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Dr. Buck Parker is a Board Certified Surgeon who not only performs surgeries but also specializes in providing expert medical opinions on the Web, radio & TV programs nationwide. He relays medical knowledge to audiences in an uncomplicated and entertaining way. He recently participated in a 6 episode reality TV series called The Island, where a group of men were pitted against their environment to survive for 30 days without outside help.

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Before he became a castaway fighting for survival on The Island, Dr. Buck Parker developed the skills that helped him endure and best the obstacles thrown in his way. When asked about the most important skill he was able to use on the show, he responded, “Honestly the most important thing in any survival situation is to

believe in yourself and to never give up.” He recounts a story of being lost with his brother and a friend in the mountains on a snowmobile trip as a teen. The friend wanted to give up, build a snow cave and try to make it overnight in sub zero temperatures, but his brother refused to give up and made them keep going- eventually making it home and likely

saving their lives. “I thought of that a few times on the Island to keep me going,” Parker acknowledged. The Island, which boasts survivalist Bear Grylls as one of the executive producers, places 14 modern American men together on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean with only the clothes on their backs and minimal

tools to survive for 30 days in the wilderness. Not the typical reality TV show fare, the participants are not competing for prizes or strategizing for team dominance. Instead, the producers’ intent is to discover whether the modern American man, used to all the conveniences of suburban life, still has the adventurous spirit and ingenuity to survive against

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the odds in dangerous and difficult circumstances. In fact, part of Parker’s motivation to participate in the show came from his family life. His father loves outdoor life and hunting, along with his brother. He took the opportunity to prove to himself (and to them!) that he wasn’t as much of a “city slicker” as they all thought. Although he did spend time with them hunting, hiking and adventuring when he was younger, his time in college, medical school and surgical residency restricted his availability to get outdoors, and refine the skills that come more naturally to his family members. Born in central California, Parker moved to Jackson, Wyoming when he was 12. After high school, he lived in Nevada, Wyoming, Belize, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri and Michigan before settling here in Kissimmee. He relocated to Kissimmee because he had made some health videos for YouTube and was contacted by a studio here in Florida to create more. Once he came down to meet with them, he made some great contacts and friends and then had an offer to work at Osceola Regional Medical Center, which cemented his decision to move to Osceola County. Dr. Parker is passionate about communicating medical information to people in a way that is accurate

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Dr. Parker is passionate about communicating medical information to people in a way that is accurate and also understandable. One of his most frightening moments on the show was grabbing a nine and a half foot boa constrictor by the tail. He explained, “I was at the tail for a reason…there was no way I was getting near the head of that thing! One look in the eyes of a snake that

large and you kinda get this sick feeling in your stomach, well, at least I did!” He was also nervous when the group had difficulty finding water, although his anxiety came more from worrying that the show would end in three days and they would all look like fools rather than getting heat stroke like Taylor and Mike [two of the other participants] did. Dr. Parker shared the biggest lesson he learned on the island by declaring, “Survival parallels life in that if you want to be successful, you just never give up. Decide on what you want, and go for it.  When obstacles stand in your way, figure another way around them.  The first rule of survival whether in the jungle or in regular life is just never give up, period.”

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BOOK AN APPOINTMENT. he American Cancer Society recommends women 40 and older have a mammogram every year. The Breast Care Center of Osceola Regional Medical Center provides the latest technology in digital mammography, breast MRI and advanced breast diagnostic services. The center accepts walk-ins and same day appointments making screening mammograms incredibly convenient. To schedule your mammogram today, call (888) 894-2112.

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will benefit the American Cancer Society. Also, Lane Bryant will conduct a register roundup campaign where shoppers can round up their purchase to the next dollar or make flat contributions of $1, $5 or $10. The American Cancer Society has a comprehensive list of places to shop on its Making Strides Against Breast Cancer website.

GO SHOPPING. s if you needed an excuse to hit the mall, here are a few places to shop for a cause this October. Lady Foot Locker and H&M will offer customers the opportunity to purchase select pink items, and a portion of the sale of each item

TAKE 15. et aside 15 minutes of each day to get informed about breast cancer. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be to make informed decisions and decrease your risks. Again, Osceola Regional’s health library is

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of Osceola County’s foremost warriors in the fight against breast cancer is Dr. Olga Ivanov, Medical Director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Florida Hospital’s Celebration Health. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Dr. Ivanov is a board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in the surgical treatment of breast disorders. Known nationally for her cutting edge research and exceptional team leadership, Dr. Ivanov promotes wellness as the end goal of all treatment. In her tenure at Celebration Health, she has instituted the Comprehensive Breast Health Center and expanded the collaborative nature of treatment for patients across women’s health teams at the hospital.

