Participants can go to the dogs at the sixth annual GoldenFest, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Hosted by Golden Retriever Rescue of Southwest Florida, the festival will be held at the Doggy Heaven canine park at the Shell Factory & Nature Park in North Fort Myers.
Events include pet vendors, exhibits, Santa pet portraits, dog dock diving, flyball, a “Furminator” grooming booth, a huge raffle and silent auction, refreshments and more. Raffle and auction items range from theater, dinner cruise and hotel tickets to rounds of golf, lavish gift baskets and a number of vacation and cruise packages. Among the vendors are animal hospitals, boarding facilities, trainers, groomers, rescues and pet food companies.
Do you know a student in grades 9-12 who could use up to $30,000 for college? Encourage them to enter the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary Voice of Democracy audio-essay competition. Each year, nearly 40,000 high school students from across the country enter to win a share of the $2.2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through this program. This year’s theme is “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future.” Entries must be submitted to a VFW Post no later than midnight on November 1, 2014. Click here for more information.http://ow.ly/ACdyH
Barbadian Orville Hall, who began playing the game of cricket at an early age in his native island, and developed into becoming a respected (wicketkeeper/batsman), before migrating to the U.S. where he has established himself as a top administrator of the game, has been nominated to be one of this year’s inductees into the Cricket Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at the Hilton hotel in Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday, October 4th
On his arrival in the U.S. in 1972, Hall promptly joined New Rochelle Cricket Club in New York and was instrumental in helping the club to win the American Cricket League’s championship trophy in a low-scoring game in 1973, when they defeated strong rivals, Sportsmen’s Athletic Club of Hartford, Connecticut. Hall, who top-scored 36 not out, was named “Man of the Match.” This was the beginning of his cricketing career in the U.S.
Later he went on to become president of New Rochelle Cricket Club. He then moved on to become secretary and subsequent president of the American Cricket League. Hall who was also at the helm as president of Casablanca Cricket Club and Somerset Sport Club, both located in Brooklyn, was the manager, public relations director and chairman of the Barbados team that participated in the New York Red Stripe Cup competition which, for several years, was the top competition in New York, that had teams representing Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Windward and Leeward Islands.
by: Stephanie Carson, Public News Service – FL
Florida’s nickname may be the “Sunshine State,” but that feeling might not always extend to the folks who live here. The state ranks 36th when it comes to “happiness,” according to an analysis by WalletHub.com. Researchers looked at state-specific figures about income, health, divorce rates and other factors to come up with the list. Florida gets low marks for its low rate of volunteerism and high divorce rate, but nice weather and recreation kept the state from hitting the bottom of the list, said Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub spokesperson. “Florida had a very high weather ranking on its side, along with a high number of attractions,” she said, “so that’s why you’ll see it just beyond the middle of the pack.” Utah, Minnesota and North Dakota ranked at the top of the list and – perhaps since misery loves company – our neighbors Mississippi and Alabama are among the “least happy” states, along with West Virginia, according to the analysis. Health and economic issues both are weighing heavy on Florida, according to Gonzalez. “Florida, for instance, had a very high prevalence of heart attacks last year,” she said, “and ranked as the worst state as far as income growth over the last five years.” As for the theory that money can’t buy happiness, Gonzalez said that’s generally correct, based on the results of this analysis. The study results are online at wallethub.com.
Beth Moore Simulcast
with Beth Moore and Travis Cottrell
September 13, 9am-4pm
New Life Assembly of God
5146 Leonard Blvd S Lehigh, FL 33973
Tickets are $20 includes lunch catered by Jason’s Deli
Beth Moore is a speaker and author of best-selling books and Bible studies that are read by women of all ages, races and denominations. Moore is a woman of purpose, preparation, prayer and passion. She is the founder of Living Proof Ministries and speaks to thousands of women who attend her Living Proof Live conferences each year. Her mission is to lead women everywhere into a richer, more fulfilling relationship with the Father through biblical literacy—guiding believers to love and live God’s Word. Moore loves the Lord, loves to laugh, and loves to be with His people. For more information, visit lifeway.com/livingproof.
Autumn Skyy Teckenbrock was crowned Miss Teen Lehigh Acres. In November Teckenbrock will be competing for the state title in which there is a $65,000.00 college scholarship awarded. Teckenbrock is now searching sponsors for her state pageant. The pageant is being held in Orlando. Teckenbrock will have hotel, clothing, photo, and travel expenses. She said, any sponsorship no matter how small will be greatly appreciated. If interested please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also email email@example.com. Autumn is very excited to represent her town at state!
By Matt Smith Fire Commissioner Candidate
The community of Lehigh Acres has a wealth of intelligent and articulate people. It is time that we use this wealth of knowledge to solve the issue of the fire board insolvency. I propose reduced spending and consider all other options before we start to even talk about layoffs.
These firemen are not just the districts; they’re our firefighters also and deserve the respect of all of our community.
When it comes to public safety, they “watch our backs” when we are all asleep with our families, as a community we should return the favor. It might be too little, too late, but we should try to save their jobs anyway.
The bad news: I presented a proposal to the last board meeting, a proposal to sponsor a Citizens Committee to come up with solid recommendations to make the fire district solvent, and they disapproved any consideration.
About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday that the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open.
A 13-year-old boy from McKinney, Texas, and a 3-year-old girl from Lexington, Kentucky, were found dead inside the chairs after they suffocated from a lack of air and inhaled the chair’s foam beads.
Used by Permission Written By Jim Turner The News Service Of Florida
People trying to push Florida’s Republican Party further to the right say the state organization is “scrambling” as it defends a pair of incumbent lawmakers from primary opposition.
The Republican Party of Florida, which declined to discuss its strategy, spent $40,357 the first week of August in four of the five Senate contests in which sitting members have drawn GOP opponents.
The majority of the money was used on internal polling and consulting for the campaigns of Sen. Thad Altman of Rockledge and Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto of Fort Myers. Altman is being challenged by Melbourne Beach resident Monique Miller in District 16 on the Space Coast, while Benacquisto is going up against Michael Dreikorn, president of the Bokeelia Civic Association, for the District 30 seat in Charlotte and Lee counties.
Miller and Dreikorn are pressing the two lawmakers on issues such as budget spending, undocumented-immigrant tuition and the Second Amendment, as well as hot local issues such as passenger rail service on the East Coast and water quality on both coasts.
Even though kids are back at school, Southwest Florida offers year-round opportunities for water fun and water safety. Enroll your child for swim lessons today.
Lee County Parks & Recreation invites you to visit your Lehigh Acres Community Pool. It is heated and open to the public year-round. Fall swim lessons begin in September with a range of skill levels taught by American Red Cross certified instructors. Classes are available for ages six months to adult. Classes are affordable — eight classes for just $50.