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On the Water: October fishing

October is a refreshing time for anglers around Southwest Florida. After a long hot summer, we will finally see some relief with cooler days and a noticeable drop in humidity. This combination will set off good fishing opportunities as they will be hungry, active, and on the move. Now is the ...

Dolphin Tales: Love song of the male humpback whale

FYI: all dolphins are whales, but not all whales are dolphins. If you search songs of the humpback whale, multiple sound recordings will appear. The 1970 recording by Roger Payne went multi-platinum. It seems the songs have a calming effect on humans and indeed are used by many people for ...

Guest Commentary: School District continues to build bridges

Excitement can always be felt with the start of a new school year. New teachers, new classes, and extracurricular activities lend excellent social outlets and growth opportunities. Seeing adorable back-to-school photos of children and teacher’s classrooms decorated in anticipation of the ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2019 Annabella Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2019 Anabella Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon #40-2021 We sampled a bottle of Napa Valley Anabella Cab from the Michael Pozzan Winery recently, and found it to be a welcome companion at our dinner table. Of course, ...

On the Water: Good fishing over full moon

Over the past week anglers experienced great weather and full moon tides to welcome the beginning of Fall.   Anglers looking for a sea trout dinner found success throughout Pine Island Sound and the northern end of Matlacha Pass. Over early morning hours trout up to 21 inches were hooked on ...

Bridge Beat

Bridge has started up again on Pine Island with one weekly game: Fishers of Men Wednesday Bridge, from noon to 3 p.m., everyone welcome. For further information, call Maxine Crispi at 239-283-7869. The other regularly scheduled games are still on COVID hiatus. Results Fishers of Men ...

Mahjongg Scores

On Sept. 23, we had five experienced mahjongg players and one newbie playing our weekly game at the St. James City Civic Center from 1-4 p.m. Paula Bruckner took first place with a seven-game total of 115 points. Jeirlynn Safran took second place with 70 points and Melanie Giangrant took ...

Norm’s Tasting Notes: 2019 Fess Parker Santa Barbara Chardonnay

The North Georgia Wine Advisor normwine@bellsouth.net normwine@charter.net 2019 Fess Parker Santa Barbara Chardonnay #39-2021 It's been a long time since Fess Parker played Daniel Boone on TV, and quite a while since he purchased seven hundred-plus acres of land near Los Olivos, Calif, ...

On the Water: Fall fishing begins across Southwest Florida

As we put summer behind us and head into the first week of fall, anglers will find good fishing opportunities inshore and in gulf waters. Large bait schools are hanging over grass flats throughout Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor. Fishing these areas gives the opportunity to hook ...

Mahjongg Scores

On Sept. 16, there were 4 of us who played mahjongg at the St. James City Civic Association -- Paula Bruckner, Judy Burchianti, Pat Johnsen and Melanie Giagrant. We were a small but mighty group of experienced mahjongg players playing together and being extremely COVID aware as we are all ...