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Full gallery »Morningstar

  • Three photos from Morningstar's past performances, featuring different members. Submitted
  • Three photos from Morningstar's past performances, featuring different members. Submitted
  • Three photos from Morningstar's past performances, featuring different members. Submitted
  • Roger and Karen Raymond of Morningstar Show Band will rock out the old year, and ring in the new, in the ballroom at the Marriott, as they have for over 30 years.
  • Roger Raymond, Morningstar Show Band leader and running enthusiast, at this year's Hill Run. The band will play New Year's Eve at the Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Roger Raymond (center) with Rich Rahlf on and Chris Melville. Submitted

They’re putting the band back together. No, not the Blues Brothers. But Roger and Karen Raymond of Morningstar Show Band have been at it longer than Jake and Elwood of the iconic movie and they are real, not fictional characters. This New Year’s Eve, Morningstar Show Band will rock out the old year, and ring in the new, in the ballroom at the Marriott, as they have for over 30 years.



Full gallery »Hill Run, Marco Island, 2013

  • Runner Leah McCarthy runs dressed as a candy cane. The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Runners prepare for the start. The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • First place finisher Jesse Armbruster heads for the finish line. The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Runners approach the finish line. The Hill Run drew 245 runners to the shell mounds of Marco's estates area Saturday for five miles of ups and downs. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Last December, it was the Chill Run, with temps down in the 40s. On Saturday, it was 40 degrees warmer, making the heat a factor, along with the unaccustomed gradients, as 245 runners ran five miles in this year’s running of the Hill Run.



Full gallery »CIS salute to vets, 2013

  • FILE Wayne Smith spent over five years as a POW in North Vietnam. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • With New Life pastor Thomas McCulley in the background, veteran 'Capt. Ray' Yerich listens to the tributes and reminisces. The Christmas Island Style Salute to Veterans took place Tuesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium at the historical museum. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • VFW Post 6370 Commander Dave Gardner points out the insignia marking him as a combat medic. The Christmas Island Style Salute to Veterans took place Tuesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium at the historical museum. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • A reception was held before the event. The Christmas Island Style Salute to Veterans took place Tuesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium at the historical museum. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Veterans Lee Rubenstein and Jim Richards listen to the program. The Christmas Island Style Salute to Veterans took place Tuesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium at the historical museum. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Keynote speaker Wayne Smith, right, speaks to Herb Savage and Lois Bolin before the event. The Christmas Island Style Salute to Veterans took place Tuesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium at the historical museum. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The keynote speaker at the Christmas Holiday Veterans’ Salute was himself a reminder of the sacrifices our military veterans may be called on to endure when they serve our country. Naples resident Wayne Smith was a young Air Force fighter pilot flying his 90th combat mission when he was shot down over North Vietnam on January 18, 1968. He spent five years and two months 1,882 days as a prisoner of war, sharing time with John McCain in the “Hanoi Hilton” and enduring physical and psychological torture. Smith spoke to the gathering at the Veterans’ Salute, a Christmas Island Style event, in the Rose History Auditorium Tuesday evening, an event blending patriotic spirit and Christmas spirit.



Full gallery »Christmas parade, Marco Island, 2013

  • Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade, with bands, floats, and boats, entertained thousands of spectators along San Marco Road on a warm Saturday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Ryan Martinez brought his own lights. Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade, with bands, floats, and boats, entertained thousands of spectators along San Marco Road on a warm Saturday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Gigi Polito, 'almost 4,' watches from the barricades. Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade, with bands, floats, and boats, entertained thousands of spectators along San Marco Road on a warm Saturday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade, with bands, floats, and boats, entertained thousands of spectators along San Marco Road on a warm Saturday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Presbyterian Church's float carried the ever-popular bell ringers. Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade, with bands, floats, and boats, entertained thousands of spectators along San Marco Road on a warm Saturday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Walter Gorman adds music to the Shriners' entry. Marco's Christmas Island Style street parade, with bands, floats, and boats, entertained thousands of spectators along San Marco Road on a warm Saturday evening. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The Christmas Island Style street parade took over San Marco Road on Saturday evening, on a night so warm it felt like it could have been the Fourth of July parade, with nighttime temperatures in the 80s and a nearly full moon rising. Spectators lined the street several deep, and after participants finished their stint, they swelled the crowd, coming back in costume or carrying instruments to watch the rest of the entertainment.



