Partially Paralyzed Woman Preps to Walk in Relay For Life with Acupuncture

Your Introduction to Alternatives to Medications

By Dr. Jeannette (Jett) Kerns, DOM, AP, St. Cloud, FL

On May 17, 1990 Jennifer Loretto was a normal seventeen-year-old rushing to get home by curfew. On May 18, 1990 she was a statistic.

Dr. Jeannette "Jett" Kerns
Dr. Jeannette “Jett” Kerns

Tragically, Jennifer was run over by a drunk driver while walking home that fateful spring night. She spent the next six months in a deep coma, two years in hospitals and fifteen years in a wheelchair and though she no longer relies on a wheelchair to get around, Jennifer is paralyzed on one side of her body, leaving her with only one functional arm and leg.

Despite her physical limitations Jennifer is going to walk in Relay For Life of Downtown Orlando, College Park on Friday, April 29, 2016, between 6pm and midnight.

This is no easy task for Jennifer. It has required weeks of preparation and conditioning. She is doing this to help raise money for cancer research because it’s a cause she believes in and she wants to show others what can be accomplished if you put your mind to it.

When asked why she decided to participate in the walk Jennifer stated “Because I can. It’s not easy. I’m slow and it hurts, but I have family and friends that are cancer survivors and I believe these fundraisers are important in saving lives. If I can do it, anyone can do it.”

Jennifer has been preparing for the event two ways:

  1. By walking at least 1.5 miles several days per week and using a buggy containing her small service dog for support; and
  2. Getting regular acupuncture at East Lake Acupuncture in Saint Cloud.

Jennifer Loretto is truly an inspiration and proof that through that, all it takes is a strong will and positive attitude to overcome even the largest of obstacles. “The acupuncture has helped a lot” says Jennifer.  “It’s helped me to walk again, manages my pain and keeps my joints moving.”

Please join Jennifer in the Relay For Life of Downtown Orlando, College Park on Friday, April 29, 2016 between 6pm and midnight.

You can show your support by donating through a sponsorship for Jennifer. Simply visit and enter Jennifer Loretto into the “search for participant” area.

If you see Jennifer around town, please be sure to say hello.

East Lake Acupuncture – 4121 Neptune Rd. –  Saint Cloud, FL 34769 – 407-738-7412 –

April Showers Bring May Values

The Dirt

by  Gretchyn Boshart

Sellers, it’s that time of year. Spring cleaning and rising interest rates are afoot. Do you know what your home is even worth?

Yeah, I don’t either yet. But I could find out. If you bring tequila, I can find out faster, just kiddin2015-09-24 09.57.48 (3)g. Really, my question came this week during an event. Joe is 32 and has had a 2 bedroom house in an upscale area for about 5 years now. He asked me if it was wrong to ask an agent to help him find out what his house is worth, even if he’s got no plans to sell it.

I scrunched up my face and looked at him funny. “You mean you don’t already know? I mean, how do you know your house isn’t worth the kind of price suddenly worth moving over? “

He dropped his head in shame and said, “I hear you, but honestly, I feel bad to ask an agent to do research if I don’t plan to sell. Is that normal or am I completely crazy?”

“Well Joe, I think it’s crazy that you check your investment portfolio and retirement accounts ever month and don’t know what your house is worth.”

So, here’s a secret for you. Most realtors will be happy to do a quick, rough analysis of what your home might be worth based on recent sales in the area and in Florida, realtors are not allowed to charge for these. It’s illegal. There are shiny bracelets and bars to contend with if they charge a fee. So, I recommend getting one every spring. Do it at same time every year, like when you clean the gutters or do spring cleaning, so you don’t forget.

Some realtors won’t do them. So find someone else. I’m happy to do these for people. Who knows? Maybe I do one and the price and is so good, you decide to sell and hire me. I mean, how will we ever know what your property is worth, if I don’t look it up for you? The way I see it, it’s my job to help educate you along the way, and I believe every owner should find out their value every year. Even the owners that may not need me now, but… might later.

If you’re really worried about an agent not making any money, you can always hire an appraiser for about $250 bucks to tell you, that way, no hard feelings if you don’t sell. But, and here’s the important part, most realtors won’t have hard feeling if you were honest with them up front. Most won’t have a problem helping you with them. If they do mind, then find someone who doesn’t. There are plenty of us out here.

