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Octogarian has more drive and energy than those half her age

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“I wrote letters to the Islander in Islamorada and the Buccaneer in Marathon. My late husband told me which every one responded first, we’d go there,” she said from her second floor condominium overlooking Boot Key Harbor, “so Marathon it was.”
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Band directors do more than teach music – KWHS music teacher teaches life lessons...

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“Today I gave the metaphor a calendar is like a hammer. You can give somebody a hammer and they know what it does, but that doesn’t mean...
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An MCSO Major is a fitness expert that takes participants to boot camp –...

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Sixty-five-year-old Major Tommy Taylor wakes up at 5:30 a.m. every morning and completes a rigorous workout to start his day. “I learned a workout in the FBI Academy...
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Assistant fire marshal devoted to Marathon – Geaneas defines community service

Lt. Adam Geaneas, 31, is a quiet guy. Ask Marathon’s Assistant Fire Marshal a question and he’ll tilt his head thoughtfully and answer in a low voice....
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You Don’t Know Jack! – Jack Smith takes us through the soundproof studio into...

For many Key West residents, their mornings begin with the same routine. Coffee is brewed, an incredible sunrise paints the sky, and the smooth didactic waves of...
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Ginger’s still running (things) – Marathon dynamo manages 7 Mile Bridge Run, and much...

In Marathon, when you want something done, you want Ginger Sayer on the team. Need someone to build 600 stone crab traps? She’s your girl. Need to...
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Elena Devers loves life, work at TSKW – Deputy director is inspired by the...

“I think those qualities are open-mindedness, they are really generous, fun, and have a great sense of humor,” she said from a wicker chair nestled in the gardens of The Studios of Key West. “A higher percentage of the people here have those qualities than just about anywhere else.”
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Marathon son takes No. 2 spot at substation – Lt. Derek Paul puts the...

Monroe County Sheriff Office’s Lt. Derek Paul is home again. After 17 years as a law enforcement officer, the Marathon native is once again serving in his...
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The many lives of Mrs. Appel

“I never wanted to meet my birth mother while my real mother was alive. I thought it would hurt her terribly,” Toni said. “But when I finally went to Italy, it was bittersweet. I couldn’t speak Italian and she couldn’t speak English, so we had some cousins interpreting for us. Although, I was finally able to tell her, ‘Thank you for giving us the life we had in the United States.’”
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Uncle Bob makes music for laughs – Key West performer’s enthusiasm is contagious

“Most people say they like the weather and water in Key West, what I like is the attitude. I have seen more people pick up garbage bags then throw them down. I picked one up on my way here,” said Bob with a grin. “A quick judge of a person is if they are the thrower-awayers or picker-uppers. I think we should have as little impact on the planet as we can.”
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