While in Carrabelle, Florida (pop. 2,778), we got to know Randy Harrison and Joan Matey. They’re married. Joan is a local artist who specializes in various art mediums (paints, pencil drawing, miniature sculptures…) Randy, 62, is a personal trainer two days a week about an hour north of here at a YMCA in Tallahassee. And he also volunteers with the Sheriff’s Department in Franklin County. (Randy is in such good shape, he still looks like he could still play linebacker somewhere.) Besides their “day jobs,” so to speak, both are extremely active in their community — going the extra-mile with most everything they do. (The essence of some of our platform is to mobilize more people to become involved with local community, like it was in the “old days.”) Joan, for instance, is helping organize a new Community Garden in close by Lanark Village. What’s more, she puts on the “Fishy Fashion Show” at the annual River Front Festival here. This features models wearing her “clothing art,” if you will. Yellow raincoats adorned with colorful fishing lures, sea shells, and the like. Burlap coats with painted “fish tails,” sponge bow ties, crab trap hats… All things Joan has scavenged from the local beaches. She’s big on recycling. And she’s big on saving the environment in general. The underlying theme for the Fishy Fashion Show is one of environmental consciousness, with characters like: The Estuary Fairy. Joan is also the curator for the Crooked River Lighthouse and Museum here. She led us on a tour through a tremendously creative lighthouse museum she, in essence, designed from scratch… Randy, on the other hand, often works behind the scenes helping Joan with staging at the festival. He also started a Neighborhood Bicycle Patrol and has been part of the Community Volunteer Security Patrol. (Part of our crime prevention platform calls for a lot more citizen involvement.) Note: It’s people like Joan and Randy who are the backbone of their communities, and extrapolated out: the backbone of the country. Problem is, as we’ve traveled we’ve noticed a significant amount of this community proactivity is, well, on the decline.