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SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | B2 SPORTS: South Lake beats East Ridge 62-3 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 50 NEWSTAND INSIDE CLASSIFIED B5 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. 36 3 SECTIO N S 2008, Halifax Media Group All rights reserved www. PRSRT-STD U.S. Postage Paid Clermont, FL Permit #280 Postal Customer Clermont, FL 34711 presort standard mail Clermont, FL Permit No. 280U.S. POSTAGE PAID LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer Lake County commissioners voted 3 to 2, with commissioners Leslie Campione and Welton Cad well dissenting, to reduce the 18 percent increase in property taxes next scal year to 11.4 percent. The cuts come at a cost to south Lake residents. In an effort to reduce the budget and lessen the tax increase, the commission cut funding for a new county park outside Clermont. Commissioner Sean Parks said after the meeting he was disappointed the commission voted down the park project. I hope the community will rise to show support to get it back on the list, he said. I dont think what we are asking for is crazy. South Lake park slashed from budget this year ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Clermont residents will have the opportu nity to catch a glimpse of the citys new logo in action on a new $287,916 Wayne Curb tender Side Loader re cently delivered to the Sanitation Department. The new logo, de cided by a unanimous council vote last month, is part of the citys on going branding process, which includes the new Choice of Champions motto and logo and a master plan that will take Clermont into the next 10-20 years. The truck even beat us in business cards, City Spokeswoman Do ris Bloodsworth said, referring to city statio nery with the new logo that has not yet been delivered. Bloodsworth said the new logo because it was painted in bright bold CLERMONT Sanitation Department gets new side loader LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL City worker Randy Anderson tends to a new garbage truck sporting Clermonts new logo. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Diane Travis and Tim Mur ry were the top vote-getters last week in a three-way race for Cl ermont City Council and will face each other in November to decide the winner of the District 5 seat. Travis garnered 44.38 per cent, or 1316 votes, while Mur ry received 33.32 percent or 988 votes. Thomas Spencer nished out of the running with 22.29 percent, or 661 votes. According to Clermonts char ter, a runoff election will be held in November between Travis and Murry. Spencer, 43, who will not go on, said at a hob nob re cently that he was thankful for the op portunity to meet so many people during his campaign. Travis, 60, said she was glad to hear she was moving on. In the midst of her travels since 7 a.m., going from precinct to pre cinct all day to greet voters, Tra vis said she was surprised that no other candidates were there with her. I am so grateful for all the support I received being that this is the rst time Ive ever run for ofce, Travis said. I would have rather had 51 per cent of the vote, of course, but 45 per cent, considering, is still a big win for me I think. Travis, a longtime resident of Clermont and owner of Travis Realty Group, has said she wants to be an integral part of the citys master planning process. Murry, at a Clermont workshop and council meeting Tuesday evening, got word that hed be going on to the general election. Murry said he was excited about Travis and Murry move on to November election CLERMONT TRAVIS MURRY LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer L ake Emergency Medical Services budget for scal year 2015 includes $1 mil lion for ambulances and equip ment, a 3 percent increase in salaries, and fun ding for a new data analyst and an associate medical director. However, the budget does not include money to staff all its ambulances around the clock, a decision that is drawing criti cism from the local reghters union. Six of Lake EMSs 19 ambu lances operate just 13 hours a day, including the one in the Four Corners area of south Lake. The Station 112 ambu lance moves to Mascotte at night because that area has a larger volume of calls, EMS of cials say. When that occurs, ambulanc es from neighboring stations respond to any medical calls that come in to Station 112. Lt. Jeremy Hendrix, spokes man for the Professional Fire ghters of Lake County, said there should be an ambulance at night at Station 112. In my opinion, the more am bulances that are staffed and in service, the more benet it is for the citizens of the coun ty, Hendrix said. Our job is to provide life-saving measures for those patients. We can ren der patient care for as long as needed. We are trying to expe dite the transport of the citizen to the hospital. Jerry Smith, Lake EMS execu tive director, said it would cost $150,000 to have the ambu lance there 24 hours. Station 112 is the sixth busiest station in the county, according to Lt. Brian Gamble, vice pres Emergency Services budget does not address staffing problems PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Lake EMS paramedic Mike Taylor walks past his ambulance at Lake County Fire Rescue Station 112 in the Four Corners area south of Clermont on Thursday. Coming up short Lake EMS paramedic Mike Taylor hands equipment to Lake County Fire Rescues Daniel Wallace at Lake County Fire Rescue Station 112. SEE ELECTION | A2 SEE AUDIT | A2 INSIDE Review nds Lake EMS not adopting national benchmarks and standards. See page A3. SEE TRUCK | A6 SEE BUDGET | A6


A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, September 3, 2014 TAVARES Incumbent Terry T. Neal retains county judge seat Incumbent Lake County Judge Terry T. Neal, of Leesburg easily defeat ed Clermont attorney Daniel David Archer Aug. 26 to claim another sixyear term. I am relieved, Neal, 59, said last week while she celebrated her win with friends and her husband, John. Earlier in the day, the judge traveled to different polls and received well wishes from voters. The people that I ran into were all very supportive and have been so kind and gracious, she said. It has been just a wonderful experience. Appointed to the bench in December 2005 by then-Gov. Jeb Bush, Neal had no opposition in the last election. Tuesdays primary race was Neals rst time being challenged by an opponent. TAVARES Woman guilty of shooting man through door After almost six hours of delibera tions, a Lake County jury came back with a reduced manslaughter verdict Wednesday evening against a woman who shot her live-in boyfriend to death through a bathroom door. Because she was armed at the time, Shelia Denise Brothers faces a max imum of 30 years in prison as op posed to the minimum 25 years she could have gotten on the second-de gree murder charges that she stood trial for in the 2013 Labor Day death of 43-year-old Michael Hyland. A judge will decide her sentence at a later date. According to testimony, the cou ple had just arrived home after a night of drinking when Brothers start