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A vision from God

December 1, 6:30 p.m. at New Life Community Church Carol Cruise was given a vision from God of walking around the perimeter of the United States and to pray for our country. The mission: to claim this country for God’s purpose and to share His love with all people. The walk began on January 1st, 2002 when Carol took her first step north, leaving South Beach Miami, Florida. A three-foot cross was placed at the southern most part of the beach to mark the start of the venture. She continues to plant a small cross every mile she walks. The ... Read More »

MIHS “Mr. Pickwick’s Christmas”

The Marco Island Historical Society Presents “Mr. Pickwick’s Christmas” by Marion Nicolay with music from the Marco Island Charter Middle School Brass Band in the Rose History Auditorium at Noon Tuesday, December 7thA Luncheon will be served $20 per person Please bring a gift for a less fortunate family on Marco! for the luncheon menu, click on the link below: MIHS_Holiday_Party_2010.pdf [17.96K] Four footloose bachelors share their Christmas adventures in 19th century London. Before Jeeves and Wooster, there were Winkle, Snodgrass, Tuttle and Pickwick. These characters from Charles Dickens will delight you with the unique way English gentlemen celebrated Christmas. Marion Nicolay’s dramatic presentation from ... Read More »

I still don’t know where to stand on the court?

By Doug Browne Good doubles teams have a true sense of where to be at the right time. Experienced teams move to the middle when necessary, cover the alleys when the ball moves far to one side and go backwards to cover the tough lob. However, too many CTA and USTA league players are caught moving to the wrong angles of the court and are completely unaware when the opponents are going to lob. In order to gain an early edge with your opponents, make mental notes during the warm-up. For example, if your opponent always runs- around her backhand, ... Read More »

Superintendent’s Art Gallery night

Collier County School District Superintendent, Dennis Thompson, and Pat Carroll of the School Board presented Stephanie Simon with a certificate for outstanding achievement in art. Linda Cummings from the Superintendent’s office, is given three selections from each school. One is chosen to be displayed during the Superintendent’s Art Gallery Night. The winning pieces will hang in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Administrative Center until Spring 2011. Tommie Barfield Elementary art teacher, Ms. Kathy Anderson was present for the award. Alison Horschler also a student from Tommie Barfield received Honorable Mention for her artwork. Read More »

We’re Prisoners!

By Monte Lazarus It’s the holiday season, so the time has come to tell all. We’re all prisoners of computers…every last one of us. When you, or even a little kid, look at that computer screen, you are not really looking at it. Uh-uh. It’s looking at you, and sometimes chuckling to itself about how dumb we are. They’ve quietly and effectively conquered us so-called humans. Machines control everything, and machines are, in turn, controlled by – yes, computers! IBM, HP, Dell, Gates, Jobs – the whole mob are probably robots designed and built by machine. How do we vote? ... Read More »

ALZHEIMER’S FROM A-Z

Collier county has an estimated 11,720 full time residents who have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. On Tuesday November 30th at 2pm, Catherine Cruikshank, Ph.D, Director of Education for the Alzheimer’s Association, FGCC will present a free educational program on the topic of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias at Sanitasole Senior Health Services on Marco Island located at 218 South Barfield Drive, Marco Island, Florida, 34145. Sanitasole Senior Health Services is Marco Islands only Adult Day Care #9078 and newly licensed Assisted Living facility #AL11919. Please R.S.V.P. Paula Camposano-Robinson of Sanitasole at (239) 389-6100 About the Alzheimer’s Association-Florida Gulf Coast ... Read More »

Tim Sullivan – I’ve been to 54 countries and every continent

Navy from Feb 73-Sept 93 The draft was in effect so I decided to ‘join’ rather than be pulled out of school. The day I was sworn in, President Nixon ended the draft! My dad had been in World War II, I remember when asking him but he always refused to talk about it. I took service day by day, the war in Vietnam was coming to an end. I liked being in the navy, there were no worries. For boot camp, I went to the US Naval Station Rosie Roads in Puerto Rico, similar climate to here. Then transferred ... Read More »

Marco Island Student Receives Sheriff’s “Do the Right Thing Award”

Marco Island student Alexandra Diaz, a junior at Lely High School was presented with the Collier County Sheriff’s Department “Do the Right Thing Award” by Sheriff Kevin Rambosk at a ceremony held on Monday November 15th. Alexandra along with nine other Collier County students were acknowledged at a function held at the Lorenzo Walker Vocational Institute, which was attended by more than sixty family members, friends, faculty and sheriffs. Each honoree was presented with a “Do the Right Thing’ trophy, certificate, gold medal and also received a congratulatory letter from Senator Bill Nelson. Alexandra was nominated by the Dean of ... Read More »

