BY ALICE GORMAN - Some opportunities come across just once in a lifetime. The Johann Fust Community Library is honored to offer such an opportunity in Boca Grande. At 4 p.m. on November 15 at the Community Center auditorium, the beloved former Poet Laureate Billy Collins will read and speak about his poetry. Afterwards he will sign copies of his latest books. A special cocktail reception will follow.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with the work of Billy Collins, his biography is extensive and impressive. Bruce Weber of the New York Times has referred to him as “the most popular poet in America.” His poem “Forgetfulness” is a classic insight into the humor of memory loss. It is particularly appropriate for a retired community.
Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
For Lee County island residents, voting will be at Precinct 19, the Boca Grande Community Center, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Charlotte County island residents will be voting at American Legion Post 113 in Rotonda, 3436 Indiana Rd.
We have posted explanations of the amendments in the last three papers, but here are some relatively objective web sites to peruse if you’re still trying to determine which candidates to vote for.
The Englewood Area Radio Society (EARS), will be on island this weekend for their annual Lighthouse Event.
This year, for the first time, the Coast Guard has given permission for the group to set up a radio at the Range Light, as well as their usual radio at the Boca Grande Lighthouse.
The Society will be be broadcasting and receiving from the island between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
In years past, the club has contacted operators as far away as South America.
BY NORA LEA REEFE - Jane Godshalk, an internationally recognized award-winning floral designer, who serves on the faculty of Longwood Gardens, one of the finest botanical gardens in the US, will be the featured speaker at the first meeting of the Boca Grande Garden Club on November 7, at 1 p.m. at the Boca Grande Community Center Auditorium. Her topic will be “Artful Holiday Arrangements,” featuring local tropical plants and flowers, utilizing her knowledge of both horticulture and floral design, and focusing on nature as her inspiration and flower arranging as an art form.
Search your closets, your attics and your crawl spaces because Boca Bargains is once again accepting donations beginning Monday, Nov. 5. Opening day is Saturday, Nov. 24.
To the Editor: It seems that we are reading about the bridge daily, so I thought a true story from the past would be in order.
When I moved here in 1973 to run the clinic, the toll system was like this: 50¢ for car and driver, and 20¢ each for other passengers. You paid that coming on the island, AND going off the island.
Late one night, a resident suffered a fatal heart attack in his home. Because this was an unattended death, the body had to be taken to the medical examiner’s office in Fort Myers. We had no ambulance service at that time, so one of our volunteer EMS members and I put the body in the back of the station wagon we used for an ambulance and headed to Fort Myers.
When we got to the toll booth, I gave the attendant 50¢ for driver and car, and 20¢ for me. The attendant saw the body in the back, and said, “20¢ for the guy in the back.” I told him the man was deceased. He said, “He don’t look dead to me.” He refused to open the gate until I gave him another 20¢.
My how things have changed.
Henry L. Wright
To the Editor:
Who benefits most from three new bridges to Boca Grande that should last the next 75 years? Well, Island property owners of course! If you are an Island property owner and you vote you will have a choice to vote for or against a small tax, approximately $300 per $1,000,000 of assessed value per Gasparilla Island Property.
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