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ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.firstname.lastname@example.orgThe da Vinci Robot ic Surgery System at South Lake Hospi tal is proof that technol ogy ha s grown by leaps and bounds in the med ical world. Real life physicians act as its brain, manipulating it during surgery using a video camera they control with a joy stick. But the robots arms are the ones inside patients that are used for minimally invasive surger ies, especially when it comes to those in hardto-reach areas or when the surgeon needs a tight grip or the smoothest of movements. A monitor allows phy sicians to view the sur gery as its happening and makes some surger ies possible even when the doctor is hundreds of miles away. The system costs $1.5 million to $2 million, and South Lake Hospital is the only hospital in Lake County to offer it. About 14 area doctors, varying in expertise from general surgery and urology to gynecology, have been trained to use it. On Thursday, students enrolled in the health programs at two area high schools got to see and test out a robot that looks just like the real one. Their visit was an effort to introduce them to some of the technologies they may have a chance to work with in their own medical futures. Its a hands-on experience that a textbook SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | C1SPORTS:Clermont hosts Special Olympians WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29 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. 5 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 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.email@example.comAuthorities have cleared former Groveland mayor James Gearhart of allegations of bid tampering and of violating the states Sunshine Law. Assistant State Attorney Mark Simpson said his ndings agree with those of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which had been investigating the claims since August. All of these allegations were unfounded by FDLE in their investigation and I concur with their determination, Simpson wrote in a memo to Ric Ridgway, chief assistant state attorney for the 5th Judicial Circuit. Based on the witness statements, facts and circumstances surrounding the aforementioned complaints, probable cause does not exist to support criminal charges, the FDLE concluded. Prior to Simpsons memo, the nature of the FDLEs investigation had not been released to the public. But FDLE documents included with Simpsons memo indicate Gearhart was accused of ofcial misconduct, inclduing violating the states Sunshine Law. More specically, the documents show that Groveland Police Lieutenant Jes se Baker and other city ofcials accused Gearhart of violating the Sunshine Law four times. Gearhart was also accused of circumventing the citys bidding process for a job proposal and also of deleting public records after an alleged incident in which Groveland Information Technology Director Andy Sapp said Gearhart want ed his personal computer checked for in criminating evidence. The FDLE also investigated several oth er complaints. One was by Groveland res ident Glen Wilson alleging ofcial mis conduct by Gearhart. Wilson claimed GROVELANDFormer mayor cleared of wrongdoing GEARHART CLERMONTMedicines future on display PHOTOS BY LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE COMMERCIALABOVE: The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is shown up close, with items depicting organs. BELOW: Judaea Childs works the controls of the robotic surgery simulator.Robotic surgical system allows doctors to work remotely LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.firstname.lastname@example.orgFlorida Education Com missioner Pam Stewart said last week that proposed changes to the Common Core education standards will not affect the rollout of the standards and new statewide assessment by the 2014-15 school year. There are not major, rec ommended changes, she said while attending a liter acy event at Lost Lake Elementary School in Clermont. Most of them are calculus, which is not assessed.Stewart touts Common Core in Clermont BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart reads Princess Pigtoria and the Pea as third grade students follow along on iPads at Lost Lake Elementary school in Clermont.SEE GEARHART | A3SEE CORE | A2SEE SURGERY | A2
A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 29, 2014Further, Stewart said the few changes, such as teaching cursive writing, will not affect teachers because they have already been instructing students in this area. I dont think the changes being proposed are going to upset teachers worlds very much, she said. However, some mem bers of the Florida Sen ate Education Commit tee remained skeptical of reaching the dead line for implementing Common Core by next school year. I nd it hard to believe that the districts are anywhere close to being ready, Education Committee Chair man John Legg, R-Lutz, said at a Jan. 8 meeting. And, Sen. Dwight Bullard D-Miami, questioned why the new as sessment needed to be put in place for the 2014-15 school year. What happens if we were to put the brakes and lets say, lets get it right and give it the 352-394-8228Ron Becker, Director $675 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 Dr., in Clermont. 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 setThe 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 Animal Rescue Dice Run scheduled for SaturdayThe Animal Rescue Dice Run will take place on Saturday 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. Food and beverages by Beef O Bradys, vendors, music by LostNfound, games for prizes by emcee, Radical Randy. For information, call 352-243-7111, or go to www.stormyhillharley.com.CLERMONT Cooper Library to celebrate Black History MonthThe Cooper Memorial Library is celebrating Black History Month with a special program on The Evolution of Jazz Music in America that will chronicle the history of this unique American art form from its early roots to present day. Lake-Sumter State College Instructor David DeHoog will be presenting this enlightening program at 2 / p.m., on Feb. 3 in Room 108A, at the library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., in Clermont. The event is a collaborative effort between Lake-Sumter State College and the Lake County Library System. For information, call Dennis Smolarek at 352-536-2275, or send an email to email@example.com..us.CLERMONT Vendors sought for annual South Lake Womens ExpoThe 12th annual South Lake Womens Expo is seeking vendors for the event sponsored by the Clermont Womens Club to be held March 22 at the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church, at 950 7th St., north of State Road 50, Clermont. Applications are now being accepted for the event offering a bonus for vendors. Included in the vendor fee is a business card ad to be published in the March 19 edition of the South Lake Press, our media sponsor. Admission is free for the public from 10 / a.m. to 2 / p.m., with everything of interest to women and men about fashion, health and nutrition, jewelry, travel and health care. Enter rafes to win prizes donated by vendors. For information or an application, send an email to Basha Schlazer at BSsportzfan@aol.com. Area Briefs What South Lake residents are saying about ...MUSIC CLASSTo what extent, if at all, should music classes be made available in public schools?They should be available. Its part of the arts. Everybody should be able to express themselves, whether its in football or in band. KIM FIELDING CLERMONT You take a kid that real ly thinks rap is music and where do you start? In WWI the army, they would stop ghting at night and play music to each other across the lines. That was to create a unity, a pur pose. I learned to write music when I was a kid. I learned to read music. We had a band, a choir, an or chestra. For me music is the ultimate personal expression, but how do you put that in a government program? KEITH CANOUSE ORLANDO I think that music class es should be available. I feel that kids should have the opportunity to have phys ed, music, art. I used to hate music class (music appreciation) when I was in school, but at least I had the opportu nity. I think you should be exposed to music, mu sic that some people never hear at home. People just know the music they are exposed to. Give some diversity. PAT BORSEY GROVELAND I think music should be available in the schools and going back as far as they can. It gives children a sense of discipline be cause as you prepare mu sic, its like another sport. It provides a discipline and an opportunity for a career path, and an op portunity to provide the same career path to others who may not have the re sources in the U.S. and across the world. STEVE WARD HARRISBURG, N.C. 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 CORE FROM PAGE A1 could never provide to a child, said Dr. Synthia Conti, the Health Science instructor at East Ridge High School. Of course, they (students) have heard about cer tain technologies and medical-related advances, and Ive talked about it to them, but it actually makes what they are learning real. This brings it to life before their eyes and thats priceless. I mean, what high school student has the opportunity to see and actually get to play with actual multi-million dollar equipment that real professionals use in the industry? Samuel Ali, 19, a senior at ERHS, who hopes to become a neurosur geon, said the experience opened his eyes. The fact that a robot can do what we can do, and in some cases better, is amazing, he said. It also makes me think that by the time I nish school and start working, things might be easier for me as a surgeon. There might be more training to complete, but it may become easier. Before trying their own hands at using the system to reposition colored pegs that simulated bodily organs, two shifts of students the rst from Lake Minneola High School and the second from East Ridge High School got to hear what actual area doctors had to say about the evolution of medicine and surgery over the years. They also talked about how things like the robot were aiding them during procedures and beneting patients. Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, a Clermont urologist and robotic micro sur geon with The Pur Clinic, said he hoped to inspire the visiting students by giving them a peek into the way things are being done now in medicine. My goal was to show them the new technologies, but really, the bigger purpose behind today was to inspire them, Brahmbhatt said. As micro surgeons, we do sur gery that requires reaching small organs and successfully completing precise and intricate procedures. Some of the sur geries can also be very taxing, so at one time, we could only do maybe one surgery like that per day. Using the robot, we can to do up to three or four if necessary. But the biggest benet of the robot is that it makes us more efcient because its ergonomic, it has ve-to-one motion scaling, it decreases tremor, it decreases sur geon fatigue, it decreases the need for an assistant and has been shown to improve recovery time for patients because of smaller incisions, and it allows for less movement that occurs once inside the body. David Wright, DO, a general surgeon with Mid Central Florida and Associates in Clermont, who also spoke during one of the mornings two sessions, said the robot can sew, dissect, cut, cauterize, seal vessels and staple. This is our future, Wright said. Weve been busier and busier doing procedures with this robot, and weve had happier patients with less pain and less recovery times. SURGERY FROM PAGE A1 right amount of time, he said. We can use this test as sort of a baseline test in order to gauge whether or not it is the right tool in the tool box to use without im pacting all those areas it could impact. The Common Core State Standards were re searched, written and developed by professional educators and education experts from across the United States and agreed upon in 2010 through a state-led initiative by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State School Ofcers, ac cording to the Florida De partment of Education. Specically, the CCSS provide clear educational standards, while allowing local districts and schools the exibility needed to de liver quality instruction in the classroom, according to the FDOE. CCSS is a shift in the way teachers teach, putting more of the learning in the teachers hands, Stewart said Wednesday. Stewart volunteered her time to read to third-grade students for Read Across Lost Lake, an annual program that is part of Celebrate Literacy Week, Flor ida. Volunteers, including community leaders, read to students in numerous classrooms in the school. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, Lake County Commissioner Sean Parks, Superintendent Susan Moxley, Lake County School Board Member Rosanne Brandeburg and South Lake Chamber of Commerce President Ray San Fratello participated in the event. We believe this program shows students the impor tance of reading, said Su san Emrick, literacy coach. Rhonda Hunt, principal of the school, said students at the school continue to improve in reading. We received our Lake Benchmark Assessment for the second quarter and we have improved 10-15 per cent for our mid-year reading, she said.What happens if we were to put the brakes and lets say, lets get it right and give it the right amount of time. We can use this test as sort of a baseline test in order to gauge whether or not it is the right tool in the tool box to use without impacting all those areas it could impact.Sen. Dwight Bullard D-Miami
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 Gearhart offered the city manager position to someone during the tenure of a current city manager already employed by the city. An other complaint from Groveland resident Mike Radzik alleged of cial misconduct by Gearhart for arranging the hiring of for mer city manager Sam Oppelaar. Then, there was another possible Sunshine Law violation allegation against Gearhart based on in ternal memos released by Oppelaar during his tenure documenting conversations and meetings with Gear hart, then Vice Mayor Tim Loucks and oth er city ofcials. Finally, there was a complaint from electrician Navin Lokenath whod been contracted to do a job for the city but then alleged ofcial miscon duct by Gearhart for interfering with him re ceiving nal payment for his services. The allegations were dismissed by FDLE. But after interviews with the complainants and all parties involved in or named in the al legations, FDLE inves tigating agent Daniel Wallace reported that he had reason to be lieve Gearhart had provided a false statement during questioning about a conversation Gearhart allegedly had with Groveland police sergeant George Scott Penvose, who claimed he was ap proached by Gearhart and Loucks in a Publix parking lot and asked about the possible out sourcing of the police dispatch center. That, according to the FDLE report, is why the case had been sent back to the State Attor neys ofce for further review and appropriate action. During the course of this (the FDLEs) in vestigation, it was determined Mayor Gear hart provided a false statement not in an of cial proceeding. Due to Mayor Gearharts false statement, there is prob able cause to believe Florida State 837.012(1) was violated. Simpsons memo says he will not le charges against Gearhart for that either. The mayor, when questioned, stated that he didnt ask any questions about the Grov eland dispatch center. According to the report, the vice mayor (Loucks) and Sgt. Penvose con tradict this and state that the mayor asked several questions about the dispatch center, Simpson wrote. The allegation, even if true, is insufcient to support a charge of perju ry in a non-ofcial pro ceeding. City Attorney Anita Geraci-Carver alert ed the City Council last week about the outcome of the investigation. Upon learning late last week that all the allegations against him had been dismissed, Gearhart posted on his Facebook page that he was glad the investigation was over. On Wednesday, he reiterated the same sentiment. The only thing I want to say is that Im glad its over with. But now comes the hard part of forgiving all the people that made all these allegations against me and more, over the past eight years, Gearhart said. Gearhart resigned in the midst of the in vestigation. I knew certain peo ple just wanted me out, but when all this start ed interfering with my wifes health, I said This job is not worth that, no way, Gear hart said. But the cit izens of Groveland will see. Some of them do not want to support their council, but now, they are going to see an increase in taxes and a lot of other things. As mayor, all I was trying to do was to keep a de cent budget, get people to do their jobs and get people to see that if you quit wasting money, you can have decent paying jobs while keep ing a low tax rate for our citizens. GEARHART FROM PAGE A1 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.firstname.lastname@example.orgWithout public transportation, Anna Zarlengo would not make it to her job at the Walmart pharmacy department in Leesburg. The Route 2 LakeX press bus has become a lifeline for the Leesburg resident. But nding affordable transportation to her second job on weekends as a certi ed nursing assistant in Lady Lake has prov en more difcult because there is no public transportation on the weekends or evenings. I struggle to nd a way to get to work, she said. Sometimes I spend an average of $80 a weekend to pay for a cab. It takes a lot out of my pay. Further, during the weekdays her shift at Walmart ends at 8 / p .m., after bus service has stopped for the eve ning. As a result, Zarlengo makes the hour-long trip home by foot. I got to do what I got to do, she said. I work seven days a week to pay bills and get a roof over my head. Public transportation in Lake County is becoming increasingly important to peoples lives, county and trans portation ofcials said. The transit rider ship is growing and so is our urban popula tion, said T.J. Fish, ex ecutive director of the Lake-Sumter MPO. These two things are symbiotic. As our ur ban population grows, so does the demand for transit services. LakeXpress trips 90 percent of which are federally funded have increased by 79,797, to 312,591, for scal year 2013, according to the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization. The increase in rider ship is a product of the economy but also because people are be coming more familiar with the service as it has matured. Certainly, Fish said, weekend and eve ning service is need ed in Lake County. But whether there are enough federal funds to cover that need re mains the question. While federal funding for transportation has increased in some areas of Lake County, Fish said the major ity of that funding is ex pected to be used to start a new spine ser vice along State Road 50 from Mascotte to the Winter Garden Region al Shopping Center in 2015. It will be the rst LakeXpress route in south Lake County, and it will connect with the LYNX 105 route. Federal funding for transportation in the next six years remains in the balance, transit ofcials said. There is now a concerted ef fort to get cities to help fund public transportation. After the 2020 cen sus we expect our abil ity to use federal fund ing for operations and maintenance to be eliminated, making this portion of the tran sit budget a local fund ing responsibility, said Mike Woods, transpor tation planner for the Lake-Sumter MPO. David Hope, xed route coordinator, said that after 2022 the county would most likely need more local funding to provide pub lic transportation be cause of the anticipated change in population and the federal guidelines regarding how we use the federal dollars. Fish said many residents are making decisions about where to live or work based on bus service. If they dont have a bus, they dont have a job, he said. Which would you prefer, for people to have an op tion or perhaps not have a job because of lack of transportation options? It is better to provide access to jobs. Lake County Com missioner Sean Parks, who also serves as chairman of the Lake-Sumter MPO Governing Board, agreed. That is where pub lic transportation can have its most positive effect, he said. It gets people to work. The Florida Public Transportation Association reported that for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is generated in eco nomic returns. According to a 2012 Officials exploring more bus service for south Lake BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIALJohnny Ellison, left, and Lucille Richardson, right, ride the Lake Xpress route 2 bus line on Jan. 16 in Leesburg. Ellison has been trying for years to persuade LakeXpress to run on weekends. NUMBER OF LAKEXPRESS TRIPSLakeXpress has seen a spike in ridership since 2010, with buses making 79,794 more trips a 34% increase. 250,000 150,000 200,000 300,000 100,000 50,000 2010 2011 2012 2013 232,797 257,721 296,969 312,591Source: Title Community Services Department TRIPS TRIPS TRIPS TRIPSWHITNEY WILLARD / STAFF GRAPHICSEE BUS | A5
