Letter From The Publisher
Even though the official day of summer isn’t until June 21st we call the June | July Issue of Heartland LIVING our Summer Issue and we thank you for picking it up. Summer is the time we all look forward to a carefree season when the sun is brighter, our days are longer, and the kids are out of school. It is time to try new things, take a weekend trip to somewhere new or just relax on one of our beautiful Florida beaches. We have packed this issue with all sorts of different articles and feature stories for everyone, so please take us with you and enjoy while you are relaxing this summer.
During this time in our lives, the internet is an amazing place where we can learn anything we want to know. As we enter summer and our children are home from school, I asked our writer, Katy Fassler, who is also a school teacher, to do some research on internet safety. Parents, this is a great article from Katy to educate yourselves on how to communicate with your children on the importance of internet safety.
June is National Dairy Month, and in this issue, we are celebrating the dairy community and honor our nation’s hardworking dairy farm families in the Heartland. Chad Rucks, of C & M Rucks Dairy in Okeechobee, recognized an opportunity and is leading the Free Range 365 movement which highlights Florida dairy farmers who provide their cows with access to graze on grass pastures 365 days a year. Chad shared his vision to the dairy farmers in Hardee County, the Nickerson Family. Brittany Thurlow and Courtney Campbell are committed as well to free range dairy farming and have joined forces to bring a unique dairy option to consumers. Look for their tear out card in this issue.
To capture the eye of all our readers, we strive to give you informative feature stories, prestigious photography and exceptional design. So, for our arts and culture readers we feel you are going to love the art sculpture photos from the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition in Lakeland. If you haven’t seen the sculptures in person, you might want to plan a day to Lemon Street Promenade to explore the 18th annual sculpture pieces. The voting was open to the public and congratulations to the “People’s Choice Award Winner” Donald Gialanella from St. Petersburg, FL.
I’m sharing a short story in this issue that really opened my eyes after speaking with Randy Browning from Lakeland. Please take a moment to read “No Child Goes Hungry” and the simple mission Randy started by feeding local hungry children. With the help of the community his simple mission is now a charity called “kidsPACK”.
Our advertisers and readers inspire us every issue to produce a magazine that I hope we all can be proud of. We are so thankful to everyone that reaches out to us with your thoughts and compliments, please keep them coming.
Lastly I want to thank my team for all your hard work on this issue. It really does take a team!