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Answers To
March 18 Easter Scramble Puzzle

Published March 19, 2018 at 6:38 a.m.
     THE WORLD --
The answers to the March 18 Easter Scramble Puzzle are: (Under the heading of FLOWERING FLORA) LILLY; REDBUD; AZALEA; and ZINNIA.

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     The theme of "Let's Keep It Great At 8!" as HardisonInk.com goes onward through its eighth year is being heralded with the second contest of the year.
     The prize for this contest is a $25 gift certificate for use at The Putnam Lodge of Dixie County.
     To receive a chance to be drawn as the winner, contestants will demonstrate their skill at solving a daily scramble puzzle.
     The contest started on March 18 and concludes on March 23.
     To see the ad for the contest, check out the ad on the right side of the Leisure Page. The scramble puzzles will be placed below that ad on each of the contest days.
     To see the Easter Scramble Puzzle for March 19 (HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR EGGS?), click HERE
     "Let's Keep It Great At 8" continues with another contest in April. That contest is named The Earth Cat Magic Win Contest.

FWC offers hunter safety
Internet-completion courses
in Levy County on March 25

In this photo, the young lady on the right is preparing to pass her weapon to the gentleman on the left. The two hunters in their proper bright orange vests are demonstrating for the instructor, the man with the orange vest and the clipboard, that they know how to properly pass over or through a fence while hunting with a firearm. Learning safe methods of hunting helps reduce the odds of injuries and deaths that can result when people use unsafe hunting methods.

Information and Photo
Provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Published Feb, 13, 2018 at 10:18 a.m.
Updated March 16, 2018 at 10:08 a.m.
     LAKE CITY --
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in nine counties in March (listed below).
     Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.
     All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.
     Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsupervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Canadian provinces.
     The places, dates and times are:

Levy County
March 25 (3 p.m. until complete) Chiefland

     The specific locations for these classes will be given to those who register in advance. The reason the specific location is only given to those people is because there needs to be enough material for the people who planned to be there. Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at http://myfwc.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.

Hundreds are expected at
Seahorse Key open house
events on March 28

By Samantha Grenrock
UF/IFAS Communications
Published March 9, 2018 at 11:08 p.m.
Updated March 16, 2018 at 10:08 a.m.
Families that missed the last Seahorse Key open house have another chance to encounter history, wildlife and more on March 14 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
     Visitors will get to see aquarium critters, tour the island’s pre-Civil War lighthouse and learn a bit of local lore.
     Recent open houses have attracted more than 250 people to the small island three miles off the coast of Cedar Key in the Gulf of Mexico. Seahorse Key is only open to the public four days a year during these open house events.
     As with previous open houses, a pop-up aquarium of “creature tanks” allows families to get up close to marine animals from the Cedar Key area.
     “The animals are collected the day before, so we don’t know what will be in the tanks until then,” said Savanna Barry, a regional UF/IFAS Extension Florida Sea Grant agent. “We usually have a large assortment of sea stars, sea cucumbers, sea urchins, decorator crabs, seahorses, sea squirts, file fish, pipe fish, puffer fish, flounder.”
     Visitors will learn how to help conserve the ecosystems where these creatures live.
     “We will share information about the threats to seagrass, which supports fisheries and other wildlife on the Nature Coast,” Barry said. “We’ll talk about what people can do to protect seagrass while boating, and we’ll be giving away free “Be Seagrass Safe” stickers,” she said.
     T-shirts, water and other items will be for sale, with proceeds going to support the building of a public aquarium at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station.
     Seahorse Key is accessible by water taxi or personal vessel. Water taxis are available through Tidewater Tours (352-543-9523), and Cedar Key Boat Rentals and Island Tours (352-231-4435 or 352-278-0065).
     Seahorse Key open house events are made possible through partnership with the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges.  The Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory is managed by UF/IFAS, with contributions from the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Santa Fe College.
     To learn more about Seahorse Key events and research, go to the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station web site.

Iconic photographer
Clyde Butcher's exhibits in
Cedar Key up to April 30


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Photos By Clyde Butcher


By Mandy Offerle Cedar Key
Published Jan. 20, 2018 at 2:47 p.m.
Updated March 16, 2018 at 10:08 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The much-anticipated Cedar Key Arts Center event, Florida’s Wild Landscapes through the Lens of Clyde Butcher, is scheduled to start March 3.
     The event is tri-faceted.
     Butcher will sign books and lecture at the Cedar Key Community Center.
     Butcher will attend a reception in his honor at the Cedar Key Arts Center Gallery, where his work will be exhibited.
      Third, the exhibition is to be open for viewing from March 3 until April 30.
     All events are free and open to the public. Registration is required, however, for Butcher’s lecture / talk.

