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Discover Fire Safety and Meet Our Local Heroes at Kissimmee Fire Department’s Open House This Saturday Cowboy Chicken Sweetens Today’s National Peach Cobbler Day with Positively Delicious Free Peach Cobbler St. Cloud Secures Victory in Boys Volleyball 2024 Caribbean Fusion Festival: A Tapestry of Culture, Cuisine, and Music at Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park 100 Teens Honored at Star-Studded Disney Dreamers Academy Commencement at Walt Disney World Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Details About its Two Newest Hotels, Universal Stella Nova and Terra Luna Resorts Orlando Health: Starting Swim Lessons Early May Protect Your Child from Drowning
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St. Cloud’s Monthly Park Pop-Up

Meet Sami the Sandhill Crane at St. Cloud’s next Monthly Park Pop-Up on March 2nd at Ted Broda Memorial Park, located at 4499 Michigan Avenue. Enjoy awesome bounce houses, surprise activities, and fantastic giveaways, making the day even more memorable.

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Osceola County Commissioner for District 3 Brandon Arrington is launching a new series that will highlight the natural beauty of Osceola County and the amazing leaders that make a positive difference in our community everyday!

Harmony Captures OBC Championships in Baseball and Softball, St. Cloud Secures Victory in Boys Volleyball Championship

Harmony High celebrated sweeping victories Friday night as both their girls’ softball and boys’ baseball teams clinched OBC Championships, triumphantly raising banners following decisive wins over their cross-town rivals, St. Cloud. At Gateway High School, number one seed St. Cloud battled number six seed Tohopekaliga and took home the boys OBC volleyball title.

In boys baseball at St. Cloud’s home field, Longhorn pitcher Alexavier Lebron threw for a five-inning no hitter and Harmony took advantage of 10 walks and some shaky defense by its opponents to defeat St. Cloud, 11-1, and capture the 2024 Orange Belt Conference Championship.

The win capped a solid tournament week for the Longhorns, 12-8, who reached the championship game with a 10-0 win over Liberty in the quarterfinals and an 8-2 victory against Tohopekaliga in the semifinals. Including the 10-run rule win over the Bulldogs, Harmony outscored its opposition 39-3 in the tournament in winning their second consecutive OBC crown.

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Cowboy Chicken Sweetens Today’s National Peach Cobbler Day with Positively Delicious Free Peach Cobbler

Cowboy Chicken in Kissimmee is celebrating National Peach Cobbler Day in a ‘Positively Delicious’ way by giving away free cobbler from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m!

Today, April 13, the fast-casual chain, known for wood-fire rotisserie chicken and homemade fresh sides, is dishing out complimentary servings of its popular Jeanette’s homemade peach cobbler.

A menu favorite since Cowboy Chicken started, Jeanette’s homemade peach cobbler is made fresh daily and served hot and is a perfect ending to a meal at Cowboy Chicken or as a treat on its own.

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From Dreams to Reality: 100 Teens Honored at StarStudded Disney Dreamers Academy Commencement at Walt Disney World

100 teens celebrated their graduation from the Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida with a heartfelt and festive ceremony, concluding a week filled with motivational activities and career opportunities.

The event spanned five days, featuring interactions between the students and a variety of influencers including celebrities like Daymond John from “Shark Tank,” Dara Reneé of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” Lance Gross from “House of Payne,” and Sanya Richards-Ross from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

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Orlando Health: Starting Swim Lessons Early May Protect Your Child from Drowning

Drowning is the single leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, and it’s one of the top causes of death for teens, too. That’s why swim lessons are an integral part of the layers of protection that can help prevent drowning.

WHEN SHOULD MY CHILD START SWIM LESSONS?

Many children can begin swim lessons after their first birthdays, though not all kids are ready at the same age. This recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics is supported by a study that found that children who begin swim lessons by age 1 can reduce the risk of accidental drowning by 88 percent.

