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Incontinence • Pelvic Pain • Endometriosis • Fibroids • Menopause Hysterectomy • Stem Cell Therapy • Pelvic Organ Prolapse Robotic Gynecologic Surgery • Urogynecology • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding Endometrial Ablation • Ovarian Cysts • Vaginal Discharge

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features POWER OF WOMEN IN LAW 2019 The women lawyers we have featured in the following pages are known to be successful and competent in their legal skills, leadership and strong work ethic. Osceola Woman Magazine is proud to present a some of the outstanding lawyers in their field!

SUHL’S RODEO – IT’S A FAMILY TRADITION

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For nearly three decades, the Suhl last name has been synonymous with the Kissimmee Sports Arena and the weekly rodeo held there.

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TAKE US TO YOUR READER: SPACE-THEMED FUN AT THE LIBRARY

Summer is right around the corner, which means the Osceola Library is gearing up for its annual Summer Reading Challenge!

departments HEALTH PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE AND URINARY INCONTINENCE p6-8 MAY IS CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH p9 SUMMER HEALTH p10

LIFE & WORK

HOME & STYLE

TAKE US TO YOUR READER: SPACE-THEMED FUN AT THE LIBRARY p12

WHAT YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT WHEN REPLACING YOUR HEAT PUMP? p20-21

WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS DON’T FORGET ABOUT YOUR RETIREMENT PLAN p14-15

MISS OSCEOLA KYLIE BLAKELY p22-23

POWER OF WOMEN IN LAW 2019 p16-19

RECIPES p29

SUHL’S RODEO – IT’S A FAMILY TRADITION p24-26

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Dear Osceola Women,

MAGAZINE

Publisher JENA THREADGILL

What season scares us Floridians? Is it lovebug season or hurricane season? I vote lovebug season- it is here in full affect! Which also means, hurricane season is right around the corner along with summertime. (Let’s be serious, its always summertime in Florida!) In the meantime we all will be swatting away those pests and washing our vehicles more than we normally do! May is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month on page 9 you can find tips and warning signs for your children. Don’t be afraid to talk to you kids. Remember, communication is the keyjust like any relationship. On the cover and in this issue, we highlight some of Osceola County’s top lawyers. They have shown leadership, strong work ethic and success in their fields. Make sure to read more about them on page 16 Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night!? Flip on over to page 24,

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where you will read about Suhls Rodeo. Since 1992, the Suhls family has held “The greatest show on dirt”, right here in Osceola County! Make sure to check out the action and support our Osceola County heritage! I hope you all have a great summer & don’t get too burnt! Until Next Time,

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PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE and URINARY INCONTINENCE By Dr. Anthony Gyang

PELVIC ORGAN PROLAPSE Incidence

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a common, benign condition in women. For many women it is first noticed as a vaginal bulge associated with pressure, diďŹƒculty with urinating, bowel movements or sexual function which may adversely affect quality of life. Women in the United States have a 13% lifetime risk of undergoing surgery for Pelvic organ prolapse (POP). With an aging population in the United States, it is anticipated that by 2050

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the number of women experiencing POP will increase by approximately 50%. The incidence of POP surgery is 1.5–1.8 surgeries per 1,000 women years. There are approximately 300,000 POP surgeries each year in the United States.

Types of prolapse

Pelvic organ prolapse is the descent of one or more aspects of the vagina and uterus: the front wall of the vagina, the back wall of the vagina, the womb, the top wall of the vagina in women

who have had a hysterectomy or a true hernia of the pelvis. This allows nearby organs to herniate into the vaginal space, which is commonly referred to as cystocele, rectocele, or enterocele. Pelvic organ prolapse only should be considered a problem if it is causing prolapse symptoms which include pressure with or without a bulge, sexual dysfunction or if it is disrupting normal lower urinary tract with recurrent infections, incomplete emptying of the bladder or bowel function.


Risk factors

Risk factors for developing symptomatic POP include parity, vaginal delivery, age, obesity, connective tissue disorders, menopausal status, and chronic constipation. Treatment is indicated only if prolapse is causing bothersome bulge and pressure symptoms, sexual dysfunction, lower urinary tract dysfunction, or bowel dysfunction.

