Photos by LAURA ARCHAZKI-PACTER

  • Alex Gonzalez, right, stands with students of the ATA Black Belt Academy in North Naples, prior to demonstrating tae kwon do for the crowd at Asia Fest 2012. 

Photo by Laura Archazki-Pacter
  • Yukako Beatty plays the shinobue for Hiep Trinh at Asia Fest 2012 at the Mercato. Proceeds of the event went to the Naples Asian Professionals Association.

Photo by Laura Archazki-Pacter
  • Homer Helter, standing at far right, is seen in June with many of his veteran friends at his Antique and Military Mall in Naples. Seated are Eddie Hartnack, from left, 
Nick Hale and Bob (Ratz) Bratton. Standing: Thurlow Miller, from left, Ray Schlinder, Dick Thaxton and Helter. Sorry, we don't know the gentleman in the very back. 
Laura Archazki-Pacter
  • Victor Zuletta
'The Naples Daily News. They have a lot of information I need in one newspaper, and I like to read the sports section.'
  • In this file photo, a Florida alligator angles towards a fish to eat by H.P. Williams Roadside Park in the Everglades National Park.  Alligators have approximately 80 teeth, and prey on fish and small mammals.
  • Annie Cooper's Pumpkin Pie Recipe calls for fresh pumpkin, and creates three perfect pies for the ultimate ending to a family Thanksgiving. Top this pie with a favorite homemade whip cream, and a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg, to add a tasty compliment to your dinner.
  • Chef Arturo Perez, left, and his son Edgar prepare to saute garlic in olive oil at Arturo's on Marco Island.  Arturo Perez Jr., and his brother-in-law, Juan Cortazar work along side Arturo in every day cooking for this family owned and operated restaurant, and they will be celebrating Thanksgiving at home together this year.
  • Master Chef Konrad Mayerhofer, owner of  Konrad's on Marco Island, will be serving a Rodney Strong, 2004, cabernet sauvignon, with his specially prepared goose, cooked and stuffed as his main course for Thanksgiving this year with his family. His restaurant is open on Thanksgiving, so he's celebrating at a later date.
  • Night Chef Jose' Carlos, left, of Pelican Bend Restaurant and Marina, on Isles of Capri, and Mike Cooper, manager, will be sipping on a glass of 2007 Mirassou pinot noir during their Thanksgiving celebration this year. 'It's mellow, and it's not woody, so it goes well with everything,' says Cooper.
  • Olivia Kathryn Culp waves to the crowd as she takes her walk down the runway after being crowned Swamp Buggy Queen for 2008-2009 on March 22nd. The Runners-Up included Alessaundra Espinsoa, Elizabeth Potter, and Elaine Neal.
  • Alex Nelson digs the individual servings of Wormy Dirt Pie in cups for a quick Halloween snack.
  • Wormy Dirt Pie and Lickety-Split Ghosts are a spooky treat to make and eat for the younger party crowd. Lickity-Split ghosts are a compliment to Halloween decor by hanging ghosts with fishing line around the house, or popping them into the top of a carved pumpkin.
  • Halloween chicken, rice and beans is an easy and inexpensive dinner for the whole family before a night of trick-or-treating.
  • Alternate sizes of pumpkins to create a greater challenge for Halloween putt-putt.
  • The Queen of Hearts is a fun and easy costume for both kids and adults. Or make it even more interesting by creating a full house for the entire family.
  • Halloween putt-putt is great for personal amusement while manning the homefront waiting for trick or treaters.
  • Rabbi Edward Maline, of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island, sounds the traditional shofar to welcome in the High Holidays of the Jewish New Year, known as Rosh Hashanah.  The shofar, or carved ram horn, is a traditional instrument used in Temple's dating back thousands of years to Israel.  It will also be sounded to mark the end of the Yom Kippur Service.
  • Visitors from Germany share a laugh, while the Postmaster was out to lunch at the World's Smallest Operating Post Office in the United States.  It hasn't changed much.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Kumetz demonstrates rope techniques.
  • Golden Gate JROTC Cpl. Brittany Ignell maneuvers across the rope bridge on the obstacle course of the school's first JROTC camp.

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