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CAAA co-ed softball

CAAA is holding sign-ups for co-ed softball at Strickland Park. Games start June 28. For more information call Mary Ann Wetherington at 221-4984.


NCBDC to meet

The Nature Coast Business Development Council, Inc. will meet on Thursday, June 10, at 8:30 a.m. at 660 East Hathaway Ave., Bronson. If you have any questions please call 352-214-8937.

Development agency to meet

The Enterprise Zone Development Agency will meet on Thursday, June 10, at 8:30 a.m. at 660 East Hathaway Ave., Bronson. If you have any questions please call 352-214-8937.

Library friends meet

The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library, the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System, will hold their monthly meeting at the Library, 104 NE 3rd Street, Chiefland (a block behind City Hall), at 11 a.m.  The Friends supports the Luther Callaway Public Library by promoting the library’s programs and resources and through fund-raising, projects to augment the library’s budget for the purchase of reading materials, books on tape, videos, operating supplies and minor equipment.  Prospective members and guests are welcome.  For further information, call Friends President Tom Reitz at 493-1896 or 949-5413.


Family Bible holds yard sale

Family Bible Chapel will be having a yard sale at 14 Main Street, Chiefland, Thursday and Friday, from from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., rain or shine.

Items for sale include a church organ, large oak desk, books, knick-knacks, clothes and items to numerous to mention. An instrumental CD, “Serenity”, by Sharon Cottrell and Deborah Taylor will also be sold.

Sales will be held in the church hall, entrance is in the rear of the church.

All proceeds will go toward repairing the church roof.

Drill team holds fun shows

The 2010 Summer Buckle Series Fun Show hosted by the Great Adventure Drill Team is free to the public and will be held today,  July 10, August 14, and September 11 at 6 p.m. at Twin-T Acres, 2371 N.E. 109th, Bronson.

Come watch riders of all ages compete in exciting speed events such as barrels, poles, and a flag race; as well as the hilarious freezie pop race. Concessions are available at the show.

For more information, call 352-486-2599 or visit www.greatadventuredrillteam.com.

Town meeting for veterans

on contamination

A meeting about the  Camp Lejeune Water Contamination effects will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Englewood Neighborhood Center, located at 6123 La Costa Drive, Orlando.

If you believe your health or the health of a loved one has been compromised from exposure to Camp Lejeune water, we encourage you to attend this free informational seminar.

For further information and to reserve your space, please contact Vanessa Bertka at 843-546-2408, ext. 757. Please RSVP by Thursday, June 10. There is no charge or obligation to attend.



American Legion Post 383

celebrates Flag Day

American Legion Post 383, Sons of the American Legion and the Post Auxiliary are celebrating Flag Day  with a cook-out beginning at 5 p.m. at the Post.  At dark, there will be a flag disposal with the proper ceremony. This is a very impressive event.

This properly disposes of all of  old worn and faded flags, American or otherwise.  If you have flags that you would like disposed, please bring them at 5 p.m. or drop them off at the Legion, Old Town Hardware, Creekside Farm Supply, or the Advocate by noon on Monday. 

Veterans, get your family,  friends, and old flags and come be with us for this event.  The  Cub Scouts will be helping out with the ceremony and there will be hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks for everyone.


AARP speaker talks about Internet fraud

AARP  will hold its regular monthly at the Lodge at Otter Springs at 10:30 a.m. with Sheriff Daniel Slaughter as the speaker.

The sheriff will speak on Internet fraud and how to protect yourselves from con-men and hackers. Program Chairman Patsy Avery has made phone calls and sent invitations to some of the candidates who are running for public  


This month's meeting will feature an old-fashioned Wiener Roast. Tthe Chapter will supply wieners and rolls and you can bring beans, cole slaw, chili and cheese, onions, sauerkraut, or whatever else you like to put on a HOT DOG.  And any garden fresh vegetables and desserts are always a treat, too.


See you at the meeting with CAN IN HAND.