ed screaming, cursing and hitting Hyland after he refused to tell her why he had been acting rude toward her that night. Hyland retreated into their bathroom and sat behind the door to get away from her. Brothers retrieved a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson from her china closet and red two bullets into the bathroom door. The rst bullet struck the top of the door and the second, fatal one near the bottom. FRUITLAND PARK No charges filed in septic tank drowning No charges will be led in the Fruitland Park drowning of Marissa Leigh Ann Daniel, the 2-year-old who fell into an uncovered septic tank in February, according to the State Attorneys Ofce. Trying to determine if manslaugh ter charges would be led in the Feb. 5 death, prosecutors said there have been no previous court decisions that could provide a precedent that Deborah and Christopher Garcias failure to replace the septic tanks bro ken cover at their Jewell Street home went beyond mere negligence. While the failure to cover the sep tic tank is deplorable and tragic in its result, the case law fails to reveal any decision involving facts that are similar to this case, Assistant State Attorney Bass states in a memo ex plaining the decision. The Garcias were moving out the home on Feb. 5 and the childs family had come to help. Marissa wandered off in the backyard and fell through a 12-inch by 18-inch opening and was found dead in the septic tank. CLERMONT Library sponsors trip to Tarpon Springs Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library is sponsoring a trip to Tarpon Springs on Sept. 18 for interested par ties. It will include a two-hour Sun Line eco-cruise, and a stop at the Spongerama Museum and the many Greek shops and restaurants in the city. The bus will leave the Cooper Memorial Library parking lot, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, at 7:30 a.m., and will depart from Tarpon Springs at 3 p.m., at a cost of $69 per person. For information and to reserve a seat, call Judy Knotts at 352-459-7726 or Priscilla Suffredini at 352-429-2747. Area Briefs What south Lake residents are saying about ... JUSTICE How would you dispense justice for the victims of the airliner shot down over the Ukraine? While I do think this is a tragedy, I do think that the U.S. needs to stop be ing the policeman of the world. Diplomatic sanc tions are all we need to do. TOM KLINE CLERMONT I feel that there is still no justice for them. The people that were respon sible should be held ac countable for their ac tions. They were innocent people. They did nothing wrong. CHRIS FRAZIER GROVELAND I think they should be compensated, just as any other victims of a plane crash, but there should be additional compensation because it was an act of terror. It was not a no-y zone and it should have been. CHOICE EDWARDS CLERMONT I dont know. How can there be justice when your family members are dead from a violent act? On the other hand, I am a Chris tian and I believe that we should go through the healing process and allow God to punish the people who did this. I believe they should start praying. SUSAN CULLIVAN GROVELAND 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 the venture. I thank the people for all their support and am grateful for the condence in me voters showed in pushing me forward to the next round, Mur ry said, adding that hed be continuing with his door-to-door and person al campaigning efforts for Novembers nal vote so that he can get to work on issues that are in the best interest of all the resident of Clermont and the city. Its time to start a new round of campaigning and my goal now is to win so I can get to work on the issues that need to be ad dressed. Murry, 60, a lifelong res ident of Clermont, vet eran of the United States Air Force and employ ee of the Postal Ser vice, said he is running on a four-pronged plat form: attracting jobs and offering attractive pay; implementing things brought up during a series of visioning workshops in 2013; revitalizing down town Clermont; and con tinuing as an advocate for activities for local youth. Currently sitting in Seat 5 is council member Rick Van Wagner, a local pas tor who in not seeking re-election to that seat in order to run for mayor. Longtime Mayor Hal Turville is stepping down, which means it will be Wagner against former council member and re tired educator Gail Ash on the Nov. 4 ballot. Seat 1 council member Timothy Bates will remain in his seat for another two years, since he ran unop posed for his spot. ELECTION FROM PAGE A1 ident of the Professional Fireghters of Lake Coun ty. From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2013, there were 959 medical calls at that sta tion. When the ambulance was moved to the Mas cotte station in April 2013, Station 112 handled 244 medical calls during the overnight hours through Dec. 31, 2013. The next closest sta tion to 112 is Lake EMS station 361, which is six miles away, according to data from the Profes sional Fireghters of Lake County. In July, during the times when the ambulance was not staffed, ambulances covering for the unstaffed station 112 ran a total of 18 calls in which they ar rived an average of eight minutes after Fire Rescue was already on the scene, according to the Profes sional Fireghters. Smith said the decision to move the ambulance was based on the larger volume of calls in Mas cotte at night. If we dont have a 24hour unit in Mascotte at midnight, the ambulance comes from Minneola or Clermont, he said. Lake County Fire Res cue staffs its trucks with paramedics who provide advanced life support, the same as EMS. The differ ence is that Fire Rescue does not transport pa tients to the hospital. There are instances, Hendrix said, when a pa tient is waiting a few ex tra minutes for an ambu lance. Hendrix is also con cerned about restric tions on calling for help from surrounding sta tions in Polk and Osceola counties during instanc es when a Lake EMS unit is further away from Sta tion 112. If there was a life-threatening emergen cy and the other agency was closer it would help, he said. Hendrix said there have been three to ve instanc es in the last two years when that request has been made and Lake EMS has denied it. He could not state the severity of the incidents. The administration re sponse is because Lake EMS holds the Certif icate of Public Conve nience and Necessity in the county, they can dic tate that particular proto col or rule who they allow to transport, he said. Calls to Lake County Assistant Fire Chief Jack Fillman and Chief John Jolliff were not returned. Smith, however, con curred with Hendrixs ex planation. It is inappropriate for us to use other services on a routine basis, Smith said. Since Oct. 1, 2012, Lake EMS used mutual aid on 16 occasions, Smith said because it was appropri ate for those particular incidents. We are in the business of transporting the citi zens and visitors in Lake County, he said. Those other agencies are not supported by Lake Coun ty tax dollars to support our citizens. Commissioner Tim Sul livan said he had no clue about the issue in south Lake regarding the