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By Myrtice Scabarozi © May 20, 2019 at 10:19 a.m.
LEVY COUNTY – The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday (May 16) 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).
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Even though summer actually begins Friday, June 21, we’re back to our summer group, which is small. So, we have even more of a chance to visit with each other than during the snowbird season. It’s a lot quieter. We’ll be ready for our snowbird friends to return by August. Unfortunately, they won’t be back until November or December.
Correctional Officer Greg and the adult male inmates from Lancaster Correctional Institution were out. The wishing well is almost completed in front of the Levy County Quilt Museum. Maybe it will be done by next week. Thanks for your help LCI.
Linda brought out several boxes. Thank you. She’s planning to downsize and thought of us as a place for her craft items.
The Backyard Pickers (the musicians) will be here Saturday, June 1. It’s also the same day as the Chiefland Watermelon Festival. Newberry had its Watermelon Festival last weekend. Please visit the Chiefland Watermelon Festival on June 1, and then come on out and listen to the music inside the Levy County Quilt Museum where it’s cool.
To see the website for the Levy County Quilt Museum, click HERE.
Memorial Day is just almost here. This is a great wall hanging for the holiday.
An absolute must - watermelon placemats for watermelon season
Our wishing well. There are no guarantees that any wish will come true.
Call for entries:
Mobile Photography Contest
and Exhibition at the Appleton
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
OCALA, Fla. (May 16, 2019) — The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will present the fifth annual “Mobile Photography Contest & Exhibition,” with a call for entries from June 3-16.
The Appleton challenges you to be inspired by three themes-Landscapes, In the Museum and My Kid Took That-and submit your mobile photos for a contest and exhibition. All ages are welcome to participate and submit up to two photos in each category. Photos must be taken with a mobile phone and be representative of the categories.
Photos will be printed and displayed in the Appleton with a special section for the top photo from each category. The photos will remain on view through Sept. 22; regular admission fees will apply.
Photos will be juried and prizes awarded during a reception on Tuesday, July 2, 5-7 p.m. Awards will be announced at 6 p.m.; winners will be notified in advance.
Categories and Instructions
The sky is the limit! Share your photos of natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers and forests.
In the Museum
Whether at the Appleton or another favorite cultural spot, send us museum selfies, gallery photos, or snapshots of friends and family enjoying the artwork.
My Kid Took That
Let your little (or not-so-little) ones take the lead in this category! Don’t forget to include the child’s name and age, along with your name, when submitting.
From June 3-16, email photos in jpeg format to AppletonMuseum@cf.edu; include the category in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email. Photos must be sent via email. Entries submitted by mail or through Facebook or other social media will not be accepted.
Submitting to more than one category? Please send separate emails for each category. And remember, no more than two photos per category will be accepted.
Entries will be juried by a member of the community, and winning photos will be selected based on creativity, quality, responsiveness to the category and overall impact. Winners will be notified before the reception. All entries will be printed and displayed in the museum. For ease of printing, photos will be cropped to square or 4 x 5 inches. There are no guarantees for special printing for panoramas.
Reception and Awards: Tuesday, July 2, 5–7 p.m.
This free event is open to the public. Awards will be announced at 6 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: July 2–Sept. 22
Regular museum admission fees apply to see this exhibition; free entry during July 2 opening reception, only.
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.
to the Suwannee River
A sturgeon jumps out of the Suwannee River.
Photo by Karen Parker/FWC
By the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Published May 16, 2019 at 10:09 p.m.
SUWANNEE RIVER -- Gulf sturgeon have begun their annual migration back into the Suwannee River, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials want boaters to be aware that these jumping fish can injure people.
During 2018, only one sturgeon encounter with a boat was reported. There were no injuries to the boaters involved. Although no injuries were reported last year, FWC officials don’t want the boating community to become complacent about the dangers posed by jumping Gulf sturgeon.
“We don’t want even one person to be injured in an encounter with the fish,” said Maj. Andy Krause, FWC regional commander. “We want people to be aware the sturgeon are back in the Suwannee and that the risk of injury to boaters does exist.”
FWC officers will be on water patrol during the summer months in a continued effort to educate boaters about these jumping fish.
“The best course of action is to go slow, wear your life jacket and keep people off the bow of the boat,” Krause explained. “The Suwannee is a beautiful river and we certainly don’t want to scare anyone away from enjoying it. We just want those recreating there to be aware these fish are present and can jump at any time.”
Going slow is recommended to reduce the risk of impact and to have more reaction time if a jumping sturgeon is encountered. And boaters are always encouraged to wear their life jackets at all times while on the water.
Researchers have determined that sturgeon jump to communicate with other fish and to gulp air to fill their swim bladders. This allows sturgeon to maintain neutral buoyancy.
Biologists estimate the annual population of sturgeon in the Suwannee River to be approximately 10,000 fish, averaging about 5 feet in length and weighing 40 pounds. However, some of the fish can exceed 170 pounds. Sturgeon can leap more than 7 feet out of the water. Adult fish spend eight to nine months each year in the river, spawning in May, and then return to the Gulf during the coolest months to feed.
