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A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 CLERMONT Free garden club programs scheduled to begin in JanuaryThe Clermont Garden Club invites the public to join them for three First Saturday programs at the Garden Club building, 849 West Avenue, beginning in January and continuing through March. Garden Club members Betty Peterson and Dorothy Girmscheid will present the rst program Growing and Maintaining Orchids Yourself at 10 / a.m., on Jan. 4. For information about the Clermont Garden Club, go to www. Dade Battlefield to host reenactment on Jan. 4-5Relive the beginning of the Second Seminole War at the 178th anniversary of Dades Battle on Jan. 4-5 at Dade Battleeld, 7500 County Road 603 in Bushnell. The reenactment of the engagement marking the Second Seminole War, the longest and costliest Indian war in U.S. History, will host period soldier attire, Seminole and civilian camps, Sutler Trade Fair, historic arts and crafts, demonstrations and more. Grounds open at 9 / a.m. on both days and the battle reenactment is at 2 / p.m. Cost to enter the park is $5 per person and children age 6 and younger enter free. Special rates apply to Boy and Girl Scout troops, and to military and rst responders in uniform. For information, call the park at 352-793-4782, or go to GARDEN Auditions for Hairspray scheduled for Jan. 5-9The Garden Theatre will host auditions for its self-produced spring musical Hairspray, directed and choreographed by Rob Winn Anderson. Auditions will be held primarily at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. This large production requires a minimum of six adult females, six adult males, and 30 or more female and male teenagers (ages 14 and older). All performers will be asked to sing and dance during the audition. For information, call 407-877-4736, or go to Area Briefs What South Lake residents are saying about ...BAD PRESENTSWhat is the worst Christmas present you ever got?A couple of bad sweat ers, Id say, although I wore them. Youre kind of obligated to when they are from family. SEAN BLACKBURN CLERMONT I would have to say it is clothing from my moth er. Growing up, she would purposely buy me things she hated and Id like them, so she started buying me things she liked because Id always hate them. TERRI JO FOX MINNEOLA As a kid, I opened three presents in a row and they were all jeans. I almost didnt open any more presents after that because its not really that I didnt like clothes so much, but I knew my mom was going to make me get up and go try them on so she could hem them because I am so short. JOHN WEST CLERMONT 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 Ive never gotten a bad gift that I can think of. But it could be just me, be cause Im always thankful for anything Ive gotten. ADA SANTOS MINNEOLA We will celebrate today, while continuing to accept the challenge to move East Ridge High School from good to great. Eustis High School, meanwhile, was the only school that showed improvement. Eustis climbed from a C last year to a B this time around. This is a reection of the hard work and ded ication of the teachers and students at Eustis High School, said Nan cy Velez, principal at Eus tis High, in a press release from the Lake County School District. Together with our School Advi sory Counc il (SAC), we created a plan to target students needs and then worked the plan. School district ofcials said Tavares High and Mount Dora High regis tered enough points for A grades, but the overall letter grade was reduced because the graduation rate for at-risk students was below the statewide target. Lake Minneola High and South Lake High were the only schools to drop a grade. Lake Minneola fell from an A to a B and South Lake from a B to a C. Overall, nearly half of Floridas high schools received an A grade for the past school year, despite additional changes to the states contentious grad ing formula. GRADES FROM PAGE A1 but selected Kellogg by a 3-2 vote during a special meeting last week based on his 30 years of experi ence. They directed City Attorney Anita Geraci-Carver to make the offer to Kellogg. Kellogg, from Palm City, most recently served as city manager for the town of Sewalls Point for seven years before being asked to resign over a code enforcement issue. Before that, he was the city man ager for the city of Rittman, Ohio for 19 years. But when Kellogg ex pressed reservations about actually taking the job, telling Geraci-Carv er he needed time to consider the $87,500 offer and would get back to her with a counter of fer, council members had second thoughts. Jones had been ranked as the number one choice of council members James Smith and Ev elyn Wilson. When cer tain department heads were asked their opin ions about who they thought was the best t to work with staff, Police Chief Melvyn Tennyson and Fire Chief and Inter im City Manager Willie Morgan said theyd pick Jones. Although Jones has never been a city manager, he lls the job require ments, which were re vised in October after the resignation of former city manager Sam Oppelaar. The job description calls for eight or more years of progressively re sponsible professional experience in munic ipal government, along with a bachelors degree in public administration, business administration or a related eld. According to his resume, Jones was an assistant to the city manag er in Davenport Iowa for eight years, (Oct. 2002 to May 2010) and in Tem ple Terrace for two more years, (Jan. 2000 to Oct. 2002.) He has a bachelors de gree in public manage ment urban studies from Cleveland State Univer sity, a master of pub lic administration from the University of Kansas and an associates degree in law enforcement from Cuyahoga Community College. Currently, Jones is a managing partner with Dellmar Consultnig LLP. I think he is energet ic. I can feel his energy, and I think he can moti vate the staff. I think hell work well with the coun cil and just have a real ly good feeling that he is part of the new day in Groveland and will move us forward by leaps and bounds, Wilson said. Jones should have been the top pick all along. How about looking next door at Darren Gray. He was Clermonts assis tant city manager for a long time, left to serve as interim county manager/ county manager for all of Lake County and now is doing a great job as Cler monts city manager. The point is that he was hired as the County Manager and had never been a city manager before that. Geraci-Carver said Kel logg told her he was at the meeting on Mon day to observe and do his due diligence, but left the meeting before the item regarding the job offer extended to him was dis cussed. Hed said he had to think about it (the job offer) and said if council wanted him to start on Jan. 2, that would be a problem anyway because he was gonna be on va cation during that time, Morgan said. On Tuesday, Geraci-Carver said she had talked with Kellogg about the councils decision to rescind the offer. From what he said, the impression that he gave me was that the decision was probably the best one that could have been made for him and for the city, Geraci-Carver said. Geraci-Carver also made the offer to Jones Tuesday. He was very excited and said he looks forward to coming to the city of Groveland, but he did not commit 100 percent to it just yet, Geraci-Carver said. It sounds as though hes gonna take it, but he wanted to talk it over with his family and said he would get back with me in a couple of days. COUNCIL FROM PAGE A1 MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writermillardives@dailycommercial.comThe U.S. Postal Inspection Ofce is investigating at least one man who allegedly stole mail from boxes in a Mascotte neighborhood, according to the Lake County Sheriffs Ofce. According to an arrest afdavit, deputies responded to Betty Lane in Mascotte on Tuesday to several cluster mail boxes that had been damaged and had mail missing. During their investiga tion, deputies discovered mail sticking out of the bottom of a door of a 1997 Ford Expedition at a Betty Lane home. Deputies also said they found sev eral stolen pieces of mail in a mans room. Sgt. James Vachon, sheriffs spokes man, said that information was for warded to the Postal Inspection Ofce. He added they couldnt identify the suspect or provide details of the case, citing the ongoing investigation by the Postal Inspection Ofce. Postal Inspection ofcials couldnt be reached Dec. 18 for comment. However, when some of the stolen mail was found in the room, the man staying there, Yonkani Viveros, allegedly gave ofcers a false name and was in possession of a fake security card. Viveros, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, was arrested on criminal use of personal information and giv ing a false name to law enforcement. He remained in the Lake County jail Wednesday in lieu of $5,500 bail on the charges, but also has a hold by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.MASCOTTENeighborhood mail theft investigated Staff ReportEighty people, including a Grov eland Elementary School teach er and a Mount Dora woman, were arrested during a several-day un dercover operation targeting pros titution, the Polk County Sheriffs Ofce announced. Detectives placed and answered ads on Internet websites such as, and arrested 24 men who were soliciting (Johns), 33 prostitutes, 13 who were aiding and abetting prostitution or deriving proceeds from prostitution, and 10 others for a variety of drug and other charges, the sheriffs of ce stated. Prostitution is not a victimless crime, Polk County Sheriffs Grady Judd said. From the spread of disease and destruction of families to human trafcking, prostitution is bad for our community. The two Lake Coun ty people arrested during the operation were Anthony Stevens from Groveland and Nicole Cloud from Mount Dora. Stevens, 50, a special education teacher at Groveland Elementa ry School for the past two years, was charged with soliciting pros titution. According to his book ing sheet and the schools web site, Stevens is married, has a daugh ter, and holds degrees from Arizo na College of the Bible and South western College (now Arizona Christian Academy). Before becoming a teacher, he was a pastor in Arizona and Alaska. Nicole Cloud, 38, of Mount Dora, was charged with soliciting prostitution. She listed no occupation, but the sheriffs ofce stated she has a criminal history of DUI, disorderly intoxication, disturbing the peace and failure to appear. Stevens has been placed on leave from his job at Groveland Elemen tary, according to Chris Patton, spokesman for the Lake County School District. Sheriffs detectives are continu ing to investigate a human trafcking charge involving a 16-year-old girl who was arrested on prostitu tion charges as part of the sting.Halifax Media Group contributed to this report.Groveland teacher arrested in sex sting STEVENS CLOUD


