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VOL. 9, No. 1 From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers JANUARY 1, 2010

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h aChristmas Bird Count January 2
oin in for the 110th Christmas Bird Count beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday,
: C S January 2 at storm water treatment area (STA) 5. STA-5 is located on
Blumberg Road in Hendry County, 12 miles south of the intersection of
Tim Zimmerman & The King's Brass Blumberg and County Road 835. Blumberg Road ends at the gate after 10 miles of
asphalt and two miles of dirt. Everglades stormwater treatment areas are renowned
T he next concert in the 2009-10 Season of Praise Concert Series by The bird-watching havens.
Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community will be Tim Zimmerman Stormwater treatment areas (STAs) are the water-cleaning workhorses of Everglades
& The King's Brass on January 10. The concert will begin at 6:15 p.m. and restoration. They have also become havens for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
will be in The Village Church auditorium on The Island at Shell Point. The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is joining with the Hendry-
"Tim Zimmerman & The King's Brass have performed at Shell Point as part of this Glades Audubon Society as the group conducts its portion of the 110th Christmas
concert series for the past several years," said Randy Woods, minister of worship and Bird Count in STA-5. This is the Hendry-Glades Audubon's third year conducting the
music for The Village Church. "This performance is one of our most popular events, count at STA-5.
and all who attend are sure to enjoy it. The overwhelming popularity for this concert The data collected during the annual counts which span North America and
is one of the main reasons we kick off the new year featuring Tim Zimmerman & The beyond are critical to studies of the long-term health and status of bird populations.
Kin's Brass" Such data is used to protect birds and identify environmental issues with implications
Tim Zimmerman & the King's Brass provide innovative worship through the best in for people as well, according to Audubon. The STAs, managed by the SFWMD, also
sacredbrassmusic.By teamingtogetherthese Christianprofarou provide the public with a variety of recreational opportunities, such as hiking, biking
sacred brass music. By teaming together, these Christian professionals from around and excellent bird watching.
continued on page 14 continued on page 3

Hot New Drama
At Florida Rep
F lorida Repertory Theatre announc-
es the area premiere of Opus, a
gripping new drama by Michael
Hollinger. Opening January 8, Opus
focuses on a world famous string quartet
during the tense days leading up to their
most important performance. It is a play
about art and artists that exposes the
flesh and blood behind all great art. "This
is one of the finest plays I have read
in the past five years," said Producing
Artistic Director Robert Cacioppo. "On
top of it being a very compelling story,
it is set against the backdrop of some of
Beethoven's finest music. The combina-
tion will be a very moving and beautiful
night at the theater."
The struggle at the heart of Opus can
be boiled down simply to "four chairs and
five people." It is a familiar struggle
continued on page 14

S"t Awarded To
Kanzius Cancer
by Jim George
ennsylvania Congresswoman
Kathy Dahlkemper announced
last week that the Kanzius
Cancer Research Foundation in Erie,
Pennsylvania has been awarded
$700,000 in funding through the U.S.
., Department of Health and Human
SServices (HHS) to help develop the
novel radio frequency wave cancer
treatment championed by the late
Pennsylvania and Sanibel resident John
photo by Chip Hoffman continued on page 3


Historic Downtown Fort Myers,

Then And Now: First And Jackson

At The Turn Of The Last Century
by Gerri Reaves
Tr|he direct and timeless stare of the boy standing in the
i ,, | middle of First Street draws us into an intimate moment
Sat the turn of the last century.
The stark white oyster-shell street and dark shade of the trees
beckon us to the mysterious shimmering horizon. This somewhat
haunting photo was taken just east of Jackson Street.
If we could walk into that image and head west, we'd find
everything from saloons to general stores to private residences.
Children could safely gallivant on the unpaved street with no
Sfear of automobiles, and adults could freely congregate on cor-
ners. Perhaps the people in this image are gathered for a parade
or other public event.
In 1900, wooden buildings comprised the First Street block between Jackson and
Hendry, with the exception of the modern brick Heitman Building (right upper corner).
That 1898 structure still stands today, minus the wide awnings.
Upstairs, Gilmer Heitman was making history there by establishing the Lee County
Telephone Company on a 50-drop switchboard. He was awarded the franchise on
January 3 and had the system up and running on February 21.
On the first floor of Fort Myers' first brick building, men could deck themselves out
for the season at the Foxworthy store, which advertised everything from suspenders to
handkerchiefs for the discerning male shopper.
At the beginning of the 20eth century, several boarding houses were located along
First Street's prime blocks. This historic photo was snapped within a stone's throw of
two of Fort Myers' first and most successful boarding houses.
To the left beyond the trees, is the Frierson House on the southeast corner. That

A westward glance down First Street at the turn of the last century, taken east of Jackson Stre
photo courtesy of the Southwest Florid

The 1898 Heitman Building is the sole survivor on this stretch of First Street. Gone are
boardinghouses, oyster-shell streets, and sunlight filtered through shade trees.
photo by Gerri Reaves
impressive two-story home, built by Major Aaron and Mary Frierson in 1875, was
known for its Victorian architecture and Mrs. Frierson's beautiful garden. Their son
Taylor Frierson later operated the Frierson House in the family home.
If the photographer glanced over his left shoulder, he would have seen the Hill
House, started by Mrs. Mary Flossie Hill in 1889. One can't help but wonder if the
photographer stepped off the boardinghouse porch to capture this image.
Hill's enterprising daughter, later famously known as Miss Flossie, helped to run the
business and later went on to found one of the town's longest-lived clothing stores.
Hill House advertised "Northern cooking" and "splendid table
service." WP Franklin bought the successful Hill House in 1918
and eventually built the Franklin Arms Hotel (now Franklin Arms
Court Condominiums) on the corner of First and Lee, incorporat-
ing the original Hill House into the front portion of the structure.
As 1899 turned into 1900, citizens also had more sobering
issues to ponder, such as the 1899 town taxes that were due.
Perhaps even more pressing were local politics. Without expla-
nation, EL Evans resigned as mayor in mid-December, and at an
emergency meeting, Harvie E. Heitman was appointed acting
And while the town had greatly enjoyed the annual jousting
tournament on Christmas Day 1899, the festivities were marred
when Frank Carson's horse broke a leg during the event.
Walk down to First and Jackson and appreciate all the talent,
dreams, and hard work it took to build a town.
Then visit the Southwest Florida Museum of History, where you
can learn more about Fort Myers at the turn of the century.
The museum is located at 2031 Jackson Street. For informa-
tion, call 321-7430 or go to swflmuseumofhistory.com. Hours are
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
Be sure to see the Art League of Fort Myers' Artist Showcase
Sand ask about the South Pacific Historic USO-Inspired Gala, com-
eet. ing up on January 30.
a Museum of History continued on page 2

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From page 1
Christmas Bird Count


Snail kite

During the 109th Christmas Bird Count, Audubon teams in STA-5 and the sur-
rounding area documented 112 species and more than 92,600 birds.
If you plan to attend RSVP to Margaret England at 863-517-0220 or by email at
sta5birding@embarqmail.com. For more information on recreational opportunities visit

From page 1
Kanzius Cancer
"John Kanzius envisioned an innova-
tive treatment for cancer that has the
potential to save thousands of lives,"
said Dahlkemper. "I am proud to sup-
port the mission of the Kanzius Cancer
Research Foundation and help secure
federal resources for the Kanzius non-
invasive radiowave cancer treatment proj-
ect. Radio frequency treatment research
brings hope to millions of people diag-
nosed with cancer.
The funds will be used to purchase
critical laboratory equipment for observ-
ing cells before and after using the
Kanzius radio frequency device and for
confirming laboratory results. Some
of the laboratory equipment includes a
dynamic light scattering instrument, cel-
lometer, flow cytometry laser upgrades
and ICP mass spectroscopy.
Recent weeks saw a spate of growing
support for this new technology:
In October, the National Cancer
Institute announced that it would allocate
$2.1 million over five years for research
on the Kanzius machine, which has
been shown to completely kill cancer-
ous tumors in animals. The NCI grant
is intended to spur innovative cancer
Collaborative research at Rice
University, MD Anderson Cancer
Research Center, the University of Texas
and Harvard University/Massachusetts
General Hospital will target liver cancers.

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania
Department of Community and
Economic Development awarded
$500,000 to help build the machines
for use on humans. Industrial Sales and
Manufacturing Inc. in Millcreek Township
(Pennsylvania) received $100,000
directly, according to Jim Rutkowski
Jr., general manager, and an additional
$400,000 will come through the Kanzius
Foundation and MD Anderson. Human
trials could begin in 2011.4

City Of Fort Myers
Holiday Schedule
he City of Fort Myers government
offices will be closed on Friday,
January 1 in observance of the
New Year's Day holiday. All city govern-
ment offices will be closed, including the
utility billing and solid waste offices.
There will be no garbage, recycling,
horticultural brush, yard waste, junk or
appliance collection on January 1 for all
residential and commercial customers.
Residential and commercial customers will
be serviced one day later.
Disposal of Christmas trees will be
available through January 29. Please
remove tree stands and decorations.
Flocked trees can also be recycled.
Christmas paper is also a recyclable mate-
rial and may be placed in your recycling
container. Plastic ribbons and bows are
not recyclable and must be disposed of in
your regular trash receptacle.
If you have any questions concern-
ing your garbage collection during the
holidays call the City of Fort Myers Solid
Waste Division at 321-8100.4

Friends Award
T he Uncommon Friends
Foundation's scholarships are
unlike many other scholarships, in
that they concentrate on individuals who
might not qualify for traditional scholar-
ships. They are designed to help those
with obstacles in their paths, but who
demonstrate the drive and determination
to overcome them. Awards are granted
according to need and are presented at
the annual Uncommon Evening.
Scholarship recipients from Fort
Myers are: Hessler Fonseca and Ashley
Schlueter, High Tech scholarships;
Bobbi Santiago, Sidney R. Davis Florida
Prepaid College Foundation scholarship;
Juliann Gavin and Rachel DiSilvestri,
Florida Prepaid College scholarships;
Marie Castano, Future Teacher scholar-
ship; Teresa Headrick, Tina Klein, and
Marie Mongene, Edison State College
scholarships; Jonathan Hakes, Edison
State College James D. Newton Chair
in Leadership scholarship, Yessenia
Iglesias, Edison State College Eleanor F.
Newton Chair in Leadership scholarship;
Harry Cousin, Dr. James & Dr. Yolanda
Mitchell Boy Scouts of America schol-
arship; Christopher Doherty, Thomas
and Dorothy Orthman Boy Scouts of
America scholarship; Bernie Swartz,
Rose Marie France Champion Teacher
scholarship; Genese Badeau, Robert
Shrader Special Recognition scholarship;
Cristina Dodrill, Wilmaris Ocasio, Sarah
Rainbolt, Kristen Ralston, and Martha

Valencia, Uncommon Friends Foundation
Special Recognition scholarships; and
Brittany Taylor, Oswald Trippe & Co. and
Travelers Special Recognition scholarship.
Recipients from Cape Coral are
Jeanette Franklin, High Tech scholarship;
and Josh Kelchner, Uncommon Friends
Special Recognition scholarship.
From Naples is Carlos Linares,
Uncommon Friends Special Recognition
scholarship. From Immokalee are Maria
Mendoza and Bruna Pierre, Uncommon
Friends Foundation Special Recognition
Contributions to the foundation's
scholarship fund are greatly appreciated
and will help deserving individuals reach
their highest personal potential through
education and knowledge that someone
believes in them. Contributions may be
mailed to the foundation at PO Box 811,
Fort Myers, FL 33902, marked Attn:
Scholarship Fund.4

Fit For Life
n January 14, the Sanibel-
Captiva Christian Women's
Connection presents Fit for Life
with Angie Ferguson, Olympic trainer,
triatholon champion and physical thera-
pist. The interactive program and dinner
includes music by Theresa Shea and
inspirational speaker Millie Farthing.
The program is from 5:30 to
7:30 p.m. at The Dunes Golf and
Country Club, 949 Sand Castle Road,
Sanibel. The price is $18 per person.
Reservations are required by calling Anita
at 395-9015 or sending an email to
fayarts@msn.com by January 11.M



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Mentors Needed
Seniors 55 years old and over are
needed to mentor children in
school in Cape Coral for the Foster
Grandparent Program of Southwest
Volunteers serve 20 hours a week and
receive a tax-free stipend of $2.65 per
hour, transportation reimbursement of 35
cents a mile, a free physical, plus other
To enrol;, call Joan Willoughby at The
Dr. Piper Center, 332-5346.0

Holiday Hours
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates
holiday hours are as follows:
Open December 31 and
January. Daytime tours will be held
from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and nighttime
Edison & Ford Holiday Nights from 5:30
to 9 p.m. The last ticket will be sold at 9
The estates is open daily from 9 a.m.
to 5:30 p.m. For additional information
call 334-7419 or visit the Web site at

From page 2
First And Jackson
Then visit the Southwest Florida
Historical Society at 10091 McGregor
Boulevard, where you can explore local
history in images or research family his-
Call 939-4044 or drop by on
Wednesday or Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon.
Sources: The archives of the
Southwest Florida Historical Society and
the Fort Myers News-Press.0

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Children's Injury

Prevention Fair

At Lee Memorial
Lee Memorial Health System
(LMHS) will hold a Children's
Injury Prevention Fair on Saturday,
January 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
Lee Memorial Hospital, 2776 Cleveland
Avenue, Fort Myers. The fair is designed
to promote injury prevention by combin-
ing fun activities and useful information
for the entire family.
The fair is presented by the hospital's
Emergency and Trauma Services in con-
junction with The Children's Hospital of
Southwest Florida.
Each year, thousands of children
across the country are hospitalized for
falls, burns, car accidents and other inju-
ries. "Some of these injuries are avoid-
able," said Lisa Sgarlata, vice president of
patient care. "We hope that parents will
bring their children to the fair and learn
some of the simple steps they can take to
prevent injuries.
Special features include car seat and
helmet fitting stations; rollover vehicle;
Stay Alive Just Drive information; fatal
vision glasses; CPR demonstrations,
helicopters, ambulance, safety house,
Smokey Bear, Swampy, K-9 unit from
LCSO, LCSO public services vehicles;
EMS participation; safe baby-sitting infor-
mation; fingerprinting; gun safety; pedi-
atric nutrition; tobacco prevention; and
pediatric swimming instruction informa-

tion Healthy snacks will be available.
Children are encouraged to bring their
favorite stuffed animals or a doll to the
fair so they can participate in the Teddy
Bear Clinic where nurses will pretend to
give medical treatment to their toy so
children will better understand what hap-
pens at hospitals and what doctors and
nurses do to help them when they do
not feel well or are hurt. This helps calm
their fears should they ever need medical
Free helmets will be available to 100
children provided the helmet is fitted
properly to the child. There are 100 hel-
mets available.
At the car seat fitting station, par-
ents will learn about seat safety, proper
installation and recalls. Anyone wish-
ing to have his or her car seat checked
by the Child Advocacy team from The
Children's Hospital should call 432-4491
to make an appointment for the day of
the fair.
The activities and booths will take
place in the auditorium and parking lot in
front of the hospital.0

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Tree Auction Winners Give Back

for giving, and sev- 'r
eral patrons at the third
annual Tux and Trees Gala
have given back to the com-
munity by donating their trees
to area agencies. Five local
agencies and programs have
received tree donations, thanks
to the generosity of the gala's
auction winners: -
Our Mother's Home,
a foster home for teenage
mothers, received the Baby's t
First Christmas tree, deco-
rated by Camp-Rigby Roofing-
Sheetmetal Contractors. The
tree included dozens of brand-
new baby items, and hundreds
of cloth diapers.
Jill Trammell, executive The Baby's First Christmas Tree at Our Mother's Home
director of Our Mother's
Home, was thrilled with the
donation. "The tree was not only beautiful, but very practical," she said. "We needed
every item it was so colorfully decorated with."
The North Collier Hospital received Goodwill's Very Beary Christmas tree, which is
now on display in the hospital's Birth Place; CMI (Community Cooperative Ministries)
Soup Kitchen received the O Tan-N-Balm tree, decorated by Fort Myers Floral Design;
The TLC Children's Care Home was the recipient of A Big Holiday Howdy, a cow-
boy-themed tree decorated by LCEC; Children's Advocacy Center was the recipient of
Merry and Bright, decorated by the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.
A sixth tree, A Disney Wonderland, decorated by Iberiabank, was donated to a local
family in need.
The Festival of Trees and Tux and Trees Gala are the signature fundraising events
of Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. This year's events raised $58,000 to
support Goodwill's mission of helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages
overcome their barriers to employment and independence.#



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What do these three things have to do with one another?

