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Happy Fit of July!

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com It’s that time of year again: swimsuits, sand, and sun– sans snowbirds. We locals love having the beach all to ourselves! The question is, will you actually get out there and enjoy it? Some of us will and some will hibernate like it’s winter in Canada counting down the days until it blows us into the safer, more fully-clothed weather of the fall. Some will get out there and enjoy every sunrise, every foamy lick of the gulf while others will only admire it from a glance– out of the window. Why is that? For the ... Read More »

Interns Help Protect Sea Turtles at Rookery Bay Reserve

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COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us With 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters that protect 150 species of birds and many threatened and endangered animals, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has a big responsibility– and a devoted team of volunteers that work daily with staff to help achieve it. Through the Reserve’s citizen support organization, Friends of Rookery Bay, volunteers and interns are assisting with a variety of duties, from taking care of the butterfly garden at the Environmental Learning Center to maintaining beach-nesting bird area postings, and even monitoring sea turtle nests at the Cape Romano complex. Two young ... Read More »

Fay and Bedford Biles’ Contributions to Marco Officially Recognized

Fay Biles, center, is surrounded by fellow members of the  Tri Delta sorority, Bridget Carpico, left, Jean Rice, Linda Spell and Gay Petty. PHOTOS BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley Fay Biles and her late husband Bedford were enthralled the first time they laid eyes on Marco Island. It was 1967 and the couple had traveled to the island from their northeastern Ohio home to check out what a salesman for the Mackle Brothers had touted to Bedford Biles as a beautiful new island that was just starting to be developed. “We had already said that when we retired, we were going to move to Florida,” Fay Biles recalled recently. “He (Bedford Biles) was from North Carolina and he hated the cold weather. He said, ‘They offered ... Read More »

Marco Island’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-5 Boating Safety Course

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Submitted ‘It’s time to develop or refresh your safe boating skills. The Marco Island U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be holding the “Boating Skills & Seamanship” four week – eight session course beginning on Monday, July 6. The course includes information about equipment for your boat, handling your boat, rules of the road, weather, course navigation, knots, Florida boating law and more. In addition, the Marco Island Flotilla tailors the course to address the nuances of the Marco Island waters. Educating the boating public on recreational boating safety as a means of “preventative search and rescue” has been one of ... Read More »

Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference benefits 140 girls

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About 40 Southwest Florida women in business mentored 140 girls as part of the 16th annual Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Conference on May 6 at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Girls Going Places® conference is a partnership between Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. It is designed to mentor and educate young women, ages 12 to 18, in the areas of entrepreneurship, careers and financial independence. “Girls Going Places here in Fort Myers is a wonderful collaboration between Florida Gulf Coast University, Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Administration’s Small Business ... Read More »

A Festival for Everyone

Alp horns are a part of most festivals in alpine Switzerland. PHOTOS BYVICKIE KELBER

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Every country has its celebrations and festivals, but it seems that the diminutive Switzerland, not quite as large as Vermont and New Hampshire combined, has more than its share, especially in the summer and early autumn. Perhaps it is the hard working character of the Swiss (yes, I know I am stereotyping) that makes them want to party so much. Or, the long cold winters that inspire everyone to get outside in the warmer weather and celebrate, squeezing in as much enjoyment as possible, before fall turns into early winter. We’ve visited Switzerland many times, often ... Read More »

Woman’s Club Donates Wigs to ACS

Penny Weidner, Sue Olszak and Sharyn Kampmeyer in ACS resource room. PHOTOS BY JESSICA HERNSTADT

By Jessica Hernstadt “Why you are born and why you are living depends on what you are getting out of this world, and what you are giving.” This is the motto of the Marco Island Woman’s Club, and the women clearly live up to its sentiment. The Woman’s Club recently made donations to a multitude of educational and charitable organizations which benefit Marco Island residents. Marco Island’s American Cancer Society office was a lucky recipient of one such donation. With the Woman’s Club’s generous donation, the American Cancer Society purchased 27 wigs, 12 turbans and 40 wig caps, all to ... Read More »

Memorial Day…

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BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com Spending this Mother’s Day Sunday with my wife, her mom and dad and my son and our two grandchildren, waiting anxiously for the barbecue to start, the farthest thing from our minds is the Civil War. It is hard to believe only a mere 150 or so years ago, our nation was divided and our country was covered with the blood of brother killing brother. After four years of combat, which left over 600,000 Union and Confederate soldiers dead and destroyed much of the South’s infrastructure, the Confederacy collapsed and slavery was abolished. Memorial Day ... Read More »

In Search of Swiss Cheese

Outside the beautiful walled city of Gruyeres. photos by vickie kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber Switzerland is known for its cheese. Most of us have eaten “Swiss” cheese. Yet, few of us have experienced true Swiss cheese, for most of what is sold at local deli counters is a cheaper, lower quality commodity produced either domestically or from another country. It is made from pasteurized milk from cows fed on silage and often contains artificial ingredients. True Swiss cheese has no milk treatment, no artificial ingredients, no preservatives and comes from cows fed only grass or hay; no silage is allowed for Swiss cheese. The craft of cheesemaking in Switzerland dates ... Read More »

How to Lower Your Risk of Breast Cancer

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m sure you’ve read every possible article or heard about the latest breast cancer prevention information out there, but believe it or not, there are constant studies coming out on how to try to prevent obtaining this debilitating disease once and for all. Is there an absolute fool-proof plan to guarantee that you will never get breast cancer in the first place? Not yet, but hopefully we’re on our way to that glorious day. Here’s what we know, and what we can continue to do on our part to slash our odds: Avoid being overweight ... Read More »

Are You Putting Yourself First?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com With season coming to a close, many of you are left frazzled and gasping for breath—I know we sure are! Each year I am amazed at how our small island seems to swell like a sponge filled with water. Most of you I’ve spoken with are exhausted and burned out from the constant demands of dealing with customers, clients, or even simply the traffic. I’m here to remind you to breathe! Take three slow deep breaths, closing your eyes and clearing your thoughts. Imagine with each exhale that you are pushing stress further and further away ... Read More »

Can You Really Boost Your Metabolism?

