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Pioneer Days first place winner: Tomato Pie

W_-_PioneerDaysPieBennettIMG_3855_copyEditor’s note:  This is the final in a series of three award winning pie recipes, provided courtesy of the High Springs Pioneer Days pie contest winners.

Tomato Pie

Placement: First Place

Cook/Contestant: Marilyn Bennett


4 ripe tomatoes, peeled & sliced

8-10 large basil leaves, chopped

½ cup chopped green onion or chives

2 Tbs. self-rising flour

Pepper to taste**

2 cups grated mozzarella and cheddar cheese (combined)

1 ½ cup mayonnaise

One pre-baked 9” pie crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Layer tomato slices, basil and green onion in a pre-baked pie shell, alternating between layers, ending with tomatoes on top.  Add pepper to taste.  Mix together grated cheese, mayonnaise and flour.  Spread on top of tomatoes to form a top crust.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Cool slightly before serving as a side dish with meats.

**Salt is not needed due to the amount existing in the mayonnaise and cheese.

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Celebration time

Students participating in Alachua’s after school tutoring program were in for a treat last week when volunteer tutors from Alachua and High Springs joined them in celebration with an end of school year party.

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Santa Fe High School FFA plant sale

W_-_SFHS_FFA_Plant_SaleArea residents shop for spring plants at the Santa Fe High School FFA annual plant sale.

ALACHUA – Area gardeners may want to check out the Santa Fe High School FFA annual plant sale which is currently underway.  FFA students have been planting and caring for a variety of plants that are being sold to the public.  Flower and vegetable plants including zinnias, marigolds, salvia, peppers and much more are available at the school’s greenhouse.  The school is located at 16213 NW US Hwy 441 in Alachua.  For more information, call 386-462-1125.

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Hawthorne art appreciation reception features local artists

W_-_Hawthorne_Library_IMG_0525_copyGeorge Mann crafted four Franklin Chairs using the knowledge he gained from a book he checked out of the Hawthorne Library.  Mann recently donated one of the versatile chairs, which can also be used as a stepladder, to the library.

HAWTHORNE– When Hawthorne resident George Mann checked out a book entitled The Essential Pine Book from the city’s library six months ago, he got to work.

He made four stepladders that turn into chairs. One of those “Franklin Chairs” was presented on a table in the library as a showcase of how imagination is not limited to the bound pages of a book.

Portraits, carvings, beaded work and other pieces of art adorned the walls and shelves of the Hawthorne Library at the 46th Annual Hawthorne Artists’ Appreciation Reception on Thursday night. Gainesville artist Susan C. Johnson spoke at the event.

The reception was part of a month-long art appreciation project at the library. Students from Shell Elementary School contributed art, and local teenagers created sidewalk art in front of the library entrance.

The library is not just a place for people to read books. It’s also a community center, library manager Memree Stuart said.

One Hawthorne resident incorporated her mother’s art. A young girl stood in the middle of a snowy path. The artist, Candy David, said that she found an unfinished painting by her mother and she finished it by painting a 3-year-old version of her mother on top of the picture.

Librarian Guylene Resue introduced the artists at the reception. She had two mismatched beaded purple earrings. They were both made by local artists, she said.

“I’m a walking art exhibit,” Resue said.

Johnson then stood before the audience and talked about the inspiration behind her art. Horses, she said, are spiritual creatures. She works hard to listen to the sniffles and whinnies so she can capture that horse’s personality, she said.

“When I get back to the studio, those are the sounds I’m hearing,” she said.

Hawthorne artist Onya Laree brought her nephew, Kalai Boyd, 4, to the reception. Kalai opened up a composition book to reveal brown drawings and scribbles. Laree laughed, “I think it runs in the family.”

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Mayor's Message - Newberry's streets and roads

W_-_Conrad_graded_road_copyIn the month of May we are going to see a lot of activity on our streets and roads.  We will be putting in a storm water drain on NW 8th Avenue where it goes behind the industrial park.  This will solve a longtime standing water and flooding problem in that neighborhood.  We will be resurfacing NW 8th Avenue and NW 1st Avenue and many of the connector streets between them. We will also be resurfacing SW 1st Avenue, and fixing what I consider to be the worst piece of road in town – the block of SW 1st Avenue between 254th and 255th streets.  A Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) makes these projects possible.  Our General Services Director, Connie Goode, working with Planner Lowell Garrett and Grant Writer Wendy Kinser made this possible and we owe them a big thank you.

Rural graded roads have been an item of interest by the City Commission lately.  City leaders have made a commitment to improve the quality of maintenance on these roads to better serve our farming and rural community.  The city has added manpower to the road crew, and the road crew has tried some new techniques to keep the graded roads smooth and well drained in wet periods.  Connie Goode reports that the maintenance crew is pulling more dirt from the sides of the road to the middle and adding lime rock and binder to the middle to raise the crown of the roads and improve drainage.  I drove down Watermelon Pond Road recently and could notice a distinct difference where the new technique had been used.

Another solution used to improve rural roads is the “Chip Seal.”  The city installed the chip seal surface on SW 15th Avenue from US 41 to Jonesville Baptist Church a couple of years ago.  Chip seal just puts a thin petroleum slurry over a lime rock road.  It gives it a black top surface and keeps the dust down, but it is not an asphalt road by any stretch of the imagination.  But it’s a whole lot less expensive.

Paving a road to Department of Transportation (DOT) standards costs about $1 million per lane-mile.  Chip sealing costs about $50,000 per lane mile. The city plans to chip seal SW 30th Avenue from CR 337 to the Nations Baseball Park next week.  Then we plan to continue resurfacing SW 30th Avenue from the Baseball Park, to CR 241 South in the near future.  We are hoping to get funding for this through development fees and plan on paving with asphalt to DOT standards.

This week, our Commission approved a project that will upgrade of all four of our city railroad crossings.  This project, funded by a $1.4 DOT grant, will eventually build more sidewalks in town as well.  Our thanks to Planners Lowell Garrett and Wendy Kinser and General Services Director Connie Goode for seeing this one through.

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