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SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | B2 SPORTS: Lightning use All-Star game as playoff prep WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014 50 NEWSTAND INSIDE CLASSIFIED B6 CROSSWORDS B3 REAL ESTATE E1 REMEMBER WHEN B2 SPORTS B1 VOICES A3 WORD ON THE STREE T A2 SO UTH LAKE PRE SS V OLUME 99, NO. 30 3 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 LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer T he Florida Department of Educations recent re lease of its annual report card for all school districts alarmed some educators in Lake County, while others said the backward slide by some schools simply reects a statewide trend. Five schools in the district received an F. None did the previous year. Clermont schools shined, however. Three Cypress Ridge Elementary, Lost Lake Elementary and Windy Hill Middle all earned an A rat ing from the state. Ofcials said the number of Fs statewide have increased, in part because teachers were phasing in the new Florida Standards, while evaluating students on the old standards on the annual Florida Com prehensive Assessment Tests. In addition, this is the third year the FDOE has imple mented the one letter-grade drop protection to allow dis tricts to drop one letter grade, preventing some from failing. Statewide, there were 178 F schools, an increase of 72 from the previous year. Even so, school ofcials say more community involvement Report cards sent out Some schools struggle, but Clermont schools shine DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE PHOTO/ Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart reads Princess Pigtoria and the Pea as third grade students follow along on iPads at Lost Lake Elementary school in Clermont. LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer Lake County com missioners have ap proved an automatic aid agreement with the city of Clermont that allows the closest re trucks available to re spond to emergencies. The agreement now goes back to the Cler mont City Council for approval. Clermont would be come the fourth city in south Lake to have an automatic aid agree ment with the coun ty. The cities of Minne ola, Groveland and Mascotte have also ap proved such agree ments. It is getting the clos est unit to the emer gency and handling it, Lake County Fire Chief John Jolliff said. It eliminates a lot of duplication of different agencies going to the same call. The county has been working with the cit ies for years to formu late an automatic aid agreement with a trueup, which compensates both the city and coun ty for responding to res outside their juris diction. The compen sation is $100 for med ical calls and $500 for a structure re. County commis sioners recently ap proved automatic aid with Clermont as part CLERMONT County approves emergency response deal ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Clermont city of cials have nominated south Lake native Do lores Gano Walker, the citys honorary histori an, for the Lake County Womens Hall of Fame this year. Councilman Ray Goodgame recent ly wrote a letter sup porting Walkers nomi nation. Since then, city spokesperson Doris Bloodsworth has been working to put the ap plication together, a process that includes documentation, news paper clippings and pictures that illustrate why Walker should be chosen. I have known Do lores Walker since 2004 when I joined the South Lake County Histori cal Society. It was abun dantly clear to me that if I wanted to know any thing about the histo ry of south Lake Coun ty, all I had to do was ask Dolores Walker, Good game said. I spent many hours of my spare time at Cl ermont Historic Village learning about the early families that settled Cl ermont. Dolores knew every family and some thing about them. My gosh, she was a walking museum, he wrote. Bloodsworth has as sembled a biography that illustrates Walk ers contributions to the county and what her family has meant to the area since 1878, when her ancestors arrived. Archibald Gano, her paternal grandfa ther, brought the fam ily to south Lake and ran a sawmill in what was once known as Vil la City, and George Myers, her maternal grandfather, was Mas cottes rst mayor. In all, with Walkers children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, six generations of her fam ily have lived in south Lake County. Walker was born on Tuscanooga Road near Mascotte in 1926, grad uated from Groveland High School in 1943 and is married to Rob ert Walker, who she she met in Jackson ville while in secretarial school there. The couple moved while he was in the CLERMONT Officials seek recognition for city historian LINDA CHARLTON | SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Dolores Gano Walker with Crystal Kveton, center, and Ashley Milazzo at the original Cooper Memorial Library in the Historic Village in downtown Clermont. Walker is the Sunday docent at the old library. MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer Prosecutors have cleared a Lake County Sheriffs deputy of any wrongdoing in connec tion with a shooting of a sui cidal man who reportedly ap proached the deputies with a knife in January. Deputies Michael Dollery and Harold Howell had responded to Aria Court, just outside of Cl ermont, on January 22, after a number of 911 calls were made indicating 24-year-old Ian Mi chael Saum was walking down the street cutting himself with a large knife. According to a memo from the State Attorneys Ofce, the uni formed deputies initially used a stun gun on Saum after he ignored their re peated demands to drop the knife, but