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Page 2 THE NEWS LEADER Visit May 19, 2021 REGISTER TODAY Call (352) 989-5847 to pre-register. Deadline for registration is June 3, 2021. STBM | 183 N Highway 27 . Clermont FL 34711 | (352) 989-5847 WWW.TORAH.TV TM Torah:Law or Grace? K ingdom principles for K ingdom Living • Prophecy • Salvation vs. Redemption • Monotheism vs. Trinity • Law vs. Grace • Hebrew Roots of the Christian Faith • First Century Church • History of the 12 Tribes • Lost in Translation • Our Purpose • Prophetic Meaning of Romans 11 • 7,000-Year Plan of God • Hebrew Understanding of Rapture • Hidden Meaning of the Story of Lazarus • What Would Jesus Do? • Covenants of GodThe Contents of This 12 Week ICTS Course but covered by grace, why does the Christian walk remain a struggle? What does the Bible actually say about law and grace? NOW IS THE If we are no longer “under the law,” International Center for Torah StudiesClass starts Monday, June 7, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Guided eld trip May 23Join Florida Park Service District Biologist Chris Matson and Lake Louisa State Park Manager Rachel Nunlist for “Water, Soil, and Wildowers,” a tour of the sprawling state park May 23. Two chapters of Florida Native Plant Society, Lake Beautyberry and Passionower, are hosting the event, which begins at 1:30 p.m. e group will travel by tram to see how rainfall, soils and sloping hills create the conditions for the natural communities found in this Lake County treasure. From restoration sandhills and scrub to cypress swamp and blackwater stream, each of these communities or ecosystems provides the unique conditions needed by the diversity of plants and animals found in this section of the Green Swamp. And the clean, though tannin-stained water, owing from Big Creek, supplies a large part of the water in Lake Louisa, the Clermont Chain of Lakes and beyond. As you enter the park, ask the ranger at the Ranger’s Station for directions to the meeting point. You may wish to wear sturdy shoes, because some stops may be squishy; also wear or bring insect repellant, sunscreen and drinking water. Masks are requested, particularly while on the tram. e state park’s entrance fee is $5 per vehicle. Spaces on the tour are limited. If you would like to join this trip, or for more information, email Lake Louisa State Park. Photo: Laura Bennett-Kimble.




Page 4 THE NEWS LEADER Visit May 19, 2021School’s (almost) out for summeris has certainly been a long, tough school year. As strange and dicult as last school year was, this year had its unique challenges as parents and children tried to nd a renewed sense of normal and make the adjust ments needed to get back to living their daily lives and familiar routines. And it seems like just last week we were all gearing up to start the new year – and just like that, here we are! It’s almost time for that nal bell to ring, that annual signal that closes out the school year while simultaneously ushering in a much-anticipated summer break for students and faculty alike. For many of us here in the Sunshine State, this means weekly trips to area state parks, springs, beaches or theme parks. For other working parents, however, it means trying to gure out what to do with their children when the parents are not able to take o work and no sitter is available. Such situations often lead parents to ask me, “How old does a child have to be before they can be left home alone?” at’s not an easy question by any means, but it’s certainly one worth discussing. ere is no hard-and-fast rule on a specic age for a child to be left home alone in V iewpoint Viewpoint Our Viewpoint By David Dunn-Rankin, D-R Media CEO Lake County Sheri Peyton Grinnell. Summer Continued on Page 13 Mothers Continued on Page 20 Jim Gouvellis, Publisher Laura Bennett-Kimble, Editor Dear Editor:May is Mental Health Month. By urging my public ocials to prioritize suicide prevention, mental health, and crisis care, I am hoping to influence collective change to support #MentalHealth4All. Right now, individuals in crisis are able to call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. e Lifeline provides 24/7, free and condential support for people in distress and those that care for them. Soon, it will be much easier to remember how to reach the Lifeline as the number will be changing to “988” nationwide by July 2022. Knowing this, it is critically important