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EDITOR’S COLUMN FROM THE PUBLISHER FIRST THINGS FIRST 24 #TRENDING Hunger of The Villages, community clean-up, college in high school. 28 PERSON OF INTEREST Brilliant ballerina Anastassia Abramenko. 30 OUTSTANDING STUDENT East Ridge High’s Miranda Jean Crohan.
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110 HI, SOCIETY! Highlights from the Mardi Gras talent show, the Mount Dora Arts Festival kickoff party and more.
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MOM WAS FIRST ASSIGNMENT EDITOR Blame my mom if you don’t like this letter. She’s the reason I ended up the lone journalist out of a brood of four boys, and not just because she was at the other end of my umbilical cord. Growing up, I wasn’t sure what mom wanted me to become because she never said. Dad kept trying to teach me Morse code and how to solder. I’m still not sure what line of work those skills would have qualified me for. Dad yawned and mumbled something when I informed him I had been accepted to write for The Kokomo Tribune Teen Page, then went upstairs to tap out dahs and dits in his effort to WAC – that’s “Work All Continents” to you non-ham radio operators. Mom, however, encouraged me after I embarked on my chosen profession — if you can call writing one 10-inch fluff piece a week for the local daily an embarking … or my feeble attempts at prose a profession. In fact, she jump-started my career. I had promised my editor, Lucy Lange, a feature about high school kids who worked at the county fair each year. I know, not
exactly “All The Presidents Men.” Then again, I wasn’t exactly Charles Foster Kane. But I digress. The day of the scheduled interviews arrived overcast and rainy. There wouldn’t be many people attending the fair. So there was no point looking for kids to ask stupid questions like, “What will you do with the money you earn?” “Does anyone make you shovel up poop in the livestock pens?” and “How come the all-county basketball player can’t win a stuffed panda bear on the basketball shooting game?” I’d go to the fair that night, after the rain stopped. Or the next day. “Guess again, young man, you’re going today. Right now.” Mom reasoned that a rainy day was precisely when I should interview fair workers. They’d have time to talk and I could tell the world what went on — and didn’t go on — when there were no corn dogs to fry, no suckers to sucker with bent darts and rifles with crooked sights, no bodies to hurl through space on rides with names like the Scrambler and Tilt-A-Whirl. Not even a 16-year-old genius could argue with logic like that. Besides, she held the key to my potential success as a journalist. Literally. She held the ignition key to our Chevy Malibu and I only had my learner’s permit. I wisely picked up a notebook and pen and followed her when she said, “You are going to the fair. And you will get the story you promised to write.” I did, and I did. And I’ve been writing ever since. Thanks mom.
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I wanted to be a businesswoman for as long as I can remember. When I was a little, I felt a rush of excitement every time I saw women in business suits in the airport, professional offices, or even walking down the street. I knew I wanted to be just like them when I grew up. I am not sure exactly what the appeal was. Perhaps because they always looked so confident, like they had it all together. Whatever it was, I had to have it. To this day, I love to see the energy of powerful, confident businesswomen. That’s why our annual Business Women of Style edition is one of my very favorite issues we publish. We had the privilege of getting to know the leading ladies of Lake and Sumter counties as we prepared for this very special issue. We interviewed these unique and successful ladies and learned what motivates them and what their passions are. They shared with us how they began and about their journey to success. To me, there is nothing more motivating or exhilarating than hearing their stories. Now that I am a businesswoman, I find myself relating to how so many of these dedicated women had to overcome obstacles to get to where they are now. My journey was not an easy one — especially since my journey began with becoming a mother at age 18. But I didn’t let that slow me down. You see, there is at least one common thread all businesswomen share — determination. Each successful woman featured in this month’s issue has experienced challenges in reaching their goals, but they were determined to succeed. For that reason, they did. If you have the passion to succeed that I did as a child, you will be successful no matter what your goal is if you stay focused, stay determined and keep pushing when an obstacle slows you down. The women in this issue, and I, guarantee it. Here’s to all the successful women in Lake and Sumter! We here at Style magazine salute you. Sincerely,
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First things first // #trending Spotlighting the best of local people, places, and events
The Villages recently was named the fastest-growing community in the nation â€” again. The developer surely is pleased, but long-time residents may feel differently about their once-quiet neighborhood swelling to 114,000 bodies. To them, The Villages must seem like a skinny kid who ate and ate to put on pounds, became obese and continues to eat everything in sight.
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Kudos to the City of Leesburg for launching a crackdown on dilapidated houses and overgrown yards. Nothing like a foreclosure notice to get someone to clean up a cluttered lot.
County officials recently gathered to launch the new Health Sciences Collegiate Academy, which allows South Lake High School freshmen and sophomores to participate in health science exploration activities
and events at South Lake Hospital and L-SSC. As juniors and seniors, they will take classes at the collegeâ€™s South Lake campus and participate in internships at South Lake Hospital.
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1 // AN INTOXICATED WOMAN
wearing nothing but bra and panties was booked into Lake County Jail after causing a scene at a Leesburg McDonald’s. Rather than pulling up to the drive-thru window, she revved her engine and backed up — twice. If she was that angry, she should’ve ordered a Happy Meal.
2 // AT LEAST ONE WAYWARD
manatee made its way to Little Lake Harris from the St. John’s River. If lost manatees have trouble finding their way through the murky waters, I’m sure some reptiles will be glad to serve as navi-gators.
3 // A RECENT EPISODE of
Birding Adventures TV on Discovery’s Destination America Channel featured Lake County’s popular birding hotspots. The county wants to become one of the nation’s premier birding destinations, so this definitely is a feather in our cap.
25 GIVE IT UP JORDAN A showdown is brewing in Baton Rouge. Montverde Academy supersduperstar Ben Simmons, 2014-‘15 Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year, recently announced that he plans to wear No. 25 (the number he wore in high school) at LSU next year. No big deal, right? It could be to Jordan Mickey, who wore No. 25 while scoring 15.4 points, pulling down 9.9 rebounds a game and becoming the first Tiger since Shaquille O’Neal to block 100 shots in a season. So who will wear 25, the new kid or the star? Memo to Ben: No. 26 is available.
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4 // A MOUNT DORA FIREFIGHTER recently helped rescue a kitten trapped inside a wall. He believes the kitten’s mother accidentally dropped it while walking through the attic. The kitten had no hard feelings toward its mom, however. In the end, they hissed and made up.
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Goodwill store were shocked when they opened a donated book and discovered a .31-caliber black powder pistol inside. We all want to help make reading a blast, but this is ridiculous.
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Mount Dora also is looking for a new leader. Planning and Zoning director Mark Reggentin is no longer a candidate, however. He dropped out after receiving anonymous threats against his family.
BYE, BYE BOBO
There was a lot of beauty at the 94th Lake County Fair — beauty queens, rides covered with colorful lights, deep-fried Twinkies – but there also was a bit of ugly. The fair office received several complaints about Bobo The Clown, who hurled insults from behind the screen of a dunk tank. It seems Bobo reduced at least two children to tears by making comments about their weight. The next day, Bobo’s booth was empty. Kudos to the fair board of directors for taking swift action.
1884 Restaurant and Bar in Eustis recently added an in-house bakery. Wonder if they’ll have key lime pie … Speaking of the Keys, Tavares officials recently cut the ribbon at The Key West Resort at 123 S. Joanna Ave. on Lake Dora … The Leesburg Lightning begin play on June 5. See you at Pat Thomas Stadium / Buddy Lowe Field in Venetian Gardens …
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IN COLLEGE WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL South Lake High School frosh and sophs can now earn a college diploma while taking health sciences classes at LakeSumter State College …
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Nearly 2,000 people have signed an online petition asking the Fish and Wildlife Commission to overturn its recent decision to allow hunting black bears. Sounds good, but are hunters really bear enemy No. 1? Motor-
ists killed 196 bears in 2014. Hunters killed an average of 46 bears a year until the state made bear hunting illegal in 1994. Maybe we should leave the hunters alone and change the speed limit to 20 mph in areas heavily populated with bears.
Eustis has a new city manager. Ron Neibert, city manager of Mount Vernon, Illinois from 2007 through April 2015, starts work May 4 …
Ruggie Wealth Management founder and CEO Thomas H. Ruggie has made Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,2000 advisors – again. Ruggie also made the list in 2009 and 2013 …
Teams from 35 nations will compete in a sand volleyball tournament at Hickory Point in September …
KICKS ARE FOR KIDS Remember that great line from that classic “Cop And A Half”? when little Devon Butler tells his principal, “I’m your worst nightmare, an 8-year-old with a badge”? Well, Esme Dellinger is a
playground bully’s worst nightmare, a 5-year-old with a black belt! Esme is ranked No. 1 nationally in her age class after winning two gold medals and a silver at the March 14 KICK USA Tournament in Kissimmee. Esme has been practicing Tae Kwon Do with her two older brothers since she was 2.
A nuptials version of the value meal now is being offered in Tavares. Couples in a hurry can get “Simply Married” at the fabulous new Tavares Pavilion for as little as $50 and as quickly as five minutes by a justice of the peace. Couples wishing to “super size” their vows can do so for $800 a hour.
Jorge Romero has joined Ruggie Wealth Management as senior wealth advisor … Local writers Jeanne Fluegge of Mount Dora and Diane Byington of Tavares finished second and third, respectively, in the Writers’ One Flight Up short story contest sponsored by the Lake County Library System … Tavares is getting a Publix and a Dunkin’ Donuts! Construction will begin this fall in the Tavares Commons at the intersection of State Road 19 and County Road 561. And Dunkin Donuts will occupy the former Taco John’s building at State Road 19 and Lake Harris Drive.
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HITTING HER STRIDE. A year later, at age 9, we reached the finals at the European Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark. After that we competed in Germany, England, France, Poland and Russia. I started teaching dance at 13, and my dream became to have my own dance studio. My other dream was to compete in the U.S. DanceSport Championships. I never imagined my parents would make my dream come true and make it possible for me to enter this prestigious competition in Miami when I was 14 years old. We immediately fell in love with this country and its friendly people. We knew without a doubt that this was where we wanted to live and work, and so we moved to the U.S. I only knew a few English words — hello, bye-bye, dog and cat.
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DISCOVERING DANCE. I was born in Kalinigrad, Russia and both of my parents were dancers. My father was the ballet master of a well-known dance ensemble, and has over 40 years of experience in dancing and choreography. I wanted to dance from a very young age. FINDING THAT FIRST DANCE PARTNER. I was in kindergarten when my parents decided to let me enter a ballroom dancing competition, but first I had to find a dance partner. My mother took out my picture book and said, ‘Here, find the boy in your class you think is the
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cutest.’ I picked out the cutest boy, and my mom and I went to his house. My mother told his mom, ‘Your son has to dance with my daughter.’ GIANTS ON THE DANCE FLOOR. We were only 8 years old when we entered our first competition. We were competing in the 8- to 10-year-old division. We were being bumped left and right by the others because they could barely see us since we were so little … We received medals at the end, after four or five hours of dancing, and for me, this was the jumping board into the world of competitive dancing.
IT’S A WONDER LIFE! My dream now is to have the most beautiful, the most fun and most exciting dance studio in Central Florida and continue to make my parents proud of me. That dream includes having my father teaching with me for many years. My mother does not teach anymore. She prefers to take care of us, and we love that she does. LIFE MOTTO. Believe in yourself and dance like no one is watching! (CHECK OUT ANASTASSIA CUTTING THE RUG @ WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH?V=WNGXNC5SAV0)
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DREAMS DO COME TRUE. I absolutely love dancing, but it is hard, physical work, and it can get tiring at times. In September of 2014, I had a birthday coming up, and my parents suggested I treat myself to a vacation and go back to Russia for two or three weeks. When I came back I received the biggest surprise of my life yet. My amazing parents gave me the biggest birthday present I could wish for — my own dance studio!
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FUN FACTS • My hobbies are drama, writing, watching and analyzing movies. • Three things I’d take to a deserted island: Animal Farm by George Orwell, my teddy bear Snowball and a notepad and paper. • My favorite actor is John Hurt. He has an uncanny ability to completely disappear into any role, a skill I can only dream of achieving.
In 2007, Miranda formed Miranda’s Merry Mission, a charity that gives toys and gifts at Christmas to child cancer patients.Miranda raises money and delivers the toys in person. “I want the kids to know somebody really cares for them.” Visit mirandasmerrymission.org to help. MY GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS are creating Miranda’s Merry Mission, winning the spelling bee in sixth grade and graduating from the Stanislavsky Acting Method. MY GOALS ARE TO graduate with a 4.0 GPA, raise as much money as possible for my charity, publish the book I’m writing and meet my heroes. MY HERO is Steve Whitmire, the current performer of Kermit the Frog. He is my hero because he was brave enough to take over something greater than himself when Jim Henson died. IF I COULD TRADE PLACES WITH SOMEONE FOR A DAY I’d trade with J.K. Rowling. It would be amazing to spend a day in the shoes of one of today’s most influential authors. PERHAPS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE was when I graduated the Stanislavsky Method. My fellow actors and I developed a strong emotional bond and helped comfort each other when we needed it.
NICKNAME: RANDI AGE: 17 GRADE: 11 SCHOOL: EAST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
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MY FAVORITE BOOKS ARE To Kill A Mockingbird and Animal Farm. I love how To Kill A Mockingbird looks at a mature subject from a child’s perspective. I like the commentary on 1940s European government in Animal Farm, and how it not only analyzes what was occurring then, but also serves as a warning to the future generations.
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STRICTLY BUSIIIIIINESS Five tireless workers help downtown Tavares bustle with excitement STORY: JAMES COMBS PHOTOS: MARCI SANDLER
Linda Bennett, Lou Buigas, Robyn Hudson, Jennifer O’Keefe and Bonnie Whicher have something extremely important in common. Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District’s managing partners not only are driven to achieve success in their chosen professions; they are also proud stewards of the community. These moms, grandmothers and entrepreneurs utilize their strengths and resources to give back to their community by helping downtown Tavares continue to become
a diverse, fun and thriving entertainment district. Evidence abounds that Tavares’ fabulous five females are truly making their mark: seaplanes effortlessly land on Lake Dora, drenched children squeal with delight at the Tavares Splash Park, friends gather on a restaurant’s sunny outdoor patio to enjoy a delicious meal and reminisce. Welcome to the Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District, a vibrant, happening place where locals and tourists alike make wonderful
memories. Here, the friendly people truly represent smalltown America at its best. Visitors may not see Linda Bennett, Lou Buigas, Robyn Hudson, Jennifer O’Keefe and Bonnie Whicher out and about because these five ladies often work behind the scenes. However, there’s absolutely no question that each plays an instrumental role in the Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District. They truly are Businesswomen of Style.
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JENNIFERO’KEEFE The recipe for a memorable dining experience begins with a staff that understands diners are seeking an experience rather than simply a meal. They also must be passionate, vibrant people who are happy to be of service and readily approach guests with a welcoming smile. That perfectly describes Jennifer O’Keefe. Nothing excites her more than seeing satisfied customers dining at O’Keefe’s Irish Pub and Restaurant. “What I love most about my job is seeing customers I know by name come back again and again,” she said. “When you see that, you know you’re doing something right. And we couldn’t make it without those faithful and loyal customers.” Today, she and her husband, Andrew, own the downtown Tavares-based restaurant, which Andrew and his parents opened 31 years ago. As office manager, she is a jack-of-all-trades. She does bookkeeping to maintain the restaurant’s financial records, and she also is tasked with handling payroll and taxes. But a couple days a week, she pushes paperwork aside and concentrates on bartending and waitressing, which allow more personal interaction with customers. While she relishes seeing familiar faces, watching new customers enjoy a wonderful dining experience is equally gratifying. “It is always exciting to meet new people,” she said. “I especially enjoy interacting with out-of-town visitors
and learning about the places where they’re from.” After completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida, Jennifer landed a job with the Department of Children and Families. In March 1996, she began working nights at O’Keefe’s. She and Andrew started dating several months later and married in August 1997. They have four children — Mary and Aidan and twins Lauren and Emily. Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys being involved in her children’s activities, volunteering at their schools, running and cycling and working out at Anytime Fitness. And, of course, she and Andrew love being part of the Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District. “It’s very satisfying to actively promote all businesses in downtown Tavares and formulate ideas to attract people there so visitors can see everything we have to offer here,” she said.
with the Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District. “I love being part of a small town,” she said. “It’s wonderful to walk down Main Street and wave to other business owners. Everybody in downtown Tavares is friendly, cooperative and supportive.”
LOUBUIGAS Lou Buigas lives, works and plays in the Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District. As one of Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District’s managing partners,
“… Tavares has a real hometown feel. There’s a lot going on, and I promise it’s only going to get even better.”
— LOU BUIGAS
Linda Bennett has served as a financial advisor in Lake County for more than 15 years. She currently works for Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., which offers financial advisory services, investments, insurance and annuity products. “As an Ameriprise financial advisor, one of the greatest rewards of my work is the satisfaction I get from helping people feel more confident about their retirement and other lifelong financial goals.” Like the other women, Linda is thrilled to be involved
she spends time promoting the area as a destination. She is owner of B-Green Construction and Management Services, and her office is housed inside Hoity-Toity Mercantile, an antique and art shop. She also is active in several civic clubs and serves as a board member for several local organizations. “I love donating my time, energy and passion because Tavares has a real hometown feel,” she said. “There’s a lot going on, and I promise it’s only going to get even better.”
