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LINDA CHARLTON Special to the South Lake Press I ts nice to have a lake again. Richard De Fran is talking about Lake Glona, south of Cler mont, which is full for the rst time in 10 years, he said. While recent rainfall is threatening to send the St. Johns River over its banks, De Fran has been watching his lake rise for the past three months. Glona is an isolat ed lake which drains through a stream into the Clermont Chain of Lakes under high wa ter conditions. Theres been water owing in that stream for about a week now also for the rst time in 10 years. To the east and north of Glona, levels are rising in the Clermont Chain as well, just not as rapidly. Lake County Water Authority Director Mike Perry last week recorded the ofcial level of the Clermont Chain as 94.24 feet, measured at Lake Minnehaha. Thats about a quarter of a foot higher than the previous Friday and a foot and a quar ter higher than the same time last year, though still well be low the desired levels of 96 to 97 feet. And at the south end of the chain, water is owing into Lake Louisa from Big Creek at a rate well above what is needed to maintain levels in the chain. The ow from Lit tle Creek into the chain is also above minimum, water man agers say. Several days earlier, St. Johns River Water Manage ment District spokesman Hank Largin reported that re cent rainfall events have re sulted in slightly improved water levels in Lake County ... however rainfall has been be low average since 2011, and has just now started to trend Complet e Au to R epair We Ser vice All Mak es & Models We Fix FORD DIESELS Experience the Grifs Difference rf n tn bn f f n f f FA MIL Y OWNED & OPERA TED DA VID & MELAINE GRIFFIS, OWNERS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2014 WWW.SOUTHLAKEPRESS.COM 50 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Rain doesnt faze East Ridge golfers, See page B1 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Preview this weeks matchups for south Lakes football teams, See page B1 presort standard mail Clermont, FL Permit No. 280U.S. POSTAGE PAID Vol. 99 No. 41 3 sections INDEX CLASSIFIED ........................ B7 CROSSWORDS ................... B4 SERVICE DIRECTORY ........... A9 REMEMBER WHEN ............. B2 SPORTS ............................. B1 OPINION ............................. A4 WORD ON THE STREET ........ A2 AREA BRIEFS ...................... A2 CALENDAR .......................... A2 DEATH NOTICES .................. A8 MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR ....... B2 2008, Halifax Media Group All rights reserved WWW. SOUTHLAKEPRESS.COM LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer livi.stanford@southlakepress.com The new trash pick up service for the majority of residents in unincorporated Lake County got off to a bumpy start this week. When the new service went into effect on Monday, trash pick ups for the majority of residents in unincorporated Lake Coun ty changed from twice a week to once a week. But the latest postcard sent to residents informing them of the new service failed to mention the trash pickup would result in a re duction in fewer pickups. Commissioner Leslie Campio ne, the lone commissioner who voted against the three hauler contracts, in addition to dispos al at the Heart of Florida Envi ronmental landll in Lake Pana soffkee, said she had received emails from residents unaware of the trash pickup changes and oth ers that did not receive new trash pickup schedules, which were supposed to be attached to each trash cart. It seems to me that when a res ident was making the decision about the size of the receptacle they wanted it would have been important for them to know they needed to pick a size that could hold an entire weeks regular trash, she said. Therefore, I nd it troubling that the mail piece that went out to each household did not explain this fundamen tal change between old collec tion system and the new collec tion system. I did not support this new trash collection and disposal program, but I hope for the sake of Lake County residents that the transition goes smoothly. New Lake County trash service receives mixed reviews SOUTH LAKE PRESS FILE PHOTO Don Brown picks up a garbage can to dump in the back of a Progressive Waste Solutions garbage truck driven by Eddie Carson during a trash collection run on May 30. JUST THE FACTS Between Monday and April 1, 2015 residents may make a one-time change to the siz es of their carts at no charge by calling the county at 352 343-9400, according to the county press release. Avail able cart sizes include 95-, 65and 35-gallon containers. For a one-time fee of $60, plus a $40 delivery fee, resi dents may also purchase an extra trash cart. CLERMONT LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE SOUTH LAKE PRESS Del and Sheila Gray like their hammock overlooking Lake Glona not over Lake Glona. The water began rising three weeks ago and they decided a new location was in order. Though still too low, water slowly rising with wet weather Rainfall lifts lake levels PERRY Since 2005 weve been at or below average rainfall. The lakes pretty much mirror the rainfall. Historically it seems that in our summers we got some sort of tropical system. Lake County Water Authority Director Mike Perry A Clermont couple will have to spend up to two years in prison and come up with $1.2 million in restitution for evading taxes, a district judge has ruled. Steven Veres III, 49, and Scarlet Veres, 45, appeared on Friday before U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola Jr., who also gave them three years of supervised release after they get out of prison, according to a press release from Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney CLERMONT Couple sentenced for tax evasion ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer roxanne.brown@southlakepress.com Im not going down without a ght, vows Sharon Acosta, who will lose her house under current plans to realign State Road 50 north of Groveland. She is one of a handful of residents who have hired attorneys after learning they will have a major highway in their backyards. They attended a recent open house, where ofcials from the city, the Florida Depart ment of Transportation and Volkert Inc., a consulting rm helping to design the proj ect, were on hand to eld questions from the community. This house was purchased by my grand parents in 1961, so they owned it and now I own it, Acosta said. My dad worked so hard for it and my son, who died on this property, planted trees all around it. It makes me feel close to him. All my life Ive been on this property. Theyre taking my whole life. Fred and Karen Money wont lose their home to the new highway, but said they would rather be bought out than to have SEE TRASH | A8 SEE WATER | A8 GROVELAND Residents worried about SR 50 realignment SEE FRAUD | A8 SEE RESIDENTS | A8

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A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, October 8, 2014 TAVARES Recess committee meets but makes no recommendations A committee of parents, administrators, teachers and citizens convened last Tuesday to review how each elementary school han dles recess. The committee reviewed a survey that showed every elementary school had some form of recess. After meeting, however, the committee decided it needed more infor mation before making recommendations. In particular, the committee requested more information on the cost of playground equipment and space available for recess. Members on the committee include Patrick Galatowitsch, principal at Leesburg Elementary School; Scott Larson, a par ent; Dorethea Cole, principal at Grassy Lake Elementary; and Maen Hussein, a physician. There is no districtwide recess policy, as the decision to hold recess rests with each particular school. GROVELAND Fleeing motorist ejected after wreck An Orlando motorist allegedly ed from a Lake County trafc stop last week and then crashed. Jason Colon, 32, was charged with eeing and attempting to elude and driving with a suspended license. He was booked into the Lake County Jail, where bond was set at $3,000. According to a Florida Highway Patrol re port, troopers spotted a green Lexus travel ing 85 mph in a posted 70-mph zone on the Florida Turnpike Tuesday, Sept 30. The trooper said he made a U-turn to go after the car and it appeared to try to drive on the shoulder of an exit ramp in an at tempt to pass a tractor-trailer. The trooper added the car eventually stopped for him and he approached Colon. He said he asked Colon three times to step out of the car after learning he didnt have a license. The report adds Colon said something be fore he put the vehicle in gear and drove off only to get in an accident that threw him from the vehicle. Colon was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries and then to jail. It is not clear what injuries he sustained, but his mug shot appears to