Wednesday, December 25, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3procedures, becoming part of the medical community before they are out of high school, he said. I want to see this program be able to compete at an academic level on par with the top level of the state. County Commissioner Sean Parks lauded the idea, stating: It is a game changer for economic development and quality of life. Superintendent Susan Moxley also praised the initiative. The magnet school has the opportunity to provide concentrated focus on health careers and provide a seamless program from high school to college, she wrote in an email message. The school would target about 100 high-level performing students in the ninth grade, who would take two years of AP classes, followed by dual-enrollment at LSSC, and two years at the University of Central Florida, Howard said. During their enrollment at the school, they then could take part in internships at South Lake Hospital. Ofcials said the concept is in its preliminary stage with many details still needing to be ironed out. Funding remains a challenge at the state college level because of the need to build a science lab at the LSSC South Lake Campus. The school would not be in one central location, but could be at multiple campuses such as East Ridge High School, LSSC South Lake Campus, the University of Central Florida and the campus of South Lake Hospital. I think it would be a great benet for our students, LSSC President Charles Mojock said. It would open up the doors for students for high demand, high skilled jobs. It also serves our local employers and hospital health care providers who need that supply of skilled workers. Currently, LSSC ofcials are hoping to receive state aid to build a new science lab at the South Lake Campus: a critical component to the magnet school. Expanding capacity for science labs would result in greater numbers of graduates with the skills needed for the type of high demand STEM jobs that Lake County needs and has sought for many years, according to Mojock. However, none of these goals can be fully achieved with present facilities. The science lab is still the key for us to be able to offer the kind of advance science classes students will need for this program.SCIENCESThe Commission on Higher Education Access and Educational Attainment recently reported in a study that Floridas univer sities do not have an adequate number of science, technology, engineering and math graduates to meet the job demands in the STEM elds. In its 2025 Strategic Plan, the Board of Governors embraced a vision to increase baccalaureate degrees awarded statewide from 53,000 per year to 90,000, the report stat ed. To generate these additional 37,000 graduates, the state needs a signicant number of new students to graduate from Floridas institutions. The study conrms there is an under-supply exceeding 2,000 projected positions in the STEM elds. With enrollment increasing substantially at the South Lake campus, from 949 in 2002 to 3,277 today, Mojock said the campus faces a critical shortage of classroom and laboratory space, which prevents the college from being able to meet enrollment growth and the demand for science and health-related courses in South Lake county. Mojock said currently the lab is in a modular building, which does not provide adequate space to meet student enrollment in the sciences. It is a deterrent to attracting students and also a barrier for cur rent students, who have to travel to Leesburg to get some of the advanced science classes, he said. While the college does not have specific majors for its associate of arts degree, biology, nursing and health sciences majors are among the top 15 majors that our graduates pursue at UCF, Mojock said. Katie Roles, a chemistry professor at the South Lake campus, said when classes ll up, she has had to turn students away because of the labs inadequate space. I probably turn away 20 students a semester because my classes are full and I cant take anymore, she said. Some of them decide to wait and try to take the course next semester. Some decide it is not worth it. They hate to drive (to Leesburg).A SUCCESSFUL CONCEPTMagnet schools are public schools offering special instruction and programs not available elsewhere. There are 3,400 magnet schools nationwide, according to the Magnet Schools of America. Specic benets of Magnet Schools include: improved academic achievement; diverse student enrollments; reduced discipline, increased cultural competence of students, increased student attendance rates, higher graduation rates, according to the MSA, which cited studies on the issue. A 2013 survey of Magnet Schools of America members found that approximately 70 percent of respondents reported their magnet programs have higher levels of parent and community engagement than traditional public schools. Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Elementary was named the top elementary magnet school in the nation by the Magnet Schools of America last summer. Since converting to a magnet school it has achieved Adequately Yearly Progress in all areas since the 20052006 school year, according to MSA. The MSA also states the school is classied as a high achieving school and earned a Five Star ranking based on the districts School Performance Framework. John Moore, chief executive ofcer of South Lake Hospital, said a magnet school in South Lake made a lot of sense. What will the opportunities be in the future for our children to be employed in health care? he asked. We need to create the appropriate setting so they can be prepared for the opportunity. That is what the magnet school is all about. While stating that the hospital was in ear ly discussions with school and state college ofcials on the issue, he said the concept could involve creating internship opportunities for students that have experiences at a variety of health care settings, not just hospitals. Howard said there are many opportunities for students in South Lake. We have a local VA and if students are interested in working with wounded war riors, can we become the center of the prosthetic universe for those folks? he asked.CHALLENGESEven though the school district would allocate funding for the school from its FTE budget, according to Howard, ofcials said they have not discussed nancing of the school. Mojock said it is important the college receive funding from the state to build the science lab. Funding is still hard to come by, he said. I have asked the schools to help us in lobby ing our legislatures to make this a priority. Recently, the county commission agreed to put it in its 2014 Legislative Priorities. With the previous magnet school concept years ago, Moore said South Lake Hospital had planned to support it nancially and then when the economy took a turn, it was put on the back burner. The challenge is not to get too far ahead of ourselves and make sure we put it together the right way, he said. We need to make sure we seek out as many partners as possible to help make it successful and give the students the best experience possible. PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL LEFT, ABOVE: The science labs at Lake-Sumter State College are shown in Leesburg. MAGNET FROM PAGE A1


A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Get Out Go! & 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 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 ) w ork, said James C. Bolling, the 34-year-old class sergeant. The ceremony start ed with the recruits lined up in the back of the room, where they rattled off their class motto, We Fight What You Fear, before they marched to their front row seats. The keynote speak er, recently retired Mount Dora Police Randy Scoggins, told the recruits a job in law enforcement will give them lots of pow er, including denying suspected criminals their freedom. But he warned them the job comes with responsi bility. Integrity has got to be your watchword, said Scoggins. Once your integrity is ques tioned, you will no long er be any good use to your department, co-workers or community. The graduation at the police academy in Tavares comes after a vemonth, 770-hour class that included a gruel ing physical tness regimen, such as sprinting up and down an 84foot high stairwell, as well as marching drills. There also was extensive classroom training on the laws they will enforce, crime scene investigation, rst aid, defense tactics and ethics. Brittany Dennis, 22, of Apopka, the lone woman in the class, had started off her ca reer in sales before deciding to be the rst woman in her family to join law enforcement. Her father graduated from the same acade my. Dennis, who has never been in a ght before, said the defense tactics portion was her favorite part of the training. Im so excited, said Dennis, who considers her best move to be the strong arm bar takedown, a signature move of UFC womens bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. More than 50 candi dates applied for Class No. 15-13-1177-02. A physical tness test, psychological evaluation and a series of in terviews winnowed the candidates to about 25 before the class began in late July. The grueling exercises and class work forced 10 more candidates to drop out of the program. However, not all the graduates preparations for becoming a law enforcement ofcer ended Tuesday night. They still have to pass a 250-question state exam to get their law enforcement certificate. They then have to nd a job. Were always in the market for good re cruits, said Leesburg Police Chief Bill Chrisman, just before he walked into the ceremony. Kursten French, who served as a US Marine in Afghanistan and is an expert with a ri e, said he already has been promised a job by the Groveland Police Department. This is what I wanted to do, said French, shortly after receiving his diploma. Aside from the speak ers, dozens of law en forcement ofcers were seated in the crowd. Lake Sheriff Gary Bor ders talked about the comradery among people in law enforcement. Its a big family, he said. Immediate family members also expressed joy about seeing a relative gradu ating, including Orange County corrections of cer, Wendell Smith Sr., who was there to see his son Wendell Jr. graduate. I think he will make a great ofcer, Smith Sr. said. GRADS FROM PAGE A1 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comArriving at his recent family reunion, Jim Skinner paused to greet all of his family members. He did not look at them the same. Suddenly, he was transported back to the Battle of Iwo Jima, re minded of the simple coin toss he took for a shell hole, which he lost. It saved his life. The Marines in the shell hole later lost their lives to an explosion. I am thinking, if I am dead, none of my family would be there, he said. Skinner then reected on Har old Zahn, one of the Marines killed in the shell hole. Harold Zahn did not have any body to pass on for him, said the honorably discharged private rst class Marine. Skinner served in Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam, where he received a Purple Heart, and Iwo Jima. It is something to think about that has happened in so many places. Skinner, who resides in The Villages, recently dedicated vol canic ash from Iwo Jima to the Veterans Memorial Park of The Villages. He had received the ash during a Marine Corps reunion. Fran Antal, a board member of the park, also had her son donate ash that he brought back from the island. The ash was mixed with concrete to renish the bottom of the steps on the monument and the base of the ag pole. A dedication ceremony recently took place during the commemora tion of the attack on Pearl Har bor. Scholars and park ofcials said the ash symbolizes more than 25,000 who lost their lives ght ing to wrest the island from Japa nese control. It is a very rare thing to have at a veterans memorial, said Rich ard Simpson, commander of the Veterans Memorial Park Honor Guard. It is very historic. Reecting on his service with the 3rd Marine Division, Skinner said capturing the island was im portant because it would serve as a critical landing strip for planes to refuel and continue on their raids of Japan. As a result of the U.S. Forces efforts at Iwo Jima, ,400 B-29 bombers carrying 27,000 crewmen made unscheduled landings on the island, according to the Naval History & Heritage Command, which is responsible for preserving and analyzing U.S. A memory poured in concreteSUBMITTED PHOTOJim Skinner holds volcanic ash from Iwo Jima which he dedicated to the Veterans Memorial Park of The Villages and received at a Marines reunion. SEE MEMORY | A5


Wednesday, December 25, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 rfntbn r ffnt bf ffrf tb rfrrnt b bf b f f r rfffnfntt bfftt ffbtfttffntbnfnbrfrtt n rf rfntbbrfntbbnf rfntbn rfntfbtnf rfntbrttn tbftff rfntbrfnftbn Navy history. Donald Goldstein, a World War II scholar and author of At Dawn We Slept: the Un told Story of Pearl Harbor, a runner up for the Pulitzer Prize, said the Battle of Iwo Jima was critical to the war effort. Those guys fought to the bitter end, he said of the Japanese. Without Iwo Jima, it would be hard to re turn from Japan. It saved a lot of American lives be cause they land at Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima would serve as an integral air base for air planes coming back from air raids, Goldstein said. Skinner served as a demo lition man at Iwo Jima, where he blew up caves so the Japa nese could not come out. There were many close calls, according to the Ma rine. While showing the U.S. Army around the caves, they surprised a Japanese soldier. Skinner immediately responded with his rie and so did the Marine he was with. Speaking about Iwo Jima after more than 60 years, the memories are still fresh in Skinners mind. He remembers the tini est of details, from the lack of toilet paper, showers and clean clothes to the Japanese he faced head on. Asked if he saw the famous raising of the ag at Mt. Su ribachi, Skinner said he was too busy running for his life. One of the brightest days of the 36-day campaign was when he was able to get a shower, clean clothes and toiletries supplied by the Army and a warm meal while watching Saratoga Trunk. The 91-year-old said he is proud to have served his country. The whole sacrice that everybody made to make this possible for the aireld to be secured is important, he said. We all did our part. MEMORYFROM PAGE A4 THANK YOU FOR READING THE SOUTH LAKE PRESS


