The Eternal City

Rome, the Eternal City; it would take an eternity to see all it has to offer. As friends, Liliana and Mike McGuire, who live there part time are fond of saying, Rome is mesmerizing because no matter where you put your foot down, something awe-inspiring stood below that spot a few thousand years ago. Excavations of sites throughout the city […]

The Goat Star in the North

by Mike Usher Tonight we look far into the cold north to find the sixth brightest star in the sky – Capella, the goat star. Auriga, the constellation it belongs to, was often depicted in ancient times as a shepherd in a chariot carrying a goat. The faint stars just to the northeast of Capella are affectionately referred to as […]

Arbor Day 2011

The City of Marco Island held a ceremony in honor the 139th Anniversary of Arbor Day. A tree was planted at Veterans’ Community Park and another at Tract C and D. The Beautification Committee chair, Syd Mellinger along with vice-chair Alan Brown and Sandi Johnson helped with the symbolic planting. Bryan Milk, Director of Parks and Recreation, welcomed the committee […]

An Astronomical View

The following viewing schedule is from the Everglades Astronomical Society. You’re welcome to bring your own telescope, but many club members will allow you to take a peek at the heavens from their equipment. The viewing location is in the Fakahatchee Strand. Please call or email for further information and directions. Weather Permitting: 2011 – Starts at Sundown On: January […]

At this time every year I think about the Puffins

by Carol Kinkead My Husband Jim and I love the coast of Maine and we have vacationed there many times. I had a feeling that we really should go to see the puffins for ourselves, instead of just reading about them, so off we went to Cutler, Maine, which is just about as far north as you can go without […]

Q&A with Simba

This column is the opinion of a 3 year old African Grey Parrot named “Simba” who has an extremely high intelligence level. While he does not possess a degree from any college or university, he does have a strong opinion of himself and feels that he is the best candidate to answer the complex questions of today’s discerning pets…and the […]

Whether or not you need to study weather

by Francis Diebler The science of weather forecasting is a rather complex subject. However, every boater or sailor must have some degree of understanding of the weather patterns and what that all means. When you go out for a Sunday afternoon day sail, you should probably have a pretty good idea of the day’s expected weather. When you are going […]

Care of your fine jewelry… Part II

by Richard Alan I left off last time with the daunting task of cleaning silver. Ten years or so ago it was fairly easy to do, but with current technology most silver jewelry is now plated with a coating of nickel, rhodium or palladium. Most folks know that sterling silver tarnishes, the younger generations blame the jeweler, I explain that if […]

Environmental Concerns

By Capt. Carl Kelly Pollution prevention is a major concern on the water. The River and Harbor Act was enacted in 1899, and is still in effect. It, and many more recent pollution prevention laws deal with major oil and fuel spills from large vessels and marine facilities. But, all persons who operate watercraft of any size or propulsion are […]

Fire! Fire! Fire! This is not a Drill!

Bill Duncan recalls the Blazing Inferno on the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) – July 29, 1967 By Carol Glassman The USS Forrestal, the flagship of the 7th Fleet and pride of the Navy, was so large it was classified as a super carrier. The nearly 60,000-ton Forrestal was launched in 1954 and in spite of its size, could still attain speeds […]