Lake and Sumter produce talent in all walks of life.
We live in extraordinary times. We also live in the extraordinary area of Lake and Sumter counties. Our ninth annual ExtraOrdinary issue highlights some remarkable homegrown talent: athletes such as Keanu Neal, a pro football player with the Atlanta Falcons, and Wyatt Rector, a Leesburg High football legend now on the roster at Florida State University; artist Donna S. Dewberry, whose one-stroke painting technique has gone international; and aspiring performers like actor Trent Van Alstine and “The Voice” singers Mari Jones and Kayslin Victoria.
Away from the spotlight, extraordinary locals can be found beneath the sea with diving physician Dr. Richard Fontanez-Aldea; in the air with Donnie L. Cochran, a former Blue Angel in the Navy; and around the corner with Pat Jenkins, a 94-year-old volunteer at Hospice Hope Chest in Mount Dora.
The section also details Grand Oaks Resort, an extraordinary place in horse country, and some under-the-radar exceptional events like Hearts for Our Hospital Big Bike Weekend in The Villages and Boots, Buckles and Badges, a gala fundraiser hosted by Lake County Sheriff Peyton Grinnell.
In addition, we present our usual array of profiles on people you know, or need to know, in the community, local events, a standout travel feature on an alpine village in Georgia, of all places, and mouth-watering stories about a sub shop that serves a courthouse clientele—the verdict is in: the subs are delicious—and a bakery that fulfills the impossible dream: healthy doughnuts.