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Leigh Neely

Leigh Neely began her writing career with a weekly newspaper in the Florida panhandle, where she not only did the writing, but delivered the papers to the post office and dispensers. She has been writing ever since for a variety of newspapers and magazines from New Jersey to Leesburg. With her writing partner, Jan Powell, Leigh has published two novels as Neely Powell.
Artist John Whipple in Mount Dora

Artist John Whipple in Mount Dora

Artist John Whipple’s work is being displayed at 1921 by Norman Van Aken in Mount Dora. In addition, the renowned chef will be hosting an event in honor of John Whipple as part of the Meet the Artist series at the restaurant. John’s paintings, sculpture, and mixed media works are a fascinating mix of various art processes. The University of Central Florida graduate studied with David…
10 Years of Transforming Lives

10 Years of Transforming Lives

New Beginnings of Central Florida is celebrating its 10th anniversary of helping homeless and those needing aid in this area. Founded in 2007, the nonprofit organization has helped homeless families, single men, moms with kids, and disabled veterans find affordable housing or just offered them a place to live until their situation improved. A family of six recently had to leave their home due to…
Bigger, faster, better–more space for LRMC ER

Bigger, faster, better–more space for LRMC ER

Local dignitaries and hospital staff gathered Monday outside Leesburg Regional Medical Center’s emergency room for a groundbreaking. The $27 million expansion is expected to open in the spring of next year and will include a second short-stay wing as well as a new helicopter pad. There will also be separate entrances for patients and ambulances. With more than 300 people visiting the LRMC emergency room…
The Villages Hosts Spartan Weekend

The Villages Hosts Spartan Weekend

The sudden loss of the camaraderie and sense of brotherhood experienced while in an active military unit can leave a soldier feeling lost and disoriented. These men and women come back from war with the expectation of returning to the “normal” life they had previously. However, that is often not the case. Many of them are unable or unwilling to share the feelings and emotions…
Clear Your Record and Help Lake County

Clear Your Record and Help Lake County

Here’s your chance to get a clean record on your library card and help someone else at the same time. From May 1-13, the Lake County Library Systems is forgiving library fines for overdue materials if you’ll bring in a donation for the Food for Fines initiative. This happens once a year, and it’s designed to provide food for local food banks while giving library…
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…
We’re Still In the Kitchen with Miz Kathi

We’re Still In the Kitchen with Miz Kathi

We couldn’t fit all the wonderful recipes in our article in May issue of Lake & Sumter Style, so we decided to add these two on the website. Enjoy! Miz Kathi’s Homemade Vanilla Extract 1.75-liter vodka 12 Madagascar vanilla beans Pour some of the vodka out of the bottle so there is room for the vanilla beans. You can just put the beans in the…
Women who inspire

Women who inspire

Some think they have to wait for inspiration. I believe you carry it around with you from the people you’ve met along the way. These women inspire me in more ways than I can say. Story: Leigh Neely // Photo: Fred Lopez Finding inspiration is something writers think about often. You may witness a simple act that triggers something in your imagination to create a…
Grace, beauty, ballet

Grace, beauty, ballet

“Snow White” is a beloved Disney movie, but the Mount Dora School of Ballet’s performance of the ancient story will be the darker version from the original fairytale. The ballet will be performed May 20-21 at Lake-Sumter State College. Writer: Leigh Neely // Photos: Fred Lopez “It’s something we haven’t done before,” dancer Annika Slaby says. “It’s kind of nice how we’re not taking it…
‘Proof’ that quality entertainment exists here

‘Proof’ that quality entertainment exists here

This play was a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award winner, and the truth of “Proof” rings as clearly today as it did when it premiered in Manhattan in 2000. I was invited to see “Proof,” the play now showing at the impressive playhouse, The Studio, in The Villages. It reminded me of a play I saw in an intimate theater on Broadway many years…
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