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from the publisher Happy 2017 to all! This issue brings exciting news – a new publisher! I never knew I’d have to introduce myself in one of these letters, but here we are. My name is Jena Threadgill. Born and raised in Osceola County, I have been associated with the magazine since its inception in 2007, holding every job from Delivery Girl to now Publisher. Therefore, it is quite natural for me to continue in my mom’s (Kena Blain) footsteps. I graduated in 2004 from Osceola High School, moving on to Valencia Community College where I studied Marketing and Early Childhood Development. I enjoy the outdoors,
laughter, sporting events (Go Gators!), American history and spending time with my family and friends. You all will learn more about me in the coming issues. Life is always changing, and I am amazed at how fast time goes by. This year, OWM will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary. This business started in my family’s home oﬃce and has grown throughout the years into a successful publication. Over the next months, you may notice subtle changes within the magazine, but no changes in the quality of Osceola Woman. The businesses within OWM have made a commitment to you, the reader, to always oﬀer quality products and services to the folks of Osceola County. Please
visit them online or in their stores and oﬃces and let them know you heard or read about them in OWM, because it is through their support that we are able to bring you the stories of Osceola Woman Magazine. Saving the best for last! I would like to give a shout-out to the previous Publisher/my mother, Kena. She is one of the strongest women I have ever met, she has taught me so much throughout the years and has always believed in me. I hope to continue to run a successful publication and will do my part to make her proud. “I Love You, I Say You!”
adventure of continuing to make OSCEOLA WOMAN MAGAZINE one you look forward to reading! Until next time,
So, settle in and buckle your seatbelt for this big adventure. I, for one, am looking forward to this new
Staying fit and healthy 3 ESSENTIAL WORKOUTS FOR A HEALTHY HEART p8-9
HOW ABOUT A SMOOTHER, TIGHTER, MORE YOUTHFUL COMPLEXION? p12 JANUARY IS CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH p10
LIFE, WORK & PLAY
All the goods of living in Osceola
People, events and activities
SHE MAY NOT BE THE BIG BOSS, BUT SHE HELPS RUN THE SHOW! p14-15
WHAT’S UNDER THE CROWN? p24-25
SHOULD I BE WORRIED? PUTTING PET CONCERNS INTO PERSPECTIVE p16 OSCEOLA FOOD ANGELS p17
A LOOK INTO THE OSCEOLA COUNCIL ON AGING p26-28
ESTATE PLANNING TIPS FOR BLENDED FAMILIES p18 NEW HAIRSTYLES AND TRENDS p20 VALENTINE'S RECIPE p21 VALENTINDAY BY SUNSET AT BOGGY BOTTOM BARBECUE AND BOGGY CREEK AIRBOAT RIDES p22
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OSCEOLA HAPPENINGS p28-31
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Regular exercise can lower your risk of diabetes, stroke, depression and obesity, and it’s very beneficial for your heart, too. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, people who are sedentary are twice as likely to develop heart disease than those people who get regular exercise. People that are physically fit have a lower risk for heart disease or at least, it delays significantly suﬀering from a heart condition later in life. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure and lower your cholesterol. Added bonus? The American Heart Association (AHA) says that for each hour of regular exercise you get, your life expectancy will increase two hours. Whether you have heart disease or you’re just looking to start a hearthealthy fitness plan, here are three types of workouts you’ll want to incorporate.
AEROBIC EXERCISE FOR BETTER CIRCULATION For overall cardiovascular health, the AHA suggests getting at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity like walking five days a week or 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity like running three days a week. This type of exercise will improve your blood circulation, which can lower
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your blood pressure and help control how your heart pumps.
HERE ARE SOME AEROBIC EXERCISES TO TRY: • Walking • Running • Swimming • Indoor cycling and outdoor biking • Elliptical, stair climbers and steppers • Aerobic dancing • Jump-roping The talk test can help you understand the intensity level of the exercise you’re doing: During moderate-intensity activity you should be able to talk, but not sing. During vigorous-intensity, you shouldn’t be able to say more than a few words without taking a breath.
RESISTANCE TRAINING FOR STRONGER MUSCLES
The AHA also recommends moderate or high intensity strength training two days a week. Stronger bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments help you perform daily tasks and lowers your risk of injury. Stronger muscles can boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories, even when you’re not working out. And strength training isn’t just about free weights.
