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SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | B1SPORTS: Former MVA hoops stars make an impression WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2014 50 NEWST AND INSIDECLASSIFIED D1 CROSSWORDS B2 REAL ESTATE C1 REMEMBER WHEN C1 SPORTS B1 VOICES A4WORD ON THE STREE T A2SOUTH LAKE PRESSV OLUME 99, NO. 1 3 SECTIOn N S 2008, HALIFAX Media Group All rights reservedwww. PRSRT-STD U.S. Postage Paid Clermont, FL Permit #280 Postal Customer Clermont, FL 34711 presort standard mail Clermont, FL Permit No. 280U.S. POSTAGE PAID 50 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.brown@dailycommercial.comDoris Bloodsworth has been hired as Clermonts new public informa tion ofcer, beginning Jan. 6, City Manager Darren Gray said. Bloodsworth, a former journalist who is nationally accredited in pub lic relations, will be coordinating communication for the city. Bloodsworth, a lifelong resident of south Lake County, is employed as the Clermont Chamber of Commerces director of marketing and communications, a post shes held for the past 15 months. Bloodsworth owned her own pub lic relations rm, has worked in mar keting and has been a reporter for Bloomberg News and the Orlando Sentinel. Im very excited about the new position. I enjoyed my time with the chamber and now, Im looking for ward to serving the citizens of Cler mont, Bloodsworth said. She said that after attended the citys visioning sessions during the summer months, she feels in touch with the direction the city is heading. Bloodsworth said she is impressed the work of city staff and ofcials deemed important to the citys future. Its a really exciting time to be with the city of Clermont. There are so many opportunities, she said. The position is new to the city. Blood sworth, author of a history of Clermont, will work for the city managers ofce. She will be in charge of issuing me dia releases and preparing content for print and electronic publications. Effective communication plays a vital role in helping our citizens stay informed about the citys initiatives that impact their lives, Gray said. We are condent that Doris experience will be invaluable in providing that information.CLERMONTBloodsworth hired by city as PR person BLOODSWORTH ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.brown@dailycommercial.comThe only thing standing in the way of Redmond Jones being named as Grovelands new city manager is a contract ne gotiation. Last week, council members reviewed the changes Jones requested after he was tentatively offered the job last week and countered with a few of their own. These discussions are just typical contract negotiations. Nothing he (Jones) asked for was outrageous, but we have to try to balance looking out for our citizens. They are the tax payers, and while we want to be fair to them, we also want to make sure we negotiate a good contract that brings someone good into the city as well, said Mayor Tim Loucks. Jones wants $10,000 for mov ing expenses, but the council is offering $7,500. Jones also wanted a monthly vehicle al lowance instead of a city vehicle, but because the city al ready has a car alotted to the city manager, he was asked to accept the vehicle. Jones also asked for 12 weeks of severance as opposed to the six weeks the city had rst of fered. Council members decided to meet Jones halfway, offer ing 8 weeks. Finally, Jones wants to work a four-day, 10-hour-per day GROVELANDCity negotiating with chosen city managerThese discussions are just typical contract negotiations. Nothing he (Jones) asked for was outrageous, but we have to try to balance looking out for our citizens.Mayor Tim Loucks METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION PHOTO LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comThe Groveland City Council unanimous ly voted last week to fund courtesy busing to the end of the school year for students resid ing north of State Road 50 who attend Groveland El ementary School. The busing for 30 students was scheduled to be discontinued on Jan. 6 unless parents wanted to start paying for it, according to the Lake County School District The council felt that the amount of money was worth allocating for the safety of our kids, Groveland Mayor Tim Loucks said. That is a minimal amount of money. Loucks said the $1,398 for courtesy busing would be taken out of council discretionary funds. County and city ofcials have expressed concerns about students safety crossing State Road 50. Because of continued shortfalls in revenue, courtesy busing for students within two miles of their home school was eliminated district wide a few months ago, according to school ofcials. That funding for Groveland was reinstated until Jan. 6. By law, the state of Florida provides transportation funding only for traditional education students that live two or more miles from the school. The Lake County School Board unanimously voted at an emergency meeting on Dec. 20 to extend cour tesy busing to the end of the school year for those students in Groveland. Bill Mathias, board member, announced at the meeting that he had positive discussions with the acting city manager of Groveland, Willie Morgan, about funding busing for students. In any event, Mathias said he was prepared to fund the busing out of his own pocket. I think (the Groveland City Council) showed real leadership and set an example of how the county, municipalities and the school board can work together for the benet and safety of our children, he said in a phone interview Wednesday morning.Groveland votes to pay for courtesy busingSEE CONTRACT | A2


A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 1, 2014A replacement of the President and Congress. These last three years we have put our country so far in debt that my grandchildren dont have a chance. Math is something I understand. Sav ing $300 billion over 10 years does nothing to an $18 trillion debt. TOM YEARICH CLERMONT A return to our Chris tian values. It seems like were getting further and further from God. Were getting more and more secular. I think He will take His blessings off of us if we dont return to Him like Hes done to all other countries through out history. DAN JONES GENEVA TAVARES Experienced players needed for local baseball clubThe Central Florida Elite Baseball Club, based in Lake County, is looking for experienced players to ll out rosters for the spring 2014 season in 13U and 14U age groups with the goal of offering a fun, yet competitive baseball experience to all participating athletes. Tryouts will be held in January in Tavares. For information, call 407-7010160 or 407-463-7995, or go to www. Volunteers needed for Tax-Aide assistanceThe AARP foundation, under the auspices of the Internal Revenue Service, provides the free service, TaxAide, assisting lowand middle-income taxpayers in preparing and ling their tax returns. Volunteer training, developed by AARP, will be offered to assist those in need at the Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont beginning in January. AARP membership is not a requirement to be a volunteer. For information, call Tony Apicella at 352-243-8249, send an email to, or go to the AARP website at Astronomy program to be offered at the Cooper LibraryAstronomer Kevin Manning will present Roadmap to the Stars: the Night Sky Explained from 5:30 to 7 / p.m., Jan. 16, in Room 108, at the Cooper Memorial Library, Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont. The free program will include infor mation all about light pollution and its effects on viewing the night sky, and is fun and educational for all ages. For information, call Dennis Smolarek at 352-536-2275, or send an email to Dade Battlefield to host reenactment this weekendRelive the beginning of the Second Seminole War at the 178th anniver sary of Dades Battle on Saturday and Sunday 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 Race for Recovery 5K fundraiser run is Jan. 11The Giancarlo Zamora Race for Recovery 5K will be held at the Minneola Trailhead Park on Jan. 11. Registration begins at 7:30 / a.m., with the race beginning at 9 / a.m. The cost is $20 (cash or checks only) with all proceeds going to help pay for Giancarlo Zamoras medical expenses. For information, call Minneola Elementary School at 352-394-2600, or Sherry Watts at 352-551-4072.TAVARES Lady Rave 12U travel softball team seeks playersThe Lady Rave 12U travel softball team seeks girls ages 12 and under to participate in the travel softball team with all positions considered. Season begins in January and runs through June. For information and to register, call Jennifer Rice at 352-255-7269, or send an email to Area Briefs What South Lake residents are saying about the...UNITED STATESIf you could grant one wish for this country for the new year, what would it be?Get rid of Obama. He says he xes everything, but hes xed nothing. The health care web site it still aint xed. LARRY MILLER CLERMONT Peace, for everyone. Were supposed to be the peacemakers, not the new Romans. ROGER WOHLGEMUTH 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 work week until he can get settled in town. Instead, the council offered to advance Jones 15 days leave and changed his start date from Jan. 2 to Jan. 6. I was just thrilled to hear that he intends to live in the city thats a plus, Loucks said, adding that he prefer Jones be at city hall ve days. We really need our city hall fully staffed and with our city manager there as much as possible, Loucks said. I think Jones would bring with him a new feeling and new ideas for our new city. The staff and council is working hard to work to gether as one team with each other and the citizens of Groveland and I think Mr. Jones would t in nicely, he said. Hes young, am bitious, knowledgeable and Im really excited to have him on board. We hope to know something by the end of this week. Jones has been offered the posi tion of city manager with a salary of $87,500, an offer hes tentatively agreed to pending nal negotiations. Jones was an assistant to the city manager in Davenport, Iowa for eight years and in Temple Terrace for two years. CONTRACT FROM PAGE A1 Staff ReportForty-seven of the best teachers in Lake County, including a number in south Lake County, have been named Teacher of the Year for their individual schools, all hoping to become Lakes overall top instructor. Over the next month they will work on a com prehensive packet de signed by the Florida De partment of Education. This packet will be scored by six judges and the three teachers, and those teach ers with the highest scores will be named nalists. According to school district spokesman Chris Pat ton, a team of judges from out of county will make site observations and conduct interviews to se lect the 2015 Lake Coun ty Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced on Feb. 22 at the Teacher of the Year Celebration at Lake Receptions, located at 4425 N. Highway 19A in Mount Dora. The