Severe Weather Awareness contest winner

Stuart McAfee, a fourth grade student at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, was a regional poster winner in the Severe Weather Awareness Week contest, sponsored by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. More than 1,000 students in the state participated in the opportunity to learn what they can do to be prepared for hazards that […]

Opening day all over again at Lee High School

Depending on your perspective, opening day of school can be welcomed or dreaded. Imagine having two opening days in the same school year! But for Dr. Denise Hall, principal, the staff and the 1800 or so students at Robert E. Lee High School, re-opening day on Feb. 4 was a gusty sigh of relief. After […]

Local Civitan Diane Young truly young at heart

By Julie Kerns GarmendiaResident Community News   Her smile is joyous, welcoming and nearly bigger than this tiny woman, but Diane Young, 76, has a heart to match and a lifelong desire to help others. A charter member of the local Uptown Civitan Club, which celebrates its 30th anniversary during 2013, Young is always happy […]

Laura Crum McLaughlin

By Julie Kerns Garmendia Resident Community News When a friend invited her to an Uptown Civitan Club meeting, Laura McLaughlin, an energetic, engaging 60-something years young, had long been involved with community service organizations. A realtor with Norville Realty and 20-year Avondale resident, McLaughlin is also a longtime community volunteer with a belief in service […]

Vincent Walker

By Laura Jane Pittman Resident Community News   If you have anything to do with hunting, or are a gun aficionado, you may already know Vince Walker. He is the “go-to” gun guy at Curry Thomas Hardware, holding court three days a week while he gunsmiths. Well, that’s what he claims to be doing anyway. […]

Violet Coleman Parker

Violet Coleman Parker is a Historic District dweller who embraces the challenge of change. Born at home in 1924, Parker and her five brothers and sisters lived upstairs above their father’s Riverside grocery store until William Coleman lost his store in the years just prior to the Depression. In 1928 the Coleman family moved into […]

Fly Fishing: Principle Number 2

Years ago the Federation of Fly Fishers’ dedicated fly casters set forth five principles for a good fly cast. They determined that many casters would have different styles of casting but in order to make a good cast they all will incorporate these five principles. Last month we covered the first principle, which was to […]

High Speed Trolling

February marks a time when weather patterns can be unpredictable. Low pressure and cold fronts push through, creating wet conditions for several days, followed by high pressure and high winds. These conditions, along with dense fog, are common during this time of the year making it difficult to safely make the long 60+ mile run […]