A watch that has been more exciting to the two
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other timepiece they have seen come into the industry.
A watch that by wearing it has helped these two
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all, uninterrupted sleep and decrease in pain from
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PHILIP STEIN is more than a watch. Unlike any other watches this unique timepiece intertwines
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cell phones, computers and the electronics that are increasingly present in our everyday lives.
PHILIP STEIN" wearers report better sleep, less stress, increased performances and energy level,
quicker recovery from workouts, less effects of jet lag and better concentration. (In a 2001 study
of children with hyperactivity and attention problems showed improvement in their ability to
concentrate by wearing PHILIP STEIN watches or bracelets.)
Had these two jewelers not worn these watches for over a year, they may have never believed the
above health benefits, but because of their experiences and those reported back to them by their
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Edison College
Child Care
Center Earns
The Edison State College Child
Care Center has earned
accreditation from the National
Accreditation Commission for Early
Care and Education Programs (NAC) for
outstanding early childhood programs
which meet national standards of qual-
The center, operated by Child Care
of Southwest Florida, Inc., is located on
the Fort Myers campus of Edison State
College and is licensed to care for 139
children from ages one to five.
The center is open Monday through
Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
"Accreditation is not meant to replace
parents' on-site visits to centers as a
means of selecting the program that best
meets their child's needs," said Center
Director Martha Kebhart, "but accredita-
tion does help parents recognize the var-
ied components that should be present in
a quality program."
To become accredited, the center had
to meet a variety of strict criteria related
to providing a developmentally appro-
priate program for pre-school children.
These range from providing a program
that exceeds state licensing requirements
to professional development opportunities
for staff, as well as parental involvement.
Accreditation includes an on-site
study of the program by an early child-

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Children from the Edison State College Child Care Center during a day at the center

hood professional followed by a final
assessment of the center by commis-
sioners from the National Accreditation
Commission For Early Care and
Education Programs.
The center is among seven operated
by Child Care of Southwest Florida. The
private non-profit organization provides
high quality child care services throughout
Southwest Florida from infancy through
age 12. In addition to providing child
care, Child Care of Southwest Florida,
Inc., conducts and coordinates training
for child care workers, and administers
the federal Child Care Food Program for
child care centers and family child care

For more information about the
Edison State College Child Care Center,
call 267-1136 or visit www.ccswfl.org/

Kudos For Junior
harles Schwab's 2008 Parents &
Money survey revealed that while
71 percent of parents agree that
for teens to learn about money is from
guided, hands-on experience yet only
34 percent teach their children how to
balance a checkbook and 29 percent
explain how credit card interest and fees
work. While saving and investing for the
future and retirement are cited as impor-
tant, more than 69 percent of parents
do not feel prepared to give their chil-
dren advice in these matters.
Junior Achievement teaches courses in
business and economics in grades kinder-
garten to 12 and what sets this program
apart is that the classes are taught by vol-
unteers from the world of business. These
people bring with them years of actual
experience in the subjects being taught.
To expand these programs to more
schools and therefore to more students,
Junior Achievement needs volunteers to
teach the classes and funding to pay for
the materials and other costs that make
these programs possible.
One of the many volunteers who
support this wonderful endeavor is Carl
Howes. Here is his story:
As vice president/controller for
Pachira Co., Carl Howes has plenty to
keep him busy in the very adult world of
investment, yet the children of Southwest
Florida have found a place on this enter-
prising young business leader's bucket list.
As a member of the Junior Achievement
board of directors, he is helping to cul-
tivate the next generation of business
leaders even as he leads the charge at
Pachira Co.
Specifically, Howes' goal is to help
Junior Achievement reach 1,000 more
middle school students in 50 new
classrooms with the JA Economics for
Success curriculum during the 2009-
10 school year. As chair of Junior

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Achievement's Executive Partners group
in Collier County, he sees to it that his
peers join him in this ambitious effort
to prepare the next generation for the
board room. He recently earned Junior
Achievement's award of excellence for his
outstanding efforts.
"My role is to spearhead collaboration
between Junior Achievement, Economic
Development Council, Collier County
School System and Greater Naples
Chamber of Commerce to ensure this
curriculum makes its way into the class-
room," said Howes. "These organizations
share a vested interest in our children's
education and are stepping up to the
plate to ensure a prosperous future for
our community. It's my pleasure to help
foster a strong partnership between
The JA Economics for Success pro-
gram supports Junior Achievement's
three pillars of work-readiness, entre-
preneurship and financial literacy.
Specifically, the curriculum includes four
lessons: 1) budgeting, credit, financial
risk and life choices; 2) skills, interests,
values and education as they pertain to
career options; 3) personal finances; and
4) assessing financial risk. It includes a
CD interactive game that presents real
life options for students. Volunteers such
as Howes currently are needed to help
implement this program, and sponsor-
ships are available for $20 per student or
$500 per class.
In 2009, Junior Achievement of
Southwest Florida will serve more
than 9,500 students in Lee, Collier
and Charlotte counties with the help
of more than 350 volunteers. Junior
Achievement's in-school and after-school
programs are designed to educate stu-
dents in grades K-12 with age-appropri-
ate curricula focused on work-readiness,
entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
For more information or to volunteer,
visit www.JASWFL.org or call the Junior
Achievement of Southwest Florida office
at 225-2590.0

Hunger Walk
Did you have "three square" meals
today? How about yesterday?
There are thousands of people in
our area who didn't. You can help those
in need by participating in the Saturday,
January 23, WINK-News Feeds Families
Hunger Walk. All the money generated
through the second annual walk will go
to feed children and families through the
Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Gather up your friends or encour-
age your club members to form a team,
or register to walk as an individual in
the fundraiser. The event, being held at
Miromar Outlet Mall in Estero, is being
presented by Panera Bread. Lois Thome
of WINK News will lead the walkers on
January 23.
Register online at harrychapinfb.dojig-
gy.com. To support the Harry Chapin
Food Bank's team, go to harrychapinfb.
dojiggy.com, click on find a team and
make a pledge in support of the "food-

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by Gerri Reaves
Mariquita Anderson became a vol-
unteer teacher's assistant when
she was asked to help out with
the classes for very young dancers at
Dance Bochette on Saturdays. She was
always at the studio very early on that
morning for her own class anyway, so
she said, "Sure."
"The little ones have trouble focusing
sometimes," she explains with a laugh.
It's difficult for one person to engage the
attention of lively and easily distracted
pre-schoolers and young grade-schoolers.
She "substitutes for television," as she
describes it, demonstrating the steps to
the aspiring ballerinas. Another set of
eyes on the students and one more per-
son to channel their energy makes for a
more productive class.
She transforms the study of pre-ballet
technique into lighthearted play with
encouraging comments such as, "These
plies are great!"
As the mother of dancers herself,
Anderson has found herself quite natu-
rally volunteering for a variety of tasks
revolving around a busy studio, especially
as the annual late spring and December
holiday performances approach.
For example, when her two sons
were taking break dancing last year,

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Mariquita Anderson, a volunteer at Dance
photo by Gerri Reaves
she became a costumer for their dance
group. She sized the five dancers, did the
research and bought costumes.
She cheerfully takes on the myriad
tasks that arise, from transportation to
prop management.
A high point for her came at the stu-
dio's recent holiday show as she watched
one especially disciplined little dancer
from the sidelines. She is a student who
always stands out because she compre-
hends and remembers so well, Anderson
says, and under the pressure of perform-
ing, the other dancers instinctively took
her lead.


As a long-time student of dance her-
self, she likes being in a studio setting
and helping out. Her family moved to the
area a year and a half ago from western
Massachusetts. She immediately sought
quality dance classes to adjust to her new
"It was nice to have the dance," she
says. "It's a constant."
She studies ballet, modern, jazz, tap,
and Hawaiian dance and this last year
added volunteer to her studio activities.
Like her volunteer work at the studio,
most of her past volunteer efforts have
given her the opportunity to be involved
in her sons' education and recreation.
When they were in elementary school,
she was vice-president of the PTA and
chair of the library advisory board.
Drawing on her love of running and
her experience on the varsity track team
in high school, she established a 5k race
for students in Richmond that is still held
each year.
Anderson believes that the reward
of volunteering is becoming part of the
community, which is especially impor-
tant when arriving in a new place. Also,
you never know what kind of interesting
people you'll meet.
She recalls, for example, that the
mayor of Richmond, Tim Kaine, fired the
pistol to start the 5k run and then jumped
into the race. That runner later became
governor of Virginia.
Anderson is convinced that volunteer-
ing is crucial to the morale of a commu-
"It so important that everyone get to
know each other, get involved, and know
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for it takes many hands in a community
to bring a project to fruition.
Follow Anderson's lead and help sup-
port your community by lending an extra
pair of hands to a task. Sometime a
rewarding volunteer opportunity is right
in front of you and waiting.
Each week, Who's Volunteering?
honors people who make Southwest
Florida a better place to live.

Winners Named
Winners of the 2010 Diamond
Volunteer Program have been
announced. Three groups were
selected for their outstanding volunteer
participation. They are: The Make-A-
Wish Foundation of Southern Florida,
Baby Basics of Collier County, and The
Penny Bear Company.
Kelly E. Capolino PA, a Naples realtor,
created the program to recognize local
organizations with outstanding volunteers.
The three not-for-profit organizations
were selected because they are dedicated
to improving the quality of life in the
community and deliver their programs
and services through their volunteers.
"It was so hard to pick only three
groups with so many great volunteer
organizations here in Collier County, but
these three really stood out to me," said
Capolino. "I'm excited to be able to meet
the wonderful people volunteering with
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Crestwell School, 1901 Park Meadows
Drive, between US 41 and Summerlin
Road, Y mile north of College.
Minister: The Rev. Dr. Wayne Robinson
Phone: 226-0900.
Minister's cell phone: 218-3918.
Mailing address: PO. Box 07477,
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m.
We believe in the benefits of diversity in
gender, age, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, race and religion.
Email: allfaithsuc@earthlink.net
Web site: allfaiths-uc.org.
Minister's e-mail: war9999@msn.com
8210 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers
Rev. Dr. Elias Bouboutsis
Orthros Service Sunday 9 a.m.
Divine Liturgy Sunday 10 a.m.
Fellowship Programs, Greek School,
Sunday School, Bible Study
15675 McGregor Boulevard. 437-3171
Rabbi: Judah Hungerman
Friday Service, 8 p.m.
Saturday Service, 11 a.m.
Shabbat School Saturday Morning
Adult Hebrew Classes
Please call for information on full program.
16581 McGregor Boulevard, 267-3166
(Just past the Tanger Outlet Mall)
Pastor: Barry Lentz, 281-3063
Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.
13500 Freshman Lane; 768-2188
Pastors: Jeff Moran and Michael Bulter;
A nondenominational church emphasizing
a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Sunday Service: 9 a.m. Contemporary
10:45 a.m. Traditional.
1188 Lake McGregor Drive, Fort Myers,
432-1724. Rev. N. Everett Keith III;
An Old Catholic Community; Liturgy
in English; Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m.
2439 McGregor Boulevard, 334-8937
Rev. Dan Hagmaier, pastor
Traditional Sunday service 10 a.m.
Nursery available
8400 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers,
Danny Harvey, pastor
Sunday Services: Bible study, 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship, 11 a.m.
Evening Worship, 7 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer Meeting, 7 p.m.
8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, 481-
3233; Clint Cottrell, pastor
Sunday services:
Traditional, 8 and 11 a.m.;
Contemporary, 9:30 a.m.
Children's Church K4J (Kids for Jesus)
9:45 a.m.
8570 Cypress Lake Drive,
Fort Myers, 482-1250
Sunday Traditional Service: 8 and
11 a.m., Praise Service: 9:30 a.m.
Sunday School: All times
6111 South Pointe Boulevard, Fort Myers,
278-3638. Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m.;

"Voice of Faith," WCRN 13.50 AM Radio,
Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m.
FridayYouth Service, 7:30 p.m.
Nursery care for pre-school children and
Children's Church for ages 5-12 available
at each service.
15690 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Myers, 482-2030
Pastor: David Stauffer.
Traditional services 9:00 a.m.;
Contemporary, 10:30 a.m.
Go south on McGregor Boulevard. The
church is 1/2 mile past the intersection of
Gladiolus and San Carlos Boulevard on the
way to Sanibel.
2390 West First Street, next door to Edison
Sunday Morning Service and Sunday
School, 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Testimony Meeting,
7:30 p.m.
Child care provided at all services.
Visit our Reading Room for quiet study at:
2281 W First Street, River District
www.spirituality.com and www.christian-
13545 American Colony Boulevard (off
Daniels Parkway in the Colony), Fort
Myers, 936-2511
Pastor: Rev. Joey Brummett
Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Morning
Worship, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday Evening, 6
p.m.; Wednesday Family Night, 7 p.m.
5916 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
437-4330. Rev. Mark Condrey, Pastor
Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m.
Church School: 9:15 a.m.
8210 College Parkway, Fort Myers,
482-3133. Philip White, pastor
Morning Worship: 10 a.m.
Church School: 10:15 a.m.
Adult Forum: 9 a.m.
111 Evergreen Road, North Fort Myers,
Eastern Orthodox men's monastery.
Liturgical services conducted in the
English, Greek and Church Slavonic lan-
guages, following the Julian (Old) Calendar.
Liturgical Services: Sundays and Holy
Days: The Third and Sixth Hours at 8:30
Divine Liturgy at 9 a.m.
9650 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers,
The Rev. Dr. John S. Adler, pastor
Weekly services:
Saturday 5 p.m., Eucharist with Healing
Sunday 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist, Rite One;
9:30 a.m., Family Eucharist with Healing
and Church School
Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Morning Prayer (in
Spanish); Wednesday 9:30 a.m., Eucharist
with Healing
Child care available at Saturday 5 p.m. and
Sunday 9:30 a.m. services.
881 Nuna Avenue, Fort Myers, 481-1143
Masses Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.;
Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
2154 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Randy and Anita Thurman
Sunday Service, 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome.

Corner Cypress View Drive and Koreshan
Boulevard, Three Oaks area, Fort Myers,
Walter Fohs, pastor; Becky Robbins-
Penniman, associate pastor
Sunday worship services:
Early Grace Traditional, 8 a.m.
Awesome Grace Contemporary, 9 a.m.
Classic Grace Traditional, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School God's Group, 8:45 and
10 a.m.
Worship Gathering Sunday 10 a.m.
Pastor Alan Bondar
Fort Myers Villas Civic Association Bldg.
2306 Sunrise Blvd. Fort Myers, 33907
Phone/text: 220-8519
website: messiahreformed.com
Bible Study Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Fellowship Lunch Sunday noon
Teen Events Monthly
c/website for podcasts, special events, min-
istries, calendar, blogs, etc.
16120 San Carlos Boulevard, Unit 10B
Tom Richards, Pastor
Sunday School for all ages 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7 p.m.
Special Monday Community Group service
at 7 p.m. for those who can not attend
3825 McGregor Boulevard. Fort Myers
Pastors: Bill Stephens, Stu Austin and
Howard Biddulph, Associate Pastor
Traditional Worship at 8:00 and 9:30 am,
Contemporary Worship at 11:00am
Sunday School at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am
Youth and Children's programming runs
concurrent to Sunday services.
Nursery care provided at all services
For more information visit: www.newhope-
(Meets at Ft. Myers Beach Masonic Lodge)
17625 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers Beach
Pastors: Bruce Merton, Gail and RC
Traditional Worship 9:45 a.m.
Contemporary Worship 11:15 a.m.
Phone: 267-7400 Fax: 267-7407
Web site: peacecommunitychurch.com
e-mail: peace1265@aol.com
15840 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers
Walter Still, Senior Pastor,
Sunday Worship: 8 and 9:30 a.m.
3/4 mile south from the intersection of
McGregor, San Carlos and Gladiolus.
A congregation of the ELCA.
3950 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers
Daily early learning center/day care
Sunday Services, 8:15 and 10:15 a.m.
Meditation classes. All are welcome.
Guided meditations offering many meth-
ods for relaxing the body and focusing
the mind on virtuous objects to bring
increasing peace and happiness into
daily activity. For information, class times
and locations call 567-9739 or visit www.
16940 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Robert G. Kasten, Pastor
Sunday Worship Service 11 a.m.
Nursery available
9:45 a.m. Sunday School for all ages
Junior Church grades one to five
Wee Church Pre-K to K
Evening Service 6 p.m.

