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SPORTS: Former SL kicker helps FSU to title game SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | B1 WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18 2013 www.southlakepress.com 50 NEWST AND INSIDECLASSIFIED D1 CROSSWORDS B2 REAL ESTATE C1 REMEMBER WHEN B1 SPORTS B1 VOICES A4WORD ON THE STREE T A2SOUTH LAKE PRESSV OLUME 98, NO. 51 3 SECTIOn N S 2008, HALIFAX Media Group All rights reservedwww. southlakepress.comPRSRT-STD U.S. Postage Paid Clermont, FL Permit #280 Postal Customer Clermont, FL 34711 presort standard mail Clermont, FL Permit No. 280U.S. POSTAGE PAID 50 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Clermont City Council voted last week to purchase the massive Celebration of Praise Church and sur rounding land for $6.3 million. The council chambers erupted in applause following the unanimous vote, which will give the city a sprawling multi-pur pose building to house city departments and serve as a community center. If we are the biggest city, then I think we should step up and ac quire the biggest assets for the city, Council man Rick Van Wagner said before casting his vote in favor of the ac quisition.. The discussion preceding the vote focused on more than $80,000 it will take to clean and repair the roof, approx imately $500,000 of re pairs and replacements that will need to made to the air conditioning Clermont buys churchSEE CHURCH | A2 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.email@example.comClermont-area residents see countless opportunities for the Celebration of Praise church building that city council members agreed last week to pur chase for $6.3 million. It is a great opportu nity for the entire South Lake community and for all of Lake Coun ty really, local busi ness owner Melinda Gill said, noting the facilitys swimming pool could be used for water safety and education classes, for swimming lessons and for recreational swimming op portunities. It means a place for families to enjoy recreational and other activities, from athletics, tness and water related, to family, city, educational and en tertainment-based gatherings, Gill added. At the meeting where the purchase was agreed upon, other res idents felt the same way and city council members didnt need CLERMONTSo many ideasCity ponders church-use possibilitiesSEE IDEAS | A2 ROXANNE BROWN and LIVI STANFORD Staff WritersGround was broken last week on an $8 million skilled nursing unit at South Lake Hospital, which should bring 45 to 50 new jobs to Clermont. We have seen a marked growth in orthopedic care at our facility, hospital CEO John Moore said during a ceremony Dec. 10. When someone has joint surgery, they dont need to stay in the hospital. But they need a place they can stay and be offered rehabilitative ser vices, but not at a full hospital setting. According to Moore, area residents are currently traveling to Ocoee for those services now, which should end after the South Lake facility opens sometime next summer. We f elt it was time to of fer the service closer to home, he said. We have been highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedic care. If we are going to maintain that level of care, we should offer services like a skilled nursing unit, so people in our commu nities do not need to travel. The facility will be located at the LiveWell South Lake Hos pital Campus on the corner of North Don Wickham Dirve and Hospital View Way. The project is a collabora tion between Fort Myers-based Southern Growth Partners LLC, which is putting up the capi tal to build the facility, and the hospital, which will lease the building from and manage the facility, hospital spokeswoman Kim Couch said. Its a great way to bring new services to the community without the hospital having to come up with capital upfront for the build-out, she said. Southern Growth Partners is also very involved in community endeavors so its a great way for them to give back as well. The facility will provide short term care for patients who have undergone some type of orthopedic surgery, like a knee or hip replacement, and are needing additional rehabilita tion, Couch said. It will focus on orthopedics and it is for those patients who dont need to stay in the hos pital any longer after the allot ted days following surgery, but who are not quite ready to go home and care for themselves just yet, Couch said, adding the typical stay is 30-days or less. We get a lot of people telling us that theyd like something CLERMONTSouth Lake Hospital starts new $8M addition COURTESY SOUTH LAKE HOSPITAL This is an artists rendering of an $8 million skilled nursing unit to be built at South Lake Hospital, which is expected to bring 45 to 50 new jobs to Clermont.We get a lot of people telling us that theyd like something like this and now they will have it. It will be a big benefit to the community to have something this close.Kim Couch South Lake Hospital spokeswoman LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.firstname.lastname@example.orgTwo bus routes that south Lake residents rely on to get to work will be reinstated in the next two months, according to county ofcials. County Manager David Heath said the LYNX 55 route which runs from Cagan Crossings along U.S. Highway 192 to Osceola Square Mall is expected to be reinstated at the end of December, while the LYNX 204 route which runs from U.S. Highway 27 south of State Road 50 to downtown Or lando would be back up and running by Jan. 17. LYNX has agreed to move for ward with a contract for the county, with the logistics still being worked out, said Matt Friedman, spokesman for LYNX. Everything is moving in the right direction, he said. Lake County commissioners in October unanimously voted to approve a major update to the Lake-Sumter Transit De velopment Plan, which includ ed reinstating the LYNX 55 bus route by 2014 if the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) covers most of the costs. However, that route will run every hour as opposed to every half hour. The LYNX 204 route will also reduce its service to two departure and two return trips.CLERMONTLake to reinstate LYNX routesSEE HOSPITAL | A2SEE LYNX | A2We are still working with LYNX to pin down what the cost will be for a 30-day fare.Dottie KeedyDirector of community services
A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 CLERMONT WinterFair seeks artisans for event on SaturdayWinterFair at the Florida ScrubJay Trail, 11490 Monte Vista Road, is looking for artisans to participate in the Christmas Gift Market from 10 / a.m. to 4 / p.m., Saturday, with their original artwork and crafts. Booth space is available for $25, not including tents and tables. The third annual event is a celebration of the Christmas season. Music from singer John Sebastian, leader of the Lovin Spoonful, will be at 7 / p.m., on Friday. On Saturday, guests may enjoy shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides, caroling, Christmas music and food. Artists and crafters can ll out an application at www.scrubjaytrail.org. For tickets and information, go to www.scrubjaytrail.org, or call 352-429-5566.CLERMONT Volunteers needed for Tax-Aide assistanceThe AARP foundation, under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service, provides the free service, TaxAide, assisting low-and middle-income taxpayers in preparing and ling their tax returns. Volunteer training, developed by AARP, will be offered for those wanting to volunteer to assist those in need at the Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont beginning in January. AARP membership is not a requirement to be a volunteer. For information, call Tony Apicella at 352-243-8249 or email to MT3435@ aol.com, or go to the AARP website at www.aarp.org/taxaide.WINTER GARDEN In His NameWe Dance! set at the Garden TheatreCelebrate the 20-year anniversary of this storytelling of the Christmas story through dance with West Orange Countys Centre for Dance and the Performing Arts, Friday-Sunday, with performance on Friday at 8 / p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 / p.m.; and Sunday at 2 / p.m., at the historic theatre in downtown Winter Garden on Plant Street. Dont miss this Winter Garden tradition under the direction of dance edu cator Katherine Austin. Tickets are $15, $12 for students/ seniors and are available at www. gardentheatre.org or by calling 407-877-4736.CLERMONT Holidays at the Historic Village returns on FridayThe Historic Village, 490 West Avenue in downtown, is opening its doors for the annual grand holiday celebration where all of the rooms in the Village will reect Holidays Around the World. Hours at the village are from 1 to 8 / p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with lantern tours available after dark. Musical entertainment will be provided at various times during celebration events and fefreshments will be available. For information, call 352-593-8496, or go to www.clermontvillage.org.TAVARES Shuffle Board hosts 100year anniversary celebrationThe Tavares Shufe Board Club will host a 100-year anniversary celebration at the club, 150 E. Caroline Street, Tavares, behind the Tavares Library. Ceremony and play will begin at 9:15 / a.m., Dec. 27, with a rain date on Dec. 28. All players will be dressed in vintage clothing and special guests include Rep. Daniel Webster, Tavares city ofcials and council members. For information, call Lorraine Layton, president at 352-508-5659. Area Briefs What South Lake residents are saying about ...THE HOLIDAYSWhat do you want for Christmas?Nerf guns and stuff like that, plus Walking Dead videos and games. JUSTICE ALMSTEAD GROVELAND A little car, thats all. ARMANDO GARCIA MASCOTTE A dollhouse with lots of furniture in it and a bar bie. EVELYN GARCIA MASCOTTE Beat headphones and the Xbox 1 that just came out. MIGUEL LUNA GROVELAND Word on theStreet Missing your South Lake Press? Call us. To request home delivery or to report a missed paper,call 787-0600 or toll-free at 877-702-0600. More information about circulation on Page A4 units inside the church building and another $70,000 for servicing the pool area. The purchase will be nanced with a 15-year non-taxable loan with a maximum 15-year payoff period through BB&T. The loan includes a xed rate of 3.05 per cent and a debt service of about $500,000 per year. The council wanted to include a clause that would allow for ear ly payoff of the loan with no pen alties. The city also was told that the an nual cost of operating and maintaining the property will be about $500,000, money that would be taken from the citys general fund. Short and sweet. Dont miss the opportunity. It will never come again, Clermont resident Jim Purvis told council members be fore the vote. Keri Caridi, a local mom who said she is always looking for somewhere to take her kids to swim, said the pool is what had her most excited about the pur chase. It will be a blessing for the en tire community to have access to the pool there because many peo ple are not fortunate enough to have a pool or som ewhere to take their kids for affordable swim ming lessons, Caridi said. CHURCH FROM PAGE A1 much coaxing. How fast can we get a second here, Mayor Hal Turville said after an ini tial motion to purchase the property was made. To acquire the proper ty, the city will take out a 15-year loan with BB&T with a xed rate of 3.05 percent and an annu al payment (or debt ser vice) of about $500,000 per year. But the tax-exempt loan does have some drawbacks. IRS regulations regard ing the tax-exempt status of the loan may make it impossible for Celebration of Praise church members, the churchs current day-care facility or other interest ed groups such as the Boys & Girls Club to lease space there permanently. After the meeting, one Boys & Girls Club ofcial said he would have to just wait and see what those IRS regulations mean. Michelle Michnoff, a Boys & Girls Club board member, said the organi zation is denitely inter ested in using the facility in some capacity. That they (the city) purchased it is a good rst step, though, he said. Further discussions about the property and the possibility of the Cl ermont Police Department building a new sta tion there, will take place beginning next month, City Manager Darren Gray said. This purchase makes sense in so many ways, Councilman Keith Mullins said. Were not through with the plan ning, of course, but I think everyone can see the path were headed to ward. It gives the city and the entire community so many options and as the city grows, there are so many things this building will be able to serve for. The church building, at nearly 69,000 square feet, can hold up to 1,200 people in its main sanctuary, which includes a large stage area. The 45acre property also has an outdoor swimming pool plus a kiddie pool and jacuzzi a 280-seat in door theater with stadium seating, a stage, gymnasium and commercial-grade kitchen. IDEAS FROM PAGE A1 like this and now they will have it, she said. It will be a big benet to the community to have something this close. The rst phase of the 26,000-square-foot project is expected to cost nearly $8 million. Ex panding the facility to 60-beds is something that could come at a lat er time. The architect for the design of the facility is Mount Dora based Jass & Associates LLC. HOSPITAL FROM PAGE A1 Even so, T.J. Fish, ex ecutive director of the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization, said the LYNX 55 route is still adequate enough to provide access to jobs. For the LYNX 204 route, a 100 percent fare increase has been p roposed to $140 from $70 a month, said Dottie Keedy, director of community services. We are still working with LYNX to pin down what the cost will be for a 30-day fare, she said. Once negotiations are met, the county would enter into a contract with LYNX using $95,000 in FTA funding. Fares of about $61,000 a year will round out the operating costs of the route. As the county recently faced difcult budget decisions, commissioners had to cut expenditures from the general fund, which is comprised of primarily property taxes. Commissioner Sean Parks, who previously walked three miles with residents from Cagans Crossing to the location of the new route in Osce ola county, had argued to reinstate the route. I hope LYNX can exe cute the agreements and get the service going as quickly as they can because people depend on it, he said. Fish said the reinstate ment of the bus services sends an important message. It is a very eye-open ing experience for the commission to learn about the importance of transit in peoples life, he said, citing all the people who spoke out in support of reinstating the service. Numerous r esidents have moved to specific locations on the LYNX route so they can catch the bus to work, he said. LYNX FROM PAGE A1
