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Florida Emergency Management
opens COVID-19 test site for
two days in Cedar Key
– Sept. 26 and 27

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 23, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
The Florida Department of Emergency Management’s Region 3 Incident Management Team is providing free COVID-19 testing for two days in Cedar Key, according to a flyer sent via email by Levy County Emergency Management Assistant Director David Peaton on Thursday (Sept. 23).
     The Region 3 IMT is performing this service in partnership with the Florida Department of Health at the Cedar Key School, 951 Whiddon Ave., in Cedar Key, according to information on the flyer.
     For more information about this testing scheduled for Saturday (Sept. 26) and Sunday (Sept. 27) in Cedar Key from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. noon on both days, please call the Levy County Health Department at 352-486-5300 or Levy County Emergency Management at 352-486-5213 during office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Sept. 24) or Friday (Sept. 25).

 

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Williston slates special
City Council
meeting for Sept. 29

By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 25, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     WILLISTON –
Just as the Bronson Town Council has had a spate of special meetings or emergency meetings, the Williston City Council is now joining the club for increased meetings of its municipal leaders.
     A Friday afternoon email from Williston City Clerk Latricia Wright shows a special City Council meeting scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 29) in Williston City Hall.
     The reasons noted on the agenda for this special meeting are the possible appointment of C.J. Zimoski as interim city manager, and a continuing discussion with possible action related to city manager candidates, and the possible creation of a deputy city manager position in Williston.
     Zimoski is currently the director of the utilities department in Williston.
     The current interim city manager is Dennis Strow, who is normally police chief.
     If the City Council accepts Zimoski as interim city manager, then Strow can return to his preferred job as police chief and Williston Acting Police Chief Terry Boivard can return to his job as Deputy Police Chief Boivard.

 


FDOH offers free COVID-19 tests
in Tri-County Area

By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 6, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.
Updated Sept. 3, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA --
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is conducting free drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Levy County, Gilchrist County and Dixie County.
     All COVID-19 testing will take place outside in the selected testing site parking lots.
     These tests are NOT rapid tests or antibody tests. All test specimens will be processed by a commercial laboratory and results will be returned to the FDOH. Someone from the FDOH will contact participants by phone to give them their test results within five to 10 days.
     If a person tests positive for COVID-19, the FDOH will ask them about who their close contacts are and provide further instructions on what they should do.
    Below is specific information for each county.
Florida Department of Health in Dixie County
149 N.E. 241st St.
Cross City, FL 32628
352-498-1360
Drive-Thru Testing begins at 9 a.m.
Be in line by 9 a.m.

Florida Department of Health in Gilchrist County
Trenton City Park
214 S.E. Third Ave.
Trenton, FL 32693
352-463-3120
Drive-Thru Testing begins at 10:30 a.m.
Be in line by 10:30 a.m.

Florida Department of Health in Levy County
66 W. Main St.
Bronson, FL 32621
352-486-5300
Drive-Thru Testing begins at 9 a.m.
Be in line by 9 a.m.

 


1 Golf Cart, 1 Dirt Bike And 2 Deer
Golf Cart on State Road  HardisonInk.com
Dash camera footage from the dash of a 2013 Nissan Juke that is part of the HardisonInk.com fleet of vehicles, filmed on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 18 and 19) reflects common traffic situations in Levy County. On State Road 420 West, which is also known as Manatee Springs State Park Road and by various other colloquial names, a westbound golf cart’s driver uses the bicycle lane of the state road in his travels.

dirt bike on state road in Levy County Florida  HardisonInk.com
Meanwhile, at the same time, at approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, on the same state road, a dirt bike motorcyclist with no headlight, taillight or license tag on that vehicle goes at speeds exceeding 55 m.p.h. eastbound from the Camp Azalea Community to the Manatee Jiffy on SR 420 West.



 





Deer Crosses the Road   HardisonInk.com
On Saturday morning, a couple of deer are seen in this video. In the still photo, the raindrop on the windshield looks as big as the deer. One deer was standing on the right side of the road, and one scampers to catch up with its kin as they go about their day frolicking from forest to field. Often when one deer crosses a road, another one or more will cross. There can even be a herd of deer crossing. Hence, when driving in Florida’s rural areas, stay alert for golf carters, dirt bikers, deer and other wildlife, as well as for ATM operators or four-wheelers.

