Tom Hecht lives near Sand Dollar Island and enjoys his proximity to the shoreline wildlife. He captures a lot of the critters there on film. But the picture of a screech owl that won the photo contest was taken during the annual birding festival at Rookery Bay Reserve (see photo).
Marie Remick took second place and Peter Foster won third. Their photos were put on display at Marco City Hall. The Art League, Marco Island’s Center for the Arts, sponsored the photo contest.
We’ve noticed a huge interest in Marco’s burrowing owl population among amateur photographers. This time of year the shooters bring out the long lenses to get great pictures of the owls as they perch atop or near their burrows, looking for potential food or a mate, or both. We may even have some chicks in the nests by now.
Golfing for a good cause
This is golf tournaments-for-good-causes season here and two upcoming events deserve your consideration.
On April 19, the Sons and Daughters of Erin will hold its second annual tournament to benefit the Marco Island Charter Middle School.
Kathleen Reynolds says it will be a shotgun scramble starting at 1 p.m. at the Island Country Club. A what? I know, all the golfers know what that means, and non-golfers can attend the event as well.
Tournament participants will pay $125, which includes prizes, a dinner buffet and, yes, the golf. Non-players can attend the dinner for $40.
Again, this fundraiser for our Charter School is a creation of the Sons and Daughters of Erin, Marco’s group of fun-loving Irish folks who put on that nifty St. Patrick’s parade here.
For more information, you can e-mail Kathleen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another important golf fundraiser is the second annual Lance and Jimmy Meyer Golf Tournament. It will be at Lely Resort on May 3, with a 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. group photo, and 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on the Mustang course. There’s that shotgun thing again.
The cost is $100 per person for the tournament, a cookout lunch, a raffle and silent auction. Non-golfers are invited to take part in the cookout lunch, raffle and silent auction. The cost is $25 per person.
The event is to raise money for 15-year-old Jimmy Meyer, whose uncle Lance drowned off Keywaydin Island two years ago. Lance had adopted Jimmy after his mother, Lance’s sister Melissa Meyer, passed away two months before Lance’s fatal accident.
For more information contact Alicia Cushman at 289-7540 or e-mail Alicia@carusoteam.com.
We get a chuckle over an offer to help
We all need constructive criticism now and then. As columnists, we get our share, not all constructive of course, but it goes with the territory and for the most part we enjoy hearing from readers, even if they don’t like what we write.
Once in a while, however, we get comments that make us shake our heads. Here’s one that is not so much insulting as it is funny and arrogant. We don’t think the writer even meant it to sound the way it does. You be the judge.
After a Farmer File column in the Naples Daily News on the issue of short-term home rentals on Marco Island, a reader sent us a long e-mail about the issue and his concerns. Then he wrote this paragraph instructing me on what I should do, edited slightly but only for space limitations.
“Please research all of this and do one or more articles. You can even send me your articles in advance if you want (ex-teacher and speech writer), and at no charge, I will review them for you to see what you might have asked and did not, etc.”
Wow, at no charge. Maybe we’ll e-mail Daily News columnist Brent Batten and offer to tell him what to write about and how to ask questions. Of course we’d have to charge a modest fee.
Our e-mails: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.