nominees are: Matt Burris, Astatula Elementary; Karen Zachar, Bev erly Shores Elementa ry; Linda Wright, Carver Middle; Jennifer Lykins, Clermont Elementary; Nethia McConnell, Cler mont Middle; Stacey M. Taylor, Cypress Ridge Elementary; Betty How ard, East Ridge High; Cheryl Manganiello, East Ridge Middle; Kristy Beach, Eustis Elementary; Damian Bardoni, Eustis Heights Elementary; Jessica Dawn Mari any, Eustis High; Roberta Schneck, Eustis Middle; Ellen Miller, Fruitland Park Elementary; James Neiford, Grassy Lake El ementary; Chelsey Gismonde, Gray Middle School; Amy Tarquine, Groveland Elementary; John Wall, Humanities of Fine Arts Charter; Gina M. Hay, Lake Hills; Stephanie Dunlap, Lake Minneola High; Beth L. Thornton, Lake Technical Center; Carolyn Men dez, Lake County Virtual; Jessica Hunter, Leesburg Elementary; Keith Hyndshaw, Leesburg High; Sue Reid, Lost Lake Elemen tary; Wendi Newman, Mascotte Charter Elementary; Natalie Dyer, Minneola Charter Elementary; Billye Kozlowski, Mount Dora High; Tif fany Scott, Mount Dora Middle; Andrea Smith, Oak Park Middle; Kristin OHara, Pine Ridge Elementary; Theresa Daugherty, Rimes Early Learning Center; Rachael Adams, Round Lake Charter Elementary; Imali Kent, Sawgrass Bay Elemen tary; Edwin Anderson, Seminole Springs Elementary; Jennifer Hur ley, Sorrento Elementary; John Hebert, South Lake High; Kelly Ferrie, Spring Creek Charter; Terri Reynolds, Tavares Ele mentary; Debbie Ziebart, Tavares High; Thomas Valenta, Tavares Middle; JulieAnn Feezor, Treadway Elementary; Whitney Fraizer, Triangle Elementary; Wendy Clark, Umatilla Elementary; Jaime Adkins, Umatilla High; Kerry McLaughlin, Uma tilla Middle; Tatyana Baty, Villages Elementary; and Laurie Lindsay-Zahn, Windy Hill Middle.TAVARESSouth Lake educators among those in running for Teacher of the Year honor Staff ReportLake Countys jobless rate, which dropped to the low est point of the year in October, dropped a little more in Novem ber. The 6.3 percent jobless rate beat the statewide average of 6.4 percent, according to the Florida Department of Econom ic Opportunity. Lakes jobless rate has been lower than the na tional rate of 7 percent for the last three months. Lakes unemploy ment rate started above 8 percent in January and steadily dropped over the following three months before rising in May. The jobless rate in January was 8.3 percent, followed by 7.6 percent in February, 7.1 percent in March, 6.9 percent in April, 7.2 percent in May, 7.6 per cent in June, 7.6 percent in July, 7.3 percent in August, 6.9 percent in Sep tember, 6.4 percent in October and 6.3 percent in November. Last year at this time, the unemployment rate here was about two per centage points higher at 8.2 percent. Sumters rate was 5.5 percent in November, the same as it was the month before. In Lake, from a labor force of 130,855 people, 122,588 had jobs in No vember and 8,297 did not. In Sumter, the labor force was 36,796, with 34,759 employed and 2,037 unemployed. In November, Monroe County had the states lowest unemployment rate (3.7 percent), followed by Walton County (4.0 percent); Okaloo sa County (4.5 percent); and Alachua and St. Johns counties (4.9 per cent each). Many of the counties with the lowest unemployment rates were those with relatively high proportions of gov ernment employment, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reported. Hendry County had the highest rate (11.3 per cent), followed by Flagler County (9.2 percent), Putnam County (8.4 per cent), Madison Coun ty (8.3 percent) and St. Lucie County (8.2 per cent). Hendry was the only county in Florida with double-digit unemployment in both Octo ber and November.Lake Countys jobless rate continues to fall THANK YOU FOR READING THE SOUTH LAKE PRESS


Wednesday, January 1, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writermillardives@dailycommercial.comA man with a low IQ, convicted for the rape and murder of a Sum ter County woman, will be the focus of a U.S. Supreme Court review early next year on how to determine the men tal disability threshold in deciding when to ex ecute inmates. Freddie Lee Hall, 68, was sentenced to death in 1979 after he was convicted of kill ing Karol Lea Hurst of Wildwood in 1978. The woman was seven months pregnant when she was abducted leaving the Pantry Pride grocery store in Leesburg, raped and shot to death in a deserted Sumter County eld. After the Florida Supreme Court threw out Halls original death penalty in 1989, a judge re-sentenced him to death, while declar ing the defendant was mentally disabled. However, that decision took place before a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned the execution of mentally disabled inmates but left it to the states to deter mine mental dis ability. Florida, one of nine death penalty states with a strict IQ limit, prohibits anyone with an IQ of 70 or higher from being classied as mentally disabled. Halls scores on IQ tests ranged from 71 to 80 and he lost anoth er appeal on the death sentence after the same judge ruled his IQ scores were too high. The case will be ar gued in March, accord ing to U.S. Supreme Court documents. After the 21-year-old Hurst was raped, Hall and his accomplice, Mack Rufn Jr., forced her to write them a $20,000 check and then shot her in the head. The two men then went to Hernando County to commit a robbery, but their plans were interrupted after they fatally shot a dep uty there who had ap proached the pair after they were acting suspiciously. The two men were eventually captured and tried. Rufn is serving life in prison.High Court will review Sumter County murder case HALL LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writerlivi.stanford@dailycommercial.comLake Countys Public Works Department is studying walking paths and trafc patterns near Lake Minneola High School to gauge exactly where sidewalks will be built and a trafc signal may be installed. The county has now re ceived state funding for the North Hancock Road extension project. Construction is expected to begin in September 2014 with a completion date of 2016. The project in volves constructing sidewalks on the west side of North Hancock Road, all the way past Lake Minneola High School. A biking trail will also be extended on the east side of the road. The Lake Coun ty School Board has re quested that the county pay for courtesy busing for those students in the Skyridge subdivision who attend Lake Minne ola High School until the sidewalks are built. County ofcials say the decision on courte sy busing rests with the school board and not the county. On Jan. 14, county commissioners will discuss the school boards request to pay for past and current costs of courtesy busing at Lake Minneola. Fred Schneider, director of engineering for Lake Countys Public Works Department, said it is important to as sess how many students are expected to walk in the area if they are not bused. It is looking at current projected walkers, the trafc and the directions they are going, he said. So far, the studys pre liminary results have highlighted the need to install a trafc signal at North Hancock and Fos gate Road, Schneider said. The preliminary re sults is that we can nd a warrant for it because of the current and project ed trafc in the area, he said. That is the main drive into the high school. Trafc is expected to increase with the building of the turnpike in terchange within the city of Minneola, Schneider noted. T.J. Fish, executive di rector of the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Plan ning Organization, agreed the signal is war ranted. The long-range plans call for Fosgate Road to be connected to U.S. Highway 27 to the west, he said. That would create east-west volumes of trafc in addition to the north-south volumes of trafc on Hancock with the new interchange opening. School board ofcials have expressed concern about the lack of sidewalks on Turkey Farm Road and have requested they be constructed for students safety. Because of the lack of sidewalks on Turkey Farm, there is concern about students walking along the shoulder and the volumes of traf c and speed, Schnei der said. As a result, he said, the Hancock Road extension project includes converting Turkey Farm Road to a neighborhood road where speed limits would be 25mph.MINNEOLA WEIRSDALEStudy to evaluate traffic patterns, walking paths THERESA CAMPBELL | Staff Writertheresacampbell@dailycommercial.comTwenty-four years ago Pam Clements bought a 12-piece Christmas Village from Heilig Meyers, a former furniture store in Leesburg. Today, her village resembles a bustling metropolis of 4,000 pieces that takes up the entire living room of her 3-bedroom Weirsdale home. It has everything from a Walmart, a Dollar General, a bowling alley, theaters, and a re department. Instead of a village, its more like a city now, said the 53-year-old grandmother of two young boys. It has a mountain scene with houses, ski slopes, and its really neat to see. She plans to make her col lection a permanent xture that stays up year round. It will probably take up two rooms within the next couple of years, Clements said. Were planning on knocking a wall down between a spare bedroom and the living room I would just like to see it get bigger and bigger. I want to make it as big as I can get it. She envisions her Christmas village growing to around 7,000 pieces. Clements has already invested $10,000 in her collection and has no plans to stop. She delights in buying new items after Christmas, when stores mark down holiday decora tions. I have had a blast with it, she said, noting each piece is special, including the San ta sleeping in a hammock that she received last year as a Christmas gift from one of her daughters. I always enjoy try ing to gure out where to put the pieces; theyre all my favorites. Clements was joined by her husband, Robbie, as they two began putting up the collec tion in October, and it has been a work-in-progress all the way up to Christmas Eve for the nishing touches. The last items to install were the roadways, townspeople gu rines and turning on the lights. One of our friends came by and he had never seen it be fore, and his jaw just hit the oor, Clements said. He said he never imagined that it would be so big. The family has a 1 1/2 foot walkway in a U-shape around the village, and the grand mother said she cant wait for her two grandsons, ages 3 and 9, to see the massive village today. My girls dont like it at all, Clements said with a chuckle, noting her daughters, ages 28 and 24, have made it very clear that they do not want to inher it the village. Thats OK with Clements, who intends to enjoy her col lection year round and for many Christmases to come.Christmas village of 4,000 pieces brings joy to collector THERESA CAMPBELL / DAILY COMMERCIAL Pam Clements assembles some of the last pieces of her Christmas village on Tuesday at her Weirsdale home. She has 4,000 pieces and wants to expand her village from her living room into a bedroom.


A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 1, 2014Vote Democrat, the reasons are clearThomas Abrehamsons letter from Dec. 8 asks why he should vote Democrat. First reason: Most of what he writes is incorrect, and I wonder where he gets his information. I am a life-long Democrat. I have never gotten anything from the government for free, nor have I experienced a loss of any freedom. I am a member of a large family born of a hardworking, independent Irish immigrant mother. All of my six siblings were taught to work hard from an early age, give a good days work for a good days salary, pay taxes willingly and be grateful for all of the advantages of being an American. Democrats believe in the middle class and every Americans right to a decent public education and an equal opportunity to progress. We are law-abiding, compassionate people, which is why we extend a helping hand to those who have suffered severely, such as those in the Philippines due to the typhoon. He believes smaller government would be best. Does he really believe that living under a plutocracy, as we are experiencing now, or an oligarchy with only a few very rich people ruling our country, would be better? It would be smaller, yes. The government needs to consolidate many agencies and can denitely nd ways to cut spending, but the government also needs more income to do the necessary infrastructure work bridges, roads, tunnels, schools, etc., and protect our country. Is it fair that corporations, oil companies and the wealthiest have multiple loopholes to avoid paying their fair share? Democrats think not. Democrats care about their fellow Americans and do not grovel at the feet of the greedy. We are proud Americans who recognize the many problems in government and are willing to cooperate and look for solutions rather than play political tit for tat.MARY OHANLON | ClermontMall theater was clean, employees were helpfulIn response to recent negative reports as to the uncleanliness of the Lake Square Mall s AMC movie theaters sometimes when someone fails, let them x the problem before spreading blown-out-of-proportion stories. My husband and I enjoy going to the movies and having a good selection of new movies to choose from at a theater close by. On Dec. 3, we went to the movies and as usual the theater was clean and the employees friendly and helpful. Please go and enjoy a good movie and dont let negative comments ruin what could be a pleasant time at the movies. Because, if we dont support our local businesses, and give them a second chance they close down and they usually dont come back. Lets support our community.CAROL DEVLIN | LeesburgConsumers can help boost job growthThe largest problem facing our nation today is jobs. You as a consumer have a huge impact in creating jobs. The Christmas season is the time of year when the consumer has the greatest impact because thats when they spend the most money. That is true whether you greet people with Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Use your power wisely. Buy products made in the USA to create American jobs. You need not buy only American products. The Million Jobs Project says if we only spend an additional 5 percent on Americanmade products we will create one million jobs. Second, look for a union label on the products you buy. They may be difcult to nd because the unions have been reduced to a fraction of what they were in the past, but give it a try. Union workers earn living wages and have the benets to lead a better life, which they deserve. We should do what we can to enable American workers to lead good lives. Finally, when you buy imported products, try to nd out if they were manufactured under the review of organizations that demand an end to sweatshops and develop codes of conduct for manufacturers, such as the Workers Rights Consortium (WCR) or Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR). The Fair Trade movement cer ties ethically produced items like handicrafts, soccer balls, chocolate and wine. While these organizations dont create American jobs they enable us to incorporate the spir it of Christmas in our holiday purchases.BILL LORSON | LeesburgNewspaper does good job on water storiesKudos to the Daily Commercial for covering a series recently on Floridas natural water and the concern for the growing depletion and pollution of the natural springs, one of Floridas great natural resources and source of beauty. The Dec. 3 article, especially, (Water rules muddied by politics) was so informative. Though I worked for over a year with the Florida Park Service, both in High Springs and in Tallahassee, I learned much more. Just the disclosure of a farmer permit request to discharge 5.5 million gallons from the acquirer is staggering. There are so many Floridians interested in protecting and preserving these natural resources, and yet we know the reality we are facing with the ever growing demand for water from a growing population, development, and businesses. There is often more than one way to solve a problem, and there is one obvious way to greatly alleviate the water problem, especially for the cattle farmers who need much more water than a household. Last time I checked, rain comes from the sky. I nd it interesting that cisterns are hardly heard of in Florida. Believe it or not, compared to ancient Israel, we are living in the dark ages when it comes to collecting and storing water, at least in some aspects. One of my areas of research has been the archaeology of the Middle East (and the religions of). One just needs to study the elaborate rainwater channeling system and water collection system that Qumran had. One would nd it amazing that in that climate with as little rain as it gets per year, when it did come, and within minutes, it would be channeled to cisterns and they will ll up in sections, like water gushing in the wilderness (c.f. Is. ch. 35). A good book highlighting this is Prof. Jodi Magness, The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Eerdmanns, 2002. All farmers should be collecting some rainwater. This makes the most sense. And no farmer should be permitted to draw 5.5 million gallons a day from the aquifer. That should be totally unacceptable. Let them collect it from the sky.PAUL WHEELHOUSE | LeesburgGroveland council deserves praise for bus fundingSometimes the consequences of mixing politics and governing arent pretty. Sometimes politicians have to put a spin on difcult nancial decisions to make them appear more palatable to a skeptical and cynical public. Difcult decisions sometimes lead to sour feelings. This was the case with the Lake County School Boards decision earlier this year to eliminate courtesy busing for students who live within two miles of their pub lic schools. The savings for the school district was rela tively minor, but board members insisted it was a signicant enough savings in austere times. What inevitably followed was something of a small-scale restorm from parents who had to adjust their schedules to get their children safe ly to school. School district ofcials later said they would in fact provide courtesy busing to students within that 2-mile range for a fee. While a small, somewhat political concession, that still wasnt well received by many parents who argued that it hardly resolved the problem in the rst place and placed a nancial burden on many of them. Along comes the Groveland City Council, which committed to paying for busing those students living north of State Road 50 and who attend Groveland Elementary School to the end of this school year. Groveland has certainly not been a stranger to controversy. Complaints over the last year of draconian governing and micromanaging by city ofcials have haunted council members and led to a state investigation over alle gations of conicts of interests and violations of open-government laws. In the past few months, we have taken a hard line in our editorials against some of the allegations and inaction by council members. This decision by the council, however, deserves our attention, for different reasons. We applaud the council for considering the safety of students by allocating the money. While the amount $1,398 is relatively insignicant, the principle behind it is com mendable. City ofcials said they would withdraw the money from the citys discretionary fund. School board members voted to extend courtesy busing to those Groveland students following the councils action. We agree and were hoping that this is the decision that turns the page on Grovelands not-so-pleasant picture of local governance during 2013. It sure looks that way to us. YOUR EDITORIAL BOARDROD DIXON . .......................................... PUBLISHERTOM MCNIFF . ................................. EXECUTIVE EDITORBILL KOCH . ...................... ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITORSCOTT CALLAHAN . ................................ NEWS EDITORGENE PACKWOOD . ...................... EDITORIAL WHATS YOUR OPINION?The SOUTH LAKE PRESS invites you to write letters to the editor expressing your original thoughts on topics of public inter est. Letters should be no longer than 350 words. They must be original, signed with the full name of the writer, and include the writers address and telephone number for verication. We re serve the right to edit for length to make room for more letters. Letters also will be edited for grammar, clarity, taste and libel. We accept no more than two letters per month from the same writer. No open letters, form letters or copies of letters to third parties will be published. We do not publish unsigned letters. Submissions are not returned. We retain the right to archive and republish any material submitted for publication.You can submit your letters by:Email (preferred) to:slpress@dailycommercial.comBy regular mail to:Letters to the Editor 732 W. Montrose St. Clermont, FL 34711By fax to:352-394-8001EDITORIALSEditorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial board, not any individual. They are written by the editorial staff but are not signed. Local editorials are published Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.GUEST COLUMNSIf you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to southlakepress@, or mail it to Letters to Editor, 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711. 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Wednesday, January 1, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 HWY 27/441 2 miles from Hwy 27 787-4440 $300OFFREMANUFACTURED CARTSCash or check. Must present ad on purchase. Limited Time Offer See store for details. 352-394-8228Ron Becker, Director $675 DEATH NOTICESBilly Forrest BrunsonBilly Forrest Brun son, 66, of Paisley, died Saturday, December 21, 2013. Beyers Funer al Home. Umatilla.Charles W. ConleyCharles W. Conley, 68, of Sorrento, died Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis.Wieka DykstraWieka Dykstra, 67 of Palmetto, died Thursday, December 19, 2013. Page-Theus Fu nerals & Cremations, Leesburg.Melanie HatcherMelanie Hatcher, 50, of Clermont, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory.Ronald Earl HutchinsRonald Earl Hutchins, 76, of Leesburg died Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Hamlin & Hil bish Funeral Directors.Dale Leroy KellamDale Leroy Kellam, 93, of Waco, Texas, died Thursday, December 19, 2013. Page-Theus Funerals & Cremations. Leesburg.Christina Lynne KitchensChristina Lynne Kitchens, 27, of Ocklawaha, died Thursday, November 21, 2013. Page-Theus Funerals & Cremations. Leesburg.Margaret Lillian LeavittMargaret Lilian Leavitt, 77, of Paisley, Died, December 18, 2013. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla.Louis J. MatteoLouis J. Matteo, 79, of Leesburg, died Sunday, December 22, 2013. National Cremation Society, Fruitland Park.Renard McCainRenard McCain King, 62, of Coleman died Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla.Roger W. RobersonRoger W. Roberson. 74 of Wildwood, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Page-Theus Fu nerls & Cremations, Leesburg.Efrain RodriguezEfrain Rodriguez, 39, of Mount Dora, died Saturday, December 21, 2013. Hamlin & Hil bish Funeral Directors, Eustis.Daniel Shawn RobertsDaniel Shawn Roberts, 40, of DeLand, died Sunday, December 22, 2013. Beyers Fu neral Home, Umatilla.Thomas SandersThomas Buddy Sanders, 71, of Bushnell, died Thursday, December 26, 2013. Mar vin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc., Apopka.Edwin O. Sykes, Jr.Edwin O. Sykes, Jr., 66 of Bradenton, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Page-Theus Funerals & Cremations, Leesburg.James Stephen TurnerJames Stephen Turn er, 73, of Leesburg, died Friday, December 27, 2013. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg.Robert Earl VanceRobert Earl Vance, 83, of Tavares, died Tuesday, December 24, 2013. National Cremation Society, Fruitland Park.IN MEMORY THERESA CAMPBELL | Staff Writertheresacampbell@dailycommercial.comJohna McCormick, 79, broke down in tears after be ing reunited this week with her beloved dog, Cuddles, who is now home recuperating from two surgeries after being severely beaten in a de liberate attack. The Dec. 16 beating on Cuddles was reported to the Marion County Sheriffs Ofce, and McCormick believes the attack on the small 6-pound dog, a Chinese crested powderpuff, may be linked to a string of neighborhood burglaries that have taken place in her Summer eld retirement community near The Villages. I was so afraid that I would lose her, said McCor mick, distraught that some one would deliberately harm Cuddles, leaving the dog with fractured ribs and bro ken legs sustained when the indoor pet was outside on a potty break. Sometimes it takes her 45 minutes to an hour to do her business; we never dreamed that somebody would jump the fence and hurt her, Mc Cormick said, noting her dog rarely barks. She has soft barks that are more like whimpers. When Cuddles was rst found unable to move, Mc Cormick feared her dog had suffered a stroke. Cuddles was rushed to Petsmart in Lady Lake, where the veterinary team told Mc Cormick that the cruel attack on her dog was no accident; it was deliberate. Cuddles needed extensive care and was referred to the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital in Gaines ville, where she was placed in the intensive care unit. They had her in obser vation for two days because she was so traumatized, and they had to do a lot on her because she was so bad, Mc Cormick said. The doctors were all so wonderful, all so good, ev ery one of them, McCormick said, noting some of the sur geons reduced the $10,000 medical bill on Cuddles down to $6,000. Its still a lot of money, said McCormick, who was approved for a partial loan, while some friends have do nated $270 to the cause. Monetary donations to cov er Cuddles medical bill may also be sent to University of Florida Small Animal Hospi tal in Gainesville in the dog and McCormicks name. We have no proof of who hurt her, but whoever did it, it was terrible what they did to her, just terrible, McCor mick said. Cuddles now wears a col lar to prevent her from gnawing at her recovering legs. McCormick cant wait for the day when she can cuddle Cuddles in her arms and take her beloved pet back out on walks just like old times. I had bought her a little jacket and wed go walking every morning and every night. She loved it and was so happy, McCormick said of the dog she rescued more than 12 weeks ago when Cuddles nearly got hit on Highway 42. She found Cuddles ap peared to have been thrown out and neglected. The dog didnt have any teeth and she learned from a veterinarian that Cuddles previously had a broken jaw. McCormick vowed to give Cuddles the proper attention she deserved. She was like my shadow, McCormick said of her be loved lap dog following her around. She would do ev erything that I told her. McCormick continues to work fulltime and does private duty care in The Villages, and she made arrangements to bring Cuddles with her on the job while her pet is recu perating. She hopes the perpetrator of the cruel act on Cuddles is arrested. There have been a lot of robberies and were all afraid, McCormick said of her neighbors. There are a lot of elderly people in the area. If someone is going to hurt a dog, can you imagine what they could do to one of us? Its terrible. McCormick said she will be forever grateful for the veter inary team at UF Small An imal Hospital, and she was thrilled to be able to bring Cuddles home for the holi days. She was scared, but once I petted her and talked to her, she quit shaking, said McCor mick. She was real sweet. PHOTOS BY BRETT LEBLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Johna McCormick, 79, holds her dog Cuddles, 7, in Summereld on Thursday. Cuddles suffered four breaks in three of her legs and several broken ribs during what McCormick believes was a deliberate attack.SUMMERFIELDSeverely beaten dog recovering Staff ReportLand behind Palm Plaza on U.S. 27 could be more easily developed with nancial incentives for the landowner that the city of Leesburg is asking the state to support. The city wants the Florida De partment of Environmental Pro tection to designate the Walling Crate Company behind the plaza as a Browneld Area for the pur poses of economic development, environmental remediation and rehabilitation. If given that status, the owner of the four-acre tract which has buildings dating back to 1922 would be eligible for cleanup tax credits, sales tax credits on building materials, a loan guaran tee program and clean-up liability protection from the state. The owner, Walling Crate Com pany Inc. and Walling Enterprises Inc., would additionally be eligible to receive fully deductible past and future clean-up costs from the fed eral government. The city would have no nancial involvement. The Walling Family made wooden and wire crates for citrus and vegetables in Weirsdale before moving the company to Leesburg nearly 100 years ago. The com panys steam whistle summoned workers in the morning and told them when to go home at night. Freezes hurt the citrus industry, business slowed and the switch to cardboard boxes led to the closure of the crate and pallet mill in 1986. Robert Walling ran it for years but state records list the companys ofcers now as Stuart and Bennett Walling. Walling Enterprises also owns Palm Plaza and all of the undevel oped land behind the shopping center not associated with the crate company, property records show. According to the state, the pri mary goals of the Browneld Rede velopment Act are to reduce public health and environmental hazards on existing commercial and in dustrial sites that are abandoned or underused due to these haz ards; create nancial and regulato ry incentives to encourage volun tary clean-up and redevelopment of sites; and derive clean-up target levels. The Wallings could not be reached for comment Thursday. Robert Sargent, spokesman for the city, is on vacation until the rst of the year.LEESBURGOfficials consider incentives for crate company cleanup


A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 1, 2014 Get OutGo!& ATTENTION RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF GROVELANDThe City of Groveland has been awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to provide Housing Rehabilitation assistance for a minimum of nine (9) singlefamily housing units throughout the City. The City of Groveland is currently accepting applications from residents of the City that are interested in participating in the Citys CDBG program. If you are interested in obtaining an application, the City has made the application available upon request by contacting Shannon Ferrell at (352) 429-2141 x233, City of Groveland, 156 S. Lake Avenue, Groveland, Fl 34736 or the office of Jordan & Associates at (904) 264-6203. Upon completion, the application must be submitted to Shannon Ferrell, City of Groveland, 156 S. Lake Avenue, Groveland, FL 34736 All applications are due by 5:00 pm, on January 13, 2014. Residents interested in obtaining additional information regarding the Citys CDBG Housing Rehabilitation program or requiring assistance with the Homeowner Application are encouraged to attend the Homeowner Application Workshop on January 9, 2014. The Homeowner Application Workshop will be held at the E.L. Puryear Building, 243 South Lake Avenue, Groveland, FL 34736 The Citys Homeowner Application Workshop will include a general presentation on the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation program and the Homeowner Application, followed by individual sessions with residents requiring assistance with the Homeowner Application. The Homeowner Application Workshop will be conducted on January 9, 2014, from 2:30 pm 5:00 pm. The City of Groveland is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Handicapped Accessible/Fair Housing Jurisdiction.235434 January 1, 2014 Staff reportStu dents at Montverde Acade my recently collected 540 jars of peanut butter and jelly enough to create 2,070 sandwiches to feed hungry kids on Christmas vacation from their schools. Students in the academys mid dle-school National Junior Honor Society conducted their Pea nut Butter and Jelly Drive between Dec. 3 and Dec. 11, according to sixth-grade teacher Sara Parets. We collected enough (peanut butter and jelly) to feed children for more than 450 weekends, she said in a press release. We are very proud of the NJHS and the middle school student body. The NJHS will partner with Buses n Backpacks again in the spring to help prepare for spring break. Buses n Backpacks is a community outreach program spon sored by non-prot religious or ganization Church at South Lake Community Ministries, located in Clermont. The groups Buses n Backpacks charity programs act in partnership with 16 local schools. Last school year, more than 60,000 meals were provided and of cials hope to double that amount this year by serving more schools and students Many are homeless in our area, Parets said. Every week, the organization gathers up supplies and volunteers and packs plain, un marked backpacks wit h nutritious food for the weekend. Students are given the full backpacks discreet ly on Friday and return them emp ty today. During extended breaks, like the upcoming Winter break, the organization strives to send them home with enough food to cover at least one meal a day.MONTVERDEStudents stick to the task