Museum to screen documentary Jan. 25

The 28th Infantry Division that trained at Camp Gordon Johnston bore the brunt of the opening drive of what was known as the “Battle of the Bulge.”

On Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10:30 a.m., a documentary “The Drive to the Ardennes” will be shown in the movie theatre at the Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum.

Produced by CGJ Member John Gaffey, the documentary will feature the valiant effort of the outnumbered 28th which slowed the advances of the Panzer Divisions speeding towards the village, Bastogne, a key objective of the Germans in their “last gasp” attempt to drive a wedge into the Allied forces and recapture the initiative on the Western Front.

The documentary will last approximately one hour and free popcorn will be provided. While there is no admission fee, please remember that the museum operates on donations, and donations are welcome.


Popham talk highlights island home tour

Seven distinctive and beautiful homes will be featured during the third annual St. George Island Tour of Homes from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. The tour benefits the St. George Lighthouse Association (SGLA).

Also included on the tour are the Cape St. George Lighthouse and Keeper’s House, and the St. George Plantation Clubhouse. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour.

Tour weekend will begin with a kick-off event on Friday, Feb. 7, featuring a special presentation, refreshments and door prizes. James L. Hargrove, author and retired University of Georgia professor, will talk about the early development of St. George Island. Hargrove is the author of “The Oyster King” which tells the fictionalized story of William Lee Popham, the first man to attempt the development of St. George Island in the 1920’s.

This free event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. George Island Fire Station, 324 East Pine Avenue.

Tour tickets are available at the Lighthouse Gift Shop on St. George Island. To order tickets, call the Gift Shop at 927-7745. Tickets will be available on Tour Day at Lighthouse Park and at the St. George Plantation Clubhouse.

SGLA is a non-profit Florida corporation organized to preserve, maintain and promote the Cape St. George Lighthouse, which was restored in 2008 after collapsing in 2005. SGLA also built a replica of the Lighthouse Keeper’s House, now a museum and gift shop. Funds raised by SGLA are used for the ongoing maintenance of the Lighthouse, the Keeper’s House and Lighthouse Park.

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Extension office can help you manage money

UF/IFAS, the Franklin County Extension Office and the United Way of the Big Bend wish to make the Money Management Calendar available free of charge while supplies last. Good money management is a habit and an everyday task, especially if you need to stick to a plan to make ends meet. A plan begins with knowing what you need and want and then setting up a plan to meet your goals.

This calendar can help you see where your dollars are going day by day and then allow you to take steps to get a better handle on your spending habits. It takes tools and discipline to build a budget and to know where you monies go. This calendar is a wonderful first step.

In the future, the county extension office will offer classes related to many aspects of financial management and can offer one-on-one assistance with organizing personal finances. Please watch for further details on the opportunities by getting on the Extension contact list. Stop by the historic Coombs Armory in Apalachicola to obtain a calendar and get started with planning your financial future.

For more information concerning programming and services available through the extension office, visit or call 653-9337.