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LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer email@example.com L ocal ofcials fear many transportation construc tion projects could be de layed if the U.S. Senate does not pass legislation next week to continue funding for sur face transportation programs through May 31, 2015. U.S. Transportation Secre tary Anthony Foxx wrote in an open letter that the bills pas sage would stave off the loom ing insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, we need to invest $1.8 trillion by 2020 just to bring our surface transportation infrastructure to an adequate level, Foxx wrote. The Department of Transpor tation estimates the trust fund will incur a shortfall before the end of scal year 2014. T.J. Fish, executive director of the Lake-Sumter Metropoli tan Planning Organization, said the Wekiva Parkway, the contin ued widening of U.S. Highway 27/441 from Lake Ella Road to Avenida Central in Lady Lake and the widening of I-75 from four to six lanes from the Her nando County line to Floridas Turnpike could be affected if the Highway and Transporta tion Funding Act of 2014 is not SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | B2 SPORTS: Addition of TITLE Boxing Club in Clermont a knockout WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2014 www.southlakepress.com 50 NEWSTAND INSIDE CLASSIFIED B8 CROSSWORDS B4 REAL ESTATE E1 REMEMBER WHEN B2 SPORTS B1 VOICES A4 WORD ON THE STREE T A2 SO UTH LAKE PRE SS V OLUME 99, NO. 31 3 SECTIO N S 2008, Halifax Media Group All rights reserved www. 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 Officials worry about road projects if Congress doesnt pass bill PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL A Lake Xpress bus drives north on U.S. Highway 27 in Leesburg on Thursday. Lake Xpress buses wait to start their routes on Citizens Boulevard in Leesburg on Thursday. Possible delays ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The Clermont City Council decided last week to stay on track with plans to build a $400,000 splash pad at Waterfront Park rath er than move it to the citys new Arts and Rec reation Center. At the same time, the council said it may build a less interactive splash pad next to City Hall on land where Jen kins Auditorium once stood. Last December, city council members ap proved the splash park and set aside more than $400,000 to build it. However, Mayor Hal Turville recently sug gested building the project at the citys new Arts and Recreation Center to keep sand from clogging up the parks system. He not ed that there are already supervised swimming activities at the facility as well. City Manager Dar ren Gray said the Arts and Recreation Center recently came into the picture because the fa cility wasnt open when the splash park was ap proved in December. In my head, I was thinking that a kid going up there with his broth ers and sisters, with him going to the splash pad and them going to the pool, is going to learn how to swim before its all over, Turville said at a council meeting this week. The other thing is that in a beach CLERMONT Splash pad still set for Waterfront MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer email@example.com A Miami man has been charged with arson af ter he allegedly set re to a semi-truck parked at a convenience store in Clermont recently. Ofcials reported Friday that Donald Gilles was arrested in Miami after State Fire Marshal investigators determined the suspect purchased a lighter at the Circle-K at 190 N. U.S. Highway 27, then went out to the parking lot and smashed the trucks window, poured what appeared to be bleach inside the cab and set it on re, according to a report. The incident was caught on a surveillance Man arrested in Clermont arson case GILLES ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org The city of Clermont, along with the Clermont Police Department and other law enforcement agencies throughout Lake County, are pre paring for the commu nitys second annual Na tional Night Out. The communitywide event was a hit last August and drew more than 5,000 people to Waterfront Park. This year, Police Chief Charles Broadway said he expects even more people this year, rain or shine from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Waterfront Park, 330 Third St. The events purpose, Broadway said, is to bring the community and local law enforce ment ofcials together, since working together is the key to a safer city. Whats so cool is that the event brings the community togeth er with all facets of law enforcement, so that collectively and collab oratively, we can take a stance against crime, educate and enhance the quality of life for all, he said. Here in Clermont, we have 61 ofcers and, while they are all working hard to keep the community safe, they also rely on the residents. They are our eyes and ears out on the street. National Night Out, or Americas Night Out Against Crime, rst took place in 1984 in 400 communities in CLERMONT Police, city officials prepare for Night Out Whats so cool is that the event brings the community together with all facets of law enforcement, so that collectively and collaboratively, we can take a stance against crime, educate and enhance the quality of life for all. Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway SEE DELAYS | A2 SEE ARSON | A2 SEE EVENT | A2 SEE SPLASH | A5
A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 30, 2014 CLERMONT Link 55 to pick up 6 more evening trips Effective Aug. 24, the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority will add six additional Lake Countyfunded evening trips in both direc tions on Link 55. Shift workers affected by an earli er route reduction asked for the eve ning trips. Link 55 runs from Cagan Crossings in south Lake to the Osceola Square Mall, with a stop at the Publix at Summer Bay and Celebration/Old Town. Beginning Aug. 24, daily eve ning return trips to Cagan Crossings will be added every 30 minutes from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Daily evening trips to the LYNX Kissimmee Intermodal Station will be added every 30 minutes from 7:05 to 9:35 p.m. CLERMONT Project Kid Connect to give away school supplies Project Kid Connect, a program hosted by the Lake County Sheriffs Ofce, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the LCSO district ofce, 15855 State Road 50, Clermont. The explorers team will give away backpacks and school supplies to school-aged children who show up on a rst come, rst served basis while supplies last. Those in attendance will also get to enjoy activities that include games, music, food and face painting. In ad dition, the LCSO explorers group will give bicycle helmets out to the rst 50 children. CLERMONT Col. Danny McKnight guest at Celebrity Softball Game New Beginnings of Central Florida in Clermont has announced that Col. Danny R. McKnight, a retired and decorated U.S. Army Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, will be throwing out the ceremonial rst pitch at the 3rd annual Celebrity Softball Game beneting local homeless families on Aug. 22 at Legends Field at the National Training Center, 1935 Don Wickham Dr., Clermont. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the game will begin at 7 p.m. The event will also host Stephen and Robbie Keszey, the Swamp Brothers from the Discovery Channel TV show. Tickets are $5 each. Kids in any uni form will get in free with a paying adult. All proceeds go to benet the homeless in Central Florida. For information, tickets or to be a sponsor, go to www.nbc.org or call Sandy Farnsworth at 352-617-8788. GROVELAND Recreation Advisory Committee seeking volunteers The city of Groveland is seeking vol unteers to serve on the Recreation Advisory Committee. The committee meets the rst Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake David Center, 450 S. Lake Ave. Those interested can call City Clerk Teresa Begley at 352-429-2141, ext. 231 or email teresa.begley@grov eland-.gov. Applications are also available online at www.groveland-. gov or at Groveland City Hall, 156 S. Lake Ave. WINTER GARDEN Garden Theatre to host auditions for musical The Garden Theatre will host auditions for Christmas by Committee: A Musical, an original world-premiere musical written and directed by director/playwright Rob Winn Anderson. Open-call auditions will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday and from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday. To sign up, email au email@example.com. Callbacks will be held by invitation only from 6 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 6. For tickets or information, call the Garden Theatre box ofce at 407-8774736 or go to www.gardentheatre.org. Area Briefs What south Lake residents are saying about ... SLAUGHTERHOUSES Do you feel that horse slaughterhouses should be allowed? Im against that myself. I know theres places over seas they eat horses for food. Ive never been for it because you get up one to one with horses a lot of times. CHARLES KONSLER CLERMONT I would say no because I love horses. KIMBERLY COUCH CLERMONT Yes. The simple fact is when horses are out of the country being killed, we have no controllabili ty how they are killed, how they are received, how they are fed in the feed lots and holding lots. When they go out of the country for slaughter they do as they please. The only way we can control it is on our own soil. REBECCA MORRISSETTE MASCOTTE Word on the Street 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 No, because Im a veg etarian. I dont even sup port the religious right to kill chickens. JEFF BROWN GROVELAND passed. The parkway is a planned 25-mile state toll road beginning at State Road 429 and end ing near Mount Dora. It is designed to complete the beltway around north west Central Florida and reduce congestion on U.S. 441, State Road 46 and other area roads. Fish emphasized Lak eXpress could also be af fected, because it receives more than $2 million in federal grants. If they were not able to guarantee reimburse ment, we would have to stop service, he said. LakeXpress ridership has increased by 79,797, to 312,591, for scal year 2013, according to the Lake-Sumter MPO. In Leesburg, 21,879 addi tional trips are report ed on the Route 2 bus, which serves major areas in Leesburg, such as WalMart. If we were just delay ing action on the bill, that would be one thing, Fish said. But they are not only delaying action on the bill, they have a reached a point in history when the Highway Trust Fund has gone dry. The trust funds loom ing insolvency is the re sult of the U.S. Congress not raising the gas tax since 1993, Fish said. Everything you buy today costs more than it did in 1993, said Jim Stivender, Lake Countys Public Works director. If you dont charge more for gas to keep the roads taken care of, you cant maintain the system. Stivender is concerned that Congresss failure to pass legislation could jeopardize major local projects, such as the wid ening of County Road 466A to four lanes from U.S. 27 west to the Sum ter County line. If federal funding dried up, Stivender said, the state would have to use the funding appropriated for those projects for oth er projects needed to be completed. While local ofcials have concerns, an ofcial from the Florida Depart ment of Transportation said because the FDOT only relies on 26 percent of federal funding for projects the effect would not be dire. Steve Olson, spokes man for the FDOT, said if the bill is not passed, projects would not be af fected for at least three to six months. If the worst case hap pens, we are ready, he said. We have some plans. Olson said the depart ments rst priority would be maintenance and safe ty, followed by public-pri vate partnership projects. Last, the agency would evaluate projects of re gional signicance, such as the Wekiva Parkway, that would all be compet ing for funding. Tough decisions would then have to be made by leadership in the Talla hassee ofce, he said. But overall, Olson said he is condent the Senate would come through. Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Winter Garden, who serves on the House Committee of Transpor tation and Infrastructure, said the House of Repre sentatives passed the leg islation, doing its part, and now it is up to the Senate. The Washington Post reported if the bill does not pass, it would affect 117,000 transportation projects nationwide. Webster said to not pass the bill would be im prudent. To take a shot at ev ery road and bridge is not just irresponsible but ri diculous, he said. There is a public outcry to do something. It is not just our state. It is every state. It is bridges, roads and transit. A lot of things are up in the air if they dont act. Concerned about the funding for the Highway Trust Fund, Webster said there are other ways to raise funds than raising the gas tax. He said he is currently working on alternatives that could help boost revenue. DELAYS FROM PAGE A1 camera and allegedly in cluded Gilles driving to and away from the scene in a Toyota Tacoma truck. Keith Walker, owner of the truck, lives near the convenience store and apparently had permis sion to park his rig there when he was not on the road. According to the State Fire Marshal report, Walk er identied Gilles on the tape, a man he said has a lease that allows the sus pect to nd loads for him to haul in exchange for a 10-percent cut. In suggesting a motive, Walker said he had recent ly listed Gilles as a refer ence for a job he applied for a job that would keep him closer to his family but result in Gilles losing $2,500 a month. While Gilles gave inves tigators verbal consent to inspect his Toyota, where they didnt nd any ev idence, it is not clear if Gilles denied the allega tions. But the report adds that on the stores surveil lance tape, Gilles could be seen about 3:30 p.m. on July 16 pulling up to the store front, looking in the direction of the tractor several times, purchasing the lighter, driving past the tractor and coming back an hour later. Gilles then allegedly is taped pulling a hammer from his Toyota, going to the back of the tractor and then retrieving gloves and what appears to be a bot tle of bleach from his ve hicle, walking back and forth to the tractor and pouring the liquid on a rag. Gilles then alleged ly drives off and about 30 seconds later the Toyota erupts in ames. Fireghters reported that the truck was 75 per cent engulfed in ames with an estimated dam age of $45,000. ARSON FROM PAGE A1 23 states as an effort to prevent crime and build neighborhood camarade rie. It was meant to send a message that neighbor hoods are organized and ghting back. Clermont neighbor hood groups typically participate, but Broadway wanted to involve the en tire community this year. Guests will get to look at and sit in law en forcement and emergen cy vehicles that will be on display and meet ofcers, reghters and paramed ics from throughout the county while enjoying free food tastings from local restaurants. The evening will feature music, guest speakers and demonstra tions, and various busi nesses will be represented to give people an idea of what is available in their community. In addition, a Kids Zone area with fun activities for children and families, in cluding a bounce house, will be set up. For information, call 352-394-3500. EVENT FROM PAGE A1
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Ten Central Florida High school students interested in joining the medical eld took part in a unique summer camp in a hospital setting. The Science and Technol ogy Advancement through Technology Academy/ Camp, led by physicians Ja min Brahmbhatt and Sijo Parekattil of the PUR Clin ic, have also been offered in Polk County for the last two summers. But organizers say theyre excited about the big ger venue at South Lake Hos pital, where the students have access to the latest in technological equipment, including the $2 million Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System the only one like it in the county. With a joystick and vid eo monitor, doctors can use the robots arms to perform minimally invasive surger ies. The monitor allows phy sicians to view th e surgery as its happening and makes some surgeries possible even when the doctor is hundreds of miles away. We use this type of equip ment on a day-to-day ba sis, so we take the technolo gy for granted, but for these students, there are no oppor tunities like this on a regular day, Brahmbhatt said, add ing that he wants students to see whats out there and excite them into striving to reach their goals. We want to inspire them when they can be inspired. We want to motivate them to be the fu ture leaders in whatever eld of medicine they decide to go into. The summer academy started on July 7 and ran through Monday. T he stu dents completed nine ses sions, including one in med ical imaging, where they got to operate the CAT scan and MRI machines, and a physi ology and orthopedic engi neering session at the Na tional Training Center, where they worked side by side with athletes and saw how they train. One recent Friday, the stu dents all in scrubs and in a surgical room of the hos pital were given the op portunity to perform mock anesthesia administration, laparoscopic procedures, liv er cauterization and more. Also as part of the academy, the students are taking part in a research project they continue to work on after the camp ended. The students will present their nd ings at a graduation ceremony at CLERMONT Local students go to medical-themed summer camp Sarah Sherba works the endoscope while company representative R.J. Skellie and fellow student Kunal Shah look on. The two teens are from Polk State Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School in Winter Haven. LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL SEE MEDICAL | A8
A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Vote for change In this election year, voting is very important. We need a Congress who will work together. We need to change Congress from the party of no to a working Congress. Everyone needs to register to vote and turn out to vote in the Aug. 26 primary and also the Nov. 4 election. If everybody voted we could change Congress and the state of Florida for the better. LINDA GREEN | Leesburg Dems are out of step I am reconsidering my alle giance to the GOP and becoming a Democrat because I have come to realize that the Democratic Party has the best ideology for their survival as a party and for America in general. For instance I believe that businesses should not be allowed to make prof its for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for re distribution so that Democrats will be reelected. I agree that oil companies prots of 4 percent on a gallon of gas are obscene, but the gov ernment taxing the same gal lon of gas at 15 percent isnt be cause the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would. I realize Im way too irrespon sible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from mur derers and thieves. Im not so concerned about millions of babies being mur dered by abortion as long as we remove the death penalty for murderers. As a Democrat, it would be acceptable for me to believe that illegal aliens have a right to free health care, education and Social Security benets. I might join the Democratic Party because I think that its better to pay billions for oil to people who hate us, but not drill for our own because it might upset some endangered beetle or gopher or, more importantly, because it would endanger sup port from the railroad lobby and their oil transport prots. Finally I may join because while we live in the greatest, most wonderful country in the world, I was promised Hope and Change and a more trans parent government! WILLIAM KRUEGER | Leesburg Wrong about Hobby Lobby This is in response to the Letter to the Editor accusing businesses of coming out of the woodwork to block women from receiving reproductive health care. Nothing could be further from the truth! Ever since Roe v. Wade, women have had all kinds of rights to all kinds of contracep tives. They are free to pay for it themselves. Of the 18 contra ceptive methods, Hobby Lobby is only refusing to pay for four of them. These four are morning after pills or something similar. The employer is not telling people not to have sex because that is the employees person al business. Because it is the employees personal business, shouldnt they be glad the em ployer is willing to pay for 14 of the 18 choices? If the writer really cared about the Hobby Lobby employees, they wouldnt boycott. If Hobby Lobby goes out of business, who is going to pay for the contra ceptives for the 12,000 out-ofwork Hobby Lobby employees? Has anyone heard any com plaints from the employees of these companies? I sure havent. In this economy, most are grateful to have employment at all. And, by the way, Hobby Lobby has a starting wage of close to double the minimum. This whole thing has nothing to do with religious freedom, but freedom, period the free dom for a business to operate as it chooses, offering goods and services to the public, the freedom to pay its employees as it chooses, letting the con sumer decide whether or not they stay in business. Maybe a boycott from the National Organization of Women would be a good thing anyway. Chick-l-A has boomed in business since they were boycotted. JEFFREY SMITH | Umatilla R ecent allegations that two Fruitland Park police ofcers were