CINDY DIAN / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Delias Boutique owner Diane Salutare has been in retail since she was 16. RICK REED Special to The CommercialMonday is Make An Offer Day at Delias Boutique in downtown Leesburg. Its just one of the many gimmicks proprietor Diane Salutare employs to attract cus tomers to her shop, which is as eclectic as her promotions. How does it work? If something costs $25 the customer may say how about $20, explained Salutare. I say yes or no. She either accepts the offer, or she doesnt. On Tuesdays, if you buy two you get half off on one. And Wednesday its buy one and get one item of equal value. And every day is 10 percent off for seniors. Its something every day, she said. But she complained that on her last Monday nobody dickered on the price. Nobody made an offer. Delias Boutique of fers clothing, gifts and jewelry. Its an eclectic mix of clothes from 3 small to 3XXX. Delias has ready to wear evening wear and country wear. And, unlike most clothing shops in downtown Leesburg, the merchandise is new, not used or consigned. Most stores downtown are resale; Im retail, Salutare said. Im getting my own people who dont want used clothing. Salutare knows the business. Ive been in retail since I was 16, she said. Now Im 55 and this is my ninth store. Originally Im from New York. I was al ways fashion and went to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. I took art illustration and de sign. I wanted to sketch clothes. She worked at Saks Fifth Avenue and moved to Florida in 1990. Her rst store was in Ft. Lauderdale, then DeLand, across from Stetson University. She moved to Califor nia for 10 year and in 2005 returned to Flor ida, and opened stores in Winter Springs and then Sanford. After selling the store in Sanford she found herself in Leesburg one day. I stumbled along Main Street and found a store I rented for three months, Salutare said. I found Leesburg to be very warm and re ceived a welcome re ception. After three months, she moved into her present location at 200 W. Main St., across the street from the old Tropic Theatre. That was three years ago. Her long journey to Leesburg has inuenced how she buys merchan dise from her shop. I dont go to market, after having all these stores and being in busi ness so long I just pick up the phone, Salutare said. Ill tell them my cap is $200 this week. She never knows what shell get. But she gets it at a good price. It could be a bath ing suit in winter and a blanket in the sum mer, she said. You never know what you will nd. But if you need a costume, for sure come here. Salutare said she has a background with movie people and a lit tle room in the back that has costumes in it. Another thing she offers is good customer service. I know when I go somewhere that I like to get help, she said. I like to help. I pride myself on customer service. For instance, she offers layaway. Im doing what other stores dont do, she said. Delias Boutique is open Monday through Saturday from 10 / a.m. until 5 / p.m. and Sun day by appointment. I have something for everyone, she said. But Im catering more to seniors. Salutare likes being in Leesburg and is in volved in her community, offering things gift certicates for charity events. Delias Boutique is at 200 W. Main St. For in formation, call 352321-0628.Leesburg boutique makes shopping fun


B1SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 1, 2014 YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTSSPORTS EDITOR . ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE . ............................ 365-82683 FAX . .......................................... 394-8001 E-MAIL . ........ sports@dailycommercial.comSPORTSandLEISURE Staff ReportMontverde Academy will host its third annual Mont verde Academy Invitational Soccer Tournament January 16 to 18 at the MVA Athletic Complex. The tournament will feature six teams ranked among the top 50 winter soccer programs in the na tion by Each day will feature four games. Contests on Thursday and Friday will start at 2 / p.m. and run every two hours. On Saturday, games will start at 12:30 / p .m., 2:30 and 4:30. The M.A.S.T. championship game will be played at 7:30 / p.m. Adult admission is $10 and students are $7. Con cessions will be available. All games will be streamed live by site (PPV), and updated tour nament information and logistics can be found by visiting the M.A.S.T. Facebook page (third annual Montverde Academy Soccer Tournament) and following on Twitter @Mont verdeMAST. Sponsorships of the M.A.S.T. are available by contacting M.A.S.T. Director Brad Long at 407-4692561. The high-school soccer teams participating in this years M.A.S.T. are: %  en North Broward Prep Coconut Creek %  en Auburndale High School Auburndale %  en Coppell High School Coppell, Texas %  en Brophy Prep Phoe nix, Ariz. %  en San Clemente High School San Clemente, Calif. %  en West Orange High School Winter Garden %  en American Heritage Plantation Delray Beach %  en Montverde Academy MontverdeMONTVERDESoccer tourney will feature top national talent SEAN HURDGW HatchetAfter helping his high school team win ESPNs National High School Invitational last April, freshman Miguel Cartagena GWs newest point guard talent saw a familiar face in the stands. It was Patricio Garino, GWs defensive stopper who had just come off a standout year for the Colonials. Garino, a teammate of Cart agenas at Montverde Academy just a year ago, was not there only to cheer on his old team. He had come to entice Cartagena to GW in part because of a strong bond the two developed at the prep school. He used to take care of me, and watch out for me, Carta gena said. Patricio is like the older brother I never had. Hes always being that brother to me. When things are not going good, hes always been there. Hes always that guy to tell me, Hey, tomorrow is another practice, another day, just keep it up. Much of that connection was spurred by the distances the two men had traveled. Both came from outside the U.S.: Garino from Mar del Plata, Ar gentina, and Cartagena from Aibonito, Puerto Rico. They both also dazzled on the national stage for their home countries. Cartagena has represented Puerto Rico since he was eight years old, most notably in 2011, where he played in the FIBA Americas Under-16 Champi onship. He led the competition in scoring at 22.4 points, scor ing a high of 36 points against Canada. Meanwhile, Garino joined the Argentinean junior national team at the age of 14. Both play ers said that representing their countries have been some of the best experiences of their lives. Cartagena decided to make the transition to the U.S. in the Former Montverde stars making an impression at George Washington SUBMITTED PHOTO Both freshman Miguel Cartagena and sophomore Patricio Garino attended Montverde Academy after traveling from Puerto Rico and Argentina respectively.He used to take care of me, and watch out for me. Patricio is like the older brother I never had. Hes always being that brother to me. When things are not going good, hes always been there. Hes always that guy to tell me, Hey, tomorrow is another practice, another day, just keep it up.Miguel Cartagena FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comLeesburg got two goals in the opening 16 minutes of the game and that was more than enough behind the Yel low Jackets stout de fense in a 2-0 win against Lake Minneola Dec. 19 at Lake Minneola. The Yellow Jackets improved to 11-0-1 with the win. Clayton McDaniel scored Leesburgs rst goal, in the fourth min ute, off an assist from Lane Gonzalez. Uzi Hernandez added an insurance goal in the 16th minute.LAKE MINNEOLA GIRLS UPSET LEESBURGThe Leesburg girls soccer teams hopes for an undefeated season ended Dec. 19 when Lake Minneola edged the Yellow Jackets 2-1. Leesburg (14-1-1) got its lone goal from Kris ten Sullivan. Sarah McKinney stopped 12 shots for Leesburg (14-1-1). Lake Minneola improved to 8-2-1.Leesburg boys top Lake Minneola, 2-0 BRETT LEBLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Leesburg freshman Uziel Hernandez (14) and Lake Minneola senior Austin MacCraw (4) chase after a loose ball. Staff ReportMount Dora Bible trounced opponents on back-to-back nights recently to claim the cham pionship in the Cletus Stutzman Holiday Classic tournament. Mount Dora took the seminal game from South Sumter High, 77-57 on Dec. 20 as Zack Ward poured in 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Lamar Smith added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Zack Brock chipped in 12 and 8 assists. In the nal the next night, Mount Dora (9-4) handled Merritt Island High School with ease, 59-49, behind 25 points from Smith. Ward added 16 points and 4 rebounds and Brock contributed 9 points and 5 assists.Mount Dora Bible wins holiday classic title SEE HOOPS | B4


B2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 1, 2014 FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writerfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comMontverde Academy is known nationally for its boys basketball and soccer programs. The Eagles now are branching out and nding themselves with stand outs in the various individual sports, as well. Montverde Academy se nior Francesco Racanelli recently was named as one of the top 500 tennis players in the world, based on the latest rankings from the International Tennis Federation. Partly as a result of his rankings, Racanelli has earned a chance to play in the ju nior competition at the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne, Aus tralia. Racanellis coach, Cesar Villarroel, said Racanelli has received sever al offers to play tennis in collge. For now, however, Villarroel said Raca nelli is focused on meeting his aca demic requirements at Montverde Academy and is looking forward to play for the Eagles this season. Still, Villarroel acknowledges that Racanelli could explore playing professionally after graduation. Villarroel, who runs a branch of his tennis academy the Cesar Villarroel Tennis Academy at Montverde Acad emy, said he will support Racanelli, no matter what future plans might include. Francesco has some options available to him due to his abili ties and world-wide rankings as a tennis player, Villarroel said.Francesco is from Vene zuela where he is ranked number 2 in his country in the ju nior division. He is currently ranked 430 in the world in the junior division and will be ranked in the top 350 in 2014. Racanelli has played in countless tournaments around the world this year, said Villarroel, with great re sults. He reached the seminals in several tournaments and recorded a win in doubles. Most recently, Racanelli reached the seminals in singles and doubles in a ITF tournament in Panama. I am a rm believer in the old say ing the Champions are not born, they are made and winners are the ones that give their all to become the best player and person they can be, Villarroel said. Francesco ts that saying perfectly. Hes an excellent player and an excellent person.MVAs Racanelli among top 500 tennis players RACANELLI Call the South Lake Press to get your ad in! 394-2183


Wednesday, January 1, 2014 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!


