LEE, COLLIER AND CHARLOTTE COUNTIES PRODUCE MILLIONS OF TONS OF TRASH EVERY YEAR. SOLID WASTE FACILITIES KNOW JUST WHAT TO DO WITH IT
THERE ARE NO MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHwest Florida, unless you count mountains of trash: landfills that rise up to 13 stories above the ground. Here, an intimate and complete history of who we are is buried every day. Full Story
Professor learns that mountains come in many forms
After a year’s planning and a trip of 1,884 miles, I lay sick and wretched on the side of snow-capped Volcano Cotopaxi, just 3,600 feet from my goal. At 15,744 feet on the side of the mountain near Quito, Ecuador, altitude sickness had overcome me. Head pounding, stomach churning, I lay in the dark, frigid refuge house. Full Story
The high cost of ‘Enterprise’
It’s probably too late for those who have entered late-middle age to drop their spoons and pick up a five-gallon bucket.
But their children still have time.
That way, they can ladle much more than their full share of soup from the tax-funded trough known as Enterprise Florida, like so many others are doing. Full Story
THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV
¦ THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 8 P.M. Under the Streetlamp Let the Good Times Roll This modern “Rat Pack” show brings the American Radio Songbook to a whole new level and includes classics from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Full Story
TEAM Punta Gorda’s ninth annual golf tournament is March 15
The all-volunteer community organization TEAM Punta Gorda will hold its ninth annual golf tournament Saturday, March 15, at St. Andrews Country Club. Full Story
Teach a Man to Fish event coming up March 22
The New Paradigm Foundation will host its third annual fundraising gala, Teach a Man to Fish, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Boca Royale Golf and Country Club in Englewood.
This year’s event features an art auction with paintings by Alexander Chen and Thomas Kinkade and a variety of art by local Englewood artists. Full Story
Fish Earth Day set for April 5
In celebration of Earth Day, the Anglers for Conservation is coordinating a Fish Earth Day in partnership with other organizations and the Hook Kids on Fishing Program. The event’s sign-up is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, April 5. The clinic begins promptly at 10 a.m. and continues through noon. Full Story
Donor stewardship: Appreciating those who care
Did you know that keeping a donor interested in your program is much less expensive than cultivating new ones? Think about it.
A trained and loyal employee saves you time and money. For donors and volunteers, the same applies. You definitely want a core group of people who already appreciate your mission and want to help you.
Here are some items for your donor checklist: Full Story
COMING UP AT THE RENAISSANCE ACADEMY
The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. Full Story
Frederick Delius, Florida composer
When the first Europeans arrived in Florida, they were greeted with music and dance performed by the natives. Through the years, music by the natives, Europeans, pioneers, slaves and adventurers has brought to Florida a rich cultural mix different from that of any other region. Then came an unlikely visitor who learned from this unique mixture and became one of our foremost composers. Full Story
‘The Heart Health Bible: The 5-Step Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease’
By John M. Kennedy, M.D. (Da Capo, $15.99 softbound)
It’s no secret that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States, claiming nearly 1 million lives each year. The irony is that it’s also one of the most preventable diseases. Full Story
Race cars yield to bikes for Daytona Supercross
Immediately following the 56th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Feb. 23,, construction began in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the demanding and challenging course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 8. Full Story
‘Need for Speed’ Mustang GT in charity auction
A custom 2014 Ford Mustang GT starring in the new movie “Need for Speed” will be auctioned off for charity by Ford Motor Co. at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction on April 12. Full Story
Grand Cherokee diesel excels at fuel economy
What’s the one knock against big SUVs? Fuel economy. Full Story