MONDAY JAN. 24 9:11 a.m. Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties
Column and Photos
By Myrtice Scabarozi
Published Jan. 18, 2022 at 2:11 p.m.
LEVY COUNTY – The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Jan. 13) at the Levy County Quilt Museum.
All of our group is finally here for the next few months. We have several members out sick with one that should be back next week. It seems like we just get one back off the sick list and someone else goes on. We’ve been fortunate that only one or two has had COVID-19 so far. May our luck continue.
We had several donations dropped off this week. Most of the work of measuring the fabric is made enjoyable by us finding new, interesting fabric or other surprises. Thank you for thinking of us.
Thursday (Jan. 20), we’ll have the ladies from the Rainbow Quilters in Dunnellon. Can’t believe they’ve been coming up for three years and sharing stories with us. They enjoy looking at everything in the Levy County Quilt Museum. Hope the weather improves for their trip.
It’s hard to imagine the Winnelle Horne (1924-2012) died 10 years ago later this month. Visitors come in and ask about her, and they share their memories of her. She would be very pleased to see what her Museum has become and that the community is still supporting us.
The Levy County Quilt Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can learn more about the Museum by going to http://levycountyquiltmuseum.org.
Our Museum likes to show how the old traditional quilts looked. Some of the fabric used came from the old feed sacks.
Florida State Parks
2022 photo contest starts
Contest runs Jan. 13-March 10
By Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Published Jan. 14, 2022 at 7:11 a.m.
TALLAHASSEE – Florida's 175 state parks, trails and historic sites offer beautiful backdrops for recreational and nature-based photos, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection notes it wants to see them from visitors' points of view.
Capture the Magic of Florida’s Natural Beauty for a Chance to Win a Paddleboard and Other Prizes
In collaboration with its retail and reservation management provider, Florida State Parks is launching this year's annual photo contest, Explore Florida State Parks.
"We have had extraordinary attendance at our parks, and we know along with that comes an increasing number of incredible images of our beaches, inland waterways, forests and trails," said Chuck Hatcher, acting director of Florida State Parks. "To entice more interest in our longstanding photo contest, we have upgraded our prizes and will add an honorable mention for each photo category. I’m excited to see the special memories created while exploring our beautiful parks."
Submissions will be accepted on the photo contest website. The contest is open to all Florida State Parks visitors, and the submission period will run from Jan. 13 through March 10.
Each entrant can submit up to five photos, one in each of the five following categories: Explore Nature; Explore New Points of View;
Explore Parks in Motion; Explore Trails; and Explore Wildlife.
First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected from all submissions by a panel of employees from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The first-place winner will receive a Florida State Parks-branded stand-up paddleboard, a Florida State Parks Family Annual Entrance Pass and a BioLite FirePit.
The three winners will be announced in early April 2022. For a full list of prizes, please visit the photo contest website at https://photocontest.floridastateparks.org/2022.
Williston Church Of God Cook Team
helps WPD and WFR, again
Gordon Banning (left) and Duane Fugate stand next to the hot, smoky charcoal-powered grills as the cooking staff and equipment prepare to launch the big steak-cooking mission.
Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 9, 2022 at 8:11 a.m.
WILLISTON – For all of the men and women honored Friday night (Jan. 7), as well as for all of the people who watched the Williston Police & Fire 2020-2021 Awards Banquet, a team of other people voluntarily gave their service.
Some of the steaks donated for the 140 diners are seen in their Igloo container moments before being placed on the grill. Seen here, the steaks are perfectly seasoned before their final destination on plates, where diners were able to cut them with plastic forks, because they were so tender, juicy and delicious.
Four of the pans for twice-baked potatoes stand ready for heating Friday night. Green beans, rolls and other food was enjoyed by more than 100 diners that night.
Even with the clock ticking for the team of volunteers to complete its mission of serving steak and chicken dinners to 140 people, they take a moment to accommodate a visiting journalist who was seeking this photo opportunity. Seen here (from left) are Linda Fugate, Jeff Holcomb, Ann-Marie Langford, Dot Daniel and Edna Stokes.