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radiation treatment in only 13 minutes because it is applied directly to the affected area of the breast before completing the lumpectomy surgery. This reduces the number of side effects patients endure post-surgery, as well as enabling the possibility

for future lumpectomies, should the need arise. Aside from her excellence as a surgeon and doctor, Ivanov cares deeply for her patients, and for the cause of fighting breast cancer. In her surgical residency at Loyola University she chose to focus on breast cancer because there is such a high occurrence of survival if caught early by screenings, and that means there is much good news to give. Dr. Ivanov stated, “I can’t tell you what a privilege it is to go in to see a patient and tell her that her cancer is gone. It’s really a feeling like no other.” As an extension of this passion, Dr. Ivanov helped to found Pink on Parade in 2013, a fundraiser event in Celebration to benefit breast cancer patients undergoing treatment at Celebration Health. She was inspired to do so because many insurance companies do not provide some services that are vital resources for women recovering from surgery and other treatments. Pink on Parade is a fantastic opportunity for community members to enjoy the camaraderie of banding together to support some of the amazing women of Osceola County who are fighting cancer, as

well as the dedicated and knowledgeable health care workers who are working in the trenches to help them overcome. Since its inaugural event in 2013, there have been nearly 1,000 participants in Pink on Parade events and the organization has raised nearly $70,000. All the money raised at the event goes directly to support for breast cancer patients. At Celebration Health, post-surgery breast cancer patients are given a wellness package, valued at $545. The services provided to these patients at no cost include a lymphatic massage, nutritional consultation, metabolism testing, functional movement assessment and acupuncture. Each one of these provides women with helpful information, healing, and tools she can use to improve and restore her health. This is just one of the things that proceeds from Pink on Parade helps to fund in order to make the process of treatment more bearable and effective. Dr. Ivanov’s passion, expertise and compassion are a winning combination that benefits thousands of people, not just in Osceola County, but Central Florida and beyond.

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TOP 6

MAMMOGRAM MYTHS Let’s

be honest, there are more pleasant things to do than getting your annual mammogram. But did you know that this 30 minute screening could mean the difference between catching cancer in its early stages, when it’s the most treatable, and a tough battle with latestage cancer? Even knowing this, many women still decide against receiving this potentially life-saving screening. Many misconceptions about mammograms seem to be culprit. That’s why we’ve compiled the top 6 mammogram myths and the reasons why no one should have an excuse to skip their annual mammogram.

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A MAMMOGRAM TAKES TOO LONG; I HAVE NO TIME. FACT: Exams usually take less time with digital mammography, and you are typically in and out of a screening mammogram in less than 30 minutes. Some locations offer weekend and after-hours appointments, and most can schedule a same or next-day appointment for your convenience.

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MAMMOGRAMS COST TOO MUCH. FACT: Many insurance companies cover 100 percent of the cost of a screening mammogram, if you meet the criteria. Also, low-cost or fully-funded mammograms are offered through national programs, community organizations and the Florida Hospital Foundation.

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MAMMOGRAMS ARE PAINFUL. FACT: Mammograms may be uncomfortable, but should not be painful. With the transition to digital mammography, the level of discomfort you experience should be much less due to the new design of the compression paddles. The paddles flex with your body, applying pressure only where needed. In addition, digital exams are quicker and the compression time is less.

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I AM AFRAID OF FINDING SOMETHING. FACT: Eight out of ten breast lumps are not cancerous. However, see a physician immediately if you discover a lump or change in your breasts. Computer-aided detection (CAD) helps our specially trained radiologists to be certain of their findings, make recommendations for further studies, and talk with referring physicians. If cancer is detected, our breast care clinicians will provide you with a continual source of support throughout the entire process.

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THE RADIATION FROM A MAMMOGRAM CAN CAUSE CANCER. FACT: Mammograms are very safe. Digital mammography uses the lowest radiation dose required to produce clear and precise exam images. MAMMOGRAMS ARE FOR OLDER WOMEN ONLY. FACT: The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and older should get a yearly screening mammogram for as long as a woman is in good health. However, if you have a family history of cancer, any new breast problem or other high-risk factors, it may be recommended to start screening at an earlier age. Have additional questions about mammograms or your breast health? Speak to a breast expert by calling (407) 303-4111.

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WELLNESS

Work-Life Balance

| By Dr. Wanda Bonet-Gascot |

AFFECTS MEN AND WOMEN ALIKE

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ork-life balance isn’t just a female problem, it’s a challenge that affects everyone. How can we achieve work-life balance within the 24 hours we are allotted in a day, while accomplishing our goals to the best of our ability?

In order to achieve work-life balance, we first need to know what that means, so for the purpose of this article, we will use the following definition: “Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritizing resources between “work” (career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development).” Now, take a few minutes to decide what work-life balance means to you. What would you like to accomplish? How do you want to feel when you achieve it? It’s important to listen to your emotions. Your emotions are messages that can facilitate the process of designing a strategic plan to achieve your goal. How do you feel in terms of your work-life balance right now? How is it affecting your life? How committed are you in finding ways to enjoy a better lifestyle. The question is how bad do you want it? Yes, it’s your responsibility to make the decisions in the prioritizing process or allocating your resources. When we are not experiencing work-life balance, we are wasting our resources.