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Discover Fire Safety and Meet Our Local Heroes at Kissimmee Fire Department’s Open House This Saturday

This Saturday, April 13, the City of Kissimmee Fire Department is inviting the community to their Open House event from 10 AM to 2 PM at Station 12, located at 1402 Denn John Lane, Kissimmee. The event will be spearheaded by Fire Chief Jim Walls along with the dedicated team of firefighters.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

• Meet the Firefighters: Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the heroes who protect their community. Fire Chief Jim Walls will lead the team in showcasing their daily responsibilities and the rigorous demands of fire service.

• Station Tours: Tour Fire Station 12 and get an inside look at the operations and equipment used in firefighting and emergency medical services.

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2024 Caribbean Fusion Festival: A Tapestry of Culture, Cuisine, and Music at Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park

Experience the vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture at the 2024 Caribbean Fusion Festival, happening Sunday, April 28th, from 12 to 7 PM at Kissimmee’s Lakefront Park.

Dive into the heart of the Caribbean with an array of music, delectable food, unique crafts, and lively dance performances. This free day-long extravaganza is more than just a festival; it’s an experience that brings the community together to revel in the rich fusion of Caribbean cultures.

Whether you’re a lover of reggae, soca, or calypso music, a foodie eager to sample authentic Caribbean cuisine, or someone who appreciates handmade crafts and vibrant dance, there’s something for everyone.

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Universal Orlando Resort Reveals Details About its Two Newest Hotels, Universal Stella Nova and Terra Luna Resorts

Universal Orlando Resort has revealed details about its two newest shining stars, Universal Stella Nova Resort, opening January 21, 2025, and Universal Terra Luna Resort, opening February 25, 2025.

Brought to life by the award-winning Universal Creative team and co-owned and operated by Loews Hotels & Co, the alluring hotels place guests in the center of marvelous galaxies and diverse planetary elements for an experience unlike anywhere else in the universe – complete with tranquil sleeping accommodations, entertaining amenities for the whole family to enjoy, various cosmic-inspired dining options and so much more.

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Empowering Futures: Osceola County’s Unwavering Commitment to Education Through Osceola Prosper

In a move that underscores a steadfast commitment to education and community prosperity, Osceola County has once again cast a unanimous vote in favor of the transformative Osceola Prosper program. During Monday’s County Commission meeting, all five commissioners earmarked an impressive $8.3 million to continue fueling this initiative that has already begun reshaping the educational landscape for local students.

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KUA Introduces Cutting-Edge Surge Protection for Enhanced Home Safety

KUA customers are now eligible to sign up for the utility’s new surge protection program, which can protect large appliances from electric surges.

The surge protection device is installed directly on the customer’s meter and diverts high-energy surges that can enter through electric power lines from coming into the home.

Homeowners insurance or renter’s insurance typically doesn’t cover appliance damage caused by electric surges, but customers now have the option to protect expensive appliances through KUA’s Surge Protection Program. Items covered under the program include appliances such as air conditioning equipment, refrigerators, washers and dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, and electric ranges.

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From Licensing to Limits: Your Complete Guide for the 2024 Florida Turkey Season

The 2024 spring turkey hunting season is underway! If you’re planning to venture south of State Road 70, be ready to enjoy the season which is now open and will run until April 7. For those looking to explore north of State Road 70, you’ll have a bit more time with the season extending until April 21. As you prepare for your hunting adventures, keep the following important information in mind.

ABOUT WILD TURKEYS

Florida is home to two subspecies of wild turkey — the eastern wild turkey and the Osceola or Florida wild turkey. The Osceola wild turkey only lives on the Florida peninsula.

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Osceola’s Leadership Feeds Hope: Commissioners Unite for Community and Agricultural Support with Strategic Food Donations

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Brandon Arrington, Ricky Booth, Cheryl Grieb, and Viviana Janer came together at Osceola Heritage Park to donate meat to local food pantries from animals they had purchased from young leaders in the 4H and FFA during this year’s Osceola County Fair. The donations were made to the Osceola Council On Aging, The Altar Church, Pantry Planters, and Gray’s House of Hopes.

The food donated will not only provide essential resources to local aid programs but shines a light on the hard work and dedication of 4H and FFA students in Osceola County. Throughout the year, these young agriculturists engage deeply with the care, raising, and understanding of their animals, embodying responsibility and gaining insights into the agricultural industry. These programs play a critical role in educating the youth on the significance of agriculture in Osceola County and the broader national landscape.

