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By BETTY CUNIBERTI Against the advice of every friend who appeared to have more than a dozen brain cells, I took an early retirement buyout from my job as a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a year or so ago. But what could I do with these golden years to justify throwing in the towel a decade early? I needed GOALS! The first that sprung to mind is the usual one -getting into a regular exercise routine so I might not drop dead before Social Security kicks in. How about joining a fitness club? The experts advise us to go to the gym several times a week. But the thought of running thousands of miles on a treadmill to nowhere, lost in a vast, sweaty sea of flat-bellied 30-somethings fills me with inspiration to move quickly to the next goal. Besides, wellintentioned folks my age who think they can do the physically challenging stuff they did when they were 25 are injuring themselves in record numbers. And now we’re lining up for knee and hip replacements and surgery to repair the damage. And let’s be clear: it’s not just that running or doing aerobics will rip an old fogey’s knees or back to shreds. It will also drive us stark raving bananas, and we’ll quit. One time I signed up for an exercise class and never went at all. Fitness centers that require memberships make big, big money off well-intentioned no-shows like me. WHAT REALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. I read an article about a 63-year-old gentleman who, after nine months of a fitness program that involves only one 20-minute strengthtraining session a week, broke par for the first time. POINT YOUR PHONE CAMERA AT THIS CODE AND WATCH VIDEO In a flash, it all came together - my aging body that once turned heads and now turned stomachs, my passion for golf, my need to exercise regularly or die, my hatred of exercise classes, and well, exercise. But 20 minutes a week of something that even old folks with pain issues can do? So, I went to the 20 Minutes to Fitness studio in Clayton, Mo. There was not one treadmill or stationary bicycle. A Personal Trainer took a detailed health and fitness history and explained the studio’s use of a revolutionary fitness technique known as slow cadence, high intensity strength training. Especially for people over 40, the key to fitness is replacing lost muscle without damaging fragile joints or ligaments. 20 Minutes to Fitness is a smart, safe way to do just that. A big reason is its highly specialized equipment. Originally developed for spine care and osteoporosis, the machines are calibrated to work specific muscle groups without putting stress on joints, bones and ligaments. You get your own personal trainer and then there’s the time factor. If someone were to calculate and compare muscles per minute per dollar, 20 Minutes would blow everybody’s doors off. The brief workout takes muscles to failure, which triggers a signal to the body to build new muscle. This rebuilding requires four to six days of rest, similar to the time between starts of a baseball pitcher. During this time the body is using an astounding amount of energy (burning calories) to rebuild muscle. The more calories you burn, the faster you deplete your stored body fat. Blood pressure goes down and bone density is increased. The risk of diabetes is cut. With my trainer at my side, directing and charting every workout, my body was literally transformed. My back pain went away and my strength seemed to increase overnight. I’m in the best shape of my life and feel like I’ve reversed the aging process. I never dreamed that at 55, I’d hit the ball this far or wear my golf skirts this short. AND, I went from a size 10 to a size 6! Somewhere around here is a teeny, tiny word that says, “advertisement.” I am being compensated for these words. But there’s enough journalist in me that you couldn’t pay me enough to lie. I want to share my success because I think it can be a life-changing experience for many kinds of people - those too busy to exercise, or think they’re to old, or too out of shape, have too many medical problems, or just plain hate exercising.
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“Being outdoors is a huge stress reliever, so for many years I’ve tried to get out every weekend and go explore a new piece of wilderness. I had always videotaped my hikes and adventures and about 10 years ago I founded Florida Trailblazer, and started sharing all of my videos with the public. It’s so freeing to be outdoors in nature. This is really my passion in life. Going on an adventure exploring the woods feels just like being a child again. Enjoying wildlife, historical sites, hiking trails and preserves… it’s all a way to disconnect from modern life and reconnect with the great outdoors and your own true nature. It’s my mission to encourage people to get back outside to unplug and reconnect with the natural world.” Joe told us, “Nature tests you and brings out the best in you. You just never know what you’ll come across out there, so it actually forces you to stay in the present moment. A couple of months ago I was out hiking deep in the Florida Wilderness to a limestone cave in Citrus County when I heard whimpering and barking. I went to investigate and found the saddest thing. In the middle of nowhere, there was a desperate dog stranded at the bottom of a 30-foot cave. It was unbelievable. I didn’t have the equipment to pull the dog out myself, so I put the word out on social media and quickly got several volunteers to help with a rescue. Turns out ‘Sally’ had been lost for almost a month and was emaciated, but thankfully we were able to get her back safely to her owner because she was wearing a tagged collar. It was an amazing feeling to help her get back home.” Joe’s dog rescue story was picked up by multiple national media outlets, including the New York Post, Inside Edition and Good Morning America. You can watch Sally’s rescue video on Joe’s website, FloridaTrailblazer.com.
Ghost Towns, Civil War Shipwrecks and abandoned cemeteries. It’s all just a day hike for Land O’ Lakes resident, Joe Dunn. By day, Joe works in graphic design and marketing, however his true passion is exploring the Florida wilderness. Born in Ohio but raised in Florida since 1995, Joe has always considered himself a native. His exploration adventures allow him to combine his two favorite things – Mother Nature and Florida history. Wreck of the Madison Civil War steam ship on the bottom of the Suwannee River
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One thing that has Joe very excited is a recreational activity called Geocaching. It’s outdoor fun which is very similar to a scavenger or treasure hunt in the woods, and it’s rapidly growing in popularity with adults and families. Participants use a GPS receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called geocaches or caches, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. It’s very easy to get started by simply downloading a geocaching app to your device and you’re ready to go. Tiny time capsules, or ‘trackables’ as they are often called, can be found at many historical sites and points of interest throughout Florida. Once you locate them, you have the ability to register that you were there and even add your own items to the cache for others to find. Joe stressed, “It’s great fun, but I always remind people to have appreciation and respect when they are out exploring historical geocache sites. There is occasional vandalism of these sites and that is really sad. These places are priceless and must be preserved for future generations to be able to explore.” Recently Joe traveled to Troy Springs off the Suwannee River and explored the remains of a shipwreck at the bottom of the spring. The 1850 ship, the Madison, was originally used a transport vessel during the Civil War, but was deliberately sunk by its Captain to avoid seizure when Union forces invaded Florida. Over 150 years later, its skeleton rests silently at the bottom of crystal clear water. If you didn’t know to look, you’d never realize such a priceless piece of American history was beneath you. Joe said, “There are hidden treasures like this everywhere in Florida. You just need to look for them.” Some of Joe’s favorite areas that are within a tankful from Pasco County include the Green Swamp, Troy Springs, the Suwanee River, Indian Lake State Forest, Abandoned Crystal River, Goethe State Forest, St. cemetery Johns River, and the Ocala National Forest, just to name a few. Sally who was rescued from a 30-foot cave
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Joe is also a registered Heritage Monitoring Scout for Florida. HMS is a public engagement program focused on tracking changes to archaeological sites at risk, particularly those impacted by climate change in the form of erosion and sea level rise. He visits and reports on many designated sites throughout the state by recording what he finds with documentation and photographs. In many cases, the only way that these sites can be routinely monitored is through these volunteer efforts. Joe encourages the members of the community to look into to volunteering as a scout. For more information on this program, please visit www.fpan.us. Joe offers tours for folks who would like to go explore the wilderness with an experienced guide, so visit his website, www.floridatrailblazer. com to arrange a trip to see some of these incredible sights. If you’d like to enjoy some of Joe’s adventures from the comfort of your sofa, check out Florida Trailblazer’s YouTube channel for a vast collection of videos which document many of his Florida treks, including his rescue of Sally the dog. On social media, you can follow his adventures on Facebook or Instagram.
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t was love at first sight when Deb Goldman walked into her first Jazzercise class over three decades ago. Deb explained, “I loved it so I asked about becoming an instructor that day! It was the only thing I’ve ever found that I really enjoyed and I knew if I was certified to teach, it would be something that I would do for a lifetime.” She was correct. October 2019 marks Deb’s 35th year of teaching Jazzercise. Originally from Gainesville and the mother of four grown children, Deb is a Dental Hygienist, RDH. She loves to travel and enjoys watching dance shows. She told us what she loves about her work, “I enjoy working with our instructors and customers. We get routines every 10 weeks so I enjoy learning new choreography and putting sets together to introduce the new material in class. In July, Jazzercise, Inc. celebrated our 50th year in leading the way in the fitness industry. Folks from Hillsborough County joined up with 2800 attendees from around the world for two fun-filled days of dancing to celebrate this commemorative anniversary.” She continued, “I enjoy working with kids when we host an evening out so parents can drop their kids off at Jr. Jazzercise for 3 hours. We also host our summer camps. I love giving talks and demos to people who have never actually seen or tried Jazzercise.” Fellow instructor Kerry Pierro, is a former teacher from the NY/NJ area who graduated from Rutgers University. She has been teaching Jazzercise for over 14 years. She has two children in college and everyone is a huge sports fan. Kerry told us, “My son played baseball and my daughter plays fast pitch softball, so we spend many hours at the ballfields. I loved the flexibility this career gave me while I was raising my children and I love the quality of the workout and the music.” Deb explained how the unique exercise program began, “Jazzercise was started by Judi Sheppard Missett in 1969 & was born out of a need to get the moms of dance students to enjoy dance themselves. It was not meant to be a formal dance class but something they could follow as if they were a dancer. Jazzercise is a follow the leader class, with no routines to learn, no mirrors to watch yourself, current music and an occasional oldie. We offer 9 different formats with no long term contracts. We have a friendly group and many of our customers have created friendships outside of class.” Weekly, Lutz Jazzercise offers 50 classes, which include all of the Jazzercise class formats. The program is for all ages 16 and up and pricing ranges from $25 to $58 monthly depending on your age. They also offer additional classes and activities at the center where members can keep active and socialize with their workout friends. Once a month, they organize a breakfast and lunch and sometimes a happy hour at a local restaurant. A martial arts class meets on Thursday evenings and Saturdays and Line Dancing meets on Monday evenings.
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any of you in the community may recall the story of a brave 17 year-old Wiregrass Ranch High School student who received a kidney transplant back in the fall of 2010. The story had a happy ending because Brittany Hutchinson’s kidney transplant was successful and she went on to graduate high school, began attending college at St. Leo University studying business administration and was enjoying her restored health. Unfortunately, by 2016 her health struggles returned and in 2019, her transplant went into rejection. Although 25 year-old Brittany is again on dialysis and in need of a new kidney transplant, she told us there is definitely a silver lining in her experience. To understand Brittany’s story, we need to go back to the fall of 2009 when her health initially began to decline. She developed sudden, unexplained symptoms such as extremely high blood pressure and seizures which landed her in the hospital 4 times in a very short period. Brittany said, “It was so frustrating because nothing made sense. I was evaluated by multiple specialists and no one could figure it out. I was even misdiagnosed with depression by a doctor who believed my symptoms were emotional. Eventually, I went to a new Nephrologist who ran my bloodwork again. The results were so bad, the doctor said they couldn’t understand how I had been able to even walk into the office. That doctor finally diagnosed me properly. I was in complete renal failure.” While she was relieved to finally understand what was happening, Brittany was told by her doctors that her life was
I’d made a lot of healthy lifestyle changes with my nutrition and leaving a stressful job, but I was feeling terrible again.” Brittany was told by her doctor that she was in renal failure again. She was immediately admitted to AdventHealth Hospital in Wesley Chapel and received four blood transfusions and was put back
about to change drastically. She would have to go on kidney dialysis for 9 hours every day - just to survive. In addition, she needed a kidney transplant and was immediately placed on a waiting list, however her doctor told her she may wait a long time because of her young age. Thankfully less than a year passed and on August 25, 2010, her Mom, Denise Hutchinson, got a telephone call at 2am saying that there was a donor kidney ready for her daughter. A woman had passed away and had enrolled to be an organ donor and was a match for Brittany. The surgery was a success. When we spoke to Brittany after her first transplant she told us, “I’m so grateful to this woman who gave me this incredible gift. I feel free! It’s as if the heavy load of bricks are finally lifted off my shoulders. My family and my faith in God has helped me so much. My Mom has been my primary caregiver while I have been sick and I’m so grateful for her and for my entire family.” “Until 2016, everything with my kidney was great but then I started feeling bad again,” Brittany said. “Eventually I had to begin having plasmapheresis treatments at Tampa General Hospital which lasted 3-4 weeks for 7 hours each time. These blood filtering treatments were actually worse than dialysis. I wasn’t able to eat and vomited constantly. By October of 2018,
on daily dialysis. Brittany will need a second kidney transplant and is on a waiting list again. “Through LifeLink of Florida, I’ve learned so much about organ and tissue donation. I’m on a mission to spread the word that just one organ donor can save up to eight lives and a single tissue donor can help more than 70 individuals. Organ and tissue donation gives people a second chance at life,” Brittany explained. LifeLink partners with hospitals, transplant centers, medical examiners, coroners, funeral homes and driver license service providers to save lives and amplify public education efforts to increase donor registrations. Brittany continued, “It is more advantageous to receive a live donor kidney than a cadaver kidney, so live donation is something that is very important. I encourage anyone who might be interested in becoming an organ or tissue donor to consider these programs because it literally saves lives. It saved mine.” “Everything that I have gone through has made me a better, stronger person. It’s all a blessing in disguise. I look at life differently now,” Brittany said. “When I was 15, I was just going through the motions of living, but now I appreciate life so much more. So many have given so much to me and now I want to give back. I’m going to set up a scholarship fund to help
Brittany’s brother, Mark Hutchinson and his wife, Michelle Noriega-Hutchinson, her grandmother, Rose Barnett, her mother Debbie Hutchinson, Brittany and her father, Tony Hutchinson
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Brittany in the hospital
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Brittany with her mother, Debbie Hutchinson
others. I’m just so grateful for everything.” On Saturday, September 21st, Pebble Creek Golf Club in Tampa will host a golf tournament for Brittany. A portion of the proceeds raised at the tournament will go towards her medical expenses. Additionally, LifeLink of Florida will be attending to share vital information about organ and tissue donation. A lunch buffet, awards presentation, and goodie bags are included in the $75 per player price. To learn more about Brittany and her experiences or to register for the tournament, please visit Brittany’s website www.belovedbqueen.com. TO ADVERTISE CALL 813-501-4894 | VOLUME II • ISSUE IX | LUTZ MAGAZINE |
A.L. Saland Insurance Solutions As a young man, Les Saland dreamed of being a professional
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baseball player. Fortunately for his insurance clients, he learned very soon that baseball wasn’t going to be in the cards for him. Les explained, “While I was trying to figure out my path, I discovered that I had a natural gravitation towards helping others and solving puzzles. I had been doing that from an early age but only became conscious of it in my late 20’s. Before insurance, it was information technology services and before that, I worked in the restaurant industry which put me through college and helped me hone my customer service skills.” Les was born and raised in Spring Valley, a suburb of NYC, and he moved to South Florida in 1986. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Computer Information Systems and met his wife April while playing in a baseball league in 1993. They got married in 1995 and moved to Land O’Lakes a few years later. Les added, “We’ve raised two daughters who have both have earned their college degrees and we couldn’t be prouder of the people that they have become. I was a Big Brother and I currently umpire for several youth leagues and the Florida High School Athletic Association. I enjoy trivia (which I am good at) and golf (which I am not good at). We have three cats, which are all rescues. I like that Ol’ Time rock & roll and I’m an avid Yankees fan but I’m also a fan of the Rays and Lightning.” When asked what he enjoys most about his work, Les replied, “Helping those that need help navigating the insurance world and educating those that want to learn. We give our clients peace of mind, knowing that they have made a sound decision on their insurance based on their needs and their budget. We offer sales & service for Health & Medicare, Life & Disability, Auto & Home, Business Liability & Fleet, and Employee Benefit packages. However, the absolute best thing about my business is the ability to get involved in the community, work with our neighbors and make new friends. We have had the opportunity to play Santa and Mrs. Claus for the past several years and I can honestly say that there is nothing like a true Santa hug from a child. It is most humbling.” Les noted, “I definitely haven’t done this by myself. My wife, April Saland, handles the marketing and you’ll likely find her at an event on any given day. We definitely saw an uptick in growth when April came on board full-time. Follow her on Facebook if you want to know what is going on. Kirsten joined us from an Allstate agency that closed and has years of experience with insurance companies. She handles the bulk of our Auto & Homeowners business.” Les continued, “Don’t let me forget about Steve! Simply stated, Steve has a plethora of insurance experience and is our commercial specialist. He is a retired NYPD officer and was a first responder on 9/11. Steve embodies our tag line of ‘Doing the right thing.’ I am definitely lucky to have the three of them.” A.L. Saland Insurance Solutions has been recognized many times throughout the years, including being nominated for the Pasco Economic Development Council Small Business of the Year, being the winner of the Central Pasco Small Business of the Year, Member of the Year and Ambassador of the Year. Most recently, Les served as the President of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. Les told us, “I can tell you why people come to our agency. To quote Derek Jeter, ‘There may be people that have more talent than you, but there is no excuse for anyone to work harder than you.’ Our goal is to reach out to our clients several times a year, not just at renewal time. ‘Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do,’ resonates so deep with us that it became the tag line for the agency.” He continued. “Our agency is built on relationships rather than transactions and we are now getting generational clients, meaning the children of clients are becoming clients. That tells me that we must be doing something right.”
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9/21 International Coastal Cleanup in Pasco 8:00am – 2:00pm
Pasco County, in partnership with Keep Pasco Beautiful, is seeking volunteers to help clean our public lands, roads and waterways. The annual International Coastal Cleanup will be held throughout Pasco County Saturday, September 21st , including Anclote Gulf Park and Strauber Memorial Highway in Holiday, Port Richey, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, Hudson Beach, Lacoochee, Dade City, Land O’ Lakes & the City of New Port Richey. This is a great opportunity for students to earn community service hours. For more information or to register go to https://www.keeppascobeautiful.org/ coastal-cleanup.
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Pebble Creek Golf Club will host a golf tournament for Brittany on Saturday, September 21, 2019. A portion of the proceeds raised at the tournament will go towards her medical expenses. Additionally, LifeLink of Florida will be attending to share vital information about organ and tissue donation. A lunch buffet, awards presentation, and goodie bags are included in the $75 per player price. To learn more about Brittany and her experiences, check out her story in this issue of Wesley Chapel Magazine. To register online and for more information, please visit Brittany’s website www.belovedbqueen.com.
9/28 8th Annual Cheval Cares 5K Family Fun 7:00am Cheval Golf & Athletic Club 4312 Cheval Blvd, Lutz
For the past 8 years, Cheval has gathered a group of dedicated friends and neighbors in the community to host a 5k and family fun day to raise funds for much needed childhood cancer research and clinical trials. For more information, contact Lindsay Whitney at (813) 728-7974 or Ljjwhitney@ yahoo.com.
