Resident, John Straughn has been dropping by our office every month for about a year now. He has been advocating for an issue dedicated to autism awareness. Little did he know, that it wouldn’t take much convincing. I was more than happy to dedicate an issue on this topic. I’d like to thank the Freeland Family, Swingle Family, Rayburn Family and the Rucki-Stanley Family for sharing their lives with me. I’ve learned so much, and I’m sure these families will inspire you, too. They were very open and honest, I appreciate the courage to let their lives be public.
We also learn about Rockin’ on the River, a major fundraiser for autism. Meet Lisa Miller, mother of a child on the autism spectrum and running for school board to fight for the rights of students with disabilities.
We will visit Cornerstone Grill, a farm-to-table restaurant in Lake Alfred. Travel to Armature Works in Tampa for good food and shopping. And read about Winner Haven Apparel’s adventures on a new pontoon boat! It will leave you with a smile on your face.
And that’s not all! We have a full calendar, Top Ten lists to keep you busy and local news briefs to keep you informed.
Support your local businesses & I’ll see you around town!
This issue is dedicated to Josh.