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Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story

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By Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com   By Ed Lucas and Christopher Lucas Jeter Publishing (Simon & Schuster) 320 pages. Genre: Biography Collier County Public Library: Yes   “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” – Yogi Berra   Well, sports fans, baseball is back! The first few weeks are always glorious because there are no deep disappointments yet and hopes are high. Boston won the World Series in 2013, so why shouldn’t Cubs fans think “Maybe next year” is THIS year? Did Back To The Future 2 writers get it right with “Cubs sweep Miami five games to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Karen Young

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Bicycle Madness I had just left Winn Dixie and turned left on Collier. I then turned right on Tigertail and then left on Hernando. Out of nowhere there was a man, shirtless with shorts, riding a bicycle directly in front of me. It was so frightening to me. Both of us were so lucky that I did not hit him with my car. If I had hit this man he would have ruined my life. And I probably would have killed him. These people who rent bikes and think that they do not have to respect the law will destroy ... Read More »

Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn: A Tale of Henderson Creek

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com One diary, two years of research and a great deal of passion all came together at the Rookery Bay Lunch & Learn on April 7. The final product is a fascinating glimpse into the history of pioneer life on Henderson Creek. The diary was written by Frank ‘Watts’ Hall and covered 186 days from 1898 into 1899. Watts was a teacher living with the Kirkland family on Henderson Creek and in his diary he shares a very intimate view of what daily life was like near the turn of the century. Ray Carroll was the presenter ... Read More »

The Nightingale

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Kristin Hannah St. Martin’s Press 2015, 440 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.” — Winston Churchill   Set against the backdrop of the Second World War in France, The Nightingale is a riveting story of love and family drama. Like All The Light We Cannot See, this book is told from the perspective of civilians, specifically the extremely heroic ordinary Frenchwomen. By the end of 1940, France was basically a land of women and children. ... Read More »

MIA Footballers Boost Boat Parade

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Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn barry@coastalbreezenews.com For the past nineteen years, Elaine Ritchie, has raised a lot of money for AVOW Hospice through the Goodland Boat Parade. She stages it every February and somehow gets the whole town of Goodland to pitch in. The parade starts at the Stan Gober Bridge, winds its way through the bay behind our restaurants, and ends at the Goodland Boat Park at the southern end of Goodland. Crowds come from all over to revel in the festivities, and to support the parade. The water’s edge is lined with spectators. When the parade pulls in ... Read More »

A Tribute to My Ultimate Dolphin Lover

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STEPPING STONES… Bob McConville This is the primary title of the column I write. Typically, a stepping stone is something to help you get from one place to another or from one phase in life to another as well. We have all utilized them. Sometimes they are very obvious to us; very evident. Other times we just happen to stumble upon them. They can be subtle or they can be earth shattering. One thing is for sure…we use them from the day we are born until the time we die. Some of the people who create these pathways leave lasting ... Read More »

NCH “Volunteers are Aces” Las Vegas, Baby!

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By Steve Gimmestad steve@coastalbreezenews.com On Wednesday, March 25, NCH Healthcare recognized a most valued group of people at an awards luncheon held at Hideaway Beach Club. The theme was Las Vegas, Baby! – and their Aces were the volunteers of Marco Island Auxiliary that contribute so much to the value and quality of care people receive. Many of the volunteers dressed to fit the Vegas theme; feathered boas, special hats and belted baubles. Most apparent were the smiles and the general feeling was that of an extended family, rather than co-workers. Their work is not easy and their reward is ... Read More »

Going Old School

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By Pat Newman Today I scanned my Facebook News feed and realized that my profile picture, place of residence, and posts from my 120 “friends” is exactly the same as it was a year ago. The problem is that I don’t live in the same place, tossed the dress I was wearing in the photo and am still seeing the same pics of cute puppies, abandoned dogs, prancing horses and words of encouragement and wisdom as 12 months ago. I am so over Facebook. While I appreciate the updates from close friends on real life events like births, weddings, retirements ... Read More »

Dottie’s Duck Derby

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 20th Annual Dottie’s Duck Derby will be held on Saturday, April 25th in conjunction with Healthy Kids Day at the Greater Marco Island YMCA. Besides the duck derby, there will be music, pool games and prizes. The race time will commence at 1:00 and run until all the ducks are in. With a little help from the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department spray, ducks will make their way toward the finish line of the Olympic sized pool. Registration is $15.00 per duck or $25.00 for two ducks. You can purchase celebrity/rock and roll ducks ... Read More »

Collier-Seminole State Park

The .9 mile Royal Palm Hammock Trail is partly dirt and partly boardwalk and runs through a mixed hardwood tomangrove habitat that opens onto a sawgrass marsh.

