BY LIZA STROUT - Gasparilla Island State Park is one of the most popular in the state, according to numbers just released by the Department of Environmental Protection.
In 2011, 872,917 visitors enjoyed the white sand beaches and historic structures of the island gem.
BY LIZA STROUT - Heather Crosser always knew that she wanted to be a teacher. The Illinois native started on the path early.
“When I was a kid, I would babysit, and the younger kids would be my students,” she laughed. “I turned my closet into an education station, and we would have lessons in my room.”
It is with great sadness that the Boca Grande Historical Society learned of Henry “Smiley” Woodward’s passing. She was an honorary member of our society. Henry took part in a history program in 2005 reminiscing about growing up in Boca Grande as a young child.
She charmed the audience with her special memories and re-established herself as a member of a very special community for which she will be remembered in our archives. As a result, she and the black community will not be forgotten.
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.
BY MELISSA LATERZA -
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.
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