     The lecture "Florida’s Wild Landscapes through the Lens of Clyde Butcher" is set to be March 3. There is a 1:30 p.m. Book Signing event before the lecture/talk.
     The Lecture /Talk is slated to start at 2 p.m.
     There is another Book Signing event scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 Sixth St., in Cedar Key.

     As space is limited, registration for this event, though free, is necessary.
     Tickets may be ordered through Eventbrite soon.
     Expect more information soon.

     The "Florida’s Wild Landscapes through the Lens of Clyde Butcher Reception" is scheduled for  March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cedar Key Arts Center, 457 Second St.

     The "Florida’s Wild Landscapes through the Lens of Clyde Butcher Reception" is scheduled for March 3 through April 30 at the Cedar Key Arts Center, 457 Second St.
     Funding for this program is provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
     Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of thee Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Boaters Reminded About Radios

A Coast Guard boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, from Station St. Petersburg tows an 18-foot disabled pontoon boat one mile south of the Gandy Boat Ramp, in Tampa Bay on Monday (March 12). The boatcrew assisted two adults and three children and transported them to the Gandy Boat Ramp at 7:50 p.m. No injuries were reported. 'We ask all mariners to ensure they have a working VHF-FM marine-band radio on board to ensure good communications in case of emergencies,' said Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Bonneau, a watchstander at Sector St. Petersburg. 'Cell phones can be spotty and unreliable while underway.' Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a report via 9-1-1 relay from the captain of the pontoon boat stating his engine was disabled and he needed emergency assistance.
Published March 13, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.

Courtesy Photo, U.S. Coast Guard District 7   
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Aaron Massey

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By Myrtice Scabarozi © March 12, 2018 at 9:38 a.m.
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (March 8) 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).
     The quilt in the frame should be finished in a few weeks and the quilt in the long arm should be finished next week. We’ve done a few quilts in the long arm. We know we still have much to learn. Wonder if we’ll ever get brave enough to hook the computer up to the long arm.
     I’m sure Winnelle would never, ever approve of the long arm. When the Levy County Quilt Museum was first finished, we could have up to four quilts in the frame and now 20 years later, we are down to one quilt in the frame with three quilters.
     The sewing class on Wednesday (March 7) was interesting. By the end of the day, most of the ladies felt comfortable that they could finish the top. The jelly roll strips had to be sewn together, then cut and sewn together again. The quilt top will look great when they’re finished.
     Johnny the Sewing Machine Man was busy Wednesday with several sewing machines. One common mistake that is made is using WD40 instead of 3-in-1 oil or sewing machine oil. While using WD40 won’t be a complete disaster, it isn’t good for the machine.
     Easter is just around the corner (on April 1 this year) and melons are being planted. Therefore, the likelihood of seeing lawnmowers in action probably aren’t far behind. Come out and enjoy the rockers on the porch while the weather is nice.

Johnny's busy cleaning this Singer. He makes it look so easy to do.

First you start with the strips. Sew together. Then, it is time to move on to the next step.


Wheels of Williston
Car Show Helps WPD

Once again, the annual car show conducted by the Friends of Williston Police Department Inc. raised money to help the Williston Police Department cover costs that are not covered by the city’s budget. All of profits benefit the Williston Police Department. Several trophies were presented to winners.

Two of the top winners are People's Choice -- a 1960 Corvette owned by Errol Whisler, and the Best of Show -- a 1937 Chevrolet (Police Car) owned by Larry Faragher. The next show will be Saturday, March 2, 2019. 
* WPD Chief Dennis Strow said on Friday (March 9) that this fundraiser brought in $1,932 to help the WPD and he is very appreciative of all of the car show enthusiasts who participated. This is the most raised so far in this anual event.
Published March 7, 2018 at 5:08 p.m.
* Updated March 9, 2018 at 8:08 a.m.

