Sonic booms planned
for Space Coast

at Kennedy Space Center

Parked as it is captured in this photo, this is a NASA Armstrong F-18 Hornet, which is also known as a SonicBAT. It has a two-seat cockpit and seen here a canopy is open in the back.

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Published Aug. 16, 2017 at 3:07 p.m.
-- For two weeks in August (Aug. - Sept. 1), Kennedy Space Center is scheduled to host the second flight series of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Sonic Booms in Atmospheric Turbulence (SonicBAT) project, continuing supersonic flight research, which was initially started at California's Edwards Air Force Base and NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in 2016.

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This graphic provided by NASA shows the affected area of strongest sonic booms, sonic booms and muted sonic booms ranges from Edgewater on the north to Cocoa Beach on the south and areas east into the ocean and to the west to include Titusville.

     SonicBAT helps NASA understand how low-altitude atmospheric turbulence affects sonic booms, produced when an aircraft flies at supersonic speeds.
     This upcoming flight series will validate tools and models that will be used to develop future quiet supersonic aircraft, producing a soft thump in place of the loud sonic boom. The first series of SonicBAT flights provided data on sonic booms in a dry climate. The second series will collect data on the humid climate of Florida.
     To do this, a NASA Armstrong F-18 will take off from Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility and fly over the coast of Cape Canaveral at an altitude of 32,000 feet. Each designated flight path will exceed the speed of sound and produce a sonic boom. To collect signatures of sonic booms that travel through the turbulence layer, NASA will arrange two microphone arrays on the ground at Kennedy Space Center to collect data.
     NASA is expecting to fly two-to-three times per day, starting Aug. 21 and concluding at the end of August or in early September, focusing on a targeted minimum of 33 sonic booms.
     Visitors can not only hear the sonic booms at the visitor complex during August, they can also learn more at a SonicBAT exhibit.
     To learn more about the Kennedy Space Center's Visitor Complex, plesae click HERE.

Golden Gravel Award
winners announced

By Stephanie Crawford, Secretary, Suwannee River Players
Published Aug. 14, 2017 at 7:47 p.m.
The recent presentation of the Golden Gravel Awards shows the people who are to be congratulated on their success.

     We would like to congratulate every one of our theater family members for an amazing 2016-2017 season.
     It would not have been possible without the involvement of each and every one of you. We would also like to give a special thanks to Sandra Tapia and crew for making our Golden Gravel ceremony a heartfelt occasion that we will all cherish.
     The following are the Golden Gravel recipients for 2016-2017:
     ● BEST ACTRESS - Jennifer Delong for And Then There Were None
     ● BEST ACTOR - Valdeen Fletcher for Wizard of Oz
     ● BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Melissa Hoke for And Then There Were None
     ● BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - Wil Rucker for A Lion In Winter
     ● BEST YOUTH ACTOR- Eowyn Verhaeren for Charlotte's Web
     ● BEST YOUTH VOLUNTEER - Laci Acevedo
     ● BEST ADULT VOLUNTEER - Albert Acevedo
     ● BEST DIRECTOR - There was a tie - Diana Child for And Then There Were None and Laura Blanton for Smoke On the Mountain
     ● BEST SHOW - There was a tie - Diana Child for And Then There Were None and Laura Blanton for Smoke On the Mountain

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By Myrtice Scabarozi © Aug. 14, 2017 at 9:27 a.m.
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Aug. 10) at the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave. (near Levyville, kind of on the way to Judson on Levy County Road 134 from U.S. Alt. 27).

     Jannie brought in another new quilt. She’s been busy. She’s left it so we could display it for a week or so. If you get a chance, come out and see it.
     A Necchi Supernova sewing machine was donated this week. It was made in the 1950-1960s in Italy. It’s missing a presser foot and the cams. We’ll ask The Old Sewing Machine Man about a presser foot. We’re learning about the machine and I think we’re going to be impressed with it. Thanks for thinking of us. The old metal sewing machines can last forever, and often these machines can provide all of the different types of stitches we use when sewing.
     Johnny Johnston, the old sewing machine man, will be here Wednesday, Nov. 1 and the class on the disappearing hourglass will be that day as well. There is a plan to share more details on the class later -- but save the date, even based on this tidbit of information.

Jannie's rail fences quilt looks great as it hangs on the wall. Everyone is invited to come to the Levy County Quilt Museum to see this and other quilts, and more!