HERE ARE SOME MORE IDEAS: • Push-ups • Squats • Chin-ups • Free weights • Weight machines • Resistance bands
TRY THESE FLEXIBILITYIMPROVING WORKOUTS: • Yoga • Tai chi • Dynamic stretching before workouts • Static stretching afterwards
GET STARTED NOW Remember to take at least one day oﬀ in between training sessions so your muscles can recover.
STRETCHING, FLEXIBILITY AND BALANCE FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL HEALTH Flexibility exercises like stretching and balance training improve your musculoskeletal health. Good musculoskeletal health gives you the ability to perform resistance and aerobic exercises that are good for your heart. Good flexibility can help with stability, and prevent injuries and falls.
Worried because it’s been a while since you last exercised? It’s never too late to start. You’ll want to talk to your doctor before beginning any new exercise plan, especially if you have heart disease. If you have chest pain, dizziness, shortness of breath or palpitations while exercising, report your discomfort to your doctor as soon as you can.
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JANUARY IS CERVICAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH
Cervical cancer is a leading cause of female mortality worldwide. In areas without screening programs (pap smears and HPV testing), like Africa and Central America, it is the leading cause of cancerrelated mortality amongst women.
In developed countries like the United States, in 2012 cervical cancer was the eleventh most common type of cancer in women and the ninth most common cause of cancer deaths. In the US almost 13,000 new cases of invasive cervical cancer and about 4,100 cancer-related deaths occur each year. It is the third most common cancer diagnosis and cause of death amongst gynecologic cancers in the US. All these statistics may seem grim, but the good news is that for the most part, with proper surveillance, the changes that lead to cervical cancer can be caught early enough to prevent it from progressing to advanced cancer. Cancer that starts in the cervix (the exit to the uterus (or womb) and top most part of the vagina) typically begins in the transformation zone, where the cells from outside the cervical canal meet the cells from the inside. The vast majority of cervical cancer is related to infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV). About 80% of women will become infected with the HPV virus during their lifetime, most in their late teens or early twenties when sexual activity starts. Most will have the virus killed by their immune system, and once out of the cervical cells, the changes caused to the cells revert to normal, healthy cervical cells. A small group will be unable to clear the HPV virus and those can progress to pre-cancerous cells that if left unchecked, progress to cervical cancer, usually over many years. There is currently a vaccine available to help the immune system fight oďŹ€ HPV without ever having come in contact with it. Gardasil is currently available as a 9-valent vaccine. It covers against 9 types of HPV, including HPV 16 and 18 which together cause about 2/3 of all cervical cancers. It also protects against HPV strains that can cause genital warts. It is given as 3 doses between the ages of 9 and 26 and provides 97-100% immunity.
There have been changes in recent years to the recommendations by professional societies as to how often and how to screen for cervical cancer. Even if a yearly pap smear is not indicated, an annual pelvic examination should still be performed as part of a well woman visit with an obstetrician/gynecologist. After a discussion with your healthcare professional, you can make an informed decision as to when and if you need to have cervical cancer screening.
CERVICAL CANCER IS PREVENTABLE AND TREATABLE, BUT ONLY IF IT'S DIAGNOSED EARLY ENOUGH TO INTERVENE.
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HEALTH Sparkling jewelry, a comfy sweater or a designer purse may have been on your holiday wish list. But what do you truly want for 2017?
