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What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.

When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:

  • Facial Hair
  • Body Hair
  • Deeper Voice
  • Muscle Strength
  • Increased Libido
  • Muscle Density

As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.

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How Does TRT Work?

TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.

Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.

Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes – especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.

When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.

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What Causes Low T?

For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.

When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.

If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.

For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.

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Low Sex Drive

One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.

The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.

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Inability to Achieve and Maintain an Erection

Weak erections – it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.

Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.

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Loss of Strength and Muscle Mass

Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?

Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.

Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Palm Springs, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.

Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.

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Hair Loss

If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.

Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Palm Springs, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.

While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.

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Gynecomastia

Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.

If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.

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Decreased Energy

Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.

If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.

Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.

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Lack of Sleep

A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels – as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.

The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.

TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.

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Depression

You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed – and it may stem from low testosterone.

A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.

Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.

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Inability to Concentrate

Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age – these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.

However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.

Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.

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Weight Gain

Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.

Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.

Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.

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What is Sermorelin?

Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.

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Benefits of Sermorelin

Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.

Benefits of Sermorelin include:

  • Better Immune Function
  • Improved Physical Performance
  • More Growth Hormone Production
  • Less Body Fat
  • Build More Lean Muscle
  • Better Sleep
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What is Ipamorelin?

Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.

Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.

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Benefits of Ipamorelin

One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.

Some of those benefits include:

  • Powerful Anti-Aging Properties
  • More Muscle Mass
  • Less Unsightly Body Fat
  • Deep, Restful Sleep
  • Increased Athletic Performance
  • More Energy
  • Less Recovery Time for Training Sessions and Injuries
  • Enhanced Overall Wellness and Health
  • No Significant Increase in Cortisol

Your New, Youthful Lease on Life Starts Here

Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.

Our friendly, knowledgeable TRT and HRT experts can help answer your questions and walk you through our procedures. From there, we'll figure out which treatments are right for you. Before you know it, you'll be well on your way to looking and feeling better than you have in years!

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'It's total destruction': After warm welcome in South Florida, evacuees return to devastation in Lee County

As Hurricane Ian tore through Lee County, WLRN's Wilkine Brutus met some of the evacuees who fled to Palm Beach County. They told him about their decision to leave, their gratitude towards those who helped them here — and what they found when they returned home. The front desk at the West Palm Beach Holiday Inn is just a makeshift reservation table upstairs — the first floor is being renovated. The lobby has that 'under construction' feel that seemed to foreshadow what many guests would be returning to when they che...

As Hurricane Ian tore through Lee County, WLRN's Wilkine Brutus met some of the evacuees who fled to Palm Beach County. They told him about their decision to leave, their gratitude towards those who helped them here — and what they found when they returned home.

The front desk at the West Palm Beach Holiday Inn is just a makeshift reservation table upstairs — the first floor is being renovated. The lobby has that 'under construction' feel that seemed to foreshadow what many guests would be returning to when they checked out.

When WLRN visited last week, the hotel was mostly booked with evacuees fleeing Hurricane Ian.

Candy Anderson is 74. She’s president of the board at Old Bridge Village, a waterfront mobile home community in North Fort Myers in Lee County. The co-op for people 55 and older has a private marina and sits on banks of the Caloosahatchee River

"I can't say enough about the people of Palm Beach County. They've gone out of their way to welcome everybody and make us feel comfortable," Anderson said.

"We were in a McDonald's and there were several power crews there. And they all made a point of stopping by our table and telling us that they've got our back. And that means a lot right now.”

She was among the Gulf coast residents who, often with their pets, found refuge at the Holiday Inn Palm Beach-Airport Conference Center in West Palm Beach. Hotel bookings in the county surged last week as many people living in the epicenter of Hurricane Ian, the southwest region of the state, drove south east to find shelter.

Christine Whitney, the hotel's assistant general manager, said they’re in the slow season but they’ve been 100 percent full some days during the week. She said staff accommodated evacuees by “extending their stay, giving them priority, and waiving certain fees, such as pet fees.”

In one of the hotel's meeting rooms, Anderson told how she and her friends left 24 hours before Ian made landfall. Her home was built in 1984 and had escaped damage from previous hurricanes.

“We went through Irma, which was pretty bad, but not nearly as bad as this. But it's going to be a tough decision on how we want to proceed. We're retired. We're on a limited income. But we're a tough community,” she said.