that states pass legislation NOW to reliably fund 988 and their state’s crisis response system, just as we fund 911 and emergency services – through small fees on our phone bills. Reliable funding will help to ensure all 988 callers can reach a counselor in their own state who is familiar with and can connect them with local resources. Culturally competent support and local connections can better help all callers through their crisis and in their recovery. My beautiful 22-year-old daughter, Natalie Gillett, died by suicide in 2003. Since that time, I have been actively advocating for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Join me this month in urging your public ocials to fund 988. We all play a role in changing the culture around mental health. Together, we can ensure #MentalHealth4All. Sincerely, Marie Dudek Brown, ClermontLetters to the Editor can be sent to and should be short (less than 300 words) and include your name and city for publication. We also need your home address and phone number for verication. ank you! LETTER TO THE EDITOR All government meetings should be live online When the COVID-19 pandemic began, city councils, county boards, school boards and other public bodies across the nation began airing their meetings online, including using Zoom, YouTube, public access television and via phone. ere were some glitches early on as local governments and the public learned to use the technology, but it has become a comfortable and convenient way for the public to watch their elected ocials in action. e City of Clermont conducted some council meetings via Zoom during the height of pandemic but did not continue the practice, and city ocials say there are no plans in the works to do so. It is interesting to note that the city installed new equipment in the council that includes video capabilities but is not planning to use it. Virtual meetings allow people to watch meetings they are interested in, no matter where they might be. Residents interested in a city council or county board meeting who may be out of the area or who have responsibilities that keep them at home are still able to listen in. People have also been able to call in or send messages and voice their opinions during public comment periods at meetings. ose without transportation to get to city hall, the school district oce or the county board room are still able to participate. ose who have physical diculties can also easily be a part of their elected ocials’ meetings from the comfort of their home. Some states are considering legislation that would make virtual meetings part of their open meeting laws. Other legislation would require public bodies to oer virtual access to meetings simultaneous with their normal in-person meetings. Florida should consider this.Lawmakers, including those in Florida, should rene the Open Meeting Law to encourage public bodies, including those who have not voluntarily participated in such transparency, to continue allowing remote access once in-person meetings resume, while ensuring that local governments do not try to circumvent the spirit of the law to limit public access, whether in person or remotely. Access to the business of public bodies should be as easy as possible. Don’t you like mothers? “Hey David. I thought you might write about mothers for Mother’s Day. Kind of sad you overlooked them.” – T. anks, T. Normally I do write about mothers on Mother’s Day. I apologize to all the moms out there. I just didn’t quite have it in me this year as I thought about writing a Mother’s Day column. Let me see if I can explain. My mom is now 92. She raised ve children and one husband. All her life she did for other people. She person ied servant leadership. en, more than a decade ago, Alzheimer’s struck. First, we noticed she drove slower and took a lot longer to nd her way home from the grocery store than normal. For more than 10 years, it’s been a struggle to see the wit in the woman inside the fog of the dementia. She waited on other people her entire life. Now, she has 24hour care, seven days a week, in her home, from four ladies who love and adore her. I’m not sure she’s in any hurry to pass on to the other side. My mother has been in and out of hospice three times. We like to say she has “graduated” from hospice three times. In addition to Alzhei mer’s, she became frail. She fell numerous times. Broke her leg, her pelvis, her hip, her leg again. She liked to tell