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Environmentally Friendly Ways of Reusing pg. 7

pups & friends

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Red, White & Blue November pg. 10

special feature

Mount Dora Bicycle Festival pg. 12 Happy Thanksgiving pg. 14 Year-Around Pink pg. 18

business of the month Break Point Alley pg. 20

local park

Hickory Point pg. 24

exercise weight-loss nutrition The Art of Wellness pg. 26

restaurant spotlight Blackwater Inn pg. 30


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November 24, 2012 Light Up Mount Dora – (Saturday after Thanksgiving) Join us in lighting Donnelly Park and downtown Mount Dora with close to 2 million sparkling lights & Santa! Nov. 30, 2012. 21st Annual Christmas Walk 6-9PM. Join us for an Old Fashion Christmas holiday street party with music, Santa and shopping. December 1, 2012 53rd Annual Christmas Parade Christmas parade in the streets of Mount Dora starting at 1PM. Details contact the Mount Dora Lions Club at 352-449-8443 Dec. 1, 2012. 22nd Annual Lighted Boat Christmas Parade 7PM at the Lake Dora waterfront. Sponsored by Mount Dora Lions Club, Rusty Anchor & Mt. Dora Boating Center and Marina. Dec. 1- 2, 2012. Christmas Tour of Homes, 11AM-4PM. A tour of 6 homes decorated for the holidays. Cost: $15 Dec 15, 2012 Children’s Christmas in the Park with Snow Join us in Donnelly Park for a chance to go snow sledding. 4-9 pm

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staff PUBLISHER & Al Asghar ANAGING EDITOR M ART DIRECTION Beth Gillmore ith fall in the air, a lot of things are happening in our county. Halloween was a great time for the kid in all of us and there were a lot of scary decoration all over the county. This was followed by a landmark election where things were as close as they could be.

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We have Thanksgiving right around the corner and it is the time of year to hang out with friends and family and be thankfull for all we have. It is also a special time to give to the needy. It is also the time of year where the shopping begins and the masses go to the mall and spend like there is no tomorrow. As always, I want to thank everyone for their support and contuined readership. We have a lot of great things coming up in our up coming issues. Go on our facebook, www., and like our page and keep up with recent coverage of events from around the county. See everyone next month. Again, Thank you.

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Environmentally Friendly Ways of Reusing and Recycling Paper, Books and Mags  by: Reuben Frye


s consumers demand the need for more paper, whether it’s for newspapers, plain paper or books, we continue to cut down vast numbers of really old trees. It will take numerous years to see this turned over. Reusing and recycling paper is really important nowadays. All paper, including books and magazines, are virtually wholly biodegradable, meaning they don’t clog landfills for many years and will merely degrade into nothing. The fact that there is a need for more paper makes it appear daft not to recycle as much as we possibly can. That is why we should reuse and recycle. The traditional means of recycling paper is by making use of recycling facilities. You will observe that where you dwell, there are opportunities to recycle, including in numerous cases your local grocery store. You may notice that your local area has different bins so you can sort your paper for recycling. So that the paper can be usable once again, the recycling process should be put in place. This saves the trees and makes for a healthy environment. Paper recycling is not always straightforward and can be made challenging by the stapling of books and mags. Magnets may be utilized to handle the problems of metal and recycling companies are constantly try to find ways to better the process.

There are always places like libraries that are happy to take your old books from you. Some libraries will take donations of old books and even magazines, providing they are in good condition. The library and the public will be more glad since they will have more reading choices. So instead of merely tossing a book or leaving it to collect dust, think about giving it to a library. Books can also be sold instead of given away either locally or online. EBay and Amazon are popular places online where you can try selling your old books. To sum it up, paper is being utilized more and more but fewer trees. Beasts use trees as a natural home ground and they are essential for the wellbeing of the environment. There are plenty of choices for us to recycle paper and to ensure that books and magazines are reused instead of thrown away.

Mags and books can be reused, it is only a matter of using our imagination. Those old books and magazines are a fantastic learning resource for your kids and they will have the chance to give them to other people in the future. An old book will be of use to somebody else and it is not hard for us give it this way.





