It was announced at the Lemon Bay Conservancy “Toast to the Coast” event on Wednesday, Feb. 29 that 9.77 acres of Thornton Key has been donated to the group by local developers Gar and Dean Beckstead.
The announcement was a huge coup for the local environmental group.
John Storms will present a natural history of reptiles and their fascinating and exciting world. Learn how snakes survive without the use of legs, ears, and eyelids. See giant pythons, crocodilians, and other exotic reptiles from around the world. Marvel at poisonous and non-poisonous snakes from around the world.
The program is sponsored by the Boca Grande Woman’s Club and will be held on Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m. in the Community Center auditorium. It is free to the public.
James “Jim” Ernest Fuller passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 in Florida.
Born in Detroit on October 17, 1939, Jim attended the University of Michigan. He lived for many years in Detroit, then moved to Grand Rapids, where he and his wife raised their family.
Suzanne and Jim moved to Boca Grande in 1994, and last December he and Suzanne celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary amidst family and friends there. Jim was genuinely fulfilled by connecting with people for whom he cared, and there were many. He loved catching up with friends, whether over a cocktail or his various lunch dates, regardless of how much time may have passed since their last meeting.
If there was ever a lover of the written word, it is Dr. Frank Downing. The former English teacher, football coach, and academic athletic advisor has spent the last three winters on Gasparilla Island teaching the children at The Island School to love poetry, to understand Shakespeare, and to communicate through writing.
One of his primary objectives is to teach and encourage children to write from an early age.
“Most kids have a huge listening vocabulary,” he said. “Next is speaking, and then reading. By the time you get to their writing vocabulary, it’s next to nothing.”
Angel Aloma, the executive director of Food for the Poor, is scheduled to address the Boca Grande Committee at an event that will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Boca Bay Power House. Committee members include Ben and Louise Scott, the Rev. Gary Beatty, the Rev. Bryan Brightly, the Rev. Jerome Carosella, the Rev. Read Heydt, George and Lois Castrucci, Patricia Chapman, Ray and Iliene Corcoran, Charlie and Florita Field, Evelyn Finnegan, Lou and Corie Fusz, Stephen and Susan Jansen, Tom and Nancy Lorden, Colvin and Madelaine McCrady, and John and Pauline Mendez.
The Boca Grande Community Center is looking for volunteers to help with their 5K Run & Fun Walk on Sunday, February 26th.
Volunteers are needed from 6:45 to 8:30 a.m. to help as course monitors. The race monitors will direct runners throughout the course. No experience is necessary, just a friendly and encouraging smile. If you're interested in helping to make the race a big success, please call Joe Wier or Bob Green at 964-2564.
BY LIZA STROUT - Ladies and gentlemen of Boca Grande, it is time to roll up your sleeves for a good cause. Take an hour out of your day to visit the Big Red Bus when it stops at the United Methodist Church of Boca Grande on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This is the first general blood drive on the island in years. It all came about because island resident Jane Caple saw the Big Red Bus in Tiffany Square and stopped to get information. “I learned that 60% of people are eligible to donate blood, but only six percent actually do,” she reported.
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