Treatment

Some symptoms related to pelvic organ prolapse may be managed with lifestyle modifications. A PESSARY should be considered for a woman with symptomatic POP who wishes to become pregnant in the future. A vaginal pessary is an effective nonsurgical treatment for women with POP, and up to 92% of women can be fitted successfully with a pessary. SURGERY is only indicated for the treatment of POP in women who are bothered by their POP and have failed or declined nonsurgical treatments. There are various vaginal and abdominal surgical approaches for the treatment of POP.

URINARY INCONTINENCE Incidence

Urinary incontinence is a common condition that affects women 25% of young women, up to 57% of middle-aged and postmenopausal women, and 75% of older. The estimated direct cost of urinary incontinence care in the United States is estimated at $19.5 billion. Despite the prevalence of urinary incontinence, many women are hesitant to seek care or discuss their symptoms with a physician. Only 45% of women who reported at least weekly urine leakage sought care for their incontinence symptoms.

Types of Urinary incontinence

There are three main types of urinary incontinence in women: 1) stress urinary incontinence, 2) urgency urinary incontinence, and 3) mixed urinary incontinence. Correct diagnosis is important in the evaluation and treatment of women with urinary incontinence, as is determining the effect on the woman’s quality of life. A basic oďŹƒce evaluation is the first and most important step in the assessment of urinary incontinence.

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URINARY INCONTINENCE Treatment Options

Treatment options for urinary incontinence range from conservative to surgical. Behavioral and lifestyle modification include bladder retraining, weight loss, dietary and fluid management. PELVIC FLOOR MUSCLE EXERCISES with or without physical exercise is beneficial. MEDICATIONS are available for the treatment of urinary urgency and urge incontinence. The treatment of stress incontinence includes pelvic floor muscle exercise or surgical procedures which include the use of antiincontinence agents or the mid-urethral sling. The midurethral sling is FDA approved for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence.

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Conclusion Pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence affects the quality of life in women to a significant degree. A simple office evaluation in the office with your physician will help identify these problems and will help provide the necessary care needed.


MAY IS Children’s Mental Health AWARENESS MONTH

By Grisel Negron

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety and depression are the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children.

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9.4% of children aged 2 – 17 years have received an ADHD diagnosis.

7.4% of children aged 3 -17 years have a diagnosed behavior problem.

7.1% of children aged 3 – 17 years have diagnosed anxiety.

3.2% of children aged 3 – 17 years have diagnosed depression.

Most mental health challenges are treatable and early treatment makes a difference. Unfortunately, many children do not get the help they need due to the stigma about mental health. Getting help – • If the child’s behavior persists and the child is unable to perform in school, at home or with friends, look for help. • If the child’s behavior is dangerous or if a child speaks of harming him or herself or others seek immediate professional assistance with a therapist or the local crisis unit. • There are many options for treatment; consult with the child’s primary doctor, have your child evaluated/tested, work in collaboration with those who are involved with your child, e.g. teachers, sport coach, school counselors/social worker and other family members. Early diagnosis, adequate services and available resources for children and families can make a BIG difference in the life of children with mental health. Sharing information, open communication and working together will assist in identifying the best treatment plan for the child. The treatment plan may include medications depending on the tests and medical professional’s opinion, individual and family therapy or counseling. It’s Ok to get Help.

Here are some warning signs – • Frequently children talk of their fears and worries • Complaints of headaches and stomach pain without known medical reasons • Constantly moving, being unable to stay still • Sleep too much or very little • Frequent temper tantrums or extremely irritable • Uninterested in playing with other children or unable to make friends

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Summer Health For families -- and everybody else for that matter -- protecting skin should be a top summer priority. After all, there is no shortage of summer skin woes you’ll want to avoid. From protecting skin from sun to repelling disease-carrying insects, here are some top insights that will help you and your family enjoy a safer, more comfortable summer.

