2019-11-28 E-Edition

Bad Critters

Invasive creatures arrived through the pet trade in Florida the last three or four decades, and now there is an unprecedented depletion of mammal and non-mammal species alike.

Houston, we have a problem. And sometimes it bites. Although its reach is statewide, our problem is regional: It extends southward straight down the Florida peninsula from both Martin and Sarasota counties on the east and west to Monroe County. Unlike the toxic-water dilemma we face in Florida, this problem often has teeth or toxicity: a growing tribe of dangerously […]

Founders’ Day Week celebrates the origins of Punta Gorda

In 1885, Col. Isaac Trabue initiated construction on a parcel of land in what was then Manatee County, naming the town after himself. Two years later, during the first week of December, some of the townsfolk held a meeting in a billiards parlor near the corner of Olympia Avenue and Taylor Street and decided to incorporate their little hamlet into […]

Sobaheg for all!

Long before we linked ourselves by computers and social media, before we linked ourselves by voice, internal combustion and air travel, before we linked ourselves by steam — way back when we still relied on wind and sail — we also created a turkey link. “Turkeys” came to Europe from two places, and in fact they were two distinct birds: […]


Punta Gorda has Family Fun Day The city of Punta Gorda is inviting residents to its Punta Gorda Family Fun Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Punta Gorda Safety Building, 1410 Tamiami Trail. This is a free event. Members of the Punta Gorda Police Department and Punta Gorda Fire Department will be on hand to display […]

Upcoming CHEC programs

Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center and the Charlotte County Natural Resource Department will be conducting the following free programs. Unless noted, all walks begin at 9 a.m. For more information: 941-475-0769 or www.Chec- Florida.org. Sunday, Dec. 1 — Join Greg Brezicki on a guided walk through the old growth pine flatwoods and mangrove fringe of 125-acre Oyster Creek/Ann Dever Regional Park […]

Giving thanks should not go hand in hand with getting stressed

Around the holidays, we seem to be more grateful for what we have. We all have something to be thankful for — but, much more importantly, we all have somebody to be thankful for. The material things we own will never take the place of real people. It is unfortunate that making smartphones so small and accessible has taken away […]

Aging gracefully

Factors that affect feline life expectancy include maintaining a healthy body weight, a high-quality diet and adequate exercise

They say cats have nine lives, and eventually that ninth life comes along. Senior cats may show some gray hairs around the eyes and mouth, the lens of the eye clouds over, and they may think twice and walk away instead of jumping onto the kitchen counter. The average life expectancy for cats is 10 to 15 years, although some […]

Pets of the WEEK

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. The shelter is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. To view adoptable pets, visit www.awlshelter.org. To learn more, visit EARS at 145 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, visit www.earsanimalrescue.com or call 941-681-3877. […]

Neurological disorder of Florida panther investigated; caring for orphaned kittens

A team of experts, led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, are working together to care for a pair of endangered Florida panther kittens orphaned after their mom suffered from an unknown neurological disorder affecting panthers and bobcats. The kittens are being cared for at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, one of the state’s top facilities for the rehabilitation […]