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Allure Of The Ink From ancient tribal civilizations to today’s stay-at-home moms, a tattoo is an artistic expression of one’s personality and beliefs. In this story, we introduce you to some of the artists behind Ocala’s ink. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND Photo illustration by Jason Fugate.
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The real people, places and events that shape our community BY KEVIN CHRISTIAN, AMANDA FURRER, BONNIE KRETCHIK & RAVEN MCMILLAN
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s a child growing up in Kentucky, my family would often make road trips to Florida. It was a vacation we always looked forward to. Looking back, I realize it wasn’t the final destination that was meaningful, it was the journey. My parents, more often than not, opted for traveling the back roads, allowing myself and my two brothers the opportunity to see both rural and city living. The farms, homes, small towns, businesses, In a world trading posts and souvenir stands you often filled with sensory miss while breezing past overload, from on the busy interstate instant messages gave us a glimpse into to breaking news, what life was like in other parts of the country. To it’s comforting this day, I find our more to escape the scenic roads to be much everyday trials of more appealing than the life and absorb hurried interstate, and I try to travel them as often a little bit of as possible with my own nostalgia. family, giving them the opportunity to create their own special memories. In one of our features titled, “Enjoying The Journey,” we explore the less traveled side of busy SR 200, a route that takes you from Ocala north and east to Fernandina Beach. Along the way you’ll meet quirky shop owners, visit unique tourist destinations and experience the laid back side of Florida. In a world filled with sensory overload, from instant messages to breaking news, it’s comforting to escape the
everyday trials of life and absorb a little bit of nostalgia. And of course you can always take the expressway home! As I sit here writing, I can’t help but notice an ever-so-slight cooling of the morning air. Yes, the much anticipated fall weather is on its way. October is certainly one of my favorite months because it’s a great time to get outdoors, and with it comes a great variety of family-friendly events like hay rides, carnivals, fairs, art shows and corn mazes. You can read all about them in this issue of the magazine, so start making those plans. The kids will have a blast and the memories will last a lifetime. Until next time,
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Hail To The Herd
t’s no secret that Marion County is known as the Horse Capital. Ten years ago, the MARION CULTURAL ALLIANCE issued a call to artists to design the widely popular Horse Fever statues seen around town. These artsy equines helped raise funds and endowments that supported the arts in Marion County. The event was such a great success that, ten years later, the call was reissued and a new herd has been let loose in and around Ocala. When out and about, keep your eyes peeled for these new additions. If you just can’t wait to find them all, stop in the Brick City Center for the Arts or several other locations downtown and pick up a map. But don’t wait too long, these horses will soon be on the move. The Farewell to the Herd event will take place in March before the horses are auctioned off at the Live Oak Combined Driving event. mcaocala or (352) 369-1500.
Blue Ridge Parkway NORTH CAROLINA
This 469-mile stretch begins in the Great Smoky Mountains and winds through some of the Southeast’s most beautiful terrain to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. A leisurely scenic route for both motorists and cyclists, the speed limit maxes out at 45mph with elevations ranging from 600 to 6,000 feet. fallinthemountains.com. From Ocala: 520 miles
Great Smoky Mountains National Park TENNESSEE
This is the most visited park in the United States, with nine million people visiting annually. Over 400 festivals celebrate the colors of the season, and there are 54 state parks with over 1,800 miles of hiking and biking trails. If you’re into driving, check out the Cherohala Skyway or the Ocoee Scenic Byway. Rather be a passenger? Take a ride on a restored vintage train car on the Tennessee Valley Railroad in Chattanooga. nps.gov. From Ocala: 553 miles
Caesars Head State Park SOUTH CAROLINA
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This park adjoins Jones Gap State Park, which together form over 11,000 acres of mountainous terrain. Caesars Head State Park consists of over 7,000 acres and includes miles of trails. Earn your dinner and climb 3,208 feet above sea level to see a breathtaking panoramic view of miles of rich gold, red and orange hues. southcarolinaparks.com. From Ocala: 498 miles
This 115 mile-long highway shows off some of South Carolina’s richest fall colors. You’ll see steep drops, deep mountain coves, majestic waterfalls and miles of broad vistas. Take a taste of the foothills home with you and pick up a basket of peaches at any of the several roadside stands along the way. byways.org. From Ocala: 431 miles
Red Top Mountain State Park
If the glorious colors of autumn are something you’re missing, you don’t need to go far to get your fall fix. Yes, New England is famous for its rich colors, but there are plenty of destinations within a day’s driving distance of Ocala to see the season’s beautiful hues. Here’s some of our favorites.
This is a great destination for campers, hikers and history buffs alike. Located on Lake Allatoona, Red Top Mountain State Park offers a number of hiking and mountain bike trails along with ample opportunity for swimming, boating and fishing. A reconstructed 1860 homesite and a number of historic educational events throughout the fall offer visitors a glimpse of life during the days of the Civil War. Visitors can expect the best foliage during late October into early November. gastateparks.org. From Ocala: 405 miles
Here are some additional ideas for foliage spotting a bit closer to home. Tip: The further south you stay, the later in the season you’ll have to wait due to the warmer climate.
FINDING THE FALL FOLIAGE
» Georgia Mountain Parkway » Chattahoochee River » Vogel State Park
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Add a little flair to your memories at CLAIRE WILDER’S SCRAPBOOK CROP. The event takes place at the Marion County Extension Auditorium and starts at 6pm. Reservations are not required and the $5 cost goes to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. For more information, call (352) 732-5982 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In 2010, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raised $60 million for the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY and brought out nearly 800,000 walkers across the country. Be a part of the three- to five-mile walk this year at Silver Springs nature park or in Downtown Gainesville. Registration is free and begins at 7:30am for both events, and walks begin at 9am. For event details and to make a donation, go to makingstrides.acevents.org.
EVENT UPDATE Last month, the OCALA ONCOLOGY CENTER and ART IN THE PARK held Bras for a Cause and raised $3,000 for the Ocala Oncology Center “OOC TATA’s” team to support MSABC.
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s a registered nurse who works for Dr. James H. Rogers, M.D., at Ocala Plastic Surgery, VASHTI NUGENT clashed with breast cancer almost every day when patients would come in for breast reconstruction after having a mastectomy. After discovering a lump of her own, Vashti was diagnosed in 2009 with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. “I had missed my one year mammogram,” Vashti says, “That’s why it’s so important to do self-exams.” She had no family history, never smoked, always ate right and exercised. Despite the severity of her cancer, Vashti went to work the next day and continued working throughout her treatment. “Life doesn’t stop as soon as you have cancer. You are still a mother— laundry doesn’t stop, kids still get sick.” An upbeat and positive person by nature, Vashti says she couldn’t have been in a better place despite the severity of her situation. “Dr. Rogers had taken me aside and told me: ‘I just want you to know that you are not the only one who has breast cancer—the aesthetic center has breast cancer.’ The love and support,
from our office, from our family, from the community—was completely immeasurable.” Months after her diagnosis, the American Cancer Society launched MSABC at Silver Springs. Ocala Plastic Surgery threw itself into fundraising for the walk and formed a team naming it “Victory for Vashti” in her honor. “They just made it happen,” says Vashti, “I was overwhelmed by that. I felt like I was carried through.” To raise money for MSABC this year, Ocala Plastic Surgery is distributing breast cancer calendars for $10. A survivor is pictured each month, along with her story. Vashti is posing as Miss October with her daughters Mala and Jasmine. “The best thing you can do is talk about it,” Vashti says. “Make sure you tell the people in your life how much you love them and how much they mean to you.” “There’s no one who can look at you and say you have this much time.” Vashti serves as a testament to this message. Her cancer went into remission in January 2011.
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3 Perfect Scores Two students captured three perfect scores on this year’s FCAT—that much-dreaded test for public school students. ABHI PATEL and MORGAN LUNDEE scored higher than any of the other 29,000 students taking the test in Marion County. Patel is a freshman at Vanguard High and earned his perfect scores in reading, math and science. Meantime, Morgan’s a fifth grader at Maplewood Elementary and earned her top scores in reading, math and writing. In addition, 49 other students earned double perfect scores while 623 earned at least one perfect score.
New Year, New Teachers Only about 90 new teachers were hired this year by our school district, much lower than in years past. Even with budget cuts creating unfilled positions, these new teachers gathered in Forest High’s cafeteria to learn the in’s and out’s of working in public education. Local vendors provided discounts and other free offers to our newest educators. The annual event gives beginner teachers a chance to bond with each other for support as the year goes on.
All Eyes On Forest Forest High’s Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard traveled to Raymond James Stadium a few weeks ago to present The Colors to begin the Bucs vs. Dolphins game. While it was blistery hot with cannon booming in the background, these students made Marion County proud with their distinction, command and excellent focus. The day-long adventure started in the underground of the stadium and culminated with an on-field presence for the kick-off. The same group has been invited to participate in NASCAR’s Daytona Race next July.
All Hands On The T-Deck Nearly 600 teachers took advantage of “Day of Technology 3” at Lake Weir High recently. The annual gathering exposes teachers to all types of technology used throughout our school district—everything from electronic clickers and interactive white boards to specialized software programs and computing devices. Dozens of vendors set up shop and demonstrated their wares, many with hands-on activities for teachers to learn. The event has become so popular even teachers from neighboring school districts make the trek to check out what’s going on technology wise.
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adding the sidewalks in worn penny loafers and knee socks that had fallen down to our ankles, my friends and I would walk to town after school on Fridays with a mission of utmost importance: to buy a bag of candy at the local candy store. Entering the shop always had a euphoric effect. After a moment of mouth-hanging awe, we’d plunge our little hands into glass jars of Nik-L-Nips, scoop out delicate Satellite Wafers and mischievously pick up a pack of bubblegum cigarettes at checkout. The odd crackling of Pop Rocks on my tongue, pinched cheeks when I sucked on a Warhead, contemplation on whether to eat the whole roll of Smarties or one at a time, these are the sensations and trivial decisions that left sour, tart and sweet imprints on my childhood. To regain some semblance of these sweet memories, I spoke with those who work with candy, a select few whom I call “time keepers.” As my candy expedition progressed, I found a mix of the old and new. While visiting an old-fashioned candy shop and finding a more modern means of attaining candy favorites, I picked up a few fun factoids along my way—while sucking on an Atomic Fireball, or two.
Goo Goo for Country Store
My first stop was Cracker Barrel, a favorite pit stop for hungry travelers and dish towel collectors alike. Its store devotes an entire corner to nostalgic treats with jars of Clark bars, stacks of Bosco chocolate and Chiclets, cubbies of Zotz and Bubble Tape, and so much more. Jennifer Basham, shift leader of the retail shop, couldn’t have said it any better: “You’ve come to the right place.” The first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store opened in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1969. From its opening, Cracker Barrel divided its space between its restaurant quarters and retail store. Lucky for us candy connoisseurs, the store’s candy corner is loaded with over 500 treats. Some of the candy is even exclusive to the store, such as Cracker Barrel’s very own Pecan Rolls, Fudge and Mints, and Remember When Candy boxes from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Corporate Communications Manager Jeanne Ludington deemed Bob’s Old Timey Peppermint Sticks, Hershey bars, Moon Pies and Goo Goo Clusters as their most popular candies. Exclusive to Cracker Barrel is the 3.5 ounce Hershey bar: Its wrapper is designed like the original. Never one to go empty handed, I grabbed Chuckles and a couple Sky Bars—for research purposes only—as I made my way out. Cracker Barrel is definitely the go-to destination for hard-to-find candy. Of course, my journey was just the beginning.
Sweet Jane’s Candy
Whoopie! For Retro Sweets
People often say whoopie pies are the first sight they see when they walk into Sweet Jane’s Candy. Maybe they had blinders on their eyes because the first thing I see is candy—baskets, counters, tables and shelves full of candy. “When I was a little girl I was just fascinated in campgrounds and candy stores,” says Jane Waugh as she removes a fresh batch of cookies from the oven. They’re chocolate chip, and she lets me snag one as I ogle at the boxes of Push Pops and candy cigarettes. Located inside the Trading Post in the Wilderness RV Park Estates Campground in Silver Springs, Jane’s two loves were combined like Fizzies poured into water—an item she sells—when she opened in 2008. The Bar Harbor, Maine, native gets a small thrill when she sees a customer gasp and point while saying, “Remember this?” However, there have been moments when Jane’s witnessed a less enthusiastic reaction. She recalls a couple with their two teenagers returning from a camping trip. “The mother and father were so excited seeing the candy, but the two kids were like this,” she hunches her shoulders and bows down her head, texting an imaginary cell phone. “The kids were more excited about having phone service again than being in a candy store!” she says. “This world has changed so much. It’s just a fast-paced world. When people come here, it’s their time to go back to their past. This is their moment in time, something people can’t take away. Life was so simple then.” Jane reminisces about walking to her town’s five-and-dime for
Sweet Jane’s Dainties
Jane is always on the lookout for requested candies. Here’s a quick list of just some of her bountiful stock.
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Mary Janes Cow Tails Zagnuts Wax Lips Runts Abba Zabas Baby Bottle Pops Ring Pops Sugar Daddy Turkish Taffy Banana Split Chews Candy Buttons Candy Necklaces Indian Salted Pumpkin Seeds Gold Mine Gum
Started in 1998, CandyFavorites.com is the Internet’s oldest and largest online candy store. With a warehouse the size of a city block in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the website carries over 2,800 products and ships worldwide. Backed by McKeesport Candy Company, which was founded by Ernest Prince in 1927, I spoke with CandyFavorites president Jon H. Prince, a third generation candy man. “One of the fun things about my job is that I get to sell candy that has considerably predated me,” says Jon. On the site’s retro tab, customers can search for candy by the decade, starting before 1919 and onward to the 1970s. “We wanted CandyFavorites to be kind of a community place, a place for candy lovers to reconnect with candy and connect with
other candy lovers,” Jon says. “Anybody can sell candy. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist. It does take a great deal of commitment to make sure customers are happy.” A confection of a site, CandyFavorites offers candy history and assorted nostalgia, from Whiz Bar ads to a Bonomo’s Turkish Taffy commercial. Facts and trivia are on each candy’s product page, and a list of discontinued candies—may they rest in peace—can be accessed on a sidebar. “Quality has been associated with long lasting,” says Jon. “Charm Squares have been around forever. As a survival kit item in World War II, they have a place in American lore.” Surrounded by candy every day, you’d think Jon would be sick of the sweet stuff. “On the contrary,” he says. “I like Licorice Allsorts. Anything peanut butter and chocolate. Tootsie Pops…” Web surfing CandyFavorites instilled me with a candy education. Here’s your own history lesson, candy quiz and health lecture. May I suggest a roll of Lifesavers? You’re going to need them.
Candy through the Ages
CandyFavorites compiled a timeline on candy’s milestones. Here are some highlights. • 1893: Milton Hershey attends the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and purchases chocolate-making equipment. • 1896: Using his daughter’s nickname, Leo Hirshfield of New York introduces the Tootsie Roll. • 1901: The New England Confectionary Company (NECCO) makes multicolored wafers. • 1904: Emil Brach starts Brach’s Candy. Wrapped caramels cost an “unheard sum” of 20 cents per pound. • 1923: Baby Ruth, made by Curtiss Candy Company, is named after President Glover Cleveland’s daughter, not Babe Ruth. • 1930: Snickers, named after a family horse, is introduced. • 1940: Hershey’s produces the D Bar, which is
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highly caloric and has a high melting point. Sealed in wax paper to make it resistant to poisonous gas, it was distributed as a survival ration for soldiers. 1949: El Bubble Bubble Gum Cigars are the first five-cent bubblegum. 1958: Diamonds aren’t a girl’s best friend. Candy lovers adorn themselves in candy necklaces. 1960s: Now and Laters, Lemonheads, Swedish Fish, Starburst Fruit Chews, SweeTarts and Twizzlers make life far-out and a little groovy. 1970s: Out of disco fever come Reese’s Pieces, Bubblicious, Gobstoppers, Laffy Taffys, Rolos, Pop Rocks and Twix bars.
What’s Your Candy I.Q.? Test your candy knowledge to see if you’re a Smartie.
1. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? 2. What four flavors are in a NECCO Sky Bar? 3. “Even the name says fun” is what candy’s slogan? 4. What is the name of Bazooka bubblegum’s comic character? 5. The average American consumes how much candy per year? 6. What baseball player had a circular chocolate bar named after him in the late 70s? 7. In 1923, a plane was chartered to drop thousands of what candy bar over Pittsburgh? 8. “When it runs down your chin, you know it’s a .” Answers: 1) On average, it takes 252 licks; 2) Caramel, vanilla, peanut and fudge; 3) Chuckles; 4) Bazooka Joe; 5) 25 pounds; 6) Reggie Jackson, who was the first player in Major League history to amass 100 or more runs for three different teams: the A’s, Yankees and Angels; 7) Baby Ruth; 8) Valomilk
candy when she was a child. “It had wooden floors that creaked. They still do.” While most of her customers are adults, occasionally, a precocious 8 year old will come in and say, “Nana, I remember this from when I was a kid.” Jane laughs, but both of us wonder what the future has in store for the, ahem, candy store. Supplied with a bag of loot—again, for research purposes, obviously—I pondered the future of candy as I left Sweet Jane’s and soon found my answer.
Sources: candyfavorites.com, bubblegum-comics.com, businessweek.com, baseballhall.org, Candyfreak by Steve Almond (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill).
You Can Have Your Candy And Eat It, Too
Tell well-intentioned friends to stop blaming the chocolate, and enjoy a Snickers as they chew on this. Myth: Eating chocolate will give you acne. Fact: The University of Pennsylvania performed a study that concluded chocolate doesn’t cause acne. Hormones, health conditions and genetics are contributing factors, while greasy and sugary foods are not. So if it makes you happy, go ahead and eat a chocolate bar—just don’t pop that pimple! Myth: Swallowed chewing gum takes seven years to digest. Fact: I promise you, swallowed gum takes but a few days to digest. While swallowing won’t cause the gum to become a part of your anatomy, it can be a choking hazard. Myth: Candy rots your teeth. Fact: Any food containing carbohydrates—starches and sugars—can contribute to tooth decay; however, this is easily preventable through proper oral hygiene. Remember to brush after meals or at least twice a day. Myth: Sugar makes kids hyperactive. Fact: I’m not saying go ahead and give your kids candy for breakfast and soda before bedtime, but studies conducted at Vanderbilt University and the University of Iowa College of Medicine found no evidence that sugar affects children’s behavior. In fact, some studies have shown that sugar boosts kids’ performance on tests and helps them stay on task. Try telling that to the school board. Sources: candyfavorites.com, candyusa.com.