Initially, her group — which includes her partner and some friends — weren’t going to evacuate, since forecasts had Hurricane Ian aiming toward the Tampa Bay region. She said she knows of more than a dozen people who stayed because it didn't look like it was going to be a direct hit on Lee County.

“We sat in our living room and [local news] said 8 to 10, 8 to 12 foot surge,” Anderson said. “And we looked at each other and said, 'Time to leave.'”

They left last Tuesday morning — Ian made landfall just east of Fort Myers the following afternoon.

Controversy over evacuation orders

According to public data and key messages from the National Hurricane Center, Lee County was in Ian's cone. The forecasts point out the projected track demonstrated the 'probable path of the storm center' and that 'hazardous conditions can show outside of the cone'.

More than 55 deaths in Lee County were linked to Hurricane Ian, according to the county’s Sheriff's Office, as of earlier this week. And more than 840 people were rescued during ongoing search and rescue efforts, which are still ongoing, with county, state and federal assistance.

The county’s Medical Examiner’s Office told WLRN it submits information to the Florida Division of Law Enforcement, who then releases the numbers to the public.

Local officials are facing questions about why mandatory evacuations were ordered just 24 hours before Ian made landfall. Nearby counties issued evacuations before Tuesday.

During a recent press conference, Sheriff Carmine Marceno said the storm was unpredictable and that he and his staff were actually preparing to send resources to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Tampa Bay when the path of the storm switched directions. He defended Lee County’s decision, “standing by the plan that was in place.”

“The second that we could, and should issue that order, I’m confident that we did — again, we wouldn’t change anything,” Marceno said. “I also understand that there are some people that don’t want to leave their homes. We cannot force them to leave their homes.”

Ian, a natural disaster of historic proportions, walloped neighborhoods and piers across the west coast. Its storm surge severed Sanibel Island’s causeway, cutting off access to the mainland. Extensive storm surge damage stretched from Marco Island to Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Matlacha, and Pine Island.

'We're living in a tent in the carport'

Before heading back home, Anderson showed WLRN a social media post of her community submerged in water. She paused for a moment, held back tears and said she felt “sick to my stomach.”

Old Bridge Village — the mobile home community where Candy Anderson lives — has more than 700 homes. Kimberly Mahoney, a realtor who works with residents in the community, took photos that showed detached roofs and boats crushing some of the mobile homes.

Mahoney’s sister, Joanne Golden, recently moved to the subdivision from Boston, Massachusetts, two weeks ago.

“My sister lost everything, including her car here,” Mahoney’s said. “But it’s the same story for everybody here. We're just handling food that’s been donated and tarp, and doing the best we can.” The realtor said most of the people in the community didn’t have flood insurance.

Mahoney said her regular brick house in Bonita Springs, a 45-minute drive south, fared much better than the mobile homes in Old Bridge Village.

The City of Bonita Springs recently urged its residents “to keep an eye on the water levels” because the natural occurrence of “sheet flow” after a hurricane is causing the city’s Imperial River to rise.

Anderson got back to Old Bridge Village to find her living room under water — important documents and belongings, gone.

“It's total destruction. We have a boat on the road. We have a Corvette sitting on a sea wall,” she said. “My house had six inches of water. I can't reclaim my house. So we're living in a tent in the carport.”

As residents returned to see what was left of their homes, they gathered in their neighborhood clubhouse, cleared out “almost four feet of mud” and even set up a cornhole game for some entertainment. Anderson said many people are remaining resilient in the face of uncertainty.

“From the conversations I've had, people are crying and stuff, but they're saying, 'I'm not leaving. This is my home. I have to go out and scrape the money together and live in a camper,'" Anderson said.

“We know it's not going to be overnight. We had a couple of people leave and they said, 'We're leaving.' They made it to Tampa and they couldn't do it. They came back. They said, 'We can't leave. This is our home.'”

Walt Disney's Grumman Gulfstream I Airplane Returns to Palm Springs Straight from D23 Expo 2022

The historic plane will be celebrated October 15th, 2022 as it joins the Palm Springs Air Museum's aircraft on displayPALM SPRINGS, Calif., Sept. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Walt Disney's Grumman Gulfstream I plane will journey from D23 Expo 2022 in Anaheim to Palm Springs, California where it will be celebrated mid-October when it is displayed alongside the Palm Springs Air Museum collection. In addition, a new exhibit will be constructed at the Museum and open on Walt Disney's birthday, December 5, 2022. This ne...

