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Mia Bella!

Mia Bella!

The 2017 Business Woman of Style proves one can persevere over obstacles to make the dream of owning a business come true. Next, she wants to empower other women to succeed, too. Story: Theresa Campbell // Photos: Fred Lopez Danielle Daugherty, 32, and her mother, Dawn Couliette, 53, broke down in tears and hugged each other when they realized one of them would grace this…
A Renaissance Woman

A Renaissance Woman

Artist Chelsea Smith is using a 500-year-old technique to put her imprint on the Central Florida art scene. Story: Chris Gerbasi Chelsea Smith is a modern woman rooted in another time. When talking about her passion, her art, she drops references to the old masters, Celtic mythology, and antique printing presses. Chelsea, 24, is an artist who creates prints from copper plate etchings, a Renaissance-era…
A New Game Plan

A New Game Plan

Community partnerships in Central Florida may bolster the economy through sports tourism by drawing fans and athletes—and dollars. Story: James Combs When it comes to strengthening Central Florida’s economy through sports tourism, officials from Orlando and Lake County are working to get the ball rolling. A potential partnership was formed last September, when Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks invited Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for a…
oh, the things you’ll do 

oh, the things you’ll do 

Looking for a good time is never difficult in Lake and Sumter counties. There’s always something to do. These events will help you fill your calendar for the remainder of 2017. Clermont First Friday Food Trucks and Music on Montrose 5:30pm This is an evening of live music where families enjoy a diverse menu from the food trucks and shop in local stores. Second Saturday…
into the blue

into the blue

Plump, juicy, and sweet blueberries are proof that good things do come in small packages. Long hailed as a powerful antioxidant super food, blueberries will be celebrated in all their glory at the third annual Mount Dora Blueberry Festival. Fresh-picked blueberries from local fields will take center stage, along with vendors showcasing blueberry baked goods, blueberry-themed crafts, and blueberry wine and beer. One vendor even…
ready to rumble

ready to rumble

Man and machine roar into the Lakefront City this month as one of the country’s largest motorcycle festivals revs up for another year of nonstop excitement. From stylish bikes and live entertainment to unforgettable motorcycle shows and bikini-clad women, Leesburg Bikefest is certain to get your motor running. Story: James Combs Leesburg Bikefest: The 20th anniversary and a little history Orange roadsters, blue choppers, and…
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…
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…
One Shining Moment

One Shining Moment

The last-second buzzer beaters. The unbelievable upsets. Tears rolling down the cheeks of seniors playing their final collegiate game. Yes, drama will unfold this month on the basketball court as March Madness takes center stage. One Lake County resident remembers it all too well. He shares what it’s like to play in the NCAA Tournament and the Final Four.  Story: James Combs // Photos: Courtesy…
Million Dollar Realtors: Realtor of the Year

Million Dollar Realtors: Realtor of the Year

  Lena Williams followed Mom’s footsteps but took her own path to 2016 Realtor of the Year. Story: Leigh Neely   Lena Williams used to tell her mother, well-known Leesburg Realtor Theresa Morris, that she would never do real estate sales. However, as she grew older, she changed her mind, got her license in June 2000 at age 18, and has been selling houses ever…
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