Ocala Style April '19

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The Outdoor Issue

APR ‘19

This is Horse Country

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Impressive Equestrian Estate located minutes away from WEC 17.51 acres to 88.63 Acres- Your choice! Impressive covered arena with synthetic footing and mirrors, plus riding arenas. Up to an additional 876 +/- acres available. Call for pricing and information

NW Equestrian Estate - Exquisite 25 to 69 Acre Equestrian Estate – 4 Bedroom/3.5 Bath estate home, 6-Stall stable with apartment, Stunning 7-stall barn finished with great detail with apartment. 2 A/C rooms for use of choice, Equipment building plus 2 guest cottages. Perfect soil for riding and pastures. $1,800,000 to $4,400,000

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Mossbrook Farms –10.02 Acres – 3-stall Barn – 3 bedrooms/2.5 bath World Equestrian Center (WEC) Neighbor - 89 +/- Acres - 4,100 SF home - Close to World Equestrian Center (WEC) & HITS. Estate, 4 bedroom/3.5 bath. Screen enclosed pool. $4,999,000

Hacking distance to HITS - 42 +/- Acres – 3 Bedroom/2.5 Bath, Perfect 20 Acres - Immaculate 4 bedroom/3 bath home - Overlooks large horse for any discipline, Spectacular views and great pastures. $849,000 farm - Located between Ocala and The Villages. $649,000

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Publisher’s Note

hich elements of nature feed your soul? That’s the question I had in mind as our team created my first outdoor issue as publisher. I became more and more excited as I recalled scuba diving trips, surfing memories and bucket-list aspirations which included becoming a boat captain.

Then I realized how many years have passed since those cherished memories, and I wondered “Am I still ‘the outdoorsy type?’” Somewhere along the line, as my free time diminished, my priorities shifted ever so gradually, and I found myself calculating how long it would take to vacuum out the sand from my car or rewash and blowdry my hair when considering how to spend that precious leisure time. How did the activities I love in nature move so far down on the list?

I suspect many of you also find yourselves caught up in day-today life at work and home, with all its obligations and the many demands on your time. How long has it been since you enjoyed a day on the lake or a walk in the woods?

We hope all the possibilities in this issue—from the high-energy fun of muddy ATV rides and open-air music festivals to peaceful family beach vacations and foraging the forest for wild mushrooms—will inspire you to go out and experience the exhilaration of outdoor adventures or enjoy the quiet found only in nature, all available right here in Central Florida. Why make outdoor activities a priority? I think the quintessential American naturalist John Muir explained it best: “Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” So, next time you see me, if I’ve got messy hair or a little sand on my feet, don’t worry. It just means I’ve been feeding my soul.

Jennifer Hunt-Murty Publisher

April ‘19


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People and events from around town.

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









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IFAS Livestock Agent Caitlin Bainum assists local farmers with farmmanagement solutions.

We break down the best places to launch your boat.

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School news from Marion County Public Schools.

We’re rocking professional makeup lewks, thanks to YouTube.

The new Ocala Skatepark offers youth another place to get out and play.

Gideon Mailer, Ph.D., brings lessons from Native American history on nutrition and immunity.

Chef Randal White shows us that camp cooking can be much more than hot dogs and s’mores.

Interested in ‘shrooming? Master gardeners tell us how to find edible mushrooms in the wild.

The exotic is the norm in globe-trotter Cindi Morrison’s kitchen.

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

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Jesse jumps on an ATV for muddy, four-wheelin’ fun.

St. George Island is the perfect beach destination for a family vacation.

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A roundup of the summer’s best music festivals around the Sunshine State.

Need some new reading material? We’ve got you covered.






Local 12-year-old Lillian Penny slays on runways across the globe.

Get inspired to straighten up your shirts, shoes and stuff.

Don’t miss Ocala’s most beautiful cycling course in this annual fundraiser.

Ocala’s art scene goes avant-garde in a new exhibit at The Brick.

Photographer Clyde Butcher’s exhibit reveals natural Florida in stunning detail.

ON THE COVER: Jesse James (ATV Courtesy of Martin’s Yamaha) Photography by Dave Miller

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Dreaming about a career on the water? Meet three Central Florida boat captains making a living with marine life.

What draws so many to the Appalachian Trail? Local teacher Joe Moseley shares secrets of section hiking the famous A.T.

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How did C-section births become so common? We take a closer look at the risks and benefits.

Don’t let sneezes and sniffles keep you from enjoying spring outdoors.


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As men mature, the prostate grows from a walnut-sized gland to sometimes as large as an orange. This growth causes outflow problems from the bladder in the passing of urine, resulting in symptoms from a slow stream, getting up at night to urinate, or even worse—the constant urge to urinate, even to the point that urination begins before they reach the bathroom. These inconvenient, and often embarrassing symptoms, can be resolved by proper treatment of the enlarged prostate. PAID PROMOTIONAL FEATURE


r. James Young is a very successful urologist who has been practicing in Lake County since 1982. “The treatment of BPH (an enlarged prostate) has always been my focus, and that is the primary reason I moved to Florida when I finished my medical training as Chief Resident of Urology at the University of Arkansas. For many decades, the only treatment for BPH was a surgical procedure, the TURP, more commonly referred to by men as a “roto-rooter.” Dr. Young performed more 3,000 of these procedures, however they were very invasive, required anesthesia, hospitalization, and could have serious complications, including massive bleeding and at times, death. Then medications were approved that relieved symptoms but after a period of time, the medications lose their effectiveness or caused side effects, usually sexual in nature. There had to be a better way. In the late 1990’s a new procedure, transurethral needle ablation of the prostate (TUNA) was approved by the FDA. “I was never a fan of jumping on new technology quickly because, as we know, not everything delivers the results as promised,” says Dr. Young. However, after the procedure was used for five years, Dr. Young began doing TUNAs, later known as Prostiva RF therapy. This procedure was done in the office under local anesthesia

for not jumping on with few complica“Even though I have a new technology, tions. The procedure reputation for not jumping I completely worked by inserton new technology, I understood the ing wires into the completely understood science behind prostate, then low Rezūm, so as soon frequency radio the science behind as it was available waves were transRezum, so as soon as it to me, I switched mitted through the was available to me, to this procedure wires and heated immediately.” prostate tissue to The science driving 115 degrees Celsius. this technology is This heat was transfascinating. Using low mitted in a conducfrequency radio waves, tive manner (radiate water is transformed from the wires) but —James W. Young III, MD into steam and then the heat dissipated nine seconds of steam rapidly as it traveled is infiltrated into the away from the wires. prostate tissue, once again in the office The heat was reduced by the formula of under local anesthesia. The major difference 1/r2 with r being the distance from the wires. is the heat is transferred in a convective, as Basically, cores of prostate tissue surroundopposed to conductive manner. ing the wires were destroyed. Dr. Young As Einstein said, “Energy cannot be had tremendous success with Prostiva RF created or destroyed, it can only be therapy and ultimately did almost 3,000 changed.” So once the steam is infiltrated procedures. His success with Prostiva into the prostate, and returns to liquid, it gave him the distinction of being placed on Castle Connelly’s Top Docs list for five consecutive years. However, more than five years ago, Dr. Young heard rumors of a new technology JAMES W. YOUNG III, M.D. that was similar in some ways, but completely Nationally recognized board-certified urologist different in others. This new therapy was Practicing in Lake County since 1982 with FDA approved in 2015 and was known as extensive experience in evaluation and Rezūm. “Even though I have a reputation management of prostate problems.

I switched to this procedure immediately.”

releases all the energy that changed the water into steam. This is a tremendous amount of energy and destroys much more prostate tissue than the conductive heat did conveyed by Prostiva. There is much less discomfort with Rezūm and when patients leave the office (usually in under 30 minutes), they experience no pain what so ever. Since June 2016, Dr. Young has performed just under 300 Rezūm procedures, almost twice as many as any other urologist in the United States and many, many more than any other urologists in the state of Florida. “The results have been so amazing and the patients have been so happy that Healthgrades.com notified me that based on my recent reviews and clicks on my site, I am now ranked in the top 100th percentile of all urologists in the United States. While I am very proud of that, it is also very humbling. I personally think this is biggest leap forward in the treatment of BPH that I will see in my lifetime.” COMPREHENSIVE CARE If you are a first-time patient of Dr. Young, you will receive a detailed examination.

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“When I see a new patient I perform physical examinations and properly evaluate the patient’s symptoms, thus diagnosing the underlying problem(s),” Dr. Young said. “Next, I describe to the patient what’s normal and then explain what is abnormal with him. Lastly, I teach him his treatment options. If I’ve done a good job of teaching, he will select the correct option for himself.” While prescribing medications for enlarged prostate can be done by primary care physicians, only urologists are trained to thoroughly evaluate the bladder and prostate (including ruling out prostate cancer), as well as providing extremely effective minimally invasive, office-based therapies as alternatives to lifelong medical therapy. With an office staff with nearly as much experience as the doctor (many have worked with Dr. Young for 25 years), you don’t spend a great deal of time waiting to see him. “We pride ourselves in being timely in seeing our patients. We respect our patients’ time as much as we do our own. Patients appreciate this; many of our patients tell me I have the best office staff on the planet. I consider that a huge compliment.”

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So if you are waking up at night and have difficulty falling back asleep because you’re worried what may be wrong, then it is time to check in with Dr. Young and have him examine you. “Many men accept frequent bladder urges as part of aging. And while it is part of the aging process, it’s not like death and taxes. There is something you can do about it.” Prostate cancer screenings recommended annually over 50 years of age (At age 40 if family history or African American)


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The Social Scene Many local families look forward to the annual Trinity Catholic High School Winter Carnival all year. The carnival oers all ages the time-honored traditions of rides, games and fair food. Photo by Dave Miller


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he annual Trinity High School Winter Carnival on February 21-24 gave families an escape from the bustle of life. The cool rush of adrenaline from rides, the ever-so-sweet goodness of fried dough, cotton candy and the magic of the Ferris wheel. No matter your age, the annual carnival is always a good time.

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

3rd Annual Superintendent’s Literacy Festival Citizens’ Circle April 6, 9am-3pm

Photo courtesy of Cinema Sunday

Join Marion County Public Schools to celebrate reading and literacy with story time, free books, celebrity readers and more. While there, stop by the community booths to find out more about several local organizations and groups. For details, contact Marion County Public Schools at (352) 840-3265.

Cinema Sunday Marion Theatre April 7, 3-6pm

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Run For The Springs 5K Marion County Government Complex April 6, 8am The ninth race in the Big Hammock Race Series, this family-friendly race benefits projects that will support the health of our local springs. The event will include a children’s area, refreshments and prizes, including a Corporate Cup award for the business team with the fastest time. Online registration closes on April 5 and is $25. Day-of-race registration is also $25, and all participants will receive a cotton race shirt. bighammockraceseries.com



This Is Home is an intimate portrait of four Syrian refugee families arriving in Baltimore and struggling to find their footing. As they learn to adapt to challenges, including the newly imposed travel ban, their strength and resilience are tested. The Cinema Sunday series, presented by the Ocala Film Foundation, offers film screenings and also a chance to meet and interact with the filmmaker in closeup and conversation events before and after the film. ocalafilmfoundation.org


Race Against Child Abuse

Bay City Rollers

Marion Technical Institute April 13, packet/T-shirt pickup at 7am, race begins at 8am

Savannah Center, The Villages April 27, 5pm and 8pm

This 5K run through Ocala’s beautiful historic district raises funds to support Kimberly’s Center for Child Protection. The event will include plenty of prizes and honors, including an award for the largest group, the top female and male law enforcement officer, and prizes for various age brackets. For details, call (352) 873-4739.

The Bay City Rollers have sold over 150 million records worldwide, including their smash hit “Saturday Night.” Get ready to party, dance and sing along to all their greatest hits as the original guitarist, songwriter and singer, Stuart “Woody” Wood, lights up the stage! savannahcenter.com

Casino Royale Speakeasy Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Conference Center April 12 Enjoy a night of casino action, including craps, blackjack, roulette and slot-style games. Use your winnings to bid on awesome prizes, and enjoy spirits by Fish Hawk Spirits. Hors d’oeuvres will also be served. Proceeds from this event benefit Kids Central to help abused and neglected children in our community. Tickets are regularly $75 each. Purchase two tickets online for $125 at KCIcasino2019.eventbrite.com. For more details, call (352) 387-3426.

Relay For Life Citizens’ Circle April 12, 6pm-12am Relay for Life is the nation’s largest fundraiser benefitting cancer research and patient program services. Participants form groups and walk in support of those affected by cancer. The Survivor/ Caregiver walk recognizes the strength and courage it takes to fight this disease, and the Luminaria Ceremony will light up the sky in remembrance of those who have lost their battle, those still fighting and those who have survived. For details, contact Jodi Sanders of the American Cancer Society at (352) 240-5063.

Earthfest at Arbor Day Tuscawilla Park April 27, 10am-2pm

Magical Night at the Museum Appleton Museum of Art April 20, 6-9pm Unicorn carriage rides, artwork that comes to life, a magic show, mermaids and more! Imagination comes alive for this popular annual Appleton event. Guests ages 4 and up are invited to tour the museum in a very kid-friendly way. Don’t forget to visit the ARTSpace to create a magic wand or your very own orb. Light refreshments will be served in the café, and kids are encouraged to attend in costume. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended and can be done at appletonmuseum.org or in person at the visitors’ services desk. For Appleton members, family packs are available for $35 (two adults and up to three kids) and single tickets are $10. For non-members, a family pack is $50 and single tickets are $15. appletonmuseum.org

Eternity Ocala Civic Theatre Through April 21 Abe may not look the part, but escorting dead people to the afterlife is his job. Always taking care of others, Abe makes the decision to miss a scheduled “appointment” to treat himself to an ice cream. What harm could it do, right? Turns out, Abe has changed the course of history for a young couple, a hotel detective and a cocktail waitress. This “divine” comedy was a winner of AACT’s NewPlayFest in 2018. Check it out for yourself. They say it’s to die for! ocalacivictheatre.com

Join Ocala Recreation and Parks to learn about ways to preserve our planet, enjoy nature-conscious activities and participate in arts and crafts projects. Food vendors will be available on-site. This event is free and open to the public. ocalafl.org/recpark

Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament Stone Creek Golf Club April 27 The Queen of Peace Knights of Columbus Council 9649 is hosting its annual charity golf tournament to support Marion County charities. The registration fee of $70 per person includes morning coffee and doughnuts, a buffet lunch and golf with a cart. Par-3 holein-one prizes include $10,000, an iPad or two round-trip airline tickets to any city in the continental United States. The event will also include a putting contest, longest drive challenge and a closest to the pin contest. For tournament details and registration, contact Fred Roberts before April 10 at froberts7@cfl.rr.com.

April ‘19



Class Acts

School news from Marion County Public Schools By KEVIN CHRISTIAN, APR , CPRC

Raised Beds Growing Attention And we’re not talking about the sleeping kind! These are raised beds for growing lettuce, vegetables and other table delights at schools throughout Marion County. Thanks to a FANS grant (Fitness and Nutrition in Schools) from the Marion Hospital District, thousands of students are now digging into the dirt to discover healthier lifestyle choices. The raised beds are already in use at 16 elementary schools.

Reading Revs Up The Stallions When it comes to reading, students in Elizabeth Rockey’s thirdgrade classroom at Saddlewood Elementary are tops! They read more than any other third-grade class in the entire district over winter break. As a result, Rockey received a surprise visit from the myON Winter Reading Challenge prize patrol, including Ocala Health CEO Chad Christianson, Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier and Lauren Debick, APR with Ocala Health.

The Day The Crayons Quit Students at Evergreen Elementary marched in their own parade for literacy’s sake. Yes, for the sake of reading! Students read books, even The Day the Crayons Quit, and then dressed up like their favorite book characters to share their experiences about building literacy skills at school and at home.

More Bikes For Harbour View Physical education students at Harbour View Elementary are enjoying more bikes on their campus these days thanks to the Rotary Club of The Villages. The local group recently donated 22 bicycles to the school’s PE program so all students would have access to safe biking and confidence to build their riding skills.

Harmony On Gator Turf Shady Hill Harmony, directed by music teacher Sondra Collins, sang the national anthem for a Gator men’s basketball game inside the O-Dome recently. No stranger to public performances, this group also shared at the Golden Apple Gala. But there’s something truly special about performing for thousands of Gator fans just an hour up the highway.

