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FWC conducts aquatic plant
control on Lake Rousseau
Published Nov. 10, 2018 at 10:48 p.m.
CTRUS-LEVY-MARION -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau on Nov. 13 and 14, weather permitting.
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Lake Rousseau is part of the Withlacoochee River and is in parts of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties west of Dunnellon.
Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in established boat trails on the lake. Boat trails requiring hydrilla treatment to maintain navigation include County Trail B, Shoreline south of County Trail C, Lighthouse Cove and River Retreats Trail.
Biologists anticipate treating approximately 137 acres of hydrilla with herbicides approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“There will be no restrictions on recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming, during the treatment period,” said Bruce Jaggers, an FWC invasive plant management biologist. “Any edible fish caught that are legal to keep may be consumed.”
There is a seven-day restriction on using water from treated areas for drinking or for animal consumption. However, there are no restrictions for other uses of treated water such as irrigating turf, ornamental plants and crops.
Hydrilla is an invasive aquatic plant spread easily by boats throughout Florida’s lakes and rivers.
While recreational anglers and waterfowl hunters may see some benefits from hydrilla, there are other potential impacts to consider including negative impacts to beneficial native habitat, navigation, flood control, potable and irrigation water supplies, recreation, and the aesthetic qualities of lakes.
The FWC strives to balance these needs while managing hydrilla.
2018 Club Championship
Terri Harris earns first place for third consecutive year.
Story and Photos
By Shirley Meggs
Published Nov. 8, 2018 at 4:18 p.m.
CHIEFLAND -- The 2018 Club Championship for the Chiefland Women’s Golf Association was held at Chiefland Golf and Country Club this past month.
The ladies were playing on three consecutive weeks with one week being interrupted by Hurricane Michael. With better weather the other weeks, the scoring was good as the course held up well and was in excellent condition.
For the third consecutive year, Terri Harris took first place with a scorching 84 on her final week of play this year. Terri retains her personalized parking spot and takes club honors again at the annual end of the year tournament.
Coming in second with a score of 96 on her final week was Linda Buchanan.
Terri Harris, the first-place winner (left), stands with Linda Buchanan, the second-place finalist this year.
Dee Kreuter, the first-place champion in the second flight.
Both ladies are in the first flight at the club. Ladies are flighted according to their handicap. Deanna Kreuter took first place in the second flight posting some great scores in her flight over the three-week period. Denise Boyle took second place in the second flight.
Congratulations to all the ladies that played and especially to the ladies that scored so well. All ladies in the area are welcome to come and participate in the Chiefland Women’s Golf Association which meets and plays every Wednesday at 9 a.m.
Even if you are just in the area for a short time, the ladies welcome all visitors to come and play. Chiefland Golf and Country Club is located on Manatee Road (State Road 320 West) about one mile east of Manatee Springs State Park.
Come and enjoy our beautiful course!
Column and Photo
By Myrtice Scabarozi © Nov. 7, 2018 at 11:08 a.m.
LEVY COUNTY – The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (Nov. 1) 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).
Ann was showing us how to make a pillowcase dress using the ribbons and bindings that have been donated. Cheryl and Sara were planning to make a few. The dresses will be given to First United Methodist Church of Chiefland for distribution.
Correctional Officer Greg and the adult male inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution (LCI)were out this week. We’ve finally caught up on outside work. They’ve completed the modification of the quilt racks. We are able to hang up all of the wall hangings and throws -- so, we have more room for the larger quilts now. Thanks for your help, LCI.
Many boxes of quilt magazines and books were brought in this week. Thanks Cathy. There are several interesting books in these group.
The Backyard Pickers (band members) were here Saturday (Nov. 3) and their musical performance was wonderful. Thanks Backyard Pickers! The snowbirds are back and joining in the fun. Listening to the band is definitely a stress reducer.
We've been able to get all the of children's items into one area, thanks to the modified racks.
We now have more room to display the larger quilts.
Cedar Key Arts Center
Register today (Nov. 6)
for Pine Needle Basketry
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 6, 2018 at 9:18 a.m.
CEDAR KEY -- Bunny Hand opened the 2018 season of Cedar Key Arts Center Workshops on Monday (Nov. 5) with Sewing Help.
