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JUL'22

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Summertime Fun Style has put together a guide to help your summer sizzle. Learn about freshwater beaches, staycation destinations, summer recipes, summer fashion, and summer safety tips. STORY: THERESA CAMPBELL, ROXANNE BROWN, JAMES COMBS

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A path to beauty For avid walkers, runners, and cyclists, the beautiful sights they pass while utilizing the South Lake Trail are a welcome treat. Thanks to a project launched by Minneola Artworx, they’ll enjoy even more beauty with 20 community-themed murals just west of Minneola’s Trailhead Park. STORY: ROXANNE BROWN

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have something to share with you this month. First, these darn gas prices are “driving” me crazy. Pun intended. I’ll sure be “pumped” up when the prices go down to reasonable prices. Yes, another pun intended. Unfortunately, gas is not the only thing that costs more these days. Anyone in the publishing industry will tell you that the cost of paper to print newspapers and magazines has increased substantially. Therefore, we made a decision to reduce the size of the magazine to a traditional format. Yes, the issue you’re holding in your hand is just a little smaller than what you’ve been accustomed to over the years. Don’t fret. It will have no impact on the quality of writing, photography, and design that we strive to produce each month. More importantly, this decision will not affect our distribution rate or impede us from creating eye-catching ads and advertorials for our loyal advertisers.

In fact, our advertisers are one of the biggest reasons we decided to reduce the size of the magazine. Simply put, lowering our printing costs will allow our advertising rates to stay the same. We felt it would be completely unfair to raise advertising costs at a time when inflation has reared its ugly head. So with that out of the way, I hope your summer is going great! We hope to make it even better with this month’s feature titled Summertime Fun. You’ll learn about the best area beaches, the best places to stay for a weekend getaway, and acquire summer recipes sure to tantalize the taste buds of your family and friends. We are also helping you look sizzling hot by letting you in on the coolest summer fashion trends. Have a happy Fourth of July and may God bless our great country. Sincerely,

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he Ankle and Foot Center of Central Florida proudly introduces Dr. RIkesh Patel, who came on board as an Associate Foot and Ankle specialist for the practice at the end of June. He completed his undergraduate studies in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of South Florida, before graduating from Barry University with a doctorate in podiatric medicine. In June, he graduated from his residency at Palmetto General Hospital in Miami, FL, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Patel, fully licensed, is trained in lower extremity trauma, deformity correction, elective surgery for the foot, ankle, and lower leg, sports medicine, and can treat patients of any age. He is board qualified and working on his certifications at affiliate hospitals for foot, ankle and rear foot reconstructive surgery and always strives to help patients put their best foot forward. “I’m trained in all aspects of the foot and ankle, and I have a very personable relationship with all my patients,” Dr. Patel says. “I try to be as conservative as possible with treatment, then if that doesn’t work out, surgery is always an option that I’m happy to provide.” Dr. Patel became interested in the field, and in treating lower extremity conditions after having broken both his legs as a child. He also has a special interest in diabetic foot issues as his grandmother suffered from the condition. When not at work, Dr. Patel, originally from Tampa, enjoys traveling and trying new foods. He also enjoys spending time with family, friends, and his Australian shepherd, Dosa. He is an avid sports fan, especially when it comes to any of his Tampa home teams.

MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY Dr. Joanne Balkaran is board-certified in foot surgery, wound care, and ankle reconstructive surgery. However, she realizes not everyone can afford the downtime of staying off their feet for weeks or months after undergoing traditional surgery, which requires a long incision and plates, screws, wires, or some other form of hardware. Therefore, she is now offering minimally invasive surgery for procedures such as bunions and hammertoes. Though minimally invasive surgery is not for everyone, it is a wonderful way to achieve lasting results with limited scarring, pain, and downtime. “Minimally invasive surgery allows the bone to heal natural with splinting and proper post-op care,” Dr. Balkaran says. “It’s results-oriented with fast recovery. We can surgically fix the foot with small incisions, no fixation and less downtime. We get the same results and patients are back on their feet faster.”

LASER THERAPY Dr. Balkaran, along with Dr. Larry Suecof also treat patients with a Class 4 Multiwave Locked System (MLS) laser in order to reduce inflammation, promote healing, and eliminate pain. The laser, which is FDA approved, uses concentrated light energy to stimulate the body’s natural healing process and increase blood flow for faster healing and natural pain relief. The laser can also be used to speed up the healing process for post-surgical patients. A wide range of conditions can be effectively treated with the laser, including achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, neuropathy, arthritis, tendon tears, sprains and strains, and wound care.


L-R: Dr. Joanne Balkaran and Dr. Larry Suecof

REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Sometimes, conservative treatments do little to relieve patients of ankle and foot pain. However, in these cases, patients are still reluctant to undergo surgery. Fortunately, Ankle and Foot Center of Central Florida offer patients several options for pain relief and healing: PRP, Hyaluronic and Amniotic injections. These three treatments are non-surgical options that consist of using your own blood plasma that has been enriched with a concentrated source of plasma and growth factors. In a separate procedure, Ankle and Foot Center of Central Florida performs adipose injections into the fat pad of the foot to repair diseased or injured tissue. These injections can also be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, and tunneling wounds. Dr. Balkaran says regenerative medicine has brought promising results to her patients. “Though I am surgically trained, these types of treatments reduce inflammation and promote tissue repair,” she adds. “Regenerative medicine represents the direction I’m heading with my practice.”

Dr.’s Balkaran and Suecof are certified wound care specialists who cater to everything under the knee. They are also licensed to dispense medical supplies, including scooters and walkers for post-operative care. Other products include compression socks, orthotics, and flip flops with orthopedic arch supports. Patients can also undergo in-office circulation tests and nerve damage tests.

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PASS THE PLATE: Now that schools are on summer break, students can get free meals through Summer BreakSpot. No application is necessary, just show up to one of the thousands of meal sites across Florida. Summer BreakSpot offers balanced breakfasts, lunches, snacks or dinner. Locations include places like parks, libraries and churches. Summer BreakSpot is available all summer long for kids and teens 18 and under. Learn more: summerbreakspot.fdacs.gov. IN A CLASS OF HER OWN: Congratulations to Lake County Schools’ Stacia Werner of Beverly Shores Elementary School. She was recently named 2022 Florida Assistant Principal of the Year for the entire state, and awarded with a $2,500 prize for her achievement.

AHEAD OF THE GAME: Students who have requested to take their first AP course next year are invited to participate in APtitute 2022, Lake County Schools’ Advanced Placement Student Summer Institute. This one-day event will take place on July 28 at East Ridge High School and is specifically designed to acclimate students and their parents to the world of AP. For more information and to RSVP, please visit: lake.k12.fl.us.

ON THE RECORD: Several UF Health Central Florida hospitals recently went live with a new electronic health record, or EHR, system. This includes UF Health Leesburg Hospital and UF Health The Villages Hospital, as well as several UF Health physician’s practice locations in Lake and Sumter counties. Each facility converted from a Cerner EHR to Epic’s EHR product. Epic is the industry leader in EHRs. More than 250 million patients have a current electronic record in Epic.

BERRY HEALTHY: July is National Blueberry Month. Many consider blueberries as the king of antioxidant foods. Locally, you can pick blueberries at Far Reach Ranch in Tavares, Blue Bayou Farm in Yalaha, Jackson Farms in Eustis, King Grove Organic Farm in Eustis, Lake Catherine Blueberries in Groveland, H&H Blueberry Farm in Montverde, and Southern Hill Farms in Clermont. Call or visit each farm’s website for open days, times, etc.


HOOPS HEAVEN: The Big House Complex, 1544 Lane Park Cutoff, Tavares, will be the site of the World Championship Basketball Tournament that begins 8 a.m. July 8. This is Dynasty Hoops biggest event of the year with boys and girls’ teams, ranging from second grade to varsity, playing in the tourney. Registered teams are from multiple U.S. states, the Caribbean region, and Canada. To learn more, call 407.925.1204 or email ault@dynastytournaments.com.

TAX BOOT CAMP: This educational, online seminar at 10 a.m. July 9, is for small businessowners who have little to no experience or understanding of the role and impact of income taxes on their businesses. Facilitated by experienced tax professionals, the program is designed to provide ideas and tax strategies that can be shared with one’s tax advisor. For details, contact Barry Black at 352.399.0050 or email midflorida@scorevolunteer.org.

STAY AFLOAT OF POOL SAFETY: A pool and water safety program will be hosted 11 a.m. July 15 at Umatilla Public Library, 412 Hatfield Drive, Umatilla. “Every Floridian needs to know about water and pool safety,” says Umatilla Library Director Amy Stultz, adding there will be a story time and fun activities featuring the book “Leo Can Swim” and freebies from the Lake Department of Health. To learn more, visit umatillalibrary.org. THE SKINNY ON EXERCISE: How many calories would a 160-pound person burn in one hour by performing the following exercises? EXERCISE

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LAST CALL CONCERT: Sunset Park, 230 W. 4th Ave., Mount Dora, will be the site 6 to 10 p.m. July 30 for Last Call, the free end-of-summer concert and school supply drive. Live music, craft beer, and fireworks at 9:20 p.m. over Lake Dora will be some of the evening activities. For details, call 352.735.7100.

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Monica Wofford Texas native is a woman of many talents: CEO of two companies, author, avid traveler, and polo player.

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Resides on a farm with horses and goats in Howey-in-the-Hills. CEO of United Way of Lake and Sumter since May 2020. CEO of Contagious Companies since 2003. Graduated with an MBA and undergrad from the University of Texas at Austin. Grew up in Texas before moving to Florida 20-plus years ago.

Two things I enjoy: Reading about new ideas or business ideas and playing polo.

One word that describes me: Driven. About Contagious Companies that I founded: It’s a five-division leadership training and consulting firm that I run with an incredible team of people. We have clients worldwide and multiple trainers who provide learning, coaching, and consulting.

me to take on the CEO role. It has truly been a joy, honor, privilege, and pleasure to be a part of the growth and dynamic program expansion of our United Way of Lake and Sumter.

My goals leading United Way: Increase our incoming donor revenue so that we can help more people while keeping our costs low; expand the number of families, children, and veterans we serve; expand our 15-week Stronger Families program; and continue to expand our educational offerings and partnerships.

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To write stuff that interests people. My most recent book was “Make Difficult People Disappear.” It was the right guidance at the right time.

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Miss Lake County and Leesburg Graduate Kate Mehr perseveres to reach her dreams. INTERVIEW AND PHOTO: CINDY PETERSON

My favorite movie: Footloose because I can never be sad when I’m watching the characters break it down on the dance floor.

