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MPC’s Mission: Story of a Shoebox

Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinators for Southwest Florida Art and Bonnie Hunkins, left, present a ten-year service plaque to Marco Presbyterian Church members Lois and Jerry Oxborough and Jim Stifler at the conference.

Submitted His last name means, “I pray to God,” and his life has come around full circle. Alex Nsengimana, a 1994 Rwandan massacres survivor, was orphaned at age four, and was later adopted by a loving Minnesotan couple. But the transforming moment is his life was when he received a little shoebox. Nsengimana, a recent Crossroads College graduate, national spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child — the shoebox project — spoke at Marco Presbyterian Church’s Mission’s Conference on March 14. He shared the power and joy of a little shoebox that lead to acceptance, love and forgiveness. As a child, he ... Read More »

K of C Bingo Crowd Surpasses 300 Mark

Bingo! The crowd at a recent Knights of Columbus bingo night drew a record crowd of 303. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The 10th bingo session of the season for the Knights of Columbus at San Marco Church was one to remember, as 303 players packed the parish hall. It was the most ever for the fraternal organization’s bingo fundraising program. The attendance surpassed a previous record set earlier this season. The Grand Knight of the San Marco K of C said, “It’s been a perfect storm for our bingo program this year. The weather has cooperated both here and up north — good here, bad there. More people seem to have come to the island this season. The economy is ... Read More »

Memory care site named at Terracina Grand

Construction has begun for Villa at Terracina Grand.  Photo by fastaerial.com

Submitted Terracina Grand, a premier senior living community, has announced that its expansion, with a new two-story memory care community, is underway and has been named “Villa at Terracina Grand.” The name was selected to compliment the community’s Italian namesake, and location. Terracina is a popular Italian coastal resort destination, situated between Rome and Naples, offering perfect panoramas in the area of sea, sky and land. “´Villa at Terracina Grand’ further highlights the new memory care community’s upscale countryside estate ambiance and distinct space and relaxing, resort-style residence,” said Peter Hendrickson, executive director, Terracina Grand. “The Mediterranean style architecture features ... Read More »

Tax Questions Answered

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” Will Rogers Question: I’m working on my tax return. What can I focus on to save money and make this easier for next year? Answer: By now, you’ve likely received most of the necessary information to prepare your return. The next step is to concentrate on organizing and documenting taxable income and deductible expenses. If you’ve been diligent throughout the year with recordkeeping, the process shouldn’t be too overwhelming. For most of us, the days are gone when we could ... Read More »

Beware Heat Stroke for Your Pets

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Submitted by The Pet Loss Support Group of Marco Island The horrible details of heat stroke when it kills an animal can be heart wrenching, and many people don’t realize the devastation and heart break — not to mention the blame that stays with a person — when they don’t take precautions with regard to their pets. A dog can get heat stroke in less than 10 minutes. How? It only take a couple of minutes running in a back yard to become overwhelmed. Dogs running can become distracted as to what is happening internally, especially young dogs since they ... Read More »

A World of Hope

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig The Relay For Life of Marco Island, presented by Robert J. Flugger, will celebrate ‘A World of Hope.’ The Relay will begin at 4 PM on April 12 and end at 6 AM on April 13. The event takes place at Mackle Park. This year, teams made up of community members, businesses, schools, and other organizations have selected countries to inspire them as they raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s research, programs and services. There will be food, games, activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. These teams and our sponsors hope that by ... Read More »

Honoring a Goodland Icon

Clyde Stuart “Butch” Cameron

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com Let me start by saying, this has been the most enlightening, yet hardest thing I’ve ever written. To try and capture in words, what this legend of a man has meant to everyone he’s loved and everyone who loves him, is almost impossible. Please take into consideration the fact that I never had the honor and pleasure of meeting Butch Cameron. Through talking to as many of you as I could, and attending his memorial, I feel like I almost know him by proxy, and thus I will try to honor him here in my Goodland ... Read More »

Great, Big, Beautiful Birds

GREAT BLUE HERON BREEDING PAIR. PHOTOS BY JEAN HALL

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie NRichie@cityofmarcoisland.com They are tall, elegant and intensely avian. Like magnificently feathered ballerinas, Great Blue Heron, Great White Heron and the Great Egret magically grace many Southwest Florida habitats: the beach, back bay, mudflat and mangroves. And if a regular fisherman, one of these water birds hanging around the dock begging for bait is not uncommon. (Note: Please do not feed wildlife!) These three large species of wading birds are very similar. The most obvious is their stature. They are all so big; they certainly have earned their title of “grea.” That is about as simple ... Read More »

Annual Everglades Bike Ride

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By Patty Huff The Annual Everglades Bike Ride will begin at McLeod Park on Sunday, April 13, with registration starting at 7:30 AM. This year, the ride will include options for both road and off-road cyclists with a “smooth ride” of 62 miles (starting at 8 AM) or 16 miles (starting at 9 AM). Opportunities to customize the distance of your ride are also available. The 27-mile “bumpy ride,” starting at 9 AM, will take cyclists down beautiful Janes Scenic Drive into the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. A seafood lunch at McLeod Park is included in the registration fee. ... Read More »

Wood Storks of the Everglades

This feeding Wood Stork uses “tactolocation,” sweeping its bill from side to side until touching prey and closing its bill in 1/40th of a second!

