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THIS ISSUE

March 2013

living green

Give your home a true green cleaning this spring pg. 7

pups & friends

Boarding your four-legged family member pg. 8

style

Three beautiful new date-night looks pg. 10 Spruce up your home for spring in just a weekend pg. 11

special feature

Teacher of the Year pg. 12

lake park

PEAR Park pg. 14

local band

Leo Kottke pg. 16

special feature

Georgefest pg. 17 Buy and sell antiques with the help of online portals pg. 18

youth works Sarah Jones pg. 20

exercise weight-loss nutrition

Go nuts and celebrate your health with a handful pg. 23 Diet rich in nutrients promotes a lifetime of healthy vision pg. 24

restaurant of the month Cousin Vinnie’s pg. 26

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Tax season pg. 28 Four ways to drought-proof your yard pg. 30

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PHOTOGRAPHERS Kathy Waters Jennifer Moseley Elizabeth Betsy Reed

e are already into March and we wanted to do a cover on antiques. I want to thank Pris’s Place located at 1400 S Bay St in Eustis for letting us come in and take the cover. You can fill an entire day with pleasure shopping and treasure hunting in Lake County. Search for that special one-of-a-kind gem among the many quaint shops, charming boutiques or the huge mall of antiques on 117 acres housing 1,400 dealers. The farmer’s markets and flea markets overflow with everything from specialty orchids to imported antique weapons and farm-fresh strawberries. From vintage clothing and costumes, old south unique collectables, to exotic carousels, residents and visitors can find what they are looking for and more in Lake County. Enjoy our current issue and go to our facebook page for daily, weekly and monthly updates. See you all next month. Sincerely, ~ Al Asghar

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The goals of the writers at EverythingLake Magazine is to provide great stories that are true and accurate from beginning to end. Please be forgiving if we make a mistake. We will make it right. EverythingLake is a monthly publication and can be located in various Schools, Chamber of Commerce, Businesses, Restaurants, etc. Any comments can be sent to EverythingLake Magazine at al@everythinglake.com or call 407-697-7933. 2273 Jennah Circle, Eustis, Florida 32726. EveythingLake Magazine assumes no responsibility for claims made by their advertisers. All letters and their contents sent to EverythingLake Magazine become the property of EverythingLake Magazine and may be reproduced at any time. All views expressed in our magazine are those of the writers and may not be of EverythingLake Magazine. Use of the material in our magzine is prohibited unless written approval is given by EverythingLake Magazine.


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Give your home a true green cleaning this spring (BPT) - When you clean your house in the spring, you really want it to be clean. Dirt, dust and germs are banned, and all appliances, floors and walls are scrubbed clean. But is your house really clean, or have you traded dirt and germs for caustic and toxic chemicals found in most conventional cleaning products? Even some so-called natural cleansers can contain these same or similar nasty ingredients. And you would know this only if the manufacturer practices full disclosure of ingredients on their labels, which is not required on home care products. Think about it - when was the last time you saw a full ingredient listing on your spray cleaner? The best way to make sure your living space is clean and healthy is to use safe, natural cleaning products you create yourself, using natural and inexpensive ingredients you can pick up at any natural grocery store. It’s cost-effective, not difficult and, like the task of spring cleaning itself, it’s satisfying and rewarding. You can craft your own, homespun versions of everything from carpet cleaner to furniture dusting polish - and have the satisfying assurance that you really are keeping your home clean and green. Whether you’re shopping for prepared natural cleaning solutions or making your own, keep in mind that the word “aromatherapy” is now being applied to everything scented - from dishwashing liquid to laundry detergent. The true practice of aromatherapy relies on using pure essential oils extracted from plants. These natural plant essences nurture us on mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual levels. House cleaning isn’t exactly a spiritual exercise, but adding

the effects and properties of essential oils to your homemade household products can enhance the experience and the effectiveness of your task. Essential oils have potent antimicrobial effects along with their clean, pleasant natural aromas. Here are a few “classic” homecare essential oils suggested by the experts at the leading aromatherapy company, Aura Cacia: lemon (clean, sweet, uplifting scent; deodorizing), peppermint (minty, fresh; air purifier; mild pest repellent), eucalyptus and tea tree (air and surface sanitizers; fresh, therapeutic aromas).

Here’s a shopping list of key ingredients for making your own homecare products: • Baking soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) Gently abrasive scouring powder, odor absorber and an excellent base for making your own cleaning preparations. • Washing soda (Sodium Carbonate) • Borax (Sodium Borate) - Natural mineral compound, laundry booster, multipurpose cleanser, fungicide/ insecticide. • White distilled vinegar (Acetic Acid) • Liquid soap (Sodium Hydroxide) Choose from vegetable oil-based soaps such as olive oil or sweet almond. • Distilled water - Clean, distilled water acts as a better carrier and dirt solvent. Tap water will often contain salts and minerals that can lead to spotting and build-up. • Essential oils • Spray bottles • Natural bristle scrubbing brushes • Squeeze bottles • Cotton dusting cloth • Hemp or Jute fiber scrubbing cloth • Tote to put it all in

Follow these simple recipes for making your own basic homecare products: Basic Spray Cleaner

• 2 cups water • 1/2 teaspoon sodium borate • 1/4 teaspoon liquid soap • 36 drops essential oil* * Cleansing and purifying essential oils: lemon, tea tree, eucalyptus, spike lavender.