SUNSCREEN: GET IT RIGHT When it comes to sunscreen, it's important to understand and follow sun safety guidelines. Fewer than half of moms (48 percent) knew the correct amount of sunscreen to apply to the face and body while at the pool, lake or beach, according to a NO-AD Sun Care-commissioned survey on sunscreen. The correct amount of sunscreen to be applied -- or reapplied – is at least 2 tablespoons. More alarming still, the majority of those surveyed (54 percent) believe the proper time to apply sunscreen is as soon as they start feeling their skin burning. Experts say that parents should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to themselves and children 15 to 20 minutes before going out in the sun in order to give it time to bond to skin, and then reapply at least every two hours or after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating and immediately after towel drying. Unfortunately, 17 percent of moms were unaware that after an initial slathering of sunscreen, they needed to reapply it following extended exposure. Beyond application, the type of sunscreen you use matters, too. Luckily, there are quality products at great value, which means you don’t need to skimp on the amount you apply or reapplication. For example, NO-AD has been protecting families for generations at an affordable price per ounce. And for those who want to avoid added fragrance, parabens, alcohol, retinyl palmitate, BPA and dyes, consider trying NO-AD Naturals Clear Mineral Formula SPF 50, which is developed with naturally sourced active ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, offers broad-spectrum

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UVA/UVB protection and is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. Oxybenzone- and Octinoxate-free – both of which are chemicals considered harmful to coral reefs – this is also a good choice for the eco-conscious. Parents take note: the line, which offers great value, also carries pediatrician-tested versions for kids and babies.

Other safe sun habits include limiting time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wearing long-sleeve shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses.

BITE-FREE SUMMER

Summer days are full of outdoor fun in backyards, parks, baseball diamonds and more. And any time you and your kids are outdoors, you are at risk for insect bites. Unfortunately, a bite can carry risks beyond discomfort. Mosquitoes can carry Zika, West Nile, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya viruses. Consider streamlining skin protection with a two-in-one combination such as BullFrog Mosquito Coast SPF 50 Continuous Spray Sunscreen + Insect Repellent, which is DEET-free, Oxybenzone- and Octinoxate-free, and a good choice when you want to pack light or send kids to camp or sports with a simple sunscreen and insect repellant solution. You can also dodge mosquito bites by wearing loose long sleeves and pants, particularly on hikes, and by keeping your yard free of any standing water. By knowing the facts, you can better ward off bites, burns and other summer skin pitfalls.


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Take Us to Your Reader: Space-Themed Fun at the Library By Jonathan Robbins Leon, OLS Staff

Summer is right around the corner, which means the Osceola Library is gearing up for its annual Summer Reading Challenge! Battle the dreaded "summer slide", a decline in reading and skill comprehension that happens after two months of vacation, and treat your kids to the educational programs your Library will be offering.

This year's summer theme is "A Universe of Stories", so it makes sense that special guests will include the Central Florida Astronomical Society, the Orlando Science Center, and volunteer Storm Troopers! Families can look forward to weekly performances from guest entertainers, spacethemed movies, and afternoon programs for families and teens. Parents of toddlers and preschoolers should take note

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of the PBS Kidstime program, a special storytime featuring beloved PBS characters and a craft. Presented by WUCF and Central Florida PBS, at the Poinciana, Hart Memorial, and St. Cloud Libraries in June. Family Quest programs will feature activities for school-age kids. Learn the art of sushi-making in Benihana’s instructional class. Pilot a mini-drone when the Citizen Science

GIS team from UCF showcase how drones fly to the rescue in natural disasters. Or if this world isn’t big enough for your dreams, take a look at the sky through the Florida Astronomical Society’s telescope when they come to the Poinciana, Hart Memorial, and West Osceola Libraries to discuss stars and what might be out there in the universe.


Families can look forward to weekly performances from guest entertainers, space-themed movies, and afternoon programs for families and teens.

