Please join me, Donna Thalacker, for our next walk in the Refuge on Tuesday, February 3.
NEED A VALENTINE’S PRESENT FOR A SPECIAL PERSON?
William “Bill” Ethier, 61, of Cedar Key, Florida. passed away unexpectedly on January 18, 2015, at Regional General Hospital of Williston. Mr. Ethier was born on November 16, 1953, in Germany and his family settled in Massachusetts. Mr. Ethier was a police officer in Mashpee, Massachusetts, for 26 years. After retiring, Bill moved to Cedar Key, Florida, in 1999 with his wife Kathy.
He served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of the American Legion, Police Officers Union, and the Eagles #4194 of Cedar Key. Mr. Ethier enjoyed the outdoors, gardening, and tinkering around the house, being a handy man and, of course, fishing.
He is survived by his wife Kathy Ethier; his children, Nicole Ethier, Robert Ethier, Bruce W. Jordan, Nicholle Jordan Emhoff ; a brother Robert Ethier; a sister, Laurie Anne Horne, and four grandchildren.
A service will be at a later date. Online condolences can be made at our website, www.hiers-baxley.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services- 1301 North Young Boulevard, Chiefland, Florida (352) 493-0050.
Denton Parks Wilson passed away on January 20, 2015, at Haven Hospice in Chiefland, surrounded by his family after a long and wonderful life. He was 95 years old.
Born July 11, 1919, in Seville, Georgia, he was the son of Larkin Winn Wilson and Clara Tippett Wilson. During his childhood, he moved with his family to Gainesville. He graduated from Gainesville High School and attended the University of Florida. He played in Gainesville baseball leagues and was an avid sports fan, particularly of the Florida Gators and the Atlanta Braves. He was a member of many organizations, including the American Legion, the University of Florida Alumni Association, the 75th Division Veterans’ Association, the Gainesville Quarterback Club, and the GHS Has Beens.
Denton served in the 75th infantry division of the United States Army during World War II. He saw combat in France, Belgium, and Germany, and fought in the Battles of the Bulge (Ardennes) and the Central Europe Campaign.
When he retired in 1981, Denton and Marion moved to Cedar Key, Florida. They were active members of the Cedar Key Historical Society and other groups. For almost forty years, their home was a joyful gathering place for family and friends. Denton loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and exploring Florida’s Gulf Coast.
For nearly seventy years, Denton was a devoted husband to his wife Marion. He was an especially loving father and immeasurably proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Denton is survived by his wife Marion, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and 19 nieces and nephews. The children and their spouses are Linda Jane Wilson Cantrell (Fred) of Gainesville; Lawrence Wynn Wilson (Nanci) of Treasure Island, Florida; and Brian Parks Wilson (Amelia) of Oviedo and Cedar Key, Florida.
His parents; his brother, Woodrow Wilson; and his sisters Elizabeth Wilson, Maurece Lloyd, and Willouise Robinson preceded him in death.
His family thanks all those who lovingly cared for him in Ayers Health and Rehabilitative Center, Haven Hospice, and North Florida Regional Medical Center.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Cedar Key Cemetery (Reverend Todd Pope presiding).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Denton’s memory to Ayers Health and Rehabilitative Center, Haven Hospice, or First Baptist Church of Cedar Key.
January 15 (Thursday) – 10 a.m. CK Historical Society Coffee – “Wildlife on Seahorse Key” by Ken McCain
January 22 (Thursday) – 5 p.m. – Mindfulness – What is it, and what good is it?– Maria Sgambati
January 29 (Thursday – 5:30 p.m.*FIRE AWARENESS WEEK – Vic Doig, CK & LSNWR & Chris Camargo, CK Scrub State Park (*Please note later start time due to previous activity in meeting room.)
January 31 (Saturday) – Florida Railroads in the words of Dolores Cribbs (Storyteller Kathy Dobronyi)
February 4 (Wednesday)- 10:30 a.m. – Longleaf Pine – Cedar Key Garden Club
February 5 (Thursday)- 5 p.m. – “Atlantic Basin, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Hurricanes – Whence they come and whither they go” - Allan Pither
February 7 (Saturday) – 10:30 a.m. Cottonmouths/Birds on Seahorse Key – Coleman Sheehey III
February 12 (Thursday) – 5 p.m. – Travel in Cuba – Libby Cagle & Roger McDaniels
*(February 13-14 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day, near the Post Office - Annual Flower Sale – Cedar Key Friends of the Library)
February 14 (Saturday) – 10:30 a.m. TBA
February 19 (Thursday)- 10 a.m. – CK Historical Society Coffee – “Florida’s Fleet: A Boatbuilding and Fishing Legacy from the First Coast”- Brendan Burke
February 19 (Thursday) – 5 p.m. TBA
February 21 (Saturday) – Time TBA – Ken Sassaman- Annual Update on Archaeology in the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges
February 26 (Thursday) – 5 p.m.- Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Pres. Of OurSantaFeRiver.org on emergent issues facing Florida’s rivers, springs and other water sources
February 28 (Saturday) – 10:30 a.m. – TBA
March 5 (Thursday) – 5 p.m. – Wading birds on Seahorse Key, including Roseate Spoonbills -Vic Doig, CK&LSNWR
March 7 (Saturday) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friends of the Library BOOK SALE, along with Cedar Key Garden Club Plant Sale and Cedar Key Arts Center Yard Sale. Plus exhibit of quilts by local quilters.