WHAT ARE OUR RESOURCES? TIME: Time is the only limited resource, since you only have 24 hours in a day. To enjoy a healthy lifestyle, the 24 hours of the day must be invested effectively in such a way that it allows physical, mental, intellectual, financial, social, emotional, individual and spiritual growth. How is the distribution of your time? Is your time distribution aligned with your worklife balance goal?

ENERGY: The energy is infinite, but it is your responsibility to transform it from the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe/drink. Your body needs energy to sustain the eleven biological systems: endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, skeletal, integumentary, urinary, reproductive, lymphatic-immune, and digestive. How conscious are you in terms of producing energy? Investing energy? Wasting energy? Energy stagnation? Your emotions can block and waste your energy, affecting your work-life balance. How do you manage your emotions? MONEY: Money is a key factor in the work-life balance. How are your finances? How do you generate money? Are your finances aligned to your work-life balance goal?

Within your resources, what are your options to enjoy work-life balance? Take time to connect with yourself and listen to your internal wisdom.

ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: 1. WHAT COULD YOU STOP DOING? 2. WHAT COULD YOU DO LESS OF? 3. WHAT COULD YOU DO MORE OF? 4. WHAT COULD YOU  CONTINUE DOING?  5. WHAT COULD YOU  START DOING? After evaluating your answers, decide when you are going to begin the process of change. Don’t put off what you can start NOW!!! Work-life balance is achievable if you commit to it and enjoy the journey.

REMEMBER, IT’S ALL ABOUT ENERGY, EXPERIENCE THE MOBIUS. – DR.W

Dr.Wanda Bonet-Gascot (Dr.W) is a doctor in Holistic-Health and Certified Coach. She leads the operation of DRW Life Skills Institute, a global Holistic-Emotional Intelligence Education Provider and Coaching School located at the UCF Business Incubator in Kissimmee, FL. (www.DRWinstitute.org) Dr.W also has her private Energy-Medicine practice in Orlando, FL. For more information visit www.DRWbioenergetics.com or call 321-209-4379

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WHAT WAS YOUR CHILDHOOD LIKE?

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I grew up in Kissimmee and moved all around Florida with my family. I was involved in sports too- I played baseball and football. I was also on the wrestling, track & weightlifting teams.

WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WANTED TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER? I joined the St. Cloud Fire Department in 2007. During my fourth year at UCF I was working three jobs- hotel maintenance, chores and at a furniture store. I didn’t want to work odds and ends jobs so I was interested when I heard about the nursing program at Valencia, especially since I did sports medicine in high school. There was a one year wait period and during that time I heard about the EMT Program. I remember going on a ride along and falling in love with it. I knew it was what I wanted to do.

OSCEOLA WOMAN MAGAZINE WANTED TO SPOTLIGHT SOME OF THE MEN IN OSCEOLA COUNTY THAT ARE NOTEWORTHY IN THEIR OWN WAY. ALL OF THESE MEN GIVE BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY IN THEIR PROFESSION OR PERSONAL TIME. IT IS MEN LIKE THESE THAT HELP SHAPE OUR COMMUNITY.

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WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE SO FAR AS A FIREFIGHTER? It was my first day on the job and I didn’t know anyone or the job well enough at that point. I had only been trained but hadn’t experienced anything yet. I remember we had a call for a really bad car wreck. We got to the scene and the car was flipped and a woman was pinned inside. Everyone there tried everything they could to get her

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ATT CHESLER IS A FIREFIGHTER THAT JOINED THE ST. CLOUD FIRE DEPARTMENT IN 2007. HE IS ALSO AN OSCEOLA COUNTY CELEBRITY THAT HAS BEEN ON THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW. READ MORE TO FIND OUT WHERE MATT IS FROM, HOW HE BECAME A FIREFIGHTER AND HOW HE ENDED UP ON NATIONAL TV. out. Since I was new to the job, I was unsure if I could help but I realized that I used to own that same model car so I was pretty familiar with the parts. I knew there was a pole that went across the stereo that we could remove and it would hopefully get her out. We tried it and were able to remove the woman from the vehicle. I’ll never forget that moment because it felt like I was meant to be there to help.

WHAT WAS YOUR SCARIEST MOMENT SO FAR AS A FIREFIGHTER? It would have to be the first fire I experienced because

no matter how hard or how long you train for it, you don’t feel ready because they’re unpredictable.

