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The Cedar Key Woman’s Club Calendar
– 2020 Vision!
Story and Photo
Provided by Eileen Senecal of the CKWC
Published Nov. 10, 2019 at 5:09 p.m.
CEDAR KEY -- The 2020 Cedar Key Woman’s Club Calendar has arrived in town!
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Last year, this wonderful souvenir sold out by January, and its popularity and the quality of this year’s production will guarantee even higher sales.
Members and friends contributed the Cedar Key high quality photographs again this summer, and the result has been the production of another very professional calendar.
At just $10, the calendar makes an excellent souvenir for visitors and off-island friends, but it is just as popular with locals.
“We are just so pleased with the reception the calendars have had in Cedar Key,” said Vicki Crumpley, who has coordinated the project. “People love the pictures, and know that the proceeds from the sale stay here to benefit Cedar Key.”
The calendar is available from Cedar key Woman’s Club members, at the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center on Second Street in downtown Cedar Key. It is also available for purchase at several businesses in town.
To order directly, individuals can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
With over 40 members, the Cedar Key Woman’s Club is a continuing tradition in the City, supporting community projects since 1960 and continuing on into the present.
Each year, the Club donates a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating Cedar Key School student, as well as donating to other school projects.
The Cedar Key Public Library, the Cedar Key Volunteer Fire Department, the Food Pantry, and Another Way Women’s shelter are also supported by the Cedar Key Woman’s Club.
In addition, in the last five years the Woman’s Club has raised more than $8,000 through the annual quilt raffle, and this money goes toward Fisher House, a continuation of the Support Our Troops initiative which sent 100s of boxes to Cedar Key men and women stationed in the Middle East or elsewhere serving the United States of America in past years.
The community support for CKWC Calendar Project has been overwhelming, and helps to support these important Cedar Key programs. Everyone will want a picture of the lighthouse on the cover, as their own memento of the roaring Roaring ‘20s!
Mayor Emeritus Honored
Williston Mayor Emeritus R. Gerald Hethcoat was honored with a proclamation by current Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson at the Tuesday night (Nov. 5) meeting. Seen here, are Mayor Emeritus Hethcoat and his wife. The Community Room in Williston City Hall has been named the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Room. The proclamation notes Hethcoat and his family moved to this city in 1973. He served for 43 years as 'a wonderful Ambassador for the City of Williston. The proclamation notes Hethcoat was fire chief for four years, served on City Council for 21 years and served as mayor for 17 years. He is the mayor who instituted the Student of the Month program, as well as many other positive things for the benefit of the residents and visitors of Williston. Because of Mayor Emeritus Hethcoat’s patriotic, dedicated, faithful and loyal service in the performance of his duties, the Williston City Hall Community Center is renamed the R. Gerald Hethcoat Community Center.
Photo By Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 7, 2019 at 8:29 p.m.
CF among top 15 percent
of colleges in nation, eligible
for $1 million Aspen prize
By CF Marketing, Public and Community Relations
Published Nov. 6, 2019 at 8:09 p.m.
OCALA — The College of Central Florida has been selected as one of the top 15 percent of colleges in the country to be eligible to compete for the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
The Aspen Prize is based on performance in student outcomes, including graduation rates, improvement in student success and equitable student success.
In each two-year cycle, a jury of national experts selects 10 finalist institutions, and, ultimately, one winner of the prestigious award. CF was also recognized and deemed eligible for the $1 million prize in 2011, 2013 and 2017.
“Recognition by the Aspen Institute demonstrates that CF faculty and staff are delivering exceptional education opportunities for our community,” said Dr. James Henningsen, CF president. “We are looking forward to providing the additional documentation to show that we are one of the best colleges in the nation.”
The Aspen Prize has brought a new level of public attention to community colleges, defined comprehensive measures of excellence in outcomes for community college students, and uncovered and disseminated practices that help exceptional colleges ensure great outcomes for their students. The 150 community colleges named were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes. Located in 39 states in urban, rural, and suburban areas, serving as few as 500 students and as many as 75,000 students, these colleges represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector.
Data show that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges.
“Community colleges play a vital role in developing talent and enabling social mobility across the country, and it’s critical for them to get better at what they do,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “We’re pleased to see evidence that these institutions are improving, that more are delivering on their promise. We’re also pleased to play a role in honoring outstanding community colleges and sharing what works to ensure great outcomes for students —through graduation and beyond.”
