• The St. Marks whooping cranes received more publicity during their trip from Wisconsin, but our herons and egrets already know about the best place on earth. Friends of Wakulla Springs President Ron Piasecki snapped shots of these birds. Clockwise from top right, a blue heron gets all puffed up to impress anyone looking; a juvenile yellow crowned night heron surveys the area; a great egret has become one of the many Wakulla Springs State Park birds that are familiar to guests; and a heron displays his impressive head, eyes and beak while searching for a tasty morsel of food.

  • Some people referred to him as the “county pastor.”

    Elder Emmett Whaley reached out to people, his son, Clayton Whaley remembered. While Whaley founded two Primitive Baptist churches in Wakulla County, and preached at revivals all over North Florida and southern Alabama and into Georgia, “It didn’t matter if you were Holiness or Methodist,” Clayton Whaley said, “denominations weren’t exactly a barrier. If you needed him him, he would be there.”

  • From the Heart Recording Studio, located in Sopchoppy, has for several years promoted local and regional musicians with the From the Heart Music Hour, a weekly program produced at the studio and broadcast by Oyster Radio.

    Many of these musicians recorded at the studio as well. Now the next big step is about to happen. The studio’s owner, Nelle McCall, announced that the program is moving to television.

  • Miss Wakulla County, Kimberly Franklin, braved the cold weather Saturday, Dec. 19 to represent Wakulla County in the 23rd Annual Holiday Showcase “Magic on Monroe Street” Winter Festival Parade held in downtown Tallahassee.

    Although the temperature was extremely chilly, Miss Wakulla perched herself on an open red Mustang, chauffeured by Raleigh Council, in order to wave to and greet all of the festival spectators who lined Monroe Street.

  • Q: Do Men and women grieve the same way?

    A: The differences in communication styles between men and women is well understood by anyone who is married or lived with the opposite sex or even worked with the opposite sex. There wouldn’t be sitcoms if there weren’t such marked differences!

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  • A poster contest will be held for students from kindergarten through 12th grade related to Census 2010.

    The contest will be divided into three categories, Grades K-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12.

    The posters must be on 22 inch by 28 inch poster board with no computer aided or copy machine entries. Entries need to be from Wakulla County residents.

    The theme is April 1, 2010 Census Day. First place prizes will be a Wii Sports system with a game included. Second place prizes are $50 Wal-Mart gift cards.

  • A turkey shoot will be hosted by the Wakulla Shrine Club at the Shrine building, three miles south of Crawfordville on U.S. Highway 319.

    The event will be held Saturday, Jan. 2 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

  • Big Bend Hospice had an outstanding turnout for the annual Service of Remembrance Friday, Dec. 4 despite rain and frigid conditions at Hudson Park in Crawfordville.

    A quintet of singers, many from Crawfordville United Methodist Church, performed Christmas songs and Grief Counselor Melanie Lachman spoke to the gathering.

    The group lit the Tree of Remembrance as well as the Candles of Hope and Remembrance. Individual candle lighting followed.

  • Several St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge Photo Club members gathered at the property Saturday, Nov. 21 to share holiday ideas with visitors.

    Diane Flowers and Gladys Kilgore gave instructions on how to make popcorn garlands while also decorating holiday gift bags. The event was part of the “Outdoors for the Holidays” Refuge event which was particularly enjoyed by children who snacked on homemade cookies and drank warm apple cider. Diane and Joan Robertson got into the holiday spirit by displaying their antlers.

  • Scores of Wakulla and Leon County residents braved frigid weather conditions in January 2009 to get a quick glimpse of the migration of whooping cranes that flew into the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge from Wisconsin.

    St. Marks Refuge officials announced that the second year of the migration project is underway and the cranes will be returning.

    Residents interested in watching the cranes and the human pilot leaders who ride in single person aircraft to make sure the whooping cranes reach their destination may want to set time aside in January.

  • The new city hall in Sopchoppy opened for business this week.

    The yellow wood building with the white wrap-around front porch, built just across the street from the old city hall, has a meeting room for city commissioners, space for city employees, and a drive-through window for customers to pay their water bills.

    City Clerk Jackie Lawhon said the new city hall includes adequate office space for city employees, and provides space for future growth. Lawhon planned to have her staff set up in the new city hall on Monday, Nov. 16.

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  • Only 15-year-old, Rhiannon Dressel-Beattie recently met with Sheriff David Harvey to bring to Wakulla County her program “Beary Snuggle Hugs.”

    The program was started in 2007 by Dressel-Beattie in 2007 in Biloxi Miss. and is fashioned after the SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) program. The goal is to provide comfort to children who may be emotionally affected by a traumatic event which has left them feeling vulnerable.

  • As we mentioned in an earlier column, Halloween is a festival that many of our pets could do without. While we excitedly plan for parties and our children look forward to trick-or -treating, our pets have little cause for celebration. All the revelry is just a frightening experience for them. People pounding on their front door, appearing in strange costumes, and making lots of noise is little celebration for your pet. Personally, I look forward to seeing the evening end, so that my dogs stop barking. But my issues are not nearly as troublesome as those of black cats.

  • I have never been a huge fan of Halloween because of the many tricksters out and about Halloween Eve. I did take my own children ‘trick or treating’, but only to the homes of close friends, neighbors and relatives.

  • Celebrating All Hallow’s Eve or Halloween seems to have grown over the years and now may include activities that span more than just one evening of trick or treating by children.

    Keeping our children safe is the number one priority for all of us. Below are some tips you should consider before, during and after your children participate in the trick or treat tradition.

    • Be sure older children take friends and younger children are accompanied by a trusted adult when Trick or Treating.

  • The public is invited to join us for Horse-O-Ween to be held at the Wakulla County Horseman’s Association arena, beside the county extension office, on Saturday, Oct. 31 beginning at 10 a.m. All horse lovers are encouraged to bring their horses and dress them up along with owners showing them in costumes. There will be three age groups: 1-12, 13-19, 20 and older. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category as well as an overall prize. You do not have to bring a horse to participate.

  • Cauzicancare, a no-kill animal rescue center in Crawfordville, is hosting a Haunted House as a benefit for the center. The Haunted House will be set up in a barn that was donated by Dewayn Gowdy of Gowdy Farms and is located at the corner of Highway 319 and Happytime Road. The Haunted House will be open October 29 and 30 beginning at sundown.

  • Crawfordville resident Neil Hostnick recently captured a speedy hummingbird on its rounds to collect nectar. Hummingbirds are a difficult subject to capture.