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Louis Roney: The gift of gab

The wise speaker starts by concentrating on important aspects of something he knows a lot about.

The intellects of favorite talkers I’ve known were memorable for having stored away treasure-trove “reference libraries” of facts to be recalled on the spot while the speaker was speaking.

Make time this fall for a walk in woods

As long as there are no outright prohibitions on bringing dogs into parks and forest reserves, take advantage of the opportunity to introduce your dog to a new environment.

Go to the park’s website before the hike to review any rules regarding dogs.

Maitland City Talk

Carbon monoxide: the silent, odorless killer

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the "invisible killer" because it's a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.

Chris Jepson: Pluralism is America’s national creed

America, through its Constitution, is a pluralistic nation comprised of many religions of which Christianity in its many permutations (evolutions) is but one of countless expressions of faith.

I am not so interested in anyone’s personal faith other than from a philosophical perspective. To publicly proclaim the “truth” of your faith is meaningless and irrelevant.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The Orlando Philharmonic’s top-selling show is back! Cirque meets symphony in this all-new show featuring classical music brought to life by world-class cirque performers.

Acrobats, contortionists, jugglers and strongmen perform amazing feats, and aerialists soar overhead as the orchestra below provides suspenseful music.

Louis Roney: The days dwindle down

As my days dwindle down to a precious few, people ask me, “What do you do to get yourself going in the morning?”

I say, “I think about what needs to be done. I think about what I can get done today, and I get busy doing it.” What’s so unusual about that? After all, “today” is the only day any of us can do anything!

Ways to help storm-proof anxious pets

Don’t treat storm-related anxiety as a disciplinary issue.

Fear and anxiety during storms is a very common issue among dogs and cats, and not one that can be easily or fully resolved. However, there are steps you can take to ease their fear.

Maitland City Talk

Maitland Fire Rescue reminds residents: Working smoke alarms save lives!

Working smoke alarms can make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!"

Chris Jepson: To play at being human

As a child I lived for recess, to play. As an adult, little has changed.

I learned as much on the playground as I did sitting in the classroom. You learn to play with others; to be part of a team, a side. You learn fair play. To share.

Winter Park City Talk

“Test the Waters” Fishing Tournament

The Parks & Recreation Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission present their annual free “Test the Waters” Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 7 to 11 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

The only nighttime Art Festival in Florida, the 38th Maitland Rotary’s Art Under the Stars is a magical experience for artists and patrons alike.

With continuous live entertainment on two stages sponsored by Performing Arts Maitland, the art show and sale will take place this weekend surrounding Lake Lily in Maitland.

Winter Park City Talk

Budget approved

On Sept. 22, the Commission held the second public hearing on the proposed budget and voted unanimously to approve and officially adopt the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

Louis Roney: Top of the line

Like most American dads, mine was undoubtedly thanked inadequately during his days on Earth.

Dad was a first lieutenant in the Army in World War I, and managed somehow to join me as a naval officer in World War II when he was far over age.

Fixes for CCL (ACL) injuries in dogs

It’s estimated that in recent years Americans spend on average $1.3 billion per year to repair their dog’s CCLs.

Most sudden CCL injuries in dogs happen during exuberant activities, such as roughhousing, running, playing, jumping, etc.

Maitland City Talk

Fire Prevention Week: A history

Maitland Fire Rescue will be providing educational classes and visit to public and private elementary schools and day cares throughout the city.