The top 10 finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2020. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A distinguished jury will make award decisions in spring 2021.
Previous winners of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence are: Miami Dade College and Indian River State College, 2019; Lake Area Technical College (South Dakota), 2017; Santa Fe College, 2015; Santa Barbara City College (California) and Walla Walla Community College (Washington), 2013; Valencia College, 2011.
For a full list of the top 150 eligible institutions and to read more on the selection process, click HERE.
The Aspen Prize is generously funded by ECMC Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and Siemens Foundation.
The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program aims to advance higher education practices, policies, and leadership that significantly improve student outcomes, especially for the growing population of low-income students and students of color on American campuses.
The Aspen Institute is a community-serving organization with global reach whose vision is a free, just and equitable society.
For 70 years, the Institute has driven change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the world’s greatest challenges. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Institute has offices in Aspen, Colorado, and New York City, and an international network of partners.
Swiftmud awards grants
to schools in Levy County and
other counties for
water resources education
By Susanna Martinez Tarokh
Public Information Officer
Southwest Florida Water Management District
Published Nov. 6, 2019 at 7:49 a.m.
BROOKSVILLE -- The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) awarded $119,000 in grants to 65 schools within the District as part of the Splash! school grant program.
The program provides up to $3,000 per school to enhance student knowledge of freshwater resources in grades K-12.
Splash! grants encourage hands-on student learning through STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities as well as engagement of the greater school community through awareness campaigns. Each school district allocates a portion of their annual youth education funding provided by the District to support the Splash! grants in their county.
The District awarded grants to the following schools/teachers in its northern region:
● Williston Elementary School - Sarah Freeman
● Brooksville Elementary - Rachel Vascellaro
● Bushnell Elementary - Tiffany Ward
● Crystal River Middle School - Julie Bolton, Mary Branch and Maurisa Applegate
● Dunnellon Elementary - Nancy Garvin and Mary Blanchette
● Gulf Coast Academy - Joseph Gatti
● Hernando Elementary School - Danita Consol
● Lake Panasoffkee Elementary - Brittny Sanders
● Lecanto High School - Meg Richardson
● South Sumter Middle School - Michelle Alberto
● South Sumter High School - Thomas Allison
● Sparr Elementary - Rachel Keene
Grants are available for freshwater resources field studies, water-conserving garden projects, community or school awareness campaigns and on-site workshops. Last year’s Splash! grants brought water resources education to nearly 10,487 students throughout the District. For more information, please visit the District’s website by clicking HERE.
Rotarians learn about
Partnership for Strong Families
Rotary President Bob Clemons and Sara Lind, Partnership for Strong Families
Story and Photo
By Holly Creel, Rotarian
Published Nov. 6, 2019 at 7:29 p.m.
TRENTON -- Sara Lind, Outreach Recruitment Specialist for Partnership for Strong Families, spoke to the Gilchrist County Rotary Club on Monday (Nov. 4) at the Woman's Club in Trenton.
Sara provided a informative presentation on Partnership for Strong Families (PSF) and its role in the 13-county area it covers.
Founded in 2003, PSF is the lead community-based care agency for Florida Judicial Circuits 3 and 8.
PSF is contracted by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to deliver comprehensive child welfare services to children who are the victims of abuse and neglect. PSF oversees the removal of children from homes deemed unsafe for the the child or children, and the fostering, guardianship and adopting (as a last option) of those children.
With 250 employees housed in offices in Trenton, Gainesville, Lake City, Starke and Live Oak, the ideal is always to ultimately keep the families together and for fostering not to be a permanent solution, although the safety of the children is what matters most. Nearly 5,000 children in the area are served by PSF.
Sara pointed out the need for more foster homes, as there are 210 children in "out of home" care in our district and only 115 foster homes. Across the state, there are 25,000 children in out of home care.
This presentation was timely, as November is "National Adoption Month" and a fundraiser, Superhero 5K Family Fun Run/Walk will be held in Gainesville on Sunday, November 17th at Westside Park to support these children and the adoption costs. You can find out more about supporting this organization or becoming a foster parent by calling the Trenton office at 352.463.3110. Thank you to Sara for coming to speak to us and apprising us of this very important program!
