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Features Wild, Wild West p30 A Western vacation doesn’t get any better than Colorado’s Drowsy Water Ranch. BY CYNTHIA MCFARLAND On The COver


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Whether you’re looking for a new local band to check out this weekend or hitting the road for a rockin’ festival, Ocala Style’s first-ever music issue has something to spark a musical note in everyone. BY MACKENSIE GIBSON, CYNTHIA MCFARLAND & MELISSA PETERSON Cover photo © luiggi33 / Shutterstock.com. Photo illustration by Jason Fugate

7 How Tos For Kitchen Success p44 While we all like to envision ourselves as masters of our kitchens, sometimes, the easiest culinary techniques leave us scratching our heads. So, to ease your worries, we’ve compiled a list of seven how tos in the kitchen for you to utilize this month that will impress your dinner guests—and maybe even yourself. BY BONNIE KRETCHIK

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Gut Check p58 There’s no time like the present to think about getting your colon checked. After all, March is Colorectal Awareness Month. You never know what you might find—or help prevent. BY MICHAEL CANDELARIA

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Ocala Style Magazine, March 2013. Published monthly by Ocala Publications Inc., 1007 E. Fort King Street, Ocala, FL 34471. (352) 732-0073. All contents copyright 2012 by Ocala Publications Inc. All rights reserved. Nothing may be reprinted in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. For back issues or advertising information, call (352) 732-0073. Return postage must accompany all unsolicited manuscripts and artwork if they are to be returned. Manuscripts are welcomed, but no responsibility can be assumed for unsolicited materials. “Promotional” and “Promotional Feature” denote a paid advertising feature. Publisher is not responsible for claims and content of advertisements.


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here’s been quite a buzz in the air around the Ocala Style office. The reason? A year in the making, our latest endeavor is about to become a reality with next month’s launch of Marion Healthy Living Magazine, Marion a monthly publication dedicated to motivating Healthy Living our community to will focus on wellness. The best the four core part? Our heartfelt and topics of body, informative content will be drawn from input and mind, spirit and advice from an expert finance. team of local medical doctors and health professionals in addition to our professional advisory board. This way, we can give our readers the best, most pertinent information available. After months of careful planning and brainstorming, we think we’ve got it right. We hope you’ll agree. Marion Healthy Living, a sister publication to the Healthy Living brand of magazines, will focus on the four core topics of body, mind, spirit and finance. To make the magazine very reader

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Justin B. Turner has joined his father, Leslie C. Turner, Jr., as a partner in the CPA firm Turner & Turner, P.A. As a third generation Ocalan, Justin is also a third generation accountant following the lead established by his grandfather in 1953 when the elder Turner founded the firm of Turner, Green & Norman here in Ocala.

friendly, we’ve divided those topics among the following four sections. Healthy Beat will focus on the news, trends and people that shape Marion County’s health community. Healthy Dose will feature all things medical. From insight and advice to solutions and remedies, this section will help keep you and your family healthy and active. Whether it’s in the form of nutritious recipes, expert fitness advice or the latest beauty trends, Healthy Body will cover it all. Finally, our Healthy Balance section will contain articles and guidance on everything from financial management to maintaining a healthy mind and spirit. As we continue to put the finishing touches on our first issue, we hope you’re as excited to see the finished product as we are. Stay tuned!

Justin earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in 2003, and his Master of Accountancy degree in 2004 from the University of North Florida. In 2005, he was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Florida. Justin serves on the Grace Episcopal Church Audit Committee, the Arnett House Board of Directors (Treasurer), the United Way Income Council (Chairman), and is a member of the Metropolitan Rotary Club. Justin and his wife, Lindsey, have two children and enjoy fishing as a family out of Bonita Fishing Club, Inglis, FL. 1759 NE Jacksonville Rd. Ocala, Florida 34470 352-622-2271

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f you haven’t been to Silver SpringS recently (or ever for that matter), then thiS may be your laSt chance. aS of october 1, Silver SpringS adventure park will become one of florida’S State parkS. along with 171 other State-run parkS, trailS and hiStoric SiteS, Silver SpringS will undergo a tranSformation and reStoration to itS more natural State. before the final tranSition takeS place, the park will be up and running with a variety of concertS taking place. Stop in for a Safari ride, grab an ice cream cone and take one laSt look at the park aS we’ve known it over the paSt decadeS.

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CallINg all CItIzeNs The City of Ocala is accepting applications for the 2013 CitizenS aCaDemy. The academy is a free, exciting, seven-week program that will touch upon virtually every facet of city government. When the course is completed, participants will have a comprehensive view of the City of Ocala’s departments and how they operate. The program will include a number of hands-on activities, panel discussions and equipment demonstrations. “The Citizens Academy is a great way for people in our community to get a behind-the-scenes look at how their city operates,” said Matt Brower, Ocala city manager. “I encourage anyone who is looking to learn more about Ocala in a unique and exciting way to sign up.” Applications can be downloaded at citizensacademy.ocalafl.org or picked up in the City Manager’s Office, located on the second floor of City Hall. March 15 is the deadline to apply, and sessions begin April 4 and last until May 16. If you have further questions, please contact Pamela Calero, public communication coordinator, at (352) 401-3978 or pcalero@ocalafl.org.


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Caulking windows, sealing door jambs and installing energy-efficient lights in your home can save hundreds of dollars on your utility bill. oCala utilitieS ServiCeS sponsors an annual “Weatherization Project” designed to show residents just how to do that. This year, OUS weatherized two homes for $175. Candidates for the program are recommended by Devereux Kids based on the requirements provided by the utility department. A team visited each residence to make assessments on what the home required. The most immediate and noticeable impact to the homeowners was insulating the attics. OUS offers a speakers’ bureau on topics such as stretching energy dollars, water conservation and curbside recycling. Also, with warmer months on the horizon, residents are encouraged to visit ocalafl.org/lowermybill to find helpful and simple tips on conserving power and saving money. If you would like more information on the program , please contact Jean at (325) 351-6608.


session, where staff and downtown stakeholders unveiled several projects and events in store for 2013. In an effort to help promote Ocala’s downtown as a regional destination and also increase parking, the city is creating a brand-new venue space on the north side of SR 40. The “Gaslight District” will boast almost double the parking compared to what’s currently there. Additionally,

Gaslight will be another spot to host downtown events. Speaking of events, Fine Arts Festival for Ocala (FAFO) is moving back to its original downtown home! Hooray for big things and positive change. For a complete recap of the information session, visit feeldowntownocala.com. That’s your one-stop shop for all things happening in downtown Ocala. Don’t miss out on the next quarterly CBD Information Session on April 25 from 5:30-7pm at the Insomniac Theater.

eNotIfy keeps you INformed! Stay up to date with everything Ocala by subscribing to enotify, an electronic notification system that sends an email alert any time there is an update to the categories to which you are subscribed. Recently, due to all the buzz going on downtown, a downtown news option has been added. This category will send important updates on upcoming art walks, concerts and events. The icon to subscribe is located on the home page of the City of Ocala website ocalafl.org.


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extent of the problem, as the owner told me she presently has 75 cats and simply cannot keep up with all of them. Seventy-five cats! Bob Barker certainly would not approve. The court system also has numerous criminal cases so… and someone is going to involving animals. This list leave the courthouse unhappy. includes game violations such As a dog owner myself, some as taking an undersized game of the most interesting cases fish, unlawful possession of a I have heard concerned man’s gopher tortoise and—my personal best friend. Several years ago, I favorite—attempting to take a presided over a trial where the deer at night with a gun and a issue concerned whether a light (which has a ring to it if you certain dog was a Schnauzer sing it). These cases carry stiff or a Schnoodle. After two penalties, including fines, court days of testimony from costs, forfeiture of firearms, loss several witnesses including of hunting/fishing privileges and American Kennel Club possibly jail. The ultimate goal is experts, I learned more to protect Florida’s wildlife and to than I ever wanted to know punish those who cannot play by about the breeding industry. the rules. I was fascinated (or maybe Animal issues are present “faschinated”)! in cases concerning family law, contract aS a dog owner mySelf, Some of the disputes, criminal moSt intereSting caSeS i have heard law, etc. Judges concerned man’S beSt friend. must play the role of shepherd and supervise these cases and help Not every animal case bring them to a resolution. Taking concerns merely one animal. away a person’s animal is never an Sometimes, we are forced to deal easy task. But, when a bird owner with a herd, pack, school, etc. fails to follow the law, they risk of animals. Several years ago, I losing their “Parrot-ental” rights. awarded the county possession of 123 horses and miniature ponies seized from the owner’s property due to neglect and severe malnourishment. Just recently, I had a case where an owner received a citation from animal control for failing to keep her cat on her property. At the hearing, I learned the Judge Steven G. Rogers has served as a Marion County judge for the past seven years and currently serves as a circuit court judge. He lives in Ocala with his wife, three children and an extremely spoiled Australian Shepherd.


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Any way you look at it, selecting a paint scheme for your home can be a challenge, especially if, like many of us, you weren’t blessed with a natural artistic eye. To help with this all-to-common dilemma, we’ve consulted Color Expert Jackie Jordan, with Sherwin-Williams, to share her insight into color selection, the latest trends and 2013’s color of the year.

Honed Vitality Midnight Mystery

High Voltage

Where to start If the first colors that pop into your head are pink, blue or white, then listen up. Jackie and her crew spend months spanning the globe for the latest trends in fashion, pop culture and worldwide events to come up with their color forecast. They combine four different palettes consisting of 10 colors each that represent varying moods or feelings. When selecting a color scheme, ask yourself if you are more a “High Voltage” or “Midnight Mystery.”

Before you select that striking shade of chartreuse, Jackie recommends taking a look at the “big-ticket items” in your home that you plan on keeping. Think of things like countertops, large sofas or the shades of wooden floors and plan accordingly.

Williams’ free iPad app Color Snap Studio, where you can upload a photo of your room and literally finger paint the walls any color you’d like. Or, check out Chip It, where you can upload any photo or Web image and Chip It will instantly create a color palette for you to work with. Get the link from sherwin-williams.com or at letschipit.com.

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Don’t fall prey to selecting a “go-to” color for certain rooms. Ask yourself what mood you’d like to create. Do you prefer a dark romantic feel for your bedroom or a lighter more refreshing atmosphere? Take the time to find each room’s intended vibe and select the color based on that feeling.

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clipping or piece of clothing. Is it the softer shade you’re drawn to or the striking bold hues? There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to personal preferences, so take the time to find your own inspiration.

Aloe. Based on this color’s appearance in trade and fashion shows around the globe and its versatility to go from warming and tranquil to energetic and bright, Aloe is this year’s pick as Color Of The Year. To see Aloe in action along with a full collection of palettes, visit sherwin-williams.com.



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im JoneS, an ancient civilizationS and civicS teacher at howard middle School, iS marion county’S 2013 teacher of the year. JoneS heard hiS named announced at the golden apple gala, marion county’S annual preStigiouS teacher celebration.

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Jones has six years of teaching experience—all in Marion County. He now advances to the state competition to become Florida’s Teacher of the Year. As a local finalist, Jones also received a Golden Apple, giving him membership in the Golden Apple Academy. He also won a new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta—to keep for good— compliments of BMW / VW / Porsche of Ocala.

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an eighth-grade science teacher at Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks with nine years

of experience—five in Marion County.

The 23rd annual golDen apple gala was presented by the Public

Education Foundation of Marion County at the Hilton Ocala. The Golden Apple and Rookie Teacher of the Year programs honor teachers for excellence in the classroom. The intense selection process includes a lengthy written portfolio showcasing their teaching philosophies, personal interviews and classroom observations.


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operatIoN suCCess The Shear expreSS family of salons recently donated professional hair care products to Operation Shoebox, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to troops overseas, totaling more than $36,000. “We are thrilled we were able to do this,” says Molly Soltis, director of marketing with Shear Express and The Salon Professional Academy in The Villages. “So many of our staff members have friends, spouses or family members in the armed forces, and some current employees have served our country prior to their careers here.”

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a leadINg lady Local United Way of Marion County Volunteer Julie Shealy was recently selected to sit on the United Way’s National Leadership Council (NWLC), which provides strategic recommendations to United Way Worldwide and supports the ongoing work of local United Ways in the area of women’s philanthropy, advocacy, volunteerism, mentoring and leadership. Shealy is a charter member of United Way of Marion County’s local women’s leadership council and currently serves as the chairwomen of the group. She is currently the executive director of school development and evaluation for Marion County Public Schools where she guides and supervises 52 principals.


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Giving to benefit cancer patients through prevention, detection and treatment, hosted its annual “Community Hug” at Gateway Bank this past January in honor of Albert Peek and Bunco Babes Ocala. Albert Peek is a survivor of multiple myeloma after undergoing chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. The event also recognized Bunco Babes Ocala, which hosts events throughout the year to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. The organization has raised over $70,000 since its inception. Visit hugscharities.org and crushcancermc.org to find out how you can help fight cancer.

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The Garden Worship Center and Pastor Norman Lee Schaffer are on a mission to bring “a little light into the darkness.”

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or years, he was Ocala’s Golden Boy. Starting in the late-’80s, Norman Lee Schaffer’s name was on marquees across town. He was the hottest country act in Florida, playing 250 shows a year in the state and at venues across the country. Schaffer performed with country’s biggest names, from Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn to LeAnn Rimes and The Judds. In 1992, he scored a record contract in Nashville. Along with a national radio release, his music video aired on CMT and he appeared on TNN. In 1997, he began performing regularly in The Villages. “I was at the top of my game, on top of the world. I worked hard and played hard,” recalls Norman Lee. “I made some bad decisions and choices in life and fell to the bottom. It was time for a change. When you are down to nothing, God is up to something.”



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After rededicating himself to God in 2003, Norman Lee’s life turned around. Instead of singing about the classic country themes of falling in (or out) of love, he started using his talents for God. “I began writing inspirational songs about God’s saving grace and the blood of Jesus,” he says. “I borrowed $200 and recorded my first Gospel song, God is with Me, which became the title track of my first Gospel CD. Since then, we’ve started our own Christian record company and released five more CDs. Now, we sell Christian music to 75 countries around the world.” It appeared God had more than music in store for Norman Lee. In 2009, the singer/songwriter became an ordained minister, and in November of that year, he and wife, Terri (they’ve been called the “Joel and Victoria Osteen” of Central Florida), launched The Garden Worship Center in Belleview.

The multi-denominational church is over 500 members strong and growing. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of Terri, who’s my ‘guardian angel,’ and our wonderfully talented worship team,” says Norman Lee. Music is obviously a big part of the church, but it doesn’t stop there. “With music, costumes and props, we use all the senses to literally bring the Word of God to life every Sunday,” says Norman Lee. “We’re just trying to bring a little light into the darkness.” In addition to serving God, The Garden Worship Center serves the community, offering a Christian 12step recovery program and outreach for the entire family. The church is also active with such community endeavors as the Marion County Humane Society, Hospice, Operation Shoebox, Love Inc., USA Cares, various area food pantries and more.

