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Raising The Steaks… Naturally p34 Florida’s agricultural bounty doesn’t just grow on trees and vines. Cattle arrived on these shores in 1521 thanks to the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon and have played a part in the area’s economy ever since. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND
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A Manly Month
n a recent survey, 100 men were questioned on what scent they would most prefer their own cologne to smell like. The top three answers? Beer, bacon and beef. No, I am not kidding. OK, so this “survey” really took place on an episode of the Family Feud. All things considered, the sample was still 100 average men. With that being said, we knew this survey had to be the inspiration for this, our annual men’s issue. So where’s the beef? In the following pages, you’ll be introduced to a handful of area beef farmers whose farming techniques are outside the To honor all the norm… but that’s not a bad men out there, we thing! These local farmers raise grass-fed cattle instead present this issue of the typical grain-fed filled with humorous, feedlot cattle. The end educational and result? An animal that’s not helpful editorial only healthier, but that had a good life from start to finish. dedicated to the men Of course, there’s no in our lives. denying that beer is the alcoholic drink of choice for many. So for all you beer lovers out there, we sent one of our writers to tour some of Florida’s most famous breweries. After sampling her fair share of tasty ales (yes, she’s over 21), Amanda has expertly shared her experiences and thoughts on which brews she finds to be the best. And in case that’s not enough beer for you, Ocala Style is teaming up with Bud Light to give away 20 awesome mini refrigerators, perfect for your garage or man cave. Also in this issue is our second installment of our how-to feature for men.
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Making the list this year are some things we, our female editorial team, think every man should know how to accomplish, such as: how to braid hair (come on dads, you know this one tops your list, too!), how to install a dimmer switch (setting the mood and all) and how to give an awesome backrub (what, again with setting the mood?) Of course, what would a men’s issue be without a little heart-pounding adventure? This adrenaline rush takes you under the sea into the world of scuba diving. From local caves to the great open waters of Florida’s coasts, you’ll find out how to leave the hassles of land life behind for the tranquility that can only be found under the sea. And you thought we forgot about the bacon! Finally, this issue features Ocala Style’s Men of Style. These local professionals and entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, but all have one thing in common: success (á la, bringing home the bacon). On the following pages, these men share some insight into their respective professions and what they can do for you and your family. So, to honor all the men out there, we present this issue filled with humorous, educational and helpful editorial dedicated to the men in our lives. We hope that you, our readers, enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
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Class Acts p18
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f you haven’t been to the Ocala Farm Market on the downtown square, then you don’t know what you’re missing! The market has been up and running for just over a year, and although you’ll get plenty of fresh fruits and veggies from Willoughby’s, Pete’s Produce, L.C. Produce and many other local stands, there’s also a wide variety of goods to peruse every Saturday morning. Flour Pot Bakery sets up each week with their tasty treats, and other vendors bring purses, handbags, hair bows and other handmade crafts. Pick up something for dinner at Captain Tim’s Seafood, who is there each week with his fresh catch. And don’t forget to browse some of the local nurseries, including Countryside Meadows, Superior Landscaping and Briar Patch Nursery. Forget buying soaps and shampoos from the pharmacy or lotions with added scents and chemicals. Instead, pick up a bar of
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THE CHIEF IN CHARGE WESH Channel 2’s Chief Meteorologist Tony Mainolfi recently spent some time talking to Ocala Style about all things weather. Hurricane season is now upon us. Are you prepared? Tony shares some insight into the season and what you can do to get your family ready should a storm head our way. Interview by Karin Fabry-Cushenbery
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Have you always had an interest in the weather? I grew up on Long island, and back in 1978, we had a big blizzard come through that dumped over 2 feet of snow on us. I have been hooked on weather ever since that storm at the age of 10!
Because hurricane season is officially starting, what do you think is the one thing people must have in their preparedness kit that they usually forget? With hurricane season on us, it’s very easy to forget things. That’s why on WESH and WESH.com, we have a checklist of things that folks should have in their hurricane survival kits. I would urge readers of Ocala Style to check it out and put their kits together now—and not when the first storm is coming our way.
The last few years have been rather quiet for Central Florida. Do you think that means we’re due for a busier season?
Since 2004, Florida has not seen a hurricane strike Central Florida, even though the last few years have been very active across the tropical
Atlantic and Caribbean. We are considered “due,” but with a weakening La Nina, the hurricane season is actually expected to be less active in 2012. But it only takes one storm to make it a busy season.
Describe your wildest weather moment. I have two wild weather moments. The Groundhog Day tornado outbreak here in Central Florida—a long 24 hours on the air—where there was lots of property damage and lives lost across Central Florida. The other was flying up in a hurricane hunter plane into category 5 Hurricane Wilma. The views in the hurricane were amazing, but the best view came when we were in the eye of the hurricane. It was clear and calm, while below, the ocean waves were over 45 feet tall, and you could see the impact the hurricane was having on the ocean.
Can you explain El Nino/La Nina in layman’s terms, and what does it means for our everyday weather? El Nino is when the ocean waters are warmer than normal across the eastern Pacific creating a wetter environment across the southern U.S. and Florida. It many times means a more active severe weather season for us while a calmer hurricane season, as upper level winds tend to be stronger, thus reducing the number of storms. La Nina is when the ocean water across the eastern Pacific is cooler than normal meaning a drier and milder winter for the southern U.S. and Florida. It also tends to mean a more active hurricane season, as upper level winds are less intense, allowing for hurricanes to form more freely and without any wind shear issues.
Talk to me about the “Plight of the Weatherperson.” How do you feel when you tell people it will be sunny outside and it ends up raining? You often hear “those weathermen are never right” exaggerations. Do you take it personally or chalk it up to predicting—not knowing— the weather?
Some of Central Florida’s infamous afternoon thunderstorms can become especially violent and severe. What causes this? Florida’s storms are very intense due to our wet season sea breeze collisions that start going from mid-May to mid-October. It’s the time when we see most of our annual rainfall, which by the way is 50.73 inches! As the inland areas heat up, the hot air rises. As the hot air rises, it pulls in the cooler air from the Gulf Of Mexico on the west side of the peninsula and the Atlantic Ocean on the east side, effectively creating two mini cold fronts that collide on a daily basis over Central Florida. As they collide, the air is forced upward creating intense thunderstorms with lots of lightning, heavy rain, wind, hail and even tornadoes.
Do people ask you to forecast the weather when you’re out and about? I’m constantly being asked about the weather… at Publix, out at dinner, at the attractions… you name it. It’s part of the job and doesn’t bother me at all.
We had a very warm winter this year, and summer seemed to start early. Does that mean anything in terms of how hot our summer months will be? Our warm winter was in part due to La Nina. La Nina seems to have a more pronounced effect on our winter—a calming one I might add. It shouldn’t have any real bearing on our summer though, especially in that our La Nina pattern is coming to an end. Look for plenty of heat and humidity with afternoon storms.
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Weather forecasting is not an easy science. None of us expect to be right all the time, as meteorology is an “inexact” science. We do the best we can with what we have. We look at weather patterns and can tell when we are having issues with certain types of weather. This “pattern recognition” comes with time and experience. Most of the time, we do get it right, but when we get it wrong, it’s best to explain what went wrong to the viewers. If you can do that, then the viewers respect that.
April, with weaker tornadoes during our rainy season and during the hurricane season. Many times, tornadoes can strike at night while we are sleeping. With a weather radio, an alarm will go off alerting you of approaching bad and potentially life-threatening weather.
Are there any upcoming advances that would make predicting weather even more accurate? Our science is coming up with better forecasting models all the time. The computers are getting better and faster at updating forecasts and becoming more accurate. But they will never be 100 percent accurate—at least not in our lifetime!
Talk to us about the importance of weather radios. Why should every family have one? Weather radios are a must here in Central Florida, as our weather conditions change very quickly. Our tornado season is year round, meaning we can see a tornado any month of the year. No other state can say that, by the way. Our tornadoes are strongest in February through
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The first day of FCAT testing can be daunting, so as a reward to students at Academy,, they sang, danced and even “tied the knot” (with just their feet) Madison Street Academy during a special presentation by BALLET FOLKLORICO. Both students and staff interacted with the dance troupe and live musicians, exchanging cultural experiences and even learning about geography and culture in the process.
Congrats To Our Geography Champ
Where in the world is SARAH EOONOUS? Just kidding, but it’s worth asking because she recently competed at the state level for the National Geographic Bee, representing Liberty Middle School and Marion County. This 13-year-old eighth-grader readily admits geography comes natural for her, and it shows because she just missed making it to the final round by a single question.
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Talk about putting it on thick! Forest High students (l-r) ROBERT RITTERHOFF, CHRIS ADAMS, MILES TESCH AND LANIER EUBANKS, along with their teacher LILLIE SMITH (center), get together every week
to hand-spread peanut butter sandwiches for a local church’s homeless outreach. The guys estimate they’ve made upward of 3,000 sandwiches to date. They plan to continue the project through graduation next year, then hand it off to fellow students to continue the generosity.
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They’re graduating seniors today, but thanks to scholarships to help pay education costs, they’re planning to be teachers in the future. Vanguard’s (l-r) JENNY CHAMPAGNE, PAIGE LEMILY AND ROSE MACRI, along with Forest High’s ASHLEY CONRAD, all received college scholarships worth nearly $3,000 from the Marion County Retired Educators Association. The same group also announced their top two essay winners for fifth-graders: ANGELIQUE RAMOTAR from Greenway Elementary and MAGGIE CROWE from Dr. N.H. Jones. Crowe’s essay advances to the state level after landing in the top spot locally.
A Future Politician?
For years, BRENDIEN “BJ” MITCHELL, JR. has delivered speeches before the school board, Florida legislature and other important entities. Now, his talks are even more important as he wraps up his year-long term as Florida Boys State governor. Boys State is an annual one-week crash-course program in local and state government. It puts hundreds of high school seniors into various roles throughout the election process. The “learn-by-doing” approach gives them a first-hand look at public office. Brendien presides over Boys State 2012 this July after graduating from West Port High this month.
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Speaking of signs, they are an important part of the Wayfinding Program that the City is currently undertaking. The program combines branding, signage and a new City logo that supports the visions and image formulated during the Vision 2035 process. Among other improvements, the project will yield easily identifiable and consistent signage for city gateways, central business core, parking and informational kiosks. There have been a series of public meetings held on this project, and more may be held in June. Keep an eye out.
few weeks ago, a delegation of community leaders unveiled a sign commemorating what many feel is a major part of the platform the community will use to build its economic future. The April 24 ceremony celebrated the completion of 67th Avenue Road, which
provides major access to about 400 acres within the Ocala Business Park at the Ocala International Airport. The $3.4 million project included a 2.4-mile road extension as well as installation of water, sewer and storm water services. OCALA UTILITY SERVICES installed electric and fiber optic services. The road was a key element in opening the park for development.
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An American Fresh Farms hydroponic tomato growing facility, which will eventually employ 200 workers, has already been announced for the site. In addition, SAFETY
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If you’ve driven along SR 200 lately, you’ve probably noticed the new dynamic message signs and perhaps several new cameras. The cameras are not the “red light” cameras used in many communities to catch motorists who run traffic lights. Rather, they are an expansion of a traffic monitoring system that allows technicians to monitor traffic flow and adjust traffic signal timing during high-peak times or unusual circumstances. The cameras, which do not record, provide real-time information to OCALA AND MARION COUNTY INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION
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local economy, especially hotels and restaurants, by bringing in a number of out-of-towners for training. 67th Avenue Road also provides an alternate route to the Ocala Regional Sportsplex, providing faster access for those traveling to the park from the north. The ceremony on April 24 also included the burial of a time capsule, which will be opened in 2035.
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pattern. Shenanigans aside, Daniel also found compassion during his Army years. On his second tour in Germany, Daniel sponsored an orphan and got the rest of the privates involved in hosting events for children. They worked on posters, contacted public affairs for transportation and treated children to a fun night of bowling. Other units got involved, and Daniel had a local bowling alley closed exclusively for the event. “I had a chance to give back. Some people have that chance and let it go,” Daniel says. When he retired from the Army, Daniel moved to Orlando, where he finally discovered his passion for painting could be profitable. After a few odd jobs of window splashing storefronts with cartoon characters and working with Coast to Coast Decorating, Daniel became a scenic artist for sub-contractors on Disney properties. The snow caps at Blizzard Beach, ridge beam design at the Polynesian Resort and repainting of the guitar at Rock’n’Rollercoaster are just a few of the projects on which Daniel has left his mark. After his stint in Orlando, Daniel relocated to Ocala and saw an ad for painting the kids’ playroom at the Ocala Domestic Violence/ Sexual Assault Center. He and his partner Tonya
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ou arrive at your neighbor’s summer party, greeted by a throng of old friends and new faces. You chat with the party’s host, the sun blazing on your shoulders. Beads of sweat begin to form on your forehead when it finally dawns on you: You’re extremely parched.
You head to the cooler and reach inside, your fingers recognizing the familiar sleek long neck as your hand grasps the copper bottle. You pop off the cap with the bottle opener on your key chain and a wispy white fog floats from the rim, like a genie from a bottle. The cold liquid splashes your taste buds. An appeased smile curves your lips. There’s something magical about beer. Like a sorcerer’s potion, the bottled brew seems shrouded in mystery, a mystery I intend to unravel. After patiently—OK, semipatiently—typing in my age every time I visited a company’s website, emailing team members about tours and tasting rooms and traveling to where beer is brewed and bottled, I find not only a new appreciation for the beverage but a respect for its long journey to a summer party’s patio cooler.
THE GROWLER LIFE
ince the early 2000s, microbreweries have been cropping up due to the public’s growing interest in home brewing and craft beers. Swamp Head Brewery, which prides itself as “inherently Floridian,” is one such microbrewery in Gainesville, treating beer enthusiasts to its year-round fleet. At the dead end of SW 42nd Way, far back behind the Glass Doctor’s parking lot, I find a giant warehouse with a large, closed-off room and copper kettles more than twice my height. It smells like I’ve stepped into a breakfast cereal manufacturing plant. I clear my throat and call out a
greeting to see if anyone is within the cornflake-smelling vicinity. Circling the shiny kettles, I turn a corner by the glass room and see a man monitoring the machines. He points me to Swamp Head owner Brian Kemper’s office. I wait outside Brian’s door while he’s in conference with head brewer Craig Birkmaier. The brewery gives off a laidback vibe. The Swamp Head team’s uniform of choice is polo shirts, flip flops (except around the kettles where members where boots) and baseball caps. After Craig exits, I enter Brian’s office with its fishing photos and swamp images decorating the walls. I sit down, and Brian tells me Swamp Head’s story.
A GAINESVILLE SECRET
microbrewery is like a local coffee shop or diner; those in the know will be hard pressed to tell you their city’s hidden treasure. Besides Swamp Head’s literal offthe–beaten-path location, Brian explains being a microbrewery in the corner of the country has its drawbacks, and Florida is just recently joining this new wave of home brewing. A Gainesville native, Brian studied business administration at the University of Colorado, where he developed a love for craft beer. After graduation, he planned to attend graduate school when his stepdad Craig piqued his interest once again in craft beer. Craig
started home brewing in his garage in 2002. While Craig crafted beer, Brian crafted a business plan and founded Swamp Head Brewery in 2008. The following year, Swamp Head released its first batch of kegs. “We’re pretty small for a production brewery,” Brian admits. “But
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our goal is to make excellent beer, not shorten the process.” The brewery runs on a 10-barrel system, which equals 310 gallons of beer. Because of small-scale production, Swamp Head only ships its beers to restaurants and pubs to sell on tap. Only a few places in Florida offer Swamp Head drafts. The brewery opens its tasting room three times per week and sells 32- or 64-ounce “growlers” of beer. Brian shows me the tasting room, aka The Wetlands. It’s a dark room decorated with craft beer bottles from around the world. Back in the area I walked through earlier, I meet brewer Nick Dunn, who is the kegging technician.
“All I do really is press buttons,” says Nick. “People think working at a brewery is glamorous. It’s not glamorous.” “Everyone thinks we sit here all day and get drunk,” adds Brian, “but there’s no drinking on the job.”
But you can drink while Brian and his team are at work. Go to swamphead.com for tasting room hours and information on where to get Swamp Head’s brews on tap.
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FROM THE WETLANDS
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Swamp Head’s Floridathemed yearround fleet is comprised of five awardwinning beers.
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A cream ale brewed with tupelo honey; a 2011 Best of Florida Beer winner.
Named after a snake found in North Florida; a fruity Belgian wheat beer.
A hop-centered pale ale with as much attitude as the feisty fish it was named after.
An IPA (India Pale Ale) with intense hop flavors.
An English oatmeal stout brewed with organic French roast coffee.
en times larger than Swamp Head, the Yuengling Brewery in Tampa is one of three Yuengling breweries in the U.S. Family owned and operated, Yuengling is the oldest American brewery. For over 180 years, D.G. Yuengling & Son has bottled its brews to quell the thirst of the American public. The drink is named after its founder David “D.G.” Yuengling, whose last name (pronounced “ying-ling”) means “young man” in German. Surviving the prohibition era and continuing expansion in the present day, the company had a modest beginning in 1829. D.G., a 23-year-old immigrant from Württemberg, Germany, opened Eagle Brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Today, the fifth generation has taken up the family mantle, with Dick Yuengling, Jr. at the helm. Once Mr. Yuengling is ready to step down, the company will not only be America’s oldest brewery but also America’s only all-women-owned brewery. Mr. Yuengling’s four daughters are
Instead of a cereal scent like Swamp Head, the stairway leading to the kettles smells metallic, like a handful of coins. As we travel upward, the yeasty aroma of beer becomes stronger. We enter the brew kettle room, where the liquid inside the kettle is a murky brown, which Janis accurately describes as resembling the Mississippi River. The brew kettle fills up seven times a day and runs for 24 hours. We make our way to the lab, where Janis says we’re to meet Randy the chemist, who has the coveted job of beer taster.
