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My Newest Best Friend A Carolina Love Story

The Canton Chamber of Commerce chose this as one of the views used to attract businesses and new residents to Canton. Bill Gwinn’s first Canton house is the white bungalow
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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn My newest best friend lives in North Carolina. Her name is Cassandra. She is a strikingly beautiful blue-eyed blond. She lives in Canton, N.C. where she grew up and spent most of her life. Until September of last year, I had never heard of her. On May 28, 2016, Cassandra, 46, (affectionately known to me as Cassie) married my son Bill, 52. To accommodate all the guests, the wedding took place in the Canton National Guard Armory. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Canton is located about 13 miles west of ... Read More »

Whoa, the Dreaded Words

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry As summer progresses, some of your children temporarily unoccupied by arts and crafts camps, drama experiences, nature field trips, organized sports, theme parks or other engaging experiences, may have uttered those dreaded words. “I’m bored.” If you haven’t experienced this declaration from your child or grandchild, you’re exceedingly lucky. I’ll tell you, it pains the heart. Here you are trying to find stimulation for your child(ren) beyond insipid TV and violent video games by researching the local and nearby activities, cross-referencing budgets, timing of events, carpooling options, supervision, whether friends will also ... Read More »

School Supply Drive

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Before you know it summer will be over, and it will be school time once again for children in Southwest Florida. The Greater Marco Family YMCA is busy getting ready, and can use the community’s support. To prepare for the new school year, the YMCA has begun its Annual School Supply Drive. The items needed are: Back Packs Colored Pencils Crayons Elmer’s Glue Bottles & Sticks Erasers Loose Leaf Paper (Wide Ruled) Magic Markers & Dry Erase Markers Pencils & Pencil Boxes Scissors Spiral Notebooks 2-Pocket Folders 3-Ring Binders (2”) Ziplock Bags (Pint and Gallon ... Read More »

Goodland’s Guardian Angel Fiala steps up

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Goodland Road (as it is known here) has been mired in controversy since Collier County turned it over to the City of Marco Island (CMI) in 2002. It turns out that because of increased flooding, the road needs to be rebuilt and elevated at a cost which may exceed $5M, an amount which CMI says they cannot afford. The County wants CMI to proceed with the rebuilding and has threatened to withhold the remaining $2M in annual payments due to CMI under the 2002 Interlocal Agreement. A stalemate between the County and CMI has resulted. ... Read More »

Caring Enough To Take Care

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  As the Summer Olympic Games in Rio get closer, there is increasing media attention to the American athletes who will be participating. I recently saw Kerri Walsh Jennings interviewed and I was truly impressed. Ms. Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three time Olympic gold medal winner, a wife, and mother of three young children. Kerri stands more than six feet tall and her nickname is Six Feet of Sunshine. An appropriate appellation, in my opinion. She radiates happiness, warmth and strength. In her interview, Kerri was asked how she stayed ... Read More »

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

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BOOK REMARKS  Joanne Tailele,  Guest Reviewer Author Kelli Estes opened my eyes, as well as protagonist Inara Erickson’s, to a piece of American history I knew nothing about. In the backdrop of the Orcas Island, on Puget Sound, state of Washington, Inara is drawn back to the island when she inherits a grand old estate that was once her childhood playground. She has no intention of staying long, just long enough to get the property on the market and leave the island that haunts her with guilt from when her mother died on a windy road on the island. The estate ... Read More »

Summer News

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COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala My goodness, it’s awfully warm out there, but we have a beautiful paradise to enjoy. *Very soon we should start seeing the installation of landscaping along the 951 median connecting Mainsail Dr. to Fiddler’s Creek. No sooner will they finish that section than we again apply to the FDOT for another grant to continue the process until we finish the project all the way to U.S. 41 E. With the summer rains, the landscaping should take hold easily once the project starts. *You might have noticed that a few of our favorite restaurants are closing for ... Read More »

Sand Jam 2016: A Hit From Start to Finish

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By Don Manley The evening weather wasn’t at its most cooperative, but the rain, thunder and lightning held up long enough for Marco Island’s Fourth of July fireworks at Residents Beach to occur. The annual Marco Island Civic Association’s Uncle Sam’s Sand Jam celebration started early in the day, with a variety of activities, games, music and food for beachgoers of all ages. Scores of residents and visitors filled the beach, enjoying pleasant weather during the daylight hours. Children played tug-of-war, built sandcastles, and competed in hula-hoop and limbo contests. By far, one of the favorite contests of the day ... Read More »

Raising Awareness of Human Trafficking’s Dangers

Nola Theiss, left, founder and executive director of  ARTREACH developer, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, discuss paintings created by program participants at the art show held in March at the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Photos supplied courtesy of ARTREACH

By Don Manley Enlightenment in the dangers presented by human trafficking has been part of the program for some Greater Marco Family YMCA summer campers. About 25 sixth-through-ninth graders attending the Y’s Manatee Middle School camp recently took part in the ARTREACH program, which arms at-risk youths with information designed to prevent them from falling prey to traffickers, while also heightening the public’s awareness of the crime. The week-long program’s uses the creative arts to educate youths ages 8-to-18 about trafficking, whether it involves prostitution, forced labor or another form of exploitation. ARTREACH’s full program is making its Collier County ... Read More »

Camp Stellar – Out of this World!

