The students heading to the Kindergarten class weren’t the only new faces at The Island School this year.
Head of School Jean Thompson and Science, Math and Technology teacher Heather Crosser were also enjoying their first day alongside the students.
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The Boca Grande United Methodist Church launched their first youth mission trip to Cuba on July 23rd. This nine-day trip took Sharon McKenzie, who works for Barrier Island Parks Society, her daughter Alexandra and Pastor Brightly’s nephew, Andrey Bobrovski, to Holguin Norte located in the east of Cuba.
Edgewater United Methodist Church in Port Charlotte added to the group with two adults and four youth, for a total of six youth, ages ranging from 14 to 19.
“Our mission was to bring over this first youth group, to give them a better understanding of what it’s like to live in a third-world country, to build relationships with youth in Cuba, and to grow their faith,” explained McKenzie.
Jason and Marcy Shortuse of Port Charlotte were blessed to welcome Piper Robin, their fourth daughter and fifth child, into the world on Thursday, August 2.
Piper was born at 1:16 p.m. At Peace River Regional Hospital in Port Charlotte, weighed 6 lbs 14.9 ozs and measured 21 inches in length.
Welcoming her home are sisters Rowyn, Rory and Eirinn and her brother, Keagan.
Maternal grandparents are Judy (Pete) Kauk of Englewood, Fl. and Bubba (Bonnie) Russell of Rochelle, Ill.
Paternal grandparents are Keith and Jan Shortuse of Port Charlotte. Maternal great-grandmother is Joyce Semmler of Englewood. Marcy Shortuse is the editor of the Boca Beacon
BY MELISSA LATERZA - Breon Daugherty’s hometown of Port Charlotte, Fla., was a humble place to grow up in.
“Port Charlotte was very quiet, I liked it. I never had any problems,” said Breon, a new preschool teacher at Our Lady of Mercy’s Boca Grande Child Care Center.
It only took 30 minutes from the first reports of damage to the ceiling at Patrick’s Thai Bistro before everyone knew about the “catastrophic roof collapse.”
With the impressive weather Monday night, it is no wonder that what turned out to be minor damage was quickly blown out of proportion.
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