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Alachua Chamber of Commerce Sportsfest

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Tickets available at Alarion Bank, Capital City Bank, Sportsfest Committee Members or from Dot Evans at the Chamber Office (386) 462-3333.

Grills are on display at the Alarion Bank and Capital City Bank.

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Rainy days now welcome

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Alachua residents Rose and Wilmon Brown saw their leaky roof replaced by Rebuilding Together North Central Florida.

ALACHUA – Rose Brown turned on her computer Jan. 1 at 11:30 p.m. waiting anxiously for the application to be released. At 11:58 p.m., it was available. She printed it and filled it out with her husband, Wilmon Brown.

Three weeks later, the Browns were contacted so that further information could be collected, but Rebuilding Together North Central Florida (RTNCF) didn’t offer any guarantees.

January had come and gone and February was coming to a close, but not before the Browns had been selected for their home to be improved and repaired.

“I’m really, really excited,” said Rose Brown, 74, as she watched volunteers work on replacing her roof on Sunday, April 21. It was the best birthday present she had received that day.

RTNCF, representing the national organization in North Central Florida, is a home repair organization that targets the housing needs of residents in the community. Originally scheduled for Saturday, April 20, the spring projects for home repairs occurred simultaneously.

“In the month of April we will have 50,000 volunteers nationwide helping 3,000 families,” said Morgan Dall’Acqua, office administrator for RTNCF.

Taking place during the last three weekends of April, typically on Saturdays, RTNCF and volunteers would be tackling 12 projects in the North Central Florida area.

For the Browns, it was a special occasion, and for Wilmon Brown, it was even more so. Sear’s Heroes at Home Program teamed up with RTNCF to improve the lives and homes of the military and their families through home repairs and modifications. Mr. Brown, 87, said he felt good. A World War II Navy veteran, he sat in a chair watching the volunteers repair his home of 58 years.

With the roof having severe leaking problems, rainy days consisted of setting out containers and making sure they didn’t get full.

“He saw the activities going on and the papers and he sat quiet,” said Rose Brown, recalling the additional items required to get approved. “I told him, ‘we’re going to get a roof’ and he was almost speechless.”

“We planned to get it done yesterday, but the rain wasn’t working with us,” said Sara Emmanuel, office manager for Scherer Construction.

Scherer Construction and Crosier & Son Roofing, Inc. have teamed up the last few years to take on the projects in the area and they always handle the roofing projects.

With funds raised and donated to RTNCF, Scherer and Crosier provide the labor at no charge to the families they help.

The first thing that was addressed was safety. The roof needed replacing, the interior ceiling needed repair, the bathrooms and different areas of the home needed better accessibility. Emmanuel said the timeline to get it done was in one day.

“We didn’t know how to get it done,” said Mrs. Brown. “Now, I’ll just enjoy the rain when it rains.”

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Alachua Lions Club Cattlemen’s Banquet set for March 28

ac beyond2012e 160 80ALACHUA – United States Congressman Ted Yoho, representing Florida’s 3rd District, will be the guest speaker at the Alachua Lions Club’s 74th Annual Cattlemen’s Banquet Thursday, March 28, 2013. The Lions Club fundraiser starts at 7 p.m. at the Alachua Woman’s Club, located at 14665 South Main Street, Alachua. Tickets are $40 and include a steak dinner and entertainment. In addition to Yoho, Marion “Bud” Riveire will be the Master of Ceremonies, and an Iraqi war veteran will also speak briefly. The Alachua Lions Club Cattlemen’s Banquet is the longest running, continuous Lions fundraiser in Florida and nearly 300 people attend each year.

Yoho has been a veterinarian for the past 28 years, serving North Central Florida. He began his first term in office in 2013. Past speakers have included President Jimmy Carter, Florida governors Bob Graham, Buddy MacKay, Lawton Chiles, Bob Martinez and Claude Kirk, and U.S. Senator George Smathers and U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns.

Riviere, who is now retired, was most recently Dean of Workplace Development and Continuing Education at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla. He has also served as the Director of Haney Technical Center in Panama City and currently services on the Florida FFA Foundation Board. He was born in Alachua and graduated from Santa Fe High School.

Money raised by the Alachua Lions Club supports Alachua recreation programs, Alachua Cub Scout Pack 88, Boy Scout Troop 88, and Girl Scouts, an early college scholarship program for a Santa Fe High School student, Food for Kids of Alachua program, tutoring of students at Alachua Elementary School, eyeglasses, eye surgery and hearing aids for those in need. The Alachua Lions Charitable Foundation supports the work of the Alachua Lions Club.

For ticket information, contact any Alachua Lion or call Lion Gunter Hirsch at 386-462-3702 or 352-538-9709. For program ads call Lion Gary Hardacre at 386-462-4582 or 352-214-2452. Ad deadline is March 1.

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Alachua County Youth Fair searches for new home

GAINESVILLE – While the current Youth Fair and Live Stock show will be held at the Alachua County Fairgrounds, the search for the future home for the annual fair continues.

The collapse of the Alachua County Fairgrounds pole barn in December led to a change in the show’s usual arrangement. The show taking place March 8-12 now has the animal show ring located in the exhibition hall. The show ring had previously been in the pole barn.

