Also in Your Town: free flowers to honor veterans on Memorial Day, first Spanish Spelling Bee at ITMS and more.
PCAF launches public sculpture project
Artists Paul Beaulieu and Tom Anastasio created a loggerhead turtle sculpture named Claude, which is the first of the “Turtle Trail” project with Palm Coast Arts Foundation that will be found throughout Flagler County. Claude was inspired by the impressionist artist Claude Monet and sponsored by Parkside Realty Group.
“During this initial launch, each sculpture will be named after the historical artist whose inspiration the work was derived,” PCAF Executive Director Nancy Crouch said in a news release. “Each turtle will be numbered as to the order in which they were produced, and each bronze plaque will name the artist, the sponsor and date of installation. We chose the loggerhead because they are indigenous to our region.”
Contact PCAF at 225-4394 or [email protected]. Sponsors may call to reserve a turtle ($5,000 with half down at time of order). Artists may call to add name to list of participating artists in which the sponsors can choose from.
Rehabbed eaglet released at Princess Place, local eaglet fledgling also flies
The eagle population at Princess Place Preserve increased by one on Friday, May 18, when a rehabilitated male fledgling was released at the county park.
The newly released eaglet — estimated to be 11 or 12 weeks old — was found on March 31 in a rural area of Alachua County. He was first taken to the University of Florida School of Veterinary Medicine and later transferred to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland.
In an effort to hold one more moment in the limelight, the locally born fledgling — believed to be female — took her first flight on Saturday.
“She was gone from the nest for several hours and returned late in the afternoon,” Audubon EagleWatch Program member Judie Dziak said.
Battle of the Books
On Thursday May 10, the media center at Rymfire Elementary was abuzz for this year's “Grades 3-5 Sunshine State Young Readers Award” Battle of the Books.
The final battle winners were: tied for third place Andrew Jones and Daniel Volkov, in second place Marc Volkov and in first place Lorenzien Wright. The placement winners were awarded VISA gift cards, and all participants were invited to a pizza and dessert lunch party.
On Tuesday May 15, three teams competed in the RES sixth-grade 2018 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Battle of the Books. The winning team included Aiden White, Gabriel Ramirez and Kainoa Villaverde.
First Spanish Spelling Bee at ITMS
Indian Trails Middle School held its first Spanish Spelling Bee on May 17. Eleven students, out of 187, were chosen to represent their class in the bee. Spanish teacher Angela Gilliam said she plans on doing a countywide Spanish Spelling Bee next year.
The first, second and third place winners received a certificate and a $30, $25 or $10 gift certificate, respectively. Paul Grau won first place, Krish Sagar earned second and William Sisk won third.
Rymfire spring concert
On Thursday, May 10, the Rymfire Elementary School Music Department presented their annual spring concert "Bright!" The kindergarten through second-grade chorus presentations featured volunteer of the year St. Clair Kennedy. Steel bands, hip hop dancers, guitar club players, third- through sixth-grade chorus, faculty and administration presented, and the finale special performance was the Rymfire Alumni Band. See the performances online: http://resroadrunners.com/res-events
Free flowers to honor veterans
Cut Up and Sew, located 160 Cypress Point Parkway, Suite D116, will host a Memorial Day Flowers Foundation event Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26. The Memorial Day Flowers Foundation is nonprofit organization that partners with civic groups, florists and store owners like Cut Up and Sew to put long-stemmed roses on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day.
"We wanted to take part in remembering our vets and to remind others about the sacrifices each veteran has made protecting our freedoms," Pat Verhagen, owner of Cut Up and Sew, said in a news release.
While supplies last, the public is invited to stop by the store to take a free rose to place on the grave of a veteran in our local cemetery. Guests can also give a flower to the spouse of a veteran. Call 447-1103.
Irish Social Club awards scholarship
At the Irish Social Club’s monthly meeting and dinner dance Wednesday, May 9, the club presented a $1,000 scholarship to Margaret O' Mahoney, a graduate of Matanzas High School who was born in Ireland and enjoyed her childhood watching Gaelic football matches. She plans to study nursing at Emory University.
AKA Sorority awards scholarship
The members of Chi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and its affiliate the Ivy Community Foundation, Inc. recently awarded nine scholarships to graduating high school seniors. Each scholarship recipient received $1,000 and may be eligible for a continuing scholarship for the next four years. Including the scholarship awards presented this year, Chi Delta Omega Chapter has awarded $78,000 in scholarships since 2003. This has been possible through the support from the community in achieving our mission of "service to all mankind" with education as one of the organization's primary initiatives.
Volunteers needed with US Coast Guard Auxiliary
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is ramping up for Safe Boating Week. Beginning May 12, it will partner with West Marine to provide free vessel safety checks to power and sail boat owners. Additionally, it will provide inspections of kayaks, personal water crafts (Jet Skis), and wake boards.
Safe Boating week begins May 19 and will continue through May 27. During this time, we will visit marinas and boat ramps in the Flagler County area to perform these vessel safety checks.
The USCG Aux is actively seeking volunteers to serve the county and local areas. USCG Aux activities include: patrols of the Intracoastal Waterway, administration of vessel safety instruction courses and vessel inspection. Volunteers also provide food preparation and other services for the USCG allowing them to concentrate on life saving and law enforcement.
Those interested in volunteering or have questions about vessel inspection, contact Stephen Brooks at 435-421-1252 or [email protected].
Flagler Humane Society pets in need of adoption
Lollipop – 38368055; 1-year-old female terrier mix
Zach – 38133429; 2-year-old male hound mix
Solenne – 38411799; 1.5-year-old female terrier mix
Justice – 38176436; 8-year-old chihuahua mix