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United Church Celebrates 25 years of Stephen Ministry

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On Sunday, March 23, United Church of Marco Island celebrated a very special day, the 25th anniversary of Stephen Ministry. This International not-for-profit religious program was founded by Dr. Kenneth Haugk in 1975. Dr. Haugk was a pastor of a church in St. Louis and saw a need for care in his church that exceeded what he alone could offer and decided to train a small group of people in his church to help meet these needs and Stephen Ministry was born. It was started in our church by Russ and Pat Rainey who still remain active in both support ... Read More »

Paddlers Complete 1,515 Mile Sea Kayaking Journey

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection congratulates kayakers Marc DeLuca and Jim Windle for finishing the entire 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail, as mapped and developed by the Department’s Office of Greenways & Trails. The two retired police officers from Charlotte, N.C., began their four-month journey Nov. 2, 2013 at Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola and finished March 1, 2014, near Fort Clinch State Park just south of the Georgia border. They are the 12th and 13th paddlers to complete the entire trail since it opened in 2007. The two men faced extreme weather, large ocean swells and ... Read More »

Opera Naples Announces Cast of “Nabucco”

Andrea-Zese

Naples is pleased to announce the cast of Nabucco which will be presented in partnership with ArtsNaples World Festival at North Naples Methodist Church on Friday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. Nabucco propelled Verdi into musical prominence in 1842 as Italy’s leading opera composer. Although it is the biblical story of the Jews repressed then exiled from Babylon, it actually stood to represent the Italians struggling against the bonds of Austria. The chorus of the Hebrew slaves Va, pensiero, has heretofore become the adopted national anthem of Italy’s citizenry. The famed Italian baritone Andrea Zese will embody the role of ... Read More »

Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

The 26th Annual Marco Island Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held at 7 a.m., April 20, at the Marriott Marco Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Beach access is north of the Marriott Spa and the public access north of the Madeira Condominium. Participating clergy are Marco Presbyterian Church’s Senior Pastor the Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, New Life Community Church’s Pastor the Rev. Thomas McCulley and Wesley United Methodist Church’s Pastor the Rev. Kirk Dreiser. The guest soloist is Dawn Birch of the duo Billy Dean and Dawn. The prelude will begin at 6:45 a.m. The Marco ... Read More »

Dottie’s Duck Derby

Join your friends and come to the Marco YMCA on Saturday, April 26 and celebrate Healthy Kids Day and cap off the day’s activities with the Duck Derby at the Dottie Weiner Aquatics Center. Activities, games, arts & crafts are on the schedule from 10am to 1pm. The 19th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby races are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. Race your rubber ducky down the pool with the help of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department. For more information, contact Steve Reynolds, Communications Coordinator at 239-394-YMCA, ext 228. Read More »

The Odd Couple

The Marco Players Children’s Theater presents The Odd Couple by Neil Simon. A compulsive neat-freak, uptight Felix Unger moves in with a slovenly, easy going friend Oscar Madison during a period of emotional stress. This mismatch is a source of hilarious comic situations, involving a circle of kooky acquaintances and neighbors. Show dates run from April 25 through April 27. Buy your tickets now; adults, $20 and children, $10. Visit TheMarcoPlayers.com or call 239-642-7270.   Read More »

2014 ORV Advisory Committee Meetings

The 2014 Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meetings for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Tuesdays, April 22 and October 7, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The meetings will be held at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center auditorium at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. For more details about the committee meeting agendas and minutes go to -http://www.nps.gov/bicy/parkmgmt/orv-advisory-committee.htm Read More »

End of Season Food Drive

United Church of Marco Island, 320 North Barfield Dr., has set up a food donation point for residents of Marco Island. Seasonal residents returning north who find themselves with a surplus of unopened, non-perishable foodstuffs can bring them to the church office, and Pastor Ron Thompson will distribute them to food banks and shelters in the Naples area. Donations may be taken into the church between the hours of 9-5 Monday thru Friday and on Sunday morning during services. Please do not leave your food outside any of the church doors. For more information on the following, contact Deanna Yates at [email protected] Read More »

Pumping Polluted Water Must Stop

A major decision in federal court today will put an end to government-sanctioned pollution that’s been fouling Lake Okeechobee for more than three decades. The case, first filed in 2002 by Earthjustice, challenged the practice of “back pumping.” For years, South Florida sugar and vegetable growers have used the public’s waters, pumped out of giant Lake Okeechobee, to irrigate their fields. They wash the water over their industrial-sized crops, where it is contaminated with fertilizers and other pollutants. Then, they get taxpayers in the South Florida Water Management District to pay to pump the contaminated water back into Lake Okeechobee, where ... Read More »

Naples a Finalist in USA TODAY’s 10Best Golf Destination

Naples is one of the nominees in USA TODAY’s latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. The USA TODAY 10Best expert panel selected Naples as a contender for the Best Golf Destination category, which just launched. The contest, which is being promoted by USA TODAY, gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice at http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-golf-destination/. A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 11:59am EDT and the winners will be announced on 10Best on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 11:59am EDT, then later on USA ... Read More »

Nesting Shorebirds Need Peace and Quiet

During spring and summer on Florida beaches, shorebirds build nests out of sand and shells and hatch chicks that can barely be seen. So well-camouflaged are the nests, eggs and chicks of shorebirds like the snowy plover that they can easily be stepped on or missed unless people know to watch out for them. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding beachgoers to be on the lookout and avoid disturbing bird nurseries on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida. Among the state’s beach-nesting shorebirds facing conservation challenges are the snowy plover, least tern, black skimmer, American ... Read More »

