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SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | B2 SPORTS: New coach making changes at East Ridge WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2014 50 NEWSTAND INSIDE CLASSIFIED B4 CROSSWORDS B3 REAL ESTATE E1 REMEMBER WHEN C1 SPORTS B1 VOICES A3 WORD ON THE STREE T A2 SO UTH LAKE PRE SS V OLUME 99, NO. 29 5 SECTIO N S 2008, Halifax Media Group All rights reserved www. 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 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer M any tenants of the histor ic Lake David Hotel in Grove land were still packing up their belongings Friday after the building was condemned by city ofcials for safety reasons. Residents were told the hotel, 308 South Main Ave., had been con demned. At least a dozen people were affect ed, including a few military veterans, an elderly man with no family in town and a family with a high school stu dent getting ready to enter his senior year at South Lake High School. That family has no idea where to go. Ive been kicked out of places for not paying the rent before, but I nev er in my wildest dreams thought Id be kicked out of a place for paying my rent on time and doing everything I was asked to do, said Steven Belisle, Homeless in Groveland PHOTOS BY LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Recent maintenance work has been done to the hotels upper balcony. Mother and son, Catherine Nolan and Brandon Belisle, are packing. Several tenants of historic, run-down hotel displaced ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Clermont City Coun cil members last week took steps to overhaul the citys image, voting for a new logo and dub bing the city Choice of Champions. The logo and title, which replaces Gem of the Hills, were devel oped by Wilesmith Ad vertising and Design, an advertising and mar keting rm out of Palm Beach that specializes in logos and brands. Its all part of the citys rebranding process, something residents said they felt was im portant during visioning sessions last summer. Margaret Wilesmith, the companys found er, and Scott Eurich, di rector of design, headed the effort and presented the council and public with the new logo at a meeting on July 8, tout ing its simplicity and boldness. A brand has to have utility, she said. You have to put it to work for you. You have to see the idea and go to mar ket with it. Wilesmith and Eu rich then talked about the logos meaning, ex plaining that the green curved line symbolized the hills, the blue color stood for water and that the Clermont Champi on in the middle (rep resented by the letter M) stood for all the various champions in town. Wilesmith said al though the three Cs above the Cler mont champion are CLERMONT City Council votes to rebrand as Champions LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Clermont City Council member Keith Mullins, left, and Mayor Hal Turville listen to a presentation on July 8 as a new city logo is shown on the screen behind them. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer The city of Mascotte is facing a half-doz en lawsuits and com plaints led by former and current employees who say they have been wronged in some way by city ofcials. Five of the actions are from one current and four former employ ees who say they were either harassed or dis criminated against for being white, black or female and/or were mistreated in some way. One of these for mer employees led a second suit, saying he asked for public re cords from the city and was told it would cost him $11,000. I personally think in our society today, we have a lot of people who think a suit is the answer to all things, City Manager Jim Glea son said about the half-dozen suits and complaints. We live today where individu als do not take respon sibility for their own actions and people are looking to blame oth ers, so the easiest way to not take responsibil ity or to not look at your own actions is to blame someone else. Since nobody likes government, we be come an easy target for the disgruntled and the press is duped into playing the game in writing stories without the ending. The suits have been led in Lake County Lawsuits starting to pile up in Mascotte I personally think in our society today, we have a lot of people who think a suit is the answer to all things. We live today where individuals do not take responsibility for their own actions and people are looking to blame others, so the easiest way to not take responsibility or to not look at your own actions is to blame someone else. City Manager Jim Gleason SEE HOTEL | A2 SEE BRANDING | A2 SEE LAWSUITS | A4


A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 16, 2014 LEESBURG LSSC looking to expand alumni association Lake-Sumter State College is notify ing about 10,000 alumni that the col lege has special services and oppor tunities just for them, as well as ways to help their alma mater and future students. We are looking for alumni who ha vent engaged with the college since perhaps graduating, those students who have perhaps moved out of the area and pursued other careers or continuing on with their education, said Erin OSteen Lewin, develop ment manager of Lake-Sumter State Foundation Inc. She said the Lake-Sumter State College Alumni Association was creat ed a couple years ago, and the college wants to see it grow. The association provides volunteer opportunities for alumni, such as pro moting the school at college fairs, as sisting with information sessions and helping fundraising efforts. Information about the alumni as sociation is also available at foundation/alumni. CLERMONT Second suspect from gas station shooting captured The second suspect in a May shootout that left a Clermont gas station, pumps and parked vehi cles riddled with bul lets was placed in the Lake County Jail on July 8, shortly after being cap tured in Osceola County. William Christopher Dejesus, 31, of Clermont, was charged with two counts each of aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle, as well as one count of shooting into an occupied building and possession of a rearm by a felon. Dejesus remained in the Lake County Jail on July 9 in lieu of a $110,000 bail on the charges, as well a $1,200 bail on an Orange County warrant. The shootout occurred at the Sunoco gas station at 940 U.S. Highway 27. According to police, there was an ongoing feud between Dejesus and a man identied only as J.B., one of ve occupants of a silver Chevy Impala that pulled into the Sunoco that afternoon. The Impala driver told investigators he was at a gas pump when J.B. received a phone call ask ing him to wait there. Dejesus and Villegas later pulled into the parking lot in a Toyota truck and began shoot ing at the vehicle. MINNEOLA iPad training scheduled at Schoolhouse Library The Minneola Schoolhouse Library, 100 S. Main Ave. in Minneola, will offer free training on how to use the iPad to interested parties on the following dates: Pages: Creating Documents at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Guests will learn how to create documents. iMovie: Editing Your Videos will be at 10:30 a.m. on July 28. Guests can bring their own iPad or borrow one. Classes will be limited to eight par ticipants and will be presented by Jennifer Moton, senior library as sistant at the Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library. To sign up or for information, call 352-432-392. Participants will need a Lake County library card. MINNEOLA Usos annual Foundation Fundraiser Banquet is Aug. 2 The 6th annual Usos Foundation Fundraising Banquet for youth scholarships will be on Aug. 2 at the Minneola City Hall and will include dinner, dancing, scholarship presen tations, a variety show, silent auction, door prizes and 50/50 rafe. Tickets are $50 and doors open at 5 p.m. Deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday. Go to for information. Area Briefs What South Lake residents are saying about ... RED LIGHT CAMERAS What is your opinion of red light cameras? I think its a good thing, but then Ive seen so many bad crashes. Its a good thing, particularly in some big intersections in Orange County. When Im driving, when the light turns yellow, if I can stop I stop. DON NICHOLS GROVELAND I think they should be removed. It is simply rev enue generating, and I dont think that Clermont has demonstrated that they have enough acci dents caused by running red lights to justify the cameras. BETH DREVES CLERMONT Its a joke. The other day at Hancock and 50, I sat there waiting for a light and ve times that light went