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Farm Credit of Florida

Farm Credit of Florida

Financing for Your Lifestyle By Ruth Ward 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 More »

Acupuncture, Meditation, and Healthy Food

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 More »

Rev Your Engine at Local Car Clubs

Rev Your Engine at Local Car Clubs

Gainesville Car Friends & Other Local Car Clubs This group of car enthusiasts meets every Friday night from 7-9pm on the roof top of the parking garage at the Phillips Center. There More »

From Desperation to Celebrating 25 Years at Her Dream Job

From Desperation to Celebrating 25 Years at Her Dream Job

by Trish Utter The person that greets you at any business is the face of the company. They can make or break a business. For the past 25 years, Sharon Ruthie Hale-Ferguson More »

Perfect Way to Spend an Afternoon

Perfect Way to Spend an Afternoon

Saint Johns Town Center in Jacksonville by Trish Utter I love little road trips, and often go over to St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville. The drive takes about an hour and More »


Cars, Champagne & Movie Stars!

by Trish Utter

I admit it…I have a problem…a car problem. I adore exotic cars, the roar of the engine excites me and a need for speed runs through my veins. I have often wished that I could park my car in my house, as I would sit and stare at it just like an exquisite work of art. This is why every year on the second weekend in March, I visit Amelia Island where over 33,000 car enthusiasts get together for the largest car shows and events on the east coast. The most prestigious of these events is The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at the Ritz Carlton, Golf Club, Amelia Island.

Community PIX

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Meet Congressman Ted Yoho who serves Florida’s 3rd District

Congressman Ted Yoho

Where are you from, when did you move to Gainesville, and why?

I was born in Minnesota and moved to Pompano Beach when I was eight years old. I graduated from Deerfield Beach High School in 1973. I attended Broward Community College and then moved to Gainesville in 1977, and have been here since.

How do you relax?

I read, work, fish, and travel with my wife and family.

Where do you like to go for a weekend getaway and why?

I like to go to Welaka, which is on the St. John’s River. It is close to Gainesville and phone reception is weak. It is absolutely primitive Florida out on the river, and the fishing is great.

What do you listen to in your car?

Mostly country, Western, Margaretville, jazz and classic rock. Sometimes FOX Brett Baier or CNN Wolf Blitzer.

What was your first job and what did you learn from it? How much was you first pay check for?

From the Desktop

by Trish Utter, Publisher & Chief Bottle Washer

Good things are ahead, but hurricane Irma certainly left many of us in a tailspin. I remember when I moved to Florida about 14 years ago. I had been living up north and had no idea what a hurricane was like. I thought I was escaping snow and ice and would be living in an idyllic tropical paradise. Within a month of moving here, hurricane Jeanne hit. It was the deadliest hurricane in the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. For six weeks, Florida endured four hurricanes, Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. I remember thinking that maybe snow days weren’t that bad.

I live in the City of Alachua and will never forget Jeanne. We were without power for 10 days! The Red Cross had set up in the parking lot outside Hitchcock’s and handed out water and food. We had no air conditioning and no way to cook. It really made you appreciate the small things in life even more.

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 love trains. In that case, Folkston is a dream come true. You see, every train entering Florida has to come through Folkston. At least sixty-five trains a day pass through this small town. The town acquired the nickname “The Folkston Funnel.” About every twenty to thirty minutes, a train passes through the two parallel tracks that run through the town. Being a Railfan (Meaning I am crazy about trains) I decided to visit with my son, Mason to check it out.

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 prevent bacteria.

Frozen turkeys can take 4-5 days to thaw out in the refrigerator. Make sure you figure out how long it will take or you will be left with a frozen bowling ball! In general, it is 24 hours for every 5 pounds or you can speed it up by placing it in cold water, but you must replace the water every 30 minutes to prevent bacterial growth.

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 in the center. A cookie that on first bite you close your eyes and are flooded with childhood memories of your favorite holidays. After much trial and error, I found the following recipe. And it fulfills the task of saying “Hello Christmas I have missed you.” Enjoy!

Women’s Friendship Network Invites You to Join

(Right to Left): Mary Smithers, Anita Minck, Linda Gouthro, Ruth Tecler, Betty Holland, Vivian Gentry, Fern Malloy and Judi Steffen

by Judi Steffen

Beta Sigma Phi is a non-profit, international organization established in 1931 that helps women in the world seek a wider experience in daily living. It is a non-academic sorority, founded in Kansas and is now international in membership.

I became a member in 1972 and now lead the local committee to offer this experience to other women in the Gainesville, Alachua County area.

In addition to acquiring many new friends, my Sisters have seen me through many things: my parents’ deaths eight days apart and my struggles with raising learning-disabled sons during the years when learning disabled children were seen as lazy, stupid, and worthless, even by some teachers. They were with me at times when depression brought me to the ground. They were there when I had a heart attack and open-heart surgery at the age of fifty. They were there through my husband’s illness and death, and through the subsequent financial struggles I have had.