Most of us know that the true history of Estero goes back some five hundred years to Ponce de Leon and the Calusa Indians, but much is happening today in our “historical” village that is both timely and current. We explore those aspects in this month’s June issue.

Did you know that the March of Dimes is celebrating its 80th anniversary? Several of us have been supporting children through this organization for many years. What makes this anniversary even more personal and special is that the “Ambassador Baby” for this year’s March for Babies in Southwest Florida was Estero’s own Zachary Pavich, who celebrates his first birthday this month after spending his nearly first two months in the NICU at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Our cover story celebrates the life of Zachary and other infants like him who have received intensive care from one of the best hospitals in the region and benefitted from medical advances of the March of Dimes.

Another notable anniversary is that of the Estero Chamber of Commerce, which will be celebrating its 20th year during the chamber’s annual luncheon in June. Expect some surprises! Congratulations to those who have served in any capacity.

Also in local history, the Estero Historical Society’s Annual Essay Contest winner, Caitlyn Masters, writes about Don Eslick’s contributions to the early formation of our Village. We include her essay for you to enjoy. Job well done, Caitlyn!

Meanwhile, about the time the Estero Chamber and the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL) were forming, an intrepid CNN Sports reporter was unraveling the truth behind incidents that led to famed Indiana Basketball Coach Bob Knight’s ultimate firing. A new EPSN documentary (put together right here in Estero) explores this period of college basketball history. A fascinating story!

Even the upcoming Estero High School fundraising kick-off to benefit improvements to the school ties into our local history as the Alumni Association is forming at the conclusion of the school’s 30th year (built in 1987). Check out this month’s Happening page for details. There may be seats left, but better hurry!

Our Dining feature this month focuses on the ancient, historical salts of the earth and seas, offered at Sea Salt. As you will read and see, Sea Salt delivers a most unique selection of tastes and textures.

All this plus our reader’s favorites: Best Bets, Village Connection, Village Life and our very popular “Scene on Site” pages.

We want to wish all the fathers out there a very happy Father’s Day. As I often say, remember you are vital to the proper development of your children and grandchildren — even those of you who “step in’” for someone else’s children. How many times do we hear the words, “He was like a father to me”? They only serve to demonstrate your value as a role model and mentor.

As always, remember to…

Enjoy the Good Life: Estero Life!

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