A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 29, 2014Residents of a Leesburg neighborhood found themselves caught in a frustrating bureaucratic web last week when they re ported that a raccoon was lurching around in front of their homes behaving oddly and ap parently sick. It seems pretty apparent from the residents descriptions disorientation, panting, staggering that the animal was stricken with rabies. Yet when several called various, city, county and state agencies for help, the answer was always, not our job. According to the residents, some of whose accounts were conrmed when Daily Commercial reporters spoke with authorities, Leesburg police said they couldnt do anything, the health department said it doesnt fall under their purview, Lake County Animal Services said they only deal with domestic animals and the state Wildlife Commission said they dont have enough ofcers to respond to such calls. In fact, a couple of the agencies suggested the residents call a private trapper, who, for a fee, will catch or kill the animal. Bear in mind, Leesburg was under a rabies alert at the time. You see, the health department issues rabies alerts when a human or pet comes in con tact with a rabid animal so that other pet owners can take the necessary precautions to safeguard themselves and their pets. Good to know, but it still amounts to an after-the-fact advisory. And yet faced with an immediate rabies threat which they could have done something about every agency washed its hands of the responsibility to confront and defuse a public safety issue. Instead, they put the onus back on the citizens to dig into their own pock ets for a solution. We wonder why. Is it not the duty of police to protect? Is it not the responsibility of animal control to control animals? Is it not the mission of the health department to safeguard public health? Is it not the charge of wildlife ofcers to deal with wildlife? The answer is yes, on all counts. Rabies is no small problem. It is a deadly disease that attacks the central nervous system of mammals, and it is regarded seriously enough that the state of Florida requires all domestic pets be vaccinated against it. In 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, authorities logged 6,153 conrmed cases of rabies in the U.S. So, it is not rare. And with development pushing so many wild animals out of their woodsy habitats into our neighborhoods, the opportunities for wild animals to come in contact with pets and children are increasing. We urge our city, county and state leaders to come together and solve this problem by deciding who will respond to these threats and how, but not whether. Public safety is at stake. Its not negotiable. YOUR EDITORIAL BOARDROD DIXON . .......................................... PUBLISHERTOM MCNIFF . ................................. 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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. Agencies need a better response to rabies threatsKeep politics out of faithTo voice an opinion that a religious organization such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who devote their lives to helping the aged and ill, must pay for contraceptives for employees is reprehensible. To suggest that employees would have to pay for contraceptives by using one form of compensation -their salaries as an implied hardship is to ignore that the cost of most contraceptives is equal to or even less than a pack of cigarettes or a six pack of beer. To imply that your editorial objection is somehow driven by concern for fellow man is hypocrisy. To suggest that faith groups must accept that they will be touched in some ways by beliefs, practices and ways of living of which they disapprove is to deny the fundamental rights of religious freedom. ROBERT M. JOHNSON | LeesburgA lack of leadership by DemocratsI read a letter last week that broke the straw with me. I often get steamed at letters, but this one has me infuriated. The headline said, Vote democratic. The reasons are obvious. Here are just a few reasons that are blatantly obvious about Democrats: the middle class is losing a months pay a year. Electricity prices are up 20 per cent over ve years ago. The poverty rate has jumped 30 per cent. Food stamp usage is up 80 percent. Jobs lost in the recession have still not recovered ve years later. The unemployed includes 8.7 percent of Hispanics and 12.5 percent of blacks. Health insurance premiums have doubled. The Democrats are forcing religious institutions to offer birth control and abortafacients against their faith. Democrats have increased spending more than all administrations before them combined. Weve seen a lack of leader ship like never before. Our president is unaware of what is going on in his administration and Congress is split on everything like never before. God help us all if this writer reects the attitude of people come election time. They all deserve to be voted out. BOB MERRIAM | LeesburgPoliticians should do the job or get the axePoliticians who are appointed or elected should be held accountable for the positions they have been assigned to do. If they were working in the private sector and they didnt do their job or performed in a felonious manner, they would immediately lose that job, along with the benets. People in politics are allowed to retain their pensions even though they very seldom stay in that position as long as someone in the private sector. Why is it that when we elect or appoint a person for political ofce, he or she retains a very generous pension and a high salary, even when they have not shown any experience in that position. Whatever happened to proving yourself? Why do we give people in government a clear path to do whatever they want to benet themselves and their associates, with no conscience, and no fear of retribution? CONNIE D. SQUADERE | ClermontIf you know of a veteran living in Lake, Sumter or Marion counties whose name should be added to the Lake County Veter-ans Memorial, call 352-314-2100, or go to www.lakeveterans.com. CALLING ALL VETERANS YOURVOICESLETTERS TO THE EDITORMedia biased on ObamacareWhere is the fair and balanced media on Obamacare? I have heard many stories of people beneting from Obamacare, but all one reads in the paper are the negative stories. Several of my friends have received rebates from their health insurers because of the Obamacares 80/20 rule the insurance provider must spend 80 percent of the premium on health/wellness, and only 20 percent on administrative costs and prot. Any provider not complying must rebate dollars over the 20 percent. I know people (plural) who have received $250 in each of the last two years. Other friends have nally been able to purchase affordable health insurance, whereas before Obamacare, if they could nd an insurer they couldnt afford the coverage. Now with Obamacare, those with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and in some cases, simply being female, not only can nd insurance, but the premiums cannot be based on existing conditions, but on the plan the individual chooses. On a personal note, we have been fortunate to have healthcare coverage through our jobs. When we retired, we bought our own private insurance but saw the premiums annually rise due to uncontrollable health care costs. We signed up through the Marketplace for affordable health insurance and are saving $400 per month, with better coverage. Just as the president has been saying, everyone should have access to quality, affordable health insurance. If your current premiums are greater than 9.5 percent of your income, it is not considered affordable. Obamacare: Try it, I bet youll like it. NANCY HURLBERT | Leesburg LETTER of the WEEK COURTESY PHOTO President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting in the Oval Ofce of the White House in Washington on Jan. 13
