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Special Feature: Then & Now

Johny & Heidi

Leann Rimes & Johnny

Local Dates:

June 16: JB's Fish Camp, New Smyrna Beach

June 21: Rockpit Brewing, Orlando

July 11: Trader's, New Smyrna Beach

August 9: Rockpit Brewing, Orlando

Johnny & Heidi

Conway native, Johnny Bulford, who grew up in a family surrounded by rich music history and influence, was able to naturally hone his craft from a young age. Bulford knew his love of music would turn into a career when he attended a Garth Brooks concert at the age of 12 and told his mom, "This is what I want to do with my life." Putting that statement into action, Bulford performed all throughout high school and college, opening for the likes of artists Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson; garnering a win at Colgate Country Showdown, a national singing competition, which landed him a publishing contract at Warner Chappell Music. After years at the Warner label, he branched out as an independent songwriter. Bulford has earned many achievements throughout his career, he secured his first #1 hit with Lee Brice's "A Woman Like You", his first album cut "Flashlight" was co-written with Chris Young, and more. Now Johnny Bulford wants to share his musical experiences with his hometown in Central Florida and beyond.

Canadian born, Heidi has shared the stage with Kenny Chesney, Randy Travis, Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire and more. The couple were married on February 2019 and spent first year of marriage touring the world playing over 150 shows throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas and Australia. In addition to keeping an active touring schedule, they began streaming on Twitch in 2020 and started releasing music as o new singer-songwriter duo, Johnny and Heidi. They have been professionals in the music industry for 15+ years but are 2 years new to the streaming world. Our Family Friendly stream consists of cover and original songs.





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Orlando Public Library

Summer reading programs help children build reading and language skills, motivate teens to read and discuss literature, and encourage adults to experience the joy of reading. This summer at OCLS, the Summer at your Library Program theme is Adventure Begins at Your Library, featuring entertaining, engaging and educational programs at all 15 locations from June 1–July 28.

Attend events and participate in the Summer at Your Library Reading Challenge, where kids and adults can read books for a chance to win goodie bags and prizes. Beginning July 15, kids who log at least 300 minutes of reading may visit their local branch for a free prize bag, while supplies last. Kids who log 600 minutes are eligible for a grand prize drawing at the End of Summer Celebrations in July. For complete information, visit

Orlando Public Library

Thursday, June 13, 4:30 p.m.

Are you a fan of true crime like us? Explore the dangerous outdoors and the crimes it hides. Learn to use library resources to explore crimes

Orlando Public Library

Saturday, June 1, 2 p.m.

Katie Nguyen (host of PBS Kids’ Mega Wow) is back again! Come join her for an afternoon of science, fun, and laughs as she experiments live with liquid layers, and floating objects, and builds an awesome tower (with your help)! This interactive show for all ages explores the science behind density. Bring the whole family and kick off your summer learning and laughing with Katie!

A Goofy “Drive-In” Movie

South Creek Branch

Wednesday, June 12, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Create a car from a cardboard box before parking to enjoy a screening of Disney’s A Goofy Movie. Ages 3–12.

Meet A Gatorland Wrangler

Southeast Branch - Thursday, June 13, 11 a.m.

Get ready for family fun with “The Alligator Capital of the World.” Did you know alligator babies are also known as grunts? Learn about snakes, reptiles and more up close. Ages 0–12.

Cuisine Corner Junior: Forest Floor Cookies

Orlando Public Library

Thursday, June 20, 4 p.m. Did you know forests are known as the lungs of the planet?

Learn about the importance of this living system and decorate cookies that resemble the

forest floor! Ages 9–12.

UF/IFAS Extension Orange County

Take Control of Your Money for Renters (Online)

Money management, renters’ rights, eviction prevention, and more!

Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 5:00pm-8:00pm.

FREE! Registration required at 407-254-9200.

The Science of Cheesemaking (In Person)

Join Orange County Extension Agent Hillary Ayers for a hands-on cooking class where you will discover the basics of cheesemaking, including the process, equipment, and food safety needed to create your own. Participants will prepare and sample homemade Fromage Facile.

Friday, June 7, 2024, 10:00am-12:00pm.

Thursday, June 27, 2024, 2:00pm-4:00pm.$20 fee. Registration required at 407-254-9200.

Yoga with Extension (In Person)

In partnership with YogaSix Belle Isle, join UF/IFAS Extension Orange County for a morning of stretching your body and centering your mind. Join us for a healthy start to your week.

Monday, June 10, 2024, 10:00am-11:00am.

$10 fee. Register at, 407-254-9200.

Crafting Your Florida-Friendly Landscape Webinar (Onlin

Learn all about the Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ 9 principles that will help you design a landscape that fits your aesthetic needs, suits your lifestyle, and is environmentally sustainable.

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 5:30pm-6:30pm.

FREE! Registration required at 407-254-9200.

Urban Backyard Chicken Class (Online)

Keeping chickens and producing your own eggs in suburban and urban settings has become a popular hobby! Hens in a coop can be a fun and practical addition to your home garden. Learn how to get started and be successful in this program presented via TEAMS by Orange County Extension Agent JK Yarborough.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 10:00am-12:00pm.

