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1. Realtors announce Dick Shanahan award

The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors announced a new annual award in memory of Dick Shanahan, 2016 president.

“Shanahan exemplified duty, commitment and service to the Realtor Association and to the greater Marco Island community,” the release stated. “The new award will be called the ‘Richard Shanahan Marco Island Area Association of Realtors Service Award’ and will be presented annually at the December Installation event.”

Shanahan served on numerous committees at his local association, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors, and served as its president four times, 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2016.

“The award is a very fitting tribute to Dick for all he has contributed and the example he left for all of us, as well as an honor for the recipient,” said Mike O’Rourke, 2017 Marco Island Area Association of Realtors president.

“There aren’t enough superlatives to describe what Dick did for the community,” said Gerry Rosenblum, Marco Island broker-associate and long-time colleague of Shanahan.

Shirley English, CEO, said Shanahan was always an optimist and a pleasure to work with. “His vast knowledge was invaluable.”

2. Amazon vs. Walmart

Amazon Prime may offer free, two-day shipping on 30 million items—but there’s a catch: The program costs $10.99 a month, and food and household essentials often require further subscriptions.

Now, Walmart is taking on Amazon directly, offering free two-day shipping without a membership as long as customers spend at least $35.

If you’re wondering where to shop, Reviewed.com’s team of expert bargain hunters searched popular products in 10 categories to find out where you can get the best deal.

What we found might surprise you: When it comes to everyday essentials, Walmart tends to have better prices. And with free, two-day shipping, it now matches Amazon Prime for convenience. For its part, Amazon tends to focus on selection and mark down the products that sell well on its own site. Of course, the prices of specific items change all the time, and where you decide to shop should still depend on what you need, but Amazon loyalists may want to give Walmart a second look.

3. MIHS announces February speakers

All lectures start at 7 p.m., are free to members of the Society and $10 for nonmembers.

Feb. 7: Bringing Mound Key to Life -- From the water, Mound Key looks like any other mangrove island in Estero Bay. Yet hidden within its vegetation is a 125-acre archaeology site with 4,000 cubic feet of built-up shells and fish bones (over 30 feet high). Teresa Schober is an archaeologist and an expert in the historical inhabitants of the Estero area, particularly the Calusa Indians. Her lecture will include clips from a documentary she produced about Mound Key and the collision between the old (the Indians) and new (early Spanish explorers) worlds.

Feb. 22: Wildlife of the Everglades -- Master naturalist Robert McConville is back to give an update on the wildlife of the Everglades.

Feb. 28: The Great Escape -- Award-winning writer and internationally acclaimed lecturer Robert Macomber tells the riveting tale of Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin, who escaped to freedom at the end of the Civil War through Southwest Florida.

Rose History Auditorium is located at 180 S. Heathwood Drive, across from the library. Information: 239-642-1440 or themihs.com.

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