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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
prominently featured at lower left.

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 »

Summertime is Health Care Time

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To Your Health Scott Lowe  Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System As much as I enjoy seeing my friends when they return for “ Season,”  there’s something special about the summer months in Southwest Florida. Though our“ summer”  seems to extend over six months, when the weather map shows 110 degrees in locations up north, we are typically 15 degrees cooler—and surrounded by water! More than anything, summertime enables my family and me to enjoy “ easy access”—the opportunity to take full advantage of our area’s amenities without the traffic, lines, crowds and delays. This benefit applies to beaches, restaurants, ... 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 »

Boxing Club Commissions Mural

Robert Eder takes a photo of Jimmy Downey. Jimmy’s image will occupy the second half of the mural.

By Samantha Husted   A few months ago Robert Eder, the art teacher at Marco Island Academy (MIA), received an email from Rich Stoltenborg, the coach and president of the Marco Island Boxing Club. Rich, having just recently purchased the space for a boxing club, asked if Robert would be interested in getting some students together to create a mural. “I reached out to the high school because I know they have an arts program and I wound up speaking with Mr. Eder who was excited to do this for me,” said Rich Stoltenborg. The boxing gym, which opened in ... Read More »

Volunteers Needed

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Submitted Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is seeking volunteers! Our learning center is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM (open Saturdays beginning October). Volunteers are an integral part of the reserve and there are many opportunities available. Currently we are filling volunteers positions in the following areas: Docents for our daily programs; teachers and assistants for our school programs; maintenance/handyman; visitor services (admissions and Nature Store); greeters; fish feeders; communications assistance; special events and administrative assistance. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age and we welcome high school students. Training will be provided and ... Read More »

MICMS Seeks Volleyball Coach, Urges Physicals

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By Roger LaLonde Roger Raymond, Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) athletic director, is in search of a new girls varsity volleyball coach. “I would like a person with experience, someone who knows the game,” Raymond said. He can be contacted by email, RaymonRo@collierschools.com. He also urged all fall athletes, particularly girls volleyball players, to get their required sports physical. “Without a sports physical that is current (they are good for 365 days from the date of completion) you cannot tryout.” Volleyball tryouts begin the first week of school. School opens August 15th. “Volleyball is the first sport to start ... Read More »

Summer Road Trip Tips

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Submitted  Summer is here and for many families that means the time honored tradition of the summer road trip. Maybe school is out and you want to take the kids to Disney World or on an educational trip to Washington, D.C. Maybe you want to visit your grandchildren in Georgia or North Carolina. Wherever you are planning to travel, if you will be driving there are some pointers you need to remember in order to make the trip both safe, and enjoyable for you and your family. The Automobile Association of America (AAA) provides tips for taking long road trips ... 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 »

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 »

Can Orlando Happen Here?

Lt. Jay Mulholland speaks to a packed crowd on June 16. Photos by Roger Lalonde

By Roger LaLonde  Can Orlando happen here? Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk is pondering that question like so many law enforcement agencies across the country. The question to him, “Does the FBI alert the Sheriff’s Office on potential terrorists or terrorist activity?” “No” was the sobering response. Rambosk spoke at the East Naples Civic Association luncheon on June 16. It was five days after the horrific shooting and killing of 49 people at The Pulse in Orlando in the early hours of June 12. Rambosk followed by saying that the county has forged a relationship with the FBI and does ... Read More »

Jeans for Troops

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MICMS participants in the “Jeans for Troops” fundraiser.

Submitted Marco Island Charter Middle School (MICMS) teachers and administrators participated in the “Jeans for Troops” program in an effort to raise money for our country’s veterans as we celebrated Memorial Day. This tied in with the school’s “Salute to Veterans and Active Military Personnel” band concert, which was recently held on campus to an overflow crowd of more than 400 people. The school hopes to repeat their participation in the “Jeans for Troops” program for Veteran’s Day in the fall. Read More »

Governor Having Love Affair with Goodland? It sure looks that way after second visit in two months

Photos by Barry Gwinn
Patty and Kelly Kirk

By Barry Gwinn On March 4, 2016, Governor Rick Scott paid a visit to Marco Island Academy (MIA). He was there at the invitation of founder and board chairman, Jane Watt, to confer awards on four of the school’s outstanding educators and to see for himself why this school was doing so well. It was about noon when he concluded his visit to MIA. Before leaving, he asked directions and distance to Goodland. The Governor had made the acquaintance of Patti Kirk eight years before, when both worked out at the same Naples fitness center. He had enjoyed meals at ... Read More »

