Everyone Could Use a Little Charm School

We have always had awesome, loving, well-behaved dogs, but now we have a little more time to try to be better parents to our new “bundles of joy.” Donny and Marie, sibling Shih-Tzu pups are the newest loves of our lives. My husband, David, suggested we sign them up for obedience school. I thought obedience sounded too harsh for our puppies, so we agreed to … Continue reading Everyone Could Use a Little Charm School

The Importance of Heartworm Tests

Q: “Does my dog really need a stool sample checked every year and a heartworm test? Why would he have heartworms if he is on medications every month to prevent them? A: The short answer is yes. The reason your veterinarian is recommending annual testing is not only for your pet’s wellbeing, but also for the safety of you and your family. I frequently hear … Continue reading The Importance of Heartworm Tests

Keep it in Your Plants

Pollen-acalypse is upon us. The sneezing, the watery eyes and then more sneezing. Sure, you can take medication, but that usually comes with a nap sentence, and the ones that don’t make you want to pass out only make you feel half OK, leaving you to sit around thinking about the days where you could breathe through your nose. Those were the good times. Lucky … Continue reading Keep it in Your Plants

Volusia County – What Public Lands are Open for Use?

With daily updates from the state, Volusia County and individuals, it is hard to know what public lands are still open for use and what is currently closed. While the Florida governor has issued a “Safer at Home” Order, it does not disallow recreational activity such as walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running or swimming, as long as these activities are consistent with social distancing … Continue reading Volusia County – What Public Lands are Open for Use?

Into the Woods

Juniper Springs Recreation Area All photos by Kelsey Walters It’s a new year, and that’s supposed to mean new you, right? Whatever you’re trying to renew this year, this decade in fact – even if it’s just your sense of adventure, Florida has plenty to offer. Now proud owners of a rambunctious toddler very fond of her newfound skills of running, jumping and climbing, my … Continue reading Into the Woods

Jeep Owners Invited to Jeep Parade to Thank Healthcare Workers

Were you planning on participating in Jeep Beach this April? Unfortunately, due to circumstances surrounding coronavirus COVID-19, the event has been postponed to September 11 – 13, 2020 – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still show off your Jeep! On Friday, April 3, 2020, Jeep enthusiasts are invited by Jeep Beach to participate in a Jeep Parade as a show of support and thanks … Continue reading Jeep Owners Invited to Jeep Parade to Thank Healthcare Workers

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Best Sandwich To-Go

Sub…hoagie…grinder. No matter what you call it, there’s no better pair to a summer day than a sandwich! Whether it’s for a day at the beach, the springs or a park, here’s where the locals go to grab their favorite sandwich.  Top 5 Local Restaurants for Takeout Sandwiches Each place featured below was voted as the BEST by ECC Facebook Fans. Be sure to “Like” … Continue reading Best Sandwich To-Go

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March Fishing Guide

Text & Photos by Patrick “Tupat” Eichstaedt // @TheRealTupat Powered by: Off The Hook at Inlet Harbor & Tupat’s Hawaiian Seasonings and Poke Sauce When you think of winter you think of cold, but this winter here in Florida has not been so cold. Even though the temps have stayed rather warm, the fish have been biting relentlessly! One thing for sure is the feeling fishing gives your soul is something no one can ever … Continue reading March Fishing Guide

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Adventures of a Modern Pirate: March 2020

Across from us lay a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean as far as I could see. The ripples lapping the shoreline were crystal clear as if made of liquid glass. I saw through the water, past some fish, and to the sea bed. The air felt thick and fresh, almost tangible.  “Let’s hope developers don’t kill this island,” I said, unsolicited. My uncle and … Continue reading Adventures of a Modern Pirate: March 2020