show lacerations on his face and head. LAKE COUNTY LakeXpress paralyzed by bomb threats Law enforcement ofcials are seeking in formation about two men on bicycles who made a bomb threat that shut down all LakeXpress xed-route bus services last week. The threat was vague, so all buses were immediately pulled from service, said Ken Harley, Lake County Public Transportation manager. All drivers were notied, pulled over and got the passengers safely off the buses. The passengers reached out to family and friends to pick them up. The men approached a bus driver at 7:15 a.m. and verbally made the threat, ac cording to Sgt. James Vachon, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriffs Ofce. The two males told the driver that a bomb was on a LakeXpress bus in the Leesburg area and would go off later in the day, Vachon said in an email. As of 11:15 a.m., all buses were searched and no devices or suspicious packages were found, he said. South Lake in Brief What south Lake residents are saying about ... GROWING UP What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a doctor and a princess. An animal doctor. BHEANNE BROUGH CLERMONT Probably a ballerina, because I am taking bal let class right now. ROSE FORBES GAINESVILLE A nurse because I think it would be interesting, and my cousin is a nurse. JOY HARRIS MONTVERDE 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 Maybe a programmer, possibly. I like computers. MIRIN MINNO GAINESVILLE TODAY Colored Pencil Classes with Pat Lentine, a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of Amer ica, are from 1-3 p.m. at South Lake Art League, 776 W. Montrose St., downtown Clermont. Class fee is $100, and participants must reg ister in advance. Contact Pat Len tine at pat@patlentine.com for de tails. The Canasta Club meets at the Marianne Beck Memorial Li brary in Howey-in-the-Hills every Wednesday, from 2 to 5 p.m. For information, call the library at 352324-0254. FRIDAY The Kiwanis Club of Clermont will host the 18th annual Oakley Seaver Memorial Golf Tournament at the Legends Golf and Country Club, 1700 Legendary Blvd., in Cl ermont. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds benet scholarship funds for high school seniors. For infor mation or to register, call Harold Cummings at 352-394-6098. Friday is the last day for can cer survivors who want to take part in the Lady Hawks volleyball team at Lake Minneola High School, 101 N. Hancock Road, 4th annual Pink Night event honoring survivors at 7 p.m. on Oct. 16. Those who wish to participate will be admitted free, recognized in a special ceremo ny before the game and should email their name to Coach Cook at CookA1@lake.k12..us, or call the school at 352-394-9600. Louis Canter, music direc tor, pianist and organist at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 720 12th St. in Clermont, will host a re cital at the church at 7 p.m., per forming the complete sonata of Jean-Marie Leclair for violin and pi ano. The event is free and open to the public. Call the church at 352394-3562. SATURDAY The Moonlight Players will host Through the Years, a gala fundraiser honoring the groups 20th anniversary, at 6:30 p.m. at 735 W. Minneola St. in downtown Clermont. Events include a tour, cocktail hour and a comedic re membrance of Moonlights past, dinner, desert and silent auction. Tickets are $50 and must be re served by calling 352-319-1116. For information, go to www.moon lightplayers.com. Low-cost pet vaccinations can be purchased at Irish Trails Farm & Pet Supply, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 102 S. U.S. Highway 27 in Clermont. Call 352243-0924. Pastnders Genealogical So ciety annual Family History Open House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. This is your opportunity to meet with others who are eager to help you with your ancestor search. Go to www.rootsweb.ancestry.com or call 352-242-9805 for information. The Cagan Crossings Friends of the Library is sponsoring a chess tournament honoring Nation al Chess Day at the Cagan Cross ings Library, beginning at 8:45 a.m. Entry fee is $30 cash or check in advance or $40 cash only at the door. Grand Master fees will be waived. Call Herb Pilgrim at the li brary at 352-243-1840 or email li brarychessclub@yahoo.com. TUESDAY Learn about housing chick ens, processing eggs and breeds at this Chicken University event at 10 a.m. at the Marianne Beck Me morial Library, in Howey-in-the-Hills. Registration required by calling 352-324-0254. OCT. 15 The Minneola Elementary School Charter Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the media center at the school, 320 E. Pearl St. Call the school at 352-394-2600 for infor mation. OCT. 16 Essential Oils class is the topic for this second meeting on how to have a healthy medicine cabinet, at 11 a.m. at the Marianne Beck Memorial Library, in Howey-inthe-Hills. Register by calling 352324-0254. Write Your Life for senior adults, a noncredit course, is of fered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for six weeks at the LSSC South Lake campus in Clermont. Cost is $49. Registration required by calling 352-323-3610. OCT. 17 The Moonlight Players in as sociation with the Greater Cler mont Cancer Foundation will pres ent Seasons, an original musical written by local playwrights Elaine Pachacek and Katie Hammond for one weekend only, Oct. 17-19 with performances on Friday and Sat urday at 8 p.m. and a matinee on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. A portion of the weekends show proceeds will go to the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation. The theater is locat ed at 735 W. Minneola St. in down town Clermont. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for children. Call 352-319-1116 for reservations or go to www.moonlightplayers.com. OCT. 18 A three-day Scott Mattlin Im pressionist Oils workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 18-20 at the Cagan Art Studio, 16640 Cagan Crossings Blvd., in Clermont. For in formation or to reserve a seat, go to www.ButteryKissesStudio.com, call Kathie Camara 352-241-6407 or email alckathyc@juno.com. Low-cost pet vaccinations can be purchased at the Tractor Supply store from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 6801 State Road 50 in Groveland. Call 352-429-2502 for details. The Clermont Music Festival is from 2 to 10 p.m. in downtown Clermont with local musicians and artists, a kids zone, food trucks and vendors. For information, call 407583-3461. Friends of the Marianne Beck Memorial Library in Howeyin-the-Hills will host a member ship drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library. Refreshments will be served. Call 352-324-0254. OCT. 19 The Garden Theatre in Winter Garden will begin hosting auditions for its self-produced spring musical Peter Pan at the theater, 160 W. Plant St. The presentation will run May 1-31. To sign up for auditions, RSVP by emailing auditions@gar dentheatre.org with your preferred audition date. For information, go to gardentheatre.org/auditions. OCT. 21 Windermere Union Church will host its Annual Pumpkin Patch at the church, 10710 Park Ridge-Gotha Road just north of Windermere, from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21-31. For information, call 407909-0464 or email wucpreschool@ gmail.com. Top Shelf Book Club will meet at noon at the Marianne Beck Memorial Library in Howey-in-theHills, discussing the book Defend ing Jacob by William Landay. Call 352-324-0254 for information. OCT. 22 S.A.F.E. House from the De partment of Elder Affairs will pres ent a free seminar at 10 a.m. at the Marianne Beck Memorial Li brary in Howey-in-the-Hills on mak ing your home safer for elderly members. Registration required by calling 352-324-0254. OCT. 25 Garden Club Fall Rummage Sale, at the Garden Club Center, 849 West Ave. in downtown Cler mont, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A huge assortment of items will be avail able and all will be priced to sell. OCT. 26 Low-cost pet vaccinations can be purchased at Irish Trails Farm & Pet Supply from noon to 4 p.m., 102 S. U.S. Highway 27 in Cl ermont. Call 352-243-0924. OCT. 28 Edible Landscapes will of fer advice on incorporating edible crops into your landscape, at the Marianne Beck Memorial Library in Howey-in-the-Hills at 10 a.m. Reg istration required calling 352-3240254. OCT. 30 Windermere Union Church preschool will host a Family Fun Day from 4 to 7 p.m., 10710 Park Ridge-Gotha Road, with inatables, pony rides, face painting, fall crafts, food, vendors and pumpkins. Tick ets are required for each activity and will be for sale on site. For in formation on the activities or ven dor tables, call 407-909-0464 or email wucpreschool@gmail.com. Signature Chefs Auction at the Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills from 6 to 9:30 p.m. The areas top chefs will offer guests the opportunity to sip and sample their signature dish, bid on unique auction items including Fund the Mission, and