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  • 22 Aug 2018 12:31 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Manatee County's Agriculture and Extension Service is planning for the upcoming Master Gardener Plant Fair on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The plant fair is held at the University of Florida IFAS Extension Manatee County, Agriculture and Extension Service, Educational Gardens, 1303 17th Street West (Manatee County Fairgrounds) in Palmetto.  Save on Florida-friendly plants all grown and propagated by Extension Master Gardeners!  The plant selection includes natives, shrubs, vines, herbs, orchids, butterfly plants, vegetables, ground covers, bromeliads, and more.  All proceeds from this event go to the operation and maintenance of the Master Gardeners’ Educational Gardens and Greenhouses and to support Master Gardener educational and outreach programs.

    Free native seedlings to the first 50 customers.  Come early for the best selection!  Cash or personal checks only. 

    The Florida Master Gardener Program was created to assist Extension Agents in providing research based horticultural education to Florida residents.  In Manatee County residents can bring their horticultural questions to the plant clinic where Master Gardeners will assist in resolving their questions.  The clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Soil testing for pH and soluble salts is available for a small fee.  Educational Garden tours are available.  Various educational classes are offered throughout the year to the public.  Contact the Manatee County Extension Services office to be put on the mailing list for the monthly newsletter.  If you have an interest in gardening, consider becoming a Master Gardener.  This program is offered annually.

    We’ve got a good thing growing! 

    Contact:  Kathy Oliver, Program Assistant Urban Horticulture

                    Email:   koliver@ufl.edu                                                                    

                   Phone:     941-722-4524 x 1816


  • 14 Aug 2018 3:21 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Punta Gorda, FL – Fishermen’s Village is proud to announce the return of Nick’s Kids Show, Saturday, September 15, beginning at 12 noon in Center Court! Nick’s Kids Show will present a musically entertaining show for the entire family! At Nick’s Kids Show, everyone is a STAR! Nick invites kids from the audience to be in the rock ‘n roll band! Jump on board and be in the Locomotion train! Nick’s Kids Show brings enjoyment and laughter to all ages.

    Shows will be held on the hour at 12 Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. New to the event this year – Fishermen’s Village has partnered with the Punta Gorda Police and Fire Departments so that parents and kids can learn all about SAFETY! The Punta Gorda Police K9 Unit will present demos with “Chase” and “Skye” during Nick’s Kids Show intermissions. “Sparky” the Fire Pup from the PG Fire Department will be available for a meet and greet and photos! Both departments will be distributing informative safety literature for parents and kids.

    Come early to shop, dine and get a good seat in the Village Courtyard for Nick’s Kids Shows, Saturday, September 15th! Free admission/Free parking.

    Fishermen’s Village is located on Marion Avenue, Punta Gorda. 941 639-8721. www.fishville.com


  • 01 Aug 2018 4:02 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    VENICE, FL: Caldwell Trust Company has promoted Elaine Griffin to operations manager according to R. G. “Kelly” Caldwell Jr., CEO/president. “We’re delighted to announce Elaine’s advancement,” he said. “This promotion allows us to recognize her consistently outstanding performance ever since she joined us as a business analyst in 2016. It’s also one more example of our successful policy of promoting from within.”

    As operations manager, Griffin is responsible for the day-to-day processing, coordination, management, and oversight of the Trust Operations Department. She has acquired over 23 years of experience in the information technology industry and is an ASQ-certified software quality engineer. Before joining Caldwell she had served as an associate director of quality assurance, QA analyst, project coordinator and project leader in the automotive, banking, manufacturing, utilities, software development and retail industries. She holds a B.A. in business administration from Sienna Heights University in Adrian, MI.

    Elaine reports to Leonard Nagel, senior vice president and chief technology officer, in Caldwell’s Venice office. To contact her, email egriffin@ctrust.com or call 941.493-3600. To learn more about Caldwell Trust Company, call 1.800.338.9476 (toll-free), 941.493.3600; (Venice) or 941.926.9336 (Sarasota); email info@ctrust.com; or visit www.ctrust.com


  • 25 Jul 2018 4:37 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Conditioned Air Company of Naples is proud to announce that William “Shorty” Sander, a Field Supervisor, is celebrating his 50th anniversary with the firm.

    When Sander started his career in the Service Department at Conditioned Air on July 24, 1968, he earned $1.75 per hour and was one of only a dozen employees. Today, Conditioned Air is the area’s largest air-conditioning contracting and service firm with nearly 350 employees throughout Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    “I found something young in life that I love to do,” he said. “I like doing this and experiencing something different almost every day. That’s why I’ve stayed here so long.”

    Born in 1947 in Fort Myers, Sander is a descendant of the pioneering Hendry family. He recalls getting the nickname “Shorty” as a teenager from a neighbor who commented on his stature at 5 feet 1 inch tall. His height would change after joining the U.S. Navy, where he grew an additional 11 inches in three years. Nevertheless, the nickname stuck.

    It was a friend who later encouraged Sander to join Conditioned Air as an Apprentice doing “whatever needed to be done.” Sander notes that technology was much more simplistic than it is today and employees now have to obtain technical training before going out into the field. “Back then, if it blew cold air, it was doing all it could,” he said.

