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For the Love of Trains

For the Love of Trains

by Joe Hancock About ninety miles north of Alachua straight up 121 is Folkston, Georgia – a very small, rural town that frankly, has very little to do. That is unless you More »

Tips for Cooking the Perfect Turkey & Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Tips for Cooking the Perfect Turkey & Cranberry Sauce Recipe

How many people are you cooking for? About 1 to 1/2 pounds of turkey per person is the rule of thumb. Cook for 15 minutes per pound. Cook your stuffing separately to More »

Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookies

by Paige Beck Ginger and Spice Cookies For years, I have searched for the perfect ginger cookie. While some folks love ginger snaps, I prefer a soft cookie that is almost dough-like More »

Understanding and Compassion

Understanding and Compassion

Have you ever had something bad happen and wondered if you should call an attorney? Some things just…happen! It is times such as this when you should pick up your phone and More »

33480, the Richest Zip Code in the US!

33480, the Richest Zip Code in the US!

By Trish Utter The doorman whisked the car away. We walked through a small, tropical courtyard and ushered to a desk in the lobby that was filled with roses. A glass of More »


Local Cancer Survivors

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Local-Cancer-Survivors1Storm Roberts

Storm Roberts of the WKTK-FM, Morning Show, is on of the best known voices Gainesville. In his words, Storm shares shares his life with his listeners and on social media. And that sharing took a whole new turn when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Local-Cancer-Survivors2Kim Bosshardt

Kim Bosshardt’s family means everything to her. Not long after the birth of her third child, she learned she had breast cancer. Kim turned her passion for her family into strength and spirit to help her beat her disease. She also turned to The Cancer Center and Dr. Cherylle

Hayes. Now, years after her diagnosis, Kim has returned to her life with empowerment, dynamism and quality.

Local-Cancer-Survivors3Caren Gorenberg

Caren Gorenberg is on a journey! With advanced stage disease, she is frustrated that the nation’s biggest cancer killer does not receive top research dollars. In 2010, Caren began an annual 5-K event that started at The Cancer Center and ended at the Duck Pond at North Florida Regional Medical Center. Funds raised went to the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation for lung cancer research. According to Mrs. Gorenberg, “To date the Gainesville Run Amuck event has raised over 300K.” Mrs. Gorenberg asks that everyone join her in March, 2016 for the annual event! Caren has an amazing spirit and sense of humor. She calls her event Run Amuck with the Duck. The namesake for the event is a small stuffed duck who has accompanied her.



Recipes by Chef Taylor Dukes,
Great Outdoors Restaurant

Bread-Pudding2Bread Pudding

Step 1 – Core and peal 1 medium size pumpkin and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Place on a baking tray with a few pats of butter and roast in an oven at 350°Ffor 40 minutes or until soft… Let cool…Puree

Step 2 – In a mixing bowl whisk 1 dozen eggs, 1 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 quart heavy cream. Incorporate 1 loaf Challah bread (or any other bread) as well as the pumpkin. Make the mixture an even texture and pour into a 10 x10 buttered baking pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Put the pan into a larger pan filled with 1 inch of water, being careful that the water does not spill into the pudding. Cover with foil. Bake at 350°F for 1 hour until edges are slightly brown.


Step 1 – Use same procedure for the pumpkin as above. Place pumpkin into a pot with 1 quart heavy cream and 1 quart chicken stock. Add 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and bring to a boil.

Step 2 – Remove from stove and add 1/2 a stick of butter and blend until texture is smooth. Garnish with nutmeg if desired and serve.

Making a Difference to So Many

by Ruth Ward

Making-a-Difference3Karen and Lee Reed live in beautiful downtown Alachua. It may seem that they live an ordinary life but one look at their travel photos will give you an idea of how these two people have helped so many overseas. Karen works at the University of Florida where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing. Her unique international experience gives her students a different perspective on challenges in other parts of the world.