Full gallery »Marco Island dog competes

  • It’s a big name for a little dog: MACH7 Cilloette Jumpin’ Zak Flash, OF T2B (Zak).
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Marco Island resident Kathleen Kreider with, left to right, Zoe, Zak, Qwin, and Luc (short names). Kathleen and her Papillion, MACH7 Cilloette Jumpin’ Zak Flash, OF T2B (Zak), are competing this weekend in the American Kennel Club Agility Invitational in Orlando.
  • Awards fill one room of the Krieders’ home. Marco Island resident Kathleen Kreider and her Papillion, MACH7 Cilloette Jumpin’ Zak Flash, OF T2B (Zak), are competing this weekend in the American Kennel Club Agility Invitational in Orlando.
  • The Papillons put out an impressive volume of high-pitched sound. Marco Island resident Kathleen Kreider and her Papillion, MACH7 Cilloette Jumpin' Zak Flash, OF T2B (Zak), are competing this weekend in the American Kennel Club Agility Invitational in Orlando. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • It's a big name for a little dog. Marco Island resident Kathleen Kreider and her Papillion, MACH7 Cilloette Jumpin' Zak Flash, OF T2B (Zak), are competing this weekend in the American Kennel Club Agility Invitational in Orlando. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
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Kathleen and Larry Krieder’s current reigning champion, MACH7 Cilloette Jumpin’ Zak Flash, OF T2B, known simply as Zak, competing.

Kathleen and Larry Krieder’s life has gone to the dogs. The two spend much of their free time traveling to American Kennel Club (AKC) agility trials with their champion Papillons. This weekend, they will be in Orlando for a national invitational event, with only the top five of each breed in the country invited. Their current reigning champion, MACH7 Cilloette Jumpin’ Zak Flash, OF T2B, mercifully known simply as Zak, is the only one competing, but the Krieders are taking all four of their Papillons along for the trip.



Full gallery »Marco Island holiday boat parade, 2013

  • The parade goes past the Snook Inn. Marco Island's Christmas Boat Parade wound around the island Saturday evening, with spectators lining waterfront homes and public houses. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Notorious Vee and Capt. Scott De Hooghe took Best in Parade honors. Marco Island's Christmas Boat Parade wound around the island Saturday evening, with spectators lining waterfront homes and public houses. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • A pelican has a ringside seat for Margi, captained by David Abercrombie. Marco Island's Christmas Boat Parade wound around the island Saturday evening, with spectators lining waterfront homes and public houses. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Parade judges and friends enjoy a private reception upstairs at the Snook Inn. Marco Island's Christmas Boat Parade wound around the island Saturday evening, with spectators lining waterfront homes and public houses. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The parade goes past the Snook Inn. Marco Island's Christmas Boat Parade wound around the island Saturday evening, with spectators lining waterfront homes and public houses. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Cool Journey took Best Holiday Spirit, and gets in a plug for getting into shape. Marco Island's Christmas Boat Parade wound around the island Saturday evening, with spectators lining waterfront homes and public houses. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Santa sailed the seas Saturday, or at least the Intra-Coastal Waterway. A dozen private pleasure craft, plus the Marco Island Princess and the police escort boat, toured from the MIYC to the Esplanade and back shortly after sunset in the Christmas Island Style (CIS) annual Christmas Boat Parade.



Full gallery »Christmas Pet Parade, Marco Island, 2013

  • Pam Campbell's Kato, a Japanese Chin, and Barb Dasti's Barney are happy campers - and they match. The dogs got their chance to dress up in Christmas finery at the Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade, Tuesday evening at the Esplanade. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bali, a golden/lab mix who came with Brenda Kennedy, won first prize. The dogs got their chance to dress up in Christmas finery at the Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade, Tuesday evening at the Esplanade. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lee Rubenstein and his dog resemble Jack Sprat and his wife. The dogs got their chance to dress up in Christmas finery at the Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade, Tuesday evening at the Esplanade. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Each dog got a turn on the 'catwalk' before the judges made their decisions. The dogs got their chance to dress up in Christmas finery at the Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade, Tuesday evening at the Esplanade. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Each dog got a turn on the 'catwalk' before the judges made their decisions. The dogs got their chance to dress up in Christmas finery at the Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade, Tuesday evening at the Esplanade. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Clyde, a West Highlands terrier, is escorted by Jean Beebe. The dogs got their chance to dress up in Christmas finery at the Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade, Tuesday evening at the Esplanade. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Christmas has gone to the dogs. And the dogs have gone strolling down the “catwalk.” Over 75 costumed canines took their turn on the red carpet Tuesday evening, during the Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade. The official judges, Wanda Day, Nellie Adams, and Neil Snyder, sat with notepads and wine glasses at hand, as emcee Stan Niemczyk called out the entrants and event organizer Wayne Purvis plus hundreds of spectators gathered round.



