, it’s a chance to step away from the chaos of parenthood and have a good time with people who come visit from all over just to see their old friends get down and party once again. This year, a total of 85 people were in attendance and 120 tickets were sold. The proceeds go to numerous sources that help benefit the school and its grateful student body.
Friday August 25, the Cedar Key Lady Sharks faced the Meadowbrook Mustangs. The Sharks were biting down on the net. The starting teams were the Middle School Sharks vs. the Mustangs JV team. It was based on the best two out of three. The first set led Meadowbrook ahead with Cedar Key having 20 points and Meadowbrook having 25. Though the Sharks tried to make it out of the slump, the second set gives Meadowbrook the win with a score of 25-14. Rylee Smith, a fellow Lady Shark, quotes “Even though we didn't come out victorious, everyone did a great job. Each game I can see us improving as a team.” Not letting one loss ruin their spirits, the Middle School Sharks are ready for redemption.
For the Lady Shark’s varsity team it was a totally different story. They were scored on the best three out of five. The varsity team started off really slow, letting the Mustangs take the lead with the first set of the night. After that, the Lady Sharks came back together as a whole and went on to win the next three sets. For the second set, the score was Cedar Key leading with 25 points and Meadowbrook with 18. The third set, Cedar Key had 26 points and Meadowbrook had 24. The final set for the win, Cedar Key got 25 points and left Meadowbrook with only 17. The Varsity Cedar Key Lady Sharks team captain, Ashlyn Allen, explains the team's ability to recover from the first set. “We are starting to call our team the comeback team. We start off slow, then we come back and we win.” With that kind of determination, the continuation of the season can only improve.
Parent-Teacher conferences will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 1:30-6 p.m. at Cedar Key School. Wednesday, Oct. 21 is also an early release day, so students will be released at noon, allowing for the remainder of the afternoon open for parents/guardians to meet with their student’s teacher(s). Elementary student’s parents will have scheduled appointment times to meet with their student’s teacher(s). For middle and high school there will not be scheduled appointments and parents/guardians can meet their student’s teacher(s) any time between 1:30-6 p.m.
James Kirven Goss, 74 of Chiefland passed away on October 5, 2015, following a long illness. Mr. Goss was born in Marks, Mississippi, on November 14, 1940, and moved to Levy County man years ago.
He served his county honorably in the Army Reserve and National Guard. Mr. Goss worked for 32 years as a Office Manager for the Central Florida Electric Cooperative in Chiefland. James was a member of the Concord Baptist Church. He enjoyed Old Blues Music of the 50’s and 60’s. He also was a member of the Old V8 Ford Club and enjoyed attending the old car shows. Mr. Goss enjoyed fishing, hunting, and the outdoors. The most enjoyment in his life was his loving family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Garrett Goss, his son James K. Goss Jr. “Bo” of Chiefland, Fl., Jessie Lea Dunlap a sister of Phoenix, AZ, a brother Billy Goss of Lyon, MS., his grandchildren Marie Giles of Fanning Springs, FL., Ashley N. Goss of Old Town, FL., Krystal Goss of Chiefland, FL., his great grandchildren, Brianna Whidden, Michael Whidden and Kaelyn Giles. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Hines and Ida Mae Goss, and a son, Keith Allan Goss in 2009.
Visitation occurred Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home from 6-8 PM. A Funeral Service will honor Mr. Goss on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 10AM, followed by burial at Chiefland Cemetery.
Langford-Rogers is honored to serve the Goss Family and condolences can be made at our website www.langfordrogers.com Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home- 1301 North Young Blvd. Chiefland, Florida (352) 493-0050
“Reimagining Cedar Key” was the title of the talk Dr. Kathryn Frank, and several colleagues, addressed to a group of thirty at the Cedar Key Library on Thursday evening, September 24, 2015, from 5- until 6:30 pm.
Quite a provocative title, to say the least….and, indeed, the presentation provoked serious thought. Given the plethora of knowledge of sea-level rise, imagining the rural coastal communities of Levy is not difficult….and it can be distressing.