Gentle Scouring Cream • 1/2 cup baking soda • Liquid soap • 18 drops essential oil*

* Oils that brighten: lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit. Add essential oils to baking soda and blend. Next, incorporate the liquid soap, several drops at a time, until a creamy paste forms.

Window Cleaner

• 2 cups water • 3 tablespoons vinegar • 1/4 teaspoon liquid soap • 36 drops essential oil • Wooden Furniture Polishing Oil • 3 tablespoons vinegar • 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil • 10 drops lemon essential oil • Carpet Deodorizing Powder • 1 cup baking soda • 18 drops essential oil* * Deodorizing essential oils: bergamot, coriander seed, lavandin.

Carpet Cleaner

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FRIENDS

Boarding your four-legged family member (BPT) - Whether traveling for business or fun, it’s not always practical to take along a four-legged family member. Arranging care of a beloved pet for an extended absence can be daunting. Knowing what to look for in a kennel, and what to look out for, can help you choose wisely.

• Separation of dogs and cats: Ideally, cats and dogs are kept in separate rooms, not just separate enclosures; it can be highly stressful for cats to reside near unfamiliar canines.

ASK AROUND “Family and friends can be a good source of recommendations,” says Christi Olszewski, registered veterinary technologist (RVT) and instructor at Brown Mackie College - Albuquerque. “Your veterinarian is also a good reference point.”

SCOUT OUT FACILITIES Be sure to tour a facility before boarding your pet. “Ask to see everything, not just a single room or two,” says Dr. Barry Kellogg, senior veterinary advisor for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

Here are some factors to consider during your tour: • Cleanliness: Floors, runs and kennels should be clean and free of debris. • Light and ventilation: The interior should be bright, with odors whisked away. • Cage size: Each animal needs space for a bed, plus room to move. For cats, the space also should accommodate a litter box, and offer a place to hide. • Exercise runs: Runs are usually located both inside and out; those with a double-gated entry provide extra security.

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WHO ARE THE CARETAKERS? “Most kennels won’t have a veterinarian on staff; however, the staff should be trained and experienced, and include at least one RVT with technical knowledge of health concerns and elderly pets,” says Olszewski. Kellogg reminds pet owners to “watch staff interaction with your pet. You want to see if they can sense the personality, and understand animal communication and behavior.” The experts also advise to ask about the ratio of staff to pets. The fewer animals each staffer is responsible for, the more individual attention your pet is likely to receive.

DAILY ACTIVITY ”Ask about the daily routine, the number and length of walks and exercise sessions,” Olszewski advises. “Exercise should occur more frequently than is necessary for bladder relief.” Kellogg suggests defining ‘exercise.’ “Do they put him in a run by himself, or is there a person there with hands-on interaction? Some dogs prefer to go running alone. Other animals would become highly stressed without human playtime,” he says. He also recommends against group play. “Dogs are pack animals, but the pack is hierarchal. There will be issues. This is always the risk associated with group play,” he says.

When boarding a cat, beware the cat condo structures with lots of cubbyholes. “A big castle may look appealing, but the carpeted surfaces pose a sterility problem. It cannot be cleaned thoroughly, and can become a source of disease,” Kellogg says.

INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND PREFERENCES Even though the Humane Society of the United States names boarding kennels as a known cause of stress in pets, you can take steps to help calm your furry friend. “Providing a familiar blanket or sleeping pad can help to reduce anxiety associated with being in different surroundings,” Olszewski says. “This stress coupled with a sudden change in diet can lead to gastro-intestinal upset. I recommend providing the kennel food your pet regularly eats. If your dog is on medication, ask about the administration procedure. Most facilities will give medications, but some will not. Ask ahead of time to be sure.

SAFETY ISSUES Safety is the most important thing you want for your pet. Here are some important issues to address. • Vaccination policy: Look for a strict vaccination policy, verified through a veterinarian; unvaccinated animals could threaten the health of vaccinated ones. • Aggressive animal screening: You will no doubt feel better if aggressive animals are not permitted. • ER clinic affiliation: Many kennels have a contract with a local ER clinic; an RVT on staff is trained to know what to look for and when to take an animal for treatment. • On-site supervision overnight: Is someone on the premises 24 hours a day? • Disaster plan: Fires, floods and earthquakes happen. Ask for details of the facility’s plan to be sure they have one in place. everythinglake.com

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style

Three beautiful new date-night looks (BPT) - Getting ready for a date night can be fun, but finding the perfect look can be overwhelming. Going out today can mean so many things - it’s not just dinner and movie anymore, there is a style for everything. Whether it’s a cozy evening at home with your sweetie, a big date night or a night out on the town with your girlfriends, you want a look that will wow everyone you meet, especially that special someone. A recent survey found that 55 percent of women feel most confident when wearing cosmetics. So, for your next date, put your best face forward and try one of these three go-to makeup routines. If you are not a pro, there is no need to worry - these beautiful looks can be accomplished easily and quickly with the right tools, so you’ll be ready in a snap.