A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013Pharaoh said Let it be written. Let it be done?In my life time I believe the movie I have enjoyed the most was Cecil B. DeMi lles epic lm, The Ten Com mandments, shown in 1956. Loaded with a star-studded cast, the two lead roles were played by Charlton Heston, as Moses, and Yul Brynner who played Rameses, the Pharaoh of Egypt. Both won numerous awards for their work. Brynner was brilliant in his portrayal of an arrogant and all powerful Pharaoh of Egypt. To this day I still vividly remember the line that followed his decrees, which stated, Let it be written, let it be done. Rameses was all powerful and answered to no one. He had no Congress or Supreme Court to deal with or thwart his decrees. If I was making the same movie today and had to cast the role of Rameses the clear cut choice would be President Obama. Yul Brynner as Rameses would have stated, If you like your health care plan and doctor, you can keep them. Let it be written, let it be done. President Obamas frequently uttered quote has been: If you like your health care plan and doctor, you can keep them. Period! Both statements had the ver bal emphasis of the most powerful leader in their country. As a nation we have witnessed the most incompetent major launch of a web site in a country which probably has the greatest web site designers in the world. Adding insult to injury we have paid more than $600 million for this monstrosity and who knows how much more to x it. One of my neighbors in Leesburg just got her letter canceling her coverage. She had been a happy customer for 15 years but was dropped due to the new requirements of ObamaCare. The Tea Party and Republicans who have been labeled as kooks by the president and the Democrat members of Congress for voicing their grave concerns about the serious aws they saw in ObamaCare dont appear so kooky today! In fact, the aws, especially the increased costs, may be even more serious than we originally thought. Since the abysmal launch on October rst of the Healthcare. gov web site over ve million Health Care plans have been canceled due to the new demands imposed by the requirements of ObamaCare. This mass of cancellations hit the White House like the nal plague of death hit Rameses and Egypt. But this is just the tip of the ObamaCare iceberg. The really huge number of can cellations will occur when the employer provided plans are af fected in 2014. In fact, in the June 2010 Federal Register, administration ofcials predicted, massive disruptions of the private insurance market. Recent polls show that the majority of Americans now feel the president was not truthful when he promised some 29 times that If you like your Health Care plan and doctor you can keep them. Period! As the promises of the president and the benets of ObamaCare evaporate, the president under intense pressure from Democrats in Congress facing the 2014 elections have forced the president to tell those who have lost their coverage that they can keep their coverage for one more year. For the past three years insurance companies have been retooling for ObamaCare and now in about 30 days President Obama tells them to immediately pivot to reinstate canceled policies so as to protect the democrats who are running in 2014. Simply put. Let it be written. Let it be done.Russ Sloan is former director of Entrepreneurial Services at Lake-Sumter State College.Cubas hostage remains imprisonedAlan Gross began his fth year as a p risoner of Cu bas unjust justice sys tem last we ek, a symbol of the continuing estrangement be tween that island nation and the United States, and, more important, the fundamentally unchanged nature of the gov erning regime. Gross, for anyone who needs reminding, is a 64-year-old husband and father who was surprisingly detained in December of 2009 by Cuban authorities. He was summarily tried and sentenced to 15 years in prison for the crime of delivering a portable computer and a cellphone to Cubas small and isolated Jewish community, an action not normally considered a crime except by a handful of repressive regimes around the world, including, of course, Cuba. Since his arrest, Gross has lost more than 100 pounds. He suffers from degenerative arthritis and his health continues to deteriorate. Even worse is the emotional toll that four years of incarceration and separation have taken on him and his family. On the anniversary of his ar rest, Gross wife, Judy, made a dramatic plea for President Obama to do whatever it takes to bring Alan home. The Obama administration, for its part, has said, without releasing details, that it is holding behind-the-scenes talks with the Cubans on the topic, even though ofcials have repeatedly called for his release without the need for negotiations. Unfortunately, the Cuban government has other plans. Where the rest of the world sees a victim of an arbitrary and unfair government, Cubas leaders see a human pawn that can be used to advance their own selsh political objectives. The regime said last week that it was ready to hold talks over Gross freedom, but that any such dialogue must include the situation of the four imprisoned spies who have been held in this country since 1998. The Obama administration would be wrong to give in to this blackmail because the two cases are totally distinct. Alan Gross is a hostage; the Cubans committed espionage. The four Cuban spies (a fth was released after completing his sentence and now lives in Cuba) were sentenced for spy ing not on Cuban exile organizations, but on U.S. military installations and for their part in the downing of airplanes be longing to Brothers to the Rescue in 1996. Gross wife has pleaded that he should not be left to die in prison. Releasing him would be the humanitarian thing to do. Its up to the Cuban government to demonstrate that its capable, just this once, of doing t he right thing.Miami HeraldWed like St. Johns River Water Man agement District ofcials to provide a fuller explanation of their decision to recommend approval of a request by Grove lands Nigara Bottling Company. District ofcials are expected to recommend the districts governing board approve a 20-year permit by the company that would allow Niagara to pump between 484,000 and 910,000 gallons per day. Company ofcials say the water would be drawn from the Lower Floridan aquifer, which is separated from the Upper Floridan aquifer. They assert that drawing from the lower aquifer diminishes the en vironmental impact. Were not taking a stand on district ofcials decision, but against the backdrop of widescale water conservation measures we believe the public deserves a broader explanation. By comparison to some nearby water users, such as municipalities and community devel opers, Niagaras water draw is relatively insignicant. But a closer examination of Niagaras sheer numbers alone begs the questions: Why? And why now? Homeowners are told they can only water on certain days, and public groups are constantly spreading the conservation message. District ofcials have said Niagaras applica tion meets the districts permitting criteria. District spokesman Hank Largin acknowledges that the numbers nearly a million gallons of water per day can be intimidat ing. I know 910,000 gallons of water per day sounds like a huge amount of water, but its not as large of an amount as some business es that use water to produce a product to sell may be using, Largin said. To Niagaras credit, the Irvine, Calif., com pany carefully ensured it complied with every requirement before doing business in Grov eland. Niagara ofcials also assert that the companys request is small compared to over all commercial demand. Niagara is one of seven bottled water opera tions permitted in the 18-county St. Johns Riv er Water Management District. This is certainly useful information. But the public deserves broader and more specic as surances that Niagaras water use request will not harm the environment. After all, thats the message theyre receiving from conservation authorities. YOUR EDITORIAL BOARDROD DIXON . .......................................... PUBLISHERTOM MCNIFF . ................................. EXECUTIVE EDITORBILL KOCH . ...................... 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Ban ks/PageTheus Funerals and Cremations.IN MEMORY Staff ReportThe Lake County School Board on Thurs day was sued again by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for refusing to allow a GayStraight Alliance (GSA) to meet at Carver Mid dle School in Leesburg. The board initially was sued by the ACLU on May 1 after Bayli Sil berstein, a 14-year-old 8th-grader, saw her efforts to establish a GSA at Carver blocked for nearly a year. A day after the suit was led, the school district said the GSA could meet un til the end of the 201213 school year. Now, the ACLU has led another suit on behalf of Hannah Faughnan, a 12-year-old 7th-grader who said she has been trying since October to get approval for the GSA to continue meeting at Carver. The lawsuit, led in United States District Court in Ocala, states the ACLU was informed on Dec. 5 by the school districts attorney that approv al for the club had been denied. It seems theres nothing the school board wont do to keep the students at Carver Middle School from their legally protected right to start a GSA and ght bullying and discrimination at their school, said Daniel Tilley, staff attorney for the ACLU of Florida. Faughnan, elected vice president of the GSA earlier this year, echoed comments made earlier by Silber stein that bullying is a problem at Carver. When the GSA got to meet last year, we talked about ideas to help make things better for everyone this school year, she said. Its frustrating that we havent been able to do anything yet, especially because oth er clubs have already been meeting but we have not been allowed to meet. GSAs are student or ganizations made up of lesbian, gay, bisex ual, and transgender (LGBT) students and their straight allies that advocate for an end to bullying, harassment, and discrim ination against all students. According to the ACLU, LGBT stu dents in schools with GSAs are signicantly less likely to experi ence victimization and less likely to feel unsafe because of their sexu al orientation than stu dents without a GSA. In August, right around the start of the current school year, the school board enacted a revised club policy for middle schools, say ing they would only be allowed if their activities strengthen certain skills, have something to do with academic honor societies or stu dent government, or relate in some way to school curriculum. The ACLU contends the new policy was a gambit to block GSAs. Its clear that the school boards new club policy was just the latest tool to try to sto p these students, Tilley said. Whats most dis appointing is that as these kids are facing bullying in the class rooms, theyre being subjected to a more sophisticated kind of bullying from the ofcials who should be protecting them. The school boards response to what these kids are do ing is the perfect example of why a GSA is so important. The lawsuits asks the court to allow the GSA to meet and seeks ACLU attorneys fees and costs from the school board. Schools spokesman Chris Patton said Thursday the district had no comment on the lawsuit because it had not been served with a copy. The ACLU said the school district has giv en permission for other clubs to meet this year that do not meet the new policy guidelines, including a cheerlead ing squad, a chess club and a news production club. The lawsuit con tends the GSA meets policy guidelines because it strengthens and promotes critical thinking. Faughnans mother, Janine Faughnan, said she supports her daughter. Im proud of what Hannah and her friends are doing to make things better at Carver, she said. This is a group of kids dedicated to working to gether to make their school a better place. I dont understand why the school administra tors, who are supposed to be supporting things to keep our kids safe, wont let them do that.TAVARESLake County School District sued againGay-Straight Alliance at center of disputeIt seems theres nothing the school board wont do to keep the students at Carver Middle School from their legally protected right to start a GSA and fight bullying and discrimination at their school. Daniel Tilley, staff attorney for the ACLU of Florida Staff ReportThe South Lake Animal League (SLAL), in cooperation with Bill Bryan Subaru of Leesburg, recent ly collected one ton of pet food and supplies for their Stuff the Subaru event. According to SLAL spokeswom an Jessica Whitehouse, the items donated by the community, and collected at 15 participating busi nesses, will go to help stock 10 food pantries that are part of SLALs Nourish the Needy Program for pets. Other items will be earmarked for pets awaiting adoption at SLALs adoption center. We cant thank ASPCA and Bill Bryan Subaru for this opportunity to help Share the Love to the ani mals in our community! says Do reen Barker, SLAL board president. We hope that families that may be facing nancial hardship and can not afford to feed their pet are able to stay together as a result of this collection event. We believe that pets are im portant family members, and by helping to keep these pets in their homes, we will maintain the hu man-animal bond that is so im portant especially in difcult times. The ASPCA provided grant mon ey for the collection effort. The Nourish the Needy program operates year-round. Stores and of ces interested in being a collec tion site can contact programs@ for more information. For a list of collection sites, visit www. food drive collects a ton PHOTO COURTESY SOUTH LAKE ANIMAL LEAGUE South Lake Animal League volunteers Lisa Pownall, Doreen Barker, Jessica Whitehouse and Diane Lake show off the ton of pet food and items collected. SUBMITTED PHOTO The Blessed Sacrament Knights of Columbus Council No. 13240 recently donated $500 to the Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont. Grand Knight Jim Laria, right, and Past Grand Knight Peter Capece are pictured making the presentation to Lori Lau, administrative assistant, at Mike Conley Hospice House.MIKE CONLEY HOSPICE HOUSE GETS KNIGHTS DONATION


