BY JACK SHORT - Thomas Krause seems like a man who likes to let his paintings speak for themselves, and his work is loquacious. His website, thomaskrause.com, lists some of the major awards and honors he’s won since 1996. It’s a long list.
His work is featured on the covers of magazines such as “Gulf Coast Angler Magazine.” He was selected as a finalist in contests run by “The Artist’s Magazine,” and “Florida Wildlife Magazine,” among others. His art has graced lure packaging, “Alaska Fishing on a Budget,” FWC decals and more.
Most recently, some of his work was chosen to be the official tournament art for the World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament.
This year instead of exchanging Christmas gifts, how about collecting supplies to send to our courageous troops in Afghanistan? Last year the response from the community was overwhelming and more than 30 packages were shipped by The Seale Family overseas.
They will be collecting donations at The Seale Family office at 430 E. Railroad Ave. and at Bowen Construction, 446 4th St. (upstairs). The last day to send will be on Tuesday, Dec. 10, so they will receive things for Christmas. They will be sending packages up until that date.
Items needed are pocket warmers, (available at WalMart), hot chocolate mix, instant soup packets, ramen noodles, protein bars, beef jerky, trail mix, hot sauce, men’s heavy dark color socks, beanie style hats, baby powder, baby wipes, Tenactin foot powder (their feet get soaked walking patrols), hand sanitizer, soaps, shampoos, lotion (any small bottles you may have collected at hotels) instant oatmeal packages, sports magazines, paperback books, stationery, pens and paper, Christmas decorations and cards, nuts and candy, board games, dice and playing cards. Anything you think the troops would enjoy. Any cash donations are welcome to help with the shipping charges. The troops also would appreciate a letter, card or note from all who donate. They asked that we include self-addressed post cards with your donation so they can send their thanks.
If you would like to adopt your own group of soldiers, you can get information at anysoldier.com.
Englewood Pop Warner Wild Cats and Cougars each placed second in their division at Southeast Regionals over Thanksgiving weekend! Both teams are heading on to Nationals at ESPN Wide World of Sports Center Disney World next week. The girls are beyond excited. This has been an extraordinary cheer season full of heart, commitment, endurance, skill, talent and perseverance. The girls have been dedicated to their teams, coaches and the sport practicing 3 to 5 times a week since August for 2 to 3 hours each practice.
The Englewood Pop Warner Cats Cheer Teams are still in need of funds for their big competition next week in Orlando.
Please visit “Englewood Cats Go to Nationals” at gofundme.com/5jk8bk and help them reach their goal of $10,000.
A special thank you to the following donors: Parsley-Baldwin Realty, The Seale Family Inc. Realtors, The Temptation Restaurant, The Agles Family and the numerous individuals who have supported the Englewood Pop Warner Cheer Competition fund raising endeavor thus far. We know there are many of you who purchased Publix Holiday Pies and Honey Baked Gift Cards … too many to list but we are very appreciative of you all.
And now on to nationals!
BY MARY BESS, BOCA GRANDE GARDEN CLUB CORRESPONDENT - Jackie Nicholson and Betty Fisher greeted more than 100 members and guests at the Boca Grande Garden Club’s sold out Christmas Luncheon held in the private dining room at the Gasparilla Inn on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Chairs were squeezed in at tables to accommodate the overflow crowd.
BY JACK SHORT - Ever wanted to fly to the moon on a witch’s broom? Of course you did. So did the main character in a new book of the same title, as did the little girl who inspired its main character. Katherine Boyet’s daughter, Kate, or “Kate the Great” as she’s known in some circles, made a remark about flying to the moon on a witch’s broom.
As it turns out, it was a chance encounter with the turtle patrol while on vacation here in Boca Grande that inspired the rest of the story. To our knowledge the turtle patrol staff is not comprised of witches, whether you think that’s a good or bad thing. Just a disclaimer.
“It all began yesterday morning, December 7, at 7 am. ... "
When Bill East, a resident of Boca Grande who passed away in 1987, was deployed with the Coast Guard in 1941, he saw firsthand the devastation of Pearl Harbor. We may have never known what that experience was like for him, save for the fact that Patti Middleton managed to save a hardback book from a garbage pile.
BY JACK SHORT - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has riled some folks on the north side of the island with a string of non-compliance enforcements. Thirteen residents with homes on the south side of Gasparilla Pass were told by the DEP within the last three or four months that their docks were not compliant with Florida statutes regarding dock area and size.
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