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Wakulla.com Newsletter - January 16, 2009



TnT Hideaway - Canoe and kayak rentals on the Wakulla River!T~n~T Hide-a-Way Canoe Sales and Rentals, located just 20 miles south of Tallahassee on the beautiful Wakulla River, offers two or three person canoes, and single and tandem kayaks for sale or rent.

New and used Heritage kayaks are for sale, along with accessories. American Canoe Association Quick Start and Essentials classes (pdf) in kayaking and canoeing are available by certified instructors. We offer eco tours guided by certified green guides to many other rivers and creeks and coastal areas along Florida's Big Bend. Fresh and saltwater guided kayak fishing trips are also available by Heritage endorsed guides.

For schedules and kayak information - Click Here

T~n~T Hide-a-Way - www.tnthideaway.com
6527 Coastal Highway
Crawfordville, FL 32327
850-925-6412
Email: tnthideaway@nettally.com


 

From the Publisher:

Dear Readers,

Hope you've got your long underwear handy, because it's going to get COLD tonight! A hard freeze watch is in effect, so remember to drip your water so you won't wake up to busted pipes in the morning.

The arrival of the whooping cranes in St. Marks has been postponed again, according to the early morning WCTV news. I called the St. Marks Refuge to make sure, and they said it had definitely been cancelled until a later date due to the cold weather. So, keep checking back and we'll let you know when the event is going to happen. According to the Refuge, it will eventually happen; it's just a matter of when.

Saturday brings the annual Arbor Day Celebration at Hudson Park in Crawfordville from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The weather should be a little warmer by then, so bundle up and come out for this wonderful event. There will be all sorts of activities, and lots of free trees will be given away to participants. There will be food, children's activities, and entertainment as well, and I'm sure hot coffee will be on site. Make sure you come by; you'll be glad you did, and you'll give a tree a good home!

Another event going on this Saturday is the Sign Dedication Ceremony for the Great Birding Trail at the St. Marks Wildlife Refuge. The event begins at 9:00 a.m. with activities and tours, with the actual sign dedication taking place at 1:00 p.m. The sign installations should be completed by early next year and will help bird watchers find the designated sites throughout the Panhandle. Gateway sites at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, near Tallahassee, and Big Lagoon State Park, in Pensacola, provide extensive trail-related resources, with loaner optics available on site. They also act as hubs of regional birding information. This should be a fun event for the family, so come out and take one of the birding hike tours.

Trying to quit smoking? Have I got a deal for you! Sign up to participate in the Wakulla County Health Department's "Quit and Win" program and you could win some big prizes! Look for our link below to download and print the registration form. You can also register at the booth that will be set up at the Rotary Valentines Celebration at Hudson Park on February 14th.

Speaking of the Valentines Celebration, this year's event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Wakulla County, will be held on Valentine's Day itself, which makes it even more special. The festival should be lots of fun; there will be breakfast at 8:00 a.m.; the parade at 10:00 a.m., then games, entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and kid's activities in Hudson Park until 4:00 p.m. This year, “Cowboy Attractions” will be providing the games and kid’s activities. You can get out your ten gallon hats and spurs and take a wild ride on the mechanical bull, test your bravery and agility by climbing the giant rock wall, or do some high flying on the Euro Bungee! You can join your friends in a game of Mini-Striker, and there will also be pony rides and an inflatable slide and obstacle course for the younger set, as well as fake tattoos.

The activities will culminate at 3:00 p.m. with the announcement of the winner of the $1000 Winn-Dixie Shopping Spree raffle! Tickets for the raffle ($1 each) will be available for purchase throughout the day, and can also be purchased ahead of time from any Rotary member. Rotary members will also be selling tickets during the evenings at Winn-Dixie in Crawfordville; look for their table just inside the door.

The WCSO is looking for a missing juvenile; Stephanie Vautier, a 16 year old white female weighing 145 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. She is suspected to be with a 17 year old male named Leroy McCambry, and is thought to be in the Brittany Estates area of Leon County (I think that's off Highway 20 West). Please check out the link below to see if you can help. -> Wakulla County Sheriff's Office Website.

Also, we are offering free Wakulla.com email addresses to anybody who would like to have one. If interested, simply email me at mkwestmark@wakulla.com and you too can sport a wakulla.com email!

Have a nice weekend, and a good Martin Luther King, Jr. day this Monday. Stay warm!!!

