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Rotary Happenings: Author takes Rotarians on an adventure

This week at our Rotary Zoom meeting, we were visited by a penguin named Charlie sharing his travels. Rather, we were visited by Rotarian Haley Marguerite Mariano who is the author of the children’s book series called "Charlie Takes an Adventure." Haley actually wrote the first book in this ...

Guest Commentary: Welcome back students, district family

Welcome back to all our students and district family. We are so happy to see you all, whether online or in person. These past few months have been very different for all of us. We’ve all had to make adjustments to our daily lives to continue to stay healthy and safe. The School District of ...

A moment with ‘Ding’

Although known mainly for his often-controversial political cartoons, Jay Norwood “Ding” Darling was given to flights of whimsy and nostalgia and peeks into human nature. Titled “Vacation is over,” this one published on Sept. 7, 1926. Oswald’s mother urges him to “come in now and ...

Safe at Sea: Fish Rules is helpful app when fishing

During a successful fishing trip, you can now determine if your catch is “legal.” Thanks to the Fish Rules App, every angler can determine not only the identify of their catch, but whether the fish needs to return to the sea or is saved for dinner. The Florida Fish and Wildlife ...

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 ...

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 ...