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 T he Minne ola Schoolhouse Library is hosting Christmas craft class es the rst three Wednes days in De cember. On Thursday class partic ipants made Christmas tree center pieces from discarded books. For the third and nal class, partic ipants will make Christ mas tree or naments. Classes are held 5 6 / p.m. in the garden out side the li brary.Library hosts crafts classes PHOTOS BY LINDA CHARLTON From left, Lylah, Kaley and Jaclyn Geber fold pages to start their trees. A sample of the nished product is on the table before them. Karalyn Pierce uses her st to pound down the pages of the tree while her mom Taralyn watches. MINNEOLA Michael Posadas paints his Christmas tree. Staff reportThe owners of a Minneola-based ministry that helps provide counseling, therapy, and case management for youth and families, face up to 15 years in prison for allegedly defrauding Floridas Medicaid program, Attorney General Pam Bondi announced last week. The Rev. Dr. James Davis and the Rev G. (Grisselle) Davis, owners of King dom Builders Ministries Inc. (KBM), were arrested Wednesday for allegedly defrauding the Medicaid program out of nearly $80,000, Biondi announced in a press release. An investigation conducted by the Attorney Generals Medicaid Fraud Control Unit revealed that the couple allegedly billed the Medicaid program for targeted case management services that were never rendered. Tar geted case manage ment services are designed to link Med icaid recipients with a documented mental health condition to services in the com munity. KBM is a state ap proved mental and health targeted case management and counseling center fo cusing on the physically disabled, men tal health disorders, teen mothers, troubled children/youth, senior citizens and veterans with mental/ health issues. Since opening in 2011, KBM has reportedly em ployed 15 counselors and staff members. According to the in vestigation, the Davises allegedly direct ed employees to bill for an entire family when only one member received services and to bill for unau thorized expenses, such as travel time, employee staff meet ings and phone calls, Biondi said. Additionally, records indicate that KBM received pay ment for services al legedly provided to young children who did not have any doc umented mental health condition and continued to submit invoices months after terminating services, Biondi said. Grisselle and James Davis, who were mar ried and formed KBM in 2011, are each charged with one count of participating in an organized MINNEOLAMinistry owners charged with fraud FILLER> SEE FRAUD | A4
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 Prices good with this ad only. Prices good thru 12/20/13. Chivas Regal 750 ml $24.98 1.75 lt $45.98 Grand Marnier Reg or Cherry 750 ml $28.98 Absolute Vodka 750ml $15.98 1.75 lt $25.98 Jagermeister Reg or Spiced 750 ml $16.98 Bacardi RumSilver or Gold 1.75 lt $18.98 Patron Silver Tequila750 ml $33.98 Ketel One Vodka 1.75 lt$29.98 750 ml $15.98 Baileys Irish Cream 750 ml $14.98 Romana Sambuca 750 ml $17.98 Seagrams VO1.75 lt $18.98 750 ml $11.98 Crown RoyalReg or Maple 1.75 lt$33.98750 ml$17.98 Captain Morgan w/Coke 1.75 ml$18.98 Hennessy VS750 ml $25.98 1.75 lt$61.98 Captain Morgan Parrot Bay1.75 lt$14.98 750 ml $8.98 Seagrams Gin 1.75 lt $15.98 Its time to celebrate as December marks the one year anniversary for the new owners of The New Wine Regions Discount Wine and Liquors! The new owners bring 30 years of experience and success in the industry to the Lake County area, with everyday SUPER LOW prices as well as weekly specials and case discounts on most items. Located in the Clermont Landings shopping center, across from the Epic Movie Theater, behind Olive Garden and just two doors down from the new KeKes caf. It is hard to believe that some people still have not heard of nor been to this hidden gem! Open Monday thru Thursday 10-9pm, Friday and Saturday 1010pm and Sunday 11-8pm. Many have enjoyed their tremendous selection and extremely low prices on spirits, cordials, wine, craft beer & cigars. Looking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Visit their extensive gift-set area overflowing with many top brands such as Grey Goose, Jack Daniels, Remy Martin, Baileys and Johnnie Walker, just to name a few. They carry a variety of top shelf items too, including but not limited to Hennessy XO and The Glenlivet Archive 21 yr, as well as a few unique and hard to find items such as Opus One and Joseph Phelps Insignia. They are also the only independent liquor store in the Orlando area to carry Moet Ice, the newest member of the Moet family. If you cannot decide from the wall to wall selections, they also have gift cards available for purchase! If you have a cigar enthusiast on your holiday shopping list, then you must see their beautiful walk-in humidor filled with fine domestic and imported cigars. While in the humidor dont forget to check out the La Perla Habana, La Glorida Cubana and CAO La Traviata unique collector gift packages. The friendly and knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you find all that you need to make your shopping experience a pleasure. You can visit them at 2423 S. Hwy 27 in Clermont, Florida 352-242-5050, and be sure to like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/thenewwineregions for weekly specials, tastings and new arrivals!Advertorial Mon. Fri. 9am to 4pm, Sat. by appointmentLAKE COUNTYS MOST TRUSTED NAME IN HEARING AIDS www.lakemedicalhearing.com Alan Boone, HAS, BC-HIS President & Wife Linda221 N. US Hwy 27, Suite H(Across from the Citrus Tower)CLERMONT243-HEAR ( 4327 )2755 S. Bay St. Suite F (Across from Tractor Supply Company)EUSTIS483-HEAR ( 4327 ) to Osceola County. Some project maps have it cutting straight across Sumter County and the southwest ern corner of Lake County. Its unbelievable that they (Sabal Trail) have the technology to do that (build a pipeline of that length), Bronson said. Plus natu ral gas is cheaper so I see why they are doing it. Landowner Jane Geraci of Grove land was less thrilled with the proj ect, contending the pipeline can be built on public lands. She and sev eral other landowners are circu lating a petition for an alternative route a few miles west, where the pipeline can follow a public rightof-way. We know we cant stop it (pipe line), its coming, but we are just asking for a different route which would take it down that govern ment land instead of private land, which we dont think is unreason able, Geraci said. It is dangerous, she said of the project. Theyll tell you its not, but it is, because when we even asked why the pipeline was not built down I-75, we were told that they could not endanger that many peo ple, she said. Some 70 percent of the pipeline will follow rights-of-way, leaving 30 percent crossing private proper ty. The company has said it needs a corridor at least 100 feet wide for a 24to 36-inch pipeline that will eventually carry up to 1 billion cu bic feet of natural gas per day. PLANS FROM PAGE A4 DEATH NOTICESRoger CheathamRoger Cheatham, 62, of Lake Panasoffkee, died Saturday, December 7, 2013. Banks/ Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood.James Edward ColeshJames Edward Colf lesh, 47, of Pierson, died Monday, December 9, 2013. Beyers Fu neral Home.Richard Allen CurtisRichard Allen Curtis, 81, of Wbster, died Sun day, December 8, 2013. Purcell Funeral Home.Timothy E. FoleyTimothy E. Foley, 70, of Tavares, died Monday, December 9, 2013. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations.Debra P. ForemanDebra P. Foreman, 54, of Orange City, died Monday, December 9, 2013. Beyers Funeral Home.Grover C. FutchGrover C. Futch, 61, of Umatilla, died Friday, December 6, 2013. Harden/Pauli Funeral Home.Robert Carl GosnellRobert Carl Gosnell, 85, of Eustis, died Sun day, December 8, 2013. Harden/Pauli Funeral Home.David G. GustDavid G. Gust, 73, of Leesburg, died Fri day, December 6, 2013. Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations.Rev. Henry M. LancasterRev. Henry M. Lan caster, 96, of Summereld, died Sunday, December 8, 2013. Page-Theus Funerals & Cremations.Ava LewisAva L ewis, of Ocoee, died Friday, December 3, 2013. Floyds Funeral Home, Clermont.Caroline M. MartinCaroline M. Mar tin, 73, of Eustis, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors, Eu stis.Scott J. MeltonScott J. Melton, 65, of Wildwood, died Satur day, December 7, 2013. Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations.Thomas David McMahanThomas David McMahan, 69, of Leesburg died on December 12, 2013. National Cremation Society.Cole Jonathan PowellCole Jonathan Pow ell, 29, of Summereld, died Friday, December 6, 2013. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory.Marcus Devon PriceMarcus Devon Price, 23, of Clermont, died Saturday, December 7, 2013. Marvin C. Zan ders Funeral Home, Inc.Arlene F. RobbinsArlene F. Robbins, 59, of Astor, died Friday, December 6, 2013. Bey ers Funeral Home.MAry Ann ScottMary Ann Scott, 53, of Wildwood, died Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Jacobs Funer al Home, Brooksville.William M. SmithWilliam M. Smith, 74, of Umatilla, died Friday, December 13, 2013. Beyers Funeral Home.Leila StoverLeila Stover, 79, of Montgomery, AL, died Wednesday, December 11, 2013. Banks/PageTheus Funerals and Cremations.Marie TroeschMarie Troesch, 89, of Wildwood, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations.Sharon T VargasSharon T Vargas, 61, of Lake Placid, died Saturday, December 14, 2013. Banks/PageTheus Funerals and Cremations.Jeanine VigneauJeanine Vigneau, 69, of Leesburg, died Tues day, December 10, 2013. Page-Theus Fu nerals & Cremations.IN MEMORY
A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 18, 2013We all need to help protect our springsThanks for having he cour age to print the Natural Springs Under Attack in your Nov. 29, 2013 edition. We all need the courage to discuss this problem more openly and start doing something about it. Drought does play a big role in our lower lake levels, rivers and springs, because that is when we pump even more water out of the aquifer. Then, as the water table goes down, so do our seepage lakes and springs. Statewide, we are pumping more water out of our aquifer than is being replaced by rainfall. The average homeowner is using 50 to 60 percent of their water to maintain their lawns. Many communities in the Western states are replacing their grass with rocks or more drought-tolerant plants. It is time we did the same. If a plant freezes in your yard this winter, replace it with a drought-tolerant variety. Replace some of that grass each year with drought-tolerant ground covers or native plants. Lake County has two dozen natural small springs, two second-magnitude springs and one rst-magnitude spring (Alexander). Protecting our springs, rivers and lakes is a joint responsibility, not just the governments.LINDA BYSTRAK | Leesburg Obama, Kerry duped on the Iran dealA couple of weeks ago, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry described the bar gain we had struck with Iran. We would relax sanctions and, in return, Iran would neutralize its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium. With my knowledge of physics, I thought that was a very good deal. A light water tower reactor can use 3 percent to 5 percent enriched uranium, and 20 per cent enriched uranium has only one use: as the precursor to nuclear weapons material. To be rid of their stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium was truly a signicant diplomatic agreement an histor ic advance for our side and well worth relaxing sanctions. Later, I learned that by neutralize, the Iranians mean they had agreed to turn their 20 per cent enriched uranium into uranium oxide and retain the oxide in their possession. Now, thats a relatively simple and easily reversible process. Its the functional equivalent of asking a man to divest himself of his gold coins by having him paint the coins black and then put them back in his safe. The Obama administration had deliberately misinformed me with misleading language. I had been lied to. We had struck a very bad bargain.GEORGE E. MCCORD | TavaresRepublicans are denying others health careWith great effort, Republicans are seeking to deny health care for a good number of Americans. Theyve obstructed its going into effect so insur ance companies could continue to offer policies inferior to ACA. Insurance companies are still giving bonuses to their sales staffs for selling these protable policies. The GOP wants to continue their attack so the big donors continue. If Obamacare succeeds, theyll lose these funds but Americans will have better medical cover age than they have now. Those 27 and older would be the hardest to sell this program to. They would no longer be covered by their parents policies and may feel great, health-wise. It could also be hard to get those who refuse to stay enrolled in Social security, work as private contractors or own their own businesses. Many dont see the need for insurance and want to save the 7 percent that would go to buy insurance through Social Security. If they dont buy private insurance, disaster awaits them. Try to imagine being in the position of having no health coverage and then an illness strikes. Thats a chance youre willing to take, but to deny others that coverage is something far less than Christian-like.WILLIAM CAMPBELL | LeesburgLegislators should move slowly on increasing limitsHow could you make Floridas Christmas season trafc more dangerous than it al ready is? Maybe by raising the speed lim its. Two Florida legislators have proposed increasing the states maximum speed limit on interstates and other roads. State Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, and Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, plan to offer a bill that would boost speed limits on some sections of inter state from 70 mph to 75 mph. It would also al low 5 mph increases on other roads, includ ing highways with a divided median that now have a limit of 65 mph. The higher limits would be permitted if state trafc engineers determine that the inter states and roads will be safe enough at higher speeds. Given the high number of negatives sur rounding this proposal, the Legislature should proceed with extreme caution. Clemens and Brandes note that 16 oth er states have maximum speed limits of 75 or faster. But, except for Louisiana and Maine, all of them are western plains states think Tex as, Utah, Wyoming, Montana with wideopen spaces and small or widely dispersed populations. East of Mississippi and in California a maxi mum speed of 70 mph or slower is the rule. Florida the nations fourth, and soon to be third, most populous state ts the east ern model. Most of its interstates are crowded much of the year. Adding to the risk factors are Floridas special demographics. Many of the states drivers are elderly, with slower reaction times and im paired vision. Lowered reaction time at higher speeds wor ries AAA, the driver advocacy group. Cost factors also weigh against the Clem ens-Brandes proposal. One of those factors is the increased fuel costs: Driving at higher speeds burns more gas. Also, theres the cost of changing all those speed limit signs. And the cost of having traf c engineers assess the safety impacts of the higher limits. 