Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Saturday, June 12, 2021

My First Time

My First Time: Leslie Campione

My First Time: Leslie Campione

Lake County Commission chairwoman navigates a pandemic.  Photo: Douglas Tyler Since the first positive case in Lake County, the COVID-19 pandemic has been my highest priority. I knew I needed to stay focused on one goal: protecting the safety of our…
My First Time: Holly Dickerson

My First Time: Holly Dickerson

  A Lady Lake mom recalls her first (and only) skydiving adventure. It was a beautiful day in 2005, my husband was working, and I had decided to go over to DeLand to a skydiving facility with a few friends.…
My First Time: Bob Fulwider

My First Time: Bob Fulwider

Tattoos should be earned, says artist from House of Ink in Leesburg. When I got my first tattoo, I was 18 years old. I walked in, picked one (a cross and rose) off the wall and that was it. Now…
My First Time: Lisa Templin-Rayborn

My First Time: Lisa Templin-Rayborn

First speeding ticket teaches the lesson of ‘never say never.’ I was 17 and living in a small northeast Ohio town when one of my best friends, Margo, and I went to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, to…
My First Time: Dr. Claudia Thomas

My First Time: Dr. Claudia Thomas

Orthopedic surgeon recalls falling in love with her field. Touted as a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis, Dr. Claudia Thomas made her mark as the first African-American female orthopedic surgeon in the United States. She is on…
My First Time: Kevin Von Maxey

My First Time: Kevin Von Maxey

A photo almost destroyed the language arts teacher’s career before it started. During the 2003-2004 school year, I almost got fired on my second day of teaching because of what I did on my first day of teaching. A local…
My First Time: Petrina

My First Time: Petrina

Entertainer finds a gig and a husband in The Villages. Interviewer: Chris Gerbasi ≈ Photo: Douglas Tyler Singer Petrina moved in 2008 from England to The Villages and the following year, she met her future husband, Michael. “I went into…
My First Time: Dr. Hillary Stricklen

My First Time: Dr. Hillary Stricklen

Emergency room doctor shares a first-time experience as an intern. Interviewer: Leigh Neely // Photo: Anthony Rao An emergency room doctor at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Dr. Hillary Stricklen clearly remembers the first time she heard “code blue,” and it…
My First Time: Joe Shipes

My First Time: Joe Shipes

The bike man who doesn’t ride. Leesburg Partnership CEO reflects on first Bikefest from over two decades ago Interviewer: Theresa Campbell // Photo: Nicole Hamel Joe Shipes is CEO of the Leesburg Partnership, which hosts Bikefest, billed as the world’s…
My First Time: Larry Martin

My First Time: Larry Martin

A fish out of water becomes a convert on a fishing trip. Larry Martin had always enjoyed water activities though he never went fishing. He just had no interest in it. Soon after moving to Florida, however, his brother, Bernie,…
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