Locals Help Save Distressed Turtle

Florida Keys Wildlife Rescue responded to a call from Jeanne and Earl Patrick regarding an injured sea turtle that was floating close to the shore early Wednesday morning. The rescue service went immediately to check the situation and on arrival saw the sea turtle trying hard to submerge under the water but just could not succeed. Maya Totman and volunteer Alan Jay got into a small dingy and rescued the juvenile loggerhead turtle. While transporting him by stretcher it became obvious that he was dehydrated, and so he was immediately transported to Marathon Turtle Hospital.

Marathon City Council Authorizes Manager to Pursue Stimulus Monies

The Marathon City Council held a special meeting Tuesday afternoon at the Fire Station to authorize City Manager Clyde Burnett to sign off on and submit any grant applications and supporting documents necessary to receive grants funding from the recent stimulus package out of Washington, D.C.

Burnett said in the meeting that $1.2 billion of stimulus money was headed for the state, but only $1 to $4 million has been earmarked for Monroe County. He reported that the City of Marathon has submitted $11 million in funding requests at the state and federal level from projects in Little Venice and along Aviation Boulevard, but a significant portion of the stimulus monies would be distributed for tax relief.

“Everybody’s scrapping for some of this package,” Burnett said.

Voices Annual Fundraising Luncheon at Hawk’s Cay

Voices for Florida Keys Children held it’s annual fundraising luncheon at Hawks Cay on Feb. 7. Milo and Lacey the guest speakers gave emotional accounts of how Voices or similar organizations have helped improve their lives. Voices Chairwoman Gene Silverman greeted guest speaker Milo during the luncheon.

Ingram Wins Raffle at Middle Keys Concert

Potter Grace Bailey presented the raffle prize of a blue ceramic wine cooler to Marathon resident JoAnne Ingram who was the winner of the raffle at the Middle Keys Concert Association’s 3rd concert on Feb. 9.

The MKCA has presented a new concept this season with Art and Music and it offers concertgoers the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win local art. The raffle has been well received and helps to keep the cost of tickets down as the prices of muscians, airfare, meals and lodging continue to rise.

The next concert is Monday Feb. 23. Visit www.marathonconcerts.com for more information.


Parks Department Hosts Play ‘N Learn

Debbie and Mason DiRenzo enjoyed making Valentine cards at Rotary Park while participating in the Park and Recreation Department’s Play ‘N Learn program. The 4-week program was for young children up to age 6. It emphasized learning about shapes, colors, and numbers. For information on park programs, check the web site at marathonflorida.org/parks and click on the Newsletter.


Exit Realty Announces Top Producers

Exit Realty Florida Keys is proud to announce its award winning agents for 2008.  For Individual Top Producers, Lynn Lucas was top agent for the Marathon Office, Dorothy Mauriello for the Big Pine Office and John Williams for the Tavernier Office.  Lynn Lucas was also awarded as the Top Producer for the Exit Realty Florida Keys Company. For Team Producers, the Hill/Nardone Team took the Marathon Office and Overall Company awards. State of Florida Recognition and Awards for 2008 were also given to Hill/Nardone, Lynn Lucas and John Williams at the recent Exit Realty Florida Awards Banquet in Orlando.


“Piecing in Paradise Quilt Show”

Paradise Quilters’ Guild will hold their biennial “Piecing in Paradise” quilt show on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 21-22 from 10 am – 4 pm at the Sugarloaf School located at Mile Marker 19.5 on Sugarloaf Key. In addition to the more than 200 quilts on display, there will be commercial vendors and food for sale

Admission is $5 and men and children admitted free. Raffle tickets for Birds of Paradise, our 2009 raffle quilt (88” x 102”) will be available at $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing for the raffle quilt will be at 3 pm Sunday, Feb. 22. Door prizes, a silent auction, and demonstrations are some of the activities taking place during the show.

The Paradise Quilt Guild is an educational, charitable group of women who meet monthly on the third Thursday of each month in Big Pine Key. The group makes & donates a large raffle quilt every other year to a local charity. Their many members also make and donate such items as wheel chair bags, lap quilts, Christmas stockings for the military and small hats for newborns. Relay for Life Guardian Ad-Litum, MARC House of Key West, Big Pine Academy, hospitals, shelters and nursing homes are just a few of the charities that have received items from the guild. Congratulations to The Women’s Club of the Lower Keys who have been chosen to receive the next raffle quilt with the proceeds to go to nursing scholarships.


Marathon Garden Club House and Garden Tour

The 33rd annual House and Garden Tour, sponsored by the Marathon Garden Club, will be held March 7. This event showcases the outdoor life style that is inherent to the Keys style of living and this year’s tour includes a wide variety of homes ranging in size from half duplexes and condos to spacious estates!

This event is a combination driving & walking tour. The home and gardens may be visited in any order. Not all homes are handicap accessible. There are public restrooms available at the garden club. No pets please.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at any of the homes on the day of the tour. Refreshments are included and will be served at the garden club.

Raffle tickets are also available for beautiful collection of watercolors and fine gliclee prints donated by local artists of the Florida Keys Watercolor Society: “White Birds Blossom” by M. Ann Lynch; “Wild Orchid” by Julie Joyce; “the Boss” by Pat Zukaitis and “Tropical Heat” by Marian Griffo. The prints will be on display at the garden club. Drawing will be held on the day of the event.

Call (305) 743-4971 for additional information or visit our website at www.marathongardenclub.org.


Quickstart Tennis at Marathon Community Park

High school tennis team member, Kelsey Wonderlin, has volunteered several Saturday mornings to help young people learn the art and skill of tennis.  Here, she instructs Sawyer Bisson on how to hold the racquet. This Quickstart tennis program is running now through the end of March at Community Park and over 50 participants are enjoying learning the fundamental of the sport, thanks largely to skilled volunteers who are pros, nearly-pros, and the Marathon High School Tennis Team.


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