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SMALLWOOD STORE REOPENS

Patricia Huff On Sunday morning, October 16, my husband and I bicycled to Chokoloskee and followed a rough sandy road to the Smallwood Store & Museum. Although it was just after ten in the morning, many visitors from outside Florida and from Europe were walking around taking photos and admiring the Museum artifacts indoors.  They were greeted by Alice Morrow from behind the counter.  She, as well as the other employees, has been out of work since April. The tourists had no idea that the road had been closed for six months; they were just visiting south Florida and had ... Read More »

Let’s talk TPMS

  Tim Gorman & Keith Pershing  In last month’s article we discussed (link) what to do to wake up your dead car! As we mentioned, it’s important to check your tire pressures and make sure they are in safe condition (tread depth aside.) One indicator for proper tire pressures is your TPMS sensor. Keith says, “Tire Post Mental Syndrome monitor.” Tim wisely retorts with a smile, “Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor, TPMS.” “Yes,” says Keith, “But the light on the dash makes me mental!” So, what is so important about this special monitor? The light on the dash of a car is ... Read More »

Prevent Cancer

Crystal Manjarres  Q. What are some effective ways to prevent cancer?  A. One of the most preventable ways to avoid cancer is avoid cigarette smoke. Do not smoke, do not inhale the smoke of those who do, and if you currently smoke—stop immediately. Smoking easily tops the list of the most preventable cancers, and for good reason—you are literally signing your death sentence with each drag you take; true, some people smoke and do not get cancer, but do you really want to play Russian Roulette with the big C? If you currently smoke, take action now to stop, and if ... Read More »

PHILLY GRILLE, known for variety

Joan Kelly Philadelphia bred Guy and Lisa’s PHILLY GRILLE is making a statement. Here you can order authentic steak sandwiches (also called Philly Cheese Steak) “with or without.” In contrast the menu is vegan and vegetarian friendly. Chef Guy is continually creating, so there are always new menu items. A new kids’ menu is being offered. Fresh soups are made daily. Take out is available. Philly Grille is located at 1000 N. Collier Bvd. (between Radio Shack and Sunshine Booksellers) Heritage Square Shopping Center – Phone: 239.394.2221, fax: 239-394-2220 – www.PHILLY-GRILLE.com – Lunch is served 11AM to 2PM. Dinner 5PM ... Read More »

GE Technology reduces energy use and increases productivity

GE and Marco Island city officials today announced that data from an ongoing, nearly two-year demonstration project in Marco Island proves the capability of GE’s new LEAPmbr membrane bioreactor(MBR) wastewater-treatment technology to reduce energy costs and increase productivity, among other key benefits. GE’s LEAPmbr system, introduced in July 2011, is the result of a multi-year development effort. It was driven by GE’s product innovation and development capabilities and more than 25 years of experience with proven, highly reliable MBR technology in diverse applications around the world. Data from Marco Island demonstrates the cost and efficiency savings of the GE LEAPmbr ... Read More »

Russian Imperial Waterways Cruise

Vickie Kelber Early May may not be the best time to book a Russian waterways cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow. We embarked on May 8th, but, unfortunately, spring was reportedly “ three weeks late” and our trip was impeded by ice. From the Neva River in St. Petersburg, we cruised to Ladoga Lake, the largest lake in Europe. Due to the still present ice on the lake, all ships were required to line up and wait for an ice breaker to escort them through as a convoy and we were not able to sail after dark. We cruised past ... Read More »

It’s only a rectangle – Learn how to run great tennis mixers!

Doug Browne If you are running the tennis program at a Golf and Country Club, it is inevitable that the two sports will collide. Fair or not, golfers and tennis players often clash but it is imperative to understand the differences. For one, I’ve never met a tennis pro who didn’t want to unwind on the golf course. Most of my close friends shoot well below 90 and just love the game. And when it comes to the social scene, golf has so many incredible advantages; proven handi-cap system, innumerable ways to run a scramble (‘Closest to the pin, ‘three ... Read More »

Light it up!!! See and be seen

By Matt Walthour  There are many fun and functional accessories you can put on your bicycle, but to me the most important, especially for early morning riding and late evening riding, is a light system. Not only do lights make you visible and feel somewhat safe, they are required by Florida law. (Section 316.2065, F.S.): A bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from 500 feet to the front and both a red reflector and a lamp on the rear exhibiting a red light visible from 600 ... Read More »

Thank you Mother Nature!