ROMANTIC NIGHT IN: This natural

look is all about flawless skin, a fresh glow and lots of lashes; the goal is to look like yourself, but extra irresistible. Try using the EcoTools Fresh and Flawless Five Piece Complexion Set - it has all the tools you’ll need to create a smooth and airbrushed look. The brushes are all super soft and eco-friendly, so you can look beautiful and live beautifully.First, prep your skin with a primer and sweep on foundation and concealer using the right tools in the set. Then set with a loose powder (applied with a full powder brush) for an airbrushed finish. Next, contour and shape cheekbones using the EcoTools Deluxe Fan Brush dipped in bronzer. For a little glow, use the flat side of the brush to apply an illuminating powder. Top with a light pink blush on the apples of the cheeks. To make eyes pop, apply a neutral-colored shadow on the eyelid and just under the brow bone, a darker brown shadow to define the crease of the eye and a taupe shadow just above the crease. Define brows with a brow pencil to tame fly-aways. Line the upper lash line and outer lash line with a soft black pencil, smudging away any harsh edges, and apply lengthening mascara for a flirty fringe. Finish off the look with a sweep of coral lipstick, using a detailed lip brush for extra staying power. Add a dab of clear gloss just in the middle for the illusion of added volume.

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BIG NIGHT OUT: Whether you are headed to a black tie affair, have a big date or are hitting a hot party, a night out demands your most stunning self. Play up your peepers with this eye-opening technique that is sure to deliver come-hither appeal wherever the night takes you.

Prep skin with a primer and use a foam applicator to apply a full coverage foundation over your entire face, using the flat edge for larger surfaces, and the pointed edge for precision application around the eyes and nose. Next, create a blank canvas with eye primer to prevent creasing and to make color last. Apply black liner along entire top lash line and outer lower lash line, making the line thicker toward the outer edges. Using the EcoTools Day-to-Night Set, take a small brush to smudge the liner, blending upwards on the top lid and inward on the lower. Apply shimmery burgundy cream shadow to entire lid, and a taupe shadow to define the crease. Highlight inner corners of eye and just under brow bone with a shimmery bone shadow. Finish with two to three layers of volumizing mascara. Using a detailed lip liner brush, apply a nude lip color and create drama with a highlighting pencil to outline just under the middle of your lower lip and curvature of your top lip.

GIRLS NIGHT: Girls night out is the perfect

time to play with color and trends. Have some fun with this look and incorporate emerald, the 2013 color of the year, into an updated twist on the cat eye. Apply a primer and then full coverage foundation, setting with powder. Use a matte bronzer on areas you want to minimize, and also apply on lower cheekbones for contouring. Use a blush with some shimmer on top of your cheekbones for a flirty effect. Bring bronzer down onto your neck and decolletage with a sculpting brush. Apply a wash of gold eye shadow over the entire eyelid and line with a black gel liner and extend into a wing slightly past the outer corner of the eye. Use an emerald green pencil to line entire lower lash line for a saturated burst of color. Finish the look with a wash of berry lipstick to really make the green eye accent pop.


Spruce up your home for spring in just a weekend (BPT) - As the weather gets warmer, everything outside becomes fresh and new - so why not make your home as nice inside as the weather is outside? In just a weekend, you can complete a few quick, easy projects that will make a big difference in your space. Get inspired to give your home a spring spruce-up with these handy tips.

with a smooth top, making it easy to clean and wipe off debris. Available in a variety of colors and prints, it’s also a great way to add an unexpected pop of color and personality to your shelves and drawers, providing the perfect mix of fashion and function.

WASH AWAY WINTER GRIME

It’s amazing what a few accessories can do. To revive a room without spending a fortune, attach some new trim to your existing drapes or add new shades to your favorite lamps. Wall decals or stencils are another way to add a personal touch to a room. Highlight your favorite inspirational quote or try an interesting illustration, such as a floral design or a sophisticated chandelier. Stencils and decals are available at local craft stores in numerous shapes and sizes - some are even offered in wall-size shapes, making the project super simple. You can also bring the season inside with spring flowers in a brightly colored vase or buy a new piece of art to hang as a focal point in your room.

The first step to making your house feel like new is to clean. Use a weekend to focus on three main areas: the kitchen, bathroom and living room. In the kitchen, toss expired items from your refrigerator and wipe down the inside with soap and water - don’t forget to sweep underneath and give the coils a good dusting, too. To get the bathroom in shape, replace dingy shower curtain liners, pitch old toothbrushes and other unwanted items and purchase a new toilet brush. In the living room, thoroughly dust light fixtures and blinds, and remove and launder slipcovers on couches or chairs. While you’re at it, don’t forget to replace batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

TIME TO DE-CLUTTER

Still haven’t eaten that candy from Christmas? It’s time to pitch it. Spend a few hours cleaning out kitchen cabinets, cluttered closets and the junk drawer - you’ll feel more relaxed and organized as a result. Once you’ve gotten rid of items you no longer need, refresh shelves, drawers and pantries throughout the house by installing shelf liner. It’s an easy and inexpensive task that can give any space, whether it’s the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, a new look in a jiffy. Non-adhesive shelf liners, such as those from Duck brand (duckbrand.com), are easy to cut and install. The company’s Smooth Top Easy Liner has a grip bottom, meaning the liner stays in place,

