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Grand architecture and design define this estate overlooking the 7 fairway and green. Foyer opens to a grand living room and adjoining formal dining room creating a perfect space for formal entertaining. Now for the bonus! The kitchen & surrounding areas are more of a social gathering space for family and friends with family dining, butler’s area, wine room and an elegant outdoor living area featuring a heated pool, summer kitchen, wrought iron fence with stone columns. The lanai offers covered seating and beautiful vistas of fairways and greens. The media room is close by for convenience. Master suite foyer opens to a sitting room with a dual fireplace shared by the master. Morning kitchen connects expansive bath, closet and adjoining room for library or office. Additional suite on first floor for family’s convenience. Second floor sports game room with terraced balcony overlooking pool and fairways, computer area and two suites. Porte-cochere connects the additional garage with half bath to the home. $1,292,000

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Publisher’s Note

ince I was young, I’ve dreamed of my Forever Home. The details of the interior were not clearly defined, but the architectural vibe was southern and quaint, with the quintessential front porch complete with rocking chairs. This dream home felt unattainable in South Florida, but when I moved to Ocala 11 years ago, I began to see that, here in Marion County, it could actually become a reality. I was drawn to simple, classic homes, and I’d watched enough HGTV to recognize The One when I saw it— even though it was going to need some work. I’ll never forget my husband’s incredulous “You want to live here?” reaction when he first saw it. But he didn’t initially see the possibilities I saw. I knew I could make this footprint into the dream home I envisioned.

Two years after moving into our fixer-upper, life has gotten in the way of my big renovation plans… which is probably for the best since the plans have evolved as we’ve settled in. The few projects we have done convinced me that HGTV must use stunt doubles, because “Go ahead, pick up a sledge hammer and hit the wall” is not as easy as they make it look.

When you start home renovations, there are the big decisions of what to restore and what to rip out. I loved talking about this with Melissa Townsend for the Small Changes, Big Impact article on page 52, as she was passionate about saving the elements of her home that were well made, practical or unique, if not downright kitschy, in order to honor the stories the house tells. Of course, sometimes there just isn’t a reason to save an outdated kitchen or beatup moldings when the renovation process can offer a home a whole new life with endless possibilities to make new memories.

As you’ll learn from homeowners Will and Michelle Futch, whose extensive renovation is featured in the Making A House A Home article on page 40, having the help of professional architects certainly makes the renovation decisions a tad easier. Theirs is a wonderful dream-come-true story of how they turned a 67-year-old house into the home they always wanted for their young family. As die-hard HGTV fans, we had fun putting together this home makeover issue and even sharing some of our own DIY home projects, which you’ll see on the following two pages. Do you have a home makeover story you’d like to share? We would love to hear about the home improvement projects you’re working on for future issues, so please consider sending us some before-and-after photos to help us with our mission of inspiring creativity and sharing an authentic representation of the city we love and call home.

Jennifer Hunt-Murty Publisher

July ‘19


Photo by Dave Miller

Fireplace Makeover


Using scrap wood and knowhow, my uncle built this mantle, fireplace surround and hearth from scratch. A photo from Pinterest was the inspiration for the final piece. To mimic a heavy railroad tie we built out the top mantel piece, aged it with chains and hammers, and then stained it a deep brown. To create a hearth where one didn’t exist before, we built up a small platform and then mounted a nice piece of stained wood. The final project was painted a neutral white. Kristy Taylor




Photo by Carlos Ramos

This pallet wall cost us about $25 in supplies. Over a few weeks we collected free pallets from businesses. The most time consuming part of the project was prying the pallets apart. Once that was done, a vigorous sanding was all that was needed to get the desired look. Next, we laid out the wood to determine the correct pattern. Then we painted the wall behind the pallets black so no white wall would show between the slats. The whole project, once we got started, took about two days. Karin Fabry-Cushenbery


DIY Pallet Wall


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People and events from around town.

A guide to our favorite happenings and can’t-miss events.





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HOME SWEET BARN I always chuckle when I hear the phrase, “Were you raised in a barn?”

A COMPETITIVE NATURE Ocala horsewoman Lori Olson doesn’t shy away from admitting she’s a competitive person.

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For the record. It’s a saying we often use. But what does it really mean?

Does anyone else get the message that every waking minute should be spent hustling?

Big smiles and a plate of good food can overcome any language barrier. Just ask Alejandrina Colon.

Gorgeous rosé is available in every hue and from all corners of the globe. Have you tried it yet?

Your guide to some of our area’s best eateries.

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In an ordinary guest room in her ordinary home in an ordinary Ocala neighborhood, artist Mel Fiorentino is creating the extraordinary.

Sometimes paintings have a deeper meaning than what immediately meets the eye.

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Animal and human health specialists agree that a pet-friendly workplace can be beneficial for both humans and animals.








Hoarding disorder is a true mental health condition and treatment is available.

Ocala Health is growing with Ocala to provide the best medical care to our community.

A pot or decorative container of beautiful flowers adds instant ambiance to any space.

It’s that big, blank wall that stands out for one reason or another and, let’s face it, needs a little attention.

Local contractor Angel Olwagen shares his recently finished home exterior update.

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William and Michelle Futch had renovations on their mind when they purchased their 1952 home just one block from Ocala’s historic district. The extent of those renovations, however, was yet to be determined.

Local Realtor Melissa Townsend and her husband, Jeremiah, shared some tips and lessons learned from a recent home remodel.

On Th e Co v e r

Remodeling and redecorating help us make a house a home. Zoe, a Maremma Sheepdog, shows the relaxed vibe created on this porch with just a few comfy, cozy updates. Photography by Isabelle Ramirez on location at Suzanne Rice Design & Consulting, LLC


A Summer Salad My favorite summer experience is easily attained under a shade tree at the lake watching the kids and dogs at play, with a summer salad and a cold glass of rosé. In the heat, I tend to avoid mayo-based pasta salads. I’ve been making this fresh, colorful version for years, and we never get tired of it. Hope your family enjoys it, too!

Tortelloni and Grilled Vegetable Salad Adapted from a Southern Living recipe by Marian Cairns 3 medium zucchini (about 3/4 lb.) 1 package (8 oz.) sweet mini bell peppers 1 package (20 oz.) refrigerated cheese and spinach tortelloni 1 cup torn fresh basil leaves Greek seasoning to taste

Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette: ½ cup fresh lemon juice 1 shallot, minced 1 cup olive oil ¼ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon whole grain Dijon mustard Salt and pepper to taste

Step 1: Make the vinaigrette and store it in the fridge while you build the rest of the salad. Stir together lemon juice and minced shallot, and let it sit for 5 minutes. › Whisk in olive oil, parsley, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. This dressing can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Step 2: Cut zucchinis in half lengthwise. › Trim and seed mini bell peppers. › Toss vegetables in vegetable oil and sprinkle with a little Greek seasoning. › Grill vegetables 4 minutes on each side or until tender (but not too soft). › Let vegetables cool, approximately 5 minutes. › Chop into bite-sized pieces. Tip: I use my cast iron grill pan on the stove for grilling the veggies, but you could also use a regular grill. Step 3: Prepare tortelloni according to package directions. › Toss together warm tortelloni, grilled vegetables and 1/2 cup vinaigrette. › Sprinkle with torn basil leaves just before serving. › Serve warm, room temperature or chilled.

Photo by John Jernigan

July ‘19


Cancer. Family.




hy would the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute differ so much from any other cancer practice? Because you become...our family. And together, impossible cures have been achieved for greater than three decades.

In addition, we recognize our valued medical resources from both local providers as well as academic centers. Every detail is examined and weighed. How is cancer care given? More than half of all patients require radiation at some point. Treatment at the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute is often given five days a week, sometimes twice daily, for several weeks. This schedule encourages recovery of healthy cells as the cancer dies.

Chemotherapy or immunotherapy delivered by medical oncologists occurs every two or three weeks, seldom more often. The idea of all care in one building is meaningless and misdirects our focus because the frequency of visits for each specialty differs. Excellent medical oncologists are available in Ocala, but this is why treatment can be combined when some elect chemotherapy at academic institutions in Gainesville, Orlando, Jacksonville, and

Tampa while radiation is seamlessly provided by our practice. The National Cancer Institute’s definition of a “comprehensive cancer center” never implies radiation and chemotherapy need to be delivered close to each other. The emphasis on structural closeness detracts from the true mission of medical healing. Delivery of all treatment within a single facility misleads one to expect communication. Not so. And medical studies

don’t require one physical location for enrollment in a treatment trial. Could medical oncologists be employed within our institute? Yes, of course! And we are asked constantly to provide an in-house resource. But at this time, we defer. Our ultimate effort will always remain with you. You see, cancer specialists have different areas of expertise. There are seven radiation physicians in our practice. By the same token, to exclude outstanding medical oncology

physicians would deny you a critical choice. The right team optimizes results... and peace of mind. We remain committed to both medical and emotional needs. For a cure, “one size” fits no one. Instead, your unique medical team becomes personalized, interacting constantly. Working closely with your primary provider, cost-sensitive medical judgment is reinforced. As research has proven, onelocation cancer facilities can encourage internal financial incentives to go unchecked, and increase your expense. 100 percent of the Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute facilities remain the only designated American College of Radiology private practice comprehensive cancer centers in North Central Florida...for over two decades! Why is this accreditation so important compared to any other national cancer board? Because protecting your health and safety demand strict national guidelines. Cutting corners on personnel or sophistication to reduce overhead is a

dear price to pay when you become the victim. Only by maintaining the highest standards is this accreditation earned. Academic centers demand it. All insurance providers recognize ACR accreditation to be the ultimate standard of care. As expected, technically intense options of stereotactic-body radiation therapy (SBRT), internal applications known as brachytherapy, intravenously administered radio-pharmaceuticals, and stereotactic radio-surgery (SRS) are administered in our facilities every day. The confines of a building don’t stop our staff from making house calls. Recall how many times you have experienced that level of concern in the last 50 years. The Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute is named after a best friend lost at a young age to cancer. His memory strengthens our sincere commitment to you, rather than an outside corporate influence emotionally deaf to your needs. You will NEVER be treated like a number, rather than

a name. Our practice avoids a thoughtless line of waiting that stretches like a train. Where treated should always remain your choice: without exception! When it comes to radiation, demand us! There is no substitute. And care is never denied because of finances. Please keep this article, refer to it, and check your insurance: you will find us there. Review our credentials: on-line website, with friends,

in person. In this area of Florida, you already know someone who has experienced our care first hand. We welcome you to come by, say hello, and meet our staff: to sense the comfortable difference. It will truly feel like home. Because if you ever need us, you will want our practice to be...your home. The Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute: a higher standard of care.

