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rfnttbnntttbf Phone: 352-326-2623LEARN TO RIDE! COMING UP DECEMBER 14thCHRISTMAS PARTY& GAMESWIN PRIZES & HAVE FUNWine tasting from Lakeridge Winery HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS!RESERVE A RENTAL TODAY. 2014 RENTALS AVAILABLECHECK OUT OUR PRE-OWNED INVENTORY ONLINE WE ARE MAKING DEALS!SEE YOU AT BEEF O BRADYS FOR WEDNESDAY BIKE NIGHT! SEE PAGE B4 REMEMBER WHEN | B1SPORTS:Montverde Academy tops Norcross, 84-47 WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2013 50 NEWST AND INSIDECLASSIFIED B8 CROSSWORDS B2 REAL ESTATE C1 REMEMBER WHEN B1 SPORTS B4 VOICES A4WORD ON THE STREE T A2SOUTH LAKE PRESSV OLUME 98, NO. 48 3 SECTIOn N S 2008, HALIFAX Media Group All rights reservedwww. PRSRT-STD U.S. Postage Paid Clermont, FL Permit #280 Postal Customer Clermont, FL 34711 presort standard mail Clermont, FL Permit No. 280U.S. POSTAGE PAID 50 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.brown@dailycommercial.comAt a special meeting Friday afternoon, Groveland council members voted unanimously to appoint former mayor and councilman Richard Smith to the vacant district 3 seat that needed lling. This decision comes after a meeting last week when no de cision could be reached regard ing nding a person to ll the spot. In the end, after several heat ed debates about the nomi nees qualications and their relationships with existing board members, Vice Mayor James Smith asked that all of the names be tossed out, until the board meets again. James Smith said the meet ing would allow residents more time to come forward with an interest to sit on the coun cil, rather than be nominated, to eliminate any perception of bias. Richard Smith, a former may or and councilman, had spoken at the initial meeting and of fered a warning. After that meet ing, Smith said he was thinking of coming forward with his interest in being appointed. I am asking that you be care ful about who you appoint be cause whoever you vote for, al beit for two months, they will have a voice in some pretty im portant issues that could come at a moments notice, Richard Smith told the board. On Friday, Richard Smith spoke again at the special meeting and vouched for his appointment to the board as he had considered, but said it was only on a temporary basis. A special election set for Jan. 28 would take care of nding a replacement for the District 3 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comWater experts and county ofcials sound ed the alarm last week, saying that the community must nd an alternative to diminish ing groundwater supplies in the next ve years to avoid a direct impact to lake levels and the quality of life in South Lake. We shouldnt be afraid of planning, Com missioner Sean Parks said. If we dont plan for water, it could get expensive for you and for all of us. If we lose our water resources, you are losing a lot of sales tax and tourist development dollars. These things fund infrastructure, roads and schools. A panel of experts from the Lake County Wa ter Authority and the St. Johns River Water Man agement District weighed in on the problem of dwindling reserves in the Floridan Aquifer at the rst annual South Lake Water Summit. The three-hour summit held at Clermont City Hall drew a large crowd, including public ofcials and state representatives. New growth and development has resulted in more water being withdrawn from the Floridan Aquifer, and with the increase in demand only expected to rise, experts said an alternative wa ter source must be found. However, nding that source is not cheap with LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comA recovering econ omy could spur new population growth in South Lake in the next few years, which concerns school ofcials who say they have no money set aside for new schools. A consultant for the school district recently presented a report projecting that by 2020, there will be an increase of about 2,297 new students in the schools, particularly in the southern part of the county. As a result, school ofcials see the need to build two new schools there within seven years. However, with revenue sources depleted over the years, ofcials say they dont have the funding mechanism to meet the projected growth. Both county commissioners and school board members said the onus is on the Florida Legislature to restore funding for education, while also supporting a new funding source for schools. Chris Patton, spokesman for the school district, said it primarily receives its capital improvement funding from three sources: collection of impact fees, a 1.5 mill in property taxes and a onecent sales tax approved by referendum. This does not include school district funding, which has an operating budget of $300 million from the general fund for daily school operatio ns, Patton said. The capital funding has been reduced over the years because the stagnant economy has kept property values low and the Florida Legislature cut the maximum allowable millage for capital pur poses from 2 mills to 1.5 mills, Patton said. In the last ve years the school district has lost more than $67 million in capital property tax revenue. The suspension of impact fees on new construction since 2011 has also affected the school districts funding.CLERMONTOfficials fear future water shortages BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Low water levels at Lake Minnehaha in Clermont leave a boat dock useless. Ofcials worry coastlines will continue to recede. LAKE COUNTY ENROLLMENT TRENDS39,600 39,200 39,400 39,000TOTAL ENROLLMENT Source: Deanna Newman, consultant for Public Pathways CLERMONTSchools face a growing problem BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Rows of houses are shown in Clermont on Nov. 19. The school district is expecting an increase of more than 1,400 students in the next seven years.GROVELANDSmith voted to fill vacant District 3 seatSEE WATER | A2SEE SCHOOLS | A3SEE COUNCIL | A6


A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, November 27, 2013 352-394-8228Ron Becker, Director $675 CLERMONT Landscaping program set to return on Dec. 7Two years ago, Marc Godts of Green Isle Gardens in Groveland and Catherine Read, environmental consultant and past president of the FNPS Tarower Chapter, presented a popular program called Landscaping dry shady areas with native plants. Godts and Read are back with help about Landscaping Dry Sunny Areas with Native Plants and how to use the plants to help conserve valuable water resources. This program, presented by the Lake Beautyberry Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, is free and open to the public at 10 / a.m., Dec. 7, at the Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont. The program will help guests think through some alternatives for spring planting. For information, send an email to, or call 407-448-6195.CLERMONT Holidays in the village set to return Dec. 13The Historic Village in downtown is opening its doors for the annual grand holiday celebration where all of the rooms in the village will reect the idea of Holidays Around the World. Hours at the village are from 1 to 8 / p.m., Dec. 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22, with lantern tours available after dark. Musical entertainment will be provided at various times. Refreshments will be available and Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance. For information, call 352-593-8496, or go to World AIDS Day Celebration of Life scheduled for MondayA World AIDS Day Celebration of Life will take place from 9 / a.m. to 2 / p.m., Monday, at Waterfront Park, 330 Third St., Clermont. A portion of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display and HIV testing and Hepatitis B vaccinations will be provided at no cost. World AIDS Day is a global campaign to end AIDS and help bring awareness of the disease worldwide. In addition to the free rapid 20-minute testing offered at the event, the Department of Health Lake County can provide HIV testing. For information, call 352-771-5547.CLERMONT Christmas gala to benefit the hungry and homelessNew Beginnings of Lake County will host its annual Christmas Gala from 6 to 10 / p.m., on Dec. 7. The affair will take place at Gabbys Gem of the Hills in Clermont in an effort to raise funds for local programs beneting Lake Countys homeless children and families. Musical entertainment will be provided by the local singing group Past Tense. The Christmas gala is sponsored by the Harper Family Charitable Foundation and will feature dinner, a wine tasting, dancing and auctions, with proceeds going to New Beginnings. Tickets are available in advance for $49 at For information, call Sandy Farnsworth at 352-617-8788.CLERMONT Gastro 5K event to benefit cancer foundationA 5K run and walk event is scheduled for 4 / p.m. today at Waterfront Park in Clermont beneting the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation and is hosted by the Crooked Spoon Gastro Pub in Clermont. Registration is $30 in advance and $35 at the race and includes a T-shirt to the rst 75 registrants with discounts on food. Live entertainment will follow at the Crooked Spoon. For information and to register, go to thecrookedspoon. Area Briefs What South Lake residents are saying about ...BEING THANKFULWhat are you most thankful for?Well, it has to be for my family and my son Terell and that I have the free dom to know who Jesus Christ is. In other countries, you know, its not like that. TERRI MONTGOMERY CLERMONT Im thankful for my family and the fact that I still have a house to live in, food to eat and a great job.MELISSA MACEACHERNLAKELAND Getting a job. I just found one (a few days ago) actually. JOSH JOHNSON CLERMONT Im just thankful for breathing. Just for living, the green grass and that I get to have each and every single day on this earth. ELIZABETH HENARK OCOEE Word on theStreet Missing your South Lake Press? Call us. To request home delivery or to report a missed paper,call 787-0600 or toll-free at 877-702-0600. More information about circulation on Page A4 the high demand for re claimed water and as tronomical costs for other sources such as surface water bodies. Parks said the issue weighed heavily on him after a conversation he had a few years ago with Fred Sommer, who organized the rst triathlon event in Cler mont. If you lose the lakes and water resources, you will lose my busi ness and many other businesses, and the quality of life, Parks said of Sommers cautionary words. Parks stressed there is an action plan to ad dress the issue. We will follow up with action, he said. You can in a sense hold us accountable to that. Between now and 2025 the population is expected to increase 56 percent, according to county ofcials. While the lack of rainfall is a major factor affecting low lake lev els, groundwater withdrawals, and human impacts, such as sur face water diversions and irrigation, are also contributors, the panelists said. There is a demand of 300 million gallons of water by 2035 and we only have 50 mil lion gallons that can be met by our traditional source, said Alan Oyler, consultant for St. Johns River Water Management District, who is assisting the South Lake Regional Water Initiative. All of the utilities are going to have to nd 250 mil lion gallons of water. For us to meet project demands, we are going to have to import water from someplace else. Groveland Mayor Tim Loucks, who founded the South Lake Regional Water Initiative with Parks, said there is not one specic cause of the declining lake levels. Rainfall does affect the lake levels and does affect the Flori dan Aquifer, he said. Once the aquifer goes down, the lakes begin to seep. Ofcials said the most feasible and cost effective alternative water source is using reclaimed water from Water Conserv II, the largest world re use project in Orange County, which combines agricultural ir rigation with aquifer recharge via rapid in ltration basins, according to information from Conserv II. But, there are challenges to overcome in this area, as Conserv II ofcials previously said the demand for reclaimed water is only growing; and they must also meet their own re gional needs. Otherwise, Oyler said the only alterna tive sources are Yankee Lake, Taylor Creek, Water Co-op, and OUC/ Orlando, with the closest alternative resource nine miles away. Ofcials said residents would pay $1.62 per 1,000 gallons to withdraw the water from Conserv II compared with $11.22 per 1,000 gallons to acquire it from Yankee Lake. That is why planning is important, and I dont want to be on the hook for being responsible for doing a project like that, Parks said re ferring to the alternatives to Conserv II. Mike Perry, executive WATER FROM PAGE A1 director of the Lake County Water Authority, said the cumulative rainfall decit since 2004 is 62.35 inches, equivalent to 5.2 feet. We are 10 inches below the annual average just for this year, he said. The panelists gave presen tations on low lake levels, the Central Florida Water Initiative, and the South Lake Re gional Water Initiative. The South Lake Regional Water Initiative, consisting of the South Lake Chamber of Commerce, the coun ty and the municipalities of Clermont, Groveland, Minneola, Mascotte and Montverde, have come to gether to address regional solutions in the critical ar eas of reclaimed water distribution, minimum ows and levels of the regions lakes and rivers, and alter native water supplies and conservation They are working parallel to the Central Florida Water Initiative, to nd a cost ef fective and alternative wa ter source. For more than an hour, residents addressed the panelists with questions and concerns. Numerous residents expressed frustration about Niagara Bottling LLC withdrawing 484,000 gallons per day from the aquifer, with a pending per mit to withdraw more water. Meanwhile, others said sand mines, water diver sions and irrigation were affecting lake levels. Ginger DAmico, angrily spoke out against Niagaras use of the aquifer. I dont understand the St. Johns River Water Management District in allowing a company as big as Niagara to withdraw 484,000 gal lons a day out of the aquifer while we have to potential ly pay $11.22 per 1,000 gal lons, she said. In response, Tom Bartol, water supply bureau chief for the St. Johns River Water Management District, said: There is this notion that bottled water is an important part of water from the aquifer. It amounts to less than half a percent. Even so, Darrell Reeves was still not convinced, ex pressing his worries about continued withdrawals by the company. All you people say our lakes are going down and saying we should con serve, he said. We cant turn around and let a pri vate for prot company suck the water out. Parks said he agreed that the company should contribute if they are going to com mercially benet from it. But, he said, in order to prevent such a company from receiving a permit, the state statute must change. Peter Brown said he lives in the heart of the aquifer and said there is a massive amount of water being de stroyed by the sand mines of Lake County. While mentioning that he could not speak on a pend ing case before the county commission concern ing a proposed sand mine in the heart of the Well ness Way Sector Plan, Parks said there are absolute ly serious issues (with sand mines) on water resources and trafc, which also affect adjacent lands. In an interview Friday, Oyler said it is hard to ren der judgment on what im pact sand mines might have on lake levels. One resident questioned the sector plan and whether it would simply bring 44,000 additional people, amounting to urban sprawl. The sector plan would transform 16,000 acres in the southeast corner of the county into a hub for hightech health care jobs and other industries. It is expect ed to attract people who like to bike, walk and enjoy an active, healthy lifestyle. Despite whether the sector plan was in the place, 48,000 people could live in that area, Parks said. If we did nothing the population growth would occur in piecemeal growth fashion, along with the same issues. Unless we plan. There are plans for future summits to address the issues. BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIALOfcials say lack of rain has contributed to low lake levels.


