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Islander to be inducted into college sports hall of fame
Longtime Islander Ken Bowers will soon be in good company at his alma mater in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
Bowers has been named to join 56 other former athletes, administrators, coaches and contributors enshrined in the North Carolina Wesleyan College Athletics Hall of Fame during the October homecoming ceremony.
Bowers, who lives in Holmes Beach with wife Bonnie and son Lane, was a four-year starter and two-year captain on the 1985-88 Battling Bishops soccer team.
Bowers, who finished his career among the soccer programs’ top-five all-time leading scorers with 55 total points, 17 goals and 21 assists, was the only player from the 53-team South Region to earn NCAA Division III All-American honors in 1988, becoming just the fourth Battling Bishop to accomplish that feat.
Bowers led the Bishops to four consecutive winning seasons, including back-to-back Dixie Conference championships and NCAA tournament appearances. N.C. Wesleyan lost on penalty kicks to eventual national champions UNC Greensboro in the 1987 South Regional final, and then lost 1-0 to Emory University in 1988’s first-round action.
Overall, Bowers helped the Bishops to a 58-18-6 record during his four-year tenure.
During his All-America season, Bowers tallied a career-high 22 points, notching seven goals and eight assists on his way to being named most valuable player and First Team All Conference honors.
Bowers, who moved with his mom, Lois, and brothers Cole, Mark and Matt to Holmes Beach in 1974, got his start playing soccer at the Island Youth Center — now the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
He said he was surprised to learn of the hall-of-fame honor. “I didn’t realize I had that much of an impact on and off the pitch, though it’s great to be recognized by my teammates.”
Bowers went on to say that he was hooked by the game back in the 1970s. “We played soccer all day at the center, either on the tennis courts or the field. There were a lot of great players back then. No fees. No worries. Just be home on time for dinner.”
When asked the influences in his early years playing soccer, Bowers quickly mentioned two players. “I looked up to Tim Lease and Junior Tipton. Both were great all-around athletes. Timmy was a great ball handler and had a great shot. A true goal-scoring presence. Junior, on the other hand, was as tough as they come, great in the air and an awesome slide-tackler. Just one of the strongest players I’ve been around.”
They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and, while his dad was an offensive midfielder, Lane is quietly making a name by anchoring the back line in competitive soccer for the U14 Manatee Magic.
Though Ken Bowers’ playing days are behind him, he still enjoys the sport, especially from the sidelines at Lane’s games.
Congratulations to Bowers and his family from the Islander.
And then there were two
Island Gourmet continued its Cinderella run July 8 in adult basketball at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
After having only a single win during the regular season, Island Gourmet went on a two-game winning streak, defeating No. 2 seed Bug Guys 64-53 in the semifinals behind a huge night from Scott Elsio.
Elsio was unstoppable, scoring 37 points, including 13 for 16 from the charity stripe. Dale Smith added 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Justin Jones finished with 10 rebounds in the victory.
Brandon Kern scored 19 points and Andrew Turman added 17 points and six rebounds in the loss to lead the Bug Guys, which also received 10 points and 15 rebounds from Matt Dwyer.
Duncan Real Estate justified its No. 1 seeding, advancing to the championship after edging Island Sun 62-61 in the second semifinal of the evening.
Duncan was led by the one-two punch of Ray Gardner, who scored 21 points and dished out nine assists, while Jordan Demers finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Tom Heald added 12 points and five rebounds to round out the Duncan scoring.
Teagan Purtill scored 17 points and Matt Ray added 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Island Sun, which also received 12 points and eight rebounds from Jason Mican in the loss.
The championship game was set for 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 15, after press time for this week’s Islander, and it will be preceded at 6:30 p.m. by a slam dunk and 3-point shooting contests.
Indoor soccer underway
The center’s indoor soccer league is playing at night throughout the remainder of the summer.
The 11-14 division got started July 7 in the center gym with a pair of games. The first matchup saw Island Dental Spa defeat Beach Bistro 6-3 behind four goals from Ryan Joseph and single goals from David Daigle and Javi Salgado.
Beach Bistro was led by Robbie Fellowes, who scored twice, while fill-in Conal Cassidy added one goal in the loss.
The second game of the evening saw Southern Greens roll past Dojo Martial Arts 9-4 as five different players scored, all led by Gavin Walker’s hat trick. Nate Bettger and James Richards added two goals each, while Brooke Capperelli and Shelby Morrow each added one goal.