active members of the Ku K lux Klan shook this small town of just 5,000 and created ripples of disbelief across Lake County. George Hunnewell was red and Deputy Chief David Borst resigned when their alleged Klan ties became public. The men had report edly joined the KKK ve years ago in a ceremo ny at a fellow ofcers home. Incredibly, they werent the rst Fruitland Park ofcers to be tied to the Klan. James Elkins stepped down in 2010 when his afliation with the infamous hate group became known. The resignations were a stunning remind er of the areas sordid history, which included hate crimes against blacks. Former Lake County Sheriff Willis McCall, an alleged Klan member, shot to death two black men accused in 1948 of raping a white woman, an episode that was chronicled in the book Devil in the Grove. That the Klan remains active in Lake County in 2014 is sobering enough. That it continues to have its talons in local law enforcement is, in a word, horrifying. Law enforcement ofcers, after all, are the peacekeepers. They help bring order and jus tice to a world that sometimes seems chaotic and unjust. They wield tremendous power and have the ability to commit colossal harm if their motives are not honorable and their judgment clouded. And yet in our midst we nd that some of these ofcers have apparently embraced a hate ful ideology promulgated by an organization whose stated intention is to divide people based on race, religion and ethnicity. It is foolish to be lieve that these ofcers would be able to dis charge their duties impartially and with respect for all citizens, regardless of their skin color. Indeed, it is possible likely even that some of the arrests made by these ofcers will be challenged in court based on the ofcers perceived biases. To his credit, Police Chief Terry Isaacs has tak en steps to restore integrity to a department that is reeling from this embarrassing and dis graceful episode. He has promoted a female of cer to the rank of lieutenant, vowed to screen incoming police ofcers more carefully and or dered diversity training for the department. Isaacs is right on all counts. But his task will not be easy. The chief has already had to clean house since taking the position a couple of years ago to restore a sense of professionalism to an agency that had become sloppy and ineffective. Clearly, his work is not nished. Somehow, these ofcers and their alleged ties to the Klan managed to remain under the chiefs and the de partments radar for years. That suggests a bro ken workplace culture that is too permissive. YOUR EDITORIAL BOARD STEVE SKAGGS ....................................... PUBLISHER TOM MCNIFF .................................. EXECUTIVE EDITOR SCOTT CALLAHAN ................................. 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YOUR OPINIONS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Sinkhole warnings not heeded During a period of time from the 1990s through 2000s when The Villages was under con struction and expansion per mission was continuously re quested, I joined a group of Sumter County citizens who knew the land areas submitted for use within those proposals. The land areas were well known as high karst areas, and not really suitable for com munity residential purposes. Substantial evidence was sub mitted to the commissioners that sinkhole activity would occur and cause loss of proper ty and very possibly loss of life as well. Those of us who presented concrete evidence to support negating the construction and expansion were ridiculed and severely demonized. Thereby the permits were issued and the communities constructed. There is no need to spend money and time studying sink holes. That work has been completed and documented. What is required at this point in time is application of that knowledge prior to the issu ance of permits. One other point regarding sinkhole activity needs to be addressed. Sinkhole construc tion can be natural or manmade through the use of the subsurface drainage system. Wetland water can be diverted into privately owned dry lands that have been lowered through man-made sinkhole activity utilizing the subsurface drain age system. The dried wetland areas are then lled and sold at substantial prots as residential properties. My property that is now a sinkhole swamp is proof that this man-made sinkhole activity does exist. GERTRUDE C. DICKINSON Lake Panasoffkee LETTER of the WEEK DOUG ENGLE / HALIFAX MEDIA GROUP Woodland Villages Home Owners Association President Lou Molhan points to the largest of the two sink holes that opened up and drained the pond that sits in front of the Woodland Villages along SE 17th Street in Ocala on June 26. Hate recently found in The Friendly City
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 D004329 environment, the sys tem will be more ex pensive for us to main tain because there will always be beach sand in the plumbing. In the end, the con sensus was to leave the interactive splash park at Waterfront Park and to hold a future discus sion about a splash pad in the grassy area next to city hall. Whats really awe some is that there was a huge momentum of community involve ment. Its a huge win for families in Clermont, said Melinda Gill, a mother who has pushed for the splash pad to be built at Waterfront Park. Councilman Rick Van Wagner said hed like to fast-track the splash park next to City Hall and have it squeezed into the 2015 budget, so that both water play areas are completed in 2015. We have the mon ey in the CRA fund and we can use the Parks and Recreation fund and make it happen, he said. SPLASH FROM PAGE A1 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Diane Travis, of Tra vis Realty in Clermont, who has been compet ing in duathlons since 1998, took part in the USA Duathlon Nation als last week in St. Paul, Minn. With a time of 1:10:43, Travis took second place in the sprint distance a 2.9k run, 20.8k bike ride and 2.7k run. It was a great race, a great time, lots of peo ple and a big giant med al, Travis said, adding that the race start time threw her off because she is accustomed to training earlier in the day. The race didnt start until noon so it kind of threw my eat ing-running schedule off slightly. First place is always better, but you take what you can get on that day, she said. Travis, 60, qualied for nationals after taking second in the Duathlon World Championship in Pontevedra, Spain. Tra vis second-place win on Saturday now qual ies her for Worlds in 2015. That duathlon is scheduled for October in Mandalay, Australia. Travis will compete in more duathlons be fore then, including one at Moss Park in Orlan do and one in Longboat Key in October. In between training sessions, Travis, who is vying for Seat 5 on Cl ermonts City Coun cil, plans on diving into preparations for the pri mary election on Aug. 26. She is facing chal lengers Tim Murry and Dr. Thomas Spencer. The seat is current ly held by Councilman Rick VanWagner, who wants to be mayor. The general election this year falls on Nov. 4. CLERMONT After duathlon, Diane Travis turns focus to political race SUBMITTED PHOTO Diane Travis, a real estate agent from Clermont, crosses the nish line in a national duathlon in St. Paul, Minn. MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer email@example.com A man in a McDon alds uniform is accused of pistol-whipping a Leesburg store clerk during a robbery Thurs day night. The robbery occurred about 9 p.m. at the Family Dollar at 937 N. 14th St. According to a Lees burg police investiga tive report, when the clerk refused to coop erate with the robbers demands, the suspect struck the clerk in the head with a brown and black handgun. The robber then ed the store with an undeter mined amount of mon ey and across the park ing lot toward a nearby McDonalds. Police Capt. Rob Hicks said they have not determined if the rob ber was a McDonalds employee. The store clerk sus tained lacerations to his forehead and was treat ed at Leesburg Regional Medical Center. Anyone with informa tion about the robbery can call the investiga tion unit at the Lees burg Police Department at 352-728-9862 or con tact Crimeline at 1-800423-TIPS, where they can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. LEESBURG Man robs store in McDonalds uniform ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Two veterans of the United States military were sworn in as new patrol ofcers last week by Clermont police. We are proud to hire two Unit ed States veterans who have served their country and are now ready to serve the Clermont community in extraordinary ways, Clermont Po lice Chief Charles Broadway said of ofcers De-Sean Satcher and Jim mie Harper. Satcher, who was born and raised in Gainesville, served in the Army from 2005-09 and in the Army Re serves from 2009-12. Harper, who was born in Cleve land, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served from 2002-13. At a recent council meeting in Cl ermont, Broadway introduced the two ofcers to guests. Broadway said Satchers goals with the Clermont Po lice Department are to continue to be a men tor, help with commu nity relations and in spire young men and women to become in dependent thinkers. Harpers goals, Broadway said, in clude using his vast experience to make a positive difference in the community. Thank you for com ing on board. Its good to have you, Mayor Hal Turville told the ofcers at the meeting. CLERMONT Decorated veterans join police department SATCHER HARPER
