Monthly Archives: January 2016

Happy Landings

Happy Landings

An old airport gained new life from new owners, Jon and Darlene Osborne. The former Klinger Airport had grass strips for crop dusters. After the citrus freeze in the 80s, there was no more need for them. The Osbornes purchased it to have a home with an airstrip for their plane. They have plans to build hanger space so local pilots can house their planes…
IN THE VILLAGES: Food, Fun & Friendship

IN THE VILLAGES: Food, Fun & Friendship

Enjoying Good Food, Good Wine, and Good Times. Some of my best times involved eating out with friends or preparing a feast in the kitchen with family. The Villages Gourmet In or Out Club fosters that warm feeling. The club isn’t just about eating; it’s about fellowship, which became apparent as I sat with a few of the members on a recent Tuesday morning. The…
Horsin’ Around

Horsin’ Around

It’s probably safe to say that at one time horse and buggies ran the “streets” of Mount Dora. While those days have long passed, horse-drawn carriage rides have returned to downtown Mount Dora. Equine Villas, a horse farm and carriage business located in Howey-in-the-Hills, began providing the rides in October. It’s a family-owned business ran by Lorenzo Morizio, his wife Renee Davenport, and their 16-year-old…

Foreign Aid

Mount Dora hosted two visitors from Cambodia and Thailand, here to observe local government in action. According to Deputy City Manager Mark Reggentin, the town was one of 20 cities nationwide selected for the Professional Fellows Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Election Day gave them the added bonus of seeing democracy in action. The hope is these future leaders will implement what…
SALUTÉ: New Year, Old Wine

SALUTÉ: New Year, Old Wine

If you received several bottles of wine as Christmas gifts, or if you bought too many for your holiday parties, you may consider storing a few for the future. Wines change as they age: some become extraordinary over time while others become dull and flat. How do you determine which ones to hold and which ones to drink now? The wine-aging secret is to understand…
Rare Rachael Ray

Rare Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray has a new cookbook out titled “Everyone Is Italian On Sunday.” While most of us are more than willing to get on board with this policy, her usual habit of refraining from signing her books is a little harder to swallow. Lucky for customers of Mount Dora’s Barrel of Books and Games, the store recently got special permission to have her sign some…
MEET A VILLAGER: ‘Hone’ing His Craft

MEET A VILLAGER: ‘Hone’ing His Craft

Jerry Hone can’t think of a time he wasn’t building something. Since he was a small boy, he has always had an interest in creating extraordinary items people have never seen before. His latest undertaking—the Flying Man Backpack—is no exception. With a wingspan of 11 feet 6 inches, the winged backpack is most certainly a show-stopping conversation piece. He built it after seeing a similar…
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