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rfntb ANIMAL RESCUE DICE RUN OPEN TO EVERYONE!BENEFITS SOUTH LAKE ANIMAL LEAGUE Phone: 352-326-2623LEARN TO RIDE! RENT A HARLEY TODAY! SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | C1SPORTS: Cruyff Court is rst of its kind in US WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 2014 www.southlakepress.com 50 NEWST AND INSIDECLASSIFIED D1 CROSSWORDS C2 REAL ESTATE E1 REMEMBER WHEN C1 SPORTS B1 VOICES A4WORD ON THE STREE T A2SOUTH LAKE PRESSV OLUME 99, NO. 4 5 SECTIOn N S 2008, HALIFAX Media Group All rights reservedwww. southlakepress.com PRSRT-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 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comGetting to work just got more difcult for Celeste Clifford. When the LYNX 55 route which now runs from Cagan Crossings along U.S. Highway 192 to downtown Kissimmee was reinstated last week, the service offered just eight round trips instead of the 16 that riders like Clifford and Lake County ofcials thought would be offered. The Clermont resident now has to pay more for cab fare just to make it home from work. This is not what we were promised, said Clifford, a Clermont resident who teaches pre-kindergarten at the YMCA in Orlando. It is frustrating. She walks 30 minutes to the bus stop every morning along U.S. Highway 27, and catches three buses to make the two-hour trip to work, but is unable to catch the Link 55 bus home because service stops at 6:14 / p .m. As a result, she now pays $15 a day to catch a cab home. The county commission is expect ed to tentatively revisit the issue at its Jan. 28 meeting. In two days I am spending two weeks of travel on a bus, she said. Who has the luxury of waiting until Jan. 28, in my situation, without wor rying about the extra cost to pay the fare? Lake County commissioners in October unanimously voted to approve a major update to the Lake-Sumter Transit Development Plan, which in cluded reinstating the LYNX 55 bus route by 2014 if the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) covered most of the costs. However, the original agreement between the county and LYNX stat ed the Link 55 route would run every hour as, opposed to every half hour.LYNX offering limited service in South LakeThis is not what we were promised. It is frustrating.Celeste Clifford,Clermont resident ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.brown@dailycommercial.comA glitch with one of the new red-light cameras in Clermont has forced city ofcials to re scind 113 tickets issued to mo torists in the past month. After ve of the cameras were installed in early December, drivers were supposed to get warnings instead of tickets for red-light violations spotted until Jan. 3. But a programming error al lowed citations to be mailed out for violations spotted by the sixth and last camera in stalled only a week prior to the start of live ticketing. That camera is at westbound State Road 50 and 12th Street. A Clermont spokesperson said American Trafc Solu tions, the company that oper ates the cameras, found the er ror on Jan. 6. ATS ofcials said the problem was xed but the tickets had already gone out. They were rescinded however, and drivers do not have to pay the $158 penalties. At a city council meeting last week, City Attorney Dan Mantzaris pointed out a quirk in state law. While a Florida statute says a law enforcement of cer can ticket a driver for not coming to a complete stop before turning right at a red light, another statute specically re lating to red-light cameras says drivers cannot be ticketed if they make a right on red in a safe and prudent manner. Ofcials have interpreted this statute as meaning turn ing right on red at less than 12 mph if no oncoming trafc is approaching and nobody is us ing a crosswalk. According to Clermont Po lice Chief Charles Broadway, 12 mph is a fairly standard number CLERMONTOfficials rescind 113 red light tickets RICK REEDSpecial to the Daily CommercialWake up and smell Frank Garofalos coffee his fresh roasted coffee. Once you do, you may never go back to your regular brand. Garofalo and his wife, Tammi, own and operate Golden Hills Coffee Roasters, a micro coffee roaster on Max Hooks Road in Groveland. If you compare ours to Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks, you wont go back, Garofalo said of two of the nations heavyweight roasters. This is what coffee is supposed to taste like. Garofalo was an average coffee drinker, two cups daily. And he enjoyed both cups. I thought I was buying the best coffee, Starbucks, he said. I GROVELANDMan knows beans about coffee PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL ABOVE: Frank Garofalo, 45, roasts coffee at his company Golden Hills Coffee in Groveland. BELOW: Garofalo holds green coffee beans. SEE BEANS | A2SEE TICKETS | A2SEE LYNX | A6

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A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 22, 2014 CLERMONT Used books, CDs and DVDs wanted at the libraryFriends of the Cooper Memorial Library are collecting used books, CDs and DVDs in preparation for the winter book sale and fundraiser from 9 / a.m. to 1 / p.m., Feb. 14-15, in Room 108A-B at the Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. Proceeds from the sale support library programs and purchase supplies for the library. Donated items can be brought to Cooper Memorial Library during regular operating hours. No magazines or encyclopedias. For information, call 352-394-3849.CLERMONT South Lake Black Achievers awards banquet is Feb. 16The 22nd annual South Lake Black Achievers banquet will be held at 6 / p.m., on Feb. 16 at Lake Receptions, 4425 N. Highway 19-A in Mount Dora. Theme for the occasion is Keeping Alive our Heritage! People from the south Lake community will be recognized and honored for their achievement in their chosen careers. Tickets are on sale for a donation of $40 dollars per person. To purchase tickets, call 352-3487955, or email SLBA1992org.gmail.com For information, go to www. slba1992.org.CLERMONT Read To Sydney organization seeks volunteersVolunteers are needed at the Read to Sydney organization in a number of different ways including: Designing and editing a newsletter, volunteering at Petco in Clermont store table, col lecting donations (cash and monetary donations) from local stores and busi ness, distribution and collection of do nation boxes and planning and set-up of special events and book signings. For information, call 407-247-8595, or go to www.readtosydney.org.CLERMONT Animal Rescue Dice Run scheduled for Feb. 1The Animal Rescue Dice Run will take place on Feb. 1 to help raise awareness and funds for the South Lake Animal League, www.slal.org, a no kill shelter. The event begins and ends at Stormy Hill Harley-Davidson, 2480 S. U.S. Highway 27, in Clermont. Participants will register at Stormy Hill Harley Davidson at 10 / a.m. Riders are asked to bring in a new blanket or towel and the $15 registration. Dog and cat food monetary donations are being accepted as well. This scenic run will head out to ve community stops. For information, call 352-243-7111, or go to www.stormyhillharley.com.CLERMONT Cagan Crossings Chili Cook-off set for FridayCagan Crossings Farmers Market will host the Guns n Hoses Chili Cook-Off between the Lake County Sheriffs Ofce and Lake County Fire Rescue from 4 to 8 / p.m. on Friday. The market is at Cagan Town Center, Cagan Crossings Blvd., right off U.S. Highway 27 in the four-corners area of Clermont. Call 352 242-2444, ext. 206 for information.GROVELAND Sommer Sports to host fundraiser 5K runSouth Lake High School Screaming Eagle Band will host a Beatlesthemed run on Feb. 15 at the school football eld, 15600 Silver Eagle Road in Groveland. The event, a fundraiser for the band, is sponsored by Sommer Sports with registration open online at www. screamingeagle5k.com. Participants can dress in their favorite Beatles attire representing their favorite song, with proper running gear. For information, call 352-394-2100. Area Briefs What South Lake residents are saying about ...STANDARDIZED TESTSWhat is your opinion of standardized testing in public schools?Standardized testing should be used to gauge where a student needs help. Teachers need to be allowed to teach students, not teach the FCAT. The test scores should not be used to hold a student back or prohibit him from graduating high school with a diploma. Public school needs to focus on educating students by al lowing teachers to teach. TINA HADDOX GROVELAND I think to an extent that it is necessary. You need guidelines to judge them by, but I think theyre go ing about it wrong. YVETTE JONES CLERMONT I am for standardized testing but Im not for the FCAT. I believe theres something that kids should have to take. It shouldnt be that if you dont pass it you dont get to graduate. There has to be something else in place. NAKESHIA STEPHENS GROVELAND I was the absolute rst year of FCAT, and at the time I was glad I was the rst year because the rules have changed since then. Theres too much pressure on the teachers to make the scores. Id say I had a better education 10, 12 years ago than anything the kids are getting now. I really think theres too much emphasis on test ing. I think it really holds a lot of people back now adays. A lot of good minds are not being tapped. KRIS MUSZYNSKI MINNEOLA 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 thought it was the best. But when I compared my cup to what I was drinking I thought, Wow, Ive been drinking burnt coffee this whole time. Why the conversion? Garofalo owned a Federal Express ground route in the Gainesville area and many of his deliveries were at the University of Florida. It was curiosity, he said. I wanted to see why all the kids in Gainesville were drinking all this handcrafted roasted coffee. So he bought a little half-pound roaster, put it on his back porch and started learning about roasting. He still remembers that rst cup. The smell and aroma of the coffee, wed never experienced before, he said. The caramel, chocolate and vanilla of the Costa Rican coffee beans is what we really fell in love with. It was the best cup of coffee I ever had in my life. So he began his coffee and roasting education, and read everything he could get his hands on while learning the ins and outs of roasting. Hed roast the beans at night, put them in bags with their name on them and then sell them to family, friends and customers along his FedEx route. Each coffee has to be roasted in a unique way, Garofalo said. The avors are in the beans. Its my job to get the avors out. His condence grew. I told my wife we could do this, he said. So he purchased a 20-pound drum roaster and put his route up for sale. It took two-and-a-half years to sell it, Garofalo said of his FedEx route. During that time I was perfecting our roasting. Toward the tail end of that period, he was becoming depressed because he couldnt sell the route. But on his way home from Gainesville one day, he had a vision. I looked up to the sky and took a photo of clouds; they were almost like contrails, he said. It was shaped like my logo. The logo had been developed two years earlier after they asked their son Frank, then 9 years old, to come up with a name. He suggested Golden Valley Coffee and his par ents loved the idea. But, that name was already taken. So Garofalo sketched something representative of where they lived hills, three to be exact. He suggested to Frank they call it Golden Hills Coffee. Those three hills represent my wife, myself and my son. He said. Fast forward to two years later, and the clouds looked like the three hills I sketched. I came home and showed my wife the photo and she could not believe it. She was blown away by it. Within a couple of weeks, Garofalo had a buyer for his FedEx route and the rest is history. The back porch of their Clermont home became too small and they found space at an industrial park off of State Road 50 at 1510 Max Hooks Rd., Ste. C, where they are still committed to roasting their coffees. All of their coffee is roasted there, usually twice a week. There is also a retail space, but most of their coffee is sold at coffee shops and bakeries in Central Florida, Gainesville or online. Roasting the beans is a complex process involving the right beans, bean origin, temperature and blends. Trade secrets, he said of his process. The or igins we use and temperatures and controls, all thats kept secret. Its also very hands on. A lot of roasters use computers, he added. We use a hands-on approach. Things like humidity and temperature are always different so it has to be adjusted each time we roast. I learned a lot by reading and practicing at home. Tammi handles the website, billing and accounts receivable. For information or to order coffee, go to www. goldenhillscoffee.com, call 352-217-2831 or go to their Facebook page. BEANS FROM PAGE A1 BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Bags of coffee beans sit near a wall waiting to be roasted at Golden Hills Coffee in Groveland.that is being used by other law enforcement agencies. But you have to stop rst? Councilman Keith Mullins asked. No, it doesnt talk about stopping, Mahtzaris said of the red-light camera statute. Theres a little more leeway for a right turn on red with the cam eras than there is in the regular statute. When a red light is ac tivated, the cameras are programmed to start lming when a vehicle comes within two and six feet of the white line. If ATS believes a driv er turned right on red at more than 12 mph, the video is forwarded to Clermont police for review. If a reviewer believes a vi olation occurred, a cita tion will be issued. The driver can contest that citation and even re view the video. Commissioner Ray Goodgame had a simple solution for drivers. If you drive according to Florida law, you will not get a ticket, regard less, he said. Broadway said he would like motorists to simply stop before turn ing right on red. We encourage every one to follow the statute to come to a complete stop, he said. You can look left and right. You can make sure there are no pedestrians or bicycle riders in the crosswalk. Its really the safest thing to do. TICKETS FROM PAGE A1

