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Bevis the banana eating duck lost and found 3.7 miles from home

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com When you say the word pet, many people envision dogs and cats, but for Donald Willis and Lisa Raghnell, Bevis, the duck, is counted among their beloved. They got Bevis along with three other white ducks when she was only a few days old and began raising them all. “After a few months they really bonded with us and would follow us around, and eat bananas,” said Raghnell. Willis and Raghnell, who are starting their own farm, have over a hundred birds, counting chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. According to Raghnell, this is why they failed at first ...

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David Goodwyn Elmore

David Goodwyn Elmore, 71, of St. James City, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2020. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Letters to the Editor

Climate change hypocrisy

To the editor: As of 9/9/20, more than 2.2 million acres of forest have burned uncontrollably in California as reported by CBS News. Previously, 2018 was the worst season for California fires consuming 1,893,913 acres, according to Wikipedia, and producing 68 million tons of heat trapping ...


Sherry, Riverdale Dental marks 40 years on island

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Markus Sherry DMD describes Pine Island as a hidden gem. At only 29 years old, when he decided to open his first dental office here on the island, he said people asked him why on earth he would do that. After 40 years and having opened five more offices, he ...

Local Columns


Stop modern day slavery: Be part of the solution

As frontline workers in the fight against human trafficking, the Cape Coral Police Department answered a global call to action Thursday.July 30 was World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and the 2020 theme urged first responders -- "the people who work in different sectors -- identifying, ...