AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY: Why We Care

By Lisa Honig, Unit Exec. Director American Cancer Society, Marco Island This is the first of an ongoing series of columns dedicated to informing the Mar­co Island community about The American Cancer Society, the nationwide commu­nity-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, sav­ing lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, […]

THE PINES OF MARCO ISLAND, Not traditional christmas trees

PROTECTING & PRESERVING  Nancy Richie  NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com  Did you attend the City’s Christmas Tree Lighting last weekend? Have you gone by Veterans’ Park to see this beautifully trimmed tree? If not yet, take a look and Merry Christmas! On our semi-tropical barrier island, there are predominantly three species of pine-like trees. None would make for a hearty Christmas tree, but all have […]

Where’s the love?

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I had an eye opening experience the other day, while serving a friend in my shop who was picking out a “no apparent reason gift” for the lady he was head over heels in love with. This was one of many baubles he had presented her in the past couple of months. While my Mom […]

It’s the Carol that you sing

MUSIC NOTES BY GATOR NATE Nate Augustus rubeejaw@aol.com “ pair of Hop-a-long boots and a pistol that shoots, is the wish of Barney & Ben, Dolls that will talk, and go for a walk, is the hope, of Janice and Jen. Mom and Dad, can hardly wait for school to start again… It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, […]

Winter’s yellow gold

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com ummer heat is beginning to subside and we actually have temperatures in the mornings in the 50’s and 60’s. The first thing to do is open all the windows and doors. The next step is to start enjoying all the cassias, or sennas, that begin to bloom this time of the year. Cassias are generally known […]

Dominica

CRUISING LIFE Frances Diebler hfdiebler@gmail.com he incessant wind had not let up and the anchorage at Iles de Saints was a bit uncomfortable so we decided that we had to move on to Prince Rupert Bay, Dominica. Wow! We just left the very French, sophisticated, upscale island to make a landfall at Portsmouth, Dominica, which is one of the poorest and […]

Christmas Magic at Disney World

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@gmail.com  hristmastime is magical for the child in all of us at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The crowds can be massive, but visiting early in the season helps avoid the mayhem and many hotels within the resort have special offers the first part of December. First, a few statistics about the holiday decorations at Disney […]

What’s in a Name?

SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net  It’s been a couple of years since we have discussed star names. There are only about a couple of hundred stars that have actual proper names; the vast majority are only known by catalog numbers. Of the two hundred stars that do have names only about two dozen are in common use by […]

Living locally does not mean local artist

ARTFUL LIFE Tara O’Neill Although much of his work reflects the beauty of a rather small geographical area, I doubt if folks around Giverney ever labeled Claude Monet as a local artist. For that matter, do you think New Yorkers ever referred to local artist Jackson Pollack? Of course not. While the term is often used by well-meaning journalists, most would […]

Oh, how I LOVE Christmas… An abundance of deliciousness!

CHEF’S TABLE Chef Anne Feinman thechefsexpress@aol.com hristmas is the perfect time to show off your cooking skills to your family. Even novices can pull off an extraordinary masterpiece…just add LOVE! Love what you are preparing, love preparing it, love the presentation you place on your table, and then add your loved ones, for a family style Christmas dinner. Create your menu […]