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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: email@example.com (Pastor Anderson) firstname.lastname@example.org (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 Lake-Sumter MPO survey, weekend service is critical. Of the 85 percent of respondents who favor adding transit service in the county, 55 percent said they would like to see week end service added. Dottie Keedy, community ser vices director, said while the county would like to provide that service, there is no funding to implement it now. We know that the demand is there, and certainly as soon as we can nd some funding we would probably implement it, she said. Enhancements could be accelerated if the cities were interested. Several city ofcials in Lake County expressed interest in helping provide additional bus service. With funding in place for the SR 50 spine route, Fish said there is also interest in starting a circular route in Clermont and Minneola to serve the two down town areas as well as the Cler mont Park-and-Ride on US 27. We dont have enough federal funds to do that, Fish said, un less these two cities say they are interested enough to participate. City ofcials in Minneola and Clermont said they are open to the idea but are still weighing the costs. Jim Hitt, Clermonts economic development director, said, the city is interested, but there are not any hard numbers produced yet. But Hitt said it is clearly need ed, citing the expansion of the bus park-and-ride on U.S. Highway 27 in Clermont to accom modate riders on LYNX, which provides service from Clermont to Orlando. BUS FROM PAGE A3 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.email@example.comThe Clermont Police Department has launched a series of crime prevention videos to promote public safety Ofcials say they hope the videos in conjunction with other efforts such as connect ing with the communi ty through a Facebook page and keeping people informed about crime trends in the city will help promote safety in this south Lake city. The rst video in the ongoing series focuses on not leaving items in cars to attract thieves. It was released on Face book, then on YouTube earlier this month. Links to the videos can also be found on the citys website. Based on comments and likes from people who have visited the departments Facebook page, the departments message is much appreciated. A couple of Facebook commenters said they would share the video with neighbors, another complimented police for being a very forward thinking, and many simply said thank you. Ofcer David Colon, who approached Police Chief Charles Broad way about making the video, served as its nar rator. The video, which took about 12 hours to shoot and 24 hours to edit, was produced by For ever Humble Productions, owned by Ryan Rodriguez. Ryans wife and child were featured as the mom and child victims in the video and one of his associates was the perpetrator. The basic message was to not make it easy for a thief to break into your vehicle. Did you know that in todays fast-paced modern world, you can contribute to become a victim of crime? Co lon says in the video. Statistics show that over 80 percent of ve hicle burglaries occur when vehicles were left unlocked and valu ables were left in plain sight. Hide it or take it and lock your vehicle dont become a victim. The department plans to release at least one video on Facebook and YouTube every three months. Carlos Camacho, manager of the RaceTrac at 3201 S. Highway 27 in Clermont, said he would like to show the videos on the moni tor inside his store and plans to seek approval from his corporate headquarters to do so as soon as possible. To view the videos, go to www.facebook.com/ ClermontPD or www. youtube.com. For information, call 352-394-5588.CLERMONTPolice department promotes safety through video series
A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Gene Peacock Baer Gene Peacock Baer, 93, of Eustis, died Sat urday, January 18, 2014. Hamlin & Hilbish Fu neral Directors.Gertrude R. BeebeGertrude R. Beebe, 84, of Grand Island, died Saturday, January 18, 2014. Hamlin & Hil bish Funeral Directors.Simeon BryonSimeon Bryon, 79, of Leesburg, died Friday, January 17, 2014. Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors.Dorothy ChastainDorothy Straughan Chastain, 63, of Temple Terrace, died Friday, January 17, 2014. Bey ers Funeral Home.Timothy ChisholmTimothy Chisholm, 67, of Blitchton, died Saturday, January 18, 2014. Rocker-Cusack Mortuary, Leesburg.Bessie L. ClarkBessie L. Clark, 92, of Tavares passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Steverson, Ham lin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tavares, FL.Mable L. DavisMable L. Davis, 80, of Mount Dora, FL passed away on Friday, January 24, 2014. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Fu nerals and Cremations, Tavares, FL.Lynn Jerry DickensLynn Jerry Dickens, 86, of Grand Island, died Friday, January 17, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home.John James Fletcher Jr.John James Fletcher, Jr., 78, of Umatilla, died Monday, January 20, 2014. Beyers Funer al Home.Geneva Purcell HamiltonGeneva Purcell Hamilton, 80, of Webster, died Friday, January 17, 2014. Purcell Funeral Home.Barbara J. HumphreyBarbara J. (Roach) Humphrey, 72, of Eustis, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors, Eustis, FL.Gail KellyGail Kelly, 60, of Webster, died Saturday, January 18, 2014. Rocker-Cusack Mortuary, Leesburg.James W. LynchJames W. Lynch, 70, of Grand Island, died Thursday, January 23, 2014. Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors.Charlie L. Martin Jr.Charlie L. Martin, Jr., 81, of Eustis, died Fri day, January 17, 2014. Marvin C. Zanders Fu neral Home, Inc.Gary W. Norman Jr.Gary W. Norman, Jr., 26, of Eustis, died Tues day, January 21, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home.Dennis Lee ParkerDennis Lee Parker, 70, of Umatilla, died Sunday, January 19, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home.Dorothy R. ParkerDorothy R. Parker, 97, of Leesburg, died on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Harden/Pauli Funeral Home.Ruth Aline RichRuth Aline Rich, 98, of Eustis passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors, Eustis, FL.Rose L. StabileRose L. Stabile, 89, of Paisley, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014. Bey ers Funeral Home.Sandra Glover TriceSandra Glover Trice, 54, of Umatilla, died Monday, January 21, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home.Shirley M WhiteShirley M White, 95, of Umatilla, died Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Hamlin & Hil bish Funeral Directors.IN MEMORY
FREEDELIVERYWith Any New Cart Purchaserffnntb B1 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 29, 2014 www.southlakepress.com YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTSSPORTS EDITOR . ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE . ............................ 365-82683 FAX . .......................................... 394-8001 E-MAIL . ........ firstname.lastname@example.orgSPORTSandLEISURE FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.email@example.comA trio of area boys soccer teams and tone girls team will look to extend their seasons this week in regional tourna ment action. The Lake Minneola, Mount Dora and South Lake boys teams will play Thurs day in regional quarternal games, while Leesburgs girls team hosted a re gional seminal contest on Tuesday. Lake Minneola, which defeated South Lake 3-2 with a goal in the nal two minutes by Chris Choong in the Class 3A-District 5 tournament on Friday in Belleview, will host Palm Coast Matanzas at 7 p.m Thursday in a Class 3A-Region 2 quarternal match. Palm Coast Matan zas lost to Daytona Beach Seabreeze in the Class 3A-6 tournament nal. South Lake, which earned a berth in the district title match by beating Leesburg on penalty kicks, will play at Daytona Beach 4 area soccer teams still have state title hopes FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.firstname.lastname@example.orgP.J. Foster has grown com fortable behind the three-point line. The former Leesburg High School standout drained 11 three pointers and scored 35 points Wednesday for Limestone College in a 76-65 win against Er skine College in Gaffney, S.C. Both totals were NCAA Division-II career highs for Foster, a 6-foot-0 guard and maintained his standing as the nations best in three-point shots attempt ed (200) and three-point shots made (87). Ofcials in the Lime stones Sports Information of ce said they believe Fosters performance on Wednesday was the most prolic effort be hind the arc in program history. The Saints defense fed off Fosters success from long range. He hit three-straight triples as part of a 12-0 scoring run that built a double-digit advantage for Limestone coming to open the second half. Limestone also fashioned 9-0 and 9-1 scoring runs and led by as many as 18 points. Foster drained 7-of-11 threepoint shots in the second half and helped the Saints to hold off multiple scoring runs by the Flying Fleet. He nished the game 11-of-20 from the eld, including 11-of-18 from behind the arc in 39 minutes. Entering Wednesday, Foster had made as many as 10 threepoints shots in a game and a ca reer high of 33 points with the Saints. For the season, Foster is aver aging 20.4 points per game. He is shooting 46 percent from the eld and is draining 44 percent of his triples. He has hit at least one three-pointer in every game this season. Foster began his college career at Brevard Community Former Yellow Jackets standout content behind 3-point arc SUBMITTED PHOTO Former Leesburg High School and current Limestone College standout P.J. Foster looks for a shot during a game on Jan. 22 against Erskine College in Gaffney, S.C. PHOTOS BY LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIALFormer Olympian Damu Cherry Mitchell talks shop with Special Olympics Athlete Kyle Krekeler, center, and his running partner Troy Clark, left, who will be represent Lake County in the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games in June. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.email@example.comSpecial Olympics the worlds larg est sports organi zation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities provides year-round training and competitions to more than 4.2 million athletes in 170 countries. Nearly 200 of those athletes from all over Florida were in Clermont over the weekend preparing for the 2014 USA Special Olympics games next June in Princeton, N.J. Anticipation is high for Lake Countys Special Olympics program, which has never before had four athletes qualify for the national competition: David Icker in aquatics, Jonathan Robinson in bowling and Kyle Krekeler and running buddy Troy Clark in track and eld. Its so exciting to have some of our athletes going to the games this year, said Mary Adamson, a Special Olympics physical training instructor at Lake Hills School in Howey-in-the-Hills. I think a couple of athletes got to go to the international games once, but that was like 20 years ago. Because training was needed in a variety of sports, multiple venues were utilized, including the National Training Center in Cler mont (aquatics); Montverde Academy in Montverde (soccer, track and eld, volleyball, basketball and cycling); Cler mont Lanes in Clermont (bowling) and the Sanctuary Ridge Golf Course in Clermont (golf). Miami Dades Daniel Cartaya, the coach for Team Floridas track and eld team, said the camp provided him some insight as to just how strong the team is this year. I saw a tremendous amount of ability, he said. And its funny because Id never met most of these athletes before this weekend, but in less than 24 hours, its like they all have become mine. They are my athletes from now through the games and Im proud that this is our team. Ronna Smith from Clay County, one of Team Floridas bowling coaches, was moved by the camaraderie. Its been really cool for me and my athletes to get to know all the other athletes, she said. Were going to be friends from now on; its not like we will be competing with them in June and thats it. Clermont hosts Special Olympians Pro bowler Jim Carter, left, son of bowling legend Don Carter, chats with Special Olympics bowler Jonathan Robinson.SEE OLYMPIANS | B3SEE STANDOUT | B3 FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.firstname.lastname@example.orgThe Eustis High School football team is holding its second annual golf tour nament on Feb. 8 at Black Bear Golf and Country Club. Play will begin at 9 / a.m. with a shot gun start and registration for the days activities begins at 8 / a.m. at the golf course. Entry fees vary depending on the number of players being registered and the level of sponsorship. The cost for one player is $75 and a foursome can be entered for $250. A corporate team, which includes a foursome and a hole sponsorship, is $325.Eustis HS football team hosts annual golf tournamentSEE GOLF | B3SEE SOCCER | B3
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS B3 Its a life-changing experience for everyone involved. Krekeler, 25, from Tavares, who will be representing Lake County in track and eld, is looking for ward to the games, not only to demonstrate his sports abilities, but also his independence. He enjoys the program because it gives him the chance to be the best at something. Robinson, 33, from Mount Dora, who will be representing Lake County in bowling, said he was having fun at the camp but was keeping his focus on New Jersey. I want to go to nationals and get gold, he said. Thats my goal. At least two of the training sessions had surprise visitors who stopped by to meet the athletes and offer them some tips and expert advice. At Clermont Lanes, where the bowling ses sion was held, bowling pro Jim Carter of Winter Garden, son of bowling legend Don Carter, stopped by to offer the bowlers some pointers. And at Montverde Academy, Netherlands sprinter Churanday Martina, Dominican Republic hurdler Lavonne Idlette, Amer ican sprinter and Olympic gold medal ist Justin Gatlin and Tampa hurdler Damu Cherry Mitchell, along with her husband and three-time Olympian Dennis Mitchell, showed up to offer en couragement. All are working out at the Na tional Training Center. For Gatlin, the visit was like a peer review. In my eyes, there is no difference between the Special Olympics athletes and any other athlete who participates in a sport, or Olympians like my self, he said. As far as I see it, being an athlete takes courage, it takes discipline and it takes athleticism, especially when it comes to competing against other people with the same talent as you. Im here today and what I see are fellow athletes. I look at them as my teammates. OLYMPIANS FROM PAGE B1 College in Melbourne in 2009 and scored 20 points in the rst game. He averaged 9.8 points per game and hit 39 three pointers in his only season at BCC. From there, Foster transferred to Pas co-Hernando College in New Port Richey in 2010 and raised his scoring average to 15.3 points per game with a career high of 37 points. He was sixth in the National Junior College Athletic Asso ciation in three-point percentage. After being redshirted his rst year at Limestone, Foster stepped up as a redshirt junior to average 11.5 points per game and shot 42 percent from behind the three-point line. Wednesdays win boosted the Saints to 11-6 overall and 3-4 in Conference Carolinas. Limestone College is an NCAA Division II school in Gaffney, S.C. STANDOUT FROM PAGE B1 Hole sponsorship signs are $100. Entry fees cover range balls, prizes and lunch after golf, in ad dition to greens fees for the tournament. Black Bear Golf and Country Club is a 24505 Calusa Blvd. in Eustis. Checks are accepted and can be made out to Eustis High School Football. Payments can be mailed to EHS Foot ball, P.O. Box 511, Sor rento, FL 32776. Registration forms can be faxed to Eustis coach Mike Hay at 352357-5581. For information, contact Hay at 419-7335272 or Laura Stutts at 352-430-4540. Inquiries also can emailed to: HayM@lake.k12. .us or Laura@Island BreezeCreations.com. GOLF FROM PAGE B1 LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Special Olympics track and eld competitors take a warm-up lap at Montverde Academy. Three other sites in south Lake were used as training venues over the weekend. Green Valley Country Club to host fundraiser on Feb. 15The Green Valley Womens Golf Association will host its annual fundraiser golf tournament to benet Cornerstone Hospice of Lake and Sum ter counties on Feb. 15. Both men and women are welcome to participate in the event at 14601 Green Valley Blvd. The four-man scramble begins at 8:30 / a.m. with a shotgun start. Registration begins at 7:30 / a.m. The cost is $60 per person and includes golf cart, coffee and donuts, lunch, prizes and a $15 dona tion to Hospice. Additional fundraising will be held to benet Hospice. Hole sponsors are want ed for the tournament. The deadline is Feb. 7. For information, call 352-242-9545 or 352-241-8899.CLERMONT Seabreeze at 7 / p .m. on Thursday. Mount Dora is the third local boys team to advance after Oca la Trinity Catholic 1-0 in the Class 2A-6 title contest on Friday at Ocala Trinity Cath olic. Danny Rodriguez scored the Hurricanes lone goal off an assist by Keith Bixler. Goalkeeper Jake Girard recorded four saves. As a result of winning the district title, the Hurricanes will host Keystone Heights at 7 / p.m. Thursday in a Class 2A-Region 2 quarternal match. Keystone Heights lost to Gainesville Eastside Class 2A-6 champion ship game. On the girls side, Leesburg was the only local team to sur vive last weeks regional quarternal play. The Yellow Jackets blanked Daytona Beach Seabreeze 1-0 and hosted Palm Coast Matanzas in Tuesdays Class 3A-Region 2 seminals at Leesburg High Schools H.O. Dabney Stadium. Tickets for regional tournament contests are $7. The girls state nals will be played beginning Feb. 5 at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne. The boys nals will begin Feb. 12, also at Eastern Florida State College. SOCCERFROM PAGE B1
B4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 29, 2014 CHAMBER AWARDS & NEWS www.southlakechamber-fl.com Since 2005, Walmart and the South Lake Chamber of Commerce have presented an annual Community Recognition Award to three smallbusiness owners who support & contribute their time to the community. Congratulations to the 2013 winners! Pictured (L to R) are award winner Gerry Ash with Ash Travel; winner Karen Dorr with Dorr's Plumbing & Irrigation; presenter of the award Stacie Forrett-Wilson, store manager for the Walmart at Johns Lake Rd; winner Ron Smart with AdComm Creative Marketing Group; and presenting Chamber Board Member Kathy Scherer with Centennial Bank. Ambassadors welcomed Jamie & Chuck Harrow from Harrow Yoga to their brand new yoga studio located at 4420 Highway 27, Suite 1 in Clermont. See all of the peaceful details along with all that they offer at www.harrowyoga.com. The Chamber Ambassadors recently presented the "We Noticed" recognition award to owners Gina and Josh Barkan of A Pawn USA for the many and easily 'noticeable' improvements that they made to their building & location at 811 E. Highway 50 in Clermont. Thank you for helping to beautify our Community! Visit them soon at their location or virtually at www.apawnusa.com. Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Dr. Mona Patel and her staff at Clermont Pediatrics to their new offices located at 861 Oakley Seaver Dr. Unit A in Clermont (within the South Lake Medical Arts Center). You can see all of the pediatric services that they offer at www.clermontpediatrics.com Friends of Cooper Memorial Library was honored at the December South Lake Chamber breakfast for the nonprofit's efforts supporting the library. The Friends raised more than $300,000 to help fund the new library and have continued to host twice-yearly used-book sales that helped fund the purchase of iPads, DVDs for the children's library, summer reading programs with more than 6,500 children participating and the popular Opera at the Library program. Accepting the award from Michelle Michnoff, chair of the community relations program (not pictured), were Terry Moherek (left) and Ann Dupee (right) members of Friends of Cooper Memorial Library. The Chamber and Ameriprise Financial recognized Olivia Fagan (center) as December's Outstanding Student of the Month. Olivia, a student at Lake Minneola High School, is on the school's Prom Committee and enjoys singing in several musical groups, including the Gold Company, FLA All-State Honor Choir, Sola Voce and Tre Voce. She is a teacher's assistant and works at TJ Maxx while maintaining a 4.42 GPA in honors classes. Presenting the award was Wesley Reed (left) with Ameriprise Financial. Olivia was congratulated by her principal Linda Shepherd-Miller (right).
