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“When Phyllis’ beagle, Wiggles, died, she was heartbroken. Phyllis wanted to get another small, 13-inch beagle like Wiggles, and I wanted a larger 15-inch beagle,” says Mike, who with his wife operates Digital Magic Designs, a graphics and multimedia design firm. “Phyllis remembered seeing a harrier while watching the Westminster dog show and thought that might
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mmy is a rare breed who has claimed rare dog show success. According to the American Kennel Club, only 33 harriers were registered in 2017. The harrier was developed in England to hunt hares. A member of the hound group, the harrier is described as resembling a large beagle or a small foxhound. Officially, Emmy’s registered name is Champion Blythmoor’s
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be a compromise. We found a breeder in Oregon and bought Emmy when she was 8 weeks old in 2014.” There were no plans to show Emmy, but an invite to an Orlando dog show changed things. “The Harrier Club of America had Emmy in their “Meet the Breed” booth. Hound experts kept raving about her being such a great representative of the breed,” says Mike. “We started thinking maybe showing her would be a fun thing to do. I was very fortunate to get great show handling mentoring from Aaron Wilkerson, one of the
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Bonnie Healan thought she had a chance at winning the high school category in the Student and Emerging Artist Exhibit: A Juried competition, and she had first thought about Art Competition, but, when she didn’t hear her name called, painting water or something representative she was naturally disappointed. The only other of her life. Instead, a nature-filled, Oregon category left to be announced was Best of Show, coastline developed. As she added the and well, that was out, she thought. finishing touches, though, Bonnie was “I didn’t see it coming at all,” the 16 year old able to twist this piece into something that says about hearing her name announced as did, in fact, represent part of her life. Her winner of Best of Show. “I thought, ‘Oh man, artist statement says it best: this is something.’ I really didn’t expect it, “When asked to reflect, I immediately and I turned red.” think about my life. And doing so, I realize Winners were announced at a reception I am only 16, and I haven’t lived much. But on Thursday, May 10 at Ocala’s City Hall. I will. I’ve been given the chance, and if the The City of Ocala and Magnolia Art universe allows it, I will live a lot. I finished Xchange partnered on this competition, the last details of this painting during a inviting artists in the community lockdown at my school. I was lucky enough between the ages of 16 and 30 to submit to be pushed into the art room for hiding, their artwork. Artists, art supporters and after establishing that I probably and members of the community filed wasn’t going to be shot, I decided that through the halls looking at each piece this piece was more than just a coastline, of art and then strolled through a line of drinks and I should work on finishing it. The and appetizers. world is getting scarier in my eyes, but it This was Bonnie’s second year entering the still has some perfect places. This is one competition, and she heard about it from her art of them.” teacher at Lake Weir High School. She decided Glimpse her painting and to enter again this year and submitted a “I finished the last details of this painting the rest of the exhibit while it’s painting of a coastline. during a lockdown at my school. I was on display at City Hall through Bonnie calls it Perfect Place No. 1. lucky enough to be pushed into the art July 26. “It’s a coastline in Oregon, and I’ve always room for hiding... The world is getting wanted to go to Oregon,” she says. LEARN MORE: Not a fan of Florida or its weather, Bonnie scarier in my eyes, but it still has MAGNOLIA ART XCHANGE › set her sights on Oregon some time ago. some perfect places.” maxocala.org ‘Reflections’ was the theme of this year’s
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invite to join Coach Pezz for a Saturday run meetup, as well as to the Season Wrap-Up Party, presented by CenterState Bank.” The Season 3 series officially starts with the RockStar Virtual 5K, presented by iDeploy, a selfreported race from July 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019. Banner notes, “You can complete the 3.1 miles on your own and at your own pace, all at once or part of the distance at a time. When you complete it, you earn 10 extra points and a Wild Card.” Season 3 offers the Super Race Challege medal, presented by Paddock Mall, (complete all four Super races); Lucky Charm Challenge medal, presented by Plaid Frog, (complete two Lucky Charm Challenge races); and a Perfect 10 Challenge Glass, presented by Sheltering Hands (complete all 10 series races). All BHRS events have a charitable cause component.
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adly, many Marion County children have endured traumatic and unstable family scenarios, which result in removal from their homes by the Department of Children and Families. Even in the best foster care situations, these children can still struggle with feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. Enter Royal Family Kid’s Camp (RFKC), a week-long summer camp experience for children ages 7 to 11 who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment. Founded in 1985 by Wayne and Diane Tesch, RFKC was created to provide foster children with a week of positive memories and royal treatment in a Christian camp environment. Complete with outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, carnival night, talent show and a shared birthday party, the camp’s mission is to show every participant that they are special and loved. The children and their families pay no fee to participate.
“The odds are stacked against these kids. RFKC realizes kids can go down different paths, and unfortunately, too many go down the wrong path. We want to create moments for these kids so they know there is hope and opportunity for them,” says Marc Hallick, an Ocala resident who has served as a volunteer camp counselor for three camps thus far. As Senior Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors in the Villages, Marc’s first awareness of RFKC occurred when his team became involved with a fundraiser for the organization several years ago. “These camps are for kids from Marion County, and this is a charitable cause our entire team has jumped into supporting,” he notes.
Because kids “age out” of RFKC at age 12, Marc was thrilled when a second camp was added this year. Teen Reach Adventure Camp (T.R.A.C.) is for ages 12 to 15 and offers a memorable summer experience for youth at a vulnerable and impressionable age. “These kids’ lives have been full of inconsistencies and unfamiliar faces,” relates Marc. “I really wanted to be someone they could count on in their lives, and I’ve kept in touch with boys from camp afterward.” As a father of three daughters, Marc knows firsthand the powerful impact a dad has on his children, and this experience has made him even more eager to be involved with RFKC and T.R.A.C. “Volunteers are always needed to help with the camps. If you sign up to help, I can tell you it will be one of the most touching experiences you ever take part in,” he assures. “I encourage people to go to the website to learn about how they can be involved.” To learn more visit www.sharetheloveocala.com
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The study, directed by Welch’s, surveyed 2,000 new moms and found that they average 98 hours per week on the “mom” clock. Talk about needing a vacation. The study clearly shows that moms can use a helping hand. Whether you’re a husband, brother, sister, grandparent or friend, here are some tasks you can assist with. › Make dinner, or drop oﬀ food. › Keep the house tidy, and pick up any stray items. › Pick the other children up from school. › Run errands for her.
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Whether it’s a quick dip in the pool or catching waves at the beach, this summer’s itinerary surely includes swimming. › By Laurel Gillum Here are some precautions to keep your children safe around the water.
ALWAYS SUPERVISE SWIMMERS Children should never be near bodies of water unless under direct supervision of an adult. While your children are in the water, make sure you avoid distractions such as your cell phone. Keep your attention on your kids! Younger children can drown in less than 2 inches of water. Make sure there is lifesaving equipment, such as flotation devices, nearby if needed.
CHECK THE WEATHER
Before heading toward water, check the weather forecast for storms near your area. According to the National Lightning Safety
Institute, you should wait 30 minutes after the last time thunder is heard to resume normal pool activities.
DO NOT DUNK YOUR TODDLER UNDER WATER
Submerging your child in water not only may cause undue stress, it could be a safety hazard. Children under 3 years of age who have not been properly trained with swimming lessons do not have the instinct to hold their breath underwater and, therefore, can drown from swallowing large quantities of water.
Never allow your children to run near or around a pool.
LEARN CPR They can easily slip and fall, injuring themselves.
DON’T GET IN OVER YOUR HEAD
If your little one is still learning to swim, stay with them in the shallow end. Don’t allow them to venture off on their own. And never allow them to swim in the ocean by themselves. When caught in a rip current, always swim parallel to the shore until exiting the current and then swim into shore.
NO FOOD OR DRINKS ALLOWED
Eating, drinking or chewing gum in the pool is never a good idea. This is a choking hazard and can wait until taking a break from swimming. The American Red Cross does not give any set time restrictions when it comes to how long you should wait to swim after eating.
Parents, take a class to earn a certificate in CPR. Locally, classes are offered at Marion CPR, where you can earn your BLS or ACLS. Visit marioncpr.com or call (352) 653-8821 for more information. DON’T PRETEND YOU’RE DROWNING
Drowning is not a joke—and a child should never pretend to be in danger. Parents and lifeguards need to be able to determine how to react if a serious situation presents itself.
WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR
Don’t forget the life jackets, Puddle Jumpers, goggles and sunscreen when making a trip to the pool, lake or beach.
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The Great Debate
Vanguard High School students
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Gabriella Cortes-Arroyo, a rising sophomore at West Port High School, created artwork now hanging in the U.S. Capitol. She won the District 3 Congressional Art Show sponsored by Representative Ted Yoho. CortesArroyo’s “Self-Destruction” drawing captured the attention of judges and is now hanging for the next year in the Cannon Tunnel connecting the Cannon House Office Building to the Capitol. She’s part of the art program at WPHS directed by former Teacher of the Year Gene Hotaling.
took the top two spots in this year’s Ocala Great Debate. Judges were extremely impressed with these students’ abilities to reason and convince with their verbal and logic skills. These students are keeping Vanguard’s winning streak alive—five years in a row, so far.
New Teachers Hired MCPS hired 64 new teachers to the district during a recent Saturday recruitment fair. All 64 met with school principals and leaders in faceto-face interviews, some schools even competing for the same new star! Once hired, new teachers stepped onto the red carpet to have their photo taken.
Best Trumpet Player Around
Michael Jagiello, who just wrapped up his eighth grade year at Howard Middle, finished stronger than any other trumpet player in Florida! He captured first chair, or the top spot, in the Middle School All-State Band! Now he heads to Forest High to be part of the Marching Wildcat band. Turning 14 years old this month, Jagiello has only played trumpet about three years.
Forest Scores In Nashville
Students from Forest High School’s TV production program spent several days in Nashville recently competing in the STN (Student Television Network) Annual Convention. Teams were tasked with creating individual news stories and entire news casts within just a few hours. Teacher David Guest and his crew racked up five awards, including two second place, one third and two honorable mention honors.
Summer In Switzerland
Diana Fye, an eighth grade science and STEAM teacher at Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks, is spending this summer in Switzerland. She was selected to attend the International Teacher Weeks in Geneva, a prestigious honor for just 48 teachers worldwide. The program takes place at the European Council for Nuclear Research and exposes science teachers from all over the globe to the leading edge of particle physics research—and how to bring that excitement to the local classroom. Congratulations, Ms. Fye!
Nicole Perrone is the only class of ’18 member who can say her school attendance was perfect! Since 2006 and from kindergarten through 12th grade, she never missed a single day of school. That’s 2,340 days out of 2,340 days (give or take a few days for hurricanes). Nicole just graduated from Forest High and earned her associate degree from the College of Central Florida several weeks earlier. This month, she heads to the University of South Florida to earn her physician’s assistant certification in dermatology. She’s the daughter of Richard and Cheryl Perrone, both of Ocala.
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Magical Night at the Museum
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Richard, Alexis, Izabella, Heather and Patrick Stearns
The Appleton Museum of Art’s annual Magical Night at the Museum presented attendees with mermaids, fairies, unicorn carriage rides, artwork that came to life and a magician. Fairy and gnome homes were available in the ARTSpace for children to paint and take home. Proceeds beneﬁted the museum’s education department and scholarship fund.
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Budweiser Clydesdales and Dalmatian getting ready for their big debut at the Parade of Nations Horse Celebration in downtown Ocala. Photo by Ralph Demilio
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Racing Into History The Florida Thoroughbred Breeders’ and Owners’ Association Museum and Art Gallery celebrates the Florida thoroughbred industry. › By JoAnn Guidry
he roots to Ocala/Marion piece of Florida thoroughbred County being known as history,” says Tammy Gantt, the “Horse Capital of FTBOA associate vice president. the World” trace back to 1936. “It instills the value of our That’s the year when Carl Rose state’s rich heritage with horses. established his Rosemere Farm, Through a self-guided tour of the the first thoroughbred operation displays, visitors can experience in the area. Twenty years later, the history and impact of the Dickey Stablesbred Needles became the first Florida-bred to win the Kentucky Derby. In the ensuing six decades since Needles captured the 1956 Kentucky Derby, the Florida thoroughbred industry has thrived. A Photos courtesy of The Florida Horse Archives total of 13 Florida-breds have won at least one of the Triple Crown races. Affirmed claimed the 1978 Triple Crown, sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. To date, 52 Florida-breds have been named national champions and five have been honored as North American Horse of the Year. All of that glorious history and more is on display and open free to the public at the Ocalabased FTBOA Museum and Art Gallery. thoroughbred industry.” “We think of the museum The Needles memorabilia and art gallery as a valuable includes the D&H Racing Stables
silks worn by jockey Dave Erb in the Kentucky Derby. Also on display is the 1956 Kentucky Derby trophy, as well as Needles preserved cremation ashes. “We also have Florida-bred Carry Back’s 1961 Kentucky Derby trophy,” says Gantt. “Also on display is the 1945 Kentucky Derby trophy won by Hoop Jr. He
was a major figure in the Florida thoroughbred industry.” Florida-bred Dr. Fager, who was a multiple national champion and 1968 North American Horse of the Year, is represented by a speeding ticket issued to him as a publicity stunt when he returned to Ocala at the end of his racing career. Dr. Fager still holds the North American record for a mile on the dirt with a time of 1:32 1/5. “The art gallery is a catalyst for many artists to showcase their equine work with a focus on Floridabreds. We rotate out different artists and
To date, 52 Florida-breds have been named national champions and five have been honored as North American Horse of the Year.
themes,” says Gantt. “Our current art exhibit honors Florida-bred Silver Charm, who among his many racing accomplishments, won the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. We invite everyone to pay us a visit.”
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Granting The Way
Local eventing rider represents the U.S. on the international stage. › By JoAnn Guidry
s a toddler, Caroline Martin’s horsey mom brought her to the barn every day. By the time she was 7, Martin had the horse bug, too. Now 23, she’s the top-ranked Under 25 eventing rider in the country. For the second year in a row, Martin was awarded a $25,000 Karen Stives Endowment Fund Grant. The grant, given to only two Under 25 riders in the country, sends Martin to train and compete in the United Kingdom. An Olympic gold and
silver medalist, Stives established the Karen Stives European Emerging Athlete Tour to prepare United States eventing riders to represent their country on an international stage. Martin is a member of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation’s Eventing Emerging Athlete Program. In three-day eventing, riders and horses compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping, each on a separate day. “Receiving this grant again is an incredible honor. The education of competing on an
international level is amazing. I am so grateful to USEF and Karen Stives,” says Martin, who owns a 20-acre farm in Ocala. “Last year, I had two horses, Pebbly Maximus and The Apprentice, finish in the Top 10. The U.S. team won the bronze at the Houghton Hall International CIC in Norfolk.” In addition to competing again at Houghton Hall this past May, Martin will also ride in the Bramham International CCI3* (U25 section) in West Yorkshire from June 7-10. While in the U.K., Martin will be coached by Leslie Law, the USEF Eventing Emerging Athlete Program coach and British Olympic gold medalist. And as it turns out, Law, who is
also now based in Ocala, has been Martin’s coach for the past two years. “I trained with Buck Davidson from ages 14-21, and he was instrumental in making me the rider I am today,” says Martin. “Then I had the opportunity to be coached by Leslie Law. He has become a very special coach and mentor. And we only live about 20 minutes from each other.” Martin, who currently has a 10-horse stable of mostly sport horses, spends eight to 10 hours a day riding. When she isn’t training, she’s competing in approximately 30 shows a year. Martin has enjoyed much success, including winning the 2017 Carolina International CIC3* on The Apprentice. “You have to have a great bond with your horse to compete in three-day eventing. I love the adrenaline rush of cross country,” says Martin. “I’m fortunate to have such a great team; my parents, coach, farm staff, vet and farrier all contribute to my success. Anytime I can represent my country is an honor.”
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Mane Despite their size, Karen says, “Clydesdales truly are gentle giants. They have great dispositions; they are very laid back, have a lot of personality and are easy to train.” From July through early November, the Cobbs are on the show circuit road. They show in cart class (one horse), team class (wagon), unicorn class (2 horses in back with 1 in the front), 4-horse hitch, six-horse hitch and eight-horse hitch. They generally compete in 12 shows a year, including in Canada, in the Midwest and on the East Coast. The Grandview Clydesdales have won many titles, including at the World Clydesdale Show, which is held every four years, and at the annual North
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Gentle Giants Of A Different Color
The Clydesdale, a heavy draft horse breed originally from Clyde Valley, Scotland, always turns heads—specially the rare black ones. › By JoAnn Guidry
ention Clydesdales and people immediately picture the Budweiser Clydesdales, who have become stars of some of the most popular Super Bowl commercials. Those Clydesdales are the traditional bay color with black manes and tails. They also have four white socks to the knees and hocks with attention-grabbing white facial blazes. What most people don’t know is that Clydesdales come in many other colors, including chestnut, brown, roan and, yes, even black. The latter color, which comprises only 10 percent of Clydesdales, is the focus of Dunnellon-based Grandview Clydesdales. “My husband Shannon’s family began breeding black Clydesdales in the 1980s in Indiana. His mother called them ‘black diamonds’,” says Karen Cobbs, who grew up in Manitoba, Canada and is the third generation of her family to be involved in Clydesdales. “When we moved to Ocala in 2013, we decided
Photo by Karen Cobbs
American Six-Horse to continue the What most people don’t know Hitch Classic Series. tradition of breeding is that Clydesdales come in Shannon Cobb was black Clydesdales.” many other colors, including elected president The Cobbs, who of the Clydesdale were inducted into chestnut, brown, roan and, Breeders of the USA the Clydesdale yes, even black. association in April. Breeders of the USA “There are Hall of Fame in April, no major draft breed and raise black horse shows in Florida, so we decided to do Clydesdales on their 26-acre farm, where they something about that and created the Grand have three stallions, a dozen broodmares and Invitational International,” says Karen. “Our their offspring, as well as show horses. The very first show will be February 1-3, 2019, farm hosts several draft educational clinics at the Florida Horse Park. Our goal is for a year and gives private driving lessons. The the show to become a major annual event Cobbs are also hay farmers, growing alfalfa here in Ocala so everyone can come out to and timothy. enjoy Clydesdales.” “Our horses get free-choice timothy hay to supplement their grain,” says Karen. “All horses are high maintenance, but horses LEARN MORE › Karen Cobbs › the size of Clydesdales, 1,600-2,400 pounds, (260) 388-4279 › email@example.com › really are. It definitely helps to have your own Facebook: Grandview Clydesdales hay supply.”
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r. David Sokol, Ocala’s own viticulturist and oenologist—also known as Dr. Wine—is the mastermind behind the unique tastes and natural production of wine at Katya Vineyards. While outside of the state of Florida for several years, the Sokol family planted different varietals to experiment with viniculture (soil, climate, grape variety), including planting vineyards on university grounds to enhance student experience. They also worked with viticulturists and oenologists at many locations to learn different techniques and styles. “Our family enjoys creating good wine; to experience the absolute and mysterious beauty of our world—the delicately bottled sunshine that becomes a southern wine,” Dr. Sokol says. From the vines to the tank or barrel to the bottle, the greatest attribute of the Sokols’ wine is a passion to create something exquisite and a continued drive to produce the very best. A good dry, non-Muscadine Southern wine requires multiple fermentations and enough time—up to two years—to allow the flavor profiles to blend. When the Sokols share their wine, they’re sharing part of their family, creativity and traditions. “Creating wine is one part farming, one part finance, one part chemistry, one part artistry, one part love and 100 parts patience!” says Dr. Sokol. “Once we share our wines with you, you become a part of our wine family.”
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or Josh Hart, owner of Burnyzz, cars have always been a passion— one that’s only grown stronger the older he’s gotten. “I have always been in love with driving fast—that’s no secret,” Josh says. “But I love everything about cars. The classics are amazing because of the history, the design, the way they were created. To see how far they’ve come is truly remarkable. And everything I know has been self-taught.” Beyond working on cars, Josh also has a love for racing them, starting out drag racing in Gainesville for fun before quickly landing in the Top Alcohol Dragster Class. “The five seconds I get going down the dragstrip is my peace,” Josh says. “You can’t think of anything else.” Burnyzz, founded in 2010, offers everything from complete restorations on classics, superchargers and muscle cars to oil changes, motor swaps, paint and upholstery. The shop even offers consignment sales, with a showroom full of cars looking for a new home. With Burnyzz’s new expansion— Burnyzz 2.0 as Josh has been calling it—clients can expect to see more of the same “quality over quantity” moto but with a dedicated space for each part of the business. “The ideas are running wild, so you’ll have to stay tuned to see what we come up with. I’m excited to see us continue to grow while putting out exceptional work and letting that Car: 1971 Hemi Cuda speak for itself. As I Sport: Drag racing always say, ‘Don’t tell Ocala Restaurant: Crunchies N people your dreams— Munchies show them.’” Hobby: Drums
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loridians are fortunate enough to be able to live outdoors 12 months a year. The pros at Ocala Pavers help make that outdoor space both livable and enjoyable. “The transformation of outdoor living spaces always puts a smile on our customer’s faces,” says Chris Snook of Ocala Pavers. “Making our clients happy and exceeding their expectations is extremely satisfying.” Ocala Pavers specializes in pavers, walls, benches, decks and more, and works with a variety of materials, from natural stone to travertine, plus everything in between. If you are opting for pavers, Chris says that’s the way to go. “The great thing about pavers is that they give a highend and timeless look. There is also a benefit to using them around pool decks and patios as they do not get slippery like some other materials may,” he says. Of course the number one piece of advice the professionals at Ocala Pavers share is to always plan your project out. Make sure to determine your main objective for the space. Lounging? Entertaining? Ask questions to make sure your needs are understood. And why make the investment to upgrade your outdoor space? Besides the personal enjoyment, your investment will surely pay off. “The National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Landscape Professionals conducted a survey to determine which outside projects offer homeowners the best value. An overall landscape/hardscape upgrade topped the list with an estimated 105 percent return on investment,” says Chris. “We specialize in outstanding projects Vacation Spot: Rota MP (Future done the right way with getaway spot. Look it up) our knowledgeable team Movie: Moana (I have a 2 year of experts. Our goal is old who has me watch it 12 times happy customers, resia week) dential and commercial Hobby: Pickle ball (My both,” he adds.
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S t e wa r d s of the F o r e Pro Ocala Encourages Residents And Visitors To Have Pride And Respect For The Ocala National Forest And To Take Ownership For The Health Of Our Forest. By Cynthia McFarland Photography by John Jernigan
ast prairies. Majestic oak hammocks. Sprawling forests of longleaf and sand pines. Swampland and freshwater marshes teeming with flora and fauna. Hundreds of lakes. Meandering creeks. Crystalline springs pumping millions of gallons of water a day. The Ocala National Forest is home to all of this—and more. The oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River in the continental United States, the Ocala National Forest was established in 1908 and covers 607 square miles. Despite its name and that the majority of its land falls in Marion County, the Ocala National Forest (ONF) also includes parts of Lake and Putnam Counties. Within its boundaries lies the world’s largest concentration of sand pine, not to mention more than 600 lakes and ponds. The state’s greatest population of black bears
s t is found in the ONF, along with white-tailed deer, wild hogs, alligators, gray and red fox, raccoons, bobcats, coyotes, river otters and more. Eleven federally listed species and more than 80 sensitive species find shelter in the ONF’s nearly 386,000 acres, including the gopher tortoise, Florida scrub jay, red cockaded woodpecker and striped newt. Millions of people visit the ONF each year, more than any other national forest in the JUN ’18 ›
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state. Population in the counties around the forest has increased by approximately 380,000 since 2010. With that population predicted to increase by 21 percent by 2030, the number of visitors is also sure to climb.
Forest Challenges It might seem strange to think of the ONF as an “urban forest,” but that is indeed the case. Over 70 percent of forest land is within a quarter-mile of a road, and more than 45,000 homes are located within the forest boundary. At least 1.5 million people live within a halfhour drive from the ONF, and many of them come to the forest for a variety of reasons—not all positive. Unfortunately, there are always people who will take advantage of an area as vast as the ONF. This includes everything from violent crimes—including murder—and methamphetamine labs to unauthorized occupancy of the land, dumping trash, damaging waterways and trails with illegal off-road vehicle use, and poaching and hunting out of season or without a license. In 2005, the ONF developed “Pride, Respect and Ownership” (PRO Ocala), a strategy focused on four main concerns: dumping of trash, illegal activities, motorized vehicle
damage and improving the safety of visitors, employees and forest staff. A workshop was held in 2008 in connection with the ONF’s 100th anniversary, and although improvements are still needed and will be ongoing, PRO Ocala has been successful in all areas. A recent report reveals that unauthorized occupancy is down 95 percent; violent crime is also down, and meth labs have been disrupted. Several known troublemakers have been banned from the ONF, and volunteers have removed 340,000 pounds of illegally dumped trash. Visible recovery of vegetation in some areas shows a decrease in damage by motorized vehicles.
Keep It Official The ONF has been ranked one of the state’s top destinations for “off-roading.” With approximately 200 miles of ATV/UTV trails and 81 miles of off-roading trails, there are plenty of options. Yet despite the many marked roads and trails, some people insist on forging their own paths. “About 80 percent of the challenges we have here in the forest could be solved fairly easily if people would just stay on the designated roads and trails,” says Ocala District Ranger Carl Bauer. “People going off those roads and trails is a major problem, and it impacts everything.
M It threatens endangered species and their habitats, degrades water quality, spreads invasive species and negatively impacts other users. Some people do it (go off designed trails) innocently, and others just don’t care.” Bauer notes that approximately 1,270 miles of numbered roads were designated back in 2006, and those roads prevent impacts from cross country travel that may impact the health, diversity and productivity of the forest. “The forest is home to many threatened and endangered species, as well as over 600 lakes. The routes are designated to avoid impacting these resources,” he explains. “The diversity found here is greater than what you’d find in the Amazon. It’s a special place; there’s a lot going on ecologically, and we need to protect it. Water resources in the state of Florida are obviously critical, and the ONF is a major recharge area for the aquifers used by our neighboring communities.” You’ve probably heard the term “mudding,” which refers to people driving off-road vehicles in water-soaked (muddy) areas for recreation. That might sound harmless until you realize one of the threatened species
illions of people visit the Ocala National Forest each year, more than any other national forest in the state.
Bauer mentioned makes its home in those very places. Carrie Sekerak, supervisory biologist for the USDA Forest Service, points out that there are 35 identified breeding ponds in ONF for the striped newt. She notes that the ONF is the stronghold for the species to not go extinct. Ponds around the ONF’s Big Prairie area are important habitat for these unique amphibians, which have the remarkable ability to switch from one adult form to another. One forest road was rerouted specifically because it crossed a pond known to be a striped newt breeding area. When people ignore this and continue to use the area for “mudding,” they damage the habitat and endanger a rare creature they’ve probably never seen. Bauer notes that the designated roads and trails are shown on the motorized vehicle use map, which you can download at fs.usda.gov/ main/florida/maps-pubs or smartphone users can simply use the Avenza app. “When you download the Avenza app, it will show where you are on the map by a blue dot,” Bauer says. “Not all the trails and roads you
find yourself on are official, because so many people have used them illegally. By using the app or map, you’ll know if you’re on a road or trail you’re supposed to use.”
Don’t Get Trashy Bauer points out that since 2016, there has been a 22 percent increase in the amount of trash dumped in the ONF. This includes household garbage, old tires and hazardous materials, including oil. “We continue to hold Forest Cleanup Days annually, one on or around Earth Day and another on or around National Public Lands Day, which is September 29 this year,” he says. At these cleanup events, volunteers meet at the Lake George Ranger Station on Highway 40 where they split into groups consisting of members of the public and forest employees. Each group heads into a specific area of the forest to pick up trash at reported dump sites. JUN ’18 ›
“Each time we have Forest Cleanup Days, we collect semi loads of trash,” says Bauer. That doesn’t include the hundreds of illegally dumped tires that have been turned in, thanks to the county’s tire amnesty program. “Our litter crews were reporting what we considered high numbers of tires picked up on their routes. Around the same time, we hosted our annual Forest Cleanup Day, which provided similar high numbers. That’s when our Solid Waste team began discussions on addressing the issue of improper and illegal tire disposal,” reports Stacie Causey, Marion County Public Information Specialist. The result was the Waste Tire Amnesty Day event, which began in July 2017. Four collection events were held in July and August and were strategically coordinated to provide proper disposal to outlying areas within the county, as well as those areas where the largest number of illegally dumped tires had been retrieved. The results were impressive: Residents turned in 284,440 pounds of tires—over 140 tons. “We give Marion County big kudos for helping us with this,” says Bauer. In addition to being unsightly, those discarded tires pose a health hazard. “Illegally dumped tires create perfect breeding pools for mosquitoes during a majority of the year,” says Causey, adding that those mosquitoes can spread diseases to both humans and animals. “By collecting tires, we’re reducing potential breeding areas leading to a reduction in the mosquito population. “As of March (2018), the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has also partnered with us on this campaign,” adds Causey. “Working with other agencies to solve community-wide issues not only increases the positive impacts of a campaign for the county as a whole but also increases our motivation to look for creative ways to address problems. When agencies you report to want in on your program, you know you’re on the right track.” There’s no doubt the program is helping, as Causey reports that litter crews have noticed a decrease in the number of illegally disposed tires.
Photo by Carrie Sekerak
Impressive Resources Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, birding, camping, picnicking, swimming, canoeing and kayaking await you in the ONF. Four officially designated wilderness areas are located within the expansive boundaries of the ONF: Alexander Springs Wilderness, Billies Bay Wilderness, Juniper Prairie Wilderness and Little Lake George Wilderness. All four are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Juniper Springs has been a prominent area for swimming, picnicking and camping for many years, the complex having been constructed as a public works program during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Alexander Springs is one of Florida’s firstmagnitude springs and a popular destination for visitors. Salt Springs, so named for the waters’ mild salinity due to potassium, magnesium and sodium salts, is another recreational gem based around a natural spring. The ONF is recognized as the greatest recharge area for the aquifer, the primary source of the upper peninsula’s drinking water, from which everyone in Central Florida is drinking when they turn on the tap. The more remote Billies Bay Wilderness is primarily marsh and swamp land whose waters contribute to Alexander Springs Wilderness. One of the best ways to experience the area’s natural beauty is via the forest’s many waterways. Bring your own kayak or canoe, or rent one at the concessionaires.
Mountain bike enthusiasts love the Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail, a 22-mile-long unpaved ride through changing habitats with plenty of natural challenges. Shorter loops can be made at the halfway point if you’re not up to the entire 22 miles. The trail can be accessed at the trailhead at Clearwater Lake and the parking area of Forest Road 538. Alexander Springs is located at the north end of the trail, and Clearwater Lake is located at the south end. Hikers have abundant options ranging from short, two-mile loops all the way up to the Ocala portion of the Florida National Scenic Trail, which winds some 67 miles through ONF. A variety of camping options are offered in numerous areas of the forest, including developed campgrounds and cabins to primitive sites and tent camping. (Reservations are required and are on a firstcome, first-served basis.) The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission manages hunting and fishing activities in the ONF. Permits and licenses are required. The Ocala Rifle Range is used for hunter education classes and is also available for use by the public. Although there is no fee
to use the range, which is open sunrise to sunset (closed Wednesdays for repairs), it is also unsupervised, meaning awareness and cooperation among shooters is crucial. Don’t be surprised if you see an F/A-18 Hornet jet fighter zipping over the ONF, as this remains the only place on the entire East Coast where the United States Navy conducts live impact training. Some 20,000 bombs are dropped annually on the U.S. Navy’s Pinecastle Bombing Range. The range is fenced and covers 5,760 acres. The Navy has used the site for target practice for more than 50 years and has a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service. Bauer notes that the motto of the USDA Forest Service is “caring for the land and serving people.” He puts it succinctly: “We do not need more people to just visit; we need more stewards of the Ocala National Forest.” Keep this in mind when you venture out to enjoy the many recreational opportunities provided by this amazing resource that is literally in our backyard.
2018 Waste Tire Amnesty Day Events › June 9 › Newton Recycling Center ›
1750 NW 100th St., Ocala
› Sept. 8 › Martel Recycling Center, ›
296 SW 67th Ave. Road, Ocala
› Nov. 10 › Davis Recycling Center ›
11307 SE 128th Place Road, Ocklawaha
Residents of unincorporated Marion County who pay the solid waste assessment on their taxes may dispose of up to 25 passenger-vehicle-sized tires (no commercial tires) at no charge during these events with proof of residency. For more information about the tire amnesty program and to report illegal dumping of tires and other waste, call Marion County Solid Waste (352) 671-8465, or visit marioncountyfl.org/solidwaste.
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Para dise Chewy.com adds to its success story with the launch of its Ocala fulfillment center. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND 050
There’s probably no consumer website that is easier to use than Chewy.com. Whether you’re shopping for your cat, dog, horse or small pet (think rabbit, hamster, guinea pig, etc.), all you have to do is click on the corresponding pet category and voilà! You’ve got page after page of products targeted for that specific animal. You can quickly narrow it down to food, toys, grooming tools, flea and tick products, you name it. More than 30,000 items are available on the website. Chewy also caters to birds, fish and reptiles. No more lugging 40-pound bags of dog food home from the store. No driving to
multiple locations to get the best price on litter, toys or that giant cat climbing tower you’ve been coveting. It’s all available online through Chewy. Here’s how it works. You place an order at Chewy.com. Customer service is available 24/7, so if you have any questions at all, just call. Instead of an automated service, a real human being (a pleasant one) will promptly answer the phone and help you. Once an order is placed online or by phone, that order is routed to the fulfillment center closest to the customer’s address. As soon as the order drops into the system, a “picker” heads into the warehouse to gather the items in the order. This Chewy employee then consolidates the items into one or more package(s), depending on the size of the order. The boxes are packed, sealed and a shipping label applied. The box then moves on to the
shipping department where it’s placed on a truck. All orders made before 4pm Eastern time, ship that same day. Your order arrives in just one or two days. Shipping is free if you spend $49. That’s right. Free. Even if you order a heavy item, like that humongous cat tower. Or multiple large bags of food. Plus, it’s all delivered right to your doorstep. Walsh notes that the people who work at Chewy are pet lovers themselves and are passionate about helping animals and pet parents. This is obvious in the culture at Chewy and is something that many other companies would be wise to emulate. It’s simple, but powerful. Everything revolves around memorable customer service that goes above and beyond. Yes, plenty of companies strive for this. But Chewy has already achieved it and continues to do so on a daily basis. It’s the background of their success.
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Fast & Easy
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here are plenty of places to order pet supplies online, but Chewy.com has totally captured the market when it comes to incredible customer service, not to mention a staggering variety of quality products for pets of all kind. Founded in 2011, Chewy has quickly grown to become the country’s leading online retailer of pet food and supplies. Headquartered in Dania Beach, Florida, Chewy was created to provide pet parents with the convenience of online shopping enhanced by the expertise and wide range of products found at a premium pet store. “The premise of Chewy was to have amazing customer service with a personalized ecommerce experience and very fast delivery. Those were the foundation goals of the company,” says Gregg Walsh, vice president of human resource operations. Chewy has definitely achieved its goals.
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“I’m a housebound woman in a wheelchair and cannot drive. For years I paid my caretaker a significant amount of money to shop for my cat and dog food at a major box store 25 miles away. Then someone suggested Chewy.com,” relates Kate Riordan, of Georgetown, California. “I was gobsmacked by their quick service and amazingly low prices,” says Riordan. “Their website is easy to navigate, they ship the same day I order and everything arrives the next day. Orders are perfect, shipping is free (with a $49 order) and I love their sturdy boxes. (I save them.) I will always be a Chewy customer. They have definitely earned my allegiance.”
Pet on a special prescription diet? No problem. Chewy can handle those orders, as well. A special team in their customer service department will contact your veterinarian directly to verify prescription orders. If you’ve ever had to make a last-minute run to the pet store or grocery store because you’ve run out of dog food or flea treatment, Chewy has a solution for that. It’s called Autoship, and as a user myself, I can say it’s flat-out invaluable. Sign up on their website to automatically receive food or whatever other items you might need, select how often you want them shipped and Chewy makes sure they arrive on schedule. Many items receive a discount when ordered via Autoship, and you can go online to adjust your delivery schedule. There’s no fee and you can cancel any time you like. Autoship is the simplest way to make sure you never run out of the pet products you use on a regular basis—genius thinking on Chewy’s behalf and a lifesaver for pet parents everywhere. Grocery shopping for your family should be this convenient. Customers love the competitive pricing and convenience of shopping online with Chewy, but there are some things you can’t put a price on. Chewy excels in this category, as well. Roxsanne Tai, head of public relations, says that from the company’s earliest days, customers would frequently mail cards and email notes that included photos of their pets. (Many times, the photos were of pets happily ensconced in an empty Chewy box, something that happens so often the company now posts many of these images on its website.) Photos were posted on a pet portrait wall at the company’s main office in Dania Beach, and all those smiling animal faces served as inspiration.
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“I was gobsmacked by their quick service and amazingly low prices.”
customers and also the people who work at Chewy.” Hand-written notes are another staple of the company, something I can personally attest to, having been a Chewy customer for several years.
Settled In Ocala “Kelli Durkin, our vice president of customer service, thought there had to be something more we could do with these photos,” relates Tai. “Kelli and her team came up with the idea of having artists on staff who would randomly select some of these photos and paint custom oil portraits of those pets. We then mail those portraits to the pet parents just as a thank you for being Chewy customers. It’s not something you can order or request, and there’s no Chewy logo on the painting. It’s just a way to say ‘thank you,’ and it’s something that resonates with our
On March 14, 2018, Chewy officially announced the opening of its first fulfillment center in its home state, right here in Ocala. By that point, 300 people had already been hired. A night shift was launched later in March that required additional hirings. By the time the center is running at full capacity with all positions filled, it will be operating 24/7. All told, the Ocala fulfillment center is bringing 700 jobs to the community—a number that is consistent with Chewy’s other fulfillment centers across the country. At present, Chewy has six fulfillment centers: two in Pennsylvania, one in Indiana,
The Ocala fulfillment center is bringing 700 jobs to the community.
one in Texas, one in Nevada and the latest in Ocala. The newest center will open in Phoenix this summer. A number of considerations went into choosing Ocala as the site to build Chewy’s first fulfillment center in Florida. “We knew we needed a fulfillment center in the Southeast to ensure great customer service to people in this part of the country. That was our first priority,” says Walsh. “Then we looked at areas with a great labor market, people who want to work in this type of business, and Ocala rose to the top in that respect. The city also had space where we could build a 600,000-square-foot facility. So that’s why we’re here—Ocala met all our requirements. “We’re super excited to be in Ocala; the community has been fantastic,” Walsh continues. “We really love the interest in Chewy from the folks looking to come work with us. At the pre-hiring events, we had tremendous turnout, and that continues; we’re really pleased with this.”
Chewy is glad to be here, but it goes both ways. “We have often said communities are known by the companies they keep, but it is also true that communities are known by the companies they attract. Chewy’s decision to locate this facility in Ocala speaks volumes toward that end,” notes Kevin T. Sheilley, President and CEO of Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership. “As one of the hottest brands currently in the country, other companies are noticing both Chewy’s decision and how quickly Ocala was able to make the deal happen,” Sheilley says. “There are a lot of jobs in a facility this size,” states Walsh. “We have fulfillment specialists, team members who receive product and stock shelves, and others who load product on trucks to be shipped to customers,”
explains Walsh. “We also have department leads, human resource professionals, IT experts, facility managers and safety and loss prevention specialists. All these support functions are roles that help us operate a facility this large. “We’re seeking people who are looking for a career opportunity, more than just a job,” Walsh points out. “Chewy has a really great track record of advancing from within, so if someone comes on as a fulfillment specialist for example, they have the opportunity to work in different roles and grow with the company.” Chewy currently employs more than 7,000 people in their six fulfillment centers as well as the home office in Dania Beach and another office in Boston.
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A K SINKING
FEELING Sinkholes are a fact of life for residents of the Sunshine State. By Cynthia McFarland
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t’s the stuff of nightmares. The ground opening up and swallowing a home, vehicle or person makes for a riveting horror movie. Unfortunately, it’s not always fiction. Living in Florida, where parts of the state are actually referred to as “sinkhole alley,” means ground cover collapse is a reality. The simplest definition of a sinkhole is “the collapse of surface sediments into underground voids.” “Conditions here are ideal for sinkholes to form because of the layer of carbonate rock— limestone primarily—at some depth below the surface. Over time and interaction with water, limestone tends to dissolve, creating cracks and cavities. Think of Rice Krispies with all their little openings,” notes Dr. Manoj Chopra, a professor of geotechnical engineering at University of Central Florida in Orlando. Another good visual is to think of the rock below the surface as a honeycomb filled with cavities of different sizes. This kind of terrain, typically known as “karst,” is not unique to Florida. Twenty percent or more of the
United States is underlain with limestone and other rock that can dissolve. “Sinkholes can occur wherever limestone or similar sedimentary rock is below the surface,” says Chopra. “We’re so used to thinking of rock as a material that doesn’t dissolve, but sedimentary rock, particularly carbonate rock, is soft and dissolves when interacting with water. “If that rock is hundreds of feet below the surface, we won’t usually see sinkholes developing, but when the rock is just 20 to 30 feet below the surface like it is here in parts of Florida, that’s when you see surface collapses or sinkholes.” The majority of U.S. sinkhole damage occurs in Florida, Texas,
Alabama, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, as a result of karst terrain.
“In Florida, we have an intricate upper and lower aquifer system, and whatever we do relates to the water and soil system because the aquifer is so close to the surface,” says Chopra. “The entire state has a shallow water surface. In some places it’s just a few feet below the surface, and in the event of a tropical storm, the water can even reach the surface.” Chopra explains that the sinkhole phenomenon is all about the interaction of soil with ground water. Two common water-soil interactions can greatly increase the chance of sinkholes developing. These include heavy rains and pumping groundwater for irrigation or the public water supply. Let’s look at the rainfall scenario first. “If you have layer of cracked limestone with soil over top of it and then pour water on it, the water flows into the cracks (holes) in the rock and tends to take the soil with it,” says Chopra. “Over time, the soil is migrating into these cracks, and those holes, which can be close to the surface or very deep, get bigger and bigger.” Eventually, the “roof” (ceiling) becomes unable to support the weight of the overlying soil and collapses into the underground cavity. That’s what we call a collapsed sinkhole, typically a circular hole that forms over a period of minutes or hours. The edges of the sinkhole, which can be vertical or gradual like the sides of a bowl, can continue to
erode for days before stabilizing. Sinkholes can vary dramatically in depth, from barely a foot deep to more than 100 feet. “When you get a large amount of water accumulating on the surface and also in the ground due to rainfall, it speeds up the movement of soil migrating into those cracks and the holes expand,” says Chopra. “That’s why an area that can appear stable when dry can collapse after a rainfall event.” A prime condition for sinkhole activity is when normal rainfall returns following a prolonged drought. During times of drought, the lowered water level in the aquifer leaves cavities in the rock filled with air, not water. When rainfall resumes and the overlying soil becomes heavy, it’s easier for that soil to collapse into those air-filled cracks and holes. “Population growth can increase the chance of sinkholes because when you are pumping water from the aquifer for drinking water, this changes the dynamics of how the water is behaving and interacting with the soil,” Chopra notes. “Pumping water also accelerates the migration of soil through the cracks. Lowering the water table pushes the water down and takes more soil with it, which can increase the development of sinkholes,” he adds, noting that this can even happen when a farmer uses a large amount of water for irrigation in a short span of time, such as attempting to protect crops or trees prior to a freeze. Another way Florida’s growing population can affect sinkhole development is increased soil surface load—both from building more structures and increased traffic on roads. Greater surface load can alter the stability of rock and soil, putting more pressure on those cavities below the surface.
says Lewis, noting that a past sinkhole claim can limit the companies that will offer future insurance and the buyer may have to go with insurance offered by the state, which, she says is “insurance of last resort.” The only way to be sure your property isn’t vulnerable to sinkhole formation is to avoid buying in an area with karst terrain. Since all of Florida falls into this category, owning land in Florida automatically comes with some risk.
GROUND COVER COLLAPSE
“There’s really a difference between what we call ‘a sinkhole’ and a collapsed sinkhole (or ‘ground cover collapse’),” notes Chopra. “Because of the cavities in the rock, we already have sinkholes below us. A collapsed sinkhole is the visible failure of the surface, which can be catastrophic.” One of the most recent horrifying examples of a catastrophic collapse occurred in Seffner, Florida, in February 2013. A sinkhole opened up beneath the room in the house where Jeff Bush had gone to bed. Bush cried out for help and his brother, Jeremy, tried frantically to rescue him, but the earth had literally swallowed Bush and the room’s furnishings. His body was never recovered. “This is the worst case scenario sinkhole. Not only was the hole deep, but the sides caved in. That’s what we call ‘catastrophic failure.’ There was no time at all for that person to be saved,” says Chopra soberly. “When the layer of soil above the rock contains clay, that clay can become a ceiling and you never see any signs or depressions on the surface of a cavity forming underground. With a layer of sand, however, you may start to see the area begin to depress and give us an indication of activity below the surface; if there’s any ‘good’ sinkhole, it’s this kind.” After the catastrophe in Seffner, the property was purchased by the county. Two years later, the same sinkhole reopened in that Tampa suburb. Hillsborough County is part of what is referred to as “sinkhole alley,” as that area accounts for a significant portion of Florida’s sinkhole-related insurance claims.
ARE YOU COVERED?
All insurance coverage for sinkhole damage is not alike, so
don’t assume you’re protected if you notice settling and shifting in your home and are worried about sinkhole formation. “I advise everyone, no matter who their carrier is, to sit down once a year and review their insurance policy, because they change,” notes Angie Lewis, a State Farm agent in Ocala. “A ‘sinkhole’ endorsement gives you a little more proactive coverage. For example, if you notice cracking, shifting of doors, etc. in your house, you can have someone come out to do an inspection. Depending on what they find, they may order a ground boring exam from a geotechnical engineer,” she explains, adding that if the exam determines a sinkhole is developing, steps can be taken to prevent collapse. Techniques may include reinforcing the area with concrete, pins and/or plugs. “If your policy only has ‘catastrophic ground cover collapse,’ there is no coverage until your house is at the point of
having clear structural damage and is deemed unsafe to live in,” she adds. “A few years ago, some carriers changed their policies to just include ‘catastrophic ground cover collapse,’ so it’s always important to ask questions so you know exactly what’s covered.” Lewis notes that after the law changed and mandated that all companies must offer ‘catastrophic ground cover collapse,’ many stopped offering ‘sinkhole’ endorsements. Some companies are reluctant to write policies in certain areas where sinkhole activity has taken place. Any time you are shopping for a home, do research and find out if that area has had prior sinkhole activity. Lewis says some parts of the county do seem more prone to sinkhole formation. A seller is required by Florida statutes to inform the buyer if a sinkhole claim was ever made against the property. “The buyer’s insurance company will require the engineering report showing that everything was fixed,”
At present, Florida has no government agency tasked with inspecting sinkholes. A geologist or professional geotechnical engineering consultant can conduct tests using ground-penetrating radar, boring, probes and electrical resistance in an effort to identify underground cavities that might eventually collapse. However, such testing is costly and not always definitive. “We’re trying to come up with some way to predict sinkholes, but, unfortunately, we are still a ways off from being able to do this,” says Chopra. “We are doing studies at UCF right now to determine if there’s any signal from the ground before a sinkhole actually forms.” Should a sinkhole develop on your property, you, as the land owner, are responsible. If the hole is small, you may choose to leave it alone or fill it with clean soil/sand (nothing that can contaminate groundwater). If structures are at risk or involved, evaluation and repair may be covered by your insurance company, depending on your specific policy coverage. When all is said and done, the potential for sinkhole formation remains part of life in the Sunshine State. JUN ’18 ›
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Are you enjoying your TV dinner? Think again. Researchers have reconﬁrmed that ultra-processed food is likely to increase your chances of getting cancer by nearly 10 percent. This includes processed meat, canned soup, candy, soda and other foods high in calories, sodium and sugar. Marji McCullough from the American Cancer Society reasons that when people have a diet centered around processed food, they are consuming less healthy food that helps ward off cancer. What can you do? Limit your intake of processed food, and like Mama always said, “Eat your fruits and veggies!”
KNOW YOUR KNIVES MARVELOUS MARINADE SAV V Y SUBSTITUTIONS JUN ’18 ›
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Cut It Out
Equipping yourself with the proper kitchen knives is key to culinary success. › By Laurel Gillum
Paring knives are smaller and shorter than chef’s knives. Do you fancy your apples peeled and your mushrooms diced? A paring knife will come in handy for cutting up fruit and small vegetables as well as anything you may want to peel. NOVICE: Reo 3-Inch Paring Knife with Sheath, $5 INTERMEDIATE: Ginsu Koden 3.5-Inch Paring Knife, $10 GURU: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Signature 4-Inch Parer, $20
This knife sports a long, thin blade with a jagged edge to make it easier to cut through softer food. Most people use a serrated knife to slice bread, making this knife the best thing since before sliced bread— talk about a kitchen essential. Other uses include slicing tomatoes, melon and cake. NOVICE: OXO Good Grips 8-Inch Bread Knife, $10 INTERMEDIATE: Wusthof PRO 11-Inch Serrated Slicing Knife, $50 GURU: Viking Professional 8.5-Inch Bread Knife, $110
The knife of a carnivore’s dreams, this knife typically has a long, thin blade with a sharp tip, ranging from 8 to 16 inches in length. Carving knives are perfect for slicing through large meats. NOVICE: OXO Good Grips 8-Inch Carving Knife, $10 INTERMEDIATE: Cuisinart Electric Knife, $43 GURU: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro 8-Inch Carver, $120
Have you ever watched the Food Network? If so, this is the knife Emeril Lagasse uses to crush the garlic clove right before he yells “BAM!” Less cultured foodies would recognize this knife from its large, smooth blade, often used for chopping vegetables, most types of meat prep and just about anything else you need to slice and dice. NOVICE: Ginsu Koden 6-Inch Chef Knife in Silver, $10 INTERMEDIATE: Michael Symon 9-Inch Chef’s Knife, $52 GURU: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro 8-Inch Chef Knife, $160
If something smells fishy, chances are there is a filleting knife laying nearby. Fillet knives have thin, sharp, flexible blades 4 to 10 inches in length. They are ideal for various seafood dishes and grilled fish. NOVICE: BergHOFF ProSafe 5-Inch Fillet Knife, $11 INTERMEDIATE: Wusthof 8-Inch Flexible Fillet Knife, $30 GURU: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Pro 7-Inch Fillet Knife, $110
A dull knife is a safety hazard and can cause any chef to lose control of the blade. Keep a sharpening stick or stone close at hand. The same utensil will work with an array of knives. NOVICE: KitchenIQ 9-Inch Sharpening Steel, $10 INTERMEDIATE: Chef ’sChoice Diamond Hone Hybrid 220 Knife Sharpener, $40 GURU: Chef ’sChoice Hybrid AngleSelect Diamond Hone M290 Knife Sharpener, $100
Sources: bedbathandbeyond.com, thekitchn.com
Whether you’re slicing an avocado for toast or carving a honey-baked ham, knowing and using the proper knife is critical for kitchen safety.
Find Your Unbridled Culinary Spirit at the Hilton Ocala’s Market Kitchen & Bar
› DINING GUIDE Florida-raised meats obtained through local purveyor Florida Fresh Meat Company and farmers who use humane practices, including free-range chickens and cage-free eggs. Whether you’re craving a steak, such as the fire-roasted New York strip with balsamic black onion house-made demiglace, or a meatless option, the menu offers a wide variety. Many restaurants feature a grilled cheese sandwich, but none like Chef ’s White’s “Say Cheese Crunch.” Fresh gouda (from local Cypress Point Creamery) and fontina cheeses nestle between slices of Texas toast, which
The recent multi-million-dollar renovation at Hilton Ocala touched every aspect of the establishment. You’ll see—and taste—the diﬀerence at its new gastropub, Market Kitchen & Bar.
featuring fresh-squeezed juices, homemade simple syrups and herbs plucked right from the Chef’s Garden. Best sellers include the Unbridled Spirit, a vodka cocktail prepared with strawberry purée and garden-fresh basil. Let the staff know if you’re celebrating a special occasion. “Life has few enough of these moments, so if we know about it, we always try to personalize a special occasion to make it as memorable as possible,” notes Jennifer Dahler, director of marketing for Hilton Ocala.
ettle into your table in the sunken lobby dining and bar area, which has an upscale, cosmopolitan atmosphere but decidedly down-home, friendly service. Then browse the menu, which features Chef Randal White’s unique culinary approach. Chef White has been perfecting his craft for more than three decades, and 15 of those years have been with Hilton Ocala. “Our aim is to promote locally sourced food and healthy, fresh farm-to-table dining options,” says Chef White, a fifth-generation Floridian. Chef White likes to use ingredients that travel the shortest distance to his kitchen, including
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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala › (352) 237-3151 › tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Tony’s Sushi has a family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections.
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Soak It Up
The best things in life take time. This includes proteins seasoned to perfection. Here are the do’s and don’ts of proper meat marinating. › By Laurel Gillum
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using too much salt or acid when mixing marinade. You should take into consideration that salt pulls moisture from meat, leaving it dry and tough. Because acid contains enzymes that break down meat into mush, acid-based ingredients should also be used in moderation and for shorter soaking periods.
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properly balance the ingredients you marinade with. There are no rules against ingredients such as garlic, herbs and spices. In these cases, we say the more the merrier!
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› Patience is a virtue. Most
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marinades work best when the protein is soaked in the refrigerator overnight. If you forget this important step the day before, soak the meat at room temperature for an hour the day of. The longer you marinade your protein, the stronger the ﬂavor of the meat will be.
› Be wary of cross-contamination.
Ready to try your hand at the art of marinating? Here are some combinations to get you started.
Do not use the same marinade that you used to soak raw meat in for a baste during cooking. After you prepare your marinade, split it into two batches—one for the pre-soak and the other for basting.
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cup soy sauce cup olive oil cup fresh lemon juice cup Worcestershire sauce tablespoons garlic powder tablespoons dried basil tablespoons dried parsley ﬂakes teaspoon ground white pepper
Sources: bonappetit.com, allrecipes.com
Whether you plan to spice up your grandma’s bland chicken recipe or compete with your dad’s famed steak marinade, there are a few rules you should consider before stepping into the kitchen.
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Traditionally Crafted Cuisine El Rey’s Tacos brings Mexican food steeped in tradition to the local food truck scene.
aul and Rachel Reyes recently opened their own taco truck to share authentic and traditional family dishes. “I was inspired to open El Rey’s Tacos due to my childhood. I come from a tight-knit hispanic community where every weekend was a celebration,” Raul says. Carne asadas were a staple of Raul’s childhood, and all of El Rey’s Tacos’ recipes come from Raul’s family, along with a few that are Raul’s own concepts. The pollo en salsa de tamarindo, frĳoles puercos and birria are a few of the unique dishes they offer, as well as the traditional carne asadas Raul grew up with. “I am very passionate about my business because I want to make everyone feel how I did as a child sampling new dishes from my home country,” Raul says. El Rey’s Tacos caters private and large events for the Ocala and Orlando area, and they also offer delivery around Ocala. Their most notable event is the Kings Equine BBQ held at Ocala Breeders’ Sales during March and April.
Don’t forget their free doggie sundaes and baby cones for children under 40 inches. Banana Thursdays: Bring your own banana and get 1/2 price on a banana split!
“Our goal at El Rey’s Tacos is to have our guests exclaim, ‘I’ve never had that before!’’ Raul says.
In addition to the unique and traditional food offerings, El Rey’s Tacos also provides its own spin on tacos, burritos, quesadillas and sandwiches—all the staples needed for Taco Tuesdays or any day that you’re craving authentic, Mexicanstyle cuisine. Raul and Rachel also plan to host group events at their location, including yoga classes, private events, club gatherings, parties and more. Find El Rey’s Tacos on Facebook for updates and more information.
El Rey’s Tacos › 4514 SW 80th Ave., Ocala › (352) 484-4218 elreystacos.com › Mon-Sat 10am-7pm
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream 2707 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 622-2110 › brusters.com Sun-Thur 12p-10p, Fri-Sat 12p-11p You scream ice cream, we scream Bruster’s. More than just any ol’ ice cream parlor, Bruster’s knows how to satisfy the needs of any ice cream lover. Their large variety of premium flavors and desserts is made right in the store where they are served, including crunchy handmade waffle cones, customized sundaes, candyfilled blasts, thick milkshakes, frozen yogurts and no-sugar added flavors. If you really want to crank up a party, Bruster’s will bring their scrumptious sweets to you. Sweeten your next big day with Bruster’s, and choose from endless flavors such as Black Raspberry, Butter Pecan and Peach Melba.
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Upgrade Your Grilling Game The days are getting longer and hotter, and you’re itching to head outside to kick off grilling season. After a few weeks of eating the same boring burgers and hot dogs, you’re looking for something a little more exciting— and so are your guests. These recipes can help take your grilling skills to the next level and make your next party something to brag about. When people come over for Buffalo chicken, they expect authentic flavor, so give the people what they want by making Buffalo chicken sandwiches with Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce. Now that you’ve proved your grilling chops, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Every party has a few tough critics, so it’s important to make something impressive and delicious that appeals to a different palate. Enter: sweet chili ribs. Start with two full racks of pork spareribs, and then load them up with Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, garlic and ginger, making sure to spread that mixture all over the ribs. For more grilling tips and recipes, visit franksredhot.com/recipes.
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boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (if thick, cut horizontally into two even pieces) bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s RedHot Buﬀalo Wings Sauce, divided cup blue cheese or ranch dressing hard rolls, split cup blue cheese crumbles lettuce leaves (optional) tomato slices (optional) red onion rings (optional)
Marinate chicken in 6 ounces Buﬀalo wings sauce for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours. › Mix remainder of Buffalo wings sauce and dressing together. › Keep refrigerated until ready to use. › Grill chicken 12 minutes, turning once, or until no longer pink in center. › Place 2 tablespoons of mixed sauce on each roll half. Place chicken on top of roll half, and top with 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles. › Add lettuce, tomato and onion rings, if desired. › Top with second roll half. › Repeat for remaining sandwiches.
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full racks pork spareribs, trimmed (about 6 pounds) tablespoons fresh ginger, minced cloves garlic, minced bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, divided
Heat grill to 250°F, and prepare for indirect cooking. › Spread ribs with ginger and garlic. › Place ribs on rib rack or in foil pan. › Cook on covered grill 2 hours. › Spread 6 ounces sweet chili sauce evenly over ribs then cook another hour, until tender. › Baste ribs with remaining sweet chili sauce during last 15 minutes of cooking. › If desired, at end of cooking time grill ribs over direct heat to char slightly.
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El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala › (352) 694-1401 › 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala › (352) 291-2121 › 7 Days 11a-11p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Mondays, $5.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $5.45; Quesadillas on Wednesdays, $7.95; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $6.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $5.25. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $10.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $8.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $9.95; and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $9.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy $1.95 children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).
Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille 24 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala › (352) 840-0900 › hookedonharrys.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p › Fri & Sat 11a-11p › Sun 11a-9p Located in the heart of downtown Ocala, Harry’s offers traditional Louisiana favorites like Shrimp and Scallop Orleans, Crawfish Etouffée, Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Blackened Red Fish and Louisiana Gumbo. Other favorites, like French Baked Scallops and Bourbon Street Salmon, are complemented with grilled steaks, chicken, burgers, po’ boy sandwiches and salads. Their full bar features Harry’s Signature Cocktails, such as the Harry’s Hurricane, Bayou Bloody Mary or the Cool Goose Martini. They also feature wines by the glass and a wide selection of imported, domestic and craft beer. Harry’s Ultimate Fish & Chips (pictured) available June 1st - July 31st.
Sky Fine Dining 3600 SW 38th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34474 › (352) 291-0000 ocalasky.com Mon- Thu 5-10p › Fri & Sat 5-11p Sky Fine Dining restaurant located on the sixth floor of the Holiday Inn & Suites in Ocala. The eclectic gourmet cuisine and steak house concept is inspired from current trends and classic dishes like fresh-cut steaks, live Maine lobster, rack of lamb and fresh seafood, such as sea bass, lobster, salmon and shrimp. Sky Fine Dining is the place to be for a one-of-a-kind, fine-dining experience.
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Ivy on the Square 53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala › (352) 622-5550 Sun & Tue 11a-2p › Wed & Thu 11a-8p › Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p › Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston › (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p › ivyhouseﬂ.com
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New Location. Fresh Ambiance. More Great Food. Ivy on the Square is excited to announce its new location on the downtown square! The Ivy House Restaurant will now be called “Ivy on the Square.” They have renovated a beautiful downtown location and offer the same great food with many new dishes that are sure to become favorites. Enjoy their new dessert bar, cocktail bar and their new posh boutique across from the restaurant. Ivy on the Square still offers catering and invites parties to host events at their new location.
Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview › (352) 347-3100 › pastafaire.com Mon-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-9p Win everyone over with dinner this week from Pasta Faire! For more than 20 years, Pasta Faire has been serving up the very best Italian cuisine in Marion County. We’re the proud winner of Taste of Ocala’s “Best Presentation” award two years running and do everything we can to make your experience unforgettable. Come in and enjoy our delectable homemade lasagna, Seafood Lovers Delight, Pesce Fresco, Blackened Chicken Pasta or a specialty pizza or calzone, or build your own pasta bowl—there’s something for everyone! Eat in or carry out, Pasta Faire is the place in Belleview for an unbeatable meal. It’s so good, you’ll think you’ve left the Florida peninsula for the Italian one! Come see for yourself.
Blue Highway Pizza 2130 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala › (352) 629-5555 bluehighwaypizza.com › Sun-Sat 11:30a-9p Spring has sprung, and we’re celebrating the season with all the fresh, local ingredients we can get our hands on. Taste the difference in our small plates, salads or specialty pizzas. Blue Highway is a special place to get great food and attentive service in a fun, funky and relaxed atmosphere. We take pride in our culinary culture, serving the highest quality, fresh, local and expertly prepared food—pizza, pasta, paninis and everything in between. Visit us at bluehighwaypizza.com for fabulous daily specials. Come enjoy our pizza-of-the-month, “Bianca”, a delicious pizza with ricotta and fontina cheeses, sliced mozzarella cheese, roasted garlic and fresh plum tomatoes.
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creditors are closing in. All that changes when he takes on a particularly intuitive and charming new assistant. The series has plenty of twists and turns to keep viewers guessing.
C.B. Strike June 1, 10pm, Cinemax This British detective series was adapted from the Strike crime novels by J.K. Rowling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. There is no Harry Potter-style alchemy in the series, but the chemistry between the co-stars is somewhat magical in a mismatched yet made-for-eachother sort of way. The series follows the adventures of Cormoran Strike, a grumpy and grizzled disabled veteran and a selfdestructive PI. His business is suffering under his own bad behavior, and his
Dietland June 4, 9pm, AMC
They call it a revenge fantasy, but this dark “dramedy” is a lot of laughs. Joy Nash, who you probably don’t know from her couple of guest spots on shows like The Mindy Project or Twin Peaks, is having her star-making moment as Plum Kettle. Plum is a frustrated plus-size, ghostwriter working for the icy editor of the country’s biggest beauty magazine. If you’re thinking Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada, get ready for a younger, kinkier devil, clad in some much edgier couture, played with wicked abandon by Julianna
Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter pick up where the boys left off in the action adventure Ocean’s 8, as Debbie Ocean and her partners attempt to pull off a heist at the Met Gala.
Margulies. Worlds apart, yet begrudgingly intertwined, what the two women have in common is years of being demeaned, harassed and screwed over by men. You can just smell the plot twist, can’t you? When Plum sets out to improve herself, she somehow falls in with a group of radical women hellbent on punishing rapists and harassers. Maybe it’s a sign of the times or just extraordinary timing, but the cultural backlash against men who abuse women was bound to inspire some great entertainment.
Yellowstone June 20, 9pm, Paramount Network Kevin Costner stars in this drama series about the embattled owner of the largest contiguous ranch in the United States. As John Dutton, Costner is in conflict with enemies at every border, from greedy land developers and the leadership of an Indian tribe that once owned the land to America’s first national park. However, it is as much a family drama as it is a story of a new frontier. With a stellar cast including Wes Bentley, Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser, Dave Annable, Josh Lucas, Gretchen Mol and Jill Hennessey, there are no shortage of powerful performances.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom June 22
Four years after the dinosaurs overran Jurassic World theme park, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) return to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from an extinction-level event, as the island’s volcano erupts around them.
Gotti June 15
John Travolta takes on the role of legendary mobster John Gotti who was head of the largest and most powerful crime organization in North America. The story, which is told through the eyes of his son, John Gotti, Jr., explores Gotti’s rise to power and fall within the mob.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Keep It Local about gospel brunch. The 2018 winner will fly to Memphis to represent Central Florida in the annual Ultimate Elvis Contest Festival.
