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Get slimed at Nickelodeon Suites Resort. GIVINGBACK p14
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T’S HARD TO BELIEVE FOUR YEARS HAVE GONE BY AND IT’S TIME ONCE AGAIN FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST SPORTING EVENTS ON THE PLANET: THE SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES! THIS YEAR’S GAMES TAKE PLACE IN LONDON AND RUN FROM JULY 27 THROUGH AUGUST 12. LONDON IS NO STRANGER TO HOSTING THIS GLOBAL EVENT. THE HISTORIC CITY HOSTED THE GAMES IN 1908 AND 1948 AND WILL BECOME THE FIRST CITY TO HOST THE OLYMPIC GAMES THREE TIMES WHEN THEY BEGIN THIS JULY. SO WHAT’S IT TAKE TO PLAY HOST TO THE BEST ATHLETES IN THE WORLD? THIS YEAR, 205 COUNTRIES WILL BE REPRESENTED BY 17,000 ATHLETES TAKING PART IN 26 DIFFERENT SPORTS. AN ESTIMATED 500,000 SPECTATORS AND 20,000 JOURNALISTS WILL MAKE THEIR WAY TO LONDON, AND APPROXIMATELY 9 MILLION TICKETS ARE EXPECTED TO BE SOLD. THERE WILL BE 302 VICTORY CEREMONIES WITH 4,400 MEDALS AWARDED. THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE CONSISTS OF 3,300 APARTMENTS CAPABLE OF HOSTING 17,320 PEOPLE AND A DINING HALL CAPABLE OF FEEDING 5,000 PEOPLE AT A TIME.
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Every year, this black-tie-optional evening of elegance features not only Marion County’s top medical professionals strutting their stuff on the dance floor but also performances by top professional dancers in front of a sold-out crowd of over 450 people. But this is more than simply an evening of live dancing, the likes of which Event Coordinator Dr. Justin Ferns, compares to that of Dancing With The Stars. This is an evening where the attention is not on the doctors, the dancers or even those in attendance, but on the youth of Marion County, providing a chance for the community to come together for a very important cause. The money raised from the event is split between two organizations. This year, half of all of the proceeds will benefit the BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF MARION COUNTY and the other half will go to the MARION COUNTY YMCA.
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“This is the third year we have been a recipient of the proceeds, and it’s been a tremendous success,” says Chief Professional Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County Jerry Lane. The money goes toward funding the multiple summer programs run by the three separate Boys and Girls Clubs in the county. “During the summer, we are open from 7:30am-5:30pm and need extra staff to accommodate all of the program participants, so this is a very important fundraising event for us,” says Jerry, explaining that the summer programs consist of educational, artistic and athletic activities just to name a few. The other recipient of the Dancing With The Doctors’ proceeds is the YMCA, which uses the extra funding to support their scholarship campaign.
“About one third of the people who use our facility can’t afford the membership dues. We’ve given about $300,000 in financial assistance to those individuals, and the money we receive from Dancing With The Doctors helps to offset those costs,” explains Ben Marciano, executive director of the Marion County YMCA. Because of the scholarship program, members who couldn’t otherwise afford it can take part in programs such as youth sports, swimming and drowning prevention classes, and general use of the facility. “It’s a great event and lots of fun, and the benefit to us and our programs is just outstanding,” says Ben. Last year the event raised over $85,000, and Dr. Ferns is looking to top that this year. Through months of preparation, planning and brushing up on some top-notch dance moves, the medical, business and dancing communities of Marion County come together to present an elegant evening to benefit the future, the youth of Marion County.
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Three recent high school graduates are heading to military academies across the country thanks to prestigious military appointments. Belleview High’s ANDREW STEINEMANN (left) heads to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He plans to become a ﬁghter pilot. Meantime, West Port High’s LYNDSEY JOHNSON heads to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, to eventually become a heart surgeon. Finally, West Port High’s JACOB KOTLARSKI is oﬀ to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. After his military career, he wants to give back as a classroom teacher. All three were part of their high schools’ Junior ROTC program.
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BATTLES FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS Call it a book bowl, battle of the brains or whatever you’d like. Regardless, these students finished in the top spots for 2012’s annual Book Bowl competitions. This year’s winning schools include Eighth Street Elementary, Belleview Middle (which defended its title) and Forest High. First-place teams received individual and team trophies and bragging rights. Runners-up also received medals to mark their success.
Dunnellon Middle’s TAYLOR FUTCH entered her video on becoming a responsible voter earlier this year in C-SPAN’s contest. She ended up capturing third in the nation out of 1,203 entries! Quite a feat for a rising ninth-grader. C-SPAN’s Jennifer Curran made the trip from Washington, D.C., to recognize Taylor. Also on hand were Dunnellon’s mayor, city manager and council members, who handed Taylor a proclamation for her efforts. Capping it all off, all of Taylor’s fellow eighthgraders were part of the celebration as well, highlighting a year of success for her and the school’s award-winning video program.
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Of the 150 people who entered the first annual MISS SALON WOW COMPETITION, 12 finalist contestants competed on April 14 with Vanguard High School student Aubrey Thompson emerging as the winner. The event was conceived and executed to celebrate women and their style.
A scholarship lunch was held on March 29 at the MARION COUNTY YMCA to kick-off the Y’s scholarship campaign. In 2011, the Marion County YMCA received $250,000 from 670 donors with the help of 170 volunteers. Overall, the Y helped 3,637 individuals last year with its scholarship campaign.
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PEDAL WITH METTLE On May 20, approximately 250 participants mounted their bicycles at the FIFTH ANNUAL FRANK POLACK MEMORIAL RIDE for Hospice of Marion County, which was presented by Ocala Eye. Funds were raised to help Interfaith Emergency Services and Hospice of Marion County continue its mission of providing quality, compassionate care to families in Ocala/Marion County who are facing end-of-life issues.
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“ just planted an herb garden that needs watering every two hours,” read the handwritten note. Who hasn’t found themselves in this same predicament? This is an example of the many obscure requests that are submitted in an effort to escape one of the principles upon which our country was founded… jury duty. The right to a jury trial is guaranteed by the sixth amendment to the U.S. Constitution. With rights come responsibilities, and our court system cannot guarantee the right to a jury trial without responsible citizens willing to serve as jurors. In Marion County, prospective jurors are selected by a computer program that compiles a random list from the Florida driver’s license and identification card database. But not everyone is excited with winning the “prospective juror lottery.” In fact, some people are downright angry. Between the time the jury summons are mailed and the actual appearance date, jurors
are permitted to submit their requests to be excused from jury duty. Some requests are genuine and authorized by law. This list includes expectant mothers, full-time law enforcement officers and individuals over the age of 70 who do not wish to serve. Even the governor and lieutenant governor are excused from jury service. Aside from the standard excuses listed above, there are some very common (and understandable) requests to be excused from jury duty. These include small business owners and/or employees who claim their time away from work would cause a financial hardship. Local schoolteachers typically request postponement of
In fact, some people request to be excused from jury duty for some very bizarre reasons. Some recent requests include: “I get sick in courtrooms,” “I was planning on visiting my sister in DeLand that day,” “I have a milk route,” “I don’t like cops, judges or lawyers,” “I don’t read or write English (written in English)” and the infamous “I just planted an herb garden that needs watering every 2 hours.” Yes, these are actual requests that were submitted here in Marion County. There is a common fear that being selected for a jury is going to require being sequestered away from work and family for several weeks. I explain this may be common practice in John Grisham novels but is definitely the exception in actual cases. Most circuit court jury trials are completed in less than a week. County court jury trials are typically completed in a single day or less. When you consider this, serving as a juror does not involve the extreme sacrifices most people fear. I am always pleased to receive thank you letters from jurors telling me what a rewarding experience jury duty was for them. So the next time you retrieve your mail and find a jury summons with your name on it, consider yourself special. The few. The proud. The chosen. And above all else, strongly consider waiting until after your jury service to plant that new herb garden.
THERE IS A COMMON FEAR THAT BEING SELECTED FOR A JURY IS GOING TO REQUIRE BEING SEQUESTERED AWAY FROM WORK AND FAMILY FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. their jury service during crucial testing periods. Many people claim physical limitations that prevent them from sitting for long periods of time. Religious beliefs are also a common basis to be excused from jury duty, as well as prior bad experiences with the judicial system. Again, these excuses are common and—although they are not always granted—expected. But not every request to be excused from jury duty is of the standard, garden-variety nature (no pun intended).
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I put myself in my clients’ shoes to better understand their needs and create an atmosphere that is conducive to open communication. I also make sure to take the time to explain any work I have done on their behalf. If I have prepared a tax return or financial statement and the client has no clue what the numbers mean, I haven’t done my job. As a CPA, it is my responsibility
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I spent a combined 10 years gaining experience in tax preparation, financial auditing and corporate budgeting by working in public accounting and the corporate world. My client base consists of individuals, small businesses and non-profits. Among others, the services I offer include accounting, tax planning and preparation, new business formation and retirement and estate planning.
What is your favorite thing about working as a CPA? The true satisfaction I receive in working with my clients is
watching them implement my advice into their everyday lives or their businesses. Passing on what I know helps them grow and succeed. There’s no better reward for me than being able to solve my clients’ financial issues and plan for a satisfying and comfortable future for them.
What should someone consider when choosing a CPA?
Determine the extent of your financial needs, and then find a licensed CPA with a reputation for honest work and a quick response time. Get a feel for a CPA by talking to them about your life and finances. So much of a good business relationship is built just on the way two people’s personalities connect, and if you find that you aren’t meshing well with your
Absolutely. CPAs are more than just professionals who do your yearly taxes. On the individual level, they can advise you on major life events, including buying/ selling your home, financial aid for college, marriage/divorces and much more. On the business level, CPAs should be part of a business owner’s professional team, along with a banker and lawyer, from the inception of the business to the wind down of operations.
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First, educate yourself about financial matters; don’t rely on someone else to make financial decisions for you. Seek advice from professionals, but become an active participant in the decision-making process. Second, budget! Spend less than you earn, and learn to live within your means. Hema Rupnarain, CPA, P.A. Certiﬁed Public Accountant 13520 East Hwy 25, Ocklawaha Phone: (352) 288-9800 Fax: (407) 386-3034 1306 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala Phone: (352) 351-9880 Email: email@example.com
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LOOK CLOSELY at that spider sitting deathly still next to a strange-looking rock. Be sure to take a peek under the rock, too. You may find a cache—the reward in the sport of geocaching that is often described as a game of “HIGH-TECH HIDE AND SEEK.” By Mary Ann DeSantis
“AFTER THEY TOLD ME ABOUT GEOCACHING, I LOOKED INTO IT AND BECAME HOOKED ON THE ACTIVITY MYSELF” —Brian McKay Photo by John Jernigan
ARMED WITH GLOBAL POSITIONING system (GPS) receivers or smartphones, approximately 5 million geocaching enthusiasts seek hidden containers, known as caches, in hundreds of countries on all seven continents. You are probably standing within a few yards of a geocache location right now, and don’t even know it. Geocaching.com, the site all geocachers must first visit before they can play this high-tech scavenger hunt game, says more than 1.7 million active geocaches exist worldwide. Florida is home to thousands, and the Ocala National Forest is the mother lode of geocaches in North Central Florida. But you don’t have to go into the woods to find these hidden “treasures.” Many are within city limits, even in areas around buildings such as the one near the Ocala Recreation and Parks Operations building. City Park Ranger Brian McKay has hidden caches inside the city’s parks for three years. His colleagues call him the “geocaching guru.”
“Three years ago, I was working one evening when I saw a couple flashing a light and obviously looking for something,” he remembers. “After they told me about geocaching, I looked into it and became hooked on the activity myself.” McKay teaches summer workshops for seniors, adults and children and says most of his students stick with the activity long after the workshops are completed. In addition to learning how to find caches, students also learn how to place new ones—and hiding the various-sized containers is something akin to art and science. From hollow plastic spiders and other insects to fake rocks and camouflaged Tupperware bowls, the apparatuses used to conceal a geocache log are quite clever. So what are you getting for all this high-tech scavenging? The thrill of discovery is the motivator for avid geocachers. Most caches simply contain a log that you sign and date. Later, you post your find on geocaching.
com. Some caches do contain small items, such as coins, toy badges or buttons for trade, but if you take something, the rule is you leave an item in return. “Geocaching is something you do for your own enjoyment,” says Bob Seger, president of the Geocaching Club of The Villages and the No. 2 geocacher in the state of Florida. He has found more than 18,270 caches and has placed more than 335 for other geocachers to find since 2007. Last year, he traveled 8,000 miles to what he describes as “cache-rich places” in Nevada, Utah and California. In June, he will head out again—first to New York and then westward. “Geocaches take you to interesting places where you meet interesting people,” adds Villager Jim Smith. Smith and his wife Sally Ann have traveled as far as Budapest, Hungary, looking for caches, but the ultimate thrill for them was participating in “Cache Across America” last year with another couple. They drove 17,000 miles and made two airplane trips in six weeks
BEFORE YOU BEGIN HINTS FOR FIRST-TIME GEOCACHERS
Go to geocaching.com and register for free. Put in the ZIP code of where you would like to search.
2. From the list that appears, select traditional geocaches with a Level 1 difficulty and easy terrain.
3. Notice the description of the container size. First-timers may want to look for large caches that are easier to spot than the miniscule “bison tubes.”
4. Look to see when the geocache was last found. If it was found a
week or so ago, it’s most likely still active. If several months have passed since anyone logged a find, chances are it’s missing.
5. Send the coordinates to your GPS unit or smartphone. You may also want to print a copy of the geocache description and any hints. Automobile GPS units do not work well for geocaching.