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In the heart of Osceola County, a revolution in education is taking place at Creative Inspiration Journey School (CIJS) in St. Cloud, heralding a new era of learning for students from Pre-K through 8th grade.

Known as the most soughtafter tuition-free public charter school in the area, CIJS is now inviting new families to join its vibrant community through an open enrollment period, offering a unique chance to be part of its innovative educational approach.

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Kissimmee Utility Authority Honored with National Award For Outstanding Safety Practices

Kissimmee Utility Authority has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2023. The utility earned Diamond Status in the category for utilities with 250,000 to 999,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

More than 160 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards for 2023. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of workerhours and ranked based on the most incidentfree records and overall state of their safety programs and culture during 2023. The incidence rate is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2023, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Quick-Thinking ‘Hero’ Custodian Saves Choking Student with Heimlich Maneuver at Narcoossee Elementary

During a recent school lunch period at Narcoossee Elementary School, an ordinary day took a dramatic turn when a young student began choking. Joseph “JB” Brown, the school’s custodian, quickly stepped in to perform the Heimlich maneuver, a lifesaving act that prevented a potential tragedy.

This incident, taking place during the hustle and bustle of a school cafeteria, highlights the critical role that non-teaching staff play in the safety and security of our schools.

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Ignite Creativity This Summer with Osceola Arts!

This June, while schools take a break, Osceola Arts turns up the heat with its Summer Arts Camps at Valencia College’s Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses, starting Monday, June 3rd, at 9 AM. Dive into a world where visual and performing arts meet, offering diverse camps tailored for the Central Florida community.

Whether you’re into painting, acting, or dancing, there’s a spot just for you!

Designed for kids aged 8-13, these camps provide a unique blend of learning and fun in a top-notch facility that sparks creativity. Each session concludes with a dazzling showcase, where students display their newfound skills. Witness the remarkable transformation and celebrate the achievements of these young talents.

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Osceola County Association of Realtors Honored by County Commissioners with Fair Housing Month Proclamation

During the Osceola County Commission’s Board meeting on April 1, the Board officially proclaimed April 2024 as National Fair Housing Month in Osceola County, recognizing the unwavering commitment of the Osceola County Association of REALTORS to ensuring fair and equal housing opportunities for all citizens.

This recognition took place in a collaborative effort with the Osceola County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), highlighting the continuous efforts to uphold the principles and intentions set forth by Congress in the realm of housing.

James Lowe, President of the Board of Directors for the Osceola County Association of Realtors, expressed his gratitude, stating, “Thank you to the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners for recognizing April 2024 as National Fair Housing Month. REALTORS® pledge to maintain honesty and impartiality in promoting fair housing and adhering to legal mandates. This dedication is particularly pronounced during Fair Housing Month, as we commemorate the universal opportunity for all individuals to pursue the dream of homeownership.”

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Battle for the Osceola County All-Sports Trophy: OBC Action Heats Up With Five Championships This Week

With three schools locked in a tight race, the 2023-24 Orange Belt Conference All-Sports trophy will be up for grabs this week as OBC champions will be decided in five sports – including baseball, softball, boys’ volleyball and both boys and girls track and field.

Currently, the Harmony Longhorns sit in first place with 119.5 points. Harmony has won the last three OBC All-Sports trophies and eight of the last 12. St. Cloud, which won four times since 2012 but none since 2020, is in second place with 115.5 points. Celebration, fresh off a sweep in both boys’ and girls’ tennis, remains in shouting distance with 108 points.

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Osceola Magic Inaugural Season Ends After Falling to Nets in Eastern Conference Semifinals at OHP

Despite a spirited performance, the Osceola Magic’s playoff run came to an end at Osceola Heritage Park on Friday night, as they succumbed to the Long Island Nets with a score of 120-112. Amidst the setback, Mac McClung shone with a game-high 28 points, demonstrating remarkable precision from beyond the arc at 44% three-point shooting.