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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A7 HWY 27/441 2 miles from Hwy 27 787-4440 $300OFFREMANUFACTURED CARTSCash or check. Must present ad on purchase. Limited Time Offer See store for details. 352-394-8228Ron Becker, Director $675 MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writermillardives@dailycommercial.comMore than 100 chil dren grabbed toys off shelves without paying for them at a Walmart in Clermont on Satur day morning right in front of dozens of law enforcement ofcers. It wa s all part of the Lake County annual Shop with a Cop program, which allowed an ofcer strapped with a donated, $100 gift card to pair with a needy child for a shop ping spree. The children scram bled through the aisles stacked with toy trucks, dart guns, Legos, model cars, robot games and other fun stuff, pulling down toys as ofcers and parents pushed the carts behind them. Six-year-old Destiny Stokes saw a Barbie Princess she liked and threw it in a cart on top of the other toys she se lected. Stokes grandmother, Ruth Gill, said it was worth the 90-minute trip Saturday the family made from Astor. Its like a blessing from God, said Gill. The event was made possible by the Lake County Police Charities, which spent the year collecting donations to buy the gift cards. There were 133 chil dren selected for the event, mainly by ofcers who were able to identify those in need through their jobs. We wanted to help those struggling, said Debbie Peterson, treasurer for the Police Charities. While parents were present during the shopping spree, organizers told the children to grab what they want ed, as long as it was age appropriate. But in a store full of electronics, home fur nishings, books, crafts, groceries, jewelry and sports and outdoor items it was the toy section that kept the children busy. I want this one, said 6-year-old Natasia Ortiz, of Paisley, who along with her 5-year-old brother Isaiah, grabbed a Chasin Cheeky, a toy mon key that runs around as contestants try to throw a ring around its tail and snatch a ba nana from its mouth. Howey-in-the-Hills Police ofcer Juan Cue vas took the two sib lings on the shopping spree. Its great we can help kids have a bet ter Christmas, Cuevas said. After each child nished shopping, the ofcer walked them to the cash register and pulled out the gift cards. With $100 to work with, some children chose to get many toys while others picked less but more expen sive ones. Some ofcers, who had to use calculators to keep tabs, said they didnt mind paying the difference if the totals were over the limits. Sheriffs spokesman Lt. John Herrell said the event allows children to interact with police in a fun and comfort able setting all while making their Christmas holiday much brighter, Herrell said. The event was capped off Saturday with a rafe where winners won bicycles a rafe where all of the children drew winning numbers.CLERMONTCops take children Christmas shopping MILLARD K. IVES / DAILY COMMERCIAL Lake County Sheriffs deputy Soni Campbell helps 6-year-old Destiny Stokes shop for toys Saturday at a Walmart in Clermont, as part of the annual Shop with a Cop program. Following in Kings footsteps LIVI STANFORD | DAILY COMMERCIAL Eight students will be awarded $2,500 scholarships from the Martin Luther King Commemorative Committee in January. Seven of the students are pictured above from Leesburg High School, Belleview High School, Wildwood Middle High School and The Villages Charter School. LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.email@example.comMarching with her parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, Addie Johnson recalled the nation riven by racial con ict during the Civil Rights Movement. There were blacks on one side of the railroad tracks and whites on the other, she said. My grandfather and father marched during the riots. Growing up in segregated schools, Johnson said marching for equality became par amount in bringing about change. It was a blessing we were able to do things like drink out of a water fountain, she said, explaining how the fountains used to be separated by race. Johnson, a Villages resident, said the opportunities given to her and to others in her family could not have been realized had it not been for Martin Luther King Jr. As a result of the Civil Rights Movement, she had the chance to go to an integrated school and receive the same opportunities afforded to whites, she said. Today, she could not have been more proud for her granddaughter, Marcella Johnson, a Wildwood Middle High School senior, who is one of eight students to be awarded a $2,500 scholar ship from the Martin Luther King Commemorative Committee in January. I feel we have been blessed with the talent she has going for ward to a much better time in school and a healthy one, she said. The scholarship will help Johnson with her rst year of college next year, where she hopes to study nursing. The committees purpose is to recognize, commemorate and honor the memory and contributions of Dr. King, according to its website Over the last 10 years, the committee has given 54 scholar ships to students, said Lew Jones, president of the committee. Other 2014 scholarship winners include MiKhyia Haugabrook, Andrew Nason and Leor Tal from Leesburg High School; Shaylani Williams, Wildwood Middle High School; R.J. Perkins and Jared Ran dell from The Villages Charter High School; and James Cowan from Belleview High School. Jones said students were chosen based on essays they wrote on King. At 9 / a.m. Jan. 14, 2014, the scholarships will be awarded at The 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Awards Breakfast at The Savannah Center in The Villages. Wearing a multicolored shirt with her hair neatly tied in a ponytail, Johnson is shy at rst, but when asked questions about the late Dr. King, she becomes animate and focused. His ght for civil rights gave African Americans so many SEE KING | A8State to fund local road workMINNEOLAGood infrastructure is critical for economic progress.Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Minneola Turnpike Interchange project is one step closer to reality. Ofcials with Flor idas Turnpike Enter prise and the Flor ida Department of Transportation announced last week at the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization Governing Board meeting that progress is moving forward on the project. We are working close with our partners and developers to begin this interchange, said Re bekah Hammond, government affairs ofcer for the FTE, explaining that they hope to put the advertisement for the interchange out to bid in February 2014. It is a signicant eco nomic boost in the area we are excited about. T.J. Fish, executive director of the MPO, said earlier Wednesday that the landowner Fam ily Dynamics Land Company LLC has to for mally dedicate the right of way for the inter change. As soon as that commitment is made, we will ofcially have an interchange project, he said. The entire project is expected to cost $50 million, with work on the interchange expected to start in October 2014 and be completed two years later. The interchange will be in the middle of a proposed development of regional impact called the Hills of Minneola. The North Hancock Road Extension project and the proposed turnpike interchange with in the city of Minneola have been discussed and planned for at least 10 years, according to county ofcials.
A8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writermillard.email@example.comIt has been about a year since former Center Hill Mayor Ralph Barry chose not to seek re-election because of his frustration with the city councils refusal to address complaints made against police ofcers. Now, Police Chief Rog er Odom has expressed the same frustrations against the new mayor. Odom re cently sent a memo to the citys attorney, complaining that current Mayor Gene Bowles has refused to ad dress issues with at least one ofcer. The chief also accuses Bowles of abusing his power. In the memo, Odom rattled off a number of com plaints he has with the may or, including Bowles using a police ofcer to sit at an intersection to write his (Bowles) neighbor for any thing we can. Another target of his complaints appears to be Duane Vaughan, an ofcer who was scheduled to face a hear ing in front of city council last year to determine if he would face any disciplinary action after someone com plained in October of last year that he was speeding (93 mph) without his sirens and ashing lights on. Vaughan hurt his knee after stepping into a hole just before the hearing, which was suspended and appar ently never rescheduled. The ofcer has been on Workmens Compensation since injuring himself. Odom alleges in the memo that Vaughan, while on Workmens Compensation for the knee injury, changed the password to the departments comput er interrupting depart mental day-to-day operations and then forwarded the password to Bowles, which provided the mayor with access to active cases. It is felt that Mayor Bowles tries to use the Cen ter Hill Police Department to his advantage when he has personal issues with others, Odom stated. Odom also accuses Bowles of allowing an unli censed and uninsured busi ness friend to perform work on City Hall; using city fuel for his personal tractor; keeping his cattle on city property and other allega tions. These actions may or may not be criminal in na ture, but could bring em barrassment and liability to Center Hill, Odom said. The complaints were for warded to the State Attor neys Ofce. Ofcials there couldnt be reached for comment Wednesday, but Odom said the State Attorneys Ofce elected not to le charges. Bowles couldnt be reached for comment. But during an interview with the Daily Commercial on the night he was elected, he said he had planned on looking into some of the is sues with the police depart ment. The speeding incident, Barry said, occurred when Vaughan raced home after his wife complained someone was blocking their driveway. And, he was driving so fast, that two pedes trians had to jump out the way, Barry claims. In an interview Wednesday, Vaughan said he was rushing home to tend to a family member. In his own memo about the incident, Vaughan noted he apologized to the two pedestrians for startling them, adding they said they didnt want to le a complaint, but were apparently pressured into doing so by somebody. Barry said he became frustrated with the city council and Odom for re fusing to do anything about eight complaints that had been lodged against the de partment, mainly involving Vaughan. As an exam ple, Barry said Vaughan was off-duty at the time when he exceeded speed limits to pursue a motorist who tossed a bottle out of his vehicle. When it comes to the police department, it seems that no one on the city council wants to do any thing about it, Barry said about why he chose not to seek re-election. Vaughan, a former Bush nell police ofcer, said he couldnt address all the complaints against him, but he accused Barry of tying to punish him after the patrolman complained about Barrys unethical behavior. Vaughan said he wanted to address this behavior pub licly at a city council meet ing before Barry moved him off the agenda. r fntbrr trtb r t b b t r r t Division of Johnson Food Services, Inc. rfrntbbbtbrfnbrt rffnt nrbrrtrrbr Melissa Tillisntrrtrt Steven E. Johnsonrrr ALL YOU CAN EATBreakfast SpecialFri.Sat.Sun.Mon $7.00 nrnttrr Get OutGo!& opportunities we did not have before, she said. I admire how strong he was and how he wasnt afraid after being imprisoned and threatened. While agreeing that there are more opportunities today than when her grandmother grew up, Johnson said it is hard sometimes to succeed because there are fewer opportunities at her school. Specically, she pointed to the lack of AP classes and extracurricular activities at Wildwood Middle High School. Javon Latson, a junior at Belleview High School and keynote speaker at the breakfast, said while there has been considerable progress in race relations, there are still disparities today. In Detroit and Chicago, for example, the unemploy ment rate and pov erty rate is higher for blacks than other races, he said. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reported that the poverty rate for blacks is 36 percent in Florida compared with 13 percent for whites in 201112. President Obama highlighted in a recent address commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington that black un employment has remained almost twice as a high as white unemployment, Latino unemployment close behind. Kings determination continues to give Latson hope. He stood against the tide, he said. Jones said he grew up in segregated schools and has seen great progress. KINGFROM PAGE A7 CENTER HILLPolitical saga in Sumter County city starts again MILLARD K. 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B1SOUTH LAKE PRESSWednesday, December 18 2013 www.southlakepress.com YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTSSPORTS EDITOR . ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE . ............................ 365-82683 FAX . .......................................... 394-8001 E-MAIL . ........ firstname.lastname@example.orgSPORTSandLEISURE Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) ties an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record of 78 consecutive extra points in a season with this extra point in the fourth quarter on Nov. 23 against Idaho in Tallahassee. Florida State beat Idaho 80-14. Aguayo, a former South Lake High School standout, kicked 90-of-90 extra points this season for the Seminoles to establish a new record. Aguayo also converted 19-of-20 eld goals with a long of 53 yards. The redshirt freshman, who kicked a 63-yard eld goal in practice while at South Lake will play when the Seminoles play Auburn on Jan. 6 for the Bowl Championship Series national championship at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. PHIL SEARS / APAguayo nearly perfect Former South Lake kicker helps FSU to title game FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.email@example.comRoberto Aguayo was a place kicking legend at South Lake High School. Possessor of a thunderous right foot, Aguayo was a legitimate weapon for the Eagles, routine ly booting kickoffs into and out of the end zone and a eld goal threat whenever South Lake crossed mideld. Aguayo carried that legacy with him to Florida State University, where the redshirt freshman has converted on all but one eldgoal attempt this season and all 90 of his point-after tries. His storybook season was capped off last week when he was named the winner of the Lou Groza award, which is awarded to the nations top collegiate kicker. He might also might end as a national champion if the favored Seminoles beat Auburn in the Bowl Championship Series Na tional Championship game Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Pretty heady stuff for some one from rural Lake County, but Aguayo has been preparing him self to be recognized as one of the nations top kickers since his high-school days. At South Lake, Aguayo practiced was the same intensity as the lineman and oth er skill position student-athletes. He was never off in a distant corner of the practice eld walk ing around while tossing a foot ball in the air. Aguayo was blasting kickoffs downeld and attempt ing eld goals of varying distanc es, while constanting tweaking his technique. Im a football player, Aguayo said during his senior season at South Lake. I dont want to be treated any different from the rest of my teammates. When they do exercises, so do I. When they practice in full pads, so do I. I have a job to do on this team just like my teammates do and my job is just as important as theirs. Aguayo quickly became one Im a football player. I dont want to be treated any different from the rest of my teammates. When they do exercises, so do I. When they practice in full pads, so do I.Roberto AguayoFormer South Lake High School and FSU place-kicker FRANK JOLLEYSPORTS EDITOR Follow the bouncing basketballMVA soccer standout goes internationalMONTVERDE PHOTO COURTESY / MONTVERDE ACADEMY Montverde Academy girls soccer player Chelsea Greene plays during a recent game. Greene has been selected to play for her native Cayman Islands U-20 soccer team in a tournament in January. FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.firstname.lastname@example.orgChelsea Greene is the latest success story for a student-athlete at Montverde Academy. A junior at the college preparatory school in south Lake Coun ty, Greene was selected recently to play on U-20 national soccer team in her native Cayman Islands. According to a report on Cay compass.com, Greene will play for the Cayman Islands in a U-20 Womens World Cup qualifying tournament the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Under-20 Womens Championship. The Cayman Islands are seeded into Group B of the tournament with teams from Mexico, Honduras along with Trinidad and Tobago. Group A includes the United States, Guatemala, Jamaica and Costa Rica. The United States is the defending champions. Motnverde Academy girls soc cer coach, Robbie Aristodemo, said he is pleased that Greene was selected and believes she will play well. Aristodemo said she will leave for the Cayman Is lands during the schools Christmas break. This should be a fun tourna ment for Chelsea, Aristodemo said. This is a wonderful oppor tunity for Chelsea to represent her country in a very important qual ifying tournament. We expect her to do very well and represent the Cayman Islands and Montverde Academy at the highest level. We wish her all the best hope she can qualify for the Cayman Is lands U-20 World Cup. FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.email@example.comFootball is king in the South! At least thats what many people want to believe. Theyre wrong. Lake and Sumter County is basketball country! While many might consider that sacrilege, they shouldnt. Its not a bad thing. If anything, its what separates our neck of the woods from other locales in Central Florida. The facts support me ... Montverde Academy is the defending national champions in boys high school basketball. Lake Minneola is home to the states top-ranked boys team in Class 6A. Three other teams The Villages (in Class 4A), First Academy of Leesburg (Class 2A) and Wildwood (Class 1A) were in the most recent state rankings. On the girls side, The Villages (Class 4A) and Mount Dora Bible (Class 3A) received consideration and are on the verge of crack ing the Top 10 in their respective classications. In addition, Leesburgs boys team won the Class 4A state championship three years ago and played in the Class 6A title game the next year. The Lady Jackets also have left an impressive legacy with three state Final Four appearances under coach Mark Oates. Eustis boys team earned Final Four berths in 2006 and 2008 and The Villages girls team earned a trip to Lakeland last year. East Ridge also reached the Final Four as a Class 5A team in 2005.SEE BASKETBALL | B2SEE KICKER | B2
B2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 And thats just since 2005. In the same timeframe, South Sumter played for the Class 2A championship in 2005, losing to a powerhouse from Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna. Thats all folks! For football enthusiasts, I can balance things out a little bit by going back to the start of the Florida High School Ath letic Association playoffs in 1963. Eu stis was runner-up in Class B in 1963, Leesburg in Class A in 1969, Groveland in Class C in 1970 and Clermont in 1977 and 1980. Wildwood also had a pair of second-place nishes in 1984 and 1985 in Class 2A. The last state championship in football came in 1983, when Eustis took the Class 2A title following a 21-6 win against Defuniak Springs Walton and Wildwood won championships in 1964 and 1970. At least that looks better. But, if I give the selector knob on the ol the time machine another twist and go back to the start of the FHSAA boys basketball playoffs in 1922, its obvious that basketball is or at least, should be top dog around here. Tavares won a state title in 1950 and Wildwood took home the top prize in 1953. Other local winners, not count ing Leesburgs 2011 title, include Mount Dora Bible (in 1961), Leesburg (1977), and Mount Dora (1998). No local girls team has won a state ti tle since the FHSAA sponsored its rst tournament in 1976, but a number of schools have reached the title gam e. Among the area state runners-up in clude Leesburg (1977), Tavares (1992), Wildwood (1994), and South Sumter (2001). No offense to the football purists, but wow! Basketball rules! But, so many people too many, in fact continue to think of Lake and Sumter counties as football havens, while the lights shine brighter on our hardwood than they do on the gridiron. So much quality basketball is played in our two-county area. Montverde Academy, for example, has hosted tour naments for the past three weekends and welcomed teams from around the state and Georgia. Lake Minneola has played in two of those tournaments and won the three games it played. Mount Dora Bible scartched out a win last weekend and Montverde Academy has won six games in the three tournaments. Thats a 10-0 mark for area teams against some pretty stiff competition. The only blemish for local teams in that triumvirate of tournaments was a loss by Leesburg to a quality team from Tampa Catholic. So Lake Countys not perfect, but who can argue with a 10-1 record? If thats not enough to convince you that basketball rules the roost in Lake and Sumter County, then the presence of Montverde Academy should bring you around. The Eagles are an FHSAA Indepen dent and have chosen to play a na tional schedule rather than compet ing for state championships. By doing so, Montverde Academy has brought a great deal of attention to our area through countless nationally televised games. In addition, the school hosts the Montverde Academy Invitational Tour nament (MAIT), a three-day affair that brings some of the best teams from around the country to Lake County. Along with that, the Eagles have a tradition of inviting local teams to play in its tournaments and will occasionally schedule regular-season games against area opponents. Many teams lucky enough to nd a spot on Montverde Academys schedule consider it an hon or to play them. You can only be the best by playing the best, Lake Minneola coach Freddie Cole has long asserted. Cole managed to get a game against Montverde Acade my during the 2012-13 season. Even though the Hawks were throttled by the Eagles 70-39, Cole believes his players grew from the experience. A nd now Lake Minneola is the states top-ranked team in Class 6A! Im guessing the pressure of playing against the best high school basketball team in the nation had something to do with teaching the Hawks how to raise their game to the next level! So, now that football has wrapped up for the year, time to head indoors and watch an area high school basketball game. For now, at least, its the sport of kings and queens.Frank Jolley is a columnist for the Daily Commercial. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. BASKETBALLFROM PAGE B1 of the nations top high school kickers during his time at South Lake. He kicked two eld goals from 51-yards out as a sopho more and hammered a 63 yard er in practice. He was the nations No. 3 kick er by Rivals.com and ESPN.com named him the sixth-best pros pect. In addition, Aguayo was ranked as the 68th-best punter in the nation. Roberto was on the radar for a lot of college coaches very ear ly on, said Walter Banks, coach at South Lake during Aquayos tenure there. Banks has since moved on and is the offensive coordinator at Montverde Academy. Florida State was where he wanted to go. When FSU made him an offer, I dont think it took very long for his to make up his mind. Even though he couldve changed his mind up until he signed his letter of intent, there was no way his was changing. Florida State is where he wanted to go all along. After he signed with Florida State, Aguayo said friends ques tioned his decision. Many, he said, felt Aguayo shouldve chosen Florida or Miami, FSUs big gest rivals. (My friends were) like, Oh, youre going to the wrong school. Aguayo said. Thats a wide left or wide right school. Hopefully I can change that. After being redshirted at FSU last year, Aguayo gave fans a preview of during this years spring game, hitting 5-of-6 eld goals, including one from 51-yards outing a 58 yarder. He maintained that consistency throughout the regular season, hitting his rst 12 eld goals, missing only from 43 yards out, and drilling 19-of-20 on the sea son. He hit on 90-of-90 point af ter attempts, which is an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record. Aguayos only miss came against Wake Forest, a 43 yard er. He was 8-of-9 from beyond 40 yards, including one from 53-yards away against Syracuse. Still, as a lifelong Seminoles fan, Aguayo knows the programs history of missed eld goals in crucial situations, par ticularly against Miami. One of his earliest memories of Florida State football is of Xavier Beitia missing a 39 yarder against the Hurricanes in the 2004 Orange Bowl that gave Miami a 16-14 win. When he missed that eld goal, it broke my heart, Aguayo said. I went home crying. He knows about the others, which included one by Gerry Thomas in 1991, which gave Mi ami a 17-16 win and may have cost the Seminoles a national championship. But, Aguayo insists that he hasnt been haunt ed by FSUs placekicking fail ures. In fact, in this years game against Miami, Aguayo drilled kicks of 25 and 28 yards in a 4114 win. Going into that game, I was reminded of the tradition, Aguayo said. Growing up, I knew about the kicks. But to me, it was just another game. I zoned everything out. That ability to get himself in the zone and visualize his kicks ahead of time has en deared himself to FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, regardless of the opponent or the magnitude of the kick. Hes an extremely talented guy, Fisher told reporters earli er this season. Banks said Aguayo has the po tential to become one of the top kickers in college football history. He believes Aguayo can fol low in the path of former FSU kicker Sebastian Janikowski, now established with Oakland Raiders. Roberto has all the tools, Banks said. Hes got the right mind-set to handle the job and hes always working to become better. Hes an athlete, not just someone who can kick the ball, and that will help him. KICKERFROM PAGE B1
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS B3 www.clermontdowntownpartnership.com Featured Business of the Month: Cheesers Palace Caf LOOKING FOR PARTS? SEE JULIE (352) 394-6111rfntbI have parts for all major appliances and air conditioning and authorized repair service too! r Downtown Clermont Farmers MarketEvery SundayFrom 9am 2pmINCLUDES: For more information visit www.clermontdowntownpartnership.comCheesers Palace Caf offers a warm and friendly atmosphere with a European flair. Our Caf is a Family run business with Amanda Walsh as the Head Cheese and has been serving this community for 8 years. Enjoy dining in one of the comfortable wing backed chairs, while enjoying eggs Benedict, fruit crepes, Belgium waffles or maybe a smoked salmon plate. The lunch menu boosts flat bread pizzas, specialty sandwiches, homemade soups, and the amazing Cahill Porter Beer Burger. Cheesers offers a semi private room for your next event, and catering that is personalized and intimate. Creating custom menus for your group is only one of our many options wed be happy to provide for your group. Our Catering is personalized and intimate. We want our clients to feel at ease during their parties or events, and make them spectacular. It is our personal attention to detail that takes the worry out of these occasions. Enjoy Cheeses from around the world in our Cheese Shop. Cheese Classes, presented in many stages ranging from the origin of cheese to the future of the industry, by Carol Kayser (Mom). The Event Dinners are a must, like our Great Grill Out 6 wines, 6 cheeses and 4 different grilled meat selections from the Seminal Indian Tribe. Cracking the Wheel was a fun event that featured the Kings Ridge Dancers and a 5 course meal. Our upcoming Cabaret Dinner will included a Cabaret style show and dinner Everyones favorite The Chocolates Shop! Amanda makes all the Chocolates, by hand here at the Caf. Enjoy White, Dark and new comer Sugar Free Chocolate selections. Our featured Chocolate this month is the Pumpkin Spice Truffles. Whether dining at Cheesers or in your home, we want you to feel like family!
