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Michele Schenk, a 60-year-old triathlete from Holmes Beach, let me pester her with questions before the Wilde Storm Challenge on Sunday. She doesn’t get nervous. She doesn’t worry about winning. ... Read more »

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The Manatee Adult Baseball League is a traditional game, a wooden bat game, but now most of the players use composite models that don’t break so often. The crack of ... Read more »

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On Sunday evening, they gathered on Turtle Beach. Surfers in board shorts. Environmentalists in bright shirts. Old men in black shoes and socks. They hugged. They hung leis around each ... Read more »

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Earth Day? Does anybody still care about Earth Day? And does everyone agree that the best place to celebrate this Sunday is Oscar Scherer State Park? I wasn’t sure about ... Read more »

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Two weeks ago, I headed to the Robinson Preserve for a Twilight 5K, but it was raining in Bradenton, so I turned around and went home. That was dumb. It ... Read more »

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We should have gone camping. We should have gone camping last weekend when my daughters came to visit. We should have gone camping when that cold front left behind a ... Read more »

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Baseball, a new brew spot, spring break action and more. Read more »

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Just after a cold front, when a stiff breeze has the rest of us zipping windbreakers, local surfers head for the shore. Have wet suit, will paddle. Warm sun, cool ... Read more »

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  When John Burgess breaks loose, lifting his mallet for another shot on goal, James Mitchell hustles back on defense, pedaling furiously. He skids to a stop just as ... Read more »

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If you’re going to Friday’s Full Moon Concert at Myakka River State Park — and you should — make sure you arrive before dark. Then you can enjoy a sunset ... Read more »

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We started our hike in the cold and finished our hike in the snow. In between, there was the Grand Canyon — spectacular scenery going down the Kaibab Trail, then ... Read more »

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The Manatee County volunteers work their way through the Ungarelli Preserve, pulling shrubs, lopping branches and plucking trash from a salt marsh off Palma Sola Boulevard. It’s stoop labor — ... Read more »

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One of the biggest and best casual runs of the year. Read more »

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Am I the only grown-up who finds a corn field maze irresistible? Maybe it’s the fresh weather of fall. Maybe it’s the idea of wandering left and right through a ... Read more »

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It looked like a church picnic — it was a church picnic, in a lots of ways — except for the groups of people practicing tai chi in the shade. ... Read more »
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