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From the Desktop

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by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer In a blink of an eye, your kids will probably be all grown up and taller than you. Many of you remember my daughter, More »

Brighten Your Day with a Delicious Cake!

Brighten Your Day with a Delicious Cake!

by Trish Utter No bakery is complete without its cakes. Although Hitchcock’s has a few on display, they offer many more. They have design books to look through for ideas or bring More »

Hitchcock’s, Raising Money for Local Charities

Hitchcock’s, Raising Money for Local Charities

Hitchcock’s held its Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Ironwood Golf Course. Over $30,000 was raised for MDA and local charities. Golfers enjoyed a barbecue lunch and many prizes and awards. More »

Be prepared for the upcoming Florida Summer!

Be prepared for the upcoming Florida Summer!

– Knowledge is Power! by Christopher J. Balamucki, MD Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than 5.4 million cases diagnosed in over 3.3 More »

Weekend Celebration at Disney

Weekend Celebration at Disney

by Trish Utter My son, Colt, celebrated his 21st birthday at … Disney! I cannot believe that here we were celebrating my son’s 21st, when it seems like yesterday he was at More »

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Robert A. Rush, PA

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Robert A. Rush, PA

Robert A. Rush is one of only four attorneys in the State of Florida who has been designated an expert in both Civil and Criminal law, but you probably don’t know that More »

Location, Location… Dislocation

Location, Location… Dislocation

When you or a family member are faced with a medical emergency, you look for the best, most efficient care possible, and what better than a full-service Emergency Room that is faster More »

Those Who Help Others Sometimes Need a little Help Themselves

Those Who Help Others Sometimes Need a little Help Themselves

by Trish Utter I have known the founders of Gentle Carousel, Jorge and Debbie Garcia-Bengochea, for years. Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is an award winning, all volunteer 501(c)(3) charity. They travel More »

Bosshardt Realty – 30 Years of serving Gainesville

Bosshardt Realty – 30 Years of serving Gainesville

March 15, 2017, marked the 30th Anniversary for Bosshardt Realty Services, LLC. Carol Bosshardt, owner and founder of the company, opened her brokerage with one simple philosophy – take care of the More »

America’s Most Jaw Dropping Piece of Real Estate

America’s Most Jaw Dropping Piece of Real Estate

The mountain air is fresh in Ashville, North Carolina. The huge, beautiful trees sweep across the 3-mile driveway. The winding narrow approach road gives visitors time to sit and relax, but wonder More »

 

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by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

In a blink of an eye, your kids will probably be all grown up and taller than you. Many of you remember my daughter, Brooke Utter, and my son, Colt Utter, from old issues of Good Life Community Magazine. When I started GLC, Colt was nine years-old and Brooke was eight years-old. Now Colt is twenty-one and Brooke is nineteen! Yes…..shocking, isn’t it? I talked about teaching them how to drive in an issue of Good Life a few years ago. That was hair-raising, but we all got through it…with only one minor accident!

Brighten Your Day with a Delicious Cake!

by Trish Utter

No bakery is complete without its cakes. Although Hitchcock’s has a few on display, they offer many more. They have design books to look through for ideas or bring any photo of your cake idea in and they can create a one of a kind cake just for you at a surprisingly low cost.

Hitchcock’s talented cake designers can make beautiful wedding cakes. From modern, trendy square cakes to traditional styled designs. Just schedule an appointment to bring your unique cake idea to fruition.

Hitchcock’s, Raising Money for Local Charities

Hitchcock’s held its Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Ironwood Golf Course. Over $30,000 was raised for MDA and local charities. Golfers enjoyed a barbecue lunch and many prizes and awards.

Be prepared for the upcoming Florida Summer!

– Knowledge is Power!

by Christopher J. Balamucki, MD

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than 5.4 million cases diagnosed in over 3.3 million people yearly. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans can develop skin cancer in their lifetime. In fact, there are more cases of skin cancer each year than all of the cases of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer. There have been more skin cancers diagnosed over the past 30 years than all other cancer combined! As you may expect, it represents a tremendous cost in our healthcare system with an estimated $8.1 billion spent yearly treating skin cancers in the United States.

