UF/IFAS Presents The Blue Zones Solutions

Back by popular demand!

“What if I said you could add up to ten years to your life?  A long healthy life is not an accident.  It begins with good genes, but it also depends on good habits.  If you adopt the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are you may live up to a decade longer.  So what’s the formula for success?  In recent years researchers have fanned out across the globe to find the secrets to long life.  Funded in part by the U.S. National Institute on Aging, scientists have focused on several regions where people live significantly longer.  Residents of these places produce a high rate of centenarians, suffer a fraction of the diseases that commonly kill people in other parts of the developed world, and enjoy more healthy years of life.  In sum, they offer sets of best practices to emulate.  The rest is up to you.”

Quote from THE Blue Zones Solution

Would you like to know more?   Shelley Swenson, UF-IFAS Wakulla County Extension Agent will discuss the findings in a book study review.


The New Posh                                                                        UF-IFAS Wakulla County Extension

3079 Crawfordville Highway, Crawfordville                   Room One, 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville

Dates: October 17, 24, 31 and November 7                      Dates:  October 18, 25, November 1 and 15

Times:  12:15 – 1:45 p.m.                                                     6:30 to 8 p.m. (repeat session)

Week One:    Discovering the Blue Zones:  Greece, Japan, Italy, California, and Costa Rica

Week Two:   Making an American Blue Zone

Week Three: Building Your Own Blue Zone

Week Four:   Blue Zone Recipes Featuring a Potluck Meal


Want to know more or join the discussion?  Contact Shelley Swenson, FCS Agent, Wakulla County at sswenson@ufl.edu.  For planning purposes please register by October 14th.  Flyer



Free class  (Contributions accepted for room use, optional)

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OnOctober 6, 2016, posted in: Events, News by

Chamber Newsletter October 2016

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OnOctober 3, 2016, posted in: Newsletter by

Emergency Management’s Mass Notification System


Emergency Alerts.  Stay Prepared.  Stay Informed.

Alert Wakulla County provides county and municipal residents and business owners with the ability to receive emergency notifications and/or threatening severe weather on their:

  • Home phone
  • Business phones
  • Cell phones
  • Email address 

Users receive notifications about emergencies that may affect their home, business, school, child care and more.

Get Started

To ensure that the system will call you when your address or business is threatened by an emergency or by severe weather, simply register your address and contact information into the ALERT Wakulla County portal.  You can use the New Users button below to register for emergency alerts, or use the Current Users button to update your emergency alert preferences.

Sign up here http://www.wcso.org/emergency-management/alert-wakulla/

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OnOctober 3, 2016, posted in: News by

Wakulla Quilt Guild – 2016 Opportunity Quilt Tickets Now Available

Drawing for the opportunity quilt, a beautiful Star quilt with an Irish chain, will be December 9, 2016. Tickets are now available at chamber office and the Wakulla Library. Tickets are $ 5 for 6 tickets, or $ 1 each. The quilt will be displayed at various locations throughout the fall months.


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OnSeptember 30, 2016, posted in: News, Other by

Wakulla Chamber of Commerce Political Forum

On Thursday October 13, 2016 at 6:30pm the Wakulla Chamber of Commerce and the Wakulla News will be hosting the biennial Wakulla Chamber Political Forum at the Wakulla Environmental Institute located at 170 Preservation Way, Crawfordville (3.1 miles South of Centennial Bank).

The forum will present an opportunity for the candidates for Wakulla County Commissioner Districts 1, 3, and 5, and candidates for Property Appraiser to meet the public and discuss questions submitted by, YOU, the voter.

Questions for the forum will be accepted only at wakullachamberforum.com using the form provided, on a printed form published in The Wakulla News or your letter to be mailed to:

Wakulla Chamber Political Forum

68 Sand Pine Trail

Crawfordville, FL  32326.

Deadline for submitting questions is October 4th, 2014

Questions will be screened and approved by the forum committee based on the following guidelines:

1. The question must be directed to all candidates.

2. The question must be concise and relevant to the current issues.

If you have questions or concerns about this website you can read more about it here or contact Dustin Grubbs, chairman of the Wakulla Chamber Political Forum Committee via email.

Thank you and see you at the Forum!

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OnSeptember 28, 2016, posted in: Events, News by

3rd Annual Tallahassee International Airport Charity Golf Tournament

This annual charity golf tournament put on by City of Tallahassee International Airport benefits United Way of the Big Bend. Seeking sponsorship sponsorship-levelsgolf or sign up your team to participate sign-up-sheetgolf

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OnSeptember 27, 2016, posted in: Events, News by

Job Openings

North Florida Medical center has two openings for LPNs or Medical Assistants at Wakulla.  They are also looking for another Receptionist at Wakulla and one at our Eastpoint location.