raise funds to support the March of Dimes mis sion for stronger, healthier babies. For information, call 352-9423780 or email acroy@marchof dimes.com. OCT. 31 Minneola Alliance Church in vites the community to participate in its free Safe Night Out, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Minneola Trailhead Park featuring games, food, beverag es and a costume contest. Guests are asked to bring canned goods for the church food pantry. For in formation, call the church at 352394-2028. NOV. 6 The South Lake Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Taste of South Lake and Business Expo from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Water front Park. Numerous local chefs will prepare their signature dishes as businesses highlight their prod ucts and live music will be provided by T. Scott TropRockers Duo. Tick ets are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the event, and are available at the chamber ofce, 620 W. Mon trose St., or at www.tasteofsouth lake.com. To place an item on the calen dar, send an email to pam.fen nimore@dailycommercial.com. SOUTH LAKE COMMUNITY CALENDAR SUBMITTED PHOTO Clermont Toastmasters congratulated, from left, Donald Toldson (Most Improved), Tom Stone (Best Evaluator), Frankie Hernandez (Best Table Topics), Adam Alton (Best Speaker), and President Wendy Holt-Stone at an Aug. 25 meeting. Clermont Toastmasters meets every Monday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, 100 Minnehaha Ave., in Clermont. Call 352-234-6495 for information. TOASTMASTER HONORS EDITORS NOTE The staff of the South Lake Press continues to tweak, revise and improve this publication in hopes of better serving readers in Clermont, Groveland, Mascotte, Minneola and Mont verde, and were pretty proud of this newspa pers evolution. Were following the mandate given us by area focus groups that shared virtually iden tical visions for the kind of paper they would like to receive. They said make it local, make it useful and make it a must-read. So weve offered more entertainment list ings to help you plan your week and a more robust calendar of events, and weve put a greater focus on the interesting people who make south Lake such a fun, vibrant place to work and play. Were also publishing many more of your special moments because we believe a paper should reect the fascinating people it covers. But we need your help. Send us press re leases and photos from your events and your club activities. Send us your business news. Send us pictures of your awards and achieve ments. And dont be shy. Great accomplish ments should be shared and enjoyed by the community at large. Please remember to clearly identify the peo ple in your photos and include a name and phone number so we can get back to you if we have questions. Simply email your submissions to pam.fennimore@southlakepress.com. And feel free to contact me, Editor Tom McNiff, with comments and suggestions. You may reach me by calling 352-365-8250, or by emailing tom.mcniff@southlakepress.com Thank you, and we hope you enjoy the changes we are making this week and in the weeks to come.

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A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, October 8, 2014 Vote yes on Amendment 1 Concerning a letter to the editor in the South Lake Press on Oct. 1, letter writer Andy Dubois certainly has an interesting concept why residents of Florida should vote against Amend ment 1. The only problem is the facts dont back up any of his statements. Conservation land is generally un developed land. Property taxes are at a much lower rate than those paid for land developed for business or resi dence, so there isnt much loss of rev enue. That is of course the purpose of conservation. The land is not paved and contam inated with chemicals so water can be ltered into the aquifer to supply drinking water for Florida. The Green Swamp in Lake County and the Bis cayne Aquifer of South Florida are two examples. Conservation proper ty does also protect many species of wildlife, ora and fauna. Mr. Dubois may want to take an other look at Monroe, Collier and Franklin counties. What they all have in common is they are in the top ve counties in Florida with the LOWEST property tax rates as of January 2013. They are wonderful examples of low property taxes with coastal living, di verse populations and conservation to save our water and land. Only a quarter of Monroe County and half of Franklin County are comprised of land while the remainder is protected water areas. Collier and Monroe counties are part of the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. Franklin County has shing industry, state parks and several rivers located on the Florida Panhandle. This conservation of land and wa ter not only supplies us with drinking water, it is a large part of the econo my of this state, the reason may peo ple move to Florida, locate their busi nesses here and certainly a major tourist attraction for our state. Not only does conservation of land and water not raise property tax es, Amendment 1 does not create a new tax. The funding is a percentage of the current stamp tax paid when a home is sold. Amendment 1 just makes sure the money is dedicat ed for land and water conservation and cannot be diverted by the Florida Legislature. We have found conserva tion is not high on the list of priories for our Legislature. Vote YES on Amendment 1 to fund restoration of our springs and protect our supply of fresh water and wildlife. KATHY WEAVER | Clermont Watch out for the voting bloc A disturbing trend has developed in Clermont city elections over the past few years, with Ray Goodgame, a sitting council member, playing the role of king maker. He has con trol of a hardcore base in his gated re tirement community and other gat ed communities that have high voter turnout, making it easy for him to sway city elections. His recent endorsement of Rick Van Wagner for mayor and Diane Tra vis for a council seat, and his previ ous endorsement of council member Tim Bates, would give him a power base of four votes on the council. With the growth over the past sev eral years, Clermont has acquired a diverse population. The council, with ve white men, has not been repre sentative of the community. The ab sence of a minority member on the council for 20 years speaks for itself. A vote for Van Wagner and Travis is basically a vote for Goodgame. MARY OHANLON | Clermont T he Lake County School Board continues to strug gle to come up with a policy governing student clubs and organizations, and its latest proposal could make matters worse. By way of background: The school district has been sued three times in recent years, twice by the ACLU on behalf of students who claim they werent permitted to form Gay Straight Alliance clubs and once by a Chris tian organization on behalf of the Fellowship of Chris tian Athletes at Mount Dora High School. The FCA lawsuit claimed the club had been refused access to school facilities granted to other student clubs, wasnt permitted to post announcements in the hallways and on the schools marquee and couldnt make announcements over the schools public address sys tem, club web page or on the districts website. The two sides settled the suit when the school district gave the FCA and all other student clubs equal access to school facilities. But the ACLU suits remain active, so the School Board continues trying to rene the policy in a way that treats all clubs fairly. Its latest proposal is to clas sify all clubs as either cur ricular those that are tied to an academic subject or non-curricular those not tied to an academic subject. Both types of clubs would be overseen by faculty advisors, but only faculty advisors for the curricular clubs would re ceive $500-a-year stipends. This revision, which the School Board was expected to take up on Monday, has caused some concern that long standing, important non-curricular clubs such as the Na tional Honor Society and the Student Government Asso ciation will fold because they cant pay a faculty advisor. School ofcials are hoping that teachers will instead vol unteer their time to work with non-curricular clubs. This revision, while well-intentioned, is fraught with potential for unintended consequences. While some teachers will certainly answer the call to lead these clubs, many likely wont. Teacher pay in Florida is modest and most of them already dip into their own pockets to decorate their classrooms and purchase supplies for students. It may be too much to ask them to also sacrice family time without receiving even the meager stipends they currently get. If teachers wont volunteer, some clubs will have to disband. Imag ine a high school without a National Honor Society. We encourage the School Board to move careful ly in revising its policy on student clubs. If a club is worth having, academic or non-academic, it should be overseen by a faculty advisor, and that faculty advisor should be rewarded