Great Summer Reads Tangerine by Christine Mangan Fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train will delight in this twisty debut novel— though it owes as much to The Talented Mr. Ripley and Single White Female as the aforementioned novels. Set in 1950s Morocco, this psychological thriller is both suspenseful and offers a beautifully rendered vision into the period and the book’s exotic locale.
Sunburn By Laura Lippman
Blue Star Museums Through September 3, Nationwide, arts.gov/bluestarmuseums Ultimate Elvis Contest Festival June 29-July 1, Mount Dora Community Building Theater, 520 N Baker St., Mt Dora, cflultimateelviscontest.com
Spend the weekend with Elvis. Last year’s local winners of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, Michael Cullipher and Cote Deonath, will present a concert, backed by a big band, on Friday night and a new winner will be crowned on Saturday. Sunday is all
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Free admission to paid exhibits is available to all active duty U.S. military plus five family members. Some local participating museums include: Appleton Museum of Art in Ocala and the Florida Museum of Natural History and Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville.
New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman offers up classic noir with a twist in this pulpy psychological suspense novel. There’s a lot to learn about the central pair of lovers and their assorted others. With multiple narrators, doling out just enough backstory to keep you turning the pages, Lippman sets her characters on a cat-and-mouse game that turns deadly. Set in the 1990s (before a quick internet search could tell you everything you wanted to know about most anyone), the characters must ferret out the truth about each other the old-fashioned way. JUN ’18 ›
Downtown To Dos July 4 › Flag March, downtown Ocala, 10am
Amalie Arena, Tampa
The Beacham, Orlando
Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale Jun. 9
House of Blues, Orlando
Amalie Arena, Tampa
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa Jun. 23
Amway Center, Orlando
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Upcoming Events In The Villages June 6 › Jay and the Americans, Savannah Center June 7 › The Everly Set, Savannah Center June 13 › Original Legends: Buddy, Roy, Elvis, Savannah Center June 16 › 21st Anniversary Cruise-In Car Show, Spanish Springs June 20 › Phil Dirt and the Dozers, Savannah Center June 30 › Scooter’s Beach Party, Lake Sumter Landing July 21 › Christmas in July Cruise-In Car Show, Spanish Springs
Arts, Crafts and Culture Upcoming Exhibits At The Appleton › In Medieval to Metal:
The Art and Evolution of the Guitar, visitors will experience the art, history and cultural impact of the guitar. The exhibit runs through September 2. The Series of Cphace includes images that depict natural phenomena captured with a converted camera that records infrared waves of the electromagnetic light spectrum that are invisible to the naked eye. Runs through July 22. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Amway Center, Orlando
KC & the Sunshine Band
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
Steve Miller Band
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
Midﬂorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa
Inspired Speakers Series (June 10) › The Appleton Museum will host Bruce Swedien, a legend in the music business with 13 Grammy nominations and ﬁve wins, as part of the Inspired Speakers Series. The event will run 2-4pm, and admission is free for Appleton members and CF students and $10 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
Ocala Art Group Meeting (June 13) › The Ocala Art Group will host a presentation featuring Terry Luke as the featured speaker, focusing on the Dutch Post-Impressionist artist Vincent Willem van Gogh. Attendees are welcome to bring copies of Van Gogh paintings for further discussions. The meeting will take place at the Ocala Public Library in Conference Room B at 11am. theocalaartgroup.com. Art 101: Henna Hands (June 14) › This workshop will take place at the Appleton Museum and introduce the art of henna designs. The event runs 6-8:30pm. Guests over 21 may bring wine. Registration is $40 for members and $60 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291- 4455.
Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series (June 15- August 17) › This 10-week concert series will be held at Webb Field every Friday evening through August 17. Concerts begin at 6pm, will highlight a diﬀerent genre each week and will include food, dancing and family fun. Admission is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 629-2489. Smashing Pumpkins
Amalie Arena, Tampa
Cyndi Lauper & Rod Stewart
Amway Center, Orlando
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
River Rhythms at Silver Springs (June 22) › Silver Springs State Park will host an evening of live entertainment, including a drum circle. Guests are encouraged to bring a percussion instrument and participate. The event is free with park admission and runs 4pm to sundown the fourth Friday of every month. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. Continued on p.72
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Performing Arts Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group Theatre at Universal CityWalk, Orlando
Ocala Civic Theatre
Through Jun. 17
The Glass Menagerie
Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse, Mount Dora
Through Jun. 10
Red, White and OSO Blue (July 1) › The Ocala Symphony
Orchestra will perform its annual concert in honor of our country and those who serve. The concert will take place at the Reilly Arts Center at 3pm. Ticket prices start at $17 and are expected to sell out. reillyartscenter.com or (352) 351-1606.
Outdoor & Athletic Endeavors Group Bike Rides (Ongoing) › Brick City Bicycles oﬀers group bike
rides throughout the week and weekend. brickcitybicycles.com or (352) 369-9400.
Pack Walk (June 24) › In partnership with Marion County Animal Services, Silver Springs State Park will give volunteers the opportunity to walk dogs available for adoption through the park the fourth Sunday of the month at 10am. Dog walkers must be 16 years of age, but all are welcome to join the walk. silversprings.com or (352) 261-5840. Iggy’s Four on The Fourth (July 4) › This annual 4-mile run will take place at Veterans Memorial Park and wind through southeast Ocala. The event also features a 1-mile walk. Both events start at 7:30am. runsignup.com. Peter and the Starcatcher
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
The Sound of Music
The Straz Center, Tampa
Ocala Comedy Showcase
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
WindFM Rocks the Reilly: “Jaded” A Tribute to Aerosmith
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
The Studio Theatre - The Fantasticks: The World’s Longest Running Musical
The Sharon, The Villages
Jul. 1-Aug. 11
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
The Straz Center, Tampa
WindFM Rocks the Reilly: Deﬁnitive Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
Reilly Arts Center, Ocala
Other Fun Stuff! Ocala Health Events › A diabetes support group will be held
June 6, and a trauma seminar will take place June 8. A sciatica and back pain workshop will be held June 13. All programs will be held at the Senior Wellness Community Center in Ocala. Advanced registration is required. ocalahealthsystem.com or (800) 530-1188.
After Dark in the Park Movie Series (June 8) › Tuscawilla Park will host this family-friendly event with a showing of the ﬁlm Basquiat. Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase, and guests are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The event is free. ocalafl.org or (352) 368-5540. Ocala Comic Con (June 23-24) › This annual convention featuring numerous vendors, characters, activities and more will take place at the Hilton Ocala. The event is family friendly, and children under 10 will receive free admission. ocalacomiccon.com or the event’s Facebook page.
Summer Movies At The Marion Theatre
(Through August 2) › The Historic Marion Theatre will host a number of family-friendly movies on select days throughout the summer. Admission is $2 and includes a drink and popcorn. All ﬁlms begin at 10am. mariontheatre.org or (352) 629-6300.
Host Families Needed (June 27-August 18) › Educational Homestay
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Orlando
Into the Woods
Programs is currently recruiting families to house international students over the summer. Community service hours are available for teens, and the program oﬀers the opportunity for free music lessons. Spots are limited. ef.edu or (352) 857- 7521.
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Go Red For Women Paints Ocala Red › Written And Photographed By Ronald W. Wetherington
ver 240 people turned out for Marion County Go Red for Women. They painted the town red at the Circle Square Cultural Center, and this event to fight against heart disease in women included dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Chairwoman of the event Dr. Hima Mikkilineni states, “It was an honor to serve as the 2018 chair for the Go Red for Women event. The event raised over $140,000 to fight the leading killer of women and men: heart disease. Funds raised will be used to do research, help with local schools to learn CPR and how to use AEDs, along with education to teach people to lead healthier lives through diet and exercise. A special thanks to all the local sponsors and the executive leadership team who put the event together.” Paint the Town Red was a celebration for all the great work that Marion County did during heart month. Local businesses were highlighted for their important contributions. During the Open Your Heart Mission appeal, Patrick Plunkett was honored. The youth baseball player was hit in the chest by a line drive last year while pitching during a game. This caused his heart to stop
on impact. With the heroic efforts of bystanders who performed CPR, he survived. Patrick’s amazing story shows the significance of knowing CPR. Attendees at the gala also had the option to practice their CPR skills with dummies that gave digital feedback to those practicing. A special thanks to Gator CPR for attending and helping. The evening’s silent auction was a big success. There were great items for the guests to bid on, including a one-year membership to the newly renovated Country Club of Ocala, an official United States flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol Building on National Wear Red Day, a hand-crafted heart necklace designed by The Lady Jeweler of Ocala and many more items. Paint the Town Red was locally sponsored by CVI, DeLuca Toyota, MRMC, Central Florida Health, Chandra Smiles Design, DOCs of Ocala, Ocala Cardiovascular Anesthesia Associates and Signature Brands. Heart disease and stroke cause deaths in one out of three women, which is more than all cancers combined. Heart disease is known as the silent killer of women, and there are things you can do right now to ensure a healthier heart. First and foremost, stop smoking or help your family members or friends stop smoking. It is also crucial to monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol. Eating healthier is a winning strategy, too, as is losing weight and exercising at least a half an hour each day. Almost 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. It is critical to know the red flags of a heart attack. Now is the time to educate yourself on heart health and to make lifestyle changes if necessary.
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As president of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and Reilly Arts Center, Bill Nassal is a local legend. Internationally, the Nassal Company is the most prestigious fabricator for theme parks and other attractions. Invitations to his and his wife Cindy’s annual Kentucky Derby party at their showplace Stonecliﬀ Farm are coveted. Their guests cheered on favorite horses over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
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