Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens Executive Director Diana Flenard accepts a $1,006 check from Mike Quirk of the Big Pine Knights of Columbus. The money was raised during the group’s annual Tootsie Roll sales.
Deacon Richard Turcotte (center), chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami, is honored by the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition in recognition of his service to the homeless and needy in Monroe County. At the presentation are coalition Chairman Sam Kaufman (left) and Chief Executive Officer Stephen Braddock.
Phyllis May (center), a member of the Key West Toastmasters, is honored in Miami with the Outstanding Toastmaster Award in Division E, which consists of about 600 members in 28 Toastmasters clubs in the Keys and Miami-Dade County. Toastmasters teaches public speaking and the related benefits of self-confidence. With May are Division E Gov. Samantha O'Neill (left) and District 47 Lt. Gov. of Membership Francis Molina.
Students at Stanley Switlik Elementary School in Marathon participate in Read Across America Day and celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 1. Students received Read Across America bracelets and Dr. Seuss prizes.
IberiaBank, with a $20,000 donation, is the title sponsor for the 32nd annual Seven Mile Bridge Run, which took place April 13 over the iconic Marathon span. Here, Trich Worthington, IberiaBank's senior vice president, presents a $20,000 check to Marathon Runners Club co-directors Ginger Sayer and Bobbie Bayles. The race raises money for Middle Keys youth programs.
A student team from Coral Shores High School gathers on the steps of the Orlando courthouse March 9 during the annual Florida High School Mock Trial Competition. Teams were represented from 16 judicial circuits. The Upper Keys team, coached by Assistant State Attorney Jonathan Raiche and Coral Shores teacher Mary Jo Fry, includes (bottom from left) Jill Preihs, Ileana Garcia, Monica Camacho and Melissa Mirto; and (top) Jake Beaty, Azizur Aziz, Sean O'Neill and Kyle Sol.
Even kinkajous -- tree-dwelling rainforest mammals native to Central and South America -- need some dental work now and then. Here, Big Pine Key dentist Fred Troxel and Marathon veterinarian Doug Mader team up to give this little guy four root canals, which Mader says 'is routine in this species. This is commonly done.' An out-of-towner brought the kinkajou to Mader's clinic because of its reputation with exotic pets.
The Keys chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international sorority of teachers, has been focused on raising money and collecting food for Keys Area Interdenominational Resources. Its latest push was a food drive that raised $400 in cash donations and more than $2,000 in food donations. Celebrating the success for KAIR are (from left) Stanley Switlik Elementary School teacher Robin Lynne, Bill Ahtes and Marathon Publix Manager Steve Levine.
A helicopter crew inspects Florida Keys Electric Cooperative lines and poles in Marathon Tuesday morning. Each year, the co-op and Keys Energy Services do such aerial surveys to check if there are problems that can't be seen from the ground.
Florida Keys Community College Student Government Association representatives meet with U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia at the Capitol during their Washington trip to advocate for community colleges through the American Student Association of Community Colleges. The trip was March 16 to 19. At the meeting are (from left) Karla Malsheimer, Chris Minnerly, Garcia, Shane Chavez and Laura Estevez.
Spencer Slate, costumed as a scuba-diving Easter bunny, hands a hard-boiled egg to Quinn Vanischak on Sunday during an underwater Easter egg hunt off Key Largo. About 80 adults and children participated, seeking real hard-boiled eggs painted with non-toxic food coloring to avoid adverse effects on the marine ecosystem.
Students from the Sandy Spring Friends School in Sandy Spring, Md., recently visited Crane Point Museum & Nature Center in Marathon for a community-service related field trip. About 60 students and several adult supervisors spent time touring Crane Point and working with Larry Benvenuti (left), Crane Point maintenance supervisor, to clear weeds from the fence area and clean signs on the nature trails.
Marathon Middle/High School students recently visited the Florida Keys Community College Stock Island campus to tour the campus and explore different program options. With the kids are college President Jonathan Gueverra, Marathon High School Principal Hammond Gracy, paraprofessional Liz Ramos and teachers Tina and Christina Belotti.
On March 10, the Coconuts package and liquor store on Big Pine Key marked its 30th anniversary with a party and fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club. Here, club Director CeCe Williams (second from left) receives the $4,000 proceeds from owners Joe Britz, Betty Rondeau and Meri-Lynn Britz.
Six members of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-2 of Marathon cleaned three miles of U.S. 1 in a recent effort to prevent trash from getting into the water. Ten large bags of trash were filled with assorted car and motorcycle parts, wire cable, clothing, light bulbs, plastic, Styrofoam and the like. Here, Bob Hires, Don Weston, John Mattern and Tom Wiebbecke show some of the trash. Tim O'Connell and Dottie Mattern helped.
The Upper Keys-based Florida Keys Youth Sports Foundation's Keys Elite All Stars' Youth Level 1 and Senior Level 2 teams each won second place in their division in a March 9 Florida Cheer and Dance Association competition at St. Thomas University in Miami. Team members are (back from left) Madison Kent, Alyssa Prince, Iyamilet Vargas, Barbara Wojtasinski, Gabi Tyrrell, Morgan Johnson, Zoe Warren and Anahi Ornelas; and (front) Kayille Reinoso, Kaylee Stoky, Lydia Ash, Zoie Ash, Ava Swanson and Arin Rivera. Not pictured are Sara Beeler, Jade Ward, Jordan Ward and Evelyn DeHart.