ROBYNHUDSON Robyn A. Hudson is a Tavares-based attorney who concentrates on family law matters, including divorce cases. She has been a practicing attorney in Lake County since 1999. Initially, she was a staff attorney for the Lake County Judiciary, until she established her own law firm in 2001. Since then, she has been an active member of the legal community, providing quality legal services to her clients. “Being active in the Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District is lots of fun,” she says. “It amazes me how well everyone works together for the betterment of the community.”
BONNIEWHICHER Bonnie Whicher said she has superhero powers. That’s because she is a professional photographer with the unique ability to forever freeze time. Bonnie, who specializes in portrait and wedding photography, owns Bonnie Whicher Photography in downtown Tavares. The fact that she can take eye-catching images framed in a perfect symmetrical shot is even more amazing considering she is self-taught. She’s equally proud of her involvement in the Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District. “We’re a close-knit, funloving group,” she said. “And it’s amazing how Tavares has transformed into a town that is alive and thriving even in difficult economic times.”
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More and more, it’s becoming a working woman’s world. That’s especially true in Lake and Sumter counties, where women are achieving success in numerous industries — including real estate, medicine, law and hospitality. Some are innovative entrepreneurs, while others are continuing the proud legacy of longstanding ventures. Whatever the case, these women are setting a high standard for future generations of businesswomen. A special thanks to the local businesses and all those involved with the Business Women of Style Mixer, it was a great success.
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Dina Simpson, manager of Cal’s Beauty Salon at Brownwood Town Square in The Villages, has been styling hair for 27 years. Her passion and desire to excel is a motivational tool for the entire staff. Christina Pizzimenti joined the Cal’s crew in November, adding her expertise to the mix. Certified Organic colorist Brianne Connolly recently introduced Organic Color Systems to Cal’s in The Villages. And Tiffany Dehart, another stylist at Cal’s, said she loves her profession because there always is something new to learn and teach, whether it be a new color or a different cutting technique. BROWNWOOD TOWN SQUARE 3608 KIESSEL ROAD THE VILLAGES, FL 352.750.5334
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LOU BUIGAS Tavares Waterfront Entertainment District
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ADDIE OWENS REALTOR速 CHSA, CDPE, SFR, A-REO
Addie Owens is celebrating her 10th year in a decade-long jouney of success. She entered the field as a real estate appraiser in 2005 and moved over to sales shortly thereafter. During the course of her career, Addie has seen the rise and fall of the housing market and has committed herself to staying ahead of trends that eventually will hit the local area. By carefully observing larger markets, attending nationally based workshops and classes and networking with other professionals outside of Florida, Addie always is one step ahead of local market trends. Her commitment to her profession and her customers has catapulted her to the top of the Top Producers list.
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SARAH GRAY WENDY QUINTERO, LDO
NIKKI REYNOLDS, COT Practice Administrator
This team of women belongs to one of the fastest-growing Ophthalmology practices in Lake County. They attribute Lake Eye Associates’ success – including its recent expansion to include a new physician and a fourth location – to mastering advanced technologies and providing an exceptional patient experience. Practice Administrator Nikki Reynolds says, “Our staff’s mission is to deliver unsurpassed eye care in a warm and friendly environment, and treat our patients as we would our own families.” “We have talented and dedicated physicians and staff in every department, many of whom have been with our practice more than 10 years,” says Linda Ricketson, director of human resources & marketing. “They are a large part of why we are successful. Our people enjoy what they do and it shows.” “This is an eye care team I’m proud to work with,” says Shelby Terpstra, DO. “I believe there’s no place that offers superior technology or more personalized attention than we do.”
VICKI DURDEN CPC, OCS Billing Manager
SHELBY TERPSTRA, DO Board Certified Opthalmologist
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PATTY BROWNE OWNER
For 30 years, Patty Browne has provided the utmost in customer service at her family-owned business, Browne Distributors Landscape Suppliers, Inc. Browne also has played an integral role in the community, supporting charity events and local organizations. Patty was a single mother with two children when she started the company in 1985 and quickly expanded. Her children, Mark and Trisha, joined the business after graduating from high school. The business has grown considerably and now has locations at 2600 Hwy. 441/27 in Fruitland Park and 404 Hwy. 27 in Minneola. It services both residential and commercial clients, offering top-quality products such as stress-free rubber mulch that comes in 10 colors, as well as cypress mulch, pine bark, soils and stones. The company now offers a variety of products in bulk, meaning customers will get much more for their money.
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JEANANNE NEIMANN Financial Advisor
BRENDA SOUTH mother
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As a financial advisor with Edward Jones for 11 years, Jeananne Niemann works with people of all ages to help them with their financial futures. As a daughter and a mother, she particularly enjoys working alongside retired women and widows. “For women, there are many distinct challenges to help reach their long term financial goals,” says Jeananne, who earned a bachelor’s degree in finance as well as the Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS) Designation. “I am especially sensitive to their individual situations and I like to educate them so they can make wise choices financially. Women need an advisor who takes a different approach to dealing with them and their unique financial circumstances.”
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THE WOMEN OF MORRIS REALTY & INVESTMENTS
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Meet nine of Morris Realtyâ€™s Most Successful Agents. These women juggle family and career while providing distinctive one on one service to their valued clients. Because the company has garnered such a stellar reputation, most business comes from repeat customers and referrals. Here to service all your needs, Morris Realty and Investments offers professional service in both residential and commercial real estate. Whether you desire to buy, sell, or rent, these talented women are ready to service your needs with Integrity, Experience and Results! SPECIAL THANKS TO RO-MAC LUMBER & SUPPLY FOR PROVIDING THE DOORS FOR THIS PHOTOSHOOT.
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DEBBIE BELTON Owner
LEIGH LOVE Owner
PizzAmoré is excited to announce a late May move to its new location at 722 E. Fifth Avenue. We’re looking forward to creating the same cozy environment our guests have grown accustomed & welcoming everyone to the new place! PIZZAMORÉ 622 N. DONNELLY ST. MOUNT DORA, FL 32757 352.383.0092 YOULOVEPIZZA.COM
Matamo Designs uses every bit of space to display and sell furniture and accessories to delight your senses and compliment you and your home. MATAMO DESIGNS 100 E. 5TH AVE. MOUNT DORA, FL 32757 352.735.4800 MATAMODESIGNS.COM
Em’z on Fifth, clothing for women who like to be noticed! Let the Ladies of Em’z help you find a look that’s all your own. EM’Z ON FIFTH 200 W. 5TH AVE. MOUNT DORA, FL 32757 352.735.4451
ELLEN COATES Owner
Cozy Nest specializes in unique gifts, casual comforts for home, and a friendly, enjoyable shopping experience. Come feel at home while shopping for “your home.” COZY NEST 432 N. DONNELLY ST. MOUNT DORA, FL 32757 352.383.0510
JANET L. BLACK
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From routine treatments to surgical procedures, Dr. Janet Black can successfully meet all your podiatric needs. A graduate of Wayne State University in Michigan, she has spent most of her career practicing locally. For 15 years, she has been the county’s only female podiatrist to operate a private solo practice. That’s a point of pride for Dr. Black. Not only because she can implement a more personalized approach to healthcare, but also because of the thousands of Lake County residents she has had the honor of meeting and treating. Those relationships are constant reminders that she made a wonderful career choice.
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For fifteen years Terri has used her artistic talent to create a natural look when doing Permanent Cosmetics and Scar Camouflage. She also offers DERMATUDE, The New Facelift Alternative from Europe. YOU’NIQUE IMAGES PERMANENT COSMETICS 605 W. MAIN ST. LEESBURG, FL 34748 352.728.6504 // 352.636.2256 YOUNIQUEIMAGES.COM
JEANNE THORPE Owner
VICTORIA MURPHY Owner / Designer
DELL ROSS Owner
Doggibags has been on Main Street for 32 years. We specialize in customer service, Joseph Ribkoff, Valentina, Jana and Brighton. We love being in Downtown Leesburg! DOGGIBAGS 601 W MAIN ST. LEESBURG, FL 34748 352.326.8090
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LEAH D. CONNER Interior Designer ID-0004224
Leah D.Conner is a registered Interior Designer, licensed by the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design, with 26 years of creative residential and commercial designs. LEAH D. CONNER INTERIOR DESIGNER 117 N. 7TH ST. LEESBURG, FL 34748 352.406.3018 LEAHDCONNER.COM
NIKKI LORD, LMT Owner
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ANOTHER LOOK BOUTIQUE 609 W. MAIN ST. LEESBURG, FL 34748 352.323.3396
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INVESTMENTS CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
Someone once told Tracy Belton that when you retire, you get to do what you love. “I’ve considered myself retired for years if that’s the case because I love what I get to do every day.” Tracy is a Certified Financial Planner ™ who, along with her staff of three assistants, works with estate planning attorneys and accountants to make sure every clients’ needs are professionally taken care of with a personal touch. “We take care of our clients like they are our family. Our job is to take the financial worries off of our clients so they can enjoy life,” Tracy says. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC
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DUSTY TWYMAN ATTORNEY
I love being a lawyer because it encompasses so many facets of who I am. Growing up in the mid-‘60s and ‘70s, my family joked that I should be a lawyer. At that time, I knew of no role models who were women lawyers. In my family, saying to a girl she should aspire to be an attorney was akin to saying that she should aspire to be the President of the United States. However, I didn’t take it as a joke, and the idea of becoming a lawyer was so engrained in me that there seemed to be no other alternative. As I matured, I quickly realized that the legal profession satisfied my need to continually learn and grow and to help others. Practicing exclusively family law has provided me with the opportunity to work closely with other professionals in a variety of fields, so that the most important aspects of my clients’ lives are considered, not only for resolving their case, but also in implementing a plan for their future. Being a family law attorney who recognizes that no two cases and no two people are the same, I feel I make a positive difference in the lives of my clients by using my knowledge and experience to guide them through their case.
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ROSANNE BRANDEBURG EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Education is the key to opening doors to new opportunities, prosperity and growth. For the past 14 years, Rosanne has served as the executive director for the Lake-Sumter State College Foundation and has seen firsthand the impact LSSC makes in our community. Her role is to raise dollars and awareness to provide scholarships for students and support college programs and services. In 2014, 36 percent of the graduates and 49 percent of the nursing graduates received at least one foundation scholarship which assisted them in completing their degree. Rosanne loves what she does because of the people she meets and works with. “It’s always exciting when people give to the Foundation, making it possible for others to achieve their dream of a college education. Because of our donors’ investments, we are changing Lives and Building Futures,” She says.
LAKE-SUMTER STATE COLLEGE FOUNDATION, INC 9501 US HIGHWAY 441 LEESBURG FL 34788 352.365.3518 LSSC.EDU/FOUNDATION
Patients of Highland Lakes Dental often leave the office grinning ear to ear. That’s because of the genuine service and top-notch dental care they receive during their visits. Dr. Ishbel Nieves and her staff take time to answer patients’ questions and address their concerns. “We treat patients like they’re members of our own family,” says Dr. Nieves, who opened her general and cosmetic dental practice three years ago. “For me, it’s such a privilege to interact with patients. Oftentimes, we talk about personal things like their softball game or recent vacation. I’m also blessed to have a caring staff that is very efficient.”
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DINA SIMPSON Manager/Educator/ Hair Colorist-Stylist
JESSY FLINN Owner
JACKI FARRAR Financial Advisor
In my office, we oversee the financial affairs for a group of families and individuals in the area. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with the highest level of customer service while helping them to understand and accomplish their longterm financial goals.
Working one-on-one with my clients to create custom amazing menus means that no two days are ever the same. At the end of the day, who doesn’t love food? That’s why I love what I do.
Manager of a full service salon and barber shop serving The Villages. Specializing in services including hair color, hair styling and waxing for both men and women. CAL’S BARBER & BEAUTY SALON 3608 KIESSEL ROAD THE VILAGES, FL 32163 352.750.5334
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Candice is an expert in leadership and people dynamics. Her firm offers insightful coaching, innovative consulting and dynamic and engaging training and speaking programs that help individuals, organizations and teams to grow and excel. SUCCESS CATALYST INTERNATIONAL 866.397.0037 SUCCESSCATALYSTINT.COM
EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS MULBERRY GROVE THE VILLAGES, FL 352.307.7306
ARLENE C. UDICK, ESQ. Seasoned and experienced lawyer whose practice focuses on commercial law, contracts, real estate, real estate litigation, and title insurance. LAW OFFICE OF ARLENE UDICK THE VILLAGES, FL 352.217.3176 UDICKLAW.COM
DAWN CARY Owner
Great Lakes Carpet & Tile has five stores to service central Florida with all flooring and window treatment needs. Where service is not just a word but a way of life. GREAT LAKES CARPET & TILE 850 S. MAIN ST. WILDWOOD, FL 34785 352.267.8801
CYNTHIA F. COUILLARD, Vice President and State Certified Building Contractor
Dibarco Building Corporation is a family-owned business that has served our local area and community for 26 years. We build quality custom homes and welcome remodels. As a certified renovator and c.A.P.S. Certified aging in place designated, I can help design or re-design the house that you make home. DIBARCO BUILDING CORPORATION
LINDA ALTMAN MARY HOTOPP Senior Home Companions, Inc. is a Nurse Registry (License #30211528), providing in-home care from 2 to 24 hours per day. Our goal is to keep seniors safe and comfortable in their own homes. Services include personal care by CNAs, HHAs, and RNs; as well as homemaker/ companion duties by our 150 trained, compassionate caregivers. SENIOR HOME COMPANIONS, INC. THE VILLAGES, FL 352.874.7870
Pal Button provides medical alert systems for home, mobile and institutional use. Our mission is to provide families and loved ones with peace of mind, using state of the art wearable technology. PAL BUTTON MEDICAL ALERT SYSTEMS THE VILLAGES, FL 352.638.5900 EXT. 2
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MARY RHODES BRANCH MANAGER
Mary Rhodes has helped people achieve dreams of homeownership since joining the mortgage industry in 1984. Mary opened the Lake County branch of The Mortgage Firm in 2011, building a successful business in the community she loves. Mary and her team of six work with buyers to obtain conventional, FHA, VA, and USDA loans, as well as jumbo mortgages. They also help clients with refinancing and reverse mortgages. Mary has been applauded for her communication throughout the loan process and her skill in assisting credit challenged borrowers. Mary is a proud member of the Realtorsâ€™ and Home Buildersâ€™ Associations of Lake and Sumter counties. She also participates regularly in the Mount Dora, Eustis, and Tavares Chambers of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Lake and Sumter counties. Mary and her husband Scott are the proud parents of Garrett, 13 and Lauren, 9.
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NAN COBB OWNER
Sometimes all a business owner has is his or her name and reputation. That is why Nan Cobb and her staff at Classic Tents & Events are so dedicated to superior customer service. “You can go anywhere, but good service is something that can’t be undervalued,” she says. “We give our customers our undivided attention.” For eight years, Classic Tents & Events has served as the premier full service party rental company for many local events, as well as for individuals looking to turn their events from ordinary to extraordinary. Nan admits none of what she accomplishes would be possible without her incredible staff. “This is not easy work,” she says. “What we do is very physical and demanding, which explains why I’m grateful to have such a dedicated and hardworking staff. I couldn’t do it without them.”
CLASSIC TENTS & EVENTS 1255 E. COUNTY ROAD 44 EUSTIS, FL 32736 352.357.7920 CLASSICTENTSEVENTS.COM
JESSY FLINN OWNER
“My love language is food. Are you celebrating? Are you mourning and need comfort? Are you in my general vicinity? Then there is a good chance I want to feed you. I love what I do because every day I get to watch my clients eat the food we prepare and usually following that bite is a smile. Chefs live for that smile. Working one-on-one with my clients to create custom amazing menus means that no two days are ever the same. At the end of the day, who doesn’t love food? That’s why I love what I do.”
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Your “Other Family” Doctor
Our family-owned practice has been a staple of the Belleview community since 1975. Our goal is to offer an extremely high standard of care for your beloved pet through advanced diagnostics such as digital X-ray, ultrasound and our on-site laboratory. 24-hour emergency care is always available. Whether you are in need of a veterinarian for your family addition or are having a health or behavioral issue with your long-time companion, Dr. Care Erwin-Oliver is looking forward to meeting you and your cherished pet.
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THIS ‘N’ THAT
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MEET A VILLAGER
Through the eyes of a villager, then and now Page 2
meet a villager STORY: PAT JOCELYN
THROUGH THE EYES OF A VILLAGER
THEN & NOW
79-year-old Norm Himmelback and his 78-year-old wife Antoinette purchased a home in The Villages 17 years ago. The seasonal residents have witnessed many changes since those early days.
it wasn’t anything like the number of activities they have here today. But I liked the hustle and bustle, the yoga, the aerobics – just everything. NORM: I liked the golf – they promoted the golf a lot here. VS: Can you tell us what it was like back then? N: Well, they were in the process of building the Tierra Del Sol Country Club when we first came here. The golf course was here but you had to go to a trailer to sign up to play golf. I also remember that later they hosted a LPGA Golf Tournament at Tierra Del Sol.