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Ann DupeeREMEMBER WHENA weekly column that reprints some of the more interesting news stories that have appeared over the years in the pages of the South Lake Press.C1SOUTH LAKE PRESSWednesday, December 18, 2013 www.southlakepress.comCOMMUNITYProudly servingCLERMONT, MINNEOLA, GROVELAND, MASCOTTE and MONTVERDE YOUR CONTACT FOR LOCAL NEWSSTAFF WRITER . ...................... ROXANNE BROWN TELEPHONE . .................................... 394 FAX .................................................. 394-8001 E-MAIL . .... email@example.com % en HOMETOWN: I was born in Huntington, W. Va., grew up in Groveland and currently live in Clermont. % en OCCUPATION: Educator; I am currently the Principal at Sorrento Elementary % en FAMILY: Married to my wonderful husband Tim for 33 years. We have a son Justin who lives in Orlando and our dog Buster (Boo Bear) who is a rescue dog. What do you enjoy most about South Lake County? Everything! My family moved to South Lake County in 1959 so I have seen a lot of changes but, I would not want to live anywhere else. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sentence, what would it be? Everything! My family moved to South Lake County in 1959 so I have seen a lot of changes but, I would not want to live anywhere else. FROM THE FILES | 26 YEARS AGO 1987Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet YourNEIGHBORSUSAN PEGRAM26 YEARS AGO 1987McDonalds of Clermont, (the rst fast food restaurant in Clermont) congratulated the South Lake Press in its 75th birthday edition and offered Big Macs for 75 cents on Oct. 15, 1987, from 10:30 / a.m. to closing. NCNB (Bank of America) gave the date of 1930, stating, Weve come a long way, too. Pictured was the original bank in the downtown location of The Herb Shop at Montrose and 7th Streets. South Lake Plaza on State Road 50 was established in 1960. Publix, Kmart and Eckerd Drugs were located in this plaza in 1987. The only remaining continuous small business under its same ownership is Papas Diner. Kentucky Fried Chicken was in its present location. Bank of America was NCNB. City of Clermont is now in its second 100 years (established in 1884.) Council was Mayor Bob Pool, members Lester Cole, Ann Dupee, Richard Huff, and Hal Turville. Hilltop Stationery, former ly the Book Nook, began in the 1930s as a lending library on the front porch of Jerry Egans home on East Avenue overlooking Lake Minnehaha. In 1945 the Book Nook moved to downtown Clermont and began selling gifts and greeting cards adding ofce supplies in the early 1950s. Employee Louise Cunningham purchased the business in 1968. Jack and Dayle Matthews bought the store in 1971. A year later it moved to 830 Montrose St. In the mid-seventies the name ofcially changed to Hilltop Stationery. Assisting the Matthews were employees, their daughter, Susan Matthews, Beverly Girolami, Janie Barton and Car ol Andrews. A photo supplied by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Ser vice, was Clermont from atop the Citrus Tower in 1965. Right foreground was U.S. Highway 27 before it was paved. Behind Jacks Lake was a two-lane S.R. 50. In 1929 Harry Stokes and Leonard Fields started an insurance agency upstairs in the Roe building at 8th and Montrose Streets in Cler mont, known as Stokes & Fields Insurance Agency. In 1949 the agency was bought by F.B. Kreider and employed Axel Olivenbaum as an agent. Axel bought the agency in January 1949. In 1952 it moved to 776 Montrose St. In1958 the name changed to Olivenbaum Insurance Agency, was incorporated in SEE DUPEE | C3 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Moonlight Players in Clermont will present The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, based on the popular book by Barba ra Robinson that has sold more than 800,000 copies. Its such a great little show with a great message. I really love putting this on, said director Jan Sheldon, who founded the theater nearly 20 years ago with the help of a couple of friends. The show will run for one weekend, beginning Thursday. Robinsons book was rst adapted into a play in 1982. A year later, it was adapted into an ABC television movie starring Loretta Swit of MASH fame. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a play within a play that tells the traditional Christmas story with a few unexpected surprises from a group of rowdy neighborhood kids, called the Herdmans, who join a small-town churchs Christmas pageant. Sheldon said the play is narrated by a character named Beth, being played by Moonlights Haley Gar rett, whose inexperienced mom, Grace, is volunteered to be in charge of casting and directing a play when the actual director gets sick. The story is told through Beths eyes, as she recounts the things she witnesses taking place between the actors, her mother and the church members. They (the Herdmans) hear theres good dessert at the church during the casting of the play in the story so they show up and kind of intimidate the mom and the good kids and get some of the main parts, including those of Mary and Joseph, Sheldon said. Sheldon said the rowdy kids continue to wreak havoc on the rehearsals and on the church throughout the play. But amid their antics, Sheldon said theres a good and touching moral that develops. Its touching because you nd out that the rowdy kids in the neighborhood never even knew the real story of Christmas, she said. The so called good kids in the neighborhood also learn that their preconceived notions about the rowdy kids are mostly not true at all and in turn, they end up appreciating and realizing how good they actually have it in their own lives, Sheldon added.SEE PEGRAM | C2The Best Christmas Pageant Ever comes to MoonlightCLERMONT ROXANNE BROWN / DAILY COMMERCIAL The members of the Angel Choir are, from left, Rianna Walker, Ryleigh Lawton, Jillian Garrett, Alexis Bentley, Gloria Denmark, Taylor Wallman, Brooke Siegmann, Karina Lloyd, Ashlyn Anderson, Haley Garrett, Isabelle Lloyd and Shannon Wallman.SEE MOONLIGHT | C2
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Solution on D3 2) Name a person or incident youve come across recently thats touched you in some way. Why did this person or incident impress you so much? My sisters Doris Bloodsworth and Connie Fleetwood wrote the book Legendary Locals of Lake County and I am inspired by their hard work and dedication. 3) How does what you do contribute to the welfare of the area? Although I am currently working in the north end of the county, I have been a teacher and administrator in south Lake County for many years. I hope that I have had a positive impact on the students and families that I have come into contact with. 4) Name one of your greatest accomplishments so far. Giving birth to my son will always be a very special accomplishment in my life, but being named as a principal for Lake County Schools is also a great honor and accomplishment. 5) Whats something youve always wanted to do but havent yet? Win the lottery! 6) What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community? Volunteer in a school. It will be a rewarding experience for everyone involved. PEGRAMFROM PAGE C1The play is being presented on a black stage with no props, so as to not take away from the costumes, the children and the story line, Sheldon said. Sheldon said that each time shes presented the Best Christmas Pageant Ever, it ends up introducing new kids to acting some of whom end up in different plays and roles because of the numer ous angel and shepherd roles. Its very interesting how life imitates art and how art imitates life sometimes, reected Sheldon. In the cast for this current show, for instance, there ended up being a lot of kids who are going through different things in their own lives or who have had some sort of problems or hard experiences. They were put on stage with other kids going through different things or who have it a little easier and so on. But in all, they learned how to work and come together. It ended up being just like it is for the Herdmans. Its been the coolest thing. Performances are 8 / p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 / p.m. on Sun day. The Moonlight Theater is at 732B West Montrose St. in historic downtown Clermont. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for children. For information or reservations, call 352-3191116. MOONLIGHT FROM PAGE C1 What happens when things do not go as planned at the check out lane? Many couponers, whether beginners or pros, stress about possible problems in the checkout lane, afraid of what will happen. This can be nerve racking if you are not prepared. Cashiers are the last person you see at the store and you should try to make it a nice experience. I love my cashiers, especially the ones that are excited to be helping customers save money. It may not always happen this way, but by knowing how to react to situations at checkout you can make it a good experience. MY COUPON WONT SCANSo, what do you do when the coupon will not scan? Take a breath, the cashier should try to rescan the coupon. If that doesnt work, check to make sure the product pur chased matches the coupon. It is easy to miss the ne print with the correct size. Another possibility is that the ink is too light on the coupon and the coupon just will not scan. At this point it is up to the store and their coupon policy. Some stores will not allow cashiers to manually override the coupon, especially printable coupons. It will help to have the coupon policy handy or to know the policy for that store. MY COUPON SCANNED, BUT THE TOTAL DID NOT CHANGESome coupons will beep as if the amount has been deducted, even though that isnt the case. The amount specied on the coupon is not deducted from the total. It could be the register needs the cashier to type in a code, department name or other infor mation. Many things can cause this to happen, but remember to be calm. More than likely, the cashier is not to blame. If your receipt is incorrect, simply take it to the customer ser vice manager or store manager rather than the cashier. Savvy Savings Tip: Have an idea of how much you will save/ spend. I like to submit my coupons at the end of the transaction. If my kids are with me, they know this is quiet time. Having your coupons scanned at the end will help you watch the total and keep track of the coupon deductions. MY TOTAL IS NOT CORRECTFor many couponers new and old, there is nothing more embarrassing than reaching the checkout lane at the store only to discover your total is much higher than expected. If your budget technique is cash only, this can be a problem. Have an idea of what your total will be after coupons so you can catch any problem before the end of the transaction. If something rang up wrong or the register missed a coupon, take it to customer service for the refund. THE CASHIER WILL NOT TAKE MY COUPONMany coupons will print with a store logo on the coupon, but remember if it says manufacturer coupon on the face, it can be used at any store, not just the one pictured on the coupon. Explaining this nicely to the cashier will help. If not, you may need a manager or wait until you check out and take it to customer service for a refund. BAD ORGANIZATIONBefore heading to checkout take a minute and make sure your coupons are easy to access. If I am doing multiple transactions, I make sure that every thing is ready. Even with kids, it is possible to have a little or ganization to your coupons. I am unorganized in most areas of my life but not with regard to coupons. My coupons look like Martha Stewart waved her magic wand over them. Dont forget to smile and be nice to your cashiers. A smile will usually make everything better even when you do not feel like smiling. It will make a differ ence in your life and with the cashier. Tanya Senseney is a syndicated columnist an travels the country to speak at numerous workshops and events to teach, enlighten and engage audiences large and small.Tanya for more information at www.DivineSavings.com. Tanya SenseneySAVINGS DIVA Tanya Senseney has more than 16 years experience saving and teaching others how to reduce their monthly grocery budget. For information on her classes, contact her at Tanya@DivineSavings.com, or go to www.DivineSavings.com. Top 5 checkout-lane mishaps encountered by shoppers