A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Cler monts Newest Seafood/Steakhouse!Aged Prime Steaks Always Fr esh Seafood Open 7 days Lunch/Dinner ~ Sunday brunch 794 W. Minneola Av e.In Historic Downtown Cler mont!352-242-3800 Featuring Live Jazz this weekend byThe Class Act BandAugust 2, 8pm-10pm No Cover! Mon. Fr i. 9am to 4pm, Sa t. by ap poi nt mentLAKE COUNTYS MOST TRUSTED NAME IN HEARING AI DS www .l akem edi calhe ar ing.co m Al an Bo one HA S, BC -HI S Pr esi den t& Wi fe Linda221 N. US Hwy 27, Sui te H(Acr oss fr om the Citrus To wer)CLER MONT24 3HEA R( 4327 )2755 S. Ba y St. Suit e F(Acro ss fr om Tr actor Supply Compan y)EUST IS48 3HEA R( 4327 ) IN MEMORY DEATH NOTICES Colleen Marie Bishop Colleen Marie Bish op, 76, of Leesburg, died Sunday, July 20, 2014. Cremation Choic es, Minneola. William Boyshell William Boyshell, 36, of Winter Springs, died Saturday, July 12, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funer al Home, Altamonte Springs. Wilmer Daniels Wilmer Demo Dan iels, 89, of Eustis, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home. Umatilla. Carol Dostal Carol Dostal, 77, of Lake Mary, died Satur day, July 19, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home, Altamonte Springs. Henry Edwards Jr. Henry Edwards, Jr., 69, of Leesburg, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. Marvin C. Zanders Fu neral Home, Inc. Apop ka. Frank Edgar Frey Sr. Frank Edgar Frey, Sr., 96, of Yalaha, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Banks/PageTheus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood. Rosemary H. Grue Rosemary H. Grue, 84, of Umatilla, died Thurs day, July 17, 2014. Bey ers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg. Patricia L. Hardison Patricia L. Hardison, 56, of Apopka, died Sun day, July 20, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home, Altamonte Springs. Van Houston Van Houston, 61, of Orlando, died Monday, July 21, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funer al Home, Altamonte Springs. Ola Mae Johnston Ola Mae Johnston, 72, of Webster, died Friday, July 25, 2014. RockerCusack Mortuary, Leesburg. Francis Marion Francis Buddy Mar ion, 70, of Umatilla, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. Deloris McRae Deloris McRae, 57, of Orlando, died Sun day, July 13, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home, Altamonte Springs. Robert Lee Montney Robert Lee Mont ney, 77, Wildwood, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. Page-Theus Funer al Home Chapel, Lees burg. Donald B. Murray Donald B. Murray, 89, of Umatilla, died Mon day, July 21, 2014. Bey ers Funeral Home, Umatilla. Thomas Andrew Roman Thomas Andrew Ro man, 65, of Eustis, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis. William H. Simmons William H. Simmons, 72, of Leesburg, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. Janice Corinne Trent Janice Corinne Trent, 94, of Mount Dora, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. Barbara A. Vincent Barbara A. Vincent, 77, of Sebring, died Friday, July 25, 2014. Banks/Page-Theus Fu nerals and Cremations, Wildwood. Hazel M. Wintersdorf Hazel M. Wintersdorf, 81, of Tavares passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014. Steverson, Ham lin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tava res, FL. Donald J. Wise Donald J. Wise, 81, of Tavares, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. Nation al Cremation Society. Fruitland Park. LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer email@example.com The Lake County School District has been invited to apply for a $4 million grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foun dation Innovative Pro fessional Development Grant to give teachers more time to plan les sons together while also providing tools to help them in the classroom, school district ofcials said July 21. We are walking into new standards and new assessments, David Christiansen, chief aca demic ofcer, told Lake County School Board members. Our teach ers need support. There is a lot of ambiguity and anxiety. This is a lever age point for our dis trict to provide support for teachers. Only four other school districts in the nation have received the same grant. The grant is intend ed to increase collab oration among teach ers, making sure there is common planning time for them, Christiansen said. Christiansen said the district needs to focus on giving additional help to students strug gling in math. If the grant was awarded in September, it would also include adaptive technology to help students with reading, as well as dig ital content to support teacher planning. Students will have access to technology so they can do prac tice problems digital ly, Christiansen said. Teachers can get diagnostic reports where students are with reading, Chris tiansen said, add ing teachers can also share lesson plans with one another through a digital re source. While Chris tiansen said the grant is critical in help ing teachers and stu dents, Board Mem ber Tod Howard was skeptical. In the past, Lake County Schools latched on to gim micks too quickly, he said. This is going to be a tool that is full of those. While I see try ing to nd the time for teachers, how in the school day are we going to nd the time to have the teachers use the tools? The main focus is lesson planning and more collabora tive time, Christian sen said. There is no gimmick about that. That is the nuts and bolts of doing good work. School Board applies for $4M grant
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A7 FOR FUTURE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIESTu rn ing 65?It s time to take a new look at Medicare. All of our pl an s of fer mor e be nets th an Origin al Me dicar e: No monthly plan premiums r f n fn tb r fn r f n t bn Ke epi ng th e HEAL TH in he al th care.www .car eplushealt hplans. com CarePlus is one of the highest-rated plans in Florida. Yo u can enroll at any point between the three months before your 65th birthday the month of your birthday and the three months after So give yourself the gift of health with a Medicare Advantage Plan from CarePlus.Sixty-five isn t what it used to be. Even Medicare has to change to keep up with you. That s why CarePlus offers a variety of Medicare Advantage Plans for a new generation of beneficiaries the ones we call The New Face of Medicare.South and North Florida, Ta mpa and Orlando Ar ea, Tr easur e & Space Coast. Car ePlus is an HMO plan with a Medicar e contract. Enr ollment in Car ePlus depends on contract re newal. The benet information pr ovided is a brief summary not a complete description of benefits. In addition, the benefits listed above may not be available in all ar eas or on all plans. For mor e information contact the plan. Limitations, copayments, and re strictions may apply Benets, pr emium and/or copayments/coinsurance may change on January 1 of each year Yo u must continue to pay your Medicar e Part B pr emium. The Part B pr emium may be cover ed thr ough your State Medicaid Pr ogram. Medicar e evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings ar e calculated each year and may change fr om one year to the next. A sales person will be answering the phone and will re spond to any questions.H1019_MKFNPR422G AcceptedAct ual Ca reP lus mem bersPet er Evelyn e Grace
A8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 30, 2014 CLERMONTBLESSEDSACRAMENTCATHOLICCHURCH rf rnrtfnrb 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) CROSSROADSFAMILYFELLOWSHIPChristian 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (352)242-1144 God is good...all the time!FIRSTUNITEDMETHODISTCHURCHMaking Disciples Sunday 8 & 11am (Traditional) Sunday 9:30am (Contemporary) Thursday 7pm (Celebrate Recovery) Reverend Doug Kokx, Senior Pastor Reverend Dawn Fryman, Pastor of Congregational Care t r f rnrtfnf n GRACECOMMUNITYCHURCHCLERMONT, FL Many Other Activities each week fff n Jon Bekemeyer, Senior Pastor 407-877-4048 www.communitychurchclermont.orgLIBERTYBAPTISTCHURCH 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 NEWJACOBSCHAPELMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCH r f nt b nnt f nn 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 REALLIFECHRISTIANCHURCHHelping 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 rnrtfnrrSOUTHLAKEPRESBYTERIANCHURCH 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.orgST. MATTHIASEPISCOPALCHURCH574 West Montrose Street Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.3855 www.stmatthiasfl.com 8:00 am (Rite I) 10:00 am (Rite II) 5:00 pm (Praise & Worship) Mens Prayer BreakfastWOOTSONTEMPLECHURCH OFGOD INCHRISTElder 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 FERNDALEFERNDALEBAPTISTCHURCHat 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 ChildrenGrovelandFIRSTBAPTISTCHURCH OFGROVELANDnt Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Services 10:50 am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 6:30 pmMT. 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! bf rfrb n r ftnr r ftnrfMINNEOLACONGREGATIONSINAI OFMINNEOLAA 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 rnfrnrr n NEWLIFEPRESBYTERIANCHURCH, PCA18237 E. Apshawa Rd. Minneola, FL 34715 Music Ministries 407-920-0378 Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:45 amTEMPLE OF THELIVINGGOD n 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 RowlandMONTVERDEWOODLANDSLUTHERAN(LCMS)15333 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 amOAKLANDPRESBYTERIANCHURCH218 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 South Lake South Lake Gathering PlacesSpiritual WorshipforGathering PlacesSpiritual Worshipfor BECKER FUNERAL HOME Ser ving Florida Fa milies Since 1957 A Full Ser vice Home -Locally Owned & Opera tedRon Becker & Charles Becker ,F uneral Directors352394 -7 12 180 6 W. Minneola Av e. ,C ler mont, FL Cremation ChoicesDir ect Cr emation$675Plus Container Ron Beck er ,D ir ector352-394-8228921 S. US Hwy 27, Minneola, FL Ron Beck er Dir ector352-394-8228 r f nt b t $675 t rf r ntb (352)242-4500 Br in g a Fr ie nd F Color an d Cut$65 pe r per sonExpires August 29,2014 HAIR SALON Bella Collina on Oct. 31 and at an international surgical meeting in Or lando on Nov. 1 in front of 200 to 300 surgeons who will be there as part of the Robotic Assisted Micro Surgical and En doscopic Society. Im really enjoying the camp a lot. Its been very memorable and it has opened my mind to a better future base, said Matthew Creek, 16, a Lake Minneola High School student who wants to become a doc tor in trauma therapy or orthopedics. Joshua Hidalgo, 14, who attends Montverde Academy, said the expe rience has shown him the different medical elds he can go into. Hi dalgo said he thinks he wants to go into anes thesiology and on Fri day, he spent some time at two stations one that let him actually ad minister it on a mock patient and one that showed him all the var ious drugs and instru ments that are used in different instances. I show students a drawer full of drugs and one of them always says, We have to learn about all of those? Da vid Hidalgo, a CRNA in anesthesia said. I tell them if youre going to give these drugs to pa tients, you have to know about all of them, the dosages, the side ef fects, everything. You have to know how to monitor patients vital signs, make sure they fall and stay asleep and make sure they get up. Sarah Sherba, 17, a Winter Haven high school student who has attended the two prior camps in Polk County, said she was impressed with all the hands-on experience. I knew I wanted to major in biology but now, I know for sure that I want to do sur gery. I like cardiology and am now leaning to wards it, she said. MEDICAL FROM PAGE A3 Matthew Cheek, of Lake Minneola High School, used an OmniGuide CO2 laser system to write the word STAR on the skin of an orange. The distinguishing feature of the CO2 system is that it enables the light to bend. LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL In an effort to help parents get their chil dren ready to go back to school, the Florida Department of Health in Lake County will offer free immunizations at the following locations: Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Umatilla Health Center, 249 E. Collins St., 352-771-5500; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 9, at the Leesburg Health Center, 2113 Grifn Road, in Leesburg, 352-360-6548. On Aug. 16, immunizations will be offered at the Clermont Health Center, 875 Oakley Seaver Drive, in Clermont, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 352-989-9001 for information. The childs current shot records are required for the appointments. Department of Health to offer free immunizations