Pillow Pals At Sparr “Monsters on a Mission” turned into character-based pillows given to these Sparr Elementary kindergarteners as part of a learning project based at nearby North Marion Middle School. Students there turned these youngsters’ monster drawings into actual hand-created pillows. The goal? To reduce the youngsters’ fear of reading aloud by reading to the monsters on the pillows, increasing their literacy skills in the process. 26





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10,000 Hours… of YouTube Written By KATIE MCPHERSON Illustration by MAGGIE PEREZ WEAKLEY


ike many little girls, I loved picking through my mom’s makeup stash. She’d let me dust on a little blush now and then, and my grandma always humored me by sharing her tube of red lipstick. Like many teens in the early 2000s, I dabbled heavily with black eyeliner because I wanted so badly to look like the scene girls on MySpace. Big mistake, looking back. Unlike little girls before the millennial generation of girls—and boys!—to learn how to do our makeup generation, I learned to contour from Kim from professionals on the internet rather than from watching Kardashian’s makeup artist for free. In fact, our moms or trying it out at sleepovers. I’ve learned how to do all of my makeup Beauty inf luencers have taught me everything I know about from professional makeup makeup, from how to apply it to what artists—on YouTube. products work for my skin type. Samantha Everyone with internet Ravndahl taught me how to rock glowy But millennials and access knows how much natural makeup, and Tati Westbrook taught the generation after us me how to do full glam. Watching YouTube knowledge is available are perhaps the first to us with the click of a reviews is how many millennials decide mouse or the touch of a which products we want to purchase, and generation of girls— thumb, but YouTube is many makeup brands now are being started and boys!—to learn probably one of the most by inf luencers (think Huda Beauty, Morphe how to do our makeup and Makeup Geek). overlooked resources out there. Consider Malcolm But with all this free professional advice from professionals on Gladwell’s famous comes a downside. How do inf luencers the internet... principle about taking make money? By advertising products to us, 10,000 hours to master their viewers. Unlike asking your sister to a skill. With 400 hours of video uploaded borrow her foundation, we’re heeding the advice of people who to YouTube every minute, I’d image there are sometimes paid to push a product. Sure, they’re supposed are plenty of beauty tutorials to help you hit to disclose paid ads, but they don’t always. The one challenge that 10,000-hour mark. My mom and I once of all this free advice is that we have to learn to be discerning repaired our broken dryer with the help of consumers at younger and younger ages. a channel called British James, in which a So the next time you’re at the mall and see a group of 13-yearcharming British man explains how to replace old girls who look like they got to skip the awkward eyeliner broken belts in household appliances. phase—which I’ll be filing a formal complaint about, by the But millennials and the generation after way—now you know why they look like they just came from the us (hi, Gen Z babies) are perhaps the first Merle Norman counter. They’ve put in their 10,000 hours.

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Ocala Skatepark Means Safer Shredding By KATIE MCPHERSON Photography by CARLOS RAMOS


cala Skatepark is projected to open just in time for some summer break boarding after years of planning, fundraising and construction by the city. Back in December, ground broke in Tuscawilla Park for Ocala’s very first skatepark, which has been in the works since 2014. “The community has been talking about the need for a skatepark for decades,” says Julie R. Johnson, Recreation & Parks’ assistant director for the City of Ocala. “In 2014, city staff completed



an evaluation and recommended a construction plan. At the time, it was noted that skateboarding was one of the fastest growing sports among youth.” Phase 1A is a street course, which includes rails, ramps and more, and will be the largest feature of the skatepark. Additional phases of construction will be completed as funds are gathered through local donations. Those phases will include a snake run and large bowl. The skatepark is being designed by Tim Payne of Team Pain, a skateboarder and industry leader in concrete skatepark construction. “Phase 1A will provide approximately 10,000 square feet of skating surface,” says Johnson. “This will serve all levels of skaters and BMX bikers. Additional phases will be geared more toward intermediate and advanced level users,” she adds. Previously, skaters who live in Ocala and Marion County had to travel to Gainesville to ride in a true skatepark. “The City of Ocala recognizes the cultural shift in the recreational pursuits of our citizens and is diversifying local park services to meet those needs. Skateboarding is expected to continue growing in popularity as it debuts as an Olympic sport in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” says Johnson. “And of course, skateboarding promotes an active lifestyle. We support anything to encourage people to get outside to play.” Further fundraising is needed to complete the park—supporters can

donate online at ocalaskatepark.com or mail a contribution to the Recreation & Parks Administration Office at 828 NE 8th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34470. Keep up with the progress on Ocala Skatepark at ocalaskatepark.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/skateparkocala. Ocala Skatepark Grand Opening Event › May 18 › 11am-3pm

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Native Nutrition By CYNTHIA MCFARL AND


f the study of history required nothing more than empirical thought and standards of scientific practice, it could become rather dry. Gideon Mailer, Ph.D., firmly believes the flair and imagination of storytellers and writers are essential, and he incorporates this approach when studying Native American history. Born in the United Kingdom, Mailer studied at the University of Cambridge. He initially brought a British perspective to his early studies of American history, but this soon changed. “I have always had a hunch that indigenous history has been less prominent in the UK because of a tendency to suggest that the poor treatment of Native Americans was an ‘American’ problem, rather than acknowledging that the mass death of indigenous people derived in large measure from British and other European involvement long before the 19th century,” observes Mailer. Mailer has written two books: John Witherspoon’s American Revolution, which takes a deeper look at the only clergyman to sign the Declaration of Independence, and Decolonizing the Diet: Nutrition, Immunity, and the Warning from Early America, which he co-authored with Nicola Hale. He points out that the European view of the death of indigenous people emphasizes death due to differing immunities, and that



Native Americans died because they hadn’t been exposed to the same pathogens as European settlers, thanks to the so-called “virgin soils” of North America. “This does not take into account recent scientific and historical research on the contingent aspects of immunity, including its association with micronutrients and metabolic health,” says Mailer. He explains that in Florida, local indigenous people who were able to maintain their nutritional systems were much more likely to survive epidemics than those who were forced by Spanish and then British European colonizers to subsist on less nutritious food such as corn. In his upcoming talk, Mailer will relate indigenous nutrition to current health and nutrition issues. From 2008 to 2012, Mailer was

an elected Title A Fellow of St John’s College, University of Cambridge, where he lectured and supervised in American and Atlantic history and in the history of intellectual thought. Since 2012, he has been an associate professor, associate head and history program coordinator at the University of Minnesota in Duluth. Mailer will lecture on “Nutrition, Immunity, and the Warning from Native America,” treating the audience to an evening that is rich in history and not only sheds light on the past, but provides valuable insight for today. Learn more › IHMC Evening Lecture Series › Gideon Mailer, PhD. › Thursday, May 2, 6-7pm (doors open at 5:30) › ihmc.us › (352) 387-3050

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BRIAN & SHELLY WOODRUFF November 17, 2018 Photography by Erika Grace Photography Venue: Trilogy at Ocala Preserve Her favorite memory: “During the ceremony our pastor, Tim Whipple, had us stand to the side so we could look around and see everyone who was there to support us, so we could have a brief moment to talk and privately say our own vows to each other and to just really be in the moment so we could forever remember our ceremony as becoming husband and wife.”

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hen you or your loved one suffers an accidental injury, you want a team of experienced, local personal injury attorneys on your side. King Law Firm has decades of experience advocating for those who suffer pain and financial hardship as a result of another’s negligence. Because they live here too, they know Marion County and Central Florida, and they provide personalized service to every client. Greg formed King Law Firm in 1995 specifically to represent victims of negligence in our community. He received his law degree from the University of Florida after a 12-year career in law enforcement, first with the Belleview Police Department and then the Lake County Sheriff ’s Office. Greg knows the law from all sides, and for the past 24 years he’s helped our friends and neighbors benefit from his expert legal representation. He and his wife, Carrie, belong to First Baptist Church of Belleview, and Greg is a member of the Christian Legal Society Association. Senior Partner Jarrod King is the older of Greg and Carrie’s two sons. After graduating from Belleview High School, he obtained his bachelor’s and law degrees from Florida State University. He married his college sweetheart, Courtney, and they returned to Ocala where they are raising their three children. Jarrod began his career as a prosecutor for the



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rom a sixth-generation, Brooksville, Florida cattle ranching family, Caitlin Bainum grew up working cattle with her grandfather and barrel racing. She didn’t think life could be any better.

“I was perfectly happy with my life. What could be better than spending as much time as possible on horseback? Maybe getting paid for it?” says Bainum. “I am fortunate that I have supportive parents who told me that I could go to any college and study whatever made me happy. I was determined to find a career that didn’t feel like work.” My services are free, Bainum found just the college degree and a paid for by tax dollars. profession that suited her. We do charge for “When I came across classes and soil analysis the equine program at the University of tests, but it doesn’t I knew I’d found cost anything for me to Florida, just what I was looking come out to a farm and for,” she says. “And I knew I was a guaranteed address an issue. Gator for life.” In May 2017, she - Caitlin Bainum graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor of science in animal science with an equine specialization. “I love learning so I loved my time at UF. Then in January of my graduation year, people started asking, ‘What are you going to do after you graduate?’ I hadn’t even thought about it that much,” she says. “My professors suggested I look for an agricultural agent



position with the UF Extension Offices.” Within weeks of graduation, Bainum was an agriculture and natural resources agent with the UF/ IFAS Marion County Extension Office. “I call it my first adult job,” she says. “It was a little scary at first. But I’ve been fortunate to be around such great people. I was very lucky to be mentored by Mark Shuffitt, the livestock agent. He taught me so much and I will always be so grateful.” A longtime fixture in the Marion County agricultural community, Shuffitt died suddenly in August 2018. Bainum finds it very fitting that her position, as of this January, became that of livestock agent. “I am very honored to have the title of livestock agent,” says Bainum, 23, who is currently working toward a master’s degree in agronomy. “I use what Mark taught me every day. It’s a great position to be in to help our community of hard-working agriculturalists.” Bainum’s job description incorporates “cattle and equine production and health, as well as pasture management, including helping producers make economically smart decisions in all aspects of their operations.” And she points out, “My services are free, paid for by tax dollars. We do charge for classes and soil analysis tests, but it doesn’t cost anything for me to come out to a farm and address an issue.” On average, Bainum goes out to three to four sites a week, from hobby to large equine and cattle operations.

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“I think getting a soil analysis is essential to any operation. Pasture management starts with soil health, then grass growth and eventually animal production,” she says. “It costs only $7. We can assist you with sampling or show you how to do it then send it off to a soils lab. Of course, we use the UF Soils Lab. Any time is a good time for soil testing, but I recommend the fall, generally in preparation for the following growing season.” Bainum sees her position as a partnership with her clients and the land. “My job is to help my clients find solutions to their farm management and livestock production issues,” says Bainum, who still barrel races most weekends. “Most ranchers will tell you that the land doesn’t work for you unless you work for the land.” Caitlin Bainum, Livestock Agent › UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Office › (352) 671-8400 › cbainum@uf l.edu

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“Generally when people call me, they have a specific problem,” says Bainum. “And 70 percent of the time, it’s a weed issue. Here in Marion County, every weed there is seems to grow. What they need me to do is identify the weed and make an herbicide recommendation.” Another pasture management issue Bainum gets called on to address is a year-round forage system. “Our perennial grass here is Bahia or Bermuda, but they become dormant during the winter months,” says Bainum. “We usually recommend a cool-season forage mix of oat and ryegrass. It’s best to buy your seeds in September and then plant in October through midNovember. The oat will produce first, then the ryegrass to extend the grazing into May when the Bahia/ Bermuda regrows.” Of course water plays a big role in agriculture, too. “Water management is a big issue here in Marion County, where we have three first-magnitude springs to protect,” says Bainum. “My job is to provide my clients with the best information on good water management practices. Educating about the statewide Best Management Practices (BMP) program in an effort to minimize impaired water bodies is a goal for UF/IFAS. This program includes manure and pasture management, as well as proper fertilization.” When asked if there is one farm management practice she considers invaluable, Bainum didn’t hesitate.

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pring in Florida is the perfect time to hit the water. Fortunately for boaters, there is an array of waterways to choose from. “We’re blessed here in Marion County to have so many ramps and opportunities to get out on the water. Any time you can have a boat ramp that makes a public body of water accessible, it’s a win-win. We love seeing folks out there, whether it’s fishing or just enjoying themselves,” says Greg Workman, public information officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Northwest Region. Making your outing as safe and pleasant as possible requires a little planning. Workman always recommends telling someone where you’re headed and when you expect to return. That way authorities at least have a general idea and starting point just in case they have to start a search. “Things happen. Cell phone batteries die,” he notes. “You just want to be prepared for the ‘what ifs.’” When you go to a public ramp, use the staging area to prep your boat before backing down the ramp. Load everything you need into the boat—bait, tackle, skis, floats, food, etc.—at this time so all you need to do is launch the boat. This way you won’t block the ramp and slow down the process for fellow boaters waiting to use it. Workman reminds boat operators to double check that they have all required safety equipment on board, such as wearable personal flotation devices for everyone on board, a throwable flotation device, a sound-producing device and a “diver down” flag if anyone will be spending time in the water. Before backing down the ramp to launch, do a quick walk around the entire boat to be sure the motor is trimmed up so it won’t hit the ramp, the plug is in and tie-down lines are untied. “Once the boat is launched, if at all possible, move it so you’re not blocking the ramp from others waiting to use it,” says Workman. “Things will go more smoothly and quickly if you have someone to help you. Use common courtesy and get on and off the ramp quickly.” The FWC has a crew that travels around the state to help keep ramps safe and functional. The following is not a complete listing of Marion County ramps, as there are others that cater to smaller crafts, such as kayaks and canoes. To locate ramps across the state by county, visit public.myfwc.com/le/boatramp/public/default.aspx.





Buck Lake Recreation Area National Forest Road 595-2, Altoona Buck Lake | $5 fee

Carney Island Recreation and Conservation Area 13275 SE 115th Avenue, Ocklawaha Lake Weir | $7 fee | Park hours: Apr-Oct 7am-8pm, Nov-Mar 7am-5pm | Ramp open 24 hours, concession stand open on seasonal weekends and holidays

Gores Landing Campground and Boat Ramp 13750 NE 98th Street, Fort McCoy Ocklawaha River | Best for smaller boats

Halfmoon Lake-Ocala National Forest Forest Road 79-2, Ocklawaha Halfmoon Lake

Heagy Burry-Orange Lake Boat Ramp Park 5040 NW 191st Place, Orange Lake Orange Lake

Hog Valley Public Boat Ramp NE 160th Avenue Road, Fort McCoy Ocklawaha River-Rodman Reservoir Dunnellon Public Boat Ramp 12189 S Williams Street (Highway 41), Dunnellon Withlacoochee River

Eureka East Public Boat Ramp Highway 316 and Ocklawaha River, Eureka Ocklawaha River

Moss Bluff South Public Boat Ramp County Road 464C, Ocklawaha Ocklawaha River | $3 fee

Eureka West Public Boat Ramp 5399 NE 152nd Place, Fort McCoy Ocklawaha River-Rodman Reservoir

KP Hole Marion County Park 9435 SW 190th Avenue, Dunnellon Rainbow River | $20 launch fee | Open 8am-5pm | Outdoor rinse showers | Canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals available

Lake Bryant Public Boat Ramp 5000 Levy Hammock Road (NE 183rd Avenue Road), Ocklawaha Lake Bryant Privately owned but refurbished by the FWC and open to the general public | Small general store on property with limited bait and food Mike’s Fish Camp NW 40th E off NW 219th Street, Boardman Orange Lake | $2 fee If water levels are low, may be inaccessible except for airboats

M-Port Marina and Boat Ramp 30600 NE 96th Place, Salt Springs St. Johns River (Marion County), Lake George | $10 fee

Orange Springs Public Boat Ramp 14620 NE 245th Street Road (River Road), Orange Springs Ocklawaha River-Rodman Reservoir Temporary ramp available if water levels are low

Mill Dam Recreation Area NE 196th Terrace, Silver Springs Mill Dam Lake | $2 fee

Moorehead Park Public Boat Ramp 20740 NE 140th Street, Ft. McCoy Lake Kerr

Moss Bluff North Public Boat Ramp County Road 464C, Ocklawaha Ocklawaha River | $3 fee

Ray Wayside Park (Ocala Boat Basin) 9560 NE 28th Lane (State Road 40), Silver Springs Silver and Ocklawaha Rivers | $5 fee

Salt Springs Run Marina and Landing 25711 NE 134th Place, Salt Springs St. Johns River (Marion County) Salt Springs Run | $10 fee | Marina also rents pontoon boats, skiffs, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, best to call ahead and reserve

(All information was up to date as of press time, but the publisher cannot be responsible for possible changes due to water levels, etc. For additional information, use the FWC website or contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 671-8560.)

