Plantation Key School eighth-grade english teacher Amy Russell, at left, eighth-grade history teacher Michelle Myer, at right, squirt runners with colored powders during the 2024 PKS Color Run Saturday at Coral Shores High School , February 3, 2024. Photo by Doug Finger

Students and parents of Plantation Key School took to the starting line knowing a blast of color would be awaiting them at the finish line during the annual Plantation Key School PTA Color Run on Feb. 3. Some young participants tried to evade the teachers and staff who wielded colored powder and paint on the Old Highway not far from Coral Shores High School. Other runners willingly ran into the barrage of colors flying from the plastic bottles.

Jim McCarthy is one of the many Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 4-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, hockey, mixed martial arts and golf. He also enjoys time with family and his new baby boy, Lucas, who arrived Oct. 4, 2022.