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A9 CHA MBE RAWA RD S& NEWS www .southlakechamber -fl.com Lake Minneola High School Senior Marcela Sierra-Arce was named the Ap ril 2014 Outstanding Student of the Month. Some of Marcelas achievements are Student Class Representa tive, Ser vice Committee Co-Chair Key Club Secretar y, FBLA Historian/Vi ce President, NHS member Va rs it y Cr os s Countr y Te am, 300+ hrs of volunteering, 4.66 GP A in honors cl asses and an AP scholar w/distinction. She has chosen to at tend Johns Hopkins University to stud y Pre-Med. Marcela is pictured holding the aw ard plaque with her parents to her right and aw ard sponsor We sley Reed from Ameriprise Fi nancial. Minneola Coun ci lo r Kelly Price offi cially opened the new Minn eo la Community Gar den, loca ted on East Chester St. near Grassy Lake Rd. She was joined for the occasi on by f el lo w Minneola Council members, City staff and South Lake Chamber Ambassadors. If you or your organiza tio n are interested in participa ting in this new community initia tive by gro wing fruits and vegetables organically please contact Mar y Jane Lange at (3 52 ) 394-3598 x 2225. The Chambers Ho ward Stockton Memorial Golf To urnament recently took place on a perfect Chamber of Commerce wea th er day at Sanctuar y Ridge Golf Course in Clermont. The annual tournament is held in honor of former Chamber Executive Director Ho ward Stockton, with a portion of the proceeds going to wards a scholarship named in his me mo ry through the Community Fo unda tion of South Lake. Pictured are the teams from the tournaments ma in sponsors, Schmid Construction & Centur yLink. Man y thanks to them and to all of the sponsors, whose support allo ws this grea t event to ha ppen ever y year! Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Kekes Breakfast Caf ow ners Ly a & Pierre de Fa brique along with th ei r restaurant staff to their new loca tion at 2435 South Highway 27 in Clermont (C ler mont Landing Shopping Plaza). Keke's provides outstanding meals with fres h, quality ingredients in a consistent manner tha t is uncommon to find in a casual breakfast and lunch restaurant. They ha ve a wonderful assortment of menu items which you can also see online at www .kekes.com. James Burks from Senninger Irriga tion was aw arded the Ap ril 2014 Cha mber "Gem of the Hills" Award at the Ap ril Chamber Breakfast. Since arriving in South Lake County in 1996, James has been ver y active in the Community particularl y in regards to wa ter conser va tion and wa ter sustainability efforts for our area. He has ser ved on the Board of Directors for the Chamber and for Lake Sumter Sta te College, and currently ser ves on the Boards for New Beginnings and the Co mm un ity Fo un da tion of South Lake. James is pictured above with his son Ma tthew and wife Shauna along with Community Rela tions Chair Michelle Michnoff from BankFIRST Tr ilog y by Shea Homes recently hosted a South Lake Chamber Business-After -Hours at their beautiful facility in Groveland. Over 100 South Lake business & community leaders mingled and networked poolside and were trea ted to drinks and hors doeuvres compliments of Tr ilog y. Fo r more informa tion about upcoming Chamber business mixers, please go to www .southlakechamber -fl.com or www .facebook.com/SouthLakeChamberFL. The South Lake Chamber in conjunction with the Clermont Po lice Department recently offered a Lunch n Learn program dealing with Crime Preventio n for Local Businesses. Chief of Po lice Chuck Broadway was in at tendance as Po lice Ca ptains and other Officers from his staff presented to local business ow ners and bank mana gers on several topics such as: ho w to make their businesses less at tractiv e to criminals, ho w to s p o t suspicious activities and wha t to do in such circumstances, and also ho w to best work with local la w enforcement to make our entire South Lake Community a safer place for business. Complimentar y lunch was provided by Tr oy s Cuban Deli. Man y thanks to the Clermont Po lice for this informa tive s ession and for all tha t you do in ser ving and protecting our area! Chamber Ambassadors, City of Minneola officials, and fello w Chamber members welcomed Dean and To nya Ro we from 4C Print Shop to their new print shop loca tion at 407 S. Disston Ave. in Minneola. They offer dire ct-to-garment printing (tshi rt s, ta nk s to ps etc.) as well as other types of sublima ti on printing products (coffee mugs, license pla tes). See all of the products tha t they offer online at www .4cprintshop.com or call the directly at 352-6410472. Nanc y Muenzmay the Director of the Lake Sumter Sta te College Business Incuba tor Program, recently at tended the monthly South Lake Yo ung Professionals Coffee Club and presented to them about the innova tive business incuba tor program in Lake County and ho w it supports innova tion and entrepreneurialism. The incuba tor program offers affordable office space, specialty training, mentoring, and other educa tional ser vices. The Coffee Club meets ever y 2nd Fr iday of the month from 8AM to 9AM, at Cheesers Pa lace Caf (707 W. Montrose St. Clermont) and all young professionals are invited to at tend. Fo r more informa tion on the SL YP go to www .facebook.com/SouthLakeYP Chamber Ambassadors joined all members of the Clermont City Council, City Mana ger Darren Gray Chamber President Ray San Fr at ello, and man y excited Clermont citizens to help unveil the new Clermont Arts & Recrea tion Center loca ted at 3700 South US Hwy 27 in Clermont. The Center fea tures Lake County s largest auditorium, a thea ter sw imming pools, gy mnasium, commercial kitchen and a variety of meeting spaces. Fo r more informa tion on the Center call the City Recrea tion & Events Department at 352-241-7352 or visit www .cityofc lermont.com. Robert Mack from Sustainable Roof Systems was joined by his staff, family friends, and the Chamber Ambassadors in a ribbon-cutting celebra tion at his ofce loca ted at 25 50 Ci tr u s To wer Blvd. in Clermont. Sustainable Roof Systems works with shingles, tile, metal, a t, residential and commercial roofs and work cl osely with man y insurance companies if your roof has been dama ged. Yo u can contact them at 40 7-900-0840 or visit them virtually at www .GetF reeRoofs.com Chamber Ambassadors joined in with Broker/Owner Ron Phillips and his staff from the RE/MAX RESUL TS team in celebra ting the opening of their new ofces loca ted at 37 35 S. Hwy 27 in Clermont. With over 35 years of experience and living in Clermont and Orlando, their staff of ag ents and brokers are well equipped to provide up to da te and precise informa tion about our beautiful South Lake area. Call them at 352-394-6800 or visit them virtually at www .ClermontRealEsta te.com.The Chamber Ambassadors added to the Grand Opening festivities for Phase II at the Vista at Lost Lake Ap artments by performing a ribbon cutting ceremon y. The entire day-long celebra tion was open for tours, wine tastings, hors doeuvres, desserts, music & prizes. If you werent able to at tend, you are welcomed to call them at 352-242-4471 to set up a personal tour or you can simply visit them at 2550 Citrus To wer Blvd in Clermont. They can also be found on the web at www .VistaAtLostLake.com. The Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Cedar Grill Express Restaurant ow ner Moe Nasser his family staff, & friends to the South Lake Community by performing a Ribbon Cutting ceremon y at their new restaurant loca ted next to the EPIC Movie Thea tres in Clermont (Clermont Landing Shopping Center 2407 S. Hwy 27). After the ceremon y, Moe kindly trea ted the Ambassadors to numerous samplings of his dishes. While specializing in authentic Mediterranean food such as gy ros, falafel, shish kebab, and other fresh-healthy-delicious dishes, Cedar Gill also has a grea t burger -builder offering where you can crea te your ow n customized burger -masterpiece! Make sure to stop in and welcome them to the area while enjo ying your next lunch or dinner They can be reached at 352-404-7888 and you can also visit their website at www .CedarGrillExpress.com. The City of Clermont sponsored the July Chamber Business-After -Hours networking & mingling event. The event was held at new Clermont Arts & Recrea tion Fa cility loca ted at 3700 S. Highway 27. Delicious ap petizers and drinks were provided to the South Lake Chamber member at tendees compliments of Beef OBrad y s and Cheeser s Pa lace Caf, while live music and entertainment by Smooth Musical Entertainment and the Anita Drink band played on throughout the evening. City staff were also giving continuous tours of the Center inc luding the thea ter green room, sw imming pools, and gy mnasiums. The Chamber Ambassadors welcomed ow ners Jamie & Chuck Harro w to their Floor Galler y retail store loca ted at 44 20 S. Hw y 27 in Clermont. Wit h 20 + ye ar s of ooring experience, they are in our South Lake community to ser ve your ever y ooring need carpet, hardwood, tile & stone, resilientvin yl, lamina te, and more! They are also an exc lusive dealer for HGTV Home Flooring stop by to bro wse their HGTV Sho wroom so tha t you can discover the right ooring solution for your home. Yo u can see them online at ww w. cl ermontoorgaller y. com, and their store phone number is 352-242-9644. Chamber Ambassadors joined Ti tle Boxing Club Clermont ow ners Linda & Keith Va skovsky and their training staff in celebra ting the grand opening of their new loca tion at 43 9 1 S Hw y 27 in Clermont, FL (within the Kings Ridge Publix Plaza). TITLE Boxing Club is a health cl ub tha t packs a punch! Their explosive total bod y workouts inc lude group boxing and kickboxing cl asses tha t help you burn up to 1,000 calories in just one hour In addition to their signa ture boxing and kickboxing Po wer Hours, they also offer personal training sessions tailored to your specic tness goals. Go online to see all of their offerings at ww w. cl ermont.titleboxingc lub. com or give them a call for more informa tion at 352-227-1303.