B4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 1, 2014 summer of 2011 to play basketball for head coach Kevin Boyle at Mont verde a nationally renowned pro gram built up by former GW assistant coach Kevin Sutton. The program modeled that of a college team, with a high level of competition, scouting and television exposure. Initially, Cartagena struggled to adjust to boarding school life in the U.S. It was tough, being away from home that much of the time, Cart agena said. I think that the big gest fact that I always point out is the type of independence that you have to have. It was something that helped me grow as a human being and as a player. Having gone through the same ex perience himself, Garino was able to help Cartagena tremendously during his transition, acclimat ing him to school life and the team. The pair became close, so when Garino came back to present him with the opportunity to play side by side again, Cartagena weighed the offer heavily. Within weeks, Cartagena visited GW, met with the players and coach ing staff, gave his verbal commit ment, and days later signed his na tional letter of intent to play for head coach Mike Lonergans team. Garino, who is most familiar with Cartagenas on-the-court tenden cies, rattled off a scouting report for his teammates on-court strengths. Hes not selsh at all, he has a really high IQ, and he knows how to play the game, Garino said. He can real ly shoot. Hes not that tall, but thats not a problem for him. He might have to put on some weight at the college level, but he knows how to move his feet, he is really quick and understands how everything goes. Now, with Garino coming off a strong freshman season that saw him nish fourth in the Atlantic 10 in steals and Cartagena entering as a skilled point guard, the pair hopes their chemistry can help GW. Garino says that he has worked hard on his ball-handling and outside shooting, which will complement his already strong defensive presence that helped him set a GW freshman record with 68 steals. The 6-foot-6-inch forward says hes also gotten stronger, and will feel more comfortable going to the rim this season after playing through a me niscus injury at the end of last sea son. Garino faces adversity already, though, before even having played a single game this year: He fractured a nger during a preseason practice, which required surgery Oct. 25. Lonergan said he expects Garino to re turn to the lineup in early December. Cartagena, the 6-foot-2 guard, will look to back up sophomore point guard Joe McDonald for most of the season, but right now, has a chance to make a great rst impression with Mc Donald recovering from a hip injury. In the teams exhibition game against Bowie State, he showed his ability to avoid defenders with his ball-han dling, scoring 11 points. Cartagena is ready to be Lonergans second option, and at this point, just wants to learn and improve his game like he once did before with Garino. I really just want to be a sponge and learn as much as I can, Cart agena said. I also want to improve my body as much as I can, and make a transition to become a better point guard and a better player. I want to do as many things as I got to do to make our team win.Sean Hurd is a contributing editor for the GW Hatchet, the student newspaper at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. HOOPS FROM PAGE B1


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 PRESS Wednesday, January 1, 2014 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: Monroe, Mich. %  en OCCUPATION: Owner of Genesis Sourcing Solutions, a credit card processing and merchant nancing company. Allows companies to take credit cards or secure small-business loans for operating capital. %  en FAMILY: I have been married to my wife, Pam, for more than 20 years. We met at the University of Michigan. We have ve children. Sarah, 18, attends Indiana Wesleyan University for nursing; Brittany, 16, is a junior at Lake Minneola High and committed to the University of Pittsburgh for gymnastics; John, 15, is a freshman football player at LMHS; Madison is 13 and dances at Shooting Stars here in Clermont; and David is 11 and loves Pop Warner football with the Knights. We also have two dogs, Bella and Oreo. What do you enjoy most about South Lake County? We just recently moved from Chicago, so the weather is pretty obvious. A few days ago it was negative 5 where we used to live and 65 here. Seems like a no-brainer. But this community is more than FROM THE FILES | 44 YEARS AGO 1970Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet YourNEIGHBORJOHN WEST JACKSON RECOGNIZED FOR HEROIC RESCUEThe Carnegie Foundation of Pittsburgh, Pa., has awarded Clermonts Fred Jackson its bronze medal in recognition of Your outstanding heroism in saving Mrs. Sullivan and attempting to save Mr. Earnest Howard from drowning on Jan. 20, 1970, in East Lake in Clermont. Jackson will receive a medal and $500 for educational pur poses. Mrs. Roy Lassiter drew his heroism to the foundations attention.MIDDLE SCHOOL DESIGNATION BEGINSClermont Junior High Principal Bill Cockcroft reports the change in the schools educational system, which changed it to the middle school designation, was successful the past months. He said the school is pleased with the results and believes the students are getting a better education than ever before. Students needs are more adequately being met by the following interest courses: Spanish, gymnastics, archery, model construction, chorus, speed reading, creative art, independent study, slide rule, landscaping, knitting, pleasure reading, golf, volleyball, chess, drama, newspaper, sewing and drawing. Course planning to meet each students level and using teacher aides are making it possible for teachers to give more individual help. Under the new system we feel the student is more relaxed, enjoying school more, nding more success and re ceiving more attention from the teachers than was possible under the former traditional system, says Cockcroft.CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS IN SOUTH LAKEMrs. Jan Thompson, president of the Minnehaha Estates Association, will have open house at her new home for all the residents. On Dec. 16 the Green Valley Country Clubs membership will decorate their Christmas tree. The annual membership Christmas party is Saturday evening, Dec. 19. Ladies are asked to bring hors doeuvres. Louise Simpson and Alice Roberts are planning special prizes for costumes during the ladies 9-hole play and Christmas luncheon Dec. 17. Mrs. Phyllis Hoebeke, the Methodist Church choir director and a graduate of music, entertained for the Recreation Clubs annual Christmas covered dish supper at Jenkins Auditorium, according to correspondent SEE NEIGHBOR | C3SEE HISTORY | C2 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writerroxanne.brown@dailycommercial.comThe FAITH Neighborhood Center has been providing assistance to low-income families throughout south Lake County for more than 40 years, but now nds itself in need. Jerry Colyer, the organizations executive director, said each year, the center helps about 32,000 people or about 9,000 families by providing food, clothes, and nancial aid for utilities and medical treatment. In addition, computer training and life skill workshops are offered, along with scholarships for academic and job-related training. Assistance in applying for food stamps is also provided. In 1972, when it rst opened, the or ganization was located in downtown Clermont and was known as the Cler mont Neighborhood Center. Several years ago, the center moved to a warehouse on the east side of Groveland (7432 State Road 50) and became the FAITH Neighborhood Center. A recent change in ownership, however, has Colyer wondering whether he should begin looking for a new home once again. Colyer said the new owner is honoring the 10-year lease, and he is grateful. Randy Langley (building owner) was letting us have the space at essentially no cost. We had a 10-year lease with him. Several months ago Randy sold the building and the new owners have plans for the space which are incompatible with the Center operation, Colyer said. We have a lease good until 2018, and the new owners are not actively trying to break it but Randy was allowing us to utilize some space not covered with the lease. The new owner rescinded that element, which is perfectly within his rights, but the bottom line is that our ability to oper ate effectively is severely curtailed. I am not, by any means, criticizing the owner, but we may need to nd another space to operate in, Coly er said. Colyer said he does not know exactly where to start or where to look for GROVELANDFAITH Neighborhood Center in need of bigger home LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Jonathan Moreno visits Santa during the Faith Neighborhood Center Christmas giveaway.SEE FAITH | C3


