A Romantic Weekend Getaway

A Romantic Weekend Getaway

by Trish Utter For a minute I thought I was in . . . Paris! But I was at the Park Plaza Hotel in Winter Park, which is close to downtown Orlando. More »

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019

The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2019

by Trish Utter This is the automotive equivalent of the Super Bowl. Anyone that knows me would tell you that this is THE event of the year that I have been waiting More »

Protecting Your Family

Protecting Your Family

by Trish Utter Over a year ago I was getting off the highway, and came to a stop at the traffic light when I was hit from behind. It didn’t seem like More »

The Excitement of…MIAMI!

The Excitement of…MIAMI!

by Trish Utter The chill of winter is here, but it’s 78 degrees in Miami! Don’t you just love living in Florida? There are so many places we can drive to for More »

Do Your New Year’s Resolutions Need Help?

Do Your New Year’s Resolutions Need Help?

by Danielle D’Silva With the New Year come all the same old resolutions lose weight, get healthier, get in shape… you name it. We start with high hopes thinking, “maybe this year More »

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Hugh Cain

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Hugh Cain

Meet Hugh Cain, he has been in the Alachua area for some time and is well known for his insurance business as an Allstate agent. Where are you from and why did More »


Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Hugh Cain

Meet Hugh Cain, he has been in the Alachua area for some time and is well known for his insurance business as an Allstate agent.

Where are you from and why did you move to this area?

I was born at Alachua General Hospital in Gainesville. My parents moved to the Alachua area when I was in the 5th grade from Lake Santa Fe. We left the lake life to the farm life in the Good Life Community and many years later I am still here.

Where did you go to school?

I attended Springhill Middle School (High Springs) which is now High Springs Community School. I graduated from Santa Fe High School here in Alachua and was the 1983 senior class president

How do you relax?

Shooting clay targets with my Blaser F3 Supersport can be very relaxing when I am on my game.


Woofstock was held The Barn at Rembert Farms in Alachua to raise money for the Humane Society of North Central Florida. Guests enjoyed some groovy music, silent auction and a wonderful buffet dinner. Please consider adopting a pet today! AlachuaHumane.org

USMC 243rd Birthday Ball

The United States Marine Corps 243rd Birthday Ball was held at Turkey Creek Golf Club. The community came out to celebrate and honor them in style. The youngest marine, David Bermudez, age 22, to the oldest Bob Gishey, age 94, were honored by cutting the cake and having the first bite. About 300 were in attendance.

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

This time of year is when I really enjoy the beach because hardly anyone is there. I drive about an hour and a half to Ponte Vedra Beach, located just south of Jacksonville. Lots of unspoiled sand dunes and miles and miles of natural rugged beach for Daphne, my dog, and I to roam. This is a place where I can relax and reflect, and a place Daphne can chase seagulls, and splash in the water. You might laugh but I like to take my flask of hot tea… sorry but the English side of me will always come out…and a sandwich and enjoy a picnic while watching the waves. Of course, I also take a bag of dog biscuits for Daphne.

Maple Syrup…Yum!

by Ruth Ward

One of my pet peeves is going to a fabulous restaurant and ordering pancakes that are organic and look amazing, but then the server hands you a bottle of ……manufactured syrup!!!! What a way to ruin a
great meal!

I acquired the taste for the real stuff when I lived in Maine, New Hampshire, and Boston. Up there people are serious about their syrup. They even have blindfold taste tests to see if they can tell which grade it is.  Vermont is the largest maple syrup producer in the country.

Most of us in the US have used Log Cabin which only contains 4% real maple syrup or Aunt Jemima’s that contains this – Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Cellulose Gum, Caramel Color, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sodium, Benzoate and Sorbic Acid (preservatives) Sodium Hexametaphosphate. You might notice that there is NOT one drop of real Maple Syrup in it!

A Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Winter

by Anya Mayr

Winter: the time of snuggly warm hot cocoa drinks, twinkly lights, and the unabashed smell of cinnamon. While winter in Florida lacks the cotton-white snow and piles of amber-colored leaves, the weather dips, hearty holiday meals, and stressful schedules can have a significant impact on your health. This winter, be sure to follow some healthy holiday tips to keep in tiptop shape throughout the season and into the new year!

Have a Heart Healthy Holiday

Don’t worry – you don’t have to skip out on your grandma’s delicious stuffing tradition or rid yourself of the pumpkin pie! However, make it a point to enjoy your favorite holiday meals in moderation. Holiday meals tend to be high in cholesterol, which in turn can increase your risk of heart disease. If you do choose to stray away from the traditional path, plan on creating some holiday meals that include mushrooms! Not only are they a delicious, heart-healthy, gluten-free (and vegan!) option, but they also have immunity components that help boost your protection against colds and viruses. For more information on improving heart health, visit

How Trendy are You?

by Brooke Utter

You have all heard of Louis Vuitton and Chanel but are you cool enough to have heard of BAPE and Supreme?

After my recent trip to LA, San Francisco, and New York City, I caught onto a few fashion trends. You may have noticed your teens wearing T-Shirts with a cartoon graphic of an ape or Supreme’s red logo on clothing and even plastered on exotic cars. Did you check the brand and the price?

It’s More than Just Radiation & Medication

 by Ruth Ward

Sharon Breitinger’s breast cancer journey began on October 10, 2017, the day of diagnosis. Sharon describes her initial reaction as one of shock, fear and the feeling that this cannot be real. She states, “First thing we did was call my awesome mom, because not only did we need her support but she had breast cancer over 25 years ago and is a very healthy Breast Cancer Survivor”. Her husband, Pete, is a physician’s assistant and he reached out to his vast medical network and quickly identified the best team of providers for her specific diagnosis. Dr. Sarantos, Dr. Dickerson and Dr. Hayes. “That is how my family and I aligned with North Florida Radiation Oncology (NFRO) and Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) at The Cancer Center of North Florida Regional Medical Center,” Sharon reports.

Dr. Cherylle Hayes, Medical Director at NFRO recalls, “When I first met Sharon in October, 2017, I knew she had a long road ahead.” Sharon’s care was determined by a multidisciplinary cancer treatment team and included surgery and chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy. Dr. Hayes knew she would not see Sharon back in her office until surgery and chemotherapy were completed. However, she was pleasantly surprised to see her just a few weeks after her initial visit. “I saw her sitting in the front row of the first local Lyrics for Life concert hosted by our celebrity band, Sister Hazel, benefitting cancer patients. Here she is I thought, “a patient herself sitting in the audience. What a trooper!” I left that evening thinking about her, her family, what her day must be like and what her needs would be on a routine basis. How does someone get through treatment and maintain quality of life, daily activities, work life, and family life? At North Florida Radiation Oncology patients are thought of as “visiting family” and they become a part of the team with physicians, staff and other providers.