Gordon Banning (left) and Duane Fugate put the steaks on the hot grills. These guys have mastered the art of grilling a lot of food to serve a bunch of people while providing a high quality of tasty cuisine.
Kadence Kennedy and Leigha Byrd deliver salads Friday night and are seen here as they pause for five seconds to allow a visiting journalist to capture their likeness in action.
Fire Chief Lamar Stegall and Police Chief Dennis Strow noted their appreciation for the volunteers from Williston Church of God for their cooking talents. The two chiefs also mentioned their gratitude to the Williston Church of God; the Friends of Williston Police; Williston Tire and Automotive Owner Alan Suggs; Williston Crossing RV Resort; Wayne Hopping (provider of chickens and more); the 2X4 Men’s Ministry; Williston Central Christian Academy; and First Baptist Church of Williston, and others who helped bring the annual banquet to fruition.
Outside working at two charcoal-powered grills as they cooked enough steaks to serve 140 people were Duane Fugate and Gordan Banning, with Jeff Holcomb, too. Herb Waters of the Williston Crossing RV Resort provided support as well.
Meanwhile working in the kitchen of the clubhouse, and also known for their service over the years not only for the WPD and WFR but also at the Williston Church of God, were Linda Fugate, Dot Daniel, Edna Stokes, Ann-Marie Langford and Jeff Holcomb as he served indoors as well as outdoors.
While there have been youths from the First United Methodist Church of Williston serving tea and refilling glasses at these annual banquets over the past several years, there were only two young women from the Williston Church of God congregation who delivered tossed salads to every table for the 140 guests.
As for tea service, sweet and unsweet, and water, that was self-serve this year.
As for the lack of Methodist Youth Fellowship members this year serving, the United Methodist Church in Florida has taken steps to avoid the spread of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and it is acting with precaution as the virus’ mutations claim lives, send people to hospitals to prevent those deaths, and the church is doing what it can to reduce the discomfort to lesser degrees for people suffering from COVID-19 all over the world.
Kadence Kennedy and Leigha Byrd delivered the salads Friday night.
Meals were served cafeteria style with people enjoying the grilled steaks, chicken, green beans, twice-baked potatoes, rolls and either banana pudding or peach cobbler.
The RV resort’s clubhouse was very well decorated with lots of fire department and police department items. Each of the tables had a pair of novelty handcuffs, as well as an attractively lit glass vase with plastic flowers. Hand sanitizer was plentiful as well.
As for people distancing themselves from one another or wearing facemasks, that did not happen. Handshakes and hugs were plentiful. As for the press, there appeared to be only one media outlet that is part of The Fourth Estate accepting the invitation to cover the annual awards ceremony. A table with six seats was occupied by a lone reporter.
Four Williston students honored
Mayor Jerry Robinson opens the program by speaking with Kierra Andrews, the first award recipient of the night.
Story And Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Jan. 5, 2022 at 9:11 p.m.
WILLISTON – Students from Williston Elementary School, Joyce Bullock Elementary School, Vision Christian Academy of Williston and Williston High School were honored Tuesday night (Jan. 4) with the Mayor’s Student of the Month Award for December 2021.
Mayor Jerry Robinson gives Kierra Andrews her certificate as Student of the Month.
Each student received a certificate noting they are a Student of The Month, a certificate for a pizza from a franchise pizza outlet, a pin with Florida and United States flags, and a City of Williston pin.
Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson made the presentations.
Perhaps the most precocious student who has been awarded the Mayor’s Student of the Month Award since it was started years ago is Kierra Andrews.
The young Ms. Andrews is a 16-year-old who just recently graduated from Williston High School and has earned more than 30 credit hours already from her dual-enrollment at the College of Central Florida.
While Andrews was a student at Williston Middle High School, the teacher who nominated her was Kristen Larson. Teacher Larson noted that Andrews is a motivated student and a natural leader.
This teacher is certain this student will attain her goals in life.
