Koreshan CLOSE-UP: Why did the gopher tortoise cross the road?

Did you know that gopher tortoises are found in parts of all 67 Florida counties? They are frequently encountered in neighbor­hoods, along roadways, and in many of Florida’s public parks and forests. More...

Posted 4/11/2018 07:38 AM

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Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Amphiuma, an amphibian of the southeastern swamp

The first time I saw this critter in one of our minnow traps, I was in awe. What was this creature sliding around the bottom of our trap? Was it some sort of fish? An eel possibly? A snake? More...

Posted 3/28/2018 10:26 AM

Conservancy CONNECTION: Not just another pretty face

One of the first things I do when I arrive for my shift as a docent in the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center is to check the wildlife displays, looking to see which animals are active and which may be hidden in their tanks. More...

Posted 3/14/2018 11:12 AM

Our Best FRIENDS: Thor and Freyja: Shepherds who are uncommon and playful

Sandy Panarello’s gentle giants draw attention with their snow white coats as Berger Blanc Suisse shepherds. Thor is just 2 years old and his partner, Freyja — imported from Russia as Thor’s mate — will be 2 years old in December. More...

Posted 3/14/2018 11:12 AM

Our Best FRIENDS: Zoey’s parking-lot encounter with future owner was no mistake

Madison Ratliff recently was promoted by Best Buy, which required a move from North Carolina to Southwest Florida. More...

Posted 2/28/2018 11:38 AM

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Hurricane Irma’s damage may be lingering

Hurricane Irma was devastating, and the utterance of those five syllables can elicit a groan from any Southwest Florida resident. More...

Posted 2/28/2018 11:38 AM

Conservancy CONNECTION: Snakes in residence are both beautiful and dangerous

Entering the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Dalton Discovery Center, guests generally begin their tour by walking to the right, entering the upland habitat and working their way past the exhibits until they end up by the large patch reef tank. More...

Posted 2/13/2018 08:42 PM

Mind & SOUL: You must love yourself to be able to love others

Many spiritual traditions recognize loving yourself as a primary obligation and great commandment. Yet loving yourself is perhaps one of the most challenging things for so many of us to do. More...

Posted 2/13/2018 08:42 PM

Our Best FRIENDS: When difficulty came along, so did a little Scottie

Jusca DeMar weighs about 20 pounds, is coal black and mirrors the purebred traits described by the American Kennel Club for Scottish terriers. More...

Posted 2/13/2018 08:42 PM

Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: Tuscany is the home of Chianti

When I was young, my father would take our family to Rigazzi’s Italian restaurant in St. Louis. More...

Posted 2/13/2018 08:42 PM

Tech SAVVY: Prepare your smartphone for a trip abroad

Heading to Europe this spring? A cruise? It is natural to take your favorite tech gadget, your smartphone, with you on an international trip because these devices have become part of our everyday lives. More...

Posted 1/31/2018 09:20 AM

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Our Best FRIENDS: Brady is a walking partner and companion

Barbara Weiss was recovering from knee surgery a dozen years ago when her son called to say he bought her a dog. More...

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Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: Basque sports country is wine country, too

Spain’s rugged Basque region is known in the country, and worldwide, for sports prowess, including the indigenous game jai alai. More...

Posted 1/17/2018 12:25 PM

Our NEIGHBORS: Local author’s dolphin and manatee books celebrate sea life

Author Rosalie Tagg Masella knows quite a bit about dolphins and manatees, the main characters in her two enchanting children’s books, “Adventures of Dingle Dee & Lingle Dee,” and “I Am A Manatee. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 09:16 PM

Tech SAVVY: School’s program is a model for digital safety

I’ve covered many features of the iPhone in this column, including ways to get the most out of your device, but in this column I’m taking a different approach: Safety among school-age kids regarding issues such as cyberbullying, over-sharing, privacy More...

Posted 12/26/2017 09:16 PM

Architect’s Timeless vision realized in restaurant

Customers at MHK Architecture and Planning ask if his designs are Mediterranean or modern and Matthew Kragh responds, “We don’t design in a genre, but with every design we do we strive for it to be timeless.” Timeless is the design More...

Posted 12/26/2017 09:16 PM

Koreshan CLOSE-UP: Buildings get a facelift at 100 years of age

Koreshan State Historic Site has undergone quite a facelift over the past 12 months. The improvements throughout several areas of the Historic Settlement include structures that are well over 100 years old. More...

Posted 12/13/2017 02:08 PM

Vineyard SPOTLIGHT: Vineyards mostly unscathed in wine country fires

The smoke has cleared from California’s wine country, but the toll this year’s wildfires will take on the area’s $1 billion wine crop is still being tallied. More...

Posted 12/13/2017 02:08 PM

Conservancy CONNECTION: Dragonfly is the beautiful predator of the sky

Visitors to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida are able to view or enter a variety of Florida ecosystems. The Christopher B. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 10:25 PM

Our NEIGHBOR: Local author wins award for latest children’s book

Start with a delightful children’s story, add watercolor illustrations, mix in original songs and stir in a lot of love. More...

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Discover Lovers KEY: Gumbo limbo, anyone?