Gretchyn Boshart is a Central Florida agent, developer, and special interest writer who grew up on Lake Lizzie.  Send in your questions or comments for our Q and A’s to, on Facebook at or tweet your questions to @askthedirt. To learn more about Gretchyn, visit her on the web at Your question could be featured in her next article!

Jacks Jokes

Growing up in a small town is something the city kids (like my husband) will just never understand. I say I live in a small place now, but it is has really grown since I was a child. Actually, I grew up right here in St. Cloud, if DSC00004you also grew up in a small town, than you will be able to relate to this list.

1) The grocery store was also the place to rent movies, drop off dry cleaning and leave your rolls of film to be developed.

2) You could name every person in your graduating class.

3) When you called the wrong number, the person who answered politely gave you the correct number.
4) You used the alley entrances to businesses more than the front door.

5) You never carried a key for your house because it was always unlocked. And, just in case, the only key was “hidden” in your mailbox or a flower pot so your neighbors, relatives and mailman would know where to find it if needed.

6) You could charge things at businesses without a credit card (and the clerk knew who to charge it to without asking for your name).

7) Teachers always referred to you by your oldest sibling’s name. They probably taught all of your siblings plus your parents.

8) People could always find you. Flower deliveries made it to you no matter where you were at the time because the delivery person knew where to look and who to ask.

9) You were somehow related to nearly everyone in town.

10) Store owners left their doors unlocked with a sign that said “gone to the bank, be right back.”

11) An exciting day was driving the 30 miles to the nearest Wal-Mart or McDonald’s.

12) Your parallel parking test in driver’s ed. was pointless because there were rarely cars to practice parking in between, so you just drove right into the spot and the teacher gave you an ‘A’.

13) Everything shut down for high school football. When the team made the playoffs, the musical was rescheduled because the lead actor was also the quarterback.
14) Driving a tractor to school was an acceptable thing to do, and there was likely a day designated to doing so each year.
15) When high school sweethearts move back to your town and get married, the weekly newspaper dedicates two entire pages to the details of their wedding.
16) A high school girl was crowned the town queen during your annual festival.

17) You were encouraged to bring a prom date from a different school just so there was a crowd at prom. Oh, and prom likely included a sit-down meal for everyone before the dance, which probably took place in the high school gym.
18) The only traffic jam your town ever experienced was during the annual tractor parade.

19) The school secretary assembled a list with the details of all the graduation parties so everyone knew when to be where.

20) People gave directions by referring to the only stoplight in town.

21) You went to school with kids from eight other tiny towns.

22) It was cool to hang out with or date someone from a neighboring school, except during football season when they were considered enemies.

23) If you weren’t at church, concerned churchgoers would go out of their way to find out if you were okay.

24) When you are back in town to visit, no one has to ask you where you live now or what you do because they keep up on every detail of your life thanks to all your relatives who still live there.

25) When people ask you where you are from, you sort of mumble your tiny town’s name and then automatically tell them what larger town it is near. If they look confused, you just give up and tell them the nearest metro (even if it is an hour or more away).

There is a lot to be said for growing up in a small town. While this list is an overview of my personal experiences and observations in my hometown, I’m sure you can relate to many of them if you grew up in a small town.

 A Real Gut-Buster

A woman noticed her husband standing on the bathroom scale, sucking in his stomach. “Ha­­! That’s not going to help,” she said.

“Sure, it does,” he said. “It’s the only way I can see the numbers.”

 Why Can’t Coffee Shops Spell Correctly?

When asked for his name by the coffee shop clerk, my brother-in-law answered, “Marc, with a C.” Minutes later, he was handed his coffee with his name written on the side: Cark.

The black lacquer stand 
holding his prized samurai swords was dusty, so my husband left our cleaning lady a note, reading, “Check out my swords.” That evening, he found the stand just as dirty as 
before but with this appended to 
his note: “Nice swords.”

My Kids Don’t Know What I Do

I’ve been working on my PhD 
in engineering for the past five years, but my kids don’t necessarily see that as work.
As we were driving past Wal-Mart one day, my son spotted a Now Hiring sign and suggested that I could get 
a job there. – Hoping to make a point, I asked, “Do you think they’re looking for an engineer?”