While it is possible for sturgeon to jump anywhere in the river, fish in the Suwannee are more commonly observed jumping where they gather in “holding” areas. Major holding areas in the Suwannee occur above Jack's Sandbar; below Manatee Springs; between Fanning Springs and Usher Landing; below Old Town Trestle; below the confluence of the Santa Fe and Suwannee rivers; near Rock Bluff; and below Anderson Springs.
State and federal laws protect sturgeon, and they cannot be harvested. To report sturgeon collisions, call 888-404-FWCC (3922). For more information about the Gulf sturgeon, go to: MyFWC.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/saltwater/gulf-sturgeon.
For living with Gulf sturgeon information, go to MyFWC.com/Conservation, click on “How You Can Conserve,” then “Living with Wildlife” MyFWC.com/conservation/you-conserve/wildlife/sturgeon.
National Safe Boating Week Starts Saturday;
Vessel Safety Checks planned for Cedar Key
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 14, 2019 at 1:49 p.m.
TRI-COUNTY AREA -- Boaters in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties may enjoy knowing that National Safe Boating Week starts Saturday (May 18).
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 15's Division Vice Commander John Caddigan provided resources to help boaters operate more safely.
The Rotary Club of Chiefland has planned its annual fishing tournament to be launched out of Cedar Key on Saturday, which is one of the places and times when and where the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary are planning to provide Vessel Safety Checks.
National Safe Boating Week starts on Saturday, May 18, and runs through Friday, May 24.
This kicks off the summer boating season in the United States, however here in Florida boating season is almost year-round, as Vice Commander Caddigan notes.
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary provides the following reminders for boaters to prevent damage or loss of property, as well as to reduce the odds of injuries and deaths.
* Remember to get a Vessel Safety Check.
* File a Float Plan.
* Complete the checklist of required and recommended equipment -- starting with the fuel tank being full and practice good fuel management.
* Do not drink alcohol or ingest other drugs that can impair motor skills or judgment while boating.
* Be aware of your surroundings.
* WEAR YOUR LIFEJACKET! Florida continues to lead the nation in boating fatalities and most people drown because they were NOT wearing a life jacket. Don't become that victim statistic number.
Here are some useful and relevant links:
Vessel Safety Checks -- http://cgaux.org/vsc/
Making A Float Plan -- http://floatplancentral.cgaux.org/
Wear A Life Vest -- https://safeboatingcampaign.com/
Click HERE to see the updated U.S.C.G. Auxiliary Flotilla 15-2 Calendar regarding National Safe Boating Week.
Renegade Rodeo hosts
Chiefland FFA Alumni Event
Cole Carter starts a bull ride.
Photos and Video
By C.L. Watson © May 13, 2019 at 4:09 p.m.
LEVY COUNTY -- The Renegade Rodeo recently hosted Chiefland FFA Alumni annual event. This year there was barrel racing as well as bull riding during the two-evening event at Carter’s Crossroads Arena – near the intersection of State Road 345 and Levy County Road 347.
A young fashionable cowgirl rides her pony before the Chiefland FFA Alumni & Renegade Rodeo's Bulls & Barrels event.
Sophie, the granddaughter of Barbie Higginbotham, came from Dixie County to enjoy watching a night of barrel racing and bull riding.
The Renegade Rodeo and FFA flag corps waits for the show to start. Eugene Carter III is on the horse in the foreground in the photo. To his left and helping with the event is Lint Jerrels. Dixie Lee Carter is holding the Florida state flag. Other riders are holding the American flag and FFA flag.
In this video, Cole Carter stays on a bull but not for eight seconds, which is the minimum to score points. Bull riders accumulated points over the two-day event. Bulls also score points. On another ride he lasted longer, for six seconds.
Brooke Matthews makes a turn in one of the barrel races.
Williston Chamber leader
issues call for artists to sell;
Less than one month
before registration deadline
By Jeff M. Hardison © May 9, 2019 at 8:19 a.m.
WILLISTON -- Williston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carolyn Ten Broeck recently issued an email, seeking artists for the second Starving Artists' Showcase, a 5-hour event to allow artisans to show off their talents and help eliminate some of their inventory.
The first Starving Artists' Showcase was last year, she said. Last year, 23 artists registered, and Ten Broeck said all but one sold something that day.
"It's a very informal day and a great way to network with other artists," she said.
This year's event is set for June 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.at Heritage Park, in Williston. Heritage Park is located on North Main Street (State Road 121), within a half mile north of West Noble Avenue (U.S. Alt. 27).
Interested artists, artisans, crafters and the like, who want to become involved with the Williston Chamber of Commerce’s Starving Artists Showcase are provided with the following general information:
1. The registration fee is $15 per booth space. This fee covers the cost of the liability insurance the Chamber provides for patrons. There is limited space in the covered pavilion at Heritage Park (five spots). This is on a first-come, first-reserved, basis.
2. Booth spaces are first-come, first-served in the designated areas on Blocks 1 and 2 ONLY in Heritage Park. The Chamber requests vendors to please confine parking to the area around the pavilion.