Tyler Pearson scored three goals to lead Dojo Martial Arts, which also received a goal from Michael Latimer in the loss.
The 11-13 division saw action July 11 with two more matches. Southern Greens eased past Island Dental Spa by a 5-2 score behind two goals each from Gavin Walker and Nate Bettger. Tyler Brewer completed the scoring with one goal.
Javi Salgado and Ryan Joseph scored a goal each to lead Island Dental Spa in the loss.
The second game of the evening saw Dojo Martial Arts kick its way past Beach Bistro 5-4 in a back-and-forth game. Michael Latimer led the Dojo attack with three goals, while Chloe Romberger and Bella Romberger each scored one goal in the victory.
Robbie Fellowes topped the Beach Bistro scoring with three goals, while Connor Mulhearn added one goal in the loss.
The 8-10 division got started July 9 with Air & Energy outscoring Bowes Imaging 12-7 behind 10 goals from Cole Pearson. Will Carroll and Maddie Rogers also scored for A&E.
Garrett Laflamme scored four goals and Breya Sauls added two goals to lead Bowes, which also received one goal from Noah Wampole in the loss.
Bowes then defeated Gulf-Bay Realty 7-4 during 8-10 division action July 11. Garrett Laflamme scored three goals and Noah Wampole added two goals to lead Bowes, which also received single goals from Lincoln Sauls and Breya Sauls in the victory.
Evan Talucci scored three goals and Ben Brashier put one in the net to lead Gulf-Bay in the loss.
Key Royale golf news
The women golfers at the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome and an individual-low-net match July 8.
The team of Helen Pollock, Laura Purcell, Jana Samuels and Janet Razze combined on an 86 that was matched by the team of Joyce Brown, Luanne Collins, Kris Landkammer and Christina Mason, resulting in shared clubhouse bragging rights.
Laura Purcell’s 3-under-par 29 gave her the low-net score of the day in flight A, while Terry Westby’s 2-under-par 30 put her in first in Flight B.
Fran Barford chipped in on the third hole, while Joyce Lathrop chipped in on eight.
Three teams advanced out of pool play to the knockout round in July 9 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
The team of Steve Doyle and Hank Huyghe drew the bye into the final and watched as Norm Good opened the match with a pair of “six packs” — double ringers — to lead Good and partner Steve Grossman to a 22-7 victory and a spot in the finals. Doyle and Huyghe cooled them off in the championship round with a 24-12 victory and bragging rights for the day.
Huyghe made it two trips to the winner’s circle in a row, teaming with Sam Samuels on July 12 to be the only team with a 3-0 pool-play record and the day’s outright title.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Mark M. Alonso, 87, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and formerly of Anna Maria, died July 12. He was born July 28, 1926, in Bilbao, Spain.
Mr. Alonso was a furniture designer in New York City before moving his family to Grand Rapids, where he operated his own business, Mark’s Asphalt Paving.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He entered the service after jumping ship from a British freighter docked in Philadelphia during WWII and volunteering for the draft.
He married Miren Sesumaga on July 28, 1953, in Santurce, Spain. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary last year.
He almost always wore a patriotic headband. He was an eclectic artist, well known for riding the city streets and in parades on a three-wheel bike, ringing his bell — a call to come out and chat. His art work included likenesses of Florida birds made from “parts” he found while walking the beach — branches, coconuts, shells and the like.
He also frequently visited friends while paddling a kayak or canoe in Anna Maria’s canals.
He ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the city commission in Anna Maria in 2008.
No service had been planned at press time for The Islander.
Mr. Alonso is survived by wife, Miren, of Grand Rapids; daughter Virginia of Sarasota, sons and daughters Billy, Mark, Susi, John and Pam of Grand Rapids; grandchildren Vincent and Austin Harriger, Madeline, Abigail, Olivia, Cortnee, Katie Magnuson, Benjamin, Anthony, Elisia, Miren and Gillian Lazzarini, Calista, Audrey, Evan and Maggie; and great-grandchildren Keegan, Isabelle, Lilly, Dillon, Ethan, Sophia and Eva.
INCLUDED BELOW: Mr. Alonso’s Greatest Generation story by reporter/columnist Rick Catlin.