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The Social Scene Philanthropic adventure junkies had a blast raising money for Marion Cultural Alliance by going Over The Edge. Photo by Dave Miller

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aturday, May 18, the Marion Cultural Alliance partnered with Over the Edge to host the inaugural Over the Edge Ocala event. Adventurous individuals and teams raised funds for a chance to rappel down 105 feet from the top of the new Springhill Suites by Marriott. The event took appreciation and acknowledgment for the arts to new heights by raising $66,635.

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n March 11 local skaters had the opportunity to be the first in the newly constructed Ocala Skate Park. We partnered with the City of Ocala’s Recreation and Parks to help raise funds for kids to participate. We want to give a huge thank you to the sponsors who raised $1,000 to support these young skaters: Webster University Ocala Campus, Raney’s, Inc., Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, The Canyons Zip Line and Adventure Park, Magnolia Media Co. and Carts & Clubs, Inc.

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Back Row, Rebecca Thornhill, Julia Barr Front Row, Remy Barr, Ariana Barr Back row, Cynthia Robins, Tammie Wright, Debbie Martinelli, Niki Ward, Marcy Cornell, Sophie Moore, Beth Moore, Katie Hurse, Sally Rowland. Front Row, Shaye Wright, Shaelynn Ward, Ellen Dyck, Kristy Rowland, Anna Clay Rowland

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Symphony Under the Stars OCAL A GOLF COURSE Photos By MEAGAN GUMPERT

Mikayla Romo, Jennifer McKathan


Belleview High School AFJROTC Color Guard

ine Arts For Ocala is calling this year’s Symphony Under the Stars the best ever. With picture-perfect weather, the beautiful music of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, a stunning fireworks display and more food and family fun this year, Ocala’s favorite Mother’s Day event on May 12 raised funds for FAFO’s Ocala Art Festival.

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aturday, May 18, Ocala Style Magazine hosted its annual Women’s Expo, an event for women that fosters empowerment and inspires women to pursue their passions. Sponsored by Dillard’s, Ocala Health and Bass Pro Shops, the expo included vendors, food sampling, speakers and hands-on demos and raised over $1,600 for the PACE Center for Girls.

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Editors’ Picks A guide to our favorite monthly happenings and can’t-miss events. Written & Compiled By LISA MCGINNES

Red, White and OSO Blue: A Salute to Independence Reilly Arts Center July 4 | 3pm Celebrate the 4th of July with the Ocala Symphony Orchestra and Chorus as they provide a tribute to our independence and all things patriotic. This annual special event always sells out, so reserve your seat in advance. www.reillyartscenter.org

Levitt AMP Music Series Webb Field Every Friday through August 2 The third Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series will once again take place at the Martin Luther King Jr Recreational Complex’s Webb Field from 6-9pm. Presented by the Marion Cultural Alliance, this year’s lineup includes genres such as blues, jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, classical, Latin and R&B. Each event will also feature food trucks and vendors, craft and nonprofit booths, and beer and wine for sale. Each concert spotlights a local nonprofit organization. Headlining Acts: July 5 – The Foxies with opening act GUTS, July 12 – Mr. Sipp with opening act Sheba, the Mississippi Queen; July 19 – PJ Morton with opening act Mwiza, July 26 – Empire Strikes Brass with opening act The Greg Snider Quartet. www.concerts.levittamp/ocala

Museum Day God & Country Day Golden Ocala July 4 | 2pm-Dark This year will be the 50th annual God and Country Day festival by the JCI Ocala Jaycees. Activities begin at 2pm and include old-fashioned kids’ games, train rides, inflatable water slides, bounce houses and more. Visit the arts and crafts expo and grab a bite to eat from the food vendors. When night falls, stay for the impressive fireworks display put on by Skylighters of Florida. There is a parking fee of $5. The festival will be held on Golden Ocala Property at 7340 US-27 in Ocala. www.godandcountryday.com 24


Appleton Museum of Art July 6 | 10am-5pm All ages are invited to enjoy the permanent art collection, special exhibitions and ARTSpace with free admission all day. The education department will host an open house where visitors can see art-making studio demonstrations and plein art painting in the courtyard, meet the staff and teachers, and create their own art. www.appletonmuseum.org

Lil’ LEAF Series Sholom Park July 9 | 10-11:30am Children ages 4-10 can learn about, explore, appreciate and focus on Florida’s birds, reptiles and bugs with a lineup of guest speakers for an educational show and tell, interactive nature walk through the park and story time presented by Marion County Public Library. The event is free and open to the public but requires advance registration. For more information, contact Christina Shearer at christina_shearer@otowfl. com or (352) 873-0848, ext. 7371. www.sholompark.org

Summer Shorts: Fort King Environmental Days Fort King July 11, 18, 25 | 10am-12noon Kids aged 5 to 15 are invited to experience various aspects of nature and outdoor life throughout the summer. July 11, the topic is pond life. July 18 is art in nature, and July 25 is discover hiking. For details on each of the topics and a description of the activities that will take place, visit www.ocalafl.org or call (352) 368-5535.


John & Jen Reilly Arts Center July 12 at 7:30pm | July 13 at 3pm Insomniac Theatre presents this show brimming with intelligence and beautiful melodies, set against the background of a changing America between 1950 and 1990. This is the story of Jen and her relationships with the two Johns in her life: her younger brother and his namesake, the son who is trying to find his way in a confusing world. John & Jen is a musical about connections, commitments and the healing of the human heart. www.reillyartscenter.com


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City of Ocala Adult Softball Leagues Ocala Regional Sportsplex Tuesdays beginning mid-July Participants are required to bring their own equipment and will play up to 30 games during the season. Games take place on Tuesdays from 6:30-9:30pm through mid-September at the Sportsplex at 3500 SW 67th Avenue Road. There is a co-ed league and a 50 and over men’s league. For more information, call (352) 358-5517. www.ocalafl.org/recpark

Art in the Attic Brick City Center for the Arts July 26-27 | 8am-4pm Marion Cultural Alliance’s annual #yARTSale is a creative spin on the traditional yard sale. Collectors and artists donate artworks including paintings, prints, drawings and photographs, which are sold to the public tag sale-style. This fundraising event also offers a VIP champagne sip and shop presale on Thursday, July 25. (352) 369-1500 or www.mcaocala.com

Crystal River Scallop Festival Kings Bay Park, Crystal River July 27-28 Family-friendly activities will include a karaoke competition, water balloon contest, live music, rock climbing wall, face painting, bounce houses and water slides, and the Miss/ Mr. Kings Bay pageant. Beer and wine sale proceeds benefit Citrus County Blessings “Silencing Weekend Hunger” outreach. www.crystalriverscallopfestival.com

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Prosecutor: Do you see the person who committed the crime here in the courtroom? Witness: Yes. Prosecutor: Will you please point to him and identify an article of clothing he is wearing? Witness: He is seated right there and is wearing the blue shirt with the red tie. Prosecutor: Your Honor, if the record will reflect the witness has identified the defendant. Judge: So noted. The purpose of this exchange is to clarify—for the record—that the witness has identified the defendant. During a recent criminal trial, a critical issue was the distance between the witness and the person he saw 26


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or the record. It’s a saying often used when someone really wants to emphasize something in normal conversation. But this three-word statement does beg the question… What is “the record?” According to Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.535(a)(6), the “official record” means the transcript, which is the written or electronically stored record of court proceedings and depositions. So why do lawyers often clarify answers or statements “for the record?” The most obvious reason is to provide a verbal explanation of things seen but not necessarily captured in spoken words, during court proceedings. One of the key elements in a criminal case that must be proven by the prosecution is the identity of the defendant as the person who committed the crime. In almost every criminal case, there will come a time when the prosecutor will have an exchange with a witness similar to this:

running from a crime scene. When asked about this issue, the witness testified he was “about as far as from here to that table.” Everyone in the courtroom could easily see how far the witness was from the table he pointed to when answering this question. But a written transcript of the testimony would fail to provide the reader with this information. This is why the attorney asked a follow-up question of, “For the record, would you say the table is approximately 20 feet from you?” The witness responded with “yes,” and the record now contained the additional information regarding the witness’s testimony. There are occasions when attorneys and the judge agree to conduct proceedings and trials off the record. In civil cases, court reporting is not provided by the court, and it is the burden of the parties to secure a court reporter (at their expense) to prepare a record of the proceedings. Failure to do so may prove fatal to any appeal taken by a party who disagrees with the final judgment entered in their case. In Haist v. Scarp, 366 So.2d 402 (Fla. 1978), the Florida Supreme Court addressed this issue by holding it is the duty of the parties to a lawsuit to properly establish and preserve a record on appeal. The court further commented that when the parties make the conscious decision not to provide a court reporter, it is they who must suffer the consequences. It is the goal of every trial judge to make correct decisions based upon the facts and the law. But, when a party takes issue with a ruling or verdict in their case, having an accurate record of the proceedings is very appealing. Judge Steven G. Rogers currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.

Our Ocala Supercenter, which opened in December 2018, has over 600 RVs in stock and a friendly staff ready to assist you. From parts and service to sales and financing, we can help with every step of your ownership experience. Conveniently located off I-75, this store is just a short drive away from numerous resorts, theme parks, golf courses, beaches, and more.



In Defense Of Doing Nothing Written By KATIE MCPHERSON



ise and grind. Crush this day. Good things come to those who hustle. Wake up beauty, it’s time to beast. You can cry about it, or boss up and do something about it. Does anyone else get the message from Pinterest quotes that every waking minute should be spent working, grinding, hustling and striving? Perhaps you prefer to crush the day, kill the game or smash your goals. However you phrase it, it seems like if you’re not hustling, and violently, you’re wasting your time. Millennial burnout has been a hot topic lately, first described by Buzzfeed writer Anne Petersen as doing so much work on top of normal life tasks—exercising, paying bills, making meals—that she became paralyzed to do basic errands. But I don’t think this burnout phenomenon is unique to millennials; it’s just part of being human. Everyone at every age has the potential to be burned out by their lives, even if they love their families, friends and work. Things like mailing a package or registering to vote sometimes get put off for weeks or months because I just can’t imagine adding one more thing to my day. But where we learn the bad habits of burning ourselves out may depend on generational differences. For many of us millennials, we learned the burnout cycle in high



school. We had to take as many college classes as possible, get our GPA and test scores up and participate in multiple extracurriculars to even get accepted into well-ranked colleges. (I’m a proud Gator alumna, but I don’t think I’d get in if I applied today; the admissions process has only become more competitive.) Then the fight for graduation and internships is on. By the time we actually land a job, this “do the most” mentality is pretty much ingrained. I, for one, have worked a full-time job while writing freelance on the side, taking online certification courses, looking to buy a home and balancing a long-distance relationship. I thought because I could do it all, I should do it all. Worse, I ignored my instincts to back off myself because I thought, “Well, if I just hustle harder, I can have it all.” I got hustled by hustle culture. Millennials aren’t special when it comes to feeling burned out. So this summer, can we all promise to take our collective foot off the gas every once in a while and just be? To all the parents, successful career men and women, people who take time to volunteer and pretty much every human ever, be sure to take time to decompress and invest in yourself. I say those Pinterest quotes can shove it—time spent resting, connecting with others and truly doing nothing is spent just as wisely as trying to do it all.


Weddings Celebrating Ocala’s Newest Brides And Grooms

MARK & MANDIE MCRAE April 27, 2019 Photography by Maudie Lucas Venue: Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Their favorite memory: “When we first saw each other walking down the aisle, looking into each other’s eyes knowing how much love we had for one another and being “husband and wife till death do us part.”

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Silver River Community Bank A LOCAL BANK YOU CAN TRUST


ust a few miles from the natural beauty of the world-famous Silver Springs and the spring-fed Silver River, on Ocala’s historic downtown square, the new Silver River Community Bank is about to become a hub of local business. Locally owned, operated, directed and staffed, this true community bank will be in a unique position to meet the needs of local small- and medium-sized business owners when it opens in the coming weeks in the renovated three-story



building at the corner of SE 1st Avenue and Broadway. A full exterior facelift and the addition of a drive-through will modernize this convenient location while preserving the historic structure. “We believe our community deserves a bank that understands its needs and knows the market,” says President Adam Woods, who has 20 years of bank experience and has called Ocala home since 2003. He explains that both business and individual customers can be better served by “decision makers

they see at the grocery store, go to church with or serve with on the board of a local nonprofit.” Because, Woods says, no matter how high-tech banking becomes, “at its core banking is still truly a relationship business.” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Kurtz recognized Ocala’s need for a locally headquartered, true community bank as he watched 10 community banks close or sell out over the past decade. With the last of those selling to a large corporation last month, he says the time

has never been better to give Marion County residents and business owners a new option. And he should know—Kurtz has decades of banking experience and has worked in Marion County since 1992. “We have heard from the community and small businesses that they are not able to get the service they need in order to effectively keep their business growing,” Kurtz says. “They are wanting a new community bank to help them meet their needs with local decisions, local people and a local board. Ocala/Marion County has a growing local economy and low unemployment but can’t prosper without local banks. That’s why we have chosen to start Silver River Community Bank.”

High Tech, High Touch What’s more important in your bank—the latest innovations, like convenient digital banking, paperless statements and mobile deposits? Or personalized service, that gives you in-person access to your banker and great customer service from local employees who know you and have a long history of success in our community? You no longer have to choose high tech or high touch, because Silver River investment opportunities for individuals,” Community Bank is committed to offering Kurtz says, explaining that, after working a full range of competitive products for the past year to create Silver River while providing superior customer Community Bank, they are now approved service and high-tech, to raise capital from innovative solutions investors. The banking industry personalized to meet “We would be your banking needs. has gotten impersonal, happy to talk with you “We want to have about this investment and over time, the the feel of a local, opportunity,” Kurtz customer has become says, explaining small community bank with the power and that the minimum a transaction. We technology of the big investment is only don’t view people as banks,” Woods says. $5,000, which will transactions. At its “The banking industry enable many local has gotten impersonal, residents to participate core, banking is still and over time, the in the stock sale and about relationships. customer has become allow their investment a transaction. We to grow with the bank. -Adam Woods, President don’t view people as Larger investors can transactions. At its core, banking is still purchase up to $2 million in stock. about relationships.” “This is an opportunity for long-term return for owners who want to help grow Investment Opportunities the future of our community,” Kurtz says, Now Available adding that the deadline to purchase “I’m excited to share that we are offering stock is August 21 or before, since the

initial stock offerings will close once the first 2.1 million shares have been sold. These shares are now available on a firstcome, first-served basis. The complete offering circular and stock order form are available on the bank’s website, but, as is their custom, both Woods and Kurtz are happy to sit down with potential investors for an inperson meeting. “We love the chance to explain why Ocala businesses need an Ocala community bank,” Kurtz says with a smile. “We invite you to help us grow the best possible bank and change the course of banking in Marion County.” Silver River Community Bank Organizational office: 405 SE Osceola Avenue, Unit 209, Ocala Future bank address: 35 SE 1st Avenue, Ocala (352) 484-4990 www.silverriverbank.com

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time. The list of positives goes on. always chuckle when I hear the phrase, There are drawbacks, of course. Unless “Were you raised in a barn?” Truth be you have time to scrub down walls and told, I spent a lot of time in a horse barn floors and replace fresh bedding in stalls as a child so I guess it’s sort of true. As an very consistently, it can be a challenge to adult, though, I’ve been fortunate to live in keep your human and horse living spaces two different barn homes here in Marion as pristine as a detached County. The first I had house might be. You might built and renovated from Barn apartments have a noisy horse that the beginning, and the can be rustic or insists on clanging his second is my current home. modern, big or feed buckets all night or Having a barn home pawing at a metal stall is a serious personal small, upstairs or door. Additional flies decision, and for those of downstairs, but and bugs often come us bitten by the equine all are unique and with livestock housing, bug, that decision has lots though spray systems of benefits. Most obvious present all sorts do a fine job of misting is the joy of being in close of pros, cons and citronella or other sprays proximity to stabled compromises. to help alleviate this issue. horses. This makes for And odors, well yes, but awesome mornings when products are available to help eliminate this you can step right out of your bedroom and issue, too. Cleanliness is a challenge, but it feed horses in your jammies. At night, it’s convenient if a sick horse needs monitoring, can be achieved. Renovating a barn apartment or home or if a pregnant mare is nearing foaling



can be done and done well, as Dr. Richard Alker and his wife, Natalie, owners of Crown Thoroughbreds in Ocala, have proven. Their property, built in the 1980s with 14 stalls and a stallion breeding area, needed updating and renovations. “When we first looked at the property, we had a contractor come with us because some walls had to come down and there were quite a few projects,” Dr. Alker says. “After we made the decision to purchase and get started, we completely enclosed the garage to turn it into the master suite. We also tore a wall out and added a bathroom and an exterior door. And that was just the beginning. The couple went to work with new paint, demolition and design. Some of the most unique, custom items they chose for the interior are the tigerwood flooring installed to match the original exposed beams in the living area and a set of exquisite indoor barn doors separating their entry foyer from the kitchen. The doors, from Mohawk Flooring,


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COUNTRY are made of reclaimed wood from a distillery in New Zealand. Natalie Alker worked closely with the contractor and was hands-on with the project throughout the renovation. “You don’t know what you’re getting into until you get into it!” she laughs. “We knew what we wanted. There were times people would tell us our plans were going to be difficult to do, but we would find a way to do it.” Overall, the Alkers took a 1,300 squarefoot space and added 700 square feet, which included turning the original garage into a bedroom and adding a new bathroom. Later, they added 1,100 square feet of screened area around the side of their home plus a pool and small waterfall. “Lots of things you just have to tweak until you get them right,” says Natalie, adding that she loves their new extra-large, doorless walk-in shower. “I’ve always had to drive to where our horses were,” Natalie adds. “The convenience of being right by the horses is so nice. I enjoy sitting by the pool, looking in the back and seeing the horses. I also have the joy of seeing them from my bedroom window. “The novelty of this is different,” she continues. “I love it when people come in and I can say, ‘This is what used to be the barn aisleway’ and then they see how it all connects. And they say, ‘Oh, now I get it! You live in a barn!” The Alkers advise others to choose open-minded contractors you trust when considering a barn renovation. “You run into a lot of stuff you don’t expect, so you need someone with patience who can work through roadblocks that come with a special project like this,” Natalie says. Dr. Alker says although they completed the work, excluding the pool area, for $110,000, he recommends budgeting for about 25 percent more than you expect to spend on such a project. “I think we renovated this a lot more economically than if we were to build a house like this from scratch. There’s always an extra thing here or there, and there are still projects we want to complete in time,” he says. “But if this is something you’ve always dreamed of, make it happen.” Architect Rolando Sosa of Architect Studio in Ocala has designed several barn apartments and conversions and

notes that it’s important to pay attention to local and state building codes during any transformation. “If you are doing a building for agricultural purposes, you have a little more freedom with the building codes, but when you require a housing unit or mother-in-law apartment, it starts to dictate that you have more access to firewalls, water sources and more,” he says. “It can be less expensive just to do a renovation, because the roof is there, slab is there and all that. But you would have to do plumbing, air conditioning, heating, the whole ball of wax. So it can start to get cost prohibitive.” Suzanne Rice of Suzanne Rice Design Consultant, LLC in Ocala recently completed a barn conversion just south of Marion County. Her clients wanted to open up an unused space in the attic of the barn, adding insulation, a custom spiral staircase designed especially for the owner’s dog to climb, large glass double doors, an upstairs escape area, plus air conditioning, a wholehome generator and other comforts. The result is a small but lovely space that also includes a new pergola and fresh landscaping at the entrance.

“Owners love this because of all its conveniences of being close to the horses and knowing they are doing well,” Rice says. Before embarking on any renovation project, Rice encourages the homeowner to contact a reputable designer who can help visualize the best concepts for the space, plus help avoid pitfalls along the way. The bottom line? Barn apartments can be rustic or modern, big or small, upstairs or downstairs, but all are unique and present all sorts of pros, cons and compromises. If the pros win, who knows? You just might want to feed horses in your jammies, too.

Plan Ahead The Marion County Building Department recommends that you have a signed, engineered plan for any renovation project. Taking shortcuts to save a little money is hardly worth it if a hurricane or other disaster strikes. Want to do some of your own research on the latest code requirements? Check out the International Code Council at www.iccsafe.org.

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A Competitive Nature Written by JOANN GUIDRY Photography by ISABELLE RAMIREZ


cala horsewoman Lori Olson doesn’t shy away from admitting she’s a competitive person. And that’s particularly true when it comes to showing horses. “I like to say that I was born on a horse,” says Lori, whose parents raised quarter horses. “I began showing at a very early age and have always loved it. Horses and showing have been my passions all of my life.” Lori’s competitive nature paid off big time last year when she earned a national title from the American Ranch Horse Association. With her quarter horse mare, Retouched, Lori earned the ARHA award for 2018 High Point Amateur Halter Mare. To win the award, Lori and Retouched, who goes by her everyday name of Rita, collected points throughout the year in 12 shows spread out across Florida and Georgia. According to ARHA show criteria, halter horses are judged on type, conformation (how a horse is built), correctness and athletic ability with the allaround equine in mind. The horses are shown in leather halters with leather leads. The handler has to stand the horse for inspection, then walk and trot the horse for the judges. “I actually bought Rita in 2015 as a trail riding horse,” says Lori, who with her mother Julie attended the ARHA Annual Year-End Awards Banquet in Somerset, Kentucky on January 12. “It was my mom who suggested I show her in halter class. Rita is a very pretty bay roan mare and she shows very well.”



Lori, who has a master’s degree in business administration, also shows Jac Pine Pow Wow, aka Max, a 15-year-old palomino gelding. The duo shows in horsemanship, showmanship and trail, finishing in the top 15 nationally in each of those classes last year. Lori’s recent showing accomplishments are all the more remarkable given what happened in 1991. Complications during brain tumor surgery left Lori with limited movement on the right side of her body. While there were those who I’ve never thought doubted she’d even ride again, let alone show again, Lori knew she would. In of myself as a short time, she used a wooden ramp disabled, never to climb up on Buck’s Bar Five, her old retired mare. She was back in the saddle competed in the and, by 1995, she was back showing, too. disability classes. “Yes, it’s been different since the I’ve adapted and brain surgery. But I’ve never thought of myself as disabled, never competed trained my horses to in the disability classes. I’ve adapted adapt to me. and trained my horses to adapt to me,” says Lori, who with her mother, four horses and three dogs lives on Ocala-based Bar Five Farm. “And I love the camarderie of the ARHA. I’m still a very competitive person and I plan to be showing for a long time.”


to get an insurer to cover the costs. “To be truthful, this rule was set up for 14 days so insurance companies can get out of paying benefits. Many people who, even if they experience some symptoms at the scene of the accident, think in a couple days or weeks they’ll be OK. They go home

If they go immediately after the accident, get checked out and let the doctor see them, they’ve met the requirement of having a doctor see them within 14 days and they’re not going to lose their PIP benefits.

- Greg King Greg King, Jarrod King, Chris Polak



ar accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. The screeching tires, sudden impact and the scene of damaged cars can be overwhelming to victims. Many may not even realize they’ve been injured, and even fewer know that, after an auto collision, they’re on the clock. In Florida, the 14-day rule (Florida Statute 627.736) states that you must get medical care within 14 days if you’re injured in an accident, or your insurance company can deny your claim for medical benefits. That’s why Greg King, founding member and personal injury attorney at King Law Firm, says seeking medical

care immediately after an accident is crucial, whether or not you believe you’ve been injured. “If they go immediately after the accident, get checked out and let the doctor see them, they’ve met the requirement of having a doctor see them within 14 days and they’re not going to lose their PIP benefits,” he explains. “If they wait to see a doctor until they experience symptoms, they might miss that window and end up with no coverage.” If a person sustains injuries in a traffic accident but doesn’t get medical care within 14 days, there isn’t anything a lawyer can do

and treat themselves with over-the-counter medications and heating pads. Two weeks later when they’re not better, they go to the doctor, but because they did not seek treatment in 14 days, under the statute, insurers do not have to pay benefits, even if they’ve paid a premium for PIP coverage for years.” King says the best time to seek legal counsel after an accident, just like the best time to seek medical care, is right away. Speaking with an experienced attorney arms accident victims with all the knowledge they need to get the coverage they deserve. “People involved in an accident need to talk to a lawyer immediately to make sure they are doing everything they need to in order to get all of the insurance benefits they pay for from their own insurance company. Let the attorney explain to you what your rights are, what your duties are and what you need to do. For instance, they could explain the 14-day rule to you—most people simply don’t know about that.” King Law Firm › 2156 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › (352) 629-8747 › www.kinglawfirm.org

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Making A House



illiam and Michelle Futch had renovations on their mind when they purchased their 1956 home just one block from Ocala’s historic district. The extent of those renovations, however, was yet to be determined. With kids in tow and ideas in hand, the couple set out to create their family’s dream home. “We purchased our home in 2012,” says Michelle, who, together with her father, runs Southern Blade & Supply, a company that sells industrial supplies to contractors. “One small renovation or addition led to another in the beginning.




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We were redoing the house in phases when we decided to just go for it and gut the whole place. That was in 2016. We left the house and moved in with my father, and a week after the demolition started we learned we were expecting our second child.” Lifelong residents of Ocala with family roots that date back nearly a century, Will and Michelle were high school sweethearts at Trinity Catholic High School. After graduation, she made her way to Florida State University, while Will attended Auburn University. “We made the long-distance relationship work for four and half years,” Will says, “but when it came time to settle down we both knew Ocala was where we wanted to be. “Even though Ocala is growing, it’s still a small town,” he adds. “The fact that our family and friends are here coupled with

the convenience of everyday living just tenfold beats any big city.” Michelle agrees. “As more and more of our lifelong friends realize the importance of being near family, they are making the move back to Ocala to put down roots,” she says. And this couple certainly has established roots here. Over a period of 14 months, much of it spent after hours and on weekends, Will and his team painstakingly demolished and rebuilt their entire home. Will’s degree in building science and construction led to him becoming a general contractor and recently establishing Southern Heritage Developers with partner Scott Schuck. Years of schooling and experience afforded Will the know-how needed to successfully complete such a detailed renovation. The logistics of how to reconfigure the space, however, required

The home went from a two-bedroom, two-bath to a five-bedroom, five-bath house, taking the living space from 2,125 to 4,554 square feet. And they did it all while utilizing the home’s original footprint.



a skilled architect. That’s when Jerry Stevens and Britt Halsell of SPAA, LLC Architects were brought in. The home went from a two-bedroom, two-bath to a five-bedroom, five-bath house, taking the living space from 2,125 to 4,554 square feet. And they did it all while utilizing the home’s original footprint. “Jerry’s vision for the physical structure and beautiful concept of the layout for our home, coupled with his understanding of the functional needs for our family’s life, was essential and completely captured in his design,” says Will. “He and his team were a pleasure to work with to turn a much-dated 1956 home into our dream home.” “It takes a special team to bring projects like this to life,” adds Jerry. “First off, you must have a good client who is understanding of and committed to the process. These are truly ‘design/ build’ efforts, with designers, owners and contractors all playing pivotal rolls. Things inevitably change… the key being the redirection of the path forward in a confident and peaceful way.” And they succeeded, working as a team, to pull the massive project together. Walking through the grand mahogany front door, visitors instantly feel welcome and at home. The open floor plan includes the family’s dining room, living space and gourmet kitchen. In order to achieve the open-concept feel and raise the ceilings, Michelle and Will gave up the existing attic space, and what was once four rooms became one. Taking down load-bearing walls, though, came with its own set of challenges. “The original ceiling was conventionally framed, and nothing was left to support the roof,” says Will. “We had to add cypress structural collar ties.” The home’s ductwork and AC handler are now housed on the roof and cleverly hidden in a cupola. But the open concept plan made all the inconvenience worth it for this family that loves to cook and entertain. “When we’re entertaining, we can all be in the same room enjoying each other’s company. You get to be part of the action,” says Will. The family of four, including 4-yearold daughter, Kenley, and 2-year-old son, Bradford, cooks in their kitchen regularly and eats at home about six nights a week. Their favorite? Smoked ribs or chicken.

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On a comfortable night, outdoor dining is an enticing option. Just beyond the sliding back doors, the outdoor living space begs to be explored. On either side of the wrought iron railing, twin staircases lead to the private, cozy, covered porch. A stacked stone, gas fireplace lends warmth on chilly winter nights while an operable skylight allows for airf low on summer days. “This mantel is a favorite,” says Will,” pointing out the pine centerpiece. “Not only does the mantel complement our neutral pallet of “natural rustic,” it was given to us by a lifelong family friend, John Adams, owner of Land Design here in Ocala. It has a live edge on it where the bark is still visible. The other sides and edges are sanded and finished.” The comfortable outdoor seating arrangement was one of Michelle’s favorite Craigslist finds. A unique table, made of wood from an old bowling alley, displays some of the family’s treasures. Throughout the outdoor living spaces, a quick glance up will reveal a beautifully stained tongue and groove ceiling. “Where the garage is now there was once an enormous pine tree,” says Michelle. “All of our exterior ceilings were made out of that tree.” Will points out how the outdoor living area f lows into the main living space, which he says is their favorite element of the renovation. Inside and out, the couple’s personal style is evident throughout the tastefully decorated space. They point out that much of the furniture was handmade in Mexico, where some of Will’s family lives. “Growing up we went to San Miguel,” he says. “When Michelle and I started dating, she would make the trips, too. We’ve always enjoyed the Mexican style, so we wanted to bring some of that into our home.” “The dining table is a great example,” says Michelle. “We went with a square design and the wormwood definitely has a rustic feel to it.” The brass chandelier over the table was also custom made in Mexico. Like any contractor or architect will tell you, curb appeal is an important factor when designing or building a home. With that in mind, the front of Will and Michelle’s home underwent a transformation just as extensive as the interior. The stucco was outfitted with

Inside and out, the couple’s personal style is evident throughout the tastefully decorated space. They point out that much of the furniture was handmade in Mexico, where some of Will’s family lives. Hardi batten strips to give it a board and batten look. A brown metal roof completes the farmhouse-style look. Travertine tiles grace the front entry, adding warmth alongside Michelle’s many potted plants and f lowers. She jokes that she has a green thumb—until the plants turn brown. Ultimately, Will and Michelle’s goal was to build a beautiful space that their family can comfortably grow into. As

Kenley and Bradford play happily on the front porch, it’s clear that they did just that: the transformation was a monumental success. For designer Jerry Stevens, helping this couple realize their dream of transforming this house into their family home makes him smile. “My wish, as the years roll by,” says Jerry, “is to see this young family reap physical as well as spiritual benefits from the home they have made.” July ‘19


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The Osbourne Group A S H L E Y C U N N I N GHA M & TA S H A OSBOUR NE