A8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Celebrating 100 Years in Clermont Come to the Historic Village at 490 West Avenue and walk through Clermonts history with us!South Lake Press in 2013 Cooper Memorial Library in 2014 Staff reportLake County sheriffs cyber-crimes detectives have arrested a 26-yearold Groveland man on charges of so liciting a minor, traveling to meet a minor for sex, and molesting a child under the age of 12. Derreck Phillips, of 12906 Coo per Road in Groveland, was arrest ed Dec. 16 at 1:30 / p .m. and held on $40,000 bond. Detectives began investigating Phillips after the mother of the now 12-year-old victim reported that Phillips had sent inappropriate text messages. Detectives found that Phillips had solicited nude pictures from the child multiple times. They also discovered one conversation that indi cated sexual activity had occurred between the two. Detectives interviewed the child, who said Phillips is a family friend. She admitted to communicating with him via text messages and meeting him outside a bar in Grov eland in July of this year, at which time Phillips molested her. Phillips admitted the text messag es were sent from his phone, and to sending most of the messages to the victim, but said he couldnt remem ber asking her for nude pictures. He also admitted to meeting the victim near the bar in Groveland but did not admit to the molestation.Man accused of meeting child for sexGROVELAND


B1SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTSSPORTS EDITOR . ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE . ............................ 365-82683 FAX . .......................................... 394-8001 E-MAIL . ........ sports@dailycommercial.comSPORTSandLEISURE FRANK JOLLEYSPORTS EDITOR The holidays have as many different meanings as there are people. Some take advantage of the opportunity to take some time off from work and watch football, hockey or basketball, while others head to grandmas for get-togethers with family and friends. Im lucky in that Ive rarely gotten goofy gifts over the years. My kids usually buy me a sports reference book, a couple of magazines and some item of clothing adorned with the University of Alabama logo. They do a good job of giving me things I can use, which is probably more than they can say about me. But, I do a better job of handing out presents to those who have impacted our sporting community over the past year. These gifts, of course, are given in jest and are just words in a newspaper words written with the intent to provide a chortles and chuckles. They also might be somewhat self-deprecating, such as the one Im giving to my beloved Crimson Tide football team a friendly reminder that missed eld goals can be returned (ouch, that wound is still fresh). A few heartfelt comments might be embedded in the sentences that follow, but most are a light-hearted look back at the year in sports locally and internationally. So, without further ado, here are my annual holiday gifts to those in sports: To members of the Gator Nation and the University of Florida football team a reminder of what the thrill of victory feels like. It has been awhile since theyve been able to celebrate a win. To the Jacksonville Jaguars the understanding that youre not the worst team in the history of the National Football League an honor that still belongs to the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. To the 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers a reminder that four wins in 14 games do not make for a good season especially when they came against teams with a combined record of 24-32 heading into Sundays games. To the Orlando Magic another solid draft so that you can continue climbing out of the muck left behind after the Dwightmare ended when Dwight Howard bolted for the Los Angeles Lakers. To the football teams at the First Academy of Leesburg, Mount Dora Bible and Its time for a little gift givingSEE JOLLEY | B4 FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comFormer Montverde Academy soc cer standout Oumar Diakhite, recently scored his rst goal in Por tugals top professional division for Sporting Club Olhanense. The goal was made even more im pressive because Diakhite is a defender and the fact the goal was scored in extra time to net a tie and give his team a point that could become crucial as the postseason nears. Despite his successes, which in cluded a stint with Orlando City, Diakhite still remembers his time in 2011 and 2012 at Montverde Acad emy. Diakhite spoke recently with Eagles assistant coach Alex Prostko about his time at the college prepa ratory school. Montverde Academy has been the turning point in my life, Diakhite said. When I rst arrived at Mont verde Academy, I was lost, not con dent and afraid to make my dream of become a professional soccer player a reality. (Montverde Academy coach Mike) Potempa taught me how to be condent, patient and to become a hard worker. Most importantly, coach Potempa taught me how to be a better. Without La Familia (the soccer motto at Montverde Academy, which translates to the family) I wouldnt be wear I am today. Diakhite also spoke about his feel ings and fears while at Montverde Academy. In particular, he spoke about how Potempa walked him through the fear of failure prior to the rst Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament. I went to see coach Potempa in his ofce and told him that I struggle with the pressure that I feel when playing in important game, Diakh ite said. I would feel afraid and fell that I will make a mistake that will cost our team the game. Coach gave me his usual smile and asked, why? Diakhite said Potempa went on to remind him that he had to worry about just three things during every game. The rst thing was to win every single ball in the air, Diakhite said. The second was connect every pass in possession and the last thing was to be the best defender and leader I could be. He told me that if I did those things, the rest would take care of itself. Coach Potempas advance helped me to become the rst MAST most valuable player. Even now, Diakhite said he is mo tivated by Potempas words. He said Potempas advice during the rst MAST tournament drives him con stantly and has helped succeed in the professional ranks. A native of Senegal, Diakhite played with Orlando Citys U-23 team in the United Soccer Leagues Development League in 2012 and played with Orlando City during the 2013 USL Pro Division. He was loaned to Sporting Club Ol hanense for a trial in July and was of cially transferred to the Portuguese squad where he is a midelder in Au gust for an undisclosed fee. Even with his successes, Diakhite said he thinks of his time at Mont verde Academy and the constant advice he received Potempa on a dai ly basis. Besides God and my family, coach Potempa made me who I am in the soccer world, Diakhite said. Mont verde Academy will stay in my heart forever and I am so thankful that I was able to be part of La Familia.Ex-Montverde Academy soccer standout starring in Portugal PHOTO COURTESY OF ORLANDO CITY SOCCER Former Montverde Academy soccer star Oumar Diakhite dribbles the ball during his career with Orlando City. Diakhite has been player in Portugals First Division since July. FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comLake County isnt known for having a heavy involve ment in the Winter Olym pics. Because the National Training Center is locat ed in Clermont, the area is home to a number of ath letes who compete in the Summer Olympics, but the lack of snow and ice in the area tends the limit the presence of winter olympians. But, that hasnt stopped students at East Ridge Middle School from getting involved in the Win ter Games, which begins in February in So chi, Russia. About 40 students in Ra chel Adams health class es at East Ridge Mid dle recently took part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when they spoke with 2010 Olympic gold medalist Curt Tomasevicz via social media. Tomasevicz, a bobsledder, was part of Classroom Champions, a program that links students with athletes and is designed to allow the athletes to mentor the students with whom they speak. According to Chris Patton at Lake County Schools, 60 classrooms around the country and in Canada take part in the program, which was started by for mer Olympic champions Steve Mesler and his sister, Leigh Mesler-Parise. East Ridge Middle School students will com municate with Tomasevicz throughout the year and learn about goal setting, Students learn lessons from gold medalist TOMASEVICZSEE ERMS | B2


B2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013fair play, steps to suc cess, perseverance, friends, community and more. Tomase vicz, who has competed in two Olympics and is a three-time world champion on the bobsled, teamed up with Mesler to win a gold medal in the 4-man competition in the 2010 Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. The students had the chance to ask him questions and he talked to us about dedication and persever ance, Adams said. I can honestly say is was one of the coolest things Ive ever experienced. The kids were awesome and really enjoyed the opportunity. According to Class room Champions web site not all kids have the benet of strong role models who encourage them to strive for success. The program uses Olympi ans and Paralympians as role models to help students achieve their goals, while increasing their digital literacy. Students and Tomasevicz communicated using Skype, a video-chat program, which allowed Tomasevicz to speak with the class while he continued to prepare for the Games. Adams said Tomasevicz sends the class a video periodically about a topic and students respond by re plying with examples of ways they incorpo rated his teachings into their lives and lessons. Because I teach health, it was very simple for me to incorporate the Class room Champions topics into my lessons, Adams said. So far this year, my students have learned the differ ent types of communi ties that they are a part of and how to be good role models for fair play. We are in the pro cess of making a health community paper quilt, where each student designed a square with symbols repre senting pride, goal set ting, health and com munity. This quilt will be hung in our classroom and will remind us how important it is to have people work togeth er to reach a common goal. Adams said her stu dents will get another opportunity to speak with Tomasevicz via Skype again in the spring. At that time, she said, they hope to be speaking with a two-time Olympic gold medalist. 352-394-8228Ron Becker, Director $675 ERMS FROM PAGE B1 Call the South Lake Press to get your ad in! 394-2183


Wednesday, December 25, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS B3 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!


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013 SOUTH LAKE PRESS B5 CHAMBER AWARDS & NEWSMike Corradino (right) editor and publisher of the South Lake Tablet, was recently named the Chamber's Gem of the Hills Award winner. Corradino volunteers at the Chamber and the South Lake Historical Society. He was once the world's only licensed, bonded monkey catcher. He founded the Florida Monkey Sanctuary and was Ringling Brothers' Circus' gorilla consultant. Michelle Michnoff (left), chair of the Chamber's Community Relations Committee, presented the award. The Chamber and Wesley Reed (left), with Ameriprise Financial, presented the Outstanding Student Award to Salvador Perez (right), a student at South Lake High School who has a 4.5 GPA. Salvador's achievements include: National Honor Society, Navy Junior ROTC, junior varsity soccer captain, track and field, Boys State senator, messenger for the Florida House of Representatives, AP Scholar with Distinction and Theodore Roosevelt Youth Medal. Chamber Ambassadors joined Rainer Berry and the team at Mid Florida Golf cars for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at the stores location at 711 N. US Highway 27 in Clermont. More details at Rusty Fox Steakhouse celebrated new ownership with a Chamber ribboncutting ceremony at the restaurants location at 649 12th St. in Clermont. To find out about specials and other details, call 352-394-3333. The Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Dr. Manfred Buechele and his staff at Clermont Family Dentistry and Dentures with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the dentists office at 12344 Roper Blvd. in Clermont. More details at Check out the Facebook page for Ikaho Sushi Japanese Restaurant for their specials. The restaurant recently celebrated their Chamber membership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the restaurants Eagle Ridge Shopping Plaza location at 7965 State Road 50 in Groveland. Ambassadors joined lead Pastor Brian Broadway and his wife Allison at their Living Message Church at 830 W. Montrose St. in Clermont. Pastor Broadway ministered overseas before the native New Yorker settled in Clermont. More details at Jump N Joeys Play & Party Zones Marcia Allen welcomed the Chamber at a fun ribbon-cutting ceremony at their play center located at 200 Hatteras Ave. in Clermont. More details at