VSTYLE: Norm, how did you and Antoinette discover The Villages and why did it appeal to you? NORM: AARP used to have ads in their magazine. We sent for a free video and decided to visit for a week. While we were here, we bought a lot in Mira Mesa, and we were going to build a house. A day later, we (changed our minds) and bought a place in Palo Alto right on the Tierra Del Sol Golf Course. We closed in June of 1998. ANTOINETTE: I liked the idea of having so many activities. Of course,
VS: What was it like when the tournament was here? N: Our home was the closest to the ninth green and they had all the (television) cables strung here, and we needed passes to get into our own houses. Every afternoon when they played, one of us would have a barbecue and all the neighbors would come. A: We’d have a big cooler that we’d take from house to house. VS: Can you describe what the local area looked like back then? A: When we first moved to The Villages there wasn’t much here. There was a Southern Lifestyle Furniture store. On Bichara Boulevard there was a Winn Dixie. N: There wasn’t a Wal-Mart so we had to go to Leesburg to buy all our things. There was a tent over on route 441 where we could buy golf carts, and at Spanish Springs we had the Rialto Theatre, Katie Belle’s and two
restaurants called Augustines and Café Aole. They also had nightly entertainment under a big tent on the square. VS: Were there many country clubs back then? N: When we first came here the only country clubs were Tierra Del Sol (which was in the process of being built), Hacienda and Orange Blossom. Hacienda was a classy place back then. When you went there in the evenings you had to wear a coat and tie. A: And they had coats for people who hadn’t brought them. Hacienda also was one of the places where we (used to) have aerobics. VS: Norm, what are some of the biggest advantages and disadvantages you’ve seen crop up due to 17 years of growth in The Villages? N: The biggest disadvantage is waiting to get into restaurants, golf and other activities. When we came here, there weren’t as many people, but there weren’t as many restaurants to choose from either. Now, there are a lot better restaurants, so I guess it’s a trade-off. I mean, you compare 18,000 people to 120,000 people – that’s a big difference. A: What’s nice about The Villages now is everything is here – stores, doctors, hospital – we don’t ever have to go far off the reservation. VS: What about the people and the sense of community? Any difference now compared to 17 years ago? N: Yeah, (chuckle) they’re a lot younger now. A: We were in our 60s when we first moved here. N: The first or second year we were here, a couple of us decided we should get together and have cocktails and snacks. We’d sit around and chit-chat. Now we have a driveway party here every Wednesday afternoon. As far as we know, there never was a driveway party anywhere else at the time. We think we were the first. VS: Any regrets about buying a place in The Villages? N: No. It’s still a great place to live. A: Yes, it is.
in the villages STORY: PAT JOCELYN
In 2005, I was lucky enough to interview several local veterans profiled in three special editions published by a newspaper I worked for. The project became one of my most treasured and lifealtering assignments. I interviewed more than 100 men and women who were in the military during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and other conflicts. I was humbled by their stories of bravery, selflessness and commitment to country. I promptly fell in love with every vet I talked to. Unfortunately, in the 10 years since, we’ve lost some of the WWII veterans who chose to share vignettes of their military lives: fears, joys, accomplishments, challenges and most importantly, love of country. I kept in touch with some, and I’m always saddened to hear one has passed. Rick Morris was just 19 years old when he began flying bombing missions in his B-17 Flying Fortress. All told, he racked up 18 combat missions. The rookie pilot was responsible for the lives of nine others in his B-17, even though he was the second youngest in his crew. He never lost a plane. Rick was 81 years old when I first interviewed him, and it didn’t take long for us to become great friends. In fact, of all the vets I met, I was closest to Rick. We would get together once a month for lunch and talk. I was a fledgling writer at the time, and Rick quickly became one of my greatest advocates and mentors. I look back on those cherished memories and realize how lucky I was to have known this man. Several years ago Rick passed, leaving behind a legacy of fearlessness, honor and love of country. I miss him.
FOREVER A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART
Villager Phil DeLong flew 69 combat missions during World War II and 127 missions in the Korean War. He was the 13th highest scoring Marine ace in the country. When I first met Phil and his wife Katie, I knew I wanted to write his story and was lucky enough to snag the assignment. It wasn’t just this man’s military abilities (he retired as a colonel), that made him such an impressive figure; it was his love of country, love of family and love of flying. Phil, Katie and I stayed in touch and occasionally had lunch together. One day Katie called to say Phil was dying. Even though he was unconscious, she thought I might want to stop by and say my goodbyes. I was honored. I sat at his bedside holding his hand and reminded Phil about his many accomplishments and how much I treasured our friendship. Days later, Phil passed. Several years later, Katie joined her beloved husband. I miss them both and was honored to have shared a small part of their lives. Memorial Day has been set aside to honor military personnel who died while serving their country. I’d like to add another definition: Let’s honor those veterans who survived their military service but have since passed. Their contributions helped mold our country and enrich our community, and I’m a better person for having met just a few of them. ABOUT THE WRITER Pat Jocelyn worked at IBM for 28 years and held several staff and managerial positions and taught management and employee development classes. After her retirement, she started a second career in journalism and has won several Florida Press Club awards for her insightful and heartfelt feature writing.
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“If something good hasn’t happened yet, it means you aren’t at the end of your painting – know the magic is there waiting for you – know something good happens in the end.” – Arrachme
MASTERFUL TEACHING STORY: PAT JOCELYN
“Take chances, be bold and take risks. You can’t mess up anything – everything you do is right and will lead to a creative silver lining.” That’s the advice Arrachme Collins, an internationally recognized contemporary seascape artist known professionally as Arrachme, gives to her students. The Village of Bonita resident specifically was referring to placing paint on canvas, but she acknowledged those same words also reflect how she chooses to live. Arrachme (pronounced A-rah-cham-me) anchors her life in love and faith, peppered with periods of discovery that have helped her overcome loss and professional and medical challenges. Those challenges tested her strength, but also helped mold,
“IT WAS VERY ODD TO MY FAMILY THAT I WAS AN ARTIST. ”
expand and transform her creative side. At an early age, Arrachme’s father taught her to reach for the stars. “He was an incredible entrepreneur,” the 55-yearold said. “He was my biggest influence – I could see from him that anything was possible – I idealized him. When he died I was only 11 years old, and then all I had of him was magical stories.” The Ohio native always wanted to be an artist, which was difficult for her family to understand. Her mother and two siblings were talented but were more left-brained. “My brother and sister are both engineers,” Arrachme explained. “It was very odd to my family that I was an artist. “I went to business college and design school, which included art,” she said. “I started my own [interior design] firm [in Florida] and was very successful.” Later, Arrachme was drawn to Ashville, North Carolina. “It must have been fate because I met an art master that taught me privately,” she said. “He took me on and furthered my art career.” In addition to focusing on her art, Arrachme – following in her father’s entrepreneurial footsteps – started another successful business, which she ran for 10 years. “I was doing art exhibits, selling my work and running a tourism business,” she continued. “My father gave me the tools to have a healthy balance for success. I knew if I was doing what I love, the opportunities would just naturally come.”
Arrachme met her husband and biggest advocate, Peter Collins, in North Carolina. After years of living in Ashville, the couple decided to move to The Villages. “I was working more than 80 hours a week and Peter was running a foundation,” Arrachme said. “We needed to slow down.” After moving to The Villages, Arrachme started to promote her artwork more aggressively. She joined several art organizations, was elected president of [The Villages] Visual Arts Association by her peers, chaired four different committees within the art community and began showing her work both locally and regionally. Then came her biggest break. “I was introduced to Nina Torres, who owns the Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery in Miami,” Arrachme explained. “She wanted to work with me and began taking me to [events], and later other people started recognizing me. It was then that I began travelling and touring with other artists.” In the last two years alone, Arrachme has shown her art at international venues including the New York Art Expo, Art Basil Miami Beach and Art Monaco. In addition, she has had articles written about her work in several prestigious art publications and has garnered celebrity endorsements. “It’s a natural progression for a professional artist to do what I did,” Arrachme said. “You paint, you get recognized, you travel, you get picked up by galleries, you get published and then
you get celebrity endorsements.” Arrachme said it takes a lot of dedication and work to make all those things come to fruition. “You have to pay for your own travel, spend thousands of hours painting, filling out paperwork, and following through and talking to galleries,” she advised. “And it’s not just doing it once; you have to juggle hundreds of galleries to make it happen. It took me years.” For many, it might seem like a huge amount of work – and it is – but to Arrachme it’s a labor of love. “To me, it’s not stressful because I learned well from my father,” she said.“And I love working. I’m successful because I love what I’m
doing and the work is the fun part for me. If I didn’t have my work, I’d be a very unhappy person.” Toward the end of 2014, Arrachme made plans to teach art classes through The Villages Lifelong Learning College. She views the classes as a way to pay it forward and teach others to enjoy what she’s enjoyed for much of her life. But life doesn’t always unfold in ways that one expects. Throughout 2014, Arrachme was confronted with ongoing personal challenges unrelated to her work that she prefers not to discuss. Those challenges created a tremendous amount of stress in her life and probably contributed to a major health scare – something
“I’M SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE I LOVE WHAT I’M DOING AND THE WORK IS THE FUN PART FOR ME.”
For more information about Arrachme, her art or her classes, visit her website at www.arrachmeart.com.
she never saw coming. Last December, Arrachme was rushed to the hospital after experiencing stroke symptoms. “I was without the use of my right side – it was just gone and I was experiencing slurred speech,” she said. “They gave me tests and on the fourth day I appeared to be recovering when I had another episode.” Arrachme said although she was very aware of what was going on around her it was like she was frozen in time – paralyzed. “I was in my body but unable to move,” she explained. “At that moment I was released of the pressure situation
that created the stroke. At that moment, it didn’t matter – nothing mattered.” Based on comments made by medical personnel, she wasn’t sure she would survive the night. With Peter by her side, they talked about their future together – if indeed there would be one. Arrachme said her art was like a living, breathing thing to her. If she survived, she knew she had to continue with her art and she still wanted – no needed – to fulfill her commitment to teach art classes. “I did want to teach the art classes because it meant the world to me,” she said. “I wanted to share what I knew and what I’ve learned through this whole journey of exhibiting. But here I was signed up to teach these classes and get away from the stressful [challenges] I was experiencing and then I had the stroke. “I was starting the classes in four weeks. I didn’t know if I’d have my speech or right side back by then, but I knew I had to teach those classes regardless because that was what would bring me joy. I had to get better.” And so she did. Four weeks later, Arrachme stood in front of her full class of 19 students and began teaching her art. “Now I’m on my fourth class,” she said with welldeserved pride ringing in her voice. “And we have a waiting list. I am so full of joy. “Even though I could make more money selling just one painting than
what I could make in one year of teaching classes, I get more joy teaching in the college,” Arrachme admitted. “The reason is because I’m surrounded by loving, kind and giving people. They are so supportive of one another and of me. They are nurturing. I’m giving out love and information and they’re giving back love and kindness.” Arrachme said she has learned so many lessons from her students – lessons that she and others can apply in their own lives. “I see a student getting used to a whole new experience – and not being afraid,” Arrachme said. “Of stepping into something that’s not familiar – much like in life, when we step into something new but we still feel safe. “I’m safe in that [classroom],” she said. “And it’s enough.” When asked what’s next on her agenda, Arrachme said she now can pick and choose which art events she wants to attend and will continue to go to some of them. She also wants to continue teaching art classes, and of course, will continue to paint. Arrachme said she couldn’t do what she does without the love and support of Peter.“Ever since I’ve been in the hospital, Peter won’t let me go by myself to the classes,” she said. “He gives up his lunch date with his Sparky Strummers group to help me. He rushes home so he can pack up my art supplies and gets me to the classes on time. Thank you, Peter.”
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this ‘n’ that STORY: FRED HILTON
TALKING CELL PHONE, ANGRY GERTIE AND OTHER SCARY THINGS My cell phone talks to me. That’s certainly not unusual but it talks to me when I don’t want it to. Actually, I should say “she” rather than “it” because my cell phone has this angry, snarling female voice. I can be minding my own business, not touching the phone or saying a word, and this irritated female voice tells me, “Sorry, didn’t understand that.” This is not to say that my contact with talking telephones is anything new. A long time ago in a place far, far away, I could pick up my telephone and a nice lady would say very sweetly: “Number, please.” She was never snarly or grumpy. If I wanted to call home, I simply said “752-W” to the nice lady. (Phone numbers were much easier to remember then.) Getting back to my talking cell phone, it can be in my pocket when it suddenly will light up and the word “listening” appears. If I sneeze or yell at the dog, the angry lady will say she didn’t understand me. She occasionally spices things up by saying, “Sorry, I didn’t understand you” or “Sorry, I didn’t catch that.” After a few interruptions from her, I usually scream something like “Shut the @#$%&$ up!” The bodiless voice then makes my cell phone show a half dozen or so internet links about @#$%&$. I’m afraid to open any of them since I’m sure they’ll take me to some critically top-secret website like one belonging to the Pentagon, the CIA, the Mafia or Sony Pictures. My cell phone is not the only electronic device with a female voice that abuses me. Our GPS houses an amazingly surly woman that we’ve named “Gertie.” We picked Gertie because it was alliterative with the brand name of the GPS. I will not name the brand since I don’t want to give free publicity to a company that would stuff a tiny, angry woman inside its GPS. Gertie can say “recalculating” in an icy tone that makes it abundantly clear she thinks I’m a blathering idiot for disregarding her directions. How she can have that attitude is beyond me since Gertie once told us there was a restaurant in a vacant lot that contained nothing but a broken washing machine, a ’49 Chevy on cinderblocks and one red tennis shoe. It’s not easy to live in a society where the electronic and mechanical devices have gotten increasingly sophisticated. You have to remember that I go back to the days of “Number, please.” As a teen-ager, I covered sports for my hometown
weekly newspaper. We used a flatbed press that I am certain was once owned by Johannes Gutenberg. Later, when I worked for a larger newspaper, I happily pounded out news stories on my trusty Underwood typewriter. Unlike that company that makes Gertie the GPS, I have no problem giving Underwood a free plug. I seriously doubt Mr. Underwood is making typewriters anymore anyway. I survived the transition from my Underwood to electric typewriters with only a slight trembling of my hands. The leap to computers was a little tougher but I managed. I even learned how to program a VCR and then, of course, they stopped making them and I had to learn about DVDs and other exotic things. This is not to say that I am afraid of electronic and mechanical things. I’ll admit, however, that they do intimidate me a bit. I think it all started with the incident involving an umbrella when I was in the third grade. It’s too painful to discuss any further. This does not mean, however, that I am a Luddite. “Luddite” is one of those wonderful words that you rarely get an opportunity to use so I can’t pass up this chance. If you aren’t up on the Industrial Revolution in England, the Luddites were skilled textile workers. In the early 19th Century, the textile mill owners brought in new equipment – stocking frames, spinning frames and power looms. Instead of needing the higher-paid skilled artisans, the owners could hire less-skilled, low-wage laborers to operate the new equipment. Needless to say the artisans got a little miffed. Their solution to the problem was simple – they decided to smash all the new fancy equipment. They got their name from Ned Ludd who hit on the idea when he destroyed two stocking frames. There is no record on whether the Luddites were happy with their vacation time and fringe benefits. I am doing my best to resist the example of the Luddites. Sometimes, though, I do feel my hand moving toward a hammer when my cell phone says, “Sorry, didn’t catch that” or Gertie the GPS snarls, “Recalculating!”
ABOUT THE WRITER Fred Hilton spent 36 years as the chief public relations officer/spokesman for James Madison University in Virginia and 10 years prior as a reporter and editor for The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia. He is now happily retired in The Villages with his interior designer wife, Leta, their Cadillac Escalade golf cart, and their dog, Paris. (Yes, that makes her Paris Hilton).
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book club STORY: KATHY PORTER
THE WIVES OF HENRY OADES
MAORI NATIVES, KIDNAPPING AND A LEGAL CONUNDRUM–ONE HUSBAND, TWO LAWFUL WIVES
The year is 1890, and Henry Oades, his pregnant wife Margaret and their two young children set sail from London to assume Henry’s new job in Wellington, New Zealand. The voyage is horrific, and Margaret miscarries. Moving to a cottage out of town brings peace and contentment to the family, and Margaret gives birth to twin girls. Margaret’s only friend Mim and her mentally disabled son are at the cottage when tragedy strikes. A group of Maori tribesmen descend on the cottage in retaliation for the public flogging of one their boys. The Maori kill Mim, set fire to the cottage and force the family to hike to a distant Maori camp. One of the twins suffocates during the march. Henry mistakes the ashes of Mim to be that of his beloved Margaret. After two years of desperately searching for his children and grieving for his wife, Henry is a broken man. He gives up and books passage on the first boat available, and sails to San Francisco, California. After six years of captivity, Margaret and the children miraculously escape and are devastated to find Henry has left. In the meantime, Henry has forged a new life as a dairy farmer and married Nancy, a widow with a new baby. When Margaret and the children arrive at Henry’s front door, the lives of the two families are thrown into grave turmoil as Henry is tried three times for bigamy. Having Johanna Moran join us for the discussion was indeed a pleasure. Moran, who dislikes “the author spiel,” suggested an interview format. The chance to chat with an author one-on-one proved to be an exceptional experience that was made all the better by
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It was an excellent read. The character of Margaret was so strong, forbearing and willing to work to accept Nancy. She was willing to accept her role of part-time wife just to be near Henry.” — Bobbie Peters St. James
Moran’s charisma and sense of humor. She was candid about her life, including her experiences as a flight attendant and how she approaches her writing. When asked how she got the idea for the book, Moran explained it was from a news story that some thought could be attributed to Mark Twain. When discussing the book’s characters, Moran made it quite clear that her characters talk to her and assume their own personalities. There just is not enough space in this column to touch on all the subjects we explored with Moran, including the process of getting published, casting the hopedfor movie adaptation, her favorite authors, her favorite books and so much more. The group was overjoyed to host Johanna Moran and highly recommends her book. About the Author After 17 years as a flight attendant, Johanna Moran retired and went back to school for a degree in English Literature from the University of South Florida. She was writing full-time for 15 years before “The Wives of Henry Oades” was published. She lives in Sarasota with her husband John. She currently is writing a novel from the viewpoint of John Steinbeck’s wives; Bookworm members eagerly are anticipating its publication.