people that once she broke her leg in three places but can only remember going to one of them. She’s fully bedridden now. Many of our visits she’s just sleeping. I kiss her on the forehead and tell her I love her. I will softly caress her bare arm and tell her what’s going on with her extended family. Sometimes, she’s just playing possum and when I give her another kiss as I leave and say, “I love you,” she’ll say “I love you” back. Not too long ago I was jollying around with her and said, “I love you more than ice cream.” She responded, “I love you more than doing laundry.” ere was that wit again, briey, but still there. Hidden. Damn Alzheimer’s. But other times it is just too hard to understand what she is saying – even when she is energetic and talkative. Sometimes energetic and talkative all night, all day, all night and all day again. Up 48 hours straight, according


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May 19, 2021 Visit THE NEWS LEADER Page 11 352.708.56064420 S Hwy 27 • Clermont, FL 34711 Hi Neighbors! Meet our talented team, tour the salon and all we have to offer. We are a full service hair salon that concentrates on your hair needs. FREE consultations! We would love to WOW you! We are on the corner of Hwy 27 and Hartwood Marsh. is month’s yard in the spotlight is owned by Lucy Mir. Clermont Garden Club’s yard of the monthe Clermont Garden Club has chosen the home of Lucy Mir at 10424 Bronson Road as its May yard of the month. Mir inherited her mother’s love of gardening and has been transforming the gardens since they moved in a couple of years ago. eir colorful beds are framed and accented by palms, cedars and podocarpus, as well as assorted variegated shrubbery. e beds and hanging baskets are planted with a rainbow of owers, including calibrachoa, milkweed, alamanda, salvia, shrimp plant, lantana, bougainvillea, orchids, azaleas, hibiscus, bottlebrush and even a Dutchman’s pipe vine. “Lucy’s garden attracts many kinds of butteries and hummingbirds. ank you for sharing your lovely gardens with us,” the club says. For information about the Clermont Garden Club go to Youth mental health rst aid training Want to earn national certication as a youth mental health rst aider? Be Free Lake is oering a free in-person Youth Mental Health First Aid course May 23 at the Community Foundation of South Lake, 2150 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. e program runs 8 a.m.-5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break. Temperature checks will be conducted prior to entry into the facility. To reserve your spot, send your name, email address and telephone number to


Page 12 THE NEWS LEADER Visit May 19, 2021 RESTAURANT OWNER SPOTLIGHT Smokin’ Jack’s Bar-B-Q serves up Southern classics and more By Carole Restaurant owner Billy Kicklighter is a 35-year veteran of the hospitality industry who started out as a cook, moved into management 20 years ago, and has served as general manager for several restaurants over the past 10 years. He has also worked in a test kitchen for Darden Restaurants, focusing on creating new recipes. Kicklighter has lived in Minneola for the past 10 years with his wife and children, and as a resident, knew the signicance of the permanent closing of the famous Jack’s Bar-B-Q after many decades. Jack’s, as it was commonly known, had been an icon in the town since 1952. So, Kicklighter purchased the property at 100 S. Hwy 27 in Minneola to open a barbeque establishment in that exact location, calling it Smokin’ Jack’s Bar-B-Q. Not to be confused with Jack’s, but to provide the local community with a BBQ restaurant, Smokin’ Jack’s has new recipes, like the Bangin’ Sandwich, a three-meat combo topped with bacon, melted cheese and onion, and the specially prepared brisket. Slow-cooked to perfection using a technique that renders the brisket tender, juicy and avorful, “the brisket has been selling at twice the rate it should be,” says Kicklighter. Other fast-moving items on the menu include the Barbeque turkey, ribs and pork. ey have smokin’ wings and even BBQ salads. Plus, for an extra charge, any sandwich can become a “bangin’” sandwich by adding bacon, melted cheese and onion petals. Another feature of the new family-owned business is the full liquor bar with signature drinks crafted by Kicklighter’s wife, Christina, to accompany the barbecue fare. Bourbon Lemonade, the Tipsy Piggy and the Fizzy Pigtail are a few of the