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Let’s step back to the Everglades of the 1900s. This pristine area is virtually untouched, and for nearly 5,000 years, a sheet of water from the overflow of Lake Okeechobee has developed this region into a haven for a large variety of reptiles and other animals, including many bird species. One of those bird species — the wood stork. Let’s fast forward to the 1930s. Development south of Lake O is taking place in the form of farms and ranches. Even further south, the logging industry has increased substantially. Efforts to drain the Everglades are ... Read More »

Bike Safety Tips

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Nearly every year I write more or less the same article, but I believe it is the most important one of them all. It’s about bicycle safety and knowledge. Safety goes for both motorists and bicyclists as we need to be aware of our surroundings; we need to watch for both vehicles and other bicycles; we must think ahead at times and even possibly anticipate what the other person may be doing. Whether it be a motorist or another bicyclist, safety for ourselves and others should always be on your mind. Be courteous as well! We also need to be ... Read More »

A Circle of Wives

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Alice LaPlante Atlantic Monthly Press, 2014 325 pages Genre: Psychological Thriller “Alas, the love of women! It is known to be a lovely and a fearful thing.” Don Juan, Lord Byron John Taylor, M.D., a prominent plastic surgeon, is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown of Palo Alto, California. Not only does he have a stellar professional reputation, the 62-year-old man is beloved by his community for his pro-bono work for children with facial deformities, by his wife of 35 years, Deborah, and their three adult children. First thought to be the ... Read More »

Diamonds are Still a Girl’s Best Friend

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net A remarkable comeback is underway, and that is a renewed desire for nice diamond jewelry. I’m not talking about the blasé quality stuff (a nice way to say it) offered to the public for the past six years or so, but a true emergence of quality and fineness. I admit I’m guilty. For reasons of survival, I was forced to carry jewelry that customers, in fact, really did not demand but could only afford, such as alternative metals that were in fact not precious and not the highest quality. I kind of felt I was ... Read More »

Worst Swing Thoughts in Golf

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Have you ever hit a thin shot or topped the golf ball, and after the shot a playing companion says, “you lifted your head” or “keep your eye on the ball.” I have given thousands of lessons and I have never given “keep the eyes on the golf ball” as advice. However, I have spent thousands of hours fixing swings that revolve around a player trying to keep the eyes on the ball. Let’s talk about these two myths: why they have some merit but can really influence the golf swing negatively in the long ... Read More »

Hideaway Pro tennis tournament coming

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com Earlier this month, Hideaway Beach hosted the 4th Annual Open Doubles Tournament and it showcased some of the finest tennis players in our area; 3.0 through 4.0 divisional stars exhibited their many talents over a two-day period. On Wednesday, March 26 at 4:30 PM, the Hideaway Beach Tennis Club will be running the finals of the prestigious Pro league, and they will be using a different format than what was done over a 20 week period. Prior to the playoffs, players often played with their favorite winning partner and they played one two out of ... Read More »

Small Trees but Big Show

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com For all of us who want to have one of the showiest trees in town in our gardens (Royal Poinciana) and just don’t have the room because of their size, here are some of my favorite small trees that can be grown in courtyards, containers and small yards here in Southwest Florida. They also can be as special as the big boys. Dwarf Poinciana (Caesalpinina pulcherrima): This is the little brother to the Royal Poinciana but a much smaller size. This evergreen shrub can be pruned and trained into a specimen small tree, usually about 10-12 ... Read More »

The Energy of Life

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Body, Mind And Spirit Dianne Saywell yogadi77@aol.com Prana is sanskrit for “life force.” The energy that moves life. The sea awakens to the rise of the sun. Our bodies become upright as the day breaks and the flowers open, often turning toward the sun witness and receive this force of all forces. The river and the birds settle down when the day closes with God’s artwork, the sunset. The energy is ever present and ever changing. Like us. The body of water has high tide and low tide points that can and do literally change the shape of an island slowly ... Read More »

Are You a CocoNut?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com Have you ever seen the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding?” If not, you’re missing out! If so, you’ll remember how the dad’s remedy for everything under the sun was dousing it with a dash of Windex. This is precisely how I am with coconut oil – seriously! There are SO MANY uses for it it’s ridiculous! Here are some of my favorite ways to use it: As a moisturizer: I get compliments on my skin ALL THE TIME – no lie. People are shocked when I tell them that I only use coconut oil. I ... Read More »