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Salute to Veterans

On Nov. 9, the Village of Estero honored all veterans, active military, first responders and Gold Star parents at the Estero Community Park. About 320 residents attended, including District 3 Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli and Village Council members.

The program began with the “Pledge of Allegiance” and flags presented by the Estero High School ROTC, followed by the New Horizons of Southwest Florida Children’s Choir, singing “Proud to be an American.” Keynote speaker was Gary Bonvillian, an Estero resident and Vietnam War veteran who volunteers with Veterans Helping Veterans.

A patriotic music performance was presented by Estero concert artist Lindsey Graham, who called to the stage all who have served or who are currently serving our country. The program closed with a riderless horse, symbolizing fallen soldiers, and a 21- gun salute and “Taps.”

Graham continued with a lively American pop music concert as all enjoyed free hot dogs. The event was hosted by District 3 Councilmember Jon McLain and was supported by Estero’s Village Council and staff, Estero Council of Community Leaders, Estero Fire Rescue, Estero Houses of Worship and Estero Rotary.

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Autism Speaks Walk

Shake your pompoms for Autism Speaks! That is how the crowd gathered for the Autism Speaks Walk demonstrated its enthusiasm, rather than clapping or cheering. It was a nod to anyone who is sensitive and an acknowledgement that everyone at this friendly event is supportive. There was a great turnout at Estero Community Park on Oct. 5 to walk, laugh and participate in this far-reaching event. Vendors set up booths, and people came from all over Southwest Florida to support Autism Speaks. This nonprofit organization works to create a more accepting and rewarding environment for people with autism while providing resources and funding education and diagnostics.

Photos by Ashley Snizek

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Lee Fall Harvest Festival

“Inspiring Health” was the theme and goal of Lee Health’s annual 5K event, held at Lee Health Coconut Point on Oct. 5. The event kicked off with a 5K run, one-mile walk and kids fun run, followed by a fall festival to keep the fun rolling. Highlights of the Fall Harvest Festival were games, vendors, yoga and face painting. Estero Fire Rescue brought out a fire engine ready to be explored, and Golisano Children’s Hospital opened up an ambulance, bringing along mascots Sparkle and Sunny to welcome children at the event. This year’s Inspiring Health 5K benefits the Shipley Cardiothoracic Center, the Healthy Life Center, and the Asthma Management Program.

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