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Page 4 THE NEWS LEADER Visit June 9, 2021 cookout. This bold grand vision for Amazon should be frightening for all the big-box stores. Amazon has a bigger, better selection than any physical store. One day, Amazon will offer delivery to your front door in less time than it takes for you to get in your car, wait to get serviced at the big-box store, go through the long checkout line and return home. Big-box stores and malls provide a great deal of tax money to our local communities. What happens if they gradually disappear with the onslaught of Amazon? Local businesses will be asked to fill the space. How well are our cities and counties nurturing locally owned V iewpoint Viewpoint Our Viewpoint By David Dunn-Rankin, D-R Media CEO By Peter Funt Abnormality Continued on Page 24 Dunn-Rankin Continued on Page 24 Jim Gouvellis, Publisher Laura Bennett-Kimble, Editor Anything, Anytime, Anywhere Imagine a world where anything you want, anytime you want, can be delivered to your house in an hour or less. Last week, I spoke with a person connected with Amazon. He said Amazon’s strategy is to deliver anything, to anyone, to anywhere in less than an hour. Live in Avon Park and want those cool new jeans for a party tonight? Click a button and Amazon plans for you to have your cool new jeans delivered to your front door in an hour or less. Live in Mt. Dora and want the new hot titanium bicycle? Click a button and in an hour, your bike will be at your front door, ready for you to start riding. Live in Lake Wales and want that cool new pontoon boat when the in-laws arrive tomorrow? Click a button and Amazon will deliver your new boat in an hour to your front door. Live in Winter Haven and forgot the spicy mustard for the cookout and your guests arrive in an hour? Click a button and your spicy mustard arrives in time for the businesses? Local merchants won’t escape either. Locally owned family businesses do have a stronger connection to the community than the big-box stores. Will community connections be enough when we can buy anything from Amazon, for anyone, and have it delivered anywhere in an hour? How do we step up our game right now, as small businesses, to build in the customer loyalty we will need one day? My CPA, doctor and lawyer friends are no doubt smiling because today Amazon does not sell professional services. But Amazon isn’t saying “some things, to some people, in some places in an hour.” Anything, to anyone, anywhere in an hour or less. If this almost inconceivable level of service is the world we are heading to, and I believe it is, will anyone tolerate waiting in a doctor’s lobby for an hour to get in, and then waiting another 20 minutes in the little room for the doctor to see us? Will we tolerate the repairman who Honoring a local education pioneer e building that currently houses Clermont Middle School holds a lot of history for many residents. It opened in 1955 as Clermont High School. e building started with just 10 classrooms. ose 10 class rooms were reserved for white students only until the late 1960s, when laws were enacted to force racial integration. Dignitaries from the school system, Lake County and the City of Clermont were on hand last week to say goodbye to the building, which is slated to be demolished later this year. A new school will rise from the demolished structure. It will be named the Aurelia M. Cole Academy and educate students from kindergarten through the eighth grade. How fitting that the school will bear its new name that honors Cole, who was East Ridge High’s first African-American principal, serving from 2004–2008. Previously, she had been dean of students for six years at the high school and assistant principal at Clermont Middle. Former students, educators and even Mrs. Cole’s daughter were at the ceremony to honor the pioneering woman. e nation has changed a lot from the 1950s and 60s. Schools are no longer segregated and many of our young people are growing up with friends of various races and cultures. e renaming of the school in honor of an Af rican-American educator is a testament to that change. We applaud the life and career of Aurelia Cole, who died in 2018. And we are proud of Lake County Schools for choosing to honor her accomplishments by naming the new academy after her. Abnormality has its virtues It’s normal these days to applaud the return to normality. But I’m going to miss some of the abnormal stu we’ve been doing during the pandemic. e Top 10 things I hate to lose: 10 – Home Haircuts. For a year my wife Amy has been cutting my hair, but now that we’re both vaccinated, she’s making unsubtle suggestions that it’s time for me to go back to Al, whose shop is a 30-minute roundtrip from our house. Al is a nice guy who keeps me waiting, talks too much, and often nicks my ear. For this I pay $25 plus a $10 tip. 9 – Quiet Ballgames. I loved last year’s fan-free games on television. I could have done without the cardboard cutouts, but nothing beats watching a TV game without incessant cutaways to rowdy fans with funny hats, silly signs and spilled beers. 