Rotarians dined on a delicious luncheon of a pasta bar with Alfredo and red sauce, roast chicken slices, steamed broccoli, Caesar salad, garlic bread, and red velvet cake prepared by Chef Jason Fuchs of Spring Water Events. The Gilchrist County Rotary Club will not meet on Monday, Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
Williston Students Honored
Seven students were honored by Williston Mayor Jerry Robinson on Tuesday night (Nov. 5) when they were each awarded an Outstanding Student certificate, and a certificate for a free pizza from a local restaurant. The parents or guardians for each child was recognized as were the nominating educators. Each student earned their awards from their demonstrated high levels of academic excellence, leadership, citizenship and attendance. Seen here as Mayor Robinson stands behind them (from left) are Owen Welter, a kindergarten student at Williston Central Christian Academy who is the son of Lawrence ‘Larry’ and Katie Welter; Kamryn Kalmar, a second grader from Joyce Bullock Elementary School who is the daughter of Kevin and Doris Kalmar; Colby Pinkston, a third grader from Williston Central Christian Academy who is the son of Dan and Crystal Pinkston; Yandel Mujica, a fifth grader from Williston Elementary School who is the son of Israel Mujica and Sharelis Villanueva; Aldo Laredo, a seventh grader from Williston Middle High School who is the son of Emma Laredo; Matthew Stark, a ninth grader from Williston Middle High School who is the son of Robert Stark; and Hannah Baldwin, a twelfth grader from Williston Middle High School who is the daughter of Corissa Baldwin.
Photo by Jeff M. Hardison © Nov. 6, 2019 at 6:09 p.m.
Commissioner Nikki Fried
launches Florida Agriculture
History Award Essay Contest
By FDACS Office of Communications
Published Nov. 2, 2019 at 2:09 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE -- On Friday (Nov. 1), Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nicole “Nikki” Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) launched the Florida Agriculture History Award Essay Contest.
The competition encourages Florida elementary, middle and high school students to learn about the achievements of women, African American, Hispanic and Latinx leaders that have made notable impacts on Florida agriculture.
“Agriculture is one Florida’s oldest industries and the backbone of our economy. So much of our progress in growing fresh food for our families is because of the hard, thankless work of women and people of color that you might not hear about in history books,” Commissioner Fried said. “As one of the most diverse states in the nation, we’re honoring the rich history and many contributions that women, African American, Hispanic and Latinx leaders have made to Florida agriculture.”
From Nov. 1 through Jan. 10, the Florida Agriculture History Award Essay Contest will be open to all 4th through 12th graders enrolled in a Florida public or private school. Students can write a 500-word essay about a notable woman, African-American, Hispanic, or Latinx person whose achievements have impacted Florida’s agriculture industry.
Ten winners each will earn a $1,000 cash scholarship, courtesy of Fresh From Florida.
Students can learn more, find official contest rules, and enter by clicking HERE.
Chamber meets in Yankeetown
Buddy and Fred's Hardware
wins Annual Scarecrow Contest;
Satellite transfer station
may be built in southern Levy County
Creating and serving the meal on Tuesday night, were (from left) Mike Flanders, Jen Oconnor, Matt Pank and Lisa Flanders, all of Shrimp Landing, a seafood restaurant in Inglis.
Story and Photos
By Jeff M. Hardison © Oct. 30, 2019 at 10:09 p.m.
YANKEETOWN -- The Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on Tuesday night (Oct. 29) provided an opportunity for entertainment, information and education for all of the members and guests present.
Seen here are Yolanda Canchola (left) of Compass Homes and Land, a real estate agency in Inglis, and Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce staff member Terri Harris, who works in the Chamber office on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. That is the extent that the Chamber can afford a paid staff member right now. Also, there is an urgent need for people willing to serve as volunteers on the Chamber Board of Directors.
This annual event was once again a Low Country Boil and Brew festivity, which included a main course of shrimp, corn-on-the-cob, sausage and potatoes as the low country boil. Prepared by members of Shrimp Landing Restaurant, the menu included crab, rice and beans, coleslaw, hush puppies, cornbread and rolls, too. Beyond that, from a dining perspective, there was a long table full of a wide variety of desserts.
As for drinks, all of the 30 or so individuals present were welcome to enjoy a number of different types of wine, beer, sweet tea, unsweet tea or lemonade.
Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce President Richard Streeter served as emcee for the night.
He welcomed elected and appointed government representatives, including Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner, County Commissioner Lilly Rooks, County Coordinator Wilbur Dean, Inglis Mayor Drinda Merritt, Yankeetown Vice Mayor Jean Holbrook, and Yankeetown Town Clerk-Treasurer-Administrator Sherri MacDonald.