Why did you both fall in love with the work you were doing and the country you were in?

It was a dare! We went to Vietnam and Cambodia on a mission trip with Lee’s father. We were vetting one another to see if we really did enjoy traveling and possibly working in an international setting.

From the time I first landed in Cambodia, I knew I would return. The needs are overwhelming and I knew that my skill set could be quite useful there. However, the challenges are many. There are no nursing textbooks in their language which isolates them from the health care information we take for granted in the US. That means I need to be in-country, working with nursing faculty and students, helping them gain the skill set and knowledge necessary for THEM to make the long-term differences needed in their country. While I worked my husband Lee taught English as a second language and found he loved it.

Why did you apply for the U.S. Fulbright Scholars grant?

Karen’s passion is nursing education, particularly in Cambodia. She has been teaching during working “vacations” since 2005.

The U.S. Fulbright program is the only grant funded program available to support educators like me with a heart for international education in their areas of specialty. Cambodia had never had a nurse apply before and I wanted to show the Cambodian Ministry of Health and the U.S. State Department what a nursing professor can accomplish when given the opportunity to do so. I will say that everyone was quite happy with the outcomes.

Making-a-Difference2How long was the trip to Cambodia?

When we are lucky, we are able to make it three flights (the longest being 13 hours) and total travel time typically runs 27-32 hours. Unfortunately, this summer I was stuck with four flights and it took me 40 hours to get home!

What were your accommodations like? In a house or condo comparable to the US or was it different and in what way?

The grant provided a nice living allowance so that individuals who are not comfortable living in a home can afford a hotel for their entire stay but we wanted to engage with our neighbors and live as ex-pats while there. So, we were quite fortunate to find a home that was reasonably furnished and then we had some pieces made (something you can do quite cheaply over there) and with a mammoth shopping list in hand, we went to the local shops and stalls outfitting the house with what we needed to live. While our house was much larger than we needed (four bedrooms), we used our home to “adopt” backpackers coming through the area and to provide a comfortable getaway for aid workers, who live in much humbler circumstances. A hot meal, hot water shower and a soft bed was a welcome reprieve for many. Last year, we received holiday greetings from multiple countries from young people we had stay with us while we were in Cambodia.

What did you learn from your students?

I love my Cambodian students to pieces. I cannot say that I learned any one thing but that I continued to grow as an educator and as a nurse which in turn allows me to be a better nurse and educator here at home. My Cambodian students keep me on my toes. They are insatiable for information and are keen to understand and I must present them with information in a manner that they can find useful and relevant.

Making-a-Difference1What is the most memorable experience you had while over there?

The first course that I taught at the nursing school in 2013 was gerontology. I shall never forget a student shyly asking me, “Do wrinkles hurt?” You see, 70% of Cambodia is under age 30 as a result of the massive genocide in the 1970’s by the Khmer Rouge. As a result, the age of the population is skewed. These young people do not know what normal aging is all about or the role grandparents play in keeping the stories of families and societies alive. I am a grandmother; both here and in Cambodia. I have my children here in the US and I have my “children of the heart” over there.

How have you helped the people there?

Teaching nursing in Cambodia is a labor of love. I quickly become soaked with perspiration, the bathroom facilities are pretty non-existent, the bugs are pesky and my brain feels fried by 10:30AM trying to come up with culturally appropriate examples of concepts I am teaching. But I would not trade it for the world. I know I am appreciated here, but I also know that there are many wonderful faculties at UF teaching nursing students. In Cambodia, I taught 500 students during the 10 months of my Fulbright experience and those 500 young nurses and midwives will care for close to 10 million people across their collective careers. That is an impact worth living for.

Making-a-Difference4Do you hope to go back and if so when?

I have made six trips there over the last 10 years and summer 2015, I was only able to be there for two weeks. That did it for me. I have requested and been approved to go to a 9 month teaching contract so that I can annually spend all summer in Cambodia. The goal is to be there 12 weeks each summer and in about 14 years, retire there.

