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Astronomy for Amateurs

Looking Southeast, 11:00PM May 29. Saturn is well up in the sky while 
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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net I was lent a small book by a good friend recently; this book was written to introduce a novice to Astronomy. What makes this particular book worthy of note is that it was published in 1903. Its original title is Astronomy for Women by Camille Flammarion written in French; the edition I have is an English translation, re-titled Astronomy for Amateurs. It reads very much as a modern introductory book with a couple of notable exceptions; first, the language is more ornate and “flowery” than is typical today and gives the book a ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail: The Name Was Easy, The Rest… Not So Much

PHOTOS COURTESY OF COLLIER COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM ANDFLORIDA MEMORY PROJECT

By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com Let’s get one thing out of the way right from the start. The Tamiami Trail is so named because it connects Miami and Tampa Bay. But the name was the easy part. The rest was a grueling process that spanned eleven years. On April 21st, Park Ranger Bob DeGross, Big Cypress National Preserve, Chief of Interpretation and Public Affairs, gave a presentation at the Rose History Auditorium called “A Road Runs Through It”. In it, he chronicles the process of completing this enormous project. Key West was the largest city in Florida when the Tamiami Trail ... Read More »

2015 Spirit of Marco Island Awards to Recognize Recipients

Bruce Graev, President of the Noontime Rotary Club presents George Abounader & Cindy Love-Abounader with the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award, while fellow club members look on. Left to right: Rachel DeHanas, George & Cindy Abounader, Bruce Graev (holding the certificate), Kathy & Ian Small in the foreground.

By Don Manley Giving selflessly to benefit the greater good is a pleasure for Condee Cooling and Electric. “The things we can help out with for which we have the resources, we’re happy to do that for the community that supports the families that we provide with employment,” said Erik Condee, the company’s operational coordinator. Condee Cooling and Electric has been named one of the recipients of the 2015 Spirit of Marco Island Award presented by the Noontime Rotary Club of Marco Island. Now in its seventh year, the award recognizes civically involved individuals and organizations for their contribution of ... Read More »

Sugden Regional Park to host the 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships

Event to be held September 19-27, 2015   The 2015 Pro Watercross Tour World Championships will be held at Sugden Regional Park in Naples from Sept. 19 – 27, 2015.              This weeklong event showcases the Pro Watercross Tour and combines the electricity and appeal of traditional beach events with the high speed thrills of competitive motorsports says Rob Wells, Collier County Senior Sports Marketing Manager. “Dramatic staging, professional sound system, banners, flags, and pit tents set the stage for a truly large-scale event – this is like the NASCAR of Watercross,” Wells said. The Tour features a contingent of up-and-coming men and ... Read More »

Give Florida’s beach-nesting shorebirds space to help them survive

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) asks beachgoers to watch out for and avoid disturbing beach-nesting shorebirds on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the state. Shorebirds build nests out of sand and shells on Florida beaches in spring and summer, hatching chicks that are difficult to see. Shorebird nests, eggs and chicks are well camouflaged and can be easily missed and even stepped on unless people know to look out for them. The snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American oystercatcher and Wilson’s plover are several of Florida’s beach-nesting shorebird species that face conservation challenges and need ... Read More »

FWC Division of Law Enforcement – COLLIER COUNTY

Officers Futch and Reams were working a resource detail focusing on hunters taking turkey over bait in northern Collier County.  They observed fresh tire tracks on a road leading to an area known for illegal hunting activity. They located a vehicle and observed a turkey yelper (a device hunters to use to mimic the sound of a female turkey) and other hunting related items in the vehicle.  The Officers then heard a gunshot.  Officer Reams stayed with the vehicle and Officer Futch followed fresh shoe prints heading in the direction of the shot.  The shoe prints led to an area ... Read More »

Model Railroad: Skip Merriam’s Love Not Lessened Over the Years

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By Don Manley Skip Merriam developed an interest in childhood that has stayed with him for a lifetime – model railroading. The nature of his hobby can’t be missed upon entering the garage of the Marco Island home he shares with his wife. Instead of a car or two, the space is dominated by a 14-foot by 7 ½-foot model train layout sure to inspire awe in anyone who enjoyed model railroading in his youth. “Trains have been a part of my life for pretty much as long as I can remember,” said Merriam. “I’m just totally fascinated with them, ... Read More »

South Seas Towers – Enjoy the Island Lifestyle at a Median Price!

