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PIE student nominated for Do the Right Thing award

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Pine Island Elementary School third grader Aaliya Swenson already has a multitude of interests. In addition to participating in art projects and writing books, for which she’s already won awards, Swenson has been nominated for the Do the Right Thing Award, by ...

COVID-19 Task Force discusses vaccine

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com On Monday, Dec. 21, the Pine Island COVID-19 Task Force discussed the FDOH app called “Healthy Together” where people can obtain information regarding COVID-19 in Florida, such as testing sites, test results, Florida’s response plan, what to do if you know ...

Don Gaddie, owner of DG Hardware and Marine, passes away

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com In the 1980s, Don Gaddie began DG Hardware and Marine in the shopping plaza on Stringfellow Road in Pine Island. According to his brother, David Gaddie, there were quite a few people in his employ for the last several years. Gaddie said he believes his brother ...

COVID-19 vaccinations rolled out in Lee County

Lee Health administered the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to employees on Tuesday with a limited number of inoculations made available to front-line healthcare workers and those 65 and older beginning Monday through the Department of Health - Lee County. The health care provider has ...

North Fort Myers residents meet incoming tax collector

news@breezenewspapers.com Noelle Branning will take over as Lee County Tax Collector at the start of the new year, yet even before she assumes the office, she is already making an imprint on how the office will run. That means you will see a lot of her, answering people’s questions and ...

Twice as nice

news@breezenewspapers.com Southwest Florida’s most popular eagle pair is now counting down the days before they become parents once again. Harriet now has two eggs, laying the first on Dec. 16 at 4:58 p.m. and the second one on Dec. 19 at 4:45 p.m. Assuming a standard 35-day incubation ...

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, ...

Pine Island Task Force talks vaccine safety

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com The Pine Island Task Force recently discussed Eric McCrea’s television interview, which covered his role on the Task Force as well as needed testing on the island. Member Martha Huard pointed out that Gov. Ron DeSantis has suggested potentially dispersing only ...

Francis to teach yoga at Matlacha Community Center

pleblanc@breezenewspapers.com Islander Isabel Francis MPA, MSN, RN, RYT-200 is excited to teach yoga again. “People have been under incredible stress like never before, with very few outlets to find peace and serenity,” said Francis, who will teach two different classes at the Matlacha ...