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Full name is Hannah Kate Mehr Leesburg High School 2022 Graduate Miss Lake County 2021-2022 Vice President of TRIAD Senior Senator in Student Government

My greatest quality: As my

My major accomplishment: Of course, surviving high school. I also was awarded Miss Lake County this year, and get to accomplish more and more as the year goes on through my volunteer work.

mom would say, is my ability to persevere. Desired superpower: To travel through time because there are endless possibilities. I could change major events such as who is President or I could bring back my favorite discontinued snacks.

I want everyone to know: I am decisive. If I want to achieve something, I will find a way.

A saying or mantra I live by: One of my favorite songs is “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. In it, she sings, “There’s always gonna be another mountain / I’m always gonna wanna make it move / Always gonna be an uphill battle / Sometimes you’re gonna have to lose.” I would say that this is the saying I live by.

In the future I plan to: Start college at the University of Florida in the fall, majoring in Nutritional Sciences. I later want to attend dental school to become a dentist.

My time at LHS has taught me: That things will happen

Who I admire most: Of course I admire celebrities like Bethany Hamilton and Meryl Streep, but the person I look up to the most is my mom. She is the most accomplished, kind, and smart woman I know. I always tell my friends I want to grow up to be just like her.

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My message to the world: While things may seem bad in a moment, they will just be a distant memory tomorrow.

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SUZANNE VAN DE VELDE Villager trades pioneering hat for one that allows for a more fun and relaxing way of making a difference for others. INTERVIEWER: ROXANNE BROWN

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About The Villages: Dave and I just love The Villages. We moved here in 2008, and we couldn’t think of a better place to retire. It’s the perfect place to keep active while you’re growing older.

My hobbies: I like to garden, and I enjoy cooking. I also joined The Villages Genealogical Society after moving here and began tracing my family back little by little. I started with what I knew, and one thing led to another. Now I have about 1,000 people in my family tree.

Colonial Dames cemetery restoration project in Wildwood.

Most interesting ancestry finds/ activities: Tracing my family back, I found out I had relatives in the Civil War and the American Revolution, which entitled me to join the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). I kept going, found out I had relatives in the 1600s, part of the requirements for belonging to the Colonial Dames, which is how I got into that, and I found out my father was not really my biological father.

at Ketel One Vodka, (company he founded). We went to Reno, Nevada, then I worked with him when he ventured off to Van Gogh Vodka. Today, Ketel One Vodka is still one of the biggest import vodka brands in the world.

Those who know me, know that: I love Starbucks and I have a collection of about 200 mugs, most of them from different Starbucks locations from all over the world where we’ve traveled.

Words to live by: When one door closes, another one opens. However, a younger me once said, ‘If anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing well.’ That’s the aging process, I guess.

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himself, working with architect Earl Swenson of Nashville, Tennessee. The result is a masterful blend of scientific and psychological planning. “When a patient is diagnosed as having cancer, the impact is overwhelming,” says Anderson. For that reason, RBOI pays considerable attention to emotional as well as to medical needs. Instead of a cold, impersonal waiting room, RBOI provides a “living room” with all the comforts of home. Facilities use soft lighting, generous windows, and calming music. One does not hear people being paged. Ponds and atria (depending on location) make these facility environments uplifting, while their layout emphasizes both accessibility and privacy. When RBOI first opened its doors in Ocala in 1990, there was no other building like it in the country. Its


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medical equipment was and continues to be state-of-theart, with quality control second to none. RBOI’s Varian linear accelerators are maintained onsite by top-notch former Varian engineers, whose fulltime presence makes them readily available for any maintenance needs. Those accelerators link to the industry’s most advanced computer system for patient planning. “By combining the action of the linear accelerator and the computer system, we can get radiation deep into the body without damage to normal tissues along the way,” Anderson says. Previously, such tumors would have been impossible to reach. “Collectively, the staff has had many years of experience in radiation therapy, and we all have the same philosophy: The patient comes first.” That staff includes in-house social workers and cancer navigators, available at every step of treatment and beyond. And people, not phone trees, staff the reception desk during business hours. “I cannot verbally convey my true appreciation for and reliance upon what my staff does for our medical profession,” Dr. Anderson says. “I feel it every day and sleep better at night because I depend on my staff. And it is true, you as our patient are an indispensable part that we together eventually provide the ultimate answer for the ideal practice of medicine.” It is a fitting tribute to Rusty Boisonneault. “He died too young,” Anderson adds. “I wanted the center to bear his name. Now he will live a long time after me.”

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Ideas to make your summer sizzle. STORY: ROXANNE BROWN, THERESA CAMPBELL, JAMES COMBS DESIGN: VOLKAN ULGEN


arm weather. Bright blue skies. Lots of sunshine. That can only mean one thing. It’s summertime in Florida. As such, we should never hear anyone complain about being bored. Of course, if you’re confused on how to pack the most enjoyment into each day, then don’t fret. Style has you covered. In the following pages, you’ll learn about local lakeside beaches, summer fashion, staycation destinations, summer recipes, and summer safety. When you’re finished reading, the word “bored” should never enter your vocabulary again.

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LIFE IS A BEACH Great beaches don’t always have to line the shores of oceans. STORY: JAMES COMBS

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Wish you were here

Beachgoers lie comfortably in folding chairs while soaking up some sun. Meanwhile, the water is brimming with activity, as kayakers, paddle boarders, and jet skiers take full advantage of the sunny Florida day. If they’re lucky, the crowd may witness the spectacular sight of a seaplane touching down gracefully on the water. Yes, locals can get wet and wild without having to drive to Daytona Beach or Crystal River. Luckily, in Lake County, there’s always a beach within reach. Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont: This 4,500-acre state park is renowned for its rolling hills and 23 miles of hiking trails. However, there’s also a sandy beach and designated swimming area, allowing visitors to cool down in Lake Louisa, the largest lake on the Clermont Chain of Lakes. Waterfront Park in Clermont: Located on the shores of Lake Minneola, Waterfront Park, known for its exceptional sunset views, features a basketball court, playground, splash pad, fishing pier, boat launch, fitness trail, and more. If those activities make you hot, then walk down to the white sandy beach and enjoy a fun swim in Lake Minneola. Alexander Springs in Altoona: Lay out on the sloped sandy beach to achieve the perfect suntan or enter the 72-degree, crystal-clear water. Snorkeling allows you to receive a sampling of Alexander Springs’ amazing underwater world, which includes kelp-like vegetation, fascinating rock outcroppings, and a variety of fish. Clearwater Lake Recreation Area near Paisley: Most are accustomed to beaches lined with tall hotels and seafood restaurants. At Clearwater Lake, situated


along the southeastern edge of the Ocala National Forest, those sights are replaced with lush greenery and abundant wildlife. The 32-acre clear lake features a sandy beach where you can swim, fish, or rent a canoe. Wekiva Falls RV Resort in Sorrento: Here, the slightly hilly beach shoreline gives guests and opportunity to lather on suntan lotion and catch some rays. The lagoon-style swimming area features dual tube slides for children and a 40-foot cement waterfall. Standing under the waterfall is a perfect way to beat the summer heat.

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Summer is traditionally thought of as a time for living life to the fullest, so why not look the part? Bryttany Phillips and Sara BoykinO’Neil, owners of The Orange Blossom Belle in Clermont and Leigh Ann Berry, who owns Prominent Fox Boutique in Leesburg, all have a good grip on what’s hot in the world of fashion this summer. At their shops, they also have everything needed to help women pull the best looks off, starting with a tip that topped each of their lists – wear bright colors! “Bright colors are a must. Two of our favorites we have seen lately are bright orange and fuschia,” Bryttany says. Leigh Ann agrees and says “hot pink is a must for the summer,” as are bright colored rompers and light flowy dresses. As far as other tips, like what fabrics to wear to stay cool, and what accessories no girl should live without, Bryttany suggests linen and cotton blends, denim shorts paired with a tank or body suit, accessories like Orange Blossom’s fabric tassel, or beaded statement earrings, and to top it off, a hat.

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“This year we have definitely seen a trend for hats as a statement accessory. We have seen this transition from felt in the fall to straw for spring and summer,” says Bryttany. “We currently have a large selection of straw hats in different styles and sizes including our beach hats from Hemlock.” Leigh Ann says one of her favorite looks this summer is also one of the easiest to pull off. “A cute tank top or graphic tee with some mom shorts. It’s always a cute and easy look. If you’d like to dress up your look add a belt, some cute jewelry a pair of wedges and a light

weight Shacket for a completed look,” Leigh Ann explains. As far as getting beach ready, the trio definitively suggests accessories, accessories and more accessories. “We have so many amazing beach accessories in store. One of our most popular items are our rubber beach bags from Versa Tote. They are so cute and versatile but make the perfect beach or boat bag. We also carry Hemlock straw hats and Abaco Sunglasses which are definitely a beach necessity,” Bryttany says. “Another favorite of ours is to pair a cotton romper or sundress with

your favorite swimwear, as a cover up.” Leigh Ann adds: “Long sheer Cover-ups are huge right now. Never forget your hat! Fedoras are always a great option. Add some cute sandals, sunglasses, earrings and a cute rubber beach tote and your beach look is complete!”

“HOT PINK IS A MUST FOR THE SUMMER.” – L E I G H A N N B E R RY

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Ahhh. Summertime eating calls for simple, fresh, cold foods to savor on hot days and nights. With that in mind, Cindi McRae of Leesburg enjoys making her macaroni salad, a dish she created by using ingredients from several recipes. “The ingredients are yummy when mixed together; you can always add or take away from this recipe,” she says. And for dessert, consider making a colorful fruit pizza, which adds a crowning touch to any summer meal.

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The winter brings colds, flus, and bronchitis. The spring brings allergies. Summer brings boating accidents, drownings, sunburns, and mosquito bites. Yes, summer is usually loads of fun. However, with the increase of warm-weather activities, bad things can happen. Luckily, many injuries are preventable if you take adequate safety precautions. Here are some tips to help you avoid an unwanted visit to the emergency room.

