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Poker run helps
Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 25, 2013
CHIEFLAND -- Dominated by members of
the Gainesville Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association and AmVets Post
42 (Chiefland), a poker run helped Chiefland High School Varsity and JV
Cheerleaders on Saturday (May 25).
Steve and Tammy Gardner organized the event to help
bring in money for the girls to be able to go to the Daytona Beach campus of
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on Aug. 1-4.
Varsity Cheerleading Coach Tammy Gardner said the
girls need $325 each for the instructional part of the event, which will
include lessons for new cheers, chants and dances.
riders out Saturday was Melody LaFlam, prevention coordinator at Meridian
Behavioral Healthcare Inc. of Bronson and sergeant-at-arms of the Williston
Rotary Club. She is also among the Christian Motorcycle Association members
riding that day.
Melody LaFlam pauses for a moment on her motorcycle before
participating in the fundraiser to help Chiefland cheerleaders pay for summer
LaFlam heralded her first day back riding on a
motorcycle after her husband was involved in a serious motorcycle crash some
Ray Bristow, president of the Gainesville Chapter of
CMA, was among the many riders participating too. The group went to stops in
Bronson, Cedar Key, Fowlers Bluff before returning to CHS, where they enjoyed
BubbaQue’s for lunch.
Many parents brought desserts for the participants
The CHS JV and Varsity Cheerleaders include Abby
Brown, Bailey Beauchamp, Briana Cannon, Cori Allen, Skyler Cannon and Liana
Walker, Kaylee Cannon, Darian Everett, Katie Brock, Sydney Philman and Aubrey
Gore, Felicity Langford, Kristen Wade, Alicia Charlton, Becca Thomas, Kirnaé
Williams, Jaylyn Harvey, Sydney Beck, Cheyenne Hatch, Sarah Gore, Annie
Tolentino and Kellie Jones. The JV Coach is Amber Tindale.
Bronson Wins Spring
Bronson High School Eagles beat the Ocala Christian Crusaders 38-8 in spring
football. The head coach for Bronson is Cameron Porch.
Photo by Casey Ranalli
Wildlife refuge is more
Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 24, 2013
CHIEFLAND – Suwannee Valley National
Wildlife Refuge Park Ranger Pam Darty shared insight with members and guests of
the Chiefland Chamber of Commerce Friday afternoon (May 24) as she mentioned
that there are two lighthouse tours this summer.
during the year, there will be eight open house occasions, where traditionally
there have been only two a year at the lighthouse on Seahorse Key, she
Ranger Pam Darty speaks to the Chiefland Chamber.
The new refuge manager is more open to the public
visiting Seahorse Key, she said, than any manager in the past 12 years she has
served there. The only expense to tours of the lighthouse is for people who
need to pay for a ride to the island that is accessible only by boat. People
with their own boats just cruise over to the island.
The two National Wildlife Refuges in the Levy, Dixie
and Gilchrist counties’ area are not state parks. They are federal wilderness
refuges, which are designated for wildlife.
Darty urged people in the hospitality business in
Chiefland to take advantage of what their counterparts in Cedar Key have been
doing for decades.
“Keep your visitors here for days at a time,” rather
than passing through,” Darty said. “Birders, people who like to take
photographs, professionals or people that do photography as a hobby go into the
refuge. And then, they find Cedar Key.
“Where, you, if you let them know on your websites
what’s happening here, in Chiefland – that is our mailing address, Chiefland,
Florida – you can keep people here as long as Cedar Key keeps people.”
Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge on May 20
announced the dates for its upcoming Seahorse Key open house events. There will
be eight in all during the year - many more than ever before.
“We hope to introduce more visitors to the Cedar Keys
Light Station by offering more open house dates," Manager Andrew Gude said.
"Each event will be thematic featuring either the research being carried out by
the University of Florida’s Marine Research Lab or the history of the island
and its historic light station.”
The next open house event will take place on July 6,
to celebrate the fledging of the young birds of the rookery. Later, on Aug. 3,
the anniversary of the light station will be celebrated.
Everything at the National Wildlife Refuge is free,
Darty said. There are many opportunities for people to enjoy the area. There
are ranger led walks. And there is even a summer camp for children to enjoy as
their parents drop them off.
Parents may go off birding or doing other things,
including putting up an easel and painting while their children learn from the
Lighthouse lovers can be flooding Chiefland, rather
than Cedar Key, she said, if business owners here will simply promote the
events at Seahorse Key and in the other parts of the Refuge – like at Shell
Mound. Chiefland can become the base camp for those visitors. Just list the
events on the Chiefland websites, she said.
There is no reason to think Cedar Key can capture the
whole market for these visitors. And, with other events happening in and around
Chiefland, some of the birders and other visitors may want to participate in
them as well – like the Watermelon Festival on June 1, or perhaps visit the
state parks with their springs – Manatee Springs State Park or Fanning Springs
“You put that (lighthouse event) on your website,” she
said, “and you’ve got them staying with you. They might discover Cedar Key on
the way, but you’ve already got them staying with you.”
Another free option is hunting – especially for wild
hogs. There is no cost, other than to have a Florida hunting license. Since the
refuge is not a wildlife management area, there is no stamp required. There is
a proper method to go about hunting for hogs, but the refuge rangers are glad
to help hunters learn how to hunt hogs.