ambulance. However, a public re cords request obtained by The Daily Commercial shows an email written to Sullivan this past March from a citizen concerned about the loss of an am bulance at night. In an email to Sullivan, Rob Henzmann ques tioned how the cut in ser vice occurred. Who decided that it is OK to put me and my fam ily at risk by taking trucks out of service due to bud get cuts? Henzmann wrote. I am sure that the residents of Lake County would be willing to stom ach an increase in prop erty tax if we are actually getting the emergency ser vices we deserve. But while the EMS bud get does not contain funding for new para medics, it does contain requests for two adminis trative positions. The data analyst posi tion is expected to cost $40,000 annually, while associate medical direc tor services are taken out of the contractual ser vices portion of the bud get, of which EMS has recommended an addi tional $119,661 from the previous scal year. Smith said the associate medical director would help the systems medical director, Danielle Dragoo. You are talking about having one person on call 24 hours a day, sev en days a week, 365 days a year and so even when she goes on vacation she has to answer medical di rector calls, he said. I cant imagine one person being on call. The data analyst posi tion is not just for Lake EMS, Smith said. We have to provide this service to 12 different re services, he said. Lake EMS has 33 ad ministrative staff com pared with seven in the re department. The sala ries of those EMS admin istrative positions range from $34,000 to $116,000. Commissioner Sean Parks, whose district in cludes the Four Corners area, said people have been asking about the is sue for some time. Parks said he would rather see Lake EMS budget go toward ambu lances instead of admin istrative positions. AUDIT FROM PAGE A1 DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE PHOTO A newer ambulance, left, sits next to an older model in the parking lot of the Lake Emergency Medical Services support services in Leesburg.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer A followup review of Lake Emergency Medical Services response times and user fees found national benchmarks and standards have not been adopted, even though a 2013 audit recommended the agency do so. The National Fire Protec tion Association guidelines state that responders with advance life support capa bilities should arrive within 8 minutes to 90 percent of the incidents to which they are dispatched. By comparison, Lake EMS response times from January through March 2014 show the agency arriving in rural areas within an average of 22 minutes; 12 minutes and 52 seconds in suburban areas; and 9 minutes and 45 sec onds in urban areas. Lake EMS made improve ments in response times only in suburban areas. Bob Melton, inspector gen eral with the Lake County Clerk of Courts Ofce, who conducted the followup re view, said this issue con cerned him most. Response times are life and death situations, he said. In many cases, re sponse times are not meet ing the established standards that are out in the market place. It is critical that EMS adopt some standards and then follow those standards to ensure the best possible response times. Jerry Smith, Lake EMS ex ecutive director, said while the organization has not made recommendations to the board, it is planning to in the near future. We just recently were able to validate the data in a way we could present it and elim inate human calculations, Smith said. Lake EMS is transitioning to an automated system to track their calls. I dont want to have any suspicion of intentional ma nipulation, he said, adding that it has never been done. I want to eliminate that po sition. But Melton disagreed that Lake EMS should wait. We would recommend that EMS go ahead and adopt some type of standard re sponse times and as the sys tem becomes more efcient and more automated those standards could be adjusted as appropriate, he said. Of the 12 recommenda tions in the original audit, the review found four were implemented, two were par tially implemented and six were not implemented. Another recommendation that was not implemented included hiring a consultant to review the entire system, including re services, to achieve system efciencies. The consultant could help place the units in the most efcient areas to achieve ef cient and minimum re sponse times, Melton said. Smith said, however, that the County Commission de termined there was no fund ing to pay for a consultant this year. Also the county is in the process of approving au tomatic aid agreements with neighboring cities. Specic recommendations on how response times are measured were implement ed. Response times are now being generated at the 90th percentile compared to the average response time previ ously, Melton said. The agency also corrected errors in response times. According to an inter nal audit conducted in May 2013, the rst error type in volved situations when two ambulances responded to a call and the software only calculated the response time for the second ambulance. The audit looked at 141 Pri ority 1 incidents and found that 57 percent of those inci dents reported an incorrect response time. Melton said the issue has been corrected because Lake EMS is no longer using the same reporting system. Further, Lake EMS has ad dressed substantial hospital bed delays, Melton said. The hospital bed delays have decreased substantially and EMS has taken effective action to reduce those delays to reasonable levels, Melton said. While Smith said he and the auditor disagree on some conclusions on the audit with Smith contending more progress has been made then noted, Melton said there is a clear distinction. We audit the status as op posed to taking manage ments word for it, he said. Review:Lake EMS not adopting national standards DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE PHOTO Paramedic Ashley Lawrence responds to a crash in Leesburg, on Dec. 30


Wednesday, September 3, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 r f f nt b b rfSel ected fro m Historic Downt own Clermont's 80-plus members, we're pleased to present the CDP Featur ed Business of the Month...FINDERS KEEPERSFINDERS KEEPERS was opened on November 1, 2010 on 8th and Mo ntro se stree ts 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 owni ng her own sma ll bu sines s. Not exactly sure what Finders Keepers would be toda y it has evolved into a Unique Gift, Home Dcor and gently used Furniture boutique. Custo mers enjoy the uniq ue 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 expand ed twice in the past 4 years, Pat contributes her success to her husband Bobs sup port and the assi stan ce of her ba by 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 gre at fur niture for you r home FI NDERS KEE PERS is wh ere you wil l fin d it. Ope n Tuesd ay thro ugh Sat urda y from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m. and Su nday 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 bouti que. Stop in and say Hi, you never know what you may find. Pat and her husband Bob Matson have lived in Cl