Swim, don’t sink Few things can relieve unbearable summertime humidity like taking a relaxing dip in a pool. Of course, those of you with children should take safety precautions to avoid an accidental drowning. Remember, drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Travis Rima, director of parks and recreation for the City of Leesburg, provides some practical tips. • If your child is swimming in a pool, then keep your eyes on the water at all time. That’s especially true if your child is young and just learning to swim. • Consider adding a safety feature to your pool, including a security fence and a pool alarm. • Enroll your child in Infant Self-Rescue (ISR) swim lessons. These lessons teach kids as young as 6 months how to survive if they fall in the water. • Purchase a safety pool hook or a ring buoy to throw to a child struggling to stay afloat. • Keep toys away from the pool when not in use because they attract young children to the pool.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is focused on keeping all county residents safe, whether on land or on water. With that said, the pristine and abundant lakes in our county offer themselves up for boating fun, but to keep themselves and others around them safe, Sheriff Peyton Grinnell urges boaters to follow basic common-sense guidelines that include:

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• Have your safety equipment on board and make sure everything is in good working order.

Five tips to remember as you frequent swimming pools and beaches this summer.

• Pay attention.

• Use sunscreen with a sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher.

• Watch your speed. • Wear your like jacket. • Do not drink and drive. As far as necessary safety equipment, Lake County Sheriff’s Office officials say the following items are the minimum:

• Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays. • Wear a wide-brim hat to shade your face, head, ears, and neck. • Wear clothing to cover your arms and legs.

• Personal flotation device fitted for each person on board or being towed, in addition to one throwable Type IV device.

• Stay in the shade, which is extremely important during midday hours.

• Sound producing device.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

• Visual distress signal. • Fire extinguisher. • Vessel lights. • A current copy of your boat registration. • Also recommended is equipping your vessel with an anchor and a sufficient amount of anchor line, a de-watering device, and oar or alternate means of propulsion in case your engine fails. “While boating, it is important for you to have the proper safety equipment on board and follow all boating rules and regulations. As always, do not drink and drive – if you are boating and consuming alcohol, have a designated driver.” Sherriff Grinnell says. “Enjoy our beautiful Lake County waterways responsibly and safely.”

Keep buzzers at bay Keep in mind that April through October is the busy season for mosquitoes, and they can breed in as little as a half-inch of standing water. To eliminate mosquito breeding on your property, practice the following as suggested by Lake County Mosquito Management: • Clean out leaves from troughs and gutters. • Remove old tires or drill holes in tires used for playground equipment to allow water to drain. • Don’t let water collect and stand in unused gardening pots, kiddie pools and similar items. • Check coverage tarps for collected water pockets. • Replace birdbath water weekly. • Change water in plant containers weekly.

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Lake and Sumter County is home to great attractions, bed-and-breakfasts, vacation rentals, cabins, and camping in the great outdoors, so for a unique adventure, why not plan a summer trip at local accommodations and sites that have always piqued your interest. And with the recent higher gas prices, staycations make it an ideal way to enjoy vacations in the area and experience local attractions that are popular with out-ofstate visitors. Clermont’s 4,500-acre Lake Louisa State Park, 7305 U.S. Highway 27, offers many activities to satisfy cravings for nature, everything from horseback riding and riding lessons, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, and Segway tours. “We have something literally for everyone,” says Park Ranger Josie Galvan, adding the park’s concessionaire also offers “glamping,” a glamorous style of care-free camping, in a luxury tent site. Each glamping tent sleeps four people and comes equipped with A/C and heating units, a queen bed with linens, a coffee pot, an inside seating area with lighting, exterior seating with lighting, a firepit, grill and picnic table. If more bed space is needed, sleeping bags or air mattresses are allowed. “Glamping is pretty nice,” says Josie. “I like to go primitive camping, but not everyone wants to go out without A/C or without any furnishings, so glamping is a really good gateway for someone who wants to get out in the nature but isn’t ready to lose those comforts.” Want to enjoy waterfront attractions and the nightlife in Tavares or Mount Dora like visitors do, then consider booking overnight stays at Key West Resort on Lake Dora, 199 W. Ruby St., Tavares, or the Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St., Mount Dora. The area also has quaint bed-and-breakfasts for enjoyable getaways, including the Moss Gate Bed & Breakfast, 210 Rose St., Umatilla; Lake Minneola Inn, 508 S. Main Ave., Minneola; and these in Mount Dora: Adora Inn, 610 N. Tremain St.; Farnsworth House, 1029 E. 5th Ave.; Grandview Bed & Breakfast, 442 E. 3rd Ave.; The Heirloom Inn, 644 N. Donnelly St.; Heron Cay Lakeview B&B Inn, 495 W. Old U.S. Highway 441; Le Petit Suite, 1174 E. 5th Ave.; Magnolia Inn, 347 E. 3rd Ave.; Mount Dora Cottages, 615 N. Tremain St.; Mount Dora Historic Inn, 221 E. 4th Ave; and Simpson’s Bed & Breakfast, 441 N. Donnelly St.


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Thanks to innovative treatment, Aviv Clinics helps a teenager overcome postconcussion syndrome. PAID PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

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“I just want to be me.” That was 14-year-old Linden Perry’s answer when doctors at Aviv Clinics asked about her expectations of undergoing the medical facility’s unique program that helps people improve and repair their brain function. In June 2020, Aviv Clinics opened in the Villages, becoming the first clinic of its kind in northcentral Florida. For Linden, “being me” meant returning to the prototypical All-American girl she had been throughout her life. The straight-A student was enrolled in honors and advancedplacement classes at Station Camp High School in Nashville. She was a star basketball and soccer player. Classmates and teammates alike admired Linden for her outgoing personality and supreme confidence. “I was on top of my game when it came to academics and athletics,” she says. Then, in November 2021, her world abruptly came crashing down. During a basketball scrimmage, a teammate accidentally tripped Linden, causing her to fall on her head. Troubling symptoms appeared immediately. She felt sensitivity to light and sound. She lost her sense of balance. She experienced double vision and eye seizures. Those symptoms never subsided in the coming days and weeks. Linden was diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome, defined as the persistence of concussion symptoms beyond the normal course of recovery. She had trouble concentrating in school. She was missing classes and assignments. Her grades began slipping and she could no longer play sports. Desperate for help, Linden visited countless Nashville doctors ranging from neurologists to chiropractors. None of them provided any answers. “Each one basically told me there was nothing they could do and also said I should accept my new normal,” Linden says. Linden’s mom, Carissa, refused to accept that reality. With the help of her sister, Carissa reached out to Ramon Foster, a former offensive linemen with the Pittsburgh Steelers who lived in Nashville. Ramon recommended that Carissa contact Dr. Joseph Maroon, the team neurosurgeon for the Steelers. “Dr. Maroon told us about Aviv Clinics and how innovative and caring their doctors are,” Carissa says. “He had been through the Aviv program himself and came away very impressed.” Carissa heeded his advice. The first time she stepped into the 30,000 square-foot clinic with Linden, she knew she made the right choice.


“We walked in the first day and doctors had already mapped out every single appointment Linden was going to have for the next 12 weeks,” Carissa says. “Then, they told us specific therapies that they would introduce when Linden reached a certain point in the program. That was a blessing because previously I was trying to navigate everything on my own. At Aviv, everything is done for you.” A concierge team at Aviv Clinics helped Carissa and Linden find a rental home. Linden began the Aviv Medical Program on March 8. Her treatment plan included sessions of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), which has significant impacts on a person’s brain performance. While inside the chamber, she completed brain exercises focusing on working memory, reaction time, attention, and information processing speed. Throughout the three-month program, Linden also worked with a nutritional coach, a physical therapist, a neuropsychologist, and

a physiologist. This comprehensive, team-oriented approach ensured Linden achieved optimal cognitive and physical performance. Linden, who took online courses during the treatment, began to notice cognitive improvement within one month. “I would come to Aviv Clinics every day, then I’d go to the rental home and spend five hours doing schoolwork online,” Linden says. “In the beginning, I’d have to stop my schoolwork because of eye seizures, migraine headaches, or fatigue. Then I started noticing gradual improvement. In my science class alone, I submitted 152 graded assignments in nine and a half weeks.” Linden completed the program on May 31. “By the end, I had returned to my normal processing speed,” she says. “I could complete a 100-question exam in 25 minutes.” Dr. Mohammed Elamir, who serves as the head physician at Aviv Clinics, performed a final assessment of Linden

at the end of the program to determine how much she improved cognitively and physically. “The rate of progress I saw from beginning to end was amazing,” he says. “Not only did her cognitive ability improve, but so did her strength, agility, balance, confidence, and energy. I anticipate that Linden will be even better at academics and athletics than she was before her trauma.” Thanks to an innovative medical protocol and a team of caring physicians at Aviv Clinics, Linden’s wish came true. She gets to be herself again.

352.488.2848 / aviv-clinics.com / 2955 Brownwood Blvd. #100, The Villages

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Minneola group turns graffiti-laden problem area into blank canvas for local artists with an eye for beauty and a heart for community. STORY: ROXANNE BROWN

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nce walkers, runners, and bicyclists catch a glimpse of what’s been so boldly painted on an overpass tunnel, located directly under U.S. Highway 27 along the South Lake Trail, they may not be able to help but stop in their tracks – or at least slow down. That’s because the site, just west of Minneola Trailhead Park, consists of vibrant 15X9-foot works of art by local artists, commissioned by members of the Minneola Artworx committee. The initiative is part of the ‘Murals on the Trail’ project that Lisa Jones, a former Minneola councilwoman and owner of Vantage Realty, spearheaded. Lisa says the project is intended to unify the community, attract visitors, and curb graffiti that before the murals, was well on its way to turning the tunnel into an eyesore. “For several years, I noticed graffiti along this Minneola overpass, and I continued to bring it up to the city. After one formal discussion, city

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officials said, ‘OK, go ahead and do something,’ Lisa says, explaining that the city’s stamp of approval to find a proactive solution to the city’s graffiti problem, brought Lisa, Josie Dix, Gustavo (Gus) Ortiz, Diane Revels, Lisa Harris and Jimmy Chiefari together to brainstorm the best approach. The team of arts advocates, made up of a diverse segment of the community, created the Minneola Artworx committee, and were adopted by the Minneola City Council as an entity with a goal of integrating art into the city. The group met with leaders from the City of Ocala since they have used murals to achieve similar goals, and from that, devised a plan of their own. “We did some research and found that when you bring art to the community, people will come to look at the art and spend money in the community. The whole point of this is to really feed our community, feed our culture, feed our businesses, feed our people, and just feed our


Diane Revels, Lisa Harris, Lisa Jones, Jimmy Chiefari, Josie Dix, and Gustavo (Gus) Ortiz

“THE MORE THE COMMUNITY GETS INVOLVED, THE MORE PRIDE THEY HAVE IN THEIR TOWN.” — G U S T AV O O R T I Z

souls really,” Lisa adds, explaining that funding for the project came from private sponsorships so that taxpayers or the city, were not burdened. Sponsors like Orlando Health and Duke Energy have taken the lead, but others are still welcome. As for the murals, the committee invited students who attend any Minneola school to participate by submitting designs. One student from each school was chosen to paint a mural, then the opportunity was extended to local artists. Artists whose concepts are chosen, get $500 in compensation for time and supplies to paint the mural. Students receive $250 for themselves and $250 for their respective schools. Lisa Harris says she has heard nothing but positives about the project. “I have been coming and sitting down here for weeks while the murals have been painted, and I’d say well over 200 people have either told me or the artist how much they love this whole thing,” Lisa Harris says of the 11 of 20 murals that have been painted thus far. “A lot of them live here off of the trail, and they hated the graffiti, it made them sad, but these images make them feel happy.” Additionally, one of the murals which consists of hundreds of

handprints, all in primary colors, was a community effort. Josie says that particular mural adds nostalgia to the project, because when those who had a part in it return, they know exactly which handprint belongs to them. “That was a really cool thing people got to do, and we really got good feedback from it,” Gus says. “Every handprint up there represents a person in the community who contributed something to the project.” Gus says the team found it important to involve the community in the project as much as possible, especially since the theme of the murals they chose, is ‘community.’ “The more the community gets involved, the more pride they have in their town,” he says, adding that, “Slowly, all of the graffiti is going away and all these murals are going up, so that sense of pride is starting to build.”

