Column By Myrtice Scabarozi © Jan. 16, 2017 @ 3:27 p.m.
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Jan. 11) 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 ladies decided to work on the Hole in the Wall quilt next. Marie brought several small templates to see what design would look best in the middle of the block. Did you know that cookie cutters could also be used as templates.
     Correctional Officer Hollis and the adult male inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution were out this week. One of their projects was to rebuild the ramp for the lawnmowers. The Museum has been completed for over 20 years so there is always something that needs a little extra care. Thanks for your help LCI guys.
     Ryan with Central Florida Electric called to alert us that our electric bill for this month was very much higher than normal. He thought we may need to have our heating units checked out. We had someone check out the units and lower the thermostats in the Museum. While we’re thankful for the phone call, we suspect that he and others made a lot of calls thanks to the very cold week that we just had and another cold week is upon us once again. There will be many homes and businesses with higher electric bills than normal. Thanks for the heads up.
     I love to get to the Museum and find boxes and/or bags with fabric or books. Thanks so much for thinking of us. These items help us keep the doors open.
     Don’t forget the Checkered Dresden Plate Class and Sewing Machine Repair on Wednesday, Jan. 31, and the Backyard Pickers on Saturday, Feb. 3. The days seem to just fly by.

Cedar Key Arts Center
holds first open show of 2018

The Cedar Key Art Center Splash judge, chairs and winners are (from left) Gallery Co-Chair Anne Lindgren; First Place - Ann Kamzelski; Third Place - Mike Leiner; Second Place - Lois Benninghoff, Honorable Mention - Patti Jett; Gallery Co-chair Robin Gillies; Judge Peggy Herrick; Honorable Mention - Nancy Hanson; and Honorable Mention - Bev Ringenberg.

Photo Provided by Jay Bushnell

Published Jan. 9, 2018 at 2:57 p.m,
     CEDAR KEY --
The Cedar Key Arts Center's (CKAC) first Gallery Show of 2018 was an Open Show, meaning it was open to all artists to submit art work that envisioned the theme of “SPLASH.”

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     Judge Peggy Herrick did a blind judging and chose the six winners pictured above. First through Third place
winners received ribbons and a portion of the total entrance fees. Honorable Mentions received
a ribbon.
     Bill Dummitt is featured in the Member’s Gallery with his fantastic Nature Photography.
     Both shows will be displayed for the entire monthof January and may be seen any day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. with entry through the Keyhole on Second Street.
     Next month’s Gallery Show at CKAC will be an Open Show with the theme, "PASSION," in honor of Valentine’s Day.
      Ribbons and cash awards will be given to the winners of this show. Check the CKAC website for more information about entering a piece in this show.


FWC monitors sea turtles and

manatees during cold weather
By FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Published Jan. 4, 2018 at 8:37 a.m.
As Florida’s residents and visitors manage the current cold-weather conditions, the state’s unique and treasured fish and wildlife species may need some extra care as well.

     Members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are prepared and ready to prioritize this critical mission.
     “We are committed to conserving our natural resources, and are staged and ready in strategic areas throughout the state,” FWC Executive Director Eric Sutton said. “Our team of FWC staff, partners and volunteers are monitoring the status of marine species affected most by the cold, and are prepared in case rescues are needed.”
     Sea turtles are one species that can be affected by cold weather. When the water temperatures drop, stunned sea turtles may float listlessly in the water on or near shore. Although these turtles may appear to be dead, they are often still alive. It is important to report these turtles to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline as soon as possible.
     “Our staff, partners and permitted volunteers are already working to rescue sea turtles in northwest Florida. Nearly 100 turtles have been rescued so far. We are also monitoring the Mosquito Lagoon and other areas of the state to see if sea turtles are being impacted there,” said Kipp Frohlich, director of FWC’s Division of Habitat and Species Conservation.
     The Florida manatee is another species that can be impacted by extreme cold weather. When water temperatures drop, manatees gather in warm-water habitats such as discharge canals at power plants and natural springs. The FWC asks that boaters be extra vigilant in watching for manatees in shallow waters near the coast, both inland and coastal, and obey all posted manatee speed zone signs.
     “Boaters should avoid areas where large numbers of manatees are gathered,” said Gil McRae, head of FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. “Aggregated animals should not be disturbed, as this could cause them to leave the warm-water sites that help them cope with cold temperatures.”
     Sustaining adequate winter habitat for manatees remains a statewide conservation goal.
     To report a dead or distressed manatee, call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
     Extended periods of unusually cold weather can kill fish outright by cold stress or make fish more susceptible to disease. Warm-water species, including the popular game fish snook, are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures. Affected fish may appear lethargic and may be seen at the surface where the water may be warmer from the sun.
     The FWC monitors fish disease and mortality events around the state. Report dead and dying fish to the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511.
     All other distressed wildlife may be reported to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922).
     For additional information on fish and wildlife research, visit


Wooden Sculpture Restored
At Chiefland Golf And Country Club

Members and guests at Chiefland Golf and Country Club have noticed extensive water damage to the club’s prized carving The Chief. Artist Harry Runkis carved the sculpture from the downed oak tree on fairway number four years ago. Members and staff attempted to repair The Chief, only to realize the job was larger than they could handle. A local craftsman volunteered to take on the restoration project. Not only did The Chief return as a result of this man’s efforts, but craftsman Bruce Linkchorst wrote a poem to honor The Chief.

