Summer Triangle Rises Again!

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher usher34105@earthlink.net When the Summer Triangle rises you can be sure the rainy season is not far off! Which brings up an important point – careful observation of the night sky indicates what time of year it is. Indeed a Neolithic farmer could nail it down almost to the exact day, a vital importance determining […]

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

BOOK REMARKS Diane Bostick dianebostick@comcast.net Mary Roach W. W. Norton & Company As I have mentioned many times in the past finding the right book to review is no easy task. In the past month I have read a number of mysteries, including David Baldacci’s latest, “The Hit.” But when I got through, though I enjoyed it, it just seemed […]

Ask the CFP®

INVESTMENT INSIGHTS Darcie Guerin darcie.guerin@raymondjames.com   “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” Edward Everett, American politician (1794-1865)   Question: My advisor said my annuity matured. Please explain annuities and how will I know when mine matures? Answer: Some advisors and investors have the misconception that annuities mature. Unlike a bond or certificate of deposit, an […]

No Cat Left Behind

FOR THE LOVE OF CATS Naomi & Karina Paape chestergun@comcast.net Did you know that we are your family’s most cherished asset? When – hypothetically – Hurricane Awesome bears down on our island oasis, your staff (remember, dogs have owners, cats have staff) is going to start stressing out about a hundred things they can’t control. They will ask themselves, “What […]

June Birthstone… Alexmoonpearl

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net No, I haven’t lost my mind just yet, and there is no such gemstone as an Alexmoonpearl. But in fact, June is one of the few months that actually has more than one designated gemstone to signify the “birthstone” for that month. The origins for birthstones go back thousands of years. Bible scriptures describe […]

Oleanders Deliver Multi-Season Color

PLANT TALK Mike Malloy mikemalloy@naplesbutterfly.com If you’re looking for a colorful hedge shrub or a showy specimen plant that will bloom profusely and nearly year-round, try an Oleander (Nerium oleander). This fragrant (some varieties) evergreen shrub or tree will bloom from spring to fall with pretty orange, pink, red, white or yellow flowers. Oleanders display their colorful single or double-flowered […]

Fishing the 10,000 Islands in June

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps Pete@CaptainRapps.com The Summer heat is here, and the bite is on! Day time air temperatures in June are hovering around 90 degrees each day, which has now brought the average water temperature up to 86 degrees. Your best bet for fishing the shallow flats in June will be early morning up until about noon, […]

Fishing Safety Tips: Good & Bad Slack

LADY ANGLERS Captain Mary A. Fink islandgirlscharters.com We’ve all heard the phrase “safety first.” Safety should be of primary importance for all who enjoy a day of fishing from a boat. Fishing tackle can pose many safety hazards when utilized carelessly and without caution. Rod tips and hooks can be dangerous for obvious reasons. In this article, I will address […]

Antiquities of Campania

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net Italy is comprised of 20 administrative districts known as regions, one of which is Campania, located in the south west along the Mediterranean Sea and the location of some noteworthy ancient sites. Above Campania’s capital, Naples, looms Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that helped preserve two of its three major antiquities, Pompeii and Herculaneum (Ercolano). […]

Business Brief: Kriger Orthodontics: Creating Smiles

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Getting braces today is like a rite of passage- by the time that you are 13 years old you are either in braces, have had some sort of appliance in your mouth or are just about to get braces. Now, with clear braces and Invisalign as an option – adults are upgrading their smiles! So when […]