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Odland Honored by Civil Air Patrol

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Submitted At a recent bi-weekly meeting, Captain Lyle Odland was recognized by the Marco Island Senior Squadron for his long and distinguished community service. Captain Odland was a volunteer member of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). He was trained as an unpaid volunteer currier of life-saving bone marrow, peripheral red blood cells or adult stem cells for the advanced treatment of human cancers. Following his training, he became a currier and made his first volunteer pickup and delivery on April 17, 2008. The NMDP’s expectation was that each currier would make a minimum of two deliveries per year. However, ... Read More »

Two for Boating Safety

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Submitted Education and vessel maintenance are two things that you can do now as a responsible boat owner. Both are key to boating safety. 1- Take a Boating Safety Course From navigation to the “rules of the road,” or boat handling to weather, educated boaters are safe boaters. Approximately 80% of all boating fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had never taken a boating safety course. A wide variety of basic boating courses are available. Leading volunteer organizations such as the United States Power Squadrons® and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, as well as your own state boating ... Read More »

NCH Auxiliary Awards

RIGHT: Volunteer of the Year Marion Bearden (left) with Amanda Smith.
LEFT: Dennis Pidherny holding the President’s
Award, with Amanda Smith.
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Submitted The NCH Marco Healthcare Auxiliary was honored at the Annual Awards Luncheon at Hideaway Beach Club on April 5, 2016. The attendees were treated to a delicious luncheon, and NCH Director of Volunteers & Retail Amanda Smith presented the awards. The President’s Award was bestowed on Dennis Pidherny. Dennis has been a loyal and hard working volunteer and has held every office in the Auxiliary. He is involved in many other community organizations and devotes his time on Marco to helping others. Congratulations Dennis! The recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award was Marion Bearden. Marion works hard ... Read More »

CAP Squadron Major Advancements

From left: Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm, Capt. Robert Corriveau, Capt. Steve Riley, and Lt. Col. Lee Henderson.
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Submitted At the recent Marco Island Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Squadron meeting, two members were distinguished by their advancement to the rank of Major. They are Captain Robert Corriveau, Commander of the Squadron and also the Professional Development Officer, as well as Captain Steve Riley, Assistant Finance Officer and Fundraising Chairman. The ceremony was conducted by Group 5 Director of Operations, Lt. Col. Lee Henderson and Squadron Deputy Commander, Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm. The guest speaker for the meeting was Commodore Walter Jaskiewicz, Commander of the 7th District U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA). He gave a great talk about volunteer ... Read More »

Vietnam Veteran Shares Experience With DAR

Submitted Most Vietnam veterans decline to tell their stories because the home front reception was extremely antagonistic during and after the war. So, it was an interesting experience for the Marco Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at its March 17th meeting to hear the firsthand experiences of a U.S. Marine Vietnam veteran. Dan Walden and his wife, Pennie moved to Marco Island in 2014, three years after honeymooning here. He spent most of his career in management at UPS. The focus of Walden’s talk to the DAR was his experience as a Marine in Vietnam. ... Read More »

Spirit Award Winners Honored

The Rotary Spirit Awards drew a crowd to Bistro Soleil on February 21, 2016. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 2016 Spirit of Marco Island Award Gala Awards Dinner and Silent Auction was held on February 21st at the Bistro Soleil Restaurant in Old Marco. Two individuals and three couples were honored for “service above self.” Noontime Rotary President Lynne Minozzi and Spirit Award Committee Chair Al Diaz presented awards to Tarik Ayasun, George and Mary Baron, Ron and Pat Rutledge and Tom and Lori Wagor. Award winner Ben Farnsworth was recovering from bypass surgery in the hospital, but his daughter Jane attended to receive his award while he listened, and spoke to the ... Read More »

Everglades Ultras Race

Submitted The fifth annual Everglades Ultras off-road running race has been set for Saturday, February 20 in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Registration is now open for the event’s three distinct races of 25 kilometers, 50 kilometers and 50 miles. The 50 mile and 50 kilometer races are the USA Track and Field – Florida Association state championships. This unique run through the Everglades has been cited by Trail Runner magazine as a “must do” race. “This is unique race venue,” says Race Director Bob Becker. “Runners will experience all the varied environments in the Fakahatchee Preserve running on raised ... Read More »

Roadside Attraction Reinvented

Up close and personal with an iguana.

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber When I was growing up in the Northeast, my father loved road trips. He also loved roadside attractions. I think his favorites were Roadside America, an indoor miniature railroad and village in Pennsylvania and Santa’s Village in New Hampshire. We spent long summers in northern Maine, which meant frequent trips to New Brunswick, Canada, which had its own attractions. We never crossed the border without a stop at one of them…Magnetic Hill where cars appear to roll uphill, the longest covered bridge in the world that crosses the St. John River, the giant “flower pots” formed ... Read More »

Play Ball!

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Submitted The Gulf Coast Little League spring registration is now open! The league offers baseball and softball for children ages 4 to 14 years old and serves the East Naples, Marco Island and Everglades City areas. The Gulf Coat Little League is also home to the 2015 10-11 year old District 27 Champions! If you are seeking a structured activity for your child that will instill teamwork and sportsmanship while making lasting friendships Gulf Coast Little League can provide this. As a 100% parent volunteer organization, Gulf Coast Little League has been shaping positive outcomes in our area for over ... Read More »

In-House Trip to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

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By Katrina Day Recently the students at Island Montessori Academy were lucky to have an “in-house” field trip to learn about Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. The goal was to have students understand the benefits of prescribed fire, become familiar with different types of habitats found in the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and the animals that live in them. The children engaged in hands-on activities including learning about the Florida Black Bear, American Alligator, Florida Panther, various birds and insects, fire and field equipment/attire and the role of the houndsman on the Florida Panther Project. Presenters from Fakahatchee Strand Preserve ... Read More »