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS C3 255 Waterman Avenue Mount Dora, FL 32757 www.WatermanVillage.com Now is the time to make a Make a fresh start in 2014 and ease your worries about the day-to-day stresses that can keep you from living your best life. At Waterman Village youll enjoy: Maintenance-free living Spacious, single-story villa, manor or cottage Delectable dining in three distinct on-campus venues Fun activities, events and golf Wellness center with heated pool and golf simulator Access to home care, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab if neededCall (352) 385-1126. CLERMONT BLESSEDSACRAMENTCATHOLICCHURCH English: 4 pm and Spanish: 7 pm 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon (Contemporary Mass) 5 pm (Contemporary Mass) 3:00 pm 3:45 pm (Eng.) 6:15 pm 6:45 pm (Sp.) Corner of Hwy 50 & 12th St. (Rt 561) CROSSROADSAMILYELLOWSHIPChristian Non-Denominational Where our priority is God, Families & Community 15701 S.R. 50, #106 Clermont, FL 34711 At Greater Hills and Hwy 50 Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Children classes both services Men and womens monthly meetings Open prayer Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Pastors Jim and Linda Watson Assoc. Pastors Lee and Vanessa Dobson www.crossroadsfamilyfellowship.org email@example.com Phone: (352)242-1144 God is good...all the time! IRSTUNITEDMETHODISTCHURCHEncountering Christ, Growing in Christ, Sharing Christ, wherever we are... 950 Seventh Street 352-394-2412 Pastor: Rev. Doug Kokx www.fumc-clermont.org Sunday Worship (Traditional) 8 & 11:00 am Sunday Worship (Contemporary) 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 am & 11:00 am Bible Studies & Childrens Activities: Sun. Night Children/Youth/Middle School 5-6:30 pm Sun. Night High School Activities 7-8:30 pm Wed. Night Dinner & Fellowship $6pp, 5-6:30 pm Weekday School: Preschool GRACECOMMUNITYCHURCHCLERMONTL Many Other Activities each week Jon Bekemeyer, Senior Pastor 407-877-4048 www.communitychurchclermont.org LIBERTYBAPTISTCHURCH Bible Fellowship Groups 9:30 am Worship Service 10:40 am Family Prayer Service 6:00 pm Bible Study 7:00 pm Groups for adults, teens, and children Chris Johnson, Senior Pastor For directions and more information, visit: 11043 True Life Way Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.0708 NEWACOBSCHAPELMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCH Pastor: Rev. Rex Anderson Assistant Pastor: Rev. Darryl Church Youth Pastor: Rev. Tone Lundy Church Clerk: Mrs. Lucressie D. Mcgriff Church Motto: Equipping Changed People for A Changing World! Schedule of Worship Services Sunday Morning Service 11:00 a.m. Youth/Adult Bible Study Thursdays 6:45 p.m. e-mail addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org (Pastor Anderson) email@example.com (Church Clerk) Contact: Lucressie Mcgriff 352-348-7955 REALLCHRISTIANCHURCHHelping Real People Find Real Faith Saturday 6:00pm Sunday 9:30am, 11:15am & 6:00pm Vida Real (en espaol), Domingos a las 6:00pm Family Night is every Wednesday! Lil Life Groups (Nursery 5th grade) 6:30-7:30pm The Way (Middle School) 6:30-7:30pm Catalyst (High School) 7:30-8:30pm Real Parenting 6:30-7:30pm SOUTHLAKEPRESBYTERIANCHURCH 131 Chestnut St., Clermont 352-394-2753 East Ave 1 block south of SR 50 Worship Times: Sunday 9 AM (Contemporary); 11 AM (Traditional) Church school for all ages 10:00 AM Childcare provided Youth Group Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM www.southlakepresbyterian.org ST. MATTHIASEPISCOPALCHURCH574 West Montrose Street Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.3855 www.stmatthiasfl.com 8:00 am 10:00 am Beginning Oct. 6, 2013 5:00 pm Service Sunday School Youth Group Nursery Adult Bible Study Womens Bible Study Mens Prayer Breakfast WOOTSONTEMPLECHURCH GODINCHRISTElder T.L. Wootson 836 Scott St. Clermont, FL 34711 394-1396 or 394-3004 Sunday 11:00 am & 7:30 pm Thursday 7:30 pm FERNDALE ERNDALEBAPTISTCHURCHat CR455 & CR561A 407-469-3888 Pastor: Gordon (Bird) Sanders Sunday School: 9:15 am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 am Evening Worship & Discipleship Study: 6:00 pm TeamKid: Sunday 6:30 pm Wednesday: 7:00 pm Prayer Service, Youth Activities, Mission Kids for Children Groveland ABUNDANTBLESSINGSMESSIANICCONGREGATION756 W. Broad St. Groveland, FL 34736 Marion Baysinger Memorial Library Tuesday at 6:30 pm Jew & Gentile One in Messiah 352-544-5700 IRSTBAPTISTCHURCH GROVELAND Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Services 10:50 am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 6:30 pm MT. OLIVEMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCHSunday Worship Service 11:00 AM Sunday School 9:30 AM Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Youth Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Come As You Are. All Are Welcome! MINNEOLA CONGREGATIONSMINNEOLAA Progressive Jewish Congregation Shabbat services are conducted every Friday at 7:30 pm Services are held at the synagogue located at: 303A North US Highway 27, Minneola Religious School, Mens Club & Womens Club TLIVINGGOD Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship & Childrens Church 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wed Worship & Youth Service 7:00 pm Rev. Loyce Rowland MONTVERDE WOODLANDSLUTHERAN15333 CR 455, Montverde, FL 34756 407-469-2525 www.woodlandschurch.com Pastor Rev. Dr. Brian Kneser Sunday Service 8:30 am & 11 am Sunday School 9:45 am OAKLAND PRESBYTERIANCHURCH218 E. Oakland Ave. (1/2 mile N. Hwy 50 at Tubb St./ West Orange Lumber) 8:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:45 am Sunday School For All Ages 11:00 am Traditional Worship Nursery Provided All Services 407-656-4452 Dr. Robert P. Hines, Jr. www.oaklandpres.org Gathering PlacesSpiritual WorshipforSouth Lake South LakeGathering PlacesSpiritual Worshipfor BECKERFUNERALHOMErfn tbt352-394-7121806 W. Minneola Ave.,Clermont,FL Cremation ChoicesDirect Cremation$675Plus Container Ron Becker,Director352-394-8228921 S.US Hwy 27,Minneola,FL N EW R EFORMED P LANT C HURCH We meet our God on Sunday at Superior Residence at 10:30 AM. 1600 Hunt Trace Blvd. (Behind Home Depot)Pastor Harm Biehl 407-325-8663 November 1978 as Olivenbaum In surance Inc., moved to 782 Montrose Street in 1980. Axel retired in 1981. Axels two sons, Glenn and Donald operated it until selling it in 2011. The Villager, 786 Montrose St., be gan as B.F. Ferguesons Mens Wear in the late 30s. When Fergueson sold the store the name was changed to Leonards Mens Wear. Laura Blanchard Cook purchased the shop in 1972 and changed the name to The Villager in 1980 when adding ladies clothing. The original wood parquet oor, laid in 1940 by Albert Cashwell, is still present. Location is now Totally Unique. Greenlee, Kurras, Rice & Brown, P.A., began when Henry W. Sheppard, CPA, and his son, Wilson G. Sheppard, CPA formed an account ing partnership. Sheppard & Shep pard had an ofce in Eustis on the lower oor of the Fountain Inn Ho tel, which later became Waterman Memorial Hospital. The Clermont ofce opened in 1959; its Mount Dora ofce in 1971. H.J. Greenlee, Jr., CPA, became manager of the Cl ermont ofce in 1959 and a partner in 1960. Jerry Brown, CPA, became a partner in 1976. Timber Village: a community of 97 homes developed in 1971 by Poyn ter-Harder Construction Company. John and Virgine Harder, assumed ownership in 1981. The Clermont area now has been home to six generations of Oswalts. R.E. Oswalt and family. The 1987 employees at Apprais als Inc: John Rocker, SRA, Lee En gland, Verna White, Sue Merritt, Paul Roberts, Neta Hendricks, Ron Sims, Donna Hutchingson, Ray Lait. The City of Groveland, former ly Taylorville, was incorporated in 1923. The rst town council meeting occurred April 17, 1922, Mayor L.D. Edge presiding. Council selected the third Monday night of each month to meet--this schedule still prevails. Council members were paid $1 per year; clerk, H. Gartelman, percent of all money received, and town marshal, D.W. Woodard, percent on collections. Groveland ofcial ly became a city in 1959. Richard S. Kurss, Mayor; Ozell Hardy, coun cil president; Bennett Allen, Lewis Hart, Robert Maguire, James Shrad er, council members. An article on Aug. 3, 1961 an nounced the July 1 opening of Arthur E. Roberts law ofce in Groveland and his ambition to be an old fash ioned country lawyer. Roberts & Law formed in 1980 when his daugh ter and son-in-law, Julie and Bill Law, both Stetson Law School graduates, joined Arthur. Art and Julie are Grov eland natives while Bill hails from Pennsylvania. In 1923 T.J. McFadden opened a new insurance agency in the back of his drug store on Broad Street in Groveland. It served as Lake Insur ance until 1960 and the Payne Agen cy, Inc. until 1975, when purchased by Bill and Barbara Eyerly. In 1978 it moved to 324 W. Orange St. On Oct. 1 1987, Bill Eyerly Insurance merged with Cappleman Agency. When Clermont Realty Inc. opened in August 1961, we sold homes for $7,250 with $100 down payment and monthly payments of $53.14 including interest, that would sell on todays market for $45,000. Jay Vander Meer, owner Realtor; Realtor Associates Betty Iverson, Linda Beal, Vivian Roberts, Reg Cook, Sec retary Carolyn Darling. Daves Chevron on U.S. Highway 27 at The Citrus Tower, Proud to be of service to the Clermont area for 15 years. Dave Kramer, owner, Greg Gresham and Brent Kramer, mechanics. DUPEE FROM PAGE C1
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS C7 Schools/ Instruction Professional Services Plants & Florist Service Pest Control Services Pest Control Services Pet Grooming Services Painting Services Pool Services Pressure Cleaning Plumbing Services Roofing Services Tile Service Storage Service Shower Doors Service Tree Service Window Services All About Appliances repairs and installs all brands of major appliances. We are a small husband/wife company. Eric has over 15 years experience repairing appliances and Lavinia (Vinnie) has over 20 years in business management experience. Together, we strive to offer you prompt, professional, courteous and personal services far beyond your expectations, both by phone and in your home. We respect you and your time and make every effort to be in and out of your home as quickly as possible yet provide a thorough diagnosis and timely repair. We genuinely appreciate all your business. Emerson Street Automotive has been family owned and operated for nearly 30 years. Lori and Michael Farfaglia purchased the business from Loris family in 2010. Loris father, Terrill Davis stayed as the onsite manager. Emerson Street is located at 1406 Emerson Street, right next to the Post Office in Leesburg, Florida. We are opened Monday-Friday 7:30-5:30 and Saturday 7:30-3:00. Phone: 352-326-2400. We do all kinds of automotive repair including light body work. We have state of the art diagnostic equipment that takes the guess out of repairing your car. We service all makes and models including SUVs, ATVs, and RVs. Now is the time to organize your life with Specialized Storage Solutions. With 17 years of experience ranging from luxury homes across the state to your neighbor down the street, attention to detail and high quality finished product are the memories I wish to leave with my customers. Our in home consultation will pinpoint your specific needs, and tailor a storage solution that you have always dreamed of. To have your Professional Service listed here, please contact Michelle in the Classified Department at (352) 365-8233 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
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E2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 20, 2013 TAVARES The Home Builders Association of Lake and Sumter (HBA) has awarded the coveted 2013 Builder of the Year award to Andrew Nutt, owner/president of Holly Homes, and Paul Swanson, commercial eet manager with George Nahas Chevrolet as 2013 Associate of the Year. Both men were selected by their peers for outstanding leadership and commitment to the association, the construction industry and the community during this past year. Nutt is a licensed general contractor and owner of Holly Homes. He has been a member of the HBA for many years, serving as association president in 2010 and 2011. He has served as membership chair and as a member numerous committees in the association, helping with Parade of Homes and golf tournaments. He has served as the immediate past president for the last two years and will remain on the board of directors as a builder director. Paul Swanson, commercial eet manager for George Nahas Chevrolet, has been a member since 2009 and has served on the board of directors since 2011. He has worked his way up the leadership ladder to serve as the membership committee chair and as the associate vice president for 2013 and will serve in the same capacity for 2014. Left photo, from left, First Vice President of Citizens First Bank, Dave Van Winkle and the 2013 Associate of the Year, Andrew Nutt. Right photo, from left, Associate of the Year, Paul Swanson with Joe Ziler, owner and president, Kevco Builders and the 2013 Builder of the Year.HBA PRESENTS AWARDS Ashton Woods Homes has promoted Cali Howell to sales counselor in the Orlando region. Michael Roche, vice president of sales for Ashton Woods Homes said Howell, is a graduate of Florida State University and has more than 10 years of new home sales experience. For information, call Ashton Woods Homes at 407-647-3700HOWELL NAMED SALES COUNSELOR PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS REAL ESTATE NEWSAshton Woods has new modelsWINDERMERE Ashton W oods Homes now has two models completed and ready for viewing at Carrington, its townhome community located off Reams Road in Windermere in southwest Orlando. Michael Roche, vice president of sales and marketing for Ashton Woods Homes in the Orlando region, said one model is the Florence with three bedrooms and three baths in approximately 1,892 square feet of living area. The other model is the Sienna with four bedrooms and threeand-a-half baths in approximately 1,936 square feet of living area. Ashton Woods Homes will be building 78 townhomes at Carrington in four distinct oor plans ranging from approximately 1,892 square feet to 1,936 square feet of living area, priced from $235,990, Roche said. All four plans feature a private courtyard, a two-car