Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce Director John Solomon and Board Chairman Donna Duncan, at left, present top volunteer honors, to from left, Mary Stutzman and Franklin Needs’ Roxanne Christie, Lauren Luberto and Dayle Fint. [ Becca Sapienza | Contributed ]
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Volunteers honored at boat and car show

Shiny varieties of vintage boats and classic cars lined up in front of Riverfront Park April 20, for the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Boat & Car Show.

But the real cream puffs were the names announced as the county’s top volunteers.

In a presentation amidst the show, Chamber Director John Solomon and Board President Donna Duncan announced that Mary Stutzman had been named Volunteer of the Year.

Apalachicola resident Stutzman, a retired director of Florida State University’s Survey Research Laboratory, is an ever-present volunteer on several fronts, including the annual Sizzler 5K, which she directs, as she has remained an avid runner into her 70s.

A lifetime achievement award named for the late Nancy Hodgson was presented to the non-profit, all-volunteer Franklin Needs, Inc. a group promoting breast cancer awareness and which raises money to offset the cost of mammograms for those women, and men, who might otherwise put off undergoing this life-saving tool for detection. 

The group recently donated well over $137,000 as a local match to help fund the new mammography equipment at Weems Memorial Hospital.

Accepting the award for Franklin Needs was Vice President Roxanne Christie, Treasurer Dayle Flint and Secretary Lauren Luberto.

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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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