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 29, 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 . .... email@example.com % en HOMETOWN: Liberty, New York % en OCCUPATION: Director of Marketing and Special Events at Cagan Crossings % en FAMILY: My husband, Rich, son Patrick, who is a senior at University of North Florida and Chewie, our Llasa Apso. What do you enjoy most about South Lake County? The hills and small town community feel. It reminds me of home. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sentence, what would it be? To treat people nice because nice matters! 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? Pastor Christine Hopewell of The Well of Hope Thrift Store in the Four Corners area of Clermont. She has a food bank that serves 2,900 families in the area. She answered the immediate needs of her local community by using the proceeds of the thrift store in addition to donations to feed her neighbors. 3) How does what you do contribute to the welfare of the area? By helping to build a sense of community at Cagan Crossings, which is a traditional neighborhood development with 1,600 apartment homes in the Four Corners area of Clermont. 4) Name one of your greatest accomplishments so far. As event chair for Relay For Life of the American Cancer Society, we exceeded the previous years contributions by more than double. 5) Whats something youve always wanted to do but havent yet? Travel on the Orient Express. 6) What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community? Volunteer! Seniors, dogs, schools, libraries, wherever your interest lies. You will be extremely fullled. FROM THE FILES | 25 YEARS AGO 1989Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet YourNEIGHBORJACKIE KELLY LINDA CHARLTONSpecial to the Daily CommercialThink sprouts but not for the kitchen. Think sprouts for the farm. Don Huntingtons farm is located in Center Hill. He started sprouting fodder for his cattle two or three years ago with a small seed-tofeed hydroponic growing unit from Australia-based Fodder Solutions. His daughter had read about the systems online, and he decided to try one out. My cows liked the fod der so much, I decided to feed them more, Hunting ton says. So he built his own grow room, sprouting 1,500 pounds of oat grass daily, from seed to feed in seven days. The cattle eat the fodder six days a week, and eat hay on the seventh. Hun tingtons chickens and rab bits eat the fodder every day. Kyle Chittook is process engineer for Simply Country, the California rm that holds the Fodder Solu tions license for the United States. A machine thats 200 square feet can produce 200 tons of feed a year, Chittook said. It would take 30 to 40 acres to produce that us ing traditional methods and (the machine) uses 2-3 per cent the amount of water. In a similar vein, Don Huntington notes that without the fodder, I could not run 27 head of cattle on 10 acres. Huntington is not the only farmer in the area growing hydroponically. Some are growing fruit and vegetables, but Huntington does seem to be the only one growing livestock fodder hydroponically. Hes the only one I am aware of doing it on any sort of scale, says Lake County livestock extension agent Megan Brew. Chittooks observations support Brews. While noting that there is a lot of hydroponic fod der activity in California, Colorado and Texas, Chit took says, theres not a lot in Florida. I know there is a rather large horse market in Florida that could benet from it, but they dont know about it. In our opinion its just a matter of time before every body does this. Its a cheap er method of growing feed and what you get out is higher in quality.From the farm to the barn: moving green pastures indoors PHOTOS BY LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Don Huntington shows off his sprouts, above, and hydroponically grown grass, below.Jo Marie Hebeler, formerly assistant director of community relations at Boston University in Boston, Mass., will be South Lake Memorial Hospitals new director of public relations and marketing. Maggie Meiggs has retired from SLHS after 22 years of employment. Prices at Publix. Hellmanns Mayonnaise, 32-oz. jar, $1.69; strip steak, $3.99 per lb.; key lime pie, 9-inch, $4.99; London broil, $2.99 per lb.; Red Delicious apples, 3-lb. bag, $0.99; Folgers Coffee, 13-oz. bag, $1.99. Dairi-Fresh Yogurt, three 8-oz. cups, $0.89; deli bologna, $2.59 per lb.; Italian bread, $0.89 per loaf; Pepsi, 12-pack, 12-oz. cans, $2.95. Stephanie Kidder, daughter of Rob and Janine Kidder and granddaughter of Bob and Donna Kidder and Jack and Jackie Ulch, all of Clermont, was pictured with a Huffy two-wheel bike she won while celebrating pre-Christmas in the Orchid Garden at Church Street Station in Orlando. Elizabeth Anne Breeden, 12-year-old daughter of Glenn and Marilyn Breeden of Clermont, was pictured with a Magnavox radio she won from a drawing at her dentists ofce in Orlando. Virginia and George Craig of Crystal, Virginia, visited the South Lake Press. Virginia was a writer for the Clermont Press from 1960-61, under publisher Shorty Hullinger. George was a photographer for the Orlando Sentinel. They were in town December 10 to see the music por tion of the Christmas program at Jaycee Beach. They also managed the Beach House while they lived here. The only person they recognized that night was Glenn Olivenbaum, a former beach lifeguard. They also visited with Police Chief Prentice Tyndal. Keith Hogan, Mark McLean, Dale Ladd and Darryl Ladd are pleased to announce that we have formed Hogan, McLean and Ladd, Inc. Real Estate and Investment, in Sunnyside Plaza in Clermont. After six years of association with Plummer Real Estate, Peggy Weatherbee has opened Lake Shore Realty at the corner of West Montrose Street and West Avenue. Her associates include Keith Sonier and Sara Lowe. Mascotte Elementary faculty and staff honored Jeanette Edmundson upon her retirement from 34 years as school secretary. Glenn Middleton won the Christmas stocking drawing at the Clermont Chevron Station, donated by owners Jerry and Jenny Fisk.