“Coach helped me grow so much this year,” McClung said. “He pushed me to do things I didn’t want to do, but he encouraged me to develop new skills like off-thedribble shooting. That’s the beauty of basketball; we try to figure out new ways to improve and grow into the player we want to become each season.”

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A Taste of Paradise Returns: Experience

Unforgettable Blueberry Picking and Positively Delicious Treats at Double C Bar Ranch

The Double C Bar Ranch Blueberry Picking Season commenced with great enthusiasm on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24. Enthusiastic visitors traveled to the Chapman family’s sprawling 30-acre blueberry fields, nestled 15 miles south of St. Cloud on the way to Kenansville, eager to partake in the annual harvest. This season introduced an exciting array of culinary delights, including savory brats, an assortment of newly crafted blueberry jams, and a uniquely flavorful blueberry hot sauce, all of which received rave reviews from Positively Osceola. Additionally, in a fresh venture this year, Double C Bar Ranch expanded its offerings to include citrus trees, inviting patrons to bring a piece of the ranch’s verdant bounty into their own backyards.

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Maximizing Comfort and Efficiency with Osceola Air: The Critical Role of Spring Air Conditioning TuneUps Before the Summer Blaze

As the cooler air of winter gives way to the vibrant blossoms of spring, Florida residents know all too well that the sizzling heat of summer is just around the corner. Preparing for the inevitable spike in temperatures means ensuring your air conditioning system is in top-notch condition. Why? Because a well-maintained AC system is not just about comfort; it’s about health, efficiency, and longevity. And when it comes to reliable air conditioning services in Osceola County, there’s one name that stands out: Osceola Air.

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Two Months to Go! Get Ready for Florida’s 2024 Hurricane Season

With the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season just two months away, it’s crucial for residents of Florida to start thinking about hurricane preparedness. It’s important to remember how powerful the forces of nature are, and the importance of being prepared. Here are ten essential steps to ensure you, your family, and your community remain safe and ready:

1. Review Your Insurance Coverage: Make sure your home and property insurance is up to date and covers flood damage, which is often not included in standard policies.

2. Create an Emergency Plan: Discuss and plan for where you will go if an evacuation is ordered. Consider both local and out-of-town scenarios.

3. Build a Hurricane Kit: Stock up on non-perishable food, water (one gallon per person per day), medications, flashlights, batteries, and other essentials.

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April Shines as National Autism Awareness Month

April is a time of heightened awareness and understanding for the autism community, as it marks National Autism Awareness Month. This special month is dedicated to fostering acceptance and celebrating the differences that make individuals with autism unique.

The observance began with the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, setting the stage for a month-long series of events and activities aimed at increasing understanding and support for people living with autism . This year, the Autism Society of America continues its impactful #CelebrateDifferences campaign for the sixth consecutive year, highlighting the importance of recognizing and appreciating the diverse experiences of those on the autism spectrum.

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Experience a Culinary Journey Through St. Cloud and Kissimmee: The Taste of Main Street

This Saturday Night!

In the heart of St. Cloud, an event is brewing that promises to tantalize the taste buds and unite the community in a celebration of local flavors and spirited camaraderie. “The Taste of Main Street,” a culinary showcase is set to unfold at the St. Cloud Marina Building from 6-9pm this Saturday, April 13th. This feast is not just a meal but a journey through the essence of both St. Cloud and Kissimmee’s vibrant Main Streets.

The Marina Building will come alive filled with the rich aromas of a dozen cuisines mingling in the air. This unique gathering is the brainchild of the St. Cloud and Kissimmee Main Streets organizations, brought to life to celebrate the culinary diversity and craftsmanship of their communities.

Attendees will have an opportunity to savor dishes from a selection of the finest local eateries, each bringing its own signature flair to the table. Granny’s Southern Smokehouse is expected to draw crowds with its heartwarming, smoky barbecue, while 10th Street Produce & Deli will satisfy the crowd with fresh, vibrant flavors that the St. Cloud community has come to love. For those looking for a more ‘spirited’ taste’, Levee Liquor and Gas, alongside Bone Sack Cider Company, will offer libations that challenge the palate and delight the senses.

