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Emergency Care for Injured Wildlife

by Trish Utter

Nan & Joe Soistman of Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc

Recently, I found an injured bird, but I was not sure what I should do. I spoke to Nan Soistman from Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc., and she had some very useful information.

What made you start Sunrise Wildlife?

A baby barred owl was brought to us. The good Samaritan thought it was an orphan. If you see an animal like this, leave it alone and watch, as most of the time the parents will return for it. It is also important to note the location of an injured animal, as it can be re-nested with its family.

Sunrise Wildlife Rehabilitation Inc. was established in 2016 as a nonprofit all volunteer organization. Before SWR, my husband Joe and I volunteered for another wildlife rehabilitation center for over 7 years. We began rehabilitation after a neighbor’s cat had killed and eaten a gray squirrel and her babies began coming down from the trees searching for food. We contacted Florida Wildlife Care in Gainesville and they trained us on squirrel rehabilitation. That was the start and when our first enclosure was constructed. We hold proper permits for rehabilitation of native mammals, birds, and reptiles. We also hold special use permits for educational wildlife.

The Modern Hippie

by Brooke Utter

Our parents and even grandparents might have gone to music festivals such as Woodstock. Music festivals have come a long way since then, they are now wellpolished, glitzy and spectacular. Most have milliondollar sound systems and state-of-the-art light sets. They even have their own security teams. The massive productions are well organized. Many of these festivals go on for three days and treat their participants to a totally immersing experience with multiple stages that are transformed into mythical places. Some concertgoers stay in hotels, while others choose to camp onsite. Most of the concert-goers go through great lengths and expenses with their wardrobe, wearing the most eye-popping outfits and costumes. Glastobury Festival is a five-day festival held in June in England, with over 135,000 attending. A mere 250,000 attended the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival held in California. Electric Daisy Carnival will be held this November in Orlando, but there are far too many others to even list.

Kids having a Blast

by Joe Hankock

As I am raising my two young kids, I am always looking for things to expose them to. Since I am a nerd of all things unusual and a fan of rockets, I decided I would see if there were any rocket clubs in the area. Sure enough, I found one not too far away in Daytona called the Northeast Florida Association of Rocketry (NEFAR).

These are not your typical model rockets you see in the store. These rockets measure approximately five to twelve feet tall, or even bigger! They certainly are no toy.

In the field of a large, open sod farm in Bunnell, Florida, under blue skies, gather a group of people with one mission: to fly their rockets as high and as fast as possible based on their engine size.

Royal Recipes

Summer Pudding

This is a dessert that Buckingham Palace serves as its one of the Royals favorite things.

  • 8 thick slices of white bread without crust.
  • 7 cups of mixed fresh berries such as, cut strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.
  • 1 cup of sugar
  1.  Put berries in saucepan pour sugar over and heat until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Coat a 1 ½ quart bowl with butter and line with plastic wrap (this will help you get the pudding out intact)
  3. Line the bowl with bread, fill in any spaces with bread
  4. Pour berries over the bread, in the bowl.
  5. Cut bread to form a lid on top of bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Place a small dish on top and weight it down by placing a food can on top. Place in fridge for 6 hours.
  6. To serve, place dish on top of bowl and flip over. Remove bowl and plastic wrap. Enjoy!

Are you due for your Mammogram?

by Any Mayr

Although early detection of breast cancer increases chances of survival significantly, mammography tends to be a scary topic for women. Some women put off getting screened because they’re afraid of the results, while others are simply trying to avoid the cost. As defined by the American Cancer Society, a mammogram is a low-dose x-ray that allows radiologists to look for changes in breast tissue. Understanding mammography procedures, the symptoms behind breast cancer, and the importance of getting regular screenings can help save women’s lives.

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

If you know me, you know that I have a passion for cars. It started as a child, as my father would take me to dealerships where he would spend hours looking at vehicles. We lived in England and his dream cars were all American. He came to the U.S. and bought a 1982 Oldsmobile Cutlass Station Wagon, and had it shipped to London. My father had the car converted so it could be driven on the other side of the road and we had to have our brick wall around our garden removed to fit the huge car in the driveway. Needless to say that this massive vehicle would not fit into our “Mini Cooper” sized garage! At the time, it was the only American station wagon in Britain, and caused a lot of head turning as we drove this huge monster down the narrow roads. My father would be worried about how much petrol he was using and if he could find a parking spot in London large enough to fit the car. The car would always draw a big crowd of Brits wondering what “Rock Star” was visiting their village! I would sit in the 3rd row seat that faced to the rear of the car, wearing my cowboy hat and longing for the day I would live in America.

Farm Credit of Florida

Financing for Your Lifestyle

By Ruth Ward

John Hall and Zak Seymour

Zak Seymour and John Hall are experts in financing agricultural operations and rural property. They both work for Farm Credit of Florida at the Alachua branch, which is located on Hwy 441. The Farm Credit System has existed for more than 100 years, loaning money to farmers and those that want land in the country.

Farm Credit of Florida is a member-owned agricultural lending cooperative and a member of the nationwide Farm Credit System. Farm Credit of Florida provides loans, leases, and crop insurance to over 2,610 farmers, ranchers, growers, and rural homeowners across the state, with eleven offices serving Florida. Farm Credit of Florida has approximately 1 billion dollars of assets made up mostly of agricultural type loans to a wide array of farming operations and also rural home loans.

Zak has been with the company for fifteen years. He attended Gainesville High School and the University of Florida. John has fifteen years of experience in agricultural education at middle school, high school, and a collegiate level in Florida, Texas, and Tennessee. Together, they are a wealth of knowledge and experience that is valuable to clients.

John and Zak have financed a variety of unique farm operations that people would never think about as a farm. One of those is Shady Creek Butterfly Farm in Brooker, FL. Mr. & Mrs. Smith raise butterflies that are shipped all over the world for exhibits in museums and zoos.

Acupuncture, Meditation, and Healthy Food

by Joseph Williams A.P.D.O.M

In 2014, a breakthrough Canadian study conducted by researchers at the University of Calgary, (Alberta) and Alberta Health services concluded that meditation may be a powerful complement to treatment plans aimed at altering the cellular activity of cancer survivors.

Today, many are seeking ways to include health and wellness into their lifestyles, especially when you feel your daily life has failed you. Have you ever searched for the right vitamin or supplement or thrown multiple types of seeds, including chia seeds, into your food or shakes? The use of supplements, acupuncture, meditation, etc. is well documented in cancer patients and often not shared with their doctors. Often cancer patients have read about complementary, alternative or integrative approaches to their well-being. They are NOT the same. But how is a person with cancer supposed to incorporate an integrative approach to lessen some side effects and improve their quality of life? Joseph Williams A.P.D.O.M., founder of Sunshine Integrative Health in 2009, has graciously agreed to combine efforts to explain the role of integrative medicine in oncology. Committed to evidence-based care, Joseph Williams is an active member of the International Society of Integrative Oncology and is both published and conducts active research specific to Acupuncture and Cancer Care.