ermo nt fo r the past 11 year s and have 4 ch il d ren and 8 grandchi ldren. When not working they love to travel and are getting ready for a three week Norway trip in July. Not to worry FINDERS KEE PERS wil l be open in t he capab le 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 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 D006503 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Clermont residents and employees cele brated Cooper Memo rial Librarys fth anni versary Thursday, and a lot of credit for the facil itys success was given to the Friends of the Li brary organization. Theyre fantastic, said Boyd Bruce, Coo pers regional brand manager. Ive been a branch manager for 25 years and this is the most active group of friends Ive ever seen. According to Priscil la Suffredini, the im mediate past president of the friends, the non prot organization has about 60 members, who are mostly seniors. They provide funding for things not covered by the countys library system, like most of the children, adult and mu sical programs offered throughout the year. More recently, Suffre dini said, the Friends purchased $1,500 worth of magazine subscrip tions when that pro gram dwindled. They also buy DVDs and books as needed, and recently stepped up to purchase a 3-D print er along with three charging stations for iP hones and other elec tronic devices. We try to keep as busy as possible raising as much money as we can because every time we earn a penny, the li brarys got something they need, Suffredini said. There are some things that money cant buy and the Friends take care of that, too. We have one volun teer who comes in ev ery week just to glue pages that are falling off some of the older books so that they last longer, Suffredini said. The original Cooper memorial library was a 720-square-foot facility built in 1914 on DeSo to Street. It moved to two other downtown lo cations before the new Cooper Memorial jointuse 50,000-squarefoot library was built ve years ago on the Lake-Sumter State Col lege campus. Clermont Fire Chief Carle Bish ops grandparents the Coopers are the librarys namesakes. Anyone interested in joining the Friends of Cooper Memorial Li brary can attend their meetings, held at the li brary at 5 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month. During meet ings, the group plans projects, events and fundraising and cele bratory activities. Cooper Library celebrates 5 years LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Judy Knotts, left, and Priscilla Suffredini of the Friends of Cooper Memorial Library attended the festivities Tuesday during the facilitys fth anniversary party. We try to keep as busy as possible raising as much money as we can because every time we earn a penny, the librarys got something they need. Priscilla Suffredini ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Clermont city com missioners arent too thrilled with two pro posed locations for a new police station on the Clermont Commu nity Center property. Site A about 4 acres facing north to ward Hammock Ridge Road, next to a newly built independent liv ing facility will cost $2,474,719, said Kev in Ratigan, vice pres ident of the compa ny that designed the 30,000-square-foot police station to re place the current 7,000-square-foot fa cility in downtown Cl ermont. Site B about 3 acres adjacent to the Arts and Recreation building will cost $1,315.002, or $1 mil lion less than Site A. These costs would be in addition to the sta tions projected price tag of $6,408,401. With Site A, the city would have to remove a lot of tre es and con struct retaining walls, commissioners were told. The odd shape of the parcel would re quire a parking lot some distance away. Problems with Site B include the fact it would face the com munity pool, require an extension of utili ties and the proposed building would eat up a recreation eld also used for overow park ing. Mayor Hal Turvi lle expressed concerns about Site A. With all the things we have, the rec cen ter may need to be ex panded one day and this (site) would take away the closest lo cation to do that, he said. Council members said they wanted to look at a couple of oth er locations on the property, including a piece of land facing U.S. Highway 27 at the bottom of the hill. Officials discuss possible locations for new police station


A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, September 3, 2014 Cler monts Newest Seafood/Steakhouse!Open 11am Tu esdaySatur day Full Bar until 2am Fri. & Sat. Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm 794 W. Minneola Av e.In Historic Downtown Cler mont!352-242-3800 r f fnt Rob Nichols August 29th 9PM-1AM The Class Act Jazz Tr io August 30th 8PM-10PMLive Entertainment NightlyLunch Only br f ffThe Cast Band Ron Beck er Dir ector352-394-8228 r f nt b t $675 t Plac ey our ad her ea nd re ac ht he Local Mar ket !VER YA FF ORD ABLE!Call to da y3 52-3942183 811 EH wy 50, Clermont, FL 34711 242-2240 811 E Hwy 50, Clermont, FL 34711 Hunter Safety Courses coming soon ~. 22 mag. &. 22 LR ammo IN STOCK ~Lar ge selection of new and used r earms-General Gunsmithing -Bore Sighting -Gun Cleaning -KBB Gun Evaluations-AmmoBUY SELL LOAN TRADE letters on the side door of the truck. Residents have al ready started com menting to the drivers on how they like the new, fresh look, Brian Camp, the Sanitation Departments environ mental services man ager, said in an email. The next thing that will be branded with the new logo is the wa ter tower on State Road 50 near Citrus Tower Boulevard. Bloodsworth said the tower was recent ly painted, so only the logo needs to be re done. She said the old logo will be primed and painted over with the new one. Eventually, signs around town, build ings and other things will incorporate the new logo, she said. As for the new side loader, Camp said it was purchased to up grade the citys eet from its previous 2006 side load er. Sanitation vehicles work very hard and the amount of stops and refuse collected takes a toll on the vehicle, Camp said. The new side loader also allows the driver to pick up and empty carts without leaving the truck. It can pick up 900 to a 1,000 carts a day. The truck can haul up to 26,000 pounds of trash, which is re moved from the truck by the driver pushing a button in the cab. The truck dumps the load without the driver hav ing to ever touch the trash, Camp said. At present, the truck will be used to pick up household solid waste. The truck will be used where ever it is needed across the city, Camp said. Residents are be ing reminded to place their garbage dump sters at least 4 feet away from any obsta cles, i.e. cars, recycling bins, poles, mai lboxes, signs. TRUCK FROM PAGE A1 Meanwhile, Cam pione said she voted against the reduction because she did not support any type of in crease at all, while Cad well did not support cutting a storm water project to reduce the tax increase as well as using non-recurring revenue to balance the budget. The commission is grappling with a $15 million shortfall. Com missioners made $5.8 million in changes to the budget, including deciding to phase in improvements