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More Than S’mores: Camping Recipes By CHEF RANDAL WHITE


he great outdoors beckons with the onset of spring in Florida. With nearby state parks, wildlife management areas and the Ocala National Forest just minutes away, planning a campout is not only easy but should be on everyone’s to-do list. Spend a day swimming in the springs, throw out a fishing pole, take a hike, hang out with friends and family, and enjoy a campfire under the stars.

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Smoked Potatoes & Onions with Black Peppercorn

This recipe is from my mom and is one of many in my Southern Family Favorites cookbook (Amazon, 2016). She would make this for our family when we were grilling outside. Everything goes in metal pie pans. Wrap the pans up with foil and throw them right on the grill. (*Note: You will need to bring disposable aluminum pie pans and aluminum foil to your campsite for this recipe.)

Ingredients: 4 3 1 1½ If the thought of dining on s’mores and hot dogs has your stomach churning and you’re already reaching for some heartburn medicine, relax—with a little forethought and planning, your camp cuisine will be more like dining alfresco in a trendy pop-up eatery. The key to camp cooking is “mise en place.” It’s a culinary term that means putting everything in place. In other words, have your meal prepped and ready before you head out on your camping adventure. This applies to any meal you are considering on your outdoor adventure—prep at home, seal in plastic Ziploc bags or sealed containers and store in a cooler of ice. If you are thinking of having chicken, place it in a resealable bag, with marinade and seasoning. Hankering for hamburgers? Premake the patties at home and wrap individually. Place in bags and store



in cooler. Make sure to pack plenty of ice over and around your sealed and prepped food bags. Your food must be kept at 41 degrees Fahrenheit or colder to prevent the growth of bacteria. Why use those bags? They will take up the least amount of space. Space is essential when you need to carry everything you require to your campsite. And when properly sealed, the bags will prevent the ice in the cooler from leaking into your food and watering it down, but you will be able to pack ice around them to keep the food chilled. Use a separate cooler with clean ice if you plan on using ice for drinks to prevent any crosscontamination. Also, be sure to bring some extra rags or a potholder to pull hot items off of your grill.


cups potatoes, washed and sliced medium onions, sliced Salt to taste tablespoon fresh cracked peppercorn cups chicken stock (one can of broth from store travels well for camping) stick butter

Home Preparation: At home, slice the potatoes and onions and place in plastic Ziploc bag. › Add salt and fresh cracked pepper and seal bag. › Store in cooler until ready to use.

Campsite Cooking: Preheat grill. › Transfer potato and onion mix from bag to a clean metal pie pan (two if needed). › Pour chicken stock over the potatoes and onions and top with slices of butter. › Cover pie pans with aluminum foil and place on grill for 30 to 40 minutes or until done. › Remove from grill and serve. Use caution when removing foil top, as contents will steam and be very hot.


Grilled Tropical Pineapple

This grilled pineapple dish will satisfy your after-dinner sweet cravings. It makes a tasty snack and is healthier than your average s’more as well. This recipe will require aluminum foil at your campsite—only use it for the cooking process, not for storage.

Ingredients: 1 1 1

fresh pineapple tablespoon brown sugar tablespoon butter, softened white coconut balsamic vinegar

Home Preparation: Trim and peel the pineapple well, then cut in half and slice into long wedges, cutting around the core. › Place in bowl and fold in sugar and softened butter and place in Ziploc bag. › Seal bag and store in cooler with ice until ready to use.

Campsite Cooking: Heat grill. › Remove the pineapple from bag, place into aluminum foil and wrap tight. › Place on grill and cook until you see steam coming out. › Remove from heat. › Open foil package, being very careful, as contents and steam will be extremely hot. › Let cool to warm temperature, then drizzle with coconut white balsamic vinegar and enjoy.

Chef ’s Note: Pineapple or any stone fruit can also be skewered and grilled right on the grill rack for more flavor. Drizzle with olive oil while cooking and when finished, top with coconut balsamic vinegar.

Rosemary Beef Tenderloin & Cremini Skewers No utensils are needed to munch on these skewers—and if you use wooden skewer sticks, you can burn the sticks in the fire afterwards, eliminating trash, space and washing up.

A note on bears: Bears in the wild love dining alfresco, too— and they don’t mind eating those hot dogs and s’mores, either. Be sure to keep your food safely stored so you don’t tempt these unwanted guests on your camp outing.

Ingredients: 1 2 2 4

beef tenderloin cremini mushrooms as needed with stems removed tablespoons soy sauce tablespoons Worcestershire sauce tablespoons rosemary extra virgin olive oil steak seasoning

Home Preparation: Presoak wooden skewers in water. › Cut tenderloin into 1-inch cubes. › Place beef cube on skewer and then whole cremini mushroom, and alternate to fill the skewer. › Place finished skewers in Ziploc bag. › In a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and olive oil and pour over skewers in bag to marinate. › Seal and store on ice until ready to use.

Campsite Cooking: Preheat grill. › Place skewers on hot grill and season, then cook 4-5 minutes on each side. › Remove when done.

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lorida—and our area in particular—is home to a variety of mushrooms, many of which are edible. Which makes sense when you realize the mushroom is actually a “fruiting body” of the mycelium, which is a white, spongy organism that grows underground. A mycelium can be minute or enormous. A 2,400-acre site in Oregon had one massive, continuous growth of mycelium before it was damaged by logging roads. Here in Central Florida we can harvest a number of edible mushrooms, but it’s important to learn how to identify them, so you don’t mistakenly eat a poisonous one. Dianne Busch, a Marion County master gardener, regularly forages for mushrooms



and has found multiple species on her own property. Some foragers dehydrate mushrooms to use in cooking, while others, like Busch, enjoy them sautéed in butter. “Acquire and read several books that are well organized and have lots of color pictures, including multiples of each mushroom. When starting out, it’s best to take a walking tour with an expert,” Busch suggests. “All mushrooms have their own habitats. Take a walk in a wooded area; right after a rain is when you will usually find them. In our area, chantarelles are among the most common and can be found in shaded areas under large oaks with lots of leaf debris.” Novice foragers must do their homework as proper identification requires close attention to detail. Taking photos and consulting with books and online forums is essential to learning. “Some mushrooms only grow in certain states or locations,” says Busch. “Morels, one of the cherished mushrooms, does not grow in Florida. Proper identification requires noticing what the mushroom was growing on and in what location.” She always recommends taking a photo before harvesting any mushroom. Then take additional photos of the top of the cap, the gills underside, a view of how the gills attach to the stem and a close up of the texture on the stem. Because there are poisonous mushrooms, some of which resemble edible varieties, never eat any mushroom without positively identifying it. And don’t eat them raw; always Chanterelle cook them first.


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Common edible mushrooms in Marion County include: Chanterelle Ringless Honey Mushroom Meadow Mushroom Old Man of the Woods Parasol White Oyster Turkey Tail Milk Cap



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In The Kitchen With Cindi Morrison By ANGEL A DURRELL Photos by ISABELLE RAMIREZ


rom the masterwork to the mundane, Cindi Morrison is surrounded by the breadcrumbs of history. The stone pitcher is as beguiling as the gold-worked icon, and ordinary utensils of everyday life are echoes of the familiar; links between now and a thousand years ago. The shared experience of food, she says, is a universal bond that ties people, cultures and even centuries together. then shared it at the end of the lesson. “It’s almost like making art,” she says. As “She would talk about the herbs and everything they use and how to actually a historian, Cindi is intrigued by the global pronounce them.” It was the first time she used a mortar and pestle—a tool influence and diversity of food. While a Cindi thoroughly enjoyed as a stress reliever. gallery director at Penn State, it became a “You get to hit something, and it doesn’t hit back,” she chuckles. vital necessity. There, she says Each student received copies of the recipes, which she wryly, she struggled with a still has—spattered and faded from use but much cherished lack of culinary diversity. If you want to mementos of an amazing teacher and time. “That’s something “They have more pizza I’ll never forget. We were in awe of her.” know about places there per capita than Travel opened up even more adventurous possibilities. a culture or a any other place in the world. “If you want to know about a culture or a country, eat the They called it ‘Happy Valley.’” food,” Cindi says. Her sister lived in England, so Cindi, along country, eat Two things saved her from with her mother or aunt, would visit. “From there we went to the food. the gastronomic wasteland of France or to Germany or to Amsterdam.” pizza purgatory: her Indian One of their most memorable excursions was in China, neighbors, who cooked delicious, savory where they cruised on the Yangtze River and stopped at private homes to meals with aromatic spices; and the Thai eat meals specially prepared by local residents. wife of one of her professors, who offered “The food changed, depending on what section of China we were in,” cooking lessons to the students. she recalls. At first, the potent food was a shock, and Cindi and her sister had to be careful; some foods are dicey if you didn’t the challenge of learning the complicated grow up eating them. For example: “A pepper in China can be different from a dishes over a seven-week period was pepper in Tibet that’s 10 times hotter.” daunting. But the yawning abyss of Happy She recalls a native Tibetan dousing his food liberally with a hot pepper Valley loomed as the only alternative. sauce and digging in with uninhibited relish. “So I said, ‘By golly, I’m going to do this.’” “My sister and I tried just a little bit and thought our heads were going to Once a week, students cooked a full meal, explode. It was an interesting lesson.”



TA B L E Food and sharing meals are intrinsic parts of cultural identity. We identify with certain foods from home: the escargot of France, fresh Naan bread in India, succulent stuffed grapes heaping Greek tables and that hot sauce in Tibet. Traveling and eating the regional cuisine enriched Cindi’s appreciation as a historian. She vividly recalls a meal in Baltimore. “Our friends took us to an Ethiopian restaurant. We actually had to sit on the floor, and the table was just this round piece of wood. They would bring the bread out and put it right on this piece of wood that was like a tree trunk,

and then they’d bring out the dishes we’d ordered and put it right on top of the bread!” The group was flummoxed. “I looked over at my friend and said, “OK, now what?” With help from highly amused waiters clearly enjoying the fun, they learned that the bread was both plate and utensil. “You’d break off a piece of bread and sort of dip it into the mound of food. It was delicious. You just ate until you got to the middle.” It was one of the best meals of her life. “It was like an event. By the end, we were totally into it.” Cindi’s love of bold tastes and cooking is reflected in her own kitchen, which is stocked with cumin, coriander, masala, hoisin, plum sauce, oyster sauce, chili pepper paste, tamarind, garlic and ginger. Chicken broth and stock are essential, particularly for her egg drop tomato soup, which she counts as a favorite on chilly days. It’s almost time for another trip with her sister, and Cindi is excited by a new idea. “I’m trying to convince her it should be a cooking trip, where we actually cook with the people of that region.” If they avoid another incident like the Tibetan hot sauce, they should have a great time.

Tomato and Egg Drop Soup (4 servings) 4 4 2 4 5 1 5 ¼ 1 5 1 1

lime leaves, frozen or dried (optional) galangal slices, frozen or dried (optional) tablespoons vegetable oil shallots, thinly sliced large ripe tomatoes, cored, seeded, cut into wedges teaspoon sugar cups chicken broth teaspoon salt tablespoon nuac mam (Vietnamese fish sauce) eggs, lightly beaten scallion, finely sliced tablespoon shredded coriander freshly ground black pepper

If using dried lime leaves and galangal, soak in hot water for 30 minutes and drain. Heat oil in a 3-quart saucepan over moderate heat. › Add shallots and sauté until fragrant. › Add tomatoes and sugar, cook for 5 minutes or until tomatoes are very soft. › Add chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. › Stir in lime leaves, galangal, salt and fish sauce. › Reduce heat and cover; let broth simmer for 30 minutes. Remove and discard lime leaves and galangal. › Bring soup back to a boil; while actively boiling, pour eggs in a thin slow stream and stir gently for 30 seconds. › Add scallion and coriander. › Transfer soup to a heated tureen. › Sprinkle with freshly ground pepper and serve hot. April ‘19



Braised Onion

754 NE 25th Ave., Ocala

(352) 620-9255 › braisedonion.com Tue-Thu 11:30a-9p › Fri-Sat 11:30a-10p › Sun 11:30a-8p

Mother’s Day is May 12th— make your Mother’s Day reservations early.

Braised Onion Restaurant, where you’ll experience “Comfort Food with Attitude” in a fun, warm and colorful but casual atmosphere, is open for lunch and dinner. Winner of Culinary Combat and Taste of Ocala for four years and most recently voted Ocala’s Best of the Best; the menu options are plentiful and guaranteed to make your taste buds explode with happiness. And don’t forget the dessert menu, which includes our prize-winning bread pudding and coconut cream pie. So call today to make your reservation; you won’t regret it.

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream 2707 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala (352) 622-2110 › brusters.com Sun-Thur 12p-10p, Fri-Sat 12p-11p You scream ice cream, we scream Bruster’s. More than just any ol’ ice cream parlor, Bruster’s knows how to satisfy the needs of any ice cream lover. Their large variety of premium flavors and desserts is made right in the store where they are served, including crunchy handmade waffle cones, customized sundaes, candyfilled blasts, thick milkshakes, frozen yogurts and no-sugar-added flavors. If you really want to crank up a party, Bruster’s will bring their scrumptious sweets to you. Sweeten your next big day with Bruster’s, and choose from endless flavors such as Blueberry Cheesecake, Peach Melba and Black Raspberry.

Louie’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant 422 South Pine Avenue, Ocala, FL

(352) 304-5199 Mon-Sat 11a-9p This family-owned and-operated restaurant uses only the freshest ingredients and everything on the menu is made to order. To get your meal going, try the mozzarella caprese, garlic knots or fried calamari. The antipasto and Greek salads are two more favorites! Entrées include a huge variety of chicken, seafood, pasta and veal options. If you crave it, chances are they make it. The pizza, though. You have to try the hand-tossed pizza. Pile it high with your favorite toppings, or try the Sicilian with its one-of-a-kind meat sauce. No matter what you order, you’ll be satisfied and ready to call Louie’s a new family favorite.



Don’t forget their free doggie sundaes and baby cones, with purchase, for children under 40 inches. Banana Thursdays: Bring your own banana and get 1/2 price on a banana split!

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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 waitstaff is excellent at suggesting items you’re sure to enjoy. Every roll and sushi dish is made to order from the freshest ingredients. In the steakhouse area, highly trained chefs prepare a memorable meal as they cook on the tableside grills, preparing chicken, steak or seafood just the way you like it. Entrées include soup or salad and rice. Tony’s Sushi has a family-friendly, casual atmosphere, along with a full bar, including imported Japanese sake and beer selections.


We invite you to consider Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse to host or cater your next event. Easter Sunday Brunch 11a-3p Includes: Omelet & Waffle Station, a variety of Crepes, Fresh Fruit and over 50 items on the salad bar. Bloody Mary, Mimosa & Wine.

Brick City Southern Kitchen & Whiskey Bar 10 S Magnolia Ave., Ocala

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

Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse 2023 S Pine Avenue, Ocala

(352) 622-1741 › ipanemaocala.com Lunch Friday 11a-2:30p › Brunch Sunday 11a-3p Dinner Tue-Thu 5p-9p › Fri-Sat 5p-10p › Sun 4p-9p A Churrascaria (Portuguese for barbecue) where roaming gauchos slice and serve fire-roasted meats from skewers in continual fashion. Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse boasts 12 of the finest cuts of meat complemented by an opulent 50 item salad-vegetable bar, decadent desserts, wines, beer and cocktails. Book your private party and catering today! Our Sunday Brunch from 11a to 3p includes the 50 item salad bar plus crepe, waffle and omelet station. For $32.95 you’ll receive all of the above plus a free mimosa or bloody mary and five different cuts of meat and our grilled pineapple.

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Craft Cuisine

2237 SW 19th Avenue Rd., # 102, Ocala

(352) 237-7300 › info@craftcuisineocala.com Lunch Mon-Sat 11a-4p Dinner: Mon-Thur 4-9p › Fri & Sat 4-10p Craft Cuisine World-Inspired Culinary Creations is now taking reservations for Easter Brunch! Book your in-house gatherings, private parties, weddings or off-premise catering today! Mouthwatering Monday: Build your own four-course menu, selections from $13.99-$19.99. Tuesday Ladies Night: 1st well drink FREE, $3 margaritas & 2-4-1 martinis. Wine Down Wednesday: From 4-7p order a charcuterie board paired with a house wine for $10. Burgers and Bourbon Thursdays. Prime Rib Fridays. Sangria Saturdays: $5 all-day brunch specials from 11a-3p, endless mimosas $10, bloody Marys $4.

