2020-07-16 E-Edition

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Why and how geocaching is catching on in Florida

IN 2004, PETE CORRADINO, THE OWNER of Everglades Day Safari in Collier County, was living in Vermont when an older gentleman asked if he would hike with him up to a waterfall. Given the man’s age and the bears known to roam the woods, his request for a hiking partner sounded a reasonable safety precaution. However, when they arrived at […]

Greyhound racing is coming to end in Florida

A 2018 amendment to the Florida constitution to end greyhound racing in the state is still on track after a federal judge in June dismissed a challenge to the new law. Pari-mutuel betting facilities across the state have until Dec. 31 to halt live greyhound racing. Most of the 11 facilities that held races in recent years, including the Naples-Fort […]

The oak outside the window

Just beyond my jalousie writing windows, the green subtropics explode with July juice, an advancing army of the twisted and entwined fueled by a chlorophyll river. The native and exotic, the soldiers of stem, shrub and tree, the massed battalions of Florida flora: They cradle my home and heart, seeking to overrun them. Viewed from my desk, the forest follows […]

New Home-Tech training room provides hands-on instruction

Home-Tech recently built an on-site training room where technicians receive hands-on training before working on customer appliances. This 35-foot-by-40-foot training room includes fully functioning home appliances, AC units, showers and toilets. The program teaches apprentices how to do quality repairs and provides ongoing training for Home-Tech’s experienced technicians. “Many of our technicians come to us looking for a career in […]

Learn about rain barrels during virtual workshop

Join UF/IFAS Extension online at a Florida Friendly Landscaping Virtual Rain Barrel Workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 25. Rain barrels are a great way to reduce storm water runoff and to save water for a period of dry weather. In this workshop led by Lee County Master Gardeners, participants will learn how to make and install a rain barrel […]

Boating is fun — no matter how far out you go

Southwest Florida is full of people who moved here from elsewhere, along with younger generations who grew up in and around the Charlotte Harbor area. For many of those younger people, going out on the water and enjoying oneself is a way of life. The one good thing about that is that many water-related activities are conducive to the strategy […]

Summer reads

You’ve created a sourdough starter and baked bread until you don’t have any more friends to give loaves to. You’ve planted a garden. You’ve learned how to knit. You’ve binged “Aggretsuko,” “Bodyguard” and “Chef’s Table.” You’ve watched “Hamilton” three times. Isn’t it time you settled down with a great book? Here’s what to read, whether your jam is mysteries, cats, […]

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. 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 to make an appointment. We […]

Florida isn’t flat


Many visitors to Florida are surprised to learn we have four seasons (granted, the differences between some of them are rather subtle). They also mistakenly believe the state is flat. It’s not. All you need to do is journey an hour or so north of Lake Okeechobee, and you enter another, less swampy, world of rolling hills that continue up […]