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Pine Island Tropicals grows healthy foods

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com In the early 1990s, Donna and Gary Schneider began Pine Island Tropicals in Bokeelia. All the fruits and vegetables grown on the 16-acre farm are organic, says Donna. “The majority of what we grow is edible or tropical,” said Schneider. In addition to ...

Lee County schools are back in session

news@breezenewspapers.com After, literally, months of effort, school is back in session. Lee County Schools opened Monday for the first day of the new school year, with the district offering a number of education models as the pandemic everyone hoped might be over continued to be cause for ...

Spotlight on Grown up Islanders: Clayton Baker

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Clayton Baker was born an islander. His parents were living in St. James City, where they had been since the 1980s. He remembers there having been far fewer people when he was growing up on the island than there are now. According to the longtime islander, the ...

Honc named Women of Distinction award winner

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Pine Islander Donna Honc of Honc Industries was recently presented the Women of Distinction award, in the business category. Honc received her award at the 4th annual Women of Distinction Lee County gala held at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. A typical workday for ...

Mapping your body through reflexology

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Licensed massage therapist Pam McCarty became interested in the practice of reflexology after her doctor sent her to the massage therapist in an effort to manage a panic disorder. She said she noticed the calming effect from having her feet worked on immediately. ...

Beacon of Hope utilizes smile.amazon.com to help fund organization

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Beacon of Hope board member Elsie Stearns would like to get the word out that smile.amazon.com has listed the Beacon of Hope Pine Island Inc. as one of the recipients people may choose as a donation whenever they make an Amazon purchase. Stearns said they do ...

Free COVID walk-up testing held at Phillips Park

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Last Tuesday, Aug. 18, COVID-19 testing was made available in Phillips Park on Sesame Drive, for anyone aged 4 years or older. The oral PCR testing, which, according to the FDA detects the virus’ genetic material, conducted by Lee Health, was free of charge, ...