The Nest seeks used games
The Nest in Eastpoint is seeking gently used checker and chess sets for the summer program. Call (843) 338-6851.
Sets can be dropped off at the Times office on Commerce Street in Apalachicola or at the Nest at the former Brown Elementary School in Eastpoint.
‘The Longest Day’ at museum Saturday
Camp Gordon Johnston World War II museum will show the filme “The Longest Day at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 7 in honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
“The Longest Day” is filmed in the style of a docudrama. Beginning in the days leading up to D-Day, this film concentrates on events on both sides of the channel such as the Allies waiting for the break in the poor weather and the anticipation of the Axis forces defending northern France.
The film, winner of two Academy Awards, pays particular attention to the decision by Gen. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied forces. This film is one in a series shown monthly toeducate museum visitors on the sacrifices made, for us, by the World War II generation.
Free popcorn will be served. Admission is by donation, and appreciated.
Full moon climb at lighthouse June 12
The June Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held on Thursday, June 12. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb will take place from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and will include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. Cost is $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association.
The sun will set at 8:40 p.m. and the moon will rise at 8:17 p.m. on June 12.
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 and $5 for SGLA members.
The Cape St. George Light is located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island, where Island Drive (the road off the bridge) 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.
Network with other businesses June 12
Network with other area business owners at the Apalachicola Bay Chamber Business After Hours Monday, at Up The Stairs, 76 Market Street in Apalachicola on Thursday, June 12 from 5:30 to 7 pm.
Update on the SHIP program
On May 20, County Planner Alan Pierce told county commissioners the proposed legislative budget contains $350,000 for the Franklin County State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) program. He said this is the first time in several years the program has been fully funded.
Commissioners also voted unanimously to use up to $5,000 to repair a roof damaged in recent heavy rains.
Pierce said Governor Scott issued an executive emergency order that allows Lori Switzer, SHIP coordinator, to receive applications from qualified residents whose houses have been damaged. SHIP has received one application for a roof repair and the cap on the amount of funds is $5,000. Repairs will be paid for with money set aside for hurricane damage last year. The funds are available because there were no storms.
WWII museum to take part in ‘Thank You’
The Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum has been invited to participate in Leon County’s third annual Operation Thank You on Friday, June 6 at the Leon County Courthouse in Tallahassee at 9 a.m.
This year’s Operation Thank You will honor local World War II veterans and remember the 70-year anniversary of D-Day. It was seven decades ago when American, British and Canadian forces invaded the beaches of Normandy, France signaling the long-awaited liberation of Europe from German occupation.
The Museum will set up a display, which demonstrates the participation of forces that trained in Franklin County during WWII. Included will be uniforms, gear, maps and photos as well as information about the museum located in the Carrabelle Municipal Complex.
The renowned Tallahassee Swing Band will perform during the event and play songs from the ‘30s and ‘40s to remember the era of large swing bands.
For further information, contact Matt Cavell, Leon County community and media relations (850) 606-5300.
The Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is a 501 c (3) non-profit corporation and is funded, in part, by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.
Change of date for July county meeting
At the May 20 meeting, county commissioners voted unanimously to change the date of the second July county meeting from Tuesday, July 15 to Wednesday, July 16. The meeting will still begin at 9 a.m. and will be held at the courthouse annex in Apalachicola. The change will allow all five commissioners to attend a meeting of the National association of Counties. Commissioner plan to support Leon County Commissioner Bryan DesLoge who is running for vice president of the organization.
Commission discusses jail roof
At their May 20 meeting, county commissioners discussed replacing the roof at the county jail on County Road 65 in Eastpoint.
“The dilemma is that while the office and jail need a new roof, and the Hazard Mitigation grant provides some funds, the grant only provides 75 percent, and so the county is responsible for the rest,” County Planner Alan Pierce said. “The county’s share could be as much as $194,000 in cash, or in-kind. The county does not have that much cash.”
Pierce said he was investigating whether it is realistic to try and use county labor for the match. “Contractors don’t normally want to rely upon someone else’s labor,” he said.
He said the county wanted the contractor to warrantee the construction.
Commissioner Pinki Jackel asked if there was a cheaper option for the roof. Pierce said the county would have to go back to the Planning and Zoning Board to change the plans.
Jackel said she wanted to explore less expensive designs for the roof. “At the end of the day, you’ve got to have a roof,” she said. “We can still do a roof out there and not break the bank.”
Alligator Point revetment removal complete
On May 20, County Planner Alan Pierce told county commissioners removal of coastal debris in the form of damaged revetment ordered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has been completed. The debris was located on alligator Point Drive in front of the old KOA Campground.
Island summer bingo on Tuesdays
Summer Bingo, on Tuesday evenings on St. George Island, has begun. It is at the St. George Island Firehouse, 324 E. Pine Avenue, beginning at 7 p.m. The cost is 50 cents per card.
Time for summer camp registration!
Enrollment for Project Impact Camp Funshine: Fizz, Boom, Splash is open.
Students from pre-K to eighth grade will be served at the ABC site and pre-K to 12th grade at the city site. The theme of the Summer Reading Program is “Fizz, Boom, READ” and was developed by the 2014 Summer Collaborative Reading Program and the state library system. Students can earn rewards for their reading time through the summer while helping to boost their skills for the next school year.
The focus this year will be on STEM subjects, (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) with other summer highlights including pottery program, art & crafts, science experiments, computer technology, chess tournament, sports and several field trips. The second year of “Boats Rock!” was launched during the April antique boat show.
A special basketball and leadership camp will also be offered. The summer performing arts program will feature video production with a film premiere at the end of the summer. Program hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays beginning June 9 and running through July 25. The program will be closed for the Fourth of July week. Credit recovery classes will be offered at the City Site Monday to Thursday during program hours. Enrollment may be limited.
The summer program is provided free of charge. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Families may enroll their child in Project Impact at either the ABC or city sites or online at projectimpactfcs.org.
For more information please call Faye Johnson, program director, at 370-0145. Project Impact is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program sponsored by the City of Apalachicola.