Greatest Generation: A Basque’s fight for America
What would you do to fight for America?
Would you leave your hometown without your parents as an 11-year-old refugee to a country where you didn’t speak the language?
Would you leave the relatively safe confines of a refugee camp as a teenager for a life on the streets of a strange city?
Would you sign on as a crew member of a merchant ship, just for the chance to get to America, and would you jump ship with no papers and no money once you got there?
Would you volunteer to be drafted into the U.S. Army, just for the chance to fight for a country when you weren’t even a citizen?
Would you do all that just for freedom?
Anna Maria resident Mark Alonso has had a remarkable journey from his native Basque town of Guernica, Spain, to Anna Maria.
Along the way, Alonso fought the Nazis and fascism in the Spanish Civil War, the Japanese in World War II and the North Koreans in the Korean War.
That Mark Alonso even got to America and became a U.S. citizen is itself a remarkable journey.
It began when he was 11 years old and the German Luftwaffe (air force) bombed the Basque town of Guernica in April 1937 in support of General Franco in the Spanish Civil War.
The town was not a military stronghold, said Alonso, its population was merely bombed as a show of force.
More than 7,000 civilians were killed in the raid. Alonso was one of the survivors.
Some 5,000 women and children were evacuated by British charity groups to refugee camps in England before Franco’s forces took the town.
When the civil war ended in 1938, some of the children were allowed to return to Guernica. Mark’s older brother went back and was to send for Mark and his other brother, but Mark never heard anything.
By the time the war in Europe broke out in September 1939, Mark had tired of camp life.
He went to London, survived by begging for food and performing odd jobs, all without official papers.
Alonso learned he couldn’t join the British army, but could work on a fishing trawler and, after a year, he could get papers to join the British merchant marine.
But a curious thing started to happen in late 1942.
“I started seeing all these American soldiers, the ‘Yanks,’ in these crisp uniforms in London. The other soldiers looked like they were beaten but the Yanks were real confident. I thought, ‘This is the army for me.’”
He started hanging around American soldiers and learned how to speak American English. The soldiers supplied Alonso with food and clothes and, more importantly, stories about America.
“Boy, I really learned a lot from those guys. I was fascinated by this country that had so much freedom. I really wanted to join their army, so my whole plan was to get on a ship to America.”
Eventually, he joined the British merchant marine and served on a number of convoys through war zones.
Luckily for Mark, the German subs always targeted the tankers in the convoys.
“I always said if I was assigned to a tanker, I wouldn’t do it,” laughed Mark.
Finally, in 1944, he became a deck hand on a cargo ship headed for America.
“In Philadelphia, the captain wouldn’t give us our papers, but I jumped ship anyway. I had $5 in my pocket and didn’t know anybody, but I’d met all these guys from Brooklyn so I hitchhiked there.”
Then once he got to the Big Apple, his dream was almost destroyed when the army turned him down when he tried to volunteer. “No birth certificate,” they told him.
“But the guy said if I went across the street to the draft board, they would take me because they took anybody. I said ‘Is it the same army?’ and he said ‘yes,’ so I went.”
The draft board office was full of guys trying to get out of the army for medical reasons.
“I think I was the only guy in there who actually wanted to get in the army. They were going to have me wait a few months, but when I told the guy I didn’t have any place to go, they took me that day.”
By nightfall, he was at Fort Dix, N.J. as a private in the U.S. Army.
At the age of 18, Mark had realized his dream of becoming an American soldier.
The war in Europe was winding down and Alonso was sent to the Pacific to train for the invasion of Japan, but the Japanese surrendered shortly thereafter in September 1945. He was sent to Kyushu, Japan, with the occupation army, but saw no action.
Mark was discharged from the Army in 1946, but remained in the reserves. When the Korean War broke out, he was called to active duty and sent to Korea where he fought with 24th Infantry Division.
“We saw plenty of action then,” said Mark. “I can’t tell you how many of my buddies didn’t make it.”
He came back from Korea to New York in 1953, but the city didn’t seem the same. He decided then to “go home” to Guernica and see all the children he had been with in the refugee camps in Britain.
By now, Mark was an American citizen, an event he calls “one of the proudest moments of my life.
“Only if you have been denied your freedom can you appreciate what freedom and this country means,” he said. “Yet, we have so many people who abuse this freedom and take it for granted.”