for their stewardship of the club with at least a token stipend. YOUR EDITORIAL BOARD STEVE SKAGGS ....................................... PUBLISHER TOM MCNIFF .................................. EXECUTIVE EDITOR SCOTT CALLAHAN ................................. NEWS EDITOR WHITNEY WILLARD ........................... COPY DESK CHIEF GENE PACKWOOD ...................... EDITORIAL CARTOONIST O PINION WHATS YOUR OPINION? The SOUTH LAKE PRESS invites you to write letters to the editor expressing your original thoughts on topics of public interest. Letters should be no longer than 350 words. They must be original, signed with the full name of the writer, and include the writers address and telephone number for verication. We reserve the right to edit for length to make room for more letters. Letters also will be edited for grammar, clarity, taste and libel. We accept no more than two letters per month from the same writer. No open letters, form letters or copies of letters to third parties will be published. We do not publish unsigned letters. Submissions are not returned. We retain the right to archive and republish any material submitted for publication. You can submit your letters by: Email (preferred) to: slpress@dailycommercial.com By regular mail to: Letters to the Editor 732 W. Montrose St. Clermont, FL 34711 By fax to: 352-394-8001 EDITORIALS Editorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial board, not any individual. They are written by the editorial staff but are not signed. GUEST COLUMNS If you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to southlakepress@daily commercial.com, or mail it to Letters to Editor, 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711. Guest columns should be limited to 550 words in length. The writer also must submit a recent photograph to be published with the column, as well as a brief biographical sketch. OUR VIEW If you know of a veteran living in Lake, Sumter or Marion counties whose name should be added to the Lake County Veter ans Memorial, call 352-314-2100, or go to to www.lake vet erans.com. CALLING ALL VETERANS S OUTH LAKE PRESS Your community newspaper for more than 100 years. 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34712-0868 352-394-2183 Fax: 352-394-8001 The South Lake Press is published weekly by Halifax Media Group at 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, Florida 34711. Standard mail postage (Permit #280) is paid at the United States Post Ofce, Clermont, FL 34711. The South Lake Press is mailed to subscribers and is also distributed at newsstand locations throughout the region. All material contained in this edition is property of Halifax Media Group, and is protected under the copy right laws of the United States of America. Reproduction is forbidden without written consent from the publisher. YOUR OPINIONS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Schools still struggle over student clubs The school district has been sued three times in recent years, twice by the ACLU on behalf of students who claim they werent permitted to form Gay Straight Alliance clubs and once by a Christian organization on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Mount Dora High School. LETTER of the WEEK HALIFAX MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO A power grab by Scott Amendment 3 was placed on the ballot by the Republican state leg islature in a blatant attempt to give Rick Scott the power to gain more control over the supposed non-par tisan judiciary. It is a win-win for Scott and the Republican Party. If Scott loses in November, he would be given the power to ll vacan cies on the Supreme Court and oth er appellate courts before he leaves ofce. If he wins in November, he would have the same power in 2019 when he is term limited and leaves ofce. The argument that it is designed to prevent a constitutional crisis over whether the incoming or out going governor has the power to make the appointments is bogus, since the Supreme Court has issued the advisory opinion that it is the incoming. To be fair, if Charlie Crist wins, he would have the same opportunity in 2019 when leaving ofce to pack the courts with his people. With the Republicans having a huge majority in the legislative branch and holding the governors ofce, the courts have been the only check on the Republicans having absolute power. The amendment is designed to help remove this last obstacle. The courts have been the only protection we the people have had in preventing bad amendments from being placed on the ballot, bad bills from becoming law and the state constitution enforced. The courts cannot be gerryman dered, but a gerrymandered legis lature can try to change the laws to manipulate the court system to its advantage. MARVIN JACOBSON | Clermont

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LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer livi.stanford@southlakepress.com Carlos Solis, the owner of a small business in Minne ola, is not losing sleep over Lake County commission ers decision to approve a 13.8 percent property tax increase in nalizing the countys 2015 budget. In a 3-2 vote, with com missioners Leslie Cam pione and Tim Sullivan dissenting, the county ap proved the tax increase the rst in 11 years on Sept. 23. I dont mind paying more as long as I know the money is being used cor rectly, said Solis, who pre dicted the tax in crease would not have a large im pact on his business. I have to keep going forward and running my business. Solis, who markets and promotes businesses, is one of several business own ers this week who told the Daily Commercial the tax increase would not be det rimental. Local chamber of commerce ofcials also said they have not heard a large number of complaints about the tax increase from business owners. Even so, several business owners expressed concerns the tax would be an add ed cost for them to absorb, making the struggle to re bound from an economic recession harder. County Property Apprais er Carey Baker said the tax increase would have an ef fect on small businesses in a fragile local economy. We know that small businesses are struggling, he said. My ofce sees a lot of vacant commercial prop erty that used to be lled by small businesses in Lake County. They no longer ex ist. We see that everywhere throughout the county. Baker added, When you add to a weak economic en vironment additional tax es, whether they are need ed or not, that always has a tremendous effect on small businesses, in particular. Some people say business es can afford another $300, but to a business that is al ready struggling and see ing their minimum wage go up, workers compensa tion rates go up, that could be the straw that breaks the camels back. Specically, the fragile Area businesses shrug off large tax increase MINNEOLA RIGHT: Fire dancer Via Tiumkalu was the nal performer of the day. BELOW: Junior Netane of Netane Polynesian Productions practices ukelele. SEE TAX | A6 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer livi.stanford@southlakepress.com Forty ve percent of third graders are not pro cient in reading in Lake County, a statistic that concerns Chief Academ ic Ofcer David Christian sen. Christiansen said last week that the school district must focus on pre-kindergarten through third-grade students by al lotting more resources to help students better grasp reading concepts. They learn to read pre-K to second grade, he said. Once you come out of that third grade, you are reading to learn. Specically, the dis trict is putting in place a software program known as Istation, which allows teachers to track students where they are in the read ing continuum, Christian sen said. That improves our abil ity to diagnose where kids are, he said. Secondly, Christian sen said he has put more teaching assistants in schools for small-group instruction. Christiansen said ap proximately 60 teacher as sistants were added to the district. What is more exciting is we are doing 54 hours of training for all teaching assistants at the elemen tary level, he said. We are working with them on small-group instruction. Recently, Christiansen released the academic dis trict-wide review, showing areas for improvement in reading scores in specif ic grade levels, the need to close the achievement gap for some subgroups, improve attendance rates and reduce disciplinary infractions. The review is one tool district ofcials hope to analyze in understanding how they can improve the districts C grade and the individual grades of many schools in the district. This summer, the Flor ida Department of Ed ucation released its re port card based on FCAT scores, showing ve schools in the district re ceived F grades. In total, 14 schools showed letter-grade de clines. TAVARES Christiansen charts success for district BRETT LE BLANC / SOUTH LAKE PRESS Dr. David Christiansen, chief academic ofcer for Lake County schools, speaks during a panel about recess in Tavares on Sept. 30.