Full gallery »Santa visits Marco Island, 2013

  • Sarah Walsh, 3, and dad Tim live in Orlando, but the grandparents live on Marco. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chloe Coddrington, right, with Alexander Coddrington. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Man in Red waves from the MIFD's Tower 50. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Tim Walsh with Sarah, 3, and family, with, from right, Susie and Dave Walsh, and Ed and Cindy Crane. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chase Cook, 2, is ready for bed after the event. Santa arrived at the Shops of Marco Friday evening, riding in a firetruck with Mrs. Claus instead of their customary chopper. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Santa has a new ride. Unlike years past, when he has dropped from the sky via helicopter for his annual visit to the Shops of Marco, he showed up Friday evening in a shiny red sleigh that was actually the Tower 50 extension ladder truck of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department. He was accompanied by Mrs. Claus, long-suffering as always behind every successful global entrepreneur is a partner, smiling, waving and baking cookies elves, and his own security detail, headed up by Carmen Dasti.



Full gallery »Marco Island tree lighting, 2013

  • Dancers from the Island Dance Academy light up the stage. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The New Life Choir sings the Hallelujah Chorus. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Wanda Day was responsible for the lavishly decorated tree and the entertainment. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • As the countdown reaches zero, the switch is flipped and the tree is illuminated. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Isabella Oliver, 5, and Amelia Skender, 4, with the tree. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lee and Dottie Henderson, Marian Cassidy. Marco Islanders thronged to Veterans' Community Park Saturday evening for the Christmas Island Style ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Island made it official Saturday evening. A crowd filled Veterans’ Community Park on a beautiful night, chowing down with friends and families at some football-style tailgate parties, took in some homegrown entertainment at the Christmas Island Style Tree Lighting Ceremony and then counted down as the switch was flipped on the tree.



Full gallery »Marco Island Farmers' Market, 2013

  • Against the backdrop of a beautiful Marco Island sky, vendors set out fresh fruits and vegetables for purchase on Wednesday, the opening day for Marco Island’s Farmers’ Market in Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jessica Peterman in purple and sister, Jillian, reach high into a pile of watermelon for just the right one as they shop on opening day of the Marco Island Farmers’ Market in Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Seven-week-old kittens Napoleon and Nixon are admired as they rest in their cage during Wednesday’s opening day of the Marco Island Farmers’ Market. The cats were available for adoption from “For the Love of Cats,” a kill-free cat adoption center on Marco Island. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Pauline Dixon takes the lid off her shrimp Creole and rings a bell Wednesday to attract shoppers to her booth during opening day of the Farmers’ Market in Marco Island’s Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Paul Schmidgall mixes up a fresh batch of jambalaya behind his booth Wednesday as Marco Island’s Farmers’ Market celebrates opening day in Veterans’ Community Park. 
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  • New vendor Rene Balderas checks on pizzas baking in his traveling wood-fired brick oven. Balderas was able to cook pizzas to order in less than four minutes Wednesday as part of opening day for Marco Island’s Farmers’ Market in Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Clean out the refrigerator to pack in fresh fruits and vegetables. The Farmers’ Market is open for the 2013-14 season. Wednesday, Marco Island’s Veterans’ Community Park became a veritable Campo de’ Fiori, one of Rome’s favorite marketplaces. Produce, flowers, artwork, fresh baked goods, prepared food and specialty items lined corridors with more than 120 booths of delicious goodness.



Full gallery »Breakfast and Birds, 2013

  • Kathy Apy, left, and Barbara Parisi join a group of birdwatchers Saturday as part of “Breakfast and Birds” at Collier County’s Tigertail Beach. The two have attended past birding programs, but said they were always up for a refresher course. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Barbara Sheerer, center, takes a first look at shorebirds abounding at Collier County’s Tigertail Beach lagoon on Marco Island. Sheerer participated in “Breakfast and Birds” Saturday sponsored by the Friends of Tigertail. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marlynn and Pat Walsh start their Saturday with muffins and doughnuts at Collier County’s Tigertail Beach pavilion on Marco Island. The couple attended “Breakfast and Birds,” an educational program sponsored by the Friends of Tigertail. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Friends of Tigertail’s Linda Colombo shows off a rebuilt education kiosk near the main boardwalk at Collier County’s Tigertail Beach. The kiosk was designed by Kathleen Rushalk and readied for “Breakfast and Birds,” the organization’s first education program of the season. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Naturalist Fran Huxley, left, answers shorebird questions Saturday from Hilde Higuchi during “Breakfast and Birds,” an educational program sponsored by the Friends of Tigertail at Collier County’s Tigertail Beach on Marco Island. The group examined the habits of birds along the beach’s lagoon. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • New Marco Island resident Veronica Catrombon learns about programs sponsored by the Friends of Tigertail from membership chairman Joe Parisi during “Breakfast and Birds” on Saturday. The event was held at Collier County’s Tigertail Beach. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Breakfast with birds at Collier County’s Tigertail Beach on Marco Island might conjure up a huddled group of diners deluged by hovering, cawing seagulls. On Saturday, nothing was further from the truth. Those attending “Breakfast and Birds” munched muffins and doughnuts on wooden benches in the park’s rustic and sheltered pavilion. Organizers from the Friends of Tigertail urged participants to BYOB (bring your own breakfast). The meal was followed by an education session and a stroll along Tigertail’s lagoon.



Full gallery »Exhibition match on Marco Island

  • Rob Popoff strikes a fearsome pose. Islanders Popoff and Jimmy Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff and Jimmy Downey spar to prepare for their meeting in the ring. The two will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff, left, and Jimmy Downey talk with gym owner and trainer Jerry Guidish. Popoff and Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff and Jimmy Downey preview their meeting in the ring. The two will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders Rob Popoff and Jimmy Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Grudge match? Islanders Rob Popoff, left, and Jimmy Downey are separated by gym owner and trainer Jerry Guidish, in jest. Popoff and Downey will take to the ring for an exhibition match, part of the Live International Amateur Boxing event November 1 at the Marco Island Marriott. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Laydeeez and gentlemen! Coming to Marco Island, a premier primetime presentation of the pugilistic arts, featuring courageous combatants, local lads Rob “the Macedonian Mauler” Popoff and Jimmy “the Irish Assassin” Downey, augmented by an international bevy of bouts by accomplished amateur antagonists. They really are going to duke it out. “I figure, a lot of people on this island would like to see me get punched,” said Rob Popoff, going back to his days as a city councilman. He was in office for the contentious debates over the establishment of the island’s sewer program, so getting into the boxing ring should seem less scary.



Full gallery »Spooktacular, Mackle Park, 2013

  • Bianca Sparr, 11, is Sally from 'The Nightmare Before Christmas.' The City of Marco Island hosted the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday afternoon at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Linda Turner casts a spell on Bryan Milk. The City of Marco Island hosted the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday afternoon at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Nicole Vizcaya, 3, is partied out. The City of Marco Island hosted the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday afternoon at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Interim City Manager Gill Polanco, left, isn't saying he works with a bunch of clowns - but you draw your own conclusions. The City of Marco Island hosted the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday afternoon at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Isabella Oliver, 5, gets her makeup removed by mom Isabella Oliver .The City of Marco Island hosted the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday afternoon at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • This Little Mermaid is portraying Ariel from the Disney film. The City of Marco Island hosted the Halloween Spooktacular Saturday afternoon at Mackle Park. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Hundreds thronged Mackle Park Saturday afternoon for the annual Halloween Spooktacular. A quick look around showed the sort of sights and creatures you can’t usually see unless you first slug down a pint of Old Overcoat. Zombies, mutants, pirates, Death himself complete with scythe, wandered under and around the “air-nasium” at the park, rubbing elbows with astronauts, superheroes and lots of little princesses. But the kids were so cute, it was hard to imagine them as scary. Lola Green, age five, had too fetching a smile to make a convincing vampire, and Lauren Johnson’s Cheshire Cat makeup had her grinning no matter what she felt like.



Full gallery »MIA Homecoming, 2013

  • 'Head cheerleader' Jane Watt before the game. Marco Island Academy celebrated its first homecoming with a senior class on Friday evening.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Amanda Martinez lets being crowned Homecoming Queen sink in. Marco Island Academy celebrated its first homecoming with a senior class on Friday evening.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Josh Delsing is crowned Homecoming King. Marco Island Academy celebrated its first homecoming with a senior class on Friday evening.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Newly selected Homecoming Queen, Amanda Martinez looks to see who will be her King. Marco Island Academy celebrated its first homecoming with a senior class on Friday evening.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Amanda Martinez, right, reacts to realizing she is Homecoming Queen. Marco Island Academy celebrated its first homecoming with a senior class on Friday evening.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Senior attendant Jacob Hurtley is escorted by his mother. Marco Island Academy celebrated its first homecoming with a senior class on Friday evening.  Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

For a new school such as Marco Island Academy, there are many firsts and milestones, as they build their traditions. Friday night, MIA notched another, as they held their first homecoming with an actual senior class. The football game Friday evening at Winterberry Park, with the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen at halftime, capped a week of fun activities at the school. Each day, they dressed in silly outfits, with “Pajama Monday,” “Wacky Tacky Day,” and “Throwback Thursday” to wear 80’s outfits their parents might have donned for real.



Full gallery »After 5 at Erin's Isle

  • Islanders got off the 'Rock' for the Chamber's Business After Five, held Wednesday afternoon at the new Erin's Isle inside Hibiscus Country Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Proprietor Mike Ward serves seafood to Mike Shapiro, right, and Mark Moorhead. Islanders got off the 'Rock' for the Chamber's Business After Five, held Wednesday afternoon at the new Erin's Isle inside Hibiscus Country Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Putting the band back together - Suzie Walsh, Cindy Crane, Ed Crane, and Dave Walsh. Islanders got off the 'Rock' for the Chamber's Business After Five, held Wednesday afternoon at the new Erin's Isle inside Hibiscus Country Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Islanders got off the 'Rock' for the Chamber's Business After Five, held Wednesday afternoon at the new Erin's Isle inside Hibiscus Country Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • He wines, she beers - Dick and Debra Shanahan. Islanders got off the 'Rock' for the Chamber's Business After Five, held Wednesday afternoon at the new Erin's Isle inside Hibiscus Country Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Steve Reynolds amuses Heidi Berge. Islanders got off the 'Rock' for the Chamber's Business After Five, held Wednesday afternoon at the new Erin's Isle inside Hibiscus Country Club. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Many of Marco Island’s movers and shakers moved the off the island en masse Wednesday evening for “October After Five,” the regular monthly social of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce. This month’s event took place at Erin’s Isle, in its new location inside the Hibiscus Country Club off Rattlesnake Hammock Road.



Full gallery »Jim Lang at Calusa Garden Club

  • From left, Fran Diebler, Eva Schliesser, Opi DeFalco, Barb Messner and Gwen Goodman. Submitted
  • Elaine Reiman (seated) adds information to Linda Turner's environmental report. Submitted
  • Sue Oldershaw discusses upcoming 'Gad-Abouts' trips. Submitted
  • Floral designs from the optional workshop. Submitted

Marco Island resident and customer service manager of Marco Island Utilities, Jim Lang, presented a program about water conservation at the Oct. 14 meeting of the Calusa Garden Club. Lang’s talk provided tips for finding water leaks and solving potential problems before they happen. Prior to the program, the garden club met for the first time this season. Lindy Kowalczyk led an optional floral design workshop with the designs being displayed during the business meeting.



Full gallery »Kiwanis 5k, Marco Island, 2013

  • This runner's bib number didn't show up, but her smile did. Approximately 150 turned out Saturday morning for the first running of the Kiwanis Family 5k run at Tigertail Beach. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Alexa Hicks, 22 months, gets a boost from mom and dad, Lisa and Scott Hicks. Approximately 150 turned out Saturday morning for the first running of the Kiwanis Family 5k run at Tigertail Beach. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Overall winner Jon Williams got a big lead early, and never gave it up. Approximately 150 turned out Saturday morning for the first running of the Kiwanis Family 5k run at Tigertail Beach. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Oliver Herrington, 8, keeps up the pace. Approximately 150 turned out Saturday morning for the first running of the Kiwanis Family 5k run at Tigertail Beach. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • They're off! The start came a few minutes after the posted time of 8 a.m. Approximately 150 turned out Saturday morning for the first running of the Kiwanis Family 5k run at Tigertail Beach. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • They're off! The start came a few minutes after the posted time of 8 a.m. Approximately 150 turned out Saturday morning for the first running of the Kiwanis Family 5k run at Tigertail Beach. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

They called it the “Family 5k.” The footrace organized by the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island on Saturday morning was designed to be family-friendly. Starting and ending at the county’s Tigertail Beach Park, and running through the uncluttered, tree-shaded streets of Hideaway Beach, the event attracted a significant number of moms pushing high-tech roadworthy running strollers, as well as young kids completing the course on their scooters.