Frank’s introductory slide proved effective: a shot of Cedar Key intersection of Gulf Boulevard and Third Street with a four foot storm surge. Participant and resident Allan Pither noted that an 11 ½ foot storm surge took place in Cedar Key in 1896 and a 20 foot one hit in 1842. Reimagine that photo below at four, 11 ½, and 20 feet under water.
The point that frank and her colleagues were making was that someone here has to do something. Residents already have see the diminishing palms because of salt water intrusion and have had salt water intrusion into their drinking water. In a survey taken by Frank’s team, residents identified their valued spaces.
Frank’s group overviewed adaption strategies, such as, accommodation, protection, and relocation. Accommodation might include building up; protection might include seawalls, dikes, and the like; relocation may well mean departing from the area.
Commissioner and participant Sue Colson remarked that the city attempts to tackle these issues. “The problem,” said she, “is getting something done out of the city.” She explained that the bureaucracies beyond the city are daunting. Their multi-levels, non-responsiveness, or slow response times are maddening. Colson called upon Frank and her University of Florida fellows to help us navigate the “institutional relationships” that often hinder movement and more effective planning. “We even need help at the Army Corps of Engineers level,” she added.
Frank and her colleagues heard the concern and pledged to help in ways that they could. Her colleagues’ expertise in varied. They include: Joseli Macedo, Department of Urban and Regional Planning; Ph.D. Michael Volk, RLA, Center for Landscape Conservation Planning; Jeff Wade, Esq.; and Belinda Nettles.
Sumptuous clam-laden pasta, prepared by Ken Young, delicious Caesar salad, prepared by Jennie Pinto, buttered rolls, and an unbelievable selection of desserts comprised the dining pleasure of those who came to the Community Relief Fund fundraiser this past Tuesday evening, September 29, from 4:30 to 7 pm at the Cedar Key Community Center.
The Fund is sponsored by the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association and the Cedar Key churches. To mention only a few who were integral to the effort: Mary Bottenberg managed the tickets ad dollars; Eileen Bowers hosted those coming to eat or taking the dinner with them; Rosie Cantwell and Leslie Sturmer served.
If you are unfamiliar with the Community Relief Fund, understand that the organization, among other things, uses the dollars to purchase gas cards for those in the area needing to travel to doctor’s appointments and the like. One supporter remarked, “This fund is a necessary, sometimes a lifeblood, resource for low-income residents trying to live and work in Cedar Key.”
Your deduction is tax deductible because the Community Relief Fund works under the church’s tax-exempt status.
Coastal erosion, storm related flooding, migrating marshes, and salt-water intrusion are already evident in Cedar Key and Rosewood, and rising sea levels will likely compound these problems. For the past three years, with funding from Florida Sea Grant, local officials and citizens have been working with University of Florida researchers to address the Cedar Key-Rosewood area’s vulnerability to sea level rise and identify possible adaptation strategies.
Just weeks ago, the UF team, led by Dr. Kathryn Frank of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, wrapped up its second project with a public presentation of its sea-level rise findings, visualizations, and recommendations on Thursday September 24, at 5:00pm at the Cedar Key Public Library.
The first project, Planning for Coastal Change in Levy County, examined the possible impacts of sea-level rise for the entire County coastline and began to engage citizens and officials in identifying adaptation strategies.
The current project, Reimagining the Form of Rural Coastal Communities, builds upon the earlier project and focuses specifically on developing and prioritizing adaptation strategies for the Cedar Key-Rosewood area in collaboration with local, regional, and state experts. While adaptation planning initiatives around the state and country often focus on a single concern or discipline, the Reimagining project sought to study and integrate adaptation strategies from four perspectives: urban design, hazard mitigation, environmental planning, and social-cultural-economic development. As a result, the project is producing a coordinated set of information and recommended updates to local plans.