Latinos Y Mas 2030 S Pine Ave., Ocala

(352) 622-4777 › latinosymas.com Mon-Thu 11a-9p › Fri-Sat: 11a-10p › Closed Sunday Latinos Y Mas is the perfect gathering place for family and friends to enjoy the food they love the most. Come feel at home, and try the exquisite fusion of Latin food, such as one of our entrées, including Pargo Rojo, Paella, Ceviches, homemade Tres Leches and our amazing passion fruit Mojitos. Enjoy in house or order from the takeaway menu. Our friendly staff is more than happy to help plan an extraordinary dining experience.

Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7p $5 select tapas & drink specials. Golden Spoon Award Winner Let us host or cater your next event. Craft Cuisine offers full service plated, buffet and catering on the go options. Please contact our Catering Manager to schedule a consultation.

Happy Hour Mon-Thur 3-7pm. Kids Eat Free Mondays NEW CURBSIDE PICK UP! Latinos Y Mas Catering Full Service plated, full service buffet, along with self serve pick up options. Ask us about our easy Catering On The Go Option

We are a proud partner of Feed The Need Marion County.


Six locations in Ocala and Wildwood zaxbys.com

Try the absolutely craveable chicken, Zalads and Zappetizers, or enjoy any one of the many Party Platterz catered for your next game, party or event. Always fresh and made to order, Zaxby’s offers family-friendly, fast service featuring daringly zesty chicken fingers, wings and more. Open seven days a week with six locations to serve you throughout Ocala and Wildwood, you can drive thru on the go or dine in with family and friends. ZAXBY’s: Always so Zatisfying!



Locations: 3351 W Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala; (352) 789-6001 › 3400 N Pine Ave., Ocala; (352) 877-7900 › 2900 SW 27th Ave., Ocala; (352) 861-9234 › 6033 SW Hwy 200, Ocala; (352) 351-1541 › 13451 SW 17th Ct., Ocala; (352) 347-5775 › 868 E SR 44, Wildwood; (352) 748-0221


Wednesday: 99¢ House Margaritas All Day Thursday: Trivia Night, 7-9pm (Blvd. location) Thursday: Mariachi band at the 200 location, 6-9pm


Come share your Easter Sunday Lunch with us on April 21st from 11am-2pm. Our special mother, “Mimi,” would like to invite you to treat your special mother to a lovely dining experience on May 12th at Ivy on the Square. Reservations only. For information on catering, contact Waica or Evelyn at wmhivyhouse@yahoo.com.

Full-service catering & drop-offs. Call for catering (352) 260-5807. Taste of Ocala Winner 2018

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 New lunch specials include Taco Salad on Mondays, $5.45; Speedy Gonzalez on Tuesdays, $5.45; Quesadillas on Wednesdays, $7.95; Chimichangas on Thursdays, $6.95; and Burrito Supreme on Fridays, $5.95. New dinner options include Fajita Mondays, $10.95; Chimichanga Tuesdays, $8.95; Alambre Wednesdays, $9.95; and Tacos de Bistec Thursdays, $9.95. Plus $1.95 margaritas on Mondays. On Sunday, kids 12 and under can enjoy $1.95 children’s meals (take-out not included). Wednesday is Special Margarita Day, 99¢ all day. Saturday is 2-for-1 margaritas all day. Happy Hour daily, 3-7pm. Everything is 2-4-1 (exceptions may apply).

Ivy on the Square 53 S Magnolia Ave, Ocala

(352) 622-5550 › ivyhousefl.com Closed Sun-Mon › Open Tue 11a-9p › Wed 11a-9p › Thu 11a-10p › Fri-Sat 11a-11p

106 NW Main St, Williston

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

Pasta Faire Italian Ristorante 10401 US Hwy 441, Belleview (352) 347-3100 › pastafaire.com Mon-Sat 11a-10p › Sun 11a-9p

Owner Kathy Funk, along with managing partner Brandon Magnuson and Chef Santos Cruz, invite you to experience the culinary delights and warm atmosphere of Pasta Faire in Belleview. For over 26 years, Pasta Faire has served Marion County and surrounding residents with a wide array of Italian specialties, pasta creations, wood fired rotisserie chicken, New York-style pizzas and much more. Pasta Faire would like to thank all of our wonderful patrons who have voted us “Best of the Best” Italian restaurant the past three years and Taste of Ocala winners the past two years. Hope to see you at the “Faire.”

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t’s April, and it’s an excellent time to enjoy the great outdoors. The weather is terrific, and there isn’t a better way to relish it than hitting the trails with friends on an ATV. Automobiles are not the only thing I enjoy getting behind the wheel of. I grew up on ATVs and jumped at the opportunity to check out Yamaha’s new Kodiak 700, an ATV that might be misconstrued as something one would only use for hunting. However, after spending some time on this bad boy, the functionality and fun are worth noting. The Kodiak 700 is a big ATV, and it’s designed primarily for the rough and rugged trails, pits and mud holes one can expect to find around our county. The 2019 Kodiak 700 is powered by a 686cc liquid-cooled SOHC 4-stroke engine, also flaunting an on-command, three-way locking differential for those sticky situations. The 4WD system is easy and effortless, and the best part is most of it can be done on the fly without leaving the seat. It was able to flawlessly manage everything we put it through, from the mud and muck to more wet conditions and even thick sand. Yamaha has put together an incredible machine, perfect for hunting and designed for anything you might have in mind but enjoyable enough to take out with friends on the trail for a fun and pleasant adventure. The Kodiak would even make a great camping partner, offering enough space to hold all of your gear and plenty of fuel range to get you someplace relaxing. It also incorporates a storage space toward



the handlebars and a 12V power point to keep your devices charged on the go. Other highlights such as halogen headlights ensure visibility, while the LED tail lights are bright and long-lasting, too. The Kodiak is ready for work as well, coming equipped with a centermounted, heavy-duty, 2-inch receiver, and is able to tow more than 1,300 pounds. Tough, durable, agile and powerful, the 2019 Yamaha Kodiak is much more than I thought it would be—in all the best ways. For anyone looking for a great excuse to get outdoors and spend time experiencing the real beauty of our area, here it is. The good folks over at Martin’s Yamaha put me on an incredible machine, and they can certainly do the same for you. It’s spring—go outside and enjoy all that we have to see around the area, ATV or not! Aside from driving and sharing his experience behind the wheel for Ocala Style and his journeys with the blog stupidDOPE, Jesse is passionate about creativity and style, with broad interests in music and sneakers. Follow Jesse on Instagram at @Thee_JesseJames.

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On Island Time


he four-mile-long Bryant Patton bridge is not only the link to St. George Island, which the locals refer to as SGI, a Gulf of Mexico barrier island off the coast of Apalachicola in Florida’s panhandle. It’s also short trip back to the slowerpaced, quaint charm of Old Florida. As you traverse Apalachicola Bay, you leave behind our modern-day frenetic, tech-focused life to reset your clock to “island time.”

Life’s A Beach

Take one look at the miles of unspoiled sugar sand between dunes flagged with sea oats and the gentle blue waves of the warm Gulf water and you’ll understand why the 22 miles of St. George Island beaches are rated among the best in the country. The island actually offers four different beach areas. Follow signage from the bridge to the public beach, with plenty of parking, covered picnic pavilions, bath houses and a playground. The Unit Four Beach on the bay side of the island is a nature lover’s paradise where you might spot kingfishers, herons, osprey or eagles. Two other beaches are located inside the Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park. For more beach details, visit floridasforgottencoast.com.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry

For a small island community with a conspicuous lack of franchises and chain restaurants, SGI has an admirably diverse array of family-owned eateries. The only home-cooked breakfast on the island is The Beach Pit (thebeachpit.com), and they also serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. Owners John Cadriel and Michael Cannon pride themselves on serving authentic Texas barbecue, local seafood and lots of comfort food. Chef John says they especially enjoy serving a family-style dinner featuring a guest’s 62


fresh catch, or what he calls “you hook it, we cook it.” “You can deep sea fish and your captain will clean it for you, then we’ll cook it and pair with homemade sides,” he explains. The Beach Pit has a lovely indoor dining room and a more casual, pet-friendly, screened-in patio. Pizza! That’s the answer Billy and Judy Blackburn got back in 1990 when they asked locals what kind of restaurant they should open. The couple opened BJ’s Pizza and Subs (sgipizza.com) when their son, Brad, was a teenager. They let him hang up some of his sports pennants on the walls, and over the years, they’ve added visitors’ favorite teams by request for a fun, sportsthemed décor. In addition to pizza, subs and kid-friendly favorites like burgers, fries and wings, they’ve added another feature not often found at a pizzeria—a sushi bar. “All our fish is fresh, delivered six days a week from Water Street Seafood,” Blackburn says. If it’s always five o’clock somewhere, that somewhere might be Doc Myers Island Pub & Sports Bar (docmyersislandpub. com), which owners Nick and Dan call “a tiki bar in paradise.” Get your favorite “boat drinks” to sip while you enjoy live music, your favorite sports on TV or just kicking back by the outdoor fire pit. The kids can enjoy video games, corn hole and—yes, adults, too—water gun fights! If you feel like enjoying an evening in, head over to Dail’s Seafood Trailer (facebook.com/dailsseafoodonsgi) to pick up shrimp and fresh seafood you can prepare on your own grill. An island staple for more than 25 years, Dail’s Seafood was started by a fifth-generation local fisherman and is now run by his lovely wife, Anna, and son, Peewee. Everything they offer is caught fresh daily from local shrimpers and fisherman. It doesn’t get fresher than that!

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Go Out & Play

Nature lovers flock to Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park, which occupies the eastern end of the island, to swim, stroll and shell the miles of undeveloped beaches, hike and birdwatch on nature trails through scrubs and pine forests, and stargaze away from the city lights. The campground offers 60 campsites and a group campsite just a few minutes’ walk from the beach, as well as two primitive campsites accessible to hikers or paddlers. Locals love the park as much as visitors do. “One of our family’s favorite activities is to spend a relaxing day on the beautiful, unspoiled and uncrowded beach,” says Apalachicola resident Betty Fugate. If you want to fish, kayak, paddleboard or surf, Island Outfitters (sgioutfitters.com) will “hook you up.” They rent fully equipped kayaks and pedal kayaks and have a full bait and tackle shop run by Florida natives Larry and Angela Troy, who met on the island when Larry was a boat captain.

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Although you won’t find any chain or high-rise hotels on the island, lodging choices range from the traditional hotel rooms of the beachfront Buccaneer Inn (buccinn.com), which offers an outdoor pool; to the old Southern style St. George Inn (stgeorgeinn.com) with unique rooms and suites, some including semi-private porches or kitchens; to a wide variety of vacation homes designed for families. There are several companies that book vacation homes online. Resort Vacation Properties (resortvacationproperties.com) manages nearly 300 SGI homes, from onebedroom villas to eight-bedroom homes, all with free beach gear included and amenities like private pools, hot tubs and elevators. Check out their website for video tours and a beach cam. Collins Vacation Rentals (collinsvacationrentals.com) offers more than 240 privately owned homes, also ranging from cottages to high-end, sevenbedroom luxury homes with private boat docks, and most are pet friendly. SGI Beach Vacations (sgibeachvacations.com), owned by Jonathan and Krista Beigle, offers three rental homes that the couple purchased based on their own tradition of family vacations on SGI. “We go as a family at least once a year,” Jonathan says. “It’s a great family, area and it’s unlike any other beach in Florida.” Their rentals offer at least four

bedrooms, large dining areas perfect for family dinners, well-appointed kitchens, outdoor living spaces and all the comforts of home with plenty of room for the whole family to stay together under one roof. He blogs about the SGI area on their website, where they take direct reservations. His best tip: “Catching one of those amazing SGI sunsets is always one of the highlights of our trips.”



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Stacy Horak

Raised in Brooksville, Captain Stacy Horak lived in the Ocala National Forest for many years, regularly accompanying her then


husband on boat outings. “I was never really an angler, more of a ‘bow ornament,’” laughs Horak. “We had no education about tides, bait or anything. The only thing we checked was the weather!” Everything changed the day her youngest daughter declared, “Women can’t drive boats.” Within a week of her daughter’s proclamation, Horak bought her own boat. She taught herself how to handle it, learned how to fish, obtained her license and eventually started her own business, Charter Fishing with Captain Stacy, in January 2017. “The last four years have completely changed my life,” says Horak, 47, who was

previously a stay-at-home mom. Horak took a practical approach to learning. “I hung out at bait stores and listened to all the men talking about what they caught, what (bait and tackle) they used and the conditions they were fishing in. I bought whatever products the bait store was low on, because I thought if everyone’s buying this, it must work,” she relates. “My daughter and I went to the boat ramp at midnight to practice backing in when people wouldn’t be around.” Horak’s confidence and knowledge have earned her the respect of her male peers in the Crystal River area. “I’m one of the only female captains based here,” she says, adding that male

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Captain Stacey Horak

She writes a monthly column for Coastal captains were reluctant at first but saw Angler magazine, and does a fishing report her put forth the effort and now are very for the regional television show Florida supportive. An inshore fishing guide, Insider Fishing Report. Horak takes up to four people at a time Three years ago Horak started the on her 21-foot Carolina Skiff with a Annual Ladies Redfish Classic tournament, 90hp four stroke Suzuki. She provides and entries have doubled everything from bait and each year. This year’s tackle to sunblock and My goal was event will take place May life jackets; guests just 18, and women will be bring their own food and to show [my fishing for redfish, trout, drink. “We explore the snook and (appropriately) backwaters of Crystal daughter] ladyfish. The Coastal River, Homosassa and Conservation Association Yankeetown, targeting (CCA) has partnered redfish, trout, snook, with her this year, so the sheepshead, etc. Most can do this tournament will feature of the waters are quite even more prizes. All shallow, and you can see Stacey Horak proceeds benefit the the fish,” notes Horak, Academy of Environmental Science’s youth who also does scallop charters in the summer camp program. summer. Horak holds fishing clinics and “When I started, my goal was to show seminars for Bass Pro Shops, eager to her women can do this,” recalls Horak, see more women involved in the industry adding that her now 15-year-old daughter she now loves. In February she was part has taken a huge interest in coastal of a panel of captains who spoke at the conservation. “There’s no other life for Saltwater Sportsman Seminar Series me now. My daughter will probably be a in Tampa.




charter captain herself. I take her with me often; she’s the best skipper I could have.” facebook.com/captainstacyfishing


Worth Brown

Florida native Captain Worth Brown has boating in his blood. Named after his grandfather, an avid sailboat captain and boat racer, Brown grew up in his family’s boatyard in Miami and Palmetto, Florida, Snead Island. Every job he’s had has been on the water. Brown first got his captain’s license in 1984; he worked as a test driver for ChrisCraft Boats for five years and has worked as a yacht captain for companies, such as NASCAR, and private owners, including late Georgia state senator Glenn E. Bryant. For the past 12 years, he’s captained a family’s fleet of private yachts, a job that has him operating between the Bahamas, Ocean Reef in Key Largo, up the Eastern Seaboard, through New England, Nova Scotia and into each of the Great Lakes. With his current licensing, Brown can captain a U.S.-flagged vessel of 200 tons and a foreign-flagged vessel of 500 tons. Through

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the years, he’s taken commercial classes and additional levels of training to be certified to handle the increased requirements of captaining large, modern vessels. “I love being at sea and on the water,” he observes. “The job pays well, but the drawback is that it’s kept me away from my family. Some years I’ve been gone up to six months at a time.” Brown has a crew to help with certain chores but is responsible for a great deal besides piloting the boat. Among his duties are boat maintenance, trip planning and scheduling, arranging transportation for guests and provisioning the boat (stocking supplies and food). Brown captains a Westport Pacific Mariner, a $7 million, 86-foot yacht. With the vessel’s electronics (radar, sonar, etc.) and technology, it’s more like operating an aircraft than driving a vehicle. For example, he uses a weather software program that allows him to see his boat’s position and any storms heading his way. “It even shows wave heights and lightning and allows you to do advanced plotting based on sea conditions,” Brown explains. “Back in the early 1990s, we’d have to call a weather service and pay for this kind of information.” Experience and meticulous attention to detail can be the difference between a good trip and catastrophe. When navigating through shipping traffic there can be as many as 300 ships within a 1,000-nautical mile radius. “There are vessels everywhere, so you really have to be on your toes. You have to use every Captain Worth Brown means possible to keep your boat, passengers and crew safe. With all the technology we have today, you can really avoid the bad stuff. That’s what a good captain does,” says Brown. “The biggest thing that gets people in trouble is operator error,” he adds. “When people disappear and boats sink, most of the time it’s operator error.” Brown has encountered many

memorable moments on the open waters, from submarines surfacing to impressive sea life, including one enormous great white feasting near a commercial tuna boat fleet off New York’s Hudson Canyon. “In the spring whales are a big (literally!) issue going north from Florida. You don’t want to hit one and hurt it. Off the Georgia coast in order to protect right whales, you can’t exceed 10 knots unless you’re 20 miles offshore,” notes Brown. “I saw one whale breech and dive; its tail was almost as wide as our boat, which is 22 feet wide.” Brown has seen humpbacks on multiple occasions off the New Jersey coast and once saw five species of whales at the same time on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada. “There’s so much krill for them to eat; it’s the largest concentration in the world,” he says.

