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Keeper of the Cape Florida Lighthouse: Ranger Rob

Since today is Fun On Friday, my final post on Bonnie Bracey Sutton will resume tomorrow. And you won’t Ranger, Robert StoneyRobert Stoney -Keeper of the Cape Florida Lighthouse  by Jon Schaubhutwant to miss it. She’s awesome, right?!

So while the weather is so bleak and dreary here in NYC, – rain all day –  I figured, let me take my loyal readers to sunny, Key Biscayne, Florida! Whoo hoo! If only…

Now, it’s got to be the coolest job being a park ranger. Not only are you outside all day, but you’re also meeting  new people all the time. Such is the case with my uncle, Rob, who was fortunate enough to meet painter, Jon Schaubhut. Jon painted this awesome picture of Ranger Rob! Thrilling!

You might remember back to August 2007 – I posted a story about my uncle, Ranger Rob. He’s the lighthouse keeper (hmmm to only be a keeper of light) for the Cape Florida Lighthouse. Anyway, recently he participated in the My Island Home reading  at the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. It was all in an effort to celebrate Literacy Month. Rob and other park rangers read excerpts from My Island Home, an oral history of the island of Key Biscayne in the early part of the 20th Century, as recalled by William Thomas. And to top-it-off, the readings took place in the lighthouse! How cool is that?! (Florida DEP)

So I wish you all, a fabulous weekend! And even though the clouds are dark today (in some parts of the world) we all can be keepers of light that will inspire our young people to do great things. I guess the rain showers are making me feel a little sentimental today.

Paul Stoney
No sooner did I end this post, only to receive an email from my cousin on yet another uncle – Ranger Rob’s brother, Paul Stoney, also making headlines. Paul is executive director of the Charleston YMCA and just happens to be celebrating his birthday today. He’s so amazing in so many ways.
Here’s a blurb from a recent article – Paul Stoney: Planting seeds, transforming communities by Lisa Lopez Snyder – a writer for Charleston Regional Business Journal. (Photo comes via CRBJ /Paula Illingworth)

Lisa writes…

Stoney has already introduced and/or enhanced the following programs: Black and Hispanic Achievers, a mentoring program that introduces teens to college prep and career choices; Youth Sports, an athletic program on Daniel Island where the city of Charleston provides the space and the YMCA coordinates the activities; Y-Guys and Princesses, a father/daughter program; Golf, a collaboration with the Mount Pleasant Junior Golf Association to teach area children golf; and Dance, a program that offers ballet, tap and jazz lessons.


In addition, the YMCA’s summer day camp has grown under Stoney’s leadership to 270 children. Just 91 participated in the program last year. 

Congrats and Happy Birthday, Uncle Paul! Have fun today!



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  2. Lori Sheppard says:

    Hey Robby, You look great and you’ll always be my brother-in-law! Love Lori

  3. Jon Schaubhut says:

    Hey Ranger Rob. Happy New Year 2009.
    Keep the light bright all year.