Local Celebrity Spotlight: John Spence

spenceAre you from Gainesville? If not where and why did you move here?

I was born and raised in South Miami, I am a fifth-generation Floridian, I moved to Gainesville in 1984 to go to Santa Fe College and then the University of Florida. I graduated from UF in 1989 from the College of Journalism and Communications with a degree in Public Relations.

How do you relax?

Fly fishing, typically for freshwater trout in Colorado or New Zealand – My wife, Sheila and I also have a boat that we take to Cedar Key and Steinhatchee quite often. I also like to garden and I’m learning to paint landscapes and painting with acrylics.

Do you have pets?

We have an absolutely wonderful Vizsla named Suri – which is short for “surrender” because we surrendered our heart, our wallet and our yard to her. She’s a show dog and a national level champion. She is the smartest and sweetest dog we’ve ever owned.

What gadget and/or app can’t you live without?

The voice recognition software called Dragon NaturallySpeaking, I use it to dictate all of my memos, emails and the last three books I’ve written…or spoken.

What don’t we know about you?

My mother was one of the top lady anglers in the world. She caught the first 500 pound blue Marlin in Key West after Hemingway and was the Commodore Bimini.

What is in your fridge?

Fresh vegetables from our yard, fresh eggs from her next-door neighbor’s chickens, and Noosa yogurt from Australia……. it is so delicious.

What has your best financial investment been?

In self-learning… books, audiobooks, and seminars – anything and everything that would help me improve in my business and life.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“You become what you focus on and similar to the people you spend time with” – John Spence

Who inspired you as a child?

Leonardo da Vinci – his work still inspires me.

What is your favorite thing to do in Gainesville?

Go to the downtown art shows or events at the Phillips Center and Santa Fe College.

What type of music do you listen to?

I mostly listen to books and news, but acoustic guitar and jazz are my favorite types of music.

What is your favorite movie?

Monty Python’s quest for the Holy Grail – I have it completely memorized.

What drives you crazy?

People who do not do what they say they will do.

What is your favorite meal?

Grilled steak with baked potato and garlic spinach.

Where is your favorite beach and why?

The beach on the east side of Bimini, I spent a lot of summers there and it’s never crowded.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?

I worked as a mate on a charter boat in the keys, and I learned the importance of customer service. It was a menial job, cleaning toilets, cleaning up the boat, bringing food to the customers and I learned that if you treated them great, even if we didn’t catch fish they had a good time.

What was your first car and what do you drive now?

A black Ford Bronco and now I drive a Chevy Tahoe – I’ve always driven trucks my entire life.

Lumberjacks, Moonshine and Mountains

by Trish Utter

Lumberjacks,-Moonshine,-MountainsAre you longing to see the autumn colors, cool brisk air and the smell of the Holidays?

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are set high in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The drive into this area is breathtaking with mountains, log cabins and lots of wildlife.

This is a destination for great family gatherings as it has something for everyone, from the glitzy tourist attractions to the untamed beauty of nature. Hotels and log cabin rentals are all around. On one side of the Smokies is Gatlinburg and on the other is Pigeon Forge. You can easily travel between both towns, however, there is so much to do that you may want to plan several trips. I traveled there with my two teens, Colt and Brooke and found that even my hard-to-please teens were enjoying themselves.

Lumberjacks,-Moonshine,-Mountains2Pigeon Forge Lumberjack Feud:
This dinner show is top notch….…pun intended! One of the best dinner shows we have ever seen. Real lumberjack athletes from ESPN showcase their skills…..and believe me the girls in the audience noticed their every move. The show captures the history of logging in the area before the Smokies was declared a National Park. We marveled at the shear strength of the Lumberjacks as they climbed to the top of large logs chopping the tops off, stood on floating timbers and wielded their chain-saws. There is also singing and dancing. We all adored the Timberdogs. These specially trained dogs compete worldwide and here you get a close up view of how talented they are. Leaping into water and racing back with decoys. The show even has horses on stage! Oh, and the food! Guests enjoy a half roast chicken meal, enough for any hungry lumberjack! Great value, great show and top on our list. Check out their Holiday Show.