6. Pack your bug spray, sunscreen, tweezers to remove cache logs from tiny spaces, spare GPS batteries and water before heading outside for your family-friendly adventure. Sturdy walking shoes are also a must.
“GEOCACHES TAKE YOU TO INTERESTING PLACES WHERE YOU MEET INTERESTING PEOPLE” —Jim Smith
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to find a specific cache in each state, including Alaska and Hawaii. “The final cache was hidden in the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.,” he says. “It was a great ending to the adventure.” Ocala’s McKay says that geocaching gives people an opportunity to get outside and see new scenery. “People tell me all the time that they didn’t know some Ocala parks even existed until they went there looking for a cache,” he says. GEOCACHING BEGAN AS A hobby in May 2000 when the first geocache appeared only a day after the U.S. government officially removed “selective availability” from GPS satellites that were used primarily by the military. Civilian GPS units became more accurate than previously permitted. Dave Ulmer of Beavercreek, Oregon, hid a container filled with books, videos and a slingshot in the backwoods and posted the coordinates on the Internet with a challenge “to go find it.” That single Internet posting led to the phenomenon of geocaching; although, in the early days, it was called a “GPS stash hunt.” Mike Teague, the first person to find
TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW BISON TUBES Micro or “nano” geocache containers, usually made from anodized aluminum. The tubes hold only a tiny roll of log paper. BYOP Bring Your Own Pen/Pencil. An acronym often used by cache owners to communicate to other geocachers that you will need to bring your writing utensil to sign the logbook.
CACHE A shortened version of the word geocache.
GEOCACHE A hidden container that includes, at minimum, a logbook to sign.
CITO Cache In Trash Out is an ongoing environmental initiative supported by the worldwide geocaching community. Since 2002, geocachers have been dedicated to cleaning up parks and other cachefriendly places.
HITCHHIKER An item placed in a cache that has instructions to travel to other caches. Sometimes, they have their own logbooks attached.
MULTI-CACHE The first geocache holds clues to find a second cache and the second one holds clues for a third. TRADITIONAL CACHE A basic container that includes a logbook and may or may not include trade items. A traditional cache is found at the coordinates given and involves only one stage. Source: geocaching.com
LEARN TO BE A GEOCACHING GURU The City of Ocala offers geocaching workshops for anyone who wants to learn more about the sport. Scheduled workshops for individuals will begin again in the fall season, but if you have a large group, you can make special reservations now. Contact the Park Operations Center at (352) 368-5500 for more information. Photo by John Jernigan
Ulmer’s stash, began gathering online posts of coordinates around the world and documented them on his personal Web page. In September 2000, the geocaching.com site began when Web developer Jeremy Irish stumbled upon Teague’s page and realized this new hobby combined his interests of treasure hunting and using tech-gadgets. Irish and Teague worked together to improve the cache-hunting experience for people who were just learning about GPS technology. Now that geocaching applications are available for smartphones, the hobby is growing even faster and into new frontiers. Searching for caches has moved beyond trails and landmarks into cyberspace and below the sea. Virtual caches do not contain a traditional box or logbook but are usually an object that must be described to the cache’s originator.
For example, a plaque located at the posted coordinates may have a date or name that finders would identify. Even more challenging are the underwater geocaches that scuba divers began hiding a couple of years ago. Underwater geocaching follows much the same rules as the land-based game but definitely has more challenges. Caches must be submersible and able to withstand water pressure and corrosion. And underwater geocachers often must sign a waterproof logbook to prove they were really there. No matter where a cache is located, the basic rules remain the same for geocachers as they did in 2000. “Find it, sign the logbook, put it back together and hide it where you found it,” Smith told beginners at a recent workshop in The Villages. “And if you take something from the
container, like a coin or trinket, be sure to leave something in return.” While some newbie geocachers may question the necessity of actually signing logs before posting the find on geocaching.com, both Smith and Seger emphasize that the sport is on the honor system. “If you cheat, you are cheating only yourself,” says Smith. Seger adds, “In this sport, you police yourself. It’s a lot like golf in that respect.” WANT TO KNOW MORE?
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LETTERBOXING THE LOW-TECH VERSION Letterboxing is another familyfriendly scavenger hunt activity that has been around more than 150 years and uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories or nursery rhymes. Many geocaches in this area are hybrids, meaning they are a combination of a geocache and letterbox. A letterbox contains a unique rubber stamp (often made by the person who hid the box), an
ink pad and a logbook or journal. Letterboxers have trail names and carry their own rubber stamp to use on the box’s logbook and inversely stamp their own personal journal with the letterbox stamp. A couple of years ago, a friend and I wanted to combine our two favorite hobbies: hiking and rubber stamping. Letterboxing was an activity that seemed designed for us, and we’ve searched for the
well-hidden boxes throughout Florida and Georgia. One of my first letterbox finds was in Ocala’s Veterans Memorial Park on Silver Springs Blvd. Today, my personal journal is filled with unique and artistic stamped impressions that are fun to look through and remember my travels. Just like in geocaching, you will find the lists of letterboxes online and can filter for a specific area to search. And don’t think
that high-tech accoutrements have left letterboxing enthusiasts behind. Smartphone apps are available so you can access clues to letterboxes from anywhere. FOR INFORMATION, VISIT LETTERBOXING.ORG.
t’s July in Florida. Let’s face it, for even the sunseekers among us, it’s just too darn hot to venture much farther beyond your air-conditioned living room—unless there’s a swimming pool or beach involved, that is. And that’s exactly what we’ve got: three sunny destinations where you can relax in the sand, play in the surf and melt away your summertime blues.
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What To Eat One of the best parts about calling an Anna Maria Vacations’ property home is the gourmet kitchens available in each home. This is a great amenity for guests on a budget. There’s a Publix grocery store on the island, so it’s easy to buy all
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the supplies you need to make delicious, home-cooked meals. Many of the restaurants on Anna Maria Island offer a family-friendly atmosphere, but for a romantic night out, try The Waterfront Restaurant (thewaterfrontrestaurant.net).
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Where To Stay The TradeWinds Island Grand has it all: five heated pools, limitless beachfront recreation, fine and casual dining, a beautiful—and relaxing—spa and salon, and an outstanding children’s program (that will even keep the teens occupied)—all complete with a $20 million guestroom makeover, which was just finished this past March. With a wide variety of room styles to choose from, Island Grand has something to meet every family’s budget, without skimping on the comfortable accommodations you expect. Rooms are outfitted in British West Indies, plantation-style décor, giving the room a serene, island vibe.
How To Play There’s no shortage of playtime solutions while visiting TradeWinds Island Grand. First on the list should be the Splash Island Water Park, a 15,750-square-foot floating playground in the Gulf of Mexico, just 60 feet off the resort’s shoreline. The water park offers 11 fun-filled features—from jumping and climbing to relaxing and sunning. Between this and the three-story High Tide Slide on the beach, you might not see your kids all vacation (who’s complaining, right?)!
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TradeWinds Island Grand can also provide a home away from home to your furry family members as well, thanks to the pet-friendly suites. The Pet Play Zone features doggie drinking fountains, rinse and drying stations (with towels!) and fire hydrants— always a doggie favorite. Sounds like the dogs have it just as good as the humans here!
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What To Eat There’s nothing like a vacation to make you forget your diet plans, and TradeWinds makes it easy. With 14 distinctive eateries that range from family-friendly casual fare to fine dining restaurants, there’s no reason to ever leave the resort to fill your tummy. If you’re interested in a romantic evening, try Palm Court Italian Grill, where you can dine indoors or under the stars. And the little ones will appreciate the quick stops located around the resort, where you can pick up a pizza, feast on a freshly made deli sandwich or satisfy your sweet tooth with a homemade sugar cone filled with Edy’s ice cream. Yum!
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hands tried to save every strand of shredded cheese and drop of sauce as I hastily and rapturously devoured one of several hot dogs that week. Sometimes, it was a 6-inch frankfurter; other times a foot-long pup. A bewildered onlooker may have wondered if I was in training for a hot dog eating competition on my two-dogs-in-a-row lunch breaks. Consider this: In 2009, Joey Chestnut practically inhaled 68 hot dogs in less than 10 minutes. Last year, at the first Nathan’s Famous Female Hot Dog Eating Competition, Sonya Thomas cleaned up with 40 hot dogs within the same time. As for myself: a measly 10 hot dogs eaten over a week. Sure, my hot dog eating is less impressive, but I wasn’t driven by dreams of glory. I toiled dog after dog, all of a different breed, to find what I considered to be the eight top dogs in our area—and two outside—for a banquet of summer fun. Here’s to howling while your stomach’s growling…
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he side of onion rings lay forgotten as I ate my lunch: a jumbo-sized hot dog in a soft white bun, barely containing its overabundance of relish, cheddar and onions. My mustard-stained
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Dee Dee’s Doghouse
Lexy’s Coney Island Hot Dogs
“Hot Dog!” is what you’ll shout when you order a Hell Dog from this little diner. Built in 1918 and originally a train depot, Dee Dee’s is a local favorite. The early lunch crowd wanders in around 11, and before you know it, servers are carrying as many plates as they possibly can while a toy train bordering the walls travels overhead as you dig into your meal. The quarter-pound hot dog in a soft-as-a-picnicblanket roll can be ordered plain or with all the fixings, depending on your regional desire (Chicago? New York? Philly?) or tolerance for heat. The aforementioned Hell Dog is topped with chili, cheese and jalapenos. You can add extras at the topping station if you think you can fit anything more on this wiener.
A little squirt in a sun bonnet grips her Coney in her chubby hand, beaming at the camera on a sunny beach day. Now a young woman, Lexy’s enthusiasm for hot dogs at infancy was what inspired her proud grandfather Dennis to open his restaurant in 2010, where he serves daily specials—sloppy joes, Polish sausages—and his famous all-beef Coney dogs. The Small Lexy is as authentic as they come: a Nathan’s Famous with homemade Coney sauce, mustard and aromatic onions from tip to tip. Still feeling hungry? Lexy’s is known as Home of the Big Dog. Dennis has Gulden mustard in the back if yellow mustard makes you quail, and you can also add on kraut, Texas chili, slaw, cheese and even mayo. Lexy’s is the mecca for non-native Floridians who crave their home state mutt.
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hot dogs are cut in half and sandwiched like a sub with the topping of your choice. All of the toppings you can get on a burger are available for those hot dog lovers who beat to their own drum. There’s a plain dog, a cheese dog and a bacon dog. Can’t decide? Order the bacon cheese dog. Problem solved. It’s OK to be a glutton and revel in the crispy bacon. And do you know how wonderful melted cheese is? Really, do you?
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There are chilly sled dogs, and there are chili slaw dogs. You don’t have to brave arctic temps when you order the latter at Hungry Bear (unless there’s a cold snap). You’ll be wondering if the chili dog is sloppy Joe’s long lost brother when you bite into one from Hungry Bear. Quick confession: I hate cole slaw on my hot dog like I hate mayonnaise on my hamburger. But what of the chili slaw dog? Let’s just say this hater may tolerate her slaw on a frankfurter. Cheese lovers can also satisfy their lust with the chili slaw cheese dog. Crinkle cut French fries, sweet potato fries and banana, cherry or peanut butter shakes are all extras that’ll satisfy your inner bear while feasting on your sloppy dog.
darn good? Hot dogs and ice cream are definitely one of those pairings. Why else are they summer staples? It’s no surprise July is both National Ice Cream Month and National Hot Dog Month. Get your hot dog and ice cream fix at Krazy Kones with its Vienna Beef hot dogs. The Chicago-style dog is a figurative and literal mouthful of
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In 2011, Ocala.com asked readers to weigh in on which hot dog ranks No. 1. Sonic was declared the top dog in the poll with fans praising the steamed hot dogs that “nearly melt in your mouth.” Were they exaggerating? My own investigation reached this verdict: They were absolutely, positively not.making.this.up. Sonic has five choices on their Coneys & Hot Dogs menu (not including the corn dog). DID YOUHE Besides the Footlong Coney, O N TICE T SE the All-American hot dog is a COVER?OTNHICO ARE S ! drive-in favorite. Your dog will DOGS be delivered by a rollerskating server who’ll arrive at your car window to deliver your meal: a 100 percent pure beef hot dog on a fluffy bun, topped with relish, chopped onions, mustard and ketchup. Eat it while it’s warm.
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Pudgee’s All American Hot Dogs
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Frank. Personal favorite: The Jen Po Boy Coney is a wholesome stack of fries with Pudgee’s original Coney sauce, onions, strands of melted cheese and mustard. It’s a saucy, gooey, gorgeous monstrosity of hot dog poetry. Here’s my inner Shakespeare: Sabrett, sausage, Coney dogs galore, the Pudgee is closed August, so what are you waiting for?
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Is there any place in Ocala you can get a Nathan’s hot dog? How about a hot dog on the downtown square? And just what in the world happened to Judy the hot dog lady? Unfortunately, Judy has moved out of state, but don’t fret just yet! Your cure to hot dog deprivation lies in O’Malley’s on weekdays from 11am to 3pm. The pub invites you to the dog pound, where you can order a plain, chili or kraut dog with chips. A Nathan’s Famous loaded with sauerkraut and a squirt of mustard will make you chow down in salivation—er, salvation. Eat al fresco for a little people watching on the square. If they stop and stare, they’re just envious of your kraut dog. If they stop, stare and giggle: Wear that mustard stain with pride.
So, will your hot dog preference match where you reside or were you born in the wrong state?