“THIS ISN’T WINE TASTING!”
seem to enter what looks like a high school science classroom with low tables, several sinks, cabinets and jars. Beer
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THE OLDEST AMERICAN BREWERY
next in line to take on the family business. At present, however, Mr. Yuengling calls the shots. I manage to make the 10am tour and join a group of 15 at the Yuengling brewery. Our guide Janis begins our tour telling us about Yuengling’s history. While the Mill Creek brewery in Pennsylvania was still under construction, Yuengling opened the Tampa brewery in 1999. Originally owned by Stroh Brewery Company, the brewery came readily equipped with brewing facilities and job seeking workers. Yuengling distributes its beer in 15 states, including New York, the Carolinas and Florida. The brewery is currently undergoing expansion with the goal to take on new territory. “We don’t know which states yet,” Janis says, “Only Mr. Yuengling knows.” After the introduction, we are led to a door with a yellow sign reading, “Danger: Restricted Area.” Intrigued, I’m one of the first through the door, the rest of the group moving sluggishly. I’m guessing they’re from out of state and still adapting to the early spring Florida heat.
taster Randy, whose official title is chemist, is busy downstairs— probably hard at work. “Will his job open up some time?” jokes a man in a striped blue shirt. Crowded around a table with glass containers, Janis hands them out to pass around. There are three jars of different colored
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LORD CHESTERFIELD ALE:
A light gold, pilsnerstyle pale malt with a crisp taste.
A rich, craft-style beer made from caramel and dark roasted malts with a slight chocolate tone to its creamy taste. Janis, a Yuengling tour guide, recommends Porter poured over a bowl of vanilla ice cream.
Porter and Premium combined to make a dark beer modeled on a traditional half and half with hints of caramel and coffee.
Amber in color with a medium flavor of roasted caramel malt that makes it subtly sweet; touted as Yuengling’s flagship brand.
A lowcalorie version of Traditional Lager that sacrifices calories but not taste.
Robust in flavor, with a sweet maltiness and lingering herbal bitterness, Yuengling’s Lord Chesterfield Ale is crafted in a unique two-stage European brewing style, giving it a sharp, dry finish.
A light, refreshing beer that is only 98 calories.
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Family Owned & Operated Since 1829 the sluggish group from earlier is replaced by an eager crew with a bounce in their step. At the bar, I’m undecided about which beer to choose when Janis says, “We still have green pale ale on tap, so if you didn’t have green beer in March, now’s your last chance!” I immediately approach the counter, and a bright green cup of ale with a thin head of foam is placed in my opened palm. The beer tastes rich and slightly acidic. I lick the foam from my upper lip and wonder if my tongue’s turning green. After finishing my drink, I ask for a cup of Yuengling’s Premium beer and delight in the light, fruity taste of the pale malt. The next tour group trails in as we taste our beer and make more requests. The new crew
looks on enviously, as they won’t have their fill until the end of their tour. Finishing the last gold drop of Premium, I debate on whether to tell newcomers it’s well worth the wait. Then, I see the gift shop around the corner. I wonder if those pint glasses come already filled…
You can be the envy of your friends—or take them along for the ride—by going on a Tampa tour of your own. Visit yuengling.com for tour schedules.
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Source: The Art of Making Beer by Stanley F. Anderson with Raymond Hull
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The brewing process begins with malting, where grains are soaked and allowed to germinate in water. This is before the actual brewing occurs. After two to three days of soaking, the malt goes through a mash ton where the temperature is precisely controlled. The liquid at this point is called wort, which is filtered and pumped into copper brew kettles. Hops, climbing vine seed-cones, are added at this boiling stage for flavor and then strained out before the wort is cooled and ready for pitching with yeast. Next is fermentation, when alcohol finally pops into the equation. Depending on the type of beer wished to be brewed, fermentation may take from up to a week to over a month. The yeast consumes the sugar in the wort, which creates alcohol and carbon dioxide. And voilà, what we have now is officially beer.
malt—caramel, pale and black— and a small flask of pellets. “What is this,” a woman asks, “rabbit food?” Janis explains the jar is full of hops in their pelletized form, when Randy walks in. We are under the impression that Randy’s taste buds are sharper, almost super human. However, according to the taste master himself, everyone has the ability to acknowledge beer’s many attributes. A taste master for 40 years, Randy also relies on a panel of tasters. Besides graphing the beers’ quality, he also monitors the panel to make sure their reports are consistent. “You spit while tasting, right?” someone asks. “I don’t spit!” Randy says. “This isn’t wine tasting!” Laughing, we let Randy get back to his job and enter the last leg of our tour where we view packaging. While we gaze at bottles rotating on a silver carousel below, Janis builds up anticipation when she tells us which beers will be on tap at the bar when we get back to the welcome center. Suddenly,
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WHEN EBERHARD MET ADOLPHUS THREE WORDS: BUD. WEIS. ER.
udweiser, debatably the most iconic beer brand in America, is last on my list of breweries to visit. When Budweiser’s Jacksonville brewery opened in 1969, it produced 1.7 million barrels of beer. This past year, Jacksonville produced 9.7 million barrels. Let it be known that Jacksonville is only one of 12 breweries and that each barrel of beer holds 31 gallons. Did you imagine swimming in the Budweiser Sea? I know I did. However, Budweiser isn’t the only beer brewed in Jacksonville. Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., owner of Budweiser, also distributes Stella Artois, Shock Top, Bacardi Silver, Bud Light and many others. These brands are household names,
but Budweiser may rate the highest when it comes to nostalgia. At the 205-acre brewery, I’m greeted with a thoughtful surprise after a long trip: a Bud Light Platinum sample. My group of 20 scans the display of Anheuser-Busch products—Wild Blue Blueberry Lager, Michelob, Land Shark—while our tour guide Charlie introduces himself. We dispose of our cups after being assured there’s more where that came from and head to the elevator where we’ll get off at the brew hall. As we step into a warm, humid hall overlooking brew paddles, lager tanks and water tons, I am enveloped in the sweet grainy aroma of malted barley, which smells like beer bread baking in the oven. Charlie explains the plant makes 33
Here’s a brief history lesson on a successful business partnership, a brewery’s struggle for survival and a gift that would become a commercial trademark.
In 1848, the U.S. saw an influx of German immigrants due to political upheavals in Germany and Bohemia. During that year, Eberhard Anheuser immigrated to America, where he opened up shop in St. Louis, Missouri. Eberhard, whose trade was soap and candle making, had no beer brewing experience when he became co-owner of the Bavarian Brewery in 1852. Seven years later, Eberhard bought out investors and changed the brewery’s name to Anheuser & Co. Adolphus Busch met Eberhard while working in a brewing supply business. In 1861, Adolphus married Eberhard’s daughter Lilly and eventually became his fatherin-law’s business partner. It was Adolphus who envisioned a national beer brand. The Industrial Revolution brought railroads and other innovations, such as artificial refrigeration. Anheuser-Busch was the first beer seller in the U.S. to use pasteurization, thus allowing their beer to ship over long distances without spoiling. Adolphus’s dream was realized in 1876, when Budweiser became the first national beer brand. The success of Anheuser-Busch was tested during prohibition. AnheuserBusch survived the ban on beer by selling ice cream, ginger ale, baker’s yeast and nonalcoholic malt drinks. When prohibition was repealed in 1933, August A. Busch, Sr., who succeeded his father Adolphus as brewery president, was surprised by his sons with a six-horse Clydesdale hitch to commemorate prohibition’s end. That’s when the beloved horses first galloped onto the scene. Source: anheuser-busch.com
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brews a day. The brewery has 400 fulltime and 200 part-time employees who work in 8-hour shifts. The tanks, which are refilled as soon as they’re empty, run 24/7. No breaks for them.
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Besides regular brewery tours, Budweiser Jacksonville Brewery also offers its Beermaster tour and Beer School, which offers visitors an enhanced brewery experience. Visit budweisertours.com for more information.
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Forget wine and cheese parties! Beer can be paired with cheeses, roasts and even cookies! The Brewers Association makes the following recommendations in its beer and food guide. PALE ALE: Chicken, salads, salmon, bratwurst; Monterey Jack; apricot cake, lemon custard tart
INDIA PALE ALE:
Roast pork, smoked Curry, spicy foods; sausage, gorgonzola; grilled caramel apple salmon; Gouda, tart, ginger Cheshire; spice cake almond cake, cashew brittle
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Barbecue, sausages, blackened fish; gruyere; chocolate peanut butter cookies
Steak, meat pie, raw oysters; Dubliner cheddar; chocolate soufflé, tiramisu
CLASSIC PILSNER: Chicken, salads, salmon, bratwurst; Vermont cheddar; lemon shortbread
AMBER LAGER: Barbecue, hamburgers, chili; white cheddar; passion fruit bread pudding
Ocala Style and Bud Light are giving away not one, not two, but 20 mini refrigerators this month. These stylish fridges are ideal for keeping your Budweiser cool all summer long (and yes, it works well for water, too!) Perfect for your garage or man cave. To enter to win, simply visit Ocala Style’s Facebook page and click on the One Cool Giveaway link.
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hrough viewing windows, we see the lager cellar and its hundreds of stainless steel tanks. Beech wood chips are raked inside the tanks to increase surface area during secondary fermentation, which helps the yeast consume more sugar. Because the entire brewing process for a Budweiser beer takes 30 days, the beer in the cellar’s tanks are at various stages. The Jacksonville brewery produces 14 of Anheuser-Busch’s brands, so not all 372 tanks are full of Bud. After viewing packaging operations, Charlie takes us to the Hospitality Room, a room that must be referred to as a proper noun. We beeline past the soda machines and are treated to pretzels and two samples of our drinks of choice. I watch a commercial on one of the Hospitality Room’s TVs as I drink a glass of Budweiser. Out of the corner of my eye, I see a few people who were on the tour smile into their glasses. The TV screen shows a symbolic scene that’s less than 30 seconds: eight majestic Clydesdales (and at one time a donkey) pulling a beer wagon, their Dalmatian mascot surveying their proud trot. In spite of myself, I smile as well, taking a last swig of my beer. A light clink on the bar’s counter announces my satisfaction. I’m ready for my second glass.
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number of beef cows, and breeding herd values total more than $847 million. The value of the calves produced by those herds is an additional $200 to $350 million. Traditionally, Florida has been a cow/calf state when it comes to beef. Calves are the “crop.” Most farmers sell their weaned calves at six to eight months of age; the animals are then shipped out of state to feedlots where they are “finished.” At feedlots, these young animals are kept in groups and grain fed until they reach the desired weight for slaughter, which is about 1,200 to 1,300 pounds. The cattle hit this weight at about 16 to 18 months of age, at which point they’re sent to processing plants for slaughter. Their meat is packaged and sent to retail markets across the country and around the world as “boxed beef.”
ommercial beef production is all about economics. “Pushing” the cattle with a high concentration grain ration, antibiotics and hormones allows them to be harvested at around 18 months of age instead of waiting until after they are 2 years old, which is when they would mature naturally. Although today’s feedlots have greatly improved over the last 10 years, life in a feedlot is far from idyllic. Large numbers of cattle are confined to relatively small spaces. They have no grass for grazing and no opportunity to relax under the shade of a tree, napping in the sunshine as they chew their cuds. Instead, they are often walking through a slurry of mud and manure and are fed large amounts of grain, which is not how cattle are naturally designed to eat.
Some of the area’s cattle ranchers have chosen to follow the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® program. When you see this label, you know that the animals received humane treatment from birth through slaughter. Producers must meet strict standards in order to receive this designation. “THESE ANIMALS ARE GIVING SOMETHING TO US, SO IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO RESPECT THEM AND DO THE BEST WE CAN BY THEM,” SAYS GREG MULLEN OF ARTISAN CATTLE, WHICH RAISES BEEF ACCORDING TO THE CERTIFIED HUMANE® PROGRAM. “HAVING MINIMAL STRESS IS SO IMPORTANT, BOTH FOR THE QUALITY OF THE ANIMALS’ LIVES AND FOR THE QUALITY OF THE MEAT.” WHEN YOU BUY MEAT WITH A CERTIFIED HUMANE® LABEL, IT MEANS THE ANIMALS HAVE BEEN RAISED WITH AMPLE SPACE, SHELTER FROM THE ELEMENTS AND GENTLE HANDLING SO THEIR STRESS LEVEL IS LOW TO ZERO. THEY HAVE FRESH WATER AND HEALTHY DIETS, WITH NO ADDED ANTIBIOTICS OR
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HORMONES. THEY ARE NOT CONFINED TO CAGES, CRATES OR TIE STALLS, SO THEY SPEND EVERY DAY OF THEIR LIVES PARTICIPATING IN NATURAL BEHAVIORS. THAT MEANS CATTLE ARE ON PASTURE, PIGS ARE ABLE TO ROOT AND WALLOW IN THE DIRT AND CHICKENS CAN SCRATCH AND PECK, FLAP THEIR WINGS AND MOVE ABOUT FREELY. YES, IN THE END, THESE ANIMALS ARE STILL BEING RAISED FOR MEAT, BUT YOU CAN KNOW THAT THEY HAD A GOOD LIFE. EVEN SLAUGHTER PRACTICES FOR CERTIFIED HUMANE® PRODUCERS HAVE HIGHER STANDARDS THAN THE USUAL FEDERAL HUMANE SLAUGHTER ACT.
Because eating such a grain-heavy diet can cause health problems, feedlot cattle are typically given chemical additives and constant low levels of antibiotics. Some are also given growth hormones. Their feed may contain “by-product feedstuff,” which can range from stale bread and candy to chicken feathers and peanut hulls. Not exactly what you want to think of when you’re cutting into a thick, juicy steak. “The grain and corn industry has gotten a bad rap, but it’s not necessarily the grain’s fault—it’s the way the system is designed to push (cattle) to gain weight rapidly,” explains cattleman Greg Mullen, co-owner of Artisan Cattle in Ocala. “The only way to make commercial beef reach their weight goal in that amount of time is to push the concentrate to them. When people hear beef is ‘grain fed,’ they think this is bad, but it’s not that the feedstuff is always bad, just the method being used.”
ost beef cattle in the U.S. are raised commercially and finished in feedlots, but over the past decade, American consumers have begun to seek alternatives. They still want to eat beef, but they want a healthier end product; they also want to know that the animals have had a good life from start to finish. Grass-fed, pasture-raised beef has found a niche in the market. Granted, it’s a small niche at this point, but it’s expanding, and the Central Florida area is doing its part to make that happen. Fortunately, for Florida beef growers, the state has a long growing season and produces an abundance of forage. Left to their own devices, cattle like to eat different things. In addition to grazing on grass, they will forage in the woods to eat berries, weeds and other plants. It takes knowledge and careful management practices to raise
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e go from pasture to plate. It goes from start to finish on the same farm,” says Mullen, who, with business partner Mary Gary, started Artisan Cattle in 2007. Their business is a perfect example of the burgeoning grassfed beef movement. The partners currently have about 200 head of cattle and raise Wagyu cattle, a Japanese breed known for their excellent yield grade, the highest percentage of monounsaturated fat (good fat, think olive oil) in all cattle breeds, fine meat texture and unsurpassed flavor, delivering an unforgettable dining experience. Kobe beef comes from Wagyu cattle, but in order to be accurately called Kobe beef, it must come only from the Kobe region of Japan and meet very specific standards. In this country, we have both Fullblood Wagyu and American Wagyu (a cross between 100 percent fullblood Wagyu and another breed, such as Angus or Hereford), which is every bit as tender and desirable as the Japanese version. There are about 25,000 American Wagyu cattle and about 4,000 Fullblood Wagyu in the U.S. Mullen was first introduced to Wagyu cattle when he lived in Southeast Asia and attended culinary school there 25 years ago. As he explains, “All Kobe beef comes from Wagyu cattle, but not all Wagyu cattle are Kobe beef. Currently, there is not any Kobe beef cattle product being exported from Japan because the tsunami
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ore and more “gentleman farmers” with small farms are getting into the beef business. Some intend to raise breeding stock to sell, while others want to raise their own steer for beef so they know exactly what the animal has eaten and how it’s been treated. By next year, a new grass-fed beef business will be in full swing in our area. Adena Beef, owned by successful horseman Frank Stronach of Adena Springs Farm, is currently under construction in Ft. McCoy. Plans call for it to be fully operational by early 2013, processing hundreds of cattle per week in their state-of-the-art facility. At full production, the business will provide 100 to 150 jobs.
“Mr. Stronach feels strongly about how animals are raised and also feels strongly about eating healthier foods,” says general manager Mark Roberts. “These animals won’t be in feedlots. They’ll be in big, open fields until the day they’re harvested.” Stronach has purchased vast amounts of land—over 25,000 acres in Ft. McCoy and over 30,000 acres in the Bronson area—to raise his cattle. “We are slowly growing our herd. We already have 1,600 head of momma cows, and as we get land cleared, we are adding more,” said Roberts, noting that these cattle are primarily Angus with about one-quarter Brahma blood, which makes them better able to withstand heat and humidity. “We will raise as much of our own as we can,” says Roberts. “If we can’t meet demand, then we would like to form partnerships with other beef farmers and either buy from them or have them raise cattle for us under certain standards. Our intent is to be almost totally grass fed.”
aising steak on the hoof isn’t for everyone, but consumers have discovered a noticeable difference in the taste of locally raised, grass-fed beef compared to what’s available in most grocery stores. “The beef we produce is gourmet restaurant quality,” notes Jan Costa, owner of Florida Fresh Meat Company in Summerfield. “Every animal is 100 percent pastureraised, grass fed and grass finished,
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and an outbreak of hoof and mouth disease has devastated their Wagyu industry.” Mullen and Gary also own Artisinal Dish, a European-inspired market in Ocala. The primary reason for launching Dish was as a platform for promoting their beef, and that has definitely happened. “We sell about 500 pounds of beef a week between retail sales and in-house use,” notes Mullen. “We also sell online and have a handful of wholesale accounts. Because our names are attached to it, we’ve very picky about which chefs or wholesale clients get it, so we’re mostly selling to ‘end users.’ Our goal is to produce the healthiest, best-tasting beef you can get your hands on. It might be more expensive than beef at your local chain grocery store, but it’s a much better product and better for you. It’s like comparing sweet apples and sour oranges.”