Gatlinburg A Walk in the Woods:
This was a highlight of my trip to Gatlinburg. A true vision of what this area is all about. We were lead on a trail that starts right in the middle of Gatlinburg’s busiest tourist area. I could not understand why our guide, Erik Plakanis was meeting us at such a touristy place. We followed him across a busy street and then into…….. a forest! Erik took us for a leisurely stroll down by a wide picturesque river. The scenery looked as if it was from a story book. Beautiful round boulders dotted the water. He stopped and pointed out leaves and their medicinal use and showed us mushrooms that were edible. Our guide even had leaves and things for us to taste. One leaf tasted just like spearmint chewing gum. We came across a pile of small white glittering rocks that was quartz. There are many trails that you can go on, some are good for small children, others for those that are more adventurous and they even have a pet friendly trail. Without our guide we would have walked right past all the amazing natural things and we certainly would never have thought that there would have been a wilderness trail right in downtown Gatlinburg. 865-436-8283

GatliLumberjacks,-Moonshine,-Mountains3nburg Sky Lift: You cannot enjoy the beauty and scale of the Great Smokey Mountains without a trip to the top of them in the Sky Lift. Grab a cup of coffee and relax as you ascend and make sure you take lots of breathtaking photos. Sunsets from here are spectacular. At the top is a gift and snack shop with picnic tables. After dark you will see Gatlinburg ablaze with twinkling lights. www.

Hollywood Star Cars Museum: This is a large collection of cars that are mainly the creation of George Barris, who made these vehicles for TV shows and movies. Knight Rider, General Lee, the DeLorean from Back to the Future and my favorite, the Batmobile.

Circus Golf in Blacklight 3D: I am not a putt-putt kinda girl but we had fun in this place. The 18 hole course is beautifully painted with a circus theme, clean and inexpensive. My teens had a blast and we all laughed our heads off. 865-436- 4415

A Brit of Magic: It was good to sit down and put our feet up for a laugh with British magician and comedian, Keith Fields. His tongue-in -cheek humor is suitable for everyone. This small venue gives you a close up personal show. My son, Colt, was called up to the stage to help with one of the many magic tricks. www.KeithFields. com 888-482-3330

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies: In Florida we see a lot of marine life…but not like this! Many say it is the best aquarium they have ever seen and tourists from all over the world descend on this special place. Large exhibits are done in natural settings. The gigantic shark Lagoon is so vast that you stand on a moving walkway while sharks and stingrays glide overhead. 865-436-5096

Lumberjacks,-Moonshine,-Mountains4Pancake Pantry: You know it’s good when the locals eat there. It’s been open since 1960. Meals are very large and good for splitting with family. They specialize in exotic style pancakes such as Orange-Walnut, Red-Raspberry Crepes and Apricot-Lemon Delight to gourmet sandwiches like the Dutch Diplomat and homemade soups. We had so much food that we could not even see one bit of the table. Get there early as lines are long and bring cash as that is the only form of payment they accept.

We are excited to let you know that the owners of the Great Outdoors Restaurant in High Springs, FL, will be opening a huge resort in Gatlinburg in 2017 called, Anakeesta(TM). Anakeesta is a Cherokee word that translates to ‘place of the balsams’ or ‘place of high ground’. It is also a recognizable geographic feature found throughout the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This ambitious project will feature a 105 room hotel, restaurants, shopping, zip lining and craft stores. There will also be a Chondola. This aerial lift is comprised of both quad chairs and gondola cabins. The resort has a website that you can visit now. 800-588-1817 888-402-2390

Live Innovative

by Trish Utter

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 12.48.57 PMOver the years, you have come to know Travis and Callie Williams from our many stories on their fantastic construction company, Innovative Home Builders of North Florida, Inc. IHB is flourishing; they only have a few lots remaining in Newtown subdivision in Newberry, they have taken on another subdivision in Lake City called Cottage Grove, have recently begun building new homes on one-acre homesites in Cedar Key, are nearing completion in Forest Creek subdivision in Gainesville, and continue to fill the gated community of Cinnamon Hills Estates in High Springs with quality, affordable, luxurious homes.