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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.C1SOUTH LAKE PRESSWednesday, December 25, 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: Clermont %  en OCCUPATION: Museum Coordinator at the Presidents Hall of Fame in Clermont. %  en FAMILY: Single mom of Michelle Roberson and Deidre Beecher What do you enjoy most about South Lake County? The opportunities, atmosphere and the terrain. There is still a country quality here. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sentence, what would it be? Be open to lifes positive challenges and enjoy a good debate; everyone does not see things the same. Revisit your philosophy of life from time to time as it will change and expand as life does. 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 attend memorial services on the Capitol grounds each year for those men and women who are killed yearly as they protect our communities. Law enforcement FROM THE FILES | 88 YEARS AGO 1925Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet YourNEIGHBORJOY ENGLANDSEE NEIGHBOR | C2 Compiled from the 1925 Clermont Clarion forerunner to the South Lake Press %  en Unsold lots in Sunset Heights sold by W. N. McKinney through Hill and Lake Co. to T. A. McIntire and Geo. H. Englehart, being largest realty deal in city at that time. %  en State Bank pays 18 per cent semi-annual dividend. %  en 1924 construction estimated at $324,200. %  en J. N. Jones and C. D. Kennedy prepare tracts for subdivision and sale. %  en Citizens meet commissioners and secure promise to complete Minneola Lake Shore Road. %  en First National Bank pays dividend of 8 percent to stockholders. %  en R. H. Bryson and Perry Jernigan organize realty rm. %  en Dr. James M. Harris, Tulsa doctor, buys Log House and grounds. %  en J. U. Johnson store moved to new building and present post ofce room vacated. %  en Otto Wettstein announces doubling of Clermont and Minneola phone system. %  en Minneola citizens hold meeting to secure sidewalks. %  en Postal Clerks annual meeting shows colonization plan in ne condition. %  en Bryson & Jernigan organize Clermont Hudson-Essex Co. %  en Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Chandler and Dr. O. I Woodley start Teachers Employment Agency. %  en Mr. and Mrs. John Emmert catch a 24-pound gar sh. %  en Rev. Homer E. Hooks, Clermont pioneer, dies. %  en G. S. Wood, Mascotte, named to take county census. %  en J. D. Jones sells holdings in Clermont to W. H. Chandler and Fred W. Pope for $100,000. Largest deal in history of city. %  en Clermont Band organized. %  en Citrus trees set in Postal Colony tract. %  en Aasheim place sold to Lakeland buyers for $75,000. %  en Float representing Cler monts elevation entered in Eustis parade. %  en Council sells city plant to Florida Public Service for $20,720. %  en T. H. Boone and Dr. W. H. Ross buy Hohenshell property. %  en Athletic Association or ganizes to support baseball team. %  en Missionary Alliance Church buys land in Minneola. %  en Chautauqua held, 1926 contract signed. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxannebrown@dailycommercial.comThe application and screening process to tour the White House is quite elaborate. The drive to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue could also be quite long depending on where youre coming from. Theres a simpler way, though. At 123 S. Highway 27 in Clermont visitors can get a close and very detailed peek inside every room of the White House; Oval Ofce, Blue Room and private quarters. Whoah, Dalena Khuu said as she caught her rst glimpses of the White House replica Wednesday. Khuu has visited the actual White House in Washington D.C. as part of a school tour. Having a look at the 10-ton, 60-foot-by20-foot replica at the Presidents Hall of Fame Museum, however, gave her a better idea of just how much she wasnt able to see at all, she said. Khuu said she was impressed at every miniature detail, including pictures on the wall, magazines on the table, dining room tables set for dinner, complete with mini utensils tiny functional TVs, light xtures that really light up, mini desks and chairs in every ofce. In the spirit of the holidays each year, the rooms are lled with tiny decorations, wreaths, red bows, lights and Christmas trees. Outside, the roof, lawn and a presidential limo are covered in snow. They dont let you go into very many rooms, Khuu said of the actual White House. But this, wow, its everything. William Klein, with Khuu at the museum Wednesday, excitedly called her over to have a look at the theater located in the White Houses East Wing. Klein also pointed out a perfect and very tiny American ag ying a top the replica and said he thinks its amazing that the replica is so detailed. People really love the replica. Some stand there for a long time, looking into every room and just study ing everything in it, said Museum Coordinator Joy England. They ask us if that is what the real White House looks like and the answer is yes. That is a fact that the museum is proud of, especially because its owners, John and Jan Zweifel, are the ones who built the replica, to 1/2-inch scale, in the 1970s. At that time, the Zweifels were invited into the White House to measure, study and photograph every detail inside and out for accuracy. Every couple of years since then, the Zweifels are allowed back for updates and when something changes in the White House, it is changed in the replica as well, England said. In 1976, when nished, the replica left Florida and began touring across the country, making stops at presidential libraries, presidential events, Democratic and Republican conven tions and other educational and governmental venues. In 2011, the Zweifels decided it was time to bring the replica to its original home, the Presidents Hall of Fame, where it joined hundreds of other displays, including a state dining room replica, dioramas of 12 detailed presidential Oval Ofces, wax statues of every president to date, and thousands of pieces of SEE HISTORY | C4 CLERMONTVisiting the White House is as simple as 1-2-3 ROXANNE BROWN / DAILY COMMERCIAL Clermonts Dalena Khuu and William Klein, who both attend South Lake High School and belong to its ROTC program, visited the Presidents Hall of Fame museum and gift shop on Dec. 18. While there, they got a look at the White House replica, decorated for the holidays, that owners John and Jan Zweifel created in the 1970s.SEE HALL | C2


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Many manufacturers have already converted their coupons over to the new bar code system. In the past, you had two bar codes on each coupon with numbers below it. Now you have one bar code and manufactur ers can load more information into it such as a start/end date and product size. 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, or go to How to make sure your coupons will scan correctly Staff ReportA Leesburg snowbird has claimed a $1 million prize in the 100X THE CASH Scratch-Off game at Florida Lottery headquarters in Tallahassee, ofcials said. Jerry Mayer chose to re ceive his winnings in a onetime, lump-sum payment of $686,563.17, according to a press release. Mayer and his wife come to Leesburg every year from Octo ber to April to escape the harsh winters in Alma, Mich., ofcials said, adding the couple enjoys everything Florida has to offer, including playing the lottery. Mayer purchased his winning 100X THE CASH Scratch-Off ticket from Easy Food Mart, located at 8049 County Road 48 in Yalaha. That retailer will receive a $2,000 bonus for selling the ticket.Snowbird wins $1M lottery prizeLEESBURG families from all over the state come to gether as one to support the families and each other. Such a solemn event is lled with such dedication. 3) How does what you do contribute to the welfare of the area? By being the museum coordinator at the Presidents Hall of Fame, one of south Lake Countys most valuable assets for educa tion by way of entertainment for over 50 years, I have the opportunity to engage with children, as well as adults, as they take an up close and personal walk in the history of our country. It is also a local destination attraction for guests from across the coun try but also some from all around the world. Because of that, there is an opportunity to further educate people from other countries about the United States and its history and history makers. 4) Name one of your greatest accomplishments so far. My greatest accomplishments are my children, though Im not sure who raised who! Both my daughters are great and I am so proud of each one of them, the lives theyve made for themselves and their accomplishments. 5) Whats something youve always wanted to do but havent yet? I do not really have a bucket list, but my sister would tell you that it is to make sure my house is clean before I die. She keeps telling me that it will not matter, but I say, You want to bet? 6) What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community? Focus on your interest. Attend city council meetings, join the chamber of commerce and get to know the community. Also, be realistic with the time you have available and if you are new to the community, listen and learn before suggesting your ideas for change, otherwise it could be viewed in a manner that feels more like a takeover. NEIGHBORFROM PAGE C1 presidential memorabilia that span all administrations. Whats in the museum however, is only about 10 percent of the Zweifels actual collection, housed safely in warehouse space in Orlando. England, who for years has greeted guest after guest into The Peoples House, said her favorite part of working at the museum has been how much she has personally learned about the White House, the presidents and anything even remotely related to those things. The Zweifels are not only expertly versed in those topics, but are personally engrained in the history of it all, having actually become close friends with several presidents and their families, having attended countless functions at the white house and having traveled around the country to attend conventions and other events. In Clermont, England said she wants people to have experiences and mementos of their visit to the White House and other events, as well. There is also replica of the desk John F. Kennedy used in the Oval Ofce, with a red phone sitting on it that people can pick up and pretend to make presidential decisions through. An animatronic President Barack Obama standing nearby is ready to pose for pictures with visitors at all times.. I cant get over how realistic these statues are, Khuu said as she timidly touched Obamas arm to try to get him to move again. England said when John Zweifel is able to locate a body for the Jackie Kennedy bust he owns, she will sit next to John F. Kennedy to await photo ops with important guests, as well. We love putting people in scenes that will get them asking questions and talking. There is so much history in here and so many stories just waiting to be told, England said. If John Zweifel is there, however, prepare to sit and listen for hours in amazement, since the personal accounts of presidential facts and interesting happenings hes witnessed rst-hand make for stories one could never imagine, England said. For directions to the museum or for information, call 352-394-2836. HALL FROM PAGE C1


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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


C4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 %  en G. A. Maves opens 5 and 10c store. %  en Action starts on securing $985,000 bond issue from legislation. %  en Minneola builds half-mile of sidewalks. %  en Underwood & Underwood employed to take aerial views of Cler mont. %  en Clermont census shows 111 percent increase and that city is fourth largest in county. %  en Council receives petition for ve more miles of paving. %  en Ernest Denslow moves from Clermont to Ortega to assume run as Postal Clerk and be close to local colonization project. %  en Don Smith and Miss Rebecca Cook wed. %  en Ellis Taylor secured as paid player for Clermont team. %  en A. N. Christianson buys Cler mont Furniture Co. from Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Crozier. %  en R. I. Morse, Groveland chicken farmer, reports shipments of 10,320 eggs in March at good prices. %  en C. E. Gentry prepares Johnson building basement for bottling works. %  en Stanley McCain buys Strawn pool parlor. %  en City gives contract for shallow water well at cost of $9,247. %  en Legislature approves $2 million dollar road bond issue. %  en Groveland suffers a $1 million re when J. Ray Arnold Lumber Co. burns down. %  en Archie Booth sells spring tomatoes for $3.50 crate. %  en J. L. Watson and Harry K. Stokes open new real estate ofces. %  en Elizabeth Poster, Opal Carr, Anna Marguerite Baker and Russell Keene graduate from Cler mont-Minneola High School. %  en O. H. Keene ships rst car of watermelons. %  en Postal Colony ofcials announce stock value at $200. %  en H. S. Bates leads district in sale of Dodge cars. %  en Roe property sold to Hendrix, Washburn and Conrad for $75,000. %  en Council gives 99-year lease to Hendrix, Washburn and Conrad for new hotel. %  en Six-pound bass jumps into boat for Hugh Davenport. HISTORY FROM PAGE C1


