National Dog Day

National Dog Day

National Dog Day was created on August 26, 2004, by animal advocate Coleen Paige to bring attention to the many dogs needing adoption. Most breeds become family pets but in Florida, the cow dog is part of a working team – the cowman, his horse and his cow dog. Hernando DeSoto brought the first dogs to Florida in 1539, according to “Florida Cowman” author Joe […]

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Kissimmee Airport: Celebrating 80 years of Aviation History

Kissimmee Airport: Celebrating 80 years of Aviation History

Kissimmee Gateway Airport is celebrating 80 years of aviation history in 2020.  The first airplane landed in Kissimmee in 1912 and by October 1918, a landing field was in place on the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga near Kissimmee. Pilots would fly in from various areas to make stops before proceeding to other cities.  1930s Plans for a Kissimmee airport began as early as 1933. A […]

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Purple Heart Day: August 7

Purple Heart Day: August 7

Honoring Private 1st Class Oscar Lee Padgett August 7 is Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart is presented to those killed or injured while serving with the United States military. Gen. George Washington, commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, created the Badge of Military Merit on August 7, 1782. The first Badge of Military Merit was awarded to three Revolutionary soldiers in 1783. The award later […]

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Desert Inn Memories

Desert Inn Memories

The following story is submitted; the author asked to remain anonymous. Yeehaw Junction The Desert Inn was an oasis from the hot asphalt Highway 60 that miraged its way through long expanses of Florida pastures and marshes. It was an icon of our childhood, indelibly, nostalgically imprinted upon so many of us. Far from any city, the 2-story stucco building loomed up out of nowhere, […]

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