Live-Innovative1But when I asked Travis, President of Innovative Home Builders, what new and exciting things were going on with IHB, he told me, “Innovative Home Builders has recently acquired the Second, Third, and Fourth Phases of Oak Ridge Subdivision in High Springs. We are proud to announce that we will be developing these phases and bringing roughly 125 new homes to the High Springs community.”

To celebrate this exciting news, I met the entire Innovative team out at the site for a groundbreaking ceremony. Travis, Callie, and their son Jett all participated in this momentous occasion by turning soil with their golden shovels. Behind them stood the majestic oak tree that this community was named for, its graceful limbs swooping towards the ground. Since the entire infrastructure of the development was planned around this majestic, grand oak tree, it is easy to envision this tree as the focal point of this community for many generations to come.

The location of Oak Ridge subdivision is ideal. The country life you imagine with the city convenience you desire. Oak Ridge is located directly off of 441 between High Springs and Alachua and is just a couple miles from I-75, the brand new Publix supermarket, and beautiful, downtown High Springs and Alachua, where you can find the award-winning Great Outdoors restaurant as well as quaint antique shops. It’s also just minutes from the refreshing cool waters of the springs, and 20 minutes from Gainesville, where you can find the Oaks Mall, University of Florida, and Shands.

Live-Innovative3No detail is overlooked in these homes, where luxury meets affordable prices. Travis and Callie and their Innovative team take pride in the homes they build and strive to offer prices that meet the needs of their customers. The homes in Oak Ridge range from 1,200 to 1,900 square feet. There are 3 and 4 bedroom models available and the prices for these homes start in the $140s. The infrastructure of the second phase will be complete by Spring of 2016, and they have already pre-sold 5 homes! IHB will be offering rotating incentives to our Local Heroes – firefighters, law enforcement, teachers, and active military. For more information about these incentives, check out www.

Innovative Homes are just that…Innovative! They offer a broad selection of floor plans to meet the specific needs of your family. The options and selections they provide allows their customers to select finishes that make a house into a unique home specifically suited for each individual customer. The staff at IHB will take their time to listen to your wants and needs.

IHB is proud of the homes they build and feels grateful for the relationships they have formed with customers over the years. From young families with children, to business professionals, to members of the medical community, to retirees…there is an Innovative home that will meet the needs of your family! IHB is represented by Realtors Kristen Rabell and Rebecca Johnson from Thomas Group Realty. Kristen and Rebecca (both former customers of IHB Homes) provide exceptional customer service throughout the home building or buying process. IHB also partners with lenders Jason Sweat from AmeriPro Home Loans and Robert Fillyaw with FBT Mortgage to offer financing solutions to meet the specific needs of their customers. Travis and Callie want their clients to enjoy their families while living in a beautiful, comfortable place they can call home. Live Innovative and enjoy ….the Good Life!

Live-Innovative2“Innovative is a very dependable builder if you are considering buying a home. I have had the pleasure of being one of the first houses built in a phase of property that they own and have now almost completed. Consistency comes to mind when I see Travis and his crew constantly check on builds as well as phase improvements. Just as giving the same level of care he provided for us when we started discussing what we wanted and where we wanted it. They answered all of my questions……and believe me that could not have been easy. They always tried to find a solution quickly whenever a problem did arise. A great builder with caring professionals.”