C2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, January 1, 2014Happy New Year! Did you make any New Years resolutions? In almost everyones top 5 res olutions is getting orga nized in some way or the desire at least to be more organized. The same holds true for couponing. Being frugal is the easy part; the organization that comes with being frugal is the key to your success. 1) Getting your Sunday paper is a must! In a digital age, newspapers are and will remain your number one source for manufactur er coupons. Savvy Savers Tip: If you are a family of 2-plus, it is best to get a paper for every member living under your roof. I am a family of 5 and get a minimum of 6 Sunday papers each week simply for the coupons. (One for reading and the sales ads, the other 5-plus for couponing). 2) Clip your coupons each week. 85 percent of what is in your Sunday paper this week will be on sale in your area. The other products WILL go on sale before the coupon expires. It is not the simple act of clipping a coupon that saves you money, the magic happens when you pair the coupon with a sale! By doing this you can save 50 percent or more. 3) Find a coupon organization system that works best for you. Many couponers, including me, use a binder to keep and organize coupons. There are many options for you and depend ing on your desire and per sonality you will want one that you can keep up. Coupon wallets similar to what you would nd at the dollar store, coupon boxes, zip lock bags and envelopes work, too. 4) Before you head to the checkout line, take a minute to make sure your coupons are easily accessible and ready for the cashier. This will help make your trip easier at the end. 5) Remember that big savings will not happen over night, but if you are consistent with it, you will save every time you shop. After four weeks of consistent shopping (weekly or bi-weekly depending on your budget) you will save 50-75 percent. Tip for shopping with kids: Shopping with little ones can be stressful at times. Add couponing to that and it can be a recipe for disaster. But with a little extra planning you can save 50-75 percent every time you shop. I typically shop with my 6, 11 and 16-year-olds, but have been couponing and shopping with them since they were all newborns. If a binder is what you like most, simply put that in the back of the buggy and raise it up on top of your grocer ies as you shop. My house is always in disarray, but my coupon binder looks like Martha Stewart sprinkled some of her organizational magic over it. Yours will too. Follow my column in January for money savings ideas and strategies to save you more in 2014.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 GOOD ONE! By ELIZABETH C. GORSKI / Edited by Will ShortzNo. 1222RELEASE DATE: 12/29/2013 ACROSS1 Help to harm 5 Part of a pharaohs headdress 8 Worker with a trowel 13 Much 16 Mideast capital 17 Symbol of mass density 18 Mercurial 19 The Caine Mutiny captain 21 Many an early French settler in America 23 More off-putting 24 European capital 25 Special seating area in an airplane 26 Cry from Scrooge 27 With 63-Down, 1997 P.G.A. champ who captained the 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup team 29 Good scores in diving 30 Like many coats and tunes 33 Make calls 34 General ___ chicken 35 Special mall event 37 Bride of 1981 39 Jules or Jim in Jules et Jim40 Amarillo-to-Dallas dir.41 L.G.B.T. rights advocate42 Iowa city43 Done: Fr.45 Lands47 Without ___ (dangerously)48 It may be full of icons51 Tease, with on54 2-Down, for one55 Some H.S. math56 Slanting58 Say what?59 One more61 Words that precede Born is the King 63 House committee chairman Darrell64 Mexican sauces65 Ear-related study66 Hilarious types67 Strain68 Reproductive stock70 New hire, typically72 Hydrocarbon suffix73 Target number74 Fr. holy woman75 British rule in India76 [Im mad!]77 Don Quixote composer79 Idiosyncrasies81 Overseas assembly83 Number-crunching grp.84 Bachs ___, Joy of Mans Desiring85 Greek earth goddess86 Robe closer89 Nuke90 Chef Lagasse92 Unseen scenes94 Taunt95 One ___ customer96 Name on a swim cap98 Funny Anne100 Giving a boost103 How-___104 Moneymaker for Money106 Compact Olds107 Futuristic weapon109 Like a rendition of Deck the Halls110 Hes no Einstein111 Boo-boos112 Thriller writer Follett113 Rural storage114 Preserve, in a way115 China producer116 Nettle117 Half of a noodle dish? DOWN1 Gray2 Good source of aluminum3 What cowlings cover4 Took up the slack in5 River of Pisa6 [See blurb]7 Something its not good to go to8 [See blurb]9 Cousin of aargh!10 Lose traction11 Mrs. ___ cow12 Braced (oneself)13 Give it the gas14 [See blurb]15 Expulsion, as of a foreign diplomat18 Majority owner of Chrysler19 Play callers, for short20 Big money units, in slang22 Lead-in to while26 ___ cheese28 Beatles tune from A Hard Days Night31 Some wings32 Broad36 ___-Coeur (Paris basilica)38 Unknot44 Suffix with sentimental46 Cries of joy47 Throw for ___48 Common game piece49 Expulsion50 Futuristic weapon51 One of 11 pharaohs52 Bedub53 [See blurb]55 Termites nemesis57 Item in Santas sack60 Eastern holiday62 Ransacks63 See 27-Across65 Home of Thunder Bay: Abbr.66 ___ Rao, The Serpent and the Rope novelist68 Tailors inserts69 Sister of Helios70 [See blurb]71 Charged73 In the role of78 Guest-star in, say80 Nile deity81 Mideast ruler82 Symbolic effort in support of equal rights84 Cloud Shepherd artist85 Departs87 Writer Ann88 Mideast national89 Self-sealing bag91 Vintage wedding gown fabrics93 Mideast ruler94 Spanish cession in the SpanishAmerican War97 Millennia on end99 Extension101 Charge carrier102 Greek diner order105 Winter sports locale108 Son of ___109 Bit of winter sports equipment 1234567 89101112 131415 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 3031 3233 34 35 36 3738 39 40 41 42 4344 4546 47 48 4950 51525354 55 5657 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 6869 7071 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 7980 81 82 83 84 85 868788 89 9091 92 93 94 95 9697 98 99 100 101 102103 104105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 Online subscriptions: Todays puzzle and more than 4,000 past puzzles, ($39.95 a year). Note: When this puzzle is done, draw a line connecting the 21 circled letters from A to U in alphabetical order. The resulting shape will provide a clue to 6-, 8-, 14-, 53and 70-Down. SOLUTION ON PAGE D3 TANYA SENSENEYSAVINGS DIVA Being organized is a key to couponing successGertrude Van Donselaar. Children of the Day Care Center enjoyed riding various equipment installed by a carnival at the downtown parking center: Barrette Pendergrass, Jonathon McGriff, Debra Wright, Sharon McKinney, Davey Bennett, Danny Hutcheson, Gary Hutcheson, Greg McDonald, Shelly Thompson, Yvonne Thompson and Louis McGriff. Clermonts Junior Girl Scout Troops held a Christmas party and cookout at Mr. and Mrs. John Harders Shorewood Park Home. Assisting were Mrs. Eugene Hogue and senior scouts Paula Harris and Mary Margaret Weaver. Mrs. John Louis Jones and Mrs. Charles Konsler assisted the girls in presenting a Christmas tableaux featuring Laurie Jones, Nancy Konsler, Pam Allen, Tamela Sheppard, Sherry Frances, Julie Julich, Clara Papetti, Della Harper, Cathy Cantwell, Cindy Hildreth and Carole Bishop.GREENBACKS PLACE SECOND IN STATEMembers of the Greenbacks football team, coaching staff and cheerleaders were honored at a Thursday evening supper in the Hill Building in appreciation for their achievement during the 1970 football season. Peoples State Bank of Groveland and parents and friends hosted the dinner. Wayne Williams scored two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats of Hastings to the Class C title with a 14-0 victory over the Greenbacks in Hastings Friday night. Groveland placed second in the state in Class C football. Head athletic director is David Harris III, Shaw Buck is head coach and Wendell Bridges is assistant head coach.NOTABLES IN THE NEWSTerry Lee Brown and Billie Jean Gilbert of Cler mont will receive Associate in Arts degrees from Lake-Sumter Community College. Kaye Hunt Simmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hunt of Cler mont, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Technological University in Orlando Dec. 12. Mr. and Mrs. John Priebe and his mother, Mrs. Mary Priebe, have leased and are now running the Minneola Gift Shop on U. S. Highway 27 from Mrs. Paul Mann. The Priebe family has resided in the Clermont area for 40 years.GOVERNMENT ACTIONSLeonard Seaver and C. B. Ogden were elected, unopposed, to the Groveland City Council. Incumbent Charles Ingalls was returned to ofce by wining over J. C. Moulton and Roy Barnes. Lake County Commissioners, at a request from the Pollution and Control Board, introduced for rst reading an ordinance prohibiting the sale or distribution of synthetic deter gents, prohibiting more than 8.7 percent of phosphorus by weight after March 31, 1971, and any detergent containing any phosphorus after Jan. 1, 1972. Montverde Town Council awarded bonuses to six remen who attended 10 meetings throughout the year: Tony Mancuso, David Harden, Aaron Pettus, Wm. F. Gresham, Rex McCammack and Lawrence OBerry.SANTA ARRIVES BY HELICOPTERGlenn Middleton was MC of the well-attended Cler mont Christmas parade that saw Santa Claus arrive by helicopter after circling the Clermont area. Parade judges were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Reals and Leon Swing. Parade winners were: Com mercial, Big Caddy food store and Hamrick Insurance and Real Estate. Churches, First Christian Church and Jacobs Chapel. Civic and fraternal, Cler mont Elementary School. HISTORY FROM PAGE C1 SUBMITTED PHOTO Blessed Sacrament Knights of Columbus Council No. 13240 in Clermont, Grand Knight, Jim Laria presented a $1,000 donation to Special Olympics Florida Senior Vice-President Carl L. Ferguson at the Councils 11th Anniversary dinner on Nov. 23 at Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club in Clermont. Donations were also presented recently to the Mike Conley Hospice House, and the Building Blocks Ministry of Clermont. Made possible due to community support, and the Councils annual Charity Golf Classic held at the Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club.SPECIAL OLYMPICS RECEIVES $1,000 DONATION SUBMITTED PHOTO The Rotary Club of South Lake donated dictionaries to all third grade students at Lost Lake Elementary recently. Samuel Worrell, Denny Blankenship, Ed Pauley and Annarose Pauley from the Rotary Club, along with Susan Emrick, CRT, went to all of the third grade classrooms and gave a dictionary to each student.ROTARY CLUB OF SOUTH LAKE DONATES DICTIONARIES


