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The mental time warp of being around young trees inspired me to pick up “The Overstory” for a second read. more
After 31 years starting as a volunteer EMT, then a 29-year career firefighter-paramedic, a lieutenant, battalion chief, and then back to the line as a firefighter, Mike Riegle, 57, finished his last 48-hour shift serving the Key Peninsula on Memorial Day. more
My cookbook shelf is overwhelmingly full. There are the tried and true staples, the vintage community cookbooks, the bread-and-sourdough-specific cookbooks, and the cookbooks featuring recipes from … more
In a brief private ceremony at Evergreen Elementary School, Hugh McMillan of Lakebay was honored by the Peninsula School District board of directors with the official naming of the gymnasium building as the future home of the Hugh McMillan Community Center. more
Whenever we ask Dad what he wants for dinner on literally any occasion, the question is usually posed tongue-in-cheek because we know the answer. It’s never steak, salmon, or burgers, … more
The notorious Down Home Band directed by Dr. William Roes will throw off the shackles of the pandemic to (safely) begin rehearsals for its 2021 “Back from Behind” season June 24, 7 p.m. … more
A commotion has been building outside. It has been building for days now. Some sort of forage fish is massing along the shoreline, and it has drawn a feeding frenzy of gulls, mergansers, cormorants, seals and eagles from miles around. more
By now, Grace Bennett is an old hand at lizard keeping. She is 5 years old, and her pet for the last year has been a northern alligator lizard named Baraka. Grace lives on a 5-acre farm near … more
After 34 years in the postal service, including eight as Vaughn postmaster, DeeDee Emmett will retire June 30 at “a very young 59-and-a-half” years old, she said. more
The summer of 1895 was a busy and exciting time for Edmund G. Edrington of Vaughn. All the parts of an idea he had been working on for a couple of years seemed to be coming together; it was time to form a company, raise the capital and make it happen. more
His name still evokes fear, anger and admiration five decades after his murder. Alex Haley interviewed Malcolm X more than 50 times from 1962 to ’65, and the result was a book alive with the same intensity as their all-night talks about racism, protest and brutality that seem little changed since then. more
It’s summertime and berry season is upon us. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries. more
Despite everything you’ve ever been told, it doesn’t take much to impress a woman, especially after she has become a mother. more
Many of us went to school with a Shuggie Bain. Depending on what school you attended, there might be several pupils like him in each class. more
A year ago, readers gave us their thoughts about COVID-19. This month, we asked some of the same readers how the pandemic has affected their lives. more
The Peninsula School District opened its doors to the last of its online students in mid-March for those who wanted to return. Not everyone did. more
On the first day of spring over 60 degrees, I find a currant decked out with pink pendant blooms. It radiates a fragrance of heat, sweat and pollen. more
Dr. Van (Mimi) Chau began working as pediatrician in January at the Key Center Medical Center where her colleague, Dr. William Roes, said she is the first pediatrician ever to practice on the KP. more
RoxAnne Simon might be a relative newcomer to the Key Peninsula by the standards of some old timers, but that hasn’t stopped her from having a big impact on the community. more
Tomatoes. For some, the memory of the first bite of a garden-grown vine-ripened tomato ranks right up there with a first kiss. Or the birth of a child. more
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