Why stop at retro candy? These carbonated beverages are like bottles of prized perfume— only drinkable. Twist off a cap at Stella’s Modern Pantry in Ocala and you’ll slurp up a refreshing taste of nostalgia. Cheerwine: Called the “Nectar of North Carolina,” this cherry pop was created in Salisbury in 1917. Bubble Up: The lemon-lime beverage came out in 1919, with the tagline, “A Taste of Lemon, A Taste of Lime.” Frostie Root Beer: Always a crowd pleaser, this fan favorite was created in 1939 in Catonsville, Maryland. Ale-8-One: Bottled in Winchester in 1926, it is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky still in existence. Kentucky Lemmy Lemonade: Introduced in 1939, the soda was produced by the A.J. Lehman Company. Nesbitt’s Strawberry Soda: Marilyn Monroe was a 1946 poster girl for the orange flavor. The Nesbitt’s Fruit Products Company opened in 1924. Nehi: Radar from M*A*S*H was often seen drinking the grape flavor. The line of sodas was created in 1924. Sources: cheerwine.com, dadsrootbeer.com, frostie.biz, ale8one.com, retroplanet.com, nesbittsorange.com, beverageunderground.com.
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Most songs are written about love, so it’s a nobrainer why many classics were about candy.
• “The Big Rock Candy Mountain,” Harry McClintock, 1928 • “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” Shirley • Temple, 1934 • “My Boy Lollipop,” Barbie Gaye, 1956 • “Lollipop,” Ronald and Ruby, 1958 • “I Want Candy,” The Strangeloves, 1965 Strangeloves, 1965 • “Sugar, Sugar,” The Archies, 1969 1969 • “The Candy Man,” Willy Wonka and the Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, 1971
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THE ROAD BACK
Home Ocala native Matt McCall has returned to the University of Florida’s basketball program after a three-year departure. This time, with a new title: assistant coach. By Scott LaPeer
he road to success knows no short cuts. At first glance, Matt McCall’s appearance belies this belief. Yet, in truth, he lives it every day. In late April, the Ocala native was named the newest—and by 13 years, youngest—assistant coach on Billy Donovan’s Florida basketball staff. At 29, for an R-rated movie, Matt might still be asked to produce his ID. Likewise, his youthful look could easily cast a misconception that his has been a path, perhaps, less toilsome than others in the coaching community—the emphasis being on misconception. In any line of work, it’s easy to profess to going the extra distance, but Matt literally begins each day doing just that. En route to his second-floor office within Florida’s pristine practice facility, the young coach takes the longer stairway winding through the front foyer. There, encased in glass, sits the purpose of his passage—two
in and said he wanted to keep me on staff,” says Matt. This time, Matt was named director of basketball operations. Hardly an astronomical rise from anonymity, but at least his efforts would be compensated. For two more seasons, he dutifully held the position until, finally, it was time to make a move. “After 2008, I went to Coach Donovan and told him, ‘I’m extremely appreciative of all the sparkling crystal basketballs. opportunities I’ve had here and all you guys The relics from back-to-back have done for me, but I want to do more,’” 2006 and 2007 national Matt remembers. “And then he said, ‘Alright, championship seasons are resplendent reminders of the well we’ve got to get you a coaching job.’” The next fall, the aspiring coach ultimate goal. landed his first official title as an assistant “I could come up the at Florida Atlantic University under new back steps,” Matt says. “But Head Coach Mike Jarvis. His first year in I go through there every Boca Raton, the Owls slumped through a day because I want to see that and know that’s part of the 6-26 season. The next year, significant strides were made. Finally, this past season, Matt and motivation to get back there.” company guided the program to an historic “There” is a place of fortunate turnaround, going 21-11, winning the Sun familiarity to Matt. Just as he hopes the national title one day will, Matt has made his Belt Conference regular season title and qualifying for post-season play with a berth own return to Gainesville. in the National Invitation Tournament. The In 2002, two years after graduating from three years of working and, ultimately, winning Belleview High, the former Rattlers guard revived his hoops career as a student at Florida, validated all the effort along the way. “It was such a great experience for me albeit at a slightly different position. Matt seized the opportunity to assume, undoubtedly, because, being that I was younger, in that situation, a lot was put on my plate,” says the most thankless role on a college basketball Matt. “Coach Jarvis trusted me. He trusted team—the student manager—and ran with it. By 2003, he was head of student managers. me in recruiting, trusted me in scouting, The added title bore extra responsibility but trusted me in individual instruction to, kind also more of Donovan’s trust. Three years and of, let me do my own thing, and I just got a national championship later, he earned yet tremendous experience because of it.” another promotion. Combine that experience with the “In ’06, when we won it (the national experience of being Donovan’s right-hand championship), Coach Donovan brought me man through two trips to the peak of the
college basketball’s profession, and it’s no wonder Billy brought him back. “For me, being here for 15 years, now going on 16, the thing that was really important to me was familiarity,” Donovan stated at his April press conference introducing Matt, as well as Associate Head Coach John Pelphrey and Assistant Coach Norm Roberts. “I think for Matt… as a young guy that can make the kind of investment it requires personally, but also understanding what Florida means, what Florida is about and him being here for that seven-year period also means a lot to me.” Coming back to Gator Country, the place where he was born, raised, educated and trained means a lot to Matt, too. Although, he’s been so consumed by work, he admits it’s hardly had time to sink in. “It’s been a little bit of a whirlwind,” he admits. “Getting up here, getting to work, trying to get organized, it’s almost been like hitting the ground running. I haven’t really had a second to breathe and say, ‘Whew, I’m excited,’ but obviously, I am ecstatic to be here. “I tell people all the time, that South Florida stuff was not for me,” he adds.
“I’m more of an Ocala/ Gainesville guy.” Rare are the opportunities to perform one’s craft on such a visible platform while still surrounded by home. No surprise, Matt is up for the challenge. “There’s a chip on my shoulder because I’m sure that some people might think I’m too young or ‘This guy’s more qualified or that guy’s more qualified,’ but it’s more than that, because this is the career that I chose. I want to be a head coach. I love the University of Florida. I will be at the University of Florida as long as it takes and as long as Coach wants me here, but eventually, I want to be a head coach. This is a huge step for me, being here now, being with him and being in this role. I’m close to that opportunity, but it would have to be the right opportunity for me to leave such a special place.” When that right opportunity eventually comes along, Matt will have arrived at that destination the same way he has his current one. No short cuts.
From ancient tribal civilizations to today's stay-at-home moms, a tattoo is an artistic expression of one's personality and beliefs. In the following pages, we introduce you to some of the artists behind Ocala's ink. By Cynthia McFarland / Photos by John Jernigan / Headline Sketch by Shauncey Fury of Ocala Tattoo
Tyson Wyman and wife Wendy
yson Wyman studies the colorful drawing, nods and takes a deep breath. “This is better than our original idea,” he says appreciatively.
An original by Dan Loose
“We have general designs, and people like to look at that to get ideas, but primarily we do custom tattoos.
It’s a sweltering August afternoon, and Tyson has come for his appointment at Fat Kats Artistry Tattoo on the downtown square in Ocala. On the heavy sketch paper in his hands, a cheerful bird wearing a crown perches atop a bold heart. Across the bottom of the heart, the name “Alayna” is gracefully written in a curving banner. “My niece just passed away. She would have been 3 on September 7,” says Tyson in a voice thick with emotion. “I’m getting this tattoo just to have her name near me. I don’t carry pictures in my wallet, so for me, this is a way to keep her close. I also have my daughter’s name tattooed on me.” Tyson has come to tattoo artist Dan Loose of Fat Kats because his wife previously got a small tattoo from Dan. “If you’re happy, you stick with the same artist and recommend
them to others,” Tyson says. “My wife gave Dan a brief sketch, some suggestions, and then he created a drawing; we’re not changing it at all.” “We have general designs, and people like to look at that to get ideas,” says Dan, referring to the displays of pre-designed tattoos known as “flash” on the shop’s wall. “But primarily we do custom tattoos. We do a line drawing of everything, and once the customer requests any changes and then gives the ‘OK,’ we make a stencil and apply it to the skin.” The stencil leaves a carbon transfer of the image on the skin. From there, the artist inks the outline and proceeds to fill it in with shading, details and any coloring. Turns out, getting a tattoo is a popular way to memorialize a loved one. This same August afternoon, Austin Cogburn of Dunnellon has
Tattooist Dan Loose of Fat Kats works to create a one-of-a-kind tattoo on a client's back.
Fat Kats' Wall of Flash
ne of the world’s oldest forms of body modification, tattooing has been practiced for thousands of years. For example, there were times when the Egyptians tattooed the names or symbols of their deities on their arms or chest. The Israelites, however, were forbidden to engage in this practice, following a command found in Leviticus 19:28 (NWT), which states “And you must not make cuts in your
flesh for a deceased soul, and you must not put tattoo marking upon yourselves.” This law is still observed today by some modern day Jews and some Christian religions. Done by hand for centuries, most artists today use hand-held, electrically powered machines. Invented in the late 1800s, tattoo machines have not changed greatly, although technique, ink and safety procedures have improved dramatically.
Similar to a tiny sewing machine, the tool causes a sterilized needle to rapidly move up and down as many as several hundred to thousands of times per minute. The artist dips the needle into insoluble ink, which is then drawn up into the machine’s tube. As the needle penetrates the skin, it carries the ink below the surface to a depth of about oneeighth of an inch. So, how much does it hurt?
“A common comparison for some people is that tattoos are similar in feeling to a cat scratch or bad sunburn,” says Alex Ellis of Fat Kats. “It’s a common misconception that if it’s over muscle, it will be OK and if it’s over bone, it will hurt more. Certain areas—such as feet and ribs—are more painful than others, but it varies. On the same person, one foot may be more sensitive than the other.”
An Ancient Artform
“A black and gray tattoo doesn’t have to be as saturated as color, so it tends not to hurt as much,” he says, pausing to dip the needle into the ink. “We use different size needles, depending on the width of lines and shading. The needle actually pushes the pigment into the skin as you go.” “It doesn’t really hurt,” says Austin, sounding relieved. “It feels like being scratched with a pin.” “We’re not digging for gold,” says Alex, who was a graphic designer before he got into tattooing. “The needle just goes down through a couple layers of skin; it’s not very deep, maybe an eighth of an inch.”
An original by Alex Ellis
Alley Cat of Fat Kats
walked into the shop wanting a tattoo in honor of her grandfather who passed away last March. Austin, 18, wants a flying eagle in black with gray shading above a banner with her grandfather’s name, and she wants it on her right side. “He supported me in everything I did,” she says. “He was always right there by my side. It’s what I wanted to do to remember him.” Within a half hour or less, tattoo artist Alex Ellis, 24, has created a drawing based on Austin’s suggestions. She approves the design, and Alex applies the stencil to her side. Minutes later she’s lying on the table as he begins the tattooing process. “It’s very important that you hold still,” says Alex, as he picks up his tattoo machine and begins the process. The machine is quiet and only makes a slight hum, similar to the sound of a bee.
atching Austin gain her flying eagle
An original by JD Kittell
An original by Tim Shafer
in honor of her grandfather, I had no desire to get a tattoo of my own. But I must admit, when I accepted the assignment to write a feature on tattooing, I was intrigued. Although I’m probably the least likely person to grace the doors of a tattoo shop, I was eager to learn just what’s behind the popularity of this centuries-old technique that has recently become much more mainstream. While I remain “ink-free” at the end of my story, I do have a greater understanding of why so many people have chosen this style of body art. “Tattoos are a luxury item, but business is still doing well, even in a recession,” says Chris O’Leary, 39, owner of Ocala Tattoo, Inc., which marks its six-year anniversary this month. “You’re investing in something permanent. Even if you spend thousands to buy a car, it’s not going to last forever, but a tattoo will,” notes Tim Shafer, 24, one of the tattooists at Ocala Tattoo.
He’s got a point. But what’s really behind the recent increase in popularity of tattoos? According to tattooartist.com, tattooing is currently the sixthfastest growing retail business in the United States. Once relegated to bikers, military men, rockers and rebels, tattooing is attracting an ever-widening array of clientele. Fashion models, sports professionals, and movie and rock stars often flaunt tattoos, but they’re hardly alone. A 2006 study conducted by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology revealed that 24 percent of Americans ages 18 to 50 have tattoos, and approximately 36 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 have at least one tattoo. Middle-class suburban women (think “soccer moms”) are the fastest-growing demographic group seen in tattoo shops around the country. What was once an
o your homework before deciding where to get a tattoo. Get an idea of the style you like, visit different shops, look through the artists’ portfolios and check for cleanliness. Don’t hesitate to ask to see the autoclave, which is where equipment is sterilized for safety. There are steam and chemical autoclaves, but steam is the preferred type in the world CHRIS O'LEARY of tattooing. A temperature of no less than 246 degrees must be maintained for 30 minutes or equipment isn’t fully sterilized. Needles should always be single-use and disposable. Any reusable equipment, such as ink tubes, should be in individual sterile pouches before the artist begins working. Needles, grommets, rubber bands, ink caps and any excess ink should be thrown away after each use. The tattoo artist should wear new gloves with each job, and everything touched during the process should be wiped clean with a germicidal disinfectant. Many artists have taken classes in blood-borne pathogens to increase their knowledge about safety procedures. “We strive for professionalism,” says Tim Shafer of Ocala Tattoo. “You wouldn’t go to someone’s house to get dental work done, so you shouldn’t go to someone’s house to get a tattoo.” It may seem like a no-brainer, but take time to carefully study the artists’ portfolios before deciding who’s going to ink you. Ask friends with tattoos you like for artist recommendations. Once an artist has created a drawing, speak up if there’s anything you don’t like or aren’t sure about. After all, this artwork is going to be permanently displayed on your body. Tattoo shops typically require customers to complete a “hold harmless” agreement stating you’re there of your own free will. In Florida, you must be 18 to get a tattoo without parental consent. If you’re 16 or 17, you’ll need a parent to come in and sign their permission.
Tim Shafer, Ocala Tattoo
An original by Chris O'Leary
“I don’t want to be remembered for my tattoos but for keeping alive traditional American tattooing.
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“You never want to sacrifice good technique just for art. MARK WILLIS
An original by Mark Willis
Tim Shafer of Ocala Tattoo
anti-social activity is now viewed by many as a form of art and a legitimate profession. “You’d be surprised who has them. A very strong demographic is 20- to 40-year-old women,” notes Tim. “It’s becoming a novelty to get at least one tattoo. I’ve tattooed grandmothers in their 60s and 70s getting their first tattoos.” “Tattoos are more accepted than they were 20 years ago,” Chris agrees. “I got tattoos as a youth because I purposely wanted to alienate myself; I didn’t want to be messed with. I’ve had my right arm covered since I was 18; I never gave myself a chance at normalcy. When
“It used to be that bikers and outlaws were getting tattoos. Now I tattoo mothers and grandmothers. SHAUNCEY FURY
An original by Shauncey Fury
I first got into tattooing, I did it for me. When you’re 16, you can’t see 30. Twenty-some years later, I realize I don’t want to be remembered for my tattoos but for keeping alive traditional American tattooing.” Simple, bold designs with solid black lines and heavy shading are the trademark of “traditional American” tattoos, which Chris’ shop specializes in. They tend to last longer than those done with finer lines and color. “In America, tattoos were originally based around the basics of life: love, lust, patriotism and death. In the early days, those motifs were seen as roses, skulls and hearts— what you traditionally think of as ‘sailor tattoos,’” explains Mark Willis, a tattooist at Ocala Tattoo. Mark, 22, has been tattooing professionally for two years, ever since he finished his apprenticeship. “Any respectable tattoo artist needs an apprenticeship. If you’re trying to have integrity in your work, you need to be taught. Safety and cleanliness are part of the apprenticeship,” he says. “Tattooing is not something to dabble in, because your ‘mistakes’ are permanent. It’s a lifestyle, not a hobby. We’re doing
something that has been passed down, and I think it’s important for us to carry on the classic style.” Always interested in art, Mark got his first tattoos at age 17. “I did it to make myself ineligible for acceptance because I wanted to be left alone,” he says. “I was rebelling against society—not my parents. I got heavily tattooed before becoming a tattooist. I was tired of having job after job I hated. Now I’m settled in a career, getting paid to do what I love, and I didn’t have to go through the steps conventional society would tell me to take, such as college.” A majority of tattoo artists are walking advertisements for their profession. “Most tattoo artists wear what they do; I know a couple who don’t have any that show, but that’s not the norm,” says Dan of Fat Kats, which is coming up on its 11th year in business. “I’ve been drawing since I could hold a pencil,” adds Dan, 34, who took commercial art classes in high school and has been a tattoo artist for 16 years. “I practiced on myself when I first started, but I don’t tattoo myself anymore. I save what space
is left to get tattoos by other artists. The art’s gotten so much better in the last 10 years; some of these artists are really talented.” As Chris at Ocala Tattoo points out, it takes more than artistic ability to become a success in this field. “The yin and yang of the perfect tattoo is the artwork and the application. I know guys who are phenomenal artists, but because they don’t understand the rules and don’t know how to apply it to skin, they’ll fall short. A true tattoo artist has mastered both the mechanics and the art of it.” “You never want to sacrifice good technique just for art,” adds Mark. None of the tattoo artists interviewed had anything good to say about the current crop of tattoo shows on television. They consider them “full of drama” and not a positive representation of the industry.
attoos can be highly personal,
as are the reasons for wanting one (or many). For Jeremy and Jessica Smith of Ocala, their tattoos are symbols of faith and love. Jeremy, 36, is selfemployed and owns Modern Edge Decorative Concrete; Jessica, 30, is a school teacher.
attoo shops usually price tattoos one of two ways: flat fee or hourly. As the words imply, a flat fee is the total price you’ll pay. This is usually how “flash” (pre-designed art displayed in the shop) is priced. If you want modifications or a
different size, this may affect the fee. Generally speaking, a black/ gray tattoo costs less than one with color, but that depends on size and complexity. Many customers want custom art, and this is typically charged on the amount of time it takes.