MOSTLY A’S: You belong in The Windy City, where Chicagoans load their dogs with pickles, peppers, relish, tomatoes, onions and mustard in a poppy seed roll. MOSTLY B’S: You’re a true
southerner and would delight in eating a West Virginia Slaw Dog, which has ground beef sauce, yellow mustard
and cole slaw. In North Carolina, the slaw is dressed with ketchup, hot pepper and vinegar.
a heap of shredded cheese, while the Detroit Coney has pretty much the same toppings, sans cheese.
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“IT’S CALLED PUDGEE’S, NOT SKINNY’S!”
Hot dogs and hamburgers are synonymous with good ol’ Americana finger food, and Pudgee’s puts out the wildest incarnations for your belly’s pleasure. Helpful hint: Don’t put on your Sunday best! These babies are stuffed with love and will make you look like a kid eating his first hot dog at a ballpark. Speaking of ballpark hot dogs, Pudgee has the next best thing if you can’t make it to a game this summer with his Basic Ball Park
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Dine in or drive through, this chain is known for its juicy burgers and enticing milkshakes, but don’t miss out on the franks! The drive-thru only lists the Steak Frank and its Chicago-style counterpart. Both are delicious in their own right, yet it’d be a mistake to overlook the chili cheese and cheesy cheddar. Too much cheese for ya? Well then, holy guacamole!, order the guacamole steak frank, instead. The sliced hot dog rests in a slightly toasted roll covered in creamy guacamole and sweet salsa with a little kick. To be frank (pun shamelessly intended), it’s a meal you shouldn’t pass up. Chase it with a hand-dipped milkshake in case it bites. Woof! Woof!
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Nothing can stop you on your shopping excursion in The
Villages! Nothing can stand in your way—except perhaps the beautiful words “frozen custard.” And it gets even more tempting when you approach Ollie’s entrance and see a Nathan’s Famous sign on the door. Order you hot dog, and then help yourself to relish, sauerkraut, onions, ketchup, mustard and spicy brown mustard at the side
station. Eat it with a milkshake, malt, float, old-fashioned soda, egg cream or (please) ordinary soft drink. And what’s any meal without dessert? Ollie’s makes fresh frozen custard daily with a flavor of the day, as well as banana splits, sundaes, frozen custard pies—just try to stop me from going back there and trying them all!
At the GOD & COUNTRY DAY celebration, an allday event at Highway 27 and Highway 225 on July 4, Ocala’s first annual hot dog eating contest will transpire at 1pm. Organized by Arnette House’s Community Development Coordinator
Adam Copenhaver, the contest is open to all, with primary contenders including firemen, paramedics and first responders. Money raised through sponsorships per devoured hot dog will be donated to the Arnette House.
The big question is, if the paramedics are participating in the hot dog eating contest, who’ll be on call to help the paramedics? “We’ll have backup,” Copenhaver promises.
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“I’ve always wanted to work with both horses and dogs, so I watched lots of people. I learned from lots of people. I’m learning from the handler I use right now, and he’s 27 years old. You’re never done learning,” she says. Though Carol claims she still has much to learn, while watching her with the dogs, you can see that interacting with animals comes naturally to her. “Just living with them, you train them,” she says. “You have to get into their minds, their souls, in order to understand them.” Not all dogs, no matter how beautifully bred, turn out to be good show dogs though, Carol explains. She says they have to love to show in order to win. “You can’t make them win. There are no tricks. If they don’t love what they do, they can’t be winners, and if that’s the case, then you can’t ask them to compete,” Carol says. Perhaps what is most impres—CAROL HARRIS sive about Carol’s breeding and showing program is not the numerous awards and titles she’s won or the fact that people from all over the world, including Korea, Japan, South Africa and Singapore purchase her puppies, but that the entire operation is managed by Carol, her daughter and one other employee who “keeps things neat.” “My daughter and I feed them (the animals) ourselves. We don’t eat until they do,” she says. And Carol’s whippets, though top competitors, snuggle up in the bedroom with her every night. “My program is simple, but it works,” she says. “Be with them, and be patient.” Carol shows dogs for about two years before they retire, and she’ll only campaign three or four dogs at a time. “Once the dog doesn’t get excited about showing any more, it’s time to stop. You can’t ask to win everything,” she says with a smile.
“I’VE BEEN BREEDING FOR OVER 60 YEARS NOW, AND I STILL LOVE IT AS MUCH AS I DID WHEN I STARTED.”
SIX DECADES & GOING STRONG
rive onto Carol Harris’ Bo-Bett Farm in Reddick and there’s no doubt that she is an animal lover. Along with approximately 50 horses, Carol’s farm is home to over 50 dogs. “I’ve been breeding for over 60 years now, and I still love it as much as I did when I started,” says the energetic and spry 89 year old. Over the past six decades, Carol has bred and shown several different breeds, including shepherds, collies and a number of terrier breeds. She concedes that after decades of grooming and handstripping the longer haired breeds, working with the shorter-haired dogs is far easier. Today, Carol is the proud owner of over 50 whippets and Italian greyhounds. She may be a bit biased, but Carol describes the whippet breed as “the best kept secret in the dog world,” touting their outstanding temperament and general love of people. And Carol’s dogs, which are always eager to greet and play with visitors, truly excel in the show arena. “We’ve just been very lucky,” says Carol modestly. And even after 60 years experience, she says she never stops learning.
LEARNING THE ROPES
arbara Carry had no interest in showing dogs when she bought her bullmastiff puppy Leo three years ago. “I knew I wanted a big dog, so I started researching different breeds,” says Barbara. The bullmastiff ’s temperament and quiet nature appealed to Barbara, who lives on a horse farm in Ocala. “I didn’t want to have to worry about something that wouldn’t get along with my horses or barn cats. The bullmastiff just seemed like a good fit,” she explains.
After doing some research on the breed and contacting a reputable breeder, Barbara purchased 8-week-old Leo without any intention of pursuing a career in showing. However after an encounter with the breeder a year later, Barbara was convinced to enter Leo in a show in Orlando—even though he had never had any experience or training in a show arena. “It was so funny,” recalls Barbara of that first competition. “The handler kept trying to position him, and he just kept moving back out of position. He had no clue what we were doing to him,” she laughs. But despite not having any understanding of the situation, Leo managed to beat out several other well-known dogs. “He won 12 points toward his ‘Champion’ title, and that is practically unheard of, especially considering he had never shown before,” explains Barbara, who was “hooked” after that first show. She continued on to the winter circuit in Brooksville, which consists of three weeks of
competition, and finished up with the Best of Breed title—quite an accomplishment for a new show dog. It wasn’t long before others in the dog show world took notice of Leo. Eventually, Barbara was approached by a breeder in Rhode Island and decided to breed Leo, who had since gone on to win a “Champion” title after winning 15 points in competition. Today, Barbara owns and shows one of Leo’s daughters Lucy. “I started going to handling classes so I could show Lucy myself,” says Barbara. “It’s actually quite hard to do everything right, especially since they are living, breathing animals. But all of the judges I’ve encountered have been very helpful and have given me tips and pointers along the way,” she says. Leo continues to show but splits his time now between competing and working as a therapy dog. “I take him to visit the kids at Shands, and everybody just loves him,” says Barbara. “Leo is always happy and will do anything, but Lucy really wants to show,” she says of the two dogs. Her goal is to continue showing Lucy and for —BARBARA CARRY her to earn the “Champion” title just like her father before breeding her. “It’s just so much fun. I’d like to keep a puppy or two of Lucy’s and continue showing,” she says. For Barbara, a sport she never had any intention of pursuing has turned out to be, in her words, “a very rewarding experience.”
“I DIDN’T WANT TO HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SOMETHING THAT WOULDN’T GET ALONG WITH MY HORSES OR BARN CATS. THE BULL MASTIFF JUST SEEMED LIKE A GOOD FIT.”
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en-year-old Caitlyn Jewett probably spends more hours at dog shows than she does at her home in Citra. She, along with her parents Frank and Maureen, estimates that they spend at least 46 weekends of the year traveling to shows. “It can be a hard life with all of the traveling, but we love it,” says Maureen, who compares their lifestyle to that of a “traveling gypsy.” Frank and Maureen are professional, AKC-registered dog handlers. “We get paid for our hobby,” says Frank, who was also introduced to the dog show world as a child. “My parents showed dogs, and I was always around, so I started showing. Then, one day, someone asked me to handle their dog, and it just sort of took off,” he says of his upbringing. “If she becomes a professional, she’ll be a third-generation handler,” he says referring to Caitlyn. And Caitlyn seems to be on the right track. She began showing when she was 6 years old, though she attended her first competition as a 2-week-old infant. She has already competed at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships and qualified for this year’s Eukanuba show in December. And while her parents handle other people’s dogs
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he Greater Ocala Dog Club hosts some of the top dogs in the nation at several shows throughout the year. President Phillip Briasco estimates somewhere between 1,700 and 1,800 dogs from around the country
make their way to the grounds during the bigger competitions along with anywhere between 15 and 20 different vendors. “Ocala is not just horse country. We’re a huge dog community, too,” he says, boasting of several top breeders, handlers and judges based in Marion County. “Each year the shows bring in millions of dollars to our local economy, and we’ve produced
professionally, as a junior handler, Caitlyn must own the dogs she competes with. She currently owns and shows a boarder terrier named Scarlett, who is qualified for this year’s National Boarder Terrier Championships. Caitlyn also coowns a greyhound named Joe. Because of her busy show schedule, Caitlyn is homeschooled by her mother, who is well aware of the sacrifices her daughter makes to work with the dogs. Maureen was involved in 4-H as a child and worked with show cattle before moving on to dogs at the age of 9. Both Frank and Maureen were involved in breeding before focusing primarily on handling. Their registration with the AKC as professional handlers makes them sought after, as they have to meet certain criteria in order to qualify for the certification. Yet, though they are in high demand, Frank and Maureen limit the amount of dogs they will work with to between 12 and 15. “With fewer dogs, you can give them more attention, and that’s important,” says Frank. He explains that handling dogs is far more in-depth than what the audience sees on television. Frank, Maureen and Caitlyn spend hours
preparing for those few moments in front of the judges, doing everything from training and exercising to grooming and caring for the dogs. “It’s a lot more work than you would think,” says Maureen, whose day often begins very early in the morning and can last until well into the evening. “And if it rains, it can put a complete glitch in your grooming plans,” she laughs. When asked what qualities make a good handler, Frank refers to a “natural skill.” “You have to make the dog always look like its showing. You have to show off its best qualities and hide its flaws,” he says. “You shouldn’t notice the handler, it’s all about the dog.”
many of the top dogs in the country,” he says. The dog club also hosts classes in confirmation, obedience, rally and agility throughout the year, and many of the top AKC judges are members. Phillip recommends that anyone interested in showing should take the time to research the breeds they are interested in. “Research is key,” he says. “Talk to breeders, owners and
handlers. Learn everything you can so that you know what to expect.” Phillip says spectators are always welcome at the Ocala Dog Club’s shows and that they are very family-friendly events. “They’re the kind of thing you can bring the whole family to for a few dollars and spend the day,” he says, admitting that it usually only takes one show before you’re “hooked.”
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tep back in time at this truly authentic 2,900GE B S acre Shaker commuOF P L EAS AN L, H AR R OD nity that is part living T HIL history museum, part rustic resort. Thirteen of Shaker Village’s 34 original buildings are set aside for lodging, and many people come here to reconnect with nature and a simpler way of life, including actress Ashley Judd who also happens to serve on the board of trustees. Shakers, the largest and bestknown communal society in 19th century America, established Pleasant Hill in 1805 on a limestone bluff about 30 miles from Lexington, Kentucky. The sect chose a peaceful way of life with a quest for simplicity and perfection. Although Shakers no longer exist in Kentucky, their dedication to perfection is still evident in the architectural details and craftsmanship of the original buildings. Today, architects marvel at the perfect symmetry of the spiral staircases in the building once used as the trustees office that now houses the registration area and restaurant.
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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a non-profit National Historic Landmark that seeks to preserve the legacy of the remarkable society that lived in the area until 1910. The property began hosting overnight visitors in the late 1960s after the abandoned buildings were restored. It has since become a destination for those who want to leave behind their worries and stress for a few days. “This place is all about having an authentic experience where you can reconnect with nature and the past,” says publicist Aimee Darnell, who has worked at Shaker Villages for five years. “We try to create a real farm experience, especially for children, who may have never seen a working farm.” Although the experience is definitely authentic, modern conveniences do exist. Several of the inn’s rooms have Internet access, and all of the inn’s beds feature TempurPedic mattresses on Shaker-style furniture. With more than 40 miles of hiking, biking and equine trails, and a 1,000-acre nature preserve, Shaker Village is a refuge for outdoor enthusiasts. A maple tree-lined pathway is the perfect place to stroll from one building to another and past the lush gardens. A
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short walk leads you past Shaker Village’s favorite pet McDuffie, a Scotts Highland steer. “Shakers raised this type of animal, and he’s become iconic for us,” says Aimee. “He is so popular that we’re even thinking about creating a Twitter page for him.” A weekend in Shaker Village offers a lot more than peaceful walks in the woods, however. Summer months are filled with craft workshops, musical programs, cooking classes, antique shows and cruises along the Kentucky River aboard the Dixie Belle riverboat. Fall officially begins with a HarvestFest in late September and is followed by “Fall-on-theFarm” weekends in October, where guests learn to make not only butter but cider from apples picked from the property’s orchard. In December, private quail hunts can be arranged on the wildlife preserve that has become a model for nature conservationists and private landowners. With all of the healthy activities to choose from, guests work up an appetite, and the on-site dining room serves traditional favorites and Kentucky specialties. Food and herbs grown in the gardens are used in the family-style restaurant, where Vice President David Larson has recreated many original Shaker recipes, including a tangy lemon pie that makes mouths pucker and water at the same time. “The Shakers’ philosophy was waste-not, want-not,” says Larson, formerly a James Beard award-winning chef. “They even used the rinds from the lemons that were shipped in by riverboat. The rinds give the pie a tartness that is unusual and delicious.” After dinner, sit by the outdoor fire pits where you can share stories with fellow guests or just reflect in peace and quiet about how life’s simple pleasures are often the best.