With that, committee members say any attempts to deface completed murals will be met by a sealant that allows unauthorized graffiti to be washed right off. They do hope street artists will submit applications for their work to be officially considered, however. “We have some really cool things going on, and we are open to all kinds of artists, they just have to go through the formal process,” Gus says. “The main thing is that we really love the community and the arts.” “The two are a really good kismet, they are really good partners, so we are trying to find opportunities to bring the arts to the community and do it in a way so the community can bring the arts to us,” he adds. Artists interested in applying for one of the remaining mural spots should visit the Minneola Artworx website at minneolaartworx.org/artist-registry before the Aug. 15 deadline.


’ Both moms and their toddlers are enjoying camaraderie and socialization through a Lake County Facebook group. STORY: JAMES COMBS

cool breeze blows across the 1,400-acre Far Reach Ranch in Tavares. Rays from the morning sun radiate through white, puffy clouds, illuminating endless rows of blueberry bushes that stretch as far as the eye can see. In the backdrop of this natural beauty, a group of enthralled toddlers engage in pure, self-directed, free-flowing fun.

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The light-green sunglasses that Camden Krull, 3, wears make him look super cool while he moves back and forth on a tire swing. Four-year-old Henry Abbott enjoys some serious airtime as he jumps up and down in an inflatable, castle-shaped bounce house. Remington Marcelino, 3, sports a big smile as she picks blueberries off a bush and carefully places them into a white bucket. These children have something in common. Their moms are part of a popular Facebook page called Toddlers of Lake County. Several times

a week, the site administrator posts announcements of planned events specifically for toddlers. The events are held at local restaurants, libraries, parks, and farms. For toddlers, defined by the group as ages 5 and under, the outings provide a great way to bond while stimulating their minds during this important age of development. For mothers, the gatherings present a rare opportunity to build friendships during this time-consuming and hectic childrearing stage. Tess Marcelino, a resident of Umatilla, launched the Facebook


page in February 2022 after growing frustrated over a lack of toddler-related programs for her 3-year-old daughter, Remington. The 36-year-old mother has five daughters ranging in ages from 3 to 16. “I have been a toddler mom several times over,” Tess says. “The majority of toddler activities are in larger areas like Orlando, or they’re very expensive. As a toddler parent, the last thing I want to do is spend a fortune to go somewhere and have my daughter hate it or melt down. I figured that the money I’d spend commuting and enrolling Remington in activities would be better served by putting the money here and involving other families. Starting the Facebook group was an opportunity to create for Lake County what I was personally missing as a parent.” Word about Toddlers of Lake County spread quickly. As of this writing, the page has 1,226 followers representing several Central Florida counties. Additionally, the events Tess has organized are well-attended. In April, she partnered with Craig Dolan, parks and recreation director of Eustis, to organize an easter egg hunt in Ferran Park. During the event, City Commissioner Willie Hawkins dressed in an Easter bunny costume, and Jeannie’s Place donated 100 hot dogs that were given to attendees for free. “We were anticipating 40 families, and then we did some promoting and 500 people came,” Tess says. “I was really amazed by the outpouring of support from the community.” Bubbles with Blippi, also held at Ferran Park in April, attracted an equal amount of fanfare. Tess hired an impersonator to play Blippi, the popular American children’s entertainer and educator on YouTube. Toddlers had

their photographs taken with the character, and some even dressed like him. Tess also invited small businessowners to serve as vendors. “We don’t charge vendors to come to our events,” Tess says. “I have made a firm stance that anything that has Toddlers of Lake County’s name attached will not have a vendor fee.” Smaller-scale activities such as toddler lunches, arts and crafts, and trips to u-pick farms are held each week. Although organizing these activities is time-consuming, Tess sees the fruits of her labor through Remington. “Since she has been coming to these outings, Remington has learned to create and appreciate relationships,” Tess says. “In fact, she recently spent 35 minutes talking on the phone to one of her friends, Henry. As toddler parents, we put our kids in a bubble. When they’re at home all the time, they don’t learn from anyone else but their parents. Now, Remington is learning from other kids, other parents, and other families. She’s growing and becoming more of a whole person rather than my little vision of who she should be.” Henry’s mom, Tabitha Abbott of Eustis, has been part of Toddlers of Lake County since the beginning. Her son’s socialization skills have improved dramatically in just a few months. “He wakes up every morning asking if he’s going to see Remington today,” Tabitha says. “Henry is definitely more talkative and much happier since we’ve been going to these outings.” Bethany DrennanFairbanks, of Astatula, says

“I’VE MET SOME WONDERFUL FRIENDS BY BEING PART OF THIS FACEBOOK GROUP.” -KATIE KRULL, MOUNT DORA

being part of Toddlers of Lake County is every bit as beneficial for her as it is her 17-month-old daughter, Avery. “I’m a stay-at-home mom, and that can get a little lonely sometimes,” Bethany says. “When I’m at these events, I get to be somebody other than a mom. I can be myself and engage in adult conversations while the kids are playing together.” Mothers constantly visit the Facebook site in anticipation of what Tess is organizing next. In fact, one mother excitedly made a post that read: “Do we get a sneak peak of the summer schedule? I feel like I’m waiting for an album to drop!” “My whole point in doing all this is to create a safe space for families and support them,” Tess says. For more information, search Toddlers of Lake County on Facebook or visit toddlersoflakecounty.com


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Armed with artifacts If you enjoy military memorabilia, then be sure to visit the Florida Military Collectors Show, which will be held at Renninger’s Antique Center in Mount Dora. Collectors, aficionados, and fans will have a field day while browsing helmets, knives, swords, bayonets, uniforms, and medals. July 9 / Renningers Antique Center / 20651 U.S. Hwy. 441, Mount Dora / 800.522.3555

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SUMMERTIME HOOPS It’s the off-season for college basketball and the NBA, but there’s still a way to get your basketball fix. The Orlando Summer Jamfest, a tournament for boys and girls in fourth through 12th grades, will be held at The Big House in Tavares. Trophies will be awarded to the top two teams in each division. Come out today to support tomorrow’s stars. July 22-24 / The Big House / 1544 Lane Park Cutoff, Tavares / 352.562.7878

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We all scream for ice cream Few things symbolize summertime in the South more than ice cream. If you have an ice cream craving, then consider attending Dade Battlefield Historic State Park’s Ice Cream Music Jam. Homemade ice cream will be served, and attendees are encouraged to bring musical instruments and participate in a music jam session. July 22 / Dade Battlefield Historic State Park 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell / 352.793.4781

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THOM JOHNSON Loyal Order of Moose, Leesburg

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ANDY SHREEVE Tierra Del Sol Country Club, The Villages

IVAN J. MUSIC Mammoth Oak Brewing Company, Leesburg

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Groveland Farmer’s Market 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Lake David Park, Groveland

Plaid in the Park 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 230 W. 4th Ave., Mount Dora

Main Street Classic Car Show 5 p.m.-7 p.m. 510 W. Main St., Leesburg

Eustis Classic Car Cruise-In 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Downtown Eustis

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tep into Jeannie Coughlan’s creative world, and one immediately sees her passion for art runs deep. She paints in oils, does photography, designs, crafts floral arrangements, makes needle-paint quilt wall hangings, and she’s an author. Of all the mediums she dabbles in, however, painting is her favorite. “The three things I love are a blank canvas, a jar full or brushes, and an afternoon spent painting,” says Jeannie, a resident of Leesburg’s Royal Highlands community and a member of Oil Painters of America. Wildlife, scenic sights, and barns are among her favorite subjects to paint, and many of her animal paintings are featured in art galleries in Jacksonville, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. “I love the challenge of capturing the beauty of wildlife on canvas or through the lens of a camera,” says Jeannie, who often switches to sewing or quilting when she needs a break. “Most of the quilts have been travel projects, during my down time in the evenings,” she says, even the times when she was on cross-country RV road trips with he]]r writer/photographer husband, Bill Delorey. Some of her favorite wall-hanging quilts include blocks of pretty needle-painted (embroidery) art. “Needle-painting is the art of using a variety of handembroidery stitches to creatively create an image on fabric and or to embellish select pre-printed fabric pieces,” says Jeannie. “It’s very relaxing to do.” She admits her art projects are never-ending. “I have enough quilts that it would take three lifetimes to get them all done,” she says, along with creative writing projects she wants to PEO PLE finish, including her “Medicine Wolf” manuscript, which is a murder mystery wrapped up in Native American beliefs and the supernatural. Jeannie’s factious memoir, “Crabshell,” was a quarter finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest, and she always looks forward to being involved in Royal Highland’s community charity fine art auctions, which recently raised $320 for the Lake County Museum of Art children’s programs. “I love charity work and to give back,” she says, pleased to donate art STORY: THERESA CAMPBELL ≈ PHOTO: NICOLE HAMEL for worthy causes.

ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE Jeannie Coughlan’s creative juices flow in a variety of art mediums, and all bring her joy.