Multiple sessions may be needed to complete a large and/or especially detailed tattoo. Hourly fees vary, depending on the shop and artist. Generally speaking, $100 an hour is a good average price. Artists typically work on a percentage basis with the shop. Jeremy & Jessica Smith
On her right upper arm, Jessica has a large, intricately detailed heart containing two paisley designs. “It signifies that Jeremy and I were two separate beings and have come together as one united by God and love,” she explains. “Also in the heart is a flower that represents our forever growing love.” For Jeremy, his tattoos tell his life story in a nutshell. On his upper right arm, the grim reaper holds a rope that is attached to an anchor sunk into a Bible upon which is written Proverbs 3:5. A twisted oak tree bearing the image of a man and woman symbolizes his marriage to Jessica, while the bird in the branches and shooting star beyond the tree represent his daughter and son. An angel is
“Our tattoos have stories behind them; they’re just expressions we choose to present in a way that people can see. JESSICA SMITH
“They’re going to carry your mark with them for the rest of their life, hopefully, in a good way —DAN LOOSE
prominently displayed inside Jeremy’s forearm. “I made poor decisions in my past that led me down a rough road that left me vulnerable for addictions, wrong relationships and dangerous situations, but I always felt God has appointed a guardian angel to look after me. People will look at my tattoos, see the Scripture and ask about the meaning,” says Jeremy, who didn’t get his first tattoo until he was in his 30s. “I absolutely got them as an expression of my faith and the things that are important in my life: God and my family.” “People judge you, and everyone has their own opinion, but it doesn’t change who we are and how we live,” says Jessica. “Our tattoos have stories behind them; they’re just expressions we choose to present in a way that people can see.” Some tattoos are clearly for shock value, while others are hidden under clothing much of the time. “I have a friend who’s an elementary school teacher and has a full sleeve tattoo on one arm,” says Tim. “She just wears long sleeves to
Eliminating The Ink
areer concerns, relationship change, poor artwork, conspicuous location—all can be reasons for wanting to remove a tattoo. Keep in mind that getting rid of something designed to be permanent
isn’t easily done. Laser surgery is popular for removing unwanted tattoos, but it takes multiple visits and can cost thousands of dollars. In addition, it can be painful and cause scarring.
day with warm water and a mild antibacterial soap. Pat it dry and put ointment on it two to three times a day. After three days, you can switch to plain white hand lotion (dye-free and fragrance-free), and apply that until it’s healed, which averages five to 10 days.” There are products made specifically for tattoos, such as Tattoo Goo and H2Ocean, but overthe-counter products are fine. Don’t, however, use Neosporin ointment on a new tattoo, as it can cause
work all the time. No one she works with knows she has it.”
o, are tattoo artists willing
to apply tattoos to anyone who has the money to pay for it? Talking with the five tattooists I interviewed, I found some have very definite lines they won’t cross. Dan, for example, won’t tattoo anything devil-related, as it goes against his beliefs. None of the artists would tattoo gangrelated symbols, and they also shy away from tattooing things that could be considered racist. No reputable shop will tattoo someone under 16, nor will they tattoo anyone who comes in under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. “If someone comes in and wants to get their hands tattooed, we talk to them about it,” says Mark. “We tell them to really think about it because it can affect their job and how people look at them.”
There are a number of tattoo fade creams on the market that have had success. Some options are Tat-Med, Profade, Tat B Gone, Tattoo-off and Dermasol, to mention a few. Experts caution against using
reactions and leave tiny “polka dots” on the healed tattoo. Showering is fine, but don’t swim with a new tattoo for two weeks. You’ll want to keep it out of the sunlight until completely healed and then apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 when spending much time outdoors. Those ultraviolet rays can seriously fade tattoos, so if you want yours to stay vibrant and bright for years to come, stick with the sunscreen.
hen you get a tattoo, you are intentionally wounding your skin, so after care is important in order to avoid infection or complications. As eager as you are to show off a new tattoo, leave the bandage on for several hours and follow care advice given by the tattoo shop. “I recommend leaving it on for 12 hours. It’s best not to re-bandage once you remove the original,” says Dan Loose of Fat Kats. “Then, wash the area two to three times a
A pot leaf on your neck? Not a good idea, according to Chris. “A tattoo can change your life socially. You get the wrong tattoo in the wrong place and you’re alienated forever.” Inappropriate images aside, tattoo artists as a whole are proud of what they do. “I’ve always wanted to do something with art, and this is what I’ve found I like to do best,” Dan says thoughtfully. “You’re never doing the same thing twice, and you’re always dealing with different people. They’re going to carry your mark with them for the rest of their life, hopefully, in a good way.” For Tyson Wyman, that is definitely the case. “It’s a beautiful tattoo, and I’ve gotten a lot of positive responses, although that was never my goal,” he says modestly. “A lot of people have seen it on Dan’s Facebook page and didn’t know the story behind it. My family loves it, and Alayna’s family loves it, but I’m just amazed at the responses I’ve gotten from people who don’t even know me. It turned out better than I could have expected.”
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GIVE IT UP to Google. The first time I zoomed in on Google Earth and saw SR 200 listed along the route of US 301, it got me curious. A call to the Florida Department of Transportation confirmed the virtual map. When I walked into The Orange Shop in Citra and told shipping manager Karen Brinson I was researching the route, she was puzzled. “200? Here?” But Fletcher Kelly knew
what I was talking about. At 85 years old, he’s been with The Orange Shop since 1951, and he still drives back and forth from Ocala to work every day. “It’s changed greatly,” he says. “They were one-lane highways. When they four-laned, we had to dig up two rows of trees on each side of the road—orange trees—and move them to the back of the grove.” The highway was expanded in the early 1960s. “Where you see this shop,” adds Kelly, “down to the lake, there was nothing but flowers.” “We have a lot of parents—and grandparents—bringing in the kids and saying ‘this is where we used to stop!’” says Brinson. The “clean restrooms” sign and free juice are the big draw, along with bags and bags of fresh-from-the-groves citrus. Honeybell, tangerines and classic Valencias are grown here. “I planted most of them,” says Kelly, as he walked with me through the grove, the northernmost commercial grove in Florida. Owners Pete and Cindy Spyke also maintain
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trucks and empty boat trailers dwarfing the postage-stamp of a post office next to Lochloosa Park, where a boat ramp beckons anxious anglers. Lake Lochloosa, which connects with Orange Lake through Cross Creek, is a whopper. “About 4 miles by 6 miles, 11 feet deep, and 4 to 5 feet deep along the rim,” says J.J. Pease, who runs Lochloosa Harbor Fish Camp. On the phone with a future spring
A QUICK PAUSE at the CR 325 turnoff for Cross Creek shows off US 301 and SR 200 being one and the same—a road sign just south of the lakeside community of Lochloosa confirms. On any given weekday, you’ll find the streets clogged with pickup
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breaker, he says, “you don’t want to swim in there, oh, no.” That’s OK, though. They do rent canoes for paddling the shallows, and it’s only $2 to drop your boat in one of the “top ten speck lakes in the state.” Pease isn’t sure how old the fish camp is. “It’s been here as long as the mist,” says Pease. Once owned by Wade Boggs, Lake Lochloosa is a cypressrimmed destination for tournaments and landing your own lunkers. “The biggest bass I weighed was 12 pounds, 2 ounces,” says Pease.
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PAST THE WALDO Motor Sports Park and its adjacent, often-busy campground, there’s no mistaking the giant rocking chair drawing your attention
to the Waldo Farmer’s & Flea Market, open weekends since 1972. The daily attraction, however, is the Waldo Antique Village next door. “This building started as a tractor business,” says Manager Roseanna Smith, who’s been there almost as long as the store, which opened 18 years ago. “The windows came out of the Hawthorne School when they were tearing it down, and we found out not too long ago that the beams came from Cape Canaveral.” Bargain hunters can browse for hours through nearly 80 dealer booths with everything from classic rock albums to Vaseline glass glowing
under fluorescent lamps. With multiple staircases running up and down the two floors inside the 24,000-square-foot building, it’s a destination. Yes, Smith knows that you have to run the gauntlet of ever-changing speed limit signs to get there. “Did you know AAA made us famous?” he asks. “A lot of people don’t know that the cops who work here are trainees, because you just can’t come out of school and go straight to work in Jacksonville… this is a starting point for them to work their way up.”
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IT’S NOT A NAME that rolls easily off the tongue, given its long-time association with the Florida State Prison and “Old Sparky,” which was retired in 2000. But Starke provided my first clue to “where does SR 200 go?” by appearing on a mileage sign in Citrus County. Go straight where the highway curves for a different perspective on Starke. Founded in 1858 along the Florida Railroad—the tracks still slice through downtown—it’s the county seat of Bradford County. It’s also home to a rebirth of historical awareness along East Call Street, where showy early 1900s architecture
sets the backdrop for car cruises and festivals, including the annual Strawberry Festival each April. Anchoring the west end of the historic district is the 1902 Bradford County Courthouse, a Romanesque Revival-style monument to government. At the east end, the Gene Matthews Bradford County Historical Museum is the repository of all things Starke, with a special emphasis on the economic forces that shaped the area—turpentine, logging and railroads.
TRAIN SPOT TING
IT’S MANY A young boy’s dream to sit and watch the trains click-clack past as he’s eating lunch. In Baldwin, you have your choice of a Happy Meal or a BK Kids Meal to fulfill that fantasy. Right at the Interstate 10 interchange, the Baldwin
IR N E V SOUD LAN
BLINK, AND YOU’RE in the 1960s. It’s a former Hornes turned roadside stand, recalling a misty past of orange-scented perfume balls, pecan logs and wind chimes made of strings of tiny sea shells. Blink again. It’s real. For more than 25 years, Florida Souvenir Land has been a landmark along this stretch of highway north of Lawtey, where a steady string of places like this tempted tourists coming down from the Georgia border, what with the “Rest Rooms Inside” sign, bags of fresh pecans and miniature license plates with your kids’ names on them. The gal running the shop, who demurred to give her name, pulled out a photo of Florida Reptile Land and compared her memories with mine. “It had a zoo in the back, and you’d walk around a great big circle and come out through the juice bar where you gave donations if you wanted to donate,” she says. When she recalled the piano playing chicken, I just had to laugh. “They had a little square cage, right here by the side where you went into the zoo,” she recalled. “Drop a quarter in, and the chicken would peck out a tune on a miniature piano.
Yard is a railfan’s delight. An east-west road on a north-south journey, SR 200 follows the route of the original Florida Railroad, built in 1861, from Waldo northeast. Financed and run by Florida’s first senator, David Levy Yulee, the Florida Railroad drastically cut down shipping time to New Orleans by connecting two major Florida ports of the day. The Baldwin Yard marked the junction between the northeast-southwest Florida Railroad and the east-west Florida Atlantic and Gulf Central Railroad between Jacksonville and Lake City. Today, it remains a busy hub on the CSX system.
RAILR CROSOAD SROA DS
IN CALLAHAN, US 301 and SR 200 part ways. The original passenger depot now houses the West Nassau Historical Society, with a bright red caboose outside just waiting for a child’s photo. Callahan hosts a Railroad Days Festival every March.
It’s here that SR 200 joins A1A—which, oddly, starts its southern coastal journey here by going northeast—passing beneath Interstate 95 just two exits south of the Georgia border. David Yulee’s railroad was a significant target during the Civil War, especially near its terminus. The community of Yulee, east of I-95, pays homage to its namesake with interpretive information at a remnant of the original railroad bed inside John Muir Ecological Park, just west of US 17. Arriving in Florida in October 1867, Muir, considered the “father of the National Park System,” completed his “Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf ” by following the route of Yulee’s railroad all the way to Cedar Key.
THE I SLE O EIGHT FLAGF S
MUCH AS VISITORS off Interstate 75 see the notso-authentic side of Ocala as they head into town, Fernandina Beach hides behind a swarm of strip malls as SR 200 guides you from Interstate 95 to downtown. Because of its deep-water port
at the mouth of the St. Marys River, Fernandina Beach was always up for grabs by anyone who wanted to challenge the authority of Spain. During the American Revolution, it was a port of operations for the British against the colonists. In 1807, all American ports were closed to foreign shipping, but Fernandina was under Spanish rule. It slid into the ribaldry echoed throughout the Caribbean, where smugglers met, pirates plotted and racketeers reconnoitered. A big boom from the cannon at Fort Clinch dispels the thought of scoundrels surviving the unrest of the Civil War. Construction began in 1842 to protect the port. The battlements of Fort Clinch are as impressive today as when they were barracked. Designed as a third system fortress, it utilizes snazzy masonry tricks for roof support, including flying buttresses, circular
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RICHARD GERMANO was one of those regulars from Waycross, Georgia, who followed SR 200 to the end of the road for a little relaxation. “Best deep sea fishing on the coast!” he said. Germano bought a popular local restaurant, the Crab Trap, on a whim. Now Fernandina has no lack of seafood restaurants. The shrimp can’t be any fresher. The Fernandina fleet has been going strong since 1900, and the Island of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is nearly 50 years old. But the Crab Trap is different. “People love the holes in
the table,” says Max Wohlfarth, Richard’s son-in-law, manager and executive chef. “It saves a big mess for the waitress when you can drop all the shells and peelings into the hole. It makes dining with kids—or playful adults—a little tricky, too. Savoring perfectly blackened shrimp with Max’s wife Holly, I
discover the family’s love affair with Fernandina Beach keeps growing. Richard and his sisters bought the Amelia Motel in the late ’90s, later replacing the motor court with a 90-room hotel. It sits right on the circle overlooking the ocean, the surf competing for your attention against the 42-inch flat screen television and plush furnishings. No doubt the surf wins, though! Holly now manages the hotel, so her dad moved on to his next project, transforming a former Chevy dealership into a showcase of classic cars. Amelia Dream Cars
won a historic preservation award this year, tempting passersby with beauties like a ’63 Thunderbird. A block away is T-Rays Burger Station, open for breakfast and lunch. You’d mistake it for an actual Exxon if it weren’t for the picnic tables between the pumps. Grab your own drinks and utensils and settle down to a grilledonion-smothered beauty of a burger, served up on mismatched plates in the ambiance of a gas station.
SO WHERE DOES SR 200 END?
THE LAST ROAD SIGN you’ll see is at the corner of Centre Street, right in front of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, founded in 1858. To the left is downtown Fernandina Beach, a colorful historic district bustling with shops, galleries, restaurants and one of the last bastions for bibliophiles, two independent bookstores. The elder statesman, the Book Loft, has a decidedly collectible bent. The younger, Books Plus, shows a playful side for kids, including an indoor gazebo for snuggling up for story time. Centre Street ends at the marina. Google provides an alternate ending. It shows SR 200 gliding past Victorian homes in the historic residential district, passing over the salt marsh of Egan’s Creek and by the entrance to expansive Fort Clinch State Park, and ending at the Atlantic Ocean at Main Beach. Either ending is a happy one for a weekend away. Can you say road trip?
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A look behind at forensic crimthe scenes investigating in e scene Marion County .
By Cynthia McF arland Photos by John Jernigan
Lisa Berg (left) and Lt. David Redmond Opposite: Kayla Fitzgerald (left) and Nikki Palmer
ting a le glow across th e room. Items ofpa c lo th in g ar e st rewn across the floor and a sh oe is p ar ti ally visible beneath the bed. O n a c or ner nightstand, a television fl ic ke rs w ith the sound turned down. A b ro ken lamp lies on the floor nex t to t he b ed where a tangle of sheets pa rt ially “Sure, I miss the car covers the body of a mid dle-aged and foot ses, but I like man who won’t be going to work—or the challe cha of trying to nge anywhere else—this mor piece of llest sma find the ragged pattern of reddishning. A evid bring will that ence darkens the pillow and pa -brown justice to the victim,” says rt o Lt. Redmond, who was a exposed mattrf teshe s. patrol officer for 12 years Standing in the doorway, Lisa Berg lifts gle her digital camera to document that an . side er in urth of the room before stepping f e scen rime The certified senior forensic c iff ’s technician for the Marion County Sher s love tex g of la Office, Berg snaps on a pair g to goin . It’s to begin processing the scene be a long day. Blood spatter. Bullet trajectory. Bodily rk fluids. Fingerprints. It’s all in a day’s wo . cian chni for a forensic crime scene te , Bones Popular television shows such as CSI e ienc ic sc rens and NCIS have brought fo they but om, into almost every living ro job tor’s stiga definitely glamorize the inve and misrepresent many of the facts. the d on spen “For every hour you scene, you spend another hour (in the office) processing, packaging and doing ” nt, orta imp paperwork; it’s all equally says Berg. “If you don’t follow up with you everything in a report, years later when ” . tails r de mbe go to trial, you don’t reme Although the television shows ics emphasize dramatic crimes, the forens nes. r sce unit isn’t just called to murde ery Burglary, child abuse, arson, sexual batt s in rime the c and theft are just some of which forensic science is utilized. Any re r mo er o time the crime scene is larg complicated than an officer or deputy o can handle, the forensics unit is called t d, mon Red respond, explains Lt. David rion the forensic unit director for the Ma ). CSO County Sheriff ’s Office (M
before accepting his current position in September 2009. Collecting and analyzing physical evidence is the main focus of a forensic investigation. Once the alert sounds that assistance is d oun ckgr s ba needed, Lt. Redmond obtain CSI information to determine how many s any ell a , as w cene techs are needed on the s d. uire e req ay b specialty equipment that m he ith t et w e me “When we arrive, w deputy or detective and walk through the crime scene together, identifying evidence . otes he n ” , ssed roce and areas that need to be p as cene the s aph “The first step is to photogr .” they see it before collecting any evidence aged pack e is Every piece of evidenc ech the t s of itial with the date, time and in n who bagged it. Once the scene has bee to back ght brou processed, all evidence is the Sheriff ’s Office. “Chain of custody is crucially ” says important with any type of evidence, o e wh eopl re p Lt. Redmond. “The mo handle evidence, the more it opens the er item up to a defense challenge. The few at’s . Th etter people who handle it, the b re.” what we try to preach and practice he nt mou ule a inisc Although only a m ery l, ev tria of evidence ever goes to e piece of evidence collected from a crim ap— all c r a b un o scene—whether it’s a g is entered into the MCSO computer system, and a bar code is created. This a here w w kno allows investigators to piece of evidence is at any given time.