Photos and Video By Jeff M. Hardison
© Sept. 21, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.
All Copyrights Reserved

 


Everyone is invited
to virtual events through
Nature Coast Biological Station

By NCBS Staff
Published Sept. 16, 2020 at 4:10 p.m.
Updated Sept. 25, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
Register today!
     Since our ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2017, the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station has hosted annual Open House events.
     Our staff looked forward to it every year as a valuable chance to chat about our work. This year, we are not letting the pandemic get in the way!
     Even though we cannot host an in-person event like normal, we are still excited about connecting with you. Read on to see the lineup of virtual events and how to register to interact with our scientists and learn about current science in the Nature Coast.

 

Lone Cabbage Oyster Reef Restoration Project, 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1

     Register by clicking HERE.
     In less than 30 years, 3,000-year-old oyster reefs off Florida’s Big Bend coastline have declined by 88 percent. With an award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, a UF/IFAS team worked with contractors and the community to restore about 3 linear miles of oyster reef along the historic footprint of the Lone Cabbage Reef tract. In this edition of Nature Coast Currents, you’ll hear an update about the reef’s status and meet the researchers working to measure its effects. Stick around for a Q&A with our panel of oyster scientists, including Dr. Peter Frederick, Bradley Ennis, and their field biologists/students!

LIVE Tour of the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1

     Register by clicking HERE.
     Join our Director, Dr. Mike Allen, as he guides you through the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. You’ll see many improvements to the facilities since 2019, including progress on the state-of-the-art wet lab, new attractions in the discovery center (aquarium), and major improvements on the way for the 3rd floor and grounds.


SHINE program offers free,
unbiased Medicare counseling
and virtual Medicare classes

By Kathy Dorminey
Human Resources & Communications Specialist
of Elder Options
Published Sept. 1, 2020 at 7:10 a.m.
     GAINESVILLE --
Florida’s SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program provides free, unbiased
Medicare counseling and virtual Medicare classes to assist beneficiaries, families and caregivers.
     Topics include:
     • Medicare 101 (English & Spanish)
     • Medicare Financial Assistance
     • Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
     • Medicare Part C - Medicare Advantage Plans
     • Medicare & COVID-19
     • Navigating Medicare.gov
     • SHINE & Preparing for Open Enrollment
     • Be Scam Smart (English & Spanish
     To speak with a counselor or join us for one of the above classes: call 1-800-963-5337; visit http://www.floridashine.org/ for class dates and times; email shine@agingresources.org to receive your invitation to register.

 


The Greyhound
And The Alligator


 

In this video of two clips, a Greyhound bus arrives at Church's Chicken in Chiefland on a day in late August or early September of 2020.

Greyhound in Chiefland Florida  HardisonInk.com
This still shot of the Greyhound bus taken from the video from the dash cam shows water droplets on the windshield of the 2013 Nissan Juke.

Then, also in the first week of September, an alligator is crossing a road. As for the Greyhound, it is seen from the drive-through window on the dash cam of the 2013 Nissan Juke, which is among the vehicles in the HardisonInk.com fleet.

Alligator in Florida  HardisonInk.com
This still shot of the alligator taken from the video is of a quality like those of ‘Big Foot’ that are seen elsewhere. The video with the alligator walking across the road and into the high grass is better for viewing.

The alligator, also seen on the dash cam, crosses the road. Why did the alligator cross the road? The first answer is -- to get to the other side. But the story is a bit grimmer, although completely natural. This 'gator was prowling up on a momma' duck and three of her baby chicks. The driver and videographer of the Juke, and the person in the PT Cruiser behind him, did not see the outcome. Let's presume the ducks flew away. Then, the alligator found a bag of hamburgers that fell from a truck. That pickup was being used to transport the hamburgers to a team of student athletes, and the coach had bought so many hamburgers that no one missed any from that bag that fell from the back of a pickup truck. The athletes and the alligator were all well fed with no loss of ducks.