Sincerely,

Mary Katherine Westmark
Publisher, Wakulla.com

P.S. Be sure to post your Yard Sales and other items in our always Free Classified Ads!

 

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Missing Juvenile Report from Wakulla County Sheriff's Office
Stephanie Vautier- 16 y.o.a.- W/F- 5’ 3”- 145 lbs. Blk hair, Brn eyes. Subject is believed to be with by Leroy McCambry...


Whooping Cranes Expected to Arrive Friday, January 16 in St. Marks
The flyover (of the whooping cranes) should happen Friday morning at the city of St. Marks, just east of the old Posey's oyster bar...


Hard Freeze Watch in Effect for Late Friday Night
A HARD FREEZE WATCH IS NOW IN EFFECT ON FRIDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 16...


Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners January 6, 2009 MEETING FOLLOW-UP


Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners January 20, 2009 MEETING AGENDA


Commissioner Howard Kessler will Hold Town Hall Meeting on January 27, 2009
Commission Chairman Howard Kessler will host his next Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m...


DEP Announces Major Effort to Support Local Governments with Water Quality Protection Projects
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that local governments eager to begin building wastewater treatment, reuse and stormwater projects will benefit from $250 million in bonds issued through DEP’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF)...


Governor Crist Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.; Announces Black History Month Contests
At a reception honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Florida ’s African-American leaders today, Governor Charlie Crist announced Florida ’s Black History Month theme as Past Pioneers + Present Role Models = A Brighter Future...


Governor Crist Announces 2009-10 Gubernatorial Fellowship Program Application Information
Governor Charlie Crist today announced the opening of the application process for the Gubernatorial Fellows program, providing Florida university students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how government operates...


Governor Crist Addresses First Meeting of the Florida Energy and Climate Commission
Governor Charlie Crist today welcomed state leaders and the public to the first meeting of the nine-member Florida Energy & Climate Commission...


Governor Crist, DOE Promote Troops to Teachers Program
Governor Charlie Crist today unveiled Florida’s newest effort to encourage America’s brave military servicemen and women to enlist as educators in the state’s neediest schools...


Governor Crist Meets with Workforce Leaders to Discuss Economy, Stimulus
Governor Charlie Crist today, continuing his commitment to strengthening Florida’s economy, met with the directors of Florida’s 24 Regional Workforce Boards to discuss strategies for addressing Floridians’ employment needs...


DEP's Environmental Education Program (LIFE) Reaches Milestone
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Learning in Florida’s Environment (LIFE) Program, recently reached a major milestone, just four years after starting the program...


Green Business is Good Business
With the nation’s challenging economic situation increasing the need to cut costs, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Florida Pollution Prevention Program (P2) helps businesses find ways to maximize profits, improve sustainability and protect the environment by going green...

Obituaries

Wakulla.com Newsletter - January 16, 2009Harvey-Young Funeral Home
Crawfordville, Florida
(850) 926-3333

Family Owned and Operated
Skip YoungDavid Conn

In Memory of John Cleveland Leonard, III


In Memory of Edna Louise Overton


In Memory of Howard Davis


In Memory of Harley William Gilbert

Birthdays, Anniversaries, Weddings & Birth Announcements!

 

Engagements

Munroe - Hughes Engagement Announced
Perry R. Lawrence, Jr. and Betty J. Johnson, both of Tallahassee, Florida are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Linda L. Munroe to Terry Nelson Hughes...

Announcements

 


Girl Scouts Taking Orders - Annual Cookie Product Sale Underway
The annual cookie product sale is underway for the Girl Scout Council of the Apalachee Bend, Inc...


Big Bend Hospice Invites You to Tree of Remembrance Tag Burning Ceremony
Please join us for the 2008 Tree of Remembrance Tag-Burning Ceremony to be held on Friday, January 23, 2009 at 4:30 p.m...


Florida State Director to Speak at January Moms in Touch Meeting
Attention, Moms! Here is an opportunity for you to become part of a world-wide ministry called Moms In Touch International...


Limited Sponsorships Available for 12th Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet
The 12th Annual Ducks Unlimited Banquet will be held Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Harvey Young Farms...


Vote For Your Favorite Animal in FWMA Cutest Animal Contest
Look at the pictures of some of the animals of FWMA posted on this page and pick your favorite...


Big Bend Hospice will Present Lunch and Learn Seminar on Dealing with Grief
Big Bend Hospice of Wakulla County invites you to a Lunch and Learn Seminar on Thursday, January 22, 2009...