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Office. e “Behind these locked doors are the thre f in chie lice things that will get any sheriff or po ays. “This trouble: guns, money and drugs,” he s ys, and door can’t be opened except by two ke the area is monitored by cameras.” , that’s If fingerprints are found at the scene when Tiffany Nader’s job begins. er As a forensic latent print analyst, Nad as own t kn focuses on details of the latent prin ” ils. deta “minutiae, characteristics or Galton om fts fr nt li She analyzes and compares the late e word crime scenes throughout the county. Th are “latent” means “hidden.” Latent prints ust be usually invisible to the naked eye and m t prin nger developed and obtained by using fi powders or chemicals. lass, Using a high-powered magnifying g ’s skin Nader studies the intricacies of the latent lifts. friction ridge detail left behind in the ucture of each latent e str “The ridges, structure and por
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Left: Lisa Berg, certified senior forensic crime scene technician
hat identifying an print is unique,” she explains, adding t gerprints alone can be h fin individual throug n a haystack.” dle i nee “like finding a entification, another an id ade e’s m Once sh ethod analyst must verify it using the ACEV m fy.” of “analyze, compare, evaluate and veri ed by pact be im g to goin e is ’s lif “Someone o be 100 our decisions, so we are very careful t er percent accurate,” says Nader, who says h zle. puz f the ece o ll pi sma ing a work is like solv r a If someone has been fingerprinted fo the be in ady alre will rints eir p past arrest, th ation AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identific ystem System), which is a computer-based s
Say a records throughout the state of Florida. oked person in the future gets arrested and bo is their in Miami six months from now and this ing first arrest, but they have been committ ut ast b he p in t unty n Co ario n M crimes here i ey if th ility, were never arrested. There is a possib , unty left behind their prints here in Marion Co t ains d ag that the unknown latent can be checke hich mi, w those current booking prints from Mia ct on uspe allows us the possibility to identify a s se hit.’” ever l a ‘r e cal hat w at’s w an old case. Th AFIS is, however, just a tool. The latent the call as examiners—not the machine—make or not. to whether an identification is made In June 2007, the MCSO launched its nsic DNA own DNA Screening Lab. Here, fore tzgerald technicians Nicki Palmer and Kayla Fi ver the screen items from crime scenes to disco presence of DNA. re A large window overlooks the lab whe tcher evidence is carefully laid out on white bu evidence paper atop stainless steel tables. A row of m lockers fills one wall, while across the roo rator holds cabinets contain case files and a refrige trade chemicals needed for testing. Tools of the sk lamps include microscopes and individual de e inspecequipped with magnifying glasses for clos eat rows of tion, an autoclave for sterilization and n ls. amber bottles filled with various chemica Technicians are testing specifically for en. If serology, meaning blood, saliva and sem nt ’s se an item tests positive for any of these, it t men orce to the Florida Department of Law Enf that lysis (FDLE) in Jacksonville for further ana NA se D will, hopefully, identify the person who was found on the item. “Before this lab was established, we had to ning cree send items to the regional lab at FDLE for s age turn-around aver , the and analysis,” says Lt. Redmond. “In 2005
d used for storing, searching, reading an n ed o bas cataloging criminal information fingerprints and palm prints. “We can run the unknown latent prints ” ’ ity, qual FIS A into AFIS as long as they are ‘ ed Nader states, “or into IAFIS (Intergrat System), ion ficat Automated Fingerprint Identi s, a t file prin which searches the FBI’s finger ed, teriz mpu e co nationwide database.” Both ar . and both yield results quickly ere’s “If a latent print is AFIS quality, but th ,” stem IS sy e AF no hit, it can be retained into th ent n lat know d un says Nader. “Then, that retaine arrest can be repeatedly searched against new
On the Job
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job openings for forensic science technicians are expected to increase by 20 percent. In May 2009, the BLS reported a mean hourly wage of $26.47 and a mean annual wage of $55,070. Location and tenure affect earnings, and education level can also influence earnings. Some—but not all—agencies require a bachelor’s degree. At the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, a high school diploma or GED is required, and applicants must complete an intense 14-week training period. Source: crime-scene-investigator.net, MCSO
Time Is Up
Every crime—except murder—has a statute of limitations, and evidence doesn’t need to be kept beyond that period of time. Here are a few examples from Florida’s law books: Source: Marion County Sheriff ’s Office
Animal Cruelty (intentional) Arson of Dwelling
Degree » Statute of Limitations
3rd/felony » 3 years
1st/felony » 4 years
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area Admittedly, this is the most scientific cians chni of the forensics unit. Forensic DNA te e som must have at least a bachelor’s degree in job. kind of physical science to apply for the “When you’re going through college, you ing if it’s really wonder when you dive into someth nd it is,” says going to be what you thought it was, a ic science Kayla Fitzgerald, who majored in forens er ad N 0. —Tiffany and began working at MCSO in May 201 ho er, w “I love forensics,” adds Nicki Palm e it sinc has been with the DNA screening lab ing the opened. “It’s always a good feeling bring victim justice.” Real life crime scene investigation rarely For Never mind all those fancy, high-dollar takes place as portrayed on television. tools seen on TV. While high-tech gadgets forensic example, here in Marion County, the orn in,” so have their place, the average forensics technicians are civilians and aren’t “sw sleading crime scene technician regularly relies on they don’t carry a weapon. Another mi e techs the following: notion promoted on television is that th lve lp so themselves go after the “bad guys” to he » Fingerprint » Casting the crime. Dusting Kit (this Material (vital main basic tool is No. 1) for making “The goal of any forensic unit is to re e scen tire and shoe neutral. The only time a forensic crime » DNA swabs impressions, tool ct an colle technician would talk to a suspect is to » Gloves (absolutely marks) t. es L not ” , essential when oral DNA swab or to fingerprint them » Kastle-Meyer ed a atch handling evidence on Redmond, who, by the way, has never w Test (determines the scene or in the if a substance is single episode of CSI. office) en blood, but in real “The most rewarding part of our job is wh » Alternate Light life, it requires r majo we find something at the scene that has Source (allows drops from three find the investigator to reagents not just evidentiary value,” he says. “Our goal is to orks see bodily fluids, one, as seen on or w evidence. Whether it exonerates a person particularly semen) CSI) r t afte e jus to convict them is not our concern. We’r » Digital Camera and ” . case ut a the facts. That’s how we stay neutral abo Video Equipment (Technicians take On television, CSI techs are frequently only e lit photos of everything!) shown walking through a crime scen e by their flashlights. Granted, this ups th listic. “creepiness factor,” but it’s hardly rea e “The only time we’d be doing that is if we’r d. mon Red in a place without power,” chuckles Lt. ly ly, if e, on ious all that tim “Sometimes there isn’t power, but obv time was 273 days. You might have waited s you e lights!” item the A on DN s no e wa ther told to be there’s power, we’re going to turn on th ms. een re ite betw Oh, and the biggest difference sent, and then you’d have to submit mo in lar and burg ion You could have a murderer, rapist or crime scene investigating on televis u’re ile yo out there committing more crimes wh the real world? and o days ge tw vera ow a we n lab, this With ing. A homicide is never completely worked wait a been s It’ to determine if there’s DNA on an item. solved in one hour. here, and ems ng it eeni s scr ith u elp w us h endo trem FDLE.” it speeds up the time for analysis with the
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Explaining The Evidence
As of early August, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office was in possession of 64,200 pieces of evidence. Lt. David Redmond says, on average, 2,000 pieces of evidence come in every month. Except in the case of murder, sexual offenses and items that contain DNA, evidence is kept until the statute of limitations on that particular crime is up. Once items are no longer needed, the MCSO has several ways of clearing the evidence out of storage. Depending on the item, it may be returned to the rightful owner, destroyed, donated to a non-profit organization or converted for agency use. “Our number one goal is to return property to the rightful owner,” says Lt. Redmond. “Of course, there are some items that don’t get returned. Obviously, we don’t return drug items. Those get destroyed.” Drugs are destroyed by incineration, and the destruction must be witnessed by three people in the agency.
At the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Forensics Unit is made up of four different areas: » Property & Evidence: Every piece of evidence—from guns to clothing—is identified, labeled with its own unique bar code and safely stored. » DNA Screening Lab: There’s only one other lab like it in Central Florida. This lab allows technicians to determine whether there is DNA on an item, greatly reducing the amount of time needed for analysis at FDLE in Jacksonville. » Latent Exam Section: Fingerprint evidence is routinely used to identify those involved with a crime. Fingerprint powder adheres to the oils left behind on the surface and technicians use tape to “lift” the prints from an object and place it on a white background card for analysis, turning latent (invisible) prints into patent (visible) fingerprints. » Crime Scene Investigation: All the technology in the world can’t replace the training and common sense of technicians who work the scene. In addition to methodically processing the crime scene and collecting evidence, they write up detailed reports and may be called upon to testify as expert witnesses if a criminal case goes to trial.
Burglary (residential) Carjacking
2nd/felony » 3 years
1st/felony » 4 years
2nd/misdemeanor » 1 year
1st/misdemeanor » 2 years
3rd/felony » 3 years
1st/felony » 4 years
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ccording to traditional Chinese medicine, our life force—qi or chi (both pronounced chee)—travels through our body via pathways known as meridians. When this life force is blocked, we develop discomfort or even disease. For 5,000 years, Eastern medicine practitioners have used acupuncture and acupressure to unblock qi. Of course, there are some of us who aren’t particularly fond of needles, making acupuncture unappealing. But the good news is that you can still derive many of the same benefits from acupressure, which doesn’t use needles. Instead, depending on a patient’s specific condition, a practitioner uses his hands to press acupoints along meridian REGULAR MERIDIANS pathways in the body. The degree and duration of the applied pressure Lung (LU) varies depending on the condition. Spleen (SP) The goal is to balance body energy Pericardium (PC) with additional benefits of increased Liver (LR) circulation, reduced muscle tension Heart (HT) and deep relaxation. Acupressure/acupuncture can Kidney (KI) be used to address conditions such Large Intestine (LI) as headaches, chronic fatigue, Stomach (ST) fibromyalgia, neck problems, Triple Energizer (TE)/ night sweats, colds, flu and Triple Heater (TH) chronic muscular pain. And
long before anyone ever knew what Botox was, the Chinese were using acupressure/acupuncture as a beauty treatment to tone facial muscles and connective tissues—the end result being to lessen the appearance of wrinkles! Various studies into the effectiveness of acupressure for tension headaches suggest that applying pressure to certain points causes the brain to release endorphins, which act as natural painkillers. “Acupressure is very effective in restoring the body’s energy flow,” says Robert Sherlock, an Ocalabased licensed acupuncture physician and doctor of Eastern medicine. “For those uncomfortable with needles, acupressure is a viable alternative to acupuncture. Acupressure is also a good way to help people become accustomed to the sensations of body work, and sometimes, they are then willing to try acupuncture.” Sherlock points out that traditional Chinese medicine, whether acupressure or acupuncture, is “very individualized and addresses the whole person, not just one part of the body.” Many people come to Sherlock for conditions related to stress, which prompted him to create his Stress Solutions Clinic. Sherlock holds his Stress Solutions Clinic every Thursday from 8-10am and the first visit is free. For more information, contact Sherlock at (352) 817-5289 or go to acupuncturebob.com.
Small Intestine (SI) Bladder (BL)
12 20 300 Number of regular meridians or pathways in the body.
Number of major meridians or pathways in the body.
There are more than acupoints in the body. Each is assigned a Chinese name and alphanumeric code. For instance, Hegu (LI4) refers to a specific acupoint on the large intestine meridian.
Shiatsu: JAPANESE FORM OF ACUPRESSURE, WHICH LITERALLY MEANS “FINGER PRESSURE.” Sources: discoveryhealth.com & acupressure.com
within the fi rst year. Also, about 60 percent never regain a normal lifestyle or their pre-fracture level of independence. Th e physicians at Marion Heart Associates evaluate the risk of developing osteoporosis. Th ey perform preventive care with a bone density study and prescribing appropriate medications to prevent osteoporosis.
Dr. Bedi of Marion
Heart Associates discusses the specialty of geriatrics and what elderly patients need to know about their health
What is the beneﬁt of seeing a geriatric specialist rather than a primary care physician?
Jaskaran Bedi, M.D. Board certified in Internal Medicine Board certified in Geriatrics
A Geriatrics Q&A What is a geriatric specialist? Geriatrics is a subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on the health of elderly people. Th ere isn’t a set age at which patients may be under the care of a geriatrician or physician who specializes in the care of elderly people. Rather this decision is determined by the individual patient’s needs and the availability of a specialist. Th e aim of geriatrics is to promote health by preventing, treating and discussing disability in older patients. Th is subspecialty diff ers from standard adult medicine because there is a focus on the unique needs of the elderly person. Th e functional decline of various organ systems can lead to the development of diseases and more complications from mild problems. For example, dehydration can result easily from mild “gastroenteritis.” Also multiple problems may be compounded. A mild fever in an elderly patient may cause
confusion, which can lead to a fall and a fracture of the hip.
What do elderly patients need to consider regarding medication? Elderly patients require specifi c attention to medications. Th ey are specifi cally subjected to polypharmacy, which translates into taking multiple medications at once. Th is can result in severe drug interactions and may cause some adverse health reactions. It is also important to realize that most medications are excreted by the kidney or liver. However kidney or liver functions tend to decline with age. Dosages need to be adjusted as a person ages in order to avoid adverse eff ects.
How are elderly patients diagnosed diﬀerently than middle-aged patients? Disease presentation may be vague and non-specifi c in elderly
people. For example, pneumonia may present as a low-grade fever, dehydration, confusion or a fall, rather than the high fever and cough seen in middle-aged adults. Some elderly people may fi nd it hard to describe their symptoms in words, especially if the disease is causing confusion. Confusion in the elderly can be the result of a minor problem such as constipation or by something as serious as a heart attack. Many of these problems are treatable if the root cause can be discovered.
Osteoporosis is a major health concern among the elderly. What do people need to know to stay healthy? Osteoporosis is the main cause of bone fractures in elderly people. Th e most common fractures are of the spine, hip and wrist. Although these fractures may be followed by full recovery, chronic pain, disability or even death can occur. A patient with a hip fracture has a 10 to 20 percent chance of death within the fi rst year and a 10 percent chance of another osteoporosis-related fracture
Th e team of physicians at Marion Heart Associates focuses on the entire patient. Th at means treating all aspects of his or her physical, mental and emotional health, as well as his or her abilities and resources at hand, not just the isolated medical problem the patient has at the moment. Also, the physicians focus on the functioning state of patients, as there may not always be a cure. Appropriate treatment can help with improving their quality of life. Th e geriatric specialists at Marion Heart Associates allow the patient to have a two-in-one physician—primary care and geriatrics. Th is leads to excellent comprehensive care with best-case scenario outcomes. Marion Heart Associates, P.A. Main Oﬃce 1805 SE Lake Weir Avenue, Ocala (352) 867-9600 TimberRidge Oﬃce 9410 SW Hwy 200, Ste. 403, Ocala Hospital privileges at: Munroe Regional Medical Center, West Marion Hospital, Ocala Regional Medical Center marionheartassociates.com provides plenty of information about the various medical conditions treated at the facility. Scan here to go directly to Dr. Bedi’s Facebook page.
Train Like Rocky—Sort Of O
K, there’s no meat locker or museum steps to find out if you have the eye of the tiger, but Ocala-based professional boxer Danny Santiago has a knockout workout for us Rockywannabes. At his CENTRAL FLORIDA BOXING GYM, Santiago offers Box-Aerobics classes that just might have you saying, “Yo, Adrian!” “The motto at my gym is that you don’t have to be a boxer to train like one,” says Santiago, who fights professionally as a light heavyweight. “Box-Aerobics is a great overall workout for men and women that promotes health and weight loss, teaches you self-defense and increases your confidence.” Santiago became a certified Box-Aerobics instructor five years ago while living in South Florida. Seeing the response and results there, he knew he wanted to include the program when he established his Central Florida Boxing Gym in Ocala three years ago. “One of the things that people really like about Box-Aerobics, besides the fact that it will get you into great shape,” says Santiago, “is that the workout is different every day. It doesn’t get stale, and people don’t get bored with it. They’re challenged by every workout.” Santiago says that 80 percent of his clients who take Box-Aerobics classes are women with 75 percent over the age of 40. But he also notes that he has many male clients who “love the classes, too, because they’re such a challenging workout.” Santiago’s clients come from all walks of life “from blue collar to white collar,” and he adds first-timers are “usually pleasantly surprised by the gym’s family-friendly atmosphere.” Box-Aerobics, complemented by music to motivate and inspire, incorporates four sections in an hour-long workout. Here’s a sample workout, but keep in mind that no two workouts are the same from day to day.
This can include jump roping, jumping jacks, various calisthenics and maybe even a quick outdoor run.
This is where you actually don a pair of boxing gloves and punch away at a heavy bag. Mix in some kick boxing and you’re sure to work off the stresses of your day! Santiago designs routines that last as long as a song, with about six songs per session.
You’re going to be oh so ready for this gentle stretching and cool down period. But bet you’ll be smiling when you leave the gym, too!
Haven’t had enough? Get ready for a core/ ab workout that could include medicine balls, crunches, pushups and hand weights.
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o you habitually clench your jaw or grind your teeth, particularly while sleeping? If the answer is yes, you may have a war going on in your mouth between your jaw muscles and your teeth! Officially called bruxism, this clenching and grinding can lead to a bigger problem—temporomandibular joint syndrome, commonly known as TMJ.
MILLION Number of people in the U.S. affected by TMJ syndrome at any one time.
The temporomandibular joint is located on each side of your head and in front of your ears, where the lower jawbone meets the skull. Proper alignment is what allows us to talk, chew and yawn. When the TMJ becomes aggravated and/or misaligned, either by bruxism or a jaw injury, there are consequences. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome include headaches, ear congestion or ringing, facial pain, tingling fingers, damaged teeth and even insomnia. “TMJ is a chronic degenerative disease that usually takes years to develop,” says Dr. Tina Chandra, an Ocala-based neuromuscular dentist. “There are many causes, but most trace back to an abnormal bite for a myriad reasons. What essentially is happening is that there is a painful imbalance between your teeth and jaw muscles. This causes discomfort, and your brain tries to correct it. So you end up clenching and grinding in an effort to find some balance. But this only causes more problems.” Chandra notes that “some people have stronger teeth and others have stronger jaw muscles.” So some end
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BRUXISM CAUSES Anxiety/Stress Misaligned Bite Poor Posture Caffeine Alcohol Dehydration BRUXISM/TMJ SYMPTOMS Sore or painful jaw Earaches Headaches
up with severe Teeth Sensitivity jaw pain while Eating Disorders others have Insomnia damaged teeth, sometimes degrees of both. Many reach the point of not being able to completely open or close their jaw. In some cases, the deterioration of the jaw is so severe that surgery is needed. “My job as a neuromuscular dentist is to restore the harmony between your teeth and your jaw muscles,” says Chandra. “I want to bring peace to the war going on in your mouth.” And, according to Dr. Chandra, the most effective method to do that is with custom-made mouth guards or splints. Many people are able to get relief from night teeth grinding from a soft bite guard, which acts as a cushion between the teeth and jaw. For others with more advanced cases of TMJ, an orthotic mouth splint may be necessary, generally worn 24/7. “People need to know that there are solutions to TMJ,” says Chandra. “They need to seek professional help and shouldn’t suffer needlessly.”
Percentage of children who grind their teeth. Peak times for children to grind their teeth include when baby teeth emerge and when permanent teeth come in. Most children stop teeth grinding after each of these developmental events. Older children may need dental intervention.
