Something I question is what is happening to our United States of America? We always stood proud and held our flag and pledge to the highest degree. How can anyone earning $14 million and getting perks we common people will never have, not even stand for the National Anthem? And…now he’s the person some young people want to emulate? With no prayer in our schools, no signs of respect for each other, how can we go on? Will we become like those other countries who kill each other, burn flags, etc.? And the ACLU encourages that! Sorry, but I just had to say it. Agree or not, our world is becoming less and less safe, less respect for each other, and I’ve never seen division like what exists now. Very sad indeed. Now our own kids in school are copying this behavior? Congratulations to the principal at Lely High School for having the courage to stand up to the bullies! Now of course he’ll have to pay for having the courage to defy all of this anger and hatefulness and defiance to our country.
• The East Naples Kiwanis is planning their Annual Murder Mystery Dinner for Oct. 23rd from 4-7 PM at the Naples Lakes Country Club at 4784 Naples Lakes Blvd. off Collier Boulevard. Price is $80 per person. The name of the Play is “Evil Never Dies.” This is their annual fundraiser, proceeds which they then distribute to: 1. Kid’s Don’t Float, 2. Shadowlawn Elementary School PTO, 3. Lorenzo Walker High School Key Club, 4. Lely High School Key Club, 5. Parkside Elementary School BUG program, 6. Salvation Army: Christmas Adopt a Family, 7. Florida SW College – CKI and more. They give it all away to organizations that work with children. That’s what Kiwanis is all about – the kids! It will be a night full of clues, suspense and sitting on the edge of your seat, with great food and a silent auction. Then YOU figure out who dunnit! To arrange for tickets call 239-403-KIDS or contact an E.N. Kiwanis member at 370-0617.
• Don’t forget to get out to Everglades City for the Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet, this Saturday, October 1st. It’s a great event for the whole family, held at the Rod & Gun Club on the Barron River from 10 AM to 1 PM. There will be Arts & Crafts booths, open bake sales, live music, face-painting, Frog-Jumping Contest for Kiddies, Stone Crab Art Contest for Kids, Coconut Guava Cake Contest. At noon the ceremony begins, followed by the Blessing of the Boats by local pastors. At 1 PM the winners of all the contests will be announced. Be there to support our stone crabbers! For more info contact Tod at 239-260-457 or Marya at 239-695-2905. Also see www.evergladeshistorical.org.
• You’ve probably all heard of or eaten and danced at Bill’s Steak & Seafood on US 41 E., but did you know that Bill is about to open a shop behind the restaurant called Bill’s Seafood and Meatery? Very soon the store will open as a butcher shop, a seafood market, a deli, offering fine wines and craft beers, produce and Italian groceries! It is located behind the restaurant at 4221 Tamiami Trail E. Unit 104. For information call 239-331-7544 or find them online at BillsSeafoodandMeatery.com.
• Did you know that stem cells come from more places than just your spinal cord or your bone marrow? I’m learning so much about stem cells, and just found out that your own body fat contains the greatest amount and best source of stem cells. Who would have thought?
• You probably haven’t heard much about CREW – Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed, but they are a great organization working closely with the South Florida Water Management District, and CREW’s sole purpose is to coordinate the acquisition of wetlands within flow-ways for preservation for our future water sources. Together, CREW and the State purchases the land and manages those lands. They receive some lands through donations for mitigation from development, and they have fund-raisers to buy other pieces of property to continue that effort. Within those lands protecting our water sources are other lands to preserve panther trails, animal preservation, hiking, etc. Last year 54,199 people visited the CREW Trails! This important and vital effort almost goes unnoticed by most. Working closely with CREW is the Conservation Collier program, who on October 1st from 10 AM to 3 PM will offer free guided tours and hikes through Pepper Ranch Preserve in Immokalee, where you’ll also find a Sunflower Festival taking place, old fashioned hayrides, ranch tours, ranch-style food vendors, children’s art activities and games, and archery. If you care about water and animals and preserved land, look them up online at www.crewtrust.org, and for the tours of Pepper Ranch Preserve, find them at www.colliergov.net/conservationcollier. Get into the nature of things! Bring your children and grandkids. Help them learn about our surroundings. By the way, I serve on the Board of Trustees for CREW, and I’m very proud of it.