Reflections from the Pulpit: Gifts – God’s offer and a wise request

Years ago Sears Roebuck used to publish toy catalogs at Christmas. I’d get one for my daughter and one year just before Christmas she asked me “What am I going to get for Christmas?” I didn’t know if she had anything particular in mind but guessed that maybe there was something she wanted. I got […]

Is your boat prepared for a hurricane?

GAINESVILLE — When a hurricane is on the horizon, boat owners need to do more than batten down the hatches to get ready, according to an expert with the University of Florida. Hurricane season started June 1, but boaters in the sunshine state can take steps now to make sure their vessels don’t end up […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: When people aren’t heard for the wrong reasons; and what to listen for

Somehow I was involved with a discussion on oil consumption when on vacation one year and where I disagreed with the people around me. I don’t remember all of the details, but I remember someone asking me “Where are you from?” I replied that it doesn’t matter where I am from, the points I was […]

Writers shine in Literacy Showcase

This past spring, six residents from South Bay Correctional & Rehabilitation Facility (SBCRF) participated in an adult essay writing contest presented by the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County. The purpose was to showcase the writing skills and talents of students enrolled in adult education programs. The topic of the essay was to write a […]

‘Strike Out Hunger’ event in Port St. Lucie

The Treasure Coast Food Bank’s (TCFB) “Strike Out Hunger” Night will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie as the St. Lucie Mets take on the Tampa Bay Yankees. The St. Lucie Mets players will be wearing custom “Strike Out Hunger” jerseys, which will […]

FWC provides advice for safely living with alligators year-round

Alligators become more active during warm weather months, and it’s not uncommon to see them throughout the state. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges you to call their toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at […]

Being a Skywarn spotter is not for everyone

(But during a storm, they help everybody) From a young age, humans become fascinated by the sky with its big bright yellow blob and endless clouds in which you can see everything your imagination tells you is there. Then, usually soon after our first storm scares us inside, most of us find more important things […]

‘Water farming’ helps reduce flow to St. Lucie

They call it “water farming.” Caulkins Citrus Co., once home to orange groves, is the site of a public-private partnership to reduce harmful freshwater flows to the St. Lucie Estuary. The 3,200-acre site is adjacent to the C-44 Canal just east of Indiantown. Water from the canal is pumped into bermed reservoirs on the property, […]

Floridians advised to watch out for panthers

While two new litters of three Florida panther kittens each have been reported so far in 2018, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), mortality among the endangered species also grew, with three deaths during the past two months pushing the toll to 18 for the year. The latest casualties were discovered […]

Reflections from the Pulpit: A miracle unlike the others? An inward call from God

One member of a congregation I served was a person who accepted a very literal belief of scriptures — with one exception. Miracles did not phase him; they happened just as they were printed in the Bible and to be taken word for word. He was a hunter in his spare time and from a […]