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Salute to Veterans: Gordon Timmerman

The LCI anchored, Sea of Japan

  By Maggie Gust Gordon Timmerman served as a U.S. Navy Gunner’s Mate Third Class on LCI-669 in the Pacific Theater 1944 to 1946. Gordon remembers the radio reports of the bombing of Pearl Harbor when he was a freshman. People were stunned because there was no indication of aggression from Japan, rather peace negotiations were ongoing between the two countries. It took a couple of weeks for the full extent of the destruction at Pearl Harbor to be determined and also for America to realize the strength and numbers of the Japanese forces. “Really, the public was not aware ... Read More »

Meet Marco’s New Baby Dolphins

Cosmo and her baby  Honeymoon play in a wave. PHOTOS BY BOB MCCONVILLE

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Freedom. Honeymoon. Little Bear. These words do not describe a mountain getaway for newlyweds. They are, instead, the names of the first three baby dolphins seen in the Marco Island area this fall. This is birthing season for the bottle nosed dolphins in this section of the world, and we are hoping to see a few more “Young of Year” (YOY) over the next several months. As well as being an educational ecotour, the dolphin survey team onboard the Dolphin Explorer takes pride in monitoring the birth statistics in the area; which one is the ... Read More »

Condo Sales on Marco Island

A view of the Seabreeze pool and condos. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott According to the Marco Island Multiple Listing Service (MLS), 517 condos on Marco Island have sold so far this year, ranging in price from $75,000 for a 400 square foot efficiency at Seabreeze to $6,450,000 for a 6,600 square foot penthouse at Madeira. According to the Collier County Property Appraiser’s records, about 860 condos have changed hands so far this year. Sales of condos through the Marco Island MLS sales represent about 60% of the appraiser’s total number of recorded transactions. Another 35% of the Collier County Property Appraiser condo transactions are those ... Read More »

“The Tears of Dark Water”


BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust   By Corban Addison Thomas Nelson 2015, 439 pages Genre: Domestic Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ~ Rumi   In “The Tears of Dark Water,” his third novel, Corban Addison proves himself to be one of the prominent authors of his generation. He has a beautiful writing style that is both intelligent and gripping, moving the story along at an almost-perfect pace while deepening the layers of the characters’ personalities with each page. It is November 2011, and Daniel Parker and his 18-year-old son ... Read More »

Salute to Veterans: Charles “Chuck” Purple

National conventions Chuck attended are displayed on his Legion hat.

By Maggie Gust Charles “Chuck” Purple served as a Coxswain in the 28th Special Naval Construction Battalion in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1946. Coxswain is a ranking who were easily recognizable because they wore their insignia on the right arm, not the usual left arm. Although born in South Bend, Indiana, Chuck Purple moved around a lot even as an infant. His father, a World War I veteran, was in the newspaper business and transferred frequently by his employer, the Nixon chain. Life was very good until the Depression, when the Purples, like millions of families, suffered a ... Read More »

Estate Planning: Avoiding the “Oops”


ASK THE CFP® PRACTITIONER Darcie Guerin   “The only source of knowledge is experience.” ~ Albert Einstein   Question: My brother passed away and his will and estate plan had not been updated. This left everything in disarray with the family fighting. What can I do to avoid this type of chaos for my family? Answer: My condolences on the loss of your brother. Life is unpredictable and each day is a gift. Situations change personally and professionally and estate documents are often overlooked and not updated. Grief and uncertainty never go well together. Proper planning is a gift you can give ... Read More »

Marie Thompson Retires from Goodland Post Office

Marie Thompson as customers saw her. PHOTO BY BARRY GWINN

By Barry Gwinn Friday, October 30, 2015 was Marie Thompson’s last day with the U.S. Postal Service. After 15 years with the postal service, Marie is exchanging her postage machine for a pickup truck and camper. She and her husband Mike plan on doing some traveling around North America. “Mike and I have always wanted to travel,” said Marie, “Our health is still good and we felt that now was the time.” Marie has been a clerk at Everglades City, Ochopee, and Chokoloskee. She was transferred to the Goodland Post Office three years ago, taking the place of Judith Pritchard, ... Read More »

Children’s Book Raises Funds for Burrowing Owls


Submitted Marco Island resident Roseanne Pawelec is launching a new children’s book, “Ollie Finds a New Home,” and donating $1 from every copy sold to a fund which helps protect Marco Island’s burrowing owls. The book takes children on a journey with Ollie, a burrowing owl on the island, as he and his family search for a new underground home. The book addresses the trauma of moving for young children and positive life lessons about change. “In writing the book I became inspired by the burrowing owl communities near my home in the Tigertail Beach area,” Pawelec explained. “I feel ... Read More »

SALUTE TO VETERANS: Philip “Phil” Ballou

Phil Ballou

By Maggie Gust Philip Ballou served as a Staff Sergeant in the 1771 Air Transport Command, Army Air Force, in the Pacific Theater, 1943 to 1946. Phil had a very unique wartime story. He is the first person I have ever met whose mother served in the same war. Hazel Ballou, a 38-year-old legal secretary during peace time, enlisted in the WACs a month before her 18-year-old son Phil was drafted into the Army. Ironically, they both got their 30-day leave before deployment at the same time, so were able to spend time together at home. Home was Clarion, Iowa, ... Read More »

Saran Wishes You Balance Marco resident has authored book on his new form of yoga

Marco’s Saran, author of “Baraabar Yoga, The New Yoga of Balance.” PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Saran has had a very interesting life, the sort for which the term “renaissance man” was invented. The Marco resident has a psychology degree from the University of Miami. Aside from being a talented painter, Saran has worked as an orchestral songwriter and record producer, enjoyed international success as a fashion designer and a carved-glass artist, and established a memorial design company whose works can be seen locally. Along the way, he’s formed friendships with such luminaries as Judd Hirsch, of “Taxi” fame, the “Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra and astronaut Charlie Duke, who was the ... Read More »

