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Safe at Sea: New life jacket labels and icons

(Editor's note: Information for this column was taken from the United States Power Squadron website.) If you haven’t already seen them, soon you’ll notice certain life jackets have a new style of label on the inside. In fact, eventually all new life jackets that are U.S. Coast Guard ...

Preserve freedoms, stop the spread of COVID

To the editor: The events in Afghanistan on Aug. 26 highlight the true costs of freedom. God bless all those servicemen and servicewomen who lost their lives so that so many can be free. And God bless and protect all those who continue to make sacrifices so that we have the right to make ...

Shell Shocked: I’ve been writing this column for 35 years

Do you remember the scene in the movie “Network” where the distraught news anchor tells everyone to open their windows and shout “I’m mad as hell and I can’t take it anymore?” Well that’s what you should do after you read today’s column. Once you grasp the essence of my ...

In The Garden: Blue porterweed is a butterfly attractant

Blue porterweed (Stachytarpheta cayennensis) is part of the Verbenaceae family. The bright green leaves have a quilt-like appearance and a toothed leaf margin. Small deep blue to purple flowers appear starting at the bottom of the bloom spike and extending up toward the top of the spike over ...

Safe at Sea: SeaKit equipped to address boating crisis

A recent article on BoatTEST.com introduced readers to SeaKits, a damage control kit for emergency boating situations. In doing research for a column on them, I took a bit of a “bird walk” and ended up on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website, with a resulting column ...

Faces on Faith: Reflection

Recently my husband and I were enjoying a delicious supper outdoors at one of our favorite island restaurants. As I was admiring the gorgeous tropical landscaping, I realized that even though it was not in my line of vision, I could see a beautiful fountain reflected in the windows of the shops ...

Recipe of the Week: Quiche with Mushrooms, Bacon and Asparagus

Great for a weekend brunch or a light lunch. I love the combination of these ingredients, but a quiche is so versatile can be made with any vegetable, shellfish, meat or cheese. Serves eight. (Chef tip: Work the pie crust dough very delicately to keep it tender and flaky.) PIE CRUST: 2 cups ...

It is about more than just water quality

As an elected official, one of my top priorities has always been to improve our water quality. Over the course of years that I have been in office, I have spent countless hours in Tallahassee and Washington working with state and federal officials to secure the funding for projects essential to ...