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 235459 January 22, 2014 AGRItunity 2014Conference and Trade Show 3 Concurrent Workshop Sessions! http://sumter.ifas.ufl.edu (352) 793-2728 Friday Pre-Conference January 24, 2014 West Central Florida Agricultural Education Center 7620 SR 471, Bushnell, FL 33513 Sumter County Fairgrounds LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comC.A. Vossberg is fac ing a new predicament: In the next ve to 10 years, more than half of his staff is up for retire ment, which will leave him with a huge gap in his workforce. Vossberg is president of Electron Machine Corporation in Umatilla, which employs 21 people. The company manufacturers and de signs industrial control instrumentation. Our average employee has been with us for 30 years, he said. I need to gure out how to replace them. The challenge, Vossberg said, will be nd ing skilled workers liv ing nearby. When I do hire somebody, it is a sig nicant investment on the companys behalf, he said. I dont want them to turn around a year later and go for greener pastures. Hes not alone. Many Lake County manufacturers have problems nding the right workers. It can be difcult to nd people with the right job skills, and there is often no program available to train workers who want to ll those positions, according to county ofcials. Manufacturers were actually having to go outside of Lake County to advertise for available jobs, Lake Coun ty Commissioner Leslie Campione said. Seeing the need, Lake Technical Center ofcials last year proposed building a Center for Advanced Manufacturing that would train workers in manufacturing, machining and welding. Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, and Rep. Larry Metz, R-Grove land, helped secure $1 million for the center. It is expected to be oper ational in the fall. When it opens, the center will provide spe cialized training in fabrication, machining in cluding CNC, milling, welding, among other skills, according to Di ane Culpepper, director of Lake Tech. The overall mission is to train and prepare the skilled workforce for our region to as sist the manufacturing companies that are already here so they can grow, and when their employees leave, we can replace them, Cul pepper said. We also want to train the skilled workforce available to attract new companies to relocate to Lake County. Robert Chandler, the countys economic de velopment and tour ism director, said the center is the beginning of something much bigger. When you look from a comprehensive standpoint, this is one piece of a larger strategy, which is real ly to make Lake Coun ty a dominant location in the state for man ufacturing, he said. The biggest challenge for manufactur ers today, especially in Lake County, is nding workers. About 6.6 percent of the countys workforce is in the manufacturing industry, higher than the regional average of 5.5 percent, according to the U.S. Census. By comparison, in Osceola County, the manufacturing workforce is at 3.8 percent; Orange County is at 4.2 percent and Seminole County is at 6.1 per cent. Manufacturing is a strength of ours and something we need to go after, Chandler said. Manufacturing is the fourth largest jobs category in the county, according to the U.S. Census. The National Association of Manufacturers reported $37 billion in total output from man ufacturing in 2012 in Florida. Yet Culpepper said local manufacturers struggle to ll posi tions. We havent focused enough in this county on training the skilled worker, she said. We outsourced a lot of manufacturing. A study done by the Manufacturing Insti tute suggests there is a nationwide shortage of skilled workers. According to its most recent Skills Gap study, percent of respondents (reported) a moderate to severe shortage of avail able, qualied workers and 56 percent (anticipate) the shortage to grow worse in the next three to ve years. Further, the survey indicates percent of current jobs at respondent manufacturers are unlled due to a lack of qualied candidates, amounting to about 600,000 unlled posi tions. When asked to look ahead three to ve years, respondents indicated that access to highly skilled, ex ible workforce is the most important factor in their effectiveness, ranked above factors such as new product innovation and in creased market share by a margin of 20 per centage points, the Institutes study stated. The Bureau of La bor Statistics reported manufacturers added 77,000 net new workers over the course of 2013. Even so, the Bureau reported this was the slowest pace of hir ing growth since 2009, compared with 154,000 manufacturing jobs in 2012. Campione said while the center will provide training for job oppor tunities that are here now, long-term there is an opportunity to build a foundation that will ultimately attract new companies to Lake because the skills taught at the ad vanced manufacturing center will be transfer able within a variety of disciplines under the umbrella of manufac turing, production and technology.Lake Technical Center program will answer call to produce skilled manufacturing workers PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC DAILY COMMERCIAL ABOVE: George Ibrahim, 21, cuts a piece of pipe at Lake Tech in Eustis. BELOW: Allan Ucci, 21, welds a piece of pipe.

