To celebrate Viva Florida 500, the Flagler Reads Together committee chose the book, “Maria,” by Eugenia Price for its 12th-annual read.
The story begins in St. Augustine in the 1760s as the British arrive and continues through the years of the return of the Spanish. It is based on the life of Mary Evans. “Maria” was written in 1977 and is one of the books of the “Florida Trilogy.”
Flagler Reads Together kicks off 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, with a program called “Florida History: Three Views,” with Betty Jean Steinshouer.
A schedule of events is as follows:
— 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 6: Fort Matanzas State Park boat ride and park tour.
— 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 13: “A Day in St. Augustine,” visiting the barracks, The Oldest House and other sites. Meet in parking lot of The Oldest House. Cost is $4 for adults. Optional afternoon tour of the Ximenez-Fatio House is also available.
— 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16: Dianne Jacoby portraying several women of the era in “Florida: The First 500 Years.” Three historically significant women.
— 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 20: Local author Bill Ryan talks about his book, “I Am Grey Eyes.” This will be held at the Flagler Beach Library. Grey Eyes is a real Seminole cattleman who may have scouted some of the routing for the Old Kings Roadway.
— 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27: British tea party held in combination with the Flagler Library Book Club discussion of “Maria.”
+ Medals all around: Three honored for heroic act
Stephen and Chase Sabine, of Flagler County, and Rodney Olney, of Putnam County, were presented the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution’s Medal for Heroism by the St. Augustine Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution during a ceremony, at Old Kings Elementary School.
The SAR’s Medal for Heroism is presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of imminent danger.
These three recipients observed three distressed boaters — Patrick David, Henry Moore and George Davis — who were being swept out to sea by the current. Their boat was stalled on a sandbar and was taking on water.
Sabine, Sabine and Olney were able to retrieve the men from the water and transport them to the Fort Matanzas Dock for medical treatment. Davis subsequently succumbed to injuries incurred while in the water.
The medals were presented by Dr. Oscar Patterson III, president of the St. Augustine Chapter; William Roberts, past chapter president and Ronald Stark, president of the Flagler Chapter.
During the awards ceremony, Old Kings Elementary School was presented the SAR’s Flag Certificate, for its proper and patriotic display of the U.S. flag. The certificate was accepted by Principal Nancy Willis.
+ Around town…
Due to recent mandates made by the county, Second Chance Rescue must build a breezeway. The shelter must raise $5,000. To donate, visit www.everribbon.com/ribbon/view/11027.
The Palm Coast Yacht Club will host an open house 5-7 p.m. Friday, March 1, at 1 Yacht Club Drive. Vocalist Linda Cole will provide entertainment.
The Flagler American Legion Post 115 held a Memorial Service dedicated to the Four Chaplains.
The Flagler Humane Society will hold its monthly Vaccine and Microchp Clinic 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the shelter, 1 Shelter Drive. Rabies vaccinations are $12 and microchips are $25. All dogs must be on leashes and all cats must be in carriers.
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