“Oh, sure,” he said. “They’ll hire anybody.”

Weird Questions Librarians Hear…

Before Google, there were librarians. Here are some queries posed to the poor, suffering staff of public libraries:

  • A woman wanted “inspirational material on grass and lawns.”
  • “Who built the English Channel?”
  • “Is there a full moon every night in Acapulco?”
  • “Music suitable for a doll wedding to take place between a Shirley Temple doll and a teddy bear.”
  • “Can the New York Public Library recommend a good forger?”


Shocked! Over 5 Billion dollars are spent on addictions!

Your Home Town Acupuncture and Wellness Expert

Dr. Christina Arbogast with

Dr. Christina
Dr. Christina

Family Acupuncture and Wellness Center

There are more than 20 Million people over the age of 12 in the United States with addictions.  I was shocked to learn this. I knew it was a large percentage, but 20 million and such young people.  The most common are males from 18 to 30 year olds. People of all ages

make choices good and some bad. Some that can be easily “fixed” others take a life of their own. I have worked in many different rehab centers as an Acupuncture Physician and it hurts my heart to see the effects that one bad choice can have on a person and their families. Addictions are very close to my heart, as some of you know, I lost my brother and cousin due to complications of this illness.  Sometimes the families are unaware of the situation, and the person with the addictions may not see it as a problem, or unable to ask for help, in fear of judgment and criticism.

Try Acupuncture, I dare you!

As, Mary Marcuccio, from My Bottom Line said “it’s a different world then when we were growing up”, I don’t remember seeing prescriptions drugs in the medicine cabinet or having “pharm parties”. Prescription drugs are in schools, social setting, and on the TV commercials, making it seem like there are no negative or possibility of addiction. Herbal medicine is phenomenal in pain management,   addictions and craving, injunction with the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) Acupuncture protocol that can control the cravings. Another great thing about acupuncture is that if there’s any unlined issues, there are points and herbs that can be added to the treatment. I ask the family members of the person with the addiction to came in and get a treatment to reduce the stress, sadness and hopelessness.

Tips from Mary Marcuccio:

  • Don’t be the friend be the parent
  • Search their stuff: Room, clothes, bags, phones (learn the language)
  • Be their “out”:
    • Let your child you as the excuse to say “NO, my parents, will kill me”
    • Show up unexpectedly at events, friends’ houses, and different places and different times.


Please contact Mary Maruccio at

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Family Acupuncture and Wellness Center  1700 13th Street suite 1 St. Cloud Florida 34769

(407) 792-5660 – 


Michael Aun
Michael Aun

By:  Michael Aun


One of the worst innovations in our lifetime has to be the creation of the selfie.  You know… that asinine thing where you take a picture of yourself in front of a poster of President Obama or some other famous person whom you actually never met.

If you’re going to be narcissistic enough to take a selfie and post it for the world to see, you might want to at least be creative with the cutline, as they say in the newspaper business.

Captions should be short, no more than 10 words…the shorter the better.  Anyone who is going to look at your selfie is not going to want to read War and Peace.  K-I-S-S… keep it short and simple.  By the way, don’t try to make the unfunny funny.  Never works.  Better to let beauty be in the eye of the beholder.

It would help to make your caption related to the selfie and why you took the time to take it.  Moreover, you should have a compelling reason for sending it.

Shakespeare wrote… “To thine own self be true…”  It might help to be honest at least with you.  The recipient knows if you’re lying.

My son Jason was recently traveling in South America for the Food and Drug Administration to inspect plants that ship their goods to the US for consumption.   Their form of selfies are “footies,” where they take a picture of their feet in front of the backdrop.  Different strokes…

By the way, don’t send crappy pictures.  Long ago, I realized (far too late) that those pitifully recorded efforts I made early in my speaking career would live long after my talents had finally improved.  You won’t live long enough to outlive those idiotic items you post on “Spacebook or My Face,” which is what New England Coach Bill Belichek calls them.

Remember you’re not a rock star even though you’re a legend in your own mind.  People don’t care, seriously.  By the way, most people who “like” your selfies are probably doing so out of pity.