Sources: nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus; webmd.com; chandrasmiles.com
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Active, Healthy Lives The professionals at Urology Health Team focus on restoring an active lifestyle for their patients, men and women alike.
cala is a perfectly suited environment to live an active lifestyle all year round. However, many women are held back from enjoying all the activities they would like to The specialty of because of urological female urology has conditions. Th at is grown tremendously where the physicians at the Urology Health over the past decade. Team are making a There is a real need diff erence. And with for a doctor in Ocala the recent addition of Dr. Carole Gordon, who is dedicated in the practice is truly all encompassing. this field. Originally from Waco, —DR. KLIMBERG Texas, Dr. Gordon has been focusing on female urology for over 20 years. “Th e specialty of female urology has grown tremendously over the past decade with the advancement of several new procedures,” says Dr. Ira Klimberg. “Th ere is a real need in Ocala for a doctor who is dedicated in this fi eld.” “Th ere are untreated conditions women live with that we can help,”
says Dr. Gordon. “Most procedures are now performed outpatient and allow the patient to go home that day and return to their regular activities with little recovery time.” Dr. Gordon, who will be seeing patients in both the Ocala and Th e Villages offi ces, explains that post-menopausal women or those who have given birth or who have undergone other types of pelvic surgery are prone to conditions like pelvic organ prolapse, stress incontinence or have bladder trouble leading to urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence symptoms. Th ere can also be a great deal of pelvic pain associated with these conditions, keeping women from enjoying their daily activities. Th e physicians at Urology Health Team are intent on keeping their patients active and healthy and off er a variety of procedures, many of which are performed on-site in their stateof-the-art diagnostic facility. Th ey fi rst work closely with the patient to determine the underlying cause of
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Vitamins D, E & Calcium: How Much Is Just Right? By Michael Roizen, M.D., and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Turned out that while antioxidants like E may fight oxidation damage in the blood, they sometimes cause it inside your cells.
he most-asked question on our TV and radio shows is this: “How much (fill in the blank) should I take?” Lately, that blank is filled in with “vitamin D-3,” “calcium,” “vitamin E” or “selenium.” Or all four. Don’t know what guidelines to swallow? Here’s what we take and why: We don’t take any vitamin D. We take vitamin D-3. As regular readers know, D-3 is the most active form of vitamin D and the kind your body makes naturally when sunlight hits your skin. For decades, D was seen mainly as a wingman for calcium, helping it build bones. But then scientists began announcing one potent power after another: Vitamin D fights cancer! And diabetes, hypertension, multiple sclerosis and more. Low levels trigger obesity in kids! And asthma, digestive woes and pneumonia. The research was good, the findings important. Then it became clear that low D-3 was nearly epidemic. Then came the inevitable aftermath: hypermarketing of megadoses of D-3 (like 10,000 IU a day!) on the Internet. Megadoses of D-3 can wreak havoc on your kidneys and arteries. Should you take D-3? Absolutely. In fact, you almost have to, because it’s tough to get enough from food or even from sunlight hitting your skin. Fact: 60 to 80 percent of folks who live north of an imaginary line running from Atlanta to Los Angeles are short on D in the winter. Those who live south of that line are often D-ficient in the summer, when they stay indoors in the air conditioning. How to get the right amount: Get as much as you can from food. There’s a fair amount in canned tuna, sardines, eggs and D-fortified dairy foods, OJ and cereals. Get your D-3 levels tested if you suspect you’re low. You probably are if you have dark skin, always wear sunscreen and a hat, are obese, live in the North, are elderly or have trouble digesting fats. The blood test can be fluky, so if you get an extreme result (below 50 or above 80), ask your doc to run it again.
If your D-3 levels are OK, cap your total daily intake at 1,000 IU. Make that 1,200 after 60. That includes what you get from food and a multivitamin. Right now, we both total somewhat more (2,000 IU), because we tested a little low and need extra to get our levels up. We aim for 1,200 mg of calcium a day. But we get half of it from food. Here’s the challenge with calcium: It’s kind of easy to get too much, and that can hurt your kidneys, including causing painful kidney stones. Ouch. (A recent report claimed that calcium pills don’t help bones and might hurt your heart, but the study had big flaws. We’re not buying that data yet.) Get as much as you can from food. Calcium abounds in dairy products, spinach, canned salmon and sardines. There’s also some in broccoli and kale. Get the rest from a supplement. Buy a combo form with 400-500 mg of magnesium—it keeps calcium from making you constipated—and some D-3 to help absorption. Count this in your D-3 total. Buy calcium citrate. It’s the most easily absorbed. Space out your intake. Your body can absorb only so much calcium at once, so if you have milk and cereal for breakfast, take your calcium later. We don’t take any vitamin E except the 30 IU in our multivitamin (and yours). At one time, E was the king of antioxidants, credited with all types of anti-aging, disease-fighting powers. Then came study after study showing that taking more than 400 IU of E a day actually increased deaths from any cause. Turned out that while antioxidants like E may fight oxidation damage in the blood, they sometimes cause it inside your cells. Worse, we’re now hearing early reports that E encourages certain hormonally driven cancers. So, do not take more than 30 IU. There’s very little E in food (unless you suck down wheat-germ oil), so no worries there. What’s in your multi will cover you. Whew.
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ines Sideines Side My world changed in September 2010 when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Here’s my story. BY MELISSA PETERSON
he story behind my mother’s battle against breast cancer isn’t unique. Walk into any cancer treatment center and you’re likely to find at least 10 women in the waiting room who are there to undergo the same procedure or receive the same treatment. Although my mom shares this experience with hundreds of other women throughout our community, maybe even someone you know, this isn’t just her story, it’s mine as well. And if at least one person finds comfort in a common experience or one woman schedules her long-overdue mammogram, then it’s worth sharing. After all, according to an estimate from the American Cancer Society, there were more than 207,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women during 2010, and more than 230,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2011. My mom can be included among these numbers. She was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in September 2010 and underwent two lumpectomies and radiation therapy. Thankfully, she can also be counted among the 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States today.
Breast cancer affects women—and men, although much less frequently—of all ages and
races. They’re grandmas, aunts, daughters and mothers, both young and old. Before this disease hit so close to home, my idea of who could develop breast cancer was more than slightly naïve. As it turns out, one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime during their life. While the largest percentage of new cases are diagnosed in women over 70, the second largest age group is 40 to 59, and one in 206 women under the age of 39 will develop
Breast cancer is not only my mom’s battle. It’s my battle. It’s my daughter’s battle.
Melissa with daugher, Delaney, and mom, Kay
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breast cancer. There is no age group that is 100 percent protected, no women that should not be educated on the preventative measures necessary. My mom was 52 when she received the diagnosis. Not one to think in terms of preventative medicine, my mom would never have been the spokesperson for getting a yearly mammogram. Rarely making it to the doctor’s office for anything other than an absolute necessity, she was at least a year overdue for her annual scan. Early in the summer of 2010, she began having digestive issues, ultimately leading to the removal of her gallbladder. During this time, she was required to schedule many doctors’ appointments—probably more than she’s been to since giving birth to me. During one of these appointments, her doctor began reviewing other routine medical information and asked when she had her last mammogram. When she gave a nondescript answer, he advised her to do it now, “while she was in the doctor mode.” As I’m sure you have guessed, this mammogram changed everything. After one scan with abnormal results and a second scan that warranted further testing, we had a positive diagnosis. I often think back to where we would be today had she not required gallbladder surgery. I received the phone call from my mom while I was at work. It had been a week or so
since the last mammogram, and although I should have been on pins and needles, I wasn’t expecting the call that particular day. Needing a bit of privacy, I took the call outside. You hear stories about how people tune out the details after they’ve received devastating news. I can attest that this is a spot-on description. It wasn’t until after the call that the emotions came, but in that minute, listening to my mom describe the details of future procedures and appointment dates, I couldn’t get out of my own head. I remember needing to not cry. I wanted to be strong for her. I remember asking a few key questions but not really hearing the answers. I could only think about the worst-case scenario. After the call, I sat outside for a long time. If I didn’t move, I wouldn’t have to process the information I’d just received. I wouldn’t have to talk about it. When I walked back into my office, the look on my face must have told the entire story. A friend asked, “What’s wrong?” And I lost it. I heard myself say, in what would be the first of many times, that my mom had breast cancer. I immediately felt the need to get away. People deal with situations like this in different ways. Many want to be around loved ones. I wanted to be alone, to process the most devastating news I had ever received by myself.
I could have gone home to my husband and my daughter. Instead, I went to the gym. It’s a strange reaction now that I think about it. I knew if I went home my husband would want to comfort me and assure me that everything would be fine. Everything was not fine.
After two lumpectomies that removed not only the tumor but a significant amount of breast tissue surrounding the lump, it was determined that the cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes and chemotherapy wouldn’t be necessary. This was a significant positive in a situation where it was difficult to see anything but the negative. Another bout of good news came regarding the radiation treatment following surgery. She was eligible for MammoSite radiation therapy, which targets a specific area of the breast from the inside, meaning a higher daily dose is given for a shorter period of time. Rather than the normal five to seven weeks, she only needed therapy twice a day for five days. She would need blood work and mammograms every three months for many years and would be on the prescription Tamoxifen for at least five years to hopefully reduce the chance of the cancer returning, but things were starting to look up. The thing I remember most about the journey was the waiting—waiting for that first
I walk in honor of my mom. I walk out of respect for myself. I walk for the future of my daughter.
Looking For Support? There are many support services offered throughout our community. Visit the American Cancer Society (ACS) for wigs, scarves, hats and mastectomy supplies at no cost. The following support groups meet regularly. Reach to Recovery: One-on-one support from specialty trained cancer survivors. Call the ACS at (800) 227-9954. Living in Fear Ends: Support group for patients and families. Meets third Thursday of each month at 6pm at New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church. Call Sister Tara Willis at (352) 622-7877. Look Good, Feel Good: Advice for coping with hair loss and skin changes. Meets third Monday of each month at 10am at the Marion ACS office. Other locations and times available.
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doctor’s appointment after the mammogram that found the tumor, waiting in the hospital lobby while my mom was in surgery, waiting for the results of the lumpectomy, waiting in another lobby while my mom went for radiation and, even now, waiting for the next follow-up appointment and the news that will hopefully let me breath a little easier, even if it’s only for another three months. Caught up in the surgeries and the treatments, it was difficult to look toward the future. I didn’t have a chance to stop and think about the lasting effects, and I certainly hadn’t thought about what my mom’s diagnosis meant for me personally. Or for my 2-year-old daughter, Delaney. My mom had. She knew that her developing breast cancer would increase our risk as well. I felt a sudden urge to make detailed notes of our family’s medical history out of fear that my daughter would need the information in years to come. Breast cancer is not only my mom’s battle. It’s my battle. It’s my daughter’s battle. According to the American Cancer Society, having one first-degree relative (a mother, sister or daughter) with breast cancer doubles a woman’s risk of developing the disease. At my last gynecologist appointment, I was told that my yearly mammograms would begin at age 30—just two years from now.
My mom’s brush with breast cancer has made me more aware of my own health. You can bet I will be at my yearly appointments when my time comes, and I’ll be an advocate for yearly mammograms for the rest of my
friends and family. According to the American Cancer Society, mammography usage has not increased since 2000. In 2008, only 53 percent of women aged 40 and older reported getting a mammogram in the last year. Almost all states have laws requiring insurance companies to reimburse all or part of the costs associated with mammograms, and all women age 40 and older with Medicare can get a mammogram screening each year. The numbers should be higher. Although new to my immediate family, breast cancer has been a part of my life for many years. My aunt (my dad’s sister and my daughter’s namesake) was first diagnosed with breast cancer when I was in elementary school. She’s since battled and survived six cases of various types of cancer. I’ve walked in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event several times, always keeping my aunt in my thoughts. Last year, my mom and I walked in the event less than a month after her lumpectomy. I couldn’t have been prouder of my mom’s success, not everyone is as fortunate. At the end of this month, my mom and I will walk 60 miles over the course of three days as participants in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure event in Tampa. It’s an event that’s about so much more than walking. It’s about surrounding yourself with people who have been impacted in one way or another by this disease. It’s about taking a step to help end breast cancer forever. Why do I walk? I walk in honor of my mom. I walk out of respect for myself. I walk for the future of my daughter.
Road to Recovery: Volunteer drivers transport cancer patients to treatments and appointments. Call the ACS two days in advance at (800) 227-9954. Breast Cancer Support Group: For patients, families and friends. Meets last Tuesday of each month at 1pm at Ocala West United Methodist Church. Call (352) 291-6904. General Cancer Support Group: For patients and families. Meets quarterly at the Ocala Community Cancer Center. Call (352) 291-2495 for topics and dates.
Want To Help? The American Cancer Society is always looking for volunteers to help with special events, speak with others who are battling breast cancer or simply answer phones in the office. Visit cancer.org or call for more information. American Cancer Society Marion County Unit 2201 SE 30th Avenue, Suite 301, Ocala (352) 629-4727 Lake/Sumter Unit 1650 W. Main Street, Suite 3, Leesburg (352) 326-9599 cancer.org (800) ACS-2345
Ocala Health System is “Standing Up to Breast Cancer” in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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Leading the Race Against Breast Cancer. RAO and the American Cancer Society agree - part of early detection includes getting a baseline mammogram between the ages of 35 - 40, when a clear image of your healthy breast tissue can be captured and digitally stored. It can help the radiologist spot subtle changes when compared to future mammograms. You can schedule your baseline screening mammogram at one of our award winning centers with or without a doctor’s referral - just call to make an appointment. At RAO, we know getting a mammogram won’t be your favorite event of the day, but we can make it quick, comfortable and accurate so you can breeze through to things you’d rather do. In the race against breast cancer, we’re in it to win it.
Accreditation … is just the beginning Accreditation is our starting point. It serves as a common denominator above which true excellence develops. Consider accreditation to be just one prerequisite. When applying for medical school, competitive individuals achieve grades approaching straight As. And yet over 2000 applicants with similar prerequisites could be applying for only 100 positions. What makes 100 different, analogous to asking what makes The Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute different? For our radiation treatment center, excellence includes prerequisites … and so much more. Let’s assume that all facilities are accredited. In essence, adequate treatment resources with sufficient sophistication are available to deliver the level of care specified, the number of staff members to administer treatment is in place, and the parameters as to quality control, documentation and safety are met. But let’s take radiation care to a level that each patient truly deserves. In our facility, seven radiation oncology physicians provide over 100 clinical years of combined experience: accreditation only requires one physician, with no defined number of years of experience. At RBOI, eight physicists (three of whom are
PhDs) and eight dosimetrists stand together to plan your treatment with the physician staff. Members are physically present to ensure that quality of care is seamless. Other facilities may have only one physicist or one dosimetrist on staff. Contact between these specialized experts and you may never occur or be allowed. In fact, the physicist or dosimetrist may not be in the building when you are treated. At RBOI, these professionals are in the building and “at your side,” intently monitoring every component of treatment. We don’t just expect a high level of interaction … we demand it as part of our commitment to superior standards of care. If you need radiation as part of your cancer treatment, ask to see the physics staff … before you ever agree to treatment. If they are not readily available in number, perhaps the level of care you’re entitled to receive isn’t available either. Removing this element from the mix doesn’t affect accreditation, but it certainly diminishes the degree of excellence in your treatment. Our care is a symphony of medical expertise. The orchestra should be totally visible. In our practice, a 360 degree open theatre surrounds us … and you become the center of our performance.
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OCALA-BASED PHARMACIST SUZY COHEN IS ON A MISSION. SHE WANTS YOU TO BE AND STAY HEALTHY. And Suzy wants you to watch out for muggers of your health, specifically prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Hence, the name of her latest health book— Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients and Natural Ways to Restore Them. Whew, that’s a long title. But according to Suzy, the vital nutrients depleted by drugs are a big problem. Big enough for her to add it to her keepyou-healthy bucket list. Suzy, who has been a licensed pharmacist for 22 years, began writing her internationally syndicated Dear Pharmacist column in 1999. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine, American College for Advancement in Medicine and the American Association of Anti-Aging Medicine. Her first book, The 24-Hour Pharmacist, was published in 2007 by HarperCollins and later re-issued by Rodale
Books. The latter published Cohen’s Diabetes Without Drugs in 2010 and Drug Muggers this year. Known as “America’s Most Trusted Pharmacist,” Cohen has been featured in many magazine articles, as well as on numerous radio and television programs, including The Dr. Oz Show and The View. She also hosts a medical minute spot on the syndicated TV health show Know the Cause. Ocala Style recently caught up with Cohen to talk about her health mission and get her advice on how not to be a victim of drug muggers.
OS: THE FIRST QUESTION HAS TO BE WHAT’S A DRUG MUGGER AND HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TERM? SC: I define a drug mugger as an over-the-
counter or prescribed medication, food, herb, medical condition or lifestyle choice that is capable of robbing your body’s natural stores of an important vitamin, mineral or hormone. My husband Sam actually came up with the term in a moment of brilliant inspiration. OS: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE DRUG MUGGERS? SC: I began to realize that when a person
started a medication, they soon needed another one to take care of the pesky side effects from the first. When I did some research into this, it dawned on me that the nutrient depletion from medications could cause side effects. I was inspired to educate consumers that putting back what medication stole could help them feel better, and perhaps prevent the need to get on the medication merry-go-round.
OS: WHAT’S THE CONNECTION BETWEEN PRESCRIPTION AND OVER-THE-COUNTER DRUGS’ SIDE EFFECTS AND DRUG MUGGING? SC: Prescription and OTC drugs that cause
side effects do so most often (if not always) via the drug-mugging effect. People have symptoms that are so insidious and that can develop months to years later, they often don’t make the connection. There are hundreds of published articles and studies about nutrient depletion by drugs. The problem is that the information hasn’t been widely disseminated, but this is something very important for people to know for their health.
OS: WHAT’S THE ANSWER TO COUNTERING DRUG-MUGGING EFFECTS? SC: Like any other problem, the first thing
to do is become aware that there may be a drug-induced nutrient depletion happening in your body causing your symptoms. Once you’re aware, you can take a look at all your symptoms, try to determine when they began and then act to restore your nutrient balance. For example, let’s say you’ve developed leg cramps and have been diagnosed with restless leg syndrome. The leg cramps may not really be a result of a disease called restless leg syndrome, but instead a side effect from some drug you’re taking. Leg cramps are associated with over 200 drugs via their drug-mugging effect of CoQ10, which a deficiency of can very well cause cramps, muscle spasms and weakness. So restoring your body’s levels of CoQ10 could possibly cure your leg cramps and the restless leg syndrome disease that you thought you had.
OS: ACCORDING TO THE IMS INSTITUTE FOR HEALTHCARE INFORMATICS, CHOLESTEROLLOWERING STATINS ARE AMONG THE TOPSELLING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. SO USING STATINS AS AN EXAMPLE, WHAT NUTRIENTS DO THEY MUG FROM YOU? SC: Primarily CoQ10 and possibly vitamin D.