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A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, October 8, 2014 economy in Lake Coun ty can be illustrated by the loss in taxable value on equipment, Baker said. That tax has also increased by 13.8 percent for busi nesses that have $25,000 or more in equipment. Those below that number are ex empt from the tax. We are seeing here in Lake County businesses are not investing in new equip ment and not expanding, he said. As a consequence their old equipment is de preciating. In addition, because the economy is still sluggish, Baker said the county con tinues to see weak commer cial values. Yet the housing market has shown improvement, with an increase in home stead exemptions for the rst time since 2009. Further, Floridas state wide unemployment rate is 6.3 percent, down 0.8 percentage point from Au gust 2013, according to the Florida Department of Eco nomic Opportunity. In Au gust, there were 23,000 pri vate sector jobs created, according to the same de partment. The Property Appraisers ofce sampled ve busi nesses, calculating how much they are paying in additional property taxes: Fruitland Park Caf, Wol verine Advanced Materials, Ace Hardware in Sorrento, Lakeside Inn and Wolfys in Leesburg. Tax increases ranged from a low of $91 to a high of $2,231.80. Ace Hardware, Fruitland Park Caf and Wolverine Advanced Materials had a decline in commercial val ues from 2013; Wolfys had an increase in commercial value of $9,837; and Lake side Inn had no increase in appraised value. Campione, who was ad amantly against the tax in crease, reiterated it was irresponsible and insen sitive to businesses that had fought hard to weather the economic storm since 2008. Many businesses lease their property and proper ty tax increases are typical ly passed on to the tenant automatically, which makes the cost of doing business that much more expen sive, she said. Dominic Calabro, the president of Florida Tax Watch, a non-partisan, s cal watchdog group, said the property tax increase was signicant. Unless there is a sub stantial reduction in eval uation (of property) it is going to be a pretty big in crease, he said. People will feel the increase. Baker said the county saw an overall 4 percent in crease in property values, showing a healthy increase in overall real estate values. While noting the tax in crease would be signicant, Calabro also added he did not think the tax increase would be so large to force businesses out of the coun ty. But the executive direc tor of the Institute on Tax ation and Economic Policy a nonprot, non-parti san research organization focused on federal, state and local tax policy issues stated he would be highly skeptical of any spe cic claim about how eco nomically harmful this plan would be simply because such a claim certainly is ig noring or failing to quantify the benets of these addi tional public investments. When you see peo ple making hard decisions there is a consensus among elected ofcials that such a change is necessary, Matt Gardner s aid. They realize you cant have adequate lo cal infrastructure without paying for it. Bennett Walling, presi dent of Walling Enterprises, owns the Palm Plaza, which features 135,000 square feet of retail space. He does not believe the tax increase is going to have a major im pact on his businesses. But, at the same time, Walling said the tax is an other expense he has had to deal with. We have had to reduce rent to accommodate some people, he said. We have had to absorb a lot of fees. It is another fee we will have to absorb during these troubled times. My income is down from last year. The problem with a tax increase, Walling said, is it is another black eye when it comes to trying to pro mote businesses in our area. James Burks, president of Senninger Irrigation, a medium-size company in Clermont, said while the tax rate came as a bit of a shock, it is not as large as other counties. When looking at the big picture, Lake County com pared to surrounding coun ties, it is one of the lower of any one of them, he said. However, Burks said he was more concerned about the tax on tangible personal property than the property tax rate hike. Quite a bit of capital in vested in your business will be on the tangible prop erty tax roll, he said. It is by far the most materi al cost increase of any tax increase we have seen in a long time. Ray San Fratello, pres ident of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce, said he is seeing optimism about the economy in south Lake. When businesses are re ally hurting they would be loud and clear that this is not a good thing, he said of the tax increase. We are not getting that her e. The feeling down here is much more positive now. D007247 r f n r f n r f n t b r t b r t b r TAX FROM PAGE A5 BRETT LE BLANC / SOUTH LAKE PRESS Bennett Walling, owner of Palm Plaza, poses for a portrait at his shopping center in Leesburg on Friday. Local business owners like Walling are concerned that the tax increase will make it harder for small businesses to survive a still-recovering economy.

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A member of the National Hon or Society, the 17-year-old decided to do his own research, according to his mother, Wendy Simpson. Robby found nothing to support the notion that the National Honor Society is a non-curricular club. After researching the Florida Sun shine State Standards, which cor relates the National Honor Societys pillars of service, leadership, scholar ship and character with those same requirements for his social stud ies class, Robby concluded the club should be considered curricular. The Simpson family then reached out to Lake County School Board Member Bill Mathias. Robbys research prompted school district ofcials to further research the issue and change the clubs desig nation to curricular. The school district apologizes for previously reporting the proposed change in policy would change Na tional Honor Society from a co-curric ular club to a non-curricular, a school district press release stated. According to legal counsel, the National Honor Society will be moved to the curricular category of high school student clubs. Mathias said this is a great exam ple of students taking what they are learning and applying it. I believe when the public is en gaged in a constructive way, and does the research and nds information we can use to better govern, then it is al ways positive, he added. Wendy said she was pleased with her sons determination. I am incredibly proud of him, she said in a phone interview Monday morning. He is very passionate and loyal to his teachers that have affect ed him in a positive way. But Robby isnt nished. On Mon day, he was scheduled to address the School Board in hopes of convincing them that the Student Government Association should also be designated a curricular club. He planned to cite Supreme Court case in 1990 stating retired Justice Sandra Day OConnors opinion. OConnor stated: A schools stu dent government would generally re late directly to the curriculum to the extent that it addresses concerns, so licits opinions and formulates pro posals pertaining to the body of courses offered by the school. TAVARES Students research results in change in clubs designation ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer roxane.brown@southlakepress.com Lifelong Clermont resi dent Tim Engle remembers learning how to swim at Jaycee Beach as a child and playing with friends at what is now known as Waterfront Park. Little did he know that as an adult and co-own er of Clermont Waterfront Bikes and Boards hed be spending a lot of his time helping and teaching others learn how to swim and play at those same places, right next to the Lake Minneo la shoreline and next to the South Lake bike trail at 15 2nd St., Clermont. The rental facility oper ates as a concessions con tractor for the City of Cl ermont, out of the old Bell Ceramics workshop. Its been 30 years since theres been any conces sions at the beach, so its kind of cool were there now, Engle said of the busi ness he owns with his wife, Dawn, at Waterfront Park, where they rent bicycles, kayaks and paddleboards, and teach people how to use them safely. At Cler mont Waterfront Bikes and Boards, visitors can also buy snacks and drinks to enjoy while enjoying the outdoors. Ive had the opportuni ty to actually teach children how to ride bikes and thats been a really rewarding ex perience, plus Ive taught many people how to pad dleboard and kayak and its denitely rewarding to see that, too, Engle said. At Clermont Waterfront Bikes and Boards, the En gles offer water equipment rentals and free compli mentary start-up lessons. Beyond that, they have add ed numerous classes and activities, including paddle yoga tness classes, scav enger hunts on the water, kayaking tours on the wa ter, happy hour and sunset paddles. The pair also hosts birth day parties on the water and paddleboard competi tions for Special Olympics athletes. Our rst year has been a true growing experience, and were really excited about the prospects of the business and looking for ward to where it takes us in the future, Dawn said, add ing that couples goals in clude purchasing more in ventory and incorporating more paddle board tours into their schedule. What Ive enjoyed the most is meeting the community and staying active, which is what me and my husband are passionate about. The Engles shop opened on Oct. 13, 2013, but they with the help of city ofcials and staff, who they say have been supportive and instru mental to their success will be celebrating on Satur day with cake for everyone and half price rentals. Clermont Waterfront Bikes and Boards is open on select weekdays/week nights for classes and/or activities and on the week ends. In the summer, the fa cility is open daily. For information, hours or rental prices, call 352-4101862, go to www.clermont waterfrontbikesandboards. com or look them up on Facebook. Waterfront concession in Clermont celebrating one year LINDA CHARLTON /SPECIAL TO THE SOUTH LAKE PRESS Bikes & Boards owners Tim and Dawn Engle are shown with some of their boards.