8 – No-Contact Takeout. Isn’t it amazing how quickly restaurateurs arranged hassle-free takeout when they had to? You order online, pay in advance, and pop your trunk for the food without saying a word. Why would we ever want to give that up? 7 – Zooming. Sure, some business meetings work better when participants are all in the same room. But with Zoom, OMG, no commuting, no waiting, no schmoozing. And, no shoes? No problem. 6 – Excuses. ere will never be a better excuse than the pandemic. “Sorry, I can’t come over to see how well your herb garden is doing.” “No, I can’t go shopping for patio furniture.” “Alas, I can’t schedule that colonoscopy right now.” It’s not me, it’s the pandemic. 5 – Sweatpants. e last time I bothered with zippered pants was March 6, 2020. 4 – No trac. If by chance you had to drive somewhere during sheltering, what a breeze it was! To my utter astonishment, a two-hour drive to San Francisco during the pandemic took... two hours. 3 – Grazing. When you’re cloistered at home, three meals a day can easily become ve or six. Nothing takes your mind o not having anything to do like a second lunch, and a third Bloody Mary. 2 – Amazon. e Bezos behemoth isn’t going away, but during the pandemic it was a lifeline to everything from electronics to groceries to over-priced toilet paper. How Amazon cajoled the Postal Service to deliver on Sunday, I’ll never know. 1 – Masks. OK, masks are a nuisance and, for some, a political distraction. But like the Lone Ranger, many of us enjoyed hiding some emotion behind a mask. No smiles.


June 9, 2021 Visit THE NEWS LEADER Page 5 A d v e n t H e a l t h C a r e e r E x p o . c o m R e g i s t e r T o d a y 9 : 0 0 A . M . 3 : 0 0 P . M . W e d n e s d a y 1 6 J U N E T u e s d a y 1 5 J U N E A m w a y C e n t e r4 0 0 W C h u r c h S t r e e t O r l a n d o , F L 3 2 8 0 1 F r e e O n s i t e P a r k i n g G e i c o P a r k i n g G a r a g e J o i n u s f o r a o n e o f k i n d , t w o d a y c a r e e r e x p o a t t h e A m w a y C e n t e r i n D o w n t o w n O r l a n d o F l o r i d a . Y o u a r e i n v i t e d t o c o m e a n d i n t e r v i e w o n s i t e , n e t w o r k w i t h o u r c l i n i c a l l e a d e r s , l e a r n a b o u t o u r i n n o v a t i v e t r a i n i n g p r o g r a m s , v i s i t o u r f a c i l i t i e s u s i n g o u r a w a r d w i n n i n g # L i f e A t A d v e n t H e a l t h v i r t u a l r e a l i t y e x p e r i e n c e , a n d m u c h m o r e . H i r i n g l e a d e r s w i l l b e o n s i t e m a k i n g s a m e d a y o e r s f o r l e a d e r s w i l l b e o n s i t e m a k i n g s a m e d a y o e r s f o r a l l o f o u r C e n t r a l F l o r i d a D i v i s i o n S o u t h H o s p i t a l l o c a t i o n s , i n c l u d i n g a l l o f o u r f r e e s t a n d i n g E R s . C o m e a n d e x p e r i e n c e w h y A d v e n t H e a l t h i s G r e a t e r a s a W h o l e ! E v e n t O v e r v i e w A d v e n t H e a l t h C a r e e r E x p o FIND YOUR NEXT CAR, TRUCK OR RV AT THURSTON AUTO SALES. FIND YOUR NEXT CAR, TRUCK OR RV AT THURSTON AUTO SALES. FIND YOUR NEXT CAR, TRUCK OR RV AT THURSTON AUTO SALES. 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 • Clermont Historic Village Art League members sketching at Clermont Historic Village. On a recent sunny Saturday morning, members of the South Lake Art League visited the Clermont Historic Village to sketch or photograph the site and its buildings. Are you artistically inclined? Do you enjoy sketching, painting or taking photographs? Consider a visit to the historic village for a few hours of indulging in your hobby. e village is located at 490 West Avenue on the shores of Lake Minneola and is home to six buildings, each with its own style and charm. If you like stately, then the two-story, white Kern House is perfect for you. Is rustic more to your taste? en Clermont’s rst one-room schoolhouse is just what you are looking for. How about something a little quirky? e World War Two Quonset hut could be perfect. Or, if traditional Florida is more to your liking, check out the Townsend House with its cracker house appeal. e village is open every Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. Admission is free; however, a donation of $5 per person over age 12 is requested. If you are interested in the history of Clermont or in history in general, consider joining the Clermont Historical Society Membership is $25 per person or $35 per couple, annually. For further information, call 352-242-7734.Volunteers neededVolunteers are needed for a food drop at Minneola City Hall on Friday, June 11 from 9 a.m.–noon. Volunteers should arrive at 8 a.m. Contact Keith Whitacre at 952-239-5870 or with questions.