March 12 (Thursday) – 5 p.m. Cedar Key Poets Annual Reading
March 14 (Saturday) – 10:30 a.m. – Ancient Fishing Techniques – Ginessa Mahar, M.A., Dept. of Anthropology, UF
March 19 (Thursday) – 5 p.m. – Plantation history of NE Florida 1763-1837 – Dr. Jay Bushnell
March 20 (Friday) – 6:30 p.m. Cedar Key Friends of the Library Annual Meeting & FREE CONCERT
7 p.m. – Patchouli - Nuovo Flamenco Musical Duo making their third appearance
March 21 (Saturday) 1 p.m. at Community Center – Shell Mound Solstice Alignments – Ken Sassaman
March 26 (Thursday) – 5 p.m. – Author Mike Rucker introducing his new children’s book about Cedar Key –The Scrubland Critters and the Cedar Key Catastrophe
March 28 – No program due to Old Florida Celebration of the Arts
It seems like everywhere you turn these days, someone is talking about Mindfulness. In fact, mindfulness was recently featured on the cover of Parade magazine as “The number 1 health booster of 2015.” So…what is mindfulness really all about, where did it come from, and why is it suddenly so popular? The presentation will include a short talk, a short practice session, and plenty of time for any and all questions.
Maria grew up in West Palm Beach and moved to Cedar Key in February 2013, having had a midlife revelation that she was happiest in the water, in a swimsuit, and on boats. Fortunately, in March 2014, she was hired as the full-time Education and Outreach programs coordinator for the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory and gets paid to go on boats to the ‘office.’ Maria is trained as a medical oncologist and spent 10 years working at the National Institutes of Health outside Washington, DC.
2015 SHARKS’ HOMECOMING SCHEDULE
The Cedar Key Sharks’ 2015 homecoming week has finally arrived!
On Tuesday morning, high school students cast their votes for Homecoming King and Queen. The winners will be crowned Friday night during the basketball game.
All of the King and Queen candidates will be participating in the Homecoming parade through downtown Cedar Key beginning at 3:30 P.M. on Thursday. The parade will be followed by a 6 p.m. bonfire at the school.
The homecoming games on Friday will begin with the middle school girls at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium followed by the middle school boys, varsity girls, and varsity boys. The crowning of the 2015 King, Queen, Prince, and Princess will take place during half time of the boys’ game, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM.
Cedar Key School juniors are being asked to take the ASVAB test on Tuesday January 27th. Seniors may retake the test if they want to improve their scores from last year.
ASVAB stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. The multiple choice test is administered by the United States Military Entrance Processing Command. ASVAB scores are used to determine who qualifies for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces and what military occupations they will be eligible to explore. The test is usually given to American students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade, though anyone eligible may take it.
January 16th, 2015 was a big day for Cedar Key FFA. After two and a half years of growing and donating fresh food to the Cedar Key Food Pantry, the chapter had officially donated four tons of food. That's 8,000 pounds of freshly grown crops, farm raised Tilapia, fresh Gulf of Mexico reef fish, one hog, and five deer that have been donated over the years.
With more than 10 gardens throughout campus, Cedar Key FFA has grown mustard greens, turnips, collards, peas, tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers that have all been awarded to the local food pantry. As time goes on Cedar Key FFA will continue to contribute all that they can to the local food pantry for they have made it their mission to make an impact on this tiny island.
The Cedar Key Varsity Girls' Basketball Team is selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts as a fundraiser. You can order boxes of doughnuts or coupons for boxes of doughnuts for $6.00 per dozen.
Please, see a varsity girls' basketball player or come by the Cedar Key School front office to order your yummy treat today.
Doughnuts will be delivered on January 28.
by Hans-Henning Bunge
January 18, 2015
Winter set in early this year in Ohio, and almost caught us before we were able to escape to our small, secluded island in Florida. The beauty of nature Cedar Key has to offer always overwhelms us each time we cross the bridge that connects this islet with the mainland. With only about 800 inhabitants, not including all the snowbirds like us, life in this little town differs greatly from the suburbs of Cleveland with its amenities of a metropolitan area. After coming here for many years, you are not an anonymous entity as in the big city. Drivers of passing cars acknowledge each other by waving or just lifting the index finger of the steering hand. To exchange information, you pull up next to each other, and if there should be a car behind you, its driver will patiently wait to finish your conversation.
