Dogs Get Washed

The Critter Dog Wash at Chiefland Tractor Supply on Saturday (May 20) was a huge success. The dogs enjoyed the cool water on a steamy 92 degree Fahrenheit day. Along with the fun of watching the suds fly, the participants from the Critter Crusaders had many pet owners come visit and sign their pet up for a spay or neuter procedure.


This gives their pet a new lease (leash) on life - Pay To Spay imparts "Prevention is kinder than destruction." The Critter Crusaders anticipate scheduling veterinary appointments for their new friends. The group signed on 20 dogs and cats at the dog wash. There were 21 dogs that enjoyed a sudsy pampered bath on Saturday.


Father Joseph McConnell of St. John The Evangelist Church came by with his best buddy "Bailey." The good Father enjoyed being seated so that he could enjoy the fun, and so that "Bailey" knew her daddy was right there for her. Jean Troke had fun with her spaniels. Everyone is invited to watch for the next wash, Saturday, June 17, in Old Town.
Published May 26, 2017 at 2:27 p.m.

Photos by Lucille Rese


CWGA Awards Day

On May 17, members of the Chiefland Women's Golf Association participated in their annual end-of-year play day at Meadowbrook Golf Club in Gainesville. The ladies enjoyed playing a four-person scramble. Afterward, they enjoyed a delicious buffet luncheon in The 19th Hole restaurant in the clubhouse. End-of-year awards were given out, including monetary awards for Club Champion, Handicap Champion, Hole-in-One and Most Improved. It was a fun day of golf and fellowship. Pictured are the whole group, and Denise Boyle who was very excited when she made a Hole-In-One on the 13th hole at Chiefland Golf and Country Club on May 10.



Published May 24, 2017 at 10:37 p.m.

Story and Photos by Sue Ice of the CWGA


Chiefland Rotary Club 2017
Fishing Tournament Results

By HardisonInk.com Staff © May 24, 2017 at 10:47 p.m.
     CEDAR KEY –
There were 61 boats registered to participate in the Annual Chiefland Rotary Club’s Fishing Tournament this year.
     The tournament was launched out of Cedar Key on Saturday (May 20).
     This year’s tournament paid out a total of $10,795 in cash prizes. That money was divided among the following winners
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Here are the results from the fishing tournament.
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REDFISH

1st Place-Seph Jabar
2nd Place-Ryan Seahorn
3rd Place- Josh Jennings
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TROUT
1st Place-Jamey King
2nd Place-Jimmy Ellzey
3rd Place-Josh McLendon
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BAG
1st Place-Trey Mikell
2nd Place- Lee Wells
3rd Place- Chris Holden
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Most Spots on A Redfish
Shayne Jenkins - $50
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     Publisher’s Note: The coverage of this tournament by HardisonInk.com was better last year than it was this year.  This year, we spent our resources on covering boating safety that day provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
     Click HERE, though, to see the archive from coverage of the 2016 Chiefland Fishing Tournament.
 



Column
By Myrtice Scabarozi © May 24, 2017 @ 2:07 p.m.
     LEVY COUNTY –
The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (May 18) 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).
     Janie is almost finished with the quilt in the frame. She spent time looking for the next quilt top. She found a My Grandmother’s Fan top that might be the one.
     Saturday (May 20), we found two watermelon log cabin tops that just might make her change her mind. The quilters had requested a log cabin top but we just haven’t had a chance to make one. The two tops we found are of a throw and maybe a twin. We’ll find out tomorrow (Thursday, May 25).
     The Levy County Quilt Museum structure is reported to be termite free now. The odor was about the same as when your house is treated inside. We were very lucky with only two places where the termites had been and neither were very serious.
     Thanks, Wesley of Hunt’s Pest Control for taking care of us so quickly.
     Correctional Officer John and the adult male inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution (LCI) were out. This was John’s first time out. He seemed to be amazed at all of the work that had been done by LCI.
     The two paintings of the Log Cabin building are almost done. They need to be sealed several times then out to the signs on U.S. Alt. 27. Thanks to LCI for helping us care for the Museum.
     The Museum is now 20 years old. The volunteers have been in charge of the Museum for 5 years now, with the passing of Winnelle F. Horne on Jan. 30, 2012.
     This past week was a great week for donations. We have books and magazines on scrapbooking, card-making and knitting and an old sewing machine. Thanks everyone for thinking of us.
     Our next projects will take time which will give us a chance to regroup and be ready to spend again. We need to weather-seal the parts of the building that get most of the weather. Then our big and most time consuming project will be the floor which will be the most expensive. The guys from LCI are out about five to six hours a week; so, things will go slowly. All of this is part of the Log Cabin Quilt Museum being 20 years old.
     The heating and air have been done, several appliances have been replaced and we doing OK and have plans to be around for many more years.