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By Gary & Sandy Elliott The median price of the 342 condos listed for sale on Marco Island this week is $479,000 – half of the condos for sale on the island are priced below $479,000 and half are listed for more than $479,000. Representative of this middle price range are the four South Seas Towers located on the beach along Seaview Court. Altogether there are 848 condos in these four buildings. This week, 43 of them are for sale ranging in price from $376,000 to $779,000. All of these condos are two bedroom, two bathroom units with differing floor ... Read More »

Fly Fishing on the Middle Provo

There is fly fishing year round on the Middle Provo, even when the ground is snow covered. photoS BY Vickie Kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber This column is my husband’s idea. He suggested I write about something in which he is interested. So, at least this week, no museums, no churches, and except for a quick mention, no shopping, no restaurants,…..just a river and some fish. To learn more about fly fishing and the Provo River, I met with Ben Nelson, Matt Puodziunas, and Peter Robinson of Trout Bum 2 in Park City, Utah. Trout Bum 2 is a comprehensive retail and guide service. In 2013 and 2014 it was named Park City’s best fly fishing shop by readers of the ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach: Life is Good!

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Condo Report By Gary and Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Hideaway Beach is a 300-acre upscale, gated community of homes, condos and lots located at the north end of Kendall Drive right on the Gulf with two miles of secluded beaches and all the amenities needed to enjoy a wonderful, healthy lifestyle. There are 367 condos located inside Hideaway Beach. This week, only 18 of these condos are listed for sale ranging in price from $549,000 for a two-bedroom condo at Habitat to $2.1 million for a three-bedroom condo at Riviera. The four Habitat condos listed for sale are located in ... Read More »

Join the ‘Global Celebration’ for Island Montessori

Island Montessori welcomes kids from 18 months through 3rd grade.

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Grab your passports for “A Global Celebration” benefiting Island Montessori Academy (IMA), Saturday, Feb. 21, 3-6 PM, at the Marco Island Historical Museum. A departure from the school’s past fundraising events, “A Global Celebration” is geared toward families and is child-friendly. There will be seven stations signifying the world’s continents, and each will host samplings of food and drinks from countries within the continent. Kids will have passports to be stamped at each station, and will be able to take part in special arts and crafts activities. There will be live entertainment from Center Stage ... Read More »

Everglades City Round-Up

By Pat Newman Mention “Everglades City” to any Floridian, and their immediate comeback will be “Seafood Festival.” This weekend, the small fishing community will host its famously-popular Seafood Festival, now entering its fourth decade. According to local historian Marya Repko, the first event was staged as a fundraiser to buy playground equipment for McLeod Park. Since that modest event, the festival has grown to enormous proportions. While fresh seafood is the major draw, there is also music, amusement rides and brew. In addition to local talent, Nashville headliners Craig Campbell and “OUTSHYNE” will perform. Also on the bill is the ... Read More »

Senti-Mentally Foolish

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I don’t know. Sometimes, it feels like I am a rock; I am an island, not just living and working on one. Heck, I can go weeks — even months — without even leaving the island! I just finally realized I’m not a kid anymore. (My AARP membership proves it without a doubt!) Even so, one of my customers called me “kiddo” the other day. For crying out loud, I’ll be 61 soon. When will people finally consider me as being a full-fledged adult? I’m told I don’t look my age. I sure feel it! ... Read More »

Deep Down Dark

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Hector Tobar Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014 309 pages – Nonfiction Collier County Public Library: Yes “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories Of 33 Men Buried In A Chilean Mine, And The Miracle That Set Them Free” is the complete title of this account of the August 2010 accident at San Jose Mine near Copiapo, Chile. When the men of A shift report for work on Aug. 5, 2010, most of them are aware of the thunder-like noise and dust, or “smoke,” coming from the mountain mine. A few are even aware of the half-inch ... Read More »

