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ROAR member facilitates island cleanup on Earth Day

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Pine Island ROAR member Kathy Chumley coordinated an Earth Day island cleanup on April 22, with the help of some willing islanders. “It went very well,” Chumley said. “We had quite a few people. Some of them worked down in Matlacha from around Miceli’s ...

Children learn better in classrooms

news@breezenewspapers.com Kids learn better in school classrooms, data collected by the School District of Lee County shows. Although distance learning proved to be effective in some areas, numbers presented to the School Board of Lee County last week pointed towards the “face-to-face” ...

Local author finds an audience for her series

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Carol Ervin has had a love for writing for as long as she can remember, which explains the number of books she’s written for her fictional historical series. Her “Mountain Women” series, currently consisting of 12 books, has created quite a following for ...

Spotlight on Grown up Islanders: Col. Frank Vollmar

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Frank Vollmar’s parents, Andy and Georgia Vollmar, made their way to Pine Island when their friend began coming here in the 1940s and he talked them into moving here. By 1957, Pine Island was home to the family, which consisted of his parents, younger sister ...

Beacon GED graduate setting example for his children

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Two years ago Salvatore Cammilleri took his test and got a general equivalency diploma after studying at the Beacon of Hope. Unlike many Beacon GED graduates, Cammilleri is not a teenager. In fact, he’s not even in his 20s. Cammilleri is a businessman and ...

DeSantis announces agreement for Everglades reservoir

nmayberg@breezenewspapers.com New progress on the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project was announced on Earth Day by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The announcement followed a vote by the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board to authorize an agreement with the U.S. ...