Spiritual well-being and service to something greater is at the heart of The Villages. And residents, whether religiously devoted or simply spiritual, can select from …

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When Gina Waterhouse was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she didn’t want to tell anyone. Then, she realized someone had to talk about it. Her mother, grandmother and some of her uncles had also had it. “It was time to do something about it,” she said. Gina and her husband, Steve, are two…

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Jack Towner remembers driving his red and white ‘57 Chevrolet Bel Air to the parking lot behind Church on the Square 25 years ago to attend the first Villages Classic Car Cruise In. He made his car stand out by setting up drive-in speakers on stands on each side for that extra nostalgic touc…

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Like a lot of outsized numbers that almost seem commonplace around Florida’s Friendliest Hometown, The Villages’ medal haul from this month’s National Senior Games requires a dose of scale. The raw numbers: 147 medals, 55 of them gold, across 16 sports contested during the just-completed fes…

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Eight days, nearly 30 different sports and more than 2,000 medals awarded — those are numbers only The Villages Senior Games can produce. After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the local Senior Games returned with a bang, wrapping up eight days of competition across The Vi…

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As 70 or so children at New Covenant United Methodist Church’s TKC Camp have fun playing games and getting a head start on summer, Drew Jenkins is helping make sure things are running smoothly. Jenkins, a clinical psychology major at the University of Central Florida, is spending his summer …

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One of the most exciting parts of the Rev. Harold Hendren’s calendar is taking members of New Covenant United Methodist Church on a Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the Middle East. But the COVID-19 pandemic has halted those plans in recent years. “I had gone every year for several y…

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At The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages, local residents attend student dance and theater performances, with proceeds from ticket sales going back into the programs.

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For some area children, summer camps provide much more than a place to make crafts and sing songs. “The SoZo Kids program changed my life,” said Darian Biggs, of Ocala. “Camp SoZo kept me busy while my mom was at work and gave me something to focus on. You are surrounded by good people who j…

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Linda Succi earned a doctorate, went to theater school, appeared in two off-Broadway plays and started her own event business, all after the age of 60. This past April, she impressed the judges enough to earn the title of Ms. Florida Senior America 2022. “I appreciated the sophistication of …

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Residents of The Villages will vote this November on establishing a fire district independent of county control within the community. Rep. Brett Hage, R-Oxford, successfully shepherded a bill he sponsored to create the new district through the Florida Legislature, which ended its 2022 sessio…

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Bob Trinh says the telephone calls don’t stop. They come in from across the country, usually from other medical providers or those intertwined in the medical community — all wanting to learn about The Villages Health’s unique operation. “I get that every day,” Trinh said of inquisitive calle…

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Villages residents in Sumter County are just the governor’s signature away from deciding if they want to approve an independent special fire district for themselves. Gov. Ron DeSantis received the bill Friday from the Florida Legislature with unanimous support — seeking to allow The Villages…

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