C2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 29, 2014 OLDEN GOLDIES By DAN SCHOENHOLZ / Edited by Will ShortzNo. 0119 RELEASE DATE: 1/26/2014 ACROSS1 Egyptian resurrection symbol7 Ought to have, informally14 Come on, help me out20 Tropical juice type21 Weapon for 27-Across22 Total23 Traffic cops answer upon being asked Describe your job? 25 Certify26 Fraternity letter27 Fictional user of a 21-Across28 Follower of A, B or AB, informally29 Positions in old monasteries30 Like some rollers after use32 Post-tornado highway detritus, perhaps? 36 Scarletts sister-inlaw and best friend in Gone With the Wind38 Brand39 Inter ___40 Chilling43 Big inits. in health products44 Hub47 Speck48 Chemical compounds in tea50 Remark about a female stoner? 55 Epitome of simplicity56 Cracker brand58 Lose it59 DNA structure63 British heads65 Jours opposite67 Familia members69 Get closer70 Repeated cry accompanying a gavel hit72 Roast pig after a pig roast? 75 Stressed76 Fume78 Close79 Base figs.81 ___ Pea82 Attempts84 If I ___ 86 Moolah88 See 9-Down89 Napa Valley excursion, maybe? 92 Sundry94 R&Bs ___ Hill97 Pulitzer-winning novelist Jennifer98 Java100 Displayed for scoring, as in gin rummy101 Santa ___, Calif.103 Ghana neighbor106 Yes-men108 Data request from a good ol furnace repairman? 112 Regatta racer116 Believer in a strong centralized government117 Roulette, e.g.118 On the job120 Yoo-___121 Not bankrupt122 Frontiersman awakening in a foul mood? 126 About whom Nabokov said She was like the composition of a beautiful puzzle its composition and its solution at the same time127 Teed off128 Marcos who collected shoes129 Rendezvous130 Lawn care tools131 Some Civil War shots DOWN1 Long pitch2 Dragon fruit plants3 Generating some buzz?4 Templeton, e.g., in Charlottes Web5 Words stated with a salute6 Setting for Davids The Death of Marat7 Everything being considered8 Bray part9 Hockey great whose name is a homophone of 88-Across and 123and 124-Down10 Barely ahead11 Recluses12 Pup13 True or false: Abbr.14 Sun spot15 ___ nous16Supposed ancestor of Dracula17 Spotted horse18 Big name in TV talk19 Dig in!24 ___-kiri29 Old From one beer lover to another sloganeer31 Fed33 Dive shop rentals34 PC whizzes35 iPod model37 Name that starts a well-known ism40 Speechless41 Backless seat for one42 Secret language device45 Space cadet46 Marsh hunter49 Bit of jewelry51 Input52 Stated53 Warren ___, baseballs winningest lefty54 Flock : sheep :: drove : ___57 Jerusalems Mount ___60 Truthiness, e.g., before Stephen Colbert61 Etiologists study62 Had a haughty reaction64 Line in writing66 Shopper in the juniors section, maybe68 What may not come out in the wash?71 Side by Side by Sondheim, e.g.73 Mass gathering site74 Push77 Leader after Mao80 Guck83 Try to hit, as a fly85 Indian head87 Like clockwork90 Trying to break a tie, say91 Spa class93 Lohengrin lass94 Cure, in a way95 Support96 As a rule99 To-dos102 Stella ___ (beer)104 1997 Demi Moore title role105 Jittery107 Cigar butt?109 Singer John with the 1988 title track Slow Turning110 Cmo ___?111 Like beef for fondue113 Dish in a bowl114 Odyssey maker115 Features of much Roman statuary119 Georgia OKeeffe subject122 Gullet123 See 9-Down124 See 9-Down125 Pennant race mo. 123456 78910111213141516171819 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 323334 35 3637 38 39 404142 43 44454647 48 4950515253 54 55 56 5758 59 606162 63 6465 6667 6869 70 7172 73 7475 76 7778 79 8081 82 8384 8586 8788 89 90 9192 93 94959697 9899100 101 102 103104105106 107 108 109110 111 112113114115 116 117 118119 120 121 122 123124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 Online subscriptions: Todays puzzle and more than 4,000 past puzzles, nytimes.com/crosswords ($39.95 a year). Solution on page D3 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.firstname.lastname@example.orgAt least four customers a week visit Forever Stained Tattoo and Big Mikes House of Ink to x homemade tattoos that are done incorrect ly, the owners say. Many of those people are inked at tattoo parties, where an unlicensed person often provides inexpensive tattoos for their guests, the business owners and health ofcials said. The practice is dangerous, illegal and may cause allergic reactions, skin infections and bloodborne and other diseases such as hepatitis C and HIV, according to Florida Departments of Health ofcials in Lake, Volusia, Seminole, Os ceola and Orange counties. It happens all the time, said Josh Lewis, owner of Forever Stained Tattoo, of the parties. You are not only taking a chance on getting a bad looking tattoo but let ting someone not proper ly trained that may bring in bloodborne pathogens and cross contamination. Michael Tasse, owner of Big Mikes House of Ink, said getting a tattoo is dangerous if you dont go to a professional. Tattooing has become a lot more popular, he said. Everybody sees tattoo ing and thinks they can do it. Our artists trained spe cically for this, and we go through years of training. Tasse said anyone can pur chase tattooing equipment without a license. Indeed, on Craigslist in North Central Florida, there were at least eight ads for tattoo equipment and kits for sale. You should be a licensed and certied artist in order to buy the equipment, Tasse said. Anyone can go in and buy it. They dont have a clue about cross contamination and bloodborne pathogens. We are talking about open wounds and open skin. It is a minor surgery. They dont have the ability or knowl edge to do it correctly. A lot of people think you can just put alcohol on the needle and it will be sterile. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County, said the practice is unsafe. It is important for people who are seeking tattoos to use licensed artists for their own well-being, she said in a statement.Unlicensed tat too activity may take place under unsanitary conditions such as not wearing protec tive gloves and using unster ile equipment. Dr. Kevin Sherin, director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, said in a statement those tat too parties are very popular with minors looking for an inexpensive tattoo without their parents consent. In January 2012, a Flori da law was enacted requir ing tattoo artists and tattoo establishments to have a li cense, according to the Flor ida Department of Health. The law also set forth ed ucational requirements and standards of practice for con ventional and cosmetic tattoo artists, the FDOH stated. Tasse said the laws were only enforced in 2013, and it is best to get a tattoo from a licensed professional. Numerous customers who come in with homemade tattoos want them xed or covered up, he said. They dont really know the dangers of it either, he said. Tattoos have become more popular, according to the Pew Research Center. In the United States, $1.65 billion was spent on tattoos and 45 million Americans have at least one, according to Pew. Lewis said while par ties may offer an inexpen sive tattoo, it is better to save your money and get it done right by someone who knows what they are doing. It is easier to pay a little more for your safety than it is to save money and worry about contracting a blood borne disease, he said. The problem, Tasse said, is many people do not know they may have contract ed such a disease until six months down the road when symptoms appear.Health officials concerned about amateur tattoo artists BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Josh Lewis, the 34-year-old owner of Forever Stained Tattoo, reworks one of 31-year-old shop manager Chris Congers tattoos in Tavares, on Jan. 23, 2014. BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Artwork is displayed on the walls of Forever Stained Tattoo in Tavares. Staff ReportThe Boys and Girls Club of Lake and Sumter counties unveiled its new Team Gamez Bus on Monday. The Team Gamez Foun dation, headed up by three-time Professional Golfers Association tour winner Robert Gamez, helped make the new bus possible. A Las Vegas native who now lives in Orlando, Gamez has donated more than $1 million to various childrens charities in the two cities since his rookie year in 1990. Our goal at Team Gamez is to support charities that promote healthy lifestyles and education for chil dren, he said in a press re lease. Educating children is the best way to ensure a productive adult. The new bus will add much-needed transportation for the Boys and Girls Clubs South Lake Unit, said Freddy Williams, the clubs chief professional of cer. We are so excited to part ner with Team Gamez and see this bus on the roads of South Lake, he said. The bus will be able to transport kids more quick ly and efciently, said Tracy Jones, the South Lake Units director We have been making multiple trips in a van to transport kids to the club daily, so this bus is really going to help make sure that the children can maximize their time at the Boys & Girls Club, she said. This is going to be the Cool Bus! A bus unveiling was held Monday at the South Lake Unit in Clermont, which meets at First Baptist Cler mont, 498 W. Montrose Ave. The Boys and Girls Club served more than 1,700 youngsters last year in locations in Leesburg (two sites), Eustis, Umatilla, Cl ermont, and Lady Lake. South Lake Boys and Girls Club unveils new busRead To Sydney seeks volunteersVolunteers are needed at the Read to Sydney organization for projects including designing and editing a newsletter, volunteering at Petco in Clermont store table, collecting donations (cash and monetary donations) from local stores and business es, distribution and collection of donation boxes and planning and setting up special events and book signings. For information, call 407247-8595 or go to www.readto sydney.org.CLERMONT
