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THE RIVER - OCTOBER 9, 2015
The Conservancy of Southwest
Florida is offering Little Explorer
Pre-K programs for children. The
program kicked off October 8.
There will be opportunities twice a
month for children to explore nature and
discover wildlife through multi-sensory,
interactive activities, stories and animal
themed crafts. Each program will pres-
ent a theme that is related to nature
and wildlife. No registration is required
for these programs. Admission is free
for members, and is included in general
admission price to the Nature Center for
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
also offers a Little Explorer Play Zone,
the newest exhibit at the Conservancy. It
opened in February 2015 and is designed
for children age 18 months to 5 years.
Children can crawl through a gopher
tortoise burrow, a life size bald eagle
nest and participate in Little Explorer
programs. The Little Explorer Play Zone
offers free play during regular Nature
Center hours, from 9:30 a.m . to 4:30
p.m. The play zone is included with the
admission price. Conservancy members
get in free.
“The response has been extraordi-
nary,” said Nicki Dardinger, education
director at the Conservancy of Southwest
Florida. “We realized how much families
were really looking for a program like
Little Explorers. We are thrilled to be
“The Little Explorer Play Zone pro-
vides us with another great venue for
reaching kids through environmental edu-
cation,” said Rob Moher, president and
CEO of the Conservancy of Southwest
Florida. “Environmental education is
part of our core mission. Reaching these
future leaders through programs such as
our Little Explorers helps build life-long
conservationists who will continue to pro-
tect our water, land and wildlife.”
The newly launched Little Explorer
programs offered at 10 a.m. every
other Thursday were so popular, the
Conservancy added a full fall 2015 and
Little Explorer Programs
Every other Thursday at 10 a.m. at
the Nature Center
October 8: Over in the Ocean
October 22: Daylight Starlight Wildlife
November 5: The Magic Tree
November 19: Lizzie the Lizard
December 3: E is for Everglades
December 17: Commotion in the
January 14: Little Cardinal and
January 28: Johnny Longlegs
February 11: Be a Junior Veterinarian
February 25: The Magic Tree
March 10: Stellaluna the Baby Fruit
March 24: I am a Manatee
April 14: “How my little hands can
help the Earth”
April 28: Over in the Ocean
May 12: A Color of His Own
May 26: Salty the Sea Turtle
All Conservancy Nature Center
programs and events are online at
Membership is available online at www.
Conservancy.org/Join. For informa-
tion, call 239-262-0304 or visit www.
Conservancy.org. The Conservancy of
Southwest Florida is located at 1495
Smith Preserve Way in Naples.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida will offer Little Explorer educational programs twice a
month, where children can explore nature through animal themed stories, activities and
No Post-Season For Twins And
Red Sox, But Spring Training Is
Only Four Months Away
by Ed Frank
For the myriad of Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins
fans locally, you can take heart in knowing your teams
will report back here for spring training in a little more
than four months despite the fact that neither made it to post-
season play in 2015.
Yes, the regular 2015 season is history, and for the third time
in the last four years, the Red Sox finished last in the American
League’s Eastern Division, with a World Series title sandwiched
in the middle.
But for the Twins, the surprise team of the 2015 season, they
battled for a playoff berth into the final weekend of the season
and finished with their first winning record since 2010.
Rookie manager Paul Molitor is certain to be considered for Manager of the Year
honors for guiding a team that universally had been pegged for last place in the AL
Central at season’s start, yet finished second with an 83-79 record.
Before we close the books on 2015, let’s review what we might expect when the
Twins and Red Sox return here in February based on the positives and negatives of
the just-completed season.
Twins – You can be certain that come next season this team no longer will be con-
sidered a cellar dweller with the remarkable improvement this year.
Minnesota had a starting lineup with an average age of just over 25 with prized
rookies Miquel Sano and Byron Buxton. Also of note is the late-season call-up of
German-born Max Kepler, who attended high school at Fort Myers South, and
was the Twins Minor League Player of the Year after an All-Star year at Double A
Eddie Rosario, who played as recent as last year for the Fort Myers Miracle, estab-
lished himself as a fixture in left field, hitting .267 in 122 games.
And don’t forget about Ervin Santana, whom the Twins signed in the off-season for
$54 million over four years, was suspended half of the season after testing positive for
performance enhancing drugs. He came back in July and recorded a 7-5 record dur-
ing the second half of the season.
It was a good year for the Twins, but general manager Terry Ryan said early in the
season, a good year is only when the team reaches post-season play.
That goal was barely missed in 2015, but lookout for next year.
Red Sox – With a 78-84 season record, it was a far cry from expected success,
particularly after the team spent more than $200 million in the off-season to bring in
seven new players highlighted by All-Stars Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez. Both
As a result, GM Ben Cherington was ousted and veteran baseball executive Dave
Dombrowski was hired as president of baseball operations.
There are positive signs as young players Jackie Bradley, Jr., Mookie Betts and
Xander Bogaerts had solid years. And ageless David Ortiz, at 39, drove in 108 runs
while slugging 37 home runs.
Dombrowski announced at the end of the season that manager John Farrell will
return in 2016 if hopefully he recovers from Stage 1 lymphoma. While receiving che-
motherapy, bench coach Torey Lovullo became interim manager and lead the team to
a respectable 28-19 record.
Lovullo signed a new two-year contract to remain with the Red Sox.
Dombrowski is certain to make changes to the Red Sox roster in the off-season and
the team’s improved late season play offers strong hope for the future.
Volunteers Needed For
CROW’s Taste Of The Islands
CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife) on Sanibel will be holding its
34th annual Taste of the Islands festival on Sunday, November 8 at Sanibel
Community Park. The event runs from 12 to 5 p.m . and is expected to bring
in more than 4,000 attendees. This is CROW’s largest fundraiser of the year, and
they are in need of volunteers to help make the event a success. If you can help,
please fill out a volunteer form available at www.crowclinic.org and email to JoEllen
Urasky at email@example.com by Friday, October 23.
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