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Your Town: Wadsworth Elementary School 5K raises $5,000

Also in Your Town: Veteran honored for 99th birthday.
by: Paige Wilson Community Editor

The second-annual Wadsworth Elementary 5k Run/Walk was held on Saturday, April 27, at the school. The over $5,000 in proceeds from the race will benefit Wadsworth Elementary Special Programs. There was also a free Kid's Dash around the bus loop for children age 6 and under following the 5K.

Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager challenged everyone at the race to mentor student through three running groups — two from WES and one from Bunnell Elementary School. Sixty students were mentored to reach a goal of running and finishing their first race.


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Veteran honored for 99th birthday

The Bookettes, a Grand Haven book club, visited veteran John Unger and presented him with a German chocolate birthday cake and card, which named him an honorary member of The Bookettes. Courtesy photo

To celebrate the 99th birthday of Tuscan Gardens Assisted-Living resident John I. Unger, his daughter-in-law, Jacki Unger, and The Bookettes (a book club in Grand Haven) joined together on April 30.  After reading the book wrote about him, “The Last Corpsman.”

The Bookettes visited John Unger and presented him with a German chocolate birthday cake and card, which named him an honorary member of The Bookettes.

The book chronicles the life of John I. Unger from his birth in Austria in 1920, his immigration to the U.S., joining the Navy, his training as a Corpsman and his subsequent assignment with the Marine 1st Defense Battalion on Wake Island. He married young, and while he was at Wake Island, he became a Prisoner of War for 44 months.  All during this time, he wrote beautiful love letters to his wife; these letters are incorporated into the book.


Join the Quilts of Valor

The Quilts of Valor Sew Days are the third Thursdays of each month, at the Palm Coast Elks Lodge. Courtesy photo

Quilts of Valor Sew Days are held at Palm Coast Elks Lodge No. 2709, at 53 Old Kings Road N., on the third Thursday of every month, since 2017 when Kelly Wise Chapman started it. The sew days are currently hosted by  Leslie Mullins. Military veterans touched by war are nominated to receive a quilt.

About 300 outstanding veterans are waiting to receive a quilt. Visit Call Elks Lodge Public Relations Committee member Vivian M. Smith at 446-9954.


Youth photography workshop announced

Award-winning graphic design teacher from Flagler Palm Coast High School will instruct students at the Saint Augustine Camera Club, in cooperation with the Guy Harvey Resort on St. Augustine Beach will hold a Youth Photography Workshop June 24-28, at the Guy Harvey facility, 860 A1A Beach Blvd.

This workshop is designed to give youth the fundamental techniques of photography. The students will learn — on DSLR cameras provided by Canon — how to manage exposure, focus and composition, as well as the basics of how to download and process the photos. Class will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, with the afternoon reserved for assignments. Cost for the five-day program is $250. Limited scholarships are available.

Admission is juried because the workshop is for serious students who want to learn the basics of photography. Studies are intense and hands-on, and the students will use what they learn to produce a short portfolio. The best photograph of the week for each student will be displayed at an exhibit at Guy Harvey Resort during the summer months.

Interested students need to submit a short essay — three or four paragraphs — about why they want to attend the workshop. Registration and scholarship information are available through the SACC web site at


FCSO PAL Coordinator awarded by National PAL

Flagler County Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic League Coordinator Kerri Henderson was named the March Inspirational Award Honoree by the National Police Athletic League, according to a press release.

Henderson has worked for the FCSO for two years and spends countless hours of her personal time working with and mentoring children in Flagler County. Kerri has been instrumental in obtaining the McGruff grant, which allows the FCSO PAL to teach children about safety with McGruff the Crime Dog.

“Kerri is instrumental in bridging the gap between law enforcement officers and school-aged children,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. “She continually finds ways to get students involved and excited to learn about safety.”

Kerri was nominated for the award by her supervisor, FCSO PAL Director Nicole Quintieri.

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