- Published on Monday, 03 September 2012 14:08
- Written by Chappie McChesney
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Alachua Mayor Gib Coerper, Earlea Bee and American Honey Queen Alyssa Fine shared a few minutes at Hitchcock’s Markets in celebration of National Honey Bee Day.ALACHUA – The 2012 American Honey Queen, Alyssa Fine of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, recently made a stop at Hitchcock's Markets as a part of her promotion of National Honey Bee Day.
This event is held each year as a public service to educate the public on what each of us can do to help save the honey bee, the disappearing pollinators.
Alachua's Mayor Gib Coerper stopped by to enjoy some of the delicious food Fine prepared using honey. Mrs. Bill Irby also stopped by with her daughter to say “hi” to club mascot Earlea Bee.
Many have heard of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and other problems bees face each day as they go about pollinating the crops that provide most of the foods we eat.
When unwanted pests on our flowers or in our gardens are killed, the honeybees that ensure a crop each year are killed as well.
There are alternative methods to rid crops of unwanted pests without dumping poisons on the plants and in the air. Next planting season try spraying crops with cayenne pepper mixed in water or with flour to dust the crops. It keeps away the sucking insects, but allows the honey bees to do their job of pollination.
When bees visit the plants they pick up any poison and take it back to the hive where it can kill the larvae that is being reared to replace the older bees. According to scientists, the average life span of a worker bee is about 30 days or less.
Buying local honey helps the bees in the area and the beekeepers that spend their time and efforts to give the bees a safe place to live. In addition to the quality honey produced by Chappie McChesney’s bees, there are others as well, who have joined the Alachua County Beekeepers Club to learn more about the fascinating honey bee.
Visit the website of the newly formed North Central Florida Beekeepers Association to find a bee club near you. The members are always willing to help interested people get started as beekeepers or just share information that will help become a part of the solution to saving our bees.
Visit www.floridabees.org or give Chappie McChesney a call at 386-462-2637. If you find bees in your yard, he will come out and remove any honeybees free of charge.
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- Published on Sunday, 12 August 2012 14:07
- Written by Special to Alachua County Today
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GAINESVILLE – The Hippodrome’s 40th Anniversary season opens with one of Broadway’s most acclaimed productions of recent years, the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony award-winning “Other Desert Cities” by Jon Robin Baitz. In a carefully manicured world of power and privilege, her story will rock one Hollywood family to its core.
Meet the Wyeths. A family that appears to have it all - wealth, political influence, and A-list connections. They are "living the dream" in Palm Springs, California. But their carefully crafted facade is on the verge of shattering when daughter Brooke reveals the impending publication of her "tell-all" memoir.
“Other Desert Cities,” is a richly satisfying exploration of the faultlines that exist between privacy, artistic expression, explosive family secrets, and the truth. This fast-paced production brings together an unforgettable cast of characters, razor-sharp wit, and a jaw-dropping plot twist. With crackling wit, razor-sharp one-liners, a fierce cast of characters, and a storyline that grabs you and won’t let go - “Other Desert Cities” is a "must-see" way to kick off the Hipp’s 40th Anniversary Season.
“Other Desert Cities” opens Friday, Aug. 31with reduced price previews Aug. 29 and 30. Showtimes are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets on sale now at 352-375-HIPP (4477) and thehipp.org.
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- Published on Sunday, 15 July 2012 13:59
- Written by Special to Alachua County Today
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ALACHUA – First Baptist Church of Alachua is holding two Basketball Skills Camps in late July and early August. A cost of $30 per child for either camp covers five, 2-hour basketball skills sessions in small groups and a reversible practice jersey.
The camps are as follows:
Camp for children entering 3rd - 5th grades will be held the week of July 30, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Camp for children entering Kindergarten - 2nd grade will be held the week of Aug.6, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Registration is available at the church office in July from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or on the first night of camp beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be a maximum of 40 children per camp, so it is recommended that children be registered early.
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- Published on Monday, 16 July 2012 21:38
- Written by Administrator
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DRAIN and COVER
DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying.
- DRAIN: water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.
- DISCARD: Old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
- EMPTY and CLEAN: Birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
- PROTECT: Boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
- MAINTAIN: The water balance (pool chemistry) of swimming pools. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
COVER your skin with clothing and use mosquito repellent.
- CLOTHING: If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and long sleeves.
- REPELLENT: Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months.
COVER doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out.
Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
Other Prevention Measures
- Limit outdoor activity at when mosquitos are most active. Avoid areas where there are a lot of mosquitoes.
- Contact your local mosquito control agency if there is a significant mosquito problem where you live or work.
- Fill in holes or dips in the ground that collect water. Level the ground around your home so water can run off.
- Stock your ornamental water garden with mosquito-eating fish (minnows, gambusia, goldfish, or guppies).
- Always read label directions carefully for the approved usage before applying a repellent to skin. Some repellents are not suitable for children.
- Products with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET are generally recommended. Other EPA-approved repellents contain picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. These products are generally available at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product label.
- Apply insect repellent to exposed skin or onto clothing, but not under clothing.
- In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropriate. According to the CDC, mosquito repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under the age of 3 years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old.
- Infants should be kept indoors or mosquito netting should be used over carriers when mosquitoes are present.
- If additional protection is necessary, apply a permethrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturer's directions.
For additional information, contact the Alachua County Health Department at 352-334-7930.
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- Published on Monday, 09 July 2012 19:54
- Written by MELISSA HARVARD
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Though the first reading of the new noise ordinance was on the agenda for Monday’s meeting, the commission decided to table the discussion until the July 23 commission meeting. After discussing the proposed ordinance, commissioners indicated several areas that needed to be “tightened up.”
Commissioner Robert Fillyaw pointed out that there needs to be special language written for sports announcers at local sporting events, like high school football games, in the ordinance. Fillyaw also raised concerns about adding language regarding someone who may be making noise disturbances deliberately to annoy a neighbor.
City Attorney Scott Walker noted these comments and added that these special types of situations are not uncommon to noise ordinance discussion.
“You see very odd behavior in this noise arena,” he said at the meeting.
Commissioners also requested more clarity about the procedure of enforcing the ordinance.
While the commission raised questions about the language of the ordinance, residents raised concerns about the how the ordinance dictates noise measurement procedures.
The proposed ordinance would take measurements from the location of the complainer. City Attorney Scott Walker said that the expert consultants used in the case suggested this would be the best way to craft the ordinance.
Resident Martha Palmer suggested that instead of measuring the noise at the location of the complainer, the measurement should be taken at the location the noise disturbance is coming from.
This would limit interference from environmental factors such as traffic and weather issues, she said.
Other residents echoed Palmer’s position.
Walker said there is a method to account for these environmental factors while taking the measurements.
In light of both proposed changes from the commission and public input, the commission decided to table discussion of the ordinance.
Talks to change the existing city ordinance have taken place since February. With vivid comparisons to war zones and descriptions of the effects of loud music, the public voice has been present throughout the process.
The ordinance was opened for discussion because the vague language prevented it from being enforced properly.
Future discussion may also include how to the enforcement procedure will work with the City’s code enforcement and Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
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