Grass-fed beef producers like Mullen and Gary have chosen to raise cattle this way for several reasons. They want to offer a healthier product, but they also got into the business because they truly like cattle and think they should be well treated every day of their lives… even though they’re being raised for meat. “We see them every day; the care of our animals is first and foremost,” says Mullen. Calves stay on pastures with their mothers until weaning at 6 months of age. After weaning, they’re separated into groups to be raised for meat or for breeding. Meat animals remain on pasture from start to finish, eating a fully vegetarian diet, until it’s time to harvest them at 26 to 28 months of age.
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which means no grain whatsoever in the animals. They are also hormone and antibiotic free.” Jan, who hails from a marketing background, originally started his shop with the idea of selling kosher meat. He knew that would be an easy sell, but his quandary was what to do with the remainder of the carcass, as anything behind the 12th rib is considered non-kosher. He faced a costly and wasteful dilemma until he decided to change tactics. He began investigating grass-fed beef, researching what was available in this area. “I saw that was the way to go. I connected with farmers and told them I’d develop a market for the beef if they’d raise the cattle to maturity on grass. Now, instead of selling the calves at 6 to 8 months of age, they’re keeping them another 14 months.”
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In January 2010, Costa started selling his products at farmers markets in Gainesville and Ocala. The response was enthusiastic. People loved the beef and started asking if he could provide locally raised, range-fed pork, lamb and chicken. Jan thought, why not? In 2010, Florida Fresh Meat Company processed 20 steers; the following year, that number jumped to about 180. Today, the company offers top-quality USDAinspected beef, lamb and pork through their Florida Department of Agriculture-licensed retail butcher shop located on the same premises as South Marion Meats, a USDA-inspected processing plant. “You can’t have a smaller carbon footprint than that,” says Jan with a smile. Indeed, all the meat sold in Jan’s shop is raised start to finish within a 150-mile radius of Ocala. “We are involved from farm to plate. We have criteria the
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ranchers must meet. We engage in partnerships with local ranchers and farmers and pay good money for high-grade cattle. I visit each operation and see how the animals are raised,” says Jan, who’s interested in finding additional ranches that can supply the product he needs. “I always buy a sample animal to process before making a partnership with the ranch. I’m very particular and only want to sell the best.” A majority of the beef sold by Florida Fresh Meat Company comes directly from the White Ranch in Citra. Dr. Ashley White has been raising cattle in Florida since 1990 and owns White Ranch with his wife Michele White. “We were thinking of how we could help Florida by raising cattle for beef instead of selling calves,” says Dr. White, whose herd averages anywhere from 800 to 1000 head. “In Ocala, our native grasses are so healthy because of the limestone and minerals in the soil. We found we could raise healthy beef by going with grass fed.” In addition to raising purebred Angus, Wagyu and Galloway beef, the White Ranch developed its own unique combination of breeds, which they refer to as “White Cross.” These cattle evolved from a carefully managed program that contains the best traits of several breeds: English Hereford, Red and Black Angus, Florida Brahman, Wagyu and Galloway. White Cross cattle can be 100 percent grass-fed on Florida forage and yield meat with
the desirable high marbling of healthy fats. After a steer is processed for Florida Fresh Meat Company, the carcass hangs to dry-age for up to 28 days. Enzymes in the meat tenderize it naturally during the aging period, and no tenderizing chemicals are used. The meat is then cut into roasts, steaks and hamburger and individually packed in vacuum bags for freshness. “It’s a phenomenal product, and it’s aged, so it’s tender and the flavor is intensified,” notes Dr. White. Jan is pleased to revive the concept of the friendly neighborhood butcher shop where meat is raised, processed and sold locally. “We feed our community from within,” he says with satisfaction.
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NLIKE CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE, WHICH FOCUSES ON ATTEMPTING TO TREAT DISEASE ONCE IT OCCURS, THE CHIROPRACTIC CARE OFFERED AT BACK TO HEALTH CHIROPRACTIC EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ILLNESS IN THE FIRST PLACE. DR. NATHAN COX TALKS ABOUT HOW BACK TO HEALTH CAN HELP YOU LIVE A HEALTHIER, PAIN-FREE LIFE. What made you want to become a chiropractor?
I really enjoy helping others, so naturally I gravitated toward the health industry. The philosophy of chiropractic health care really stood out and resonated with my own personal philosophy of health, particularly the focus on wellness and correcting the cause of disease.
How does chiropractic care help correct the cause of disease?
The nervous system controls the entire body, including health and healing. The body is designed to be self-healing and self-regulating. My job is fairly simple: I try to keep the nervous system working properly, which results in the body healing itself and health being restored. Our bodies are miracles, and I love to help people understand how to take better care of them.
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What kind of health conditions do you treat?
We can treat almost any condition that is regulated by the nervous system, but of course, there are some limitations. Some of the fastest changes are usually seen with general back pain, sciatica, headaches, migraines and stomach issues like GERD, acid reflux and frequent heartburn. Patients are always surprised that they have been taking medications for years and the problem can be corrected and maintained fairly easily by natural chiropractic care.
What makes your oﬃce diﬀerent from others in the area?
We genuinely love the people of Ocala, and all of us are very involved in the community, both personally and professionally. We support various charities and also volunteer in various capacities to help our community grow and be a better place. At the office, we have created an extremely friendly, family-like atmosphere that makes coming to the doctor actually enjoyable. We pride ourselves on knowing our patients personally, their lives, their goals and going far above and beyond what is expected to help in whatever way we can.
What types of treatment do you provide?
We provide both corrective and pain relief care. To help us accomplish the goals of our patients, we have massage chairs, massage therapists, stretching and exercise machines, decompression, core strengthening and various rehab therapy equipment to help in the corrective process.
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Our tagline is, “Anything But Conventional.” Brick City Health and Fitness isn’t just a place to exercise. While we offer the latest trends in fitness, we also provide tanning, massage, spa treatments and a café.
What are the latest fitness trends? Functional training, personal training and
pilates are three big areas. Functional training strengthens the body by performing movements you do every day in full range against resistance. Personal trainers help members use more of the gym than they would on their own, which adds value to their membership. Small group training enables more people to take advantage of the trainers’ expertise. Pilates for special populations, such as golfers and equestrians, is another focus area. The applications for sports-specific training and rehabilitation are very exciting.
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What is the mission of Brick City Health & Fitness?
It’s our mission to reach outside of the gym walls to affect our community. We sponsor the Stampede, a men’s professional development league soccer team, and the Never Say Never Foundation, which provides prosthetics and opportunities for the disabled to participate in sports. Our in-house chaplain, Ted Strawbridge, is available to connect with members in need.
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CHARLIEHARPER How did you get into this line of work?
I initially got into the car business on the side with a Subaru distributor. We had dealers in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, and I worked with them regularly. Because the automobile business is such a people business and entails developing relationships with customers, I found that to be intriguing and an avenue that I wanted to pursue, so I made the switch from the wholesale side to the retail side.
What do you love most about Ocala?
I love the area’s topography, with the rolling hills and all the beautiful horse farms. But even more than the physical aspect of Ocala, I have discovered how real the people are here. Regardless of where they live, they all seem to be your neighbor. Ocala residents are also very pet friendly, and being an animal lover myself and growing up with horses, dogs and cats and currently owning a beautiful Westie, I love that about the people here.
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In what ways do you give back to the community?
In the past, we have supported the Humane Society in Ocala. Recently, we had our grand opening for Ocala Subaru where the community came to the event with their “best friend.” I think we had almost as many dogs as we did people. It was a great opportunity to see everyone together supporting the Humane Society.
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AST OCTOBER, THE COLLEGE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA ANNOUNCED THAT JAMES HENNINGSEN, ED.D., WOULD BECOME THE COLLEGE’S NEXT PRESIDENT. AFTER 15 YEARS AS PRESIDENT, DR. CHARLES DASSANCE STEPPED DOWN TO RETIRE. A NATIONAL SEARCH FOR DASSANCE’S REPLACEMENT LED TO THE DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES’ UNANIMOUS VOTE FOR DR. HENNINGSEN. HERE, WE’RE HAPPY TO INTRODUCE THE NEW COLLEGE PRESIDENT.
What is your experience prior to CF?
I have spent most of my professional career in the Florida College System at Valencia College and Seminole State College of Florida. Most recently, I served as the vice president for academic affairs/chief academic officer at Seminole State. There, I also served as vice president for student success/chief student affairs officer and director of institutional research.
What are your goals for the college?
First and foremost, my goal is to ensure that we have the highest-quality faculty and staff and academic programs for our students and community. I believe it is critical to the long-term success of our community to increase the postsecondary attainment rate of our citizens and prepare them for 21st century jobs. Additionally, we need to strengthen public and private partnerships to leverage our combined community resources to strengthen the economic vitality of our region.
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Why should someone choose to study at CF?
The College of Central Florida is learning-centered and committed to the success of our students. We provide a wide variety of academic and student development program offerings with individualized student focus. Our class sizes provide personal interaction with faculty, and our nationally recognized and award-winning programs prepare our students for success in the workplace. The quality of our faculty and staff is evident, as CF was just recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the top 120 colleges in the country for the second year in a row.
What do you think makes Ocala a great college town?
The college continues to be a focal point of educational, cultural and community activity. Ocala is a giving community, and CF’s culture of encouragement provides and supports service learning, volunteering and internships. Our community is a great place to learn, work, live and play.
What are your future plans for CF?
CF will continue to expand high-demand programs and explore and develop need-based baccalaureate degrees, in partnership with universities, in order to provide skilled graduates for jobs and support our regional economic development. Our goal is to be the first choice provider for higher education opportunities in our region.
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T THE CARDONA LAW FIRM, L.L.C., WE STRIVE TO MEET OUR CLIENT’S EXPECTATIONS. JAMES E. CARDONA, ESQ., IS A KNOWLEDGEABLE AND RESPECTED ATTORNEY WITH A WINNING LEGAL TEAM THAT CAN ASSIST YOU IN MANY TYPES OF CASES, FROM CRIMINAL LAW ISSUES TO IMMIGRATION CONCERNS. MR. CARDONA IS LICENSED BY THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT AND IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF VARIOUS BAR ASSOCIATIONS.
What is your background in law?
I am a magna cum laude graduate from West Virginia University where I received my undergraduate degree. I later attended Cumberland School of Law and finished my legal training with Barry University School of Law.
What is your specialty?
I currently specialize in criminal issues and immigration and naturalization matters. We are currently accepting new clients and would very much like an opportunity to answer any immigration law-related questions. We also practice in the area of family law and probate matters.
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What other services do you oﬀer?
At The Cardona Law Firm, you will be assisted by a highly specialized team with many years of experience in a variety of fields. We don’t limit our practice to any particular specialization because your life is not driven by classifications. We would like to be your legal partners for life, assisting you with any major legal needs you might have along the way.
What experiences drew you to open The Cardona Law Firm?
The Cardona Law Firm is the result of many years of dedication. I am a product of two cultures. I was born in Colombia and spent many of my early formative years in that culture. My family and I moved to the U.S. where I was also cultured as a resident and eventual citizen. This dual exposure during early development allows for an understanding of problems faced particularly by the Hispanic culture, whether in some type of criminal involvement or in immigrationrelated issues. Because of personal experience, I am able to understand my client’s problems from different points of view in light of their cultural background.
How does your firm operate?
We are committed to assisting you in a timely manner, and communication is the key to serving our clients well. You will never be left in the dark about your case; our goal is to provide you with exceptional, courteous service in your time of need.
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I have over 20 years of experience in the areas of finance, insurance, sales management and training, along with creating systems for growth. I formed Security Financial Group to purchase auto loans from dealers then resell on the growing secondary market. This methodology provides much-needed funding to dealers and their buyers while creating an excellent investment product for accredited investors and institutions.
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We have intimate knowledge of both the retail and finance support segments of the auto business and understand how to market a lenderâ€™s product or design a functional model for investors to maximize return and reduce risk. Finally, the used car market allows us to increase volume and mitigate risk, which helps both dealers and our lenders create the best breed profit centers.
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BENMARCIANO What makes the Y diﬀerent from other facilities in town? At the Y, we believe that no one should be turned away due to an inability to pay. That’s why we raise money every year to provide scholarships for kids, adults, families and seniors who could not otherwise afford the Y. Last year, more than 3,400 people benefited from YMCA programs because of our scholarships.
What are some of the programs you oﬀer at the Y? Our programs are designed to help everyone, from the person who has never worked out to the athlete who trains regularly. We have recently added programs that focus on helping new
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exercisers make working out a habit. We’ve also added programs to help us address some of our community’s health concerns. Ten percent of people in Central Florida have diabetes. Our Diabetes Prevention Program helps participants reduce their risk for developing diabetes.
involvement from our members and volunteers. We were recently ranked in the top 1 percent of YMCAs across the country based on our ability to impact our community.
How would you describe the Y’s impact on the community?
The Y strengthens our community, and we really have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. We focus on developing our next future leaders by teaching them core values. We have great community support and
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JOEREICHEL Why choose Damage Control Services?
I believe in getting involved and contributing to great causes. One way I do this is by helping people to get back into their homes as quickly as possible after a disaster. When a home or a business is flooded by bad weather or broken plumbing, this can be overwhelming and stressful. Water causes immediate damage and even mold if it’s not cleaned up and dried properly. The result can be confusion and panic, so knowing what to do and where to get help quickly is very important.
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What makes your business unique?
We offer 24-hour detailed services to begin the cleanup process and prevent further damage. We then begin the process of working with the insurance company to begin rebuilding. My support team and I are ready to react quickly and efficiently in emergency disasters. I work closely with the homeowner, answering questions and guiding them through what can be a complicated process in order to get their lives back to normal as fast as possible.
What other services do you oﬀer? As a family-owned, fullservice construction and restoration company, we are able to care for all residential and commercial building needs. This includes new construction, remodeling and additions, as well as repairs from all insurancerelated disasters, such as floods, fires, tree and storm damage, automobiles in buildings, structural repairs from sinkholes and mold.
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STEVEBRANHAM & CHADPELT
OWNERS, THE SLEEP CENTER SUPERSTORES
STABLISHED IN 1988 IN BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI, THE SLEEP CENTER SUPERSTORES ARE THE MATTRESS EXPERTS, HELPING PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHEAST CATCH SOME SHUT-EYE ON THE MOST COMFORTABLE MATTRESSES IMAGINABLE. THE SLEEP CENTER SUPERSTORES ARE STAFFED WITH FACTORY-TRAINED SLEEP CONSULTANTS WHO ARE EXPERTS AT HELPING THE CUSTOMER SELECT THE RIGHT MATTRESS. STEVE BRANHAM AND CHAD PELT OF THE OCALA SLEEP CENTER ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.
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What makes buying a mattress from The Sleep Center a better value?
There are a couple of reasons. One, we are a franchise, which means better buying power, and that equates to better prices for the consumer. Two, even though we are a franchise, we are locally owned and operated, so we provide you with personalized service and the money stays right here in Ocala.
Why should people choose The Sleep Center over other mattress stores?
We are the only mattress store in Ocala with an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, which means our customer service is impeccable. Also our sales staff is noncommissioned, which means no pressure.
What kind of products do you carry?
We carry all the top name brands in the bedding industry. The most highly recommended bed in America is Tempur-Pedic as well as Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest and Stearns & Foster, the No. 1 luxury bed on the market. We even have a 100 percent latex mattress from Pure Latex Bliss.
Also, we are a one-stop shop for all of your bedding needs. We carry a full lineup of luxurious sheets, pillows, mattress protectors, headboards and futons.
What are your recommendations for finding the perfect mattress?
When a customer comes into one of our Sleep Center stores, our highly trained sales staff will ask specific questions to help the customer determine which mattress will be best for his or her individual needs.
Do have some insight on how to get a good night’s sleep?
Your mattress and foundation should provide you with comfort and support as well as space to move easily. Try to create an environment free of interruptions and disturbances that’s dark, quiet, comfortable and cool. Maintain a regular schedule so going to bed and waking up is consistent and routine. Exercise regularly, and finally, avoid consuming alcohol and caffeine too close to bedtime.
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ALEXDEFIO What makes your company unique?
Defio’s Paint & Body Shop has been serving the Ocala/Marion County area for over 25 years. We make it our priority to give customers quality service. My background of over 30 years in auto body repair, which includes an associate of science in auto body, has instilled my obsession with perfection in automotive work. We do body work for all local dealerships.
What services do you oﬀer? Our services include custom paint and body, frame straightening, full detail service and Paintless Dent Removal. Insurance claims are welcome, and
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OWNER, DEFIO’S PAINT & BODY SHOP, INC.
we also offer free estimates, courtesy in-town shuttle and senior discounts from 10 to 20 percent. We offer lifetime warranties on everything and make sure insurance companies pay for rentals and supplements. We are like a proshop only better, making sure you are a contented customer.
appointments, rental car arrangements or any query for car body repair service by our staff specialists serving the Ocala, Gainesville and Belleview areas.
What can clients expect from your company?
We are a one-stop auto body shop for finest quality service in car dent repairs, auto glass repairs, car paint refinishing and collision repairs for any vehicle. Our staff is ready to promptly respond to your call regarding auto body jobs, auto collision repair estimate
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JUANLEDGARD What services do you provide at Sacramonte Farm?
I specialize in training horses in the art of dressage, hunters and jumpers both for competition and pleasure riding. I also teach all levels of students from beginner to advanced. Our facility includes three barns with 19 stalls, tack rooms, tack up areas, horse wash, laundry and bathroom facilities. The 12-acre farm includes turnout paddocks, a regulation dressage ring, jump course, cross-country field and a round pen. We also have a
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number of sale horses and hold both youth and adult camps.
