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6 days ago, 05/21/2015 at 4:12pm Delete

Memorial Day

As thoughts turn to the holiday weekend, we at the Sand Paper urge everyone to take time to remember the reason for Memorial Day, the fallen service members of our nation. The article below, provided by The American Legion, says it all so clearly, were sharing it with our readers today:

They each have stories to tell. The crosses at Normandy. The markers at Punchbowl. The tombs at Arlington. The fallen heroes who rest in places unknown.

From our founding Revolution to today’s Global War on Terrorism, nearly one million men and women in the Armed Forces have sacrificed their lives while defending America in time of war.

Once such American was Dale M. Hansen, a 19-year-old from Wisner, Nebraska. At five-foot-nine and 141 pounds, Private Hansen was far from the biggest Marine in his Reserve unit.

But he fought like a GIANT.

He landed on Okinawa with his unit on Easter, 1945. At a critical stage of action on May 7th, Private Hansen crawled to an exposed position, where he used a rocket launcher to destroy a strategically located enemy pillbox. After his weapon was destroyed by enemy fire, he seized a rifle and continued a one-man assault and opened fire on six Japanese soldiers, killing four before his rifle jammed.

He fought off the two remaining Japanese soldiers with the butt of his rifle, returned for cover, then advanced again with another weapon and some grenades. Private Hansen proceeded to destroy a strong mortar position and annihilate eight more enemy soldiers.
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Issue-745's Top Story 6 days ago, 05/21/2015 at 3:43pm

County Book Battle WinnersBeach School Wins County Book Battle

"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” -Sir Richard Steele

Something wonderful happened at Fort Myers Beach Elementary School this week - the team of third, fourth and fifth graders who represented the school in the Lee County School District’s annual Book Battle blew past the other 35 teams in the competition to take top honors.

We were in the school office when the announcement was broadcast from the School District chambers. Principal Larry Wood, School Secretary and all-around rock Renee Mulloy and Book Battle supporter Coach Lodovico were beside themselves when they heard the news.

Ms. Mulloy, who had been monitoring the competition said, "Oh my gosh, I think they just won!”
Fireworks 6 days ago, 05/21/2015 at 3:56pm
FireworksFireworks Show Will Go On!

Red, white, boom! Rest assured, everyone, there will be fireworks on Fort Myers Beach on the Fourth of July. Energized by an increasing fundraising effort on the part of the community, the Town Council decided on Monday to make up for the shortfall.

"I can't promise I'll say yes next year, but if you guys continue to work hard to try and pay for it, we'll help out,” Councilwoman Rexann Hosafros said on Monday. "I still think you should continue to look for business sponsorship, however.”

The Town has struggled with its fireworks displays - traditionally held on the Fourth and on New Year's Eve - since February of 2012...

Controversial Dock 6 days ago, 05/21/2015 at 3:49pm

Channel DockControversial Dock Being Reconfigured

Late last month, a stop-work order was issued for a controversial 100-foot dock that was under construction at 301 Palermo Circle. The order was issued after Council asked Town staff to investigate complaints by some of the neighbors and it was discovered that the drawings submitted by the applicant in order to receive the permit were inaccurate. This week, Principal Planner Matt Noble told us that the Town and applicant are working to come up with a dock configuration that will keep it out of the navigable channel. This week we asked him and Public Works Director Scott Baker explain where the channels are in the back bay and who is responsible for maintaining them.

"The main channel is a federal channel and it comes around Bowditch Point and splits once it crosses under the Matanzas Pass Bridge,” Noble said. "The federal arm goes (left) over to San Carlos Island and ends in a large, deep turnaround just past Bonita Bill’s.

Fire on FMB3 days ago, 05/25/2015

House FireFire Destroys Home on the Corner
of Anchorage and Estero

A duplex on the corner of Anchorage and Estero Boulevard lay in smoldering ruin this morning after a late Sunday night fire left two residents injured and one unaccounted for.

"The fire started at approximately 10:20pm at 3748 Estero Boulevard, and was responded to by firefighters from Fort Myers Beach, Bonita Springs, Iona-McGregor and South Trail,” said Captain Ron Martin. "The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”

Martin told us that the two people who lived on one side of the duplex, Carol and Paul, were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital where Paul was treated and released and Carol was airlifted to Tampa General. The occupant of the other side of the house, Joanne Finney, was still unaccounted for.


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