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What Does “Back to School” Mean to You?

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RUMINATION FROM THE ROCK AND BEYOND Jory Westberry What memories do the words, “Back to School” tickle in your head? An end to goofing off and feeling so free that when the wind blows through your hair it erases any schedule you had? The time to play was paramount to even eating lunch or dinner when you were called; you dutifully looked apologetic when reprimanded for being late, while in your heart you wanted to keep playing forever. “Back to School” means many things to many people. For the retailers it’s a much needed lift after the sultry summer with clothing sales, ... Read More »

It’s Time to Pay Attention

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Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry No one is around you to see you, so be honest with these questions. Raise your pinky if you voted in the school board primary election two years ago. I don’t predict many pinkies in the air because about 38,805 out of 185,016 of all Collier County registered voters voted in that election. With Vote by Mail ballots, the question is, Why Not Vote? You don’t even have to go out in the heat. One of the benefits of a democracy is having the right to vote, but it should mean more ... Read More »

Seeking Comfort

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Me and Mocha on another thunderous afternoon.

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com My mother still lives in the same home she and my dad bought in 1964. It’s a modest 1920’s bungalow, located on a quiet street, in a rural Iowa town. When they bought the home, they were able to acquire some of the furnishings that were already in it. One such piece was a large, veneer buffet in the dining room. Right away, the word “buffet” might bring to mind an “all-you-can-eat” smorgasbord, but this buffet was instead a very functional piece of furniture. It had a broad top where food-filled dishes were ... Read More »

Meet Rick & Danielle Siegel

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By Maureen Chodaba, RDH A visit to the dentist. The phrase alone can strike fear in the hearts of many. I know. I was a registered dental hygienist in New York State for 33 years before I “retired” to beautiful Marco Island. I remember the apprehension and anxiety of many patients as they entered the office for that necessary but dreaded appointment. But today there is good news. The field of dentistry is rapidly changing with advances in technology, techniques and new treatments, all designed with the patient’s wellbeing and comfort in mind. Rick and Danielle Siegel, newcomers to our ... Read More »

American Cancer Society Imagination Ball 2017

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By Maureen Chodaba Imagination can be defined as the creative ability of the mind to form images that innovate a vision. Imagine this: An elegant beach pavilion adorned with diamonds and a red carpet, set against the backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico and a spectacular Marco Island sunset. Imagine a starlit evening of opulence and style. Picture all of this with the vision of something much greater. Imagine a world without cancer. The Marco Island chapter of the American Cancer Society (ACS) cordially invites you to the 2017 Imagination Ball, “Glitz, Glamour & Giving,” which will take place Saturday ... Read More »

Marco Pilgrims Attend World Youth Day

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By Maureen Chodaba On July 23, several parishioners of the San Marco Catholic Church departed on a trip to Krakow, Poland. Led by San Marco Director of Youth Ministry Dorothy Flint, the group included her husband Jeff Flint, Bill Bury, Parochial Vicar Father Duong Nguyen, and youth parishioners Lauren Jeter, Marissa Mengelkoch, Emmanuelle Meurge, Samantha Jennings, Dakota Leonard, Emma Fernandez, Logan Rios, Jacob Olguin (Kowalski) and Ralph Pesce. These pilgrims of faith embarked on a journey of enlightenment; their destination – an encounter with the Pope at the 2016 celebration of World Youth Day. The idea of World Youth Day ... Read More »

Everybody’s Fool

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BOOK REMARKS  Diane Bostick Guest Reviewer Everybody’s Fool By Richard Russo Knopf Publishers, May 2016 Available at the Collier County Library Available as Hardcover, Paperback, Kindle, Nook and Audio book I have just had the pleasure, and a pleasure it was, of reading Richard Russo’s newest book, “Everybody’s Fool.” Some might say it has no plot but it actually does, though I will admit it is rather a subtle one, and you might not really be aware of it until the end when you realize that all the individual stories running through the book have come to a conclusion of some sort, ... 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 »

MIHS to Host Moseley Exhibit

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Submitted The Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHS) is honored to host “Here and There,” a collection of paintings by artist William Moseley, August 2 through October 29, 2016. William Ward Moseley is recognized throughout the United States for his bold and brilliant paintings. He has received more than 100 awards for his artwork. Participating in juried exhibitions for the last ten years, his landscape paintings have been on exhibit in group shows throughout the East Coast. In creating works in a realistic, impressionist style, Moseley is inspired by scenes throughout the U.S. and Canada. Moseley’s landscape paintings are included in ... Read More »

Hillary Clinton and the FBI A Retired Agent Weighs In

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By Barry Gwinn When I heard that the FBI had recommended that no prosecution be undertaken of presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, I was dumbfounded. But not for the reasons you might think. On July 5, FBI Director James B. Comey called a press conference and announced that the FBI wouldn’t be recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for alleged mishandling of classified material on her private email server. I spent 31 years as an FBI special agent, mostly investigating and aiding in the prosecution of criminal cases. I am also versed in the history of the FBI and was ... Read More »

Risk Factors and Recommendations

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Barbara and Jack Markel in their purple Alzheimer’s Association Walk T-shirts.