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he was part of the crew sent to save the sun and all life on Earth. He’s on the spaceship Hail Mary. As Grace’s memory returns to prelaunch days, we meet the best, often quirky, scientific minds who work feverishly on Project Hail Mary. More and more questions come to the surface. What is this alien life that is eating the sun? Where in the universe is this spaceship? How is he to accomplish this impossible task without his other two crew members? Or does he have to? If you read the book or saw the picture, The Martian, by Andy Weir, you have an idea of what a brilliant storyteller Weir is. Well, Project Hail Mary is even better than The Martian! This interstellar adventure is loaded with plot twists, suspense, emotion, humor, and is chock full of science that will delight the geek in you. This novel takes us to places we could never imagine. It will keep you on the edge of your seat as Dr. Grace races against time to save humanity and himself.

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Lake County Museum of Art, 213 W. Ruby St., Tavares, hosted a special fundraising reception, Dali on the Lake, to showcase a vast collection of world-renowned artist Salvador Dali’s works. Part of the display featured Dali’s traveling exhibit, Homage to Dante, a series of signed prints on loan from The Park West Foundation, as well as several original pieces loaned from local collectors. Guests were treated to music, appetizers, beverages, and Dali’s beautiful works.

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truggling to lose weight? You’re not alone. The diet roller coaster is something Nurse Amanda Neil, owner of Ultimate Health Direct Primary Care in Leesburg, says she knows all too well. She also knows obesity is a growing concern, and according to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control, 37.9% of men and 41.1% of women are obese in the U.S., which is twice as many as three decades ago. “I’ve tried all of the diets. I was a lab rat,” says Amanda. “When I was on a low-carb diet, I had thoughts of cookies floating around in my head.” Practicing more sensible, mindful eating has worked for her and countless others, she says, in being able to lose an average of 20 pounds in eight weeks. “There’s no starving yourself. You eat,” she says of her clinic’s weight management plan that encourages intermittent fasting, consuming 1,500

calories between the hours of noon to 8 p.m., and fat-burning lipotropic injections, which consist of a combination of amino acids, minerals, vitamins, including B-12, to help metabolize fat in the body. The clinic also offers an appetite suppressant injection to curb hunger. Amanda encourages a balanced diet with no food restrictions, and those who want wine, or a fast-food burger and fries just need to make sure not to go over or under the 1,500 calories for the day. “If I don’t restrict you, you become more sensible and practice more mindful eating,” she says, adding exercise is not required, but people often have so much energy that they want to get out and enjoy physical activities such as walking, swimming, etc. “We do non-scale victories,” she says. “I don’t care what the number says. Do you feel good? Are your clothes fitting better? Are you wearing things from your closet that you haven’t worn forever? Amanda adds the success of intermittent fasting is evidence-based and involves resetting the metabolism. “Our bodies know at 12 o’clock, you’re going to feed me well. When you’re eating, your body uses food for fuel, and when you’re fasting, it uses your fat for fuel. So that is why everyone is looking much leaner.” Once one’s weight-loss goals is reached, the clinic offers body contouring and skin tightening from a laser’s radio-frequency waves with heat to draw to tighten the skin and make collagen. Amanda says she’s thrilled with the successful tightening of her once big stomach. She notes the inner thighs, upper arms, and bra fat areas are the most requested for skin tightening. In addition to weight management, the clinic’s primary service is providing routine and preventative medical care, lab work, chest X-rays, EKG, etc. Members of Ultimate Health Direct Primary Care pay a monthly flat fee without the need of medical insurance for services.

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leep has always been a touchy subject for Summerfield resident and Akers Media photographer Nicole Neola, since for her, it doesn’t come easy. At her wit’s end experiencing insomnia, Nicole, in 2018, turned to a sleep specialist for help. Nicole says the doctor, a neurologist, diagnosed her with atypical narcolepsy, which if anything, shed some muchneeded light on her condition. “How he explained it is that I am like a caveman when I sleep. I don’t allow my body to stay in REM long enough because I’m a light sleeper. I have a hard time falling asleep, I

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≈ PHOTOS: NICOLE HAMEL have a hard time staying asleep, so any type of noise wakes me up,” Nicole says. At the time, the doctor prescribed Nicole with a medication called Ambien, but after having a bad reaction to it, she began taking melatonin instead. About a year later, however, and while researching REM sleep and frequencies that help get to that state, Nicole came across a video about something called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ‘ASMR,’ and since then, she’s been able to drift off to dreamland much quicker than ever before. “I just happened to stumble upon ASMR, and I said, ‘Wow, what is this?’” Nicole recalls. “I kept looking further into it and found a lot of ASMR videos, and little by little, they really started to help me. Now I can’t fall asleep without it.” According to the ASMR University’s website, which focuses on the art & science of ASMR, what’s been dubbed as a phenomenon by many is described as a state of deep relaxation triggered by certain stimuli, depending on the person. That may include sounds like whispering, blowing, or speaking softly, tapping, scratching, crinkling sounds, certain types of music, or slow hand movements, visuals like repetitive tasks, close personal attention either in person or on video, or real-life experiences like receiving a foot, scalp or body massage, getting a haircut, having hair brushed, or being touched or rubbed lightly. For others, it could include fidgeting with uniquely textured or shaped items like Rubik’s Cubes, slime, kinetic sand, Legos, etc., or additional noises like lip smacking, chewing,


page turning, typing, and more. ASMR sensations people may feel include physical ones like “light and pleasurable tingles, sparkles, fuzziness, or waves of relaxation in the head, neck, spine, and throughout the rest of the body,” in addition to psychological sensations like “deep and soothing feelings of relaxation, calmness, comfort, peacefulness, restfulness, or sleepiness,” the website reads. Nicole says the tingles she experiences are kind of like goosebumps, but last longer. “The tingling definitely starts around my hairline, then I can feel it all over,” she adds. According to known research, not everyone can experience ASMR. But for those who can, it has the potential to ease insomnia, depression, anxiety, pain, and panic attacks, and may have added benefits for individuals with conditions like autism or sensory issues. “Different things trigger the tingles and that helps you relax,” Nicole says, explaining that when personally trying to fall off to sleep, she enjoys auditory ASMR triggers like crackling fireplaces and thunderstorm/rain scenarios, soft

whispers that talk calmly about relaxing and drifting peacefully off to sleep, as well as visuals like soft green and blue lighting. “It all depends on the person. My daughter has sensory issues, and she loves all kinds of different textures, like fuzzy things and play dough.” Even before the term ‘ASMR’ was purportedly coined in 2010, there were videos on the internet focusing on the unnamed feel-good sensation. On YouTube today, there are loads of people (‘ASMRtists’) – some with quite a large following – who record tingle/relaxation inducing videos and plenty of styles to pick and choose from, including select ones geared towards children, which could prove beneficial when trying to get a little one to wind down and sleep.

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In some areas, venues like whisper lodges or sensory rooms intended to spark ASMR have even popped up. Still, though ASMR has become a little more mainstream, many people may not be aware that there’s a name or term for the tingles they are experiencing. All they know is that they like the feeling and are willing to pay a pretty penny to experience it at places like spas, hair salons, massage rooms, nail salons, etc. Just ask Andrea Aumann, the lead aesthetician at J. Sterling’s Wellness Spa in Clermont. Andrea, who has been in the business for more than 15 years, says when she is giving people facials or scalp massages, she can visibly tell when people reach a deeply relaxed state, and oftentimes, can actually see “goose bumps” pop up on their arms, neck, shoulders or arms. “I incorporate a lot of pressure, I rub a lot, I massage the scalp using different Sandra Vela

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scented oils, and people love all this,” Andrea says, explaining that although she is not an ASMR expert, she gets how what she does plays a role in inducing ASMR sensations. During each session, Andrea works on creating the perfect ambiance in the room to promote relaxation with elements like speaking softly, warm water and steam, dim lighting, a heated bed and towels, scented oils, activating acupressure points for scalp massages, and more. Siara Seese, a massage therapist and colleague of Andrea’s at J. Sterling’s, familiar with ASMR, says the tingly feeling of the goose bumps people oftentimes experience while getting any type of massage, a facial or other service, is very similar to the tingles they feel when listening to ASMR videos. “I think a lot of ASMR videos include spa stuff for that reason; the steam, the massaging, the smells, the soft touching,” she says. “The spa world is a whole other world. It’s a calming peaceful place, and it makes you feel like a celebrity, like luxury, and if you experience ASMR while here, even better.” Max Thakar, who with his wife Tina, own J. Sterling’s in Clermont (and other locations throughout Florida) says he is happy to know people enjoy the spa services they offer, and any ASMR experiences that result from them. “I get facials too and when I feel goosebumps, I love it. I feel like I’m relaxed and getting a nice treatment and it’s totally worth it. I also feel that whatever the treatment is, it’s actually working when that happens,” Max says. Serenity Wellness Spas’ Owner and Massage Therapist Sandra Vela agrees, adding that ASMR is an added bonus to the services they offer. “What happens is that I will just be working on a client super easy, doing my normal routine, whether it’s a foot or back massage, or something else, and all of a sudden, you can feel their goose pimples just rise right up,” Sandra says. “I think it’s just a really cool thing that happens with the majority of my clients.” Other day spas, like Essential Therapies in Mount Dora,


“THE SPA WORLD IS A WHOLE OTHER WORLD. IT’S A CALMING PEACEFUL PLACE, AND IT MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE A CELEBRITY, LIKE LUXURY, AND IF YOU EXPERIENCE ASMR WHILE HERE, EVEN BETTER.” —SIARA SEESE

besides the many services of all kinds they offer, developed a Restorative Rain Massage that commonly triggers ASMR, whether it gives people “the tingles,” or simply relaxes them completely. Elaina Eller, the spa director there, describes it as “a Swedish massage treatment using essential oils that are drizzled along the back and spine, accompanied with feathering massage strokes,” which oftentimes cause guests to experience goosebumps, or tingles. The nine oils used for the massage are drizzled onto the back one by one in a specific order and each one has a purpose as follows: • Basil: mental clarity/ aids in respiratory health • Birch: relieves joint pain • Blue Tansy: soothes nervous tension/ anti inflammatory • Cypress: analgesic/ anti inflammatory • Peppermint: mental focus/ aids in respiratory health • Marjoram: calm mental state and elevates mood/ anti spasmodic • Oregano: aids in healing wounds/ antibacterial • Thyme: anti bacterial/ antioxidant • Synergy blend: lime, lemon, fir needle – releases tension in mind and body

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“The oils used have anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and pain-relieving effects. This treatment influences the autonomic nervous system’s reaction to stress and aids in achieving mental reprieve and peace,” Elaina says. Sometimes, Elaina says she almost gets goosebumps in response to watching others get them, but most of all, she finds it very satisfying to be able to relieve people’s stress, anxiety, and just watch them fall into a more relaxed state of mind. “That’s what we do, that’s what we’re here for, just to kind of take you out of your mind, get you to feel good and calm down,” Elaina says. Shelly Evey, a hair stylist and salon coordinator at Michael’s Couture Salon in downtown Leesburg, says many of her clients over the years, have deemed her hands magic because of the scalp massages she is known for. “With everybody so busy with their everyday lives and everything going on in the world, I always try to allow a little bit of extra time at the shampoo bowl to try to make my clients feel relaxed and let their worries just go down the drain,” Shelly says, adding that she can see and feel people’s goosebumps on occasion. “I definitely focus on massage before their haircuts, and just getting them nice and relaxed, and sometimes I feel like I need to wake them up when I get done.” Shelly adds: “I’ve had clients say they’d book an appointment just for that if they could.”