It’s true that life is better when people are laughing… that is with you and not at you.  Why put yourself down?  There are plenty of people who will gladly dis you given the opportunity.

Selfies aren’t a very good place to hate.  Keep your hate to yourself.  Eighty percent of the people don’t care and the other twenty percent actually hate you.

By the way, no one cares about your SWAG.  Your efforts to make them jealous will result in them simply hating you more.

Most people who take selfies are subconsciously saying “Don’t I look good?”  Maybe, but seriously, who cares?  When one writes “Wish you were here!” what they’re really saying is “Aren’t you jealous?  I’m here and you’re not!”

When someone announces they’re about to venture into a new chapter in their lives like “off to college” you’ve put the recipient on notice that if you don’t graduate you’re another one of the world’s losers.

By the way, if last night was a blur, you don’t serve yourself at all by admitting it to the world.

For Pete’s sake, never, never ask if this selfie makes you look fat.  Just go ahead and admit it… “Looking Fat Today!”  Better to seek sympathy than to fish for compliments.

Snapchats, Hangouts, Skype and Instagrams are other “don’t do’s” especially if you’re in the shower and your child calls in.  That’s an image that kid will never get out of their head!

Be careful to not write stuff like “I don’t know what I’m doing here.”  It’s obvious.  No need to confirm it.  Life is easier when your eyes are closed and you’re blinded by the obvious.

And don’t, don’t, don’t share your nasty habits.  No one wants to know where you broke wind or if you’re going commando today.   Well… actually men might like the latter if they hear it about a woman…. but I digress.

And ladies, you get to wear makeup for a very good reason.  Don’t do selfies without it.  (See poorly recorded speeches above).  They’ll live longer than you will.  And by the way, nobody cares where you had lunch today or how long the line was at Starbucks.  The latter simply proves you’ll pay ten times more than a cup of coffee should cost.

Most embarrassing of all is when that unemployed relative of yours does a selfie in the same overpriced Starbucks.  If they are ever looking for a handout, it should not come from you.

City of St. Cloud hosts 4th spaghetti dinner food-raiser/fund-raiser

St. Cloud, Fla.– City of St. Cloud invites everyone to the 4th Annual Irene Hudelson Spaghetti Dinner Food-raiser/Fund-raiser May 13, 5:30-8 p.m., in the St. Cloud Community Center (3101 17th St.). All donated non-perishable food and funds will be forwarded to St. Cloud Community Pantryto help ensure no one goes hungry in the city of St. Cloud.

The “cost” for one spaghetti dinner is a minimum of one non-perishable food item. The dinner features spaghetti, bread, salad and refreshment. Attendees will also be able to participate in a bake sale and in a silent auction.

St. Cloud Community Pantry has been serving St. Cloud for almost 30 years. The most-needed items are canned soup, peanut butter, canned meats, cereal, canned fruit, dried fruit, macaroni & cheese, and canned vegetables. Also accepted are dry pasta, rice, canned spaghetti & meatballs, spaghetti sauce, jelly, canned tuna, pancake mix, syrup, and Ramen noodle soup packages. All items collected will be delivered directly to St. Cloud Community Pantry. For the safety of those served by St. Cloud Community Pantry, the following cannot be accepted:

  • Open packages
  • Homemade food
  • Perishable food
  • Items with expired dates
  • Damaged/dented cans

For more information on the event, call 407-957-7301.

Neptune Middle’s Family Literacy Night Named Regional Winner For State Award

The School District of Osceola County, FL

Dr. Debra Pace, Superintendent

Neptune Middle School’s Family Literacy Night project has been selected as a regional winner for the Florida Department of Education/Florida Parent Teacher Association’s 2015-2016 Family and Community Involvement Award.  The school’s project, designed to pique student interest in reading and writing, was selected as a model that successfully engages parents in meaningful school-based programs.

