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  •    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.

  • The Florida Department of Elder Affairs invites you to join the award-winning SHINE Program team of volunteers.  The SHINE Program helps Medicare beneficiaries make informed decisions about Medicare and health insurance.  

  • Bronson Blue Springs has lost its sparkle.

    Severe drought, according to Suwannee River Water Management District Engineer Meagan Wetherington, has caused the spring to quit flowing. And recent rains, though not enough to recharge the aquifer, have caused water from nearby swamps, heavy with tannins, to flow into the spring, staining it muddy brown.

  • Karina Lowyns, center, a fourth grade student at Chiefland Elementary School, is congratulated by CES Principal Patrice McCully, left and Judy Allen of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 Ladies Auxiliary, for winning first place at the state level in the organization's Patriotic Coloring Contest. She took home a check for $100 and a certificate. Her entry now moves on to the national VFW Auxiliary competition.

  • The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library (FLCPL) Board of Directors, will hold its monthly meeting at the library, 104 NE 3rd Street, Chiefland (a block behind City Hall), at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 12.  The Luther Callaway Public Library is the Chiefland Branch of the Levy County Public Library System. For an agenda, email: tomreitz@msn.com.  

  •    Patrick Allen, the director of Haven Hospice in Chiefland, was the special guest speaker at the March 29 Suwanee Valley Rotary meeting.
       Allen said the cancer foundation he helped organize, BACK Fighting Cancer Inc., is on a new mission this year: to provide financial assistance to the families for children fighting cancer in the Tri-County Area.

  • From left. Rick Luckhardt, Irene Boyd, of Tri-County Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Paige Brookins, president of the Suwanee Valley Rotary.