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  • By David Viker
    Ten years ago I was in my first week as manager of three rural Mississippi national wildlife refuges (Hillside, Morgan Brake and Matthews Brake).
    The Project Leader and I were out kicking some dirt on one of the refuges when we began discussing plans for the coming year. He talked about many things that day, but I clearly remember hearing him say in his soft southern accent, “I like diversity. I like to manage for diversity. When I look across the landscape, I like to see diversity.”

  • The first 11 years of David Viker's life were spent in suburban New York. And he fell in love with the outdoors while camping with his family in the Catskills Mountains.
    Then came the change that would determine his destiny; a divorce transplanted his family to Bronson.
    "The things I liked most about the outdoors in New York, I liked about Florida," Viker said in a telephone interview from his office in Atlanta, Ga., where he oversees 130 refuges in 10 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico with 750 employees.

  •  To celebrate Pollinator Week, Gilchrist County Busy Bee 4-H visited the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge.  At the beginning of the photo safari only a couple of the youngsters knew about pollinators, but by the end of the day camp everyone could explain the benefits of native bees, butterflies, as well as some wasps and beetles. 

  •  The Suwannee River Moose Family Center in Fanning Springs, in keeping with their commitment of supporting the community and its First Responders, made its annual presentation of Tommy Moose to the Levy County Sheriff’s Department.

  •  The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Aug. 11 at the Levy County Quilt Museum.  We visited for a while to find out what projects are being worked on, find out how the sick are doing and what we plan to do down the road. The group quilt does get work done on it.

  • The Log Cabin Quilters met Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Levy County Quilt Museum. The day was so busy looking through quilts, crafts and various books.   

  • Tucked away off Hodges Avenue in Cedar Key is arguably the ugliest circa 1960s building on the island. Don’t let that fool you. Inside and around the property are a variety of things to do and see that will make you forget the rough architecture.

  •  By SCOTT FINNEN

  • Ask anyone in Williston who the reigning Queen of Coupon royalty is and without hesitation the name Jennifer Goode Jones comes up.

  •  Special to the Citizen

  •  By BOB LEICHNER

  •  By WINNELLE HORNE

  • Haven Hospice Volunteer Services will be hosting a meeting for those interested in volunteering with Haven’s pet therapy program. The session is from noon to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Haven Hospice Tri-Counties Care Center,  311 N.E. 9th St.,  Chiefland.

       The meeting is free and open to the public. Please bring a brown bag lunch. 

       For more information or to RSVP, please contact Haven Hospice at 352-493-2333.

  •  The Chiefland Rotary Club has a new slate of officers for the 2011-12 year, from left, David Renaud, president; Robert Balbis, vice president; Robert Beauchamp, treasurer; and Michael Michaelis, secretary.

  • Results of the Chiefland Flea Market
    Classic Car Show
    June 11

    BEST OF SHOW
    Terry Langford, 1970 Ford F-100
    Best Mopar — Mac McReynolds, 1960 Plymouth Fury
    Best GM — Lee and Sandy Mann, 1953 Pontiac Catalina
    Best Ford — Tommie Richardson, 1955 Ford Crown Victoria
    Best Sedan — Gary Hooper, 1933 Ford Sedan Delivery
    Best Truck — Ken McFarland, 1951 Ford
    F-100
    Best Late Model — Daniel Parks, 2004 Dodge Ram

  • Special to the Citizen
    Mary Jane Deas of Chiefland is a licensed hair stylist who volunteers with Haven Hospice.
    She shares her styling talents by cutting hair for free for Haven’s patients. Deas travels to hospice clients' homes, the nursing homes or to the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center in Chiefland — wherever the need may be.

  • Special to the Citizen
    Ed Keller and Eirlys Rawcliffe, a husband and wife team who volunteer numerous hours for Haven Hospice, are always looking for ways to serve.
    The couple donated the fish tank that is located in the Tri-Counties Hospice Care Center for patients and families to enjoy. They also donated the fish and fish food and maintain the tank.

  • By LOIS SCOTT and BEVERLY SHOPE
    Publicity

    Springhouse Quilters held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 12, with President Pat Hodges officiating. July birthday ladies were recognized by singing Happy Birthday.
    As usual, the meeting did not begin until everyone had an opportunity to savor the tasty breakfast buffet prepared by our guild ladies.

  •    Air Force Airman 1st Class Samuel E. Doherty, son of Dennis Doherty, of Williston, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
       Doherty is a  2007 graduate of Williston High School and has an Associate's degree in 2010 from Central Florida Community College (now College of Central Florida).