CoQ10 is the powerful antioxidant coenzyme Q10, which produces the energy molecule ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Every single cell in your body needs ATP to function! ATP provides cellular energy for blood sugar regulation, muscle contractions, disease prevention, brain health and proper heart function. Statins slow down cholesterol production in the body by blocking an enzyme called HMG-CoA. Unfortunately, this is the exact same pathway where CoQ10 is produced, hence the drug-mugging effect of CoQ10. The higher the statin dose, the higher the depletion of CoQ10. Drug-mugging side effects may include fatigue, weakness, muscle cramps, memory loss, higher risk of cancer, frequent infection, liver damage and heart disease. But statin-induced CoQ10 depletion is completely preventable by supplementing with CoQ10 or ubiquinol, its more active stronger version.
OS: ANOTHER AREA YOU COVER IN THE BOOK IS THE INTERACTION OF DRUGS WITH FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS. STILL STICKING WITH
Common Drug Muggers & The Nutrients They Rob ANTIBIOTICS: B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, iron, beneficial gut bacteria ANTIDEPRESSANTS: Vitamin B6, iodine,
CoQ10, riboflavin ANTI-ANXIETY MEDS: Melatonin ACID BLOCKERS: All nutrients because these drugs alter the pH of the gut BLOOD PRESSURE MEDS: Zinc, magnesium, potassium, calcium, CoQ10, melatonin, vitamin D NSAIDS: Vitamin C, folic acid, iron ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES/HRT: Beneficial
gut flora, magnesium, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin C STATINS: CoQ10, possible vitamin D THYROID MEDS: Iron, calcium Source: Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients and Natural Ways to Restore Them, by Suzy Cohen, RPh; 2011, Rodale Inc.
STATINS, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS TO BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT? SC: Grapefruit and its juice can cause a
spike in statin levels in your body. When the statin level rises, the person may experience severe muscle aches, headache, liver enzyme elevations, liver damage, kidney damage, severe leg cramps, peripheral neuropathy (pins and needles sensations/numbness) and lifethreatening rhabdomyolysis. OS: IS GRAPEFRUIT THE NO. 1 FOOD THAT INTERACTS BADLY WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF DRUGS? IF SO, WHY? HOW ABOUT OTHER CITRUS FRUITS AND POMEGRANATE JUICE? SC: Yes, I think so. Grapefruit contains
an ingredient called naringenin, the bitter chemical that causes you to pucker when you eat or drink grapefruit. The naringenin
$307 Billion: prevents the proper breakdown of some medications, causing blood levels to spike. Some research suggests that pomegranate juice, tangerines and some oranges may have the same effect. And it doesn’t matter what time of day you drink or eat grapefruit or if you separate it hours between medication, the negative interaction remains. OS: BESIDES PRESCRIPTION AND OVERTHE-COUNTER DRUGS, YOU ALSO COVER LIFESTYLE DRUG MUGGERS. WHAT ARE SOME OF THOSE? SC: Wine is a drug-mugger of thiamine
(vitamin B1). Coffee is a drug-mugger of iron. Fat-blocker diet drugs can deplete vitamins A, D, E and K. Medical conditions such as pancreatic insufficiency, gallbladder disease, IBS, Crohn’s disease, gluten-intolerance or
Amount Americans spent on prescription drugs in 2010.
Celiac disease can inhibit the absorption of nutrients from the intestines. This makes it very important to supplement with high-quality nutrients through food and supplements. OS: THROUGHOUT YOUR BOOK, YOU RECOMMEND A NUTRIENT SECURITY SYSTEM DEPENDING ON WHAT MEDICATIONS A PERSON IS TAKING. WHAT IS THE BASIC NUTRIENT SECURITY SYSTEM THAT YOU RECOMMEND? SC: I recommend Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics
because they restore your own gut flora fingerprint and don’t just dump a million
bacteria into your body that might cause adverse reactions. I also recommend NutrexHawaii spirulina, a blue-green ocean algae superfood because it has the highest nutritional content of any other brand on the market. OS: WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING AND/OR RESTORING THE VITAL NUTRIENTS WE NEED, WHAT’S BEST—FOOD, SUPPLEMENTS OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH? SC: Food is best, supplements next. In my
book, I have “Put This On Your Plate” and then follow up with “What’s In My Cupboard” sections. Eat fresh, living organic fruits and vegetables to get your nutrients. Juicing is wonderful, too. With supplements, do your research. You want to buy from reputable companies that produce high-quality products. Look for pure and unadulterated formulas that are free of artificial colors, sweeteners, fillers, preservatives and other unnecessary ingredients. OS: UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN WE ALL HAVE TO TAKE DRUGS. SO WHAT’S YOUR BEST ADVICE ABOUT TAKING MEDICATIONS AND THEIR DRUG-MUGGING EFFECTS ON OUR HEALTH? SC: If you’re taking a medication and develop
side effects, track them on a calendar so you can see if they began after you started taking the drug. Then look up the drug and see what nutrients it depletes. If this matches with your symptoms, then you will know how to restore the nutrients. But, of course, always check with your doctor before taking any supplements with your drugs. As I said before, it’s all about being responsible for your health. And the best way to do that is to be aware and knowledgeable.
1. Lipitor (cholesterol-lowering statin drug) - $7.2 Billion 2. Nexium (antacid drug) - $6.3 Billion 3. Plavix (blood thinner) - $6.1 Billion 4. Advair (asthma inhaler) - $4.7 Billion 5. Abilify (antipsychotic) - $4.6 Billion Source: 2010 Statistics/IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics
Editor’s Note: Suzy Cohen, a self-described “nerdy pharmacist who likes to write, share information and eat chocolate,” is not a medical doctor. She urges her readers to discuss every aspect of their personal health with their physicians. It is not Cohen’s intention to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease; her statements and the information in her books have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration.
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IPAD THE INSTITUTE OF CARDIOVASCULAR EXCELLENCE TAKES ON PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE (PAD)
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PAD101 PERIPHERAL ARTERY DISEASE (PAD) AFFECTS ONE IN 20 AMERICANS OVER THE AGE OF 50. LEFT UNTREATED, IT CAN LEAD TO DISABILITY AND DEATH. PROPERLY TREATED, YOU CAN ENJOY LIFE TO ITS FULLEST! Do you suffer leg pain when you walk? Does leg pain or cramping wake you from sleep? You may have PAD. PAD occurs when cholesterol and other fats (plaque) build up on the walls of arteries restricting blood flow to limbs or certain organs. PAD usually affects the legs, although it can also affect the arms, kidneys, stomach and head. When it is present in the arteries supplying blood to the legs, it can cause pain during physical activity, usually in the calf of the leg. What makes PAD so dangerous is the fact that it doesn’t always have such painful symptoms or symptoms occur only after the disease has progressed to an advanced state. Also, even when such painful symptoms are present, many people simply attribute them to aging, overexertion or other causes and neglect to see their physician. Symptoms may include: pain, fatigue or cramping in the leg muscles during physical exertion
that leaves while resting; waking with pain in the legs or feet; leg or foot sores that won’t heal; pale or blue skin on the legs or feet; lower body temperature in one leg; and poor nail or hair growth on the affected limb. PAD is indicative of further cardiovascular disease and means you are at risk for heart attack or stroke. Plaque buildup in the legs or arms indicates further buildup in the arteries supplying blood to the heart and the brain. In treating PAD, the doctors at the Institute of Cardiovascular Excellence may ask you to make certain lifestyle changes, they may prescribe medication or it may require a special medical procedure to open up the arteries to restore blood flow. Treatment is a two-pronged attack: managing symptoms and then making the changes necessary to stop the buildup of plaque in the arteries (atherosclerosis). Many times, just a few simple changes such as stopping smoking,
getting adequate exercise and eating healthy foods may be all it takes to overcome PAD. But if it has reached the stage where medical intervention is necessary, the physicians at ICE are there to help diagnose and treat PAD before it poses a serious or life-threatening problem. Medication may include drugs to lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots, lower blood sugar and ease painful symptoms. When these steps fail to treat PAD, ICE physicians are expertly qualified to treat the disease using angioplasty to press plaque against artery walls or stenting, inserting a small mesh cylinder in the artery to hold the walls open thereby restoring blood flow. Detection and treatment of PAD can keep you in circulation for years to come.
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LAWRENCE A. POWERS In June 2010, I was having pain in my right leg when I walked. I was referred to Dr. Qamar, a cardiologist. He ordered an angiogram. The test showed I needed three stents, and over the next two months, he put the stents in and everything was fine. In June 2011, the pain returned, this time in both legs. Once again, Dr. Qamar ordered another angiogram. The test results from the lab showed I needed another stent in each leg, and these procedures were scheduled for October and November 2011. I immediately called Dr. Qamar¹s office for an appointment with Marty Potrawski, MSN, ARNP, because I could not walk more than 50 feet without experiencing severe pain. He assured me he would contact Dr. Qamar to see what could be done. With Marty’s help and Dr. Qamar’s intervention, I was able to have both stent procedures done within a month.
“Thanks to their help, I am now pain free and enjoying my lifestyle once again.” —Lawrence A. Powers, Summerfield, FL
// fast facts //
» 8 TO 12 MILLION Americans are affected by PAD. » 20 PERCENT OF AMERICANS OVER 50 years of age have the disease. » ONLY 25 PERCENT of persons with PAD are undergoing treatment. » Although leg pain is the most common symptom: ONLY 10 PERCENT experience leg pain. 40 PERCENT have no pain or overt symptoms. 50 PERCENT have varying symptoms other than leg pain. » Most amputations are performed due to PAD. » African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans have a higher risk of developing this disease. » If you have PAD, then you also have underlying atherosclerosis and have 4 to 5 times the risk of dying from cardiovascular problems. » High blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and lack of physical activity greatly increase your risk of developing PAD. Source: Peripheral Artery Disease: www.heartvascular.net/peripheralarterial-disease.htm (Accessed Aug. 2, 2011)
LABWORK When a referring doctor or one of the ICE physicians suspect a patient may have PAD based on symptoms they are exhibiting, they are sent to the cath lab for tests to rule out the disease. A thin catheter is inserted into an artery (usually the femoral artery of the leg) and dye is injected to determine the extent of the blockage. If the physician determines the artery is indeed blocked, then either angioplasty or stenting is performed to open the occluded vessel. The results can be miraculous! HERE ARE SOME ICE SUCCESS STORIES… A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.
Michael McElroy, RCIS
“My patient is 68 years old with a past history of smoking. She presented with left leg pain. The blockage in the left leg artery was treated with a stent after atherectomy.”
Dana Hostetler, RCIS
“My 57-year-old male patient presented with a severe blockage in the left leg artery. He is now enjoying fishing with his grandson.”
Sara Dunnam, CVT
“My 72-year-old retired executive male patient presented with right leg fatigue on jogging. He just ran a half marathon without any problems.”
DR. ASAD QAMAR
Dr. Asad Qamar has practiced in Ocala for 12 years, forming many wonderful relationships and helping patients enjoy a higher quality of life. He prides himself on combining the newest technologies, advanced expertise and personalized attention patients demand and deserve. As a testament to his passion for helping people, Dr. Qamar sees and treats uninsured and Medicaid patients. A graduate of King Edward Medical University in Pakistan, he completed both his residency and fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. He is board certified in interventional cardiology and rated a five-star doctor by HealthGrades®, one of the country’s leading health care rating organizations.
“Many times in the course of treating patients for cardiovascular disease, we find they have symptoms of PAD. We can then diagnose and treat them right here in our facility so they can quickly get back to enjoying their normal activities.” — Dr. Asad Qamar
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hat fair would be complete without a little popcorn and sweets? Well, with this clever recipe, you can combine the two. These popcorn cupcakes are perfect for birthday parties, too. Need more? Turn to page 86 for more fair-inspired fare!
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popped kernel. Vary the number of pieces you stick together so not every kernel looks the same. 2. Stick the “popped” marshmallows in the icing and work your way around the cupcake, adding more marshmallows to fill the top. 3. Once all the marshmallows are placed, take your mini paintbrush and one of the dusting powders and sporadically and sparingly dust it onto the marshmallows. It looks more like a kernel if you put the darker color deep into the area that formed the kernel. Use the lighter yellow to dust the edges of the popcorn to create the look of melted butter. 4. Refrigerate until ready
Love carnival food? Who doesn’t! If you just can’t get enough of the festival fare, here are some easy-to-follow recipes that bring the family fun right to your dining room table.
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Sensational Seasoned Fries 2 ½ pounds russet potatoes, peeled 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon garlic salt 1 teaspoon onion salt 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon paprika ½ cup water, or as needed 1 cup vegetable oil for frying 1. Slice potatoes into desired thickness, and place in water so they don’t brown. 2. Heat oil over medium heat. 3. Sift the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and add enough water to create a batter-like consistency. 4. Dip the potatoes in the batter to coat, and place one at a time in the oil so they don’t stick together. 5. Fry until golden brown, and drain on a paper towel.
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apples (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped tablespoons milk wooden craft sticks
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Tip: Add a bit of cayenne pepper, red pepper or chili powder for a zippier snack.
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Flavors of Florida’s Fall As summer’s sweltering heat begins to fade and appetites begin to beg for more than chilled fruits, salads and frozen treats, the start of a whole new season of eating begins. Before the more decadent holiday foods become your diet staple, have some fun at the upcoming food festivals around the state. Along with the many carnivals and fairs in our own backyard, check out these events that celebrate some of Florida’s favorite flavors. Through Nov. 13 Oct. 1 Oct. 14-15 Oct. 15-16 Oct. 20-23 Oct. 22 Nov. 4 Nov. 4-5 Nov. 5 Nov. 5-6 Nov. 11-13 Nov. 12-13
Epcot Food & Wine Festival, Lake Buena Vista 22nd Annual Central Florida Peanut Festival, Williston Latin Food and Wine Festival, Orlando 42nd Cedar Key Seafood Festival, Cedar Key Cooters 17th Annual Crab Fest, Clearwater Beach VegFest, Orlando Downtown Oyster Roast, Apalachicola Florida Seafood Festival, Apalachicola Northeast Florida Veg Fest, Jacksonville Ruskin Seafood Festival, Ruskin Hudson Seafest, Hudson Homosassa Arts, Crafts & Seafood Festival, Homosassa
Apples to Apples We all know “an apple a day keeps We all know the doctor away, ” which derives from the doctor “eat an apple on going to bed, and “eat an apple you’ll keep the doctor from earning his you’ll keep the bread,” but are these adages truthful? but are these Apples are rich in fiber, support strong bones Apples are rich in and a healthy brain, boost immunity and reduce and a healthy brain, boost the risk of cancers, heart disease, diabetes, asthma the risk of cancers, heart and even Alzheimer’s. Although the sunshine state is a climate nightmare for this miracle fruit, autumn without apples is a travesty. October October is National Month after all, which is why we’re listing Apple Month familiar supermarket varieties you can bite into.
RED DELICIOUS: An intense crimson color with a tough skin and a mild taste GOLDEN DELICIOUS: Golden-green, sweet, good for cooking GALA: Mostly red when ripe, softer than other varieties, used to make juice FUJI: Yellow-green and pink-speckled, crisp and juicy BRAEBURN: Red-orange on yellowgreen, sharp sweet flavor, good for cooking GRANNY SMITH: Green all over, tart in flavor, good for cooking Sources: health.howstuffworks.com, edis.ifas.ufl.edu, orangepippin.com
Tommy’s Country Market & BBQ closed the doors on its Ocala Forest location (the old Roger’s BBQ) in early August, but owner Tommy Phillips has channeled even more energy into his original location on U.S. 441. In addition to breakfast and lunch, Tommy’s BBQ is now open for dinner most evenings. For now, the restaurant is open until 8pm for dinner Wednesday through Saturday but may also start opening on Monday and Tuesday evenings. In addition to the regular lunch menu items, dinner features new options such as shrimp carbonara, prime rib, lobster and changing all-you-can-eat specials. The dinner menu starts at 4pm, and the restaurant is closed on Sundays. 2065 NW 4th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 732-7759
Blakely House Café has added a few new items to the menu. Among the newest is Tally’s Salad, a side dish featuring bowtie noodles, spinach, tomato, cucumber and feta cheese, tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette. Resident chef and cupcake baker extraordinaire Kandi Alder is constantly coming up with new cupcake flavors. Recent additions include “Apple Noon Delight,” an apple-flavored cupcake with cinnamon, caramel and cheesecake flavoring topped with buttercream icing. Another new addition is the “Berry White,” a raspberry cupcake with white chocolate buttercream frosting crowned with a sprinkling of white chocolate chips. The café is open for lunch from 11am until 2pm Monday through Saturday. 103 SE Tuscawilla Avenue, Ocala (352) 867-0577 / blakelyhouse.com
Mother Earth Market is welcoming the cooler weather with some new dishes, including their popular cranberry rice pilaf-stuffed acorn squash. “A lot of customers tell me they’ve been coming here for years and never knew we had a deli,” says Gregg Bleam, deli manager. The deli caters to customers seeking vegan and gluten-free items, but the variety of dishes appeals to any appetite. In addition to a number of hot entrées, there is a soup bar featuring several soups (at least one is vegan), a salad bar and a variety of pasta and main dish salads. There are also ready-made wraps, sandwiches and salads in the cold case. Dine in or take out. 1917 East Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, (352) 351-5224 / earthoriginsmarket.com
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.
Mesa de Notte 2436 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala / (352) 732-4737 / mesadenotte.com Mon–Fri 11a-10p Sat & Sun 3p-10p Chef Jose Moreno says “Benvenuti a Mesa de Notte ” (Welcome to Table of the Night) an Italiano vero, fi ne dining experience you won’t forget. Traditional Italian cuisine, as well as unique specialty dishes, are all served with gourmet pasta made in-house at Mesa de Notte. Mesa de Notte uses only the freshest ingredients, including fresh seafood and vegetables, hand-cut steaks, veal, duck and more. Complete your meal with one of 13 delicious sauces, all rooted in Italy, such as livernese, puttanesca, frances, pomodoro, bolognaise, pesto, vodka, piccata, oil and garlic. Enjoy a glass of “vino” from over 80 international fi ne wines, many served by the glass, or maybe a nice bottle of cold beer. Come enjoy!
Happy hour daily 3–7pm. Takeout and catering available. Additional parking in the rear. Reservations recommended.
