- Faith & Family
There are many people, especially non-Floridians who do not have a clue about our “Sunshine State.” For those who call Florida home, here is some useful information that you might to know.
Florida became a state on March 3, 1845. Our state bird — the Mocking bird; our state flower — the Coreopsis; Florida produces about 75 percent of the oranges in the U.S. and accounts for about 40 percent of the world’s orange juice supply; Key West has the highest average temperature in the U.S.; Orlando attracts more visitors than any other amusement park destination in the country; we have 36 species designated as threatened, including the Florida Panther, the American Crocodile and the West Indian Manatee; our parks are the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and contain the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere.
Brenda Hepburn-Eaddy of Burlington, North Carolina and son Rodrick Knowles and Roland Sands are visiting their mothers Joyce Major-Hepburn and Helen Ward Sands-McCoy and their families.
Wedding anniversary greetings to our love birds: Anthony and Lakeshia R. Taylor, 8 years, April 24; Ltc. Anthony P. and Juanita W. Armbrister, 43 years, April 25; Edwin and Gaile M. Holland, 25 years, April 25; Alex and Kenyatta B. Jaramillo, 9 years, April 26. Some Miamians and Saint Agnes Church were saddened by the death of William Pinder, Jr. and extended our sympathy to his wife “Jessie” and their family.
The King of Clubs of Greater Miami will bestow the honor of “Man of the Year 2012” to Shedrick Gilbert, president of the Algonquin Club on Sun., May 6th at the Double Tree Hotel (downtown) at 1 p.m.
Our get-well wishes and prayers go out to “all” of the sick and shut in members of our community. Among them are: Philip Wallace, Lemuel Moncur, Princess Lamb, Frankie Rolle, Cecil Stanley Newbold, Louise H. Cleare, Wilhelming S. Welch, Elouise B. Farrington, Fredricka Fisher, Artie Bell Edwards, Lottie M. Brown, Shayne Hepburn, Tiffany Sholtz, Jacqueline Finley-Livingston, Anthony Armbrister, Joycelyn Newbold-Smith and Benjamin Addison, Sr.
I attended Saint Veronica Chapter of Episcopal Church Women where my sister, Gayle Sweeting, is president. Last Saturday, The Church of The Transfiguration (Episcopal) and the Reverend Father Terrance A. Taylor (Rector) held their beautiful fashion show; their theme was, “Spring is in the Air.” All enjoyed a wonderful time. Present were: Alicia Casey, Patricia Lynch, Meisha Davis, Patricia Davis, Alyce Martin, Bloneva Taylor, Thelma Newton, Althea Sample, Sylvia Sands, Ruth Williams, Althea Woods, Monique Woods and Clara McCoy.
Traveling buddies who made the trip to the islands of Saint Thomas, Puerto Rico and the Turks for a week of fun and relaxation were: Father and Mrs. Richard L.M. Barry, Tellis and Doris Ingraham, Gloria McPhee, Sharon Anderson and Carolyn Spicer Mond They report having had a wonderful trip.
By Anna Grace Sweeting