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Collier County Embraces Kindness Awareness

By Jory Westberry Having a conversation with Bob Latruba, the supporter of One Million Acts of Kindness and The Kindness Bus is like looking into a gentle heart, filled with compassion and dedication to his cause: Stop Bullying – Be Kind. His mission, ever since the shooting at Virginia Tech on April 17, 2007, is to touch as many lives ... Read More »

Discovering Old Florida

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com The full title of this little gem is “Discovering Old Florida: A Guide to Vintage South and Central Florida.” It is 7 inches in width and 5 inches in height, which makes it very easy to handle, and “tuckable” in that it will slip into your glove compartment or your day bag very nicely. It would ... Read More »

Humbug to New Year’s Resolutions? Not so fast!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry My friends and I were comparing our struggles with New Year’s Resolutions, and okay, resolutions in general, because they seem to fizzle out over time…like February. We decided that it could be our wavering memories, lack of progress or real commitment, or the insane insanity of our lives that makes it difficult. ... Read More »

Dillman’s Arts Festival Returns to Marco

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts brings Dillman’s annual Arts Festival to the island on January 22, from noon to 4 PM. The event is open to the public and is free of charge. Attendees will experience demonstrations by artists and learn about Dillman’s creative arts program. They will also enjoy door prizes and refreshments. The Dillman’s Arts ... Read More »

What to Know Before Buying a Fishing Rod

Follow the Fish By Capt. Pete Rapps Use the wrong kind of rod and you might find yourself unable to cast as far or accurately as you need to. However, the right fishing rod can allow you to land a cast on a dime and work the bait in the way it was intended. Here are just a few things ... Read More »

Marco Island Woman’s Club 50th Annual Luncheon

By Jesus Calo No expense was spared for the 105 women attending the Marco Island Woman’s Club (MIWC) 50th Annual Luncheon. Held at the Marco Island Yacht Club, this holiday party was more than a social gathering; it was an opportunity for philanthropy. In the spirit of their motto, “why you are born and why you are living depends on ... Read More »

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com “Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.” ~ Agatha Christie This lovely collection of four short stories republished now, two years after the death of its author, P.D. James, by her estate, has a holiday flavor. If you are a mystery fan, doubtless you have read some of this prolific writer’s work in the past. Included ... Read More »

Marco Treasures . . . Under the Sea

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist                                                                                                  May I wish each and every ... Read More »

Newcomers Say ‘Welcome Back’ in Style

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »