New Year’s Resolutions You Won’t Want to Break

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Lose weight. Hit the gym. Eat healthier. Be less stressed. Fit into those old jeans. Do any of these ring a bell as your New Year’s resolutions? If they do, you might want to start by breaking them.Many New Year’s resolutions have good intensions, but the fact of the matter, according to Patrick Faulk, Fitness & Wellness Manager at Florida Hospital Institute for Lifestyle Medicine, is that the best New Year’s resolution is a holistic promise to yourself to live healthfully.If you look at your resolutions singularly and focus only on “weight” or “exercise,” for example, you are setting yourself up for failure,” said Faulk. Why? Because you’re not truly digging in, setting realistic goals, and creating a mindset to achieve them based on what is best for your long-term health.Based on the Creation Health model, Faulk offers 4 tips to transform your resolutions into ones that you won’t want to break and can truly achieve.Be Ready to ChangeResolution defined is a firm decision to do or not to do something. Faulk’s single biggest predictor of a person’s success with a New Year’s resolution is their readiness for change. He says, “If you are setting health goals, you must be open to change and accept responsibility for making all of the adjustments in your life required to achieve them.”Resolutions take a different shape once you make the commitment to yourself and start thinking about long-term health. Resolutions transition from just “lose weight” to “maintain a healthy weight for life and vitality.” They shift from “go to the gym every day” to things like “have more energy and spirit to do the things I love.” Goals like this are more about lifestyle than a resolution that comes – and goes – once a year. The key is to look broadly and work back to define how your resolutions all point to the same end goal: better health.Faulk adds, “Resolution is change; the most important thing not to break is what will help you make the changes that you to be healthier long-term.”Set Small, Yet Frequent Activity GoalsIf you are focusing your goals on the heavy hitters like running for 60 minutes on the treadmill, or going to the gym once a day, you’re getting it wrong. “Activity is lifestyle decision, not one block of time during your day,” says Faulk.He recommends making the commitment to incorporate as many small bouts of activity in your day as possible. Maybe it’s setting an alarm on your phone every hour to get up and stretch during your work day, or parking in the farthest parking spot to walk a little more; whatever you can do to increase activity can make a big impact on your long-term health. In addition, find ways to incorporate activities that you enjoy.Faulk emphasizes, “When I help people with their health goals, I ask them what they love to do – Align your resolutions with what you love and you won’t want to break them.”Seek Nutrition That’s Right for YOUIf your goals are only focused on a diet plan to lose weight, or you are piecing together a diet plan that you is healthy, the thing you could be losing is adequate nutrition. While there are basic nutrients that everyone needs, the specific amounts and combinations of foods are unique to each person. Any one commercial diet is hard – pressed to meet your nutritional needs unless it is specifically designed for you by a professional. At the cornerstone of your goal to lead a healthier life is knowing your body’s nutritional needs.“I recommend that most people meet with a trained nutritionist at least once if not more,” says Faulk. “Your body’s nutritional needs can change based on your age, activity level, medical needs, metabolism, preferences, lifestyle, etc.” “A nutritionist can help you to develop a plan that helps your body reach optimal nutrition based on these factors at a given point in time.” This information is the key to creating a thriving mind and body that you just can’t break.Reset Your OutlookIf your mindset is negative about change, and all that comes with it, your resolutions will not be as successful. However, according to Faulk, “When you positively summit your resolution – making that choice to change for lifelong health – you are ultimately improving your outlook.” A positive willingness to change, increased activity and optimal nutrition will all lead to a more fulfilling and happier life.In conclusion, Faulk tell us, “The right resolutions can do much more than help you achieve your health goals; they can improve your outlook about yourself and on life in general.” “A positive outlook goes a long way to improve every facet of your life.”What’s your present outlook? How do you feel about your current New Year’s resolutions? If you want to make ones that you won’t want to break, ring in the new year – and every day – with an acceptance of change and your eye on creating a healthful future. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Four promises to yourself could transform your 2017From Florida Hospital – Apopka Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name herecenter_img TAGSFlorida Hospital – ApopkaGoal SettingNew Year’s Resolutions Previous article6 Ways to Get Mentally Fit for The New YearNext articleBiggest Apopka stories of 2016: Hurricane Matthew pays a visit Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