Video and Photos by Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 6, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.
All Rights Reserved

 


CF offers computer access
to new SkillUp
online training platform;

Starting Aug. 28, CF Levy lab
opens on Wednesdays and Fridays

By Laura Byrnes, APR, CPRC
Communication Manager
CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion
Published Aug. 14, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.
     CHIEFLAND --
The College of Central Florida has partnered with CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion to help Levy County residents access a free, dynamic online training platform.
     SkillUp Citrus Levy Marion features over 5,000 courses through the Metrix Learning system that can lead to more than 180 in-demand industry certificates.
     Those without the Internet connection needed to access SkillUp may use a designated computer lab at the CF Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus. Beginning Aug. 28, the lab will be available Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Levy Campus is located at 15390 U.S. Highway 19 north of Chiefland and south of the City of Fanning Springs.
     “This is a great opportunity for Levy County residents who are looking to advance in their career by achieving one or more certifications,” said Holly McGlashan, provost of CF’s Levy Campus. “We are excited about the partnership with CareerSource and are happy to provide the access community members might need to land a new job or move up with their current employer.”
     McGlashan added that to maintain social distancing and comply with other public health precautions, anyone interested in scheduling lab time to access SkillUp should call 352-658-4077. Those using the lab are required to wear face masks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
     SkillUp is ideal for anyone looking to improve skills, earn industry certificates, work their way up the career ladder or launch into new careers. The SkillUp portal can be reached 24/7 at http://citruslevymarion.skillupamerica.org/.
     “While the program allows participants to learn at their own pace, we realize that distance learning can’t work if you don’t have an internet connection,” said Rusty Skinner, CEO of CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion. “That is why we are so pleased CF is making it easy for anyone to access this program.”
     CareerSource CLM connects businesses with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities. All services are provided at no charge and are accessible by phone, email, Live Chat and video conferencing.  In-person meetings with staff are available by appointment only at the Levy County career center, 2175 NW 11th Dr., in Chiefland. The center is located in the Suwannee Plaza near the Walmart Supercenter.
     For more information about the CF Levy Campus call 352-658-4077. For more information about SkillUp Citrus Levy Marion or CareerSource CLM call 352-493-6813 or 1-800-434-JOBS or visit https://careersourceclm.com/.

 


Cedar Key Seafood Festival
cancelled for 2020

By Jeff M. Hardison © July 25, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.
     CEDAR KEY --
The Cedar Key Lions Club board of directors unanimously agreed to cancel the 2020 Cedar Key Seafood Festival, which had been scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18, Cedar Key Lion Rory Brennan noted in a July 24 email.
     Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and state restrictions concerning large public events, the Lions are not going to conduct the Cedar Key Seafood Festival this year, Brennan noted.
     "The health and safety of our town's inhabitants was our primary concern," he noted in the email.
     When the Cedar Key Seafood Festival does happen, this annual event helps many people -- not just to enjoy seafood, but through its serving as an economic engine for worthwhile interests.
     To see more about this, please visit this archived story of the 2018 Cedar Key Seafood Festival, complete with photos and video, by clicking HERE.

 


Bench Raffle Set For Nov. 7
Cedar Bench Open For A Winner  HardisonInk.com
Jim Menasco, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Chiefland’s congregation, built this beautiful, solid Cedar wood bench from a tree. It is going to be won by some person participating in the raffle for it. Tickets to participate are a recommended minimal donation of $5. All proceeds from this raffle go to help the Sunshine Disciples of First UMC Chiefland. This bench raffle is part of the Nov. 7 Cookie Walk planned for the church as a fundraiser. For more information on how to donate in exchange for a raffle ticket, please call the church office at 352-493-4627 during office hours. The church office is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Three elements of a raffle exist – chance (odds of random selection); prize (the bench) and consideration (a recommended $5 donation for the chance to win). Florida law allows this form of gambling to exist when the proceeds are for a non-profit organization, such as the Sunshine Disciples of First UMC Chiefland.
Published Sept. 25, 2020 at 9:10 a.m.

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Owl Finds Camera
An Owl at The Ink Pad Photo and Video by Jeff M. Hardison

An owl discovers one of the Stealth cameras at The Ink Pad on Aug. 10, 2020, at 1:47 that Monday morning. This owl is named Ike. It is a Burrowing Owl, which is one of the smallest owls found in North America. It is a ground-dwelling species and lives in burrows made by prairie dogs, ground squirrels, armadillos, skunks or tortoises. These owls are active both during the day and at night, mostly searching for their prey. These owls usually feast upon insects during daytime and hunt down small mammals in the dark, according to information on The Internet. A screech owl has been heard at The Ink Pad too.
Video By Jeff M. Hardison © Aug. 11, 2020 at 5:10 p.m.
All Rights Reserved

 


Rainbow Meow
Rainbow Meow Needles and a Rainbow  HardisonInk.com
Needles the Community Cat of Jemlands stands nears one of the swimming pools in this unrecorded subdivision of Levy County on Thursday morning (Aug. 6). He is not a fan of rain and has a place to find shelter when that happens. Rainbows on the other hand are something Needles can get onboard with. Needles was named years ago because his coat lets him disappear when he is on the ground with pine needles around him. Needles is the first trap-neuter-release cat in the Levy County Animal Services program.