2009 Run for the Cookies 5K and One Mile Run to be Held
The Girl Scout Council of the Apalachee Bend presents the Run for the Cookies 5K and One Mile Run/Walk. This Gulf Winds Grand Prix event serves as a benefit for the Girl Scouts of the Apalachee Bend by providing opportunities and scholarships...


Wakulla County Public Library Events for January 13 - 19, 2009...
In honor of this historic event, the Library will be hosting an Inauguration Celebration in the Library’s Main Meeting Room on Tuesday, January 20th beginning at 10:30 a.m. and welcomes the public’s attendance at this event...


Big Bend Hospice Volunteer In Need of Tape Recorder and Blank Tapes
A Big Bend Hospice volunteer is in need of a donated tape recorder and blank tapes to create some books on tape for a hospice patient...


Angel Food Services January 2009 Menu


Learning Wheels Parent Training Session to be Held in Crawfordville
The 2nd Learning Wheel will be held at Crawfordville Elementary School (379 Arran Road) in Crawfordville, Florida on January 24, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m...


Notice of Public Hearing RE: Easements for Wakulla Gardens Sewer
The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on February 17, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Rd., Crawfordville, FL 32327...


Wakulla County Sheriff's Office to Offer Basic Handgun Course
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Training Section is offering a Basic Handgun Course. This course is for anyone wanting to acquire the skills to safely, affectively own and legally use a handgun...


Volunteer Needed in Wakulla County Clerk's Office
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New TCC Green Guide Class Starts January 18, 2009 The next TCC Green Guide Class will begin Sunday, January 18, 2009...


Italy and Greece Trip Postponed and Price Reduced
The 13 day trip to Italy and Greece which was originally scheduled for June 2009 has been postponed for a year until June 2010...


"Finding Wakulla" Documentary Being Filmed
I am currently filming a documentary here in Wakulla County entitled “Finding Wakulla”...

Arts and Entertainment

 


Sopchoppy's Frog and the Hummingbird Co. to Host Blues Jam
The Frog and The Hummingbird Co. and Butterfield’s Roadhouse has created a new forum for musicians and hosts "Blues Jams" on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month with the first Blues Jam ischeduled for Thursday, January 29th...

Festivals and Celebrations

 


Annual Arbor Day Festival will be Held Saturday, January 17
January 17th will bring the first festival of the new year – the annual Crawfordville Arbor Day celebration at Hudson Park from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. What began five years ago as a free tree giveaway has grown to be much more...


Tree Primer for Saturday, January 17 Arbor Day Celebration
Free trees will be given away on Saturday, January 17th at Crawfordville’s Arbor Day celebration in Hudson Park. Between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., more than 1000 “baby” trees will be looking for new homes...


11th Annual Rotary Valentines Celebration will be Held Saturday, February 14
The 11th Annual Rotary Valentines Celebration will be even more special this year because the event actually falls on Valentines Day...


St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge to Host 3rd Annual Wildlife Heritage and Outdoors Festival
GET OUTSIDE at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge’s Wildlife Heritage and Outdoors Festival on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m...

Clubs & Organizations


Men's Fraternity of Wakulla News and Updates: January 9, 2009
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Letters to the Editor

Dancing with Denise Dancing with Denise would like to welcome their newest teachers, Miss Kelly Butler (Clogging and Pre-School Dance) and Miss Jessica Seaver (Lyrical, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, and Musical Theatre). It's not too late to register for the 2008-2009 dance season! Children ages 2 and up can register for Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Mommie & Me Classes. We also offer adult Booty Ballet Classes! Call 850-926-1698 for more information. Visit our website at dwddance.googlepages.com/home for information on class times, fees, and teacher bios!

Dancing with Miss Denise
2650 Crawfordville Highway
(850)926-1698

 

Community Columnists

 

Community writers wanted! Give us a call (445-4206 or email mkwestmark@wakulla.com)


Keenan's Kids Foundation Responds to January 13th Stork Craft Crib Recall
More than half-a-million cribs were recalled by Stork Craft and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Tuesday, January 13, 2009...


Apples of Gold (by Doug Apple): Advice from the Love Doctor
Jim and Elisabeth were dating. They liked each other, maybe loved each other, but Jim wasn’t ready for a commitment...


Apples of Gold (by Doug Apple): The Skinny Mirror
I picked out a handful of shirts and went to the fitting room. I put one on, looked in the mirror and said, “Whoa, that’s a nice looking shirt.” I went for the side view and it looked good, too. Too good...