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A Western vacation doesn't get any better than Colorado's Drowsy Water Ranch.


ocation, location, location. It has as much to do with choosing a vacation as it does buying real estate. Last winter, when the desire for a mountain riding escape became unbearable, I began perusing websites hunting for that just-right ranch vacation. A well-meaning friend suggested I save travel time and money by finding a destination in the Southeast. Sorry, but no, thank you. I enjoy plenty of good rides on my own horse on the numerous trail systems here in North Central Florida, but

when it comes to vacation, location is my first priority, and when I want to ride in the mountains, I mean the serious mountains—as in the Rockies. With that in mind, I began searching for a ranch in Colorado. There were a few prerequisites. In addition to a Rocky Mountain location, there had to be plenty of riding with a chance to do more than just amble along, as well as other outdoor activities. I wanted to sleep in a real bed with access to a shower and actual bathroom instead of an outhouse. I’ve done the whole tent-campingsleeping-bag adventure more than once, but that wasn’t what I wanted

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this time around. I didn’t want a big crowd, and while I have nothing against children, I wouldn’t mind a vacation without any. How did we ever find vacations before the Internet? Ah yes, I seem to remember that’s what travel agents did. Today, you get to be your own travel agent; after all, you know better than anyone what you want and don’t want. It’s amazing what a wealth of information you can find with a good search engine. After many hours of studying websites, I narrowed down my Colorado Rocky Mountain quest to a handful of ranches before settling on Drowsy Water Ranch (from here on referred to as DWR). Their website was extremely informative, and Justin Fosha, ranch manager and one of the owners, helpfully

answered all my questions when I called. But it was the large number of enthusiastic online reviews from past guests that sealed the deal. After reading the detailed and honest feedback from travelers, I felt this ranch definitely offered what I hoped to experience. The fact that DWR was voted No. 1 All-Inclusive Resort in the World on tripadvisor.com in 2010 and voted No. 4 in 2011 was also quite appealing. So, I rounded up three girlfriends—Mary, Martha and Robyn—who were also eager for a Western riding vacation, and we started making plans. Summer guest season runs early June through mid-September. If, like us, you’re traveling with friends instead of family, you might prefer one of the ranch’s

“adults-only” weeks, which fall at the end of the season. (Follow our lead and make reservations early before the season books up.) This is an ideal time for singles, couples and groups, and there are noticeably fewer guests. Unlike the height of the season with 50 to 60 guests per week, during adult weeks, there are usually only about two dozen or so. When September finally arrived and we headed to Colorado, we discovered for ourselves that all of those rave reviews were right on the money. For nearly 80 years, DWR has been a guest ranch, and the Fosha family has owned it since 1977. An easy two-hour drive from the Denver airport, DWR is only a few miles outside the town of Granby and close to Rocky

Mountain National Park, but it feels like you’ve stepped into another world. From the moment you hit the dirt road and drive under the towering timbered entrance that welcomes guests to the ranch, you sense both history and tradition. At an elevation of 8,200 feet, the ranch, covering 640 acres, is snugly situated in the valley’s lap and surrounded by majestic mountain ranges. A big reason DWR earns so many positive reviews is that there’s literally something for everyone. In addition to riding every day, there is fishing and unlimited hiking trails, and for the fit and adventurous, mountain bikes are available. Golfers will appreciate the four 18-hole courses within the area, and there’s an all-day rafting adventure on the Colorado River included with your trip. The ranch has its own zipline, which offers amazing views from hundreds of feet up as you zip across the valley. There’s a swimming pool and also a hot tub, which felt positively divine after a day in the saddle. Families appreciate the fact that kids ages 6 through 12 can take part in the resort's supervised “Range Rider” riding and instruction program.

Family is huge at DWR. Not only is the ranch family owned and operated, but the atmosphere is ideal for family vacations. DWR was recognized in 2011 on familyvacationcritic.com as the No. 1 Best Dude Ranch for Families. The Foshas—Ken, Randy Sue, Justin, Gretta and Ryan—take their role as hosts seriously, but they have plenty of fun doing so. Whatever activities are scheduled, you can be sure one or more family members are involved, along with friendly, helpful staff. (Some of the staff were past guests who loved the ranch so much, they decided it would be a great place to work.)

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If you come with a family or group and not everyone wants to ride all the time, there is no shortage of other options. A large dry erase board in the dining room lists the day’s activities, and you can do as little or as much as you like. “This is the first time I’ve ever been to a dude ranch, and it exceeded my expectations,” says Peggy Sheahen, 75, who was visiting from Victor, New York. “I only rode once before when I was a kid. Beyond the horseback riding, there’s always something to do, and the Foshas pay attention to you. They’re sincere about you having a good time.”

Lodging is comfortably Western, whether you stay in

the main lodge, known as “Horse Thief Den,” or one of nine cozy cabins nestled along the banks of the picturesque Drowsy Water Creek. We felt right at home in our “cabin sweet cabin,” a surprisingly roomy four-bedroom, two-bath idyllically situated by a small pond. We even had a wood burning stove, and on those crisp September nights, it was great to relax in the living room with a glass of wine in front of the fire. In addition to daily housekeeping, the DWR staff makes sure that cabins with woodstoves are well stocked with kindling and split wood, so starting a fire was a breeze.



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If there’s one fourletter word you never want to hear on vacation, it’s “diet.” After riding, eating seems to be one of the most popular activities at DWR. A staff member always rings the “gather ‘round” bell 15 minutes before lunch and dinner are served, and we found ourselves eagerly awaiting that signal to mosey on down to the lodge. For the entire week, we forgot about calories and carbs and enjoyed the luxury of someone else doing all the cooking and cleaning up. Sticky, warm homemade cinnamon rolls and creamy hot chocolate became my standard way to start the day. After a morning spent in the saddle, we were more than ready to eat again at lunch, and somehow, come dinner, we found our appetites yet again. Food isn’t fussy, but hearty and tasty. Meals are served family style by attentive and friendly staff who are quick to bring drinks and anything special you might need. I love the fact that there’s dessert at both lunch and dinner. My handsdown favorite was the pumpkin bars we had for lunch on the first day. (I loved them so much I had

to get the recipe to make these treats at home.) When you go to the Colorado Rockies, the very best way to experience this magnificent country is on the back of a good horse. DWR borders thousands of acres of spectacular backcountry and the Arapahoe National Forest. No matter which direction you ride, the scenery is breathtaking. Riding is the ranch’s main focus—no matter how much or how little time you’ve spent in the saddle before your arrival. In our group, Mary and I have our own horses and ride regularly, while Martha and Robyn rarely get a chance to be on horseback. The beauty of DWR is that they are easily able to accommodate riders of all skill levels, thanks to a string of 130 well-trained horses and a detail-oriented wrangler program. Horses are carefully matched to each rider, based on their experience, size and any special considerations. I’ve been on numerous riding vacations, but the horses at DWR were the best of the best. I ended up with a Paint gelding who was so responsive and such a pleasure to ride that I never felt like I was on a “dude” horse, while Robyn was able to release her inner cowgirl and cut loose on a dependable, safe mount who increased her confidence and improved her riding ability.


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“I have been on numerous riding vacations, but the horses at DWR were the best of the best.”

“Our goal is to help people have fun but also to become better riders,” says Randy Sue. In addition to careful matchmaking between horse and rider, the Foshas take the time to give enough general instruction that even first-timers learn horsemanship basics. They offer lesson rides and loping clinics so that riders feel competent before hitting the trails, some of which are remarkably steep and twisting. “Even if you ride elsewhere, the terrain is different here and there are different things to look out for,” Ken adds. The opportunity to play cowgirl for a week is exactly why Trudy Wesley, 25, of Ipswich, England, returned for a second vacation at DWR. (Actually, 50 percent of the ranch’s clientele are returning guests.) “I ride two or three times a week at home, but my first time riding Western was here last summer. I came back this year because I thoroughly enjoyed it. I wanted the cowboy experience, and I get to ride in amazing scenery that you never see in England,” says Trudy, whose sweatshirt declares “Keep Calm and Canter On.” “The ranch taught me that horseback riding is ageless,” says

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Irene Hayden, 72, a social worker/ therapist from Apex, North Carolina who came to DWR with her extended family. “The instruction is awesome! They matched me with a horse that was responsive, and I really had a rapport with my horse.” “I’ve done some horseback riding, but it had been years and years,” admits Scott Gardner, 48, of Parkland, Florida, who came to DWR with wife, Susan, 48. “I decided I wanted to do something in the mountains with horseback riding, but I hadn’t been on a horse for 20 plus years before this week. We took two half-hour lessons at home before we came out, but the training they offer here made it easier than I expected. The horses were very well behaved, and the small lessons sunk in very quickly.” For the Fosha family, such comments only confirm that they are indeed meeting their goals of satisfying guests. “We’ve been to a lot of ranches ourselves, and it’s industry-standard to match horses to riders, but we’ve found it makes for a better experience to take the time to offer more instruction,” notes Justin, who has an MBA in marketing and serves on the board of directors of the Colorado Dude Ranchers’ Association. To me, the proof of a perfect vacation is found when it’s time

to pack up. On our ride that last afternoon, I tried to imprint every moment to memory: the grandeur of the mountains, the blazing gold of the aspens, the clink of horseshoes on the rocky trail, the laughter of our small group of riders and the cool curtain of evening as it descended over the valley. After a hilariously entertaining skit show and awards presentation on the final evening, all the guests, the Foshas and their staff gathered one last time to reminisce about the week, exchange email addresses and say our good-byes. As we four walked back to our cabin under a black velvet sky studded with countless stars, I was overwhelmed with a bittersweet sense of sadness at having to go back to the “real” world. I haven’t had that “I don’t want to leave” feeling on a vacation since I was a kid at the end of summer camp in the mountains of Arizona. If the Foshas and Drowsy Water Ranch can deliver this kind of fulfillment, it’s no wonder guests return again and again. I plan to be one of them.

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Whether it’s a group of friends listening to a favorite band or a father teaching his young daughter to play the piano for the first time, there’s hardly a better bonding experience than that of a great tune. In Ocala Style’s first-ever music issue, we bring you the stories of local musicians and singers and how music has influenced their lives. We also bring you one of Ocala’s newest—and coolest—musical ventures. It’s a place where you can scope out your newest instrument or even learn to play a new one. (Have you ever tried the ukulele?) And there’s nothing like grabbing a few of your best buds and enjoying a weekend full of great music and lasting memories at a music festival. Fortunately for you, Florida’s chock full of festivals you won’t want to miss this season—and we’ve got details on all the best ones. So whether you’re looking for a new local band to check out or hitting the road for a rockin’ festival, we’ve got something to spark a musical note in anyone.



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Besides subject matter, Mickey explained that an acoustic guitar, a fiddle and a banjo are the staples of bluegrass music. “If we don’t have a bass, then I have to tap my feet to keep rhythm. I couldn’t play if you held my feet down,” Mickey says. One time while playing on an aluminum stage, he had to take his shoes off to avoid sounding like there were three discordant bass players. Although this particular group has only been together a few months, you may recognize Mickey and Mike as former members of Sweetwater Blue Grass Band. Despite their fairly new conception, these men seem like they’ve been buds for years, interacting effortlessly in their stomping grounds, the Silver River State Park.

Mickey’s wife, Rayne (Pasture Prime’s No. 1 roadie), is the head park ranger, and Mickey works at the park as well. “Parks are conducive to this kind of music— go out in nature and hear some bluegrass, by gosh,” Mickey says, adding that most of these types of shows are fundraisers for the parks. The band members meet at least once every other week to rehearse, but they do it for the love of the music. “Bluegrassers tend to have a lot of fun; everyone is friendly. You just kind of play on your own funds—don’t give up your day job,” Mickey says, explaining that their jobs range from minister to teacher to working with OPD.

"The whole point of the thing is it’s really fun to play. We’re always smiling."

“We normally — W i l l h a r d i just get string and gas money,” Will says. Generally, the group plays old bluegrass classics, so they don’t record albums yet due to copyright infringement, but they perform at festivals and parks around the state, including Bluegrass in the Park at Silver River State Park on April 6 and the Ft. Cooper State Park Bluegrass Music Festival in Inverness on April 20. As far as original songs go, “We can make ‘em up on the spot. Get tears in your eyes and think about your 14 divorces—something about a milkman,” Mickey says. “The whole point of the thing is it’s really fun to play. We’re always smiling,” Will says.

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Christina, through music.” (She was a fan he invited to he pulsing, hard-driving rhythm that is Kings one of their gigs back in 2008.) of Awesome draws fans both old and new The release of Coronation is a professional whenever this Ocala-based band performs. milestone, one the group hopes will open doors to Formed in 2007, the group started as an more opportunities. original band doing cover songs, but for the “We’d love to make a living recording and last several years, they’ve focused on their own touring,” KC says. “We don’t really want to be rich and music. Kings of Awesome recently recorded famous, but we’d just like to make a comfortable living their debut album, Coronation, featuring 13 at it. I’d love to be able to say I get up and play guitar all-original songs. Produced by Ramsees of Pharaoh every day for work!” Music, at press time the project was in the “mix and master” phase for a spring release and will be available through CD Baby "We’re light enough to be on the radio, but heavy and, hopefully, iTunes. Kings of Awesome plays southern enough to still make a lot of noise." metal, a “southern fried version of — K c s Ta r heavy metal,” explains KC Stark, 26, co-founder of the band and lead guitar player. “We’re light enough to be on the radio, but heavy enough to still make a lot of noise.” The group counts among its main influences Pantera, the heavy metal band that dominated the early to mid-1990s, and Clutch, the American rock band formed in 1990. KC is joined on stage by lead singer and cofounder Matt Robarge, 40, Joseph Harp, Jr., 21, on bass, and Chad Williams, 31, on drums. KC and Matt played together in a cover band in the mid-2000s before forming Kings of Awesome. “It’s like making a marriage work, but you have two extra people,” says KC of the four-member band. “Sometimes, everyone doesn’t agree, but when it works, it’s amazing. It takes a long time for a band to find its groove. We’ve been through five bass players and three drummers. Right now the chemistry is awesome and everybody’s on the same page.” The band plays the club scene in Orlando, Gainesville, Tampa and other Central Florida locations. Close to home, the Backstage Lounge in Gainesville is a regular haunt. For the time being, both KC and Matt have day jobs, KC at Sound Exchange Music, while Matt is a graphic designer. Joseph and Chad are both college students. “We’re not gunning to be rock stars. We just want to bring the music we enjoy out to other people,” says KC, a self-taught musician who has been honing his craft since he started playing in the eighth grade. “There wasn’t YouTube when I was learning; I just heard songs and taught myself to play them. Even though I’m a metal-head at heart, I love all music, and if I heard it and liked it, I’d try to play it, whether it was Lionel Ritchie or Jim Croce. Everything for me has revolved around music. I even met my wife,



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For music fans, nothing says “spring” like packing up your camping gear and hitting the road en route to a music festival. While March is definitely the start of festival season in our state, music festivals are abound throughout

the summer months. Whether your idea of the perfect festival comes complete with on-site camping and lukewarm showers or you want to be able relax in your hotel room after the day’s festivities, our state is likely to offer a festival that suits your fest style. From heavy rock and country music to indie, dance and folk festivals, festival-goers can indulge in their perfect musical weekend without traveling far from home.