In other news from the Chiefland Chamber meeting, it
was mentioned that Central Florida College paid for the lunch, which was
catered by Bell’s Catering. The lunch included salad, pasta salad, tuna salad,
bread, fresh fruit, lemonade and tea.
Another Chamber member is providing the lunch for the
June 28 meeting. Central Florida Electric Cooperative and Duke Energy have
joined forces to cover the lunches on July 26 and Aug. 23.
Chamber President Patrick Allen mentioned that the
four newest members are Days Inn of Chiefland, Fanning Springs Storage, Manatee
Springs Motel and SAS Electronics.
Story and Photos
By Myrtice Scabarozi
LEVY COUNTY -- The Log Cabin Quilters
met Thursday (May 16) at the Levy County Quilt Museum. Several quilt tops were
brought in for us to enjoy. Several individuals were working on their quilt
class project and other people worked on the quilts in the frames.
Ruth and Samantha from Dudley Farms also visited with
us. They told us of their plans for a Quilt Day to be on Oct 5. We are planning
to set up a booth as well as to take in a few quilts for a display for that
day. Write down the date for an outing that will take you back in time.
Thursday lunch was great. We had homegrown vegetables
to eat. We had chicken and rice, squash and zucchini, fried squash, cabbage,
string beans and carrots, tomatoes and zucchini, scalloped potatoes with
cheese, watermelon, string beans with new potatoes, asparagus and banana cake
with peanut butter frosting. You could come out and join us. Please bring a pot
luck dish. It’s OK to stop and buy something to bring out.
Greg and the boys from the Youthful Offender Program
of Lancaster Correctional Institution were out this week. They’re getting
caught up with the yard work (at least 'til we get rain). They started painting
the trim on the porch then it’s up to us to get the new frames down and ready
to hang. Thanks Lancaster.
We’ve heard rumors that the Levy County Quilt Museum
was broken into by the most recent escapee from Cross City Correctional
Institution. Thankfully, this rumor is untrue. We did not have a visit from
that escapee. Thanks for your concerns, nonetheless.
We’ve found a great way to use the polyester and knits
that have been donated. The large spools on the table now have bright scrappy
tablecloths made from the knits and two of the picnic tables are ready for the
holidays with red, white and blue tablecloths. Later on, the benches, swings
and rockers will get knit coverings. The porch will be full of color later in
Come join us on the porch and listen for the bobwhite
talking to us.
This is a finished quilt top that the Tuesday night class is working
on. Ailiene, who is teaching the class, finished the top for the others to see
a complete project.
Kody Brady with his first boat ride and first fish! Kody is seen here with his
dad Scott Brady.The fish was caught on Cajun thunder and shrimp in four feet of
water out between Bird Island and Eleven Prong!
Provided by Captain’s Cove Outfitters of Inglis
budget issue discussed
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 22, 2013
WILLISTON – Williston City Council
members heard discussion about a non-agenda item Tuesday night (May 21) and the
potential for action at the June 4 meeting exists.
When Dr. Oel Wingo was city manager, the city budgeted
$10,000 to be used by city children who lacked the money to pay for the $75 to
$200 fees to participate in sports. The requirements of being a city resident
and of receiving free or reduced lunches caused no person to apply for
As a result, representatives of the Williston Youth
Athletic Association, Williston Soccer Club and We Soar approached the Council
with requests for where to spend the money.
The WYAA receives $10,000 from the County Commission.
Each of the county’s five districts received $10,000, and the whole amount goes
to WYAA for County Commissioner Danny Stevens’ district. That money is used for
capital improvements. The WYAA serves about 450 children with baseball,
softball, tee ball, soccer, flag football and tackle football. Fees that
average $75 for each child for the various sports cover the costs of uniforms,
referees and umpires.
Mimi Johnson said there are 15 dance students and four
piano students who participate in We Soar. The past two years, she has asked
the two volunteers in the dance program to volunteer. She volunteers with the
piano students. We Soar is also responsible for the Back To School Jamboree,
which is going into its 19th year, Johnson said.
Angela Gomez of Williston Soccer Club said this group
pays $1,500 to the Florida Youth Soccer Association. It also spends money on
background checks of coaches. There are 50 children involved in this group and
they range between 12 and 18 years old. The fees for children in this soccer
club are about $200 each. Gomez said some parents help others who are not able
to cover the fees, and there are sponsors as well.
City Councilman Charles Goodman made a recommendation
for the Council members to consider what they heard. An East Williston sports
group lacked a representative, but the City Council anticipates input from the
group showing the number of children, the range of ages, the types of games
they play and how the city might help children in that group.
Throws, coins, DVDs
and bricks on sale 'til June 15
CHIEFLAND -- There are still some
Chiefland Centennial throws, coins and DVDs on sale at City Hall, and they will
be available through June 15 unless they sell out by then.
Bricks for the Wall of Fame are still on sale as
The rare and collectible one-ounce pure silver coins
to commemorate the 2013 Chiefland Centennial are selling for $150 now.
Also the 40-inch by 60-inch collectible throw to
commemorate the 100th birthday of the city is selling for $60 to help raise
money for the celebration that was held April 5 and 6.
Bricks are selling for $40 each. These bricks
are creating a wall in front of the building department. They can be engraved
with business names, family names and the like – at the choosing of the
A previous story shows this, as well as pictures of
the coins and the rifle. Click HERE to see
that. Other stories about the Centennial are on the Review Page as
-- UPDATED --
SATURDAY, MAY 25
at 7:47 p.m.
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