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The Good Old Days, Really?

By Lt. Bill Hempel United States Power Squadrons We were getting ready to head into the harbor for a day’s fishing. We plugged in the way points on the chart plotter, turned on the depth warning device and fish finder, fired up the four-stroke, and quickly put the boat up on plane. I had my ugly stick rod at hand, along with the anti-backlash reel fully loaded with monofilament. I was sorting through the tackle box to select the proper lure for the light and water clarity conditions when it happened. FLASH BACK! Suddenly, I was teenager fishing for pan ... Read More »

Follow Your Dreams — To Africa (Part II)

Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. PHOTOS BY CAROL GLASSMAN

By Carol Glassman We were greeted at the Victoria Falls Hotel by staff bearing mint-scented wet cloths and cold juice drinks. From the hotel’s garden, one sees mist rising from the Falls in the distance, while everything from baboons to wild boars and even elephants roam the grounds. We were asked to keep doors locked at all times, as baboons are smart enough to open doors and trash rooms looking for food. The hotel is a wonderful example of old Colonial charm, a remnant of earlier days. It is beautifully maintained with manicured gardens and immaculate rooms. A huge bed, ... Read More »

Some Things Should Just Stay Broken

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ALL THAT  GLITTERS Richard Alan  harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I fix this, repair that. A solder here, a laser weld there, and lately the use of quick set epoxy glue and enamels have their merits. You already know if you enjoy or dread reading my column that I have acquired an excellent reputation repairing or restoring almost any piece of jewelry that enters my establishment. (Not to mention household objects, such as statues, dog collars, ladies shoes, belts, electric razors, Rolls Royce and Bentley interior parts, sunglasses and numerous ceremonial pieces from all religious denominations.) News of my expertise also has crossed the ... Read More »

A Golden Reputation

Owners of new Marco Island business, Golden Gate Jewelers, Annelie and Amir Kathein. PHOTOS BY MELINDA GRAY

By Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com I love my job; it’s the vehicle through which I’ve met some of the most wonderful people since I’ve been here. Getting to know people is inherent in interviewing them for a story, and I recently had the pleasure of meeting, and interviewing one such family. The Katheins opened Golden Gate Jewelers of Marco on June 3, and contrary to what the name might suggest, they are not from Golden Gate, but rather Florida’s east coast. They are very excited that Marco Island is the location of their second store; owning a jewelry store here has ... 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 »

Bear With Me

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By Carol Glassman Bears are such cuddly creatures, aren’t they? All the bears I have met are cute and cuddly. My first meeting with a bear I called “Honey” occurred when I was 7 years old, and enjoying being the youngest child in the family until Mom brought home our baby brother. With my position as family baby quickly usurped, I could have been damaged for life had she not had the wisdom to bring me Honey at the same time. Did I mention that Honey was quite stuffed? That year, the largest department store, which also sponsored the annual ... Read More »

Swamp Walk Design Contests

Help Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery design our next swamp walk t-shirts, hats and tumbler images!  T-shirt contest: the winners of each piece of art work we choose to use on t-shirts  will win a 2 night stay in one of our guest houses, private swamp walk, and a store credit of $250. Logo embroidery contest: designs for chest pocket of t-shirts, hats and tumblers.  include graphics and words; Big Cypress Gallery Swamp Walk Adventures.   The winner of this logo contest will receive a private swamp walk and a store credit of $250. What are we looking for in a ... Read More »

Coastal Comments

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Donna Fiala donnafiala@colliergov.net On Friday, June 6, at 10 AM, a D-Day 70th Anniversary Observance was held at Hodges University. The Collier County Sheriff’s Color Guard posted the Colors, and Megan Cook sang the National Anthem beautifully. Dr. Peter Thomas — 2004 Humanitarian of the Year — gave a stirring remembrance of what happened on that terrible day in Normandy when our soldiers landed at Omaha Beach. He mentioned Bedford Biles as one of the people he so greatly admired and remembered. Hopefully, Fay reads this column, and finds her wonderful husband was remembered this morning by the great Peter ... Read More »

It’s That Time Again…

Used traps are pulled and stacked. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray melinbrya3@yahoo.com The smell of crab traps in the open air — after months of being underwater — is a tell-tale sign of the end of stone crab season in Southwest Florida. “It’s quite pungent over there,” said Pat Kirk, the matriarch of the Kirk family and owner of Kirk’s Fish Company. Anyone living or passing by Kirk’s downwind can confirm that, as over the past month crab traps have been systematically pulled and stacked next to the store in preparation for cleaning and repair. May 15 was the last day to legally collect those delicious stone ... Read More »

Abstraction/Distraction

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It may be off-season, but the Marco Island Center for the Arts still has a lot in store for Marco Islanders. May’s theme for the main galleries is Abstraction/Distraction and includes over 50 pieces of art from artists all over the Southwest Florida area. The official opening for this exhibit, our Second Tuesday Reception, will be held on May 13, from 5:30-7pm and is open to the public. The exhibit is bold, colorful and imaginative, reflecting the many ways an artist can express himself, whether in clay, mixed media, photography or paintings. Some of the art you will recognize immediately, ... Read More »

Annual Memorial Day Fly-Over

A Navy plane did three fly-overs to the excitement of the crowd in 2013

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Our local VFW will honor those who lost their lives while serving our country in the Armed Forces on Monday, May 26, at 11 AM, at Veterans Memorial Park. The public is welcome to attend. Lee Henderson, commander of the VFW Post #6370 and commander of the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol, will start the ceremony by making the announcement to present the colors. The Color Guard will be Jim Lang, Richard Walker and Dave Gardner. This year’s opening prayer will be said by Rev. Thomas McCulley of New Life Community Church, and the National ... Read More »