Photos By John Salmeier

7th Annual Nature Coast
Challenge Kayak Fishing
Tournament set for April 14

Published March 8, 2018 at 4:38 p.m.
The 7th Annual Nature Coast Challenge Kayak Fishing Tournament is scheduled for April 14.
     As a Catch-Photo-Release tournament, this event attracts a diverse group of anglers and brings many new visitors to the area.
     The minimum fishing awards for the tournament are $200 each for (1) the longest redfish, (2) the longest sea trout, (3) the combined length “slam” of one redfish and one sea trout, and (4) the
“Mixed Bag.”
      Second and third places for individual categories, the grand slam and the mixed bag will be recognized. Anglers of all ages are welcome, but those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Non-Participants are welcome to attend the awards ceremony. Winners must be present to receive awards.
    For more information or to download an application and see all Rules click HERE.


Appleton Museum of Art
offers summer camp options

Published March 5, 2018 at 1:18 p.m.
    OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is scheduled to offer 17 weeklong summer art camps for students aged 4 years and older; and two-week pottery camps for children ages 7 to 12 and teens.
     Enrollment begins April 2 at http://appletonmuseum.org/.
     One-week camps cost $95 for Appleton members and $115 for nonmembers. Two-week camps cost $175 for Appleton members and $210 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Hollis Mutch at 352-291-4455, ext. 1613, or mutchh@cf.edu.
● June 4-8
ECO-Art: Ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon
Art, nature and recyclables – it’s a winning combination for the creative mind. Use your imagination to create art pieces with natural and recycled materials.
Meet the Masters: Ages 4-6, 9 a.m.-noon
Through art and stories, pint-sized Picassos will be introduced to a new artist each day and experience a variety of materials to create inspired works of art.
Fashion Fun: Ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m.
It’s all about fashion accessories. Learn different techniques to decorate a scarf, hat and bag. Practice your drawing skills as you sketch outfits from your imagination, just like professional designers.
● June 11-15
Behind the Scenes: Ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon
We’re partnering with the Ocala Civic Theatre to paint backdrops and props for a summer production. Read through the script and learn what it takes to create a set. Three complimentary tickets to the performance are included with each enrollment in this camp.
Painting Possibilities: Ages 11+, 1-4 p.m.
Spend a week focusing on acrylic painting and bring out inner creativity you never knew you had.
Asian Fusion: Ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m.
Tour the museum’s Asian Gallery and discover the beauty and design across several cultures. Then, create 2-D and 3-D works of art influenced by the masterful art and objects in this collection.
● June 18-22
Cat Fancy: Ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon
Can you name five fun facts about cats? Look at artists’ interpretations of the cat and create a variety of cat-themed works of art.
Doggone Days: Ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m.
This week won’t be “RUFF.” You’ll have a howling good time making art about man’s best friend.
Meet the Masters: Ages 4-6, 1-4 p.m.
Through art and stories, pint-sized Picassos will be introduced to a new artist each day and experience a variety of materials to create inspired works of art.
● July 9-13
Rad Reptiles: Ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon
Guess what? Reptiles are cool! This week will be full of colorful, snapping and slithering art-filled fun.
Crazy about Color: Ages 4-6, 1-4 p.m.
This multimedia camp is designed to inspire your imagination and awareness of color.
● July 9-20 (two-week camp)
Dig into Clay Jr.: Ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m.
Learn the basics of hand building and glazing in this two-week camp. It’s clay every day.
● July 16-20
Back in Time: Ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon
Become a time traveler and discover different eras, making them come alive again through your artwork. Explore cave painting and then paint on stone – and much more.
Rock ’n’ Roll Art: Ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m.
Our special exhibition “Medieval to Metal: The Art & Evolution of the Guitar” is all about guitars. Let it inspire you to create artwork that’s music to your eyes and ears.
● July 23-27
Folk Art: Ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon
Learn about the decorative arts across a variety of cultures and what makes them special. You’ll create a variety of unusual and fun works of art.
Brickworks: Ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m.
Design it. Create it. Wreck it. Repeat! Explore the fundamental principles of engineering and design using the ARTSpace’s LEGO collection.
● July 23-August 3 (two-week camp)
AppleTEENS Clay: Ages 12+, 1-4 p.m.
This camp is all about wheel throwing, building, glazing and discovering the fun of clay to make amazing works of art! Learn to throw on a pottery wheel and how to combine it with unique hand-building techniques, while exploring how glazes can make a simple piece spectacular.
● July 30-August 4
Wonky Sculptures: Ages 7-12, 9 a.m.-noon
It’s all 3-D this week! Walk the museum’s sculpture garden and see how artists design and build sculptures, then create your own monumental works of art.
A Week at the Beach: Ages 7-12, 1-4 p.m.
You don’t need sunblock for this camp that will combine what you see, feel and do at the beach all into fun works of art created right here at the museum!


