Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
3:21 am
March 29, 2017

Village Edition

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…
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…
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

By Erik Larson. A gripping account of history that puts a human face on the tragedy Story: Diane Dean Thinking a about a cruise? “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania” by Erik Larson is not recommended reading while on your cruise. Spoiler alert—the luxury liner Lusitania took its last voyage in May 1915. This book tells the story of the Lusitania’s voyage from…
Health and a long life to you

Health and a long life to you

“An old broom knows the dirty corners best.”  – Old Irish Proverb Story: Pat Jocelyn // Photo: fred lopez Irish proverbs usually make us smile or laugh, but often it’s those same sayings that carry within them some pretty sage advice. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it appropriate to ask two Villagers, Ron and Colleen Froehlich, to choose one of several proverbs…
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…
Meet A Villager: Gail Lazenby 

Meet A Villager: Gail Lazenby 

Chaplain of the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in The Villages   Vital Stats Married to Kathy Lazenby for 44 years. Resident of the Village of Belle Aire since 2002. Born in Geneva, New York. Home town is Grand Island, New York. Main hobbies are golf and reading, mostly non-fiction. Has a collection of 300 unique writing  pens.  Household pet is “Gertie,”…
Book Club: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

Book Club: Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker

By Jennifer Chiaverini. An intimate look into life of former slave that spans nearly a century.  Story: Diane Dean In 1868 Elizabeth Keckley wrote an autobiography “Behind the Scenes: Or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House.” Elizabeth bought freedom from slavery for herself and her son and became a modiste. As a modiste she designed and produced fashionable dresses for…
We cannot give what we do not have

We cannot give what we do not have

Like most folks in The Villages, when I think of Feb. 14, I think about love. It’s a time we celebrate loving relationships—relationships that sustain us and provide us with affection, companionship, devotion, joy, and pleasure. Story: Pat Jocelyn Villager and professional life coach Barbara Kenyon says we often forget to celebrate and dedicate ourselves to the most important love relationship of all—the one we…
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…
X