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On the Water: April might be top month for fishing in Southwest Florida

April 1, 2020 Let's think positive and look forward to great fishing opportunities that may present themselves over the upcoming month. more »»

On the Water: It was a busy week out on the water

March 25, 2020 We enjoyed another week of sunny skies and warm weather on the waters of Southwest Florida. more »»

On the Water: What a week on the water

March 18, 2020 Wow! What a beautiful week it was on the waters around Southwest Florida. There were a lot of boats and our waters were busy. Hopefully everyone was decompressing from all the negative news of late. more »»

Beacon of Hope Wellness Committee: Using essential oils for health and wellness

March 18, 2020 Essential oils have been known since ancient times to cure disease and alleviate painful symptoms. more »»

Dolphin Tales: What are the natural predators of bottlenose dolphins?

March 18, 2020 Bottlenose dolphin are cetaceans that rarely become prey thanks to their size, their intelligence, the use of echolocation and their level of socialization that gives them a significant advantage by... more »»

Lent: A season to toss or add?

March 18, 2020 Many people view Lent as Plan B for failed New Year's Resolutions. Therefore, for many people Lent is following that quaint custom of giving up some pleasure. more »»

On the Water: It was an up and down week out on the water

March 11, 2020 The first week of March did not exactly deliver us the ideal fishing conditions anglers were hoping for. Mother Nature gave us plenty of wind followed with a cold front for the weekend. more »»

On the Water: Anything is possible in month of March

March 4, 2020 We closed out the month of February with tough fishing conditions that included cool weather and strong wind. more »»

On the Water: Snook, redfish and seatrout closure extended

February 26, 2020 We almost made it through the entire week with great weather and spring like conditions. more »»

On the Water: Warm days spark good fishing in the area

February 19, 2020 Good weather with blue skies and plenty of sunshine made for a great week on the water around Southwest Florida. more »»

Dolphin Tales: Dolphin give new meaning to ‘half asleep’

February 19, 2020 While sleeping, the dolphin shuts down only half of its brain, along with the opposite eye. The other half of the brain stays awake at a low level of alertness. more »»

On the Water: A week of extreme low tides on the water

February 12, 2020 Well, that was an interesting week on the waters of Southwest Florida. To say we had some windy days would be an understatement as strong winds and even higher gusts kept many anglers off the water. more »»

Everyone is invited!

February 12, 2020 In Matt. 22:1-10, Jesus tells a parable about a king who invited important guests to a wedding and the feast that followe. more »»

On the Water: Sheepshead more active when the temperature cools

February 6, 2020 This is peak season for the one fish around Pine Island and Southwest Florida that thrives during the cooler winter months -- the sheepshead (Archosaurs probatocephalus). more »»

On the Water: Fishing up and down like the weather

January 29, 2020 Like the weather, fishing was all over the place over the past week. We experienced beautiful sunny days with light winds as well as our coldest days in a couple years with strong gust. more »»

Dolphin Tales: Dolphins also have to protect themselves from the sun’s ultraviolet rays

January 29, 2020 Did you know dolphins are susceptible to sunburn? Injured or elderly dolphins who take a rest in the shallows could be trapped by an outgoing tide and find themselves vulnerable to South-west... more »»

Smile, it adds to your face value

January 29, 2020 After his ordination, a woman came up to the newly ordained pastor and said: “It’s a grand thing you are doing – giving up the joys of life to serve the Lord. more »»

Low water can test your fishing and boating skills

January 22, 2020 (Editor’s note: Capt.Bill Russell’s On the Water column will return next week. more »»

On the Water: It was another windy week out on the water

January 15, 2020 Strong winds hampered fishing efforts over the past week making offshore trips nearly impossible. more »»

On the Water: 2020 off to a windy start in Southwest Florida

January 8, 2020 We opened the new year in Southwest Florida with steady winds over most days. Inshore anglers fared well despite conditions, however conditions offshore in gulf waters were not as accommodating. more »»

Beacon of Hope Wellness Committee: 'Quit Your Way' stop smoking class at the Beacon

January 8, 2020 "Why would I want to stop smoking? I enjoy it. It makes me feel good. It helps me when I’m stressed. It keeps my weight down. I’ve tried and it’s not easy. more »»



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2017 Edna Valley Chardonnay

April 3, 2020 #14-20-PIE The Chardonnay wines from Edna Valley Vineyards have been quality and value leaders for many years, and this 2017 Central Coast entry is no exception. more »

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