“My wife and I built a home with Innovative and moved in January of 2014. We had a wonderful experience with Travis, the builder, his project manager, Kevin, and his staff. Everyone was professional and worked with us on every detail of the home. It’s been about a year and half since we closed and moved in and we are still in love with the house and the quality of construction. We will always #liveInnovative.”

– Troy

“IHB is making our dreams come true! My husband and I chose to build so that we could enjoy all the amenities necessary for the comforts of our large family and we are very satisfied with the results so far in the building project. I can’t wait to move into our new home, it is just perfect for us!”

– Amanda Scott

For more information, check out
or call 352-275-9900 to set up a meeting.
#LiveInnovative #buyInnovative

Slam Dunk for this Bobcat!

SlamDunkGo Bobcats and yes that is just what Byan Chalifoux has done as Captain for Buchholz High School basketball team. is 6’4”, 185lb, 18 year old has a 3.8GPA and has played two varsity sports, (4 years of golf and basketball). Chalifoux is a bright young senior from Buchholz High School that will be going to the University of West Florida. His coach talks about him as the area’s best player and wishes he could have stayed one more year at Buchholz.

What made you interested in basketball?

The fast pace of the game and it being a high profile sport.

Which teacher at Buchholz has inspired you?

Mrs. Bramlett (senior English) & Dr. Kearny (senior Anatomy & Physiology).

SlamDunk2What scholarship did you get and to where?

Full ride oers from West Liberty, West Virginia, Nova Southeastern, (Ft. Lauderdale)
and University of West Florida. I chose UWF.

Do you want to be a pro basketball player and if so for who?

I’m not sure, but if it were to happen I would want to play for Golden State.

What has been your hardest obstacle?

Staying positive, determined, and focused.

Do you have a summer job or after school job, and if so where?

I will be working part-time for e Best Restoration.

What advice does he have for other kids that want to play this sport?

Don’t give up if you get cut from a team. I was cut from a tryout for a 7th grade travel team
but I did not give up and look what happened.

Who is your favorite pro basketball player and why?

Steph Curry because he’s fun to watch, doesn’t showboat, he stays calm.

Getting to Know Officer Young Police Officer of the Year

by Trish Utter

Young2What made you become a cop?

After High School I couldn’t afford to stay in college out of town, due to tuition fees and living expenses. So I came back locally to pursue a career in law as an attorney. When I enrolled at Santa Fe Community College, I signed up for a class entitled “Introduction to Law”. However once I arrived at SFC Kirkpatrick Center for orientation I found out that I didn’t sign up for a simple law class to become an attorney. I had accidentally signed up for the Police Academy!

The first day was military style, so through the running and instructors yelling at me and pushing me along the way, I fell in love with it. I was the youngest and most athletic one in my class. e physical part of the academy was no sweat.

Young1What inspired you?

My Uncle, Robert Bryant inspired me. He retired with the Gainesville Police Department. My Uncle was the one who actually tricked me into signing up for the Police Academy. After High School, I stayed with my aunt and uncle. Uncle Robert once asked me if I was ever interested in Law Enforcement and I remember my reply was, “no, that’s too dangerous”. But little did I know he had already planned on getting me signed up to go to the academy. After completing my rst day at the academy, I remember coming home to see the huge grin on my Uncle’s face. I told him, “Man, you tricked me. I’m in the police academy”. He then asked “How was it”? And I said “It was fun!”

What has been the most touching call?

The look of relief on the wife’s face after me and my partner helped revive her husband who was in cardiac arrest. It was not only touching, but it was a blessing as well.

What do you think you will be doing 10 years from now?

I see myself still in Law Enforcement, as a federal agent in a fugitive task force whether it’s DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) or working as an agent with the Federal Marshals.

What is your Favorite Local Restaurant?

My Favorite restaurant is Texas Roadhouse. As for the restaurants located here in Alachua, it depends on what I’m in the mood for, I enjoy them all. Mi Apa, El Toro, NY Pizza, and Conestoga’s.