$5 fee. Registration required at 407-254-9200.

First Time Homebuyer Workshop - SPANISH 06/20 & 6/27 (Online)

Learn the steps to home ownership and how to obtain an affordable mortgage in this 2-part class offered via Zoom in SPANISH by a team of UF/IFAS Extension Agents, including Orange County Extension Agent Jenny Rodriguez. The homebuyer workshop meets the education requirements for down payment assistance programs.

$10 fee. Registration required at


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New Drop Box Causing Problems

Can’t do it with the door closed

Senior struggles to mail letter

Old Snorkel Box

New Box

New Slab Installed

If you tried mailing something from the post office recently, you might have noticed that the blue boxes in the drive-through are slightly different. The color hasn’t changed, but everything else has... and many residents aren’t happy. That’s because the traditional drive-up mailboxes had been replaced with smaller, harder-to-reach boxes. “You have to get out to put the mail in,” a customer stated. You can’t just open the window and stick it in anymore.” And even then, depositing the mail is more complicated. The slots are small, allowing one letter at a time. The United States Postal Service is currently installing the new boxes throughout the area and across the nation. The old drop boxes, used by anyone in a hurry and mainly senior citizens, are having difficulty adjusting to the new package.

The Postal Service used to have what’s called “snorkel boxes.” They have long sleeves and a wide opening, allowing people to drop off their mail right from the driver’s seat. But that’s not the case with the new blue boxes -- and many people are not adapting. So, what’s up with these new boxes being installed?The Postal Service says it’s simple: better security. Published reports say scammers were fishing mail out of the large openings on the old boxes. However, the new mailboxes have a much smaller entry... so small that people must insert their mail one parcel at a time. Some mail doesn’t fit at all. A Postal Service spokesperson said it makes it more difficult for criminals. Customers say they understand improved security. The Box at Dixie Village on Delaney Avenue had to remove a curb and pour a new concrete slab to eliminate a tripping hazard at their location. There are other security improvements to the boxes that you can’t see. They now have electronic locks -- making them much harder to get into. And the Post Office tells us more improvements are coming later this year. For now, it doesn’t look like that will include easier access from your car.

Talk to your family about wealth transfer

If you’re anticipating an inheritance, you may want to talk about it with your parents or other family members — because early, open communication will benefit everyone involved.

Many people are reluctant to have these conversations. Consider this: More than a third of Americans do not plan on discussing a transfer of wealth with their families, according to a study from Edward Jones in partnership with NEXT 360 Partners and Morning Consult.

But having these conversations is important for several reasons. By discussing your parents’ plans and wishes, you and other family members can avoid unpleasant surprises when it’s time for the estate to be settled. And you may be able to contribute ideas about proper wealth transfer strategies or suggest that your parents work with an estate-planning attorney and a tax professional.

Finally, by having these discussions while your parents are healthy and alert, you can help avoid a situation in which they become incapacitated and have trouble making f Financial decisions. You may suggest that a power of attorney can be helpful.

Starting these conversations can be challenging, and you have to be sensitive to your parents’ needs and wishes — but it’s worth the effort.

This content was provided by Edward Jones for use by George Stefanou, your Edward Jones financial advisor at Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

Senior Living

For seniors, participating in creative workshops offers a unique opportunity to explore new interests and hobbies in a supportive and stimulating environment. Many communities offer workshops and classes specifically designed for seniors, providing a welcoming space where individuals can learn new skills and connect with like minded peers.


From shaping clay on a pottery wheel to hand building techniques like coiling and pinching, pottery offers a tactile and meditative experience that can promote relaxation and stress relief. Seniors can explore their creativity through sculpting unique forms, experimenting with different glazes and express ing themselves through their work.

Similarly, glassblowing workshops offer seniors the opportunity to work with mol ten glass and create stunning glass objects such as vases, bowls, and ornaments. While glassblowing requires precision and skill, it also encourages seniors to embrace the spontaneity and fluidity of the medium, fostering a sense of creativity and experimentation. Working with glass can be both physically and mentally engaging, providing seniors with a fulfilling and dynamic artistic experience. Other glass related art includes fused glass, etched glass, cast glass and stained glass.

Woodworking is another popular creative pursuit that appeals to seniors who enjoy working with their hands and creating tangible objects. From carving and shaping wood to assembling intricate pieces of furniture, wood working allows seniors to explore their craftsmanship and bring their creative visions to life. Woodworking workshops often provide access to professional tools and equipment, as well as expert guidance and instruction to help develop skills and build confidence.

In painting workshops, seniors can explore color and form, unleashing their creativity on canvas or paper. From watercolor and acrylic painting to oil and mixed media techniques, painting offers a versatile and expressive medium through which to communicate emotions and experiences. Seniors can experiment with different painting styles and techniques, from impressionism and abstract art.

Engaging in creative workshops offers seniors a rewarding outlet for self expression and personal growth.

These artistic pursuits provide a creative outlet and therapeutic benefits that can enhance overall well-being.


