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Senior Writer, The News-Press

Once an ashtray-dumping, obituary-writing clerk. Now News-Press journalist: curator of characters, conflict and curiosities. WGCU essayist. And proud Alvanian.

Koreshan exhibit at FGCU showcases extraordinary settlement — I've had a thing for the Koreshans for decades. Like one of Konrad Lorenz's gosling, I imprinted on them when I was a newborn Southwest Floridian, and they and their hollowed-out utopia remain the quintessence of this region's captivatingly curious soul.

Hendry County sued, warned about its captive monkeys — Along with the title "Monkey Capitol of the U.S." have come questions and controversy for Hendry County. A second lawsuit filed this week is targeting county for alleged violations of the Sunshine Law for approving a primate sanctuary; a similar suit filed last year involving another monkey facility is pending as well.

Hendry County is primate real estate — A lone black vulture wheels through the silent July sky, circling citrus groves, wide fields and the curves of an oak-shaded creek.By next year, the vista will likely be much less pastoral. This 34-acre Hendry County site, bounded by Lee County to the west and Caloosahatchee tributary Bedman Creek to the north, is destined to become a fenced compound housing more than 3,000 primates.

Rooster’s Farm Fresh Market opens in Alva — The region's newest open-air market is about to spread its wings. With an appropriately rural name, Rooster's Farm Fresh Market in east Lee County will offer a variety of fresh produce, artisanal food and other country-produced goodies six miles east of I-75.

You’ll never take us alive, pineapple coppers — As so many things do these days, it all started with Facebook. I'd posted a photo of one of my beautiful babies - in this case, a pineapple flower destined to become one of my favorite backyard fruits.

No limits to garden center greeter’s work ethic, cheer — PJ Deguzman was relaxing in the break room of the Cape Coral Walmart when he heard the call on the intercom: Code Adam. A little boy had gone missing somewhere in the store. In an instant, Deguzman was on his feet, lunch now the last thing on his mind.

Laurie Anderson to speak at Florida SouthWestern — Laurie Anderson - performance artist, sonic hypnotist and Lou Reed's widow - is coming to Florida SouthWestern State College Saturday. The pioneering Anderson, whose 1981 single "O, Superman" became an unexpected radio success, will talk about her projects and recent work at the free event, coordinated by the college's Bob Rauschenberg Gallery.

Fresh Market, Coalition of Immokalee Workers join forces — The Fresh Market has joined the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Fair Food program, pledging to pay tomato harvesters a premium and improve conditions in the fields where they work. The North-Carolina based grocery chain, which has 168 stores in cities including Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Naples, is the thirteenth corporation to sign on to the agreement, following Walmart, McDonald's, Whole Foods and other major food companies.

They also made a difference: Your people of influence — As 2014 and The News-Press' 130th birthday year drew to a close, we finished our People of Influence series. For 130 days, we profiled those who'd had an impact on the region. Yet as I lamented in this column last week, it's impossible to fit all of those who deserve recognition onto so (relatively) short a list.

Retiree sweetens lives with cookies — It starts in the carport - a sweet, nose-tickling breeze that becomes a warmly spiced wall when you open the door to the North Fort Myers mobile home and step into your Uncle Charlie's kitchen.
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May 25, 2015

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May 24, 2015

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May 19, 2015

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