to the county judicial center over time at a cost of $2.4 million next year, compared to $5 million budgeted. Commissioners also will use solid waste re serves of $500,000 to clean up a fuel spill in Astatula, cut $400,000 in economic incentives, cut $1.29 million slated for a new park in south Lake and save $1.1 mil lion by deferring a storm water project. County Manager Da vid Heath previous ly said in order to avoid closing libraries, laying off 30 to 50 employees, cutting grant programs and other services, the commission would have to raise taxes. The 11.4 percent in crease would mean a tax hike of $69 for a home with a taxable value of $100,000. One pot of money commissioners used to offset the tax increase was the penny sales tax that the county shares with the Lake County School District and the areas municipalities. The county commis sions share was com mitted to a number of major projects, such as the regional park in south Lake and renova tions to the courthouse. Commissioners moved funding from the penny sales tax to the general fund to help offset the tax increase. Further, by deferring a storm water project that would treat water in the pond before it goes into the the aquifer, com missioners were able to shift $1.1 million into the parks system, mak ing up a shortfall. The budget short fall results from a $3.6 million increase for the sheriff to fund depu ty raises and a slight increase in the bud gets of all other consti tutional ofcers; a $1 million shortfall in the parks budget; $2 mil lion more in the Lake EMS budget to fund capital needs and salary increases; and $1.2 mil lion more for the county re department budget; $500,000 to mitigate a fuel spill in Astatu la; $300,000 for security for a tunnel to the new courthouse to trans fer prisoners to the new section for trials and other items. Cadwell said he took issue with using non-re curring revenue year af ter year to make up for the shortfall in the bud get. I am not ready to abandon the parks and recreation sys tem, he said. All xes we are talking about is what got us here: us ing non-recurring reve nue to shore it up. Next year there is no mon ey fairy that is going to come and x it. A prop erty tax is not a fair tax. Some have to pay more than what they consider their fair share. While voting with Cadwell for opposite reasons, Campione said a tax increase could harm the areas econo my. We should talk less about quality of life and keep the focus on the economy and our tax payers and give them some relief and then those other things will fall into place and they will happen, she said. Later, Cadwell em phasized how import ant parks and libraries were to economic de velopment. The value we get from libraries, parks and organized activities in parks is hard to quan tify, he said. I guaran tee it has something to do with that crime rate referring to the low crime rate in the coun ty. Meanwhile, Commis sion Chairman Jimmy Conner took respon sibility for the bud get shortfall the county nds itself in. Where we are is largely my fault because I have been so deter mined not to raise tax es that every year we just got by and by and reserves are down to 7 percent and we cant get by anymore, he said. BUDGET FROM PAGE A1 I am not ready to abandon the parks and recreation system. All fixes we are talking about is what got us here: using non-recurring revenue to shore it up. Next year there is no money fairy that is going to come and fix it. A property tax is not a fair tax. Some have to pay more than what they consider their fair share. Lake County Commissioner Welton Cadwell


Wednesday, September 3, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A7 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) CLERMONTCONNECTIONCHURCH b rf n 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 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: (Pastor Anderson) (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 8:00 am (Rite I) 10:00 am (Rite II) 5:00 pm (Praise & Worship) Mens Prayer Breakfast 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 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. 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 IN MEMORY DEATH NOTICES Carroll McHie Armstrong Carroll McHie Arm strong, 83, of Mount Dora, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Ham lin & Hilbish Funeral Directors, Eustis. Roger W. Conner Jr. Roger W. Conner, Jr., 89, of Tavares died Sun day, August 24, 2014. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tavares. Minnie Elaine Covington Minnie Elaine Cov ington, 91, of Umatil la, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. Arthur James Gardner Jr. Arthur James Garner, Jr., 73, of Leesburg, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Rocker-Cusack Mortuary, LLC, Lees burg. Ruthie Mae Howell Ruthie Mae Howell, 76, of Groveland, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Floyds Funeral Home, Clermont. Margaret Hilton Locke Margaret Hilton Locke, 64, of Fruitland Park, died Monday, Au gust 25, 2014. PageTheus Funeral Home and Cremation Ser vices, Leesburg. Lizeth Mendivil-Pellegaud Lizeth MendivilPel legaud, 34, of Sorrento, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. Josephine E. Simpson Josephine E. Simp son, 88, of Leesburg, died Sunday, August 24, 2014. Page-Theus Fu neral Home and Crema tion Services, Leesburg. Doris Dority Smith Doris Dority Smith, 75, of Clermont died Sunday, August 24, 2014. Marvin C. Zan ders Funeral Home, Inc. Apopka. Gussie Lee Smith Gussie Lee Smith, 79, of Umatilla, died Mon day, August 25, 2014. Marvin C. Zanders Fu neral Home, Inc., Apop ka. Hazel E. Todd Hazel E. Todd, 103, of Clermont, died Sat urday, August 23, 2014. Page-Theus Funerals & Cremations, Leesburg. Paula Ann Watson Paula Ann Watson, 58, of Mount Dora, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Banks/PageTheus Funeral Home, Wildwood. SUBMITTED PHOTO The 2014 Give Em Hell Harry Award was presented to club member Mary OHanlon at a recent political trivia contest at the South Lake Democratic Club in Clermont. MARY OHANLON WINS POLITICAL TRIVIA AWARD Clermont-Minneola Lions Club members, from left, are Mary Pezzo, John and Malinda Bomm, David Lloyd, Carolyn Lloyd, Donna Becker, Janette Cruz, Betty Sue Jones, President Nick Jones, Tony Radgona, Vivian and Vern Jay, Charlie Neville and Ed Whetzel. Kneeling is James Bender with his son J.J. Bender. The club kicked off its new scal year with John Bomm and his business, C/M Boxcar Racing, in Groveland. The Club has become involved in the business by sponsoring the race car shown. SUBMITTED PHOTO CLERMONT-MINNEOLA LIONS SUPPORT BOX CAR RACER


