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The Legends of Lake & Sumter

The Legends of Lake & Sumter

The legends told in Lake and Sumter counties are stories of people who made their dreams reality, were visionaries who could build the future, and treasured the legacy enough for their children to continue it. People in the area care enough about history to preserve buildings, homes, and churches. This is the place where there is definitely more than one legend.  Story: Leigh Neely, James…
Gator Bay Bar and Grill

Gator Bay Bar and Grill

Writer: James Combs Photo: Fred Lopez Fun, sun, and food well done. A cool breeze coming off the water blows softly on the back of my neck. Palm trees sway gently, while classic rock plays in the background. Gator Bay Bar and Grill, tucked away off County Road 44 near Haynes Creek, allows visitors to enjoy outdoor dining in a secret oasis. Accessible by automobile…
Cooking With Amy: ‘It’s All Good!’

Cooking With Amy: ‘It’s All Good!’

Story: Theresa Campbell Gustare la cucina—the Italian phrase for “enjoy cooking” heartily describes Amelia “Amy” Landi Lednak, a Villages grandmother who dreams about cooking and loves being in the kitchen. “Cooking is definitely my passion,” says Amy, 81. “It’s what I do. I cook from morning to night every day. I love making different things. Sometimes I don’t sleep thinking about it. I’m so excited…
Cedar River Seafood

Cedar River Seafood

Story: Leigh Neely Photo: Volkan Ulgen Cedar River Seafood on U.S. Highway 441 has long been a favorite of locals, and I freely admit, it’s one of my regular go-to places. The fried grouper is heavenly, the catfish is light and flaky, and the tilapia is wonderful. You can get any entrée broiled or fried, and the deliciousness is equal both ways. To make it…
NEW ORLEANS: BEYOND BOURBON STREET

NEW ORLEANS: BEYOND BOURBON STREET

Story: Mary Ann DeSantis Photos: Tony & Mary Ann DeSantis When the sun rises in New Orleans, the Crescent City reveals quiet paths that many tourists don’t take time to explore. The Garden District, home to writers, musicians, and other celebrities, is a relaxing escape from the round-the-clock partying of the French Quarter. Some cities are legendary. New Orleans, Louisiana, is one of those places. People…
Fourth Location for Seniors vs. Crime

Fourth Location for Seniors vs. Crime

A new office for Seniors vs. Crime will operate out of Moyer Recreation Center in The Villages. This is the same office as the Fruitland Park Police substation in the Village of Pine Ridge. Hours are 10am to 2 pm on Tuesdays, managed by John Townley, a volunteer. The purpose of these offices is to keep residents of the area aware of scams and crimes.…
Five Guys and a Burger

Five Guys and a Burger

Leesburg is getting a new hamburger joint! Five Guys, with its handcrafted burgers and mega servings of fries, is coming to the Lakefront City in the space where Bojangles was for a short time on U.S. Highway 441. If that doesn’t excite you, developer Hill Gray Seven is also going to put a Chipotle there along with space for a dental office. Guess that means…
Painting the town red

Painting the town red

They’re legendary. They’ve been around The Villages for almost 20 years, and they’re easily recognizable. They’re the members of the Red Hat Society. Story: Leigh Neely Jenny Joseph is a poet who wrote a warning to her family and friends that when she was an old woman, she would wear a red hat and a purple dress that didn’t match. She had no idea that…
Alene Kraus (Clown name: Rufflez)

Alene Kraus (Clown name: Rufflez)

Story: Tom Kubala Vital Stats: Grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Moved to The Villages in 2011 from Mertz Town, Pennsylvania Lives in the Village of Fernandina Has a border collie named Blaze Collects clown figurines Motto:  “At the least, be kind.”   Why did you become a clown? Before moving to The Villages, I taught middle school Spanish for nearly 30 years in Macungie, Pennsylvania. I…
Person of Interest: Michael Rankin

Person of Interest: Michael Rankin

Leesburg Deputy City Manager/Economic and Community Services Vital stats: Michael and his wife Kristi, who works for Ro-Mac, made a commitment last June to keep Main Street Antiques open in downtown Leesburg. The pair will celebrate three years of marriage in August.   We see Main Street Antiques as: An opportunity to invest in the community who supports us. What it takes to juggle the…
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