One of the most anticipated programs of the summer is a messy chemistry show by Super Cool Science. On June 8, Professor Christina Wilson kicks off summer at Osceola Library’s 3rd Annual STEAM Day located at the West Osceola Library, where kids can visit interactive tech stations and meet author Peter Raymundo to celebrate the release of his new book, I Am Not a Fish! If you can’t make it, be sure to check out the Super Cool Science show when it tours each of the Osceola Library branches throughout the month of June. In July, the Orlando Science Center (OSC) will engage the whole family with ten spacethemed activity stations! Kids will learn more about planets, rockets, and stars at this unique program. Visit all ten stations for a chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to OSC. But wait! The Summer Reading Challenge isn’t just for the little ones. Adults can get in on the cosmic action by creating Zodiac Mandala Stones, testing their wits at Escape Room challenges, or by competing in Star Wars trivia and Interstellar Bingo. You won’t want to miss the Universe of Stories Adult Summer Reading Launch Parties at the St. Cloud and Hart Memorial Libraries, where you can kick off your interstellar summer in style.

a chance to win goodies by attending adult programs or turning in the adult summer reading log. Swing by your local branch in June to grab reading logs and a calendar, or check out the online calendar at osceolalibrary.org to make sure you don’t miss any of the action. Your Library can't wait to dazzle you this summer with its out-of-this-world delights!

Junior readers can earn a prize by reading at home and bringing a completed reading log back to the library. Adults, earn raffle tickets for

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WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS Don’t Forget About Your Retirement Plan | By Cleve Grissom |

American Business Women’s Day is celebrated on Sept. 22. And there is indeed cause for celebration, because, in recent decades, the number of women business owners has risen sharply, to the point where nearly 40 percent of all businesses are now womenowned, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you are one of these owners, or thinking about becoming one, you’ll always have a lot to think about when running your business, but there’s also an area you can’t ignore – your retirement. Specifically, you need to consider establishing your own retirement plan. Most plans available to you are fairly easy to establish and maintain, and are not terribly costly to administer.

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Here are some popular options: OWNER-ONLY 401(K) – This plan, also known as an individual or solo 401(k), is available to self-employed individuals and business owners with no full-time employees other than themselves or a spouse. For 2018, you can put in up to 25 percent of your annual income as an “employer” contribution, and you can defer up to $18,500 (or $24,500 if you’re 50 or older). The sum of your employer contribution and your salary deferrals cannot exceed $55,000, or $61,000 if you’re 50 or older. You can make elective contributions on a pre- or post-tax (Roth) basis. Pre-tax contributions reduce your taxable income for the current year. Roth

contributions don’t offer any immediate tax benefit, but any qualified withdrawals will be 100% tax-free. • SEP IRA – If you have just a few employees or are self-employed with no employees, you may want to consider a SEP IRA. You’ll fund the plan with taxdeductible contributions, and you must cover all eligible employees. As an employer, you can contribute the lesser of 25% of your compensation (if you’re also an employee of your own business) or $55,000. • SOLO DEFINED BENEFIT PLAN — Pension plans, also known as defined benefit plans, are less common than in previous years, but you can still set one up for


yourself if you’re self-employed or own your own business. This plan has high contribution limits, which are determined by an actuarial calculation, and your contributions are typically tax-deductible. • SIMPLE IRA — A SIMPLE IRA, as its name suggests, is easy to set up and maintain, and it can be a good plan if your business has fewer than 10 employees. However, while a SIMPLE IRA may be advantageous for your employees, it’s less generous to you, as far as allowable contributions go, than an owneronly 401(k), a SEP IRA or a defined benefit plan. For 2018, your annual contributions are generally limited to $12,500, or $15,500 if you’re 50 or older by the end of the year. You

can also make a matching contribution of up to 3% of your compensation. As an employer, your contributions are fully deductible as a business expense up to certain limits; as an employee, your pretax contributions reduce the amount of your taxable income for the same tax year. Before opening any of these plans, you’ll want to consult with your tax advisor on the tax issues and a financial professional on the investment aspects. But don’t wait too long. You will need to work hard to keep your business thriving – so choose a retirement plan that works just as hard for you.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. For more information on planning for retirement contact Cleve Grissom at 407-891-7833.

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POWER OF

Women IN LAW 2019

The women lawyers we have featured in the following pages are known to be successful and competent in their legal skills, leadership and strong work ethic. Osceola Woman Magazine is proud to present some of the outstanding lawyers in their field!