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B1 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, September 3, 2014 YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTS SPORTS EDITOR ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE .............................. 365-8268 FAX .......................................... 394-8001 EMAIL ......... S PORTS and LEISURE PAUL BARNEY | Staff Writer South Lake coach Stephanie Tibbetts and her team worked on be ing aggressive on every ball during practice on Aug. 25. That aggressiveness carried over into the season opener, where the Eagles swept Tava res in three sets, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-11. The thing Im most excited about is they took what we worked on in practice yesterday and executed it perfect ly, Tibbetts said. Breette Ison led South Lake (1-0) with ve kills, while Samantha Tirri added four kills, includ ing two in the rst set. The rst set included six lead changes, and it was the sixth lead change that gave the Eagles all the momentum they needed. Tied at 11, a kill from Sara Langer gave South Lake the lead for good as it outscored Tava res, 14-4, to end the set. The only time the Ea gles trailed in the set was when an ace from Marjorie Netwal gave the Bulldogs (0-1) an 8-7 lead. We have a tendency to start slow, Thats the one thing we denitely need to work on, Tib betts said. Like I said, what we worked on in practice yesterday was being aggressive on ev ery single ball. I kept pushing that and push ing that and they did it. Thats what allo wed us to go on that run. We just stayed on the offen sive all night. South Lake trailed just once more in the sec ond set, 7-6, after a kill from Quanda Brown. That was the last time the Eagles trailed the rest of the night. Jalyn Paces kill tied the set a t 7 as South Lake went on an 8-0 run to take a 14-8 advan tage. The run was high lighted by back-to-back blocks from Langer and Pace. The Bulldogs, however, rallied back and pulled to within 1918 before tying the set at 22 after an ace from Ra chel Morris. A service error from Tavares and an ace from Tirri, though, halted the rally and helped the Ea gles close out the set, 25-22. The toughness to ght back is something Bull dogs coach April Smith wanted to see through out the entire match. Thats what I kind of expected out of all three matches, so I feel like they couldve done a little bit better, Smith said. The Eagles ended the second set on a 3-0 run and started the third set the same way. Consecutive service aces from Bethany Pake gave South Lake a 3-0 advantage and an ad vantage in the set. The Eagles didnt let up on offense, extending their lead to 9-2 and 13-4 be fore the Bulldogs called a timeout. The timeout didnt slow down South Lakes momentum as it out scored Tavares, 12-7, to win 25-11. Pake had four service aces in the set. TAVARES South Lake tops Tavares in 3 games BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL South Lake junior Breette Ison hits the ball during a match between South Lake and Tavares at Tavares High School on Aug. 26. FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer Nick Guidetti and Amanda Hulsey are groundbreakers. The South Lake High School seniors were recog nized this week as the rst recipients of the South Lake All-Sports Boosters athletes of the week. Hulsey, the captain of the cheerleading team, and Gui detti, quarterback of the football team, were present ed with certicates by South Lake Principal Rob McCue in a brief ceremony on Wednes day. Afterwards, McCue spoke about the signicance of the awards. Nick and Amanda are shining examples of South Lake High School, McCue said. Im honored to recog nize them as the rst winners of this award. They are stu dent-athletes in every sense and are respected members of our student body. Hulsey said she was hum bled to receive the award and Guidetti called it an honor to be the rst to get the weekly honor. Im so glad that cheer leading is being recognized as a sport, Hulsey said. Its a physical activity and requires as much training and skill as any other sport. We prac tice hard and for many hours to make sure we are ready to represent South Lake ev ery Friday night. Even when we hurt, we have to put on a smile for the fans. Guidetti, who completed 14 of 16 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns in last weeks Kickoff Classic pre season game against Tava res, carries a 3.75 grade point average and hopes to study sports business in college and possibly become a sports agent. He said the academ ic demands on him has been lessened because he loaded up on credits during his rst three years in high school. Thats given me more time to get my homework done, Guidetti said. I can focus completely on football when Im on the eld and my classwork when Im off the eld. I think it helps me in both areas. South Lake students named first athletes of the week FRANK JOLLEY / DAILY COMMERCIAL Amanda Husley, South Lake High School cheerleader, left, and Nick Guidetti, South Lake High School quarterback. FRANK JOLLEY I Staff Writer CLERMONT For most of its rst 12 years, The Dungeon the football eld for the East Ridge High School football team was a house of pain for the opposition. In Thursdays sea son-opening game against South Lake, it was a gridiron purgato ry for the home team. South Lake scored touchdowns on its rst six possessions and on nine of 10 for the game, as the Eagles routed the Knights 62-3. The Eagles (1-0) wast ed little time getting on the scoreboard. After forcing a fumble to snuff out a promising open ing drive for the Knights, South Lake scored on four plays, with Kev in Evans racing into the end zone from 18 yards out less than four min utes into the game. After giving up a 23yard eld goal by Zach Block for East Ridges only points of the game, South Lake scored on its next offensive play, a 65-yard scamper by Ev ans. Later in the quar ter, Nick Guidetti con nected with Brandon Walker on a 49-yard touchdown pass. South Lake estab lished superiority at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. The Eagles line men had the Knights on their heels from the opening kickoff. The Eagles front wall often pushed East Ridge so far off the ball that Evans and Chuck ie Hutchinson were 10 yards downeld before a defender was able to get a hand on them. When South Lake called for a pass, Gui detti had plenty of time to nd a receiver. At halftime, South Lake enjoyed a 41-3 lead and accumulat ed 348 yards of total of fense, while limiting the Knights to 85. The entire second half was played with a running clock. South Lake nished with 536 yards of to tal offense 399 yards on the ground and 137 through the air. Evans led the ground attack with 127 yards on seven carries and two touch downs, while Hutchin son totaled 118 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns. Guidetti, like most of the Eagles starters, played one series in the second half. The senior signal-caller complet ed 8-of-12 passes with two scoring strikes. South Lake hosts Lake Minneola on Fri day while East Ridge travels to Tavares. Both games are set to kick off at 7 p.m. PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL ABOVE: South Lake senior Kevin Evans (22) runs with the football during Thursdays game against East Ridge at East Ridge High School in Clermont. Flying high Eagles score early, often in blowout win over Knights ABOVE: Eagles senior quarterback Nick Guidetti throws the football against the Knights. TOP: East Ridge senior Zach Honnold (3) is tackled by South Lake senior Fred Key (44) and junior Kobe Roberts (12).


