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My Newest Best Friend A Carolina Love Story

The Canton Chamber of Commerce chose this as one of the views used to attract businesses and new residents to Canton. Bill Gwinn’s first Canton house is the white bungalow
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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn My newest best friend lives in North Carolina. Her name is Cassandra. She is a strikingly beautiful blue-eyed blond. She lives in Canton, N.C. where she grew up and spent most of her life. Until September of last year, I had never heard of her. On May 28, 2016, Cassandra, 46, (affectionately known to me as Cassie) married my son Bill, 52. To accommodate all the guests, the wedding took place in the Canton National Guard Armory. It was one of the happiest days of my life. Canton is located about 13 miles west of ... 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 »

Letter to the Editor: Letter to Fire Chief Mike Murphy

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Dear Chief Murphy, Thank you for your thoughtful letter. I am a writer for the Coastal Breeze News and have written 6 articles on the plight of Goodland Road since last November. I went down to the road during the height of each of the five daytime floodings and took photos. None of these floodings was the result of a hurricane. Only one was related to a tropical storm which passed way off shore and was entering the panhandle bend, far to the north when the flooding occurred. Until Sunday June, 5th, I had never witnessed your EMS vehicles trying ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman for Marco City Council

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After much thought, I have decided to run for the Marco Island City Council. I have lived on the island for 14 years, retiring here after a successful 26-year career in the U.S. Army. As veterans know, my military career hardwired leadership, integrity and service in me. Since my arrival on Marco Island, I have stepped up to contribute to our community. In 2002, when our young city had difficulty getting people for the Planning Board, I volunteered and was ultimately appointed to serve twice, from 2004 – 2006 and 2013 – present. Additionally, I have served on several other ... Read More »

Guest Commentary Guest Commentary on Dairy Consumption

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By Larissa Bersh Writer Larissa Bersh is a high school student at Marco Island Academy and will begin her junior year this fall.  Even as a young person, it feels as if the world around me is constantly changing. Not a day goes by that doesn’t bring news of a scientific breakthrough or groundbreaking medical discovery that alters what we thought we knew as fact. It goes without saying that, as our knowledge continues to grow, we do our best to adapt to these changes. But sometimes we find ourselves stuck deep in a rut of tradition, shielded by the ... Read More »

Wind Across the Everglades

Tommie Barfield and her niece “Kappy” Kirk. Photos Courtesy of William Hughes

Submitted Take a break from the summer heat on August 2nd at 7 PM at the Rose History Auditorium, where you will enjoy the story of an earlier time in Southwest Florida. Speakers William Hughes and Craig Woodward will present the story and locations used in the movie “Wind Across the Everglades.” Bill will recount the tales of the relationships that led to the making of the movie, and Craig will bring the movie’s shooting locations to life. Filmed in 1958 in Everglades City and the surrounding area, the movie will take you back in time before the modern development ... Read More »

Leigh Plummer Park- Native Plants Thrive Thanks to Garden Club

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Calusa Garden Club founder Eva Schliesser still active, tends to her native plants.

By Maria Lamb   “It is my goal in life to educate our community about our beautiful native plants and to help get rid of the exotics.” – Eva Schliesser, Calusa Garden Club founder It started with an initial inquiry to the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department by then club members, Eva Schliesser, Naomi White and Jeanne Key, about the possibility of volunteering to do planting, pruning and weeding at the Leigh Plummer Memorial Park. This simple request turned into: can they add more desirable plants? In 1984, the Calusa Garden Club, working with the Collier Country Parks and ... Read More »

Goodland’s Guardian Angel Fiala steps up

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Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Goodland Road (as it is known here) has been mired in controversy since Collier County turned it over to the City of Marco Island (CMI) in 2002. It turns out that because of increased flooding, the road needs to be rebuilt and elevated at a cost which may exceed $5M, an amount which CMI says they cannot afford. The County wants CMI to proceed with the rebuilding and has threatened to withhold the remaining $2M in annual payments due to CMI under the 2002 Interlocal Agreement. A stalemate between the County and CMI has resulted. ... Read More »

Caring Enough To Take Care

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MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer  As the Summer Olympic Games in Rio get closer, there is increasing media attention to the American athletes who will be participating. I recently saw Kerri Walsh Jennings interviewed and I was truly impressed. Ms. Jennings is an American professional beach volleyball player, a three time Olympic gold medal winner, a wife, and mother of three young children. Kerri stands more than six feet tall and her nickname is Six Feet of Sunshine. An appropriate appellation, in my opinion. She radiates happiness, warmth and strength. In her interview, Kerri was asked how she stayed ... Read More »

The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

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BOOK REMARKS  Joanne Tailele,  Guest Reviewer Author Kelli Estes opened my eyes, as well as protagonist Inara Erickson’s, to a piece of American history I knew nothing about. In the backdrop of the Orcas Island, on Puget Sound, state of Washington, Inara is drawn back to the island when she inherits a grand old estate that was once her childhood playground. She has no intention of staying long, just long enough to get the property on the market and leave the island that haunts her with guilt from when her mother died on a windy road on the island. The estate ... Read More »