HOW DID YOU END UP ON THE STEVE HARVEY SHOW? As for Steve Harvey, I got a casting call email from a friend in the business. It was looking for “hot eligible bachelors,” so I figured I would just give it a shot and send in a response. The next day, I received an email with a questionnaire and a request for a shirtless pic. I was a little skeptical, so I ignored the email. The day after that, my phone rang and the lady on the other

end inquired about me receiving the email. I told her I had and she asked me to reply as soon as possible. A few weeks, some emails, a lot of phone calls and a couple Skype sessions later I was set up in a hotel and I was riding rides at Universal Studios! Next thing I knew, I was twerking on national television! It was a great experience and very fun!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO FOR FUN? I like to cook, travel and go on cruises, and go people watching. You come across some interesting things that way.

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WHERE ARE YOU FROM? I was born and raised in New Jersey, south Jersey to be exact. It was a great place to grow up, and summertime in New Jersey is the absolute best.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TEACHING IN OSCEOLA COUNTY? ST CLOUD HIGH? I am going into my 11th year of teaching in Osceola County and my 3rd at St. Cloud High School. I started my teaching career in Osceola County at Denn John Middle School.

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME A COACH?

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OACH BRYAN SMART HAS BEEN ON THE COACHING STAFF OF ST. CLOUD’S FOOTBALL TEAM SINCE 2011. PREVIOUSLY HE WAS A PE TEACHER AT DENN JOHN MIDDLE SCHOOL. COACH SMART HAS BEEN KNOWN TO SAY THAT HE WANTS TO REVITALIZE ST CLOUD’S PROUD FOOTBALL TRADITION. SO FAR HE IS DOING AN AWESOME JOB AT JUST THAT.

After realizing that I was not going to be a professional athlete, I figured coaching was the next best thing. My father coached me my whole life, and I really loved how the other coaches had such a positive influence on kids. I decided I wanted to follow in their footsteps, giving me an opportunity to impact a lot of kids in a positive way.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE #1 THING YOU HAVE LEARNED SINCE COACHING?

That everyone is different. Bobby may be having a terrible day at home and that’s why he is not up to par at practice. During the season you spend more time with your players than anyone else in your life, so they really respond to you. Since everyone is different,

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you might be a father figure, a mentor or a coach to each and every one of them.

WHAT IS YOUR FOOTBALL PHILOSOPHY? My philosophy is to field a team that will make St. Cloud proud and develop champions for life.

HOW WILL YOU GAIN THE PLAYERS’ TRUST?

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IFELONG OSCEOLA COUNTY RESIDENT RICKY BOOTH NOT ONLY KNOWS HOW TO WRANGLE A CALF ON HIS FAMILY’S RANCH, BUT HE ALSO KNOWS HOW TO WIN A SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION. HERE RICKY SHARES WITH YOU WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A COWBOY AND TO ALSO WORK WITH THE OSCEOLA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD.

By just being here day in and day out and showing them that I do truly care about them.

ARE YOUR PLAYERS’ GRADES IMPORTANT TO YOU?

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY AS A COWBOY- START OF THE DAY TO THE END?

Grades are the top priority at St. Cloud High. If you have an F on a game day, you can’t play. We pull grade reports every day and have study hall twice a week.

One of the best things about working on a Florida cattle ranch is that no two days are alike. While we do have normal seasonal functions, each year is different as well. At this moment in time we are preparing calves to be shipped out west and implementing our pest management program – which includes mowing and herbicide applications.  

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF YOUTH FOOTBALL?

WHAT TYPE OF CATTLE DO YOU HAVE AT YOUR RANCH?

I grew up playing youth football and I hope my son does as well. We have developed a great relationship with local pop warner league and it’s wonderful. They are the future of our program.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS FOR YOUR VARSITY PROGRAM? I think by getting better every day. Wins and losses are part of life, so as long as we work on making ourselves better day in and day out, then we make our team a success.

We produce Purebred Brahman and commercial crossbred cattle. Our Brahman cattle are descendants of the first Brahman herd in Florida imported from Texas, shipped by train to Kissimmee, in 1933.  Partin Brahman genetics have been utilized all over the world and are known for their high quality beef production.  Our commercial cattle production is referred to in the cattle industry as cow/ calf production – cows raise calves to 7 - 9 months of age, weighing 500-600 lb., at which time they are sold.  Florida’s abundance of forages and limited availability of grains are the reason why we are one of the top cow/calf states in the nation and Osceola County is number 1 in Florida.

HAVE YOU FOUND IT NECESSARY TO DIVERSIFY IN THE CATTLE INDUSTRY? IF YOU ARE, WHAT OTHER PRODUCTS ARE YOU SELLING? Yes, timber harvesting, bahia grass sod production, conservation practices, wildlife hunting leases, guided hunts, and ecotourism (a partnership with Wild Florida to offer ranch tours).

