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36 A face in the crowd Every day you talk with people around this area of Central Florida— some you see day after day, some you never see again. Lake & Sumter Style decided it was time for readers to meet some of the great people in this area, such as a teacher, a tattoo artist, a stay-at-home mom, a cashier, a librarian, and many others. You may recognize your friends, and you may see others you’d like to meet. Enjoy the “Faces of Lake & Sumter.” STORIES: LEIGH NEELY, JAMES COMBS, THERESA CAMPBELL, CHRIS GERBASI



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“Where do you come up with the ideas for the magazine?” Most of the time the answer is by doing research about what is going on within the community or seeing what some of the national publications are focusing on and bringing it to the local level. This month was different. The idea to focus on members of our service industry just came to me one day. My thought was that you typically read about the business leaders, high-profile officials, and the movers and shakers of Lake and Sumter counties. But there are so many other people who are not in the limelight who deserve recognition. I believe the idea for this issue was divine intervention because my team and I started working on this issue back in July. We had no idea what our community was to face in September, as Hurricane Irma came to visit and wreaked havoc on our homes and businesses. God knew exactly what he was doing when he presented me this idea. It was a gift. He knew our lives were going to be turned upside down and that the October issue was the perfect time to highlight the very people who came to our rescue when we needed them the most. It was the food servers who were called in to work even before the curfew was lifted; it was the policemen and women who had to leave their homes and families to ensure the safety of others; it was the firefighters who stayed on call and were there at a moment’s notice when someone was in need; it was the volunteers who managed the emergency service lines; it was the amazing linemen who worked tirelessly to restore our power. The list goes on. Each one of them are absolute heroes in my book. It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to a few of the many “Faces of Lake and Sumter”—people who make our lives better every day. We at Style magazine salute you. And, for our readers, if there ever is a moment when an idea pops into your mind, pay attention—it very well may be a Godwink moment. Enjoy!

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When it Comes to Your Eyes, Nothing But the Best Will Do “When I decided it was time for cataract surgery, I knew where I would go to have it done. Dr. Wehrly and the entire staff at the Santa Fe Surgery Center were great. The entire process was so easy! A week after my surgery I won a putting contest at a Ladies Day golf event! The vision in my eye is so much better that I already have an appointment to see Dr. Wehrly about having my other eye done. Dr. Wehrly rocks!” – JANETTE LANTZ Cataracts are stealthy – they form slowly until they rob people of bright, clear vision. Left untreated, cataracts can lead to blindness. Luckily, there’s no reason for alarm. Cataract removal is one of the safest and most successful surgeries in the world. And no one knows cataract surgery like the Board-certified Ophthalmologists of Lake Eye, the regional leader in vision and eye health services for 40 years and counting. “As a doctor who has performed nearly 18,000 successful cataract surgeries, I can tell you cataract surgery is nothing to be nervous about,” says Dr. Scott Wehrly. “I was one of the first local surgeons qualified to perform LenSx® refractive laser surgery, a very safe and accurate cataract system. Laser cataract removal takes just minutes, and to restore vision, we use only the finest intraocular replacement lenses in the industry, including the new Symfony® extended-range-of-vision lens, which can restore patients close to or at 20/20 vision, even if they have astigmatism. We also have lens implants that may slow the advancement of macular degeneration, so these IOLs can be more than just vision restoring, but also vision preserving.”


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Orlando Northwest Railway LLC is the train operator the city of Tavares has approved to replace the former 110-year-old Orange Blossom Cannonball steam engine train, which ceased running earlier this year. The Cannonball had been a major draw for train rides from Tavares to Mount Dora, and vice versa, and Tavares City Administrator John Drury says riding the rails will return with ONR. “They operate vintage trains from the 1950s and ’60s in pristine condition,” John says. “We are hopeful that they will be in full operation this fall.”





Thanks to hot temperatures in Lake County and across Central Florida, NASA developed an app to help people identify different types of mosquitoes and learn what diseases they can transmit. Do I really need an app to combat mosquitoes? Can’t I just call the SWAT team?


Two men mowing the lawn at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Groveland had to fight off two other men determined to steal their mowers. Come on, people. Let’s have a little lawn and order around here.


The city of Tavares made a deal to bring in the “Polar Express” Train Ride from Warner Bros. The train will run on weekends during the Christmas season. Let’s hope this plan stays on track; otherwise it will be derailed.


A Fruitland Park man who consumed 16 beers was arrested after breaking his wife’s eyeglasses during an altercation. I’d say he made quite a spectacle of himself.


Chicago Cubs’ fans in The Villages are forming a new club called Cubs’ World. Considering Chicago won the World Series in 2016, I’d say the club will be a big hit.


Special Adventures for Special People provides scuba therapy for special needs children and adults in Lake County. The Clermont-based program is held inside the National Training Center’s Scuba Gym. If nothing else, a scuba program should help them learn to avoid pier pressure.

Follow the red brick road A project that will leave Tavares’ Ruby Street paved in ruby-red bricks also is intended to boost downtown’s retail and entertainment businesses. The city’s Ruby Street Stormwater and Beautification project is moving toward an estimated February completion date, spokeswoman Mandy Wettstein says. The estimated $5.3 million improvement plan includes a scenic walkable park with eight acres of stormwater treatment areas to improve the water quality of Lake Dora, which has been designated as an impaired lake by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The city also is replacing old drainage pipes along Ruby Street with a new stormwater collection pipe, and paving the street with hand-laid ruby-red bricks. Construction began in fall 2016. The centerpiece will be the park, which city officials have called a unique, innovative, and cutting-edge project. It’s designed to reduce the flow of pollutants into Lake Dora through retention ponds, artificial wetland reefs, and bee mats, which are floating floral islands in the ponds.

Fall craft fair time! More than 400 talented vendors from all over the United States will be in Lake County for the 33rd annual Mount Dora Craft Fair, slated for 9am-5pm Oct. 28-29 in downtown Mount Dora. The highly ranked juried event is a great way to get a head start on Christmas shopping for some one-of-a-kind unique finds, including artistcrafted jewelry. Fairgoers are encouraged to utilize the parking shuttles provided by Mount Dora High School, Golden Triangle Shopping Center, and the Mount Dora Christian Academy.

Karaoke a tune? Frank’s Place is offering contestants a chance to be the Voice of Leesburg 2017 in the Amateur Karaoke Contest. Qualifying ended Sept. 23, with the contest beginning the next day. To see who the big winners will be—$700 for first place; $200 for second place; $100 for third place—be at Frank’s Place for the final performances on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 201 N. 1st St. in Leesburg.

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LSSC utility programs get a spark Duke Energy Florida recently presented $110,000 to support the Energy Utility Institute at Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg, according to a news release. “Duke Energy is proud of our partnership with Lake-Sumter State College and the positive outcomes of the workforce development initiatives we support,” says Harry Sideris, president of Duke Energy Florida. “We invest in its energy technology programs to further bolster the area’s existing skilled workforce and help make a positive impact

in the community we serve. These programs enable local residents to receive training in high-demand fields and land opportunities with businesses in the region.” LSSC offers two degree programs through the Energy Utility Institute: an associate of applied science degree in electrical distribution in technology, or the line worker program; and an associate of science degree in engineering technology, with relay/ substation tech specialization. With this, students work in the energy industry building,

designing, and maintaining an electrical grid. “Our strong partnership with Duke Energy allows us to offer an industry-leading education for our students and a seamless transition into their full-time career within the energy industry,” says Dr. Laura Byrd, associate vice president of institutional advancement and executive director of the LSSC Foundation. “Duke Energy’s support has been instrumental in the ongoing success of the programs in the Energy Utility Institute.”

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Clarissa Bowers, a Umatilla native and graduate of Lake-Sumter State College, is heading to the global Miss World 2017 pageant in November in China to compete against representatives from 120 countries. Clarissa was crowned America’s Miss World 2017 in August, receiving her crown at the national competition in Orlando. “I am overwhelmed with joy,” Clarissa says in a news release. “The America’s Miss World crown is a symbol of a woman who inspires, empowers, and advocates.” A Lakehawks volleyball player while attending LSCC in Leesburg, Clarissa received her associate’s degree and then transferred to Vanderbilt University in Nashville to study neuroscience, with plans to become a reconstructive surgeon and help soldiers wounded in battle.




Azure Water Company of Leesburg is the only Lake County company listed as one of 50 statewide winners in the 2017 Florida Companies to Watch, hosted by GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. The companies were chosen from more than 500 nominees. Azure’s president, Ally Liu, will be honored Oct. 14 at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa. Her company produces Natural Ionic Mineral Alkaline Water with pH9.5 plus, Purified Water, and Natural Alkaline Spring Water, which was recently voted “Best Tasting Water in the World” at the 2017 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting contest.


Adults feel compelled to look and act foolishly on Halloween, and plenty of costume shops indulge them. Here are some of the top trending costumes gleaned from the wonderful World Wide Web, where no idea is too ridiculous:

• Wonder Woman. • “Bob’s Burgers” characters. • Inflatables are big: T-Rex dinosaurs, centaurs, cows, squirrels, hippos, and more.

• Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow from “Game of Thrones.”

• Captain Jack Sparrow from “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

President Donald Trump masks and fright wigs.

• Orange prison jumper from “Orange Is the New Black.”

• The Hashtag symbol.

How about an eternal favorite, Batman, in honor of the late, great Adam West?

• Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Good folk, good times! More than 60 acts totaling more than 150 musicians will answer the musical question, “What is folk?” during the 20th annual Lake County Folk Festival. The event is scheduled for Oct. 14-15 at nine venues in and around Ferran Park on Lake Eustis in downtown Eustis. Hours are 10am-9pm Saturday, and 11am-5pm Sunday. Featured performers are Passerine, Larry Mangum, Rachel Grubb, 2PM, and Remedy Tree. The entertainment lineup will include folk, Americana,

blues, Celtic, country, gospel, and oldies music, a sunset concert, and open jams, so bring your instruments or write a song for the Funniest Folk Song Contest. Food will be available at local restaurants and food trucks, and shoppers can peruse a large arts and crafts area. This family-oriented event is billed as the longest-running free folk festival in Florida, according to

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Turn your head, cough, and look at the huge black dot. STORY: FRED HILTON


lind as a bat” would be a politically incorrect, as well as inaccurate, way to describe me and my crummy eyesight. First, the phrase is mean and hurtful to those folks who truly have irreparable vision issues. Second, it’s not even true. Bats can see very well, thank you. Unlike the bats, my genetic pool doomed me to join nearly half of my fellow Americans with a condition known as myopia—which is nearsightedness,




unless you want to pay an eye doctor to use the fancier word. When I was a kid, it became apparent that the world more than six inches away from my face was a fuzzy blur. My second-grade teacher, kindly Miss Ager, asked if I’d like to sit closer to the blackboard. I was glad to learn that the big mass of black was an actual something. The words on the blackboard, sadly, were just white blurs. So off I went to see the local optometrist, Dr. Jack, who stuck some glasses on my face and asked me to look out the window and see if I could read the numbers on the car license plates across the street. I was overjoyed to learn that the different colored blurs were actually cars, and, believe it or not, I could read the license plates. A few years later, in a moment of dubious good sense, I decided to play high school football. I couldn’t wear my glasses while playing football and the coaches were afraid I’d tackle a referee or a cheerleader (which would have been a lot more fun than tackling some sweaty, stinky quarterback). The head coach, who was known as “Gum” behind his back because he tended to run his mouth, put an elaborate bird-cage-looking device on a helmet for me so I could wear my glasses. I looked pretty terrifying with these steel bars on my helmet. The other players would be intimidated for about three seconds. Then they’d realize if they ran toward me, I’d cringe in fear and curl up in the fetal position. My football career ended quickly and Coach Gum was left with one mean-looking helmet but nobody to wear it. Not too long later, Uncle Sam decided to classify me as I-A. In those days, being classified I-A meant you should go ahead and pack your bags and learn how to salute. If I were drafted, I knew I’d be sent to a place where people would shoot at me, so I quickly enlisted in a branch of the service where you’re much less likely to be a target. Anyway, I was certain that my lousy eyesight would

make me ineligible for the armed forces. At my induction physical, I went through the usual stuff: poking, prodding, and turning my head and coughing. Then came the eye exam. I was ecstatic. This is where they’d cut me free, I figured. No way they’d want a guy who can’t see. The doctor was using a slide projector to show the usual eye chart—the one with the big “E” and lines of letters and numbers. “Read the lowest line you can read from the chart on the wall,” the doctor said. “To be honest, doctor,” I said, “I know there’s a big ‘E’ at the top of the chart but I really can’t see it.” The doctor then projected the picture of a huge black dot that covered about half of the wall. “Can you see the huge black dot on the wall?” he asked. “Yes,” I answered. “Congratulations,” the doctor said, “you just passed the eye exam.” Somehow, I survived the military. When that phase of my life was over, I moved on to the next adventure in trying to see: contact lenses. This was in the earlier years of contact lens use, long before those wimpy, flexible extended-wear soft lenses that you can wear with no pain. Mine were hard plastic lenses. They felt like you were putting sand in your eye, then sticking a hot dime on the sand and twisting it. You could spot someone who was trying to get used to contacts. Their eyes bugged out like a Looney Tunes character who’d just been hit with an anvil. New lens wearers looked like Marty Feldman. (Think of “Igor” in the movie “Young Frankenstein.”) This story does have a happy ending. After wearing glasses or contact lenses since the Truman administration, I can now see perfectly. When doing cataract surgery, today’s ophthalmologists can correct sight almost perfectly with a lens implant. I could probably see that huge black dot from the next county now.


“To be honest, doctor,” I said, “I know there’s a big ‘E’ at the top of the chart but I really can’t see it.”

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r. Carlos Medina, DMD, of the dental practice, “The Dentist,” in The Villages provides an ideal situation for patients who want a different experience in dental care and the best high-tech dental services under one roof and with the same doctor. A visit to The Dentist means you are treated like family by a dentist with state-of-the-art equipment and who is experienced and knowledgeable about the latest technology in the dental field. Patients also appreciate the uniqueness of not having to go to multiple offices or dentists for treatments as Dr. Medina can fulfill all of your dental needs—everything from general dentistry, restorative

SMILES procedures of bridges and crowns, guided dental implant technology, porcelain veneers and crowns, dentures, wisdom teeth extractions, bone grafting, bonding to fill gaps, teeth whitening, and more. “We are the frontline of technology; we are in a category of one,” he says. Helping patients have a more beautiful smile has been Dr. Medina’s mission for more than 15 years. After graduating from the University of Puerto Rico in May 2001, he fulfilled his dream of moving to Florida to start his own dental practice. He opened his first location in DeLand followed by opening a second office in Melbourne, Florida (2004), and a third one in Orlando. After selling those to aspiring dentists, he acquired The Dentist in The Villages in 2015, where he is helping meet the dental needs of many patients residing in the mega retirement community. He also aims to provide a comfortable experience for those who are apprehensive about seeing a dentist. “Ninety percent or more of the patients are afraid to go to the dentist, and when they

enjoy the unique experience we provide, then they don’t fear it anymore,” he says. “We pride ourselves on providing a quality experience; they have never been treated the way we do when they visit us.” Dr. Medina makes new patients feel comfortable by getting to know them on a personal level. It’s not unusual for him and his staff to spend 10 to 15 minutes talking with them about their lifestyle and interests. “We sit down and we make a point to get to know them and learn things about them. We like to make the patient feel like they are in their living room, and that is always a good feeling,” Dr. Medina says. “And when they get certain procedures or surgeries for example, I call them or text them at home to see how they are doing. If I can’t do it, I get one of the staff to follow up, and I think the caring goes a long way.” Patients do appreciate Dr. Medina’s compassion. Todd Kellison posted on Facebook, “I have a great fear of dentists and have avoided them at all cost, but this dentist


is different. He is the best I have ever been to and will return often.” Patients also appreciate that Dr. Medina relies on the latest technology in the dental field to provide comprehensive care. He uses a 3D scanner imager, which has become a great diagnostic tool that allows him to view different angles in the mouth that would not have been feasible a few years ago. This technology gives him the ability to see the entire mouth in three demensions on a monitor so he can get a closer look at any potential issues or problems that may arise that can’t be detected with traditional or even digital x-rays. In comparison to the days of film X-rays, Dr. Medina notes digital X-rays provide much more accuracy to help him diagnose details on a tooth and surrounding areas that would not have been noticed on standard X-rays. The hightech of the digital version also

provides nearly 80 percent less radiation than the outdated film X-rays, With the advances in modern technology, Dr. Medina is also able to do oral cancer screenings that can pinpoint the start of a potential problem. The ability to detect sooner is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem. These screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. Dr. Medina is certified in dental implants, including the TeethXPress system by BioHorizons, which allows patients to replace their dentures or partials with a fixed non-removable set of teeth. In many cases, he is able to complete the entire procedure of removing the decayed or damaged teeth, placing the implants, and giving patients new teeth in a single visit.