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B1 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 30, 2014 www.southlakepress.com YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTS SPORTS EDITOR ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE .............................. 365-8268 FAX .......................................... 394-8001 EMAIL ......... email@example.com S PORTS and LEISURE W hile sitting in my apart ment wondering what I was going to write about this week, SportsCenter came on the TV. Naturally, I took a break. After watching one of the shows My Wish segments, it came to me. Why not write a column about why I love sports? There are so many reasons why, and My Wish is no ex ception. If you havent seen it, check it out online. And dont forget to bring some tissues. Every summer since 2006, SportsCenter has been airing the week-long series, which focuses on children with seri ous illnesses getting to live out their sports dreams for a day. This years wishes included kids hanging out with Caroli na Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, Boston Red Sox sec ond baseman Dustin Pedroia, the University of Michigan football team and U.S. gym nast and Olympic gold medal ist Gabby Douglas. How many kids can say they got to stretch on the eld with and catch passes from an NFL quarterback? How many kids can say they got to throw out the rst pitch at Fenway Park and try to hit base balls over the Green Monster? How many kids can say they got to walk the balance beam with an Olympic gold medalist and got to wear that same med al around their neck? Thats why I love sports. It doesnt stop there, though. I love sports because of their unpredictability. Its the walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth when your team was trailing the en tire game. Its the game-winning touch down or eld goal in overtime when your team couldnt buy either in regulation. Its watching your favor ite golfer sink a 30-foot putt to save par. Thats why I love sports. I love sports because of the upsets. Who could forget last season when Chris Davis returned a missed eld-goal attempt 109 yards for a touchdown on the last play to lift Auburn over top-ranked Alabama? Or when the Mercer mens basketball team a No. 14 seed knocked off No. 3 Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament in March. My bracket was busted, but I didnt care. Thats why they call it March Madness, and thats why I love sports. Its staying in touch with those you played sports with in high school and college, pick ing up right where you left off next time you see each other. Its going to Super Bowl par ties and laughing at all the fun ny commercials while getting a third helping of buffalo chick en dip. Its getting up to tailgate and play cornhole with friends downtown, not wondering why youre awake at 8 a.m. on a Sunday. Its all the bragging rights on the line in fantasy football. Its not whether your team wins or loses, but all the mem ories you make that will last a lifetime. Thats why I love sports. Why I love sports PAUL BARNEY SPORTS WRITER PAUL BARNEY I Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Move over, Dicks Sporting Goods, youve got company. Just weeks after one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the world opened its doors in Clermont, TITLE Boxing Club did the same. Located in the KingsRidge Shopping Plaza off U.S. Highway 27, TBC had its grand opening on July 12 with twotime cruiserweight champion Marvin Camel in attendance. The grand opening was a great suc cess, said Keith Vaskovsky, who owns the club with his wife, Linda. Its been very, very positive. Everybodys been nothing but complimentary. TBC offers group boxing and kick boxing classes that begin at 6 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The club also has a Power Hour, which consists of a 15-minute warmup, eight three-minute rounds on the one of the 42 100-pound bags (either box ing or kickboxing), a minute of rest af ter each round and 15 minutes with a medicine ball to work the core. The Power Hour is designed to help people work their entire body and ev ery muscle group, potentially burn ing up to 1,000 calories a session. Pro fessional trainers are available for the group sessions, and theyll also get you in the ring for some mitt work. The ring is off to the left when enter ing the club, directly across the retail area. The club is also equipped with lockers, a speed bag and an audio sys tem. TBC has single and family mem berships, and the Vaskovskys are no ticing that a lot of families are signing up. The family plan includes up to ve people under one roof, 8 years old and above. About 40 percent of the clubs mem bers are on family memberships. One thing I love about TITLE Box ing Club is that it offers a family mem bership, Keith said. Were seeing a lot of families signing up right now, and we love to see that. We love to see fam ilies come in and exercise together. Most of the members are from Cler mont, but Keith said he and his wife also get members from Leesburg. In fact, the rst person to pre-register was from Leesburg. TBC is a franchise with about 150 clubs open in 34 states. Its also up and running internationally, with clubs in Cancun and works in place to open more in the UK and Australia. Its one of the fastest if not the fastest growing tness clubs in the U.S. right now, Keith said. Theres more to come throughout the coun try. With the recent addition of Dicks Sporting Goods, Keith is hoping TBC will help bring that same kind of ex citement to the area. Clermont is growing. Its one of the fastest-growing zip codes in Florida, he said. My wife and I have lived in Clermont for 13 years now. We love the area, and we wanted to open a busi ness where we lived. We feel it ts right for Clermont, and its showing be cause its family-oriented for this com munity. This is the training ground for the triathletes, and (TBC) goes hand-inhand with this city. Need incentive to check it out? The rst session is free. Sounds like a knockout. TITLE Boxing Club is a knockout BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Keith Vaskovsky, the owner of Title Boxing Club in Clermont, poses for a photo at his business on Friday. CLERMONT One thing I love about TITLE Boxing Club is that it offers a family membership. Were seeing a lot of families signing up right now, and we love to see that. We love to see families come in and exercise together. Keith Vaskovsky, TITLE Boxing Club owner FRANK JOLLEY I Staff Writer email@example.com Montverde Academys rep utation as an internation al boarding school is well known, but it also produces quality athletic programs. That reputation likely helped entice the Brazils 17-and-un der national soccer team to the school for a week of prac tice and exhibition games be fore heading to Mexico City for an international tournament in August. According to Montverde Academy ofcials, this is the rst time the school has host ed a national team from Brazil, but it wont be the last. In Sep tember, Brazils U-15 national team will be on campus. It is a distinct honor and privilege to be hosting the Brazilian National Team here at Montverde Academy as they prepare for the Copa Mexico international tourna ment, said Montverde Acad emy Athletic Director and boys soccer coach Mike Po tempa. I believe it will be a tremen dous experience for everyone involved and we hope to learn a great deal from some of the best coaches and young tal ents in the world today. Potempa said the Brazilian team is made up of the 20 best players born in 1998. The players are beginning a two-year cycle that will cul minate with the U-17 Youth World Championships in 2015 in Chile. Before leaving for Mexi co today, the Brazilian team played in three exhibition games at the Montverde Acad emy soccer facility. While in Mexico City, Brazil will com pete against 15 teams for the tournament title, which will be decided on Aug. 10. Potempa believes that hosting and playing a soc cer team from Brazil enhanc es Montverde Academys rep utation in the sport. It was a memorable experience for our full-time SIMA trainees who worked hard to com pete against the best, Potem pa said. We are happy to host the nation of Brazil here and look forward to developing our relationship with the Bra zilian Federation over time to continue to be named the host site in the United States for their preparation training camps. Brazilian national team taking field at Montverde Academy PHOTO COURTESY OF MONTVERDE ACADEMY Members of Brazils U-17 national soccer team work out at Montverde Academy prior to playing an international tournament in Mexico.
