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Fishing from a Kayak! Really?

Kayak fishing in the mangroves. FILE PHOTO

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Absolutely! Why not further enhance the enjoyment found from kayaking by taking a fishing rod along? The benefits of simply kayaking are obvious: ease, serenity, exercise and awesome sightseeing opportunities to name only a few. Most prefer to kayak in quiet areas around inshore waters, dense mangrove islands and bays where waters are calm and wildlife is plentiful. Interestingly enough, fish prefer the same habitat that most kayak enthusiasts do! This combination of interests creates a potentially action-packed inshore fishing experience from a small craft in a scenic surround. While it’s true that ... Read More »

The Name is the Thing

Looking South, 11PM on October 3. Our club telescopes will be available for public viewing all day and into the early evening October 4th at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. SUBMITTED

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] How did the planets and stars get their names? For planets, the answer is easy. They were named after gods. Indeed, it was believed they were gods. Planets were named after different gods at different times in different civilizations, but the names we use today are those of Roman gods. The names follow a certain logic. Mercury was the messenger of the gods so he needed to move quickly as does his namesake planet. The planet Venus is quite beautiful and so was named after the goddess of love and beauty. Mars is ... Read More »

Daring to Dream

In her brown bomber  jacket and white silk scarf, Janina Birtolo became Amelia Earhart for the night’s captive audience. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Melinda Gray [email protected] On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the Marco Island History Museum’s Rose Auditorium hosted a packed house for the presentation of “Daring to Dream,” an original dramatic portrayal of the life and last flight of Amelia Earhart. The allotted hour flew by as local actress and writer, Janina Birtolo, delivered a fast-paced memoir, simultaneously humorous and heartfelt, detailing the famous aviatrix’s exploits. With her one-woman-show, Birtolo kept listeners at the edge of their seats from the moment she took the stage, appearing as if she’d just touched down from another soaring flight. Fully-costumed and impossibly energetic, she virtually ... Read More »

Staying in Touch

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When packing for travel, think about all the items that smartphones and tablets have replaced: alarm clocks, flashlights, cameras, daily journals, books, guide books, maps, newspapers, compasses, foreign language dictionaries, hard copies of information such as insurance cards and camera manuals. One of the most useful for me when traveling has been the replacement of land lines and the ability to communicate with others in a variety of ways. Telephone plans with companies such as Verizon and AT&T are good only for talk and data in the US. You can purchase an international plan with ... Read More »

MIA Student Volunteer Ops

Gabby Perez It’s fair to say that high school has definitely changed throughout the years. Though academics have remained quite similar, the high school experience today may differ from our parents high school experience. With the improvement of technology, addition to school-related programs being offered, and more power given to the student body, there’s a lot to be accomplished that could greatly benefit you in college. At Marco Island Academy, there is an abundance of great opportunities for students looking to be involved in school clubs, community service and for those looking to earn volunteer hours. Volunteering at MIA and ... Read More »

Somebody’s Watching You!

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Ask The CFP® Practitioner Darcie Guerin [email protected]   “I know a baseball star who wouldn’t report the theft of his wife’s credit cards because the thief spends less than she does.” — Joe Garagiola   Question: Identity theft and cybercrime attacks scare me. What can I do to reduce the risk of this happening to me? Answer: You’re right to be concerned. Although the above quote by Joe Garagiola may suggest otherwise, identity theft is no laughing matter. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), fraud and identity theft are the fastest growing crimes in the nation. Florida has the ... Read More »

The Dumbbell Nebula

Facing west, 11PM September 19th. Can you spot the Summer Triangle? SUBMITTED photo

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] Starting with tonight’s chart, we are entering a period of several months where we have no bright planets available for viewing in the evening hours. This unfortunate situation will last through autumn and through much of the winter. We are just on the wrong side of the Solar System! Jupiter is available in the east from 5 AM onwards, and Venus pops up just before the Sun does. But, who wants to get up that early? Jupiter does make it into the late evening hours in mid-December, but it’s February before a well-placed ... Read More »

Meet-and-Greet with Victor Rios

A Meet-and-Greet has been scheduled for Marco Island City Council candidate Victor Rios, whose name will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. The wine-and-cheese campaign event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 4-6 PM, at the home of Beverly and Bruce Novark: 1220 Ember Court on Marco Island. Those interested in attending can call 239-642-6777 for more information. Rios announced his city council candidacy in July after securing the required petition signatures to run. He is running on a platform of community service, fiscal conservatism, balanced growth for Marco Island and protection of Marco’s beaches. Supporters can follow Rios ... Read More »

MIHS Alley Proposal – Part III

Painting of Cushing inside the Silver Spray painted by Wells Sawyer

By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council, but council has yet to set a date to review and consider the proposal. An initiative of the MIHS, the proposal will help mark the 50th anniversary of modern Marco, which begins January 2015. Society members believe it is a good time to ... Read More »

How to Avoid Being Swindled – Part Deux

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan [email protected] This is sort of a part two of an article I wrote a year ago regarding the wonderful world of jewelry scams, as well as some hard knock personal experiences and advice on how to avoid getting bitten by one. Ah! The cruising vacation. It’s the excitement of being on the open seas — sun, fun, food and cocktails. Beware of venders hawking loose precious gemstones and gold chain-by-the-inch, especially if you have had a few. Sure the prices seem cheap because they are. The so-called gems you are purchasing are mostly rejects from ... Read More »