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WHAT CLUB MEMBERS THOUGHT It’s an historical novel at its best. It was so interesting to learn about New Zealand and the family’s migration from England to New Zealand and then on to California. The characters are alive and easy to empathize with.
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I enjoyed the book. It was an intriguing concept—a husband legally married to two wives. The law allowed this situation because of a loophole that stated: A marriage of a person having a former husband or wife living is void unless such former husband or wife was absent and not known to be living for five consecutive years preceding the subsequent marriage. The sad and upsetting part of the story was the terrible mistreatment the families endured from their neighbors and so-called Christian friends.
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I am mad at Henry. Margaret was his first wife, and he chose Nancy over her.
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I was aware of the “Seven Wonders of the World” from the time I was a teenager. I had seen pictures of the pyramids in Egypt and The Great Wall of China. However, no wonder fascinated me more than Machu Picchu in Peru. As an adult, I had to visit the “Lost City of the Incas”.
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My story starts with an introduction to Hiram Bingham, a fascinating man who, after obtaining an undergraduate degree at Yale University in 1898 and a Ph. D from Harvard University in 1905, became a lecturer on South American history. Having become entrenched in Incan culture, in 1911, he organized the Yale Peruvian Expedition to find the lost city of Vilcabamba. This city was the last to fall to the Spaniards during their conquest of the Incas in 1572. While in search of Vilcabamba and quite by accident, Bingham came in contact with a local 11-year-old boy. Together they ascended a mountain peak to an opening where, lo and behold, was Machu Picchu. Though covered with vegetation, the fine stonework of the Inca masons was in evidence. This led to the restoration of this incredible archaeological site. Now, fast forward to the 21st century as I took the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu. From the train car we could see backpackers ascending the steep Inca trail by foot, a five-day trek to our common objective. After disembarking, we took a bus up a winding road to our destination 7,970 feet above sea level. At last, we had arrived at Machu Picchu, which is situated on a mountain ridge overlooking the Sacred Valley. It was quite evident why the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization designated Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site, describing it as â€œan absolute masterpiece of architecture and a unique testimony to the Inca civilization.â€? I was immediately struck by how the Inca architects laid out this city to conform to the natural form of the mountains. As my eyes surveyed the buildings, I had trouble conceiving how many Inca laborers it must have taken to dispatch tons of granite from quarries, transport the material up the mountain and then assemble the blocks to build the structures that were so well preserved before me. The granite blocks were carved to produce a perfect fit as each building was assembled. There is no mortar to keep them in place.
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The extraordinary architecture of the Inca Empire is still very much in evidence.
Machu Picchu was built at the height of the Inca Empire around the middle of the 15th century. While there are several theories regarding why it exists, there is general agreement that the area was built under the reign of the Inca Emperor, Pachacuti, as a royal estate and religious retreat. In 1520, a Spanish fleet arrived in Panama and brought with it smallpox, creating an epidemic that ushered the Inca Empire to its tragic end. This virus and other European diseases had been unknown in the Americas up to this point. An estimated two-thirds of the population succumbed during the years 1524-1526. Disease and a civil war over Inca secession resulted in abandonment of this pristine site. Amazingly, the Spanish never found Machu Picchu, which explains its preservation. As my day was ending in this spiritual site that focused on mountain worship and the sun, I found myself in awe of the rich culture that once existed here. After having seen Machu Picchu with my own eyes, I can tell you that a trip to this most familiar icon of the Inca civilization is well worth it.
DR. MARK ROTHSCHILD is a cardiologist at Heart of The Villages in Spanish Springs. He is also a photographer and photojournalist. His travels are documented on his website: markrothschildphoto.com.
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“Men no longer need to suffer from frequent urination because they are getting older,” says Dr. James Young, a down-toearth urologist with 33 years of experience in treating men with prostate problems in Lake County. Although the cause of these symptoms is most likely an enlarging prostate (BPH), a normal part of the aging process in men, treatment options are more numerous and less invasive than those offered to our fathers and grandfathers. Years ago there were two options for treating an enlarged prostate: surgical excision via an open operation (knife) or much more commonly by performing a transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP), commonly referred to as a “roto-rooter” by patients and physicians. Both required hospitalization as well as major anesthesia and could be fraught with complications such as bleeding, infection, loss of bladder control and even death. “In my career I have performed over 3,000 TURPs; however, I no longer perform any,” says Dr. Young. “There are presently too many excellent alternatives to consider a hospital operation for the vast majority of patients with BPH.” “When I see a new patient I perform a physical examination and properly evaluate the patient’s symptoms, thus diagnosing the underlying problem(s),” he says. “Next, I describe to the patient what’s normal and then explain what is abnormal with him. Lastly, I teach him his treatment options. If I’ve done a good job of teaching, he will select the correct option for himself.” While prescribing medications for BPH can be done by primary care physicians, only urologists are trained to thoroughly
evaluate the bladder and prostate (including ruling out prostate cancer), as well as providing extremely effective minimally invasive, office-based therapies as alternatives to lifelong medical therapy. One such option is Prostiva-RF Therapy, a procedure performed by Dr. Young in his office under local anesthesia that usually takes less than 30 minutes. Prostiva utilizes low level radiofrequency energy to ablate (destroy) the obstructing component of the enlarged prostate. “I am very happy with the results I have achieved for my patients using Prostiva-RF Therapy,” says Dr. Young, who has successfully treated more than 2,400 patients with this procedure. “Medtronic is a $13 billion-a-year, publicly traded corporation that perfected the technology for Prostiva and produces the necessary hardware. Recently, Medtronic produced an educational DVD for international distribution to inform patients and physicians worldwide regarding the benefits of Prostiva therapy. Seven of the eight patients featured on the DVD are my patients. I am very proud Medtronic selected my practice to feature the benefits of Prostiva-RF Therapy. However it is sort of a bad news/good news thing. The bad news is neither my patients nor myself received a penny for our participation. The good news is Medtronic gave us all the DVD’s we want, so if anyone wants one all he needs to do is drop by my office at 801 Northshore Drive in Eustis, and we will give him one!” And with an office staff with nearly as much experience as the doctor, (many have worked with Dr. Young more than twenty
years) you don’t spend a great deal of time waiting to see him. “We pride ourselves in being timely in seeing our patients. We respect our patient’s time as much as we do our own,” adds Dr. Young. “Patients appreciate this; many of our patients tell me I have the best office staff on the planet. I consider that a huge compliment.” So if you are getting up at night and can’t get back to sleep because you are thinking about what may be wrong with you, it’s time to check in with Dr. Young and have him check you out. “Many men accept frequent bladder urges as part of aging. And while it is part of the aging process, it’s not like death and taxes. There is something you can do about it,” he says.
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Karen Monte and her daughters, Kelly Davant and Danielle Taylor, started the company in 2010. They continually conduct research on distinctive kitchen products to offer exciting and new inventory for loyal customers. “We carefully research and test our products and product lines before we bring them into the store,” Karen says. “This ensures the highest quality and tried-andtrue selections to offer our customers. For us, it is also important to carry Americanmade products. Buying American has to start with retailers.” KaDeeKay sells serving trays and wooden bowls made by Nambe, a New Mexico-based company that utilizes renowned artists to handcraft and design eye-catching pieces. Their products are so masterfully crafted, in fact, that they’re showcased in museums. Another popular item is the Nambe Infinity Double Dip platter. “Their products are absolutely beautiful,” Kelly says. “They make wonderful centerpieces and are also great conversational
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YOUR DREAM JOB IS OUT THERE… REALLY, IT IS PHOTO: Shutterstock.com
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Nancy Muenzmay earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University in 1973. So she’s a teacher, right? No. School principal? Uh, no. School board member? Well, she ran for school board, but didn’t win a seat. Today, Nancy is working her dream job as director of businessincubator programs at Lake-Sumter State College. She’s also co-owner of Striking Effects Promotions, an embroidery, screenprinting and awards company in Mount Dora. Nancy took a roundabout path to the job of her dreams. She worked as reading specialist for Orange County schools, bookkeeper and supervisor in Seattle, senior financial analyst for Red Lobster, director of planning for Tupperware and English correspondent for an art gallery in Japan. Lesson No. 1 for those of you still searching for the job of your dreams: It’s probably not behind door No. 1. Landing the job of your dreams is all about being persistent and adaptable … and recognizing your calling when it comes in sight. “I love utilizing all the knowledge and skills I’ve
acquired throughout my career — my education, finance background, networking capability and business owner experience — to provide local businesses with the necessary tools and resources to be successful,” Nancy said. For most people, it takes time to find the job you’re supposed to be doing, the one that makes you feeling
like you’re truly making a difference. Of course, you have to know yourself, and what you’re looking for. Following the tips presented here will help identify and land the job of your dreams.
NANCY OFFERS THESE THREE IMPORTANT TIPS FOR PEOPLE IN THE WORKFORCE:
1 ALWAYS GO HOME FROM WORK AND ASK YOURSELF, "WHAT MADE MY DAY?" When you know why you feel satisfied, you’ll look forward to going back to work the next day and your job will become your passion. And when you’re passionate about your job, it doesn’t feel like you’re even working.
2 ALWAYS BE CONFIDENT AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO GROW. While it’s easy to become stuck in a routine or comfort zone, the only way you’ll truly grow is by seeking new opportunities to improve and expand your skills.
3 IF YOU DO NOT FIND SATISFACTION IN A JOB, IT PROBABLY IS TIME TO MOVE ON. Don’t be afraid about switching careers. You may have two or three careers before you find what you’re truly passionate about.
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So, how do you go about landing your dream job? Begin by creating a resume to make a great first impression. You’ve likely been told there is a specific format to follow when writing a resume – name and contact information at the top, followed by a job objective, your education and a chronological listing of your previous places of employment. Forget that outdated formula. Merely outlining your work experience isn’t always the best way to sell yourself. “First and foremost, your time is extremely limited,” said Gustavo Henriquez, who teaches resume writing at CareerSource Central Florida in Leesburg. “You have to make a splash quickly or else they’re going to move on to the next resume. A skills-based resume will help you make an immediate positive impression and show you are relevant.”
HOW DO YOU MAKE A SKILLS-BASED RESUME? HENRIQUEZ OFFERS THESE TIPS: what the employer is looking for. You are addressing their needs in this section. • FOR SOME JOBS, YOU SHOULD LIST your education or certifications in the beginning. If you’re applying for a teaching job, you must have a bachelor’s degree, he says. • LIST YOUR PREVIOUS JOBS. Use bullet points because it’s pleasing to the eye. • TALK ABOUT SPECIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS rather than merely listing job duties. Don’t say you answered phones; say you managed eight or nine phone lines every day.
ADVANTAGES OF A SKILLS-BASED RESUME 1) FOR PEOPLE WITH EMPLOYMENT GAPS “By successfully listing the skills you’ve acquired, you may wow the employer enough in the beginning that your employment gaps are not as important,” Henriquez says. “But if you have been out of work, make sure to have a section about ongoing professional development so you can demonstrate that you’ve acquired new skills or developed additional knowledge.”
2) FOR PEOPLE JUST ENTERING THE WORKFORCE “These people obviously won’t have an extensive work history, but they still may have enough skills to make them viable candidates for the job.”
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If you can say exactly how much money you saved a company or how much money you helped previous companies make, then do that. • WHEN TALKING ABOUT SPECIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS, begin each sentence with action verbs. Action verbs such as ‘managed,’ ‘analyzed’ or ‘developed’ pack more of a punch and allow your statements to be concise. Remember, time is limited. • INCLUDE A SECTION AT THE BOTTOM for awards and recognitions. This lets employers know you stand out in your respective field. • IDEALLY, A RESUME SHOULD BE ONE PAGE. However, it can be two pages because you certainly do not want to sell yourself short.
I’m detale-oriented. Nah, I don’t think so. Planned new corporate facility at $3 million over budget. Yeah, companies are salivating over prospective employees who “only” go a few million over budget. I am a rabid typist. You plan on bringing rabies into the office? Bilingual in three languages. Say adios to your chances of being hired. Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year. Sometimes hard work just isn’t worth it.
DON’T OVERSELL YOURSELF Greg Nelson has served as president of United Southern Bank for 25 years. He never enjoys reading resumes of people trying to emulate Donald Trump. “My first thought is, ‘If he is this good, then why is he looking for a job?’ Never go way overboard on your accolades and accomplishments.”
• START YOUR RESUME BY PUTTING your current job title on the top of the page. It really pops out at an employer. Your job title should be in bold. • DON’T WRITE YOUR JOB OBJECTIVE IN THE BEGINNING. Employers don’t want to hear that. Instead, use that space to write a three- to five-sentence profile summary about your job skills. It should be key word rich — meaning you tailor your words to the specific job you’re applying for to gain attention. Carefully read the job description beforehand and know
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WRITING AN EFFECTIVE RESUME
THE INTERVIEW PROCESS
Congratulations, your resume landed you an interview. Now both your skills and personality will be assessed. It is essential that you know what employers are looking for. We asked United Southern Bank Vice President of Human Resources Mary Kay Kahler, who has served in numerous capacities – including teller, loan secretary and branch manager – during a 35-year career. Here are her helpful hints for leaving a lasting impression during the interview process:
DRESS APPROPRIATELY: “How they present themselves tells me a lot. When they come in wearing wrinkled clothes and flip-flops, I know they’re not taking the process very seriously. That makes me wonder how much they really want the job.”
DISPLAY A WARM, FRIENDLY ATTITUDE: “I’d hire a person with a good attitude and no banking experience before I’d hire a person with a bad attitude and years of banking experience. In banking, they’ll frequently be dealing with the public and must know how to successfully interact with other people.”
DON’T BE INSULTING: “I cannot stand when I ask someone to describe their duties from their previous job, and they say something critical about their former employer. That definitely is
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a warning sign, and I instantly begin wondering how much trouble they would bring to our company.”
MONEY ISN’T EVERYTHING: “Another thing that irritates me is when people come in and immediately ask about the rate of pay instead of asking questions about the specific job they’re applying for. I get the impression that they’re only concerned about money.” THAT’S JUST SICK: “I interviewed one person who immediately asked me about sick time. I thought, ‘Does this person plan on getting sick?’”
EDUCATE YOURSELF: “One thing that
DON’T LEAD THE INTERVIEW: “Sometimes
impresses me most is when candidates have learned about our bank before the interview. That makes me think our bank is truly a place where they desire to work.”
applicants begin talking about themselves and do not allow me to lead the interview. That is annoying. You have to let the interviewer lead.”
BE RESPECTFUL: “Once the interview is MAKE EYE CONTACT: “When people are nervous and looking away from me, it makes me wonder how comfortable they’d feel being around customers. I want confident candidates who can relate to our customers and provide them with superior service.”
complete, I appreciate when applicants shake my hand and thank me for the interview. And when they follow-up, I know they’re interested in the job. But they shouldn’t call or email me every day because that comes across as being desperate.”
BE HONEST: “One question I ask all candidates is to talk about their biggest weakness. I respect when people answer that question honestly. We all have a weakness or two.”
• One lady BROUGHT HER LARGE DOG to the interview. • One candidate BROUGHT A WALKMAN and said she could do the interview and listen to music at the same time. • One applicant CHALLENGED THE INTERVIEWER to an arm wrestling contest. • One interviewee said, if hired, he would demonstrate his loyalty by HAVING THE COMPANY LOGO TATTOOED to his arm. • One candidate said he didn’t really want the job, but the UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICE NEEDED PROOF he was looking for one. Source: work911.com/articles/humorinterviews.htm
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BE(A)WARE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
PERCENT OF EMPLOYERS CHECK YOUR FACEBOOK after reviewing an application
69 PERCENT OF HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICERS HAVE REJECTED JOB APPLICATIONS based on social media reviews
68 PERCENT OF RECRUITERS HAVE HIRED A CANDIDATE based on his or her social media presence
Source: A Reppler.com survey of 300 professionals who are involved in the hiring process and use social networks for screening job applicants
You may have aced the job interview, but you probably had little idea Facebook may impede you from obtaining your dream job. Perhaps it was that picture of you passed out drunk at a party. Or maybe it was an extremely insensitive comment you made. “When you’re applying for a job, you need to make sure your Facebook page is clean,” says Gustavo Henriquez of Career Source Central Florida. “Any comments or pictures that shed you in a negative light may come back and bite you.” And you better believe employers are checking social media accounts of job applicants. “Ninety-three percent of all recruiters are utilizing social media to screen prospective employees,” he says. “You definitely should polish up your Facebook account and any other forms of social media you’re using.” According to Henriquez, here are some things you can do:
1) STEER CLEAR of political views. 2) WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE.
photos that might be funny or cute to family members and friends might not be impressive to recruiters.
7) DON’T DELETE YOUR FACEBOOK ACCOUNT altogether or
It will turn off a recruiter if every other word out of your mouth is a cuss word.
5) DON’T BADMOUTH FORMER EMPLOYERS. Recruiters
hide things that make you interesting. Recruiters enjoy having a peek into your personality.