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If you are organized, you can do anything. It’s a good thing that Heather Blandford Burns, the sole employee of the Silver Spurs Rodeo, carries around an attitude like this. The Silver Spurs Rodeo oﬃce is responsible for putting on two rodeos each year (including a special bull riding-only performance) and hosting the largest state barrel racing finals in the United States, the Florida ranch rodeo state finals, and, most recently, a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association series rodeo called the Wrangler Champions Challenge. Burns doesn’t just run the oﬃce. She is the oﬃce. She gets it all done year after year under the guidance of the Silver Spurs Club’s Big Boss (chairman of the board) and a board of directors, and with the help of more than 300 volunteer-members. But before we delve into the intricacies of what it takes to put on a rodeo, let’s back up about 76 years. In 1941, a group of Osceola County ranchers
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rode together in Governor Spessard Holland’s inaugural parade in Tallahassee, earning statewide attention. They continued to gather to enjoy their common interest – horseback riding – leading to the formation of the Silver Spurs Riding Club at the home of Geech and Connie Partin in May of 1941. In 1944, the club put on a rodeo as its contribution to the Fourth War Loan. Admission to the rodeo was the purchase of a war bond, and over 1,000 people attended. Because it was
a successful endeavor, the club put on its first full-dress rodeo on July 4, 1944. The rest, as they say, is history. The Silver Spurs Riding Club, an agricultural nonprofit organization, hasn’t stopped putting on rodeos since then. One element that has changed, though, is the rodeo’s venue. The first rodeo was hosted on land donated by Henry O. Partin (near what is now the corner of Neptune Road and Kings Highway in Kissimmee). Then, in 1949, the club acquired land on 192 and started
building an outdoor arena. In 2002, the outdoor arena was purchased by Osceola County, and the county built what is now the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park.
busy organizing the club’s annual golf tournament, the Cowboy Classic, which raises funds for college scholarships for deserving high school seniors in Osceola County.
In the 16 years that she’s worked for the Silver Spurs Rodeo, Burns has put on 35 Silver Spurs Rodeos, and she says they’re never the same.
Burns, who was born and raised in St. Cloud, married her husband, Chad Burns, in 2012. He is supportive of her hectic schedule, and even pitches in to help out during event months when the line between her personal life and professional life blurs a bit.
“The history of this club is fascinating. But as the world turns and changes, we have had to do the same. The way the club and rodeo are now is definitely diﬀerent than it was when I started working for them. Sometimes you do have to remember that just because it worked back then, doesn’t mean it will now,” says Burns. Flexibility is key, and Burns exhibits that when she talks about jumping around between tasks.
“If a volunteer doesn’t show up, I can be running a spotlight one minute, and parking cars the next. There is no job too big or too small,” Burns says. It’s a busy job when a rodeo is just around the corner. Burns manages everything from ticket sales to vendor relations to concessions to contracted personnel. When it’s not an event month, she is either planning for the next rodeo or cleaning up after one that just passed. In the fall, when things are “slow”, Burns stays
Burns doesn’t seem to mind that she’s a one-womanshow in a man’s world. She says she’s loved all sixteen of her bosses (the Big Boss changes every year), only one of whom was a woman. She believes that if you give respect, you’ll get it back, and that philosophy has served her well over the years.
THE 138TH SILVER SPURS RODEO TAKES PLACE FEBRUARY 17-19 AT SILVER SPURS ARENA. IF YOU ATTEND, YOU’LL PROBABLY CATCH A GLIMPSE OF BURNS ENSURING THAT THE COMMUNITY SHE LOVES SEES A FIRST CLASS SHOW.
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SHOULD I BE WORRIED? (Putting pet health concerns into perspective) | By Dr. Gary A. Borgman |
In the past year, my Osceola Woman articles have focused on puppy and kitten health issues. A lot happens in the first few months of these adorable family members but soon they become adults, middle aged and eventually seniors. Most canines and all felines are full grown and sexually mature by one year of age, so this equates to about age 18 for humans. The old adage that a dog’s life is seven in human years is not very accurate. After one year of age, we like to add 5 “human years” for each dog/cat year. With this criteria, a six year old pet is about 43 (early middle age), and a nine year old is 68 (early senior). A dog or cat who lives to 15 calendar years is 108! Smaller breed dogs and cats usually age more slowly than large dogs. A large or giant dog can be very old at 10 years! As our pets accumulate some age and often some excess weight and dental plaque and tartar, a lot can happen. Veterinarians depend upon the owner’s observations at home to help us figure out the health status and diagnosis of what is going on with individual patients. We suggest that owners mark observations on a calendar or diary to assist with the history (subjective data). We always welcome telephone calls with observations and questions.