The historic plane will be celebrated October 15th, 2022 as it joins the Palm Springs Air Museum's aircraft on display

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Sept. 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Walt Disney's Grumman Gulfstream I plane will journey from D23 Expo 2022 in Anaheim to Palm Springs, California where it will be celebrated mid-October when it is displayed alongside the Palm Springs Air Museum collection. In addition, a new exhibit will be constructed at the Museum and open on Walt Disney's birthday, December 5, 2022. This new exhibit will highlight the history of the plane—also known affectionately as "The Mouse"— and showcase its significance to The Walt Disney Company's history and its relevance to the Palm Springs Area. "We are so happy to have Walt's plane make a 'landing' at the Palm Springs Air Museum, just a few miles from where Walt and his family had vacation homes at Smoke Tree Ranch," said Walt Disney Archives director Rebecca Cline of the plane, which will be on long-term loan to the Museum. "It is the ideal setting for this incredible icon"

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The newly repainted plane with updated wing edges and windows will be on view along with rarely exhibited items from the aircraft's interior, including a customized instrument panel originally located near Walt's favorite onboard seat that allowed him to monitor flight conditions; a telephone handset that gave Walt a direct line of communication to the pilot in the cockpit; a flight bag featuring an image of Mickey Mouse sitting on the tail of the iconic plane; and more. Walt's plane returned to the West Coast for the first time since October 8, 1992, when the plane landed on World Drive near Orlando, Florida, at the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park (now Disney's Hollywood Studios), where it resided as a part of the Studio Backlot Tour until 2014. The recent exterior repaint and finishing work, along with the cross-country move of the aircraft, was made possible thanks to collaboration and support from Walt Disney Imagineering.

In 1963, Walt acquired the iconic Gulfstream that would come to be known as "The Mouse." The interior of the plane, initially designed with creative input from Walt and his wife, Lillian, seated up to 15 passengers and included a galley kitchen, two restrooms, two couches, a desk, and nods to the mouse who started it all, including matchbooks and stationery adorned with a silhouette of Mickey Mouse. Mickey's initials were eventually included in the tail number of the plane, too, as N234MM, in 1967. Throughout its 28 years of service to The Walt Disney Company, the plane flew 20,000 hours and transported an estimated 83,000 passengers before it was grounded.

When they visit the Palm Spring Air Museum, guests will have the opportunity to learn about the role this iconic plane has played throughout the company's history:

About Palm Springs Air Museum

The Palm Springs Air Museum is a living history museum that contains over 75 vintage airframes from the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, across spectrum of Military Aviation, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the F-117 Stealth Fighter inside the new Jim Houston Pavilion, to significant civilian aircraft like Clay Lacey's Lear 24. Many of the aircraft are airworthy and flown regularly. The planes are housed inside 91,000 square feet of open hangars and on the tarmac at our ten-acre facility. Additional displays and memorabilia are located throughout the hangars. The Museum is open daily from 10 am until 5 PM. Kids 12 and under get in free with paid adult admission. Warbird rides are also available. For more info, visit PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org or call 760-778-6262 during business hours.

About the Walt Disney Archives

For more than 50 years, the Walt Disney Archives has carefully safeguarded the most treasured items from The Walt Disney Company's history, including original scripts, movie props and costumes, Walt Disney's correspondence and script notes, theme park artifacts, merchandise, millions of archival photographs, and many of Walt's personal effects. Founded by Disney Legend Dave Smith in 1970, the Walt Disney Archives is a vital resource for every part of Disney, as well as an important research center for Disney scholars, researchers, and writers. The Archives also shares its countless pieces with Disney fans everywhere through its exhibitions and close association with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

The Palm Springs Air Museum is an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to Preserve, Educate and Honor.

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Middle School Baseball, Softball Teams Prepare For Postseason

The Polo Park Middle School boys baseball team is making every effort to repeat as Palm Beach County champions. After opening the season in September with a loss to Western Pines Middle School, the Stallions have responded with nine straight wins to complete the regular season with a 9-1 record.The final two wins for Polo Park were significant, as the Stallions swept Lake Shore Middle School in a doubleheader to win the Western Division title.According to Polo Park head baseball coach Craig Kaliser, his squad has played great t...