Have there been any Funny Moments?

Every day at work is a good time. Each of my co-workers has a unique since of humor, and has a little comedian side to them. Whether we are on a call, or even at lunch or dinner, they always nd the time to make a joke and turn a bad or stressful situation into a humorous one. It’s denitely a great stress relief.

“Once I arrived at SFC Kirkpatrick Center for orientation I found out that I didn’t sign up for a simple law class to become an attorney. I had accidentally signed up Officer Bradon E. Young for the Police Academy!”

Young Entrepreneur, Curtis Loftus is Changing the Game on Land Clearing

by Trish Utter

YE1Have you looked though your Facebook page and seen a video that leaves you thinking, how in the world do they do that? at is exactly how I found out about All Terrain Enterprises, Inc. e video that I watched showed a small yellow tractor with an attachment on the front that had massive sharp metal teeth. It drove up to a huge tree and within two minutes not only was the tree down but completely gone! It was like a magic trick. In total disbelief I watched it again……….and again!

I drove out to meet the owner of ATE, Curtis Loftus at a beautiful piece of rural property. He gave me a complete demonstration on his Cat. Just like the video I had seen, it blew me away the ease and tidiness of this versatile machine. I have watched trees being removed before and witnessed the long hours it has taken and the heavy limbs and hard work of the cleanup. ATE makes it quick and easy.  The revolutionary machine that belongs to ATE is a Caterpillar 299D XHP CTL. It is the most powerful CTL that Cat offers and takes land clearing to a whole new level. e tractor has the highest rated hydraulic ow capacity of any other Cat CTL. It is equipped with the “Forestry Package”, reversible cooling fans and a back-up camera. e Cat is built to maneuver in tight spaces as well as through dense terrain. e Denis/Cimaf DAF-180D mulching head uses a patented drive system and planer style cutting knives that are extremely effective at intensive tree and brush removal. e combination of a high-horsepower machine and efficient knife-mulching technology produces a better, finer mulch product and consumes less fuel than other machines that are out there. e quick connectors allow ATE to rapidly change attachments in the event a customer needs or prefers bulk handling or other services.

YE5Land management is so important to the environment. Debris that builds up on the floor of a wooded area can become combustible. ATE can go in under the canopies of large trees to clear it out and gives you the peace of mind to know your land will be safer.

Instead of it taking weeks or months and thousands and thousands of dollars ATE can clear land quickly, effectively and leave no trace of debris.

Did you grow up in this area, and where did you go to school?

I grew up in the country north of Gainesville, on 20 acres. It was a great place to grow up. I attended Santa Fe High School.

Who was the biggest influence in your life?

My Dad, because he always encouraged me to be whatever I wanted to be and to always strive to do my best. He taught me to be true to how I am and for his faith in the Lord, which I believe in also.

Why did you decide to do this for a living?

Around the farm I always enjoyed driving the tractor and working with my hands. I like working with the environment, maintaining the ecology and working with all kinds of equipment.

What is the largest tree you can take down?

The machine can cut down and completely mulch a tree up to 8 inches in diameter safely.

YE2Do you have to take debris away?

No, most of the time. The trees and brush are mulched into small enough pieces that they rot on the ground and the nutrients return to the soil. Sometimes, when we come across concrete, fence wire or extremely large trees, we may have to move those items into a pile for later disposal.

What happens to tree stumps?

Stumps are cut off just above ground level so the cutting teeth will not be worn down by the sand. It’s the same idea of keeping your chain saw blade out of the dirt, or it goes dull very quickly. The stumps eventually rot in the ground, also addition to the soil.

On a wooded one acre lot how long would it take you to clear and how much would that cost?

Speed and cost are always an issue, because “it depends”. One acre of heavy trees and dense underbrush takes longer than one that has brush. Every piece of land is different and because of this we do a free onsite inspection of each job.

What happens to all the mulch?

