Oscar Feliu leads fellow tenors in performance at St. Timothy church

Oscar Feliu

The concert was billed as, “Three Tenors Plus One,” but it could have been called “The Master and His Apprentices.” Oscar Feliu, a pioneer in the Opera Club of The Villages, led two programs Friday at St. Timothy Catholic Church. A couple of young bucks named Siyoung Chang and Devin Eatmon – along with mezzo soprano Laurie Arnold—proved that the … [Read more...]

Villagers encouraged to take part in Senior Games Expo next week

Russ Jones and Jean Hackett were chosen as torchbearers for the 2014 Senior Games opening ceremony,

Villagers interested in participating in Senior Games are encouraged to attend the Senior Games Expo.There are two opportunities:Noon Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Eisenhower Recreation Center.Noon Friday, Feb. 13 at Lake Miona Recreation Center.For more information, follow this link: Senior Games Expo … [Read more...]

Volunteers needed for third annual Alzheimer’s Support Walk in Villages

The Villages Cheerleaders give walkers a big sendoff at the second annual Alzheimer's Family Support Walk in 2014.

Volunteers are needed for the third annual Alzheimer's Support Walk set for March 28 at the Villages Polo Fields.A meeting for volunteers is slated for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18 at Savannah Center. Coffee and donuts will be served.Hundreds of participants will walk, ride and participate in this event designed to benefit the families and … [Read more...]

Villagers enjoy a Mardi Gras party at Spanish Springs Town Square

Pat Subers and Kathi Actis viewed the action from Katie Belle's balcony.

It was a glorious night for a party as area residents and many out-of-town guests filled Spanish Springs Town Square for the annual Mardi Gras Festival on Thursday.Derrick Hau and Rachel Hoyt, from Portland, Oregon, were happy with the stuffed giraffe they had just won playing skee ball. They were in The Villages visiting grandparents along … [Read more...]

Villager Don Hahnfeldt files papers to run for Florida legislative seat

Don Hahnfeldt

Villager Don Hahnfeldt has filed paperwork to run for the Florida House of Representatives.He will seek the District 33 House seat now held by state Rep. Marlene O'Toole who will be term-limited out of the legislature.Hahnfeldt is currently chairman of the Sumter County Board of Commissioners. The Village of Bridgeport at Lake Miona … [Read more...]

Wild boar trapped, relocated after tearing up turf in Fernandina

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Neighbors in the upscale McClenny neighborhood of Fernandina Village are happy.After one small wild boar was trapped and relocated last week, no others have been sighted.Residents of the close-knit community had stopped walking at dusk, because they were concerned about possible confrontations with the wildlife. Residents reported … [Read more...]

Experienced archers keep newbies on target at Villages Archery Club

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It was damp and dreary Thursday morning, however, about 45 Villages residents showed up at the Villages Archery Club to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow.Wally Krull is the club member in charge of the line. He is very clear that for safety reasons all shooters must listen to his instructions.  When he blows his whistle twice it is time to … [Read more...]

Rotary Club’s Chili Cookoff set Saturday in Lake Sumter Landing

Arbor Village Rehab was crowned 2014 Chili Cookoff Champion. From Left: Mary Nicholas, Bob Reed, Mary Anne Cherry

The Rotary Club of The Villages will host its 18th annual Chili Cookoff from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lake Sumter Landing Market Square.A $5 wristband gets those attending a chance to sample all of the great chili recipes being cooked in the competition.Judging begins at noon.In addition, the Rotary is presenting its annual Home and … [Read more...]

Sumter County Commissioner Don Burgess honored for leadership

Don Burgess

Sumter County District Commissioner Don Burgess was presented Wednesday with the 2015 Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) Horizon Award for Leadership.The award was presented for his demonstration of furthering the goals of the MPO and “Promoting Regional  Transportation Partnerships.”Burgess has served on MPO since July … [Read more...]

Garrett Miles survives latest round of Fox television’s ‘American Idol’

Garret Miles

Garrett Miles is going to the next round of “American Idol” and continues to be one of the favorites in show’s 14th season.The judges announced Wednesday night that Miles, the popular Villages performer, will be moving to the next round of the Fox Network television show along with 37 other contestants. They were among, “the most memorable … [Read more...]

Attempted murder suspect back behind bars after cigarette theft

Zachary Gonnelli

A 25-year-old who resides in The Villages is being held without bond at the Sumter County Detention Center after he allegedly stole a case of cigarettes last month.Zachary Francis Gonnelli who lives on Aloha Way on the Historic Side of The Villages had been out on bond on a charge of attempted first degree murder in Lake County.On Jan. 24, … [Read more...]

Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming opening this weekend in Brownwood

Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming opening this weekend in Brownwood

Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming will open this weekend in Brownwood.This will be the 13th Central Florida location and 61st store nationwide.The Villages Woof Gang franchise owners, Beth and Woody Whitcomb, have lived in Central Florida more than 20 years and are long time animal lovers and owners.“Woody and I believe you are what you … [Read more...]

Villages bicyclist injured in accident remains in intensive care

Paul Mickelson

A Villages bicyclist remains in the intensive care unit at Ocala Regional Medical Center after an accident this past week.Paul Norval Skatrud-Mickelson, 62, who also serves as an associate pastor at Hope Lutheran Church, had been bicycling at 11:35 a.m. Jan. 27 on County Road 232A at CR 229, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report released … [Read more...]

Teen who lost license in fatal accident caught behind wheel again

Dylan McConnell

A 19-year-old whose license was revoked in Michigan after a fatal accident, was arrested for being back behind the wheel of a car in Sumter County.Dylan John McConnell of Lake Griffin Road in Lady Lake was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday by a Sumter County sheriff's deputy. McConnell was pulled over after he ran a stop sign in Bushnell, … [Read more...]

The Villages’ Sandy Clark named Florida Tennis Volunteer of the Month

Sandy Clark

Tennis players at The Villages  are enjoying a more social version of the game with friends, spouses or grandkids. Sandy Clark is the pied piper of bringing players back to tennis through Masters Tennis.Masters Tennis is the 60-foot short court version of the game with slower-bouncing balls that allows anyone to take up the game quickly, or … [Read more...]