As an American citizen, Mark was able to return to his native Guernica without fear of political persecution.
When he arrived “home,” he was reunited with many of the children, now adults, who had been evacuated with him to England.
He ran into a pretty young lady named “Miren,” whom he remembered as a little girl at the camp.
“We were both grown and single, and things just started to click,” he said.
Within a week, Mark asked her, “When can we go to the church” to get married. That was as good a proposal as Miren would get, she said, but that was enough.
A few weeks later, Mark and Miren returned to the United States.
They eventually settled in Michigan where Mark operated a paving business. They have six children, all of whom still live in Grand Rapids.
“So we’re the ones who flew the coop to Florida,” said Mark with a laugh.
The couple have lived in Anna Maria for the past 15 years.
While they enjoy the good life on Anna Maria Island, Mark said he sometimes feels a little guilty about all the kids from Guernica who didn’t make it back, all the seamen who died at sea, and all the buddies from the 24th Division who didn’t come home.
“I’m no hero. Things just worked out for me the way I planned. It’s been an amazing story. Sometimes, I just pinch myself because I live in the greatest country in the world.”
“The Greatest Generation” column is for Island, Longboat Key, Perico Island and Cortez veterans, man or woman, who served in the armed forces of any allied country during World War II. We’d like to hear from you. Please call Rick Catlin at 941-778-7978.
• July 4, exposure. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 48-year-old homeless man for exposing himself to the public. The arrest took place near Bayfront Park.
• July 5, burglary. Police arrested a couple from Auburndale for burglary. According to the report, among other items, the two stole a purse at Coquina Beach and used a key found in the purse to enter and ransack a rental unit.
• July 6, battery. Police were called to a domestic disturbance/battery incident in the 2300 block of Gulf Drive, where a 49-year-old man reportedly struck a woman and a teenager. The suspect had fled the scene by the time police arrived.
• July 3, larceny. An employee of a business in the 3600 block of East Bay Drive was arrested for larceny. Police observed a video of the employee taking $100 from a customer and pocketing the money.
• July 3, theft. A boat owner in the 500 block of 67th Street reported someone siphoned 100 gallons of gas from his boat while docked at his house.
• July 4, possession. A juvenile was arrested on 75th Street for possessing alcohol and marijuana. Police observed a bottle of gin in a backpack and, upon investigation, marijuana also was found. The youth was released to the custody of a guardian.
Mangrove snapper and gag grouper cause reefer madness
Despite the frequent thunderstorms, fishing around Anna Maria Island is providing excitement for inshore and nearshore anglers.
In between the weather, most fishers are venturing to the nearshore reefs in search of mangrove snapper. Finding an ample amount of “hatch bait” — which is perfect to target mangoes — snapper fishers are filling their bait wells.
Remember to use a 1/4-inch mesh net so you won’t end up with what anglers call a “Christmas tree.” This occurs when the bait is too small to be caught in your net and gets gilled in the mesh. The removal of baits when this happens can be time consuming and wasteful and makes a mess of your boat.
Gag grouper season is open and those in search of these tackle-busters are flocking to offshore wrecks and ledges. Starting at depths of 40-50 feet is usually sufficient when hunting gags, although don’t be surprised to catch keeper fish in depths as shallow as 15 feet. Live pinfish, shiners and threadfins are producing bites.
Finally, the bite in the backcountry can prove challenging in the month of July. I’m finding decent numbers of spotted seatrout along deep grass flats in Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Sound. If you choose to fish the flats, make sure your ducks are in a row. Have a good moving tide, try to fish low light for cooler water temps and have patience.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore, starting at depths of about 40 feet and out to depths of 60 feet, with good results on grouper and snapper. Live baits such as shiners and pinfish are producing gag grouper up to 26 inches. The same baits are producing mangrove snapper up to 18 inches. Limits of both species are attainable — at least until the bull sharks arrive. Once this happens, the grouper and snapper bite is turning off.
Moving inshore, Girle is catching respectable numbers of redfish by using live shiners for bait. Most catches are falling between 20 and 24 inches, although bigger fish are mixed in. To find these reds, Girle is working the sandy potholes adjacent to mangrove shorelines and islands.
Trout are being caught inshore. Unlike the redfish, the trout are being found on deep grass flats. Most catches are in depths of 7-8 feet of water. Live shiners are the bait of choice.