Why choose Premier Sotheby’s International Realty when buying or selling? What makes Premier Sotheby’s International Realty extraordinary is our ability to deliver a luxury experience at every price point. A local company with deep roots in the community, we have extensive area knowledge and marketspecific experience. Our ideal clients are those who expect exceptional results, whether buying or selling a home. What does it mean for your clients to be associated with the name Sotheby’s? The Sotheby’s name began in 1744 with the inception of the Sotheby’s auction house. An association with this centuries-old tradition of expertly representing the finest possessions defines Sotheby’s International Realty®, one of the world’s most respected real estate brands. Our power lies in the ability to showcase extraordinary properties to affluent buyers around the world through an expansive international network. With a referral network of 990 offices in 72 countries, we connect the most qualified buyers and sellers locally and globally. How is the buying or selling process different with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty? Buyers and sellers seek out Premier Sotheby’s International Realty for

the powerful advantages and global reach our timehonored brand affords. Our in-house team of marketing specialists creates a comprehensive suite of print, digital, social media and public relations services tailored to promote each unique property to a targeted audience of qualified buyers. We leverage our worldwide network, historical brand and exclusive partnerships to access local, national and global opportunities not offered by any other firm. What types of properties do you specialize in? Covering Marion, Lake/Sumter and areas of Citrus County within North Central Florida, we specialize in offering an array of lifestyles, including horse farms, luxury estates, golf neighborhoods for families or active adult communities for the retirees (along with The Villages), including but not limited to historic homes, waterfront living and more. Premier Sotheby’s International Realty 1515 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ste. 124, Ocala FL 34470 Tasha: (352) 613-6613, Ashley: (352) 426-5056 www.housesforsaleincentralflorida.com


Danny & Jane Blankenship H OME TE A M INSPE C TION SERVICE Why is it important to have a home inspection before purchasing or selling a home? Appearances can be misleading. Our job is to identify visual defects and educate the client the condition of the home. What are some of common issues typically found during a home inspection? Structural defects from water or foundation movement, inadequate or outdated equipment, safety issues and environmental problems. What should someone look for when choosing an inspection service? Experience and credibility should always be the priority. We were established in 2000 and have performed well over 10,000 inspections since. We are very familiar with all the structures in the area and will provide you with the information you need before purchasing the home. HomeTeam Inspection Service › (352) 694-8201 › www.hometeam-ocala.com

Mike Sobieski D CS B U I L D E R S & R E S T O R AT I ON

Can you tell us about the history of DCS Builders? My father was a custom home builder in Ocala, and I grew up under his direction and knowledge of the industry. He started Sobieski Construction in the 1980s and the company was incorporated in 1997. When he retired, my brothers and I took over and started to take on disaster restoration in addition to residential and commercial construction. In 2018, I became sole owner and have focused on new homes and renovations. How important is customer service? We realize that the process of building a home, remodeling or adding an addition can be stressful. Our goal is to make the process seamless. We make ourselves available to answer questions or discuss the process of our clients’ projects in a timely manner. In addition, I personally oversee each step of the process. DCS Builders & Restoration › (352) 622-5135 › www.dcsbuildersfl.com


Justin Schneider A SI A DVA NC E D SE C UR IT Y Tell us why an ASI Advanced Security doorbell camera is important in providing peace of mind. Doorbell cameras are now a smart home must-have, showing you who’s at the door, no matter where you are. If you already have an Alarm. com system, ASI can upgrade with devices like a doorbell camera security cameras, smart locks and lights, and a smart thermostat. Don’t have Alarm.com yet? Let us customize a system that will bring you convenience and peace of mind. What services does ASI Advanced Security offer? We are a second-generation, family-owned company that prides itself on superior customer service. ASI is a leading provider of security systems, fire alarms, video surveillance systems, home theater and more. With an intuitive mobile app, powerful cloud intelligence and a growing world of connected devices, a smart home security system puts you in control and keeps you connected to your home. ASI Advanced Security, Inc. › 940 NE 14th Street, Ocala, FL 34470 › (352) 622-2996 / (877) 622-2996

TaMara York O C A L A R E A LT Y WO R L D Why did you become a Realtor ? I’ve had a passion for real estate for many years, so I turned that into my career. I joined the Ocala Realty World team due to their focus on excellence and our community. I worked in the automotive industry with the Sullivan Automotive Group for years with some amazing people, and it’s also where I met my husband. It’s my privilege to present this listing for Mr. Art Sullivan. This one-of-a-kind luxury estate in prestigious Golden Ocala offers stunning views inside and out with a location minutes from the airport and new World Equestrian Center. Whether you are looking for land, homes, a condo or a place to start a business, I’d be honored to be able to help you. TaMara York › Ocala Realty World › (352) 804-1216 › www.sellocalarealestate.com


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Small Changes,

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Local Realtor Melissa Townsend and her husband, Jeremiah, shared some tips and lessons learned from a recent home remodel. Big impacts can come from small changes and Melissa says old homes, such as her 1950s mid-century ranch, have taught her that things don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. “It’s a good lesson to learn and embrace in all aspects of life,” she says. “This project pushed us to stretch and learn a lot as we did a substantial amount of work ourselves. We’ve come away with expanded skills related to construction but also in communication.” 52


The chandelier and dining room: I really wanted to sell the chandelier and use the proceeds to purchase something else. I’m under the impression it is a true antique, but I couldn’t envision it in the space. I wanted to paint the wall in the dining area an accent color, and I thought why not go dark—especially with the varnished wood trim throughout the house and the wood ceiling in the great room. That would make the chandelier stand out. It was a dramatic change and the chandelier became purposeful instead of lost on a white wall. The metal work screens on the French doors leading to the porch were in place when we purchased the house. We believe they may be original as they are mid-century and have a lovely geometric design. They actually inspired some other geometric patterns in the home, including a light

fixture we selected for the living area, the tile floor in the bathroom and the decision to keep the original octagon shaped bathtub. The screens were not rusted but the original paint was chipped in many areas. We decided the best long-term solution would be to take them to Braymens Powder Coating & Media Blasting for sandblasting and powder coating so that they would be protected for as long as we owned the home without the need for us to repaint them every few years. It was a very affordable solution and only cost $240 for all the work.

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The kitchen: During the demo of the kitchen we received some true “gifts” from the house. Jeremiah found varnished tongue and groove cypress paneling hiding behind the hideous wallpaper and old cabinets, and drywall on the ceiling covered a wood ceiling. There was also never-beforefinished pine floor underneath three layers of other flooring. Although none of the materials cost us anything, it did cost us a considerable amount of time in salvaging the materials and repurposing them.

The kitchen door: The one unresolved issue in the kitchen was what to do with the original exterior door to the carport. The wood was solid pine from the 50s, but it had an ugly jalousie window in the center. The previous owner was worried about air escaping through the glass panes and taped on two layers of plastic to insulate it. Then an awful wire screen was attached on top. Jeremiah looked at replacement doors, but I was reluctant to lose the original solid wood, so I looked at ways to replace the insert. In the end, the economical route was to have C&R Glass and Screen provide a custom-sized frosted, insulated glass insert and Campana and Sons install it with a new frame into the door. July ‘19


The hall bathroom: Older homes built in the 1930s-60s often have shotgunstyle bathrooms where the original vanity depth is narrow—close to 18 or 19 inches. Today’s standard bath vanities typically have a depth of 20 inches. Our hall bath had room for a wide vanity of 46-plus inches, but not enough depth for 20 inches. I’ve seen a few remodels where the owner used a standard unit and let the countertop encroach a little into the trim. I think losing the inch or two crowds these older bathrooms. I turned to Classic Custom Kitchens for help. They made a vanity cabinet only 19 inches deep but wide, with an additional drawer stack to maximize storage.

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In The Kitchen With Alejandrina Colon Written By ANGEL A DURRELL Photography by ISABELLE RAMIREZ



Alejandrina Colon and her husband, hen you step across the Rafael Mirabal, relocated to Florida threshold into their home, in the wake of Hurricane Maria, with there’s barely time to catch barely anything but your breath before the clothes they you’re ushered to managed to stash Alejandrina and Sit down at a Puerto in suitcases on their Rafael’s dining table, Rican table, and you’ll way off the island. where an array of Like thousands of delicious-smelling find plantains, beans, Ricans, they dishes are waiting. pork, beef, chicken and Puerto came to Florida, Big smiles overcome fresh vegetables laid staying with relatives any language barrier, in the aftermath of the and a plate is put out in separate bowls, hurricane and figuring in front of you as so that each diner can out what came next. you’re urged to dig mix and match to their With the help of in and eat. Extensive friends and family, conversation isn’t preference. they found a place even necessary; the to live, and Rafael almost immediately food is the greeting. began looking for work; as a cancer This is a Puerto Rican welcome. You’re patient in treatment at the time—he is part of the family now.



now thankfully in remission—he needed medical care and had left his doctors back in Puerto Rico. “We didn’t come here to sit at the airport in Orlando and wait for help,” he says firmly. “That’s not my style, because my father showed me since we were little boys, to work. Sweat for what you need.” A veteran himself, he first volunteered with Veterans Helping Veterans and later became an employee. Alejandrina is also a volunteer there, in charge of organizing and maintaining the inventory of supplies. The work gave them a sense of place and a bit of breathing room after so much upheaval and uncertainty in

the aftermath of the hurricane. But they missed Puerto Rico, too. So they cooked. “Puerto Rican cooking isn’t quite as spicy as Caribbean,” explains Alejandrina, who almost always has a fragrant pot of beans or rice steaming on her cooktop. “It’s comfort food. We have some spicy dishes, but most of it is just plain good food.” Having been discovered by Columbus and later Ponce de Leon, the island’s food culture is largely based on Spanish influences, but there’s also a hearty mix of Caribbean, Creole, American and even Brazilian f lavors. It’s a warm, welcoming explosion of flavors and textures that joyfully embraces the shared heritage of the small American island. “That’s what makes it special for me; the mix of so many cultures,” Rafael says. “We’re our own melting pot.” Sit down at a Puerto Rican table, and you’ll find plantains, beans, pork, beef, chicken and fresh vegetables laid out in separate bowls, so that each diner can mix and match to their preference. Fresh herbs are an important part of Puerto Rican cuisine as well; Rafael purchased plant pots from Home Depot so that they could start their own herb and vegetable garden. Now it’s overflowing with lush rosemary, sage, basil and mint, plus fresh tomatoes and small potatoes. They chose to highlight their Arroz con Pollo (Chicken with Rice) recipe after reading in last month’s In The Kitchen With Casey Turner that he found cooking rice a challenge. “The base of Puerto Rican cooking is rice,” Rafael chuckles. “Our base is from Spain, so that’s why we know how to make it; we eat it with almost every meal. So we chose this recipe to show a way to do it that’s really simple.” They agree with Casey that rice can be difficult, because there’s a technique to it. But once you get it down, it’s much less intimidating. “The real secret is the pot. If you make it in a good pot, it makes everything easier,” Alejandrina insists. She recommends a copper bottom that distributes the heat evenly and emphasizes an important point: “Don’t stir the rice. Leave it alone; it can take care of itself.”