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A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, November 27, 2013Tea Party works to destroy AmericaWhen John Cohn of Tavares attempted to scold Democrats about their sense of reality (Daily Commercial, Nov. 3), he unwittingly exposed several aws in his own perceptions in his Letter of the Week. Granted, Nancy Pelosi said that Congress has to pass Obamacare to see whats in it. However, her statement is accurate because attorneys, insur ance corporations, and actu arials will only do their serious research after a bill becomes law. Thats when we will see whats in it. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, the American people today support Obamacare by 46 percent while the opposition is 49 per cent, which means statistically its nearly a dead heat. Thus Cohns guess that 62 percent of Americans dont want Obamacare is a weak statement. Did he pull his num bers from thin air? As for the failure of thousands of small businesses that shut down in the recession, its not the fault of the government. In fact, there are several reasons why businesses fail no matter which party is in ofce. If the small business owner has a lack of experience, insufcient capital, poor location, poor in ventory, poor credit arrangements, personal use of business funds, and lack of qualied em ployees, the business will fail. Therefore, business success or failure has little to do with pres idential politics. Cohn blames the Democrats for closing parks and monuments during the government shutdown. Does he realize that all reliable sources place the blame on the GOP for the shutdown? Its easy to see that Cohn is long on guesswork and short on facts. That is a major character istic of the tea party brain. Early on, the GOP welcomed the tea party until the tea party decided to trash the government. Today the adults in the Republican Party realize that the tea party merely wants to crash the system. Today, corporate America thinks tea partiers have over stayed their welcome in poli tics. For example, in Michigan where I taught in a state univer sity, GOP businessmen want to dump Justin Amash and Kerry Bentivolio (tea party guys) because those upstarts are creating a bad atmosphere for busi ness in the state. If the tea party is bad news for business, the Republicans say, the tea party is over. Finally, Peggy Noonan said, The tea party should stop the insults. Its undignied and not worthy of a serious movement. An inability to work well with others does not inspire voters. So, America is waking to the fact that the tea party in tends to destroy American government, and thats why most Americans do not like the tea party movement.Robert Wesolowski lives in The Villages.Politicians kn ow how to stop A CAIts not easy to destroy Obamacare. Democrats know how. The GOP knows how. The simple fact is the powers in Washington, D.C. do not want to. Republicans voting to defund Obamacare was a farce. You didnt know it, they did. Another simple fact is there are no longer two political par ties in Washington D.C. There may be in your hometown but not where it matters. There is one party the government party. If one studies how much money the parties spend when they are the majority, theres not a dimes worth of differ ence between them. Power and being reelected are the goals of most of our U.S. representatives and senators. Obamacare was never meant to help the poor. Obamacare is all about the following: %  en Redistributing wealth. %  en Making the middle class dependent on government. %  en Bankrupting small business. %  en Doing away with millions of full-time jobs, thus starving donations to the GOP. %  en Making the IRS the most powerful department in government. %  en Unionizing 15 million new workers, while adding $15 billion more union dues into Democratic party coffers. %  en Forcing everyone into a one-payer government health system. %  en Destroying capitalism and bringing about Obamas fathers dream, Socialism. Forget what Obama said about keeping your doctor and health care plan. Dozens of new health care agencies have written 22,000 new pages of regulations and most of those new rules havent kicked-in yet. Thats over seven-feet high! Here are only two changes that will mean over 16 million policyholders (of the 19 million who now have health care through their employers) will lose their current plan and be forced into Obamacare: If your deductible increases substantially you are no longer grandfathered in with your plan. If your co-pay changes substantially, you lose your plan at the next renewal. Without subsidies or Medicare or matching employ ers contributions, the IRS has estimated the average plan not covered by Obamacare will cost around $20,000 a year to keep after 2016! Can your afford that? Author Wayne Allyn Root has gured out the formula for destroying Obamacare. Here it is: Write your Congressman and ask the following If Obamacare is such a great deal, why did Congress vote themselves out of it? Why doesnt the president have it? Why have dozens of corporations and many unions been given exemptions? Then demand that if Obamacare is to be funded, all exemptions, exceptions, and waivers be removed. Ask your congressman for a reply. Is he for or against and why? And if not for it, politely rewrite him and inform him, maybe its time to elect someone new to your district. If Congress would vote to remove exemptions, then relax. Put your feet up. Let the president explain why he and his big donors are exempt. That howl youre hearing is all those lobbyists, big corporate donors, unions, and all those who thought that they were above you nding out that they will also have to live with Obamacare. This is the way to kill Obamacare. In a short time, liberals may be willing to work with conservatives to rewrite the health care law into something maybe all of us can live with. But removing exemptions would mean less power for Congress and more power for you. Without term limits for Congress, thats never going to happen.Sonny Heninger lives in Leesburg.Local homeless project deserves our atte ntionThe government reported last week that t he number of homeless Americans has declined. According to a Department of Housing and Urban Development report, about 610,000 people lived in emergency shelters, transitional housing or unsheltered locations during a count in January. Those numbers are down from 4 percent last year and 6 percent the previous year. Federal ofcials attribute the overall drop to signicant declines in homeless veterans. A federal program that provides rental vouchers to veterans is credited with that decline. The National Coalition for the Homeless reports that the third leading cause of homelessness is mental illness. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that nearly a quarter of the nations homeless population suffers severe mental illness. Those are startling numbers that paint a dire picture of a problem that is often easily ignored or overlooked. But homelessness is a condition that ravages the human psyche. Its repercussions affect the fringes of society and subtly tears away at the moral fabrics of our communities. Homelessness is a condition we cannot and should not ignore. So, who better to address homelessness than those organizations who deal in matters of the mind? Thats what happened last week in Lake County. LifeStream Behavioral Center and the Lake Community are leading an effort to renovate LifeStreams former outpatient clinic in Eustis. Plans are to make the building into a homeless drop-in center that will allow people to get hot showers, wash their clothes and nd access to public services. B.E. Thompson said he envisions the center serving as a model facility for other communities. Thompson is LifeStreams director and president of the Florida Coalition for the Homeless. Thompson said he and others are working to expand the facility and the concept. We applaud this effort and urge our readers to support this project. We as individuals have the ability and the resources to make a positive difference in our communities and in our nation. For information, call 357-7259 or 315-7509. YOUR EDITORIAL BOARDROD DIXON . ....................... PUBLISHERTOM MCNIFF . .............. EXECUTIVE EDITORBILL KOCH . ... ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITORSCOTT CALLAHAN . ............ NEWS EDITORGENE PACKWOOD . .. EDITORIAL WHATS YOUR OPINION?The SOUTH LAKE PRESS invites you to write letters to the editor expressing your original thoughts on topics of public inter est. 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 re serve 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.comBy regular mail to:Letters to the Editor 732 W. Montrose St. Clermont, FL 34711By fax to:352-394-8001EDITORIALSEditorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial board, not any individual. They are written by the editorial staff but are not signed. Local editorials are published Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.GUEST COLUMNSIf you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to southlakepress@, 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. OURVIEWIf you know of a veteran living in Lake, Sumter or Marion counties whose name should be added to the Lake County Veterans Memorial, call 352-314-2100, or go to to CALLING ALL VETERANS SOUTH LAKE PRESSYour community newspaper for more than 100 years.732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34712-0868 352-394-2183 n Fax: 352-394-8001The 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 copyright laws of the United States of America. Reproduction is forbidden without written consent from the publisher. 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Wednesday, November 27, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 LAKE COUNTY UNITED MOTORCYCLIST ASSOCIATION, INC.Lake Countys Largest Motorcycling Tradition Proudly Contributing More Than $185,000 To Date!To Benefit: The Salvation Army & Lake/Sumter Foster Parent AssociationDOUGHNUTS/COFFEE ~ At Start and VENDORS ~ At EndDATE:TIME:PLACE:Wal-Mart ENDING:COST: Chapter/Club challenge: Trophy given to the top 3 groups with the most participants. SPONSORS WANTEDCall Any Number Below for more infowww.CombinedLakeCountyToyRun.comCentral FL Cruisers Bones 321-689-9138 ABATE of FL, Inc. Lake Cnty Chapter Griz 352-742-7754 American Legion Riders #35 Jan 352-408-0750 Lake County HOG Wayne 352-396-3593 Ride Escorted by Law Enforcement Leaves at 11am sharpWE NEED SPONSORS! SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2013 HWY 27/441 2 miles from Hwy 27 787-4440 $300OFFREMANUFACTURED CARTSCash or check. Must present ad on purchase. Limited Time Offer See store for details. THANKS FOR READING THE SOUTH LAKE PRESS Staff ReportLake Countys jobless rate has steadily dropped over the last four months to the point where it hit the lowest rate of the year in October. Last months 6.5 percent rate beat the statewide unemploy ment rate of 6.7 percent, ac cording to the Florida Depart ment of Economic Opportunity. Lakes jobless rate has now tied or been under the nation al average rate of 7.3 percent for six months this year, including the last three months in a row. Lakes unemployment rate started out above 8 percent in January and steadily dropped over the following three months before rising in May. The job less rate in January was 8.3 per cent, followed by 7.6 percent in February, 7.1 percent in March, 6.9 percent in April, 7.2 percent in May, 7.6 percent in June, 7.6 percent in July, 7.3 percent in August, 6.9 percent in Septem ber and 6.5 percent in October. Last year at this time, the un employment rate here was about two percentage points higher at 8.3 percent. Sumters rate was 5.5 percent in October, compared with 5.7 percent the month before. In Lake, from a labor force of 131,722 people, 123,196 had jobs in October and 8,526 did not. In Sumter, the labor force was 36,804, with 34,776 em ployed and 2,028 unemployed. In October, Monroe County had the states lowest unem ployment rate (3.8 percent), fol lowed by Walton County (3.9 percent), Okaloosa County (4.4 percent), Alachua County (4.7 percent), and St. Johns County (4.9 percent). Many of the counties with the lowest unem ployment rates were those with relatively high proportions of government employment, the Florida Department of Econom ic Opportunity stated. Hendry County had the high est unemployment rate (12.0 percent) in Florida in October 2013, followed by Flagler Coun ty (9.4 percent), St. Lucie Coun ty (8.8 percent), Putnam County (8.6 percent), and Miami-Dade County (8.5 percent). LEESBURGJobless rate continues to shrink ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxannebrown@dailycommercial.comA screaming child ap parently frightened off a car thief or possibly a carjacker in Cl ermont last week, police said. The boys grand mother told police she was going into the Wal greens store at 4400 S. U.S. Highway 27 to get the stores phone number, when she heard the boy screaming. She told police the boy was old enough to be left in the car for the few seconds she was in the store. The boy told his grandmother a man opened the drivers door of the running ve hicle and was trying to steal it when the young ster began screaming. The suspect quickly ed the scene, leaving his ip ops behind, said police, who took them into evidence. One police ofcial would not say how old the boy was, other than he was not a baby in a car seat, and was not a toddler. The suspect is de scribed as a white male, approximately 25-35 years old, about 5-feet, 5-inches tall, with a medium build and fair skin. He is thought to have been wearing brown or tan shorts and had dirty blonde curly hair with a goa tee. Anyone with infor mation is asked to call the Clermont Police at 352-394-5588.CLERMONTSmall child scares off possible carjacker


A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, November 27, 2013 rfntbrfrfnr tbr rfnfrf ntbff n r rfffnfntt bfftt ffbtfttffntbnfnbrfrtt n rfntbn r ffnt bf ffrf tb rfrrnt b bf b f f rfntbbrfntb r fntrtbtr seat for the remainder of the 2014 term, he said. The need for the ap pointment stems from the resignation of now former mayor James Gearhart and the sub sequent swearing in of then Vice Mayor Tim Loucks for the remainder of his term, as dic tated by the citys char ter. When Loucks took over as mayor, th e seat 3 vacancy occurred and required lling through November 2014, the time frame for the next regularly scheduled election. Richard Smith on Friday said he not sure hed be running in the special election but was interested in being appointed on an inter im basis to help the city out at this time. Mr. Smith had in dicated that he was not sure if hed be run ning in the special elec tion or not, so we dont know whos running for sure, but we felt that with his qualications and experience, serving before as a mayor and council person, it would bring some sort of normalcy back to the city, Loucks said. The only way our community is going to excel is if we all work together as a team, and I feel Mr. Smith will be a great as set to the team. The other two applicants for the District 3 seat on Friday were Dina Sweatt, nominated by councilwoman Evelyn Wilson and George Rosario, nom inated by councilman John Grifn. Both will face off in the special election in January, according to each of their conrmations regarding their plans. For now, however, the council agreed to appoint Smith to seat 3. It ended up be ing the vest decision for the city temporari ly until the special elec tion, Wilson said Mon day. His appointment for the next two months gives the two we already know of and whoever else is planning to run for the seat in January, more time to work on their campaigns. The qualifying period for that special election is from Dec. 18-30. There has been a lot of turmoil in Groveland this year, with two city managers, its public works manager, utility superintendent, police chief and Community Redevelopment Agency manager all quitting, along with at least four other lower-level staffers. Several have cited either a hostile work environment or job meddling by Gearhart, the former mayor, and Loucks, the newly appointed mayor, as rea sons for leaving. Richard Smith could not be reached for comment before press time Monday. COUNCIL FROM PAGE A1


