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Home on the Florida Range


Having grown up on a beef ranch in Ignacio, Colorado, Katie O'Hare found her adjustment to life on the Vineyards campus a hard one. She was homesick - and without a horse.  But all that has changed for her now that she's running a stable located between Middlebrooke Townhomes and Camp Keais Road. There she rides her horses - Rascal, Tari, Diamond and Hunter - gives lessons and boards Khalif, who belongs to her friend Claire Guerrero. (Above, Katie pauses during a lesson with Jailynn Howard, 6, of Immokalee. Jailynn, who attends the Grammar and Prep school, is aboard Hunter.)

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A Christmas Tale of Two Colleges

AMU students making a film enact a Nativity scene outside the Oratory.
Meanwhile, Florida Gulf Coast University banned any public display of Christmas.
UPDATE: FGCU Reverses Decision, Allows Christmas back on Campus (Naples Daily News story)

Immokalee Fire Chief Fired

The Immokalee Fire Control Board fired its chief of 12 years, Ray Alvarez, at its November monthly meeting Thursday night. Mr. Alvarez, who many at the public meeting said expected the move, was on vacation and was not in attendance. (The board, pictured above, from left: commissioners Lee, Brown, Olesky and Mathews) 

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Hot Rods "Muscle" Into La Piazza

The town center took on a the flavor of another coast, and another time, as hot cars lined Annunciation Circle Saturday.

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Dr. Waldstein Offers Inside View of Synod

Dr. Waldstein speaks with AMU grad student Jared Kuebler following his talk.

The meaning of "inerrancy" of Scripture is one of the major topics that will be pursued following the recent Synod of bishops in Rome, says Dr. Michael Waldstein, who attended the month-long synod as an an expert -- or what the Vatican calls a "peritus."

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