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS C3 Arts/CulturalAn individual whose personal or professional talents/activities in the cultural arts have contributed to the enrichment of Lake County.Hall of Fame Business AwardFor career business achievement of 20 years or more.Business AchievementA business leader whose achievements within his or her field have aided the economic business climate of Lake County. Categories: Small Medium (12-39 employees) Large EntrepreneurEducationAn employed, elected or volunteer educator who has shown innovation and dedication to public or private schools in Lake County.HumanitarianAn individual whose volunteer activities have improved the quality of life in Lake County..Public ServiceAn outstanding elected or employed official of state, county or city government; or a volunteer who has made contributions toward improving Lake Countys quality of life.Sports/AthleticsA person who has achieved in sports through performance or in promotion of athletic events in Lake County.Chris Daniels Memorial Public Safety AwardTo recognize an individual in the area of Public Safety who has demonstrated superior performance in their career, and has shown a commitment to better the Lake County through community involvement. This would include those persons in Lake County in the careers of law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and emergency management.Special Judges AwardAwarded at the discretion of the judges for particularly outstanding contributions to Lake CountyLake County Leadership AwardAn individual whose guidance & leadership has impacted Lake CoNominations must be postmarked by February 21, 2014 Mail to:LAKE COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS Lake County League of Cities or email to email@example.com CommunityService Awards NOMINATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED!Applications will be Printed in the THURSDAY EDITION of the Daily Commercial Were sure you know a person whose dedication and selflessness have made Lake County a better place. Now its time to give them the recognition they deserve.Nominating someone is easy. Nomination forms will be printed in the Thursday editions of the Daily Commercial, can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce offices and City Halls throughout Lake County or you can contact Janice Jones (phone: 352-483-5440 or email: JonesJ@ci.eustis.fl.us.com) and have one sent to you. You can also access and submit the nomination form on-line at www.dailycommercial.comIf selected, your nominee will be honored at the 2014 Lake County Community Service Awards Dinner on April 30, 2014.SO SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION. MAKE YOUR NOMINATIONS TODAY! Your First Choice In-Print & On-Line 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. TODAYI-PAD COMPUTER CLASS AT THE LIBRARY: At 10:30 a.m., Helen Lehmann Memorial Li -brary, 17435 5th St., in Montverde. Call 407-469-3838 or email mpol -firstname.lastname@example.org.MINNEOLA SCHOOL HOUSE LIBRARY HOSTS DISCOVER YOUR IPAD: With two sessions, 1:30 p.m. today and Feb. 5 at the library. Bring your iPad or borrow one available at the library. The instructor is Jenni -fer Moton. Sign up to -day by calling the library at 352-432-3921. THURSDAYPRE-SUPER BOWL CLAM CHOWDER TAST ING: Serving Tonys World Champion Ce-dar Key Clam Chowder, at 7 p.m., Clermont Fi -nancial Center build-ing, in the ofce of Brian Kraus, nancial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Wear your favorite foot -ball jersey, 1795 E. State Road 50, Suite A, in Cl -ermont. Call 352-242-2232 to RSVP.MARION BAYSINGER MEMORIAL COUNTY LI BRARY HOSTS WIN -TER CAR CARE TIPS AND TRICKS: At 11 a.m. Learn winter car care tips with OReilly Auto Parts question and answer time. Door prizes will be awarded. Call 352-429-5840, 756 W. Broad St., in Groveland. FRIDAYTHE GARDEN THE ATRE PRESENTS THE PREMIERE OF THE MU SICAL DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS: Friday through February 23, Fridays at 8 p.m., Sat -urdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Visit the box office at 160 W. Plant St. in Win -ter Garden for tickets, go to www.gardenthe -atre.org or call 407-877-4736. Note: This show contains mild language and shady characters. SATURDAYINSPIRED AND INSPIR -ING LANDSCAPES: An interactive program presented by the Lake Beautyberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society at the Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., at 10 a.m. in Clermont. MONDAYMASCOTTE ELEMEN -TARY CHARTER BOARD/SAC MEETING: At 5 p.m. in the media center, 460 Midway Ave. Call 352-429-2294.HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS GARDEN AND CIVIC CLUB LUNCHEON MEETING, MISSION INN RESORT AT LEGENDS: Guest speak -ers are Brendan Rogers, local actor and director, and Hannah Rios, inde -pendent living supervi-sor from Kids Central, Inc. Tickets for our an -nual wine tasting event will also be available. TUESDAYLADIES VALENTINES DAY CHOCOLATE TAST -ING: At 2 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday or Thurs -day at the Clermont Fi -nancial Center build-ing, in the ofce of Brian Kraus, nancial advisor with Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Indulge in the decadent taste of chocolate and several different avors of coffee, at 1795 E. State Road 50, Suite A, in Cl -ermont. Call 352-242-2232 to RSVP. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5PINE RIDGE ELEMEN -TARY SAC MEETING: At 7 p.m. in the media center.To place an item on the calendar, send an email to email@example.com.COMMUNITY CALENDAR LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.firstname.lastname@example.orgSix Lake County Schools, including three in south Lake County, have inaccurately reported their class sizes in violation of the states class-size amendment, according to Chris Patton, spokesman for the district. The classes were larger then what was reported. Bill Mathias, school board member, said a whistle blower tipped off the Florida Department of Education about one school, which had possible class-size violations over the limit set by the state. As a result, school district ofcials did an investigation and found additional ir regularities, resulting in ve other schools with class sizes not accurately reported. The six schools are: Mount Dora High School, Tavares Elementary School, Saw grass Bay Elementary in Clermont, Sorrento Elementary, Lake Minneola High School and Grassy Lake Elementary in Minneola. We have made data edits to six schools and have submitted them to the Florida Department of Education, Patton said. While stating that he could not comment on whether school of cials purposely did not report the accu rate class size num bers, Patton said the employee investigation is continuing and still open at this point. The errors in the data represent less than .12 percent of the total full-time equiva lent students reported in October, resulting in 49 FTEs, he said.South Lake schools report wrong class sizes
C4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 29, 2014 A/C Services Auto Service Blinds Svcs. Bathtub Refinishing Marine Services Cabinetry Services Carpet Repair Services Cleaning Services Contractor Services Door & Lock Services Concrete Services Appliance Repair Garage Door Services 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 Lawn Services Legal Services Moving Services Painting Services Airport Transportation Enclosure Screening Flooring Services Bathroom Remodeling
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS C5 Schools/ Instruction Professional Services Psychic Services Plants & Florist Service 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 email@example.com
C6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 29, 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 ) H ave you wanted to try your hand at price matching your groceries were but afraid to, or struck out on your rst try? Dont worry, try again. It will get easier each time. Remember that you are putting money back into your familys budget and it is worth the effort to save. Make sure to know your store price-match policy and be courteous to your cashiers. Last weeks column about price matching at Walmart brought a lot of responses. I thought Id share some.QI loved your article about price match ing last week. Recent ly I tried my hand at price matching grocer ies for the rst time. I have always wanted to try but was afraid. Af ter carefully laying out my plan and shopping trip, I still felt unor ganized with sale ads and my other grocer ies. Do you have any suggestions? R. NELY, ClermontAA little organi zation will help you save more when price matching. Sim ply place your pricematch items up last before checking out. Typically, I put all the other items I am buy ing up rst, then I tell the cashier to stop at this point or I put up a divider bar as if I am doing separate trans actions. This gives me a second to pull out my store ads to show the cashier. Circling the item in your sale ads will help as well; if you are price matching multiple items, try pa per clips to mark your ad.QLast week you men tioned price match ing at Walmart. Are there other stores that price match as well? N. LETTENCLE, SebringAYes, there are oth er stores that price match like Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond and Best Buy to name a few. Many ofce supply stores will price match as well. It is always a good idea to check with your local store before making your plan.QWhat do you do when the cashier says you cant price match an item in an other sale ad? Recent ly, I price matched my favorite mayo with an other grocery stores ad, but the cashier told me that I couldnt do that. J. ORDEL, Lake CountyAYou want to make sure that the size and description match. Common mis takes are the size is different or the ad may specify a certain a vor or type of mayo. Example: 30-oz. mayo is on sale at another store and when price matching you acciden tally picked up the 20oz. bottles. SAVVY SAVERS TIP: Dont forget your manufacturer coupons when price matching. This is another tool in your savings tool belt. You can view/ print your stores pricematch and coupon policy at www.DivineSavings.com.Tanya Senseney is a syndicated columnist and radio show personality. Contact Tanya for more information at Tanya@DivineSavings.com or visit www.DivineSavings. com for more information.Couponers have more price-matching questions TANYA SENSENEYSAVINGS DIVA
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