Saum con tinued to walk toward them with the weapon. When Saum got with in 6 to 10 feet of Dollery, he shot the man in the stomach. Saum survived. Dollery told investigators he didnt want to use lethal force but felt in fear of his and How ells lives when he red his weapon. Given that the use of force by Deputy Dollery was legally jus tied, I recommend that this of ce take no further action on this matter, stated Wal ter Forgie, supervising as sistant State Attorney in Lake County in a memo to Brad King, the State At torney over the 5th Judi cial Circuit that includes Lake County. Ofcials based their argu ment on how close Saum got to the deputies while armed. The memo stated studies on ofcer safety tactics have shown that when defending oneself from a suspect armed with a knife, a distance of 21 feet is necessary in order to effectively stop the threat of injury or death. The 21-foot rule has been the Officials clear deputy who shot suicidal man SAUM BEST AND THE WORST Cypress Ridge Elementary School A Lost Lake Elementary School A Sorrento Elementary A Umatilla Elementary School A Windy Hill Middle School A Eustis Heights Elementary School F Humanities & Fine Arts Charter F Lake Virtual Instruction Program F Leesburg Elementary School F Oak Park Middle School F 2014 (prelim): C 2013: C 2012: B 2011: B 2010: B Orange, Sumter: B DISTRICT GRADES SEE REPORT | A2 SEE HISTORIAN | A2 SEE DEPUTY | A5 SEE RESPONSE | A4


A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 23, 2014 CLERMONT Gas leak capped off on State Road 50 A stretch of State Road 50 in Clermont was closed for hours last week after so utility workers could cap off a reported gas leak. According to Clermont ofcials, the gas leak was reported just before noon Wednesday, July 16 underground near the sidewalk in the 400 block of SR 50. No buildings were evacuated but area trafc was rerouted, Assistant Fire Chief Kathy Johnston said. The citys re department, as well as Lake Apopka Natural Gas, responded to the leak. The stretch of road was re-opened about 1:10 p.m. CLERMONT Deputies pursue one-legged man Lake County deputies and at least one K-9 had been sent to a wooded area in Clermont last week to hunt for a one-legged man who climbed out a window while they were waiting for him to surrender. According to an arrest afda vit, sheriffs deputies showed up Wednesday at the home of Charles Wayne Pike, who was wanted on war rants for dealing in stolen property and driving with a suspended license. Deputies said Pikes father told them his son was in his room putting on his prosthetic leg. After a few minutes, the father checked on his son, only to nd that Pike had climbed out a win dow and ran. The afdavit added deputies went to the back of the home, where they spotted Pike, but he refused to stop and headed into the woods. Several patrol deputies and a K-9 unit were called to look for him and eventually discovered Pike about a mile from his home. Pike was arrested on resisting ar rest charges, as well as a warrant on fraud charges for pawning items. He remained in the Lake County Jail Thursday in lieu of $12,000 bond. CLERMONT Tickets available for Hob Nob Tickets are still available for the South Lake Chamber of Commerces Hob Nob event, scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Clermont City Center, 620 West Montrose St. Tickets for the event are free but are being distributed on a rstcome, rst-served basis since space is limited. At the event, various candidates running for local, county, state and federal ofces this year discuss their views and platforms with voters. Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions to learn more about each candidate before participat ing in a straw poll. Results will be an nounced at the event. For information or to reserve free tickets, call 352-394-4191 or email of GROVELAND City seeks research committee volunteers The city of Groveland is looking for volunteers to serve on the Recreation Advisory Committee. This committee meets the rst Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m., at the Lake David Center, 450 S. Lake Ave. Call 352-429-2141, ext. 231 or email Applications are also available online at or at Groveland City Hall located at 156 S. Lake Ave. WINTER GARDEN Garden Theatre to host auditions for musical The Garden Theatre will host audi tions for the musical Christmas By Committee: A Musical, an original musical written and directed by Rob Winn Anderson. Open call auditions will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 3, and 6 to 10 p.m., Mon. Aug. 4. To sign up, email Callbacks will be held by invitation only from 6 to 10 p.m., on Aug. 6. For tickets or information, call 407-8774736 or go to Area Briefs What south Lake residents are saying about ... ORGANIC FOOD How much importance do you place on organic food? I try to buy organic. Its more expensive, but I try to do it within reason. I believe that the food our grandparents and par ents had is different from the food we have. We have GMOs and pesticides. I prefer organic. PAM ULEKOWSKI WINTER GARDEN A lot, primarily be cause of the chemicals that are used in the fertil izer and stuff. A lot of the food weve been eating for years, theyve found the fertilizer is poisoning the food at the same time. DANIEL HAMEL DAVENPORT Not much. One rea son is I have my own gar den, and the stuff you get in the stores sometimes is not organic. They use the right things, but they use them in such huge amounts that theyre poi soning us anyway. BETTY COGLEY CLERMONT I place a lot. I have two young children. The more you research upon the range of pesticides, add ed