If I don’t own a horse, can I still learn to ride at Sacramonte Farm?
Yes, we have several lesson horses. We teach riders the basics of riding and safety through both group and individual lessons. I take the time to get to know my students and understand their goals in riding. Together, we establish a training program, and then I begin them riding on a lunge line, which teaches them confidence, posture and balance.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a horse trainer and riding instructor? It is most gratifying to take green, incorrectly trained or problem horses, train them in certain disciplines and watch them transform and succeed! The same holds true for my students; I enjoy watching them grow, develop and understand the art of riding. Some even choose to compete magnificently! It is extremely rewarding.
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ROLANDSOSA What is Advanced Technology Solutions?
Our mantra says it all, “Making life simple.” We provide the solutions that simplify your experiences and interactions with technology both at home and work. Our focus includes: home theaters, audio and video systems, home or office automation, surveillance systems, whole house controls, computer management, servers, networks and individual Microsoft and Apple products.
What inspired you to start your own business?
While working for others, I have always felt that I could provide my clients with a better experience. As an Eagle Scout, I always believed in being honest, trustworthy and brave, and
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OWNER, ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
these have become my guiding principles. While growing up, I was always in an entrepreneurial environment, as both my parents owned and operated businesses.
Who are your potential clients? Clients who know and understand the value of what Advanced Technology Solutions has to offer. We are a firm where the owner personally evaluates the technological needs of the clients and balances those needs with their budget and schedule. We provide and plan multiple solutions and complete the work with the utmost integrity. My experience and training are used to provide all of our clients with an indispensable service that results in a better quality of life.
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JIMHOLSTROM JIM What was the inspiration to open My Designer’s Attic and The Attic’s Café?
For over a decade, my career and passion was in home design and renovation. I put my skills as a designer and decorator to work and came up with My Designer’s Attic, which opened in 2010. The Attic’s Café opened January 2012. We wanted to create a place where you can relax and enjoy a delicious lunch, dessert, a glass of wine, etc. when you come here to explore and shop.
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What does your store have to oﬀer?
We have 8,000 sq. ft. of inviting nooks and crannies filled with consigned and estate items. We feature shabby chic, country cottage, mid-century, and traditional furniture. We also offer a large selection of home decor items, originally designed jewelry and a spectrum of art. You never know what you’ll find here, it changes all the time! And did I mention we have great prices?
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What makes your store extraordinary?
If you combine all that My Designer’s Attic has to offer with a talented and helpful staff, add some of the best crepes, sandwiches, salads and soup from The Attic’s Cafe, throw in a dash of Dressage, Jumper and Hunter horses for sale from Sacramonte Farm, you’ll see we’ve got one heck of a unique store!
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t wasn’t until the mid-20th century that Water. It covers over 70 percent a compressed air breathing apparatus became available to the general public. The of our amazing Earth. But it’s Aqua-Lung, developed by Jacques Cousteau and Gagan, went on sale in France in 1945 and what’s beneath that water that has Emile reached the U.S. market in 1948. Just 11 years in 1959, the YMCA organized the first long been a source of fascination. later, national scuba diving training program in this country. Although revered as an artist, Originally an acronym for “self-contained underwater breathing apparatus,” SCUBA is now Leonardo da Vinci was also a considered a word on its own and has literally technological genius who created opened up an entire world below the water’s surface. scientific diagrams and drawings “We used to go on snorkeling that often mystified those of trips, and we’d dive down with our snorkels, but we could never stay down long enough to his era. In 1500, he was credited look at everything we wanted to,” says Charlene Woodward of Ocala. Charlene, 27, and her with designing equipment meant husband, Zac, 28, obtained their open water certification in May 2011. for underwater exploration, but it “We’re adrenaline junkies. We’ve done rock climbing and surfing, but scuba is the one thing would take centuries before those we’ve really stuck with. You feel like an explorer; you’re looking at things not a lot of people get to dreams became reality. see, so that makes it special,” says Charlene. “We
recently went to West Palm, and we were lucky enough to see a hammerhead shark while diving.” Although she was nervous in the beginning, Charlene says getting certified was easier than she anticipated. Since then, she and Zac have gotten their Advanced Open Water certification, as
well as their cavern certification. The couple has already logged about 45 dives.
There was a time in the not-toodistant past when scuba certification took
weeks, if not months. Today, it’s possible to learn the basics and get certified in less time than you put in at your job during a 40-hour work week. At Ocala Dive Center, owner Bill Foote gets hundreds of calls about scuba certification every year, and invariably, the most common questions are: “How quickly can I get certified?” and “How much does it cost?” “Those are important to ask, but they’re not the most important questions,” says Bill, who’s been certified since 1971. “This can be a lifethreatening activity if you’re not properly trained, so it’s a mystery to me that someone just wants to see how quickly they can get certified.” “Success all boils down to the instructor, no matter how good the dive shop is,” notes Craig Clark, owner of Aquatic Center of Ocala and a diving instructor since 1999. “All instructors teach differently,” adds Bill, who has been an instructor for over two decades. “You should like the person training you, and you can’t determine that over the phone. Before you make a final decision, it’s good to have a
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face-to-face conversation with the person who’s going to train you. No doubt it can be confusing when you visit a dive shop and see all the signs and certificates. PADI, NAUI, SSI… what does it all mean? The initials stand for various diving training organizations or agencies, and instructors may be certified to teach by multiple organizations. For example, PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the largest of the world’s recreational diving membership organizations and was started in 1966. PADI offers the most commonly accepted diving certification, “Open Water Diver” course, and annually issues nearly 946,000 certifications. Divers can be certified as young as 10 years old. NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors) was established in 1959 and offers certification for those over the age of 8, while SSI (Scuba Schools International) launched in 1970 and is the world’s largest schoolbased training agency. There are additional organizations, but PADI, NAUI and SSI are three of the world’s largest. The Open Water course is the standard scuba certification course
and covers the basic skills and information you’ll need, but there may be some variations in content depending on the agency. There’s no upper age limit, providing you’re healthy. “I have people from The Villages coming up and getting certified,” notes Craig. “You have to be physically fit enough to carry about 50 pounds of weight, but you don’t have to be like an Olympic athlete.” You don’t have to be an expert swimmer, either, but you do need to feel comfortable and competent in the water. You will have to fill out a statement of medical history and a physical exam may be required. Some conditions (including epilepsy, asthma and certain heart conditions) are deal breakers simply because diving with them is too risky.
Scuba courses involve both academic and hands-on
learning. Like it or not,
there’s definitely science involved in the sport, and you must be able to fully grasp those details in order to safely participate. In addition to the basics of diving techniques, you must learn the physiological aspects of the sport and how they affect your body. You’ll also need to know how to respond immediately in the event of equipment failure and how to rescue yourself or a friend. After all, you’re going to be in an alien environment, so it’s crucial to be extremely familiar with your
equipment and confident in your knowledge. “Scuba is not a ‘macho’ sport. It’s a mental sport and very individualized, much like golf,” explains Craig. “There’s a lot of planning involved, plus rules of science and physiology. “The old saying ‘Ignorance is bliss’ doesn’t apply in this sport,” adds Craig. “Computers have single-handedly made the dive industry a lot safer. For example, we even have full face masks now with built-in computers that warn you with an audible alarm if you are ascending too quickly.” Depending on the instructor, expect to spend roughly 30 to 40 hours total to obtain your certification. Time will be divided between an academic setting and in the water—first in a pool and then at open water dive sites. “You learn in the classroom, practice in the pool and perfect your skills in the open water dives,” says Bill.
Scuba diving is not a rich man’s sport, but it’s not exactly
a “bargain basement” hobby, either. It requires an array of equipment, some of which can be on the pricey
Who’s in the Water? “I’ve found that professional people with stressful jobs gravitate toward scuba diving because it’s very relaxing and they can get away from the stress,” says Bill Foote of Ocala Dive Center. “It’s quiet, and you’re suspended in a buoyant state. That alone is very relaxing, almost hypnotic.” There’s no such thing as a “typical” diver, but most would probably identify themselves as “adventurous.”
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Scuba diving is also becoming a popular family sport. Most training agencies accept children as young as 10 in the Junior Open Water course. At Aquatic Center of Ocala, owner Craig Clark offers Discover Scuba birthday parties for kids ages 10 to 15. During this 3-hour event, the party attendees get a taste of what scuba diving is all about, thanks to the facility’s on-site pool and dive instructors in the water with them.
“If kids really like it, they’re old enough to sign up for a certification class,” says Craig. Mark Miller and his 16-yearold son Tyler are getting their scuba certification together at a Jacksonville diving school. “I was looking for something fun to do with my son,” says Mark. “After taking a cruise to Belize and going snorkeling in Key West, it looked like it would be a lot more fun staying under the water. We wanted to see the
sights, and it seems like a good family activity.” “Diving teaches you a lot about yourself and boosts your confidence,” says Jesse James, 33, of Ocala, a former Navy diver, who is now into recreational diving. “Every time you dive, even in the same place, you always see something new.”
Haven for Divers Scuba divers in North Central Florida literally live in a divers’ paradise. With more than 1,000 miles of coastline, Florida is one of the world’s most popular diving destinations. From spear fishing and lobstering to wreck and cave diving, the Sunshine State offers all types of diving adventures. There are more than 20 springs within a two-hour drive of Marion County. In addition to crystal clear, 72-degree water year-round, these springs tantalize divers with their ancient rock formations, fossil beds and aquatic life. For example, Blue Grotto, located within an easy half-hour drive of Ocala, boasts
the largest clear water cavern in the state where you can dive a depth of 100 feet. “We are so fortunate to have such pristine water right in our backyard,” says Craig. “The water conditions are consistent, so you’re always going to have a good dive. You don’t have to go to the ocean.” “People come from all over the country to dive right here,” adds Bill. “There are so many dive sites; you can almost go to a different site every weekend for a year and not have to drive more than two hours.”
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side. The good news is, the equipment is made to last, so once you’ve made the investment, you shouldn’t have to replace it any time soon. When you sign up for a class, the scuba shop typically provides the air tanks, regulators, buoyancy compensator vest (weight vest) and wet suit. You’ll be required to purchase your own mask, snorkel, fins, booties and weights. “We don’t encourage people to buy the most expensive equipment, but you don’t want the least expensive either,” Craig points out. “The equipment should be fitted to you, and the more comfortable you are, the more you can enjoy the sport.” Be prepared to spend in the neighborhood of $500 to $600 for the basic equipment and the course itself. There are also nominal site fees for open water dives, which vary depending on location. Keep in mind that paying for the course and equipment isn’t a guarantee that you’ll get certified. You still have to pass the academic portion of the test and satisfactorily complete a minimum of four open water dives under instructor supervision. Unlike a driver’s license, once you’re scuba certified you don’t have to renew your certification. Of course, if you haven’t been diving for some time, or if you ever have any questions about your skills, you can always take a short refresher course with a professional instructor. Scuba diving is all about having fun.
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“I encourage people to develop an activity to do while diving because it gives a sense of purpose,” Bill notes. “An underwater tour is certainly a meaningful purpose, but it is good to have an actual goal. Underwater photography is very popular.” Other activities include spear fishing, collecting shells, identifying fish, wreck diving and cavern and cave diving. “For me, scuba diving has become a passion. Once I started taking dive trips, I became interested in underwater photography and marine life. Diving has emboldened me to travel to some places I couldn’t have placed on a map 15 years ago,” says Wayne Escott, 48, of Toledo, Ohio, who has traveled to the Caribbean, Ecuador, South Pacific and Indonesia to dive and is planning a trip to experience the diving opportunities in the Florida Keys. “Diving has introduced me to interesting people from around the world whom I now consider friends. I have been inspired by the beginners who are excited about seeing their first sea turtle and by divers in their 70s who still come out of the water enthused about their dive, even though they have over a thousand dives in their logbooks,” says Wayne, who has multiple scuba certifications and has logged 499 dives since 2001. “I feel truly fortunate to have been face-to-face with fish only encountered by most people behind the glass of an aquarium or on television.”
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WHAT MAKES A MAN? IS HE SOMEONE WHO CAN BRING HOME THE BACON? SERVE UP SOME BREAKFAST IN BED? BE HIS OWN MECHANIC? THE ANSWER IS ALL OF THE ABOVE. BUT GUYS, BEFORE YOU GET OVERWHELMED, FEAR NOT. WE’VE COMPILED A LIST OF HANDY HOW-TO’S TO HELP YOU TACKLE EVERYTHING FROM YOUR DAUGHTER’S HAIR-DO TO REELING IN THE CATCH OF THE DAY. CHECK OUT THESE HOWTO’S EVERY MANLY MAN SHOULD KNOW. BY BONNIE KRETCHIK
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She’s one of your prized possessions: your set of wheels. She takes you where you need to go, so in return, you polish her up, keep her clean and get her serviced regularly. But changing her oil isn’t something you need to leave to the pros. Save yourself some pennies, and follow these simple steps to keep her engine purring like a kitten.
1. Park your car on a flat,
level and paved area. Using either a jack with stands or a pair of ramps, lift the car in order to access the oil pan. Note: For safety, engage the emergency break and place a set of cinder blocks behind the rear tires once front is elevated.
2. Pop the hood, and disconnect the battery cables. Locate your oil drain plug. This is commonly located toward the bottom of the oil pan. 3. Slide under your car, and
using a socket wrench, slowly remove the drain plug. Be prepared with a drain pan to catch the old oil once the plug is off. Don’t forget to replace the plug once the oil is drained to prevent the new oil from draining out.
4. You may want to slip on
some latex gloves for these next steps. Remove the oil filter, which is located along the lower side of the engine. Note: The oil filter needs to be changed after each oil change.
5. Prepare the new filter by lubricating the seal with a small amount of new oil, and proceed to thread the new filter by hand. 6. Add new oil using a
funnel. Note: Refer to your car’s manual for the proper type and amount needed.
7. After checking to make sure there are no leaks, lower your car and reconnect the battery cables. Allow her to sit for five to 10 minutes so the oil can work its way down. If you’ve followed these steps, you’ll be good to go for another 3,000 miles!
DO IT LIKE A PRO
Before you begin, it’s a good idea to warm up the oil by driving around for five to 10 minutes. Warm oil drains faster than cool, but be cautious when emptying the old oil—it will be hot.
BECOME HER PRIVATE THERAPIST Relax, we don’t mean listening to all her troubles, though if you want to score big points you would do that anyway! But one way to really help ease the tensions of your gal’s daily struggles is to help her relax with a good back massage. But what can start out as a good intention can quickly turn into a torture session if you’re not careful. Before you dig your fingers in, take this quick lesson in the art of giving the perfect back massage. Raking is a simple method to try for starters. Spread your fingers apart, and using your fingertips, begin at the shoulders and “rake” down the back along the spine (but never on the spine). You’ll want to start with light pressure, and as the muscles relax, you can add more. The fanning method requires you to kneel on either side of her. Place your palms in the middle of her back with your hands facing away from the spine. With a fan-shaped stroke, move your hands from the back up to the shoulder blades. Only apply pressure along the spine. Once you’ve mastered these two techniques, move on to the circling hands massage. Start at the lower back, and place the right hand to the right side of her spine and the left hand to the left side. Perform gentle counterclockwise circles up the entire length of her back. You can use both hands at the same time or one hand and then the other. Repeat as many times as you’d like.
OIL V. LOTION
Use oil rather than lotion when giving a massage. Oil allows for smoother strokes and is purer to work with because it has fewer ingredients. Try sesame, avocado, sunflower or apricot kernel oil, which can be found in health food stores. Source: bettermassagetherapy.com
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LOOK GOOD Imagine the scenario: You’ve finally landed the interview of a lifetime for your dream job. You selected the perfect suit that says, “Yes, I am the man you want to hire.” As you give yourself a pep talk and begin to daydream about your larger salary and private office, you realize your suit coat is missing a button. Panic sets in. There’s no way you are hirable looking like this. Your dreams are dashed, and it’s back to the cubicle. But wait! You can avoid this nightmare. Sewing on a button can be performed in the blink of an eye. Read on to see how a tailor’s job can be mastered in a few simple steps.
1. Using about 12 inches of thread, knot it securely at the bottom.
2. Thread your needle, and begin by making a single stitch in the fabric in line with the other buttons. 3. Holding your button about 1/8
of an inch away from the fabric, thread the needle up through one hole and down the diagonally opposite hole. Do the same with the other holes, and repeat four times.
4. Create a pillar between the
button and the fabric by wrapping the remaining thread around the 1/8-inch space.
5. Push the needle through a few times, and cut the thread. 6. Button up, and you’re good to go! Source: esquire.com
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DON’T GET DRAFTED 1. MAKE THE CUT: A weatherstripping kit will come with two longer pieces and a short piece. Measure the length of your door and the width along the top. Mark these measurements on the strip and cut through with a hacksaw or fine-tooth saw.
Have you walked past your front door recently and felt the hot summer heat radiating in? If you’ve been cranking the AC way up and the front entryway never seems to cool off, it may be time to check your weatherstripping. This little piece of foam or vinyl is responsible for keeping the outside air just where it belongs: outside. If you have an older home and a door without a weatherstrip, never fear! Installing one is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Before you begin, you’ll need to purchase new weatherstripping. The hardest part will be trying to find some that match your existing door. Try calling the manufacturer of the door first. If that doesn’t work, weatherstripping is usually sold at hardware and home stores, and you will have to eye up which matches best.
2. GET IT JUST RIGHT: The key
to finding the right fit is to mount the weatherstripping so that the foam compresses just slightly when the door is shut. If it is too tight, the door won’t close. Once you think you’ve found just the right fit, tap the nails in just enough to hold the stripping on but not nailed all the way. Open and close the door a few times to make sure it’s properly snug.