Lake County Dog Parks

NORTH LAKE COMMUNITY PARK 40730 Roger Giles Road Umatilla, FL 32784 Dog Park Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mixed size area only.

LAKE IDAMERE PARK 12335 County Road 448 Tavares, FL 32778 Dog Park hours: Dawn to Dusk Separate large and small dog areas.

PALATLAKAHA ENVIRONMENTAL AND AGRICULTURAL RESERVE (PEAR) PARK 5336 University Ave. Leesburg, FL 34748 Dog Park Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Separate areas for large, medium and small dogs. Also has mixed size areas.

MOUNT DORA DOG PARK 1550 East 11th Avenue Mount Dora, FL 32757 8

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Public Hours: Dawn to Dusk

DOG PARK RULES DOG OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR Injuries or damage caused by their dogs Cleaning up after their dogs Filling in holes dug by their dogs Having county issued license on the dogs at all times Having dog up to date on ALL required shots Leashing their dog before leaving and at all times outside the dog park • Watching and controlling their dogs • Using appropriate size areas where applicable • Supervising children • • • • • •

NOT PERMITTED IN DOG PARKS • Aggressive Dogs • Female dogs in heat • More than 2 dogs per handler • Smoking • Food of any type • Glass Containers • Park Personnel have the authority to remove and/or fine any violators GENERAL PARK RULES FOR DOGS Per Ordinances 2001-138 and 1999-85; Chapter 16, Sections 16-5 & 16-8 of the Lake County Code • Dogs are not allowed on or off a leash in the following areas - ALL PLAYGROUND AREAS - ALL SPORTS FIELDS *Unless otherwise posted - PEAR PARK RESTORATION AREA - FERNDALE PRESERVE - Dogs must be on a 6’ or shorter leash at ALL times - Owners MUST clean up after their dog - Harassment of Wildlife is strictly prohibited


style FALL

Red, White & Blue By Michelle Turner



fter months and months of mudslinging television and radio ads, the month all that money has been spent on his finally here. While democracy itself is to be celebrated, Fashionistas everywhere can also celebrate. Red, white and blue garments don’t have to be just for summer holidays this year! Patriotic themed and colored outfits can be brought into fall in celebration of the election this month. So, whether you are celebrating our democratic process, or the end of seemingly endless mud slinging, break out those USA inspired looks! Not sure where to start? Here are some ideas!

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First, we have a blue and white striped three-quarter length sleeved top paired with red jeans. For a casual look, add navy blue Converse sneakers. If you find yourself in less-than-Florida-like weather, you can complete the look with a belted Navy Pea Coat.

Similarly, you can pair a red or blue tank (blue tank shown) with a pair of blue jeans and add a red and blue flannel shirt for those cool Florida fall mornings. Your blue Converse sneakers will also compliment this outfit for a casual look. If you want to dress up your tank and jeans, you can add blue pokea-dotted high heels with red highlights on the soles. While Florida is known for the constant casual, a Patriotic look for work can show your American pride in a fashion forward way. A red and white stripe skirt with a blue nautical blazer and nude heels is chic, office suitable and Election Day appropriate all in one. So, no matter what side of the aisle your vote may fall, stylish patriotic fall fashions is something we all can agree on!

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s another year quickly winds down, we find ourselves facing another holiday season. Which, for most, means another season of decorating, cooking, and entertaining. For those becoming a bit weary of the same year after year, never fear! This month, we have compiled an assortment of decorating ideas and recipes for unique drinks, appetizers, and main course dishes that fuse traditional and creative for the most memorable Thanksgiving ever! For example, you will see that with a couple cleverly designed (and easy to make) appetizers, you can decorate and feed your guests at the same time. While being cost effective, once the food is gone, there are no decorations to pack up and try to store for another whole year. And, you will leave your guests talking – “How cute was that?” For the more traditional, we’ve also included a couple cost efficient votive ideas for that striking centerpiece. We can’t forget about the food, though! What would Thanksgiving be with out the food? Our recipes take traditional Thanksgiving staples like mashed potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and turkey, and, with a few twists, revamp and bring creativity to your Thanksgiving table. Regardless of what you decorate your table with or the food that you decide to put on it, remember what matters most are the people that are sitting around it. There is nothing more stylish that being thankful for the people who matter most in your life! Happy Thanksgiving!


