Open the Door to the Good Life!

You have seen Callie and Travis Williams in numerous issues of Good Life over the past years. This power couple has excelled in everything they do. When I first met them it More »

Storm Roberts: on Diet & Weight Loss

I have known Storm Roberts, the morning radio personality on 98.5 KTK for years. He is quite the local celebrity and volunteers much of his time to local charities. At recent events More »

Bullying in Schools

When you were in High School were you bullied? Did you feel alone and depressed and feel or think that you had no one that would understand what you were going through? More »

Tips for Buying a New Home

1. Hire a real estate agent to work for you. Remember that agents on site represent the builder’s interests and not yours. You need a Realtor who works exclusively for your interests. More »

Veterans Day

VETERANS DAY HISTORY Originally meant to honor the “War to end all Wars,” WWI, Armistice Day was created on November 11, 1918. Through time and legislation, it has become a National Holiday More »

 

Innovative Homes – October Issue

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Open the Door to the Good Life!

You have seen Callie and Travis Williams in numerous issues of Good Life over the past years. This power couple has excelled in everything they do. When I first met them it was at their subdivision in High Springs called Ashton Ridge, then they built in Newberry at Newtown subdivision. Now they are very busy with Cinnamon Hills in High Springs and Cottage Grove in Lake City.

Travis, Jett and Callie Williams

Travis, Jett and Callie Williams

I think a huge part of their success is that they care! Their homeowners and their team of staff are all happy. The Williamses are meticulous about detail. They follow the latest building trends that show in their well thought out homes.

But now the Williamses have embarked on their latest project…baby Jett Williams!!! If you know this couple you will understand what Jett means to them. I followed Callie on Facebook throughout her pregnancy as she posted countdown photos right up until the birth. They were so excited and all of us at Good Life were excited for them.

I asked Callie and Travis how having Jett changed their lives?
“Jett coming into our lives has brought us a joy we have never known. It is amazing to watch him grow, change, and learn new things. We look forward to the times we can spend together as a little family of three. We definitely don’t want to take a single moment for granted. These first three months have already gone by so quickly. “

Erik and Veronica Smith with their daughter Haidyn

Erik and Veronica Smith with their daughter Haidyn

Does having your own family make you think of building in a different way?

“I guess we now think of things more from a parent’s mindset. It’s things like having a home designed so that you can watch your little one play while you cook dinner, having a bathroom large enough that you can bathe your child and not feel cramped, and having a floor plan that allows your family to comfortably grow. We also understand the time constraints on parents, and strive to provide a building experience that is enjoyable and convenient for busy families. From evening and weekend meeting times, to online management software that allows the customer to stay informed, we seek to provide a customer friendly process.”

The Williamses actually live in the gated subdivision of Cinnamon Hills. It is a short drive from Gainesville north on I-75 to High Springs where you will find amazing dining at the Great Outdoors or 60 North Main. Along the same road as Cinnamon Hills is Blue, Poe and Ginnie Springs. What more can you ask for? You would never leave home, right?

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Standard features in Innovative Homes:

- Wainscoting in the dining room
- Beautifully handcrafted built-ins
- Neutral décor throughout the homes
- Quality flooring
- 18” tile in the kitchen and bathrooms and laundry room
- Stainless Steel Appliances
- Custom all-wood cabinets
- Standard edge granite countertops in kitchen and bathrooms
- 9’-12’ ceilings
- Covered front porch and rear lanai in most models
- Large lots

Cinnamon Hills has large 1-2 acre lots with walking and riding trails. The homes offer luxury living starting at… wait for it… the mid $180,000s!

Further north on I-75 in Lake City you will find Cottage Grove. This is a 30 lot subdivision located within minutes of I-75, local shopping and dining. Homes range from 1,200-1,618 SF and start at $128,000 with lots that average at 1/3-1/4 acre. This walkable neighborhood will boast paver driveways and sidewalks, Craftsman elevations and upgraded interior finishes and it is within 1 mile of the elementary school and also near I-75, which makes it convenient to Jacksonville.