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If you want to go for a more dramatic redo - but one that’s still doable in a weekend - pick up some paint. The warmer weather means you can keep your windows wide open, making it the ideal time to add a fresh coat of paint to your room. For the simplest touch, paint an accent wall instead of redoing the entire room. Pick a vibrant color for some spring cheer or try tackling a decorative painting technique - such as stripes, zig zag chevron or a geometric print - to really make your room feel modern and stylish. To make painting a breeze, use a premium painter’s tape like FrogTape brand painter’s tape (frogtape.com). Its PaintBlock Technology prevents paint bleed, helping to ensure clean, sharp lines. On fresh paint 24 hours old, select the FrogTape Delicate Surface grade for best results. To really get in the spring spirit, make painting an excuse to have some fun with friends and family. Take turns helping friends with their painting projects and reward the effort with pizza, ice cream or other treats provided by the host.

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Whether you’re going for a dramatic makeover or simply giving your home a good scrubbing, find inspiration in these tips to help you make the most of your weekend and get your home in superb shape this spring.

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Groveland Elementary teacher selected as Lake County Schools’ TEACHER OF THE YEAR

he Teacher of the Year Celebration, presented by the Educational Foundation of Lake County, recognized 46 teachers from schools in Lake County that were nominated by their peers to represent their respective schools.From the nominees, a panel of six judges graded the teachers’ applications to narrow the list to three finalists: Jonathan Stalma from East Ridge High; Noris Aguayo from Groveland Elementary; and April Von Maxey from Tavares Elementary. Three judges conducted a site interview with the finalists before arriving at the final choice. The celebration included a host of speakers, including Jerry Miller from Progress Energy, School Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, and Lake County School Board Members Rosanne Brandeburg, Kyleen Fischer, Tod Howard, Bill Mathias and Debbie Stivender. The guest speaker for the evening was Alexandre Lopes, Florida’s Teacher of the Year from Carol City Elementary School in Miami-Dade County.

Officials congratulated Lake County’s Teacher of the Year Noris Aguayo on Saturday evening. From left to right, School Board Member Bill Mathias, School Board Member Debbie Stivender, School Board Chair Kyleen Fischer, Groveland Elementary Principal Kimberly Sneed Jarvis, Teacher of the Year Noris Aguayo, Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley, School Board Member Rosanne Brandeburg and School Board Member Tod Howard.

As anticipation grew for the final selection to be announced, Lake County Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley and 2012-2013 Teacher of the Year Kelly Cousineau from East Ridge Middle helped set the stage with inspirational messages to teachers. Dr. Moxley opened the envelope to reveal Aguayo’s selection and the audience erupted with applause. Shortly after the announcement, Charlie McDaniel, Principal from East Ridge Middle, transferred the Teacher of the Year Trophy to Kimberly Sneed Jarvis, Principal at Groveland Elementary. “Being selected has been the greatest honor I have received,” Aguayo said. “I am so humbled and blessed to have been “crowned” Lake County’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Any one of the teachers chosen would have been completely deserving of the title. Finalists April Von Maxey and Jonathan Stalma are amazing teachers and would have proudly “worn the crown” of TOY. They are so deserving and it was a pleasure to get to spend time with them last Saturday.” She continued, “Most importantly, I would like to remind all teachers that we are here for the students. At the end of the day, it is such an honor to be recognized for our work, but that is not what teaching is about. Teaching is about our students. Our students are the reason we have jobs. They are so deserving of our best, not for our own recognition, but to help them become successful adults in the future. We play a great part in this. Teachers have more power than they will ever know. We have the power to build a child up, to give them confidence, and to make them successful.” 12 everythinglake.com

A host of family members and school personnel congratulated Aguayo after her selection, including Groveland Elementary Principal Kimberly Sneed Jarvis. It is such an honor for Noris Aguayo to be named Lake County’s Teacher of the Year,” Sneed Jarvis said. “The entire Groveland Elementary family is ecstatic and proud that our school is recognized as having the district’s top educator among us. Noris is a teacher leader and is creative and innovative in her approach to teaching.” The other Teacher of the Year nominees includes: Dawn Mauldin, Astatula Elementary Nicole Klingensmith, Beverly Shores Elementary Kelly Nadboralski, Carver Middle Kenneth Lyford, Clermont Elementary Lora Calton, Clermont Middle Mercy Hernandez, Cypress Ridge Elementary Christina M. Nichols, East Ridge Middle Odalys Garcia, Eustis Elementary Tushena Scott, Eustis Heights Elementary James W. Curtis, Eustis High Aimee Platt, Eustis Middle Tamara Chaplin, Fruitland Park Elementary Brandee Thunberg, Grassy Lake Elementary Amber Nicole Green, Gray Middle Mary Briggins, Humanities and Fine Arts Charter Malena Sintes, Lake Hills School Vincent Montuori, Lake Minneola High DeAnna D. Thomas, Lake Technical Center Rhonda Boston, Leesburg Elementary Gabriel D. Fielder, Leesburg High Susan Emrick, Lost Lake Elementary Christine Manfre, Mascotte Elementary Charter