Among Andrews’ accomplishments that were noted is that she started a recycle club at WMHS.
Also at WMHS, Andrews was a president of the Health Occupations Students of America chapter. It was noted by Larson that Andrews did an excellent job motivating students.
Andrews’ parent was noted to be Danae Bateman.
This recent graduate, even at the age of 16 years old, has taken over teaching 21 ninth-grade AVID students. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is an in-school academic support program for grades seven through 12. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for college eligibility and success.
Andrews was the teacher’s aide, but after the teacher left the job, the WMHS administration and the School Board allowed Andrews to accept this responsibility of being the teacher. Andrews has been doing an excellent job of juggling teaching and being a student, Larson noted.
And Tuesday night, the young lady mentioned she is holding down two jobs as well.
Not only is Andrews on her way to college, with a preference toward the learning at the University of North Carolina, where she has applied, she has a goal for a profession.
Andrews decided she wants to be a federal military prosecutor, and she wants to serve in that capacity at Fort Leavenworth.
Fort Leavenworth is a United States Army installation located in Leavenworth County, Kansas, in the city of Leavenworth, roughly 20 miles northwest of Kansas City.
As for her choice of a particular college of law, Andrews had not made that decision as of Jan. 4. She mentioned that she is inclined to look at an Ivy League law school, however the cost of completing her post-graduate work there may make that dream prohibitive.
Larson noted that as a teacher she considered Andrews to be “a true pleasure to have in class! Kierra is always trying to do better. She always asks for constructive criticism, and she is always willing to help.”
Mayor Jerry Robinson reads the reasons Kyrin Penny earned the title as Student of the Month. Penny was the only student who followed the current CDC guidelines to wear a mask indoors to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC had said on Monday night (Jan. 3) that even people who have been vaccinated, and had their booster, should wear masks indoors, keep their distance from others and practice other hygienic methods to reduce the spread.
The next student to accept a certificate as Student of the Month, a certificate for a pizza, a flag pin and a city pin is a middle school student from Vision Christian Academy.
Kyrin Penny is an eighth grade student whose parent is listed as Chaka Penny.
He was nominated by Sharonda Watkins, who noted
“Kyrin puts forth all his effort in his work. He makes very good grades.”
She noted that the young man is one of the most well-mannered students she knows.
“He doesn't hesitate to help others with tasks, and is a big encourager in the classroom and out of the classroom. He also is a
great leader, being an example to other students and athletes that academics come first and play a major role in your future. It is a pleasure to have Kyrin in my class.”
The mayor asked the student about his favorite sport. Penny said he is on the middle school basketball team.
Mayor Jerry Robinson prepares to start speaking with Alivia Westbrook about why she earned the distinction as Student of the Month.
A fifth grade student at Williston Elementary School was the next student to be honored that night.
Alivia Westbrook, whose parent was listed as Jennifer Westbrook, was nominated by WES teacher Pricilla Fugate-Hiers.
Fugate-Hiers noted that “Alivia is an exceptional young lady. She is always eager to learn and has excellent participation in class.
“Alivia is very responsible and consistently puts forth her
best effort to succeed academically,” her teacher continued. “Her teachers and fellow students appreciate her positive attitude and consideration for others. It is a pleasure to recognize Alivia as not only her STEAM teacher's student of the month for December but for Williston Elementary School Student of the Month. She embodies the qualities of a model WES student.”
STEAM is an acronym for “science, technology, engineering and math.”
Mayor Jerry Robinson starts to speak to Kyan Raelynn Smith as he tells the kindergartener why she is being named as Student of the Month.
The youngest award recipient of the night Kyan Raelynn Smith holds her certificates for a free pizza, and for being honored as Student of the Month as the mayor gives her flag pins and a City of Williston pin.
A kindergarten student at Joyce Bullock Elementary was the next student to be honored.
Kyan Raelynn Smith, whose parent was listed as Kathy Smith, was nominated by “Miss Bannon,” who said “Kyan is a deserving of this award! When I met her at our ‘Meet the Teacher’ night, I knew she was a special child, and she has proven that.