Ann Dupee REMEMBER WHEN A 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. B2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 30, 2014 www.southlakepress.com C OMMUNITY Proudly serving CLERMONT, MINNEOLA, GROVELAND, MASCOTTE and MONTVERDE YOUR CONTACT FOR LOCAL NEWS STAFF WRITER ...................... ROXANNE BROWN TELEPHONE .................................... 394 FAX .................................................. 394-8001 EMAIL ..... firstname.lastname@example.org HOMETOWN: Id have to say New York, where I was raised, even though I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. OCCUPATION: Piano teacher (and academics/language tutor) FAMILY: I dont have any chil dren of my ownalthough I like to think of my students as my own kids! My parents have been mar ried for 64 years, and are now living in Assisted Living in Holly wood. Moms 93 and Dads 89. What do you enjoy most about south Lake County? The friendliness of Clermont res idents, the climate and the hills. Having grown up in New York, then living in Miami, I can appre ciate the non-at terrain. Ive just moved back from Georgia and de cided this is where I want to stay and establish my business teach ing piano. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sen tence, what would it be? Be kind to each other. Everyones doing their best. 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? Not having children of my own, it touches me deeply when for mer students reach out to me, to catch me up on their lives, to stay in touch via texts or calls, knowing that Ive impacted them in a posi tive way, and knowing that music is still a part of their lives. In a way, its my legacy. 3) How does what you do contrib ute to the welfare of the area? Teaching piano and watching stu dents grow musically is my pas sion. Learning music develops and enhances brain function. It also teaches that discipline and hard work yields results -in school and in life. I think giving back is import ant and a vital lesson to teach our young people. Teaching students to bring music to others is part of that. When I lived in Kissimmee, I contacted local assisted-living fa cilities and arranged to have my students perform for their senior residents. Id invite any resident who knew how to play piano to per form with us, and watched them light up with the excitement of the day. Id like to do the same here in the Clermont area. Meet Your NEIGHBOR ROSELY PIRAINO T he Clermont Junior Chamber of Com merce won two State Jaycee Awards at the district caucus ac cording to local pres ident Steve Johnson. The rst honor was the Civic Service Award and the second was a certicate of Commen dation for Exceptional Jaycee Activity for 1958, when Dr. Werner Hein rich was president. The presentations were made to Presi dent Johnson, C. Wel born Daniel and Norris Hutchinson, repre senting the Clermont chamber who attended the meeting. The Civ ic Service Award was made for the Jaycee Beach project, which has been a continuing activity since 1949. Forty-ve members and guests of the Or ange Boat Club spent Saturday and Sun day cruising the Cler mont Chain of Lakes in 24 boats, putting in at the new ramp at Jaycee Beach on Lake Minne ola where the Clermont Police Department pro vides around-the-clock protection for parked cars and trailers. They camped Sat urday night at Lazy Acres, guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.M. (John ny and Miriam) John son on Lake Crescent. Sunday morning they cruised the south end of the chain and in the afternoon the visitors toured lakes Minneola, Wilson and Cherry. The new ramp at Jay cee Beach was pro nounced the best in the state by several of the sportsmen. They pre dict the Clermont Chain of Lakes will be the most popular outboard spot in Central Florida. You folks have everything we look for, said cruise master Chet Davis. Captain Albert J. Mc Gill, McCoy Air Force Base information ser vice ofcer (former ly Pinecastle and now the site of Orlando In ternational Airport), explained the bases purpose and mission, which is a part of the Strategic Air Command. He told of the planes that y from the Mc Coy base, the B-47s, 52s and 58s, stating some y from 600 miles per hour to twice the speed of sound. The 321st bomb ing crews at McCoy are considered the cham pion bombing crews of the world. In a contest with other countries, the McCoy bombing crews chalked up the highest scores. Groveland Boy Scouts spending a week at Camp Le Noche near Paisley are Bobby Bo swell, Tommy and Philip Brown, Clark and John Pearson, Cecil Cow art, Billy Friel, James Baysinger, James Mar guet, Bobby Campbell, SEE HISTORY | B3 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer email@example.com F or the last seven years, Minneolas Donut King, at 208 S. U.S. Highway 27, has offered people some thing sweet to wake up to in the morning. But the business doesnt just cater to early risers. It serves customers 24/7 in side the store and at the drive-thru window. We put a lot of time and love into our doughnuts, Manager Kendall Moore said this week as he helped the staff prepare glazed, red velvet and Boston crme doughnuts, which he said y out of the case almost as quickly as they are put in. Everything here is hand cut, Moore said. Thats probably why they turn out so nice. Moore said there is a huge following for the stores ap ple fritters and people call ahead to make sure theyre in stock. And for those who want something different, there are Louisiana-inspired food items on the menu and many other doughnut a vors and varieties, such as cinnamon rolls the size of a hand, bow ties and hot glazed doughnuts just out of the oven. The store also of fers made-to-order items, such as the doughnut burg er, a half-pound burger pat ty topped with lettuce, to mato, cheese and any other burger topping, between two glazed doughnuts. Thats one of our big things. Its a novelty, so peo ple love it, Moore said. Moore said customers drive from Lady Lake, Lees burg and even Orlando to visit the store. This prompt ed Donut King to open a sec ond location at 3716 Howell Branch Road in Winter Park. No restaurant-style food is served at the Winter Park store, but every kind of doughnut can be found there. Moore said since open ing on July 12, the lines have been long. That store has had such a wonderful reception from everyone. I think its a great addition to the community there, Moore said. Its rough for us to wear our shirts out in public be cause people actually stop us to tell us how much they like our doughnuts or to tell us they were just there. Its almost like being a rock star or a celebrity, Moore said. For Christine Cost, who was at the Donut King in Minneola with her husband Bill and their two grand daughters, news about the Winter Park location made her jealous. What? They need to come our way, said Cost, who lives in Leesburg. We come out here every so often for the apple fritters. They are to die for, she said. MINNEOLA Sweet expansion Donut King opens second location to accommodate customers in Winter Park PHOTOS BY LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Becky Dison lls an order at Donut King in Minneola, which offers a variety of doughnuts in addition to Louisiana-inspired food items. LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Donut Kings famed doughnut burger. For those who want something different, there are Louisiana-inspired food items on the menu and many other donut flavors and varieties, such as cinnamon rolls the size of a hand, bow ties and hot glazed doughnuts just out of the oven. The store also offers made-to-order items, such as the donut burger, a half-pound burger patty topped with lettuce, tomato, cheese and any other burger topping, between two glazed doughnuts. FROM THE FILES | 56 YEARS AGO 1958 Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press SEE NEIGHBOR | B3
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All living members were present, including Mrs. R.L. Sutton, the former Lyda Smith, who has been living in Texas and will soon make Clear water her home; Clyde Plowden; Ulen McKin ney and Lacy G. Thom as. Mrs. Katie Stewart, the other class member, is deceased. New Clermont Wel fare League members are Mrs. Monta Mc Lean, Mrs. Toni Vogt, Mrs. Peg Dorsey, Mrs. Betty Daniel, Mrs. Bar bara Peck, Mrs. Ruth McBride and Mrs. Lib by Addison. Twenty-six Grov eland Future Farm ers of America mem bers spent a weekend camping and shing at Bayport and Tar pon Springs. Henry Lee brought in the larg est sh, a small shark. Frank B. Farr, GHS su pervising principal, caught the smallest sh. Chaperones in cluded Robert Camp bell, Freddie Garner, B.J. Merritt, Frank B. Farr and C. Freeman. Former U.S. Senator James M. Mead, who often visits Clermont, addressed the Flori da Public Relations As sociation personnel at the Citrus Observation Tower. Other sponsors were Cook Farms, mak ers of Hy-Peat and solu ble plant foods; the Cit rus Tower Amphibious Duck Tours and South Lake Waterways Club. Citrus Tower manager Ray Cochran was elect ed the PR groups vice president. Mrs. Wesley (Dottie) McRae will become the new press reporter, re placing Mrs. William (Olive) Bickford, who is leaving Groveland to move to Lakeland with her family. A voting machine will be in Mascotte on Aug. 14 and in Groveland Aug. 15 and 16 so voters may become familiar with the operation be fore Sept. 9. Miss Agnes Johnson, of Tallahassee, spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Johnson. In cele bration of Mr. Johnsons 87th birthday she en tertained the Rev. and Mrs. H.L. Clay, Rev. and Mrs. L.D. Lowe and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Zimmer man for dinner. Clermont Postmaster Oakley Seaver has re ceived word that mail delivery to the Cler mont-Groveland area will be resume to twice a day effective Aug. 18, following a re-survey of south Lake County by three eld representa tives. The representatives met with Clermont businessmen Dick Har ris, Art George, Jerry Egan, E.E. Warren, Wil liam Copeland, Charles Roe, Shorty Hullinger, Billy Williams, B.K. Ferguson, Mr. Seaver, postmaster Bob Per ry, Boots Boswell and Charles Ingalls of Grov eland. Groveland High School football Coach Shaw Buck will have only six lettermen back from last years Mid-Lakes Conference Champion team: Cap tain Billy McMurphy, end; Wendell Bridg es, Louis Gano and La verne Glass, halfbacks; and Jerry Godwin and Floyd Okerlind, line men. Dr. James R. Davis III has opened his dental ofce on Seventh Street in Clermont. Dr. Da vis, a native of Thomas ton, Ga., has just com pleted two years in the Navy and was stationed at Parris Island, S.C. He is a graduate of Emo ry University, Georgia, is married and has one child. Inez Maloney, Grov eland, will be his ofce assistant. HISTORY FROM PAGE B2 4) Name one of your great est accomplishments so far. One of the greatest accom plishments in my life so far has been teaching and the ability to impact students in a positive way for more than 30 years. I spent many years in the corporate world but always found time to teach piano on the side. At one point I had 26 students while working full time, which always kept me busy but very soul happy. 