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Turtles to the Sea July 20th, 2017 by Pamela A. Keene

August is a busy month for turtles in Florida. It’s a time when hatchling loggerhead, green and leatherback sea turtles continue to make their way to the ocean and begin their lives of adventure. Organizations such as the free-admission, nonprofit...


A Promise to Never Forget July 20th, 2017 by Carol Watson

Firefighter pays tribute to those who died on September 11 with annual stair climb For Panama City Beach Fire Captain Terry Parris, the events of September 11, 2001, were a defining moment. A fireman since 1991, Terry watched the terrorist...


A Visual Love Letter July 20th, 2017 by David LaBelle

For 50 years, I have dreamed about photographing God. In the past, I even kidded that when I died, I wanted my family to place a Nikon F camera loaded with 100 ASA film in the casket with me. I...


Appreciating Their Experienced Guide to Change July 20th, 2017 by Pam Blair

Visiting Washington, D.C., is a new experience for many Youth Tour students. Thankfully, they are led by someone who has been there before and is dedicated to making the trip a life-changing experience for them. Edie Beiner, director of statewide...


A Patriotic Pilgrimage July 20th, 2017 by Pam Blair

The nation’s history comes alive for Florida high school students on Youth Tour Andrew-Paul “AP” Griffis reaches down and grips the hand of the wheelchair-bound veteran. “Thank you for your service,” the athletic 16-year-old says, locking eyes with the frail...


Enjoy One of Nature’s Best Light Shows July 20th, 2017 by Curtis Condon

Sky watching is a favorite pastime, even while participating in other outdoor activities. That’s especially true this time of year, when there is more than just stars to observe. Mid-July to late August is the perfect time to marvel at...


Chasing the Thrill June 20th, 2017 by Christopher Gaylord

Joe Connelly, 20, grinds along the edge of a bowl at a skate park in Florida. Joe, who lives in Gainesville and attends Santa Fe College, has been skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding for most of his life. Photo by Mari...


Take the Bite Out of Summer June 20th, 2017 by Curtis Condon

Local fishing guru, Pop, taught kids more than how to fish. He taught them a lot about bugs, too. “Keep your mouth shut,” he told a girl complaining about mosquitoes one day. The other kids shut up immediately; they thought...


Florida Beaches No. 1 June 20th, 2017 by Pamela A. Keene

Florida’s beaches topped the list of the 10 Best Beaches in the United States, as compiled by Dr. Beach, also known as Stephen P. Leatherman. Based on nearly 50 criteria—including water and sand quality, safety, green management and access to...


The Living and the Dead June 20th, 2017 by David LaBelle

I have always been drawn to cemeteries, especially old ones containing grave markers from the Civil War era. There is something primitive—something I cannot completely explain—that draws me there. Whether or not we admit it, many people are drawn to...