Weekend Celebration at Disney

by Trish Utter

Celebrating Colt’s 21st Birthday at The 50s’ Prime Time Cafe

My son, Colt, celebrated his 21st birthday at … Disney! I cannot believe that here we were celebrating my son’s 21st, when it seems like yesterday he was at Disney on all the kiddy rides.

On this trip we needed a couple of hotel rooms, but found Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa to be the ideal location for a large group of friends and family to stay. Just minutes to Disney, and across the street from outlet shopping, this property offers studio to 3 bedroom condos that are huge. We saved money by cooking and the place was big enough too comfortably accommodate everyone.

Colt wanted to show his girlfriend, Hallie Mclean, around Disney’s Hollywood Studios. One of Colt’s first stops was the Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster. This coaster is inside a large building and Aerosmith music plays as you step into a stretch limo that is then catapulted into darkness and you fly past neon, glowing street signs.

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Robert A. Rush, PA

Robert A. Rush is one of only four attorneys in the State of Florida who has been designated an expert in both Civil and Criminal law, but you probably don’t know that he produced a Broadway Show about Elvis and that he does his own landscaping at his office! This down to earth attorney would rather hang out in his vegetable garden than be caught up in glitz and glam. Rush’s employees often get vegetables from his garden and homegrown flowers, which makes for a very happy office. This conservative, high-profile attorney has been caught listening to rap music. You can never judge a book by its cover!

Where are you from and why did you move to Gainesville?

I am from New York, but moved to Alachua in 1977 and attended the law school at UF. I still live in the same, small, brick house after all those years. I love the simple, tranquil lifestyle that Alachua has to offer.

How do you relax?

Ha, not much!!! I work at least 60 hours a week by choice, as I love what I do. When I can, I enjoy spending time with my horses and chickens. I also love to garden. My two German Shepherds, named Scout and Atticus, keep me busy with long walks in the woods. I enjoy a walk on the beach, but that is not very often.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

Amelia Island, as it has miles of unspoiled beach. It is so peaceful and quiet and is a good place for me to unwind with a good book. While I am there I like to fish, play golf and love the local food. Plus, it is only an hour and a half away!

Location, Location… Dislocation

When you or a family member are faced with a medical emergency, you look for the best, most efficient care possible, and what better than a full-service Emergency Room that is faster and closer to home? The Newberry and surrounding communities in Alachua County can now rest assured that the team at North Florida Regional’s Freestanding Emergency Room West End is fully prepared to provide them and their loved ones with some of the best possible emergency care.

In the past year, North Florida Regional Medical Center has achieved records that put Guinness to shame, With an AHCA certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, record growth for inpatient surgery, and 58% of the births in the community taking place at their Labor and Delivery department, it is clear that the hospital’s demand is ever increasing.

Those Who Help Others Sometimes Need a little Help Themselves

by Trish Utter

I have known the founders of Gentle Carousel, Jorge and Debbie Garcia-Bengochea, for years. Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is an award winning, all volunteer 501(c)(3) charity. They travel the country with their miniature therapy horses and help those that cannot help themselves. The Garcia-Bengochea’s started Gentle Carousel when they found that most horse therapy programs were designed so that people had to visit them, but as many are confined to a hospital bed, that would be nearly impossible. Their unique and well trained miniature horses that visit trauma victims and patients on location have become a huge hit all over the U.S.

It was a total shock when I turned on the news and saw that two of the Garcia-Bengochea’s beloved horses had been ripped apart and killed by roaming dogs! The couple live in the country. In rural areas, it has become a big problem with other land owners who allow their dogs to roam free. Even a small dog can cause a stampede of livestock. In this case, it had devastating results. I cannot imagine waking up to find your beloved animals mauled to death. One of the horses that survived was treated by a local vet, but later passed away from the injuries it received. A ‘Go Fund Me’ page has been set up to pay for the vet bills. Replacing these precious horses that have had years of specialized training is no easy task.