“The procedure can be performed in an hour or two in most cases and only requires a local anesthetic,” he says. “It is definitely one of the marvels of modern medicine.” A dental Implant is a “man-made” replacement for a missing tooth or tooth root. Made from titanium, this screw-like object is placed where the tooth or teeth used to be. Dr. Medina notes there is usually minimal discomfort involved with this procedure. After the dental implant and the bone fuse together, creating an anchor for the new tooth to be placed in the patient’s mouth. Among the benefits of the implants is that they look and function like natural teeth. They are a permanent solution for missing teeth, and they replace the need for a removable full or partial denture. Dr. Medina notes with major advancements in dentistry and dental implants, many people

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I make sure that we address all of our patients' needs so they do not have to see several doctors to accomplish their goals. We use oral sedation and good old TLC for patients that have fears about their treatment. I had a terrible experience at a dentist when I was ten years old and I do not want anyone else to ever live through that. I could tell you a lot of things, but I'd rather invite you to see for yourselves.

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A CATEGORY OF ONE, 5-STAR SERVICE. are ideal candidates for them and they love being able to enjoy the foods they’ve missed and to smile with confidence. “Most of us take our teeth for granted,” he says. “People who lose their teeth have not been able to eat the foods they enjoy. They’re eating soft chicken or oatmeal, and with dental implants, they are happy to be able to have teeth to enjoy more foods again. Dental implants can last through a patient’s life, it’s a good investment.” Dr. Medina received his dental implant certification in 2007 and has changed the lives of thousands of patients successfully to date. In the same year, he received CEREC certification and training. He has made thousands upon thousands of crowns for thousands of patients. This machine allows him to have 100% quality control over what’s made in-office and he’s able to give his patients a

guarantee on his work against breakage or defects (ask us about the details) as long as the patients diligently come to their check ups and cleanings in order to monitor their oral health. These crowns are 5 times harder and more resilient than traditional crowns and they also look better because they have no metal under the porcelain, so no gray lines along the gums. He also performs surgical extractions, bone grafting, and general dentistry needs, including the patient who is bothered by teeth grinding, which can be overcome by training the jaw to be free and easy rather than clenched. “While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality,” he says. Dr. Medina is pleased to provide a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality dental care available, and one

of his office’s top priorities is to protect the well-being of the patients. His office has met and surpassed all OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CDC (Center for Disease Control) standards. “We are always accepting and welcoming new patients,” he says. “If you are looking for a dentist in The Villages, you have come to the right place. We love what we do and we are excited to help patients on their journey to a beautiful smile.”

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he people of Lake and Sumter counties are diverse and interesting. Every day you see your child’s daycare worker, the librarian, the cashier, the schoolteacher, and even the delivery driver. Style is proud to introduce you to some of the people who work at a local bank or sit near you at a local restaurant. If you haven’t met all of them, it might be interesting to get to know a tattoo artist, tour boat captain, or a taxidermist. They’re your family, your friends, and the Faces of Lake and Sumter counties.

Pam Wiley

ALLIGATOR WHISPERER / LAKE PANASOFFKEE Earl, 4, is one of four farm-raised alligators Pam Wiley shows in educational programs at Swamp Fever Airboat Adventures on Lake Panasoffkee, where passengers can see “original Florida” sights and wildlife. Pam’s attraction to alligators began as a child. “I grew up on the St. Johns River and I was all about alligators and manatees,” she says. “All of my gators are very loved. I love everything about them. I love talking about them, I love teaching people about them,” says the “gator whisperer,” so named by her husband, Ron. “I spend a lot of time with them, so they become like pets. We can’t own wild alligators, but if we could, I could make pets out of them, too. My thing about nature is trying to preserve it and take care of all of it.” Pam wants people to beaware that alligators are territorial, and she notes the reptiles think there’s food if people are in the water splashing around. “So it is common to come after something making noise,” she says. The couple’s farm-raised alligators are fed Mazuri crocodilian food, which gives them the nutrients they need.

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My love of people helped me. Eventually, the children would realize that I really cared. —JAMES BAKER

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James Baker




SCHOOL BUS DRIVER / EUSTIS If you’re going to drive a school bus, you better like kids, and James Baker does. The Eustis resident is in his 18th year with Lake County Schools after working three decades as a crane operator in Washington, D.C. James drives nine special education students. His first 15 years with a full busload of elementary through high school students were tougher. “That was a challenge,” he says. “But my love of people helped me. Eventually, the children would realize that I really cared.” Between shifts, James goes door to door for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “I love people. I meet so many people between the ministry and driving a school bus, it seems like I know everybody in the area,” he says. James, 70, doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon. “I enjoy the work. The schedule is perfect for me,” he says. “I’ll keep driving as long as my health stays as good as it is.”

Dr. Alexander Moya


Dr. Alexander Moya was near the end of his undergraduate degree when he became interested in podiatry medicine—a field devoted to highly neglected parts of the body: the foot and ankle. After graduating from Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami Shores, he completed a three-year residency program at James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa. He also worked in private practice for a few years before finding his niche at Langley Health Services, a multi-specialty clinic in Sumterville. “I am proud to help patients, especially those without medical insurance,” he says. “Langley Health Services offers a sliding-fee scale, which allows me to treat individuals without medical insurance.” He also finds podiatry to be a rewarding field. “Physicians of podiatric medicine are many times able to relieve a patient’s pain by the time they leave the office,” Alexander says. “Very few specialties can relieve pain in that manner. I also enjoy the variety of lower-extremity ailments that present to the office each day. Each day presents new, fulfilling challenges.” Patients often ask him what inspired him to become a podiatrist and look at feet all day. “I usually respond with a simple statement: ‘You can’t get far without them.’”

Lynn Haynes


Like a good neighbor, Lynn Haynes is there. She has certainly been there for residents who live in the Eustis neighborhood of Westgate. Lynn is currently a board member of the homeowners association and spent five years as president. Under her leadership, many projects were completed, including adding a fence around the neighborhood community dock built on Lake Eustis. “Being part of the homeowners association allows me to make a difference in keeping the neighborhood a vibrant and enjoyable place to live,” says Lynn, a Realtor at Morris Realty and Investments. “I also enjoy interacting with my neighbors.” For Lynn, a favorite pastime is walking around the neighborhood and greeting neighbors with a warm smile and friendly “hello.”

Jeff Cole


Lake County commissioners knew Jeff Cole “gets it.” They knew he grasped the collective vision of county leaders when they hired him in June as county manager, filling the position of retiring manager David Heath. He understands the need for county government to provide the best public services while also looking for ways to reduce costs and lessen the impact on taxpayers. He oversees 760 Lake County employees and appreciates the dedication of the staff and county commissioners. Jeff says, “It really helps that we have a strong leadership team, strong staff, and so many people who work for Lake County government who are truly invested in the community and who care about the county. And working with an employee group like that is helpful for me in going forward. It has been a good transition into this job.” He initially began working for Lake in January 2016 as director of public resources of the county. Jeff previously served as chief of staff for the St. Johns River Water Management District from 2011-2015 and began with the

district in 1994. He received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his master’s from the University of Central Florida. He moved to Florida 30 years ago. He and his wife, Audrey, married in 1992. He wrote “Returning Home” in 2004. “It’s a true story about when my fatherin-law was dying and the experience we had when he made his transition. I have distributed it to people who needed it, and it has helped people with grief and dealing with loss of loved ones. The things I share in my book are so personal. It has been well-received.” Jeff says, “In addition to asking to be inspired and inspiring each day, I also ask for the path to be illuminated for me so that I know what that path should be. I try to rely on divine guidance along the way, and so when I leave Lake County, my goal is to have made a difference in Lake County.”

“My goal is to have made a difference in Lake County.”

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“This is such a familyoriented school and everyone is here for the students, and that is one of the reasons that drew me here.”

TEACHER / ALTOONA Second-grade teacher Ashlee Raczkowski has been teaching six years and is in her first year at Altoona Elementary School in Altoona. “I love that it is small and everybody knows one another. This is such a family-oriented school and everyone is here for the students, and that is one of the reasons that drew me here, because I can do what is best for my students,” she says. “People take care of each other, and that is really important in today’s age.” She strives to inspire her students to be good citizens and to develop a love for reading, hoping they become lifelong readers. “I’m most excited to watch them grow and learn all year long,” Ashlee says. “Second grade is so fun and they grow so much; they get better at reading, they get better at writing, and they get better at math. It’s a great age.” The Lake County native graduated from Tavares High School and attended the University of South Florida.


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Lisa Fehmerling comes from a Sumter County family who has lived here for at least four generations. “I love the small-town feel of Bushnell,” she says. “Being able to walk into the grocery store and run into five people you went to high school with promotes a familial atmosphere. There is communitywide support for football and baseball. I like that children and teens are the main focus of our community, and I think that is why so

many families choose to stay in the area to raise their kids. I cherish being able to raise my child in the same town I grew up in and having him experience the same traditions I did.” Lisa works with the Sumter County Drug Court and Veterans’ Court programs for those with drug-related

misdemeanor or felony charges. Clients must complete random drug testing and receive treatment for addiction through Langley Health Services in Sumterville or Ocala, and they may go to LifeStream Behavioral Center in Lake County for intensive services.

Clarence Archie

RETIRED PARKS EMPLOYEE / TAVARES Even though Clarence Archie retired in June after 33 years with Lake County parks, he still routinely wakes up at 3:45am. “I get up and do what I gotta do,” says Clarence, 94. “For 33 years, I’ve been doing that. It’s hard for me to break.” Clarence cleaned restrooms and maintained the playground at Lake Idamere Park in his hometown of Tavares. He has a simple explanation for why he continued to work into his 90s. “I liked my job,” he says. “I’d do what I was supposed to do. I just like to work.” He also likes his community, where he’s well-known to regulars at the park. “I just went there (recently) and I talked to people. They missed seeing me there,” he says. Now, Clarence gets up at 3:45am to prepare for a different job: ministry work for Jehovah’s Witnesses. “I devote my time to that now,” he says.

Cheryl Brown

Working with the children at Brian’s Technology Daycare in Leesburg brings a lot of joy to Cheryl Brown’s life. Though she has worked in daycares for 28 years, she has been at Brian’s for three. “We take care of children from infant through the after-school programs up to age 12,” Cheryl says. “We do a lot of hands-on activities in order to help them learn. We have different centers in each classroom.” A recent lesson included learning how to turn lemons into lemonade. The children do projects like this using all their senses. They smell the fruit, feel its texture, see that it grows on trees and the yellow color, and taste it—both sour and as the sweetened lemonade. “They do everything right up to tasting it, which they really enjoy,” Cheryl says.

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“I meet the most amazing people, and I love being a mentor and helping businesses grow.”

Chris Benavides


Chris Benavides is among vendors showcasing fresh produce every Monday at the Webster Flea Market, which has been a popular attraction for more than 50 years. “I like to grow vegetables—tomatoes, cucumbers, and a little bit of everything,” he says. “People like it. They like fresh produce.” Born in Mexico and raised in Florida, he went to school in Clermont as a young boy. Webster has been home for 38 years, and he enjoys meeting people from all over the country at the Webster venue, especially in the fall and spring when snowbirds are in town. “There is a little bit of everything here,” Chris says. In addition to fresh vegetables, vendors also showcase crafts, flowers, bakery items, jewelry, plants, clothing, and more.

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Sue Kelly




EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LADY LAKE AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE After almost four years on the job as executive director of the Lady Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Sue Kelly says she loves everything about her job. “I meet the most amazing people, and I love being a mentor and helping businesses grow,” she says. “It’s a people thing, which gives me lots of positive energy.” Gregg Malanezuk was helping on a recent Monday, and he proudly said they have added more than 100 new members thanks to Sue. “She makes it look easy,” he says. However, Sue says, It’s because everybody wants to help everybody else.”

Teresa Lutman


A hospital stay is a time filled with stress and uncertainty. For patients, a smile and words of encouragement go a long way to ease fear and anxiety. Thankfully, friendly smiles and kind words are precisely what Teresa Lutman delivers to South Lake Hospital patients. Teresa, who has volunteered in the guest services department since 2013, escorts visitors to various hospital locations, provides wheelchair assistance to patients upon discharge, and looks up room numbers for patients’ family members. “I’m the first person visitors see when they come to the hospital, so it is my duty to make them feel welcome,” says Teresa, a resident of Clermont. “I’m retired now, so volunteering at the hospital makes me feel like I’m providing a useful service to the community.”

“I’m the first person visitors see when they come to the hospital, so it is my duty to make them feel welcome.”


It’s a treat to visit Rainbow Restaurant in Mascotte and watch Linda Johnson in action. On any given day, she cooks meals, serves tables, mops floors, and cleans dishes— which makes her the owner. Linda and her husband, Steven, bought the popular restaurant in 1980, and she loves doing the various tasks throughout the day. “I don’t mind doing dishes or mopping because

I’m not above anyone else,” she says. “At the end of a shift, I go into my office and manage the business.” Her favorite role is waitressing, which allows her to know clients on a personal level. “Some people come in here every day, and I already know what they’re going to order,” she says. “We talk about everything—from family to weather. They tell me about their kids and I tell them about

mine.” The restaurant is known for its home-style cooking and survived the economic downturn from the 1980s citrus freezes, as well as the competition from restaurants opening in nearby Clermont. “We’ve had ups and downs over the years, but through it all we’ve maintained loyal customers,” she says.


Azrael Rodriguez is a talented artist, but he doesn’t use paintbrushes or watercolors. All he needs is a needle, ink, and a blank canvas of human skin. Riding the popularity of body art, he makes his living tattooing and piercing clients at Absolute Tattoo and Body Piercing. The business opened seven years ago and receives lots of repeat customers who expect him to fill their every desire and whim. Sometimes the finished work is plain, sometimes elaborate, but always personal. His does tattoos of dragons, scriptures, military logos, and anything customers can dream up. Operating a successful tattoo parlor requires more than steady hands and a solid portfolio. The key, ironically, is not to get under a customer’s skin. “To be a good tattoo artist you must have good customer service skills,” Azrael says. “Some people think you can be rude to people because you’re artists. Good business owners, no matter what industry they’re in, do not operate that way.”

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GROWTH MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR / LADY LAKE During the past 10 years, Thad Carroll has seen Lady Lake transformed from a small town with few places for shopping and dining into a regional commercial center. As growth management director, he’s one of the faces of town hall, meeting with developers about projects, sharing ideas with other administrators in Lake County, or hearing stories from residents about their lives. “I love the variation of tasks that my job affords me on any given day—it is never boring,” Thad says. He foresees more commercial growth, which residents monitor closely, and sometimes warily. “They are certainly not apathetic to what is occurring around them,” Thad says. “Even when those contentious meetings adjourn, I can often garner a handshake, pass a smile, or have a nice conversation with those same individuals who may have viewed me as an adversary moments before. It is great to work in a town where so many residents care about our future.”

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Umatilla native Lauren Sutton works at Sunsational Citrus Inc., where the iconic Big Orange placed outside the shop is a popular attraction. “There are people who are driving by, they see it, turn around, and come back,” Lauren says. Once a popular citrus stand in the 1970s, the Big Orange was left decaying in a field off U.S. Highway 441 before it was purchased and restored in 2012 by Lauren’s parents, Nick and Sharon Faryna. Lauren loves living in Umatilla. “I love that it is small and quaint,” she says. “People are friendly, helpful, and everyone knows each other.” She also cherishes late fall to spring when it’s orange season. “We try to keep unique things,” she says of the store’s Florida-theme merchandise. “During the holidays, people like to pack their boxes with fruit and knickknacks to send up north and that’s fun.”

