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Updated: 06/15/2014 08:00:02AM

Nature Fest educates young and old

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The Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center, with founder Dennis Peck aboard the pontoon boat, played host to a series of match races out in the harbor at the second annual Nature Fest and Outdoor Recreation Expo at Fishermen’s Village, coinciding with National Marina Day.

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Rachel Fritz, 8, visits with Luna, an albino eastern screech owl, and Robin Jenkins, executive director of the Peace River Wildlife Center, at Saturday’s Nature Fest and Outdoor Recreation Expo at Fishermen’s Village. Rachel, who lives in Knoxville, Tenn., is visiting her grandfather, Rick Valentine of Lake Placid.

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U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 98 Charlotte Harbor members are all hands on deck to teach boating safety at this year’s free Nature Fest and Outdoor Recreation Expo at Fishermen’s Village. They include, from left, Mary Kennedy, Ron Dressler, Fred Kratochvil, Pat Donovan, Susan Bareither and Bob Knabe.

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Brenda Peck, owner of B&D Sailing in Port Charlotte and Pete Welch, program development director for the Charlotte Harbor Community Sailing Center, promote interest in sailing at Nature Fest, held Saturday in recognition of National Marina Day.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PUNTA GORDA — Marsha and Charles Ringle, vacationing from southern Indiana, are strolling through the esplanade of Fishermen’s Village on Saturday, their third visit in just the last couple of weeks. But on this shopping excursion, they come face to face with Luna, an all-white eastern screech owl from the Peace River Wildlife Center.

“My mother loved owls. She collected figurines,” said Charles, whose mother continued to add to her menagerie until she passed away at age 100.

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