hormones, antibiotics not only for myself, es pecially for them, being so young, whenever possible I eat organic. KIMBERLY COUCH 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 and instructional tutoring is needed to help struggling students in those failing schools. Eustis Heights Elementary School, Oak Park Middle School, Leesburg Elementary School, Hu manities and Fine Arts Charter School and Lake Virtual Instruc tional program each received an F this year. In addition, 14 schools showed letter-grade declines. Overall, 13 percent of Lakes schools had As, 21 percent had Bs, 41 percent had Cs, 13 percent had Ds and 13 percent had Fs, accord ing to the report card. School ofcials pointed to the increase in A schools. Windy Hill Middle School, Sorrento Elemen tary School and Lost Lake Elemen tary moved up to receive the high est grade. By comparison, many Central Florida counties had far greater percentages of A schools this year: 70 percent of Flagler schools earned As, up from 33 percent last year; 57 percent earned As in Seminole; 51 percent in Brevard; 44 percent in Orange; 26 percent in Osceola; and 24 percent in Volusia, according to a press release from the Florida De partment of Education. School Board Member Tod How ard said the failing schools were not acceptable in the district. The schools that had the great est challenges have a very high percentage of free and reduced lunch, he said. The schools alone cant x the underlying problems. It is going to take an effort from city, county, faith-based organiza tions, civic organizations and the school system in order to reoat these communities. Those failing grades not only af fect the students, but econom ic development as a whole, How ard said. You are not going to get highskill wage jobs in a community with failing schools, he said. Howard pointed to Superinten dent Susan Moxley as a factor in the declining grades. At a July 7 School Board meeting, Howard had proposed a superin tendent search to replace Moxley, but School Board members, in a 3-2 vote, rejected the idea. Howard cited the dismantling of leadership teams in the schools as a contributing factor to the school grades. For me, it is not just ve Fs, he said, adding there are also ve Ds. We need to do better, he said. At the end of the day, those grades are a reection of the choices the district has made. But David Christiansen, the dis tricts chief academic ofcer, said the increase in Fs is a trend state wide. The grading system has gotten more complex and more challeng ing every year, he said. Some times kids can perform at the same level, but if you change the bar it looks like they are not doing as well. Stuart Klatte, president of the Lake County Education Associa tion, said he had problems with the states grading system. It is a bad policy, he said. It does not always measure from year to year accurately. It is a bad way of measuring schools. However, Cheryl Etters, FDOE spokeswoman, said neither the grading system nor the scoring has changed. Christiansen said it has been hard for students to acclimate to a new educational standard. We are trying to get ready for the new Florida Standards while testing in the old standards, he said. We are trying to ride two or three horses. Asked about letter grade de clines, Christiansen said numerous schools also improved. Eight out of 10 middle schools made signicant improvements, he said. According to the FDOE, school grades utilize a point system (where) schools are awarded points for students who score sat isfactory or higher and/or make annual learning gains. But Howard said even if there are improvements in points, at the end of the day the grade is still the same. Speaking in support of the su perintendent, School Board mem ber Rosanne Brandeburg said Mox ley is bringing forward a plan to address the issue. Additional resources may be needed to address it, she said. When we have schools that are struggling, we have to give them additional resources in order to see them succeed, she said. The community must also help the schools, according to Leesburg Elementarys new principal, Pat rick Galatowitsch. We are not just an individual entity set apart from the commu nity, he said. We are part of the fabric of our community. Galatowitsch said he is still as sessing the factors leading to the schools F grade but remained con dent the school would improve. He said he is hoping to ll 23 va cancies in the school in the com ing weeks. I have talked to a number of the teachers and there is a very pos itive perspective on the fact that even though we are a F school we believe strongly we are going to change that circumstance, he said. We know we need across the board improvements in all subject areas. Galatowitsch said he was hiring teachers to enhance small-group instruction for struggling children. Overall, in the district there are 60 staff who will be trained as ac ademic tutors to support students in the classroom and small-group instruction in reading and math, Christiansen said. School ofcials acknowledge the new Florida Standards are more complex, challenging students. We need to write every day and it needs to be integrated in every thing we do, Christiansen said. We have worked with teachers in building curriculum, scope and se quence that has reading, writing, speaking and listening and aca demic language built into it. REPORT FROM PAGE A1 service, and both returned to Clermont in 1946. Dolores was the rst bookkeeper for what is now South Lake Hospi tal. She has been involved with First United Meth odist Church and served as the secretary for Cler monts centennial com mittee. Walker