Jayson Tootle

LAWN MAINTENANCE / GROVELAND When Jayson Tootle pulls up in his threequarter-ton GMC Sierra, residents of South Lake County can kiss their grass goodbye. He owns Vista Companies, a Grovelandbased lawn maintenance company. He’s a one-man show: mowing, weeding, edging, and trimming. “I don’t mind working by myself,” says Jayson, who started the company in 2008. “I am very picky about the way I do things, and I don’t want to spend time training someone to do it my way.” Jayson, a lifelong Lake County resident, does lawn maintenance for residential and commercial properties. He may mow as many as 14 yards in one day, which is certainly a daunting task during summer. “People ask me all the time how I can stand doing this line of work when it’s hot,” he says. “It’s just something I’ve learned to live with. I bring four Gatorades and two bottles of water with me every day to stay hydrated.”

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“People ask me all the time how I can stand doing this line of work when it’s hot. It’s just something I’ve learned to live with.”

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“When locals see the Dora Canal for the first time, they are amazed we have something so spectacular so close to home.”

Tara Hall


This library in Howey-in-the-Hills may be small, but that doesn’t mean it’s not one of the busiest in the Lake County Library System. Tara Hall has been director since 2013 and loves every minute of it. “I love working with the community and connecting the community with one another.” She grew up around books as her mom ran a used book store in the back of their home. “I was always reading.” Tara says she’s very proud of their home-school program and how she helped home-school mothers connect with one another. She also has the youngest chess club members in the system. “We’ve got some great programs coming up, like the Howey police are going to teach CPR and first aid. I’m also talking to the Swamp Girls about bringing in some reptiles.” Tara is the only paid staff member, but she has some great volunteers such as her husband Dennis and others who make sure the library is open when it’s needed.

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Scott Alderman




TOUR BOAT CAPTAIN / MOUNT DORA Alligators silently maneuver through the water without leaving a ripple. A blue heron stands motionless on a bank scanning for prey. Five turtles sit side by side on a sunken log. Seeing these magnificent sights daily never grows old for Scott Alderman, who has provided Dora Canal cruises since the early ‘90s. His company, Rusty Anchor, allows locals and tourists to experience the jungle-like waterway that famous sportswriter Grantland Rice referred to as “the most beautiful mile of water in the world.” During the narrated tour on his 18-passenger pontoon boat, Scott delivers facts about the canal’s abundance of flora and fauna. “For tourists, the cruises are a refreshing break from the crowded man-made theme parks,” says Scott, who earned his captain’s license in 1988. “And when locals see the Dora Canal for the first time, they are amazed we have something so spectacular so close to home.” His company also offers summer sunset, lunch, and dinner cruises, a shoreline cruise, and a Christmas light cruise.



They say losing is part of life. But it’s a rare occurrence for players on the 2017 South Sumter Major All-Star team. The team, comprising 11- and 12-yearold players, went undefeated in district and state tournaments before winning the 2017 Dixie Youth Majors World Series in August at Oxford, Alabama. “These players played T-ball together and have moved up the ranks with each other,” says Elizabeth Sellers, the mother of left fielder Dalton Sellers. “To see them accomplish what they did was one

of the most amazing and emotional things I’ve ever seen.” During its impressive run through three tournaments, the team compiled the following stats:

“To see them accomplish what they did was one of the most amazing and emotional things I’ve ever seen.”



A Lake County native and a bank teller at United Southern Bank—the only bank in Astor— Susan Saul enjoys interacting with people, which she considers the best part of her job. “You meet people from everywhere, those from overseas, out west, up north,” she says, adding most are visitors spending winters in her town on the St. Johns River. She has lived in Astor since the 1970s, back when her parents owned Hall’s Lodge, a fish camp, hotel, and restaurant on the river—where she was raised and also worked. She has been a bank teller for the past five years. “I don’t think most people are aware of all the paperwork,” she says of her job. “There are constant changes, even with our little bank.” Susan raves over the “really good food” at the restaurants in Astor, and she’s proud of the kindness of residents. “The community pulls together to help people,” she says. “They’ll have a fishing tournament to benefit somebody.”


Scott DeLong has been a professional tractor-trailer driver for 25 years for FedEx, and he loves his job, where he can be found behind the wheel of 48- to 53-foot rigs. No two days are the same. “I enjoy seeing different people at every stop,” Scott says. “I love not being cooped up in one place all day long. I get to see different areas every day.” He logs from 100 to 200 miles a day. “It takes patience,” he says of making deliveries in challenging situations like narrow roads, tight receiving areas, and occasional heavy traffic. Driving in peaceful rural areas of Lake County also appeals to Scott. “Today was a smooth day,” he says on a recent Friday afternoon while making a delivery off a quiet road in Paisley. “This is a beautiful country town.”

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As they chat in the pool at Wildwood Country Resort, it’s clear Gertrude and Roland Foster have retirement down pat. Transplants from New Hampshire, they’ve lived in Wildwood 10 years and are usually playing cards, dining out, and going to movies. “There’s a lot to do, really. We get out and we have a good time,” Gertrude says. Roland, 73, is a retired Army master sergeant who served for more than 20 years and saw action in Vietnam. He also is a former board member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1036 in The Villages and received national recognition for his contributions. Gertrude, 71, worked for Osram Sylvania, assembling stadium lights. When they’re not at home, they might be found anywhere—they love to travel when timeshare opportunities come up. “We travel just about anywhere,” Roland says. “If we see something we want, we go.” Spoken like a true retiree.

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A newcomer to Paisley, Cheyanna Grenton, 20, was traveling to Florida from New York when she made a life change and relocated to the Sunshine State. “My car broke down on the way here,” she recalls. “I had to have someone come and get me and bring me the rest of the way.” That was last November. Being without a vehicle, Cheyanna recalls she ended up being a customer at Paisley’s only discount store, where residents stock up on groceries, supplies, and everyday goods. She now works at the store and enjoys making small talk with customers. Paisley has become her home. “I like that it is in the middle of nowhere,” she says. “And it’s nice and quiet.” Florida’s warmer temperatures appeals to Cheyanna, too. “In New York, the weather gets really cold,” she says. “Of course, it gets really hot down here. I’m working on getting used to it.”

Steve Gordon

POTTER / SORRENTO Steve Gordon believes everyone has art in them. It just takes that one special person to bring it out. An ad executive and publisher for many years, Steve wanted to do something rewarding with his life instead of retiring and waiting for death. He remembered a seventh-grade teacher who produced a piece of art with clay and decided he might be able to do that, too. Now his pottery has been sold around the world and is available at Pottery Barn. But he’s making special pottery for the October celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. He will be selling special mugs and soap dishes at various markets in the area beginning Oct. 1. Mug are $20 and soap dishes are $15, and all proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen organization. Each cup and soap dish is handmade by Steve. “Everyone has inherent talents,” Steve says. “It just takes that one person—a parent, teacher, or friend—to inspire bringing it out.”

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“Everyone has inherent talents; it just takes that one person to inspire bringing it out.”

October 2017


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Betty Burleigh

Kerra Yarish

Elizabeth Defalco

As the mother of three daughters, Kerra Yarish never had to search for something to do. After her first husband’s death, she worked while Kyleigh, 22, was a baby. After her marriage to Benjamin Yarish, she became a full-time homemaker. Now Kyleigh is married and has her own home. Kerra and Benjamin took Bralyn, 18, to move into a dorm at the University of Florida this year, and Leah, 13, is heavily involved in dancing. “I’ve really enjoyed spending time with my kids. I like that I was there to take them to school and pick them up and volunteer in their classrooms. I can’t imagine not being a stay-at-home mom.” Having more time on her hands, however, gave Kerra the opportunity to give to other children, and she became a Guardian ad Litem volunteer a year ago. “I wanted to do something that involved taking care of kids, and I’m enjoying volunteering.”

Tired of working inside a bank all day, Elizabeth Defalco decided about two years ago to make a “total life change.” She ditched the bank job for her real passion, working outdoors at Fairfield Farms Nurseries in Oxford, where her husband, Jay, has worked for 14 years. “It’s made me much happier,” Elizabeth says. “I like being outside. I like the interaction with people. Every day, I’m working with plants, and I like plants a lot. I get to help people pick out pretty things for their home.” Elizabeth and Jay live on a 5-acre farm with chickens and goats in Summerfield, but formerly lived in Oxford, a community she enjoys. “There are friendly people here,” she says. “In Oxford, you have families who have lived here for generations. Not founding fathers, but that’s the way I think of it. The Villages nearby brought a lot of business to our area.”





HISTORIAN / TAVARES After so many years in Tavares, Betty Burleigh is not only a historian of the city, she is also part of its history. She began wintering in Tavares from New York in 1946, and she and her late husband, Reginald, moved down in 1973. She lives in a house built in 1920 by well-known local builder L.G. Coven, and the Burleigh name has a genealogical connection to the English family for whom Burleigh Boulevard is named. Betty, 88, is a charter member of the Historical Society of Tavares and serves on the Lake County Historical Society board. “I just love the city of Tavares and the history,” she says of the county seat and its pioneers. She pores over old newspapers to find items, and regularly presents “this day in history” tidbits at city council meetings. “It’s just amazing,” she says. “Every day, I find something new.”


Jimmy McFarland

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TAXIDERMIST / YALAHA For more than 40 years, Jimmy McFarland has helped sportsmen treasure the trophies of their hunting and fishing activities. “My two main works are largemouth bass and white-tailed deer.” However, there are also wild turkeys, a bobcat, and even a full-size deer. “I went to school in North Carolina in 1976, the Piedmont Tech Institute,” Jimmy says. “It’s not even there anymore.” What’s his favorite part of the job? “I enjoy meeting the people and I hear a lot of stories.” Jimmy is semiretired now, but he still takes great pleasure in preserving these treasures for hunters.

“I enjoy meeting the people and I hear a lot of stories.”

October 2017



Whatever you might need while living in Lake and Sumter counties is available. Whether it’s a good doctor or dentist, someone to build or paint your house, repair plumbing, take care of your money, sell you a car, or fix a good meal, you’ll find the right place right here. Faces in Business is a special section to introduce you to the people who offer these many and varied services.



BusinessMasters.Net is a pioneer in the field of websites, becoming the first web design company in Lake County in 1995. Since then, President Kevin Robson has built an extensive and varied list of clients, some of whom attest to his quality work at www.BusinessMasters.Net/Testimonials.asp. “We have a wonderful client base that ranges from mom and pop companies to major corporations and all sizes in between,” Kevin says. One of BusinessMasters.Net’s specialties is custom database web development, a service Kevin’s been doing for years yet is provided by only about 20 percent of all web design companies, he says. Custom database development allows a website to be interactive through the storage of information, which allows internet content to be easily maintained or updated to the clients specifications. Kevin also pledges extraordinary service, a high level of experience, and the best value in web design. After working on cruise ships and owning a restaurant, Kevin says running BusinessMasters.Net is the best job he’s ever had. “I wouldn’t trade anything for what I do,” he says. “What I like most is I learn about other people’s businesses inside and out, because you have to know the company to do the job. When my clients do well, I do well.”



Hear Anew

The latest technological advances in hearing aids improve patients’ lives and provide personal satisfaction for audiology staff. PAID PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

With offices in The Villages, Leesburg, and Tavares, the Hearing Aid and Audiology specialists at Lake Ear, Nose, Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery includes a unique combination of physicians, an audiologist, and hearing instrument specialists, all under one roof— making it convenient for patients to receive the best continuum of care for their hearing. Paige Holt, a nationally certified doctor of Audiology, Mindy Pollitt, a board-certified hearing instrument specialist, Emily Bean and Megan Mann, both licensed hearing aid specialists, make up the hearing aid and audiology team of Lake ENT. As an independent hearing aid dispenser, with access to all of the top providers, each specialist is devoted to fitting patients with hearing aids that are best for their patient’s lifestyle and budget. “There is no such thing as a hearing aid, or even one brand of hearing aid that is appropriate for every individual,” says Paige Holt, AuD. “Some hearing aids are rechargeable;

some can stream music, movies and more to a cell phone; some can even be controlled remotely from an app. The advancements in technology and accessories has been tremendous. But there are different needs for different individuals, so we each look at which manufacturer is most appropriate for our particular patient, and we all strive to help fit someone to suit their needs and budget, not just make a sale.” Ultimately, each member of the team has a passion for helping their patients hear better, improve their communication, and get them back involved in their active lifestyle. “Each day is so rewarding for us – seeing a patient light up when they are able to hear again. When people receive that phone call and they can finally hear their family members clearly, that’s when it clicks and they embrace the idea of a the hearing aid.” After all, today’s hearing aids are, by no means, your grandparents’ hearing aids.


* We encourage people to call LakeENT & FPS for a consultation and demonstration of the new hearing aids that could help them hear again!

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Glover Chiropractic


Dr. Jeffrey Glover takes great pride in knowing patients whom visit Glover Chiropractic Clinic are welcomed by a caring and compassionate team whose goal is to help the patient feel better. “Once their visit is complete, patients leave with a smile. That smile was not only created through the use of state-of-the-art chiropractic equipment, but also by the hospitality and friendliness of our team,” Dr. Glover says. Glover Chiropractic Clinic possess nearly 40 years of combined experience and understands what matters most— treating the whole person, not just the symptom. Some of the conditions treated at the clinic include peripheral neuropathy, disc injuries, auto accident injuries, headaches and sciatica. “Many patients have told me prior to coming to our office, they thought the problem would just go away.” Delaying chiropractic treatment hinders your body’s ability to heal in the duration it should. Procrastination can make the condition worse, but not necessarily the symptoms. With Dr. Glover and his staffs’ experience, his treatments are an effective and beneficial way to help restore patient’s health and a pain-free quality of life. “That’s what’s important to me—knowing when my patients leave my office they feel better.”


Stylists who concentrate on your style A salon with lots of friendly faces you may already know. PAID PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Finding the right hair stylist is as important as finding the right doctor. You want someone you’re comfortable with, who will listen to your hair problems, and help you find the perfect cut or style to highlight your best features. K Renae Salon stylists offer that every day. Though the salon, on County Road 466 in Oxford, is fairly new, all the stylists are experienced and well trained. For example, Kaylee Parrish has been in the industry for 10 years. She is a master specialist and Redkin-color-certified stylist. Heather Glavas is an Aveda-trained stylist. “All of our stylists come from this area,” says Kristin Caruthers, owner of K Renae Salon. “We’re all experienced and brought our books with us. We may be a new salon, but we’re all proficient in the latest techniques of coloring and style.” If you’re looking for a new hair stylist or a new salon, you must go by and check out the warmth and elegance at K Renae Salon. They not only want customers to leave happy about how they look but how they feel too. The

shampoo bowls chairs are plush and comfortable with a foot rest to provide the most relaxing experience. In addition to haircuts, coloring, and styling for men and women, K Renae Salon also offers waxing services and Peter Coppola hair-straightening treatments. They also think about customer needs when scheduling appointments. Hours are 8:30am5pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 8:30am-7pm on Thursday; and 9am-2pm on Saturday. K Renae Salon can become your place to escape and have some “me” time, where you’re pampered and your hair is style to your specifications. Call and talk to any of the stylist if you’re looking for a fresh look or drop in when you’re in the neighborhood. Walk ins are accepted depending upon availability, but you’re always welcome to come by and get to know the K Renae Salon family.

K Renae Salon 4313 E. County Road 466, Ste. 104, Oxford 352.461.0791

Create superior office workflow Business Techs provides high quality products and service for all your office technology needs. PAID PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

ABOVE, L-R: Ann Marie Gordis, Jennifer Brooker, Mark Costa, Rodney Risner, Chad Boliek, Jim Culbreath, Beau Franklin, Terry Williams, Richard Crews, Tom Myler, Haily Franklin, Melisa Franklin, Angie Boliek


ucceeding in today’s business world is becoming increasingly difficult. Having superior office technology and a network setup are instrumental in helping companies meet their goals.