The mulch breaks down, decomposes and becomes part of the soil. It’s one of the reasons I like forestry mulching so much, because it is better for the environment and for the land owner.

What if I want a tree left standing but everything else cut down?

Not a problem, our Caterpillar 299D XHP CTL is the most powerful one that Cat offers and is extremely maneuverable to help us be selective in the clearing process.

Do you do commercial and residential work?

We do both, but what we do ultimately depends on the “on site” inspection that we do.

What is the most memorable job you have done?

Because of the uniqueness of the mulching process, there are memorable aspects to each job. The one you remember best is the one you just did, and the one you think about the most is the one you’re working on now. And of course you are always thinking of safety, for yourself and for the land owner.

If you have a vacant wooded lot that you have been wanting to build on or wooded acreage that you would like to turn into pasture for horses or cattle but you have been putting off clearing it due to cost and time to hall the debris away now you can call ATE. Turn unusable land into something you can build on or farm with. I encourage you all to visit ATE’s website and view their amazing video

For more information call 352-283-1821

Hope for Early Stage Lung Cancer Patients

by Dr. Charles Perkins

Hope1In their 10-year survey, the Cleveland Clinic researchers found that 79% of these tumors responded to treatment and remained under local control, meaning that no further growth of the tumor had occurred. Although these results were not directly compared, this is similar to the rate of control for a lobectomy lung surgery (removing an entire lobe of the lung). However, lobectomy surgery is associated with a 3-5% mortality rate in itself, and carries a significant risk of long term effects such as chest wall pain and reduced lung function. Many patients, due to the severity of the procedure, are not candidates for this surgery due to its risks.

SBRT for lung cancers, which uses highly focused X-rays to destroy the tumor, requires very precise and accurate mapping of each patient’s anatomy individually, as well as a way to track the target tumor during normal respiration. This allows the treatment to spare as much healthy lung tissue as possible, reducing the rate of short and long-term side effects

Hope2In contrast, the survey showed that the rate of toxicity for SBRT was low, with most patients having minimal toxicity (chest wall pain or lung inflammation), which in 75-80% of cases were minor and resolved in a short period of time. No severe toxicity or mortality from treatment was reported. However, 35-55% of patients did develop spread of lung cancer outside of the lung, despite their primary tumor responding well to SBRT. This is also similar to lung surgery, and represents the insidious nature of lung cancer, as well as the need for better detection and treatment options that focus on areas outside of the initial cancer involvement.

Given these excellent 10 year results, stereotactic lung radiotherapy should become the new standard of care for patients with early stage lung cancers, who are medically unfit to undergo surgery. However, despite these advances, lung cancer still remains the deadliest cancer, retaining the highest mortality rate in the United States in both men and women, causing more cancer-related deaths than breast, prostate, and colon (the 3 most common cancers) combined. Stereotactic lung radiotherapy is a major step in the right direction, providing a highly effective treatment for patients who otherwise may not have had any other options.

One of the most promising advances in radiotherapy in the past decade has been the development of stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for early stage lung cancers, a non-invasive alternative treatment for patients who may not be able to undergo a major surgical procedure. Initial short term data were remarkably promising, with excellent response rates and very little toxicity. Now, results from 10 years of treatment have been accumulated, which show that this treatment maintains its excellent outcomes in the long-term. A recent study from the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University which surveyed patients treated from 2003 to 2012 with SBRT for medically inoperable early stage lung cancer, was presented at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology last year. These patients had undergone 5 stereotactic lung radiotherapy treatments over the course of one week.

SBRT for lung cancers, which uses highly focused X-rays to destroy the tumor, requires very precise and accurate mapping of each patient’s anatomy individually, as well as a way to track the target tumor during normal respiration. This allows the treatment to spare as much healthy lung tissue as possible, reducing the rate of short- and long-term side effects. Technological advances have allowed these requirements to be comfortably met, and specific machines such as the CyberKnife are dedicated to these highly conformal stereotactic treatments.