Kayak Fly Fishing

  • 1 September 2016
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By Maggie FitzRoy, Photography by Woody Huband

A bright peach sun rises above the horizon as we launch our kayaks from Cedar Point Preserve. The brightening sky is robin’s egg blue, dotted with gray and white clouds, and not a sound can be heard except the soft swish, swish of our paddles. Then a fish jumps out of the water ahead of me, breaking the stillness. And another.

Daily Thrive: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

  • 22 August 2016
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By Dr. Erin Cann

Photography by: Anthony Hutcherson & TICA

In my 10 years of practice in veterinary medicine, I have seen it all. From obesity to dental disease, animals can have severe health problems if not addressed and treated properly. While all animals may have health-related problems, I have seen these issues arise more frequently in cats. Cat veterinarian visits have decreased by 30 percent since 2001, and only one cat in every five dogs visits the veterinarian within a year. These statistics are alarming and can be attributed to a variety of reasons.

Healthy Happenings

  • 26 July 2016
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August 3

Biking at Hanna Park

Adventure Kayak Florida has mountain bikes and beach cruisers for you to rent and get some exercise at Hanna Park every Tuesday through Saturday.

Where: Hanna Park, 500 Wonderwood Drive

When: All day

Info: adventurekayak.com

A Mother Gives Back: After losing her only daughter to leukemia, Marie Olsen finds solace through volunteering

  • 26 July 2016
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Written and Photographed by Maggie FitzRoy

Marie Olsen likes to say that her daughter, Sarah, was an “extraordinary ordinary child.”

Growing up, she was kind to everyone and had “a huge heart.” In middle school, she taught herself American Sign Language (ASL) so she could talk to her deaf cat, and then continued studying it through high school so she could communicate with deaf people.

How to be Cool & Kind: What to do when your child is a bully

  • 26 July 2016
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By Caren Burmeister

Many adults can share a painful childhood bully story that evokes sympathy for the victim’s humiliation and sense of powerlessness. But what if your child is the bully? For every victim there’s a perpetrator and that child may be your own.

“Bullying is an imbalance of power, when someone is hurtful to someone else on purpose for no reason, again and again,” says Amanda Sheroff, a counselor at Jacksonville Country Day School and Child Safety Matters facilitator at the Monique Burr Foundation for Children.  

Gourmet Pops Are Hot

  • 26 July 2016
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A look at local ice pop peddlers

By Allie Olsen, Photography by Allie Olsen and courtesy of The Hyppo

It’s hot in Florida. It was back when we were kids, too. Back when Mom sent us outside to play every afternoon unless it was storming. On really hot days, my mom would pass out ice pops ... a red one if you were first in line, green if you were last.

Pan Seared Salmon with Chickpea Puree and Mediterranean Salad with Cucumber-Dill Yogurt Sauce

  • 26 July 2016
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Pan Seared Salmon Ingredients:

4 6 oz pieces of salmon 


Lightly season with salt and pepper and pan sear or grill.

Mediterranean Salad Ingredients:

1/2 cucumber small dice

1 red bell pepper small dice

1/2 red onion small dice

1 Roma tomato small dice

1/8 cup red wine vinegar

juice of one lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup chopped parsley

salt and pepper to taste


Back to School Lunchables

  • 26 July 2016
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Prepackaged lunches may be easy but are not the best

Calorie Counts is a new section focused on providing information about the foods we eat, to act as a guide for healthier diet choices.

Nachos Cheese Dip & Salsa

Why this is a not so good choice: Corn chips are very high in sodium, and work fine as a small salty snack, but not as a main course, while cheese dip is traditionally higher in fat than cheese.