Tag Archives: book

Newcomers Say ‘Welcome Back’ in Style

Photo by Maureen Chodaba: New members of the club with Membership Chairs Donna Dubey (far left) and Kim Heinemann (far right).

By Maureen Chodaba The Newcomers Club of Marco Island recently welcomed back their snowbird members with a lavish event at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The annual Welcome Back luncheon and fashion show, chaired by Carol Schwalje and Lael Kilpatrick, featured a Red Carpet theme, delicious food, and fashions by Georgie’s and The Shoe Resort, Kay’s On the Beach and ... Read More »

MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT: Navigating Change

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer:  Sunset class at our new temporary location.

Laurie Kasperbauer  “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes it meaningful.” ~ Author Unknown In the late 1990s I was elected to the local board of education in my Iowa hometown. In my inaugural year, our board was asked to read a book as part of a team-building exercise. The book, “Who Moved My Cheese?” by ... Read More »

‘Beyond the Mangrove Trees’ A pictorial look at South Florida

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Stepping Stones Bob McConville Dolphins and gators and birds, oh my! Over the past several years I have had the opportunity to take many pictures of various wildlife in our area. Some of the photos are a matter of being in the right place at the right time and others, believe me, are just luck! I’ve looked for an avenue ... Read More »

‘The Nest’

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Insanity runs in my life. It practically gallops.”      ~ Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” I thought that the title, “The Nest,” referred to the family home in this novel, but in fact it is their term for the nest egg that their father set up for them. They themselves shortened ... Read More »

‘Show Me’ Book Launch

Jennifer Kreidler (right) hands out copies of
“Show Me” to a line of attendees.

Submitted On November 18 Randall Kenneth Jones introduced his new book “Show Me” to a crowd of loyal readers, who had lined up outside the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the chance to meet him and have their books signed. Also in attendance was Peggy Post of the Emily Post Institute, who wrote the forward to “Show Me.” ... Read More »

Popular Programs Hosted by Friends of the Library

Photos by Maria Lamb: Smiles all around as participants show off their “magnum opus” for the day.

Submitted Friends of Marco Island Library hosted two popular programs last week that were very well attended. The first program, offered on November 12, was an exciting morning review on burrowing owls. Jean Hall, project manager of Marco Island’s Owl Watch Program had a brief slide show on the history of the burrowing owls and their protective status. Attendees learned ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 Islands Late November Into December

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com As November rolls into December, our winter fishery is finally here and some big changes are coming along with it. We can usually expect to have our first major cold front hit us around the middle of the month. We can expect Gulf water temperatures to drop down into the mid 60s later in ... Read More »

This Was Not The Plan

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige This is the story of an overworked, over-ambitious, 30-something New York attorney who becomes a widower with a toddler son. When we meet him, his wife Mira has been deceased for over two years but Charlie Goldwyn is still spending days ... Read More »

Hermits in Our Islands

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Submitted Imagine setting out in a row boat equipped with only a tent to make your home on a remote island…and you don’t know anything about navigation or living in the wilderness! That’s what Al Seely did in 1960, and he survived to tell his story of making a home in the Ten Thousand Islands. His diaries were discovered by ... Read More »

MIA Girls Team Makes Regionals: Three Records Broken

Submitted Photo: Marco Island Academy running team group photo

By Barry Gwinn On Thursday, October 20th, the Region 2 District 8 (Class 1A), cross country meet was held at the Hibiscus CC in Naples. District 8 is composed of 10 teams, drawn from Naples, Fort Myers, Everglades City, Marco Island, and Moore Haven. This meet would determine which teams and individuals would go on the regional meet at Lakeland, ... Read More »

Books & Brews: Marco Gives a Hoot

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Submitted The Friends of the Marco Island Library are sponsoring an exciting morning with our charming burrowing owls. Join us at 10AM on Saturday, November 12th, at the Marco Island Branch Library, located at 210 S. Heathwood Drive, Marco Island, to learn about the fascinating creatures. Jean Hall, project leader for the Audubon of the Western Everglades Owl Watch Program, will share ... Read More »

The Trespasser

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books.” ~ Thomas Carlyle Mystery, suspense and police thriller readers, rejoice! This book is a rare delight – you will absolutely love every scrumptious word of the 464 pages. Stephen King ... Read More »

Women in the Everglades A Brief History of Pioneers and Early Environmentalists

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Submitted Local author Marya Repko encapsulates information from her previous Brief History books but adds much more as she summarizes the role of women in the settling of South Florida from the east to west coasts and around Lake Okeechobee. After describing the hardships of pioneer life, the book cites examples of how women took a leading role on environmental ... Read More »

Five Tips to Maintain Fishing Rods and Reels

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Mesh rod sleeves keep your rods from tangling and chipping while being transported.

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Your fishing rods and reels are your most vital fish catching tools, so you should know how to keep them in good working order. After all, no one wants to lose out on catching that trophy fish due to a broken rod tip or a frozen reel. However, with proper maintenance, you can keep your ... Read More »

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man Defends His Homeland

Best. State. Ever. A Florida Man
Defends His Homeland
By Dave Barry
G.P. Putnam’s Sons - September 2016,
240 pages
Genre: Florida – Humor
Collier County Public Library: Yes

BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust I have been a fan of Dave Barry’s humor for most of the 25 years that he has been writing columns, so I was anticipating a great read. He starts out with a strong first chapter, in which he takes on the State of Illinois and their penchant for electing governors who end up in prison. This ... Read More »

It’s All in Your Head

Photo by Laurie Kasperbauer
Yoga practice helps us to sort the things we can control from the things we cannot.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  I was boarding a plane, heading for home a few weeks ago, when I spied my seat up ahead. I like the aisle seat where I can get up and move around easily to stretch and move my restless legs. So there in the middle seat sat a beautiful young woman with her arms ... Read More »

10,000 Islands Fishing In October

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps October can prove to be one of the favorite months of year for many 10,000 Islands fishing enthusiasts. Although still a hot summer month, you can expect to see the regular rainstorms begin to taper off as the season begins to change. The daytime temperatures will average in the 87 degree range while the water ... Read More »

Real Story Behind the TDC Numbers

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Completion of the JW Marriott project expected to boost slight drop in tourist tax dollars.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The impact that Marco Island has on the tourist tax income levels within Collier County was on full display earlier this week when Jack Wert, the executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau shared a memo from personnel at the Research Data Services Group. Much discussion was spent on the reduction ... Read More »

Marco Island Writers – September Hiatus

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Submitted Marco Island Writers, Inc. (MIWI) thanks Joanne Tailele for her August 10th presentation on loglines and pitches. MIWI is taking some time off, and there will be no September meeting. MIWI will be back in October with a panel presentation on First Page Critique. In the meanwhile, everyone is invited to visit MIWI postings on the Marco Island Chamber ... Read More »

Everything We Keep

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BOOK REMARKS  Maggie Gust This is an engaging read for an afternoon or evening of escapism. Kerry Lonsdale is a relatively new writer, with a straight forward style. She has a knack for character description that draws the reader into the story almost immediately. I knew I was going to like Aimee Tierney and her parents by page three of this ... Read More »