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Q: I have a row of tall bushy trees between my neighbors property and mine that we both like. Neither of us actually planted them; they just appeared. We don’t ever have to water or fertilize them. They just grow and produce red berries that the birds seem to like. These trees make a great s…

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A house gecko (Hemidactylus sp.) clings to a Port Charlotte garage wall. These small lizards are not native to North America but were introduced through accindental importation. They’re a common sight on walls and windows after dark.

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One of my favorite natural areas in the Southwest Florida region is Myakka State Forest, since it is almost 8,600 acres of relatively undisturbed habitats. In the future, it is likely to become the “Central Park” of this area, as all other open land seems destined to be built up and paved over.

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While walking through an open field in Deep Creek in late February, I was pleasantly surprised to see about two dozen wild pennyroyal plants in bloom. This plant is found throughout the Florida peninsula and is almost endemic (found in Florida alone), except for a few counties in southern Ge…

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According to the American Pet Products Association, over 60.2 million households in this country have a dog. I am one of them. Radcliff is not a service or assistant animal, but there are plenty of outdoor adventures we have enjoyed over the past two-and-a-half years. By trial and error, I h…

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Good day to all! Did you know that John Bartholf of New York City was proprietor of the first known store in what became the community of Charlotte Harbor, residing there from 1876 to 1882? The store was at the end of Parmely Street in what is today, Bayshore Live Oak Park.

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Ever wondered how the probability of winning the lottery or the chance of rain is calculated? It’s actually as easy as Pi, and there is a whole day, March 14, to mirror the number’s first few digits, dedicated to this integral number.

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A house gecko (Hemidactylus sp.) clings to a Port Charlotte garage wall. These small lizards are not native to North America but were introduced through accindental importation. They’re a common sight on walls and windows after dark.

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Tomorrow night, everyone is invited to the Burg’r Bar, 317 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda for the third annual Dine with a Star fundraiser, benefiting the Fred Land Foundation to support mental health in Charlotte County through the Charlotte Behavioral Health Care.

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If you’re up and at ‘em tomorrow morning, please head to the Event Center for our Third Wednesday Coffee and hear from Travis Mortimer, assistant county administrator, who will discuss the progress of the sales tax projects. The Coffee sponsor is Around the Clock Fitness. We hope to see you …

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A pizza store dared to ask the age-old question: how much pizza can two grown men eat in an hour?

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This past weekend I explored a preserve that’s been on my bucket list for a few years. I can’t say that I had never been to Deep Creek Preserve. My volunteer instructors and I have taken our Florida Master Naturalist Program students there for years. I don’t lead that field trip, and we do o…

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One of my favorite natural areas in the Southwest Florida region is Myakka State Forest, since it is almost 8,600 acres of relatively undisturbed habitats. In the future, it is likely to become the “Central Park” of this area, as all other open land seems destined to be built up and paved over.

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While walking through an open field in Deep Creek in late February, I was pleasantly surprised to see about two dozen wild pennyroyal plants in bloom. This plant is found throughout the Florida peninsula and is almost endemic (found in Florida alone), except for a few counties in southern Ge…

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According to the American Pet Products Association, over 60.2 million households in this country have a dog. I am one of them. Radcliff is not a service or assistant animal, but there are plenty of outdoor adventures we have enjoyed over the past two-and-a-half years. By trial and error, I h…

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The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s concert season ended Sunday as it began in November, with a sold-out audience standing and shouting its approval at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda.

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Good day to all! Did you know that John Bartholf of New York City was proprietor of the first known store in what became the community of Charlotte Harbor, residing there from 1876 to 1882? The store was at the end of Parmely Street in what is today, Bayshore Live Oak Park.

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More than 1,400 Charlotte County students from the third, fourth and fifth grades attended the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s annual Children’s Concert Friday at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda. This time, they actually performed, sang and danced along with Maestro Raffae…

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Ever wondered how the probability of winning the lottery or the chance of rain is calculated? It’s actually as easy as Pi, and there is a whole day, March 14, to mirror the number’s first few digits, dedicated to this integral number.

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ENGLEWOOD — After years of working under one roof, partners Thad Gamber and Patrick Tormey have expanded and opened another High Gear location in Englewood.

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Networking at Noon is tomorrow at Angela’s Café Italiano at 258 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda. Please make your reservation in the chamber store or by calling 941-627-2222.

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What is a Humane Society and what does it mean to the community?

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ENGLEWOOD — Marty Fabiszak scoops a blend of CBD oil infused with shea butter, aloe vera oil and other essential oils into dozens of plastic containers to ship off to a doctor’s office in Michigan.

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Like when your latest binge-watch ends. Or when your best friend moves out of town. Life just ain’t the same when a sweet eatery changes hands.

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PORT CHARLOTTE — You could slice the tension in the air with a well-timed serve of a ping pong ball.

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