also had a hand in the development of the Groveland, south Lake and Lake County histor ical societies, and was part of the group that com mitted to preserv ing and developing Clermonts Histor ic Village, where on Sundays she do nates her time as a tour guide for the museums. We think shes very de serving. Shes done many, many things and shes not the type to seek any cred it for them, Bloodsworth said. Bloodsworth is calling for help from the commu nity to gather more infor mation about Walker to submit with the ap plication. If people want to email anecdotes, send in newspaper clippings or if they want to send letters of support, they are welcome to, Blood sworth said. Bloodsworth can be reached by calling 352241-7345 or by email at dbloodsworth@clermont .org. To nominate someone for the Lake County Wom ens Hall of Fame, down load an application at According to the appli cation and county web site, nominees must have made signicant contri butions to the improve ment of life for all citizens of Lake County in the eld of art, agriculture, gov ernment, health care, hu manities, philanthropy or science/education, and must have been born in or adopted Lake County as home. Applications are due by Aug. 15. For information, call 352-343-9850 or email wtaylor@lakecounty. gov. HISTORIAN FROM PAGE A1 WALKER We are not just an individual entity set apart from the community. We are part of the fabric of our community. Patrick Galatowitsch, Leesburg Elementary principal


Wednesday, July 23, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 The bills are due Lake County government has been limping along for years un derfunded. The population is growing, as are the needs of its citizenry for safety, security, con venience and quality education. For years now, the county com missioners have said taxing is a sin as infrastructure continues to deteriorate before our, and their, eyes. Law enforcement has not had a raise in years. It is a wonder the employees dont revolt. Will we ever catch up after years of neglect without a mas sive tax increase? Had we fund ed the actual and true needs of county government we would not now be at destitutions door. When politicians and citizens rally around no taxation, they are orchestrating the demise of government services and infra structure. It is more costly to pull ourselves out of the hole than to avoid the hole in the rst place. If we want drivable roads, im mediate emergency response, adequate law enforcement, and the best education for stu dents, then we must pay the cost, continuously. An analogy: It is far less cost ly to visit your physician regularly than to wait until you have to go to the emergency room or have major surgery. County commissioners should either adequately fund county services or declare their aversion to it and let those who want good services take their place. CHOICE EDWARDS | Clermont Vote no on medical pot A great deal has been put out there regarding medicinal mari juana. Being an adult, I thought it was time I put my two cents in. First and foremost, smoking is bad for you. If you arent bright enough to realize this fact, then perhaps you may have sam pled a few too many recreation al drugs. The only smoking that is good for you is barbecue. With apologies to Tim Dorsey, if Coleman were to open a Stoners BBQ where ribs were smoked with medicinal mar ijuana, I suspect it might be tough to get in the door. Guess the only issue would be which happens rst, you get full or they run out of food. We have elected ofcials de bating where to allow people to smoke this medicinal marijua na. Let me clue you in on some thing. Anyone who was ever a teenager can conrm that reefer can and will mess you up. At the very least, we are talking about impaired judgment. How can this be safe or even productive in a work environment? Who gets to regulate and mon itor this stuff? You are talking quantity, quality, availability, price and use. This citizen knows this ballot measure should fail. STEVE JENNELL | Eustis The many faces of Crist Michael Harris wrote a letter to the editor on June 29 in the Daily Commercial saying not to trust Rick Scott. He didnt mention Charlie Crist, but if there is a person not to trust it is Crist. Originally he ran as a Republican, but when he tried a second time to run he was defeated, so he decided to become a Libertarian. Well, this didnt work ei ther, so he decided to become a Democrat. How can we trust a person that cant decide what he is politically and what he stands for either? He changes his stance on every issue based on what party he is representing. If there was ever a candidate we cant trust, it is Charlie Crist. We dont need what we have in Washington in our Florida government as well. DAVID MOFFETT | Clermont A judges decision striking down U.S. Rep. Corrine Browns congressional district found that its bizarre shape is more about protecting Republican election prospects than protecting minority voting rights. By attacking the decision, Brown, D-Jackson ville, is making it clear that her main concern is protecting her job even if it means ideological allies have a tougher time winning in neighbor ing districts. A Leon County judge last week struck down the district, nding it was drawn in violation of the states Fair Districts amendments. Brown has blasted the decision as an insensitive rul ing that might deny black voters the chance to elect a representative who shares their eth nic identity. Her district, which connects black popula tion centers stretching from Jacksonville to Or lando and takes in a piece of Lake County, was clearly drawn to correct a historical