A Few Words for My Fellow Catholics

By Saran My philosophy of balance I call Baraabar Yoga, the new yoga of this new millennium. I have been a Catholic all my life. For the last 45 years I have been fortunate enough to study many of the other religions of the world and how those religions interact with their followers. It has been a very interesting and informative journey. One of the main reasons I took this journey was because of my last name, Saran. That name comes to me from my Hindu ancestors who have had that name since the very beginning of Hinduism some 8,000 ... Read More »

An Interview with YMCA Tennis Director Roberto Saad

Roberto Saad was ranked number 36 tennis player in the world in 1988.

By Samantha Husted Meet Roberto Saad, the Marco Island YMCA’s newest tennis director. Roberto’s life and tennis career has been nothing short of amazing. He’s traveled all over the world, played in tournaments such as the Davis Cup, won two doubles titles, and in 1988 he was number 36 in the world, a feat very few can claim. Now, he’s here on Marco Island to share his wisdom of the game and his philosophies on life, which to him are inextricable. Let’s start with the beginning, when did you first start playing tennis and how do you get involved with ... Read More »

Marco Firefighters Honored for Distinguished Service

Munier Gattas (L) Sergio Deleon (R) SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley Marco Island Fire and Rescue Department’s Sergio Deleon and Munier Gattas are being recognized for their off-duty actions, which saved the life of Munier’s 55-year-old neighbor, Ron Krawczyk. Ron suffered from sudden cardiac death in his home on July 30, 2015. The firefighter paramedics were chosen to receive the 2015 Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Public Service Award for emergency medical services. The events that led to the award took place under circumstances that may have ended much differently. That day, Munier was enjoying a well-needed day off. He had just purchased a home in Naples. ... Read More »

Optimist Club Breast Cancer Awareness Through Kids Sports


By Meghan Bonos Sometimes the game is not about winning or losing. The lessons of life are more important than what can be learned on the field. The Optimist Club of Marco Island (OCMI) continued its breast cancer awareness campaign to educate kids and families about the importance of this disease. Throughout the month, parents and kids were encouraged to participate in the organization’s “Pink Out” at sporting events and community gatherings. For the second year, OCMI participated in the Kick-or-Treat Soccer Tournament held by the Lee County Youth Soccer League. Opting out of wearing a Halloween costume, the players ... Read More »

Stone Crabs … Interesting Facts

Bob displays a male stone 
crab for guests to view onboard the Dolphin Explorer. PHOTO BY CAPT. MICHAEL TATEO

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturali Yum! There they are, precooked, and on a plate right in front of me. Just a bit cooler than room temperature, with a side of drawn butter, as well as a mild mustard sauce, I can already taste them and I’m three feet from the table. Those delicious stone crab claws are back in season! Hundreds upon hundreds of crab traps were placed in position in the backwaters and just offshore during the first two weeks of October all around the Marco Island area. Traps were baited and commercial crabbers waited for the magic date ... Read More »


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer A few weeks ago I spent 11 days taking care of our 17-month-old granddaughter. It was quality time and I was her primary caregiver. We got to know one another really well and we integrated into one another’s lives and habits. I prepared her food, and she threw back at me what she didn’t like. I changed her diapers and she accompanied me on all my bathroom visits. I made calls on my phone and she put up a fuss if she wasn’t able to join in the conversation. She expressed her independence, and ... Read More »

Jewelry Common Sense… Jewelry Repair

Don’t swim with your necklace  on - it will get damaged by chlorine
and salt water! SUBMITTED PHOTOS

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan I’m a goldsmith and own a jewelry store, and that means we make our own jewelry and also repair jewelry that people break. Yes, sad but true, jewelry breaks, wears out, gets mistreated and then needs repair. I’m also proud to say we rarely repair jewelry that has been purchased in our shop. I can’t count how many times when inspecting people’s jewelry with my trained eye and see problems that are present or about to occur and get lambasted because of it. Remember now, they asked me to “look at their jewelry” to make ... Read More »

One Room, One Hour, One Way Out

Cell Block M  is ready for booking. This room challenges gamers to prove their innocence in 60

Submitted To say a new business is opening on Marco Island would be an understatement. Not only is it a new business, but a brand new concept that, until now, has been reserved for metropolitan areas such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. In a world dominated by smartphones and evolving technology, this is a refreshing change. “Think video games meet real life,” said co-founder, 15-year-old Marco Island resident Howie Jordan. “Instead of watching the character on a screen, you are the character.” The real-life adventure game phenomenon started in 2007 in Japan. It’s extremely popular in ... Read More »

Rose-Colored Glasses


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind…” ~ Miley Cyrus My mother is a cancer survivor. Twenty-seven years ago she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Stage 3. The doctor ordered chemo and radiation. In addition, my mother made the decision to have a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy, and it worked. She was cured. Which is not to say she didn’t experience the side effects of her experience. The chemotherapy treatment ended early because of the devastating effect it had on her body. There was permanent damage ... Read More »

The Black Pearl

By Maureen Chodaba It called out my name in a sense. I looked at it and it almost seemed to have a life of its own, to actually be an eye that watched me. I walked away. Like a magnet, it drew me back. So elegant in its style, breathtaking in its mysterious, almost spiritual hue, and crowned with sparkling stars, it told me that I needed it, and that it would serve me well. From the very moment that it became mine, the magic began. My life has been forever touched by my encounters with breast cancer. First among ... Read More »