Photo By Sharon Hardison © Aug. 6, 2020 at 3:10 p.m.

 


Motha
Motha of Jemlands HardisonInk.com
A large, beautiful moth rests on mosquito netting in one of the areas of The Ink Pad, in the unrecorded subdivision named Jemlands, in the unincorporated part of Levy County about one-half mile south of Levy County Road 347 and about four miles west of State Road 345.

Motha of Jemlands HardisonInk.com
This particular flying insect appears to be an imperial moth, Eacles imperialis imperialis (Drury, 1773). The moth with a seven-inch wingspan is named Motha, because of her friendly nature – like that nature one must presume of Martha Washington, the First First Lady of the United States of America.

Motha of Jemlands HardisonInk.com
Motha the moth remained at the location for hours before flying off to pose for some other photographer.

Pho
tos By Sharon Hardison © Aug. 1, 2020 12:10 p.m.

 


The Lizard And The Armadillo

A tiny lizard on the arm of Jeff M. Hardison  HardisonInk.com
This still shot of the lizard shows it is about one inch long.

 

A baby lizard and an armadillo are the subjects of two videos taken on Monday evening (July 27) and Tuesday afternoon (July 28) and combined into about a 90-second video on July 30. The baby lizard is on the arm of videographer Jeff M. Hardison as the homeowner watches two men build a very strong carport at The Ink Pad in the unrecorded subdivision of Jemlands in Levy County. The armadillo, like the lizard, was videotaped using a cell phone rather than a camera, because of the condensation that happens on camera lenses when the device is take from an air-conditioned office into the 100 percent humidity that is about 20 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than the indoor environment. The lizard agreed not to go up the sleeve of the photographer, and the armadillo demonstrated his ability to stand on two hind legs and then to scurry under a vehicle, under the carport, and then onward to one of his nearby burrows.
Photo And Video By Jeff M. Hardison © July 31, 2020 at 10:10 a.m.

 


Three Tortoise Tuesday
Tortoise on a Road in Florida   HardisonInk.com
Traveling around the Tri-County Area of Levy County, Dixie County and Gilchrist County on Tuesday (July 21), an intrepid, illustrious and prolific journalist captures – on film -- a gopher tortoise walking down the road. Later the same day in the same region of Florida, two gopher tortoises are videotaped.

Two Tortoises in Florida Hardisonink.com



Two gopher tortoises walk along a flower-enhanced path to a burrow, where the female went in and the male waits outside the entrance until the nosy newsman remembers discretion is the better part of valor, or as Charles Churchill put in poetic form (The Ghost, 1762), ‘Even in a hero's heart, Discretion is the better part.’ Meanwhile, within this 93-second video, the male shows his female friend that he can move his head and neck very quickly. And so, as the roving reporter finds wildlife to observe between his sojourning and watching the Levy County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday morning and the Williston City Council on Tuesday evening, is the best part of Tuesday afternoon and it is titled ‘Three Tortoise Tuesday.’

Photos and Video by Jeff M. Hardison © July 22, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.

 


The Tortoise and The Snake
Gopher Tortoise digs in Florida HardisonInk.com
This still shot shows the tortoise digging.

Story, Photos and Videos
By Jeff M. Hardison © July 19, 2020 at 2:10 p.m.
     TRI-COUNTY AREA –
Somewhere in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties on Sunday afternoon (July 19), a tortoise was filmed working.



Gopher tortoise notices human in Florida  HardisonInk.com
This still shot shows the gopher tortoise noticing a human approaching it, and then it slid very quickly down into its burrow.


In this 23-second video, the gopher tortoise is seen digging, and then the snake that came out of the burrow is seen – perhaps expressing its dismay after being routed from the shade.

Snake in Florida HardisonInk.com
This is a long view of the snake.

Snake In Florida HardisonInk.com
One of the two snake’s eyes may be read as showing anger at being moved from the shade by the bigger reptile that created the burrow.


