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Army Corps cannot sacrifice the Caloosahatchee

You might as well forget the term “shared adversity.” The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is adopting a new strategy with the next Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule that should be termed “redistribution of adversity to the Caloosahatchee” instead. The new Lake Okeechobee System ...

Safe at Sea: May 22-28 to mark National Safe Boating Week

Here in Southwest Florida, every week of the year should be Safe Boating Week; however, across the country, the “official” National Safe Boating Week is in May. Undoubtedly, this is the case because the boating season opens throughout the nation in May, even in the far reaches of Minnesota ...

Faces on Faith: A new beginning

Newness! Is that even a word? The Website dictionary.com says it is something appearing for the first time, afresh. And that’s just where we are at this moment. As long-time contributor June Sieber prepares to move closer to her family in Austin, Texas, I’ll be attempting to fill the empty ...

Shell Shocked: Boyhood friends

Once a year I get together with two boyhood friends. These are guys I've known since I was 5-years-old. We decided around 30 years ago to meet up annually to both stay in touch and bring each other up to date on our lives. Much has happened to each of us during these past 30 years. None of us ...

In The Garden: Many uses for fruit from a papaya tree

Spring is the time for the luscious fruit of the papaya tree (Carica papaya). It is an exotic fruiting specimen that grows best in USDA Zones 9 and 10. Native to Central America, the tropical plant thrives in subtropical areas of the Caribbean and throughout South Florida. The plant belongs to ...

Recipe of the Week: Spaghetti alla Carettiera (Farmer’s Pasta)

This is a peasant dish fit for a king and truly a meal in itself. If the marriage of potatoes and pasta leaves you wondering, you will become a believer once you taste it. Serves eight. (Chef tip: To clean a portobello mushroom, use a spoon to remove the gills from the underside and wash under ...

Poetic License: ‘Up Memory Lane’

(Nonagenarian Blues) I can remember when remember was, Remember when forgot was not at all, When present rolled unrolled in panorama Past tomorrows still too young to come. Then all of love was all we had to live And all of life was all we had to love, And every stop would start a ...

SCCF provides legislative update on Week 8

The 2021 Legislative Session adjourned on April 30 after approving a record $101.5 billion budget. The $9.3 billion increase over last year’s $92.2 billion budget is attributed to COVID-19 related impacts. Of the anticipated $10.2 billion Federal American Rescue Plan funds expected to come to ...

Targeting Florida’s colleges and universities

Gov. Ron DeSantis is poised to sign HB 233. The bill requires the State Board of Education and each of Florida’s colleges and universities to conduct an annual assessment “related to intellectual freedom and viewpoint diversity.” The Board of Education must “select or create an ...

Rotary Happenings: Rotarians hear of Guardian ad Litem Foundation’s work

The number alone is staggering. More than 700 children in Lee County are in foster care, relative/non-relative care or shelters. With so many children in the system, some are bound to fall between the cracks. However, Jessica Stanfield, executive director of the Guardian ad Litem Foundation for ...