    Sander stays up to date on current technology and ever evolving government regulations by working 12-hour days and continuously studying online at home. He credits the job with keeping him physically and mentally fit and insists he has no plans to retire just yet.

    By staying with the same company for 50 years, Sander is defying the odds. According to a 2016 survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median number of years wage and salary workers had been with their current employer was 4.2 years. It is further estimated that the average person changes jobs 10 to 15 times during their entire career.

    Most days, you will find Sander out in the field mentoring and teaching younger employees. He also is out interacting with customers who specifically request “Shorty.” It is estimated that Sander has handled more than 100,000 customer calls during his tenure. In many cases, those customers are the sons and daughters of original property owners.

    “If you travel around the more established parts of town, Port Royal and Old Naples, everyone there knows him,” said Theo Etzel, III, Chairman of Conditioned Air. “He has built a tremendous reputation and they know they can trust him to be honest with them.”

    Sander cites his daily interaction with customers as a primary reason for staying in his job well beyond what many consider the traditional age for retirement. He also acknowledges the stability of Conditioned Air for his longevity with the organization. Founded in 1962, the Naples-based company has had only three owners over the years.

    Among the many industry honors and recognition Sander has earned over the years are the Pioneer Award from the Southwest Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association.

    “I have never been a quitter,” Sander said. “I look at this job like a marriage. I made a commitment to this company and I still love what I do. Why would I want to change?”

    Conditioned Air offers local expertise in light commercial and residential HVAC systems, including design, engineer, estimate, installation and maintenance of new construction, refrigeration, indoor air quality and dehumidification systems. For more details or to schedule service, call 239-643-2445 or visit www.conditionedair.com.


  • 17 Jul 2018 1:36 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)


    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch, FL, proudly serving families in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota, is celebrating its official grand opening with special offers, including FREE SAT or ACT test preparation services and FREE homework help. Local families are encouraged to like and follow the Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch Facebook page to participate in all of its grand opening special offers and promotions, or call (941) 894-1229 to register.

    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch offers in-home and online tutoring for all subjects, including SAT and ACT test preparation and study skills development. In addition, Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch has services and programs to support students of all ages, from Kindergarten readiness through college admissions counseling. Club Z! services are also available year-round, with everything from test prep classes to summer reading camps available during the summer months.

    Club Z! is the nation’s largest in-home and online tutoring and test prep organization, with more than 450 offices in North America. Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch is owned and operated by Mr. Jim Moletto, an experienced corporate manager. Mr. Moletto’s career experience prior to joining Club Z! spanned the gamut from learning and development to client services, all of which helped perfectly prepare him to open a Club Z! franchise in Lakewood Ranch. According to Mr. Moletto, he was drawn to the Club Z! business model because it would allow him the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of young people, stating:

    “At Club Z!, our tutoring programs are extremely effective in raising grades and test scores, because we create customized learning plans based on each child’s specific needs and goals, and we follow the same curriculum as our local schools. But we also have several enrichment programs, from SAT and ACT test prep to study skills development, or even learning a foreign language. I know that families in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Sarasota will be extremely happy with the quality of services offered by Club Z!, and the truly unique educational experience we can offer their children.”

    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch tutors are all highly qualified, professional educators who are passionate about education. In addition, all Club Z! tutors are thoroughly screened and background checked prior to hire, and students are carefully matched to a Club Z! tutor using the company’s proven Z! Tutor Match process. The Z! Tutor Match is based on academic qualifications, personality traits, and other factors that help foster student success. Club Z! even offers a 100% satisfaction Z! Guarantee backing their tutor match.

    To celebrate its official grand opening, Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch is offering local families free online homework help, and free SAT and ACT test prep services, now through August 31, 2018. The free test prep services include diagnostic testing and 30 days of access to their extremely popular Z Prep! Score Booster study program. The Score Booster provides students with in-depth diagnostic results for the SAT and ACT, as well as access to hundreds of study modules designed to help increase SAT and ACT test scores. Adds Mr. Moletto:

    “Students will receive instant feedback on their test performance, with videos with top notch tutors demonstrating the correct way to answer each and every question on each and every test. The Score Booster is a real game-changer for college-bound students, and it plays a large role in our student successes, with our SAT students improving an average of 200 points, and our ACT students improving 4-5 points on average. We’re very excited for our local families to try our Z Prep! Score Booster out during our grand opening celebration.”

    Families are encouraged to like and follow Club Z! of Lakewood Ranch @ClubZLakewoodRanch or call (941) 894-1229 to take advantage of the free tutoring and test prep, as well as all of the other exciting grand opening promotions.