Following are the workshops for November as the art workshops continue this season. Register at the Cedar Keyhole Artists Co-op, 457 Second St. in Cedar Key, or contact the instructor directly.
Artists who want to participate, need to register for the Nov. 9 event today (Nov. 6), because the deadline to register was extended until the end of business today.
● Nov. 9, Friday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. -- Pine Needle Basketry with Diane Moore. Spend the day creating a unique pine needle basket using the same techniques as the early Florida Pioneers. It will make a perfect holiday gift for family or friends. Beginning, intermediate and advanced students invited. $50 including supplies, $55.00 if you are non- member. A supply list of things to bring with you will be provided. Call Diane 386-405-0367 or register at the Keyhole. Maximum eight artists, Minimum four artist. The deadline was one week before class, however if you complete it before the end of today (Nov. 6), you could be one of the eight artists who gets to enjoy this fun workshop.
● Nov. 12, 19, & 26 (Mondays)
10:30 -1:30 Machine Quilt it Yourself on Your Home Machine with Bunny Hand. Explore straight lines and curves while you make a sample of machine quilting. We will use the walking foot and free motion foot for an amazingly easy and smooth look. You can expect help with thread, tension, and marking. $50, (members), $55 (non-members). The supply list is at The Salty Needle Quilt Shop. Register with Bunny at email@example.com or at the Keyhole.
● Nov. 20, Tuesday
6:30-8:30 p.m. -- Card Making “Paint Party” with Betsy Thurston. Participants will cut, stamp, assemble, embellish and create unique cards with supplies and materials provided by the instructor. $22 for members, $27 for non-members. Light refreshments provided by CKAC. Call Betsy 352-681-1461 or register at Keyhole. Maximum of 12 artists-students. Deadline is one week before the class.
● Nov 27, Tuesday
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Swarvoski Crystal Beaded Bracelet with Joni Sielaff. Make a right angle crystal bracelet using crystals, seed beads and a magnetic clasp. The cost is $20 per student, $25 if non-member of CKAC -- plus $15 for supplies for each participant regardless of CKAC membership. Register at the Keyhole or contact Joni directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maximum five artists. Minimum two artists. The deadline for registering is one week before the class.
First light results
in first deer being taken
This five-point buck is the one taken by Jack Strahle on Saturday morning (Nov. 3).
Photo by Jack Strahle
By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 4, 2018 at 2:28 p.m.
CHIEFLAND -- On Saturday (Nov. 3), customers visiting Cash Munny Gun & Pawn in Chiefland may have heard about the first deer that was taken earlier that day when first light opened the 2018 season.
Jack Strahle with the deer he took at first light on Saturday.
Photo by Yancey Hudson
Jack Strahle, one of the people who helps people with the pawn-oriented aspects of their lives, was able to take a five-point buck before showing up to work that morning.
He is certain it was the first deer taken this season, because it was relatively soon after first light when he was able to harvest the animal. Strahle said he did not travel extremely far into the woods that morning, because he knew he only had so much time before he would be needed in the pawn shop.
Joining him on this hunt venture was Yancey Hudson, a principal owner of the pawn shop.
Strahle said he thought a set of does who were nearby were going to ruin his odds for getting a buck on Saturday morning, because they were making all sorts of noises. Then, they left. Soon afterward as the sun took to the sky, Strahle saw his shot and he took it.
Bingo! He had his first deer of the season. He then took his trophy animal for proper use, and he still made it to work soon enough so that the boss was happy.
For the visitors of the pawn shop that morning, they could also learn about buying silencers and buying machine guns. At least one lucky shopper had an opportunity to watch a video of more than 30 rounds being fired from a machine gun within a matter of seconds.
For more information about buying machine guns, various other weapons, ammunition for them, or to buy a silencer, visit Cash Munny Gun & Pawn.
Hudson is a gunsmith, as well as being a Class III firearms dealer.
Cash Munny also has gold, jewelry, coins and more. It is the place to go for pawn-oriented activities, and perhaps to hear stories about hunting in the area as well as other topics.
