Homebuyers seminar today in Apalach

The Juvenile Justice Executive Council will meet from 10 to 11:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 at the TIGERS site in Apalachicola, Also, the ‘Home is where the Heart is’ seminar for first time homeowners will be held from 3 until 5 p.m at the TIGERS site in Apalachicola. This seminar is free and open to the public. All are welcome. For further information please call Carol Barfield at 653-2784 


Dance in Carrabelle this Saturday evening

The Carrabelle Senior Center will hold a dance starting at 7 p.m. this Saturday evening, Dec. 1. Admission is free. Music will be provided by local disc jockey Ron Vice, serving up a lively mix of Big Band dance tunes and mellow pop hits. Come down to the Senior Center this Saturday night to dance... or just to listen to the music! The Senior Center is lat 201 NW Avenue F, on the corner of 1st Street and NW Avenue F in downtown Carrabelle. For more information on the dance and other activities at the Senior Center visit www.CarrabelleSeniorCenter.com


Middle-aged sought for ‘Catfish Moon’ auditions

Panhandle Players are holding auditions for their next production “Catfish Moon” a t 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2 and at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the Raney Carriage House.

"Catfish Moon," a comedy written by Mississippi native Laddy Sartin, is set on a fishing pier on a lake somewhere in LA (lower Alabama). Four people that have known each other all their lives come to grips with 'knowing each other all their lives.’ Cast will be three men and one woman, all middle age, or thereabouts. Readings will be from the script.

The show is directed by Dan Wheeler. For more info call 370-0957.


Mitigation strategy meeting Monday

Franklin County Emergency Management would like to invite the public to participate in a meeting to discuss and update the Franklin County Local Mitigation Strategy.

Hazard mitigation is any action taken to permanently reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from the effects of hazards.

Every community is exposed to some level of risk from hazards. Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, hazardous material spills, fires, and sinkholes are some of the hazards experienced by Florida communities. It is the goal of the local mitigation strategy to identify local hazards and establish a local framework to reduce the risk of those hazards.

Our next meeting will be Monday, Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. in the Franklin County Emergency Operations Center, 28 Airport Road in Apalachicola. This will be an opportunity for all parties to voice their concerns; review the status of old projects and add new ones to the list.

For more info, contact Mike Rundel, Franklin County Emergency Management coordinator at 653-8977 or Em2frank@gtcom.net


Tobacco-free Partnership to meet Wednesday

There will be a Tobacco-Free Franklin Partnership Coalition Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Franklin County Health Department, 139 12th Street, from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. in the second floor conference room.


Oyster recovery roundtable Dec. 6

The Seafood Management Assistance and Recovery Team (SMART) and the University of Florida Oyster Recovery Team will host a roundtable discussion on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Apalachicola Community Center from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. to hear updates from the recovery team committees and to learn more about the developing SMART Initiative.

The roundtable is open to the public and folks are encouraged to attend and participate. From 2:40 to 2:55 p.m. there will be an update on the schedule of planned oyster restoration activities by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board

This will be an informal roundtable meeting to exchange information on progress made to date and activities under way by researchers evaluating existing and collecting new data, an update by the SMART Team and the Healthy Gulf Healthy Community Team, followed by a discussion about next steps and an opportunity for questions and answers from any interested person who wants to attend. We will have time for open discussion after 3 p.m.

Expert speakers Andy Kane (contaminants, pathogens); Bill Pine (water flow, salinity); Karl Havens (nutrient inputs); David Kimbro (food web, predation, oyster population dynamics); and Ed Camp (fisheries modeling, management model development) will be on hand to join the discussion. For more information call 653-9337.


ABC School to host community book fair

The Apalachicola Bay Charter School will host a Scholastic Book Fair, Dec. 3-6, to help raise funds for purchasing books and media for the school. The fair will feature specially priced books and educational products, including newly released works, award-winning titles, children’s classics, interactive software and current bestsellers from more than 150 publishers.

The Fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m in the ABC School Library. Parents, children, teachers and the community are invited. On Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Book Fair will feature a special family event. All members of the community are welcome to visit and shop.

Fair attendees can help build classroom libraries by purchasing books for teachers through the Classroom Wish List program. Fair proceeds also will be used to purchase essential classroom resources and support school projects at the ABC School.

Sponsorships are available. Area businesses interested in making a donation are asked to contact Heather Friedman at 653-1222 or via e-mail at friedmanabc@gmail.com


FCSWA to meet Dec. 10

The Franklin County Seafood Workers Association’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 10 in Eastpoint at the firehouse starting at 6 p.m. We will be sharing updated information regarding solutions for the bay issue, and possible further outreach to displaced workers.

Please continue to follow us on Facebook for any updates, new information or details. Please contact FCSWA Secretary Jennifer Millender at 850-597-0787.


County Commission acknowledges hospice and diabetes

At their Nov. 20 meeting, in response to a request by Sandi Hengel, a spokesperson for Big Bend Hospice, the county commission recognized November as National Hospice Month. At the request of Commissioner Cheryl Sanders, the board also recognized November as National Diabetes Month.


County commission to meet in Carrabelle

On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the second December meeting of the county commission will be held in Carrabelle at the municipal center on Gray Ave. at 10 a.m.


Sixteen apply to serve on RESTORE Council

At the Nov. 20 county meeting, Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce read a list of applicants for seats on the proposed RESTORE Council. Under the ordinance presented by Commissioner Pinki Jackel at the Nov. 6 meeting, there are 15 seats on the council. The cities of Apalachicola and Carrabelle were each given a seat, although both cities are disputing the validity of the RESTORE board and neither has chosen a representative.

Jim Cummins and Marvin Heymann have both applied for the Alligator Point seat. No one from Lanark Village has applied to represent that community. Both Sandra Allen and James (Tom) Durham seek to represent Eastpoint. Larry Kinzer has stepped forward for St. George Island.

All of the five councils and boards in the county who were asked to choose a representative have named their choices. Paul Parker has been chosen to represent the Tourist Development Council. Newly elected school board member Pam Shiver will represent the schools. Vice President Ricky Banks will speak for the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association. Jim Bachrach will represent the board of Weems Memorial Hospital. The Seafood Dealers Association has chosen Lynn Martina.

So far, five people have thrown in their hats for the four at-large seats. They are Valentina Webb and Robin Vroegop, both of Apalachicola; Vance Millender and Leslie Cox, both of Carrabelle; and Dan Tonsmeire of Magnolia Bluff, and Eastpoint’s Durham, who has also applied under this category.

The commission voted to extend the application period to Dec. 3 with Smokey Parrish opposed.

Jackel said she no longer feels it is necessary to pass an ordinance to create the RESTORE council. “We don’t have to operate by ordinance,” she said. “We will operate by bylaws.”

She said she would bring proposed rules to the next meeting.

Commissioner Noah Lockley moved that an ordinance be passed but the motion died for lack of a second.


Eastpoint Christmas celebration Dec. 14

Eastpoint will celebrate Christmas with a parade, holiday caroling, a Christmas tree lighting and Santa Claus on the second Saturday of December, Friday, Dec. 14. The parade starts at 4 p.m., and will travel from Gillespie Street, west of Sellers Plaza, to Bay Street, then south to Patton Drive, then east to the pavilion. Santa will arrive on an oyster boat and will visit with the kids. We’ll have caroling and lots of fun. For information contact the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce at 653-9419.