Captain Rick Muldrow


Rick Muldrow

Nearly 30 years ago, Captain Rick Muldrow took his lifelong passion for boating and fishing and turned it into a business. Fellow anglers know him as “The Fishing Fool,” and he loves sharing his knowledge of Florida waterways, making him one of the popular presenters at the Annual Boat Show & Fishing Clinic at Miller’s Boating in Ocala every February. Born and raised in Ocala, Muldrow, 62, has been fishing the central Gulf waters, inlets and rivers since childhood. “My dad got both my brothers and me started fishing,” he recalls. “I bought my

first boat—a small jon boat—when I was 16. On my days off and after school, I’d take it out and learn the waters.” Now his Captain Rick’s Fishing Charters service takes eager anglers, up to four at a time, on inshore light tackle fishing charter trips customized for each outing, often seeking redfish and speckled trout. The jet drive 115hp Mercury engine on his 24-foot custom Sea Ark flats boat allows him to venture into extremely shallow water when needed. Trips leave from B’s Marina and Campground in Yankeetown. “We go out the Withlacoochee River, which is still one of the most untouched rivers we have. It’s old Florida,” says Muldrow. “The beauty of inshore saltwater fishing is that we can be fishing within 30 minutes of leaving the dock. The shorelines, oyster bars and grass flats are so beautiful. We’re rarely more than one or two miles offshore.” Depending on the time of year, he’ll see a huge variety of birds, manatees, large sea turtles, tarpon and manta rays. Porpoises are often in the area and are always entertaining. “They’ll follow the boat,” says Muldrow, who tells his guests, ‘This ain’t Sea World—it’s the real deal out here!’” On the half- and full-day charters, Muldrow provides everything from bait to poles; he even cleans the fish—unless a guest insists on doing so! Because of Muldrow’s USCG six-pack license, guests on his boat aren’t legally required to get individual fishing licenses. Every five years Muldrow has to renew his license, complete the required paperwork and pass another physical. Safety is paramount. “I think of it like being on a highway,” says Muldrow, adding that many people go on the water to drink and party. “My personal opinion is that anyone who operates a boat should have to take a boating safety class, but Florida law doesn’t require that, so you have to watch out for other boaters.” Everything about his business is based around the weather. “I won’t take people out if the weather isn’t right. People get in trouble when they don’t pay attention to weather,” says Muldrow. “With our technology today, there’s no excuse to get caught in bad weather.” rick-muldrow-fishin.com April ‘19







lame Clingmans Dome for Joe Moseley’s fascination with the Appalachian Trail (A.T.). At 6,643 feet, Clingmans Dome is the highest peak in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a standout feature of the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail. “Growing up, most of our family vacations were camping trips in the Smokies and the Appalachian Mountains,” says Moseley, 64, the STEM coordinator at The Cornerstone School since 2000. “I think I was maybe 14 when Clingmans Dome caught my attention, and that’s how I first learned of the Appalachian Trail. I always thought that one day I’d hike the whole thing.” It would be a goal deferred four decades by life events. “I went to college, got married, had kids and a corporate career,” says Moseley. “But as my kids started their own lives, the Appalachian Trail was back on my mind. My parents were public school teachers, and that’s

why we had the whole summer to take those camping trips. For many reasons, I started thinking about teaching. Having summers off was one of those reasons.” And soon Moseley did indeed get a teaching opportunity but not anywhere near the Appalachian Trail. Instead, he went to France for nine months in late 1999 to teach English to French students. “I was teaching in the Great Pyrenees Mountains area, so I took the kids on adventure camps,” says Moseley. “That experience really made me want to pursue a teaching position. When I got back, I accepted a position with The Cornerstone School.” But it wasn’t until spring break 2009 that Moseley’s Appalachian Trail dream came to fruition. Moseley, his friend, Jim Stripling, April ‘19




Moseley. “Hiking the A.T. is a goal that I want to achieve.” And there’s no doubt that it takes purpose to traverse the A.T. The 2,190-mile journey takes hikers through 14 states, six national parks and eight national forests. The trail begins at 3,280-foot Springer Mountain, Georgia, and ends at 5,267-foot Mount Katahdin, Maine. All told, there are 464,500 feet of elevation gains/losses. There are forests to go through; hills and mountains to ascend and descend; creeks, streams and

that they travel with, but Moseley came to the A.T. with one. “I coach our school’s robotics team, and our first team in 2006 was called the Spice Weasels,” says Moseley. “My students decided that Spice Weasel would be my trail name. I’ve been joined for short durations by my students, family, friends, other teachers and even our school principal. They all come to get a taste of the A.T.” Moseley, on the other hand, is there for the full course. And preparing physically each year to return to the A.T. is not easy when you live in Florida, known for its beaches, not mountains. “Typically in March, I start doing some hiking in the Greenway. I’ve gone up and down the stairs of the nine-story Lakeshore Towers in Gainesville,” says Moseley. “But really you get fit for the A.T. by hiking the A.T.” Over the years, Moseley has adjusted his equipment, jettisoning and transitioning. “I started with the typical old-style leather hiking boot. But they’re heavy, especially when wet, and hard to dry out. And your feet stay wet a lot when you’re on the trail,” says Moseley. “Two years in, I switched to the Keen Arroyo II, which looks like a heavyduty sandal. And then for my camp shoe or backup shoes, I use Crocs.” Traveling light on the A.T. is paramount, so Moseley’s backpack generally weighs 30 pounds. Among the things he carries are his sleeping bag, sleeping pad, hammock, three to five days of food (dehydrated foil packets, beef jerky, instant oatmeal, etc.), two liters of water, a CamelBak hydration system, water purifier kit, cooking pot, sporks, headlamp, first-aid kit, pocket knife and a set of clothes. “There are plenty of trail towns to restock food, wash your clothes and spend a night in a cheap hotel,” says Moseley, who hikes with trekking poles. “It doesn’t take long for me to start craving trail town restaurant food.” No matter how much you eat, Moseley points out that you will go into calorie deficit. He says that “most hikers lose five to seven Photo by Dave Miller

and his son, Connor, were dropped off at Amicalola Falls State Park in Dawsonville, Georgia. There they took the 8.8-mile approach trail to Springer Mountain, where the actual A.T. starts. To be clear here, those 8.8 miles don’t even count as actual Appalachian Trail mileage. “We were going to do a four-day, threenight trip,” says Moseley. “I borrowed equipment. I packed too much. It rained. When we got to the shelter that night, we were soaked. I pitched my little borrowed tent, and during the night, it flooded. In the morning, Jim and Connor went home. I decided to go on.” In three days, Moseley hiked 15.6 miles to Gooch Gap, Georgia. He had finally started his A.T. adventure, and he was hooked. Moseley was back that June, dropped off at Gooch Gap by his wife, Jessie. “I was better prepared this time. I bought my own equipment,” says Moseley. “But it was still a learning experience. Every day on the A.T. is a learning experience.” Moseley hiked from Gooch Gap to Winding Star Gap, Georgia, a total of 94 miles. He came back during Thanksgiving break and tacked on another 10 miles from Winding Star Gap to Wayah Bald, North Carolina. And just like that, he had become an A.T. section hiker. “There are the thru-hikers, who do the whole A.T. at once, which can take generally about seven months. That wasn’t going to work for me,” says Moseley. “But being a section hiker would since I could hike during summer break. For eight summers now, June has been my A.T. hiking time. I’m usually out on the trail for 1 1/2 to two weeks and cover 15-20 miles a day. The most I’ve hiked in a section to date has been 290 miles and the least 124 miles.” Ask anyone why they hike the A.T. and you will get many different answers. But the motivation would seem to be simply because it’s there. “I’m a very purposeful hiker,” says

rivers to cross. Weather can change from hot to cold, from sunshine to rain, and back again in an hour. And, while there are no lions and tigers, oh my, there are black bears. Other wildlife include rattlesnakes, deer, turkey, boar and even wild horses. One of the first rites of passage for an A.T. hiker is to acquire a trail name. Most hikers are given theirs by other hikers

pounds a week.” There are basic shelters, three-sided structures with front openings, every five to 10 miles along the trail. The best ones are of log construction. The shelters can usually accommodate six to 10 people. Hikers use the shelters to sleep at night, although Moseley notes that most hikers use tents. After not sleeping well in shelters or tents, Moseley became a camping hammock man. “My wife, Jessie, actually saw a camping hammock and thought that might work for me,” he says. “For the past six years, I’ve been sleeping in a hammock. I currently use a Hennessy Hammock. If you can sleep on your back, you can sleep in a camping hammock.” Camping hammocks are not your typical backyard hammocks. They come with mosquito netting and a rain fly. Once strung up, they resemble a giant cocoon. Moseley’s wildlife sightings have included an estimated 100 deer, rattlesnakes, a porcupine and a wild boar named Stinky. The latter lives near the shelter at Neals Gap, Georgia, and is considered a part of the A.T. “I’ve seen probably 12 to 14 black bears, mostly in the Smoky and Shenandoah national parks. I’ve never felt threatened by

and cook six-egg omelets for the hikers.” a bear,” says Moseley. “One did follow me one Vistas rank as Moseley’s favorite parts of night into a campground. When I got close to the trail. the shelter, I loudly let everyone know that a “A lot of the A.T. is green tunnels through bear was behind me. Everyone made a lot of the forests. So it’s great when you come out noise, and the bear ran off.” and have a vista to look out on. Tennessee According to Appalachian Trail and New Hampshire have the best vistas,” Conservancy, the A.T. gets 3 million he says. “Virginia is the easiest hiking visitors annually. because it’s mostly flat. Pennsylvania is the “Sometimes you see a lot of people and rockiest, and New Hampshire is the toughest others times not so much until you get to the because it has so many shelters. I once went 48 elevation changes.” hours without seeing “THE A.T. HAS BEEN A This June, Moseley anyone,” says Moseley. “You meet people from GREAT CHALLENGE will chip away at the 550 miles he has left all over the world, from AND LEARNING to cover on the A.T. all walks of life. I’ve EXPERIENCE. THE There’s a 207-mile gap hiked three summers with Gary (G-Man) BIGGEST THING IT in New York between Bear Mountain and Hollers, who’s from TEACHES YOU IS THAT Bennington. And there’s Norfolk, Virginia. We YOU DON’T NEED A the 345-mile trek met on the trail.” The A.T. even has a bit LOT TO LIVE A GOOD from Crawford Notch, New Hampshire, to of “trail magic.” LIFE.” - JOE MOSELEY Katahdin, Maine. “People just pop up “The A.T. has been a on the trail and do acts great challenge and learning experience,” of serendipitous favors for the hikers,” says says Moseley. “The biggest thing it teaches Moseley. “One of the most well known is The you is that you don’t need a lot to live a Omelet Man. He’ll park his pickup truck good life.” somewhere on the trail in New Hampshire April ‘19




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C-sections: Weigh The Risk By JIM GIBSON


he Cesarean section has become so prevalent that it is the most-performed surgical procedure in the U.S. It is a vitally necessary procedure that has saved countless mother and child lives; however, statistics now show that many C-sections aren’t only not medically necessary, they increase the risk of adverse health events for both mother and child.


anesthesiologist is going home.’ This went on For the nine months of her pregnancy, Ocala resident Renee Albright made regular for quite a while, and I felt so intimidated that I finally gave in and had the epidural. I knew visits to her local obstetrician. Two days I didn’t need it, but they pushed me so hard to prior to her due date, he told her that he have it done that I gave in and did it.” would be going on vacation and wouldn’t be Renee had been lying in bed for 10 present at the birth of her first child. hours. She says that “I was absolutely she wasn’t told to walk, devastated,” she says. take a warm shower or “This was my first child. If a woman’s dilation exercise to encourage I had no idea what giving remains at a certain labor and dilation. birth would be like, and I rate for a certain period “They started had seen only him for my telling me that I wasn’t entire pregnancy.” of time and doesn’t progressing and just Several days later, progress, then we would before midnight the when Renee began talk with her about obstetrician on call feeling the first twinges came in and told me of labor, she called his getting a C-section. that he wanted to do office, and staff told her a C-section. I knew it to go to the hospital. - Dr. Raymond Marquette was major surgery, and “I entered the hospital I just wanted to have my baby naturally. I around 10am, and by 6pm, I was dilated to 8 was healthy and strong, and I really felt that centimeters,” she says. “My husband was with if I pushed I could have my baby. I could me, and everything seemed to be progressing. Around 7pm, the delivery staff began pressing understand if I had been in labor for 24 or 48 hours and wasn’t progressing, but it had me to get an epidural. They said, ‘If you want barely been 12 hours. I tried to argue against an epidural, you have to have it now. The



it, but it was all so intimidating for me.” Renee was wheeled into surgery shortly after midnight. “The anesthesiologist, who was supposed to be going home around 7pm, came in and gave me another epidural just prior to the operation,” Renee says. “I was totally unprepared for a C-section. My arms were strapped down, and I didn’t get to hold my daughter until hours later. I ended up in a dark recovery room for hours, and it was days before I could get up and walk. The recovery was so painful, and it was at least a year before I feel that I fully recovered.” Renee’s experience occurred in 2003. Many things have changed since then, but unnecessary C-sections during primary births remain as big a problem today as they did 15 years ago. “We use standards set by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) based on the Friedman Curve,” says Dr. Raymond Marquette, medical director for AdventHealth Ocala (formerly Munroe Regional Medical Center). “These

H E A LT H standards determine how quickly labor and dilation should progress. If a woman’s dilation remains at a certain rate for a certain period of time and doesn’t progress (called dystocia), then we would talk with her about getting a C-section.” Friedman’s Curve was established in 1955 using a minimal population of women in a New York hospital. It was used unchallenged until 2013 when the curve was adjusted by the ACOG to the standard used today. Prior to 2013, active labor was determined to begin at 2 centimeters dilation; today that number is 6 centimeters. More in-depth research shows that the characteristics of labor are changing over time with labor lasting longer and babies being born slightly larger today than when Friedman’s Curve was created. “When the patient is at 6 centimeters, the amniotic membrane has ruptured, the patient has had four hours of adequate contractions or six hours of inadequate contractions, only then can you call that arrest of labor or dystocia,” adds Dr. Marquette. “You can see that’s a huge difference. Now it’s giving patients more time to get the baby out vaginally.” Failure to progress is the leading cause of C-sections being performed on firsttime mothers, and research shows that its determination is subjective. Rates of diagnosis vary greatly between countries, regions of countries and even hospitals. Research published in 2013 showed that failure to progress was diagnosed in more than 40 percent of C-sections in primary deliveries in hospitals. The rate was only 4 percent in births that included midwives, and research shows that worldwide only 3 to 6 percent of women have what would be called “true” arrested labor or dystocia (Dolea and AbouZhar, 2003). As for standardization of C-section protocols across the nation, even the ACOG admits that guidelines that should be followed aren’t always followed. They cite studies showing that for 78 percent of all medical guidelines produced, 10 percent of physicians aren’t even aware of their existence.