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unprecedented number of DJ and live music performances over two weekends, a twoweekend combo ticket is $575. At this point, single general admission tickets for weekend two are sold out, but tickets are available for weekend one for $300. ultraMusicfestival.coM

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s a high school senior, it’s one thing to have dreams for the future. It’s another thing entirely to already know which college you’ll attend, which major you’ll choose and what you’ll be doing after graduation. For Hannah Falestiny, 17, a senior at Trinity Catholic High School, music has been such a huge part of her life, it’s no surprise her future plans are brimming with song. “I’m going to Berklee School of Music in Boston and will major in music therapy,” says Hannah. “After graduating, I will spend six months working in a program for autistic kids at Massachusetts General using music to teach them coping and calming strategies.” This determined songstress and musician is the daughter of Hany and Kathleen Falestiny and “baby sister” to brother Andrew, 21, and sister Marcel, 22. Born and raised in Ocala, she started voice lessons at age 11, but she’d already been singing in the school choir since third grade. Today, her strong pure voice can be heard in a variety of genres as she performs for special events. “I sing modern classical, and I love Broadway, jazz and contemporary music,” she notes. “I’ve always wanted to be on Broadway; hopefully, I will be one of these days.” Hannah also plays the flute, and her musical talents have opened doors "I just love making people happy with my to experiences most teenagers only music. It’s almost selfish, but I like to make hope to find. In 2012, she spent time in both others happy when they hear me." Italy at the Narnia Arts Academy and — h a n n a h Fa l e s T i n y in Austria, performing and studying with her instructor Ricardo Luna. “I went to the Florida Flute Association and met Carol Wincenc, who is Professor of Flute at Juilliard School of Music, and she encouraged me to audition for Narnia,” Hannah recalls. “I was accepted and used part of my college money to go there. We played throughout Italy and got to perform in an ancient theater.” While Hannah has worked with well-known when someone is breathing normally, and the music voice instructor Bill Doherty in The Villages, she stops if they stop breathing. They’re using this with admits she’s also found inspiration close to home. Alzheimer’s patients, autistic and mentally handicapped “My mom was always in music but never did children to train them to breathe normally.” anything professional with it. I realize now how good Vice president of her school’s student council, she really was—probably better than I am. She and my Hannah is also part of the music ministry and sings in grandmother always had me listen to Judy Garland, the school’s weekly mass. Ella Fitzgerald.” For Hannah Falestiny, performing is a Hannah’s enthusiasm is apparent as she talks singular pleasure. about how music can improve life for people in “I just love making people happy with my music. many situations. It’s almost selfish, but I like to make others happy “They’ve found that art and music parts of the when they hear me. I want to soothe them and create brain survive, even in Alzheimer’s patients,” she notes. the mood for a good day.” “At FSU, they developed a pacifier that plays music



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La Musica Music Festival april 8, 11, 14, 17, 19

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Now in its third decade, La Musica brings together the finest musicians of Europe and the Americas to present familiar and often unheard chamber music. Attendees can expect six performances over a five-day period. Tickets for the entire series run $175 and include a rehearsal pass, and single-day tickets are available for $40 each. laMusicafestival.org

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Jonny Lang, Tab Benoit, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Weekend rates start at $90, with single-day, VIP and after-show tickets also available. taMpabaybluesfest.coM

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Headliners such as The Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic and Gov’t Mule make this a festival you won’t want to miss. Weekend tickets are on sale for $195 for a limited time only, so if you miss the window, make sure you put this on your calendar for the 2014 festival. waneefestival.coM

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Transforming Fort Lauderdale Beach into an oceanfront music experience, Rock the Ocean hosts the inaugural Tortuga Music Festival, featuring top country and rock artists such as Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, The Avett Brothers, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. A general admission, two-day pass is on sale now for $149. tortugaMusicfestival.coM

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With past headliners such as Third Eye Blind, Flogging Molly, Minus The Bear and many more, the official Florida Music Festival & Conference lineup won’t be released until late March or the beginning of April, and weekend tickets are not currently on sale as of this writing. Most shows are 18+, although some are 21 and over. floridaMusicfestival.coM

Suwannee River Jam features three days of music, art and camping with artists such as Sheryl Crow, the Eli Young Band, Easton Corbin, Rodney Atkins and Aaron Tippin. A weekend, general admission ticket runs $85, and single-day tickets are available as well. suwanneeriverjaM.coM

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With over 100 performers, 30 shows and 25 stages, the Key West Songwriter’s Festival offers five days of diverse live performances. Attendees will be introduced to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs and are invited to more than 20 free shows at some of Key West’s most popular drinking holes and hot spots. keywestsongwritersfestival.coM

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acoustic blues musical styles, the Suwannee Springfest will host performers such as Jerry Douglas, Leftover Salmon, Keller & The Keels and Donna The Buffalo. Weekend passes that include camping are available for $165, with single-day tickets also available. suwanneespringfest.coM

If you’re into heavy rock and metal, Welcome To Rockville is the festival for you. This two-day event features rockers such as Alice In Chains, Limp Bizkit, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 3 Doors Down and Shinedown all in one venue. A two-day, general admission ticket is on sale for $99.50, with single-day tickets also available. welcoMetorockvillefestival.coM

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These types of human experiences are the kind that t all started at Tortilla Flats in Iowa when Michelle Scott and Michelle try to capture in their music. It’s a decided to arrive in person to audition instead of cathartic experience for them, even when they end up sending in a demo. writing about deeply personal and painful experiences. “I hoped whoever was there would let me Although playing music certainly isn’t the most borrow a guitar,” Michelle says. Luckily Scott was lucrative career to have, the couple has managed to raise there to lend her his acoustic, and from there, it a family doing what they love, including teaching music, was love at first sight. playing gigs and other extracurricular music endeavors. “It was definitely a lightning bolt moment,” “Sometimes making a living as an artist is a says Scott. struggle, but it’s also very rewarding. All the lives you The couple moved in together three days after touch,” Michelle says. that fateful meeting, got married three months later and released their first album a year later. They have been making "Our music is kind of an eclectic Americana, weaving folk music and touring the country all the genres together under one acoustic roof." together for the past 16 years. “Our music is kind of an eclectic — M i c h e l l e da l z i e l Americana, weaving all the genres together under one acoustic roof,” Michelle says. The couple uses electric and acoustic guitar as well as the djembe, an African drum, to create a unique and interesting sound; however, neither of them stick to just one instrument. “We play whatever the song needs,” explains Michelle. The couple, with their 12-year-old daughter, Aubrey, met up with me at Mojo Grill on Pine Avenue where they often play gigs and where Michelle hosts Acoustic Rising Star, Ocala’s version of American Idol, every Tuesday at 6:30pm. “I want to help other musicians get where they’re going because so many people helped me,” Michelle says. Scott and Michelle have been living in Ocala with their three children for three and a half years, playing in local venues as well as traveling all over Florida for shows. They spend their summers touring the rest of the country. “Aubrey likes to go on tour with us sometimes,” Scott says, “She’s our best CD seller. She took home about $35 in tips last time!” “She’s gonna grow into our manager,” Michelle says laughing. The duo’s fifth album, Another Roller Coaster, was just released, in which three songs were produced by Grammy award-winning audio engineer and music producer Bruce Swedien. Michelle says their song “Imperfection” is featured in Bruce’s new book, The Bruce Swedien Recording Method. Bruce did a lot of work with Michael Jackson during his time and asked the couple to write a song about the King of Pop himself to commemorate their time together. Michelle and Scott gladly obliged and wrote “Timeless” in his honor. They explained that the song is about the pain of not having him here anymore.



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want to miss. Early-bird general admission tickets are available until April 27. A five-day pass will cost you $61, and single- or two-day tickets are also available. sunfest.coM

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Hangout Festival is three days of entertainment on the beach of Gulf Shores, Alabama, just 50 minutes west of Pensacola. Weekend general admission tickets are $229, with VIP tickets starting at $899. hangoutMusicfest.coM

Hangout Music Fest May 17-19, 2013

chance to experience up-and-coming young musicians and worldrenowned faculty artists over a three-week period with performances such as artist showcases, festival concerts, student recitals and Saturday symphonies. Order a festival pass for $75 to get an all-access pass to all festival events. sarasotaorchestra.org/ sarasotaMusicfestival

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destination festivals

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festival essentials Already bought your

festival ticket? What you should bring depends on whether you will be camping and what your particular festival allows on-site. Most websites have lists of items to bring and what you should leave at home. No matter what, don’t leave home without these essentials. phone with charger personal id and copies of your id (in case the real thing gets lost) cash (most festivals have atms, but you can avoid bank charges by bringing it in) keys and backup car key health insurance card festival ticket venue Map and directions to venue sunscreen insect repellant sunglasses watch (so you don’t Miss your favorite show!) hat sMall first aid kit (most festivals will have a medical tent for emergencies) toilet paper baby wipes grocery bags/ large plastic bags for dirty/ wet clothes

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on’t let the Guitar Center’s name fool you, this place is fully equipped with every instrument, lesson or piece of equipment you could possibly need. Manager Jarett Knuth, a Berklee College of Music graduate, describes the store’s set up as a living room. “As soon as you walk in, you can see everything. It’s a very open, hands-on experience,” Jarett says. On the left, you see an acoustic room, a lessons room and guitars lining the wall, drums take up the area directly in front of you, and the right side of the store is dedicated to virtual instruments, microphones, lighting and DJ equipment. Sight is certainly not the only sense you’ll be making use of, however. You can hear everything, too. This is definitely a place for folks who like to try out their instruments before investing. Upon entering, you hear different genres of music playing in various areas of the store with disjointed drumming and strumming mingled in. “Customers can try it, smell it, they could even taste it if they wanted to,” Jarett said, “It’s really easy for people to browse.” Guitar Center is dedicated to helping people make music, whether it’s by teaching lessons, helping people find the perfect instruments or just making music more available to the community. “Guitar Center may be a national retailer, but it is staffed by local musicians who represent the fiber of the local music scene. They want to see the scene flourish and grow,” Jarett said. The Guitar Center’s “Mentor Series” is a fun program that aims to teach music to the community in a very hands-on and unique way. Jarett explained that new students meet with an employee and discuss what kind of music they enjoy. They are then paired with a teacher with similar interests for the best possible student-teacher match.



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“All our staff are trained musicians, and I try to pinpoint who might be best for teaching each lesson,” Jarett said. After the student has trained with his or her teacher for a while and feels confident, the duo then has the opportunity to play a gig around town. This program is unique and exciting for new musicians who never dreamed of playing for a live audience. “It’s a good program because it’s one thing to play in your house all day, but it’s another to get out there and play with friends and family, and that’s what it’s all about,” Jarett said. Although learning to play an instrument is very popular, these are not the only lessons available at the facility. There is a class for anything that troubles you at home, whether it’s tuning a drumhead or maintaining and cleaning your guitar. There are even classes on lighting and recording. Free ukulele lessons are currently available every Saturday this month at 10:15am and are open to the public. “All our instructors are fully certified, so with breaks in public school funding, we’re able to provide that service to the community.”

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See the next Porsche 911 at the auto show. New 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera $799 Lease Per Month Auto Show Name Here Month date to Month date, 2012 Auto Show Location Here ocala.porschedealer.com Porsche recommends 24 month lease with $5000 due at signing including $0 security deposit with approved credit through Porsche Financial Services. 5,000 miles per year allowed, 30¢ per mile thereafter. Lease excludes tax and includes tag, title, registration and dealer fee. See dealer for complete details. Offer expires month end.

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hile we all like to envision ourselves as being masters of our kitchens, sometimes, the easiest culinary techniques leave us scratching our heads. (I don’t know about you, but my homemade desserts look nothing like Martha Stewart’s.) So, to ease your worries, we’ve compiled a list of seven how tos in the kitchen that are sure to impress your dinner guests—and maybe even yourself.

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1 HARD-BOIL THE INCREDIBLE EDIBLE EGG DON’T GET CRACKED Cold eggs are more likely to crack than eggs that begin at room temperature. Either let your eggs stand at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes or run them under warm (not hot) tap water until their temperatures drops.


GOT A GREEN YOLK? Ever wonder how someone can hard-boil an egg to such perfection that the yolk is at the perfect golden consistency and the shell seemingly falls off the tender whites? While hard-boiling an egg isn’t rocket science, there are a few tricks that can elevate your techniques to egg-cellent standards!

KEEP ‘EM COVERED In a large pot, lay the eggs in a single layer and cover with just enough cold water to completely cover the tops of the eggs. Too much water and it will take too long to boil and can result in overcooked eggs; too little water and parts of the eggs will not be thoroughly cooked. About 1 inch of water covering them is sufficient.

If your yolk has a greenish tinge to it, it’s probably because you’ve overcooked it. When eggs are heated, a reaction occurs between the iron in the yolk and the sulfur in the white. If you heat them for too long, the reac reaction is accelerated, resulting in a greenish tinge. Avoid this by dialing down the cook time on smaller eggs.

ACHIEVE THE PERFECT PEEL Once you’ve drained the eggs, quickly run them under cold water. The cold water bath creates a steam between the egg and the shell, which allows it to simply slide off once cracked.

Place the pot over high heat until the water hits a rapid boil. Immediately cover the eggs and remove from heat. Let the eggs cook for 17 to 20 minutes (depending on size) before dumping out the cooking water.

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GET A SQUEAKY-CLEAN GLASS TOP STOVE No one’s perfect, and sometimes, you turn your head for a split second or get sidetracked doing something else and before you know it your sauce, soup or water is boiling over the side of the pot, instantly adhering itself to your pristine glass-top stove. Fear not! Though some elbow grease is required, you can have your stove top squeaky clean in no time.

Let the stove cool before trying to clean it. You’ll only risk burning yourself. Scrape any burnt food off with a spoon or dull knife. For particularly stubborn substances, dab on some olive oil to help lubricate the area for easier removal. Mix a combination of baking soda, water and lemon together until a paste forms.

Spread the mixture over the stained area and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before gently scrubbing the area with a soft cloth. Don’t use abrasive scrubbers; they will only scratch your glass surface. Repeat until the stain is completely removed.

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3 Ever watch the likes of Rachel Ray or Gordon Ramsey glide their blade across a vast array of veggies? Before your eyes where once a carrot sat, now sits a pile of perfectly shaped carrot cubes. Impressive, right? Well, we don’t recommend trying that at home, but there are a few tweaks you can make to your veggie-dicing technique that will have you slicing and dicing like a pro in no time!

CHOOSE WISELY The right knife makes all the difference. Select a knife that is comfortable in your hand. It shouldn’t tip forward or feel heavy in the handle.

SIZE MATTERS The most common sizes are 6-, 8- and 10-inch blades. Six inches may be too small for some jobs, while the 10-inch may be too difficult for a novice to use. If you’re just starting out, stick with the 8-inch.

DON’T DULL DOWN Dulled blades can easily slip, resulting in a quick cut to your finger before you even realized what happened. Keep your blades sharp and stored in a knife block, and replace the knife if you notice any chips or damage to the blade.



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PERFECT YOUR GRIP The proper way to hold the knife is at the base of the handle with your thumb on one side and your index finger slightly bent on the other side. This gives you the most control.

LET YOUR KNUCKLES BE YOUR GUIDE Steady the veggie with your free hand with your knuckles facing up and your fingers curled under. Allow your knuckles to help guide the knife, and be sure to move your hand back as you chop.

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE Professional chefs slice and dice in seconds, but most amateur cooks will never reach that skill level. Instead of focusing on how quickly you can work, focus instead on your quality and technique. Your fingers will thank you in the end!


COOL DOWN YOUR COKE IN LESS THAN 2 MINUTES When unexpected guests drop in or you completely forgot to put the sodas in the fridge before your big party, this little technique is a real lifesaver and prevents your guests from having to drink their colas at room temperature. Fill a large bowl or tub with just enough water to cover the sodas you need to chill.

Add in enough ice to evenly disperse throughout the bowl or tub but not so much that the beverages won’t be fully submerged in water.

Add in table salt. About a handful or 1/2 cup should suffice; less if you’re using a smaller mixing bowl.

Give the mixture a good stir and submerge the cans. The salt lowers the freezing temperature of the water making the mixture more efficient at cooling.

Once the cans are all covered, gently stir the water around them for two minutes.

Remove, rinse and enjoy!

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This classic Italian dish can glam up any dinner party spread. And though it consists of just a few ingredients, the rice dish gets a bad rap as being “complicated” to prepare. But don’t be intimidated into sticking with a bland pilaf. A few simple tips can have you serving up a rocking risotto dish that trumps all others.

Not a fan of boring old water? If you’re not getting in the recommended eight to 10 glasses of water each day, maybe that’s because your water needs a flavor boost. With the summer heat quickly approaching, follow these simple steps to fall in love with your water and stay hydrated.

What You’ll Need:

1 cup arborio rice 1/4 cup grated cheese (your choice) 4 cups chicken stock 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 3 tbsp unsalted butter (Tip: For every 1 cup of rice, you’ll need 4 cups of broth.) Risotto is prepared by slowly simmering rice in just enough broth to allow for absorption. As the broth is absorbed by the rice, you’ll slowly add more until the rice is fully cooked.


1. Heat up, but do not boil, your stock in a large soup pot. 2. In a separate sauté pan, slowly heat the onion and 1 tbsp unsalted butter over low heat until the onion appears translucent but not brown. 3. Add in your rice and allow the butter to coat the grains. 4. Using a ladle, add one ladle-full of stock to the rice and gently stir the rice as it absorbs the liquid. (Tip: Keep the heat set so that the stock bubbles but doesn’t boil.) 5. As the stock is absorbed, add another ladle-full of stock and

continue to gently stir the mixture. Remember to scrape the sides and keep the rice moving so that it cooks consistently. 6. Repeat until the stock is absorbed or the rice appears fully cooked. (Tip: As the rice cooks, it releases its starch and the mixture will take on a more creamy consistency.) 7. Once the rice is fully cooked, add in the remaining butter and cheese and stir consistently until it is evenly dispersed. 8. Serve and enjoy! (Tip: Once your risotto is done, it is important to serve immediately. Let it sit for too long and it takes on a gluey consistency.) Source: bonappetit.com


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Cold bottled or filtered water A variety of sliced fruits and vegetables


1. Find The Perfect Pitchers Have a handful of quality pitchers on hand, allowing you to make and store more than one flavor of water. You never know whether you’ll be in a cucumber or strawberry mood! 2. It’s All About The Agua The art of infusion is all about starting with the cleanest, best-tasting water possible. If your tap water doesn’t do it for ya, use bottled or filtered water. Start with cold water.

