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FGC alumni reuniting
on stage for ‘The 1940s Radio Hour’


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Published July 12, 2024 at 1:30 p.m.
     LAKE CITY –
Florida Gateway College alumni spanning five decades of FGC Theatre history are coming together for two live performances of “The 1940’s Radio Hour” on Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27.




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     Originally debuting on Broadway in 1979, the musical by Walton Jones features popular songs of the 1940s and tells the story of a New York radio station’s final holiday broadcast of the “Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade” in December of 1942. The show follows the station’s producer, performers, crew, and more as they record the broadcast for American soldiers abroad in World War II.
     “It has been an incredible experience re-staging ‘The 1940s Radio Hour’ after over 40 years,” said Pat Gagliano, 1983 FGC graduate and co-director of the show. “It was the right show for our reunion because we had cast members who wanted to play on the same stage we did decades ago. And thanks to the support from FGC, this show is a treat for all involved.”
     “The 1940s Radio Hour” first hit the stage of FGC (then Lake City Community College) in 1983 under the direction of Dr. Paul Ferguson, then Director of Theatre at LCCC. Featuring a cast and crew including FGC alumni from as far back as the 1970’s, the production will be a celebration of the history and legacy of Florida Gateway College Performing Arts.
     “After a five-year hiatus from producing musicals at FGC, I am so happy to have the privilege of producing the first musical in which I ever performed,” said producer Crystal Janasiewicz. “Life has come full circle. A special thank you to our leadership, (FGC President) Dr. Barrett and (Dean) Kacey Mimbs for their support with this endeavor.”
     Tickets now available at fgc.thundertix.com - Adults: $10 Kids & Seniors: $5.


Bronson fireworks show
lights up the sky on Fourth of July

Bronson Fireworks
A series of quick blasts produced this bright explosion of color.
Story and Photos
By Terry Witt, HardisonInk Correspondent
© July 5, 2024 at 9:30 p.m.
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     BRONSON --
Bronson celebrated the nation’s 248th birthday Thursday night with a Fourth of July festival and fireworks show that lit up the night sky for a capacity crowd at James H. Cobb Park.

     “God bless America! USA! USA!” some people in the crowd shouted while others applauded to show their appreciation.
     Bronson Fire Chief Jeff DiMaggio, soaked in sweat after shooting off about 1,500 fireworks with a team of the town’s firefighters, said he was wearing earplugs to block out the sound of the exploding shells and didn’t hear the patriotic shouts.
     But he said the fireworks show was a success.
     “We did well. No one got hurt. That was the main thing,” Chief DiMaggio said.

Bronson Fireworks
The team of Bronson firefighters that put on the fireworks show is pictured before the show began. Seen here (from left) are Lt. Bob Smith, firefighter Dustin Mock, firefighter Trevor Castor, Town Councilman and Fire Commissioner Tyler Voorhees, firefighter Jaquan Daniels, firefighter Phoenex Hoover, firefighter Austin Colman and Fire Chief Jeff DiMaggio.

Bronson Fireworks
One huge blast lights up the night sky as the fireworks show begins.

     The celebration was organized largely by the new administrative assistant at Town Hall, Vicky Corbin, an enthusiastic part-time employee who was on the job at the celebration getting everything set up.
     “The organization was all due to Vicky Corbin,” Town Manager Sue Beaudet said. “When the Town Council decided they wanted to do this event, I handed it to her and she loves it.”
     A bounce house, vendors, food trucks were part of the festivities. The movie Top Gun was shown after the fireworks.
Bronson is a small town by anyone’s standards, and people seem to like it that way.

Bronson Fireworks
Singer Houston Keen of Chiefland performs for the crowd.

Bronson Fireworks
The talented Bronson Youth League 16 and under team is headed for the Babe Ruth World Series. The district championship banner pictured here was displayed at a tent where people were trying to raise money for the trip. To read the first story published about this, go to the COMMUNITY PAGE

Bronson Fireworks
Three members of the state champion Babe Ruth Girls team stop at the tent of District 1 Levy County Commission candidate Charlie Kennedy for a donation. Shown (from left) are Ruth Arnold, Julianne Lampton and Candence Kirby. The girls were raising money to play in the Babe Ruth World Series. Kennedy donated. John Meeks, another District 1 Levy County Commission candidate, gave the team two checks at the July 2 County Commission meeting.

