Almost three-quarters of a ton of food was collected during the Boca Grande Christmas Food Drive. The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida was the recipient, and Joyce Jacobs, the associate director of the food bank (above, in red) stood with Jim Cochrun and Bob Elliot when she picked up the van on December 21. Representatives for the Boca Grande food drive said they surpassed last year’s food collection by 250 pounds, with a total of 1,480 pounds of food.
It is believed to be the most successful Christmas food drive ever in the island’s history.
A barrel for food donations will be available at the administrative office of the Boca Grande United Methodist Church until the spring food drive begins in mid-February.
BY LIZA STROUT - A huge part of a child’s life is their education, and whether that education is a good or bad one can make a huge impact in the rest of their lives.
Emily Steffan, a teacher from New Orleans, is the daughter of Dr. Michael and Angela Steffan of Boca Grande. She is one of the four panel members that will discuss this country’s educational system in the next segment of the Friends of Boca Grande Community Center Film Forum series of movie viewings and panel discussions based upon the movies.
There was no game on Monday, Dec. 26 to allow everyone time to recover from inundations and celebrations of the holiday.
Wednesday’s game was attended by 32 players who managed to escape from kitchens and company to enjoy an afternoon of bridge. Extra masterpoints were awarded during this club championship game.Winners for Wednesday, Dec. 28:
First Class Petty Officer Elizabeth A. Reid, USCG, and Gunnery Sergeant Curt Lee Ratliff, USMC, met in 2008 while Elizabeth was stationed at Atlantic Beach, N.C. Sector North Carolina in Electronics Support Detachment at Ft. Macon. Curt was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Marine Air Control Squadron.
They both bought homes next door to each other. As neighbors, Liz thought it was easier to cook for two rather than one so they became fast friends, and she cooked for him almost every night. In 2011 they were both transferred to Virginia Beach. Elizabeth is currently stationed in Finance Center, Chesapeake, Va. and Curt is with the U.S. Marine Corps Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story Marine Corps Security Cooperation Group in Virginia Beach, Va.
The two came to visit Liz's mom and dad, Peg and Dan Reid (Peg works at Parsley-Baldwin Realty on the island and Dan works at Gasparilla Marina). On Friday, Dec. 23 all four of them went for a picnic on the beach, and went out to the point by the lighthouse. Curt put on a little music and they started to dance. The next thing Elizabeth knew, he got down on one knee and the rest is history. He gave her a beautiful Vera Wang ring.
No date is set yet, as they plan to enjoy their engagement for a while.
Elizabeth’s sister Katie is also getting married this February 3. According to mom Peg, “ ... it’s gonna be a busy year.”
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Walker Bush never questioned what he was going to do when he grew up. As a child growing up in Alexandria, Va. his whole life focused around sports. If it had anything to do with a ball, he played it.
But being a professional athlete is the stuff that pipe dreams are made of, and as Walker progressed through college he realized he might need a “Plan B” to back him up.
As he sat on his parents’ porch in Boca Grande, he looked just like the laid-back kid he had described himself as being his whole life.
Lawrence (Larry) Williams Jr., 85, died on December 21, 2011 due to complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease. He will be laid to rest at his birthplace of Lake Forest, Ill., joining his mother and father, Barbara Kirk Williams and Lawrence Williams.
He leaves behind his wife, Barbara Blossom Williams; their four children, Ann Williams Stocke, Jane Williams Korhonen, Kirk Williams McKie, and Lawrence (Will) Williams IV; and six grandchildren.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE
A new year is upon us. At the opening of 2012 I would like to wax philosophical about something that is near and dear to my heart. It struck me as I pondered what to write about in this small space that is left over in the editorial section. Should I broach the subject of world peace? Famous visitors to the island? The near-certain, impending doom we face in October of this new year?
These things are all pretty important, but they pale in comparison to the pressing issue I feel I must address.
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