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Aug 20, 2016

Many beverages conjure the upcoming winter holidays: mulled wine, hot cocoa, peppermint-flavored tea and lattes. But for my family, nothing more aptly toasts the season than an icy, pulpy glass of orange juice, just-squeezed from Hamlins grown on my grandfather’s grove in Zolfo Springs. (It’s great with a splash of champagne, too.) My family relishes […]

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Jun 1, 2016

Who knew that the Sunshine State has a sanctuary of sorts for its residents who are touring the Federal City? The foundation for the only successful state “embassy” in Washington, D.C., was laid in the early ’60s. Back then, Lawton Chiles was a member of Florida’s House of Representatives. He and his wife, Rhea, packed […]

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May 27, 2016

For Chris Richter and his dad, Richard, Saturdays were for flying. While other little boys growing up in Lakeland in the 1980s watched cartoons or played T-ball, Chris sat alongside his dad in the cockpit of a rented airplane, buzzing high above them all. Departing from Winter Haven Municipal Airport, the father-son duo skipped a […]

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