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A8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10amDawn picked her price, uploaded a photo and paid for her ad. Its just that simple!No matter what time of the day it is, you can place your classified merchandise ad online, pay for it and just wait for the phone to ring! Fast, convenient and on your schedule! Time to sell that desk!*Employment advertisements are excluded. Please call 352-314-FAST to speak with a customer service rep. Lake: 352-314-3278 or Sumter: 352-748-1955 CLERMONT BLESSEDSACRAMENTCATHOLICCHURCH English: 4 pm and Spanish: 7 pm 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon (Contemporary Mass) 5 pm (Contemporary Mass) 3:00 pm 3:45 pm (Eng.) 6:15 pm 6:45 pm (Sp.) Corner of Hwy 50 & 12th St. (Rt 561) CROSSROADSAMILYELLOWSHIPChristian Non-Denominational Where our priority is God, Families & Community 15701 S.R. 50, #106 Clermont, FL 34711 At Greater Hills and Hwy 50 Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Children classes both services Men and womens monthly meetings Open prayer Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Pastors Jim and Linda Watson Assoc. Pastors Lee and Vanessa Dobson Phone: (352)242-1144 God is good...all the time! IRSTUNITEDMETHODISTCHURCHEncountering Christ, Growing in Christ, Sharing Christ, wherever we are... 950 Seventh Street 352-394-2412 Pastor: Rev. Doug Kokx Sunday Worship (Traditional) 8 & 11:00 am Sunday Worship (Contemporary) 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 am & 11:00 am Bible Studies & Childrens Activities: Sun. Night Children/Youth/Middle School 5-6:30 pm Sun. Night High School Activities 7-8:30 pm Wed. Night Dinner & Fellowship $6pp, 5-6:30 pm Weekday School: Preschool GRACECOMMUNITYCHURCHCLERMONTL Many Other Activities each week Jon Bekemeyer, Senior Pastor 407-877-4048 LIBERTYBAPTISTCHURCH Bible Fellowship Groups 9:30 am Worship Service 10:40 am Family Prayer Service 6:00 pm Bible Study 7:00 pm Groups for adults, teens, and children Chris Johnson, Senior Pastor For directions and more information, visit: 11043 True Life Way Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.0708 NEWACOBSCHAPELMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCH Pastor: Rev. Rex Anderson Assistant Pastor: Rev. Darryl Church Youth Pastor: Rev. Tone Lundy Church Clerk: Mrs. Lucressie D. Mcgriff Church Motto: Equipping Changed People for A Changing World! Schedule of Worship Services Sunday Morning Service 11:00 a.m. Youth/Adult Bible Study Thursdays 6:45 p.m. e-mail addresses: (Pastor Anderson) (Church Clerk) Contact: Lucressie Mcgriff 352-348-7955 REALLCHRISTIANCHURCHHelping Real People Find Real Faith Saturday 6:00pm Sunday 9:30am, 11:15am & 6:00pm Vida Real (en espaol), Domingos a las 6:00pm Family Night is every Wednesday! Lil Life Groups (Nursery 5th grade) 6:30-7:30pm The Way (Middle School) 6:30-7:30pm Catalyst (High School) 7:30-8:30pm Real Parenting 6:30-7:30pm SOUTHLAKEPRESBYTERIANCHURCH 131 Chestnut St., Clermont 352-394-2753 East Ave 1 block south of SR 50 Worship Times: Sunday 9 AM (Contemporary); 11 AM (Traditional) Church school for all ages 10:00 AM Childcare provided Youth Group Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM ST. MATTHIASEPISCOPALCHURCH574 West Montrose Street Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.3855 8:00 am 10:00 am Beginning Oct. 6, 2013 5:00 pm Service Sunday School Youth Group Nursery Adult Bible Study Womens Bible Study Mens Prayer Breakfast WOOTSONTEMPLECHURCH GODINCHRISTElder T.L. Wootson 836 Scott St. Clermont, FL 34711 394-1396 or 394-3004 Sunday 11:00 am & 7:30 pm Thursday 7:30 pm FERNDALE ERNDALEBAPTISTCHURCHat CR455 & CR561A 407-469-3888 Pastor: Gordon (Bird) Sanders Sunday School: 9:15 am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 am Evening Worship & Discipleship Study: 6:00 pm TeamKid: Sunday 6:30 pm Wednesday: 7:00 pm Prayer Service, Youth Activities, Mission Kids for Children Groveland ABUNDANTBLESSINGSMESSIANICCONGREGATION756 W. Broad St. Groveland, FL 34736 Marion Baysinger Memorial Library Tuesday at 6:30 pm Jew & Gentile One in Messiah 352-544-5700 IRSTBAPTISTCHURCH GROVELAND Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Services 10:50 am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 6:30 pm MT. OLIVEMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCHSunday Worship Service 11:00 AM Sunday School 9:30 AM Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Youth Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Come As You Are. All Are Welcome! MINNEOLA CONGREGATIONSMINNEOLAA Progressive Jewish Congregation Shabbat services are conducted every Friday at 7:30 pm Services are held at the synagogue located at: 303A North US Highway 27, Minneola Religious School, Mens Club & Womens Club TLIVINGGOD Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship & Childrens Church 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wed Worship & Youth Service 7:00 pm Rev. Loyce Rowland MONTVERDE WOODLANDSLUTHERAN15333 CR 455, Montverde, FL 34756 407-469-2525 Pastor Rev. Dr. Brian Kneser Sunday Service 8:30 am & 11 am Sunday School 9:45 am OAKLAND PRESBYTERIANCHURCH218 E. Oakland Ave. (1/2 mile N. Hwy 50 at Tubb St./ West Orange Lumber) 8:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:45 am Sunday School For All Ages 11:00 am Traditional Worship Nursery Provided All Services 407-656-4452 Dr. Robert P. Hines, Jr. Gathering PlacesSpiritual WorshipforSouth Lake South LakeGathering PlacesSpiritual Worshipfor BECKERFUNERALHOMErfn tbt352-394-7121806 W. Minneola Ave.,Clermont,FL Cremation ChoicesDirect Cremation$675Plus Container Ron Becker,Director352-394-8228921 S.US Hwy 27,Minneola,FL N EW R EFORMED P LANT C HURCH We meet our God on Sunday at Superior Residence at 10:30 AM. 1600 Hunt Trace Blvd. (Behind Home Depot)Pastor Harm Biehl 407-325-8663 PROVIDED PHOTO OmegaMan and second-grader Brayden Couture are part of a recent presentation supporting the Bully Blockers program at Cypress Ridge Elementary School in Clermont. The super hero delivered an anti-bullying message with dynamic, action-packed demonstrations on Be a dream maker, not a dream breaker, and Helping EveryoneRespecting Others. Eight fth-graders at the school were chosen to carry on the bullying prevention program started at the school last year, in keeping with the school districts efforts to end bullying and are now working on a skit to perform for the older students and a puppet show designed for a younger audience, depicting real-life examples of bullying prevention strategies in action.CYPRESS ELEMENTARY | OMEGAMAN


