Hays Blinckmann

Hays Blinckmann is an oil painter, author of the novel “In The Salt,” lover of all things German including husband, children and Bundesliga. She spends her free time developing a font for sarcasm, testing foreign wines and failing miserably at home cooking.

Be a Guest Again – Staycation at Sunset Key

Naysayers say there is no such thing as a good deal, but they never saw this bargain coming. Tis the season for “local specials” and Sunset Key Cottages is...

‘I have no secret’ – Renee Makimaa leads by example

Ask any mother: parenting requires far more than just love, but strength, and tons of it. Who has it tenfold? Renee Makimaa, inside and out. For 26 years, the...

Tim Staub, Bike Czar

It took a while, but the city has once again been able to fill the position of bicycle/pedestrian/transportation coordinator – locally dubbed “bike czar." It’s been bumpy progress for...

City Sustainability Coordinator Alison Higgins walks the walk

There must be something about helping the planet that makes one happier and generally more fun to be around. It’s not a sentiment often associated with government employees, but...

Linda Russin made the airwaves personal

It was her voice, with the slight Midwest cadence and Oklahoma lilt, that became my daily highlight. Reading the news on radio station 106.9, Linda Russin, owner, personalized the...

Changing Title X will affect the healthcare of women in the Keys

The clock is ticking down to May 3, when changes to the almost five-decade-old Title X program will see dramatic revamping and decreased health care services for poor and...