Arroz con Pollo (6 servings) 2 pounds boneless chicken, any cut you prefer 2 cups of rice 2 ½ cups of water 1 packet Sazón Goya seasoning (coriander and annatto) Sofrito (garlic, onion, cilantro, peppers) 2 tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons tomato paste ¼ cup olive oil Marinate the chicken for 1-2 hours with salt, pepper, garlic, onion, bay leaves, vinegar and oil. › Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. › Add chicken, and cover tightly. › Sauté 5-10 minutes until no pink remains and chicken juices run clear. › Remove chicken from skillet. › In the same skillet, sauté the ingredients of the sofrito for 5 to 10 minutes. › Add the tomato paste, and sauté for 3 to 5 more minutes. › Add the water, the Goya seasoning packet and salt. › Once boiling, add chicken and rice. › Let cook uncovered over medium heat for 5 to 10 minutes. › Once the liquid has been absorbed, move rice from sides of pan to the center, forming a mound of rice. › Lower the heat to medium-low, cover and cook, undisturbed, for a maximum of 20 minutes. › Stir, and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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Summer Is Rosé Season Written by SARAH BELYEU


s summer days stretch longer and hotter, you don’t have to look far to take note of a trend that’s popping up in wine glasses everywhere from poolside cabanas to sidewalk cafés— there’s something distinctly pink in that glass. Nielsen marketing statistics show that sales of rosé increased by 42 percent last year, and with good reason—this style of wine is outrageously refreshing, versatile and straight-up delicious. Stay tuned: You’re about to find out how this rosé tour de force came about and why this is one bandwagon that’s worth hailing and jumping aboard. When I first started hosting wine tasting events several years ago, I heavily featured rosés in the hot summer months. Inevitably, as I would proffer up a cold glass of rosé to a passerby, there was always someone who would wrinkle their nose, shake their head and say “Ugh—I don’t like sweet wine.” Assuming the wine I was offering was sweet was a totally understandable assumption based upon how pink wine first made its way into the American consciousness; yes, I’m talking white zinfandel. White zinfandel was invented (actually by accident) in the early 1970s by Sutter Home’s Bob Trinchero. The story of this wine’s origin and rise is fascinating, but, long story short, by 1987, Sutter Home White Zinfandel was the best-selling premium wine in the United States. Fruity, sweet and relatively low in alcohol, it goes down nice and easy. An entire generation formed their opinion of pine wink on this little quaffer. Although this



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wine has very little in common flavor- and quality-wise with the dry rosés Europeans had been drinking for centuries, for better or for worse, it put rosé on our radar. Fast-forward to today, and gorgeous rosés of every hue and from all corners of the globe are available. The differences in color and body of rosé come from how it’s made: Traditionally, rosé is made by lightly crushing red grapes and leaving them to swim around (macerate) with the red skins for a period of time determined by the winemaker. The longer the skins hang out with the wine, the darker (redder/rosier), deeper and more tannic the finished wine will be. Some winemakers only leave the skins on for a few hours, creating a wine that’s light in body and the palest blush pink. Other rosés sit with their skins for several days, giving us a wine that almost drinks like a light red, with lots of the qualities you usually find in red wines, like bigger body and higher tannins. So with this tremendous selection available, how in the world do you choose? Well, let me do you a favor and answer that with one word: France. Although incredibly good rosés hail from all over the planet, France is the motherland of rosé, and it’s definitely where you should start what is sure to be your lifelong love affair with this wine. Rosé from the wine region of Provence in the south of France is widely reputed to be the best in the world. Traveling along the French Mediterranean in the summertime, it seems that the French are drinking rosé instead of water—it’s absolutely everywhere. The majority of rosé from this region is made from blends of local grapes, including grenache, cinsault, mourvedre and syrah. These grapes come together to give us a mouthwatering alchemy of complex flavors—anything from red berries,

to citrus and even dried herbs like thyme, rosemary and lavender. Try a rosé from the village of Bandol, where vines are growing so close to the sea that some have even been able to pick up on a hint of salinity in the wine. No wonder it goes so beautifully with the Mediterranean diet of crustaceans, fresh fish and light but rich tomatobased dishes. However, not all great French rosés come from Provence. Head north into the region of the Rhône valley and you’ll encounter the village of Tavel, which is unique for this important reason: Tavel is the only communal appellation in France exclusively for rosé wines. The wines of this region tend to be richer and darker in hue than their southern counterparts and can stand up to heavier meats like roast pork and even duck. Travel west and you’ll encounter rosé made of cabernet franc—these wines are medium-bodied and have flavors that approach savory like hints of bell pepper, basil and mint. In Southwest France you’ll encounter something special—a sparkling rosé wine known as Cremant de Limoux. Although when many of us think bubbles, we automatically think Champagne, sparkling wine was actually invented by Benedictine monks in the village of Limoux in the mid 1500s. A stunning salmon-pink color, this sparkler has hints of raspberry, red currant and grapefruit. With so much to discover in the world of rosé, it’s easy to become obsessed—you’ll be calling summer “rosé season” in no time. Cheers!


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(352) 512-9458 › brickcitybbq.com Sun-Wed 11a-10p › Thurs 11a-11p › Fri-Sat 11a-12a Located in downtown Ocala’s historic town square, Brick City Southern Kitchen’s aroma is recognized for several blocks around. Once inside, you are met with a wall of over 400 whiskeys from around the world and a collection of custom folk art from Nicklos Richards. To the rear of the restaurant is their scratch kitchen where all the sides, barbecue sauces, dressings and seasonings are prepared. But the heart of this kitchen is the custom-built smoker, where the low, slow heat of burning hickory smokes beef brisket, ribs, pork shoulders, whole chickens and turkey breast.

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 Blueberry Cheesecake, Peach Melba and Black Raspberry.

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(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, $5.95. 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 (take-out 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).




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(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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Louie’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant

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This family-owned and-operated restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients and everything on the menu is made to order. To get your meal going, try the mozzarella caprese, garlic knots or fried calamari. The antipasto and Greek salads are two more favorites! Entrées include a huge variety of chicken, seafood, pasta and veal options. If you crave it, chances are they make it. The pizza, though. You have to try the hand-tossed pizza. Pile it high with your favorite toppings, or try the Sicilian with its one-of-a-kind meat sauce. No matter what you order, you’ll be satisfied and ready to call Louie’s a new family favorite.

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Ivy on the Square 53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala

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(352) 528-5410 › Sun-Wed 11a-2p › Thu-Sat 11a-8p “Come on home, it’s suppertime!” is our motto. We want you to feel you have come to our home to eat. The family-owned Ivy House Restaurant now has two locations, Williston and Ocala. The downtown Ocala location has added several specialty items, and the restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious hand-cut steaks and our famous Baked Krispy Chicken. Trying our delicious homemade desserts like the Key Lime Pie or Chocolate Midnight Cake is a must when dining here.

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The Lodge

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(352) 289-1390 › thelodgeocala.com Mon-Fri Open at 3pm › Sat 11am-2am › Sun Open at 10am The Lodge is historic downtown Ocala’s gastropub, with a full liquor bar and wine menu; more than 200 domestic, imported and craft beers; and fresh, expertly crafted tavern fare that pairs perfectly with your favorite libation. Enjoy tapas, lunch, dinner, late night bites and a Sunday brunch menu. With live entertainment Wednesday through Saturday, The Lodge is your comfortable, casual, comeas-you-are hangout for college football, NFL Sundays and new events like the dueling piano show every second Friday. Follow @TheLodgeOcala on Facebook for food and drink specials, event info and tickets.

Now serving Sunday brunch! 25 cent beer on Mondays. All you can eat wings every Tuesday. 50% off wine bottles on Wednesdays. All-day happy hour on Thursdays.

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, Louisiana Gumbo and Garden District Grouper (pictured). 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.


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Art For Life Written by LISA MCGINNES Photography by LISA ANDERSON


n an ordinary guest room in her ordinary home in an ordinary Ocala neighborhood, artist Mel Fiorentino is creating the extraordinary. The phenom who took the local art scene by storm over the past several years is now attracting interest from the region and beyond. Though she wasn’t born here, she’s called Ocala home since age 7, and, no matter how much notoriety she gains, she’s committed to improving our local art scene.


Back in high school, Mel enjoyed drawing and pottery. She started painting while a student at the College of Central Florida, learning to realistically portray the human body through nudes, and says one of her biggest inf luences was Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, whose early work used lines to evoke an image. The confluence of these two styles was the nude with Mondrianesque lines she did “to impress her husband.” “We were dating, and I did this really big painting to try to impress him—I wanted him to think I was a real artist,” she explains. Obviously it worked, and the painting hangs in their living room today; it’s the one piece she’ll never sell. These days Mel and husband, Jeff, enjoy collaborating on art and music projects, which comes naturally because he loves playing the guitar and she considers music her “other” passion. She bought her first



drum set around the same time she started painting and says she devoted an equal amount of time to art and music for several years until she got so busy painting portraits and commissions that art took over. Their first “art guitar” collaboration is exquisite—truly a one-of-a-kind labor of love. Jeff, who Mel says “can build anything,” was working on building the guitar and asked her to “put something cool on it; something badass.” But Mel’s vision was more than mere paint. First she took five hours to wood burn the image, inspired by Egyptian mythology, and then she painted it and added liquid gold leaf to the piece they call “The Scarab.” Now Jeff is encouraging her to paint David Bowie on a guitar. And that’s a subject Mel knows well. After Bowie’s death in 2016, Mel did a tribute piece that attracted the attention of a collector, who has since commissioned her to

paint more than 25 Bowie likenesses, which she says helped her discover the legend’s beauty and genius as she quickly figured out that listening to his music while painting him was key to understanding her subject. “I feel like it’s a way for me to step into their mind, to understand their character better so when I’m painting I can tap into that.” Mel found she enjoys bringing celebrities to life on canvas, and she’s painted a wide range of musicians, actors, authors and scientists who intrigue her, listening to their music, talks online or audiobooks for inspiration. Because she creates in her home studio, this working mom isn’t missing out on any time with her son, Lincoln, who’s not yet 2, and daughter, Autumn, who’s 5. “I love the fact that my studio is right in the middle of the house,” she says. “I never thought I would be able to be here all day with my kids. And paint. And


listen to music all day. It’s great!” Mel plans to homeschool her kids, making sure art and music don’t take a backseat to the traditional subjects. “I would be so upset if they didn’t have the opportunity to do art,” she explains, adding that Autumn has her own easel where she paints with watercolors and that she’s about as accomplished a drummer as any 5-year-old can be. Mel has a feeling that Lincoln will grow up to be an artist—at just 18 months old he loves to pick up a paintbrush and pretend to help her in the studio. In addition to instilling a love of art in the next generation, Mel spends time helping newer artists get their start through her work on the board of the Magnolia Art Xchange. She encourages young artists to “not be shy about getting themselves out there.” “One of the biggest misconceptions people have is that somebody is going to



