U.S. Navy Lead Petty Officer Jennifer Martin leads her command of sailors to collect from military families gently used clothes, shoes, books and housewares to share with clients of Wesley House Family Services. For more information about Wesley House and the services it provides, call 809-5000 or go to www.wesleyhouse.org.
On July 24, staff at the Marathon Turtle Hospital scrub OD, a 320-pound green sea turtle, to remove algae and prepare it for a July 25 FedEx flight to its new home at the Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. OD, believed to be about age 50, had been at the hospital the past five years after it was found sick by a dive charter boat. It cannot be released due to an irreparable collapsed lung. OD's new home will be a 1.3-million-gallon aquarium that has other marine animals, including sea turtles. Photo by Andy Newman.
More than 100 people gathered at Bahia Honda State Park July 13 to send Chelsea, a loggerhead sea turtle, back to the ocean. Chelsea was found floating off Big Pine Key in mid-May. She had a stomach impaction and since then had responded well to treatment and a healthy diet of squid and fish at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon.
Miguel Quezeda paddles through Toilet Seat Pass, which splits between Cowpens Cut and Plantation Key on the Upper Keys' bayside, during Florida Bay Outfitters' 10th annual paddle camp. Toilet Seat Pass started as just a few toilet seats put in the water as markers by locals but has grown into a true pass over the years, with dozens of mounted toilet seats creating a lane out to the bay in about 8 feet of water. Photo by Monica Woll.
Boy Scouts from the Order of the Arrow Ocean Adventure Program out of the Brinton Environmental Center, Florida Sea Base on Summerland Key recently helped Crane Point Museum and Nature Center in Marathon with property maintenance. The scouts, ages 17 to 22, removed invasive exotic plants, among other things. Photo by Larry Benvenuti.
Laura Alston, a new graduate from Sarasota's Booker High School, examines her ocean-acidification research project on algae at the Mote Marine Tropical Research Laboratory on Summerland Key during a week-long program in June. Six Booker students collected samples and conducted independent science studies with Mote acidification expert Emily Hall.
This is a happy group of Cuban migrants on July 22. The 22 men made land at the Marquesas, not far from Dry Tortugas National Park, around 1 p.m., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says. The migrants said they were at sea for two days on a 25-foot raft with an engine. Photo courtesy FWC.
American Legion Post 154 in Marathon has earned what it calls Iron Butt honors with members having recently completed a ride of 1,000 miles in fewer than 24 hours. Among those participating are Nik Pokhun, Keith Lundy, Norma Jean Smith, Julie Johnson and Rich Anderson.
The city of Key West received 13,000 new 65-gallon recycling carts the week of July 17 that will be distributed citywide over the next week in the run-up to an overhaul of the city's waste pick-up schedule, set to take effect July 29. For all residents, collection of household waste, yard waste and recyclables will be done the same day, with the days staggered throughout the city. Photo by Alyson Crean.
The Key Largo Rotary Club installs its 2013-14 board of directors in a Sunday banquet at the Bayside Grille. They are (from left) Bill Andersen, Sara Hamilton, Mike Shipley, President Jennifer Miller, Ted Dreaver, outgoing President Katrina Lavene, Dave Andrews, President-elect Nancy Alvarez, Cheryl Powers, Jim Boilini and Secretary Cris Beaty. Treasurer Amy Pierson is not shown. Dreaver was named Key Largo's Rotarian of the Year and Donny Fanelli the top first-year member.
Stephen Terry (second from left) celebrates his 2013 Papa Hemingway Look-Alike Contest victory with previous winners July 20 night at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West. Terry, 56, beat 125 other contestants. It was the Palm Harbor software developer's seventh try at the competition, staged during Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival that ended July 21. Photo by Andy Newman
Jaime Brown sets to toss a bag during a Marathon Cornhole League matchup with Brent Pirich. The league has eight teams. For those new to the game, it's a fairly simple concept similar to horseshoes. Instead of horseshoes and metal stakes, you use 2-foot-by-4-foot wooden platforms, each with a hole six inches in diameter, and corn/bean bags of some kind. The boards are 27 feet apart. Players toss bags at the platform until a player or team reaches 21 points. A bag in the hole scores three points, while one on the board scores one point. Photo by Ryan McCarthy.
The Matecumbe Historical Trust has on display at the Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center in Key Largo this cannon from the Spanish galleon 'San Jose.' The ship was destroyed in a July 14, 1733, hurricane. Ronald Molinari of Tavernier recovered the 3,900-pound gun barrel and offered it to the Matecumbe Historical Trust. James B. Levy restored it after he placed it in electrolysis for three years and delivered it to Islamorada. Bill Gustafson constructed the 500-pound carriage. The Nelson center is at mile marker 102 bayside.
Artwork created by Suchada Linda Dali, a third-grader at the Key West Montessori, won Keys Energy Services' annual student calendar contest for 2013-14, and it is featured on the cover. Overall, the utility received more than 2,000 entries from all Lower Keys and Key West elementary schools. Each month also has student artwork accompanying it. Free calendars can be picked up at 1001 James St., Key West, and downloaded from www.keysenergy.com.
Rising seniors at Coral Shores High School (from left) Sean O'Neill, Jake Niedbalski and Lars Vihlen return from Florida Boys State, a week-long program sponsored by the American Legion in early July in Tallahassee. American Legion Post 333 of Key Largo also sponsored Coral Shores students Cole Houser, Benny Cosme and Jake Beaty. During the event, participating students learn about roles in state government by assuming various administrative and legal positions in a mock legislature. Photo by Megan O'Neill.