Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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September 19, 2017

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Finding the strength to survive

Finding the strength to survive

Fighting traumatic brain injury head on. Three stories of hope. Story: James Combs & Leigh Neely   Edgar sites has overcome a traumatic brain injury. Edgar Sites was enjoying a quiet dinner with his wife in February 2015. Then, in a flash, everything went blank. He doesn’t recall his peculiar attempt to cram a large slice of meatloaf down his mouth. Nor does he have…
Person of Interest: Jack Petro

Person of Interest: Jack Petro

Theater critic Vital Stats: Has reviewed hundreds of productions for blogs and newspapers. He and wife Jan participate in Villages theater groups. Has written short stories and novels. Turns 90 in November. What was your profession? Factory manager of five different manufacturing plants for General Electric, requiring extensive international travel. I was a constituent relations representative for General Electric lobbying Sen. John Glenn. George Stephanopoulos…
A line, a pole, and a good cause

A line, a pole, and a good cause

A fun day of fishing may also reel in some much-needed help for a serious situation. The St. Johns River Showdown Benefit Tournament is 6am-3pm Saturday, Sept. 16, at Powell’s Campground, 25716 Powell Drive, Astor. Registration is $100 per team with proceeds going toward the medical bills of Olivia Geiger, a local toddler being treated for brain cancer. Next door, Astor Landing will host a…
Lake County and Technology: Great Partners

Lake County and Technology: Great Partners

It is with great pleasure I have the opportunity to introduce this technology-focused issue of Lake & Sumter Style. I want to commend Akers Media on its decision to highlight an industry sector that gets very little attention locally, but is playing a vital role in the growth of Lake County’s economy. From manufacturing to health care to agriculture, the sector has a far-reaching impact…
Convenience and good taste

Convenience and good taste

Another new Wawa is coming to the area, at the corner of U.S. Highway 441 and Morningside near Lake Gertrude in Mount Dora. Site preparation and construction is set to begin later this year. At Wawa, you can fill up your car and yourself. The convenience store chain, which now numbers more than 100 in Florida, is known for the variety of fresh food options…
Straighten up, there’s a new pastor in town 

Straighten up, there’s a new pastor in town 

Congregational Church of Mount Dora, 650 N. Donnelly St., recently rang in a new pastor with pomp and circumstance. Rev. Gary Marshall was scheduled to be installed April 30 in front of congregants, ministers from local churches, a representative from the National Association of Congregational Churches, and a 40-member choir during a service followed by a social hour and refreshments. The reverend, 76, retired in…
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…

A Ring Of Fire

Wildfires in Idaho were frequently in the news this summer, and Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Randy Jones spent 21 days deployed there formulating a structure protection plan to save homes. Jones, a structure protection specialist, was called to the Selway Complex just outside Elk City, Idaho. He serves on the Southern Area Incident Management Red Team with the National Interagency Fire Center. The…
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