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  • These February days outside are full of movement, a visual dance of changes. Have you noticed the amount of dry leaves falling from live, laurel and other evergreen oaks? Buds on these trees begin the unfolding of new fresh leaves to replace the old fallen ones. The pine trees release pollen that moves through the air, resting in yellow powder on receiving surfaces. Only the turkey oak leaves, jagged-edged and brown, remain on their branches longer into spring. The movement of wind causes these dry leaves to rustle insistently.

  • Monday, February 25

    * 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.

    * Williston Single Seniors Social Club (for people 55 plus), 6:30 p.m., Billy Jack's Restaurant, call Alan Lovine 495-1294 or Ruth Parker 528-6094 for more information.

    * CRA, 5:15 p.m. City Hall.

    * 4-H meeting, Maggie Pogue, 6 p.m., 528-5221.

    Tuesday, February 26

  • Relay for Life Valentine Dinner

    The Relay for Life team at the First United Methodist Church will host a Valentine Dinner on Feb. 14.

    This local night out for you and your Valentine provides a complete Prime Rib (dessert and beverage included) dinner and shows your support for a worthy cause. Tickets are $20 per person. Call the church office 528-3636 to make your holiday reservations.

  • Saturday, February 16

    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.

    Monday, February 18

    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.

    Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

  • I'll start my column with some lines from Mary Oliver. "The violets, along the river, are opening their blue faces, like small dark lanterns.

    The green mosses, being so many, are as good as brawny. How important it is to walk along, not in haste but slowly, looking at everything and calling out. To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work."

    I agree with Mary Oliver. "To pay attention," in particular to nature, is a proper work. In the first week of February here's what I paid attention to.

  • Wooden Rose Sale at Bronson church

    The Bronson Church of God Youth Group will hold a wooden rose sale Feb. 9 at Crayola Moments in Williston from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Feb. 10 and 13 at the church before and after services. All proceeds will help the youth go to Camp Wimauma this summer. Prices for roses are one for $1 and 12 roses for $10.

    There will also be the Soup Bowl Sunday, Feb. 17, after the service. All proceeds will go to the YWEA World Mission. Cost is $2.50 a bowl or $1 a cup.

  • Well we went from humid and warm to cold and windy to cool and rainy. Welcome to Florida.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Michael Mirabella and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Walter Kimball announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Renee Kimball to Adam Edwards Whitehurst of Williston, son of Mr. and Mrs. V. E. Whitehurst, III of Williston, and Mr. and Mrs. George Miller, Jr. of Uvalda, Ga.

    Lauren has a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Florida and is currently working toward a Masters in Literacy. Adam has a B.S. in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida, and is employed by Whitehurst Cattle Company.

  • Monday, February 11

    * 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.

    *WHS Athletic Boosters, 7 p.m., WHS Media Center;

    *Williston area AARP Chapter #912, 9:30 a.m., Ornan (Masonic) Lodge, 250 N.E. Sixth. Blvd. Visitors are welcome. For information call 528-3323.

    *CRA, 5:15 p.m., City Hall.

    *WHS SAC will meet in the media center at 6 p.m.

  • Tax Aide begins at local libraries

    Free Tax Aide Preparation and E-file with AARP Tax-Aide begins Feb. 1.

    Sites will be open at libraries in Trenton (Monday 1-5 p.m.), Cross City

    (Tuesday noon-3 p.m.), Williston (Thursday noon-3 p.m.) and Chiefland

    (Friday noon-4 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.) throughout the tax season.

    Tax-Aide serves taxpayers of all ages with special emphasis on those age 60 and older. Guidelines for Tax-Aide are posted at area libraries.

    Visit or call your library for an appointment.

  • Mysterious mushrooms...that's what I think whenever I see their strange fruits erupting from the ground.

    I find observing mushrooms nearly as dependable as observing birds. No matter the season or location of my walks, I usually find birds and mushrooms to look at. I won't say identify, especially when referring to mushrooms, because I rarely positively name a mushroom.

  • Pre-school Storytime

    These programs use books and music to present the young children with the concept that books, reading, and libraries are fun and enjoyed at all ages.

    The programs last 30 minutes.

    A.F. Knotts Public Library - Yankeetown 2nd & 4th Thursday every month @ 10 a.m.

    Bronson Public Library 2nd & 4th Monday every month @ 9:30 a.m.

    Cedar Key Public Library 3rd Thursday every month @ 10:30 a.m.

    Williston Public Library Every Wednesday @ 9:30 (Mrs. Jenny reads 2nd & 4th Wednesday)

  • A friend of mine sent me the following information as she thought it would be of interest not only to me, but also to some of my readers. I do not know its origin, nor have I validated it as factual, but after reading it; I felt it had enough merit to share. My father believed in using foods to prevent, as well as to treat, deficiencies in the body; he did not rely on vitamins and pills of any kind for that purpose. I have always agreed with his philosophy, for the most part, and shall, therefore, leave you to research further and/or draw your own conclusions.

  • Saturday, February 2

    Friends of the Williston Library, Book Fair, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Community Center in the the City Hall Complex.

    Monday, February 4

    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.

    Masonic Lodge #117 F.&A.M., 7:30 p.m., Ornan Lodge.

    Tuesday, February 5

    Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

  • The Williston Veterinary Clinic in cooperation with Merial, a company that produces pharmaceutical and biological products for dogs, cats and other animals, has recently sponsored a program that gives money back to worthy causes. The program is called Paws for Charity and gives money back for Frontline, a product that controls fleas and tickets, and Heartgard, a product that prevents heartworm disease and controls hookworms and roundworms, that are sold.

    Williston Veterinary Clinic chose the Williston Animal Group as the recipient of the money that was given back by Merial.

  • It can be difficult finding things to write about in this column when I haven't made any trips to some different wildlife area. Winter can also pose a challenge even in Florida, because many plants have gone to seed and birds are not migrating through or nesting.

    One flock of birds is migrating now, made late by weather conditions. The whooping cranes, accompanied by their human escort, will be traveling through our area. By the time this column is published they may already be in Crystal River, their winter home. It seems they will have little time before heading north again.

  • The chilly January days make most of us want to cook or bake and eat foods we refer to as comfort foods; something that one might say makes you feel "warm and fuzzy" all over. These are dishes that will evoke a memory from childhood or of a special person or past event which helps to create that "warm and fuzzy" feeling.

  • Donnette Robinson of Bronson announces the engagement and approaching marriage of her daughter Kristin Lynn Robinson to Matthew Downs. The wedding is planned for March 22, 2008 in St. Augustine.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Raymond Robinson, Williston, and the granddaughter of Beulah Robinson. She is a 1996 graduate of Williston High School and is currently employed in the field of Property Management in Alexandria, Va., as a Community Director with UDR Inc.

  • John and Mary Doherty announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Doherty, to Stephen Muse, son of Esther Caldwell and stepfather Wayne Caldwell, and Robert Muse and stepmother Karen Muse of Tennessee.

    She is a 1996 graduate of Williston High School and is employed by Kingston Dental.

    He is employed by Saddlebrook.

    No date has been set.

  • Monday, January 28

    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.

    Williston Single Seniors Social Club (for people 55 plus), 6:30 p.m., Billy Jack's Restaurant, call Ron 528-2151 for more information.

    CRA, 5:15 p.m. City Hall.

    Tuesday, January 29

    Piecemakers, 9 a.m., Presbyterian Church.

    Rotary Club of Williston, Chamber Conference Room, Noon.