3. Exhibitors are responsible for their own tents, booths and equipment. Some electrical outlets are available, but the Chamber cannot guarantee service.
4. Exhibitors must clean their area before leaving at 2 p.m. Trash must be placed in a designated receptacle.
5. All money earned from the sales of work by vendors belongs to them; however, the Chamber asks that participants cap prices at $150 maximum, because this is a Starving Artists' sale. Sales of higher priced works are encouraged but the Chamber asks participants to completely refrain from the pricey sales on the day of the show. Bring brochures, business cards and information to hand out to potential buyers.
6. The Showcase is a family-oriented event. No items shall be displayed, offered for sale, distributed or given away that may be deemed inappropriate for children. Because the Chamber realizes that art may include partial or complete nudity, the Chamber requests participants who have work of this type to please
keep it out of public view and in an area where it can be seen by adults only.
7. Registration is a commitment to exhibit in the Showcase. Once an application is accepted, refunds will not be issued for any reason.
8. The registration deadline is noon, on Thursday, June 6.
9. The Showcase will be held rain or shine. In extreme inclement weather with high wind gusts or torrential rains, the Festival will be cancelled. That call will be made by 8 a.m. on June 8.
In the event the Showcase is canceled due to weather, participating vendors will receive a partial refund of the application fee.
10. Upon arrival at Heritage Park the morning of the Showcase, please check in with the Chamber in the pavilion. Vendors may begin set-up at 7 a.m., and all vendors are asked to please be in place by 9 a.m.
For any person with and questions about this event, or who or need other information about the Williston Chamber of Commerce, please contact Carolyn Ten Broeck at 352-528-5552, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via the United States Postal Service version of mail at P.O. Box 369, Williston, FL 32696.
Gilchrist County Rotary Club's
11th Annual Fishing
Jackson Feather wins big trout - look at that huge fish!
Story and Photos
By Holly Creel, Rotarian
Published May 8, 2019 at 11:09 a.m.
DIXIE COUNTY -- The Gilchrist County Rotary Club's 11th Annual Fishing Tournament in Suwannee this past Saturday (May 4) was a huge success!
Clint Walding with his big redfish
Scott Akins and Damon Leggett win inshore big bag
Raymond Galler wins big bass (and big bass bag!)
Gilchrist County Rotarians at work in Suwannee!
A happy raffle winner!
Rotary President Aaron Haynes registers bass anglers
Ken Creel, Charlie Smith and Jo Buckles registering inshore anglers
Damon Leggett being silly
THANK YOU to all of our sponsors who contributed to this event, Owen Prince of Suwannee Marina and Ginger Shealy of Salt Creek Restaurant. As always, thanks to Allen Clark for his energetic auctioning skills that really made the Calcutta event lots fun! Thanks also to all the anglers who fished and everyone who supported this event!
Friday's Captain's Dinner and Calcutta were held at Salt Creek Restaurant and a delicious meal of fried shrimp and fish, macaroni and cheese, green beans, cheese grits, tossed salad and cornbread was enjoyed by all after we bowed our heads for a prayer of thanks and for safety. The prayer was by Gilchrist Rotary President Aaron Haynes. Anglers and participants bid on their favorite boats while we watched the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico. A fun evening was enjoyed by all!
Bass and inshore anglers left at first safe light on Saturday morning for a beautiful day of fishing. The weather was perfect - Suwannee at it's finest! Bass anglers weighed in at 3 p.m.
Raymond Galler and Ed Higgs enjoyed a really good day. They won the big bass contest with a fish weighing 6.9 pounds and the bass big bag contest with a bag of 12.87 pounds. Joey Wood won second biggest bass bag with a bag that weighed in at 10.85 pounds.
Damon Leggett and Scott Akins won the big bag award for the inshore division with 15.88 pounds of fish, including a redfish weighing in 6.18 pounds and a trout of 2.55 pounds. Clint Walding won the big redfish contest with a beautiful fish weighing 6.94 pounds. Jackson Feather won the big trout award with his fish weighing 4.4 pounds.
Participants had a great time winning raffle prizes and watching all of the fun as Donnie Feagle did a great job of announcing fish weights, and keeping the energy for the afternoon crowd fun and competitive. Thank you to Donnie Feagle and Daryl Feagle for weighing and measuring the fish. Thank you to the members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for being there to oversee the event.
A great day was enjoyed by all!
Rotarian Tournament Chair Charlie Smith was thrilled about the success of this year's event.
"We continue to try and showcase a friendly competition between the bass and inshore anglers," he said. "We think this competition between the two groups makes the tournament more interesting and fun. This year the winner was the bass division so we'll be looking forward to see which division wins it next year!"
Charlie also gave a big thank you to Donnie Feagle with Suwannee River Breast Cancer Awareness for all of his help and support with the bass division. This is the major fundraiser for the Gilchrist Rotary Club to raise money for the youth of Gilchrist County, including the Suwannee League and other programs that support our kids!
Thanks to everyone for making our 11th Annual Fishing Tournament such a fun event and huge success!