The Polo Park Middle School boys baseball team is making every effort to repeat as Palm Beach County champions. After opening the season in September with a loss to Western Pines Middle School, the Stallions have responded with nine straight wins to complete the regular season with a 9-1 record.

The final two wins for Polo Park were significant, as the Stallions swept Lake Shore Middle School in a doubleheader to win the Western Division title.

According to Polo Park head baseball coach Craig Kaliser, his squad has played great team defense, his pitching staff has been finding the strike zone, and the offense has been steady.

“Our defense and pitching have been excellent all year,” Kaliser said. “But we also really started hitting the ball well.”

During the team’s current nine-game winning streak, the pitching staff has been stingy, and the offense has been prolific. The pitchers have given up just six runs, and the offense has scored 81 runs.

“Against our two toughest opponents, we were able to handle Western Pines the second time around by winning 4-0, and then we defeated Wellington Landings Middle School twice — once by the score 10-0, and our second time, we won 4-3 in a come-from-behind win,” Kaliser said.

The aces of the pitching staff are a pair of eighth-grade co-captains, Gabrian Diaz and Tanner Gilman.

In both wins against Wellington Landings, Diaz was the winning pitcher. In the first win, he recorded seven strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit in three and 2/3 innings. In the second win, Diaz pitched a complete game of six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out nine. In the second game against Western Pines, Gilman pitched all six innings, allowed no runs on two hits and struck out eight.

The leading hitters for Polo Park have been Cole Vatterott and Kieran Rivera. Vatterott batted .750 this season (based on 12 hits in 16 at-bats), had 17 RBIs, scored 11 runs, slugged six doubles and clubbed three home runs. Rivera is batting .444 (8 hits in 18 at-bats). He scored nine runs and had six RBIs.

As winner of the Western Division, Polo Park earned a No. 1 seed in the north-west bracket and a first-round bye in the Palm Beach County Middle School Athletic Association’s baseball playoffs. The Stallions’ opponent in the second round was Independence Middle School. The game was played on Wednesday, Nov. 2, but results were not available at press time. The Stallions must win two games to reach the final, which will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9 against the winner of the south-east bracket.

Western Pines, which finished in second place in the Western Division, also earned a bid to the postseason. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Western Pines played at Jupiter Middle School in its first-round playoff game. Western Pines won 12-1, which propelled Western Pines to a second-round game at Roosevelt Middle School.

In girls softball, teams from Crestwood Middle School in Royal Palm Beach and Wellington Landings Middle School in Wellington earned berths in the Palm Beach County Middle School Athletic Association’s softball playoffs, which is also a single-elimination tournament.

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Crestwood hosted Palm Springs Middle School, while Wellington Landings played at home against Independence Middle School. Both softball teams prevailed. Crestwood won 12-2 against Palm Springs, and Wellington Landings outscored Independence, 10-6. The winning pitcher for Wellington Landings was Caroline Duncan, who had eight strikeouts and gave up just three hits in the win.

Both Crestwood and Wellington Landings advanced to second-round games on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Crestwood traveled to Jupiter Middle School, while Wellington Landings was at the Conservatory School at North Palm Beach. The results of those games were not available at press time.

In the overall softball bracket, the championship final will be held on Monday, Nov. 7 at 4:30 p.m. between the winners of the south-east bracket and the north-west bracket.

Lee County announces 12 sites for voting

Early voting is underway, Lee County voters can vote in any of dozen sitesPolling locations in Lee County for the Nov. 8 election have been limited to 12 sites, the office of the Lee County Supervisor of Elections announced.Early voting is currently open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 7. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.The deadline to request mail-in ballots was Saturday, Oct. 29.Due to Hurricane Ian, voters in Lee County can vote in any one of the 12 polling locations, a...

Early voting is underway, Lee County voters can vote in any of dozen sites

Polling locations in Lee County for the Nov. 8 election have been limited to 12 sites, the office of the Lee County Supervisor of Elections announced.

Early voting is currently open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Monday, Nov. 7. On Election Day, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The deadline to request mail-in ballots was Saturday, Oct. 29.

Due to Hurricane Ian, voters in Lee County can vote in any one of the 12 polling locations, as long as they are a Lee County resident.