off. I watched them stop, turn right. Legally they had the right of way and it ashed two times for ve times. JOHN BOMM CLERMONT Id like to see some data on whether they prevent crashes caused by running red lights. Ive heard they give people a lot of tick ets for turning on red. I think they need some cal ibration and are a good source of revenue for the cities. BOB ELLER CLERMONT Word on the Street 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 DEJESUS a Navy veteran who has lived at the hotel with his wife, Cathy Nolan, and 18-year old son, Brandon Belisle, for more than a year. The family slept at the Lake David Park gazebo on Wednesday night and on Thursday was put up in another local hotel by Groveland ofcials. On Friday, ofcials were still working with the Lake County Homeless Coa lition to nd something permanent. Someone came knock ing on our door Monday and told us to get out be cause we could no longer stay here, Belisle said. Willie C. Williams, a U.S. Army Ranger on dis ability, who has lived at the Lake David Hotel for more than a year, said he has an uncle he might be able to stay with. Herbert Rhea, 70, how ever, has no place to go and also slept at Lake David Park on Wednes day. He was also provid ed shelter on Thursday by the city. I have no family and no place to go. I dont know what Im going to do now, Rhea said. But the city posted warning signs on June 25 to let residents know that if certain repairs were not made within 10 days, the place would be shut down. Ofcials say they made the decision after a tenant called Groveland reghters about a burst water pipe, which caved in part of the roof and caused ooding. Once inside, howev er, reghters saw a few things that concerned them and asked the citys code enforcement ofcer for an inspection. Documents show that exposed and uncoated wires about 107 years old like the hotel were close to leaking water. There were no working re alarms, no access to the second oor, unstable ooring near the balco ny and re escape, poor sanitary conditions and a ea and rat infestation. George Rosario, a re tired U.S. veteran and American Legion liaison, was trying to mediate a solution between the city and residents. He believes the ten ants were wronged by the owner and also by the city because ofcials nev er forced the owner to x the violations. Why now, after seven or more years, did the city all of the sudden decide to condemn the building? I am not trying to make any accusations, but I be lieve there is more to it that involves at least one council member wanting to see this hotel closed since the road it sits on is a major parade route. I have a problem with the city not enforcing these issues a long time ago and instead, adding to the problem of homeless ness in our community, Rosario said. City Manager Redmond Jones said the city did not know the inside of the hotel was so dangerous. We have been called to the hotel for various ob structions (code and law enforcement) outside at the property but not un til we had a service call that took us inside did we know of the unsafe living conditions in the build ing, Jones said. As for the looming clo sure, Belisle said he and other tenants had no ticed the signs around the property but had been told by the hotels manag er that everything would be ne. In fact, when July 1 came around, they were told to pay the rent as usual since any problems would be addressed. Jones said Burrowes agreed Friday to reim burse Groveland for any taxpayer money spent on helping his tenants. Burrowes also agreed to bring the aging building up to code, he said. As for rent reimburse ments, Rosario said Bur rowes reimbursed the tenants on Saturday for their July rent. Since then, the res idents have all been placed or have made other arrangements on where to stay in Grove land. Rhea decided hed be better off making his way to Ohio, where he said he has family that may be able to give him shelter and help him out, Rosario said. Burrowes also said he has been having trouble getting an inspector to do the work and said he re grets the position his ten ants are in. Jones said the city has reached out to Burrow es to offer an inspector to help him and his tenants. HOTEL FROM PAGE A1 LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Willie C. Williams, one of the displaced residents, holds a protest sign. reminiscent of Olympic rings, they stand for Cl ermont, Choice of Cham pions. City Manager Darren Gray spoke about the re branding process and comparing many Wile smith drafts to get to the perfect logo and tagline 18 logos and 27 taglines to be exact. We talked about assets of this community and what draws people to this community, Gray said. We talked about lakes and hills, we talked about the training aspects, the ath letes and just the current community here, and that you dont have to be an ath lete to be a champion, but that you can be a champi on of anything. It could be of a local spelling bee in your school, winning an art contest, anything. We, the staff, the team we put together, thought that everyone could relate to a champion. We could champion causes, sports, our schools, our commu nity Although wary at rst of the city logos drastic shift from citrus to health and wellness, council mem bers liked it after hearing from the public, most of whom embraced the logo immediately. It communicates an independent idea with the M in the middle, and it communicates that this is a choice peo ple make, resident Alli son Strange said. Its not just a place that champi ons are born. Its a place that they choose to come when they have other op tions available to them. I encourage you to stand by it. That is powerful. Its not just a picture, its an attitude, Council man Keith Mullins noted. And even Council man Ray Goodgame, who was grappling with the thought of letting go of the citrus reference in the old logo, found the new one endearing. Well, I guess I was the one who didnt want to see our logo go, but I think we can all recognize that citrus is gone, he said. It was, but it aint no more. But when I think of Clermont today and in the future, I do think of champions. BRANDING FROM PAGE A1


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 Confusing road design Am I the only person who has noticed the engineering blunder at the intersection of Spring Lake Road, just north of the former Highway Patrol sta tion in Fruitland Park and U.S. Highway 27/441? When one is driving on Spring Lake Road and approaches U.S. Highway 27/441 planning to go north, one must rst change his plan and go south for sev eral blocks and then turn left into oncoming trafc and hope he/she is not rear-ended by a northbound motorist. A simple solution would have been to supply a turn lane at Spring Lake Road for south bound trafc and install a traf c light, then motorists exit ing Spring Lake Road could egress either way and not have to sit, wait and hope they are not rear-ended as they go south, changing lanes and then turn ing into oncoming trafc so they can proceed north. If the same scatter-brained engineers are designing the 466A reconstruction scheduled to begin in the near future, may God help us all. Theres little wonder why it has taken almost three years to complete the lat est road construction. And just think friends, this is what our taxes have given us. MARLIN KILPATRICK | Fruitland Park Obamacare costs underreported On June 19 the Daily Commercial headline reads, Average Fla. health exchange bill is only $68. The Associated Press story is just another misleading report by the federal government to the people on Obamacare. The headline sounds good. However, it is way off base so far as the government insurance costs are gured. The $68 referred to in the report does not factor in any out-of-pocket expense each and every plan must meet before you get total coverage. Many people who were forced to get on the Affordable Care Act exchange have found that they are faced with out-of-pock et expenses between $1,000 and $4,600. What are the out-of-pocket expenses? They are the amounts of money each patient must pay in cash for doctor visits or med icine before the service or prod uct can be received. This some times amounts to between 20 percent for pharmaceuticals and 40 percent per doctor visit until the out-of-pocket require ment is met. So in reality, people who use the government exchanges are paying (depending on the outof-pocket expenses and the tax credits) as much as $384 per month for the insurance, not the $68 reported by the Health and Human Services Department in their latest attempt to fool the public. Please