Cup O’ the Irish 3233 SE Maricamp Road in the Maricamp Square Plaza, Ocala / (352) 694-0245 Visit us on Facebook Mon-Thu 6a-9p / Fri 6a-11p / Sat 8a-11p / Sun 8a-9p Enjoy the delicious fl avors of Ireland without even leaving Ocala. At Cup O’ the Irish, the espresso coff ee drinks and specialty drinks will treat your palate with the likes of Irish stout latte, the Irishman, the Nutty Irishman, Irish cream cocktails, Irish coff ee and Irish cream immersion, just to name a few. And, don’t forget about our fi ne Irish draughts that you can enjoy while watching English Premier League soccer, the Rugby World Cup or NFL football on the tele. Choose from Guinness draught, Harp, Smithwick’s, Half & Half, plus many more blends of Irish cheer. Oh yes, we also have gourmet items from our kitchen to snack on with your favorite beverage.
Whether you stop by or drive thru, enjoy Irish treats such as bangers, shepherd’s pie, quiche, soups and an authentic Irish breakfast dish.
JAM: Can Can be made of crushed or chopped fruit. be made Can also be a purée of fruit or have a soft pulp, but Can also be a purée of does not contain chunks of fruit. Ex. strawberry jam does not contain chunks JELLY: A clear sweetened and gelled fruit juice. JELLY: A clear sweetened Generally contains no fruit pieces and holds its Generally contains no shape. Spreadable despite its firmness. Ex. grape jelly shape. Spreadable despite
Any Way You Spread It
ams and jellies get you in a jumble? What’s up with marmalades and fruit butters? And is there a difference between preserves and conserves? Discovering a forgotten jar in the kitchen’s pantry is like spotting a UFO hovering over your backyard. This little guide will make you a brave little toaster.
PRESERVE: Not smooth like jam or jelly. Large or whole pieces of fruit are suspended in a syrupy base. Ex. raspberry preserve CONSERVE: Often a mixture of more than one fruit with raisins and nuts added to it. A thickly stewed preserve is sometimes referred to as a conserve. Ex. mincemeat conserve MARMALADE: Usually a citrus-based spread that contains pieces of the rind, giving it a slightly bitter taste. Ex. orange marmalade FRUIT BUTTER: A fruit purée or pulp. Doesn’t contain any butter yet has a smooth, soft consistency. Ex. apple butter Source: thenibble.com
A Windowsill Garden One of the main problems with food today is that many of your favorite dishes are prepared with astronomical amounts of salt and other flavor enhancers. Preparing your own meals at home is many times a healthier option. Instead of buying packaged mixes that contain additives, preservatives and a sodium count off the charts, try something more natural: herbs. At-home herb gardens are easy to maintain and perfect for someone without the space to grow a full garden, and, thankfully, in Florida, they can be grown year-round simply in a sunny spot near a window. A sample culinary herb garden may look something like this: HERB USE ON Parsley
HERB USE ON
An extremely versatile herb, parsley can be used as a garnish on any dish! Mix with bulgur, fresh veggies and olive oil for a delicious MiddleEastern salad! A great additive to turkey stuffing, roasted chicken dishes or stews!
Rosemary A sprig of this herb works best on pork, steak or grilled veggies. Thyme
Add a pinch of thyme to potato and pasta salads to bring it up a notch.
This parsley look-alike is used in many Mexican, Caribbean and Asian-inspired dishes.
Works great to liven up sauces, including pesto.
This cooling herb is great in dips and seasons fish dishes to perfection.
This smallest species of edible onion works best when shredded on potato dishes or in soups.
Other potential herb gardens you may want to try at home are herbal tea gardens, including lemon balm, catnip, rosemary, peppermint, chamomile, lavender and lemon grass, or as cold and flu season approaches, perhaps try out a medicinal herb garden, including echinacea, angelica, St. Johns wort, feverfew and astragalus.
Toscani’s Deli and Pizzeria opened opened April 1 in Mulberry in Mulberry Grove Plaza in The Villages. Villages. “We’ve been overwhelmingly well overwhelmingly well received,” says owner Claire Toscani, a fourth generation Italian from Italian from Queens, New York, who moved to The The Villages in late 2010. Having owned and operated a restaurant in New York, she was eager to do the same in her new hometown. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Toscani’s Deli and Pizzeria offers made-from-scratch Italian specialties in a casual, cozy deli setting, with dine in or take out available. Popular items include at least nine varieties of homemade, fresh sausage made without preservatives, freshly prepared salads and antipasto dishes, baked pasta entrees, homemade soups, cold pasta salads and many specialty pies—pizza, that is. Open Monday through Saturday from 11am until 9pm and on Sunday from noon until 8pm. Mulberry Grove Plaza 8760 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages (352) 693-2237
Piccadilly Cafeteria in Ocala closed in mid-August, marking the end of an era for many patrons, as well as food service workers, some of whom had worked there for many years. The restaurant opened in 1998. “When it comes to our team members and guests, closing a Piccadilly Restaurant is the last option that we consider,” company officials said in a written statement. “Unfortunately, the current economic downturn has forced us to make the difficult decision to close this particular restaurant. We would like to thank our customers for their business and years of patronage,” wrote Frank Frantom, Piccadilly’s regional manager. The first Piccadilly Cafeteria opened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1944. Since then, Piccadily has expanded into 15 states with 115 restaurants. In 1996, the company took over Morrison’s Cafeterias, which had been a major competitor. piccadilly.com
Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch & Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Servin’ USDA Prime and Choice Steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ ribs, chops, fresh fi sh, burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday – Buy One, Get One Free Fajitas and Th ursday, Steak Night with $12.98 steak specials! Daily 2-4-1 Happy Hour 11am-7pm, Early Bird Specials till 6pm Mon. thru Sat. Sunday – aft er church specials starting at $8.99 with dessert. Check out our new and exciting menu items! Ask about our “Cruise Nights.”
Locations also in Gainesville and The Villages in Lake Sumter Landing. Takeout Service Available. Back for a limited time - 14 oz. Chef Select NY Strip Steak for $13.98, includes: choice of side, Cody’s Bottomless Salad & sweet yeast rolls.
Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / OcalaThai.com Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30a-2:30p / Dinner Mon-Thu 5p-9p / Fri & Sat 5p-10p / Sun closed for Summer months Crossing the threshold at Ayuttaya is like stepping into a diff erent world, far from the bustling activity of nearby SR 200. Serving authentic Th ai cuisine in an impeccable environment was the mission of owners Paul and Sherry Chanavorachai. Judging by a constantly busy dining room, it appears they have succeeded. Featuring a variety of vegetable, seafood and meat dishes that can be prepared using either traditional spices or milder variations (takeout included), every meal at Ayuttaya is like traveling to new and exotic places without ever having to leave Ocala. Forget your passport at home and decide for yourself.
Authentic Thai cuisine. Takeout available. Ten years and going strong... thanks all!
Fiore’s Café 119 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 789-6980 Summer Hours: Closed Mon / Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu 4p-9p / Fri & Sat 4p-10p Happy Hour 4p-6p Sun-Thu Come join Fiore’s this month to celebrate their 1st anniversary in the new location. Look for delicious new specials from the many regions in Italy. All of their dishes are prepared with the fi nest, freshest ingredients. Try their extended tapas menu, along with a bottle of fi ne wine with your dinner. You can also friend request them on Facebook to receive up-to-date information on their specials and events.
Fiore’s Cafe - Home of the 18” Pizza and so much more! Experience the expanded wine collection and takeout menu. Happy Hour - 2 for 1’s and $5 appetizers. Email questions or reservations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Ocala Ale House 305 SE 17th Street, Ocala / (352) 620-8989 / millersalehouse.com Daily 11a-2a Check out the Ale House website and join the Raving Fans Club to receive exclusive discounts and promotions, win prizes and receive updates. Join today and you’ll be entered to win free Zingers for a year!
Great food in a great atmosphere. We have it all, and with football season now in full swing, you can bet that Ocala Ale House is the place to be. Bring your appetite and start with their world-famous Zingers. Th ese boneless chicken wings can be accompanied by one of nine diff erent, tasty sauces and are the perfect start to any meal. With a menu that’s far too expansive to list, take note of their daily food and drink specials, both for lunch and dinner! Th ursday night is ladies night from 9pm-2am and Wednesday night features an unforgettable night of trivia between 9pm-12am. Not enough? How about $1 draft s and $1 drink specials all day, every day! Check out millersalehouse.com for all the details.
My Mochi Frozen Yogurt 2611 SW 19th Ave. Road (By Regal Cinemas), Ocala / (352) 671-1556 Open 7 Days a Week, Noon-Midnight Caution: Mochi frozen yogurt is addictive and may cause extreme cravings!
Mochi frozen yogurt is causing a craze here in Ocala! Did you know yogurt is one of the healthiest foods in the world? Not only healthy and delicious, Mochi frozen yogurt is also 100% natural, nonfat, low calorie, cholesterol free and contains eight times more live and active cultures than normal yogurt. Indulge in Taro, Coconilla, Lychee and more! Top off your swirly creation with cereals, nuts, candies and fresh fruit cut daily! Scan here with your smartphone for a direct link to our Facebook page.
Darrell’s Dog Gone Good Diner 3375 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5632 Open Seven Days a Week, 6a-3p End your meal with a slice of homemade cake and you’ll see why Darrell’s Diner is so Dog Gone Good!
Th is Ocala gem serves up delicious breakfast and lunch meals in a small, cozy ambiance that leaves you feeling satisfi ed. Start your day with homemade biscuits and sausage gravy or a unique omelet that is the fl uffi est in town. Lunches can’t be beat with the “dog gone” best burger in Ocala or a homestyle meal, such as meatloaf or smothered pork chops made fresh daily. Scan here with your smartphone to view our specials
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 Experience the unique and unforgettable taste of Bamboo Bistro in Th e Villages! Off ering Asian dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam and Th ailand 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 entreés and noodle dishes are available as well. A variety of Asian beers and the extensive wine list will complement any meal.
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.
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 fi nd Caribbean fl are 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 the MO-BAY Chicken, slow cooked with a blend of Caribbean jerk seasonings. We’re also known for our selection of seafood entrees, including fi sh, shrimp and scallops. Also, try the gator, served as an appetizer or entrée. Kick n’ Back off ers a relaxing, casual, laidback atmosphere.
At Kick n’ Back Café, “It’s all good!” On East Highway 40, Downtown Lynne, FL. Now Serving Breakfast.
Chili’s Grill & Bar Several convenient locations throughout our area / chilis.com Sun-Thu 11a-11p / Fri & Sat 11a-Midnight (lounge open till 2a, at I-75 location only) Happy Hour All Day Everyday From freshly prepared salads to mouth-watering burgers, Chili’s kicks up the fl avor with food that’s anything but ordinary. Smokey, sweet and savory ribs are now slowsmoked over pecan wood and impossible to resist. Enjoy the fl avor without the guilt thanks to dishes under 750 calories. Party Platters create the perfect event at Chili’s.
Happy Hour is all day every day with 2-for-1 drinks. New lunch break. Forget the old—go for the bold. $6 lunch combos!
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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.
Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston, this family-owned establishment is a pleasure to visit. Th e 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 Th ursday, Friday and Saturday evenings only. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu.
Super Buffet Pine Plaza / 620 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 369-9937 Sun-Thu 11a-9:30p / Fri & Sat 11a-10:30p Voted in the Top 100 out of over 43,000 Chinese restaurants in the United States by Chinese Restaurant News.
Finding the right place to dine is a nightmare. Wanting sushi, pizza, seafood, salad or Chinese food? Th ere are loads of books and guides that will lead you to various places. But there is one place that carries all of these items. Th at place is Super Buff et. With more than 300 items on its buff et, the consumer can choose from a hot, delicious food bar or a cold fresh fruit and dessert bar. Th e buff et off ers generous portions, which explains the name “super,” so you can be sure to leave full and satisfi ed. Super Buff et is located in Pine Plaza by the Ocala Police Department. If you like to eat, come in and enjoy the buff et!
Cuvée Wine & Bistro 2237 SW 19th Ave Rd, Ste. 102, Ocala / (352) 351-1816 / cuveewineocala.com Mon-Thu 4p-10p / Fri & Sat 4p-2a / Happy Hour 4p-7p & 11p-1a Call for Reservations. Private Parties and Off-Premise Catering Available.
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.
Crossroads Country Kitchen 7947 W Highway 40, Ocala / (352) 237-1250 Mon-Thu 6a-8p / Fri-Sat 6a-9p / Sun 7a-3p Located west on Highway 40 in Ocala, the Crossroads Country Kitchen is a must for anyone craving down-home, country cooking. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, menu items range from homestyle chicken & dumplings to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fi sh fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfi sh. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.
Located at the Crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite.
El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 E. Silver Springs Blvd: 7 Days 11a-10p / SR 200 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 Th ursdays, $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 Th ursdays, $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.
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD
Grace Sushi 8075 SW Highway 200, Suite 117, Ocala / (352) 291-9303 Mon-Thu 10:30a -10p / Fri- Sat 10:30a-11p / Sun 11a-10p Yearning for the Japanese cuisine of New York City? Grace Sushi’s Japanese hibachi and sushi bar serves guests the delicious cuisine you’d expect from the big city right here in Ocala. From an edamame or sashimi appetizer to the steak and chicken hibachi or bento box dinner from our full dinner menu, each dish is fresh, fl avorful and fl awlessly presented. Try a regular or hand roll—salmon, tuna, spicy, California, avocado and shrimp tempura are just a few of the menu selections—or one of the specialty rolls like the King Crab or Salmon Special. With miso soup, Spicy Kani Salad, Yaki Udon and an endless selection of a la carte sushi/sashimi items, there’s something for every palate at Grace Sushi.
Any 2 rolls for $7.95 - lunch only.
SKY Asian Fusion 3600 SW 38th Ave. / Located on the 6th floor of the Holiday Inn & Suites (352) 291-0000 / ocalasky.com / Lunch / Mon-Fri 11:30a-2p / Dinner Mon-Thu 5p-10p Dinner Fri-Sat 5p-11p / Sunday Brunch 11a-2:30p On Sundays, feast on a full brunch with all of your traditional favorites.
Escape to a realm of Asian-inspired cuisine at Sky Asian Fusion. Th is fi ne-dining experience in a casual atmosphere overlooks the beautiful city of Ocala. Th e menu off ers the exotic tastes of China, Japan, Th ailand and Korea with dishes such as Th ai Curry Duck and Szechuan Shrimp. Th ere are even some with an American twist, such as the Kobe Burger and Citrus Scallops. Enjoy a full bar, succulent appetizers and decadent desserts with your meal.
Tilted Kilt 3155 E. Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-Midnight / Fri-Sat 11a-12a / Sun 11a-11p Other favorites include such entrees as the Sausage Artichoke Fettuccini, Danny Boy’s Shepherd’s Pie and lasagna.
Have you heard the buzz around town about Ocala’s newest restaurant and sports bar? Everything at Tilted Kilt, from the delicious pub-style food to the friendly costumed staff , is exciting and fun! Th e menu features an array of satisfying options, whether you just want to snack or feel like having a full meal. Nachos, cheeseburger sliders, quesadillas and salads join over half a dozen hearty burgers, such as the Black & Bleu, Th e French Connection (lots of melted Swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms and onions) and the BBQ Bacon. Other favorites include Maggie Mae’s Fish & Chips, Kilt Burner Wings, Chicken Tenders, the Ultimate Club Wrap and the Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap.
Tommy’s Country BBQ 2065 Northwest Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 732-7759 / (352) 732-7491 fax firstname.lastname@example.org Mon-Tues 6a-4p / Wed-Sat 6a-8p / Closed Sundays Tommy’s specializes in the best prime rib in Ocala. Give them a try and you’re certain to feel the difference.
With the dream of cooking the home-cooked foods he loved as a child, especially BBQ favorites, Tommy started his restaurant business 12 years ago. As a professional in the food industry his entire adult life, Tommy was no stranger to the kitchen. Tommy’s Country BBQ features a comfortable, homey atmosphere that encourages friends and family to come together to eat. Prices range from $3.99-$6 for breakfast and $6-$9 for lunch. Wednesdays through Saturdays, dinner meals range from $6-$20.
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ne of only five LEGOLAND PARKS in the world is set to open in Winter Haven, Florida, on October 15. This life-size Lego village is a one-of-a-kind interactive theme park dedicated to families with children ages 2-12. Aside from more than 50 rides, guests can take a factory tour and see how these colorful blocks are made, visit the 4-D theater, build and test drive their own Lego cars and let their imaginations run wild at several imagination stations. For the youngsters, a visit to Lego City is a must. And of course you have to visit the largest Lego store in Florida to bring home your souvenirs! Visit florida.legoland.com or call (877) 350-LEGO for details and ticket information.
The annual ONE OCALA ONE AMERICA WEEK takes place this year beginning on Oct. 2. This week-long celebration of racial harmony and cultural awareness consists of several free events.
OCT. 5, 7pm
OCT. 6, 6pm
OCT. 7, 7:30pm
OCT. 8, 1-8pm
CELEBRATION IN MUSIC AND DANCE
KIDS INVOLVED IN DIVERSITY SOCIAL
OCALA CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Marion Technical Institute
E.D. Croskey Center
Boogie Ooogie Ooogie 28 Oct
Get ready to dance the night away at the 5th annual BOOGIE BALL AND COSTUME CONTEST presented by 92Q 92.9 FM. The party band Paradise along with Black Tie and Blue Jeans will keep the party going well into the night at the Hilton Ocala. Come decked out in your most creative costume for a chance to win $500. The party starts at 7pm. wmfq.fm or
October Prom? Was the prom everything you wanted it to be? If not, come to the Elks Club dressed in your favorite prom or evening gown for a chance to relive the night of your life. The Zonta Club of Ocala presents the MOM PROM, A LADIES NIGHT OUT FOR CHARITY to benefit the Marion County Domestic Violence Center and the PACE Center for Girls. There will be live music, a cash bar, silent auction, 50/50 drawing, great food and more! Tickets are $25. pacecenter.org/marion or (352) 369-0571.
hiltonocala.com or (352) 854-4010.
Gettin’ Chili Out
It’s that time of year again. Time to lay off the ice cream and chow down on warm comfort foods. Make your way to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion for the 30th annual MARION COUNTY CHILI COOK-OFF to benefit the Cornerstone School. Teams are forming now for this family-friendly event, complete with entertainment, vendors and great activities. The event begins at 9am vendors and great activities. The event and ends when the chili is gone! and ends when marioncountychilicookoff.org or (352) 895-1648.
