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Proctor and Wilkinson cleanup
SATURDAY: Sarasota County will hold itsannual community cleanup in the area of Proctor and Wilkinson roads from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. June 9. Dispose of household items, yard waste and other refuse at one of two locations. County staff will be available at each location.
Orient yourself for disasters
Sarasota County Emergency Management Chief Ed McCrane will be the featured presenter at a community disaster orientation at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at Imagine School in Sarasota.
Sarasota County libraries' popular One Book/One Community program returns for readers to choose their 2012 pick. Vote for one of the six literary candidates online, at any county library, or at Bookstore1Sarasota on Main Street.
Got a caulking gun?
Maybe you're considering a new air conditioner or more attic insulation. Then get moving, and start saving, with a free Energy Upgrade workshop from Sarasota County.
Precinct/polling place changes
Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent has scheduled a series of town hall meetingsabout the recent redistricting process and subsequent changes in precinct boundaries and polling locations in the county.
Mobile health services in June
The Health Department's mobile medical unit will provide free and low-cost health services at 13 sites around the county in June. Services include diabetes screening and blood pressure, pregnancy, HIV and tuberculosis tests. Appointments are not needed.
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: