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Today's Features

  • This weekend has been one glorious day after another. Still, when is the colder weather going to arrive? Perhaps the birds know something. This morning flocks of them chittered, scolded, hopped and flew outside my cabin.

    Robins and towhees traversed the wood edges. Palm warblers swooped over the ground. Wrens chattered and warbled to each other along the fence row, and bluejays, titmice and cardinals flew among the trees, commenting in their own voices.

  • CFCC Levy offers class on organizing

    Central Florida Community College Levy Center will offer a course on overcoming obstacles to organization, just in time to satisfy those New Year's resolutions of becoming more orderly.

    The new course, Organizing Begins in the Brain, will be offered 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10 and 20, at the Levy Center, 114 Rodgers Blvd. in Chiefland. The course fee is $25.

  • This is the time of year when we are attending functions celebrating the holiday season. This usually means sampling many different kinds of foods set out on a buffet table including appetizers. These are best described as a variety of tasty finger foods.

    For more intimate settings such as your own living room in front of a warm glowing fire; something as simple as a plate of sliced cheese (or container of cheese spread) and a few tasty crackers and a glass of your favorite wine (or non-alcoholic beverage) and a good book will make for a cozy and entertaining evening.

  • With eyes tightly closed, Samantha Slaughter, the recently crowned Little Miss Williston, reached in three different times to pull a ticket to see who would win the three prizes made by members of the Williston Art League. The league held one of its fund raisers for the Art Agazarm/Williston Art League Art Scholarship. The prizes had been on display at Perkins State Bank.

  • The lifelike wax figure of Charles Dickens, author of the beloved "A Christmas Carol," sat quietly in his corner at the Williston Public Library on Saturday, Dec. 8, as the Friends of the Library's annual open house swirled about him.

    A few people browsed through the books, and some tried to use the computers in the usually quiet space. It wasn't easy to concentrate.

    There was a buffet table laden with fancy finger foods and punch. (No mulled cider this year - the weather wasn't appropriate.)

  • If you were out last Sunday evening traveling on SR 121 between CR 326 and CR 464, depending on which direction you were headed, you couldn't miss the massive display of lights leading into the woods where you are invited to join in the guided and narrated "Walk to Bethlehem" that will be open each evening from 7-9 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 23. There is no admission fee.

  • Saturday, December 15

    *Williston Green Clovers, Juniors 4H Club, 9 a.m., Methodist Church, Williston, 213 W. Noble Ave.

    *Gospel Sing, 1:30 p.m., Highland Baptist Church, Morriston on CR 326 just east of SR 121.

    *SHARE Distribution, 9-10 a.m., Williston Lions Club, Contact Elsie Neal 528-5709.

    Monday, December 17

    *AA Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Thompson Hall at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.

    *Lions Club 7:30 p.m., Lions Club 401 S.E. Sixth Ave.

    *Levy Veterans Support Group, 7 p.m., Williston City Hall.

    *VFW Post 5511, 7 p.m., at the post.

  • The Nature Coast Master Gardener program is accepting applications for enrollment.

    The program serves Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties. NCMG is directly affiliated with the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Service through the extension offices in Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy counties.

    The goals of the UF/IFAS Master Gardeners program are to increase the availability of horticultural information for the community at large and to improve the quality of life for the residents of each county in Florida through horticulture volunteer activities.

  • Mandy Allen and Matthew Cribbs, both of Williston, have announced their engagement. The bride-elect is the daughter of Earl and Melissa Heaton. She is a graduate of Williston High School. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Dave and Eunice Cribbs. He is also a graduate of Williston High School and Central Florida Community College. The wedding is planned for June 7, 2008.

  • Once again I'm impressed by how a small amount of time can produce a rich variety of nature observations.

    Some of the interesting stuff I noticed happened around my home. One morning's worth of paying attention included seeing or hearing a pileated woodpecker knocking on a tree in the yard, the cheery three notes of a titmouse, a flock of killdeer spiraling away from an unseen (by me) predator, crows stalking across a pasture, and a red-shouldered hawk perched on a fence post.