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Presidents Day closings
Most Sarasota County government offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, to observe Presidents Day. Here is a complete list of closings, along with two centers that will remain open.
Barely six months after Sarasota County began helping local homeowners install energy efficient upgrades, the "Get Energy Smart" retrofit program is ending with $1 million awarded.
One man's trash
Feel like freeing up some space while you make a little cash? Bring it to Sarasota County's community garage sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Englewood Sports Complex.
Wheels keep on turning
The Legacy Trail celebrates its fourth anniversary with a "Tour de Parks' ride Sunday, March 25. Bike 20 miles on fully paved trails, or try the 35 or 65-mile rides on trails and public roads. Breakfast is sponsored and served by First Watch. Register by March 11.
Closing the book on 2012's 'One Book, One Community'
The Library System turns the page on another successful campaign with events throughout February. Author appearances, book discussions, lectures and presentations ... read all about it here.
At the Lakeview Park Clean-Up, some residents were picking up some branches of a tree when a dangerous Water Moccasin slithered out and dashed into the water. It might be useful to know one when you see it, but the differences between the venomous Florida Water Moccasin (or Cottonmouth) and the wholly harmless Water Snake can be subtle. Here are a few images and links that might help. First, here's a Water Moccasin
Another shot of a Water Moccasin (click for a huge image):
Here's the plain old harmless Florida Water Snake:
Another clue (thanks Ray):
When in water, Water Moccasins move on top of the water - almost as if they were gliding on the surface, like this:
Water Moccasins are to be met with extreme caution. "When a moccasin is nesting or has her young in their nest it will aggressively defend that area," says Ray. "Moccasins have aggressively attacked people."
Water Snakes tend to be partly submerged, partly out of the water, more like this: