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DON FARMER

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  • Marcophiles: On the beach – The do-dos and the don’ts Published 04/06/2012 at 9:26 a.m. 4 Comments

    Now that the City of Marco Island will have a team of volunteers to help beachgoers have a good experience there while not intruding on wildlife or other people, we wondered about our knowledge, and yours, on beach dos and ...

  • Marcophiles: Real radio, really for Marco Island, is now a reality Published 03/30/2012 at 8:18 a.m. 6 Comments

    The road to a successful radio station in and for Marco Island is strewn with road kill. Now there’s new hope. Several broadcasters and/or other would-be media mavens have spent and lost a lot of money in a clutch of ...

  • Marcophiles: Our seafood festival makes some dreams come true Published 03/22/2012 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 03/15/2012 at 3:16 p.m.

    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.

  • The Farmer File: How can anyone be Siri-ous about this lady in our phones? Published 03/09/2012 at 4 a.m.

    If you know anyone who has an iPhone 4S, you’re probably hiding in your cubicle at work or in the garage at home, hoping the iPhoner won’t find you. Being a recent purchaser of this latest Apple-built marvel, it’s hard ...

  • Marcophiles: You’re going to like this picture and Islander Tom Curtis’ story Published 03/08/2012 at 4:46 p.m.

    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 03/01/2012 at 2:55 p.m.

    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 02/23/2012 at 3:52 p.m.

    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 02/16/2012 at 4:52 p.m.

    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 02/10/2012 at 2:50 p.m.

    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 02/06/2012 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 02/02/2012 at 2:09 p.m.

    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 01/28/2012 at 12:15 p.m. 6 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 01/23/2012 at 12:22 p.m.

    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 01/19/2012 at 2:44 p.m. 1 Comment

    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 01/13/2012 at 11:35 a.m.

    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 01/13/2012 at 11:13 a.m.

    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 01/09/2012 at 1:32 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Shop Talk: New menu in the spotlight at Marco Movies Published 01/05/2012 at 11:34 a.m.

    When you go to the Marco Movies, are you going to see a specific movie and have dinner while you’re there? Or are you going primarily for dinner and the film is of secondary importance?

  • Talk about a bank expanding its reach Published 12/30/2011 at 12:05 p.m.

    Talk about a bank expanding its reach

  • Good news to report on crab season Published 12/29/2011 at 5:51 p.m. 1 Comment

    We are in the heart of the stone crab season and for professional crabbers there is good news to report.

  • Marcophiles: Why not double our putt, putt pleasure Published 12/23/2011 at 10:51 a.m.

    Now we know why a lot of miniature golf courses are called “Putt Putt.” With two putts. It’s because sometimes they show up in pairs, at least conceptually, at least on Marco Island.

  • Shop Talk: Confidence, hard work are hallmarks of Marco’s new restaurants Published 12/22/2011 at 12:10 p.m.

    Last week we brought you observations from several restaurateurs about why they opened new places in the face of these tough economic times. Now we focus on others who have moved their establishments to new locations or occupied digs that ...

  • Marcophiles: Computer Wizard shines light on the iCloud Published 12/19/2011 at 4:19 p.m.

    We were talking with Kim Komando on her radio program the other day after trying for several weeks to grasp the concept of the latest sea change in how humans use their computers.

  • Shop Talk: The double life of a news guy Published 12/15/2011 at 3:36 p.m.

    Entertainer Lance Shearer says he believes what he read somewhere that, “you always want to hear the music for the rest of your life which was what you were hearing when you started steaming up car windows.”

  • Marcophiles: Prominent comedian and dog lover returns to Marco Published 12/12/2011 at 12:54 p.m.

    When nationally known comedian and actor Bob Zany was in Marco two years ago, he and his wife Erin made a contribution to our nifty dog park, Canine Cove. Zany also poked fun at Capt. Brien’s restaurant, home of Zany’s ...

  • Shop Talk: Council salutes the Big Flag Campaign Published 12/08/2011 at 2:12 p.m. 1 Comment

    Going into the latest Marco City Council meeting, supporters and creators of the Big Flag Campaign were hopeful that the councilors would approve the no-brainer project, to put a huge U.S. flag in the median where the new Jolley Bridge ...

  • Marcophiles: Our oldest church comes alive for this Christmas season Published 12/05/2011 at 2:32 p.m.

    One of our family’s enduring memories of Marco Island in days gone by was the weather-worn, time-tested church building on Bald Eagle Drive. On the front the sign read, at first glance, “Church – God. The word “of” was obscured ...

  • Shop Talk: So we’ll never forget the fallen heroes of Vietnam Published 12/01/2011 at 4:40 p.m.

    The ever efficient, civic-minded Carole Roberts sends along important information for people visiting The Wall That Heals during its coming Marco visit. You already may know some of this, but it bears repeating, for obvious reasons. And there’s news to ...

  • Marcophiles: An Islander’s thoughts on work and play the Pan Am way Published 11/28/2011 at 2:26 p.m.

    The impression we get from talking with several Islanders who formerly worked for Pan Am World Airways is that the TV show set in the glory and glamor days of big league air travel, is light years from real life, ...

  • Shop Talk: Join in for 'Jolley Be Good' fun run Published 11/03/2011 at 3:22 p.m.

    Don't wait to sing up for the "Jolley Be Good 5K Run."

  • The Farmer File: Doctors’ diagnosis: Medicare is a mess, health insurance too Published 11/03/2011 at 1:42 p.m.

    Medicare occupies such a huge chunk of America’s health care environment that when the program is ill, most of us feel the pain or care about someone who does.

  • Marcophiles: On Marco, ‘11/11/11’ begins at 10 Published 10/31/2011 at 2:58 p.m.

    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 ...

  • Shop Talk: Islander wins, ‘It’s like something that happens on Oprah’ Published 10/27/2011 at 3:35 p.m.

    Several Marco business people have combined talents and facilities to create a complete makeover for a Marco woman everybody involved agrees deserves it. The gift givers are part of a contest dreamed up by Rick Popoff, whose Rick’s Island Salon ...

  • Marcophiles: Counting down to Veteran’s Memorial dedication Published 10/24/2011 at 2:27 p.m.

    Farmer’s Market days will come and go at the city park at 901 Park Avenue. And Christmas tree lightings will continue to brighten the park every December. But one day will stand alone in the history of that park. It’s ...

  • Shop Talk: A bargain of an event at the 'Basket' Published 10/21/2011 at 9:10 a.m.

    The Bargain Basket, a fixture on Marco Island for more than 35 years, is having an anniversary party today, Oct. 21, and you’re invited. It’s been a year since the Bargain Basket moved to its bigger, brighter facility at 750 ...

  • Marcophiles: State of the art heart center is up and running Published 10/17/2011 at 3:56 p.m.

    As I was coming out of the shiny new Naples Heart Institute the other day, after interviewing the facility’s Medical Director, Dr. Ron Levine, a couple also leaving the Institute struck up a conversation. They are among the many Marco ...

  • Shop Talk: Scouting out a home for Marco’s proposed big flag’ Published 10/13/2011 at 4:06 p.m.

    The cloudy sky gave way to several bursts of rain last Monday afternoon, but members of the Big Flag Committee were all smiles as they visited the site where they would love to see the flag flying. With them was ...

  • The Farmer File: Hooray for Halloween -- no gifts! Published 10/12/2011 at 4:34 p.m.

    Halloween used to be a mostly homemade scary, spooky thing. Now, this holiday once dominated by mommy’s little ghosts and witches has morphed into a green holiday. Not green as in weird old Al Gore or stupid new light bulbs, ...

  • Marcophiles: More giant steps for the big flag campaign Published 10/10/2011 at 1:19 p.m.

    It’s amazing what a difference a fortnight can make in the life of what began as an idea and has rocketed to a real life happening. We refer to the Big Flag Campaign, the project to erect a large American ...

  • Shop Talk: Island Garden Center to fix 'glaring hole' Published 10/06/2011 at 2:07 p.m.

    Owner Chris Burt of the Island Garden Center is banking on locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables, available six days a week to bring islanders to his newest feature of the center because, “The island doesn’t have anything like this. There’s ...

  • Marcophiles: Marco sports fishermen saddle up for the Redfish Rodeo Published 10/06/2011 at 1:48 p.m.

    One very popular fish with sports fishermen and women is being celebrated here in a week-long fun fest October 17-21. It’s the “Redfish Rodeo” appropriately, because the fish of honor, so to speak, is the redfish. Sponsors of the annual ...

  • The Farmer File: In the game of baseball, one must learn to lose Published 10/05/2011 at 6:22 p.m.

    This should be about the most exciting time of the year for baseball fans, except for those of us who are ardent fans of one of the 22 teams that didn’t advance to post-season play. As I watched my team, ...

  • Marcophiles: A big talent joins the ‘Big Flag Campaign’ Published 10/03/2011 at 5:26 p.m. 3 Comments

    The Big Flag Campaign has a leader, a long-time Marco Islander and a veteran of more successful community projects than we can count. He’s Dave Rice, whose island good deeds list includes helping start Christmas Island Style and leading the ...

  • Shop Talk: Marco’s autumn restaurant shuffle Published 09/29/2011 at 2:31 p.m.

    As we began preparing this column on Marco restaurants, mostly ones that had been on hiatus and are opening in the next few days, we came across news of some interesting changes in the restaurant landscape. Pincher’s Crab Shack chain ...

  • Marcophiles: How to pay for the big flag – One knowledgeable man’s view Published 09/29/2011 at 2:23 p.m. 4 Comments

    In our reporting on the effort to have a huge American Flag installed at the Jolley Bridge, we’re hearing varying ideas on how to pay for it. Should it be a government job or community donations or what? Lee Rubenstein ...

  • The Farmer File: Grandparents by any other name Published 09/29/2011 at 10:24 a.m.

    Talking with friends who are grandparents in the aftermath of National Grandparents Day this year, I asked them what their grandchildren call them. That produced a lot of smiles and a rush of great grand names — Gammies, Mammies, Maamaws ...

  • Marcophiles: Vietnam Wall on Marco – A monumental undertaking Published 09/26/2011 at 3:34 p.m.

    We are just beginning to grasp the size, scope, expense and expanse of the visit of the Traveling Vietnam Wall to Marco Island in December. It’s a daunting project. Here are examples of what’s in store for Islanders and the ...

  • Marcophiles: When a garage door goes down, a U.S. flag goes up Published 09/22/2011 at 1:07 p.m.

    For homeowner Tony Frazzano, a lot of thought and a lot of detail work went into creation of this garage-door flag even before artist Maggie Campo took on the project. “I’d been thinking about it for a long time,” Tony ...

  • Shop Talk: Ayasun wins a business award and critiques our business climate Published 09/22/2011 at 12:23 p.m.

    As you may know a Marco-based company, Tarik Ayasun’s Taray International Corporation, has won a major award for excellence from the Economic Development Council of Collier County. The firm, a major global supplier to the tire and retread industries, has ...

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