Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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June 27, 2017

Meet a Villager

Mark Newhouse

Mark Newhouse

Story: Leigh Neely He began writing plays to find new ways to help his sixth-grade students remember what they were learning. Now he’s an award-winning children’s books author.   Vital Stats Lives in the Village of Virginia Trace Moved to The Villages in 2002 from Central Islip, Long Island, New York Previously taught sixth grade Married to Linda 35 years July 4th Has two sons…
meet a villager: Michael  Mendoza

meet a villager: Michael Mendoza

Members of the Old Cowboy Movies Fan Club like nothing better than watching Roy or Gene ride off into the sunset. Story: Tom Kubala When did you become interested in westerns? When I was 7 years old, a neighbor took me to the movies to watch westerns while my mother was at work. I fell in love with the action of the films. I collected all…
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…
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,”…

MEET THE McELROYS

story: Tom Kubala photo: fred lopez You teach an activity named Qigong. What is it about? Qigong (Chi Kung) is a holistic healing exercise system from China that has evolved for more than 3000 years. It is the art, science, practice, and study of adjusting the body’s energy (Qi or Chi) to improve one’s health. The objective is to use breathing techniques, gentle movement, and…
Meet Dr. Pete Szakacs (Pronounced Catch)

Meet Dr. Pete Szakacs (Pronounced Catch)

STORY: Tom Kubala  PHOTO: Fred Lopez Why did you become a Chiropractor? I knew from an early age I wanted to help people, and become a doctor. When I hurt my back playing football in high school, my parents took me to the chiropractor who helped them with their physical issues. He began planting the seeds for my chiropractic career. Little did I know at…
A Democrat in a Republican bubble

A Democrat in a Republican bubble

Before moving to The Villages in 2007, Villager Joe Flynn heard the massive retirement community was a predominantly Republican stronghold. “I was told, but I didn’t believe it,” says Joe, 73. “I was told ‘their values are not your values.’” The Villages remains a popular stop for state and national GOP candidates, and as much as Villagers enjoyed watching the debates that occur during an…
MEET A VILLAGER: A Cartoon Character

MEET A VILLAGER: A Cartoon Character

PHOTO: Fred lopez Make a casual comment around cartoonist George Pieper and he’s prone to get out his sketchpad and turn it into a cartoon that generates chuckles. “My wife will say something and I just run with it,” he says, recalling the day Noreen asked him to go to a grocer’s seafood department to get some fresh fish. Nothing strikingly funny about that, right?…
IT’S A GUY THING

IT’S A GUY THING

Women often forge deep and lasting friendships with other women, some within minutes of meeting one another. But what about the men? Do they get as close to their male counterparts as women do with their gal friends? How do men feel about their close friends? When asked how their group got started, Philadelphia transplant Tom Salerno spoke up. “It started with a Pittsburg hat,”…
MEET A VILLAGER: Music To Our Ears

MEET A VILLAGER: Music To Our Ears

PHOTO: Pat Jocelyn Rob Newton knew he wanted to be a radio broadcaster when he was growing up in the Ozarks, listening to local disc jockey Mark Foster. It wasn’t until years later the Missouri native had his first opportunity to fulfill his dream. “I went to college and you couldn’t be on the radio until you were a junior,” Rob recalls. “But as a…
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