Some common concerns: • Decreased appetite (with or without vomiting/regurgitation) • Increased water consumption (polydipsia) and increased urination quantity (polyuria) • Changes in elimination habits (both defecation and urination) • Painful or diﬃcult urination (sometimes with blood in urine) • Blood or mucous in bowel movements • Vomiting, regurgitation of undigested food, spitting up stomach fluids • Coughing, gagging, wheezing, or labored breathing • Collapsing, fainting or weakness with exercise • Pain of any kind (especially of the abdomen) • Seizures, tremors, general weakness or inability to use rear legs • Loss of vision or hearing • Diﬃculty in jumping up, climbing stairs, or getting up from rest • Itchy/painful skin or ears • Lumps and bumps on the skin or beneath the skin (rapid growth is worrisome)
• Diﬃcult chewing or swallowing of food • Unusual odor from mouth, skin, or ears Young pets often experience acute gastro-intestinal problems (vomiting and diarrhea), upper respiratory problems (coughing), and skin problems (itching/hair loss). As dogs and cats age, along with the above mentioned problems of the young, we often encounter heart, respiratory, liver, kidney, hormonal, allergic and dental conditions. I will address these various body systems and the potential issues which can arise, during the next year of articles.
Finally, I want to mention the common health problems of aged pets. Arthritis, obesity, periodontal disease, heart disease, hormonal problems, and liver and kidney diseases can and do occur. Cancer of various types, unfortunately is also common. The annual physical examination along with appropriate laboratory diagnostics is very important in early detection and treatment of health issues at all ages. The veterinarians and staﬀ at Kissimmee Animal Hospital (407-846-3912) and Poinciana Pet Clinic (407-518-0880) are available to answer your questions and concerns about the health of your pets. We are here to help and to serve.
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he Osceola County Food Angels is a group of full-time working ladies, as well as students ranging from elementary to high school who were made aware that there was a need in the community and volunteered. This organization began September of 2014 during a monthly Osceola County School District Business Partner meeting. This is an event where the schools and the local businesses come together in support of each other. Yet the main aim is ensuring the students receive the support needed to be successful. During one of these meetings, Judy Alexander, the SDOC Partners in Education Specialist began to discuss the FIT (Family In Transition) program within the school district. This program caters to the students who are deemed homeless. Mrs. Alexander began to explain that this county alone had over 4700 homeless students. At the time, she was seeking volunteers to head up the food drive program to assist the schools with providing non-perishable foods and snacks over the weekend called the Backpack Project. Without hesitation, Mickie Starlard and Tamara Ault stepped up to the plate. However, these ladies did not feel this was enough. Ms. Starlard knew that these students only received food during the school session; which meant free breakfast and lunch oﬀered to all students, and then a backpack of food for FIT students on Fridays. Food over long holidays, such as Thanksgiving break, Winter break, and Spring break were needed. This is how the Osceola County Food Angels was born. To date they have ten members strong, with even more help from various schools and other groups. The core people within this organization are Mickie Starlard (Five Guys Burger & Fries), Tamara Ault (Firehouse Subs), Evon Hofmann (McDonald's Corp.), Trisha Roof (McDonald's Corp.), Judi Lowell (Osceola County School for the Arts) and Aida DelMoral (Neptune Middle School). From car washes, monetary donation drives, and Facebook posts to keep the community aware of their need and progress, to generous food drive donations from students of Osceola County Schools and from many businesses in both Orange and Osceola County the Angels are well on their way to feeding students. They would be remiss not to mention the incredible generosity of Belgium Butter, Nut and Candy Company in St. Cloud, who have provided 160 cases of peanut butter yearly. As well as boxes that they use to package the donations, and the amazing donation of a storage location at Plaza Del Sol Mall oﬀ of US 192. They permit the Food Angels the use of this space absolutely free of cost.
But this will be a never-ending process for Mickie, Tamara and Evon. The passion and dedication these ladies have shown, along with their team, is nothing short of amazing, honorable and a blessing. Under the Green Bag Project 501 3(c), this group has done and continues to feed the students in Osceola County. They know the students are in their situation by no fault of their own. With the help of the community they could make a positive diﬀerence in the lives of these students. If you would like to help, the most needed items are canned tuna, canned beans and soups, veggies, ravioli and cereal.
You can like also them on Facebook, (Osceola County Food Angels) or contact Mickie Starlard directly at email@example.com for more information.