Since She Went Away

Since She Went Away
By David Bell
New American Library –
June 21, 2016 - 432 pages
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
4.0/5.0 stars

BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com Bell is an accomplished storyteller who is equally adept at both character development and plot advancement. I first read his “Someone I Used To Know” last year and was riveted by the nuances of his characters’ personalities. The same is true of “Since She Went Away.” I was invested in these characters by the end of chapter one and put the book down only once. This is basically the story of RN Jenna Barton, a single mom, and her teenaged son Jared, detailing how their quiet lives in tiny Hawks Mill, Kentucky were up heaved by ... Read More »

Jo Bromley – Goodland’s Multi-Talented Duck Lady Ducks and friends bringing ducks always welcome at Jo’s

Photos by Barry Gwinn Jo B proudly poses in front of her residence. If you’re a friend or a rubber duckie, you’re welcome here. If you’re neither, just bring a rubber duckie and you can probably get in.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn When driving into the Village of Goodland, the first residence you will see is the brightly colored yellow and royal blue mobile home of Jo Bromley. It is occasionally photographed by tourists, and a painting of this residence recently sold for $400. (It is hanging in the Little Bar Restaurant.) This gaily appointed residence was prominently shown in a recent NBC2 newscast concerning Goodland Road. As it turned out, this residence has set the tone for the many bright pastel colors, which have become endemic here in Goodland. It is what’s inside Jo Bromley’s home, ... Read More »

Dominate the Dink

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Kane Pree demonstrates the correct way to hit a forehand dink.

Coach Wayne,s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com In one of my columns earlier this year, I stated that the serve and the return were the two most important shots in the game. In both tennis and pickleball, we can’t win a point if we can’t get the point started! While this statement still holds true, I believe that in pickleball, the dink (strategically) is the most important shot in the game. Also, in a previous column, I discussed “third ball opportunity,” which in the sport of pickleball, puts us into a strategical position where the dink now becomes a vital part of ... Read More »

TBE Author and Artists Night

Masked Kacie and Darwin hold colorful books that they wrote. Submitted Photos

By Maggie Gust  Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) was electric with activity on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as the students and staff opened their doors to the public to celebrate another successful school year at Authors and Artists Night. The aroma of the vendors’ carts in the playground area wafted down to the parking lot. A local professional jazz band’s rollicking music had visitors smiling and moving to the notes as they entered and exited the main building. The hallways and rooms were bright and cheerful, festooned with the art, writing and science projects of the students. A Karaoke room was ... Read More »

New Owl Book on Bullying

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Submitted  On Thursday, June 16th from 3-4 PM, Dr. Dolores Burton will read her new book, “Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls are Worried,” at the Marco Island Public Library. The book is illustrated by local artist Jo-Ann Sanborn. Current statistics show nearly one out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year. After seeing the results of bullying in schools during her career as a teacher and school district administrator, Dr. Dolores Burton decided to do something about it. “Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls are Worried,” is a delightful story of Manny, ... Read More »

Deputy Chief Chris Byrne Retires

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By Samantha Husted On May 27th hundreds gathered in the Rose Hall Auditorium at the Marco Island Historical Museum to bid farewell to longtime firefighter, Deputy Chief Chris Byrne. Chris started at the Fire Department in 1983 when he was just 20 years old. In the past 33 years he’s seen Marco Island grow from a sleepy little town to a bonafide city. He’s been witness to the evolving emergency response technologies and has played a significant role in laying the foundation for the department we know today. Chris grew up just two hours east of Marco Island in Miami. ... Read More »

Emotions High at MIA Graduation

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Teacher Robert Eder with MIA students before graduation. From left: Jordan Roath, Cameron
Ragan, Eder, Jacob Golec, Matthew Nugent, Jose Ramirez and Austin Acosta.

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 »

Fun Time, Summer Time

Island Kids advanced level players, Andrew, Jaxson and Camdon, with their favorite hitting partner, “Beauregard,” the ball machine!

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com Summer is here and there are plenty of activities that are being offered for kids on Marco Island. As a coach, I believe that the more sports a young person can be exposed to, the better they will be at all sports! As a parent, I believe summer vacation is a time for kids to enjoy fun activities, like going to the beach, or the movies, or just hanging out at home and having a barbeque and swimming in the pool for the afternoon. So, as a coach and a parent, my advice is make sure ... Read More »