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A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 22, 2014 YOUR EDITORIAL BOARDROD DIXON . .......................................... PUBLISHERTOM MCNIFF . ................................. EXECUTIVE EDITORSCOTT CALLAHAN . ................................ NEWS EDITORWHITNEY WILLARD . ........................... COPY DESK CHIEFGENE PACKWOOD . ...................... EDITORIAL CARTOONISTOPINIONwww.southlakepress.com WHATS YOUR OPINION?The SOUTH LAKE PRESS invites you to write letters to the editor expressing your original thoughts on topics of public inter est. Letters should be no longer than 350 words. They must be original, signed with the full name of the writer, and include the writers address and telephone number for verication. We re serve the right to edit for length to make room for more letters. Letters also will be edited for grammar, clarity, taste and libel. We accept no more than two letters per month from the same writer. No open letters, form letters or copies of letters to third parties will be published. We do not publish unsigned letters. Submissions are not returned. We retain the right to archive and republish any material submitted for publication.You can submit your letters by:Email (preferred) to: slpress@dailycommercial.comBy regular mail to: Letters to the Editor, 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711By fax to: 352-394-8001GUEST COLUMNSIf you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to southlakepress@ dailycommercial.com, or mail it to Letters to Editor, 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711. Guest columns should be limited to 550 words in length. The writer also must submit a recent photograph to be published with the column, as well as a brief biographical sketch. OURVIEW SOUTH LAKE PRESSYour community newspaper for more than 100 years.732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34712-0868 352-394-2183 Fax: 352-394-8001The South Lake Press is published weekly by Halifax Media Group at 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, Florida 34711. Standard mail postage (Permit #280) is paid at the United States Post Ofce, Clermont, FL 34711. The South Lake Press is mailed to subscribers and is also distributed at newsstand locations throughout the region.All material contained in this edition is property of Halifax Media Group, and is protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America. Reproduction is forbidden without written consent from the publisher. Th e renewed debate between Lake Coun ty commissioners and the School Board over student busing is a curious study in political nger pointing. The School Board asked the County Commission to pay for busing for students within two miles of Lake Minneola High School. The School Board, which is only required by law to provide busing for students who live more than two miles from school, had been providing this courtesy busing for years. But budgets are tight, as we all know, and school ofcials argue that the County Commission should bear the expense because the county hasnt built adequate sidewalks in the area to ensure that kids can get to school safely. Following a contentious debate last week, the County Commission by a 3-2 vote did pony up the money for the remainder of this year. Commissioners Welton Cadwell and Jimmy Conner both voted against the funding, correctly noting that this was a shortterm solution to a long-term problem. While its heartening to see that both political bodies are concerned about student safety, their approach to solving this problem amounts to a weak half-measure. For one thing, it is temporary. Who pays to bus these students next school year? The county? The School Board? For another, it is a fragmented approach to a larger issue: Lake is a suburban county, which means it has much of the trafc congestion and many of the pedestrian perils of an urban area but without the sidewalks and other infrastructure that urban areas have created to mitigate those safety problems. In other words, Lake Minneola students arent the only ones who have to dodge trafc on their way to school. As school and coun ty budgets continue to sag under the weight of balky property tax revenues, there may be pressure to cut courtesy busing to other schools. This would be a mistake. The fact is, this isnt a budget issue. Its cer tainly not a courtesy. Its a safety issue, and the community as a whole should come together to address it. Perhaps county government and the municipalities where the schools are locat ed could share in the busing costs. If not, the School Board should quit playing the blame game and accept its responsibility as the public education provider to get its stu dents to school safely. If youre in the busing business, youre in the busing business. We understand that budgets are tight. We likewise understand that parents bear some responsibility for getting their children to school. But the practical reality is that so many parents work schedules do not allow them to drive their children in the mornings and pick them up in the afternoons. In the end, its a safety issue, and the people who collect and spend our tax money must come together to nd a better busing solution than the under-considered, temporary patch job they came up with last week.Get the kids to school safelyBring more focus on the possibilities of desalination of seawaterI agree with the Daily Commercial editorial from Jan. 1, CFWI plan will drain our water supply, about vanishing surface water, and I request you bring more focus on the possibilities of desalination of seawater. While efforts to conserve surface water are controver sial and many see those efforts as unfair when commer cial interests are withdrawing the precious liquid, desalination, while also controversial due to cost and environmental impact, is the only controllable way to assure future water consumption needs. Desalination, unlike surface water, is not dependent upon unpredictable rainfall. Many states are experiencing record drought. Many states are at war over other states taking their water. There are an estimated 15,000 desalination efforts worldwide and fewer than 400 desalination plants in the USA. As you know, the Sabal Trail Transmission wants to build a 474-mile natural gas pipeline from Alabama to Florida at a cost of $3 billion dollars. The Tampa Bay desalination plant cost a mere $158 million. Just think of the economic impact of one or more desalination plants in construction, maintenance and supply jobs alone. The best practices and the best expert minds on the effort ought to be incentivized to come up with the most effective, efcient and environmentally safe methods to provide desalinated water for our future needs. This has to be done now before we are at one anothers throats over the most precious commodity we have next to oxygen. Please provide more focus on this subject while you are calling attention to the dilemma and other efforts to distribute vanishing surface water. CHOICE EDWARDS | Clermont LETTER of the WEEK ALAN YOUNGBLOOD / HALIFAX MEDIA GROUP A diver explores Alexander Springs in Astor.Shall We Rename Bloxam Avenue Trash Trail?I just lled my third bag with garbage picked up on Bloxam Avenue in Clermont. Hundreds of cigarette lters lining the curbs, brown bottles of beer still dripping with the last sip of liquid, fast-food restaurant cups with lids and straws still attached, smashed fast food bags once housing hamburgers still stained with cheese and ketchup, tin beer and soda cans attened and shredded by the city workers lawnmowers, insulation and foam dropped from construction trucks, smashed cigarette cartons, and yes, I cant forget an empty prescription bottle of oxycodone. Why, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon do I nd myself wear ing stained gardening gloves, carrying a stinky garbage bag lled with litter and bending over to retrieve these disgusting items every few seconds from Mother Earth? You see, I recently moved from the other side of Clermont, a gated community with residents who walked every day to stay healthy and strong. I loved walking there and never had to be concerned about stepping in dog poop or on a broken beer bottle. After relocating, I knew I wanted to nd a walking trail and, voila, there was Bloxam Avenue waiting for me with all of its sidewalks, yards, and roads lled with stagnant and mounting trash. Bloxam Avenue, I imagine, was once a scenic Florida road with its new homes lining one side of the street and sweet-smelling citrus groves on the other. Now, in just one night, I can see the additional garbage accumulating. I dont know the culture, religion, or skin color of the driver who rolls down his or her car/truck window and with sheer abandonment pitches lth out the window, but I do know her or his habits -smokers, fast-food patrons, alcohol enthusiasts, and lets not forget the drug users. How can we teach others to respect the land, the roads, per sonal property and our proud City of Clermont? Perhaps some civic group should/could adopt a highway. Why not Bloxam Avenue? DEANNA M. CREE | Clermont Democrat misstepsWhile Mary OHanlons heartwarming story of immigration, hard work and the American Dream casts a Norman Rockwell portrait of the Democratic Party, its time to fast forward from F.D.R.s New Deal into the 21st Century. As you are one to spot inaccuracies in data, lets examine yours. If you are correct in assuming the rich pay little taxes and the poor certainly pay little also, then raising taxes, as you propose, would come from where? Exactly, the middle class. This whole administration has been about spending and raising taxes. This is not a social media phenomenon, it is fact. Every time Congress tries to control spending, the Democrats throw a t. They are not willing to cooperate. The president and Harry Reid threaten to veto or vote down bills without even reading them. As far as government is concerned the Democrats want a hand in it all. Bigger is better. The more we can get on the payroll the better. Im not sure if this is because of campaign promises that have not been fullled or arrogance. And lets talk about the white elephant in the middle of the room that most Democrats (especially ones up for re-election) are running away from, Obamacare. This debacle and the nightmare it has presented is a testament to the snake oil salesman approach to the Democratic philosophy. Word it so no one will understand it and wrap it up in a pretty package. So Mary OHanlon, while your picture-perfect postcard version of the Democratic Party looks good on paper, in reality it is the root of many of this countrys problems. I feel a little bad that I have to be the one to wake you up from your American Dream. DAVID J. MERRILL | Eustis YOURVOICESLETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 Thank you for reading the local newspaper, the South Lake Press! ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.bown@dailycommercial.comGroveland popula tion 8,729 has been ranked one of the Top 10 Safest Places in Flor ida by Movoto Blog, a California-based online real estate broker age. We are ranked 10th out of 411 cities across the state of Florida, City Clerk Teresa Begely announced in an email to city employ ees. The rankings were based on statistical data of reported crimes from 2012. ...Your hard work and dedication help Groveland become a greater place to live and work. Movotos list ranks Groveland number 10 following Parkland, Weston, Marco Island, Sanibel, Punta Gorda, Longboat Key, Bay Har bor Islands, Niceville and Valparaiso. With just 144 re ported crimes in 2012, Groveland comes in as the nal city (number 10 of 10) on our list, the blog stated. This city of nearly 9,000 people had only 11 re ported violent crimes in 2012 two robber ies and nine aggravated assaults. Of their property crimes, 80 were theft, 46 were burglaries and seven were motor vehicle theft. All told, residents have just a 1 in 62 chance of be ing involved in crime in Groveland, making it signicantly saf er than our least safe city, Florida City, where your chances are just 1 in 8. So good job, Grov eland! According to the rm, the information gathered to nalize the rankings was based on the FBIs 2012 report of crime statistics. We selected the Florida cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more, which left us with 202 locations in total, the com panys website states. Then, we looked at each of these locations in terms of these three criteria: property crime (theft, burglary, motor vehicle thefts), violent crime (rape, murder, assault) and the chance a resident will be a victim of crime. John Flinn, a Groveland police commander and assistant to Police Chief Mel vin Tennyson, said he thinks the ranking speaks volumes about Groveland and should help attract people to the town. Flinn said also that even though the crime statistics used for the rankings on the top10 list Movoto devised are based on 2012 sta tistics, the same holds Groveland relishes safe city designationSEE SAFE | A7