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D6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 WE CARRY:Guns, ammo, optics, laser, flashlights, accessories, bags, apparel, knives, and more! STORE HOURS:Monday Thursday 10am-7pm Closed Friday to Sunday for gun shows. Like us on facebook on left side of West 50 immediately after the Family Dollar Before intersection of 50/19 Clermont Junior Womens ClubIn 1989 Dana McCoy founded the GFWC South Lake Junior Womans Club (SLJWC) as the Clermont Junior Womens Club. The Clermont Womans Club, affectionately referred to as the Generals, and was founded in 1927. We hold our meetings at their clubhouse located at 655 W Broome Street in Clermont, FL on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm September thru May. It is the only building in Clermont on the National Historic Registry. The late Miriam Johnson, as past president who was honored on October 19th, 2000 when she was inducted into the Lake County Womens Hall of Fame, obtained this historic designation. Her picture hangs in the lobby of the historic courthouse in Tavares. The South Lake Junior Womens Club is currently a member of our State Organization, the Florida Federation of Womens Clubs (FFWC) and our national organization, the General Federation of Womens Clubs (GFWC). Currently there are 14 districts in the State of Florida. We belong to District 7, which includes Clubs from Lake, Sumter, Seminole, Orange, and Osceola Counties. The founding of SLJWC Juniors, as we refer to our own club, soon established themselves as leaders in the community when the City of Clermont was building the Palatlakaha Recreation area on 12th Street. The Clermont Juniors spearheaded the successful $60,000 fundraising drive to build Park Pals Playground for well and handicapped children. In 2012 the SLJWC started a festival called Holiday of Hopes to raise awareness and funds to supply homeless children in South Lake County with Holiday gifts so that no child is forgotten during the holidays. History of the Clermont Womans Club & Clubhouse655 W. Broome Street, Clermont, FloridaIn 1921, a group of Clermont women, headed by Mrs. Kate Chase, formed the Clermont Civic Club. In 1924, they purchased the clubhouse on 655 W. Broome Street and remodeled it. It had been built in 1923 by local merchants and citizens as a motor camp for tourists with a kitchen, laundry, shower and recreation room to accommodate the large influx of people during Floridas boom. The land is leased from the city and is the site of Clermonts original two-room school house. In 1927 the building was doubled in size with the addition of a south wing providing ample room for meetings, a dining room, and kitchen facilities. On April 5th of the same year, the Civic Club was chartered as the current Clermont Womans Club and incorporated. In 1932, it became affiliated with the Florida Federation of the Womans Clubs. The Womans Club entered into an agreement with the Town Council in the Club year 1936-1937 to sponsor the library that had been operated by a group of interested women for a period of years. They operated the library until 1951. It began being used in 1940 for defenserelated projects during WWII. Since then, the building has been used exclusively by the Clermont Womans and Junior Womans clubs. The Clubhouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 25, 1993 through the efforts of past Womans Club president, Miriam Johnson. It was the first building in South Lake County to receive this prestigious designation. It is Clermonts ONLY building on the National Historic Registry as of today. On April 24, 2014, The Clermont Womans Club will celebrate their 82nd year of federation and their 92nd year of existence. The Clermont Womans Club continues to support the Cooper Memorial Library, South Lake Historical Society, and over 23 charities/organizations/civic groups, along with giving out three $1000 scholarships to the local high schools.


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Owning a home has long been the foundation of the American Dream and building memories with your family in that home a cherished tradition. That Amer ican dream was hit hard by the Great Re cession and millions of our fellow citizens are either homeless, living in substandard housing, or living in multi-generational households this hol iday season. Is there hope for the future; is the dream still alive? That is the debate currently brewing in the housing industry. Some people contend that the younger generation only cares about connectivity and a social media lifestyle instead of putting down roots; and that those who lost their homes due to the economy have no interest in reliving painful memories. I dont agree. Just ask the young family living in an apartment complex with loud, obnoxious neighbors or the older couple living in a rundown rental since they lost their home. The desire of homeowner ship is still as alive and strong as it has ever been at any point in our countrys history. The problem for most folks is that the dream is unattainable they cant afford it. Floridas housing market provides the best example of how to kill the American dream of homeowner ship. Before the housing boom, bust, and Great Recession, most Floridians entering the housing marketplace for the rst time bought a small entry level home that they could x-up, add to, remodel, and most importantly, afford. The small, plain entry-level home was the rst rung on their housing ladder. As incomes and families evolved, they could move up the ladder using the modest equity from their previous homes sale to help nance their new home. Today, the rst rung of the housing ladder is gone in Florida because of codes, impact fees, permitting fees, excessive insurance rates, and government bureaucracy. The new home that was purchased just 20 years ago cannot even be built in the state of Florida today because of the new mandates. In 1989, according to the Orlando Realtors Association, the average selling price for a home in this region was $78,252 and last month it was $178,750. In this economic environment of shrinking incomes a $100,000 increase is too much. Each year, state and local municipalities con tinue to mandate more performance standards and products in homes which continually add to the cost. Sure the homes are nicer and more energy efcient, but fewer people can afford them. Starting in January, impact and permitting fees for a 1,500 square foot home will be more than $7,000 in south Lake County. That is a huge burden for those seeking affordable housing. These fees virtually make entry-level homes impossible. For example, in Lake County an entry-level new homebuyer equipped with USDA zero-down nancing would be hard pressed to nd a $119,000 home. Even if it were possible the buyer would have to pay about $6,000 in closing costs and around $1,100 per month for their mortgage, taxes, and insur ance. That is simply not affordable. To solve the problem of housing affordability, and put back in place the rst rung in the housing ladder, the cost of the actual home must be addressed not cheap nancing or government handouts. Rolling back impact fees, eliminating over zealous building codes and regulations, along with establishing an out-of-the-box designation for entry-level homes is needed to solve this growing problem. Without entry level housing, America will surely become a nation of renters and the American dream of homeowner ship will cease to exist for millions of people.E2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 27, 2013 Don MagruderAROUND THE HOUSEDon Magruder is the CEO of Ro-Mac Lumber and Supply Inc., and he is also the host of the Around the House radio show heard every Monday at noon at My790AM WLBE in Leesburg. The American Dream is alive, but not well NAI negotiates property salesORLANDO NAI Realvest recently nego tiated the sales of two industrial properties totaling 10,480 square feet and $975,000 on Clark St. in Apopka. Michael Heidrich, a principal at NAI Realvest, represented the buyer HCME, LLC of Longwood in negotiating the purchase of the 7,200 square foot industrial building on 4.3 acres at 2325 Clark St. from seller RJP Properties, LLC for $725,000. The seller was represented by Robby Robinson of Florida Site Selectors. Heidrich repr esented seller Huntington Storage, LLC of Altamonte Springs in the sale of a 3,280 square foot industrial facility on 1.17 acres for $250,000, at 2500 Clark St. The buyer is Southern Aggregates, Inc. of Ocala. For information, call Michael Heidrich, at NAI Realvest, 407-8759989 or go to www.NAIRealvest. com.Ashton Woods has two models readyORLANDO Ashton Woods Homes now has two models completed and ready for viewing at Carrington, its townhome community located off Reams Road in Windermere in Southwest Orlando. Michael Roche, vice president of sales and marketing for Ashton Woods Homes in the Orlando region, said one model is the Florence with three bedrooms and three baths in approximately 1,892 square feet of living area. The other model is the Sienna with four bedrooms and threeand-a-half baths in approximately 1,936 square feet of living area. Ashton Woods Homes will be building 78 townhomes at Carrington in four distinct oor plans ranging from approximately 1,892 square feet to 1,936 square feet of living area, priced from $235,990, Roche said. All four plans feature a private courtyard, a two-car garage and the option for a garage apartment. For information, call 407-647-3700, or go to, PLACES AND EVENTS REAL ESTATE NEWS Hendricks negotiates saleTAMPA Hendricks-Berkadia apartment real estate advisors, which ranks as one of the leading multi-family investment banking and research companies in the nation, recently negotiated the sale of the 420-unit, Park Place apartment community at 9310 Valley View Lane, in Port Richey off U.S. Highway 19. Situated on 23.51 acres, amenities include two pools, jacuzzi, tennis court, tness center, two clubhouses, barbeque grills, laundry facilities, and car care center. Jason Stanton, vice president based in Tampa, negotiated the sale with associate partner Hal Warren of the rms Orlando ofce, and Cole Whitaker, partner who heads HendricksBerkadias southeast region. Hendricks-Berkadia represented the sellers, Trail Port Richey, LLC and CC Port Richey Apartments, LLC, a partnership of Tom Cabrerizo and Maurice Cayon. Stanton said the investment proper ty which was built in 1985, benets from more than $1 million in renovations and improvements over the past three years and has the potential to increase future revenues through a value add program, increasing occupancy to market levels. Dorvidor Management Company, LLC paid $21,200,000 for the property. For information, call Cole Whitaker, at Hendricks-Berkadia, 407-218-8880 or email to cwhitaker@hpapts. com.M/I plans to open 2 communitiesORLANDO New model homes will open in January at two new M/I Homes communities. David Byrnes, area president for M/I Homes in the Central Florida region, said one new community is the Enclave at Bear Lake, located off Bear Lake Road and Maitland Blvd. in Seminole County. Byrnes said M/I Homes plans to build on 35 home sites at The Enclave at Bear Lake. The new model home under construction at The Enclave is the Norwood II, with three bedrooms, three baths and a game room in 2,178 square feet of living area, priced from $270,990. New three and four bedroom homes at The Enclave at Bear Lake are priced from $243,990 to $359,990. The other new community M/I Homes will open in January is Narcoossee Village off Narcoossee Blvd. and Jack Brack Road in St. Cloud. M/I Homes plans to build 199 homes at Narcoossee Village ranging from 1,758 square feet of living area to 4,700 square feet. New three, four and ve bedroom homes at Narcoossee Village will be priced from $229,990 to $350,000. Two models that will be featured by M/I Homes at Narcoossee Village are the four-bedroom, twobath Capastrano with 2,100 square feet and the Sonoma with ve bedrooms, three baths in 3,642 square feet of living area.NAI negotiates new leasesORLANDO NAI Realvest recently negotiated two new leases and two renewal leases totaling 8,258 square feet of space at industrial and ofce centers in Orlando Tom R. Kelley II, CCIM, principal at NAI Realvest brokered two new industrial leases on behalf of Miamibased South Park, LLC, the landlord of the South Park Business Center, a ex, ofce and warehouse center at 8600 Commodity Circle in Orlando. The new tenants are Advanced Cockpit Solutions, LLC of Miami, leasing Unit 113 with 2,218 square feet and Orlandobased Sunlight Enterprises, Inc., Unit 109 with 1,830 square feet. At the same time, Kelley and NAI Realvest Associate Chris Adams negotiated two renewal leases for ofce space at Plaza Central located at 6220 S. Orange Blossom Trail. 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SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 27, 2013 E3 rrf nt tt btbbt btb ttb tttttr rfnntb nn f rnntb nn f rr ttr frnn rffntb r rrf nt tt btbbt btb ttb fntbnn rrr rrrr r rrr b rn nnn r rr rr rrn br r tntt r rr r rrrrrrr rr rfntbbf GRAND OPENINGLet us make your kitchen everything it can be and more! 771 E Hwy 50 Clermont, FL Associated PressBENTON HARBOR, Mich. Whirlpool is moving production of its commercial frontload washing machines from Mexico to Ohio. The appliance maker, whose brands include Maytag, Kenmore and its namesake, said that 80 to 100 new jobs will be created in Ohio over the next three years to support the relocation. The Clyde, Ohio, plant is 2.4 million square feet, which Whirlpool says is the largest wash ing machine plant in the world. The company currently makes all of its residential wash ing machines for the U.S. at the plant. Whirlpool said that the move is part of its efforts to build prod ucts in the regions where they are mostly sold. It does not antic ipate any interruption in the supply.Whirlpool moving some production to US plant