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idwesterners have known for years that Door County is a treasure, especially during the summer and fall. Now that Money Magazine has named the 70-mile long peninsula one of its “Top 10 Vacation Destinations in America,” the secret is out, and more than 2 million visitors a year agree. Jutting into Lake Michigan, this northeast Wisconsin county is dotted with so many charming little towns that it’s hard to decide where to stay. And it’s even harder to decide what to do first, because the area has so many parks, lighthouses, art galleries, museums, outdoor recreational activities and shopping opportunities. “Door County is a culturally diverse area that is well worth a trip from Florida,” says Carol Borycki, who lives in The Villages seven months a year but returns to her home in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, every summer. “We have many events and festivals, art shows and musical and theater offerings every summer, but the parks are really special all year. I always recommend visiting Peninsula State Park for its beautiful trails and stunning views of the bay.” Visitors from coastal states are often surprised by Door County’s rich maritime history. Sturgeon Bay, the county seat, is home to the Door County Maritime Museum, which opened in 1996. An initial stop at this delightful, well-organized museum is worth the time to understand the area’s history and how the town became an important shipbuilding center for the entire U.S. The museum also has a fascinating, interactive display of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes, many of which attract scuba divers during the summer months. If you decide to eat or stay in Sturgeon Bay before heading up the coastline, be sure to stop at The Inn at Cedar Crossing, consistently ranked
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This northeast Wisconsin county is dotted with so many
as one of America’s top bed and breakfast inns and restaurants by Midwest Living, TripAdvisor and others. The Door County Coastal Byway runs through quaint and charming harbor villages, each with its own unique attractions. The scenic byway begins just north of Sturgeon Bay where Highways 42 and 57 fork. Take Highway 57 north along the Lake Michigan side, and stop at the Cana Island Lighthouse in Baileys Harbor. Built in 1869, the lighthouse is one of the Great Lakes’ most photographed icons and offers exhilarating views of the rocky Lake Michigan shoreline below. Also located in Baileys Harbor is Ridges Sanctuary, the state’s oldest nonprofit nature preserve and an Audubon-sanctioned bird area with five miles of rustic trails to explore. From Baileys Harbor, continue across Door County to Sister Bay, where everyone does a double-take at the goats grazing on the sod roof of Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant. For CANA more than 60 years, the restaurant has served a variety LIGHTHOUSE of Swedish fare for breakfast and lunch. It’s the grazing goats, however, that often cause traffic jams in the summer. Art lovers and artists will want to spend time at the Peninsula Art School and Guenzel Gallery in Fish Creek, located on the Green Bay side of the peninsula. This center for visual arts offers year-round
programming and one- to five-day workshops in ceramics, jewelry and metal arts, photography, watercolor, printmaking and more. The school annually sponsors the Midwest’s largest Plein Air Festival, where artists from all over the nation paint outdoors. This year’s event is scheduled for July 23-28. While in Fish Creek, be sure to visit the White Gull Inn, the only place where the traditional Door County “fish boil” is offered year round. White fish from Lake Michigan are boiled with red potatoes and onions in a huge outdoor kettle over an open wood fire. When the fiery “boil over” blazes up, delighted onlookers know the flames mean a feast will soon begin. Pie made with Door County cherries is the perfect ending to an evening as the Lake Michigan breezes make you forget the sticky temps back home.
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Two resorts, Bernard’s Landing Resort & Conference Center and Mariner’s Landing Resort, are on opposite sides of the lake. Bernard’s offers a private beach, golf, tennis and even parasailing adventures. Mariner’s Landing Resort also offers golf and conference facilities. Smith Mountain Lake is near the Blue Ridge Parkway, ranked as one of America’s most scenic drives. A nearby attraction is the Peaks of Otter, a 5,000acre area with hiking trails leading to three distinctive peaks preserved by the National Park Service. While summer is a great time to enjoy water sports, fall offers picture-perfect scenery with changing colors and cool, crisp air. Visitors can take time to enjoy the area’s boutiques, restaurants and shops filled with antiques and art. On the last weekend of September, the 23rd Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival will attract hundreds of visitors not only for wine tastings from 27 Virginia wineries but also for a continuous outdoor concert and a juried craft festival. For information, visit smlwinefestival.com.
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f you love water sports and the mountains, Smith Mountain Lake may be the coolest place to combine those loves this summer. The 40-mile-long lake is often called “the jewel of the Blue IM Ridge” because of its idyllic scenery, perfect S climate and prime location V I SI T between Roanoke and Lynchburg. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the lake offers camp sites as well as luxury vacation rentals. With more than 500 miles of shoreline, water sports dominate. Fishing, recreational boating, wakeboarding, swimming and water skiing are the allure for most visitors. House boat and pontoon rentals are also available for a minimum of three days. Even if you don’t have a boat, Smith Mountain Lake still has a lot to offer, including an overview tour aboard the “Virginia Dare,” a 19th century replica side wheeler. The cruise is a great way to learn about the lake’s islands and coves, wildlife and the nearby Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
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natural beauty of the Ozark ometimes the only Mountains attracted “tourists” place to escape the to the area in the 1800s. A heat is indoors. 1907 novel set in the area, The With 100 live perShepherd of the Hills by Harold formances a day in Bell Wright fascinated readers more than 50 state-of-theworldwide, and the stampede to art theaters, Branson offers RA .C N NS O O the logging town began. visitors many options for findNS N, MO A R B To mark the anniversary, the city ing a cool show. Performances | E X P LO R E is celebrating with special events and the often begin as early as 10am, and opening of the new Centennial Heritage Musesome folks take in more than one show um. In addition, Branson’s tastefully done and historically a day, especially during the summer. Baby Boomers may think Branson only offers accurate Titanic Museum marks the 100th anniversary of their parents’ kind of entertainment, but all that has the ship’s fateful voyage with special exhibits. Although the Show-Me State temperatures can changed. Even at the long-standing Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre, the Jersey Boy sound of the sing- surpass the Sunshine State’s in the summer, there are ing group “Oh What a Night” is winning over younger plenty of ways to stay cool while outdoors. Don’t miss audiences. “The Legends of Kung Fu,” at the White the splashdown in a World War II amphibious vehicle, House Theatre has mesmerized audiences around the known as a DUKW. The vehicles are seen all over Branson as they make their way to Table Rock world with its Cirque du Soleil-like Lake just west of the city. Keep your combinations of traditional martial cameras covered because you will arts, aerial ballet, dance and music. get a little wet as the open air vehicle With a cast of 65 performers, magmakes a bumpy descent into the lake. nificent scenery and lots of special Silver Dollar City, the largest effects, Legends of Kung Fu was family-owned theme park in the named Branson’s Production Show U.S., makes 7,000 gallons of ice of the Year in 2011. cream a year—always good on a Music styles in the live music warm, summer day. Youngsters capital of America—as Branson won’t want to miss the exciting bills itself—encompass pop, counPowderKeg roller coaster and try, rock n’ roll, Broadway, big band, other rides, while moms can enjoy classical and much more, but the a cooking class at Silver City’s Culicommon denominator is familyfriendly entertainment. Theaters emphasize that shows nary School in an 1880s-style farmhouse. Still in search of cooler temps? Explore Marvel Cave, which is a wet are appropriate for all ages. 2012 has been a hot year for Branson as it celebrates limestone cave that the theme park literally evolved its 100th anniversary as an incorporated city, although the around. Be prepared to walk 600 steps down to the
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AVE Short Man’s Revenge received its name magine a place RNS TATE S A D when visitors enter the 4-foot-high room. in Florida that STATE PARK | FLORI The tour moves along quickly enough that stays 65 degrees claustrophobia is seldom an issue, but if it is, the year-round. If a long tour guide will escort you to one of the nearby exits. weekend in the Sunshine Tours are offered Thursday through Monday and cost State is all your budget can handle, a drive to the $8 for adults and $5 for children over the park entrance Panhandle town of Marianna will take you to the fee. No tours are given on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. hottest cool place around. About an hour west of TalWhile the tour’s geology lesson is interesting, the lahassee, Florida Caverns State Park is home to the cave’s history is just as fascinating. Spanish explorers state’s only cave open for public tours. Temperatures described the caves as early as 1693. Seminole Indians outside may be boiling, but the maze of caves stays hid there during the Seminole Wars as did residents naturally cool. of nearby Marianna during the Civil War. In 1936, the The 45-minute guided tours through the underDepression-era Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) ground system of caverns are hot sellers, especially in excavated tons of rock to open the cave’s interior spaces the summer. Park rangers offer lively and humorous and install lighting. Many of the workers were teenage tours while explaining the state’s unique geological boys who were paid $1 a day to help create a natural history that began approximately 38 million years attraction. ago. The entire southeastern coastal You can’t spend all of your time plain was once under water. When hiding in the cave to escape the heat, the waters receded, shells, coral and but you can cool off in the Blue Hole sediments on the sea floor hardSpring swimming and recreation area ened into limestone, and acidic of the 1,300-acre state park. Canoeing, water created crevices just below the kayaking, tubing and fishing are also limestone surfaces. Dripping water available on the spring-fed Chipola formed stalactites hanging from River that borders the park. Hiking, the ceiling, while mineral deposits biking and horseback riding are adcreated stalagmites reaching up ditional options. Even golf is available from the floor. The colorful cave at the adjacent Florida Caverns Golf formations are beautiful photoCourse, a nine-hole course built in Marianna’s beautiful graphic subjects. Tripods are not allowed, but flash rolling terrain during the 1930s. photography is OK. Florida Caverns State Park is located off InterEach cavern “room” is named for a predominant state 10 at Exit 142. Camping and RV sites are availspeleothem (cave formation). A formation resemable inside the park, but sites fill quickly during the bling a wedding cake dominates The Wedding Room, summer and reservations are required. A variety of where brides and grooms can actually exchange vows lodging is also available nearby, including the historic as long as they bring their own officiator and pay Hinson House Bed and Breakfast in downtown Marithe $150 rental fee. In the South American room, a anna. Florida Caverns is also a perfect day trip from shimmering rim stone pool resembles the southern the Panhandle beaches. continent. And, of course, there’s no mistaking why
Cathedral Room, the largest cave entrance in the U.S. Silver Dollar City also owns the Showboat Branson Belle, known as the Queen of the Ozarks. The 700-seat riverboat cruises for two hours around Table Rock Lake, while guests enjoy entertainment and a chef-prepared meal. The lake views are spectacular, especially at sunset, but you’ll want to come inside for the variety show, which includes a spellbinding performance by Janice Martin, the world’s only aerial violinist. As fall approaches, the colorful beauty of the Ozarks rivals the Great Smoky Mountains. The Dogwood Canyon Nature Park offers hiking and biking as well as horseback or ATV riding along pristine trails in the heart of the Ozarks. The 2,200-acre preserve features natural waterfalls and fishing ponds where you can even take fly fishing lessons.
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E ARE SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER, AND THE HOT WEATHER IS IN FULL FORCE. THE MAIN WAY MOST FLORIDIANS WILL STAY COOL THIS SUMMER IS TO HIT THE POOL, BEACH, LAKE OR ANY OTHER BODY OF WATER THEY CAN FIND. BUT BEING IN THE WATER WON’T KEEP YOU SAFE FROM THE SUN. FOLLOW THESE DOS AND DON’TS OF SUNSCREEN USE BEFORE YOU HIT THE WATER THIS SUMMER.
» Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outdoors.
» Rely on sunscreen to protect you fully from the sun. You should also wear protective clothing and hats or visors and limit sun exposure during 10am-4pm.
» Re-apply every two hours or more often if you are sweating or swimming. » Look for “broad spectrum” products that block both UVA and UVB rays. » Use a product with an “SPF” of at least 15-30. » Opt for lotions rather than sprays or powders, which can be easily inhaled.
» Skimp on the amount you slather on. Studies show most people only apply 1/2 to 2/3 the amount necessary to reach the SPF rating. » Apply large amounts of sunscreen to infants under 6 months of age. Children this young do not have the melanin proteins for sun protection and should be kept out of the sun. » Use products with an SPF under 15 or over 50. SPF 30 sunscreen has been found to be optimal. » Use products that are combined with bug sprays. Studies show that skin more easily absorbs pesticides when combined with sunscreens. Source: ewg.org
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ARTIES AND PICNICS ARE A STAPLE OF THE SUMMER SEASON. UNFORTUNATELY, ONE IN SIX AMERICANS WILL SUFFER FROM FOOD POISONING THIS YEAR, WITH MOST CASES OCCURRING DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. DON’T LET NASTY FOOD-BORNE BACTERIA GET THE BEST OF YOU. BY TAKING THE PROPER PRECAUTIONS WHEN PREPARING FOOD AND STORING LEFTOVERS, YOU’LL KEEP YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SAFE AT YOUR NEXT BBQ.
TIPS FOR GREAT GRILLIN’ PURCHASE YOUR MEATS AND POULTRY LAST. You should
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REFRIGERATE MEATS IMMEDIATELY. Freeze all
poultry and ground meat that won’t be used in one to two days. Other meats can be kept in the refrigerator if used within four to five days.
