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Holiday Home Tour and Winter Wonderland returns to Celebration December 3rd and 4th Turnovers Prove Costly in Osceola Kowboys' Semifinal Loss to Lakeland The Osceola Chamber Receives 5 Star Accreditation by U.S. Chamber of Commerce, , 9th in State of Florida to Receive Award City of St. Cloud's Free Downtown Shuttle Service to Operate Through Holidays
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Daybreak LIVE with Dr. Christopher Burns and Dr. Joseph D’Ambrosi from SDOC Arts October 13th, 2022

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Christmas Parade - St Cloud Chamber

On Saturday December 3rd, beginning at 10am, the streets of St. Cloud will be filled with residents and visitors alike ready to celebrate the official start to the holiday season with the St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce 2022 Annual Christmas Parade, presented by Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital, The City of St. Cloud, Florida, and Experience Kissimmee, Florida.

Holiday Home TourCelebration Foundation

The Celebration Foundation is once again excited to share exclusive access inside their seasonally decorated homes with the self-guided Celebration Holiday Home Tour and Winter Wonderland! It all takes place Saturday, December 3rd from 1:00pm – 7:00pm and Sunday, December 4th from 12:00pm – 4:00pm.

2022 State of Osceola County

The Osceola Chamber will host its annual 2022 State of Osceola County, presented by the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners and Chairman Brandon Arrington, on Wednesday, December 7th from 12:00PM to 1:30PM at the Osceola Heritage Park Events Center, Hall B. The 2022 State of Osceola County is hosted by Osceola County in partnership with Osceola Heritage Park.

Kissimmee Valley Feed’s Customer Appreciation Day

Kissimmee Valley Feed’s Main Store in St. Cloud LOVES it’s customers, and to show that love, they are having a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, December 10th, from 8am – 2pm. Everything in the store is on sale that day! It’s their way of saying thank you, and happy holidays.

Oliver at Osceola Arts

Next up at the Osceola Arts main stage is the Charles Dickens classic, Oliver! This must-see show will take place December 2nd through December 18th. Showtimes are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. On Saturday, December 17th at 2pm there will be a special American Sign Language interpreted performance.

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Holiday Home Tour and Winter Wonderland returns to Celebration December 3rd and 4th

The holiday season is upon us, and that means during the first weekend of December, homes throughout the Town of Celebration will be lit up with thousands of sparkling lights, beautifully decorated trees, and adorned inside and out with heart warming holiday decorations, sure to create joy-filled memories for all.

Celebration is once again excited to share exclusive access inside their seasonally decorated homes with its self-guided Holiday Home Tour and Winter Wonderland, sponsored by Experience Kissimmee, Saturday December 3rd from 1 pm – 7 pm and Sunday December 4th from 12 noon – 4 pm.

Tickets are $25 and include Saturday or Sunday admission to Winter Wonderland, a one-stop shop to browse or purchase themed trees, tablescapes or that perfect holiday gift at The Market Place.

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City of St. Cloud's Free Downtown Shuttle Service to Operate Through Holidays

The City of St. Cloud will continue to provide its FREE Mears shuttle service to the Downtown St. Cloud area through January 13th.

Regular weekday operating hours will be Monday through Friday, 1 pm to 6 pm.

TheFREEshuttleservice willalsooperateduring upcomingSt.CloudSpecialEvents:

Monthly Market, December 14 from 3 pm-10 pm Rocking the Cloud December 31 from 5 pm-2 am

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Ford Recalls More Than 500,000 Cars Over Fire Risk

Ford Motor Co. is recalling over 634,000 SUVs in connection to a cracked fuel injector that can possibly leak fuel or vapors onto the engine potentially causing fires.

The recall includes 2020 – 2023 Bronco Sport and Escape SUVs . All have 1.5-liter, three-cylinder engines.

Ford says it’s not recommending that owners stop driving the vehicles or park them outdoors because fires are rare and generally don’t happen when the engines are off, but it has received 20 reports of fires, including three that ignited nearby structures next to where the vehicles were parked.