Finally, Girle is catching tarpon along the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Threadfin herring, shiners or crabs are producing bites.
Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle says shark fishing along the beaches of Anna Maria Island is providing drag-screaming action for anglers willing to wait on the bite. Beach fishers using fresh-cut mackerel or mullet are catching blacktip and bull sharks within 200 yards of shore. Most fishing is occurring during the late evening and at night. Rather than casting to get baits out in the strike zone, many fishers are using a surfboard or kayak and paddling the bait out. Once at the desirable distance, the bait is dropped and the fishers paddle back to the beach to wait for a bite.
Snapper fishing is in full swing according to Mattay. Whether fishing the piers, bridges or reefs and wrecks, snapper fishers are reporting limits of fish with sizes varying from 10-20 inches. For bait, small live shiners, or “hatch bait” are producing the bite.
Fishers seeking trout are fishing deep grass flats with water depths of 5-10 feet. Small live shiners free-lined or fished under a cork are resulting in catches. Strong tides are proving prosperous more so than weaker tides.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is targeting mangrove snapper. Reefs, wrecks, rock piles and docks are producing a snapper bite. Gross is catching “hatch bait” or small live shiners in this 1/4-inch cast net which make ideal baits for these abundance snapper and are useful for chumming, too. Expect to catch snapper ranging from 10-18 inches. In these same areas, Gross is catching flounder and black sea bass, which are welcome sights when reeling up from the depths.
Moving inshore to the flats, Gross is catching good numbers of spotted seatrout. By fishing deep grass flats, he is finding respectably sized trout readily feeding on live shiners. Fish 18-24 inches are being hooked on free-lined baits.
Finally, Gross is finding snook and redfish on shallow flats during high tides. As the tides are dropping, these fish are moving out to deeper areas to await to next rise of the tide. Although the bite is sporadic, Gross is managing to keep bent rods for his clients.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says mangrove snapper are increasing in numbers around the pilings down below. Pier fishers using live shrimp or shiners for bait are catching near limits of the tasty fish. Most pier snapper are less than 14 inches, but don’t be discouraged. These fish are fierce for their size and will put up a great fight on light tackle — and they taste really good, too.
Spanish mackerel are making a showing around the R& R Pier. Sunrise pier fishers are finding ravenous schools of mackerel feeding on schooling “hatch bait” all around the edges of the pier. For bait, you can sue live shiners, although most fishers are using artificials such as white jigs, silver spoons and Gotcha plugs.
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Wednesday, July 16
6:42 a.m. — Official sunrise.
2 p.m. — Summer program for children, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
6 p.m. — Mana-Tweens culture club program on Haiti, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:28 p.m. — Official sunset.
Thursday, July 17
6:43 a.m. — Official sunrise.
10 a.m. — Senior Adventures gather at the Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach, before carpooling to a destination. Information: 941-538-0945.
6 p.m. — Community Connections soiree at Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-5120.
8:28 p.m. — Official sunset.
Friday, July 18
6:43 a.m. — Official sunrise.
1 p.m. — Basics in eReader use, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:28 p.m. — Official sunset.
Saturday, July 19
6:44 a.m. — Official sunrise.
10 a.m. — Animal Network No Kill Fund benefit and Paradise Boat Tour, Historic Bridge Street Pier, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-465-8625.
8:27 p.m. — Official sunset.
Sunday, July 20
6:45 a.m. — Official sunrise.
8:27 p.m. — Official sunset.
Monday, July 21
6:45 a.m. — Official sunrise.
8:27 p.m. — Official sunset.
Tuesday, July 22
6:46 a.m. — Official sunrise.
9 a.m. — Children’s tennis clinic, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.
8:26 p.m. — Official sunset.
Wednesday, July 23
6:46 a.m. — Official sunrise.
6 p.m. — Make and Take craft project for teens, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:26 p.m. — Official sunset.
Saturday, July 19
10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Snooty the Manatee’s 66th birthday bash, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
6:30 p.m. — Bradenton Marauders baseball game and “Star Wars” Night, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-4610.
• July 26, adult tennis clinic, Anna Maria.
• Aug. 9, Scallopalooza, Sarasota.
• Aug. 19, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Small Business Expo, Holmes Beach.
• Sept. 1 is Labor Day.