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A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 22, 2014 352-394-8228Ron Becker, Director $675 County ofcials were stumped when they re ceived a response from LYNX in December that they could only offer eight trips at an in creased cost of $16,000. The cost for the 16 trips was originally $50,000. Furthermore, the bus service only offers four routes in the morning from 6 to 8:30 and four routes in the evening from 4:44 to 6:14. They sent back a new agreement and reduced the service even more, said Dottie Keedy, director of community services. There is no midday service. Service is ending at 6:14 when it used to run until 9 / p .m. LYNX approved something different, costing more. Commissio ner Sean Parks, who has fought for the reinstatement of the route and previous ly walked three miles with residents from Ca gan Crossing to the lo cation of the route in Osceola County, said the route changes were disappointing. I am surprised that LYNX would be cutting service almost in half for the price we agreed upon, he said. I am a bit frustrated here and at a loss. I hope that we can get this worked out for the sake of the rid ers. John Lewis, chief ex ecutive ofcer of LYNX, said that while work ing with the county on an agreement, Osceola County was consider ing an expansion to the 55 route. The portion of what we were trying to ac commodate for Lake County is adding sev eral miles to the Osceola route, he said. The Link 55 began and ended at the Osceola Square Mall. Now, it begins and ends at downtown Kissimmee. It doubles the length of the route. As a re sult, we were not able to provide the 16 trips. We could not get bus es turned around fast enough. Matt Friedman, spokesman for LYNX, said there had been discussions about lengthening the route in Osceola County for months. The change to the Osceola County route was news to county of cials, they noted. Parks said he questioned why ofcials were not briefed earlier on the lengthening of the Osceola route. Why are we nding out about this now, es pecially after the riders have been str ung along for a long time now? he questioned. In December, we informed Lake County and were given the go ahead to continue in January with what we could do for $50,000, Lewis said, referring to the eight trips offered. Keedy said there was a miscommunication, and in an email to LYNX ofcials she questioned why the costs were going up while the service was going down. She also mentioned in the same email that the county commission had to approve the agreement. The issue was on the Jan. 14 agenda of the county commission, but County Manag er David Heath asked that it be brought back at a later date because county staff requested more information from LYNX on the agree ment. Lewis said he did not know how much it would cost to reinstate the service to 16 round trips. Noelia Vasquez, who uses the Link 55 route to get to school and work at Universal Stu dios, also has to come up with extra money for cab fare home because the bus service now ends earlier. It is denitely af fecting my budget, she said. I had to wait until the last possible minute to buy my textbooks, because I kept having to pull out that money to pay for cabs and rides. The Link 55 bus route is essential to helping Clifford and Vasquez get to work. These routes are a lifeblood for us, Vasquez said. By getting around without a car, it is far to go any where else outside the Four Corner commu nity. Because the service ends at 6:14, it is impos sible for Vasquez to get to the store or anywhere else after work without nding another mode of transportation. At the very last min ute we were told were getting the last eight round trips, she said. They were pull ing the rug out from under neath us. LYNX FROM PAGE A1

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And with the benet of our of cers, the residents in our community and the intel systems we use within the police department, we can identify what areas we need to focus on. When we identify problem areas, we do a needs assessment and focus our efforts there. Flinn said the de partment has two Di rective Patrol positions, which focus on trafc enforcement and problem areas. In an email to Ten nyson and Fire Chief Willie Morgan, Groveland Mayor Tim Loucks praised both departments efforts. I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank you both, and all in the Groveland police and re departments, for a job well done, Loucks said. SAFE FROM PAGE A5 And with the benefit of our officers, the residents in our community and the intel systems we use within the police department, we can identify what areas we need to focus on.John Flinn,Groveland police commander Staff reportThe already strug gling Lake Square Mall received another blow last week when it was announced that original anchor store J.C. Penney was closing its doors. This follows an announcement last November that Target will be shuttered there in about two weeks. In addition to the out let at the mall, J.C. Penney announced it will cut 2,000 jobs and close 32 other stores nationwide. The news comes after J.C. Penney earlier this month said it was pleased with holiday results but declined to give sales gures. A strong November and December is crucial to retailers since it can ac count for up to 40 per cent of annual sales. These actions (clos ings) are expected to result in an annual cost savings of approximately $65 million, beginning in 2014, the company said in a press release issued after the close of the stock market. The closings will af fect stores in 20 states. Besides the outlet at the mall, the only oth er Florida store to be closed will be the one at Gulf View Square in Port Richey. Of the 32 other stores closing, ve other states have two stores closing, Pennsylvania has three and Wisconsin has ve. Along with Belk and Sears, J.C. Penney was one of the original an chor stores at the mall when it was built in 1980. The store was re modeled 1996. Target, an anchor store that opened at the mall in March 1992, an nounced in November it would closing that underperforming outlet by Feb. 1, putting 82 employees out of work. A manager at the lo cal J.C. Penney declined Wednesday afternoon to say how many work ers will be let go, refer ring all questions to the companys corporate of ce. A message left at the corporate ofce was not immediately returned. However, if closing 33 stores nationwide will result in 2,000 lost J.C. Penney jobs, thats an average of about 61 workers per store. The mall has seen signicantly reduced foot trafc in recent years and is currently under new ownership. Prior owner Macerich, a real estate trust com pany, sold the property for $13.6 million during an internet auction in late November to an unidentied buyer. Penney is trying to re cover from a sales spi ral that occurred un der former CEO Ron Johnson. The company brought back for mer CEO Mike Ullman in April. While its always dif cult to make a busi ness decision that impacts our valued customers and asso ciates, this important step addresses a strate gic priority to improve the protability of our stores and position J.C. Penney for future success, Ullman stated in the press release.The Associated Press contributed material to this report.J.C. Penney closing at Lake Square MallLEESBURG

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A8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 22, 2014 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comAs the agenda for the 2014 Florida Legislative Session begins to take shape, the protection of water resourc es, including springs and lakes, is a major issue taking center stage, according to state senators and representatives. There already are discus sions about ling legislation to protect the springs, like Alexander Springs near Al toona, and several state senators have united to make the issue a priority this year, according to legislators. State Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, said protection of water resources is per haps one of the most complex, if not the most complex, issue facing the Legislature in the next four to ve years. Hays said it is critical that nutrients currently found in the springs and lakes be re moved before they get into the water bodies. Hays said the health of some of the lakes and rivers is another concern. One of the things we have to consider is the cur rent state of degradation of the Indian River Lagoon has not occurred overnight and it is not going to be restored overnight, he said. These systems take a signicant amount of time to regain their ecological balance. We are going to be called upon to fund part of the resto ration of that lagoon. I think it is our obligation to make sure we dont spend money for the exercise of spending. Finding alternative supplies to groundwater is an other issue affecting the community, particularly in south Lake. Water experts and county ofcials recently sounded the alarm that the community must nd an alternative to diminishing groundwa ter supplies in the next ve years to avoid a direct im pact to lake levels and the quality of life in south Lake. There is a demand of 300 million gallons of water by 2035 and we only have 50 million gallons that can be met by our tradition al source, said Alan Oyler, consultant for St. Johns River Water Management District, which is assisting the South Lake Regional Water Initiative. All of the utilities are going to have to nd 250 mil lion gallons of water. For us to meet project demands, we are going to have to import water from someplace else. At the rst annual South Lake Water Summit in No vember, a panel of experts from the Lake County Water Authority and the St. Johns River Water Management Dis trict weighed in on the problem of dwindling reserves in the Floridan aquifer. While the lack of rainfall is a major factor affecting low lake levels, groundwater withdrawals and human im pacts, such as surface water diversions and irrigation, are also contributors, the panelists said. The South Lake Regional Water Initiative consisting of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce, the county and the municipalities of Clermont, Groveland, Minneo la, Mascotte and Montverde is trying to nd regional. They are working parallel to the Central Florida Water Initiative to nd a cost-ef fective, alternative water source. For us to take millions of gallons of water out of the aquifer that is potable water, and use that to water plants or agricultural projects, is not always the most wise use of drinking water, Hays pointed out. If we can nd ways to purify the wastewater and stormwater runoff, and use that recycled water for those purposes that are acceptable, it is going to be a much better utilization of our resources. While desalination of water is an alternative water source option, Hays said it is his last resort. It is too expensive, he said. I think the biggest concern is nding the prop er balance of utilizing water and making sure it ts our budget. Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, said the protection of water resourc es is one of the top priorities this year. It goes without saying that water is the most criti cal and precious resource we have, Crisafulli said. It s what we depend on to live, it sustains our rich agricultural history, and it is what makes Florida such an attractive tourist destination. In developing a statewide approach to protecting Flor idas ecosystems, Crisafulli said the plan is achieved by working with stakeholders from across the state, identifying issues and nding solutions to address them. In 2013, the Florida Legis lature earmarked $10 mil lion from general revenue for protection and resto ration of springs, according to Clean Water Actions 2013 State Legislative Report. The long-term commit ment begins, Crisafulli said, with using existing reve nues to fund projects that will clean up our waterways or address critical water quantity issues. In the short term, we need to identify trouble ar eas and work to fund proj ects that will address those issues, he added. As we do that, we cant focus on only one area whether its the springs or other specic bodies of water but rath er, we need to take actions across the state.Lawmakers: Protection of water vital to quality of life DOUG ENGLE / HALIFAX MEDIA GROUP Sean DZ, of Tampa, loads his canoe into the waters at Alexander Springs on Aug. 24 at the Ocala National Forest in Altoona.