keep in mind that President Obama proposed the Affordable Care Act, but it was the Democratic Party that passed this abomination that we all suffer from today. WILLIAM KRUEGER | Leesburg Immigration isnt just about money This latest round of illegal im migrants presents us with two different points of view. Many support the current administra tion as being very humane by not preventing the current wave of children from coming over our borders as we have lots of land, money and a government that will take care of them as they deserve a better life. Behind this is the view that if we let them in now, in the future they will vote for us (Democrats). Yes, we can provide the land, money and bodily care for them, just as a rancher does for his herd of cattle. Housing, water, food and protection. Is this only what the future holds for them? Dont they deserve more than a herd of cattle? Who is going to hug them when they stub their toes, put them to bed or read a bed time story to them? Take them on a vacation, watch over their grades in school, be there when graduation comes around? Who will take them to a dentist, a local doctor when they run a fever or the eye doctor if their vision is failing? Will we only corral them like cattle by putting them on a bus or plane and saying, Go fend for yourself? And if they cant speak English, it will be even harder for them to become adjusted to a new way of life. The emotional needs of these children are being ignored by those who favor open bor ders while the drug cartels and Mexico and other countries count their cash. When will the government providers or supporters of this administrations approach step forward and explain how to pro vide for these children? ALVIN F. BERRY | Leesburg S o lets g et this straight. When Mascotte Police Chief Ronaldo Banasco is accused of wrongdoing by one of his ofcers, City Manager Jim Gleason inves tigates and nds no misconduct. Then Gleason is accused of wrongdoing by one of his employees, Banasco investigates the city manager is his boss, incidentally and nds no misconduct. Lets set aside for a moment the silly notion that the police chief can conduct an impar tial internal investigation of his own bosss con duct. Lets instead ponder that the city of Mas cotte is facing six legal complaints from current and former city employees, and the subjects of all the complaints are either any guesses? the police chief or the city manager who are busily clearing each others names. To recap: A black employee in the citys utilities depart ment claims Gleason made many inappropri ate references about black people in front of her, suggesting she should change her comput er log-in name to token black person and us ing the terms pickaninny and nappy headed in her presence. Banasco and Fire Chief Randy Brasher cleared Gleason of any wrongdoing. The city manager has since apologized if he offended anyone and in sisted his remarks were taken out of context. The employee went on to le a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In another EEOC complaint, a former police ofcer claims she was discriminated against and red because she was female and black. She said in her complaint that she was made to do secre tarial work when no other ofcer had to, that she was referred to as a black (expletive) and that she had to ask permission to use the bathroom. Theres more. Two former police ofcers both white led a suit against Chief Banasco claiming Ban asco, who is Hispanic, discriminated against them. The ofcers hired a Lake Mary law rm to sue the city over the allegations, which Gleason said are untrue. Then, another ofcer complained that Bana sco was secretly videotaping police ofcers. He also complained that he was the subject of age discrimination by Banasco because the chief made him work a night shift. The ofcer even tually was red because he reportedly would not cooperate with an internal investigation. He sued the city in May. Banasco and Gleason, of course, deserve due process and the presumption of innocence. But the sheer number of harassment complaints facing top Mascotte ofcials should give the City Council pause. And Gleasons tacit admis sion that he indeed made racial statements to the city utilities worker should raise concerns, at the least, about his professional demeanor. It might be wise to hire an outside HR expert to assess the workplace culture in city hall and ensure the employees and administration are operating in a spirit of mutual respect and tol erance. There are at least six reasons to believe that may not be the case. YOUR EDITORIAL BOARD STEVE SKAGGS ....................................... PUBLISHER TOM MCNIFF .................................. EXECUTIVE EDITOR SCOTT CALLAHAN ................................. NEWS EDITOR WHITNEY WILLARD ........................... COPY DESK CHIEF GENE PACKWOOD ...................... EDITORIAL CARTOONIST O PINION WHATS YOUR OPINION? The SOUTH LAKE PRESS invites you to write letters to the editor expressing your original thoughts on topics of public interest. 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 reserve 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: By regular mail to: Letters to the Editor, 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711 By fax to: 352-394-8001 EDITORIALS Editorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial board, not any individual. They are written by the editorial staff but are not signed. GUEST COLUMNS If you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to southlakepress@dailycom, or mail it to Letters to Editor, 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711. Guest columns should be limited to 550 words in length. The writer also must submit a recent photograph to be published with the column, as well as a brief biographical sketch. OUR VIEW If you know of a veteran living in Lake, Sumter or Marion counties whose name should be added to the Lake County Veter ans Memorial, call 352-314-2100, or go to to www.lake vet CALLING ALL VETERANS S OUTH LAKE PRESS Your community newspaper for more than 100 years. 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34712-0868 352-394-2183 Fax: 352-394-8001 The South Lake Press is published weekly by Halifax Media Group at 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, Florida 34711. Standard mail postage (Permit #280) is paid at the United States Post Ofce, Clermont, FL 34711. The South Lake Press is mailed to subscribers and is also distributed at newsstand locations throughout the region. All material contained in this edition is property of Halifax Media Group, and is protected under the copy right laws of the United States of America. Reproduction is forbidden without written consent from the publisher. YOUR OPINIONS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Whats going on in Mascotte? Iraq crisis recalls the mistakes of Vietnam If history does repeat it self, the present collapse of the Iraqi government by its ISIS nemesis does share many of the poignant aspects of the fall of Vietnam after years of American military intervention. The early years of the Vietnam conict were popular with the American public until they initiated greater commit ment and cost to soldiers and taxpayers after the assassina tions of President Diem and President Kennedy. Operation Desert Storm and the early phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom were also popu lar with the general public, but as the costs mounted, along with the opinion that the Iraq War would lead to a stalemate, it too became unpalatable and led to American withdrawal. The question now remains whether our billion dollar em bassy in Baghdad will be the stage for another humiliating hasty evacuation that results in many of our allied partners being left behind to face the full wrath of an implacable foe. In both Vietnam and Iraq we tried to impose a democra cy through military superiori ty, and unfortunately we may have taught the Iraqis too well for they also have a dysfunc tional congress that is willing to neglect the well-being of the nation for partisan gain. On the other hand, whereas the nal years of the Vietnam War were a time of charged emotions and division through out society, the ultimate re sponse by contemporary America to the unfolding trage dy in Iraq seems to be apathy. STEVE LUCHE | Mount Dora LETTER of the WEEK The early years of the Vietnam conflict were popular with the American public until they initiated greater commitment and cost to soldiers and taxpayers after the assassinations of President Diem and President Kennedy.