The key to expensive, yet stylish decorations is using what’s around you. Take a relatively inexpensive glass vase or a large candle holder and fill the bottom with Fall or Thanksgiving items such as fall oak leaves, acorns, moss, or fruit such as cranberries and add a neutral colored candle (let your color come from the other items). When using something like cranberries, the heat from the candle will warm the berries and fill your home with a wonderful, authentic aroma (not like those manufactured ‘cranberry’ smelling candles). After the holiday is over, you can simply remove the added decorations, throw them away (they are biodegradable after all!) and you are left with a year around candle that doesn’t have to spend the rest of its year in the closest.


Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte • 2 cups milk (I used 1%) • 2 T canned pumpkin • 2 T white sugar • 2 T vanilla (Not a typo. It asks for tablespoons) • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice OR: 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, 1/8 tsp. cloves, 1/8 tsp. nutmeg, and a teeny tiny pinch of ground ginger • 1/2 cup brewed espresso or 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee • Garnish with whipped cream (optional) This will make enough for 2 people to have a big mug with a bit leftover. If you are having friends over, adjust the recipe accordingly. A 1.5 quart crock-pot will work with the noted recipe amounts. 1) Add the coffee/espresso and milk to the crockpot. Whisk in the pumpkin, spices, sugar, and vanilla. 2) Cover and cook on high for 2 hours if everything is cold. Whisk again. 3) Ladle into mugs, and garnish with whipped cream and additional cinnamon. A cinnamon stick is great garnish.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball • 16oz cream cheese, room temp • 2 cups cheddar cheese • 3 tbsp. minced onion • 3 tbsp. salsa • 1 tsp. ground cumin • 2 cups nacho cheese chips, crumbled the top of 1 bell pepper for stem garnish 1) With a mixer, combine cream cheese, cheddar, onion, salsa and cumin. Mix until creamy. 2) Scoop mixture onto plastic wrap and use wrap to form a ball and chill for at least 2 hours. 3) When ready to serve, roll ball into the crushed nacho chips and place bell pepper stem on top. Serve with chips, vegetables or pretzels!

Bacon and Cheddar Baked Mashed Potatoes • 5 lb. russet potatoes • 10 slices of bacon • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature • 0.5 c unsalted butter, melted • 1 c sour cream • 0.25 c chives, minced • 2.5 c cheddar cheese, grated • 2 t kosher salt • 0.5 t pepper 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch chunks. Place in a large saucepan, and add enough cold water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until tender and easily pierced with a paring knife, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain; return to pan, cover, and set aside. 2) Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon, and cook until crisp and browned, turning once. Transfer to paper towels to drain; let cool, and crumble into pieces. 3) Using a fork, mash the potatoes in pan until light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese, butter, and sour cream, and stir until combined and smooth. Add the chives, 2 cups cheddar cheese, half the bacon, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.

Fruit Gobbler

• Bosch pear (head) • Melon (body) • Cheese (beak and tail feathers) • Red pepper (snood, feet and side feathers) • Raisins (eyes) • Grapes (tail feathers) • Bamboo skewers • Toothpicks

4) Transfer to a buttered 3-quart baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Bake until top is slightly golden and potatoes are heated through, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven; garnish with remaining bacon. Serve immediately.

