Tri-County HealthCare Marketers and SHINE* would like to invite you to join us for a morning of information on your health care options when you are on Medicare. We will have speakers discussing Medicare and variations on your possible alternatives. Businesses, organizations and agencies will be present to answer questions and refreshments will be served. Please, join us at the Chiefland Haven Hospice Community Building, 311 NE 9th Street, on Saturday, August 29th from 9am to Noon. For more information, contact Cheryll Jones at (352) 221-1349.
*SHINE is a volunteer program under the Florida Department of Elder Affairs.
Uncle Ernie Died Last Week
Ernie, Ernest R. McDonald, Uncle Ernie, died last week. He was a dirt farmer, a son of a dirt farmer, one of those kind that live so close to the soil, to the ground, that they sort of become inseparable, the earth, the farmer, the soil, the ground. Uncle Ernie died last week.
He was maybe, five foot ten though he seemed much taller. He had a barrel chest that, after a deep breath, measured maybe fifty-four inches around. He always wore bib overalls over a cotton plaid work shirt and white socks and clod hoppers on his feet, you know, those boots with the leather laces that come up through the eyes so far then go to those brass hooks above to lace as you wished for the work you were about.
He had a round, red, robust face, and when he laughed which was often, it came from deep in the belly and came out like a rapid machine gun rattle or a hen pheasant forty yards off, too far away to fire that twelve gauge.
I visited him often as a young boy, sometimes with my younger sister, Barbara, and when I did, I stayed in the old house, the big house, a two story wooden frame with a fireplace and registers to allow the warm air downstairs to reach the bedrooms upstairs. His dad lived alone in the big house. I was a visitor there. It wasn’t wired. We used coal oil lamps for light. It was dim most of the time.
Uncle Ernie lived in a small house a few yards off built much like what a few years back we might have called a house trailer. It was wired. The farm was somewhere outside of Salem, in Northeastern Ohio, on a dirt road, in the midst of the Amish people with their black horse-drawn carriages. That’s how it was.
Uncle Ernie farmed eighty acres with two draft horses, work horses with the big hooves, the hair growing long around them, with mechanical plows, rakes, bailers, and the rest, that somehow magically were connected to the yoke behind the horses. His job, that dirt farming, was a tough one.
He was up way before daybreak, shaking me so I dressed and went along, to milk by hand those eleven or twelve milk cows, who spent the night in the lower part of the barn, each of us carrying coal oil lanterns which we hung on nails overhead. The barn down there was steaming and warmer due to heat from the cows and from the decomposing manure, the smell of which you could not escape. That was part of it.
I remember the sound of the squirt, squirt, squirt, as you squeezed the teats, one in each hand, and pulled as you squeezed so as to get the most milk from the utter with each as you alternated left hand then right hand and back up for another grip and yet another stroke, left and right.
And the sound of the squirt of that warm milk as it hit that galvanized pail held between your knees as you sat on that three-legged stool. And the smell of that milk, that sweet unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk as it built in that pail. And the steam coming up from that warm milk, and the color, much more yellow than that we buy at the Market and much stronger by taste, too.
He had some sows and some pigs that ate the leftovers and the apples picked off the ground from the several acres of orchard on the hill overlooking the house, the valley, the farm. I remember a picnic with Uncle Ernie, his wife, Virginia, my dad’s sister, we called her Auntie, under that large maple tree in the pasture, when one large sow got into the picnic basket and made short-shrift of what was in there.
Then his dad died. Then one night the orchard caught fire. All the neighbors came to help to no avail. It was destroyed. Then one of the draft horses got sick and died. And the cows were older and not producing much milk. And the silo collapsed. Uncle Ernie, with a growing family that needed providing, took a job with Chrysler a little ways away. He sold that eighty-acre farm that had been in the family for who knows how many generations, for something like seven thousand dollars. He moved to a place on a hill closer to work and eventually retired from Chrysler.
His last years were spent in a rest home not that far from Salem. He didn’t really belong there. Now he’s back where he belongs, back one with the soil, back one with the ground, as dirt farmers should. Uncle Ernie died last week.