City Center deal misses another deadline

first_img Peeling the onion back will make you cry……….when you get to the middle of the onion. Reply Tenita Reid May 6, 2016 at 11:57 pm This deal because of the details(I. E. Onion layers) is probably going to take longer than another 30 days. And if it does not go through, and Taurus walks, then it will not get developed any time soon because remember Taurus was the lone bidder. Investors are not going to want this deal if there are no guarantees on certain issues….. Traffic flow, existed building on the property, infrastructure that is currently not in place for this type of development, and potential impact fees…… The City is almost going to have to give this property away in order for it to be developed into any kind of lucrative real estate venture for Taurus. I don’t think you should either,” said Irby.“Okay, so there’s an ultimate idea,” said Kilsheimer.The Mayor went on to explain the complexity of the deal with Taurus makes it difficult to predict the time frame or the certainty it will close.“In all fairness to Taurus and the the City Staff, we think there is a reasonable prospect that we can pull this deal off, but as we have peeled back the onion and started to discuss some of these hairier issues it turns out that it requires a depth of discussion that no one originally envisioned.”“How confident are we that we’re at the middle of the onion?” Becker asked. “How confident are we that the known issues are known?”“We can let you know after we see the latest draft,” said Kilsheimer. “That’s the truth. I don’t have a better answer than that.”Commissioner Doug Bankson then asked when the next workshop would be.“If I can get the staff to say ‘this is a good deal’ and the staff can say ‘we will recommend this to the Council and to the public’ then we’ll schedule a workshop,” said Kilsheimer. “The staff is very protective over City assets. And the staff wants to make sure this is going to be successful. At the same time the developer wants as much flexibility as possible. They want to agree to as little as possible so they can go back to their investors and say ‘hey we got a great deal in Apopka, let’s begin.’ It’s a natural tension and these negotiations are hard. And I’ll go back to what I said from the beginning. If this were an easy deal it would have been done already. It is not an easy deal.”“But I want us to be able to say to the citizens, we got a good deal,” Bankson added.“Well sure,” said Kilsheimer. “And believe me, everyone is watching this deal. And negotiating in a very public way doesn’t lend itself necessarily to success. But it’s the nature of the beast, and we’re in this situation because we’re in this situation.” May 8, 2016 at 9:54 pm Mama Mia “In all fairness to Taurus and the the City Staff, we think there is a reasonable prospect that we can pull this deal off, but as we have peeled back the onion and started to discuss some of these hairier issues it turns out that it requires a depth of discussion that no one originally envisioned.”-Mayor Joe Kilsheimer You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here May 6, 2016 at 9:17 pm The Anatomy of Fear Mama Mia May 6, 2016 at 11:04 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply May 6, 2016 at 11:44 pm Potential impact fees? Correction: impact fees! Better be, as everybody else pays them. The city might end up giving them back in some fashion, but they impose them, and collect them at least, before giving them back to the developers, if the developers sweet talk them enough and promise the moon. I enjoy your postings Mallory, don’t get mad at me. I don’t want Malware, or Malloryware mad at me!!!! LOL! Only kidding Mallory. Tenita Reid Mama Mia The city has put themselves,ourselves in a very tough spot with this… not much wiggle room 9 COMMENTS Please enter your name here May 8, 2016 at 8:52 pm No! No giving the property away if the deal does not go through with Taurus…..no, no, no!!!! Give them ONE MORE CHANCE that is, one more extension, if they claim they need it, and then give them the boot! Then continue operating the restaurant as usual, and put the bid out nationally, if not internationally. There are plenty of investors around if you go internationally, who would give it a try, I believe. Those types of investors are smart, but are not afraid to take a risk. Maybe the city can find some other group who has a different idea of what to put there. A hotel, a surgical center, no shopping outlets, _____.is that what Apopka’s citizens really want? It is not what I thought was going in when I first heard about the town center. Taurus is getting a steal, and a long time to pay it off, and if they can’t get it together, then give them the boot, and bid it out other than locally, as last time. I have driven by there lately and thought wow, it is so pretty now, and looks the best I have ever seen the area. Let it be, if all other fails, and we will be better off without the expense and all the needed infrastructure costs. Put the boardwalk and fountains, and Sixth Street improvements that I thought were already approved of! Reply TAGSApopka City CouncilCity CenterTaurus Investments Previous articleApopka High Grad KJ Dillon signs with TexansNext articleHappy Mother’s Day – A Short History Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img May 6, 2016 at 11:21 pm Reply Reply Reply Here is a thought. I may be the only one who will love it, so brace yourself. If I could do something with the site down there, I would ship in wild mustangs from out west headed for slaughter at the meat processing plants in Mexico or Canada, and send a small herd of them and place down there on the property, and keep the restaurant open, have the boardwalk and fountains going and use the horse manure for the community gardens. No crazier than the stuff proposed by Taurus. And take donations from visitors to pay for the hay needed. Taurus will make the money, not the city anyway. Show some Wekiva Mustang Pride!!! Change the ordinance to allow for the mustangs down there on that property for a rescue operation and create a non-profit. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter May 7, 2016 at 8:32 am les hebert Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 May 7, 2016 at 12:22 am That horse stuff is off the charts crazy. I think we should plant an onion field down there, and sell onion soup, at the Highland Manor. Oh, it’s not soup yet, I forgot. Reply Reply Tenita Reid The City Commission voted 5-0 to give Taurus Southern Investments another 30-day extension to negotiate a developer’s agreement. This extends the due date until June 2nd. And while the vote was unanimous it was not without hard questions and several revelations about the likelihood this deal will close.After a brief explanation and recommendation by City Administrator Glenn Irby that Council approve the extension, Mayor Joe Kilsheimer asked for a motion, but City Commissioner Diane Velazquez asked Irby why they needed so many extensions.“John Keating is their (Taurus’) attorney and I’ve known John from another life,” said Irby. “He told Taurus that he knew 60 days was not enough time to negotiate, and we’re not sure this additional 30 days is going to do it either. Taurus wants to believe it will. So you may be asked again for another extension. Hopefully not.”Commissioner Kyle Becker then grilled Irby on the merits of continuous extensions.“What’s the reality that they’re going to have something in play in 30 days? Can we condition this thing to say you get it to us in 30 days or this thing isn’t going to happen? Why are we going to continue doing extensions? What’s the purpose of it?”“To allow more time to negotiate,” Irby said.“Well let’s get a realistic time frame,” said Becker. “I don’t want to belabor the point, but it makes no sense to me to keep on allowing them to miss a deadline.”“I don’t think the deadlines are something we’ve missed,” said Kilsheimer. “What we have run into is the level of detail. For example the size of Martin’s Pond and the size of how much land can be developed around Martin’s Pond. If you look at the high-water mark for Martin’s Pond, it eliminates four acres. So four acres that everyone thought would be developed is no longer developable. That changes the whole scheme of things because four acres has now been taken out and so that changes the economic calculations. But the ultimate idea is…and I probably shouldn’t say…” I only hope and pray that this deal with Taurus does fail! I agree with Tenita that this intersection of 2 major roads looks absolutely beautiful as an entry to Apopka. Just buy 2 big huge lighted fountains and put them in the pond and it will be one of the most impressive entrances into any city around. Build a boardwalk or something around it or something like that and with the Highland Manor sitting there, it would be an absolutely gorgeous photo op for anything in this city.Then take the entire City Center idea and put it where it belongs over at Edwards Field and Kit-Land Park area where you already have festivals, fairs, truck food outings, judging for the Christmas Parade, Art & Foliage Festival and so on. How much more of a natural place to expand all that into a City Center that already has the Fran Carlton Center there also. We have a 5 lane local road that leads you there without trying to reconfigure 2 major highways and a million dollar bridge for a safe path over 441 if you want to expand to the south side of 441 or put more parking over there where our beautiful City Hall sits and a very unique restaurant (The Cat Fish Place) at the base of the bridge. Procure some of the property on the south side of Kit-Land Park all the way over to the cemetery and develop that area further with other restaurants or whatever. Keep McDonalds and Wendy’s on 441 so you can take the kids for a Happy Meal when they get antsy at some function at the City Center. This property could be procured for a whole lot less than out on 441 or 436. Take our lumps with the Highland Manor property and make it a beautiful city entry and move on and develop something that is a lot more practical and useful for our citizens. If you want to a build a hotel there on 441, you have the property right there to the west of Highland Manor to do that if that is a necessary for the area. Please enter your comment! Michael Heaton Reply Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mallory walters Anyone who thinks that maybe a foreign investor would not pay sizable millions need only look to another billionaire, though not a foreign one. That is Rick Scott. Did he not pay about $ 70 million out of his own pocket to run for Florida governor? That is what I heard. I also heard he does not take his salary. There must be something in the water in Florida for sure, to make a deal like that, just saying………..he could of spent part of that on the property down there, and still had money, or his daughters’ more of an inheritance. Look what some pay for an old coin, or a potato chip in the image of whatever…….someone will make a better offer, if they know about it! 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DUI Saturation Patrols will be in force this weekend

