From fabled crossroads to Punta Gorda, a rock ‘n’ roll life

Stephen Foster began his career at Broadway Sound, one of several now legendary recording studios located near Muscle Shoals, Ala., where he grew up. He was a wide-eyed 19-yearold, and there was plenty to see. The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Traffic and Willie Nelson were among the parade of recording artists who came through Muscle Shoals to cut songs. He […]

Update on baby Meikah

The fundraising effort to pay for liver transplant surgery for baby Meikah Heaton has reached $92,000. Meikah’s mother, Michaela, was confirmed as a suitable donor and surgery is scheduled for July 14. Hospitalization will be required for both patients and recovery is 2-4 weeks. The family will stay at a nearby recovery house at a cost of $1,500. The family […]


Odds and ends

I just finished reading a book written by Nancy DeVille, a friend of mine, called “Death By Supermarket: The Fattening, Dumbing Down and Poisoning of American.” I encourage you to read the book, although if you tend toward depression and despair, you might want to get those under control first because the author pulls no punches in describing why we […]

Getting a clear perspective on Macular Degeneration

Advanced procedure helps pinpoint risk

A sophisticated new genetic test that can help gauge the likelihood of someone developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) — the leading cause of legal blindness in the United States — could lead to early, sight-saving treatments for thousands of Southwest Floridians who may be candidates for the disease. Pat Thiel, a 58-year-old nurse who lives in Punta Gorda, is one […]

Gateff honored as Lifetime Director

In recognition of more than 20 years of service, Ann K. Gateff has been elected to become Charlotte County’s first Hhonorary lifetime director of the Edison State College Foundation Board of Directors. Ms. Gateff was instrumental in the development of the Charlotte County Campus, which opened in 1997. She also was the inspiration behind the successful Charlotte Pops @ Sunset […]

Bats vital to a healthy environment

Evening bat "We fear what we don’t understand." For some, this fear takes in dark, winged denizens of the night alleged to fly into our hair, land on our necks and suck our blood. The myths and folklore that have surrounded bats throughout time have seemingly endured, creating fear and even hatred for one of nature’s most environmentally helpful creatures. […]

Iraq: The deadline passes

Iraq and the United States reached a long-anticipated milestone this week, as U.S. troops met the agreed-upon June 30 deadline for leaving Iraq’s cities. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki proclaimed the occasion National Sovereignty Day, portraying it as a celebration of Iraq’s emergence from occupation. In Baghdad and in Washington, officials are hoping that the celebration isn’t premature. Five years […]

Who are you?

If you’re a baby boomer, or anything close, then you might remember this trivia from the age of Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Who put out their first album in 1965, a noisy, self-congratulatory soup called “My Generation.” Then it took them 13 years to ask what is arguably the iconic question of the baby boom generation, or any other: “Who […]

The Waxman-Markey travesty

The cap-and-trade bill passed the House of Representatives shrouded in a fog of willful ignorance and calculated irrationality. No one could be sure what he was voting for — not after the 1,200-page bill had a 300-page amendment added at 3:09 a.m. the day of its passage. The bill is so complex and jerry-built that even its supporters can’t know […]


Last week’s article “Collegiate High School to open on ESC’s Lee Campus” misidentified two sources. Dr. Steve Atkins is the vice president of student and academic services for Edison State College’s Lee Campus in Fort Myers. CarolAnn Popovich is Florida Gulf Coast University’s director of the Center for Academic Achievement and Collegiate High School Early Admissions Program, which operates separately […]