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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 ...

Poetic License: ‘Return of the Snowy Plover’

(Poem found on Sanibel Beach) (To the tune of “I’m Looking Over a Four-leaf Clover”) Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. — Mark Twain I’m the snowy plover someone looked over And I’ve been overlooked before — That mound of feathers was not my remains, Along ...

Recipe of the Week: Cavatelli Arrostiti (Cavatelli with Fresh Tomato Sauce)

One of the most popular homemade pasta in the United States is cavatelli. Loved by young and old, it is so easy to make. Shaped like an almond it can be made by simply taking a piece of dough and rolling it on the counter with the help of a butter knife. Cavatelli really shines when it is ...

Faces on Faith: A sense of gratitude

Recently I was invited to rate myself on my ability to consistently practice gratitude in my everyday life, regardless of the circumstances. Gratitude was defined as “recognizing the good.” On a scale from 1 to 10, 1 meaning that I rarely recognized the good or feel grateful, with 10 ...

Shell Shocked: The cat’s got your tongue

My eleven-year old cat decided to speak to me after all these years. I was astonished, of course, as you would be too if real words came out of your own cat’s mouth instead of “meow.” My wife had taken the car to Periwinkle to go shopping and I was alone in the house. It was around 3 ...

American Legion

The American Legion Post 123, at 4929 Sanibel-Captiva Road, Sanibel, is open to the public. Food is served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. — spaghetti and meatballs on Wednesdays; steak sandwiches on Fridays; and tacos on Tuesdays. There are also daily specials and half-pound burgers available. On ...

Celebrate Labor Day, International Manatee Day

This Monday, Sept. 7, celebrate both Labor Day and International Manatee Day by remembering to boat safely and watch out for manatees on the waterways. While the day recognizes manatees all over the world, the Save the Manatee Club encourages boaters around the southeastern U.S. to vigilantly ...

What’s Happening in Congress that impacts our water resources?

As discussed in our Aug. 19 column, once COVID is behind us we will still be facing significant issues relative to our water resource. Because of that, we must continue to focus on improving the quantity and quality of our water bodies. With that goal in mind, our last column discussed why it ...

Rotary Happenings: The Sanibel School’s challenges, opportunities

The COVID-19 pandemic has added a new layer of challenges to the start of the school year. Lee County students had four different choices for schooling. First, they can be face-to-face in classrooms using safety precautions as prescribed by the school district. Second, they can opt for Lee Home ...

Safe at Sea: Electric Shock Drowning and how to avoid it

Mid-summer, national news covered the story of an Arizona drowning that should be required reading for every boater. This was one of those “but that would never happen to me” type of boating disasters. The headlines read: “1 Missing, 4 Injured in Arizona Marina.” What had been ...