Chief Instructor Mike Cochran is a living contradiction of the idiom that “those who can’t do, teach.” Having spent 23 years in the U.S. Army, including 11 as an operator with the 1st SFOD-D Delta Force, Mr. Cochran shares his expertise by training military forces, law enforcement officials, and civilians in tactical situations at his expansive facility. His team of instructors, which comprises additional military special-forces members and former SWAT operators, oversees shooters, who learn the basics in a 100-seat classroom before practicing in one of the outdoor facilities. There, they are allowed to draw, move, and shoot in dynamic scenarios where they make use of cover and engage multiple targets.
Laci’s PhotoBooth preserves memories in the form of unlimited 2”x6” photos and digital galleries at weddings, birthday parties, and galas. A magnet for partygoers, the photo booth lures them into its portable studio to don novelty props as they pose for a photo, which is printed on the spot, archived on a CD, and collected in an online gallery. To further capture the spirit of an event, hosts can customize the photos with logos or messages—such as their name and the date of the event. Some of the booths boast VideoBooth technology, which not only snaps photos, but records video footage of attendees congratulating the newlyweds, wishing the guest of honor a happy birthday, or laying down a impenetrable alibi. A dutiful attendant accompanies every booth to set it up and stand by for the duration of the event to assist with pictures and props.
While childhood obesity is a topic that receives widespread attention, registered nurse Jean Huelsing uncovered a facet of the issue that many have overlooked: Some of the very "fat camps" designed to help overweight kids slim down were actually part of the problem. She takes issue with these camps’ short-term approach, as they rely on fast-acting diets rather than instilling healthier lifestyle habits. Striving to succeed where other camps failed, Jean started Camp Jump Start in 2003 and, just three years and a score of happy campers later, founded The Living Well Foundation to extend the reach of her holistic-wellness principles.
The organization now hosts a wide range of camps for adults and children alike. They’re held at Living Well Village, which occupies 250 acres in the woods, where campers can develop a love for active pastimes through outdoor activities, such as navigating ropes courses, fishing, and juggling beavers.
During their stays at Nancy Crane’s Family Pet Care, dogs and cats alike play and lounge under the doting eyes of the animal-loving staff. In the dog kennel, pups sprawl out on heated floors when it's chilly or let their floppy ears waggle in the breeze from central air conditioning on hot days. Outside their doggy doors, hounds can take in the fresh air on daily indoor and outdoor runs.
In the separate cat area far away from disdainful pooches, kitties in most units peer out their windows in search of songbirds, squirrels, neighborhood children, and other natural prey.
The facility's staff is on hand 24 hours a day, to ensure that help is always nearby in case your pup has that recurring dream about eating a gigantic bone. For dogs, the caregivers also dole out some optional pet-pampering services, including outdoor playtime, grooming, and treats of peanut-butter-filled bones and ice-cream cones.
Iggy's Mexican Cantina celebrates authentic Mexican cuisine with an extensive menu brimming with amply portioned burritos, enchiladas, fajitas, and specialties. Prep for headlining entrees with an opening act such as the Mexisalad ($4.99), loaded with lettuce, rice, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Traditional land-meat and seafood collide within the epic quesadilla fiesta ($7.99), which unites grilled shrimp, steak, and chicken within warm, cheesy folds of delectable tortilla. Meanwhile, pork pundits can fork into three enchiladas al pastor ($8.49), liberally stuffed with barbecue pork and grilled onions. Let your tongue-schooner sail the salty seas of Iggy's chilled margaritas ($6.99 for medium), served in several fruity flavors, such as mango and peach. Long-distance eaters can cross their tongues' finish line with two sweet Mexican desserts ($2.99 each)—honey-and-cinnamon-sprinkled sopapilla or paradoxical fried ice cream.
For four decades, Trotter Photo's seasoned shutterbugs have captured memorable expressions in creative, professional sessions. Half-hour photo shoots transform life’s most significant moments into crisp, clear pixels, preserving them in a more comfortable means than casting the family in bronze. Trotter invites groups of up to eight subjects to pose before their choice of flattering studio backgrounds, and the studio offers up an online gallery of previously captured images for inspirational perusal.