Register your child for The Nest summer program

The Nest summer program will be hosting two upcoming registration nights. If your child plans to attend the summer program at either the Eastpoint or Carrabelle sites, you must attend one of these events with the child(ren) you plan to enroll.

The registration nights will be Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23 from 3:30-5:45 p.m. (drop-in) at the Franklin County Learning Center (85 School Rd, Eastpoint) and the Carrabelle Municipal Complex (1001 Gray Ave).

Parents will receive information about the program and children will select among several summer enrichment choices, such as drama, dance, recreation and more. Students in grades Pre-K-8th grades are eligible to attend.

This year’s summer program will be an exciting one and we look forward to your child attending. Our theme is “Around the World in 28 Days” and we will learn all about Japan, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, Kenya, and China. During every child’s visit to each country, students will read high-interest fiction and non-fiction books, complete fascinating science experiments, create their own ethnic foods, and more.

Some specific projects for this summer include making our own Tangram sets (China), creating a life-sized coral reef (Australia), making 1,000 paper cranes (Japan), exploring rainbows (Ireland), and creating our own Crocodile Hunter videos (Australia). We will explore these countries in academic classes (Social Studies, Math, Reading and Science) and also enrichment classes (Character Education, Health, Art and Technology).

The summer program begins Wednesday, June 12 and runs through July 31. The program meets at the Franklin County Learning Center and Carrabelle Municipal Complex sites, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday (Closed July 4). Free breakfasts and lunches are served daily. Come out and join us for a very exciting and educational summer of fun!

For more information, contact Carrabelle site leader Joy Shiver at 697-2177 or Eastpoint site leader Emily Spindler at 670-2820.


Oyster harvesting licenses on sale Friday

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will begin selling the Apalachicola Bay Oyster Harvesting License on Friday, May 17. In order to harvest oysters from the Apalachicola Bay System beginning July 1, 2013, you must purchase this license before June 28. The cost of the license remains at $100 for Florida residents. (The cost for non-residents is $500 if purchased before June 28.)

 Please bring a check or money order for this amount made payable to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (F.D.A.C.S). No cash will be accepted. As a public service, we are also selling the FWC Saltwater Products License (SPL) in conjunction with the Apalachicola Bay oyster harvesting license. You will receive your SPL for free upon purchase of your oyster harvesting license. If you renew your license after Friday, June 28, you will have to pay an additional $500 late fee.

Please note: The Shellfish Center in Apalachicola is currently undergoing renovation and no staff are on-site.

To renew your license from May 17 through June 14, please come to our temporary office in Eastpoint (350 Carroll Street), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To accommodate the higher volume of harvesters seeking the license during the last two weeks of the sales period, June 17 through June 28, license sales will be held at the DEP ANERR building located at 261 Dr. Frederick S. Humphries Street in Apalachicola, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding the purchase of your license you may call the FDACS office, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 670-1114.


United Daughters of the Confederacy seeks new members

The United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), R. Don McLeod Chapter of Crawfordville will be holding a meeting at the Community Center in Apalachicola located in Battery Park on Saturday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. All ladies who are interested in the UDC or who want to find out more about the UDC are invited to attend this meeting.

Some of the goals of the UDC are to honor the memory of our ancestors who provided service to the Confederate States of America and to collect and preserve the material necessary for a truthful history of the causes of the War for Southern Independence. Our objectives are historical, educational, benevolent, memorial and patriotic.

If there are enough ladies interested in joining the UDC, our chapter will help get a chapter started in Franklin County. We will be at the Orman House during the day of May 18 as well, so please come by and talk with us there, or come to the meeting at 9:30. For more information call Louise Thomas at 850-962-1945.


FCHS plans graduation events

Franklin County High School’s Senior Recognition Night will be at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 31 in the school cafeteria.

The Commence Ceremony will be at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium on Friday, June 7. The public is invited to both events.


Armory fee waived for Calendar Girl Cabaret

At their May 7 meeting, the county commission voted unanimously to waive the Armory rental fee for the Oct. 19 fundraiser staged by Franklin Needs, Inc. for breast cancer awareness and mammography screenings.


Allen ice machine approved

At their May 7 regular meeting, county commissioners accepted the unanimous recommendation of the planning and zoning board (P&Z) and approved a commercial site plan to locate an ice vending machine at 95 US 98, the northwest corner of US 98 and North Bayshore Drive in Eastpoint.

The request submitted by John Pritchard, agent/applicant for Bob Allen, had been discussed at the April 16 meeting after P&Z recommended the plan be denied. County commissioners then directed that a changed version of the original proposal be reviewed at an emergency P&Z meeting.

 At the May 7 meeting, the ice machine was approved with the requirements that it have a one-way entrance and exit off of North Bayshore Drive, with permanent fencing or bollard system to keep traffic from entering off US 98. There must also be a clearly defined driving surface made of shell and lime rock.


Airport aces inspection

On May 7, County Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce told commissioners the airport passed its annual Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) inspection on April 26.

 “We have a few trees along the perimeter that need to be dealt with but otherwise the inspector said the airport looked good,” said Pierce, who is also the airport manager.

Pierce thanked Daryl McKinley for assisting the Fixed Base Operator Crystal Air Aviation in getting the airport ready for inspection. “One of my goals is to get the airport standing on its own,” Pierce said. “This is the first time we did not have the county crew out there mowing the grass before an inspection.”

Commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter of thanks to McKinley.

At the same meeting, the board voted unanimously to sign an amended joint participation agreement with FDOT for $70,000 worth of additional funds for improvements at the airport. The funds will be spent on security or drainage improvements as approved by FDOT.