B2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, September 3, 2014 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. C OMMUNITY Proudly serving CLERMONT, MINNEOLA, GROVELAND, MASCOTTE and MONTVERDE YOUR CONTACT FOR LOCAL NEWS STAFF WRITER ...................... ROXANNE BROWN TELEPHONE .................................... 394 FAX .................................................. 394-8001 E-MAIL .... HOMETOWN: Groveland OCCUPATION: Director of International Pro Soccer Academy What do you enjoy most about South Lake County? The laid back culture and atmosphere. If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sentence, what would it be? Live life to fullest, travel and have fun you only live once. 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? Good friends are rare but when you have one, appreciate them. My friends have been there for me and supported me in my business and personal life. The art of listening and encouraging is still the best form of friendship. How does what you do contribute to the welfare of the area? I am the director of International Pro Soccer Academy, which is a sports program for soccer specically. We provide a large aspect of health and wellness, including tness for the players. We also provide economic stability and bring awareness of the county to sports and tourism by advertising and networking internationally. Name one of your greatest accomplishments so far. My greatest accomplishment has been raising two sons, who in their own right, have been successful by attending college and being employed. Whats something youve always wanted to do but havent yet? Driving across America in an RV and going on a cruise. What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community? Be bold and just step out of your comfort zone; you will be amazed at how many lives you will impact. FROM THE FILES | 59 YEARS AGO 1975 Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet Your NEIGHBOR HENRY MOYO Grovelands annu al July 4th community celebration, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Groveland, was held Friday July 4 at Lake David Park. Other clubs participating were the Groveland Chamber of Commerce, Senior Womans Club, Young Adult Sunday School Class of Edge Memo rial United Methodist Church and South Lake Rotary Club. The Chamber spon sored a ea market from 10 a.m. to dark and a cake baking con test and auction. Kiwa nians served hamburg ers and soft drinks all day and sponsored the reworks at dark. Candidates for Miss Groveland (and their sponsors) are: Deb orah Booth (father Tom Booth); Deb bie Whitmore, (Grove land Chamber); Terry Drew, )Cherrys Dress Shop); Lori Patterson, (Edges); Stephanie Wil lis, (Kurss Pharmacy); Jenny Fairchild, (Bran nons Food Store); Cin dy Posey, (Revis Auto Parts); Denise Barwick, (Hi-Acres); Diane Hig don, (Peoples State Bank); Mary Moody, (Hair Styles by Linda); Kim Perry, (Groveland Kiwanis Club). Cindy Posey was crowned Miss Grov eland in the shade of the only tree capable of covering the estimat ed 300 people present. Runners-up were Ter ry Drew and Deborah Booth. Leonard Seaver MCd the pageant. Last years winner, April Raines, crowned Jill Savoie Little Miss Firecracker. Other can didates were: Tosha Johnson, Tiffany John son, Christie Carter, Kim Smallwood, Karen Cox, Beth Varnado, She lia Barton, Becky Jones, Jamie Eley, Susan Bak er, Anita Geraci, Tammy Dixon, Heather Cary, Shawn Buck and Jenni fer Moore. 25 YEARS AGO 1989 CLERMONT JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADS RECOGNIZED Top eighth grade graduate students from Clermont Junior High School are Dana Pool, Brian Barnard, Lau ren Edgington, Mau reen Campbell, Candi Knight, Valerie Chaney, Joshua Wichers, Dena Narehood, Michelle Ogilvie, Ron Kembro, Wesley Morrison, Tim Peine, Kelli Angel and Leslie Lee. Youth Award spon sored by Beta Theta ESA, Maureen Camp bell; John Philip Sou sa Band Award, Tom Peine; Most Promising Artist, Mike Farman; Exceptional Creativity in English, Joe Symmes; Excellence in Photogra phy, Miranda Caldwell and Christina Stone. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer W hen Erika Shanoff was a little girl, her mother Leila would often play tea party with her. We had tea parties at home and she loved it, so I decided to start taking her to real tea rooms for real tea, Leila Shanoff said. From the moment we stepped in side, Erika loved that, too, and from there, every time we would go on a trip some where, we would nd a tea room. Over the years growing up, Leila said she and Eri ka visited tea rooms in plac es around the United States like Tennessee and Missou ri. Overseas, the pair scoped out tea rooms in France and Italy, or on farms where high tea was served in England, Ireland and Spain. Eventually, that passion turned into a desire to open a tea room of their own a dream that became a reali ty when Erikas Tea Room, a traditional English style tea room, opened its doors in downtown Clermont. Its been a mommy and me thing since I was lit tle, and now it still is, Eri ka said. We want this to be a place where people come for special foods and special parties, and where they feel they are part of our family. At Erikas Tea Room, at 787 West Montrose St., people can enjoy a cup of tea plus all the homemade goodies that go along with it, such as scones, tea biscuits, tea bread, cakes and coconut macaroons. In addition, people inter ested in lunch at Erikas can try individual quiches, soups and sandwiches made from scratch daily. Reservations can also be made for a high tea of n ger sandwiches, scones and mini desserts. According to Erika, people may have to visit often to try all the teas since more than 40 varieties from around the world are available. Leila even makes a mock Devonshire cream made with cream cheese to sub stitute for Devonshire milk that comes from Devonshire cows found in England. Her scones are made with cran berries or craisins instead of currants, more typically used in England. Hostesses all wear au thentic French handker chief aprons embroidered with owers. From the comments we get, the majority of people are very happy to have this. They love the food, the atmo sphere and the concept, Lei la said. We had a little girl from England tell us that our scones are better than the ones she has in England. It made my day. Leila, her husband Sheldon and Erika were living in Dav enport prior to moving to Cl ermont in order to open the tea room. Leila, a banker, re tired early and Erika, a teach er, left the classroom to em bark on their new venture. Leilas former colleagues are familiar with the menu items however, since shes been working to perfect the recipes, using them as her taste-tes ters, for the last two years. We were looking around Florida for the perfect loca tion and when we came to Cl ermont, we knew wed found it. We fell in love with the citys homey feel, Lei la said. I drew the blueprint for CLERMONT New restaurant and shop fits mother and daughter to a tea LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Erika Shanoff in the foyer of Erikas Tea Room in Clermont. The ower arrangement is in a Royal Wheat Valmont China soup tureen. PHOT COURTESY OF ERICAS TEA ROOM At Erikas Tea Room, people can enjoy a cup of tea plus all the homemade goodies that go along with it. Put the kettle on We want this to be a place where people come for special foods and special parties, and where they feel they are part of our family. Erika Shanoff SEE DUPEE | B4 SEE TEA | B4