Bronson Fireworks
Amber Schuler shows off her Kase's Boiled Peanut Express. It smelled great. She said it was a bit on the hot side with flavor.

Bronson Fireworks
Sherry and Jaime Morales show off their granddaughter Kimmie Morales.

Bronson Fireworks
The vendor tent area at the festival was splashed with red, white and blue colors.

Bronson Fireworks
Brody Brablic enjoys another ride down the bounce house slide.

     Teresa Kilpatrick came to the celebration with her grandson Brody Brablic who clearly enjoyed the bounce house and its air-filled slide. Kilpatrick said she has lived in Bronson fire years. Her grandson is from Hollywood and is spending the summer with her.
     “It took a while to get used to everybody waving at me in Bronson but we love it here,” Kilpatrick said. 
     She discovered the festival last year when she saw all the trucks pouring into the park for the Fourth.
      “We just stayed and it was great,” Kilpatrick said. “I’ve been here five years. Some days I don’t see anyone all day long.”
     She does not live in town. She lives on a lime rock road in the countryside.
     One vendor tent was set up to raise funds to assist the state champion Babe Ruth League Girls Softball team, for players 16 years of age and younger. They will play in the Babe Ruth Softball World Series in Florence, Alabama.
     Three of the players, Candace Kirby, Juliane Lampton and Ruth Arnold stopped by the tent of District 1 County Commission candidate to sell raffle ticks.
     To read the first story published about this, go to the COMMUNITY PAGE. 
     The girls, who play under the banner of Bronson Youth Sports, were undefeated in district and state tournament action. 
     One of the vendor tents was set up in memory of Kimberly Morales, the young daughter of Sherry and Jaime Morales who lost her life in a 2019 ATV accident near Williston.
     The Morales' tent at the festival was full of baked goods and other items that were being sold by Kimberly’s family to raise money to help young people in the community.
     “It was an ATV accident and she lost her life. She lived three days but never regained consciousness. We donated her organs. That’s where the giving started. I think it was a shock to Williston,” Sherry Morales said.
     She said the Williston community began giving them money. Morales said she didn’t want the money and it just sat there for a long time. After giving it some thought, Morales and her husband decided to start giving it away in their daughter’s memory. They now give college scholarships at graduation, athletic scholarships, Little League sponsorships, backpacks and Christmas gifts.
     “A Levy County School Board social worker contacted us three years ago. We went from helping a family of six at Christmas to giving gifts to 35 kids, and it grew and grew and now we’re giving to more than 200. We give it away in her memory because we love to help people,” Morales said.


"Common Thread: Photographs
by Theresa Segal" to open
at CF Appleton Museum of Art

Theresa Segal, “Dress Forms,” Lightner Museum series, 2014, Digital fine art print, 14- by 20-inch.

Story and Photos Provided
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relation
Published July 4, 2024 at 7:45 a.m.
     OCALA --
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will present “Common Thread: Photographs by Theresa Segal” from July 27, 2024-Jan. 5, 2025.

     Opening in the museum’s Balcony Gallery for Florida Artists, “Common Thread” is a comprehensive anthology showcasing the work of Segal. This career-spanning collection of photographs delves into a subject she knows well: her native state, Florida. The exhibition features a diverse array of subjects, from the formal gardens of Vizcaya in Miami to the storage spaces of the Lightner Museum in the City of Saint Augustine. Whether she is exploring historic buildings and neighborhoods, parks or rural landscapes, Segal's aesthetic remains both intimate and singular.

Theresa Segal, “Río Duaba,” Shared Vision of Cuba series, 2003, Gelatin silver print, 19- by 19-inch. Florida Institute of Technology 2021 transfer.