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway After hearing about Alzheimer’s disease from family, friends, or the media, we all might start to wonder about our own memory. Several years ago, I visited Bill Beckwith, a neuropsychologist then in Naples, to find out whether my brain was showing any signs of decline. After an initial visit, I was evaluated during two sessions of two hours each, and at the final visit, Beckwith told me the results. He had tested my memory with remembering lists of words, numbers forward and back, stories, and drawings. There were also timed exercises, questions about current events, ... Read More »

Traditionally Speaking

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Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark Over the years, traditions in all sports, have changed. Two of the most ‘old school’ and honorable sports are tennis and golf. I was recently watching a broadcast of vintage Wimbledon matches on The Tennis Channel. The show included an interview with the great Rod Laver, aka, “The Rocket”, about how the game has changed since his day, both in regards to the speed, spin and power of today’s game, as well as what it was like to play at the Grand Slams back in his era. Some of the clips and films they were ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ian D. Small

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My wife and I are English and since our retirement we have been lucky enough to spend our last fifteen winters on Marco Island. Can you imagine yourself happy with a situation where the USA was a member of an “American Union”, comprising Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, seven countries in Central America and twelve countries in South America? The government of the Union would be based in, say, Equador and would have authority to pass laws which the US Congress had no option but to accept. The Court of Justice , based in Honduras, would have precedence over your Supreme Court. ... Read More »

Doing the Right Thing

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  lkasperbauer@gmail.com At beach yoga, we sometimes tell our students that the hardest part of the class is already over when they arrive at the beach. That is, the most difficult move they will make, is showing up for class. The same is true for exercising, eating better, being kinder, more patient, or tackling any task that takes us out of our comfort zone or off the couch. Yeah, we know what we should do, but it’s just so much easier to put it off until later, or tomorrow, or never. I remember reprimanding our ... 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 »

Diagnosis by a Specialist

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Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Perhaps you’re concerned about a family member or friend’s memory loss, perhaps your own. One way to find out whether it is memory loss or normal aging is to seek out a physician. A family doctor or internist could be your starting place and might use a brief test for memory. But you may be better served with a specialist. For instance, with heart issues you would probably seek out a cardiologist, if cancer, an oncologist. So, if the brain may be an issue, the Alzheimer Association and other experts recommend seeing a neurologist who ... Read More »

Patriotism Reigns in Memorial Day Ceremony

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By Don Manley The sacrifices of America’s military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving were honored in word and song at Marco Island’s Memorial Day ceremony. Dave Gardner, commander of Marco’s VFW Post 6370, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which included music from the Marco Island Strummers, the Marco Island Academy Singers and Craig Greusel, music director for the Marco Lutheran Church. Color guard duties were performed by members of the Marco Island Police Department. The keynote speaker was U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Lambert (retired), who began his military career as an ... Read More »

Can Al-Anon Help?

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Submitted  Heavy drinkers commonly say that their drinking is not as serious a problem as some people may think. People who are close to them also have a tendency to minimize how seriously the drinker’s alcohol abuse has affected them. They are trying to keep things as normal as possible under conditions that are sometimes unbearable.   How Can Al-Anon Help? A Member Shares Her Story Submitted  In November of 2011 I picked up a pamphlet in the doctor’s office titled “Al-Anon Faces Alcoholism” and browsed through it. Words began to leap off the pages at me and aroused feelings that I ... Read More »

Emotions High at MIA Graduation

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Teacher Robert Eder with MIA students before graduation. From left: Jordan Roath, Cameron
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By Roger LaLonde  More than 400 family and friends packed the Family Church for the Marco Island Academy (MIA) graduation on June 3. Laughs, cheers and tears made for a special occasion. Valedictorian Stephen Vale brought about the first jolt of laughter when he told of “Not having a normal high school experience.” He chose to go the dual enrollment path his junior year, going to Florida SouthWestern State College. “It was definitely tough the past two years, missing out on all the fun and experiences at MIA.   Due to his youthful looks, Vale said, “On the first day, ... Read More »

The SUN Trail State

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Submitted “If you build it, they will come.” But, first you need dedicated funding. That’s why the 2015 legislation that appropriated $25 million annually for the Shared-Use Nonmotorized Trail (SUN Trail) program is more than momentous. It’s a seismic paradigm shift on how our state and communities view biking, walking, recreation, and safety. What is the top funding priority? The Coast to Coast Connector.  But how do trails become eligible for SUN Trail funding? First, they must be part of the Florida Greenways & Trails Priority System. Then, the regional trails must meet eligibility criteria developed by FDOT and the ... Read More »