• Sept. 22, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Bradenton.
Save the date
• Oct. 17-18, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Bayfest, Anna Maria.
• Nov. 3, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce awards banquet, Holmes Beach.
• Nov. 15, CrossPointe Community Thanksgiving, Holmes Beach.
Calendar of ongoing events, activities
• Through October, sea-turtle nesting season in Florida. Lights out along the beaches.
• Through November, Atlantic hurricane season. Be prepared.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• First Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens book club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
• Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
• Third Wednesdays, 6 p.m., Mana-Tweens club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Star Talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
• First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meeting, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
• Third Thursdays, 10 a.m., guardian ad litem, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
• Last Thursdays, Seaside Quilters, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 312-315-6212.
• Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Fridays, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Mike Sales’ sunset drum circle, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 778-0784.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
• Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
• Second Saturdays, 2 p.m., porch party, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6120.
• Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
• Mondays, 12:30 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Doors open at 12:15 p.m. Information: 941-778-0414.
• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meeting, Fishermen’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.
• Third Mondays, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meeting, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.
• Tuesdays, 10 a.m., children’s storytime, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Bridge Street Bistro, 111 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
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ITEMS FOR SALE
CHINA CABINET: GLASS and bamboo, pretty, $100, bamboo chairs, four swivel counter/bar stools, all-new, $100. 941-795-0948.
WICKER CHAIR, $25, antique mahogany bureau, $85, pine bench with storage, $75. 941-356-2659.
COFFEE BREWSTATION: Hamilton Beach, 2-12 cup, like new, $20. 941-565-0836.
TWIN BED FRAME, $15, twin comforter and sham, $15, picnic basket with accessories, $10. 941-778-4036.
BIKES: 10-SPEED RALEIGH, aluminum, $99, kid’s BMX, $40. 941-356-1456.
GE WASHER AND dryer: Two years old. Energy Star rated. $598/pair. Kathy 941-243-3818.
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CHAMBER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: Please, contact the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at 941-778-1541 to find out about our volunteer program or stop by the chamber at 5317 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.
ESTATE SALE: 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 18, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 19. 1332 West Way Drive, Lido Shores, between St. Armands and Longboat Key. Ralph Twitchell Sarasota School of Architecture home: Great eclectic group of furniture and decorative art. Chinese carved lions, large pair of vases and a painted cabinet, jewelry, eight oriental rugs, Wedgwood and Worcester china, five patio sets and other pool and patio items, silver candelabras, king bed set, dining and dinette sets, three sofas, paintings and sculptures, baby grand piano, large gilt-frame mirror, leather sofa and two chairs, footstools, stemware, nice decorative accessories, desks, bar chairs, bistro set, two bikes, massage table, two Fire Sense 7-foot outdoor heaters, CDs, DVDs, men’s clothes, plants and pots, some kitchen and linens. Julie McClure Sale. Photos: estatesales.net.
STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES and Consignment. steffsstufflbk.com. Open daily. 941-383-1901.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday. Donations accepted 9-11 a.m. Wednesday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
LOST & FOUND
LOST: MAUI JIM sunglasses: brown. Lost July 4th weekend, area of 29th Street, Holmes Beach. If found, please, call 863-214-3886.
FOUND: JVC CAMCORDER with sentimental video on it. Found near Fourth Street, Bradenton Beach. 941-753-8866 or 941-518-5026.
FOUND: PLANTRONICS HEADSET piece. Found near 77th Street and Palm Drive, Holmes Beach. Claim at The Islander office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
GORGEOUS RESCUED PETS are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
ISLAND CONVERTIBLE: CHEAPER than fancy golf carts! Sebring convertible, 46,000 miles, $4,500 or best offer. 941-356-1456.
BOATS & BOATING
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life long memories. Call 941-518-3868 or see boatflorida.weebly.com.
BAYLINER: 27-FOOT CIERA Weekender. Offshore fishing or family fun. Sleeps four, head, Mercury V-8 IO, $9,500. 941-356-1456.
PART-TIME SALES position: Gift shop located on Anna Maria. Must be available weekends and evenings. Retirees welcome. 941-840-4235.
EXPERIENCED REAL ESTATE sales associates wanted. Generous commission split. Call Julie Royal or Mary Ann Schmidt at SunCoast Real Estate. 941-779-0202.
