‘Blue Moon’ climb Wednesday at lighthouse

The January Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be this Wednesday, Jan. 31. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and includes light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. Cost is $15 for the general public, $10 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association.

The sun will set at 6:16 p.m. and a “Blue” moon will rise at 6:41 p.m. A Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month, the last Blue Moon appeared on July 31, 2015.

After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit. Cost is $10 for the general public, $5 for SGLA members.

The Cape St. George Light in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of the island, where Island Drive ends at Gulf Beach Drive. Parking is available in lots at either side of the park.

Because space is limited, reservations are recommended. For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 927-7745.


Upcoming events at Holy Family

On Thursday, Feb. 1 at the Holy Family Senior Center, Beth Appleton will lead a discussion “Handmade in Franklin,” an arts and crafts show-and-tell activity for seniors to bring in one creation made by their own hands and share creative ideas and stories. Lunch will be provided at 11 a.m. and the discussion begins at noon. The event is free.

On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Cass Allen will teach a free, introductory chair yoga class from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Elder Care Community Council will host a Valentine’s Day party on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided free and there will be live music.

If anyone needs a ride or more information for any of these events, please call-653-3134.


Guardian ad Litem training Friday

The Guardian ad Litem (GAL) program is in need of volunteers in Franklin County. Abused and neglected children continue to need community members to advocate for them and be their voices in the legal system. In order to try to recruit volunteers, GAL will hold two orientation sessions in Apalachicola on Friday, Jan. 26, at noon and at 5:30 p.m. Both will be at the Franklin County Parks and Recreation offices at the Coombs Armory, 66 Fourth Street in Apalachicola. The orientation session will be followed by a local training session in February. If anyone is interested, we ask they call 850-606-1213.


Serenity on hold for a year

At the Jan. 16 county meeting, commissioners discussed the request for a PUD in Eastpoint from developer Craig Dermody. The proposal came before the county P&Z advisory board on Jan. 9 and was unanimously rejected.

Commissioners said that after the P&Z meeting, Dermody emailed them requesting the measure be tabled.

County Attorney Michael Shuler said Dermody had been given the opportunity to table the proposal without a vote at the P&Z meeting and that his spokesman, landscape architect Patrick Hodges, had requested an immediate decision from the P&Z board.

Based on the P&Z recommendation, county commissioners unanimously rejected Dermody’s proposal. Parrish said that, under existing county policy, a measure before P&Z cannot be tabled after the advisory board has voted. He said Dermody cannot bring a new amended proposal before P&Z for one year.


Drivers licenses to be available March 19

Franklin County residents will be able to renew their driver's licenses in Franklin County beginning in March.

Currently people have to travel to Port St. Joe or Crawfordville. Tax Collector Rick Watson told county commissioners he intends to have the service up and running on March 19 at the courthouse in Apalachicola. The office will be able to deal with driver’s licenses, ID cards, reinstatements as well as written and skills exams.


Kids Tag Art seeks sponsors

Franklin County is starting its first year as part of the Kids Tag Art program, a two-fold program that encourages fifth graders to design and create their own vehicle specialty plate. Also, it is a one-of-a-kind art contest and recognition program where two fifth grade students from each participating school are selected as Award of Distinction Winners.”

Tax Collector Rick Watson is seeking sponsors for the program. Watson, Sign De-sign, Franklin County Education Foundation, Rock By The Sea, Harry A’s and the St. George Island Civic Club have already pledged their support. You can pledge online at www.fcedf.com. Actual funds are not needed until Jan. 31. Donate at the Gold level, $500, Silver level $425 or Bronze level $100.

Kids Tag Art is incorporated into the fifth grade curriculum to encourage creativity and problem solving skills. The top three designs from each school are certified as Awards of Distinction. All proceeds benefit Franklin County Schools' classroom arts education and any public, charter or private school can participate.

Superintendent of Schools Traci Moses and Dr. Lois Catlin of the Franklin County Education Foundation are partnering with Watson on the project.