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Monthly Archives: July 2015

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Ti’China Simmons

OUTSTANDING STUDENT: Ti’China Simmons

Nickname: China / Age: 19 / School: Taylor College, Belleview Ti’China is well-known in Wildwood, where she serves as praise and worship leader at The City Ministries. Ti’China also shares her gift of song throughout Florida and around the country. A few of my singing accomplishments took place in Lake, Sumter, Citrus, Orange and Marion counties, as well as Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. I’ve had…

Hookey House Hunt

Here’s proof that reality TV isn’t all that real. A recent episode of HGTV’s “Lake Front Bargain Hunt” featured a Lake County woman touring three lakefront properties before selecting one for purchase. The woman failed to mention that she already owned the home. She bought it two years prior to filming. Now that’s what you call a hollow house hunt!
OUT+ABOUT: Purr-Fect for Exploring

OUT+ABOUT: Purr-Fect for Exploring

If you have never driven a cat boat – and chances are you haven’t – then you have to give it a try. Cat boats are uniquely designed, highly stable motorized mini catamarans that can take sharp turns without tipping over for high speed rides in open water yet leisurely drift down a narrow canal for canoodling or exploration. Cat Boat Tours of Mount Dora…
EDITOR’S LETTER: Homeless need Hand Up, not Handouts

EDITOR’S LETTER: Homeless need Hand Up, not Handouts

Have you ever given money to a homeless person? Handed food to an obviously down-and-out soul standing on a park bench or street corner? Yeah, me too. We were wrong to do so. So said nationally renowned homelessness expert Dr. Robert Marbut during a recent meeting to discuss a growing problem in Lake County. Actually, we have two problems. The first is homelessness. And it’s…
MEET A VILLAGER: For all veterans past and future

MEET A VILLAGER: For all veterans past and future

Veterans Memorial Park in The Villages has hosted dozens of events on key military and national holidays — including Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day — since being dedicated on Nov. 11, 1998. Both the park and its honor guard, which was established in 2003, have given thousands of area residents and visitors the opportunity to remember, honor and pay respects to veterans…
FINAL THOUGHT: If only husband exterminators had pulled the trigger

FINAL THOUGHT: If only husband exterminators had pulled the trigger

Headline writers are a strange bunch who long to write obituaries about people named Stiff, pole-vaulters named High and politicians with names like Crook or Shyster. Sadly, it’s not often the planets align and all the elements are present for a truly memorable head, or “hed,” as us old-timers say (and opening paragraphs of stories are “ledes,” not leads). So, I was plumb tickled when…

Crash Course

The Villages has hired an engineer to determine why golf cart crashes are on the rise in Florida’s freewheelingest hometown. The engineer will be studying 65 crashes in four years to determine if there’s a speeding problem or  visibility issues among night drivers. Duh. We’re guessing the answers will be yes and yes.
BOOK CLUB: The Book Club

BOOK CLUB: The Book Club

A novel about the power of friendship It is not often that a book we have chosen to read disappoints so many members. Unfortunately, that was case with The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe. Members felt she missed an opportunity to write a stimulating and thought-provoking novel about five very different women who were brought together by their love of reading. They expected more…
SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT: (La)Cross out cancer

SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT: (La)Cross out cancer

PHOTOS: Danielle Nutter+Shutterstock Danielle Nutter knows the true meaning of hope, strength, courage and determination. The Sorrento resident watched her mother, Brenda Nutter, valiantly battle breast cancer for 17 years. “My mother always maintained a positive attitude and a fighting spirit,” Danielle said. “Her cancer was in remission twice and came back both times, but she was always determined to beat it.” And, when the…
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