Full gallery »Chili cookoff, Marco Island

  • Elaine Orr says she makes her chili from 'beef, beans, spices and love.' The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Martin Roddy, with wife Debbie, chaired the event. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Chuck Leedy's 'Black Pearl' pirate chili features six kinds of meat. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • John Marchetti gets some chili from Lt. Craig Weinbaum of the East Naples Fire Dept. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jerry Gibson savors his chili. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Firefighter Ray Ladurini shows the bottom of his department's five gallons of chili. The Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation held the first Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off Saturday at the Esplanade, raising money for the organization's support of the island's firefighters. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

They came, they tasted, they voted. Over 300 paying customers, either chili lovers, fire department supporters, or both, showed up Saturday afternoon at the Esplanade for the “First Annual Jerry Adams Chili Cook-Off,” to benefit the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Foundation.



Full gallery »Bingo at JCMI

  • Players concentrate on their bingo cards. Monday night bingo resumed at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on Winterberry Drive, drawing a record opening night crowd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Volunteer Bernie Seidman verifies Marcia Snell's winning card in the first game. Monday night bingo resumed at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on Winterberry Drive, drawing a record opening night crowd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Never mind, says Butch Monson, he doesn't actually have bingo. Monday night bingo resumed at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on Winterberry Drive, drawing a record opening night crowd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bingo! A diagonal line yields a quick winner. Monday night bingo resumed at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on Winterberry Drive, drawing a record opening night crowd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mary Pinto celebrates a win. Monday night bingo resumed at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on Winterberry Drive, drawing a record opening night crowd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Larry Purvis had his Bonanza cards pre-inked. Monday night bingo resumed at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island on Winterberry Drive, drawing a record opening night crowd. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Like the swallows returning to Capistrano, the bingo sharks came back to the JCMI on Monday, in such numbers that kitchen boss Bernie Seidman had to make an emergency run for more hotdog buns. Supper is the first order of business on bingo nights, with hotdogs kosher of course sauerkraut, chips, and pickles, followed at intermission by cake and cookies along with coffee.



Full gallery »Sunrise/Sunset at Art Center, Marco Island

  • This photo of a photo shows exhibitor Robert Eder's 'Forward.' The Marco Island Center for the Arts held an opening Tuesday evening, debuting 'Sunrise, Sunset' in celebration of nature's two-times-a-day lightshow. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Allison Ouverson does web services and social media for the group. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held an opening Tuesday evening, debuting 'Sunrise, Sunset' in celebration of nature's two-times-a-day lightshow. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Photographer Robert Kenedi's 'Dwarf Cypress' won Best in Show. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held an opening Tuesday evening, debuting 'Sunrise, Sunset' in celebration of nature's two-times-a-day lightshow. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Connie Miller's 'Sunset Over Marco' captures evening in watercolor. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held an opening Tuesday evening, debuting 'Sunrise, Sunset' in celebration of nature's two-times-a-day lightshow. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Marco Island Center for the Arts held an opening Tuesday evening, debuting 'Sunrise, Sunset' in celebration of nature's two-times-a-day lightshow. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Artists Sandy Moore Howe and Barry Howe partake of good spirits. The Marco Island Center for the Arts held an opening Tuesday evening, debuting 'Sunrise, Sunset' in celebration of nature's two-times-a-day lightshow. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

Tuesday evening, The Marco Island Center for the Arts bade farewell again to former executive director Lynn Holley, who returned from California just for the event, and rhapsodized on the delights of sleeping on a pullout sofabed while she gets situated in her new locale. And the center brought up the curtain on new exhibits, including the sky-themed “Sunrise, Sunset” show that had people humming the tune from “Fiddler on the Roof,” and a second show in La Petite Galerie showcasing artwork by clients of the Shelter for Abused Women and Children.




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