first_img The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! TAGSDUI Previous articleSt. Patrick’s Day: Fact and FictionNext articleArbor Bend begins a new era in South Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Apopka Police Department, OCSO team up for DUI checkpointsFrom the Orange County Sheriff’s OfficeThe Orange County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Florida Highway Patrol and the Orange County Community Traffic Safety Team, will host a multi-jurisdictional DUI Saturation Patrol Operation for Spring Break.              This DUI saturation roving patrol operation is scheduled between 9:00 PM and 4:00 AM on Friday, March 17th, and concludes on Saturday, March 18th. The checkpoints will be throughout Orange County.The operation will be a multi-jurisdictional effort involving members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department, Winter Park Police Department, University of Central Florida Police Department, Edgewood Police Department, Winter Garden Police Department, Windermere Police Department, Maitland Police Department, Apopka Police Department, Ocoee Police Department, Oakland Police Department, Belle Isle Police Department, Eatonville Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol.As the nation’s college students overwhelm Central Florida for Spring Break, student binge alcohol drinking often results in deadly consequences for the vehicle driver, passengers, and other victims from a crash. On the average, the cost for a DUI arrest will be near $10,000 for the person charged and could result in multi-millions of dollars for injuries, deaths, and property damage for a DUI. This is a countywide detail and mutual aid will be granted to all participating law enforcement municipalities; enabling local agencies to police throughout Orange County.High profile DUI Saturation Patrol Operations have been a valuable tool for law enforcement. The objective of this operation is to educate the motoring public and to safely remove suspected DUI offenders and criminal traffic violators from the highways by highly mobile visibility traffic enforcement tactics. This multi-agency traffic safety detail is well worth your attention as a concentrated effort is made to save lives. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

In case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSWeek in Review Previous articleJoin The Apopka Voice team: Sales Manager neededNext articleGlioblastoma Brain Tumors: What is John McCain going up against? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 5 stories that shaped Apopka’s news weekFlorida Hospital Part of 2017 Most Wired health systemState legislation that went into effect in JulyMy apologies to Apopka; all is wellCity Council undecided on Apopka Police Department’s budgetDo the right thing Mr. Anderson… drop this lawsuit Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

