Happy birthday, Mayor — DeLand Mayor Bob Apgar prepares to cut a cake to celebrate his 70th birthday. The City of DeLand staff, fellow city commissioners and other friends from the community surprised Apgar with a proclamation and a cake at the Feb. 20 City Commission meeting; Apgar’s birthday is actually Friday, Feb. 24.
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The Stewart bunch — Walter Stewart, 3, on Mom’s lap, is rarely seen without his hat, which his mother said is “his security blanket.” Born with physical disabilities and diagnosed at 2 with autism, Walter already has had to overcome a number of daunting obstacles and has earned the capes he also loves to wear. Here, Walter is shown at his DeLand home with parents Renee and Shawn Stewart, and brothers Jackson, 9, and Elias, 7.
PHOTO COURTESY STEWART FAMILY
Playtime — Kim Rust and her son, Quinn, blow bubbles together. Quinn, who is in Volusia County Schools’ gifted-student program, was diagnosed with a disorder on the autism spectrum. Kim Rust became interested in the challenges children like Quinn face, and became certified as a home consultant in PLAY Project therapy, which is designed to teach parents how to interact with their children who have autism.
PHOTO COURTESY KIM RUST
Duo in charge — Veterinarians J. Glenn Brewer and Stephanie Bryson are partners in Countryside Animal Clinic, a practice Brewer started 35 years ago on North Spring Garden Avenue near DeLand. Here are Brewer and Bryson in their new satellite office, Countryside at the Park, which opened in late January on Orange Camp Road in Victoria Park Village.
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