Wednesday, November 27, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A9 Mon. Fri. 9am to 4pm, Sat. by appointmentLAKE COUNTYS MOST TRUSTED NAME IN HEARING AIDS Alan Boone, HAS, BC-HIS President & Wife Linda221 N. US Hwy 27, Suite H(Across from the Citrus Tower)CLERMONT243-HEAR ( 4327 )2755 S. Bay St. Suite F (Across from Tractor Supply Company)EUSTIS483-HEAR ( 4327 ) MONDAYSAWGRASS BAY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SAC MEETING: At 6 p.m. in the media center. Open to the public. Call 352-243-1845.HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS GARDEN AND CIVIC CLUB ANNUAL HOLIDAY SPEC -TACULAR WITH SILENT AUCTION AND RAFFLE: At 10:15 a.m., Mission Inn Resort. Proceeds from the event will go to sup-porting the clubs local charities and scholar -ships. Featured artist is saxophonist Alan Darcy. WEDNESDAYCHANUKAH FAMILY FUN AT THE COOPER MEMO -RIAL LIBRARY: From 3 to 4:30 p.m., in Room 108. All ages are welcome for the free fun-lled after -noon to celebrate Cha -nukah, and the Festival of Lights. Join Rabbi Steve Cardonick for stories, songs, crafts, games and refresh -ments. For information, call Dennis Smolarek at 352-536-2275, or send an email to THURSDAYFREE HOLIDAY MUSIC SERIES 2013 AT THE COO -PER MEMORIAL LIBRARY: With DaVida, Christian acoustic guitar band made up of four sisters who write and arrange all of their own music, performing on the main oor from 4 to 5 p.m., at the Library, 2525 Oak ley Seaver Drive, Cler -mont. Call Dennis Smo -larek at 352-536-2275 or send an email to CALENDAR


A10 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, November 27, 2013 rrf rffntrb rfntb nntbrnrf nttb btf nfbnbffr tfbf f fft bbrfrnttb ftbbf bbbr ftb DEATH NOTICESJessie Marie AndersonJessie Marie Ander son, 91, of Eustis, died Monday, November 18, 2013. Beyers Funeral Home.Annette A. BraunschweigAnnette A. Braunschweig, 87, of Mount Dora, died on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. Steverson, Ham lin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tavares, FLEarl Edwin BrownEarl Edwin Brown, 87, of Mount Dora died Friday, November 22, 2013. Allen J. Harden Funeral Home, Mount Dora.Betty ChenowethBetty Chenoweth, 79, of Eustis, died Sunday, November 17, 2013. Beyers Funeral Home.Annie M. ChiniAnnie M. Chini, 91, of Leesburg, died Fri day, Nov. 15, 2013. Bey ers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg.Thomas E. ColemanThomas E. Coleman, 84, of Coleman, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Bank/Page-Theus Funeral Home and Cre mation Services.Albert Cooper, Jr.Albert Cooper, Jr., 55, of Groveland, died No vember 17, 2013. Mar vin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc.Beverly Sue CunninghamBeverly Sue Cunningham, 83, of Tava res, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis.Oliver Evans Dudley, Sr.Oliver Evans Dudley, Sr., 80, of Leesburg, died Sunday, November 17, 20013. Bey ers Funeral Home and Crematory.Doris P. LantzDoris P. Lantz, 83, of Lake Panasoffkee, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. Bank/Page-Theus Funeral Home and Cre mation Services.Patrick Allen LarrabeePatrick Allen Lar rabee, 68, of Altoona, died Saturday, November 16, 2013. Beyers Funeral Home.Wade Rogers LoweryWade Rogers Lowery, 80, of Leesburg, died Monday, November 18, 2013. Marvin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc.Elizabeth A. LundElizabeth A. Lund, 93, of Leesburg, died Sunday, November 17, 2013. National Cremation Society.Lois Elizabeth MillsLois Elizabeth Mills, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. Arrange ments are entrusted to Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood. Ralph W. OakesRalph W. Oakes, 75, of Leesburg died Mon day, Nov. 18, 2013. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tavares.Mack Cal Calvin ParkerMack Cal Calvin Parker, 82, of Cler mont, died Monday, November 18, 2013. Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations.Agnes D. ParsonsAgnes D. Parsons, 90, of Altoona, died on Thursday, November 14, 2013. {div}Stever son, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations. Angelina RamosAngelina Ramos, 96, of Altoona, died Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Beyers Funer al Home.David A. RappoldDavid A. Rappold, 76, of Leesburg, died Wednesday, November 20, 2013. pageTheus Funerals & Cre mations.Machelle E. SolomonMachelle E. Solomon, 44 of Wildwood, died Saturday, November 16, 2013 Eastside Funeral Home, Lees burg, FL.Faith Ann StiefeldFaith Ann Stiefeld, 73, of Eustis, died Wednesday, No vember 20, 2013. Beyers Funer al Home.IN MEMORY


Wednesday, November 27, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A11 Featured Business of the Month: Cheesers Palace Caf LOOKING FOR PARTS? SEE JULIE (352) 394-6111rfntbI have parts for all major appliances and air conditioning and authorized repair service too! r Downtown Clermont Farmers MarketEvery SundayFrom 9am 2pmINCLUDES: For more information visit www.clermontdowntownpartnership.comCheesers Palace Caf offers a warm and friendly atmosphere with a European flair. Our Caf is a Family run business with Amanda Walsh as the Head Cheese and has been serving this community for 8 years. Enjoy dining in one of the comfortable wing backed chairs, while enjoying eggs Benedict, fruit crepes, Belgium waffles or maybe a smoked salmon plate. The lunch menu boosts flat bread pizzas, specialty sandwiches, homemade soups, and the amazing Cahill Porter Beer Burger. Cheesers offers a semi private room for your next event, and catering that is personalized and intimate. Creating custom menus for your group is only one of our many options wed be happy to provide for your group. Our Catering is personalized and intimate. We want our clients to feel at ease during their parties or events, and make them spectacular. It is our personal attention to detail that takes the worry out of these occasions. Enjoy Cheeses from around the world in our Cheese Shop. Cheese Classes, presented in many stages ranging from the origin of cheese to the future of the industry, by Carol Kayser (Mom). The Event Dinners are a must, like our Great Grill Out 6 wines, 6 cheeses and 4 different grilled meat selections from the Seminal Indian Tribe. Cracking the Wheel was a fun event that featured the Kings Ridge Dancers and a 5 course meal. Our upcoming Cabaret Dinner will included a Cabaret style show and dinner Everyones favorite The Chocolates Shop! Amanda makes all the Chocolates, by hand here at the Caf. Enjoy White, Dark and new comer Sugar Free Chocolate selections. Our featured Chocolate this month is the Pumpkin Spice Truffles. Whether dining at Cheesers or in your home, we want you to feel like family!


A12 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Division of Johnson Food Services, Inc. rfrntbbbtbrfnbrt rffnt nrbrrtrrbr Melissa Tillisntrrtrt Steven E. Johnsonrrr ALL YOU CAN EATBreakfast SpecialFri.Sat.Sun.Mon $7.00 nrnttrr Get Out Go! & PROVIDED PHOTO October Terric Kids at Groveland Elementary School are Sumer Curtis, Isaac Mars, Sean Smith, Addison Curry, Jaydan Evans, Brooke Martin, Kira Sellers, Nailah Coote, Brianna Rivera, Isabella Fountain, Liliana Caracciolo, Nicholas Turner, Danielle OConner, Jaden Estrada, Jace Rozer, Angel Luna-Cortes, Ofa Latu, Andrea Gamez, Abigail Jacobo, Hyot Alwine, Allie Meyers, Justin Flannery, Dylan Warner, Julieta Munoz, Michael English, Natalie Murillo, Stephanie Prodanovich, Maria Sustaita, Nasah Azar, Elijah Santiago, Kendra Giehl, Preston Castricone, Julia Benedict and Karen Diaz-Gonzalez.GROVELAND ELEMENTARY | TERRIFIC KIDS PROVIDED PHOTO Mascotte Elementary Charter School kindergarten students, from left, Jude Elmore, Maddux Bultema and Owen Wells celebrate words during the 6th annual Vocabulary Parade held on Oct. 31. Students dressed up portraying words from science, math and literature with more than 800 taking part in the procession. MASCOTTE ELEMENTARY | VOCABULARY PROVIDED PHOTO The Principals Breakfast at Lost Lake Elementary in Clermont is a monthly program for students in grades 3-5 who are awarded for making signicant improvement in the area of conduct, gradesor citizenship. Winning kids are rewarded with breakfast served by administrators. Pictured are Nora Lannigan, Brogan Murray, Dylan Bleser, Roy Wiggins, Jonathan Everett, Zachary Blythe, Sophia Pickren, Azaria Madlock, Jared Pritt, Serena Krishnadatt, Matthew Yost, Zakk Robert, Miguel Moreno-Rivera, Joseph Ortiz, Evan Hunt, Micah Sims, Michael Lojewski, Joshua Kooma, Karan Narain, Jaydon Simmons, Lindsey Leggett, Nicholas Smith, Jacob Myrland and Adam Herschelman.LOST LAKE | PRINCIPALS BREAKFAST PROVIDED PHOTO Clermont Toastmasters congratulates (from left) Thomas Spencer, (Club President and standing in for Yolanda Howard, who won Most Improved), Gordie Allen (Best Speaker), Marjorie Benjamin (Best Evaluator), and Joyce Prakke (Best Table Topics) at the November CLERMONT | TOASTMASTERS


