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Meals of Hope After 5

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Submitted The Marco Island Meals of Hope project feeds hungry children and their family’s right here in Collier County. The 2015 packaging event will take place on Saturday November 14th at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. There is a ton of fundraising work to do between now and then to pay for the raw food materials that we package into meals. The packaging event is a joint effort of the Marco Island Sunrise and the Noontime Rotary Clubs and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island. Tell any friends or family who have a soft spot in their hearts for hungry children to go ... Read More »

Auriga the Charioteer

Looking High in the North, 9:00PM February 6. Can you see the kids? SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Very high tonight in the northern sky rides Auriga the Charioteer. The driver usually also is visualized as a shepherd holding a goat over his shoulder. The bright star Capella is thus nicknamed “the goat star,” and the two dimmer stars just to the left are likewise named “the kids.” Auriga is located 180 degrees away from the galactic center in Sagittarius, and so when you look at Auriga, you are looking at the shortest way out from our galaxy. The Milky Way, although thinner, is still substantial in this area, and there ... Read More »

The Persistent Ospreys

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff In December, a pair of ospreys did what most of their species do that time of year — they began building a nest. Unfortunately, they chose as the location for their new abode the top of a seawall construction crane parked in a local canal. Neighbors reported this event to ever helpful and knowledgeable Nancy Richie, Marco Island’s city environmental specialist, who contacted the owner of the crane, Duane Thomas Marine Construction LLC, and Jo Barnhart of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Protected Species Permitting Office. According to the FWC web site, ospreys ... Read More »

Angling Styles

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LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com Although there are many different techniques used in the sport of fishing, there are generally only two types of angling styles or approaches to angling. The first approach is more proactive in nature, and the second is more reactive. The proactive angler is a hunter, constantly seeking signs of fish activity and active water. Other promising signs that proactive enthusiasts seek are areas holding structure, such as mangrove edges, oyster beds, dead branches, docks, wrecks and bridges, as well as emergent and submerged cover which is comprised of grasses and plant materials. Fish gravitate ... Read More »

Two Buses for MICMS

Abounader is proud of the school’s A rating. PHOTOS BY VAL SIMON

By Tarik Ayasun In order to cut rising costs to its athletic transportation budget, the Marco Island Charter Middle School Board of Directors last year authorized Board President Tarik Ayasun to purchase two 25-seat buses for transporting student athletes to and from away games. The purchase was completed, and the buses were refurbished with new seats, new seat belts, new tires and a complete inspection and repair of the engines were done by Gorman’s Auto Service or Marco Island. To raise funds for the operations of the buses without using school funds, the buses were wrapped with advertising of local ... Read More »

Sirius, Jupiter Rise Tonight

Looking Southeast, 9 PM, Jan. 9. How many moons of Jupiter can you spot with your binoculars? SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net Sirius has been known as the “Dog Star” for many centuries, presumably because it is the brightest star in Canis Major, the big dog. Indeed, Sirius is by far the brightest star in the night sky. Long ago, it was thought (wrongly) that in the summertime when the Sun and Sirius were in the sky simultaneously the extra heat Sirius provided caused the season to be hot. Thus, the old phrase the “dog days of summer” was born. Sirius is a good example of a star that is bright because it is close ... Read More »

Take the Kids Fishing

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FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@gmail.com Just remember: It’s more about quantity, not quality. Forget the trophy. Just put them on action. When I was young, my grandfather used to take my brother and I fishing all he could. He loved to have us out on the boat. Sometimes, he would take us out to the shallow reefs, and we would drop cut squid or live shrimp down on small hook. We would have a blast reeling in grunts, porgies, snapper and the occasional trigger fish. We would laugh and giggle as we pulled in one after the other ... Read More »

Everglades City December Wrap-Up

By Pat Newman There is no shortage of things to do in Everglades City the month of December! The holiday season kicks off with the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. The event is a celebration of the rich history and culture of South Florida. There will be demonstrations and exhibits documenting the rugged lifestyle of the area’s earliest pioneers. Also on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6 are two evening events at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Stroll the boardwalk after dark on Friday ... Read More »

More Notable South Florida Butterflies

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PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com There are other notable butterflies we have here in South Florida, and I would like to tell you about one of my favorites — the Buckeye butterfly. A medium-size Florida butterfly, the Buckeye has several eye spots on both fore and hind wings of this very colorful butterfly. These are usually large round spots on the wings that make the butterfly seem much larger than it really is to scare away predators. The Buckeye has a tendency to stay low to the ground and perch in the sun for hours on end, watching for any ... Read More »

Slow Down as Manatees Swim to Warmer Waters

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Submitted The annual migration of Florida manatees to warmer waters begins in November, which is Manatee Awareness Month. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages boaters to help protect migrating manatees by looking out and slowing down for these aquatic mammals that often rest or congregate underwater and can be difficult to see. “During Manatee Awareness Month, the FWC encourages the public to celebrate manatees by learning more about these gentle giants, including the importance of people’s actions in conserving this iconic Florida species,” said Carol Knox, the FWC’s Imperiled Species Management section leader. “Boaters slowing down and ... Read More »