REEL IT IN
3. DRIVE IT HOME: Once you’ve established that the door can still open and close while at the same time is tight enough to prevent air flow, drive in the nails to secure the weatherstripping. Note: Position the first two nails 2 inches from the corner and then space them out every 12 inches. Source: familyhandyman.com
Fishing is an age-old “manly” pastime. However, your confidence can take a hit if your entire day’s catch barely fills up the palm of your hand. Reel in the mother lode and catch a largemouth bass every time by following a few pointers.
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There’s no better way to surprise someone than with a gourmet breakfast in bed. But if your idea of eggs is a scrambled up jumble served in a bowl with the occasional shell, then pay attention. Omelettes can seem intimidating, but follow these guidelines and you’ll be serving up fluffy frittatas fit for a king!
1. Combine two or three
eggs in a bowl along with a tablespoon of milk. Beat them gently with a fork, but be sure not to overbeat to a froth.
2. Use a pan that is 6 inches in diameter. Any larger and the eggs will spread too far and become thin and dry. Any smaller and they will be too thick to fold.
3. Let the pan heat up for a minute or two before adding either butter or vegetable oil. Tilt the pan to ensure the sides are coated as well as the bottom.
4. Once the butter has
melted, add the egg mixture to the center of the pan. Tilt the pan so the eggs are spread evenly throughout, and raise the heat just a touch.
5. As the eggs begin
to set, gently raise the
IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS When to add the good stuff:
edges with a spatula to allow the uncooked eggs to run underneath. Rotate the pan as you do this to ensure all the sides have been lifted.
6. When the bottom
appears golden brown and the top is still a touch soft, gently make the fold so that the eggs only occupy half of the pan.
7. Gently loosen the omelette from the pan and serve with toast and a side of fresh fruit.
HAM: Add to the cooked eggs just before you make the fold.
CHEESE: Add to the bowl before you cook. HERBS: Add to the bowl before you beat the eggs.
MUSHROOMS, CELERY, ONIONS: Sauté in butter, and add just before folding. PRAWNS: Add to cooking eggs a minute or two before folding. Source: helpwithcooking.com
THINK COLOR: Largemouth
bass like colorful plastic worms. If they’re just not biting, try a different color until you find what they’re looking for.
GET OUT OF THE WATER: Fish around structures like rock formations and jetty pylons, as largemouth bass tend to congregate in these areas.
GET HANDY IN THE
1. Use a brush to gather her
hair at the base of her neck and secure with a hair elastic. Note: Don’t try to use a real rubber band, as it will pull her hair out when she tries to remove it later.
2. Divide the ponytail into three equal sections. 3. Hold the left section in
your left hand, the right section in the palm of your right hand and the middle section between two fingers of your right hand.
KEEP QUIET: Avoid areas with lots of noise and activity. Largemouth bass seem to prefer peace and quiet.
You’ve been to her tea parties, sat through countless Disney movies, taught her how to ride a bike and probably even played dolls with her when no one was around. There’s nothing you wouldn’t do for daddy’s little girl, right? So don’t let her down when she comes to you asking for some help with her hair. Little girls with long hair love to wear a braid. A few flicks of the wrist and she’ll don a plait any princess would envy.
4. Now, work a weave pattern.
Cross the left section over the middle section followed by the right section over the new middle section. Repeat the process until you’ve reached the bottom of her ponytail. Note: It is important to pull the sections tightly enough as you are braiding so that the braid stays together.
5. Once you’ve reached the bottom, secure with another hair elastic and send her on her way. Source: realsimple.com
CHILL OUT: Largemouth bass favor cooler water, so aim to fish early in the morning or look in shadier spots. Source: ezinearticles.com
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DO: Research what your current job’s average salary is. Websites like payscale.com create databases of job salaries and can give you a realistic idea of what your occupation is worth. Know this information so you can ask for a reasonable amount.
Imagine this: You’re having a few friends over for dinner. While the hors d’ oeuvres and dessert both look restaurant quality, your vision of a seared-to-perfection fillet for the main course turns into a sticky situation when the fillets not only refuse to be flipped in the pan but quickly proceed to fall apart with no hint of a golden brown finish in sight. Follow these steps to learn how to sear a fish fillet to perfection every time.
DON’T: Request a raise that is un-
1. Choose the right fish. Good
realistic or elaborate. Your boss won’t take you seriously if you demand a number that seems to come from left field. And don’t ask for multiple perks at the same time, such as better benefits and more vacation time. This will seem too demanding and won’t get you very far.
DO: Be prepared to list the
number of contributions you have made to the company. You’ll want to show that you are helping the company prosper. If necessary, bring an actual list of sales you’ve made or clients you’ve brought in. Remind your boss why you are valuable.
DON’T: Be too confrontational or too submissive. You don’t want
to come in with an attitude that will start you off on the wrong foot before the conversation even begins. At the same time, you need to be confident that you are worthy of what you are asking for. Remember, this should be a conversation between two adult people, so speak like a mature adult.
DO: Be prepared to negotiate. If the company truly can’t afford to
pay you more, bring up the idea of more vacation time or a health conversainsurance plan. At the very least, ask if you can have this conversa tion again in a few months.
DON’T: Threaten to quit. Your boss just may let you! Source: forbes.com
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FISHIN’ FOR PERFECTION choices for searing are salmon, tuna, tilapia and halibut because of their textures and thicknesses.
2. Season your fish, and allow it to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before cooking. This will bring the temperature of the fillet down and allow the heat of the pan to recover more quickly once the fish is added. Note: Browning doesn’t start until the temperature of the pan reaches 320˚F. 3. Pre-heat the skillet over
medium-high heat. A cast iron pan with a thick bottom works best. Coat the bottom with oil, and allow to heat. When the oil begins to smoke, it is ready for the fillet.
4. Slide the fillet onto the pan, and leave it alone! Don’t be tempted to turn it too quickly. It will stick to the pan until a golden crust has formed. This normally takes about three minutes.
5. Once a crust has formed, test it with a spatula. If it releases from the pan, it is ready to be flipped. If it still sticks, give it another 30 seconds. 6. After flipping the fillet, monitor the cooking process. Again, leave it alone, and allow it to cook until it appears to be just about finished. Note: You can tell when the fish is cooked, as it will change color.
7. Don’t wait for the fish to become flaky before removing it from the pan. The fillet will continue to cook once it is transferred to the plate, so it’s OK to remove it from the heat before it’s completely finished. 8. Serve and enjoy! If you are go-
ing to serve fish with a sauce, add the sauce to the plate before the fish for a better presentation. You want to show off the golden brown sear, not cover it with sauce.
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In today’s economy, many people are thankful just to have a job. Yet, with rising living costs, just making ends meet doesn’t always cut the mustard. Asking your boss for a raise is never a comfortable thing to do, especially if the company isn’t prospering like it used to. But, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to earn a few extra dollars, especially if you’re worth it. Follow these dos and don’ts before you approach your boss. If all goes well, you’ll be climbing up the pay scale in no time.
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THE SCIENCE OF adies, do you just melt over bulging biceps? Gentlemen, do you go weak in the knees over a damsel in distress? Have you ever stopped to think why you are attracted to that special someone? You can chalk it up to that hourglass figure or his manly muscular physique, but scientific studies show there may be more to attraction than just what meets the eye. B Y B O N N I E K R E T C H I K
to be surprised with either a good book or jewelry over chocolates or flowers.
Where to go on a date? What gift to surprise her with? Do gentlemen really prefer blondes? Here’s what our Facebook fans had to say to these and other common questions.
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omen want “tall, dark and handsome,” right? And we all believe there are certain attributes on a woman’s body that men prefer to see more, shall we say, prominently than others (think 36-24-36 measurements here). Why is that? Who came up with these standards of perfection? For decades, men and women have tried to embody a certain image in order to attract the opposite sex. Whether it be primping in front of a mirror for hours, hitting the gym five days a week or undergoing surgical and cosmetic enhancements, it seems people will do whatever it takes to attract a mate. But you may be surprised to find you actually don’t have much say in which features you are attracted to. Think about it for a minute. Why is a woman, like the iconic Marilyn Monroe, considered such a sex symbol? And, why do the leading men in films
always stand taller than their female costars—even if this is not the case in reality? Overtly feminine curves and the height and breadth of a man are the qualities we as a society find attractive in the opposite sex. Men are supposed to be taller, broader and stronger, and women are supposed to be more delicate and gentle. But before you blame Hollywood and fashion designers for the unrealistic standards they’ve placed on society, there’s something you should know. They aren’t that far off the mark, and there is actually plenty of research to help us understand the science of attraction.
THE FACE OF LOVE
hose eyes, those lips… why do we fixate on certain facial features? And what do our faces tell us about our fertility? Even though we continuously preach that beauty is on the inside, we can’t deny that beauty is in fact on the outside, too—and most notably, in y r the face. Facial r So s e features are d n es, blo t often the first t e run la b a traits people c O and of notice about one % 67 ale m another. But what but ’s
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attracts us to potential partners is more than the right eye liner or donning a sexy goatee. You may have heard that facial symmetry can determine an individual’s appeal or attractiveness. And it’s certainly hard to argue this theory given that two of the most symmetrical faces on the planet happen to belong to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, according to the results of a study published on cnn.com. With that said, there is more to attraction than the symmetry of your face. (Thank goodness because most of us can’t compete with Brad and Angelina!) Research shows that aside from the symmetry of facial features, members of the opposite sex are subconsciously attracted to traits not seen by the human eye: the potential to produce healthy offspring. According to an article published on livescience.com, J. Philippe Rushton, a psychologist at the University of Western Ontario, found that higher levels of estrogen in women and testosterone in men correlated with more desirable facial features. For example, in Rushton’s study, women with higher estrogen levels often had smaller bones along their chin and brow line, creating the appearance of larger eyes and
higher cheekbones. Men with higher testosterone levels often had a larger jaw line with a more prominent brow, suggesting that it may not be the facial features we’re attracted to as much as the levels of sex hormones. Rushton also found that women’s faces were considered 68% o “more symmetrical” f women by men during their polle d said t most fertile periods, hey a re when they were ovulating. attra cted In another study by to me n psychologist David who a re Buss, men’s talle r than preferences for younger them. women were based on the theory that they likened youth to fertility. He also concluded that during ovulation, women were most attracted to larger and more mature men because they likened those characteristics with better protective capabilities.
SOUNDS LIKE LOVE TO ME
ver notice that a woman’s voice tends to raise an octave or two when she’s flirting? Why do guys fall for it? The answer is that it may not actually be their fault. In a study on sexual attraction published on cnn.com, Dr. Laura
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Berman, a sex therapist, concluded that hormone levels corresponded with the attractiveness of individual ou’ve seen the face. voices to the opposite sex. Women You’ve heard the voice. with a higher level of estrogen were Now it’s time to check found to have higher, more feminine out the body. But before you can even hormones a voices (think Marilyn Monroe’s process the figure in front of you, your person has. Women rendition of Happy Birthday here), subconscious mind may have already with higher levels of estrogen while men with higher testosterone determined your level of attraction. deposit fat in the hips, and higher levels spoke with a deeper, more Walk into any fitness center estrogen levels are a subconscious clue rugged pitch. And while that high and chances are you’re going to see to a man that this particular woman frilly tone may seem obnoxious groups of women twisting themselves is fertile. to other ladies present, most into pretzels doing the latest ab At the same time, men with can’t help hitting that same note exercises, while the guys in the room higher testosterone levels tend to carry when a potential mate strikes up a are pumping iron in an effort to bulk more muscle mass on their shoulders conversation. According to Berman, up. Is this the effect the super-slim and less fat on their abdomen. So, we can thank our subconscious mind fashion models or mega-muscled Mr. once again, Singh points out the for that. The part of us that wants Universes have had on our thinking? subconscious attraction to those who to reproduce will stop at nothing to Not according to scientific research. have better potential for producing attract a mate by showing off our According to an article offspring. fertility, even though our published on livescience.com, a 2004 Interestingly enough, a recent conscious brain may 86% study conducted by psychologist article published on cnn.com claims tell us something of wom Devendra Singh of the University en that studies prove women in the different. polled of Texas concluded that men found ovulation phase of their cycles were But in prefer women with a low waist-to-hip ratio more attracted to broader, bigger and red men some cases, our with de (narrower waists and larger hips) to more “rugged” men than women who brain—conscious or eper be the most attractive. At the same were in less fertile phases. The study voices. subconscious—doesn’t time, Singh concluded that women also noted that women bought and even have to get involved found men with narrower waists and dressed in sexier clothing when in the at all. Our bodies will hips and broader shoulders to be most most fertile phases of their cycle. dictate our flirtatious behaviors. attractive. Interestingly enough, Berman found What does this mean? It doesn’t that men rated a woman’s voice most suggest that women should start attractive when she was in the most shrinking their waistlines to attract a fertile part of her menstrual cycle. man. According to Singh’s findings, ou’ve heard the saying, “opposites The reason being, when a woman’s the attraction to a specific body attract,” a million times. But it estrogen level is highest at mid-cycle, shape is based, once again, on the turns out, your body is checking her voice hits its highest pitch. subconscious mind’s effort to find a out more than her figure—it’s Even more interesting, the partner capable of producing healthy checking out her DNA as well. women in the study who were in offspring. Singh’s study concludes He sleeps in; you’re up at the mid-cycle were most attracted to the that where fat is stored on the body crack of dawn. He stays out until the men with the highest testosterone is directly related to the levels of sex wee hours of the morning; you’re in levels (based on their voices). Deeper bed before the 10 o’clock news. Yet, voices could be suggestive of a larger, you are a match made in heaven, more rugged individual. And because, as studies show, in the subconscious mind A opposites really do attract. of a fertile woman, majority of Whoever came up this means a more Ocala Style’s with this idea protective male gentlemen voters to care for her and, more said they were importantly, her attracted to both offspring.
DO OPPOSITES ATTRACT?
curvy and long and lean female body types.
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was right on a far more minute level than bedtime preferences. In a 1996 study, aptly nicknamed the Stinky T-shirt Study, men were instructed to wear the same undershirt for two nights straight. Women were then instructed to smell the shirts and select the ones they liked the most. (Kinda gross, right?) The study showed women are most attracted to the shirts of males with different genetic immune system makeups than their own. And in an effort to test the study’s findings, this study has been performed several times since 1996, and similar results were yielded after each test. What does that mean? It’s a scientific fact that the healthiest offspring will be born from parents with different immune system genes. Where one genetic makeup is
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weak, the partner’s is strong, thus giving the baby the strongest possible makeup. So, how can you scout out a strong immune system? Turns out you don’t have to. Your body can pick up on chemical signals called pheromones, which are a clue to your partner’s suitability as a mate for you. In an effort to capitalize on this, perfume makers tout that certain products will have that special someone falling madly in love with you at first site. Researchers, however, aren’t so sure that man-made pheromones will have the same effect. Pheromones are highly complex organic compounds that all animal species use as a means of communication. Humans are highly specialized creatures that can communicate via language and visual cues, so pheromones aren’t quite as necessary to us as say an ant. And some research suggests that
synthetic hormones can actually interfere with our ability to interpret certain pheromones, which may be why people find themselves falling out of love if they change or stop a certain medication. Although this study isn’t meant to suggest that you should base your relationship on your attraction to your partner’s worn laundry, if you have that “gut feeling” about someone, you may want to follow through with what your body is telling you.
LOVE IS BLIND
lthough scientists will Looks always look for like money really the “why” factor, does talk. The majority everyone loves a good of Ocala Style’s Facebook fans preferred romance. their spouse’s income to Is there any one be either the same as answer for why we fall in or more than their own. love with who we fall in love with? New studies will always seek the latest findings, and people will always get caught up in the latest theories. Fortunately, a love story is classic throughout the ages. But the next time you meet that special someone and fall head over heals at first sight, take a minute to think of the science behind true love.
A majority of our Facebook fans voted for a romantic dinner and movie night as their ideal date followed closely by those preferring tickets to a basketball game and the campers among us who’d like to spend the night together in the great outdoors.
Sources: lifescience.com, nutritionrview.com, cnn.com Editor’s note: Polls conducted by Ocala Style via Facebook for the purpose of this story are not considered scientific and may not accurately represent the views and opinions of all Ocala Style Facebook fans.
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HABIT EN OFTEN THINK OF THEMSELVES AS BIG STRONG MOUNTAINS OF MUSCLE. BUT DID YOU KNOW THAT THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A MAN IS SIX YEARS YOUNGER THAN THAT OF A WOMAN? COULD THIS BE BECAUSE THE STRONGER SEX IS ACTUALLY THE FAIRER SEX, OR IS IT PRIMARILY BECAUSE WOMEN ARE MORE LIKELY TO SCHEDULE REGULAR DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENTS THAN THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS? JUNE CELEBRATES NATIONAL MEN’S HEALTH MONTH. DURING THIS TIME, BE SURE TO ENCOURAGE THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE TO TAKE SOME TIME TO LOOK OUT FOR THEIR OWN HEALTH. TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THESE STATISTICS AND GUIDELINES FOR SCHEDULING ROUTINE CHECKUPS. AFTER ALL GUYS, WE’D KIND OF LIKE TO HAVE YOU AROUND FOR A WHILE.
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HILE THERE IS NO CONSENSUS IN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY ON THE ACTUAL EXISTENCE OF “MALE MENOPAUSE,” MOST DOCTORS DO RECOGNIZE WHAT IS COMMONLY CALLED ANDROPAUSE. THIS IS GENERALLY DEFINED AS AGING-RELATED HORMONAL, PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CHANGES IN MEN AT MIDLIFE. ANDROPAUSE IS MORE OF A GRAY AREA THAN MENOPAUSE BECAUSE IT IS NOT AS DEFINED A PERIOD AS THE LATTER. IN WOMEN, MENOPAUSE OCCURS WHEN THE OVARIES CAN NO LONGER PRODUCE ESTROGEN, TYPICALLY AT MIDLIFE. BUT IN MEN, TESTOSTERONE (ANDROGEN) PRODUCTION DECLINES AT A MUCH MORE GRADUAL PACE, ON AVERAGE 1 PERCENT A YEAR AFTER 30 WITH AS MUCH AS A 50 PERCENT DECREASE BY 70.