That’s why businesses throughout Lake, Sumter, Citrus, and Marion counties rely on Business Techs for all their office technology needs. Based in Leesburg, Business Techs sells and services top-

of-the-line copiers, fax machines, and network laser printers manufactured by Sharp, HP, and Brother. The familyowned company has thrived in the area for more than two

decades because of its reputation for providing clients with high-quality products, competitive pricing, and impeccable service. “At Business Techs, we believe in hard work, doing the right


thing, and bending over backward for our customers,” said Beau Franklin, who bought Copy Machine Service & Supply in 1995. Beau and Terry Williams merged in 1997 to form

“Because we are the largest local presence in the office equipment industry, we guarantee we can be at your company in one to four hours,” said Beau, a 1987


We believe in hard work, doing the right thing, and bending over backward for our customers — BEAU FRANKLIN

Business Techs. “We provide the best digital document management through appreciative customer service.” Business Techs services large and small companies alike, including real estate agencies, automobile dealerships, banks, cities, and law enforcement agencies such as the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. He said one distinct advantage of being a local company is that “no other company in Central Florida is able to match our response or turnaround times.”

graduate of Leesburg High School. Beau also served in the USMC from 1987 to 1991 and used his GI Bill to earn his AA from LSCC and then his business administration degree from UCF. “When you purchase equipment from us, we spend hours ahead of time setting up, testing, and programming it. This saves your office a lot of downtime. We are even capable of placing a new mid-tohigh multifunctional printer unit with up to 100 users at your business in as

little as 15 minutes. This is unheard of in our industry.” In addition to offering brandname equipment, Business Techs has six technician services professionals with more than 120 years of combined copier and printer service experience. That knowledge and experience is invaluable when it comes to consistently streamlining and simplifying the sales, service, and installation process. Moreover, that knowledgeable team strives to build lasting relationships and takes pride in proactively fulfilling all their clients’ office equipment needs. “It’s all about appreciating the customer, and I communicate that all the time to our employees.” Beau is also adamant about supporting the community that has faithfully supported his business for so many years.

Business Techs helps support March of Dimes, The Villages Charter School, the Sumter County Economic Development Council, the National Association for the Blind, the Cystic Fibrosis Fund, the Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Leesburg Baseball League, youth sports in Fruitland Park, the Miss Leesburg Scholarship Pageant, the LakeSumter State College Foundation, and the Leesburg Partnership. “Our service, sales, and admin support personnel are some of the hardest working and most caring people I know. They are men and women I would get in a foxhole with.” Beau encourages all prospective clients to stop by his office. “Please give us a chance to demonstrate how our expertise can enhance your document workflow capabilities.”

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F e at u r i n g

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Happy birthdays to me Villager who was ‘born twice’ adopts a grateful attitude.

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All her relatives came to visit her, and nobody ever knew her baby was adopted. — HELENEA KESKIN


elenea Keskin of The Villages lays claim to something very few others can—being born twice. A native of Australia, she was officially born Feb. 25, 1950, to a 15-year-old Jewish girl who fell in love with an American man. “He was very handsome, and she loved him,” Helenea says. “They went boom, boom, boom and she was pregnant. He sent her money for an abortion but [she] never heard from him again.” Poor and uneducated, Helenea’s birth mother decided to allow the baby to be adopted. Fortunately, a wealthy couple in Sydney wanted to adopt after five years of infertility. However, in those days, prominent families frowned upon adoption. “[The wife’s] mother said


she would disown and disinherit her if she adopted,” Helenea says. The wife and her doctor hatched a plan to convince everyone she was pregnant. In the weeks leading to the adoption, the doctor padded her stomach for appearances and arranged a four-day hospital stay when the adoption was final. The woman gave “birth” to Helenea March 14, 1950. “All her relatives came to visit her, and nobody ever knew her baby was adopted,” Helenea says. “In fact, relatives commented on how much I looked like my adopted father.” Helenea refers to her adoptive mother as her “real mother” and her other mother as her “birth mother,” and she celebrates her birthday March 14. In 2000, Helenea tracked down her birth mother her in Australia. Producers of the ABC show “20/20” caught wind and wanted to televise the reunion. However, a private person, her birth mother declined. “I spent four days with her, and she told me never a day went by that she didn’t pray for me,” Helenea says. “She was very nice, but we had little in common. I’m very outgoing; she’s reserved. She is uneducated, while I attended a wonderful school in Sydney.” Helenea lived in seven countries during her career in the hotel business before moving to sales in Silicon Valley. Today, she works weekends in concierge services at Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake. “Harbor Hills is so beautiful, and I absolutely love the people there.”

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Reinvent yourself In The Villages, you can make it happen. STORY: JOE ANGIONE



Many of us have the urge to become something new…to exhibit some new talent… to be part of something we never dreamed possible.


ecome a singer or an actor performing onstage. Win awards as an artist…a quilter…an accomplished bridge player. Lead a group that aids the poor or disadvantaged. The Villages makes it easy to be almost anything your heart desires. Many of us have the urge to become something new…to exhibit some new talent…to be part of something we never dreamed possible. The Villages is all about making that happen. I know. My wife and I are now much more than we used to be. We moved here 20 years ago, and from the start we became involved in things we never did before. I love to sing. After many nights singing karaoke, I found lots of singers good enough to be onstage performing before large audiences. We formed a musical revue called “Sentimental Journey” that performed twice a year for nine years at the Savannah Center in front of thousands, with the proceeds going to benefit charitable organizations. I also became an opinion page columnist for the local newspaper and a speaker at various Villages events. At the same time, my wife developed into an accomplished bridge player, a quilter, and quilting teacher who’s won dozens of awards at local and state competitions. You can be as active here or as sedentary as you like. But The Villages will entice you to get moving toward an exciting new you. For openers, The Villages has 2,690 clubs or resident


lifestyle groups open for membership. They run the gamut of virtually everything you might ever want to do: book clubs, bridge clubs, discussion groups, ladies clubs, neighborhood associations; clubs for gardeners, chess players, computer buffs, budding theatrical performers, gym rats, and stock market investors. And if that isn’t enough to entice you to do something new, you can create your own club. Just call The Villages Recreation Department (352.674.1800) and request an application to provide details about your proposed club, list organizers, and obtain a time and location for meetings. Based on availability of a meeting space, your chances of getting a club approved are excellent. Join an existing club and you’ll have an opportunity someday to run it. Form your own club and you’re automatically the person in charge. If leadership is your goal, The Villages lets you “run the show” right from the start. Travel for free! Ocean cruises are a big draw for Villagers. You can cruise at no cost by organizing small groups of 16 passengers (eight cabins), and cruise lines will reward you with one cabin entirely free or ask you to cover only the small cost of port fees and taxes. Don’t wait. Start reinventing yourself today!

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OF THE VILLAGES People in The Villages come from all over the country and from many other countries. Villages Style is happy to introduce six people who now call The Villages their home. STORY: CHRIS GERBASI // PHOTOS: FRED LOPEZ



John Horwath

ATHLETE The phrase “better with age” certainly applies to archer John Horwath, even at age 95. In June, John set a record in his age group at the National Senior Games in Alabama, totaling 1,566 points of a possible 1,800 in target shooting. He shattered the previous mark by 477 points and now holds three national records. He also holds five state records and earned Male Athlete of the Year honors at the 2016 Florida Senior Games. John learned with a straight bow in the 1950s in Michigan. Today, he uses a physically demanding 40-pound compound bow. “It’s something I have loved all my life,” he says. “And I don’t go just to shoot. I go to shoot to try to beat records. And that takes determination.” Born and raised on a farm, John uses a barn analogy as advice to young archers. “If you shoot at the keyhole in the lock on the barn door, you may be lucky enough to hit the barn,” he says.

Susie Hu Ingerick

“Only in this country, if you’re willing to work, you will be successful.”


As communists took over China in 1949, educator Hu Fu-Cheng led his family to Taiwan, where he raised six children to be independent and contributors to society. Decades later, daughter Susie Hu Ingerick still lives by those values. “I do my best to help people,” she says. “My goal is to help people.” Susie is president of the new Chinese Social Club, appealing to what she describes as a fairly large Chinese population in The Villages. She has worked as a translator in the community and sometimes

introduces other Villagers to traditional Chinese philosophy and values. “I take it as something I ought to do and I’m proud to do that,” Susie says. After 10 years in Taiwan, Susie came to the United States, became a biochemistry technician, and married. She and her husband later owned several businesses. Today, Susie says she and her family have everything they could want. “I appreciate this country, too,” Susie says. “Only in this country, if you’re willing to work, you will be successful.”


ENTERTAINER Since arriving in The Villages in 2008, Petrina has been a one-woman British Invasion. The English singer performs multimedia shows in many personas, most notably as Pink, for social clubs and private parties. Charity events inspired her to pursue a cause of her own, iSparkle, an anti-bullying program. iSparkle stands for inclusion, support, protect, act, respect, kindness, lift spirits, and encourage. “Throughout my years of working here, I was always asked to give my time to charity, which I did, as most performers probably do and should do,” Petrina says. “So, I thought why not create something that I feel more passionate about and something that is needed.” Along with friend Jane Bloom, she created a scholarship awarded to any qualified U.S. high school senior related to a Villages homeowner (see They raise money through sports tournaments and talent shows, and Petrina donates a portion of her ticket sales. “In time, I’d like to offer programs not just for children but adults, too, on how to deal with bullying and what we can do about it,” Petrina says. “We all sit in silence because no one knows how to deal with these things. There is help out there, but it’s something I’m learning on the way, too.”



“Book” Booker

CLUB PRESIDENT “Book” Booker is a self-described “country boy” from Virginia who has lived in big cities all over the U.S. When he moved in 2012 to The Villages, he was looking for a place where he could make friends when he got a tip about the AfricanAmerican Club. Five years later, he’s the leader of the 300-member club. “It’s a social club, No. 1. We hold lots of events, and we promote goodwill and friendship. That’s what I like about the club,” Book says. “You meet new people coming in to The Villages, and it’s excellent for getting to know folks.” The club also has awarded six $1,000 scholarships to underprivileged tri-county students each of the past two years, in tandem with the Sophisticated Gents of Florida, another social club primarily for African-Americans. Both clubs are open to anyone, however. Book immerses himself in the community through scuba diving, travel, and Segway clubs. He believes clubs are important to help Villagers connect. “The things we tend to like as individuals, we find a club that pertains to that enjoyment and we join up,” he says. “You like to meet people who share similar backgrounds. That helps us survive in the community and in general.”

Joe Elliott

Betty Cunningham

Many people want to kick back in retirement, but canoeing and pickleball just didn’t cut it for Joe Elliott. “There was something significant missing in the activities I was involved in,” he says. Instead, he decided to attend Villages community development district board meetings and learned all he could about how the Villages administration works. These endeavors reawakened experiences he had while working at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and interacting with government leaders and agencies. Joe became a CDD supervisor and discovered parallels between his former industry and local government, with the common denominator being people. He enjoyed talking to residents and doing background work to understand issues. “It was a reservoir that resonated with me. It was a perfect match,” he says. Then he ratcheted up his activities another notch. After he and Barbara, his wife of 48 years, moved to Antrim Dells Villas in Wildwood, Joe successfully campaigned for a four-year term on the City Commission. It’s a demanding job but one he loves. “If you’re serious about yourself, if you’re serious about life and the community you live in, you really ought to give serious consideration to contributing to that community, including running for office,” he says.

Making a positive difference in a person’s life is Betty Cunningham’s expressed goal. As a volunteer since 2003 for SHINE, or Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders, Betty has made a positive difference in the lives of literally thousands of people. She serves as SHINE area coordinator in Lake and Sumter counties and The Villages, overseeing volunteers and helping residents understand Medicare through community presentations. “I enjoy speaking to groups about Medicare and what is available and the changes that come each year,” she says. Betty, who worked at Westinghouse Electric Corp. for 31 years, has received state and local awards for outstanding volunteer service. “I love SHINE because it gives me a chance to help others, and mostly seniors. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for seniors and now I am one,” she says. “If I can help one person, I feel that I have done a good job.”






Splashing your way to good health


Exercising in the water not only makes workouts more enjoyable, it’s also easier on joints and gives you the added benefit of being outdoors STORY: LEIGH NEELY // PHOTOS: FRED LOPEZ


ater exercises are a great way for older adults to get the aerobic movement they need along with less impact on the joints. When you exercise in water, you feel about 90 percent lighter, according to the American Council on Exercise. Whether you’re water walking, doing aerobics, or playing volleyball, your body doesn’t feel the same impact it would on land or on a floor. This is good news for those with arthritis, back problems, foot or leg injuries, and knee conditions. It’s also a benefit for those who are obese. And it’s just plain fun to be in the water. The Villages offers an extraordinary number of classes in its many recreational pools. The full weekly



schedule for each pool is listed in The Villages Recreation and Parks Guide. Activities in pools include combo swim, women’s water exercise, men’s water exercise, as well as coed classes, so you can go wherever you feel comfortable. Water volleyball is very popular and offers players a chance to move around a lot, enjoy the challenge of competition, and help their bodies at the same time. There are different levels of play so you don’t have to fear you may be “out of your league” if you wish to join in. Many people enjoy lap swimming, which is an individual exercise done at your own pace. Times are available for these swimmers, too, along with open exercise, where you exercise on your own.

The benefits of water exercise are especially relevant for older adults, who may have balance issues or loss of muscle strength. The resistance of the body in the water increases muscle strength—much greater than air. That means your body is getting a rigid workout that increases strength, flexibility, and agility. Working out in water helps you build endurance as the water offers natural resistance because your body strains through the water rather than against it. Flexibility is important as you age. Joints tend to get stiff, slowing your gait and causing pain if you sit or stand too long in one position. Because movement in the water takes your body in various directions, flexibility comes more easily. Barbara Qualls and her husband, Mills, lead a coed water aerobics class, High Nooners, that meets at noon Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at Savannah Center sports pool in The Villages. “There are some 40 exercises that we do, and they involve everything from your eyes down to your toes,” Barbara says. “The exercises are designed mostly for stretching, flexibility, and muscle toning.” She says the exercises are designed for everyone to be able to do water aerobics at their own pace. They can do the movements extra strenuously if they wish, or in slower motions. “People always tell us how much they benefit from the exercises,” she says. “After every class we hear, ‘Thank

you so much. This is just exactly what I needed.’” Those with arthritis are often cautioned to keep moving, but if movement causes great pain, they’re tempted to resist doing it. The Arthritis Foundation of Florida estimates almost 5 million people in the state have some form of arthritis, and says exercise is a key component to good health. Movement in the water takes the pressure off those painful joints, making it easier to move with less stress. Water doesn’t just make your body healthier, however, it also works on your stress level and anxiety. Water is always soothing, and working out in water can be one of the best stress relievers. A 2007 study in Poland found depression was significantly decreased and anxiety lowered for women who did regular aquatic exercise. Best of all—water exercise burns calories. Your body gets a full workout, whether you’re swimming or doing aerobics, so you burn 400 to 500 calories an hour. Many people don’t enjoy the sweat that comes from working out in a gym, so water exercise alleviates that problem, too. Having the cool water around you means you work out just as hard but you don’t get too hot. It’s great to live in Florida, where you can enjoy water activities year-round. Taking time out of your busy schedule to do exercises in water can help you feel better, look better, and have more energy to do all the activities you love to do in The Villages.


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“Alas, Babylon” By Pat Frank. It’s the height of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union when Randy Bragg receives a dire warning from his brother Mark, an officer in the U.S. Air Force. STORY: LEIGH NEELY

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heard about this book when I moved to Florida many years ago. It is said that the small town of Fort Repose is based on Mount Dora since the author lived for many years in Central Florida. When I saw Will Patton read the audio book, I couldn’t resist. The message of this little book is as relevant today as it was when it was written in 1959. In fact, it was a little chilling listening to it in light of today’s headlines. Randy Bragg enjoys a quiet life as an attorney in the small town of Fort Repose. He is shocked to receive a telegram from his brother Mark with the two words, “Alas, Babylon.” As young boys, the two had used the phrase from a biblical passage to indicate something bad had happened. The phrase comes from Revelation 18:10, “Standing afar off for the fear of her torment saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city of Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come.’” After listening to news of rising tension around the world, Randy has a brief meeting with his brother at Fort McCoy. Randy learns the armed forces fear a nuclear attack is imminent. Mark


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gasoline, and heating oil was delivered from Orlando, the town reverts to a long-ago time that they are ill-equipped to accept. They are forced to become a self-sustaining community. Once the chaos and confusion settle down, Randy and his small band of survivors realize they are safe because of the fortunate direction of an eastward wind. Fort Repose is not polluted. This is a gripping story that made me want to keep listening. In fact, a couple of evenings I left the television off and listened to the book for two hours. I was also drawn in by mention of familiar places like Tavares and other towns in our area, which certainly made it easy to picture the scenes in the book. Pat Frank was very knowledgeable about the government and military operations, which added authenticity to the story. I’m sure both men and women will enjoy this book, especially, as I said, with the headlines we have today.