     Also included, are black-and-white gelatin silver prints from a collaborative photography project exploring Baracoa, Cuba. Shot on film using a medium format camera, the photos were exhibited in Havana, Cuba, and then were shown throughout the state of Florida in 2005, and are now part of the Appleton’s permanent collection.
     Following photography’s progression from film to digital methods, Segal’s images retain a common vision. Much of her influences come from the Southern Gothic genre and she embraces the tropes with a darkly romantic approach. While her photographs are often symmetrically composed within a clinically square composition, they have a timeless, surreal quality. The act of photographing is of particular significance, which she views as “an occasion for quiet contemplation and opportunity to connect and create – it’s as much an expression as it is a meditation.”
     Regular admission fees apply to visit. Admission is free on the first Saturday of each month as part of the Free First Saturday program. Join the artist on the Sept. 7 Free First Saturday for two tours of “Common Thread.” Tours will meet at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Balcony Gallery for Florida Artists. Tours are free; no reservation is needed to attend. 

About Theresa Segal
     Segal was born in St. Augustine, Florida, where she attended Flagler College and later taught photography in the same classroom where she had discovered her love of the medium.
     She studied photography at the Southeast Center for Photography at Daytona State College and the University of North Florida. The artist has received numerous grants for her work including several Individual Artist Grants from the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida, the Florida Department of State and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely across the state of Florida. 
     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 State Road 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 AppletonMuseum.org.


Bay scallop season opens July 1
in Franklin – northwest Taylor County
and Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties

Scallops 2024

Story and Graphic Provided By FWC
Published June 26, 2024 at 1 p.m.
The 2024 recreational bay scallop season from Franklin County through northwestern Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark and St. Marks) as well as portions of Levy County and all of Citrus and Hernando counties (including Cedar Key, Crystal River and Homosassa) opens July 1 and will remain open through Sept. 24.

     The daily bag limit in these areas is 2 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or 1/2 gallon (4 pints) shucked bay scallop meat per vessel.
     Throughout the season and region-wide, vessel limits do not allow an individual to exceed their personal bag limit.
     Throughout the season and region-wide, vessel limits do not allow an individual to exceed their personal bag limit.
     Harvest of bay scallops is permitted only by hand or by using a landing or dip net. Commercial harvest is prohibited.
     Recreational harvesters need a Florida saltwater fishing license to harvest bay scallops unless they are exempt from needing a license or have a no-cost shoreline fishing license and are wading from shore to collect scallops (i.e., feet do not leave the bottom to swim, snorkel or SCUBA, and harvesters do not use a vessel to reach or return from the harvest location). 
     To purchase a Saltwater fishing license, visit https://gooutdoorsflorida.com/, call toll-free 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356) or purchase through the Fish|Hunt FL app on Apple and Android devices.

Boater and scalloper safety
     A few things to remember that will make diving for scallops safe for divers and boaters alike:
     When scalloping in open water, divers should stay within 300 feet of a correctly displayed divers-down flag or within 100 feet of a divers-down flag if on a river, inlet or navigation channel.
     Always operate your boat at idle speed when traveling within 300 feet of a divers-down flag in open water or within 100 feet of a divers-down flag on a river, inlet or navigational channel.

Seagrass awareness
     It is a violation of Florida law to damage seagrass beds in some areas within state waters. Boaters should avoid traveling through seagrass beds in shallow water, which can cause propeller scars, and should stay within the marked navigation channels whenever possible.
     Seagrasses are the principal food for endangered marine animals such as manatees and green sea turtles, act as natural filters to help purify the water, and serve as important habitat for a wide variety of marine life, like the bay scallop.

Stow it, don’t throw it
     Do not discard scallop shells in inshore waters commonly used for recreational activities, such as near boat ramps or swimming areas. Piles of discarded scallop shells can create hazards for swimmers and damage seagrass habitat.
     Scallop shells can be discarded in a trash receptacle or in larger bodies of water where they are more likely to disperse. Also, don’t forget to stow trash securely on the vessel so that it doesn’t blow overboard.