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FREEDELIVERYWith Any New Cart Purchaserffnntb B1 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 22, 2014 www.southlakepress.com YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTSSPORTS EDITOR . ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE . ............................ 365-82683 FAX . .......................................... 394-8001 E-MAIL . ........ sports@dailycommercial.comSPORTSandLEISURE AUSTIN FULLER Staff Writeraustinfuller@dailycommercial.comA Cruyff Court was ded icated on Saturday at Montverde Academy and local dignitaries were on hand to witness the ceremony. U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, Florida Sen. Alan Hays, and Florida Rep. Larry Metz were among those attending the ceremony of new facility a small soccer eld which is the only one of its kind in the United States. I think a lot of things that are done here at Montverde Academy are unique and Im not surprised, said Webster, who represents congressional District 10. They kind of push the bubble ... I appreciate it. Hays, who represents Florida District 11, said he came to learn more about the new facility and to show support for the school. This is truly a hidden gem, Hays said. Hays believes athletics are part of getting a well-rounded education. Im interested in todays young people and the vehicle, the best vehicle to prosperity, is a good education, he said. Metz, who represents District 32 in the Florida House of Representatives, which includes Leesburg and south Lake County, said he thought it would be a unique experience to see the rst Cruyff Court in the country. I was intrigued by it, frankly. Im all for having facilities for kids to use after school, where they can learn teamwork and character development, Metz said. Montverde Academy has taken the lead here to partner with the Cruyff Foundation to have the rst Cruyff Court in MARK FISHERSpecial to the Daily CommercialMontverde Academy cruised through its opening two games at the third annual Mont verde Academy Invitational Soccer Tournament (MAST). The Eagles raced past two overmatched opponents by the combined score of 13-0 on Thursday and Friday, but they expected a more competitive game in Saturday s championship game against Coppell (Texas). They werent disappointed. Diego Campos scored in the 46th min ute to break a scoreless tie and lead Montverde Academy to a 1-0 win for the Eagles thirdstraight MAST title. Campos took the ball after teammate Raul Chinchilla was taken down in the box and whistled a shot just inside the right post from about three yards away. He also had a shot at an insurance goal in the matchs waning moments, but his scream er bounced off the post. In other games on the nal day of action, San Clemente (Ca lif.) outscored Delray Beach American Her itage 4-2 in the thirdplace game. Phoenix Brophy beat Winter Garden West Orange 8-7 in penalty kicks, after playing to a 1-1 tie in regulation, in the fth-place game. North Broward picked up its only win in the three-day tournament with a 4-1 victo ry against Auburndale in the seventhplace game. FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comThe Sunshine State Athlet ic Conference is going places. Already one of the largest independent football conferences in the state, the SSAC announced recently that it will expand to 26 teams for the 2014 season, creating two leagues with a footprint that stretches from Ocala to Fort Myers to Deer eld Beach. In addition, the SSAC re leased its All-Conference teams, with players from First Academy of Leesburg and Mount Dora Bible lling 14 spots, combined, on the First and Second teams, as well as Honorable Mention. First Academy of Leesburg coach Sheldon Walker lled out the leagues postsea son honors by being named SSAC Coach of the Year for the season-straight season. The expansion was nalized during league meetings at Windermere Prep. In essence, the majority of teams that played in the Gulf Atlantic Football Conference has merged with the SSAC. According to league of cials, the SSAC now stretches more than 250 miles from its northernmost team (Oc ala Christian) to its southernmost program (Zion Lutheran School). In an effort to reduce traveling costs, the SSAC will split into two leagues the Coastal League, featuring teams primarily from the north ern end of the SSAC includ ing First Academy of Lees burg and Mount Dora Bible, and the Coral League, which is comprised predominantly of teams from the GAFC. Within each league are two divisions. The Coastal League contains the Beach BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Winter Garden West Orange senior Christian Espinoza, center, ghts off Auburndale sophomore Robert Bramble during Thursdays action at the Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament in Montverde. Winter Garden West Orange won MONTVERDEEagles take MAST titleMONTVERDECruyff Court first of its kind in the United States AUSTIN FULLER / DAILY COMMERCIAL From left, US Rep. Daniel Webster, Florida Sen. Alan Hays, Jeanne Hays, Florida Rep. Larry Metz attend the dedication ceremony of the Montverde Academy Cruyff Court, the rst of its kind in the United States.I think a lot of things that are done here at Montverde Academy are unique and Im not surprised. They kind of push the bubble ... I appreciate it.U.S. Rep. Daniel WebsterSEE CRUYFF | B3 Lake and Sumter County players only.FIRST TEAM OFFENSEByron Masoline, First Academy of Leesburg, RB P.J. Hambrick, First Academy of Leesburg, OLFIRST TEAM DEFENSEJordan McPherson, Mount Dora Bible, LB Ojay Cummings, First Academy of Leesburg, DBFIRST TEAM SPECIAL TEAMLamar Smith, Mount Dora Bible, KRSECOND TEAM OFFENSEDaniel Johnson, Mount Dora Bible, QB SECOND TEAM DEFENSECameron Bedford, First Academy of Leesburg, DL Dude Edwards, First Academy of Leesburg, LB Byron Masoline, First Academy of Leesburg, DBHONORABLE MENTIONJohn Grant, Mount Dora Bible, OL Tevin Symonette, Mount Dora Bible, RB and KR Chad Simmons, Mount Dora Bible, LB Lamar Smith, Mount Dora Bible, RB Trevor Lloyd, First Academy of Leesburg, WRSSAC COACH OF THE YEARSheldon Walker, First Academy of LeesburgSSAC expanding; locals named All-ConferenceALL-SUNSHINE STATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TEAMS SEE SSAC | B3