Wednesday Service 6 p.m.
12171 lona Road, Fort Myers, off
McGregor and north of Gladiolus.
Father Joseph Clifford.
Weekly masses:
Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.
Weekend masses: Saturday 3 and 5 p.m.;
Sunday: 7, 9,11, and 5:30 p.m.
Reconciliation is available at the church on
Saturday at noon and by appointment
3049 Mcgregor Boulevard, Fort Myers,
Pastor Rev. Steve Filizzi
An Affirming & Inclusive Congregation
Sunday Services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Service, Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
16225 Winkler Rd. 433-0018.
Rabbi Jeremy Barras
Cantorial Soloists Joseph/Lynn Goldovitz
Shabbat Services, Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study, Saturday, 9:15 a.m.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Services, Saturday,
10:30 a.m.
Religious Education Classes, Midweek,
Grades 2-7, Wednesday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Preschool Classes, Monday through Friday
Confirmation Classes, Wednesday,
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. to noon
14486 A & W Bulb Road,
Fort Myers, 433-0201.
Rabbi: Benjamin S. Sendrow,
Cantor: I. Victor Geigner.
Weekly services: Monday and Thursday, 9
a.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.
Religious school Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon,
and Wednesday, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Family Midrash services on the first and
third Fridays of the month at 7 p.m.
Pre bar/bat mitzvah class Monday, 5:30 to
7 p.m., followed by confirmation class from
7:30 to 9 p.m.
For information on early childhood educa-
tion/preschool, phone 482-1121.
The New Church of SWFL is located at
10811 Sunset Plaza Circle, by Summerlin
and Pine Ridge Roads, behind Zoomers
and the ponds.
Reverend Nadine
Spiritual Recovery, Wednesdays 10 a.m.
Healing Service, Wednesdays 11 a.m. and
Friday 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Worship Services, 11 a.m.
Call for information 481-5535.
13411 Shire Lane (off Daniels Parkway one
mile west of 1-75)
Minister: The Rev. Allison Farnum
Sunday services and religious education at
10:30 a.m.
For information on all church events call
561-2700 or visit www.uucfm.org.
Family Service 10 to 11 a.m.
Healing Circle 11 a.m.
Hospitality and Fellowship, 11 a.m.
Inspiring lesson, uplifting and dynamic
music, meditation in a loving environment.
Service held at 28285 Imperial Street,
Bonita Springs. Call 947-3100.
9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, across
from HealthPark Hospital, 481-2125
Pastor: Interim Pastor Dr. LuderWhitlock
Sunday Service:
9:30 a.m., Contemporary;
Worship and Adult Classes
11 a.m., Blended Worship
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From page 8
2120 Collier Ave, Fort Myers, 274-8881;
Services: Sunday 10 a.m.;
Wednesday 7 p.m.
Bishop Gaspar and Michele Anastasi
7401 Winkler Road, Fort Myers,
481-4040, Pastor, Steve Hess
Sunday Services: 8 a.m. traditional;
9:30 a.m. contemporary; 11 a.m. blendings.
Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.#

Baroque Concert
Peace Lutheran Church will host
a concert, Gems of the 17th
and 18th Centuries, on Sunday,
January 10, at 7 p.m. Performers
will be Elizabeth Spang, transverse
flute; Be Engler, soprano; Suzanne
Ferguson, soprano and bass gamba;
Roy Engler, baritone and bass gamba;
Chad Brodbeck, violin; Sue Groskreutz,
recorder; and Lynn Kraehling, organ and
The program includes a sacred vocal
duet by J.S. Bach; the secular The
Shepherd and the Nymph duet by
Monteverdi; recorder divisions by Jacob
van Eyck; a Handel violin sonata; G.P.
Telemann's Epiphany cantata for bari-
tone, flute and organ; and Telemann's
Paris Quartet in G #1.
A free will offering for music and min-
istry will be collected. A wine and cheese
reception with the performers will imme-
diately follow the concert.
The church is at 15840 McGregor
Boulevard, Fort Myers.#

Beach United
Sunday Services
Beach United Methodist Church will
begin two Sunday worship ser-
vices at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on
Sunday, January 3. This schedule will
run through Easter Sunday.
Beach United Methodist Church is
located at 155 Bay Road on Fort Myers
Beach, behind the library on Estero
Boulevard. Sunday School is at 9 a.m.
and a hymn sing at 10:15 a.m. For more
information, call the church office at 463-

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Along The River

Fancy Flamingo Antiques is located in downtown Fort Myers

Jessie Williams, owner of Fancy Flamingo Antiques in Fort Myers, is thank-
ful for another prosperous year and looking forward to 2010. Williams said,
"Thanks to everyone for support in 2009. I am looking forward to another
successful year of bringing together old and new friends, furnishings and accents to
help create exquisite interiors with respect for the past and joy for the future. Come
see us!"
Fancy Flamingo Antiques is located at 2259 Widman Way and is open Tuesday
through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
While in downtown Fort Myers, stop by Seminole Lodge at 1635 Hendry Street.
The museum celebrates the rich history of Southwest Florida and the diverse stories of
its early residents. The main exhibit, known as the Hanson Family Archives, is a collec-
tion of more than 1,000 historic documents and images from 1884 to the mid-20th
century, passed down through five generations of one of Fort Myers' first families.
It is a treasure trove of information about the historic places, people and institutions

Florida Master
Naturalist Training
At Ostego Bay
L earning more about Florida's natu-
ral environment is now possible
via the Florida Master Naturalist
Program (FMNP), a new environmental
education opportunity offered by the
University of Florida/Institute of Food
and Agricultural Scienced (UF/IFAS) and
the Ostego Bay Foundation, Inc. Marine
Science Center.
The 40-hour educational extension
program covers Florida's ecosystems.
The three modules offered are wetlands,
coastal systems and upland habitats.
Participants can sign up for one, two or
all three.
The coast systems module includes
classroom instruction, field trips and prac-
tical interpretive experience related to
the general ecology, habitats, vegetation
types, wildlife and conservation issues of
coastal areas in Florida. In addition, the
program enhances naturalist interpreta-
tion skills and addresses environmental
The program is ideal for those in an
eco-tourism business, teachers seeking
environmental education contact hours,
volunteers and staff members of environ-
mental education facilities, or any inter-
ested adults. The courses are appropriate
for both novice and highly skilled environ-

mental professionals.
The FMNP is January 11-15 at
the Ostego Bay Foundation Marine
Science Center. For registration, go
to www.MasterNaturalist.org and click
on Registration. The cost is $225 and
includes 40 contact hours of instruction,
a comprehensive student reference work-
book, registration in the UF FMNP data-
base as a coastal naturalist, a certificate
of achievement, an embroidered FMNP
patch and a FMNP Coastal lapel pin.
For more information, call Joanne
Semmer at 765-8101 or 470-4993 or
send her an email to info@ostegobay.org.

Bird Walk
The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon
Society will host a bird walk on
January 2 on Bunche Beach. Meet
at the beach parking lot at 8 a.m. From
Sanibel, cross the causeway and travel
approximately two- and one-half-miles
down to John Morris Road. Turn right
on John Morris Road to beach parking
lot. Parking is free of charge. Waterproof
shoes are a must. These bird walks are
open to the public with a suggested dona-
tion of $2.
Call Hugh Verry at 395-3798 for

of Southwest Florida, including unrivaled insight into the com-
munity's relationship with the neighboring Seminole-Miccosukee "
Call the Seminole Lodge at 334-4430 for more information.
This month, The Sandy Butler Gourmet Market is
featured in O, The Oprah Magazine. The January issue of
the magazine highlights The Sandy Butler Group's exclusive
Fernando Pensato flavored olive oils in The 0 List, a column
featuring a limited number of unique products selected by Oprah
Winfrey or the publication's editors. These authentic, imported
olive oils are sold and distributed exclusively by The Sandy Butler
Group. They are available in The Sandy Butler Market and
online. In addition, Chef Michael Ragusa uses these products in a Seminole baby
variety of The Sandy photograph at the
Butler Restaurant Seminole Lodge
entrees. The prod-
ucts featured in The 0 List include the
Fernando Pensato Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(EVOO), the extra virgin mandarin oil, the
truffle oil and the award-winning Fernando
Pensato extra virgin oliver oil with lemon.
"We are honored to have our exclusive,
authentic Fernando Pensato Extra Virgin
Olive Oils showcased in O Magazine," said
Jason Nelson, general manager. "Some of
the top chefs and restaurants across the
country select this product for its flavor and
perfect balance. This line of award-winning
olive oils is among the highest quality olive
Fernando Pensato olive oil is sold exclu- oil available."
sively at The Sandy Butler Gourmet Market The olive grove is found in the Apulian
hills on the Fernando Pensato estate. The
Peranzana olives are handpicked the moment they are ripe and then specialty selected,
cleaned and cold-pressed in the pink granite mills in accordance with the age-old tradi-
tion. The Fernando Pensato extra virgin olive oil is available in a variety of sizes includ-
ing a gallon, 16.9 oz., 8.5 oz. and 2 oz. bottle.
The Sandy Butler is located at 17650 San Carlos Boulevard in Fort Myers. Call
On Thursday, December 31, Icabod's is celebrating the New Year with two distinc-
tive parties. The first starts with a Guinness Stout and Irish Whiskey toast led by Rob
DeGennaro and his staff at 7 p.m., when it turns midnight in Ireland. There will be
free hours d'oeuvres, prizes and holiday favors along with live music. There is no cover
charge and the regular and a special New Year's Eve menu will be available. The early
party is at the perfect time for families and those who want to be off the roads early.
The second party is a more traditional New Year's Eve bash with a champagne
toast at midnight. There will be dancing to the beats of a DJ and two live bands. A
special late night menu will be available from 12 to 2 a.m.
On Friday, January 1, Icabod's has happy hour all day from 11 a.m. to close and
is showing all of the college bowl games. Pick up a coupon at one of Icabod's New
Year's Eve parties and get 15 percent off on your toal check on New Year's Day.
Icabod's is located at 13851 South Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers. Call ahead seating is
available for New Year's Eve by calling 239-267-1611.0

Commercial Fishing Fleet Tour
stego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center is offering commercial fishing
fleet tours on San Carlos Island.
The three hour tour, which is held held every Wednesday morning, includes
a one-and-one-half-hour tour of the Marine Science Center and a one-and-one-half-
hour guided tour of the 100 million dollar commercial fishing industry, which includes
Erickson & Jensen Supply House, Trico Shrimp Company and Beach Seafood.
Experience firsthand how the boats are unloaded, the trawl doors are built, the
shrimp nets are hand-sewn, the seafood is processed and other important factors used
in this unique industry. The cost is a donation of $15 per adult, $10 per child and chil-
dren under the age of five are free.
Reservations are required by calling 239-765-8101.0

To advertise in The River Weekly Call 415-7732

A Diary Of Historical Significance
by Di Saggau
O n January 21, 7:30 p.m., at the Sanibel Congregational
Church, Stephen Mize, archivist for the United States
Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss the historical
S significance of the diary of James G. McDonald. His presen-
tation is titled Eyewitness to History: The Diary of James G.
As the first U.S. ambassador to Israel, McDonald witnessed
many of the defining moments of the 20th century and meticu-
Sf lously recorded his extraordinary insights in a diary that eventually
filled more than 10,000 pages. During a recent phone conversa-
tion with Mize, he spoke about how the diary was discovered. "It
came by way of an unsolicited donation in May 2003. A Washington, DC lawyer for
the U.S. court system stumbled upon a small part of the diary while cleaning out her
basement. Knowing it dealt with the Holocaust, she gave it to us."
Mize talked about how the diary affected him historically, after reading it. "I was
flabbergasted, thunderstruck, even reading the small fragment. There was an episode in
the diary regarding the Saar plebicite region between France and Germany. There was
a vote as to whether the region would go with Germany or France. They went with
Germany. As a result all the Jews ran for the French border in order to get to safety.
The French border police said if you don't have a Visa you can't enter. The diary also
deals with the conversation McDonald had with the cardinal secretary of state with the
Roman Catholic Church, trying to get Vatican Visas for the Jews.
I knew the diary was extraordinarily important. After hunting down the other com-
ponents that McDonald's daughter provided, I realized that we were dealing with the
first order of historic consequence."
Mize said the diary is a valuable addition to the Holocaust Museum.
"Up until 2003 in the simplest terms possible, the world was ignorant of precisely
what is an unrecognized American
hero of the Holocaust."
McDonald was convinced years before many of his contemporaries that Hitler was
not just a passing phenomenon, but was a great danger to the Jews. I asked if anyone
listened to him? "To an extent. He certainly told President Roosevelt about it while
he was still governor of New York and running for president. The diary entries reveal
that when Roosevelt was running for the presidency, McDonald visited him and gave a
briefing as to what he felt the situation in Germany was."

Mize explained what *
he hopes people will learn
from his talk. "I would like
them to understand that
the situation is extraordi- J ..
narily complex, and one .
cannot understand the
Holocaust or World War II
without looking at the his-
torical context as both the
war and the Holocaust. -
So many decisions by -'
American policymakers,
especially with regard -
to keeping Jews out of
the United States, were
largely driven by eco-
nomic fears. There was
concern that the U.S.
would be taking on mass-
es of unskilled labor and
that these people would
become wards of the
state and create economic
pressure. It's important
to know that there were
Americans who did under-
stand what was going
on and did everything in
their power to alert high
ranking officials. There James McDonald and his daughter Barbara with
were Americans who did Golda Meir (far left) in Tel Aviv, August 27, 1948.
behave in heroic fashion. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,
The first two volumes courtesy of Israel Government Press Office
of McDonald's Diary have
been published with a third to follow soon. The talk by Stephen Mize is sponsored by
Congregation Bat Yam Temple of the Islands, Sanibel Congregational Church, and
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Mize will take questions following his
Sanibel Congregational Church is at 2050 Periwinkle Way.,

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by Brian Johnson
P arks and
Mike Hammond
added to his list
of CROW rescues
on November 9
by pulling to safety
a badly wounded
cormorant from
Mantzas Pass on Fort Myers Beach.
Although weighing 1.5 kilograms -
fairly large for a cormorant the bird
was thin. "There was a lot of blood in
his mouth and dried blood on his feath-
ers," said CROW Veterinarian Dr. PJ
Deitschel. "We had been getting a lot of
cormorants in at that time with suspected
red tide toxicosis, but this was obviously a
trauma case, though an underlying toxi-
cosis may have possibly set the stage for
the injury. We knew we would have to act
fast when there is that much blood in
the mouth, they can die quickly."
CROW staff noticed a hole in his
chest near his shoulder, which exposed
his body's internal cavity. In a mammal,
said Dr. PJ, this would be an even more
acute problem as mammals use their dia-

The cormorant wanted out of the cage

phragms to breathe and need "negative
pressure." The respiratory apparatus of a
bird, however, is different; the main threat
here was infection.
They loaded up the cormorant with
Fortaz, a potent antibiotic. "With an open
wound like this in a cormorant you only
get one chance," said Dr. PJ.
Staff gave him Rebound, an oral rehy-
drating solution, and the Chinese herb
Yunnan Paiyao to decrease the bleeding.
"You could actually hear him breathing
through the opening in his chest, but his

Local Waters/Local Charts Class
by Cdr. Ron Terciak
he San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Po'
Squadrons, will be offering the popular Local Waters/Local Charts class. T
class will be held on Saturday, January 2 from 8:15 a.m. to noon. The cla
directed towards new boaters and boaters new to the area, as well as those wish
to learn chart reading. It will provide the boater with some of the basics of navig
tion, oriented to the Fort Myers area. Students will be using chart 11427 and yo
must bring this chart to class. Optional On-the-Water training is also offered at a
later date. Check with the class instructor for details.
The cost of the class is $40.
The class is being taught at the San Carlos Bay Sail & Power Squadron Classro
located at 16048 San Carlos Boulevard at the corner of Kelly Road (across from A
Hardware). Students can register online at www.scbps.com or call 466-4040.

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heart and respiratory rates were
normal," said Dr. PJ.
This scrappy little waterbird
not only survived the night in
ICU, but was chomping for a
meal the next morning and had
less wing droop than on admit-
tance. Staff gave him smelt and
silversides, which he consumed
in moments.
"By Day 2 this was an
aggressive and strong bird," said
Dr. PJ.
Within a few days he was
flapping his wings in his cage
and getting rambunctious. Staff
gave him a Chinese herb which
reduces anxiety, but it did not
slow him down much. "He
wanted out," said Dr. PJ.
But they could not risk send-
ing the bird to an outdoor cage,
where his open wound would
be exposed to the elements; it
was essential to continue his
seven-day course of antibiotics
and keep his chest clean. "In
a situation like this you would The co
love to tell your patient to just
hang on for a couple more days and it
will get better, but needless to say you
don't have that option in veterinary medi
cine," said Dr. PJ
By Day 7 the underlying soft tissue
had healed. Having completed his round
of antibiotics, the bird was taken to the
outdoor pelican complex, where he
joined several other cormorants.
It took about six weeks outdoors until
he was flying from platform to platform.

Free Seasonal

Shoreline Walks

wer i angrove Walk at Matanzas
he | When was the last time you
ss is walked through a maritime ham-
ing mock or a mangrove forest with the bay
a- lapping at your feet? join in and learn
)u about the diverse plant communities
including the maritime oak hammock,
transitional wetlands and mangrove
forest. Walkers meet every Thursday
om November through March at the entrance
CE to Matanzas Pass Preserve. Walks begin
at 9:30 a.m. and last approximately 11/2
hours. This is a free walk with limited free
parking. Matanzas Pass Preserve is locat-
ed at 199 Bay Road, Fort Myers Beach.
For more information visit the Web site at
www.leeparks.org or call 463-3764.
Exploring Ethnobotany New
This Season
Learn how indigenous plants can be
used for such things as food, shelter,
medicine and clothing. Learn the his-
torical importance of some of Florida's
plants to humans. Walkers meet the last
Wednesday of every month November
through March. Meet at the entrance to
Matanzas Pass Preserve. These walks
begin at 9:30 a.m. and last approximate-
ly 11/2 hours. This is a free walk and there
is no fee for parking but space is limited
so come early. Matanzas Pass preserve
is located at 199 Bay Road, Fort Myers

rmorant in an outdoor cage
On December 28 CROW released him
with two pelicans back to the wild.
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation
-of Wildlife, Inc.) is a non-profit wildlife
hospital providing veterinary care for
native and migratory wildlife from the
Gulf Coast of Florida. The hospital
accepts patients seven days a week
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mail donations
to PO Box 150, Sanibel, FL 33957.
Call 472-3644 or visit: www.crowclinic.

For more information visit t www.
leeparks.org.or call 463-3764.
Barrier Islands Guided Walk at
Do gopher tortoises like to swim,
why are plants important to the beach
and what is a barrier island? Learn the
answers to these questions and more
while exploring the beach front tropical
communities and all their inhabitants.
Walkers meet every Tuesday November
through March at Bowditch Point
Preserve. Walks begin at 9:30 a.m. and
last approximately 112 hours. This walk
is free but a fee for parking is required.
Bowditch Point Park is located at 50
Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach. For
more information visit the Web site at
www.leeparks.org or call 463-3764.
Low Tide Loafing at Sunset -
New This Season
Join a volunteer naturalist and leisurely
explore the mud flats at Bunche Beach to
see what mysteries the low tide uncovers
while enjoying a beautiful Florida sunset
as well. Wear shoes that can get wet,
don't forget your camera, water and bug
spray. Days and times will vary depending
on the tides. The next walk is scheduled
for January 14 at 4:30 p.m. and should
last about one hour. For more dates and
times call 463-3764 or visit the Web site
at www.leeparks.org. Bunche Beach is
located at 18201 John Morris Road, Fort
Group guided tours for any of the
shoreline walks are available upon request
by calling 229-7356."



Trout Season

Opens January 1
by Capt.
Matt Mitchell
W ith winter
here we all
V know fish-
ing after cold fronts
can be tough.
Luckily, there are
always some spe-
cies of fish that
will cooperate no
matter what the
conditions are. These species include
sheepshead, gag grouper and spotted
sea trout.
January 1 marks the opening of
spotted seatrout season in our area.
The opening of trout season does not
bring the same anticipation for me as
the opening of snook season, but trout
continue to be the most popular species
of game fish in our state. The harvest of
trout is closed in our area November and
Trout regulations are: Not less than
15 inches or more than 20 inches except

one fish over 20 inches per person with
four per day per person being the limit.
Trout can be caught with a variety of
baits/artificials and the colder months
seem to be the better months to fish for
this species. Clear days with clear water
seem to be the best days to catch trout
out on the flats. Look for flats that are
between three and five feet deep with a
mix of grass and sand bottom. Drifting
the flats throwing a soft plastic jig is usu-
ally how I locate these fish.
A live or artificial shrimp fished under a
popping cork is the tried and true method
for catching trout. Cajun Thunder and
Old Bayside make probably the best pop-
ping rigs. While drifting, simply pop the
cork every 30 seconds or so making a
loud popping noise. This noise attracts
the trout to the bait like a dinner bell.
Once you catch a few fish, drop a marker
or the anchor as trout run in schools and
once located you can catch fish after fish.
Not one of our most glamorous
fish, sheepshead are a winter staple in
Southwest Florida. Even on the coldest
days these fish feed well and make for
great table fare. These famed nibblers
are a little hard to catch because of their
small mouth and prominent teeth. Small
hooks or small weighted jig heads with a

A spotted sea trout
piece of shrimp do the trick. Clear water
conditions even make it possible to sight-
fish for the spooky sheepshead.
These striped convict-looking fish have
five or six vertical black bands and feed
mostly on crustacians including shrimp,
barnacles and fiddler crabs. They can be
found around pilings, oyster bars, seawalls
and tidal creeks. They are in the sound
in large numbers until the late winter and
early spring when they move offshore
to the nearshore wrecks and reefs. The
large ribcage of these members of the
porgie family makes them a little harder
to fillet than your average fish but it's
well worth it. The meat is firm, white and
When you think grouper, most people
think of fishing offshore, but this time
of year marks some of the better gag
grouper fishing nearshore and in the bay.

Anglers trolling deep diving plugs around
deeper channels in the bay, causeway
bridges and passes have been getting
some quality keeper size fish. Trolling
along the stone crab pot lines gulfside
has also been a good bet for a grouper
dinner, usually where there are crab pots
there are ledges or maybe grouper like
stone crab too.
Bottom fishing Captiva Pass and struc-
ture in the bay with live pinfish has also
produced some keepers over the 22-inch
minimum size.
Capt. Matt Mitchell moved to Sanibel
in 1980 and has fished local waters for
more than 25 years. He now lives in St.
James City and has worked as a back
country fishing guide for more than 10
years. If you have comments or ques-
tions email captmattmitchell@aol.com.

Jesse Burns and his snook
What a catch! Eight-year-old Jesse Burns from Salida, Colorado caught
this snook (number five) fishing in the bay waters of Sanibel Island on
November 24. He used light spinning gear and live minnows for his prize
catch. Jesse, along with his father, Brian Burns, and grandfather, Bill Burns, were
fishing with Captain Jeff Zasadny of Gulf Pro Charters from Jensen's Marina.
At 4:30 p.m. on that clear and sunny afternoon, the snook were hitting all the
lines. Jesse can claim that he is the first Burns fisherman to catch a snook. He's a
"catch and release" fisherman.M

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Send us details including tackle, bait and weather conditions, date of
catch, species and weight, and include photographs with identification.
Drop them at the River Weekly, 16450 San Carlos Boulevard, Suite 2, Fort
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From page 1
Florida Rep
to playwright Michael Hollinger, a for-
mer violist, who spent much of his youth
training to be a professional musician.
Hollinger used that unbalanced equation
to touch off what becomes 90 uninter-
rupted minutes of tense drama and inti-
mate character study.
The ensemble cast features five actors
with extensive bodies of work both at
Florida Rep and around the country. In
the quartet are Elliott playing 1st violin
(Giles Davies), Alan playing second vio-
lin (Chris Clavelli), Dorian playing viola
(Brendan Powers) and Carl playing cello
(Tom Nowicki). Grace (Rachel Burttram)
is the newest member of the quartet, who
has been called upon to fill the violist's
chair, left vacant by the unexpected and
controversial departure of its previous
Directed by Maureen Heffernan, Opus
boasts the same creative team that last
season brought Dancing at Lughnasa to
vivid life, a production the Wall Street
Journal called "Profoundly satisfying,"
and recently listed as one of its top picks
for the Best of 2009.
Opus plays January 8 through 24,
with discounted previews January 5 at 8
p.m., January 6 at 2 p.m. and January
7 at 8 p.m. Performances are Tuesday
through Saturday at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m.
matinees on Wednesday, Sunday and
selected Saturdays with a special twilight
performance at 7 p.m. on January 10.
On Saturday, January 9 at 2 p.m.,
new groups of 10 or more can take
advantage of an introductory rate of just

$10 per ticket, and on Sunday, January
10 at 7 p.m., audience members under
the age of 35 can see the show for $10.
Subscribe now and see five shows
for just $99. Call the box office at 332-
4488. Ticket are $42 and $38, and $25
and $20 for discounted preview perfor-
Florida Repertory Theatre performs
in the Historic Arcade Theatre on Bay
Street between Jackson and Hendry
with free parking in the Fort Myers River
District. Visit online at www.floridarep.
From page 1
Tim Zimmerman &
The King's Brass
the United States perform their original
arrangements as heard on their eight
recordings. For more than 20 years, The
King's Brass has performed over 100
concerts each season with three trum-
pets, three trombones, a tuba, keyboards,
and percussion. Playing a wide variety
of music from Gabrieli to hymn clas-
sics, from Handel to jazz spirituals, from
gospel songs to patriotic marches, The
King's Brass uses all corners of the con-
cert hall to lift hearts and spirits in praise.
Tickets are on sale now for $10 each.
Call 454-2147 or go to www.shellpoint.
The Village Church at Shell Point is a
ministry of the Christian and Missionary
Alliance and serves a congregation of
more than 600. The Village Church is
located near the entrance to the Island at
Shell Point and seats 1,000 people. Shell

Point Retirement Community is just off
Summerlin Road, two miles before the
Sanibel Causeway.

Performs Classics
Of Broadway
E experience an evening of all time
favorite show tunes at the Gulf
Coast Symphony's Classics
Of Broadway concert at Barbara B.
Mann Performing Arts Hall. Classics
Of Broadway takes place on Sunday,
January 17 at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy the
greatest hits from classic Broadway
shows including Chicago, West Side
Story, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables,
My Fair Lady, Kiss Me Kate and more.
Classics Of Broadway features Tony
Award winners Debbie Gravitte and Doug
LaBrecque. Gravitte is one of Broadway's
biggest personalities. She garnered a
Tony Award for Best Featured Actress
in a Musical for her performance in
Jerome Robbins' Broadway. She has
performed with celebrities Jay Leno,
Harry Anderson and the legendary
George Burns as well as with numerous
symphony orchestras around the globe.
LaBrecque has performed as a soloist
with some of the world's finest symphony
orchestras. He has also performed as The
Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of
the Opera, toured nationally with Les
Miserables and held leading roles in a
multitude of other well known Broadway

Single tickets cost $23.50, $28.25,
$32.25 and $51. Tickets are available
online at www.gulfcoastsymphony.org,
by calling 481-4849 or in person at the
Barbara B. Mann box office one hour
prior to the concert. For more informa-
tion email: info@gulfcoastsymphony.org.
"This show is going to be one the best
Broadway shows we have ever present-
ed," said Music Director Andrew Kurtz
said. "This is music from the Broadway
shows we have all grown up with, and
this music has stood the test of time. We
are thrilled to be presenting them in con-
cert with two of the foremost Broadway
stars of today," he added.4

n March 7 the Southwest Florida
Symphony is holding its sig-
nature fundraiser, Swing With
The Symphony, hosted by Conductors
Michael Hall and Joseph Caulkins.
The day will include a brunch with
a tropical flair, games, and a live and
silent auction. New this year is The Golf
Challenge; 18 holes of semi-challenging
Registration brochures with details will
be available at the end of January.
The fundraiser will be held at The
Plantation Golf and Country Club, located
at 10500 Dartington Drive, Fort Myers. If
you are interested in sponsorship oppor-
tunities or registration call Tiffany Heck at
418-0996 ext. 11.M

Tickle the lvories with

The Great Gershwins
January 8 6 9 8pm
Barbara B. Mann
featuring Marcus Klicbhe, piano
and selections from "Porgy and Bess'

2010: A Space Odyssey
January 16 8pm
Barbara B. Mann

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Journey Through
The Mind...
Edgar Allan Poe
T theatre Conspiracy opens Journey
Through The Mind... Edgar
Allan Poe on January 8 at the
Foulds Theatre in Fort Myers. This
tour-de-force is written and performed
by renowned performer Will Stutts as
he returns to Southwest Florida in this
intriguing and fascinating one-man
A native of Alabama, Stutts is a sea-
soned performer whose Broadway credits
include Present Laughter with George C.
Scott, Spoon River Anthology and Night
of the Iguana. In 2006, Stutts amazed
Southwest Florida with his portrayal of
Atticus Finch, the timeless hero of Harper
Lee's classic, To Kill a Mockingbird,
and has worked longer and more in the
genre of the one-person play than almost
any other actor in the world. Among the
productions he has written, devised and
starred in are Mark Twain's America,
Walt Whitman: Liberal and Lusty as
Nature, Barrymore, Frank Lloyd Wright
and a play about his cousin, Tallulah
Critics agree that Stutts is the master
of the one-man show, "As Edgar Allan
Poe, Stutts climbed the heights of the act-
ing profession... a performance of com-
manding stature..." says the Philadelphia

Artist's Reception
On Matlacha
B onnie's & Christina's Art Gallery
in Matlacha is hosting a Creative
Coast Weekend January 8 and
9. Pat Cleveland is the featured artist.
Cleveland brings an intense feeling for
color and a strong sense of composition
to her work of oil paintings. She has
been exhibiting locally for the past 29
years with various art leagues and gal-
leries, winning numerous awards. She
began painting in her childhood along
with her artist mother. Her work is in
many private collections including those
of well known celebrities. This exhibit
includes a new series of oceanic subjects,
some tropicals, and abstracts. Meet the
artist at the opening reception on Art
Night January 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. The
show will remain on display through
February 11. Admission is free. Gallery
hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Bonnie's & Christina's Gallery is at
4630 Pine Island Road, Matlacha, phone
283-9560 or visit Matlachaart.com.4

Line Dancing
At Bay Oaks
Rec Center
Bay Oaks Recreation Center on
Fort Myers Beach will now offer
line dancing classes on Tuesdays
from 9 to 10 a.m. beginning January
5. Learn how to the Cha-cha, Mambo,
Charleston, and other dances. This

Edgar Allan Poe
Performances will be January 8 to
23, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at
8 p.m. with one Saturday matinee on
January 16 at 2 p.m. The Saturday,
January 16 8 p.m. performance is sold-
out. Tickets are $22 or $10 for students
and can be purchased by calling the box-
office at 936-3239.
Opening night, Friday January 8, is
a pay what you will performance. You
name the ticket price for that night only.
Thursday nights are buy one ticket get
one at half price.

Guided Hikes
n Saturday January 9 the CREW
Land & Water Trust will host
a hike for all ages from 9 a.m.
through noon at the CREW Marsh
Hiking Trails. These hikes are on the sec-
ond Saturday of the month.
Tuesday guided hikes are scheduled for
9 a.m. to noon, January 5 and 19, the
first and third Thursdays of the month.
The hikes are free, although dona-
tions to support the trust's preservation
efforts and environmental education
programs are appreciated. For reser-
vations call 239-657-2253 or e-mail
bthomas crew@earthlink.net.
Hikers are encouraged to bring water
to drink and wear old shoes.
A Full Moon Hike on January 29
as the sun sets will explore the CREW
Marsh trails with senses other than sight.

Flashlights with a red beam setting are
welcome, but the moon will light the way.
Fee is $3 for CREW members, $5 for
non-members. All proceeds are used to
support the trust's preservation efforts.
Reservations are required; call 239-657-
2253 or email bthomas crew@earthlink.
The CREW Marsh hiking trails are
open to the public daily from sunrise to
sunset.Trail maps are available at the trail-
head at 4600 Corkscrew Road, two miles
south of State Road 82 or 18 miles east
of exit 123 off 1-75. The CREW Cypress
Dome hiking trails are also open to the
public every day. Trail maps are available
at the trailhead located four miles west of
the Marsh Trails..M

is a low-impact exercise and fun for
everyone of all ages. Come by yourself
or bring some friends. Partners are
not required. Beginners are welcome.
Classes will be held at the Bay Oaks
gyms. For more information call Lu
Carter at 463-5709 or 630-363-0131.
The Bay Oaks Recreation Center is at
2731 Oak Sti--t

Writers, poets and drama buffs
are invited to open meetings at
Lexington Country Club in Fort
Myers on January 7 and 21 to view an
extraordinary film, Playing Shakespeare,
written and narrated by John Barton of
the Royal Shakespeare Company in the
'80s. It features famous actors such as lan
McKellen, Judy Dench, Patrick Stewart,
Sinead Cusack and Ben Kingsley.
Soon-to-be stars, these actors meet
and face the challenge of performing
Shakespeare's 16th century verse and still
strike a balance with contemporary lan-
guage. We learn how metaphors provide
clues for interpretation and listen to two
different actors as Shylock and to several
versions of famous soliloquies. It is thrill-
ing and instructive to see and hear how
these young players bring memorable
poetry to life.
Admission is free. If you plan to attend
both or only one session, call Hal Cantor
482-5097 or Joe Pacheco, 472-1280
to reserve and/or get directions to the
Lexington clubhouse. Screening on both
days begins at 1 p.m. Arrive at 12:45 or
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Discover Southwest Florida's
Cultural Hub At Edison State College
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One of more than 100 pieces of Chinese and Japanese porcelain from the Sanders
Porcelain Collection on display
ARTS Edison is the latest edition to the world class offerings at Edison State
College. From the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall to the only gallery
outside of New York City's Guggenheim to bear the name of the great Bob
Rauschenberg, ARTS Edison is a hub of artistic inspiration right here in Southwest
"The arts are an integral part of the human experience; serving as windows into
diverse cultures, bringing new ideas to the forefront and offering new experiences and
appreciations," said Ron Bishop, curator of the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison
State. "Edison State College has embraced that concept for many years; ARTS Edison
is one more step the college has taken for our students and the community alike. I

CelebW' ?Wif special menu
and some spirited toasts.
Mark Kobie and the Drunk Monkeys
267-1611 Call ahead seating Take-Out Available
11lam-10pm: Lunch, Dinner and
Snacks in Between
Happy Hour: 4pm- 7pm
The Attic: Opens at 4pm
Tuesday Saturday New Late night menu
& live entertainment
13851 S. Tamiami Trail, Ft. Myers former Dwyers)

Sculpture from the diverse collection of Italian art on loan from Dr. Richard Rush and his
wife Mrs. Julia Rush
think it is the leadership the community expects of Edison State, and it carries a pow-
erful message acknowledging the importance of art and culture in learning and in
our lives. I'm very proud of this initiative and what it symbolizes."
ARTS Edison has a dedication to excellence, offering programs that create oppor-
tunities for students and the community alike to experience various traditions in the
visual and performing arts, while gaining a richer understanding of life. ARTS Edison
offers an array of affordable cultural opportunities designed to appeal, and be acces-
sible to all. By providing an inspirational setting where regional, national, and interna-
tional cultural activities educate and entertain, ARTS Edison embraces the diversity of
Southwest Florida.
Discover the one-of-a-kind events and films offered during the Black Maria Film
Festival, check out the annual Pops Concert, delight in an Edison State Theatre pro-
duction, or take one of Edison State's new Arts Academy courses. Step inside the new
Richard H. Rush Library and visit the Special Collections Gallery from the Sanders and
Rush families. While on campus, take a break and enjoy the Koi pond in the Mary Jo
Sanders Garden of Inspiration.
"It's very refreshing that Edison State sees the importance of promoting art and
culture on our campus for the students as well as the community. It's exciting to
see students, who may never have actually taken the time to go check out a museum,
wander into one of the galleries on campus and really be intrigued by the art show-
cased here," said Michele Di Rocco, a recent graduate of Edison State College.
To further the college's commitment to arts and education Edison State plans to
begin offering an AA degree in the fine arts in the coming year.
"Students are showing great interest in our newly developed theater, music and arts
classes," said Dr. Noreen Thomas executive vice president and Lee Campus president.
"Participation and interest has reached a level that warrants the new option."
For more information about ARTS Edison contact Ron Bishop at Edison State
College, 489-9314.0

Palm Strings Quartet
To Give Church Concert
The Southwest Florida Symphony Palm Strings String Quartet will give a con-
cert at Beach United Methodist Church on Monday, January 11. The concert
begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Sanctuary of the Church at 155 Bay
Road, behind the library. A free will offering will be collected to offset expenses.
This concert will be the second in the Hibiscus Series for the 2009-10 season, and
will be the first string quartet program offered. This remarkable quartet is made up of
principal players from the symphony,and includes Hannah Cho, assistant concertmas-
ter, Danut Muresan, violin 2, Rachel Cox, former principal viola, and Susannah Kelly,
principal cello.
This concert will feature music to meet everyone's tastes including music from
Porgy and Bess as well as music from the 40s and 50s. There will an opportunity to
ask questions pertaining to their instruments as well as to the players' musical growth
as individuals. This focus is part of the outreach to attract younger children into the
world of music and performing arts.
A reception will follow the concert and is open to everyone in attendance.
For more information call the church office at 463-9656.0

Community Arts

Class Performs
Sleeping Beauty
On Saturday, December 19 chil-
dren from the Harlem Heights
Community completed the
first Harlem JAMS! Acting for Life
Class with a performance of Sleeping
Beauty, taught and directed by Shawn
Aiming to cultivate arts appreciation
and promote healthy lifestyles for the
Harlem Heights Community, Harlem
JAMS!, an arts and fitness program,
was developed in October by CJAM
Consulting, LLC, Harlem Heights
Improvement Association and Lee
County Alliance for the Arts .
The program consists of six-week
sessions of after school, evening and
weekend classes featuring dance, theater,
multimedia and visual art. Housed in the
Harlem Heights Community Center, the
inaugural fall 2009 session offered four
classes including Acting for Life (ages six
to 10), Urban Art (ages 11 to 15), Jazz
Dance (adult) and Line Dancing (seniors).
Each class is hosted once per week for
six weeks, and workshops are offered in
single classes. All youth and adult sessions
are $25 for six weeks, senior sessions are
$15 for six weeks, and individual work-
shops are $10 each. Discounts are avail-
able for multiple registrants residing in the
same household. Spaces in each class are

Acting for Life performance

limited so all are encouraged to register
now for the next session by calling 454-
3060 or mailing info@cjamconsulting.
com. The next Harlem JAMS! offering
will be the winter session in February and
CJAM Consulting Principal Candace
Jackson is thrilled to partner with Harlem
Heights Improvement Association
Director Angela Jackson and Alliance for
the Arts Executive Director Lydia Black
on this exciting new program.
The Alliance for the Arts is dedi-
cated to a growing community through
ARTreach, an idea that bridges under-

privileged groups with an opportunity
to discover their inner artist. Programs
like these are made possible with the
generous support of area volunteers and
donors. Give today to share the gift of art
through ARTreach. Call the Alliance for
the Arts at 939-2787.
The Alliance for the Arts is the des-
ignated Arts Agency in Lee County.
Through its Gladys G. Land School of
Art, the Alliance offers a wide variety of
classes including youth arts classes, visual
arts, performance arts, literary arts, pho-
tography, film, computer, graphic design
and Web classes, and exercise arts.#



Coming To
Germain Arena
will perform
two shows
at Germain
Arena in
Estero on
January 16.
This is
the 40th :
tion of the
Danction of the One of the white stallions
DancWhite performing a courbette
which, over the years. have been seen by
over 26 million people around the globe.
The show has been called "an equine
ballet" and "an equestrian work of art."
These horses represent 425 years of his-
Shows are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets, priced $15.50 to $27.50, are
available at the Germain Arena box office
or by calling 800-745-3000. For more
information, log onto www.lipizzaner.com
or www.germainarenacom.0

"Fresh ingredients, simplicity, love...
the recipe for a treasured dining experience" ChefAJ


FPL Powers Up Charlotte County's
LA Ainger Middle School With Solar

Program For Hands-On Learning

LA Ainger Middle School 8th grade science teacher Dominic Pisciteli discusses teach-
ing opportunities using Florida Power & Light Company's newly installed solar array in
Rotonda West, Florida.

J ust weeks after President Obama visited Florida to commission Florida Power
& Light Company's (FPL) DeSoto Next Generation Energy Center the largest
photovoltaic solar plant in the nation FPL and officials with Charlotte County
Public Schools unveiled similar technology at LA Ainger Middle School in Rotonda
LA Ainger Middle School's Next Generation Solar Education Station features solar
panels similar to those operating at the DeSoto plant and now provides students a
hands-on tool to learn about renewable energy. The school is one of six in the state at
which FPL is installing Next Generation Solar Education Stations.

LA Ainger Middle School students walk past Florida Power & Light Company's newly
installed solar array on the school's grounds

"When these students grow up, renewable energy will be central to their lives. As
FPL constructs groundbreaking new solar power plants, such as the one in DeSoto
County, we believe it's important to help educate the next generation of Floridians so
they understand what it means for them now and in the future," said Charlotte Miller,
FPL regional manager for Southwest Florida.
Over the summer, two of LA Ainger's science teachers learned how to incorporate
solar energy lessons into their curriculum. Now they are sharing these lessons with
their students. An online tool will show the power generated at each Next Generation
Solar Education Station after they are completed. It may be viewed at www.fpl.com/
This site also contains complete information about FPL's Next Generation Solar
Education program, including the curriculum and how teachers in FPL's service territo-
ry can apply for a grant to help them create classroom projects on renewable energy.
The site also shows the locations of the other five Next Generation Solar Education
Stations planned, operating or under construction in Florida:
continued on page 19

Financial Focus
Put Unused
Vacation Days
Toward Your 401(k)
Sby Jennifer Basey
Now that
the year is
S almost over,
you may want to
explore some last-
minute steps you
can take to poten-
tially boost your
financial fortunes
and improve your
tax returns for 2010. And one good
place to look is your 401(k).
Your 401(k) is a great retirement sav-
ings vehicle. You typically fund your plan
with pretax dollars, so the more you put
in, the lower your taxable income. Plus,
your earnings can grow on a tax-deferred
basis, which means your money can grow
faster than if it were placed in an invest-
ment on which you paid taxes every year.
Also, you can spread your 401(k) dollars
among a range of investments to match
your risk tolerance, time horizon and
retirement goals. Clearly, then, it would
be nice to "max out" on your plan each
year. But during difficult economic times,
it may not be easy for you to defer more
of your salary into your 401(k).
Fortunately, there may be a way in

which you can boost your 401(k) contri-
butions without cutting in to your take-
home pay.
Specifically, you may be able to con-
vert any unused vacation and sick time to
your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored
retirement plan, such as a 457(b) or
403(b). Many employers have offered this
conversion option for years, but relatively
few employees have taken advantage of
it. Now, however, the Obama administra-
tion has asked the U.S. Department of
the Treasury and the IRS to issue new
rulings on the topic in the hope of getting
more people to increase their retirement
savings. And this is an important goal,
because many of us still need to put away
much more money on a regular basis if
we're going to enjoy the type of retire-
ment lifestyle we've envisioned.
The ability to convert vacation or sick
time to your 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b)
plan can help you make progress toward
that lifestyle. While the conversion feature
won't enable you to exceed the contribu-
tion limit for your plan which for 2009
is $16,500, or $22,000 if you're 50 or
older it may make it easier for you to
beef up your contributions for this year,
particularly if you have unused vacation
or sick time you can't carry over.
Not all employers are willing or able
to turn vacation or sick hours into retire-
ment plan contributions, so check with
your human resources or benefits office
to see if you can make this move. If it is
allowed, though, consider taking action.
Once you know how many retirement

plan dollars can result from your unused
vacation or sick days, go over your 401(k)
or other plan, perhaps with the help of
your financial advisor, to determine an
appropriate allocation of your money.
For example, you may have accounts
within your plan that are currently under-
funded. Or you might benefit from "rebal-
ancing" your plan by adding some new
money into different accounts. Keep in
mind, however, that diversification does
not guarantee a profit or protect against
In any case, consider this opportunity
to add to your retirement plan. The more
you save today, the brighter your outlook
could be for tomorrow.
Copyright 2010. Jennifer Basey
is a financial advisor in Fort Myers.
She can be reached at jenniferbasey@
From page 7
these groups at the receptions coming
up. They definitely deserve to be honored
for all the work they do to help others in
the community."
Each organization selected will be
honored at a personal cocktail reception
given for 25 of their volunteers. The
receptions will be held on January 14 for
Baby Basics of Collier County, February
25 for The Penny Bear Company,
and March 11 for the Make-A-Wish

Foundation of Southern Florida.For more
information, call 239-262-7131 ext. 149
or 800-741-7131 ext. 149 or e-mail

Bar Association
To Install
New Officers
he annual installation of the 2010
Lee County Bar Association
Executive Council and member-
ship meeting will be held on Friday,
January 15 at 11:45 a.m. at the Royal
Palm Yacht Club at 2360 West First
Street, Fort Myers.
New officers to be installed are presi-
dent, Andrew S. Epstein; vice president,
Michael D. Randolph; secretary, Karla Y.
Campos; treasurer, Andrew A. Bokan;
and member at large, Brian A. Williams.
Jesse Diner, president of the Florida Bar
Association will be the keynote speaker
on the State of the Florida Bar.
Prior to the luncheon, attorney Philip
Freidin of Freidin & Dobrinski will present
a free Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
program on Avoiding Medical Malpractice
at 10:30 a.m.
Reservations are required. Email info@
leebar.org or call 334-0047. Admission is
members, $20, visitors, $25. All LCBA
meetings are open to the public.4


i oFresh

F Florida

Oyster Dressing
1 12-ounce container oysters
1/2 cup celery, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter
4 cups day-old bread cubes
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/ teaspoon poultry seasoning
V8 teaspoon pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Drain
oysters; reserve liquor. Remove any
remaining shell particles. Chop oysters.
Cook celery and onion in butter until ten-
der. Add oysters and oyster liquor to veg-
etables; cook for 10 minutes. Combine
oysters, cooked vegetables, bread cubes
and seasonings in a large bowl; mix
thoroughly. If stuffing seems dry, moisten
with additional oyster liquor. Bake dress-
ing in a greased casserole for 30 minutes
or use for poultry stuffing.
Yield stuffing for a 4-pound ready-to-
cook bird, or 5 cups
Stuffing for poultry
For 5-9 pound bird 2 times stuffing


Boot Camp
On Saturday, January 2 from 10
a,m. to 3 p.m. the Lee County
Alliance for the Arts is offering a
boot camp for Macintosh users.
Whether you are new to the Apple
Macintosh or have been using one for
years, there is something for everyone
in this five-hour "brain dump" taught
by visual artist and longtime Mac user
Gerard Damiano.
Material to be covered includes a brief
history of computing, Apple and the birth
of the Mac, hardware basics, computer
terminology, and an in-depth look at
the latest operating systems (OS 10.5
Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard). Also
covered are document basics, back up
strategies, keyboard short cuts, tips and
Lessons will be taught through dem-
onstration, with an emphasis on visual
example. Students are invited (but not
required), to bring in their laptops or por-
table computers to follow along in class.
The cost is $50 for Alliance members,
$65 for non-members.
To register, call Scott Guelcher at 939-
2787 or email education@artinlee.org.
You may also register in person.
Other upcoming classes include;
iTunes Crash Course, Wednesday,
January 5, 6 to 8 p.m.;
Rip, Remix, and Burn... iPhone
workshop, Thursday, January 7, 6 to
8:30 p.m.;
Mac Power Users Workshop,
Tuesday January 12, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Oyster Dressing
For 10-15 pound bird 3 times stuffing
For 16-20 pound bird 4 times stuffing

The Lee County Alliance for the Arts
is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard
(at the intersection of Colonial Boulevard)
in Fort Myers.

Traffic Report
During November, 598,478
passengers traveled through
Southwest Florida International
Airport, a decrease of 0.8 percent com-
pared to November 2008. Year-to-date,
passenger traffic is down 2.5 percent
over the same period last year.
The traffic leader in November was
AirTran with 101,993 passengers travel-
ing to and from Fort Myers. Rounding
out the top five airlines were JetBlue
(89,652), Delta (74,224), Southwest
(65,202) and US Airways (54,598).
Southwest Florida International
Airport had 6,966 aircraft movements
(takeoffs and landings), a decrease of 3.6
percent compared to November 2008.
Page Field General Aviation Airport
saw 6,933 movements, a 17.2 percent
increase from November 2008. In addi-
tion, more than 2.8 million pounds of air
freight moved through Southwest Florida
International Airport in November 2009.
Southwest Florida International Airport
served more than 7.6 million passengers
in 2008 and is one of the top 50 U.S.
airports for passenger traffic. No ad
valorem (property) taxes are used for air-
port operation or construction. For more
information, log onto www.flylcpa.com..

For 21-25 pound bird 5 times stuffing
Look for Fresh from Florida ingredi-
ents at your grocery store.

From page 18
Solar Program

Students spell out Go Solar at the new solar array, installed by Florida Power & Light
Company at LA Ainger Middle School following a dedication

Hinson Middle School, Daytona Beach (Volusia County)
Mandarin Lakes Academy K-8 Center, Homestead (Miami-Dade County)
JD Parker Elementary School, Stuart (Martin County)
Deerfield Beach Middle School (Broward County)
SunCoast Community High School, Riviera Beach (Palm Beach County)
On December 15, FPL brought its Home Energy Makeover team to Fort Myers to
perform energy makeovers on 50 homes in the area. They changed out traditional
bulbs for LEDs, added weather stripping, changed low flow shower heads and even
provided insulation to some homeowners. It was a true community event and a great
lesson in energy efficiency to low-income homeowners who may not have the means
to make their homes more energy efficient on their own.M


Dolphins Make Special Visit
T he Miami Dolphins
caravan was mak-
ing a swing through
Southwest Florida on
Tuesday and was looking
for a children's charity to
partner with for an event.
John Yarbrough, the
Dolphins' Southwest Florida
representative, contacted
Steve LeBlanc, president
of the Kiwanis Club of
Northside Naples. Due to
the short notice, LeBlanc
and Joe Zaks, vice presi-
dent of Kiwanis Northside,
contacted Joe Cleveland
of Big Brothers Big Sisters
(BBBS) of Southwest
Florida to offer them the
opportunity. BBBS jumped
at the opportunity to bring
the Dolphins to their chil-
dren. Yarbrough indicated
that the only thing the
that the only thing the Jeff Cross (#91) hands out Miami Dolphins photographs
Dolphins needed from
BBBS was the children and
a facility to meet them. Cleveland quickly contacted Vicki Tracy at Bentley Village who
offered the auditorium for the event. With some 120 kids present, the Dolphins came
represented by Nat Moore (89), Jeff Cross (91), cheerleaders and the Dolphin mascot
The kids, who had been treated to cookies and candy while waiting, lined up to
receive a photo of the entire Miami Dolphin squad and a gift bag. This gave them a
chance to be up close to these fine representatives of the team and they loved it.
Those present watched as a lot of wonderful children had a great time meeting
their idols. The Dolphin representatives also enjoyed this interaction. Bentley Village
was honored to serve as host for this event.