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A8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, October 8, 2014 Cler monts Newest Seafood/Steakhouse!794 W. Minneola Av e.In Historic Downtown Cler mont!352-242-3800 Happy Hour 2 for 1, 3-7pm Thur sdays Hot & Steamy Latin Night!Lunch Sp ecials $8.5 0 Ri b We ek Oc t. 710 $7.5 0 Fi sh an d Ch ips We ek Oct. 1417 Rob Nichols Oct 18 9pm-1am Live Entertainment NightlyJohnny Alston Motown Review Oct 10 8pm-11pmOpen 11am Tu esdaySatur day Full Bar until 2am Fri. & Sat. Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm D006746 IN MEMORY DEATH NOTICES Richard Archer Richard Dick Freder ick Archer, 87, of Umatilla, died Saturday, September 27, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home. Umatilla. Carol E. Blackman Carol E. Blackman, 65 of Grand Island, FL, died Monday, September 29, 2014. Harden/Pauli Funer al Home, Eustis. Norma Riney Cannon Norma Riney Cannon, 86, of Lady Lake, died Sat urday, September 27, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lady Lake, FL. Frederick C. Hirsh Frederick C. Hirsh, 62, of Wildwood, died Monday, September 29, 2014. PageTheus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Lees burg. Jack Mancuso Jack Mancuso, 84, of Ta vares, died Thursday, Oc tober 2, 2014. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tavares. Alma Marija Matrak Alma Marija Matrak, 75, Winter Spring, Died Sep tember 29th, Hayes Broth ers Funeral Home, Al tamonte Springs chapel, 407.645.4633. Patricia Palladino Patricia Palladino, 65, of Mt. Dora died Saturday, September 27, 2014. Bey ers Funeral Home, Uma tilla. Leonard James Pruitt Leonard James Pruitt, 70, Oviedo, Died Septem ber 26th, Hayes Broth ers Funeral Home, Al tamonte Springs chapel. 407.645.4633. Betty Joyce Richey Betty Joyce Richey, 82, of Leesburg, died Tuesday, September 30, 2014. PageTheus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Lees burg. Kenneth Clyde Sell Kenneth Clyde Sell, 77, of Leesburg. died Wednes day, October 1, 2014. Bey ers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, FL. Frederick Thompson Frederick Theodore Thompson, 73, of Bush nell, died Wednesday, Oc tober 1, 2014. Purcell Fu neral Home, Bushnell. Douglas Jerry Yount Douglas Jerry Yount, 55, of Eustis, died Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Hard en/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis. But Commissioner Sean Parks, who represents a large swath of south Lake County, said the county has had an extensive outreach program. I think we know you cant reach everyone, he said. There is going to be some issues with the roll out of a new system. This is a good system and we need to be responsive now. The new 1-1-1 service con sists of once per week trash, recycling and yard waste pickup, according to county ofcials. Trash and recycling are collected on the same day by different trucks, while yard waste will be picked up on a separate day. Previously, trash and yard waste was collected at the same time twice a week and disposed of at the Covanta incinerator, while recycling was taken once a week. WCA is one of three new county contractors in cluding Progressive Waste Management and Waste Pro participating in the new trash service system. Residents have received one free 95-gallon container for trash and one free 65-gal lon container for recycling. Jim Stivender, director of public works, said the roll out has been normal. You are going to have carts delivered to the wrong place, he said. These are 95-gallon and 65-gallon containers that you have to get to 67,000 locations throughout Lake Coun ty in two months. You have 70,000 carts to roll out. Further, Stivender ac knowledged there were carts delivered that did not have the proper informa tion attached. Since the beginning of August, the countys solid waste division has received 17,000 calls from residents with questions, complaints or corrections to be made to their service, Stivender said. We have been elding all the calls and sending it to all the haulers to correct it, he said. The bottom line is we do need to know these things. Parks said he has mon itored the types of calls coming in and that most of them are not complaints. Stivender said the county increased its phone bank to 10 people to eld all ques tions and concerns regard ing the service. TRASH FROM PAGE A1 above the average. In a similar vein, hy drologist Granville Kins man of Southwest Florida Water Management Dis trict reports his co-work ers are seeing gradual im provement in the levels of the lakes in the north part of their district (including Lake and Sumter), and that the aquifer levels are quite healthy. Taking a broad look at Lake County lake condi tions, Perry said: Since 2005 weve been at or below aver age rainfall. The lakes pret ty much mirror the rainfall. Historically it seems that in our summers we got some sort of tropical system. Year 2004 was the last time. Its those short-du ratio n high-intensity rain events that really make the difference. We cant recover lake levels with below-aver age rainfall. The good news is that there is water ow ing and the lakes will rise. And more rain will be coming, too. According to National Weather Service forecaster Dan Collins, speaking from Maryland, For the next three months, the fore cast is there is an increased chance of above-average temperatures in Florida and the southeast in gener al, and an increased chance of above average precipita tion. One of the factors that leads to this is the expecta tion of the development of an El Nio. In fact, a Weather Service document released Sept. 4 gave the chances of an El Nio developing in the fall and winter as 60 to 65 percent. WATER FROM PAGE A1 LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE SOUTH LAKE PRESS An older dock in the distance on Lake Glona is just a few inches above the water line. for the Southern District of Florida. Both were accused of taking part in a scheme to evade paying taxes on in come received through their Broward County con struction company fol lowing the 2004 and 2005 hurricanes. Scarlet was sentenced to 18 months in prison, while Steven was given 24 months. Addition ally, each defendant was or dered to pay $600,000 in restitution, the press re lease states. Both previously pled guilty to one count of con spiracy to defraud the Unit ed States. According to court doc uments, Scarlet and Steven were the sole sharehold ers of Superior Contracting Inc., a Coral Gables-based construction company. In 2005, the company received millions of dollars from contracts to make hurri cane-related repairs, in cluding a contract to make repairs at a condominium development in Fort Pierce, the press release states. During 2005, the defen dants diverted corporate receipts from the company for their own use. In order to conceal their diversion of corporate funds, the de fendants falsied the prot and loss statement of Supe rior Contracting by charac terizing personal expenses as business expenses. It was reported earlier the couple claimed to have an adjusted gross income of a negative amount, yet the defendants had expendi tures for real property, per sonal home construction and improvements, vehi cles, investments, and jew elry in that same year total ing at least $1.5 million. The defendants further falsied the prot and loss statement by claiming that a $400,000 personal real es tate investment was a re payment of a ctitious loan previously made to Superi or Construction. According to state incor poration records, Steven is listed as registered agent and president of Superi or Contracting Inc., 2630 Shady Oak Place in Grov eland. Although there are no property records in his name, Scarlet is listed as the owner of a vacant lot val ued at $32,470 at that ad dress, according to the Lake County Property Apprais ers Ofce. She also is listed as the owner of a four-bedroom, three-bathroom house with a swimming pool at 2706 Valiant Drive in Clermont. State incorporation records list Scarlet as president of Inspiring U Inc. and Veres & Associates at the Val iant Drive address, which is valued at $218,910 by the Property Appraisers Ofce. FRAUD FROM PAGE A1 cars and trucks passing 8 feet from their bedroom window. Im not upset because growth is happening, and that they have to have places where cars and semis need to go, but they dont have to shove it up next to someones house, Fred said. Would they want to put their fami lies right next to a major roadway like that? According to Lake Countys Pub lic Works Director Jim Stivender, who has been involved with this project for years, the realignment will eliminate drive through trafc in downtown Groveland, including many semitrucks. A downtown bypass or truck route will make the downtown area a much quieter and safer place, ripe for revitalization, he said. While some people dont want the new route coming, others dont want the current one leaving, especially downtown business owners. Theyre spending all these millions of dollars on a so-called problem that doesnt need