Wednesday, November 27, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A13 CHAMBER AWARDS & NEWSPam Serviss (right) was honored recently as the South Lake Chambers Gem of the Hills Award recipient. Serviss is a Minneola City Council member and volunteers at Building Blocks Ministry and at Lake Minneola High School. She led an initiative to create the Minneola Dog Park. The award was presented by Lucy Hage (left) the Chambers director of operations. The Chamber and Ameriprise Financial recently awarded Outstanding Student of the Month honors to Melissa Fu (right) from Montverde Academy. Melissas many achievements include senior class vice president, president of the National Honor Society, yearbook editor, cheerleader, dance club and International Thespian Society Club. She has a 4.1 GPA. Presenting the award was Wesley Reed (left) from Ameriprise Financial. Chamber Ambassadors recently celebrated the opening of South Lake Hospitals Wound Care Center at 2040 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. The Center features advanced hyperbaric oxygen therapy to aid the healing process. Call 352-536-8788 to find out more. Expedia Cruise Ship Centers grand opening included a ribbon-cutting ceremony courtesy of the Chamber Ambassadors. The new company is headed by Dianne Christie. Find out more at 407-574-2664. The Chamber Ambassadors joined Hot Headz Salon owner Kris Memolo and staff at 692 W. Montrose St. in downtown Clermont for a ribboncutting ceremony to celebrate the salons first anniversary. Call 352-242-4500 to make an appointment. Centennial Bank was the first to sign on as an official Chamber Welcome Center. To be included, companies agree to carry the Chambers directories, maps of South Lake County and Chamber membership applications. Watson Realty, Hunt Industrial Park, D'Amico & Associates Insurance and Fairfield Inn have also signed up. The Chambers Taste of South Lake included a competition among the 28 restaurants who featured some of their signature dishes. Pictured here are the winners according to a panel of judges. From left to right are the representatives from Jackies Creative Catering, who won Best Dessert; Cheesers Palace Caf, who won Best Appetizer; Golden Hills Coffee Roasters, who won Best Decorated Booth and Uncle Kennys BBQ who won Best Entre. For the third year in a row, Carrabbas Italian Grill won the Peoples Choice Award at the Chambers Taste of South Lake. The award was based on votes from those attending the popular event at Waterfront Park in Clermont. Holding the plaque is restaurant manager Nanette Fountain. Remember when you're doing your holiday shopping: IT PAYS TO SHOP SOUTH LAKE!


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ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.brown@dailycommercial.comEvery grandparent would probably agree that requests from a grandchild are hard to ig nore. In Chuck Mays case, it has led him down a completely different path in life. May retired after decades of hard work for several companies he owned, including Pitt Stop Portable Toilets and Chucks Inc., where he manufactured truck tanks and cooking equipment for NASCAR. May looked at all the welding equipment in his shop and began dabbling in simple welding projects, like metal garden chairs for people in the community. One day, after returning from a visit to a buttery garden in Gainesville with his sons family, his granddaughters Casey and Hannah pleaded with him to make them a butter y chair. I had never made any thing artsy, but I said, Yes, I suppose I could, May said. Id never done any kind of airbrushing or detailed painting, so it was kind of like a learning process and still is every day. The top and sides of the chair were outstretched buttery wings and the seat was big enough for both girls. They were thrilled, as visitors can see in a photograph May displays in his shop. May never realized the chair would open a new chapter in his life. As soon as people would see that chair, theyd comment on how beautiful it was and ask where they could get one, said Craig May, Chucks son and helper. May began making the chairs on order and, when people started asking what else he could make in the buttery theme, he soon was creating wine racks, sculptures, wall and tree decorations. He would make the butteries, but they were not very detailed because he didnt know where to even start, Craig May said. He really started study ing butteries, though, and became interested in how intricate they are, in their life cycle and stuff. He began realizing the beauty of the butteries and liked that they symbolize transformation. Now, he can make them come alive. Craig now calls his dad an artist. Mays shop, at 21938 U.S. Highway 27, is lled with butteries of every shape and size. It has become another one of his businesses: Metal Magic Creations. People know they are at the right place when they see an 8-foot-high twisted Ann DupeeREMEMBER WHENA weekly column that reprints some of the more interesting news stories that have appeared over the years in the pages of the South Lake Press.B1SOUTH LAKE PRESSWednesday, November 27, 2013 www.southlakepress.comCOMMUNITYProudly servingCLERMONT, MINNEOLA, GROVELAND, MASCOTTE and MONTVERDE YOUR CONTACT FOR LOCAL NEWSSTAFF WRITER . ...................... ROXANNE BROWN TELEPHONE . .................................... 394 FAX .................................................. 394-8001 E-MAIL . .... %  en HOMETOWN: South Park, Pa. %  en OCCUPATION: Archery coach, tness trainer, sports nutritionist, multi-sport coach, licensed massage therapist, writer and photographer. What do you enjoy most about South Lake County? I enjoy all the athletic opportunities. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sentence, what would it be? Beginning is half done, so huff, puff and triumph. 2) Name a person or incident youve come across recently thats touched you in some way. Why did this person or incident impress you so much? I get very inspired when I see peo ple in my wellness program get healthier and take their tness to the next level. 3) How does what you do contribute to the welfare of the area? I work with all ages and ability levels FROM THE FILES | 40 YEARS AGO 1973Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet YourNEIGHBORALICIAen WEBER ROXANNE BROWN / SOUTH LAKE PRESS These butteries are ready to be airbrushed at Chuck Mays Metal Magic Creations. MAY BEACH PAVILIONRecreational Pavilion at Jaycee Beach Greater Clermont Chamber of Commerce president John Harder accepted a $5,000 donation from Robert Shumaker, executive vice president of the Clermont branch of First Feder al Savings and Loan, Tampa (building now Wells Fargo at State Road 50 and Bloxam Avenue) to build a recreational pavilion at Jaycee Beach. It will be 40 by 60 feet, 10-feet high to the eaves and have a concrete oor. Total cost is approximately $6,000 with some donated labor. Harder said the First Federal gift made this Chamber project a reality. When completed the chamber will give the pavilion to the city that will then own and maintain it. Tentative dedication date is Labor Day. (The pavilion is still in use today).CITIES SEE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIESWork has begun on a 20unit apartment building to be known as the Montrose Apartments, at the corner of Montrose Street and Lake Avenue. Owners of the $300,000 project are John Aull and Dr. Paul A. Watson of Clermont and Louis C. George of Leesburg, project architect. Rents are projected at $165 to $200 per month with all services furnished except electricity. At the formal ground breaking were Mr. and Mrs. Louis George, Mr. and Mrs. John Aull, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Watson, Olin Tice and Ed Tierney, WWFL Radio; George Hovis, attorney; City Manager Robert Hopkins, Mayor Don Smith; Joe Duncan, Exchange Bank of Clermont president; the Rev. W. C. Seitz Jr., pastor of St. Matthias Episcopal Church; and Don Meeker, Meeker Insurance Agency. Cable TV Started Per sonnel from T. M. Communications conducted a signal survey on S.R. 50 to select a tower-head end site location to serve both Clermont and Minneola CATV systems. After a years delay, CATV, with cooperation of the FCC, will soon offer area residences the very nest in TV reception and color. Minneola had two straw votes: 143 voted against the Sunday sale of alcoholic beverages, 109 voted for. Numbers in the dog leash ordinance were 126 in favor and 124 against. Incumbent John Stalnaker, Mrs. Ossie Cruze and Raymond Walker were elected to the City Council. Clermont City Clerk Dolores Carroll administered the oath of ofce to new SEE NEIGHBOR | B2The butterfly man spreads his wingsRetired welder finds new purpose making ornate creationsLEESBURGSEE HISTORY | B2SEE WELDER | B3