“Florida’s abundance of forages and limited availability of grains are the reason why we are one of the top cow/calf states in the nation and Osceola County is number 1 in Florida.“

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO BECOME A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER? Our community, teachers, and students deserve a school board that leads with integrity, whose primary focus is student achievement, and who understands how vital a quality school system is to positive economic growth.

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING ON THE SCHOOL BOARD? Balancing my personal and professional life with the duties of being an elected official. My wife Erika and my 3 children have made many sacrifices, but my extended family has dedicated themselves to ensuring I can serve to my highest potential and remain a good husband and father.

WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE SURPRISE YOU’VE LEARNED WHILE BEING ON THE SCHOOL BOARD? The amount of funding we receive from the state simply does not stretch far enough.

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WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BECOME A LAWYER? I made the decision to become a lawyer in High School during an argument with my father. It was his idea and it’s all his fault!!!

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A RESIDENT OF OSCEOLA COUNTY? Since 2006

WHAT MADE YOU MOVE HERE?

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ORN IN THE PANHANDLE OF OKLAHOMA, TIMOTHY FINKENBINDER HAS LIVED, WORKED AND TRAVELED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND HAS WORKED EXTENSIVELY IN MATTERS INVOLVING IMMIGRATION, TRAINING AND COMPLIANCE, AND COMMERCIAL SERVICES CONTRACTING. MR. FINKENBINDER HAS SERVED AS A SENIOR CONSULTANT TO THE NATIONAL OFFICE OF DELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP; AS VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS TO A $20 MILLION DOLLAR IT CONSULTING FIRM BASED IN NYC; AND AS AN ATTORNEY IN PRIVATE PRACTICE. MR. FINKENBINDER IS CURRENTLY AN ATTORNEY AT OVERSTREET, MILES, RITCH, CUMBIE & FINKENBINDER, P.A. IN KISSIMMEE. HE HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA BAR SINCE 2006 AND IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN OSCEOLA COUNTY.

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I visited an attorney in Kissimmee, Nina DeFlora, who encouraged me to move my practice to Kissimmee. After meeting with her I stopped into Joanie’s café and had an “unsweet iced tea, light ice,” while sitting at the counter. What I saw around me were long-term residents of a close knit community. On further exploration, there seemed to be an excitement and enthusiasm in the Chamber of Commerce and among local politicians about the future prospects of the community. As I learned more about the community it seemed that there was a real interest in preserving the heritage of Osceola County while also investing in the future of our residents. The downtown areas of St. Cloud and Kissimmee also reminded me a bit of my hometown of Yukon, Oklahoma where I grew up and was active in FFA. It seemed liked a great place to settle down and start a family.

WHAT ASSOCIATIONS ARE YOU A PART OF? Kissimmee/Osceola Chamber of Commerce (currently service as Vice Chair of Legal); Rotary (past President of Kissimmee Bay Rotary Club); Osceola County Bar Association (past President); Florida Bar Association and I am a member of the St. Cloud Church of the Nazarene.

WHAT TYPE OF LAW GIVES YOU THE MOST SATISFACTION TO PRACTICE? Immigration and Probate. Both areas give me the opportunity to help families work through complex legal issues that touch us in deeply personal and emotional ways.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT SO FAR? On the personal side, the greatest accomplishment I’ve experienced is trying daily to be a better father and husband. My wife, Laurie, and I were married on the lake front in St. Cloud in July of 2007. Our son Zane was born in 2009. I thank God every day for my family. On the professional side, in 2012 I received recognition from the Supreme Court of the State of Florida for rendering over 100 hours of pro bono service in our community.

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BUSINESS

The Buying Power of Women:

WOMAN’S ROLE IN SHAPING THE ECONOMY AND BUSINESS WORLD

| By Kimberly Blaker |

Women

today account for or influence a significant percentage of all buying decisions. As a result, many businesses have taken heed.

The total global earnings of women today are in excess of $13 trillion dollars, and as of 2011, 37 percent of family income now comes from working

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wives. In 2012, women wielded a whopping $7 trillion dollars in buying power. These statistics reveal the crucial role women play in keeping the economy afloat—in good times and in bad. Unfortunately, some businesses and corporations still fail to see the power this segment possesses. Most women can remember occasions when their gender negatively affected the service and attention they received. Additionally women are still taken advantage of because of their lack of knowledge in certain industries. Women, however, have become increasingly

TRAVEL

educated consumers, and businesses that don’t recognize this are learning the hard way. Many women, offended by these biases, walk away from a purchase, and go elsewhere, demanding to be treated with respect. Advertising and marketing specialists are also catching on. Advertising that stereotypes women and marketing geared specifically to male audiences doesn’t set well in the minds of women today. Stereotyping and the absence of recognizing women as potential consumers for traditionally male products is off target, offensive, and fails to give these large consumers the information they need.

omen are equally important to the travel market making seventy percent of all travel decisions. In addition to women being the larger clientele of adventure travel, business travel has seen marked growth by females who make up nearly half of all business travel, according to research by Judi Brownell, Ph.D., professor of Cornell University’s Management & Organizational Behaviour Program. Because over 75% of women traveling on business are college educated and more able than men to articulate their needs, participate in more leisure activities while traveling on business, and are much more likely to order room service while traveling alone, they have a great impact on this industry.