3) BE MINDFUL OF YOUR GRAMMAR. Not being able to write
will identify you as a troublemaker in the workplace.
8) EVEN IF YOU LAND THE JOB, YOU STILL NEED TO BE CAREFUL.
complete sentences or spell simple words can be a turn-off. 4) BE WARY OF PHOTOS. Some
6) CHECK YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS. This lets recruiters know
Employees can still get fired based on things they say on social media.
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Wear an outfit that matches you and your eyes glow, dark circles under your eyes aren’t as noticeable and you seem energetic and alert. Wear an outfit that does not match you and your skin looks drained, your double-chin appears larger and your face fades into the background. Just ask Betsy Barbieux, owner of Leesburgbased Image Inside and Out, an image consultant who has helped thousands of professionals dress sharper and feel more confident and driven in the workplace. “Magazines sell fashion,” she said. “I sell image. I’m not selling clothes; I’m selling you.” Here, Betsy provides helpful tips so you can look and feel your best.
WHY IS CLOTHING IMPORTANT? THE EYES HAVE IT In our culture, we communicate with our eyes. “To make a good first impression — whether you’re in a job interview, selling a product or conducting a business transaction — our eyes should walk into a room first before our hair, makeup, clothes or body parts,” Betsy said. “If you dress to match yourself, then your eyes will be dominant and that’s what others will focus on.” But what happens when we do not dress properly? “If the CEO notices something out of whack — like a woman’s hemline or wrinkled pants on a man — then his eyes get stuck there,” she said. “You begin to wonder what the interviewer is looking at, and then suddenly the interviewer realizes he has upset you. We now have three conversations going on. The interviewer is thinking, ‘Why would he wear pants with wrinkles?’ And the person being interviewed is thinking, ‘Why does he keep staring at my pants?’ When you are dressed appropriately, there is constant eye contact and communication and no distractions.” Ultimately, fashion fail can keep you from becoming hired or closing a transaction. “Let’s suppose a financial adviser meets a potential client for the first time and is dressed sloppy. The client is going to think, ‘Wow, if he cannot pay attention to details about himself, how is he going to pay attention to details of my finances?’”
It’s not enough to wear clothes that fit and are neatly ironed. Betsy uses the Julie Cunningham color analysis to categorize the color of hair, skin and eyes to determine which clothing colors look best on an individual. She measures three factors to determine which seasonal colors best fit an individual:
If the color pattern of your hair, skin and eyes most closely resembles spring, then your combination of colors is considered “an Easter floral bouquet in a tan wicker basket.” Your hue is warm, your value is lighter and your chroma is shiny. Your color palette is: PEACH, YELLOW,
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The hue should match the undertones of the skin on your face, which will be varying degrees of warm (golden) or cool (blue and pink).
2) VALUE The value (lightness or darkness) of the overall outfit should match the value of your hair and eyes. For instance, blonde hair and blue eyes are light and your overall outfit should be in light to medium colors. A black-haired person with dark brown eyes should wear medium to dark colors.
is dark and your chroma is muted. Your color palette is: MOSS, OLIVE GREEN, TEAL, BURNT ORANGE, BROWN, KHAKI, TERRA COTTA, RUST AND GOLD
If the color pattern of your hair, skin and eyes most closely resembles winter, then your combination of colors is considered “a winter frozen pond deep in the forest.” Your hue is cool, your value is darker and your chroma is shiny. Your color palette is: PURE WHITE, PINE GREEN, PURE BLACK, ROYAL BLUE, CHERRY RED, FUCHSIA, SILVER, CHARCOAL AND DARK NAVY
If the color pattern of your hair, skin and eyes most closely resemble summer, then your combination of colors is considered “a hazy, lazy day at the beach.” Your hue is cool, your value is lighter and your chroma is muted. Your color palette is: BLUE/GREEN, AQUA, SKY BLUE, LAVENDER, PINK, ROSE, RASPBERRY, GREY AND LIGHT NAVY
A professional image consultant can determine which color palette is appropriate for you.
The fabric of clothes should match the chroma of your hair, skin and eyes. If it is shiny, the fabric should be smooth and shiny, and patterns should be crisp and clear. If it is muted, the fabric should be textured and a little rough, and patterns should be soft and edges should bleed. If the color pattern of your hair, skin and eyes most closely resembles autumn, then your combination of colors is considered a “Thanksgiving floral arrangement.” Your hue is warm, your value
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1) MEN a) Wear a navy or dark gray suit with a white or light-colored shirt and classic tie. Don’t dress down for an interview because a company’s dress policy is lenient. b) Make sure your dress shoes and socks match.
2) WOMEN a) Wear a dark navy or charcoal gray skirt suit with a white shirt. Skirts should be knee-length. b) Avoid wearing too much jewelry or hair accessories. OTHER GENERAL INTERVIEW TIPS:
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1) Plan your outfit the night before and don’t forget to iron. If your clothes are wrinkled or dirty, the interviewer automatically will wonder how you’ll handle your job duties when you cannot even take care of yourself. 2) Women should not show cleavage. 3) Avoid clothes that are either too tight or too loose. When you go from a sitting position to a standing position your clothes should fall into place. If you stand up and have to pull your pants down, they’re too tight. If you stand up and have to pull your pants up, they’re too loose. 4) Avoid clothing with loud colors and large, flashy prints. They will distract from you and your message. 5) Your belt color should match your shoes. 6) Don’t wear ragged belts or shoes with scuffed-up heels. Also, women should have a leather purse that matches their shoes. 7) Don’t wear tinted glasses because your eyes will not be very visible. 8) Never wear shorts, blue jeans, tank tops, flip flops, sandals or tennis shoes.
People gravitate toward black for numerous reasons (they may feel it makes them look thinner or assume black clothing helps them radiate power), but it’s the worst color you could possibly wear around your face, unless black is on your color palette. “If you don’t have the right complexion, then wearing black around your face makes you look tired and old,” Betsy said. “Your eyes and hair will look unattractive and dull.” She also says black clothing only makes a person appear slimmer “if he or she is standing against a black wall.” “If you wear the style of pants and shirt that are right for your body, then you’re not going to see bumps, blemishes and bulges anyway,” she said.
RED, WHITE AND EWWW! Betsy also advises against wearing a combination of red, black and white. “Red and black are both power colors, so you may come off as domineering. Only 10 percent of the population can wear those colors,” she said. “You’d have to have the complexion of Snow White — cool skin and dark hair.”
AVOID FASHION FAIL
Driving to the local mall and shopping for the most expensive brand-name clothes will instantly enhance our image, right? Wrong. “It’s not about vanity or being fashionable,” Betsy said. “I couldn’t tell you a designer’s name if you asked me. The clothes need to match you. The price of a shirt does not enhance your image. If a shirt doesn’t match you, then it doesn’t matter how much you pay.”
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What we wear to a job interview is every bit as important as what we say and how we verbally sell ourselves. When we feel good about the way we look, we project a positive image. Keep these important tips in mind:
Sources: http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/clothing/wardrobe-basics/wardrobe-staples/evening-dress; list25.com/25-items-every-womans-wardrobe-should-have/1/; http://www.forbes.com/pictures/ehlm45igm/gray-suit/; restartyourstyle.com/280/9-wardrobe-essentials/
WARDROBE STAPLES TO STEP UP YOUR STYLE!
Black pants: You can wear them with just about everything. French-cuff dress shirt: The cuffs add elegance to an ordinary shirt and enhance trousers and skirts. Black pumps: They add polish to any outfit and are great for both dressy occasions. Day dress: It takes little effort to zip into a dress, and it’s wonderful for luncheons, recitals or afternoon bridal showers. Classic skirts: They can be mixed and matched with sandals, heels or even boots to achieve a look that is uniquely yours. High heels: There’s no better way to make your legs look longer, leaner and sexier. White blouse: Goes well with anything you can wear from the waist down. Perfect for providing a blank canvas to accessorize so you can show off your favorite necklaces or scarfs.
Blue blazer: Can be paired with almost anything and lends itself to various styles — preppy, modern or traditional. Handsome watch: Find one that looks sleek and stylish on you. Unless you are over 50, avoid gold watches. Gray suit: More versatile and elegant than black suits. Slim dress shoes: Get rid of the square-toed shoes and become more stylish by choosing a slim pair with a rounded or pointed toe. Khaki pants: Versatile as blue jeans and help you stand out in a sea of denim. Gray V-neck sweater: It’s an excellent layering piece, and very few things clash with it. Brown leather loafers: They’re dressier than sneakers, but also look good with casual wear such as jeans. Brown leather belt: You need something to match your brown leather shoes. It’s okay if the shades don’t match completely.
TURN A NEW PAGE
If you’re looking for an outstanding book to help you dress for success, personal branding and image expert Wendy Lyn Phillips has you covered. Her book, Naked to Knockout, provides necessary knowledge to enhance both their personal style and professional image and make outstanding first impressions. You’ll learn how to dress appropriately for your figure, what colors best suit you and what you should wear on an important appointment. “The book is the perfect answer to helping women blend and harmonize their inner beauty with looking and feeling beautiful on the outside too,” said the owner of Eustis-based Wendy Lyn Unlimited, Inc. Wendy says organizing your closet is an important component of dressing for success. She provided several important tips. USE UNIFORM HANGERS throughout the closet. “The visual effect of clothes hanging the same length and same way helps you stay organized. When you open your closet door and look inside, your closet will be much more visually appealing.” USE ALL WALL SPACE. “There’s normally wasted space above the top shelf. Install additional shelving for personal items.” USE BINS AND BASKETS. “Seasonal clothing, hats,
coats, purses, belts and shoes all should go in clear bins so you can easily find what you need in one quick glance. Make sure the bins and baskets are all uniform.” KEEP A BASKET IN YOUR CLOSET for items you would like to donate, sell or throw away. “If we eliminate clothing item we never wear anymore, our closet would instantly become more organized and cleaner.”
Wendy Lyn Phillips
GROOMING TIPS: 1) Don’t wear overpowering cologne, aftershave or perfume.
2) Make sure your fingernails are not dirty.
3) Make sure your mustache or beard is neatly groomed.
4) Men want to consider removing earrings.
5) Women should sparingly use makeup because they want to look natural.
6) Make sure your breath is fresh.
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MAY To have an event considered for the calendar, send a short text description along with a color photo (if available) 45 days in advance of event to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Lake & Sumter Style Calendar, P.O. Box 490088, Leesburg, FL 34749
MAY 3, 7-10
THREE DAYS OF RAIN This play illustrates how one generation misunderstands another with a split-level view from playwright Richard Greenberg. The Bay Street Players present the show at the Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis. Information: 352.357.7777
MAY 15-JUNE 7
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK Set in 1963, “Barefoot in the Park” tells the story of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter as they acclimate to married life in their new apartment while dealing with in-laws and a nutty upstairs neighbor. This classic play by Neil Simon will run at various times and dates at The Ice House Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora. Adult tickets range in price. Information: 352.383.3133
MOUNT DORA BLUES ‘N GROOVE WEEKEND The seventh annual event will feature live music from John Mayall, Selwyn Birchwood and others at Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 S. Edgerton Court, Mount
Dora. This is an open-air venue, so bring a blanket or chair. No coolers are allowed; food and drinks will be available for purchase. Tickets vary in price. Information: 352.383.2165 or bluesandgroove.com THROUGH MAY 17
A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED When a killer puts an ad in the local paper announcing the next murder, the townspeople are intrigued. Despite possible danger, they arrive at the designated place at the designated time – then the lights go off and gun shots ring out. The play will run 8-10 p.m. May 1-3; May 8-10; and May 15-17 at the Melon Patch Theatre, 311 N. 13th St., Leesburg. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for students. Information: 352.787.3013 or email@example.com
BRITISH INVASION CONCERT Flashback to the 1960s with the music of British invasion bands, such as the Rolling Stones, Beatles, Herman’s Hermits and more. General admission tickets are $15 and VIP tickets are $25. The invasion begins at the Mount Dora Community Building, 510 Baker St., Mount Dora. Information: 352.383.8808
ART + EXHIBITS MAY 9
EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION The Artist’s Way Exhibit will open with a reception 5-7 p.m. May 9 at the Leesburg Center for the Arts, 429 W. Magnolia St., Leesburg. The multidisciplinary
exhibit will be on display through May 27. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Information: 352.365.0232
event. It will feature artists and educational speakers on landscape design. It will take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 9 at Discovery Gardens, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. Information: 352.343.4101 or asperez@ ufl.edu
in form, color, texture and composition. The free exhibit is on display 10 a.m.-4 p.m. various dates through June 19 at the Mount Dora Center for the Arts Gallery, 138 E. 5th Ave., Mount Dora. Information: 352.383.0880 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ART IN THE GARDEN The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, along with the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension and the Master Gardeners program, is hosting the first annual Art in the Garden
THROUGH JUNE 19
SHAPE AND SHADOW EXHIBIT Artists of all mediums depicted inanimate objects for the qualities of shape and shadow
LEESBURG FOOD TRUCK-N-FLICK NIGHT Enjoy food from the food trucks
while watching a movie in Leesburg Town Square, 510 W. Main St., Leesburg. The free event is 6-9:30 p.m. Information: 352.365.0053
BEGINNING PADDLING CLASS If you are itching to try something new, those who want to try out paddling will receive a free lesson. Canoes and kayaks will be provided. The free event will be held 9-11 a.m. at Hickory Point Recreation Area, 107 N.
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Lake Ave., Tavares. Information: 352.343.3777 or lakecountyfl. gov/parks
Valley Country Club, 14601 Green Valley Blvd., Clermont. Information: 352.536.6833
FESTIVALS + FAIRS MAY 9
NATURE CENTER OPEN HOUSE Explore the PEAR Park Nature Center’s collections of rocks, minerals, fossils, sands and shells from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A hands-on course featuring the formation of landforms will be taught 10 a.m.-noon. This free event is recommended for children ages 10 and older, accompanied by an adult. It will be held at PEAR Park Nature Center, 4800 University Ave., Leesburg. Information: 352.253.4950 or email@example.com
HOWEY’S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Antique cars, music, games, art, pony rides, food and more. The free event will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Marianne Beck Memorial Library and Central Park Plaza, 112 W. Central Ave., Howey-in-the-Hills. Information: 352.324.0254
CLERMONT-MINNEOLA LIONS CLUB ANNUAL GOLF SCRAMBLE Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts. The scramble starts at 8:30 a.m., with an awards luncheon afterward. Player entry fees are $70 for an individual and $260 for a foursome. Bring unneeded eyeglasses for donation. Green
YOUTH ART & CULTURE FEST AND SIDEWALK CHALK ART CONTEST The Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest is a hands-on experience for both children and adults. The free event is a celebration of visual, performance arts, multiethnic influences and cultures. Registration is at 8 a.m.; the event is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at City Hall Park, 685 Montrose St., Clermont. Information: 352.394.3392 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LAKE COUNTY WINERY ASSOCIATION WINE ADVENTURE
CM BOX CAR RACING Races will be held on Wilson Lake Parkway, between the Trilogys and Vineyard subdivisions, in Groveland. Races are open to all kids ages 7-18 and registration begins at 8 a.m. The cars will hit the track at 8:30 a.m. Bring canopies, umbrellas and lawn chairs to watch the children race. Information: 352.708.4207 or email@example.com
More than 25 wineries will participate in the adventure weekend, offering wine, food and fun. Participants can purchase either a one- or two-day passport to various venues to taste the wine and food. Information: lakecountywineries.org
SIXTH ANNUAL LEESBURG CORN FEST Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, festival food, vendors, games and contests, as well as Zellwood corn. The festival will take place 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Main Street, Leesburg. Information: 352.365.0053
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Smooth Country Band Jeff Whitfield Kathleen Kane’s 007 Band Johnny Alston Motown Review Masquerade Duo Kelly Jarrard Ric Mac and The Windjammers Band Market Night with Real Deal Band DJ Denny Rogers The Accuzed Rock Solid Jewel Street Band Blue Stone Circle Kelly Jarrard Defenders of Daisies Smooth Country Band Jeff Whitfield Bobby France Ric Mac and The Windjammers Band Blue Stone Circle Da Boys Dangerous Dave Merrill The Smokin’ Torpedoes Smooth Country Band Jeff Whitfield Dangerous Dave Merrill Ric Mac and The Windjammers Band 8 Kings County Da Boys British Invasion Concert bands Bobby France Defenders of Daisies Smooth County Band Jeff Whitfield Kelly Jarrard Ric Mac and The Windjammers Band Justin Heet Shadow Cabinet Dennis Gallo Defenders of Daisies, Amy Grant The Smokin’ Torpedoes Blue Stone Circle
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Bands subject to change … Email Gary@akersmediagroup.com to submit an event for In Concert. Submissions must be received by the ninth of the month prior to month of the event (example: June 9 for July issue).
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Left to Right: Don Polly, Dolly Baraso, Cookie Polly (seated), Linda Willsey, Hank Link.