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS B3 America and I didnt want to miss that. Dr. Kasey Kesselring, Montverde Academys headmaster, said construction of the court was funded in co-operation between the Cruyff Foundation and the school itself. It cost about $150,000. Its obviously very unique because its the only one in the United States. It ts very well with our mission as a school as far as our commitment to the community, Kesselring said. This whole project is designed to be a community ser vice-driven project. Mike Potempa, the schools athletic director and soccer coach, said the court will be open to the public. Its an outreach effort for us to connect Montverde Academy to the local community and provide an opportunity for children to exercise and have fun, Potempa said. Potempa said the schools physical education classes will use the eld. He added the court can be used for activities other than soccer, including basketball. He said the attendance of Florida politicians was great. It just shows the type of support we have at Montverde Academy, Potempa said. Dignitaries from the Netherlands and Haiti as well as 2011 Major League Soccer MVP Dwayne De Rosario and Francisco Lindor, a graduate of Montverde Academy who was a Major League Baseball rst round draft pick in 2011, were also in attendance. There are 180 Cruyff courts worldwide. CRUYFF FROM PAGE B1 and Orange divisions, with First Academy of Leesburg and Mount Dora Bible play ing in the Orange Division. The Coral League is home to the Bay and Gulf-Atlantic divisions. The SSAC was formed in 2008 as an alternative for smaller football programs. Most teams in the SSAC are equivalent to Class 2A and 3A teams in the Florida High School Athletic Association. The league is independent from the FHSAA, meaning its programs are not eligi ble to play for FHSAA state championships, but the SSAC conducts its own post season, includin g a league championship game. First Academy of Leesburg is the defending SSAC cham pions, beating 28-20 on Nov. 16 in Orlando. As a result of leading the Eagles to the SSAC title and Mount Dora Bible reaching the postseason, local players dotted the All-SSAC teams, led by three First Academy of Leesburg and two play ers from Mount Dora Bible on the First Team. Coaches in the SSAC voted on the teams. Byron Masoline, who rushed for nearly 1,900 yards and scored 23 touchdowns for First Academy of Lees burg, was a First Team running back. His teammate, lineman P.J. Hambrick, was the only other area player to be named to the leagues top offensive team. On the defensive side of the ball, Mount Dora Bible linebacker Jordan McPher son and First Academy of Leesburg defensive back Ojay Cummings earned First Team honors. McPherson had a stand out season for the Bulldogs with 70 tackles, including 4 sacks, six tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and four interceptions. Cummings was the top tackler for the Eagles with 97 tackles 35 solo and 62 assists. He also had seven tack les for loss, 2 sacks, three interceptions and one fum ble recovery. On special teams, Mount Dora Bibles Lamar Smith earned First Team honors as a kick returner. Smith, who is also a standout for the Bull dogs basketball team, had 437 yards on punt returns with three touchdowns and 230 return yards on kickoffs with one touchdown. These awards are a part of the reward for all the work and dedication we have put in over the past year, Mount Dora Bible coach Dennis Cardoso said. I say part because our team success is wha t led to these guys to be recognized as All-Conference. All of our players should take pride in this success. Mount Dora Bible quar terback Daniel Johnson was named to the SSAC All-Con ference Second Team, the only local player on the offensive side of the ball. Johsnon passed for 1,400 yards and threw 24 touch downs in 2013. On defense, First Acade my Leesburg defensive lineman Cameron Bedford, along with linebacker Dude Edwards were selected, as was Masoline as a defensive back. Masoline is one of the few players in league history to earn All-Conference hon ors on the offensive and de fensive side of the ball in the same year. Mount Dora Bible had four players earn Honor able Mention offensive lineman John Grant; Te vin Symonette, who picked up honorable mentions as a running back and kick re turner; linebacker Chad Simmons and Smith, who picked up a second All-SSAC honor as a running back. First Academy of Leesburg wide receiver Trevor Lloyd also earned Honorable Men tion. First Academy of Leesburg nished the season with a 9-2 record, losing only to Montverde Academy and Mount Dora Bible in the nal game of the regular season. Mount Dora Bible went 7-3, losing to Orlando Chris tian Prep in the SSAC semi nals. The 2013 season marked the rst time First Academy of Leesburg and Mount Dora Bible nished winning re cords in the same year. SSAC FROM PAGE B1 PHOTO COURTESY / ISRAEL RAMOS The Leesburg High School girls soccer team (pictured) won the Class 3A-District 5 championship Friday with a 2-0 win against Eustis. The Yellow Jackets will host Daytona Beach Seabreeze, while Eustis will play at Palm Coast Matanzas. In Class 2A, Umatilla will play at Alachua Santa Fe. All games are at 7 p.m. Thursday. LEESBURG GIRLS TAKE DISTRICT

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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 PRESS Wednesday, January 22, 2014 www.southlakepress.comCOMMUNITYProudly servingCLERMONT, MINNEOLA, GROVELAND, MASCOTTE and MONTVERDE YOUR CONTACT FOR LOCAL NEWSSTAFF WRITER . ...................... ROXANNE BROWN TELEPHONE . .................................... 394 FAX .................................................. 394-8001 E-MAIL . .... roxannebrown@dailycommercial.com %  en HOMETOWN: Kinston, North Carolina %  en OCCUPATION: Manager of Personal Mini Storage Clermont, membership director at Lake County Rowing Association and photographer for online publication. (South Lake Tablet) What do you enjoy most about South Lake County? I love being in such a beautiful part of Florida with all of the lakes. There is much opportunity to be t and healthy. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sentence, what would it be? When you know better, you do better. 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 father just recently underwent heart surgery, and just days before, my mother was in the hospi tal suffering with congestive heart failure and breathing problems. Life is so special and Im truly fortunate to be able to see how strong they both are. My father has been there for her as she has been for him. I am thankful they still have and love each other. 3) How does what you do contribute to the welfare of the area? I am a founding member of Lake County Rowing Association and proud to promote a sport that benets all ages. I also volunteer with local organizations in the area such as Hound Haven Dog Rescue and Toys For Tots. 4) Name one of your greatest accomplishments so far. My photograph was selected to be on the cover of the 2014 calendar for the Adopt-a-Lake program in Lake County. 5) Whats something youve always wanted to do but havent yet? Go to Australia. 6) What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community? Volunteer! Find something you enjoy doing and go for it. Help where ever you can. FROM THE FILES | 26 YEARS AGO 1988Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet YourNEIGHBORWENDY BURKETT COUNTY MAKES FINAL VOTES FOR INCINERATORLake County Commissioners approved the proposed nancing of the Resource Recovery Project (burn plant) by a 3-2 vote at the Tues., Nov. 8 meeting. South Lakes Commissioners Claude Smoak (Clermont) and Don Bailey (Groveland) voted no. Smoak expressed reservations supporting the $70 million tax-exempt, $9 million taxable variable rate demand bonds and $10 million equity contribution from NRG. He remembers when in May the amount of the IRBs was to have been $50 million. Bailey did not support the vote and stated that when the discussions rst started the county was going to work with the cities. He was also concerned there is not enough garbage to burn. The same 3-2 split showed up again when the board voted to approve two resolutions necessary to nalize the nancial documents. Clermont Council member Hal Turville and Umatilla school teacher Bob Willets made last ditch efforts to convince the board members that a multi-million dollar burn plant may not be in the best interest for Lake Countys residents. At one point Turville was told that if the county said no today and let the new folks on the board make the decision the cost to the county would be $12 million more. County attorney Chris Ford quoted this gure based on the bid price of the same size plant recently made by Ogden Martin in the State of Connecticut, expected to be in the $92 to $95 million bracket. Ground breaking was scheduled for Nov. 15 at the Okahumpka site. On Oct. 25, Clermont City Council voted down an inter-local agreement with Lake County to deliver garbage to the proposed facility. At issue was the mass burn concept, the lack of city involvement and knowledge in the decision making process, cities getting stuck with the cost and the County Commissions credibility in handling the issue. Through the inter-local agreement, the county was looking for commitments from 75 percent of the population, mostly within the 14 cities, to insure enough gar bage ow (130,000 tons a year minimum) to feed the proposed $66 million mass burn plant. The 75 percent was part of a 20-year service contract with the county, the builder and bond nancer and can be changed if all principals agree. Even if they get 50 per cent participation, said Clermont City Attorney Leonard Baird, he felt the county would still go ahead. City ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxannebrown@dailycommercial.comMan of La Mancha, the Moonlight The atres latest produc tion, just happens to be its directors favorite musical of all time. Jan Sheldon, the director and founder of Cler monts own community theatre company celebrating its 20th year anniversary this year said the story centers on Miguel de Cervantes, a real life Spanish writer/playwright, poet and tax collector who gets thrown into prison during the Spanish Inquisition. While there and awaiting trial, the other prisoners decide to hold a trial of their own and negotiate taking all of Cervantes per sonal belongings, including the manuscript to his unnished novel, should they nd him guilty. Cervantes agrees to the terms, asking only that he be allowed to act out his defense in a charade of his story which happens to be the story of Don Quixote, a knight from La Mancha, who, along with his servant and sidekick, Sancho Panza, are on a quest to ght evil and right all the wrongs of the world. For Sheldon, the play is a metaphor about life because each character represents a certain group of people in the world. Sheldon said she also sees the impact Cervantes has on the prisoners in the play and how his story touches them. But she also sees the play as a metaphor for the impact that theater has on the community and how the arts affects and touches the lives of so many people. The prisoners stay on stage pretty much the whole time because its like they are watching, too, as the story of Don Quixote unfolds in the mind of Cer vantes. The idea is that the story takes place in the dungeon just as much as it takes place in the imagination of Cervantes, Sheldon said. Sheldon said Cervantes transforms himself into the character of Don Quixote and the prisoners, into the various characters sur rounding his story. The characters, costumes and props, are created from whats on the stage. There are gypsies, horses, dukes, townspeople played by the prisoners. And every thing in the dungeon and in a trunk brought into the dungeon is transformed to the point that an old door becomes a table and so on. Each prisoner also represents a different part of humanity, Sheldon said. The duke is like the politicians of the world, the padre represents religion and Don Quixote represents art and culture and the heart and soul of humanity. Aldonza, a beaten-down woman and prostitute, is misunderstood but Don Quixote sees her with his heart instead of just his eyes. He (Quixote) has a positive energy and a positive outlook on things. Quixote gives Aldonza a ray of hope and Cervantes brings that feeling into the prison, into the lives of each of the prisoners and it really impacts them. In the play, Nathan Jesse play Cervantes and Don Quixote, Manolo Hernandez plays Sancho and Jennifer Romans is Aldonza. Sheldon said the music is wonderful as well. It features a very recognizable and loved show tune, The Impossible Dream. Sheldon, who has directed and acted in many plays throughout her career, said she fell in love with this musical the rst time she acted in it. Its really amazing. Its one of those shows that changes lives. It makes people look at things in their lives, and at life itself, in a different way, she said. Man of La Mancha runs through Feb. 9. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 / p.m. with Sunday mati nees at 2 / p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $12 for children. The Moonlight Players Warehouse Theatre is in Historic Downtown Cler mont at 732 B W. Montrose St. For reservations, call 352319-1116. For information about the Moonlight Play ers, go to www.moonlightplayers.com.CLERMONTMan of La Mancha runs through early February at Moonlight Theatre SUBMITTED PHOTO Nathan Jesse, who plays Cervantes, and Jennifer Romans, who plays Aldonza, serve to inspire each other in the story.SEE HISTORY | C4