Extreme Home

Makeover For

Local Family
It is not often that roofing companies
work together, but Advanced Roofing
and Sheet Metal and Crowther
Roofing teamed up to help out a local
family in need this holiday season. The
roof of the Castro family's carport was
about to give in, leaking pipes rotted the
main roof overhead and there was only
a fireplace for heat. Parts of the house
were in dangerous condition because
of water damage and deterioration due
to age and the multiple pot holes in
the driveway made it difficult for Rocky
Castro, 22, to maneuver his wheelchair.
Despite their own emergency needs, the
Castro family spends a lot of their time
helping out others in the community.
Whether it is through the works with
their church, fire education to children,
or working as youth leaders, the Castro
family gives of themselves throughout
the year.
Migdalia and Ruben Castro have two
children, Rocky and lan, as well as a for-
eign exchange student from Italy. Rocky
has lived with a muscular dystrophy asso-
ciation disease, spinal muscular atrophy,
since birth. This disease causes skin and
lung issues as well as muscle deteriora-
tion, leaving Rocky bound to a wheel-
chair. Over his lifetime, Rocky has under-
gone 16 surgeries. Most recently, after
several years of trying, Rocky was grant-

ed a canine assistant, Eeyore. Despite his
disabilities, Rocky is currently going to
college and studying to be a lawyer.
The Castro family is very involved
in the community and church, where
Migdalia works part time. When Ruben is
not at the fire station, where he has been
an emergency medical technician and
firefighter for 19 years, you can find him
at his second job or volunteering his time
to teach fire safety at local schools and
churches. Migdalia is involved in many
different programs including the local
Shriners' Club where she acts as an advi-
sory coach and supporter to other moms
with children who suffer from debilitating
With hammers in hand instead of
toys, Builders Care, the nonprofit arm
of the Lee Building Industry Association
(BIA), began construction, valued at more
than $40,000, on the Castro family
home, located at 6002 Kenneth Road.
Construction was completed December
22, just in time for Christmas.
In a collaborative effort between
Builders Care, the BIA and local building
subcontractors, volunteers removed the
existing air conditioning unit, roof and
carport, rebuilt the roof and carport, pro-
vided a new driveway suitable for handi-
cap accessibility, painted the exterior,
refurbished existing ramps and installed
new air conditioning, soffit and fascia.
"We are so proud of our accomplish-
ments with the local building industry
association members," said Michael
Reitmann, Lee BIA executive director.
"It goes to show you how much the local
building industry and related companies

Castro Project complete
give to our local community even during
this tough economic crisis."
Contributing companies include Abash
Enterprises, Advanced Roofing and
Sheet Metal, Allied Portable Restrooms,
Aqua Systems, A-Rite Glass, Barraco
and Associates, Bradley Construction,
Cape Coral Plumbing, Carroll Properties,
Construction Materials, Crowther
Roofing, Douglas E. Moff Construction,
Gulfcoast Engineering Services, Harbor
Springs Construction and Development,
Mark's Dumpsters, Nilles Design, Priority
Marketing, Raymond Building Supply,
Sherwin Williams, Service Painting of
Florida, Southern State Electric, Suncoast

Contracting Supply, Sunset Air, TPI
Aluminum, T&M Portable Restrooms,
Tarmac Concrete, Totally Detailed
Renovation Services and Westcoast
Structural Concrete & Masonry.
Builders Care is headquartered at the
Lee BIA offices at 4210 Metro Parkway,
Suite 100 in Fort Myers. Donations can
be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.
org, or to the Builders Care general fund
at BB&T Page Field branch at 4959
South Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers.
More information is available by calling

Florida's Urban Meyer Makes
The Right Decision That's The
Top Sports Story Of The Year
by Ed Frank
E very newspaper, every magazine, every radio and televi-
sion station, hundreds of blogs, every media imaginable
are listing the top 10 events of the year, the top 10 sto-
ries of the decade, the worst, the happiest, the deadliest, the
funniest, etc., etc., etc. adnausia.
Sure, here in Florida we've had national college football and
basketball champions, a World Series champion, Super Bowl
champion, champions of all sorts. But this is one reporter who
will not succumb to the mindless listing of top 10 sporting events
of the year or the decade.
To my way of thinking, the biggest story occurred just this
past weekend with the sudden, unexpected resignation of Florida football coach Urban
Meyer, who less than 24 hours later rescinded that decision in favor of a leave of
absence from the Gator Nation.
The psychoanalysts of the world have prescribed in lengthy detail Meyer's reason-
ing from first stepping down from that pressure-cooker of a job, and then reversing his
I don't think you need a degree in medicine or psychology to understand Meyer,
recently voted the College Football Coach of the Decade by Sports Illustrated and
Sporting News.
He is a workaholic, under a great deal of stress and tends not to delegate authority.
He has a history of medical problems as far back as 1998 when he was an assistant
coach at the Notre Dame. He has a young family and realizes their formative years are
racing by without the devoted attention a loving father should provide.
Yes, his physician and Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley recommended, per-
haps even demanded, that Meyer step down, at least temporarily, from his sideline
duties. But in the end it was Meyer's wise decision alone.
Just how long he will remain away from his Gator responsibilities, or if he will ever
return to that job, is a matter of conjecture.
The NCAA has rules on the hours of team practice, spring and pre-season schedul-
ing, and other restrictions. Maybe it is time to establish similar limitations for coaches
and their staff.

Let us
applaud Meyer
for last week-
end's decision,
a decision that
probably should
have been
made sooner.
Friday, he will
coach Florida
for perhaps his
final game when
the Gators face
Cincinnati in the
Sugar Bowl.
And let us
also applaud him
for his amazing Urban Meyer photo courtesy AP Mario Casales
in Gainesville over the last five years: two national championships, a 56-10 record
including a 32-8 record in conference play, and a 22-game winning streak that ended
earlier this month when Florida lost to Alabama in the SEC championship game.
Let us also remember that when he assumed the Florida job in 2005, the Gators
had a 7-5 record the year before, and he had them winning a national title by 2006.
Overall, he has a 95-18 career record at Bowling Green, Utah, and Florida.
Meyer was making $4 million a year, he is the most sought-after college coach in
the nation, and he brought pride and glory to Florida.
But he has made the correct decision to walk away, to restore his health, and to
care for the needs of his family. And for these reasons, he earns the respect from all
of us.
Everblades Begin Long Road Trip With Split
The Florida Everblades hockey team began their longest road trip in franchise his-
tory last week with a split, a 3-0 victory over Charlotte and a 3-2 overtime loss to
The 11-game road journey continues this week with two more games at Gwinnett
and one at South Carolina.
Florida began the week with a 15-12-2 season record.4

Pro Golfer Visits
Bentley Village
On Friday, December 11 Bentley
Village's residents were given a
very special treat. Through the
efforts of Community Relations Manager
Vicki Tracy and Greg Norman's staff,
Norman made an appearance at Bentley
Village in connection with his Shark
Shootout Tournament at Tiburon Country
Club. Residents were thrilled that he
would take the time for this visit.
Norman discussed his experiences as a
golf professional. He spoke briefly so that
there was ample time for the residents to
ask questions. He was forthright in answer-
ing a variety of questions and what came me
through so vividly was that he enjoys being
up close and personal with the audience. In
fact, he discussed the fact that some of the
pros do not like to mingle with the people
at a tournament, but that he has always Greg Norman
enjoyed meeting the people, talking to
them and giving autographs.
The questions he fielded dealt with equipment for nonprofessionals, his favorite golf
courses, his most memorable golf shot, and how did he decided to become a profes-
sional golfer.
Norman is involved in a variety of activities off the golf course. Of all of these, his
Foundation CureSearch is at the top of his list. This foundation supports research to
find drugs that will treat children's cancers. We learned that drugs used in the treat-
ment of adult cancers do not work in children. CureSearch National Childhood Cancer
Foundation supports the work of the Children's Oncology Group, the most prestigious
childhood cancer treatment and Research Center in North America
At the completion of the meeting, Norman signed autographs and allowed several
people to be photographed with him.
Bentley Village was honored that he took time out of his busy schedule to make this
program a reality.4

Tour De Cape Is A Two-Day Event
he 19th annual Tour De Cape weekend event will be held at Cape Harbour
on Saturday, January 16. The 5k Run/Walk is a sanctioned event. Admission
includes a continental breakfast and the first 1,000 participants will receive a
goody bag with a T-shirt.
On Sunday, January 17, the event transitions into one of the largest bike rides of
its kind in Florida. Over 600 riders of all skills have participated in past events. Rides
are on lightly traveled roads in primarily residential areas, providing safe, marked
routes. Experienced and casual bike riders can take to the streets at their own pace
in a 15-, 30-, 60- or 100-mile course that winds through scenic Cape Coral known
for over 400 miles of canals and waterways. The event is designed to promote safe,
healthy, enjoyable and environmentally sound recreational activities for the whole fam-
ily. Entry fee includes a goody bag with a T-shirt for the first 1,000 participants, a
continental breakfast, en route aid stations with snacks and beverages, SAG vehicles,
and route maps.
Sunday, January 17 has also been designated Family Fun Sunday. Families are
encouraged to join in a seven-mile bike ride beginning at 10 a.m. The fee of $10 per
participant includes a T-shirt, hot dog, chips and beverage. The weather is usually
great and it's not a race, but a leisurely pace. If one of the family members decides to
turn back, that's OK. Be sure to have a helmet for everyone participating and check all
tires the night before.
Pre-registration fee for the Saturday 5k run is $15 in advance and $20 on the day
of the event The Sunday bike ride fee is $35 (with lunch), $30 (no lunch); pre-register
by January 5. Cost to register the day of the event is $45 (no lunch). Checks should be
made payable to the City of Cape Coral.
Register at www.active.com or call 573-3123. Plan to stay after the bike rides for
live music from 12 to 5 p.m., browse the shops and restaurants or sit back and relax
For more information go to www.capeharbour.com for registration forms, planned
routes and driving instructions.

Our E-Mail address is press@RiverWeekly.com


Got A Problem?

Dr. Connie Is In
by Constance
Q: Once more
it's that time of year
when we aspire to
stay calm, sane and
steady in the face of
demands piling on
From the holidays. I
know you've prob-
ably seen most of
these tips before,
but just for a reminder, here's a compiled
list of how to reduce stress:
Take Care of Your Body
Try to do all those things you know
are good for your physical well being:
get regular exercise; take it easy on the
caffeine, sugar and alcohol; get enough
sleep; eat healthy food you know this
stuff. This is the baseline of stress reduc-
Track Your Physical Comfort
Take time to check in and see how
your body is feeling. Once you notice,
you can make small corrections to relieve
discomfort before it takes over. Breathe
into tight places; stretch and move when
your back or neck feels stiff; look out the
window when your eyes are straining at
the computer screen; massage your neck
and press the acupoints when a headache
is lurking. But you have to notice what's
amiss first.
Learn to Relax at Will
Develop a regular practice to ground
and relax you. If possible, start and end

Six-Month Toll

Program May

Be Cut By County
by Anne Mitchell
L ee County is proposing to
eliminate the six-month Sanibel
Causeway toll discount program,
which would mean part-time residents
would have to buy the annual program.
In a letter to Sanibel Mayor Mick
Denham, Paul Wingard, deputy direc-
tor of Lee County Department of
Transportation, says the move would
"eliminate our renewal spike in April and
it allows us to pursue a rolling renewal
period. In doing this someone could
come in and purchase a program at
any time, for one year, thus leveling out
the renewal spike we currently get in

the day with guided imagery, yoga, medi-
tation, relaxation, deep breathing, petting
the cat in a rocking chair or listening to
soothing music. Even five minutes, twice
a day, will give you some protective bal-
last against the day's stresses. And if you
can't manage this daily, do it whenever
you can.
Take a Mini-break When You're
Getting Crazed
When you find yourself starting to lose
it, or butting up against your own rigidity
or circular thinking, take a quick break.
Step away. Go outside for a walk, do
some guided imagery, snuggle your favor-
ite toddler, play some music, call a loving
friend or do a couple of yoga stretches.
Five minutes of conscious AWOL can
clear your mind and give you back your
perspective, flexibility and common sense.
Dose Your Day with Humor
Humor, by its nature, provides instant
distance, balance and perspective, if even
for a moment. As long as it's not aimed
at mocking others, it allows us to step
back and take everything, including our-
selves, less seriously. So practice the art
of finding the ludicrous, paradoxical and
nonsensical in daily events. And laughing
itself is priceless. A belly laugh changes
biochemistry and clears out emotional
gunk like little else.
Be Realistic And Know Your
It's a wonderful thing to know what
you can and cannot do. Wrestle your
perfectionism to the ground and don't
let idealized expectations press you into
doing more than you can realistically
manage. Say no. Set limits. Work smart.
This is especially important around holi-
day time, when trying too hard to do too

As of October 9, 1,959 people were
in the six-month discount program, while
1,881 were in the annual program,
according to data from LeeWay, which
administers the toll system.
The proposed change will be discussed
at the Sanibel City Council meeting on
January 5. The county also proposes
eliminating the motorcycle discount so
that motorcyclists will pay the same as
automobiles and other two-axle vehicles.
"This makes us consistent with the bal-
ance of the state of Florida and allows us
to provide transponders for motorcycles,"
Wingard said.
Mayor Denham wrote to Wingard that
the city council would discuss the pro-
posed changes, adding, "I remain inter-
ested in further discussion regarding an
equitable toll for large trucks that nega-
tively impact the bridge and roadways."
well known through her national re

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much creates the exact opposite of the
holiday feeling you're striving for, and you
morph into the cranky, resentful, mar-
tyred, overworked nightmare you swore
you'd never be.
Manage Your Time
A corollary is to try not to over-com-
mit. If you do, make a list and prioritize.
Just getting these things out of your head
and onto a piece of paper will reduce
some stress. If the list is out of control,
look it over and assess what has to go
and then cancel, with apologies. Then
tackle things you can finish, one at a
time if at all possible. Work mindfully at
it, and enjoy the satisfaction that comes
with getting it done. Procrastination can
be a terrible stressor. We're always aware
of what we should be doing while we're
not doing it, and it's a real joy-killer and
energy-sapper. Do a piece of it and check
that sucker off!
When Scheduling, Give Yourself
Room To Breathe
If you find you're scheduling yourself
with back to back meetings, consider the
possibility that you're an adrenaline junk-
ie, running from appointment to appoint-
ment to feed your addiction. Leave time
between things, to catch your breath,
reflect on what's next, acquaint yourself
with a calmer class of neurohormones
that return you to equilibrium. Once you
get out of the habit of racing, you won't
be so eager to go back to it, I promise.
Throw Something Out Every Day
Useless clutter is another low level,
subliminal stress-producer. And we all
know how quickly a clean surface can

LARC Celebrates

The Holidays
by Lisa Cronin Miller, Director of
Community Relations
ARC celebrated its annual holiday
party on Wednesday, December
23 at the main campus located
at 2570 Hanson Street. Hundreds of
individuals with developmental disabilities
experienced countless blessings from
community volunteers, businesses and
staff members that make a difference
every day.
The event began with Bonita Springs
LARC conducting a sing-a-long that
moved everyone with joy. Jim Nathan,
Sally Jackson, Larry Altier, Kathy Moore
and the kitchen staff of Lee Memorial
Health System ensured that festivities
began with donated turkey and gravy;
Bryan Rucker, manager of Winn Dixie on
Palm Beach Boulevard donated a table
full of desserts; Carlos Lopez of C&T
Service Center gave a cash donation to
help defray costs; Santa Claus (aka Larry
Herbst) was the main guest to deliver the
gifts from Pam and Tom Cronin of the
Shell Factory. Kathy Vanderjagt, Tracie
Johnson, and Catherine Ricci spearhead-
ed the idea and blessed hundreds of indi-
viduals gifts that were given out. Giggles
and laughter were heard as Angela-the-
Clown created animal shaped balloons
and did face painting. Special thanks
to Christopher, Diana and Christopher,
Jr. Linden of Professional Music and
Sound they truly blessed everyone with

attract overwhelming piles of stuff. If
you commit to throwing out one or two
things a day, it really helps. And if you're
one of those people who needs to see
your papers spread around you as you
work (I am), just contain the surface area
you allot to this.
Keep Asking Yourself If You'd
Rather be Happy or Right
A lot of stress is generated for our-
selves and others by our need to be
right, show we're right, prove we're right.
And really, so what if we establish we're
right? We cleanse our psychic pallet and
de-gunk our day by letting go of an issue
and moving on. Mind you, this is not the
same as being a chump. It's about taking
care of ourselves, and therein lies right
relationship, clear focus and, yes, happi-
Don't Be Proud Get Support
When the Chips are Down
Sometimes talking things out with
someone you trust will allow you to safely
acknowledge your feelings, let off some
steam, get you away from circular think-
ing and rearrange your mislaid perspec-
tive. Sometimes friends even have helpful
advice to give. Sometimes they actually
stop us from doing something really
Practice Staying in the Moment
By mindfully going about your day,
putting your awareness into what you are
doing at the moment, you will be using
even mundane, everyday activities as the
focus of meditation, and simple
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a sound system and microphones to keep
the day swinging smoothly.
LARC would like to sincerely thank
the volunteers that came from all around
the county to serve lunch and ensure
that everyone had a wonderful time: Ben
Miller, Cheryl Quillen, Alexandria Quillen,
Jeff Basik, Julie Basik, Kathy Basik,
Elena Novak, Theresa Clements, Kelsey
Wilkinson and Vickie Collins because
they wanted to make a difference. To
Roger Bradley, the board of directors and
the entire staff at LARC, thank you for
all you do on a daily basis to make a dif-
ference in the lives of those that need our
voice. LARC continues to be a United
Way Partner Agency that is dedicated to
promoting and providing opportunities
for people with developmental disabilities
to live and work in our communities.:

Nordic Walking

urious about Nordic walking?
Here is your opportunity to
discover Nordic walking (fitness
walking with poles). Trained professional
Nordic walking instructor Lindy Smith
will be offering a free Nordic Walking
Workshop on Saturday, January 9 from
10 to 11 a.m.
The workshop is a non-exclusionary
activity for anyone age 10 and older; all
abilities are welcome. Nordic walking is a
full body exercise that can be low impact
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Free Autism
For Toddlers
The Children's Hospital of
Southwest Florida, in partnership
with the Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a
free monthly autism spectrum disorder
screening for toddlers 18 to 36 months
of age.
The next screening will be held
January 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in
the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, locat-
ed in the parking lot of The Outpatient
Center at The Sanctuary, 8960 Colonial
Center Drive, Fort Myers. This is north-
west of the 1-75 exit 136 at Colonial
Boulevard. Additional screenings will be
conducted each month at different loca-
tions throughout Lee County.
It is estimated that one in every 150
children is diagnosed with some form
of ASD, making it more common than
childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and
pediatric AIDS combined.
Medical consultants for the project
stress that an early diagnosis can make a
vast difference for toddlers and their fami-
lies. They say early intensive behavioral
intervention can make an immense differ-
ence not just in the development of the
child but in their families as well.
The ASD screening is conducted
by the Neurosciences Center at The
Children's Hospital, under the guidance
of Pediatric Neurologist Jose Colon, MD,
MPH, and Pediatric Psychiatrist Marianne
Krouk, DO. The screenings are admin-
istered by an advanced registered nurse
practitioner, who has extensive training
and experience in typical child develop-
ment and developmental disorders.