June 9, 2021 Visit THE NEWS LEADER Page 7 Starting at sf installed $ 3 89 Winter Garden Winter Garden 731 S. Dillard St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 407-410-8998 Minneola Minneola 301 E. Washington St. Minneola, FL 34715 352-394-0303 Providing Central Florida oors since 1976 ™ t)ZQPBMMFSHFOJDt70$rMBUFYrBOEPEPSGSFF secondchildhood,Right?It’s been years since all you had to think about was you. So, you’re going for it. Upping your game in cooking, grilling, entertaining. Spending hours mastering the art of relaxation. This new chapter in life is so good, can’t wait to see what you’re up to next.Third act.More like yourReady for your next act? See how natural gas can help at or #NaturalGasGeniusCall 407.656.2734 ext. 307 orvisit to get started. Manatees in Lake County waters e manatee, Florida’s ocial state freshwater mammal, has a surprising presence in our local lakes. While commonly sighted in rivers, springs and estuaries, manatees have been able to transverse the lock systems connecting the Harris Chain of Lakes to the Oklawaha River. In 2015, a manatee named “Leesburg” became a local celebrity along with her calf. Just recently, a manatee was spotted in Trout Lake in Eustis which has a passage to Lake Eustis. Adult manatees are typically 9-10 feet long and weigh up to 1,200 pounds; however, they may grow to over 13 feet long and weigh more than 3,500 pounds. Calves are 3-4 ft. long and weigh 60-70 lbs. at birth. Manatees may live as long as 60 years in the wild. Manatees are herbivores, that is, they eat vegetation. Manatees have no teeth for biting, only teeth for grinding. ey use their upper lip like an elephant uses its trunk, helping to draw plants into their mouth. e sti whiskers around their mouth provide the manatees with a sense of touch helping them to understand the environment. Unfortunately, the mortality rate is very high for Lake County manatees due to boat strikes. Boaters are asked to be on the lookout for these slow-moving, gentle creatures, especially in shallow waters, narrow waterways and around docks. Under state and federal law, it is illegal to attract manatees to an area by purposely providing a source of freshwater or by oering food. Besides, manatees lured to unsafe areas may be in greater danger of being struck by vessels in these areas. It is also illegal to harass them by contact or close interaction. e Lake County Water Authority has been working to get the word out about Lake County’s manatees with education for all ages as well as their current status. Initiatives have included tracking and intervention when needed with the researchers from Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute (CMARI). In addition, the Trout Lake Nature Center provides school or youth group presentations on manatees, call 352-357-7536 for more information. To report an injured or distressed manatee to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, call the hotline at 1-888-404-3922. General sightings can be reported to 407-275-4157, option 7. For more information about Lake County’s manatees, go to www.lcwa/org. Trout Lake Nature Center’s dock on Trout Lake is available for observation 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Contributed by Trout Lake Nature Center, www., an independent donation-based nonprot located in Eustis. Trevluc, Leesburg and Sunset in the Silver River, September 2019. Photo by CMARI. Manatees have suered a high mortality rate this year. Photo provided by Trout Lake Nature Center.


