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Sea Tow captain Craig Stransky honored for rescue effort

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com Sea Tow Captain Craig Stransky had just settled into his evening shift earlier this year when he heard the call over dispatch to assist a grounded boat. A phone call to the first number listed on the account resulted in a dead line. On the other end of his second ...

Island Crab Company builds unique ‘tree’

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Dallas Ryan of Island Crab Company wanted to spread some Christmas cheer so he assembled a three-man team to build a crab-trap Christmas tree just outside the Island Crab Company building. He said he wanted a bigger crab-trap tree than they built last year. ...

Nick-B’s Artisan Food Market opening soon

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Maria Albano is getting ready to wow Pine Islanders with her food the same way she did for almost 40 years in the mountains of West Virginia. Her specialty Chimi Churi Sauce, which will be for sale inside the shop, to be called Nick-B’s Artisan Food Market, ...

Local Supermarket Sweep fundraiser for Kiwanis becomes big win for community

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com What started as a fundraiser for the local Pine Island Kiwanis Club has become a big win for the community at large. After islander Amy Lynch heard she’d won the grand prize of the Winn-Dixie Super Market Sweep 10 minute run, she immediately offered the ...

Jug Creek Marina keeps the tradition going

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Steve Johnston took over Jug Creek Marina in October 2019. He said his desire is to keep the tradition of the marina the same as it’s always been. “We know that this isn’t going to become a massive fish-industry building,” said Johnston. “Our goal is ...

Local businesses join forces for third annual Thanksgiving giveaway

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com On Sunday Nov. 22, a group of local businesses was prepared gave away Thanksgiving turkeys for the third year in a row. “The first year was just myself and Baxter Appliance,” said Miceli. “We saw the outreach from the community and local businesses so ...

Supermarket Sweep winner gives it all back

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com On Nov. 16, Amy Lynch of Bokeelia won the Supermarket Sweep grand prize, given by the local Kiwanis Club for its fundraising event. Lynch has been granted 10 minutes to zip through the local Winn-Dixie on Stringfellow Road in St. James City, grabbing up all ...

Pine Island Food Pantry provides Thanksgiving meals to island families

The Pine Island Food Pantry, along with the generous support of the Greater Pine Island Elks, Winn-Dixie and many other donors, provided 96 Thanksgiving meals to families who reside in the Pine Island and Matlacha area this year. Karen Durand, pantry executive director, said, “The Holiday ...

Supermarket Sweep set for Winn-Dixie

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Kiwanis Club of Greater Pine Island is having a Supermarket Sweep fundraising event Monday, Nov. 23, at Winn-Dixie in St. James City, at 7:30 a.m. According to Kiwanis member Cindy Bickford, many events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, which has ...

Stone crab season is here again!

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Island Seafood Market owner Casey Streeter knows stone crab is a delicacy in Southwest Florida. The season, he said, is limited, beginning Oct. 15 and ending April 15. “When it comes along and we get our crabs in, everyone rushes to get them because they’re ...