Local Business News

 

Workforce Plus to Host Free Power Hour Luncheon Re: Employment Law
WORKFORCE plus announces Power Hour, presented on January 29, 2009 at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, at the WORKFORCE plus Executive Center, 325 John Knox Road, Building B, Tallahassee...


Workforce Plus Job Hotline for Wakulla, Leon and Gadsden Counties Jan. 16 - 31, 2009
Interested in learning more or applying for the above jobs?...


Financing Your Customers (by Dr. Jerry Osteryoung)
So many businesses and individuals are having financial problems, and unfortunately, these problems are going to be around for almost one more year...

Church News


The Wehry Family will Perform at Sopchoppy Southern Baptist Church
The Wehry Family is a full-time faith based preaching and singing family ministry from Northumberland, PA...


Crawfordville First Baptist Church to Host Men's Fellowship Breakfast
First Baptist Church of Crawfordville will host Men’s Fraternity of Wakulla at the Men’s Fellowship Breakfast in the CLC (Christian Life Center) behind the sanctuary, Saturday, January 17th, from 8:00-9:30 a.m...

Local Sports

Premier Athletics of Wakulla Premier Athletics Register now for Before & After School With Premier Athletics! Your kid’s success is our number 1 goal! We have a qualified & professional staff; competitive pricing, mandatory homework time and lots of fun activities for the students! We look forward to seeing you at Premier! Servicing all schools in the Wakulla area! For ages 5 and up.

Call (850) 926-2920 to sign up or visit us on the web at www.paofwakulla.com .

Phone: (850) 926-2920
Email: nbarnes@premierathletics.com
Web: www.paofwakulla.com
Map: 54 Feli Way, Crawfordville, FL 32327


First Annual Houston Taff Memorial Alumni Baseball Game to be Held
The 1st Annual Houston Taff Memorial Alumni Baseball Game is scheduled for February 7, 2009 at Houston Taff Field at Wakulla High School...


2009 Babe Ruth Sign-Up Days are January 31 and February 7
Babe Ruth Sign Up Days are scheduled for Saturday, January 31 and Saturday, February 7th...


2008 WMS Girls Soccer Team Finishes Season Undefeated
The Wakulla Middle School Girls Season completed the 2008 season undefeated...


Wakulla Girls' Soccer Looking for Strong Season Finish
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Wakulla Wave 10U, 12U and 16U Tryouts to be Held
The Wakulla Wave 10,12, and 16U teams are holding tryouts at Messer Field in Tallahaassee by the Jail at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2009...

Wakulla Outdoors

TnT Hideaway - Canoe and kayak rentals on the Wakulla River!T~n~T Hide-a-Way Canoe Sales and Rentals, located just 20 miles south of Tallahassee on the beautiful Wakulla River, offers two or three person canoes, and single and tandem kayaks for sale or rent.
          

New and used Heritage kayaks are for sale, along with accessories. American Canoe Association Quick Start and Essentials classes (pdf) in kayaking and canoeing are available by certified instructors. We offer eco tours guided by certified green guides to many other rivers and creeks and coastal areas along Florida's Big Bend. Fresh and saltwater guided kayak fishing trips are also available by Heritage endorsed guides.

For schedule and kayak information - Click Here

T~n~T Hide-a-Way - www.tnthideaway.com
6527 Coastal Highway
Crawfordville, FL 32327
850-925-6412
Email: tnthideaway@nettally.com

Send us your hunting, fishing, hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking or other outdoor photographs!


36th Annual Stephen C. Smith Regatta to be Held April 24 - 26, 2009 at Shell Point Beach
The Stephen C. Smith Regatta is scheduled for April 24-26,2009 at Shell point for the benefit of the American Cancer Society in the memory of Stephen Smith...


Great Florida Birding Trail Sign Dedication to be Held at St. Marks Wildlife Refuge Saturday, January 17
A sign-dedication event, complete with birding hikes, will be held at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. The event will include several activities...

Health and Fitness News

 


Looking for a Reason to Quit Smoking? Join Quit and Win and Win Big!
If you smoke cigarettes and have been thinking about quitting, get ready. Quitting smoking on February 14 could win you a prize (plus extra kisses on Valentine’s Day)!...


Limited Supply of Free Nasal Flu Vaccines Available at Wakulla County Health Department
A limited supply of FREE Nasal Flu vaccines are available at the Wakulla County Health Department...

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