APPLETON MUSEUM OF ART EXHIBIT OPENINGS (ONGOING) Tradition/ Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Art and Traditional Craft, featuring the works of 30 master craftspeople and traditional artists from the South, along with Painted Poetry: Landscapes of Jackie Schindehette, featuring 35 paintings by the artist that capture the natural beauty of Florida, will both be unveiled on Oct. 1. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. FALL ACTIVITES AT THE DISCOVERY CENTER (THROUGH OCTOBER) The Discovery Center hosts a variety of activites for children of all ages. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. LIBRARY PROGRAMS (THROUGH OCTOBER) The Marion County Library will host a variety of programs for children of all ages. marioncountyfl.org/library or (352) 368-4508. LASTING IMPRESSIONS: A PRINTMAKER COLLECTS (THROUGH OCTOBER 29) CF’s Webber Center hosts this exhibit providing insight as to how one artist gathered the artwork with which he surrounds himself. Assistant Professor of Visual Art Tyrus Clutter will also host a lecture entitled Developing an Art Collection: My Personal Perspective on Oct. 4 at 6:15 and a printmaking workshop on Oct. 15 from 10am-2pm. Free to public. tyrusclutter.com or (352) 873-5809. CTAE STUDENT MASSAGE CLINIC (THROUGH NOV. 21) CTAE will offer 50-minute massages from its student participating in the student massage clinic. (352) 671-7204. FALL FESTIVAL (OCT. 1) St. Theresa Church in Belleview will host their fall festival from 8am-2pm. (352) 245-2458. ABBEY HORSE FESTIVAL (OCT. 1-2) This event will take place at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Gates open at 9am, and tickets are $10. abbeyhorsefestival.com or (352) 347-1615. GM CAR SHOW (OCT. 1) This event will take place at Silver Springs. Free registration for the first 500 preregistered cars. silversprings.com or (352) 236-1732.
CHATTING WITH AMY
Multi-platinum recording artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith bring their popular “2 Friends Tour” to Florida in late October. Amy took time from her hectic schedule to talk to Ocala Style about the tour, which generated sold-out shows from California to New York last spring. INTERVIEW BY MARY ANN DESANTIS.
JUDAH FEST (OCT. 1) This free event at Tuscawilla Park includes a fish fry, games and entertainment. ocalafl.org or (352) 264-9920. ACOUSTIC GUITARIST (OCT. 1) Acoustic Guitarist John Lawler will perform at the Brick City Center for the Arts. Doors open at 7:30pm, performance begins at 8pm. mcaocala.com or (352) 369-1500. RACING AT OCALA SPEEDWAY (OCT. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) Gates open at 4:30pm, and racing starts at 7pm. ocalaspeedway.com or (352) 622-9400. OCALA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S BACK TO BAROQUE (OCT. 2) The Appleton Museum of Art will host this SoundArt series performance in the auditorium at 3pm. Tickets are $15. ocalasymphony.com or (352) 351-1606. INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES (OCT. 4, 18) The Reader will be presented on Oct. 4 and Mao’s Last Dancer on Oct. 18. Films will air at 2pm at the Appleton Museum and at 7pm at CF. cf.edu or (352) 854-2322 ext. 1233. BALLROOM DANCE PARTY (OCT. 12, 26) Dancin’ Around Studio will host two social dance parties. Parties are free for currently enrolled students and $12 for guests. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. LUCY BEEBE TOBIAS BOOK SIGNING (OCT. 7, 23) Lucy Beebe Tobias, author of Florida Gardens
You met gospel singer Michael W. Smith 30 years ago, and he was on your first major tour in 1982. How is touring together now different from those early years? I feel totally comfortable. I love singing with him, and I’m never wary about going where he wants to go creatively or spiritually. Michael is so good hearted and open. It feels as familiar as extended family because he knows me and my whole family. Apart from our work, we’ve gone through many seasons together, and that’s a wonderful feeling.
You’ve both had very successful solo careers. How did the “2 Friends Tour” come about? It was kind of a fluke. Our promoter just happened to book us on the same night in an outdoor amphitheatre in Detroit in the summer of 2010. The concert was so enjoyable that we literally took our calendars back to the dressing room and said, ’OK, when are you free?’ And then we started the tour last February. It was very serendipitous.
You have an amazing number of tour dates this year, including an upcoming tour with your husband, singer Vince Gill. How do you personally keep from feeling overwhelmed by all the travel and commitments? I think it helps to realize that work and different projects have cycles and patterns. You know an end is in sight. And I really enjoy what I do. I’m extremely busy touring this fall, but I’ll be home in January and will be working in our home studio. When I’m home, I look for opportunities to be with our youngest daughter Corrina. In fact, just last night, she and I
camped out in our driveway after I arrived home from Salt Lake City. We took sleeping bags and were together all night in that little space, which gave us time to talk and listen to music. The older we get, the things we took for granted earlier in life are so much more precious… like taking a long walk or a bike ride. All those things seem to be more fun the older we get.
In your book Mosaic, you write about your childhood summers in Florida. What other connections to Florida do you have? I have great memories of my parent’s condo on Lido Beach near Sarasota. I cannot count all the hours I spent searching for seashells. My parents sold that place years ago, but one of my daughters is in college in the St. Pete area, so I get down there a couple of times a year.
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HOWL-O-SCREAM, BUSCH GARDENS, TAMPA This year’s theme, “The Dark Side of the Gardens: The Zombies Live Here,” features six haunted houses. howloscream.com or
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HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR, SEA WORLD, ORLANDO Features trick-or-treating and a live Sesame Street show. Come dressed up and ready to show off your costume! seaworldparks.com or (800) 327-2424
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THELOCALSCENE Gone Wild, will be signing copies at Primary Oven from 5:30-8:30pm on Oct. 7 and at Chelsea Coffee Company from 12-4pm on Oct. 23. lucytobias. com or (352) 816-1251. DINING IN THE DARK (OCT. 7) The Florida Center for the Blind will host this fundraiser at the Hilton Ocala from 6-10pm. Ticket prices vary. flblind.org or (352) 873-4700. FULL MOON FESTIVAL (OCT. 7-9) This concert event in High Springs brings artists together for three days of jamming. Prices vary. Farmtofamilymusic.com or (386) 462-1701. MARION COUNTY HEART WALK (OCT. 8) Support the American Heart Association with a 3-mile walk at the Baseline Trailhead. marionheartwalk.kintera.org or (800) 257-6941 ext. 8018. OCALA SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES (OCT. 8) Experience the sights and sounds of Scottish and Irish culture at Silver Springs. The event begins at 10am, and tickets are $15 and free for children under 12. silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121. HORIZON OF HOPE LUNCHEON (OCT. 8) Held at the Rainbow Springs Golf and Country Club in Dunellon, this event will feature a fashion show and designer handbag auction. Tickets are $25. (352) 489-1660.
STAYIN’ ALIVE 5K (OCT. 8) MRMC presents the Stayin’ Alive 5K at the Baseline Road Trailhead to benefit the American Heart Association. ocalarunnersclub.com BRIDAL SHOW (OCT. 9) The Cherished Bride will host a bridal show from 12-4pm at the Grand Oaks Resort. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 390-6801. GUEST SPEAKER BILL BELLEVILLE (OCT. 9) Bill Belleville will discuss his latest book Salvaging The Real Florida. The program is free and will be held at 2pm in Room C of library headquarters. friendsoftheocalalibrary.org or (352) 368-4591. HYMN FESTIVAL (OCT. 9) The Ocala chapter of the American Guild of Organists will perform a series of hymns at First United Methodist Church at 3pm. Admission is free. (352) 537-0207 or (352) 622-3244. CELEBRATION OF HISPANIC DAY (OCT. 9) A day full of delicious foods and crafts celebrating the Hispanic community in Marion County will take place at the Blessed Trinity football field from 11am-5pm. blessedtrinity.org or (352) 629-8092. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP (OCT. 10) This workshop at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will teach participants how to create photographic composition and Continued on page 104
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FUN WITH FLOWERS CLASS (OCT. 20) The Pioneer Garden Club will host a flower arrangement class. Class is $15 and includes supplies. Please register early. (352) 236-4448 or (352) 236-1879.
QUILT SHOW AND SALE (OCT. 21-23) The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park will host the 23rd annual quilt show and sale. $4. floridastateparks.org or (877) 635-3655. THE JOHNNY MELLOW SHOW (OCT. 22) Have A Heart For Companion Animals Inc. presents this event at Silver Springs Shores Community Center. Ticket prices vary. A spaghetti dinner will also be available. haveaheart.us or (352) 687-1776. BRING THE BOOK OCALA (OCT. 22) This non-denominational program strives to return our nation’s attention back to the Bible. 3-5pm at the Marion Technical Institute. bringthebookocala.com or (352) 694-2454. RATS AND RODS WITH BIG DADDY CAR SHOW (OCT. 22) The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing is hosting this day-long car show. Parking is $3. $20 for show cars. (352) 236-5607 or (352) 875-5100. AIM FOR LIBERTY (OCT. 22) A skeet and trap shoot will be held at Robinson Ranch in Dunellon from 9am. Tickets are $75 for participants and $35 for nonparticipants. (352) 812-4490.
12 STEP CHRISTIAN MINISTRY BANQUET (OCT. 15) The Christian 12 Step Ministry is holding their 8th annual benefit “Celebrate a Miracle” at the Ocala Hilton. Tickets are $50 and include hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment and keynote speakers. christian12step.org or (352) 732-0877.
GRACE SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT (OCT. 21) Grace School hosts a golf tournament at the Country Club of Ocala. graceschoolocala.org or (352) 387-3090 for details.
IN HONOR OF EXCELLENCE (OCT. 27) The Hilton Ocala will host this event to help the March of Dimes honor Frank DeLuca at the 15th annual In Honor of Excellence Award Dinner. marchofdimes.com/florida or (352) 629-7555.
MARION SADDLE CLUB HORSE SHOW (OCT. 15) The 53rd annual Marion Saddle Club Show Series continues this month at the Ocala Equine Complex. The competition begins at 8am. marionsaddleclub.com or (352) 207-0060.
FANTASY IN FLIGHT RECEPTION (OCT. 21) Artful Gifts Galley will host the Fanatasy in Flight exhibit, which features the work of several local artists. A reception will be held at the gallery from 5pm-7:30pm. mcaocala.com or (352) 237-3747.
38TH ANNUAL CHAMBER GOLF CLASSIC (OCT. 28) The Ocala Marion County Chamber of Commerce host this annual golf classic at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club. The hole-in-one prize is a 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Check-in begins at 11am with a
1pm shotgun start. ocalacc.com or (352) 629-8051 ext. 106. MINI MONSTER BOO BASH (OCT. 28) This free event for children 13 and under is sponsored by the Discovery Center and will be held at Tuscawilla Park, featuring games, activities, hay rides and a haunted village. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. 16TH ANNUAL ROSE SHOW AND FESTIVAL (OCT. 29) The Marion County Rose Society will host this event at the Marion County Agricultural Center from 1-5pm. Free. marioncountyroses.org or (352) 341-0564. MIDWEST CHEER AND DANCE COMPETITION (OCT. 29) Silver Springs will host this event from 10am-5pm. silversprings.com or (352) 236-2121. HALLOWEEN HOP (OCT. 29) Act IV, a fundraising group supporting the Ocala Civic Theatre, hosts an evening of food, dancing and a costume contest at Our Lady of The Springs Hall from 7-10pm. $10. (352) 629-8859 or (352) 236-0197. GREENWAY HIKE (OCT. 29) An easy and informative 3.5-mile hike will take place at the Land Bridge Trailhead at 8:30am. Limited to 10 people. floridatrail.org or (352) 347-5716 or (352) 236- 7143. RUN 4 SHADY 4-MILE RUN (OCT. 29) The Shady Greenway Conservation Alliance presents this 4-mile run and a 1-mile walk. shadygreenway.com or (352) 817-0180 for details. CONCERT PIANIST (OCT. 30) Concert Pianist Leslie Hammes will perform a recital celebrating the birthday of Franz Liszt at the First United Methodist Church at 3pm. (352) 537-0207 or (352) 622-3244.
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Nobody knows German like the Schnitzel Factory. Stop in on Oct. 1, 22 and 29 for live entertainment as well as authentic schnitzels and the well as authentic best wursts! Speten Lagar and Spaten best wursts! Oktoberfest and Weihenstephan are Oktoberfest all featured this month as well as all featured many other great German beers and many other wines. Make reservations early wines. because the Oktoberfest evebecause nings are selling out quickly! nings theschnitzelfactory.com or (352) 433-2300.
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Horse and Hounds
There’s a battle of the Oktoberfests happening at Horse and Hounds Restaurant. Oktoberfest is all about traditional German culture, cuisine and, of course, beer! Yuengling Brewery is distributing their own Oktoberfest brew this month, and Horse and Hounds is one of the select locations carrying this tasty ale. Come out to see how it stacks up against the everpopular Sam Adams Oktoberfest brew. horseandhoundsrestaurant.com or (352) 690-6100 or (352) 620-2500.
Appleton After Hours
The popular After Hours event at the Appleton Museum returns this month with an Oktoberfest theme. Gather in the beautiful Appleton courtyard as it’s transformed into the streets of Munich. Alpine Express will perform live Bavarian music, and a delicious sampling of hors d’oeuvres from Horse and Hounds Restaurant will be served. Admission is free for members and $8 for nonmembers. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455.
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Make your way to Circle Square Commons on October 1 for live Polka, Bavarian and dance music by DJ Bavarian Oscar and Karen Hall. Bring your appetite for a great selection of traditional German cuisine and beverages. There will also be festival games, a Maypole dance, lots of vendors and more. You’ll even get to check out some authentic lederhosen as local German American clubs perform a flag presentation. The event runs from 4-9pm and admission is free. circlesquarecommons.com or (352) 854-3670.
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n a warm June evening in Nashville in 2009, Wynonna Judd wrapped up her set to astounding applause. Following Wynonna’s performance, in an event that must have seemed magical to the thousands of Judds fans in attendance, Wynonna’s mother, Naomi, joined her on stage for the first time in years. “We sang ‘Love Can Build A Bridge,’ says Wynonna, “and the audience was singing it back to us. It almost knocked me over. I have to admit, we left the stage and I felt like I was 3 feet off the ground. Talk about a collective group hug. I knew it would be a remarkable reunion moment, but the reaction from the crowd wasn’t expected. It was then that I realized that our music was still relevant to people’s lives.” Sitting in her kitchen several days later, Wynonna called her manager and said “maybe we should celebrate this journey.” “The idea was well received,” says Wynonna, “so we took a chance and put it all back together.” The Judds’ Last Encore Tour, a celebration of more than two
decades of country music hits, will make a scheduled stop in Weirsdale on October 15. The concert, taking place at the equine-inspired Grand Oaks Resort, will benefit the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, a not-forprofit organization that provides philanthropic support for Leesburg Regional Medical Center and The Villages Health System.
Fourteen number one hits, more than 60 industry awards and a music career that has spanned more than 20 years. “As a professional, it’s been remarkable to celebrate this 25-year history,” says Wynonna. Reuniting on stage night after night with her mom is an experience Wynonna has a hard time putting into words. “To look out and see four generations in the audience singing the same words we sang in 1984… sometimes I go offstage and just say wow. It’s like trying to take a drink out of a firehose or like having a wedding and reception every day. And The Last Encore Tour is an absolute must for any “Juddhead.” “The Judds are absolutely interactive and do a lot of audience participation,” says Naomi. “It makes it fun for the audience. And if you know anything about us, you know that you’ll never
know what were going to be doing. That keeps everything pretty urgent.” Wynonna agrees with a laugh. “I never know what my mom is likely to do,” she says. “It’s a combination of everything you can imagine. Moments when it’s a bit edgy, and there’s some mother-daughter moments. Ten minutes later we’ll cry because we’re singing something emotional.” With a laugh, Wynonna adds that sometimes the audience gets more than they bargained for. “You’ll get a lot of stories,” she says. “I’m 46 and run my own corporation and my mom introduces me like this: ‘Ladies and gentleman, my daughter, the little girl who used to hide her peas in her milk.’ and then takes off stage. I can’t tell you from one day to the next what she might say and do. It makes the tour very interesting. She’s not like all the other mothers, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” From an early age, Wynonna recalls her mother encouraging her and her siblings to be contributing members to the community. “The most important gift we can give anybody is kindness,” says Naomi. “I think we’re here to grow and love and be of service.” So it’s no wonder that the duo wholeheartedly agreed to the benefit
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concert to support the Alliance Healthcare Foundation. “It was an absolute yes,” Naomi says. “Fundraising events such as this concert and those we have planned for the future are essential for the progress and growth of our hospitals and the services we provide,” said Ted Williams, Central Florida Health Alliance Vice President/Alliance Healthcare Foundation in a press release. “With the challenges of operating a successful contemporary health care organization, the need for broad gift support from our friends in the community is greater than ever before. “Our mission is to enhance the quality of health care in the communities we serve by securing financial support and enlisting people to make a commitment to our hospitals as their primary hospitals of choice,” added Williams. “We are committed to building community awareness through leadership and donor engagement.” Funds raised through the foundation’s efforts are used for new equipment, research projects, construction and subsidizing care for those who cannot afford it. “Our overall goal is to help our hospitals provide the highest-quality health services possible to our patients,” said Williams. And those health services range from open heart procedures to neurosurgery to total joint replacement. The foundation is also planning to renovate and expand the pediatric services offered at Leesburg Regional Medical Center. “Caring for our littlest patients takes a big commitment,” said Williams. “As a result of aging facilities, the need for enhanced and expanded services and technology has taken on a new urgency. The Grand Oaks festival featuring The Judds is a wonderful way to help support these endeavors.”
With dozens of much-loved songs, any
good Judds fan can immediately rattle off the names of hit after hit. Their new music is already following suit to become beloved classics with the release of their first single in a decade, “I Will Stand By
You.” Guests to The Last Encore Tour will be treated to a little bit of both—old and new alike, not to mention a selection of Wynonna’s biggest hits, including “Tell Me Why” and “Only Love.” With a musical styling that’s hard to pinpoint, The Judds have gone down in history as the best-selling duo in country music history to date. Their music, which combines elements of bluegrass, traditional country harmony singing and Appalachian folk with pop and rock, has transcended generations. And one of mother and daughter’s greatest joys is sharing their music with their fans. For Naomi, The Last Encore Tour is a chance to celebrate the relationship between The Judds and their fans one last time. “There is nothing like music and laughter to connect people,” she says. “How I’ve missed that encounter with the very ones who’ve allowed us that awesome privilege!” It’s also a celebration of a legendary relationship between a daughter and her mother. “This tour gives me a chance to enjoy where my mom and I are in our relationship,” says Wynonna. “I look forward to celebrating our personal and professional journey... together.”
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Tickets are $35 lawn seating, $60 guaranteed general admission seating and $125 VIP preferred seating. All major credit cards are accepted. To purchase tickets, visit thegrandoaks.com, call (352) 750-5500 or visit ticketmaster.com Gates open at 10am and The Judds are scheduled to appear at 3pm. Admission to the festival will include The Judds and other entertainment and events, including opening acts Rob Nichols, Norman Lee, The Calhouns and Donna Moore.
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