Upcoming events

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By The Staff

Baxley to speak to AARP members

Dennis Baxley is the planned speaker at the AARP meeting, Monday, March 10 to be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Ornan Masonic Lodge, 250 N.E. Sixth Blvd, Williston. For more information call 528-3323.

Stearns staffer to be in Williston

A member of Congressman Cliff Stearns_ staff will be in Bronson and Williston on March 10.

He will visit Bronson from 9 a.m. to noon at the County Commission chambers, and Williston from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Center.

He will be there to hear questions or concerns involving veteran issues, Social Security, Medicare Immigration issues, IRS and tax issues, passports, educational benefits, consumer problems, federal employee issues, business issues, federal contracts and retirement issues.

The public is encouraged to attend.

Gardening program in Yankeetown

The Friends of A.F. Knotts Public Library in Yankeetown invites the public to a library program featuring Florida professional gardener Jane Weber on Monday, March 17 at 1 p.m. She is a nursery owner, consultant, designer and an environmentalist in Citrus County. She will speak on planting drought tolerant, butterfly attracting, native plant species better adapted for our Central Florida yards.

Also on the agenda at the library is its semi- annual book sale April 5 through April 10. Any donations are greatly appreciated for this event. Thank you for supporting your public library system.

A. F. Knotts Public Library is located at 11 56th St. in Yankeetown. Call 447-3658 for hours of operation or for additional information.

Food preservation workshop planned

A food preservation workshop class will be held on Tuesday, March 18 at the Levy County Extension Office, 325 N. Hathaway Ave. in Bronson.

There will be another class on Monday, March 24 at the Dixie County Public in Cross City.

Classes will be from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Both classes will cover both pressure canning for vegetables and boiling water canning for fruits.

Sweet spreads (jams and jellies) and pickles will also be discussed.

This is for the novice as well as an update for the experienced.

Canning recommendations have changed during the past few years.

Seating is limited. Please call 486-5131 to reserve your seat. There is a $3 fee for the workshop. You may just pay at the door, so please bring the correct change.

Take charge of your diabetes

Have you been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?

Then this class is for you.

You will get information and motivation to help you adopt positive lifestyle changes.

Learn to control your blood glucose levels which help reduce long-term health risks, find out what your test results really mean and learn to create healthy meals all at one place.

Daytime classes will begin Wednesday, March 19 and be held weekly for nine weeks. Classes start at 1 p.m. and run until 3 p.m.

Evening classes will begin Tuesday, March 25 and be held weekly for nine weeks. Classes start at 5:30 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m.

Class fee will be $15 and is payable at the door.

They will be held at the Levy County Agriculture Building, at 625 North Hathaway Avenue in Bronson.

To register or for more information, please contact the UF IFAS Levy County Extension at (352) 486-5131.

This program is sponsored by the University of Florida IFAS Extension. UF IFAS County Extension and the Levy County Health Department.

VPK, Head Start applications set

All 3- and 4-year-old children who live in Levy County are eligible to apply for Head Start or Voluntary Pre-K and a free development screening by making an appointment at the following sites:

Bronson Elementary School, March 3-14; Chiefland Elementary, March 17-28; Joyce Bullock Elementary, March 17-28.

Contact Emily King at 528-3341 for VPK; or Heather Shepherd at 486-1229 for Headstart. Application does not guarantee placement.

Fest, Fly Market to be March 29

The city of Williston along with the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its third annual Williston Airport Recreational Fest & Fly Market on Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $2 per person and parking is free. The event will be held at the Williston Airport on Southwest 19th Avenue.

This event will feature static displays of airplanes, both old and new, bi planes as well as Cessna 170 plane rides by Lumart Aviation. This annual event also features boats and antique cars and antique tractors as well as Sheriff's Office demonstrations including K-9 demos. The event will include arts, crafts and food vendors as well as entertainment.

This is a wonderful, affordable family event that features something for everyone.

For additional information call 528-4900 or 528-5552.

Cemetery cleanup planned

Old or New Bronson Cemetery, Rosemary Hill Cemetery, or Bronson Cemetery of Rosemary Association? These are one in the same.

The Harmony Holistic Healing Center has chosen this cemetery as its 2008 project to help clean up and beautify the community.

The center spoke to Donald Holmes and received permission to take on this project. It was started by bleaching, pressure cleaning the wall and then painting it. Harmony Holistic Healing Center donated 40 gallons of paint and sealer and the equipment, 10 gallons of paint was donated by Sunrise Painting in Bronson and the bleach and gas cost was $38. The center hopes the community enjoys it.

There is a sign that has been donated by A /C Printing & Signs in Williston and the center needs your help to figure out what will be on the sign. The center has been researching the history of this cemetery and found out it has several names. They are also trying to find out when this cemetery became a cemetery? The earliest date recorded on a tombstone is 1820's (Library information- Search for Yesterday). The earliest date recorded in public record at the Bronson Court House is 1906 was Scottie Pearl Marshburn. If you have any information on this cemetery, please contact the center.

All family members are invited to help clean up the cemetery on March 15, around 10 a.m. Volunteers will be there to assist families with cleaning up the grave sites and volunteers will be picking up the trash, limbs and debris around the cemetery.

Harmony Holistic Healing Center is a faith based outreach helping the community with its needs. It is located at 10691 N.E. 109 th St. - University Oaks, Archer. Phone 486-6229 and leave a message, or e-mail at Harmonyheals777@aol.com.

Blood drive next weekend

Disaster can strike at any time, and when it happens there are often lives depending on local hospitals to be stocked with enough blood. Williston Community invites residents to do their part to ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for the community when they team up with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to host a blood drive on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15. Stop by the bloodmobile at City Hall between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Friday; or from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and make a contribution that can save up to three lives in local hospitals.

Donors are asked to eat a healthy meal, particularly breakfast, and drink plenty of fluids before donating. It is also important to eat well after donating. We are pleased to serve juice and cookies aboard the bloodmobile.

All donors will receive a recognition item and a complimentary cholesterol screening. Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more, and show a valid photo I.D. at the time of donation. For more information, call toll-free (888) 795-2707.