Homosassa Springs Wildlife
State Park releases rehabilitated
manatee named Roosevelt
back into Crystal River


Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park staff prepare Roosevelt the manatee (named after FDR) for release back into
Crystal River following his rehabilitation.

Story and Photo
By Florida DEP Press Office
Published May 22, 2017 at 9:17 p.m.
on the Leisure page of HardisonInk.com
     HOMOSASSA -
Today (Monday, May 22), staff members who work at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park joined the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to release Roosevelt, a rehabilitated manatee, back into the wild.
     The young male manatee was rescued by FWC on Feb. 20, when he was found at Three Sisters Spring in Crystal River. He was underweight and suffering from cold stress injuries. 
     The FWC brought him to Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for treatment and rehabilitation. Park staff members chose to name him Roosevelt in honor of his rescue on President’s Day.
     President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Jan. 30, 1882 - April 12, 1945)  created the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was instrumental in the creation of the Florida Park Service.
     Under the care of the park’s wildlife care rangers and veterinarian, Roosevelt’s condition quickly improved. After a short three months of care, Roosevelt was ready to be released back into the Crystal River.

 

Levy County second worst
of 67 counties for per-capita
boating safety in 2016;

Dixie County had one death
and one injury in 2016;

Gilchrist County had
zero boating accidents in 2016


John Caddigan, the commander of United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Yankeetown, along with member Joseph Catalano are seen on the boat ramp in Cedar Key last Saturday (May 20) helping people stay safer while boating with complimentary vessel examinations. A list of safety equipment is checked. Safety equipment for boats includes having on board fire extinguishers that are fully charged and not expired for use. The week-long event is part of National Safe Boating Week (May 20-26) conducted at boat ramps, booths, with public speeches and news articles informing and educating the boating public about safer boating.

Photo by Mike Moore Yankeetown Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs
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By Jeff M. Hardison © May 22, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.
     TALLAHASSEE --
Levy County ranks as the second worst of 67 counties for safe boating when calculating the ratio of the number of accidents in relation to the number of people in the county, according to the 2016 Reportable Boating Accidents figures available by searching the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
     Levy County is 27th overall of the 67 counties in ranking when calculating the ratio of accidents in relation to the number of vessels registered in this county, according to the 2016 Reportable Boating Accidents figures.
     The 2016 records show 4,049 recreational vessels registered in Levy County. There is a 2016 total of 4,409 total vessels registered in Levy County, which shows 360 vessels as being commercial or something other than recreational.
     There were six reportable boating accidents in Levy County in 2016, with five resulting in injuries and one resulting in a death, according to records.
     The estimated property damage from boating accidents in Levy County in 2016 was $25,700, according to records.
     Perhaps the most significant figure for Levy County residents is the per-capita ratio in relation to boat accidents.
     For every 735 people in Levy County in 2016, there was one accident. That puts the county in second place from that perspective.
     Glades County took first place in the per-capita ratio in relation to 2016 boat accidents figure with one accident for every 315 people.
     Dixie County had one death and one injury in boating accidents in 2016, according to the FWC figures. The per-capita ratio for Dixie County in 2016 was one accident for every 1,284 people.
     Gilchrist County had zero boating accidents in 2016, according to the FWC figures.
     The top five counties in Florida that had the accidents in 2016 per number of registered vessels in the counties (not the per-capita figure), according to the FWC figures follow:
1 – Monroe County 105 accidents; three deaths; 52 injuries
2 – Miami-Dade County 67 accidents; seven deaths; 37 injuries
3 – Palm Beach County 62 accidents; three deaths; 19 injuries
4 – Pinellas County 44 accidents; two deaths; 37 injuries
5 – Lee County 39 accidents; six deaths; 29 injuries
     The totals for Florida boating accidents in 2016 show that from the 931,450 vessels registered last year there were 714 reportable accidents; 67 deaths; 421 injuries; and more than $10 million worth of property damage. The average per-capita ratio of population to boating accidents when looking at all 67 counties shows a ratio of 1:1,305.