3. Flavor, Flavor, Flavor Go crazy here. The options are really only as limited as your imagination. Slice up your selection (how about lemon-lime, cucumber, strawberryorange, etc.). Use roughly one whole fruit or veggie per pitcher. 4. Infusion At Its Finest Believe it or not, water absorbs the flavoring of fruits and veggies pretty quickly. Let your mixture sit in the fridge for a minimum of 10 minutes—a bit longer for a stronger flavor. Next? Pour yourself a tall glass of homemade flavored H2O and enjoy!

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The difference between a good cake and a great cake is the presentation. Slather and smear on globs of icing and your decadent delicious dessert loses its appeal in a matter of seconds. But that doesn’t mean you should run to the nearest bakery the next time you’re hosting a dinner party. Follow these simple steps for icing a cake and you’ll be among the ranks of a top pastry chef… at least from an appearance standpoint!





Don’t try to run the spatula from Apply your icing in large If you really want to look like the top of the cake down the sides dollops on the cake an amateur cook, then by all and up again all in one motion. The surface. Push, don’t drag, means bust out the butter distribution won’t be even, and you your spatula through knife. You wouldn’t use a risk breaking into the cake. Instead, the frosting in short screw driver to hammer a work with the top of the cake and side-to-side motions. If nail, so don’t use a butter the sides of the cake separately. You you attempt to drag the knife in place of the proper can work in sections and go back to frosting, you’ll be more icing tool. Invest in an icing add more icing as needed. likely to break into the spatula to create that smooth cake surface. and even distribution. (Tip: For a glossier finish, heat the spatula and run ever so quickly along the completed iced cake. A butter-based icing will melt just a touch to create a smoother finished product.) In your exuberance to start slathering on icing, don’t make the mistake of trying to ice a cake before it cools down. Ice it too early and your thick, rich icing will more resemble icing soup soup.

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Audio/Visual Systems



How can I view my home or business on my iPhone or Android phone from wherever I am? We install a large assortment of surveillance camera systems, from single cameras to multiple cameras. Once we have installed any of these systems, they come with a very userfriendly app that is downloaded for free to your phone. Once this setup is complete, you can view the location from anywhere you can use your phone. You can even use your home computer or laptop to view your camera system.

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Custom Closet Design

Jared KEUNTJES oWNer, Pro CLoseT DesIGNs


he possibilities are endless when it comes to revamping a storage closet or kitchen pantry. Whether it’s the need for organization or the desire for a closet makeover, the process can be stressful when you don’t know where to begin. The experts at Pro Closet Designs have you covered from planning to installation. Pro Closet Designs can simplify your space so you won’t be in a frenzy looking for tools and supplies. The closet is designed around your needs and preferences, and you can personalize your space with finishing touches.

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What is the design process like? We make the entire process run very smoothly. First, we will personally meet with the client to discuss their wants and needs. Together we will come up with a set of plans and 3-D drawings, and when the client is completely satisfied with the design and quote, we will begin the manufacturing process in our own state-of-the-art facility. Once complete, our team of professionals will install the final product in a timely and professional manner.

designers can match any existing décor with our span of color options that include everything from solid colors to wood grains.

How long does it take to receive a custom closet? Depending on the job size, we can install your closet a week after the design has been finalized. A job is not considered “finished” to us until the client is completely satisfied with the finished product. We guarantee the most durable products in the industry and will repair any damages down the road.

What accessories and color options do you provide? What services does Pro Closet Designs provide? Pro Closet Designs offers more than just supior custom closets. We provide a wide range of services, including custom closets, cabinets, playrooms, garages and more all designed to fit the clients’ needs. We use the most


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dependable products available so you can be rest-assured that our work is of the highest standard in the industry.

What is your company motto? Our goal is to honor God by building quality relationships using

For those looking to maximize their space, we offer a wide range of storage options, including drawers, baskets and hampers. Accent lighting, crown molding, velvet-lined jewelry trays, belt and tie racks, and several other accessories are available to add as finishing touches. Our expert

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Design Showroom

Laura HOWARD oWNer, DeCorATIVe DesIGNs What types of products do you offer? We have expanded into the entire 11,000-sq. ft. building and have become known as “Ocala’s One Stop Design Showroom.” With everything under one roof and a full team of experts, we can help with any project you may be considering, large or small, renovation or new construction. • Lighting, fans, lamps • Window treatments, blinds, shutters • Reupholstering • Bedding and linens • Faux finishes • Cabinet refinishing

• Color Wheel, Richards, Ralph Lauren paints • Accessories and home decor • Hardware, tile, backsplashes Decorating or redecorating can be a daunting task. How can you help? If you need assistance over and above what we can provide in our showroom, or want to coordinate your existing furnishings as you redecorate, we have design services available. Our designers can provide in-home direction to help you in any area of design, from paint

Do you offer services for commercial designs as well? We do! We provide products and designs to meet all codes and requirements. With the vast experience of our team and the products we offer, we can help you put together a plan for executing your project and provide creative and cutting-edge solutions for you. DECORATIVE DESIGNS 1839 SW College Rd (SR 200), Ocala Serving all of North Central Florida Showroom hours: M-F, 9am-5pm Sat., 9am-3pm (888) 602-7661 Local Company-toll free convenience decorativedesignsocala.com

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Custom Swimming Pools


oWNers / rICK LorICK CoNsTrUCTIoN longer because of the added construction materials we include in every pool we build. Now is a great time to invest in a We use more steel and concrete pool for your home! In fact, with and better equipment as interest rates at historic lows, it’s standard procedures with every pool. Whether it’s a custom the best time to add value and pool or you choose from one enjoyment to your home. of our many award-winning designs, the quality you receive What’s the biggest is unparalleled. misconception

Is now a good time to invest in building a swimming pool?

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One of the biggest misconceptions is that we aren’t affordable to the average homeowner. The fact is, our quality pools deliver more value and last

What else do I need to know about choosing a pool contractor? Our first piece of advice is to always insist on a certified Florida contractor. Rick Lorick

Construction has been in business locally for over 40 years. We’re local, we live here and we back every pool with a worry-free written warranty. It’s piece of mind ownership. All you need to think about is relaxing around your beautiful new Rick Lorick Construction pool.

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Home Pros Who Know every home and commercial project that my team works on, regardless of size, lives up to the reputation of quality and ePA CerTIFIeD reNoVATor, professionalism we are known romeroIs PAINTING for. Our goals are to provide high-quality work and service at a competitive rate. We form a long-term relationship with painting, the painter must have What type of painting our clients, and our business experience. Our professional jobs are offered by relies on referrals, therefore painters have been selected for Romerois Painting? their knowledge, experience and your satisfaction has a direct We offer a variety of painting services, including everything attention to detail in the craft of correlation with our success. We also will travel nationwide painting. We require all of our from exterior and interior painters to be timely on the jobs for projects. residential properties to Our goal is your goal. and to always maintain the highlarge commercial projects. est level of professionalism; this In addition to our painting has come to be an expectation of services, we offer paint all Romerois’ painters. removal services, including EPA-compliant lead paint removal and abatement. What sets Romerois



Why is it important to hire a specialist for interior painting? When it comes to interior

apart from other painting companies?

As a fully insured painting contractor, it’s my responsibility to ensure that

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Moving Services

Joshua C. GRAY oWNer, moVe Pros LLC

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What makes you different from other movers?

Why should someone choose Move Pros over another company?

What should people know before they decide on a mover?

Relocating can be a very stressful time in someone’s life. Our goal is to eliminate worries by safely packing, moving and storing our clients belongings. From the first call through the completion of their move, customers will notice a major difference between us and the other guys. It’s our attitude that makes the difference. Large or small, every job is the most important job and every client is the most important client.

We’re not all equal. We are quality movers with a professionally trained team. We aim for zero damage, every time. We carry twice the insurance coverage on your furniture than what is required by law. For three consecutive years, Move Pros has won the prized Angie’s List Super Service award.

In a word, quality! We’re on time and on budget. We are licensed and fully insured. It’s not just a job with us—it’s a pleasant experience. Careful, thoughtful and considerate best describe our mission on every move. In the end, the cost of allowing us to handle your move will be comparable to others, but the peace of mind will be rewarding for generations. MOVE PROS LLC 4701-A SE Maricamp Rd., Ocala (352) 351-5438 themovepros.com


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Interior Design


OWNER, ROGER BILLS INTERIORS How would you describe your interiors? I address each project individually and approach it as a creative challenge that requires its own concept and solutions. My interiors stress architectural awareness and must reflect the aspirations and personalities of each individual client. We always respect the client’s personal treasures and willingly incorporate them into the design concept. I’ve heard my work described as bold but unpretentious while maintaining a clean,

comfortable reflection of my clients.

Who can afford a designer? Almost anyone. I order directly from all of the major furnishing manufacturers. My low overhead allows me to work on a cost-plus basis with a much smaller profit margin than the competition. My hands-on approach to construction allows me to actually save my clients money and headaches by eliminating costly mistakes.

What is the difference between a designer and a decorator? An interior designer is a professional who is qualified by

education, experience and state licensure to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of a client’s environment. We manage proper allocation of space, traffic flow, activity planning and the relationship of scale of furnishings to the interior space. We often generate blueprints for both new construction and renovation. As a result, more technical issues such as HVAC, lighting, acoustics and window and wall placement are addressed.

ROGER BILLS INTERIORS 1507 SE 14th Street, Ocala (352) 351-2888

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Pest Control Bryan COOKSEY, PRESIDENT & CEO David COOKSEY, CEO John COOKSEY, CEO, McCALL SERVICE When is the best time to get your yard ready for spring and summer? Because we had such a warm winter, now is the time to start getting your lawn ready for spring. Insects and weeds that might normally appear later will be early this year. In Florida, we have many pest issues. If you see something in your lawn or home that concerns you, call a professional. At McCall Service, we’re trained to identify anything that will cause you a problem.

What should homeowners watch for during mosquitoes season? Mosquitoes are water breeders. You need to watch for standing-water issues that will provide these insects a place to breed. Once the spring rains start, they will become an issue. McCall Service can treat resting areas around your home to control these insects. We also treat standing-water areas to prevent mosquitoes from multiplying.

What are some warning signs homeowners need to be aware of to help prevent termite damage? Termites are swarming this time of year. The biggest sign you will see is reproductives flying out of the colony to produce new colonies. If this happens, you will see a large number of insects around windows and lots of insect wings on the floor. You may also see pinholes in drywall or molding around your house where they have come out.

McCALL SERVICE 307 NW 21 St., Ocala (352) 622-7154 mccallservice.com

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Apartment Living


mANAGer, CArLToN Arms oF oCALA

What amenities does Carlton Arms offer that you may not find at another complex?

parking/storage, remote entry garages and a car care center.

feature-packed and affordable choice for families and individuals. Our community offers a free 24-hour fitness center with steam showers, a heated pool with free poolside Wi-Fi, private party clubhouses, tennis and basketball courts, furnished on-site guest apartment rentals, RV and/or boat

What makes Carlton Arms your best choice in apartment living is our professional and courteous on-site staff. We work around-the-clock to maintain the distinctive quality of life that has become Carlton Arms of Ocala. The maintenance staff will take care of any task, big or small. It’s like having a personal plumber, electrician

Let’s talk about customer With our picturesque lakefront service. What special setting and resort-style services are offered to amenities, Carlton Arms is the residents?

L-R: Laura Smith and Cindy McMillen

and handyman at your beck and call! Our on-site staff provides every resident with rapid response maintenance, free valet trash removal, free monthly pest control, basic cable TV and professional owner management.

What types and sizes of apartment homes does Carlton Arms offer? Carlton Arms offers 27 spacious floorplans ranging in size from a compact efficiency apartment to an expansive three-bedroom townhome. All our buildings are two-story, concrete block, garden-style apartments with large private patios downstairs and private balconies upstairs. We also offer washers and dryers in most apartments. CARLTON ARMS OF OCALA 5001 SW 20th St., Suite 100, Ocala (866) 927-6819 carltonarmsofocala.com

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Plumbing Services


sHoWroom sALes, morGAN BroTHers sUPPLY Is there a difference between warranties issued from retailers and those from wholesaler professionals? Wholesale purchases have the lifetime repair/replacement warranties and are issued directly from the manufacturer. Warranties through your plumber or other professionals offer a double warranty since they warranty the installation as well.

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through the pipes is the same. To lessen time, you could install a circulation pump to keep water warm in the pipe (however you just defeated the energy-saving principles). The up-front cost is higher for tankless. You should figure three to four years to average out energy saving against the cost. But many companies give rebates when you install green, energy-saving appliances. New hybrids save energy and also have a cooling system.

Touch and touchless kitchen faucets are offered by Delta, Moen and Kohler. Touchless faucets have sensors for activation. When using a touch faucet, you must touch to activate. The musical singing showerhead is also new. It works off of your Bluetooth and offers seven hours of playing time. The speaker can be easily removed and placed outside of the shower. It offers great sound quality and is reasonably priced.

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Pool Maintenance


CITrUs PooL serVICe


How has Citrus Pool Service set itself apart from other pool service companies?

What is the most common misconception about pool service companies?

With training and experience. We have seven staff members who hold licenses as certified pool operators. These technicians make it their goal to stay up to date on pool safety, environmentally friendly products and energy-efficient equipment. With our almost 30 years experience, you don’t have just one technician maintaining your pool, you have the benefit of every technician who has been before them.

One of the worst stigmas in the pool industry is that of unreliability, caused by the misconception that anyone with a truck, brush and bottle of chlorine can maintain a pool. A dependable pool company is made up of a team of individuals dedicated to ensuring your pool is a safe and welcome environment.

Why is it imperative to have a qualified

and licensed pool technician? The answer is simple: chemistry. It takes a variety of chemicals to keep your pool sparkling and healthy. An improper balance can harm the body, the surface of your pool and your equipment. Your Citrus Pool Service technician will record the chemical balance of the pool and address potential problems so your pool provides what it should: enjoyment and relaxation all year long. CITRUS POOL SERVICE 1233 E Norvell Bryant Hwy, Hernando (352) 622-3004 (Marion County) (352) 637-6161 (Citrus County) citruspools.com CPC1456566

Massullo residence, client of Citrus Pool Service

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Real Estate


Do you offer the same services as some of the larger realty companies in Marion County?

What makes Fontana Realty unique?

In today’s electronic age, more and more business can be Yes! We offer many of the same handled from smartphones, services of larger corporations. tablets, laptops and e-fax; often making a large office Our 20+ agents utilize the unnecessary. We choose to latest technologies, including keep our office buildings small the Multiple Listing Service and our overhead low so we (MLS), syndication on over can use our resources to invest 900 websites, real estate in getting our customers’ publications, etc. We are a homes sold! Our goal is to full-service office assisting in establish several satellite offices residential sales, commercial throughout Marion County sales, short sales, forclosures simply to provide a meeting and rentals. place for our agents and clients to conduct business.

What can clients expect from Fontana Realty? As “Your Neighborhood Realtor,” we understand that people do business with those they know and trust. Therefore, we are dedicated to making new relationships and getting to know our customers one on one by being involved in the community. At Fontana Realty, we want to meet and exceed your expectations and provide a hassle-free real estate experience.

FONTANA REALTY 915 SE 17th St., Ocala (352) 817-3574 aprilfontana@hotmail..com FontanaRealtyFlorida.com

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Interior Lighting

Crystal DE LA CRUZ



he lighting of a room is one of the most important aspects to consider when designing or decorating. The professionals at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery meet with clients to discuss their lighting needs and help create the perfect ambiance in any room. If someone doesn’t have the budget for a complete room remodel, can simply updating the lighting make a big difference? Lighting is the jewelry of the home. Just like with clothing, if you change a tie or scarf, you can update the look. The same goes with lighting. By updating your lighting, you can completely change the look of any room.

I’ve heard the concept of “layering” of lighting—what does it mean? Layering of light is lighting from several different light sources.


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You want to create task, ambient and accent lighting when lighting any room. In a living room, for example, having recessed lighting, wall sconces, table lamps, picture lights and a chandelier in the center would create beautiful light layering.