He Lives
By Bruce Linkchorst
He lives once more, and his spirit has been reborn,
For years watching over the land, getting tired and worn.
His dignity again shines. It has taken some time,
And his legend will live on in our hearts and mind.

He seems to have a smile, in a peaceful kind of way,
Not since his hunting ground and his home were taken away.
His new life has taken on a new meaning, both the old and the new,
And his spirit will soar, like the great bald eagles do.

Published Dec. 31, 2017 at 7:47 a.m.

Photo and Information Provided By Shirley and Jim Maurer

Santa Claus visits Williston

Natalie Stegall (left) and Jeremy Stegall, children of Benton and Amanda Stegall, sit on the lap of Santa Claus.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Dec. 21, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
For the second consecutive Christmastime, Santa Claus has visited the pavilion in Heritage Park of Williston.
     Santa Claus arrived Tuesday, Dec. 19 on a Williston Fire Rescue engine.
     Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow said the WPD in cooperation with the WFR, Sana Claus, T.G. Lee Dairy and Winn-Dixie again provided children with milk and cookies to enjoy with

Williston Police Chief Dennis Strow pauses for a photo opportunity with his granddaughter Maddie Whittaker, 4. The young Miss Whittaker was among the many children who enjoyed milk, cookies, and Santa Claus and had an opportunity to watch a Christmas movie.

Some people watch a Christmas-themed movie.

Some people stand in line for their turn to visit with Santa Claus in Williston. One very well-trained professional observer mentioned that she saw Batman in the Batmobile driving in the area at the time. While this superhero may have been on the outskirts of the event, another law enforcement agency – the Florida Highway Patrol – had at least one trooper assisting the WPD with the WPD’s community outreach event.

     Santa Claus arrived on the back of a firetruck at his request, Chief Strow said, due to his reindeer getting ready for his annual trip to deliver toys to all of the good boys and girls around the world.
     In addition to milk and cookies, a Christmas movie was shown. This free event was open to the public, and was even better received than the first year, Chief Strow said.
     Among the many elected officials noticed at this event were Levy County Commissioner Matt Brooks and Williston City Council Vice President Nancy Wininger. Among the many children, were four brought by Commissioner Brooks.


Levy County 4-H in partnership
with Tropicana host Levy County
Public Speaking Competition

Seen here (from left) are Levy County 4-H Program Assistant Josh Mathews; the winners in the three divisions -- Reagan Varnes, Ella Gore, Ashlynn Cannon; and Levy County 4-H Program Director Genevieve Mendoza.

Story and Photo Provided By UF/IFAS Levy County Extension
Published Dec. 16, 2017 at 8:07 a.m.
     BRONSON --
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Levy County 4-H in partnership with Tropicana hosted the county level of competition for the 4-H / Tropicana Public Speaking Program.
     Top winners from around Levy County came together to shine as they wowed the judges while presenting their speeches. In order to advance to the county competition, each winner previously earned a top spot at the classroom, grade, and school divisions before advancing to the final round within the county.
     A district competition is planned for later in the year.
     This year's event was a success with seven schools represented and in excess of 1,000 young students participants as they were all vying for a spot to compete at the county competition.
     The county competition consists of three grade divisions: Fourth and Fifth Grade; Sixth Grade; and Seventh and Eighth Grade. The winners in each grade division earn a plaque and a full scholarship to attend Camp Cherry Lake in June.
     The division winners for this year were:
     • 4th/5th Grade Division - Ashlynn Cannon, Bronson Elementary, with a speech titled “Animal Abuse.”
     • 6th Grade Division - Ella Gore, Chiefland Middle, with a speech titled “The Football Coach's Daughter.”
     • 7th/8th Grade Division - Reagan Varnes, Chiefland Middle, with a speech titled “Bacon.”
     The Levy County 4-H / Tropicana Public Speaking Program has a longstanding tradition in the county that dates back to 1979. While the program has evolved since then, one thing has stayed the same - strong support from the classroom and at home. True to form, this year was a banner year with nearly 100 people in attendance to show their support and listen to the 10 topnotch public speakers.
     The UF/IFAS Extension Office and Levy County 4-H extends a special thanks to judges from the University of Florida Speech and Debate Team, to each of the eight school coordinators and especially to the administrators at Bronson Elementary School for hosting the county competition this year.
     For more information about the Levy County 4-H Program, please contact the extension office at 352-486-5131.

Carol Healy
Wins Golf Tournament

Carol Healy

Chiefland Women’s Golf Association held their 2017 Handicap Match Play Tournament the past two months. The women play one-on-one matches with the higher handicap receiving less strokes on the more difficult holes. Carol Healy was this year’s victor. She never lost a single match in spite of having to 'give' strokes to almost every competitor she faced.