#1 on Trip Advisor T-shirts

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff Are you interested in bringing home bragging rights from Marco Island? Shop owners Jiri and Mike at Keep In Touch Cards, Gifts and More offer the perfect Marco Island souvenir! T-shirts that Marco Island is #1 Island in the USA on Trip Advisor. The brainchild of two of the store’s personnel, co-owner Jiri Mikulinec and local artist Betty Kimble, the shirts have proven to be a hot selling item as visitors head back home. “The white t-shirts are a high quality comfortable cotton blend and sport the Trip Advisor logo along with Betty’s design. They ... Read More »

Shoulda Woulda Auwtah Coulda

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ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Yes, my title is a true massacre of the King’s language, but no other words I can think of can better describe the topic of this column. Most everyone has experienced a missed opportunity or, in extreme cases, like waiting for your ship to come in while sitting at the regional airport. Lots of other sayings come to mind such as “he who hesitates is lost.” Or, completely the opposite “don’t jump in with both feet.” or “I’m just getting my feet wet.” Lost opportunities abound in the jewelry business, why did I buy ... Read More »

Along the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail

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SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has identified 515 locations throughout Florida as part of The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail (GFBWT). The 2,000 miles of “trails” feature excellent bird and wildlife viewing. Highway signs identify each site, and there are guide booklets and a smartphone app available, as well as a very helpful website: floridabirdingtrail.com. At this website, the guide booklets can be downloaded and paper copies ordered. Divided into four geographical areas, each section of the GFBWT has two or three “gateways” with staffed visitor centers that provide information and ... Read More »

Before the Calusa, Who Was Here?

Calusa Fishing People. COURTESY OF FLORIDA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist Just about everyone who visits this area is aware of some of the recent native American inhabitants of South Florida. The Calusa indians controlled the waterways from the Florida Keys as far north as Tampa Bay. The Seminole and Miccosukee roamed the inland areas and the Everglades while even more tribes settled other regions of the state. In fact, when Christopher Columbus first came to this part of the world, it is estimated that there were more than 300,000 natives in Florida. Many of these Indian nations did not have a written history, and ... Read More »

Winn-Dixie Helps Feed Furry Friends

Winn-Dixie launched the first PAWS “Feed the Love” Community Donation Program to benefit area food banks and non-profit partners dedicated to eliminating hunger for pets in their local communities. Now through Tuesday, April 29, Winn-Dixie customers can purchase a $5 pre-packaged bag of pet food with their Winn-Dixie Reward Card or give a monetary donation of their choice at any store register. Each bag contains a week’s worth of dry and canned packages of PAWS Premium, Winn-Dixie’s own brand of high-quality, nutritious cat and dog food. For every bag purchased, Winn-Dixie customers will receive an additional 5 cents per gallon ... Read More »

The orange tree of the sea

Artwork in the Goodland Post Office depicts the strong stone crabbing heritage tied to the village.

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com It’s the crab that keeps on giving. It’s the mighty, yet delicious stone crab. The Southwest Florida delicatessen is much more than your average shellfish. Learn all about it during a day around town at the “Are You Smarter Than A Stone Crab” event. Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension, this tour takes those who are hungry for knowledge and a tasty treat of fresh stone crab claws through Marco Island and Goodland to learn more about “the orange tree of the sea.” Goodland is home to many stone crab fishermen who work long, ... Read More »

A Tale of a Quest

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By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com It is almost time for the big reveal. On Friday, April 11, at 3 PM, The Harbor Goldsmith will send the $10,000 “Marco Green Diamond” home with one lucky customer. It has been a long-time coming. According to Richard Alan, owner and resident goldsmith at The Harbor Goldsmith, he has had the 1.43-carat green diamond in his Island Plaza shop for five or six years, and he made the solid, 18-carat gold setting about ten years ago. “I’ve had many colored diamonds in the store,” Alan says. “Blues and yellows and cognacs sold well. Green, ... Read More »

A Beginner’s Guide to (Gulp) Pythons – Part 1

This tricolored heron is feeding in ideal python habitat. PHOTO BY BOB MCCONVILLE

Stepping Stones Bob McConville Master Naturalist “I’ve got a snake over here!” “Okay, can you describe it?” “Yes. It looks to be about 6-feet-long, dark brown with black spots and about 3 inches thick.” “Do the spots connect? Do they touch each other? Tell me about the markings on the head.” “The spots a giraffe-like. They do not touch. The head markings look like a dark arrowhead with a lighter line in the center.” “Sounds like you’ve got a Burmese python! Get on the phone and dial 1-888-IVE-GOT1. Give them your GPS coordinates, the closest street intersection or a mile ... Read More »

Wilma and Harold’s Lightweight Adventure

Rooftop view of Reykjavik from the Hallgrimskirkja church. PHOTOS BY WILMA SANDERS

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net Unless cruising, which is not our preferred method of travel, grappling with luggage can take some of the pleasure out of a journey. For domestic destinations, we usually use just two carry-ons and a back pack. We literally do carry on our luggage and deal with TSA restrictions by buying any large sizes of liquids or gels, such as toothpaste, when we arrive. For month-long treks to Europe, we bring one larger size suitcase, one carry-on size, which we check, and a backpack. The backpack contains our electronics, items we may want on the ... Read More »