Christy Fleetwood, Minneola Elementary Charter Ann Holt, Mount Dora High Phillip L. Porter, Mount Dora Middle Lorraine Scherman, Oak Park Middle Beth Petty, Pine Ridge Elementary Lauren Hernandez, Rimes Early Learning & Literacy Center Iris Pieterson, Round Lake Elementary Charter Bianca Williams, Sawgrass Bay Elementary Maria K. Hargroves, Seminole Springs Elementary Karen Fowler, Sorrento Elementary Kelsey Arons, South Lake High Jacqueline K. McGuire, Spring Creek Elementary Charter John Rackley, Tavares High Michelle Metheny, Tavares Middle Kathryn Heim, Treadway Elementary Maggie Gardner, Triangle Elementary Wanda L. Burdick, Umatilla Elementary Donna Campbell, Umatilla High Karen Douglas, Umatilla Middle Kevin Schichtel, Villages Elementary Dennis Doherty, Windy Hill Middle


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his “Passive” recreation area has several miles of trails to explore, xeric and butterfly demonstration gardens, two observation pavilions, a nature center with a geology lab, a viewing blind that overlooks one of the park’s ephemeral ponds, community gardens www. pearassoc.org, Bluebird Box Trail, 50 acres of Scrub Jay restoration, and five acres of meadow restoration. Bordered by the Palatlakaha River on the North and West this area holds a vast amount of wildlife and plants for the avid birder or naturalist to discover. Along the trails, more than 170 species of birds including Northern Bobwhite, Eastern Bluebird, and Eastern Meadowlark and 40 species of butterflies like Zebra Swallowtail, Redspotted Purple, and Gulf Fritillary have been found, as well as snakes like Eastern Hognose, Rough Green, and Eastern Coachwhip, Gopher Tortoises, Bobcat, Coyote, River Otters, American Alligator, and many dragonflies. Visitors will notice land restoration and on occasion the use of “prescribed fire” to return the area to its historic condition. Kiosks and educational hikes will help visitors envision xeric scrub with the calls of Florida Scrub Jays, Long-leaf Pines towering above a sea of native wildflowers, and ephemeral ponds filled the songs of numerous frogs.

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Pisces Rising is a smart, casual restaurant with an award-winning equation. The dining room is naturally lit with walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that focus a diner’s attention onto beautiful Lake Dora’s nightly sunset. Our focus is fresh seafood and hand-cut Certified Angus Beef served with fresh seasonal vegetables and flair. Fresh, seasonal ingredients are combined to create a flavorful infusion. We take advantage of seasonal treats such as Copper River Salmon and locally farmed clams.

On the third weekend of every month we proudly present a superb three-course wine dinner that elegantly match three exquisite courses with three fantastic wines. We have had the distinct honor of winning both Wine Enthusiast Magazines’ Award of Distinction 2005 - Present and Wine Spectator Magazines’ Award of Excellence. 239 West 4th Ave. Mount Dora, FL For reservations call 352-385-2669 or Email to Info@PiscesRisingDining.com everythinglake.com 15


local BAND Leo Kottke

visited the Mt Dora community center on February 23th and offered a great intimate evening. Leo Kottke is an acoustic guitarist. He is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on influences from blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies. Kottke overcame a series of personal obstacles, including partial loss of hearing and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage in his right hand to emerge as a widely-recognized master of his instrument. Leo currently resides in the Minneapolis area with his family. Focusing primarily on instrumental composition and playing, Kottke also sings sporadically, in an unconventional yet expressive baritone famously self-described as sounding like “geese farts on a muggy day”. In concert, Kottke intersperses humorous and often bizarre monologues with vocal and instrumental selections from throughout his career, played solo on his signature 6- and 12-string guitars.

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Buy and Sell Antiques with the Help of Online Portals by Nicolas Philipps

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aving and collecting old and used antiques is a passion for many. An antique is considered as one of the most important and sought after items. Having and collecting old and used antiques is a passion for many. An antique is considered as one of the most important and sought after items. They are found in every house or office. Old antiques are crafted with precision and care. It is impossible to find any fault with these items and accessories. They offer grandeur because of their classic magnificence. They are designed with patterns that bring life to the old era and age. In today’s modern world, it is just impossible to find

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true and authentic antiques. They are not easily available in normal furniture stores. Are you on the lookout to buy or sell antiques for your house? In case, your answer is yes, it is strongly recommended to try visiting various online portals. Buying or selling antiques is not an easy task in this modern world. However, with the help of online portals you can now buy and sell antiques from the comfort of your home. Every person is more concerned about new and improved furniture and accessories that helps in adding beauty to their home. However, antiques are unique and add beauty to the house in the most exclusive way possible. They are not easy to be found. They are rare and having


them in your house is a great advantage. Antiques could be furniture, glassware, porcelain, pottery, collectibles, antiques and arts, antique jewels and watch and more. The best and great way to buy or sell antiques is through online portals. With the help of antique classified ads you will be able to get information about every antique that you are trying to get hold of. These online classified advertisements help in informing where you can find or sell your desired and loved antique pieces. Earlier, buying and selling antiques was considered as a lucrative business. People used to earn loads of money as antique pieces are rare to find. The person to bid at the highest rate was given the accessory. It was done in the auction halls. However, with the new technological development you can do so online. These online portals are an easy way to auction, buy and sell antiques effectively. They are absolutely free and you can post your belongings there. If you have problems in or need a description or estimate you can