1) Stabilize the melon body by cutting a shallow slice off the rind to form a flat base. Using a section of bamboo skewer, attach a Bosch pear head to the melon, as shown. 2) Cut a cheese triangle beak and red pepper snood. Attach both, along with raisin eyes, to the head with sections of toothpick. 3)Cut red pepper feet and set them in place. For tail feathers, skewer cheese cubes and red grapes, then insert the skewers as shown. Pin pepper side feathers in place with toothpicks. 15

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Toasted Marshmallow Frosting Cupcakes: Frosting: 2 C all-purpose flour 8 large egg whites 2 t baking powder 2 C sugar 1/2 t baking soda 1/2 t cream of tartar 1/4 t salt 2 t vanilla extract 1 t ground cinnamon 16 T unsalted butter, softened 1 1/2 c. sugar 3 large eggs 17oz sweet potato puree 1/2 t vanilla extract 1) To make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners - this recipe makes about 24 cupcakes.  2) In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir together with a fork and set aside.  3) In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  4) Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition.  5) Mix in sweet potato puree and vanilla, just until incorporated.  6) Reduce mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.  7) Divide batter evenly between the prepared cupcake liners. Bake for about 18-20 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 7 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  8) To make frosting: combine egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar in the top of a double boiler. (Annie just set her clean, dry mixer bowl over simmering water, to avoid dirtying two bowls just what I did. Good idea, Annie!) 9) Heat the mixture, whisking frequently, until it reaches 160 F on your thermometer.  10) Transfer mixture to your electric mixer (new bowl, if you didn’t heat it in your mixer bowl). Whisk starting at low and gradually increase speed to medium-high until stiff, glossy peaks form. 11) Mix in the vanilla until combined. Frost cooled cupcakes and brown with a kitchen torch. 


Maple Glazed Turkey • 12 lb. turkey • 1/2 cup(s) unsalted butter • 1/4 cup(s) fresh orange juice • 1/4 cup(s) maple syrup • 1 Tbsp. minced thyme • 1 tsp. salt • 1/2 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper • 1 chicken broth • 4 bay leaves • 4 stalk celery, roughly chopped • 1 large onion • 3 carrots, roughly chopped • 10 cloves garlic (leave papery skin on)

1) Completely defrost turkey in the refrigerator, if necessary. Preheat oven to 325°F. If the stuffing was refrigerated, bring to room temperature before putting into bird. 2) Remove any innards from turkey. Remove any excess fat from the neck or chest cavity and rinse the cavities thoroughly with cool water. Pat dry. Salt and pepper thoroughly. 3) Combine the butter, orange juice, maple syrup, thyme, salt and pepper in microwave-safe bowl. Heat to melt, about 60 seconds. 4) To fill the neck cavity with stuffing, place the turkey chest side down. Fill this area very loosely, then pull the skin flap up and over and secure to the backbone with a skewer. Turn the turkey over to fill the chest cavity. Stuff turkey lightly with your desired stuffing; do not pack it in. This size bird will accommodate about 7 cups total. (If there is skin to pull together to cover the stuffing, secure it with skewers. If this skin has been trimmed off, cover the exposed stuffing with foil.) 5) Set stuffed turkey on a roasting rack in a 3- to 4-inch deep roasting pan. Add 1 cup of stock and 1 cup of water into the roasting pan. Brush the turkey liberally with the melted thyme butter. 6) Put in middle rack of pre-heated oven. Cook for 20 minutes per pound, basting every 30 minutes with pan drippings. If any areas start to darken too quickly, cover lightly with foil. 7) After about 2 hours of cooking, add the chopped vegetables and garlic to the roasting pan, under and around the turkey. Continue to baste. If the pan dries out, add more stock or water. Never let the pan become dry. This size turkey will take about 4 hours to roast. The turkey is done when a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 160°F. The drumsticks should also move loosely in the socket. 8) Remove the turkey to a carving board and tent loosely with foil. The turkey should rest at least 30 minutes before carving. This gives you plenty of time to make the pan gravy. 9) Place the turkey on a large platter and decorate with fruits, like grapes and figs, fresh leaves and sprigs of herbs.

