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  • Chiefland will celebrate the watermelon in its many forms when it welcomes visitors to the 58th Annual Watermelon Festival on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    The festival is sponsored by the Chiefland Woman's Club with the help of the City of Chiefland and other groups and vendors who rent booths. The event is a fundraiser for the club, as well as a showcase for the area's biggest agricultural product.

  • The Levy County Quilt Museum welcomed a crowd of folks to its Open House on Saturday, May 19.

    Folks came to check out the many quilts on display, including Log Cabin Quilters' award winning works from the State Fair in Tampa.

    They also checked out "Miss Winnelle's Cporner," an area set aside to honor the museum's founder Winnelle Horne.

    The quilters held a yard sale and celebrated the opening of a sheriff's substation at the museum thay will provide residents with an extra feeling of protection.

  •    Suwannee Valley Players present "Love, Laughter and Lucci," a comedy written by Cricket Daniel, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • Question:
    Do Members of Congress have to pay into Social Security?
    Answer:

    Yes, they do. Members of Congress, the President and Vice President, federal judges, and most political appointees, have paid taxes into the Social Security program since January 1984. They pay into the system just like everyone else, no matter how long they have been in office. Learn more about Social Security benefits at  www.socialsecurity.gov.
    Question:
    How do I change my citizenship status on Social Security’s records?

  • By KAY LOUDER
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    It’s an American tradition to pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces each Memorial Day — especially honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

  • By KAY LOUDER
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    Summer will be here before we know it. That means millions of high school and college students will be searching for jobs. Whether a new worker is beginning the career of a lifetime or just earning some extra money for the school year to come, there is one question that is likely to be on each new worker’s mind when they see their first pay stub: Where’s the rest of my money?

  • By MYRTICE SCABORZI
    Publicity

    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, May 10, at the Levy County Quilt Museum. A lot of the members were away with doctor visits, vacations and whatever. We’re hoping everyone will be back with us next week.
    Greg and six boys were out and boy did they get a lot of work done. The porch looks terrific after they cleaned and got rid of some of the old spools that were beginning to show their age. Thanks Lancaster.

  • By MYRTICE SCABORZI
    Publicity
    The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, May 3, at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  The Take 5 Quilt was sandwiched and placed in the quilting frame so quilting could begin.  It’s interesting how five pieces of fabric could turn out to look like this quilt.

  •    Girl power is strong at the Manatee Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps in Yankeetown, Florida. Female cadets make up about one third of the total membership with most ranking at petty officer third class or higher. Leadership positions in the unit are filled by these young women and they often go on to be midshipmen, instructors under 21 years old.
    BELOW: Christy Pusey (middle) was promoted from ensign to lieutenant junior grade. Cmdr. Gail Ryan (left) and Lt. Todd Dunn (right) presented her commission and shoulder boards.
     

  • Dixie Music Center held it’s 2012 Spring Recital Saturday, April 28, at the Dixie County Cultural Center in Old Town. The Dixie County Historical Society sponsored the event. Although it was a small class this year, the performances were excellent and everyone had a good time.
    This year’s guitar students, under the supervision of Mr. Bruce Miller, were: Brianna Frost, Houston Keen, Daniel Middleton, Joseph Morse, Zack Petty, Ian Roberts and Brittany Strickland.

  • At 79, Henry Gernhardt’s hands have twisted, turned, pressed, pounded, painted and baked globs of earth into works of art for more than 73 years.
    The artist, who now lives and works just outside of Cedar Key with his wife, Amy, grew up in rural Connecticut in a family he describes as being mostly engineers and mechanics.
    “I just couldn’t get into that,” he says. “I always did things different.”
    So, Gernhardt started a formal education in the arts at Norwich Art School in the early 1950s.

  •    The Sims/ Kirkland/ Hudson family reunion will be Saturday, April 28 at Long Pond Cemetery and Church Grounds from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       Lunch will be at 12:30. Please come, and bring enough food, drinks and paper goods for your family.
       For more infromation, call 352-493-1089.

  •    Suwannee Valley Players will hold auditions for our summer youth program featuring "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" a play adapted from C.S. Lewis' classic.
       The auditions will be held on Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the Chief Theatre, 25 E Park Ave. Chiefland, FL.     Participants should be between the ages of 8 and 18 and still be in school.

  • The City of Fanning Springs held its annual Easter egg hunt, March 31, at Fort Fanning Historical Park. Mayor, Cheryl Nekola wishes to recognize those that volunteered their time and efforts and made donations to help make the event a success. Thanks to: Paul and Leanna Chase, Sam Gray, Frank and Sharon Zylstra, Todd Gray, Jamie and Robin Lyles, Pat Orr, Ron McQueen, Wayne Huffer, Betty Armacost, Blaine and Barbara Locke, David Jones, Robert Kerr, Carlton Butler

  • By Stephanie Carroll Carson
    Florida News Connection
    TALLAHASSEE, — The Affordable Care Act has affected more than health care: it has also changed what adoptive parents can claim on their income tax returns. Parents' tax credit for adoption-related expenses has gone from being a non-refundable tax credit, to a refundable one.

  • By PAM DARTY
    Special to the Citizen
    When the crowd gathered at the Cedar Key Library recently, they didn’t expect the great surprise. The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge was hosting a talk on the latest research on Swallow-tailed Kites.  As birders were arriving for Dr Ken Meyer’s presentation, Dr Dawn Miller, Gainesville veterinarian and certified wildlife rehabilitator, came in the door carrying a magnificent swallowtail.

  •    Spring is here and books are popping up on tables at the Bronson public library just waiting for you to purchase. Come to the Bronson Library on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       Hardback books are 50 cents each and paperbacks are 10 cents each.
       If you are interested in donating books for our sale, please either come by during business
    hours or call 352-486-2015 for more information.

  •    Cycle for Education is a fun way to help raise money to benefit students in the classroom for the Levy County Schools Foundation.
       The leisure ride follows the Greenway Trail. It begins at the Chiefland Shopping Center at 8 a.m. and continues past the Suwannee River through Fanning Springs, on to Cross City or as far as you want. The ride is up to 48 miles long, but riders can ride as little as they wish or go beyond the designated trail.

  • Would you spend just two and one half hours a week to learn how to stay active and enjoy life? Then you need the Living Healthy program.