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Wyoming in Summer – What’s All That White Stuff?

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry The funny thing about “summer” is the perception that it’s the same all over the country. Hot and humid in Southwest Florida? Must be hot and humid around the U.S. Not so fast, partner! It’s July in Wyoming and there is still plenty of white stuff around – snow, that is, the ... Read More »

Disappointing Expectations

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Disappointment is something every single one of us has experienced one time or another, sadly some more than others. It’s a fact of life, and the less disappointments one has, the richer one’s life is. There was a gentleman in the shop last season asking about what it would cost for a particular heavy gold ... Read More »

Camp Able Teaches Dignity Driven Love

By Samantha Husted Most people wait all year to take advantage of their hard-earned vacation days. For Chris Vignes of Gulfport, Mississippi, vacation means a week spent volunteering at Camp Able on Marco Island. Camp Able, now in its eleventh year, is a sleepaway camp for people with special needs or disabilities. People of all ages are welcome to attend ... Read More »

FGCU Program Visits Marco Airport

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Students within Collier and Lee County are being able to take advantage of an exciting program during the summer months through a collaboration with Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) and the local districts, with the assistance of the NAACP. The STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Program provides children with an outreach program to widen their ... Read More »

Tips to Ease Travel Tensions

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway Traveling with a loved one who has dementia can be stressful. Whether it’s by car, by ship, or plane, many pitfalls exist. Planning and preparation can help, say the experts. But despite preparation, crises can happen and I’ve experienced a few as a caregiver traveling with my husband. We were not in our home airport ... Read More »

Red, Red, Red

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net July’s birthstone is the ruby, a red corundum. The most valuable color of a fine ruby is a deep blood red. The addition of the mineral chromium oxide is what gives it a superb deep hue. The word ruby in the ancient language of Indian Sanskrit is “ratna raj,” which means “King of Gems.” The ... Read More »

Keep Your Kids Safe This Summer

To Your Health Scott Lowe Market CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System Though summer officially began on Wednesday, June 21, in Southwest Florida, it often feels as if summer begins in late April or May. However, one true sign of summer has not changed from the days most of us were youngsters. In the summer, the kids are out of school. ... Read More »

Seeking Unsung Hero Nominations

Submitted The Sunrise Rotary Club of Marco Island announced today it is accepting nominations for the quarterly “Unsung Hero” program. The Unsung Hero has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He or she will be a special person who has done extra special things for the Marco Island community without receiving pay or expecting praise or recognition. Chairman ... Read More »

Challenges Face Our Nation on Its Birthday

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com Like the vast majority of Americans I am saddened and disillusioned by the continued ratcheting up of the hate filled speeches and rhetoric which fill the political discourse of the day. It was inevitable that violence would spill from the hate filled environment that has been created in our nation, and we unfortunately ... Read More »

Signets of Significance

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net I recently completed a custom made 18kt. yellow gold gent’s signet ring to be presented to a gentleman’s grandson. I honestly can’t remember the last time I have had a request for one of these rings that used to be the rage many years ago. They are not really in demand today. The creation and ... Read More »

CMCD Spells R-E-L-I-E-F From Mosquitoes That Is

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn Since the first week in May, Goodlanders have been swatting and scratching their way through life, facing relentless attacks from swarms of salt marsh mosquitoes, waiting eagerly and ravenously outside their doors. A mosquito that breeds in salt water is one of the worst nightmares for a community surrounded by the stuff. These guys usually ... Read More »

The Future is Bright

More Straight Talk  Steve “Stef” Stefanides stef@coastalbreezenews.com On a daily basis we seem to be barraged by story after story of what we can’t get accomplished or what is wrong within our nation and the world. Reports of violence, corruption and disappointment seem to sell better as the news of the day. Don’t get me wrong, not all is perfect, ... Read More »

Royal Poinciana Trees in Full Bloom

By Scott H. Shook One of the gifts of summer has arrived. The royal poinciana tree, with its beautiful red canopy, makes its presence known in Southwest Florida around this time every year. So why not hop in your car and enjoy a few hours discovering some of the beautiful trees that are within a half hour or so of ... Read More »

Marco Island’s Condo Market: A Quick Review

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com The Marco Island condo market has had some big swings over the last two decades. Over the last 20 years the median condo price rose from $200,000 in 1997 to a peak of $635,000 in 2005, then dropped to a low of $300,000 in 2011. Since then the median price has been growing ... Read More »

Mr. Holm’s Opus: A legacy of music for Swarthmore

By Barry Gwinn When I saw the movie, “Mr. Holland’s Opus” in 1996, I was reminded of my high school band and orchestra director and how much he must have struggled to place instruments in our hands and introduce music into our lives. It was his life’s work. Thankfully for me and countless students, he performed this work while Director ... Read More »

St. Mark’s Preschool Graduation | Next Stop Kindergarten!

By Jodi Pree  On Wednesday, May 17 at 6 PM, the St. Mark’s sanctuary was filled with excited, camera-ready parents and family members anticipating the graduation march of their five-year-olds. While parents waited anxiously, the dedicated teachers hurried to make sure every graduate had their cap and gown on perfectly and were lined up in their proper places, but with ... Read More »