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Democracy and the Elections By Amir Asghar


ith the country being in the thick of an election, I noticed that our nation’s democracy in full swing. The more I saw different candidates and what they stood for; I really needed to know what drove this state of affairs. What I really wanted to know was what made our democracy the greatest the world has ever known. What is democracy? Some say that it is the backbone of our society today. I believe democracy is what built this country and made it what it is today. I also agree with people that say it is one of the reasons our country is the greatest in the history of earth. Democracy is what gives us the right to vote and make our own decisions. It gives us the right to vote for who we want to vote for on Election Day and it also makes us have the right to own a business and profit from it. Democracy is the most important reason we are not starting riots every week when something we don’t agree with gets allowed. Democracy is what people in socialist countries look forward to every second of the day and some don’t get it all their lives. We are the lucky ones; we get to enjoy all the freedoms and liberties that are protected by the U.S. Constitution. Democracy is what our troops fight for. It is just one of those words that flow off your tongue like silk. Democracy is one of the best things about America, except those tiny hats you put on monkeys. So thank you for voting and whether you choose Democrat or Republican, you helped you community and helped our nation with just one vote. 17

Year-Around Pink By Michelle Turner


ctober is now over and that means Breast Cancer Awareness month is also over. That means most of us have packed away our pink ribbon tee shirts and our awareness bracelets. We have hung up our sneakers from the breast cancer walks. Even the NFL has moved on from their pink gear until next year. For 31 days we remembered those we’ve lost, honored those who’ve survived, and raised money to help those who are still battling. Now what? As easy as it is for most of us to forget about Breast Cancer once November rolls around, it is just as difficult for those who have experienced it to forget. So, what does November 1st mean for someone that cancer isn’t just a once a year charitable cause? Well, for 2,971,610 female survivors, it means finding faith in the improving survival statistics. According to the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, 90% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer will make it to the five-year survival mark and 82% of women will make it to the ten- year survival mark. The five-year survival was only 63% during the 1960’s. For those still fighting for their survival, it means finding encouragement in that the United States spent $6.74 billion in continuing care (2010) and $6.07 billion in initial care (2010) for breast cancer patients. Our health care community is committed to helping those struggling to find hope and encouragement. There are countless organizations that provide resources for both patients and families year around. Here are just a few of them:


American Cancer Society: cancer Healing Well: Imerman Angels: Free House Cleaning: Breast Cancer is a very serious and complicated issue that millions of women and even more millions of family members deal with each and every day. There’s no way one article can address the physical, emotional, and financial toll it takes on our community. However, there is something one article CAN do. It can remind our community to stay pink year around- not just when October rolls around. 19

business OF THE MONTH


Break Point Alley


reak Point Alley, located in Tavares, is somewhat of a community center. The bowling alley was recently bought by Rich Kosto and given a complete make over. Their grand opening was on September 1st. After a ribbon cutting ceremony, the guests were given a tour of the new facility.

Rich Kosta got in the bowling business in 1991. He found jobs working in bowling alleys. Over the years he learned all aspects of the bowling business, from pin setting to running the snack bar. The bowling alley is enjoyed by kids who are learning the game, the seniors that come out to bowl and participate in leagues and other activates and the local high schools that hold there games over there. The staff is fully trained on all aspects of the operation of the bowling alley and their main goal is to give their patrons the highest level of customer service. Rich and his staff offer great entertainment for the whole family. They feature quality food and a full bar featuring nightly specials. With there daily specials for all, Break Point Alley is a great place for the whole family.


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local BAND

The Neon Truckers Neon Truckers were formed in the fall of 2009 in Umatilla, Florida. The lineup brings energy and arrangements to the world of Country Music, making new memories for the audience out of each live performance. It is always fun to watch as people are swept up by the show’s vitality. 
The Neon Truckers have shared the stage with Justin Moore, Eric Church, Colt Ford, Jake Owen, Chris Young and Big and Rich just to name a few Aaron Poff, Lead singer, was born in Apopka Florida and still calls central Florida 
home. He began singing at the age of 9 at family reunions. Aaron 
competed in “Nashville Star” and was among the top ten finalists in 
Florida. In his spare time you can find Aaron on one of his boats! Aaron love to fish. Mike Hitchcock, Lead Guitar player, Born and raised in Lawton Michigan. Started playing guitar at the age of 15, Began playing in a R&B band in the 1980’s. Moved to Florida in 1993 and played lead guitar and wrote original songs for the blues group “Ruffin’ It” for several years and most recently played with “Double Shot” covering rock and roll tunes. Mike in his spare time can be found riding his spider all over the state of Florida with his wife. And writing and composing music. 22