Canned skunk

first_img October 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm Dear Mama Mia, Sure, I know everything and I am a veritable wealth of mis-information. I expect that what killed off the skunks was a terminal case of road-kill-itis. Florida was the first state in the union to outlaw the steel, leghold trap. It isn’t so much the steel traps that are cruel, it is the people that use them. There was a day when trapping was a way of life, it was how some people made a living but not so much any more. A wise man once said, “every creature is better alive than dead, men moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life it than destroy it.” Chaz Reply It irks me to know that the National Wildlife Refuges allow these steel claw leg traps to be used, and the animals caught in them suffer horribly, and die a slow painful death, and these federal lands are set aside for the animals as a refuge, right….. Yeah, probably lots of animals are getting “road-kill-it is”….I have seen several black bears hit and lying on the sides of the roads. I guess that is the price of “progress”. Thanks for your response, Mr. Towne. As always, Mama Mia charles towne Reply October 13, 2017 at 4:16 pm October 9, 2017 at 8:29 pm October 12, 2017 at 6:02 pm What is the remedy to remove skunk smell if a person gets sprayed by the stinky? Are there any skunks here in Florida? Just wondering….. Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia charles towne Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. Reply October 8, 2017 at 5:56 pm Mama Mia Dear Mama Mia, right you are, animals need our protection but what I find disturbing is the fact that so many people care nothing for people and while fighting for animal rights. Adolph Hitler loved his dogs and would weep if one of them became ill and yet he was responsible for incredible cruelty to so many people, That seems so out of balance to me. Let us help our community to be a safe place for all of God’s children. Chaz You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here October 12, 2017 at 12:46 pm Be still and know I am God, act like a tree! Reminds me of when I was a child and grandpa took me in the woods and taught me to ” sit still and shut up! “! Sometimes there is a lot to be learned from stillness! Right you are, Mr. Towne. I have mountains of mail I get from animal non-profits delivered to my mailbox daily. I am sure the mailman hates me. I read all the about the animal issues locally, state wide, federally, and internationally. There are so many depressing things, that are hard to read, regarding how humans, use, and abuse the various animals on this earth. I send in what I can to help them, and sometimes get so angry, I cry over what I read, and pictures I view. I know these groups are not just trying to get cash donations, as they are truly trying to change the world, but it is overwhelming. I am thankful some people truly care about animals, and don’t want to harm them. Reply October 9, 2017 at 6:18 pm 12 COMMENTS I have never seen a skunk in the wild anywhere, and I don’t think I want to either…LOL People trap them in steel claw traps, is what I understand, in other states. So cruel. I detest that sort of thing on any of God’s creatures. Plus any kind of animal can fall victim to getting caught in those cruel traps. Do you know what kind of disease wiped the striped skunks out here in Central Florida? I see armadillos around town here, digging in yards sometimes, and have seen them as road kill. I understand they carry leprosy. I used to think armadillos were just a Texas critter….LOL Thanks for the outdoorsman’s prayer Mr. Towne, and I liked the part in the prayer about folks are sometimes like skunks…..hahahahaha! I used to hear people refer to skunks as pole-cats, are they same? I know you know all this stuff….LOL October 13, 2017 at 9:23 am Reply The Anatomy of Fear Mama Mia Reply Reply TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleOvernight Breaking News: Suspect shoots and robs victim in ApopkaNext articleMaking sense out of Las Vegas Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Well, that is true Mr. Towne, about what you said about Hitler, and the fact that he had a heart for animals, but not for people. I, myself have compassion for both some people, not all, and animals too, but to me, animals don’t have a voice to speak up, and they don’t have the hidden agendas that some people have. Another thing is, while Hitler’s unspeakable evil acts cannot be explained, never doubt that the regular everyday person, that might be standing right next to you, or that you think you know so very well, is just as capable as committing equally evil acts also, whether you believe it or not. Reply Mama Mia, when enough people raise their voices against an evil, only then will there be change. It is my sad experience that for most of us we are not stirred for change until an evil jumps up and bites us in the behind. You want to remember that those slow painful deaths you speak of are fashion driven just as much today as they were fifty and a hundred years ago. As long as there are people willing to pay hard cash for elephant ivory for decorations, rhino horns for aphrodisiac, bear gall for faux medicine, and animal hides for vanity, injustice will occur. Chaz Reply October 9, 2017 at 9:24 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter And I suppose it is the same with politics, medicine, and every other area of life, when people seek the easy way, the convenient way, the feel good way, they remain the same and the status quo prevails. Health is the same. We know that most of the time illness can be relieved by proper diet and exercise along with stress reduction but people are obviously brain dead because the average person would rather pop a pill, even when they know the pill has negative side affects. That is part of what is wrong with society, we want an easy way out, an easy, pain free, effortless solution. O.K. I will get off my soap box now before I offend some poor, dumb, deprived slob. Oops, I didn’t really say that did I? Chaz October 12, 2017 at 9:10 am charles towne charles towne Richard, sounds to me your grandpa had some moxie! The “make like a tree” thing works real good except when it doesn’t. Most animals are attracted to motion but out in the wild there are exceptions to every rule. Chaz Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 October 9, 2017 at 9:45 pm charles towne Please enter your name here Reply InspirationBy Charles Towne         I have eaten some pretty nasty things in my life, but never skunk.  To my way of thinking a man would have to be pretty near starving to eat a skunk, and that’s putting it mildly.We were camping back on the state land several miles from Gladwin, Michigan up off Lame Duck Road. Lame Duck is aptly named because the darned road is so crooked one might get the idea it was laid out by a gimpy, one legged duck.  The area seems to be over-ran with wildlife.  Deer are rampant, as are beaver and nature’s clown, the otter.  There are black bear in the area but they are wise and secretive, staying away from man.  I’ve seen bobcat there, and it is such a delight to lay in your sleeping bag on a moonlit night and hear coyotes singing over yonder.It was late fall and the nights had turned frosty so the skeeters and no-see-ums were no problem. In other words, it was near onto perfect for just being, and enjoying life.We let the fire die down, crawled into our sleeping bags, and the next thing we knew it was morning.  It was so peaceful in my sleeping bag and I was trying to see fit to crawl out and start a new day when I heard something outside my tent.  There was a clunking sound, some scurrying around, and then a thud.  Suddenly one of the other campers must have climbed out of his tent.  I heard him say, “Hey!  What is that!  OH NO, A SKUNK!”Curious, I pulled on my pants and shoes and unzipped the door to my tent.   Sticking my head out, I didn’t see anything, so I stepped outside.“Where’s the skunk?”  I called.“He was just outside my tent door a minute ago!”  A camper called, “And I think there’s something wrong with him!”Just then something bumped against the back of my left foot.  I no longer needed to find the skunk, it had found me, and there was a tin can stuck on its head.(Skunks are really charming little critters.  One time I found myself surrounded by a family of skunks.  The little mama was taking her babies for a stroll and when I saw them I froze.  Due to the fact that their eyesight isn’t the best, I have found that imitating a tree is the best defense against skunks.  The little mama wandered over to me and I guess she concluded that I was a rock because she sniffed at my shoe, tugged at it trying to turn it over to see what delicious bugs might be hiding there, but then, unable to move the rock, she led her brood of skunkettes away, and I began breathing again.)Skunks are scavengers, and this little guy had been hunting for something to eat, and finding a can that some other campers had carelessly discarded in the woods, smelling some enticing odor, it had jammed its head into the can, thus becoming trapped.Without giving it a second thought I reached down and grabbed that can and lifted the can with its accompanying skunk off the ground.The skunk was pushing at the can with its little front paws and it was running in place with its hind feet and going nowhere fast.Then I thought, “What is this little guy going to think when his head comes out of that can?”No sooner the thought than the deed, for just then his head popped out of the can, and the skunk dropped to the ground.When it hit the ground, Mr. stinky squatted, and raised that banner of a tail threateningly.Imagining that I was about to be anointed, I froze, and made like a tree.The skunk, detecting no movement on my part, looked around, and walked closer.  Then it looked up into the tree’s face as if to say, “This is your lucky day, Buster!”Finally, without a backward glance; that black and white tail held proudly over its back, it ambled away.  And it didn’t even say thanks.Sometimes it is good to just remember the father’s words, “Be still and know that I am God.”AN OUTDOORSMAN’S PRAYER“Dear lord, help me to remember that it is just in the skunk’s character to spray before thinking and stink things up.  When I am dealing with your children, sometimes it is good to remember that folks are sometimes like skunks, they can respond in ways that are not always pleasant.  I want my life to be a sweet odor to you father.  I don’t want to offend you or your children so help me to be patient and kind and always think before I respond.  I love you father, and I know that you love me.  Thank you Papa, I ask this in Jesus’ Holy name, Amen.” Richard Sommerfeld Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply October 9, 2017 at 6:12 pm Oh Mama Mia, the only sure fire eradicator of essence of skonk is to bury the poor victim and then after six months dig him up, the only problem is he will still stink. Time is the only real cure. Tomato juice doesn’t help a bit, believe me, I know from personal experience. We have two skunks in Florida, the striped skunk and the spotted skunk. The spotted skunk is smaller, about half the size of the striped skunk. The striped skunk was at one time common in central Florida but due to a disease kill off several years ago he is now quite rare in our area. The spotted skunk is common up in the Ocala area. The skunk is really an endearing little guy until he decides you are a threat, in which case he is like some people and will go off half cocked in which case, YOU ARE IN TROUBLE!. charles towne Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

