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  • By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    Colorful flyers seen all over town brought a record crowd to the Cedar Key Library for the third presentation by Dr. Kenneth Sassaman.
    The University of Florida archaeologist has been working on the 30 coastal miles of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and the thirteen islands of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge for the past three years, so nearly half of the standing-room-only audience had returned for the most recent findings.

  • The 48th Spring Arts Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, April  28-29, and the Cedar Key Arts Center is seeking individuals who want to support the festival by becoming a Purchase Award Patron.  It's fun, supports the artists, the festival, and this year, there's a money back guarantee.

  • By LOIS SCOTT and
    BEVERLY SHOBE

    Publicity
    The March business meeting of the Springhouse Quilter's Guild convened Tuesday, March 13, with President Mary Rawlins officiating.  Madam President thanked the guild ladies for their assistance during the March 10 Trenton Quilt and Craft Festival and reiterated her appreciation for their sharing of time and self.  The 39 members and one guest present enjoyed a delightful brunch.  Door prizes were won by Janet Gooding, Lois Johnson and Ve Wietor.

  • By MYRTICE SCABORZI
    Publicity

  • Former City of Chiefland Deputy Clerk Edith Goss celebrated her 90th birthday Saturday, March 17, with 35 of her family members at a party hosted by her children, Sandra Allen (Raymond), Chiefland, Virginia Sikes, Florence, Ms., Mike Goss, Bruce Goss (Regina), Chiefland, and Dan Goss (Beth) of Fanning Springs. A dinner was served along with birthday cake.  The family spent some time sharing memories and great times they have had with their mother, grandmother and great grandmother's life.

  • Betty Workman and Pop Charles Scarberry of Chiefland are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Jane Cannon-Wylie to Bennie Thompson, son of the late Clifford and and Lula Mae Thompson of Branford. A wedding is planned for July 7 at 4 p.m. near Branford.

  • The free evenings of bluegrass at the Old Town Elementary School Auditorium started two years ago when Big Cypress Bluegrass Band approached the Dixie County Historical Society and proposed the idea of a free evening of Bluegrass music in order to promote Bluegrass and also to give back to the community for supporting the band through the years.
    The Historical Society was very gracious in allowing the group the chance to show what it  could do if given the chance. The partnership brings entertainment to all who love traditional Bluegrass/Bluegrass Gospel music.

  • The Levy County Democratic Committee will meet at the Bronson Restaurant on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
    Anyone interested in the Democratic Party, discussing the upcoming elections or just interested in getting involved in the Democratic Party is welcome to come to the meeting and join.
       The committee is seeking people that are interested in the party and interested in fairness in the political system.
       A dinner menu will be available for purchase.
    For more information, call Charley King 352-493-4797.

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fanning and Manatee Springs state parks and Nature Coast State Trail will host a Scavenger hunt throughout the park for Earth Day.
       Park Ranger Howard Meyer will read a book by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings called The Secret River before the hunt begins. The reading will take place on the stage located in the park from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from there the hunt will begin. There will be prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place participants and everyone will receive a certificate of participation.  

  • Contestants for the Suwannee River Fair are told not to get too close to their animals, make them pets or name them. It makes parting with them after the sale emotionally hard.
    Chandler Beach, 10, of Buckaroo 4-H in Trenton did something different with his 255-pound pig.
    "I told him he was going for a good cause," Beach said, after No. 132 on the sales list went for $59 a pound at  the youth livestock sale on March 21. And the bids are still coming in.

  • Pre-school Storytime
    These programs use books and music to present the young children with the concept that books, reading, and libraries are fun and enjoyed at all ages.  The programs last 30 minutes.
     
    A.F. Knotts Public Library - Yankeetown
    March 13, at 3 p.m. - St. Patrick's Day Theme
    March 20, at 3 p.m. - The Color Green Theme
     
    Bronson Public Library
    March 12, at 10:30 a.m. - St. Patrick's Day Theme
    March 26, at 10:30 a.m. - The Color Green
     

  • Ellas McDaniel Jr. was just a year old when his father went from relative obscurity, driving an asphalt truck and playing rhythm and blues on the street corners of Chicago, to worldwide fame.
    “He was trying to put diapers on me and my sister. That’s what led him to play on street corners,” McDaniel said last week from the home of Chiefland friend Duane Schwingel. “My mother (Ethel) worked for the Polo Meat Co., cuttin’ up chickens.”

  • MARCH 16-21
    n Friday, March 16:
    3 – 5:30 p.m. - Steer Entry
    5 – 5:30 p.m. - Consumer Judging Registration
    5:30 p.m. - Primary & Senior Judging Event
    6 p.m. - Junior Judging Event
    6:30 – 8 p.m. - Creative Life Skills Entry (NON-FOOD ITEMS)
    n Saturday, March 17:
    7 – 10 a.m. - Swine Entry
    9 – 11 a.m. - Creative Life Skills Entry
    10:30 – 11 a.m. - Livestock Judging Registration
    11 a.m. - Livestock Judging Events

  • Next year, at about this time, the City of Chiefland will celebrate its 100th year of incorporation. The Chiefland Centennial Celebration has been in the works for about a year, and volunteers on the committee overseeing its arrangement have recently come up with a schedule of events for the affair.
    The event, set to happen April 5–6, 2013, will include a community fish fry and dance, a parade, historical booths, displays and demonstrations, contests and cook-offs. The event culminates on a Saturday evening with a fireworks show at Strickland Park.

  • Retired educator Vivian Filer believes children should be raised with love, but also a firm grasp on whatis proper and what is not.
    As the speaker for the Black History Scholarship Banquet in Chiefland on Feb. 18 at the Tommy Usher Community Center, she told the 80 people in attendance, that   having children calls for a commitment to invest long hours, go the extra mile, to sacrifice and "love, love, love."

  • Jeff Klinkenberg, who writes about Florida culture and people, will visit the Cedar Key Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 10, to give a program about his unique perspective on his home state. Klinkenberg's talk, part of the library's current "Our Stories" series, will be an entertaining, informative look at some of the state's more colorful people, places and events.

  •  The Suwannee Valley Players are so pleased to be able to present its annual musical, Master of Time, which was written by a local writer, Krista Perryman. Not only is SVP honored to produce this play, it is privileged to have Perryman as the musical director and choreographer, while working closely with a SVP veteran director, Janice Grant. The large cast is made up of residents from all parts of our Tri-County area. SVP is proud of its accomplishments. 

  • By SHARON HUSTON
    For the Riverland News

    Rainbow Springs State Park staff, Friends of Rainbow Springs (FORS) members and volunteers have begun preparations for the annual Cracker Days event, which is presented for the public each February. This year the event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  •    The Bronson FFA Alumni Organization's Annual Food Fest will be Friday, March 2, at First Baptist Church in Bronson, with entertainment beginning at 5 p.m. and food service at 5:30 p.m.
       There will also be a singing group from the local Cowboy Church, a cake auction, a silent auction and door prizes.
    Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance for $10 or for $15 at the event. Proceeds go to the Bronson FFA Alumni Scholarship Program and to send local students to leadership conferences.

  • OLUSTEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida’s first state park, will host the 36th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee on Feb. 17-19, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Throughout the weekend, more than 2,000 demonstrators will present living history impressions of military and civilian life at the time of Florida’s largest Civil War battle.
    For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/olustee or http://battleofolustee.org.