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Hear what some customers have to say about their experience in an Innovative Home:

In the few short months we’ve been in Cinnamon Hills, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people. We are so thrilled to be raising our daughter in such a great community! Our favorite feature in our IHB home is the beautiful coffered ceiling; it is the main focal point of our open concept floor plan.
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith

The things we love most about our IHB Home are ALL of the little details! We came from a much older home that didn’t have the rounded corners, higher baseboards, soft close drawers, high ceilings, trim work, and all of the little extras. We live in Cinnamon Hills and love the sense of community the neighborhood offers. Everyone knows everyone and it’s great to see the children growing up together. We also love being on Clay Electric. With the quality of the home and products used we have a larger home and lower electric bill.
- Rebecca Johnson

Son, Thomas, Troy, daughter Eva and Rebecca Johnson

Son, Thomas, Troy, daughter Eva and Rebecca Johnson

Innovative Home Builders would like to thank all of its past and current customers. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without our wonderful customers,” Travis explained. It’s exciting to build homes for families, watch those families grow, and have our customers become our friends.” Innovative Home Builders… they build families!

Make your new home an Innovative one…
Call Callie and Travis and live the Good Life!
(386) 365-4614

Innovative Home Builders of North Florida, Inc. CBC-1256897
Learn more about IHB Homes by visiting: www.IHBHomes.com

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New Way to Treat Colic

A novel approach to managing a challenging form of equine colic could save the lives of many horses and also save horse owners the cost and uncertainty of major surgery, say University of Florida veterinary researchers.

The approach, developed by David Freeman, M.V.B., Ph.D., a professor of large animal surgery at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine and his team, relies heavily on a surgeon’s judgment during surgery to assess the viability of strangulated small intestine, an obstruction that impedes blood flow.

If the affected tissue shows improvements in intestinal color and muscle activity after corrective measures, the organ has an excellent chance of recovering function, and costly surgery to remove the intestinal obstruction is avoided, the researchers say.

“In general, the treatment for small intestinal strangulation isn’t as successful as for many other forms of colic,” said Freeman, who also is the director of the college’s Island Whirl Equine Colic Laboratory. “The question we always ask is, do we need to remove this piece of intestine or not?” Freeman and his colleagues concluded that if certain criteria are met, in many cases, the answer would be no.

Tsensation, a 25-year-old Arabian gelding, is shown with his owner, Rae Marie Smith, at her farm in Ocala. Tsensation is one of 35 horses that were treated successfully for a challenging form of colic through the use of a technique developed by UF equine surgeons. (Photo by Sarah Carey)

Tsensation, a 25-year-old Arabian gelding, is shown with his owner, Rae Marie Smith, at her farm in Ocala. Tsensation is one of 35 horses that were treated successfully for a challenging form of colic through the use of a technique developed by UF equine surgeons. (Photo by Sarah Carey)

Their research appeared last fall in the Equine Veterinary Journal and was presented in July at the 11th annual Equine Colic Research Symposium in Dublin.

The findings are based on a review of data from 35 cases that used the technique involving horses treated at two university veterinary hospitals between 1996 and 2011.

“I was very interested in this issue, so in each case, I recorded the severity of the small intestinal changes,” Freeman said. “I started off with a grading system, which was tweaked and modified along the way.”

Gradually, the team came up with the system UF is using today in equine clinical cases.

“Once we have established the degree of intestinal injury, we can now say: This is the cutoff. If it’s worse than this, we will have to remove that part of the intestine, but if it’s better, we can leave it in place,” Freeman said.

All horses in the study were discharged after recovery, with only a few developing serious but manageable complications. Many horses survived more than10 years, and some survived for up to15 years.

“These long-term survival data are very encouraging and might exceed what have been reported previously for this type of colic,” he said. “This study shows that in many cases, these horses can do very well with the affected intestine left in place.”
Also collaborating in the research were D.J. Schaeffer, D.V.Sc., Ph.D., from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and Orlaith B. Cleary, M.V.B., a former large animal surgery resident at UF who now practices in Ontario, Canada

5 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Turkey!