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Fathers Day quotes

Father's day approaching June 16th and if you’re having trouble

finding the words to tell your father how much he means to you,

these wholesome quotes can give you inspiration.

You could write them in a card or recite them in person, these words will go straight to his heart.

“Lately all my friends are worried they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.” — Dan Zevin

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person. He believed in me.”— Jim Valvano

“Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.” — Marinela Reka

“It’s only when you grow up and step back from him — or leave him for your own home -

it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.”— MargaretTruman

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom.”— Umberto Eco

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it.” — Clarence B. Kelland

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable

assets in our society.”— Billy Graham

We anticipate that the 2024 Rocky Mountain snow storm season will be extremely active

Our researchers are predicting 128 snow storms for the season.

Florida based, Snow Job Researchers, are predicting an extremely active season in their initial 2024 forecast. The team cites record cold sea surface temperatures as a primary factor for their prediction of 128 snow storms this year. This is the 1st year that Snow Job has issued a Rocky Mountain seasonal snow storm forecast. Of course the report would not be complete without blaming La Niña and El Niño . We realize this report is a little short, but it’s our first one and we are finding it quite easy to produce. It is as easy as some college students in Colorado predicting hurricanes in Florida









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Build a Preparedness Kit

Living in a hurricane-prone region you cannot afford to be without an emergency preparedness kit. The items are inexpensive, kits are easy to build and they can be the difference between life and death. Assemble your kit before hurricane season and keep it at the ready from June 1 until Nov. 30. In coastal areas, many hard-ware and big-box stores hold special sales just before hurri-cane season. Take advantage of these to stock up.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests having enough food, water and supplies to last for at least 72 hours. Depending on the strength of a storm and the amount of damage, it could take days before you receive help.


The top of your list should include at least one gallon of water per person for at least three days. Remember, you will need it for more than just drinking, so plan accordingly for sanitation and hygiene needs. There should also be plenty of non-perishable food. Think canned goods, nuts and dehydrated protein. Check expiration dates peri-odically and rotate with fresh items.

In addition to food and water, don’t forget these important items suggested by FEMA: A NOAA Weather Radio: Stay alert to the progress your area is making in cleanup efforts and when the power may be restored. Electronics: If the power is out for extended periods, you’ll be glad you have several flashlights, battery-powered radios and backup batteries for your cell phones. Don’t forget to pack extra batteries. Breathe Safe: A dust mask can help filter out contaminants from destroyed homes like asbestos.

When building your kit, don’t forget to bring along extra medicines, clothes and cash. If you have young children or pets, keep their needs in mind.


The supplies you rely on should be kept in a readily available area of the home. Whether you need to rush out of the home for an evacuation or will be waiting out the storm in your structure, make sure it is easy to gather.

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By Kenneth J. Ursic

The following is a compilation of past HISTORY articles in The Conway News

One of my first memories of the Conway area was the day nearly 50 years ago, I arrived in the Orlando area and began driving around in search of a home for my family who would be relocating soon. As I drove south on Conway Road I came upon a sign that read Conway almost in the same location as the one in the photo on page one.

At that time the surrounding area was totally covered by orange groves. I remember thinking where is this Conway? What is it? Why the name Conway?

Those questions have remained in the back of my mind ever since. And it is those questions and more I will attempt to answer with each future issue of the Conway News.

While much has been written about the history of Orange County, Orlando, Pine Castle, Belle Isle etc., almost nothing has been written specifically about the history of the Conway area. My research has provided a wealth of information about the area. I hope you will enjoy the journey into the past as much as I have.

The earliest document about our area, dated in 1843, was found in the field notes of B. F. Whitner, Deputy Surveyor for the territory of Florida. Whitner was contracted to survey parts of Central Florida. His notes indicated that he surveyed the area around Lake Conway between May 10 and May 19, 1843.

Next month: First settlers to the area, where did the name Conway come from and who is responsible for naming the area?

(Oh yes, the Conway Sign went missing a few years ago. I am currently trying to contact Florida DOT with the intention of having it returned.)

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A few years ago it became legal to have chickens in our neighborhoods. However, there are restrictions and rules to follow. The UF/IFAS Extension Orange County on South Conway Road can fill you in if you have any questions. My purpose is to fill you in on only one of the rules. Hens or OK, but roosters are a NO NO. A rooster morning call can be annoying to humans trying to sleep, which is why it’s a not a good idea to have roosters if you live close to other people.

Some online advice to the non-rooster crowd is to use diplomacy . Visit your offending neighbor and tell them in a non-controversial tone that you would like him to control the situation. I thought about that for a moment and realized that no-one came to me to discuss the situation. So I am going to just file a complaint with Orange County Code enforcement.

Do You Know This Girl?

This photo was taken October 1st 2001. One month after the Twin Towers attack in New York City.

The students at Shenandoah Elementary School participated in this recognition of the terrible event. Conway News would like to find her (far left) in the picture. And feature her in“Then & Now”. See Johnny Bulford, page 1 as an example. If you can help, CLICK HERE and let us know.

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