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B4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, September 3, 2014 HWY 27/4 41 2 miles fr om Hwy 27 rf nnftb 787-4440 tnfrfn n nntr nrf bfnffn bt r rn n $300OFFRE MA NU FA CTURED CAR TSCas h or ch ec k. Mu st pr ese nt ad on pu rch ase Lim ite d Ti me Offer See stor e for details Solution on page B7 COACH, TEACHER JACK GAINES TO RETIRE CJHS Physical Ed ucation teacher and CHS and CJHS veter an coach Jack Gaines has retired to follow his love of following col lege ball, playing golf and shing. After three years playing base ball at the University of Florida as a starting pitcher and outelder Jack went on play pro fessional baseball at DeLand where he was 6-3 in his rst year as a pitcher, but he played 40 to 50 games as an in elder. Gaines won 19 games each year during his second and third year as a professional. NEWS OF NOTE An Orlando man who successfully robbed a convenience store clerk in Grove land and returned to the scene of the crime a week later. He was successful in a sec ond robbery attempt but was captured by Clermont Police Of cer Ray Simmons and Orange County Depu ties near Bithlo, east of Orlando, after a chase through Clermont, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Pine Hills, Orlando and Orange County. Mr. Wiley Hamilton Boots Boswell, 76, of Groveland, who retired as President of B&W Canning Co. in Grove land in April 1988, af ter 41 years of service, died June 10. REAL ESTATE ACTIONS Crescent West, a planned communi ty on the west shore of Crescent Lake was the location of the Cler mont Chambers Busi ness After Hours. The open house was held at a home on Lot 50 for sale through Boles Realty, Inc. Hosts were developers of Crescent West, John and Mar ilyn Priebe, and Jan et and Vernon Story, builders of the house. A highlight was a room decorated by Winnie Kirkland of Winifreds Interiors of Clermont. Groveland City Council unanimously annexed 11 properties on the northeast edge of the city, which grew out of a voluntary an nexation petition by the landowners. The properties in clude those owned by Busbee, Wilkins and Seely, Inc., South Lake Refuse, Inc. Fi berworld, Public Gas Company, Hi-Acres, Inc. Earl Griner and Gold Kist Nurseries, John L. Rocker of John L. Rocker Properties, Florican Company, Green Thumb Garden Center Corporation and Jordan Estates. DUPEE FROM PAGE B2 this tea room. Most tea rooms are tiny and you feel claustropho bic. I wanted to keep the same atmosphere but I wanted something more spacious where more people could sit, relax and feel comfortable, Leila said. Erikas tea room can seat about 60 people. Reservations are not re quired but suggested to ensure a spot. A private event can be accom modated for 30 or more people. Leila said she enjoys looking out into the parlor and seeing peo ple from mothers and children, to husbands and wives to groups of friends, enjoying them selves. Erikas also hosts all kinds of parties from bridal and baby show ers, to rehearsal dinners, birthday and anniversa ry parties for people of all ages. Your personal tea hostess will custom ize you menu and make your special occasion unique, Erika said. Adult-only tea tastings and special events will also be held periodically as will cooking with tea, and etiquette classes. A retail shop on site offers teapots, teas, jew elry, gift items, custom ized gift baskets, ower arrangements and oth er accessories to extend the tea experience for visitors. For information, call Erika Shanoff at 908670-2305, visit or email erikastearoom@ People can also follow the tea room or browse pictures on Pinterest or Facebook. Tea Room hours are Tuesdays Satur days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the parlor and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the store. Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the parlor and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the store. RICK REED Special to the Daily Commercial Big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vo cals and patriotic selections will ll the air of the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church of Clermont next month when the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors perform live in concert. The Jazz Ambassadors, a 19-member ensemble, is the of cial touring big band of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, it has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and throughout Europe, according to the band website. When we built the Wes ley Center with its large venue, we really did want to open it to community and host events like this, said Lisa Busto, commu nications coordinator for the church. The Wesley Center was built in 2009 on the former tiered park ing lot of the Child Development Center, with a spacious new parking area on the former hos pital property, according to the church website. When the foundation of the Wesley Center was poured, church members, friends and well-wishers placed thousands of written prayers under what would become the main oor of the building dedicated to serv ing their immediate community. The concert will be Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Admission to the con cert is free but tickets must be presented at the door for entry to the concert. Tickets are now available online at www.jazz910. or by calling First United Methodist Church of Cl ermont at 352-394-2412. The church is located at 715 Juniata St. in Clermont. The band has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing Americas original art form jazz. And its concerts are designed to entertain all types of audiences. One of four performing com ponents of The United States Army Field Band, the jazz en semble was organized in 1969. The other groups are the Con cert Band, the Soldiers Chorus and The Volunteers. Each band tours more than a 100 days an nually. The Jazz Ambassadors be gan its 23-performance summer tour Aug. 27 in South Boston, Va. There will be 16 shows in Florida. CLERMONT Church to host Jazz Ambassadors JAZZ AMBASSADORS / SUBMITTED PHOTO The Jazz Ambassadors, a 19-member ensemble, is the ofcial touring big band of the United States Army. The group will perform at the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church of Clermont next month. TEA FROM PAGE B2


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