PHOTO PROVIDED -- Trees and palms are natural lightning rods.
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Shag party celebrates dance
SUN PHOTOS BY DONNELL BATES -- On the second Friday of every month at St. Andrews Country Club in Punta Gorda, couples and singles gather to dance to music from Motown and beach music popular in the 1960s and 1970s. The dance is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday was the night for the Shag party. Seen here are Rachelle and Jim Pastorfield.
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Bud Gerow served with 'Merrill?s ?Marauders? in Burma during WWII
SUN PHOTO BY DON MOORE -- Bud Gerow is shown with a shadowbox of military medals he received while serving in 'Merrill's Marauders' during the Second World War. In addition to the Purple Heart, he received the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Silver Star and the Bronze Star for valor. His outfit was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for the jungle war it fought in Burma against the Japanese. At the bottom is the China, Burma, India shoulder patch and a 'Marauders' patch.
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Environmental center gets new CEO
SUN PHOTO BY BRENDA BARBOSA -- On July 14, Charlotte Harbor Environemental Center welcomed its new CEO, Thomas Hecker. Hecker replaces former CEO Jim Thompson who retired in May.
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All Faiths vegetables coming to Englewood
SUN PHOTO BY STEVE REILLY -- Richard Smithson, a Venice resident, sorts out peaches that will be distributed by All Faiths Sprout program to those in need. Smithson is willing to drive to north Sarasota County weekly to help out.