A Look at Florida’s Cattle Drive

On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 at 7 PM the Rose History Auditorium will serve as the venue for a very special program that includes “The Great Florida Cattle Drive – Unbroken Circles,” a film by Elam Stoltzfus and Nic Stoltzfus. The event will be hosted by music producer and Florida native, J. Robert Houghtaling. The program begins with “Insights into […]

Back to School at TBE

For some, summer break ended too soon. For others, it was time to get back into the swing of school…time to shift gears from vacations, sleeping in, and summer camps to early mornings, fully stocked school supplies, uniforms, new shoes, and homework. Either way, the Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) staff was prepared to make the transition as smooth as possible. […]

Council to Continue Search With Mercer

Marco Island City Councilors on August 7th opened their meeting on a high note when they recognized two individuals for their contributions to making Marco a better community. The first presentation was made to Mary Husted who was retiring from her position as the Administrative Assistant with the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department after 19 years. (More about Mary Husted’s […]

After 19 Years, Mary Husted Retires from Fire Department

Author’s Note: As a journalist I’ve had the privilege of interviewing and documenting a lot of interesting people. This particular story, however, hits close to home. It’s my honor to share with you the story of my mother, Mary Husted, and her recent retirement from the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department of which she worked for 19 years. Mary Husted […]

The Lure of Innovation

Marco Island’s utility system has an international reputation for the innovative Aquifer Storage and Recovery System that augments the city’s freshwater supply. An ASR system directly injects surface water: potable water, reclaimed water or river water, into an aquifer for later recovery and use. Marco’s system is located nine miles away, off State Route 951, near its intersection with U.S. […]

JRobert’s Variety Show Marches On

Week after week Marco’s music impresario JRobert takes the stage at the Marco Players Theatre with a musical act that keeps the crowds coming back. On August 7 Renaissance man Peter Gallagher shared the spotlight with JRobert and Pat Barmore, to the delight of the receptive crowd. On August 14 Andy Wahlberg drew a good crowd to hear him play […]


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Enjoying the Busy Summer Recess


Hopefully many of you are enjoying the quietness of summer and the summer festivities while so many others are out of town. It’s a good time to see old friends and enjoy restaurants with lower prices and ample parking and seating. The roads are easily navigated, and road rage is low. Soon our kids will be going back to school, […]

The Expansion Plan Further Unfolds

While Marco Y CEO Cindy Love and the organization’s board are focused on meeting current needs they are also formulating plans to better serve the community in the future. The Greater Marco Family YMCA is in the midst of a $750,000 expansion project that will add 2,700 square feet of space to the main building of its Sand Hill Street […]

Enjoying What I Missed the First Time


During the almost 40 years I traveled for business I almost never got the opportunity to spend any time in the wonderful places which my responsibilities would take me. That was especially true regarding my overseas travels and even right here in my own backyard of New England during the first 15 years of my professional life. My trips back […]