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1: Think about how many people will come over for Thanksgiving and figure on 1 ½ pounds of turkey per person.

2: If you get a frozen turkey remember to place it in your fridge to thaw it out. Make sure you figure out how long it will take or you will be left with a frozen bowling ball! In general it is 24 hours for every 5 pounds or you can speed it up by placing it in cold water but you must replace the water every 30 minutes to prevent bacterial growth.

3: Cook your stuffing separately to prevent bacteria.

4: Pat turkey dry and then rub with oil or butter before it goes in the oven.

5: Keep the turkey moist by tenting with tin foil. Throw in a sprig of Rosemary to enhance flavor.

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Storm Roberts: on Diet & Weight Loss

I have known Storm Roberts, the morning radio personality on 98.5 KTK for years. He is quite the local celebrity and volunteers much of his time to local charities. At recent events I have noticed a huge change in Storm. He looks happier, more energetic and definitely trimmer. I had to ask him how he transformed his life.

Storm Roberts:  Before & After

Storm Roberts: Before & After

Q: What was it that gave you the push to get in shape and stay healthy?
A: After I beat cancer, I kind of let myself go. I knew I was eating too much, maybe wine too often, large portions. I got to the point where I knew I had to do something. I have hypertension and didn’t want it to get any worse.

Q: How did you get started?
A: I started in March 2013 and worked with the people at Gainesville Health and Fitness Center,they put me on a path of diet and exercise that really worked for me. First you have to decide you want to improve your health. So it starts between your ears, when your brain takes over from your stomach, and you put yourself on the path to wellness.

Q: Did your family and work colleagues support you?
A: My wife was great. She knew I needed to do something and since I’m the chef, she was glad to help with food ideas and recipes.

Q: What was the hardest part of changing your diet?
A: I think portion control was the biggest challenge. I was president of the “clean your plate” club, thanks to my dear departed mother. “Eat your dinner, there’s starving kids in China” was heard more than once in our home.

Q: How has this changed your life?
A: I’ve lost 65 pounds of fat, put on 18 pounds of muscle. I have been able to cut my blood pressure medicine in half. I feel greatand get compliments every day which is very encouraging. It really was life changing.

Q: How has this impacted your health?
A: My last medical checkup was one of the best my physician has seen in the years he’s been seeing me. My blood test came back the best it’s ever been!

Trish Utter and Storm Roberts at Noche De Gala 2011.

Trish Utter and Storm Roberts at Noche De Gala 2011.

Q: What is the number one tip you would give others wanting to do this?
A: You have to decide you need a change. Start by altering things you’ve been doing for years and decades. Small changes can make a big difference. Smaller plates help control portions, drink lots of water (at least a gallon a day to keep your liver and kidneys functioning at peak performance). Give up simple carbs (processed foods, chips, white bread) eat whole grains, lean protein and plenty of fruits and vegetables. None of this is breakthrough stuff, it’s just when you combine them you can really see results!

Q: What is your favorite meal?
A: We love fresh fish, whatever Northwest Seafood has caught, and I prepare it a variety of ways. Grilling is a favorite: we make fish tacos with all homemade sauces, salsa, pickled veggies, I even make my own hot sauce I call “The Paste”.

Storm has already inspired others to take control of their health. You can do it too. You will be glad you did.

Storm at Something New in Orange and Blue Fashion Show 2013

Storm at Something New in Orange and Blue Fashion Show 2013

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Bullying in Schools

PALS mentors with friends - No one is left out in a PALS school

PALS mentors with friends – No one is left out in a PALS school

When you were in High School were you bullied? Did you feel alone and depressed and feel or think that you had no one that would understand what you were going through? I felt like that when I was fifteen years old. I felt that I could not talk to my parents about it, I had no friends and I certainly was not close enough to any of my teachers to discuss it. I remember feeling there was no future and had thoughts of ending everything. I was lucky as I was able to pull myself out of the funk, but for many teens it is the beginning of the end.

