Museum to feature WW II songs

The Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum in Carrabelle will have Jennifer Duncan from Columbus, Georgia as a special guest on Saturday, June 8.

Jennifer will be singing and entertaining with some of the great songs from the 1930s and 1940s; the program will be 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Jennifer has entertained many historical, military and veterans groups including the Military  Officers Association of America, World War II Heritage Days, The National Infantry Museum, and the West Georgia Honor Flights for WWII veterans. Admission is by donation.


County to readvertise for roads chief

The search for a new head of the county roads department will start from scratch.

At Tuesday’s county meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to refuse all applications already received and advertise for an additional two weeks in house for the job.

The decision came after Commissioner Noah Lockley said he had been approached by a senior employee who said he was told not to apply for the position because he was not qualified. Lockley said the person did not want to be identified.

Chair Cheryl Sanders, who also knew about the situation, said the employee refused to name the person who told them not to apply. If the position cannot be filled in house, the county will advertise in the local paper.


BP Funds earmarked for NFWF

At Tuesday’s county meeting, Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce reported to commissioners on the status of some BP funding at the request of Commissioner Smokey Parrish.

Parrish asked for the report because of reports that money was coming available for various projects.

 “BP has made a $2.4 billion settlement with the federal government of which $335 million will go to Florida,” said Pierce. “However, all of these funds will go to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) who in turn will distribute the money.  They’ve never had this much money before and they are just trying to deal with it.”

Parrish noted that people in Florida could submit projects.

Pierce said the SMARRT Council is trying to put together a proposal package for the funding. He said the SMARRT proposals for environmental and economic restoration will probably be funded “in different parts from several different sources.

“It’s clear now that the community resiliency portion of their package will not be funded out of environmental restoration money,” he said.

Pierce said the NFWF has not yet developed an application process for distributing the funds.

 “From going to the meetings around the state, I can tell you Franklin County is going to have more bang from our buck if we go in with Gulf or Wakulla,” said Chair Cheryl Sanders. “We need to look at the regional approach. It’s going to be a pretty good while before we see anything. We need to wait for the rules to come down. We could be in meetings every day and we don’t know yet what we’re meeting about.”


Museum docents needed

 The St. George Island Lighthouse Association  needs volunteers to work as docents in the museum during the summer months. Docents receive training about the museum displays and potential problem spots and can sign up for shifts of several hours or fill in when needed It’s a fun way to meet visitors, share your knowledge about the lighthouse, and feel good about helping out. If you can help, call the gift shop at 927-7745 and your name will be given to Docent Coordinator Pam Vest.


Collection donated to St. George Light

Lighthouse lover Derith Bennett of Valrico near Tampa has donated her collection of 169 Harbour Lights miniatures and 49 Harbour Lights and Barlow Christmas ornaments to the St. George Lighthouse Association. Derith collected the lighthouses from states she visited, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, California, Oregon, and Washington. The collection includes miniature lighthouses from various special editions and the Harbour Lights series, as well as historical buildings, accessories, Fresnel lens miniatures, and Little Lights of Mine. The current plan is to display as much of the collection as possible in the lighthouse museum.

New Lighthouse officers chosen

The St. George Island Lighthouse Association annual meeting took place on May 11. Lighthouse Keeper Stanley Colvin reported that 73,560 lighthouse enthusiasts have climbed to the top of the historic structure since reconstruction was completed in December of 2008.

The association now has about 400 members, according to Secretary Terry Kemp. She welcomed new Lifetime Patrons Susan and Mark Baldino, Dawn and Richard Radford, Sherri and Eric Roberts, and Mary and Tom Slocum.

Director Vito Bell highlighted by-law changes which include term limits for officers and directors, creation of standing board committees, and a reduction in the maximum number of board members from 12 to nine.

Officers elected for the coming year are Dennis Barnell, president; Jim Kemp, vice president; Terry Kemp, secretary; and Phyllis Vitale-Lewis, treasurer. In addition to the officers, members of the board of directors are Vito Bell, Kristy Branch Banks, Bud Hayes, Richard Saucer, and Fred Stanley.

The board welcomed new member Kristy Branch Banks, and extended best wishes and appreciation to retiring board members Joe Bacher and Doug Brandt.


How to save money on your insurance

On Wednesday, June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Florida Foundation and Florida Division of Emergency Management will host a workshop on “How to save money on your insurance cost” at the courthouse annex in Apalachicola

For more information, call 653-6748.