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NOT Your Grandma’s Ferris Wheel!

Are you looking for something to do this weekend? We are constantly in search of unique places for our readers to visit. Our latest trips were down I-75 to Orlando to visit I-Drive 360 and a plane trip to the Washington, DC area to see National Harbor in Maryland. What both destinations have in common are massive Ferris wheels, entertainment, restaurants and stunning views.

I-Drive 360, Orlando FL

This entertainment area is located on International Drive, close to the convention area. It was named after the 360° view you will get from the Orlando Eye. You will find restaurants, shops, and entertainment and best of all, lots of free parking!

Coca Cola, Orlando Eye

The huge 400-foot, Ferris wheel opened in 2015 and is run by Merlin Entertainments, under its Midway attraction brands which also has the iconic London Eye. Although this in not as large as the London Eye, it is still impressive and gives you panoramic views of Orlando, theme parks and downtown. Each of the 30 capsules are air-conditioned and have seating. There are touch screens in the gondolas that tell you what you can see on your twenty minute tour. At night, the Eye lights up
with changing color displays commemorating national holidays, important world events, and charitable causes.

Community SpotLight

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

In a blink of an eye, your kids will probably be all grown up and taller than you. Many of you remember my daughter, Brooke Utter, and my son, Colt Utter, from old issues of Good Life Community Magazine. When I started GLC, Colt was nine years-old and Brooke was eight years-old. Now Colt is twenty-one and Brooke is nineteen! Yes…..shocking, isn’t it? I talked about teaching them how to drive in an issue of Good Life a few years ago. That was hair-raising, but we all got through it…with only one minor accident!

Brighten Your Day with a Delicious Cake!

by Trish Utter

No bakery is complete without its cakes. Although Hitchcock’s has a few on display, they offer many more. They have design books to look through for ideas or bring any photo of your cake idea in and they can create a one of a kind cake just for you at a surprisingly low cost.

Hitchcock’s talented cake designers can make beautiful wedding cakes. From modern, trendy square cakes to traditional styled designs. Just schedule an appointment to bring your unique cake idea to fruition.

Hitchcock’s, Raising Money for Local Charities

Hitchcock’s held its Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Ironwood Golf Course. Over $30,000 was raised for MDA and local charities. Golfers enjoyed a barbecue lunch and many prizes and awards.

Be prepared for the upcoming Florida Summer!

– Knowledge is Power!

by Christopher J. Balamucki, MD

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with more than 5.4 million cases diagnosed in over 3.3 million people yearly. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans can develop skin cancer in their lifetime. In fact, there are more cases of skin cancer each year than all of the cases of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer. There have been more skin cancers diagnosed over the past 30 years than all other cancer combined! As you may expect, it represents a tremendous cost in our healthcare system with an estimated $8.1 billion spent yearly treating skin cancers in the United States.

Location, Location… Dislocation

When you or a family member are faced with a medical emergency, you look for the best, most efficient care possible, and what better than a full-service Emergency Room that is faster and closer to home? The Newberry and surrounding communities in Alachua County can now rest assured that the team at North Florida Regional’s Freestanding Emergency Room West End is fully prepared to provide them and their loved ones with some of the best possible emergency care.

In the past year, North Florida Regional Medical Center has achieved records that put Guinness to shame, With an AHCA certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, record growth for inpatient surgery, and 58% of the births in the community taking place at their Labor and Delivery department, it is clear that the hospital’s demand is ever increasing.

Those Who Help Others Sometimes Need a little Help Themselves

by Trish Utter

I have known the founders of Gentle Carousel, Jorge and Debbie Garcia-Bengochea, for years. Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses is an award winning, all volunteer 501(c)(3) charity. They travel the country with their miniature therapy horses and help those that cannot help themselves. The Garcia-Bengochea’s started Gentle Carousel when they found that most horse therapy programs were designed so that people had to visit them, but as many are confined to a hospital bed, that would be nearly impossible. Their unique and well trained miniature horses that visit trauma victims and patients on location have become a huge hit all over the U.S.

It was a total shock when I turned on the news and saw that two of the Garcia-Bengochea’s beloved horses had been ripped apart and killed by roaming dogs! The couple live in the country. In rural areas, it has become a big problem with other land owners who allow their dogs to roam free. Even a small dog can cause a stampede of livestock. In this case, it had devastating results. I cannot imagine waking up to find your beloved animals mauled to death. One of the horses that survived was treated by a local vet, but later passed away from the injuries it received. A ‘Go Fund Me’ page has been set up to pay for the vet bills. Replacing these precious horses that have had years of specialized training is no easy task.