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ESTATE PLANNING TIPS FOR BLENDED FAMILIES | Cleve Grissom |
Most of us need to do some type of estate planning, but it’s especially important if you are part of a “blended” family. And the best time to start is now – before these plans need to be implemented. Estate planning can be complex, so you will need help from a qualified legal professional. But here are a few general suggestions that can be suitable for blended families: • Update beneﬁciary designations – and think about multiple beneficiaries. Update the beneficiary designations on your retirement accounts and insurance policies to reflect the reality of your blended family. These designations can supersede the instructions you provided in your will. So if your will states that your current spouse should inherit your assets, but you had named your former spouse, or a child, as the primary beneficiary of an IRA, then your former spouse or your child – not your present-day spouse – will indeed receive the IRA. To ensure that “everyone gets something,” you could name your current spouse as primary beneficiary
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and your children from a previous marriage as equal contingent beneficiaries. But the primary beneficiary will receive all the assets and is free to do whatever he or she wants with the money. To enact your wishes, you can name multiple primary beneficiaries and designate the percentage of the asset each beneficiary will receive. • Create a living trust – and consider a professional trustee. A living trust can help you avoid the time-consuming and costly process of probate, while giving you great freedom to determine how, and when, you want your assets distributed. After you pass away, the trust, if structured properly, can provide your surviving spouse with income for life; then, after your spouse dies, your children from an earlier marriage would receive the remainder of the trust. So far, so good. However, issues can arise if you name your surviving spouse or one of your children as the “successor trustee” who will take charge of the trust upon your passing. Your spouse, acting as successor trustee, could choose to invest only in bonds for income, but if he or she lives another 20 or so years, the value of the investments within the
trust will probably have diminished considerably – leaving your children with very little. Conversely, if you name one of your children as trustee, the child could invest strictly in growth-oriented investments, leaving your surviving spouse with greatly reduced income. To be fair to everyone, you may want to engage a professional third-party trustee. This individual, or company, is not a beneficiary of the trust, is not entitled to share in the assets of the trust, and, ideally, should have no “rooting interest” in how proceeds of the trust are distributed. • Consider a prenuptial agreement. When it’s time to settle an estate, a prenuptial agreement can help avoid disputes among members of a blended family. If you and your new spouse have agreed to keep your assets separate so that each of you can pass an inheritance to your own children, you need to spell out that separation in your “prenup,” your will, your living trust and any other relevant estate-planning arrangements. Above all else, share your estateplanning intentions with members of your blended family. You may not be able to satisfy everyone, but through open communications, you can help prevent bad feelings – and unpleasant surprises.
This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. For more information on investing your money please contact Cleve Grissom at 407-891-7833.
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New Year, New You
NEW HAIRSTYLES AND TRENDS New Year, New You, New Hairstyles and Trends Yes, another year has come and gone! Now along with your fitness goals this new year, add spending 5-10 extra minutes on your hair in the morning. Remember, your hair is the crown you never take oﬀ. To help you out this year we put together a few celebrities inspired hair ideas that are not only easily mastered in a few simple steps,
they don’t require a proper shampoo, blow-dry. Dry Shampoo is our BFF :) Victor Russell Salon is a full service, Paul Mitchell Focus salon located in St. Cloud Florida. Behind the chair for only 8 years combined Victoria and Gianna are two passionate hairstylists who inspire each other day in and day out and they are ready to transform your hair!
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• Finger comb strands on the other side into the braid and follow it down. • Leaving a little more than normal, tie oﬀ braid. • Starting at the bottom, pinch and pull each side, alternating on your way up to thicken and rough up your braid a bit. Top oﬀ with your favorite hairspray and your set!
Haircare tips & tricks provided by Victoria Quednau & Gianna Fabian at Victor Russell Salon. A full service, Paul Mitchell Focus salon located in St. Cloud.
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• 2 bags microwave popcorn • 12 oz. bag Wilton candy melts (pink) • 2 cups pretzels (broken into pieces) • 1 1/2 cups M&Ms • Valentine’s Day nonpareils/sprinkles
1. Pop popcorn, set aside. Be sure to pick any unpopped kernels out. 2. Melt the Wilton candy melts at 30 second intervals in the microwave. 3. Toss broken pretzels and M&Ms into the bowl with popcorn. Then pour 1/2 the melted candy over the top and combine with a rubber spatula. (Two rubber spatulas work the best!) 4. Spread mixture out on a sheet of wax paper. Then, drizzle remaining melted candy over the top. 5. Sprinkle the nonpareils/sprinkles over popcorn. 6. After the chocolate dries/firms up again, break into bits and store in an airtight container (for about a week) 7. Then Ready to Eat!
