Community Bulletin: Professor revives heritage

Professor revives heritage

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Rollins College anthropology professor Ashley Kistler has worked with the people of the Central Guatemalan highlands and is spreading awareness of Mayan culture.
Rollins College anthropology professor Ashley Kistler has worked with the people of the Central Guatemalan highlands and is spreading awareness of Mayan culture.
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Central Floridian revives Central Guatemalans’ heritage

Rollins College anthropology professor Ashley Kistler’s work with the people of the Central Guatemalan highlands sparked interest in the community’s Maya heritage through a children’s book she wrote about a legendary historical figure, Aj Poop B’atz’. In 2004, Kistler stumbled upon stories of the figure and began to see him as a link to the community’s lost Maya history. With the help of Q’eqchi community members she founded an Aj Poop B’atz holiday, and wrote a Maya language book about him. This summer, Kistler and her collaborators donated 500 copies of the book to local community organizations and schools. Pictured are Kistler and her Guatemalan collaborator, Sebastian Si Pop, donating their children’s book to a Guatemalan NGO.

Chick-fil-A has new nutritious nuggets

Florida Hospital has officially given its first “Healthy 100” seal of approval to the new Chick-fil-A Grilled Nuggets as a nutritious food choice for children. The Grilled Nuggets entrée, when paired with the Fruit Cup and one-percent milk, contains 210 calories and 3 grams of fat. Pictured from left to right are Jane Carrigan, mom, Dr. Angela Fals, medical director of Healthy 100 Kids at Florida Hospital for Children, and John Carrigan, 11, patient in Healthy 100 Kids.

Tourist-focused website debuts

Take a moment and review Park Avenue Area Association’s new tourist-focused website,

Area churches focus on health

The First Congregational Church of Winter Park has joined Our Whole Community, a group of churches region-wide that collaborates on community health initiatives in order to produce healthy lifestyle outcomes for their congregations. Last month, Altamonte Springs-based Annunciation Catholic Church joined the OWC ranks.

Orlando company doubling in size

SoftRock is hiring up to 500 new employees at its Orlando headquarters. All jobs are full-time with benefits after 90 days. It's an energetic, dynamic work environment with 400 current employees. Visit

Winter Park student attending Heidelberg

Samuel Conde of Winter Park has enrolled at Heidelberg University for the fall semester. Conde is among a group that ranks as the eighth largest class of students to enter Heidelberg.

League of Women Voters releases election guide

The League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund has released its 2012 Florida Election & Voter Guide. The guide provides Florida voters with information on the presidential and statewide candidates, Supreme Court justices and the 11 constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot. Copies of the Voter Guide will be provided in all 67 Florida counties through newspapers, local libraries, civic organizations and local Leagues. The Voter Guide is also available online at

CenturyLink has new discount program

To help get more low-income families online, CenturyLink is offering discounted high-speed home Internet service to eligible consumers in Florida. Anyone who is already receiving federal aid such as food stamps or housing assistance is eligible for $9.95 basic broadband Internet, free computer classes and a WiFi ready computer for $150. For more information call 800-257-3212 or visit

Volunteers needed at Polasek Museum

The Albin Polasek Museum and Sculpture Gardens in Winter Park is beginning a new volunteer and docent training program. While no experience is required, volunteers must be comfortable talking to the public. An application is required. The museum has needs in all areas including docents, museum gallery and gift shop attendants and gardening enthusiasts. For information, call 407-647-6294, visit or email [email protected]

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