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Concerns over church membership and attendance have been growing in recent years. A March 2021 Gallup poll revealed that just 47% of American adults surveyed were members of a house of worship, the first time in the eight-decade history of the poll that the number was below 50%. By compariso…

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If you've been looking for new ways to get in shape, The Villages Recreation and Parks Department would like to introduce you to some over the next few months.

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An abundance of color met those entering Friday’s  Heritage Festival as the hues of flags from different nations waved over the square.  The second festival was a celebration of cultures through food, music and entertainment and followed last Friday’s Heritage Festival at Spanish Springs Tow…

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It isn’t often Floridians hear “oom-pah”-style polka music, watch Spanish folkloric dance, eat traditional German food and shop for Celtic oddities all in one place. This was the scene at Friday’s Heritage Festival in The Villages. Villagers and visitors alike were treated to cultural festiv…

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If you’re looking for adventure on Lake Sumter, book soon. After slowing down over the summer, the Recreation and Parks Department’s guided fishing, kayaking and nature pontoon boat tours on the lake are now ramping up their activities for the fall. And space is filling up fast for many of t…

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With the summer turning into autumn in the coming weeks, another season isn’t too far behind: festival season on the town squares. “We look forward to being able to see the community out and about and enjoying themselves, creating long-lasting memories with friends and family,” said Chalsi C…

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Geralyn Vilar and her granddaughter Trinity stood shoulder to shoulder at the kitchen counter, combining ingredients for cranberry orange scones. Vilar held up the recipe card for Trinity to read, then Trinity began zesting a fresh orange while waiting for the oven to heat, both of them smil…

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Delores Lancaster wiped away a tear as she looked at the full trunk of food before her. The Leesburg resident was overwhelmed with relief by the thought that she would have more than enough food for the week.

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Hundreds of Villagers sporting team jerseys, face paint and school spirit came out to Spanish Springs Town Square on Friday and celebrated the thousands of dollars raised through another successful College Colors Day event. The top three winners of the annual food drive, which is sponsored b…

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For those driving on U.S. Highway 301 in Wildwood earlier this month, it was hard not to notice the sign. “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” Music fans of all kinds instantly can recognize those words as the start of the 1984 Prince classic “L…

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Judy Kohn sat with three other women, enjoying the nice breeze and the light conversation, as they waited for the next donation to come.

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The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center is cautiously opening its doors a little wider. The theater will return to full capacity Sept. 5, beginning with The Villages Philharmonic Orchestra Labor Day Celebration Pops concert. Full capacity also means the venue will welcome back touring act…

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As The Villages expands, so does the range of houses of worship in the area. Several churches have opened around the community this year. Village Christian Church currently meets every Sunday morning at the Old Mill Playhouse, while the Villages Orthodox Church holds court at the Hampton Inn…

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Ask Pastor Steven Speaks what his bosses at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto think about a Villages-area campus opening its doors this fall, and he smiles. “It’s been 10 years of prayer in Lecanto,” he said. “They are happy that this will be a reality.” Seven Rivers Villages will …

Johnson was introduced to pottery at a community college near his Michigan home and he was smitten with the medium. After two years, he enrolled in the Eastern Michigan University where he majored in fine arts, developing a love for working with his hands that last to this day in glass-fusio…