C-section Rates

Everyone agrees that medically necessary C-sections are invaluable medical tools when it comes to saving the lives of mothers and children in distress; however, researchers have noted a disturbing trend that has been

taking place over the last several decades. Medically unnecessary C-sections are being performed on low-risk women who could be having vaginal deliveries. Low-risk women are those who have had no prior C-sections, are close to or at full-term, are delivering a single child and whose child is properly positioned for a vaginal birth. Since the 1970s, the percentage of C-sections performed on lowrisk mothers has increased along with the number of overall C-sections at a prodigious rate that cannot be medically explained. According to a 2017 study released by Consumer Reports, approximately 26 percent of low-risk mothers deliver by C-section. These procedures are being performed on women of all races, ages, places of residence and gestational ages. Dr. Marquette states that the rate of C-sections for primary births at AdventHealth Ocala is 17 percent, a number they “are very proud of.”

are associated with short- and long-term risk, which can extend many years beyond the delivery and affect the health of the woman, her child and future pregnancies.” Children born by C-section have their own unique set of risks. The greatest is respiratory distress syndrome. This condition is most prevalent in children delivered by “scheduled” C-section when the mother doesn’t experience any of the contractions that come with normal labor. Medical experts surmise that contractions normally taking place in a vaginal birth stimulate the child to produce chemicals necessary for proper lung development. Also contributing to this problem, there is a degree of error when it comes to determining the exact gestational age of a child in the womb. If this determination is off by just one to two weeks, the child can be delivered by C-section after only 34 to 36 weeks of pregnancy, during the period called “late-preterm.” Infants born in this

In 1965, C-sections in the United States were performed for 4.5 percent of the total births. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2016, that number had risen to 32 percent. The state of Florida presently has the third highest rate in the nation at 37.4 percent.

gestational age group are more likely to suffer from respiratory problems of all kinds than full-term infants. Immediate risks to the child include physical injury during delivery, neonatal respiratory depression and breastfeeding problems. The latter two are due to the fetus’s exposure to anesthesia and analgesics given to the mother prior to the C-section. Recent research also shows that children born by C-section have an increased risk of obesity and of later developing autoimmune diseases such as Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis along with allergic diseases, such as asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic dermatitis.

Risks To Mother And Child

A Canadian study shows that women who have C-sections are three times more likely to suffer risk of injury to the bladder or bowel, severe blood loss, major infections, heart attack, kidney failure and deep vein thrombosis. According to the WHO, “Cesarean sections

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Researchers theorize that during a vaginal birth the child is naturally exposed to microbes in the birth canal that help to properly establish their immune system. When the child is removed by C-section, there is no physical contact with this important microbiota, and the basic development of the child’s immune system is compromised. Some physicians have sought to remedy this problem through “vaginal seeding,” a process whereby, following a C-section, the doctor swabs fluids from the mother’s vagina and then transfers the vaginal flora to the child’s mouth, nose or skin.

Why Are C-section Rates Increasing?

The reasons for such a prodigious rate of increase in C-sections are varied and complex. Researchers have identified several possible causes but reasons vary between individual physicians and specific hospitals.



According to the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), fear of litigation is one of the reasons that both physicians and hospitals perform medically unnecessary C-sections. The premise is that if a C-section is performed and the delivery goes poorly, if there is litigation, then the physician or hospital can argue in court that they did everything possible to ensure the mother and child’s health—even to the point of performing a C-section. If a C-section isn’t performed and the delivery goes poorly, then the mother or family member filing the lawsuit could argue that the physician or hospital didn’t do enough, i.e., a C-section. Studies have shown that in busy hospitals, many times C-sections take less time than waiting for an expectant mother to dilate fully and deliver vaginally. Thus, C-sections are a way to keep things moving smoothly in a busy delivery room. An increase in medical technology, especially in the area of fetal monitoring

during delivery may contribute to this problem. Studies show that there is no standard protocol being followed by delivery staff nationwide when it comes to interpreting the data received through fetal monitoring. Many times, interpretation of this data (fetal heartrate and rhythm in conjunction with uterine contractions) is the primary determinant as to whether a C-section will be performed. Researchers are asking that guidelines be set for data interpretation and be strictly followed. Some women choose scheduled C-sections because they fear vaginal deliveries. The reasons may include fear of death, pain, vaginal stretching or tearing, loss of body control and fear of the unknown. A certain percentage are scheduled for various medical reasons, such as the baby isn’t properly positioned, the mother has had multiple C-sections in the past, the mother has pre-eclampsia, the child is exceptionally large, there have been ongoing health

H E A LT H problems for mother or child, etc. According to NBER, physicians and hospitals receive hundreds to thousands of dollars more for performing a C-section than a vaginal birth. When this amount is compounded over several thousand births per year, the profits can be quite substantial. According to the CDC, more than 90 percent of all births are paid for by either Medicaid or private insurance plans. Recognizing this problem, the WHO has recommended equalizing insurance payments for C-sections and vaginal deliveries, so money will no longer be an incentive to perform unnecessary C-sections. Although no one reason is the cause for an overabundance of C-sections being performed on low-risk women, several independent studies and metaanalysis information supplied by the NIH show that financial incentives to both physicians and hospitals is most likely the primary cause. According to information supplied by Florida Blue Cross and Blue Shield, “There

can be many variables, but in general, Florida Blue reimburses physicians at the same rate for Cesarean section births and vaginal births without complications. It is important to note that the actual reimbursement rate to a physician will vary depending on their contract. Hospital rates in the Ocala market have different reimbursement rates for C-sections and vaginal births without complications.” Whatever the reasons might be for performing unnecessary C-sections, a mother-to-be should be aware that outside factors other than her and her child’s health could come into play when it comes time to deliver her child. And this doesn’t go for firsttime mothers only, it also goes for women who might have had a prior C-section birth. “As I was recovering from my C-section, I began to plan for the birth of my next child,” says Renee. “I read about vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC), and I knew that this is what I wanted for my next child. When I discovered I was pregnant three years later, I was armed with a plethora of information, and I made out a “birth plan.”

In it, my No.1 priority was that any doctor or hospital staff member who didn’t believe in VBACs wasn’t welcome in my hospital room. I delivered my next three children by VBAC, and I think that pretty much proves that my first delivery could just as easily have been a vaginal delivery.” C-sections carry a certain amount of risk but are a necessary medical procedure in the right situation. For reasons that cannot be pinpointed, there are more procedures being performed on low-risk women than what statistical analysis shows should be performed. It’s up to you and your spouse, whether it’s the birth of your first child or a birth following a prior C-section, to be informed of your options before your delivery date arrives. Weigh the risks and make the informed decision that is best for you and your baby. Sources: Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC); mayoclinic.org/testsprocedures/vbac/about/pac-20395249: Diagnosing and Managing Neonatal Respiratory Depression; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/ PMC2327826/: U.S. Maternal Mortality Trends; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ articles/PMC5001799/: Diagnosing Expertise: Human Capital, Decision Making, and Performance among Physicians; ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ articles/PMC5736164/: (Accessed 1/2/19)

What To Expect Locally

Source: Newborns and Cesarean Rates 2000-2017; floridahealthfinder.gov/researchers/QuickStat/cesarean-buffer.aspx

According to the NIH, hospital C-section-to-total-birth percentage rates range from a low of approximately 7 percent to a high of more than 70 percent. A Consumer Reports study of more than 1,300 U.S. hospitals shows that C-section rates for low-risk deliveries don’t just vary from hospital to hospital across the country, they vary just as widely between facilities located in the same communities, serving the same population of patients.

2000 % of C-Sections

2017 % of C-Sections

VBAC Rates

AdventHealth Ocala*



23 out of 361

UF Health Shands Hosptial



106 out of 594

Citrus Memorial Hosptial



< 5 out of 74

AdventHealth Waterman, Tavares*



< 5 out of 82

Leesburg Regional Medical Center



6 out of 288


* These numbers reflect C-section rates prior to ownership by AdventHealth.

April ‘19



Saul Posner



always thought if I was alone, I’d want to live in an apartment,” says Saul Posner, who was ready to quit worrying about yard work, termites, sink holes, hurricanes and all the other variables that come with homeownership in Florida. Originally from the Bronx, New York, Saul served in the Army for three years and worked as a postal supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service for 38 years. Upon retiring from that career, he and his wife Inge moved to Florida in 1990. Saul and Inge were married for 49 years and after her passing last January, Saul knew it was time for a change. He was more than ready to give up the burdens of owning a house. After visiting several independent living communities in Marion and Sumter Counties, he found The Estates at Hawthorne Village. Thoroughly impressed with both 80


the management and the amenities, he sold his house in the Dunnellon area and moved in November 1, 2018. “This is close to where I lived and to all the things I’m used to doing,” says Saul, 84, who maintains a very active lifestyle and drives to a variety of regular activities. In addition to playing golf with a group of men twice a week, he plays poker two times a week. “I take piano lessons once a week and play cards here three times a week,” he adds, noting that he also reads a lot, and follows professional golf and NFL football (Go Bucs!). Saul walks two miles four or five days a week around the neighborhood and works out at the on-site gym, AJ’s Fitness Center, two to three times a week. Saul’s beautiful one-bedroom apartment home is on the third floor, and being one of

those health-minded tenants, he often takes the stairs for exercise instead of the elevator. He makes his own breakfast and on occasion will cook another meal, but Saul appreciates that he never has to worry about lunch or dinner, since all he has to do is walk down to the dining room for those meals. “It wasn’t hard for me to downsize. This is like living in an apartment in a hotel,” says Saul. “I have two sons who live in Georgia and California, so I don’t have family in the area, but the people here-staff and tenants--are my family now. The manager Elizabeth is wonderful and Jeannette, (the concierge), is so friendly. If there’s anything you need, they’ll help you.”

Good-Bye To Maintenance Hassles After Mack, her husband of 65 years passed away, Joan Smith had to admit there were things she just couldn’t do when it came to maintaining their house. Florida had been home to Mack and Joan ever since they moved to Orlando from Missouri in 1960 for Mack’s job with Martin Marietta. They later built a house in Marion Oaks and moved to Ocala, which was where Joan found herself living alone after Mack died. Realizing that her back pain also made it hard for her to cook meals and do housework, the mother of five talked it over with her children. They all agreed it was time for her to move to a place where she could live independently without the hassles of home upkeep and daily chores, a place where she could just enjoy life. “We have four daughters and one son, but Wendy is the only one who lives near by,” says Joan, 84. “She and I looked at different places and this was the nicest. I liked the items and even a chef who prepares omelets size of the apartment and the idea that you and such to order. could get meals twice a day. The people are Since Joan is not an early riser, she so friendly, both residents and staff.” especially likes the fact that continental In May of 2018, Joan made the move to breakfast is now available Monday through The Estates at Hawthorne Village where Friday from 8:30 to 9:30am. Some mornings she quickly settled into her second-floor, she’s only in the mood for coffee and a pastry, one bedroom apartment home, which she but cereal, toast, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola outfitted with some of her favorite pieces and hard-boiled eggs are also available. of furniture. She has a screen-enclosed Even better, if Joan doesn’t feel like going balcony where she keeps potted plants and to the dining room can easily step outside for the continental for a breath of fresh air. breakfast, she can still The Estates of Joan still drives, but enjoy socializing with her daughter, Wendy, Hawthorne Village her friends by attending usually takes her to offers exquisite the Mug Club, held doctor’s appointments twice a week in the apartment homes for and they frequently go on outings together. the independent retiree common living room area on each of the There’s no shortage who seeks an active “neighborhood” floors. of socialization for The At Mug Club, the lifestyle with an allEstates’ tenants and tenants enjoy hot Joan participates in inclusive monthly rent. coffee or tea and a nice several of them. selection of homemade “I go to a Bible study baked breakfast treats while they casually every Saturday morning and I like going to sit and visit with one another. It’s just movies in the media center three nights a another of the many things that confirms week,” she says. to Joan she made the right choice when she Not having to cook if she doesn’t feel like decided to make her home at The Estates of it has been a blessing. She appreciates that Hawthorne Village. there are two entrees to pick from at lunch

and dinner, and that there’s always fresh fruit and salad. She looks forward to the brunch on the first Sunday of every month, complete with a great variety of breakfast

All-Inclusive, Worry-Free Living Hawthorne Village of Ocala is a not-forprofit, full-service retirement community,

Joan Smith

conveniently located near the Paddock Mall, major health care providers, and a variety of cultural and historical venues. The Estates of Hawthorne Village offers exquisite apartment homes for the independent retiree who seeks an active lifestyle with an all-inclusive monthly rent. Worry-free and maintenancefree living awaits you at The Estates, as weekly housekeeping and linen service, two restaurant-style meals per day, transportation to medical appointments and scheduled life-enrichment activities are just a sampling of what is available to the tenants. The Inn at Hawthorne Village of Ocala is a lovely, home-like setting for those individuals who need assistance with daily self-care in a supportive and attractive environment. As part of a full-service retirement community, Hawthorne Village of Ocala provides a full spectrum of care to meet all of your health care needs, including the state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient Bounce Back Rehab and skilled nursing center—all of this, on one beautifully manicured and easily accessible campus. Hawthorne Village of Ocala 4100 SW 33rd Ave., Ocala hawthornevillageofocala.com (352) 237-7776, ext. 255

April ‘19



Pollen, Dust and Dander, Oh My! By LISA MCGINNES


t’s finally spring. The chilly weather is over, and it’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy Central Florida’s natural resources—kayaking the rivers, hiking and biking the trails, and swimming in the springs. Great! Except for your annoying sniffles, itchy eyes and scratchy throat. Is it seasonal allergies? A cold? How do you know? More important, how do you make it stop? The drugstore aisle is full of over-the-counter medications. A Google search turns up hundreds of home remedies. Do you need to see a doctor? Physicians, chiropractors and acupuncturists all offer treatments for allergies. Seasonal allergy symptoms can be sneaky—and vary from one person to another. Some people notice the classic stuffy or runny nose—with or without the scratchy throat—that comes from post-nasal drip. Some notice their eyes are red, itchy and watery. Others experience the pounding pressure of a sinus headache. If these symptoms sound just like the common cold, that’s because they are. Health care professionals say there’s very little difference in treatments for seasonal allergies or a cold. John Somers, an APRN with Family Care Specialists, is often the first provider that people turn to with these symptoms. “Seasonal allergies are a very common concern for patients,” he says, adding that itchy ears, excessive sneezing



Healthcare, agree that diet plays a significant role and even trouble sleeping can be signs that a in the severity of allergy symptoms. person is experiencing seasonal allergies. He “Proper diet helps,” says Dr. Bullard, who says that common medical therapies include recommends that patients experiencing allergy saline nasal sprays, steroid nasal sprays, symptoms avoid dairy products. antihistamines and decongestants, all of which “Staying away from dairy products is really are available over the counter. critical,” Dr. Olstein says. “Dairy products tend “I recommend usually doing a trial of Zyrtec to create more congestion and more mucus, and or Claritin with saline nasal spray as a first nobody wants that.” She says she understands line of therapy,” he says, adding that Zyrtec can how hard it is for people to give up their “yummy” make some people tired. If those remedies don’t milk and ice cream but says people who have provide relief, he recommends progressing to more dairy products in their a steroid nasal spray like diet experience more phlegm Flonase. “If you still don’t Seasonal allergies and mucus buildup, which have relief, then reach out blocks the airways and creates to your medical provider.” are a very common more allergy problems in the Somers says some patients concern for patients. long run. will even be referred to an I recommend usually Dr. Olstein says spring is allergist for allergy injections. a prime time for seasonal If you want to avoid doing a trial of Zyrtec allergies, when seasons are medications or try a more or Claritin with saline changing and plants are homeopathic approach, nasal spray as a first blooming, and in addition chiropractic and acupuncture to treating patients in her both focus on improving the line of therapy. clinic, she offers free and body’s own immune system to low-cost treatments at relieve symptoms. -John Somers, APRN community events, where “With both a cold the most common complaint is sinus or allergy and allergies, you want to get your immune symptoms. Interestingly, she says that in Chinese system working,” says Louise Bullard, a doctor medicine, a “cold” does have a connection with of chiropractic at Strive Integrated Physical the temperature, and that treatments for both Medicine. She says that seasonal allergies often colds and allergies are very similar. signify that something in the immune system “The lungs really like heat,” she explains. “They is not working properly and explains that a don’t like wet and cold, especially after the winter.” chiropractic adjustment can relieve pressure on That’s why her acupuncture treatments for allergies nerves, which allows the whole body to function better. She adds that too much stress can affect the often include infrared heat therapy, and she recommends that home care includes placing warm immune system and make a person more likely compresses on the chest along with drinking plenty to experience allergies. For the most common of warm liquids like herbal tea or chicken soup. symptom—runny nose—she says most patients Dr. Olstein focuses on reducing inflammation in experience quick relief after an adjustment as the body and boosting the immune system. “everything starts to drain out.” “Within a couple seconds of the needles being Dr. Bullard recommends that patients put in, you can actually feel the inflammatory experiencing allergy symptoms avoid artificial reaction going down in the nasal passages. Most scents, such as scented candles, which she says act people are like ‘Oh my gosh, I can breathe!’ It’s as irritants to the already inflamed nasal passages. really incredible. Ultimately, it’s helping the source Both Dr. Bullard and Erica Olstein, a doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine at A Better U of the problem, which is the immune system.”