garage and the option for a garage apartment. For information, call Michael Roche, at 407647-3700, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.Park Square opens homeMOUNT DORA Park Square Homes has opened a unique new neighborhood in Summerbrooke featuring smaller, smarter triplex homes priced from the $140s. Park Square Homes sales and marketing coordinator Anthony Rouhana said the homebuilder is selling two and three-bedroom triplex homes at Summerbrooke that range in size from 1,593 square feet of living space to 1,603 square feet with superior energy-saving features to support their affordable pricing and efcient open designs. One new model home, The Hemingway, is open for public viewing daily, Rouhana said. The three-bedroom, two-bath Hemingway model offers 1,593 square feet of living space. Park Square Homes is also building single-family homes at Summerbrooke ranging in size from 1,800 square feet of living space to 3,000 square feet with two-car garages. Summerbrooke is a lakeside community with a clubhouse, pool, parks and old-fashioned street lamps that highlight its old Florida charm. The community is located two miles from historic downtown Mount Doras histor ic shopping and dining district. For information, visit www.parksquarehomes.com, or call Anthony Rouhana, at 407-529-3031 or email to, Arouhana@ parksquarehomes. com. Architects awarded contractORLANDO Cuhaci & Peterson Architects Engineers Planners, based in Orlandos Baldwin Park, was recently awarded a contract for the design of an interior buildout for a new a dermatology clinic located at the Rialto on Sand Lake Road. Lonnie Peterson, chairman at Cuhaci & Peterson Architects, said the 6,700 square foot clinic is slated for completion in early 2014.Park Square names managerORLANDO Park Square Homes, one of the largest residential development and home building companies in Central Florida, has named Jeff Wright land development manager Anthony Rouhana, sales and marketing coordinator for Park Square Homes, said Wright was with Park Square Homes from 2004 thorough 2007 and returned. He was most recently project manager for UIG Construction Florida and Southern Site Works. Rouhana said Wright has 10 years of experience in all phases of the acquisition and development of real estate. Call Anthony Rouhana, at 407529-3031, or email to Arouhana@ parksquarehomes.com for information.NAI negotiates sale of buildingORLANDO NAI Realvest recently negotiated the sale of a 3,904 square foot ofce building on a 0.2-acre site at 319 S. Elm Ave. in Sanford. Paul P. Partyka, partner at NAI Realvest, and associate Juan Jimenez, brokered the transaction representing the seller, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. based in Addison, Texas. The buyer is James L. Dunn of Sanford. The free-standing downtown Sanford building was built in 1946. For information, call Paul P. Partyka, Partner, NAI Realvest, at 407875-9989, or email to ppartyka@realvest. com, or go to www. NAIRealvest.com.Del Webb to open home parkOCALA A new model home park is currently under construction at Del Webb Stone Creek, in Ocala, showcasing seven new oor plans. Sean Strickler, vice president of sales for Del Webb in north Florida, said the new model home park will be unveiled on Sat., Jan. 25, with a Grand Opening celebration from 1 to 4 / p.m. The event is free and open to the public but participants must register and RSVPs are encouraged. Were expecting a standing-room-only crowd, Strickler said. Well have seven fully furnished model homes to preview and nine oor plans to showcase and the event will include a live band, wine samplings and snack fare, in addition to tours of new model homes, Reection Bay amenity center and Elan Spa, he said. New one, two, three, four and ve-bedroom model homes at Del Webb Stone Creek will range in size from 1,133 square feet of living space to 3,656 square feet with one-SEE ESTATE | E3
SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 20, 2013 E3 Pam Eddy 352-536-0622Email: Robo77013@aol.com r rrf nt tt btbbt btb ttb FEES fntbnn rrr rrrr r rrr b rn $149,000 nnn r rr rr rrn br r $224,900 ntbnnb r rrrrrr r $299,875 FOR ALL YOUR MOVING NEEDS Call Debbie Love at 352-243-5747 or email TSVanlines@aol.com PENDING rrf nt tt btbbt btb ttb FEES Call me with any questions!tttttr f r r r r f rb rr and-one-half baths to four baths, depending on the model home. Many of the new oor plans will include or have the option to include two or three-car garages and golf cart paddocks, Strickler said. Prices for the new homes will be announced at a later date. New options include zero-corner or pocket sliding glass doors with the sliders hidden behind the wall to create an expansive opening onto the patio, xed attic stairs in the garage, expanded gour met kitchen space, outdoor kitchens, sunrooms, and additional attic storage space among other options. To register for the grand opening event, call 877-333-5932 or go to www.delwebb.com/ stonecreek. For information about PulteGroup, Inc. and PulteGroup brands, go to pultegroupinc.com; www. pulte.com; www.centex.com; www.delwebb.com. ESTATEFROM PAGE E2 MAUREEN GILMERScripps Howard News ServiceYou see her image all over Mexico from taxi rearview mirrors to T-shirts and tattoos. She is Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron of Latin America, cele brated every year on her feast day, December 12. I know her well for this is my birthday, too, and all my life her image has been a part of my spiritual world. As a horticulturist, I am keen on the role of plants in this miracle, and thats why there will always be a small corner of my garden dedicated to her. What few understand is why roses became part of this legend. Its because the Spanish held a special link to the rose of Castile, Rosa damascena. This rose was native to Damascus, Syria, and like ly brought to Europe by the Moors, who occupied Spain during medieval times. In the Guadalupe story, St. Juan Diego came upon a lady in the midst of winter on top of rocky, dry Tepey ac Hill in what is now Mexico City. His story was not believed by the local bishop, who asked for a sign only he would recognize. The lady told Juan to gather roses that miraculously appeared in the volcanic stone and cactus of Tepeyac. Juan lled his agave ber cloak with the strange ow ers and carried them to show the bishop as proof. When he opened the cloak, roses of Cas tile tumbled out, leaving behind an image of the lady indelibly imprinted upon the cloth. This same miraculous image on Juans actu al cloak hangs in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, where this feast day is the greatest of all. Like so many who honor her in their yards, you can create a bit of hallowed ground for a shrine in your gar den as an expression of faith and spirituality. These mini focal points offer more than simply aesthetic elements, but those with real meaning to you and your entire family. If youve longed to create a sa cred spot in your gar den but dont know how to get started, fol low these simple steps. % en Designate a spot. Small garden shrines are rarely front and center. Because they inspire contemplation, yours will have more feel if its in an out-ofthe-way spot or secluded from the rest of your living spaces. % en Select an image. This can be a picture, a statue or even a keep sake with special memories. It must be sized to t the spot youve se lected, or choose one lightweight enough to Shrines are a divine way to add spirituality to garden SHNS A shrine sets on a table. SHNS This photo shows a shrine in a garden area. SEE SHRINE | E4
E4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 20, 2013 CANDICE OLSONScripps Howard News ServiceCynthia and Jon live in a 1970s-era home that has been undergoing endless renovation. Theyve just about had it with home improvements, so we agreed to tackle one of the biggest projects on their list: the kitchen. Its not surprising that Cynthia was longing for a stylish and modern new kitchen. She knows its the heart of the home, but this massive space hadnt been touched in 40 years. Walking in was like stepping into a time machine and jetting straight back to 1972! With its choppy layout, outdated nishes and small appliances, this kitchen just didnt cut it. Cynthia envisioned a beautiful, modern space where she and Jon could come together with their two kids, friends and other family members in other words, a kitchen that would be not only functional, but also this homes entertainment central. To add to the scope of this challenging project, we also had to relocate the laundry room, which was just off the kitchen. It was going downstairs, and in its place I planned to add a home ofce space. At the last minute, Cynthia also asked us to design a mud room somewhere to store hats, coats and bags after people come in the back door from the garage. Luckily, this was a cavernous space that had endless potential. With a fantastic view of the pool and backyard courtyard, we just had to bring the inside up to par with the outside. There was only one way to get this job done: bring down the walls to open up the space and do a complete gut, right down to the studs. Once the demolition crew had done its work, we began rebuilding Cynthias dream kitchen. New vinyl casement windows were installed to ensure an unobstructed view of the beautiful backyard. We moved the kitchen work area over to the other side of the room, and started from the ground up with rich gray oor tiles. One of Cynthias complaints had been the small appliances, so we made sure to choose only full-size, luxury appliances: a stainless steel gas stove, a two-door fridge concealed by cabinetry doors, a microwave cleverly hidden in a drawer, and a big stainless steel under mount sink in the island. This is an elegant kitchen with surprising little touches of bling everywhere you look. The backsplash incorporates reective handcut glass, and stainless steel and chrome accents shine brightly. The pendant xture over the reclaimed wooden table catches and reects the light, complementing the chrome table base, as well as white leather and chrome bar stools placed along the island. In addition to the island seating, a custom L-shaped banquette placed under the windows is upholstered in a rich durable soft blue fabric, with a tufted back and luxurious throw pillows. Over the island, we hung three retrotted light xtures that were rescued from the old kitchen. A custom upgrade gave these pendants a whole new lease on life, and their soft light shines down on the islands quartz countertop. The best things about this gorgeous new kitchen are the little details that contribute so much to its functionality. A good example of this is the magnetic chalk board that swings open to reveal a regular bulletin board behind it a great place to store notes from school or the kids artwork. Over where the laundry room used to be, a home ofce workspace is the per fect place for Cynthia to do the household accounting, or for their young daughter to do her homework on the computer, under her moms watchful eye. Just inside the garage door entry, we conquered the clutter by installing new cabinets, drawers, hooks and shelving for coats, hats and bags. Everything has a place now, and this neat and tidy space ows seamlessly into the kitchen. With plenty of new cabinetry, full-size appliances and lots of seating, Cynthia and Jons new kitchen is both functional and ready for entertaining. Its certainly true that home life revolves around the kitchen. Now, the heart of this home provides the ultimate in style while delivering all the necessary bells and whistles to get the job done.Interior decorator Candice Olson is host of HGTVs Candice Tells All. bring indoors for the winter. Make sure a heavier statue is able to stand up to the weath er for year-round visibility despite snow and ice. % en Raise it up. Most statues are small and need to stand upon a pedestal. You can buy one or just turn a beau tiful pot upside down and place your image on that. % en Devise an altar. Most garden shrines have a at surface in front where you can group candles, burn incense, offer bouquets of owers or incorporate other images. Use a agstone, a plank of weathered old barn wood or anything else thats at enough for things to stand securely. % en Plant the set ting. For a Guadalupe shrine, the plants are always roses and cac ti. The self-maintaining Flower Carpet or Knock Out roses are easy to grow and maintenance-free. Create a beautiful framework with leafy plants in col ors you love to make the spot beautiful in the day, then add a strand of twinkle lights for subtle illumination after sunset. No matter your faith, expressing it with a gar den shrine is a mean ingful way to person alize your yard and garden. Human efforts to bring elements of the divine into the land scape are age-old prac tice. Be sure your space is comfortable with a seat where you can slip away after a hectic day at the ofce into your own bit of heaven to re lax, meditate or pray.Maureen Gilmer is an author, horticulturist and landscape designer. Learn more at www.MoPlants.com. Contact her at mogilmer@yahoo. com or P.O. Box 891, Morongo Valley, CA 92256. SHRINE FROM PAGE E3 Candice Tells All: New kitchen is functional but set to entertain SHNS The homeowners wanted a new look to their 1970s-style kitchen. SHNS This is how the kitchen looks now.