Ford also says it has four claims of fires that were noticed less than five minutes after the engines were turned off. Ford also has four injury claims not involving burns, and 43 legal claims attributed to the problem.

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St. Cloud Jeweler warns other local businesses after thieves attempt early morning break-in

Dave Askew, owner of Askew Jewelers in downtown St. Cloud, is hoping his recent experience with an attempted break in will cause other local businesses to make sure their security systems are ready for what looks to be an unfortunate trend of burglaries in Central Florida, and recently, in the St. Cloud area.

Early Sunday morning thieves cut the power to the store, and then left to see if the store would discover their plan to break in. The thieves returned early Monday morning around 1 am intending to break into the family-owned St. Cloud jewelry store. Fortunately, barricades and additional security systems installed by Askew foiled the attempt, causing the potential thieves to move on.

“They did open up the power meter on the outside of the store and remove something, trying to keep OUC fr0m being notified that the power was out, so these guys knew what they were doing. They’re smart, but they never made it inside the store, thankfully,” Askew added.

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Valencia College Graphic Design Student, Toho High School Grad Salma Sanchez Wins International Competition

Tohopekaliga High School graduate, and current Valencia College graphic design student, Salma Sanchez, is well on her way in becoming a successful graphic designer, and that journey has huge roots in Osceola County.

When Salma Sanchez arrived in the U.S. at age 15, she had never taken an art class. Sure, she’d been drawing and doodling and even created a cover for a book she made up. But Salma never had any formal art training, which wasn’t offered in her school in the Dominican Republic. Instead, she watched YouTube videos to learn different techniques.

So when she arrived at Tohopekaliga High School and saw Jenny Mohess’s classroom, she immediately asked if she could study graphic design. Mohess had a long career in graphic design, working for Apple and Microsoft before she shifted gears to teach at Toho High School in Osceola County.

There, Mohess is part of a team that helps Toho High students earn college credits at Valencia in arts-related fields.

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Turnovers Prove Costly in Osceola Kowboys' Semifinal Loss to Lakeland

Lakeland’s undefeated and nationally ranked Dreadnaughts (13-0) scored two second half touchdowns and rallied to defeat Osceola, 14-7, on Friday night and earn a spot in the Suburban 4 State Championship game.

“Not much to say right now,” Osceola head coach Eric Pinellas said.  “We played one of the toughest schedules in the state this year for the sole purpose of preparing for tonight’s game and we failed to execute on three or four plays and it cost us the game.  The bottom line is our kids played their guts out tonight and we ended up not executing on a few plays that ultimately cost us a chance to win this game and play for a state title.

Osceola, who finishes 10-4 on the season, ends up losing to Lakeland for the second time this season.  In a non-district game in September, the Kowboys turned the ball over four times and lost a 25-22 heartbreaker.

It was more of the same Friday night, as Osceola gave up the ball three times via interception and once by fumble as Lakeland rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Kowboys for the sixth time in nine playoff games.

“If you would have told me that we would hold a team that was averaging 40 points a game to 14 before tonight’s contest, I would have gladly taken that scenario,” Pinellas said.  “We had our chances tonight and failed to put the ball in the end zone.”

The Kowboys would dominate possession in the first half, limiting the high-scoring Lakeland team to just 48 first half yards.   But despite a 14-yard touchdown pass from David Buggs to Bo Mascoe early in the second quarter, Osceola could only manage a 7-0 halftime lead.

Osceola’s narrow halftime lead was due equal parts to their own offensive frustration and Lakeland’s defense.  After recovering a fumble on the game’s opening kickoff, Osceola would give the ball back one play later as Buggs was intercepted near the goal line.   A subsequent Osceola drive would be thwarted by a chop block and back-to-back false start penalties.

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Up next at Osceola Arts, Lionel Bart’s ring a classic stage musical Oliver, plus other festive events

Osceola Arts, the county’s leading advocate for the arts, is back at beginning Friday, December 2nd and running through Sunday, December 18th, on the Osceola Arts Main stage with Lionel Bart’s classic Oliver!

