Seen & Heard: Aug. 30

August 30, 2013 

Lincoln class of 1961 CELEBRATES 70

Lincoln Memorial High School Class of 1961 celebrated it's 70th birthday with a luncheon Aug. 17 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Beach Club in Lido Beach. Front row, from left, Louise Terrell (Neal), Freddie King, Dr. Alphonso Smith and Stephanie Boston; middle row, from left, Eugene Jones, Willa Mae Boston (Mitchell), Earlene King, Lorine Brown (Reed), Arthur Mae White (Lewis), Sarah Dawson (Green), Rudolph Carter; back row, from left, Minnie Lee Jones (Battis), Dr. Chares Jackson, Vivian Hamilton (Hart) (Houston), Deloris Carter (McCauley)

De Soto National Memorial's Youth Advisory Council takes trip to Smoky Mountains

Recently, 12 high school students from DeSoto National Memorial's Youth Advisory Council spent a week in Smoky Mountain National Park. They attended classes and activities at the remote Tremont Institute ( on the Tennessee side of America's most visited national park. The YAC students range from 15-18 years old and attend five different Manatee County high schools. They spent a week connecting with nature in pristine wilderness. They hiked to a waterfall, monitored salamanders, tagged endangered birds, and studied the night sky amongst plenty of other activities. Many of the students had never seen a mountain before, never mind the copperheads, bears, and white tailed deer that they encountered along the way. The students earned their trip through extensive volunteer hours at DeSoto National Memorial. The trip was funded through a combination of park funds, Friends of DeSoto donations, and a grant from the National Park Foundation.


Several members of Lakewood Ranch-Sarasota ELK Lodge donated their time to pack "goodie boxes" for deployed troops from Manatee County thru the Manatee Operation Troop Support organization. They meet once a month to pack up to 50 boxes to be sent to troops overseas. In addition to books, paper and pencils, there is a large collection of snacks such as Slim Jims and Beef Jerky that have been requested by the soldiers themselves.

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