xing, said Dr. Ron ald Stone, who owns Veterinary Trau ma Center, an emergency pet clinic. Theyre going to put all the business es in down town Groveland out of business, which doesnt make sense because Groveland says it wants to at tract people into Groveland. To do that, they have to keep and bring businesses into Groveland, not drive them out. Groveland is not do ing anything to attract people to Grov eland and now, with the new highway, people will be bypassing it altogether. Currently, the project is in the de sign stage, and ofcials are conduct ing a Project Development and Envi ronment Study to realign State Road 50 to the north side of downtown Groveland, from County Road 565, or Villa City Road, to County Road 565A, or Monte Vista Road. The total dis tance of the bypass is approximately 2.1 miles. Kevin Moss, FDOTs project man ager, said the cost of this phase of the project is approximately $11 million, not including the costs for right of ways, which have not yet been funded. The realignment is supported by the city of Grovelands Comprehen sive Plan, Lake Countys Comprehen sive Plan and the Lake-Sumter Met ropolitan Planning Organiza tions Long-Range Transportation Plan. Stivender said ha ving a major high way cutting through Groveland has become a problem. Its good to have trafc through downtown, but when theres a major road built into it, thats the problem, he said. Theres no place for turn lanes and the semi-trucks just grid lock the area. Groveland has grown so much but, as it stands now, they cant really have a downtown because of the trafc. SR 50 is designed to get a lot of trafc through an area, not to it. Stone, however, said most of the downtown businesses rely on this drive through trafc on SR 50 to keep their doors open. Although he expects to lose about 20 percent of business because of reduced expo sure when the road is realigned, he said he cant imagine what the effect will be on other downtown business es such as restaurants. Whats the point of revitaliza tion of downtown Groveland, if there is no longer a downtown because all of the businesses were forced to close down? he said. According to Moss, feedback to date shows about 80 percent of area res idents support the realignm ent and about 20 percent are opposed. Peo ple with questions or concerns can contact him at 386-943-5255 or kevin. moss@dot.state..us. RESIDENTS FROM PAGE A1

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B1 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, October 8, 2014 www.southlakepress.com YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTS SPORTS EDITOR ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE .............................. 365-8268 FAX .......................................... 394-8001 EMAIL ......... sports@dailycommercial.com S PORTS and LEISURE FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer frank.jolley@southlakepress.com CLERMONT The Lake Minneo la and South Lake girls golf teams did what any fan of the sport wouldve done on the rst pleasant afternoon in nearly two weeks on Thursday. They played golf. Lake Minneola senior Katie Holt carded an even-par 36 to lead the Hawks to a 195-224 win against the Eagles at Green Valley Country Club. Holt had two birdies and two bogeys in her round, which was played un der sunny skies that helped to dry out the course. She hit ve fairways and four greens-in-regulation to go along with 15 putts to earn medalist honors. I played OK, Holt said. I thought I hit the ball really well at times and the course seemed to be in pretty good shape, except for the second hole, which had some pretty soggy ground in the middle of the fairway. The greens were in really good shape. The ball was rolling really well. Holt, teammate Catherine Yaun and South Lakes Lauren Karnolt be gan play on the second hole of the 2,537-yard front nine a layout that featured rolling fairways, testy pin placements and at least two sig nicant water hazards. Yaun started slowly with a triple bogey on the par 5 second hole and a double bogey on the par 4 third. She responded to the disappoint ing start by knocking her tee shot on the fourth hole, a 104-yard par 3, to within two feet of the cup. Her ball appeared to touch the lip of the cup before rolling past. On the par 4 sixth hole, Yaun hit the agstick with her approach shot. Yaun nished with a double-bogey and a bogey for a 43. She hit fairways and three greens and, like Holt, was not forced to three putt. It wasnt my best round, but Ill take it, Yaun said. I really struggled with my chipping, but I was able to make some putts to help me out. Karnolt struggled at the start of play, but began to nd her groove lat er and made a few clutch putts to sal vage a 52. Said Karnolt, I had problems in the fairways, but my putting helped me out. Im working to get ready for districts in a couple of weeks and if the weather cooperates, we can get back out on the golf course and get some consistency back. Also scoring for Lake Minneola, which improved to 10-0 on the sea son, were Sarah Davis with a 54 and Kelsey McClellan with a 62. South Lakes low score was carded by Maddison Drawdy with a 51, fol lowed by Karnolt, Jackie Carter with a 55 and Elizabeth Kiernan with a 66. The Eagles fell to 1-9 with a team made up mostly of underclassmen. Both teams will use the next week to get ready for the Class 2A-District 9 tournament, an 18-hole loop sched uled for Oct. 13 at Eagle Dunes Coun try Club in Sorrento. The Class 2A-Region 3 tournament will be held on Oct. 21 at Black Bear Golf Club in Eustis. Individuals and teams surviving that two-week postseason gauntlet will advance to the Class 2A state nals, a 48-hole tournament, on Oct. 28-29 on the Las Colinas course at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills. Lake Minneola advanced as a team last season and Holt earned a fthplace nish. Holt, who has verbal ly committed to Mississippi State and will sign in November during the NCAAs early-signing period, had a 36-hole total of 4-over 148. Holts fth-place tie was the high est-nish for any area individual or team. CLERMONT Holt carries Hawks BRETT LE BLANC / SOUTH LAKE PRESS Lake Minneola senior Katie Holt drives the ball during Thursdays match against South Lake High at Green Valley Golf Club in Clermont. Senior shoots par, propels Lake Minneola to win over South Lake FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer frank.jolley@southlakepress.com Rain, rain go away! Thats the feeling of many area residents, in response to the abun dance of liquid sunshine thats fallen in the past couple of weeks, with local high school golfers among those suffering the most. Because of the wet conditions, which have left many golf courses under water in spots, players hav ent been able to get on the course or the driving range or the practice green to maintain their stroke and their rhythm. Some teams havent played or practiced in more than a week. Thats why, when Mount Dora and East Ridge had the chance to play Sept. 30 at the Mount Dora Golf Club, neither team was going to let a few intermittent showers stop them. Sophomore Victor Merino carded a 3-over par 39 to lead East Ridge to a 166-184 win over the 5,719-yard layout, often called the toughest 5,700 yards in Florida. Merino, playing behind the lead group, navigated his way around the waterlogged tract with its sig nature rolling fairways and post age-stamp sized greens. But no one complained. They were getting a chance to play. Weve had two matches post poned already this season because of the weather, East Ridge coach Craig Shaffer said. Its been real ly tough to get any practice in and that makes it tough for these guys to stay in a groove. I think this is the worst month for weather that weve ever had to deal with during the high school golf season. Shaffer and Mount Dora coach Ted Dwyer were on hand through out the match, going to different holes to check on the conditions of the golf course and weath er. They monitored the intensity of the rain and kept track of any lightning strikes that may have occurred. According to Florida High School Athletic Association reg ulations, play must be suspend ed for a minimum of 30 minutes whenever lightning strikes within 8 miles of a playing site. Players from both teams took advantage of the opportunity to play. Not only did they get in a ninehole match, but many grabbed a few extra balls afterwards and headed to the practice green for some putting and chipping work. One of the Knights team lead ers, senior Adam Poe, carded a 44 and described his play as awful. I couldnt even hit range balls because of the weather over the weekend, Poe said. I need to get on the golf course and swing my clubs. I didnt know what to do when I couldnt get out and I didnt know how well I was going to play the next time out after not playing for nearly a week. Poe said his lack of time on the golf course affected his ability to read greens, which was a big fac tor at Mount Dora Golf Club. The greens there often are slow, but the rains have slowed them