Winter gives way to spring, but the hilarity keeps right on going as the 2012 year in review continues.
2 — A year after making the finals on "The Voice," Casey Weston of Naples reflects on her experience. She says she came away from the show with more confidence as a performer, a greater degree of name recognition and Michael Buble on speed dial.
5 — The YMCA in Bonita Springs is scheduled to reopen thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The revamped Y will have better equipment, expanded hours and a greeter at the door to offer you a cart.
11 — Samples from an ancient canal in Old Naples suggest the area was inhabited in the year 1200 A.D. Artifacts uncovered include pottery shards, tool fragments and a microwave burrito wrapper from the 7-Eleven on Third Street South.
16 — Sheriff's deputies arrest three people for staging unlicensed mixed martial arts fights at a Lehigh Acres home. The suspects surrender by tapping the floor three times in rapid succession.
21 — A flash mob forms at Coastland Center mall as part of an effort to make the Guinness Book of World Records. While they fail to form the biggest flash mob ever, they do succeed in making the book in the "Most Easily Led" category.
22 — Police say they are having a difficult time keeping up with chemists creating drugs such as synthetic marijuana. Officers say signs of use include hallucinations, paranoia and a craving for synthetic Ding Dongs.
24 — Edison State College agrees to a $540,000 settlement with former President Kenneth Walker. In an unrelated move, the college adds to its degree offerings a MBBA — Masters of Bad Business Administration.
26 — A Naples photo studio specializes in glamorous pictures of luxury cars. The studio boasts advanced lighting, exotic backgrounds and car bras from Victoria's Secret.
1 — Sheriff's deputies accuse a man of stealing two iPads from a Naples Target store. Need a lawyer? There's an app for that.
2 — A new Florida law sets out rules on where bees may be kept. Oddly enough, "In one's bonnet" does not make the list of acceptable locations.
3 — JetBlue Park remains busy after the conclusion of Boston Red Sox spring training. The activity proves that the park is still a place that can provide top-notch playing fields, a boost to the local economy and $8 cups of beer.
4 — A lingering drought is blamed for a poor nesting season for Southwest Florida's wood storks. To remedy the situation, wildlife managers consider pumping water into known breeding grounds, barring public access on certain trails and piping in Barry White music.
5 — Former Gov. Jeb Bush attends a graduation ceremony at Ave Maria University where he says he will not be the Republican nominee for vice president. He cites as reasons a lack of desire, previous commitments and the inability to take seriously a president named "Mitt."
8 — Collier Library directors announce they will not stock the racy novel "50 Shades of Grey." Instead they'll offer their older demographic the less popular, "50 Shades of Gray Hair."
9 — A memorial service is held in Naples for recently deceased Watergate figure Charles Colson. The eulogy contains an unexplained 18-minute gap.
12 — The Great Dock Canoe Race sets off with an "Animal House" theme. Police are called in when participants stage a wet toga contest.
15 — Grading errors in standardized tests result in dramatically lower scores. However state education officials reject the idea of changing the name of the test from F-CAT to F-UP.
20 — A survey shows fares at Southwest Florida International Airport are up the most of any airport in the country. Airport officials defend the increases, saying the added revenue allows them to screw up schedules and lose luggage with much greater efficiency.
21 — A student at Bishop Verot High School is denied his diploma for "Tebowing" during the graduation ceremony. Coincidentally, it turns out the student wasn't an NFL quarterback, either.
22 — U.S. Rep. Connie Mack endorses radio personality Trey Radel for his seat. Mack says he likes Radel's commitment to lower taxes, smaller government and playing all the hits, all the time.
23 — The Florida Everblades win hockey's Kelly Cup. Exuberant players grin so widely you can see their tooth.
31 — Emergency managers in Lee and Collier counties seek to use Facebook and Twitter to inform residents about hurricanes. In keeping with social media shorthand, approaching storms are categorized as CAT-1, CAT-2, CAT-3, CAT-4 and GTFOOH.
2 — Organizers of the Naples Art Fair say they will not hold another event. They say county rules presented too much magenta tape.
3 — A driver reaching for a cellphone collides with a North Naples firetruck. On the bright side, when he did manage to call, an emergency crew was close by.
4 — Five TSA screeners at Southwest Florida International Airport are fired for conducting improper pat-downs. In their defense, the screeners cited unconfirmed reports of terrorists disguising themselves as swimsuit models heading home after a photo shoot.
10 — A Naples church building is declared unsafe after the ground beneath it begins to collapse. Officials say the condition is the result of either a sinkhole, an underground spring or a warning from the Almighty not to skimp on the sacramental wine.13 — 160 pairs of parrots worth $150,000 are stolen in Lee County. Detectives are confident they'll find the culprits, saying in cases like this someone always talks.
18 — A report shows the large number of English language learners enrolled in Collier County schools has a negative impact on the district's standardized test scores. District officials take a philosophical approach to the news, issuing a brief statement reading, "Que sera, sera."
23 — A zoning dispute erupts over the legality of storage pods in yards in Golden Gate Estates. Officials determine the pods are legal, as long as they are screened from view by derelict boats or junk cars.
24 — A memorial service is held for Goodland's Idle Hour owner Stan Gober. Tributes include speeches, music and a 21-Bud salute.
30 — A technology director with Collier County Public Schools is reinstated after being placed on probation. Administrators had accused him of harassment, intimidation and upgrading the interactive scalable desktop adapter with a digital texture-mapped Bézier encoder without an extensible broadband groupware model.
COMING SUNDAY: Summer funny, summer less so.