Orphan Oliver ventures to the Victorian streets of London and joins Fagin and his group of petty pickpockets. After being taken in by Mr. Brownlow, Oliver must dodge Fagin’s henchmen who threaten his chances at finding love and acceptance in this musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens’ classic. Suitable for audiences of any age, Oliver! features a talented group of actors who are excited to bring this show to life under the direction of Elijah D. Gragg.

Tickets are only $28, with Senior, students and group rates available. Showtimes for Oliver! are 7:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm on Sundays, and an additional 2pm matinee performance on Saturday, December 17th. An American Sign Languageinterpreted performance will be featured during the December 17th matinee. Osceola Arts will also be bringing back the 41st Annual Holiday Craft Market. The Craft Market will feature handmade crafts by local artists, such as ornaments, woodwork, jewelry, wreaths and so much more.

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Precautionary boil water advisory due to water main issued on Tuesday for Indian Ridge, Indian Ridge Villas customers

Due to a water main break Toho Water Authority (Toho) has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for customers in the Indian Ridge and Indian Ridge Villas communities. The precautionary boil water advisory will be in effect until lifted by Toho.

Water should be boiled prior to consumption (drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or washing dishes) as a precautionary measure. A vigorous boil for one minute is adequate to render water bacteriologically safe for drinking. As an alternative bottled water may be used.

For more information, visit www.tohowater.com or contact Toho Water Authority’s customer service line at 407-944-5000.

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St. Cloud’s City Council is looking for ways to incentivize Cathcart Construction, the company involved in the city’s downtown construction project, to complete the project as quickly as possible in order to help its downtown business community.

During the city’s Thursday night meeting Trevor Estill, owner of The Garage Bar and Thee Dog House on Pennsylvania Avenue, told Council members the delays are hurting his businesses.

”It has become absolutely dire,” Estill said. “I’ve been one of the most ardent supporters of this project. The outcome will be very beneficial to downtown and the businesses. But we are dying a slow, painful death because of all the construction delays.”

City Manager Veronica Miller said Cathcart Construction informed the city this week that the project again delayed. Cathcart was expecting the downtown project to be most complete by Dec. 2, in time for the Dec. 3 Christmas parade, but because of the impacts of the recent hurricane, along with a number of unforeseen underground conflicts, the construction company has extended the expected completion date.

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Country Thunder to roar back to Osceola County in 2023 with Country Music Superstars

Keith Urban, Cody Johnson, & Hardy

Buckle up country music fans, Country Thunder Florida has announced that its October 2023 all-star lineup at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee will feature country music superstars Cody Johnson, HARDY, Keith Urban & so many more.

“When you have the world’s greatest country music fans show up the way they did in Florida in 2022, you owe them a follow-up of epic proportions,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO, Troy Vollhoffer. “And we’re making that promise with one of the best lineups from start to finish we’ve had in years. We can’t wait to bring Cody Johnson, HARDY, and Keith Urban to the fans in Florida!”

Keith Urban has won four GRAMMY© Awards, thirteen CMAs, fifteen ACMs, three AMAs, two People’s Choice Awards and celebrated nine consecutive gold, platinum or multi-platinum albums. His concerts have become legendary – as unpredictable as they are explosive.

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Florida KidCare covering monthly premium payments for families in Florida counties impacted by Hurricane Ian

Florida KidCare member families who live in one of the 26 counties impacted by Hurricane Ian can get a break on their premium payments through the end of the year.

The Florida Healthy Kids Corporation Board of Directors have approved Hurricane Ian premium relief for Florida KidCare member families. This premium relief applies to all 26 Florida counties designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as eligible for individual assistance. To help families following this storm, Florida Healthy Kids has agreed to cover 100% of eligible family monthly premium payments for October. Monthly premium payment relief will also be made available for November and December coverage to those who contact us with a need. READ MORE, CLICK HERE: https://bit.ly/3NlKg7I

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Margaritaville at Sea offering free 3-day cruises for military, first responders and teachers

The Margaritaville at Sea cruise line is offering a 3-day, 2-night cruise to Grand Bahama Island to all active and veteran military, first responders, law enforcement, and educators for their dedication to serving our communities at home and abroad. The cruise will sail from the Port of Palm Beach in Florida to Freeport in the Bahamas.