Denise Boyle

Denise Boyle came in second by defeating the rest of the field but succumbed to Carol’s excellent play. The final round was played on Nov. 22, in which Carol won by three holes over Denise. Good going ladies!

Denise Boyle (left) and Carol Healy
Published Dec. 14, 2017 at 12:07 p.m.

Information and Photos by Shirley Meggs, Publicist, Chiefland Women’s Golf Association

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: or call 352-447-2057.

Free FWC hunter safety
internet-completion courses
offered in January

Published Dec. 13, 2017 at 10:37 p.m.
     FLORIDA --
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in two counties in January (list follows).

     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 dates and times are:
Baker County
Jan. 20 (8 a.m. to noon) Macclenny and (1 p.m. until complete) Lake City

Gilchrist County
Jan. 13 (8:30 a.m. until complete)

     The specific locations for these classes will be given to those who register in advance. Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.

Inglis Christmas Parade

This is a six-minute, 22-second video of the Inglis Christmas Parade was created by Jeff Hall and provided by Jeff Bernstein to Jeff M. Hardison for use on This parade was Saturday (Dec. 9).
Published Dec. 11, 2017 at 4:47 p.m.

Video By Jeff Hall

Appleton to present
two exhibitions
of Rembrandt prints;

Opening in January
Published Oct. 24, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is scheduled to present two exhibitions of prints by Dutch draughtsman, painter and printmaker Rembrandt van Rijn from Jan. 20 to March 18.

    The prints are “Rembrandt and the Jews,” organized by the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Westmont College, and “Rembrandt Revealed: Etchings from the collection of Dr. Robert and Mrs. Mariann McClary.”
    Rembrandt’s legacy as an etcher is characterized by the new and innovative techniques he introduced to printmaking. He broke with traditional depictions of biblical narratives and added emotional and psychological depth to his subjects through expressive faces, dramatic body language, and his bold use of shadow and light.
    “Rembrandt and the Jews” features 22 Rembrandt etchings from the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Westmont College. The Santa Barbara, California-based museum received a gift of the etchings and a drawing by Pieter Lastman, Rembrandt’s teacher, from Dr. Howard Berger and Fran Berger.
    The relationship Rembrandt had with the Jews of Amsterdam is a remarkable story. Most were Sephardic Jews ― refugees from the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal.
    For many generations these Jews had been forced to deny their religious legacy, but in Amsterdam they were free to reclaim traditions and return to their Judaism. Rembrandt lived in Amsterdam’s prosperous Jewish neighborhood.
    In Rembrandt’s interpretation of Protestant Old Testament narratives, Rembrandt consulted Jewish theologians for a nuanced perspective of these familiar subjects. He also painted and etched portraits of prominent Jews. “Rembrandt and the Jews” is sponsored in part by Phil and Charlotte Rosenberg.
    Running concurrently is “Rembrandt Revealed: Etchings from the Collection of Dr. Robert and Mrs. Mariann McClary.” Featuring 10 prints, the work on view from the McClarys depicts Rembrandt’s world — inhabited by golfers, physicians, print-sellers and beggars.
    Dr. McClary acknowledges that he didn’t know much about the art form back in the early 1990s when he noticed his first Rembrandt etching, “The Golfer,” at a gallery in Pebble Beach. “I knew who Rembrandt was, of course, and I was impressed that anybody could buy anything from his hand,” McClary recalls.
    Purchasing “The Golfer” piqued McClary’s interest enough to read about Rembrandt and his etchings, and the McClarys — who are Marion County residents — have been collecting ever since.

Exhibition Events:
* Director’s Circle and VIP Reception
Friday, Jan. 19, 5-6 p.m.
The Appleton’s Director’s Circle members are invited for a special opening reception. RSVP required to Colleen Harper, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1831.
* Inspired Speakers Series Exhibition Talk, Dr. Lisa DeBoer
Friday, Jan. 19, 6-7 p.m.
Join us for a talk on Rembrandt’s legacy and the inspiration for “Rembrandt and the Jews” by scholar and Rembrandt catalog essay author Dr. Lisa DeBoer. This event is free for Appleton members and $10 at the door for nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Visitor Services, 352-291-4455.
* Exhibition Talk, “Scratching the Surface: Rembrandt the Master Etcher”
Sunday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m.
Associate Professor and artist Tyrus Clutter will analyze the process of the etching medium within the exhibition and why Rembrandt’s mastery of the process has never been surpassed and continues to inspire artists and viewers to this day. This event is free for Appleton members; included with regular admission fee for nonmembers.
     In addition to temporary exhibitions, the Appleton Museum of Art presents a permanent collection of European, American and contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities.
     Through January 2018, the main portion of the museum will not be available to visitors due to a heating and cooling equipment replacement project. The Edith-Marie Appleton Gallery, ARTSpace, art classrooms and a mini Appleton Store are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, and closed every Monday.
     During this time, our regular admission fees will be replaced with a pay-what-you-wish donation option.
     Owned and operated by the College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR 40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Parking is free. For more information, call 352-291-4455 or visit

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