We got word from Lee Rubenstein that if you want to get the full experience at the dedication of the memorial at Veterans’ Community Park on Nov. 11, you may want to arrive there by 9:45 a.m. or so.
“The Marco Island Strummers will begin playing patriotic music at 10 o’clock,” Lee says, ‘“and the dedication ceremony will begin at 10:15.”
Then, at 11 a.m., the members of Marco’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6370 will conduct their traditional memorial service.
Lee says about 200 folding chairs will be available, but if you’re running a bit late it might be prudent to take your own chair if there’s a huge crowd.
Also it’s not too late to get pavers which will be part of the memorial, engraved to honor friends or loved ones. And at this writing several of the emblems of the military service branches at the memorial also are available.
For information phone Patty Mastronardi at the Parks and Recreation Department, 389-5035.
You can be part of the traveling Vietnam Wall exhibition
From sunrise on Dec. 7 until dusk on Dec. 10, the traveling Vietnam Wall known as “The Wall That Heals” will be open non-stop for visitors at Veterans Community Park.
It will be a memorable time, when islanders and presumably many out of town visitors will walk the wall, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC. On it are the names of Americans killed in Vietnam, including 2000 Floridians.
Planners of the event tell us its success depends in large part on volunteers from our community, those already signed up and the scores more still needed.
“We need people for such tasks as visitor assistance, traffic control, transportation, computer operators, help at the welcome center and other important jobs,” says volunteer chief Ray Rosenberg.
“The number of volunteers needed each day will depend upon the number of visitors expected.”
Ray’s request to those of you who might want to volunteer:
“We would also like to hear from those of you who have not selected a volunteer position. We would like to know your first and second position choice, and also when you will be available.”
Volunteer positions already filled, Ray says, include motorcycle escorts and set-up and breakdown of the exhibit, coordinated by Dave Belgrade. But Ray says any other bikers who would like to be part of that “ride” should contact Dave.
Security volunteers are being coordinated by former Marco Police Chief Thom Carr.
Grief counselors are being provided by the Marco Island Clergy Association and coordinated by Mike Stapleton.
If you would like to volunteer, phone Dave Blanchard at 404-3017 or email Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org
Long-time fitness trainer takes a great leap
Nina Lane is moving on up, literally. The popular fitness expert who owns “Healthy Body by Nina,” has moved the business from its location next to Radio Shack on North Collier to new digs at Eagle Center Plaza, 860 Bald Eagle Drive.
“I feel like I am upscaling my studio,” Nina tells us. “It was time to do it a bit differently. “I want people to know this is going to be an upscale studio that has both personal training and classes, something for everyone. I want a nice feel as you walk into the studio.
“I‘m putting in wood floors and faux painting for a more contemporary look and feel. I’m doing classes that are a combination of palates, cardio and weights. That’s my specialty right now. And then I teach a class that is strength and weights.
“So I’m taking it to the next level, with a little classier look and a cleaner feel. I’m trying to eliminate some of the equipment that I have to allow more up-to-date fitness classes.”
Nina has been teaching and coaching fitness and related disciplines for more than 20 years. The phone number for Healthy Body by Nina is 239-564-6262.
Who might be our next Congressman?
The buzz among Republican political insiders around here is that popular radio talk show host Trey Radel may decide to seek the party’s nomination for Congress. It’s the seat now occupied by Rep. Connie Mack, who is a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
Radel is mum about his plans but his website, www.treyradel.com, conjures up an image of a man with a plan. He’s young, 35, energetic and conservative. Sort of like Marco Rubio, right?
Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail email@example.com.
Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.