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menu Every family inspired dish so beautifully plated at Michele’s Cuisine in Lady Lake, is filled with love and flavor.

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IN THE KITCHEN

ichele Shellhamer has a deep love and appreciation for family, which is what brought her to Florida in the first place. Although she never intended to open a restaurant, life had other plans.

Growing up in Germany Michele’s father, Sergeant Major Harold G. Ham, was serving in the Army in the early 1960s during the Vietnam War. He was on a tour in Germany when he fell in love with a German woman named Monika. The two married and began a family. Michele was born in 1965, two years after her sister, and spent around 13 years of her life in Germany, learning the rich culture and family traditions from Marianna Bittner, her Oma (German for grandmother), who ran a bed and breakfast.

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‘Love made edible’ Michele’s Cuisine in Lady Lake uses family roots to create unique dining experience. STORY AND PHOTOS: CINDY PETERSON

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“She was an amazing lady,” Michele says. “She’s the reason I am who I am today.” Some of Michele’s earliest memories of cooking were with her mom and oma.

Inspiration behind Michele’s cuisine After moving back to the United States in her teenage years, Michele pursued a career as an accountant and eventually worked with her husband, Craig, in doing everything from driving a forklift to managing facilities at his industrial wholesale supplies warehouse in Louisville, KY. Her parents moved to Lady Lake in the early 2000s, but her mother became very ill. “She had Addison’s disease,” Michele says. “She had an inoperable brain tumor that was taking her functions away. Thankfully, with treatment that stopped growing, but she


couldn’t do a lot of the things she used to.” Michele and Craig made the move to Lady Lake to help take care of her Michele’s mom. She would help make some of the very meals her mom cooked for her as a child. Soon, even their neighbors were asking for some of her delicious cooking. After realizing her parents’ needs, Michele and Craig began kicking around the idea of starting a meals -to-go service. “My dad couldn’t leave my mom to go get food, and delivery services can be scary for elderly couples,” Michele said. “Plus, you don’t really get home-cooked meals. We thought it would be the perfect thing for this area.”

F R E N C H R AC K OF LAMB INGREDIENTS

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Beef-flavored marinade Salt and pepper to taste Granulated garlic

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With a sharp knife, peel off the fat layer and then separate by cutting close to the bone so each one is a single chop. With a meat mallet, lightly flatten chops. Season with a beef type marinade. Lightly salt and pepper. Add granulated garlic to both sides. Sear on a grill grate at 475 degrees to an internal temperature of 130 degrees. Remove and wrap in foil for 2 minutes. Serve with choice of sides.

If at first, you don’t succeed… Michele and Craig opened their meals-to-go restaurant

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JAG E R S C H N I T Z E L DIRECTIONS

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racks of lamb - eight bones on a rack

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Salt and pepper to taste

Container of unseated bread crumbs (about 2 cups)

Container of milk (about 2 cups)

Sweet butter for frying

Container of flour (about 2 cups)

Jager sauce for topping

Peel the silver fat lining off the pork tenderloin. Cut into individual slices about 1/3 to 1/2 inch think. With grooved side of meat mallet, pound the tenderloin thin. Season with marinade and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Set up four containers, one with milk, one flour, one eggs beaten and one with unseasoned bread crumbs. Take the seasoned pork tenderloin and dip in each container starting with milk, then flour, then eggs then bread crumbs. Pan fry in sweet butter to 135 degrees. Do not burn the coating. Serve with Jager sauce across the middle of the pork chop.

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in October 2019 but it was more difficult than they originally thought. “We just weren’t getting our name out there,” Craig says. “We offered free delivery and our meals were only $10 each but it just wasn’t picking up. And then COVID hit.” For new restaurants, the pandemic was a death sentence. But Michele and Craig didn’t give up. “Ironically, we were already set up for takeout so thankfully we didn’t have to make that jump when the restaurants were closed down,” Michele says. “But you would be surprised at the number of people who came to our restaurant and asked if we had seating.” Michele describes her restaurant as happening by accident because they never intended to focus on in-house dining. But that is what happened. Michele’s father created outdoor dining areas next to the restaurant for people to enjoy their home cooked meals, rain or shine.

“PEOPLE TELL ME THEY NEVER REALLY ATE VEGETABLES UNTIL THEY TRIED MY FOOD. I MAKE EVERYTHING FRESH AND FROM SCRATCH AND I THINK THAT REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE.’” —MICHELE SHELLHAMER

“Everyone loves the patio,” Michele says. “My dad custom built it with gutters so the rain won’t splash down between them. There are fans for the summer and heaters in the winter, and we have lots of parties and gettogethers out there.”

A tribute to Mom Sadly, Michele’s mom died last July, but there’s not a day that goes by that Michele doesn’t think of her when she’s making her signature Schnitzel dinner. “My mom always had a ton of cookbooks in the house, and she would adapt the recipes depending on what we had,” Michele says. “So that’s what I do. I substitute different things with some interesting flavors, so all I ask is that you try it.” Additionally, Michele realized that throughout her life, everything that meant something was centered around food – birthdays, holidays, special

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Take a Jaccard tool to the pork chop on both sides. Brush with a beef flavored marinade. Generously coat with the rub mixture. Preheat grill grate to 500 degrees. Place chop on it and sear, then bring temperature down to 425 degrees and cook to 130 degrees internally. Remove and place on foil. Wrap up for 2 to 5 minutes then serve.

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occasions, etc. Family was about sit-down dinners and gathering with people you love. That’s what she hopes to bring every day to the restaurant in honor of her mother.

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All about the sauce

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Everything on the menu is homemade 2 eggs beaten using unique flavors and techniques that 1/2 cup sour cream Michele has acquired over the years. 1/2 “It’s all about the sauce,” Michele says. block cream cheese “We have a lot of traditional German items, 1 cup shredded cheese American comfort foods, a little Italian and 1 cup bread crumbs to have it to French, and basically anything I come up 1 stick of butter continue making it for with. Every plate is a part of me and has a people and carry it on. I can’t make it story behind it.” without thinking of her.” The menu begins with a variety of DIRECTIONS Wednesdays is German Day at breakfast and deli sandwiches or wraps, Mix all ingredients together the restaurant, with a special lunch salads, and homemade soups. Some except shredded cheese and dinner menu featuring Bavarian popular choices are the meatloaf sandwich, and breadcrumbs. Place in a casserole dish. Add shredded bratwurst, German frankfurter, a mahi cheeseburger roll up, Philly cheesesteak, cheese and breadcrumbs mahi Reuben sandwich, breaded pork and seafood salad wrap. on top. Bake in oven at 350 tenderloin, Braunschweiger sandwich and Dinner entrees are where Michele’s degrees for 40 minutes. Sauerbraten (tender beef roast). roots really shine. These include a “We also have beer and wine that pairs grilled pork chop dinner, chicken and well with a lot of our meals,” Michele says. wine sauce, Michele’s chicken casserole, On Saturdays, the restaurants opens earlier, with a special lasagna, meatloaf with potatoes and sautéed green breakfast menu that includes eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, beans, beer battered fish fillet, German Rahm Schnitzel, French toast, omelets, waffles and pancakes. German Jagerschnitzel, cabbage and kielbasa, and mac-n“You’ll notice the difference in our food,” Michele says. cheese kielbasa. “I stumbled onto my lasagna recipe when I was 13,” Michele “Plus, it’s a friendly place to go. Small businesses don’t have says. “My dad really likes lasagna so I made it for him growing a budget for advertising so I tell people to look at the reviews and they will speak for themselves. We’ve made so many up and over the years perfected it.” heart-felt contacts here and I love hearing stories from our The side dishes are also something to brag about. customers. Everything we do, we want to be sure it’s done “People tell me they never really ate vegetables until they with love. That’s why I call it ‘love made edible.’” tried my food,” Michele says. “I make everything fresh and from scratch and I think that really makes a difference.” Some of the popular sides include sautéed green beans, homemade American potato salad, Michele’s family IF YOU delicious slaw, cucumber dill salad, baked beans with meat, GO German potato salad, Italian pasta salad, potatoes au gratin, homemade mac-n-cheese, cabbage casserole, Brussel sprouts MICHELE’S CUISINE au gratin and spinach casserole. 13769 N US Hwy. 441, Lady Lake, FL All desserts are also homemade, and include chocolate lava cake, key lime pie, lemon bars, chocolate layer cake, Hours: Monday - Friday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. lemon meringue pie, apple caramel cheesecake, creme brûlée cheesecake, homemade cookies, and Michele’s purple swirl. 352.753.8889 “The purple swirl is a secret recipe that I got from a lady michelescuisine.com who used to bring it to a company picnic every year,” Michele info@michelescuisine.com says. “She had gotten it from her grandmother around the 1920’s and she willed it to me when she died. She wanted me

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t first glance, Red Crab Juicy Seafood and Bar looks like a fish out of water. It’s located in the Eustis Village Shopping Center alongside corporate giants like Bealls and Publix. That’s quite a deviation from the lakeside and oceanside seafood restaurants abundant throughout Florida. It also means there are no views of beautiful sunsets, soaring seaplanes, or bikini-clad beachgoers. Don’t let the location throw you. Trust the long line of snowbirds during winter and trust the thousands of voters who named Red Crab as the “Best Seafood Restaurant” in Lake and Sumter Style’s 2021 “Best of the Best” awards. Both are sure-fire signs that this restaurant is a place that serves delicious food. With so many tempting choices, you’ll need more than a few minutes to study the menu. There’s pasta