Local Ham radio operators
share with others at 2024 ARRL Field Day

Ham Operators
Among the first Ham radio operators on the scene, even before the official start on Saturday (June 22) are Gilchrist County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and Dixie Amateur Radio Klub (Darklub) President Mike Shaffer of Trenton (standing on left); ARES and Darklub Secretary Fred Lewis of Trenton (also standing in the background); and Darklub Treasurer Amy Woods, who is also an ARES member, sitting with microphone in hand.

Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © June 23, 2023 at 4 p.m.
Local amateur radio operators spent 24 hours in the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center, north of Bell, next to U.S. Highway 129 on June 22 and 23.

     These radio operators are known as Ham radio operators colloquially. They participated in the 2024 ARRL Field Day. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the largest membership association of amateur radio enthusiasts in the United States.
     This set of enthusiasts are members of the Gilchrist County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and the Dixie Amateur Radio Klub (Darklub).
     Members of the two clubs spent the entire time, from 2 p.m. on Saturday (June 22) until 1:59 p.m. on Sunday, (June 23), as they participated in the 2024 ARRL Field Day.
     Gilchrist County Emergency Management Director Ralph Smith hosted the event.

Ham Operators
Maria Rivero of Dixie County is a Dixie Amateur Radio Klub member in good standing. She enjoys chatting with people from all around the world as a licensed amateur radio operator.

Ham Operators
A small paper sign shows interested parties that the event is indoors at the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center this year.

Ham Operators
It’s not really visible, but a thin wire running from the portable temporary tower and going to the right, where it connects to a rooftop serves as the antenna for Ham radio operators. When cell towers are lost in disasters, mobile Ham radio units can help people stay connected to communicate for planning and support the needs of recovery, as well as to provide distant family members with updates on their family members.

Ham Operators
This is a view of the front doors to the Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center on Saturday (June 22). When there is enough warning before a disaster, people begin working here to prepare for a pending hurricane or other event. They stay here through and after the disaster, too, as this is a center for emergency operations in Gilchrist County then.

     Among the first on the scene, even before the 2 p.m. official start on Saturday were ARES and Darklub President Mike Shaffer of Trenton; ARES and Darklub Secretary Fred Lewis of Trenton; Darklub Treasurer Amy Woods, who is also an ARES member; and Darklub member Maria Rivero of Dixie County.
     Darklub (Dixie Amateur Radio Klub) monthly meetings are every third Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. They are in the Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 N.E. 11th Ave., in Trenton, just off of U.S. Highway 129 near Trenton High School.
     The Dixie Amateur Radio Klub has its roots in Dixie County, where more than two decades ago it met in an unincorporated part of Dixie County near the municipality of Cross City. The annual ARRL Field Day activity has been organized since 1933 by ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States.
     To read a story and see photos from an ARRL event in July of 2018 in Levy County, click HERE.
     Hams from across the United States and Canada ordinarily participate in Field Day by establishing temporary ham radio stations in public locations to demonstrate their skill and service.
     This year, the group met in the air-conditioned Gilchrist County Emergency Operations Center, using a temporary antenna as well as a more permanent antenna.
     The ARRL Field Day highlights Ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent, wireless communications network.
     The Gilchrist County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) has six members currently, Lewis said. During a disaster such as a hurricane two ARES members are among the people stationed in the Emergency Operations Center north of Bell on U.S. Highway 129, Lewis said.
     Darklub and ARES President Shaffer has an extensive history as an active member of the Trenton Fire Department (TFD). The 71-year-old Shaffer started with the TFD in 1993 and now serves the department in areas other than active firefighting. Even before his service to people with the Trenton Fire Department -- starting 30 years ago -- Shaffer was involved as a Ham radio operator.
     For more information about ARRL Field Day and ham radio, contact Dixie Amateur Radio Klub (Darklub) and Gilchrist County ARES Sectary Fred Lewis (KO4YOL) at 352-214-6557 or send him an email to fredko4yol@gmail.com.
     To see the story about Field Day 2023 in Gilchrist County, click HERE.



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