Throughout Celebrate Literacy Week, Neptune Middle’s different content areas participate in lessons tied to an author’s upcoming visit to the school.  This year, Roland Smith, a young adult fiction and nonfiction writer, participated with the school.  Mathematics classrooms had students compete in problem-solving activities related to his 39 Clues book, while science classrooms conducted tornado and volcano demonstrations related to his Storm Runners book series.  Physical Education classes had students climb the school’s rock wall and discuss the book Peak.  Language Arts teachers engaged in a Battle of the Books with teachers competing with students to answer questions about Roland Smith books.  During the day of the author’s visit to the school, seventh grade students attended assemblies during which Mr. Smith spoke to them regarding his passion for reading, writing, science, and travel.  A Family Literacy Night was held that evening with the author, featuring interactive activities for parents and students to do together.  In addition, Mr. Smith was named honorary Director of the Neptune Middle School Cryptid Museum, which was based on his book series called The Cryptid Hunters.

“Small town” – Fantastic Publication!

Dear Editor,

As a proud native Floridian it encourages me when a publication personifies the very essence of our great State’s unequivocal prides!

The weekly contributions of “St Cloud- In The News” are commendable. Your diversified local news features and updates help to intensify the inward warmth that must “thrive” there throughout St Cloud. You never cease to amaze me with your endorsement and concern for the locals, Osceola County and others.

Even the placement of your advertisements is intriguing. Unique to boot! The layout, at no time obstructs or distracts a potential reader. This alone couldn’t be an easy task; unless one is definitively creative.

It is evident throughout your recent Vol 14 No. 41 that there are valuable, numerous opportunities extended to your readers. This warms a heart, without question.

Frequently I am in St Cloud and have admired your upbeat publication. Keep offering creative news, informative updates on local activities and the impressionably positive features. Fantastic flow of information in all areas!

Just had to let your know: For a Small-Town-U.S of A,I’m extremely impressed!

Dana Caldwell

St. Cloud City Council to meet once in July, once in August

St. Cloud, Fla. – St. Cloud City Council passed Resolution No. 2016-076R during a regular meeting April 14 to set one City Council meeting date for July and one City Council meeting date for August. With the adoption of the resolution, the July council meeting date will be July 28 and the August council meeting date will be Aug. 25.

St. Cloud City Council meetings are normally held the second and fourth Thursday each month at City Hall. However, as per City Code Section 2-51 the City Council “shall hold regular meetings not less than once a month, normally the same to be held on the second Thursday of each month” at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers.

For more details on council meetings, visit www.stcloud.orgor call 407-957-7320.

St. Cloud mayor welcomes Treehouse Studios Productions for ‘coffee and conversation’

St. Cloud, Fla. – St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders hosted Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor April 15 at City Hall. Treehouse Studios Productions Chief Executive OfficerTimothy Mikus was the mayor’s guest and the topics of discussion included the importa

St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders hosts Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor, April 15 at City Hall. Her guest, Treehouse Studios Productions Chief Executive Officer Timothy Mikus, provided information on the latest technology available for productions.
St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders hosts Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor, April 15 at City Hall. Her guest, Treehouse Studios Productions Chief Executive Officer Timothy Mikus, provided information on the latest technology available for productions.

nce of local businesses within the city of St. Cloud and the technology that

helps bring worldwide attention to St. Cloud.

“I invited Timothy to talk about his vision and passion for his work and for St. Cloud,” Borders said. “His products exemplify everything we encourage within our city, including hard work and dedication, highly technical jobs and creative expression. The work of Timothy and his staff of two includes branding strategies and ad campaigns that highlight our community. We are very lucky to have them here.”

City Manager Joe Helfenberger also mentioned the importance of partnerships within the community.

St. Cloud Mayor Rebecca Borders hosts Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor April 15 at City Hall. Guest and Treehouse Studios Productions Chief Executive OfficerTimothy Mikus explains to the mayor and audience members how he and his staff can “lift” a building from a brochure.

“The presentation offered a look into the bright future of St. Cloud that we are all working on,” he said. “We have been in contact with Mr. Mikus as part of our ‘We Are Open For Business’ and ‘Make St. Cloud Shine’ efforts as we work on recruitment of skilled, technologically advanced jobs. It was a very impressive presentation and we all enjoyed it very much.”

The presentation included custom characters, mapping, medical imaging, 3-D animation and design, and topography. For more information about Treehouse Studios Productions, including a City of St. Cloud Urban Gardenista production, visit

In May, Florida Department of Health in Osceola County staff will join the mayor to provide health programs and services information to the public. Exact date, time and location will be available as the next Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor date approaches.