down even more. These are the slowest greens right now that Ive ever played on, Poe said. Poe said that, in spite of the recent spate of rainy weather, there is time for area players to get back in the groove and prepare themselves for the upcoming postseason. FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer frank.jolley@southlakepress.com Jacob Cavazos and Gillian Stre aly became runners for the South Lake High School cross country teams for different reasons. But once they settled in with the Eagles boys and girls teams, both became stalwarts and team leaders. As a result of their combination of athletic and academic achieve ments, Cavazos and Strealy have been named Athletes of the Week last week by the South Lake AllSports Booster Club. Cavazos, a junior, said he has been running for two years. He played other sports when he ar rived at South Lake, but eventual ly settled on cross country. With the Eagles, Cavazos has recorded a personal-best time of 19 minutes, 45 seconds in a meet at the National Training Center in Clermont. I tried a lot of other sports, but I really like the en vironment in cross country, Cavazos said. Its a sport that has a lot of in dividual and team aspects that ap pealed to me. Its a lot of fun. Strealy turned to cross country because her parents and broth er are avid runners. She took up the sport as a sixth grader at Gray Middle School in Groveland and has competed for her school team since then. Her best time this season and her career person al best is 25:26, which she ran in a meet on the hilly course at the NTC. Before the sea son is out, Strealy hopes to break 24:00. I get a lot of encouragement at meets and that pushes me to do my best, Strealy said. My mom and dad are at every meet, and my teammates are great motiva tors. Its a fun sport and it always gives me a challenge. Both student-athletes say that are A-B students and both hope to attend college while continu ing their cross country careers. Cavazos said he wants to study law enforcement and eventual ly become a police ofcer. Stre aly wants to become a veterinar ian after college. Cross country duo excels for South Lake STREALY CAVAZOS SOUTH LAKE (5-0) AT ST. CLOUD (5-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday South Lake may face its stiffest test of the season to date against the Bulldogs. St. Cloud fell last week 14-2 against Harmony and will be looking to rebound. The Eagles are averaging 234 yards rushing per game, led by Kevin Evans and Chuckie Hutchinson. Evans comes into the game with 577 yards and seven touchdowns, while Hutchinson has 348 yards and six touchdowns. Nick Guidetti has passed for 597 yards and four touchdowns. The senior quarterback also has one rushing touchdown. Branden Walker and Trace McEwen led the receiving corps with 15 catches apiece. Walker has four touchdown grabs, while McEw en has two. Defensively, Hunter Howard leads the Eagles with 43 tackles, fol lowed by Nick Morey and Fred Key with 39 stops apiece. BRADENTON IMG ACADEMY (5-1) AT LAKE MINNEOLA (2-3) 7 p.m. Friday This will mark Lake Minneolas rst actual home game of the season. The Hawks have been playing its home games at East Ridge while repairs were made to its eld. Lake Minneola comes into the game on an emotional high after beating Mount Dora 35-19 on Sept. 26. The win snapped a threegame losing streak for the Hawks. Lake Minneola has scored at least 21 points in every regu lar-season game this season and at least 33 points in four of its ve games. Bradenton IMG Academy has won ve straight games and has surpassed 61 points in three of those wins. The Ascenders played Montverde Academy on Sept. 19 and beat the Eagles 43-7. Bradenton IMG Academy is coached by former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, who led Florida State to a national champion ship in 1999. MONTVERDE ACADEMY (0-3) AT DAYTONA BEACH FATHER LOPEZ (3-2) 7 p.m. Friday The Eagles have struggled with consistency this season, due in part to their schedule. Montverde Academy has played games in consecutive weeks only once this year. Montverde Academy last played on Sept. 26 when it lost 41-33 to Orlando First Academy, a longtime private school powerhouse in Orlando. The Eagles special teams struggled in that game. Against Orlando First Academy, the Eagles surrendered 391 yards of total offense. Montverde Academy is scheduled to play the next four weeks, in cluding a home game on Oct. 17 against Fort Pierce John Carroll Catholic and a road game on Oct. 24 against Tampa Berkley Prep. The Eagles will then wrap up their season with back-to-back home games Oct. 31 against South Daytona Warner Christian and Nov. 7 against Boca Raton Christian. WEEK 7 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW BRETT LE BLANC / SOUTH LAKE PRESS Lake Minneola High School junior Jesse Fiske (10) runs with the football during the Sept. 5 game between Lake Minneola and South Lake. Despite soggy conditions, East Ridge edges Mount Dora in boys golf BRETT LE BLANC / SOUTH LAKE PRESS East Ridge Senior Adam Poe hits a tee shot during a Sept. 30 match between East Ridge High School and Mount Dora High School at Mount Dora Golf Club in Mount Dora.

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B6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, October 8, 2014 PAUL BARNEY | Staff Writer paul.barney@southlakepress.com Not one, not two, not three NBA superstar LeBron James made these words fa mous four years ago when he predicted how many rings he and his Miami teammates would win. Not four, not ve, not six, not seven James and the Heat n ished well below that mark, winning two titles in the four years the four-time MVP was in South Beach. Montverde Academy boys soccer coach Mike Po tempas team is chasing its fth title in a row. Since 2010, the same year James made his infamous speech, Potempa has guid ed the Eagles to four con secutive national champi onships. At rst I think it caught people by surprise when I rst arrived, but the whole time everybodys embraced us, Potempa said. Thats the great thing about Montverde Academy, everyone supports studentathletes and understands the mission. Winning helps, too. And thats all Potempas done since hes arrived. In his rst year in 2010, the Eagles nished the sea son undefeated (26-0-1) for the rst time in school his tory. Montverde Acade my was ranked as the No. 1 team in the state and was crowned national champi ons by ESPN Rise Magazine and POWERADE FAB 50. The following year, the Eagles went undefeat ed again, this time nish ing with a record of 23-0-4. They were recognized as the No. 1 team in the country by MaxPreps.com. The entire senior class, much like the previous year, signed ath letic scholarships at NCAA and NAIA institutions. The following year, unde feated again. Last season, same story. Thats four years, four un defeated seasons and four national championships. Not bad, coach. I think its exciting to be a part of the school communi ty with the amount of activ ities we have going on here at Montverde Academy, Po tempa said. We strive for ex cellence in everything we do, most importantly academ ically, but also athletically, and the balance of both is a fun thing to be a part of. So whats in store for this season? Our expectations are the same every year, and thats just to compete to the best of our ability, whatever that may be, Potempa said. We dont put an emphasis on winning, we dont put an emphasis on trying to win championships, we basically strive every day to be the best we can be in everything that we do, and if we do that the rest will take care of itself. And with the players he has coming back, Mont verde Academy has a good chance to go for a ve-peat. Potempa said he expects seniors Matheus Silva, An dre Shinyashiki, Zack Wait man and Jabari Newton to lead the team this season. All of these players are getting major Division I op portunities and I expect them to have an impact on our season in many dif ferent positions, he said. Were looking forward to another great year. I think we do have a lot of young talent coming back and tal ent coming from our junior varsity program that have developed over the years and are now getting their chance at the varsity level. Getting his players looked at by major Division I play ers is nothing new for Mont verde Academy boys basket ball coach Kevin Boyle. The Eagles last April completed a 28-0 season and the No. 1 ranking in the country on their way to a second straight national title. Throughout the season, six players com mitted to continue their aca demic and athletic careers at the Division I level. Just how good has the soccer program been at Montverde Academy? Its doing something right if Brazils 17-and-under and U-15 national teams paid a visit to the campus over the summer for a week of prac tice and exhibition games. To be able to host a pro gram of that caliber, which is one of the best in the world, it was denitely an unfor gettable experience for all of us here, Potempa said. 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