seek help from professional art appraiser online. They have immense knowledge in this field and offer the right price to sell antiques. The art appraisers have worked with renowned and famous collectors and antique buyers and hence know the tricks and techniques of the auction world. The professional team has years of experience in buying, selling, and appraising which make them best in consultation, skill, and expense. It helps in connecting with the global market. Online portals and classified ads are known as the right place to buy and sell your precious antiques. To buy and sell antiques you can browse through their various plans such as bronze plan, silver plan, gold plan, and platinum plan. All of the products are categories into art, collection, furniture, home decoration and jewelry, and watches which makes your buying and selling process easier. For more information, take a quick look at the website.

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Great Futures Start Here: Exceptional Umatilla Teen Wins Youth Of The Year Honor For The Boys & Girls Clubs Of Lake And Sumter Counties Sarah Jones to Now Vie for State Title and Scholarship

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elected among several local outstanding youth, Sarah Jones will compete against other Boys & Girls Club members for the Florida Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 college scholarship from Tupperware Brands Corporation. As the new Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties, 16-year old Sarah is a true example of an extraordinary young woman recognized by Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for her sound character, leadership skills and willingness to give back to the community. Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. As BGCA’s

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premier youth recognition program, Youth of the Year recognizes outstanding contributions to a member’s family, school, community and Boys & Girls Club, as well as overcoming personal challenges and obstacles. Youth of the Year encourages Club members to reach their full potential by achieving academic success, leading healthy lifestyles and contributing to their communities. Youth of the Year honorees are shining examples and living proof that great futures start at Boys & Girls Clubs. “Sarah joined the Northeast Lake Unit not long after it opened, and in the past seven years I have seen her overcome obstacles and grow into the young leader


she is today,” said Robb Elmatti, Operations Director (and former Northeast Lake Unit Director). When Sarah and her family first moved to Lake County a decade ago, it was to escape a dangerous, abusive situation. Only 6 years old at the time, Sarah struggled with behavior issues including aggression and self-harm, and was kicked out of several day cares and programs before her mother found the Boys & Girls Club. At the Boys & Girls Club, Sarah and her mother finally found the structure and caring staff that would eventually help Sarah work through many of her struggles. “I can remember many times sitting in Mr. Robb’s office with my mother as he repeated that he believed in me and knew that I was a better person than my actions showed,” Sarah recalls. “It took a few times, or better yet, several times of hearing this before I started to realize that the staff at the Club cared and truly wanted me to be the best person I could be…The person I am today.” The person Sarah is today is a bright, personable young leader. She was elected to serve as secretary for the Torch Club (a leadership group for ages 10-13), and

in middle school she signed up for the Club’s Leaders in Training program, where she developed a love for learning and helping by assisting Club staff with various programs. These early leadership experiences led Sarah to become more involved in her community as well, and helped her to become an accomplished leader at a young age. At Umatilla High School, Sarah has been active in the Builders Club and Key Club, and was elected President of her Key Club. She also currently serves as Lieutenant Governor for Division 9, overseeing 11 different Key Clubs in the area, an impressive accomplishment for a 10th grader. Combining two of her passions, Sarah has also organized Key Club service projects at the Boys & Girls Club. In addition to numerous other distinctions and affiliations, she is also a member in good standing of the International (continued on next page)

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Order of the Rainbow Girls (a leadership and service organization). To date, Sarah has completed more than 2,500 community service and volunteer hours, and that number continues to grow each week.

“Sarah has grown so much since her rough behavioral years when she first started with the Club. As a Club member, Sarah has really flourished and shown us her full potential.”

At school, the progress Sarah has made is evident – she has gone from a defiant, low-achieving student to a productive and engaged honors student maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.36. She was elected President of her Key Club, and is an honor roll student enrolled in Honors and AP classes. She plans to dual-enroll at Lake Sumter State College in her Junior and Senior years in order to graduate with a high school diploma and an A.A. degree in 2015. Her dedication and hard work are helping to prepare Sarah to achieve her dreams of studying law at New York University and opening her own law firm.

If Sarah wins at the state competition, she will compete for the title of Southeast Region Youth of the Year and an additional $10,000 scholarship from Tupperware Brands, the recognition program’s national sponsor. Five regional winners will advance to Washington, D.C., in September 2013, to compete for the title of BGCA’s National Youth of the Year. The National Youth of the Year will receive an additional scholarship of up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation and will have the opportunity to meet with the President of the United States in the White House.

Kelsey Jimenez, Site Coordinator at the Northeast Lake Unit, has also witnessed Sarah’s progress.

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exercise WEIGHT LOSS nutrition

Go nuts and celebrate your health with a handful (BPT) - Good things really do come in small packages. And when it comes to your health, pistachios pack a powerful punch: They help you manage your weight, may help reduce blood pressure and a study published in the “International Journal of Impotence Research” shows they may even help with erectile function. Here are three big reasons why you should unshell and celebrate your health with a handful.