Create Your Own Path

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Body, Mind And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com In the many years I enjoyed coming to Marco Island as a tourist, walking the beach was the activity I looked forward to the very most. Sometimes, I would wake before dawn and walk north to the very tip of Hideaway Beach. I’d reach it as the sun came up and then meander my way southward, searching for shells and interesting debris deposited by the tide. I envisioned the Gulf as this enormous living creature that gathered shells and sand dollars and seawhip and starfish and dropped them at the water’s edge for ... Read More »

TREASURES IN THE TRUNK SALE – NOV. 8, 2014 8:00 AM – 12 NOON

On Saturday, November 8 the San Marco Columbiettes will be hosting a Treasures in the Trunk Sale Fundraiser in the parking lot of the San Marco Catholic Church, 851 San Marco Rd., Marco Island. Vendors should be set up by 7:30 AM.   Don’t miss this opportunity to sell your new , used or antique treasures from the trunk of your vehicle. The cost will be $10 for each vehicle parking spot and $10 additional if you wish to rent a table to place at the rear of your vehicle.   Multiple parking spots and tables may be purchased at $10 each. ... Read More »

The Wonderful Star

Looking Southeast, 11PM on October 17. SUBMITTED

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net In the southeast tonight lies the constellation Cetus, the whale, as it is usually called, although it is really more of a sea monster in mythology. It’s in that area of the sky called the sea, which is a large group of constellations that have a watery theme. It’s not the brightest of constellations. In fact, it is rather dim, and it will take you a moment to locate it in the sky. Look first for Fomalhaut, the brightest star in that whole region of the sky — almost due south of you. ... Read More »

Parking Meters on Marco?

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By Pat Newman Parking meters may be making their debut on Marco Island if a proposal to install 10 meters on Elkcam Circle is approved by City Council. The recommendation came after Guy Verdi, owner of the Philly Grille on Collier Boulevard, appealed to the Marco Island Planning Board that his planned expansion was jeopardized by updated parking requirements. “We need to expand, or close our doors. I feel like Marco Island is putting us out if business,” Verdi told board members at their Sept. 5 meeting. City Manager Roger Hernstadt explained that it was his and the Planning Board’s ... Read More »

Raymond Returns to Running a Year After Accident

Roger Raymond is off and running again, leading the Marco Island Charter  Middle School cross country team. PHOTOS BY ROGER LALONDE

By Roger Lalonde On Sept. 12, Roger Raymond finished what he started exactly a year ago. He completed his normal run, something he couldn’t do on Sept. 12, 2013. He actually laid down on the spot where he sustained his serious injury. This time he got back up, finishing his run, instead of a trip to a hospital. On Sept. 12, 2013, trying to get out of the way of an oncoming car, Raymond fell as he went into an alleyway along side Marco Floor Covering, just off San Marco Road on Marco Island. The result, Raymond broke his right ... 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 usher34105@earthlink.net 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 »

Pre-Swing Fundamentals Part 3: Alignment

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Golf Tips Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Part 1 and 2 covered the grip and set-up position. Now, we move on to Part 3: alignment. This is the simplest fundamental of the four pre-swing fundamentals. Golfers can fix many problems by aiming a different direction. If a golfer always slices the ball to the right 30 yards, they will aim 30 yards left to get the ball to land at the target. This is a reasonable solution while playing golf. However, in the long run, aiming 30 yards left will lead to more problems. Golfers always tell me one thing: I want ... Read More »

The “Clay in May”

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The “Clay in May” 45th Annual City of Naples Tennis Championship Tournament was held throughout the month of May and 2 Marco Island residents and Greater Marco Family YMCA members finished in the top spot of Combined 8.0 Women’s Tennis Doubles. Over 100 competitors competed in the Intermediate and Advanced skill level competition and Marco Y member Jacque Pham along with her partner, fellow Marco YMCA member, Rachel Schenk finished in First Place. Pham also won the 4.0 Women’s Single Championship. The non-sanctioned USTA Tennis Tournament is considered to be one of the prestige Tennis Tournaments in the area. Read More »

A Meeting with Mr. Misguided

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Artful Life Tara O’Neill You are NOT going to believe what happened to me. This story begs the question: If someone is misguided, then who or what guided them there? I recently participated in a Naples event called “An Evening on 5th.” It involved visual artists and musicians scattered up and down the avenue to enhance the dining and shopping experience of the out-and-abouters. Sounded nice. I rather like talking to folks when I’m at my easel; I feel the more information the public has about the creation of art, the better for artists. The event was well organized, although ... Read More »

The Glories of Sagittarius

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SOUTHERN SKIES  By Mike P. Usher  usher34105@earthlink.net Last column, we gave only a scant glance at this most interesting spot in the sky, so with your indulgence we shall return to it. First notice the nearly full Moon in the sky — how could you miss it? Tonight, it sits quite low in the sky and will not rise much higher. This is because the Moon moves along the ecliptic, and the ecliptic itself is rather tilted, low in the summer sky and high in the winter. Why does the Moon follow the ecliptic at all? The major planets must ... Read More »