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Are you prepared to shop or are you al most done with your Christmas shopping? Many will get the bulk of their Christmas shopping complet ed this weekend with the stellar sales that we will see starting to day! The competition for your dollars will be tight and many stores will offer the hottest products at a huge dis count. Below are my top 7 tips for surviving Black Friday shopping.PLAN OF ATTACKThe Wednesday and Thursday newspapers will be stuffed like your turkey with sale ads for all your favor ite stores. Many of the stores will have preview ads available online. Make your plan, make your list, shop with a buddy, divide and conquer. Make sure to have your cell phones programmed with your shopping buddys number and have a plan B and C in case your store is sold out. Having a plan and a purpose will help you stay within your budget and keep your checkbook doing the happy dance.PRICE MATCHING IS KINGIf you are not a fan of going store to store, you can price match your ads at many of the larger stores like Target, Walmart, Best Buy and Toys R Us. Check with any other stores not listed ahead of time to conrm they will price match on Black Friday. Price matching is simple: Show the ad to your cashier, and she will modify the price to match the sales ad. The item needs to be the exact make and model as in the ad.KEEP YOUR RECEIPTSThey are necessary for hassle-free returns. Ask for gift receipts and if that is not an option, keep your receipts until well after the holidays. Many stores like Walmart and Toys R Us will offer you a gift card for the difference if you nd the item you pur chased cheaper at another store (except on Thursday and Friday).MAP OUT YOUR STOREMany of the stores have special Black Friday maps online. By knowing your store layout and where the items are, you will be able to get in and out in a timely fashion.KEEP HYDRATEDThe excitement of nding a deal can sometimes sneak up on you if you are not hydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you and a few protein bars. Make sure to eat before you leave to shop and wear comfortable clothes. Sugar drinks/snacks are not encouraged. Also have tissues and hand sanitizer plentiful. Tis the season for the u.BRING A CHAIRIf you are able to car ry a folding chair or stool, it will help alleviate the discomfort of standing in line for a long time. Prior to the store opening, have your shopping buddy run the chair to the car or fold it up and stick it in the buggy. You are in this to win and spend the least amount possible. Be comfortable as long as possible.BRING A BUSHEL FULL OF PATIENCE AND HOLIDAY CHEERAs exciting as getting that great deal can be, you most likely will run into a few crabby patties. Large crowds do not bring out the best in people. Be respectful of others, and do not fret if they are sold out. There will be more deals as Christmas approaches. Remember Cyber Monday is a few days away and www. will be full of deals! Many will be better than Black Friday deals.Black Friday survival guide Tanya SenseneySAVINGS DIVA Tanya Senseney has more than 16 years experience saving and teaching others how to reduce their monthly grocery budget. For information on her classes, contact her at Tanya@DivineSavings. com, or go to in a variety of health and wellness programs. Between my tness record setting and results I get with my cli ents, we all strive to help put Clermont on the map for physical tness. 4) Name one of your greatest accomplishments so far. I ofcially became recognized as the Worlds Most Prolic Female Record Setter in 2012 and I continue to rack up the world records. 5) Whats something youve always wanted to do but havent yet? Sports historians have referred to me as the Modern Day Jack LaLanne as a Woman because of my extreme strength and endurance world records. It would be very meaningful and inspiring if I got to visit Muscle Beach in California where Jack LaLanne trained for many years. 6) What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community? Strive for positive, constructive accomplishments and you will make a difference. NEIGHBORFROM PAGE B1Councilman Carlisle Byrd Jr. and Councilman Charles Beals and Mayor Don Smith, who were re-elected in recent city elections. Retiring Councilwoman, Mrs. Johnnie Watson, said it had been a pleasant and informative two years. The citizens group known as Project Clermont will meet to see further plans concerning the proposed modication of Montrose Street. Clermont Bowling Lanes on S.R 50 next to then City Hall, is now open under the new management of Al and Rose Earls. Drilling for oil began Jan. 3 at the test site eight miles south of Groveland on S.R. 33 by the Amoco Production Company from New Orleans.NEWS MAKERSClermont Councilman Charles B. Beals will be installed as the Lakes and Hills Republican Club president at the Crest Restaurant (now the Crown), succeeding Lake County Commissioner Jim Hoskinson. Other ofcers will be Helen Evans and Goldie Wilson, vice presidents; Martha Heinrich, secretary; Jim Hoskinson, treasurer and Pat McCaffrey, corresponding secretary. Bob Smythe and Rev. Charles Kinder, former pastor of First United Methodist Church, ew to Kingston, Jamaica and Haiti to conduct prayer Ashrams. Cooper Memorial Library board members hope to again raise $2,000 during the annual fund drive. Pictured were: Mrs. Robert Tilden, chairman; Mrs. George Dupee, vice chairman; Ben Jarrett, treasurer; Mrs. J. M. Vander Meer, recording secretary; Mrs. Don Thomas, corresponding secretary; and directors Mrs. Ross Ar nett, chairman of the board for 14 years and one of the organizers in the present set-up of the library; Mrs. R. E. Berryman, board member for 34 years who, in 1970, was honored by the Florida Library Association by being awarded the Trustees and Friends Award; and Fred Schroedel and Richard Waters; Miss Frances Duck, librarian; and George Schroedel, Clermont council liaison.SLEEP AND EATWaterfront home on beautiful lake on chain, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, terrazzo oors, Florida room. A nice neat home on a 100x120 lot for only $26,500. Max Judy & Associates, downtown Clermont, 627 8th St. Large country lot, good neighbor hood. $5,500. Clermont Realty, 675 E. S.R. 50 across from South Lake Plaza. Prices at Publix: Boston Butt pork roast, 69 cents per pound; Armour hot dogs, 79 cents for 1 pound package; Betty Crocker cake mixes 3/$1; Tide detergent, 59 cents for the giant package; seedless grapefruit, 5 pound bag 49 cents. HISTORY FROM PAGE B1 Staff ReportThe Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Cal endars for 2014 are now available, featur ing the top 14 photos selected in an annual contest. The top-scoring photograph of Lake Minneola, submitted by Wendy Burkett, is featured on the calen dars front cover. The Adopt-a-Lake Calendars, which include the selected pictures from water bodies in Lake County, are available for a sug gested donation of $5 from the Lake County Public Works Department, Water Resource Management Labo ratory. Proceeds from calendar sales benet the volunteer Adopta-Lake Program. For more information about the calendar or the Adopta-Lake program, call Cathie Catasus at 352253-1659 or email County Adopt-a-Lake calendars now available


Wednesday, November 27, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS B3 sculpture with colorful butteries at each arms tip that rotate in the wind to simulate ying. May still makes the chairs with the buttery design, but he also takes orders for anything people want. He has been commissioned to make various size crosses for three churches in Clermont, including the Church at South Lake and Real Life, and various items in the shapes of dragon ies, lizards, frogs, sh, suns and more. May said hes incorporated painting techniques to simulate buttery wings, reptile skin or sh scales. Craig says Mays creations are only limited by peoples own imaginations. Its amazing to me, May said. Every day when I wake up, I feel amazed because, without fail, people come in for these things and they keep coming. Its mostly like people coming in, buying and telling others to come in and they do. May works about ve or six hours a day at his shop and prefers that customers make appointments to view his inventory or place an order. With a website, May is receiving or ders from throughout Lake and Or ange counties and from other states. As a retiree, making a lot of money is not a priority anymore, May said. I keep my prices low for gener al customers and basically I make enough money so I can buy paint and materials to make more (butter ies), he said. Being that Ive been working in big businesses since I was 19, Ive learned what it takes to succeed, so Im not too worried about that. The one thing I never realized in all those years is that I never took the time to sit and really get to know any one, he said. Now, doing this, I can sit here and talk to someone for two hours and I dont care. I talk to people about my butteries, about my family and about the Lord. Its lots of fun and its what I want to be doing. WELDER FROM PAGE B1 Call the South Lake Press to get your ad in! 394-2183 Every day when I wake up, I feel amazed because, without fail, people come in for these things and they keep coming. Its mostly like people coming in, buying and telling others to come in and they do.Chuck May


