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Monday, January 24, 2022

Meet a Villager

MEET A VILLAGER: Music To Our Ears

MEET A VILLAGER: Music To Our Ears

PHOTO: Pat Jocelyn Rob Newton knew he wanted to be a radio broadcaster when he was growing up in the Ozarks, listening to local disc jockey Mark Foster. It wasn’t until years later the Missouri native had his first opportunity…
MEET A VILLAGER: John Thomstatter

MEET A VILLAGER: John Thomstatter

There are more than 1.5 million veterans living in Florida; 515,110 of them are Vietnam-era vets according to the United State Department of Veterans Affairs. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1036 estimates that at least 17,000 veterans currently reside…
MEET A VILLAGER: Legacy of Dance

MEET A VILLAGER: Legacy of Dance

Even though she’s retired, Marjorie Blakely shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to her first love: dance. Anyone meeting Marjorie Blakely for the first time may pick up pretty quickly that she’s a dancer. She carries her…
MEET A VILLAGER: ‘Hone’ing His Craft

MEET A VILLAGER: ‘Hone’ing His Craft

Jerry Hone can’t think of a time he wasn’t building something. Since he was a small boy, he has always had an interest in creating extraordinary items people have never seen before. His latest undertaking—the Flying Man Backpack—is no exception.…
MEET A VILLAGER: What Are You Grateful For?

MEET A VILLAGER: What Are You Grateful For?

Villager Alex Weaver and his friend, Tavares resident Brenda Stewart, were enjoying the music at one of the town squares recently when I asked, “What are you grateful for?” “I’m grateful for my good health,” Alex responded. “I’m also grateful…
Like a duck to water

Like a duck to water

If you told Jean Hofmann ten years ago she’d be a volunteer instructor teaching eight water and land exercise classes a week she’d have begged to differ with you. “People approach me all the time and ask if I was…
MEET A VILLAGER: For all veterans past and future

MEET A VILLAGER: For all veterans past and future

Veterans Memorial Park in The Villages has hosted dozens of events on key military and national holidays — including Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day — since being dedicated on Nov. 11, 1998. Both the park and its…
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