Stock the fridge with their favorite adult beverage and the shelves with their favorite snacks.
MAKE BREAKFAST IN BED. Leave a note on the bathroom mirror so they will see it first thing in the morning. Dedicate a day to the one you love — plan a day ﬁlled with their favorite things.
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Valentine's Day BY SUNSET AT BOGGY BOTTOM BARBECUE AND BOGGY CREEK AIRBOAT RIDES
elebrate Valentine's Day by reminding your loved one how much you care. Whether it’s your first date or a romantic proposal, there are ways to celebrate love with us. Two romantic packages to choose from ($65.00 per couple)
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PICNIC UNDER THE STARS Enjoy your roman tic evening with a picnic basket full of crackers and cheese sipping wine unde r the stars. Sit on a blanket in the park or by candlelight on picnic tables unde r grandfather oaks draped with Spanish moss. Exquisite views any time of da y, but they’re significantly beautif ul at sunset, when the day’s last rays reflec t oﬀ the lake and filter through mos s covered trees.
omplete your romantic evening strolling on the brick pathways to our lakeside bonfire and create beautiful Valentine's Day memories making delicious S’mores - included with both packages. Take your evening further by riding into the sunset on an airboat and see the beautiful sun setting over the lake seeing wildlife. (weather permitting) $40 per person.
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WHAT’S UNDER THE CROWN? An Interview with Little, Junior, and Miss Silver Spurs
ou’ve seen them at the Rodeo, donning spurs, sequins and smiles, but what else do the queens that represent the Silver Spurs do during their reign? We interviewed them to find out! OWM: “First of all, what does a rodeo queen do?” JMSS: “A rodeo queen is an ambassador to the sport of rodeo. She educates the public about the sport, the welfare of the livestock that perform, and represents her community.” MSS: “What a lot of people don't know is the community service we do. We visit schools and attend fundraisers. There is a
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lot of behind-the-scenes preparation that goes into every event we host or get invited to. Most importantly, we get to share our passion for rodeo, represent the Silver Spurs Riding Club and Rodeo, and encourage others to learn about our culture and attend our rodeo.” LMSS: “A Rodeo queen is not just a pretty face, we are also cowgirls. We promote the sport of rodeo, always help when needed, and always have a smile while doing it!” OWM: “Judging by the many pictures and videos on the Miss Silver Spurs facebook page, you do a variety of events and appearances. What has been your favorite event so far?”
MSS: “I feel so blessed to carry the American Flag in the Silver Spurs Rodeo. It’s a unique experience to be holding such a beautiful flag in the middle of a circle of honorable war veterans on horses while the National Anthem is being played. That is one of my favorite opportunities because it reminds me of how lucky we are to live in such an incredible, free country, and it allows me to say thank you in a special way to all those who have fought for our country.”
JMSS: “My favorite appearance so far would be when I had the opportunity to go to Camp Thunderbird, along with some of the Osceola County firefighters, and visit with kids at the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp. I was able to get to know the kids personally, share with them about Rodeo, the western way of life, and my title.”
LMSS: “I love attending the Silver Spurs Rodeo, the Christmas parade, but my favorite event was modeling in the OWM Head 2 Toe Fashion Show.” OWM: “Wow! Sounds like you are busy girls and do great things in the community! What are some things you’ve learned this year?” MSS: “I learned what a profound influence and inspiration I had the potential of being, so I’ve tried very hard to be a good role model.”
Junior Miss Silver SpursSarah Taylor
Miss Silver SpursMadeline Munns
LMSS: “I learned how to do my own makeup… but always leave your eyebrow shaping for the professionals!” JMSS: “I've learned to wear confidence like I wear my crown. If you’re confident in everything you do, you’re only setting yourself up for more success.”
Little Miss Silver Spurs- Rylie Conner The Miss Silver Spurs Pageant program, an Osceola County tradition since 1960, is open to all girls ages 9-11 (Little Miss) 12-14 (Jr. Miss) and 15-21 (Miss). Applications for the June 1, 2017 pageant must be postmarked by February 27th. For more information and to download the application, go to SilverSpursRodeo.com or call 407-973-2985. Meet the Queens and their Courts at the February Silver Spurs Rodeo!