Auriga the Charioteer

Looking High in the North, 9:00PM February 6. Can you see the kids? SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Very high tonight in the northern sky rides Auriga the Charioteer. The driver usually also is visualized as a shepherd holding a goat over his shoulder. The bright star Capella is thus nicknamed “the goat star,” and the two dimmer stars just to the left are likewise named “the kids.” Auriga is located 180 degrees away from the galactic center in Sagittarius, and so when you look at Auriga, you are looking at the shortest way out from our galaxy. The Milky Way, although thinner, is still substantial in this area, and there ... Read More »

Pancakes, Planes and Festivals in Everglades City, Oh My!

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By Pat Newman Season has sprung in Everglades City, and the list of upcoming events is growing by the day. Pancakes and Planes You don’t have to be a pilot to fill-up on pancakes Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Everglades Airpark in Everglades City. The season’s first pancake breakfast is free and open to the public 10 AM- 12 PM. Hosted by Wings 10,000 Island Tours, the once-a-month event has been going strong for about 12 years. Chuck Gretzke of Wings 10,000 Island Tours said the breakfasts are held to focus attention on the small airport which has the distinction ... Read More »

Cutting the Ribbon on Xcel Fitness

The ribbon cutting marked the official grand opening of Xcel Fitness Spa, one of the newer businesses on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce membership rolls.

By Don Manley It’s a case of so far, so good for Xcel Fitness Spa, Marco Island’s newest, large-scale exercise center. Located in a 6,300-square-foot space in the Shops of Marco, off San Marco Road, Xcel has attracted a loyal following since opening last Feburary, said the business’ owner, Eddy Hoyo. “Here we are 11 months later and business is great,” he said recently. “We had a great summer sign-up from residents and season’s starting now, and we’re getting a great response from our out-of-towners. So we’re looking forward to a great season and growing Xcel in the best it ... Read More »

Jupiter Returns to the Evening

Looking South, 9 PM, Jan. 23, the vertical line is called the meridian,  an imaginary line passing through both poles and the zenith. SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net After a vacancy of some months, we finally have a bright planet available for viewing this evening, two actually, but Venus has set by the 9 PM chart time. Looking east at that time you can’t miss Jupiter. It’s the brightest thing in the sky. Tonight, four of its satellites are visible in binoculars. Between 10-11 PM, Callisto and Io appear so close together that they be difficult to split apart in your binoculars. The moons move fast though so this state of affairs will not last very long. A tripod will greatly ... Read More »

New Manager of Wastewater Treatment at MI Utilities

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jon H. Pratt is a Renaissance man. Studying chemistry and biology in college, the Chicago native began his working life as a research chemist working on products for the pulp and paper industry. Then, he tried his luck as a stock broker for E.F. Hutton & Co. After the stock market crash in 1989, he went into business for himself. At one point, he started a wine importing business, bringing fine German wines to the US. He even had the opportunity to work as a spokesperson for the Home Shopping Network. Then, 28 years ago, ... Read More »

Bedtime Bundles Gives Y an Early Christmas Present

Karen Saeks, Founder Bedtime Bundles,  Bedtime Bundles Directors, Rob Riley and Cheryl Mueller, Tiffany Homuth Past Y Board President, Allyson Richards incoming Y Board
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By Dianna Dohm Bedtime Bundles presented the Greater Marco Family YMCA with an $118,000 check to continue the grass roots work it began eight years ago. On Sept. 22, Bedtime Bundles directors announced they were ceasing operation due to the sweeping changes in the federal government’s Migrant Title I Education Program. These changes along with the decrease in the school liaison portion of the program severely limited the information needed for Bedtime Bundles to support the local migrant worker families and underserved of Collier County. In searching for a solution, Bedtime Bundles found the Greater Marco Family YMCA had a ... Read More »