Dec. 4, Dade Battlefield Historic State Park will give visitors a chance to step back in time with its Christmas on the Florida Frontier event, 2–7 p.m. 

JB Guns is a locally owned and operated firearm store that was opened on December 1, 2009. The business was started to provide Central Florida with a place to purchase affordable new and used firearms for personal protection, hunting, sport shooting as well as the avid collector.

Honey, what are all those cars doing at our new neighbors’ house? Are they having a party?”

Children often marvel at the world around them. They’re delighted to receive just about any toy, and play with items that others may not see as fun — including everything from mixing bowls to cardboard boxes. Slowly that cherubic toddler turns into a school-aged wonder, and later into a youn…

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting nominations for the 2022 National Small Business Week Awards. The awards recognize achievements of SBA-assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and the nation’s economy.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline for small businesses and nonprofit organizations to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic economic injury disaster loan to Dec. 31, pending fund availability.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as communities celebrate the holiday season with parades and other festivities. Here’s a quick look at a few of the events scheduled in the coming days.

Women United, a program by United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, has launched its first “Power of the Purse” auction to fund scholarships for women and children. The auction runs through Dec. 8. 

To continue a decades-long tradition, the Bertha Hereford Hall Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, raised funds to support the Bacone College Warrior Pantry, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. 

Are you and your vehicle ready for the holiday season? In 2020, there were 3,069 tire-related crashes in Florida, resulting in 184 serious bodily injuries and 61 fatalities. During November and December 2020, there also were 1,052 crashes involving alcohol, drugs or a combination of both in …

Mid-Florida SCORE, part of a national organization that provides free business mentoring services, has three upcoming online programs that are designed to help entrepreneurs and other small business owners maximize their efforts. 

A high-frequency hearing loss is a loss when you are unable to hear sounds that occur in the higher end of frequencies, meaning 2,000 Hz or higher. These sounds are also referred to as high-pitched sounds. This type of hearing loss is the most common and the sneakiest type to detect.

The Carriage House and Steeplechase is hosting a free health and wellness fair. Visitors can receive special offers, blood pressure checks and information from a variety of vendors “who are dedicated to providing seniors with proactive and holistic health options for a long and happy life,” …

AdventHealth Zephyrhills is offering two virtual programs in December: “ENT Virtual Health Talk Series: Part 2” by Joseph Derbyshire, D.O., ENT and facial plastic surgeon, Dec. 2; and “Understanding the Beat” with Farhan Rehman, M.D., family medicine, Dec. 16.

The purpose of Wreaths Across America, a non-profit organization, is to remember veterans by placing handmade evergreen wreaths at the graves of those who gave their lives for their country. 

Relationships thrive when both parties give 100%, when they’re all in and support one another to a healthy degree. On the other hand, lopsided relationships have a tendency to fall flat and fail. No one wins when someone pours themselves into the drudgerous role of caregiver and the other so…

Wildwood Soup Kitchen, located at 203 Barwick Street in Wildwood, offers free hot lunches every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

We are taking appointments Monday thru Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. We are located on 994 CR 529A in Lake Panasoffkee. For more information, email adoptionmanager@hsspca.org or call 352-793-9117. 

Tom Rose of Umatilla sent in these great photos from a November Love’s Landing Fly In that was hosted by Weirsdale-based Chapter 1236 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. 

Need a perfect gift for a loved one this year? Treat yourself to a fun adventure at the annual St. Francis Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Sumter County Animal Services staff and volunteers may have felt like it was raining cats and dogs in recent months, as they found themselves dealing with increased numbers of animals needing homes. 

This year, on the eve of November 28th, 2021, Jews all over the world will be lighting the first candle on the left side of their menorahs to commemorate the “Miracle of lights”. It is the beginning of the eight day holiday known as Hanukkah or sometimes spelled Chanukah. Each night after th…

We are well into the Christmas shopping season. What to get Uncle Fred who has everything? I came across this nice column from my friend JDR and it just seemed appropriate at this time of the season, and so I thought I would share it with you.

Local members of the Florida Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program recently attended the program’s state conference in Orlando. The role of an ombudsman is to be an advocate for individuals living in assisted living facilities, nursing homes or adult family care homes. 

YOUR Humane Society SPCA invites the community to join them in two ribbon cuttings at their shelter for two animal care buildings, “Kitten Wonderland” and the Ralph Edmonds Memorial Dog Quarantine Unit, also known as “Ralph’s Place,” at a Nov. 30 open house, beginning at 10 a.m. 