Isles of Capri water replacement on track

By Carl and Joan Kelly Applause greeted the table of Collier County engineers and project managers as they announced the end of Phase I of the water project on the Isles of Capri. It began in April and is nearly done this month. There are a few details to correct and the entire length of road is to be repaved with completion expected in January. Phase II is already starting with Haskins Incorporated getting the bid. It will be done in two parts since there are more houses involved. With 400 service connections and 37 fire hydrants Phase II is ... Read More »

Out there in plein air

By Tara O’Neill All writers dream of the day when a dilly of a story will just fall into their laps. Or, in my case, smack them in the head. Either way, the recent realization of that dream has me all fired up. There I was, at desk, struggling to turn a list of calendar events into prose. And it hit me. No, really, I dropped my head (a little too hard) onto a pile of freshly-printed e-mails and the top one actually stuck. I peeled it off my forehead, replaced it with a bag of ice, and minutes later ... Read More »

Finding your Passion

By Jeane Brennan The Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts worked with focus and determination to relieve their debt. Now, as the new year approaches, Executive Director D Michaels, Ken Stroud, Board President Elect, Art League staff and volunteers are anticipating another active and successful year. The Artistree in Motion tree painted by Inez Hudson is one way of thanking the Art League’s Angels of the Arts, Benefactors, staff and volunteers. It’s important though to remind the community of Marco Island to volunteer and support local associations and organizations. Classes beginning in November at the Art League are ... Read More »

Clearing a starboard side berth

By Capt. Carl Kelly Every boater has heard that to clear a starboard (right) side berth one should back off slowly at first. But why? The answer is side force. Side force is caused by the turning of the propeller. At low speed side force moves the stern of the boat to the side, almost as though the prop were crawling along the bottom. On a single screw vessel (single engine/prop) side force moves the stern to starboard in forward and to the port (left) in reverse. So, when docked on the starboard with a single screw, clear by starting ... Read More »

Emergencies Afloat

By Francis Diebler Life aboard is not always smooth sailing. Sometimes unexpected things happen and you should be prepared to handle most, if not all, accidents. Yes, I know, the old cliché “we are only going in the bay, or the sound, or out to the first marker.” I don’t know the accurate statistics of injuries afloat and where they happen, but if you are planning to cruise in the true sense of the word, accidents will happen in the most remote or distant places you can be at the time. That may not be any famous rule, but it ... Read More »

Those Pesky Cold Fronts!

By Capt. Pete Rapps Since we have recently experienced our first cold front of the fall season here in SW Florida, I thought it would be appropriate to explain how cold fronts affect our local fishing patterns. Mother Nature has programmed into a fishes head that it’s time to hunker down and find shelter when the barometric pressure builds. They come equipped with what is described as a “lateral line”. You can see the line running down the side of just about every fish. This line is in fact a sensing organ. …… a barometer of sorts, that fish use ... Read More »

Soccer Season!!

The Optimist Club of Marco Island has kicked off its 2010 Fall Soccer program on November 8th with new Soccer Program Director, Bob Poling at the helm. Currently, there are over 220 youth participating in the program and still growing. OCMI is still taking registrations to fill roster spots. This year, the theme is World Cup Soccer with the team taking on the names of World Cup country’s the likes of Spain, Germany, England and more. A total of 27 teams are broken out into separate boy’s and girl’s divisions grouped by kindergarten through 1st grade, 2nd through 3rd grade, ... Read More »

Framed again!!

By Matt Walthauer Last issue I explained steel and aluminum bicycle frames and their pros and cons, now I will explain the next two popular materials and lastly the mystery frame material Carbon Fiber- plastic strengthened and reinforced by a graphite textile Carbon fiber has become the most popular frame material used today; it is used in most higher end road racing frames and also higher end hybrid (a cross between mountain tire and road tire) and mountain bicycle frames. The tubing used to construct carbon frames is really quite different than used in metal frames; because of the fibrous ... Read More »

I still don’t know where to stand on the court?

Good doubles teams have a true sense of where to be at the right time. Experienced teams move to the middle when necessary, cover the alleys when the ball moves far to one side and go backwards to cover the tough lob. However, too many CTA and USTA league players are caught moving to the wrong angles of the court and are completely unaware when the opponents are going to lob. In order to gain an early edge with your opponents, make mental notes during the warm-up. For example, if your opponent always runs- around her backhand, it is a ... Read More »

Island Country Club’s link to golfing history

By Melody Kappauf Island Country Club has been a well-known and respected fixture on Marco Island and a support to the community since 1966 when it was developed by the Deltona Corporation. The club has a strong foundation for future growth, and boasts of its unique, historical link to the golfing world. “Champagne” Tony Lema was the Island Country Club’s first resident golf pro. Lema had nineteen professional wins including the 1964 British Open and back to back Buick Opens in 1964 and 1965. He was a member of the 1965 and 1965 Ryder Cup Team and his record (9-1-1) ... Read More »