A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 16, 2014 D003191 Mon. Fr i. 9am to 4pm, Sa t. by ap poi nt mentLAKE COUNTYS MOST TRUSTED NAME IN HEARING AI DS www .l akem edi calhe ar m Al an Bo one HA S, BC -HI S Pr esi den t& Wi fe Linda221 N. US Hwy 27, Sui te H(Acr oss fr om the Citrus To wer)CLER MONT24 3HEA R( 4327 )2755 S. Ba y St. Suit e F(Acro ss fr om Tr actor Supply Compan y)EUST IS48 3HEA R( 4327 ) and at the federal level. Mayor Tony Rosa do said he is concerned about the mounting number of suits and complaints. Zero would be ideal and even one or two is less concerning than six now, he said. The actions began when two former po lice ofcers both white led a suit against Mascotte Police Chief Ronaldo Banas co. The ofcers claimed Banasco, who is His panic, discriminat ed against them. Gregg Woodworth and Scott Thompson hired a Lake Mary law rm to sue the city over the allegations, which Gleason said are untrue. Then, police of cer David Grice, whod been with the depart ment for more than 17 years, complained to the Lake County Sher iffs Ofce, the State At torneys Ofce and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that Banasco was secretly videotaping police of cers. Grice also com plained that he was the subject of age discrim ination by Banasco be cause the chief made Grice work a night shift. Grice eventually was red for allegedly not cooperating with an internal investigation and led a suit against the city in May. He also sued the city for what he said was an unwar ranted amount of fees charged for public re cords. Another two com plaints have been led with the Equal Em ployment Opportuni ties Commission by two black women, includ ing Alana Wilson, the citys current utilities accountant, who claims Gleason made many in appropriate references about black people in front of her. Wilson claims Glea son told her she should change her comput er password to token black person and used the terms pickaninny and nappy headed in statements made in her presence. She also al leges the city manag er related a story about white people putting jam on a black person a jam boy as a mosquito lure during social events. In the other EEOC complaint, Toni Hart, a former police ofcer, claims she was discrim inated against and red because she was female and black. She said in her complaint that she was made to do sec retarial work when no other ofcer had to, that she was referred to as a black (expletive) and that she had to ask per mission to use the bath room. Hart had previous ly made a complaint against Grice and how she feared he was watching her. In Wilsons case, the most recent, an inter nal investigation con ducted by Banasco and Fire Chief Randy Brash er cleared Gleason of any wrongdoing. The city manager has since apologized if he offend ed anyone and claims his remarks were taken out of context. Gleason noted that a part-time black female employee, interviewed as part of the internal investigation into Wil sons claims, said she thought Wilson was rac ist against white people. The city manager said Mascotte is conducting business by the book. If our attorneys tell me that they have any issues or concerns with city policies or person nel actions, then we will take any required steps to correct their con cerns, he said. As of today, I have not been advised the city or any city personnel have act ed contrary to city pol icy and federal or state employment laws. I am concerned over any suit led against the city, but I cannot control who les, as ev erybody and anybody can nd a lawyer to take their money and le a suit. Is six (suits and complaints) high? Yes, I believe it is, but again I cannot control who les and none have gone through the pro cess, so we do not know if they are valid. Since each one can take two to three years to resolve, we will have to wait to nd out. Gleason has told council members he is looking for employment elsewhere because the situation at city hall has become awkward for him because of Wilson. If Gleason leaves, the city will move on, Rosa do said. Hes done a good job for the city, but if he feels hes a better t somewhere else, we have a deputy city man ager that could step up in the meantime, Rosa do said. The city would be ne, but I guess the point is that things in Mascotte need to be re focused so that these is sues do not keep reoc curring. LAWSUITS FROM PAGE A1


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A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 16, 2014 r f f nt b b rfSel ected from Historic Downt own Clermont's 80-plus members, we're pleased to pres ent the CDP Featu red Business of the Month...FINDERS KEEPERSFINDERS KEEPERS was opened on November 1, 2010 on 8th and Mo ntro se str eets in Hist oric Downtown Clermont. Owner, Pat Matson, who retire d af ter 30 years in the corporate bu si ness world, decided she could finally follow her dream of owning her own sma ll bu sines s. Not exa ctly sure what Finders Keepers would be toda y it has evolved into a Unique Gift, Home Dcor and gently used Furniture boutique. Custo mers enj oy the unique items they can purchase at Find ers Keepers and appreciate the ever turning invent ory with new items being intro duced daily. According to Pat find ing the tr ea su res and merchandising them is what she loves to do. Selling is just something I have to do to stay in business she laughs. Having expanded twice in the past 4 years, Pat contributes her success to her husband Bobs sup por t an d the ass ist an ce of her bab y gir l, as she refers to her, Jennifer Silva. Jen is really the salesperson, she is a real go getter and is always here for me. We are all a great team that makes FINDERS KEEPERS the success that it is. Whether you are looking for a birthday or wedding gift, something funny to give to someone or great furni ture for your home FI NDERS KEE PERS is wh ere you will fin d it Open Tuesd ay thro ugh Satur da y from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sund ay 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. you will be greated by the smiles of either Pat or Jen and usually on Sundays both will be in the boutique. S top in and say Hi, you never know what you may find. Pat and her husband Bob Matson have lived in Cler mo nt for the past 11 year s and have 4 ch il d ren and 8 grandch ildren. When not working th ey love to travel and are getting ready for a three week Norway trip in July. 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Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Lees burg. Harriet Fick Harriet Fick, 84, of Fruitland Park, died Saturday, July 5, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. Ralph Kenneth Franklin Ralph Jack Kenneth Franklin, 73, Bushnell, passed away, July 1, 2014. Arrangements by National Cremation So ciety, Fruitland Park. Cheryl Lynn Franz Cheryl Lynn Franz, 53, of Lake Panasoffkee, died Saturday, July 5, 2014. Banks/PageTheus Funerals and Cremations. Wildwood Joseph Michael Gomes Joseph Michael Gomes, 64, of Lees burg, died Monday, July 7, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg. Wilma Hull Wilma Hull, 90, of Al toona, died Friday, July 11, 2014. Beyers Funer al Home, Umatilla. William Ainsworth Jack William Ainsworth Bill Jack, 85, of Astor, died Thursday, July 10, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Astor. Tommie L. Jordan Sr. Tommie L. Jordan, Sr., 75, of Leesburg, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Rocker-Cusack Mortu ary, Leesburg. Sherry Charlene Kelly Sherry Charlene Kel ly, 42, of Wildwood, died Thursday, July 3, 2014. Page-Theus Funeral Home, Leesburg. Linda L. Lewis Linda L. Lewis, 76, of Wildwood, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Banks/Page-Theus Fu nerals and Cremations, Wildwood. Karen Haines Love Karen Haines Love, 45, of Hayden, AL, died Sunday, July 6, 2014. Blount County/Cleve land Funeral Home, Cleveland, AL. Georgia Mae McClellan Georgia Mae McClel lan, 85, of Wildwood, died Friday, July 4, 2014. Eastside Funeral Home, Leesburg. Rodney K. Nixon Rodney K. Nixon, 48, of Mount Dora, died Tues day, July 8, 2014. Mar vin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc. Apopka. Owen Nielsen Olsen Owen Nielsen Olsen, 76, of Leesburg, died Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Steverson Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations. Tavares. Gearline Reed Gearline Reed, 74, of Mount Dora, died Sat urday, July 5, 2014. Mar vin C. Zanders Funeral Home, Inc., Apopka. Joanne A. Rock Joanne A. Rock, 83, of Leesburg, died Friday, July 11, 2014. Arrange ments by Page-Theus Funerals and Crema tion. Carol A. Simko Carol A. Simko, 59, of Tavares, died Mon day July 7, 2014. Hard en/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis. Florence Alice Walker Florence Alice Brooke Walker, 91, of Wild wood, died Thursday, July 10, 2014. Banks/ Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wild wood. Evelyn Morrison Watson Evelyn Morrison Wat son, 92, of Tavares, died Saturday, July 5, 2014. Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis.


