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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.
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…
Final Thought: Life changes

Final Thought: Life changes

You make plans and the universe laughs.  I’ve heard the saying “You make your plans and God laughs,” and I have found this to be especially true since I turned 25 last month, and the milestone birthday hit me somewhat…
Local Talent: Dead on his feet

Local Talent: Dead on his feet

Charlie ‘Mack’ McGowan follows the sentiment: ‘Stay busy, live longer.’  Photos: Nicole Hamel “Dead on My Feet” is the first song Charlie “Mack” McGowan produced, but his recording career is very much alive. “The song is about me. I just…
Sowing kindness, reaping happiness

Sowing kindness, reaping happiness

Melanie Wagner’s retirement garden grows ideas for children’s books.  Photos: Nicole Hamel After years of shaping young minds, Melanie Wagner continues to share her vast knowledge with “students” of all kinds.  Through a greenhouse she established, Melanie teaches about pesticide-free…
Outstanding Student: Kendyl Cardwell

Outstanding Student: Kendyl Cardwell

Montverde Academy Senior fuel by oatmeal and molecular engineering.  Photo: Nicole Hamel Vital stats: 18 years old.  Senior at Montverde Academy.  National MeritⓇ finalist.  Member of Montverde Academy’s Distinguished Scholars program.  Member of Head of School’s Leadership Institute (HLI) as…
Spirits: Speak-teasy

Spirits: Speak-teasy

Handlebar Lounge is bringing a new type of atmosphere to Mount Dora.  Photos provided by Anna-Marie Williams. Walking up the dark stairwell into Handlebar Lounge, located above the Mount Dora Marketplace, the entrance opens up to a cozy bar with…
Meet a Villager: Randy Atkins

Meet a Villager: Randy Atkins

Convertible enthusiast knows “You Only Live Once.”  Vital stats: Calls Maine “home.” Lives in the Village of Saint Charles.  Met girlfriend Andi of the Village of Bonita in 2019. Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant. How long were you in…
Person of Interest: Karen Elliott

Person of Interest: Karen Elliott

Executive director of Rafiki Foundation  is on a mission to save African children.  Vital stats:  Born and raised in Houston, Texas. Resides in Eustis.  Executive director of the Rafiki Foundation.  Graduated from Southern Methodist University.  What is the Rafiki Foundation’s…
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