Watermelon Time

It’s watermelon harvesting time in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Men are loading them into school buses and taking them to watermelon packaging areas. Within minutes of this famous stand being started on Friday afternoon (May 19), cars were pulling in quickly. Here Maurice Corbin is helping Jonel Holmes (out of camera view) as he is seen next to some fresh watermelons. This watermelon stand is next to U.S. Alt. 27 between Bronson and Levyville. Corbin and Holmes are helping Holmes’ sister Melba Tillis and family sell the delicious, fresh watermelons grown in the area. These watermelons were selling at $4 each. There are both seedless and seeded watermelons there. These watermelons are grown in Levy County, and they are delicious, sweet and juicy. Cantaloupes are not harvested yet, but will be soon.

Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © May 19, 2017 at 9:57 p.m.
 


FWC: Safe boating saves lives


By Rob Klepper of the FWC
Published May 17, 2017 at 11:07 p.m.
on the Leisure Page of HardisonInk.com
     TALLAHASSEE --
In conjunction with National Safe Boating Week, Gov. Rick Scott has issued a proclamation declaring May 20-26, Safe Boating Week in Florida.
     Although Florida’s boating season never really ends, the traditional start is marked by National Safe Boating Week – a time for boaters to focus on simple and effective steps that make boating safer. Leading the nation with nearly 1 million registered vessels across the state, Florida is the boating capital of the world and is world-renowned as a prime boating spot for residents and visitors.
     Each year, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers respond to far too many tragic and preventable boating accidents, so they want all boaters to remember to boat safely.
     “Boating year-round is just one of the things that makes Florida special,” said Maj. Rob Rowe, leader of the FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section. “And even more people will be out on the water for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. The holiday and National Safe Boating Week, May 20-26, present an opportunity to emphasize the importance of remaining safe while boating.
     “Our officers are committed to keeping people as safe as possible, but we need the public’s help,” Rowe continued. “We want to reach as many boaters as we can, to help them understand that most boating accidents are preventable.”
     Boaters can enjoy their time on the water even more by taking a few safety precautions such as wearing a life jacket, using an engine cut-off switch lanyard, designating a sober boat operator, paying attention and keeping a proper lookout, having an emergency locator beacon, filing a float plan and taking a boating safety class.
     The FWC’s 2016 Boating Accident Statistical Report indicates there were 714 reportable boating accidents in Florida last year, resulting in 67 fatalities. This represents a 3 percent decrease in the number of accidents, but a 22 percent increase in fatalities as compared to 2015. The leading cause attributed to boating accidents in 2016 was the operator's inattention or lack of a proper lookout (29 percent). Falls overboard have been the leading type of fatal accident since 2003, with drowning as the leading cause of death.
     Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the boat operators had paid attention to everything going on around their vessel, maintained a proper lookout and if everyone on board had been wearing a life jacket. Sixty percent of boating-related deaths last year were attributed to drowning, which life jackets are designed to prevent.
     “A lot of people say they don’t wear life jackets because they are uncomfortable,” Rowe said. “However, with the inflatable models that are belt packs or suspenders, you hardly know you have one on. FWC officers wear inflatable life jackets all the time while on the water.”
     For National Safe Boating Week, the FWC is releasing compelling life jacket testimonials from three north Florida families whose lives have been changed by wearing – or not wearing – a life jacket when things went wrong on the water. These dramatic accounts provide vital information and a call to action for every boater to enjoy Florida’s beautiful waters safely while wearing a life jacket.
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Tony’s testimonial: http://bit.ly/2rfCXHb
PJ’s testimonial: http://bit.ly/2pWHn0S
Larry’s testimonial: http://bit.ly/2qsybVV

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     An engine cut-off switch lanyard is a safety device that is attached from the boat operator to the ignition. If it is disconnected, the engine will shut down, potentially preventing a boater who has fallen overboard from being injured by the moving propeller of a runaway boat.
     Boating education is critical. In 2016, 70 percent of boat operators involved in fatal accidents had no formal boater education. Florida’s current boating safety education law applies to boaters born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, and who operate a vessel of 10 hp or greater.
     “We live in a great boating state,” said Rowe. “And we believe that safety truly is the key to enjoyment.”
     FWC officers patrol our waterways in an effort to keep all boaters safe by checking that they have the required equipment and are operating safely. Ensure your encounters with FWC officers are positive ones by planning ahead and paying attention while on the water.
     To report people who are operating boats dangerously, call 888-404-FWCC (3922) or text Tip@MyFWC.com. More information can be found by visiting MyFWC.com/Boating. You can even search there for the Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder to help you find a great place to launch your boat.