16-year-old dies in one car crash on Ponkan Road in Apopka

first_img horrible, those kids including the one that died was my best friends. From the Florida Highway PatrolThe Florida Highway Patrol responded to a one-car-crash on or near the intersection of Ponkan Road and Golden Gem Road in Apopka Thursday afternoon that resulted in one death and four injuries.According to the report, the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Ponkan Road, and for an unknown reason the driver lost control and struck the curb. The car traveled across the westbound lanes and left the roadway. The side of the vehicle struck a power pole and overturned.According to the FHP, five boys ages 14-19 were in the vehicle when it hit the pole. Their injuries ranged from minor to critical, and a 16-year-old boy, who was a passenger, died as a result of his injuries.All four of the injured passengers were transported to the Orlando Regional Medical Center.The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending. Sorry to hear this. Seargent Saunders Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSFlorida Highway Patrol Previous articleTake a look at the new Apopka ambulanceNext articleTo avoid injury, get moving! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 4 COMMENTS Mama Mia Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Bryce thats Rebeccas son isnt it? February 23, 2018 at 5:38 am February 26, 2018 at 11:10 am February 23, 2018 at 9:56 am Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img Bryce You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Shannon February 23, 2018 at 3:01 pm Reply Reply Please enter your comment! Reply Please enter your name here The driver survives, right? The DRIVER was supposed to be in control of the car and as such, the DRIVER would have controlled such things as speed, steering and was the person to tell the others to use seat belts. This was NOT a “tragic accident”. It was a PREVENTABLE COLLISION. The DRIVER failed to control the car and in all probability was showing off in front of the others. He just had to to show the others how to drive. Right. Sure. What he did was cause the DEATH of one passenger and injuries to the others…all because of HIS FAILURE to drive responsibly. This guy needs to be charged, convicted and locked up for a long time for what HE did. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

