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Palm Coast Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017 3 years ago

Flagler students awarded National Flight Academy scholarships — and six other community notes

This week's Your Town includes a local author's new book and the upcoming senior games.
by: Paige Wilson Community Editor

Scholarship winners for National Flight Academy

Flagler Beach City Commissioners awarded eight Flagler students in seventh to 12th grade with scholarships for the National Flight Academy on June 22. The honorees were: Cody Michaux (Flagler Palm Coast High), Douglas Bentley (Matanzas High), Kale Britton (Matanzas High), David Labron (Matanzas High), Garrett Linton (Flagler Palm Coast High), Megan Brink (Matanzas High), Grace Ledrich (Matanzas High) and Olivia Whitten (Flagler Palm Coast High).

Local author

Palm Coast author Jennifer Niland Wright published a book called “The Grumbly Pug”. The book is written from the viewpoint of Wright’s first pug, Zoe, and includes a collection of true, short stories. Other adopted animals are featured, as well.

Floodplain rating improves

Palm Coast’s new floodplain management rating is among the top 13 in the nation. Officials from FEMA, ISO and the Florida Division of Emergency Management presented the rating, which measures how well a city is reducing the risk of flood and a provides residents discounts on flood insurance, at the Palm Coast City Council meeting in June.

Find your game

The fourth annual Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches Senior Games will be held Sept. 9 to 24. Adults age 50 and older can sign up for the competition in 11 different sports: archery, cycling, single and doubles tennis, single and doubles pickleball, golf, golf croquet, swimming, horseshoes and ballroom dancing. To sign up or get more information, visit or sign up in person at the Palm Coast Tennis Center or Parks and Recreation Department offices at the Frieda Zamba Swimming Pool.

Engineering the future

Flagler County Engineer Faith Alkhatib will be inducted as president of the Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents on June 30 for the upcoming year. FACERS is a nonprofit that’s tasked with monitoring how legislation will affect transportation and public works, updating the “Florida Greenbook” and more. Alkhatib is currently the vice president of FACERS.

Palm Coast Citizens Academy graduates

Twenty-nine Palm Coast residents graduated this month from the Palm Coast Citizens Academy, which is a comprehensive five-week program designed to educate interested locals about the operation and workings of the city government, including visits to City Hall, the main Fire Station 25 and Water Treatment Plant No. 3. The graduating class is the 40th in the program’s history. 

This session’s graduates were: Gloria Benedict, Jim Bowling, Phyllis Bowling, David Burns, Kathy Burns, Paula Callaghan, Elaine Deehl, Todd Deehl, Mary DeVito, Robert DeVito, Martin Dusel, Maxine Dusel, Caroline Fleet, Mark Fleet, Jerry Frame, Katherine Frame, Nicki Haynes, Andre Hofmann, Eugene Hofmann, Jonita McCree, Partricia Nice, Bernard Packman, Sue Packman, Rod Poster, Tina Poster, James Stewart, Maria Stewart, Maryse Toussaint and Ilsa Wilhelm.

The remaining session for 2017, which starts in September, is full. But spots are still available for next year’s classes, beginning in March, May and September 2018. To register, go to and search for “Citizens Academy”.

This session’s Palm Coast Citizens Academy graduates. Photo courtesy of Palm Coast

15th anniversary of AKA

The Chi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. recently celebrated its 15th anniversary with a white party, in which everyone dons white clothing, and dinner at Halifax Plantation Golf Club in Ormond Beach. More than 225 guests joined members to commemorate the occasion.

Members of the Chi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrated its 15th anniversary with a white party. Photo courtesy of Myra Middleton-Valentine
Members of the Chi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. celebrated its 15th anniversary with a white party. Photo courtesy of Myra Middleton-Valentine


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