Enjoying the event in their town are Yankeetown Vice Mayor Jean Holbrook, and Yankeetown Town Clerk-Treasurer-Administrator Sherri MacDonald.
Duke Energy (Florida) Community Relations Manager Dorothy Pernu walks toward the dining area after being served dinner. This Chamber Annual Dinner Meeting was sponsored by Duke Energy, a member of the Chamber.
Helen Ciallella of Yankeetown stands with Chamber President Richard Streeter as she tells about the Hidden Coast Paddling Adventure in the area this past weekend. She said there were almost 100 kayakers in the area for three to five days. The Nature Coast Inn held the meet and greet part of the event. The Blackwater Grill and Bar hosted the Friday night dinner, which was said to be extraordinary for taste and included exemplary service. The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve provided a nature walk. Kayakers shared space for the Sunday Brunch at the WGP with the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club, Ciallella said.
Levy County Tourist Development Council Executive Director Tisha Whitehurst, keynote speaker of the night, spoke about the recent announcement of funding for the Chamber’s kiosk, and for improvements to the Nature Coast Biological Station, as detailed in this Oct. 25 HardisonInk.com story, seen by clicking HERE. Whitehurst also spoke about the relocation of the Levy County Visitors Bureau from Bronson to Williston as detailed in this Sept. 27 HardisonInk.com story, seen by clicking HERE.
During the meeting President Streeter said the Chamber needs new members of its board. Three members are expected to leave soon, he said.
There is one meeting on a Monday each month, he said. The main responsibility beyond that is planning events, and taking responsibility for the Chamber activities.
“It is a lot of fun,” Streeter said. “It is some hard work. But it’s our community, friends, and right now we really need some new blood on the board; because if we lose three people out of eight, we are going to be having some problems.”
Streeter introduced Past President Marilyn Ladner, Vice President Drinda Merritt, Lisa Levesque, Helen J. Ciallella and some other board members who were present Tuesday night. The Chamber’s website does not list any of them.
Near the conclusion of the meeting Ciallella spoke about the Healthy Community Initiative.
Ciallella said that by having representatives from the many civic, fraternal, scholastic and government groups meet together routinely, the entire community is better served. People working together and organizing events together find they have more effective and efficient use of resources, and the general public is better served.
County Commissioner Joyner shared with listeners that the county has a particular location for the placement of the next satellite solid waste transfer station, to help residents who might be driving to the main collection point between Bronson and Williston.
The first of these satellite locations opened recently on Levy County Road 347 between the community of Fowlers Bluff and the City of Cedar Key. Click HERE to read the Oct. 11 HardisonInk.com story about that.
Past Chamber President Marilyn Ladner speaks about the South Levy County Area as having the most warm and generous people she has ever known.
This door prize was won by Jeff M. Hardison, whose business HardisonInk.com is a member of the Chamber. Wilbur Dean, county coordinator for Levy County, won a door prize just like this one. It was full of candy, and is a plastic jar, decorated to look like a witch.
Winners of door prizes, two Halloween decorated bags with candy in them, are Millie Yazel of the Yankeetown-Inglis Woman’s Club Thrift Shop and Yolanda Canchola of Compass Homes and Land Realty.
This First Place Plaque for the Best Scarecrow in the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Scarecrow Contest will have the name Buddy and Fred’s Hardware etched into it for 2019. The 2017 winner was Scott’s Paint & Body Repair. The 2018 winner was D.A.B. Constructors Inc.
Art Aho was the recipient of the Lifetime Membership certificate from the Withlacoochee Gulf Area Chamber of Commerce. He was not present Tuesday night.
Davey Padot, a real estate specialist in the area, is a native to the Tri-County Area of Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. Working with him for real estate sales in the Inglis-Yankeetown area, and present at the Chamber meeting Tuesday are (back row, from left) Jennifer Molzen and Preslee Salter, and standing next to Padot, Susan Steingress.
On Feb. 1, 2011, HardisonInk.com came to exist on the Internet. On Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section on The Life Page of HardisonInk.com started, which was about nine months after the start of the daily news website -- which officially began Feb. 1, 2011. The name "The Christian Press" was derived from an encounter a decade earlier in 2001 in St. Petersburg, when and where a man mentioned to a journalist that this particular journalist must work for "The Christian Press." Although the presumption by the man about that journalist was incorrect and misplaced, the name sounded good. And the the journalist said that if he could work for The Christian Press, then that certainly would be the publication to serve.