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By Samantha Husted The City of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department has created a new camp for middle school aged students. It’s called “Camp Stellar” and it runs Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mackle Park. Camp Stellar was designed specifically to cater towards the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who have grown too old for Camp Mackle. It puts a strong emphasis on completing summer schoolwork and preparing the children for the upcoming school year. “I had numerous parents contact me before school was ending to enquire as to what they could do ... Read More »

AMERICANA Exhibit

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Submitted Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today its July exhibition is “AMERICANA,” featuring the work of renowned artists Dennis Church and Holly Manneck. Church describes his photography as work that he wants “listened to,” akin to improvising music. Church believes art should be felt, and not merely viewed. He improvises pictures with American places and subjects in digital color, often creating abstracts rather than “straight” photography. These pictures are as much about the author as they are a default documentation of the country. The Lauritzen & Rush Galleries will also feature the photographic artistry of Holly Manneck. Manneck’s ... Read More »

Stroke Care Update: Please Be Prepared

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System If you—or a loved one—are one of nearly 800,000 Americans who will suffer a stroke this year, it’s important to know the warning signs and where to go for immediate care. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes. Closer to home: the average age citizen in Collier County and Lee County ... Read More »

PAWS to Hold Freedom Celebration BBQ

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Submitted Join PAWS Assistance Dogs of Naples in celebrating America and supporting our nation’s veterans on Saturday, July 9 at its first ever Paws Freedom Celebration Barbecue. PAWS, along with community partners, Post 9/11 Veterans Corp. and the City of Naples Fire-Rescue, will hold the BBQ at the PAWS Center at 3173 Horseshoe Drive, Naples between noon and 3 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Admission includes food and a non-alcoholic beverage. Advance reservations are required. Call 239-775- 1660 or go to www.pawsassistancedogs.org for reservations. All proceeds will benefit PAWS and Post 9/11 ... Read More »

Police/Fire Academy Shapes Next Generation

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By Maddy Dumas Editor’s Note: Each summer, the City of Marco Islands’ Fire Rescue and Police Departments hold a week-long camp for 6th-8th graders.  It’s one the most popular camps offered through the City of Marco Island.  Students have hands-on experiences in law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical response, marine patrol and more.   Many who went through the Police and Fire Academy as children go on to study and work in related fields. The camp has had such an impact on the youth that some campers even return to volunteer and help teach others. One such former camper, Madeline ... Read More »

Girls in Science Slumber Party

The girls examined the tank while searching for clues. Photos by Samantha Husted

By Samantha Husted  The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center had been transformed. Pink sleeping bags littered the floor, green ribbons were strewn about decoratively, and in the background the musical styling of Taylor Swift could be heard. On June 11th over 20 girls, ages 8-14, trickled into the Environmental Learning Center ready for a night of learning and fun. This was Rookery Bay’s third slumber party event. The Girls in Science Slumber Party is Rookery Bay Education Specialist Jeannine Windsor’s “brainchild.” After much research, she and fellow Education Specialist Dita O’Boyle discovered that there was a lack of sleepover-styled events ... Read More »

Bully Book Read by Burton

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Submitted  Hot off the press, Dr. Dolores Burton read her new book, “Bully Billy is Back: Burrowing Owls are Worried,” at the Marco Island Public Library recently. The audience of young children with their parents listened attentively to the new story. Jo-Ann Sanborn, a local artist, illustrated the new book. The book is a delightful story of Manny, a diminutive burrowing owl, who has difficulty learning new things, and Bully Billy, a great horned owl. While bullying Manny, Bully Billy is injured and Manny saves the day by flying to his assistance. Bully Billy is saved and the experience changed ... Read More »

Embree Retires From Tennis

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By Roger LaLonde Since she was five years old, Lauren Embree has played tennis, smashing her way to her dream of playing professionally. At 25 she is stepping back, looking to see what else her life will hold. “I wasn’t enjoying the experience, my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” she said. In her two years of professional tennis it wasn’t like high school or college. She won a bit more than she lost. It was a bumpy road, yet she fought through it mentally. On tour, she played in about 25 tournaments a year. She was constantly on the road, ... Read More »

Conservancy to Offer Kids Free Saturdays

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Submitted The Conservancy of Southwest Florida will offer free admission for children every Saturday during the months of July and August 2016. As part of the Conservancy’s commitment to connecting children with nature this summer, the Conservancy is offering up to four kids free with a paid adult ticket at $12.95. Visitors can travel around the Conservancy of Southwest Florida as they play games, create crafts and get up close with animals while learning about Southwest Florida’s environments and wildlife. Over the course of eight Saturdays, children can earn “Conservancy Explorer” pins to add to their “Junior Naturalist” sash. “It’s ... Read More »

Meals of Hope – Feeding Those in Need

Meals of Hope volunteers (from left): Dianna Dohm, Donna Niemczyk, Bill Morris and Catalina Vallejo with Erik Condee (seated). Photos by Maureen Chodaba

By Maureen Chodaba  The Snook Inn was the place to be for happy hour on June 13 as 91 people enjoyed great food, fellowship with friends and the musical sounds of Rosetta Stone. But this was not just any happy hour. This was a Happy Hour for Hope supporting Meals of Hope (MOH), a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity supporting the needy families of Collier County. Did you know that Collier County has the largest concentration of migrant workers in the eastern United States? The county is also unique in that it lacks the manufacturing resources of other larger cities. Thus, local ... Read More »

Money in Motion; What’s Next?

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower Question: My business sold and the transaction will close next quarter. What are your thoughts on how to proceed? I don’t want to overlook anything. Answer: As with all major changes, my first recommendation is to go slowly. The financial strength, stability and integrity of the professionals and institutions you work with is critically important. There will be plenty of people who’ll be happy to offer suggestions on what you should do with the proceeds, unfortunately, all of them may not have your best interest at ... Read More »