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About the author Harry Hart Frank (1908-1964), a journalist and government consultant, wrote his novels as Pat Frank. He grew up in Chicago but spent most of his adult life in Florida. His journalism career included working for the Office of War Information during World War II and the Korean War. The fear of a nuclear war was an obvious concern; it was the subject of his first novel, “Mr. Adam.” When he moved to science fiction, “Forbidden Area,” the story was about fighting a nuclear war in the distant future. After an assignment that took him to the headquarters of the Strategic Air Command, Harry began contemplating what people would do in the event of a nuclear attack. “Alas, Babylon” came from those thoughts. The book’s realistic depiction is why it’s still avidly read today.

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She may be too short to be a Rockette but nothing can stop her from pursuing her dream of being a professional dancer in New York.


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Oscar and Felix Don’t miss the final performance of “The Odd Couple” at the Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, 1100 N. Unser St. in Mount Dora. Tickets cost $22 for adults with group discounts and $18 for students with ID. Performance at 2pm. O C T. 2

Get sporty! Flag football and soccer registrations start today in Fruitland Park and continue through Dec. 29. Cost: Residents/$30; nonresidents/$35. Coaches are needed. For information or to be a coach, call 352.360.6734. O C T. 3

Lights on! Celebrate the 2017 Mount Dora Police Department National Night Out, 5:308:30pm at Target, 17450 U.S. Highway 441. Get to know your law enforcement officers personally and receive valuable crime prevention information. O C T . 3 , ImageLift Office Luncheon, The Villages O C T . 1 7 , Waterfront Inn, The Villages O C T . 2 4 , Hilton Hotel, Ocala

ImageLift presentation Meet the staff and get answers about ImageLift. Seating is limited, so make your reservation now. Receive Dr.

Rich Castellano’s book free when you register. Go to or call 877.346.2435. One volunteer will participate in a free filler demonstration.

Saturday at 8pm and 11pm; Sunday at 7pm. Tickets: $15/students; $20/adults; $25/splash zone. Tickets available online at or call 352.319.1116.

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On gossamer wings Air Play will perform at 7pm at The Sharon, 1051 Main St., The Villages. You’ll see flying umbrellas, kites that float over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen. You’ll laugh and be awed. Tickets: $20-$55. Call 352.751.7799. O C T. 5

Bei tempi Good times are always in store at The Villages Italianfest Festival at Lake Sumter Landing, 5-9pm. Lots of great entertainment, Italian food vendors, bar kiosks, stilt walkers, Clown Alley #179, and The Villages Music Box Society display. See for more information.

Take your camera for a walk Everyone is invited to participate in this year’s 10th annual Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk. There is no cost. Just go to for information and click to find a walk. In the search map, type “The Villages, FL,” and a new page will load. There you can join the walk and register. It is limited to 49 walkers, so do it now. Walk from 8:45-11am. O C T. 7

Let’s hang on The Atlantic City Boys present A Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons at the Mount Dora Community Center at 7:30pm. Tickets: $25/$30/$35. 520 N. Baker St. All seats reserved and group discounts available. Call 352.383.2627 for information.

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Into the woods “Evil Dead: The Musical” will be at the Moonlight Players Theater. Five college students spend a weekend in a cabin and evil happens. Friday at 8pm;

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Music in the park Enjoy a free concert by recording artist Caroline Kole in Leesburg’s Towne Square at 3pm. Presented by

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I like to ride my bicycle Attracting more than 1,000 cyclists annually, the 43rd Annual Bicycle Festival is Florida’s oldest and largest bicycling event. With rides of varying lengths and skill levels, cyclists of all ages learn why Lake County is recognized as one of the best places in the world to ride. For more information, call the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce at 352.383.2165.




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How do they do that? The Champions of Magic, five world-class illusionists, are Britain’s top magicians. Enjoy stunning up-close magic and large-scale illusions along with mind reading. 7pm at The Sharon, 1051 Main St., Spanish Springs Town Square, The Villages. Tickets: $20-$55. VIP add-on available. Visit for information.

Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Leesburg Partnership. Go to for more information. O C T. 9

Italian-American celebration The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the wonder of being Italian-American. Season tickets, ranging from $20-$60, are available and a seating chart is online. Go to for information. O C T. 1 0 6 : 3 0 P M O C T. 1 2 N O O N

Where did van Gogh? Adrianne Lee returns to 1921 by Norman Van Aken with a new lecture on Post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh. He sold only one painting in his life, but is considered a master of modern art and is recognized throughout the world. The film, “Loving Vincent,” is also included. The event includes your seat, a three-course menu, and the

lecture. Call 352.385.0034 to reserve your place today.

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Was that Superman? Trick or Trot 5K is happening at 8am. Wear your favorite costume and go the distance! Register at Cost is $25; $30 day of race. Cash or credit only. For info, contact Michelle Yoder at 352.360.6734.

I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end Take your favorite date to see the James Taylor Experience at the Mount Dora Community Center. Remember, “You’ve Got a Friend,” and they’ll enjoy a good show, too. Tickets: $25/$30/$35. 520 N. Baker St. All seats reserved and group discounts available. Call 352.383.2627 for information.

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The songs of Bernadette Bernadette Peters is performing one night only at 7pm at The Sharon, 1051 Main St., Spanish Springs Town Square, The Villages. The actor-singer-comedienne delights every audience. Tickets: $35-$175. Meet-and-greet add-on available. See for information.

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The Nelsons Willie Nelson & Family will be in concert at 7pm at The Sharon, 1051 Main St., Spanish Springs Town Square, The Villages. The one-of-a-kind singer is still going strong in his 80s. Tickets: $50-$200. See for information.

Folksy Fun The 20th annual Lake County Folk Festival will be at Ferran Park on Lake Eustis. Lots of family fun with musicians, crafters, artists, and food vendors. With nine different venues, there will be plenty of places to see all types of great folk music. If you want to play along, that’s good, too; just find one of the jam tents and join in. Get information at

1st Saturday: Wine Tasting Stroll Starts at Maggie’s Attic on Alexander Street and 4th Avenue 6-8pm (7-9 pm in summer months). 2nd Saturday: Food Truck N Flick Night Leesburg Towne Square. Entertainment: Oct. 14, Wade Williams; Oct. 21, Tom Lavenia; Oct. 28, Ken Franzetta 2nd Friday: Art Splash Features artists and performers on the sidewalks of downtown Mount Dora 6-8pm Movie in the Park Donnelly Park, downtown Mount Dora Free family movie starts at dusk, 3rd Wednesday: PAWS Reading Dogs W.T. Bland Library, Mount Dora 3rd Thursday: Mount Dora Food Trucks Downtown Mount Dora 4th Saturday: Classic Car Cruise-In Downtown Eustis e’s Ther o do! t e r o m .70 d on p ue Contin

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Tea for boobs The Pink Tea will be at Sip Restaurant and Jazz, 707 W. Main St., Leesburg, starting at 5pm. Proceeds will help needy Lake County women receive mammograms. Contact for more information.

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Puff the magic dragon Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary will be at the Mount Dora Community Center at 7:30pm. Who can forget “The Wedding Song,” or “In These Times”? Tickets: $25/$30/$35. 520 N. Baker St. All seats reserved and group discounts available. Call 352.383.2627 for information. O C T. 2 1

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A beer garden A Villages favorite, Oktoberfest Festival, is at Spanish Springs Town Square, 5-9pm. The resident parade starts at 3:30pm and then it’s nonstop entertainment, food, beer, stilt walkers, and clowns until the end! See for information.

Saturdays: The Saturday Morning Market on Towne Square Leesburg 8am-1pm Brownwood Farmer’s Market 2726 Brownwood Blvd., Wildwood 9am-1pm

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Dancing the night away The incomparable Ben Vereen presents his one-man show that has dazzled audiences around the country. His tributes to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr. are stunning. Showtime is 7pm at The Sharon, 1051 Main St., Spanish Springs Town Square, The Villages. Tickets: $25-$65. See for information.

Tuesdays: Lady Lake Farmers Market Lady Lake Log Cabin 106 S. U.S. Hwy. 441/27 9am-1pm

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Grab your lederhosen! A Villages favorite, Oktoberfest, is at Lake Sumter Landing, 5-9pm. The resident parade starts at 3:30pm and then it’s nonstop entertainment, food, beer, stilt walkers, and clowns until the end! See for information.

Wild thang! Don’t miss the 18th annual Florida Wildlife Festival at Caldwell Park in Umatilla, 9am-4pm. The park is at 4 Cassady St. Get more information at or call the chamber of commerce at 352.669.3511. O C T. 2 1

Autumn in Bushnell Bushnell presents its annual Fall Festival to celebrate the city’s birthday. Parade starts at 10am, followed by events all day that end with fireworks just after dark. Lots of food, crafts, entertainment, and the famous greased pig contest. Go to for information. O C T. 2 1

Cruisin’ Cruise In Car Show at Spanish Springs Town Square, The Villages, 4-9pm with the Florida Edsel Club as the featured car club. Food and entertainment along with a 50/50 drawing to benefit Shared Harvest Community Garden. See for information. O C T. 2 4

Improv in The Villages Broadway’s Next H!t Musical is funny, fresh, and all improvised. Every performance is different. Showtime

is 7pm at The Sharon, 1051 Main St., Spanish Springs Town Square, The Villages. Tickets: $15-$35. See for info. O C T. 2 7

Spooky fun It’s the third annual Spooktakular Friday at the Wildwood City Hall Courtyard, 100 N. Main St., 5:308:30pm. Enjoy entertainment, inflatables, face painting, photo booth, rock wall, knocker ball, food trucks, and, of course, candy! Call Erika at 352.461.0134 for more information. O C T. 2 7

Headless horseplay Brownwood Paddock Square in The Villages presents Sleep Halloween Town Event, 2-9pm, with amazing entertainment, great food, lots of kid-friendly fun, and a haunted house. See for information. O C T. 2 7 - 3 1

America’s favorite dysfunctional family Enjoy the haunting humor of “The Addams Family: A Musical Comedy” at The Melon Patch, 311 N. 13th St., Leesburg. Wednesday Addams is all grown up and in love with a normal guy from a respectable family. Fun ensues. Shows: Friday and Saturday 8pm, and Sunday 2pm. Tickets: $18/ adults, $9/Students. 352.787.3013 or O C T. 2 8 - 2 9

Crafty goings on It’s the 33rd annual Mount Dora Craft Fair at 411 Donnelly St. This top-ranked event has an eclectic mix of arts and crafts and a host of unique gifts. For information, contact Visit Mount Dora at 352.217.8390. Shuttles will be offered for off-site parking.








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Mad Hadder Band

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JJ’s Lounge, Sorrento



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Frank’s Place, Leesburg





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er dream was to be a Rockette, but she was caught short—by about 4 inches. Rockettes must be at least 5 feet 6 inches tall. However, that didn’t stop Landi Hicks from pursuing her dream of being a professional dancer. Now, she’s one step closer to hitting her mark. In February, the graduate of The Villages Charter School auditioned for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and was among the 21 percent of candidates accepted into the program. For the next two years, she’ll be living in New York City and dancing every day. In addition, she’ll take voice and acting classes. “They have one of the best combat classes in the country,” Landi says. She began her training at age 2 with her mom, Terri, who owns Dance Dynamix in Leesburg. The instructors at Dance Dynamix encourage all their dancers to study ballet throughout their training, and Landi says it provides the strength and technique to support all forms of dance. Much of what she has done outside the dance studio has prepared her for the rigorous training ahead. She’s been in the school chorus since middle school to develop her singing skills and

performed as a participant in local scholarship pageants. “I was Little Miss, Junior Miss and Teen Miss Leesburg, and Little Miss, Junior Miss, and Teen Miss Hometown,” she says. For several years, Landi has been learning under beloved instructor Ron Holiday at Dance Dynamix. “I’ve been training with him since I was 6. He’s very strict—no talking, hair in a bun, and never be late—but it’s worth it because you learn so much,” Landi says. “It aggravates me that these younger kids don’t know the opportunity that’s right in front of them to learn dance from him.” Landi has also moved up to teaching younger dancers, and Terri admires her daughter’s skill with the younger dancers. “I can come up with stuff so easily. My mom says it’s amazing how quickly I can choreograph,” Landi says. Future plans include being a concert dancer—the ones who dance behind J-Lo, Beyoncé, and other famous performers. “I’ve always wanted to go to New York City and dance. I’ll be living in a dorm in Manhattan and dancing about 40 hours a week,” Landi says. “But I like being able to express myself through the movements. You get lost in the dance and lose all the stress.”


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Brace yourself for good folk, good music, and good times. STORY: JAMES COMBS





eing raised near Nashville ignited John French’s affinity for country music, a beloved genre in the city’s rich music scene. He began writing song lyrics at age 13 and became a self-taught guitar player at age 16. He later merged those two passions and began performing his unique brand of music that he refers to as “Americana”—a blend of old country, bluegrass, and folk. Six years ago, he teamed up with fellow Eustis resident Paul Smithson, a vocalist and mandolin player. Today, the duo performs at venues throughout Florida under the name Smithson and French. “There’s a very strong culture of folk music in Florida that many people are not aware of,” says John, who released his first CD, titled “All Roads,” in 2011. “I love being able to keep folk music alive and influencing a new generation of musicians.” That’s what John hopes to accomplish when he and Paul perform at the 20th annual Lake County Folk Festival, which will be held Oct. 14-15 in

downtown Eustis. More than 165 folk musicians—including solo artists and bands—will showcase their musical talents. “This is a great event because many of the performers are songwriters, meaning spectators will hear lots of unique and original music,” says John, who has played in the festival for 10 consecutive years. “It’s also a great family-oriented event because the performers have a friendly stage presence and are warm and approachable.” Those who attend the Lake County Folk Festival will be enthralled with the sounds of acoustic guitars, soft melodies, pounding percussions, twangy bluegrass, and traditional Celtic music. The festival features nine stages with continuous live music by some of Florida’s most popular folk musicians. In addition, attendees can bring their instruments and perform alongside a lead band at one of two jam tents. “Since many of the stages are indoors, people can remain in one venue if they choose because the acts change every 30 minutes,” says Kathy Wallace, co-organizer of the event. “In other words, they never have to move and can still enjoy a good variety of music.” This year’s lineup of award-winning musicians includes Eustis residents Ken and Leigh Skeen, a husband-wife duo who sing songs about environmental issues. Ken’s entries in the songwriting category took first, second, and third place at the 1992 Will McLean Music Festival. Other performers include Gail Carson, who was nominated for Americana Songwriter of the Year for the Josie Music Awards

in Nashville, and Rachel Grubb, a top 10 finalist in the Will McLean Best New Florida Song contest in 2016 and 2017. “People appreciate being able to see live performers up close and personal,” Kathy says. “Our primary goals for this event are to preserve folk music and get people motivated to learn folk music.” To achieve those goals, event organizers have arranged numerous instructional workshops where festivalgoers receive hands-on learning with instruments associated with folk music. Songwriting and vocal harmony workshops also will be available, as well as vendors representing businesses and nonprofit organizations. “People really appreciate the educational component of our festival,” Kathy says. “What’s more, they can also enjoy beautiful Ferran Park and Lake Eustis and will be within a short walking distance to the many wonderful restaurants and shops located downtown.” Local folk singer and guitarist Jeff Friberg started the Lake County Folk Festival in 1997 at Uncle Donald’s Farm in Lady Lake. Back then, the event lasted one day and attracted several hundred spectators. After three years, the event moved to downtown Eustis and grew exponentially. Although last year’s festival was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew, the 2015 event drew 7,000 people. “Festivals like this are instrumental in helping children develop a passion for music,” John says. “For me, it’s encouraging to know the traditions of folk music will continue.” For more information, visit

The event’s nine stages will be set up in the following locations: The Historic State Theatre Bay Street Brewery and Bistro The Alice McClelland Bandshell Barnwood BBQ and Country Kitchen The Lake Eustis Museum of Art Wine Cellars: Uncorked Valentina’s Sandwich Factory 1884 Restaurant and Bar Tillie’s Tavern and Grill