Even without partaking in local politics, your friends will inform you what the discussions were about in the last town meeting when joining you in the Tiki Bar or at home for happy hour while watching the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. Life here allows you to contemplate, catch up on your reading or visit the small near by islands with its secluded beaches and nesting grounds of a vast variety of birds. Unlike in southern parts of the state, temperatures in January and early February can at night approach freezing, but then when nature suddenly awakes, you realize why the state is called Florida, flowery land. In May when the fledglings of the many bald eagles and ospreys are leaving their nests and the temperatures and humidity are reaching 90, it is time to go back north and enjoy the multifarious offerings of the big city.
Thursday, Januay 22, 2015 at 10am
We'll still start by Marine Lab on SR24 and work our way towards Cedar Key.
If by any chance you missed the performance, click on the link for a sample of the best bluegrass and gospel in the music world.
Cull Family Donates The Robert Cull Nature Preserve to FNCC
Cedar Key, Fla. - January 12, 2015 - Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy (FNCC), a non-profit land trust in Cedar Key, is pleased to announce the acquisition of a pristine spit of land that will now be preserved in perpetuity on Cedar Key. A gift from the Cull family, the 2.68-acre property is located at the end of SW Airport Road, the very tip of Piney Point. The parcel will be known as The Robert Cull Nature Preserve.
In December the Conservancy signed a Gift Agreement with the owner Gay Cull. The gift was made with the understanding that FNCC will restrict access to the property with the hope that limited human access will promote and support nesting and breeding activity. In addition, the FNCC will conduct periodic inspections to locate and remove invasive plant species, which pose a threat to native birds and wildlife. Alachua Conservation Trust (ACT), located in Gainesville, facilitated the transfer by agreeing to take and preserve the property if the FNCC ever ceases to exist.
“This was a very generous donation by the Cull family of a beautiful and significant property in Cedar Key. They understood the importance of preserving this parcel in its undeveloped state both for its scenic and environmental benefits,” commented FNCC Board Member John McPherson. McPherson was a key figure in negotiating an agreement with the Cull Family, ACT and FNCC to make this gift go through. It was through his creative collaboration with a larger organization like ACT that made the Cull’s gift all the more secure.
While the community benefits from such gifts, McPherson added that “a land owner can receive significant tax benefits as well. Other landowners in Cedar Key may want to consider talking to FNCC about the many benefits of such land donations.”
The Friends of the Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve are proud to host Whitey Markle with his informative presentation “North Florida Waters.” Mr. Markle is known for his country and bluegrass music, but Saturday, January 24, at 10:00 am, Whitey will put down his guitar and give a presentation on his other passion – protecting Florida’s environment.
His main topic will describe the rivers of north Florida, including the Withlacoochee, giving past and current issues concerning our local and global waters. Whitey is an active member of the Suwannee St Johns Sierra Club.
The program will be held at the Ellie Schiller Education Center, Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve, 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown. Visit www.withlacoocheegulfpreserve.com for directions and information on other upcoming events.
Learn about the environment the Timucuan Native American called home with informational activities by Alachua Conservation Trust. Explore the story of our local waterways with exhibitions by the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department. Learn about the process of curating the exhibition with commentary by both the Curator, Megan Mosley and the muralist, Stacy Breheny. Enjoy family friendly activities including face painting, tattoos, arts and crafts. Enter our drawing to win a free educational toy which will open up the rich world of history to your child. The sixteen foot dugout canoe was not built by individuals but by the members of Gainesville’s original community. It is the Gainesville community which is celebrated at this event.
Homecoming Parade – Thursday, January 22 at 4:00
All parade participants will line up along G Street at 3:30.
The Cedar Key Womans Club has 2015 calendars for sale.
They are available for purchase at the following locations in Cedar Key:
Cedar Key Chamber, Dilly Dally, Cedar Key Historical Society, Cedar Key Market, Island Hotel, Island Thyme Antiques, Annie's Restaurant, Ada Blue, and the Marina II.
They are full of wonderful photos of Cedar Key and its interesting and beautiful nature areas.
Purchase price is $10.
The annual membership meeting of Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy (FNCC) will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Cedar Key’s historic Island Hotel. Earl Starnes, retiring president, will provide an overview of the goals of the Conservancy and its accomplishments in 2014. The meeting is open to all members and anyone considering membership. Food and beverages will be provided.
The FNCC is a charitable land trust that strives to preserve the natural beauty of the unique Gulf coast around the Cedar Keys. The FNCC is actively seeking new members and membership forms for new and renewing members will be available at the meeting. Annual individual memberships are $15 and family memberships are $25. Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a member of FNCC should come to our annual meeting and/or go to our website www.floridasnaturecoastconservancy.org .