9/28 Radio Control Flying Club 8:00am - 3:00pm Conner Preserve - 22500 S.R. 52 Land O’ Lakes
The Bay City Flyers, a local non-profit organization is offering the public a great opportunity to experience the hobby of Radio Control Flying. In addition to Radio Control Flying, we will have a Fun Fly for Kids. Small balsa wood gliders, rewards and candy will be provided for the kids to take home. Food concessions are available and ample pavilions provide shade. Admission is free but a small donation would be appreciated but is not required. Contact Mike Diesu (813) 469-3987 for more event information.
EVENTS 9/29 Goat Yoga
10:00am - 11:00am In the Loop Brewing 3338 Land O Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes
Yoga with goats = the perfect zen happiness! Join us for a morning yoga session, taught by Erica Nelson from Yoga Mat Magic. Classes are designed for all skill levels, even newbies. Let’s be honest, most come for the goat love! Your ticket includes a draft beer, glass of wine or ‘beermosa’. For details on event, contact Jen (813) 601-4183 or email at email@example.com or Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets $35 & includes a free drink!
9/30 & 10/3 Coastal Cremations Lunch & Learn
11:00am Grillsmith Wiregrass Mall 2000 Piazza Avenue, Wesley Chapel
Coastal Cremations is hosting two free Lunch & Learn seminars to bring light to a dark subject. Topics will include green burial, veteran’s benefits, creating a meaningful celebration of life, preplanning, prepayment and much more. Space is limited. To RSVP, please call (813) 428-6680.
10/1 Land O’ Lakes Garden Club
10:30am Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes
The Garden Club hosts meetings from September through May of each year. For more information, contact Marie Woody at (813) 961-2697.
10/4 – 10/6 LOOP-toberfest!
12:00pm In the Loop Brewing 3338 Land O Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes
This year we are excited to announce that our 2nd annual “LOOP-toberfest” event will run all weekend long! This Oktoberfest festival will include a fun authentically decorated biergarten, German food, live music, games, giveaways, and of course BEER! Our Pilsner, Marzen, Kolsch, and Dunkel will be flowing as will our traditional core brews! We will have ITLBC steins available for sale which will include a discount on all refills over the course of the weekend! Free
10/5 Fall Brewfest for Gulfside Hospice
will return to Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park this year. The event will feature a wide variety of beer and wine sampling, along with food trucks, vendors and live music by Stonegrey. There are currently 19 breweries and wineries set to provide samples for the Fall Brewfest.Wine sampling will also be offered by Once Upon A Vine and PRP Wine International. All proceeds from the event will help support hospice patient care and bereavement services through Gulfside Hospice. For tickets and more information about the event, along with the list of breweries and wineries, visit www.BrewfestForHospice.org or call Leesa Fryer at (727) 845-5707.
10/7 Sunrise’s “7th Annual Holes for Hope Golf Tournament” Registration Opens at 7:30am & Shotgun Start at 8:30am Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd, Dade City
Come out and support this annual fundraiser to benefit Sunrise Domestic and Sexual Violence Center. For more information, contact Sunrise of Pasco at (352) 521-3358.
10/12 Scarecrow Festival Fundraiser 9:00am – 5:00pm Pioneer Florida Museum & Village 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City
This family-friendly fun festival is a fundraiser for Special Olympics and the Pioneer Florida Museum. Build your own scarecrow while supplies last, Blacksmith demonstrations, Live entertainment with Mr. Tommy, craft demonstrations, barrel train rides through our crazy eight corn maze, petting zoo, face painting, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, photo opportunities, bounce house, slide, carnival games with prizes, pony rides. Over 100 Great vendors & food trucks and special surprises! Plenty of photo opportunities and our very own “live” scarecrow, Ruby Cornbread and our wonderfully decorated hay rolls. Visit www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org for more information. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students, children under 5 are free.
