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Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: How well do you manage your stress?

Stress is a normal part of life and not all stress is bad. How we manage it is important to have a healthy life. Stress can either help us learn and lead to a better life or can cause significant problems.What is stress?Stress is the way the body responds naturally to anything that is a threat ...

On the water: Fishing and weather up and down over the week

Fishing was good and bad over the past week. If you were in good water, plenty of fish were boated, however, if you hit a stretch of bad water, or area affected by red tide, bait often died in the live well and fishing was no good. Also, often you could go from bad to good by relocating a short ...

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Coconut Fish Sticks

Ingredients:1 1/4 Lbs fish fillets cut into 1-inch thick strips1/3 C milk1/3 C jarred mango chutney1/2 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced2 scallions thinly sliced2 lemons (1 juiced and 1 cut into wedges)1/2 C flourKosher salt and freshly ground pepper2 Lg eggs2 C Panko1 C unsweetened shredded ...

On the Water: Red tide is still present across local waters

Again, anglers reported signs of red tide across Pine Island Sound and the Gulf beaches over the past week. Most fish kills reported included small bait fish, mullet and catfish, with a few game fish. Signs also included respiratory and eye irritation, plus discolored water.The better fishing ...

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Brown Butter

Ingredients:1/2 C butter cubed1/4 C maple syrup1/2 tsp cinnamon1/4 tsp ground nutmeg1/2 C chopped pecans toasted1 1/2 C flour2 Tbsp packed brown sugar2 tsp baking powder1 tsp salt2 Eggs1 1/3 C milk3/4 canned pumpkin1/2 C ricotta cheeseHow to:1. In a small heavy sauce pan, cook butter over ...

Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: Hello, snowbirds

This is the time of the year when our winter residents are returning en masse. They come to get away from the four letter words snow and cold. When they come, they leave not only friends, neighbors and families from up north but, also, their doctors and their medical histories.So, Snowbirds, ...

On the Water: Weather in November brings changes for anglers

Fishing reports were not the best over the past week as many anglers struggled. Traces of red tide was reported in Pine Island Sound and along the beaches. No gamefish were reported dead or floating, mostly baitfish including pinfish and mullet. Often low levels of red tide do not kill gamefish ...

Catch ‘em & Cook ‘em: Sheepshead Chowder

Ingredients:2 Lbs sheepshead fillets1 can cream of mushroom soup1/3 C butter1 Tbsp lemon juice1 C chopped onion1 Bay leaf1 C chopped celery1 Clove garlic plus 1 C chopped green pepper4 C hot cooked riceHot to:1. Cut fillets into bite size chunks2. In a sauce pan, poach fish in a small amount of ...

Beacon of HOPE Wellness Committee: It’s time for a flu shot

It's the right time to get a flu shot and it is so important that you do.Flu season starts in October, generally peaks in December to February, and sometimes continues to May. It takes 2 weeks for the shot to take effect.Flu can be a serious illness. As you age or if you have chronic ...