E4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 27, 2013 of suite 320 with 3,510 square feet, and Mark Anthony Arias renewed the lease of Suite 101 with 700 square feet. Go to www. for information.Park Square hosts grand openingORLANDO Park Square Homes recently had a grand opening to showcase its new ve-bedroom Floridian model home at Patriots Landing at Reunion Resort, the luxury gated, golf course community on Osceola Polk Line Road off I-4 south of Orlando near Disney. Anthony Rouhana, sales and marketing coordinator for Park Square Homes, said the Floridian model offers ve bedrooms with ve full baths and a half-bath, in 3,045 square feet of living space priced from the mid-$400s with a twocar garage. Park Square Homes plans to build 50 new homes at Reunion Resort that range in size from 3,000 square feet of living space to 3,400 square feet. Rouhana said luxury homes at Reunion Resort are designed with both rear and front loading garages. Visit www. parksquarehomes. com, or call Anthony Rouhana, at Park Square Homes, 5200 Vineland Road, Orlando, at 407529-3031, or email to Arouhana@ for information.Meritage opens 7 Oaks CommunityORLANDO Meritage Homes recently opened Seven Oaks its newest community in Winter Springs located off Shepherd Road. Brian Kittle, division vice president for Meritage Homes in the Orlando region, said the new community will offer 138 home sites for three, four and ve bedroom single-family homes ranging from 2,000 to 3,467 square feet of living area. Homes at the Seven Oaks will be priced from the $200s. The Rockford model home is currently under construction and will be ready for viewing in March, offering four bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths in 2,997 square feet of living area.Lennar starts constructionTAMPA Lennar will start construction of 170 new readyto-move-in homes in 20 communities in the Tampa Bay region within the next 60 days. Mark Metheny, president of Lennars Central Florida Division, said the construction boom includes town homes, single-family homes and Lennars popular NextGen homes, designed for families with multiple generations living under the same roof. Lennar expects to open all 170 homes before March 1, Metheny said, and by that date many of the homes will have already sold. For some home buyers a move-in ready home is the more desirable option to a built-to-order home, and that opportunity will be available to them in all 20 Lennar communities in the Tampa Bay region, Metheny said. Metheny said the homes will range in size from 1,353 square feet of living space to 4,396 square feet priced from $139,900 to more than $300,000, and all Lennar homes include the homebuilders Everythings Included pledge a wide range of ener gy efcient GE stainless appliances, luxury nishes and upgrades and designer touches all included in the one Lennar Homes price. Go to www., or call Kaidy Jimenez, at Lennar Tampa, 813574-5684 or email to PEPFROM PAGE E2 TAVARES The Home Builders Association of Lake and Sumter (HBA) has announced William Bill Wilburth of W.C. Wilburth Inc. Construction Services will serve as 2014 President of the HBA. In addition to Wilburth, Sean del Castillo of Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter was selected as vice president; Paul Swanson of George Nahas Chevrolet is serving a second term as associate vice president; Dale Roberts of Dale E. Roberts and Associates as secretary/treasurer; and William Bud Dorman, as immediate past president. Newly elected Builder Directors are Andrew Nutt, Holly Homes Inc.; Philip Crotwell, Design South Homes, Inc.; and Peter Logan, Medallion Home. Newly elected Associate Directors are Susan Adams, Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply; Eric Love, The Paint Drop by Valspar; Jeanne Abernathy, Southern Style Management. Continuing Directors are Cindy Couillard, Dibarco Building Corp; Craig Hegstrom, Hegstrom Homes; Joe Ziler, Kevco Builders Inc. Life Directors are: George Hansford, Prominent Construction; Mike Carter, Granger Construction & Development; Carl Ludecke, Charlie Johnson Builder, Clarence Tibbs, STE Electrical Systems. For information, call the HBA of Lake-Sumter, 1100 N. Joanna Ave., in Tavares at 352-343-7101, or go to of Lake and Sumter selects its 2014 Officers and DirectorsORLANDO Ashton Woods Homes has named Francine Siraci as a new home sales counselor in the Orlando region. Michael Roche, vice president of sales and marketing for Ashton Woods Homes said Siraci recently started her residential real estate sales career. She was formerly a sales representative in the pharmaceutical industry for 12 years and holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Mt. Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y. Go to for information.SIRACI HIRED AS NEW SALES COUNSELOR AT ASHTON WOODS WILBURTH DORMAN ROBERTS SWANSON CASTILLO MARC LEVY and MARK SCOLFOROAssociated PressHARRISBURG, Pa. The energy industry and poli cy makers in Pennsylvania, the heart of the nations gas drilling boom, are thinking about their next moves af ter the states highest court threw out signicant por tions of a law that limit ed the power of cities and counties to regulate the in dustry. The state Supreme Court voted 4-2 last week to strike down portions of a 2012 law that had been crafted by Gov. Tom Corbett and his industry-friendly allies in the Legislature. Republican leaders in the General Assembly said the decision raised more questions than it answered and could damage the growing industry. They said they were not sure, for example, what the ruling would mean for the millions in impact fees being collected under the law. Pennsylvania has over the past ve years seen a boom in drilling and related in dustries rushing to exploit the deposits in the rock for mation known as the Mar cellus Shale, which lies deep underneath several Eastern states. The high courts decision comes as the energy industry is increasingly able to harvest oil and gas from those previously unreachable formations and, as a re sult, is bumping up against suburban and urban expec tations of land use in states including Texas, Colorado and Ohio, where a similar legal challenge is under way. The court majority said the law violated the state constitution, although they issued different opinions about why. Seven municipalities had challenged the law that grew out of the states need to modernize 20-year-old drilling laws to account for a Marcellus Shale drilling boom made possible by innovations in technolo gy, most notably horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. The process, pop ularly called fracking, has drawn widespread criticism from environmentalists and many residents living near drilling operations. Few could seriously dis pute how remarkable a rev olution is worked by this legislation upon the existing zoning regimen in Pennsylvania, including residen tial zones, wrote Chief Jus tice Ron Castille. He said the laws rules represented an unprecedented displacement of prior planning, and derivative expectations, re garding land use, zoning, and enjoyment of property. After the industry began descending on the Marcellus Shale in earnest in 2008, state Supreme Court decisions expanded the le gal gray area surrounding the extent of municipal au thority over the operation and location of oil and gas wells, critics of the decisions say. Some companies complained that municipali ties, mostly in southwestern Pennsylvania, had tried to use zoning rules to unrea sonably limit drilling. As a result, many in the industry made it a top priority to secure a law that eliminated any municipal authority over how drilling companies could operate. Corbett took ofce in 2011 and backed the industry, believing that a 1984 state law had intended to do that anyway. Colorado and Ohio have recently passed such laws. In New York, where state ofcials essentially put Mar cellus Shale drilling on hold, state courts are currently deciding whether local governments have the right to ban the industry from op erating within their borders. The law restricted local municipalities ability to control where companies may place rigs, waste pits, pipelines and compressor and processing stations. The new zoning rules never went into effect because of a court order. A narrowly divided lower court struck them down in 2012, but Cor bett appealed, saying lawmakers have clear authority to override local zoning. Among the objectionable provisions cited by the lawsuit were requirements that drilling, waste pits and pipelines be allowed in ev ery zoning district, includ ing residential, as long as certain buffers were observed. We must not allow to days ruling to send a nega tive message to job creators and families who depend on the energy industry, Corbett said, adding he will continue to work to help the energy industry thrive. Gas drilling decision leaves future uncertain


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E6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 27, 2013 Congratulations to the South Lake Pressfor 100 YEARS OF SUPPORTING Independent & Small BusinessesChristina (Christy) Kurtz-Clark CCIM ALC352-223-0817 For all your Commercial Real Estate Needs The Life Youve Waited Your Whole Life For... HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! Something for Everyone!! Let Us Find Your Dream Home! GOLF COURSE FRONTAGE! Split plan 2/2, den, lovely neutral decor, vinyl enclosed lanai plus a GARAGE SCREEN! LOW 100S # 1592 PRIME GOLF COURSE FRONTAGE! Primo pristine custom home, hardwood oors, 2/2, den, formal rooms! TOO MANY EXTRAS TO LIST! 300S #1591 CONSERVATION LOT! 2/2, leisure room, newer roof & AC, some furniture negotialbe. FENCED YARD! LOW 100S #G4701815 CONSERVATION VIEWS! On a cul-de-sac! Split 3/2, formal rooms, vinyl enclosed lanai + lg patio. NEW GRANITE KITCHEN! 160S #1594SEASONAL & LONG TERM RENTALS AVAILABLE OFFICE HOURS MON-SAT: 9-5SUN: BY APPT.25327 US Hwy. 27 Ste. 202, Leesburg, Fl. 34748(352) 326-3626 ~ (800) TOM MURPHYAssociated PressWalgreens scal rst quarter earn ings soared 68 percent, helped in part by investments that the nations largest drugstore chain has made in other companies. The Deereld Ill., company said Friday that it booked a total of $376 million in income during the quarter that ended Nov. 30 from its stakes in European health and beauty retailer Alliance Boots and U.S. pharmaceutical wholesaler AmerisourceBergen Corp. Last year, Walgreen acquired a 45 percent stake in Alliance Boots, which runs the largest drugstore chain in the United Kingdom, and it has an option to buy the rest of the company in 2015. Earlier this year, it also bought an ownership stake in AmerisourceBer gen and entered a supply agreement with the company for its drugstores, mail order and specialty pharmacy businesses. Analysts have said they like the po tential for future growth that these deals give Walgreen. Overall, Walgreen earned $695 mil lion, or 72 cents per share, in its scal rst quarter, up from $413 million, or 43 cents per share a year ago, when the company took a $24 million hit after Superstorm Sandy forced it to temporarily close hundreds of stores. Revenue climbed 6 percent to $18.33 billion. Adjusted earnings, which exclude one-time items, also totaled 72 cents per share. Analysts forecast adjusted earn ings of 72 cents per share on $18.36 billion in revenue, according to FactSet.Walgreen fiscal 1Q profit jumps 68 percent


SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 27, 2013 E7 LOCATION: 76 Fairway Circle, Umatilla FEATURES: Model Home completed in December 2012 in Twin Lakes Estates. LISTING PRICE: $159,900 SELLING PRICE: $139,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Cheryl Hilty, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Linda Arnold, CB/Camelot Realty. LOCATION: 5116 Links Lane FEATURES: 3BR/3BA, 2,320 sq. ft., screened courtyard LISTING PRICE: $199,000 SELLING PRICE: $180,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Doug DuVarney & Richard Beliveau, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Adriana Skolada, PAL Realty. LOCATION: 5310 Aurora Drive FEATURES: 2BR/2BA, 1,784 sq. ft., enclosed lanai. LISTING PRICE: $155,000 SELLING PRICE: $155,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Marilyn Morris, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Robert Podell, CB/ Camelot Realty. LOCATION: 413 Jumper Drive, Bushnell FEATURES: 2BR/2BA 1,648 sq. ft.   Adorable home on over a half acre, spacious open oor plan. Well maintained. Wood burning rplace. LISTING PRICE: $105,000 SELLING PRICE: $105,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Dale Odom & Mike Lovett, Micki Blackburn Realty Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Mary Ann Merritt, Micki Blckburn Realty Inc. LOCATION: 196 S Trowell, Umatilla FEATURES: Immaculate 3BR/2. 5BA home newly renovated. LISTING PRICE: $119,900 SELLING PRICE: $110,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Lynne Cox, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Lynn Gagnon, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. LOCATION: 2422 East Moonlight Lane, Eustis FEATURES: Spacious 4BR/2BA block home with two-car garage. LISTING PRICE: $179,900 SELLING PRICE: $170,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Lynne Cox, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Elliott & Breezy Owens, CB/Camelot Realty. LOCATION: 1415 Raintree Lane, Mount Dora FEATURES: Charming 2BR/2BA across from Lake Gertrude. LISTING PRICE: $164,900 SELLING PRICE: $150,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Lisa Jones, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Jacqueline Traynor, Run Real Estate. LOCATION: 5035 Magnolia Ridge Road FEATURES: 4BR/2.5BA, 2,892 sq. ft., enclosed lanai LISTING PRICE: $319,000 SELLING PRICE: $275,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Lauri Grizzard, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Craig Yox, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. LOCATION: 11724 Pineloch Loop, Clermont FEATURES: 4BR/ 2BA with 2,236 sq. ft. Spacious layout, formal living and dining, large kitchen that opens up to family room. LISTING PRICE: $136,000 SELLING PRICE: $136,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Brandie Mathison-Klein, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Kimberly Jones, Phillips & Associates Real Estate. LOCATION: 27304 Palmetto Avenue, Okahumpka FEATURES: Amazing 3BR/2BA home starts with plenty of parking, lovely curb appeal and a large cozy front porch. Immaculate. Large living room with built in entertainment center. Large kitchen with granite counter tops, large pantry and 6 center island. Split bedroom plan, large inside laundry room, many, many extras. LISTING PRICE: $74,900 SELLING PRICE: $68,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Lena Williams, Morris Realty & Investments. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Joan DeFoe, Mor ris Realty and Investments. LOCATION: 10583 Lake Hill Drive, Clermont FEATURES: 3BR/ 2BA    2,068 sq. ft.   Stunning Home, very well kept. Sits on a hill over looking   lake across the street. LISTING PRICE: $199,000 SELLING PRICE: $199,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Dale Odom & Mike Lovett, Micki Blakcburn Realty Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Deborah Studer, Northstar Realty Services. LOCATION: 2015 Castelli Blvd., Mount Dora FEATURES: 4BR/4BA 3,935 sq. ft. Beautiful waterfront home in desirable Loch Leven offers stunning features including gourmet kitchen, Master Suite Wing and lovely pool and spa area. List Date: 7/18/13 Sold Date: 12/13/13 LIST ING PRICE: $575,000 SELLING PRICE: $575,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Loretta Maimone Real Living Good Neighbor Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Michele Lowe, Dave Lowe Realty. LOCATION: 2205 Aitkin Loop FEATURES: 4BR/2.5BA, 2,896 sq. ft., enclosed lanai LISTING PRICE: $170,000 SELLING PRICE: $144,500 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Lindsay Sellars, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Lindsay Sellars, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. LOCATION: 4105 Foxhound Drive, Clermont FEATURES: This two story, 4BR/4.5BA, 3 car garage, a huge open kitchen with casual dining area, a formal dining area and den as well as a large great room and spacious master suite. The relaxing lanai leads out to the pool. For extra convenience, there is access to a full bathroom from the pool area. The upstairs consists of 4 bedrooms, a loft and 2 bathrooms. One of the great added features is the balcony. This community is a natural gas community built according to the Energy Star program for per sonal comfort and savings. New Construction Builder: Standard Pacic Homes. New Home Counselor: Carmen Dombrowski. SELLING PRICE: $442,053 SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Cheryl S. Glover, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. LOCATION: 12399 NE 48th Loop Oxford FEATURES: 3BR/2BA Stunning Villages of Parkwood beauty. Enjoy peaceful evenings while sitting on the back porch with a private view. Everything brand new from the LG appliances to ooring..this beauty has been barely lived in. Lovely open oor plan. LISTING PRICE: $169,900 SELLING PRICE: $145,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Lena Williams, Morris Realty & Investments. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Kristin Myers, Lake Weir Realty. LOCATION: 26036 Newcombe Circle FEATURES: 2BR/2BA, 1,293 sq. ft., enclosed lanai. LISTING PRICE: $125,000 SELLING PRICE: $108,000 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Tom Prickett, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Tom Prickett, ERA Tom Grizzard Inc. LOCATION: 2803 Wilshire Road, Clermont FEATURES: 3BR/2BA with 1,686 sq. ft. Combined living/dining room, spacious family room, screened lanai, fenced backyard. Plenty of community amenities. LIST ING PRICE: $159,000 SELLING PRICE: $150,500 LISTING AGENT & OFFICE: Brandie Mathison-Klein, Keller Williams Classic III Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Beth Atalay, Cam Realty. LOCATION: 3632 Bayshore Circle, Tavares FEATURES: 3BR/2BA, 1,506 sq. ft. Exceptional Lakefront Home. This beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bath Pool home is truly peaceful on the serene shores of Lake Idamere. List Date: 10/03/13 Sold Date: 12/12/13 LISTING PRICE: $204,900 SELLING PRICE: $192,000 LIST ING AGENT & OFFICE: Ron Schwartzman, Prestigious Home Realty. SELLING AGENT & OFFICE: Loretta Maimone, Real Living Good Neighbor Realty. PROPERTY TRANSFERS


E8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, December 25, 2013 / DAILY COMMERCIAL Friday, December 27, 2013 352-394-6611 OWNER WILL CONSIDER FINANCING3/2 with 1400 sq. ft of living. Partially fenced with 5+/acres. G4699683 $84,900 WATERFRONT PARADISE WITH OWNER FINANCING!!! 2/1 located on Lake Louisa. Quaint cottage with canal access. G4685067 $109,900 HOWEY IN THE HILLSLovely home situated on 3 lots. 3/2 with wood laminate in all living areas. Wood burning replace. G4698381 $159,900 ADORABLE HOUSE ON 4.5 ACRES3/2 with lake access. Located across from Swiss Fairways. Close to town. There are 2 additional parcels that are also for sale. G4699774 $189,900 EXQUISITE 3/2 IN ROYAL HIGHLANDS55+ Active Adult Community. Oversized lot with a screened swimming pool. Lots of privacy with no rear neighbors! G4700939 $229,900 LAKE CRESCENT HILLS WITH A REMODLED KITCHEN!!3/2 with over 2400 sq. ft of living. Screened pool. Kitchen remodeled in 2011 and Bathrooms remodeled in 2009. G4700030 $249,900 CLERMONTS PREMIERE NEIGHBORHOOD!3/2 pool home with a wood burning replace. This home has tremendous curb appeal. Too many extras to list! G4701079 $294,300 CUSTOM BUILT POOL HOME WITH OVER 2770 SQ. FT. OF LIVING4/2 with lake access and lake views. Located on a corner lot. NO HOAS. G4699876 $294,900 LOCATED IN PALISADES GOLF COMMUNITYCustom built 3/2 pool home. Located on the 17th fairway with views of the 12th & 16th. 42 kitchen cabinets with new granite counters. G4701035 $324,900 GORGEOUS HOME ON 8+/ACRES GATEDThis property would be perfect for the Horse Lover!! This 3/2 has all the upgrades. Beautiful custom kitchen. G4698888 $349,000 THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A PIECE OF LOCAL HISTORY!!!! Majestic 3 story, 4/3 home that has been totally renovated by the current owner. Possible bed & breakfast. G4699039 $364,000 PRIVATE LAKE FRONT FAMILY RANCH! Main House is 4/4 with just under 3800 sq. ft. of living. There is also a detached guest house 3/2 that is 2000 sq. ft. G4683856 $549,900 BEAUTIFUL HOME OVERLOOKING LAKE LOUISA!!!! 4/3 with over 3600 sq. ft. of living. Includes a heated pool. All of this on over 1.5 acres and your own lakefront. G4700339 $824,900 PRESTIGEOUS MARGAREE GARDENS! Home Builders personal custom built 5/3 two half baths, with over 4,000 sq. ft of living. Direct Lakefront with pool & spa, private boat dock with lift. Two master suites. Gorgeous kitchen! G4695717 $929,900 BEAUTIFUL 5+/ACRE PIECELocated across from the Swiss Fairways Golf Course. Lake Access. No Deed Restrictions or HOA. G4699786 $99,900 OWNER FINANCING AVAILABLELocated on a canal leading to Lake Louisa of the Clermont Chain. Lot dimensions are 80x400. No HOA. G4672964 $174,900 WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A CORNER COMMERCIAL LOTLocated directly on Hwy 50. Zoned Downtown Mixed use. Possible owner nancing. G4700103 $144,900 DUPLEX IN THE CITY LIMITS OF MASCOTTEUnique property that is 5 acres that is zoned low density, single family 1-4 units. G4699978 $239,900 WE HAVE BUYERS!!!! WE NEED LISTINGS!!!! CALL US TODAY FOR A MARKET ANAYLSIS ON YOUR HOME OR PROPERTY. WE NEED RENTALS!!! CHECK OUT OUR RENTAL PROGRAM. YOUR CHOICE OF TENANT ACQUISTION OR FULL MANAGEMENT. CALL RYAN HEITMAN @ 407-497-6888 VACANT LAND VACANT LAND COMMERCIAL COMMERCIAL