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Pastors Lee and Vanessa Dobson Phone: (352)242-1144 God is good...all the time!FIRSTUNITEDMETHODISTCHURCHMaking Disciples Sunday 8 & 11am (Traditional) Sunday 9:30am (Contemporary) Thursday 7pm (Celebrate Recovery) Reverend Doug Kokx, Senior Pastor Reverend Dawn Fryman, Pastor of Congregational Care t r f rnrtfnf n GRACECOMMUNITYCHURCHCLERMONT, FL Many Other Activities each week fff n Jon Bekemeyer, Senior Pastor 407-877-4048 www.communitychurchclermont.orgLIBERTYBAPTISTCHURCH 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 NEWJACOBSCHAPELMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCH r f nt b nnt f nn 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 REALLIFECHRISTIANCHURCHHelping 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 rnrtfnrrSOUTHLAKEPRESBYTERIANCHURCH 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 www.southlakepresbyterian.orgST. MATTHIASEPISCOPALCHURCH574 West Montrose Street Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.3855 8:00 am (Rite I) 10:00 am (Rite II) 5:00 pm (Praise & Worship) Mens Prayer BreakfastWOOTSONTEMPLECHURCH OFGOD INCHRISTElder 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 FERNDALEFERNDALEBAPTISTCHURCHat 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 ChildrenGrovelandFIRSTBAPTISTCHURCH OFGROVELANDnt Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Services 10:50 am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 6:30 pmMT. 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. 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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. South Lake South Lake Gathering PlacesSpiritual WorshipforGathering PlacesSpiritual Worshipfor BECKER FUNERAL HOME Ser ving Florida Fa milies Since 1957 A Full Ser vice Home -Locally Owned & Opera tedRon Becker & Charles Becker ,F uneral Directors352394 -7 12 180 6 W. Minneola Av e. ,C ler mont, FL Cremation ChoicesDir ect Cr emation$675Plus Container Ron Beck er ,D ir ector352-394-8228921 S. US Hwy 27, Minneola, FL LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer Facing a $15 million hole in next years budget, Lake County commissioners have said preserving public safety services is a priority. Lake Emergency Medical Services, alone, projects a $2 million shortfall, while the county re department has a $1.2 decit to ll in order to keep 12 reghters whose positions are funded by an expiring grant. Amid these challenges, one cost-saving idea that has been oated around Lake County government is receiv ing a chilly response from the County Commission: consol idating the re and EMS ser vices as so many other coun ties in Florida have done. Lt. Brian Gamble, vice president of the Profession al Fireghters of Lake Coun ty, projects that merging re and EMS services could save $1 million just in administra tive positions. It has been proven, tried and true, not only in Flori da but in the United States, Gamble said. He said 71 percent of Flor ida counties operate com bined re and EMS systems. It is a natural evolution of re service and EMS, Gam ble said. People are getting more bang for their buck for having a re-based EMS sys tem. People have to put aside pride and politics and look at what is best for the overall community of Lake County. Gamble isnt the only one who sees merit in the idea. An internal audit of Lake EMS in May 2013 resulted in a recommendation for EMS and the county re depart ment to consider hiring an external consultant to rec ommend positioning of staff and equipment of EMS and the re department. Specically, the audit recom mends EMS and the re ser vices should work together to achieve system efciencies. That audit never took place, County Commission er Tim Sullivan said, because there wasnt money in the budget to pay for it. Even if there was, ofcials acknowledge that consoli dation is a controversial top ic, and a number of EMS and re administrators, as well as county commissioners, were reluctant to even talk about it. Lake County Assistant Fire Chief Jack Fillman declined to address a possible merg er, saying it was an issue for the Lake EMS board, which is made up of all ve coun ty commissioners and repre sentatives from the cities and hospitals. Jerry Smith, executive di rector of Lake EMS, said he doesnt believe enough ef ciencies could be achieved by consolidation to make the effort cost-effective. Our folks are only single certied, he said. The vast majority are not dual certi ed. There is a cost in train ing and increased cost in pay because of dual certica tion. Smith also pointed to the increase in Florida Retire ment System contribution rates for re, which is 15 per cent versus 8 percent for the ambulance service. But immediately north of Lake County, Marion Coun ty government managed to save millions of dollars by merging its re and EMS services in 2008, said Mari on County Fire Rescue Chief Stuart McElhaney. McElhaney said after two Commissioners unsure about consolidating fire, EMS DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE PHOTO EMT David Deland Jr. is shown on the job last December. Facing a $15 million hole in next years budget, Lake County commissioners have said preserving public safety services is a priority. SEE LAKE | A8


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Through the con solidation, we have re duced the amount of tax dollars to fund the ambulance service, McElhaney said. The savings in consol idation came from elim inating redundant ad ministrative positions and increasing reve nue, McElhaney said. He estimated the merg er eliminated 20 man agerial positions from the Emergency Medical Services Alliance, the ambulance service at the time. That is where the bulk of savings came in reducing the dupli cate management posi tions, he said. We did not reduce the boots on the ground. We reduced the management staff signicantly. Lake EMS has 33 ad ministrative staff com pared with seven in the re department. The salaries of those EMS administrative positions range from $34,000 to $116,000. Prior to the consol idation, EMSA, which was a public-partner ship between two local hospitals, the city of Oc ala and Marion County, had a $20 million oper ating budget. Only $12 million in revenue was coming in. Basically, the part ners had to contrib ute $8 million to subsi dize the operations of the ambulance service, McElhaney said. It was continuing to become a larger burden. Lake County Com missioner Sean Parks sees merit in the idea. I am all for any thing that would possi bly make us more ef cient, he said. However, he said it was equally important to make sure there is a still a board of directors and the cities are repre sented. If you were to do this, you would have to reach an agreement with the cities to not relocate any of the ambulances where they are current ly based in the cities. But other commis sioners were more skep tical. Commissioner Welton Cadwell, who serves as chairman of the EMS board, said he was concerned about disturbing the partner ship between the cities and the county. Commissioner Leslie Campione said the is sue is not an easy one. This is an extreme ly complicated issue that would require buyin from all of the agen cies involved in it if it were to be evaluated, she said. But it is com pletely speculative to suggest this would save money or result in bet ter service. At this point, the simple solution is to make sure expenditures dont exceed revenues. Commissioner Jim my Conner, who serves as vice chairman of the Lake EMS board, said he thinks consolidation would be a hard sell for the public. I think people would believe it would cause a dropoff in level of care, he said. I am not gung ho on the idea. But at the same time, Conner said If there is a way to lower cost and maintain the level of service, I dont have a problem looking at it. McElhaney acknowl edged that the idea is controversial and polit ical. It is never going to be an easy issue for peo ple on both sides of the equation, he said. A lot of it is fear of the unknown. It is real ly easy to say all they care about is re and EMS takes a back seat. We have proven that is not the case. Response times have improved. LAKE FROM PAGE A7 DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE PHOTO A Lake County Fire Rescue truck is parked during a call in Lady Lake in March. County ofcials appear reluctant to delve into consolidating the re and EMS services. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Lake County Supervisor of Elections Emogene Stegall, who has held the post since 1972, was recognized by city ofcials in Clermont recently for all shes done during her tenure to make county and city elections go smoothly. Stegall, with more than 50 years of service under her belt, is in her 11th term as Super visor of E lections. She also worked in elections for 14 years prior to taking public of ce. Her rst day on the job as supervisor was May 1, 1958. A proclamation was read at a city council meeting and longtime mayor and lifelong Clermont resident Hal Turvi lle presented Stegall with a plaque that recognized her service to the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, the Business and Professional Women of Eus tis, the Pilot Club, League of Women Voters, and the Tava res Womens Club. It also not ed that Stegall was inducted into the Lake County Wom ens Hall of Fame in 2005. City Manager Darren Gray told guests hed known Ste gall for a long time and said her knowledge and helpful ness is invaluable. I worked with Ms. Stegall when I was the county man ager and, although I worked with a lot of ofcials, she was my favorite, Gray said. In an email to constituents after the meeting, Council man Ray Goodgame said: She (Stegall) is a delightful woman to work with. She does an out standing job of running the best managed ofce in Lake County government. Stegall said she admired the Clermont Council and had a word for them and all elected ofcials, based on her own experience. I always remember that I am an elected ofcial, like all of you, and when youre elected to an ofce, you can be thrown out just as easi ly as you were put in. You be come a public servant for the people, she said. In June, Stegall was also rec ognized by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections as the states longest serving supervisor of elections. CLERMONT Longtime public servant honored with plaque


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From the newly painted black and Vegas gold trim on the walls to planning to add the team logo in the center of the locker room oor, Peera has already made an impact in the short time hes been there. His players have taken notice. I was really worried com ing into this whole thing with this being my third head coach in high school, but hes been great, junior slot receiver Kyle Secue said after a workout ses sion on Thursday. Hes hard on us like he should be, but hes pushing us to our limits, some limits that I didnt even know before. Peera spent the 2009-11 sea sons as the defensive coordi nator at South Lake before be coming an assistant coach at Miami Northwestern. From there, Peera took the head coaching job at Aurora (Colo.) Gateway, where he led the Olympians to a 6-4 record and a trip to the Class 5A state playoffs in his only year at the school. Because he missed Lake Coun ty so much, Peera jumped at the opportunity to lead the Knights. One of his immediate goals after taking the job is getting players to the next level. Peeras main fo cus is making sure all his players are academically eligible so they can go to college something his players were at Miami North western and Aurora Gateway. At Aurora Gateway, Peera had the largest signing class (11) in the state, with a couple more af ter signing day. The year before that he helped Miami North western have the largest signing class (26) in the country. When Peera arrived at East Ridge, one of the rst things he told his players about was the importance of college. I told them that our goals are going to completely change, and our No. 1 priority is to get kids to college, Peera said. Some of them had just a confused look like, What do you mean we all go to college? And I had to ex plain the process that were go ing to go through, from daily grade checks to just how the re cruitment is going to work, how were going to do things on the eld on a daily basis and that we want every single one of our players going to college. Thats what weve been preaching. Weve started to get that buy-in right now. Peera said he has a very mo tivated group that wants to have success. That especially includes some of the teams up perclassmen who havent tasted victory all that much. They believe that will change with Peera. Hes been good, junior quar terback Hunter Bush said. Hes really tough on us, but I know hes just trying to make us bet ter and help us get to our goal. The goal of course, aside from getting to college, is to get to the playoffs. (Workouts) have been going great, junior slot receiver Ja len Lozano said. Were improv ing every day, busting our butts, putting in 110-percent effort and you can just see us getting better day-by-day. We want to have a winning season and just show Clermont that East Ridge is back on the map. CLERMONT Peera making impact for Knights BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL East Ridge High Schools new head coach, Ashour Peera, gives instructions to players in the weight room after practice in Clermont on Thursday. FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer Shane Greenes win ning percentage is high er than any pitcher in the Hall of Fame. Then again, he has only two decisions. The former East Ridge High School stand out earned his rst ma jor league win on July 7 when he tossed six sol id innings in the New York Yankees 6-2 vic tory against Cleveland. Greene carried a no hit ter into the fth inning against Cleve land before Nick Swisher broke it up with a home run. On Saturday, Greene picked up his second ca reer win, going 7 1/3 innings in a 3-0 win against the Baltimore Orioles. Its a dream come true, no question about that, Greene told re porters after the Cleve land game. Greene was called up from Scranton/Wil kes-Barre, the Yankees Triple-A afliate in the International League, on July 6 after New York traded Vidal Nuno to Arizona. He was 5-2 with a 4.61 ERA in 15 games with the RailRiders, but was impressive in his last two minor league starts with 13 consecutive scoreless innings. Mondays victory was the latest success for Greene, but it didnt come as a surprise to his high school and travel ball coach. Shane has always been an extremely hard worker, said David Bultema, who coached Greene during his ju nior and senior years at East Ridge. Bulte ma also worked with Greene at the Orlando Baseball Academy. He was never the most talk ative player we had, but he led by example. No body would work hard er on the baseball eld than he did. He was always a very likable kid and his teammates enjoyed be ing around him. Greenes work eth ic and dedication was tested in 2008 when he blew out his pitching el bow and was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire season and the University of West Flor ida even revoked his scholarship. He worked his way back and pitched for Day tona Beach Com munity College now Daytona Beach State Col lege in 2009. Greene attract ed the attention of the Yankees, who drafted him in the 15th round of Major League Baseballs 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Greene toiled in the minor leagues, working his way up from rook ie ball to Triple A, com piling a 29-43 career re cord. He had a 12-10 record in 2013 and was named the Yankees top minor league pitcher in 