The Heroes Sail Free offer applies only to the registered member(s) sailing in your party. You will see the Heroes Sail Free fare discount applied during checkout after entering in all guests’ information and clicking “View pricing by Guests.” Please visit the GovX site for more details on GovX membership eligibility. The Margaritaville at Sea cruise line says they are currently experiencing significant call volume into their reservations center due to a high level of excitement for this program.

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Mecum, World’s Largest Collector Car Auction Returns to Kissimmee January 4-15 with 4,000 Cars

With a projected 4,000 vehicle consignments to be offered at the annual live auction event at Osceola Heritage Park in Florida, Mecum Kissimmee 2023, the world’s largest collector car auction, will feature a broad selection of American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, exotics, trucks, Hot Rods, customs and more to cross the auction block Jan. 4-15.

The 2023 auction lineup is building momentum right out of the gates with The Chuck Cocoma Judge & GTO Ram Air IV Collection joining the roster to kick things off with serious muscle power. The collection is led by an exceedingly rare Orbit Orange 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible and includes a total of six Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IVs from the 1969 and 1970 model years among the nine lots that make up the rare muscle-car collection.

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Creative Inspiration Journey School sees continued student growth amid school facility expansion

From the first day that Creative Inspiration Journey School opened its doors in the Fall of 2019, it was easy to see that it wasn’t going to be just another tuition free public charter school, it was focused on creating an environment of learning for its students unlike any other school in the St. Cloud and Osceola communities.

CIJS uses the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, which allows children to direct their own learning process according to their needs, and in a less-structured environment. This gives the students a apportunity to grow at their own pace, both as individuals – and community members.

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Osceola County Clerk of the Court & Comptroller Kelvin

Soto Publishes “Osceola

On the Rise” County Financial Report

In January, the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s office underwent some changes, as set forth by Amendment 10 in the Florida Constitution, and was reestablished as the Osceola County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller Office in order to provide a checks and balances system for Osceola County government’s finances.

To help citizens better understand the county’s finances, Osceola County Clerk of the Court & County Comptroller, Kelvin Soto, Esq. has published the inaugural edition of the Osceola On The Rise Popular Annual Financial Report for Fiscal Year ended 2021.

“Osceola On The Rise” is a summary of the financial information provided in the Osceola County Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) which was jointly prepared by the Comptroller’s office and the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners.

“I am proud to share with you this first ever Popular Annual Financial Report in Osceola County. As the County Comptroller, I am committed to fulfilling our constitutional duty of transparency in government and responsible stewardship of our citizen’s finances,” said Honorable Kelvin Soto, Esq. . “It is my hope that you will find Osceola On The Rise valuable, enjoyable and informative.”

Osceola On The Rise provides information about the Osceola County community like statistics and demographic information, directories of parks, recreation facilities, libraries, emergency services, public services and annual events, Clerk and County accomplishments, and an overview of the County’s financial well-being.

To view or download the “Osceola On The Rise” publication just click here. Print copies are available by request. Contact communications@osceolaclerk.org.

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HEALTH

Orlando Health hospitals awarded top grades for patient safety

Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital and Orlando Health South Lake Hospital have received “A” grades for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health system. For Orlando Health South Lake, this is its 9th consecutive “A” grade from Leapfrog.

“Our clinical teams work extremely hard to achieve and maintain outstanding quality of care across the entire Orlando Health system,” said George Ralls, MD, chief medical officer, Orlando Health. “We have implemented quality and safety clinical practices across our system that protect our patients from harm and ensure the best possible outcomes. Our focus on quality and commitment to excellence has resulted in awards and recognition by other national, well-respected organizations.”

The American Heart Association recently recognized six Orlando Health hospitals for consistently following the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for the treatment of stroke. In addition, U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, ranked five Orlando Health clinical programs amongst the top 50 in the US, including a number one ranking for Neonatology in the state of Florida in 2022. Additionally, six Orlando Health hospitals were recognized as 2022-2023 High Performing hospitals in a total of twelve categories. And Orlando Health recently received 24 Beacon Awards for Excellence in nursing care from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses – more than any other healthcare system in Florida – recognizing high-quality patient care and a healthy work environment.