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E6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 20, 2013 GRAND OPENINGLet us make your kitchen everything it can be and more! 771 E Hwy 50 Clermont, FL 34711352-602-1197www.clermontcabinetstore.com COREY WILLIAMSAssociated PressDETROIT Detroit may have to rely on the generosity of strangers to keep its impressive art collection that was amassed with taxpayer dollars in better times. The bankrupt city is expected to learn this week the val ue of roughly 2,800 of its pieces at the De troit Institute of Arts when New York auction house Christies delivers its nal report to Kevin Orr, the state-appointed emergency manager who runs the Motor Citys nances. Christies, which has been poring over the collection for months, said it will include rec ommendations for how Detroit might make money while maintaining ownership of some of its most valu able pieces includ ing Degas Dancers in the Green Room, Pis sarros The Path and Renoirs Graziella. But the city may have to sell off works many consider integral to the cultural soul of the city in order to help repay creditors, including retired public workers whose pensions could take a huge hit. Orr had warned museum ofcials of the works potential fate, creating an outcry in the art community here and elsewhere. I think its so important that we cant let it fail, said 68-year-old philanthropist A. Paul Schaap. Schaap and his wife, Carol, have pledged $5 million to help offset expected losses by city pensioners in Orrs re structuring plan for Detroit. A local foundation also has stepped up, heeding a call by U.S. District Judge Ger ald Rosen, who is acting as chief mediator between Detroit and its creditors. Rosen is reaching out to foundations to raise $500 million to keep the art work from being sold. The idea that we would sell even one piece of art ... would be so demoralizing to this community that we really cant imagine the effect, Schaap told The Associated Press last week. On the other hand, we really dont want to see the pen sioners hurt. They have a problem here, too, that we really have to address. Citing debt of at least $18 billion, as well as rising pension and health care costs and a revenue stream too small to pay the citys bills, Orr led for bankruptcy in July. A federal judge on Dec. 3 allowed Detroit to become the largest U.S. city to en ter bankruptcy. Orr is expected to present a plan of ad justment for scal restructuring to the court in early January that will include his recommendations for the art. Everything is on the table, Orr told The Associated Press. If theres money in hand, then well re-address whats on the table. If theres a proposal, it is very welcome. We hope it comes to fruition. We hope it is signicant, and that perhaps will change the discussion. But right now I dont want to mislead any one: Cash is king. Until I have cash in hand, or a rm proposal or a denitive agreement everything is on the table. Even selling off the entire city-owned col lection may not be enough. Christies has determined the fair market value of all the city-owned pieces is between $452 mil lion to $866 million. Detroits two employ ee pension funds are short $3.5 billion, ac cording to Orr. Christies alternatives to selling the art include using it as col lateral to secure loans or lines of credit and creating a partnership with another museum where the art would be leased out on a longterm basis. The auction house also said the city could establish a trust from which U.S. museums rent the city-owned art. Minority interests would be sold to indi vidual museums. Revenue from the sale of these shares would be paid to Detroit. They all seem like feasible alternatives to an outright sale, as suming of course that there are counterpar ties willing to engage in the outlined transac tion and that the monetary return from the transaction is not so signicantly less than the monetary return from an outright sale that all creditors rebel, said John Monaghan, a partner in Bostons Holland & Knight law rm. Bruce Babiarz, a spokesman for Detroits Police and Fire Retire ment System, said pensioners welcome any support from the private sector. That pen sion system has about 8,500 members and, along with the Gener al Retirement System, has been in court-or dered mediation sessions with the city. The issues of monetizing the artwork of the DIA or selling ele ments of the collection outright are matters for the emergency manager to decide, Babi arz said. The pension funds are creditors of the city of Detroit and the city has not made its obligatory payments to the pension funds for more than a year because of the citys in solvency. Schaap hopes Rosens appeal to foundations and others for do nations does the trick in offsetting losses and helping retirees. The DIAs art and city retirees are two kind of heart-rending is sues, he added. Un fortunately theyve sort of come together as a competition between the two.Detroit awaits final details on city-owned art Associated PressVIDALIA, La. The City of Vidalia plans to offer public wireless Internet at the city mu nicipal complex and on the Mississippi Riv er front next year. The Telecommunications Development Fund Foundation awarded the city a $30,000 grant, an nounced last week, to deploy a wireless network. The foundation was founded in 2008 with the mission of bringing communications technology and opportunities to areas underserved by Inter net providers. The network will cover the 77 acres that comprise the Vidalia municipal complex, including City Hall, police and re stations and the recreational elds used by Concor dia Recreation District No. 3. We had a number of people who came to tournaments ask about Wi-Fi access, so naturally we started looking for some grants that could fund it, Mayor Hyram Co peland told The Natchez Democrat. It is another en hancement to bring tournaments to the area. We are going to start work immediate ly and we want to have it ready by spring.Vidalia to offer public wireless Internet
SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 20, 2013 E7 LOCATION: 1105 Vinsetta Circle, Winter Garden FEATURES: Spacious 5BR/3BA family home with 3 car garage! Theres plenty of room for entertaining with an amazing kitchen, living room, dining room and family room downstairs. Plus theres an extra bedroom for guests. The huge family room upstairs gives the kids a place to play together outside their 3 bedrooms. The master bedroom has the added luxury of an extra sitting area for added comfort. The beautiful community has a nice playground/park. You know youre living the American Dream when you own this home. New Construction SELLING PRICE: $363,710 SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Cheryl S. Glover, Keller Williams Classic III Realty LOCATION: 16017 Magnolia Hill Street, Clermont FEATURES: 4BR/ 3BA with 1,841 sq. ft. Open oor plan, vaulted ceilings, oversized master suite, fully fenced backyard. LISTING PRICE: $199,000 SELLING PRICE: $193,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Brandie Mathison-Klein, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Katherine Tsatiris, Weichert Realtors Hallmark Properties. LOCATION: Stonecrest FEATURES: Pool home, 3BR/2BA, 2 car ga rage. 1,759 sq. ft. LISTING PRICE: $229,900 SELLING PRICE: $220,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Dinah Hess, Keller Williams SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Dawn Brooks, PAL Realty. LOCATION: 4035 Palm Drive, Leesburg FEATURES: Bank-owned Spacious 2BR/2BA with replace in family room LISTING PRICE: $79,900 SELLING PRICE: $77,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Ian Drummond, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Alex Vonhartman, Century 21/Carlino Realty. LOCATION: 40715 W. 2nd Street, Umatilla FEATURES: 4BR/2BA, on oversized lot. Wood burning replace, private pool surrounded by lots of trees. LISTING PRICE: $120,000 SELLING PRICE: $100,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Logan Wilson, Exit Realty Tri County. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Logan Wilson, Exit Realty Tri County. LOCATION: The Plantation at Leesburg FEATURES: Corner lot, large Florida room, 3BR/2BA, 2 car garage. 2,030 sq. ft. LISTING PRICE: $148,900 SELLING PRICE: $145,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Adriana Skoloda, PAL Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Sharon Wooten, ERA Tom Grizzard. LOCATION: Royal Highlands FEATURES: Golf Course, Courtyard villa, 3BR/3BA, 2 car garage. 2,320 sq. ft. LISTING PRICE: $199,000 SELLING PRICE: $180,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Doug Duvarney, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Adriana Skoloda, PAL Realty. LOCATION: 14129 Hampshire Bay Cir., Winter Garden FEATURES: 4BR/3BA pool home with a den. 2,712 sq. ft. LISTING PRICE: $389,000 SELLING PRICE: $370,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Lisa Jones, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Beverly Stanton, Watson Realty Corp. LOCATION: 14248 Hampshire Bay Cir., Winter Garden FEATURES: 4BR/3.5BA with water views from every room, 3,313 sq. ft. LIST ING PRICE: $450,000 SELLING PRICE: $434,900 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Lisa Jones, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Laura Toppin, Florida Home Team Realty, LLCPROPERTY TRANSFERS
E8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 18, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 20, 2013 ROSEMARY SADEZ FRIEDMANNScripps Howard News ServiceThe season of the gift of giving is upon us. Or is it the giving of the gift? Sure, we know what gifts some of those on our list want but what about the hard-to-get for people? After all, some people just go out and get what they want or what they need when the desire or the need arise, leaving you with nothing to gift them with. Well, perhaps some thing for their home would hit the right happy chord so lets explore some ideas. With cooler weather here or short ly ahead, an afghan is a welcome item to have close at hand. And the afghan can also serve as a decora tion when not in use. Tossed over a sofa, a love seat or a lounge chair, the right afghan can make a beauti ful and perhaps colorful statement in the room. Like a beautiful shawl, it can be the accessory that com pletes the look. And like a shawl, it can keep the user warm and cozy when the need arises. Candles are another welcome and warmth emitting gift. The glow of candles evokes feelings of Christmas now and warm, inviting and roman tic feelings at other times of the year. And you can never have enough candles so this would be a gift that is the right size and the right color for any one on your list. Candles can be used any season, including hurricane sea son so dont be shy about purchasing them as gifts. And if you like scent ed candles, be sure you choose with the receiver in mind, not just a scent you particularly like. Also remember, many people have allergies so un scented is safe. Coffee mugs are usually a welcome gift, particularly if the mug displays something that is personally liked by the receiver. It can be one mug that shows the hobby the receiver is in volved in or it can be a set of mugs that compliments the d cor or the colors of the home to which it will be given. You can always add to the mug gift by lling it with candy. Picture frames are another idea that might t someone on your list. Metals are in this year and next year so you can choose picture frames that are gold, silver or some metallic that compliments the home of the person you are gifting. It is wise to purchase three frames that comple ment each other so they can be clus tered together when displayed. If you want to go crazy, get ve frames. The point is odd numbers are more attractive when displayed than even number of things. Glass and mirrors are back in vogue for next year. A mirrored tray might be a gift for someone who loves to host parties. And if you want to take it a step further, perhaps you could get the mirrored tray monogrammed. Happy shopping.Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, is author of Mystery of Color.Gift ideas for the home