Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Documenting the past 

We have a tradition of documenting  our lives and important events since the beginning of time. First, it was done by carving pictures and letters onto walls in caves and mountainsides, then by writing scrolls, and eventually, books. It seems to be a part of human nature to preserve history. That is exactly what we are doing in this month’s issue of Style magazine.

During the past 12 months, our editorial team shared some amazing stories about local people, places, and events. We went through our issues and chose several of them to bring back to the forefront and give you an update on what happened since the stories first ran.

In January of this year, we shared a story about a local couple that decided to use their family-owned property for a solar farm. Dr. Dick Holloway and his wife, Leslie Scales-Holloway, had a vision for the future and a passion for education that led them to follow their dream and create a solar farm right here in Lake County. What were their challenges? Have they overcome them? When will the solar farm be operational?

Umatilla native and Lake-Sumter State College graduate Clarissa Bowers, 19, was crowned Miss World USA 2017 in August at Orlando. The national competition was followed by the global Miss World competition Nov. 18 in Sanya, China. Did she win?

On any given day in the United States, 93 people are killed with guns. A Style article in January told about the killing of 49 people in June 2016 at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the largest mass shooting on record until Oct. 1 of this year. That’s when a gunman in Las Vegas killed 59 people and wounded hundreds more. What have we done to prepare our community for potential attacks?

All your questions, along with many others, will be answered in this month’s issue. We also included a little humor with the best of the best of James Combs’ “Hit List,” and the comical illustrations of “Josh Takes On” by Joshua Clark.

In the age of the internet, our ability to post pictures and stats immediately is proof that we are committed to documenting the here and now, but we can’t forget to preserve documentation of the past.

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue and take this time to reflect on a year passed. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from all your friends here at Akers Media.


Kendra Akers