     It was 90-plus degrees Fahrenheit as a foot-wide gopher tortoise entertained a videographer who was filming the reptile from a distance. The tortoise was at the entrance to its burrow.
     This land-based species of turtle is in the family Testudinidae.
     As the videographer moved a step closer, the gopher tortoise slide quickly down its preestablished route into its tunnel hideaway.
     As the turtle disappeared a skinny three-foot long nonvenomous snake quickly exited from the big hole. The snake appeared to be upset to have been ousted from its shady den, however the depth of feeling for reptiles may not go beyond what is needed for existence and procreation.
     The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is seen in Florida as a keystone species because its burrows provide shelter for at least 360 other animal species, long-lived, terrestrial turtle found in upland habitats throughout Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). This keystone species digs burrows that are used by more than 360 other animal species, the FWC notes, including black pine snakes, gopher frogs, Florida mice, foxes, skunks, opossums, rabbits, quail, armadillos, burrowing owls, snakes, lizards, frogs, toads and many invertebrates.
     The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) notes that gopher tortoises grow to be up to 15 inches long and weigh from eight to 15 pounds.
     With their strong elephant-like back legs and front feet specialized for digging, they are well-adapted to burrowing.
     Each tortoise will dig and use many burrows throughout the active season. The burrows can vary from three to 52 feet long and nine to 23 feet deep.
     Gopher tortoises can live up to 80 years in the wild and more than 100 years in captivity.
     Primarily herbivorous creatures, gopher tortoises eat grasses, mushrooms, saw palmetto berries, and prickly pear cactus pads, fruits and flowers, as well as blackberries, blueberries, gopher apples and other low-growing fruits.
     Gopher tortoises spread seeds of many plants in their droppings, filling another important role in the ecosystem. Gopher tortoises need relatively deep, sandy, soils in which to burrow and open sunny sites for nesting. They thrive in longleaf pine forests and enjoy the same type of habitat as the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker, according to the FWs.
     The gopher tortoise is threatened by predation and habitat destruction, the FWC and FWS noted.
     Habitat destruction is a significant threat to gopher tortoises. Threats to the gopher tortoise also include habitat fragmentation and degradation, predation, inadequacy of regulatory mechanisms, and incompatible use of herbicides in forest management and some silvicultural activities.
     Gopher tortoises need large parcels of undeveloped land not fragmented by roads, buildings, parking lots, and other structures. Such barriers in natural habitat limit food availability and burrow space for tortoises, the FWS noted, plus these barriers expose them to closer contact with humans and their vehicles.
     Although removing gopher tortoises from their homes is against the law, they are so easy to catch that some people continue to kill and eat them or keep them as pets, the FWS noted.

 



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REGULAR WEEKLY MEETINGS

First Published Feb. 1, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.
Updated July 7, 2020 at 8:10 a.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, many gatherings of 10 or more people have been cancelled.
Please check before going to any of these. They will remain listed here beyond the point of this red-letter warning.

EVERY SUNDAY
     2-4 p.m. --
Every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cedar Key Public Library, on the second floor, the Song Farmers of Cedar Key are scheduled to meet and jam. A SongFarmer music chapter has been established in Cedar Key and everyone is are invited. SongFarmers chapters promote local musical activities around the world. There are currently 60 chapters in the United States. Cedar Key is the sixth chapter in Florida. Every Sunday afternoon, musicians and the public interested in playing or listening to acoustical music will meet atthe Cedar Key Public Library on Second Street. This chapter will focus on the use of acoustic stringed instruments – guitar, bass, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, Dobro, etc. Singing will be encouraged. There is no charge for either the musicians or audience, according to local resident John Thalacker, founder of the Cedar Key chapter. Anyone may attend, regardless of skill level or age.

EVERY MONDAY
    12 p.m. – The Gilchrist County Rotary Club in the Gilchrist County Woman’s Club, 819 S.W. CR 339 (except on federal holidays). The club also meets at Akin's Barbecue three or four times a year - on random Monday afternoons. And normally this club does not meet the first Monday of the month. Instead, they meet for a Breakfast Fellowship at 8:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month. Then this club has a Board and Membership Business Meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month at noon. All Gilchrist Rotarians are invited.
The rest of the month, these Rotarians meet for member-sponsored programs on Mondays at noon.
All meetings are at the Woman's Club in Trenton -- except those random meetings in Bell.