Rally For The Cure Winners Announced
The Chiefland Women’s Golf Association (CWGA) sponsored the annual Rally For The Cure Golf Tournament on Wednesday, (Feb. 21). There were in excess of 52 participants. It was a beautiful day of golf for all of the men and women that played in the scramble. Just for fun on the par-3 eighth hole, participants had to putt with a pool ball! On the par-3 fifteenth hole, the entire hole (from tee to green) was shot with a tennis ball! All proceeds were donated to the Susan B. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.

Honored for their great play were Bryon Schaffer, Terri Harris, and Mike Viscione in First Place (above).

Ann and Doug Isbell were in Second Place (above). Virgil Harris, Terry Biede, and Hank Biede earned Third Place. Congratulations to all for a fun day of fundraising.
Published Feb. 26, 2018 at 4:38 a.m.

Story and Photo By Shirley Meggs of the CWGA


Cedar Key art fest wins again
Published Feb. 17, 2018 at 8:18 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The Old Florida Celebration of the Arts (OFCA) was once again named one of the Top 10 Juried Art Fairs in America in the ArtFairCalendar.com annual survey.
   This reflects another reason to attend this year’s celebration, scheduled for March 24 and 25. The OFCA also has received, for the three of the last four years, national recognition as one of the Top 5 Small Town Art Shows.
     That sums up a reason for so many people traveling to the Gulf Coast town of Cedar Key for the 54th Annual Spring Arts Festival.
  There are 120 artists invited to the OFCA as selected by an experienced jury. Mass produced items or country crafts are not favored so that the artwork for sale — traditional 2D paintings, prints, and photography in addition to 3D ceramic, glass, wood, metal and mixed media sculpture — is finely and uniquely crafted with demonstrations scheduled for both days.      By limiting the number of artists, this leaves room for a relaxed layout, notably more intimate from larger events that often host 250-300 artists and thousands more visitors.
      There are at least seven art shows scheduled for this same weekend in Florida. They are located at Safety Harbor, Melbourne, Tarpon Springs, Saint Augustine, St. Pete Beach, Altamonte Springs/Orlando and DeLand.
     Visitors are invited to enjoy a tasty line-up of food and beverages on Cedar Key at the OFCA hosted by the Cedar Key Lions Club, which also arranges live music. Food sale proceeds in the park go toward helping local, non-profit organizations.
     Before hosting one of Florida’s first fine arts festivals in 1964, Cedar Key already had become a haven for artists inspired by its quiet, natural beauty. That beauty remains to this day, along with a thriving reputation as a destination for artists and art enthusiasts.
     Each year this event attracts award-winning, local, new and emerging artists. This year welcomes 2018 OFCA Design Contest winners Miriam Novak of Gainesville, a Cedar Key Art Festival participant for more than 15 years, and newcomer Clint Eagar of Rosa Beach. In addition, returning award winning artists include Michael Everett (2017 Best of Show), Jean Yao (2017 Best 3D & 2016 Creativity Award), and local favorite, Susan Dauphinee (Awards of Excellence 2014, 2016 & 2017).
     For more information, please contact the OFCA by email at CedarKeyArtsFestival@gmail.com, or call 352-543-5400.



Bingo in Yankeetown
on Thursday nights

Published Dec. 13, 2017 at 10:37 p.m.
Come join our Thursday Night Bingo at the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club at 7 p.m.

     These Bingo games are open to the public, however there is no indoor smoking allowed.
     Doors open at 6 p.m. to buy cards for $1 each and enjoy some of the best food and homemade desserts from the kitchen. Bring in two non-perishable items for Yankeetown School and you’ll receive a free Early Bird Special.
     Here’s what they need; individual cereal and juice boxes, instant oatmeal, bowls and spoons.
     Get your daubers ready and we’ll see you at the YIWC Club, 5 56th St., Yankeetown each Thursday.
     All proceeds from Bingo go to fund scholarships for local students. You’re giving back to the community in many ways when you grab your friends and neighbors and join the fun that is BINGO. Email:  yiwomansclub@gmail.com or call 352-447-2057.

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