Some time back, say about ’70, Allen and Caroline drove to Franklin, VA, near the southeast shore to visit Peggy and me for a few days. You’ve met these people before. Allen worked for “The Atlanta Constitution” as a sports writer. Caroline was his wife, a schoolteacher in Atlanta and sister to Peggy, a legal secretary. Allen and I had a number of interests together, fishing and hunting being two of them.
One day early, Allen and I set out, boat in tow, to a fresh water reservoir serving Virginia Beach. The boat was a short, V-prow, aluminum Jon boat with a two-and-a-half horse motor. That was the maximum sized motor that was allowed on the reservoir. There were attendants at this lake that would let you fish if you had a freshwater fishing license. There was a modest charge to fish the lake.
MARINES, we are looking for a few good men and women to join our organization. Meetings are the third Monday of the month at 1800. We are located at 1381 N E 82nd Avenue, Old Town. See sign on right on U S 19 as you pass the light in Old Town going north. Bring copy of DD214 or Discharge. Dinner following meeting. 352 275 7838.
Celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day 2015 today.
See the phlox on the way to Chiefland.
Walk in the Refuge.
April is Volunteer Appreciation Month for federal land management agencies across the nation. Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge want to draw attention to the inspiring citizens who “give back” out of the goodness of their hearts.
Roger McDaniels and his crew of Refuge heroes will all be honored during the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Appreciation Day where McDaniels will be named Volunteer of the Year, 2015. After retiring from being a contractor for NASA and the Air Force, which took him across the globe, Roger and wife Libby retired to the nature coast. Since his involvement with the Garden Club, he also became an IFAS Master Gardener, assisting the City Commission in projects that included the landscaping of the Welcome Center, City Park, and Cemetery Point Park among others.
Pepper busting has become his passion (or obsession) and he acknowledges that he “couldn’t do it without the help of other volunteers who are willing to get dirty, wet, bitten, scratched, and tired. “No Brazilian Pepper, no matter how small or massive is safe if Roger knows about it. It is a great exercise program and is a lot cheaper than a gym membership,” says wife Libby Cagle.
If you’re interested in joining McDaniel’s winter crew or finding out more about volunteering for our local Refuges, call 352/493-0238.
John and I will be heading north soon, but I look forward to one more nature walk in the refuge! We will walk on the new trail, one that was once a tram trail for logging in what is now the Refuge. It is a beautiful trail that is about 2 1/2 miles in length along a rough track, not a logging road. About a third of the walk is amongst scrub oaks and a wonderful place to see birds. I was on the trail last week and the pawpaws and sparkleberries are blooming and I saw an area with some pink orchids in bloom.
The forecast for Thursday is "ok". There is a chance for rain. If it is raining, we will not go on the walk. I would like to make a change in the time. Meet me at the town park parking lot at 8am or at the parking lot at the River Trail near refuge headquarters at 8:30. It is warmer now and i think we will be more comfortable if the walk is before the heat of the day.
Photo by Frank Morgan: white-eyed vireo
The Cedar Key News conducted its brief 2015 Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 16, at the Cedar Key Library.
Most important, according to CKN staff, was the thanking, inadequate as it was, of contributing writers and experts. Each received the simple gift of a coffee mug emblazoned with multiple monkeys enjoying a wonderful time typing out either the complete works of Shakespeare or CKN copy. Each mug was wrapped in recycled newspaper and twine in keeping, of course, with Conservation Corner. Editor Emeriti Jim Hoy and Colin Dale, Long-term, devoted Directors Earl Starnes and Molly Jubitz, Columnist Gene “Trouble” Benedict, and Facebook Wizard Peg Hall were thanked.
Staff will thank and deliver mugs to Naturalist Donna Kreft Thalacker, Conservation Corner’s Tom Deverin, City Commission Meeting Expert Streamers Leslie and Will Valen, and Columnist Broccoli Billy.
Editor Frank Offerle gave many thanks to the members who contribute annually to the News. Still without an advertising agent, annual contributions keep the paper solvent.