‘Till we meet again, be out there looking for Trouble in Cedar Key…
All meetings/workshops are open to the public, will be held at City Hall, and will begin at 6 pm.
The Suwannee Valley Players are celebrating the Gravel's with a Carnival in Venice theme with food, entertainment and the celebration of a successful theater season.
Tickets are on sale now from Mrs. Becky Gill at 352-443-9096. There will be a limited number available at the door. This event is open to the public and this fun filled evening is available for only $5. Call now and reserve your ticket!
The date is August 15th at 6 pm.
The August Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole in Cedar Key, Florida, is Sheila Thomas, an artist who excels in numerous areas of creativity. Her principle medium is photography and her images are principally of the scenery and wildlife of Cedar Key. Her photos are available framed or as matted prints. Sheila also makes pottery, including raku pots, handmade paper items and pinecone flowers. Her works are colorful and original and exemplify her creativity and originality.
Sheila is a resident of nearby Gainesville, Florida. She describes herself as a “people person.” She has always had a love of art. She has a degree in art education and has taught for approximately eight years.
Sheila is displaying her watercolor, scenes, handmade paper, and art photography. She also makes ceramics and enjoys quilting. She makes beautiful pine cone flowers and bookmarks. She is a doll collector and restores over-looked dolls to their original beauty.
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 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Y'Art sale is back in full swing. Many new items have been brought in for your shopping pleasure. Please, stop in and check out the fine art in the Member's Gallery at greatly reduced prices, antiques and collectibles in the Main Gallery priced ready to move and high quality yard sale items. New items will be added throughout the sale.
The sale is being held now through the end of September from 10 am until 5 pm every day.
CHIEFLAND, FLA. (Aug. 5, 2015) – Job seekers are invited to attend the second annual Tri-County Job Fair on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 10 am to 3 pm 311 NE Ninth Street in Chiefland. There is no charge to participate.
The job fair is hosted by CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion in collaboration with CareerSource Florida Crown. It is open to all job seekers throughout both workforce areas and features nearly 20 employers with openings in Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties.
To date, the following employers plan to attend: American Red Cross, A&N Corporation, Capital City Bank, Childhood Development Services, College of Central Florida, Cross City Rehabilitation, Edward Jones, Family Life Care, Florida Department of Corrections, Haven Hospice, Labor Ready, Levy County Board of County Commissioners, Levy County Department of Public Safety, Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Partnership for Strong Families, Regional General Hospital and Taco Bell.
In addition, representatives from several community service organizations will also be on hand, including: American Red Cross, College of Central Florida, Cross City Rehabilitation, Florida Gateway College, Florida Vocational Rehabilitation, FGC – Water Resource Management, Henkels & McCoy, Labor Ready and Partnership for Strong Families.
During the job fair, staff from both workforce areas will be available to help job seekers apply for employment opportunities and register with the Employ Florida Marketplace, the state’s premier online job bank.
Job seekers are encouraged to bring copies of their current resume, show up early and be prepared with a one-to-two minute introduction or “elevator speech” highlighting work experience, training and abilities. Professional dress is required.
A link to more job fair preparation tips, as well as event details and locator map, can be found on the Calendar of Events at careersourceclm.com. Or call 352-493-6813, ext. 2870 or 800-434-JOBS, ext. 2870 (Levy County) or 386-755-9026, ext. 3108 (Dixie and Gilchrist counties).
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion and CareerSource Florida Crown are members of the CareerSource Florida network of workforce services and programs. The local, business-led nonprofits connect employers with qualified, skilled talent and job seekers with employment and career opportunities.
We are excited to announce the Call for Artist of the 2016 Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence Program. The Seahorse Key Artist-in-Residence, AiR, program was created by a partnership among the Cedar Key Arts Center, the Seahorse Marine Laboratory, and the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge to provide visual artists the opportunity to create art inspired by Seahorse Key and the surrounding National Wildlife Refuge. Seahorse Key is located in the Big Bend in northwest Florida.
The deadline for application has been extended to August 15, 2015.
Visit http://cedarkeyartscenter.org/AiR/ for Program information and a link to the application.
There is a Jury Fee of $25 upon submission of your online application, payable through PayPal.
Please, contact us with any questions or concerns to the committee.