SHINE volunteers visiting Senior Center

    Do you have questions about your options for Medicare, Medicare/Medicaid, Disability, Supplemental Insurance, Part D Prescription Drug Plans, or Medicare Billings? If you do, come see SHINE, a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for one-on-one counseling.  SHINE provides free, unbiased and confidential assistance.  If you cannot come to a site call the Elder Helpline at 1-800-262-2243 to be referred to a SHINE Volunteer.  

    SHINE volunteers will be at the Chiefland Senior Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today, and on June 23rd from 10 a.m. to noon at the Trenton Public Library.

June 17

Ombudsman program council meets

    The local council of Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes, meets at 13:20 p.m. at Haven Hospice of North Central Florida, 4200 NW 90th Boulevard in Gainesville . The council will discuss the program's  activities and give the public a chance to provide comments about long-term care facility issues.

    Concerned citizens and those interested in volunteering are welcome to attend.

American Legion installs officers

    American Legion Post 91 and the Auxiliary Unit, at Bell, wants to let its members know that the new officers for year 2010-2011 will be honored at a reception with a light snack, chips and beverages. The presentation and installation of officers will immediately follow the recpetion.

    If you are a member,please attend and, if you are not ,this would be the perfect time to come and join and meet the

other members. The post is located on Highway 129 between Trenton and Bell next to FFA Arena.

June 19

Pets benefit from activities

There will be an everything goes box deal sale, with all offers accepted if they are within reason, hosted by 4 Pets Sake from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

On Aug. 21, the group will sponsor "Bowl to Save a Pet" at Lake City Bowling Alley.

The group is having more fundraisers in order to increase the pet surgeries. With the help of Director Janet Hedrick, the group has secured Dr. LeClear  of Tri-County Pet and Bird Hospital; and with the help of Lindsay Smith the group has secured Dr. Hires of Trenton Animal Hospital to make that happen.

Please don't forget about the Dog Gone Doggie Biscuits. There is a new ingredient added to them. We visited Bell Elementary a short time ago and found that the students are so far advanced; and impressed we were. They knew what a patent was and how to apply for it. The students discovered the price per biscuit for dogs and cats , the cost to make them and what to sell them for to turn a profit. The research was amazing. Call Bell Elementary to purchase the biscuits. Just for the love of them or email fourpetssake1@ windstream.net.

June 22

AARP driving course in Yankeetown

A one-day AARP Safe Driving Course will be held starting at 9 a.m. at the Yankeetown Woman’s Club, 5 Fifty-Sixth Street, Yankeetown.

The course fee is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members.   For information or to register, call Patricia Matheny at 352-528-9009.

Florida is a mandated state and any insurance company doing business in Florida must give a discount to those completing an AARP Safe Driving Course. The class is open to all persons 50 and older. Contact your agent for discount amounts. Update yourself to earn a discount.

 For information regarding future classes, call Don Slough at 352-201-1461.

 June 25

Merle Norman Ribbon Cutting

The Greater Area Chiefland Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a ribbon cutting for one of its newest members Merle Norman Cosmetics. The even is at 1:15 p.m. at 1125 N.W. 19th Ave. in Chiefland, and the public is invited to welcome Merle Norman Cosmetics into our community.

Merle Norman Cosmetics specializes in cosmetic, boutique items and spa like experience needs.

Please take the time to welcome Merle Norman Cosmetics owner, Christy Couch into our community.

July 4

Bronson to celebrate Fourth

    The Town of Bronson and the Bronson Youth League will team up once again for the 2nd Annual 4th of July Fest at the Bronson Sports Complex on July 4.

    Festivities will kick off around 4 p.m. with a fireworks display ending the evening around 10 p.m.

    This will be a fun-filled day for the entire family.  Once again there will be softball pick- up games, a jump house for the kids, horseshoe pitching, music and dancing. There will be a concession stand open to provide food and drinks. 

    For directions or more information please contact Bronson Town Hall at 352-486-2354.  


July 5

Dunnellon Library Friends slash prices

    The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library Book Store will hold a “July Blow-Out” store-wide half-price Book Sale.  The regular low prices of $2 hardcover, $1 large paperback, and 50? for paperbacks will all be half-priced beginning Tuesday July 5, thru Saturday, July 10, during regular store hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily; and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

     Thanks to the wonderful donations from the community, the Friends are able to provide books in all categories – children’s , mysteries, history, computer, self-help, sci-fi, religion/inspirational, books-on-tape, videos, CDs, cassettes, puzzles.

