BY SANDY ROSS JACOBS - We skipped our annual trip to Italy this summer. A combination of circumstances brought this about. First, I was in the middle of having a tooth implant. I had been through a year of preparation for this, and July was the target month for finishing the procedure.
Anticipating all sorts of side effects, I felt safer staying within the country. Along with this, the economy was failing fast and we decided to spend our money on our home turf. But most importantly, our daughter, an ex-pat living in Denmark with her husband and kids, was particularly homesick for the U.S. and wanted to spend some time with us and her gang at the place we had enjoyed so many summers long past: the Jersey shore. And when she speaks, we listen.
Craig Borden Wolcott of Cape Haze, Fla. passed away suddenly at his home on December 23, 2011. He was 68.
She calls herself a “traditional, representational artist.” Her love of flowers and the land around her is obvious to anyone who sees her “Florida” or “Inland” landscape galleries, or her series of “In the Garden” botanical paintings on her website, shandorfpastels.com. Dianna Shandorf loves Florida, and she really loves a pastel medium. She is, however, a Minnesota girl.
FROM THE FWC NEWSROOM - As many of us prepare to hang a calendar for the new year and we flip the pages to glance in awe at photographs featuring nature’s beauty - from wild habitats to fish and wildlife or outdoor recreation - it is a good time to reflect on what it takes to make those glorious images.
Ask any passionate angler, hunter or outdoors person what he or she loves about nature and getting outdoors, and key points come up, including a love of connecting with nature, being able to relax and spending quality time outdoors with friends and families.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE - It’s been a peaceful 2011 around here, and in Boca Grande that’s usually a good thing. As the year dwindles down to its last few hours, it’s time to reflect on what has happened this year. We realize that this line-up of events may not mean much to the infrequent visitor, but every little detail in a seemingly-innocuous monthly line-up can elicit memories for all of us who spend a good portion of our time here.Join us in a trip back in time, through the year that was 2011.
Almost three-quarters of a ton of food was collected during the Boca Grande Christmas Food Drive. The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida was the recipient, and Joyce Jacobs, the associate director of the food bank (above, in red) stood with Jim Cochrun and Bob Elliot when she picked up the van on December 21. Representatives for the Boca Grande food drive said they surpassed last year’s food collection by 250 pounds, with a total of 1,480 pounds of food.
It is believed to be the most successful Christmas food drive ever in the island’s history.
A barrel for food donations will be available at the administrative office of the Boca Grande United Methodist Church until the spring food drive begins in mid-February.
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