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Prostate Problems? As men mature, the prostate grows from a walnut-sized gland to sometimes as large as an orange. This growth causes outflow problems from the bladder in the passing of urine, resulting in symptoms from a slow stream, getting up at night to urinate, or even worse—the constant urge to urinate, even to the point that urination begins before they reach the bathroom. These inconvenient, and often embarrassing symptoms, can be resolved by proper treatment of the enlarged prostate. PAID PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Dr. James Young is a very successful urologist who has been practicing in Lake County since 1982. “The treatment of BPH (an enlarged prostate) has always been my focus, and that is the primary reason I moved to Florida when I finished my medical training as Chief Resident of Urology at the University of Arkansas. I looked at Florida as being the largest ‘prostate ranch’ in the United States, so I began my practice from scratch in Eustis in 1982.” For many decades, the only treatment for BPH was a surgical procedure, the TURP, more commonly referred to by men as a “roto-rooter.” Dr. Young performed more 3,000 of these procedures, however they were very invasive, required anesthesia, hospitalization, and could have serious complications, including massive bleeding and at times, death. Then medications were approved that relieved symptoms but after a period of time, the medications lose their effectiveness or caused side effects, usually sexual in nature. There had to be a better way. In the late 1990’s a new procedure, transurethral

needle ablation of the prostate (TUNA) was approved by the FDA. “I was never a fan of jumping on new technology quickly because, as we know, not everything delivers the results as promised,” says Dr. Young. However, after the procedure was used for five years, Dr. Young began doing TUNAs, later known as Prostiva RF therapy. This procedure was done in the office under local anesthesia with few complications. The procedure worked by inserting wires into the prostate, then low frequency radio waves were transmitted through the wires and heated prostate tissue to 115 degrees Celsius. This heat was transmitted in a conductive manner (radiate from the wires) but the heat dissipated rapidly as it traveled away from the wires. The heat was reduced by the formula of 1/r2 with r being the distance from the wires. Basically, cores of prostate tissue surrounding the wires were destroyed. Dr. Young had tremendous success with Prostiva RF therapy and ultimately did almost 3,000 procedures. His success with Prostiva gave him the distinction of being placed on

Castle Connelly’s Top Docs list for five consecutive years. However, more than five years ago, Dr. Young heard rumors of a new technology that was similar in some ways, but completely different in others. This new therapy was FDA approved in 2015 and was known as Rezum. “Even though I have a reputation for not jumping on new technology, I completely understood the science behind Rezum, so as soon as it was available to me, I switched to this procedure immediately. The science driving this technology is fascinating. Using low frequency radio waves, water is transformed into steam and then nine seconds of steam is infiltrated into the prostate tissue, once again in the office under local anesthesia. The major difference is the heat is transferred in a convective, as opposed to conductive manner. As Einstein said, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed.” So once the steam is infiltrated into the prostate, and returns to liquid, it releases all the energy that changed the water into steam. This is a tremendous amount of energy and destroys much

more prostate tissue than the conductive heat did conveyed by Prostiva. There is much less discomfort with Rezum and when patients leave the office (usually in under 30 minutes), they experience no pain what so ever. Since June 2016, Dr. Young has performed just under 300 Rezum procedures, almost twice as many as any other urologist in the United States and many, many more than any other urologists in the state of Florida. “The results have been so amazing and the patients have been so happy that notified me that based on my recent reviews and clicks on my site, I am now ranked in the top 100th percentile of all urologists in the United States. While I am very proud of that, it is also very humbling. I personally think this is biggest leap forward in the treatment of BPH that I will see in my lifetime.” ________________________________


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COMPREHENSIVE CARE If you are a first-time patient of Dr. Young, you will receive a detailed examination. “When I see a new patient I perform physical examinations and properly evaluate the patient’s symptoms, thus diagnosing the underlying problem(s),” Dr. Young said. “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 enlarged prostate 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. With an office staff with nearly as much experience as

the doctor (many have worked with Dr. Young for 25 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 patients’ time as much as we do our own. 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 waking up at night and have difficulty falling back asleep because you’re worried what may be wrong, then it is time to check in with Dr. Young and have him examine you. “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.”

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Instead of candy, hand out healthier treats like granola bars; snack packs of trail mix, raisins, crackers, or pretzels; and 100 percent juice boxes; or non-candy Halloween items such as stickers, bookmarks, tattoos, erasers, and pencils.

Serve a nutritious meal before going trickor-treating so children are not hungry.

Limit the number of treats your child can have each day. Decide the appropriate number ahead of time and let children know why it is important to limit candy.

Keep candy out of reach to prevent continuous and mindless eating.

Eat candy with a glass of milk or apple slices to add healthy nutrients.



Dinner at the diner

Though The Villages lost one of its Perkins restaurants last year, the building will now house the Metro Diner. With a long history that began in Jacksonville in 1938, Metro Diner now has 17 restaurants in various states. Known for its unusual offerings, at the Metro Diner you don’t just get chicken and waffles, you get half a fried chicken and a waffle with strawberry butter. The website ( still says “opening soon,” so keep an eye out for the big day. You’ll find Metro Diner at 41110 Wedgewood Lane in The Villages.

The daily special Do you remember when eating out meant “a meat and three” or a “blue plate special”? The good news is there are places in the area where you can still get the home-style meat and two or three vegetables just like Mom used to make:

Cottage Inn Restaurant 340 S. U.S. Highway 441, Lady Lake 352.753.3533.

Betty’s Greenhouse Grill 3725 W. Old U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora 352.735.2800.

Angel’s Soul Food & BBQ 390 W. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares 352.508.5475.

Farmer’s Market Restaurant 522 N. Market Blvd., Webster 352.569.1220 (country buffet).

Make eating-in a habit Americans are eating out more than ever, according to a recent report by the Nutrition Journal. Busy schedules, after-school activities, and working late all make it more difficult to prepare a homecooked meal. But spending time on food preparation and cooking may improve the health of the whole family, American Journal of Preventative Medicine reports. The journal offers these tips:

PLAN AHEAD: Have the family plan the week’s menu.




USE WHAT’S ON HAND: There are usually lots of items in the pantry, and try the Meal Maker Machine to create recipes with the ingredients you have. GET EVERYONE INVOLVED: Assign cooking tasks and include the children. DO PREP WORK: Take time on the weekend to wash, chop, and store

veggies or do batch cooking on the weekend so meals are ready to be heated. GIVE PRESSURE COOKING A TRY: Pressure cookers save time and create great food. The newer ones are safer and have multiple functions.

Source: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Flipping over pizza Flippers Pizzeria has opened its third location at 2957 Traverse Trail near the Brownwood area of The Villages, and the casual pizza chain noted for its brick-oven pies and other Italian dishes also can be found at The Villages’ Spanish Springs Town Square, 986 Alverez Ave., and at Clermont Crossings, 2523 U.S. Highway 27 and Steve’s Road, Clermont. Flippers offers more than 20 pizza choices, appetizers, chopped salads, and flatbreads (artisan multigrain and gluten free), along with calzones, penne pasta, and sandwiches.

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Help at the dinner table South Lake Hospital gets in your kitchen, so to speak, with monthly educational outreach programs. The Eating Well with Diabetes class is scheduled from 9:30am-noon Oct. 4 at the National Training Center education rooms, 1935 Don Wickham Drive, Clermont. The free community class is led by a registered dietitian who will teach diabetics and pre-diabetics about proper nutrition and provide tips on eating well. For more information and to register, call 352.241.7109.

This day stinks! Everybody knows that the month known for Halloween and Oktoberfest includes Pumpkin Pie Day (Oct. 12), National Kegger Weekend (second weekend), National Pizza and Beer Day (Oct. 9), and American Beer Day (Oct. 27), right? But here’s something you may not know: Oct. 9 also is…wait for it…National Moldy Cheese Day. We don’t know why. Seems like it should come at least a couple of days after National Pizza Day. But there it is on the calendar, according to Circle the 9th, search around the back of your refrigerator, and enjoy some moldy cheese. Coincidentally, on that same date in 1996, the world’s largest grilled cheese sandwich was made, weighing 3,000 pounds. We can only hope the cheese was fresh.


Sabroso! (Tasty!) Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant, 346 Shopping Center Drive, Wildwood, is generating raves for its Mexican, Southwestern, and Latin fare. Among the unique menu items are Sincronizada, a grilled tortilla sandwich stuffed with beef or chicken, cheese, onions, sliced jalapeños, chopped avocado, and rice. There’s also the Pollo Tapatio, grilled chicken breast strips cooked with mushrooms, spinach, and onions, smothered with cheese sauce, and served with rice and beans.

You say beekeeping is none of your beeswax? Actually, it is. Honey lovers can learn how beekeepers produce honey and beeswax while providing a valuable service to farmers during a seminar at the University of Florida/ Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Lake County Extension Center. “Sweet as Can Bee” is scheduled from 6-8pm Oct. 17 at the center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. The $10 cost includes printed materials, recipes, and tasty samples. Register at ufrootsup. or the Extension Center, or call 352.343.4101.


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The Rose Plantation 200 Rose Ave. Fruitland Park 352.805.4340

Fork Report: Casual dining // $$$ Seated after a short wait (lunch hour) WAIT FOR MEAL: 15 minutes OUT-OF-THE-ORDINARY STARTERS: Minestrone, Soup of the Day, She Crab soup, stuffed mushrooms.


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LUNCH ENTREES: New Jersey cheesesteak, grilled chicken, and prime rib sandwiches.


DINNER ENTREES: Baked stuffed shrimp, grilled salmon, ahi tuna, crab cakes, rack of lamb, chicken or veal Milanese.


DESSERTS: Homemade: Key lime pie, bread pudding, chocolate mousse, banana cream pie. How Fork On The Road Works Our reviewers are objective and unbiased. This is not a paid feature. Our reviewer makes one unannounced visit and we pay for our meals.




repare to enjoy a feast for the eyes as well as a delicious meal when you visit The Rose Plantation in Fruitland Park. Lunch at The Rose Plantation is the perfect mix of casual and elegant. As you enter the historic house that is now a restaurant, you’ll pass the beautiful rose garden out front. Roses from these bushes are used as centerpieces for the tables. It’s easy to imagine the wonderful galas, masquerades, teas, and other social events that once were held here. My friend and I enjoyed a leisurely lunch. Though there was a full house, our server Cindy was attentive and friendly. I had the junior club sandwich with a side of delicious potato salad. My friend had fresh strawberry

and spinach salad with jicama, candied pecans, and goat cheese, and a zesty balsamic vinaigrette dressing. The desserts were decadent and delightful. I had a huge brownie filled with cookies and cream mousse while my companion chose the signature dessert of The Rose Plantation: banana cream pie. Reservations must be made for groups of 15 or more and are always encouraged for dinner. The historical photos and antique furniture, though minimal, enhance the beauty of the old house and make it feel warm and welcoming. Appropriate suggested attire is casual to semi-formal.


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Yalaha Bakery 8210 CR 48, Yalaha 352.324.3366


Hours: 8am-7pm daily

Hidden gem for sweet confections

Fork Report: Casual dining // $$ Seated immediately (lunch hour)


WAIT FOR MEAL: 15 minutes


BREAKFAST: ($3-$7) Nurnbergers with sunny side up eggs, Leberkaesse on rye bread with sunny side up eggs, French toast with fresh fruit and yogurt, German cereal, scrambled eggs, and ham on rye. LUNCH: ($5-$12.75) Soups, sandwiches, Hunter schnitzel with spätzle, bratwurst with potato salad and sauerkraut, Rueben sandwich, quiche with vegetables.

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icturesque Bavarian-style murals on the building’s exterior, an inviting beer garden, German cuisine, and some of the most delicious sweet delicacies await you at Yalaha Bakery on County Road 48. The bakery’s breads, pastries, cakes, cookies, and pies are ideal for those who want something special for their holiday meals. Several pies will be available for Thanksgiving, including the bakery’s famous German apple pie that stands about 6 inches tall, while a smaller version features a streusel topping. Other popular varieties include pumpkin cheesecake pie, pumpkin pie, apple, peach, blueberry, rhubarb with apple, pistachio cheesecake, and raspberry swirl cheesecake, according to Debby Kraemer, who works in customer service for the bakery. “There are days when we run out of everything,” she says, noting the Bee Sting is one of the most beloved desserts: A yeast cake with Bavarian cream in the middle topped with a caramelized glaze of slivered almonds. Customers can place holiday orders through the bakery’s website, preferably no later than two weeks before Thanksgiving since they bake hundreds of pies and other confections for the holidays and ship orders all over the country. Those who miss or crave German cuisine can savor several menu offerings at the

small deli. Among the popular items are the Rueben sandwich served on thick, hearty pretzel cheese bread—a completely different taste sensation than the traditional Rueben on rye. It’s served with tasty potato salad and sauerkraut. I enjoyed the Hunter schnitzel (pork cutlet topped with mushroom sauce) served with spätzle (small egg noodles) and red cabbage with a nice hint of cinnamon. The aroma took me back to my late German grandmother’s kitchen. My friend and I highly recommend saving room for dessert because the bakery has an array of delightful European confections. It’s actually difficult to choose! We loved the cherry streusel with sweet Bavarian cream and we couldn’t resist buying some sweet treats to take home. Yalaha Bakery also serves gluten-free products, including cookies, a multigrain bread with sunflower seeds, and several pastries. “They taste awesome and are surprisingly very good…I didn’t even know they were gluten-free,” says Debby, showing some of the items, including a pretty flourless chocolate cake with the tasty texture of fudge. This Lake County gem is open seven days a week!

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The Frog & Monkey Restaurant & Pub 411 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora 352.383.1936 Hours: 11am-3pm and 5-9pm WednesdayThursday; 11am-10pm Friday-Saturday; 11am-4pm Sunday

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Fork Report: Casual dining // $$ Seated immediately (dinner hour)


WAIT FOR MEAL: 5-10 minutes


OUT-OF-THE-ORDINARY STARTERS: ($6.95-$12.95) Baked brie, edamame, clams, beer-battered ’shrooms. ENTREES: ($8.95$24.95) Philly steak flatbread pizza, Reuben panini, Aloha burger, grilled salmon sandwich, baked spaghetti, bangers and mash, grilled teriyaki glazed salmon, cottage pie, steaks. How Fork On The Road Works Our reviewers are objective and unbiased. This is not a paid feature. Our reviewer makes one unannounced visit and we pay for our meals.




frog and a monkey are unlikely friends, unless perhaps the frog pulls a thorn from the monkey’s paw. Was that a fable or a horror story? Anyway, at a restaurant in the cellar of the Renaissance Building in downtown Mount Dora, the Frog & Monkey go together like bangers and mash. And, rather than a horror story, customers might go home with ghost stories after live bands scare up music-loving apparitions, according to restaurant lore. This intimate English-style bar bills itself as the only underground pub in Lake County. Diners can find tra-

ditional favorites like fish ’n’ chips, numerous microbrews, and whimsical décor like a Beatles “Yellow Submarine” poster and frog and monkey artwork, naturally. For starters, the French onion soup was tasty, not salty, in a classic recipe given a new twist with a topping of onion straws on the thick layer of cheese. Beerbattered ’shrooms, far from the generic variety most bars would serve, were fried in a light, flaky batter. They were perfect with bleu cheese. Many a bar argument has started with “Who has the best Reuben?” The Frog & Monkey’s version is good,

though different than deli style. The sandwich is pressed panini-style, with rye bread, lean and flavorful corned beef, sauerkraut, gooey Swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing. The only wish would be for a little more meat. The side potato salad, with chopped vegetables mixed in, had a unique flavor. Don’t forget the bangers and mash, with the emphasis on mash: a large helping of delicious garlic mashed potatoes covered in rich, brown onion gravy, two sausages spiced like breakfast links, plus mushy peas. It’s good stuff that goes together like frogs and monkeys.