I now serve on the board of PALS, Partners in Adolescent Lifestyle support Program. The program is designed to provide lifestyle support to teens in a school environment. The goal of this program is to provide an altruistic atmosphere in the schools where mental illness is understood and all teens feel included and valued. The PALS program is in all public high schools in Gainesville.

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Dr. Green

At one of our recent board meetings Lucy Marrero, PhD., told me about a case PALS had a few years ago.

A teacher and student both reported the same day that a student had exhibited some of the warning signs indicated in a PALS video (prevention). The PALS counselor called the student in and he admitted he had plans to shoot others in the school due to a group of boys bullying him. The student was placed in a psychiatric facility and the boys that bullied received counseling on the effects of bullying(treatment). The boys that engaged in bullying became leaders (leadership) in anti-bullying activities, wrote letters of apology to the young man they bullied and became friends with him when he came back to school.

PALS aim is to improve the school environment’s acceptance of diversity and provide an atmosphere of non-violence and inclusion. Teen leaders improve their leadership skills and compassion for others. Also, they gain enhancement of character attributes such as empathy and compassion. Troubled teens gain an enhanced sense of self-esteem and a feeling of belonging.

Now my daughter Brooke Utter has become involved with helping the PALS program. She is a student at Buchholz High School and has seen the program work there. Teens helping teens is a wonderful tool.

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PALS students

Focus groups deal with topics such as:

• Social skills
• Personal hygiene/physical image
• Appropriate outlets for anger
• Self-esteem building
• Leadership skills
• Life goals
• Building personal happiness
• Violence/suicide prevention

We all need to listen to our teenagers and not turn a blind eye. If you know a teen that seems a little depressed or needs someone to talk to them let them know about the program.

You can get involved with PALS by volunteering or attending one of their events. PALS depends on donations and grants for support and expansion to additional schools. Every donation counts no matter how big or small.

For the past 14 years, Bosshardt Realty Inc. has been supporting the PALS Golf Tournament, raising funds and awareness for the PALS Program.

Golf Tournament info:
https://events.giving.ufhealth.org/palsgolf
PALS info:
www.ufhealth.org/partners-adolescent-lifestyle-support-program-pals
Phone:
352-265-7237

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PALS students hang sign

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Tips for Buying a New Home

1. Hire a real estate agent to work for you. Remember that agents on site represent the builder’s interests and not yours. You need a Realtor who works exclusively for your interests. This will save rather than cost you money. A good agent will help you thoroughly compare the pros and cons of each builder and community. Remember that the real estate agent you use must accompany you to the first visit to the new home. If you are not at the first visit with your Realtor, the builder’s agent can claim the entire commission. Your realtor will help you find out all the information in this article.

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2. Try to visualize what the neighborhood and the lot that you select will look like in 5-10 years. Look at communities that have been built 5-10 years ago to compare. It is always good to buy a new home on a more attractive or larger lot if possible. Many subdivisions have different sized lots to choose from. When a home is new everything looks fresh and wonderful, but when buyers are looking at your home upon resale, your house and lot become a lot more competitive.

3. Check out thoroughly the reputation of the builder you are using. Talk to neighbors in the area you are looking at and find out if they were satisfied. Ask if the builder came back after the closing to do “punch work”. A warranty is only as good as the reputation of the builder who offers it. Go to the courthouse to see if any liens have been filed against the builder. Talk to those who sell building supplies to be sure they have been paid.

4. If there are amenities proposed which are not there yet, and you are counting on those to be there, get this in writing from the builder/developer. In addition the proposed date of the completion of the amenities is important.

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5. Research the rules and restrictions of the development you are considering- particularly the association rules and fees. (HOA) Some do not allow sheds; they limit paint colors and even restrict vegetable gardens.

6. Usually the initial homes built in a new community get discounted pricing due to the construction they will have to put up with as well as the unknown as how that new development will fare. Likewise if you are building one of the last homes in a new community you may pay top dollar.

