Bike Tour Successful
Story and Photo by Alyson Crean

If there was any question whether Key West is a biking town, it was answered last week when several hundred cyclists young and old hit the streets for the Lighted Bicycle Tour. Some wore Santa hats, others covered their bikes with tinsel and lights, some just came as they were. But they had a wonderful time touring through the island city, enjoying the holiday displays at homes and businesses. Tom Wheaton, who led the effort with the City of Key West’s Bicycle Action Committee, said he was thrilled with the volunteers who helped keep the event organized and safe.

Volunteers were ready to register the oncoming crowd of participants. Left to right: Ty Symroski, Phillip Anderson, Christine Russell, Tom Wheaton, Cynthia Buccanan, Beth Pellicier, Alyssa Sawyer, Christina Lindley and Karen Frank-Noll.


Jimmy Carter Recognizes Habitat Key West
Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalind, long time supporters of Habitat for Humanity, graciously took time out of their family vacation in Marathon to say “thank you” to Habitat for Humanity of Key West & Lower FL Keys for their outstanding efforts in completing the Bayside Landing development on Big Coppitt Key.  Mr. Carter signed some nail aprons and tool belts, as well as signing the painting that Habitat homeowner, Abigail White, presented to Habitat at a recent House Party at Bayside.  Mr. & Mrs. Carter were presented with a framed picture of the White’s unveiling the painting, some other pictures and information about what this exciting organization has accomplished in the Lower Keys.  Mr. Carter said they were planning work trips to Haiti to support Habitat International’s efforts to stabilize that devastated island by providing housing for its people and he recognized the ongoing work our local affiliate is involved with to provide affordable housing for our workforce in the Lower Keys.

Pictured are Terrence & Atticus White, Rosalind Carter, Abigail & Archie White and former President Jimmy Carter.  Photograph is courtesy of Terri Brentnall.



Sombrero Beach Holiday Games

It was plenty warm recently for a hula hoop contest! On Wednesday, Dec. 29, the City of Marathon Parks and Recreation Department held beach games at Sombrero Beach for local residents as well as the numerous visitors of all ages from all parts of the globe. In addition to hula hoop competitions, afternoon games consisted of an egg toss competition, egg-on-the-spoon relays, a corn hole toss and basketball and football challenge drills. The Parks and Recreation Department also gave out prizes and awards to participants. Photo by Marathon Parks and Recreation Department



Ladies of the Moose Help Foster Parents Association

Ladies of the Islamorada Moose did it again! Pearl Staton, Mary Callisen, Karen Haupen, Rose Duke, Lynn Hoak, Diane Rohr, Kathy Lewis and Terry Rich (up front) purchased, wrapped and handed gifts over to Santa for delivery to foster children and their families in the Keys.

Many thanks ladies, from the Florida Keys Foster Parents Association!



MARC House Enjoys Stouts Christmas Luncheon

Suzie Curry and her staff at Stout’s Restaurant in Marathon recently hosted a Christmas luncheon for MARC House. Pictured, front row (l-r) are: Diane, Miss Corrine of MARC House, Curry and Sydney; back row (l-r): MARC Instructor Miss Krissy, Irene, Lupe, Aldo, Alain, Kristopher and Kenna.



First PKS Students of the Week, 2011

Mrs. Given chose Angel Kelley for Student of the Week. Angel is an outstanding 5th grade student in all subjects. She is respectful of her teachers as well as kind and helpful to other students. She has perfect attendance that helps her to be the successful student she is. These are the things that demonstrate her PKS PRIDE. You can do anything, Angel!
Ms. Rembisz chose Tobias Pointer for Student of the Week. Tobias is always prepared for class, works diligently in class, and gives his best effort. Tobias treats his peers and adults with respect and kindness. Tobias’ consistent, kind respectful traits will lead him to many successes in his life.




Michigan, Kansas Win Orange Bowl Swim Classic

The University of Michigan men’s swimming team won its third consecutive Orange Bowl Swim Classic in the Florida Keys Tuesday, while the University of Kansas captured the women’s division.
Michigan finished the sprint-style competition with 372 points, while second-place George Mason University amassed 187 points.

Michigan coach Mike Bottom said the win wasn’t as important as the opportunity to have some serious competition entering the Big Ten collegiate swimming season.

“This is a proving ground, before we go back and start our racing season,” said Bottom. “What makes this exciting is that we have guys that get a chance to win an event who have never won before.”

Kansas swimmers trounced the competition winning 11 of 12 women’s events for 297.5 points. George Mason’s lady swimmers placed second with 87 points.

The competition, staged at the Jacobs Aquatic Center, was the culminating event of a month-long winter collegiate training season in the Florida Keys.

Photo by Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau




Sea History Magazine Features CGC Ingham

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Former Key West City Commissioner Bill Verge was surprised and pleased to see the CGC Ingham featured in the current issue of Sea History magazine. Verge, who is the volunteer director of the two historic ship museums at the city’s Truman Waterfront, calls the Ingham and the Mohawk historical treasures.

“This type of publicity for Key West emphasizes our Maritime history and that of the nation,” said Verge.

The Ingham is the only Coast Guard Cutter in history to receive two Presidential Unit Citations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. She served for over 50 years before its retirement and its eventual resurrection in Key West as a museum.



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