Rescuing a boater thrown from a runaway vessel earns Officer Erik Steinmetz (right) of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission the agency's Lifesaving Award, presented by Maj. Alfredo Escanio at a recent staff meeting. The rescue happened in November in Key Largo when Steinmetz saw an unmanned fishing boat turning circles at high speed near a man in the water. He was able to get into an FWC boat and foul the prop with a rope, stopping the boat.
These are graduates from Marathon Flotilla 13-2's recent boating class. They are (seated from left) Andy Engle, Patty Morell, Carolyn Ryder, Carl Wolczyk Sr. and Debbie Wolczyk; and (standing from left) Carl Ryder, Donna Ferenci, Janie Gallagher, Dan Downen Jr., Marlene Morato, George Maser, Tamra Downen, Brenda Maser, Sandy Bachman, Carl Wolczyk Jr., Tom DiFransico, Jim Gallagher, Diane Mahl, Bob Mahl and Jan Swinney.
Key West Police Chief Donie Lee reads to third-graders at Poinciana Elementary School in Key West as part of National Literacy Week, which was the week of Jan. 14. Lee read 'Curious George' stories and answered questions from the students.
Former CIA operative Felix Rodriguez signs copies of his book at the Friends of the Marathon Library Speaker Series. He spoke about his wide experiences -- including being at the killing of Che Guevara in Bolivia in 1967 and his covert involvement in the Iran-Contra Affair of the 1980s. The program was part of the Friends' weekly speaker series.
Still a youngster, a strapping juvenile pelican is being treated by staff at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in Tavernier. A boater found the pelican, out of its nest and apparently abandoned, off Islamorada in mid-January. About four weeks old, the bird was too young to survive on its own and the nest could not be found. An exam by bird center staff showed the seabird was underweight and needed treatment for parasites. The youngster is expected to recover.
Representatives from the Florida Keys Electric Cooperative give the Marathon High School baseball program a check for $1,000. At the presentation are (from left) coach Luis Gonzalez, Jody Cooke, coach Luis Leal, Lucy Miranda, Mike Puto and coach Spook Roussin. The Marathon chapter of the Organized Fishermen of Florida donated $500.
Key Largo's Kona Kai Resort, Gallery and Botanic Garden has just finished a six-month upgrade. Working with Key Largo's Habitat for Humanity, all 13 rooms' former furniture and window treatments were donated to the nonprofit organization. Here, some of the furniture is loaded into a truck. The entire donation took three months to complete.
Former Marathon High School Principal Kay Gradick (sitting second from left) celebrates her 95th birthday party. With her are Beth Cormier, Mary Guerin. Jan Paul, Bettye Chaplin, Rita Rose and Melody Kelly.
A group of Monroe County Sheriff's Office employees turned out in Marathon on a recent day to help clean up the city's Rotary Park at 75th Street and U.S. 1. The cleanup was sponsored by the Marathon Rotary, which built the park.
Members of the Key Largo Rotary Club donate $2,000 to the Daily Bread Food Pantry at Burton Memorial United Methodist Church. The pantry serves more than 50 families each week and is staffed by volunteers. At the presentation are (from left Nancy Alvarez, Kerry Foote, Katrina Lavene and Jennifer Miller. For more information about the pantry, call Tiffany Katz at 852-2581.
When the fourth annual Key Colony Beach Bocce Tournament was complete on Feb. 9, four people were named the champions: Ray Andro, Ron Costa, Pat Clemons and Arnold Fischer. Forty-eight players were split into 12 teams that faced off at 9 a.m. at the city's main park, and the winning team's trophy is now on display at City Hall. Bocce has become popular in Key Colony and games take place each Monday and Thursday at 3:45 p.m.
Joe and Meri-Lynn Britz present J.C. and Colleen Massey of the Big Pine Key United Methodist Church Community Food Bank a $630 check, collected from patrons who placed the money on the Coconuts Bar and Lounge Christmas tree.