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White cane, red tip: Alachua’s 13th annual white cane safety walk

W_-_White_Cane_Cubs_DSC_1_0203_copySaturday’s White Cane Walk in Alachua marked the 13th year that both sighted and vision impaired individuals joined together for a two-block walk alongside U.S. Highway 441 to create public awareness of the White Cane Law. The event is sponsored by the Alachua Lions Club and the Alachua County Council for the Blind, with support provided by the City of Alachua, the Alachua Police Explorers and Alachua’s Pack 88 Cub Scouts. Add a comment Add a comment

Alachua Historical Society celebrates 12th year

W_-_AHS1_copyW_-_AHS2_copyPhoto 1: Tom Brady as Pvt. Joseph Sprague, Ed Geers as Pvt. Andrew Becker and Bob Waters as Pvt. C.D. Strickland.Photo 2: Charles Horn as a Seminole and Tom Brady as Pvt. Joseph Sprague.

ALACHUA – The Alachua Historical Society celebrated their 12th Anniversary with a dinner on Sept. 25 at the Alachua Lion's Club.  Emelie Matthews, President, thanked everyone for their hard work and support this past year and shared the excitement on the progress of the new Alachua Welcome Center on Main Street that will house the Society's museum.

After a short business meeting to elect the officers for the next year, The Micanopy Regulars presented their "Second Seminole War Living History" program.  Real and fictional characters dressed in period garb shared their insights and history about that period in Florida's history.

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High Springs Community School FFA takes top honors

W_-_HSCS_FFA_001_girls_copyW_-_HSCS_FFA_002_Boy_copyPhoto 1: L-R: Eighth graders Cheyenne and Heather Donaldson received first place with their project in the State Agriscience Fair and were named National Finalists. Cheyenne and Heather will represent High Springs FFA at the National Agriscience Fair during the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.  Photo 2:  Sixth grade member Tim Myers received second place in the State Agriscience Fair during the 84th Florida FFA State Convention.

HIGH SPRINGS – While most kids were enjoying their summer with fun in the sun, five High Springs FFA members joined over nearly 3,000 Florida FFA members at the 84th Annual Florida FFA State Convention in Orlando.

During the convention members participated in leadership workshops and career development events, as well as attending sessions and listening to motivational speakers. While in attendance, the High Springs FFA chapter was named one of “Florida’s Finest Chapters.”

Additionally, three High Springs FFA members participated in the State Agriscience Fair where member Tim Myers received second place and members Cheyenne Donaldson and Heather Donaldson received first place with their projects. Last week Cheyenne and Heather were named National Finalists for their Agriscience Fair project and will represent High Springs FFA at the National Agriscience Fair being held in conjunction with the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in October.

Additionally, the High Springs FFA chapter was named a National One Star Chapter and will receive recognition during the National FFA Convention.

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Thursday celebration for retiring city clerk

W_-_Newberry_City_Clerk_Pons_copyL-R:  Commissioners Joe Hoffman, Alena Lawson, Robert Fillyaw, and Jordan Marlowe, Gayle “Mickey” Pons, Commissioner Lois Forte, Mayor Bill Conrad, City Attorney Scott Walker and City Manager Keith Ashby/Photo courtesy of Barbara Hendrix

 NEWBERRY – Gayle “Mickey” Pons, City Clerk, poses with Newberry city commissioners, city attorney and city manager after her last official Newberry City Commission meeting Aug. 27, 2012.

Pons, who is retiring after 23 years with the City of Newberry, has overseen the financial and administrative functions of the City for the past15 years in her capacity as city clerk.

“I’ve enjoyed working for the City,” said Pons.  “I will miss seeing the citizens and all my fellow employees” she said.

Commissioners directed staff to formulate a document to make Sept. 30, 2012 Gayle Pons Day in Newberry.

A retirement celebration, hosted by the City and open to the public, will be held at the city’s Municipal Building Thursday, Aug. 30 from 3-6 p.m.

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Be sweet to honeybees

W_-_Bees_Sprout_Learning_Center_8-3-2012_008_copyYoungsters at Sprout Learning Resources enjoyed a visit by Earlea Bee, a special bee that helps children understand the importance of bees in the food supply.

ALACHUA – Earlea Bee, the mascot for the Alachua County Beekeepers Club, made a surprise visit to the Sprout Learning Resources Summer Camp on Main Street in Alachua recently to share information on National Honey Bee Day.

This annual event is held in August each year.  The public can spend a day learning how they can all help save the important honey bees and other pollinators.

Emcee for this year’s event is the American Honey Queen, Alyssa Fine, from Monongahela, Pennsylvania, who travels throughout the United States promoting the honey industry.

The event will be held at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala. There will be a live bee beard along with great speakers and a fundraising auction with great bargains along with lots of door prizes and raffles.

For additional event information, visit www.floridabees.org or contact Alachua beekeeper Chappie McChesney at 386-462-2637 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

At Sprout Learning Resources McChesney came along to help Earlea Bee teach the children just how important honey bees are as pollinators for all the foods people enjoy.

Each child received some sweet honey candy, a coloring book, and a taste of Chappie’s honey produced right here in Alachua.

Visits by Earlea Bee can be arranged for schools, parties, or other venues to share information on the need for everyone to take the time to learn how to help save all pollinators from the many stressors that are taking a toll on them.

The Alachua County Beekeepers Club has joined with beekeeping clubs from other counties to form the North Central Florida Beekeepers Association.

The newest member will be the Lake City Beekeepers Club.  The club will be celebrating their kickoff on Sept. 24 at the fairgrounds in Lake City. For more information, visit http://columbia.ifas.ufl.edu/ or contact Derek Barber Columbia County Extension at 386-752-5384 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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