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Father's Day ENCORE

Jun 15, 2018
Amy Bennett Williams

As Sunday marks Father’s Day, and just before the official start of summer, this week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams brings us a childhood remembrance of time spent with her own father on Midwest summer days and the lessons he taught her, including how to master the skill of rail walking.

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Tuesday was the second anniversary of what was, at the time, the deadliest mass shooting in American history at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. A two-and-a-half-hour drive southwest from the city, a group gathered to remember the victims and call for reforms to state and federal laws to prevent such a shooting in the future.

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The Estero-based Florida Everblades took on the reigning Kelly Cup champion Colorado Eagles over the weekend for the last game in the ECHL finals. 

The chants of "Let's go Blades!" were nearly deafening Saturday night.

This is the thing about minor league hockey. Unlike the much-larger arenas of the NHL, the stands are typically packed with almost entirely fans of the home team.

Such was the case at Germain Arena – where the crowd of more than 7,700 spectators was an unpolluted sea of green.

Photo courtesy of Chris Daniels

With the stage name of Chris Daniels, a Southwest Florida hip-hop artist is hoping his music will get people to stop living in fear and get out and follow their passion.

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Daniels moved to Southwest Florida to attend Florida Gulf Coast University in 2011 and decided to stay. He writes about his experiences and the things he deals with in day-to-day life, which makes his music special — and relatable.

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The Florida Everblades are in it to win it – still. “It” being the ECHL Kelly Cup.

Joe Cox tied up the last game for the Blades with a breakaway goal in the first period. But, the forward’s sixth goal of the playoffs couldn’t stop the Colorado Eagles from winning the game 4-2.

“After the loss, I kind of went into the locker room, and we were like, ‘Okay, the game’s over. Let’s start preparing for next game. Leave what was in the past in the past,'" Cox said. "And, that was our mindset."

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