In men ages 40-49, an estimated 2-5 percent suffer from andropause with the percentage of occurrence increasing with age; 50-59 (6-30 percent); 60-69 (20-45 percent); 7079 (34-70 percent); 80 and older (91 percent). Testosterone levels are measured in nanograms and are determined by a series of blood tests. The minimum level per deciliter of total testosterone is considered 300 nanograms. The mean level of testosterone for a healthy 40-year-old man is 500 nanograms. Deficient testosterone levels may be treated with testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). Other treatments include lifestyle changes like diet and exercise, as well as antidepressants for psychological issues.
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ADAM: Androgen Deficiency in Aging Male
» Increased bone density » Improved sexual/erecticle function » Improved mood » Improved body composition/strength » Improved cardiovascular system
» Decreased libido » Decreased rigidity of » » » » » » » »
erection Fatigue Poor concentration Depression Brittle bones Muscle weakness Weight gain Anemia Insomnia
RISK FACTORS FOR LOW T.
» Aging » Excessive alcohol » » » » » » »
consumption Smoking High blood pressure Prescription drug use Poor diet Lack of exercise Poor circulation Diabetes
TRT NEGATIVE EFFECTS
» » » » » »
Fluid retention Liver toxicity Fertility problems Sleep apnea Tender/Enlarged breasts Increased red blood cell count » Prostate growth
NIX D.I.Y. LOW T. THERAPY
There are many products, including HGH (human growth hormone) and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), available to the public without a doctor’s prescription. But that doesn’t mean men should attempt do-it-yourself testosterone hormone replacement therapy! It is imperative to get a medically supervised blood test to determine the correct level of a man’s testosterone and to prescribe, if necessary, testosterone hormone replacement therapy.
RISKS OF D.I.Y. LOW T. THERAPY
» Shrinkage of testes » Decreased good HDL cholesterol levels
» Acne » Enlarged prostate gland » Encourage prostate cancer
If you’re suffering from declining testosterone levels, you might want to eat less grapefruit. Grapefruit contains compounds that activate certain body enzymes, which convert testosterone into estrogen.
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THE SCENT OF A
ELECTING THE PERFECT SCENT CAN SEEM HARDER THAN PASSING A COLLEGE CHEMISTRY CLASS. WALK UP TO THE COLOGNE COUNTER AT ANY DEPARTMENT STORE AND YOU ARE INSTANTLY BOMBARDED WITH COUNTLESS FRAGRANCES PROMISING TO MAKE LADIES SWOON AT THE FIRST SCENT. BUT SELECTING THE RIGHT SCENT FOR YOUR PERSONALITY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A SOURCE OF ANXIETY. EXPERTS IN THE FIELD SAY YOU CAN PICK THE PERFECT FRAGRANCE BASED ON YOUR FAVORITE COLOR. PERSONALITY TRAITS ARE DIRECTLY LINKED TO COLOR PREFERENCES, SO THE NEXT TIME YOU HEAD TO THE COLOGNE COUNTER, BASE YOUR SELECTION OFF OF YOUR FAVORITE HUE.
THE THE PERSONALITY SCENT
Tranquil, calm, peaceful
A nautical scent incorporating aquatic plants and water fruits like cucumbers and melons
A sweet scent incorporating citrus fruits
Less sweet than citrus scents yet still cool, incorporating tomato, basil and bamboo grass
Bold and assertive scents incorporating peppers and spices
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Not sure you can narrow down a favorite color? Then, Bill Davis of GREINER’S FOR MEN & LADIES is the guy to ask. The majority owner of the Ocala store on Silver Springs Boulevard, Bill’s been helping men out with their scent quotient for 50 years. “We’ve carried the Royall Fragrance line for as long as we’ve been in business,” says Bill. “They seem to have something for every man and have extremely loyal customers. The Lyme is probably the most popular over the years. And we have one customer who’s been buying Royall Muske for 20 years.” Greiner’s also carries the Tommy Bahama cologne lines. Bill points out that customers in their “teens to early 20s tend to like the Tommy Bahama colognes the most,” while “men in their 30s and up go for the Royall scents more.” During the fall football season, Bill mentions that a popular scent is Gator Juice. “Of course, it’s a favorite of Gator fans,” says Bill, adding with a chuckle, “It’s a balanced blend of Gator attitude and secret ingredients of The Swamp.”
HERE’S THE BREAKDOWN OF THE ROYALL FRAGRANCES AND BAHAMA BREEZE SCENTS FOR EACH PERSONALITY.
Zestful: LYME: A crisp zesty blend of West Indian limes and 77 rare essential oils Mysterious: SPYCE: Aromatic combination of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and essential oils Cool: BAY RHUM: Bay leaves with a breeze of menthol Lover: MUSKE: Exotic aphrodisiac derived from Asian musk deer Earthy: RUGBY: Geranium leaves with black currant, patchouli and vetiver Sophisticated: MANDARIN: Distinctly tropical mandarins blended with coriander and thyme
SIGNATURE: Rich blend of sage, caraway, ginger root and patchouli ST. BARTS: Blue agave tequila infused with sea vines and guava nectar
MARTINQUE: Sensual musk with hints of fresh pepper, white woods and blue lavender Sources: royallfragrances.com, tommybahama.com
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Back pain? Not ready for surgery? See Dr. Zhou and Associates. Every patient with back pain wants to avoid surgery or use surgery as a last resort. How can you do it? The answer is right here in Ocala! Dr. Zhou of the Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center recently published an invited expert review article titled “Back Pain, How to Avoid Surgery” in the British Journal of Medical Practitioner. This article summarized the current scientific evidence regarding the subject and Dr. Zhou’s daily practice in an attempt to help thousands of patients relieve their back pain without surgery. Dr. Zhou was also recently interviewed on Care Generation, a public health education radio show. You can hear his interview and learn how to avoid surgery by visiting thecaringgeneration.com, clicking on the “As Heard On” tab and listening to the October 16, 2011 show. Dr. Zhou combines scientific research and clinical practice. His research on “How to Obtain a Clear Fluoroscopic Lateral View for Cervical Epidural Steroid Injection” was featured in Pain Medicine News last year. His most recent book chapter “Principle of Pain Management” in Neurology in Clinical Practice, 6th edition was released worldwide in May 2012. This book provides guidance for neurologists. Many of Dr. Zhou’s patients feel very lucky to have such a top-notch scholar and practitioner in Ocala. Traditionally, people need three epidural steroid injections to feel sciatica relief. You may only need one or two from Dr. Zhou. With his accurate diagnostic skills, high moral ethics and high success rate, Dr. Zhou always tells his patients after treatment, “You do not have to come back if you do not have pain,” and many of his patients find there really is no need to return again because they are pain free. However, they refer their closest family and friends to his practice. This is why Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center has been growing at 20-30 percent annually over the last seven years. Because of this rapid growth, Dr. Zhou has recently added two new associates, Dr. Warycha and Dr. Vu, to his team.
YiLi Zhou, MD, PhD.
Harvard Trained Pain Specialist
BOARD CERTIFIED BY: American Board of Pain Medicine American Board of Interventional Pain Physician American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Former Director of Jackson Memorial Hospital Pain Clinic University of Miami Physician Recognition Award by American Medical Association 2003 Distinguished Physician Award by Florida Medical Association 2004, 2006
Dr. Warycha is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. His areas of expertise include nerve function study. He excels at using ultrasound-guided joint injections. “This technique is more accurate and allows me to treat the exact pain site instead of the general area,” he says. Dr. Vu is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and pain specialist. Together with other team members, Dr. Vu offers a comprehensive approach to treating pain using minimally invasive non-surgical treatment. The Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center has had an outstanding record in treating and eliminating pain. Dr. Zhou and his staff offer an honest and compassionate approach to pain management and have become one of the most popular groups of practitioners in the area. Just listen to what some of his patients have to say. “Dr. Zhou has offered various treatments to me, giving me a quality of life unattainable with other medications.” “Dr. Zhou is extremely knowledgeable, while remaining friendly, courteous and, very importantly, on time for appointments. He displays a “we can help you” caring attitude, not often seen in this fast-paced world.” Consult with this outstanding team today, and learn how you can begin leading a pain-free life without surgery!
Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center Formerly Comprehensive Pain Management of North Florida
Locations in Ocala, Gainesville, & Lake City 1910 SW 18th Court, Ocala L to R: Angela Luo, PA-C, MS; Matthew Barnes, PA-C; Bohdan Warycha, MD; Yili Zhou, MD, Ph.D.; Hoang T. Vu, DO; Asha Vishnagara, PA-C, MMS, MS
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ARE YOU A FIT FOR W The purpose? To increase strength and cardiovascular endurance.
CrossFit tests/ improves your:
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Cardiovascular Stamina Strength Power Speed Flexibility Agility Accuracy Balance Coordination
WOD: CrossFit term for Workout of the Day, which founder Greg Glassman gave the majority of female names such as Cindy, Fran, Grace and Helen.
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If you’re tired of the same old gym routine, then maybe it’s time you think out of the box by, well, actually going to “The Box.” Or, more specifically, going to a CrossFit box. “We use the term ‘box’ instead of gym because we say you can do CrossFit in a big, open box of a building,” says Shae Tozzo, co-owner with husband Dave of Ocala-based CROSSFITZOO. “It’s not like being in an air-conditioned gym or spa. The building is functional just like CrossFit is functional fitness for everyday life.” For Shae and Dave, fitness has always been a part of their lives. And it would seem that Shae was practically destined to become a health and fitness professional. Her parents operated Jack LaLanneaffiliated gyms while she was growing up. Dave, a veteran Marion County firefighter, began using the CrossFit template to improve his professional fitness, and it was he who introduced Shae to the concept. The couple opened CrossFitZoo a little over a year and a half ago. “The everyday functional fitness of CrossFit attracts men and women of all ages who want a better quality of life,” says Shae. “Some people just want to be able to do everyday things better.” But CrossFit also offers a little something extra to those with different fitness goals. While Shae says CrossFit is not “sport specific and attracts those from all sports to be better all-around athletes,” she also describes it as a “sport as well.” And there are actually CrossFit Games, sectionals, regionals and finals for the more competitively minded athletes.
Shae and Dave have been CrossFit Games judges for the past two years. They will travel to Los Angeles in July for the three-day finals of the CrossFit Games. The equipment in a CrossFit box generally includes items such as an Olympic weight set, medicine balls, dumb bells, jumping boxes, rowers, climbing ropes and gymnastic rings. There are no standard gym machines that do the work for you, because in CrossFit, you have to do the work! Led by a CrossFit coach through the posted WOD (workout of the day), expect to squat, jump, climb, lift and run your way through the workout. A workout that never leaves participants bored is what attracted Cole Pope, a strength and conditioning collegiate coach for nearly a decade, to CrossFit. “Having spent my life in the fitness world, CrossFit got my attention because it was something different every day,” says Cole, who with wife Nikki, recently opened Ocalabased CROSSFITBATTLE. “It’s the most functional and fun way to train for fitness.” Cole points out that the WODs are done in “small groups that allow you to push yourself and compare your progress to others. “In CrossFit, you are coached,” adds Cole. “And it’s not like a personal trainer just putting you through the motions. You are going to be vigorously motivated to achieve fitness.”
In addition to adult programs, CrossFit boxes can also be certified for CrossFitKids. Such is the case at Ocala-based CROSSFITPINNACLE, which is owned by partners Nick Cordle and Tom Semidey. “CrossFitKids is a great way to help kids get fit and have fun at the same time,” says Nick. “We have about 20 kids in our program right now, ranging from 4 years old to 16. The kids love the workouts.”
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HAT IS IT? RANDOMIZED, FUNCTIONAL EXERCISES PERFORMED AT HIGH INTENSITY. INCORPORATES, AMONG OTHERS, DEAD LIFTS, SQUATS, PRESSES, SNATCHES, PULL-UPS, ROPE CLIMBS, PUSHUPS, SIT-UPS, SPRINTS, JUMP ROPING AND AND ROWING.
• 5 pull-ups • 10 push-ups • 15 air squats (using your body weight only)
• 5 pull-ups • 10 push-ups • 15 air squats (using your body weight only)
• 95 lb overhead squat (21 reps) • 42 pull-ups • 95 lb overhead squat (15 reps)
Beginners: The goal is to complete as many sets as possible in 20 minutes.
Advanced beginner: The goal is to complete each set in 1 minute for 30 minutes.
Intermediate: The goal is to complete as many rounds as possible in the workout’s allotted time. • 30 pull-ups • 95 lb overhead squat (9 reps) • 18 pull-ups
CROSSFIT KIDS WOD
For Ages 10-13: The goal is to do 10 rounds in the allotted time. • 10 wall-ball shots/8lb. ball • 10 ice cream makers (simulates gymnastics ring exercise)
WANT TO KNOW MORE? CrossFitZoo (352) 427-9954 CrossFitBattle (352) 843-1913 CrossFitPinnacle (352) 509-4987 crossfit.com
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The team of doctors and staff at Ocala Plastic Surgery say goodbye to the man who started it all.
n the eve of retirement from over 31 years of practice of medicine, we wish to take the opportunity to recognize the many contributions of Dr. R. Asokan M.D. to both our profession and to the community. Dr. Asokan established his plastic surgery practice in Ocala in 1981. He completed his medical degree in Madras, India, internship and residency in general surgery at Cook County Hospital and Henry Ford Hospital in
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Detriot, Michigan, and specialty training in hand surgery in New York prior to completing his plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Florida. He was both the first plastic surgeon and the first specialty-trained hand surgeon in Ocala. He established a standard of excellence and professionalism that has been the hallmark of what is now Ocala Plastic Surgery. Dr. Asokan exhibited an abundance of the “A’s” so important to the practice of medicine: availability, affability and ability. Whenever his expertise was required by either a partner or a colleague, Dr. Asokan could always be called on. Over the years, he has contributed countless hours to those in need of his services, regardless of their ability to pay. Dr. Asokan has contributed to the development of both local hospital systems serving in a number of medical staff positions, including chief of surgery. He has been a tireless advocate for the best possible care for his patients and has always been a very vocal opponent of policies and procedures he felt were not in their best interest. Dr. Asokan joined with Dr. Rogers in 1995 to establish what is today Ocala Plastic Surgery. They were later joined by Dr. N. Nijher and Dr. L. Ahumada in 2005. The group, all certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, have come to be the primary provider of plastic
surgery services to Marion County residents and to many residents in the surrounding counties. Paddock Park Surgery Center, a fully accredited ambulatory surgery center, was established to promote both high-quality and economical surgical services to the patients of the practice. Villages Plastic Surgery, the group’s extension in The Villages, was later established to better serve the many patients from that community and Lake County. Aqua Med Spa provides medical spa services at both the Ocala and Villages locations. It would be remiss not to honor the contributions of Dr. Asokan’s life partner Mrs. Sagi Asokan in all of Dr. Asokan’s endeavors. She has worked tirelessly by his side for over 38 years, helping to build and manage the practice, and continues to provide valuable management assistance within the practice today. This was accomplished while keeping the home fires burning and raising their lovely and very accomplished daughter Anupa. The entire staff of Ocala Plastic Surgery wishes to thank Dr. Asokan for enriching our lives, and it is with great sadness that we see him off to pursue his second passion—fishing. When someone calls for him, we will just have to say, “He’s gone fishing!”
Ocala Plastic Surgery 3320 S.W. 34th Circle, Ocala, FL 34474
Villages Plastic Surgery Building 1000 Suite 1001 1501 US Hwy 27-441, The Villages, FL 32159
Dr. James Rogers
Dr. N.S. Nijher
Dr. Leonik Ahumada
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MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING
Precise, close-up views without surgery or radiation MRI uses radio waves and magnetic fields to generate images of the brain, internal organs and other soft tissue structures that are significantly sharper and more detailed than those created by other imaging exams – without surgery, x-rays or exposure to radiation. RAO features the latest, most advanced systems, including high field MRI and open MRI, which is roomier and airier than traditional MRI. RAO’s board certified radiologists are so experienced in MRI technology that they can act as a valuable collaborator with your doctor in your diagnosis and treatment program. We provide more than medical imaging – we provide added expertise.
The accuracy of experts.
The caring of neighbors. Board-Certified Radiologists (below, left to right):
MALCOM E. WILLIAMSON, MD JOHN D. BOON, MD SCOTT R. KERNS, MD
RADIOLOGY ASSOCIATES OF OCALA, P.A. PA. P.
671-4300 • www.RAOcala.com MEDICAL IMAGING CENTER • MEDICAL IMAGING CENTER AT WINDSOR OAKS WOMEN’S IMAGING CENTER • TIMBERRIDGE IMAGING CENTER CENTER FOR VASCULAR HEALTH We contract with a wide range of networks, including Medicare, Medicaid, and file all claims with the exception of non-contracted HMOs.