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June 9, 2021 Visit THE NEWS LEADER Page 9 WE ARE LOOKING TO FILL KEY NEWSPAPER POSITIONS SIGN UP NOW Deadline to register is June 24, 2020 A GREAT WAY TO START A NEW CAREER You may be a seasoned newspaper professional or a go-getter who is looking to start a new career path. Either way, we want to meet you and talk about our opportunities. OUR NEWSPAPER The Clermont News Leader is part of D-R Media, a growing multi-media company serving Lake, Sumter, Polk and Highlands counties. WHAT TYPE OF WORK DO WE OFFER? • Sales positions, both inside the o ce and out in the community. If you love talking with local business people and you like getting paid for it, come visit us. • News and feature writers. Our company often has positions open for writers and editors. We also are actively looking for freelance writers and photographers to help us cover the community. • Newspaper carriers. These are great independent contractor positions for those looking for part-time work and love to drive. RSVP SO WE KNOW YOU ARE COMING Send us an email at If you tell us you are interested we can make sure your snacks are ready when you get here. WHAT SHOULD I BRING? Where is your o ce? • A Smiling face, a copy of your resume and a photo id. If you don’t have one of those, don’t worry, we will work it out. • Our o ce is located at 637 Eighth Street, Clermont, Fl 34711 Come meet our newspaper team members. We will train the right people! Join us for a News Leader media job fair. June 28 from 9 am to 4 pm THE NEWSPAPER JOB FAIR


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Page 20 THE NEWS LEADER Visit June 9, 2021 PE T OF THE PET OF THE WEEK WEEK A Forever Home Animal Rescue – Gabe Gabe is a handsome 2-year-old rat terrier mix weighing 11 pounds. “He has a shiny white and black coat and long legs. He is very aectionate, active and friendly,” A Forever Home Animal Rescue says. “He does need some more leash training and tends to pull with excitement. He needs to be an only pet because he wants all of the attention.” Gabe has not been cat or child-tested. He loves attention. His adoption donation is $300, which includes his neuter, vaccinations and microchip. For more details or to schedule a meet-and-greet with Sam or any other pet currently at the shelter, contact Lori via phone or text at 407-221-1855, or e-mail e organization follows all social distancing protocols. Stop by A Forever Home Animal Rescue for a visit seven days a week at 2950 CR 561 in Tavares between noon and 4 p.m. Adoption applications are available at the shelter’ s website, Not ready to adopt? Consider fostering. Stop by for a visit any day at 2950 CR 561 in Tavares, noon to 4 p.m. Volunteers are always needed and donations are always welcomed, as well. COVID-19 vaccinations available at select Centra Care sites Seven Central Florida AdventHealth Centra Care locations now oer Pzer COVID-19 vaccinations to any eligible individual who is age 12 or older. ere is no out-of-pocket cost, and anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. “Now is the time to bring vaccines further into our communities to make sure we make it as convenient as possible for everyone to receive a vaccine,” said Dr. Scott Brady, CEO of AdventHealth Centra Care. “Our large vaccination events were hugely successful in getting tens of thousands of shots in arms as quickly as possible, and we’re looking to build on that success as we continue this life-saving work.” AdventHealth has delivered more than 150,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses in Central Florida.Lake County Fire Rescue promotes seven During a small ceremony on June 2, Lake County Fire Rescue promoted seven sta members. Four reghters were promoted to lieutenant: Gary Gratz, Jennifer Seda, Rolando Torres and Michael Yamin. ree lieutenants were promoted to battalion chief: Barry Fitzgerald, Kraig Gilligan and Michael Robertson. All seven employees endured an extensive promotional process and finished as the top candidates. They As part of the vaccine process, those receiving the vaccine will be required to stay onsite for at least 15 minutes to ensure there are no adverse reactions. Most reported side eects are mild and include arm soreness, fatigue and headache, according to AdventHealth. Appointments are available at for locations in Winter Garden, Sanford, Kissimmee, Orlando, Winter Park and Lakeland. are evaluated for their interpersonal skills, tactical consideration and public speaking, among other skills that will help them in their new responsibilities. “We are pleased to announce the promotion of these seven employees, including that of a third battalio n chief-to-station ratio,” said Lake County Fire Chief Jim Dickerson. “is will improve safety and supervision by reducing the square miles currently being covered by two daily battalion chiefs. Adding these three new battalion chiefs (one per shift) will keep the department on track with its Strategic 1-3-5 plan.” For more information on Lake County Fire Rescue, visit