10/13 North Tampa Bay Chamber 5K Honor Run
8:00am Pasco Hernando State College Porter Campus 2727 Mansfield Blvd, Wesley Chapel
Please join Pasco-Hernando State College and the North Tampa Bay Chamber during their first official 5K Honor Run. This will be a timed 5K run held on the Wesley Chapel (Porter) Campus of Pasco-Hernando State College. Proceeds will go towards funding college scholarships for veterans and towards the support of local veterans. For more information contact (813) 994-8534.
5:00pm VIP & 6:00pm General Admission Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park TO ADVERTISE CALL 813-501-4894 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes The craft beer festival benefiting Gulfside Hospice
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Hurricane Windows 101
any homeowners don’t understand exactly how hurricane windows work or how they can keep them safe. Joseph Shumaker of Morgan Exteriors explains, “Impact windows, also referred to as hurricane or coastal windows are impact-resistant. So what does that mean exactly?” Joseph continues, “For example, Simonton Impact Windows contain laminated glass. The lamination makes the glass virtually impenetrable. In addition to laminated glass these windows have a reinforced frame. This combination helps these windows stand up to just about anything coming their way. Simonton constantly tests their windows to make sure they do.” Simonton hurricane windows meet the hurricane zone requirements of Miami-Dade County, which has the most strict hurricane zone requirements in the country. They are tested and certified to meet the AAMA standards for High Velocity Hurricane Zones, Miami-Dade, and Broward County specifications for the Florida Building Commission.
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here are new pest control methods that provide safe, cutting edge services that truly reduce the need for harsh pesticides and still maintain a pest-free environment. The basis for these programs is a system of product usage that is based on specific needs and not just a broadcast treatment of your home. The focus is on pest prevention, green products and practices, along with non-chemical means to pest proofing that provide an environmentally friendly pest control service. Whereas traditional exterminators often apply cheap, highly-toxic pesticides in abundance, you can opt to select the best reduced toxicity or non-toxic products available on the market for effective pest elimination. These products range from 100% naturally occurring products to conventional pesticides. Overall, this protocol helps to create a greener, more sustainable environment. Homeowners, schools, daycares, hospitals, restaurants, and government agencies are all moving toward a smarter, more responsible approach to pest control by implementing Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies and programs. A good IPM program will help to minimize your exposure to toxic pesticides and chemicals and should include the following services.
A trained service technician will inspect your property inside and outside for identification of harborage areas and entry points for insects. They will also look for ants that may be trailing to a colony, sources of pest attractants, and ways to minimize food sources that draw insects into your home.
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Baiting is one of the most important parts of a proper pest control program. Rather than spraying harsh pesticides throughout your home, innovative bait placement techniques can be used for pest issues. These procedures minimize the exposure of your family and pets from coming into contact with pesticides.
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Insects enter your home in a variety of ways. A trained technician should treat the most common entry points, including cracks & crevices and entryways, such as doors and windows, as a deterrent for insects to enter your home.
After a comprehensive inspection and preventative treatment, a pest control expert should do a sweep of your property. The sweep would target spider webs, mud daubers, and wasp nests up to a height of 15 feet. This sweep will also allow a technician to re-inspect the exterior of your home for potential harborage areas later.
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The service should include a perimeter treatment of a liquid or granular barrier. This barrier should include a change in formulations as well as chemistry for the changing seasons during the year.
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Insects come from the outside. One of the most important aspects of a pest control program is a quarterly inspection and preventative treatment around the perimeter of the home. Implementing these greener pest control practices will not only keep your home free of pests, it will also keep it free of unnecessary toxic chemicals as well. ________________________________________________________ Nvirotect is proud to be the first Florida based company to receive the National Pest Management Association’s Green Pro certification for innovative Green pest control practices. If you are looking for greener alternatives for your pest control, termite prevention, wildlife removal /relocation and lawn & shrub care, please contact Nvirotect for a free residential estimate at (813) 968-7031 or visit www.nvirotect.com.
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