 

2017 Levy County 4-H
Summer Day Camps;

REGISTER NOW!

Limited spaces this year
Published May 10, 2017 at 9:07 p.m.
on the Leisure Page of HardisonInk.com
     LEVY COUNTY --
There is a limit of 30 campers per camp this summer at Levy County 4-H Summer Day Camps.
     It is strongly advised to register early. A former policy of unlimited registrations is no longer available. Also there are different camps than before, and there are two sets of camps running during the same weeks -- for instance, there is 4-H Grows Here: Gardening & Nutrition, June 12 – 15, and there is Fishing FUNdamentals, June 12 –15.
     Levy County 4-H is proud to announce the 2017 Summer Day Camp schedule. Day Camps will be hosted all summer on a wide variety of topics.
     To register or find out about pricing, deadlines, age limits or times please call the 4-H office at 352-486-5131 or visit our website at levy.ifas.ufl.edu. From the main web page there are link to both the day camps and Camp Cherry Lake.
     Following are the day camps:
     ● 4-H Grows Here: Gardening & Nutrition, June 12 – 15.  During this camp youth will discover what it takes to be an avid green thumb while adding color to their palates. Youth will explore through games and science-based activities. They will also learn some fun and tasty ways to include the produce they grown in their meals.
     ● Fishing FUNdamentals, June 12 –15.  Youth will fish for knowledge as they discover the fun and exciting world of fishing sports. Youth will explore through daily field trips and will learn some useful and unique ways to be good stewards while enjoying the outdoors as budding anglers.
     ● 4-H Globetrotters, June 19 –22. 4-H is found in over 50 countries around the world. Youth will find out what other youth around the world experience in 4-H through hands-on activities that connect you to their cultures.
     ● Call of the Wild: Exploring the Outdoors, June 19 – 22. During this camp youth will discover how to protect and enjoy our local wildlife and natural resources. Youth will explore through daily field trips to local state parks and wildlife reserves. They will also learn some basic survival skills to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors.
     ● Farm to Fork – Beef, June 26 – 29.  During this camp youth will discover how beef products make their way from the farm to your kitchen table.  Youth will explore through daily field trips to local farms and processing sites.  They will also learn some unique and tasty ways to include beef products in their meals.
     ● Marine Science Exploration, June 26 –29 & July 24 – 27.  During this camp youth will discover how to protect and enjoy our nature coast wildlife.  Youth will explore through daily field trips to local aquaculture farms and wildlife habitat sites.  They will also learn some unique and tasty ways to include fish and seafood in their meals.
     ● Cloverbud Explorers: Discovering the Fun of 4-H, July 5 – 7.  During this camp youth ages 5 to 7 will discover the exciting world of 4-H through crafts, games, outdoor activities, and other science-based activities. At the same time that your Cloverbud is mastering these skills, they are also gaining valuable life skills such as independence, decision-making, leadership, and responsibility.
     ● Learning the Basics: Animal Projects, July 17 – 20.  During this camp youth will discover what it takes to shine in the show ring.  From covering the basics on selecting the right show animal to highlighting proven grooming techniques that draw attention to the right parts of an animal, youth will learn to hone their craft and take their skills to the next level.
     ● Farm to Fork – Peanuts, July 24 –27.  During this camp youth will discover how peanuts make their way from the farm to your kitchen table.  Youth will explore through daily field trips to local farms and processing sites.  They will also learn some unique and tasty ways to include peanuts in their meals.
     To learn more about these DAY camps or to register for them, go to this website https://www.eventbrite.com/o/levy-county-4-h-program-13352949903.
     We are very excited about all of the opportunities offered this summer.
     Please note that space is limited, so register early. All campers MUST be at least 8 years of age and no older than 12 years of age by Sept. 1, 2016. Camp fees are non-refundable and include breakfast, lunch, snacks, field trips, and recreation each day. As a reminder all day camps, prices, and class sizes are subject to change. Please join us as we have fun and learn at the 2017 Levy County 4-H Day Camps!
     Anyone who has questions about Levy County 4-H Summer Camps should call Genevieve A. Mendoza, 4-H Youth Development Agent, at 352-486-5131. She is the best source for correct information about Levy County 4-H.

--UPDATED--
FRIDAY  May 26  2:27 p.m.
Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties








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