new beverages that, according to Kicklighter, “go great with barbeque.” Kicklighter, who designed the new layout, refurbished kitchen and new menu, said, “It’s not easy to open a restaurant during a pandemic. It took longer than expected for the equipment to show up and the signs to be hung, but we are patient. We are excited to open for the community.” As of this writing, Smokin’ Jack’s Bar-B-Q is in its fourth week of operation, after a “soft” opening on April 16. Kicklighter plans to have a grand opening celebration in the very near future. Meanwhile, he says, “We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community.” Already, Smokin’ Jack’s Bar-B-Q has served many new faces and some repeat customers. e dining room seats 76 and is open seven days a week. COVID-19 precautions include daily prescreening of employees (temperature checks), standard food safety procedures and daily sanitization throughout the restaurant. Servers are required to wear masks at all times. Hours of operation are: Monday– ursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday–Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. For more information, call 352-394-JACK (5225) or visit expires /21 FIND YOUR NEXT CAR, TRUCK OR RV AT THURSTON AUTO SALES. FIND YOUR NEXT CAR, TRUCK OR RV AT THURSTON AUTO SAL ES. FIND YOUR NEXT CAR, TRUCK OR RV AT THURSTON AUTO SAL ES. Welcome to Thurston Auto and RV Sales. For more than 28 years Thurston Auto Sales has been selling top-quality used cars and RV’s at an a ordable price.We are family-owned and operated. We o er a casual atmosphere and we carry only the highest quality vehicles. Our mission is to provide the ultimate car buying experience. 13537 Granville Avenue Ste 3 • Clermont, FL 34711 407-654-5313 •


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May 19, 2021 Visit THE NEWS LEADER Page 15 FWC releases 2020 boating accident data Florida had 836 boating accidents in 2020, which is 113 more accidents than in 2019, a 16% increase. Of those 836 crashes, 402 involved collisions, and 44% of them were due to operator inattention or failing to maintain a proper lookout, according to the recently released 2020 Boating Accident Statistical Report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “A leading contributor to boating accidents is the operator’s inattention or failure to maintain a proper lookout, said Lt. Seth Wagner, FWC Boating and Waterways Section. “Many operators believe they are looking around but they are not recognizing potential hazards or are distracted by dividing their attention between things like electronic devices or other occupants in the boat.” Last year, 79 people lost their lives in boating accidents, 14 more than the previous year. Since 2003, falling overboard has been the leading type of fatal accident, with drowning the leading cause of death. Of the drowning victims, 88% were not wearing a life jacket. Today’s boaters can choose from several models of light and comfortable, inatable belt-pack or over-the-shoulder life jackets that can be worn while shing or enjoying the sun. Events can happen quickly and unexpectedly, and OPEN WED SAT | 10 AM 5 PM ADMISSION: $5 SUGGESTED DONATION 325 S SCENIC HWY | LAKE WALES, FL 863.676.1759 | MONTHLY SUMMER PROGRAMS MUSEUM BOOK CLUB 4TH WED OF THE MONTH NEW! MUSEUM FILM CLUB STARTS MAY 2021 2ND WED OF THE MONTH A TRAVELING EXHIBIT FROM THE MUSEUM OF FLORIDA HISTORY 8JJUTXYJWXTK+QTWNIF è XRTXYKFRTZXKNQRXKWTR YMJXYTYTIF^ MAY 26 SEPTEMBER 25, 2021 BEACHES, CREATURES & COWBOYS FLORIDA MOVIE POSTERS rnn r   r r ­r r r r­ r  € ‚  rr­rrrr­r€‚ ƒ r ­ r ƒr­r„   …†…‡…ˆ‰  r­šrr€ ”n›Ž”r‹’­rž” œ”’r r€‚ ”rr˜r ”r­‚ HAVE QUESTIONS? WE CAN HELP! MEDICARE SPECIALISTS ON SITE. Apply For Medicare Part A & B HereTurning 65? Retiring Soon? NOW OPEN MEDICARE PLAN ENROLLMENT CENTER 4VOOZTJEF1MB[Bt#PXNBO4U$MFSNPOUr'&DOOXVRUVWRSLQ‡ 1BSU%1MBOTt.FEJDBSF"EWBOUBHFt&YUSB)FMQ8JUI1SFTDSJQUJPO%SVHT Photo: FWC.boaters might not have time to grab their life jacket before nding themselves in the water, the FWC warns. “It is important for boaters to keep in mind that a vessel should be treated with the same responsibility as a car or truck, so everyone can enjoy Florida’s beautiful waters,” Wagner said. e FWC is responsible for reviewing, analyzing and compiling boating accident data for the state. For a copy of the report, visit and select “Boating,” “Safety & Education” then “Recreational Boating Accidents.”