THE POWER OF PISTACHIOS Pistachios are a great snack chock-full of vitamins and nutrients including antioxidants, beta carotene, fiber, glutamine, potassium, phytosterols, zeaxanthin and B6. “You really can’t go wrong with pistachios,” says director of sports nutrition at the University of Southern California, Becci Twombley. “With six grams of protein in every 160-calorie serving, pistachios are a protein front-runner compared to 160 calories of other common snacks.” In addition, pistachios have more nuts per serving (49) than any other tree nut.

PERFORMANCE FOOD FOR ATHLETES Whether you’re an elite athlete in training or a casual fitness buff, what you eat will affect your performance. “As an athlete, your body needs the right carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fluids,” says Twombley. Pistachios are a great pre- and post-workout snack because they contain a good source of lean protein, the right type of fat and electrolytes such as potassium.

GREEN GOODNESS Their taste is unbeatable. They can be enjoyed right out of the bag, or to jazz them up, you can season them right in the shell, like these Saffron and Vanilla Pistachios by Chef Grant MacPherson.

SAFFRON AND VANILLA PISTACHIOS Ingredients: 1 pound American pistachios, in-shell 1.5 ounces Spanish saffron, steeped in cold water 2 vanilla beans, scraped 2 tablespoons canola oil Sea salt to taste

Directions: Warm canola oil in roasting pan or wok on your stove top, add pistachios and lightly toast. Add saffron, with some liquid to coat the pistachios. Add the vanilla bean scrapings and stir to incorporate; season with sea salt to taste. Remove from heat and serve warm in the dish of your choice. “Pistachios also appeal to those with a sweet tooth,” says Judy Hirigoyen, director of Global Marketing at American Pistachio Growers. “Whether it’s ice cream, cake or tarts, pistachio-inspired desserts will win over anyone you prepare them for.” In addition to flavoring for premium snacking, American Pistachio Growers have a wealth of recipes developed by renowned chefs. Visit www.americanpistachios.org to see recipes like Pistachio Dusted Roast Salmon with a Light Honey Glaze by Chef Jesse Brune. For more information about the health benefits of pistachios and for recipes, visit www.AmericanPistachios. org. American Pistachio Growers is a volunteer trade organization representing members who are pistachio growers, processors and industry partners in California, Arizona and New Mexico.

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exercise WEIGHT LOSS nutrition

Diet rich in nutrients promotes a lifetime of healthy vision (BPT) - From dry eye to age-related eye diseases, research shows that nutrition plays a critical role in maintaining the health of our eyes. Caring for eyes includes looking carefully at what you eat. Thirty million (or one out of four) Americans age 40 and older suffer from some level of vision loss. Yet only 30 percent of Americans indicate they incorporate specific foods or supplements into their diet to help improve eye health and vision, according to the American Optometric Association’s American Eye-Q survey, which assesses public knowledge and understanding of a wide range of issues related to eye and visual health. Six nutrients - antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin; essential fatty acids; vitamins C and E; and the mineral zinc - have been identified as helping to protect eyesight and promote eye health. Since the body doesn’t make these nutrients naturally, it’s important to incorporate them into a daily diet and, in some cases, supplement with vitamins.--

CONSUMING A VARIETY OF THE FOLLOWING FOODS CAN HELP PROTECT YOUR EYES FOR THE FUTURE: 1. Lutein and zeaxanthin: To help reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), eat one cup of colorful fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, corn, green beans, peas, oranges and tangerines four times a week.

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2. Essential fatty acids: Studies suggest omega-3 fatty acids such as flax or fleshy fish like tuna, salmon, or herring, whole grain foods, lean meats and eggs may help protect against AMD and dry eye. 3. Vitamin C: Fruits and vegetables, including oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, papaya, green peppers and tomatoes, can help minimize the risk of cataracts and AMD. 4. Vitamin E: Vegetable oils, such as safflower or corn oil, almonds, pecans, sweet potatoes, and sunflower seeds are powerful antioxidants that can slow the progression of AMD and cataract formation. 5. Zinc: A deficiency of zinc can result in poor night vision and lead to cataracts; therefore, consuming red meat, poultry, liver, shellfish, milk, baked beans, and whole grains on a daily basis is important.


It’s also important to remember that all foods are not created equal in their nutritional value. The Eye-Q survey also showed that nearly half of all Americans (49 percent) still believe carrots are the best food for eye health. While carrots do contain nutritional value by supplying beta-carotene, which is essential for night vision, spinach and other dark, leafy greens are the healthiest foods for eyes because they naturally contain large amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin.The AOA encourages consumers to make small dietary changes in order to experience a big impact with vision. Another good way to monitor eye health and maintain good vision is by scheduling yearly, comprehensive eye exams with an eye doctor. For a list of quick and simple recipes that promote healthy eye sight and vision or to find an optometrist in your area, visit www.AOA.org.

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The restaurant is well decorated and reminded me of a sports bar. There is a lot of sports memroblia all over the place and it blends in well with the rest of the decor. There are big screen TVs all over the place making watching your favorite team a breeze! They specialize in wings but offer a wide range of other options, like boneless wings, chicken strips, Philly Cheese Steaks, personal pan pizzas, peel-and-eat shrimp, cold and oven toasted subs, lots of homemade salads, signature appetizers, and even deep-fried candy bars! The wings have been voted #1 wings in Lake County in 2010, 2011 and 2012. This gem offers specialty nights all week long so visit them at www.cvinnies.com for more info. So if you want to dine in or take out, Cousin Vinnie’s offers great fresh food that will keep you coming back for more. They are open seven days from 11am to 9pm.