LOCAL TALENT PROFILE
PLAYIN’ THAT MOUNTAIN MUSIC STORY: PIERCE SCHWALB
The October Mountain Washtub band is an ode to days gone by. Spanning a range of genres, the band brings America’s storied past to life. They have become known not only for beautiful harmonies, but also for using instruments that are unique to America’s bands of old. Each of the five musicians contributes their own unique talents, with Don Polly on the harmonica, Cookie Polly on the fiddle, Dolly Baraso on the washtub, Linda Willsey on the washboard and recently added Hank Link on the rhythm guitar. Based in Leesburg, you can find the group performing for delighted audiences at libraries, churches, parties and a wide variety of other events and festivals. The October Mountain Washtub band was the brainchild of Don and Cookie Polly, who grew up in the mountains of Massachusetts. They each lived on opposite sides of “October Mountain” and have
been friends from an early age. Don and Cookie’s Appalachian roots inspired the band’s focus on genres like bluegrass, gospel and patriotic classics. The band began 11 years ago when Dolly Baraso and Linda Willsey started making music with the Pollys. Neither musician had any experience on a washtub or washboard, but determination and natural aptitude made this unique combination possible. “Desire to play a musical instrument is the only thing that matters,” explained Cookie Polly. “I don’t care what age you are, you can start learning anything you want right now.” Celebrated classics like “You are My Sunshine,” “I’ll Fly Away” and “House of the Rising Sun” are brought to life by the group’s unique sound. With the help of a five-part harmony, the deep bass of the washtub and the driving rhythm of the washboard, even the most familiar tunes take on a whole new feel. Using a
piece of string running from the middle of an upside down washtub to the top of a pole, Dolly Baraso creates resonating bass notes that lend depth and intensity. Linda Willsey provides danceable rhythms with her washboard, running her fingernails up and down the board’s metal ridges. While genres like bluegrass, old country and gospel are mainstays for the group, they cater each show to their audience. Nothing beats listening to a song that brings back fond memories, so they make sure to play a little something for everyone. “I love to see people singing along,” says Cookie. “The goal is to brighten peoples’ day.” The group takes its Americana roots seriously with patriotic songs and authentic western garb. They sing the Star-Spangled Banner in breathtaking five-part harmony and make a point to honor veterans by playing anthems from every branch of the mili-
tary. Members of each branch are asked to stand when their anthem is played. Yearning for the sounds of yesteryear? The band’s next public concert will be this summer at the Leesburg Public Library. The exact dates haven’t been announced, but keep an eye on the library’s event calendar at www. mylakelibrary.org. Don and Cookie also can be found in Okahumpka at the Berean Baptist Church playing classic hymns once a month for the congregation. In addition to public venues, the band performs at a wide variety of private events and rarely turns down a chance to play. “You name it, we’ve played for it,” explains Cookie. They have performed at everything from Civil War reenactments to Irish Heritage festivals and retirement home get-togethers. Many folks have enjoyed the band’s lively performances. The October Mountain Washtub band always is wellreceived at concerts and enjoys support from a loyal fan base. In fact, they now give two performances at the Leesburg Library to accommodate an ever-growing crowd. Find the band’s CD at most events, which features such favorites as “Let the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Jambalaya.” Delight guests at your next event with classic sing-alongs and favorites. Call Cookie at 352-508-5563, email Don at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out the band’s website at www. octobermountainband.com. May 20 15
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ROCKIN’ THE CARIBBEAN
WITH ROCKY & THE ROLLERS
7 NIGHT EASTERN & WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE DEPARTS FEB 7 OR FEB 14, 2016 AAA Travel invites you to join Rocky & The Rollers aboard Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas® departing Port Canaveral Florida for a unique, one-of-a-kind cruise. Dance, dance, dance and sing your way around the Eastern or Western Caribbean as you relive the hits of the Fifties and Sixties with a variety of legendary artists, including: ®
• Rocky & The Rollers — The Best Rock & Roll Band on the Planet • Bowzer (formerly of Sha Na Na) and the Stingrays • Johnny Contardo (formerly of Sha Na Na) • Gary U.S. Bonds — Quarter to Three/New Orleans • Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon — Palisades Park/Tallahassee Lassie • The Lovin’ Spoonful — Do You Believe in Magic/Summer in the City • Jay Siegel’s Tokens — The Lion Sleeps Tonight • Peggy March — I Will Follow Him • Johnny Tillotson — Poetry in Motion/Keeps Right on a-Hurtin’ • Chris Montez — Let’s Dance/The More I See You • The Legendary Teenagers — Why Do Fools Fall in Love/Goody Goody • The Chiffons — One Fine Day/He’s So Fine • Tommy Mara and The Crests — 16 Candles/Step by Step • DJ Al Brady hosts his Rock & Roll Trivia Show
YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES: • Performances by your favorite Rock & Roll legends • Meet & Greet Autograph Session with the performers • Memory Keepsakes • Services of a AAA Tour Manager • Let’s Get Ready To Rock, Prom Night, Sock Hop, and Goodnight Sweetheart dances
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HEALTHY HEAD START STORY: JAMES COMBS
hen Alissa Sustarsic learned she was pregnant with twins, she never expected that they’d end up in a neo-natal intensive care unit. That’s what happened after her twin boys, Aiden and Carson, were born eight weeks early in 2006. The boys each weighed 4 pounds, 4 ounces and spent weeks hooked to ventilators
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and feeding tubes. “I didn’t even get to see Aiden after he was born because of his breathing issues,” said Alissa, who was 29 when she gave birth. “I never saw him until twoand-a-half hours after giving birth to him.” The boys were hospitalized at Shands Hopsital in Gainesville for four months. During that time, they suffered from minor brain bleeding and jaundice.
The first two years of their lives were spent in and out of doctor’s offices to ensure they were developing appropriately. Both boys underwent occupational therapy, and Aiden underwent speech therapy, as well. Thinking back, Alissa says the March of Dimes program was instrumental in helping her cope through challenging times and emotional stress. “They gave me and my
husband, Jeff, pamphlets so we could understand all the medical terminology concerning premature babies,” says Alissa, a mathematics professor at Lake-Sumter State College. “They also gave me a camera so I could take pictures of the boys and gave Aiden and Carson a teddy bear while they were in an incubator. But the thing I appreciate most is that the program connected us to other parents who
FACTS ABOUT PREMATURE BIRTH: • In 2012, 1 in every 9 infants in the U.S. was born prematurely. • In 2010, preterm-related causes of death accounted for 35 percent of all infant deaths. Premature deaths are the leading killer of infants. • Premature births cost the U.S. health care system more than $26 billion each year. • Premature babies typically experience breathing problems, feeding difficulties, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, vision problems and hearing impairment. Sources: March of Dimes
have been through premature births. Being able to talk with people who have walked in our shoes was invaluable.” Alissa has returned the favor by participating in March for Babies, the organization’s largest fundraiser. She spearheads a team from Lake-Sumter State College and has raised $35,000 since 2007. “The event means a lot to me because it helps fund research to prevent premature births,” she says. “It’s also a way to celebrate life.” Certainly, celebrating the lives of Aiden and Carson is something Alissa does daily. The 9-year-old boys are
now third-grade students at Treadway Elementary. Both play baseball and soccer and enjoy swimming, bicycling and video games.
BABY STEPS This year’s local March for Babies event is being held May 9. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the walk starts one hour later. The 3.5-mile course begins on Leesburg Regional Medical Center’s wellness trail, winds through downtown Leesburg and makes its way back to the hospital. A cheering crowd waits at the balloon-arched finish line, and each walker receives a T-shirt.
Weeks before the event, teams conduct fundraisers and collect pledges to raise as much money as possible. Last year’s event netted $172,000. That money helps support research and programs to help prevent or treat premature birth, birth defects and other threats to a baby’s life. “The U.S. has one of the highest numbers of premature births in the world,” says Don Henderson, chief executive officer of Central Florida Health Alliance and voluntary chairperson of the event. “There needs to be a strong effort in every community to combat this problem.”
HE HOPES THIS YEAR’S EVENT RAISES $180,000. “We set the bar higher every year to challenge ourselves,” he says. “It’s important because the March of Dimes provides counseling assistance and support to families in any way it can. When you help raise money for March of Dimes the funds stay local to help with intervention. We’ve seen numerous local families benefit directly from the organization’s programs and services.” For more information contact Annabelle Croy at 352.942.3780.
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On the scene // out+about A travel companion for points near and far
SENSATIONAL STAYS FOR GALS
t’s that time of year when we gals want to get away together and leave the curling irons and hairspray behind. STYLE has found some great places where the best of friends can go without breaking their budgets or feeling guilty about leaving the guys on their own for a long weekend. STORY: MARY ANN DESANTIS
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Imagine an early morning horseback ride along the beach and through the scrub pines of a pristine state park. People from around the world have visited the Kelly Seahorse Ranch on Amelia Island in Northeast Florida, where Kelly Robinson and her husband Jim Kelly offer trail and shore rides for all levels of riders. “Riding along the beach is a bucketlist item for many folks, “ says Robinson. “A lot of women are into horses, even if they don’t own one, so we get girlfriend groups all the time.” Kelly Seahorse Ranch, located directly on the water and next to Amelia Island State Park on the southern tip of the island, is exclusively endorsed by the Florida Park Service. The gentle walk-only trail rides begin at $70 per person. Back in town, accommodations range from elegant to quaint. If budget is not a priority, the girls can pamper themselves at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort’s luxurious spa or play golf on one of Florida’s most
FOR INNER COWGIRLS: SADDLE UP ON AMELIA ISLAND
beautiful courses. If the group is more into shopping than golfing, historic Fernandina Beach on the island offers cute shops and several elegant bedand-breakfast inns. I found the Amelia Hotel at the Beach to be a budget friendly solution. On the corner of Sadler Road and Fletcher Avenue, the hotel is a convenient drive to the historic district and is next door to Sliders Seaside Grill, where a cool drink awaits after all that horseback riding, shopping and beachgoing.
FOR HISTORY BUFFS: CELEBRATE ST. AUGUSTINE’S ANNIVERSARY Don’t let 2015 slip away without planning a visit to St. Augustine, considered the oldest continuously occupied settlement in the U.S. The city celebrates the 450th anniversary of its founding on Sept. 8, but between now and then, special events are scheduled almost every weekend. Spanish explorers and their cannons made a mark on St. Augustine, but women also played a significant role in the city’s history. Apache Chief
Geronimo’s daughter, Marion, was born at Fort Marion, which was used to house the Apaches before relocation in the West. The city’s most influential women were responsible for St. Augustine’s first hospital. Henry Flagler offered to build a hospital if they would commit to operate and maintain the facility, which opened as the nonprofit Alicia Hospital in 1890. In more recent history, Flagler College was a girls-only school until the 1970s, and the dorm rooms were actually located in the famous Ponce de Leon Hotel. A bed-and-breakfast in the city’s Old Town is the ideal choice for absorbing the area’s rich culture. Innkeepers are delighted to share the little-known facts that make history come alive. One such place is St. Francis Inn on St. George Street. Owners Joe and Margaret Finnegan are celebrating their 30th year as owners of the B&B, which was built in 1791 during the city’s second Spanish Colonial period and is the city’s oldest inn. Don’t fret if you think the St. Francis still creaks with age, because it doesn’t. The elegant rooms, walled courtyard and temperature-controlled swimming pool provide an oasis for a girls’ getaway. “The bed-and-breakfast visitor today is very different from the bedand-breakfast visitor 20 years ago,” Finnegan said. “Guests want much more high-level establishments.” In addition to gourmet buffet breakfasts, St. Francis Inn offers nightly homemade desserts and private porches where the girls can hang out together after a long day of sightseeing.
FOR THE SHOPPERS: EXPLORE ST. ARMANDS CIRCLE I am not much of a shopper, but there is something about St. Armands Circle that entices me to spend an entire day lingering and looking — the kind of day that only girlfriends can appreciate. St. Armands Key, across the bay from Sarasota, offers an eclectic circle of shops and gourmet restaurants, including what is considered the prettiest Columbia Restaurant location. The open-air covered patio of the Floridabased eatery offers a refreshing spot to regroup after a morning of shopping for trinkets and treasures. With more than 130 shops to explore, some of the girls may want to stay on the circle all day while others will prefer the beach at nearby Lido Key. Known for its ecotourism, Lido Key also offers magnificent sunsets where you can celebrate and toast to your renewed friendships.
All three of these Florida destinations have unique histories that your entire family will enjoy learning. Amelia Island’s 52nd Annual Shrimp Festival this month celebrates the city’s history under the dominion of eight flags during the past five centuries (shrimpfestival.com). Learn more about St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary at staugustine-450. com. And pay homage to circus magnate John Ringling, whose vision for St. Armands Circle began in 1917 (starmandscircleassoc.com). Trip
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DEB ALMY, DAVE MCCULLEN AND RICK YOKUGY
UNMASKING THEIR TALENTS
A large crowed gathered as King Rex and Queen Divine candidates of the Leesburg Mardi Gras showcased their unique talents while vying for votes. The “Talent Party” event held outside the Leesburg Partnership building included a cash bar, dancing and buffet.
JUSTIN CAIN DONNA WIDMANN, KEITH RIDDLE AND MICKI HABAR
CHARLIE AND BARBRA WARD
KRISTEN JAMES, DUSTY BASS AND JOICE HUEY
JANET AND DON GALBREATH
BYRON OLDHAM AND DANA PERRONE PHOTOS: MATTHEW GAULIN
BOB AND BECKY SIMON WITH SARAH RINNE
LAURA UNDERWOOD AND DUSTIN LAVINE
LISA JOHNSON AND GINGER GINESTRA BARBARA GLATT AND JAY HURLEY
KATE SHEAROUSE AND SIGILIA LORD-BURCHILL
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COUSIN VINNIEâ€™S FAMILY SPORTS RESTAURANT Chicken Wings Boneless Wings 1/2 lb. Cheeseburgers Personal Pan Pizzas Philly Cheese Steaks Subs, Salads & Shrimp Lots of Appetizers Deep Fried Snickers & Twinkies Beer and Wine Much More Fun Stuff!
RENTALS! JET SKIS SKI & DECK BOATS
TOURS! KAYAKS PADDLE BOARDS
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STATE OF THE ART
In anticipation of the 40th annual Mount Dora Arts Festival, art lovers attended a kick-off party at United Southern Bank in Mount Dora. The party was an opportunity to meet some of the festival’s featured artists and preview their beautiful work. More than 300,000 people attended the festival in downtown Mount Dora in February. The festival ranked No. 13 on the “America’s Best Art Fair” list, compiled by ArtFairCalendar.com. CATHRINE HANSON AND RAY LEVY
GREG LEWIS, JORDAN HAWKINS, FRANK MONROE AND IVAN GONZALEZ MAGALI GROVES AND MRS WILKERSON
ED AND ARLENE RILEY
MAC ANDREWS AND BECKY ANDREWS WITH ED CLEMENT
CHARLIE KENNEDY, SCOTT ALDERMAN AND DAVID ANDREWS
GREG NELSON AND CATHY HOECHST
DANIELLE CROXALL, KAY WATTS, LISA CHENEY AND PAT KEMP
PHOTOS: MATTHEW GAULIN
CHRIS RIDIR AND BOB JEMIOLA
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LindaCieri Linda Cieri, of The Villages, constantly battled bronchitis for 15 years. Like clockwork, the illness immediately would strike after the holidays and also during her yearly long-distance flight to California to visit family. “It always started with an earache and was followed by sore throat,” she says. “Then it would go into my chest.” Fortunately for Linda, life has become a breath of fresh air since she began visiting The Salt Room nearly one-and-a-half years ago. The company, which is located in the Khol’s shopping plaza in Lady Lake, allows clients to lie peacefully in a salt-covered room for 45 minutes while listening to soft background music. During that time, they breathe in salt particles, which act as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial agent and help remove mucus and pollutants inside the respiratory tract. To say Linda is satisfied with this alternative form of therapy is an understatement. “I haven’t had bronchitis since I began receiving treatment at The Salt Room,” she says. “I go several times a week to be preventative and stay on top of it. I think salt therapy is wonderful because it’s non-invasive, therapeutic and risk-free. Also, the décor and music are so calming that sometimes I close my eyes and peacefully drift to sleep. When you’re so relaxed it helps heal the body.” Linda also loves the treatment she receives from owner Rebecca James and her dedicated staff. “They are all so charming and genuinely care about me. They go above and beyond to accommodate me and take a personal interest in my health.”
The Salt Room at The Villages 480 N. U.S. Highway 27/441 Lady Lake, FL 32159 352.750.9909 info@SaltRoomVillages.com saltroomvillages.com
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HOME, SWEET HOME
Christmas came early for attorney Merideth Nagel. On Dec. 18, she and her staff at Merideth Nagel, P.A. proudly showed off the company’s new office building at 1201 W. State Road 50 in Clermont. During the grand opening celebration, several hundred local businessmen, businesswomen and city officials toured the 5,000-square-foot facility, which was adorned with colorful Christmas decorations.
