DAR Picks Two Good Citizens
The Florida Keys Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution presented Brittany Messinger of Island Christian School and Kelsey Wonderlin of Marathon High School with the DAR Good Citizens Award Certificate and pin. They were chosen for their dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. In addition, the American flag will be flown over the U.S. Capitol in their honor. Brittany has also entered the DAR Scholarship Essay Contest.
Pictured, (l-r) are: Regent Orva Clubb, Kelsey Wonderlin, Brittany Messinger and Recording Secretary Virginia Spear.
Former JIATF Director in Key West
Rear Admiral Joe Nimmich was recently on the island for a conference and stopped at the Historic Cigar Alley to reunite with old friends and colleagues.
Nimmich served as Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Group Key West from July 2000 to July 2003, then returned to Key West as Director of the Joint Interagency Task Force South from May 2007 to June 2009. He retired from the Coast Guard last year while serving as Commander of USCG District One in Boston. He is currently employed by Penn State, working issues related to national security, which is why he was back on the island! Joe is married to Cindy and his youngest daughter, Mallory, is named after our Sunset Square.
City manager, Jim “Dagwood” Scholl, NASKW Commander Captain Pat “Sparky” Lefere, NASKW executive director Ron Demes, and Denny Howley were all on hand to hang out. Talk centered around the feds plans to dredge the harbour to make way for larger cruise ships and Sparky flying to meet governor in an F-5 before the part broke to watch the BCS Championship between Oregon and Auburn.
NASKW executive director Ron Demes, Joe Nimmich, and Denny Howley.
Legion Supports Wounded Warrior Ride
The American Legion Post # 154 in Marathon hosted a fundraising event for the Wounded Warrior Project soldier ride scheduled to role through town this afternoon. Past president of the Monroe County Veterans Council and Secretary Pam Marco helped organize the event that included food from Centennial Bank, countless raffle donations from restaurants and businesses in the Middle Keys and an afternoon full of music generously donated by local bands.
The event raised nearly $5,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project, and this afternoon, during a ceremony at the DAV in Marathon, the Veterans Council will present a check to help the organization continue their mission of honoring and empowering injured service members.