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HOUSE AND HOME

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t is probable women today account for much more than half the spending on household goods and personal items because they take more interest in shopping for these items, especially nonessentials. Women control most of the spending not only on décor, linens, and kitchen gadgets, but furniture, cabinetry, carpeting, lighting, and more. Furthermore, women play a major role in the purchase of real estate, the biggest investment most families make. Also worth noting, according to a 2014 report by the National Association of Realtors, 16% percent of homeowners are single women as opposed to only 9% of homeowners being single men. Married women also markedly influence real estate decisions. Although, according to David Powers Homes of Houston, Texas, couples ultimately agree on the purchase together, research conducted by the company found that women make almost 80 percent of the home-buying decisions in the company’s $180,000 to $500,000 price range. Also of interest, men and women each look for certain features when buying a home. Women are most concerned with floor plan and design and how these factors will accommodate their lifestyle. Specific features of importance to women include large closets, kitchen space and design, space needs,

and overall comfort. Men focus mainly on technology, energy-efficiency, and garage functionality. Probably one of the most under recognized areas of women’s buying power is in the tool and home improvement industry. With the surge in do-it-yourself remodeling, women are fast becoming one of the big spenders in tool departments and home improvement aisles. Kimberly Stevens, staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal explains, “We’re talking buzz saws, routers and power sanders.” The growth of female tool shoppers isn’t minimal, Stevens points out. A survey by the Home Improvement Research Institute, found that women are outpacing men in their involvement in do-it-yourself projects. According to a female industrial designer at Porter-Cable of Jackson, Tennessee, as reported by Daily Gist, “Women are using these tools on a regular basis.” Also increasing female tool sales has been the large increase in women working in the construction field, which has nearly doubled in the last 15 years.

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hile the percentage of women who own stocks still lags behind men, ample research has found women make better investors. According to an investment management firm, SigFig, women outperformed men in their investments by 12 percent in 2014.

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nother area in which women play a crucial role is the automotive industry. “Women,” according to a report by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence, “are not only becoming more inf luential in deciding what car to buy, they are also taking over the traditionally male-dominated responsibility of maintenance and repair,” making up between 65 and 80 percent of auto repair and service shop customers. While women are responsible for almost half of new car sales and slightly over half of used-car sales, according to Art Spinella, of CNW Research, an automotive marketing research firm, women inf luence 80% of all sales, and 95% of women have the power to “veto” an automobile purchase, according to Ford Motor Marketing. What women want from this industry, experts say, is not to be treated differently, but with respect. Because “women ask more questions, inquire about details, and are more willing to look under the hood, or check out parts,” says Diane Hohman, an automotive aftermarket consultant in Herndon, Virginia, they are beginning to get the respect in this market they deserve.

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omen’s voices are gaining prominence in the healthcare industry as well, making at least two-thirds of the healthcare decisions in U.S. households, according to Amy Ertel Bellcourt, vice president of corporate communications for MVP Health Plan. Recognizing this, healthcare systems are paying special attention by improving maternity wards and focusing a portion of their marketing on services affecting women.

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omen are not only spending increasing amounts on clothing, but on entertainment and electronics. Furthermore, since 2010 spending on women’s sports apparel has risen 76% according to the NFL, and 17% of all sports apparel is now made for women, when only a decade ago it was nearly zero. In fact, a whopping 44% of NFL TV viewers are now women. What this all boils down to is two-fold; being America’s biggest consumers, women not only keep the economy from becoming stagnant during times of stability, but they keep the economy from collapsing during recession. Furthermore, it means women are gaining the upper hand in the way the business industry treats them, demanding not preferential treatment, but equal treatment and respect.

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BUSINESS travel the world or stay close to home to pursue your hobbies? How much money will you need to make these wishes come true? Where will this money come from? By answering these and other questions, you can define a vision for your financial future, leading you to the next step – creating a strategy to help turn this vision into reality.

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DIVERSITY

| By Cleve Grissom |

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getting close to Labor Day, a celebration of the men and women who roll up their sleeves and go to work each day. If you’re in the workforce yourself, you can appreciate this recognition of your efforts. And as an investor, you can employ these attributes of the American worker:

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he most productive workers are those who organize their time and efforts to maximize their productivity. When you invest, organization is also important. You might have trouble gaining traction toward your goals, such as a comfortable retirement, if you own a bunch of scattered investments that aren’t really working together to help you. Instead, try to build a portfolio in which all your investments combine to provide the opportunities for growth and income you need to help reach your objectives.

