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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.
Local Talent: Iconic Creations

Local Talent: Iconic Creations

Ruben Vazquez uses his art skills to create the perfect smile. Photos: Nicole Hamel Around 2015, Ruben Vasquez was watching Face Off, a special effects makeup reality competition show, and thought he too, might be interested in makeup.  He applied…
Outstanding Student: Kyler Cots

Outstanding Student: Kyler Cots

Aspiring pro baseball player ready to take a swing at senior year.   Photos: Nicole Hamel Vital Stats 17 years old. Incoming senior at Eustis High School. Baseball player. Favorite subjects are algebra and biology.   Works at Play It Again…
Spirits: What’s on tap?

Spirits: What’s on tap?

Nothing little about Mermaid Juice’s sea of craft beer offerings. Photos: Nicole Hamel Daneaux Narrow and his wife considered opening a collectibles and antique store until his newly-acquired interest in homebrewing led them to open Mermaid Juice, a combination brewery/antique…
Aye aye, Captains

Aye aye, Captains

Captain A and Captain SySy are on a mission to teach families about how to save the environment and endangered animals.  Aiden Cardoza and Sylar “SySy” Borden, better known by their online aliases, Captain A and Captain SySy, respectively, are…
Outstanding Student: Jackson Cheplick

Outstanding Student: Jackson Cheplick

Born in Lake County, Jackson wants to experience the world to its fullest. Vital Stats Recent graduate of East Ridge High School. Was a participant in HiQ academic trivia team. Was a participant in Mathlympics. Vice president of DECA at…
This Month in History: A sweet 65th anniversary

This Month in History: A sweet 65th anniversary

Visitors have always been juiced about visiting the historic Citrus Tower.  On July 14, 1956, representatives from Silver Springs and Cypress Gardens made their way to Clermont to celebrate the opening of the Citrus Tower, a tourist attraction dedicated to…
Healthy Inspiration: Soarin’, Flyin’

Healthy Inspiration: Soarin’, Flyin’

Denise Lloyd reaches new heights practicing aerial skills. Photos: Nicole Hamel Going on her 12th year of practicing aerial arts, Denise Lloyd is grateful to have developed her aerial skills and she’s worked in many different jobs utilizing them. When…
Extraordinary Carts

Extraordinary Carts

Replica street rods ‘wheelie’ carry Villagers in style.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Gary Grahn, Jr. burned rubber in several high-performance rides before moving to The Villages – Corvettes, a Chevelle with a 4-speed 396, and an El Camino – so it’s…
Healthy Inspiration: Making moves

Healthy Inspiration: Making moves

Paige Grimes wants to give every kid the chance to dance.  Photos: Nicole Hamel Nineteen-year-old Paige Grimes is ready for her next “step” after hosting the grand opening for her new dance studio, Full Force Dance Academy in Minneola, on…
Outstanding Student: Chad Massey

Outstanding Student: Chad Massey

Reborn Christian out to serve others through biblical counseling and Jesus. Photos: Douglas Tyler Vital Stats 2021 graduate of Umatilla High School.  Has 2 half-sisters, 3 stepbrothers, and 1 stepsister. Attends Bay Street Baptist Church in Eustis.  Became a Christian…
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