What are the different types of lighting that should be considered when designing or remodeling a room? When lighting any type of room, you want to light layer. Instead of having one overhead light, you can achieve mood and atmosphere when having several different

sources of light. For example, in a kitchen, you can have recessed lighting providing task lighting, under cabinet lighting could be both task and ambient lighting, above cabinet lighting could provide ambient lighting, a kitchen pendant could be an accent light and a light over the table could be additional task lighting.

the heavy dark bronze. I am also seeing very traditional designs making a comeback. The use of crystal on contemporary fixtures is extremely popular right now as well.

Are some lighting options more energy efficient than others?

A lighting specialist can offer advice on the scale of a fixture as well as point out features and benefits of lighting products. The other reason is we can only display a fraction of what’s available. If the homeowner brings in a picture of the room or project, we may know of a perfect fixture in the catalog.

Yes! Using fluorescent or LED lights is much more energy efficient than an incandescent bulb. Both types of lighting have their benefits, but LED is my first choice for light quality, energy use and lamp life. If you don’t have energy-efficient lighting currently, you can also dim your lights and save energy.

What are some recent trends in lighting (styles, finishes, etc.)? I have seen a shift toward simple lines and lighter finishes instead of

Why should a homeowner consult a lighting specialist rather than pick products on their own?

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Active Adult Communities


VICe PresIDeNT, oN ToP oF THe WorLD CommUNITIes What sets On Top of the World apart? While there are many things, one of the major factors is that we are a debt-free company—and always have been. We will be here in the years to come to support the development we began. Homes are high performance and energy efficient with smart designs for today’s active adult. Our commitment to our residents can be seen as well in the interactive programming at our amenities offered through education, fitness, wellness, social and recreational activities.

Our residents say they are more active now than ever before.

Describe On Top of the World residents. On Top of the World residents are physically and mentally engaged. They have a zest for life and are very friendly and welcoming to newcomers. They generously support and volunteer for the causes in which they believe. They challenge themselves to continue learning new things and to continue setting and achieving goals.

How can we learn more about On Top of the World? Our website provides a full overview of the community, and the sales office and model center are open daily for tours. We invite you to come and let us show you how On Top of the World is the kind of community you have always wanted to call “home.”

ON TOP OF THE WORLD COMMUNITIES 8445 SW 80th St., Ocala (352) 854-3600 ontopoftheworld.com

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ene Kerr says he never smoked cigarettes or drank alcohol. He ate well, too—mostly a diet of chicken, turkey and fish. There was some stress through the years, sure. That came with the territory as a public school counselor in Dade County. For the most part, though, Gene thought he was healthy. So, in 2010, when cramps and indigestion suddenly began following meals while dining out, 71-year-old Gene simply quit going to restaurants and made a natural assumption: He blamed his stomach ailments on the food. “I couldn’t eat out any place. I just thought the foods were high in bacteria or something,” says Gene, who especially missed the BBQ. “I would swallow some Tums, and that seemed to help. I thought I was fine.” He was wrong. After the problems persisted, Gene did receive a checkup from his regular doctor, which confirmed his initial belief of no physical issues. Yet, a subsequent referral to 7 Hill Gastroenterology in Ocala proved otherwise. A colonoscopy uncovered polyps, including one that was 2 1/2 inches long and horizontal rather than the normal vertical. “[The doctors] told me if [the large polyp] hadn’t been removed, it would have been cancer within a couple of years,” Gene says. In addition, a related check of his stomach discovered ulcers, which were actually the cause of his cramps and indigestion. Mystery solved. “This was a surprise to me,” says Gene. “I can chuckle about it now, but I didn’t think I had ulcers. I’m fine now. I can eat any kind of food at any restaurant.” The scenario is not uncommon according to area gastroenterologists who specialize in the digestive system. In the simple but direct words of one of them, Dr. Henry Olejeme of Gastroenterology Associates of Ocala says “If you have unexplained symptoms, check them out.” Fact is, when it comes to a colonoscopy, symptoms often are not involved, Olejeme says, pointing out the increasing need for screenings as people age. As in Gene’s case, you could have precancerous polyps and not know it. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if everyone 50 years old or older were screened regularly, as much as 60 percent of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year more than 140,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer and more than 50,000 people die from it. Unfortunately, the risk of getting colorectal cancer increases with age, and more than 90 percent of cases occur in people who are 50 years old or older. “Gut health is a very common concern for most of us, especially as we age,” says Dr. Dabir Siddiqui of 7 Hill Gastroenterology. “Common problems of gas, bloating, indigestion and bowel-habit changes are by themselves not that important and can be easily handled with simple changes in diet. But when red-flag symptoms like vomiting, pain, weight loss or bleeding appear, then it’s very important to seek medical help immediately.” What exactly is gut health? Although the medical community is just now starting to discover the real importance of gut health, this much we do know: There’s a lot going on in the stomach. As defined by the America Medical Association, “Your digestive system consists of organs that break down food into components that your body uses for energy and for building and repairing cells and tissues.” When the intricate system falls out of kilter, problems arise. “The warning signs are diarrhea, weight loss, pain, reflux, bloating, nausea and passing blood in the stool,” says

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Healthy Supplements Try the following digestive aids and supplements to increase your good bacteria, ease your ailing stomach and aid in digestion. Probiotics: A pill or powder resembling good bacteria in the gut that aids proper digestion. Licorice: Not only is it tasty, licorice has also been known to help prevent heartburn and acid reflux. Peppermint: In oil or hard candy form, peppermint has long been known to soothe an upset stomach. It could also help relieve some of the pain associated with bloating from IBS. Chamomile: This soothing tea can help relieve a variety of ailments, including nausea, colic and even insomnia. Ginger: Ginger ale for a sick stomach? You bet! Ginger also comes in spice and pill form and even as hard or chewy candy. L-Glutamine: Use this supplement to help support healthy intestines. Psyllium: High in fiber, psyllium is used in bulk laxatives to prevent bloating, etc. Artichoke: Incorporating artichokes into your diet may help relieve symptoms of indigestion, nausea, vomiting, gas and abdominal pain. Source: WebMD.com

Dr. Olejeme. “I would say my top-three [signs] are persistent abdominal pain, diarrhea and blood in the stool. Abnormal weight loss is an addition.” A U.S. News and World Report article, 8 Common Digestive Problems and How to End Them, cited that “digestive disorders are placing a ‘growing burden’ on Americans, causing an unprecedented number of clinic visits and hospitalizations.” That much is known. The unknown, however, begins with how much a person’s overall health is determined by the health of their gut. Diseases such as diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome can often be traced back to gut health. By now we have all heard of the gut’s flora—good bacteria that calls the area home. It’s when that good bacteria goes bad that health problems begin to arise. A variety of factors contribute to the relationship of good-to-bad bacteria, including illness, antibiotic use and the foods we consume. In addition, there’s even some belief within the medical community that this haven of tiny living beings can be affected by mood, and vice versa. For example, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine found that depression and anxiety may result from short-term digestive irritation early in life. The study, published in May 2011 by PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed online publication, concluded that mood might result from

gastrointestinal disorders, rather than mood causing the stomach problems. The point is, the gut remains somewhat of a mystery. “There is a lot of interest in this area,” Dr. Olejeme contends. “But there’s still research to be done.” The same investigative thinking applies to sufferers of poor gut health: explore and research through medical testing. “When red-flag symptoms like vomiting, pain, weight loss or bleeding appear, then it is very important to seek medical help immediately,” says Dr.

The Cs, Es & More of Healthy Living

Is staying healthy a challenge? Absolutely. At the same time, following nutritional basics can go a long way toward fighting off the dangers of modern living and poor food choices. Think multivitamins, multi-minerals, antioxidants, energy nutrients and liver cleaners. Here’s just a sampling. Make sure and talk to your doctor and do your own research, though.


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Antioxidants: Protect cells against the effects of free radicals, which can damage cells and may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. Calcium: Needed to help muscles and blood vessels contract and expand; also

needed to secrete hormones and enzymes and to send messages through the nervous system. More than 99 percent of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth. CoQ10: A nutrient needed in small amounts to help

the body function and stay healthy; also needed for cells to make energy. Fish Oils: Most often used for conditions related to the heart and blood system; also critical for the youthful appearance and health of skin and hair.

Magnesium: Needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body; promotes normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, supports a healthy immune system and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps


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Did You Know?

Siddiqui. “Preventive steps like timely colonoscopies, especially after age 45 or earlier if there is family history of colon cancer/polyps, are very important. Old age is not a disease, but it’s associated with aging of the digestive tract like other parts of the body and needs to be taken care of properly. Proper attention to diet, exercise, stopping smoking, taking care of the stresses of daily living and common-sense living can go a long way in alleviating most age-related concerns of gut health.” It’s always a good idea to take a look at the food we are putting into our bodies. Dr. Olejeme has one

regulate blood sugar levels, among other jobs. Selenium: An essential trace mineral, meaning the body only needs small amounts. Selenium helps the body with making antioxidant enzymes, which play a role in

preventing cell damage and helping the body protect you after vaccination. Vitamin B: Helps make energy from the food you eat; also helps form red blood cells.

small piece of advice that can make a huge difference in how you feel: “Eat better—a balanced diet.” So, what does that mean? Specifics vary, depending upon whom you consult, but the basics encompass the use of fractions, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: no greater than one-third of daily calories each coming from carbohydrates, protein and fats. Some of the key foods to incorporate: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, beans, nuts, olive oil, avocados, sweet potatoes and low-fat dairy. But sometimes, changing your diet just isn’t enough. Gene, who quit dining out and unknowingly harbored a potential cancer in his gut, says prevention is key. His message from experience: “Go ahead and get a preventative exam, with the hope that you don’t have a problem. But if you do have a problem, the sooner you get the treatment, the better.”

Vitamin C: Needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body; also helps form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels; plus helps heal wounds and form scar tissue and repair and maintain cartilage, bones and teeth.

Vitamin E: An antioxidant, which is a substance that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals; also plays a role in the immune system and metabolic processes.

Yogurt can, in fact, be good for your health. And Greek yogurt is even better. At least, that’s what magazines, websites and doctors are touting about the increasingly popular creamy food. Why? Leading the well-publicized benefits are the presence of probiotics in yogurt, sometimes called friendly or good bacteria, which resemble the live microorganisms found in the gut. Other reasons include yogurt being good for the bones, high in protein, low in fat and rich in vitamins and minerals. Greek yogurt, which is strained to remove much of the liquid whey, lactose and sugar, goes a step healthier. In roughly the same amount of calories as regular yogurt, Greek yogurt can contain twice the protein and half the sugar. Dabir Siddiqui of 7 Hill Gastroenterology in Ocala, who believes many digestive issues can be resolved by a better diet, lists yogurt among his leading remedies. “Yogurt is a lactose-free probiotic that has lots of bacteria, which are useful in changing and keeping the bacterial flora of bowels under check and controlling bad bacteria to help digest food,” he says.

Sources: National Institues of Health, youthfulagingcenter.com

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Many of Dr. Zhou’s patients feel very lucky to have such a top-notch scholar and practitioner in North Central Florida. Dr. Zhou’s philosophy of treating pain is not to put his patients on high doses of narcotics for the rest of their lives. His philosophy is to “find the cause and get rid of the pain.” Back pain can often be relieved at FLPNR with only one or two treatments. A previous patient suffering from severe headaches without knowing the real cause for many years was diagnosed and successfully treated by Dr. Zhou in the first visit. A patient crying with severe leg pain after cardiac catheterization found a cure at FLPNR. These are just few examples. Many of Dr. Zhou’s patients find there really is no need to return because they are pain free. However, they refer many of their closest family and friends to his practice. In addition to being a successful academician and clinician, Dr. Zhou also focuses on building a great team of experts. Dr. Warycha is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. His area of expertise is nerve function study, and he excels at using ultrasound-guided joint injections. “This technique is more accurate and allows me to treat the exact pain site instead of the general area,” he says. Dr. Vu is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and pain specialist. Together with other team members, Dr. Vu offers a comprehensive approach to treating pain using minimally invasive non-surgical treatment. Dr. Jollu is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with fellowship training in minimal invasive treatment for spine and sports injuries. Just listen to what one of his patients has to say: “I am very pleased with the treatment and the results of the treatment I received in Dr. Zhou’s office. I can rest easier knowing there is a doctor who cares and can help me with the treatment. It is worth it to travel hundreds miles to see him. I will happily refer anyone I know that is having a problem with pain to Dr. Zhou’s office.” Consult with this outstanding team today, and learn how you can begin leading a pain-free life without surgery!

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our home should be a safe haven, protecting you from outside harm. but you might be putting your family and pets at unnecessary risk by not paying attention to a handful of simple safety checks. this his month, take a few minutes to do a thorough inspection of your home to make sure you’re safe and secure. » Check the batteries in

your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. A good rule of thumb is to replace them every daylight saving time change, which is March 10 this year.

» Be sure extension cords

are not overloaded beyond their capacity, and never place them under heavy furniture, rugs or in coils or knots when in use.

» Keep unused outlets

» Keep fire extinguishers

in all key rooms of the house, and more importantly, know how to use them.

» Unplug appliances and

electronics when not in use.

» Keep space heaters

at least 3 feet away from beds, curtains or anything flammable.

» Have an evacuation

plan the entire family is familiar with. Source: safetyathome.com


» Be sure all major

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ost people associate physical therapy with certain exercises to encourage healing and/or increase range of motion after an injury or medical condition, such as a stroke. but alternative physical therapies, such as cold laser, ultrasound or electrical stimulation, can also help reach those aforementioned goals. alternative physical therapies are generally used in conjunction with traditional physical therapy exercises.

“The great thing about alternative physical therapies is that they are noninvasive,” says Physical Therapist Lisa George, who owns and operates Ocalabased Better Body Physical Therapy. “Also, side effects are practically non-existent, which isn’t the case with most medications.” According to George, “alternative physical therapies address the issue of inflammation present with injury and illness.” And in doing so, she says, “They reduce the inflammation, which speeds up the healing process.” George sees benefits of all the alternative physical therapies, including cold laser, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and infrared. But she says, “It is cold laser therapy that has shown the greatest advances and is adaptable to multiple physical problems.” Paul Cotta, a physical therapist with Advanced Physical Therapy of Central Florida agrees, saying, “Cold laser therapy stimulates and energizes cells at a remarkably fast rate, increasing your body’s healing power.”


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cold lasEr The word “laser” is actually an acronym for “Light Amplification by Simulated Emission of Radiation.” Cold laser is also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT); low-power laser therapy (LPLT); soft laser, biostimulation laser, therapeutic laser and laser acupuncture. Cold laser therapy reduces pain and inflammation as well as encourages wound healing by increasing blood flow circulation to damaged cells. Cold laser can be used for neuropathy (nerve pain), arthritis, back issues, fibromyalgia, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and sprains/strains.



Uses sound waves to increase blood circulation. There are two types of ultrasound—thermal and mechanical, with the difference being the rate at which sound waves penetrate tissues. Thermal ultrasound uses continuous transmission of sound waves, resulting in heat to warm up tissues; best for myofascial pain, muscle strains/sprains. Mechanical ultrasound uses pulses of sound waves to penetrate tissues, causing expansion and contraction in soft tissues, and is best for pain caused by scar tissue, carpal tunnel syndrome or heel spurs.

A form of electrotherapy, also known as microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulation (MENS), this therapy uses extremely low-voltage electrical currents to penetrate injured tissue cells, healing and re-energizing them. Most frequently used to alleviate pain and stimulate healing in cases of soft tissue inflammation, muscle spasms and chronic pain.

stim/E stim Uses electrical stimulation via electrodes to cause muscle contraction, which strengthens muscles, as well as increases blood circulation to expedite healing. It can be used to prevent muscle atrophy, increase range of motion and alleviate muscle spasms and pain.

infrarEd Heat therapy used for treating chronic pain from injuries or conditions such as arthritis. Reduces muscle spasms and stiffness while increasing nitric oxide levels in blood to encourage healing.

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ccording to the centers for disease control and prevention, there are more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. of that number, 250 are known to be harmful to humans, including hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide and ammonia, and 69 cause cancer, including arsenic, benzene, vinyl chloride and cadmium. smoking has an adverse effect on nearly every organ in the body and has been linked to numerous cancers, heart and respiratory diseases, birth defects, stillbirths and premature births. smoking causes more deaths each year in the united states than all deaths from hiv, illegal drugs, alcohol use, auto crashes, suicides and murders combined.


