| Mar 8, 2014
| 9:00 PM
After the great review this new trail received, I couldn't wait to take a bike trip to see it for myself.
What my adult son and I found was an abundance of beautiful birds and spectacular views of Lake Apopka and very large gators. The trail is an old...
| Mar 5, 2014
| 11:28 AM
Two-term Winter Garden Mayor John Rees will have to fight for a third term.
Rees, 64, swept into office six years ago, ending the 16-year tenure of then-Mayor Jack Quesinberry, and then earned a second three-year term in 2011 without opposition.
| Mar 4, 2014
| 12:34 PM
Apopka's mayor race has soaked up most of the attention this election season, but voters in Orange County's second-largest city also will decide two City Council seats March 11.
One race pits 18-year incumbent commissioner Marilyn Ustler McQueen against...
| Mar 1, 2014
| 6:28 AM
Birdapalooza, the Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival, takes flight today at Magnolia Park in Apopka.
The second-annual festival promises up close views of the improving lake and the wildlife which flocks to its shores and marshes.
Dozens of exhibitors at...
| Feb 23, 2014
| 9:00 PM
The need for well-informed citizen-advocacy groups is more critical now than ever. Policy making is frequently dominated by politics rather than science, especially in environmental issues. The results include decreased quality of life, loss of habitat...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 5:23 PM
Just by its name, the Lake Apopka Loop Trail, which now crosses miles of old farmland at Lake Apopka, sounds promising.
Well, it's a freak show — which is why it's worth checking out if you hike or ride a bike. Though the area isan environmental...
| Jan 29, 2014
| 8:15 PM
Now there are many more miles of trails for birders during Birdapalooza and Lake Apopka Wildlife Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at Magnolia Park on the lake's eastern shore. The park is a trailhead for Lake Apopka Loop Trail, which used...
| Jan 18, 2014
| 8:40 PM
The first Saturday each month at noon, kids and adults are invited to join the Central Florida Insect Enthusiasts at Oakland Nature Preserve for a guided insect-catching tour. Get exercise hiking as you learn how to catch, identify, preserve and admire...
| Nov 20, 2013
Help Zimmerman cope
The continuing news about George Zimmerman and his run-ins with the law give me pause. When a person is charged with a crime and found not guilty — but remains a target of attention — steps should be taken to help that...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 8:47 PM
Oakland Nature Preserve: Trained specialist Shane Overstreet will lead this free walk at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, on the preserve's boardwalk to the shore of Lake Apopka and will explore the park's upland trails. The preserve is at 747 Machete Trail,...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 7:58 AM
The low growl, grunt and bark of alligators call out in the morning.
Home of alligators, herons, ospreys, egrets and eagles, Lake Apopka is Florida's fourth-largest lake.
The natural beauty belies the sad story of the lake. Once anglers visited, hoping...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 8:22 AM
If you want a night out with no frills, there's nothing quite as reliable or unfrilly as a strip-mall bar. The modern equivalent of a warm campfire, these unpretentious nooks are the best way to take the temperature of a community, especially in the...