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Page 20 THE NEWS LEADER Visit May 19, 2021 Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour Leesburg is hosting 80 of the top professional anglers in the world May 21–26, as they compete for more than $805,000 at the Harris Chain of Lakes. is is the third bass pro tour event of the season for the Major League Fishing (MLF) Bass Pro Tour, and it’s being lmed for for broadcast later this year on the Discovery Channel. e six-day event, hosted by Lake County, will feature professional anglers Kevin VanDam, Jordan Lee and Jacob Wheeler, as well as locals including Lakeland’s Bobby Lane, Gainesville’s Shaw Grigsby and DeBary’s John Cox competing for a purse of more than $805,000, including a top payout of $100,000 and valuable points in hopes of qualifying for REDCREST 2022, the Bass Pro Tour championship. “We are thrilled to welcome the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour to Lake County and the historic Harris Chain of Lakes,” said Lake County Commissioner and Tourist Development Council Chairman Doug Shields. “Lake County has some of the best bass shing in the state of Florida as well as so many things to do o of the water.” e tournament will be shed using MLF’s catch, weigh, immediate-release format, in which the angle rs try to catch as much weight as they can each day, while also feeling the pressure and intensity of the SCORETRACKER® leaderboard. e Harris Chain of Lakes (Big Harris, Lake Eustis, Lake Dora, Lake Carlton, Horseshow Lake, Little Lake Harris, Lake Denham and Lake Beauclair) and the canals within the chain will be used for the Qualifying and Knockout Rounds. Locking is not allowed to Lake Apopka and Lake Grin. Lake Grin and the canals within the lake will be used for Championship Round. Locking to Lake Eustis is not allowed. Anglers will take o from the Venetian Gardens Ski Beach Boat Ramp, located at 201 E. Lake Harris Drive, in Leesburg, at 6:30 a.m. during the Qualifying and Knockout Rounds, and from Herlon Park, located at 700 N. Blvd. E., in Leesburg, for the Championship Round. Each Qualifying and Knockout Round day’s General Tire Takeout will be held at the Gardens, beginning at 3:30 p.m., while the nal-day Championship Round Takeout will be held at Herlon Park. Fans are welcome to attend, but encouraged to follow the event online throughout the day on the MLF NOW!® live stream and SCORETRACKER® coverage at For details and updated information on Major League Fishing and the Bass Pro Tour, visit Board member Nancy Srodes and scholarship recipient Logan Hoskinsand plans to be a nurse. “We are extremely proud of these outstanding students who have worked hard to earn these scholarships,” said Project Scholars president Paul Rountree. “ey are not only exceptional scholars, they also are leaders who have shown a willingness to give back to their community. We are honored to help play a role in nurturing their dreams through helping to fund their college education.” e students were honored at their Senior Awards Nights and are among over 100 students that applied for scholarships, which are funded by the Pig on the Pond Community Festival and local sponsors. e popular 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at Sears Store at Lake Square Mall, 10401 US Highway 441, Leesburg, FL 34788. Parents and children will need to wear masks and practice social distancing at these events. Additional immunization events will be set up in the summer, according to a Lake County Schools news release. ese required vaccinations will be provided: · Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap)· Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP)· Hepatitis B (Hep B)· Polio· Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)· Varicella (Chickenpox) ere is no charge for immunization for children up to 18 years of age provided they are enrolled in elementary, middle or high school. Parents or guardians must bring a copy of the child’s immunization records. Immunization services are also offered Monday through Fridays at DOH-Lake locations. Call 352-771-5500 for hours and appointments. A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Immunizations is available for parents at the CDC’s website. Download and print a free copy or request a free booklet, which features children’s drawing to assist in educating the entire family. For more information regarding the CDC’s National Immunization Program, visit, call 800-CDC-INFO or contact DOH-Lake at 352-771-5500 or visit COVID vaccinations will also be available for eligible persons. Please bring ID. Health Dept Continued from Page 1 Mothers Continued from Page 4 Scholarship Continued from Page 1 to the caregivers. My brother Je and I go to see her regularly. Each time I go is a moment of grace. ere is a con nection to something spiritual in those moments. 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May 19, 2021 Visit THE NEWS LEADER Page 27 Popular graduation traditions Graduation is steeped in tradition. Come the day of graduation, many grads-to-be might be focusing on receiving their diplomas and then celebrating after the ceremony. e hard work students put in aords them every right to celebrate once they’re ocially anointed as new grads, but before the party begins it can be fun to reect on the many traditions associated with graduation ceremonies.Cap and gown Graduation ceremonies simply wouldn’t be the same without caps and gowns. e tradition is anything but new, as Columbia University notes caps and gowns have been linked to academia since the 12th century. Back then, students wore gowns and hoods to emulate the clergy who taught them, but also to stay warm. Many universities dressed their scholars in gowns from the 1700s onward. In 1786, one school, Brown University, even mandated that degree candidates be clad in owing robes and caps at commencement ceremonies. ough educators and students may no longer wear caps and gowns when attending class or around campus, the tradition of doing so at commencement