Attached are photos taken by Vanessa Stein, a tourist who happened to be at Keys Fisheries in Marathon, when a juvenile pelican swallowed a filet knife.  Kelly Grinter (pictured), executive director of the Marathon Wild Bird Center, successfully managed to extract the knife from the bird’s stomach within minutes of receiving a call from Capt. Dave Sheffield of Reel Smiles charter boat.  It was a miracle that neither the bird nor Grinter were injured during this miraculous rescue!

For more details please call Kelly Grinter at (305)743-8382

Mike Hughes from Tallahassee Fl., fishing in 560 feet off of Islamorada caught his first Snowy Grouper  as well as some Tile and Tuna .Mike was visiting his family and fishing on “Palm Getaway” with Capt  Vic Weiger and friends John Wary and Eddie Train who also had some nice trophies

Boy Scouts from Islamorada Troop 914 were given a lecture about underwater archaeology by Mr. Ian Koblick. Mr. Koblick, himself a Boy Scout, owns Marine Resources Development Foundation. During the lecture he reviewed shipwrecks he has worked on in Spain, Scilly and Malta using side scanning radar. The highlight of the evening was watching a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) work in the lagoon at Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo. Talking with a professional archaeologist has greatly helped Scouts to earn their “Archaeolgy Merit Badge”.

Judy Langley is the January Zontian of the Month.  Judy volunteered to chair the Human Trafficking Committee, reports on the Status of Women and keeps our communication going between meetings.  Congratulations Judy and thank you for working so hard for our club. 
Charlotte Quinn President of Zonta and Judy Langley. 

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen met in Washington, DC with Monroe County Commissioner Heather Carruthers to discuss Florida Keys initiatives. In this picture we have Ileana, Heather and Ros-Lehtinen’s Legislative Director, Sarah Gamino.


Danny Joseph of Venice, Fla., scored a time of 1:18:57 to win the men’s overall division and post the fastest time of 599 runners who competed in the 13.1-mile Key West Half Marathon that took place Jan. 25.

Fourteen-year-old Joanna McCoy from Tavernier, Fla., won the women’s overall division with a time of 1:26:30.

Second place in men’s went to Nick Dason of Fort Rucker, Ala., who ran 1:19:15. Martin Sykut of Marathon, Fla., took third place, turning in 1:23:59.

In the women’s division, second place went to New York City’s Diane Kenna for her time of 1:28:52, while Helena Bursa of Big Pine Key, Fla., placed third at 1:34:31.

The course around the perimeter of Key West took runners alongside the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Animal Farm welcomes yet more animals!

Add Sloth and Kinkajou to the list of animals your children will learn about when they visit the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm this weekend. The farm will be open to the public Sunday, February 8th from 1 to 3 p.m. and is free of charge. Donations are welcome.

Farmer Jeanne Selander recently found room for Maggie (the Sloth) and Tucker (the Kinkajou) at the farm. The two animals are the stars of a children’s book series written by Peter Parente. He and his wife, Lesley are actively involved in conservation efforts to preserve the Costa Rican rainforest, the habitat for these and many other animals. These animals were rescued by the Parentes, who recently asked Farmer Jeanne to take over caring for them.

The book series features Peeper the Kinkajou. Peeper has many adventures and in two of the books, the adventures involve traveling to Florida. The books are fun to read and also encourage children to be environmentally aware. You can find out more about the books, and about the animals of the Costa Rican rainforest at

Come meet the newest stars of the Sheriff’s Office Children’s Animal Farm, as well as all the old favorites, including Tina the Key Deer, Eeyore the Donkey, horses, bunnies, ferrets, pigs, chickens, ducks, goats, tortoises, a llama – and the list goes on. The Animal Farm is open second and fourth Sundays and is located on Stock Island, just off of College Road underneath the Sheriff’s Office Main Detention Facility. Group visits can be scheduled separately by calling Farmer Jeanne Selander at 305-293-7300.

 In the photos:
·         Peter and Lesley Parente, with Peeper the Kinkajou
·         Maggie the Sloth loves to hang upside down from the trees in the farm’s Aviary

Master Chef Classic Winners

The 15th Annual Master Chef Classic winning Chefs gather to receive their winning plaques for their winning categories. This years winners represent a cross sections of wonderful Key West Restaurants and Chefs from the A & B Lobster House, the Rooftop Cafe, the Westin’s Bistro 245, Conch Republic Seafood Co., Hot Tin Roof at the Ocean Key House, Better Than Sex, A Dessert Restaurant, Finnegan’s Wake

Wal-Mart Stores Inc helps Keys Kids

Wal-Mart Stores Inc has made their most generous donation to date of $5000.00 to Toyz for Keyz Kidz. Accepting on behalf of Toyz for Keyz Kidz are Detective Linda Hartley-Mixon and Sheriff Bob Peryam.

GLEE Hosts Annual Green Living Awards at Key West Botanical Gardens, Online Voting Begins

Florida Keys Green Living & Energy Education will host its Annual Meeting and 2nd Annual Green Living Awards from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens, 5210 College Rd. 

A short presentation of GLEE’s accomplishments in 2008 will be followed by the Green Living Awards presentations, which will honor eight recipients in four categories: individual, business, agency/organization, and local government. Four winners will be selected via the online Popular Vote on the website; and four others in a blind vote conducted by the GLEE board of directors. Nominees will be posted to the website on Feb. 3, with the online Popular Vote process beginning at 10 a.m. Wed. Feb. 4 and ending at 9 p.m. Wed. Feb. 18.

Andres Mejides, owner of Elfin Acres Organic Farm, DBA/Tropical Delights, teacher at Miami Dade College and zone 10 adviser for Rodale’s Organic Gardening magazine, will address the state of organic farming in the Redlands and creating an organic raised-bed vegetable garden.

A reception will follow with appetizers provided by The Café and Blue Heaven.

Admission to this event is free to GLEE members and $10 for non-members. For more information write to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address),  or to RSVP go to homepage and click on the Eventbrite link.

GLEE President Alison Higgins addresses crowd gathered for Green Living Awards presentations at Tranquility Bay in Marathon


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