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SPERM PLAN I M P R O V EM ENT
ZEN, M.D. ., I O R L E A H MIC HMET OZ, M.D & ME
e bet you’ve heard the news linking high LDL cholesterol and saturated fat intake (greasy cheeseburgers and premium ice cream) to low sperm counts. Our favorite headline (kudos to Maine’s Bangor Daily News!) says it all: “Sperm goes limp with fatty foods, while fish perks them up.” But don’t stop there. If you’re a man concerned about fertility (or a spouse hoping for a baby soon), we have a do-it-yourself male fertility improvement plan. Healthy sperm and a robust sperm count improve your odds that a single sperm will survive its ultra-marathon journey and meet an eligible egg. And sperm have different functions. Some act like blockers to stop other sperm, which makes “survival of the fittest” sense for
IF YOU’RE A MAN CONCERNED ABOUT FERTILITY (OR A SPOUSE HOPING FOR A BABY SOON), WE HAVE A DO-IT-YOURSELF MALE FERTILITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN.
animals with multiple mates during rutting season, while others are sprinters designed to beat a path to the egg. More than half of a guy’s sperm are the sprinter/swimmer type, and they need to be strong enough to break through an egg’s tough outer layer. So giving your sperm a healthy “makeover” makes sense for every couple trying for a baby. If you are younger than 34 and have been trying but haven’t conceived in 12 months, or if you’re age 35 or older, talk with your doctor. And take these steps for super-swimmer sperm:
EAT LESS (LIKE NONE) OF THE BAD FATS AND MORE OF THE GOOD ONES. Eating
lots of saturated fat—found in red meats, processed meats, full-fat dairy products and many snack foods and desserts—can reduce sperm counts by 38 percent and slow the swimming ability of the remaining 62 percent. But getting more omega-3 fatty acids from fish like salmon and wild trout means higher counts. To get more omega-3s, you can also take a supplement of 1,500mg DHA daily for 10 weeks, then cut back to 1,000mg a day.
HANG OUT AT THE FARM STAND. Filling up on fruit and veggies protects sperm quality and quantity by revving up your body’s defenses that keep ‘em healthy.
ADD VITAMIN D-3 AND ZINC. Plenty of vitamin D-3 helps sperm swim better and faster. Aim for 1,000IU a day from a D-3 supplement. Add 12mg of zinc a day for a healthy sperm count and superior shape. Find zinc in your multi;
great and healthy food sources include poultry, beans, cashews and no-fat, no-added-sugar yogurt.
GET THAT LAPTOP OFF YOUR LAP AND YOUR PHONE OUT OF YOUR POCKET. Surfing the web or checking email with a Wi-Fi-connected laptop humming in your lap is bad news for sperms’ swimming skills and the precious DNA (yours!) cargo they carry. Phones may hamper male fertility, too.
KEEP COOL WHERE IT COUNTS. Sperm production needs temperatures cooler than the rest of your body, which is why hot tubs, a fever and even a desk job can torpedo your count. Take stand-up breaks at work, let ‘em breathe and make the switch to boxers from briefs. SKIP THE DRINKS AND SMOKES. Smok-
ing slashes your sperm count by 13 to 17 percent and triggers genetic abnormalities; there’s evidence marijuana is also bad news. More than one beer, glass of wine or cocktail a day also messes with sperm quality. After two drinks, sperm get mixed up and travel in weird directions.
STAY TRIM FOR YOUR SWIMMERS. Adding extra pounds subtracts from your sperm count and ups the number of abnormal sperm in your arsenal. Why? Obesity may alter hormone levels and heat up your testicles.
DON’T HOLD BACK IN THE BEDROOM. Daily fun between the sheets improves sperm quality dramatically. Compared to several days of abstinence, daily intimacy reduces DNA damage in sperm by about 30 percent.
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 realage.com. (c) 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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A SERVICE OF THE INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXCELLENCE AND THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EXCELLENCE
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A SERVICE OF THE INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXCELLENCE AND THE INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL EXCELLENCE
THE NEW STATE-OFTHE-ART ICE FACILITY OFFERS THE BEST IN CARDIOVASCULAR CARE WHILE PLACING AN EMPHASIS ON PATIENT COMFORT.
Dr. Qamar and his staff meet regularly in the state-of-the-art conference room to discuss procedures and policies.
f there is one way to describe how patients will feel at the new Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence (ICE) facility, that word would be welcomed. It goes without saying that this new facility is nothing short of state-of-the-art. The two-story, 23,000-square-foot building houses two cath labs, a PET lab, a nuclear medicine lab for SPECT imaging, four ultrasound rooms, a pacemaker clinic and an RFA/TEE room, not to mention six additional exam rooms and 11 recovery rooms. But it’s not the fact that the new ICE building boasts the latest advances in cardiovascular technology that has people talking. Besides, anyone who knows Dr. Qamar wouldn’t expect anything less. Instead, it’s the comforting atmosphere
patients are greeted with the minute they step through the doors that sets ICE apart from any other facility. Dr. Qamar played an active role in creating the atmosphere of his new building, which is warmly decorated in blue and green hues. He describes it as “simple elegance.” Dr. Qamar envisioned an office where patients could come to receive the outstanding care they are used to but also where they would feel comfortable, as if they were in their own homes. The sterility of a clinical hospital setting is nowhere to be found at ICE. Instead, art-lined walls and cozy waiting rooms are the norm. Each exam room features its own television, and every recovery room is designed so visitors and family members remain
SIMPLE Dr. Qamar’s entire staff works tirelessly to ensure the best possible patient care and comfort.
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The state-of-the-art technology at ICE is what patients come to expect from Dr. Qamar.
Each recovery room offers comfort and privacy for patients recuperating from a procedure.
Dr. Qamar performs catheterizations in one of two cath labs in the facility.
The nurses are stationed close to the recovery rooms to ensure the patients’ needs are met without delay.
ELEGANCE comfortable while their loved one recovers from a procedure. A concierge service is available, so those from out of town don’t have to worry about finding a restaurant. Patients and loved ones will be provided with everything from a simple snack to a full meal in the cath lab. Dr. Qamar feels that patients who are relaxed and comfortable recover from a procedure quicker and with better success. And there is no question that the staff at ICE makes a patient’s comfort their No.1 priority. As a matter of fact, the entire facility is designed with the patient in mind, ensuring
ease of use for both patients and staff. Multiple procedures are consolidated into one building. Patients no longer need to travel to several locations and see different doctors to receive multiple treatments. ICE boasts a large staff that includes primary care physicians, multiple specialists and an incredibly caring and adept nursing staff. Dr. Qamar’s long-term goals for ICE include expanding the practice to encompass an entire wellness center. His passion for patient well-being, both physically and from an emotional standpoint, is realized in the new ICE facility where patient care is, and always will be, the top priority… compassionate care.
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WHAT’S IN ICE? » 2 cath labs » PET lab » Nuclear medicine lab » Pacemaker clinic » 4 ultrasound rooms » RFA/TEE room
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EKG room PFT room 6 exam rooms 11 recovery rooms » Clinical laboratory
THE VILLAGES 1950 Laurel Manor Dr. Bldg. 240 The Villages, FL 32162 352.509.9295 / Fax: 352.509.9296
OCALA 4730 S.W. 49th Rd. Ocala, FL 34474 352.854.0681 / Fax: 352.854.8031
THE VILLAGES 8489 S.E. 165th Mulberry Lane The Villages, FL 32162 352.359.7900 / Fax: 352.259.7966
WILLISTON 412 W. Noble Ave. Williston, FL 32696 352.528.3540 / Fax: 352.528.0721
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A Popsicle Perspective Should this frozen treat take a backseat? p86
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ATIONAL DOUGHNUT DAY, THE FIRST FRIDAY OF JUNE, HONORS THE WOMEN WHO SERVED DOUGHNUTS TO SOLDIERS DURING WORLD WAR I. IN TRIBUTE TO THE “DOUGHGIRLS” AND ALL FOR THE LOVE OF DOUGHNUTS, HERE’S A RECIPE YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME COURTESY OF MRBREAKFAST.COM.
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THE COLORS RAINBOW... ON YOUR PLATE!
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Red fruits and veggies tend to be high in vitamins A and C. Try adding red bell peppers, tomatoes or cranberries to your salads. For a different dessert, try cherry or rhubarb pie, or add some red raspberries or watermelon to fruit salad.
These fruits and veggies tend to be similar to the reds in terms of vitamins and minerals, and you’ll also get some added B6 and potassium. Try roasted butternut squash, sweet potatoes, peaches, nectarines and cantaloupe.
Bananas are an obvious choice for this category, but be sure to include yellow bell peppers and summer squash for added potassium, manganese and magnesium. Like pasta but not the carbs it comes with? Try spaghetti squash. With a little pasta sauce, you’ll never know the difference! Also look for pineapple, sweet corn, yellow carrots and mangos.
Dark, leafy greens are packed with nutrients. Skip the iceberg lettuce, and try some spinach in your salad. Its high lutein and folate content make it a far-superior
green. Asparagus and broccoli have a similar makeup and are great either steamed or stir fried. Try also green apples, kiwis, honeydews, sugar snap peas and green beans.
Blueberries are among the most antioxidant-rich foods you can find. Add them to your diet wherever you can. Toss them in cereal, oatmeal, muffins, salads or just eat them right off the bush!
Purple fruits and veggies contain anthocyanins, antioxidants responsible for protecting blood vessels and skin.
Add some red onion to your sandwiches or eggplant to your sauces. You’ll also find the purple hue where you least expect it—in purple potatoes, purple carrots and purple asparagus! Try also grapes, currants, raisins and figs.
You may not think of white as an appetizing color, but vegetables like cauliflower, rutabagas and parsnips are chock full of folate and vitamins C and K. Season your dish with garlic for some added allicin, which will help protect your heart and blood vessels. Also look for white corn, pears, mushrooms and onions.
E ALL KNOW THAT EATING A DIET RICH IN FRUITS AND VEGETABLES IS IMPORTANT. BUT IF YOU FIND YOURSELF SICK OF THE SAME OLD APPLES AND ORANGES, THEN IT’S HIGH TIME YOU DIVERSIFIED YOUR DIET. BY SELECTING FRUITS AND VEGGIES OF DIFFERENT HUES, YOU’RE MAXIMIZING YOUR VITAMIN AND MINERAL INTAKE WITH EACH BITE. DON’T KNOW WHAT TO PICK? TRY SELECTING A FEW CHOICES FROM EACH COLOR EACH DAY.
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Scrambles Café recently added something new and unique to its menu, and patrons can’t get enough. “We call them ‘Suburban Flats.’ It’s a multi-grain, whole-wheat flatbread with various toppings,” says owner Steve Nile. “People are absolutely loving them.” There are four Nitr / Shutterstock.com different “flats” on the menu, such as the French Brie with almonds, steamed broccoli and cranberries or the option featuring peach purée, fresh Continued on page 86
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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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, 11 AM to 7 PM; includes Draft Beer, Wine and ALL Liquors (Top Shelf, too). Lunch from 11 AM to 3 PM and Early Bird from 3 PM to 6 PM runs Monday thru Saturday. Sunday After Church Specials starting at $8.99 with Free Dessert. 4-Course Steak Dinner for $12.98 for a Limited Time Only!
Locations also in Gainesville, The Villages in Lake Sumter Landing and our new location in Tallahassee. 18th Anniversary Celebration from June 11th to June 14th.
Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-4777 / latinos-mas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri & Sat 11a-10p / Closed Sundays Looking for a unique evening out with a Latin flair? Well look no further—Latinos Y Mas is the answer! Begin your dining experience with a refreshing Dragon Berry Mojito or perhaps an exotic Passion Fruit Caipirinha. Follow that with our delicious Ceviche appetizer. For your main entrée, try the Pescado a lo Macho, a Peruvian seafood specialty. Of course, dessert is a must at Latinos Y Mas. You won’t be able to resist the Passion Fruit Mousse!
Gift certificates and party platters available for any special occasion.
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WHAT’S IN THAT?
3233 SE Maricamp Rd., Ste. 401, Ocala (352) 694-4405
HE HEAT IS ON, AND THOSE LOOKING TO COOL OFF THIS SUMMER TURN TO THE FREEZER FOR A FROZEN TREAT. A POPSICLE IS A GREAT OPTION BECAUSE IT’S LOWER IN FAT AND CALORIES THAN, SAY, AN ICE CREAM CONE. HERE’ S WHAT YOU’LL GET WITH EVERY LICK.
High fructose corn syrup
The verdict is still up in the air regarding negative health concerns with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Some studies suggest that because of its processing, the body reacts differently to it than regular sugar, but more research needs to be conducted before that theory can be proven. Consider this ingredient an “added sugar.”
Made from adding an enzyme to corn starch and water, corn syrup is the main ingredient of HFCS. This is basically another way of saying “added sugar.”
This is pretty straight forward. But keep in mind, three of the four ingredients are all variations of “added sugars.”
Again, this is just more sugar! Concentrated juice has been boiled down, leaving less water and more of the sweet stuff.
Citric and malic acids
These are added to sweets to give it a touch of tartness. They are perfectly safe to eat, but large quantities can lead to irritation in the mouth.
Two billion popsicles are sold annually. The No. 1 flavor: cherry.
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This is a product made from the seeds of a carob tree. Dehydrated seeds are ground into a powder and added to many products as a thickening agent. This is a completely natural product that actually adds a small amount of fiber. It is also found in many diet products on the market.
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Locust bean gum
Though low in calories, popsicles are made primarily of added sugars. Depending on the brand, you may also be getting added food dyes as well. Save money and avoid additives by making your own healthy popsicles at home! Get creative and add fruits like kiwi, mango and bananas. Add some calcium by including milk in your recipes for a creamier treat! All you need is a blender, ice pop molds and a freezer!
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So far so good. Can’t go wrong with good ol’ H2O!
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apples, sautéed spinach and French Brie. In addition, you can also choose from about a dozen ingredients to create your own combination. Scrambles is open for breakfast and lunch every day from 7am-2pm.
Billy’s Café just celebrated its 11th anniversary in April. Known for great breakfasts at a reasonable price, the eatery specializes in crepes, pancakes and omelets. Owner Michael Cho sees to it that everything is homemade. Patrons say Marie C Fields / Shutterstock.com Billy’s Café offers the best breakfast menu in the area with generous portions and friendly service, which explains why there are so many repeat customers. Open for breakfast and lunch 7am-2pm every day. 13752 US 27/441, Lady Lake (352) 259-8988
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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-2a / Happy Hour 5p-7p Cuvée Wine & Bistro is an elegant and approachable environment where you can embrace the age-old relationship between food and wine. In an inspiring and intimate atmosphere, Cuvée brings together the taste of upscale cuisine with the freshest ingredients, combined with a wide array of wines from around the world. We guarantee your senses will be delighted and your palate overwhelmed. Feed your mind, your spirit and your curiosity at Cuvée.
Call for Reservations. Private Parties and Off-Premise Catering Available.
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 4-7pm 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.
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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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Cast iron pots and pans are extremely durable and have good heat retention. Cast iron is heavier than other cookware and rusts if not seasoned before use. Make sure to grease the bottom before cooking, and never pour large amounts of cold liquid onto cookware or the cast iron may break.
An excellent conductor of heat, aluminum is used in approximately 50 percent of all cookware. Because the cookware dents and scratches easily, it may be finished with a layer of aluminum oxide to make it scratch resistant. Wooden utensils are recommended when using aluminum cookware. Aluminum also reacts to acidic foods—a tomato in an aluminum skillet may actually absorb some of the metal.
Whether in a risotto side dish or a satisfying stir-fry, rice is a chef favorite for its versatility. A staple in many cultures across the world, there are over 40,000 varieties of rice. Although we can’t go into detail about all varities, here’s a quick rundown of the most popular types of rice found in America. And FYI: Orzo, while rice-shaped, is actually a pasta. Yep—fooled us too. Arborio: Short- or medium-grain white rice; develops creamy consistency when cooked and has a chewy center; exceptional ability to absorb flavors. Use for risotto, stews or soups. Carolina: Long-grain white rice; slightly sticky when cooked. Use for casseroles or pilafs.
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Basmati: Long-grain; available as white or brown; light and fluffy when cooked; fragrant with a nutty flavor. Use for pilafs, side dishes or plain. Jasmine: Long-grain white rice with a slight jasmine aroma when cooked; slightly sticky. Use for pilafs, side dishes or curries.
A favorite among professional chefs, copper is an excellent heat conductor and the most expensive cookware. For upkeep, it requires regular polishing. Similar to aluminum, copper also reacts to acidic foods.
In white rice, the grains are scoured to remove the husk, bran and part of the germ. Although this processing makes the rice tender and fast-cooking, it also decreases the nutritional value. Some rice producers make enriched white rice to restore the nutrients lost after processing. Brown rice, or whole grain rice, retains its bran and germ, making it more fiber-rich, nutritious and chewy. Brown rice takes longer to cook, and long grains aren’t as fluffy and tender, while short grains aren’t as sticky.
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Called “stainless” steel because it is warp and scratch resistant. Because of its cheaper price tag and ability to resist corrosion, stainless steel is a popular choice of cookware. Because it is not a good conductor of heat, make sure it has an aluminum or copper core.
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HY SHOULDN’T YOU POUR ICE-COLD MILK IN A CAST IRON POT? WHY ISN’T IT SAFE TO EAT A TOMATO AFTER FRYING IT IN AN ALUMINUM PAN? WHAT IS THE CHEAPEST COOKWARE TO BUY FOR THE CHEF ON A BUDGET? TO HELP DECIDE WHICH TYPE OF COOKWARE IS BEST FOR YOU, READ OUR MANUAL BEFORE YOU RATTLE THOSE POTS AND PANS.
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free on Wednesdays. On Thursdays at the east Ocala location, it’s 2 for $12 burgers and also Trivia Night. Happy hour and daily lunch, dinner and drink specials are offered at both locations. Open for lunch and dinner. 6998 N Hwy. 27, Ocala (352) 620-2500 4620 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 690-6100 horseandhoundsrestaurant.com
Residents of southeast Ocala were eagerly awaiting the launch of Grace Japanese Steakhouse, which opened March 11 in the new Publix plaza on Maricamp Road. Now, patrons are raving about the fresh, perfectly cooked entrées and sushi bar. Tables at the hibachi grills offer front-row seating as your grill chef prepares and cooks the meal while you watch. The antics of each chef add a personal, often amusing, touch. There’s also a full liquor bar. Grace Japanese Steakhouse is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. 3035 SE Maricamp Rd., Unit 101, Ocala (352) 368-6888 gracejapanesesteakhouse.com
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Shane’s Rib Shack 2602 Southwest 19th Ave Road #105, Ocala / (352) 304-5255 shanesribshack.com/ocalaeasystreet Open Mon-Sat / 11a-9p / Sunday 11a-8p Shane’s Rib Shack has combined 10 years of brand expertise with their passion for great food. Come in and taste the result! Try the full line of traditional BBQ sides, including Shane’s famous smoked wings, full meal salads, sandwiches, homemade peach cobbler and more. The BBQ is always slow smoked, chopped by hand and served with Big Dad’s secret sauce. Shane’s tailors every catering job to your request and handles all the details. Consider Shane’s party platters, box lunches or full-catered meals for any occasion. From elaborate feasts to finger food, Shane’s will have you covered.