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POWER OF WOMEN IN LAW 2019

CRIMINAL LAW

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Jennifer Bondy Real Estate Law

Jennifer Bondy is a partner at Overstreet, Miles, Cumbie, Finkenbinder & Bondy, P.A. She earned her Juris Doctorate in 2013 from Stetson University College of Law and has focused the last six years of her career on the practice of residential and commercial real estate transactions, probate, and estate planning. Mrs. Bondy puts her knowledge and experience to use representing her clients. “Often, clients come into my office intimidated by the paperwork in front of them. My goal with every client is to give them the knowledge to move forward with their legal matter with confidence,” she says. In part, her success can be attributed to her dedication to community involvement. Mrs. Bondy currently serves as the Vice Chair of Legal Affairs for the Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce and the 2019 Chairwoman of the Board for Community Vision. She is an active Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Kissimmee, a recipient of the Young Professionals of Osceola County’s 2018 Tomorrow’s Leaders Today award, and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Osceola. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Mrs. Bondy is a wife and proud mother to her one-year-old son.

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JULIE F. WEINBERGER Family Law

Julie F. Weinberger is the founding attorney and managing partner at the Law Office of Julie F. Weinberger, P.A. She has been serving families in Osceola and Orange counties for over 30 years. When Ms. Weinberger started practicing in Kissimmee, she was one of the few attorneys in the area to concentrate on family law. Since then, she has become one of the most trusted family law attorneys in central Florida. Ms. Weinberger earned her Juris Doctorate from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. She’s been a member of the Florida Bar Association and the Osceola County Bar Association since 1986. At the Law Office of Julie F. Weinberger, P.A., Ms. Weinberger and her daughter, Morgan, help their clients with many types of family law matters, including but not limited to divorce, property division, legal separation, alimony/spousal support, child support, paternity, etc.

MORGAN A. WEINBERGER Family Law

Morgan A. Weinberger is an Associate at the Law Office of Julie F. Weinberger, P.A., specializing in family law, personal injury, and wills. Ms. Weinberger is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. Before attending law school, Ms. Weinberger earned a bachelor’s degree in family, youth and community sciences from the University of Florida, and spent a few years working in social services. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Florida A&M University College of Law in 2013 and has been a member of the Florida Bar since then. Ms. Weinberger joined her mother’s longestablished and well-respected firm in 2013. At the Law Office of Julie F. Weinberger, P.A., the team understands that family law is concerned with intensely personal issues, and they are committed to earning your trust.

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STYLE

WHAT YOU SHOULD THINK ABOUT WHEN REPLACING YOUR HEAT PUMP? When it’s time to look for a new heat pump, there are several things you should weigh before making a decision on a particular replacement heat pump. With your home and your family’s needs in mind, Osceola Air, LLC can help you find the heat pump that will keep your home cozy season after season.

COMPRESSOR SPEED

Your heat pump might have a standard compressor or a two-speed compressor. With a standard compressor, the heat pump will operate continually to keep your home’s air comfortable. A two-speed compressor may be a more efficient choice; it will run only as needed to keep your pre-set temperature. Because it’s not operating as often, a twospeed compressor will generally last longer and require fewer repairs than its standard compressor counterpart.

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ZONING

Whether you want to factor in a zoning system with your replacement heat pump is another feature to discuss. You could save on your energy bills by more efficiently using your heat pump to condition the air in the areas you regularly use, rather than trying to keep all rooms at the same temperature. If you want additional information about zoning solutions for your home, Osceola Air, LLC can help.

SIZE

Another vital part of picking the best heat pump for your home is ensuring it’s the proper size. If your heat pump is too large for your home’s comfort needs, it will waste a lot of energy continuously cycling on and off. If your heat pump is too small, it won’t be able to keep up on the coldest or warmest St. Cloud days.


EFFICIENCY

Last, but certainly not least, you need to understand your heat pump’s energy efficiency rating. Heat pump efficiency is calculated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). According to Consumer Reports, a higher SEER is more vital in warmer climates, but a higher HSPF is more beneficial in colder climates. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, you should consider purchasing a heat pump that is at least 15 SEER and 8.5 HSPF. The most efficient ENERGY STAR-rated heat pumps are 18 to 27.5 SEER and 8.5 to 12.5 HSPF.