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MINDY WRIGHT AND FRANKIE RAKES
PHOTOS: MORGAN ELLIS
DALE BLODER AND KASH BHAVSAR
SHIRA BURNS, RICK JOYCE, MERIDETH NAGEL, MARY KELLY AND VICTORIA BUCHER
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Rep. Daniel Webster (FL. Dist. 10) has led by example in cutting wasteful spending in Washington. He recently spoke at the Leesburg Partnership and talked about recent legislation he introduced to further achieve his goal of eliminating wasteful spending. JAYME JOHNSON AND JOANIE SMALLEY
STEVE KNOWLES AND CHUCK JOHNSON
MICHAEL W. RANKIN CLIFF LEA AND GENE MCURDY
BOB AND BECKY SIMON WITH SARAH RINNE
JOE SHIPES AND JOANIE SMALLEY
PHOTOS: MATTHEW GAULIN
CAT REEL AND JAN WIDEMAN
BECKY SIMON MELANIE MELVIN AND SANDY MOORE
PAM JONES, REP. DANIEL WEBSTER AND ELIZABETH TYRRELL
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COOKING THEIR HEARTS OUT Kids and quiche go hand in pan STORY: KATIE LEWIS PHOTOS: MATTHEW GAULIN
or Cheryl Bloom, cooking and family go hand-inhand. She grew up in her mother’s kitchen, so naturally Cheryl raised her children in the kitchen, as well. Nowadays, Cheryl enjoys cooking up delicious dishes with her grandchildren and teaching them the craft of preparing meals they’ll one day serve their own families. For Mother’s Day, Cheryl shares with us a classy, yet casually simple, brunch
that is perfect for Dad and the kids to cook for Mom on her special day. The main dish itself, in fact, is steeped in rich family history. “We used to have this crustless quiche before church,” she said. “We lived 35 minutes from the church, and with three kids, it was easy to just put this together and stick it in the oven. It’s not something you have to stay there and tend to.” Cracking eggs for the quiche is a task suitable for
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EATS // in the kitchen Out of the frying pan and onto the page.
a novice chef, Cheryl said. Her granddaughter, Allie Bloom, 5, helps her prepare the quiche and cracks them like an eggspert. Cheryl’s grandson, Dustin, 2, carefully chooses pieces of bacon and ham to add to the mix and proudly does his part to create a cuisine fit for a Mother’s Day queen. A colorful fruit salad also is easy to make and is the perfect complement to the quiche. It also is fun for children to participate in preparing. Dropping the different fruits into the dish is the perfect job for small children who want to have a part in making Mom’s meal. Blueberry muffins made with Cheryl’s secret “cheat” recipe nicely top off the meal, and the smell of them baking in the oven is enough to get the kids excited about cooking (and eating). And, the fare is easy on the eyes. The vibrant hues of the different ingredients will shine in all three dishes and make the entire table glow. When Cheryl cooks, she certainly blurs the lines between artist and chef. And while her dishes are as beautiful as they are delicious, Cheryl said not to worry if yours doesn’t come out of the oven looking perfect. “Mom will love it either way,” Cheryl said. “It’s the thought that counts.” Cheryl shared her fabulous recipes with us:
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FRUIT SALAD YOU WILL NEED:
1 3.5-ounce box vanilla instant pudding 1 can mandarin oranges 1 can pineapple chunks Assorted fruits for the fruit salad such as blueberries, strawberries, grapes, apples, raspberries, blackberries and cantaloupe NOTE: Bananas are very good in this salad, but you must eat all of it right away. If you use bananas, upon slicing, wash them in a bowl of Sprite or Mountain Dew before adding to your salad.
SAUCE: Drain and save the mandarin orange and pineapple juice. Use one cup of this juice mixture and whisk in the dry vanilla pudding. Whisk until all dissolved and smooth. Set aside. It will thicken as it sits. NOTE: The leftover juice is good mixed with Sprite. Add ice for a refreshing drink.
• Slice strawberries to make approximately one cup. • Rinse and dry grapes, add about two cups (this depends on size of grapes). • Add approximately onehalf cup blueberries. • Slice one apple in Sprite or Mountain Dew (this will help it to not turn brown). • Try to average four to five cups of fruit depending on how saucy you want your fruit cups. • Place all cut fruit, as well as the drained mandarin oranges and pineapple, into the sauce. • Gently fold until sauce covers all fruit. Because raspberries and blackberries fall apart easily, do not add these items until you have covered the other fruit with the sauce. Then very gently fold in these berries. • Cover with plastic, place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
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“This is an easy way to create a great breakfast or brunch without a lot of hard work,” Cheryl said. “You can add any toppings to this to fit your family likes and leave out what they don’t like. By not using a crust, you automatically have a ‘gluten free’ meal.”
YOU WILL NEED: (SERVES ABOUT FOUR PEOPLE)
8 eggs One-fourth cup milk One-fourth teaspoon salt One-eighth teaspoon pepper Items that you would like in your quiche, such as crumbled bacon, sausage, ham, assorted veggies and cheeses Whisk Bowl 9-to-10-inch glass pie plate NOTE: Cheryl prefers glass because eggs will turn green when cooked in aluminum. They are still good, just green (kind of cool on St. Patrick’s Day). NOTE: The quiche in the picture is made with bacon, ham, broccoli, cheddar and Swiss cheese.
QUICK & EASY BUTTER CREAM BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
“This recipe is quick and easy when time and ingredients are limited,” Cheryl said.
YOU WILL NEED:
4 eggs 1.25 cup water 1.5 cup sour cream 1.5 cup margarine, room temperature. Not melted 1 butter-flavored cake mix 1 cup blueberries • Beat eggs and water until foamy. Beat in sour cream, margarine and cake mix until very creamy, scraping sides of bowl. Fold in blueberries. Line muffin pan with paper cups or spray with cooking spray. Fill cups twothirds full. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Cheryl has made this recipe as a Bundt cake, and she said it was delicious.
• Grease the pie plate. You can use margarine or butter. “I prefer bacon grease,” Cheryl said. “I know, I know what you are thinking, but I look at it this way … You are going to add calories anyway, so they might as well taste good.” • Whisk vigorously. This will make your quiche fluffy and thick. • Pour into your greased pie plate and bake on 350 degrees until halfway cooked (approximately 10 minutes). You will see it cooked around the edges and partly on the bottom. The center will still be runny. This is when you want to remove it from the oven and add your toppings. • For her quiche, Cheryl used one-fourth cup diced ham, one-eighth cup crumbled bacon, one-third cup broccoli, three-fourths cup shredded cheddar cheese and 4 slices of Swiss cheese. • Place back in the oven for about another 10 minutes, but check at 5 minutes. • If you slightly shake your pie plate and the quiche wiggles, it is not fully cooked. You want a “non-wiggly quiche.” • Your cheese should be melted with some spots just slightly turning brown. Too much brown means it’s overcooked. • Remove from oven and slice into eight pieces. Serve with Quick & Easy Butter Cream Blueberry Muffins or toast.
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EATS // saluté A worldly look at wine
REDS, WHITES & BLUEBONNETS Occasionally you find interesting wines where you least expect them. The Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail is one such place where creative winemakers are not afraid of thinking outside the bottle
ach spring, carloads of tourists pack east Texas roads looking for bluebonnets, a violet-blue flower that blankets pastureland and signals winter is over. The native wildflowers are so popular that an entire website has been created to report bluebonnet sightings. Suffice it to say, most tourists are too busy snapping photos to realize they are in the midst of an emerging wine region. The seven wineries along the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail are young compared to those in California and even to the Texas Hill Country, which has been a popular wine tourism destination in recent years. But the winemakers along the Bluebonnet Trail, which lies between I-45 and U.S. Highway 290 in Washington County near Brenham, are demonstrating their creativity and their commitment to creating a new wine region along with some unusual wines. “We made a lot of bad wine at first,” says Steve Morgan, a former engineer who now owns Saddlehorn Winery that is situated on a scenic 390-acre
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ranch. “I made wine as a hobby and in 2003 bought this ranch and started planting grapevines. I was a city boy who had to learn my way up.” Interestingly, one of Saddlehorn’s most popular and best-tasting wines is made with Blanc du Bois grapes developed in Florida more than 25 years ago. Saddlehorn’s crisp dry Blanc du Bois wine reminded me of a lemony Australian white wine and with good reason. He originally partnered with an Australian winemaker who eventually returned to Australia to open his own winery. “We still talk every week and go back and forth,” he says. Morgan’s goal is to make “fun wines in small lots.” He is currently experimenting with planting some of his vines in the black clay surrounding the area and others in sandstone to see how the tastes will differ. Other successful experiments are resulting in memorable wines elsewhere along the Bluebonnet Wine Trail. Along with several other wine writers, I bravely tasted the Jal Spice at Windy Hill Winery owned by Linda and August Meitzen. Made with muscadine grapes and jalapeno peppers, the wine definitely created an unexpected jolt that made my mouth tingle for several minutes. The Meitzens, who have operated the small winery for 10 years, recommended using the wine for marinating seafood and steaks as well as pairing it with ched-
* “We are trying to save California vineyards with research we’re doing here. If you can fix it in Texas, you can fix it in California.”
dar cheese. I am not a fan of sweet wines or jalapeno peppers, but the Jal Spice wine was the one bottle I bought to bring home because — as the Meitzens described — it has to be the most unique wine in the world. It’s also their best seller. Pleasant Hill Winery, which opened 18 years ago, is one of the oldest wineries in Texas and probably the only one with a real underground cellar. It also has a distinctly Italian feel, most likely because owners Bob and Jeanne Cottle are of Italian descent. “Our grandfathers made wine,” says Jeanne, a former high school teacher. “We’re just carrying on our family tradition.” The Cottles make 12 different wines, including a rare white port-style wine called Portejas Blanco. The award-winning port is made with estate grown grapes from Texas’ Lake Emerald area and infused with brandy. Although it’s perfect with baked brie cheese, Jeanne served the Portejas Blanco with a white chocolate that is infused with the wine itself. The combination is a party in your mouth if you are a fan of port-style wines. While Jeanne handled the tasting room duties, Bob eagerly gave visitors a pruning lesson in his picturesque vineyards. A former mechanical engineer, Bob described how the vines must be shaped to allow grapes to grow on the new wood. He also pointed out Pleasant Hill’s experimental vine-
yard where researchers are studying Pierce’s Disease, which threatens Southern grape growing regions and is now encroaching on California’s vineyards. “We are trying to save California vineyards with research we’re doing here,” says Bob. “If you can fix it in Texas, you can fix it in California.” Texas Star Winery, the newest addition to the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail, offers handcrafted wines that are created from fruits not usually associated with winemaking. The bluebonnets are the official state flower, but the state’s official cactus — the Prickly Pear — is the basis for a sensational wine from vintner James Chisolm and his wife, Susan. The couple opened Texas Star Winery in Chappell Hill, Texas, this past spring, and their Prickly Pear wine is getting rave reviews. The semisweet wine pairs well with a Tex-Mex chicken dish and proves grapes are not the only fruit that can produce delectable wines.
ABOUT THE WRITER Living in Italy was the catalyst for Mary Ann DeSantis to understand more about wine, and she now enjoys sharing what she’s learned. Since 2010, Saluté has covered topics for oenophiles of all levels — from novice wine drinkers to experienced connoisseurs. The column received a 2014 Florida Magazine Association Silver Award for Best Department and a 2012 Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism Award for Commentary.
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EATS // fork on THE Road
BETTER PUB THAN RESTAURANT STORY+PHOTOS: GARY CORSAIR
Frog & Monkey may not drive you up a tree
’m glad I hopped over to the Frog & Monkey Restaurant and Pub in Mount Dora, but I didn’t go ape over the only underground pub in Lake County. With that said, I visited twice for lunch and didn’t drink anything stronger than iced tea. Frog & Monkey is clearly more pub than restaurant. On both visits my server recommended I return after dark for live piano music and adult libations. But, Fork on the Road is primarily about food, and the lunchtime grub shouldn’t be much different than the dinner fare, so let’s dig in.
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Frog & Monkey gets high marks for appetizers. The beer-battered mushrooms are among the best I’ve had. The batter that envelops large chunks of Portobello mushroom is crisp on the outside and chewy, but not mushy, on the inside. And the horseradish dipping sauce is excellent. This starter is well worth $8.95. The onion straws I enjoyed on a second visit (served with the same sauce) also get thumbs up. The rest of the appetizer menu is interesting, to say the least. Baked Brie? Edamame? Clams in garlic sauce? Bruschetta? Wait a minute, I thought this was an English pub. To find out, I ordered bangers and mash for my entrée … and was disappointed. For $14.95, I expected more than two hot dog-sized sausages (bangers) on a heaping pile of homemade mashed potatoes and a flavorless green glob of peas swimming in a sea of brown gravy and onion slices. I should point out that I am not an expert on bangers and mash (although I am Scotch and Irish), but the dish surely isn’t meant to be so bland. The chewy sausages and the gravy provided all the flavor. The potatoes provided a nice contrast to the links, but the peas were a mystery. In fact, I had to ask my server what they were. I would have never guessed peas if they weren’t mentioned on the menu. It definitely didn’t eat like a $14.95 dish. And I was wondering if the seafood
Tasty insights and observations
Bangers and mash with flatbread
Beer battered mushrooms
pasta is really worth $24.95 or the steaks $20-plus. Some of the main dishes seemed to be overpriced. On the plus side, the portion was generous. In fact, every plate that came out of the kitchen during my two visits was loaded. Sizewise, you get your money’s worth at Frog & Monkey. But pass on the bangers and mash if you fancy a bit of Britain. You should be happy with the fish and chips or cottage pie. But that’s about it for the English portion of the menu. Frog & Monkey’s chef is all over the place. Seven different paninis, six types of burgers, four pasta dishes and three steaks are offered.
Pub food clearly is the house specialty. And Frog & Monkey does it as well, if not better, than most national chains. I highly recommend the flatbread pizza. My wife’s Philly flatbread was delightful with lots of thin-sliced beef, onions and mozzarella cheese. Perfectly cooked and loaded with flavor. I also was pleased with the house salad, which was a nice spring mix. No iceberg lettuce here. Order the homemade honey mustard, which features stone-ground mustard. The jury is still out on the burger. I enjoyed a burger topped with bacon, cheese and onion straws, but it didn’t quite live up
to its $9.95 price, nor the marquee outside the pub that proclaimed: “Best Burger in Mount Dora.” The bun felt like it was a day old, and the burger, while juicy and flavorful, was overdone. I ordered medium rare, but there was no pink showing. As for atmosphere, there are some interesting wall hangings and a few flatscreen TVs, but the place seems dark. I know, I know, it’s an underground pub. Still, it feels serious, not fun. Owner Eddie Parsons might just need to give Debbie more shifts. The bubbly blonde was knowledgeable and attentive. Unfortunately, Debbie wasn’t working on my second visit. Debbie made us feel important. I didn’t feel that next time. In fact, I had to get up to leave to get my check because the server was busy kibitzing with the bartender for six minutes while I stared at my cleared plate. Frog & Monkey does a lot of things well. It’s Facebook rating is 4.4 out of 5 stars. I can’t rate it that high though, (perhaps after a pint of ale). With a little tweaking and more attention to detail, it could quickly become a 4-fork restaurant … I mean, pub.
3 ½ FORKS (OUT OF P0SSIBLE 5) Frog & Monkey Restaurant & Pub 411 N. Donnelly Street Mount Dora Sunday: 11a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday: 11a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-9p.m. Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m.-10p.m. Phone: 352.383.1936 Website: www.beerandbananas.com Facebook: yes
FORK REPORT LUNCH NO. 1 Seated: 20 seconds Wait for appetizer: 6 minutes, 20 seconds Wait for meal: 14 minutes, 10 second Recommended: Beer-battered mushrooms; flatbread pizza LUNCH NO. 2 Seated: 15 seconds Wait to order: 4 minutes, 46 seconds Wait for meal: 17 minutes, 13 seconds Wait for check and table clear: 8 minutes, 4 seconds Recommended: Black and bleu burger, French fries. PRICES Appetizers: $5.95 (edamame) to $11.95 (clams) Entrees: $14.95 (bangers and mashed or cottage pie) to $19.95 (steak ‘n chips) Paninis: $7.95 (tomato & cheese) to $11.95 (salmon) Pasta: $14.95 (baked spaghetti) to $24.95 (seafood pasta) SPOONS UP • Friendly staff • Hearty portions • Live music nightly • Well-stocked bar SPOONS DOWN • No desserts • Stairs • Spotty service even though few customers • Tiny restroom. And it didn’t sparkle. RECOMMENDATION Let your server guide you. The servers knew their menu and made good recommendations. Opt for homemade salad dressings (not all are). Can’t go wrong with beer-battered items – mushrooms, fish and shrimp. HOW FORK ON THE ROAD WORKS Our reviewers are objective and unbiased. This is not a paid advertorial. Our reviewer makes two unannounced visits, and we pay for our meals.
