To view as a slide show, click on the first image.
Rhys Prettyman, 2, scattered bubbles in the air while waiting for the egg hunt. The hunt was part of Sarasota County’s annual Big Truck Day EGGstravaganza, which allows children the chance to explore the county’s biggest equipment while showing parents what their tax dollars are funding. From fire trucks and police patrol cars to tractors and semis, kids could climb up, honk the horns and blow the sirens to their heart’s content.
Penelope Bodry-Sanders of New York was already concerned for Madagascar after her flight over the island gave her a view of its deforestation problems. But when she saw her first lemur, a critically endangered mammal indigenous only to Madagascar, that was it. “My heart was taken, consumed, stolen. I wanted to do something about it,” she said. She founded the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City in 1996, where it now is home to 51 lemurs of different species.
Aiden Kelly with the Braden River color guard performs during half time of his school’s biggest rivalry game of the year against Lakewood Ranch High School.
A few red-tufted lemurs pause curiously on a boardwalk built especially for their kind at the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City, Fla. The foundation is home to 51 lemurs and an inexhaustible wealth of knowledge about one of the most endangered mammals on the planet.
A staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, Mike Tooley served three tours in the Middle East. His father died when he was 11, and he started spending more and more time with Myakka City agricultural friends and their fathers. “It’s not work, it’s family to me,” Tooley said. He’s now the foreman at Blackbeard Ranch under his mentor and nationally-known cattle ranching activist, Jim Strickland. “What I’ve learned in the last three years is something I couldn’t get anywhere else,” Tooley said.
Jason McKendree described himself as a lost soul before his journey into ranching. The Bradenton-born 40-year-old is now a successful cattle operations manager for Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, the developer behind the master-planned community of Lakewood Ranch in Florida. “There’s a lot of aggravation being in the cattle industry in the middle of a master-planned community,” he said. “But that’s just progress. To be a part of this community is pretty cool.”
Lorenzo Waiters retired from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office after 36 years with the department. His years there weren’t always easy; he had to struggle with racism both in and out of the office and live through attending a fatal accident call at which his own daughter died on scene. “I’ll never forget this day,” he said. “I was walking in the office, and before I got to the break room, I heard a lieutenant say, ‘That (racial epithet) will never make it.’ I was fighting for acceptance at homes and within the Sheriff’s Office. That was my determination to make it.”
After seeing an airplane fly over his grandfather’s field in Illinois as a boy, Hank Lackey dreamed of becoming a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. Everyone told him he wouldn’t make it, but their disbelief only fueled his ambition, to which he succeeded. Lackey decided to publish a book, “Farm-boy to Fighter Pilot,” about his life. “My desire is that my story will live on to inspire others,” Lackey said. “I’m 82, but I’m going for 120.”
Mary Lou McFate proudly displays her collection of Daughters of the American Revolution pins, which include the names of her family members who participated in the Revolutionary War. “Patriotism is being sacrificial. For those in the military, for the rest of us general, we are being sacrificial by showing our flag every day or on a holiday to go downtown to see a parade and thank military for their service. It’s doing things for other people. We’re all proud to be Americans,” she said.
Whitney Hayward is a senior at MU, double-majoring in journalism and Japanese. One of her favorite hobbies is crocheting; she learned the skill from her grandmother.
Surrounded by their teammates, Columbia College guards Heather English and Aqua Corpening celebrate after their 91-83 victory over William Woods University in the American Midwest Conference Tournament Championship Monday evening, March 4, 2013, at Southwell Complex.
MU wide receiver Wesley Leftwich tries to stop defensive back John Gibson after he intercepted a pass at the Spring Black and Gold game Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Faurot Field. Mizzou 1 defeated Tigers 2 21-14. Mizzou 1 was the starters team and Tigers 2 was the reserve team.
University of Missouri Extension Fire and Rescue Training Institute instructor Dean Martin watches the fire simulation during a training session. This simulator can help teach firefighters to look for the causes of a fire.
Taryn Ashlosk, 5, tried to get the apple without using his hands at the Hometown Celebration July Fourth at Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse and Adventure Quest. Over 300 people attended the festivities, which ran 10 am. to noon.
Adam Arcane, band leader and business manager, sings the lyrics to Painted In Blood’s original song, “Zombies on Mars,” Monday, March 11, 2013 in his garage in Columbia, Mo. The band’s LP is set for release no later than March 31, 2013.