AID celebrates

All Island Denominations celebrated on Thanksgiving eve with a service at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Pictured are, front, from left, the Rev. Dee Ann de Montmollin of Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, the Rev. …

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Island tree canopy near national standard

Anna Maria Island’s “forest” as seen from above. Islander Photo: Jack Elka

Manatee County is just percentage points from meeting a national standard for forest coverage, according to a study released by the county. The county worked with Keep Manatee Beautiful, ESciences and several other government agencies on its first study of …

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Holiday rush begins

Santa offers a candy cane to Sara Erickson, 8, visiting from Knoxville, Tenn., during the 2009 holiday open house in Holmes Beach. This year the city’s businesses hold an open house from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3. Islander File Photo: Lisa Neff

Santa Claus is coming to town — more than once this month. “That’s so that children who haven’t decided what they want at the Holmes Beach Holiday Open House have time to decide by the Bridge Street celebration in Bradenton …

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Fishing – 12-1-2010

The Marsh clan from Orlando enjoyed a banner day of fishing with Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters. They caught huge flounder, grouper, mackerel and bonitos and even caught some nice redfish along the Intracoastal Waterway.

‘Got to stop wishing, got to go fishing …’ “Down to rock bottom again.” If Jimmy Buffett could have fished our local waters this past week, that line from “A Pirate Looks at Forty” would have had a different meaning. …

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Sports – 12-1-2010

The Manatee High School Hurricanes’ Jalen Holmes breaks up a pass to his Venice opponent during a post-Thanksgiving game in Bradenton. Manatee won 41 to 28. Islander Photos: pagemoorephoto.com

Adult soccer playoffs on horizon There’s still a little soccer left to be played in the league at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. The seedings are set for the Island Cup to get under way Thursday, Dec. 2. Ross …

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The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010

ITEMS FOR SALE RICE COOKER: STEAMER, Rival. Six-cup with manual, $5. 941-795-8359. SHELF UNIT: ATTACHES TO wall, sliding doors, walnut finish, 66 x 72. Free! 941-779-0005 or 518-260-7948. CASTING ROD: BERKLEY Bionix, $10. Call Frank, 941-761-1415. FISHING REEL: PENN #85. …

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Island police blotter – 12-1-2010

Anna Maria • 100 block of Crescent Drive, burglary. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a break-in to a home where about $100 in damage was reported. Bradenton Beach • Nov. 2, 400 block of Second St., domestic dispute. …

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Island real estate transactions – 12-1-2010

101 81st St., Holmes Beach, a 3,714 sfla / 5,581 sfur 4bed/4½bath/4car Gulfront pool home built in 2009 on a 80×103 lot was sold 11/10/10, MacDonald to Blowfish Island LLC for $2,350,000; list $3,150,000. 308 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a …

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Obituaries – 12-1-2010

Patricia Ruth Johnson Patricia Ruth Johnson, 89, died Nov. 21. She was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and moved to Bradenton in 1987. Mrs. Johnson tutored at Anna Maria Elementary School for many years. She was a member of the choir …

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Islander Calendar – 12-1-2010

Wednesday, Dec. 1 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking lunch at The Feast, 5406 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541. Fee applies. 1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meet at the Island Branch …

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