Dr. Dougherty Resigns

The Marco Island Academy board of directors has announced the resignation of the science teacher. In an email to parents, the board wrote: The Marco Island Academy is writing to inform you that Dr. Michael Doherty (Science Teacher) has chosen to leave his position at our school. Dr. Doherty will be temporarily replaced by Mrs. Lori Havemeier, an experienced substitute […]

Randy Wayne White slept here

By Kathleen Douglas I admit it. I’m addicted. Once I discovered Randy Wayne White and his passion for narrative set in South West Florida I became his number one fan. In between escapades shared with our hero, Doc Ford and his erudite trans-channeling sidekick Tomlinson, I get my RWW fix by visiting some of the places Ford frequents from his base […]

Don’t Miss Miss Dottie’s Duck Derby

By Natalie Strom Miss Dottie’s rubber duckies are getting ready to go back to work. The 17th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby is set for March 10th at 11:00 AM. Once again, rubber ducks will race down the olympic-sized swimming pool to raise money for the YMCA’s Aquatic Program. Everyone knows Miss Dottie. If she didn’t teach you or your kids […]

Marco Writer’s Group welcomes Terry Helwig

By Joanne Tailele My name is ______ and I am a writer! For some of us at the Marco Writer’s Group, this is a leap of faith more than a statement of accomplished works. We gather together to gain insight, hear encouragement and master skills from each other and our renowned speakers. On Wed. Feb 8th, we were uplifted by […]

One Perfect Shot

Diane Bostick dianebostick@comcast.net   Author: Steven F. Havill. Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press 2011. I am preparing myself mentally to start reading Ken Follett’s Fall of the Giants which is a whopping 1,000 pages long. I am sure I will enjoy it as I have many others written by Mr. Follett, but, in the meantime, I need to read something reasonably […]

THE VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE, Miracles and more

Tarik Ayasun turk1949@comcast.net There are a few traditions and places which are holy to both Christians and Muslims. One such place is “The House of the Virgin” in Western Turkey located in a nature park between Ephesus and Seljuk and believed to be the last residence of Virgin Mary (Meryemana or Mother Miriam in Turkish.) This place is considered sacred […]

Viking River cruises and America Travel

By Monte Lazarus Here on Marco Island, America Travel Arrangements has promoted river cruises ever since this form of relaxing travel became popular in Europe. The company was one of the first to take a group of Americans, most of them from this area, on the “Voyage of the Czars” itinerary from Moscow to St Petersburg when that became possible […]

Missing marker and nest

By Capt. Carl Kelly  I noticed recently that the green 15 daymark, channel mark, northbound from Marco toward Naples is missing. I asked around. No one seems to know what happened to it. There have not been any severe storms, so it wasn’t weather. Someone in the dark of night may have gotten out of the channel and pushed it […]

Mid winter fishing in the 10,000 Islands

Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com It has been a relatively mild winter here in the 10,000 Islands. Up until the end of the first week in February, day time air temperatures have been much warmer than normal, which has kept the near shore water temperatures about 5-8 degrees warmer than average. We were seeing water temperatures in the low 70’s prior […]


SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher eas-newsletter@earthlink.net Look west tonight, or any night for the next couple of months, and you can not fail to see Venus. In fact you can even see Venus in broad daylight with a little perseverance. The easiest way is to get up before dawn and keep an eye on Venus as the sun rises […]

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