2021-08-05 E-Edition

The Goldilocks Place


MAGGY RENO HURCHALLA, HER OLDER SISter, Janet, and another high school friend were willing to suffer a little, so they traveled from South Florida and the 21-acre Reno family homestead in the woods surrounded by a growing Miami, to the West Coast. They crossed the bridge to Marco Island and drove out on the beach, three teenagers with wheels but […]

State regulators eye adverse medical incidents

Florida health regulators are taking a closer look at “adverse” medical incidents, the types of physicians involved and the locations where they occurred. Members of the state’s two physician licensing boards have received an analysis that shows 19% of the incidents during a review period involved plastic or cosmetic surgeries. Meanwhile, a smaller percentage — 9% — of the physicians […]

Opinionated bag of trash

One of the greatest gifts offered to opiners by the lord, any lord worth his or her salt, is a good critic. Or even a bad critic who gets lucky and says or shares something good. This is true sometimes even when critics let anger get the best of them and resort to spittle-slinging rants or personal insults that have […]

We don’t need women to register for the draft

If you wonder what Republicans are accomplishing in Washington, look no further than the Senate Armed Services Committee, where a majority of them voted to create the predicate for drafting women into the military. Astonishingly, only five of the committee’s 13 GOP members voted against an amendment requiring women to begin to register for the Selective Service. It’s unclear why […]

Audubon Florida celebrates milestone for Everglades restoration

After nearly three decades of construction, the Kissimmee River Restoration Project has restored 40 miles of river and floodplain and returned almost 25,000 acres to wetlands. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and partners at the South Florida Water Management District celebrated the milestone in Everglades Restoration with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 29. The Kissimmee River Restoration Project is […]

To move or not to move (in the heat)

Many snowbirds know the heat in the summer can be, at times, intolerable — at least here in South Florida — so they pack up and head north to their main residences in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and other “cooler” states. In fact, Nancy and I just returned from a little getaway to the southwestern part of Colorado. While our permanent […]

Bobtail squid hatchlings thrive at Sanibel’s National Shell Museum

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum recently welcomed a number of healthy bobtail squid hatchlings. The hatchlings came from a healthy brood stock of hummingbird bobtail squid (Euprymna berryi), as well as a cluster of viable eggs that arrived in July. As the eggs developed, they became yellow and started to expand. Prior to hatching, the eggs became swollen and transparent, […]

Achoo! Canines sneeze for a variety of reasons

Elephants do it. So do chickens and iguanas, parrots and cats, and, of course, dogs. In fact, African wild dogs “vote” this way. My dog Harper does it in my face to wake me up in the morning. Sneeze, that is. We’ve all felt that little tickle in the nose that heralds a sneeze. Dogs probably do, too, although they […]

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 […]