Braxton Bisceglia, Drums and percussion, was born and raised in Hendersonville Tn. About 25 miles north of Nashville, Braxton has been in the music business most all his life, now living in Florida. Braxton is open to all music and styles. As you can tell Braxton is a big fan of Johnny Cash, Growing up he was a great friend to Braxton and was a great guy to work for, Braxton states he misses him very much, but his music still lives on and for that Braxton is grateful. Braxton can honestly say that “ Johnny Cash is a friend of mine” Braxton’s Latest project now is working in his own recording studio “The Tin Box” and touring with The Neon Truckers Richard Land, Bass Player, Richard hails from the great state of Texas and now makes his home just north of Nashville, Tn. In Hendersonville, when Richard is not traveling back and forth to be with The Neon Truckers he is out and about playing with some awesome talent near his home, Richard also has his own laboratory where he fixes, tweaks, and sometimes designs microphones for some of the big stars, and recording studios all over the country! One small thing about Richard when his bass is strapped on his flip flops or shoes come off, He loves to play barefooted! He states he likes to feel the vibrations of the stage!!

Braxton Bisceglia II, Rhythm Guitar, Braxton was born and raised right here in Lake county Florida and is our youngest member of the Truckers, he rocks the house with powerful riffs, and it is not uncommon that he will leave the stage and play just for you! Braxton holds down the rhythm section with his unique style and dabbles a bit of lead were he can get away with it, He is a senior in high school and plans to go to Belmont collage in Nashville to peruse a business degree in music, In his spare time Braxton likes to compose original music and works with other writers as well.

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lake PARK

Hickory Point


ny large park with picnic facilities is a primary location for family reunions, but few offer the full range of amenities like Hickory Point Recreational Facility.


mooring allowed) with an observation platform and two fishing piers. The marina accommodates boats up to 10-by-30 feet.

Created as a unique, recreational waterfront park, the 68-acre facility is located near the City of Tavares. With 12 paved boat ramps and ample parking for vehicle and boat trailers, the park is most popular among boaters. However, Hickory Point is no average recreational park.

The highlight of Hickory Point is its twostory, screened picnic pavilion with firstfloor picnic tables and barbecue grills. The second floor features two screened banquet rooms. The pavilion also has a kitchen workspace with counter tops and a sink, but no refrigeration is available. The pavilion can accommodate small groups or large gatherings of up to 275 people.

Families often find the park as a perfect destination for a reunion because of the numerous facilities provided. Along with the boat ramps into Lake Harris, Hickory Point offers a day-use marina (no overnight

The park also features a swimming beach, boardwalks, outdoor picnic areas with barbecue grills, open-field play areas, nature trail, playground, horseshoe pits and a sand volleyball court.

Wings & Wildflowers Festival Photo by Elizabeth Betsey Reed


irds flock to Lake County, which is home to thousands of acres of preserves and passive park lands – including Ferndale Preserve, Emeralda Marsh and the Hilochee Wildlife Management Area. Lake County has enticing outdoor recreational opportunities, particularly for birders, and the Wings and Wildflowers Festival will offer visitors an opportunity to fall in love with Lake County’s birds, wildflowers and natural areas. 25

exercise WEIGHT LOSS nutrition

The Art of Wellness By Dr. Kimberly Besuden


e hear the term “Wellness” everyday. It is the health care of the future. With changing health insurance, we will need to be more responsible for our own well care. Wellness is much more than merely physical health, exercise or nutrition. It is the full integration of states of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. This is a model used in HR departments, universities, and wellness practices. It includes seven dimensions: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness. Each of these seven dimensions act and interact in a way that contributes to our own quality of life.

betterment. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to our Intellectual Wellness.

Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and coworkers contributes to our Social Wellness.


Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress; hope, love, joy and happiness in a productive manner contributes to our Emotional Wellness. Spiritual Wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in our lives. The ability to develop congruency between values and actions and to realize a common purpose that binds creation together contributes to our Spiritual Wellness. Environmental Wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities or our planet contributes to our Environmental Wellness. Occupational Wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our jobs or our chosen career fields while still maintaining balance in our lives. Our desire to contribute in our careers to make a positive impact on the organizations we work in and to society as a whole leads to Occupational Wellness. Intellectual Wellness is the ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community 26

T he A rt Wellne

Physical Wellness is the ability to maintain a healthy quality of life that allows us to get through our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. The ability to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our wellness and adopting healthful habits (routine check ups, a balanced diet, exercise, etc.) while avoiding destructive habits (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.) will lead to optimal Physical Wellness.

Your challenge begins to day….To make a change, you must take immediate action. At this moment, start painting your own picture of how one of the dimensions can be incorporated into your daily life. Repeat this action, daily, with a different dimension each day. At the end of seven days you will see how easy it is to become one with the Art of Wellness!

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Folk Festival

Since 1998, The Lake County Folk Festival brings some of the best singers, songwriters, and musicians from throughout Florida to Historic Downtown Eustis, FL. The Festival includes approximately 40 art vendors, food, workshops, and two-days of music at our historic bandshell, throughout our downtown and along the lakefront.


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restaurant SPOTLIGHT

Photos by Jennifer Moseley


ested on the St John’s river in Astor is a restaurant that offers a picturesque setting over looking the river and the beauty around it.

As I took a tour of the restaurant, I noticed the friendly staff and smiles on every ones faces. The restaurant was very well maintained and offered a warm feeling.

“ We have people that come from all over the country. Our location and history is such that it brings people over here from both sides of the coast” explained Bill Nordle, the owner of this fine establishment.

“ Most of our dishes are specially manicured by Chef Richard Coleman. He creates specials that sell out before the day is over” explained Bill.

The restaurant was built in 1959. Bill has been working here since 1985 as a manager and then in 1994 he bought the restaurant.. “ We have maintained the feel of old Florida and high standards of food, things that make Blackwater Inn  a place where people want to come back again and again” noted Bill. 30

The restaurant offers fresh seafood most of it brought through local fisherman, U.S.D.A Choice Beef and elegantly made desserts. I had an opportunity to try the Baked French Soup, The Fingerling Catfish, Grilled Quail and the Panko Snapper.

The freshness of their food and the great flavored kept me busy eating. My compliments to the chef. Some of the best food I have tasted in a while. And, as if I had any room left, they brought out a chocolate dipped key lime pie that was out of this world.

4:30pm to 10pm, Saturday from 11:30am to 10pm and Sunday from 11:30am to 9pm.

“Our Prime Rib is another popular dish and it is made fresh and to order everyday” said Bill.

Blackwater In is located at 55716 Front St in Astor. Call 352-759-2802 to make your reservations today. You can also find them online at

On top of the Blackwater Inn is their casual dining restaurant William’s Landing. You can enjoy the panoramic views before and after dinner or eat something with a lighter flare.

Reservations are strongly recommended. They have great seating at the window overlooking the St Johns River.

I am looking to going back and enjoying this great restaurant.

The Blackwater In is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30pm to 9pm, Friday from

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A Proud Celebration of Veterans Day and It’s History


eterans Day is an official United States holiday honoring armed service veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.” In 1945, WWII veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship

Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.” U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954. Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since. The National Veterans Award, created in 1954, also started in Birmingham. Congressman Rees of Kansas was honored in Alabama as the first recipient of the award for his support offering legislation to make Veterans Day a federal holiday, which marked nine years of effort by Raymond Weeks. Weeks conceived the idea in 1945, petitioned Gen. Eisenhower in 1946, and led the first Veterans Day celebration in 1947 (keeping the official name Armistice Day until Veterans Day was legal in 1954). Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. While the legal holiday remains on November 11, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that formally observe the holiday will normally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively. Everthinglake Magazine honors the veterans. We’d like to thank all who serve & protect and keep our freedom. 33

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Your one stop source for all your PARTY needs!

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

2910-2 Kurt Street, Eustis, FL.

(352) 357-5700


Come take advantage of our low prices and the largest selections in Lake County.

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