The girls pose for a photo in front of a giant frame. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]
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Getting their GLOW on: Young ladies share in a spa day

It was an afternoon for Franklin County middle and high school girls to get a little tender loving care from an older sisterhood, and to leave illuminated, inspired and prettified.

Skye Wilsey sits with curlers in front of a church organ with a sign that reads “Love in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you.” [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

On June 10 at the St. George Island United Methodist Church, the women from the church hosted about a dozen girls as part of their GLOW event, started three years ago as an outreach to local girls who might not otherwise get that sort of attention when it comes to learning about various occupations, to getting gift bags filled with hygiene and beauty products, journals and self-esteem books.

Phan Anderson works on sixth grader Emma Shiver’s curly hair. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

The GLOW program, which stands for Go Light Our World, opened with Sheriff AJ Smith and other county employees, as well as Apalachicola Police Officer Ashley Webb, coming out, to share information on law enforcement, EMT and firefighting jobs, and to view their equipment. Dancers from Forgotten Coast Performing Arts stopped by the church’s fellowship hall as well, to share their talents and inspire others.

Fifth grader Elaina Eitmann gets her hair braided by Hannah Smidt. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

After that, it was girly-girl time, with professional manicures and hairstyling, from women who work in the community. There was Lucy Cooke, with Nails by Lucy, and Debbie Flowers, with Unique Nails.

Dancers from Forgotten Coast Performing Arts give a demonstration. [ Claire Rice | Contributed ]

Franklin County fifth grader Alaina Eitmann had her nails alternate between green and burgundy, while freshman Skye Wilsey chose a shade called “Lotion Please.”

“I feel female power!” she said, after having her luxurious brunette tresses formed into ringlets by a set of curlers.

Seventh grader Colette Wood gets her nails done. [ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

Charles Petty, the director of the youth center at the Eastpoint UMC Church, was one of the few men in the room.

He said the youth group there meets Friday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Shopping at the Glow Boutique [ Claire Rice | Contributed ]

The afternoon closed with pizza and banana splits, and the girls getting a chance to go to the Glow Boutique to pick out gently used shoes, handbags and clothing collected through thrift stores and personal donations.

Sponsored included Tiffin Furniture, Ace Hardware, the Grady Market, St. George Island Trading Company, Friends of the Library, Cape St. George Lighthouse, the Piggly Wiggly, the St. George Island Civic Club, Brag ‘N Bones, Lynn’s Seafood, and the Eastpoint Brewing Company.

Some thoughts to live by.[ David Adlerstein | The Times ]

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Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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