“Kyan is funny, kind, smart and has the sweetest heart! Academically, Kyan always give her best effort and continues to grow each day,” the teacher continued. “You cannot teach effort, motivation and perseverance. This little girl just has it! Kyan is one of the kindest kids I have met.”
Her teacher noted the child is respectful to adults, but it is the way she interacts with her peers that makes her stand out.
“Kyan is always willing to help,” Bannon said. “This could mean playing with someone who may not have a friend, walking with another student who may not know how to get somewhere on our campus, or helping a friend during our center rotations.”
After the mayor asked her if she helps people, Kyan said, “When somebody is sad, I make them happy.”
The audience applauded to recognize the little girl’s innocent statement reflecting her nature.
Her teacher continued with citing reasons for this nomination.
“Kyan has so many positive characteristics! I could go on and on listing all of the reasons why Kyan was chosen our JBE, City of Williston Kindergarten Mayor Student of the Month,” Bannon noted.
The students pose for parents, the press and others taking pictures after the presentations.
Christmas Cash winner
selected by Inky the Cat
Lavonia Luke is seen with the envelope that had $100 cash she won in the Christmas Cash Contest.
Story and Photo
By Jeff M. Hardison
Video By Sharon Hardison
© Dec. 12, 2021 at 5:11 p.m.
JEMLANDS – Lavonia Luke of Levy County won the $100 Christmas Cash Contest and she was presented with the cash on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 12).
As shown in the video above, Inky the cat Hardison selects Lavonia Luke as the winner of $100 cash in the Christmas Cash Contest. From all of the people who provided correct answers related to Christmas songs, her name was selected. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO SEE THE CAT PICK THE WINNER.
Video By Sharon Hardison © Dec. 12, 2021 at
Luke presented Jeff and Sharon Hardison with a jar of her homemade jelly as a gift when she accepted the award in the parking lot of the Chiefland Post Office, which was a good landmark for the presentation.
Inky the cat Hardison chose the winner’s name after a relatively interesting procedure.
Jeff and Sharon agreed it was different since the passing of Goldy the cat Hardison, the former senior mascot of HardisonInk.com. Goldy passed away on Aug. 25, 2o21. Inky misses her feline friend, too, however she has accepted the duty of selecting a winning name when called upon to do so.
Appleton Museum of Art
to open new show
‘Heart Of The Horse:
Photographs by Juliet van Otteren’
Oct. 9, 2021-April 24, 2022
Contemplation 1/19,’ 2003, Silver gelatin print, 16 x 20 in.
Story and Art Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Sept. 1, 2021 at 10:11 a.m.
OCALA -- The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces “Heart of the Horse: Photographs by Juliet van Otteren,” on view Oct. 9, 2021-April 24, 2022.
The 40 black and white photographs of horses reflect the beauty and complexity of these exquisite animals.
Internationally acclaimed photographer Juliet van Otteren’s photographs seek more than the simple documentation of beautiful horses. Rather, her black and white images strive to capture their essence, perhaps even a glimpse into their souls. By spending significant time with a limited number of equine subjects, van Otteren is able to forge an intimate connection that captures their grace, close familial relationships, playfulness, and their ancient bond with us as human beings.
Juliet van Otteren began creating photographs when she lived in various communities in the Himalayas and the Middle East. After living in the serenity of the English countryside for many years, van Otteren returned to the United States in the late 1990s and is now based in Florida.
Her work is in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in Paris, among many others. Private collections include those of Gloria Vanderbilt, William Kennedy, Isabel Allende and Stephen Hawking.
Today, van Otteren continues to travel the world creating unique images. The accompanying catalog, “Heart of the Horse,” with texts by astrophysicist and author Alan Lightman and a foreword by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, was published by Barnes & Noble in 2004. The book will be available for purchase in the Appleton Store.
The Appleton Museum, Artspace and Store are open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. A campus of 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 https://www.appletonmuseum.org/.
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