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Apprentice mascot starts
rigorous training regimen

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Jeff Hardison holds Inky the cat Hardison.
Photo by Sharon Hardison

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By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 28, 2014
     LEVY COUNTY -- Inky the cat Hardison joined the HardisonInk.com team as an apprentice mascot serving under master mascot Goldy the cat Hardison when Inky was adopted from the Family Pet Vet of Chiefland on Wednesday (Nov. 26).


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     The apprentice began a rigorous workout Friday evening (Nov. 28) as she chased red laser dots and performed other actions to learn certain tricks.


     Inky is completely vaccinated, spayed and vetted. She is a 9-month-old shorthair that is almost entirely black, although she has a smidgeon of white on her throat and chest area. Goldy had no comment about her new apprentice early on, however it is hoped that the two will play and work together as sisters for a singular cause.
     "Our second cat increases our mascot power by 100 percent," Jeff Hardison said. "When we start our fifth year in February, we'll have some games where Inky will participate. Between now and then, I'm leaning toward letting Goldy carry the torch alone. Inky will be in training for another 90 days at least."


Animals add to park's attraction
Photos by Sharon Hardison
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A white heron enjoys a small fish it caught at Manatee Springs State Park on Friday (Nov. 28)

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The heron watches a diver in the springs.



A turtle takes a breath as it swims at Manatee Springs State Park.

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A turtle warms up during the chilly morning on Saturday at Manatee Springs State Park.

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Published Nov. 28


The Curious Savage
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Tuesday night (Nov. 25) was media night at The Chief Theater on East Park Avenue in Chiefland as the Suwannee Valley Players did a full dress rehearsal of the play The Curious Savage. On this fateful night at the extremely well renovated theater, the SVP actors in this play performed with no scripts or lines fed to them, and all of the local press were invited to watch. As avid theater-goers know, any night can present any thrills so that watching repeat performances of live theater can be an adventure in and of itself.
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This comedic play is about a wealthy family and a matriarch who is placed in an insane asylum as her children try to obtain the family fortune. Once again, this is an SVP must see for everyone in the world; however, there are only so many seats and so many nights and matinees. Please check the Calendar Page to find the details of dates, times and ticket costs. In the full cast photo, there is Mrs. Savage played by Janice Grant; Farie Mae played by Diana Child; Florence played by Rebecca Locklear; Hannibal played by Rickie Kidd; Jeff played by Wyatt Bowden; Ms. Willie played by Cheyanne Ahrens; Senator Titus played by Austin Myer; Judge Samuel played by Anthony Griffis; Lilly Bell played by Tiffany Black; and Dr. Emmet played by Linda Masters. Not seen here are Director Michael Zubler and Assistant Director Becky Gill.
Photos by Jeff M. Hardison


-- UPDATED --

FRI.   NOV. 28   8:37 p.m.
Levy, Dixie, Gilchrist counties



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