Author: Sharon Allen Gilder

Grape Escape’s New Owner Continues Traditions

Photo | Sharon Allen Gilder (L to R) New owner Diana Mejia and retired Pinky & Pepe’s Grape Escape founder Pinky Rodgers toast to success at the Grape Escape open house held on Dec. 14.

The late winemaker Robert Mondavi is quoted as saying, “Whatever you do, pour yourself into it.” Pinky Gorin Rodgers has lived by that guidepost for more than eight years as she founded, nurtured and grew Pinky & Pepe’s Grape Escape.…

Draghici’s Kentlands Christmas Is All Aglow

Photo | Phil Fabrizio Mikel Draghici and his son, Brandon, find the right spot to display the FM call numbers for their music broadcast amongst the thousands of lights that engulf their home.

You might say Mikel Draghici experienced a light bulb moment when visions of sugarplums and thousands of pixels danced in his head. He made his dream a reality in 2012 when he launched his first “Kentlands Christmas” light display at…

Osteosarcoma Collaborative on a Mission for Life

Photo | Submitted Olivia Egge and John Benjamin Varney, who were diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2017 and are both currently in treatment, attended the Oct. 17 reception for Dr. Alex Huang, who was awarded the first Osteosarcoma Collaborative St. Baldrick’s Grant to Cure Osteosarcoma.

According to the Osteosarcoma Collaborative’s home page, “We exist because new treatments for osteosarcoma don’t.” Established in 2018, the charity is on a mission to fund new research, raise awareness and find cures for osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone…

Alzheimer’s Hits Home, Fundraiser Offers Hope

Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association, whose tagline is ‘the brains behind saving yours,’ reports that statistic and more in its annual publication, “Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures.” Alzheimer’s is the sixth…

Sylvia Rozines Shares Her Story of Survival

History came calling to the Kentlands Clubhouse on June 14 when Holocaust survivor Sylvia Perlmutter Rozines lent a voice to her story vividly captured in the book “Yellow Star,” written by her niece, Jennifer Roy. Born in 1935, Rozines was…

Book Club Turns the Page on 20th Anniversary

Great literature endures and so does the story of the neighborhood book club in The Woods at Muddy Branch (WAMB). Established in 1998, the long-running group of avid readers is turning the page on its 20th anniversary. Club member Nancy…

Wolf’s Words Form Picturesque Poetry

As the word picturesque conjures images of a landscape with vivid colors, the acclaimed poetry of Lakelands resident Michele Wolf brings vibrant visions to the mind’s eye. The visuals evoked with her artfully layered words set the scene for an…

Hypotheses Tackled and Tested by RCES Junior Scientists

It was “game on” as 42 Rachel Carson Elementary School (RCES) students from kindergarten through fifth grade tackled and tested their hypotheses for the school’s annual Science and Invention Night Jan. 24. Assistant Principal Randy Aleshevich said students who participate…