Additional screenings will be offered
on the following dates:
February 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2
p.m. at Miromar Outlets
March 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at Miromar Outlets
A physician referral is not required. To
schedule a screening call 985-3608.0

A Light To
he Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's
Resource Center and Fox
Electronics will sponsor the
12th annual A Light To Remember in
Centennial Park on Thursday, January
28 at 5:30 p.m. A Light To Remember
is a special event created to help raise
awareness about Alzheimer's disease
and related memory impairments and
raise much-needed funds for the Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center.
A Light To Remember will include a
lighted display of luminaries purchased by
families and friends to honor or remem-
ber a loved one with Alzheimer's disease
or a related memory impairment. A spe-
cial ceremony to honor and remember
these individuals will be held during the
event in Centennial Park near the foun-
tain on Edwards Drive in downtown Fort
Myers. Luminaries can be purchased in
advance for $5 each. Anyone interested
in purchasing a luminary in celebration of
a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or a
related memory impairment can call the
Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center at
Family members and friends request-
ing a luminary are encouraged to send a
color copy photo, poem, or other special
memory of their loved one with their
luminary request. The luminary display
will include a collage of these memories.
Copies should be sent since photos and
other materials from previous years are
used in the display.
To kick-off this year's event, Arden
Courts Alzheimer's Assisted Living is
sponsoring a Tribute Tree during the
month of December. Individuals can
make a $10 donation, which includes an
ornament for their loved one on the tree
at Arden Courts and a luminary in the A
Light To Remember event in Centennial
Park. All donations benefit the Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center.
Approximately five million Americans,
including more than 22,000 Lee County
residents, currently have an Alzheimer's-
type dementia. Another person is diag-
nosed with Alzheimer's disease every 70
All funds raised by the Alvin A. Dubin
Alzheimer's Resource Center are used to
benefit local families and caregivers.2

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Nordic Walk
or as aerobic as the person desires. Some
benefits include: better balance, upright
posture, caloric burn and increased
metabolism. Smith will teach you the
basics of Nordic walking. The workshop
will take place indoors and outdoors,
rain or shine. All participants will need
to wear comfortable clothing and tennis/
walking shoes. Bring a water bottle.
Nordic Walking is an effective path to
physical and mental health. No matter
how hectic your schedule, just 30 min-
utes a day of Nordic walking will greatly
improve your health. As with any sport
or activity it is best to learn from a trained
professional prior to making it a part of
your daily routine.
The workshop will be held at the
North Fort Myers Community Park, locat-
ed behind the North Fort Myers Library
at 2021 North Tamiami Trail. For more
information call 652-6002 or e-mail
From page 22
Dr. Connie
as it sounds, you will regain peace and
balance. Yes, peeling potatoes can be a
route to spiritual attainment and inner
Notice Little Moments of Beauty
and Sweetness
This sounds hokey but it works. Notice
beauty around you and take a moment
to breathe it in... same with a smile, a
gracious act, a loving gesture. Practicing
gratitude for these lovely bits and pieces
of daily life is a potent way to de-stress,
and it's contagious too.
Dr Clancy is a licensed mental
health therapist, certified hypno-
therapist, life coach, author and public
speaker You may email Dr Connie at

CHADD Meeting
CHADD of Lee County (Children
and Adults With Attention Deficit/
Hyperactivity Disorder) invites the
public to a presentation titled Medication.
The presentation will be held Tuesday,
January 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lee
Memorial Hospital auditorium, 2776
Cleveleand Avenue in Fort Myers. The

speaker will be Omar Rieche, MD, board
certified in child, adolescent and adult
Information presented will include the
The Role of Medication in the
Treatment of AD/HD
Current Medications; Complications,
Alternatives and Misconceptions
Side Effects and Associated
Lee County teacher inservice credits
are available.
For more information, contact Lynne
Lampila at 466-1167 or M. Jean Gavin
at 472-9758.

Hope Hospice
Parkinson Talk
Hope Hospice's Parkinson
Program will present Ask the
Doctor about Parkinson's Disease,
an interactive education series is being for
people who have been diagnosed with
the disease, their family members and
other caregivers.
Dr. Ramon Rodriguez of the University
of Florida McKnight Brain Institute will
share the latest information and answer
questions regarding Parkinson's disease,
including strategies for living a full life
while coping. Sessions are:
Friday, January 8, 1 p.m.
Friday, February 12, 1 p.m.
Friday, March 12, 1 p.m.
Additional dates will be announced.
Hope HealthCare Services are at
9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers. To
register, call 322-5327. There is no cost
to attend.4

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M y name is Melissa and
I'm still a very young
dog barely out of
puppyhood, but I am learning "
lots of a great stuff from the
volunteers and trainers who
have been working with me
here at the shelter. I know
"sit" and "come" and will do
just about anything for a treat
so I have the motivation to
learn lots more! I'm also very
playful so I will make a great
family pet too. My adoption
fee is $75.
I'm Billy Jean and I may
look like a beauty queen but F 41
I don't have a high mainte-
nance personality. Actually,
I am a super friendly young
cat who loves people. I like
other cats too so if you have
a multi-cat household already
I'll fit right in. I've been at
the shelter for two months so
please consider making me a
part of your family. My adop- Melissa ID# 458594
tion fee is $20.
During December's Home
4 The Holidays Adoption
Campaign all adopters are eli-
gible for a special prize draw-
ing each week.
For information about this
week's pets, call 533-7387
(LEE-PETS) or log on to
Animal Services' Web site at
www.LeeLostPets.com. When ...
calling, refer to the animal's
ID number. The Web site
updates every hour so you will
be able to see if these or any
other pets are still available.
The shelter is open for
adoptions from 11:30 a.m. to
3:30 p.m. Monday through
Saturday. The shelter is locat-
ed at 5600 Banner Drive,
Fort Myers, next to the Lee Billy Jean ID# 457409
County Sheriff's Office, off
Six Mile Cypress Parkway.
All adoptions include spay/neuter surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, rabies vac-
cination and county license if three months or older, flea treatment, worming, heart-
worm test for dogs six months and over, feline AIDS and leukemia test for cats, train-
ing DVD, 10-day health guarantee, and a bag of Science Diet pet food.
The adoption package is valued at $500.M

Lee Memorial Auxiliary
Presents Motivational Lecture
Get inspired for the new year and come hear nationally recognized motiva-
tional speaker Earl Suttle, PhD at a luncheon lecture sponsored by the Lee
Memorial Auxiliary. You will find ways to develop your dreams, gain confi-
dence and enjoy excellence.
The lecture, titled Become the Greatest You Can Be, will be held Wednesday,
January 20 at Lexington Country Club, 16257 Willowcrest Way, Fort Myers. Doors
open at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at noon.
There will be a silent auction presented by Noble Jewelers and door prizes galore.
Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Bright Ideas Gift Shops at Lee Memorial
Hospital or HealthPark Medical Center or through Marianne Bechhold at 466-1266
or Barb Wohlfarth at 437-1496.
Proceeds help fund programs, projects and technology to benefit the patients of
Lee Memorial Health System and the community.4

Cat Food And Supplies Needed
od and supplies for cats are critically low again at Lee County Domestic
Animal Services (LCDAS). The agency needs both dry and canned varieties
Sand cat litter to meet the needs of those assisted through the Community Pet
Pantry Program.
Through the pantry LCDAS distributes pet food and supplies to owners who would
need to surrender their pets due to their inability to provide food and care. LCDAS
is currently providing food for more than 800 pets directly and also helping several
neighborhoods and churches supply pet food for their members' and residents' pets.
Dogs are also assisted through the Pet Pantry Program but donations of dog food
come into the shelter regularly whereas cat food donations do not.
Anyone who can assist by donating cat food and supplies may bring them to the
shelter at 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, next to the Lee County Sheriff's Office off
Six Mile Cypress Parkway. Donations may be left at the door any time the shelter is
not open.
For more information call 533-7387 (LEE-PETS) or visit www.LeeLostPets.com..



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record for the longest bowl losing streak. How many games was it?
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My Stars ***
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Events
could inspire adventurous Lambs looking to
make a major career or personal move. But
as always, get all the facts before rushing
into any sort of deal or commitment.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) What
seems to be a great opportunity could cause
even usually practical Taureans to ignore
their inner caution cues. Best to move care-
fully to avoid falling into unseen traps.
GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Need a
holiday now that the seasonal festivities are
behind you? Good idea. Plan to go to some-
place wonderful. You'll return refreshed and
more than ready for a new challenge.
CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Progress
continues to be made on that pesky work-
place problem. Meanwhile, don't assume a
personal situation will work itself out. Best
to get more involved earlier than later.
LEO (July 23 to August 22) Catnaps
are definitely recommended for Leos and
Leonas who had been going at a hectic pace
over the holidays. Adding relaxation time to
your schedule helps restore your overdrawn
energy reserves.
VIRGO (August 23 to September 22)
Sure, some of the new friends you made
over the holidays might move out of your
life at some point. But at least one might
show significant "staying power" with some
LIBRA (September 23 to October 22)
Encourage family members to join you in
supporting a relative who could be facing
a difficult emotional challenge in the New
Year. Showing your love and concern helps
keep his or her hopes up.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November
21) While a long-deferred decision suddenly
might take on some urgency after news on
a related matter, you still need to weigh all
factors carefully before deciding one way or
the other.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to
December 21) This is a good time to reassess
the earlier plan you made for the New Year.
Some elements you felt you could depend on
to make it work might no longer carry that
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January
19) Forming a renewed connection with a
former associate is only the first step toward

working out your new plans. Be prepared
for problems, and deal with them as soon as
they arise.
AQUARIUS (January 20 to February
18) A romantic situation that was going
smoothly not too long ago might take a new
turn. Be honest about your feelings before
you decide whether to follow it or take
another path.
PISCES (February 19 to March 20) The
wise Pisces (that's you, of course) will make
sure everyone knows you plan to keep your
options open and listen to all sides of the
situation before making any decisions.
BORN THIS WEEK: Your honest
approach to life and living is always an
inspiration for others fortunate enough to
know you.

On Jan. 5, 1643, in the first record of a
legal divorce in the American colonies, Anne
Clarke of the Massachusetts Bay Colony is
granted a divorce from her absent and adul-
terous husband, Denis Clarke, by the Quarter
Court of Boston.
On Jan. 10, 1901, a drilling derrick
at Spindletop Hill near Beaumont, Texas,
produces an enormous gusher of crude oil,
signaling the advent of the American oil
industry. The geyser flowed at an initial
rate of 100,000 barrels a day. Within a year,
there were more than 285 active wells at
Spindletop. Today, only a few oil wells still
operate in the area.
On Jan. 6, 1936, Porky Pig makes his
world debut in a Warner Brothers cartoon,
"Gold Diggers of '49." When Mel Blanc
joined Wamer Brothers the following year,
he became the famous voice behind Porky,
as well as the Warner Brothers characters
Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester and
On Jan. 7, 1959, six days after the fall
of the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship, the
United States recognizes the new Cuban
government of Fidel Castro. The U.S. gov-
ernment believed it could work with Castro
and protect American interests in Cuba, but
less than two years later, the U.S. severed
diplomatic ties and unleashed the Bay of
Pigs invasion.
On Jan. 8, 1966, rock-and-roll TV
variety show "Shindig" on ABC airs its last
episode. The show had debuted in September
1964, featuring acts including the Everly

Brothers, the Rolling Stones and the Beach
On Jan. 9, 1972, in Hong Kong harbor,
a fire breaks out aboard the lavish Queen
Elizabeth, and by the next morning the
famous vessel lies in a wreck on the bottom
of the sea floor. Before her days as a pas-
senger liner, the Queen Elizabeth steamed
across the ocean as a transport vehicle during
World War II.
On Jan. 4, 1996, General Motors
announces that it will release an electric car,
the EV-1. While sales were quite modest by
the standards of internal-combustion cars, the
EV-1 was the best-selling electric consumer
car of its time.

It was Soviet-bom American professor
and science-fiction author Isaac Asimov who
made the following sage observation: "The
saddest aspect of life right now is that sci-
ence gathers knowledge faster than society
gathers wisdom."
If you ever travel to the British territory
of Bermuda, you might want to stop off in
Ely to see the world's smallest drawbridge.
Somerset Bridge is less than 20 feet from
one embankment to the other, and when the
draws are raised, there's barely enough room
for a single small sailboat to pass.
Early in its history, the Catholic Church
decreed that imbibing coffee was sinful.
It was Pope Clement VIII who, in 1592,
declared it to be a Christian drink.
When George Eastman sold the pat-
ent to his Kodak camera, he received only
The world's best long-distance swim-
mers are Alaskan seals. In order to avoid
the brutal northern winter, every fall these
aquatic mammals leave their calving grounds
on islands off the coast of Alaska and don't
return until spring. For eight months they
remain in the ocean, never touching land and
sometimes traveling more than 6,000 miles
before returning home as the weather warms.
Ancient Egyptians believed that jackals
would lead human souls to the afterlife.

"My own business always bores me
to death; I prefer other people's." -- Oscar


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Celebrate Elvis' Birthday
And Adopt A Hound Dog
During the month of January Elvis Presley fans across the nation will com-
memorate the birthday of the King of Rock and Roll. Lee County Domestic
Animal Services will celebrate by offering a $50 discount off the adoption fee
of all hound dogs and hound mixes. The adoption package which is valued at $500
includes sterilization, vaccinations, and other veterinary services.
If it's variety you are looking for a hound dog could be your best bet. The hound

breeds encompass everything from beagles, Basset hounds, greyhounds, bloodhounds,
coonhounds, foxhounds, and dachshunds to Afghans, basenjis, Borzois, and elkhounds
plus many more. And don't forget about all the adorable hound mixes you will find at
the shelter offering endless possibilities!
Hounds come in all sizes and shapes. Whether it's a low-riding breed such as the
dachshund or the Irish wolfhound, considered to be the tallest breed in the world, you
can find a dog that is just the right size for your lifestyle.
Hounds have cornered the market on personality too. Among them you will find
dogs that are clever, lively, and loyal, making them very popular family pets. They are
an excellent choice for children and bond with the whole family including other pets.
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County Domestic
Animal Services'
pets for adop-
tion go to www.
or call 533-7387
you are inquiring
about a pet you
have seen online,
please have the
animal ID num-
ber ready for fast-
er assistance.#

Honey, ID# A460776, is a two-year-old female
Basset hound mix. She is not your average
Basset hound with soulfull eyes. She has such
a sweet disposition it's no wonder her name is

Allen, ID# A460763, is a three-year-old male
hound mix. Allen is a sweet boy who is looking
for a forever family to ring in the new year


Celebrating our 30th year
on Sanibel & Captiva

Lie. & Ins. Tile, Marble, Stone, with
remodels & repairs A Specialty!
Tile samples
to your door! 472-2853


Specializing in All Types of Flooring
Tile Marble* Wood* Carpet* Vinyl- VCT* Granite Countertops
(239) 337-5577 or (239) 340-1177
Email: penetrafloorcoverings@hotmail.com


Weight loss,
in care & more

Biddle's Restaurant & Piano Bar
RSVP Brenda Biddle/lndependent Distributor
call for Business Reception Schedule
samvannah@comcast.net or 239-849-9593



904 Lindgren Blvd.
Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Ph: 239-395-0978 /1-800-473-6019
Products: www.marykay.com/mbutcher
Welcome Back Specials!
New Products!
Holiday Gifts! Free Shipping!
Weekly Specials!
MAGGIE BUTCHER Career information available
Ind Executive Senior Sales Director Gift ideas available


Light Tackle Sport Fishing
Tarpon Snook Redfish &More

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www. captmattmitchell. corn
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We are currently seeking applicants
for several volunteer positions,
Current Positions:
Cage Cleaner, Gopher Tortoise Grazer, Patient
Driver, Emergency Response Transporter, &
Gift Shop/ Education Center Volunteers. Other
positions are available throughout the year Call for
a full listing. If you're interested in hard work and
would like to become a volunteer call Marguerite
Jordan at 472-3644 ext 5.
A tme-senste training is involved in all of our patient-care. We do
ask our volunteers to make a serce commitment of 3 consecutive
months per year with a minimum of 3-5 hours per week
SR 9/5 N TFN

now hiring. Energetic and interested in
learning how to sell swimwear? Call
Peggy at 239-395-5383 or apply online
Must be available some nights and
weekends. Tolls paid. We drug test.
SR 12111 BTFN

Must have good customer service skills,
phone, computer, and a self starter
Also weekends are required. Please call to
set up interview. 239-898-4464.
RS 12118 B 1/1


Property Management & Care.
Home Watch Pool Service
Handyman Repairs
SR 9/11 BTFN

Looking for a smooth transition? We offer
concierge services from coordinating a
move, downsizing to retirement community,
updating your interiors, and More! Will save
you $$$$ and proven track record.
Please call Jen @ 239-313-1371
SR 9/11 BTFN

Computer repair, setup, file recovery & troubleshoot-
ing for home or office. 15 year Island resident.
Guaranteed work & low rates. Call Justin at
677-0226 or email at jlstrauss3@yahoo.com

Bob Adams
Services K
(Carpentr, maintenance* toiets, faucets, ceiling fans, sliding doors etc)
768-0569 or cell 464-6460
RS 11/14 MTFN

Residential Cleaning to Satisfaction
Sanibel & Captiva 239-565-0471
Sanibel Lic. #11412 Lee Co. Lic. #051047
SR 11/12 BTFN

