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From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

Finally, warm ☀ weather is here again and it’s time to get out there and explore. Visit our website, GoodLifeCommunity.com and click on the TRAVEL ✈ link for ideas or visit us on social media. Lots happening this Spring so keep up by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Optimist Club Comes to Alachua

by Ruth Ward

A new dynamic service organization has come to Alachua. Officially chartering in March the Optimist Club comes with a local focus of Optimism and service to our local community. With a core group of founding members the local Optimist Club of Alachua is focused on kids, community projects, and positive impact to the local community.

Thanking our Service Men & Women

by Terry Martin-Back

Over fifteen years ago, an idea was brought to fruition: an appreciation banquet to recognize veterans and supporters for their efforts within the community. A pot-luck dinner was organized with an expected thirty or forty people to attend. The dinner was such a success that over one-hundred people attended! The success also created a bit of a problem….. the food ran out! It was then decided a bigger venue was in order.

Since the first appreciation dinner, attendees were mostly veterans and family members, veteran organizations and members of the VA hospital. The recognition dinner had become a banquet at local hotels where the attendance became almost five-hundred people, and it quickly became a formal affair with all the military pageantry.

They Didn’t Leave Me Out in the COLD!

by Trish Utter

I have to let you all know about the wonderful service I received from one of Good Life Community’s long-standing advertising clients, Scott Niehaus, A/C.

It all started while I was furiously typing away at my desk, in my home office, working on another brilliant editorial for Good Life…lol, when I realized that I couldn’t feel my toes. They were frozen! I turned up the heat but it didn’t come on. Of course, it was late on a Friday afternoon and I knew that if I didn’t get it fixed I was in for a long cold weekend.

How do you brew your coffee?

How do you brew your coffee? With a coffee pod machine, coffee pot, French press or pour-over drip, it can be an overwhelming task for a seemingly simple cup of coffee.

Some are frustrated with coffee machines that don’t give you a piping hot cup of java and the amount of counter space these machines take up. Drip coffee has paper filters that remove the oil and all the nutritional content while weakening the robust flavor that a French press will give you. Coffee pods can also be quite expensive and the elusive flavor of coffee you get from your local barista may not be there. The French press is sleek, easy to clean, and because it does not have a paper filter it can surprise you with a coffee shop taste.

OneStop to Health & Wellness in Alachua

by Trish Utter

It is frustrating when you feel terrible and call your doctor but the next appointment is ……..the following week! Now there is a solution to being seen right away with a visit to OneStop Medical and Urgent Care.

The new office smells like a new car, fresh paint and a beautiful nature-like atmosphere puts your mind at ease, even when you feel under the weather. You are treated with a bright smile from front desk receptionist, Madison Macarages who will check you in. Madison lives in Keystone Height and drives an hour to get to work…now that is dedication! Her compassion for our clients along with her excellent customer service and her love of her own family is part of the culture at OneStop.

This brand new facility is managed by Cheryl Perry and Rachel Westwood. They met years ago while working in the medical field and quickly became friends, sharing their passion for their profession. They have combined work experience of 30 years in a large medical organization. Both have a strong interest in combining patient-centered and employee-centered environments to have the best of both worlds.

Horsing Around with Joy

By Ruth Ward

Looking for a bit of adventure, a few horses in High Springs decided to vacate their pasture. Maybe they thought that the grass was greener on the other side, but the animals put themselves in danger, as they trotted oblivious to the traffic along CR 2054. A passerby noticed the animals and feared either the horses or a driver would be hurt, so they called the police. Senior Patrol Officer, Adam Joy, was the first on the…” horsing around” scene.