HEALTH PROS From high-tech sinus procedures and skin care treatments to state-of-the-art eye care and rehab services, we talked to the local experts about all things health and wellness. In the following pages they introduce us to their practices, their procedures and what sets them apart. The next time you or your family have a healthcare concern, turn to the pros who know. April ‘19



Scott Nadenik, DO, PA Ocala Sinus Solutions


r. Scott Nadenik understands the pain and frustration of chronic sinus symptoms. For patients who suffer with recurrent sinus infections, chronic sinus pressure, headache and poor breathing, Dr. Nadenik has solutions to relieve your symptoms. Although Dr. Nadenik offers a full range of options for the sinus sufferer, one option that many patients prefer is the in-office Balloon Sinus Dilation procedure. With Balloon Sinus Dilation, Dr. Nadenik inserts a small balloon device over the natural sinus passageway. “The balloon is then inflated to gently and permanently open blocked sinus passageways,” says Dr. Nadenik. “Because the procedure is done in the office, patients are able to get back to their normal routines much more quickly.” Dr. Nadenik has been helping patients in Ocala with sinus problems since 1998, and he has done thousands of sinus procedures. He has been performing balloon sinus dilation since 2010 when this technology was invented. “Having patients tell me they no longer experience sinus headaches, pressure and infections is one of the most rewarding parts of my practice,” says Dr. Nadenik. Dr. Scott Nadenik, DO › Ocala Sinus Solutions › 2120 SW 22nd Place, Ocala › (352) 512-0033 › ocalasinussolutions.com

Linda McCarthy, CNO

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala


fter an illness or surgery, you want to get up and around as soon as possible. Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala’s passion is to help you reach this goal. Encompass Health (formerly Health South), is Marion County’s only inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Their expertise is helping patients transition home from acute care facilities. “We want all of our patients to get as close to their level of activity before their recent surgery, accident or other health-related event that changed how they function,” says Chief Nursing Officer Linda McCarthy, who has found rehabilitation the most rewarding part of her 30 years in healthcare. “To see the pride in their faces for their accomplishments makes my heart swell.” All rehabilitation services are provided under one roof, including occupational, physical and speech therapy; wound care; nutrition and dialysis. Physicians see patients daily and coordinate care with specialists. They hold The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care Certification in Stroke Rehabilitation. As a hospital, Encompass Health can admit patients directly from home. They’re proud to be our community’s premier choice for the highest level of rehabilitative care. Encompass Health of Ocala › 2275 SW 22nd Lane › (352) 282-4000 › encompasshealth.com/ocalarehab




Erin Zimmer, Nurse Practitioner Urology Institute of Central Florida


or Erin Zimmer, joining the team at Urology Institute of Central Florida was an easy decision. “The practice has an excellent reputation for treating both staff and patients like family,” she says. Erin began working at UICFL on February 4. She brings impressive credentials to her new job. In 2011, she earned a Master of Science in nursing from Graceland University and has spent the past seven years as a nurse practitioner at an Ocala-based family practice. To say she enjoys working with patients is an understatement. “After working so many years at a family practice, I have the ability to see the big picture when it comes to patients’ health. Patients know they can open up and trust me.” Certainly, her core values of honesty and integrity make her a perfect fit at UICFL, which has built and maintained a stellar reputation among patients. “I am so impressed with Dr. Charles King and nurse practitioner Emily Perry Hartlein because they truly take care of patients to the best of their ability,” she says. “We have a very caring staff, and I look forward to being part of this amazing team.” Urology Institute of Central Florida › 9401 SW State Road 200, Ste 403, Ocala › 2850 SE 3rd Ct., Ocala › (352) 732-6474 › uicfla.com

Ashley Cauthen, MD MidState Skin Institute


r. Ashley Cauthen and her team have worked hard to become Ocala’s leader in state-of-the-art medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. “We create trusting doctor-patient relationships in order to be our community’s first choice for skin, hair and nail service needs,” Dr. Cauthen says. “We are very excited to offer a third location,” she adds, announcing their new Paddock Park office. One of their newest procedures is Dermalinfusion, a professional 3-in-1 exfoliation treatment that exfoliates, extracts and infuses personalized peptide serums. “Dermalinfusion can treat pigment, acne, large pores, texture, hydration and much more,” says Dr. Cauthen, explaining that this treatment allows skin to retain 70 percent more plumpness, tone and texture. “The great part is it can be done on most parts of the body, not just the face,” she adds. The clinicians at all three locations of MidState Skin Institute consistently provide high-quality medical care with genuine concern and personalized attention. MidState Skin Institute › midstateskin.com › Deerwood office: 1630 SE 18th Street #400, Ocala › (352) 512-0092 › Jasmine office: 7550 SW 61st Ave., Suite 1, Ocala › (352) 732-7337 › Paddock Park office: 3210 SW 33rd Road, Suite 101, Ocala › (352) 470-0770 April ‘19



Standing: Michael Morris, M.D, Peter Polack, M.D., Jodie Armstrong, M.D. Sitting: Chander Samy, M.D, Hussain Elhalis, M.D

Ocala Eye Physicians

Ocala Eye


he physicians at Ocala Eye bring world-class eye care to the Marion County community, meaning less travel for leading care. At Ocala Eye, a team of multispecialty ophthalmologists and optometrists work together toward one goal: treating each patient as an individual, with a unique and personalized treatment plan that will provide the best vision possible. “Ocala Eye offers services ranging from routine eye exams to advanced vision correction surgeries to highly specialized glaucoma, cornea and retina care,” according to Dr. Mohammed ElMallah, a cataract and glaucoma surgeon at Ocala Eye. Following a comprehensive eye exam, Ocala Eye provides convenient



optical services at each of its office locations. Licensed opticians help patients find prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses and contacts that are the perfect fit for their lifestyle and budget. If you’re considering life without glasses or contact lenses, Ocala Eye offers vision enhancements, such as refractive cataract surgery, refractive lens exchange and LASIK. There is no need to travel for leading-edge ocular surgery. Ocala Eye’s doctors use the latest technology for cataract and refractive surgeries. A specialized femtosecond laser adds laser precision to provide the most accurate outcomes. Surgeries take place at Ocala Eye Surgery Center, an AAAHC-certified center, where staff are expertly trained in ophthalmic procedures.


Sitting: Sarah Kim, D.O., Mark Jank, M.D. Standing: Hina Ahmed, M.D., Vishwanath Srinagesh, M.D

But Ocala Eye offers more medical expertise—hearing, dry eye and aesthetic services are available with their providers, too. The Heath Brook and Villages locations are home to dedicated aesthetics centers staffed by trained aestheticians and their own nurse practitioner. In cooperation with their oculoplastic surgeon who performs cosmetic and functional eyelid and facial surgeries, Ocala Eye Aesthetics provides advanced skincare treatments like HydraFacials, microdermabrasion, microneedling and more so patients can look and feel their best. Ocala Eye is proud to be the area’s first and only practice with a dedicated Dry Eye Center. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of dye eye

conditions, its center offers a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic resources to determine the best treatment method for your particular case of dry eye. From in-office treatments to at-home therapies, the Ocala Eye Dry Eye Center offers relief for those who suffer from this chronic condition. Ocala Eye’s hearing team treats a variety of hearing loss types and can help their patients find the perfect hearing aid for their needs. Not only are they knowledgeable, but they’re compassionate—and they work hard to ensure their patients can participate in all of life’s lively events and conversations. Offering both customfitted hearing aids to ready-to-wear models, your hearing aids from Ocala Eye

John Deaton, D.O.

Mohammed ElMallah, M.D.

will offer you the best in digital clarity, comfort and design. “We are proud to be the leading eye care provider in the region and continually strive to provide our patients with the most advanced and compassionate care,” says Dr. ElMallah. Ocala Eye has five locations for convenient care near you, with Saturday hours now available at the Heath Brook office. Visit ocalaeye.com to learn more. Ocala Eye 4414 SW College Road, Suite #1462, Ocala (352) 622-5183 ocalaeye.com

April ‘19



Rick Bourne, CEO

Hospice of Marion County


ith more than 30 years in health care, Rick Bourne, Hospice of Marion County’s new CEO, is passionate about easing the burden that goes along with end-oflife decision making. Put simply, do your loved ones a favor and create a living will and health surrogate. “Once established, there is no guessing what someone would prefer or want in the case of a health crisis,” he says. “It relieves the family of having to make difficult decisions without knowing.” A living will expresses your end-of-life health care wishes and names a health care surrogate should you no longer be able to make decisions for yourself. “It’s never too early until it’s too late,” Bourne says. “It’s best to complete these tasks while you are healthy and can assure everyone of your wishes. No attorneys need to be involved and there are no fees.” New to the Ocala area, Bourne is recognized as a visionary in his field who sees trends as they emerge and creates innovative solutions to meet new challenges. “April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day and I encourage everyone who hasn’t completed an advance directive to make it a priority,” he says. Hospice of Marion County › 3231 SW 34th Avenue, Ocala › (352) 873-7400 › hospiceofmarion.com

Nicole Musick, Area Manager Ideal Image


ant to invest in looking and feeling your best? The professionals at Ideal Image can help. All providers are highly trained and have incredible initial and ongoing training in all services offered. “What we serve is the investment you make in your skin, face and body, so it should only be top-quality care you receive,” says Area Manager Nicole Musick, Although the facility is known for its outstanding laser hair removal and CoolSculpting, one of the newest offerings, the Forever Young Broadband Light Therapy is one of Nicole’s favorite additions. “It uses short blasts of high-intensity light to produce youngerlooking skin that’s firmer and more even in tone and texture, reducing the appearance of damage and taking years off your complexion.” And who doesn’t want that? Ideal Image agrees, and now gift cards are available. “As we get older, many of us can relate to gift-giving becoming more difficult. Whether it’s for a spouse, parent or friend, an Ideal Image gift card can serve as a launching pad into their treatment or as a nice addition to ongoing services with us.” Ideal Image › 4701 SW College Road, Suite 200, Ocala › (352) 861-5565 › 5236 SW 34th Street, Gainesville › (352) 375-2950 › idealimage.com 88





stimulation; an unusually high or low sensory room is a safe place where level of activity; problems with balance people living with Alzheimer’s or coordination; and difficulty with the disease and dementia can safely activities of daily living. explore and stimulate their senses. The The team also offers activities linked equipment in these rooms provides gentle to interests the resident had prior to stimulation of sight, sound, touch, smell dementia to help build a connection and movement in a controlled way. It to everyday life. This can be used for calming may involve reading, or stimulating, depending Sensory talking, gentle hand on the needs of a loved stimulation is massage, shifting to an one. Sensory stimulation is intended to bring intended to bring outdoor environment, or introducing tactile objects enjoyment to seniors with enjoyment to familiar from a former the disease, reduce anxiety seniors with the time in the resident’s and depression, and increase social interaction. Sensory disease, reduce life, such as sand or seashells. Multi-sensory rooms can also enhance anxiety and environments like the feelings of comfort and depression, and sensory room at Paddock well-being, relieve stress Ridge have been shown and pain, and maximize a increase social to improve social abilities, person’s potential to focus, interaction. overall happiness and which can help improve the number of depressive communication and memory. symptoms exhibited. It’s an example of the In addition to providing these calming, new, inventive approach to Alzheimer’s/ stress-relieving benefits, the multi-sensory dementia care at Paddock Ridge. environment equipment employed by the Paddock Ridge, Ocala’s newest and team at Paddock Ridge is designed to help most innovative community serving residents who are challenged in these memory care and assisted living residents, areas: oversensitivity to touch, movement, is the flagship property of locally owned sight or sound; under-reactivity to sensory

Shane Potter, Executive Director

Prospéra Communities. It’s now accepting reservations with limited availability in the community’s memory care neighborhoods. For more information or to schedule a personal tour, please call 1-866-459-1415 or visit PaddockRidge.com. Paddock Ridge 4001 SW 33rd Ct., Ocala 1-866-459-1415 PaddockRidge.com

AL #PENDING April ‘19






an you hear that? The weather is warming up and so are the bands. As spring winds into summer, here are some of the hottest, coolest and most eclectic music festivals in Florida.


May 2–5 | West Palm Beach sunfest.com SunFest spans multiple days, and for good reason. Their musical performers are always some of the year’s most popular, with 2018’s lineup including Logic, DNCE and Rae Sremmurd. But they also host an art district with live art and interactive installations, floating bars with craft drinks along Flagler Drive and a TGI 5K, which gives runners access to a Friday night party. Genre: Anything and everything goes at SunFest—they’ve got hard rock, classic rock, electronic music, Top 40/pop, rap and more Headliners: Headliners have not been announced as of this article’s writing.


Photo courtesy of SunFest Music Festival



April 6–8 | Fort Lauderdale tortugamusicfestival.com This annual event is sort of a mecca for country fans—there are never this many stars in one place unless it’s the CMAs. The headliners are three of country’s biggest names, but the other acts are no small fish: Sheryl Crow, Maren Morris, and Joan Jett and The Blackhearts. Everyone will find someone they love performing at Tortuga. Genre: Mostly country, but some rock and reggae acts, too Headliners: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Thomas Rhett

Word of South April 12–14 | Tallahassee wordofsouthfestival.com Word of South isn’t just any old music festival—it’s dedicated to exploring how writing and music are dependent on each other. The event includes live performances and talks from authors who write about music, musicians who are authors, and authors and musicians appearing together. Genre: Everything goes, from pop and progressive rock to blues and classical Headliners: Headliners have not been announced as of this article’s writing, but past events have included indie artists and bands from around the country.



Photo by Steve Thrasher


Welcome to Rockville

Welcome to Rockville May 3–5 | Jacksonville welcometorockvillefestival.com Rockville takes place along the banks of the St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville and brings together today’s rock favorites with beloved icons of decades past. With the likes of Judas Priest, Evanescence and The Struts, it’s guaranteed to be a rocking show, and those aren’t even the headliners. If you’re looking for an immersive experience, camp with fellow fans in RVs or tents throughout the weekend with access to indoor restrooms, shower trailers and a full bar and grill just for festival guests. Genre: Rock of all kinds: punk, progressive, heavy metal and more Headliners: Tool, Korn and Rob Zombie

Rolling Loud May 10–12 | Miami rollingloud.com The Miami location’s five-year anniversary, this year’s Rolling Loud is guaranteed to bring down the house. Chart-topping rap artists like Cardi B, Lil Wayne and Tyga will bring the bass and the bars to South Florida this year. Genre: Rap, hip hop and R&B Headliners: Migos, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi


Jacksonville Jazz Festival May 23–26 | Jacksonville jacksonvillejazzfest.com Downtown Jacksonville has been hosting jazz musicians and modern acts at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival since 1981. Visitors will enjoy two stages of live jazz, local food and drinks, shopping and entertainment spanning 10 blocks of downtown, all for free. Genre: Jazz, blues and soul Headliners: Lineups have not been announced yet, but keep an eye on their website!

Sarasota Music Festival

Tampa Bay Margarita and Music Festival

June 2–23 | Sarasota sarasotaorchestra.org/festival The Sarasota Music Festival is hosted by the Sarasota Orchestra, and has become one of the most highly acclaimed classical music events in the nation. The festival combines live performances from rising stars and well-known musicians with lectures, master classes and artist showcases. Genre: Classical music and orchestral pieces Headliners: Check out the complete schedule of artists and venues online.

Florida Folk Festival

Florida Folk Festival May 24–26 | White Springs floridastateparks.org/ FloridaFolkFestival Is there a better stage than one along the Suwannee River in White Springs, Florida? Folk artists have gathered here since 1953 to play folk music, but today guests can also enjoy camping, crafts, workshops, and banjo and fiddle contests. Genre: Folk, folk and more folk Headliners include: Rod MacDonald, John Anderson, Brother Brother, Billy Dean

St. Augustine Music Festival

Tampa Bay Margarita and Music Festival May 25 | Tampa tampamargaritafest.com What pairs well with summertime music? More than 50 unique margaritas crafted by professional bartenders and grand tequila tastings, of course. Be sure to stick around for the good eats and fireworks displays. Genre: Rock headliners with DJ entertainment in between Headliners: Everclear, Plain White T’s, Fastball, The Wallf lowers

St. Augustine Music Festival June 20–22 and June 27–29 | St. Augustine staugustinemusicfestival.org Known as America’s largest free classical music festival, this event has been going on for 12 years now. Concerts are held at the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. These performances are totally free, and no tickets are required, but show up very early, as seating is first come, first serve. Genre: Classical music, and symphony and orchestra performances of more modern songs Headliners: There are no distinct headliners at this festival, just quartets and full orchestras from around the region.