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Don’t miss out on extra savings this tax season

Tax season is in full swing, and many families are gathering all their information to help them calculate how much of a refund they’ll receive this year. Families have several opportunities to qualify for tax exemptions or refunds, which can add up to a sizeable refund check from the federal government. If you’re expecting a refund this year, be sure to put it to good use. For example, if you have any outstanding credit card debt, online payday loans or other debts, consider using the refund to pay those off first. Or consider saving the refund money as an emergency or rainy day fund. Here are some deductions you might qualify for to help increase your refund: * Homeowners and renters alike often are able to take deductions for mortgages on federal taxes and for rent payments on state taxes. Homeowners may be able to deduct specifically the amount they paid for mortgage insurance premiums. And states have varying requirements for deducting rent payments, so be sure to review the tax codes for your specific location. * Making donations to charitable organizations can add up to a larger refund when you itemize your taxes. Some donations people tend to forget about include: donating clothing or household goods, keeping track of mileage driven for a non-profit organization as well as spending your own money to make food items that benefit a charity. * If you work from home, or often take your work home with you, you might be able to deduct business expenses. If you need to purchase any equipment for your home office use, these items usually can be deducted. And if you’re driving somewhere for work, be sure to track the mileage for taxes (if your company doesn’t already reimburse you for those miles). * If you are self-employed, you might be able to write off the premiums you pay for medical insurance, including dental and long-term care for yourself and your family. This write-off is a little different than a deduction - it is used to lower your adjusted gross income, which might put you into a better tax bracket. * Making energy-efficient upgrades to your home can also benefit you when it comes time for taxes. Some improvements include insulation, water heaters, and exterior doors and windows. If you’ve applied for this deduction in past years, you will have to subtract what you’ve already received from what you qualify for this year. While preparing your taxes, be sure to maximize your refund. Hopefully some of these tips will help you out. Before using any of the above tips, please contact your tax professional to determine whether any of the above tips will work in your circumstance.

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(BPT) - The past few years have not been kind to lawns and gardens across the country. The summer of 2012 brought severe drought to much of the Midwest and a good portion of the country continues to experience drought conditions. Homeowners have two choices in dealing with drought: try to water enough to keep grass and plants alive and looking good, or implement long-term changes to make yards more resistant to extremely dry and hot spells. Fighting drought can be time-consuming and expensive. With forecasters and scientists predicting warming temperatures and more extreme weather events as the new normal, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that droughts could become more common and severe in the future. Making some changes to your approach to landscaping can keep you from worrying about your water bill and the well-being of your lawn when the weather isn’t quite cooperating.

HERE ARE FOUR WAYS TO DROUGHT-PROOF YOUR YARD: • Choose your plants wisely. You may want to choose plants solely based on aesthetics, but picking plants that thrive with less water is the key to keep your yard looking good no matter the conditions. Talk with the experts at your garden center about which types of plants make the most sense for your climate, and which ones might be a little more drought-resistant than others. • Go easy on the grass. For some it’s hard to imagine a picturesque yard without a lush and expansive yard. But the truth is, a green lawn usually requires a lot of water to maintain. The Southern Nevada Water Authority estimates that every square foot of natural grass replaced with less water-dependent alternatives saves 55 gallons of water per year. If you don’t want to part ways with your lawn in favor of natural landscaping that’s more water-friendly, you have another option: synthetic turf. Any sports fan would know that synthetic turf has come a long way over the years, and now looks more natural than ever. Companies like Synthetic Turf International- (STI) specialize in providing synthetic turf for residential and commercial uses that looks and performs like natural grass that could save 99,000 gallons of water each year for an average lawn of 1,800 square feet. The SoftLawn product from STI requires virtually zero maintenance, can be easily maintained with a leaf blower and is made from 100 percent biodegradable or recyclable materials. Considering the average homeowner spends 150 hours a year maintaining his lawn, you can save a lot of time and money by going synthetic. • Add mulch. Covering the soil around your plants with a layer of mulch or compost can help improve water retention, inhibit growth of water-hungry weeds and cool soil temperatures to keep your plants comfortable when temperatures rise. Natural mulches break down and are absorbed into your soil, which means there’s little maintenance besides adding a new layer when appropriate.

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• Make your water work harder for you. No matter what you do to drought-proof your lawn, you’ll likely still have to do some watering. Drip irrigation systems can make your water go further by applying it directly to the root of plants. If you’re watering by hand, water in the morning when temperatures are cool, and apply water to the soil rather than directly to the plants. Installing a rain barrel is a great way to put the water that runs off your house to good use - and you can use that water even if watering restrictions are in effect. If you’re tired of maintaining your yard when the mercury soars and the rain stays away, it might be time to adjust your planting strategy this spring to make your yard naturally resilient. Most drought resistant improvements are good for the environment too, allowing you to feel good while you also save yourself time, money and effort.

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