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Title: Community Contributer - ETC

Recent Work

  • For the love of books: Volunteers aid in success of Marco Library Published 04/25/2013 at 11:20 a.m.

    This year the Friends of the Library of Collier County (FLCC) is celebrating its 55th birthday, tracing roots back to 1932 when the Naples Women's Club established a small reading room in its clubhouse. Popularity grew through the years, so ...

  • Food for thought – Marco Island's Point ... Counterpoint attendees speak their mind monthly Published 01/17/2013 at 10:08 a.m.

    Wade Keller is expanding intellectual horizons on Marco Island. A year ago Keller created Point …Counterpoint based on a similar group, the Center for Critical Thinking in Naples started by his friend, Bernie Turner. Point …

  • Brush strokes: Artist Tara O'Neill to instruct drawing class Published 11/06/2012 at 3 a.m.

    Artist Tara O'Neill will teach drawing classes in November.

  • Marco Island church volunteers make better weight a spiritual challenge Published 03/30/2012 at 10 a.m.

    Members of the Marco Lutheran Church particiated in a Lenten Health Challenge.

  • Open wide: Pets need proper dental care too Published 02/03/2012 at 9:59 a.m.

    Doggie breath is no joke. It may be the first symptom that could lead to a more serious health problem. The American Veterinary Dental Society says more than 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats develop gum disease ...

  • It’s a dog day, not just an afternoon Published 06/15/2008 at 12:03 a.m.

    Every dog has his day. June 20 is the 10th anniversary of Take Your Dog To Work Day, created by Pet Sitters International, an educational association for professional pet sitters. One day each year they urge employers across the country ...

  • Name of the Rose — Celebrating National Rose Month Published 06/08/2008 at 12:02 a.m.

    The Chinese were thought to have first cultivated rose gardens over 5000 years ago, and for centuries since, the beauty and fragrance of the “Queen of flowers” has been admired the world over.

  • Women with flying honors Published 06/01/2008 at 12:01 a.m.

    Seventy-six years ago an airplane raced across the ocean with a woman at the controls. Today, it happens so often, no one notices. On May 20, 1932 the world did notice and celebrated when Amelia Earhart became the first female ...

  • Bill Howey — the art of Hard Knocks and Straight Talk Published 05/22/2008 at 4:34 p.m.

    When writing a book, most authors start at the beginning. Bill Howey started at the end. In “Hard Knocks and Straight Talk,” Howey opens his memoirs with his own obituary.

  • Marco Men’s Club honors local businesses Published 05/21/2008 at 7:33 p.m.

    Marco Men’s Club honored the winners of the Second Annual Award of Excellence at their 2008 Installation Dinner Dance on Saturday. At the Hideaway Beach Club, the men and their wives showed appreciation to three local businesses for outstanding service ...

  • South Florida hosts hope for Russian orphans Published 05/19/2008 at 10:33 p.m.

    Two local women have opened up their hearts, and they’re hoping other families in Southwest Florida will, too. Today approximately 700,000 Russian orphans are living in government run facilities. If the children aren’t adopted as infants, their chances of finding ...

  • Bedtime bundles — from your heart to their homes Published 05/19/2008 at 10:30 p.m.

    One small act of kindness influenced Karen Saeks’ childhood. Now she works to change the lives of other children. Four years ago, Saeks, a registered nurse, and husband, Eddie, a retired surgeon, decided to make Marco Island their home.

  • Relay for Life: It’s all about hope Published 04/21/2008 at 5:05 p.m.

    Dr. Gordon Klatt took the first step in 1985, and today more than 3 million people continue the tradition. Klatt, a Tacoma, Washington colorectal surgeon wanted to do more to help his cancer patients, so 23 years ago he appealed ...

  • Dancers tapping their fountain of youth Published 04/13/2008 at 12:04 a.m.

    Sparkling with rhinestones, satin gloves and ruffled mambo hats, members of the ReCreation Tappers of Southwest Florida shuffled, scuffed and shim shammed their way onto the stage at the Marco Lutheran Church.

  • Artist unveils mystical umbrella collection Published 04/07/2008 at 8:32 p.m.

    Tara O’Neill promised creativity at her 5th annual one-woman art exhibition – and she delivered. Decked out in a rose trimmed umbrella hat and sunglasses, O’Neill greeted guests Saturday and Sunday afternoon at Little Bar restaurant in Goodland.

  • Iron Rhino Saloon lends helping hand Published 03/23/2008 at 12:05 a.m. 1 Comment

    Carmen and Barb Dasti rallied fellow motorcyclists to help a friend in need. Chromed and leathered, motorcycles of all makes and models crowded the parking lot outside the Iron Rhino Saloon last Sunday. They were all there for the Helping ...

  • Cool shades of blue greet diners at Guy Harvey’s Island Grill Published 03/16/2008 at 12:03 a.m.

    Decorated in all things fish — rods and reels, tropical aquariums, a wall fountain drizzling behind a hooked tarpon — the interior prepares you for a relaxing meal amid embellishments of Marco Island’s favorite pastime: fishing. Bradley Norden, first heard ...

  • Marco’s going green — and it’s all because of Kathleen Reynolds Published 03/12/2008 at 3:49 p.m.

    A year and a half ago, Kathleen Reynolds decided the Irish-Americans on Marco Island needed a club of their own. And being a self-described “take-charge woman,” she didn’t waste any time getting the word out.

  • If these walls could talk, these walls would rock Published 03/02/2008 at 12:02 a.m.

    Known for its casual, laid-back lifestyle, the small fishing village of Goodland has an unusually high percentage of artists — people with talent and leisure to spend in its practice. So, when the post office needed a facelift, Goodland Postmaster ...