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when shopping for a replacement heat pump. But, you’re not in this alone. Osceola Air, LLC is available to answer all of your questions and help you choose a furnace that matches your home and heating needs. Contact our experts at 407-908-8651 or schedule an appointment with us online at www.osceolaair.com

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Miss Osceola KYLIE BLAKELY

On February 16th, 2019, 22 year old Kylie Blakely won the title of Miss Osceola during the 5th annual Miss Osceola Scholarship Pageant held during the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show & Fair. The Miss Osceola Pageant is a preliminary pageant for Miss America. Kylie will compete for the title of Miss Florida in Lakeland at the RP Funding Center June 25th-29th. The young woman who becomes Miss Florida will go on to compete for the title of Miss America this September in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Miss America Organization is the largest provider of women’s scholarships in the world, providing over $45 million in tuition scholarship assistance in the past year alone! To win the title of Miss Osceola, Kylie competed in the areas of interview, swimsuit, talent, and formal wear. Her platform is Stopping Soldier Suicide, in which she works to spread awareness for veteran’s mental health. Kylie has an incredibly high respect for men and women who have served our country. Unfortunately, statistics show that 22 soldiers commit suicide every single day. According to the Department of Defense Quarterly Suicide Report, suicide rates for veterans ranging in age from 18 to 34 years old increased from

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40.4 deaths by suicide per 100,000 in 2015 to 45 suicide deaths per 100,000 in 2016. “This is a climbing statistic that is absolutely unacceptable” Kylie stated, “coming home should feel like coming home, and the transition from military to civilian life should be made more smooth and welcoming.” Kylie is currently working on her medical undergraduate degree and has the long term goal of obtaining her MD and working at the VA (Veteran’s Affairs) Hospital as an anesthesiologist. She is a 5th generation Osceola County resident and a graduate of Osceola High School.


"She is someone who positively impacts everyone she comes across, and works to enrich the lives of those she represents." As Miss Osceola 2019 she hopes to progress in the Miss America Scholarship Pageant to become Miss Florida, where she can then use her title as Miss Florida to continue to promote awareness and advocate organizations which not only aid the transition to civilian life, but also advocate a healthy veteran lifestyle. “I am honored to represent my county and my hometown at Miss Florida, and will continue to do my best to make my hometown proud. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be Miss Osceola and my only hope is that I leave a lasting impression and legacy of mental health awareness and advocacy in the Osceola County veteran community.” Competitors and title holders for Miss America and the qualifying pageants annually

contribute thousands upon thousands of hours of community service. The Miss America Competition serves as a platform to amplify women’s voices, and recently they revamped the pageant to be “Miss America 2.0”. This included the elimination of the swimsuit competition and increased the opportunities throughout the competition for the titleholders to promote and advocate for their platforms and social impact initiatives. The Miss America Organization now places more emphasis than ever before on empowering young women, allowing them an outlet to have a lasting impact in society and be a positive influence in our world. Like Kylie, many of these young women wish to make a difference in their communities and have long-term goals for their education and careers in which they will utilize their scholarship money to reach these goals. The Miss America 2.0 mission statement is “Prepare great women for the world. Prepare the world for great women.”

Miss Osceola is an active member in our community. She is someone who positively impacts everyone she comes across, and works to enrich the lives of those she represents. Contestants must be between the ages of 17-24. For more information on booking or becoming Miss Osceola, you can visit osceolacountyfair.com. Over $3,000 in scholarships were awarded at last year’s competition, all of which will help young women achieve their educational goals and aid them in pursuing careers which will allow them to make a difference in our world. We wish Kylie the best of luck at the upcoming Miss Florida pageant! We know she will make Osceola County incredibly proud, and know she would be an incredible representative for the great state of Florida. For more information on the Miss Florida competition you may visit missflorida.org, and more information regarding the Miss America Organization and Pageant can be found at missamerica.org.

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IT’S A FAMILY TRADITION For nearly three decades, the Suhl last name has been synonymous with the Kissimmee Sports Arena and the weekly rodeo held there. It all started with the arena that Mr. Gary Suhl built for his son, Jed, and daughter, Calee, to practice in. As the arena began being regularly used by both his kids and others, he noticed a growing number of people showed up to watch the practices, which led to Mr. Gary’s next idea in 1992: charging admission. This idea lead to the culmination of what became an Osceola County tradition for young rodeo contestants, locals, and tourists alike, giving everyone something to do on any given Friday evening.