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A LOOK INTO THE Osceola Council on Aging is a 501 OSCEOLA The(c)(3), private, non-profit charitable organization that is dedicated to providing COUNCIL services to enable independence and selfsuﬃciency for seniors, disabled adults, disadvantaged and families in poverty. ON AGING the Since incorporating in 1971, the agency has become largest provider of human services in Osceola County and has established a 45 year history as a trusted agency that is mission driven. Over 2016, the Council served more than 164,000 people with the support of 210 employees. All services are administered through the Barney E. Veal Center, located at 700 Generation Point, Kissimmee, FL 34744.
The Council began as a senior service agency, housed in one room of the old Osceola County Courthouse with minimal staﬀ, a small team of volunteer and the capacity to serve 25 home-bound seniors with home delivered meals prepared by St. Cloud Hospital. The original Board of Directors consisted of three local citizens from St. Cloud, three from Kissimmee and another three from the senior living community now known as Good Samaritan – Kissimmee Village. The Barney E. Veal Center was constructed largely with local funding (about 85%) garnered through a spirited capital campaign and the support of the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners. The only “outside” funding came through a large grant obtained from the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
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that was honored in the naming of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Adult Day Health Center, also located at the Barney E. Veal Center. The stability and success of the Council has stemmed largely from two important designations: (1) as the lead agency for Community Care for the Elderly and (2) as a Community Action Agency, which are both funded through the State of Florida. This ongoing support allows the Council to administer an extensive array of more than 30 supportive services that alleviate poverty, promotes community health, furthers self-suﬃciency and prevents homelessness. The most requested programs include: housing, healthcare, nutrition assistance, transportation, in-home care, rent/mortgage & utility assistance and a bustling senior center with a plentiful oﬀering of recreational, wellness and social activities. The Council also operates a free health clinic for Osceola County residents that are uninsured or underinsured with the volunteer eﬀorts of more than 50 healthcare professionals. “The Council changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes Osceola County a better place to live. We care about all generations and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other”, said Beverly Hougland, Chief Executive Oﬃcer of the Council. Beverly continued, “When people receive services from us, we ask them to also pay it forward. We also encourage our seniors to give back. They can do so by mentoring an at-risk child, conducting a food drive or volunteering to deliver Meals on Wheels”.
needs in our community. It is a passion of mine to connect these volunteers and donors in a way that addresses the needs among families, seniors, the homeless, children and the disadvantaged. I’m in awe of all we are able to accomplish when we collaborate as one to make things better for this community.”
endy Ford, Director of Housing and Finance explained further, “Many of our low-income seniors who live at one of the Council’s five government subsidized rental complexes, where they are able to live aﬀordably and access the Council’s various services. A lot of the seniors have started their own little charities, including one lady with a talent for needlework that makes stuﬀed toy animals, hats, gowns and lap blankets for preemie babies and cancer patients. It’s great to see these caring seniors receive recognition and awards for their contributions.” “I am honored to work with this agency, because it gives me satisfaction to enable individuals to come together as a community and collaborate to give back”, says Carmen Carrasquillo, Chief Operations Oﬃcer. “We have volunteers and staﬀ members from other agencies and businesses that come to us every day, asking ‘What can we do?’ Not everybody realizes it, but there are significant
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Wilda Belisle, Director of the Council’s Meals on Wheels Program, has a unique perspective in serving seniors and disabled adults who are unable to leave their home without assistance. These frail individuals need more than two home delivered meals a day; they need the personal contact and reassurance of a daily visit from a caring volunteer. A personal conversation, a hug and checking on a client’s wellbeing are all vital aspects of the program to help clients feel loved and secure. “This is a passion of mine”, says Wilda, “but the staﬀ gets all the credit. They do this because they truly love and care about our clients. Beverly (Hougland) has been my inspiration. She started out as the Director of the Meals on Wheels Program, so whenever she has an idea, I want to do it”, Wilda concludes with a smile. Connie Benca, Chief Financial Oﬃcer relates her own personal experience as an employee of the agency. “When I became a staﬀ member of the Council on Aging, I gained a new perspective on this community. Even though
I had previously served on the Council’s Board of Directors, I began to see the clients we served face to face and I came to care about many of them as much as any friend or family member. Right now, we are providing services to veterans through a new program called Homebound Heroes, where we provide home repairs to elderly and disabled veterans that help them continue living safely at home.” “This is a very honorable program that the Council coordinates, but we couldn’t do it without partners like The Home Depot Team,” said Benca. Osceola Woman asked, “How did you continue after the 2008 recession? 2008 also marked the first time that the Council had to place eligible clients on a waiting list because we did not have the means to immediately provide services. Some funding was provided through the federal government. Homes were also donated to the Council through the City of Kissimmee Neighborhood Stabilization Program to be maintained as low-income
housing for families in need. Significant funding was supplied through Weatherization funding through the American Recovery & Re-investment Act to help low-income homeowners make their homes more energy eﬃcient. Home assessments conducted by the Council helped eligible Osceola County homeowners determine how much their ineﬃcient appliances, windows, insulation and lack of weather stripping was costing them per month.
