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!
Amy Gernhardt is the event coordinator.
In the afternoon, Ginessa Mahar, graduate student in Archaeology at UF, discussed how ancient people lived and fished at Seahorse. In addition to the lecture, Mahar presented artifacts and took students to tour a shell midden.
Afternoon and early evening this Wednesday was devoted to working on the research projects to be presented at the camp’s end.
At 8 pm, students and teachers took time to walk the beach, collect algae and seaweed, and learn from a staff member that The Sea Lights Up: Bioluminesence.
Afternoon involved data collecting for the research projects to be presented. Evening was spent on research project preparation.
Ghost stories and skits formed the entertainment for the last evening at Seahorse after dinner.
Wednesday July 1 10:00am-Noon Williston Public Library
We have been listening to you!!!!
In order to streamline our ticket process and reduce the lines at the box office on show dates, we have initiated new procedures for our productions at The Chief Theater. Starting in July, for the Summer Youth Production of “Kids Say the Darndest Things,” our box office will be open in the evening on July 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 6 to 8 pm and July 21st and 22nd from 6-7 pm for you to purchase your tickets and get your seating reservations. This will eliminate the need for you to access the box office on show day. You will proceed directly to the lobby and be seated by the ushers.
We also will have tickets available at our ticket outlets at The Gathering Table in Chiefland, and Point of View in Fanning Springs. When you buy from the outlet, you will need to call Mrs. Becky Gill (352-443-9096) and get your seat reservations.
Of course, tickets, if available, can be purchased on the day of the show at the box office beginning one hour before show time!
We hope these changes will make your theatre experience more enjoyable! See you at The Chief!!!
In fall 2014, teachers developed complete lesson plans from their initial work, and in March 2015, the teachers returned to Seahorse Key Marine Lab to test-drive these lesson plans. During May 2015, we had close to 100 students with their teachers come to Seahorse Key to experience the marine science lessons. Future plans call for refining the lesson plans and getting even more students out to Seahorse Key next school year.
Maria has been working to connect the Levy County STEM scholars with several STEM experts at the University of Florida to provide one-day experiences to our students in areas such as fisheries, ophthalmology, Unmanned Aerial Systems technology and research, water monitoring, Marine Mammal Health and more.
The program has also included a partnership with a New York Environmental Education group. Classroom lectures by high school teachers and SKML staff as well as undergraduate and graduate students and faculty at both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College are complemented with field programs and student research projects. During the course of the week, students live, study, cook, and clean during at Seahorse Key.
JC Hudson, 61, of Chiefland, Florida, passed away with his loving family by his side on June 9, 2015, at Haven Hospice of the Tri Counties. Mr. Hudson was born on December 13, 1953, to J.C. and Mary Lee Hudson and lived his entire life in this area. Mr. Hudson was in the Logging Business. He enjoyed working, fishing, hunting, Racing, being a die-hard Seminoles fan, but above all, his family brought him the most joy in life.
He is survived by his loving companion, Janice Goodman, his sons, David Wayne Hudson, Troy Goodman and Jacobe Goodman, his daughter, Sunshine Hudson, Step Daughters Melissa Clifford, Renae Davis, step children Robert Haire Jr. and Tracy Gore, Brothers Chester Hudson, and Bill Thompson, His many sisters, Candy Barber, Carol Hudson, Marie Murray, Mary Connatser, Sissy Fowler, Joyce Hodge, Darlene Smith and Karen Waters, his fourgrand daughters, Mariah Hudson, Kyndal , Alannha, and Bralyn Pate, and many friends. Mr. Hudson was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Mary Hudson, a sister Helen Burnett, two brothers, Doyal Ray and James Perry Hudson.
CHAD HOWARD WILLIAMS PASSES AWAY
June 16, 2015
Chad Howard Williams, 39, of Otter Creek, passed away on June 8, 2015. He was born in Gainesville, FL, spending most of his time in this area. He proudly served his country in the US Navy for 5 years, serving on nuclear submarines. Chad was of the Baptist faith, enjoyed cooking, working on the computer and his cat.
He is survived by his mother, Mari Beth (Hart) Hopson and his step father, Daniel Hopson, both of San Antonio , TX; step Mom, Kathy Polk of Ellzey FL; Grandparents Richard and Sammye Hart, Aunt and Uncle, Charlotte and Danny Yearty, uncles Mike Hart and John Hart, cousin Will (Liz) Yearty.
He is preceded in death by his father, Carl Howard Williams, Cousin Julie Yearty, and grandparents, Philene and JR Williams.
Services will be private at a later date.
Langford-Rogers Memorial Funeral Home, 1301 N. Young Blvd., Chiefland, FL 32626, 352-493-0050 is honored to serve the Williams family.
TIME TO SPEAK UP