The interdisciplinary project team includes UF faculty and researchers Kathryn Frank, Joseli Macedo, Jeff Wade, Michael Volk, Belinda Nettles, Paul Zwick and Ilir Bejleri. For more information about the project and the upcoming public presentation, visit www.ChangingLevyCoast.org.
Some thirty-five people met at the Cedar Key Library to celebrate the launch of the new information-laden resource website entitled Healthy Cedar Key, Healthy Gulf. The creation of Cedar Key Commissioner Sue Colson and the Cedar Key Aquaculture Association Board Member Rosie Cantwell, the website offers help to the needs these two women see around them: lack of employment, documentation, transportation, doctors, mental health facilities, counseling, and much, much more.
After the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, Colson and Cantwell, most creatively, combined their thanks to the people “who helped make the website possible” with the story of how the idea developed.
The NHEIS findings coalesced precisely with those of Colson’s and Cantwell’s cohorts, the health care professionals and the hard-working residents in the area. Hence the two ladies formulated the task: they envisioned the website Healthy Cedar Key, Healthy Gulf designed to share information.
All of the many hours, days, and months of communication explaining the vision, content, access, and clientele, was from Colson and Cantwell seated in City Hall or in the wee hours of the morning at both women’s kitchen tables.
The Healthy Cedar Key, Healthy Gulf initiative is a resource guide was created to promote and sustain the physical, spiritual, mental, economic well-being of the community and the protection of the natural environment and all of its resources. Visit http://www.healthycedarkeyhealthygulf.com/
Gypsy Miller, the Cedar Key News has just learned, passed away on August 21, 2015.
Below is a link to the website of the Seattle funeral home, should you wish to access it.
FRIENDS OF COUNTY ROAD 347
1st Monday of Each Month
9 to 10 AM
CR 347 Friends
Come on by the sign located near corner of SW 77th Place and C 347 to get trash bags, gloves, and a vest. Join the fun J on Monday, October 5th .
Located in Historic Cedar Key, named by Budget Travelmagazine as one of America’s coolest small towns, the 46th annual festival offers fine food, entertainment, shopping and family fun on the Gulf of Mexico.
Arts and Crafts, Music
Marking its 46th year, the Lions Club Cedar Key Seafood Festival celebrates the area’s fishing heritage, offering two days of fantastic food and family fun, with over 200 arts and crafts exhibitors along Second Street. Enjoy free live music by The Gibsons and local singer songwriters in Cedar Key’s beautiful Gulf of Mexico beach front park,where festival food is provided by Cedar Key community, church and school organizations as their biggest fundraiser of the year.
OCALA, FLA. (Sept. 30, 2015) – CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion will hold three job fairs this month on the same day, each featuring employers hiring in industries key to the three-county area.
The “Manufacturing and More” job fairs take place October 15, with a different event planned for each county:
During the month of October, which is National Manufacturing Month, 23 of Florida’s 24 workforce development areas plan to hold similar hiring events. CareerSource CLM is one of only two workforce areas holding three job fairs as part of the statewide initiative.
In addition to manufacturing, employers in healthcare, technology and transportation/logistics industries are also slated to participate in the local job fairs.
“These are the target industries for our area,” said Rusty Skinner, CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion’s CEO. “We call this ‘Manufacturing and More’ because, while a focus is on manufacturing during October, we recognize that healthcare, technology and transportation industries are also primary drivers of our local economies.”
There is no charge to attend but job seekers must sign up online and professional dress is required. Job fair preparation tips and strategies are also available on the website.
The job fairs are held in partnership with the Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association, College of Central Florida, and CF’s XCEL-IT program.
Information and registration instructions are available on the calendar at careersourceclm.com or by calling 800-434-JOBS, ext. 2260.
Cedar Key School’s cheerleaders are sponsoring a school-wide spirit dance for Cedar Key School on Friday, October 2. The school has agreed that it is only fair for elementary students to join some of the fun this year. Elementary (3rd – 5th grades), start at 6:00 and run to 7:00 p.m. Middle and High School start at 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. It only costs $5.00 per person. GET YOUR SPIRIT ON!