Dec. 4 and Dec. 6, the Friends of The Villages Library will hold a book sale at the Belvedere Branch of The Villages Library, 325 Belvedere Blvd. in The Villages.

One of the newer and very dedicated volunteers at YOUR Humane Society SPCA, Tom Diss, has been rewarded for his efforts by being named the shelter’s Volunteer of the Month for November. 

Betty Cochran, a resident of Serenades Memory Care in the Villages, turned 101 years old on Oct. 31. If you recognize my name, Karen Cochran Beaulieu, you may have guessed correctly that Betty is my amazing mom!

On the drive to Chase Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, in Webster, you can get a glimpse of the natural beauty that is Central Florida. Far from magic castles or wizard schools, the drive down State Road 50 to a dirt road leads to an adventure of a different sort.

We are taking appointments Monday thru Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. We are located on 994 CR 529A in Lake Panasoffkee. For more information, email adoptionmanager@hsspca.org or call 352-793-9117. 

In this month of thankfulness, Farm-City Week provided a great way to thank farmers. At a Nov. 12 event celebrating agriculture, as well as the beneficial partnerships between growers and consumers, activities at Whispering Oaks Winery in Oxford included educational presentations, lunch and …

Nothing can be more frustrating than trying to “fix” someone who doesn’t want to be fixed. It’s like trying to hang a picture, tilting the frame to just the right the level, but despite our efforts, the picture keeps falling. 

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With all the labor shortages, inflation, delays in shipping, we often wonder; what do I have to be thankful for? The truth is if you have a roof over your head, clothes on your back, food in the fridge, you have a lot to be thankful for.

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What began with a young boy’s first trip to the nation’s capital and Arlington National Cemetery ended with the creation of one of the largest non-profit organizations for U.S. veterans. That youngster, Morrill Worcester, grew up to become founder of Wreaths Across America, which has laid ov…

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The Nov. 4 Farm to Fork Evening Beneath the Stars fundraiser was a success, with approximately $150,000 funds raised through silent and live auctions to support the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation. Hosted by Reba Mazak, the event was at The Barn at Mazak Ranch in Bushnell. 

Thank goodness we still have robust newspaper reporting. The Miami Herald and ProPublica recently wrote a series of stories about the state of Florida’s abusive, incompetent program to help children born with neurological damage.

The seventh annual Experience Lady Lake Expo and Car Show is just around the corner. Nov. 17, all are invited to meet and support local business owners, including those representing health and wellness, insurance, financial, travel, home improvement and other companies. 

The holidays can be a tricky time of year for anyone dealing with grief and sorrow. Whether you are grieving a recent loss of a loved one or from 20 years ago, holidays can be especially rough.  

All are welcome Nov. 20 at the Mason Friends & Family Breakfast, 103 N. Florida Street in Bushnell. On the menu will be scrambled eggs, sausage links, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, plain or blueberry pancakes, OJ, coffee, iced tea and water. 

We are taking appointments Monday thru Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. We are located on 994 CR 529A in Lake Panasoffkee. For more information, email adoptionmanager@hsspca.org or call 352-793-9117. 

SECO Energy’s Board of Trustees recently voted to hire Curtis Wynn as CEO. He will succeed current CEO Jim Duncan, who retires on Jan. 3, 2022.

Using the old standby “I’m fine” when we’re going through the trenches can do more harm than good. The placated notion becomes a shield that we place over our hearts, burying the pain deeper and deeper because we’re afraid to be real, afraid to be vulnerable, afraid to deal with this very pr…

In this month of thankfulness, it’s a great time to thank a farmer. And, in celebration of the importance of agriculture, Farm City Week will be celebrated Nov. 17–24. The event has been held around the country since the 1950s to celebrate and promote agriculture – as well as the beneficial …

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On Saturday, Oct. 23, Sumter County Animal Services received a request from the Florida Highway Patrol to assist at the scene of a motor vehicle accident in The Villages. The driver of the vehicle, Patricia, was transported off scene and her two dogs, Erica and Olivia, were required to be ta…

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The Great Wahoo Annual Chili Fiesta - December 4th from 1pm to 4pm - so mark your calendars now to Save the Date for Wahoo!!! All our Sumter Community is invited. Cake Walk. Bounce Castles. Christmas Cookie Decorating. Horseshoes. Snow Cones. Popcorn. Hot dogs. Nachos. Baked Potatoes. Banana…

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