The group produced with some fine suggestions: less expensive accounting costs, different Facebook angles, some National Public Radio-like monthly direct payment sponsorships, birthday and anniversary congratulations sponsors, and so on. Staff will investigate each.
Staff reported that there couldn’t have been a neater bunch of folks anywhere that night. Staff apologizes for its lack of pictures with this article; our photographer was busy that evening.
Freshmen Emilie Lavoie and Mackenzie Kirkbride presented an artistic arrangement on how to design and construct a terrarium. Cedar Key Mddle FFA members Amanda Robinson and Terra Dunn demonstrated how to make a watermelon carving into a fun and healthy afterschool snack.
The teams are coached and encouraged by their FFA advisor Mr. Denny Voyles.
Pictured from left to right are Terra Dunn, Amanda Robinson, Emilie Lavoie, and Mackenzie Kirkbride.
We had a good Pepper Busting week with Jim Decker and Dave Treharne helping out both Tuesday and Friday. Vic helped at the Dennis Creek area on Tuesday.
We worked the Cedar Key Airport on Friday.
This coming week on Tuesday, April 21, we'll meet at the Cedar Key Water Plant at the intersection of SR24 and CR347 at 9:00 a. A chainsaw is needed.
On Thursday, April 23, we'll meet at the northeast end of the runway (166th Court) and work the fenced-in area.
CALL TO ARTISTS
April 15, 2015
Any medium may be featured, but use a jpg of the item for design which will be featured on our poster, tee-shirts, and postcards as a promotion for next year’s event.
Questions? Amy Gernhardt 352 215 2096
April 16, 2015
Below is a photo taken from the back porch of Rains Cottage by Cedar Key’s Pat Maynard. Spectacula egret, for sure.
Thanks, Capt. Dan
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Do remember that the Fiction Book Bunch meets on the second Monday of the month at 1:30pm in the upstairs meeting room of the Cedar Key Library.
All interested readers are welcome; so, please, help us to get the word out!
Our schedule follows.
Monday, April 13, 2015, The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Monday, May 11, 2015, Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Would you like to ask questions of, or simply express your concerns to, the four individuals running? The News invites you to do precisely that.
It is time to load up with your summer reads. The Friends of the A.F. Knotts Public Library, 11 56th Street, Yankeetown, will hold their Spring Book Sale beginning Saturday, April 11. The sale will continue through Saturday, April 18, during library hours – Sat 9am-1pm; Tues 3pm-8pm; Weds & Thurs 9am-5pm. Gently-used book donations are welcome. You may drop them at the library during hours listed above prior to April 11.
Donna Tanck is the Artist of the Month at the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op in Cedar Key, Florida. Together with her husband, Dave, they are the sole glass artists in the Keyhole. They make colorful dichroic pendants and earrings, vases, colorfully decorated cake testers and tea lights, all created out of glass. Additionally, they create glass prisms in a myriad of shapes and colors, mirrors which are framed by stained glass, stand-alone works of stained glass art, fan and light pulls, music notes and stepping stones inset with gorgeous glass designs. They have been working in glass for over 20 years and their repertoire of objects and use of art glass is constantly evolving. All of their glass works are reasonably priced and are of the highest artistic and technical quality
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 artists for 43 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. The gallery is open 7 days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM.
THANK YOU, CEDAR KEY!
The ladies of the CEDAR KEY WOMAN’S CLUB would like to thank the residents and guests of this island community for a fall and winter season of very successful CKWC events!
We started our busy year with the sales of shrimp nachos at the Seafood Festival in Oct., and then went on to the FALL MARKET in Nov. The sales of the 2015 CKWC Calendar, brought in LOTS of dollars that are used to support the many organization, local programs, and the Cedar Key School. The Jan. Pot Luck and Auction, the Feb. annual Spaghetti Supper and the Canine Companion for Wounded Warriors, and of course our sold out fashion show, this year called ART in FASHION-----were all truly successful fund raising events. The support of this community is overwhelming and so very much appreciated!
Cedar Key resident, and quick photographer, Kit Lane encountered this rattler Thursday, April 2, in the area of Eighth and H Streets, west of the school.
Again, those out walking their dogs should always keep their pets on a leash and watch out for these critters.