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SALADS: EGG, CHICKEN, TUNA, POTATO, ETC…
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It’s a common myth that people who have pet allergies are allergic to the animal’s fur. Pet hair is not considered an allergen, but the animal’s dander is. People with pet allergies can also be allergic to an animal’s saliva, particularly when the person has a cat allergy. Cats have protein in their saliva, and when the saliva comes in contact with your skin, whether from a pet licking you or touching a cat that has recently groomed itself, an allergic reaction can occur.
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THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE A PET ALLERGY? IF YOU HAVE SEVERAL OF THESE SYMPTOMS AND ARE OFTEN AROUND ANIMALS, YOU JUST MIGHT!
For about 20-30 percent of people with asthma, contact with cats can trigger severe asthma attacks and can lead to chronic asthma.
» Coughing » Diﬃculty breathing » Hives » Itching of the nose » Rash » Runny nose
» Redness in the eyes » Sinus pressure » Sneezing » Tearing eyes » Wheezing
TEST IT OUT
When diagnosing an allergy, a doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms, whether they vary according to time of day and the type of animal you have in your home. Allergy tests, most commonly a skin test, are done to identify speciﬁc allergens causing symptoms. If a skin test cannot be performed, a blood test might also be helpful.
For pet allergies, the most eﬀective treatment is to simply not have animals living in your home. If you can’t resist the cuddly creatures, keep pets outside, if possible. If you do allow your pets indoors, keep them out of your bedroom, oﬀ furniture and away from carpet, where you are more likely to have skin-to-skin contact with the animal. Also, frequent bathing and grooming of the pet—by someone who isn’t allergic—may help. You should also avoid visiting people with pets inside their homes. Allergy shots are sometimes recommended if avoiding animals isn’t possible and symptoms are diﬃcult to control.
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CCORDING TO THE 2011-2012 AMERICAN PET PRODUCTS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL PET OWNERS SURVEY, 62 PERCENT OF ALL U.S. HOUSEHOLDS— THAT’S ROUGHLY 73 MILLION FAMILIES—HAVE AT LEAST ONE PET LIVING UNDER THEIR ROOF. APPROXIMATELY 39 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS OWN AT LEAST ONE CAT, WHILE 46 MILLION OWN DOGS. TO SAY THAT PETS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE AMERICAN FAMILY IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. UNFORTUNATELY, NOT EVERYONE IS ABLE TO PROVIDE A HOME FOR OUR FURRY FRIENDS DUE TO ALLERGIES THAT RESULT IN EVERYTHING FROM MINOR ANNOYANCES TO DANGEROUS MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. ALLERGIES ARE CAUSED BY HYPERSENSITIVITY OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM, AND REACTIONS OCCUR WHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM REACTS TO NORMALLY HARMLESS SUBSTANCES IN THE ENVIRONMENT. IN PET ALLERGIES, PEOPLE REACT TO THE SMALL BITS OF SKIN—ALSO CALLED DANDER—THE ANIMAL SHEDS.
Sources: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth, americanpetproducts.org, aafa.org
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NCE UPON A TIME, THE ONLY NOTORIOUS YOGIS IN AMERICA WERE MAJOR LEAGUER YOGI BERRA AND YELLOWSTONE PICNIC CRASHER YOGI BEAR. YOGA WAS AS FOREIGN AND OTHERWORLDLY TO THE PUBLIC AS SPREADING ALMOND BUTTER ON A JAM SANDWICH. OVER THE YEARS, HOWEVER, AMERICANS HAVE COME TO REALIZE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF YOGA. THERE’S NO MORE EYE ROLLING WHEN A FRIEND SAYS, “I’LL BE HOME IN TIME TO MAKE DINNER; I JUST HAVE TO GO TO MY YOGA CLASS AT 5.” NOR ARE THERE TOO MANY BAFFLED LOOKS WHEN SOMEONE MENTIONS THEY HAVE TO WORK ON THEIR DOWNWARD DOG OR CRANE POSE. BUT IF YOU’RE STILL TRYING TO GET A HANDLE ON THE YOGA CRAZE, HERE’S A LITTLE PRIMER FOR ITS HEALTH BENEFITS AND HOW TO GET STARTED.
STRETCH TO DE-STRESS
Yoga helps you become more attune to your body and achieve relaxation through meditation. Although finding enlightenment may not be on your agenda, yoga also helps promote flexibility and strength. This doesn’t mean you have to twist your body into a pretzel or stand on your head chanting during an entire session. There are several types of yoga for all walks of life and health conditions. For example, integrative yoga therapy (IYT) is a less intensive form of yoga used in hospitals and rehabilitation centers. THE GENTLE STANCES AND CALMING
EFFECTS OF IYT AND OTHER TYPES OF YOGA PUT YOGIS AT A HEALTH ADVANTAGE. YOGA CAN:
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Lower blood pressure and slow heart rate Decrease cholesterol and triglyceride levels Boost immune system function Treat depression Relieve sufferers of asthma, back pain and arthritis
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Think you’re ready to get started? Then it’s time to create your own yoga kit so you’ll be equipped for your first session. YOGA ESSENTIALS INCLUDE:
» A mat to provide a non-slippery surface » A block to help with balance » A belt to assist you with stretches If you’re taking classes at a fitness center, the instructor will usually have equipment available for beginners. Always wipe down your equipment with cleaning wipes before and after class.
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Consult your health care provider if you are pregnant or have a medical condition. Although it’s known for its several health benefits, yoga is not a substitute for health care. Know your limits and research types of yoga to make sure a workout won’t be too strenuous for your body. Go slow. Yoga is about mindfulness, not competing with the person on the mat next to you. Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Stay hydrated. Have a bottle of water handy. Listen to your body. If you begin to feel chest pain or become dizzy, stop and get medical help immediately.
WHAT TO EXPECT A BASIC YOGA SESSION, WHETHER IN CLASS OR AT HOME, USUALLY INCLUDES:
A warm-up: For easy transition to get you into yoga mode; stretching helps you prevent injury. A balanced set of poses: A variety of poses (standing, sitting, front, back); make sure you do both the left and right version of a pose.
Pranayama (breathing exercise): Use breath to move into a pose; try holding poses for three breathing cycles (inhaling and exhaling equals one cycle). Dhyana (meditation): To quiet your mind and free yourself from distractions and worries.
Relaxation: Shavasana, or corpse pose, should conclude a yoga session; shavasana is meant to bring the body and mind to total relaxation and stillness.
MINUTES TO SPARE
While yoga classes can range from 30-60 minutes, you can reap yoga’s benefits in as little as five minutes. This five-minute session called Butterﬂy Take Flight is great for an early morning routine before going to work.
1. Butterﬂy (baddha konasana): Sitting down, relax into a butterfly pose by pressing the soles of your feet together with your knees pointing outward. Bring your heels toward your body by cupping your hands around your feet, while keeping your spine straight. Slowly bow forward and rest your forehead on your feet or cupped hands. Hold for several breaths. 2. Staﬀ (dandasana): Slowly unbend yourself from butterfly pose and straighten your legs out in front of you. Bring your hands directly under your shoulders with your palms down and fingers toward your toes. Keep your arms and fingers straight. Hold for several breaths. 3. Upward facing plank (purvottanasana): While in staff pose, transition to upward facing plank by bending your knees. With your hands and feet pressed against the floor, lift your hips until your torso and thighs are approximately parallel to the floor, shins and arms approximately perpendicular. Straighten your legs one at a time. Slowly drop your head back. Hold for several breaths.
To reduce the risk of falling out of a pose when your instructor says an unfamiliar term, HERE’S A QUICK YOGA VOCABULARY LESSON. Asanas: Postures to help you master control of your body Mudra: Hand gestures that direct the life current to your body Om: A sacred sound used as a mantra during meditation; represents oneness with the universe
Namaste: (Pronounced “nahMAHS-tay”) Means “obeisance to you” or “I salute the divine light within you”; a mudra where your palms and fingers are pressed together, thumbs against chest; symbolizes an attitude of focused devotion
Sources: webmd.com, yogajournal.com, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Yoga (Fourth Edition), by Joan Budilovsky and Eve Adamson
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f your belly enters a room seconds before you do, chances are you’re on a first-name basis with Chief Aching Back. In the past 20 years, the incidence of obesity has tripled, and at the same time, complaints about back pain have doubled. So could trimming your bulging middle (or backside) prevent those “gotta-lie-down-now!” twinges and spasms in your back? Two new studies say, “Yes!” But the back-saving benefits of a flat belly and trim hips go beyond easing muscle pain. The big story: Body fat is a demolition derby for your backbone’s discs; staying slim keeps the gel-filled cushions that act as your spine’s shock absorbers out of harm’s way.
CARRYING ENOUGH EXTRA POUNDS TO CLASSIFY YOU AS “OVERWEIGHT” BOOSTS YOUR ODDS FOR BACK PAIN BY 20 PERCENT. OBESITY DOUBLES OR TRIPLES THE RISK.
Extra pounds increase the load on your spine—taxing your muscles and dumping pressure on the soft tissue around your vertebrae. That can exaggerate the natural curve of your lower back, throwing off your spine’s alignment and triggering chronic pain. And belly fat pumps out inflammatory chemicals that weaken discs. Add sitting for long periods and here comes the need for pain relievers such as ibuprofen or more serious remedies. Today, one in nine people has back trouble that compromises everyday living. And 80 percent of adults, and a growing number of kids, get back pain once in a while. Overweight kids are twice as likely as Slim Jims (and Janes) to have early signs of disc disease—putting them on track for serious back problems down the road. So, before you order that mega-muffin and caramel latte with extra whipped cream, here’s what to know about the body-fat/ bad-back connection: More weight equals more pain. Carrying enough extra pounds to classify you as “overweight” (weighing 155 to 185 if you’re a 5-foot-6-inch woman, for example) boosts your odds for back pain by 20 percent. Obesity (more than 185 pounds for the same height) doubles or triples the risk. But losing just four pounds takes 16 pounds of pressure off your spine. In a new study from Hong Kong, scans of 2,599 adults revealed that piling on pounds increases the risk for degenerative disc disease by 30 to 79 percent. DDD sets you up for a slipped or ruptured disc, which puts
pressure on nerves. Then, there’s a spine-tingling numbness and weakness in your legs and, oh yea, plenty of back pain. That’s a heap of great reasons to get healthy and get back into your skinny jeans while you’re at it. So head over to realage.com for weight-loss advice and support. Add these steps to soothe a sore back, too:
MOVE MORE. Walk, swim, bike, shake it in your local Zumba class. Physical activity helps control weight; adding strengthbuilding moves does even more, keeping your “core” strong to better support your spine. LEARN TO LIFT. Lifting the wrong
way is a leading cause of sudden back injuries. The right way: Bend your knees, hold the object close to your body, then tighten your stomach muscles and lift with the legs. Don’t twist or lift heavy stuff higher than your waist.
SIT SMART. Don’t slouch; keep shoulders back, in line with your hips and feet flat on the floor. Your knees should be bent about 90 degrees. Tuck a small pillow or special lumbar support behind your lower back. GET UP. If you’re sitting down,
stand up every 20 minutes or so. Walk around your office or living room. Move your arms. Any motion draws fresh, oxygen-rich fluid into your spine’s discs keeping your back happier and healthier.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D. is Chief Medical Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. For more information go to www.RealAge.com.
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IF LEG ACHES, SWELLING, HEAVINESS UPON STANDING OR DISCOLORATION IS INTERFERING WITH YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE, THE PROFESSIONALS AT THE INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXCELLENCE CAN HELP.
Inside their new two-story, 23,000-square-foot facility is the Vein Clinic, a state-of-the-art treatment room for a variety of vein issues. The majority of treatment options in the clinic are non- to minimally invasive and include everything from compression stockings to Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA). “So much time is spent concentrating on a person’s arterial health, when venous health is equally important and needs to be concentrated on as well to fully treat one’s vascular system,” says Sheila DePaolo, PAC, a physician’s assistant with the practice. “The veins are just as significant and have a huge job within the body, supplying deoxygenated blood back to the heart and lungs where it gets oxygenated to fuel the rest of the body.”
Dr. Qamar and his medical staff start with conservative therapies when treating vein issues, including keeping the leg elevated above hip level to restore blood flow back to the heart and upper body. If this mild therapy doesn’t see results, a patient may be fitted for a custom compression stocking to decrease swelling. “The compression stockings facilitate blood flow and decrease significant swelling,” says Sheila. Made of strong elastic material, compression stockings fit tightly from a patient’s foot to his or her knee or thigh depending on treatment. The pressure in the stockings is tightest at the foot and lessens as it goes up, allowing the stocking to constantly place pressure on the leg muscles. This pressure and squeezing motion helps the blood return back to the heart, reducing lower extremity swelling. An even more important reason to treat venous reflux disease? “Venous reflux disease increases the risk of blood clots in the legs,” says Dr. Asad Qamar. And blood clots in the legs can be a potentially fatal condition.
“The importance of understanding venous blood flow is a crucial part of leg health. Veins are responsible
for supplying the heart and lungs with blood, in order to
supply our bodies with oxygen to continue a healthy, active life.” —Sheila DePaolo, PAC
If symptoms persist, a Radio Frequency Ablation may be performed. This minimally invasive procedure involves using a needle to access the abnormal vein. Once the vein is located, a small radiofrequency catheter device is threaded through the needle. As the catheter is removed, the vein is sealed shut using radio-enery which produces heat. The whole outpatient procedure takes a matter of minutes and is guided by ultrasound technology to ensure the technician is treating the proper vein and that the vein does in fact seal shut. “Closing these insufficient veins is important,” says Sheila, “because in instances of venous insufficiency, valves inside of the veins are weak and not assisting the return of blood flow. Dr. Qamar agrees. “Venous reflux disease is a progressive disease that puts the entire circulatory system at a disadvantage,” he says. By not treating the problem veins, the “incompetent” veins are
allowing the blood flow to pool in areas, putting the patient at an increased risk for blood clots. By closing the vein, it allows the nearby sufficient veins to pick up the slack, decreasing the blood congestion and minimizing swelling and discomfort. Following an RFA closure, a patient is allowed and expected to return to everyday activities. A wrap or compression stocking is usually worn to maintain pressure on the veins to continue the healing process. Within a few days, a follow-up ultrasound will be performed to ensure the vein was properly sealed. Often, but certainly not all the time, patients may present with bulging
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or swollen varicose or spider veins of the legs, a tell-tale sign that there isn’t proper blood flow in the veins of the lower extremities. Sheila cautions that not every patient develops unsightly varicose veins, and that if aching, swelling, heaviness, itching, pain, skin discoloration or non-healing wounds are present, with or without the presence of varicose veins, it’s best to have your legs checked. One of the many reasons it’s so important to treat lower extremity insufficient veins is to help prevent venous ulcers from forming. Caused by chronic pooling of fluid and red blood cells, this can
lead to discoloration, inflammation and possibly infection in the skin that can ultimately lead to ulcers, which are difficult to treat. No matter what symptoms send you to the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence, know that Dr. Qamar, along with the rest of his staff, provide nothing but the best for their patients. From the soothing, art-filled waiting rooms to the comfortable and nicely appointed treatment rooms, Dr. Qamar didn’t overlook any detail when creating his new Ocala facility. Above that, though, exceptional patient care and education is of the utmost importance and is what every employee of ICE strives to achieve each day.
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If you visited our facility three years ago and came in today, you would check your Garmin to see if you’re in the right place. —DAVID MINNICI
Our Family CARING FOR YOURS
he Ocala Health and Rehabilitation Center fosters a calm and healing environment by making its patients feel at home. The professionally trained staff of nurses, certified aides, dieticians, therapists and social workers treats patients like family as they help them on their journey to recovery. Beginning last year, the center underwent a complete remodel with interior and exterior renovations. Originally constructed in the 1970s, the building has undergone a full transformation, which was finished this past May. “If you visited our facility three years ago and came in today, you would check your Garmin to see if you’re in the right place,” says Administrator David Minnici. What hasn’t changed at the center is its comprehensive
approach to patients’ care. To ensure that patients thrive after surgery, the center’s team of experts considers the unique needs of each patient by creating an individualized program. The team takes into account the patient’s living conditions by assessing their home environment and focusing on the areas where the patient may need the most help and support. Ocala Health and Rehabilitation offers Step Forward, a therapy program tailored to the specific needs of each patient. The program is set to aid patients with their rehabilitation goals and prevent any complications, such as infection, weakened muscles and poor food intake, after surgery. Trained health care professionals on-site can help with IV ports, drains, incision wounds, pumps and dressings. The team makes it their
priority to help patients make a smooth transition back into normal life with assisted post-surgical care. Other services provided by the Ocala Health and Rehabilitation Center include post-acute rehabilitative services, long-term care and Alzheimer’s and dementia care. “We have a very skilled clinical team led by our nursing director Jacqueline Hinerman,” says Minnici. The clinical team is composed of committed and compassionate members who provide quality therapy and care. Ocala Health and Rehabilitation is fortunate to celebrate the tenure of staff members who have served for 20 to 30 years. Ocala’s facility dedicates itself in upholding the motto, “Our family caring for yours.” The team’s sole purpose is to help your loved one reclaim the highest level of independence possible. The numerous services provided by the center include 24/7 skilled nursing care, occupational and speech therapies,
dietary and nutrition services, medical-based financial advice and assistance, and social services. Let Ocala Health and Rehabilitation be your loved one’s home away from home. Northport Health Services of Florida, LLC DBA Ocala Health and Rehabilitation Center 1201 SE 24th Rd., Ocala (352) 732-2449 ocalahealthandrehab.com
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FOR THE CHILDREN EVEN WITH A STRUGGLING ECONOMY, THE PEOPLE OF MARION COUNTY HAVE STEPPED UP IN A BIG WAY TO PROVIDE MUNROE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER WITH ENOUGH FUNDS TO CONSTRUCT AND OPEN OCALA’S FIRST CHILDREN’S EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. BY KARIN FABRY CUSHENBERY
children for a variety of medical emergencies. “As the department grew and the pediatricians came to trust our services, we outgrew our second floor location,” says Vickie Sullivan, director of emergency services. “We moved to the current location across the street from the emergency department, and again, we found the need to expand. From an efficiency standpoint, the current location just isn’t working. We can draw basic labs, but a tech has to walk it across the street to get results. If a CAT scan is needed for a child, we have to transport them across the street. We needed to have an all-inclusive facility within our current emergency department to care for the kids.” Paul Clark, senior vice president and chief operating
officer for Munroe, agrees. “We are going from a walkin clinic to a true children’s emergency department,” says Paul. “A quarter of all our emergency department patients are children ages 0-17—that’s roughly 25,000 patients a year. That’s a significant number. The need to treat these children in a designated area has morphed into what we have today: Marion County’s first childspecific emergency department. Unlike the current Children’s Express location, which is open 12 hours each day, the new children’s ED will be an around-the-clock endeavor. “We needed the pediatric expertise to be available for more than just 12 hours,” says Pam Michell, chief nursing officer. “We are raising the quality of care.”
During peak hours between 11am to 11pm in the children’s ED, there will be board-certified physicians, plus either a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant available and on-site. “There will also be three certified pediatric care nurses, a tech and a radiology tech during peak hours,” says Vickie. With nine exam rooms (each with its own television to keep your little one entertained), a triage area, a procedure room, radiology room and a friendly, expanded waiting area, there is plenty of space to care for our local children. But getting to this point was no easy task. As a matter of fact, 13 different hospital departments were relocated to make space for the children’s ED Patient safety, efficiency and turn-around time all led to the planning and development of the new children’s ED Two years in the making, the $2 million project was funded solely by community donations and fundraising efforts put forth through the Munroe Regional Medical Center Foundation. Not only that, construction was completed nearly six months ahead of schedule. “We have been very excited
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undreds of lights emit a soft twinkle from the trees above. Comfortable park benches are scattered about. Below, colorful fish appear to swim underfoot. In the distance, a playful monkey swings from a tree. No, this isn’t the newest exhibit at a local theme park, it’s Ocala’s much-needed and much-anticipated children’s emergency department at Munroe Regional Medical Center. Scheduled to open this August, the children’s ED is unlike any other in the area and is replacing the current Palmer/Klein Children’s Express location directly across the street from Munroe’s emergency department. There is no more helpless a feeling than that of a parent whose child is sick or injured and experiencing an emergency. With a head full of concerns and just as many questions, we rely on the doctors and nurses to treat our kids and make them well again. And the dedicated professionals at Munroe Regional Medical Center have been treating our little ones with compassion and patience for more than a century. Children’s Express originally opened on the second floor of the hospital in 1986, seeing
about this project,” says Beth McCall, executive director of the Munroe Foundation. “Even with the struggling economy, we know that when you mention children, people step up to help.” And businesses and individuals did step up—in a big way. There were three signature gifts of $100,000 or more, including $100,000 from the Jett Travolta Foundation, $125,000 from Signature Brands and a $250,000 anonymous donation. “These gifts, along with countless others, all came together to help us reach our goal and provide a unique, one-of-a-kind emergency department for the area’s
children,” says Beth. And unique it is. The land and water theme was chosen to create a serene, relaxing, kid-friendly environment. One that’s perfect for all ages, from newborns to teens. “We did site visits to children’s emergency departments all over the country to make sure we chose properly,” says Pam. “I think the public will be blown away by the result.” “This is a dedicated, secure, safe atmosphere in which to take care of a very precious population,” adds Paul. For Vickie, who has more than 20 years of nursing experience, it’s a venture that’s very close to her heart. “I have never been more excited about a project,” she says. “The staff all felt the need to move forward with this, and we all have
a passion for caring for children.” And from a nursing standpoint, the care provided to the community won’t be limited to prescribing medicines and sewing lacerations in the ED. “Our staff is very engaged,” Vickie says. “We have a heart for community education, and raising public awareness is part of our goal. From going into schools to teach hygiene and safety to educating parents and providing them with plenty of literature and teaching materials for and about their children, we believe knowledge
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1 cup fresh blackberries ½ of a froze n banana 1 (6 ounce) container of low-fat vanilla yogurt 4 cubes of ice Splash of milk if needed Place blackber ries, banana, yo cubes in blen der, and blend gurt and ice until fruit is puréed and in gredients are w Add a splash of milk (or no ell combined. n-dairy milk beverage) to ge t the desired th ickness.
THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A SUMMER SMOOTHIE TO SIP AND SLURP ON A SUNNY DAY. BOTH YUMMY AND REFRESHING, YOU CAN ADD CHOCOLATE, PROTEIN POWDER AND EVEN ESPRESSO TO A SMOOTHIE FOR A PICK-ME-UP. HERE’S A SIMPLE RECIPE BY BRITTANY MULLINS, WHO’S THE BLOGGER OF EATING BIRD FOOD. BRITTANY, A HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH, CONCOCTED THIS SMOOTHIE JUST IN TIME FOR BERRY SEASON. “I LOVE THE BRIGHT COLOR OF THIS SMOOTHIE AND THE FACT THAT IT’S PACKED WITH PROTEIN FROM THE YOGURT,” SHE SAYS. GO TO EATINGBIRDFOOD.COM FOR MORE HEALTHY RECIPES, FITNESS ACTIVITIES AND TIPS.
UST A NIBBLE OFF THE TIP OF A CHILI PEPPER CAN MAKE ANYONE HOWL IN TEARS FOR A PITCHER OF WATER. A CHILI PEPPER’S HOTNESS IS MEASURED IN HEAT UNITS BY THE SCOVILLE SCALE (SHU), WHICH RATES A PEPPER’S CONCENTRATION OF CAPSAICIN, A CHEMICAL COMPOUND THAT CAUSES THAT BURNING, EYE-TEARING SENSATION. YOUR BEST REMEDY TO BEAT THE HEAT? DAIRY PRODUCTS. THE CHART BELOW WILL SPARE YOU FROM A BURNED ESOPHAGUS, BUT POUR A GLASS OF MOO JUICE JUST IN CASE.
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ANAHEIM CHILI PEPPER
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a fist; vary in color, red, green, yellow Cooking: casseroles, salads *SHU: 0
thick-skinned and bright, shiny green, can be red; flavor varies from mild to sweet to moderately hot Cooking: sauces, soups, casseroles SHU: 500-1,000
green in summer, red in fall; hot with a rich flavor Cooking: salads, sandwiches SHU: 2,500-8,000
conical shape, bright green, changes to orange and red when fully matured, maturation increases hotness Cooking: salsas SHU: 2,500-10,000
wrinkled and thick-fleshed; very pungent, green in summer, red in fall Cooking: sauces, dried, pickled, salsas SHU: 30,000-50,000
wrinkled, orange-yellow, matures to orange or bright red; intensely hot with a delicate plum-tomato apple-like flavor underneath Cooking: hot sauces SHU: 100,000-350,000 *SHU depends on pepper’s ripeness.
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Wondering what’s the hottest pepper on the planet? In February, the 2012 New Mexico Chile Conference announced the TRINIDAD MORUGA SCORPION as the world’s hottest chili pepper. “The Scorpion” has a blistering score of 2 million SHU (Scoville Heat Units). Yowza!
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The Ivy House is bringing its fabulous Southern home cooking to Ocala! The new Ocala location—the bottom floor of the old 1890 House on the Boulevard, the former home of Felix’s restaurant, with Face the Day Spa and Salon upstairs—should be open sometime mid-summer. Nothing will change with the current Williston location, but now patrons have double the opportunity to enjoy Mimi’s great Southern fare and daily “hot meal” lunch special. “It just made sense being in an old Victorian home and being downtown in the historic section,” says co-owner Waca Huggins. The Ocala location will be open for lunch six days a week and dinner Thursday-Saturday. 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala 106 N Main St., Williston (352) 528-5410 ivyhouseﬂ.com
Eggs Over Easy was purchased last December by new owners Earl and Donna Cuppels. Southern favorites are a menu specialty, including omelets, country-fried steak, biscuits and gravy and, obviously, eggs any way you want them. “Breakfast is served all open hours—and so is lunch,” says Donna. “If you want to come in the Continued on page 74
Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun 3p-10p Tony’s Sushi brings scrumptious sushi favorites from New York and Miami to Ocala, served in a fun, family environment. All sushi dishes are made to order—choose from a variety of specialty rolls or create your own! Whether you prefer chicken, steak or seafood, talented chefs will prepare it with dazzling showmanship on the hot grill right at your table. All entrées come with soup or salad and rice. In addition to the full Japanese kitchen, there is a full liquor bar and a beer selection, including imported Japanese beer and sake.
For the truly adventurous, try Tony’s famous Sake Bomb! We also provide catering and host private parties.
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Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant 3355 SW College Rd, Ocala / (352) 671-9411 Weekdays 11am-10p / Weekends 11a-11p / Happy Hour Mon-Fri 2-7p If you want a real taste of Mexico in a festive and colorful place accompanied by Mexican music with live mariachi every Thursdays, Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant is your best option. Delight in our variety of appetizers, meal combinations and daily specials. Lunch: Fajita Monday $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesday $5.50; Super Enchiladas Wednesday $5.49; Deluxe Taco Salad Thursday $4.95; Taco Enchilada Friday $4.95. Dinner: Three enchiladas Monday $7.95; Tacos Asada Tuesday $10.99; Super Burrito Wednesday $7.95; Chili Verde/Colorado Thursday $9.95; Enchiladas Suizas Friday $7.99.
2 for 1 on all single drinks, shots, draft beer, wine, margaritas; topshelf excluded. Mariachis live every Thursday 6-9p
Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / ocalathai.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p / Dinner: Mon-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri 4:30p-10p Sat Noon-10p / Sunday Noon-9p Conveniently located off SR200 near Best Buy, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a window into the taste and decor of Thailand. Great dishes are designed to please anyone’s palate, ranging from seafood, pork, beef, chicken or just vegetables. Dishes can be made mild or spicy, depending on your preference. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and will bring a quality dining experience to adventurous Ocalans and curious visitors. For single diners or large groups, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a great choice if you want to feel like you’ve traveled somewhere exotic without leaving the great town of Ocala!
Take out also available. Early Bird Special : Sat-Sun Noon-5p Soup or Salad & Dessert with any entrée purchased.
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Adding salt to watermelons actually make them taste sweeter? That’s because the water in the melon’s cells are drawn toward the salt molecules. The water rises to the top of each cell bringing with it all of the sweet luscious flavor and making each bite seem juicier and sweeter.
Good Source Of: » Vitamin C » Potassium, an extremely important electrolyte necessary for most cell function » Copper, an important trace mineral responsible in aiding skin cell rejuvenation
If you’re tired of simply snacking on melons, add in some exotic fruits like kiwi, guava or mango for added nutrition. Or, for a sweet treat, top with a dab of whipped cream!
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PE CA N TA LMOEUL ON & WAT ERDE W HONE Y URING ONE OF THE HOTTEST MONTHS OF THE YEAR, COLD FOODS ARE PROBABLY THE ONLY THING YOU CAN EVEN CONSIDER EATING. BUT DON’T ALWAYS TURN TO ICE CREAM AND MILK SHAKES AS YOUR CHOICE CUISINE. INSTEAD, SNACK ON SOME MELON! THESE LITTLE JUICY GEMS ARE HIGH IN WATER CONTENT TO KEEP YOU HYDRATED, LOW IN FAT AND CALORIES, AND FULL OF IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS.
morning and get a burger or a Rueben, you can.” One of the most popular items is the Fish Special every Friday, featuring a large portion of tender, flaky white fish, french fries, cole Mark Stout Photography / Shutterstock.com slaw and beverage for just $7.99. Eggs Over Easy is open for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 2pm every day. 5855 SE 5th St. (Baseline), Ocala (352) 351-EGGS (3447) eggsovereasy.biz
Lorito’s Italian Kitchen has been serving authentic Italian fare for 42 years. Located in the Ocala Shopping Center on Silver Springs Boulevard, Lorito’s is open seven days a week. “We have a lot of repeat customers who have been coming here for years,” says owner Gaspard Lorito. The menu offers a wide range of Italian dishes, featuring pasta, chicken, sausage, veal and seafood entrées, but the eatery is known for its New York-style pizza. Don’t miss the buttery garlic knots with a side of marinara sauce. Beer and wine are available. Lorito’s is open for lunch and dinner. 1801 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala (352) 629-1383 Continued on page 76
Iron Skillet 7401 W Hwy 318, Reddick / (352) 591-4842 Open 24 hours / 7 days a week Try the all-you can-eat buffet at the Iron Skillet. In a hurry? Pick up some “homemade to go.” Try the famous downhome chicken-fried steak, which is skillfully cooked and served with creamy country gravy that includes a choice of one side and a trip to the soup and salad bar. Iron Skillet offers healthier options, too! Look for the “Stay Fit” symbol throughout the menu. Iron Skillet is only minutes from Ocala and The Villages. From I-75 take exit 368 (CR 318), and you’re there! Stop in, start saving and see why they’re the No. 1 Iron Skillet in the country!
Bring this ad and receive 20 percent oﬀ, and ask your server about a membership card. Wed & Sat BBQ buﬀet; Friday seafood buﬀet; breakfast buﬀet every day. Kids eat free with paying adult through September.
17th Street Deli 2506 SE 17th St., Ocala / (352) 369-DELI (3354) Mon-Sat 10a-9p / Closed Sundays 17th St Deli is a family-owned business and the perfect place to stop for a tasty lunch. All meats are roasted—corn beef, pastrami and roast beef. If it is not made in house, they exclusively carry Boar’s Head. 17th St Deli makes delicious deli salads, cold and hot sandwiches, and wraps. A standout signature sandwich is the New Yorker, which is topped with corned beef, pastrami and melted provolone cheese, with sauerkraut or cole slaw, and Russian dressing.
Home of the Supreme Free delivery (minimum $15). We accept cash and all major credit cards (no checks).
El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4p-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss “Margarita Mondays” with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under - 99¢ from the children’s menu (takeout not included). Wednesday is 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.
Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
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Greek Pita Flatbread with Watermelon
Kids’ (And Adults’!) Frozen Smoothie Pops
wedges seeded watermelon
cup diced cooked chicken
container (8 ounces) lemon nonfat yogurt
tablespoon chopped cilantro
cups cubed, seeded watermelon
tablespoons Greek yogurt
pint fresh strawberries, cleaned and hulled
medium banana, peeled and sliced
¼ teaspoon garlic salt Dash cayenne pepper 2
whole pita breads, halved or whole grain ﬂatbreads
¼ cup prepared spreadable herb cheese 4
large lettuce leaves
Place sliced watermelon on paper towels to remove excess liquid. Mix chicken, cilantro, yogurt, garlic salt and cayenne. Spread inside surfaces of pita bread halves with herbed cheese, and fill each with about 1/4 cup chicken mixture. Arrange watermelon and lettuce in pita bread.
Watermelon Pina Colada 4-5 cocktails 2
cups watermelon puree
½ cup chunked pineapple ½ cup vanilla yogurt 3
tablespoons cream of coconut
Mix all ingredients together in a blender. Blend until desired consistency, and serve. For an adult version, add rum!
In blender or food processor, process all ingredients until smooth and frothy. Pour into small paper cups. Freeze, inserting popsicle sticks or plastic spoons when mixture is partially frozen.
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Royal Orchid offers a taste of Thailand right here in Ocala and has a great daily lunch special, which includes entrée, soup, egg roll and sweet Thai “donuts” for dessert. Considered one of Ocala’s best ethnic restaurants, Royal Orchid (formerly Thai Ruby) is located in the College Park Plaza across from the Paddock Mall. At your request, your entrée can be bonchan / Shutterstock.com made mild or spicy. (FYI, the green curry is spicier than red curry!) Beer and wine available. Royal Orchid is open seven days for lunch and dinner, except on Mondays, when they are open for lunch, but closed in the evening. 3131 SW College Rd., Ocala (352) 237-4949
Recipes and info courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board
ID YOU KNOW WATERMELON CONTAINS VITAL NUTRIENTS THAT CAN HELP MAINTAIN CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH AND PRODUCE ANTIBODIES TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM? HERE ARE SOME FUN RECIPES FOR A WATERMELONTHEMED MENU. FOR MORE WATERMELON IDEAS AND FACTS, VISIT WATERMELON.ORG.
Fiore’s Café, “the home of the 18-inch pizza,” is now open for lunch from 11am to 2pm seven days a week. Patrons will find lunch-size portions of many of Fiore’s popular classic Italian entrées. Pizza is a huge seller here, and there are also “Slice Specials” at lunch, such as two slices of pizza and a drink or a slice of pizza and soup or salad, plus a drink. Fiore’s Café is also open for dinner every night except Monday. 119 S Pine Ave., Ocala (352) 789-6980
Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-11p Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good!
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Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 5p-10p / Fri & Sat 5p-11p / Happy Hour 5p-7p Experience the ultimate in fine dining with fabulous wine and culinary classics at Cuvée Wine & Bistro. Relax with a glass of wine or indulge in an elegant dinner, and let us transport you to an intimate world with impeccable service and exquisite cuisine. Embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine by sampling over 104 wines on our interactive wine system. An unforgettable experience awaits you…
Come sample over 104 wines on our interactive wine system. Whether a beginner or a connoisseur, our knowledgeable and friendly staﬀ will be ready to assist you. Private rooms and oﬀ-premise catering available.
Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from homestyle chicken & dumplings to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite.
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HAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU ASK THREE GUYS WITHOUT ANY PROFESSIONAL COOKING EXPERIENCE TO SERVE MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE AT TASTE OF OCALA? A JAMMIN’ JAMBALAYA, FOR SURE! THE COMMON CHEF, A COOKING SHOW WHERE THREE FRIENDS TEAM UP WITH FELLOW OCALANS TO SERVE THE WILDEST AND TASTIEST DISHES, WENT TO THE FOODIE EVENT WHERE THEY COOKED, JUDGED AND TASTED.
pint Mississippi Mud Black & Tan
ounces Worcestershire sauce
bottle Ecco Domani Pino Grigio
pounds alligator tenderloin
64 ounces chicken broth 2
12 Roma tomatoes, diced 1
bunch carrots, chopped
bulbs of garlic
ears of corn
bunch celery, chopped
each red, white and yellow onion, chopped
½ pound each sweet red and yellow peppers, chopped
½ pound smoked pork belly 2
pounds lamb sausage
pounds chicken breast
pounds pork tenderloin
bag of long grain rice
bottles Newcastle Brown Ale
1½ pounds fresh shrimp Olive oil, for frying
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“The food was fantastic,” says Common Chef Mr. PC. “I had a very difficult time choosing my favorite dishes of the evening. Our dish wasn’t in the contest, but I would give it a 10 out of 10.” Catch past episodes online at thecommonchef.com, and tune in for July’s episode on Fox 51, at 10:30am on Sunday mornings.
Set crock pot or turkey toaster on medium heat; add 32 ounces of chicken broth and vinegar. Add tomatoes and carrots, and mince 2 bulbs of garlic into the mixture. Separate the corn kernels from the cob, and add to pot. Add jalapenos, zucchini, squash, celery, onions, peppers, Mississippi Mud, Worcestershire sauce and half bottle of wine. Cook for an hour and 30 minutes. Cut alligator tenderloin into bite-sized chunks, and pan fry with the smoked pork belly, 1 clove of garlic and a few dashes of olive oil. Once the meat starts to crisp, add the lamb sausage. Once the sausage is cooked on the outside, remove from pan, slice into pieces and add to the pot. Add the alligator tenderloin and reduced pork belly to the pot. Add uncooked chicken and pork tenderloin to the base with remaining wine and bottles of Newcastle. Heat to almost a boil, and add rice. Reduce heat to 200°F, and let sit for 3 hours. Add shrimp 30-45 minutes before serving. Add favorite seasonings, such as fresh thyme, basil, oregano, Cajun spice, sugar, chili powder, salt and ground pepper, to taste.
Looking to take the kids out to eat this summer, but don’t want to spend an arm and a leg? There are plenty of places offering deals where kids can eat for free when they come with their parents.
HERE’S A LIST TO GET YOU STARTED! CODY’S ORIGINAL ROADHOUSE Every Monday and Tuesday, kids under 10 eat free from the “Kid’s Stuff Menu”. (352) 237-8182
DENNY’S Every Tuesday and Saturday, kids eat free from 4-10pm. (352) 351-2299
GATOR’S DOCKSIDE Every Tuesday is Family Fun night from 5-7pm complete with clowns, balloons and much more! Kids 12 and under can get their dinner for free. (352) 433-2441.
HORSE AND HOUNDS Tuesday nights, kids 11 and under can get a free meal at both locations. (352) 390-6100 (352) 690-2032
OCALA ALE HOUSE On Tuesdays, kids eat free with purchase of adult entrée. (352) 620-8989
CHILI’S Join Chili’s email club and receive special offers weekly for free kids’ meals. (352) 237-6111
BEEF O BRADY’S On Tuesday nights, kids under 12 can eat for free. And parents can relax by themselves while the kids check out the cool game room! (352) 304-5333
BOB EVAN’S Tuesday nights are Family Night. Kids under 12 eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. (352) 854-0099
IHOP Kids 12 and under eat free every day from 4-10pm with purchase of adult meal. (352) 629-5415
STEAK AND SHAKE Kids 12 and under eat free all weekend. (352) 873-1994
EL TOREO On Sundays, kids eat for just 99 cents from the kids menu at both locations. (352) 694-1401 (352) 291-2121
FIORE’S CAFE Kids 10 and under eat free on Wednesdays from a special kids’ menu. (352) 789-6982
Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily. Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Over 40 Fresh Items Under $15.00! Hand-cut, USDA Choice and Certified Angus Steaks, Rotisserie Chicken, BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Chops, Fresh Fish, Half-Pound Burgers, Salads and more! Kids Eat Free on Mondays and Tuesdays; Buy One Get One Free Fajita Wednesdays for $10.98; Thursday Steak Day with $12.98 Specials! Daily 2-4-1 Happy Hour, 11a-7p; includes Draft Beer, Wine and ALL Liquors (Top Shelf, too). Lunch from 11a-3p and Early Bird from 3p-6p runs Monday thru Saturday. Sunday After Church Specials starting at $8.99 with Free Dessert.
Locations also in Gainesville, The Villages in Lake Sumter Landing and our new location in Tallahassee. Fourth of July Combo Special- ½ Slab of Baby Back Ribs and a ½ BBQ Rotisserie Chicken only $13.98. Served all day!
The Attic’s Cafe 801 N. Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-3p Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about unique and fun! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café is located inside My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not Your Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew Dickson uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggi Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!
Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! Don’t forget to explore the 8,000 sq ft of My Designer’s Attic after lunch!
Kick n’ Back Café and Grille 14400 E Hwy 40, Silver Springs / (352) 289-4069 Tues-Sun 11a–9p / Closed Mon Take a ride out to the island in the forest at Kick n’ Back Café, where you’ll find Caribbean flare and fare. Conch fritters are a customer favorite, as well as the Cuban Mix: mojo marinated pork, Spanish ham and Swiss cheese on a special bread and pressed to perfection. Don’t miss out on our Mojo Chicken and pork entrée with black beans and yellow rice. We’re also known for our selection of seafood entrées, including fish, shrimp and scallops. Also, try the gator, served as an appetizer or entrée. Kick n’ Back offers a relaxing, casual, laidback atmosphere.
At Kick n’ Back Café, “It’s all good!” On East Highway 40, Downtown Lynne, FL - Between Ocala and the beach.
Bamboo Bistro 700 North Hwy 441 (In Front of Target), Lady Lake / (352) 750-9998 Mon-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun Noon-9p Chef Wu and co-owner Jian Daniels have created a wonderful new Asian Fusion dining experience in town that manages to be both elegant and casual.
Celebrating one year in business! Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in The Villages! Offering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Thailand along with a full sushi bar, Chef Wu incorporates the best variety of authentic Asian ingredients while using an array of cooking techniques. Our specialties include Peking Duck, Pepper Seared Filet Mignon and Seafood Delight, along with other seafood choices. Many wok entrées and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.
Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30p-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30p-9:30p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 26 Years!
For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Try traditional Japanese favorites like Tempura, Teriyaki, and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the Hot Grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.
The Ivy House Restaurant 106 NW Main Street, Williston / (352) 528-5410 / ivyhouseﬂ.com Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thur-Sat 11a-8p For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at firstname.lastname@example.org. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Full-service catering, Gift Shop-Boutique.
Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston, this family-owned establishment is a pleasure to visit. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years now. Lunch is served seven days a week and features a Southern-style daily special, and supper is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu.
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FILL UP ON FAMILY
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OOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO AS A FAMILY THIS SUMMER THAT WON’T COST AN ARM AND A LEG? WELL, YOU’RE IN LUCK! ON FOUR THURSDAYS IN JULY AND AUGUST HEAD TO THE JERVEY GANTT AQUATIC FUN CENTER WITH THE WHOLE GANG FOR FAMILY FUN NIGHTS. THE POOL WILL BE OPEN, MUSIC WILL BE PLAYING AND HOT DOGS WILL BE ON THE GRILL. THESE FUN, FAMILYCENTERED EVENTS ARE A GREAT WAY FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES TO MEET NEW FRIENDS AND FOR PARENTS TO SOCIALIZE WHILE THE KIDS ARE ENTERTAINED IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT. THE POOL OPENS AT 7:15PM, AND THE EVENT RUNS UNTIL 9PM. ADMISSION IS $4.50 FOR ADULTS AND $3.50 FOR KIDS AND INCLUDES A HOT DOG, CHIPS AND A DRINK, PLUS PLENTY OF FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Family Fun Nights at Jervey Gantt / July 5, 19 / August 2, 16 / 2390 SE 36th Ave., Ocala / (352) 624-2410
CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE Jul
The 43RD ANNUAL GOD AND COUNTRY DAY presented by the
Ocala Jaycees will once again take place at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club. There will be great food, plenty of arts and crafts vendors, live entertainment on two stages and lots of fun for the whole family. Come meet and greet your county officials at Political Alley, and for those who think they can stomach it, the Arnette House will sponsor a hot dog eating contest to see who chow down the fastest. The activities begin at 1pm, but a 5K run will start the day off at Veterans Memorial Park at 7:30am. Check out the
ARTS ABOUND The 15TH ANNUAL
VILLAGES CRAFT FESTIVAL AT SPANISH SPRINGS will once again
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welcome some of the top artists from all over the country. A wide variety of work is presented each day ranging from the tiniest handmade silver pieces to life-sized sculptures. This two-day craft fair offers something to satisfy every taste. Festival-goers can shop the vendors for everything from leather goods and paintings to photography, glassworks and much more, and the artists will be present to discuss their creations. The event runs each day from 10am-4pm, and admission is free.
Attention future brides, it’s time to get planning. The MY WEDDING DAY EXPO is just the place to pick up some great ideas for your big day. The expo will take place at the Pioneer Garden Club from 12-4pm and will host a wide variety of vendors. Meet experts in the field, and spend the afternoon listening to great music, sampling delicious food and watching a live fashion show, as models strut the runway donning the latest in bridal designs. And bring the guys along—there’s plenty of activities for grooms, too! myweddingdayexpo.com
artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615.
or (352) 671-9292.
The popular DOWNTOWN SUMMER JAMS returns this summer to the downtown square. See some of the hottest local talent, as these young musicians take the stage to perform live. A wide range of genres and musicians will be featured. The jammin’ begins at 7pm, so stop on by! (352) 629-8444.
GET JAMMIN OPERATION
Nothing says summertime like a tall, cool glass of lemonade! Stop by Panera Bread on July 27-28 from 10am-2pm and sample some of Panera’s refreshing lemonade for only a $1 donation. These lemonade stands at participating Panera Breads were created by Panera Bread associates and raise money for the CHILDREN’S CANCER CENTER THROUGH OPERATION DOUGH-NATION. Every dollar raised through the month of July will be matched, and the grand total will be donated to the Children’s Cancer Center at the end of the month. Be sure to stop by for your glass for a good cause! panerabread.com or (352) 467-4775.
Fireworks © Vakhrushev Pavel; Sculpture © photobank.ch; Bride © Halay Alex; Guitarist © Viorel Sima; Lemonade © Anna Kucherova / Shutterstock.com
Ocala Jaycees Facebook page for more information.
Teens © Dmitriy Shironosov; Popcorn & Tickets © Rafa Irusta / Shutterstock.com
THE “UNDER 21” CROWD SUMMER ACTIVITIES
SUMMER FUN W FOR THE UNDER
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ELL, SUMMER IS HERE IN FULL FORCE. IF THE WHOLE FAMILY FINDS ITSELF ESCAPING THE SUMMER HEAT BY LOUNGING IN FRONT OF THE AC ALL DAY, ONLY TO BE BORED STRAIGHT BY EVENING TIME, THEN LISTEN UP! THERE ARE PLENTY OF NIGHTTIME EVENTS GOING ON THIS MONTH TAILORED SPECIFICALLY FOR THE “UNDER-21” CROWD. CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE COOL NIGHTTIME EVENTS!
hat can the under 21 crowd of Ocala do on a hot Saturday night when the sun goes down? If you’re stumped for answers, then you haven’t heard about Ocala’s hottest new dance club! The New 92Q FM has teamed up with Wild Waters Water Park to introduce THE NEW 92Q FM CLUB WILD. This hot new club is for the area’s youth ages 14 to 17 who are looking to get out, hang out, meet new people and dance the night away with their friends. This summer, Ocala’s own water park will come alive each Saturday night when your favorite 92Q DJs host the hottest party in town. They’ll be playing today’s top hits and giving away great prizes throughout the night. Admission is only $10 per person, and the party runs from 7-10pm. Remember, the party is exclusively for youth ages 14-17. Finally, Ocala’s younger generation has somewhere to party that’s just for them! Club Wild’s runs through July 28. Tune into 92Q FM to learn more about some of the cool prizes given away each week! wildwaterspark.com or
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great way for kids to escape the scorching summer sun this month is to head to the movies. But after buying the ticket, there’s barely any money left for the popcorn, snacks and drinks! Here are a few options for catching a few flicks without breaking the bank.
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ake your way to the Hampton Pool on July 13. When the sun goes down, the screen comes up… the big screen, that is! From 8:15-10:15pm, families are invited to chill in the pool under the stars to watch a movie. Admission is $1, a lot less than you’ll pay at any theater, and there are always plenty of deck chairs and inner tubes! This month’s film will be Big Miracle, staring Drew Barrymore. For more information, contact (352) 629-8444. The YMCA will be hosting a “big screen” event of its own. The Family Dive-In will take place on July 20 at 8pm. Both members and non-members are invited to cool off with a dip in the pool as the film reel rolls. The movie begins at 8pm and will be announced this month. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks. For more information, contact the aquatics director at (352) 368-9622.
carmike.com / (352) 622-1245 Parents and kids can get popcorn, a drink and a movie ticket for only $2 on Thursdays at 10am this summer through August 9. Head to the Lunch Box and Ocala Chocolates and Confections after the show for specials on kids’ meals and sweet treats. Films this month include Shark Tale, How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar 2 and Bee Movie.
OCALA DRIVE-IN (352) 629-1325 / ocaladrivein.info One of the few drive-in theaters left in the state, the Ocala Drive-In is open and showing first-run films. Tickets are only $6 for adults, $3 for kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. You’ll get to see a double feature for almost half the price of theater tickets, and the concession stand has lots of great, tasty options, such as hamburgers, pizza, nachos and, of course, popcorn!
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It’s Circus Time Again Step right up! Back by popular demand is MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE’S STARFISH CIRCUS! Come one, come all to see acrobatic and aerial skills beyond compare, juggling and balancing acts that will amaze and plenty of clowning around! The circus comes to the Ocala Civic Theatre July 13 and 14, with shows at 7pm on Friday and 2pm and 7pm on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274.
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AIR FORCE ASSOCIATION MEMBER MEETINGS (ONGOING) The local chapter of the Air Force Association is currently looking for new members. Meetings are held at the Ocala Airport on the third Thursday of every month at 7pm. afa.org or (352) 854-8328. APPLETON EXHIBITS (ONGOING) The Appleton Biennial 2012: Florida Installation Art will be on display through August 12. The exhibit will feature some of the most unique and thought-provoking works by Florida’s finest instillation artists. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. LIBRARY PROGRAMS (ONGOING) The Marion County Public Library will host a variety of programs for children and adults throughout the month. Call for a complete list or to register. (352) 368-4508. ART MINI-CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS (ONGOING) The Artist Hub of Ocala will offer a variety of camps and workshops for kids in grades K-8 this summer. Programs include watercolors, ceramics, drawing and more. Call for dates, times, prices and to register. (352) 867-9660. OCALA CIVIC THEATRE SUMMER CLASS SERIES (ONGOING) The Ocala Civic Theatre will host a number of different summer classes for kids of all ages throughout the summer months. Call for dates and registration prices. ocalacivictheatre.com or (352) 236-2274. CLASSES AT THE MANOR (ONGOING) The Artist Hub of Ocala will host a variety of classes
throughout the month at the Cherished Bride Manor, including yoga, core strength, cardio dance, Zumba, art and others. Visit their website for specific times and dates. Pre-registration is required. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 572-7351. CIRCLE SQUARE COMMONS FARMERS MARKETS (ONGOING) Circle Square Commons will host a farmers market on Thursdays from 9am-1pm. ADULT CONTINUING EDUCATION REGISTRATION (ONGOING) Master the Possibilities Education Center located in the Circle Square Commons Town Center offers over 250 classes and presentations throughout the summer months. Registration is now open for the summer programs. Visit the website or call for a catalog. masterthepossibilities.com or (352) 854-3699. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (JULY 6) Drop your kids off for an evening of science and entertainment at the Discovery Center while you enjoy a night out. Price is $15 and includes snacks. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900.
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BALLROOM DANCE PARTY (JULY 4, 18) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a social dance party from 7-9pm. Couples and singles are welcome. The event is BYOB; however, refreshments will be served. Admission is free for students and $10 for non-students. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. RED, WHITE AND BLUES (JULY 3) A patriotic event will be held in downtown Ocala. There will be music, food and plenty of fun for the whole family. The event will run 6-9pm. (352) 629-8444. FIRST SATURDAY CHILDREN’S ART PROGRAM (JULY 7) The Appleton Museum will host their
First Saturday Program from 1-3pm. Children will work hands on to create a take-home piece of artwork. Program is open to members and non-members. appletonmueseum.org or (352) 291-4455. TRIPS N’ TOURS (JULY 12) The Appleton Museum’s Trips N’ Tours program will take guests to the Florida Museum of Natural History and the Harn Museum. A docent-led tour of the Harn Museum will feature the new additions to the Asian collection. Registration is $65 for members, $75 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
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FREEMASONRY ANNUAL PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE (JULY 13) What does freemasonry have to do with Friday the 13th? Find out when the 163-year-old Marion-Dunn Masonic Lodge of Ocala opens its doors to the public. Visitors will learn about the history and mysteries of freemasonry. The open house runs from 6:30-8:30pm. (352) 694-2461.
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(July 20) Bring your scrapbooking, knitting, embroidery or any other craft to the Marion County Extension auditorium. Admission is $5, and the event runs from 6pm until the last person leaves. Money beneﬁts MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER. (352) 732-5982. SATURDAY IN THE PARK (JULY 21) The Jervey Gantt Recreation Complex will host Saturday in the Park from 10am-2pm. There will be health screenings, fitness demonstrations, clinics, games and lots of fun! (352) 629-8444. DANCING WITH THE DOCTORS (JULY 21) The annual Dancing With The Doctors event will take place from 6-11pm at the Circle Square Cultural Center. This black-tie-optional event will feature both amateur and professional dance performances through the evening as well as a gourmet dinner. Tickets are $125 per person, and proceeds benefit both the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. dancingwiththedoctors.com or (352) 895-0214. YOUTH GOSPEL CONCERT (JULY 21) There will be a gospel concert on the downtown square from 5-9pm. The concert will be performed by the United Holiness Church of Christ Youth. (352) 895-1911.
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