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  • On Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the GFWC Woman’s Clubs of Williston will present the second ever Williston Regional Art Promotion (WRAP). Formerly known as the Williston Arts and Crafts Festival, the 29-year-old show has undergone major changes. The goal is to bring art to our community, ready to be displayed in homes and businesses and at affordable prices.

  • The word "retirement" can mean different things to different people. Take Dr. Lou Jensen, for example. He "retired" after a 34-year-career working at a medical clinic in Cocoa-Rockledge where he had spent a great deal of time treating space center employees. That was in 1988. Instead of taking life easy, though, he stayed active in his profession. He was often sent to different Florida cities to fill in where medical help was needed. He worked in clinics and nursing homes in a number of towns from the Panhandle to Lake City to Dowling Park.

  • During tough times - it is nice to hear about some great things going on in our local community! In 2008 the GFWC Williston Junior Woman’s Club received a grant to benefit the children of Levy County. The $1,000 grant was co-sponsored by GFWC Florida Juniors’ Special Project: One Voice for Children. The Williston Juniors wrote the grant to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths in Levy County by providing car seats for children.

  • For over 25 years the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life has been raising awareness of cancer across the county. This year in preparation for the 2009 Williston Relay the local committee is holding a community wide kick-off each month.

  • On Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the GFWC Woman’s Clubs of Williston will present the second annual Williston Regional Art Promotion (WRAP). Formerly known as the Williston Arts and Crafts Festival, the 29-year-old show has undergone major changes.

    The goal of the clubs is to bring art to our community; ready to be displayed in homes and businesses and at affordable prices.

  • For one night, anyway, country fans at the Second Annual Bark-N-Purr charity concert reclaimed Florida roads as Nashville artist Craig Morgan wailed “International Harvester,” his hymn celebrating hardworking, road-hogging farm combine drivers.

  • It's a new year and dozens of Levy County residents are planning to make it a healthier 2009 by participating in the 5,000-Pound Challenge.

    Saturday scores of them showed up at Nature Coast Regional Hospital to kick off the 10-month program designed to foster healthy living through nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation and heart attack and stroke prevention.

    Three families have been selected to receive additional help through the challenge and at the end of the year, the family that best exemplifies a healthier unit will win prizes including makeovers and haircuts.

  • Members of the Williston Christian Home Schoolers were guests of the Two Trails Ranch on Tuesday Feb. 17. Ranch owner Patricia Zerbini led the group around the sprawling ranch to view the animals and learn, "All about Elephants."

    That's right, since 1984 the elephants have been in Williston. The Two Tails Ranch was founded, designed and built in 1984 by Theodore H. Svertesky.

    The ranch has been home to over 100 elephants over the years. They come to seek care, rehabilitation, temporary housing, retirement, and reproduction.

  • On Saturday, Feb. 7, the GFWC Williston Junior Woman's Club hosted the annual Daddy's Sweetheart Dance.

    Elementary school girls danced throughout the evening with their fathers or father figure. Over 70 father-daughter couples attended.

    All proceeds from this year's event will benefit the physical education department and the music department at Williston Elementary School.

  • Does your dog take up too much of your bed? Do you have a new pet that you want to train to sleep on his own bed?

    WAG (the Williston Animal Group) is conducting a raffle for a hand-crafted dog bed made by Joe Baisden of Morriston who, along with his wife Janice, is an active member of WAG.

    The dog bed is on display at the Williston Office of Perkins State Bank at 4th Street and Noble Avenue.

  • The last caravan for 2008 left Nazareth for the 80 mile journey to Bethlehem on Tuesday evening. More than 500 visitors joined in the numerous trips that either Pastor Dana or Callie Fields, from sponsoring church Living Water Life Center of Morriston, led over the 15-day annual event held on their property located on Hwy 121. Although the number of visitors was lower than last year; the event was blessed with 75 -100 volunteers from other churches willing to be in costume and serve in many capacities.

  • GAINESVILLE — A mobile service for equine reproduction at the University of Florida aims to better serve area horse breeders while simultaneously moving students at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine more frequently into the field.

    “The approach to medicine on the road is different than in the hospital, regardless of what service you are associated with,” said Scott Bailey, D.V.M., a Kansas State University veterinary alumnus who recently completed his residency in theriogenology at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • The Levy County Wellness Coalition (LCWC) is hosting a 5,000 Pound Challenge that will kick off Feb. 21 from 9 a.m.-noon at Nature Coast Regional. The kickoff event will feature a farmer's market, health screenings, a walk/run event, and more! The Challenge aims to provide opportunities for healthy living throughout the county such as nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, heart attack and stroke prevention, community gardening, and much more through December 2009.

  • The Humane Society of Levy County invites all barbecue cooks to participate in the second annual Bark-N-Purr Charity Barbecue Cook-Off sponsored by the Florida BBQ Association on Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Bronson Youth League Park.

    Cooking teams may choose to cook any or all of the following four categories: chicken, ribs, pork or brisket. The first prize winner will receive $300 and a trophy; the second prize winner will receive $200 and a trophy and the third prize winner will receive $100 and a trophy.

  • The journey is long for Mary and Joseph but each evening between 7 and 9 p.m. caravans leave Nazareth and give visitors the opportunity to join them in the interactive narrative led by Callie Fields all the way to Bethlehem where the Baby Jesus was born in a manger in a stable.

  • Jack Robinson tells us he’s a junk collector. He spells the word “junque” which puts it into the category of fine antiques.

    What’s special about this collector is that with a little bit of glue, some nails and lots of imagination, he transforms junk, no matter how you spell it, into artistic creations that we might call modern art.

  • Little Miss Levy County Fair

    1. Maclayne McGowan

    2. Samantha Rene Slaughter

    3. Aubrey Hudson

    4. Jazzmyn Renee Hughes

  • Miss Levy County Fair

    1. Jordan Lewis

    2. Ashton Bloom

    3. Miranda Morales

    4. Shakari Lamb

  • Well this is it. You are reading my last Wild Observations column. I started writing my nature observations for the Williston Pioneer 12 years ago. Not bad for an idea I pitched to the editor and owner of the newspaper then, Skipper Hammond. She wasn't sure it would work and neither did I, but encouragement from readers kept me going. Thank you to those who gave me positive feedback. I really appreciate it.

  • Saturday, November 1

    * Angel House Thrift store is open on Saturdays, 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. Located at Holy Family Parish, 17353 NE 27A, Williston

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

    Monday, November 3

    * 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.

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

    Tuesday, November 4