Chiefland claims Levy County
over Williston -- 31 to 14
Chiefland celebrates its win over Williston Friday night. The team gathered for a group photo with the Levy County Championship trophy.
Story and Photos
By Terry Witt © Nov. 3, 2018 at 8:08 p.m.
CHIEFLAND -- Chiefland defeated Williston 31-14 Friday night (Nov. 2) to claim the Levy County Championship and the trophy that goes with it.
Indian defensive back Arthur Lee goes high to break up a pass intended for Red Devil receiver Octavious Lee.
Chiefland running back Kirk Williams gains yardage before being tackled by Rhett Munden (22).
Williston's Octavious Lee picks up a block from Shane Crawford on a kickoff return.
Red Devil runner Jerome Collins is tackled by Jalen Rutledge as a second Chiefland defender arrives.
Chiefland's Amonte' Young turns on the jets on a 60-yard touchdown pass.
Chiefland senior football players stand their parents as they are honored on Senior Night at on the track around C. Doyle McCall Field as they face the audience in Pridgeon Stadium.
Chiefland senior cheerleaders and band members are honored on Senior Night with their parents.
The Indians finished the regular season 9-1 and Williston 3-8.
“Levy Champs, Levy Champs, Levy Champs,” the team chanted as CHS Head Varsity Football Coach Adam Gore handed them the coveted Levy County Championship trophy.
“We played with our hair on fire. We played with a lot of intensity and we played really undisciplined at times on both sides of the ball,” Gore said.
Gore said the fumbles that plagued the team all night can be corrected as the Indians get ready for the playoffs.
“I’m proud of the kids. I don’t want to talk too much about it tonight. We’ll fine tune it. We’re in the playoffs; first round bye, second seed in the region. We haven’t made the playoffs since 2004 and here we are,” Gore said.
Chiefland fumbled on its opening offensive series. The ball was recovered by Williston defensive lineman Issac Williams who rumbled 55 yards before being brought down at the Indian five-yard line.
Quarterback C.J. Strange crashed through a wall of Chiefland defenders on third and goal to score the first touchdown of the night. The extra point was good with 3:15 left in the first quarter. Williston led 7-0.
Chiefland drove 60 yards on its next possession to score on a 20-yard quarterback keeper by Ty Corbin. The extra point was good and the score was tied at 7-7 with 9:05 left in the second quarter.
The Indians forced Williston to punt on its next possession. Chiefland quickly scored on a 60-yard pass from Corbin to Amonte’ Young. He sprinted into the end zone alone. The extra point was good. The score was 14-7 with 2:31 left in the half.
Late in the half, Corbin hit Lint Jerrels on a 36-yard pass at the Williston nine-yard line. Williston kept the Indians out of the end zone but Noah Nguyen hit a 20-yard field goal to extend Chiefland’s lead to 17-7 with 14 seconds left in the half.
Chiefland opened the second half with big runs by Hunter Barrand and Jerrels that moved the ball to the 34 of Williston. Jerrels burst through the line for a 34-yard touchdown run to cap the drive. The extra point was good, giving Chiefland a 24-7 lead with 10:16 left in the third quarter.
The Indians added a final touchdown with 7:12 left in the third quarter when Corbin threw to Young for a 29-yard touchdown. The extra point was good. Chiefland led 31-7.
A fumbled snap by Chiefland with 6:18 left in the fourth quarter gave Williston an opportunity for its final touchdown of the night. The Red Devils drove from their own 33 and scored on a one-yard plunge by Strange. The extra point was good.
Baby Turtle Transported
This baby turtle was on one of the roads in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties on Wednesday (Oct. 24).
The turtle may not have experienced anything like it before, but he was lifted into the air and somehow landed about 10 feet toward the direction he was heading. Once on the ground, he continued on his way -- perhaps safer from having reduced the odds of being squished.
Photos By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 29, 2018 at 8:08 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays
at the Appleton Museum of Art
Published Oct. 22, 2018 at 2:28 p.m.
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OCALA – ‘Tis the season to celebrate the holidays at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, with holiday-inspired exhibitions, family day event and more!