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C2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 22, 2014 The Quilting Guild of The Villages FLpresentsMARKETPLACE 2014Friday, January 24 & Saturday, January 25 from 9am to 4pm 30 vendors. Shops from six states in one location. Supplies & Equipment: Quilting, Sewing, Fiber Arts, Yarn, Needlework, plus Make & Takes and Basket Mania Raffle. Food Vendors AvailableWildwood Community Center600 County Road 139 Wildwood, FL 34785More at www.QGOTV.org ITS ONLY A GAME By ANDREW CHAIKIN / Edited by Will ShortzNo. 0112RELEASE DATE: 1/19/2014 ACROSS1 Last name in Scotch6 Stream10 Bloke14 Like blokes18 Napoleon, e.g., twice19 Steakhouse order20 Test subject22 Grand-slam drama that stars Bacalls man24 Half an Xmas Halls chant25 1976 horror hit, with The26 Point value of an A in Scrabble27 Little to no29 Heavily favored30 All-inclusive32 Beat poet Cassady and others33 Captain Hooks right hand34 69-Across, e.g.37 Scrams38 Astral saga that has a Darth part42 Cutting edge43 Gulager of TVs The Virginian44 French Oscar46 Bit of Google programming47 Staple of a waiting room48 Work on the roof, say50 Movin ___ (TV theme song)52 One of die Planeten53 Kitty, e.g.54 Count ___55 ___ Anything (Oliver! song)56 The Witches writer57 King Arthur of tennis59 Kris ___ (music duo)61 Like classical poetry63 Fab backwardgram la Sam, aha! Bahamas!67 Burger topper68 Segway inventor Dean ___69 Apple product70 Birds gullet71 Chip on ones shoulder, say73 Kowtowers75 Pilates targets78 Take on79 Poses80 Stone figures?81 Equal to the task82 Objective83 Louis Armstrong, to friends85 Two-time U.S. Open champ86 Houstons old ___ Field87 Black cat that packs grass and chants Jah91 Prefix with -hedron93 Best-selling novelist Susan94 Great Basin natives95 An op-ed has one96 Air apparent?97 Worships100 Common Sense pamphleteer101 Valedictorians pride, for short102 Bygone Bombay bigwig106 Landmark vassal law act108 Warm mask/cap amalgams111 Burning desire112 Puts away113 Friends, in Firenze114 Big name in faucets115 Depict116 Swarm117 Where Sharp Electronics is based DOWN1 Chrysler Building style, informally2 Physical, e.g.3 Smart-alecky4 M*A*S*H star5 One in a gray suit6 Modernist Kafka7 A bridge might have one8 The Lord of the Rings villain9 Pop goer10 Online gaming guilds11 Gatekeepers cry12 Lawyers org.13 Picassos designer daughter14 Tilex target15 Latin 101 verb16 Score creator Schifrin17 Style21 Subject of the documentary An Unreasonable Man23 Spoils24 Two-faced28 Haphazard31 Gift shop buy32 Sign at an intersection33 Apple product, perhaps34 Recipe amt.35 Skin soother36 Gala that saw Black Swan, Avatar and Ab Fab attract claps37 Bar glass thats half Bass, half dark malt38 Lamas art that cant last39 Shazam!40 Noted political maiden name41 Designer McCartney43 Comedian Margaret45 ___ hear48 Something woeful49 Item of attire for 54-Across51 Square meals that are round52 Minneapolis suburb54 Jackie of Shanghai Noon58 Maine senator after Mitchell60 Striped Girl Scout cookie62 Knocks63 Zodiac symbol64 Pier place65 Adams and Alcott66 Most handy72 s self-help course74 Word repeated in the Superman intro76 Alliance77 Meaning: Fr.81 Flashback and halfbacks84 Eyelashes86 That, in Tijuana88 Source of excitement89 TV/movie group associated with this puzzles theme?90 Agave drink92 In the slightest93 Apple product95 The Adversary96 Jerk97 Day-and-night, in a way98 Belafonte hit99 Dungeons & Dragons figure100 Strait-laced101 Elation103 Reebok alternative104 Hike, with up105 The East107 It goes before E except after C109 Whiz110 Vientiane native 12345 6789 1011121314151617 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 2728 29 3031 32 33 343536 37 38 394041 42 43 4445 46 47 48 49 50 5152 53 54 55 56 5758 59 6061 62 6364 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 7273 74 757677 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 888990 9192 93 94 95 96 979899 100 101 102103104105 106 107 108109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 Online subscriptions: Todays puzzle and more than 4,000 past puzzles, nytimes.com/crosswords ($39.95 a year). Solution to puzzle on page D3.COMMUNITY CALENDAR TODAYELDER AFFAIRS PRESENTATION AT THE LIBRARY: At 11 a.m., Age-InPlace Prepare for Tomorrow-To -day, Helen Lehmann Memorial Li -brary, 17435 5th St., in Montverde. Call 407-469-3838 or email mpol-icke@lakeline.lib.us. WRITE YOUR LIFE OFFERED AT LSSC SOUTH LAKE CAMPUS: A six-week non-credit class for senior adults from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Registration at 352-323-3610. THURSDAYINFORMATION SESSION ON AFFORD -ABLE HEALTHCARE REFORM ACT AT THE LIBRARY: At 11 a.m., Helen Lehmann Memorial Library, 17435 5th St., in Montverde. Call 407-469-3838 or email mpolicke@lakeline.lib.us. ESCORTED TOURS OF EUROPE TRAVEL SEMINAR: With Gerry Ash, at 11 a.m., Helen Lehmann Memorial Library, 17435 5th St., in Montverde. Call 407-469-3838 or email mpol-icke@lakeline.lib.us. BRIDAL & QUINCE SEMINAR AT THE LI -BRARY: At 6:30 p.m., Marion Baysinger Memorial Library, 756 W. Broad St., in Groveland. Free admission. Call 352429-5840 for information. SATURDAYCAGAN CROSSING ART AND CRAFT FESTIVAL: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., U.S. Highway 27 and Cagan Crossing Boulevard, in Clermont. Call 352-344-0657 or go to www.tnteventsinc.com for details. SUNDAYLOW COST PET VACCINATION CLINIC: From noon to 4 p.m., Irish Trails Farm and Pet Supply, 102 S. U.S. Highway 27 in Clermont. Call 352-243-0924. MONDAY ORLANDO BIRDMAN-CHILDRENS STORYTIME: At 11 a.m., Helen Leh -mann Memorial Library, 17435 5th St., in Montverde. Call 407-469-3838 or email mpolicke@lakeline.lib.us. OPERA AT THE LIBRARY PRESENTS HANDELS RODELINDA: At 1:45 p.m., at the Cooper Memorial Library, in room 108B in Clermont. Call Dennis Smolarek at 352-536-2275.PASTFINDERS GENEALOGICAL SOCI -ETY OF SOUTH LAKE: President Dottie Dill, and Vice President Esther Long, and member Mary Page will partic -ipate at the Family History Fair on Sun., Jan. 26, from 1:30-4:30 p.m., at West Oaks Library, 1821 E. Silver Star Road in Ocoee. Presented byThe Central Florida Genealogical Soci -ety, other local lineage and family histories societies and West Oaks Li-brary staff. Call 352-242-9805. TUESDAY AUDIO AND MEDIA SALE AT THE LI -BRARY: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Helen Lehmann Memorial Library, 17435 5th St., in Montverde. Call 407-469-3838 or email mpolicke@lakeline.lib.us. EAST RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL SAC MEETING: At 6:45 p.m., in the media center. Call 352-242-2080 for details. SUBMITTED PHOTO Taylor Teasley and Madyson Moy, Montverde Academy Lower-School students at the Change Challenge presentation with Dawn Scott, Faith Neighborhood Center board president and Emily Long, MVA director of school and community service programming. Lower-school students collected and donated more than $1,000 in change and numerous food items for the nonprot Faith Neighborhood Center in Groveland, for needy families throughout Central Florida.MVA LOWER SCHOOL MAKES CHANGE CHALLENGE DONATION SUBMITTED PHOTO T. J. Fish, Lake County Roads and Planning, spoke recently at a Kiwanis Club of Clermont luncheon meeting and provided a comprehensive update on the status of roads and road projects in south Lake County. At right is Alan Garcia, Kiwanis president who presented Fish with the Clubs pin, designed by Tom Thomas.T.J. FISH GUEST AT KIWANIS CLUB OF CLERMONT

