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Earning their independence

The Arc Nature Coast successfully placing its customers with employers consistent with their needs, interests and abilities.

Life Skills Instructor Kathleen Cooper with The Arc Nature Coast shares a joke with program participants Christopher, Ann and Lorraine as they package the Senior Voice community magazine for distribution. Photo by Sue Quigley

I’m doing this really fast,” said Christopher Chalmers, “because when I get paid I’m going to Walmart to buy some new DVDs,” he said.

Chalmers is a program participant at The Arc Nature Coast, an organization that serves people with developmental disabilities in Hernando and Pasco counties.

Along with fellow participants Ann Jaman and Lorraine Lella, the group had gathered to complete their regular task of preparing Senior Voice papers for circulation — Senior Voice targets residents age 55 plus and provides community and health related information.

The sweet smell of hay

Joshua Lopez, an operations supervisor at Wagon Wheel Feed, explains the many different varieties of hay and their nutritional qualities.  Photos by Sue Quigley

It began with a dream. A dream that came true when Terry and Donna Sanders moved to Hernando County in 1990.

“Our dream was to open a family-run feed store that would always work to keep prices low and that dream has been accomplished,” said Donna Sanders.

The couple called their store Wagon Wheel Feed. It opened in 1991 and has been in continuous business to this day. “We started out over on U.S. 41 but then we moved to the little pink house on Cortez Boulevard,” said Patty Eden, the couple’s daughter.

Fashioning a new, cool shopping experience

Towne Square Mall is reinventing itself under new leadership.

Rich Sanvenero Sr. (right) the new public relations and development officer for Towne Square Mall, with Miss Nancy of Antiques & Accents.

If the allure of a deal, bargain, bric-a-brac, vintage or collectable excites you, or if the old ticker beats faster looking for that special, one-of-a-kind item, it’s time to explore the Towne Square Mall in Spring Hill.

Located on US19 at 3021 Commercial Way, Towne Square Mall is a 60,000 sq. ft. space that’s home to numerous vendors ranging from computer repair to exotic birds to valuable antiques and repurposed furniture.

The Diva of Flowers

Hong-Chia Lee, left, with his wife Andrea Lee at the Everlast Inc., orchid nursery.

Once upon a time, orchids were only to be found in the homes of the very rich or avid plant collectors. Now, these delicate, exotic plants are so plentiful, they’re in every nursery and grocery store – especially phalaenopsis, the white and pink moth orchids known as “phal” in the plant trade.

Orchid come in all kinds of bizarre shapes, sizes, colors and designs and are much admired universally for their stunning, good looks but it’s taken a long, long journey from mostly tropical climates to becoming America’s most popular houseplant.

Fish, Glorious Fish!

Fresh seafood experts Kendra Goodchild and Stephen Jean-Claude show off a whole grouper at Whitney and Son Seafoods retail market store. Photos by Sue Quigley

Local fishmonger Whitney and Son Seafoods specialize in sustainable wild-caught fish and shellfish.

Hello there; welcome,” said this cheery voice at the retail store of Whitney and Son Seafoods recently.

“Are you looking for a nice piece of fish for your supper tonight,” asked Kendra Goodchild from behind a display cabinet just bursting with fresh sea fare.

The cheery welcome was from Kendra Goodchild, 38, a fresh seafood expert who has worked at Whitney and Son Seafoods for several years.

Global Upcycling

Couple breathe new life into old, well-worn ‘stuff’ from the four corners of the world.

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There’s recycling and then there’s upcycling!

What’s the difference, you ask?

Recycling is the process whereby everyday waste like paper, metal, plastic or glass is broken down and turned into a another usable item.

Upcycling is the magical process of igniting new life into old and well-loved items and giving them a whole new personality in a new home or business.

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