The sound of the gun sent off Cedar Key middle school cross country runners. Both girls and boys achieved outstanding times and placed very well. The middle school girls brought home first place as a team, with Morgan Richburg achieving 10th place, Talehya Cahours coming in 9th place, Amanda Robinson with a well-earned 7th place, Casey Williams ran hard and came in 5th place, and Makaylan Bowling led the shark attack placing 4th.
The middle school boys also ran one of their best runs with John Boyle placing 7th and Brandon Bowling closing in with 8th place.
Congratulations to both middle school boys and girls on their terrific times!
Attention Levy County Students: come eat breakfast Friday, October 9th for the chance to win a $150 dollar prize. General Mills is giving away a bike for grades PreK-5th, a kindle for grades 6-8th, and a 150 dollar Visa card for grades 9-12th. To enter, all students need to do is eat breakfast Friday morning and students will receive a ticket for a chance to win. All schools in Levy County will be participating. The winner will be drawn at the end of the day. The breakfast menu will be: Chicken and Biscuits, Jelly, Tropical Fruit Mix, Fruit Juice, Graham Bears, and Milk.
The Cedar Key Arts Center (CKAC), Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory (SKML), and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) are pleased to announce that Carroll Swayze, of Englewood, Florida, has been selected as the 2016 Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence.
As an artist and a writer, Ms. Swayze has always been passionate about the ocean. She states: “I learned to love and respect the sea as a young child and was taught to understand that we are the caretakers of our fragile planet.” From this, the artist has dedicated her life to educating people about the environment through her painting.
Ms. Swayze will spend a week in residence at Seahorse Key, followed by a one-month art show held in April 2016 at the Cedar Key Arts Center. The CKAC provides a stipend to the artist to help offset travel and show preparations and SKML provides housing and boat transportation to the island.
Started in 2012, SKML (University of Florida) in partnership with the CKAC and the Cedar Keys NWR developed the residency program. Modeled after similar programs in parks and refuges, the residency offers artists the opportunity to pursue their creative discipline while being surrounded by the inspiring and wild landscape of Seahorse Key and the Cedar Keys. Selected artists stay on Seahorse Key and live in the historic Cedar Keys Lightstation. Artists may have the island to themself or may share it with research or educational programs. The hope is that these interactions of scientists, students, and artists might spark interest, curiosity, and innovation on both the part of the artist and the scientist.
Cedar Key School has an active Students Working Against Tobacco (SWAT) chapter under the sponsorship of instructor Janiece Smith. Recently, the energetic group has actively and successfully:
Below is an excerpt from the Tobacco Free Partnership of Levy County, Volume 4 Issue 3, commenting upon these students’ leadership ability. Cedar Key News staff hope you enjoy it.
A recent Conservation Corner column was about the successful results of the curbside recycling program in Cedar Key.
It stated that the City of Cedar Key had saved about $70,000 over the past five years due to the recycle program.
Besides the benefits of diverting 1,100 tons of recycle material from a landfill and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 2,000 tons,
the City of Cedar Key saved money.
Some facilities really do a great job of recycling, other places not so much. But working with the businesses, educating and helping them improve upon their capture rate, showing them the resulting money saved, there will be improvement. Recycling numbers will go up, saving more businesses more money and reducing negative effects on our environment at the same time.
Due to this, the residents of Cedar Key have saved over $70,000, with many households saving $240 over the past five years.
That's fine and understandable as we all want to save money. But as time and education progress, those percentages will change and people will come to realize, to the fullest extent, that we are here on this planet to serve as stewards of our earth and not the spoilers of our own lush garden.
