Living off the Land

Environmental science teacher Lea-Ann Willems shares her sustainable lifestyle message with students, encouraging them to cultivate a passion for the environment.

Pitch Perfect

Nerve damage and a freak accident may have cut short Jessica Cusimano’s time on the mound, but that didn’t stop the star softball player from delivering a perfect pitch

A Touch of Cheer

A Touch of Cheer Edit Delete Unpublish Submitted by admin on Mon, 2015-03-02 10:07 Carol Dee Ankrom has been called “artsy” her entire life. So, when it came time for the artist to name her burgeoning business, the task was simple. She decided on Artsy June – her nickname meshed with her daughter’s middle name. Whimsical by nature, each one of Ankrom’s paintings aims to capture the innocent delight that only a mix of children and creativity can convey.Read more about A Touch of Cheer

Behind the Camera

Photographer Steven Martine has built his dream career, shooting for National Geographic and famous musicians. And, in his free time, he also competes in bike races that take him thousands of miles across the United States.

The Timekeepers

The Timekeepers Edit Delete Unpublish Submitted by admin on Thu, 2015-01-29 09:42 Chimes, bells and melodies interrupt the constant tick-tock of clocks greeting visitors at Clocks By Hollis in Port St. Lucie, but the sounds certainly don’t bother the father-son team who run the shop. With dedication and passion in honoring the high-quality tradition of mechanical clocks, Phil and Kris Hollis fix, clean and sell every kind of timekeeper imaginable. All types – from Russian ship clocks and cuckoo clocks, to grandfather clocks and pocket watches – are on display.Read more about The Timekeepers

Auction King

Auction King Edit Delete Unpublish Submitted by admin on Mon, 2014-12-29 06:15 Some days, auctioneer John McInnis is appraising and selling a small coin collection, personal antiques or fine jewelry. Other days, he’s organizing a major sale of John F. Kennedy’s personal items, including a bomber jacket that sold for $655,550. And other days, he’s auctioning off fragments of a historic battle flag that is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.Read more about Auction King

Centennial Mayor

Centennial Mayor, The Toledo, Ohio, native first moved to Florida in 1994, and relocated to Stuart in 1995.

Exceptional Entrepreneur

For entrepreneur Craig Danzig, there were PET/CT scans before Porsches, medical films before Ferraris and medical billing before Bugattis.

Family Ties

Family Ties Edit Delete Unpublish Submitted by admin on Mon, 2014-11-24 04:06 The library’s literature selection beckons bookworms to comfy chairs – until the adjacent ice cream parlor poses too many tasty temptations. Then the living room, with its 30-foot-high ceiling and arched windows, entices with a snuggly couch, fireplace and grand piano. Grand Oaks of Jensen Beach resembles – with all the amenities – an upscale resort. Instead, it’s the latest luxury-assisted living facility from the founders of Visiting Nurse Association of Florida.Read more about Family Ties

At the Top of His Lungs

At the Top of His Lungs Edit Delete Unpublish Submitted by admin on Tue, 2014-10-28 09:34 Some boys dream of being a boat captain or a construction worker, but not Dr. Dennis Tishko. Director of the Martin Health System’s Lung Health Center, Tishko always wanted to be a surgeon.Read more about At the Top of His Lungs

Maestro of the Choir

Though he’s now retired, Martin County High School’s former OPUS choral director Ronald Corbin has left an unforgettable legacy.

Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love Edit Delete Unpublish Submitted by admin on Mon, 2014-04-28 04:51 Being in the right place at the right time is more than being lucky – it’s about being prepared. For long-time Stuart residents Bill and Leila Oughterson, it was both. From being tucked snuggly in a bed for an emergency appendectomy when the atom bomb was dropped to seeing an old girlfriend who happened to introduce the future couple, they have lived a charmed life. Leila, 91, and Bill, 87, live comfortably at Sandhill Cove after years of using their energy to help others while making Martin County home.Read more about Lucky in Love

Passionate Preservationist

Passionate Preservationist Edit Delete Unpublish Submitted by admin on Mon, 2014-04-28 04:51 “Look at that view!” Gloria Fike exclaims, throwing open the door to the second story veranda. The water of the Indian River sparkles under the sunlight, the tops of the palm trees sway softly in the breeze. “This was Mrs. Leach’s bedroom,” Fike remarks, “and she had the best room in the house!” The Mrs. Leach she is referring to is Coca-Cola heiress Anne Winship Leach, married to Willaford Ransom Leach. The house is The Mansion at Tuckahoe, perched upon a hill in Jensen Beach.Read more about Passionate Preservationist

History Keeper

History Keeper Edit Delete Unpublish Submitted by admin on Fri, 2014-02-28 09:59 The first of four generations of Martin County natives, Toley A. Engebretsen has been a hardworking, civic-minded, good neighbor since he was born here in 1928. Owner of Toley’s Boatyard in Port Salerno until 1969, having taken it over from his father 10 years prior, the Engebretsens were the go-to guys for boat repair, sportfishing charters and small boat construction at the height of the commercial fishing industry in the famously rough-and-tumble pioneer community.Read more about History Keeper

A History Buff

A History Buff Edit Delete Unpublish Submitted by admin on Wed, 2014-02-19 05:36 It’s early morning. He sips his coffee, gazing out over the St. Lucie River from the comfort of his own home. It’s a view he knows well, having lived on the same street for a lifetime.Read more about A History Buff

Southern Charm

Southern Charm Edit Delete Unpublish Submitted by admin on Tue, 2014-02-18 13:27 “Number, please?” Thousands of times over her 35 years as a telephone operator for Southern Bell in downtown Stuart, Dorothy Anderson’s sweet Southern drawl helped connect calls for residents, even before there was a dial on the phone and before you even had to know the number you were calling. “There were less than 300 telephones in Stuart, and pretty soon I had all the numbers memorized,” says Anderson, who is a healthy 96 years old and living with her daughter, Debra Sigafoose, in Tropical Farms. “Stuart was a quaint little town, even smaller than Port Salerno.”Read more about Southern Charm