Wakulla Medical Center (in Panacea)

2 Full time positions – LPN or MA: https://www.northfloridamedicalcenters.org/job/lpn-or-ma/

PRN/As Needed – Receptionist:  https://www.northfloridamedicalcenters.org/job/receptionist-6/


Eastpoint Medical Center (Eastpoint)

Receptionist: https://www.northfloridamedicalcenters.org/job/receptionist-2/

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OnSeptember 23, 2016, posted in: News by

It’s time to nominate and be nominated for Wakulla Area Business Award!

It’s that time of year when the Wakulla County Chamber membership begins to think about who the best of the best has been for 2016. Nominations for business categories are limited to chamber members but nominations for Wakulla Area business are open to the public.

Nominate your favorite business for the 2016 Wakulla County Area Business Awards.  Last year’s winner was Rockulla Music Emporium.

For ease of submission and your convenience, nominations may be submitted electronically again this year, by continuing to the link below, or through submission of our paper ballot in the Wakulla News.

*You may nominate yourself or any business in Wakulla. Each person can only nominate the same business once. The business with the most nominations wins.

This award recognizes a business for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community, and is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and The Wakulla News.

A banquet honoring the winners and special recognitions will be held in November. Please take this opportunity to submit your nominations and recognize a Wakulla business today!  If you have any questions, please call Petra Shuff (850) 926-1848

All nominations for this category must be received by Monday, November 7.


Nominate Wakulla Area Business here

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OnSeptember 21, 2016, posted in: News by

Ameris Bank Presents: Wakulla Chamber Business Excellence Awards

It’s time to nominate and be nominated!

It’s that time of year when the Wakulla County Chamber membership begins to think about who the best of the best has been for 2016.  It’s time to nominate your choices of favorites for the 2016 Wakulla County Business Awards.

For ease of submission and your convenience, nominations may be submitted electronically again this year, by continuing to the links below, or through submission of our paper ballot.
Keep in mind, nominations for the awards are limited to Chamber members in good standing as of June 1, 2016, and may only be submitted by our membership* You may nominate yourself and submit as many different nominations as you want. We strongly encourage the recipient of this email to forward this email and spread the word throughout your organization, agency, company and workforce and encourage your staff and

employees to get involved.  It’s a privilege of membership to participate.
*A listing of all eligible businesses for each category will display in the electronic version, link below.

These awards recognize Chamber members for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community. Judging criteria include the quality of customer/client service and goods provided, and the effort to benefit our community culturally, economically and through education.

A banquet honoring the winners and special recognitions will be held in November. Your invitation and more details about the event will follow.

Please take this opportunity to submit your nominations and recognize a fellow Chamber member today!  If you have any questions, please call Petra Shuff (850) 926-1848

All nominations must be received by Friday, October 7.

Important Note:  The following restrictions apply: 1). Chamber members whose membership status is “Individual” may only be nominated for the Chamber Member of the Year.  2).  2015 winners may not be nominated in their winning category for a period of one year.

*The Awards and Recognition Committee has compiled the list of eligible names with the best information available.


Nominate Business categories here

Nominate Volunteer of the Year here

Nominate Wakulla Area Business here

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OnSeptember 21, 2016, posted in: News by

Job Opportunity – The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory Facilities Director

The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) (http:///www.marinelab.fsu.edu) invites applications for the position of Facilities Director of the FSUCML. We seek a highly motivated individual with notable organizational and management skills who will be responsible for assisting in facilities management, administrative direction, and coordination of staff and activities of the FSUCML. Further, we seek someone with the vision necessary to participate in planning for the laboratory’s future.


The person in this position is responsible for the day to day management of research facilities and physical plant and is expected to use a “hands-on” approach to directing the management of facilities and research services. Facilities on site include administrative offices, research laboratories, research holding facilities, research vessels, a seawater system and dormitories. The successful candidate serves as a member of the FSUCML’s senior management team, participating in strategic planning and staffing decisions; assisting in the development and maintenance of partnerships throughout the University to attain FSUCML goals and objectives; and supporting the collection, analysis, and reporting of data as appropriate for proposed and ongoing projects or initiatives related to all facilities.

The Coastal and Marine Laboratory is committed to research focused on coastal and marine issues of ecological importance that provides the scientific basis for policy decisions. It is embedded in an area of rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity with an abundance of complex and interconnected estuarine and marine habitats including tidal salt marshes and flats, seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, and hard-bottom reefs dominated by soft coral and sponge communities. It is expected that successful candidates would have a basic understanding of ecological processes related to these local habitats and environments.

Salary Range: commensurate with experience and credentials.

Education Experience: Bachelor’s degree and four years’ experience in a related science or research services field or a combination of post high school education and experience equal to eight years.

How to Apply:  Applicants are asked to provide a single document in PDF format containing a letter of application that describes their interest in the position and a resume. Applications must be uploaded online at jobs.fsu.edu. Job opening Id # 40801. Applicants should also provide the names and contact information for three references to lhedwards@fsu.edu.

The closing date for applications is 26 September 2016.


Florida State University is committed to the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students, and to sustaining a work and learning environment that is inclusive.  Women, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer.



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OnSeptember 13, 2016, posted in: News by