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f one of your resolutions was to read more in 2019, but you’ve been looking for the right books, search no more. These picks are very different stories, but both have a memorable young woman as the main character. Remarkable debut novels by their respective authors, these books will give you plenty to think about— and, if you’re in a book club, to talk about!

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen

“Whenever she stumbled, it was the land that caught her. Until at last...the heart-pain seeped away like water into sand. Still there, but deep. Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.” After her mother walks out and her alcoholic father finally abandons her, Catherine “Kya” Clark, turns to the one constant in her life: the marsh land of the North Carolina coast. Ridiculed as “Marsh Girl” and “swamp trash,” Kya

flees school and civilization, finding comfort in nature, seagulls and the occasional company of neighbor boy Tate Walker, who eventually teaches her to read and opens her heart to the possibility of trusting human connection. As the years pass, Kya’s loneliness pushes her to risk love—but at enormous cost. Her lifelong habit of collecting feathers and shells leads to surprising opportunities, but in the end, Kya’s extreme isolation doesn’t protect her from being accused of murder when the town’s “golden boy” Chase Andrews is found dead in the swamp. The author’s background as a successful nonfiction nature writer shines through in this coming-of-age mystery story. I was blown away by this book that had me underlining sentence after beautifully written sentence and rank it among my top 10 favorites. A No. 1 New York Times bestseller, one of Barnes & Noble’s Best Books of 2018, with 5-star reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, this book will be adapted for film with Reese Witherspoon producing.

Rabbit Cake by Annie Harnett

“On my tenth birthday, six months before she sleepwalked into the river, Mom burned the rabbit cake. ‘Ten might not be a great year for you,’ she said, squeezing my shoulder. I couldn’t tell if she was kidding. The rabbit’s face and ears were burned black.” From the very first paragraph, I was hooked on this story set in Freedom, Alabama, and told from the perspective of 10-yearold Elvis Babbitt, a winsomely honest and wise-beyond-her-years narrator. The Babbitt family celebrates many occasions by baking a cake in a rabbit-shaped mold, hence the book’s unusual title. After her mother dies mysteriously, Elvis becomes obsessed with figuring out why and puts a timeline on grieving her: 18 months. Along with her older sister, Lizzie, their father and dog, Boomer, the family all mourn her absence in their own, sometimes surprising ways. At times laugh-out-loud funny, Rabbit Cake is about family and grief, heartbreak and resilience, struggle and hope. I thoroughly enjoyed this highly original story and its quirky, endearing characters, particularly Elvis. A Best Book of 2017 at Kirkus Reviews, a finalist for the New England Book Award, an Indies Introduce and an Indie Next Pick, this book was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. It received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus and Library Journal, and was People magazine’s Book of the Week. 94


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Cycling For A Cause Q&A with CHRIS KING


ycling enthusiasts, mark your calendars for May 4-5. This 5th annual event supports Marion Cultural Alliance with a whole weekend of fun. We asked Race Director Chris King what to expect this year. What was your motivation for coming on as race director in year five? I wanted to help continue the growth we’ve experienced and help take this ride to the next level. We made a lot of progress this year with new partnerships and additional events, and I hope to continue making big moves like this in the future to make downtown Ocala the spring destination for riders throughout Florida and the Southeast. Describe the Ride for the Arts experience. We offer a lot that you don’t get out of your typical organized cycling event: door prizes and giveaways, great food, free beer and a vendor village. The best part is the route itself—the beautiful horse farms and rolling hills that make Marion County unique. What makes Ocala’s ride special? The total package here goes beyond what’s typically offered, which is often little more than a ride and a simple catered lunch. We’ve done our best to build this into a community event where every touchpoint offers something beyond the norm. The ride brings together a group passionate about the sport while supporting the arts scene that is such a point of community pride. Many people don’t realize that MCA provides financial support to dozens of local arts organizations.

What’s New For 2019? The biggest addition is our expanded partnership with TopView Sports to really cement Ocala and this event as a destination for cyclists. On May 4, TopView Sports is bringing back the Ocala Downtown Crit, a live race that offers spectators the excitement of watching cyclists fly by. In addition to welcoming back returning sponsors, we’re excited to introduce Ocala Jaguar Land Rover to the cycling and arts community. What is a Gran Fondo? The Gran Fondo format is a great way to ride competitively without “racing.” Riders are only timed during designated segments, and in between, they ride at whatever pace they choose—a great outlet for those who want the added challenge of riding against the clock (or others) without having to enter a full-on road race. It’s a fun format, and the riders really seem to enjoy it. For more information on how to participate as a cyclist, sponsor or volunteer, visit rideforthearts.com.

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Hang out after the ride and enjoy a catered lunch, beer garden, massages, prizes, a vendor village, art and entertainment at the Brick City Center for the Arts. Brick City Center for the Arts › 23 SW Broadway St. in historic downtown Ocala › (352) 369-1500 › mcaocala.com

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lthough this year’s Show Motel will not be held in a motel, we can still expect the same conceptual, contemporary, experimental and nonacademic art. Approximately 10 local artists from the Show Motel Artist Collective, ranging in age from 13 to 80-something, will showcase works including painting, mixed media, textiles, video and sound art in the Multiples exhibition. “All artists, in the process of coming to the end result, replicate it over and over again, resulting in multiples,” explains collective director Maureen Fannon, who started Show Motel with Stephanie Giera. She warns not to expect “flowers or sunsets.” “The idea is that contemporary art, as it’s seen in art fairs all around the world, demands of the viewer a certain amount of work. You have to work at understanding and try to get into the mindset of the artist. It engages the viewer in another way.” With her long history in the fashion industry, Fannon employs textiles to make a statement about society. Last year, her “Mt. Fashmore” piece was meant to encourage the viewer to reuse and repurpose old clothing rather than send it to landfills, where it takes hundreds of years to decompose. In another past exhibit, her “Segregated Closet” used garments to show many shades of white and brown, clearly meant to blur the lines of racism. The “show motel” was modeled after an art show in Nevada that used old motels as gallery spaces with no dictates by cultural norms and, in past years, was held at a motel on Silver Springs Boulevard. The concept was to juxtapose high-end art in a low-end venue where each artist could have their own room as a gallery. That location was not available this year, so Marion Cultural Alliance welcomed the group to The Brick, where Fannon says the show is being tailored to the gallery format, but that “does not excuse the artists from pushing the envelope.” Nick Luonga, whose art has been described as “21stcentury psychedelia,” says the collective is a way for him to collaborate with “artists that are his kind of people.” “We share a kind of uniqueness that this city needs to see,” he explains. “I paint with vibrant headiness. My unique visions are generally loaded with whimsical crudity.” Multiples opens with a reception on Friday, April 5 and continues through April 27. Brick City Center for the Arts › 23 SW Broadway St., Ocala › (352) 369-1500 › mcaocala.com › Follow @ showmotelflorida and #showmo on social media for more information.


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claim as the instantly recognizable chronicler of Florida’s Everglades. There is also a sense of timelessness to Butcher’s work, sometimes referencing the mucholder images of photographic pioneers, such as brothers Louis and Auguste Bisson, whose 1860s photographs of the Swiss Alps are some of the best alpine photography ever created. Black-and-white photography, of course, lends itself to taking us out of the current day and blurring the lines between “now” and “then,” which is a large part of why it is still an important artistic medium. The Appleton Museum of Art is pleased to debut America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher on view through May 26, 2019. The exhibition consists of over 30 stunning black-and-white photographs, some as tall as 7 feet, videos of his process and one of Butcher’s cameras. Learn more › Appleton Museum of Art › 4333 E Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala › appletonmuseum.org › (352) 291-4455 Photo by Ralph Demilio

ne of the most magical things about photography is its ability to capture an image in real time. Whether the photographer is creating a portrait, documenting an event or admiring a specific view, a photograph can show what was in the present, yet can take the viewer back in time to witness the past. More than a tool for simple documentation, photography can provoke, inspire and spur the viewer into action. It was for both documentation and to urge preservation that encouraged Clyde Butcher to begin photographing Florida’s Everglades. Moving from architecture to photography full time in 1969, Butcher’s love affair with the Everglades began in 1984 when he moved to Florida with his wife and children. Originally a successful color photographer, he decided in 1986 to take the risk of moving to black-and-white photography, which was then a much less popular format. Additionally, Butcher noticed that people were often confused about where he took his photos, assuming he was shooting in Africa or the Amazonian jungle. He noted that people were amazed when he stated that the images were taken in Florida, and this led him to begin educating the public through his artwork about the fragile jewel that is the Everglades. Often referred to as “Florida’s Ansel Adams,” Butcher’s photographs have similarities to Adams beyond the obvious black-and-white format. The photographers share a sense of stillness in their work—a restrained elegance that gets to the heart of their subject and brings about a sense of place. Just as Adams became the iconic chronicler of Yosemite (in fact his image of Half Dome is usually the image people think of when they think of Yosemite), Butcher has laid

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

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STYLE “Karate and modeling both have beauty to them,” says the uncommonly wise sixth-grader. “Modeling isn’t where you go and show your gi and your belt, but you show your talent and what you can do and all your strengths. Both make me feel confident.” The proudest moments for her dad, Kenny, are when he sees her have what he calls an “I got it” moment.

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- Lily Penny

She made time for Ocala Style, even though just one month before she had been on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week, walking for five different designers. Right after she returned from the Big Apple, she was invited back to walk in the fall fashion shows, and she was just cast for Paris Fashion Week in June. USA Miss Nature Coast PreTeen is just as comfortable in her Dunnellon backyard as she is rubbing elbows with the world’s top models, equally confident in stilettoes and an evening gown as the camouflage she wears to go hunting with her dad. Between photos, Lily shows off her archery prowess, sinking one arrow after the next into the target. Even in dress clothes, the karate moves she demonstrates are impressive—she tells us she was the only 11 year old at her karate school to earn her black belt.



“That moment when it’s just right gives me that little smile, and it was all worth it,” he says. “Seeing her proud of herself makes me proud of her.” “She’s competing with herself,” explains her mom, Allison. “She’s all business when it’s time to work,” she says, adding that Lily has acted in both a web series and a music video. Her parents believe it’s important for Lily to be well-rounded. “We want to give her the opportunity to have seen and done a lot of things,” Allison says. This year Lily added another activity—cheerleading for the Hernando Leopards youth football team, which was just another winning endeavor for her; the new squad won first place in competition. Lily’s explanation is simple: “I like competition. I like not doing just one thing so I don’t get bored.” Follow @LillianKMPenny on Facebook and @LilyKMPenny on Instagram.

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Makeover Your Closet At Any Budget By KATIE MCPHERSON


o more wire hangers! Closet organization isn’t just about baskets and bins, shoe racks and, of course, ditching those wire hangers for something more cooperative. Sometimes you have to take it down to the studs and start from scratch. Jared Keuntjes of Pro Closet Designs and PCD Manufacturing has been designing, building and installing custom closets in Ocala for 10 years. His closet organization process always starts with an interview with the customer, in their home, right in front of the closet in question—closet organization requires understanding just how much space you have and exactly what you hope to do with it.

Getting Started

“Our goal is to get in the closet, see what they have and measure so we can understand the layout,” says Keuntjes. “But really it starts with talking with the customer about how they want to organize their clothes. If they’re building a brand-new home, they generally have an idea of what they want their closet to look like. Other people, when I walk in, say, ‘You’re the expert!’ Then you have to ask questions.” The questions Keuntjes asks of his customers are something every aspiring April ‘19 107


make payments over time. This can be organizer should ask themselves before especially helpful if you’re looking to getting started. make major improvements. “Do you hang your T-shirts or fold “We have term payments, which them? How much long hanging space do is a down payment and normally 50 you need? How many purses and shoes do percent, 40 percent and then 10 percent,” you have? Where do you plan on putting says Keuntjes. “Of course, we work those items? Do you plan to have a chest with a company that offers standard of drawers or dresser in your bedroom, financing options.” or do you want them all in your closet? Do you want to store your laundry hamper Customizing The in there? Do you leave Common Closet Do you leave your your shoes in the Custom closets may garage or do you keep sound like they’re only shoes in the garage them on shelves? Try for high-end homes, or do you keep them to design to your needs but Keuntjes’ company on shelves? Try to so you’re not changing customizes closets your game,” he explains. of any size, for any design to your needs This means so you’re not changing budget. he’s quite familiar with Finding The Funds your game. the standard, twoWith a store-bought doors-that-pull-apart closet organizing unit - Jared Keuntjes closets in most homes, or the construction and making one of materials to build one, these more organized doesn’t require a you’ll need to budget to pay for your closet large investment. makeover upfront. “Hang shoe racks on the back of the By working with a design and door if it’s not the folding type. Get installation company, you can often



baskets and bins to put your things in. An improvement could be something as simple as, if you have one wire rack in your closet, adding another to potentially double your hanging space,” says Keuntjes. When designing custom units for these types of closets, Keuntjes has a few go-to layouts that provide as much room as possible since these non-walk-ins are already short on space. “I look at how much hanging space they’re using, and I’ll put the hanging areas to the corners,” he explains. “I’m going to put a center unit—either a drawer stack or shelf stack—right in the middle, and double hanging areas on both sides, or a single hanging area on one side with a hamper unit or hamper-drawer combo on the other.”

Spending A Little

Building a better closet doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The important part is sourcing your materials. “If someone says they want to spend under $1,200 on a project, there’s all different ways to do that,” says Keuntjes. “Our company offers some pretty affordable suspended units; suspended


Spending A Lot

units save on material costs. It’s stronger than wire so you’ll get a higher-end look and better use. Even for DIYers, you can come pick up your materials from us and design it with us, cut it here, then install it yourself.” Purchasing materials and installation from a company offers some additional peace of mind if you’re not comfortable with a project of this scale. “If you go through a company that offers a lifetime warranty on the product, you can be comfortable knowing you have a high-end product. Then you don’t have your wire rack falling down off the wall and you think it’s someone breaking in in the middle of the night,” Keuntjes laughs. If you want to try a new organizational

layout in your closet, know that you’re not stuck with the wire racks for sale at Home Depot. Keuntjes’ biggest piece of advice is to buy materials locally—well-made materials will ensure the upgrade you’ve sunk your money into lasts for years to come. “The No. 1 thing that comes to mind is that foreign products can be cheap. It’s bought in bulk, and it’s just not going to give you quality. We’re using American products whenever we can get our hands on them. Also, a lot of people look at stuff to buy in the big box stores, but it won’t fit in their closet exactly. When you see CAD drawings done by a professional, that spacing will be exact because everything is cut by us and installed correctly.”

If you’ve budgeted for your dream closet, be sure to consider every possible feature you want in the finished product. Consulting a professional may reveal some options you didn’t know existed or some touches that add a polished, luxury look. “We’ve done encased units with glass. We do a lot of doors in front of the clothing and crown molding. We really can build out entire rooms for closets with a spot for everything, like drawers with jewelry trays for collectors. We do a lot of strip and top lighting to accent different areas.” In those built-out, room-sized closets, drawer units can be built as an island in the center of the closet and topped with granite. Closets of this size may even have some room to go above and beyond a closet’s usual purpose. “We’ve done hidden rooms with another room within a closet, whether it’s for a safe room or a place for gun safes, or simply a room where the homeowner has their jewelry and high-end items in case of a robbery. We’ve hidden safes in the closet so you can’t see it, but it’s there,” says Keuntjes.

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Full Steam Ahead

Source: The Way It Was by David Cook


ong before cars and trains, there were steamboats. And Hubbard L. Hart of Palatka put Marion County on the map when it came to steam travel in the 1800s. In the years leading up to the Civil War, Hart’s stagecoaches brought both passengers and the mail from Palatka to Ocala. As the war got underway, Hart found other opportunities, eventually leasing two small steamboats to the Confederate government. Operated by Hart’s own men, the boats traversed the Ocklawaha and St. Johns Rivers, as well as Lake George. Following the end of the war, Hart settled on creating a steamboat line that served the Ocala area, in addition to Lake County. As in the past, he carried passengers and the mail on his routes, but the addition of goods and merchandise of all kinds, including bales of cotton and barrels of syrup, helped make Hart even more successful. Not able to compete with the popularity and convenience of railroads and motor-launched boats, the last of Hart’s steamboats disappeared off the local rivers in the 1920s.

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