For more information call Carol Bosshardt at 352-318-9698 or email carol@bosshardtrealty.com

Storm Roberts: Up Close & Personal

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Q: How did you get into the Radio business?
A: I knew at a very early age I wanted to be in radio. I played with tape recorders when I was very young. All through Jr. and Sr. High School I was on TV doing a morning show called “Hello World” at Nova High School in Ft. Lauderdale. I ran camera, audio, did on-air, interviews. It was a great experience. When I started the University of Florida as a freshman I was on WRUF-FM doing a classical music show and have worked in radio ever since. I am in my 45th year as a broadcaster.

Q: How do you relax?
A: I love to read, the New York Times Crossword puzzle is an addiction. My wife and I like to kayak. When we’re not in our Gainesville home we are at our home in the mountains of North Carolina where we love hiking the trails and kayaking the rivers.

Q: If you were a cartoon character who would you be?
A: Probably a combination of Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn and Yosemite Sam.

Q: What gadget can’t you live without?
A: My iPad Air and iPhone. I can keep my busy schedule on both devices and never have to use my laptop. I’m a big Steve Jobs fan.

Q: What do you like to cook at home?
A: We eat very healthy. I buy mostly local ingredients. You’ll find me at the farmers market every Saturday morning, Wards Supermarket has great produce and natural foods. Northwest Seafood keeps me in fresh fish from the Gulf and Atlantic. I like to make fish tacos with my homemade salsa and banh mi veggies, roasted seasonal vegetables, with the right bottle of wine.

Q: What is your favorite drink?
A: I like a variety of red wines paired with the meal. Every Friday I have a martini at the Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs. It’s a spicy, dirty, vodka martini we have crafted, with Tito’s Vodka, Dirty Sue’s Premium Olive Juice from Seattle, two dashes of Tabasco and a pickled jalapeno floating in it. Perfect! Actually I have two because my Mother always said, “Remember, martinis are like breasts. Ones not enough and three are too many!”

Q: You MC a lot of events. You don’t get paid, so why do you do this?
A: I learned years ago that I love helping charities raise money and I’m pretty good as auctioning items from the stage, I can feel where the money is in the room. All the charity work I do is pro bono. Giving back is important to me and I love interacting with people!

Q: Do you have a quote you like?
A: “The harder I work, the luckier I get”

Q: Who inspired you as a child?
A: My parents. My father was a hardworking, honest man who took care of his family. My mother was a stay-at-home-mom with a great laugh. I get my sense of humor from my Mother. I was very lucky to be raised by such special, loving people.

Q: What don’t people know about you?
A: That’s a hard question. I’ve been doing mornings on 98.5 KTK for the past 27 years and there is little I haven’t shared with my listeners. Here’s one, when I was born in Detroit, Michigan, I was the eighth baby to live having a complete blood exchange at birth.

Q: What type of music do you listen to?
A: I’ve been lucky in my career to be exposed to many types of music. I love classic rock, Frank Sinatra, bluegrass, reggae, some opera, a variety of classical artists, blues. I guess you could call me a music omnivore.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: Some of the movies I always watch when they come on: Big Lebowski, Birdcage, Moonstruck, any Mel Brooks, O Brother Where Art Thou?, my wife and I love the old black and white classics too.

Breast Cancer: Do I Need a Double Mastectomy?

Allison Grow, MD, PhD, Cherylle Hayes, MD & Christopher Balamucki, MD.

Allison Grow, MD, PhD, Cherylle Hayes, MD &
Christopher Balamucki, MD.

Breast cancer shows up somewhere on every woman’s list of fears. It feels more personal, somehow, than heart disease or lung cancer, although the latter two are responsible for many more deaths among women each year. About 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetimes, and about 1 in 36 women will die of breast cancer. Clearly, many women get cured—and our fear drives us to feel that the more treatment we undertake, the more likely we are to achieve the cure. But studies show us otherwise! In particular, for many women, having a double mastectomy does not improve their chance of being cured, in comparison to breast-conserving surgery (lumpectomy) with radiation.