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s workers, all of us go through difficult times, whether with our bosses, co-workers or even the work itself – but we persevere. As an investor, you, too, will experience bumps in the road, in the form of market downturns. Yet, if you avoid making hasty and ill-advised moves in response to potential short-term volatility, you can maintain your focus on your long-term needs and goals – and, as a result, you can help improve your chances of meeting those needs and attaining those goals.

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orkers put in their time, year after year, because they have a vision of what they hope their efforts will yield – a rewarding career, sufficient financial resources for their family, and so on. As an investor, you also can benefit from articulating a picture of what you hope to achieve. And that means you need to be specific about what you want. Instead of saying to yourself, ‘I’d like to retire comfortably someday,’ pin yourself down as to what this really means. At what age would you like to retire? Will you want to

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

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he American workforce benefits from drawing on the experiences and viewpoints of people from all different backgrounds. When you invest, you should also seek diversity. If you only owned one type of investment vehicle, such as growth stocks, and the market hit a downturn, your portfolio would likely take a big hit. It’s a given that the value of investments will fluctuate, which means, under some circumstances, you could lose some or all of your principal. But if you spread your dollars among a range of vehicles – including stocks, bonds, government securities, certificates of deposit and real estate – you can reduce the impact of volatility on your holdings. (Keep in mind, though, that diversification, by itself, does not guarantee a profit or protect against loss.) Labor Day will come and go quickly. But by emulating some of the characteristics of the American workforce, you can continue making progress toward your goals – without even having to work overtime.

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in Florida and dealing with the year round heat that radiates through our windows is challenging for most homeowners. The most common complaint about the heat is that the sun heats up our homes and causes our electric bills to soar, since we run the air conditioning units 24/7. It is not only the heat that is the problem, but also the damage that the sun’s UV rays may cause to our home’s interior. The Florida sun is strong and intensifies as it passes through the window glass. Without the proper window treatments it causes our homes to heat up and our furniture and carpets to fade.

Did you ever place a sofa, chair or area rug in front of an unprotected window and notice that the colors were not as vibrant in a year or two? I have learned over the years that most homeowners move into a new or older home and the first thing that they do is put vertical or horizontal blinds on the windows for privacy. Subsequently, they fail to consider whether the blinds were a good or bad choice for their home. It is true that they may look good and darken the room when

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they are closed, but they are not energy efficient. They also do not cut down on the glare from the sun when they are open. There are a variety of window treatment options that will help reduce your electric bills, protect your furnishings, cut down the sun glare and provide natural light into your home. You can use sun filtering fabrics for draperies and curtains or room darkening shades. One of my favorite window treatment choices are solar shades with light-filtering qualities that diffuse light, reduce glare and help control solar heat gain to make any room a more comfortable environment. Solar shades provide filtered natural light in your home, keep your home cooler and block UV rays. Depending on the openness of the weave of the solar shade, you can see out, but outsiders cannot see in. The openness of a fabric refers to the weave or mesh structure and determines the amount of heat and light that enters a room. A more open fabric allows more heat and light to penetrate through, while tighter meshes block more heat and light. As the shade filters and diffuses light, it also helps reduce the fading of textiles and interior furnishings. While lighter

color fabrics reflect light and illuminate the interior with just the right amount of light, darker solar shade fabrics provide a superb view to the outside and absorb light making them ideal for viewing computer and television screens. Additional benefits of the solar shade are that they are easy to wipe clean and they can make your room look bigger and brighter. I challenge you to take a look at the window treatments that you have in your home and ask yourself the following questions: Do they allow natural filtered light in the room? Is there a glare in the room when watching TV or on your computer? Does your room heat up during the day? Can you appreciate the beautiful views from your windows? If you answered no to the majority of these questions you should consider window treatments that will protect your home from damaging UV rays, keep it cooler and still allow natural filtered light in.

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observation of abnormal pet behavior and bodily functions will usually stimulate a phone call to the veterinarian and this is how it should be. Experienced veterinary staff members are trained to listen to, record and pass on these observations and questions so that the doctor can begin the diagnostic work-up. Owner observations are vital for this process so I will list some commonly observed symptoms and behaviors and what these observations could mean.

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LETHARGY

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Inappropriate urination can be caused by urinary tract infections and irritation of the urinary bladder by crystals or bladder stones, often with blood tinged urine.

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Woman Magazine has been able to honor many amazing women over our history. Evadne Gannarelli deserves her place among them, as a two time breast cancer survivor and passionate patient advocate and volunteer! She first beat breast cancer in 2009, and remained cancer free until 2011. With great support and love from family and friends, she was able to regain her clean bill of health a second time. Gannarelli feels that beating the odds with cancer has helped her grow so much in her own life, she wants to give back.

