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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 »


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.

Treatment, Diet, Acupuncture and Caring Doctors

by Ruth Ward

Medical professionals should all follow in the footsteps of the amazing team at The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Hospital. Here is one woman’s story on how they helped her through her journey. She not only received treatments and medical advice but they also discussed and reviewed her diet, helping to turn her life around by eating more nutrient dense foods such as kale, vegetables and other healthy whole foods. As Dr. Hayes says, “getting back to living off the land!” One thing these doctors agree on is that too many people rely on processed foods for their daily nutrition. Changing your diet makes a difference not only in the prevention of many diseases, but also with the prevention of cancer. Additionally, it helps to improve the tolerance of treatment for cancer and aid in recovery. The office even offers acupuncture, integrative health and “food therapy” all which has been shown to alleviate a variety of symptoms and help with recovery as well.

Here is one patient’s story:

I got my first mammogram at age 40 and every year right on time after that. I also did a breast self-exam in the shower, after my period. After I stopped having them, I began to do them on the first of every month. I had this thought that if I obeyed the schedule perfectly, I’d never get breast cancer. I’m a B cup, and I figured since I had less breast tissue, the chances of cancer had to be lower. When the mammography tech said I needed to stay after my mammogram for a few extra pictures, I wasn’t worried. She told me the radiologist had seen something, and I needed to have an ultrasound too, and then a biopsy. I began to have second thoughts. The radiologist did it all the same day, and I went home with her words bouncing around in my head: “I think it’s very possible you have a small breast cancer.” I couldn’t sleep at all that night, but I didn’t say anything to my husband because I wasn’t ready for it to be real.

The radiologist referred me to a surgeon, and I told my husband the next morning because I wanted him to come with me to the appointment. “Am I hearing the right thing?!” We saw the surgeon soon after. She spent over an hour with us, confirmed that the biopsy results showing breast cancer, and explained that I could have a lumpectomy or a mastectomy. If I chose lumpectomy I would need radiation as well, possibly chemotherapy and something called antiestrogen therapy. She set up appointments for me with a Radiation Oncologist, Dr. Hayes, and a Medical Oncologist, Dr. Dickerson, at The Cancer Center at North Florida. Also, I had been taking Premarin, (hormone replacement therapy) to help with the symptoms of menopause. She told me I should stop that, since the estrogen can stimulate the breast cancer to grow faster.

Donnie Lancaster, Local, Iconic, Stylist

by Trish Utter

I have been coming to see Donnie Lancaster at Sixth Street Station for over 12 years. After living in London, New York and Los Angeles it was a challenge to find a hair stylist that could live up to my expectations. But I found that with Donnie.

Where are you from and what brought you to Gainesville?

I’m from Cheifland, FL. I moved to Tampa to go to beauty school and lived there for 20 years. I was near Westshore Mall and I loved living there. Then I returned home to look after my mother after my father passed away in 1992. I missed city life and Gainesville seemed to be the best location for me. I now live in Northwest Gainesville.

At what age did you start to get interested in hair and who was your biggest inspiration?

When I was a child I went to the salon with my mother for her hair appointments and her German stylist told me that one day I would be a great hairstylist. She said that the majority of stylists in Germany were men, and that I was helpful when I was there, and I would do well as a stylist. I had no interest at the time. As a young adult I had worked on a farm and a grocery store. I knew I did not want to stay in Cheifland and be a farmer. I hated college and gave up my scholarship. I started my schooling in hair and never looked back.

Where did you get most of your training?

My initial training was in Tampa. I received more training in Gainesville, Orlando, New York and traveled with Matrix as an aesthetics educator in make-up and skin care and got lots of training with hair color from Paul Mitchell and Jingles.

Are you … EGGcited?

It is a fast growing trend to keep your own chickens. More and more people are becoming aware of eating, healthy, fresh, organic and home grown foods. If you look at your Facebook page you will probably see your friends not
only posting photos of their children or dogs but also their…chicken coops!

Benefits of a “Home Grown Egg”

  • 25% more Vitamin E and 40% more Vitamin A
  • 75% more Beta Carotene
  • 20 times the amount of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • 1/3 the cholesterol as a factory farmed egg
  • 1/4 less saturated fat

When you crack open one of these eggs you will see a bright yellow yolk and clear whites.

The number of hens you keep depends on your local ordinances, deed restrictions and Home Owners Association rules. Roosters are usually prohibited because of the noise.

Hens start to lay eggs at 6 months old. On average, you will get 2 eggs a day with 2 hens.

Can men get Breast Cancer?

by Dr. Allison Grow

Absolutely! However, it is about 100 times less common than in women. Men have about a 1 in 1000 chance to develop breast cancer in their lifetime (comparing to a 1 in 8 chance in women). In 2017, about 2500 US men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 450 will die of it. For perspective, about 117,000 US men will be diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, and 85,000 will die of it.

Men have a small amount of breast tissue, and the cells lining the ducts can become cancerous just as they can in women. However, since men’s breast tissue never develops during puberty, the number of cells is much lower, and they are not stimulated by estrogen as they often are in women.

Possible symptoms of breast cancer to watch for include:

  • A lump or swelling, which is usually (but not always) painless.
  • Skin dimpling or puckering.
  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • Redness or scaling of the nipple or breast skin.
  • Discharge from the nipple.


  • 232,000 estimated number of new cases in the US every year
  • 1 in 8 women diagnosed with breast cancer
  • Most common type of cancer in women in the US
  • 14% of all new cancer cases
  • New case diagnosed every 2 minutes
  • Avg. age of diagnosis is 61

Local Celebrity Spotlight – Dr. Cherylle Hayes

Dr. Cherylle Hayes is an Oncologist at The Cancer Center at North Florida Regional Hospital. Dr. Hayes is one of the hardest and smartest working women in the area that we know. We have seen Dr. Hayes supporting many local charitable events including PALS.

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

I am from Fort Lauderdale and moved to Gainesville at the end of 1996 to work with the department of radiation oncology at the University of Florida as an assistant professor. I fell in love the Gainesville community and enjoy the team I work with at North Florida Radiation Oncology (dream team).

How do you relax?

Hmmmm, that’s a good question…Is that learned? I relax by getting away and sleeping in after 8am! I love to read, exercise in any form (long walks, swimming, etc.) and really appreciate being with my friends and family.

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

Amelia Island…It’s a great place to catch up on rest and enjoy long walks on the beach. It is peaceful, great place to roam around with a lot of natural habitat and quiet with a lot of foodie places to enjoy….

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

Waze…I’m not telling why!