What?? you say…….after all, Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy, and she didn’t even have breast cancer! What she DOES have, though, is a genetic mutation (BRCA1) which produced a high lifetime risk of breast and ovarian cancers. She inherited the mutation from her mother, who sadly died of ovarian cancer. By having a double mastectomy, she greatly reduced her lifetime risk of developing breast cancer (from more than 50% to essentially zero). Among women with a new diagnosis of breast cancer, only 5-10% result from the presence of a BRCA mutation—so the great majority of women do not require a double mastectomy.

A new study published in Journal of the American Medical Association (Kurian et al, JAMA v.312 no.9, pp. 902-914, Sept 3 2014) shows that 10-year death rates from all causes are the same for women treated with lumpectomy plus radiation and women treated with double mastectomy. It also shows that, for the large California population studied (over 189,000 women), the rate of double mastectomy increased from 2% to 12% over a 13-year period.  Since there is no medical reason for this, what is driving the increase? Is fear contributing?

The decision about what kind of surgery to have for breast cancer is very personal, and for most women there is no medically wrong choice lumpectomy plus radiation, single mastectomy, or double mastectomy. So, make sure that YOUR choice is not driven by fear—it should be determined by your preference after you are fully informed of all options for your entire course of treatment. Most women with breast cancer will have a team of doctors—general surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, and potentially plastic surgeon—all contributing to their care, and their cure. Make sure YOUR team is playing together from the very beginning—before making your decision about what kind of surgery to have, consult with ALL the doctors on your team, and make sure they are talking to each other to form the best plan for you.

North Florida Regional Medical Center
Phone: (352) 333-5840
cancercentergainesville.com

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Veterans Day

VETERANS DAY HISTORY

Originally meant to honor the “War to end all Wars,” WWI, Armistice Day was created on November 11, 1918. Through time and legislation, it has become a National Holiday every November 11th.

The story I am about to tell you is more than a Veterans Day update. It is a proclamation to all that read it, to thank Veterans for their service and to welcome our Veterans home. To never ever forget, that Veterans Day is meant to honor those that have served in the Armed Forces defending our Constitution and the Freedoms that we all have.

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WHAT MAKES A VETERAN?

Whether a person volunteers for service or is drafted, they are taking the step to join our armed forces. Many have done this in time of war when the knowledge of injury or death is a serious possibility. Many have chosen service to our country over going to college or taking a job out of high school. But for the most part, it is a personal decision that is a very big commitment. Once in the armed forces duties can vary from combat to support. A duty station can be on home soil, in foreign lands, or at sea or in the air. When that service is over, and it is time to come home, you are a veteran.

A PERSONAL POINT OF VIEW

After high school in September of 1966, I was going to school for computer programming. The War in Vietnam was seeing some of its worst days. My father had served in the Army in WW2 and I felt a commitment to our country and decided to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. Shortly after boot camp and training I was on my way to Vietnam in July 1967. At 18 years old, I was a “grunt”, a rifleman, but most of all a United States Marine. In Vietnam I saw combat and experienced all the good, bad and ugly of war. Yet I survived to return home with the question that haunts many combat veterans. Why was I spared injury or death?

My life went on and I had two sons. One joined the Navy, the other joined the Air Force and served. With this, my family has served in four branches of the armed forces. Something I am so proud of.

As I am getting older, I still remember those I was in combat with that did not come home. I have visited the Vietnam Wall, held ceremonies on Memorial Day and keep this one thought. We must “never forget” them.

HOW TO HONOR OUR VETERANS

Throughout America, events are held to Honor and celebrate our Veterans. Some small and some elaborate productions. Locally, the largest event in Gainesville is held at Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park. Alachua County has over 50 veteran monuments and thousands of veterans. Visit our sites and watch the news for events to Honor our Veterans.

 

Meredyth Hope Hall. Photographer for Governor Rick Scott.

Meredyth Hope Hall.
Photographer for Governor Rick Scott.