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Hooray! Hooray! First of May!

Hooray! Hooray! First of May!

From May Day to Stars Wars, it’s a month for celebrating.  Story: Fred Hilton You can make a strong argument that May is the best month of them all. First, it has the shortest name. It’s only three letters long. Anything that has just three letters has to be good—like nap, dog, cat, fun, eat, beer and wine. (You count letters your way, and I’ll…

Hello, long time no sniff

Dear Oscar M., How are you? We really miss you since you and your Persons moved out of the neighborhood. All of us were talking about you the other day when we took our Persons out for a walk and were sniffing each other hello and taking turns peeing in the same spot. Have you made a lot of new friends in the new place?…
Nurse! Sponges and a Churchkey, Stat! 

Nurse! Sponges and a Churchkey, Stat! 

Not long ago and not by choice, I spent a few days in the hospital. As hospital stays go, it wasn’t bad. During one of the many once-overs by medical staff, a young nurse was poking my side and asking if anything hurt. Nothing did but I then asked her if she had noticed my appendix scar. Story: Fred Hilton // Illustration: Josh Clark You…
Straight A’s for the A Team

Straight A’s for the A Team

When I was a kid, I constantly griped about having ride a stinky bus full of even stinkier kids to school. The whine hardly left my mouth until someone from the older generation told me of how easy I had it and how rough things were in the old days. Story: Fred Hilton With great flourish, my elder described how he battled to walk two…
$50,000 grant winners

$50,000 grant winners

Lake County has creative educators with big ideas to benefit students, including Cindy Bellamy of Mount Dora High School who was awarded $41,466.51 from the Educational Foundation of Lake County to fund a career and college readiness through a skilled labor project, while teachers Gail Tyson and Sarah Baltunis of Leesburg High School received $9,746.25 for an integrated digital and animated learning program. Both of…
No Golf, Smoking or Saturday Crossword Puzzle

No Golf, Smoking or Saturday Crossword Puzzle

Story: Fred Hilton  It’s January. Maybe not the best month in the year but it’s certainly the first. Several extremely important things take place in January. In order of significance, they are: my birthday, the Super Bowl. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions in January. Fewer than 10 percent are completed. The problem: most people set the bar too high. They set difficult goals…
Taxes and guns

Taxes and guns

Not only can you get your driver license, motor vehicle title or registration and pay your property tax at the Sumter County Tax Collector’s office, you can now apply for a conceal/carry gun permit. Though the Florida concealed weapons license is processed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the high demand for these permits raised the need for more locations to apply.…
This makes perfect scents

This makes perfect scents

With the rise in cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia, an alarming number of people have wandered away from home in Florida. The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office is taking steps to help families and caregivers dealing with someone who is a wanderer. The Human Scent Preservation Kit is available at several locations and is free. This powerful tool will preserve a human scent for seven years…
Twirling in prime time

Twirling in prime time

 The Prime Time Twirlers, who were recently featured in the “VStyle” section of Lake & Sumter Style, have big news! They’ve been asked to audition for the popular NBC television show, “America’s Got Talent.” Eight of the popular performers are going to the Jacksonville Convention Center on Jan. 7 to perform for a scout, who found them while perusing YouTube videos. “We were in the…

Deck the Halls With Buddy Holly

Writer: Fred Hilton ‘Tis the season to be jolly and all that stuff. This time of year we are bombarded with songs of the holidays. They surround us. They’re in the malls, on Main Street, on TV, and on the radio. It’s really not all that bad since they are great songs and happy ones. They can also be terribly funny. Well-meaning kids can love…
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