There are no polling sites in Fort Myers Beach. The closed voting sites to Fort Myers Beach are the Bonita Springs election office for those heading off island from the south end of Fort Myers Beach into Bonita Springs. For those heading off island from the north end, the closest polling station is the Wa-Ke Hatchee Park Recreation Center on Bass Road in Fort Myers.

“We are encouraging voters to vote before Election Day to avoid possible having to wait,” said Vicki Collins, spokesperson for the office of the Lee County Supervisor of Elections.

Lee County would have had 97 polling locations and 99 precincts before Hurricane Ian, Collins said.

The 12 operational voting sites are as follows:

Cape Coral – Lee County Library

921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral Fl 33914

East County Regional Library

881 Gunnery Rd N, Lehigh Acres Fl 33971

Estero Recreation Center

9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero Fl 33928

Fort Myers Regional Library

1651 Lee St, Fort Myers Fl 33901 — Voting Room Address

2450 First St, Fort Myers Fl 33901 — Library Address

Lee County Elections – Bonita Springs Branch Office

25987 S Tamiami Trail #105, Bonita Springs Fl 34134

Lee County Elections – Cape Coral Branch Office

1039 Se 9th Ave, Cape Coral Fl 33990

Lee County Elections Center

13180 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers Fl 33907

North Fort Myers Recreation Center

2000 N Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers Fl 33903

Northwest Regional Library

519 Chiquita Blvd N, Cape Coral Fl 33993

Schandler Park – Suarez Hall

419 Royal Palm Park Rd, Fort Myers Fl 33905

Veterans Park Recreation Center

55 Homestead Rd S, Lehigh Acres Fl 33936

Wa-Ke Hatchee Park Recreation Center

16760 Bass Rd, Fort Myers Fl 33908

Fort Myers Beach Observer Editor Nathan Mayberg can be reached at 239-574-1110 Ext. 114 and at [email protected]

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The Walt Disney Company has reverentially restored the mothballed and neglected historic exterior of its famed founder's beloved Mickey Mouse One Gulfstream plane that was abandoned to rot in the Florida heat and humidity of a field in Walt Disney World.Walt Disney's Grumman Gulfstream I airplane will debut at its new home at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday, October 15.The company flagship refurbished by Walt Disney I...

The Walt Disney Company has reverentially restored the mothballed and neglected historic exterior of its famed founder's beloved Mickey Mouse One Gulfstream plane that was abandoned to rot in the Florida heat and humidity of a field in Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney's Grumman Gulfstream I airplane will debut at its new home at the Palm Springs Air Museum on Saturday, October 15.

The company flagship refurbished by Walt Disney Imagineering and the Walt Disney Archives was affectionately known throughout its storied history as Walt's Plane and The Mouse.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek unveiled the restored Mickey Mouse One in its "full original glory" as the centerpiece of the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

"This little beauty has been basking in the Florida sun for about the last 40 years," Chapek said at the D23 Expo.

From his cabin window, Disney surveyed the scrub-filled Central Florida swamps in the 1960s that would become Walt Disney World – then known by the code name Project X.

“Walt made several trips to Florida to look at the property and fly his Imagineers back and forth,” Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline said. “It wasn't just Florida they were scouting with Project X. They wanted to do an East Coast Disneyland. They looked at a number of different places on the East Coast.”

A customized instrument panel with an altimeter, true airspeed indicator, and Mickey Mouse clock allowed the aviation enthusiast to monitor flight conditions from his favorite cabin seat.

A nearby telephone handset gave him a direct line of communication to the pilot in the cockpit.

Walt never became a pilot – but that didn't keep him out of the cockpit. "Often he would go up and sit in the co-pilot seat and watch the plane being flown," Cline said during a phone interview. "He was fascinated by all modes of travel."

The flight crew always kept a Mickey Mouse matchbook next to the plane's Duk-It ashtray for the boss – a lifelong smoker.

Passengers flying aboard The Mouse were given a flight bag with a silhouette image of Mickey lounging on the tail of the Gulfstream.

Cocktail napkins featured pilot Mickey and stewardess Minnie flying on a patched-together cartoon plywood prop plane version of N234MM – the same tail number as Mickey Mouse One.

Disney pilots often changed the “Two, Three, Four, Metro Metro” air traffic controller call to “Two, Three, Four, Mickey Mouse” on approach to an airport.

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The 15-passenger plane with a 3-person crew featured a galley kitchen, two couches, two tables, a drop-down desk, and two restrooms – one for the passengers and crew and another for Walt.

