FPAN seeks summer library volunteers

Every summer the public libraries in Florida host a summer reading program. This summer's theme is "Dig into Reading," and this has the Florida Public Archeology Network (FPAN) very excited and busy. The FPAN North Central Office is looking for a few good volunteers to help with youth summer library programming. Good candidates will have experience working with children of all ages, be reliable and be comfortable speaking in front of large groups. Training will be provided prior to the programs. There are 15 counties in the North Central region and we will work with our volunteers to ensurethey get to visit the libraries closest to them. Please contact Barbara Hines at bhines@uwf.edu if you are interested.


KidCare/ Medicaid assistance available

The Florida Department of Health in Franklin County in partnership with George E. Weems Memorial Hospital is now offering KidCare/Medicaid assistance. If you would like more information or to sign up for either of these services, please stop by the county health department offices. Visit the Apalachicola location at 139 12TH Street on Thursdays. Or the Carrabelle location, at 106 NE 5th St, on the third Tuesday of each month. For questions, please contact 653-2111.


Community conversation on Our Children, Our Future

Please join the Department of Juvenile Justice for a Community Engagement Conversation and share issues facing our children within our communities.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 21 at the Holy Family Senior Center, 203 Dr. Frederick Humphries St. / 7th St., Apalachicola

The DJJs philosophy is to build stronger, safer communities and healthy, positive relationships within families through engagement and collaboration with the community.  Its mission is to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth.

They would like to hear from communities and have discussions with such topics as:

  What are the needs of Franklin County communities?

  How can DJJ engage Franklin County communities and its unique requirements?

  Family engagement through the Governors initiative Putting Florida Families First/

DJJ wants to work with Franklin County community partners, and collaborate as a unified and dedicated team striving to help make this community a better place to live Hosted by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Office of Prevention & Victim Services


Celebrate independence on July 3 and 4

The Historic Apalachicola Main Street program will sponsor the second annual Old Apalachicola Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 3.

Carrabelle plans a fireworks spectacular for dark thirty on July 4.

The Red, White and Blue Parade in Apalachicola begins at 6:30 p.m. at Lafayette Park and will wind its way down Avenue C, under the bridge at Battery Park and down Water Street to end at Riverfront Park.  The parade will be followed by a traditional ice cream social. Numerous other activities are planned throughout the evening.

The shrimp boat Lady Louise will act as a stage for live music. The Hillside Community Choir led by Pastor Solomon will provide stirring patriotic tunes on the docks. In addition, there will be an All American Kids Corner with many unique games and activities for the youngsters.

The highlight of the evening begins at dark thirty (approximately 9:15 p.m.) when revelers will be treated to a professional fireworks display over the Apalachicola River.

Bill Grimes, of Tallahassee, has graciously donated his barge as a launch vehicle for the pyrotechnic extravaganza. This commitment, along with the tremendous generosity of many residents, businesses and friends of Apalachicola, has allowed Main Street to increase the fireworks display twofold over last year.

Please take time to observe the sponsors board in Riverfront Park. These are the wonderful people, along with many Main Street volunteers, who made the Independence Day celebration a reality.

We hope you can attend this red, white and blue celebration of freedom and democracy.

For more information or to volunteer, call Jim Bachrach at 899-8689 or Harry Arnold at 524-0770.



Hurricane guides hot off the press

Hurricane Guides for 2013 have been received and are available at the Franklin County Emergency Management Center, 28 Airport Road, Apalachicola. Download a copy at www.franklinemergencymanagement.com. During storm season, the centers website also provides a number of other resources including information on road and bridge closures, a link to NOAA hurricane information. To contact emergency management, call 653-3653.


Duke Power can stage at airport

On June 4, the county commission voted unanimously to allow Duke Power to use a staging area at the airport in the event they want to stage equipment after a hurricane, subject to county attorney review. 


Preble-Rish awarded Alligator Point contract

At the regular June 4 county meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to award Preble-Rish engineers the $122,000 contract to design and engineer the multi-use path to be constructed at Alligator Point. All fees for the future construction will be paid out of DOT funds.