A LOOK INTO THE OSCEOLA COUNCIL ON AGING Seeking additional grant funding became a priority and carefully targeting that funding to address the greatest needs was a strategy developed by the Council’s Board. In addition, private fundraising became a much more vital part of the agency’s annual budget. The Council’s Annual Benevon was established during this time with a goal to tell the Council’s story to a broad base of community leaders, donors and volunteers. Invited guests are the first to view the Council’s annual video that includes notable clients stories and agency highlights for the year. Diﬀerent programs are highlighted each year to further expand public knowledge of the Council, our mission and those we service. The Osceola Council on Aging is a beacon of hope in an age where there is so much inhumanity. We can all lend a helping hand and be our brother’s keeper. Find out how you can make a diﬀerence by becoming involved. You may call 407- 8468532 or visit www.osceolagenerations.org
COMMUNITY February 25, 2017 11am to 3pm
BBQ AT THE NARCOOSSEE SCHOOLHOUSE Join us for delicious BBQ and baked goods at the historic Narcoossee Schoolhouse at 5026 Yukon Street, Saint Cloud, FL 34771 on Saturday. BBQ meal is just $8.00 per plate (pulled pork or chicken and sides). Baked goods are sold separately. Sponsored by the Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society. All proceeds benefit restoration of the circa 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. Meal tickets may be purchased on site or in advance. Eat-in or Carry-out available. Call 407-3017857 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse
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he Narcoossee Area Chapter of the Osceola County Historical Society meets every 1st Monday of each month at the Narcoossee Community Center at 5354 Rambling Road, Narcoossee, FL 34771. Our current project is restoration of the 1886 Narcoossee Schoolhouse. We welcome visitors and new members. Phone 407-5956727 or website www.narcoosseehistory.org
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sceola Regional formally unveils their Trauma Center by unveiling their new signage with community leaders and trauma survivors among others. Their Trauma Center Level II has saved over 2,500 lives since May 2015 and has achieved State Designation on July 2016. Dr. James Hurst, Univ. of South FL/HCA Trauma Network Chief Trauma Medical Director, wife and Dr. Tracy Bilski.
CITY OF KISSIMMEE ANNOUNCES EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
he City of Kissimmee is proud to announce Christopher Rodriguez as the Employee of the Year.
Chris is a Lead Video Producer with City of Kissimmee’s Access Osceola television program and has been with the City for more than 14 years. He was the Employee of the Month for April 2016. Chris started his career with the City as a student intern, and then moved on to become a production assistant, TV digital media specialist and ultimately a Lead Video producer. Over his tenure he has proven himself to be an excellent representative for the Public Information Office and a great resource. Chris was previously selected Employee of the Month in 2012, and since then he has continued to provide excellent service and has shown impeccable work ethic. Chris is always researching new equipment and technology that allows Access Osceola the ability to create high quality video & audio productions. Chris
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continuously provides training, technical advice and support to not only the Public Information Office, but also to any of the City’s departments, all of Access Osceola’s partners, and from time to time Osceola County’s Television Department.
Chris is an exemplary employee, bringing a high degree of commitment, passion and professionalism to every project he tackles.
He represents the City well and makes his department very proud. Congratulations from Osceola Woman!
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