2013. Monday was Greenes second appearance in a game for the Yankees this season. On April 24, he struck out one against Boston. Hes such an incredi ble story, Bultema said. He couldve given up on himself after he blew out his elbow. He was 19 or 20 years old and be ing told he needed ma jor surgery to recon struct his elbow. Instead of quitting, Shane treat ed it like a fresh start. He worked to strengthen his arm and didnt take anything for granted. Shane came back as a stronger and better pitcher, Bultema said. Ex-East Ridge standout earns first MLB win with Yankees GREENE FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer Lake County schools have provided South Lake Recre ations community basketball league with a place to practice and play games for 20 years. But that relationship ap pears to have come to an end at least, for now. In a letter dated April 17, Cl ermont Middle School Princi pal Steven Benson informed the organization that it would no longer be permitted to use the school gymnasium. In his letter to Alex Ludick, director of South Lake Recreation Inc., Benson said the school would not be entering into nor ap proving any additional facili ty usage agreements to pro vide a facility for Lake County Hoops the groups basket ball league. The letter ends a relation ship that has been in place for most of South Lake Rec reations existence. Lake County Hoops also has used gymnasiums at Gray Middle School and South Lake High School in the past. We have fully supported the mission and opportuni ties the Rec. League offer the children of south Lake Coun ty for several years through the use of our gymnasium, including both years during my tenure as principal, Ben son wrote. However, several problematic situations that occurred during the multi ple agreements (in the 201314 school year) have caused a strain on the facilities, staff and operations of Clermont Middle School. Ensuring the best education and ex tra-curricular opportunities for our students, along with providing optimal care and maintenance of our facilities, must remain the focus of my efforts and responsibilities. According to Lake County Schools spokesman Chris Pat ton, the schools issues with the league involved using the gym on days that had not been previously approved. He also said the condition the facility was left in became a concern for Benson. Ludick said South Lake Recreation learned in May about Bensons decision. He said he was not previous ly aware of issues with his group using the gym. We paid for janitors so it wasnt our responsibility to clean up, Ludick said. As for using the gym on days not previously agreed to, I think that was probably a mis understanding. Ill take the blame for that one. We showed up and the janitor let us in, so I didnt think anything else about it. Ludick said he has consid ered inquiring about using the gym at Clermonts new Arts and Recreation Center. He hopes to sit down and negotiate with city ofcials before long to see if a deal can be worked out. Since South Lake Recre ation was founded, Ludick said more than 10,000 area youngsters have learned to play basketball in its summer and winter leagues. Daily Commercial reporter Livi Stan ford contributed to this report. Recreation basketball league in search of new home (When I got here), I wanted them to understand that were not going to hold anything against them that happened prior to me getting there. I told them what were going to do isnt because the things they were doing were bad, it just wasnt working for this program and now we need to change some things. Coach Ashour Peera


Ann Dupee REMEMBER WHEN A 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. B2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 16, 2014 C OMMUNITY Proudly serving CLERMONT, MINNEOLA, GROVELAND, MASCOTTE and MONTVERDE YOUR CONTACT FOR LOCAL NEWS STAFF WRITER ...................... ROXANNE BROWN TELEPHONE .................................... 394 FAX .................................................. 394-8001 EMAIL ..... HOMETOWN: Minneola OCCUPATION: Teacher FAMILY: Husband, Robert, and two daughters, Ava, 5, and Nao mi, 2. What do you enjoy most about south Lake County? I love the biking and running trails in Minneola and Clermont. I en joy running near the breathtak ing view of Lake Minneola at sun set. I trained for my half marathon and marathon on the trail and Im grateful for the beauty of it. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sen tence, what would it be? Im going to use my brother-inlaws quote because I think it is so powerful: Anything is possible with faith and hard work. 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? My daughters preschool teachers, Miss Marsha, Miss Debra, Miss Kristine and Miss Donna at FUMC. Every day my girls came home they were lled with joy and I attribute that to the loving way their teach ers encouraged, challenged and nurtured their learning. As a teach er, I know how much energy and love is required to be an effective teacher. Im thankful for their ded ication to kids. They truly are mak ing a difference. 3) How does what you do contrib ute to the welfare of the area? My husband, daughter and I create educational song videos that we offer from our website, Teachers have given us so much positive feed back that we decided to create an app so that kids could learn from home, too. I know rsthand how Ava and Naomi learn from songs at preschool. Learning through mu sic is fun and effective and we be lieve this app is going to make kids more excited to study from home. 4) Whats something youve al ways wanted to do but havent yet? Id love to paddle board on the lake or ocean. I think it would be a great workout and a nice time to connect with nature. FROM THE FILES | 25 YEARS AGO 1989 Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet Your NEIGHBOR ANGELA ELLER REEDY CREEK BUYS 2,000 ACRES IN SOUTH LAKE COUNTY The Reedy Creek Im provement District, governing body for the 27,000-acre Disney property, recently pur chased close to 2,000 acres in south Lake County. A meeting was held in the RCID board room in Sun Bank at Lake Buena Vista to vote on issuing bonds to pay for road improvements on Disney property and to upgrade utilities. (This is now known as the Karlton property on south U.S. Highway 27 and part of the current ly proposed Wellness Way area.) Part of the revenue bond issue included acquiring up to 2,000 acres for the purposes of providing waste wa ter disposal facilities to be located in Lake County, approximate ly 4 miles northwest of the district boundary. In a Nov. 30, 1988 res olution there was $20 million for road im provements and $20 million to expand utili ty projects. At the latest meeting, another $20 million in bonds was added to ac quire the spray eld site in Lake County and de velop it. Several years ago, the city of Orlando and Or ange County put on line a waste water treat ment facility called Conserv II, which is ca pable of pumping 25 million gallons of treat ed waste water a day. Some of the land that Disney purchased is in the Conserv II area. Pipes have already been laid for Conserv II, which would be a duplication of pipes. The city of Orlan do was deeply con cerned over a separate system being installed and feared Conserv II would be greatly im pacted by the program. He asked for a joint ef fort between Disney and Conserv II, with only Conserv II being used. Jerry Chicone Jr., owner of citrus prop erties in south Lake County, said four years ago the owners were promised there would not be anything be yond Conserv II and that Lake County would not become a dumping ground for everyones waste water. Chicone said the meeting had been pos itive, Reedy Creek was talking and the talking was being done in the sunshine. The Lake County Commission is the reg ulatory board that will give the nal approv al to grant Reedy Creek the necessary