Necchi made awesome sewing machines. This particular machine performs well. If we had more cams, then we could sew decorative stitches


Tampa Bay Rays beat
Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Aug. 10

A wild Quaker Parrot stands on an elevated light before the game. More than a decade ago, there was a minor league hockey team named the St. Petersburg Parrots (now dissolved) and they practiced at the now-destroyed Bayfront Center Auditorium on the ice there.

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By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 13, 2017 at 3:17 p.m.
The Tampa Bay Ray beat the Cleveland Indians in a regular season game Aug. 10 when Corey Dickerson hit a three-run homerun and broke the 1-1 tie late in the game.

     This was followed by Rays’ closer pitcher Alex Colome wrapping up the pitching duties of the winning home team.
     Rays Pitcher Blake Snell opened for the home team. Danny Salizer was the Indians’ first pitcher of the night.


Various birds (two photos above) appear to enjoy their lives around the outside of Tropicana Field, which is enclosed.

Cleveland Indians fans on Thursday evening (Aug. 10) in St. Petersburg.

A BayFlite helicopter passes through the air near Tropicana Field. In the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties, this helicopter's counterpart is ShandsCair.


2017 Miss St. Petersburg Olivia Fiss throws out the first pitch after speaking with Rays outfielder Mallex Smith. (Jeff Hardison’s mother was 1947 Miss St. Petersburg and then 1947 Miss Florida in the 1947 Miss America Pageant – 70 years ago.)

The Honor Guard from MacDill Air Force Base prepares to show the colors before the game begins.

Umpires – Crew Chief Phil Cuzzi (second base), Mark Ripperger (third base), Vic Carapazza (first base) and Greg Gibson (home plate) speak with representatives from both teams before the start of the game.

Some of the members of the audience in Section 212 who enjoyed the game are seen here.

Raymond the Tampa Bay Rays’ mascot performs.

A view of the dugout early in the evening shows pitcher Blake Snell (#4) and catcher Jesus Sucre (#45) getting ready to enter the field.

This advertisement about 'Journalism That Matters' is paid for by the Tampa Bay Times. The previous name of the daily newspaper in St. Petersburg was the St. Petersburg Times. During the summer of 1977, Jeff M. Hardison was a student at Modern Media Institute (MMI), which later became the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Hardison said he had planned to become the publisher of the St. Petersburg Times at one point in his life. Having become the sole proprietor and publisher of instead, the multiple award-winning journalist said he is very happy.