AAA Offers Tow to Go for St. Patrick’s Day

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Don’t rely on luck to get home on St. Patrick’s DayWith St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, festivals and celebrations are likely to see larger-than-normal crowds, with more vehicles and pedestrians on the roadways.AAA, in partnership with Budweiser, urges everyone to have a plan for celebrating responsibly and getting home safely from events that involve alcohol. From 2012 to 2016, 269 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick’s Day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For anyone who needs a safe ride home, the Tow to Go program is available from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18 at 6 a.m.“Heading out to celebrate without a plan for getting home safely can be a recipe for disaster,” said Matt Nasworthy, Florida Public Affairs Director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Too many lives are lost in alcohol-involved crashes, and we want to make sure everyone gets home to their loved ones this weekend.”Tow To Go Guidelines:Confidential local ride to a safe location within 10 milesThe AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver homeFree and available to AAA members and non-membersTow To Go is provided in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Nebraska, and IowaTow To Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditionsVisit www.AAA.com/TowtoGo for dates and availability throughout 2017If you are hosting a party, please do so responsibly. Check out the Great Pretenders Party Guide from the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation to learn more.“Celebrating safely is not a matter of luck,” said Amy Stracke, Managing Director, Traffic Safety Advocacy for AAA – The Auto Club Group and Executive Director of the ACG Traffic Safety Foundation. “If you’re going to be out drinking or hosting a party with alcohol, please plan ahead so you and your loved ones get home safely.”“The Tow To Go program is an effective way to promote the use of Designated Drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Katja Zastrow, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”Since its inception in 1998, Tow To Go has safely removed more than 24,000 impaired drivers from roads across the Southeast and Midwest. It is designed to be a safety net for motorists who did not plan ahead when drinking away from home on celebratory holidays. It is offered based on the availability of AAA drivers and tow trucks during times of high call volume. The Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation provides Tow To Go to help keep all motorists safe from the dangers of impaired driving.Anheuser-Busch Wholesalers have been co-sponsors of the program since its inception in 1998. Not only has the company provided funding for the service, it has also worked with local bars and restaurants to help educate servers on the importance of not over-serving their customers. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here TAGSAAATow-to-go Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleFlorida Hospital creates art and music therapy program to treat cancer patients’ physical, emotional needs Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment!last_img read more

AAA Offers Tow to Go for Cinco de Mayo weekend

first_img Reply Mama Mia May 5, 2018 at 5:27 pm I was very saddened to read that a lady was killed on the 429, earlier this morning around 11:30 am or so, at mile marker 28 as she headed toward Apopka northbound. She has not be identified as of yet, but she lost control of her pickup truck, went across the median, and then overturned in the south bound lane. I know where mile marker 28 is approximately, because of our scare the other night, at mile marker 26 when we were met with a wrong way driver heading right toward our direction, out on that darkened stretch of roadway, and on a curve, that my husband said, when he saw the headlights, that he thought they were across the median in the opposing lanes, until the headlights were so bright, then he knew, and luckily, the car behind us in the left lane, slightly behind us, swerved to the right, behind us to the right lane, or we all would have been in a bad wreck! The toll booths and hospital was right up the road from mile marker 26, so this lady would have probably been right in there, very near the toll collection booths, and I do see that in the photo also. I just hate to hear this, and wonder if I knew the lady. She was taken to our new Apopka Florida Hospital and pronounced dead. This was on Channel 6/Click Orlando.com May 5, 2018 at 10:31 am The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Mama Mia LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter May 5, 2018 at 4:40 pmcenter_img Sure was a lot of traffic in Apopka today, all down Park Avenue on out toward RSR, and lots and lots of traffic coming through Apopka on 441…more than normal for a Saturday. My husband asked about where is all the traffic going, and I said that I don’t have a clue, as I didn’t know of anything special happening today around here. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Oh great news here! Sooooo…. if we breakdown out on the roadways this weekend, within 10 miles of home, we can just pretend to be drunk (as well as actually broke down) to get a free tow home from AAA, even though we are not members of AAA….lol I better be careful here, because the ethics “enforcers” here on the social media websites, are watching my “concerning posts”…..lol Reply From AAAAs Cinco de Mayo approaches on Saturday, AAA encourages those who plan to be on the road traveling to and from festivities to make preparations ahead of time for getting home safely. Whether it’s using a designated driver, taxi or rideshare service, having a plan helps ensure celebrations don’t turn deadly.Cinco de Mayo — a holiday that began as a day to commemorate Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 — has become a popular celebration day in the U.S. However, some partygoers celebrate the festivities with alcohol, increasing the risk for impaired driving.From 2012-2016, nearly one-third (28%) of fatal traffic crashes during the Cinco de Mayo holiday period were alcohol-related, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).“The impact of alcohol extends much farther than just the person behind the wheel,” said Amy Stracke, managing director of traffic safety advocacy for AAA — The Auto Club Group and executive director of the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation. “With Cinco de Mayo falling on a weekend, we expect more people on the roads, and we urge everyone to plan ahead to avoid putting themselves and others in harm’s way.”Now in its 20th year, the Tow to Go program – a partnership between AAA and Budweiser – will be available Friday, May 4th through 6 am on Sunday, May 6th to offer free rides for anyone needing to get home safely. Tow to Go has provided safe rides to more than 25,000 impaired drivers across the Southeast and the Midwest since 1998.“The Tow to Go program is an effective way to promote the use of designated drivers and help prevent impaired driving,” said Katja Zastrow, vice president of corporate social responsibility for Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud to partner with AAA and their roadside assistance drivers to help keep our roads safe.”The following guidelines apply to the Tow to Go program:Confidential local ride to a safe location within 10 milesThe AAA tow truck takes the vehicle and the driver homeFree and available to AAA members and non-membersTow to Go may not be available in rural areas or during severe weather conditionsVisit AAA.com/TowtoGo for dates and availability throughout 2018If you are hosting a party, please do so responsibly. Check out the Great Pretenders Party Guide from the Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation to learn more. Please enter your name here TAGSAAATow-to-go Previous articleTrail repairs and detours at Lake Apopka North Shore this weekendNext articleCamp Thunderbird offers a summer of possibilities to individuals with disabilities Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 3 COMMENTS Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Apopka Burglary Report

