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Nancy Lugo: The buzz on mosquitos, health and history

Sometimes called the state bird, the mosquito plays a huge role in our history, our health, and our barbeque parties.

Here in Mosquito County (the original name for Central Florida), the stinging insect is more than a name and a nuisance.

Water play offers cool summer fun

Practically the only thing kids can’t do with water is break it!

Here are some ideas for both entertaining and educational water fun at home using a wading pool or sprinkler.

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Voice wins accolades at Florida Press Association Awards

Four FPA award wins

The Seminole Voice won four awards for its reporting, writing and commentary in four categories at the Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper Awards.

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Winter Springs student earns perfect FCAT scores

Fourth grader Yazielis Perez Ramirez of Keeth Elementary in Winter Springs did the unthinkable this year as she earned a perfect score in all three portions of the FCAT test.

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Prehistoric Weaponry Lecture

The Seminole County Library will host a Prehistoric Weaponry Lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16, at their northwest branch.

Stetson's Corner: Geneva celebrates independence

The history and character of Geneva is all about personal freedom, so it is no surprise that Geneva continues to be one of the very few communities to hold a parade and festival on the 4th of July.

As always the sights, sounds and smells of Geneva's Independence Day were all around us!

Ask Sandi: Social media and your job search

Ask yourself if you would hire yourself if you saw all the things you say on social media.

If you really want to get hired, keep it clean, and use the highest security settings so that people can’t get too much information.

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River Rats cling to FCSL top spot

Keep league lead

The Sanford River Rats still clung to a narrow league lead to start the week, but the Winter Park Diamond Dawgs are nipping at their heels.

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Oviedo, Winter Springs lead the way in recycling

What to recycle?

Oviedo and Winter Springs continue to lead the way in the push toward lofty statewide goals for recycling and sustainability.

Passive outdoor pest control for sneaky critters

Wildlife often can be an annoying (and sometimes dangerous) presence in your yard

To prevent bears and raccoons, keep household trash in tightly covered containers, ideally inside the garage or a shed.

How to lose a loan in five easy steps

How to lose a home loan in five easy steps

Fortunately the formula for qualifying and staying qualified for a home loan is pretty simple.

Louis Roney: Yesteryear here

One’s past is not alive in one’s mind at all times, but we manage to drudge up valuable long forgotten moments and places when the occasion calls for it.

All in all, my remembrance of my school days in Winter Park is of a very placid, genteel and proper atmosphere, with hardly any hint of the hustle and bustle of today.

Concert review: Prevailing Winds shows off skills

Members of the Orlando Philharmonic played a delightful program

On Monday, July 7, members of the Orlando Philharmonic played a delightful program at the Plaza Live Theater in Orlando featuring Prevailing Winds’ reed instrument players.

Old aquarium need a good cleaning?

Read up on how to maintain a large aquarium

If the glass isn’t damaged and the aquarium equipment — like the light or the aerator — is in good shape or can be replaced, then you should be able to reuse it.

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Bank helps customers find jobs in unlikely places

Jobs in unlikely places

In 2012 Fifth Third partnered with company NextJob, identified customers who had lost their jobs, and offered them NextJob’s employment seeking service.

Chris Jepson: Ya never know

What’s in a name? You move into any new community and various landmarks, parks, streets or buildings will be named after significant local civic leaders.

To betray the trust and confidence of a 6-year-old child, well, suffice it to say, prison isn’t sufficient punishment if I were holding the scales.

Josh Garrick: Culture for Your Calendar

In one of the funniest musicals ever presented at the Winter Park Playhouse, “SHOUT! The Mod Musical” returns to the Playhouse through July 19.

The hit musical tells the story of five women coming of age in 1960s London and features an incredible collection of ’60s classics.

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Central Florida experiments earn spot on space flight

Locals' project in space

Two projects with local connections were recently selected to fly on SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial space flight by Virgin Galactic.

Sweet tips for making ice cream in a bag

You don’t need a commercial machine to make the real thing.

Here’s the latest scoop on how to make a basic, no-cook vanilla ice cream.

Time for a mid-year household financial review

How is your financial year going? Are you on target with your goals?

Halfway through the year is a good time to assess where you are, and where you’re going.

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