FIRST MONDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
The Williston High School Football Boosters' meeting is in the Williston High School Library. Meetings will continue year-round on the first Monday of every month. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

SECOND MONDAY
  
   9:30 a.m. -- Williston AARP Chapter #912 is scheduled to meet in the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Center at Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., on the second Monday each of month from Janudary to May and from September through December.

     Noon -- The Dixie Education Foundation meets the second Monday of each month at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     7 p.m. -- The Suwannee Valley Players meet at the Chief Theater, 25 E. Park Ave, Chiefland. The players discuss things that relate to the theater and upcoming shows. Anyone wishing to attend is welcome and no acting experience is necessary. For more information, please leave a message by calling 352-493-2787 or email to SuwanneeValleyPlayers@gmail.com.

THIRD MONDAY
      6:30 p.m. --
The Levy County Republican Executive Committee's monthly meeting starts with food and fellowship at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at a new location for these meetings: The Gathering Table, 116 N Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in Chiefland. Everyone is invited to come hear from county leaders who will explain what's happening now or in the future of Levy County. Every meeting has informative Republican ideas, information and plans for the future in the county, state and nation.

LAST MONDAY
     6-7 p.m. --
The Friends of ForVets Inc., which is the lead organization for the Camp Valor project at Otter Springs Park and Campground, has scheduled meetings at the Gilchrist County Public Library, 105 N.E. 11th Ave., in Trenton, on the last Monday of every month, except that there is no monthly meeting in December. For more information, please contact Debbie Destin at 352-215-5476. Everyone is welcome. Volunteers are needed.
 
EVERY TUESDAY
    11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. –
Williston Rotary Club meets at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 N.E. First St., Williston.
     4-7 p.m. -- The Newberry Farmer's Market is on the corner of 254th Street and Newberry Road in downtown Newberry each Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. Sellers are offering fresh veggies, meats, eggs, mushrooms, plants, honey, jams, pickled items, fruit, baked goods, boiled peanuts and more.
     7 p.m. -- Fanning Springs Community Church is participating in a ministry named "His Grounds," which is to help free from all addictions. This support group meets every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. at Fanning Springs Community Church, 17930 N.W. 90th Court, in the City of  Fanning Springs, Florida 32693. Everyone is welcome! If you would like more information, please call Fanning Springs Community Church at 352-463-2602 or call Marcia at 352-535-3068.


SECOND TUESDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
(effective Jan. 1, 2020, and going forward) Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 (Rebel Post) of Chiefland, is scheduled to have its monthly meeting at the post located at  6850 N.W. 137th St., north of Chiefland, just off of U.S. Highway 19. The monthly meeting used to be at 6:30 p.m., and years ago the VFW post was located at 1104 S. Main St. -- but the post has moved and the meeting time is changing to be an hour earlier as of January of 2020.


THIRD TUESDAY
     10 a.m. - Noon --
A support group for grandparents raising grandchildren meets the third Tuesday of each month at First Baptist Church of Cross City, 16024 S.E. U.S. Highway 19, Cross City. Come join us for help, ideas and to be refreshed. Ideas are always appreciated for ways to help. You've got a tough job! Learn about school choices, stress relief and provide support to each other. Childcare is provided. For more information call Gigi 352-493-9183.

     11:30 a.m. -- The luncheon and business meeting for Citizens for an Engaged Electorate (CEE) is scheduled on the same day the third Tuesday of every month. Lunch is at Melanie’s Restaurant, 112 E. Noble Ave., (U.S. Alt. 27), in Williston.is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The business meeting will take place at the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Center in Williston City Hall, 50 N.W. Main St., beginning at 1 p.m. CEE is a group of concerned citizens whose purpose is to make the electorate aware of issues, recommend actions, and advocate for progressive change. (This meeting was moved for March of 2020 to March 20 rather than March 17, due to room availability.)


EVERY WEDNESDAY
     11 a.m. - Noon -- Tai Chi classes are being held Mondays and Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. Classes will be there up to the middle of December, minus Thanksgiving Week. This version of Tai Chi is for Balance Only and it can be done sitting in a chair if that would be more convenient for some. Please let us know if you are interested and you can call Gerry Jesk at 352-493-2842 and leave a message giving your name and phone number.
     11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- The Suwannee River Economic Council has a meal site in Williston open to people who are 60 years and older. Seniors will receive a hot, nutritious, balanced meal free of charge. Donations are accepted. It’s in Thompson Hall at St. Banabas Church at 521 N.W. First Ave. Please call 352-490-7055 ext. 1 by 9 a.m. on Wednesdays to assure there will be enough meals hot and ready to serve on that day.
     12 p.m. – Chiefland Rotary Club meets at The Gathering Table, 116 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19) in downtown Chiefland.
     12 p.m. – The Dixie County Rotary Club meets at the Cypress Inn Restaurant, 15568 N.W. U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.