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with shrimp or pasta with mixed seafood. Or perhaps you might opt for the fried shrimp, fried tilapia, or fried oysters. Certainly, one could not go wrong with the catfish sandwich. There’s even an option to mix and match among the ocean’s most edible creatures: blue crab, shrimp, snow crab legs, crawfish, shrimp, clams, green mussels, black mussels, and scallops. However, I found myself fishing in the menu’s “Red Crab Specials” section and loved what I ultimately reeled in: the low country boil, a famous dish in the low country of Georgia and South Carolina. The meal features one-half pound snow crab legs, one-half pound of shrimp, and one-half pound of sausage. It comes with corn on the cob and three potatoes. Minutes after ordering, waiter Steven Jabbour brought out the pre-meal essentials: a small trash bucket, a white bib with the restaurant’s logo, napkin wipes, and gloves. Yes, the low country boil is a juice-dripping-down-your-arms, full-on sensory meal. Be prepared for the messiness of peeling shrimp and cracking and twisting crab legs. Never fear, though. You’re also supplied with important tools—crab crackers and a crab leg pick—to help


minimize the effort of digging meat out of the crab legs. I knew the minute Steve brought out the meal I made the right choice. It was served on a silver platter— literally—and covered with a puffed-up seafood bag that preserves the freshness and heat. Best of all, each item in the boil soaked in a special garlic butter sauce that has become a staple at Red Crab. Actually, the restaurant’s special homemade sauces also come in Cajun, lemon pepper, or all of the above, and the spiciness level ranges from not spicy to extra hot. I purposefully drenched

each bite of the crab leg, sausage, shrimp, and potato in the garlic butter sauce. The sauce made all of It taste fantastic. Those looking for a meal that leaves less of a mess on and around your plate might want to consider the fried scallops. A lightly crisped, golden-brown crust and delicate center makes them nearly melt in your mouth. In fact, they were so delicious that I refused dipping them into the accompanying cocktail sauce. At Red Crab, you won’t hear waves crashing against the shore or see alligators quietly sinking underneath the water, but the restaurant’s nautical-themed decor is impressive, nonetheless. Potential

photo opportunities await as diners gaze skyward and see a variety of fish and starfish, as well as a canoe with wooden paddles, hanging from the ceiling. Admire the colorful, twinkling lights that wrap around the dining room. Glance at the unique display of miniature flags representing countries around the world. Or simply watch your favorite show or a sporting event on one of the restaurant’s nine television sets. Red Crab offers everything you could want in a seafood restaurant: Great service, great food, and a great atmosphere. I left knowing there’s nothing fishy about Red Crab’s stellar reputation. IF YOU GO

RED CRAB JUICY SEAFOOD AND BAR 2884 David Walker Drive, Eustis Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 352.589.8383 redcrabseafood.com

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From classic diners and lakeside restaurants to fine dining and everything in-between, Lake County’s culinary scene is booming. Your favorite meal is sure to be served with a side of hospitality. You can find a copy of Lake & Sumter Style at all listed dining locations!

BUSHNELL

Beef ‘O’ Brady’s 2586 W CR 48 352.568.7000

Darryl’s Diner 2237 W CR 48 352.444.2318

CLERMONT

Akina Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion Bistro 4300 S. U.S. Hwy. 27 352.243.8988

Lilly’s on the Lake

NY Deli N Diner

El Ranchito

Oakwood Smokehouse & Grill

Rae Rae’s Restaurant

Harbor Hills Country Club

846 W. Osceola St. 352.708.6565

230 Citrus Tower Blvd. 352.394.0036

Robata Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

Cheeser’s Palace Café

Southern on 8th Kitchen & Bar

Crooked Spoon Gastropub

200 Citrus Tower Blvd. 352.404.7808

El Cerro Restaurant 811 W. Hwy. 50 352.241.9884

Gators Dockside

1200 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.242.1825

Goomba’s Pizzeria

2395 S. Hwy 27 352.989.4403

Green Mountain Pizza 303 Hwy. 50 352.432.3380

801 W. Montrose St. 352.394.7777 EUSTIS

Gators Dockside 15241 US Hwy 441 352.357.1255

NightOwl Caribbean Restaurant 929 S. Bay St. 352.589.0256

Stavro’s & Sons of Eustis 2100 W. CR 44 352.589.9100

Taki’s Pizza House

2824 S. Bay St. 352.357.0022

The Oyster Troff 936 N. Bay St. 352.357.9939

Tony’s Pizza & Subs 2760 E. Orange Ave. 352.589.9001

Guru Restaurant Award-Winning Indian Cuisine 2400 S Hwy 27 Suite 101 352.241.9884

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Stavro’s

3223 US Hwy. 441 352.315.0028

1 Lagrande Blvd. 352.750.3335 6538 Lake Griffin Rd. 352.753.7000

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Mystic Ice Cream 1217 W. Miller Blvd. 352.812.1366

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The Rose Plantation An early 20th Century dining experience. 200 Rose Ave. 352.805.4340 GROVELAND

Red Wing Restaurant 12500 S. SR 33 352.429.2997

HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS

JB Boondocks Bar & Grill

10400 CR 48 352.324.3910

Nicker’s Clubhouse Restaurant 10400 CR 48 352.324.2718

Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant 504 S. U.S. Hwy. 441/27 352.753.2722

OakWood Smokehouse & Grill 860 S. Hwy 27/441 352.751.5640

Takis Greek and Italian Restaurant 13761 U.S. Hwy. 441 N. 352.430.3630 LEESBURG

Brooklyn’s Pizzeria 27405 US Highway 27 352.728.2020

Ichiban Buffet 10301 Hwy. 441 352.728.6669

La Palma Mexican Grill Old-school traditions from Mexico combined with inspirations from California and Louisiana.

1690 Citrus Blvd. 352.323.1444

Main Street Cantina

205 W. Main St. 352.435.7279

Mammoth Oak Brewing Company 1107 W. North Blvd. 352.326.0100

Mystic Ice Cream 314 W. Main St. 352.812.1366

Naples Italian Restaurant 1107 W. North Blvd. 352.323.1616

Cousin Vinnie’s Family Sports Restaurant 10700 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.253.2442

Donut King 708 S. 14th St. 352.805.4888

Oakwood Smokehouse & Grill 2775 U.S. 27 352.435.4633

Rodello’s Italian Restaurant 26736 US Hwy. 27 352.319.8093

San Jose’s Original Mexican Restaurant

LADY LAKE

1337 S. 14th St. 352.805.4174

Bamboo Bistro 700 Hwy. 441 352.750.9998

311 W. Magnolia St. 352.474.2739

13721 US Hwy 441 352.775.1500

704 S. Lakeshore Blvd. 352.324.3600

La Hacienda Restaurant

Great Chicago Fire Brewery & Tap Room

Marco’s Pizza

Sarah’s Greek Cuisine & More

16640 Cagan Crossings Blvd., Ste. 305 352.404.8031

707 W. Montrose St. 352.404.9431

2468 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.323.1595

1500 Oakley Seaver Dr. 352.404.9688

Ay Jalisco 580 Hwy 50 352.243.1360

3325 U.S. Hwy. 441 352.365.0051

El Ranchito Mexican Cuban Restaurant 911 W. North Blvd. 352.314.9339

The Brick & Barrel Public House 209 W. Main St. 352.431.3069


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Rodello’s Italian Restaurant Sometimes, we seek a hearty, special, and unique Italian dining experience that isn’t just a meal but also a memory. You’ll find exactly that at Rodello’s Italian Restaurant. Here, you’ll enjoy delicious food and friendly service in a warm and welcoming environment. Made-to-order meals include Pistachio Crusted Lamb, Shrimp Risotto, Lobster Ravioli, and Chicken Marsala with fettucine. The restaurant also features a variety of soups and salads, pasta dishes, and piping-hot pizza. If you’re craving Italian cuisine, Rodello’s is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. 26736 U.S Hwy. 27, Leesburg / 352.319.8093 / rodellos.com

The Coffee Snob 1101 W North Blvd 352.460.4570

The Old Time Diner 1350 W. North Blvd. 352.805.4250

Vincent’s Italian Restaurant

5914 Orange Blossom Trl. 352.735.4578 OXFORD

Pho Saigon

11707 N. US Hwy. 301 352.492.9423

The Ranch

10601 US 441, C12 352.901.6193

Wolfy’s

918 N. 14th St. 352.787.6777 MOUNT DORA

Barnwood Country Kitchen & Smokehouse 3725 W. Old US Hwy 441 352.630.4903

Fiesta Grande

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Bella Nona Pizzeria

280 Silverado St. 352.508.9370

BTW (Burgers, Tacos & Waffles) 115 E. Main St. 352.508.9287

Fish Camp Lake Eustis 901 Lake Shore Blvd. 352.742.4400

Hurricane Dockside Grill

421 N. Baker St. 352.385.3540

3351 W. Burleigh Blvd. 352.508.5137

Magical Meat Boutique

Puddle Jumpers

322 N. Alexander St. 352.729.6911

111 W. Ruby St. 352.508.5862

Tavares Ice Cream

Sakura

Tiki West Raw Bar and Grill

Too Jays Brownwood

214 E. Main 352.508.5342

118 W. Ruby St. 352.508.5783

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Cody’s Roadhouse Brownwood 3731 Meggison Rd 352.430.2926

Cody’s Roadhouse Lake Sumter Landing 1041 Lakeshore Dr 352.259.8500

Giovanni’s

3439 Wedgewood Lane 352.751.6674

Haagan Dazs Ice Cream

1001 Lake Shore Dr 352.751.0261

Legacy Restaurant 17135 Buena Vista Blvd. 352.753.1475

265 Colony Blvd. 352.205.7393 2835 Brownwood Blvd 352.350.2122

Marco’s Pizza Everything is made daily, even the dough and sauce! 5806 Seven Mile Dr., Ste. 101 352.571.2400

NYPD Pizzeria 4046 Wedgwood Ln 352.750.1994

Peachwave

Too Jays Lake Sumter Landing 1129 Canal Street 352.430.0410

VKI Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar 1004 Old Mill Run 352.259.9887 UMATILLA

The Mason Jar

249 Colony Blvd 352.750.2238

37534 State Rd. 19 352.589.2535

Peterbrooke Chocolatier 1087 Canal St 352.391.5877

Roberto’s Ristorante & Pizzeria 2468 Burnsed Blvd. 352.626.1059

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El Ranchito Mexican Cuban Restaurant

Sun – Sat 11:00am – 10:00pm Follow us on Facebook for daily specials and entertainment!

