Features http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/features/todaysfeatures en Bronson's Blueberry Bonanza http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/bronsons-blueberry-bonanza <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/front_1.jpg" alt="Peggy Rowe portrayed Lady Blueberry, while her husband Ed Rowe piloted his cart covered with a bunch of &quot;blueberries&quot; in the Bronson Blueberry Festival Parade." title="Peggy Rowe portrayed Lady Blueberry, while her husband Ed Rowe piloted his cart covered with a bunch of &quot;blueberries&quot; in the Bronson Blueberry Festival Parade." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Young and old alike came out Saturday to celebrate with the town of Bronson as it paid tribute to the blueberry harvest.</p> <p> From a parade down Highway 27 to the town park, festival goers enjoyed a day of celebration.&nbsp;</p> Great prizes for 'Battle of the Sexes' blood drive http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/great-prizes-battle-sexes-blood-drive <p> LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will be hosting its 5th Annual Battle of the Sexes blood drive competition June 22-26, and the ladies in North Florida will be trying to keep their record perfect.</p> <p> &ldquo;This marks our fifth year, and the ladies have won every year,&rdquo; said LifeSouth North Florida District Director Dustin Scott. &ldquo;The whole idea is to beat the heat and add a little fun to the challenge of avoiding a summer blood shortage.&rdquo;</p> Iron Butts for Bucks benefits nursing home residents http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/iron-butts-bucks-benefits-nursing-home-residents <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4796.jpg" alt=" Alan Sullivan and Ruby Smith of Ayers Nursing Home in Trenton each received a donation as a result of the Iron Butts for Bucks fundraiser. They are pictured with nursing home staff and Eric Daniels president of AMVETS 422 Riders and a member of Widow Sons Masonic Riders; Lee Daniels AMVETS 422 Commander; Pat Plemmons AMVETS Post 422 Rider; Brad Groom of Americare and President of Widow Sons and coordinator of Iron Butts for Bucks; and Bruce Bryant vice president of Widow Sons." title=" Alan Sullivan and Ruby Smith of Ayers Nursing Home in Trenton each received a donation as a result of the Iron Butts for Bucks fundraiser. They are pictured with nursing home staff and Eric Daniels president of AMVETS 422 Riders and a member of Widow Sons Masonic Riders; Lee Daniels AMVETS 422 Commander; Pat Plemmons AMVETS Post 422 Rider; Brad Groom of Americare and President of Widow Sons and coordinator of Iron Butts for Bucks; and Bruce Bryant vice president of Widow Sons." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> A small caravan of motorcycles made its way through the Tri-County area on Friday, handing out checks to area nursing home residents.</p> <p> Led by Iron Butts for Bucks coordinator Brad Groom, the group gave out $160 checks to two residents at each of the five nursing homes. The recipients were long- term residents chosen by nursing home staff as being in need of the donation.</p> <p> The donation amount may not seem significant to most people, but some of the residents are living on about $35 per month, Groom said.</p> Mike MacKenzie named Firefighter of the Year http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/mike-mackenzie-named-firefighter-year <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_329.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="83" height="85" /><p> An area firefighter was honored, not only for his duties in the field, but also for his humanitarian efforts in the community.</p> <p> Mike MacKenzie, volunteer firefighter for the Fanning Springs Fire Department, was named as this year&#39;s Firefighter of the Year for Levy and Gilchrist counties.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&#39;re proud of him, not only for his involvement in the community, but he&#39;s also been the catalyst for the fire department to be involved in the food pantry and Bread of the Mighty,&rdquo; Fanning Springs Fire Chief Ron McQueen said.</p> Matheson Museum features trip back through time http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/matheson-museum-features-trip-back-through-time <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/trains_family_fun_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Take a journey into an era when railroads were the lifeblood of North Central Florida at the Matheson History Museum&rsquo;s Gainesville Express Train Show Family FunDay on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 12, from 1 to 4 p.m.</p> <p> Entrance is $4 per adult and $1 per child under 12 years old.</p> Fist bump with a superhero http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/fist-bump-superhero <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1_331.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="103" height="85" /><p> Spiderman was one of the superheroes visiting Lutherw Callaway Library last Fridlay as part of the Summer Reading Program for Kids.</p> <p> There is a program every Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the library during the summer.&nbsp;</p> Children's book aims to teach power of friendship http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/childrens-book-aims-teach-power-friendship <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_5063.jpg" alt="Ruth Nott holds a copy of her book New Friend True Friend." title="Ruth Nott holds a copy of her book New Friend True Friend." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Inspired by real life experiences, a local woman uses her writing to teach lessons in friendship.</p> <p> Ruth Nott, author of &quot;New Friend True Friend,&quot; a children&#39;s picture book, said her inspiration came from situations facing her children as they traveled as a military family and often had to make new friends.</p> <p> &ldquo;Sometimes it&#39;s hard to make new friends and sad to leave old ones,&rdquo; Nott said.</p> Life on the launchpad http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/content/life-launchpad <img src="http://www.chieflandcitizen.com/sites/www.chieflandcitizen.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_4788.jpg" alt="Helms shows proof that he was there." title="Helms shows proof that he was there." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Bill Helms told of his 35 year career with NASA in a presentation rich in history and full of life adventures big and small. The Chiefland Rotary was the audience for this discussion, which Helms titled Adventures of a Console Jockey, and took place at their regular meeting June 17.&nbsp;</p>