Rick LaFleur: Hercules, Steve Reeves, and Miss Gladys Giddens
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Rick LaFleur: Hercules, Steve Reeves, and Miss Gladys Giddens

First time I encountered Hercules I was 12 or so. Not the Marvel Comics hero who debuted in 1964, but the unforgettable bodybuilder-turned-actor Steve Reeves in the 1958 English-dubbed Italian film, “Hercules,” the first of eight sword-and-sandal flicks he starred in over the next five years. For me it was love at first fight, and…

Library helps to create U.S. citizens
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Library helps to create U.S. citizens

Miguel Castillo and his wife Beatriz have studied and passed their US citizenship tests, thanks to resources at the Apalachicola Margaret Key Public Library.  Librarian Lucy Carter said to study for the US Naturalization test, the married couple checked out bilingual Civics flash cards created by US Citizenship and Immigration Services to study. Miguel has…

Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce honors Willis
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Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce honors Willis

The Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce last month honored Apalachicola’s Helen Ausley Willis with its Trailblazer award. Presented to women for their career success and their leadership role in volunteering and community service, the Trailblazer recipients, selected by the chamber’s Women Business Council, are chosen for the example they set to inspire and empower…

Apalachicola native serves aboard warship in Mayport
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Apalachicola native serves aboard warship in Mayport

Seaman Jamal Robinson, a native of Apalachicola, serves aboard USS Lassen, a U.S. Navy warship operating out of Mayport. Robinson, who graduated from Franklin County High School in 2022, believes the skills and values needed to succeed in the Navy are similar to those found in Apalachicola. “My hometown taught me not to let things…

Members assemble goodie bags for nursing home residents
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Members assemble goodie bags for nursing home residents

The January meeting of the GFWC Philaco Woman’s Club was hosted by arts chairman, Barb Paget and featured an interesting presentation from Devorah Kirschenbaum, owner of Art of Glass on St. George Island.  As a community project for January, Philaco members donated 120 rolls of paper towels to the Elder Care Community Council for their…

Singing in the rain
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Singing in the rain

Weather doesn’t wash out festival’s spirit A weekend full of persistent drizzle and light rain put a damper on the activities of the 31st annual African-American History Festival but it didn’t cancel the celebration. With the theme “The Dream, The Struggle, The Reality,” the Hillside Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola (H’COLA) did what it could…

Reborn!
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Reborn!

Crooked River ‘pirate ship’ readies for maiden voyage Nine years ago, after the Carrabella “pirate ship” playground burned to the ground at the Crooked River Lighthouse on Mother’s Day 2015, Steve Allen was determined to build it back better. As an architect by profession and president of the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association, Allen set to work…