BY LIZA STROUT AND NIKKI HEIMANN - The Hammerhead Adventure Run, held on Saturday, July 28, was a great success, drawing dozens of runners and their supporters to Gasparilla Island. While the some of the Beacon crew were out photographing the run, one of our own was participating.
Nikki Heimann was challenged to enter the run by Sally Van Nuland, who also competed. What follows is Nikki’s account of the morning.
BY LIZA STROUT - The Englewood Community Care Clinic was established in 2011 to give medical care to Englewood area residents who do not have health insurance.
Since the doors opened, 56 licensed physicians and nurses have volunteered 591 hours of their time treating the uninsured. Twenty-five non-medical volunteers gave 829 hours, acting as clerical staff and performing financial screenings.
Though only open two nights each week, the clinic provided an impressive $195,000 in health care services to more than 850 patients in its first year.
After 32 years of working with the United States Postal Service, Postmaster Linda Webb worked her last day behind the counter of the Boca Grande Post Office on Tuesday, July 31.
She came to Boca Grande in 2005, and has for the last seven years run the office in season and out.
BY LIZA STROUT - Julia Campo Kelley is a fifth generation Florida native on her father’s side. “On my mom’s side, I’m second generation,” she admitted sheepishly.
Her mother was a high school math teacher, and her father owned a company that ran underground utilities, prepared subdivisions for roads and put in sidewalks for communities.
Edith Goodwin Silcox of Boca Grande was released from her earthly bonds to be with her heavenly father on July 29 at the age of 81.
Daughter of Scottish immigrants, Harry and Christina Goodwin, she was born the third of six children on May 7, 1931 in Medford, Mass. On June 25, 1949 she came to Boca Grande to marry the love of her life, Jack Silcox, who preceded her in death in 2001. Edith’s passing on Jack’s birthday shows their eternal love and bond.
She is survived by daughters, Jackie (Kerry) Fogarty of Englewood, Florida and Rebecca (Leif) Marten of Excelsior, Minnesota; foster daughter, Ruth Levins Mixon of Arcadia, Florida; 4 grandchildren; 2 foster grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Edith was a devout member of the First Baptist Church of Boca Grande and a well-known resident of the island.
A memorial/life celebration service will be held on Saturday, August 4 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Boca Grande.
Memorial donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of Boca Grande/Ryan Boyette Mission Fund, P.O. Box 337, Boca Grande, FL 33921 to honor her support of island native Ryan Boyette’s work in the Sudan.
The Lee County Sheriff’s Office received a call late Tuesday night from an island resident. Mr. Gerald Weir called to report that a black lockbox, which contained a gold and diamond ring, a high school ring, cash and several important documents, was missing from his home on Pilot St.
The lockbox was kept in the top drawer of a night stand, and when Mr. Weir went to retrieve it, it was missing. He had last seen it the evening before.
Nothing else in the residence was disturbed.
Vacationers renting the upper level of the home reported that they had not seen or heard anything unusual that day.
BY LIZA STROUT - This weekend, August 3 through August 5, will be the annual sales tax holiday on clothing and school supplies.
Any clothing item, including footwear and many accessories, that are priced below $75 will be tax-free for the weekend.
School supplies, including backpacks, calculators and lunch boxes priced under $15 will be exempt from sales tax as well.
This is only a partial listing of items that are exempt, to see a complete list visit myflorida.com/dor.
Stores on Gasparilla Island will be participating in the holiday, so if there is something you have been thinking about buying, this would be a good weekend to go shopping!
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