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  • By Melinda Myers

    Special to the Citizen

    Don’t let mosquitoes keep you from enjoying your garden and outdoor parties. Look for environmentally sound ways to manage these pests in your garden and landscape.

    Start by eliminating standing water in the yard. Buckets, old tires and clogged gutters and downspouts that hold water make the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.

  • By Brad Buck

    UF/IFAS

    Downy mildew, a disease known to damage dozens of plant species in Florida, has now been found on purple velvet plants in South Florida, UF/IFAS scientists say.

    Purple velvet plants are popularly used for foliage and cut flowers, said Aaron Palmateer, associate professor in plant pathology at the UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead.

  • Today, August 13

    Civil War Symposium at Matheson today

    The Matheson History Museum is hosting its annual Civil War Symposium today, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. This year’s theme is Alachua County’s connection to South Carolina, which can be seen in local architecture and in the heritage of many of the county’s founding families, including the Hailes, Chesnuts and Mathesons.

  • The monthly meeting of AARP Local Chapter No. 2133 will be Tuesday, Aug.18 in the ForVets Lodge House at Otter Springs, starting at 10:30 a.m.

    At these meetings you will receive valuable information as to what is happening in the local area, be informed about many volunteer options, have a great lunch, enjoy good fellowship, become involved and maybe even win one of the many door prizes. Keep in mind, if you are over 50, you are welcome to fellowship and freely dine for your first time as our guest.

  • Another Way, Inc., domestic violence and rape crisis center, is selling tickets to raffle a gas grill to raise money for a new shelter van.

    They are "very, very excited," Lesley Hersey, Another Way program director, said. "The van is something that is very much needed."

    The center's current van has been in the shop for the last six months, she said, adding the majority of people who come into the shelter do not have transportation.

  • You are invited to attend the SVP 2015 Golden Gravel Celebration on Aug. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Chief Theater. The event is named after Barbara Gravel, a founding member of the Suwannee Valley Players community theater group. They honor the best in the groups performances for the past year.

    We are celebrating the Gravel’s with a Carnival in Venice theme with food, entertainment and the celebration of a successful theater season.

  • Chiefland Police Lt. Jay Bolton wraps a slab of ribs, while Sgt. D.J. Macy pulls another rack out of the hot box for a customer.

    The Chiefland Police Department sold slabs in front of Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 8, to benefit the Christmas Fund.

    Chief Robert Douglas said the officers, who volunteered their time, sold 70 slabs that were donated by BubbaQue’s.  

  • GAINESVILLE — The North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System, which includes the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center in Gainesville is the VA’s largest health care system.

    It is experiencing steady growth but does not have enough space for its current volume of patients.

    In fiscal year (FY) 2014, the system served more than 133,000 veterans for primary care, mental health and specialty care services.

  • Today, July 30

    Blood drive in Bronson

    LifeSouth, the area's blood donation and supplier is experiencing an extreme shortage this summer and is asking the public to step up and donate.

    There will be a Bronson Community Blood Drive on Thursday, July 30, between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Courthouse, 355 S. Court St., in Bronson.

  • One little man stole the show at a special fundraiser this past Saturday.

    Young Paxton was the inspiration for a Dancing for Down Syndrome Zumba event hosted by Chiefland Health and Fitness Manager Carla Russ, which just happened to fall on National Dance Day. They had to have a party anyway, Russ said.

    "That's my way of helping is dancing; that's what I can give," Russ said.

    Russ said her son races go-carts in Jasper and one of the racing families also has a youngster with Down Syndrome.

  • Today, July 23

    Yankeetown reading program

    It's Hero Foods Week at the Summer of Superheroes reading program at the A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown on Thursday, July, 23, at 10:30 a.m. The program is free and a snack is provided through the UF/IFAS Family Nutrition Extension Office.

    Get Healthy Day at the Resource Center

    This is a special day dedicated to addressing all the areas of your life that might need tuning up! Come talk to providers about your physical health, safety, and financial health and receive services for free.

  • Haven Hospice held an open house on July 16 to celebrate the opening of the recently completed community building and to announce the promotions of DeAnna Beverly to vice president of clinical operations of Haven Hospice and M’Alice Julius to patient care manager of the Haven Tri-County Care Center.

  • The Levy County Public Library System’s summer reading program is still going strong every Friday at 10:30 a.m.

    Jenny Rodgers, youth program coordinator, and an assistant presented kids at the Luther Callaway Public Library in Chiefland with a magic show.

  • Food distribution

    The Food for Life food distribution is on the second and fourth Saturday of the month starting at 10 a.m. at the Chiefland First United Methodist Church with a suggested donation of $3.50.

    First Assembly of God

    First Assembly of God in Chiefland will host God Encounter Weekend Friday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 9. at 10:30 a.m.

    Phill Proudy from Springhill will be the guest speaker.

  • By Reba Liddy

    Special to the Citizen

    Visitors can learn about the importance of research and collections in a new exhibit now on display at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

    “Exploring Our World” features information about ongoing University of Florida and museum research, and spotlights current UF initiatives in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The UF research section includes videos produced by students highlighting projects across campus.

  • After taking a four-month hiatus to allow for the bird nesting season on Seahorse Key, the island and its lighthouse will be open to visitors on Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Access to the island and its beaches has been restricted since March 1 of this year, as it is annually, to protect against any interruption to the breeding and nesting activities of the rookery.

    Visitors will have to use private boats, kayaks or canoes or tour boats from Cedar Key to reach the island that is a refuge for wildlife.

  • 15 N. Main St., Chiefland

    352-507-4000

    Today, July 16

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children’s Clothing Closet is open, providing emergency infant and children’s clothing. Patrons may access the children’s closet once every six months.

    Tuesday, July 21

    10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cooking Matters: Healthy Snacks; Demonstration by University of Florida IFAS Extension Office; Learn and try new recipes - and be entered to win a grocery gift card just for participating (one card given out each week)!

    Wednesday, July 22

  • Today, July 16

    Tourism group meets

    A meeting of the Visit Natural North Florida (the Original Florida Tourism Task Force) Strategic Planning Committee is on Thursday, July 16, at 9:30 a.m. at Putnam Lodge, 15487 N.W. Highway 19, Cross City.

    For more information contact Steven Dopp at 352-955-2200 ext. 109 or visit dopp@ncfrpc.org.

    Library Friends meetings

  • Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, in collaboration with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) program, presents “All About Medicare” on Monday, July 27 at 2 p.m. in Crystal River.

    If you aren’t familiar with Medicare or other available resources, or if you just want to brush up on what you already know, SHINE from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs can help.

  • Kierstan Crumpton of Trenton was recently selected as a finalist in the 2015 Miss Jr. Teen pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, July 26. She submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s pageant coordinator.