Public Facilities District zon ing classication. Pol lution Control and DER will also have a say in the matter. AUSTIN FULLER | Staff Writer I think its got a great looking storefront now, North Caro lina resident Roy Corrigan said Monday while shop ping at the recently rebuilt Russell Stover store in Wild wood. It doesnt look like a commercial warehouse, theyve separated the bar gains from the premium candy and its just easier to get around. The nations third largest chocolate manufacturer tore down its 10,500-square-foot outlet in April and recent ly unveiled an expanded 12,700-square-foot facility, the only one it operates in Florida. This is the number one store in the chain, so its a really important store for the company, Angela Ells worth, Russell Stovers vice president of retail opera tions, told the Daily Com mercial in May. We want to give our customers in that area the best shopping ex perience that we can. Christi Jones, an in-store program manager for Rus sell Stover, said the former outlets 12-employee work force has been expanded to 22 at the larger facility. In addition to outlet and discount-priced candy products, the new store now features cupcakes, choco late covered strawberries, ice cream, an espresso bar and custom candies. Corrigan, who has a par ent in a nursing home in Tampa, said he stops at the store when he comes down and that he loved the new changes. Joseph Hudson, of Inver ness, was at the store Mon day with his wife. He said they came to the store at least three times a month to buy chocolate, not only for themselves but as gifts for neighbors. He had a milk shake on Monday as well. Im originally from New York and I love glitz. They re ally have dolled this place up. Its beautiful, Hudson said. Adrian Smith, of Brooks ville, was at the store with his wife, Shirley, on Monday. They had been to the old lo cation once. I like the way its designed, the layout and everything and the display cases, its a lot neater and it looks more ap petizing, Adrian said. He said they would be coming back, and Adri an was planning on hav ing a strawberry milkshake. He thought the addition of fresh products such as ice cream was great. Mary Enright and her hus band, Rick, who live in Tav ares, also were at the store. Mary said there is a lot more variety in marked-down products. They came to the old store at least twice a month. Vivian Henegar, from Brooksville, was bringing some out-of-state guests to the store to get candy and said she had been to the old location. She said her favor ite part of the changes was the atmosphere, noting the old location had a ware house feel to it. The company, found ed in 1923 in Denver, now sells more than 100 million pounds of chocolate annu ally in almost 40 compa ny-owned retail shops, and more than 70,000 super markets, drug stores, gift shops and other retail out lets throughout the United States and Canada, accord ing to the companys web site, which excerpts the book Americas Greatest Brands. Russell Stover is the larg est producer of boxed choc olates in the country, and the third largest U.S. choc olate manufacturer behind Hershey and M&M Mars, ac cording to the book. The outlet at 950 Industri al Drive in Wildwood is the only Russell Stover store in Florida. WILDWOOD Russell Stover store offers sweet deals PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL ABOVE: People shop at the Russell Stover outlet store in Wildwood. BELOW: Chocolate and candies are shown on the shelves of the Russell Stover outlet store. This is the number one store in the chain, so its a really important store for the company. We want to give our customers in that area the best shopping experience that we can. Angela Ellsworth, Russell Stovers vice president of retail operations


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Solution on page B7 THERESA CAMPBELL | Staff Writer Madison, a Border collie mix, along with Justice, a pit bull terrier mix, and numerous oth er dogs, cats and kittens like Charlie and Cuddly Connie, are available through Lake County Animal Services special deal for animal lovers: the Cat and Dog Days of Summer Sale. The sale began Satur day and runs through July 26, with steep dis counts on all adoptable animals. Brian Sheahan, di rector of Lake Countys Community Safety and Compliance Depart ment, said in a press re lease that the event is geared to help reduce the population at the now overcrowded shel ter and avoid the eutha nasia of adoptable ani mals. Sheahan said the county is offering dogs and cats at a drastical ly reduced rate of $10, down from the regular cost of $50 for dogs and $40 for cats. Several dogs will be secretly labeled Gold Ribbon Dogs, which will be free of charge upon check-out, he said in the press release. In addition, cats will be offered as buy-oneget-one-free during the two-week period, due to the animal shelter being heavily inundat ed with kittens during the height of kitten sea son. A maximum of three dogs and three cats may be adopted per house hold, according to the press release. TAVARES Animal Services reduces fees for summer sale PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES Justice, a pit bull terrier mix, is one of many dogs available during the Cat and Dog Days of Summer Sale. MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer Sheriffs deputies and law enforcement of cers are swarming through various Lake County elementary schools this summer for a good cause. Round Lake, Treadway and Minneola elementa ry schools are just some of the locations across the state where the Flori da Sheriffs Youth Ranch es is running free, week long day camps for children throughout the summer. Children not only participate in typi cal summer camp ac tivities such as sports, games and singing, but also are given presen tations by law enforce ment agencies to gain a better understanding of the law and the people who uphold it. Last week at Round Lake Elementary in Mount Dora, they met with reghters and sprayed water from a re hose an activi ty that left many of the children soaking wet. I think I want to be a reman, said 8-yearold Joshua Crammer, shortly after drying off. Children learned ar chery and got up close with police motorcycles and horses. The camp visited Treadway Ele mentary in Leesburg last week and will hit Minneola Elementary this week. About 60 children are enrolled in each camp after the Sheriffs Ofce circulated applications for the program near the end of the school year. Deputy Tami Jicha, who coordinated the camps in Lake Coun ty, said it gives children another perspective on law enforcement. We let them know we arent just people who go to their homes for some type of crisis, Ji cha said. Connect Four, Boggle, plastic toy soldiers, a globe, math workbooks, glue, colored beads, yarn and other items es sential to fun activities were sprawled through out the schools cafete ria Thursday. Im making so many new friends, said Trin MOUNT DORA Police offer day camps for Lake County kids MILLARD K. IVES / DAILY COMMERCIAL Lake County Sheriffs trafc units Sgt. Mike Marden and deputy Sandi Chessher show off their motorcycles at a sheriffs summer camp Thursday at Round Lake Elementary School. ity Whiteld, 11, while showing off a neck lace of Shrinky Dinks that she made by bak ing the plastic orna ments. But it was the inter actions with ofcers during law enforce ment presentations that seemed to height en the childrens in terest. When deputies from the sheriffs mo torcycle unit showed up to chat about traf c laws, children couldnt believe they could get a ticket for riding a bicycle with out a helmet. According to a press release, the mission of the Florida Sher iffs Youth Ranches is to prevent juvenile delinquency and de velop lawful, produc tive citizens through a broad range of fam ily-centered services.


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