While you are away by a
retired architect, & a Sanibel resident.
Call 395-1649
SR 9/30 N TFN

On Island Free Estimates.
Over 15 Years Experience.
Offering Professional Upholstery Services,
Custom Art and Hand Painted Furniture.
Lacy@LacyMcClary.com or 918-740-4972

Assist with transportation, meals,
cleaning, home/car maintenance. Excellent
organizational skills. Island Resident.
Call Lisa 239-472-8875
Available day/night/weekends
RS 10/23 BTFN

Sanibel-Captiva Care and Companion Service,
LLC Medical appointments, general transporta-
tion, shopping, light meal preparations, and light
cleaning. Our services are customized to meet our
clients needs. Call 239-395-3591, or
for an emergency call 239-472-0556.
SR 10/3 BTFN

Residential Commercial
Interior Windows Carpet Cleaning
Jennifer Watson
SR 11/13 N TFN

Sanibel Resident. 20 Years pc
Experience. Pc Troubleshooting, Data
Backup & Restoration, Networks, Virus
Detection & Removal. Free Initial
Consultation. Call Fred 472-3873
RS 11/27V1/15


Fe. refuge employee seeks to rent room,
housemate share, small apt.
Non-smoker, Quiet. Jan. -Apr.
Call 931-607-6454.
SR 1/1 V 1/1


VIP Executive Club
Multi-Million Dollar Producer


Pristine & Totally Remodeled
Panoramic Golf Course Views
Offered at $589,000


Beachview Country Club
Stunning Golf Course Views
Offered at $325,000

Mobile: 910-3099
Office: 472-5187
SR 8/6 N TFN

Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo, close to Sanibel and
Fort Myers Beach, $95,000.
Call 466-0677
SR 10/9 N TFN

2 bed/2bath on big lot
near Bowmans Beach
M Rice Realty, LLC
SR 1/1 M 1/15



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It's our job to know the
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SR 4/24 BTFN

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Week January 2 thru January 9. Shell Is-
land Beach Club. 2-bed, 2-bath. Fabulous
view, unit faces the Gulf. Pool. Complete
kitchen. Sale offered at 1/2 price $5,500.
Owner must sell. 843-705-9258.
SR 12/11 V 1/1

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Convenient location on Periwinkle Way, Island
Tower Plaza, Sanibel. 1st Floor availability with
700 sq. ft. of space. Leasehold improvements
negotiable. Call Joe at 516-972-2883 or toll free
at 800-592-0009. Fax is 212-371-2290
SR 10/12 BTFN

For sublease on Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Excellent exposure and convenient location,
flexible square footage available to suit your
needs. Call 239-472-2183 for more information.
SR 12/3 BTFN

Architecturally designed real estate office
on Periwinkle with 7-12 private offices
depending on configuration. Freshly
painted, new floor covering, reasonably
priced. Call 239-940-7823 for showing
RS 12/14 BTFN

lona Schoolhouse Professional Center
Great Location at McGregor Blvd & Kelly Road.
685 sq feet & 1350 sq feet units available. Will
negotiate year lease! Call Lisa at 239-472-2792

800 Sq. ft. Doc Ford's Center New large white
tiles on floor New bathroom. Raised ceiling
and new windows. Motivated owner some
FREE RENT Call Nancy :':.:' ..41:I ..
SR 8/7 B TFN

Retail space available on Periwinkle Way.
Frontage 2,100 sq. ft.
Call 239-283-8581
RS 8/14 BTFN

For Rent
East End of Sanibel
Call 239-472-0121 or 239-410-2553
SR 1211 P1/1

perfect for retail, office, other. Hardwood floors -
beautiful! Ample parking, no cam fees!
PRIME RETAIL SPACE FOR sublease. Corner unit,
1,500 sq ft, great visibility. Location, location, loca-
tion. Call 239-738-1609
SR 11/13 M TFN

Sanibel 2BR/2BA Home in Lake Murex
subdivision. Fully furnished and
ready for your vacation.
Call Sally 239-691-3319
SR 12/18 M 1/1

Two bed/two bath unfurnished ground
floor condo off Kelly Road. Close to
Sanibel and Fort Myers Beach.
Annual lease $875/mo.
Call 851-3506
SR 10/9N TFN

For a complete list visit our Website
Call Dustyn, RE/MAX of the Islands
RS 10/9 B 1/1

Furnished for single woman in luxury one-
story home with pool, internet, large TV
SR 11/20 N TFN

2BR/1 BA
Completely renovated
Corian and tiled throughout.
Quiet Street
and near shopping
Ground level
W/D on site.
$950 month plus electric
SR 11/27V TFN

Available Feb. 1st.
Olde Sanibel style 2-bed, 1-bath, light-
house end. Nice, great neighborhood. $995
per month
SR 1/1 V 1/8

EAST END, 2BR/1BA, 1/2 of duplex. Private Deck,
remodeled kitchen & bath. New tile. Walkto beach.
$1,195 a month Call 410-692-0200.
RS7/24 V TFN

rental. 1 bed new bath. $870 plus electric. Includes
cable/wifi/water. 395-2492, pjcooks@aol.com
RS 11/6 VTFN
SMALL ELEVATED 3-BED/2-bath, no pets. 2550
Sanibel Blvd. 239-472-2225. $1,400 per month.
$1,000 security deposit
SR 11/13 BTFN
SANIBEL 2BR/2BA, w/large office, LR/DR, UF
ground level home in quiet neighborhood w/ large
one car garage. Renovated, corian counters and ter-
razzo floors, large back yard deck. Pets welcome.
Available Feb., March or April. $1,450 plus utilities.
239-472-2464 leave message.

Sanibel 2BR/2BA- Furnished, Central
A/C, Wet Bar, Vaulted Ceilings, Direct TV,
Internet, Pool, Screened Lanai, Garage. Call
954-605-3325 or 800-618-3325 for details.

Sanibel Waterfront 2BR/2BA home fur-
nished. Manatees & otters are neighbors.
4 months $9,600, 6 months $13,600.
Please call 973-398-6315.

Heated pool. 2BR/2BA partly furnished.
Almost all brand new interior,
appliances new, carport, lovely views.
Immediate occupancy. Price negotiable.
RS 1/1 V 1/1

Lovely furnished condo on golf course with
lake views. Carport, storage, pool in com-
plex, cable, large TV Fully furnished, flexible
lease term, available in Mar/Apr time period.
No Pets, reasonable rent. 630-696-0003
RS 1/1 V 1/1

Charming Captiva Village cottage.
2 bdr 2 bath. Seventy-five steps to beach.
Annual or seasonal only.
239-2': : :
RS 11/27VTFN

Steps from the beach. 1 bdrm/1 1/2 bath,
AC/heat, full kitchen, laundry $3,500/mo + tax
Jan-Mar, neg.off-season.
Call for availability: 239-738-3021.
SR 1/9 B TFN

Completely remodeled Dunes duplex with
fantastic golf course views available for monthly
or seasonal rental. 3BR/3BA, vaulted ceilings,
two floors, light and bright, large kitchen.
Upgrades include granite, marble, tile, pavers.
Call 703-548-0545 for more information.

Island Vacations
Of Sanibel & Captiva
Million $ Views Await You!*
Cottages Condos Homes *
Miles of Beaches & Bike Paths
S 10/9 BTFN

First floor condo, completely redone -
kitchen/bath/appliances/furniture -
November 2005. TVs/DVDs, internet, pool/
clubhouse. Just a few steps to beach.
Call owners: 401-253-2511
S 1/26 M TFN

2 BR 2 BA 1st floor corner unit on canal. Free boat
dock. Fishing, lanai, pool, steps to beach. Interior
& furnishings new Jan 2006. Weekly/monthly/sea-
sonal. Call owner 419-566-8670.

Completely Remodeled Key West Style
Beach House. New Kitchen/Baths/Appliances/
Furniture. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, Screened
heated Pool & Spa. TVs, DVDs, wireless,
Bikes. Very Close to Beach! Call 239-691-2265
RS 1214 M 1/22

bedroom, 2bath Home with heated pool,
in quiet Sanibel neighborhood. Seasonal
and monthly rentals. 239-472-0692 or
SR 12/25 P 10/1

Direct from owner --- 2BR/2BA + Den ---
Available due to a cancellation in
January. Lakefront Pool & Spa 1st Floor
-Granite Countertops Flat Screen TV 10
minutes from Sanibel or Fort
Myers beaches. VERY reasonable rates -
will work with you on dates.
239-822-3122 or sanibelfl@comcast.net.
RS 12/25 M 1/1

Hourly, Daily, Weekly
and Monthly.
Captiva Island 472-5800
SR 1/30 B TFN

10x12x30 GROUND LEVEL Dry Dock
at Sanibel Harbor Yacht Club
(Next to Sanibel Bridges)
Unlimited In/Out Privileges 7 days/week
Complete Boat Wash/Engine flush after each use
Total use of club facilities
(Restaurant, Marina Supplies & Boat Shop
& Certified Mechanics & Repair Shop);
showers,Fuel at Wholesale (gas & Diesel)
Slip #157
Call Phil 239-395-0407


32" TV
JVC I'Art 32" TV
Silver case, good looking, good working
order, w/remote and manual. $150
472-6837 (leave msg)
SR 11/20 N TFN

Playstation PS3 game for sale
Call 848-8240
RS 11/27 N TFN

27" with remote
Call 321-9009
RS 12/18 N TFN

WANTED: 1 OR 2 BAY Garage to rent on Sanibel or
Close. Starting 1/1/10. Call Bill Rahe 317-258-5949.
RS 12/18V 1/1

Lost, Southwest-style ring. Silver setting with
scrolling on sides. Brown stone with yellow-gold
streaks. November 7 or 8 in possible vicinity
of Sand Pointe Condominium or elsewhere on
Sanibel. Reward. Please call 262-338-9708.
SR 1211 N1/1


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Lee County Sheriff's Office..........................477-1200
Florida Marine Patrol.................................332-6966
Florida Highway Patrol.............................278-7100
Poison Control................................. -800-282-3171
HealthPark Medical Center...............1-800-936-5321
Ft. Myers Chamber of Commerce..............332-3624
Foundation for Quality Childcare.................425-2685
Ft. Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce...........454-7500
Fort Myers Beach Library.........................463-9691
Lakes Regional Library....................................533-4000
Lee County Chamber of Commerce............931-0931
Post Office......................................1-800-275-8777
Visitor & Convention Bureau......................338-3500
Alliance for the Arts.................................939-2787
Arts For ACT Gallery & Studio....................337-5050
Art League Of Fort Myers..........................275-3970
Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.........481-4849
BIG ARTS....................................................395-0900
Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre ...............278-4422
Cultural Park Theatre................................772-5862
Florida Repertory Theatre at the Arcade..........332-4488
Florida W est Arts........................................948-4427
Fort Myers/Estero Island Barbershop
Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers.........472-0168
Gulf Coast Symphony................................489-1800
Harmony Chorus, Charles Sutter, Pres.............481-8059
Naples Philharmonic.........................(239) 597-1111
The Schoolhouse Theater...........................472-6862
S.W. Florida Symphony...............................418-0996
Theatre Conspiracy..................................936-3239
Young Artists Awards ............. .............. 574-9321
Animal Refuge Center........ ...........................731-3535
American Business Women Association..........463-1221
Audubon of SWFL..................................339-8046
Audubon Society....................... ...............472-3156
Caloosahatchee Folk Society.....................677-9509
duPont Company Retirees .......................454-1083
Edison Porcelain Artists .............................415-2484
The Horticulture and Tea Society...............472-8334
Horticultural Society....................................472-6940
Lee County Genealogical Society...............549-9625
NA RF E(Nationa Acte & Retired Fedeal Emplcyees)..........................482-671 3
Navy Seabees Veterans of America.......... 731-1901
Paradise Iowa Club of SWFL..................667-1354
Southwest Florida Fencing Academy...........939-1338
Southwest Florida Music Association..........561-2118
Kiwanis Clubs:
Fort Myers Beach..................765-4254 or 454-8090
Fort Myers Edison......................... .................694-1056
Fort Myers South ................. .............691-1405
Gateway to the Islands................................415-3100
lona-McGregor ............ ......................482-0869
Lions Clubs:
Fort Myers Beach......................................463-9738
Fort Myers High Noon.................................466-4228
Estero/South Fort Myers...........................898-1921
Notre Dame Club of Lee County................768-0417
POLO Club of Lee County...........................477-4906
Rotary Club of Fort Myers.........................332-8158
Sanibel-Captiva Orchid Society...................472-6940
United Way of Lee County...............................433-2000
United Way 211 Helpline (24 hour).......211 or 433-3900
Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum.................395-2233
Burrough's Hom e........................................337-9505
Calusa Nature Center & Planetarium ..........275-3435
Edison & Ford Winter Estates.....................334-3614
Fort Myers Skate Park.............................321-7558
Imaginarium Hands-On Museum & Aquarium........321-7420
JN "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge.........472-1100
Koreshan State Historic Site.............(239) 992-0311
Ostego Bay Foundation Marine Science Center.........765-8101
S katium ..........................................................32 1-7510
Southwest Florida Museum of History.........321-7430
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at Shell Point

The public is invited and many
of these events are FREE!

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January Events

Back From The Brink: An Unforgettable Brush
with a Second Great Depression"
David Jones, Economic Expert W
Thursday, January 7 at 7:15 p.m. The Island at Shell Point
Last year American citizens watched in stunned disbelief as the economy of the most prosperous
nation on the planet took a free-fall that brought our country to the brink of economic meltdown.
Hear nationally known and respected economist, Dr. David M. Jones, for this timely presentation.
A highly regarded economist, educator, and expert on U.S. financial markets, Dr. Jones has been a regular commentator
on CNBC, CNN, Nightly Business Report (PBS), and other TV news shows. He has been featured in Smart Moneyand
Money magazines. This event is free and no registration is necessary. For information call 466-8484. A I

Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass
Sunday, January 10 at 6:15 p.m. The Village Church
As part of the Season of Praise Concert Series presented by The Village Church at Shell Point,
this Christian group performs more than 100 concerts each year across the U.S. Comprised of
three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, keyboards, and percussion, they play a wide variety
of music from Handel to jazz spirituals. Tickets $10, call 454-2147.

Informational Presentations & Tours
Tuesday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 19 at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 20 at 9:30 a.m.
SJoin us for one of these group presentations about the Lifestyle and Lifecare
available at Shell Point followed by a narrated bus tour of the community.
Light refreshments. Space is limited, so call 466-1131 to reserve your place.

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Wednesday, January 20 at 10 a.m. The Woodlands at Shell Point The affmy
Presented by The Academy at Shell Point, Barbara Lindstrom, Executive Producer of TV/News Media
for WGCU Public Media; and David Plazas, Community Conversation Editor for The News-Press, will share how their organiza-
tions plan to survive and thrive in an evolving media climate. This event is free, but tickets are required. Call 454-2054.

Blue Zones: Unlocking the Secret of a Long Life
Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. The Island at Shell Point
World-renowned explorer and National Geographic writer Dan Buettner has traveled the world with his
team of researchers to discover Blue Zones hot spots of human health and vitality. The New York Times
best-selling author will tell stories of the four longest-lived cultures and reveal nine life-extending habits that
S offer a science-backed blueprint for the average American to live another 12 quality years. Individual tickets
are $30, or $25 if purchased as part of the entire Shell Point Speaker Series. Call 454-2067.

The American Boychoir Shell Point Showcase Open House The History of Egypt
Keeping Your Brain Young Religion, Spirituality & Health

Shell Point is located in Fort Mers 2 niles before the Sanibel Causeway..
Shell Point is located in Fort Myers 2 miles before the Sanibel Causeway.


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2007, Apple's iPhone has become
one of America's most popular
smart phones." It is estimated that
more than 40 million iPhones have
been sold to date. The iPhone combines
three digital tools in one: a revolutionary
mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and a
breakthrough Internet device. There are
more than 85,000 downloadable appli-
cations known as "apps," which allow
you to customize, and expand the func-
tionality of your phone. By April of this
year Apple boasted that it had delivered
its one billionth application download
from the App store.
The latest model of iPhone, the 3GS,
features a digital compass which not only
looks and acts like a traditional compass,
it also rotates maps to match the direc-
tion that you are facing. Other new fea-
tures include voice control and a digital
video camera.
With all of its power and potential,
some find the iPhone to be a little daunt-
ing. It does not come with instructions
(although a 216-page manual can be
downloaded from the AT&T Web site).
To help demystify this powerful pocket
device, The Gladys G. Land School of
Art at the Lee County Alliance for the
Arts has begun offering iPhone work-
shops. The next class will be held on
Thursday, January 7 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Taught by visual artist and Macintosh
enthusiast Gerard Damiano, the two-
and-a-half-hour class begins with the very
basics of the iPhone for newbiess," and
progresses through the more advanced
functions for all levels of iPhone user.
Damiano teaches the class with an
emphasis on visual example. Through the
use of a video camera and projector, he
demonstrates the many functions of the
phone live in class. Students are asked
(but not required) to bring their phones to
follow along.
The cost for each class is $25 for
Alliance members, $30 for non-members.
To register, call Scott Guelcher at 939-
2787 or email education@artinlee.org.
You may also register in person, but call
ahead to reserve your spot.
The Lee County Alliance for the Arts
is located at the intersection of McGregor
and Colonial boulevards in Fort Myers.M

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