     The Friends Book Store (inside the Library), located at 20351 Robinson Road (just behind Superior Bank) in Dunnellon, is operated by an all volunteer staff with proceeds benefiting your Dunnellon Public Library by providing book endowments and other enhancements.

    For more information, contact the library at 438-2520.


Guardian ad Litem seeks volunteers

Be a powerful voice in a child’s life.  Advocate in the court system for children who have been taken away for neglect and abuse. 

No special background is needed, staff and legal support provided. Next training starts April 27 in Chiefland.  Call (352) 463-3135 or go to www.guardianadlitem.org.

Dixie Humane Society sale

The Dixie Humane Society holds a weekly Indoor Outdoor Yard Sale onThursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Society is located off of U.S. Highway 19 North on County Road 349 across from the bike trail in Old Town .

Donations to help the animals are welcome.  

American Legion Post 383 activities

American Legion Post 383 in Old Town has karaoke every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Monthly meetings are the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Prospective members and volunteers are also welcome. Post 383 is for veterans and their families.

Boys & Girls Clubs want clunkers

Florida Boys and Girls Clubs are looking for “Clunker Cars” to be donated as a way of raising funds. The benefits offered for donating include a tax write off for the donors and knowledge that the old clunker is helping a “Positive Place for Kids”. If you want to donate a car, the Florida Clubs can be reached by calling 1-800-246-0493.

TOPS meeting

The Chiefland TOPS group meets at St. Albans Church on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Both  men and women are welcome.

Rotary Clubs

Chiefland Rotary meets at noon on Wednesdays at BubbaQue’s, Main Street, Chiefland. Williston Rotary meets at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at the First Presbyterian Church, 247 NE 1st Street.

Grand Slam Bridge on Monday

Grand Slam Bridge, with two tables in play, is held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Chiefland on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested in participating are asked to call Joan at 493-0279.Both weekly and substitute players are needed.

Bronson Homemakers

 Bronson Home and Community Educators (HCE), also known as the Homemakers, is a community service organization, that hold educational and fun meetings, workshops, crafts sessions, create caps and lap blankets, etc. for local nursing homes and other local public agencies. The group is always looking for new faces, positive attitudes, fun personalities and an eager willingness to give back to the community.

 Meetings are at 9:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month.  Monthly workshops are on the 4th Monday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon. The meetings are at the Levy County Extension Office on U.S. Highway 27A in Bronson.  If you would like to attend a meeting or to become a new member, please contact Mary Anne Ostroman at 352-528-5076 or maostroman@msn.com for more information.

Ombudsman program seeking volunteers

    Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders residing in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program's local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents' concerns. Special training and certification is provided.

    All interested individuals who care about protecting the health safety, welfare and rights of long-term care facility residents - who often have no one else to advocate for them - are encouraged to call toll-free 888-831-0404 or visit the program's Web site at http://ombudsman.myflorida.com.

Stitches from Heart helps babies

    Stitches From The Heart is a nationwide group of volunteers that love to knit, crochet and quilt for needy babies and children. Unfortunately, many premature babies often go home from hospitals with little or nothing to keep them warm.     They need volunteers to knit, crochet or quilt blankets, little sweaters and hats for babies in need.

    These items are donated to hospitals all over the country. Patterns are available. Donated yarn is appreciated for our seniors. Stitches From the Heart has donated thousands and thousands of hand-made hats, booties, sweaters and blankets to more than 411 hospitals and charities around the country.

    Please call toll free 877-985-9212 or email StitchFromHeart@aol.com or write at 3316 Pico, Santa Monica, CA 90405. The group's Web site is www.StitchesFromTheHeart.org. Stitches From the Heart is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation.

CAAA co-ed softball

CAAA is holding sign-ups for co-ed softball at Strickland Park. Games start June 28. For more information call Mary Ann Wetherington at 221-4984.