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Monthly Archives: April 2016

WEBSTER: A Heart-Warming ‘Tail’

WEBSTER: A Heart-Warming ‘Tail’

PHOTO: Fred Lopez Uninhibited, playful pups running fast and jumping hurtles—that’s probably the most common picture of an extraordinary dog. But often it is the calm and sweet-spirited that changes someone’s life. Webster is a tame and often quite bashful pit bull puppy. But it is his carefulness that makes him a good companion for Noah Hollis, a retired firefighter with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).…
SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT: An Ode to the Blueberry

SOCIAL SPOTLIGHT: An Ode to the Blueberry

It’s a super food that packs a wallop — the tiny sphere that is a blueberry. Celebrate the blueberry at the height of its season at the Mount Dora Blueberry Festival, which is April 23–24 on the lake at Elizabeth Evans Park.  Joseph Steed organized the event through Festivals of Florida and is excited to celebrate “Blueberries — the new Citrus!” Mount Dora begins the…
The Bark On The Street

The Bark On The Street

Emerson’s Dog Kitchen is a local organic treat company that makes doggy goodies without preservatives, and with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit shelter dogs and rescue groups. Treats can be ordered on their website, which is home to owner Adrienne Willix’s “Dog Blog.” The company is dedicated to developing a healthy doggy community in Northeast and Central Florida and gets involved with…
BOOK CLUB: Ordinary Grace

BOOK CLUB: Ordinary Grace

As the summer of 1961 begins in New Bremen, Minnesota, 13-year-old Frank Drum and his younger brother Jake are about to attend the funeral of their young friend, Bobby Cole, who was killed while playing on the railroad tracks. Bobby Cole’s death is the first of a series of deaths that fateful summer which Frank recounts for us some 40 years later. Frank and Jake…
FORK ON THE ROAD: Burgers, Beer, and Bowling

FORK ON THE ROAD: Burgers, Beer, and Bowling

PHOTO: Fred Lopez For a great place to enjoy a savory burger and family fun, try Cousin Vinnie’s Sports & Burger Bar inside Via Entertainment at ViaPort Florida. The dining area is near the arcade and faces the 22-lane bowling alley. There are also two party rooms for large groups and an exit leading to the main mall area. Vinnie’s menu features classic burgers, specialty…
IN THE VILLAGES: Where Shopping is <em>Always</em> a Pleasure

IN THE VILLAGES: Where Shopping is Always a Pleasure

Administrative Professionals Day is April 27. It was once called Secretary’s Day. When I saw this online, it caused me to pause and think about all of the people, both administrative and other support personnel, that we as Villagers interact with every day, people we sometimes take for granted. I’m not sure if the cashiers at Colony Plaza’s Publix on County Road 466A would fall…
Don’t Give Up Before The Miracle Happens

Don’t Give Up Before The Miracle Happens

PHOTOS: Pat Jocelyn+Fred Lopez Call it intuition, or a God thing, but when Villager Sandy Jensen saw a short blurb in the newspaper about an upcoming fundraiser for Villagers for Veterans, a local nonprofit that helps critically injured veterans, she just knew she and her husband, Mike Applebaum, had to attend. Speakers at the event included two female vets critically injured while in service to…
SALUTÉ: A Very Good Year

SALUTÉ: A Very Good Year

A vintage perspective tasting during Premiere Napa Valley shows what a difference 10 years can make in the wine world. PHOTO: Mary Ann DeSantis Wine is often a celebratory drink, and it’s not unusual for people—even casual wine drinkers—to buy a vintage from a significant year in their lives and hold it for a special occasion. I have a friend who bought several cases of…
MEET A VILLAGER: Music To Our Ears

MEET A VILLAGER: Music To Our Ears

PHOTO: Pat Jocelyn Rob Newton knew he wanted to be a radio broadcaster when he was growing up in the Ozarks, listening to local disc jockey Mark Foster. It wasn’t until years later the Missouri native had his first opportunity to fulfill his dream. “I went to college and you couldn’t be on the radio until you were a junior,” Rob recalls. “But as a…
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