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Victoria Schlabig

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Victoria graduated from Canisius College in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Writing. In August of 2019, she relocated to Eustis, Florida, and soon began at Akers Media Group assisting with social media projects. Later that year, she was promoted to a full-time writing position at the company and has since found her niche telling the stories of so many of Lake and Sumter County’s awesome people, thriving businesses, interesting organizations, awesome events, and important issues she’s had the pleasure learning about along the way. “I feel lucky to have found a job that I love at such a young age, and that I’m able to work with other talented writers who are constantly helping my own writing evolve,” Victoria says. Besides writing, Victoria’s passions lie in travel; she has visited over 18 countries and spent a semester in Galway, Ireland as a college student. In her free time, she also enjoys reading, experimenting with new recipes, and spending time with friends.
Spring break

Spring break

Alexander Springs is dive worth the drive where wildlife thrive. Photos: Nicole Hamel Lake County is well known among residents and visitors for fishing, boating, kayaking, skiing, tubing, paddle boarding, canoeing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, and other aquatic activities, but the…
Outstanding Student: Cerina Rolle

Outstanding Student: Cerina Rolle

Running toward bright future of world travel and helping others. Photos: Nicole Hamel Vital stats: 17 years old. Junior at Eustis High School. Member of basketball and track teams. One older sister in college.  Secretary of student council her freshman…
Healthy Inspiration: Tim Totten

Healthy Inspiration: Tim Totten

Lake County’s masked man comes to rescue with over 30,000 masks. Photos: Nicole Hamel Tim Totten, owner of Final Embrace, found a creative solution when hospitals and health facilities were quickly running out of personal protective equipment (PPE) and n95…
Local Talent: Nicki Forde

Local Talent: Nicki Forde

Designing woman rediscovers love of art.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Nicki Forde has loved art since a very young age, when she first started drawing horses, her favorite animal at the time. Today, she works as an artist in her home…
Spirits: Homegrown

Spirits: Homegrown

Dragon Flower Winery uses only the freshest local fruits to make tasty wine.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Opening their own winery was a long-time dream of Maggie Peacock and Dean Gunter that finally materialized April 28, 2018.  Dean familiarized himself with…
My First Time: Doris Bloodsworth

My First Time: Doris Bloodsworth

Inspired by growing up in South Lake, author recalls foray into publishing.  Photo: Nicole Hamel Since childhood I’d always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t know anyone who was; it was sort of like wanting to be a…
Thinking of downsizing?

Thinking of downsizing?

Tiny homes offer huge rewards for retirees, snowbirds, and those ready for the next stage of life.   Photos: Courtesy of Coles Carangian Located on Lake Andrew in Oxford is 70 acres of beautiful land, plentiful with tree canopies, greenery,…
In the Kitchen: Karen’s Creative Cuisines

In the Kitchen: Karen’s Creative Cuisines

Karen Ross offers cooking classes, dinner parties, and more.  Growing up with a love of cooking, Karen Ross had always hoped to be a caterer someday. When a friend of hers in Boston, informed her of Boston University’s program to…
Person of Interest: Abigail Zechman

Person of Interest: Abigail Zechman

Young Numismatist hopes to inspire other kids with her knowledge of coin collecting. Vital stats: 19 years old. Will graduate with an AA from LSSC this semester. Will attend UCF for elementary education. Collection consists of thousands of coins. Plans…
Food as medicine

Food as medicine

A diet of 80% whole foods does a body good. Food as medicine is by no means a new concept. The idea derives from 5th century science and Hippocrates, the “founder of medicine,” who reportedly originated the phrase “Let food…
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