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St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce’s New ‘CoLab’ Coworking Space to Bridge the Gap for Small Businesses

entrepreneurs and small business owners.

The St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce has announced its newest initiative, CoLab @ the Chamber, a new coworking component of the Chamber Small Business program. This initiative is designed to bolster the growth, success, and operational efficiency of small businesses within the community, and represents a commitment to fostering a supportive environment for

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KUA Celebrated for Exceptional Efforts in Community Power Restoration with FMEA Award

KUA was one of 16 Florida public power utilities recently recognized by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) with a Restoring Communities Award. The award recognizes public power utilities for their exemplary power restoration efforts to their own communities and for providing or receiving mutual aid following significant weather events or when fellow public power communities were in need of extra assistance.

Florida public power utilities were honored for their efforts to restore power quickly and safely when called on in 2023. This not only included providing mutual aid assistance following the unprecedented landfall of Hurricane Idalia in the Big Bend region, but for other weather and non-weather-related emergencies. The 2023 Restoring Communities Awards also recognized public power utilities providing supplemental crews to fellow utilities for large-scale projects like infrastructure upgrades.

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Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital celebrates 60th anniversary of care and service to the Osceola County community

Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital is celebrating the 60th anniversary of care at its location in the heart of St. Cloud, a milestone of service to the Osceola County community.

Since 1964, the hospital, formerly known as St. Cloud Regional Medical Center, has been providing high-quality healthcare to patients with a broad range of services, advanced technology and a skilled team of care providers.

“Achieving 60 years of caring for the residents of St. Cloud within this facility is a remarkable milestone,” said Brian Wetzel, President of Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital. “It’s touching to think about the number of people, patients and families, who have been helped, in often very difficult times, over those six decades.”

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Maximize Your HVAC Investment with Osceola Air’s February Repair Buyback Program

In the twilight years of an air conditioning system, homeowners often grapple with the critical choice between repair or replacement. Opting incorrectly can lead to substantial financial outlay on a system on the brink of failure. During the month of February, Osceola Air is offering an innovative solution to this dilemma through its February Repair Buyback Program, designed to offer homeowners peace of mind and significant savings.

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Be a Beach Hero: Simple Steps to Protect Florida’s Nesting Sea Turtles

Last year marked an exceptional period for sea turtle nesting along Florida’s coasts, with both loggerhead and green turtle nest numbers surpassing all previous records. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) emphasizes the critical role that people can play in continuing this success. By adhering to a few simple guidelines, beachgoers can significantly increase the chances of another record-breaking nesting season for these endangered and threatened species.

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Brightline and Princess Cruises Launch ‘Rail & Sail’ Program for Guests Sailing from Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale

Princess Cruises and Brightline, Florida’s passenger rail service that connects travelers to top destinations and major events in Central and South Florida, have joined forces to introduce the innovative Rail & Sail program, offering guests swift and hasslefree access to Princess cruise ships departing from two popular Florida homeports – Fort Lauderdale and Orlando (Port Canaveral).

With Rail & Sail, guests enjoy a seamless journey in luxurious comfort, arriving at their preferred homeport in significantly less time than traditional travel methods.

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Steering Towards Safety: April Marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April shines a spotlight on one of the most critical issues facing drivers today—distracted driving. Recognized nationally, Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a concerted effort to make our roads safer for everyone.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has launched an awareness campaign titled “IT ALL CAN WAIT,” urging drivers to prioritize safety over distractions

. The campaign aligns with statewide initiatives by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to educate and legislate safer driving practices.

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Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital doctor performs first laparoscopic nephrectomy – kidney removal surgery

Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital’s Dr. Sarat Sabharwal performed the hospital’s first laparoscopic nephrectomy this month, a milestone for patient care.

Nephrectomy, or removal of a kidney, may be necessary when a patient has recurrent kidney infections, irreversible damage, long-term obstruction or tumors that indicate kidney cancer. Laparoscopic nephrectomy – a minimally invasive approach – uses tiny incisions in the abdomen that result in decreased blood loss, less pain, plus a shorter hospital stay and recovery. Many patients are able to return to full activity within 3-4 weeks after surgery.