Wednesday, January 1, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS C3 CLERMONT BLESSEDSACRAMENTCATHOLICCHURCH English: 4 pm and Spanish: 7 pm 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon (Contemporary Mass) 5 pm (Contemporary Mass) 3:00 pm 3:45 pm (Eng.) 6:15 pm 6:45 pm (Sp.) Corner of Hwy 50 & 12th St. (Rt 561) CROSSROADSAMILYELLOWSHIPChristian Non-Denominational Where our priority is God, Families & Community 15701 S.R. 50, #106 Clermont, FL 34711 At Greater Hills and Hwy 50 Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Children classes both services Men and womens monthly meetings Open prayer Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Pastors Jim and Linda Watson Assoc. Pastors Lee and Vanessa Dobson Phone: (352)242-1144 God is good...all the time! IRSTUNITEDMETHODISTCHURCHEncountering Christ, Growing in Christ, Sharing Christ, wherever we are... 950 Seventh Street 352-394-2412 Pastor: Rev. Doug Kokx Sunday Worship (Traditional) 8 & 11:00 am Sunday Worship (Contemporary) 9:30 am Sunday School 9:30 am & 11:00 am Bible Studies & Childrens Activities: Sun. Night Children/Youth/Middle School 5-6:30 pm Sun. Night High School Activities 7-8:30 pm Wed. Night Dinner & Fellowship $6pp, 5-6:30 pm Weekday School: Preschool GRACECOMMUNITYCHURCHCLERMONTL Many Other Activities each week Jon Bekemeyer, Senior Pastor 407-877-4048 LIBERTYBAPTISTCHURCH Bible Fellowship Groups 9:30 am Worship Service 10:40 am Family Prayer Service 6:00 pm Bible Study 7:00 pm Groups for adults, teens, and children Chris Johnson, Senior Pastor For directions and more information, visit: 11043 True Life Way Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.0708 NEWACOBSCHAPELMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCH Pastor: Rev. Rex Anderson Assistant Pastor: Rev. Darryl Church Youth Pastor: Rev. Tone Lundy Church Clerk: Mrs. Lucressie D. Mcgriff Church Motto: Equipping Changed People for A Changing World! Schedule of Worship Services Sunday Morning Service 11:00 a.m. Youth/Adult Bible Study Thursdays 6:45 p.m. e-mail addresses: (Pastor Anderson) (Church Clerk) Contact: Lucressie Mcgriff 352-348-7955 REALLCHRISTIANCHURCHHelping Real People Find Real Faith Saturday 6:00pm Sunday 9:30am, 11:15am & 6:00pm Vida Real (en espaol), Domingos a las 6:00pm Family Night is every Wednesday! Lil Life Groups (Nursery 5th grade) 6:30-7:30pm The Way (Middle School) 6:30-7:30pm Catalyst (High School) 7:30-8:30pm Real Parenting 6:30-7:30pm SOUTHLAKEPRESBYTERIANCHURCH 131 Chestnut St., Clermont 352-394-2753 East Ave 1 block south of SR 50 Worship Times: Sunday 9 AM (Contemporary); 11 AM (Traditional) Church school for all ages 10:00 AM Childcare provided Youth Group Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM ST. MATTHIASEPISCOPALCHURCH574 West Montrose Street Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.3855 8:00 am 10:00 am Beginning Oct. 6, 2013 5:00 pm Service Sunday School Youth Group Nursery Adult Bible Study Womens Bible Study Mens Prayer Breakfast WOOTSONTEMPLECHURCH GODINCHRISTElder T.L. Wootson 836 Scott St. Clermont, FL 34711 394-1396 or 394-3004 Sunday 11:00 am & 7:30 pm Thursday 7:30 pm FERNDALE ERNDALEBAPTISTCHURCHat CR455 & CR561A 407-469-3888 Pastor: Gordon (Bird) Sanders Sunday School: 9:15 am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 am Evening Worship & Discipleship Study: 6:00 pm TeamKid: Sunday 6:30 pm Wednesday: 7:00 pm Prayer Service, Youth Activities, Mission Kids for Children Groveland ABUNDANTBLESSINGSMESSIANICCONGREGATION756 W. Broad St. Groveland, FL 34736 Marion Baysinger Memorial Library Tuesday at 6:30 pm Jew & Gentile One in Messiah 352-544-5700 IRSTBAPTISTCHURCH GROVELAND Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Services 10:50 am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 6:30 pm MT. OLIVEMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCHSunday Worship Service 11:00 AM Sunday School 9:30 AM Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Youth Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Come As You Are. All Are Welcome! MINNEOLA CONGREGATIONSMINNEOLAA Progressive Jewish Congregation Shabbat services are conducted every Friday at 7:30 pm Services are held at the synagogue located at: 303A North US Highway 27, Minneola Religious School, Mens Club & Womens Club TLIVINGGOD Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship & Childrens Church 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wed Worship & Youth Service 7:00 pm Rev. Loyce Rowland MONTVERDE WOODLANDSLUTHERAN 15333 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 Places Spiritual Worship forSouth Lake South LakeGathering Places Spiritual Worship for 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 that. My wife has run two marathons, so this being the number one spot for triathlons in the nation is a real plus. Keeping her from doing one is going to be hard to do. But once you start walking and running all the trails you understand why. We have not seen a community anywhere that allows you to do so much outdoors like the trails, the waterfront and the lakes. It is all just great. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sentence, what would it be? Worry about nothing; pray about everything. 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? The Pastor (Renaut van der Riet) at Mosaic Church on Oakland Ave. He and his wife (Brooke) are about my wife and Is age. We attended their church on a day they call orphan Sunday and he talked about a passage in the Bible, James 1:27, that says being a Christian means caring for orphans in a way I had never realized. But what was most impressive, wasnt what he said, but that his wife and he lived it out. They have four children of their own and then adopted four more from Ethiopia. Talk about a house in cha os when the oldest is like 14. The fortitude and courage that takes to live out is amazing. He actual ly is living out the old adage, Prac tice what you Preach. More people could learn from that; I know I did. 3) How does what you do contribute to the welfare of the area? Our company is a credit card processing and merchant nancing company that allows companies to take credit cards, plus we secure small business loans for op erating capital. Besides that, our company works with many charities. We not only offer them low rates but run a program called Genesis Gives. This allows mer chants to donate a part of their processing fees to the charity. So the merchant saves money and still donates to charity doing something they already do in their business: taking credit cards. 4) Name one of your greatest accomplishments so far. I am most proud of how my children have turned out. I cant think of anything more difcult than raising children to be well mannered, caring, respectful, and unselsh in our society. Parents are losing the battle to the world in the ght to raise our kids to be the children we dream about. Instead we just hope for the best. My wife and I have been blessed beyond measure with the ve children we have and the approach they take to life. I am lled with joy with each comment I hear about any of my kids. 5) Whats something youve always wanted to do but havent yet? I want to start an orphanage that rescues kids from human trafcking and shows them the love that every child deserves. This is a newer dream but one I hope to see in my life. My daughter is becoming a nurse to care for orphans, so I have my rst recruit. This is such a terrible tragedy. Bringing kids out of this situation and to a sanctuary we develop and build to house, educate, and love on them would be more fullling than climbing Everest to me. 6) What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community? Dont try and just do something in the community. Join an organization that is successfully doing things in the community and come alongside them. It will multiply the success of your efforts. My family joined Mosaic church, which is tremendously active in the community through everything from food banks to charities helping drug addicts. Business-wise, I joined the Chamber of Commerce. It is an organization that can help your business. But, if that is the only reason you join, you only are getting 10 percent of what it offers. It really is business owners inuencing their community, and this one does a great job. NEIGHBORFROM PAGE C1 a new home, so he is soliciting the community for help. He is also looking for a place that is centrally located since clients come from all over south Lake County, but his main priority is keeping it open. The Center has been in operation since 1972 and I would hate to have to close it down, but we have no room to operate as we have been operating and we dont have too much money for rent, he said. The current facility contains 2500 square feet, but he said 5000 square feet would accommodate the current operation and allow for expansion of the mission. Also, depending on where we go or who has space we might be able to use, we could pay some rent, but I dont know exactly how much. Every dollar we spend on rent is a dollar taken away from someone in need of assistance. As for the space, Coly er said the center has food, clothing and other equipment and supplies in stor age all over the place and could not even hold their annual Christmas party at their location. Maria Cassanova, a client of Faith Neighborhood Center who lives in Groveland, said she hopes that the center can nd a location so it can continue to do what it has been doing for her and so many others. If the center was not here, I think a lot of people would suffer, Cassanova said. I wouldnt ask for help if I didnt need to but I need it. Its tough right now. Times are tough. In my home, I have three grown children and two young grandchildren I take care of and only me and one of my sons have a job and are working. We come here for help with food and clothes. I would miss that help. They (people) tell me there are other places I could go for help too, but I dont know where they are. To help, call Jerry Colyer at 352-874-6708. FAITH FROM PAGE C1 THANK YOU FOR READING THE SOUTH LAKE PRESS


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