Elsie-Mae Brown is ready for some quieter enjoyment at the Port St. Joe fireworks with her grandparents Michael and Angela Anttila, from Port St. Joe. [ David Adlerstein | The Star ]
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Children of the red, white and blue

Throughout the Forgotten Coast, families gathered to celebrate the spirit of independence that is woven into the fabric of America.

They ate, they played, they listened to music and they enjoyed fireworks, all part of a celebration of the nation’s 248th birthday.

Essential to the holiday is the play of children, and in both Franklin and Gulf counties, children were everywhere you looked, delighting in the celebration of this nation’s precious freedoms.

“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson , in “Illusions,” a November 1857 article in the Atlantic magazine. “I look upon the simple and childish virtues of veracity and honesty as the root of all that is sublime in character. Speak as you think, be what you are, pay your debts of all kinds.”

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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