Since Nov. 1, 2011, The Christian Press section of this page has run daily devotionals from several individuals who contributed over the past years. There were two days in 2018 when the daily devotional did not run due to a journalist requiring emergency orthopedic surgery on broken bones in his left arm and wrist. That surgically added metal, though, makes that part of that arm even more able to withstand forces. Many daily devotionals are pulled from Strength for Service to God and Country (Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers). I note my appreciation for the use of those devotionals from that now-defunct publishing company. I welcome contributions of daily devotionals. Daily devotional authors are asked to please send only their original works to email@example.com.
Nov. 12, 2019 Tuesday at 8:09 a.m.
Read Job 1:13-22; Matthew 16:24-26
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
-- Matthew 7:21 (KJV)
“Thy will be done.” Twice Jesus used these words. On that last night when He prayed alone in Gethsemane, He saw ahead the scorn, the suffering and the inevitable death. To be sure, He had followed courageously the road that led to this very hour. But now in the final moment of testing, it seemed too much. There was still an opportunity to slip out and escape. But this would be a cowardly denial of all that He had lived for, and with unwavering confidence in the goodness and wisdom, and ultimate triumph of God, He cried, “Nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” And He set for us the supreme example of submission to God’s will.
But life is not merely passive submission. When He gave His disciples the model prayer, Jesus taught them to say, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” How often have we repeated the familiar words? Yet, if we would pray them right, they are a call to self-dedication to a glorious task.
The Kingdom comes on Earth when we learn to devote ourselves without reserve to the causes of justice and mercy, of uprightness and goodwill, of unity and love. Is this an impossible ideal? Jesus did not think so. He showed the way Himself in tireless effort to bring in that Kingdom and challenged all the faith in us to follow Him in doing God’s will.
HOLY GOD, we have seen the matchless courage of Jesus, who, seemingly alone, faced the impossible task of bringing Thy Kingdom to an evil world, believing with Thee that all things are possible. His challenge comes to us in a troubled hour, bidding us to follow Him. Lord, make us strong to do Thy will when we see it, and help us to be patient to wait on Thy will where yet we cannot see it. We make this prayer in His name. Amen.
Pastor Frederick W. Stewart
Strength for Service to God and Country
(Whitmore & Stone © 1942; Renewed 1969 by Norman E. Nygaard; Second revised edition © 2002 Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, Providence House Publishers)
Outdoor Truths Ministry
By Gary Miller © Nov 11, 2019 at 12:29 a.m.
I’ve often noticed how deer live mostly in a quiet environment. Even this morning, I watched one particular city-dwelling doe begin to get a bit nervous when the noise of traffic began to surround her. She quickly moved to a quieter place. Not only do they prefer a soundless surrounding, but most of the time deer do very little vocal communication. It is easy to see how well this characteristic serves the deer. When it’s quiet, any small or unfamiliar sound will cause them to be on alert. There is really much to be said for a life full of quiet moments. Then there’s this time of year. A time when communication is at its highest and every form of it is used including sounds. Grunting, bleating, wheezing, and even the echo of fighting, send certain messages to all deer within an earshot. It is not coincidence that during the most important time of the year for a deer, and during a time when relationships are paramount, communication is important. And much can be said about this as well.
If you think about it, while relationships may begin from a number of ways, they are only enhancing to our lives if they involve communication. For instance, you may have a sister which means your relationship was not instigated by you or her but by birth, but if you never talk to that sister or communicate in any way, your relationship with her will never be meaningful and in fact will dissolve back to the very basics of a simple bloodline. Every healthy and beneficial relationship will be made up of heartfelt, open, and transparent communication. And without it, we are only fooling ourselves into thinking everything is alright.
In our spiritual lives, communication is the test of whether our connection with God is staying on the fringe of a basic relationship or if our daily life is being constantly enhanced by this kinship. During the most important periods of our life this communication will be the difference between living abundantly and existing meagerly. Don’t be too prideful to communicate with God. Tell him what’s on your heart. He wants to hear and give you clear direction. Remember, sometimes being quiet may keep you safe but it also may keep you from the people and places God has in store just for you.
-- Gary Miller firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Miller has three books that are compilations of the articles he has written for nearly 15 years. He also speaks at game dinners and men’s groups for churches and associations.
Gary Miller's website is located at http://www.outdoortruths.org/.