Respectfully - SKAiR Committee
Laurel Wilt disease has arrived in Cedar Key with deadly results to our beautiful Bay trees. A homeowner on Fourth Street said that their tree died within three weeks of noticing some wilted leaves. That is the second tree to die on Fourth Street from the disease.
This disease has devastated Bay trees and avocado trees in Texas and Florida. Many people mistake a Bay tree for a Live Oak tree as they are very large and similar in appearance. The disease spreads quickly and easily by the Ambrosia beetle. The beetle boars into the tree to lay its eggs. The eggs live off a fungus that is carried in the mouth of the beetle and introduced into a healthy tree. The fungus grows quickly and blocks the vascular system of the tree preventing it from absorbing water, thereby wilting and dying.
There is a preventative treatment using a fungicide (Alamo) that is injected into the roots and lower trunk of the tree. In trials, it is shown to prevent the disease for 12-14 months. That means retreatment every year.
If you are interested in treating your tree, I have the micro injection equipment as I am treating the tree at Seahorse Landing before it show signs of wilt. You can call me for more information at 543-5860.
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Carol McQueen, Director of Levy County Visitors Bureau and Levy County Tourist Development Council, has been appointed to Visit Florida’s Industry Relations Committee.
“Representing Levy County on a state level allows me the opportunity to promote our rural area and to lobby for better ways to market our region.” McQueen said.
She has represented Levy County through several Visit Florida appointments over the past ten years, with this recent appointment, two years as Vice Chair of the Promotions Committee, several years on the Cultural, Heritage, Rural and Nature Committee and as a Board of Director for two terms.
The Industry Relations Committee serves as the primary source of industry feedback and counsel on strategic matters related to industry communication and engagement. Florida’s tourism industry is critical to the success of VISIT FLORIDA and to establishing Florida as the No. 1 destination in the world.
This year’s Industry Relations will be chaired by Terry Prather of SeaWorld, with other committee members represented from Marineland, Bush Gardens, Florida Association of Museums, Visit Tampa Bay, Visit Ft. Lauderdale and the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association.
Visit Florida is the official Florida Tourism Industry Marketing Corporation and can be accessed through www.VisitFlorida.org for a complete list of committees and appointments.
The Cedar Key School cheerleader fundraiser held this Monday at Robinson’s Seafood was a wonderful success consummately supported by the Cedar Key community en masse. The goal was to raise enough money to purchase new uniforms and to attend camp.
Approximately four hundred meals were sold Monday evening; five hundred would have fully accomplished the goal.
If you are able to help, please drop by the school to do so. All donations are graciously and warmly received.
School’s out, but testing continues at True Path Karate in Chiefland. Several promotions over the past two weeks have many parents proud and karate students holding their heads high. Instructor John Lohde soon to leave for training with the Grand Master in Okinawa again, wanted to promote his senior students before his departure.
“I don’t give away belt promotions; these kids had to work hard to gain rank by sparring, entering local tournaments, and attending class regularly”, said Lohde.
Interested in keeping your student active and fit this summer? Stop by True Path Karate 206-N Main, next to the Chiefland Gym.
Wayne Walker Martin, 62, of Bronson, Florida, passed away on June 28, 2015, at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Martin was born on November 11, 1952, in Neosho, Missouri. Wayne moved to Florida and worked as a general contractor and as the building inspector for the Levy County Board of Commissioners for many years. Wayne loved to build and tinker with things, fishing, skydiving, and especially enjoyed riding his Harley Davidsons.
I share this news with mixed emotions, June 30 is my last day as Manager of Waccasassa Bay Preserve, Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve and Cedar Key Museum State Parks. Over the past 7 years I have worked with many of you, have lived in the Cedar Key community and have fallen in love with the resources here. I feel that we have made tremendous improvements in the parks during my time here, but there is still much to accomplish.
I’ve enjoyed working with all of you and hope that the partnerships we have forged will continue. We have a lot of great projects that are moving forward in the parks and I’m confident everything in the works will carry on.
I have accepted the Park Manager position at Ocklochonee River and Bald Point State Parks in the panhandle and am looking forward to the new challenges.
Thanks and I hope our paths cross again!