     7 p.m. -- The Youth Ministry Program Ignite 4:12 at Cornerstone Assembly of God continues from Sept. 18, to be each Wednesday. Director of Youth Ministry Chris Kirby said he looks forward to seeing young people come to this weekly event at Cornerstone Assembly Of God 1045 Sixth Blvd., in Williston.

FIRST WEDNESDAY
     10- 11 a.m. --
The first Wednesday of each month, interested individuals are invited to enjoy the "coffee club meeting," where Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kathryn Lancaster will discuss current updates on the market and economy in a relaxed, informal setting. This discussion is at the Edward Jones office, 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), in Chiefland. Participants need to reserve a spot at the coffee club meeting by calling the office at 352-493-4948.

SECOND WEDNESDAY
      6:30 p.m. -- Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

THIRD WEDNESDAY
     12 p.m. --
Every third Wednesday, there is a free community light lunch at Holy Family Catholic Church, 17353 N.E. U.S. Alt. 27 near Williston. Everyone is invited. For more information, please call 352-528-2893.

FOURTH WEDNESDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

FIFTH WEDNESDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
Toastmasters (Radiant Ridge Club) wants to help individuals with their speaking and leadership abilities. We do it by practicing, coaching and advising each other, in a non-threatening environment. We meet regularly on the second, fourth and fifth Wednesdays. Meetings are held at the First Baptist Church, Citrus Ave., in downtown Crystal River. Come visit us and see if you feel you would enjoy participating. We are always glad to have visitors. For more information on Radiant Ridge Toastmasters, please call Renate Wilms at 352-746-4598.

EVERY THURSDAY
    10:30 a.m. --
Rural food distribution is happening every Thursday at the United Methodist Church on the east side of U.S. Highway 19 about one block north of the traffic light in Old Town. This replaces the former distribution drop station that used to be at McCrabb Baptist Church.
     12 p.m. – Suwannee Valley Rotary Club meets at Haven Hospice, in Conference Building, 911 N. Young Blvd., in Chiefland.

      7-9 p.m. -- ForVets Inc. is holding Bingo games every Thursday night in the Spring Lodge at Otter Springs Park and Campground, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., near Trenton, in Gilchrist County. All proceeds from the sales of snacks and beverages goes toward the Camp Valor Project at Otter Springs. Bingo etiquette is required. Call 352-463-0800.
      7 p.m. -- Yankeetown Inglis Woman's Club Bingo is active. The games begin at 7 p.m., in the club located at 5 56th St., Yankeetown. Stop in at 5 p.m. and shop in the Second to None Shoppe. At 6 p.m., you can eat before the games start. You don't have to play to eat, we have take out! There are always sandwiches and hot dogs available. For more information call 352-447-2057.
      7 p.m. -- There is Bingo every Thursday at the Williston Lions Club, 401 S.E. Sixth Ave. Contact Pamela Vamosi at 352-222-8267 or Deanna Barnard at 352-283-8828 for more information about the Lions Club of Williston.


FIRST THURSDAY
     6:30 p.m. --
The Disabled American Veterans meet on the first Thursday of the month at Otter Springs Park and Campground in the Spring Lodge, 6470 S.W. 80th Ave., Trenton 32693.

 

SECOND THURSDAY
     11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. -- Cornerstone Assembly of God, 1045 Sixth Blvd. in Williston offers a free lunch each second Thursday. All are welcome. For more information, please call  352-528-6880.

     Noon -- The Dixie County Chamber of Commerce meets the second Thursday of each month at the Dixie County Public Library, 16328 S.E.  U.S. Highway 19 in Cross City.
     1:30-3:30 p.m. -- There is an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group  that meets in the Edward Jones Conference Room at 220 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), Suite 2, in Chiefland. This support group creates a safe, confidential, supportive environment or community and a chance for participants to develop informal mutual support and social relationships. Participants will learn and be informed about dementia, and the group as a whole helps participants develop methods and skills to solve problems. RSVPs are required. Call the Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 to reserve a seat or to find more information.
      7 p.m. -- The Levy County Horse Club is scheduled to meet on the second Thursday of the month at
The Gathering Table Restaurant in Chiefland. Arrive earlier for dinner. Are you interested in horses and trailriding? Join us for our monthly social and check us out at http://www.levycountyhorseclub.com/.