The next time you throw a party, let Shane’s Catering do the cooking. Check out the extensive gluten-free menu. Visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/ ShanesRibShackOcala.
House of Japan 3410 SW College Rd., Ocala / (352) 304-5110 / houseofjapans.com Mon-Thurs 11a-10p / Fri-Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p House of Japan offers Ocala traditional Japanese cuisine, specializing in sushi, tempura, hibachi and teriyaki-style food. The staff is committed to serving the highest quality fish available on the market. Try a variety of original house sushi rolls that are unlike anything in the area, including Uni. Enjoy quality seafood, including Yellow Tail, Sea Bass and Lobster! Come enjoy your dining in a casual and comfortable atmosphere with great service.
Happy Hour 5-8pm daily. $8.95 Lunch Menu! 2 for Tuesdays Specials! Two Private Party Rooms available for larger gatherings. Outside Seating Available
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The Schnitzel Factory 1053 NE 14th St., Ocala / (352) 433-2300 / theschnitzelfactory.com Open Wed-Sat, 11a-8p / Sun 11a-3p / Closed Monday & Tuesday Taste the Germany in Ocala. The Schnitzel Factory is a genuine restaurant with authentic German food cooked to order by German chefs. Enjoy a variety of appetizers, salads and soups as starters. Vegetarian menu and low carb choices available. Lunch is served until 3pm. All lunches come with one side of your choice. Dinner menu favorites: Wiener schnitzel pork/veal $16.99 and Holstein schnitzel pork/veal $17.99. Specialty menu includes Alpen steak, frankfurter steak and schaschlik. Enjoy beer vom fass (from the keg): Radeberger, Spaten and Party Boot; and flaschen beer (beer from the bottle): Weihenstephan, Yuengling, Clausthaler and more.
Happy Hour: Wed-Fri 2-5p, $3.99 margaritas Saturday Live Entertainment: German music, accordion players or DJ
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UNE IN TO WATCH THE COMMON CHEF, A SHOW ABOUT THREE FRIENDS WITH A PASSION FOR COOKING, COLLABORATING AND FEEDING OCALANS ONE EPISODE AT A TIME. WITH NO FORMAL TRAINING, THE CHEFS TAKE TO THE KITCHEN, CONCOCTING RECIPES WITH HUMOR AND LOCAL FLARE. IN LAST MONTH’S EPISODE “THE BURN,” THE COMMON CHEF WENT TO OCALA FIRE RESCUE STATION NO. 1. HERE ARE THE FIREFIGHTERS’ FAVORITE DISHES THAT YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME FOR A HUNGRY CROWD.
Chris’s 5 Alarm Wings Serves 20
These wings are great for summer barbecues. It’s an easy recipe, bursting with spicy flavor.
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habanero peppers, halved cups vinegar jalapeno peppers, chopped cup hot wing sauce garlic clove
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white onion tomatoes lbs chicken wings ½ cup brown sugar
Pour vinegar in pot, and add habanero peppers. Bring to rolling boil. Add jalapeno peppers and hot wing sauce; reduce to simmer. Add garlic and onion; reduce to medium heat. Puree sauce and tomatoes in blender. Add vinegar mixture to blender, and puree. Allow to cool, then marinate wings in puree for 45-60 minutes. Mix in brown sugar. Cook wings on grill. Brush on leftover marinade while grilling.
PC’s Peppery “Shasizzlezam” Stew Serves 20
Don’t be surprised if the fire rescue is at your house asking for seconds—this smooth creamy stew is rumored to be addictive! 4 3 2 ½ 1 2 8 6 32 6
lbs potatoes lbs carrots large onions lb mushrooms garlic bulb tomatoes red jalapenos habanero peppers oz beef broth dried Thai chili peppers
squash medium bag of green beans 5 large rib eye steaks 2 lbs hot Italian sausage 18 bacon strips 3 cinnamon sticks 6 oz honey 12 oz goat cheese
Bring 2 pounds of potatoes and 1 1/2 pounds of carrots to a boil in large pot; puree potatoes and carrots along with 1 onion, 1/4 pound of mushrooms, half garlic, tomatoes, 4 jalapenos and 4 habanero peppers. Put puree in large crockpot
Mesa de Notte Ristorante celebrates its first anniversary on June 13, marking one year since the transition from Moreno’s Uptown Grill. “With Italian fine dining, a good wine is a complement,” says chef and owner Jose Moreno. “When we started, we said we’d have about 80 different international wines, but we now have more than that,” says Jose of the extensive wine list. “We have everything from simple wines to reserves and also champagne. We have good quality wines by the glass as well as by the bottle,.” Mesa de Notte is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Friday 11am-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 3pm-10pm. 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 mesadenotte.com
or turkey roaster. Add beef broth to roaster, and set to 250°F. Mince Thai chili peppers and remaining jalapenos, habaneros and garlic; add to roaster. Chop squash, green beans and remaining mushrooms and onion; add to roaster. Chop leftover potatoes and carrots; boil in pot, then add to roaster. Cut fat off rib-eye steaks. Chop steak and Italian sausage. Fry bacon in frying pan and set to side for later. After an hour add cinnamon, steak, Italian sausage and honey to roaster. Cook at 250° for 3 hours, stirring often. Half an hour before serving, add bacon, chopped, and goat cheese. Mix thoroughly.
Watch The Common Chef on Fox 51 at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. On this month’s episode, the chefs will be at Taste of Ocala, making a unique jambalaya.
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Kick n’ Back Café and Grille 14400 E Hwy 40, Silver Springs / (352) 289-4069 Tues-Sat 6:30a–9p, Sun 6:30a–7p, 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. Now Serving Breakfast.
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.
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 our 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!
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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. Please join us for Fathers’s Day Sunday June 17th.
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 Liang 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, 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.
BoJen’s “Home of the Flavor Burger” 2496 Baseline Road, Ocala / (352) 694-SIDE (7433) / bojens.net 7 Days 11a-9p “Where Sides Matter!” Order and pay online at bojens.net.
BoJen’s puts the flavor in the burger, marinated, seasoned and cooked to perfection. Sandwiches are crafted with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses. Order the BoJen Burger or a basket full of fresh and crispy fried shrimp, oysters, calamari or grouper. BoJen’s makes it their business to have every side possible. Their fried taters, fried veggies, seafood, salads and exotic sides offer a variety of choices to go with your meal. BoJen’s also offers Family Favorites: country home-cooked meals for four (4) ready to go with drinks included. Enjoy a 20 percent discount on your first online order ($25 minimum).
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 email@example.com. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. Full-service catering, Gift Shop-Boutique.
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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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T’S TIME ONCE AGAIN FOR THE UNITED WAY’S DAY OF ACTION. This annual event
encourages community members to get involved with their local branch of the United Way. The theme this year is early childhood literacy. Statistics show that a significant number of children in Marion County enter kindergarten without knowing one letter of the alphabet. Thanks to the Barnett Early Literacy Grant, the United Way of Marion County is addressing this important issue through this year’s Day of Action. Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to recruit members to help compile literacy kits that will be distributed to area schools at the start of the academic year. Each kit comes complete with a book and activities that relate to the story. Together with volunteers, children will read and complete the activities over the course of two-week periods and take the book home to begin compiling a home library. The goal is to compile 1,600 kits on June 21. To get involved, contact the United Way today. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696.
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STOP, DROP &…
RADIO APPRECIATION DAYS
OK well maybe the first two aren’t necessary, but do sign up to run the annual Stop, Drop and Run 5K hosted by the YMCA and the MARION COUNTY FIREFIGHTER’S BENEVOLENCE FUND. This year’s event will benefit the families of three local children battling cancer and a family who recently lost their son in a tragic drowning accident. The 5K race will be held on the famous Turkey Trot course, and the little ones are encouraged to run in the Little Hero’s 1K fun run. Afterward, enjoy a great BBQ hosted by the Mojo Grill and Marion County firefighters as they cook up their best dishes. The race begins at 7:30am with early packet pickup available on June 8. stopdropandrunracing.com or (352) 653-8131.
(Weekends) Looking to cool off at WILD WATERS WATER PARK this month? Area radio stations have teamed up with Wild Waters for a special deal offering entrance to the park for only $12. Just mention the radio station sponsoring the event, which can be found on the park’s website, on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 5pm to take advantage of the reduced admission price. Check out some of the great water slides and take a dip in the 450,000-gallon wave pool all for only $12! wildwaterspark.com or (352) 236-1732.
A HINT OF HISTORY
GETTING CRAFTY If you can sew, knit, embroider or enjoy taking part in any other type of craft, bring your art to the Marion County Extension Auditorium and raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. SCRAPBOOK FOR BREAST CANCER is a monthly
event where the entire community is invited to get together for a good time and work on their projects all for a good cause. Admission is $5, and the evening begins at 6pm and ends when the last person leaves.
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CAUSE FOR PAWS
The HUMANE SOCIETY OF MARION COUNTY will host two events to raise money for man’s best friend. The John Jennings Take Stock in Pets Memorial Golf Tournament will take place at the Municipal Golf Course and will feature a four-person scramble, delicious lunch and great prizes. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 12:30pm. Following the tournament, the annual Dog Days of Summer and Cats Too! event will kick off an evening of food, fun and more great prizes. Join the Humane Society for an old-fashioned cook-out, dancing, entertainment and a 50/50 drawing. Make your reservations early, as these events fill up quickly! humanesocietyofmarioncounty.com or (352) 873-PETS.
(June 29-July 1) It’s time to get wet and wild! The 2012 USA WAKE SURF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS are coming to Lake Weir. See the top riders from all over the world come to battle it out for a chance to take home the top spot. Bring the whole family for this action-packed weekend, where there will be plenty of food and entertainment and even a chance to sign up for your own wake surf lessons from five-time champion Drew Danielo on June 27. To sign up for lessons or for more information, contact Transitions Watersports at (352) 288-9905.
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The MICANOPY HISTORICAL SOCIETY will present an historical event commemorating the 176th anniversary of the 2nd Seminole War. The “Battle Of Micanopy” event will run from 10am-5pm and feature several educational demonstrations as well as crafts, vendors and an authentic Seminole War Army camp. At 2pm, there will be a dedication of the Native American Heritage Preserve along with the unveiling of a painting by artist Jackson Walker. Come learn about the history of one of the oldest inland towns in Florida. micanopytown.com or (352) 466-3121.
Q& A CHEER W/TOM SAUER
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ON TEAM TRAUMA Interview by Amanda Furrer
USBAND AND FATHER OF FOUR, TOM SAUER IS A FIREFIGHTER PARAMEDIC, GENERAL CONTRACTOR, OWNER OF SAUER & SON CONSTRUCTION AND LOCAL PRO MIXED MARTIAL ARTS (MMA) FIGHTER. MMA IS A COMBINATION OF FOUR DIFFERENT FIGHTING STYLES: INCORPORATING BOXING, WRESTLING, BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU AND MUAY THAI (KICKBOXING). WE ASKED THE THREE-TIME WORLD EXTREME CHAMPION, TRAINER AND WORLD CAGE WARRIORS (WCW) FOUNDER “TOMMY TRAUMA” HOW HE PREPARES BEFORE A FIGHT, HIS WINNING STRATEGY AND WHY YOU SHOULD BRING YOUR KIDS.
What inspired you to become an MMA fighter?
TS: I grew up on the west side of Cleveland. I have what’s called Tourette syndrome. I got into martial arts as a form of self-respect, self-discipline and self-protection. MMA came to America in 1993. When I saw it for the first time, I decided that’s what I wanted to do.
Should people bring their kids?
TS: Absolutely. At our shows, we say anybody under 18 with an adult can come because we have a very clean show. There’s no foul language. Everybody behaves pretty well.
How do you train for a bout?
TS: I do a lot of wrestling and sparring, plyometrics, calisthenics and CrossFit. I also go to health food stores and get store-bought proteins. My diet is 70 percent protein and 30 percent carbs.
What should newcomers expect at a WCW event?
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TS: Most people think it’s going to be violent or barbaric, but it’s very technical. We have the skill sets and sportsmanship, and a lot of hard work goes into it.
What is your strategy for winning?
TS: This game is mental—know who your opponent is, study your partner and know what he does well.
What types of injuries do you sustain?
TS: Typically in a fight, you get a joint strain, a broken finger or toe from striking and possibly a cut. It’s pretty safe. You get more injuries training. You get tired and sloppy, you drop your hands. I usually get injured if I’m being reckless and push too hard while training.
Want To Go? Experience the rush, adrenaline and action of World Cage Warriors on June 9 at the Ocala Entertainment Complex. Call (352) 426-5261 for information and tickets, or visit worldcagewarriors.com.
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Brothers of the Sun Tour
Raymond James Studio, Tampa
John Brown’s Body
Plaza Live Orlando, Orlando
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa
City and Colour
The Ritz Ybor, Tampa
Amway Center, Orlando
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa
Earth Wind and Fire
Hard Rock Live, Orlando
1-800-ASK-Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa
Amway Center, Orlando
Tampa Bay Times Forum
One of the most acclaimed bands of the 20th century is still making headlines 40 years after they first came together. EARTH WIND AND FIRE changed the face of music with a combination of soul, R&B, funk, jazz and rock compilations that continue to inspire audiences today as they have done throughout the decades. The band’s latest tour will stop in Orlando on June 29 at Hard Rock Live and will feature some of the group’s most memorable hits. Photo from blogs.mercurynews.com earthwindandfire.com or ticketmaster.com.
Fiddler on the Roof
Ocala Civic Theatre, Ocala
Barbershop Quartet Extravaganza
Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala
Snow White and the Wicked Queen
Phillips Center, Gainesville
LA Cage Aux Folles
Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando
Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa
Watch Me Dance
Ritz Theatre, Jacksonville
Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Orlando
Logan Wells: A Tribute to Patsy Cline
Circle Square Cultural Center, Ocala
Somethin’s Gotta Give
Ritz Theatre, Jacksonville
APPLETON EXHIBITS (ONGOING) The Appleton Museum will host the exhibit Art and the Animal, featuring over 45 works from the flagship exhibition of The Society of Animal Artists through June 17. The Ocala Art Group’s best work will also be on display through June 17, featuring jewelry, painting, sculpture and photography. The Appleton Biennial 2012: Florida Installation Art will open June 30 with a member’s preview on June 29. 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. JUNE JUBILEE BOOK SALE (JUNE 1-30) The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library will host their June Jubilee book sale throughout the month. All hardcover books are priced at $1, and paperback books are priced at 25 cents. Inventory changes daily. (352) 438-2520. PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT (JUNE 1) 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. ART PARTIES AT THE CHERISHED BRIDE MANOR (JUNE 1, 2) The Cherished Bride Manor will host two art parties this month. The June 1 class is for adults, and the June 2 class is for children in grades K-8. Pre-registration required. For class descriptions and prices, call (352) 867-9660.
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BOOTS AND BLING FASHION SHOW (JUNE 2) The Florida Thorobred Fillies Club presents a charity fashion show and luncheon at the Hilton Ocala, featuring fashion vendors, silent and live auctions, door prizes and raffles. The event runs 11am-3pm. Tickets are $33 per person. (352) 207-4880 or (352) 624-3051. JAMMIN’ IN THE PARK (JUNE 3) There will be a free jam session at the Marion Oaks Community Center beginning at 7pm. All types of musicians and fans are welcome. salsaandjazz.com. BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL (JUNE 3) The Ramada Inn of Ocala will host a blueberry festival to benefit Sheltering Hands Rescue from 9am-5pm. The festival will feature arts and crafts, contests, raffles, a book sale and much more. Admission is $1, and children under 12 free. (352) 291-1962. CHARITY BALL (JUNE 5) The Pioneer Garden Club will host a charity ball from 7-10pm to benefit Hospice of Marion County. The event will feature professional dance exhibitions, open dancing, live music, door prizes and much more. Tickets are $15 and include food, dessert and beverages. Attire is dressy. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 629-0837. BALLROOM DANCE PARTY (JUNE 6) 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 nonstudents. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637.
MIND BODY AND WELLNESS EXPO (JUNE 9) The Refuge Transitions and Wellness Center will host a mind, body and wellness expo consisting of a variety of healthy living vendors and non-profit organizations. The event will run from 11am-4pm at The Refuge. therefuge-ahealingplace.com or (352) 624-0366.
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SUMMER ART CAMP (JUNE 18-22, 25-29) The Appleton Museum will host the first two weeks of their summer art camp for children ages 7-14. The first session’s theme is Kritter Mania and the second session’s theme is Chillin’ With Chihuly. Camp runs 9am-noon Monday through Friday. Registration is $85 for members and $95 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL (JUNE 18-22) The First Baptist Church of Dunnellon will host a vacation Bible school this June for children ages 3 through 6th grade. Activities include Bible stories, music, games, family night and much more. (352) 489-2730. HOMETOWN BUSINESS ALLIANCE FREE NETWORKING LAUNCH PARTY (JUNE 19) The Hometown Business Alliance is a new networking group coming to Ocala. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites from 5:30-8pm for networking opportunities, appetizers, door prizes and much more. hometownbusinessalliance.com or (888) 764-8882. 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.
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In honor of Golden Ocala’s 10th anniversary, guests gathered on April 20th at the Flavors of Munroe at the golf and equestrian club. The event was also in support of the New Children’s Emergency Department and the Level 11 Neonatal Unit at MRMC. Local chefs, including Golden Ocala’s very own Matt Colangelo and Daryl Dean, treated everyone to culinary delights.
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