While her strength, resilience and determination are evident and admirable, Evadne is also blessed to be the type of person you warm up to instantly and feel like you have known all your life. Her heart is the size of Texas, and she demonstrates that with her desire to help others. She feels like God allowed her to experience this disease and survive so she can help others do the same. Gannarelli gives much of her time, effort and energy to support and cheer on other women undergoing this life-changing battle.

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When she found out about the non-profit Compassionate Hands & Hearts, Gannarelli instantly knew she wanted to be a part of this movement of people who are passionate about helping others. She began working with CH&H in 2011 and has enjoyed every minute of it. CH&H is a non-profit started by Vanessa Echols that provides financial support along with volunteers who provide physical, mental and emotional support for women undergoing breast cancer treatment and recovery. Gannarelli

are wonderful learning tools, but they can also expose children to dangers like unwanted content and inappropriate contact from adults through the Internet.

Parents, educators and caregivers can limit the danger and help children learn to navigate the Internet safely. By protecting their personal information and being cautious about what they view, families can reduce their risks. Set rules. Know what your kids are doing. Talk to them about the dangers.

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You don’t have to become a computer expert. Help is available from your Internet Service Provider, local law enforcement, child safety organizations and the Attorney General’s office. especially loves the follow up with the women that Compassionate Hands & Hearts helps, seeing how even the smallest of kind gestures can make a huge difference in the life of someone else. Those who are able to witness Evadne in action are stunned by how naturally she is able to help a person who is going through any part of treatment, even something seemingly as simple as a biopsy. She doesn’t mind getting on the phone and reassuring them what each step will be. It was remarkable how simply knowing what would happen helped reduce the stress level of the person she was speaking with. Even just the ability to commiserate with someone who has already experienced it makes a difference. When asked about Compassionate Hands & Hearts’ founder,

Gannarelli said, “Vanessa Echols is a very sincere person and she really, really cares about Compassionate Hands & Hearts and the women they serve.“ When asked how she personally stayed strong through the hardest days and nights of treatment, she talked about her grandson and her friends. She lights up when talking about her grandson Miles, and explained that her friends are very important to her, because she has no brothers and sisters. This is another reason Gannarelli volunteers, because she knows exactly how critical that emotional support is to make it through just one more day. Evadne Gannarelli, Osceola Woman Magazine salutes you! You are an incredible example for other women to follow in making a difference through personal challenges.

in an unsolicited email, and to close out of inappropriate content quickly. Use a child-friendly search engine to help them avoid inappropriate search results.

HELP THEM “KEEP IT CLEAN.”

If you decide your teen is old enough to join a social networking site or have a personal web page, help them develop good standards for online behavior. Adults who want to exploit young people look for racy photos and postings. Make sure there’s nothing on your teen’s page to attract their attention.

DO NOT POST PERSONAL INFORMATION ONLINE

Tell your children not to post their addresses, phone numbers or any personal information online.

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KIDS, OFFLINE AND ONLINE

Get them to show you what they do on the computer, and the websites they visit. Discourage children, especially young children, from communicating with anyone online that they don’t know in real life.

MONITOR YOUR KIDS WHILE YOU TEACH THEM INTERNET SAFETY

Some parents may feel uncomfortable checking on their child’s computer activities. However, experts say parents need to know what their children are doing online. It isn’t snooping, it’s caring.

PREVENT INAPPROPRIATE CONTENT

The Internet is home to many images that are inappropriate for children. Young people sometimes seek out sexual material online, but some encounter inappropriate material unintentionally. Sexual material can appear in search results, or arrive by unsolicited email, known as spam, as an attachment or link. Teach children never to click on a link

REPORT THE WRONGDOERS

It is a violation of federal law to knowingly send or attempt to send obscene material to a child under the age of 16. Report incidents to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or www.cybertipline.com.

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OSCEOLA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Summer Camp enjoying a day on Shingle Creek.

OSCEOLA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - Legislative Update Luncheon. Osceola Heritage Park’s St. Cloud Ballroom hosted this year’s Florida Legislative Update luncheon on Tuesday, May 19th before a crowd of over 250 people.

Mary Guidone of TOHO WATER AUTHORITY with participants of their annual Drop Savers calendar contest.

OSCEOLA‘S WOMEN’S COUNCIL OF REALTORS® received a check of $1500 from donations collected by Centennial Bank. With remaining proceeds and additional donations (WCR) presented the Osceola County Guardian Ad Litem program with 155 pieces of new rolling luggage and a check for $700.

Osceola County resident, DEBRA PERLEBERG is a featured author in the upcoming book Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible. Book will be released October 6th.

St. Cloud’s participation in THE WORLD’S LARGEST SWIMMING LESSONS. June 18 at the Chris Lyle Aquatic Center.

CAT TAILS COCKTAILS event to benefit the Central Florida Animal Reserve. Maria Grulich, Karen Hutchings, Dr. Simba Wiltz, VP of Central Florida Animal Reserve and Chelsea Recicar.

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