 

EVERY FRIDAY
      7:15 a.m. -- The Citrus Business Network (CBN) exists to grow the business and profitability of our members by providing leads and referral information, sharing marketing ideas and utilizing each others' services. Everyone wants to do business with people they know, like and trust. The CBN allows us to develop that kind of relationship, not only with other members, but also with friends and business contacts. We meet Friday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at the Twisted Oak Country Club, in Beverly Hills. Breakfast and social time begins at 7:15. We would love to have you visit a meeting and see if CBN is right for you. Questions? Call Peg Weston at 352-586-2343.

EVERY FIRST FRIDAY

     6-9 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to join the fun at a family-friendly event in Cross City on the first Friday of the month. This event is a party without drugs or alcohol. Every first Friday, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition sponsors a family-friendly Friday Night Done Right from in the city park behind the Dixie County Courthouse in Cross City. Everyone is welcome to enjoy for music, games and dancing. The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right of your own, please call Debby Sweem 352-210-2601 or visit www.community-together.org/friday.

EVERY THIRD FRIDAY
     6-9 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to join the fun at a family-friendly event in Old Town. This event is a party without drugs or alcohol. Every third Friday, the Dixie County Anti-Drug Coalition sponsors a family-friendly Friday Night Done Right from at the 1st District Community Center in Old Town (9223 N.E. 349 Highway). This is on Highway 349 about 10 miles north of the light in Old Town. Everyone is welcome to enjoy for music, games and dancing. The event itself is free, but there are usually concessions for sale by local  youth organizations. For more information, or to host a Friday Night Done Right of your own, please call Debby Sweem 352-210-2601 or visit www.community-together.org/friday.


SECOND SATURDAY
      8 a.m. --  The United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), hold a monthly breakfast meeting in the Fellowship Hall (basement) of the church in Chiefland. 

      9:45 a.m. -- C.A.N. (Community Alliance Network) meets at the Living Water Life Center (LWLC) 6491 S.E. 123 Terrace Morriston. We’re meeting to put together resources and ideas for growing, bartering, food storage, alternative energy and other forms of self-sufficiency. Join us to hear speakers from like-minded groups share their visions and help us form ours. We always look forward to meeting new people.
     4 p.m. -- There is a “Community Round Table Meeting” at Inglis City Hall each second Saturday of each month. This is an open forum for residents of Inglis to come together to discuss area needs and views.

THIRD SATURDAY
     5:30 p.m. -- Everyone is invited to a Gospel Sing on the third Saturday of each month at St. Johns United Methodist Church, on the corner of Alachua County Roads 236 and 239, in Alachua. The mailing address is 10708 N.W. County Road 236. There will be a sign at corner of the intersection. Each month, there will also be a fellowship afterward with a covered dish meal.

FOURTH SATURDAY
     9 a.m. -- First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 N. Main St. (U.S. Highway 19), holds a food distribution at the pavilion across the street from the church as part of the Food For Life mission.  A $3.50 donation is requested to help The Children's Table pay for diesel to pickup and distribute food. People who lack the $3.50 for the food are asked to volunteer some of their time if able. (There is no UMM in Chiefland in July and August.)
     9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- The South Levy Marketplace, which is held the fourth Saturday of each month, happens in the Food Ranch Plaza, 40 U.S. Highway 19 N., just north of Follow That Dream Parkway (Levy County Road 40). Vendors provide goods, demonstrations and services. There are even free cat adoptions. Vendor spaces and quality yard sale spaces are 10x10 for $10. Civic groups and non-profit groups can have spaces for free. For more information, call 352-302-1771. 

LAST SATURDAY
     1-3 p.m. --
The Care for Caregivers group meets on the last Saturday of each month in the Williston City Hall Community Center, 50 N.W. Main St. in Williston. Williston has support for caregivers and their loved ones who have dementia.

--UPDATED--
SATURDAY  SEPT. 26  1:10 p.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties


City Of Williston Florida



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