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Apopka Burglary Report: Week Ending – 9/1/2018The Apopka Burglary Report for the week ending September 1st shows eight burglaries reported in the City of Apopka.Chief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week:1 – Business6 – Residential1 – VehicleHere is a list of the burglaries, along with their date, time, type, and location: 8/26/2018 5 PMRESIDENTIAL2000 BLOCK OF VISTA LN  Please enter your name here 8/27/2018 10:58 AMRESIDENTIAL2000 BLOCK OF VISTA LN  DATE/TIMETYPELOCATION You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 8/27/2018 4:18 PMRESIDENTIAL1000 BLOCK OF INTERLAKEN WAY  8/31/2018 7:35 AMVEHICLE1300 BLOCK OF ERROL PKWY  8/27/2018 5:42 PMBUSINESS100 BLOCK OF W MICHAEL GLADDEN BLVD  8/30/2018 12:34 PMRESIDENTIAL300 BLOCK OF SPEYSIDE LN center_img 8/31/2018 8:05 AMRESIDENTIAL100 BLOCK OF SUMMERSET DR  Please enter your comment! 8/27/2018 3:55 PMRESIDENTIAL1600 BLOCK OF COUNTRY CT  The Anatomy of Fear TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleOn this day in history: Google is incorporatedNext articleCracking the sugar code: Why the ‘glycome’ is the next big thing in health and medicine Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Do you know where you’re going?