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Exploring Osceola County’s Natural Trails and Spaces: A Paradise for Avid Runners, Walkers, and Kayakers

Osceola County is a hidden gem for avid runners, walkers, and kayakers seeking a combination of physical fitness and natural beauty. Although the county is one of the fastest growing regions in Florida, its picturesque landscapes, serene lakes, and wellmaintained trails, offer a haven for those who want to stay active while immersing themselves in nature.

In this article, we will take you on a journey through ten of Osceola County’s finest locations where you can experience invigorating runs and leisurely walks amid breathtaking natural landscapes.

• Shingle Creek Regional Park:

Shingle Creek Regional Park, often referred to as the “Headwaters of the Everglades,” is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and fitness enthusiasts alike. This vast park offers a network of scenic trails suitable for running and walking. The trails wind through lush forests, along the banks of Shingle Creek, and provide opportunities to spot local wildlife. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or an intense trail run, Shingle Creek has something for everyone.

• Celebration Lakeside Park:

Celebration, a charming community in Osceola County, and known to many as the ‘Town that Disney built,’ boasts Celebration Lakeside Park, a beautiful destination for runners and walkers. The park features a loop trail around Lake Rianhard, offering picturesque views of the water and surrounding greenery. The flat terrain and wellpaved paths make it an excellent choice for a leisurely walk or a brisk run.

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Positively Osceola Unveils Dynamic Business Support Initiative, ‘Positively Osceola Plus’

In a move set to revolutionize local business growth and community engagement, Positively Osceola, the leading hub for local news, sports, and events in Osceola County, has unveiled an innovative initiative known as ‘Positively Osceola Plus.’

‘Positively Osceola Plus’ is designed to extend a helping hand to businesses, organizations, and individuals in and around Osceola County, fostering their capacity to connect with target audiences and achieve their marketing and promotional aspirations.

Recognized as Osceola County’s foremost source for trusted information, Positively Osceola is leveraging its extensive reach and credibility to provide an enhanced platform for businesses looking to expand their marketing presence and connect meaningfully with their communities.

Positively Osceola Plus offers a comprehensive suite of support services tailored to meet the diverse needs of local enterprises. From strategic marketing guidance and targeted advertising to community outreach initiatives, the program aims to empower businesses and organizations in amplifying their visibility and achieving their goals.

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HEALTH

Orlando Health: Is the Alkaline Water Hype True?

These days, consumers have more choices than ever when it comes to water — spring, filtered, flavored, carbonated, mineralized and more. Proponents of “alkalized” water say it offers possible health benefits ranging from cancer resistance and diabetes prevention to helping with weight loss, lowering cholesterol and improving energy. But before you spend your hard-earned cash on water, Orlando Health nutritionist Lisa Cooper, RD, says it’s important to know the facts.

On the pH scale of 1 to 14, alkalized water has a pH level of 8 or 9, while normal drinking water has a neutral pH of 7.0. However, not all alkalized water is the same. Most alkaline water sold in bottles is made by supplementing water with minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. The type of alkaline water that some health studies have looked at is called “electrolyzed reduced water,” made through a water ionization process.

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Boating with Brandon: Exploring Osceola County’s Natural Splendor and Changemakers

Osceola County is on the verge of captivating its residents and visitors alike with a new video series that promises to explore its hidden natural treasures like never before. Titled “Boating with Brandon,” this 10-part series is hosted by District 3 Osceola County Commissioner Brandon Arrington, who aims to shed light on the rich biodiversity and pristine waterways that are the pride of this rapidly growing region. Along for the ride will be some amazing “changemakers” from in and around Osceola!

Heartfelt Bravery and Solidarity: Downtown Kissimmee Hosts St. Baldrick’s Shave Fest to Battle Childhood Cancer

In an inspiring display of community unity and compassion, Downtown Kissimmee transformed into a beacon of hope on Saturday afternoon, as Dakin Avenue, in front of 3 Sisters Speakeasy, buzzed with the sound of clippers for a noble cause. The annual St. Baldrick’s Shave Fest once again brought together local leaders and community members, all united in a single mission—to fight childhood cancer head-on.