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“The one thing people really want help with is which quit-smoking medication is available and what they should try,” says Manette Cheshareck, the tobacco prevention specialist with Tobacco Free Partnership of Marion County. “Of the over-the-counter products, we encourage people to try the nicotine patch. It’s easy; you put it on and leave it on for 24 hours before replacing it. With gums and lozenges, you have to keep using them every few hours. But everyone has to find what works for them.” Cheshareck notes that “we also encourage people to get counseling to deal with the behavioral aspects of quitting smoking and increase their success.” She suggests calling the Tobacco Free Florida Quitline (1-877-U-CAN-NOW) for telephone counseling, a referral for online counseling at tobaccofreeflorida.com and a referral to an area health education center. For more information on the Tobacco Free Partnership of Marion County, go to tfp-marion.org or contact Cheshareck at

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Improved sense of smell and taste within weeks


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and plan for challenges.

family/friends/ co-workers of your plan to quit and quit date.


cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car and work.


to your doctor about getting help to quit.

Sources: smokefree.gov, cdc.gov, cancer.gov, tobaccofreeflorida.com

Pick a date within a two-week period to give you time to prepare. Choose a special day (birthday, holiday, anniversary date, etc.). If you smoke at work, quit over a weekend to start fresh on Monday.

» Shampoo the inside of your car, clean

drapes and wash clothes to remove smell of smoke.

» Clean car ashtray and remove car lighter. » Throw away all ashtrays in your home. » Have your teeth cleaned/whitened to

remove smoking stains.

» Brush your teeth after meals and/or go

for a walk.

» Stay physically active.

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» Use other forms of

tobacco, including smokeless, cigars, pipes, cigarillos, herbal/clove cigarettes or light/lowtar cigarettes.

» Spend time in smoking

environments like bars.

» Indulge in smoking

triggers like drinking wine/beer.

You may want to talk to your doctor about prescription medications such as nicotine inhalers and sprays. Also available by prescription are Bupropion SR (Wellbutrin) and Varenicline (Chantix), both of which are nicotine-free.

hYpnosis Some people have tried and had some success with hypnosis to stop smoking. The theory being that once you are relaxed, you concentrate more and are open to suggestions. The hypnotherapist asks the subject to make unpleasant connections to smoking, such as an extremely bad taste in your mouth. After the session, the hypnotherapist teaches the patient self-hypnosis affirmations to use when the urge to smoke strikes. The Spiegel’s Method uses three affirmations:

1) Smoking poisons the body, 2) You need your body to live and 3) You should respect your body and protect it. If you decide to try hypnosis to stop smoking, check with the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (asch.net) for a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist in your area. Hypnotherapy to quit smoking is not endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Cancer Society or the National Cancer Institute.

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or people who suffer from motion sickness, riding in a car, plane, boat, train or on amusement rides isn’t much fun. motion sickness, also known as kinetosis, is considered a form of dizziness that involves a conflict of sensory motion input and the brain’s perception of it. for instance, if you are in the cabin of a moving boat, then your inner ear, which registers motion, works to balance you. but because your eyes don’t perceive the waves that are causing the motion, there is a balance confusion relay in your brain. the reverse happens when you’re playing a video game and your eyes register the motion, but your body doesn’t sense it. this leads to dizziness, as well as possible nausea, headache, cold sweats and vomiting.

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» Avoid spicy/greasy foods before and during trips. » Don’t overeat before/during trips.

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» Rest head back against seat.

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» Focus on a distant, stationary object or horizon.

Recurrent head movements and visual cues simulate motion sickness cues.

» Don’t smoke or sit near smokers.

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ore than 20 million Americans and Canadians take ibuprofen every day, often popping the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) before they exercise or do heavy-duty chores—to prevent muscle aches and pains. But a recent report says ibuprofen plus strenuous activity may be bad news for your intestines; it seems to trigger what docs call “leaky gut.” Long periods of very strenuous activity reduce blood flow to your digestive system (your body needs that blood elsewhere!). This makes the lining of your intestines vulnerable to injury. Ibuprofen further reduces your body’s ability to protect and repair that lining. Combine these two effects, and the lining of the intestines becomes compromised, which can allow digestive enzymes and even bacteria

to migrate from your intestines into your bloodstream. That’s what Dutch scientists recently concluded when they found that endurance athletes who take ibuprofen before they exercise had elevated levels of a protein that signaled intestinal leakage into the bloodstream. But they also found that the elevated protein levels disappeared about an hour after exercising stopped. So, no one is positive if this phenomenon does lasting damage. There’s even some thought that a short blast of unexpected visitors in the bloodstream could help prime your immune system to better fight off invaders. But considering that up to 90 percent of endurance athletes take ibuprofen before most work-outs and that so many other folks rely on it from time to time or daily, we recommend a new approach to managing exercise-related discomfort or pain. Here’s our advice:

if you’re mumbling, “yikes, that’s me!” don’t panic... yet.

EasE into hEavy-duty activity. Weekend warriors, listen up. Instead of going from zero (you on the couch) to 100 mph (you doing a two-hour boot-camp exercise class or all-day yard work), make sure you get some exercise every day. Do a little bit (30 additional minutes of walking a day); then add a little bit more (each week, increase by 10 to 15 minutes per day); and then do even a little more (you’re aiming for a total of 10,000 steps a day). When you build strength and endurance gradually, your muscles will sustain less microtrauma—microscopic tears and swellings—which translates into major aches the day after. It’s the best way to minimize delayed muscle soreness. rEsErvE nsaids for swElling and pain. Over-the-counter NSAIDs are effective pain relievers, but they are intended for only short-term use. Never use an over-the-counter NSAID for more than 10 days, and make sure you take the dose as outlined on the label. Don’t take extra (more than 25 percent of you do). And don’t take these medications more frequently than recommended. Almost two-thirds of you do that, too!

alrEady achy? chill out. Use indirect cold on tired muscles as soon as you can

after exercising. Applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel for 20 minutes or less discourages excess inflammation and reduces pain dramatically. Save heat for later on; using a heating pad set on low for a short time will increase circulation and encourage healing. Heat is also a good soother for aching joints. What if you’re taking aspirin daily? Many folks take aspirin for its benefits against cancer, heart attack and stroke; if that’s you, by all means, stay with it. (We take aspirin with a half-glass of warm water before and after; it helps the aspirin dissolve faster, reducing the risk of stomach and intestinal bleeding and your risk of distress.) Just make sure to take the aspirin more than two hours before or one hour after you exercise. We haven’t pointed it out recently, but aspirin really is a miracle pill, and so is ibuprofen. But taking the two together seems to cancel out their anticancer and anti-heart attack benefits, so stay with aspirin if your doc approves (since there are potential side effects, always check with your doc). If you must take ibuprofen also, do it 30 minutes before you take aspirin or eight hours afterward.

Mehmet Oz, M.D. is host of The Dr. Oz Show, and Mike Roizen, M.D. is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. For more information go to www.RealAge.com. (c) 2013 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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How I see PAD Have you ever received a diagnosis or had an injury and, when looking back, you could pinpoint the early signs? Ask anyone close to me and they will tell you I feel strongly about the importance of actively listening to our bodies — paying as close attention to our subtle aches and pains as we would the voices of our children in another room. As a physician, I see many illnesses that could have been avoided by listening closely and trusting our instincts. An example is this month’s medical topic, peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD often goes undiagnosed until it is too late because the symptoms of the disease seem minor in its early stages. I am passionate about ensuring ICE remains a place where we can help you sort through the uncertainty of your pain and get all your questions answered under one roof. Our patient-centric approach ensures all the care you receive revolves around you and your particular needs. Take stock of your aches, pains, or any changes in your health no matter how minor. You deserve it. Yours,

Asad U. Qamar, MD FACC, FCCP, FSGC, FACP, FSCAI Cardiologist

Below the knee Peripheral Arterial Disease Mild pain and fatigue in legs and calves during a long walk is easily dismissed and it usually goes away when you sit down. It’s only human to disregard this discomfort and chalk it up to exercising too much or not enough, but should you? The pain could be the body’s way of telling you something about the health of its arteries. Think of your arteries as an underground rail system, allowing oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood pumped from the heart to flow from the main railway — the aorta — to a growing network of arteries reaching through the arms, hands, legs and feet. As we age, these pathways can become blocked, hardening into plaque, which



builds up in the walls of our arteries. This sticky plaque, made up of cholesterol, calcium, and fibrous tissue, causes atherosclerosis — a hardening of the arteries which prevents blood from travelling freely. When this occurs in the extremities — or the peripheral blood vessels — it is called peripheral arterial disease (PAD). At its worst, PAD can cause continuous pain and tingling in the feet, calves and toes so severe that the light weight of a bed sheet increases irritation. Other progressive symptoms include shrinking calf muscles, thickening of toenails, tight skin, and hair loss and ulcers on the feet and toes. When our arteries are not supplying our legs, calves and

feet with the rich blood that they need, people with PAD are at risk for strokes, high blood pressure, kidney problems and even amputation of the limbs. Risk factors such as smoking, diabetes, unhealthy cholesterol and lipid levels, hypertension, family history of heart and artery disease, and artery inflammation may increase the risk of heart or circulatory disease. Types of tests for PAD include an angiogram or echocardiogram to determine the extent of the blockage. ICE is equipped with the technology and science to find the cause of the pain, identify your risk factors and care for not only the disease, but your whole body — from head to heart to toe.


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Alife of purpose It has always been my dream to work in the medical field to serve and help people in my community. I had completed my bachelor’s degree and pre-med requirements when I decided to join the ICE team four years ago as a cardiovascular tech. I help Dr. Qamar and the ICE team by conducting diagnostic testing to assist in planning the course of medical care for our patients. My main and favorite job is Holter Processing. I hook patients up to a heart monitor that records their heart rhythms for a 24-hour period. I have taken advanced arrhythmia courses, which help me to identify abnormal, fast, or slow heart beats. The test results are discussed with Dr. Qamar to help him determine if changes in medications or other interventions are needed.

We do all our scanning and processing in the same building so the patient’s test results are handled by the same hands from start to finish. I personally look at each and every second of the recorded arrhythmia and try not to miss a single beat! I also do ANSAR tests, EKGs, aorta screens for abdominal aneurisms, and vestibular autorotation tests for patients exhibiting dizziness. Dr. Qamar is very kind to all of us. He opens his heart to us and we return the favor by helping take good care of his patients. Dr. Qamar is passionate about what he does and has a kind soul. It has truly been an honor to work with him and the entire ICE staff. — Jeveria Ali Cardiovascular Technician

At ease with Earla When Dr. Qamar asked me why I came to visit ICE, I told him, ‘to be honest, it was to shut my daughters up.’ They had been very concerned for me as I was becoming dizzy quite a bit and, at times, getting to the point of almost blacking out. At the same time, I was also experiencing aching and swelling legs. A friend of my daughter’s, who is a nurse, recommended Dr. Qamar and said he was a great cardiologist. I made an appointment and went through a series of diagnostic tests. During a heart catheterization, he discovered I needed a stent in my right renal artery. Since then I have had several other stents placed and I am now feeling great. The Ocala office is just fantastic! What I love the most is being able to go to a single location for all my appointments and procedures. For me, it is much more convenient to have everything done in one place. The ICE staff is magnificent. Everyone is very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. They are wonderful doctors and kind, caring people. Their staff is up-todate with the latest technolo-

gies and advancements in the medical field. ICE has a stateof-the-art cath lab and facility for everything you need when it comes to cardiovascular care. If you ask me, I would recommend him to anyone, as I trust him with my life.

“Everyone is very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. They are wonderful doctors and kind, caring people. ” — Earla Sogan

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Pamela’s Country Cafe at The Old Tyme Bread House in Novem Citra opened in November. Located on SR 318, just east of US Highway 301, this cozy eatery focuses on Southern home cooking for breakfast and lunch. “We sell a lot of sausage gravy and biscuits, and I also make a great country scramble,” says Pamela Wells, general manager and the café’s namesake. “We always have salad and soup ©Margie Hurwich / shutterstock.com made fresh every day and made-from-scratch cake and pie.” As of this writing, the café is a cash-only establishment, but there are plans to accept debit/credit cards soon. Open 7am-2pm Monday-Saturday.

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hat’s for dinner?” it’s often the most dreaded question of the day, especially after a day filled with school, activities, work and family life. fortunately, the answer is probably right in your pantry—canned food. canned foods are not only convenient and budget friendly, they reduce your cooking time and inspire wholesome and delicious meals your family will love. for more recipes, visit facebok.com/cansgetyoucooking and pinterest.com/cansgetucooking.

Serves 8 1

enchiladas grandes 6-inch corn tortillas

2/3 cup canned red enchilada sauce 2

tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream


cup warm taco meat filling (from Family Fiesta Soft Tacos recipe)



pound extra-lean ground beef or turkey

1/2 cup chopped onion


can (4 ounces) diced, mild green chiles


can (10 3/4 ounces) reducedsodium cream of chicken soup


can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, no salt added, drained


cup low-sodium chicken broth


cup cooked wild rice


cup canned, sliced carrots, drained


cans (3 ounces each) premium chunk chicken breast in water, drained

1/2 cup drained canned corn 1/2 cup drained and rinsed canned red kidney beans 1

tablespoon finely chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat large skillet over high heat. Spray with a thin film of oil, and wipe off with a paper towel. Cook tortillas on both sides until blistered and soft, about 1 minute per side; keep warm. While tortillas are cooking, pour 1/3 cup enchilada sauce into a pie plate or small rectangular baking dish, about 6x10 inches. Mix the remaining sauce with sour cream; set aside. Mix meat filling, cheese and cilantro in medium mixing bowl. To assemble: Fill a tortilla with 1/4 cup of the meat mixture, and roll up. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Pour enchilada/sour cream mixture over enchiladas. Cover tightly with foil and bake until sauce is bubbling, about 15 minutes. Top with green onions.


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cup shredded, pepper jack cheese, divided

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Cilantro sprigs for garnish In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium-high heat; add onion and celery. Sauté, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until softened. Stir in soup and broth. Add rice, carrots, chicken, chili powder, cumin, chipotle chile and 3/4 cup cheese; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors; stir in evaporated milk and chopped cilantro. Garnish with remaining cheese and cilantro sprigs.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until lightly browned, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Add beef, and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add chiles, tomatoes, corn, beans, chili powder, cumin and pepper, and stir until heated through, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt, if needed. Transfer to a serving bowl, and keep warm. To serve, plate up warm tortillas and dish up cheese, lettuce and avocado (if desired). Serve with taco meat filling.

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The Corkscrew Winery (located downtown next to Starbuck’s) offers a unique do-it-yourself opportunity for wine making. Owners Joe and Kelli Carvalho show you the ins and outs. ©stevemart/shutterstock.com “I’m from Canada, and this concept is big there,” says Joe. “You don’t have Continued on page 78


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Tony’s Sushi & Steakhouse 3405 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-3151 / tonysushi.com Mon-Thu 11a-10p / Fri & Sat 11a-11p / Sun Noon-10p With abundant menu choices and over 100 off-menu rolls, you certainly won’t run out of options at Tony’s Sushi. If you can’t decide, the wait staff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs make for a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections. Like us

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2023 South Pine Avenue, Ocala / (352) 622-1741 / ipanemaocala.com Lunch Fri 11a-2:30p / Dinner Tues-Thu 5-9p, Fri & Sat 5-10p, Sun 4-9p Brunch Sun 12-3p / Happy Hour Tue-Fri 5-7p / Closed Mon A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) is a dining experience where roaming Gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in a continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steak House boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent salad and vegetable bar, delectable desserts, and delicious wines, beers and cocktails. Brazilian native and Executive Chef Ortencia DeAlmeida invites you to embrace the flavors of her homeland and experience the magnetism of Ipanema for yourself. Become a fan of Ipanema on Facebook at facebook.com/ipanemasteakhouse. Great discounts online!

Dine with us in the most elegant and elaborate dining room in Ocala–perfect for a romantic dinner experience to remember. Taste Brazil! Happy Hour Tues-Fri 5-7pm, Wed 2-for-1 Caipirinhas all night!