Enjoy the Ride – Marco Players 42nd Season

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Submitted The Marco Players, Marco Island’s oldest, intimate black-box community theater announces the 2016-2017 season line up which cruises into summer with some cooling comedy and music and then picks up the speed with a full offering of evening, Sunday matinees, and Saturday lunch box shows. The Marco Players Theater celebrates its 42nd season with shows about taking chances and starting over, shows that will enlighten, entertain, educate, make you laugh and touch your heart. Mark your calendar for September 8, 2016 when the box office opens, but even better, visit our website to join The Marco Players’ mailing list ... Read More »

Quadski Makes Appearance

Capt. Nick Ojanovac, left, Marco City Manager Roger Hernstadt, marine officer Clayton Smith, Phil Battaglia, Police Chief Al Schettino, Capt. Dave Baer and Sgt. Brian Hood pose
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By Don Manley The annual July 4th celebration on Residents Beach included the formal introduction of the Marco Police Department’s newest vehicle, a 2015 Gibbs Quadski XL. The amphibious four-wheeler was donated by resident Phil Battaglia and his family’s Rockland Bakery, located in Nanuet, NY, just outside New York City. “We’re really excited about having it,” said Marco Police Chief Al Schettino. “It’s a great asset to the department. What it allows us to do is gain access to beach areas that were inaccessible at high tide. We can go all the way down to Coconut Island and Sand Dollar ... Read More »

Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

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Submitted At a recent meeting of the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, Mary Allice Stansfield was honored by being named a Paul Harris Fellow for her dedication to the Interact Club at Lely High School for the past five years.  Interact is a club for young people ages 12-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about.  This past school year, the Lely Interact Club, under Mary Alice supervision, donated 551.5 hours of volunteer and community involvement.  Mary Alice retired after sixteen years of teaching in Collier County schools. The Paul ... Read More »

EMS Vehicles Delayed

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Marco EMS vehicle, parked at Stan’s, after making it through. (6/5/16, 2:30 PM)

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn  This column has chronicled an almost monthly series of debilitating floodings on Goodland Road, the community’s only access road. In six out of the last 11 months, beginning in August, 2015, the flooding prevented many from driving on the hubcap deep Gulf waters covering large portions of the road. Engineering reports commissioned by the City of Marco Island (CMI) confirmed that the road was being undermined by the constant flooding, and that it needed to be rebuilt and raised 2 to 3 feet. CMI addressed the problem by patching potholes and delaying remedial action. Appeals ... Read More »

Myth Busters: Alzheimers and Dementia Planning for Uncertainty Part II

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com “Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.” – Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888), American philosopher and Louisa May Alcott’s father. Question: I’m concerned about the possibility of my parent developing Alzheimer’s or experiencing some sort of cognitive decline. What advice can you offer? Answer: Having experienced this heartbreaking disease in my own family is one of the reasons I chose this career. Having the difficult and tender conversations with those we love before it’s too late is critical. It’s important to discuss financial, legal and caregiving plans with our families at all ... Read More »

Obituary In Memory of Richard Frank Scheeler

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Richard (Dick) Scheeler, of Naples, Florida, passed away on June 1, 2016 while on a brief visit to Costa Rica, Central America. He was born and raised in Harleys, Pennsylvania to Frank and Bertha (née Fleck) Scheeler. Growing up he enjoyed all sports, but particularly excelled in basketball and boxing. He also spent many hours with his Doberman Pincher, Redford. His passion and inborn ability for cooking, combined with his entrepreneurial desires, led him to owning and operating several successful restaurants from Doylestown and New Hope, Pennsylvania to No. Brunswick, New Jersey to Tequesta and Marco Island, Florida to San ... 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 »

Drinking Water Main Replacement

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Submitted  The Board of Collier County Commissioners, Ex Officio the Governing Board of the Collier County Water-Sewer District (Board) unanimously approved a $1.4 million project to replace the aging potable water distribution system in the Naples South community, generally northeast of Tamiami Trail East and Rattlesnake Hammock Road. The Naples South distribution system, installed in the late 1970s, includes approximately 11,000 linear feet of 2-inch to 8-inch asbestos cement (AC), iron, and undersized PVC potable water main, with more than 90 percent being AC. The water main has reached the end of its useful life. Also, there are a limited ... Read More »

Al Bismonte

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By Maureen Chodaba Upon entering the Marco Island home of Al Bismonte, you are greeted by a garden ornament with the message “All Things Grow With Love.” That is a theme that lives and flourishes in the heart of this man of many talents. This “retired” pediatrician from Waukegan, Illinois enjoys a home that is filled with more than one hundred orchid plants. “They are not my hobby, they are my therapy,” says Bismonte with a smile. Surrounded by their beauty, Bismonte explained his secret in caring for these thriving plants. “Sometimes people think an orchid has died, but it ... Read More »