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Page 22 THE NEWS LEADER Visit June 9, 2021 By Sharon Weatherhead, ORLANDO — Many people are fascinated with the tragic story of the Titanic, a magnicent “unsink able” passenger ship owned by White Star Lines that did indeed sink on its maiden voyage. is is the only exhibition that features actual items recovered from the Titanic’s wreck site. It is a very moving experience. e letters RMS before Titanic designated the ship as a Royal Mail Steamer, which meant it had the duty of transporting mail across the Atlantic. Once you enter the exhibit, you are issued a boarding pass with the name of an actual passenger. At the end of the tour, you nd out whether or not your person survived on that fateful day in April 1912. My passenger was Mrs. Pekka (Elin) Hakkarinen, who was traveling from Finland with her husband. ey were eeing the economic hardship and political oppression there. ey were traveling third class in steerage. Elin survived, but her husband did not. My husband’s passenger was omas Drake Martinez Cardoza. He, his mother and their servants traveled from Cherbourg. omas and his mother were returning from an African safari. ey occupied the most expensive suite on the Titanic. ey survived the disaster. e Titanic departed on a bright, clear day, April 10, 1912, from Southampton. Due to a far-reaching coal strike, many found themselves routed to the newest and largest ocean liner. People came onboard for the noon departure. Firstand second-class passengers could walk around the deck and rent a deck chair for $1. Lunch was served in the Verandah café, lavishly decorated with mirrors and greenery. e dishes used were elegant. e plain white dishes used for third class had the White Star Line name and logo stamped on them to discourage theft. In 1912, class distinc tion was taken very seriously. Wealthy rst class passengers wanted to aunt their wealth and status. Passenger names in cluded Astor, Guggenheim and Strauss. ey had access to such things as Turkish baths, squash courts and swimming pools. There is a replica of the Grand Staircase in the exhibit. Photos are not allowed; however, you can have your photo taken and purchase a portrait. ere is also a replica of what a rst-class cabin looked like. Second class oered well-appointed state rooms. While these passengers did not have all the perks of the wealthy, they enjoyed nice restaurants and a well-stocked library. Sec ond-class passengers were businessmen, clergy and teachers. Third class, called steerage, were very basic cabins with no access to the ner things. A rst-class passenger paid in excess of 200 pounds, while third class paid less than 30 pounds. e class distinction was never more obvious as when people were issued into the lifeboats. First and second class were allowed to board them; steerage passen gers were not and actu ally held back. What happened in the late evening of April 14, 1912? e exhibit allows you to stand on the deck and feel the cool evening. You could see the calm sea and moonless sky; a deadly combination. With no moonlight, they could not see the iceberg. e watchers sounded the alarm when they noticed a break in the horizon. If the seas were not so calm, they would have been able to tell something was there as waves broke against it. e iceberg hit at 11:40 p.m. e collision caused the hull plates to buckle and opened ve of the 16 watertight compartments. Four was the maximum that could withstand the collision. e result was one of the world’s greatest disasters. When the Titanic sank at 2:20 a.m. on April 15, over 1,000 people were still on board and the lifeboats were less than half-full. e nal tally is as follows: First Class (lost 130, saved 199), Second Class (lost 166, saved 119), ird Class (lost 536, saved 174) and crew (lost 685, saved 214). e exhibit displays walls of pictures of the attempted rescues and front pages from major newspapers, all with their own version of the disaster. e Carpathia was the ship that responded to the S-O-S. When the call for help was sent, it was C-Q-D (CQ all stations and distress), M-G-Y (Titanic’s call letters) and S-O-S (save our ship). e last surviving passen ger, Milvina Dean, who was two months old at the time, passed away in 2009 at the age of 97. Titanic – e Artifact Ex hibit – is located at 7324 In ternational Drive in Orlando. If you purchase your tickets online at and enter ‘promo code’ VOYAGE, you will save $4 per person. ey do have a gift shop. Call 407-248-1166. DAY TRIPS & TRAVEL ADVENTURES Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit in Orlando Marconi wireless ofce where the S-O-S was sent. All photos by Sharon Weatherhead Inside a rst-class cabin. Cargo area in steerage.