By Carl and Joan Kelly The ranger station for the Collier-Seminole State Park is a short distance east from Route 92 (San Marco Road) on Highway 41 (20200 E Tamiami Rd.) There are many options in this 4,760 acre wilderness preserve including hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, camping and viewing wild life. History and nature meet here with Indians and pioneers. The park offers three trails. The 6.5 mile Hiking Adventure Trail is a wilderness trail that may be in shallow flood or muddy. The other two are good walking trails. The trailhead to the 3.5 mile Mountain Bike and Hiking ... Read More »

Exploring the American Workforce at Marco Island Historical Museum

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Submitted What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes or at desks keeping our communities thriving. The Marco Island Historical Museum, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts “The Way We Worked,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. “The Way We Worked” will be on view April 4, 2015 through May 16, 2015. A free opening reception will take place on Tuesday April 7 from 5pm to 7pm. The Marco Island Historical Museum ... Read More »

“History Comes to Life” The Collage Art of John M. Williams

The Naples Depot Museum is pleased to present History Comes to Life, The Collage Art of John M. Williams on display April 1, 2015 through May 30, 2015 . The opening wine and cheese reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Museums, open to the public at no cost and will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm. Williams, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, brings history to life through his intriguing cut paper collage portraits of important figures in U.S. and world history. He illuminates their lives, emotions and the background elements ... Read More »

SCHLEHR Selected as Puppy Raiser

Kaitie Schlehr, Lighthouse of Collier Case Manager, has been selected by Southeastern Guide Dogs to be an official Puppy Raiser. As a puppy raiser, Kaitie will provide Carley, the new puppy, with home life experiences, while teaching her basic obedience. Puppy raisers take the puppies everywhere—to work, out to eat, on trips, and even grocery shopping. The dogs need real-world training in order for them to grow up to successfully guide a visually impaired person. The puppy-raising experience requires a great deal of commitment, time, energy, and focus. Once the dog has matured, Kaitie will say goodbye to Carley in ... Read More »

Inside The O’Briens

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Book Remarks By Maggie Gust   “The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.” – George Santayana Boston PD officer Joe O’Brien is frantic. If he does not find his service weapon RIGHT NOW, he will be late for roll call and he is already in hot water with his sergeant. He looks everywhere, retracing his steps and finally into the kitchen where his wife Rosie is serving breakfast to their four children. The Glock is on the kitchen counter. Each of them denies seeing or touching his weapon even though he ... Read More »

‘Til the Cows Come Home

Local farmers lead their cows in a descent from their summer home.

Speaking of Travel By Vickie Kelber Although we have visited Switzerland a number of times, usually choosing to spend a month at a time, our travels have always taken place between early June and late August. On our last trip, we went a little later in the season, determined to stay until the cows came home. Cows are an important part of Swiss culture and economy. Think Swiss cheese and chocolate. The cow has become a ubiquitous symbol of the country. After landing at Zurich Airport and getting on the internal transportation tram, we were greeted with a recording of ... Read More »

Manatees Are Back!

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By Bob McConville Master Naturalist During the week of March 4th thru the 11th I was fortunate to be on the water every day. In addition to surveying our area dolphins, some other marine and bird life was very noticeable. A few Kemp-Ridley turtles popped their heads up and some of the osprey hatchlings are now several weeks old and growing fast. Arriving from as far away as Brazil on their 10,000 mile round-trip journey, even a few Swallow Tailed Kites were seen. The biggest surprise of all was 5 separate sightings of those lumbering aquatic giants in the Marco ... Read More »

No Snoozin’ in Goodland

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Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Seasonal visitors driving through Goodland or visiting some of our excellent eateries, observe a sleepy village (except on Sundays) where, during the week anyhow, nothing much seems to happen. There are no stores, beaches, theaters, or malls. The village is surrounded by water and mangrove forests. There is only one way in and one way out. What do those guys do anyhow? Quite a bit actually. One of my favorites is the self-styled Pool Sharks and Red Hot Mamas. Formed in 2009, this eclectic bunch gets together every Thursday afternoon, at a member’s house to ... Read More »

Before the Dog

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SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher Shining high in the sky tonight in the southeast is the bright star Procyon in the otherwise non-descript of Canis Minor – the little dog. Canis Minor processes but two stars – Procyon being the brightest. Procyon is larger, hotter and brighter than our Sun, but the primary reason it’s the seventh brightest star in the sky is that it is so close to us, only 11.46 light years. Procyon is thought to be approaching the end of its life and will soon become what is known as a red giant star and expand ... Read More »

Wellfit Girls Peruvion Adventure

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By Don Manley Alexis Buhelos embarked on a bold journey of self discovery last year that brought about some life-altering changes for the then 14 year old. The Marco Island resident and a group of other teen girls from Lee and Collier counties devoted five months of their lives to expanding their fitness, empowerment and leadership skills through the Naples-based Wellfit Girls Program. Created in 2014, the Wellfit Girls Program is dedicated to inspiring girls between 13 and 18 years old to maximize their potential through regular group meetings and a rigorous regimen of yoga, fitness and leadership training. That ... Read More »

Iran…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Other than taxes and death, we can always count on one other certainty in life; extremely short memory of our fellow Americans. It wasn’t long ago when the previous Speaker of the House Mrs. Pelosi uttered the now infamous words “We have to pass the health care bill so you can find out what’s in it.” With those words of wisdom, the flock of sheep who parade as U.S. Congressmen passed a massive law which may at the end bankrupt the country, if it has not already done so. Now, the leaders of the same ... Read More »