Kick off the holiday season with some merry discounts in the Appleton Store, Nov. 23-25. Whether you plan to shop on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Museum Store Sunday, the Appleton Store has you covered. Appleton members will receive 30 percent off their purchase; 20 percent discount for nonmembers. This includes everything from holiday home decor and gifting, one-of-a-kind jewelry from local artists, art supplies and toys for children to scarves, hats and bags
with your favorite paintings on them. Books and items already on clearance are excluded from discounts.
Join us Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the annual Family Day event, celebrating the holidays and the “Urban Family Holiday Exhibition.” Enjoy free admission holiday-inspired exhibitions, the permanent collections, family friendly films in the auditorium and holiday crafts in the ARTSpace. From 1-3 p.m., take a horse-drawn carriage ride, have a picture taken with Santa and enjoy light refreshments in the Café.
On View in the Galleries:
Nov. 10-Dec. 30, the beloved “A Dickens Christmas: The Urban Family Holiday Exhibition” returns to deck the halls. This annual exhibition presents themed trees and other holiday decor from the collection of Ocala cardiologist Dr. Paul Urban, his wife, Joyce, and daughters, Katie, Kristie, Kassie and Karlie. The first floor will feature ornately decorated trees, miniature villages, nutcracker soldiers and other items collected by the Urban family.
Also on view through Dec. 30, trees and displays decorated by community groups and businesses will be on view in the second-floor galleries. Twelve businesses are participating: Allergy & Asthma Care of Florida, Appleton Museum of Art, Cindy Dunlow Frames & Official Florida Flamingo Museum, College of Central Florida Art Department, Demilio Photography, Family Times Magazine, Hiers-Baxley Community Care, Ocala Wine Experience, Temple Beth Shalom, The David & Lisa Midgett Foundation, Urban Counseling, and WOCA The Source.
Nov. 10-Jan. 6, enjoy the whimsical exhibition “Santa Classics: Ed Wheeler.” Wheeler had been dressing up as Santa Claus for years and, in 2011, decided to take it one step further by inserting himself into famous works of art. The results are very festive — and very humorous. He uses a high-resolution photograph of the work of art to fully integrate Santa through a multi-step process that incorporates the lighting, brush strokes and tonal values of the original work. The artist has applied this fun treatment to many popular paintings, including Sandro Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus,” Jacques-Louis David’s “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” and Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.” He has even applied this technique to the Appleton’s very own Christopher Still painting, “And My Father Before Me.” This painting was chosen in a poll by museum members and the public. Stop by this holiday season to see which of your favorite classical masterpieces have been given the “Santa treatment.”
The museum will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. 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 the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit http://appletonmuseum.org/.
Visual Artists’ Society’s
‘Best Of The Season’ exhibition
set to be at CF in Ocala
from Nov. 1 through Dec. 7
A Work Of Art By Carlos Ramirez
A Work Of Art By Ryan Neumann
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Provided By CF Marketing and Public Relations
Published Oct. 6, 2018 at 9:18 a.m.
OCALA — The Visual Artists’ Society presents the “Best of the Season” exhibition beginning on Nov. 1, at the College of Central Florida Webber Gallery, 3001 S.W. College Road, in Ocala.
“Best of the Season” will be judged and juried by Jeffrey Baisden, who has won numerous awards from the Colored Pencil Society of America.
The “Best of the Season” exhibit has always been a favorite of gallery visitors. The themes of this year’s exhibition are 39 Strokes and 50 Shades of Gray. The 39 Strokes theme is a challenge with the art elements and principles needing to be combined and simplified to be successful.
Most artists do not know how many strokes they take to finish a painting but it is definitely more than 39. In the 50 Shades of Grey theme all the colors are muted in grey tones empathizing tonal values throughout the composition. The viewer will see a range of white to black with all the shades of gray in between within the composition. Members of the Visual Artists’ Society were invited to create works relating to the themes, which resulted in an interesting exhibition.
VAS has more than 100 members from all over Marion County and Central Florida including professional and amateur artists, and many of CF’s talented students. VAS exhibits showcase a variety of styles and mediums, including more traditional paintings and photographs, as well as jewelry, sculpture, and digital media.
