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"I was panic-stricken when my daughter's maid of
honor asked me to produce two pages for a scrapbook she
was preparing for my daughter's wedding," neighbor Gale
Mattix said. "Tina took me to the store and helped me find
stickers and charms to put together my pages. It was a hit at
Ahearn also creates and distributes the neighborhood
newsletter, complete with fun graphics and plenty
of photos she takes at various gatherings. But when she
steps away from her camera, Ahearn enjoys getting her
A master gardener, she completed a 12-week program
offered by the Sumter County Extension Office in 2012.
"Caring for plants and helping diagnose problems
was similar to caregiving - assessment, diagnosis and
treatment," she said.
From nursing people to nursing plant life, Ahearn put
her talents to work. She took a job at a local garden center
for the sheer joy of helping others experience gardening.
And once again, she became the neighborhood consultant.
When a recent cold snap left wilted plants in its wake, she
stepped in to offer her expertise.
"She went around examining everyone's plants and
helping us take care of them," Warner said, "She told us
not to cut them, and how we could prune them later on.
I could go on for days about her. I'm not easily impressed,
but Tina - she impressed me. She really is the mother hen
of the neighborhood."
Handy Man with a Big Heart
Paul Cagle and Mike Touhey
A single candle illuminates a dark room. This is the
way Paul Cagle lives his life.
"He's a shining light, a ray of sunshine, the ideal
neighbor and friend," said his Village of Springdale
neighbor Mike Touhey.
Touhey and his wife, Vicki, moved to The Villages in
2016, after spending six years visiting several family
members who had moved here previously.
"We started out at Spruce Creek South, but after
living there for a year and a half, we decided that The
Villages had too much to offer - we wanted to be here
instead," Touhey said.
After settling into his Fairlawn Villa, Touhey met a
man who seemed to be the guardian of the area and the
go-to neighbor for area residents - Paul Cagle.
"He was driving around in his golf cart, looking for
problems to solve," Touhey said. "It's what he does.
He takes charge - painting walls, trimming shrubs,
cleaning gutters and doing things to beautify the
neighborhood and help his neighbors out."
Cagle had arrived in The Villages after watching an
advertisement on the Golf Channel in 2001.
"I asked my daughter about it - she lives in
Windermere," he said. "She said, 'I don't know where it
is dad, but let's take a look. So she and I came up and
had lunch at Spanish Springs (Town Square). After we
ate, my daughter looked at me and said, 'Dad, if you
don't buy a place here, you're crazy."
Cagle notes The Villages was a great deal smaller then.
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