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From the Desktop

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, More »

Brighten Your Day with a Delicious Cake!

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 More »

Hitchcock’s, Raising Money for Local Charities

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. More »

Be prepared for the upcoming Florida Summer!

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 More »

Weekend Celebration at Disney

Weekend Celebration at Disney

by Trish Utter My son, Colt, celebrated his 21st birthday at … Disney! I cannot believe that here we were celebrating my son’s 21st, when it seems like yesterday he was at More »

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Robert A. Rush, PA

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Robert A. Rush, PA

Robert A. Rush is one of only four attorneys in the State of Florida who has been designated an expert in both Civil and Criminal law, but you probably don’t know that More »

Those Who Help Others Sometimes Need a little Help Themselves

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 More »

Bosshardt Realty – 30 Years of serving Gainesville

Bosshardt Realty – 30 Years of serving Gainesville

March 15, 2017, marked the 30th Anniversary for Bosshardt Realty Services, LLC. Carol Bosshardt, owner and founder of the company, opened her brokerage with one simple philosophy – take care of the More »

America’s Most Jaw Dropping Piece of Real Estate

America’s Most Jaw Dropping Piece of Real Estate

The mountain air is fresh in Ashville, North Carolina. The huge, beautiful trees sweep across the 3-mile driveway. The winding narrow approach road gives visitors time to sit and relax, but wonder More »

 

Bosshardt Realty – 30 Years of serving Gainesville

March 15, 2017, marked the 30th Anniversary for Bosshardt Realty Services, LLC. Carol Bosshardt, owner and founder of the company, opened her brokerage with one simple philosophy – take care of the customer. For Carol, simply helping one sell or purchase a home was not enough. She wanted to base her company on world class service, establishing strong relationships, and giving back to her community. She has more than exceeded these goals.

Carol, originally from Rockford, Illinois, learned about real estate and new construction from her parents. Her mother was a Realtor, and her father was a builder. This foundation stuck with her even after she graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work. In 1977, Carol integrated her mother’s experience with her own foundation in human services to follow her true calling: working with people. It is not a surprise that Carol received the Paul Harris “Service Above Self” Award for service to her community.

Carol chose to open her own real estate brokerage because she wanted to make the real estate industry more professional than what she had been experiencing for the 10 years prior. She recalls the level of training and professional services in Madison, Wisconsin, was far superior to what she was experiencing in Alachua County. It was her mission to do something about that. She wanted her company to have high training standards, the highest level of professional services, and truly give back to the community that would offer her these successes.

America’s Most Jaw Dropping Piece of Real Estate

The mountain air is fresh in Ashville, North Carolina. The huge, beautiful trees sweep across the 3-mile driveway. The winding narrow approach road gives visitors time to sit and relax, but wonder what is around the next corner, until you eventually get to a large iron gate, and then……….…the HOUSE!!!!!

If you ever wanted over the top drama and opulence and have a few hundred million to spend, then the Biltmore Estate is it. Some might say it looks like an English manor house, but you could put a manor house inside this gigantic mansion many times. It even makes Downton Abbey look like a dollhouse!

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

I’ve been doing some spring cleaning…or should I say…chucking out junk. I can’t believe I am still sorting out things from 20 plus years ago. Am I a hoarder? Things seem to be multiplying in the house. It is hard when you have had family things left to you as I have held onto things out of guilt. It is only now that I realize it is time to …let GO!

What got me started on this trend was when a friend of mine who has some beautiful clothes let me see her closet. Unlike my tightly packed closet this huge walk in closet was bare! I thought maybe she had been robbed! She laughed and told me that she only keeps things for a short time. “No point in keeping things I never wear,” she said. I went straight home and looked at each piece of clothing. How long had it been since I had worn it? Does it fit? Would I miss it? I threw out clothes that don’t fit. If I ever do lose weight to fit in them again they will be out of date anyway. If you have shoes that really aren’t that comfortable and haven’t been worn in years…toss them.

An Interview with Doris Meneely Scott at the age of 104!

by Trish Utter

Ward Scott has told me stories for years about his mother, Doris. How at the age of 104 she still plays the piano and enjoys the company of younger people. Doctors are amazed that she plays new music on the piano all the time.

“In the evening the family would roll up the rug, invite people over and they would play the piano, sing and dance” said Doris.

“She always stayed out of the sun. She doesn’t wear glasses, no hearing aids but she does not like her hair the way it is now. She does not understand tattoos, she calls them drawings,” said, Ward with a fond smile on his face.

Doris lives in Gainesville with her other son, Robert, his wife Joan and their 8 year old granddaughter, Hannah. Robert told me that he found Hannah and Doris playing in the back room with Hannah spinning Doris around in an office chair and Doris laughing her head off. He said, “It’s like having two kids in the house.”

What year were you born in and where?