PROPERTY MANAGER PART-time weekend position available at small AMI beach resort. Computer skills required. QuickBooks a plus. Email resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls. 941-778-1645.
KIDS FOR HIRE
RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-7995.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. 941-685-5213.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-4570.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.
PRESSURE WASHING AND windows: Commercial, residential and resorts. Roofs, buildings, houses driveways etc. 941-251-5948.
HOUSECLEANING SERVICES: YEARS of experience, licensed. I’d love to clean your home. Call Sheryl, 573-826-5675.
JOHN “THE FIREMAN” Island Cycle & Scooter Repair. 25 years experience. Affordable prices. 918-639-5002 or 941-276-1414.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list, from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
D.L. HAYES CLEANING: Bonded and insured. Rachael Bidwell/ Sheila Darcy, 941-932-5347 or 941-224-1486. For all your cleaning needs.
JUST THAT CLEAN: We’ll clean your home like our own! Free estimate. Jenise, 941-730-6773, Brad, 941-704-5609.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL AND relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.
IN-HOME PERSONAL trainer concierge. get fit in the comfort of your home or on the beach. Certified personal trainer and registered nurse. Call Tim, CPT-RN, 941-685-6336.
RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer, drive your car north and south. 941-713-1596.
TRUEBLUE33 MOBILE COMPUTER Service LLC. Fast and affordable onsite computer repair. Call today, 941-592-7714.
PROOF, POST, PUBLISH: Local editor-writer available for consulting, draft editing, final proofing and copywriting, as well as social media management for your group or business. Email Lisa Neff at email@example.com.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 38-year Islanders. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.
LAWN & GARDEN
CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.
SUN MAINTENANCE & SERVICE: Full-service lawn care, pool care, maintenance work, landscape and design, tree trimming, pressure washing, mulch, shell. Marine waxing, detailing. Free snow removal. Call Travis, 941-779-8389.
JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.
NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.net.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and wood flooring. Insured and licensed. 941-722-8792.
JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
HANDYMAN SERVICE: 25-year Island resident. We do all repair, interior and exterior, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, roofs, driveways, house, lanai, pool area. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
PROFESSIONAL TILE ROOF restoration. Call Peter for free estimate, references, insured. The Flying Dutchman, 941-447-6747.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
OCEANFRONT BUILDING, six-month lease, available now. Very nice poolside ground-floor apartment. 1BR/2BA with covered patio, $1,000/month. Appointment needed. 201 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. John, 941-567-5543 or 941-545-3307.
GULFFRONT CONDO: 3BR/2BA available August and September. Two-week minimum, Pool, Jacuzzi, tennis. 941-794-8877.
SMALL 1BR/1BA ON beachfront property for older handyman with truck. No smoking, drinking or drugs. 941-779-9781.
ISLAND SENIOR RESIDENT, 40 years, and two cats need affordable rental. Please, call 941-778-3046.
WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
REAL ESTATE: BUY, sell, invest. Enjoy. Billi Gartman, Realtor, Duncan Real Estate. 941-545-8877. www.AnnaMariaLife.com.
2BR/1BA TRAILER: CENTRAL air conditioning, enclosed patio, all appliances, two sheds, carport. Excellent location. Price reduced. Contact Joe, 941-548-8722.
OPEN HOUSE 1-4 p.m. Sunday, July 20. 2BR/2BA canal home. New seawall, new dock, well maintained. $499,000. 504 68th St. Holmes Beach. 603-566-4158.
LAKEFRONT BUILDING LOT in west Bradenton. No HOA fees. $39,900 or best offer. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
GREAT LITTLE HOUSE, great big view: Open water view of AMI Bridge, 1950s cottage, block construction, pine accents. New appliances, etc. An island treasure. $849,500. FSBO. 941-730-2606 (leave message).
Beach baby, Beach baby there on the sand
John Cawthron of Winter Haven wins this week’s Top Notch judging with his photograph of adult black skimmers with a hatchling on the beach in Bradenton Beach. Cawthron wins an Islander “More-Than-a-Mullet-Wrapper” T-shirt and entry in the newspaper’s grand-prize Top Notch contest. A grand prize of $100 plus certificates from Mister Roberts, Banana Cabana, Slim’s Place, Tortilla Bay, Grooms Motors and Karly Carlson Framing await the overall winner.