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The Kissimmee Sports Arena (which has now been renamed Suhl’s Rodeo) has seen quite a bit of growth and changes in the past 27 years, starting off with seating for 200 people and now can accommodate 800 people in the stands as well as having a 2,000 square foot saloon. Several years back, the county claimed eminent domain on the property, stating that they needed to put a road right through where the arena sat, and that the arena would need to be moved to the east. In the midst of the Suhl family

rebuilding the arena, Mr. Gary passed away. His son Jed shared the same passion he did when it came to providing a place in Osceola County for young people to consistently practice, perform, and improve their skills. Jed, with the support of his wife, Jody, and their daughter Morgan, decided to carry on the legacy his father began and continue being in the rodeo business. Jed competed in the saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling in high school, and was the 1992 Florida High School Rodeo Association Champion Steer


Wrestler, which qualified him to go compete at the National High School Rodeo Finals that year in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He leases the property from his mother, Mrs. Diane Suhl. “It’s a passion of mine,” he stated, “I’m looking forward to helping the next generation of Isaac Diaz’s, Kaley Bass’s, and Caleb Sanderson’s”. Isaac Diaz is a professional saddle bronc rider from South Florida who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo six times; Kaley Bass is a professional barrel racer from Kissimmee who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times; and Caleb Sanderson is a professional bull rider from Kissimmee who has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo once and rode in the PBR. Aside from

being native Floridians, these three people have another thing in common: they all started off at the Kissimmee Sports Arena at some point, and ended up finishing as one of the top fifteen contestants in the world in their event to qualify for what is known as the “Super Bowl of Rodeo”. In addition to them, many other local kids have climbed through the ranks of junior rodeo and high school rodeo, competing in and practicing at the Kissimmee Sports Arena, and then went on to rodeo successfully at the professional level. Contestants are not the only people who utilize the Suhl’s Rodeo as a building block to prepare them for the next level. Shoat Monts De Oca got his start

as a pickup man there and is now a pickup man for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Ricky Booth started his career as a rodeo announcer there as well, and recently received his card to be an announcer within the PRCA as well. The PRCA is the oldest and largest

In addition to producing the weekly Suhl’s Rodeo, Jed provides trail riding and recently began Party Ponies Orlando, which is a pony party with a twist: there is a professional hairdresser there to do the little girls hair and makeup prior to the pony party. For more information, you can visit www.horseridingorlando.com and www.partyponiesorlando.com.

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rodeo sanctioning association in the world. The Suhl’s Rodeo is also a place where rodeo stock can be brought and given the chance to prove themselves worthy of advancing to the professional level. It is a proving ground for both animals and athletes alike. As of right now, the Suhl’s Rodeo is happening every Friday from March to October at 8pm, except for weekends during the Silver Spurs Rodeo or the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo. The rodeos mainly consist of barrel racing, bronc riding, and bull riding. As the rodeo begins to wrap up (usually at about 9:30), the saloon opens up and houses a bar, band, and a dance floor. World famous trick roper Trevor Dreher also performs each Friday-he even once performed for the President! So far there have been 8 rodeos held since Jed and his family got everything up and running again, with the crowd increasing in number each weekend. “We’ve sent some champions out west, and I’m looking forward to continuing that legacy and giving kids a place to compete” said Jed.

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Don’t miss out on the action! For more information regarding times, tickets, or the location of “The Greatest Show on Dirt”, you can visit www.suhlsrodeo.com. Not only will you be watching the most exciting sports event known to man, you will also be watching the upcoming stars and next generation of the sport of rodeo. You can also find additional information on booking the venue for your next private event on their website.


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INSTRUCTIONS Prepare the glass by running a lime wedge around the rim. Invert glass, and twist rim in salt. Fill cocktail shaker with ice. Pour passion fruit juice, tequila, orange liqueur, orange and lime juices, and vanilla extract in cocktail shaker. Shake the mix vigorously, 50 times or more. Pour into glass; serve chilled.

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