July 25, 1912, Urbana, Illinois, the year the Titanic sank.
What was your childhood like?

Did you have a sport, hobby?

I most remember the Depression. When the next door neighbors lost their house, we took in the entire family for two years. We had a big garden and grew our own vegetables and fruits. When I graduated from Urbana High School in 1929, I attended the University of Illinois. I majored in Physical Education, was a member of the Gregorian Literary Society, The Academic Honorary Society Torch, and the Women’s Glee Club.

I earned a “Major I” at the University of Illinois and participated in soccer all four years I attended the university. I was also a toe dancer, an ice skater, took apparatus, and played volleyball. I even played baseball on a women’s team when women didn’t play softball.

When I graduated from the University of Illinois in 1934, I became a teacher in a one room school house in Dewey, Illinois. Later, after my husband went to war against the Japanese in the Pacific Theatre as an officer in the 77th Division, Combat Engineers, I taught Physical Education for four years at Champaign High School until he returned from the war.

I had a younger brother too, Ward, after whom my oldest son is named. When my brother and my husband left for war, I didn’t know if either one would come back. So I named my first son after both of them, Thomas, for his father’s first name, and Ward, after my brother’s first name. That way if neither returned, I had their names in my son’s name. My brother Ward died at the age of thirty-six from a complication from childhood diphtheria. It was miraculous that he lived through childhood at all, for little was known in those days about how to treat the disease.

Come Visit Downtown Alachua

Just a few minutes from Gainesville, up I-75 or west on U.S. Highway 441 or a few minutes south of Lake City, you will find the charming, historic town of Alachua. In 1818, it was named Newnansville and a railroad station nearby was given the name “Alachua” by the postmaster. In 1905 it became known as the City of Alachua and had a population of 526. The meaning of the name Alachua is “Sink” although some say the meaning is, “Big Jug without a Bottom.” The name was given to the area by the Seminole Indians. In 1915 the City of Alachua had two churches, Methodist and Baptist, and the local school had seven teachers. By 1925 the population had grown to 1,100.

You will see many beautiful Victorian and Craftsman style homes and a tree lined, winding main street that has unique stores and fantastic restaurants. In fact, Main Street used to be a dirt road. Locals would pull up under shady trees to park their wagons that were pulled by mules. Later they were driving Ford model T’s. In 1932, Enneis Motor Company opened in a beautiful white brick building with huge paned windows located behind Alachua Farm and Lumber.

Congratulations to this Young Chess Team

by Daurine Wehbe

Every parent wants to give their child the best start in life. Many say that the game of chess stimulates the brain. Chess is a wonderful game that can be played anywhere and at any age and trains the mind to think strategically. Children that play
Chess start to see the importance of planning ahead.

Gainesville’s Oak Hall chess team, “The Eagles” recently brought home a United States Chess Federation National Championship from Nashville. It was the twelfth in the school’s history. The Kindergarten team took the top spot in their grade and climbed to number one in the U.S. rankings.

Oak Hall’s other attending teams all placed as well; first grade, third grade, and fourth grade won second, sixth, and fifth place, respectively. They were the only team to place everyone within the top ten.

Weekend Road Trip to Clearwater and St. Petersburg

by Trish Utter

The great thing about living here is that on one tank of gas you can drive to so many great places. Here are a few of our top picks for your weekend getaway.

Honey Bees . . . in Your Home!

by Trish Utter

Honey bees are disappearing at an alarming rate. So many of us use pesticides that kill them but without this beautiful fuzzy, black and yellow insect we could starve to death as the humble bee is the key to our food. Without the bee there would be no pollination. Without that we would have no crops and with no crops to feed cattle we would then have no meat…are you catching on here?

Beekeepers are reporting up to 90% losses in honey bees all over the globe!

Each spring nature tells the honey bees it’s time to reproduce. They do this by sending out the old queen bee with 70 percent of the bees from a colony to find a new home and to start a new colony.

The problems begin when the honey bees decide to take up a residence in your home! They only need 1/8th of an inch to enter a wall and set up housekeeping. Local beekeeper extraordinaire Chappie McChesney has removed nests from homes containing over 100,000 bees along with lots of honeycomb, brood, and honey. A few years ago he removed a nest from the Alachua City, Mayor, Gib Coerper’s yard and one across the street from a meter box. McChesney got a call from the City of Alachua to remove bees from a street sign that were left when a commercial beekeeper drove through town without a net over his bees. McChesney also removed a colony of bees from the Alachua Farm & Lumber storage building. He does this without any charge!

These were just a few of the local bees saved among the thousands he has to his credit. He travels all over north central Florida saving honey bees and saving the homeowners money.

Chappie suggest all farmers, home owners, and those interested in saving our honey bees, stop using so many chemicals in the gardens and plant more bee friendly flowers to help save the honey bees.