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The 22nd annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is larger than ever this year with more chances to learn about food and wine pairings. STORY: MARY ANN DESANTIS




he best place to learn about wine is close to home, and Central Floridians have an extraordinary opportunity as the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full throttle this month. The 2017 festival is the longest ever. It began Aug. 31 and runs for 75 days until Nov. 13. It’s been a number of years since I attended the Orlando event, and I had to prepare for a many changes since my first foray into this epicurean wonderland. I remembered standing in line for hours to get one of the coveted seats in the wine seminars, which in the early days were free. Today, the 45-minute seminars have an admission price over and above-the-park-entry fee. That extra cost—about $17 for beverage seminars and culinary demonstrations—comes with reserved seating so you are not wasting valuable time just hoping for a seat. Food and wine lovers actually spend more time in the Global Marketplace visiting the various “kitchen” kiosks than they do in the celebrity chef events, which are often sold out weeks in advance. Open throughout the festival, the Global Marketplace is the place to be if you want to learn what wines or beers to pair with cuisines from around the world. The booths or kiosks—35 in all to honor Epcot’s 35th year—are scattered throughout the park’s World Showcase and into Future World. Find out in advance what is being served around Epcot’s “world,” because decisions are hard on an empty stomach. I had to choose between breakfast in Germany with its famed apple strudel, Spain’s charcuterie “cone” of SPAIN’S CHARCUTERIE “CONE” goodies, or just heading toward the Eiffel Tower and starting the day with a sparkling French Kir and a crème brûlée with raspberry jam. A list of menus and wines for the Global Marketplace is available at disneyworld.disney. Your budget can take a beating if you stop at every booth, because…well, it’s Disney… and prices can be steep. Epcot offers a “tasting sampler” voucher for eight food or beverage items from the Global Marketplace (exclusions

are listed on voucher). The tasting sampler voucher is $65 and can be purchased at several Epcot locations, including the Festival Center just beyond the entrance. Another reason to check out the marketplace menus ahead of time is to determine which wines you want to sample. Try varietals that you can’t find locally. I was particularly curious about wines from Patagonia, the southernmost region in Argentina. The Bodega Noemía de Patagonia “A Lisa” Malbec, Rio Negro, is a full-bodied Malbec blended with a splash of Merlot and Petit Verdot and made with organically and biodynamically grown grapes. The Patagonia Marketplace serves beef empanadas and beef skewers with chimichurri sauce, both excellent pairings for the Malbec. In addition to the international cuisines scattered around Epcot’s World Showcase, four new kitchens have been added to the Global Marketplace. They include Coastal Eats, Active Eats, Flavors from the Fire, and Light Lab. If you are looking for seafood and Oregon wines, then Coastal Eats is a safe choice. However, if you’ve always wondered what wines or beers to pair with spicy Korean barbecue or smoked corned beef, then Flavors from the Fire has suggestions. For the kids in your group, and the young at heart, check out the Light Lab, where you can taste nonalcoholic glow-in-the-dark beverages like the citrus apple freeze. Active Eats offers action-packed creations such as sweet avocado crema with strawberries and “hard” sparkling


waters, which contain about 5 percent alcohol and are flavored with unusual cucumber and lemon-lime combinations. The best finale has to be the Chocolate Studio, located between Future World West and the Showcase Plaza near the Imagination pavilion. Choose a gluten-friendly chocolatealmond truffle or dark chocolate raspberry torte with some unexpected wine pairings— Banfi Rosa Regale or a Justin Cabernet Sauvignon. Your taste buds will thank you for capping off the day in such a sweet way.

Trip Tip

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Tips for a smooth visit to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival To make your day in Epcot’s epicurean playground more enjoyable, plan ahead with these suggestions:

• Visit on a weekday when it’s less crowded. Disney offers weekday-only passes for Florida residents at a reduced rate.

• Go early in the day when it’s cooler and you’ll have time to walk off some of the calories.

• Download the Festival Guidemap from blogmickey. com/2017/08/2017-epcotfood-wine-festival-guidemap. Also look at the menus for each vendor and have an idea whether there is something special you want to try. • Set a budget for eating in the Global Marketplace. Epcot’s “tasting sampler” voucher is $65 for eight food or wine items.



from Aug.31 through Nov. 13

The reloadable Mini-Festival Gift Card is also a good way to stick to a budget. Activate it with as little as $15 and then swipe or scan to pay for food and wine. • If not staying overnight, make sure to have a designated driver. You should also enjoy Epcot and the free entertainment for a few hours after your last wine tasting.

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Dining in your city Astatula Race Car Diner 25641 Monroe St. 352.253.6940 Astor Blackwater Inn Williams Landing 55716 Front St. 352.759.3802 Bushnell Chuck’s Odd Cuples Café 117 W Belt Ave 352.568.0408 Hong Kong Restaurant 2229 W CR 48 (352) 568-8888 Howie’s Family Restaurant 840 N. Main St. 352.793.8582 TJ’s Family Restaurant 412 W. Belt Ave 352.793.8877 Waller’s Restaurant 138 Bushnell Plaza 352.793.2592 Clermont 801 City Grille 801 Montrose St. 352.394.6911 Akina Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion Bistro 4300 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.243.8988 Bubba’s Catfish 1800 S. Hwy. 27 352.708.6142 Calabria Ristorante 13900 County Road 455 407.656.5144 Cheeser’s Palace Café 707 W. Montrose St. 352.404.9431 Corelli Italian Restaurant 1042 E. Hwy. 50 352.989.5924 El Cerro Restaurant 811 W. Hwy. 50 352.241.9884 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




Guru Restaurant 2400 S. Hwy. 27 352.241.9884 Legends Grille & Tavern 1700 Legendary Blvd. 352.242.1910 Lilly’s on the Lake 846 W. Osceola St. 352.708.6565 Lyn’s Ice Cream & Sandwich Shoppe 824 W. Montrose St. 352.536.9935 Napolis Pizzeria 556 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.243.7500 Robata Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar 1500 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.404.9688 The Crooked Spoon Gastropub 200 Citrus Tower Blvd. 352.404.4808 Troy’s Cuban & Deli 1200 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.241.4295 Uncle Kenny’s BBQ 157 Hwy. 27 352.394.1225 Eustis 1884 Restaurant & Bar 12 East Magnolia Ave. 1.800.856.1884 Barnwood BBQ 50 W. Orange Ave. 352.630.4903 Dam Smoker Barbeque 36721 County Road 19A 352.357.6555 Haystax Restaurant 15439 Hwy. 441 352.489.0510 Jeannie’s Place 209 E. Gottsche Ave. 352.359.0027 Kiku Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar 15211 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.483.8288 King’s Taste Bar-B-Que 503 Palmetto St. 352.589.0404 Maria’s Latin Dinner 1 N. Eustis St. 352.357.5555

LaCabana Mexican Bar and Grill 2060 S. Bay St. 352.357.4600 NightOwl Caribbean Restaurant 929 S. Bay St. 352.589.0256 Stavro’s & Sons of Eustis 2100 W. County Road 44 352.589.9100 Taki’s Pizza House 2824 S. Bay St. 352.357.0022 Thai Sushi America 925 N. Bay St. 352.357.1949 The Crazy Gator 402 N. Bay St. 352.589.5885 The Great Pizza Company 23 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.357.7377 The Oyster Troff 936 N. Bay St. 352.357.9939 Tillie’s Tavern & Grill 31 E. Magnolia Ave. 352.602.7929 Tony’s Pizza & Subs 2760 E. Orange Ave. 352.589.9001 Fruitland Park Fruitland Park Café 3180 US Hwy. 441/27 352.435.4575 ibar-be-que Express 3170 Hwy. 27 352.315.4227 Legends Cafe 2468 U.S. Hwy. 441/27 352.728.0006 Groveland Coyote Rojo 214 W. Broad St. 352.557.8999 James Barbeque 262 W. Orange St. 352.557.4050 Ikaho Sushi Japanese 7965 SR 50, #900 352.557.8988 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 Lady Lake Bamboo Bistro 700 Hwy. 441 352.750.9998 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 The Original Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. 514 Hwy. 441 352.614.9000 Leesburg Bloom’s Baking House and Restaurant 610 W. Main St. 352.787.1004 Cafe Ola 400 N. 14th St. 352.365.0089 Cedar River Seafood 8609 S. U.S. Hwy. 441 352.728.3377 Chesapeake Bay Grill 4467 Arlington Ridge Blvd. 352.315.0066 Cuba Pichy’s 10401 US Hwy. 441 352.642.3686 Dance’s BBQ 1707 South Street 352.801.8885 Frank’s Place 201 N. 1st St. 352.323.1989 Gator Bay Bar & Grill 10320 County Road 44 352.365.2177 God Café 300 W. Main St. 352.801.7447 Great Chicago Fire Brewery & Tap Room 311 W. Magnolia St. 352.474.2739 Habaneros 3 Mexican Restaurant 10601 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.315.1777 HP Grill 1403 S. 14th St. 352.314.0006

Ichiban Buffet 10301 Hwy. 441 352.728.6669 Irene’s Ice Cream Sandwiches and Deli 4120 Corley Island Rd. 352.315.1118 Jamaican George 2402 W. Main St. 352.455.1898 Johnson’s Pizza Place 4120 Corley Island Rd., Ste. 300 352.801.7250 Kountry Kitchen 1008 W. Dixie Ave. 352.323.0852 La Palma Mexican Grill 1690 Citrus Blvd. 352.323.1444 Lilly’s Super Subs 2339 County Road 473 352.343.4663 Magnolia’s Oyster Bar 201 W. Magnolia St. 352.323.0093 Ms. T’s Place 305 Pine St. 352.431.3217 Naples Italian Restaurant 1107 W. North Blvd. 352.323.1616 Osaka 1401 Citrus Blvd. 352.728.0788 Pine Street Bar-B-Que 408 Pine St. 352.728.1293 Plantation Oaks Restaurant 4720 Plantation Blvd. 352.530.2680 Ramshackle Café 1317 N. 14th St. 352.365.6565 San Jose Mexican 1337 S. 14th St. 352.805.4174 Sip Restaurant and Wine Bar 707 W. Main St. 352.435.7840 Southern Gourmet 314 W. Main St. 352.409.7512 Stavros Pizza 755 N. 14th St. 352.326.4202 Takis Pizza Restaurant 1205 N. 14th St. 352.787.2344

The 24 Tap Room 1107 W. North Blvd. 352.315.0198 The Florida Porch Café 706 W. Main St. 352.365.1717 The Old Time Diner 1350 W. North Blvd. 352.805.4250 Turner’s 114 S. 5th St. 352.530.2274 Two Old Hags Wine Shoppe 410 W Main St 352.435.9107 Vic’s Catering 352.728.8989 Wolfy’s 918 N. 14th St. 352.787.6777 Wrapsody 712 W. Main St. 352.801.7239 Mascotte Minneola Grill 117 W. Washington St. 352.394.2555 Napoli’s Pizzeria 556 Hwy. 27 352.243.7500 Rainbow Restaurant 704 E. Myers Blvd. 352.429.2093 The Surf Bar and Grill 650 Hwy. 27 202.527.0100 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 1921 by Norman Van Aken 141 E. 4th Ave. 352.385.1921 Anthony’s Pizza 17195 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.357.6668 Beauclaire Restaurant at Lakeside Inn 100 N. Alexander St. 352.383.4101

Bocce Pizzeria 925 E. First Ave. 352.385.0067 Breezeway Café 411 N. Donnelly St. 352.702.7898 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 Eduardo’s Loko Tacos Mexican Restaurant 226 Alfred St. 352.742.1181 Frog & Monkey English Pub 411 N. Donnelly St. 352. 383.1936 Highland Street Café 185 S. Highland St. 352.383.1446 Jeremiah’s 500 N. Highland St. 352.383.7444 J.K. Thai & Sushi 116 E. 5th Ave. 352.385.5470 Let’s Do Lunch 426 N. Donnelly St. 352.735.4577 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., Ste. 100 352.758.9818 Pisces Rising 239 W. 4th Ave. 352.385.2669 PizzAmore’ 722 E. 5th Ave. 352.383.0092 Shiva Indian Restaurant 140A W. 5th Ave. 352.735.4555 Sidelines Sport Eatery 315 N. Highland St. 352.735.7433 Sugarboo’s Bar-B-Que 1305 N. Grandview St. 352.735.7675

The Goblin Market 331-B Donnely St. 352.735.0059 Whale’s 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 CR 437 352.383.8882 Gi Gi’s 25444 State Road 46 352.735.4000 Tavares Angelo’s Italian Restaurant 2270 Vindale Rd. 352.343.2757 Buzzard Beach Grill 12423 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.253.5267 Hurricane Dockside Grill 3351 W. Burleigh Blvd. 352.508.5137 Lake Dora Sushi & Sake 227 E. Main St. 352.343.6313 Mary’s Kountry Kitchen 15945 County Road 448 352.343.6823 O’Keefe’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 115 S Rockingham Ave. 352.343.2157 Palm Gardens Restaurant 1661 Palm Garden St. 352.431.3217 Ruby Street Grille 221 E. Ruby St. 352.742.7829 Sunrise Grill 462 E. Burleigh Blvd. 352.343.7744 The Hideaway 11912 Lane Park Rd. 352.343.3585 The Villages Amerikano’s Grill 998 Del Mar Dr. 352.633.8027 Bavarian Brewhaus 2738 Brownwood Blvd. 352.399.5516

Bravo Pizza 1080 Lake Sumter Landing 352.430.2394 Chengs Chinese and Sushi Restaurant 4050 Wedgewood Ln. 352.391.9678 China Gourmet III 343 Colony Blvd 352.750.4965 City Fire Brownwood & Paddock Square 352.561.2078 Fiesta Grande Mexican Grill 297 Colony Blvd 352.751.0400 Giovanni’s 3439 Wedgewood Lane 352.751.6674 Margarita Republic 1102 Main St. 352.753.4600 Mezza Luna Italian Restaurant and Bar 320 Colony Blvd. 352.753.3824 NYPD Pizzeria 4046 Wedgwood Ln 352.750.1994 RedSauce 1000 Canal St. 352.750.2930 Ricciardi’s Italian Table 3660 Kiessel Rd. 352.391.9939 Sakura 265 Colony Blvd 352.205.7393 Takis Greek and Italian Restaurant 13761 U.S. Hwy. 441 N. 352.430.3630 The Lighthouse Point Bar and Grille 925 Lakeshore Dr. 352.753.7800 VKI Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar 1004 Old Mill Run 352.259.9887 Umatilla Fish & Chix 100 N. Central Ave. 352.669.7145 Gator’s 9 N. Central Ave. 352.669.6969

Greg’s Haystax 526 Umatilla Blvd. 352.669.1555 Nicky D’s Pizza 325 N. Central Avenue 352.669.2400 Old Crow Real Pit Bar-B-Q 41100 State Road 19 352.669.3922 Quarterdeck 801 Central Ave. 352.669.4662 Shanghai 531 N. Central Ave. 352.669.2004 The Mason Jar 37534 State Rd. 19 352.589.2535 Umatilla Tavern 605 N. Central Ave. 352.669.1325 Wildwood China Jade 420 W. CR 44 352.330.5913 Cotillion Southern Café 101 N. Main St. 352.748.1223 Los Magueyes Mexican Restaurant 346 Shopping Center Dr. 352.461.0577 O’Shucks! Oyster Bar and Grill 1016 S Main St. 352.399.2200 Traditions Café 3107 Hwy. 44 352.748.1077 Woody’s Bar-B-Q 1220 S. Main St. 352.748.1109 Yalaha Yalaha Bakery 8210 County Road 48 352.324.3366

Country Club Restaurants Clermont Sanctuary Ridge Bar & Grille 2601 Diamond Club Road 352.243.0411 Legends Grille & Tavern 1700 Legendary Blvd. 352.243.1118 Howey-in-the-Hills Mission Inn Resort El Conquistador Nicker’s Clubhouse Restaurant 10400 CR 48 352.324.3101 Mount Dora The Country Club 1900 Country Club Blvd. 352.735.2263 The Villages Belle Glade Country Club 446 Moyer Loop 352.205.8208 Cane Garden Country Club 1726 Bailey Trail 352.750.0627 Evans Prairie Country Club 1825 Evan’s Prairie Trail 352.750.2225 Glenview County Club 3914 Glenview Rd. 352.753.0077 Hemingway’s at Havana Country Club 2484 Odell Circle 352.430.3200 Legacy Restaurant Nancy Lopez Country Club 17135 Buena Vista Blvd. 352.753.1475 Orange Blossom Country Club 1542 Water Tower Circle 352.751.4501 Palmer Legends Country Club 1635 Palmer Way 352.750.4499 Tierra Del Sol Country Club 806 San Marino Dr. 352.753.8005 Wildwood Continental Country Club 50 Continental Blvd. 352.748.3293

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Barnwood Bar-B-Que & Country Kitchen Barbecue, American (Traditional), Southern // 50 W. Orange Ave., Eustis // 352.630.4903 7am-3pm Monday-Friday, dine-in and takeout // // Mouth-watering barbecue. A family-like atmosphere. Old-fashioned service. Those are three qualities that patrons of Barnwood BBQ and Country Kitchen in Eustis experience upon each visit. Owners Dan and Elaine Backhaus have discovered that the recipe behind delicious barbecue is cooking meats low and slow over smoldering wood. That method has served them well, both for their restaurant and food truck business. Diners can also purchase Barnwood’s delicious, award-winning barbecue sauces and special seasonings. Popular breakfast items include a ham-and-cheese omelet, smoked sausage omelet, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and a variety of breakfast combinations. The restaurant’s equally delicious lunch items include a three-rib sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, beef brisket platter, smoked country sausage platter, mushroom Swiss burger, and grilled Reuben sandwich. Burgers, soups, and salads are also available. Be sure to top off your meal with one of Barnwood’s popular desserts, which include fruit cobbler and dark-chocolate brownies Awards: Lake & Sumter Style magazine’s No. 1 BBQ Restaurant, Best Judged Chicken, Best Judged Ribs, Best Judged Brisket (tie), and thirdplace in Best Judged Pork (April 2015) Top Entrée (pulled pork), Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce food contest (2015 and 2016).