Cindy Sanders, Alachua County extension director, said the show ring is about a 60 to 70 feet diameter ring with panels around the outside where the students will exhibit all the livestock animals.

“It’s going to be good in a way because we will be out of the weather,” Sanders said. “We don’t know about the acoustics of the building, that might be a little bit of an issue but we are going to work around that.”

Three tents were rented for the animals to be housed with the county also providing a tent.

Chenoa Dixon, Alachua County Youth and Live Stock show president, said the extra tent provides more than enough room for the more than 30 year-old-show.  

There are currently two locations being considered for the possible location of the fair. Robert Avery, Alachua County parks superintendent said locations currently being looked at include Payne’s Prairie Preserve State Park and the Newberry Equestrian Center, Canterbury Showplace.

One concern with the option of using Payne’s Prairie Preserve State Park for the future youth fair is the location.

“It’s quite a distance from Gainesville,” Avery said.

Another possibility being considered for the fairgrounds is Gainesville Raceway, Avery said.

There are amenities that the youth fair would need regardless of next year’s location.

Dixon said the fair would need a full functioning livestock arena with a covered facility to house the animals as well as camping facilities for families with exhibits.

“I just want a facility that the youth fair can continue to operate at,” she said. “If we don’t have new fairgrounds in place by then, we can continue to repeat the plan we did this year for the fairgrounds.”

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FDOT Road and Lane Closures for Feb. 23 - March 1, 2013

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Hawthorne Road (State Road 20) Daytime lane closures after 8:30 a.m. between US 301 in Hawthorne to just east of the Putnam County line to install signs and finish cleaning up from the resurfacing project.


Newberry Road (State Road 26) Nighttime lane closures Wednesday and Thursday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. near the intersection of Northwest 43rd Street to take roadway samples.


Northeast and Northwest 39th Avenue (State Road 222) Daytime lane closures east of Interstate 75 to State Road 26 in Orange Heights to repaint the roadway markings.


Northeast 39th Avenue (State Road 222) Daytime lane closures Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from east of the Gainesville Regional Airport to east of the FDOT operations complex for roadway testing.


Northwest and Southwest 34th Street (State Road 121) Daytime lane closures from Williston Road (State Road 331) to US 441 to repaint the roadway markings.


State Road 26 Possible daytime lane closures of the emergency lanes at the US 301 overpass in Orange Heights to water new plants and trees.


State Road 121 Daytime lane closures from US 441 to the Union County line to repaint the roadway markings.


Waldo Road (State Road 24) Daytime lane closures from East University Avenue (State Road 26) to US 301 in Waldo to repaint the roadway markings.


Williston Road (State Road 331) Daytime lane closures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. near South Main Street for sidewalk repairs.



Fifth Street (State Road 228) Daytime lane closures Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Lowder Street (County Road 23A) and Interstate 10 to repair the shoulders.


County Road 125 Daytime lane closures Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Park Street and County Road 127 for roadway testing.


US 90 Daytime lane closures Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. between the Columbia County line and Sanderson for roadway testing.



Southwest Pinemount Road Daytime lane closures from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. south of US 90 to install temporary barrier wall and widen the road as part of the US 90 widening project.


US 90 West Daytime lane closures from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. west of Brown Road to install temporary barrier wall and widen the road as part of the four-laning project.


US 90 West Daytime lane closures for eastbound traffic from the Interstate 75 exit ramp to Northwest Brookside Court (McDonalds) to build a driveway to the new Chick-fil-A.


US 41 Daytime lane closures between East Duval Street (US 90) and Interstate 10 to repaint the roadway markings.


US 441 North Daytime lane closures after 8 a.m. from the Georgia line to Deep Creek for resurfacing and work on the shoulders.



Interstate 75 Daytime and nighttime lane closures Monday through Thursday for northbound traffic between State Road 6 (Exit 460) and the Georgia line for paving. Two lanes are closed between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to pave the center lane. The speed limit is reduced to 60 mph during lane closures. No lanes are closed from 6 a.m. Friday until 8 p.m. Sunday.



County Road 354 Daytime lane closures between US 27 and State Road 51 (Hal Adams Bridge) to provide pavement markings and cleanup for the new bike trail on the north and east side of the road.


State Road 51 Daytime lane closures between County Road 354 and the Hal Adams Bridge to provide pavement markings and cleanup for the new bike trail on the east side of the road.



Interstate 10 Daytime lane closures from east of State Road 53 (Exit 258) to the Suwannee County line for paving.


State Road 6 Daytime lane closures Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between US 90 in Madison and the Hamilton County line (Withlacoochee River bridge) to clean out the ditches.


US 19 Daytime lane closures Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Southwest Overstreet Avenue (County Road 150) and Southwest Ybel Trail for roadway testing.



US 98 The speed limit on the temporary bridge across the Aucilla River at the Jefferson County line is reduced to 30 mph and strictly enforced. Possible daytime lane closures as work continues to remove the old bridge. No detours are required for this project.



State Road 121 Daytime lane closures Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. between Worthington Springs and Lake Butler for repairs to the shoulders.


State Road 238 Daytime lane closures Friday, March 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. approximately 1.5 miles east of US 41/441 over the Olustee Creek for routine bridge maintenance.

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