first_img Richard, you are so right. It sort of reminds me of the old man. He said, “I ain’t never been lost, but I been confused and twisted around so bad a few times it took me awhile to find the right trail again?” Yes, that map you speak of I fear is unfamiliar to most folks today that claim they know and understand it, and I fear our compass (moral) is somewhat out of whack. We do have a Holy guide we can always rely on but we must trust Him and then do our part. Thanks pal, and many blessings on you, Chaz InspirationBy Charles Towne                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The forest is vast.For the unprepared, it presents many dangers. For the unfamiliar, the chance of becoming lost is always a possibility. For the unwary, the terrain, though beautiful to the extreme, is also treacherous. For the foolish–?  Oh well, the foolish are always their own worst enemy. In the wilderness are canyons that can swallow a man and leave no trace. There are mountains that present their own dangers.  One might fall off a cliff to plummet to his death on the rocks far below. Or he could break through a snow bridge and, gravity being what gravity is, he could fall into a crevasse.  Or he could be swept away and buried in an avalanche.  And we cannot forget the rivers, those raging torrents can sweep one away to drown, and be nibbled on by minnows and eaten by crabs.  But then, he isn’t aware of the minnows and crabs because he was after all– dead.He thought he knew where he was going.But, he was a man easily distracted. He was not one to waste his time in a lot of careful, and what he considered unnecessary preparation.  Three days into his trek he ran out of water, but he knew there were streams so he was not overly concerned until he realized that the trail he had been following was, in reality, one made by wild animals, and though he had a compass he had never taken the time to learn how to use it, and so—he wandered thirsty, hungry and alone, because he was unprepared, he died.He hoped he knew where he was going.He had a compass and a map and he knew how to use them. He was an intelligent man, but one prone to take unnecessary risks.  The day came when, seeing a patch of blackberries at the side of the trail he dropped his pack which contained his map and compass, and he began wandering, picking the delicious fruit.  But, when he turned back he realized the trail was not where it should be!  He was lost.  He wandered aimlessly until he stumbled onto another trail, and he was overjoyed when he saw boot-prints in that trail!   He followed those tracks.  Several days later, at his extreme, starving, thirsty, exhausted, he caught up with the man he had been following lying dead on the trail.  He had been following a dead man. Thus and so, he also died.He knew where he was going.He had planned and prepared for his journey. Yes, he had a plan and he possessed all the right equipment, and more important, he knew how to use his tools. He stuck to his plan, and when he did wander off the trail he referred to his map and compass and within a short time, happily, he regained the trail.  He picked blackberries.  He fished, and at night he sat in his camp and ate the blackberries and the fish, and when he slept he dreamed good dreams, and the next day, well rested, he resumed his journey.  He enjoyed the experience, and eventually, sooner than later, he reached his goal and lived a long and happy life guiding others through the wilderness. Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. charles towne December 15, 2018 at 7:57 pm Dear Papa God, thank you so very much for being not only a forever friend but a true master guide, steering us, guiding us, protecting us, through the wilderness of this life and the very valley of death. Work your divine will in us and create in each of us a perfect and willing spirit that one day we will have attained that wondrous goal that you have planned for each of your children. Give each of us a willing and joyful spirit O Holy God. In our Lord’s blessed name we ask this knowing that you will never withhold any good and perfect gift from them that ask it of you, believing, Amen 14 COMMENTS Charles your prayer is always appropriate to your article and your article is always the product of what you have learned from your lifetime of experience. I enjoy your articles so much, that I believe I have become addicted to your prose. Keep them coming. Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. December 16, 2018 at 10:00 am December 18, 2018 at 8:54 am Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleWhy shaming your children on social media may make things worseNext articleHow to infuse your family with the spirit of generosity this Christmas Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR December 16, 2018 at 1:23 pm Reply Please enter your comment! December 18, 2018 at 7:44 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here December 16, 2018 at 12:51 am December 15, 2018 at 11:15 pm Yeah Richard, and in my own experience I have learned that when I trust to my own strength and wisdom, that is the exact time that I am down and discouraged and the most lost and need a guide the most. A Friend Once again Chaz, as they say, ” on time and on target”! We all have the tools we need to safely travel if only we remember to use them! Our map looks a lot like a book and our “compass” has been written in our hearts. May we always use them correctly, as intended! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter charles towne A friend December 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm NH Reply Reply charles towne Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply December 16, 2018 at 7:59 am Reply center_img charles towne Reply Reply Reply Reply December 18, 2018 at 3:44 am December 16, 2018 at 2:21 pm Don Young CSG Reply Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Linda, wise words from one so young. I am so pleased that you enjoy my scribbles. I hope you and yours are all well and happy. Blessings on you all, Unka Chuck Reply charles towne Reply Dear CSG, I love your prayer. We are because He is! I had gone to bed and He woke me to your comment, so here I am, responding to Him and to your response. praise Him in all things and to all people. There is nothing we should want more than to please Him for in pleasing Him are we most alive. Let us always respond to Papa God’s summons in a way that will inevitably please him, and if it be possible, bring Him joy. Let our lives be radiant with the heat of His grace, mercy, and love. As the sun warms the earth let His very sweet presence in our lives warm and bless all because we have been in his presence. This we ask with the assurance of it being ours because He has promised that He would not withhold any good thing from them that ask it. Amen December 18, 2018 at 8:07 am Yes, how true this article is!So many people heading the wrong direction and don’teven know it.Lord, please keep us on trackwith your word and your will.Use us in a way that we willbe transparent and allow yourlight to shine through to help others.Thank you Father, forALL you do for us, all you have done and all you will do. Helpus to be forever grateful and find ways to pay-it-forward to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen Herbert, there is an interesting phenomenon at work here. I write. You read. I wonder where the next article will come from. I trust Papa God to give me that which he wants me to write. He gives me an idea. I write. You read, someone else reads, I am greatly blessed. May our wonderful God, He who gave us His all at Calvary look upon you with favor my dear friend and brother, Chaz Love the metaphor for life. The Forest will teach us all life lessons if we listen close enought! December 15, 2018 at 8:53 pm Herbert Weissman How should we navigate through life? Well, it helps if we have a good compass and know how to interpret it. For me God’s word is the compass. But, even a good compass can point in all directions! So, how do we find the good paths to follow, with our compass (Bible)? Well, Solomon was thought to be the richest and the wisest man that ever lived, and yet he is given credit for writing the book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon had the wealth and position in life to experience anything he wanted. Yet, in the end, he is quoted as saying, in Ecclesiastes 12:8 “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” If you read the book of Ecclesiastes you will find that Solomon’s wealth did not bring him all the happiness he was seeking in life. Solomon’s final conclusion was: Ecclesiastes 12:13-1 “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”The good path’s to follow, for me, started with the book of Proverbs, Psalms and then reading all of God’s word. In all of this, our Father God will answer our prayers, when we need direction! charles towne charles towne Dear NH, yeah, ain’t it the truth? It’s a jungle out there! (Boy, do I ever love the wild places!) What I have discovered in the school of life is that man, without the refining, shining influence of Jesus Christ in his life presents the greatest danger. When I say that I am not referring to religion. because religion, in and of itself, does not change men to their betterment. No, all religion does is makes man intolerant, whereas Jesus brings an element of love, mercy, tolerance, and grace to the table that is life transforming. Bless you dear one, Chaz Richard I have been so very fortunate having wandered the wild places for much of my life, and yes, even though I never was lost I was a tad confused for a couple of times in the Rockies. I have hiked in the Canadian Rockies, canoed in the Boundary waters of Canada and the Okefenokee swamps of Georgia as well as the Florida Everglades etc. and I still head out “there” every chance I get. God has protected me so many times in my life I have lost track. Praise Him, Chaz Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 We are told that prayer is the key in the hand of faith that unlocks heaven’s storehouse where are treasured all the resources of boundless Omnipotence. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him.It is a jungle out there and if we don’t have a compass and a map ( the Word of God), how can we know where we are going, much less how to get there.Thanks again for such good counsel and always love your prayers. It seems that I am right there in God’s throne room with you as you talk to Him! December 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm Linda Scottlast_img read more