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Home Alone

By Staff | August 18, 2022

THE RECENT HEADLINES ABOUT 73-year-old Ivana Trump dying from injuries she sustained after falling down the stairs in the Manhattan home where she lived alone only hint at a significantly larger problem. According to government data, about 27% of people 65 and older in the United States live alone. And 28% of people 65 and older fall each year, although […]

New nonprofit hosts first hockey camp for Type 1 diabetic children

By Staff | August 18, 2022

Participating in youth sports typically provides children opportunities for camaraderie and social bonding. But what about the players who must manage medical conditions that their young teammates don’t fully understand? “I play hockey, baseball, basketball and football, and I’m the only diabetic on all my sports teams,” said 13-year-old Henry Hoffmann. As a Type 1 diabetic, Henry is the only […]

The newest state

By Staff | August 18, 2022

A friend of mine, who grew up in an orange grove with no air conditioning, just shared a published interview with a Florida photographer, who grew up in a Soviet-era Moscow with no freedom of speech, by a writer who grew up in Orlando with no chance of escaping a sophisticate’s urbanity, since he raced off to New York City, […]

Schools across Florida scramble to fill vacant slots

By Staff | August 18, 2022

Florida students began returning to classrooms this week amid a teacher and support-staff shortage, with some counties still advertising positions and exploring “creative options” to fill vacancies. In Bay County, a Panhandle district with roughly 26,600 students, school officials were still looking to hire teachers on the eve of the first day of classes. “We’re still advertising about 40 instructional […]

National Shell Museum brings back K-12 program

By Staff | August 18, 2022

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum in Sanibel delivered a robust educational program to over 1,300 youth by bringing its “Mollusks on the Move” mobile outreach activities to local summer camps. Now with school back in session, the museum is re-launching its donor-supported K-12 programs that provide free field trips and online classes to students across Southwest Florida. The curricula offer […]

The calm after weathering the storm

By Staff | August 18, 2022

[Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy this classic from 2012.] From the moment the storm hit us, we wondered if our anchors would hold in the soft sand and muddy bottom. Nancy had already put all items away in the lockers, stowed any loose objects that might become projectiles, and added extra sail […]

“Ding” Darling photo contest is open for entries

By Staff | August 18, 2022

The 30th annual “Ding” Darling Amateur Photo Contest is officially open. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 15; all entries must be submitted electronically. Cash award prizes are $300 for first place, $225 for second and $175 for third. The contest, sponsored by the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge, is held in conjunction with “Ding” Darling’s Art in the […]

Dog art is a timeless passion for collectors and fans of any breed

By Staff | August 18, 2022

On any given day, a quick survey of eBay turns up thousands of items depicting cavalier King Charles spaniels: some new, some old, some valuable. The dedicated cavalier collector might find such items as a 19th-century oil painting, a 14-karat gold pendant, a vintage photograph of an early member of the breed, an antique hand-colored engraving, a bronze figurine, trade […]

Pets of the WEEK

By Staff | August 18, 2022

These animals are available for adoption at the Animal Welfare League, 3519 Drance St., Port Charlotte. All animals are microchipped, neutered and current with their shots. We are open by appointments only. All of our adoptable pets are on the AWL website (www.awlshelter.org). If you see a pet that you would like to meet, call 941-625-6720 to make an appointment. […]

Sleep medication use is in decline, study shows

By Staff | August 18, 2022

Americans aren’t turning to pharmaceutical options as often in the never ending battle for a good night’s sleep. The use of medication to treat sleep disturbances has fallen dramatically in the United States in recent years after several decades of climbing steeply, according to a study by a team of researchers led by a University of Florida Health scientist. The […]