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Sadie At Your Service

Sadie At Your Service

Villager Fred Martin travels through life with a constant companion, a beloved dog that turns heads and helps Fred keep his head together. Story: Chris Gerbasi // Photos: Fred Lopez A familiar sight to many Villagers is parked outside City Fire restaurant at Lake Sumter Landing. This crowd pleaser is perched comfortably on a Honda Gold Wing and dressed in motorcycle gear, complete with a leather…
THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES

THE TIME OF THEIR LIVES

Villages residents and organizers are staging the best and biggest recreational and entertainment events throughout 2017 Story: Chris Gerbasi  Photos: Provided The Villages’ on-the-go lifestyle virtually demands it. If there’s a day to celebrate, a competition to be waged, or a venue to be filled, Villagers and district staff will create an event for it and make it their own. The big, sprawling community holds…
A Villages Legend: Pete Wahl

A Villages Legend: Pete Wahl

Once it was fields of watermelons and other crops. Now it is a place called “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown,” and Pete Wahl watched it grow. Story: Chris Gerbasi // Photo: Fred Lopez In early 1995 in The Villages, most of the land west of Morse Boulevard was vacant, County Road 466 was just two lanes, and Lake Sumter Landing wasn’t on the map. Pete Wahl, who…
Painting the town red

Painting the town red

They’re legendary. They’ve been around The Villages for almost 20 years, and they’re easily recognizable. They’re the members of the Red Hat Society. Story: Leigh Neely Jenny Joseph is a poet who wrote a warning to her family and friends that when she was an old woman, she would wear a red hat and a purple dress that didn’t match. She had no idea that…
It’s Time for a Change

It’s Time for a Change

With new homes being built in the historic neighborhoods of The Villages, current homeowners are opting to remodel or renovate to join the move to upgrade. Story by Chris Gerbasi   As new houses pop up around them, many homeowners living on the historic side of The Villages want to do their part for the renaissance of the community. Home remodeling projects, both large and…
Rebuilding History

Rebuilding History

The Villages began with the dream Harold Schwartz had for retirees. That dream has spread far and wide, and now the developers are going back to the beginning to bring history into the present. Story: Chris Gerbasi After an aging house was removed last year from a lot on Roseapple Avenue, a new home was built on the spot in 65 days, sold in September…
what’s news in the villages

what’s news in the villages

New theatre Warning: The following item is intended for mature readers. The Villages has a new theatrical venue for “adult content” productions, which may contain violence, foul language, and—whoops—even nudity. The Studio Theatre Tierra Del Sol is housed in the former dining hall of the country club at 806 San Marino Drive. The 99-seat “black box” theatre wrapped its first production, “Next to Normal,” in…

One is Not the Loneliest Number

story: Tom Kubala photos: Ron Vandevander “There is no better place for a single person to live than The Villages,” according to Pinky O’Neil, president of The Villages Singles Club. “With approximately 15,000 singles in The Villages and 11 clubs devoted to singles, there are ample opportunities for singles to meet others, develop friendships, and enjoy life.” The goals of many of the singles clubs…
Messenger of Hope

Messenger of Hope

A retired U.S. Navy commanding officer who was skeptical of the paranormal until science proved everything is energy. Now living in The Villages and working as an evidence-based medium, she strives to bring the message that life and love are eternal. PHOTOS: Provided “I used to be a goal-setter and now I am really content to just be in the moment and watch life unfold.…
The Untold Stories of The Villages

The Untold Stories of The Villages

STORY: Leigh Neely+James Combs+Theresa Campbell+Debbi Kiddy  PHOTOS: Fred Lopez The Villages has been lauded as Disneyland for seniors. Though the landscaping stays beautiful, the bluebirds aren’t always singing, and the path definitely gets rocky. Some stories just don’t fit the “happily ever after” of fairy tales. Elderly Suicide A Widespread Problem The Villages is a great place to live and be happy, but those who…
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