“It had a fully outfitted galley in the main cabin, which was special at that time,” Cline said. “It was capable of providing in-flight meals for all 18 people aboard. It had a sink, a warming oven, food storage, tray containers, and heating elements so they could heat up Walt’s chili and that sort of thing.”

Walt Disney started shopping for his own plane in Summer 1960 after becoming disillusioned with commercial air travel.

"They had a drop-down table so that they could have meetings and layout drawings and charts," Cline said. "Frankly, that's the main reason Walt wanted the plane. He wanted a private plane so that he could continue working, which is something he couldn't do when he flew commercial."

A piston-engine Beechcraft Queen-Air 80 purchased in 1962 was quickly deemed inadequate for increasingly frequent trips from Burbank to New York in preparation for the 1964-65 World's Fair where It's a Small World and Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln debuted.

The new Grumman Gulfstream G-159 was purchased in late 1963 and outfitted with interior furnishings, cockpit avionics, and orange and black livery emblematic of the Walt Disney Productions logo.

Walt and his wife, Lillian, offered input on the custom interior and exterior design of the undecorated aircraft that was delivered with an olive-green primer inside and out.

The interior was outfitted in a rust, orange, brown, and gold color scheme that was popular in the 1960s.

A clear divider filled with leaves and long grasses collected from the Disney family backyard separated Walt's private space on the plane from the rest of the cabin.

"That was something Walt and Lillian added to the plane as a touch of home," Cline said.

The N234MM registration number – with the MM chosen to honor the mouse that started it all – was ultimately transferred from the Queen-Air to the tail of the Gulfstream.

The pilot's logbook from 1963 showed the Disney Gulfstream traveling from Burbank to Orlando, Key West, New Orleans, and New York. Walt Disney often read movie scripts on the short hops between Burbank and Palm Springs.

A 1964 Western Union telegram from St. Louis to Burbank sent by Walt Disney humorously referred to his brother Roy as "President of Fantasy Airlines" and offered "compliments on the fine airline you run."

Walt Disney praised his new Gulfstream in a 1964 letter to Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. "Speaking strictly as one of the passengers, the comfort, the quiet, and the beauty of this plane makes it an outstanding one," Disney wrote.

After Disney's death in 1966, the plane was used for company business and made appearances in two long-forgotten Kurt Russell-starring Disney movies – "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes" (1969) and "Now You See Him, Now You Don't" (1971).

The Burbank-based aircraft was moved to Orlando in 1985 and was eventually put on display as part of the Studio Backlot Tour at what is now known as Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

After the Disney World attraction closed in 2014, the "abandoned" plastic-wrapped plane sat in a field nearby.

During its 28 years of airborne service, The Mouse flew 20,000 hours and transported 83,000 passengers – including Disney stars Julie Andrews and Annette Funicello and US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

The plane was decommissioned in 1992 and the twin Rolls Royce engines and everything in the cockpit were sold. "There was a lot of material inside the plane that couldn't be salvaged," Cline said. "They replaced the windows and resealed everything to protect it, but pretty much everything was taken out of the interior at that point. What was salvageable was shipped to the Walt Disney Archives here in California."

It was in this state that the decommissioned plane was part of the backlot tour from 1992 to 2014.

"By that point, the sealant around the windows had disintegrated and it definitely needed a paint job," Cline said. "It leaked, frankly, because of the humidity and everything in Florida. They get a lot of rain down there."

The aging and deteriorating Disney plane was reportedly offered to Florida air museums with no takers before the Palm Springs Air Museum agreed to become the new home of Mickey Mouse One.

"It's going to move on to the Palm Springs Air Museum close to the Smoke Tree Ranch, which is where Walt and his family spent some time in Palm Springs," Chapek said at the D23 Expo. "It's going to essentially go back to its roots."

Imagineering cleaned up the plane, replaced the windows, sealed the fuselage, added new wing edges, and painted the exterior with the original 1960s livery, including the Mickey Mouse registration number.

The plane was disassembled at Disney World and transported cross-country on four flat-bed trucks for the D23 Expo in California. After the convention, the wings, fuselage, and tail were taken apart and once again trucked to Palm Springs where the plane was reassembled.

"There really isn't anything at all left inside," Cline said. "We're hoping that one day we might be able to restore the interior as well."

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