Friday, December 3, 2021

Honor Flight Welcomed Home



Donna Fiala

The Marco Island VFW was again at the Honor Flight in full dress, and they looked marvelous! The event was held on Saturday, November 7, leaving the Naples Airport at 9 PM, and returning about 2 AM after a heartwarming experience welcoming our honored veterans back home. There were well over 1,000 people there from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, to high schoolers, to veteran’s organizations, to the DAR, family and relatives, Nurse Corps, and many well-wishers just there to honor these veterans who have continued to serve amongst us in their civilian lives. Thanks especially go to Dr. Debi and Sean Lux for their continued dedication to this project, and to the many “regulars” we see there each and every time.

*How many of you know of WaWa? It seems whenever I mention this name to an audience, everyone from the Pennsylvania area cheers. They just love this convenience store and gas station (all say how clean it is and how sincerely friendly their staff is). We have one proposed to build near us across from the US 41E Outback – next door to the 5th 3rd Bank on Price Street. Right now there is just a grove of trees in very low land, but soon it will be a WaWa and two retail stores. They are in the final stages of permitting and design work now, so it probably won’t be till later in 2016 that we can actually try the convenience store that everyone exclaims over, and we can even pump fuel while we’re at it!

*The Culver’s on US 41E is busy all the time, and more and more are pouring into that great little restaurant with their frozen custard, butter burgers, fish, prime rib sandwiches, grilled reuben melts, pot roast sandwiches, pork tenderloin, and dinners, which include butterfly jumbo shrimp, chopped steak, North Atlantic cod, and fresh fried chicken, with their special sides, which include Wisconsin cheese curds, chili cheddar fries, washed down with a root beer float, or any other classic drink. Although the lines are long, they move quickly and have the friendliest people waiting on you! They have a different frozen custard delight every day, with a menu of the daily choice printed each month. You’ll enjoy this great new addition to the US 41E corridor, located west of the new Isles of Collier Preserve, near Rattlesnake Hammock Road.

*For the last few years now we’ve seen that bright, shiny car wash across US 41E from Treviso Bay. It always looks clean and well lighted…and empty. It won’t be that way much longer. Dunkin’ Donuts will be moving into the area of the convenience store and will also oversee fuel and car washes. If anyone can do it, they can. This man knows how to run a successful business! Alongside of that business, Beefstro has erected their sign. I’m looking forward to seeing that area flourish now with these great new additions.

*The Marco Island Historical Society will be holding their fundraiser called “Party Like It’s 1965” this Saturday, November 14 from 5:30 to 9:30 PM at the Rose History Auditorium. Dressing for the occasion will be welcome! You know these Historical Society people; they really know how to throw a party! They have over 80 gift baskets to bid on, including fantastic travel packages, dining packages, water sports, hotel packages, local tours, super shopping, salon & spa, and so much more. Also available are works from local artists, sports memorabilia and home décor items. Tickets are still available by calling Susan Pemini at 239-389-6447. See you there.

*Are any of you planning on attending the Farm City BarBQ? This annual event has been going on for over 30 years, and it is always held the day before Thanksgiving Day – starting at 11:00 AM on November 25. This year it will be located at the Florida Sports Park on 951 and Rattlesnake Hammock Road. The $20 ticket includes a steak dinner and “Immokalee Salad,” fresh from the field corn-on-the-cob and beverages. Five dollars goes to the High School Key Clubs in Collier County, and you can buy a ticket from any Kiwanis member you know. Yes, I am one of those people. You’ll meet every elected official, most of whom will be serving the food to the guests (although we pay for ours as well), and all the banks are represented, as well as local businessmen, chambers of commerce, developers, farmers, builders, and government officials. You’ll be glad you attended, and you can even buy tickets at the door.

*The Marco Island Center for the Arts held a most unusual fashion show recently called the Art of Fashion, benefiting the Southwest Florida Goodwill Foundation and the Marco Island Center for the Arts. I had no idea Goodwill carried so many fashionable clothes at such reasonable prices.




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