Conservancy of Southwest Florida Launches Florida Panther Pilot Compensation Program

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is launching a one-year pilot program to help alleviate financial hardship that some small farms may experience due to Florida panthers preying on their free-ranging cattle. The program will also provide financial assistance to encourage building protective pens for smaller livestock and domestic animals. The pilot program’s goal is to encourage coexistence between landowners and […]

Photo Contest: Bring Your Dog to Work Day June 24

Bring your dog to work and take a photo. Take the photo of your dog in your chair or in front of your business sign – be creative, have fun! The National Bring Your Dog to Work Day is June 24. The contest begins June 24 and ends June 30; the winner will be chosen July 1, 2011, and announced […]

Independence Day CELEBRATION

Celebrate Independence Day at a family-fun event in historic Everglades City on Saturday, July 2. This small friendly community will have a parade, arts & crafts sale, raffle, contest for best-dressed kiddies, music, and food. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony. The Patriotic Parade begins to wend its way through the streets at 10:00 a.m. with everyone competing […]

The Greater Marco Family YMCA Celebrates Father’s Day

The Greater Marco Family YMCA celebrates Father’s Day 2011. First celebrated in June 1910 at the Spokane YMCA in Washington, Father’s Day is now recognized all over the world. “The Greater Marco Family YMCA is proud to join our Marco Island famillies in honoring fathers,” said Cindy Love, CEO. “Dads, and Moms, play a paramount role in children’s lives, and […]

Marco Lutheran Church BASIC Training for teens

By Faith Rattei Middle Schoolers and their friends from the Southwest Florida circuit of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod came together on June 11 at Marco Lutheran Church for some BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) Training around what it means to be a servant. This Servant Saturday was inspired by the Synod’s challenge to pick a Saturday in […]

The origin of local place names

By Craig Woodward A few issues back I wrote an article about a former settlement known as “Grocery Place,” now located in Collier Seminole State Park, and pondered about how this name came to be given to such a remote location considering it was never a place to get groceries! As it turns out, persistence paid off, as a series of […]

Donation to ACS leads to unique airplane ride

By Natalie Strom Last February the Greater Marco Island Unit of the American Cancer Society held their annual Hope Ball at the new Marco Island Historical Museum. This black-tie affair consisted of a silent auction which raised money for R.O.C.K.  Reaching Out to Cancer Kids is a portion of the ACS which focuses on providing special opportunities to children with […]

Summertime events in the Everglades

By Patricia Huff The Big Cypress Sportsmen’s Alliance is scheduling a Kids Swamp Buggy Safari for Saturday, June 18. This event will be confined to private property access trails due to the 60-day Preserve closure during this time. Plans are for all to meet at 9 AM at the Concho entry point which is located seven miles north on Turner […]

The Summer Milky Way

By Mike P. Usher Tonight the Summer Triangle is above the horizon again after its winter absence. The bright trio of Altair, Deneb and Vega lies embedded in the summer Milky Way. Except for the previously mentioned three, there are few bright stars in this region, but there are literally millions of dimmer ones. Scan with your binoculars from Deneb […]


By Crystal Manjarres Q. What are some important nutrients I should be including in my diet? A. According to the USDA, Americans are lacking in seven essential nutrients: potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, vitamin C, and fiber. Potassium has been shown to decrease blood pressure naturally, in addition to enhancing fertility, as well as muscle and nerve function. […]