“Earning top recognitions for quality and safety is a continual journey,” adds Dr. Ralls. “Every achievement is a reflection of our mission to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities we serve”

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5 Tips for a Healthy, and Satisfying, Holiday Season From Orlando Health

It can be tough to resist your aunt’s special stuffing or mom’s once-ayear Bûche de Noël when you’re trying to avoid packing on the pounds over the holidays. The truth is: You don’t have to. You just need to be smart and intentional about what you eat.

The following tips will help you enjoy the holidays – and not feel regret come New Year’s Day.

Try These Strategies

1. Don’t abandon hard-earned good habits just because it’s the holiday season.

Even if you’re doing OK maintaining other parts of your healthy routine, like exercising and getting good sleep, food and alcohol — ever-present at this time — can create special challenges. But many holiday traditions — shopping, wrapping, decorating, caroling — don’t necessarily involve food. Make a list of celebratory activities that don’t revolve around eating, then enlist your family and friends to brainstorm even more personal, meaningful favorites.

2. Don’t skip breakfast — do skip treats you can get 365 days a year. (We see you, M&Ms.)

You can make mashed potatoes any day. But your aunt’s stuffing? That’s special‚ so enjoy it — but skip that store-bought roll. Yes, mindful eating can be hard to practice in a busy season, but the holidays roll around every year — odds are good this won’t be your last piece of pumpkin pie ever. Sugar cravings are real, for sure, and also totally normal. Rather than struggling to eliminate those feelings, try to manage them and find balance in your diet. Give yourself a “cookie budget” — or whatever it is that you really want — and then use it wisely on things that are truly special to you. Ordering pizza on a crazy night? Add a salad. A more balanced diet will help you stay mindful because you’ll get better nutritional value from what you are eating. Just slowing down and making more conscious decisions can cut the calories quickly. But don’t overthink it — if all else fails, eat a vegetable.

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Florida Shrimp Sandwich with Avocado, Positively Delicious!

Shrimp, not just any shrimp… Florida Shrimp, and add in some fresh avocado and without question. It’s positively delicious!

INGREDIENTS

• 1 pound medium-sized Florida shrimp, peeled

• 1 large Florida avocado, peeled and seed removed

• 1 small red onion, sliced thin

• ½ cup rice vinegar

• Seafood seasoning

• 4 slices whole-wheat bread

• Olive oil for cooking

• 1 lemon, juiced

• 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, stripped off the stem and chopped fine

• 6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine

• Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a small bowl combine the thin-sliced red onion and vinegar; let this mixture marinate for about 10 minutes. Bring a large pot of water to a rapid boil. Season the water with 2 tablespoons of your favorite seafood boil seasoning. Make a bath of ice water in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Place peeled shrimp into the seasoned boiling water. Cook shrimp for 2 minutes, or until cooked throughout. Remove shrimp from the hot water and place them in the ice water bath, allowing shrimp to cool. Place the bread on a cookie sheet; lightly drizzle with olive oil and a dash of seafood seasoning. Place the bread under the broiler to toast (being careful not to let them burn). Remove the shrimp from the ice bath to a bowl. Add 1 tsp olive oil, 1 tsp seafood seasoning, juice of ½ lemon, fresh thyme, and half the garlic; stir to coat.

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Seaworld’s Christmas Celebration Kicks off and runs through January 3

The holiday season is on the way, and no one does it better than SeaWorld Orlando. Gather your family and join all your festive friends at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, select dates through Jan. 3, 2023.

Watch as SeaWorld Orlando is transformed into a winter wonderland sparkling with over 3 million beautiful lights.

Create unforgettable holiday memories at SeaWorld’s wondrous Christmas celebration with Rudolph and his friends, SeaWorld’s award winning Celebration on Ice, SeaWorld’s Sesame Street Christmas Celebration, the “Sounds of the Season” Performance Series, and so much more. SeaWorld has it all for the holidays.

And of course, delicious holiday treats and shopping of every kind. It’s SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration!

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