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Note of thanks from PAWS

To the editor: As we come to the end of 2020, it can’t be soon enough, much of which we would all like to forget. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a horrendous ordeal for us all, some more than others. Yet, with vaccines now arriving, we realize there is always reason to be grateful and ...

Rotary Happenings: Cycling challenge raises funds for wheelchairs

Rotarian John Danner, pastor at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, created the Wheels 4 Wheels fundraiser in honor of his father, the Rev. Howard S. Danner Jr., a pastor and college professor who was struck by a drunk driver while biking and was paralyzed from the waist down, ...

Safe at Sea: Proper etiquette for VHF channels

Our VHF radio is always monitoring Channel 16; yours should be, too! That said, on several occasions, we’ve overheard strange conversations, ranging from commentary on the driving habits of a nearby boat captain to asking for on-the-water-dining establishments to unprintable remarks about ...

Faces on Faith: Home for the holidays

One of the most popular Christmas songs of all time almost didn't get recorded. It was written during World War II, and the lyricist, Kim Gannon, wrote it with the millions of soldiers and sailors who were stationed all around the globe in mind. It was originally rejected by various producers ...

Shell Shocked: Election fraud on Sanibel

I ran for Sanibel dog catcher on Election Day. Around 10 p.m. on Election Night I was leading my opponent, who, by the way made it clear in his campaign that he hates dogs, by around 10 percent. All votes recorded at that hour were taken directly from the 1,100 voting facilities throughout the ...

In The Garden: Variegated ginger adds color to shady areas

The variegated ginger is a beautifully striped plant with green and yellow foliage that many homeowners and gardeners utilize as part of their landscape design. The flowers are pearly white with a touch of pink that blooms in the late spring or summer. The flowers are slightly fragrant but when ...

Recipe of the Week: Seafood Spaghetti Alla Napoletana

The southern Italian Christmas Eve tradition of eating only fish is followed by Italian-American families all over the world. Typically, the celebration must include at least seven different types of seafood dishes to symbolize the seven sacraments. As families gather at the dinner table, they ...

Corps steps down harmful Lake Okeechobee releases

In a much-anticipated decision on Dec. 3, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it would begin cutting back freshwater releases to the Caloosahatchee from Lake Okeechobee. This was not only welcome news for the Caloosahatchee estuary, which has received ecologically damaging flows ...

Rotary Happenings: Island Rotarians hear from WGCU news director

It has become harder for the average Joe to determine fact from opinion portrayed as fact in the news. In steps Julie Glenn, WGCU's news director and host of Gulf Coast Life. WGCU Public Media is Southwest Florida’s source for PBS and NPR, and a member-supported service of Florida Gulf Coast ...