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By Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m sure you’ve read the claims splashed across fitness magazines and various canisters of green tea: “fire up your metabolism” reads Herbalife’s Ultimate Thermofit or “naturally boosts metabolism – no jitters” reads Garden of Life’s fucoThin Green supplement. Sounds legit, right? Sadly it’s not. The scary truth is that these supplement companies need no evidence whatsoever that what they claim is actually true. It’s frustrating for the consumer who wastes their hard-earned cash on flimsy statements, which further demonstrates the rule of thumb that if something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. ... Read More »

Rooms with a View

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By Coastal Breeze News Staff A combination of spectacular homes, stunning fashions and most importantly, a desire to contribute to the American Cancer Society, drew about 170 women to Hideaway Beach recently. A new event dubbed “Rooms with a View,” was put on by the Hideaway Beach Cancer Committee spearheaded by Tommie Rowland. The affair featured a tour of four magnificent Hideaway homes from a villa, to condominium to luxury freestanding homes. Guests were chauffeured to the various sites via golf cart. A docent in each home gave guests the grand tour. Once complete, they were whisked off to the ... Read More »

The Nightingale

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BOOK REMARKS Maggie Gust winetaster13@gmail.com By Kristin Hannah St. Martin’s Press 2015, 440 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Collier County Public Library: Yes   “This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.” — Winston Churchill   Set against the backdrop of the Second World War in France, The Nightingale is a riveting story of love and family drama. Like All The Light We Cannot See, this book is told from the perspective of civilians, specifically the extremely heroic ordinary Frenchwomen. By the end of 1940, France was basically a land of women and children. ... Read More »

The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Submitted The Merry Wives of Windsor is a farcical comedy written by William Shakespeare. Directed by John McKerrow, Producing Artistic Director, Shakespeare in Paradise was named “Best New Theater Company in SW Florida”. Sir John Falstaff (Jim Corsica) conspires to seduce Mrs. Page (Mary Anne McAvoy McKerrow) and Mrs. Ford (Victoria Diebler), the wives of two prominent Windsor citizens. The insanely jealous Mr. Ford (Mark Vanagas) hires Falstaff to reveal her suspected infidelity. With lightning-quick timing and ridiculous disguises and comical antics, the audience is sure to find pleasure in the humiliation of Falstaff and the way the wives dupe ... Read More »

‘Til the Cows Come Home

Local farmers lead their cows in a descent from their summer home.

Speaking of Travel By Vickie Kelber Although we have visited Switzerland a number of times, usually choosing to spend a month at a time, our travels have always taken place between early June and late August. On our last trip, we went a little later in the season, determined to stay until the cows came home. Cows are an important part of Swiss culture and economy. Think Swiss cheese and chocolate. The cow has become a ubiquitous symbol of the country. After landing at Zurich Airport and getting on the internal transportation tram, we were greeted with a recording of ... Read More »

Labor of Love Gets Personal

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By Jan Kinne Conway Women from “Marco Fellowship” are helping young African girls stay in school in Kenya, 8,000 miles away. Their tools are few: fabric, scissors, sewing machines, and a simple pattern found on the Internet. Each Thursday, four to ten women with willing hearts and hands gather at the home of Wanda Hobgood on Marco Island. They call these days “Personal Thursdays”. This “labor of love” began when Michelle Babin, a missionary to Kenya, visited friends, Mark and Kathy Matthews who are part of “Marco Fellowship,” a parachurch organization. “How can I help?” Kathy asked. “What do you ... Read More »

Fly Fishing on the Middle Provo

There is fly fishing year round on the Middle Provo, even when the ground is snow covered. photoS BY Vickie Kelber

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber This column is my husband’s idea. He suggested I write about something in which he is interested. So, at least this week, no museums, no churches, and except for a quick mention, no shopping, no restaurants,…..just a river and some fish. To learn more about fly fishing and the Provo River, I met with Ben Nelson, Matt Puodziunas, and Peter Robinson of Trout Bum 2 in Park City, Utah. Trout Bum 2 is a comprehensive retail and guide service. In 2013 and 2014 it was named Park City’s best fly fishing shop by readers of the ... Read More »

Do You Eat Chocolate Because it’s Healthy?

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FITNESS DIVA Crystal Manjarres Crystal@PinkIslandFitness.com I’m sure you’ve read the seemingly too-good-to-be-true articles touting that chocolate (dark specifically) is a superfood, or full of anti-oxidants, or can improve memory, or even that it is good for your heart. The question is, are these claims accurate? The answer is… sort of. Despite the claims that one or two squares of quality dark chocolate can “…reduce the risk of death from heart attack by almost 50 percent…” per a WebMD article, science is still investigating these hypotheses. Case in point, Howard Sesso, Associate Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School is leading a ... Read More »

Do Tennis Fans Only Care About the Grand Slams? Part 1

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READ MY TIPS Doug Browne dbrowne912@aol.com As a rabid tennis enthusiast, it literally crushes my spirit when I turn on the Tennis Channel and see so many empty seats. During the early stages of the Delray Beach ATP event, it appeared there were only hundreds of fans lining the stadium instead of thousands filling the stands. And, the tournament has outstanding promoters; the Baron family of south Florida has extensive tennis backgrounds and knows how to market the product. Okay, how do we attract fans during the first rounds of an event? Who is to blame? Don Petrine (former Columbia University ... Read More »