Pavarotti’s Pizza & Restaurant 8075 SW HWY 200, Canopy Oak Center, Ocala / (352) 291-9424 Mon-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Pavarotti’s Pizza and Restaurant in Dunnellon is known for their famous old-fashioned pizzas, hand-tossed and baked on a stone deck oven as well as their array of classic Italian entrées, fresh salads and subs, and hearty pasta dinners. Their newest location in the Canopy Oak Center means Ocala residents can now enjoy Pavarotti’s famous fare. Veal or chicken is served Parmigiana, Marsala or Picatta style and the seafood dishes are served fresh over linguini. Pizza lovers can’t get enough of the homemade pies, and don’t forget about the subs, stromboli and calzones!

Be sure to check out the new bar area and expanded dining room. Pavarotti’s also caters.

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A bunch of rainbow Swiss chard is comprised of red, purple, orange, yellow and white stalks. These crunchy stems are jam-packed with an outstanding variety of phytonutrients, supplying your body with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. With each bite your body is better able to battle oxidative stress (responsible for a variety of diseases) and inflammation. Overwhelming amounts of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, manganese and zinc flow freely through these colorful stems, and over three dozen other antioxidant phytonutrients help the body battle the inflammation responsible for diabetes, high blood pressure and a whole host of other chronic diseases.

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You may have heard that your plate should contain a rainbow of colors for maximum nutrition. Rather than scour the produce stands for reds, yellows, oranges and greens, you can get all those colors and more in just one veggie: rainbow Swiss chard. With it’s long colorful crunchy stems and fan-like dark green leaves, this popular Mediterranean vegetable ranks second only to spinach in terms of packing a nutritional punch.

grab onto those greens

Forget milk. The dark leafy greens of Swiss chard are overflowing with enough calcium, magnesium and vitamin K to provide you with six to eight times the daily recommended value. Calcium and magnesium are vital for building bone health, while vitamin K prevents osteoclast cells from breaking bone down. You’ll get a whopping 716 percent of your daily value for vitamin K in just one cup of the cooked greens.

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Swiss chard is a bit bitter to eat raw and is one of the few vegetables that cooking is recommended for (similar to tomatoes). The white stems are the softest to eat, but don’t be afraid to chop up the reds, yellows, oranges and purples, too! Sauté the stems with some olive oil and garlic to soften them up before adding the chopped leaves. Cook until wilted and add to soups, sauces, omelets or season with salt and pepper and enjoy!

Swiss chard isn’t Swiss at all. It actually originated in the Mediterranean region. Aristotle is known to have written about this leafy green, and the Greeks honored it for its medicinal properties.

to know anything about wine. Our focus is on the experience and the atmosphere.” Pick your own varietal and flavor from hundreds of options. Return in four to eight weeks for a private bottling session. Make a batch, then start another so you have a steady supply of your own custom wine. It’s a clever idea for weddings, businesses and special events. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7pm. 16 SW Broadway St., Ocala (352) 402-0158 thecorkscrewwinery.com

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The Pearl Country Store and Barbeque located on US 441 at the blinking light in historic Micanopy, has made a name for itself serving up fabulous BBQ chicken, pork, brisket and ribs as well as hearty country breakfasts. Owners David and Peggy Carr bought the establishment in 2002, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere in what was once a convenience store. You’ll find an eclectic array of goods from wine and specialty items to books on ©amenic181 / shutterstock.com Florida history. Breakfast is served starting at 6am every day, and lunch starts at 11am. Open until 7pm Sunday-Thursday and until


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Coyote Cantina Ocala opened in November in the downtown location that formerly housed BFE and is both a restaurant and a nightlife spot. “We open for lunch at 11am and serve food until 9pm. After 9, it becomes more of a night scene, and we have a © ©David P. Smith / shutterstock.com live band on Thursday nights,” says Manager Jason Harmes. Menu items trend toward Tex-Mex and American with a Southwestern flair. Best-sellers include the BLGT (a tasty BLT with fried green tomatoes instead of the usual) and “Coyote Bones,” fall-off-the-bone tender baby back ribs. Open for lunch 11am-4pm on Monday (dinner only on Sunday) and Tuesday through Saturday 11am-2am. 18 SW Broadway St., Ocala (352) 351-2331 facebook.com/ coyotecantinaocala

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closed its doors as of November 30. Stay tuned for a new eatery to open at that location. Owner Kelley Welsh owned the Primary Oven for 6 1/2


A Taste Of Italy Newly opened and family owned and operated, Riccardo’s Restaurant in Belleview serves up traditional Italian meals and pizza even New Yorkers describe as “outstanding.”


ooking true traditional Italian dishes is second nature to Ricardo Cardenas. With over 30 years in the industry, Ricardo learned his classic techniques watching both his grandmother and mother cook throughout his childhood. “I just enjoy cooking. I love cooking Italian food; I’ve been watching my grandmother and mother cook for years,” he says enthusiastically. Riccardo’s serves a wide range of dinner options at an affordable price, which has been a big hit with diners. “There’s no limit to what we can prepare. We started with a menu of things we really like to make and have received so much great feedback. We get compliments every day,” Ricardo says, pointing out that the menu has something to offer everyone including a beer and wine list. And while no Italian restaurant would be complete without a pizza menu, Riccardo’s takes pizza to the next level. “Our dough is especially made for high temperature ovens, creating a crust that is out of this world,” he says, admitting that many New Yorkers and Chicagoans who are visiting for the winter claim Riccardo’s pizza is as crispy and delicious as anything being served from their native cities. The pies come in medium and large sizes, while the “pizza-by-the-slice” size is a meal in and of itself. “We make a 24-inch pie specifically for our ‘by-the-slice’ slices. Most places will just serve a slice from a 20-inch pie, but ours are much bigger,” explains Ricardo. Also unique to Riccardo’s are

the homemade deserts served at an incredible price. “People love dessert, but they don’t want overly large, store-bought slices. We make all our desserts and sell them for only $2 or $3 as compared to $6 or $7, and we’ve had great feedback from everyone,” he says. Aside from Riccardo’s famous pizza and delicious Italian dinners, the restaurant also offers a traditional allAmerican breakfast menu and special lunch menu consisting of a variety of homemade soup, salad, sandwich and pizza combinations just to name a few. And they also offer catering for large and small parties as well as to-go orders. There’s no doubt that with his talent in the kitchen, Riccardo’s will be a fanfavorite for many years to come.

Riccardo’s Restaurant 11783 S US Hwy 441, Belleview (352) 693-5828 riccardosrestaurant.net

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years and was known for her famous mile-high pumpkin pie, among numerous other tasty bakery creations. “This has been one of ©Tischenko Irina / shutterstock.com the best experiences of my life,” Kelley posted on her website, hinting that she plans to pursue other adventures, including a new cooking show.

ome people are allergic to peanut butter, while others would rather avoid the unhealthy risks that come with its consumption. whatever your reason may be, there are healthy alternatives to peanut butter. a variety of nuts have been shown to lower ldl, or “bad” blood cholesterol levels, suggesting a decreased risk of heart disease when consumed in moderation.

nuts and nut butters contain generous amounts of phytochemicals that may be protective against colon, prostate and breast cancer, while also providing protein, unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. here


Crunchy and smooth varieties are available and come in “stir,” meaning the oil separates and simply needs to be stirred to combine for spreading, and “no-stir,” meaning it has been emulsified. Stir varieties generally have not been heavily processed.

A sweet, creamy butter good for desserts and fruit toppings. Cashew butter is lower in protein and fiber than either peanut or almond butter, and it is also a little bit higher in saturated fat. Should be consumed in moderation.

More commonly found in Europe, hazelnut butter is familiar to many Americans in the form of Nutella, a chocolate and hazelnut blend. A healthier choice, however, is raw hazelnut butter with no added sugars. It can be crunchy or smooth and is prone to oil separation. It is also recommended that this butter stay refrigerated after opening to prevent spoilage.






























Per tablespoon of nut butter

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This butter is rich, sweet and high in saturated fat and calories, so it should be consumed in moderation and treated as a dessert.





SUNFLOWER BUTTER This seed butter contains the most protein and the lowest amount of fat. It can be crunchy or creamy and is an excellent substitute for peanut butter.

Incorporating Nut Butter Into Meals • When making salad dressing, replace 1 teaspoon of oil with 1 teaspoon of nut butter. • Top fresh fruits with nut butter. • Spread nut butter on crackers or use as a healthy dip. • Spread on sticks of celery.

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Blanca’s Café Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club / 5000 N US Hwy 27, Ocala / (352) 867-0001 Tue-Sat Lunch & Dinner 10:30a-9p Tucked in among the rolling greens of the Ocala Palms Golf & Country Club, Blanca’s Café is a gem of a find for diners looking for excellent food served in a warm, friendly environment. Italian dishes and delicious homemade desserts are the café’s specialty. Patrons enjoy a full service bar and live entertainment weekly as well as spacious seating for up to 150. Try one of the weekly dinner specials Blanca’s offers, or schedule catering for your next event through the café. Whether you’re a newcomer in town or a local looking for somewhere new to dine, Blanca’s Café offers something to please every palate.


Welcome HITS! Taking reservations for St. Patrick’s Day! Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner & Entertainment. Each Friday, we are offering 1 ½-pound Maine lobster. Reserve lobster by Wednesday. Homemade pizza served daily. Lunches now feature Beef on Weck & Monte Cristo Sandwiches. Weekly entertainment, call for details.

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 a wide variety of homemade soups and chili to prime rib, fresh salads, seafood, prime steaks and burgers. If you’re in the mood for a real treat, try the Prime Rib Dinner For Two. Make sure to leave room for one of the tasty home-baked desserts, too! In the mood for a fresh fish fry? Tuesdays and Fridays are all-you-care-to-eat catfish. Big screen televisions will allow you to enjoy your meal without missing one second of the big game or race.

Located at the crossroads of NW 80th Ave. and Hwy 40 West. No matter what you have a taste for, Crossroads Country Kitchen is sure to become a new favorite. Former owners of “The Spiced Apple” restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale

El Toreo 3790 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 694-1401 / 7 Days 11a-10p SR 200, Ocala / (352) 291-2121 / 7 Days 11a-11p Happy Hour Daily 4-7p New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Monday, $3.95; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $3.95; Quesadillas on Wednesday, $5.45; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $4.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $3.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $7.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $6.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $6.95; Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $6.95; and Enchilada Fridays, $6.95. Don’t miss Margarita Mondays with $1.95 margaritas. On Tuesdays, kids 12 and under can get 99¢ children’s meals (takeout not included). Wednesday you can get 99¢ margaritas and $1.95 for domestic and imported beers. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day.

Join us every day for happy hour from 4-7p and get 2-for-1 wells or drafts. Whether it’s delicious food, great drinks or a festive atmosphere, there are more reasons than ever to visit either El Toreo location today.


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Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine 2437 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 237-3433 / ocalathai.com Lunch: Mon-Fri 11a-3p / Dinner: Mon-Thu 4:30p-9:30p / Fri 4:30p-10p Sat Noon-10p / Sunday Noon-9p Conveniently located off SR200 near Best Buy, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a window into the taste and decor of Thailand. Great dishes are designed to please anyone’s palate, ranging from seafood, pork, beef, chicken or just vegetables. Dishes can be made mild or spicy, depending on your preference. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and will provide a quality dining experience for adventurous Ocalans and curious visitors. For single diners or large groups, Ayuttaya Thai Cuisine is a great choice if you want to feel like you’ve traveled somewhere exotic without leaving the great town of Ocala!

Take out also available. Early Bird Special : Sat-Sun Noon-5p soup or salad & dessert with any entrée purchased.

Tilted Kilt 3155 E Silver Springs Boulevard, Ocala / (352) 351-5458 / tiltedkilt.com Mon-Thu 11a-11p/ Fri-Sat 11a-Midnight / Sun 11a-10p Looking for some fun with a great meal? Besides our great service, hospitality and delicious food, you’ll feel at home watching your favorite HD sporting events on the big screen TVs or enjoying live music on the patio. From poker to cruise-ins, there’s always something happening at the Tilted Kilt. Big or small, celebrate your next party or special occasion with us. Our menu features an array of options, from snacks to full meals, plus a complete bar, all served by beautiful lasses in kilts. You’ll want to make us your hometown pub. The Tilted Kilt – where a cold beer never looked so good!

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Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill 2711 SW 27th Ave., Ocala / (352) 390-8188 Mon-Thu 4p-2a / Fri-Sun 11-2a Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill is the place for hungry sports fans to go. With 32 high-definition televisions lining the walls, including a 133-inch and a 70-inch, 3-D screen, airing every televised game, you won’t miss a minute of the action. A great menu and an incredible selection of 40 beers on draft means Tony’s can cater to any appetite. Not into the big game? Not a problem. With a pool table, dart boards, video games and an incredible jukebox, patrons are sure to find plenty of entertainment. Visit Tony’s Sports Bar & Grill and Tony’s Sushi within 48 hours and receive a free domestic beer when you show the receipt.

Happy Hour Monday-Friday 4-7p, 10p-close. Along with other drink specials.

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Braised Onion 754 NE 25th Ave, Ocala / (352) 620-9255 Tue-Thu 11a-9p / Fri-Sat 11a-10p / Sun 11a-8p Easter Brunch Buffet 11a-6p We would like to welcome HITS riders and participants!

Betty and Raoul Lemieux and Marge and Loring Felix welcome you to Braised Onion, where you can experience a fun, colorful meal in a casual atmosphere as your taste buds dance away with the many exciting flavors of our “comfort food with attitude.” Make your reservations for Easter! Chef Felix will be making a very special Easter Brunch Buffet serving from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, March 31st! Chef Felix was recently the winner of Culinary Combat Iron Chef 2012-13!

Hilton 3600 SW 36th Ave., Ocala / (352) 854-1400 / facebook.com/hiltonocala Arthur’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and the best Champagne Brunch in Ocala on Sundays. The Starting Gate Lounge is open daily until midnight and features a wide selection of vodkas, bourbons, micro-brew beers, wines and other cocktails.

There’s always something special going on at the Hilton. On Thursdays, sample some of our signature martinis at “Tinis and Tapas,” and every Friday night, celebrate the start of the weekend with live music at “Party on the Patio.” Saturday nights, get ready to relax to the sounds of live jazz music to accompany your dinner or drinks at the bar. And as always, Arthur’s serves up delicious cuisine in a relaxed, beautiful and newly renovated atmosphere every day of the week.

Kotobuki Japanese Restaurant 2463 SW 27th Avenue, Ocala / (352) 237-3900 / kotobukiocala.com Lunch: Tue-Fri 11:30a-2p Dinner: Tue-Thu 4:30-9:30p / Fri & Sat 4:30-10:30p / Mon & Sun 4:30-9:30p Happy Hour daily 4:30-6:30p Check out our full sushi bar. Celebrating 26 years! WELCOME HITS!


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For an authentic Japanese meal in an award-winning restaurant that has been serving Ocala since 1986, try Kotobuki. Enjoy traditional Japanese favorites like tempura, teriyaki and broiled seafood and vegetables. For a memorable experience, gather around the hot grill and watch as your chef prepares steak, chicken and seafood favorites right before your eyes.


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The Ivy House Restaurant 917 E. Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala / (352) 622-5550 Sun 11a-2p / Tue 11a-2p / Wed & Thu 11a-8p / Fri & Sat 11a-8:30p / Closed Mon 106 NW Main St, Williston / (352) 528-5410 Sun-Wed 11a-2p / Thurs-Sat 11a-8p / ivyhousefl.com Tucked comfortably in the heart of Williston and with a new location in Ocala, this family-owned establishment is a pleasure to visit. The restaurant has been named by Florida Trend as one of the “Top 500 Best Places to Eat in the State” for several years now. Specials include Southern Fried Lobster, delicious steaks and their famous Baked Krispy Chicken, along with a complete full menu that includes Homemade Desserts.

For more information on catering, please contact Waica Huggins or Evelyn Nussel at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com. No reservations are required, but a courtesy call for parties of more than 10 is appreciated. .

