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Soccer referee certification

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Those interested in becoming a soccer referee can get their certification on Marco Island. The course will be at Mackle Park , 9am to 4pm on Sept. 27 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 28. This course is organized by Marco Island Optimist Soccer. New new referees will receive a patch and certification to officiate soccer in the State of Florida in any affiliated League. Read More »

Florida’s Swallowtail Butterflies

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy [email protected] My “Butterfly Gardening in Florida” series rolls on with this third installment in which I will focus on swallowtail butterflies. Florida is home to 10 swallowtail butterflies — more than any other state. They are very easy to identify due to their strikingly large size and their ability to glide long distances between wing flaps. Much larger than other Florida butterflies, most swallowtails have distinctive tails on their hind wings. I remember the first time I saw one. Actually, there were two, and they were mating. I’ll never forget it! I still thoroughly enjoy watching ... Read More »

Daring to Dream

In her brown bomber  jacket and white silk scarf, Janina Birtolo became Amelia Earhart for the night’s captive audience. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Melinda Gray [email protected] On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Marco Island History Museum’s Rose Auditorium hosted a packed house for the presentation of “Daring to Dream,” an original dramatic portrayal of the life and last flight of Amelia Earhart. The allotted hour flew by as local actress and writer, Janina Birtolo, delivered a fast-paced memoir, simultaneously humorous and heartfelt, detailing the famous aviatrix’s exploits. With her one-woman-show, Birtolo kept listeners at the edge of their seats from the moment she took the stage, appearing as if she’d just touched down from another soaring flight. Fully-costumed and impossibly energetic, she virtually ... Read More »

Jones Reflects on 30 Years of Service

Marco Island Fire Rescue  Division Chief Don Jones with wife, Elaine. PHOTO BY VAL SIMON

By Val Simon [email protected] No words can express 30 years of selfless service to the Marco Island community coming to a close. Marco Island Fire Rescue Division Chief Don Jones, having embarked on his life as a firefighter, Sept. 8, 1984, is retiring. Chief Murphy had this to say: “Division Chief Jones committed himself to the fire and medical service, his community and to the people that called us in their time of need. His commitment and partnership with businesses and Marco Island Charter Middle School certified thousands over the years in CPR, and those individuals did go on to ... Read More »

Patient Feedback Matters

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To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Just as the title says, patient feedback matters — and we want to hear from you. I recently received this letter from a patient who had visited the Emergency Room at Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard. Though we need to hear all your feedback — the positive and the negative — it’s nice when a patient takes the time to say, “Job well done.” With the patient’s permission, I am sharing the letter today: Be it genetic or otherwise, my entire family is gastro-intestinally challenged. So, it was not that big of a surprise ... Read More »

Instructor or No Instructor?

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott [email protected] Tiger Woods announced this week that he would be parting ways with swing coach, Sean Foley. Anytime Tiger hires or fires any one on his team, there is a serious amount of attention. The talking heads of The Golf Channel, NBC and other networks have all chimed in on this topic. They have compared his records during his time with the three teachers he has had as a professional, Butch Harmon, Hank Haney and Foley. The talking heads and two of Tiger’s former instructors have stated that Tiger would be better off without a golf ... Read More »

Marco Island Charter Middle School

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The first day of school for Marco Island Charter Middle School students will be Monday, August 18. School will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. Increased rigor in the new Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), which is replacing the former FCATs, is driving several changes at the charter middle school in order to provide students with the best possibility achieving success. Among the changes include, an emphasis on reading strategies in every subject area, 142 new computers and ancillary technological equipment throughout the school to accommodate the demands of the new state assessments, new Mathematic textbooks, new software, ... Read More »

Late Summer Fishing in 10,000 Islands

Chuck and Danny with a Speckled sea trout. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps [email protected] As August rolls into September, we are at the peak of summer heat and rainy afternoons here in the 10,000 Islands. Day time air temperatures will average around 92 degrees. Water temps will hover around 86 degrees. Typical to our summer months, it will heat up so much by mid-day, that the bite will usually drop off by lunch time. We will still get mid-day storms, which will cool things off a little, and will again produce a late afternoon/early evening bite. Snook season opens up on Sept. 1. Many areas around the ... Read More »

And the Doughnuts Go Rolling Along

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By Carol Glassman I am so distraught! While checking on my AARP account this week, I learned from the young-sounding woman on the phone about all the wonderful deals and offers, most of which I had missed. Are you like me, weighed down by a two-inch stack of frequent buyer and discount cards for various stores and organizations? When I check into a motel, it’s all I can do to remember my name and license number and ask for a smoke-free room — how can I remember to ask for AAA, Senior and AARP rates too? But here’s the real ... Read More »

Optimist Soccer

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By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] Lyndsi Koszo and Meghan Bonos are the ultimate soccer moms. Three months ago, the two Marco Islanders — with the support of the Optimist Club board. “We both have a passion for youth sports having grown up playing on various teams throughout our lives,” explains Lyndsi. “We recognized the need in the community for a comprehensive soccer program, focusing on core soccer skills with an emphasis on teamwork, character development and having fun at the same time. The Optimist program embodies these core values. It was a natural fit for us to volunteer to help ... Read More »