ceremonies has endured.Tassel turning e tradition of turning the tassel does not have the lengthy history of the cap and gown, dating back only decades rather than centuries. Graduates typically turn the tassels after everyone has received their degrees during the ceremony. e turn is symbolic of their transition from student to graduate. Tassels start on the right for high school students and college undergraduates and are then turned to the left, while recipients of master’s degrees and doctorates keep their tassels on the left throughout the commencement ceremonies. Tossing caps in the air e tossing of graduation caps in the air is believed to date back more than 100 years. Prior to 1912, graduates of the United States Naval Academy had to serve as midshipmen for two years before they were commissioned as ocers. As a result, they still needed their graduation caps. But beginning with the class of 1912, graduates were automatically commissioned as ocers, so they no longer needed their hats. at led the graduates to throw them in the air, thus beginning one of the more fun and photo-worthy graduation traditions. Our Town Continued from Page 1 messages from local merchants that appear in the pages of this newspaper. at way, advertising is not intrusive and is welcomed into our readers’ homes. But not all forms of advertising are welcomed by everyone. at was clear from the most recent Clermont City Council meeting. Councilman Jim Purvis asked the council to take action about an advertising method that uses snipe signs. e signs, also called bandit signs, are those small placards you see littered along public rights-of-way selling everything from homes to junk car removal. ey are seldom attractive and often stay until they rot away or are removed by the city or in the case of our city, a private citizen on a mission. Council person Purvis received a letter from a Clermont resident who has made it his mission to remove as many of the snipe signs as he can in an eort to clean up the appearance of the city. Longtime Clermont citizen S.F. (He asked us to just use his initials) sent a letter to the interim city manager, all ve council members and the chief of police detailing how he picked up 111 snipe signs on the city’s corners, medians and trac sign poles in one day. He even included a picture of himself standing in a sea of all 111 signs for the council people to see. S.P. wrote: “I spent three and a half hours crisscrossing Highway 50 intersections getting these things down. Fortunately, once again I emerged in one piece. While doing so I saw six Clermont police department cruisers and one Lake County Deputy. It’s hard to believe that while these signs were being placed no police cruisers passed by.” S.P. should be commended for his community spirit and willingness to tackle this problem on his own. e issue could use a little more push from the city, but I’m not sure that the solution falls to the city’s police department to solve. e city encourages residents to call in complaints about the signs but that doesn’t seem to be working. Asking police ocers to do code enforcement work might not be the best use of their time. S.P. rightly points out that the folks who place these ugly signs along our public rights of way are smart. ey sometimes put them out on a Friday, and city employees who most likely are not working during the weekends wouldn’t take them down until the following week. at means, even if the city did take them down, the culprits get four or ve days of advertising before their message is taken down. Clermont city sta does have a committee set up to investigate and propose solutions. The city also discourages the use of the signs on its website. But in a game of snipe sign Whack-A-Mole, the signs get taken down and then pop up again somewhere else. So, how do we get rid of this litter? Probably through a concerted eort between the government and the community. Here’s one idea from yours truly:e city could schedule a rotating crew to work weekends to pick up the signs on our busiest highways. Our community’s volunteer groups could take on sign removal as a project. Keeping Clermont beautiful is a worthy goal for any volunteer or service group. Our police department could focus on writing oenders tickets if they are caught in the act of placing the signs on public rights of way. We don’t have to look for the signs on every road in the city. Businesses who advertise vie for the most eyeballs they can get for their money. e advertisers you see in e News Leader know that we deliver our paper to 18,300 homes, the largest audience in town. ey spend their money because the advertisements work. If we can collectively remove the signs from the busiest streets, we can remove the incentive for th e advertising bandits to place the signs there in the rst place. In other words, if the ads don’t get results, the oenders will stop. Our friend S.P. shouldn’t have to be a one-man snipe sign removal operation. What do you think?Jim Gouvellis is the publisher of the Clermont News Leader. You can reach him at State Championships this weekLake County and the City of Clermont are hosting the 2021 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Softball State Championships this week, running through May 22. Admission is $9 per day if purchased in advance and $12 per day if purchased the day of the event. e championships will take place at Legends Way Balleld, located at 2350 Legends Way in Clermont. e event is hosted in partnership with PFX Athletics and Lake County. Top high school softball teams from around the state will compete all week to be crowned the champion of their division. “We are excited to welcome the FHSSA and competing athletes to Lake County and wish them all well in their division competitions,” said Lake County Commissioner and Tourist Development Council Chairman Doug Shields. “With so much to do in the area, we hope that all visiting families and fans enjoy the competition and their visit to ‘Real Florida. 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