Bronson candidates qualify;
Town scores $375,000
Youth sports open for registration
By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 9, 2017 at 2:27 p.m.
     BRONSON --
Two of three seats up for election are being filled by the incumbents and three candidates are seeking to fill the seat to be vacated by Bronson Town Councilman Aaron Edmondson.
     Bronson Mayor Bruce Greenlee and Vice Mayor Beatrice Roberts retained Seat 5 and Seat 3 respectively, Bronson Town Clerk Pamela Whitehead said during the Monday night (Aug. 7) meeting.
     Edith Brown, Robert Partin and Virginia Phillips are the three candidates who qualified the previous week to accept the responsibilities of being a member of Bronson Town Council in Seat 1, from whence Edmondson is departing.
     The election is scheduled to be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. Voters are slated to cast ballots in the Dogan Cobb Municipal Building on Hathaway Street (U.S. Alt. 27).
     There was other Town Council activity Monday night in the Cobb building.
     Whitehead announced the awarding of a $375,000 Small County Outreach Program Grant from the Florida Department of Transportation for paving Picnic Street and for placing sidewalks next to that street, which leads to James H. Cobb Park (Bronson Sports Complex).
     Mayor Greenlee said he is pleased to hear about this improvement.
     Clerk Whitehead announced additionally that Phase III of a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to improve recreational facilities at the James H. Cobb Park (Bronson Sports Complex) has begun.
     Those improvements will enhance the park with the construction of a volleyball court, improve a bathroom to make it handicap accessible, and add a playground by the baseball field.
     Barbara Bass of The Deer Camp of Chiefland is trying to repurpose the former Flamingo Seafood outlet on State Road 24 (Thrasher Drive) for archery.
     Timothy Hamilton spoke during the time on the agenda for public participation. He said he wants to have an event on Sept. 9, starting at noon, where handicapped people would meet socially before starting their sporting event of archery.
     He spoke about setting up 3-D archery targets, which are different than the traditional round targets. These are targets that resemble deer and the like.
     His initial thought is to have this get-together monthly.
     With his initial call for membership, Hamilton said there may be 30 people or there may be 100 people.
     Mayor Greenlee said he is not opposed to the proposal. He presumes this is a permitted use for the property that is zoned for commercial use.
     Hamilton said there is a wooded area that provides for arrows going beyond targets, and where there is not woods, safety workers will have backdrops to stop the overshot arrows.
     The mayor said that he does not know if this should be called a special event, and whether the Levy County Sheriff’s Office should be involved for traffic control.
     Vice Mayor Roberts asked about training.
     Hamilton said Bass will be introducing people to archery by using this form of target, rather than the traditional round, multi-colored targets.
     Vice Mayor Roberts had Bass clarify that this project is set for the four-acre site of the former Flamingo Seafood store. When Hamilton filled in a form he listed Hathaway Avenue (U.S. Alt. 27) rather than Thrasher Drive.
     Hamilton said he got Hathaway off of the Internet.
     One aspect where Bass seemed confused was her presumption that Levy County 4-H would no longer have an archery program or a shooting sports program.
     Bass said 4-H competition would be at the former Flamingo Seafood spot, because Levy County 4-H no longer has archery.
     “We have kids around here that do a lot of 4-H competitive archery,” Bass said. “So that’s one of the things we’re trying to do out there (on her four acres next to SR 24), is to get 3-D archery started with both children, adults, teenagers, whoever wants to shoot.”
     Bass said she is just trying to keep people from having to drive all the way to Newberry to shoot arrows.
     Hamilton said “the old 4-H” always had shooting at the ag center in the summers.
     Hamilton, like Bass, incorrectly presumed that Levy County 4-H has shut down its archery and other shooting sports program.
     With the retirement of 4-H Program Assistant Brenda Heberling, there are changes to the shooting sports aspect of Levy County 4-H.
     And the summer day camps this year were different than they have been, too, under the previous direction of now-retired 4-H Agent Albert Fuller.
     Levy County 4-H Agent Genevieve Mendoza said on Wednesday (Aug. 9) that she plans to offer archery and other shooting sports as part of the Levy County 4-H program.
     How quickly this comes to fruition depends on volunteers’ involvement, she said. There is a person with an extensive shooting sports background who is a friend of Levy County Extension Director Ed Jennings, Mendoza said.
     Mendoza is hoping this gentleman completes the requirements to be vetted to lead the new version of the program. If he does become a voluntary leader, it will be an excellent asset for the county’s 4-H program, she said.
     Archery and other shooting sports for Levy County 4-H may look a little different than what existed before, Mendoza said, but this will not depend on one person. The new program will involve a number of volunteers, she said.
     The county has the equipment, she added.
     Next week, Mendoza will be participating in training related to this revised Levy County 4-H shooting sports program.
     As for Hamilton’s request to use the property for a mix of a social club for handicapped sportsmen and for archery events, Bronson Town Attorney Steven Warm said the Town Council will need a zoning report.
     “Second,” Warm said Monday night, “before you (Town Council) say ‘Yes,’ ‘No’ or ‘Maybe,’ I will need to do a little more research to know exactly what it is (that Hamilton is requesting of the Town Council).”
     Attorney Warm restated that first the town must review its zoning ordinances, and then it needs to look at applicable state law in relation to archery ranges and this type of activity.
     Hamilton and Bass made reference to Easton Newberry Sports Complex, and people having to drive there rather than shooting arrows at a range in Levy County.
     Hamilton said “Time is of the essence” because his plan is for a Sept. 9 starting date of his social-sports club for handicapped people. The one-legged man stood on crutches at the podium as he made his request to the Town Council.
     Bass made her comments from her chair in the audience.
     She has been through a process with the Town Council before in regard to zoning questions, when a fudge-making outfit had used the former Flamingo Seafood store. The fudge-makers later moved to be next to a barber shop on Hathaway Avenue.
     Bronson Parks and Recreation Director Curtis Stacy said children can register at James H. Cobb Park this Saturday (Aug. 12) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the following sports:
Cheerleading age 5-12 (full – can’t take any more)
Soccer age 5-11 ($55)
Soccer Pups age 3-4 ($40)
Contact Football age 7-12 ($90)
Flag Football age 5-10 ($55)
Girls Volleyball age 7-11 ($55)
     The absolute deadline for Bronson youth sports fall registration is Aug. 14. For more information, call 352-486-2354.

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