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Rotary Happenings: In terms of projects and accomplishments, 2017 was a very good year

January 3, 2018 Happy New Year 2018! Wow, what a remarkable year 2017 was in so many ways, but for Islanders the most unbelievable happening was keeping Hurricane Irma at-bay. more »»

Shell Shocked: The snowbirds are back

January 3, 2018 Bird watchers, start your count. The snowbirds are back.  This is the time of year when the population of Sanibel exceeds that of China. more »»

In the Garden: Gaillardia: Blanket of Sunshine

January 3, 2018 Gaillardia pulchella, gaillardia or blanket-flower, is one of our fun Florida natives. It is a colorful flowering plant often found along dunes, coastal areas and roadsides. more »»

Poetic License: A Nuyorican child’s Christmas in Vieques

January 3, 2018 (My First Tropical Christmas) “No hableh ingléh en Viequeh,” (Do not speak English in Vieques) I still remember my mother’s words a few days before Christmas and after we had just completed a... more »»

Theater Notes: Cole Porter brought to life at Florida Rep

January 3, 2018 Don’t delay. This may already be a ticket hard to get because it is definitely one you won’t want to miss. Everyone I’ve talked to wants to go back and see it again. It is absolutely that good. more »»

Living Sanibel: Red-breasted Merganser

January 3, 2018 A good-sized diving duck, the red-breasted merganser is quite common and prefers the saltwater estuaries to lakes and ponds when in Florida. more »»

Living Sanibel: Yellow Rat Snake

December 27, 2017 (Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata) After the black racer, the yellow rat snake is the second most commonly seen snake on Sanibel and Captiva. It is an impressive predator. more »»

Poetic License: The night before Christmas on Sanibel Isle

December 27, 2017 ‘Twas the night before Christmas on Sanibel Isle, Not a gator was stirring, not our one crocodile. The Roseate Spoonbills wore pink underwear While Blue Herons were sleeping legs up in the air. more »»

In the Garden: Sun grown bromeliad (Bromeliaceae)

December 27, 2017 The bromeliad plant is a family of monocot flowering plants with around 3475 known species. The bromeliad is found through the subtropics of America, West Africa, and throughout South Americ. more »»

On the Water: Beautiful weather on the water

December 27, 2017 Weather around Southwest Florida rebounded nicely after our first cold front of the season. Heading into the weekend, anglers found calm seas, blues skies and air temperatures climbing each day. more »»

Faces on Faith: They say…

December 27, 2017 1 They say Christmas is for children and I suppose it is- awe filled children expectant children gathered around the lighted tree dancing with overflowing joy waiting for the first rip of paper... more »»

Rotary Happenings: Rotary club elects new club officers

December 27, 2017 Sanibel-Captiva Rotary had a full schedule this almost last week of the calendar year. Most importantly the election of club officers. more »»

Shell Shocked: The true history of Sanibel: Part two

December 27, 2017 Let us return to the days of yesteryear when Sanibel was in its infancy. more »»

On the Water: Fishing ahead of the cool down

December 20, 2017 After weeks and weeks of uninterrupted mild weather, the first real cold front of the season arrived in Southwest Florida over the weekend. more »»

Rotary Happenings: Fiener provides overview of F.I.S.H.’s assistance

December 20, 2017 Some islanders may think that our beautiful islands of Sanibel and Captiva are protected from the wows and troubles of society beyond our shores. more »»

Faces on Faith: Chanukah: Beyond the Cruse of Oil

December 20, 2017 Many non-Jews think of Chanukah as, “what Jews do at Christmastime.” Others know the story of “a little cruse of oil” that was supposed to last for one day, but “miraculously” lasted for eight. more »»

Poetic License: The night Kiwanis books expired

December 20, 2017 (To the tune of “The night that Paddy Murphy died”) O, the night Kiwanis books expired I never shall forge. more »»

In the Garden: Show your colors with cordylines

December 20, 2017 Cordyline fruticose, a native to Southeast Asia, is often referred to as a Ti plant or Hawaiian Ti. more »»

Living Sanibel: Venice Area Audubon Society Rookery

December 20, 2017 Considered one of Venice’s best-kept secrets, the Venice Area Audubon Society’s Rookery, or VAAS Rookery, is a very small island in the middle of an equally small lak. more »»

Rotary Happenings: A look into the Rotary Youth Exchange program

December 13, 2017 Each year 9,000 high school/post-high school students-ages 15 to 19 years old-participate in Rotary’s Youth Exchange (RYE) Program around the globe. more »»



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