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dining Charley’s Grilled Subs 421 N West St. 352.568.1186 $ Chuck’s Odd Cuples Café 117 W Belt Ave 352.568.0408 $ Coyote Rojo 2082 W. CR 48 352.569.0302 $$ Critic’s Choice 8032 CR 476B, 352.568.0008 $ Hong Kong Restaurants 2229 W CR 48 (352) 568-888 $$ Howie’s Family Restaurant 840 N. Main St. 352.793.8582 $ Market Street Gardens 311 N. Market St. 352.568.0100 $$ Mia Plaza Pizzeria 6092 CR 609 352.793.4418 $
Astatula Race Car Diner 25641 Monroe St. 352.253.6940 $
Astor Sparky’s Place 24646 State Road 40 352.759.3551 $$ Sterling Restaurant & Lounge 23525 State Road 40 352.759.3833 $$
Bushnell Angelotti’s Pizza 920 N Main St. 352.569.0446 $ Beef O’Bradys 2586 W. CR 48 352.568.7000 $
Sonny’s Bar-B-Q 2684 W. CR 48 352.569.0200 $ TJ’s Family Restaurant 412 W. Belt Ave 352.793.8877 $$ Waffle House 2571 W CR 48 352.793.5656 $ Waller’s Restaurant 138 Bushnell Plaza 352.793.2592 $ Whistle Stop Café 311 N. Market St. 352.568.7667 $$
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4300 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.243.8988 $$$ Calabria Ristorante 13900 County Road 455 407.656.5144 $$ Cheeser’s Palace 707 W. Montrose St. 352.404.9431 $ Flippers Pizzeria 2523 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.242.2214 $$ G’s NY Pizza 12346 Roper Blvd. 352.243.8900 $$$ Green Garden 1790 E. Hwy. 50 352.243.2077 $$ Legends Grille & Tavern 1700 Legendary Blvd. 352.242.1910 $$$ Lyn’s Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe 824 W. Montrose St. 352.536.9935 $ Napolis Pizzeria 556 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.243.7500 $$
$: $5 – $14 $$: $15 – $24 $$$: $25 – $40 $$$$: $40+
Troy’s Cuban & Deli 1200 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.241.4295 $$
Eustis 1884 Restaurant & Bar 12 East Magnolia Ave. 1.800.856.1884 $$$ Cafe Gianni 119 N. Bay St. 352.589.1402 $$ Dam Smoker Barbeque 36721 County Road 19A 352.357.6555 $$ Double Take Pizza 403 N. Grove St. 352.343.0990 $$ El Korita Mexican Restaurant 256 W. Ardice Ave. 352.483.0355 $
The Great Pizza Company 23 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.357.7377 $$ The Oyster Troff 936 N. Bay St. 352.357.9939 $$$ Tony’s Pizza & Subs 2760 E. Orange Ave. 352.589.9001 $$
Kiku Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 15211 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.483.8288 $$$
Legends Cafe 2468 U.S. Hwy. 441/27 Fruitland Park 352.728.0006 $$
Rusty Fox 649 12th St. 352.394.3333 $$
La Mandarina Mexican Restaurant 1401 Orange Ave. 352.357.2487 $$
Sugar Mama’s Bake Shoppe 648 Eighth St. 352.241.9738 $$
The Crazy Gator 402 N. Bay St. 352.589.5885 $$$
Fruitland Park Café 3180 US Hwy. 441/27 352.435.4575 $
King’s Taste Bar-B-Que 503 Palmetto St. 352.589.0404 $$
Spiro’s Pizza 1203 W. Hwy. 50 352.394.5538 $$
Thai Sushi America 925 N. Bay St. 352.357.1949 $$
Jeannie’s Place 209 E. Gottsche Ave. 352.357.0027 $
Robata Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar 1500 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.404.9688 $$
Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club Restaurant 2601 Diamond Club Dr. 352.243.0411 $$
Taki’s Pizza House 2824 S. Bay St. 352.357.0022 $$
Olivia’s Coffee House & Bistro 113 N. Bay St. 352.357.1887 $ Rhythms Bar & Restaurant 12 S. Bay St. 720.318.5492 $ Stavro’s & Sons of Eustis 2100 W. County Road 44 352.589.9100 $$
Groveland Red Wing Restaurant 12500 S. State Road 33 352.429.2997 $$$
Howey-inthe-Hills JB Boondocks Bar & Grill 704 S. Lakeshore Blvd. 352.324.3600 $$ Mission Inn Resort & Club’s El Conquistador 10400 County Rd. 48 352.324.3101 $$$$ Mission Inn Resort & Club’s Nickers 10400 County Rd. 48 352.324.3101 $$$$
Lady Lake Harbor Hills Country Club 6538 Lake Griffin Rd. 352.753.7000 $$$ Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant 504 S. U.S. Hwy. 441/27 352.753.2722 $$ Texas Stockyard BBQ 360 S. U.S. Hwy. 441 352.750.5229 $$
Leesburg Bloom’s Café 610 W. Main St. 352.787.1004 $$ Cupcake Time 703 W. Main St. 352.728.2253 $$
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Osaka 1401 Citrus Blvd. 352.728.0788 $$ San Juan Mexican Restaurant 1341 S. 14th St. 352.787.7575 $$ Stavros Pizza 755 N. 14th St. 352.326.4202 $$ Takis Pizza Restaurant 1324 W. North Blvd. 352.787.2344 $$ The Florida Porch Café 706 W. Main St. 352.365.1717 $$ The Latin Cafe 400 N. 14th St. 352.365.0089 $$
Cedar River Seafood 8609 S. U.S. Hwy. 441 352.728.3377 $$
Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe 410 W Main St 352.435.9107 $$
Gator Bay Bar & Grill 10320 County Road 44 352.365.2177 $$
Vic’s Embers 352.728.8989 $$$$
Habaneros 3 Mexican Restaurant 10601 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.315.1777 $$
HP Grill 1403 S. 14th St. 352.314.0006 $ Kountry Kitchen 1008 W. Dixie Ave. 352.323.0852 $ Lilly’s Super Subs 2339 County Road 473 352.343.4663 $ Magnolia’s Oyster Bar 201 W. Magnolia St. 352.323.0093 $$ Naples Italian Restaurant 1107 W. North Blvd. 352.323.1616 $$
Rainbow Restaurant 704 E. Myers Blvd. 352.429.2093 $$
Minneola Jack’s Barbecue 100 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.394.2673 $ Lil Anthony’s Pizza 205 N. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.394.1516 $$ Tiki Bar & Grill 508 S. Main Ave. 352.394.2232 $$
Mount Dora Anthony’s Pizza 17195 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.357.6668 $
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COUSIN VINNIE’S FAMILY SPORTS RESTAURANT OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK: 11A.M.–9P.M. // FOOD, SPIRITS, MUSIC, SPORTS 10700 U.S. HWY. 441, LEESBURG // 352.253.2442 // WWW.CVINNIES.COM
Cousin Vinnie’s is located on U.S. Hwy. 441 across from Lake Square Mall. Owner “Cousin” Vinnie Vittoria and his family have created a unique atmosphere by combining a sports bar with a family restaurant. As soon as you walk into Vinnie’s you will immediately notice why they are famous for outstanding comfort food and service! They also have been voted BEST WINGS in Lake County 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Additional menu items offered are killer ½ lb. burgers, personal pan pizzas, amazing ribeye cheese steaks, healthy wheat wraps, fresh homemade salads, chicken strips that totally melt in your mouth, 16 awesome appetizers and their signature deep fried Ice Cream and Snickers Bars! Every Monday is “Texas Hold’em” from 6–10p.m. Tuesday night is “Family Night” from 4–8p.m. when kids 12-and-under eat free. Wednesday night is “Trivia Night” when the fun starts at 6:30p.m. with prizes given to the top 3 teams. Thursday night is “Karaoke Night” where everyone is a star! There is no better place on the weekends to see who hoists the trophy or takes home the checkered flag. Cousin Vinnie’s also offers, free Wi-Fi, great music and an enthusiastic staff, ready to exceed your expectations. Vinnie’s has been open almost seven years, if you have never been there… it is absolutely time for you to check it out!
FRANCESCO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE AND STONE FIRE PIZZA 16770 SOUTH U.S. HIGHWAY 441, SUMMERFIELD 352.693.2008 // WWW.FRANCESCOSRISTORANTE.COM
Francesco’s Italian Ristorante and Stone Fired Pizza brings authentic Italian dishes and “real” wood fired gourmet pizzas to the South Marion County and The Villages area. Newly opened in March of 2014 Francesco’s has been gaining a great reputation for superb Italian cuisine, beautiful atmosphere, awesome service and great prices. Also many “New” daily specials have been added like: Sunday “Famiglia Style” dinners for Two, Monday Three course Dinner for Two with bottle of wine only $29, Tuesday NY Strip’s for Two $24.95 and Thursday’s Braccioloni ala Francesco for Two $19.95. If your still looking for that special place for your holiday party or club event our “Garden Room” can accommodate up to 80 guests. Just in time for the holidays: “Give the gift of great food” For every $100 in gift certificates purchased you receive a $20 bonus card. So come visit Francesco’s and enjoy great food, service and value. HOURS OF OPERATION: MONDAY-SATURDAY 11AM-10PM SUNDAY 11AM-9PM
THE GOBLIN MARKET RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 331-B DONNELLY STREET (REAR ALLEY), MOUNT DORA 352.735.0059 // WWW.GOBLINMARKETRESTAURANT.COM
Nestled on a back alley in downtown Mount Dora, the Goblin Market Restaurant has been charming locals and tourists alike since 1996. The restaurant, housed in a renovated warehouse, features three intimate, book-lined dining rooms and a full-service lounge furnished in soothing, muted tones with tasteful modern art. The private, tree-shaded courtyard and garden patio are open year-round for al fresco dining. Low lighting and “new age” music add the finishing touches to the restaurant’s casual elegance. Owners Vince and Janis Guzinski embrace a simple philosophy of offering the highest-quality products, served in a unique and romantic atmosphere by a personable and attentive staff. The Goblin Market’s wine list and menu represent a refreshing mix of ideas from its culinary team. The diversified origins and background of each member ensure exciting menu offerings and nightly selections. HOURS OF OPERATION: LUNCH: TUESDAY–SATURDAY 11A.M.–3:00P.M. DINNER: TUESDAY–THURSDAY 5–9P.M., FRIDAY–SATURDAY 5–10P.M., SUNDAY 11A.M.–3:30P.M.
JOIN US FOR OUR NEW “LIGHTER FARE” DINNER MENU, GOURMET SOUPS, SALADS, AND SANDWICHES. TUESDAY– THURSDAY FROM 3–9P.M. (REGULAR DINNER MENU ALSO AVAILABLE).
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dining Beauclaire Restaurant at Lakeside Inn 100 N. Alexander St. 352.383.4101 $$$ Blackbear Smokehouse 18750 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.383.2327 $$ Bocce Pizzeria 925 E. First Ave. 352.385.0067 $ Cecile’s French Corner 237 W. Fourth Ave. 352.383.7100 $$ Cody’s on 4th Cafe 111 E. 4th Ave. 352.735.8426 $ Copacabana Cuban Cafe 320 Dora Drawdy Way 352.385.9000 $$ Cupcake Delights 122 E. 4th Ave. 352.383.2200 $ Highland Street Café 185 S. Highland St. 352.383.1446 $ Incredible Edible Cakes 4295 W. Old Hwy. 441, Suite 2 352.223.3581 $ Ivory’s Take Out 1325 N. Grandview St. 352.735.6797 $ Jeremiah’s 500 N. Highland St. 352.383.7444 $ Lisa’s Kitchen 3201 N. Hwy. 19A 352.383.9338 $$ Mount Dora Pizza & Subs 2718 W. Old U.S. Hwy. 441 352.383.5303 $
One Flight Up - Coffee, Dessert & Wine Bar 440 N. Donnelly St., Suite 100 352.758.9818 $ Operation Deep Freeze Custard 140A West 5 Avenue 352.735.8269 $ Palm Tree Grille 351 N. Donnelly St. 352.735.1936 $$ Pisces Rising 239 W. Fourth Ave. 352.385.2669 $$$ PizzAmore’ 622 N. Donnelly St. 352.383.0092 $ Saucy Spoon Catering & Bistro 427 S. Highland St. 352.383.1050 $$$ Sidelines Sport Eatery 315 N. Highland St. 352.735.7433 $ Sugarboo’s Bar-B-Que 1305 N. Grandview St. 352.735.7675 $ The Frog and Monkey Pub 411 N. Donnelly St. 352.383.1936 $$ The Garden Gate Tea Room 142 E. Fourth Ave. 352.735.2158 $$ The Health Basket of Mount Dora 18834 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.735.1166 $$ The Windsor Rose English Tea Room 142 W. Fourth Ave. 352.735.2551 $$ Village Coffee Pot 425 Donnelly St. 352.383.3334 $
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Wasabi Buffet 16700 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.383.7016 $$ Whales Tale Fish House 2720 W. Old. U.S. Hwy. 441 352.385.1500 $$ Zellie’s Pub 4025 N. U.S. Hwy. 19A 352.483.3855 $$
Sorrento Del Franco Pizza Place 31436 County Rd. 437 352.383.8882 $ Gi Gi’s 25444 State Road 46 352.735.4000 $$ Lisa’s Country Cafe 23911 State Road 46 352.735.3380 $
Tavares Angelo’s Italian Restaurant 2270 Vindale Rd. 352.343.2757 $$ Buzzard Beach Grill 12423 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.253.5267 $$ Casa Mia Cafe 505 W Main St 352.742.9940 $
$: $5 – $14 $$: $15 – $24 $$$: $25 – $40 $$$$: $40+
Pressed for Time Cafe 110 S. New Hampshire Ave. 352.253.4663 $ Ruby Street Grille 221 E. Ruby St. 352.742.7829 $$ Sinbad’s of Lake County 1050 W. Burleigh Blvd. 352.343.6669 $$ Sunrise Grill 462 E. Burleigh Blvd. 352.343.7744 $ The Hideaway 11912 Lane Park Rd. 352.343.3585 $$
Umatilla Old Crow Real Pit Bar-B-Q 41100 State Road 19 352.669.3922 $ The Mason Jar 37534 State Rd. 19 352.589.2535 $$
The Villages Bob Evans 2199 Parr Dr. 352.259.1224 $ Bonefish Grill 3580 Wedgewood Ln. 352.674.9292 $$
China Gourmet III 343 Colony Blvd 352.750.4965 $
RedSauce 1000 Canal St. 352.750.2930 $$
Olive Garden 3680 Wedgewood Ln. 352.259.0304 $$
Ricciardi’s Italian Table 3660 Kiessel Rd. 352.391.9938 $$
Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill 297 Colony Blvd 352.751.0400 $$ Glenview Champions Country Club 3194 Glenview Rd 352.753.0077 $$ Hemingway’s at Havana 2484 Odell Circle 352.753.1475 $$$ Las Tapas Brownwood Paddock Square 352.399.5516 $$ The Legacy Restaurant at the Nancy Lopez Country Club 17135 Buena Vista Blvd. 352.753.1475 $$$
Hurricane Dockside Grill 3351 W. Burleigh Blvd. 352.508.5137 $$
Bonifay Country Club 1033 Pinellas Place 352.205.7455 $$
The Lighthouse Point Bar and Grille 925 Lakeshore Dr. 352.753.7800 $$
Lake Dora Sushi & Sake 227 E. Main St. 352.343.6313 $$
Cane Garden Country Club 1726 Bailey Trail 352.750.0627 $$
Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant and Bar 320 Colony Blvd. 352.753.3824 $$
Mary’s Kountry Kitchen 15945 County Road 448 352.343.6823 $
Carrabba’s 650 U.S. Hwy. 441 N 352.430.1304 $$
NYPD Pizzeria 4046 Wedgwood Ln 352.750.1994 $$
Chengs Chinese and Sushi Restaurant 4050 Wedgewood Ln. 352.391.9678 $$
Outback Steakhouse 710 N. Hwy 441 352.430.2590 $$
Palmer Legends Country Club 1635 Palmer Way 352.391.9939 $$
City Fire Brownwood Paddock Square 352.561.2078 $$
Evans Prairie Country Club 1825 Evans Prairie Trail 352.750.2225 $$
Sakura 265 Colony Blvd 352.205.7393 $$ Scooples 2718 Brownwood Blvd 352.750.6263 $ Square One Burgers & Bar 2542 Burnsed Blvd. 352.689.2191 $$ Takis Greek and Italian Restaurant 13761 U.S. Hwy. 441 N. 352.430.3630 $$ TooJay’s 1129 Canal St. 352.430.0410 $ Toscani’s Deli and Pizzeria 8760 SE Mulberry Ln. 352.693.2237 $$ VKI Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar 1004 Old Mill Run 352.259.9887 $$
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Buddy’s BBQ 1210 N. Main St. 352.330.0338 $$ China Jade 420 W. CR 44 352.330.5913 $ Cotillion Southern Café 101 N. Main St. 352.748.1223 $$ Dickey’s Barbeque Pit 1220 S. Main St. 352.748.4288 $$ Mel’s Island Café 901 Industrial Dr. 352.748.4105 $$ O’Shucks! Oyster Bar and Grill 1016 S Main St. 352.399.2200 $$ Polly’s Pantry 819 S. Main St. 352.330.4002 $$ Rita’s Oyster Bar 346 Shopping Center Dr. 352.399.2987 $$ T Weston’s Smokehouse 1210 N. Main St. 352.748.9378 $$ Traditions Café 3107 Hwy. 44 352.748.1077 $$ Woody’s Bar-B-Q 1220 S. Main St. 352.748.1109 $$
Aztec’s Mexican Restaurant 348 Shopping Center Dr. 352.748.2250 $
Yalaha Bakery 8210 County Road 48 352.324.3366 $$
Beef O’ Bradys 840 S. Main St. 352.689.0048 $
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WWW.SUBWAY.COM Custom-made, fresh sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads made right before your eyes. The “healthy” alternative to fast food. LADY LAKE // 208 W. Guava St. // 352.750.4929 EUSTIS // 469 Plaza Dr. // 352.357.7827 MOUNT DORA // 18870 U.S. Hwy. 441 // 352.735.4376 LEESBURG // 2013 Citrus Blvd. // 352.787.6442 10135 U.S. Hwy. 441, Suite 4 // 352.326.3234 27405 U.S. Hwy. 27, Suite 4 // 352.314.8847 THE VILLAGES // 1580 Bella Cruz Drive // 352.750.9600 8796 S.E. 165th Mulberry Lane // 352.750.9991 1070 Lake Sumter Landing Drive // 352.205.8535 349 Colony Blvd. // 352.391.1657 WILDWOOD // 480 W. Gulf to Alantic Hwy. // 352.748.8800 HOURS OF OPERATION: MONDAY–SATURDAY SUNDAY
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