“This is the greatest softball program in the world,” Division 5 batting leader Terry Cole said as he walked off the field following the Wolverines’ last game of the summer season. “Period.” Recreation softball in The Villages is a massive operation. Residents play 85 softball games every we…

When Kathy White arrived in The Villages eight weeks ago, she had a sizable list of activities she wanted to partake in. Golf was not one of them. “I wanted to play cards. I wanted to take tap dancing and sing,” the new Village of Marsh Bend resident said. “But by the time we got here, all t…

Following several weeks of delays, labs are reporting quicker turnaround for COVID-19 test results. Quest Diagnostics announced Monday the average wait time had decreased to two to three days, compared to a week or more in July. This shortened window is helpful for patients trying to figure …

Order a side of entertainment with your meal, because popular local entertainers like Billy Buchanan, Johnny Wild and the Delights, Clark Barrios and Joe Hand can be found at local restaurants and country clubs like Havana Country Club, Ednas’ on the Green, Redsauce, City Fireand more.

New kindergartners were shy at first. Parents were excited and some a bit apprehensive as they started orientation tours Tuesday at Villages Elementary of Lady Lake. About 45 children visited their new school Tuesday with a parent in tow to get an overview, a free backpack and a sticker that…

In her six years as director of the Lady Lake Public Library, Marsha Brinson said she brought more programs and updated the Youth Library, but it’s the people she will miss most.

The cast of The Villages Musical Theater’s production of “The Producers” were backstage putting on makeup and costumes when they got word that their final performance was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Clown Alley 179’s golf cart parades were short trips around two squares Tuesday, but they went a long way to bringing some cheers to the young and young at heart. After about six months away from being clowns, the resident group gathered about 30 members to participate in the parade, which s…

Mike and Charity Gill originally met at Universal Studios in Osaka, Japan, where they were both working. A friend suggested that they become a musical duo, and Gilly & the Girl held their first gig at a pizza restaurant in Japan.

The Villages Theater Company’s production of “Made for Each Other” started out as a script-in-hand performance for actors who had trouble memorizing lines or hadn’t been on stage for a while. However, in a turn of events that director Beth Ely jokingly calls an “amazing ordeal,” the cast and…

As the sun hung low in the sky, neighbors on Reedy Creek Place trickled over to Ed Hagerty’s driveway with lawn chairs in hand. Spreading out six feet apart between two driveways, they caught up on the day’s news. Since mid-March this has been the daily ritual for the Village of St. Charles …

The father-and-daughter team of Jim Caisse and Melissa Caisse continue to share their love of dance, an activity that has been an important part of their lives.

Artie Brennan’s art projects have taken over his home, he admitted with a chuckle. His spare bedroom closet is set up for pen and ink drawing. His garage is set up for painting. But recently one project has taken over more than the others.

When Mitch Hadfield and his wife, Diane, moved to the Village of Pine Ridge three years ago, Mitch brought along his tools and set aside space for a workshop in the extra large garage.He just didn’t know what he wanted to work on.Six months later, the workshop was complete. Art was on the wa…

When it comes to making artwork with clay, Ruth Mansdoerfer keeps an open mind with each project.