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Page 24 THE NEWS LEADER Visit June 9, 2021 Our Town Continued from Page 1Upcoming training camps benet Dreamcatcher Horse Rescue Beginning in June, Dreamcatcher Horse Rescue, a 501(c)(3) non-prot horse rescue located at 10639 Toad Road in Clermont, is oering a variety of camps for all skill levels and ages. Mixed ability camps for ages 5-15, beginners through intermediate, will be held June 7– 11, June 21–25, July 5–9, July 19–23 and August 2–6. Sessions run 9 a.m.–2 p.m. weekdays. Cost is $300 for the week. Junior Buckaroos camps for ages 2–5 years will be held 9–11 a.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, June 2–4, July 16–18 and July 28–30. Cost is $150, and a parent or guardian must be present during sessions. Intermediate/advanced rider camps will be held June 14–18 and July 26–30. At tendees must be trainer-approved. Sessions run 9 a.m.–2 p.m. weekdays. Cost is $350 for the week. Lunch and refreshments are provided, but participants can supply their own packed lunches, if preferred. Programs will cover horse safety, grooming, bathing and braiding, horse anatomy, horse breeds and other educational activities, along with riding lessons, trail rides and more. All proceeds go toward the feeding and care of the organization’s rescue horses.For reservations, call/text 407-702-8332 or email For more information, visit Lake County property values up over 7% Tavares – Lake County’s tax roll is re cording another sub stantial boost this year reports the Lake Coun ty Property Appraiser, Carey Baker. e Prop erty Appraiser’s 2021 Best Estimate of Tax able Value for the Lake County General Fund is $26.2 billion; up 7.19% from last year. e Lake County School Board is up 6.32%. “Although not as large as increases in some prior year, this is still an impressive gain in taxable value thanks in large to all the new construction occurring in the county. It’s the ninth year of strong growth and gains in taxable value,” Baker said in a news release. e Property Appraiser is required by law to present the “Best Estimate of Taxable Value” to the county, all cities, and other Lake County taxing authorities by June 1 each year. e estimate includes all real property (residential, commercial, agricultural, and vacant land); all Tangible Personal Property (business equipment); and all Centrally Assessed railroad property. All cities throughout the county are up in overall taxable value with the South Lake city of Minneola and Mascotte, up 15.2% and 14.9% respectively. e city of Groveland was close behind with a gain of 12.8% in taxable value. “is is the eighth consecutive year of very strong county-wide growth in taxable value. is should allow for more taxing authorities to adopt their roll-back millage rate or a rate even lower than roll-back,” Baker said. “Some cities have done this in recent years, others have not.” New home and business construction are adding over $819 million in taxable value to the 2021 tax roll. is is an increase of 12.26% over the prior year’s new construction value of $729 million. “Countywide, we added 3,505 new residential homes to the roll this year; up from 3,321 last year. Residential property sales are the other driving factor of tax roll growth. e 2021 tax roll values are mostly reective of property sales that occurred in 2020. “COVID barely caused a blip in residential sales. I think most everyone in Lake County knows the residential market has been on re. We processed 23,300 deeds in 2020 of which 12,408 were single-family residential sales. “However, existing homestead owners are spared these large value increases, thanks to the Save Our Homes assessed value cap as a benet of homestead. is year’s maxi mum increase in assessed value for existing homestead property is only 1.4%. However, some commercial property-types are experiencing a reduction in value due to forced shut-downs,” stated Baker. Individual property assessments and exemptions can be viewed on the Property Appraiser’s website at am a member, too. But I wish they were building 20 more small businesses instead. ---Speaking of small businesses, we love them. at’s one of the reasons why we have a newspaper. We like to help small businesses grow and thrive. During the summer, we are running a special program designed to highlight our local businesses that cater to our local customers. “We Love Our Locals” is a special program where locally owned businesses can show their appreciation for year-round customers. You know, the customers who are here all year long and help these businesses survive the summer months. e program comes with a special We Love Our Locals logo that helps those businesses stand out in the paper. If you want to show some of that love, give us a call or see your regular News Leader sales representative. ---Small to medium size businesses have a huge impact in our community. ey even have a big role to play in how our area looks. Have you seen the new APC Roong company building on Highway 50? ey took the old building where Jim Willis Hardware was located for years and turned it into a very attractive modern looking building. Just a little piece down the road Clermont Fishhouse did the same thing a few years ago. ---A few weeks ago, I shared a story about Jerry Jones from Jones Racing. e auto repair shop has been around for 34 years, and Jerry is a colorful character who knows a lot about Clermont and its history. I have been driving by the shop every day on my way to work and noticed that it was closed. It was like that all week and I wondered if something bad happened. So, Friday I pulled in the parking lot and saw a little sign on the front door that read, “Gone Fishing.” If you know Jerry Jones, then it all makes sense. Hope he caught something.Jim Gouvellis is the publisher of the Clermont News Leader. You can reach him at Abnormality Continued from Page 4 Dunn-Rankin Continued from Page 4 says they will be at our house next Tuesday between nine and one? Our expectations of quality and speed of service set by Amazon will impact all services businesses. Government and education won’t be spared either. If we can get anything to anyone, anyone in less than an hour, why does it take six months to get a project approved by the city? Why does it take a whole day for the school to return my outreach about my child? My suspicion is that our small company ambassadors, our employees who deal wi th the customer the most, will need to provide Ritz Carlton level service to differentiate us from Amazon. Are we providing the right training? We can compete. Human beings want to belong to a community. We want to connect with others. We are all still tribal animals. Build the service and personal touch to keep Amazon at bay. Anything, to anyone, anywhere in less than an hour is a bold company vision for Amazon. What will our community’s bold vision be to compete? Share your thoughts : David@D-R.Media . No frowns. And, when my dentist told me I needed a new tooth I worried about having a gaping hole for a few weeks. “No one will ever know,” he said. “Just wear a mask.” I hope whatever the next normal is like, it retains some of what we came to enjoy during the recent normal. Peter Funt is the host of Candid Camera. His new book, “Self Amused,” will be published this summer.