Cody’s Original Roadhouse 2505 SW College Road, Ocala / (352) 237-8182 / codysamerican.com Doors Open at 11a. Serving Lunch and Dinner Daily. “Where Quality and Value Come Together!” Hand-cut, USDA Choice, certified Angus steaks, rotisserie chicken, BBQ baby back ribs, chops, fresh fish, half-pound burgers, salads and more! Kids eat free Mondays and Tuesdays. Buy One Get One Free Fajita Wednesdays, $10.98; Steak Out Thursdays with $12.98 specials! Daily 2-4-1 happy hour, 11am-7pm, includes draft beer, wine and all liquors (top shelf, too). For St. Patty’s Day, March 17 &18, enjoy Corned Beef and Cabbage with Irish Potatoes and Carrots (while it lasts). Also, on Easter Sunday March 31, try our Brown Sugar Cured Honey Ham, Roast Leg of Spring Lamb, Roast Young Tom Turkey with Dressing, Fresh Grilled Salmon & Grilled Garlic Shrimp, Bacon Wrapped Petite Filet Mignon and Cold Water Lobster Tail.

Take-Out Service Available. Locations also in Gainesville at 3100 SW Archer Road and The Villages at 1041 Lakeshore Drive at Lake Sumter Landing, and our new location in Tallahassee. Welcome HITS!

The Attic’s Cafe 801 N Magnolia Ave, Ocala / (352) 369-9300 Serving Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-4p Let’s talk about great food! Let’s talk about a unique and fun place! Let’s talk about the Attic’s Café! The Attic’s Café is located inside My Designer’s Attic. (You know, the “Not Your Average Furniture Consignment Store” located downtown.) Chef Andrew uses his culinary skills to create some of the best-tasting food around! Specializing in scrumptious galettes (savory crepes) and incredible dessert crepes, Chef Andrew also does a super job with his distinguished sandwiches, fresh salads and soups. Whether it’s his signature Roasted Veggie Galette with goat cheese, the Hot Night Club Sandwich or a fantastic lemon crepe, you can’t go wrong!

Located inside of My Designer’s Attic, in the heart of the old business district, 8 blocks north of the historic square! Don’t forget to explore the 8,000 sq ft of consigned furniture and estate pieces. You’ll never know what you’ll find at My Designer’s Attic.


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reat galloping hooves! the best of the best in two exciting equine disciplines will convene at live oak plantation in ocala for non-stop action during the live oak international combined driving and show Jumping competition. watch as teams of horses and drivers manipulate their carriages through the massive hazards strategically placed on the 5,000-acre farm, and see top show Jumpers test their equine partner’s power and speed. There’s

also plenty of “non-horsey” things to do, including a kid’s zone sponsored by Signature Brands, a classic car show and a variety of boutique and food vendors. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. Proceeds benefit the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association.

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lookinG for HoStS WitH tHe moSt eduCatiOn firSt’s Homestay Program is a non-profit organization based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company is looking for families to host exchange students this summer. From June 26-July 22, students from various countries will be making their way to Ocala to study our language and get a taste of the American way of life. Interested families are asked to provide a bed, meals and transportation to classes. It’s a great way to help kids from all over learn about our fair state and for us to learn a little bit about them as well! efhomestay.org or ef.com or (352) 572-4537.


Buckin’ BroncoS Get ready cowboys and cowgirls, the SOutheaStern prO rOdeO is returning to the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. Friday and Saturday nights, the ground will be shaking as bucking broncos and bull riders bring the crowds to their feet in this action-packed event for all ages. Don’t forget to wear pink on Saturday for “Pink Night at the Rodeo” in recognition of breast cancer awareness. Gates open at 6pm both nights with the action getting under way at 7:30pm. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the gate. Children get in for just $5 on Friday for the special “Kid’s Day” event. ocalarodeo.com or (352) 401-5900.





GardenS Galore (marcH 9-10) Whether you consider yourself a Master Gardener or you don’t know the difference between a tulip and a daisy, this is one spring event you can’t miss. The mariOn COunty maSter gardenerS will host their annual Spring Festival at the Extension Service from 8am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday. The festival features over 70 vendors, educational seminars hosted by local and UF horticulture experts, and more trees, shrubs, berries and flowers than you can imagine. New this year is the Kids’ Gardening Zone where young green thumbs can explore the art of gardening with games, activities and more. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8400.


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k9S fOr warriOrS, a group that provides service animals to returning service men and women who suffer from post-traumatic syndrome, are hosting a unique fundraising event that transforms something old into something new. The group is requesting old furniture or items to be donated for the cause, and artists are needed to transform the objects into something new. The items will be sold at Gallery East in Belleview on March 23. Interested artists and those looking to donate items can contact the gallery directly. (352) 245-2781.



By Hoof, By foot and By WHeel Ride, roll and run your way to the finish line at the annual ride-rOLL-run reLay. Sign up as a team, or do it all yourself at this one-of-a-kind event only the “Horse Capital” could come up with. This horse/bicycle/foot race takes place at the Cross Florida Greenway and consists of 7 miles on horseback, 10 miles on mountain bike and 3.5 miles of trail running. Check-in begins at 8am, and the race kicks off at 9:30am. Proceeds from the relay benefit the Florida Greenway and Trails Foundation. fgtf.org or (352) 766-7225.


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THeLocaLSCene CLaSSeS at the manOr (OngOing) The Artist Hub of Ocala will host a variety of classes throughout the month. Visit their website for specific classes, times and dates. Pre-registration is required. thecherishedbride.com or (352) 390-6801. upCOming exhibitS at the appLetOn muSeum (OngOing) Rebels With a Cause: American Impressionist Women features paintings, drawings and sculptures by many of the most prominent female artists of the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. The exhibit will be on display through March 31. New World Treasures: Artifacts from Hernando De Soto’s Florida Expedition features artifacts discovered in Marion County and will be on display through December 31. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. Student phOtOgraphy COnteSt (OngOing) The “It Starts In The Park” student photography contest invites middle and high school students in Marion County to take part in a free photography contest. All photos must be taken in a park in Marion County. The contest begins March 1, and entries must be submitted by May 15. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. dreSS and tux drive (OngOing) Pink, Pearl and Lace Cancer Awareness Group are holding a gently used prom dress and tuxedo drive for students wishing to go to the prom. The drop-off location is at the Howard Academy front office. (352) 512-5130. kayaking (OngOing) The Marion County Parks and Recreation Department will host a variety of kayaking classes and outings over the coming

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or over 30 years, the southern Junior rodeo association (sJra)) has been preparing young ropers and ountless riders for the pro ranks. countless fundraising activities help support the sJra throughout the year, and now it’s time for these young cowboys and he first annual cowgirls to give back. the odeo for JJ gibbs memorial exceptional rodeo special needs will take place this month at williston horseman’s park. sJra president patrick J. ciacco took some time to talk about the sJra and why the members are hosting this special event.

Who is JJ Gibbs? Jason Allen Gibbs was a child with special needs who was very involved in the SJRA years back. There was a fire in his home, he ran back inside to rescue his dog when the roof collapsed and he died. The rodeo will be held in his memory.

What kind of events can visitors expect? Tell us a little about the SJRA. We are the top Junior Rodeo Association out there that spans from Central Florida through Central Georgia. Our goal is to get junior rodeo riders ready for the next level, and many of our alumni are competing on the pro circuit. The season runs from September through the finals in May, and while the competition is tough, these are just the best group of people you will find. We all consider ourselves family.

Where did the idea for the Exceptional Rodeo originate? One of our members, Jason Weekly, approached me with the idea. We’re always doing fundraisers, but this is our chance to give back. We’re so blessed to be able to do what we do, and everyone in the SJRA jumped all over this idea.

WAnt to Go?

We’ll have all simulated rodeo events, including barrels, poles, a mechanical bull for the bull riding, roping and even a clown. Each participant will be introduced during the “Grand Entry” and receive a ribbon and awards. It will be a day they will never forget.

Who is the Exceptional Rodeo open to? It’s open to any special needs child or adult, and we’re not capping the number of participants. If we get 500, then we’ll find a way to make it work for 500.

What does it cost to enter or attend? Absolutely nothing. There’s no registration fees or admission fees. We’ve got great sponsors, and everyone in the SJRA is going to help out. This is all about giving the participants the most special day of their lives. We’re all bringing our A-game.

The JJ Gibbs Memorial Exceptional Rodeo For Special Needs will take place at the Williston Horseman’s Park on March 16. Breakfast will begin at 8:30am, and the Grand Entrance of the participants will begin at 9:30am. For more information or to contribute, contact Joy Papy at (352) 266-0054 or Cindy Baldwin at (352) 732-8109.

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a cirQue-tacular experience Journey to the far reaches of the globe and explore cultures old and new with aerialists and acrobats in Cirque-Tacular’s wOrLd at the Circle Square Cultural Center. Study the customs, cultures and traditions that make up our fair planet in this show that spans the centuries and continents. This one-of-a-kind performance takes place one night only and is sure to thrill audiences both young and old. Tickets are $25 for residents and $30 for non-residents. Doors open at 6pm, and the show begins at 7pm. csculturalcenter.com or (352) 854-3670.

THeLocaLSCene / Continued from page 89 months. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 671-8560. free engLiSh CLaSSeS (wedneSdayS) Free ESL classes will be held each Wednesday at 6pm at College Road Baptist Church. (352) 854-6981. parentS’ night Out (marCh 1) The Discovery Center will host Parents’ Night Out from 6:30-9:30pm. Children ages 6-12 are invited for an evening of games and activities. Limited to 25 participants. $15 per person. mydiscoverycenter.org or (352) 401-3900. firSt Saturday ChiLdren’S art prOgram (marCh 2) The Appleton Museum will host a children’s art education series from 1-3pm. Children will partake in a hands-on art project with instruction. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. miSSing perSOnS and dna CLaSS (marCh 1) The Florida Crime Prevention Institute will host a free class at the Ocala Police Department. The class will run from 8am-5pm and assist victim advocates in becoming familiar with the forensic DNA testing process. (407) 317-7007 ext. 1035. gOLf tOurnament (marCh 2) The Saint John second annual golf tournament will be held at the Candler Hills OTOW Golf Course. Registration begins at 7:30am with an 8:30am shotgun start. Registration is $75 and includes lunch and prizes. (352) 236-3355. kiCking kidney diSeaSe 5k (marCh 2) The Marion County Kidney Foundation will host a 5K run/walk at the Florida Greenway Baseline Trailhead. The run/walk will begin at 8am with a kids’ fun

run at 9:15am. Pre-registration available through February 28. marioncountykidneyfoundation.org or (352) 622-4231. SiLver river knap in (marCh 2-3) The Silver River State Park will host its annual Knap In featuring flint knappers, archeologists and many specialists with pre-historic skills. The event runs 9am-4pm both days. Admission is $5 and free for kids under 6. silverrivermuseum.com or (352) 236-5401. party fOr the pupS (marCh 5) A fundraising event for the Williston Animal Group will take place at the Ocala National Golf Club from 5-9pm. There will be cocktails, a live and silent auction, and karaoke. willistonanimalgroup.com or (352) 528-4763. appLetOn after hOurS (marCh 7) The Appleton Museum will host its after hours social featuring live music, dancing and refreshments. Doors open at 5pm, and music begins at 5:30pm. Admission is free for members and $8 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4455. maSter gardenerS’ LeCture (marCh 7, 21) The Marion County Master Gardeners will present two lectures this month. The topic is “Right Plant: Right Place.” Presentations are free. marioncountyfl.org or (352) 438-2500 or (352) 438-2570. Spring break fat tire feStivaL (marCh 8-10) The Ocala Mountain Bike Association celebrates its 20th anniversary at the 7th annual Fat Tire Festival. There will be vendors and demos, and the trails will be free and open to the public. omba.org or (352) 804-7208. Continued on page 92


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THeLocaLSCene / Continued from page 90 The 24Th annual Will Mclean Music FesTival (March 8-10) The Sertoma Ranch in Brooksville will host a music festival featuring over 70 acoustic musicians, arts and crafts, vendors, food and much more. Admission is $32 in advance and $37 at the gate. willmclean.com or (352) 465-2167. Marion chaMber Music socieTy (March 10) The Marion Chamber Music Society will host child-prodigy Julia Lee along with her sister and mother in a special concert. The concert is free and will take place at Queen of Peace Catholic Church at 3pm. marionchambermusic.com or (352) 361-7700. spring soFTball (March 11) An adult co-ed recreational softball league will take place at Wrigley Fields. Pick-up play will begin on March 11 on Mondays at 6:30pm. League games begin April 1 and last for eight weeks. Cost is $10 per player. (352) 671-8560.

Charity Golf tournament (March 12) A charity pro-am golf tournament to benefit Interfaith Services and Hospice of Marion County will take place at Candler Hills Golf Club. The event will include breakfast and a BBQ awards luncheon. hospiceofmarion.com or (352) 861-9712.

Dance parTy (March 13) Dancin’ Around Studio will host a dance party at 7pm. Admission is free for students and $10 for guests. Refreshments will be served, but BYOB. danceocala.com or (352) 690-6637. DiabeTes supporT group (March 14) A diabetes support group will be held at the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church for those with type II diabetes. Topics include nutrition, exercise, medication and more. (352) 269-3782. splenDor in The spring (March 15) The University of Florida will host a fundraising event to benefit their fine arts program. The UF Friends of Theatre and Dance will treat guests to hors d’ oeuvres, dinner, drinks and fine entertainment. The event takes place at the Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion. arts.ufl.edu or (352) 846-1218. scrapbook For breasT cancer (March 15) Bring your scrapbook or any craft to the Marion County Extension Auditorium from 6pm until the last person leaves. Admission is $5 and benefits breast cancer research. (352) 732-5982. Tennis nighT in aMerica (March 16) The Fort King Tennis Center will host a free tennis festival from 6-8pm. There will be demonstrations, refreshments, music and much more. The event is open to all ages. (352) 598-0353. sT. paDDy’s Day 5k (March 16) The United Way of Marion County’s high school youth program will host a 5K at Ocala City Hall. Entry fee is $20 before March 11 and $25 after. Proceeds benefit the United Way. uwmc.org or (352) 732-9696. Continued on page 95


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Enjoy the tastes of THeLocaLSCene / Continued from page 92 green thumb pLant ShOw (marCh 16) The Historic Village of Dunnellon will host the sixth annual Green Thumb Plant show from 9am5pm. There will be plants, décor, produce and much more. (352) 208-6789. waLL Street COffee CLub (marCh 20) A monthly meeting will be held the third Wednesday of each month at 9am in the Ewers Century Center at CF. The meeting will include refreshments, guest speakers and roundtable discussions on the economy. tripS n’ tOurS (marCh 21, 27) The Appleton’s Trips ‘N’ Tours program will take participants to The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens along the St. Johns River. Participants will tour the gardens and the Tsars Cabinet and will be treated to lunch in a private dining room. Cost is $60 for members and $70 for non-members. appletonmuseum.org or (352) 291-4456. ymCa yOuth SpOrtS regiStratiOn (thrOugh marCh 22) The YMCA’s youth sports programs will be open for registration through March 22. Programs include basketball, soccer and volleyball. centralfloridaymca.org or (352) 368-9622. CaSinO night (marCh 23) A public casino night will be held at La Hacienda Recreation Center in The Villages from 7-10pm. A $25 donation includes $15,000 in playing chips and prize drawings. Part of the proceeds benefit the local hospice. templeshalomoxfordfl.org or (352) 748-1800.

rOLLer derby (marCh 24) The Ocala Cannibals will host their 2013 season opener at Skate Mania, taking on the Alachua County Rollers. The doors open at 6pm, and the bout begins at 6:30pm. Admission is $12 at the door, $8 in advance and free for kids under 12. ocalacannibalderby.com. eaSter tabLeau (marCh 28-29) Druid Hills United Methodist Church will host an Easter tableau beginning at dusk each night. Visitors may walk or drive through the presentation and communion will be available. The event is free and open to the public. (352) 629-5688. Craft feStivaL (marCh 3031) Brownwood Paddock Square in The Villages will host a craft fair from 10am-5pm both days. There will be a variety of artisans from around the state. Admission is free and open to the public. artfestival.com or (561) 746-6615. taSte Of OCaLa (apriL 6) The 25th annual scholarship fundraiser will take place from 6:30-10pm at the College of Central Florida. The event will feature samples from some of Ocala’s top restaurants, live entertainment and a silent auction. Individual tickets are $100, and couple’s tickets are $150. tasteofocala.org or (352) 873-5808 ext. 1352.

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