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Author Archives: Trish Utter

Meet Anne Rush: Attorney, Wife and Super Mom!

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

I grew up in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. It is a rural area. My family’s home was outside city limits. I went to college in Cambridge, MA, just outside Boston. I loved it and wasn’t ready to move back to rural Kentucky after graduation. I met my husband while visiting Florida after college and eventually moved to Gainesville. I’ve been here ever since (but for a short stint in Gulfport, FL for law school).

How do you relax?

A glass of wine, a favorite podcast, and a sewing project.

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

It’s been so long since I’ve had a real weekend getaway, that it’s hard to say. Having had our son, working full time takes a lot of time away that could be spent with him, so I want to make sure to be present with him when I am able. That usually means little day outings to places or events.

What do you listen to in your car?

Podcasts. I love “How I Built This”, “Planet Money”, “S-town”, “Criminal Injustice”, “Freakonomics Radio”, “Stay Tuned with Preet”, and “Hidden Brain”. There are several others that I browse as well. I really enjoy being able to use my drive time to better educate myself on a variety of topics related to my work interests, hobbies, national politics, etc.

Tired of Being Tired?

by Anya Mayr

We’ve all been there: we have an extra-long day at work, we drive the kids to and from soccer practice, only to come home and help them do their homework, cook, clean, and prepare for the next day. Before you know it, its 11:00pm, and you still want to watch an episode of the Netflix series you started a few weeks ago. By the time you’re done, bedtime ends up being at midnight… only to wake up at 5:30am the next day and do it all over again.

While you might think that five and a half hours of sleep and your morning coffee are enough to help you function throughout the day, the long term effects of sleep deprivation are real; especially if you spend your sleep hours tossing and turning, piloted by insomnia, or interrupted by your spouse’s snoring concert.

The hard truth is, missing out on the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep affects you more than you think. Sleep deprivation has been linked with all kinds of health problems, including memory issues, weight gain, mood changes, weakened immunity, high blood pressure, risk of heart disease and even a higher risk for diabetes.

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

The chilly weather makes you want to hug the ones you love even more and …….talking of love, I was honored to attend the wedding of Judy Brill Lang and Davis Rembert. I have known Davis for a long time and many in our community know him as he has hosted a multitude of charitable events on his property at The Barn at Rembert Farms, which is located in Alachua. The couple have known each other since attending Gainesville High School. Davis was in 12th grade and Judy was in the 9th grade.

A Weekend in Washington, D.C.

By Trish Utter

My daughter and our friend, Chery Regan, were in Washington D.C. for a weekend. A trip that included a visit to Congressman Ted Yoho and a drive through the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia, but it started with a most unusual tour of the city.

“Cherry Blossoms will appear in the Spring”, said our tour guide from DC Ducks. The amphibious vehicles that DC Duck use were built in 1942 to take troops to the beaches of Normandy. Today, these amphibious vehicles have been completely restored. Our trip, started, by taking us past the Embassy of Canada, a very modern looking building. Then, we went past all the museums, like the Smithsonian, Air and Space Museum, the Capital and the White House. The highlight of the tour was to drive down a ramp at a marina and into the Potomac. The views from the water of Washington D.C. are spectacular, and especially being at the very end of the Reagan National Airport runway, on the Potomac, when planes are taking off, you felt you could reach out and touch them.

Exciting and New at Disney World

If you live in Florida you have probably been to Walt Disney World a hundred times. But have you visited Pandora, The World of Avatar? This opened in May 2017 at Animal Kingdom. The world as you know it is turned upside down. You walk through a, literally out–of –this-world, rainforest named the Valley of Mo’ara!

Medical Center on the Move

The amount of growth that North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) has undergone within the past year is vast. Among the developments, are both an AHCA certification and a DNV accreditation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, a position in Truven Health Analytics’ 100 Top Hospitals, the introduction of technological advances like a 128-slice CT scanner and a Biplane Neurointerventional Suite, and the addition of its first Freestanding Emergency Room-West End, near Tioga. In continuing its upward trend, the Gainesville community hospital has now introduced a third, 24/7, full-service Emergency Room location in the Millhopper area.

Building Your Dream Home

Step inside your new Hartley Home and be WOWED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Ruth Ward

Hartley Brothers was founded back in 1980 by Robert and his younger brother Phil. They initially worked as carpenters framing for a number of builders around the Gainesville area. As their framing business progressed, they started doing some additions and other construction work.

Within a year or two, they began building their own homes. Their first subdivision was comprised of one acre lots located off of Archer Road in Gainesville. At that time, the homes and lots were selling together for $49,000….have times changed!

Steve, the eldest brother, came to join the family business 1989.

Cars, Champagne & Movie Stars!

by Trish Utter

I admit it…I have a problem…a car problem. I adore exotic cars, the roar of the engine excites me and a need for speed runs through my veins. I have often wished that I could park my car in my house, as I would sit and stare at it just like an exquisite work of art. This is why every year on the second weekend in March, I visit Amelia Island where over 33,000 car enthusiasts get together for the largest car shows and events on the east coast. The most prestigious of these events is The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at the Ritz Carlton, Golf Club, Amelia Island.