Coach with Special Olympics

Special Olympics Florida – Collier County needs assistant coaches for cycling, tennis, track & field, and soccer for the 2016 season. The season runs from January 9 through May 14, 2016, and practices are held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 11:00 am at Golden Gate High School, at 2925 Titan Lane, Naples 34116. Because of holidays and school schedules, there will be a few variations in the practice schedule. The entire schedule is available on the Special Olympics website atwww.specialolympicscollier.org. Two competitions will take place locally. County Games will be held on March 5, 2016 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at Golden Gate High ... Read More »

Pole Vault Volunteer Coach Needed

Submitted The pole vaulters at Lely High School need a volunteer coach to help them improve their vaulting with proper technique and conditioning. Track and Field season is from late January through early May, with practices held Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 4 PM. Volunteer for any amount of time: a one time clinic, part-time, part of the season or every day all season long. The kids are eager to learn and will greatly appreciate your time, help and expertise. Please call 239-961-9395 for more information about this rewarding opportunity. Read More »

Being Thankful

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ACS CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island The top ten reasons why the American Cancer Society Marco Island is thankful this year: Being a part of such a supportive and philanthropic community. Being able to help Marco Island residents and their families battle cancer. The donation of wigs from the Marco Island Woman’s Club to supply our Marco Island resource room. For our volunteer leadership board members who give us time, talent, treasure and guidance throughout the year. Being ranked the #3 Relay For Life in the whole state for 2015! (We ranked 5th in 2014). Receiving two national ... Read More »

Joy of Giving Changes Web Address

Submitted Web Address The Joy of Giving holds their annual shopping event at Walmart on Collier Boulevard. Now in its 27th year, Joy of Giving provided Christmas for over 1,000 local children last year. It takes some mighty generous hearts to meet that challenge. Throughout the year, kind-hearted souls make donations to the Joy of Giving 501(c) 3 to help them meet the challenge. Many of those donations come through the form of online contributions to the Joy of Giving’s website. That is why it is extremely important everyone gets the word out that the Joy of Giving’s website address ... Read More »

DVDs Wanted: Children’s DVDs

Usually behind the postal counter, Jiri with Keep in Touch helps Frank send a package of DVDs

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The Family Ministries of Florida provide quality homes and an educational environment grounded in Christian principles, for children 6-18 years old who require alternatives to living with their parents or guardians. The organization, a 501(c) 3, offers guidance and referrals. Frank LaFerrara, a Marco Island resident and a volunteer for the organization, asks the community to donate either used DVDs or new DVDs that are G or PG rated and that children would enjoy watching. Each week, Frank goes to the post office located at Keep in Touch Cards, Gifts & More to mail the ... Read More »

The United Church of Marco Island Completes Renovations

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By Samantha Husted On May 1, 2015, the United Church of Marco Island (UCMI) began what would become a five-month long, total renovation of their building. The church, which is a little over 40 years old, was in dire need of a facelift. There were mold issues, drywall issues and roof and drainage repairs needed. Essentially, everything had to go. New pew bibles and hymnals were purchased, a new sound system was installed and almost everything was repainted and refurbished. What is perhaps the most interesting and intricate part of the church’s renovation plan was the disassembly and subsequent reassembly ... Read More »

Civil Air Patrol Promotes Five Members

From left: 1st Lt. Bob Boone, Lt. Col. Cindy Dohm, 1st Lt. Bill Hughes and Major Marian Motyl-Szary. (Not pictured- 1st Lt. Bill Rogers)

Submitted Several members of the Marco Island Senior Squadron, Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have recently advanced in rank, culminating with the advancement of Major Cindy Dohm to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the August 17th Squadron meeting. A Promotion Ceremony honoring these advancements was conducted at the CAP hangar, located at the Marco Island Executive Airport on Mainsail Drive. In total, five members were recognized for their achievements. Advancing to Lieutenant Colonel, as mentioned above, is Deputy Commander Cindy Dohm; to the rank of Major, is Public Affairs and Information Technology Officer Marian Motyl-Szary; and to the rank of ... Read More »

Get Ready to Go Back to School at Marco Island Academy!

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s almost that time of year again, as the summer comes to its end, and the teachers and students at Marco Island Academy are getting ready for a new academic year. MIA has announced that there will be seven new teachers this year: Sandi Castillo (English), Dorothy Chapman (Math), Lianna Fried (Performing Arts), Farrell Kellener (ESE/SWD), Gerry Miller (Science), Mariah Walther (Spanish) and Michael Weyrauch (History). Two new staff members are also joining the MIA team: Maegan Carr (Receptionist) and Elona Ruci (Comptroller). When school doors open in August, we will bring you more about ... Read More »

Meet Heidi Waite – Rookery Bay Intern

The two-story Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers visitors a hands-on learning experience.

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us Southwest Florida has an amazing coastal environment. From pine flatwoods to salt marsh, mudflat to nearshore waters, the diversity of plants and animals here is spectacular. While it is impossible to experience it all in person in a short time, a visit to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center’s two-story exhibit hall can provide a glimpse of the unique habitats found within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters. It also offers visitors a look at the world of research and restoration ongoing within the Reserve, a step back ... Read More »

Naomi’s August Doldrums

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FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi the cat and Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Dear Fellow Felines: The rescue story of the year is the incredible, seven month, 16-mile long journey taken by a curious tabby from Bayshore Drive in Naples to Hideaway Beach on Marco. Late one evening, as I was finishing my nightcap and watching the end of “Lassie Come Home,” the phone rang. It was one of the guards from Hideaway’s gatehouse who reported that a large stray cat had taken to sitting in their laps and making sure they didn’t fall asleep in the darkest hours of their ... Read More »