Behind the Scenes Bridgette K. Waldau has been a graphic
and fine artist for over 30 years. She moved from Illinois to South Florida in 1972. She received her A.A. from the Ft. Lauderdale Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Stetson University. She moved to Okeechobee in 1994 where she opened her studio, Bridgette Waldau Studio of Art. Bridgette has been creative director for several publications, working with Heartland Publications & Marketing as creative director since 2011 and winning four Florida Magazine Charlie Awards in 2015. Bridgette is also very active in the community. She is arts and culture director of Okeechobee Main Street (11 years) and member of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. Bridgette is married to James, a retired firefighter from the City of Hialeah.
Jessica Pleger is a wife, mother, editor,
Pamela Glinski is a freelance writer and
Rafael Pacheco I am a Pisces and was born
on the island of Puerto Rico, but ironically I can’t swim. My dog thinks I am crazy for locking the door so many times in 10 seconds and my cats think I am made of catnip. Everything I wear is black, gray or blue. If I put on something colorful I must have been in a hurry. Keep me away from triple layer chocolate cakes, flan or Oreos. They are my kryptonites. The 70’s were peaceful, the 80’s were rocking, the 90’s were military and the new millennium is inspiring. Photography is how I have let my artistic visions come to life since the early 90’s. Patience, kindness, sharing, sacrifice, love and not to judge I saw my mother practice these and they stayed within me. We are collective energy and all from the same Source. I don’t see the world through my eyes. I see it through my soul.
Layne Prescott Layne was born into a
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military family, has lived overseas but did most of her growing up in Arcadia. After meeting and marrying Mike Prescott, she moved to Wauchula in 1979, where they raised three children and now are reaping the benefits of their labor with six sweet grandchildren. As a child, Layne loved watching her mother and grandmother in the kitchen. Her cooking style is eclectic and best described as “Southern comfort cuisine”. Of course her husband Mike says that he made her “Chef” that she is today. Her greatest joy comes from three things: her faith, loving on her family, and getting in the kitchen and “whipping” up something good.
writer and caterer. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Finance and worked as a paralegal for the past 15 years. She also is the owner and operator of Pink Pineapple Catering that allows her to fulfill her passions for cooking and entertaining. Jessica enjoys taking photographs and participating in community events throughout the Heartland. A lifelong resident of Florida, Jessica was raised in Hardee County and now resides in Avon Park with her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Finley Grace. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling and spending time with family.
photographer from Sebring, Florida. A former website administrator for CI Interactive Website Design and Internet Marketing in Naples, Florida, Pam attended Miami Dade Community College. This Michigan native is an avid outdoor enthusiast who can often be found photographing wildlife at Highlands Hammock State Park or in her own yard on Lake Sebring. Friends and family describe Pam as a great home chef who knows how to throw a dinner party. Because of her passion for travel, adventure, and great last-minute deals, Pam has been on numerous cruises and has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.
Katy Fassler has been telling stories since she was able to scribble her name in crayon on the wall. Hailing from Akron, Ohio, she moved to Sebring in 2006 to attend the Great Commission Bible Institute. Katy, an avid reader and book collector lives by Dr. Seuss’ advice, “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” Katy and her husband, Sean, live in Sebring with their two daughters, Adia and Emery.
Adam Glinski has been a fitness enthusiast
for numerous years and an industry professional in the Sebring area since 2013. As the founder of RUC Fitness, LLC, Adam serves his community with customized personal training, meal plans, and fitness apparel. Adam enjoys traveling, running, the outdoors, and is a member of the Florida Army National Guard.
Published on Aug 1, 2016
Published on Aug 1, 2016
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