    Contact:

    Jim Moletto
    Club Z! Tutoring of Lakewood Ranch, FL 
    +1 941-894-1229


  • 16 Jul 2018 4:27 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Nominations for Manatee County Outstanding Agriculturalist and Agriculture Hall of Fame are now being accepted. These awards honor those who have contributed to the success of Manatee County’s agriculture industry.  This includes farmers, industry representatives, crop consultants, agriculture educators, etc. The Outstanding Agriculturalist must be a current member of the community and will be honored during the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton Farm City Week Luncheon on Nov. 13, 2018.  Nominees for the Manatee County Agriculture Hall of Fame may be living or deceased and will be honored at the Palmetto Historical Luncheon on Nov. 16, 2018.  Photos of both recipients will be placed in the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and the Hall of Fame in Palmetto.

    Nomination forms and award guidelines may be obtained online at UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County by contacting Wendy Henry at the Manatee County Extension Office at 722-4524 ext. 1811, or stopping by UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County office at 1303 17th St. West, Palmetto.  For more information please contact Crystal Snodgrass at crys21@ufl.edu or 722-4524 ext. 1812.

     Nominations must be submitted by August 31.


  • 16 Jul 2018 12:07 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    Can you tell me how old a fish is just by looking at a slice of bone? That’s one question youth will learn how to answer in the Manatee Marine Explorers Day Camp created by two University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension agents.

    “There is so much more to the ocean than what you can see on the surface,” says Angela Collins, a UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County agent and co-organizer of the camp.

    She and fellow Manatee County UF/IFAS Extension agent, Michelle Atkinson, will introduce attendees to the diversity of marine life that may be less familiar than dolphins or sea turtles. “We plan to have a lot of hands on activities for the kids this year. We will be discovering how plastics and other debris pollute our oceans, dip netting, and conducting a virtual underwater fish survey.” Atkinson stated.

    Students will become official "Manatee Marine Explorers" as they are introduced to the marine environment through expert demonstrations, underwater videos, games, crafts and hands-on activities. These young scientists will also discover the otolith, a tiny bone in the fish’s head that can tell a scientist how old the fish is—just as a tree gets more tree rings as it ages, the otolith likewise develops rings as a fish grows older.

    Both Collins and Atkinson ultimately want to encourage curiosity and show how fun science can be. With the camp being held at Emerson Point this year, campers will be dip netting to see what lives in our sea grasses. Campers will also participate in a coastal cleanup at Emerson Point to reinforce this year’s camp theme, “Look for Solutions for Our Pollution”.

    Registration is capped at 25 participants and will close August 3rd. Age range is 8-12 years old. Activities will be held at Emerson Point on August 10th. The camp fee is $20.

    For registration and more information, go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/manatee-marine-explorers-day-camp-tickets-47225477675

    For further questions, please contact Angela Collins, Marine Extension Agent, or Michelle Atkinson, Environmental Horticulture Extension Agent at 941-722-4524.  


  • 12 Jul 2018 10:07 AM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

    3/8 and Co. was founded in July of 2013 and is based in Sarasota, Florida and is owned and operated by Kim Boynton. Their fully motorized screens are manufactured in the USA. They are proud to be a member of the Manatee-Sarasota Building Industry Association and a certified Somfy Expert in motorization.  Kim is thrilled to be celebrating this milestone!

  • 10 Jul 2018 2:29 PM | Amy Treis (Administrator)

     Lakewood Ranch Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®, the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

     Lakewood Ranch Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions.

     “Our hospital is very proud to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the excellent acute treatment we provide to stroke patients, said Andy Guz, CEO, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center.  “This was the first year our Stroke program could be considered for the Gold Plus Award based on number of years, so to achieve this level of recognition this year is remarkable and a true reflection of the outstanding work our team is doing.  The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative provides tools and resources that help us track and measure our success in meeting and exceeding evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

     Lakewood Ranch Medical Center additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or TPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

     “We are pleased to recognize Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

     According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

      


Recent Member News





Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

Hook Kids on Fishing

 

Anglers for Conservation (AFC)

 a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization, in partnership with Fisherman’s Village, is coordinating its engaging Hook Kids on Fishing Program to be held on Saturday, April 11th, 2015 from 10am- 12:00pm at Fishermen's Village (1200 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda).

 Kids ages 6 to 16, are welcome and must be accompanied by an adult. The first 100 kids registered and complete the training will receive a free rod and reel to take home! Registration is mandatory by calling King Fisher Fleet at 941-639-2628.

 This hands-on, conservation-minded program teaches casting, fishing safety, knot tying, boating safety, tackle box essentials, catch and release tactics, fishing habitats and conservation, and is taught by professional guides and knowledgeable anglers.

 Community support also provided by Fisherman's Village, King Fisher Fleet, local bait and tackle shops, and local Captains, Aylesworth's Fish & Bait, Canoe Outpost-Peace River, Coastal Angler Magazine, Diiachi Hooks, Fish Florida Foundation and Rio Villa Bait & Tackle

AFC’s mission is to inspire new generations of marine stewards through angling education, habitat restoration and applied conservation practices. For more information, please visit www.AnglersForConservation.org.

 Volunteers are needed and donations are greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested in volunteering please contact Theresa at tellershaw@aol.com or call me 321-433-3340/302-6260

If you would like to sponsor this event, please contact Heather Sears at Heather@AnglersForConservation.org or 321-474-8202.

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