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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.

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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.

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