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS C3 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. 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 crossroadsfamilyfellowship@gmail.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: newjacobschapel3@aol.com (Pastor Anderson) thechapel2013@gmail.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 NEWLPRESBYTERIANCHURCH18237 E. Apshawa Rd. Minneola, FL 34715 Music Ministries 407-920-0378 Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:45 am 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 SUBMITTED PHOTO Jordan Gregg, left, Tiana Sandh, drama/chorus teacher and Sonia Singh, right, celebrate East Ridge Middle Schools success at a recent competition. Students in the Thespian Troupe at the school in Clermont participated in the International Thespian Societys District Competition on Dec. 7 and brought home 18 superior ratings and eight excellent ratings. THESPIAN TROUPE SHINES SUBMITTED PHOTO Mrs. Grays pre-kindergarten class at Mascotte Elementary Charter School in Mascotte recently celebrated the letter T with a teddy bear tea party. Students dressed up in their best clothes and brought their favorite teddy bears to school to take part in the tea party, complete with hot tea, tarts and treats.MASCOTTE ELEMENTARY CHARTER TEA PARTY

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C4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 22, 2014 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 ) Manager Wayne Saunders questioned that should the county get less than 75 percent, would the participating cities carry the cost? (Editors note: Elected ofcials of South Lakes ve cities met in Clermonts Council Chambers the week before this vote to hear a presentation from county and incinerator ofcials. None had a scheduled council meeting before this commission meeting to discuss signing the agreement). The cities objected to assessing residents as the method to pay for garbage disposal. This was replaced with tipping fees. Trash haulers will be charged a perton fee at the gate, expected to be about $40 a ton (instead of the present $12.50.) Leesburg has signed the revised agreement. Ofcials also questioned the Countys 5 percent recycling projection. Council member Ann Dupee and the city manager expressed dismay in the face of state requirements of 30 percent. Recycling was never discussed by the county, neither was the option of accepting garbage from Disney. Council member Richard Huff pointed out the county will have to spend additional funds for a landll. Cost of disposal will go to $50 per-ton anyway. There are really only two choices, to put raw waste in the ground or burn it. The county will have to close the present landll and build separate facilities, a double lined receptacle for the ash, which will be smaller in volume, and one for the unburnable garbage. A new landll is expected to cost $10 million. The seven-cent county sales tax was to go toward a new jail and closing the present landll. Clermont vote was 3-1 with Turville, Dupee and Mayor Bob Pool voting against and Huff voting for. Council member Lester Cole was absent.LIGHTED BOAT PARADE ON LAKE MINNEOLAIt seemed the whole community turned out for the music program at Jaycee Beach, followed by the areas rst Lighted Boat Parade. Parade sponsors were the Kiwanis Club of Clermont and South Lake Kiwanis and chaired by Richard Bell. The South Lake Council for the Arts coordinated the music, Nick Jones, chairman. Nineteen boats entered, making it difcult for judges Cathy Kyle, Sue Cerelli, Sue Mecanick and Don Wickham. First in the pontoon division were Norquist Construction, Cler mont Pool and Spa, Annies Fancy and The Design Group (John and Pam Ladd, Steve and Anne Monn, Ann Ritch, David Ossman and John Billings) with A Florida Christmas; second place, Jack and Jackie Ulch for Noel; third place, Clermont Marine and Nautilus, with Santa going down the chimney head rst. Winners in the 19foot and under division were Winnies Interiors with an angel with moving wings; David and Carol Coggshall, with a sailing boat outlined in all white lights; and the ag, entered by South Lake Kiwanis. In the 19-foot and over category the winner was the News Leader; second place, United National Real Estate; and third, Tom and Robin Crawford. HISTORY FROM PAGE C1 Price matching is must have tool in your sav ings tool box. The sim ple act of matching another stores price at Walmart can save you 20 percent or more on many items every week. During the holidays, many consumers price-matched the items at Walmart in or der to do all their shopping at one store. BUT Walmart price-matches year round. The retail giant recently revised its price match policy for Florida only to stay competitive with the buy-oneget-one-free sales that are the backbone of both Publix and Winn-Dixies weekly sales. The old policy only allowed consumers to pricematch xed-priced items. For example: Milk is on sale for $1.99 a gallon at your favorite grocery store, but you are at Walmart. Simply show the ad at Walmart and you can have your milk for that price. In October of 2013 Walmart rolled out a new and improved price match policy to stay competitive with the BOGO sales. Not only will they now price-match the BOGOs in any local store ad, but they will match it at their price. This means you save more money. You will get the buy-one-get-one sale at the $1.99 price, and you can still use manufacturer coupons on this item. Instead of paying $1.50 per loaf at the other store, you will pay $0.98 per loaf by price-matching at Walmart. Knowing your store policy is important. You will have a higher success rate by knowing what you can and cant do with coupons and other saving tools at your favorite stores. Earlier this week, I ran into my friend Bobbie and she mentioned her recent checkout experience with price matching. She wanted to know what she did wrong and the answer is nothing. Another local store was offering buy one get one free on Tyson bagged chicken, but the cashier would not let her get the specic avor she had picked out and the ad did specify select varieties. Sometimes the ad can be confusing and if the cashier is confused, you may need to ask for a manager. In this instance, Bobbie did ask for the manager and they happily corrected the issue. Most of the time, the store goes out of its way to make the customer happy and explain the price match policy if needed. SAVVY SAVINGS TIP: Always have your store ads and coupons with you in case you nd yourself at Walmart. Instead of going store to store for the best deal, price match your ads there and save yourself time, gas and headache.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. TANYA SENSENEYSAVINGS DIVA Price matching at Walmart can amount to big savings

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS C5 Call the South Lake Press to get your ad in! 394-2183 SUBMITTED PHOTO December Terric Kids at Cypress Ridge Elementary in Clermont are: Amaya Haupert, Michael McGuire, Anna Kneser, Kyla Kauffman, Stephanie Akomeah, Clarence Truitt, Katon Schmidt, Ana Martin Del Llano, Ella Delaney, Josue Cuevas, Tyler Miller, Kaleo Fornoles, Lexi Shimeall, Evan Gosselin, Andres Ordonez, Jadah Laguerre, Jace Feingold, Colin Vaughan, Alexander Sykes, Luke Terray, Presley Brayman, Jacob Bailey, Sienna Smy, Raegan Randolph, Olivia Waite, Taryn Bandy, Luke Rutzebeck, Abigail Russo, Katelyn Sanders, Hannah Manning, Jaelyn Ruiz, Katelyn Teliga, Ryan Brown, Alison Nelson, Hailey Bronson, and Sarah Jaeger.CYPRESS RIDGE ELEMENTARY DECEMBER TERRIFIC KIDS

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C6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 22, 2014 A/C Services Auto Service Blinds Svcs. Bathtub Refinishing Marine Services Cabinetry Services Carpet Cleaning Services Carpet Repair Services Cleaning Services Contractor Services Door & Lock Services Concrete Services Appliance Repair Garage Door Services Handyman Services Adult Care Services Hauling Services Home Improvement Home Restoration Svcs. Insurance Services Irrigation Services Land Clearing Services Landscaping Services Lawn Services Legal Services Moving Services Airport Transportation Enclosure Screening Flooring Services Bathroom Remodeling

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS C7 Schools/ Instruction Professional Services Psychic 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 Tax Services Shower Doors Service Tree Service Tree Service Veterinarian Services 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. Pals Gals Services, Inc. has been owned and operated by Patti Kauffman and Kellie Kennedy since 1986. They are a multifaceted business offering a wide a variety of services, which include interior and exterior painting, faux painting, wallpaper removal and installation, tile and grout cleaning, tile and grout removal and installation, and grout staining. They also install wood floors and can refinished your old wood floors, to make them look brand new. They can help you with color choices and give advice on what is practical or not! They can help resolve your honeydo list such as minor plumbing, electrical, drywall, cabinets, counter tops for your home or office. They pride themselves on quality womanship, dependability and trust. They know how difficult it is to find someone you trust and actually show up on time. They are a referral based business relying on previous clients to spread the word. They are two very talented ladies that take extreme pride in their work and take each job personally. They know how important making choices about your home or office can be and are more than willing to help with each decision. GIVE THE GALS A CALL, THEY CAN DO IT ALL!!! 352-787-4089 Veterinary Care in the Convenience of your own home! and for you Services include Wellness exams, including vaccines and parasite screening, Blood work, Skin and ear issues, Digestive or Urinary tract issues, Health certificates, Kathie L. Robinson, DVMDr. Robinson has over 16 years experience as a veterinarian.VISITING VETERINARIAN, LLC 352-408-3666 FAX: 352-253-2443VISITINGVETERINARIAN@AOL.COM To have your Professional Service listed here, please contact Michelle in the Classified Department at (352) 365-8233 or by email michelle.fuller@dailycommercial.com

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