911 W. NORTH BLVD., LEESBURG | 352.460.0123 ELRANCHITOMEXICANCUBAN.COM Since opening in 1997, El Ranchito has been the go-to place for Lake Countians who desire delicious Mexican food. Although the restaurant was closed for nearly two years due to the coronavirus, El Ranchito’s Leesburg location officially reopened in December 2021. The restaurant is now named El Ranchito Mexican Cuban and serves genuine Mexican cuisine and a variety of Cuban entrees with entertainment on Tuesdays and Saturdays! The menu features many of the favorite dishes diners have grown to love over the years, as well as new dishes. Consider the Molcajete Caliente featuring your choice of meats grilled with onion, potato, and bell pepper, topped with cheese and salsa verde. Or try the Bistec de Palomilla with thin-sliced steak with onions and parsley that comes with a signature steak sauce. El Ranchito fans will appreciate the remodeled restaurant, which now includes a 50-seat outside patio. Despite the changes, the food remains as scrumptious as ever. Enjoy amigos!

Guru Restaurant CLERMONT HILLSIDE TERRACE, 2400 S. U.S. 27, SUITE 101, CLERMONT 352.241.9884 | GURURESTAURANTCLERMONT.COM Owned by Chef Uday Kadam, Guru has a following of fans who savor the delicious, award-winning Indian cuisine inside the restaurant’s beautiful dining room filled with Indian décor and tables with linen tablecloths. Guru earned the prestigious Best Entrée award at the 2021 Taste of South Lake & Business Expo for its Chicken Tikka Masala, featuring boneless chicken pieces cooked in a Tandoor oven with tomato sauce, onion, aromatic herbs, spices, and served with Basmati rice. Guru also has tasty appetizers, Naan breads, vegan dishes, and a wide array of entrees, including Palak Paneer, a dish of homemade cubes of cheese cooked with spinach and fresh spices; Lamb Vindaloo of choice lamb cubes marinated in vinegar with potato and a blend of spices; and Tandoori Chicken Tikka, where the chicken is marinated in mild spices and yogurt. Additionally, Indian alcoholic beverages of Taj Mahal and Kingfisher are served at Guru, and the restaurant caters private functions, parties, and provides many delivery options for orders made online at mygurutogo.com.

La Palma Mexican Grill

Visit our Villages location! El Ranchito Restaurant 1 La Grande Blvd, The Villages 352.750.3335

Monday through Saturday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday Noon to 6 p.m.

Open Daily 11am–9pm

1690 CITRUS BLVD., LEESBURG | 352.323.1444 | LAPALMAGRILL.COM The entire staff invites you to a delicious dining experience at La Palma Mexican Grill. The recipes used for the restaurant’s unique dishes are a blend of old-school traditions from Mexico, combined with culinary inspirations from California and Louisiana. Homemade Mexican entrees such as Tacos Azteca, carnitas, fajitas, Chori Pollo, tamales and more, are flavorful and prepared with only the freshest of ingredients. Sit comfortably in the beautiful dining room, the festive bar, or outside on the patio deck with a serene view of the grounds and of the fun wild animals that can be spotted in the trees. Enjoy fast and friendly service, reasonable prices, three-for-one margaritas all day, every day, and a party room, available by reservation, for large parties or meetings. Full menu at lapalmagrill.com. Call for daily specials. AAK! BWWA ’clock It’s five ohere! somew

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Margarita Mondays! Enjoy $5 margaritas all day every Monday.


Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Wednesday-Sunday 4pm-9pm Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Full Gluten-Free Menu

Open Daily 11am-9pm

Marco’s Pizza 5806 SEVEN MILE DRIVE SUITE 101, WILDWOOD 352.571.2400 | MARCOS.COM The most delicious dishes are made with lots of love. That’s certainly the case at Marco’s Pizza, which is owned by business partners Peter Hiles and Roger Mellen. They opened the restaurant last April off County Road 466A in Wildwood and already have plans to open five additional locations. And why not? Everyone loves pizza, but they appreciate a quality pizza much more. At Marco’s Pizza, everything is made daily, including the dough and sauce. In other words, everything is fresh and never frozen. The popular three-cheese blend is another aspect that makes the pizza so satisfying. Marco’s Pizza also offers calzones, specialty pizza bowls, subs, salads, and wings. Expect to always be welcomed by a warm, friendly staff whether you dine inside the restaurant or call for delivery.

Mom & Dad’s Italian Restaurant 352.753.2722 | 304 US-441, LADY LAKE Mom and Dad’s Italian Restaurant in Lady Lake has the distinct honor of calling itself a true family-owned restaurant. In fact, five generations of family members have represented the restaurant since its humble beginnings in May 1962. As many generations of customers have dined there throughout the years thanks to the outstanding service and scrumptious dishes such as Spaghetti a la Bruzzi, Delmonico steak, and lasagna. This food savvy family prepares everything from scratch, crafting everything with love to satisfy your taste buds.

Rodello’s Italian Restaurant 26736 U.S HIGHWAY 27, LEESBURG | 352.319.8093 | RODELLOS.COM Chef Amadeo Avila invites you to enjoy authentic and fresh Italian cuisine in a friendly, comfortable dining environment at Rodello’s Italian Restaurant. The recipes used for his dishes are a blend of old-school traditions from Italy—the restaurant is named for a city in the old country—with new culinary inspirations that Chef Amadeo has learned during many years in the restaurant business. Flavorful, homemade Italian entrees such as Pistachio Crusted Lamb, Salmon Saltimbocca, Lobster Ravioli, Shrimp Risotto, and many others are classics and prepared with only the freshest ingredients. The lunch menu features personal pizzas, calzones, subs, and pasta. Sit in the spacious dining room or enjoy drinks or desserts like delicious gelato in the cozy lounge, which features a full bar, wine menu, and an array of specialty cocktails. Always look for new features on Chef Amadeo’s menu, available on the restaurant’s website, Rodellos.com.

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Subway SUBWAY.COM LADY LAKE | 208 W. GUAVA ST. | 352.750.4929 EUSTIS | 469 PLAZA DR. | 352.357.7827 MOUNT DORA | 18870 U.S. HWY. 441 | 352.735.4376 LEESBURG | 2013 CITRUS BLVD. | 352.787.6442 10135 U.S. HWY. 441, SUITE 4 | 352.326.3234 27405 U.S. HWY. 27, SUITE 4 | 352.314.8847

Custom-made, fresh sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads made right before your eyes. The “healthy” alternative to fast food.

THE VILLAGES | 1580 BELLA CRUZ DRIVE | 352.750.9600 8796 S.E. 165TH MULBERRY LANE | 352.750.9991 1070 LAKE SUMTER LANDING DRIVE | 352.205.8535 349 COLONY BLVD. | 352.391.1657 WILDWOOD | 480 W. GULF TO ALANTIC HWY. | 352.748.8800

The Ranch 10601 U.S. HIGHWAY 441, LEESBURG | 352.901.6193 The Wings Ranch restaurant, located at 10601 U.S. Highway 441, in the Publix shopping plaza near Lake Square Mall, is known for its cool western vibe and chicken wings Slavko Grguric has perfected over the years, but there’s more! The menu includes international and unique food selections like Schnitzel and Chevapi, an eastern-European delicacy made from pork and beef, Lobster Bisque, Fish and Chips, specialty burgers, Pork Chops, Ribeye, Prime Rib, Peel and Eat Shrimp, and a variety of from-scratch soups. The Wings Ranch also sports a full bar with happy hour every weekday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to close. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. Carry out and dine-in are available. For more information, menu updates, and live entertainment schedules, visit Wings Ranch on Facebook or call 352.901.6193.

Live Entertainment: Friday-Saturday 4:30 p.m. to close

The Rose Plantation

Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

200 ROSE AVE, FRUITLAND PARK | 352.805.4340 THEROSEPLANTATION.COM Enjoy an early 20th Century dining experience at The Rose Plantation, located in a home built in 1917. This charming and delightful restaurant on Fountain Lake serves up outstanding dishes with a side of elegant ambiance, starting with the glass-enclosed garden room and veranda, eclectic china, live piano, fine silverware, linen tablecloths, and the rose garden out front. The chefs are given creative freedom to make memorable dishes such as grilled scallops, half-roasted duck with sweet potato mash, rack of lamb, and crab cakes with cauliflower puree, black bean, corn relish, and key-lime avocado crema. All dishes are upscale in both quality and presentation. Customers can also choose from 140 varietals of wine. The restaurant, which seats 128 guests, includes private dining rooms for small parties. Four additional dining rooms will be added within one year.

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Come join the party Lake County is a thriving hub of fun festivals and events. STORY: JAMES COMBS

t the Sunnyland Antique and Classic Boat Festival, the sun shines down on the sleek wooden boats displayed in water and on land, stretching as far as the eye can see. At Leesburg Bikefest, the sound of roaring motorcycles is heard for miles as leather-clad men and bikini-wearing women turn the streets of downtown Leesburg into a weekend-long party. At the Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, visitors step back into a time of romance and chivalry as they watch jousters in full armor fight like 16th-century warriors and gasp while fire-eaters inhale hot flames. These are just a few of the sights and sounds from the spectacular festivals held in Lake County throughout the year.

If you ask 10 Lake County residents why they enjoy living here, I’ll guarantee you’ll receive this answer from at least six of them: “We’re centrally located and within easy driving distance to large cities, major attractions, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Atlantic Ocean.” Fair enough. That’s certainly one of the perks our area offers. But I’d probably answer the question a little differently. For me, it’s the annual festivals and events that draw thousands of people to our area. In fact, that might be the most grossly overlooked and underrated aspect as to what makes living in Lake County great. Organizers, board members, and volunteers burn the midnight oil and give up their family and social lives to make these events as fun-filled and spectacular as possible. There’s always something happening in each Lake County town, and the events and festivals

satisfy diverse interests from bicyclists and motorcyclists to art and gardening enthusiasts. Some are nationally recognized. • The Leesburg Bikefest is the world’s largest three-day motorcycle and music festival and typically attracts 250,000 people. • The Mount Dora Arts Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the southeastern United States and draws 300,000 people. • The Sunnyland Antique and Classic Boat Festival in Tavares is the largest antique and classic boat show on America’s East Coast.

Though you’re reading this in July, it’s never too early to start marking your calendars so you can attend some of these spectacular events and festivals. Whether you’re looking for music, art, beer, wine, history, motorcycles, or boats, you are sure to find it in Lake County.

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