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Rotary Happenings: Rotarians hear from operations manager for Twins

The last election, whatever side you may have been on, was a big topic of conversation. Rotary does not endorse any candidates, however, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club's recent speaker did educate the club all on a topic that it learned back in elementary school, but many have forgotten since. ...

Safe at Sea: Sound-signal device is a federal requirement

The America’s Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva offers all boat owners a free Vessel Safety Check. The 20-plus minute inspection determines whether the boat has all the required safety equipment in place and that the safety equipment is fully functional. Time and again, an owner’s vessel ...

Faces on Faith: Big take-aways not to forget in post-COVID future

They are returning! As more church members get vaccinated, they are trickling back into our Sunday services. Could the vaccine return us to some form of pre-COVID normalcy? And if it does happen, will we remember these times? Suffering and deprivation teach many lessons. God uses hard times ...

Shell Shocked: The ugly alligator

Once upon a time in the far off land of Sanibel lived a tribe of alligators. They were one of two tribes existing in Sanibel at the time. The other species were human beings. The two species had a mutual understanding. Stay away from me or I’ll kill you. This peace treaty worked well for ...

In The Garden: Magnolia, the Southern beauty

The Southern magnolia is an evergreen tree that grows naturally throughout much of the southeastern United States and can be found from eastern North Carolina, all the way west to easternmost Texas. The Southern magnolia's creamy, white fragrance-filled bloom was chosen in 1900 by students from ...

Center Stage: ‘On Your Feet’ at Broadway Palm will have you on your feet

Do you all need a jolt for chasing the blues away? Well, if your answer is a resounding yes, then the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre has the perfect show for curing that predicament. That show’s name is “On Your Feet,” a hot jukebox Broadway musical about Gloria (played perfectly by ...

Recipe of the Week: Short Crust Apple Pie

This recipe was given to me by my next-door neighbor in Shaker Heights, Doris Turner, a fantastic artist and cook. Trained in Paris, she would make great pies and share them with my family. Serves eight. (Chef tip: Do not overwork pie crust or it will be tough.) PIE CRUST: 2 2/3 cups ...

Poetic License: ‘Denial’

(From “Sanibel Joe’s Songbook” — ArtPoem inspired by Carol Rosenberg) It was not in another country Nor in another time. There was no music playing And we did not dance or dine. There was no suite I rented To which we did retire, And no romantic breakfast Relit our ...

You can help save this great horned owl family

These great horned owls — an adult and a juvenile — are part of a family nesting in a residential neighborhood on Sanibel. Raptors like owls feed on rats and help control the rat population. One photo shows a rat’s carcass in the adult owl’s talons. Many homeowners and condo ...

What does heat have to do with it? Just everything!

Last year tied with 2016 for the hottest year on record, even though statistically it was a little bit higher. But the fact that the last seven years are the warmest on record should wake us up. Scientists have warned us that we have to keep the overall rise under 2.5 degrees Celsius to ensure ...