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  • Growing up in the northern part of our country usually meant snow and ice on New Year's Eve,. This also meant that we rang in the New Year from our own living room on many of those years. Of course, there was no shortage of celebration complete with streamers, noisemakers and party hats! For the most part the evening was spent with our immediate family and a few friends who lived close enough to walk (or snow-shoe, if necessary) over to our house for the traditional counting down of the minutes until the New Year arrived.

  • Monday, December 31

    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.

    Tuesday, January 1

    Happy New Year from the Staff of the Williston Pioneer Sun News

    Wednesday, January 2

    Cousin Vicki reads to pre-schoolers, 9:30 a.m., Williston Public Library.

    Tax Collector services available, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., trailer on SW 1st St., opposite Police Station.

  • Spring sports registration set for WYAA

    Spring sports registration for the Williston Youth Athletic Association will be held on four dates in January:

    Thursday, Jan. 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    To register, each player will need a $75 registration fee and a copy of their birth certificate.

    Registration is for t-ball, soccer, baseball and softball. Ages are 5-6 for t-ball, 7-14 for the other sports.

  • For starters, I'll talk about my nature observations, and then to celebrate the New Year, I'll have a little fun with words.

    A baby raccoon walked by the back of the cabin, checked a water dish and continued along the fence row. Raccoons remind me of animals like wallabies that have longer hind legs than front legs. It gives them a peculiar slanted look, their hind end higher than their front end. Raccoons don't exhibit such an extreme difference between front and hind legs, but still it's noticeable.

  • If anything like mine; kitchens everywhere have had a steady stream of baking and cooking going on during this entire month. This year I am finished early with all the baking of treats that Jim likes to have around and that we give as gifts. My big table is cleared and everything put away for another year and now I am going to enjoy the remaining days leading up to fixing Christmas dinner.

  • Monday, December 24

    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.

    Tuesday, December 25

    MERRY CHRISTMAS From the staff of The Williston Pioneer Sun News

    Wednesday, December 26

  • Rotary votes to move meetings to noon

    The Rotary Club of Williston conducted a poll of its members last Tuesday morning at a rescheduled General Assembly meeting. The resulting majority vote was to change the time of day the Rotary Club met from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

  • Lauren Marie Webb of Micanopy and Ray Richard Davis of Brooker will be married on Dec. 28, 2007.

    The bride-to-be is the daughter of Roger S. and Patricia G. Webb. She is a recent graduate from Agnes Scott College with a B.A. degree in economics.

    The prospective bridegroom is the son of Thomas R. and Richelle A. Davis. He is a recent graduate from ITT Technical Institute with a B.S. degree in technical project management.

    The wedding will be at Ochwilla Baptist Church, Highway 21, Hawthorne, at 7:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the church Fellowship Hall.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Clay Woods of Morriston announce the engagement of their son, Cory A. Tepfenhart, 21, to Megan Rae Magee, 22, of Carlsbad, Calif., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Magee of Poway, Calif.

    The bride-to-be is an administrative assistant at Infoplace USA and student at Cal State San Marcos, studying to obtain her teaching degree.

  • I still become amazed at how different winter is here compared to where I grew up in New Jersey. There I hoped for snow. Here I know better. I know it won't snow, so I sit on the front porch writing this, wearing a sleeve-less top.

    What can I do on these glorious days but go out and enjoy nature? Yesterday I kayaked solo for the first time. I've been kayaking in company three times. I put in at the same boat ramp I've been to twice before. I knew I could carry the kayak by myself, and that I could get in and out of it unassisted.

  • 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.