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Chris Gerbasi

Chris Gerbasi has been a journalist for more than 30 years, writing and copy editing for newspapers and magazines throughout Michigan and Florida, and covering everything from city hall to spring training.
No fooling: Eustis hosting Amazing Race, ‘Before I Die Wall’

No fooling: Eustis hosting Amazing Race, ‘Before I Die Wall’

Competitors are getting ready for a wacky day of challenges, food, friends, and music at the fourth annual Amazing Race for Charity on Saturday—the April Fool’s Day edition. Based on the “The Amazing Race” TV show, the race requires teams of two to complete a five-mile trip across Eustis while stopping at 20 challenge stations. Past challenges have been as simple as solving a puzzle…
Recreation center opening in new area of The Villages

Recreation center opening in new area of The Villages

The newest neighborhood in The Villages already has a recreation center, and it’s opening this week. The public is invited to the grand opening of Spanish Moss Recreation Center, with a ribbon-cutting at 2pm Friday. The center is at 3225 Spanish Moss Way in the Village of Fenney, where new homes still are being built off County Road 468, southeast of U.S. Highway 301 in…
Leesburg Electric earns state award for work after hurricane

Leesburg Electric earns state award for work after hurricane

Restoring power quickly and safely to residents and businesses in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew has earned the city of Leesburg Electric Department a Restoring Communities Award from the Florida Municipal Electric Association. Leesburg Electric was among 20 Florida municipal electric utilities honored for their work to restore power within their communities and for sending aid to their fellow municipal electric utilities after the hurricane…
A Villages Legend: Pete Wahl

A Villages Legend: Pete Wahl

Once it was fields of watermelons and other crops. Now it is a place called “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown,” and Pete Wahl watched it grow. Story: Chris Gerbasi // Photo: Fred Lopez In early 1995 in The Villages, most of the land west of Morse Boulevard was vacant, County Road 466 was just two lanes, and Lake Sumter Landing wasn’t on the map. Pete Wahl, who…
Plowing Through the History of Tractors

Plowing Through the History of Tractors

He bought a place and a few tractors for his grandchildren to enjoy. Today, it houses a museum, gift shop, and hosts a variety of entertaining events. Story: Chris Gerbasi // Photos: Fred Lopez Stew Paquette seems like an unlikely owner of a tractor museum. He didn’t grow up on a farm, never plowed a field or raised crops, and his distinctive New England accent…
It’s Time for a Change

It’s Time for a Change

With new homes being built in the historic neighborhoods of The Villages, current homeowners are opting to remodel or renovate to join the move to upgrade. Story by Chris Gerbasi   As new houses pop up around them, many homeowners living on the historic side of The Villages want to do their part for the renaissance of the community. Home remodeling projects, both large and…
Rebuilding History

Rebuilding History

The Villages began with the dream Harold Schwartz had for retirees. That dream has spread far and wide, and now the developers are going back to the beginning to bring history into the present. Story: Chris Gerbasi After an aging house was removed last year from a lot on Roseapple Avenue, a new home was built on the spot in 65 days, sold in September…
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