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Commencement celebration 2011

WINTERBERRY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY: By Jane A. Marlowe Winterberry Christian Academy celebrated Commencement exercises Tuesday, June 7 in the Sanctuary of the Baptist Family Church. Dawn Sheldon, principal, welcomed guests, students and families and introduced Pastor Aaron Lundquist who offered an opening prayer. Students Sydney Lundquist, Katherine Felipe and Kiera Ludwigsen thanked their teachers, staff and families for giving them the opportunity to learn and grow in the exciting environment of the Academy. They concluded their remarks with a fast paced, entertaining slide program of life at Winterberry. Molly Rayner, who with her husband, John, has been a strong supporter of ... Read More »


By Frances Diebler Harbor Fever, we all get it and we all have to learn how to deal with it. First of all, I should explain just what is, “Harbor Fever”. Simply stated, Harbor Fever is a mental disease all cruisers get from time to time especially if they are in a fully equipped safe harbor with many other boats, cruisers, provision stores, and all the amenities necessary to provide you with a comfortable life. But, alas, there comes a time when you have to move on if you want to continue on your journey. I speak only for myself, ... Read More »

Q&A with Simba

This column is the opinion of a 3 year old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they own… Dear Simba, I am honored to live across the street from you in a small burrow in an empty lot with my mom and dad and my 2 other brothers (or rather I think they’re brothers). I ... Read More »


By Crystal Manjarres Q. What are some important nutrients I should be including in my diet? A. According to the USDA, Americans are lacking in seven essential nutrients: potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, vitamin C, and fiber. Potassium has been shown to decrease blood pressure naturally, in addition to enhancing fertility, as well as muscle and nerve function. Potassium is readily available in many foods such as: bananas, potatoes, avocados, apricots, walnuts, peanuts, strawberries, oranges, broccoli, tomatoes and squash, just to name a few. My personal favorite way to consume potassium is pure coconut water- it has double ... Read More »

The Summer Milky Way

By Mike P. Usher Tonight the Summer Triangle is above the horizon again after its winter absence. The bright trio of Altair, Deneb and Vega lies embedded in the summer Milky Way. Except for the previously mentioned three, there are few bright stars in this region, but there are literally millions of dimmer ones. Scan with your binoculars from Deneb leftwards towards Sagittarius – innumerable stars will be revealed. Even more may be seen if you wait a couple of days for the too bright Moon to get out of the way. On the chart you will see a number ... Read More »

Summertime events in the Everglades

By Patricia Huff The Big Cypress Sportsmen’s Alliance is scheduling a Kids Swamp Buggy Safari for Saturday, June 18. This event will be confined to private property access trails due to the 60-day Preserve closure during this time. Plans are for all to meet at 9 AM at the Concho entry point which is located seven miles north on Turner River Road off US 41. The program will include a BBQ and buggy ride in the afternoon before returning at approximately 4:30 PM. For more information, please call 239 370-8532. The 36th Annual Miccosukee Music Festival will be held on ... Read More »

Donation to ACS leads to unique airplane ride

By Natalie Strom Last February the Greater Marco Island Unit of the American Cancer Society held their annual Hope Ball at the new Marco Island Historical Museum. This black-tie affair consisted of a silent auction which raised money for R.O.C.K.  Reaching Out to Cancer Kids is a portion of the ACS which focuses on providing special opportunities to children with cancer and their families. The event, which raised over $125,000 for R.O.C.K. would not have been nearly as successful without the donations to the silent auction.  Some of these auction items included tickets to “Dancing with the Stars,” tickets to ... Read More »

The origin of local place names

By Craig Woodward A few issues back I wrote an article about a former settlement known as “Grocery Place,” now located in Collier Seminole State Park, and pondered about how this name came to be given to such a remote location considering it was never a place to get groceries! As it turns out, persistence paid off, as a series of four articles written in January of 1927 for The Koreshan Unity’s newspaper “The American Eagle,” published in Estero, provided the answer: Grocery and Sugar Bays, at the entrance to Palm River, were “named by a mishap to the supplies of ... Read More »

Marco Lutheran Church BASIC Training for teens

By Faith Rattei Middle Schoolers and their friends from the Southwest Florida circuit of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod came together on June 11 at Marco Lutheran Church for some BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) Training around what it means to be a servant. This Servant Saturday was inspired by the Synod’s challenge to pick a Saturday in June where the teens would serve the local community. The Marco Island Middle School graciously opened their doors for this event. The kids cleaned lockers, classrooms, windows and offices. After lunch, the kids went to Grace Lutheran to pack military ... Read More »

The Greater Marco Family YMCA Celebrates Father’s Day

The Greater Marco Family YMCA celebrates Father’s Day 2011. First celebrated in June 1910 at the Spokane YMCA in Washington, Father’s Day is now recognized all over the world. “The Greater Marco Family YMCA is proud to join our Marco Island famillies in honoring fathers,” said Cindy Love, CEO. “Dads, and Moms, play a paramount role in children’s lives, and the Y is committed to helping foster those relationships.” Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Louis Smart Dodd, the daughter of a single father who served in the Civil War. On Mother’s Day in 1909 Smart Dodd heard a sermon ... Read More »

Independence Day CELEBRATION

Celebrate Independence Day at a family-fun event in historic Everglades City on Saturday, July 2. This small friendly community will have a parade, arts & crafts sale, raffle, contest for best-dressed kiddies, music, and food. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony. The Patriotic Parade begins to wend its way through the streets at 10:00 a.m. with everyone competing to win a prize for the best float or swamp buggy or golf cart. After that, there will be hot dogs, cold drinks, and Key Lime Pie ice cream bars for sale under the pavilion in McLeod Park where the Arts & ... Read More »

Photo Contest: Bring Your Dog to Work Day June 24

Bring your dog to work and take a photo. Take the photo of your dog in your chair or in front of your business sign – be creative, have fun! The National Bring Your Dog to Work Day is June 24. The contest begins June 24 and ends June 30; the winner will be chosen July 1, 2011, and announced on our website. Go to for details on how to enter your photo for the contest. The winning photo will be displayed on the home page of and a link to your place of business on the website. ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Launches Florida Panther Pilot Compensation Program

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is launching a one-year pilot program to help alleviate financial hardship that some small farms may experience due to Florida panthers preying on their free-ranging cattle. The program will also provide financial assistance to encourage building protective pens for smaller livestock and domestic animals. The pilot program’s goal is to encourage coexistence between landowners and native wildlife. The first pilot program, the Free-Ranging Cattle Compensation Program, is designed to help compensate small farms when their free-ranging animals – typically calves – are lost to panthers. Due to limited resources for the pilot program, priority for ... Read More »