Marcophiles: Our seafood festival makes some dreams come true
Published 3/22/2012 at 3:51 p.m. 1 comment
If you attend the Marco Island Seafood Festival here this weekend, the beverages may seem colder and the seafood may taste sweeter if you know or know of some of the people whose lives are changed by this annual event.
Marcophiles: Congrats to Marco Island’s newest U.S. citizen
Published 3/15/2012 at 3:16 p.m. 0 comments
When Valentyna Chystyk first came to Marco Island from her home in Ukraine to visit a friend here, she says she knew right away she wanted to make Marco her home and America her country.
Marcophiles: You’re going to like this picture and Islander Tom Curtis’ story
Published 3/8/2012 at 4:46 p.m. 0 comments
We’re guessing Islander Tom Curtis’s favorite animal is a particular zebra in Kenya that doesn’t know its image is being seen in all the right places these days.
Marcophiles: Rotary Club recipe book is a laugh riot
Published 3/1/2012 at 2:55 p.m. 0 comments
The funniest new book that focuses on Marco and many of its residents is a cookbook, full of recipes by locals and their friends. It is the Sunrise Rotary Club’s “Marco Island Cooking Secrets, a Collector’s Cook book.”
Marcophiles: Smooth sailing tips for ‘mature’ boaters
Published 2/23/2012 at 3:52 p.m. 0 comments
We qualify as “mature” but we’re not sure we can claim to be boaters. We have no snazzy Sea-Doo, no super sailboat, no sexy Stingray, not even a quaint kayak.
Marcophiles: Marco’s water world: From decoy to the real McCoy
Published 2/16/2012 at 4:52 p.m. 0 comments
So are those Canada geese we see enjoying the calm waters of Mackle Park Lake (or pond, as some call it)? Don’t laugh. We hear that some people thought they were alive, real Canada geese that seemed to have found ...
Crucial care for pet critters of all kinds
Published 2/10/2012 at 2:50 p.m. 0 comments
Our talented firefighters and EMT personnel now have a new weapon in their arsenals. On their vehicles, along with the right stuff to fight fires and save lives of humans in peril, they’re also equipped with small, medium and large ...
Marcophiles: Internet anguish? Terrified of hi-tech?
Published 2/6/2012 at 1:41 p.m. 1 comment
Welcome to “Your Digital Dude,” a new feature in our Marcophiles and Shop Talk columns, in which we drain the brain of our favorite computer guru, an expert in all things digital, Patrick Junkroski. He has clients on Marco, having ...
Shop Talk: Shivering Northerners get a look at Marco area via big billboards
Published 2/2/2012 at 2:09 p.m. 0 comments
Have you ever noticed in large cities that sometimes billboards around town carry bigger-than-life photos of the local TV anchor people? The theory is, if people see those giant images enough, the public will want to watch the newsies on ...
Shop Talk: Putt-putt courses could score holes in one
Published 1/28/2012 at 12:15 p.m. 9 comments
When Joe Irvin arrived on Marco last October as the city’s zoning administrator, his office computer was barely warmed up when the first proposal for a putt-putt golf course here landed on his desk. Within two weeks another putt-putt proposal ...
Marcophiles: Couple’s daughter helps celebrities, from heroines to horses
Published 1/23/2012 at 12:22 p.m. 0 comments
Karen Gardner’s clients seem to love the services she provides to them, from A-list show biz celebrities to some of the most beautiful, rarest creatures among us. Karen, whose parents, David and Anne Gardner, are long-time Marco Islanders, could fill ...
Shop Talk: Questions somebody ought to ask City Council
Published 1/19/2012 at 2:44 p.m. 2 comments
Here’s a reminder that you’ll have a chance to ask questions of city council members Monday. The format is a Town Hall meeting. Some questions already submitted will be asked and, if they haven’t changed the rules, the floor will ...
Marcophiles: Islanders check out a candidate for congress here
Published 1/13/2012 at 11:35 a.m. 0 comments
The primary election to choose a Republican candidate to represent our area in the U.S. House of Representatives is heating up, with the entry into the race by 35-year-old Trey Radel. He’s the conservative former radio talk show host and ...
Shop Talk: Good news for visually impaired people and their families
Published 1/13/2012 at 11:13 a.m. 0 comments
One of our favorite hard-working service organizations in Collier County is all smiles these days – Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. The group that serves blind and other visually impaired people here is very pleased that it has been accredited by ...
Marcophiles: A lively nature festival helps us humans celebrate wildlife
Published 1/9/2012 at 1:32 p.m. 0 comments
The upcoming Southwest Florida Nature Festival is shaping up to be a celebration of our environment, eye-opening closeup looks at the critters we love to see, a weekend full of fun in nature’s playground and a chance to get a ...