5) Whats something youve always wanted to do but ha vent yet? Ive always wanted to visit the pyramids of Egypt, the standing stones of Easter Island and as many castles of England, Scotland and Ireland as I can reach. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org Minneola residents Bob and Angela Eller, along with their oldest daughter Ava, 5, are a family of rappers. In fact, the trio has pro duced and released about 18 videos since 2012. For each one, Angela picks the top ic, Bob writes the rap lyr ics and creates the beats, the duo choreographs the routines, and Ava and fam ily friend DKhari Bell sing and dance in front of a giant green screen. Their inspiration? The Common Core Standards, a program adopted by 44 states and the District of Columbia including Florida that is focused on math, language arts and literacy to help stu dents prepare for high school and college. In Florida, Com mon Core was slightly modi ed and is known as the Flor ida State Standards. Angela, who has taught el ementary school in Orange County for the past eight years, came up with the Common Core rap videos as a way to help her own stu dents in the classroom. Both Angela and Bob are graduates of high schools in south Lake County. I knew some of my stu dents at the school I was teaching at when we started the videos had scored low on testing, Angela said. It was a lower-income school and some of the students were es pecially bad when it came to science and social studies. One day, I thought to my self, Its got to be the vocabulary words. If you cant even say the words, how can you feel comfortable with it all? To test the waters, Angela asked her hus band, a nancial specialist, to write a rap song about bul lying. When that took off in popularity, the Ellers decid ed to go ahead with the Com mon Core videos. Oh my gosh, the kids loved them (the rap songs), Angela said. With each vid eo, they became engaged, fo cused and actually memo rized their vocabulary words. Its like they didnt even re alize how much they were learning because they were excited and having so much fun. The videos cover subject matter and vocabulary words from kinder garten through fth grade, and there is a ve-question quiz at the end of each one. Bob said making the videos is a lot of work, but its worth it to know that they are helping students learn. It takes about 20 hours from the cre ative process to the nished product, he said. Though its not necessarily fun doing that while trying to work a fulltime job and making sure I meet all my deadlines there, it sure is fun seeing the stu dents enjoying the videos. Its helping kids, so its worth every second. I guess you can say Im a numbers guy by day and a rapper by night. The videos are available on iTunes and through the Ellers website, www.com moncorerap.com. Teachers who have access to Teachers Pay Teachers, can get the videos there as well. MINNEOLA Family takes rapping to educational level LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Ava Eller rehearses a rap video before a green screen. ANGELA BOB NEIGHBOR FROM PAGE B2
B4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 30, 2014 r f f nt b b rfSel ected from Historic Downt own Clermont's 80-plus members, we're pleased to pres ent the CDP Featu red Business of the Month...FINDERS KEEPERSFINDERS KEEPERS was opened on November 1, 2010 on 8th and Mo ntro se str eets in Hist oric Downtown Clermont. Owner, Pat Matson, who retire d af ter 30 years in the corporate bu si ness world, decided she could finally follow her dream of owning her own sma ll bu sines s. Not exa ctly sure what Finders Keepers would be toda y it has evolved into a Unique Gift, Home Dcor and gently used Furniture boutique. Custo mers enj oy the unique items they can purchase at Find ers Keepers and appreciate the ever turning invent ory with new items being intro duced daily. According to Pat find ing the tr ea su res and merchandising them is what she loves to do. Selling is just something I have to do to stay in business she laughs. Having expanded twice in the past 4 years, Pat contributes her success to her husband Bobs sup por t an d the ass ist an ce of her bab y gir l, as she refers to her, Jennifer Silva. Jen is really the salesperson, she is a real go getter and is always here for me. We are all a great team that makes FINDERS KEEPERS the success that it is. Whether you are looking for a birthday or wedding gift, something funny to give to someone or great furni ture for your home FI NDERS KEE PERS is wh ere you will fin d it Open Tuesd ay thro ugh Satur da y from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sund ay 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. you will be greated by the smiles of either Pat or Jen and usually on Sundays both will be in the boutique. S top in and say Hi, you never know what you may find. Pat and her husband Bob Matson have lived in Cler mo nt for the past 11 year s and have 4 ch il d ren and 8 grandch ildren. When not working th ey love to travel and are getting ready for a three week Norway trip in July. Not to worry FINDERS KEE PER S will be open in the capa ble hands of Jen To be sure there will be a huge sale when momma is gone. r f n t b f nf b f t b b f n f LOOKING FOR PA RTS? SEE JULIE (352) 394-61 11 r fnn ttt b Ih ave par ts for all major appliances and air conditioning and authorized repair ser vice too!rr Solution on page B9
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B6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 30, 2014 PLAN TO AT TENDThe South Lake ChamberAugust 7, 20145:00 PM to 7:30 PM Clermont City Center rfrnn nt b This event will celebrate democracy in action. Hob Nob is a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with participating candidates.Stars & Stripes Sponsors: rf n tb rbrf b r rr br Media Sponsors: Fr eedom Sponsor: Food & Bev er age Sponsor: Liberty Sponsor: Fr eedom Sponsor: Fr eedom Sponsor: Fr eedom Sponsor: Food & Bev er age Food & Bev er age Food & Bev er age Liberty Sponsor: Liberty Sponsor: Pr esenting Sponsor: b bb b b f b bb *A fr ee tic ke t is re quir ed to attend and participate in the voting .Stop by or call the Chamber to reser ve your spot today! r f r f n r r rt n t r b b f f f f f n n f f t f f f t t f b BILL THOMPSON Halifax Media Group Georgia environmental regulators have been asked to deny a natural gas com pressor station that will serve a proposed natural gas pipe line from Alabama to Central Florida. Last week GreenLaw, an At lanta-based public interest law rm focusing on environ mental issues, announced that it had led objections to the project because of con cerns about its impact on air quality. The group maintains that Sabal Trail Transmissions compressor station planned near Albany, Ga., as well as the 474 mile-long pipeline, would be a major emitter of nitrogen oxides and vola tile organic compounds. The pipeline will run form Tall apoosa County in Alabama to Osceola County in Cen tral Florida, crossing 13 Flor ida counties: Alachua, Ham ilton, Madison, Suwannee, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Sum ter, Lake, Polk, Osceola, Or ange and Citrus. A compression station also is planned near Dunnellon as part of the interstate Florida line. Three other stations are planned in Florida, but none in Lake or Sumter counties. Nitrogen oxides and vola tile organic compounds are released into the atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels, including natural gas, and vehicle emissions. The National Institutes of Health say the compounds can cause respiratory prob lems and can be troublesome for asthma sufferers as well as causing other conditions for people faced with longterm exposure. Stephanie Stuckey Ben eld, GreenLaws executive director, said in an interview this week that their com plaint is aimed at protecting the elderly and children, who would be the most at risk from the emissions. The groups challenge is also based on the possible escape of methane gas from the pipeline, which is dif cult to track. Not only is the gas odorless and colorless, the reporting of leaks is left to the pipeline owners, she said. In response, Sabal Trail maintains that it will comply with all air quality standards. We understand Green Laws mission and involve ment in these types of mat ters. However, we do not agree with their initial con clusions. The state agencies charged with reviewing air emission applications and is suing permits use standards that are designed to protect human health and the envi ronment, company spokes woman Andrea Grover said in a statement. Sabal Trail is committed to minimizing overall im pacts to the environment and the community, includ ing in the construction and operation of compressor sta tions, Grover added. Fur ther, Sabal Trails compressor station facilities will be op erated in strict compliance with all federal and state per mits. In addition, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commis sions staff will fully evaluate potential impacts on human health and the environment as required by the National Environmental Policy Act. The company is a joint ven ture of Next Era Energy Corp., the Juno Beach-based com pany that owns Florida Pow er & Light, the states largest electrical utility, and Spectra Energy in Houston. The $3 billion project, which is still pending ap proval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is intended to deliver up to 1.1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day to FPLs South Flori da plant. FPL intends to get it there by constructing its own pipeline to the link-up loca tion in Orlando. Sabal Trail also will need en vironmental permits from the Florida Department of Envi ronmental Protection, accord ing to agency spokeswoman Dee Ann Miller. The company has not yet applied for them. Air-quality questions raised about Sabal Trail project SUBMITTED PHOTO Clermont Toastmasters congratulate, left to right, Joel Testerman (Most Improved and Best Table Topics), Gordie Allen (Best Speaker), Marjorie Benjamin (Best Evaluator) and Dr. Thomas Spencer (club president) at the June 9 meeting. Clermont Toastmasters meets every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the SDA Church, 100 Minnehaha Ave., in Clermont. Call 352-234-6495. CLERMONT TOASTMASTERS PRESENTATION SUBMITTED PHOTO New ofcers installed June 26 at the Clermont-Minneola Lions Club are, left to right, Tail Twister Lion Tony Radogna, President Lion Nick Jones, Lion Tamer Lion Betty Sue Jones, Zone Chair Lion Mary Pezzo, Secretary Lion Carolyn Reid Cater and Treasurer Lion John Wert. Not pictured are First Vice President Clyde Simpson and Second Vice President Sonny Rambo. NEW OFFICERS AT LIONS CLUB
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