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Draper Law: Which vehicles are more likely to be involved in serious or fatal accidents?

Sadly, serious and fatal accidents take place on a daily basis in Central Florida. These crashes can happen in a number of ways and can be caused by not following traffic laws, inexperience, intoxication, distracted driving, fatigue, and medical issues.

Statistics show that fatal car accidents can often occur based on the type of vehicle. You may think that sports cars are most likely to be in crashes due to their speed and performance. However, according to the NHTSA, it’s the everyday cars, trucks, and SUVs on the roadways that are involved more frequently in serious or even deadly accidents, with sedans and pickup trucks accounting for more than three-quarters of fatal accidents. If you drive out on the roadways, here’s what you need to know about which vehicles have been involved in many of the crashes.

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Orlando Health: Encouraging Your Teen’s Safe Driving Habits HEALTH

Motor vehicle accidents stand as the leading cause of death among U.S. teens, with nearly 2,400 lives aged 16-19 lost in 2017 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to these tragic fatalities, approximately 300,000 teens in the United States were treated for injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes that same year, highlighting the urgent need for preventative measures and education.

Many pediatric physicians have seen a lot of children in motor vehicle accidents because they weren’t wearing seatbelts or succumbed to peer pressure to drive too fast. While these are certainly sobering truths, crashes are largely preventable, especially if parents begin teaching teenagers early on about proper driving etiquette and habits.

WEAR YOUR SEATBELTS

Good driving habits begin early, with parents modeling the use of seatbelts and making it a general requirement for the whole family.

When teenagers start driving, there is a lot of peer pressure to break the speed limit and be reckless. No teen should have the privilege of driving their friends or siblings anywhere until they understand safely operating the car is their number one priority. Anything less is unacceptable behavior.

Consider using a free app like Life360 on your phone so you can keep a more watchful eye on your children. You’re able to tell not only where they are, but also how fast they are driving.

DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE

Strongly discourage distractions such as texting. Texting is bad, but even using a phone while driving can prove distracting.

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Elevate Your Child’s Learning Experience With Pre-K through 8th Grade Creative Inspiration Journey School in St. Cloud

As the educational landscape continues to evolve in and around Osceola County, parents are seeking more than just a conventional schooling experience for their children. They seek environments that foster individual growth, creativity, and a sense of community. Creative Inspiration Journey School (CIJS), a tuition-free Pre-K through 8th grade public charter school located in St. Cloud, has emerged as a beacon of innovative education, offering an unparalleled learning journey for students.

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Heads Up. We’re Here.

We know emergencies can happen anytime, anywhere. With 14 ER locations throughout Central Florida, we’re ready to provide expert emergency care if you’re facing one. No matter which one you choose, you’ll find a place where chaos meets calm and uncertainty finds answers. Giving you more reasons to choose well. OrlandoHealth.com/ER

Explore the Untamed Heart of Florida and Exclusive Deals at Wild Florida’s Everglades Adventure

Tucked away at the headwaters of the iconic Florida Everglades near Lake Cypress, Wild Florida presents an unmatched adventure experience, just 15 minutes south of St. Cloud and conveniently close to the world-famous theme parks. This sanctuary is not just an attraction; it’s a journey into the heart of the Everglades, emphasizing wildlife connection, education, and conservation.

Guests are invited to delve into Florida’s unparalleled natural beauty with Wild Florida’s signature Everglades airboat tours. These U.S. Coast Guard-certified voyages offer a rare glimpse into a vibrant ecosystem, bringing visitors face-to-face with the Everglades’ most captivating inhabitants, including alligators, turkeys, wild hogs, eagles, and more. Each tour is a unique venture into the wilderness, ensuring no two experiences are alike.

Aquatica Orlando Welcomes Summer with Aloha to Summer Celebration March 30-June 2

Aquatica Orlando is set to kick off the summer season in grand style with its Aloha to Summer celebration. From March 30th to June 2nd, every Saturday and Sunday will offer visitors a unique opportunity to greet the summer with a splash. The event promises an array of festivities from morning till night, including the most extensive collection of waterslides in Orlando, mouthwatering specialty foods and beverages, and vibrant entertainment options.

