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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Rebecca Cleveland, Third generation in local art

March 8, 2024
The COVID pandemic was a terrible thing, but it had some incredibly good and unexpected impacts in some people’s lives. Rebecca Cleveland is one of those lucky people. It was when she discovered s…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Called to a life of faith, in Boca Grande

February 29, 2024
There is something special about Garth Bailey. It only takes a few minutes talking to him to know what it is. He is unabashedly in love with the Lord. Garth is from Ocho Rios, Jamaica, but live…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A banker with most interest in his Faith

February 22, 2024
Money and ministry go hand-in-hand for Larry Hannah. His efforts have shown that, in the right hands, money can be the root of much good, rather than evil. Larry proved that beyond any doubt as he…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: No longer on vacation in Boca Grande

February 15, 2024
You may have noticed a new byline in the Boca Beacon. Behind the byline is the latest addition to the Beacon staff, Anna Ridilla. She’s new to the Beacon, and even to the newspaper business, but n…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Life calling an ace volley of sport, family

February 9, 2024
Anne Beatty is amazed that she is still being called to do the things she is good at, and things she loves doing. She knows not everyone who reaches 81 can do that. The credit, she believes, goes …

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: From 4-H to playground builder, volunteer

February 2, 2024
When it comes to getting thing organized and getting them done, few people can outshine Gloria Mitchell. She is small in stature, but has a way about her that gets big things accomplished. Love is…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Green Flash was in the plan for investor Rick Ganong

January 26, 2024
Rick and Kris Ganong have a philosophy: work hard, play hard and give back to the community. It is how they live their lives, and they found a whole community of like-minded people when they start…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Pat Witschonke, West Point blind date succeeds 52 years

January 19, 2024
Pat Witschonke laughs easily, and enjoys life. She knows what she likes and what she doesn’t. Because of her humor and style, she has been able to surround herself with the things she likes. Princ…

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Pam Heilman, attorney and community volunteer

January 4, 2024
Few people are more enthusiastic, joyful, grateful, or optimistic than Pam Heilman. She is a board member and number one cheerleader for the Boca Grande Historical Society. Pam served as president…

Profile: Karen Irvine, artist and teacher of sailors valentines

December 22, 2023
Come February, valentines will be on many people’s minds. For Karen Irvine, a certain type of valentine is on her mind almost all the time. She is an artist who specializes in “sailors’ valent…