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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Meet a Villager

Handling life’s trials

Handling life’s trials

Forensic psychologist teaches balanced living and stress relief. As a forensic psychologist, Dr. Phyllis Walters determined whether someone was mentally fit to stand trial. Her specialty was women who were charged with murder. It was stressful for 30 years and…
One novel  becomes a series

One novel becomes a series

Three years ago, Ron Miller awoke at 3am and began writing his first novel. An Army veteran, Ron Miller spent 27 years serving during the Vietnam and Desert Storm eras with extended time in Germany. But it was in California…
A happy voyage home

A happy voyage home

Former Navy man Fred Briggs now pulling duty in The Villages. Fred and Peggy Briggs are residents of Haciendas of Mission Hills. This is his fifth year as president of The Villages Homeowners Association. He helped create the Enrichment Academy…
Recalling The Villages’ early years

Recalling The Villages’ early years

Donna Fenster has sold thousands of homes since 1991. Donna Fenster began selling real estate in The Villages when the prices for houses were below $20,000. That was back in 1991. (When you probably wish you’d invested in a new…
World travelers settle in Villages

World travelers settle in Villages

Couple has climbed mountains and backpacked through Europe. While Howard Renner was hanging on the side of a cliff in the Dolomite mountains, northeastern Italy, he thought: How can I be putting my wife’s life in such danger? Alicia Renner…
Dana McCarthy

Dana McCarthy

Formal naval academy instructor loves living in The Villages.   Vital Stats: Married to Diane for 50 years in November. Father of four children; grandfather to nine. Retired captain in the U.S. Navy; helicopter pilot; Vietnam veteran. Flew prime recovery…
A little TLC 

A little TLC 

Pat Hayes and fellow volunteers focus on Villagers’ emotional well-being.    Pat Hayes devoted her life to working as a licensed clinical social worker in New York, and she’s just as dedicated now in The Villages. She has a team…
Music man 

Music man 

John Linde writes family-friendly songs that touch the soul.   New York native John Linde has had an extensive career in entertainment as a songwriter, record producer, and screenwriter. But the talented Villager is not resting on his laurels just…
Finding balance in The Villages

Finding balance in The Villages

‘I definitely feel younger being here, and I feel healthier.’  Working on legal cases can result in stressful all-nighters, yet litigation attorney Freeda Louthan, 67, finds a perfect balance living in The Villages, where she cherishes the warmer climate, the…
Kicks with sticks

Kicks with sticks

Ted Skolits finds his beat playing drums for Villages bands. Ted Skolits never imagined he’d be working so hard in his 60s. Most residents in The Villages focus on R&R—rest and relaxation—right? But Ted focuses on a different form of…
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