B4SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, November 27, 2013SPORTS YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTSSPORTS EDITOR . ............... FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE . ......................... 365-82683 FAX ........................................ 394-8001 E-MAIL . ...... sports@dailycommercial.comandLEISUREFootball is alive and well today in Lake and Sumter coun ties. Leesburg and South Sumter will play in Florida High School Athletic Association regional seminal action, with the Yellow Jackets hosting Daytona Beach Mainland and South Sumter making the trek to Citra to face North Marion. The logic for teams at this time of the year is simple win and play another week or lose and head home for the year. If South Sumter or Leesburg fail to play for a championship, area fans will likely consider this to be a down year for football and that will be a shame. Because Leesburg is home to a championship team. The First Academy of Leesburg, one of two private schools in Lake County that compete in the Sunshine State Athletic Conference, won the SSAC title on Saturday with a 2820 victory against Or lando Christian Prep. The win wrapped up what was easily the most-successful season in school history and gave the Eagles a 9-2 record. Only South Sumter, at 11-0, can boast of a better record. Im not here to downplay the successes of South Sumter and Leesburg. Both have earned their spots in the postseason and, with any luck, will be spending next week preparing for regional championship games. But Im going to heap praise on First Academy of Leesburg. Theyve earned it. Even if theres not one marquee sign in town congratulating the Eagles. Even if theres no buzz on the streets and city hall isnt adorned in blue and gold the school colors at First Academy of Leesburg. None of that matters to First Academy of Leesburg. In their little corner of town, on 13th Street, students and faculty are walking around a little more upright and with a lot more pride. Theyre a championship school. Heres a little insight about the Eagles for those who didnt see them play and for those who pretend to know about them theyre a determined bunch of kids and coaches who started practicing in August, like other schools, and shared the same dreams as their public school counter parts to win a championship. And they went out and did just that. No other area school can make that boast. South Sumter and Leesburg might in about three weeks. But, First Academy of Leesburg already is on the mountaintop. The Eagles won with 17 players on their ros ter. Only 16 suited up for Saturdays title tilt. Starting quarterback David Elliott missed several games with a broken hand, but he played in the championship game. Running back Byron Masoline gained nearly 1,900 yards for the season and scored 23 touchdowns. Dude Edwards contributed on both sides of the ball, rushing for 549 yards as a fullback and register ing 112 tackles as linebacker. And there are others who stepped up, as well. FRANK JOLLEYSPORTS EDITOR First Academy Eagles turn Leesburg into Title Town SEE FAL | B5 MARK FISHERSpecial to the Daily CommercialMainland (Daytona Beach) Buccaneers defensive back Arthur Westbrook stepped in front a Jabari Dunham pass on the rst play from scrimmage and returned it 27 yards for a Buccaneer touch down on Friday as Mainland (11-1) took the early 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the 6A Regional Seminal in Leesburg. While the Leesburg Yellow Jackets (8-4) would quickly answer with a big play of their own, they were never able to overcome the initial setback and fell to the Buccaneers 21-6 to end their playoff run. The Yellow Jackets answered the stunning touchdown with their own big play on the ensuing series. After a gain of 6 yards on a designed run from his own 9-yard line, Dun ham hit Adrian Falconer in the left at and he turned the corner, racing down the sideline 85 yards for the score. Leesburg trailed 7-6 when James Eldridges point after was blocked. With barely a minute elapsed in the game, a high-scoring game seemed likely. Instead, the contest devolved into a defensive slugfest with neither squad able to manage a rst down until the second quarter. Field position was critical with Mainland able to twice pin the Yellow Jackets inside their 5-yard line and to recover the ball at FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrankjolley@dailycommercial.comBasketball is not always a piece of cake for Montverde Academy. Sometimes, the Eagles have to work at getting themselves into the ow. But once they nd their rhythm, it is often lights out for the opposition. The Eagles proved this in Saturdays game against Norcross (Ga.) in the nal contest of the Florida-Geor gia Classic, overcoming an ear ly decit to win 84-47 on the Mills Championship Court at the Montverde Academy Fieldhouse. Unlike Friday, when they came out of the lockerroom in midseason form, the Eagles struggled at the start against Norcross. The Blue Devils goal was to beat Montverde Academy (20) down the oor on the each possession, preventing the tall er hosts from settling into their defense. As a result, Norcross seemed to surprise the Eagles and jumped out to a 14-7 lead. After a timeout to regroup, the Eagles responded with an 8-0 run to take a one-point lead and extended that run into a 19-5 spurt. Montverde Acad emys size and quickness on the defensive end suffocated the Blue Devils and prevented them from hitting a eld goal for nearly six minutes in the rst half. By halftime, Montverde Academy had built a 41-28 ad vantage. Any hopes Norcross had of mounting a second-half comeback were quickly erased in the third quarter when the Ea gles found another gear and completely shut down the Blue Devils. Norcross was held scoreless for the rst 5 minutes, 30 sec onds of the period. Every possession for the Blue Devils was a veritable exercise in futili ty, while Montverde Academy drained 3 pointers, scored in the paint and hit shots from the free-throw line. Late in the quarter, Montverde Academy built a 67-32 lead, initiating a running clock for a 35-point decit. However, Norcross coach Jesse McMillan protested to ofcials, claiming the clock should be running without his consent until the fourth quarter. After a brief conversa tion with Montverde Acade my coach Kevin Boyle, of cials agreed to use a regulation clock, despite the score. The fourth quarter was play ground time for the Eagles, although McMillan used the pe riod to coach up his players. Boyle had the chance to emp ty his bench and when 7-foot-4 MONTVERDEEagles top Norcross, 84-47 PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Montverde sophomore Richard Kelly shoots a lay up during a game against Norcross High at Montverde Academy in Montverde. Montverde senior Chris Egi rebounds the ball.SEE HOOPS | B6LEESBURGYellow Jackets fall to Mainland to end playoff run BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Leesburg junior Bryan Jefferson (2) is tackled by Mainland senior Kalik Williams (9) and junior Marcus Brunson (16) during the class 6A region 3 seminal at Leesburg High School in Leesburg.SEE JACKETS | B5


Wednesday, November 27, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS B5 Trevor Lloyd led the team with 13 catches and aver aged 21.5 yards per catch. Ojay Cummings ran for 461 yards and made nine catches on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, Cummings contributed on 97 tackles. Even Jacob Heins, a 120 pounder who made 71 tackles as a defensive back and scored 47 points as a placekicker, proved his value to the team. In reality, every player on the First Academy of Leesburg roster had value and played a role in their championship run. In addition to Elliott, Masoline, Cummings, Edwards, Lloyd and Heins, the other members of the team were: Kreevon Maple, Luke Lea, Anthony Dario, Cameron Bedford, Trey Garrett, Stephen Hardy, Harrison Kelley, P.J. Hambrick, Chase Baker and Semajay Jenkins. Champions all. If the Eagles needed a turning point or a moment they could rally around, it likely came on a steamy Friday afternoon in October, when First Academy hosted Montverde Academy at the Sleepy Hollow Sports Complex. The game was scheduled for a month earlier, but inclement weather forced a postponement. Rather than cancel the game, both teams shared the same bye week and agreed to play on that date. For First Academy of Leesburg, the game seemed like a disaster. Montverde Academy pushed them around, beat them in every phase of the game and cruised to a 23-0 win. At halftime, with several players suffering game-ending injuries, First Academy of Leesburg coach Sheldon Walker felt he had no choice but to forego playing the second half in an effort to spare his battered roster. Due to the injuries suffered in the rst half, First Academy had only 13 players available for the balance of the game. After discussing the situation with the Montverde Academy coaching staff and coming to an initial agreement to not play the second half, Walker went to his players to tell them what was going to happen. My kids wouldnt let us quit, Walker said after that game. I explained to them what I thought we should do and why I felt that way and they basically said, No way. They didnt care if we had only 10 players left, they werent going to quit. They were going to play until the nal whistle blew. Im proud of the way they stepped up and nished the game. Who knows had his players agreed to quit that afternoon, the Eagles mightve nished the season as an also ran. After all, they say that after you quit the rst time, it gets easier to do it a second and third time. The Eagles didnt quit when few wouldve blamed them and now theyre champions. And First Academy of Leesburg didnt win on a lucky bounce and it denitely isnt a ash in the pan. Since the start of the 2012 season, First Academy of Leesburg has a 16-5 record. Only South Sumter (22-1) has a better record. Leesburg is 14-8 in the same span. And First Academy of Leesburg has a championship trophy to go along with the sterling slate. South Sumter might have one before they wrap up the season. Leesburg earn one, too. But the Eagles already have their golden football. Theyve turned Leesburg into a championship city. Its time that someone other than an old, paunchy, graying columnist acknowledges them for that accomplishment.Frank Jolley is a columnist for the Daily Commercial. Write to him at FAL FROM PAGE B4 mideld when a fair catch was mishandled. But despite the advantage, Mainland was unable to move the ball consistently, twice moving into eld goal range only to have Burno misre and return possession to Leesburg. Late in the rst half, Mainland capitalized on a Denzel Houston punt return to the Yel low Jacket 35. Buccaneer signal caller Trey Rodriguez took it from there, getting the call on six consecutive plays, culminating in a 22-yard pass completion to Justin Sampson in the back of the end zone to give the Bucs a 14-6 lead at the half. The second half opened in a similar fashion as Jabari Dunham picked off Rodriguez. But Leesburg was forced to punt and on the Yellow Jackets next series Dunham was in tercepted by Meiko Dolson for another pick six to extend the advantage to 21-6 mid way through the third. Dunham nished the night 9for-24 passing with three interceptions and a touchdown. Falconer caught 5 balls for 124 yards and a score. The Buccaneers advance to the Region al Finals with an eye on the Final Four next week. JACKETS FROM PAGE B4 Leesburg head coach Randy Trivers reacts to a play. BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIALLeesburg senior Jabari Dunham (6) is tackled by Mainland senior Kalik Williams (9) and junior Marcus Brunson (16).


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