‘discover you.’ But I’ve always thought, ‘I don’t want to wait for somebody to discover me; I want to do it myself.” Mel is her own publicist, which has helped her gain local recognition through events, including First Friday Art Walks, the FAFO Ocala Arts Festival and Couch Sessions; exhibits like the City of Ocala’s Art In City Spaces initiative; and her largest undertaking, the S-curve mural in downtown Ocala. Earlier this year, Mel drew the attention of a little company called Disney; she was invited to show her art at the six-week-long Epcot International Festival of the Arts. She painted live in front of the House of Blues and sold a lot of paintings and prints. “It was the first time something really big came to me,” she says. “It was a really awesome break.” No matter how busy she is, Mel feels it’s important to support charity projects

and has donated a lot of art. She helped raise money for the Reilly Arts Center by live-painting a David Bowie chair at last year’s Couch Sessions and donating a piece to their annual gala. After finding peace through painting her biological father who passed away, she realized how she could help others by painting their deceased loved ones, and she supports a local charity called Picking Up The Pieces by donating portraits of family members lost to drug overdoses. “I started feeling like maybe one of my purposes is to bring them back to life, even if it’s just for a second,” she explains. With her amazing talent and heart of gold, Mel is making our community a little better, one painting at a time. Follow @melfiorentinostudios on Facebook and Instagram and online at www.melissafiorentinoart.com.

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The “Hidden” Meaning In Art By PATRICIA TOMLINSON




Daphnis and Chloe, Elizabeth Jane Gardner

Chloe places upon her head—a common adornment of 19th-century brides due to Queen Victoria’s trend-setting wedding attire. Even the trees in the painting have meaning: The stately oaks in the background signifying the strength and endurance of the couple’s love. This probably has to do with the fact that, just like the legend of Daphnis and Chloe, Gardner herself had to wait many years before she could finally marry her sweetheart. Next time you visit the Appleton, make sure to take a moment to study the paintings. There may be hidden meanings waiting for you to find them! Learn more › Appleton Museum of Art › 4333 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › appletonmuseum.org › (352) 291-4455 Photo by Ralph Demilio

ometimes paintings have a deeper meaning than what immediately meets the eye. In the art world, painted elements that are symbols for a theme or idea are called iconography, and teasing out the “meaning within the meaning” is half the fun of working with fine art. For instance, what do you think of when you consider the characteristics of a dog? Loyalty, perhaps? Maybe faithfulness? That is exactly why a dog pictured in a 15thcentury engagement painting would be placed at the feet of the happy couple—to symbolize that couple’s loyal and faithful bond to one another through marriage. But dogs aren’t the only creatures used; birds are also used as iconography, with pelicans indicating self-sacrifice and goldfinches representing Christ’s resurrection. In addition to symbolic animals, the language of flowers can also be used to represent concepts. One of the most beloved paintings at the Appleton, Daphnis and Chloe, shows an affectionate young couple surrounded by lush trees and flowers. The artist, Elizabeth Jane Gardner, took great pains to accurately paint each blossom, and many point to love and marriage. For example, the bouquet the kneeling Daphnis presents to his beloved contains pink morning glory, a symbol of the renewable nature of love and affection, red carnations, which equal love and admiration, and orange blossoms, which signify purity, chastity and innocence. The romantic tie between the two figures is further emphasized by the orange blossom wreath that

A former professional archaeologist, Patricia Tomlinson joined the Appleton Museum of Art as Curator of Exhibitions in 2016 after having served as curatorial staff in the New World Department at the Denver Art Museum for eight years.


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oes your pooch give you sad puppy eyes when it’s time to head out to work? Are they overjoyed when you arrive back home? What if you could spend the whole day with them and still get your day-to-day work responsibilities accomplished? Many are doing just that. When working late at the office and rushing to meet a deadline, some pet owners no longer have to worry about getting home to feed their dog as it becomes more and more common for pets to be welcome in the workplace. Valerie Dailey, a Realtor at Showcase Properties, has been bringing her black Labrador retriever, Bella, to the office for about five years. “She comes in when I’m going to be in the office for most of the day… I started bringing her in because I didn’t like leaving her at home in the dog kennel,” says Dailey. Animal and human health specialists agree that a pet-friendly workplace can be beneficial, both to the humans and the animals. John Somers, APRN, a family care specialist with Ocala Health, asserts that owning pets in general can help with a variety of diseases, including, but not limited to, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, as they encourage their owners to be more active. Dailey believes that walking her dog at the office gives her a muchneeded break from sitting at her desk. Her fellow office mates tend to appreciate the occasional distraction Bella can provide as well. “She goes to all the offices and gets treats from everyone. She’s even gotten in the habit of bringing her toys in to get a treat,” says Dailey. “Bringing your pet [to the workplace] is a great icebreaker



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mell overwhelms all other senses the moment Margo* opens the door to her small suburban home. Piles of food are mounded on every surface and cover most of the floor as well. Several cats share the immensely cluttered home, carefully making their way through the jumbled heaps. Some of the produce has rotted in bags, becoming a noxious soupy substance. Unidentifiable cuts of meat have spoiled in their plastic-wrapped packages stacked in refrigerator bins. The packaging has leaked so that meat is half floating in murky liquid,

H E A LT H along with unopened containers of cheese and yogurt, some of which are years past their expiration dates. Margo’s sister has urged her to seek professional help for her food hoarding problem, but Margo, who is in her mid-60s and has lived alone for many years, doesn’t believe there is a problem. She’ll admit she’s accumulated an overabundance of food in her home but sees herself as a savvy shopper. She’s quick to explain that getting rid of it would be a huge waste of money and asserts that she’s actually saving money because much of what she bought was purchased on sale. Margo isn’t alone. The latest data suggests that somewhere between 2 to 5 percent of the U.S. population has hoarding disorder. “This is surprising, especially for a disorder which, until recently, wasn’t even recognized,” observes Randy O. Frost, Ph.D., a professor at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, and one of the country’s top experts on hoarding disorder. Co-author of two respected books on hoarding, Frost has worked with many clients struggling to overcome the disorder. He is a member of the scientific and clinical advisory board at the International OCD Foundation in Boston. In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) officially recognized hoarding disorder. In order to be diagnosed with the disorder, a person must display all three of the following traits: collecting and keeping many items, even if those items appear useless or of little value to most people; items clutter their living space to the point that rooms cannot be used as intended; items cause distress/problems/interference with day-to-day living and activities. Frost points out that although there is a tendency for people with hoarding disorder to also have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), the two disorders are distinct and different. Cases of hoarding can go undiscovered for years until revealed by an unexpected visit from a friend or relative or after complaints from neighbors. In some sad cases, the situation only comes to light after a person with hoarding disorder dies and the authorities are called. When writing Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things, Frost

interviewed the chief medical officer for the with hoarding disorder tend to experience state of New York and learned that they’d more traumatic events, it doesn’t mean those had to investigate a number of cases where events caused them to start hoarding, and not someone died in the midst of their clutter. everyone who is diagnosed with the disorder In some situations, the has experienced great hoarding was so extreme trauma. The latest data that investigators knew About 50 percent of a body was in the home people diagnosed with suggests that because of the smell hoarding disorder also have somewhere but had to dig through a diagnosis of depression. between 2 to 5 mountains of stuff to Attention deficit disorder locate the remains. (ADD) and adult attention percent of the U.S. “Even more sad is deficit/hyperactivity population has that in many of these disorder (ADHD) are hoarding disorder. frequently found in people cases all the stuff is left to the person’s family with hoarding disorder. at the same time those Generalized anxiety individuals are dealing with the grief of disorder and social anxiety may also occur in losing their family member and the shock individuals with hoarding disorder. that they were living that way,” says Frost. Although most people seen by mental health clinics and social services agencies for hoarding disorder are older adults, Causes Of Hoarding research shows that the disorder usually Back in 1990 Frost realized there was more starts when the person is young, often to hoarding than anyone suspected. He was between the ages of 10 and 20. Although teaching a class on OCD when a student suggested writing her thesis on hoarding. At they may not have had the chance to accumulate great amounts of clutter that point, there was only minimal mention at that time, they were already having of hoarding in mental health textbooks and trouble controlling acquisitions and it was referred to as OCD. Frost was skeptical his student could find discarding things. “The problem starts early, but enough people to interview but ran an ad impairment from the disorder doesn’t in the local newspaper hoping a few would usually start until decades after the initial respond. To his shock, the ad generated at symptoms appear,” Frost notes. least 100 responses. If you’re thinking of your parents’ or “We interviewed most of these people, grandparents’ cluttered basement/attic/ did a follow-up and then published a paper house and wonder if hoarding is genetic, in 1993,” he relates. The press was quick the truth may not be reassuring. to pick up on this first detailed published “All studies suggest that part of this account of hoarding, and the topic has disorder is heritable, and there is growing been in the news ever since, even leading to evidence it is genetic,” says Frost. “Some reality television shows like Hoarders and studies suggest about 50 percent of it is Hoarding: Buried Alive. due to genetics, but this probably has When researchers began studying more to do with how the brain works in hoarding, an initial hypothesis was relation to processing information.” that these were people who had So there may not be a “hoarding gene,” experienced deprivation. but if one of your parents saved every piece “We found no research to support that, of paper that came into the home, you could but we have found that many people with have inherited that same way of thinking. hoarding disorder characterized their early Some data suggests people suffering family lives as ‘less warm’ than people who from hoarding disorder tend to have don’t have the disorder,” notes Frost. higher IQs. They see the opportunities Hoarding disorder has been associated their possessions provide but can’t figure with the occurrence of traumatic events, out how to take advantage of them. such as abuse, death, divorce or loss of some sort. Some theories hold that when a person doesn’t seek help for such trauma, they may Behind The Why channel their energies into amassing objects. As Frost points out, hoarding isn’t so much Frost says although it’s true that people about clutter but rather the attachment

H E A LT H phenomenon, but a person with hoarding a person has to those objects. Clutter is a disorder cannot. symptom of disordered behavior when it Many people with hoarding disorder comes to the decisions about acquiring and view objects as “memory keepers” of their letting go of possessions. personal or family history. “Possessions have Frost recalls one magical qualities for all of They go great patient who saved us. We imbue them with an lengths to prevent everything related to her essence that goes beyond mother and daughter their characteristics,” people from observes Frost. learning about the because she was afraid that letting go of those Think of the concert problem, or seeing objects would make her ticket stub you’ve saved feel as if the moments for years. It’s just a piece the accumulated with these special people of paper, but you’ve clutter in their never happened. She kept given it an “essence” home. things to avoid a feeling that contains memories of loss. associated with a - Randy O. Frost Another patient saw particular event that is her piles of stuff as “art.” Because she part of your personal history. That ticket appreciated the aesthetics of color and stub’s meaning has to do with your very shape of the piles, she couldn’t bring sense of self. Most people can contain this



herself to destroy what she viewed as “artistic creations.” Other people with hoarding disorder collect objects with the idea of fixing them, selling them or because they might one day be useful. Like Margo confronting her mountains of rotting food, these individuals feel a sense of responsibility and guilt over perceived “waste.”

Coming Clean Frost has found that almost all people with hoarding disorder have some degree of insight. “They go great lengths to prevent people from learning about the problem or seeing the accumulated clutter in their home. They understand if someone else sees this, there would be negative consequences,” he notes. “This is important because it’s a starting point in


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H E A LT H someone asking for help.” Some people become defensive and deny having a problem. Others honestly don’t think they have a problem. Forcing someone with hoarding disorder to clean out their home is not the solution. The abrupt loss of accumulated objects can cause intense anger and anxiety, and simply throwing stuff out doesn’t address the psychological issues connected with hoarding. Treatment requires more than going in for 50-minute therapy sessions once a week. Individual cognitive behavior therapy with a therapist well-versed in hoarding disorder has proven most successful, particularly when the therapist can meet with the person in their home where objects can be addressed in person. No medications are currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hoarding disorder. However, antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are typically used to treat depression and anxiety that are frequently diagnosed in individuals with hoarding disorder. During treatment, the therapist works with the patient in three different areas: acquisition of objects, difficulty discarding them and organizing remaining items Acquisition is a major part of hoarding disorder, whether the person buys objects or acquires them for free. “What typically happens is they see something they want to acquire and all their attention is biased toward acquiring the object,” says Frost. “When making the decision to acquire, they’re not thinking about if they have enough money, space for it or if they already have things like it. About 90 percent of people with a hoarding disorder diagnosis have these issues with acquisition.” The therapist may help the individual come up with a list of questions to ask themselves before acquiring an object. A common tendency with hoarding disorder is that when confronted with the chance to acquire an item, the person forgets the context of their life as a whole and sees only the opportunities of having that particular object. “We might have them practice driving by a place where they want to buy things but not stopping. This can progress all the way to picking up and touching the object but walking away and not buying 80


When Hoarding Involves Animals We’ve all seen the horrifying news reports when dozens or even hundreds of animals are discovered in appalling conditions because of hoarding. Many people who hoard objects also hoard animals. Every year, about 3,500 animal hoarding incidents are reported in the U.S. “With serious animal hoarding problems, we frequently see delusional thinking about the person’s relationship with animals,” says Randy O. Frost, Ph.D., one of the country’s leading experts on hoarding. “They may think they have special abilities to communicate with animals and often think they are ‘saving’ them.” Animal hoarding cases tend to fall into three categories: • Overwhelmed caretaker: the person can’t say “no” to taking on more animals and is afraid to ask for help • Mission driven: the person feels they have a special mission to rescue or save animals • Exploiter: the person believes having animals gives them control over something and/or may further their own antisocial views or beliefs

it,” says Frost. Another exercise is to help the person dissect the nature of their attachment to an object and describe how they would feel if they got rid of it. The therapist might have the person go through a pile of objects and place some in boxes for throwing away or donating while talking about how that makes them feel. “What we do in treatment is have people experiment with putting aside the object and really think about dealing with feelings of loss,” says Frost. “A lot of hoarding disorder has to do with not dealing with the unpleasant emotions associated with objects.” The final area of treatment involves working with the person in their home, helping them discover what possessions are truly valuable to them and deserve to be kept and organizing those possessions in a way that they can be used or enjoyed. There are also workshops on recovering from hoarding facilitated by therapists and people who’ve lived with hoarding

disorder. Frost says such workshops can be extremely helpful for a person who realizes they having a hoarding problem and wants to change. The good news is that hoarding disorder can be successfully treated, but continued awareness and diligence is needed so that the symptoms of clutter do not return. Learn More: International OCD Foundation › www.iocdf.org Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost, Ph.D., and Gail Steketee, Ph.D. Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding by Randy O. Frost, Ph.D., Gall Steketee, Ph.D., and David F. Tolin, Ph.D. 7th Annual Hoarding Meeting at OCD Conference › July 18-21, 2019 › in Austin, Texas › www.ocd2019.org



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f you’ve driven out State Road 200 during the last few years, you’ve almost certainly seen the big crane at West Marion Community Hospital as expansions were taking place. In December 2017, four new operating suites were finished, as well as nine emergency room beds, bringing the total to 31. In March 2018, 44 new inpatient beds were added, and this March work was completed on 36 new inpatient rooms dedicated to orthopaedics services. In May, the hospital announced that the expansions will continue, to the tune of $27 million and 13,000 additional square feet. This phase of expansion will bring a second catheterization lab, a recovery unit for the lab, two more large operating suites and additions to support areas like the kitchen and pharmacy. These updates are projected to be finished by fall 2020.



Chad Christianson, CEO of Ocala Health, says these services are based on the community’s needs and the most common treatments needed by patients in the area. “The latest expansion at West Marion Community Hospital has been part of the plans for the last three years. These services—cath lab, pharmacy, OR, et cetera—were selected to expand upon because both the patient volume and service capabilities at West Marion have grown, especially cath and STEMI services,” Christianson says. “With this growth, there is a need for additional cath lab services. As we continue to expand on surgeries we excel at, such as ortho surgeries and more complex bariatric and spine surgeries at West Marion Community Hospital, additional space is needed to accommodate this growth.” And, of course, making room for more patients requires meeting their other needs, too, like meals and medications.

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Design Inspo Looking for summer curb appeal? Begonias are one of the few owering plants that thrive in the hot Florida sun. According to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), wax begonias are the most popular variety; their bright shades of red and pink bring an easy pop of color to your yard whether planted in beds or containers.


From Drab To Fab Written by APRIL ROSE Photography by JOHN JERNIGAN

Let’s talk feature walls. It’s that big, blank wall that stands out for one reason or another and, let’s face it, needs a little attention. So here’s the deal. Your feature wall should speak your language. It should tell your story. It should scream out (or subtlety say, depending on your mojo), “I am here. I am home.” A quick Pinterest search will reveal plenty of creative ideas for spicing up your feature wall. You could wallpaper, but that’s so permanent. You could use wood to create a 3D pop out. Super stylish, but you’ll need time and money, not to mention a little skill. You could shop for that one exquisite piece of art; that’s always fun. But what if you could create a stunning feature wall using only painter’s tape, paint and a little imagination? It’s so simple. There’s really only one rule—you just have to let yourself go. Spend a little time dreaming on Pinterest or browsing through home magazines to find the look that best suits you. Be daring and bold or subtle and simplistic. Designs in the art world are shifting from natural and minimal to eclectic and bold! Now, more than ever, we are seeing a mix of patterns, colors and styles. It’s the chance we need as DIYers to be brave and try new ideas. The use of geometric patterns has been on trend for a few years now and is still going strong. For my feature wall, though, I chose to go with straight lines. I knew that I could create the modern boho look I crave with the straight edge of painter’s tape. 90


Here’s how I created my feature wall: Step 1: I found a design that was simple, yet interesting enough to be worthy of my wall. Step 2: Once I made a decision, I sketched out some ideas on paper. You don’t have to be an artist to do this. Give it a shot. You’ll surprise yourself. Step 3: Next it was time to map out the design on my wall with painter’s tape. I made a few adjustments where needed. Step 4: When I was happy with the overall look, I secured the tape edges to the wall by running my finger up and down the sides a few times. Step 5: Then I applied paint to a roller and painted the taped-off area. (You can also use a brush depending on the design you choose.) Step 6: I allowed the paint to completely dry before pulling the tape off the wall. Just go for it! The absolute worst scenario is that you hate it and have to paint over it and try again. With minimal effort and minimal funds, you can instantly change the mood of your space. For more DIY tips and projects, follow me on Instagram: @aprilrosedesignco.




All the cypress was stained and sealed to help the wood maintain its original color through Florida’s hot and wet weather. Using a sealer alone can cause the ďŹ nish to crack.

Removing the closed-in porch, adding the cypress posts and wrapping the header in cypress created a welcoming entryway.



Curb Appeal

When Lisa Johnson set out to update the exterior of the Ocala home that had once belonged to her husband’s grandfather, she wanted to honor the original ranch style while incorporating a few twists that stopped prospective buyers in their tracks.

Painting the brick was a no-brainer to update the house and make it feel more modern. I chose a paint color that was blue gray.

The custom pergola over the garage door, the cypress accents over the windows and a new front door that was stained to match the cypress completed the architectural elements needed for curb appeal. When painting an exterior, consider painting the brick steps to match the house. It provides a cohesive, ďŹ nished look.



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Sink Or Swim

O Photos courtesy of the Marion County Public Library

n a hot Florida day there’s nothing as refreshing as cooling off in one of our area’s natural springs. Florida’s first tourist attraction, famous for its still-operating glass bottom boats, Silver Springs used to be one of Central Florida’s favorite swimming holes—until swimming there was banned in the late 1990s. Once a theme park owned by Palace Entertainment, the state of Florida took over Silver Springs in 2013, combining it with Silver River State Park to create Silver Springs State Park, with a goal of restoring the more than 5,000 acres to a more natural state with improved waterways. Since then, local officials have been trying to bring back swimming in Silver Springs. There are 22 state parks in the state that feature natural springs, and all but two, Silver Springs and Homosassa Springs, allow swimming. The Marion County Board of County Commissioners decided last year to support an appropriations bill in the Florida legislature that backs the Department of Environmental Protection’s plan for the park, which includes swimming. We’ll be the first in line, towels in hand!

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