Treadmill Challenge To Benefit Harry Chapin

At high noon on Saturday, April 5th local media figures will go head-to-head on brand new Precor treadmills at the grand opening of Anytime Fitness Ft. Myers,9211 College Parkway. The grand opening event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the competition from noon to 1:00 p.m. Anytime Fitness owners, Cordula Reichardt and Jim Stewart, will donate $100 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank for every mile covered by both teams. In addition to the head-to-head challenge, there will be free food and refreshments. An annual membership to the gym will be given away, as well as personal ... Read More »

Selling Southwest Florida to Open on Fifth Ave

Selling Southwest Florida, a new, internationally-focused, residential real estate brand, is pleased to announce that it will open for business on April 15 at 300 Fifth Avenue South, Suite 213 in Naples, Florida. Managing members and licensed REALTORS®, Steven Segar and Adriano Pagnotta, are the team behind Selling Southwest Florida. The company will offer unmatched expertise in a variety of fields including new construction, renovation, investment analysis, income producing property, commercial, lot and land, as well as financing. For more information about Selling Southwest Florida, please visit www.SellingSWF.com or call 239.682.8285. Read More »

Research Reserve Gets “Green” Grant

The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve announced today that the National Estuarine Research Reserve System has awarded more than $613,000 for construction, retrofitting and renovations at the GTM Research Reserve and the Princess Place Preserve in Flagler County. The project, which begins in September, includes cabins for visiting investigators and public use, museum upgrades and an Americans with Disabilities Act compatible nature trail. On-site overnight facilities will allow for immediate access to the estuarine system and support the establishment of additional nearby long-term research projects. Research at this site will also provide many learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, ... Read More »

Record Number of Florida Tourists

The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association today released data supporting the efforts of VISIT FLORIDA and the millions of dollars spent on marketing tourism programs used to bring visitors to the Sunshine State. Florida currently enjoys a $79.34 RevPAR rate, which is above the national average of $68.69. Growth in revenue is 8.3 percent for Florida in 2013 over 2012 versus 5.4 percent for the United States. Florida consistently has led the nation when comparing hotel occupancy rates, average daily room rates (ADR) and RevPAR statistics. RevPAR, or revenue per available room, is calculated by room revenue divided by rooms ... Read More »

Panther Captured Near Beach Relocated

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists and law enforcement officers captured and relocated an endangered Florida panther found near the beach at Clam Pass Park in Collier County. Beachgoers spotted the panther in the mangroves as they were walking over a boardwalk that leads to the beach. FWC biologists and law enforcement officers responded to the scene and darted the panther with a tranquilizer. After a brief health assessment, biologists determined that the panther was in good condition. Biologists will use a radio collar to track future movements of the approximately 2-year-old male panther, which they estimate to ... Read More »

Moran Edwards to Host Seminar Series

Tom Moran and Bob Edwards, Managing Directors – Investments Senior PIM Portfolio Managers of Moran Edwards Asset Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors (www.MoranEdwards.com), will be conducting a series of seminars titled “The Case for Equities:  Dividend Investing” on Tuesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 3.  The seminars will be hosted at the Moran Edwards office located in the Wells Fargo Building at 5801 Pelican Bay Boulevard, Suite 200 in Naples on the following dates: Tuesday, April 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April ... Read More »

Joe Dickman: the hermit of Kice Island?

Joe on his front porch.

COASTAL HISTORY Craig Woodward [email protected] South of Marco Island is the well known Cape Romano with its famous, dilapidated dome house tilted on washed out pilings above the Gulf of Mexico. Kice Island, located north of Cape Romano and just south of Marco Island, received almost no attention until recently, when a number of pilot whales beached themselves there. Kice Island is a beautiful island, running parallel to the Gulf with a long, sandy beachfront; leaving us to wonder, how did it get its name and what can we find of its history? Almost 100 years ago, on Sept. 27, 1915, ... Read More »

Shooting Down Kids Cancer 2014

Gary Landis hits his target.

By Noelle H. Lowery [email protected] About five years ago, Don Henderson and Gary Landis were brainstorming ideas for fundraisers for the American Cancer Society-Marco Island. Henderson came up with the idea, and Landis agreed. Both men were survivors of prostate cancer, and Henderson’s family had a history with the dreaded disease. The result of their exchange was “Shoot Down Kids Cancer,” a clay target shooting event to raise money for pediatric kids cancer research. On Saturday, March 22, some 60 shooters gathered at Gulf Coast Clays (formerly Port of the Islands Gun Club) to participate in the Fourth Annual Shoot ... Read More »

MPC’s Mission: Story of a Shoebox

Operation Christmas Child Area Coordinators for Southwest Florida Art and Bonnie Hunkins, left, present a ten-year service plaque to Marco Presbyterian Church members Lois and Jerry Oxborough and Jim Stifler at the conference.

Submitted His last name means, “I pray to God,” and his life has come around full circle. Alex Nsengimana, a 1994 Rwandan massacres survivor, was orphaned at age four, and was later adopted by a loving Minnesotan couple. But the transforming moment is his life was when he received a little shoebox. Nsengimana, a recent Crossroads College graduate, national spokesperson for Operation Christmas Child — the shoebox project — spoke at Marco Presbyterian Church’s Mission’s Conference on March 14. He shared the power and joy of a little shoebox that lead to acceptance, love and forgiveness. As a child, he ... Read More »