When I excitedly told a group of friends that I had encountered plenty of gumbo limbo at Lovers Key State Park, one woman piped up with a ques­tion. She mentioned that she loves plenty of seafood in her gumbo — is that how they make it at Lovers Key? More...

Posted 11/15/2017 10:50 AM

Conservancy CONNECTION: There’s one invasive species for which we may be thankful

Walking through the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Hall of Invasive Species, visitors see animals that have made their homes in Southwest Florida, but don’t really belong here. More...

Posted 4/11/2018 07:38 AM

Mind & SOUL: Age gracefully with tips for all-around well-being

We are privileged to live in one of the most beautiful areas in the country, and Collier County ranks near the top in longevity in the United States. More...

Posted 4/11/2018 07:38 AM

Our Best FRIENDS: A family continues to grow around Chloe

Chloe, an 8-year-old shih tzu, has a large family. She is claimed first by Taylor Bemis, who attends college and leaves Chloe in the care of her parents, Kathy and Mark Bemis, who travel to Florida. Chloe also visits with their parents in Florida. More...

Posted 3/28/2018 10:26 AM

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Koreshan CLOSE-UP: Koreshan women are cause for celebration

In the early 1900s, American women didn’t always have the opportu­nity to have strong voices in society, run businesses, have access to education or have equal rights. More...

Posted 3/14/2018 11:12 AM

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Tech SAVVY: We were promised jet packs

Back in the 1960s when America was leading the world in almost every field of science, the future was so bright, everything was deemed possible. The jet pack was a wonder gizmo at that time, featured on Lost in Space. More...

Posted 2/28/2018 11:38 AM

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Koreshan CLOSE-UP: Koreshan Art Hall is a place of harmony

The sound of music can be uplifting, invigorating, relaxing and just plain enjoyable. More...

Posted 2/13/2018 08:42 PM

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Grand opening of east Bonita Fire Station

The Bonita Springs Fire and Rescue District celebrated the grand opening of Station 26 earlier this month. The new station is located at 16001 Bonita Beach Road SE, next to Village Walk. More...

Posted 2/13/2018 08:42 PM

Our Best FRIENDS: Huskies are woman’s friends and running partners

Bonita Springs Dog Beach and dog park are favorite places for Ava and Brody, Siberian huskies whose bright blue eyes and white coats attract attention. More...

Posted 1/31/2018 09:20 AM

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Corkscrew celebrates local birder’s record-setting Big Year

Many days in 2017, as the sun rose and the rest of the world slowly unwrapped itself from the warm arms of sleep, Yve Morrell of Naples was already on the hunt. More...

Posted 1/31/2018 09:20 AM

Conservancy CONNECTION: How the Chokoloskee chicken got its name

Entering The Conservancy of Southwest Florida grounds, it is not unusual to see small groups of white, medium-size, stilt-legged birds walking along the sides of the road, heads pointed downward, fever­ishly poking their long, curved reddish-orange b More...

Posted 1/17/2018 12:25 PM

Koreshan CLOSE-UP: Park drops ‘historic’ name, but not its rich history

To many people, Koreshan State Historic Site sounds like an intriguing place to visit and explore. More...

Posted 1/17/2018 12:25 PM

Mind & SOUL: In life there are lessons and joys

As we welcome the new year, it is important to reflect on the past. More...

Posted 1/17/2018 12:25 PM

Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Guided swamp walks reveal hidden jewels

Sunlight filters through the canopy overhead, reflecting lazily across the slowly moving waters darkened by tannins. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 09:16 PM

Our Best FRIENDS: Gus is a homebody who protects his family

Gus is a white, fluffy Coton de Tulear, a homebody whose bark warns away strangers and lets his family know someone is coming near. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 09:16 PM

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Discover Lovers KEY: Lovers Key hosts concerts of Americana music

The Friends of Lovers Key and the Americana Community Music Association are hosting the third season of Songwriters at Sunset at Lovers Key State Park. FOLKS is a non-profit organization formed to support, protect and preserve Lovers Key State Park. More...

Posted 12/26/2017 09:16 PM

Highland Woods Taking Care to see that ‘community’ includes employees

Highland Woods Golf & Country Club in Bonita Springs is proud of being a generous and caring community — and Hurricane Irma gave residents another reason for that.  More...

Posted 12/13/2017 02:08 PM

Our Best FRIENDS: Emotional support dog is Bundles of joy

Bundles has spent the past 15 years as a bundle of joy for her owner, Lisa Kelble, who spends seven months in Bonita Springs but also leads a hectic life in Milan, Ohio. More...

Posted 12/13/2017 02:08 PM

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Our Best FRIENDS: Dalmatians have a place in the firetruck and in the heart

For Frank Sullivan it takes only one Dalmatian to bring back his memories of firehouses and all the beautiful Dalmatians he had as mascots before he retired after 25 years of service. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 10:25 PM

Tech SAVVY: Video doorbell offers security and convenience

Your front door is where you transition from the safety of your home to the outside world. Many comers are welcome, like friends, neighbors, delivery services and contractors, yet some are not. More...

Posted 11/28/2017 10:25 PM