The October Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole in Cedar Key, Florida, is mosaic artist Marsha Schwartz. Marsha employs Venetian glass, pique assiette (broken china), and found object techniques to create her works, often combining the three mediums in one piece. Her art is original and colorful, using this ancient technique in new and interesting ways. Her mosaics include Venetian glass scenes, lamps, frames, jewelry boxes, animals, and decorative shelving. In fact, any object can become the base for her creativity. Her wedding mosaics, featuring a bride and groom and incorporating the wedding date have become a popular present for the wedding couple. Additionally, Marsha accepts commissions for in-home mosaic treatments such as countertops, furniture, backsplashes, flooring, and benches.
Marsh has been a professional artist for over 30 years. She began her career as a production potter making wheel drawn dinnerware and hand-built pottery. She then started making tiles and incorporating them into furniture which she decoratively painted. For the past ten years, Marsha has been creating mosaics. She currently works and teaches mosaic classes in Cedar Key.
Marsha is a self-taught artist. She earned an honors BS degree in psychology in her 40’s, ran a farm, and reared four sons and three foster children. She attended Duke University and Lyndon College in Vermont where she was a gold medalist. She was the founder of a hospice and a Women’s Center/Abused Women’s Rescue Service in her previous hometown in Canada.
Marsha’s art works have been exhibited in galleries in Montreal, New York City, and Cedar Key, Florida, where she currently lives.
The Cedar Keyhole is an artist co-op comprised of 22 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 44 years. The Keyhole is located on historic Second 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 from 10 AM to 5 PM.
The Healthy Cedar Key, Healthy Gulf initiative is a resource guide was created to promote and sustain the physical, spiritual, mental, economic well-being of the community and the protection of the natural environment and all of its resources.
That statement is he huge, ambitious, generous effort of Commissioner Sue Colson and the Aquaculture Association’s Rosie Cantwell to gather together in one place all the resources that anyone in the area would possibly need to stay healthy.....and the two of hem have done it! In spectacular fashion.
A note from the editor…..
With all the conversations, concerns, and reporting about diminishing state coffers and the selling of public lands, the State Museum here in Cedar Key comes to mind.
If the museum itself, the land around it, the walk through the back of the property to the water, the trees, and the views, are important to you and the people who visit you here, then, please, do take a minute and make your remarks.
Don’t forget, if you chose to mention them, the bricks on the pathways that contain many of our families’ and friends’ names.
On Sept. 23, 2015, Cedar Key Museum State Park staff hosted a public hearing at the museum to discuss the draft of the park’s updated unit management plan. The following day an advisory group, including Cedar Key mayor Heath Davis and Levy County Commissioner John Meeks, met to further discuss the draft of the unit management plan.
The Florida Park Service has a unit management plan written for every state park in Florida, which is updated every 10 years. The unit management plan for each park contains a description of the park, and establishes a plan for the park over next 10 years.
Diana Tonnessen was selected as the 2016 Design Contest Winner. The winning entry for the Cedar Key Art Festival Design Competition is a limited edition linoleum block print titled "Sunset Isle Motel & RV Park."
Diana is a Gainesville, Florida-based printmaker whose hand-colored linoleum block prints celebrate the sign artistry and architecture of the mid-century modern motel. Diana has recently added a line of mid-century era travel trailers and classic cars to her work, and when she considered how to approach the theme of this year's design competition, Vintage Cedar Key, couldn't resist working up an image of The Sunset Isle Motel & RV Park.
The design is hand carved, printed, and painted. It is important to emphasize the handcrafted nature of her work, because many people who hear the word "print" interpret it to mean "reproduction." And there's nothing automated or computer-generated about the process involved in making linocuts. From carving the block to pulling a print (using a hand-held baren or a hand-cranked press) to applying color with a paintbrush, each of my linoleum block prints is made entirely by hand using archival-quality papers, inks and paints. For this reason, each signed and numbered print in an edition is considered an original work of art.
The Cedar Key Arts Festival will be held April 9 & 10, 2016. The design will be used for promotional items including post cards, posters, and tee-shirts.
The 52nd Annual Juried Fine Arts Festival is attended by over 20,000 people each spring.