Traveling Left of Center

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust [email protected] I was looking for a good love story to break up the string of thrillers I have been reading. Instead, I found “Traveling Left of Center.” As the title indicates, these 18 short stories have protagonists who are slightly off kilter psychologically. We all know they are “out there.” It is estimated that one in four Americans suffers from some form of mental illness. Nancy Christie has given them a voice. Though not as dreary as Edgar Allen Poe by any means, Christie’s protagonists are in various stages of psychic distress. The first story, named ... Read More »

Don’t Let PWC Men Pretty Wild Character

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By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons While many operators of personal water craft (PWC) are careful to obey the laws of the water road and of courtesy, some people seem electrically charged by the handle bars. Like the results of Dr. Frankenstein’s machine, they are transformed into mindless monsters. These drivers grab the handle bars, throw their heads back, and mindlessly speed off. I have seen PWC’s running into the face of waves in attempts to do 360 degree flips. Of course, most of them fall backwards into the water with the machine on top of them — ... Read More »

w17¢ Goes a Long Way

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by Carol Glassman This is so pathetic it can only be true. A few weeks ago an elderly friend from out-of-state entertained me with a surrealistic tale of horror involving a co-op utility company to which she is attached — not having a choice. She was widowed eight years ago, but had always looked after family finances and paying the bills, quite proud of being able to handle the simple transactions online. A month ago, she received a taped phone call from the utility company telling her the bill was overdue and if not paid within one day, her service ... Read More »

Sweet Victory

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GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray [email protected] In my experience, especially as a writer, learning about any new place always begins with getting to know its people. I love listening to the local stories, and I’m always eager to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the people that make their town great. I’ve written once before about Goodland’s own, Nick Lemke, and his Shima Dojo at the Greater Marco Family YMCA. To this day, it ranks as one of my most favorite stories. So of course, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to do an update on all of the exciting things ... Read More »

New Year’s Resolutions in August?

Basic “Summer Fun Health Care Tips” apply. Keep hydrated, use skin and lip protection,  sunglasses for eye protection and don’t overdo the your time in the sun... FILE PHOTO

To Your Health Scott Lowe CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd Few would argue that certain times of the year usher in a renewed focus on health and physical fitness. Each Jan. 1, the “new year” leads to countless New Year’s Resolutions — whether we adhere to them or not. Exercise, eat healthier, etc. Though Southwest Florida enjoys a certain amount of “summer” throughout the year, in most northern areas the pools open on Memorial Day weekend. To prepare, countless Americans diet in anticipation of exposing more skin in the months ahead. Plus, the wise ones buy sunscreen in preparation for the “ray ... Read More »

Marco Island Soccer Club

The Marco Island Soccer Club is sponsoring a entry level soccer USSF referee course taught by the Florida State Referees. The cost of the course is $100.00 and includes all instructional costs, registration with US Soccer and a background check or age verification through FYSA. To register for the course, go to: https://www.leaguelineup.com/formpreview.asp?url=marcoislandsoccer&sid=315414824&FormID=94475 COURSE DATE & TIME: September 6th (9a-4p) September 7th (9a-2p) COURSE LOCATION: Marco Island Academy 2255 San Marco Rd. Marco Island, FL 34145 The referee course is a great opportunity for High School & Middle School students, as well as adults to learn more about the game of soccer, and ... Read More »

What OTC Medication Treats ‘Social Allergens’?

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By Carol Glassman There’s a label for everything these days, and where we used to call things what they were, we have become so obsessed with being PC (politically correct) we now have totally absurd ways of discussing things that bother us and confusing them with simple rudeness. In a newspaper article recently, the author wrote that while her home was being renovated, she was temporarily living with her parents, and she had broken out in hives from the experience. Poor baby! It seems her father had the distressing habit of clearing his throat repeatedly, while her mother kept interrupting ... Read More »

Caves of the Yucatan Peninsula and Florida

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STEPPING STONES  Bob McConville  Master Naturalist In early June of this year, my wife, Cathy, and I took the opportunity to visit the Yucatan Peninsula area of Mexico. The marine life and geology of this region are positively fascinating. In addition to snorkeling with whale sharks — the largest fish on the planet — we ventured inland to Mexico’s jungles to learn more about the ecology. What we found was absolutely surprising. This portion of the peninsula sits right where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Caribbean Sea. The closest land mass is Cuba, and just north of that is ... Read More »

Fishing the 10,000 in July

Redfish caught on a Captain Rapps Charter. PHOTOS BY CAPT. PETE RAPPS

FOLLOW THE FISH  Capt. Pete Rapps  [email protected] Here in the Ten Thousand Islands, the weather in July is somewhat predictable, as are the fishing patterns. Expect the bite to drop off during the mid-day heat and slack tides. The bite is early in the day, and again late in the afternoon/early evening after the mid-day storms cool things off a little. Day time air temperatures are now hovering around 90 degrees each day, bringing the water temperatures up to 87 degrees. Anglers can get into some nice snook on the outside islands. Top water plugs and suspended soft plastic artificials will ... Read More »

Home Remedies, Myths or Facts?

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PLANTTALK Mike Malloy [email protected] There is a saying that insects will inherit the earth. Well, in Florida they already have so we better just get over it. You aren’t the only one looking forward to harvest time in your flower and vegetable gardens, so are your neighbors. I’m referring to insects, of course. And, you don’t want to be hosting a veggie buffet for all the bugs in your neighborhood. Sure, there are effective pesticides that will quickly rid your garden of these hungry invaders, but before resorting to harsh chemicals, why not give some of these popular home remedies ... Read More »