Capt. Pete Rapps It seems as though every day is a new adventure out here in the 10,000 islands. Every day we go out, there is something new or different from the day before. The tides are constantly moving and Mother Nature is always showing us something new. This past week we had wind, rain, & big full moon tides. One day the water was clean, the next it was thick and muddy. Each fall the mullet move into our area in huge schools. With them come predators of all shapes and sizes looking for a nice meal. There are ... Read More »

Enjoying the islands’ cuisines, part II

Frances Diebler The islands of the Caribbean may be close together and share a certain amount of similarities, but for the most part they are each quite different from one another. The islands were settled by varying nations and took on many of the customs of their mother countries.  The European influences are mostly English, Spanish, Dutch, and French.  Islands such as St Lucia and Antigua had the influence from the English. Dominica had French; Trinidad was influenced by the East Indian and British and Jamaica by the British and the Spanish. Obviously, Martinique and St. Martin had French influences ... Read More »

Do not beware “The Ides of March”

By Monte Lazarus  If you are not already cynical about the state of politics you may be after watching “The Ides of March”. This film is not about ideology; it keeps its focus on the human beings who tangle themselves in the political process. The story could easily focus on a Republican primary campaign by changing just a very few words in the script. The vital part is the human interchange. There’s virtually no end of double-cross, who leaked what, and the results of crass ambition. George Clooney, who also wrote part of the script and directed the film, plays ... Read More »

WINGSHOOTERS

Diane Bostick  Author: Nina Revoyr.  Publisher: Akashic Books. Available in hardcover and paperback 2011.  Why we select the books we read is somewhat of a mystery. Sometimes we read something because it is on the best seller list or a friend has said, “You just have to read this.” Often it is a new book just published by an author we have come to love over the years. We would hope it is frequently because you read a review such as this that led you to feel the need to read the book being reviewed. Occasionally we are just caught ... Read More »

Sisters raise money for mission trip

Marissa and Madeline Barrett are not your typical teenagers. Most kids their age spend their hard earned money on clothes, music, and other not-so-important items that they feel they need. The Barrett sisters, however, are currently trying to raise money for a cause that is much greater than them. On November 7th, 17-year old Melissa and 14-year old Maddie will be flying to El Salvador to take part in their first mission trip. Through their church, New Life Community Church of Marco Island, the girls became involved in this week-long venture. For one week the girls will be volunteering their ... Read More »

PANTHER FESTIVAL

The free Festival sheds light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through interactive activities about the Florida panther’s life and habitat. The Living with Wildlife Pavilion: provides proactive steps to be taken to protect pets and livestock on private property from wildlife. The Pavilion is staffed by panther biologists and includes tools biologists use to monitor panthers, capture videos, demonstration livestock pen, handouts, and the popular Adopt-a-Panther program. Music: The sounds of bluegrass music enlivens the Festival with live performances by two bands, Frontline Bluegrass and the BugTussle Ramblers. Presentations: Fascinating presentations by panther biologists and panther research ... Read More »

Q&A with Simba

This column is the opinion of a 3-year-old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the humans they own…  Dear Simba,  I am an anonymous Blue and Gold Macaw and the official spokesbird of Occupy The Rainforest. I cordially invite you to our first General Assembly and march in October. We are the creatures both big and small ... Read More »

Art of his own

Tara O’Neill  There’s an unorthodox gallery in town. The Marco Island Branch of the Collier County Library hosts a monthly rotation of original artwork by members of the Marco Island Center for the Arts (home of the Art League) – a satellite gallery of sorts. The exhibits feature one artist a month, allowing visitors to get a more comprehensive feel for that artist. Don’t know about you, but a reading room surrounded by art is my idea of heaven on earth. The month of October the Library features the work of Bill Andrews. Andrews came late to the game of ... Read More »

Buyer BEWARE!

Richard Alan  Buyer beware is a term used probably before ancient Roman times, to warn even savvy consumers that if the price of merchandise they are purchasing is too good to be true it usually is. I grew up with a saying my mentor, and at the time my master, often quoted (I was an apprentice goldsmith then though I felt like an indentured servant.) “The bitterness of a low price lingers long after the sweetness of a low price is forgotten” Ben Franklin.  That saying influenced my whole life, not just what I bought for my household, but even ... Read More »

Avocados, falsely accused

Chef Bob Aylwin After spending my summer on beautiful Put In Bay, Ohio, it was a wonderful feeling arriving home to Marco Island. Five months away from home is a long time and certainly there were so many things I missed. But one thing I missed dearly was my avocado tree. That’s right, my avocado tree. Sure I missed my wife and kids and surely I missed the Marco Island beaches. I missed my cat, my friends and my rosemary bush­es, too. But my avocado tree and me go way back. For 14 wonderful years my tree has been producing ... Read More »

Jupiter at Opposition

By Mike P. Usher What is opposition? It’s when an outer planet is 180 degrees away from the Sun; it rises when the Sun sets and is visible the whole night long. Dynamically speaking, opposition happens when the Earth, on the fast inside track around the Sun, passes the outer planet. Opposition is also the time when the outer planet is closest to Earth (on this lap around the Sun anyway) and thus brighter. Tonight Jupiter is -2.78 magnitude – about the brightest it ever gets. Jupiter reaches opposition about every 13 months; it takes Earth the extra month to ... Read More »

“Big Flag Campaign Committee Meets with City Official”

October 10, 2011 Today the Steering Committee of the Big Flag Campaign met with Tim Pinter, Director of Public Works for the City of Marco Island. The group and Pinter toured the Jolley Bridge to determine an appropriate place to install a permanent American Flag. Following their discussions, it was agreed that the best location for the Flag pole would be in the second median island as you enter Marco from the Bridge. At this site, the American Flag will be visible from the crest of the Bridge. According to Chairman Dave Rice, “This has been a whirlwind week. In ... Read More »