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Of Mascotte On Bay Lake Road Sunday Services Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Mornng Worship 10:45 a.m. B.T.C. 5:30 p.m. Evening Worship 6:15 p.m. Wednesday Services Discovery 7:00 p.m. Mid-Week Services 7:00 p.m. Business Meeting 2nd Wed. 7:00 p.m. Darrell Sheeley, Pastor429-2850 South Lake County Worship Services PEACE OF MIND We become what we believe By Melissa Abrehamsen, Safe Harbor International Network Minister and Self Worth Coach In Proverbs 23:7 the Bible teaches us that as a person thinks, he or she is , in their nature, character, who they believe they are in their heart of hearts. Because that scripture is true, we will always look for conrmation that our beliefs are the real deal. ere’s a denition for this: Conrmation Bias: the tendency to interpret new evidence as conrmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories. In the same vein, our brains will refute anything that goes against what we believe. We will seek to prove it wrong. If we get to decide what to think about ourselves, then isn’t more protable that we believe what God says about us instead of what our past says? About what people may say? God’s truth is the truth to the exclusion of everything else. Yet we tell ourselves that we aren’t good enough and set out on a path to prove that belief correct. As a result, we behave our way to the destination of that belief. If we don’t feel worthy of a career or a relationship that would be healthy for us, we subconsciously sabotage that good thing until it is destroyed or avoided altogether. What we say and believe in our hearts foretells our present and future. e past doesn’t get a vote in the matter unless we continue to give it power. Everything we’re living today, we thought about and believed in our hearts before we got to this destination. So if we’re saying and believing, “at can never work for me.” en it can’t and won’t. Because you will nd a way to make it true. It’s a matter of the heart.We get to predetermine what’s allowed inside our hearts. is week’s practice: 1. Mull over what you really want either spiritually, monetarily or physically. Maybe you want to build your condence. Allow yourself the time and space to daydream this out. 2. Create a positive emotion with attaining your God-given desire. Feed it and feel it in your meditation time. 3. When circumstances crop up that make your outlook seem impossible, remind yourself of why it is possible. You are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. Find a scripture that backs you up. 4. Write it down and read it aloud with emotion every single day. e stronger the emotion, the stronger the belief roots in your heart. 5. Put action with your faith. e Bible is right. Faith without action is dead. So, get to doing the work. What you hold in your heart will spill over in your life. What you hold in your mind and heart is an unavoidable destiny. And until you choose to change it, modify it, override it, you will meet it. Make sure it’s worthy of you. Remember, everything you need to rise out of the ashes of the past lives on the inside of you. I love to hearing from you. If my articles resonate with you, please drop me a line. Even if you have questions or if you have insights of your own. Scholarships awarded e Lake-Sumter Seminole Club recently announced that six high school graduates have been awarded a total of $ 7,000 in scholarships to attend Florida State University in the fall. ree students – Casye Johnson of South Lake High School and Ember Dillion and Audrey Lavender of Lake Minneola High School – are from the Clermont area. “It has been a dicult year for everyone, and yet, even without our usual annual fund-raising event, the club was able to oer nancial assistance to six new Seminoles,” the group stated. e other winner are Ryan Mewborne of Tavares High School and Jacob Scaringella and Nicolas Wilcox-Cano of Eustis High School. e winners were selected and judged on three criteria: High school GPA and academic record, community service hours and a written essay. For more information on the club and its scholarship program, visit or email


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