Just Horsing Around

Facing east, 11 PM Sept. 5. The Andromeda Galaxy is the brightest galaxy in the northern sky surpassed only by the  Magellanic Clouds of the extreme south (not visible from Florida). SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] Tonight, the eastern sky is dominated by the Great Square of Pegasus (the winged horse). The square forms the body of the horse while fainter stars form the neck and forelegs. The fairly bright, slightly orange star of Enif marks the muzzle. The asterism of the square is really quite easy to spot. If you don’t see it at first, think large; each side of the square is about 15 degrees on a side, so the entire asterism covers a big chunk of sky. An interesting test of the quality of your sky ... Read More »

And the Doughnuts Go Rolling Along

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By Carol Glassman I am so distraught! While checking on my AARP account this week, I learned from the young-sounding woman on the phone about all the wonderful deals and offers, most of which I had missed. Are you like me, weighed down by a two-inch stack of frequent buyer and discount cards for various stores and organizations? When I check into a motel, it’s all I can do to remember my name and license number and ask for a smoke-free room — how can I remember to ask for AAA, Senior and AARP rates too? But here’s the real ... Read More »

USS America Shall Sail Again

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun [email protected] Over the years, I found myself wondering where the rest of the world was during the Holocaust where more than 6 million Jews were exterminated by the Nazis. I wonder no more. They were exactly where the rest of the world is today when the Islamic State formerly known as the ISIS is massacring non-Muslims in Iraq, transmitting beheadings live on world television (technology not available to the Nazis) and no one really seems to care; no one wants to lift a finger! Some Americans are actually more concerned about the weapons, tactics, force ... Read More »

MIHS Alley Proposal – Part II

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By Noelle H. Lowery and Craig Woodward During its Aug. 1 regular meeting, the city of Marco Island Planning Board approved a proposal from the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) to name 11 currently unnamed alleys around the island after major players in Marco’s history. With a vote of 6-1, the proposal was passed onto City Council for review and approval. The proposal is the brainchild of Marco Island historian and attorney Craig Woodward, who worked with several members of the MIHS to come up with local historical figures who were not already recognized in some way around the island. ... Read More »

Sensational Sharks: Important Part of the Marine Environment

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PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie [email protected] If you haven’t heard, its Discovery Channel’s annual Shark Week — a week of pseudo-science and, sometimes hilarious, propaganda. Since 1988 — yes for 26 years and making it one of the longest running cable television series — this annual week of television programs on the Discovery Channel has evolved from educational programs that raised awareness of shark population decline and the importance they have in the oceans’ ecosystems to fictitious stories and ludicrous accounts of mega sharks in the waters throughout the world. Entertainment has trumped science, which does not bode well for ... Read More »

It’s Just Another Summer Day

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan [email protected] Ah, the glamorous daily life of a goldsmith! It dawned on me after what should have been a slow month was in fact uncannily busy. A kind of nothing seems to get accomplished busy. The day usually begins around 9 AM, when I usually encounter a single person or small crowd milling around the front door when I arrive. I then have to politely apologize for the fact I can’t let anyone in until 9:30 AM for security and insurance protocol — 9:30 is when I actually open. Try convincing your bank to let ... Read More »

w17¢ Goes a Long Way

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by Carol Glassman This is so pathetic it can only be true. A few weeks ago an elderly friend from out-of-state entertained me with a surrealistic tale of horror involving a co-op utility company to which she is attached — not having a choice. She was widowed eight years ago, but had always looked after family finances and paying the bills, quite proud of being able to handle the simple transactions online. A month ago, she received a taped phone call from the utility company telling her the bill was overdue and if not paid within one day, her service ... Read More »

Acting Police Chief

Acting Police Chief Al Schettino. PHOTO BY NOELLE H. LOWERY

By Noelle H. Lowery Since 2009, many Marco Islanders have gotten to know Al Schettino while he was out on patrol or walking the halls of one of the island schools. Now, they will get to know him as the Acting Police Chief of the Marco Island Police Department. On July 25, City Manager Roger Hernstadt announced that Schettino was appointed to the position, roughly two months after former Police Chief Don Hunter left the department to start his own private security firm. When Hunter handed in his letter of separation from the city in May, Hernstadt asked both Schettino ... Read More »

Mars Races Saturn

Facing West, 11PM August 8th. Saturn is the brightest object in Libra, the only zodiacal constellation  named after a nonliving object. (Balance Scales). SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher [email protected] Tonight look to the west and among the brightest objects you will see there are Mars and Saturn. Mars is much closer to Earth than Saturn is, but a great deal further away than it was a few months ago. It shows up in the planets magnitude — only at magnitude 0.65. Still, that’s good enough to be the brightest object in this area of the sky. Mars is much closer to the Sun than Saturn is, and the Sun forces it to move much faster than Saturn. This is easy to observe ... Read More »

From Sea to Shining Sea

The audience watched as the first strokes of color were placed in the piece, promising what looks to become a vibrant finished product.

By Melinda Gray [email protected] The first time I had the pleasure of meeting local artist, Malenda Trick, was nearly two months ago. The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) had chosen to honor her as their first annual artist of the year. I noticed right away how open, friendly and down-to-earth she was. She instantly put me at ease, a treat I see far less often than one would think. After accepting her award, she spoke of her two previous Veterans Day projects in which she painted 35 individual portraits of veterans in Southwest Florida and then in Sarasota. ... Read More »