The exhibit will continue through Friday, Dec. 7. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The gallery is closed Saturday, Sunday and college-observed holidays. For additional information, call 352-873-5809.
Appleton posts After Hours
concert series schedule
Alpine Express gives an outdoor performance for Oktoberfest.
Southern Express Big Band plays the After Hours stage.
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By CF Marketing
Published Sept. 9, 10:28 p.m.
OCALA — The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, announces its 2018-2019 After Hours concert series schedule.
After Hours features local and regional musical talent and invites community members of all ages to enjoy lively performances, tasty bites from local restaurants and special displays of artwork from the Ocala Art Group.
The series kicks off in October with an Oktoberfest band, Alpine Express, who entertains audiences with singing, yodeling, audience-participation and more. The high-energy show consists of traditional Oktoberfest music, along with some unique folk instruments that can include alphorns, cowbells, the Holzanes G'Lächter (member of the xylophone family) and a singing saw.
In December, Marion Civic Chorale returns to present the sounds of the holidays. A new band is welcomed to the stage in February, New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra, and will give a two-piece performance.
Last but not least, another favorite is welcomed back — Southern Express Big Band. This 17-piece band from Ocala has been performing for more than 15 years and is comprised of individuals with a variety of professional and musical backgrounds.
2018-2019 Concert Schedule
Thursdays, 5-8 p.m.
● Dec. 13 - Marion Civic Chorale
● Feb. 7 - New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra
● April 4 - Southern Express Big Band
Appleton to open exhibition of
Puerto Rican artists in
Keepers of Heritage
Pedro Brull, El pajuil llegó a la sala (The Cashew Made Its Way to the Living Room), 2017, oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in.
Published July 27, 2018 at 4:08 p.m.
Updated Oct. 17, 2018 at 11:28 a.m
OCALA - The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will open “La Diaspora: Keepers of Heritage,” an exhibition of paintings, prints, sculptures and mixed media by members of the Puerto Rican Arts Diaspora Orlando.
Carmelo Fontanez, Luz de tarde (Evening Light), 2011, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 48 in.
Martín García-Rivera, Fuera de alcance (Out of Reach), 2014, burin engraving on paper, 12 x 19 in.
Ángel Rivera-Morales, Destierro (Exile), 2017, acrylic and oil on canvas, 48 x 52 in.
Carmen Rojas-Ginés, Stellar Dance (Danza estelar), 2016, steel sculpture, 20 x 28 x 41 in.
As an artist collective located in Central Florida, P.R.A.D.O. supports artists who represent Puerto Rico through their artwork.
On view Sept. 15, 2018 through Jan. 20, 2019, “La Diaspora” showcases 12 Puerto Rican artists from different generations who have had diverse diasporic experiences throughout their careers. Their styles embrace influences of cubism, abstract expressionism, constructivism, realism and surrealism.
These artistic movements reveal themselves through the unique contact with other cultures and the study of art history, and express their educational and creative processes. The exhibition pays homage to master artist Domingo García-Dávila, who was involved in the migration process of Puerto Ricans to the United States in the 1940s.
“La Diaspora” is a traveling exhibition organized by P.R.A.D.O. and curated by Yasir Nieves. This exhibition is sponsored in part by American Family Medical; Radiology Associates of Ocala, P.A.; Dr. Jose Gaudier Neurology; and Dr. Rafael Rosa, Nutrametrix.
P.R.A.D.O. on the Patio: A Celebration of the Arts
Friday, Nov. 9, 6-9 p.m.
This ticketed, special event celebrates Puerto Rico and the arts, including food, live music and dance. Ticket includes a traditional Puerto Rican pork and rice plate and a soft drink; cash bar available. $20 for Appleton members; $25 for nonmembers. Details TBA at AppletonMuseum.org.
Visiting Artist Workshops
Mobile Sculpture Workshop (Ages 14+)
Saturday, Jan. 19, 1-3 p.m.
Led by artist Carmen Rojas-Ginés, this workshop will introduce students to basic model making using tools and malleable material. All materials are included. $40 for Appleton members; $60 for nonmembers.
To register for a workshop, visit AppletonMuseum.org or contact Hollis Mutch, email@example.com, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.
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 AppletonMuseum.org.