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Splash into Summer: Disney’s H2O Glow After Hours Lights Up Walt Disney World from May 25

With summer break just around the corner, Walt Disney World Resort guests can get ready to have a “glowing’’ good time when Disney H2O Glow After Hours returns to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon starting May 25.

Guests can look forward to magical late-night parties throughout the summer, giving them an opportunity to enjoy the tropical Disney water park with shorter wait times. The 2024 H2O Glow After Hours season offers more event nights than ever before, with 18 select evenings from May 25 to Aug. 31, 2024.

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Universal Orlando Unveils Exclusive Sneak Peek of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ Isle of Berk Adventure at Epic Universe

Universal Orlando Resort is set to expand its horizons with the introduction of its muchanticipated new theme park, Epic Universe, scheduled to open in 2025. Among the myriad of attractions, the “How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk” area stands out as a cornerstone of the park’s immersive experiences, promising to whisk guests away to the fantastical world of Vikings and dragons.

The park is set to enchant visitors with its themed dining and shopping venues, complemented by four innovative attractions, an engaging live performance, and unique meet-and-greet opportunities with beloved characters and dragons. Guests will be captivated by breathtaking views familiar from the movies, framed by a dazzling lagoon, and guarded by majestic 40-foot Viking statues, creating an immersive world straight out of the films.

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Sunshine State Beef Sliders with Sweet Twist

Indulge in the positively delicious flavors of Florida Beef Sliders with Candied Bacon and Tomato Jam, a culinary masterpiece that marries the savory goodness of beef with the sweet and smoky notes of candied bacon. Topped with a tangy tomato jam that’s both fresh and flavorful, each slider is a bite-sized journey through the best of Florida’s local ingredients.

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Swamp Style Alligator Sandwich with Zesty Slaw

Savor the unique and positively delicious taste of the Florida Alligator Sandwich with Slaw. This culinary adventure brings you the tender, flavorful alligator meat paired with a crisp, zesty slaw, all nestled between fresh, soft bread. Perfect for those looking to explore the diverse tastes of the Sunshine State, this sandwich is a must-try delight that leaves a lasting impression.

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Sizzling Blackened Grouper Sandwiches

Experience the unforgettable taste of Blackened Florida Grouper Sandwiches, where the rich, flavorful essence of Florida’s seas is captured in every bite. These positively delicious sandwiches showcase perfectly blackened grouper fillets, enveloped in a symphony of spices that dance on your taste buds. Tucked within soft, fresh buns and accented with a crisp slaw or leafy greens, they promise a culinary journey that balances heat, texture, and the natural sweetness of the fish.

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Positively Delicious Sweet Escape: Florida’s Strawberry Icebox Delight

Dive into the positively delicious world of Florida Strawberry Icebox Pie, a refreshing dessert that celebrates the sweetness of Florida’s strawberries. This no-bake delight combines juicy strawberries with a creamy filling, all set atop a crisp crust, creating a perfect balance of flavors and textures. Ideal for hot summer days or a festive gathering, this pie offers a cool escape to a sweet paradise.

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Homegrown Florida Crisp Pickles, They’re Positively Delicious

Enjoy the tasty and positively delicious Florida House Pickles. Made with fresh cucumbers and special spices, these crisp pickles capture Florida’s sunny flavors in every bite. Perfect for snacking or adding a zesty touch to your meals, they’re a simple pleasure that brings a bit of Florida’s warmth to your table.

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Florida Fresh Radish and Cucumber Sushi Rolls

Dive into the refreshing taste of Florida Radish and Cucumber Sushi Wraps, a positively delicious treat. Made with crunchy radishes and cool cucumbers from Florida, these wraps mix the best of sushi with local freshness. They’re perfect for a quick lunch or a fun appetizer, bringing a burst of flavor and a touch of Florida sunshine to your meal. Simple, fresh, and full of taste, these sushi wraps are a delightful way to enjoy something different and tasty.

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