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  • Dick Staber and Judith Chasnoff are no strangers to bartering.

    The traveling couple, who hale from New York, spend the first three months of the year in Florida, mostly camping at state and private parks. They trade a couple days of camping for their performances of traditional and original folk music, which all has an emphasis in bluegrass, Staber said.

    During the next two months, Staber and Chasnoff will be playing is area parks and in Cedar Key.

  • Fellowship Night at Lighthouse Word

       The Ladies Group at Lighthouse Word Church will host a Fellowship Night at the church Friday, Feb. 6, beginning with snacks at 6:30 p.m. Worship and ministry will begin at 7:30 p.m. A nursery will be provided. Call 493-1554 for more information.

    Chili cook-off at UMC

       First United Methodist Church of Chiefland, 707 North Main St. will hold a chili cook-off from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 14.

  • The works of Bill Roberts, artist and author, will be on exhibit during February at Brick City Center for the Arts, 25 SW Broadway St., Ocala.

       The exhibit opens Friday, Feb. 6 with a reception at 6 p.m.

       "All I Ever Wanted to be was a Cowboy" exhibit is the work of 82-year- old Roberts. His book of short stories is a reflection of cow hunting in Florida beginning at the tender age of 13 and continuing for the next 35 years.

  • Levy County has joined a growing number of cities and counties that have declared themselves appreciative of its veterans who have been injured or killed in combat and awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the oldest American military decoration.

    County Veterans Service Office Director Robert Lowyns presented the Levy County Commission with a proclamation honoring the Purple Heart recipients for dying or being wounded while engaged in combat with enemy forces and the commissioners approved it unanimously.

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    Florida Boys Choir

       On Jan. 31, the First United Methodist Church Chiefland, 707 N. Main Street, will host the Florida Boys Concert at 7 p.m.  There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be collected.

       Call 352-493-4627 for more information.

    Pancake supper

       Peace Lutheran Church will host its 24th annual Potato Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 17. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

  • The world’s dinosaur “Sue”-perstar returned to the Florida Museum of Natural History on Jan. 24 in the featured exhibition “A T. rex Named Sue.”

    This bilingual exhibit presents the story of “Sue,” the largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever unearthed. It features a life-size, 42-foot-long cast of the dinosaur and family-friendly interactive components exploring the paleontology that has helped scientists reconstruct Sue’s life and legacy.

  • The Suwannee Valley Players will present "You're A Good Man Charlie Brown", the musical on Feb. 27-28, March 1, 6-8, 13-15.

       Performances on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at

    2 p. m.

    Ask about the special “Dinner with the Cast” performance March 1. 

  • Gospel sing

       Full Gospel Outreach Church of Chiefland will have a Saturday Night Gospel Sing Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. with The Reflectsons from Trenton.

    There will be no admission charge, but a love offering will be received.

    Full Gospel Outreach is located three miles north of the Chiefland Walmart on HWY 19.

    For more info you can call 352-493-1175 or 352-221-2003 or visit  www.oldtimechurch.com.

    Florida Boys Choir

  • Peace Lutheran Church will host its 24th annual Potato Pancake Supper on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 17. Dinner will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

    Donations requested will be $6 for adults, $3 for children 5 through 11; there is no charge for children under the age of 5. Tickets will be available at the door . Tickets may also be purchased in advance from members, and at the Peace Lutheran booth at the Dunnellon First Saturday event on Feb. 7.

  • Try doing anything with one arm tied behind your back, and you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to live a day in the life of Chiefland’s Fred Figueroa.

    The 61-year-old Figueroa, born in the mountains of Puerto Rico, spent the early part of the 1970s in the U.S. Army, typing reports at a training base in a forested region of Germany.

  • Florida Boys Choir

       On Jan. 31, the First United Methodist Church Chiefland, 707 N. Main Street, will host the Florida Boys Concert at 7 p.m.  There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be collected.

       Call 352-493-4627 for more information.

    Gospel sing

       Full Gospel Outreach Church of Chiefland will have a Saturday Night Gospel Sing Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. with The Reflectsons from Trenton.

    There will be no admission charge, but a love offering will be received.

  • A group of divers from Alachua enter the water at Manatee Springs State Park on Sunday morning.

    The state park's springs and its underwater caves are a popular dive destination.. 

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       Whether you are a Medicare beneficiary, family member or caregiver, SHINE, a volunteer program under the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, provides free, unbiased and confidential information.

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    SHINE is a volunteer program with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and Elder Options, Inc (Gainesville).  SHINE volunteers assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers in all things Medicare, including understanding their Medicare benefits, Medicare Part D Drug Plan assistance, Advantage Plans, supplemental insurance options and much more.  Volunteers also assist Medicare beneficiaries to apply for low income programs and other prescription drug assistance programs.

  • For the second year, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty members predict the food-related trends that could end up on your dinner plates and grocery store shelves in 2015:

  • Everything about Steven Rhonomus shouts military.

    From his close-cut hairstyle to the way he carries himself, there's no doubt this man served his country and was proud to do it.

    And if a medical discharge hadn't forced him out of his 11 years of service, he'd most likely still be active duty.

    Rhonomus, 43, now wants to make sure that the men and women who swore to protect their country are given something back for their service.

  • Members of the Fanning Springs Fire Station traveled around the small town giving out toys to local kids.

    The firetruck and emergency vehicle — with Santa in tow, played their sirens and loud Christmas music to alert families of their presence.

  • More than 1,100 people of the 1,200 who registered for toys showed up for the Toys for Tots distribution Saturday in the Walmart parking lot.

    "We had a great turnout at distribution Saturday," Toys for Tots Coordinator Bryan Chrisp said Monday.

    The effort wasn't without its challenges, though, he admitted.

    Sponsorship from businesses and organizations was down this year, which resulted in the Toys for Tots program having to pay for about three quarters of the cost, he said.

  • The ladies of the Levy County Quilt Museum are in the midst of their annual quilt show that began the day after Thanksgiving and continues until Christmas.

    “We’re a museum and more … much more,” Myrtice Scabarozi said last Thursday as she pointed out the varieties of items for sale. Everything is handmade, more or less, by local people she said. They are also run by volunteers and supported by donations. She said they made $3,000 last month, a record month. “We’re extremely lucky,” she said.

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus spend time listening to the Christmas wishes of children at Saturday's Chiefland Christmas Festival. 

    Then he led the lighted float parade down Main Street.