By Myrtice Scabarozi © July 29, 2014
Quilt072914     LEVY COUNTY -- The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (July 24) at the Levy County Quilt Museum -- 11050 N.W. 10th Ave., Chiefland.
     The ladies finished the quilt in the frame and will work on the green cross-stitch quilt top that Ann finished a few weeks ago.

Portia loaned us her Gunne Sax dress that she made in the 1960s.
Fashion has changed over the years. Thanks for sharing with us, Portia.

     Several patterns for chemo caps and bandanas were brought in for the ladies to see how they are made. Chemo caps are made by several groups in the area; unfortunately there is a need for more. These caps would be for the Cancer Center behind North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. Children’s caps would go to the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
  On Wednesday (July 23), the Levy 4-H Sewing Camp came for the afternoon. We enjoy having them out each year. The young ladies explored the Museum.
     Correctional Officer Greg and the boys who are in the Lancaster Correctional Institution’s Youthful Offender Rehabilitation Program were out and did a great job on the yard. Thanks Lancaster.
     Saturday, more material and quilt tops were donated. Thanks so much for your support.
     Everyone is invited to come out to visit or call us at 352 493 2801. The rocking chairs are waiting.

Birthday parties and
after-school activities new to Appleton’s fall lineup

Published July 28, 2014
      OCALA – The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is venturing into the birthday party business this fall with its new “Arty Parties.”
      “Arty Parties are a fun, creative way to celebrate children’s birthdays and other special occasions,” said Victoria Billig, assistant director of the museum. “This is just one more way for the museum to inspire creativity in budding artists.”
      Arty Parties include a hands-on art experience led by museum education staff, a visit to the galleries and refreshments. Party hosts can choose from several themes. Party fees include admission to the museum for up to 15 children, online party invitations and party favor bags.
      Also new to the Appleton’s fall calendar is “Half-day Happenings,” a creative way to spend Marion County Public School Early Release Days. Sept. 10, Oct. 1, Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, from 1:30-3 p.m., the museum will offer an art assignment with hands-on art-making experience for students.
      Students ages 7-12 can also enroll in “After School Explorations,” a series of four five-week sessions beginning in September, each focusing on a different medium and theme. Session themes are Sculpture Fun, Clay Sampler, Drawing and Painting, and Watercolor Magic.
      Returning this year for adults is “Art 101,” a series of hands-on workshops. Paint a silk scarf Sept. 16, paint with watercolors Oct. 21, or paint with acrylics Nov. 18.
      The museum will also offer two six-week “Dig into Clay” workshops where adults can create earthenware sculptures, vessels and other ceramic artworks using a variety of hand-building techniques. The first workshop session begins Sept. 8 and the second session begins Oct. 27. During each session, classes are held once a week for six consecutive weeks. The cost is $150 for Appleton members and $200 for nonmembers, with an additional $25 supply fee.
      For more information about these offerings, contact Marie Fielding at 352-291-4455, ext. 1558, or fieldnm@cf.edu. For a complete calendar of events, visit AppletonMuseum.org.
      Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). Free parking is available. For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit AppletonMuseum.org.

Spiny lobster seasons
are scheduled to start

By Amanda Nalley of the FWC
Published July 26
      FLORIDA -- The 2014 spiny lobster season opens with the two-day recreational sport season July 30 and 31, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts Aug. 6 and runs through March 31.
      Planning on catching some of these tasty crustaceans? Here is what you need to know before you go.
      No one wants a small lobster for dinner. Make sure you check the size. Measuring devices are required, and lobsters must be measured while they are in the water. If the carapace length is not larger than 3 inches, it must be left in the water (see image below on how to measure spiny lobster).


Spiny Lobster measurement
      To protect the next generation and your future chances to have lobster for dinner, harvest of egg-bearing females is prohibited. Lobsters have hundreds of thousands of eggs that are easily visible and attached under the tail. While most lobsters have completed reproduction by the start of the fishing season, finding lobsters with eggs is common in July and August.
      Bring a cooler big enough to hold the entire lobster. Spiny lobsters must remain in whole condition until they are brought to shore. Also, do not take spiny lobster with any device that might puncture, penetrate or crush its shell.
      Stick to the bag and possession limits so there will be enough lobsters for all of your friends and family. During the two-day spiny lobster sport season, recreational divers and snorkelers can take up to six lobsters per person daily in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park waters and 12 lobsters per person daily in other Florida waters.


     You may possess no more than the daily bag limit of lobsters when you are on the water. When you are off the water, you may possess no more than the daily bag limit on the first day of the sport season and no more than double the daily bag limit on the second day. See the chart (above) for an easy-to-read guide on the two-day sport season bag limits. During the Aug. 6-to-March 31 regular season, the daily recreational bag and on-the-water possession limit is six spiny lobsters per person.
      While the waters may be less crowded at night, diving for spiny lobsters after the sun goes down is not allowed in Monroe County during the two-day sport season.
Know where you can go. Lobster harvest is always prohibited in Everglades National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Biscayne Bay/Card Sound Spiny Lobster Sanctuary, certain areas of John Pennekamp State Park, and no-take areas in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. During the two-day season, all harvest of lobster is prohibited throughout John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
      Have the proper paperwork. A recreational saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit are required to recreationally harvest spiny lobsters unless you are exempt from recreational license requirements. Information about these licenses and permits is available online at MyFWC.com/License.
      Do double-duty while you are in the water and remove invasive lionfish. These nonnative species are often found in the same areas as spiny lobster, and they negatively impact Florida’s native wildlife and habitat. Help keep the lionfish population under control by removing them from Florida waters. If you plan to take lionfish with a spear, be aware of no-spearing zones and always check with your local law enforcement agency before planning your spearfishing trips.
      Safety first. Divers, even those who wade in, should stay within 300 feet of a properly displayed divers-down symbol (red with a white diagonal stripe) on a flag or buoy when in open water and within 100 feet of a properly displayed divers-down flag or buoy if on a river, inlet or navigation channel. Boat operators must slow to idle speed if they need to travel within 300 feet of a divers-down flag or buoy in open water or 100 feet of one on a river, inlet or navigational channel.
      Divers-down flags displayed on vessels must be at least 20 inches by 24 inches, and a stiffener is required to keep the flag unfurled. The flag must be displayed from the highest point of the vessel, must be visible from all directions and must be displayed only when divers are in the water. So when the divers are out of the water, don’t forget to take it down. Divers-down symbols towed by divers must be at least 12 inches by 12 inches. More information on divers-down flag requirements is available online at MyFWC.com/Boating by clicking on “Boating Regulations.”
      Additional information on recreational spiny lobster fishing, including how to measure spiny lobster, is available online at MyFWC.com/Fishing by clicking on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Lobster.”

The Putnam Lodge, just north of Cross City on U.S. Highway 19, now has necklaces, bracelets and earrings with Santa Rosa Pearls. This photo captures them as they are first put on display on Thursday afternoon (July 24). There are both white and chocolate freshwater pearls in sterling silver. And so as The Putnam Lodge continues its addition of amazing enticements to visit it, the pearls are there now too and they are for sale. This hotel has a restaurant with a menu full of scrumptious entrees created by a world-renowned chef. The Putnam Lodge is an event center as well, and those events are slated to be advertised on HardisonInk.com. There is a full-service lounge too. To learn more about The Putnam Lodge, please click
Photo by Jeff M. Hardison

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