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by Trish Utter. Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

What does July 4th mean to you? For me, it is a reminder of how lucky I am to live in America. I became an American citizen in 1991. I’m originally from London, England. I had to take an exam on American history and politics, which I took in Alexandria, Virginia. It wasn’t easy – in fact, I failed it the first time. They did not tell you what the questions would be and there were no hints, so I had to study hard on everything. There must have been a hundred questions and it was not multiple choice. I also had to have a medical exam and fingerprints, which really makes you feel like a criminal. I had to prove that I had legally been living and working in the U.S. for at least ten years before I could be eligible for the exam. Immigration then, lost my results! I had to get my local Senator to help me. Obtaining my citizenship was a very difficult and expensive thing to achieve. I finally got my citizenship just a few weeks before Independence Day. So, you can understand why I tear up when the fireworks start and the national anthem plays. It is a privilege to live here and one I am thankful for every day.

City of Alachua welcomes Holiday Inn Express & Suites

The City of Alachua has waited a long time for a new hotel and were thrilled when Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alachua, recently had their grand opening.

The hotel is located next to Publix and close to the entrance of Hwy I75. It is owned and managed by MPH Hotels. The Holiday Inn Express brand is part of IHG’s diverse family of brands in nearly 100 countries and territories. MPH Hotels specializes in developing limited service hotels, typically 75 to 150 rooms in secondary markets. The City of Alachua was a perfect location for MPH Hotels to expand.

Local Celebrity Spotlight: Meet Kim Stinton: Business Woman, Wife and Mom!

Kim and her husband Andy own The Floor Store of Newberry and have always been active with events in their area. They have advertised with Good Life Community Magazine for 12 years. As we are always taking their daughter Alexa’s photo, we thought it would be interesting to get to know Kim.

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

I was born and raised in St. Augustine, Florida. I left home to go to the University of Florida. I ended up in Marietta, Georgia, and together with my husband, Andy, we moved down to Newberry in 2000. We were both from Florida and wanted to move back to Florida. After living just outside of Atlanta for so long, we really wanted to move to a smaller town and open up our own business. My mom is from Newberry, and one of my brothers lives in Newberry, so Newberry it was. Growing up, we always came here on the weekends and during the summer to see my grandmother, so the town was very familiar to me, and Andy loved all the farmland around. In Marietta, I taught school and Andy worked in flooring. He is a 2nd generation flooring installer. Together, we opened a small, retail store in Marietta, and I worked there some in the afternoons and on weekends, but I mainly took care of the accounting books. For years, we talked about opening up a larger store and working at it full time together. The plan was to save every dime we made, sell our rental properties that we had acquired over the years, and for me to “retire” from teaching so that we could build what we would later name The Floor Store of Newberry.

The Most Important thing to Human Survival … the Honey Bee

by Trish Utter

You might be irritated by the buzzing sound of a honey bee in your yard, or even afraid of being stung, but the honey bee is not aggressive and just wants to collect pollen and go about its tasks. Honey bees have no interest in humans and will not harm you. It is vitally important that we protect honey bees, as without them, our world would be barren of fruits and vegetables and ultimately, this would lead to human dismiss.

Honey bees pollinate most of the crops grown around the world and they’re responsible for the foods we enjoy. Just think what the world would be like without trees, bushes, and flowers. Most of the earth would probably look like deserts. Animals would also be affected, as they would not have the grasses and grains that bees pollinate, so gone would be your steak, hamburgers and barbeque!

Saving the Life of Your Pet

by Ruth Ward

According to JAVMA, Journal of American Veterinary Medicine Association, about 40,000 pets die in residential fires each year, most from smoke inhalation, and 500,000 pets are affected overall.

A high percentage of those deaths are from asphyxiation. The pet smoke masks are critical to saving lives and not many Fire Stations have the necessary equipment.

Alachua’s Allstate agent, Hugh Cain, is the proud owner of Lizzy, a 6 year old Chocolate Labrador, Lilly, a 3 year old beagle, and Tebow, a 12 year old chihuahua. While attending the annual Mutts and Pups event in High Springs, Cain learned about the life saving pet masks.

New Technology in Prostate Cancer

by Charles L. Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.

North Florida Radiation Oncology (NFRO) is proven to be a leader in providing comprehensive, compassionate cancer care for men with prostate cancer. Because of this leadership patients in Gainesville and surrounding communities can receive the SpaceOAR® (OAR stands for “organs at risk”) System as part of their prostate cancer treatment plan. SpaceOAR hydrogel is a temporary injectable gel that protects the rectum in men undergoing prostate cancer radiation treatment either with external radiation (IMRT), CyberKnife or even with prostate seed implants. SpaceOAR® Hydrogel is made of polyethylene glycol (PEG), a compound which is commonly found in cosmetics and drugs because it is non-toxic and well tolerated by the body. When first injected SpaceOAR is a liquid however, within seconds, it solidifies and becomes a soft, gel-like synthetic material that expands creating a space between the prostate and rectum. The SpaceOAR product is often referred to as hydrogel because it is composed of mostly water. The SpaceOAR hydrogel remains in place during the entire prostate radiation treatment, but is slowly absorbed by the body over time; at 6 months the hydrogel has completely disappeared.

SpaceOAR became available in the US after results of a phase III trial demonstrated significant reduction in the radiation dose to the rectum in patients who received the hydrogel. This reduction in dose was proven to significantly reduce side effects and the severity of not only rectal, but urinary and bowel toxicity as well. In addition, there was a significant reduction in the sexual side effects from radiation in men who underwent the SpaceOAR procedure.

Finding the Perfect Place to Rent

by Trish Utter

A friend of mine, who is a nurse, was telling me how difficult it was to find a nice apartment in a great location in the Gainesville area. She said that Glennette Maxwell at Bosshardt Property Management gave her a tour of the Cricket Club 2, located off Tower Road and close to Newberry Road. It turned out to be everything she had been searching for and she was immediately able to move in, with the help of the Bosshardt Moving Van! She added that it was the perfect environment for her in the medical profession with a quiet and upbeat environment.

Many struggle to find the perfect rental. Bosshardt Property Management offers every type of property imaginable. Let me tell you a little bit about this amazing company and how they helped my friend and how they can help you.