The Country Club of Mount Dora 1900 Country Club Blvd., Mount Dora 352.735.4059 Come enjoy a great meal at the Country Club of Mount Dora overlooking the beautiful greens of the golf course. We serve lunch daily and breakfast on weekends. Be sure to bring your appetite for our half-pound burgers made your way, thick cut Reuben sandwiches, delicious Greek salad, and much more. We serve a full breakfast menu every Saturday and Sunday including Eggs Benedict, French toast, omelettes, and much more. Come join us!

Cousin Vinnie’s Family Sports Restaurant Open seven days a week: 11am–9pm // Food, Spirits, Music, Sports 10700 U.S. Hwy. 441, Leesburg // 352.253.2442 // Cousin Vinnie’s is located on U.S. Hwy. 441 across from Home Depot. 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 have been voted BEST WINGS in Lake & Sumter County every year since opening in 2008. In 2017, Vinnie’s was also voted BEST SPORTS BAR. Every Monday Night from 6 – 10 they host Texas Hold’Em Tournaments, Tuesday night is “Family Night” from 5–8p.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 from 6 – 8 is Bingo! Every Saturday watch your favorite college team (including the SEC Package) while enjoying appetizer specials and $2 domestic draft beers. On Sundays, they offer “The Sunday NFL Ticket,” catch any game… any time while Domestic Buckets of beer are only $15 and Domestic Pitchers are only $7. A few menu items offered are (never frozen) killer ½ lb. burgers, personal pan pizzas, amazing rib-eye cheese steaks, healthy wheat wraps, fresh homemade salads, 16 awesome appetizers and their signature deep fried Ice Cream and Snickers Bars! Cousin Vinnie’s also offers, free Wi-Fi, great music, and an enthusiastic staff ready to exceed your expectations.




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Cuba Pichy’s Cuisine 10401 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg // at Via Port Mall 352.365.2822 If you’re in the mood for a flavorful, authentic Cuban food experience, then Cuba Pichy’s Cuisine, located at ViaPort Florida Mall in Leesburg, is just what you’re looking for. The menu includes classic dishes such as Roast Pork, Ropa Vieja, Palomilla steak, and popular dishes such as Arroz con Pollo, Churrasco, Mofongo, vegetarian and seafood dishes, as well as a selection of Pichy’s Masterpieces. Most dishes are served with rice, black beans, and sweet plantains. Appetizers like Cuba’s Gran Combo, a variety of delicious items including Masitas Fritas, Chicharrones de Pollo, Ham-croquettes, and sweet plantains; Pichy’s beef empanadas filled with spicy, flavorful ground beef encased in a delicious flaky baked pastry, Cuban sandwiches, specialty desserts and Cuban coffee are always available. Cuba also features a full-service bar, and a private banquet room that can accommodate up to 40 guests, and, as a bonus, Pichy will create a specialty menu just for your group.

Gio’s Deli and Mercato 394 County Road 201, Oxford // 352.748.5558 Monday-Friday 10A.M.-6 P.M. // Saturday 10 A.M. -3 P.M. Buon Appetito! There’s no need to travel to Italy to enjoy scrumptious homemade breads, pasta, fresh sandwiches, meats, cheeses, desserts, pastries, and foods from an Italian market—it’s all available here at Gio’s Deli, where our chef Giovanni earned his culinary degree in Italy. After opening Giovanni’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in The Villages in 2004, Gio has expanded with the deli bringing more of the old world to The Villages area to enjoy! Gio’s can cater a special family meal of lasagna, spaghetti with meatballs, chicken parmigiana or baked ziti, or call us when you need a special party platter or desserts for a social gathering. We get raves over everything from our homemade cheeses, bruschetta, and sweet treats of cannoli, lemon mascarpone cake, cheesecakes, strawberry tiramisu and more. Come check us out!

The Goblin Market Restaurant & Lounge 331-B Donnelly Street (Rear Alley), Mount Dora // 352.735.0059 // Lunch: Tue–Sat 11am–3:00pm // Dinner: Tue–Thu 5–9pm, Fri–Sat 5–10pm, Sun 11am–3:30pm 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. Join us for our new “lighter fare” dinner menu, gourmet soups, salads, and sandwiches. Tuesday–Thursday from 3–9pm (regular dinner menu also available).




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Guru Restaurant and Catering 2400 S. U.S. Hwy. 27, Suite 101, Clermont // 352.241.9884 Monday-Saturday 4pm-10 pm // Closed Sun. Guru Restaurant and Catering is the “go-to” place for a wide array of mouthwatering Indian fare, everything from appetizers, clay oven-baked Indian breads, Biryani specialties, chicken, seafood, lamb, beef entrees, and 12 different vegetable dishes for vegans to enjoy. Many diners rave about our Chicken Tikka Masala, featuring boneless chicken cooked in a clay oven, dipped in tomato sauce with onion, and flavored with aromatic herbs. All of our chefs are renowned for their creative combinations of spices and sauces, so let us cook for you!

La Palma 1690 Citrus Blvd., Leesburg // 352.323.1444 // Open Daily 11:00am – 9:00pm // Lunch Specials: 11:00am – 3:00pm Owner Raudel Torres invites you to a delicious dining experience at the La Palma Mexican Grill. The recipes used for these unique dishes are a blend of old-school traditions from Mexico, combined with culinary inspirations and trends from California and Louisiana. Flavorful, homemade Mexican entrees such as Tacos Azteca, Carnitas, Fajitas, and Tamales and much more are timeless and prepared with only the freshest ingredients. Sit in the comfortable dining room or enjoy the outdoor view on the new patio deck. Fast and friendly service, reasonable prices, and three-for-one margaritas all day every day mean exceeding customer expectations. In addition to in-house service, catering is available for large parties, or meetings. Daily specials available on the website, ts! hi Nigh Mariac hts from ig Tuesday n d kids an m p -8 m 6p ! r) eat free e d (10 and un

Mason Jar 37534 SR 19, Umatilla // 352.589.2535 Mon–Sat 6am-8pm // Sun 6am-2pm Established in 1979, The Mason Jar is well-known for southern style, downhome cooking; sparkling clean, casual dining room; family-friendly hospitality and reasonable prices. Located in Umatilla at 37534 SR 19, and family-owned, the restaurant is a welcome sight for travelers and locals alike. Seven days a week patrons enjoy breakfasts of homemade grits, real fried potatoes, fluff y biscuits, country ham, and mile-high pancakes. If you are a late riser, you can still enjoy daily specials: Monday-Meatloaf; Tuesday-Beef Tips and Noodles; Wednesday-Liver and Onions; Thursday-Fried Chicken; Friday-All you can eat Fish Fry; Saturday-Fried Chicken Livers and Sunday-Award-winning, all-you-can-eat Fried Chicken. Other favorites include various beans (pintos, lima, northern) with rice, served with onion slices and corn muffins, homemade soups, fresh vegetables for sides, and of course, the meal wouldn’t be complete without a glass of southern sweet tea! Awards: Orlando Sentinel’s Best Fried Chicken in Lake County (March, 2015) Orlando Sentinel’s Best Breakfast in Lake County (March, 2015)




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Mom & Dads 304 U.S. Hwy. 441, Lady Lake // 352.753.2722 Tue-Sat 4pm–9pm // Closed Sun & Mon This little place in the heart of Lady Lake is a local favorite. All the food at Mom & Dad’s is authentic and homemade, from the famous sauce to pastas to the incredible desserts. Made from scratch in-house ravioli and lasagna. Many diners automatically order Spaghetti al la Bruzzi, which is the house specialty. This baked spaghetti has a meat sauce, mushrooms, and three cheeses. Add to that the homemade bread Papa prepares every day, and you’ve got a memorable meal. You can’t stop with the entrée, however. Mama’s homemade cakes are amazing! Moist and delicious German Chocolate, creamy, luxurious Red Velvet, Cannoli, and who doesn’t love Spumoni. If you’re looking for a great Italian dinner that will remind you of home and all the goodness of eating there, try Mom & Dad’s. Mom & Dad’s also offers a full gluten free menu featuring pizza, lasagna, ravioli, and desserts all made in-house from scratch.

Oakwood Smokehouse & Grill Lady Lake // The villages // Eustis // South Leesburg // Clermont // Wildwood 11am-9pm Daily // 11am-3pm Sunday Oakwood Smokehouse & Grill is the perfect place to go if you’re looking for hearty Southern food. Celebrating 19 years as a “home grown,” Lake County business, we believe that the next meal we serve is the most important one. Whether its our award winning baby back ribs or our 14 hour smoked, pulled pork, there are offerings to please everyone in your family, yound or old… Other items include choice aged slow smoked beef, grilled or smoked chicken, freshly grilled fish, and a full line of freshly made salads. Sides include creamy Sams slaw, limabeans, black-eye-peas, collard greens, and more. The food is only part of the allure though. Our staff is unmatched at offering up warm Southern hospitality that pairs well with our excellent food. Upon entering our restaurant, be prepared to be greeted by wonderful smoky aromas… and equally warm smiles.

Tiki West Raw Bar and Grill 118 Ruby St., Tavares // 352.508.5783 Sun-Thu 11am-10pm // Fri-Sat 11am-11pm Tiki West Raw Bar and Grill has specials every day for you to enjoy. Daily specials include $2 off Dozens of Raw, Steamed, or Chargrilled Oysters on Tuesday; $9.99 Pound of Peel and Eat Shrimp on Wednesdays; $5 off Buckets of Oysters Thursday or Sunday; or $9.99 Mahi Mahi Beer Battered Fish Fry on Friday. This Tavares restaurant overlooking Lake Dora has outdoor dining area on the patio, indoor seating in the dining room, or take a seat at the oyster bar surrounded by 11 TVs. Come check out our new Crab Leg Specials by the pound starting at $19.99 served with fries and slaw! Diners also love the “All You Can Eat” Peel-and-Eat-Shrimp, Coconut Shrimp or Fried Shrimp for $25.99; Fried Mahi Mahi or Fried Clam Strips for $16.99 and Fried Chicken Tenders for $14.99. The best part about the All You Can Eat is you can reorder any of the All You Can Eat specials of equal or lesser value. Come check out our new lunch menu good Monday-Friday from 11-3. Some of the lunch specials include $6 Soup and Salad Combo, $7 Lunch Baskets and $12 Pound of Peel and Eat Shrimp. With great food specials and Happy Hour all day every day, Tiki West is the place to be!




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ere’s a wild idea for business owners and managers: Treat employees like you treat your best customers, and your company will reap rewards beyond your wildest imagination. At Forefront Architecture and Engineering, that’s more than an exercise in imagination. It’s a way of life. Walk in the firm’s Clermont office and you see 42 employees who are empowered, productive, contributing, and happy. They are free to use their skills and share their ideas. They’re trusted to do the right thing for clients.

And, most importantly, owners and managers stay out of their way, allowing them to flourish in their respective job. Happy employees are a big reason why Forefront is repeatedly hired to complete projects not only in Florida but throughout the world. The company, which is licensed in 37 states, has garnered a stellar reputation for satisfying the needs of various industries, including hospitality, religion, high-volume residential, and light commercial. “Being a successful company takes more than ingenuity and innovation; it takes engaged

employees,” says Amelia Swart, one of Forefront’s partners. “My mantra as an owner is that clients and employees should be equal. If you don’t put your employee first, then your client will never be first.” It’s hard to argue with Swart’s logic. After all, satisfied employees are simply more productive and more efficient. They work harder, contribute more, and call in sick less. Of course, creating a good work culture goes well beyond the typical perks like health insurance and the occasional congratulatory “good job.” Forefront’s employees participate in quarterly teambuilding activities and attend fun company outings, such as a recent trip to Aquatica in Orlando. They also volunteer together to help less fortunate people. In fact, they recently built two homes for Habitat for Humanity and met the needs of 60 recipients for the Salvation Army’s “Angel Tree.” They also attend three industry-related events throughout the year and spend an additional 12 hours learning a new skill in the industry. Each employee receives life insurance, and they can earn up to three weeks of paid time off (PTO) in their first year. Flex time is also offered, allowing employees to maintain a healthy personal life. “ I started my career in the steel industry which can be a rough and tumble type of atmosphere. I told myself that should I have my own employees we would do our best to treat them with respect. Over the years we have had a constant struggle of balancing

the needs of the firm and the needs of its employees, more often than not, learning the hard way how to improve the work environment. As of late we have made the commitment to take care of our people first, who in turn, have taken care of the firm!” states Hans Bentzon, Forefront’s CEO. Forefront Architecture and Engineering also boasts individuals from diverse backgrounds who bring unique talents, skills, and experiences to the company. One of them is Juan Garcia, a project manager who has been employed with the company for six years. “I love interacting with clients and winning over their confidence. Every client is different, so each project comes with its unique set of challenges. I love going above and beyond to meet those challenges and exceed their expectations.” Anne Fulton, an administrative assistant, is equally passionate about her job. “I truly appreciate the family environment here because it serves as a home away from home. We all know if something is wrong with another co-worker, and we gladly tell that person, ‘Let

us know if there is something we can do.’ I also love the flexibility of our company. I have four children, and with four children sometimes things come up. I know I can go to my supervisor, and he’ll let me take care of the problem. That’s how it has always been here.” Mike Vitale, a retired U.S. Army officer, serves as the company’s operations manager. “What’s great about Forefront is that I’m allowed to do my job. I don’t get micromanaged and I don’t get boxed in. They trust me to do the work they’ve assigned me to do. That trust factor is the biggest reason I enjoy working here.” Indeed, the atmosphere at Forefront Architecture and Engineering is one where employees feel purposeful and engaged—not just in their specific jobs but with the company as a whole.

* My mantra as an owner is that clients and employees should be equal. If you don’t put your employee first, then your client will never be first. —AMELIA SWART

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‘Ozzie and Harriet’ 2017 We don’t exactly fit the mold of TV’s Nelsons. STORY: LEIGH NEELY


hose of us of a certain age remember the long-running sitcom, “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” The show was on television for 14 years with a total of 435 episodes. In comparison, “Seinfeld” aired 180 episodes. The Nelsons were one of America’s most beloved families. I try to think of my Richard and myself in Ozzie and Harriet mode, but the picture just doesn’t quite fit. For one thing, I’ve never worn an apron over a dress and high heels at home. I remember my mother berating me for my bell bottoms in 1969, and she still complains that I haven’t worn a dress since 2001. The only thing Richard has in common with Ozzie is his puttering around the house. There was never any distinctive job given to Ozzie, but he always had time for those heart-to-heart talks with the boys about their problems in school or how to ask that special girl to prom. What makes me think of Richard in terms of Ozzie is that my husband is always “puttering,” “tinkering,” or “installing” just like Ozzie did. Being an avid reader and writer, I tend to be more sedentary. We’re both still working full time, which is good for his health because some Saturdays he comes close to death and doesn’t even realize it. Like a couple of weeks ago when he came through my living room with a wheelbarrow of dirt headed to the backyard. You read correctly. When I questioned him, rather tersely, about his action, he seemed shocked. “It’s just shorter this way,” was his explanation. The beauty and curse of owning a home is there’s always work to be done. However, much of that work is being ignored while my husband does things like installing security cameras inside the garage and in his ham radio room. Is that to keep me out or just so he can view his “precious” toys without leaving the comfort of his bedroom? I read an article recently that said the most anyone ever saw Ozzie do was go out for ice cream. I’m not sure that’s necessary, but I do encourage Richard to go to the home improvement stores every Saturday. Fortunately, he can roam around in those for hours. I’m just not sure I’ll be able to get him to do it every day when—or if—I retire.


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