wrong. Be fore 1992, Florida had not elected a black repre sentative to Congress in 121 years. But in the 22 years since Brown was rst elected, her district has been drawn in an in creasingly odd shape for another reason. Lewis ruling found that GOP operatives and lawmak ers further distorted its shape to remove mi nority voters from neighboring districts with the intent of beneting the Republican Party. Brown argues that her district adheres to the principles of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But as Lewis noted, the Fair Districts amend ments include similar protections for minority voting rights, but also require districts that are compact and follow political and geographic boundaries when feasible. Lewis ruling found that Republican opera tives made a mockery of a redistricting process that was supposed to be transparent and open. GOP legislative leaders have said they wont ap peal the ruling but asked that the redrawing of districts be delayed until after this falls elections. The Fair Districts amendments forbid the drawing of districts to favor a political party or incumbent. While Lewis concedes in his ruling that taking politics out of redistricting might be impossible, there has to be a better way of do ing it than the current process. A number of states use bipartisan or nonpar tisan commissions to draw districts. Califor nias commission is supposed to ignore incum bent protection while creating districts that are compact and keep together communities. Iowa tried to remove politics from its process by re quiring that no political or election data be used in drawing districts. Whatever additional changes need to be made, it would be good to have lawmakers such as Corrine Brown in support of the changes rather than ghting them. Right now, its hard to see her efforts as anything more than job pro tection in the guise of something more noble. 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@daily, 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 Competition drives success When the Berlin Wall came down, America saw the end of the menacing military, po litical and economic threat of the Soviet Union, and interna tional communism. No cere mony of surrender took place. Occupied territory was given up, and new forms of govern ment were established. Time to relax, to be less serious. Yet, it presented us with a huge new problem. But nobody saw it, and if they did it was ignored. The end of communism opened the door to globaliza tion on a grand scale and at speed, while removing many of the barriers to economic com petition. It created competi tion for capital and jobs for Americans. This meant Americans had to work harder just to stay even. We didnt fully grasp what was happening, didnt respond, even relaxed just when we needed to study harder, save more, rebuild our infrastructure and make ourselves more open to foreign talent. Japan, China, Brazil and India had huge work ethics and pow erful aspirations for prosperity. While we had known all about cheap labor in the early years of our country, we had never had to deal with cheap genius at scale. All our references to labor dealings were toward Europe. We failed to realize that we are living in a new world to which we must adapt. Just about all of those elected to political ofce in this coun try have never held a job in private industry where a prov able production record is the main requirement for promo tion and pay raises, advance ment or important board and committee jobs. How can they know what to do to solve business problems? They mostly think that when out of work the government pays you until you are rehired. If the funds run out, extend them. When you dont under stand the problem, you cant solve the problem, can you? The big four, our president, vice president and speakers of the House and Senate t the bill perfectly. CORNELIUS A. KELLY | Leesburg AP FILE PHOTO President Barack Obama meets with Congressional leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. From left are, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Keep politics out of redistricting


A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Plac ey our ad her ea nd re ac ht he Local Mar ket !VER YA FF ORD ABLE!Call to da y3 52-3942183 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 ) PLAN TO AT TENDThe South Lake ChamberAugust 7, 20145:00 PM to 7:30 PM Clermont City Center rfrnn nt b This event will celebrate democracy in action. Hob Nob is a unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with participating candidates.Stars & Stripes Sponsors: rf n tb rbrf b r rr br Media Sponsors: Fr eedom Sponsor: Food & Bev er age Sponsor: Liberty Sponsor: Fr eedom Sponsor: Fr eedom Sponsor: Fr eedom Sponsor: Food & Bev er age Food & Bev er age Food & Bev er age Liberty Sponsor: Liberty Sponsor: Pr esenting Sponsor: b bb b b f b bb *A fr ee tic ke t is re quir ed to attend and participate in the voting .Stop by or call the Chamber to reser ve your spot today! of the interlocal service boundary agreement, which is between two government entities on providing services such as public safety and utilities. Commissioners ap proved the ISBA, in a 4-1 vote, with Commis sioner Leslie Campione dissenting. County and re of cials said the agreement will result in signicant improvements in re sponse time for city and county residents. However, one critic questions whether the agreements put an un due nancial burden on the county since the cities respond to coun ty calls more often than the county responds to city calls. County data for March shows that the Groveland Fire Depart ment responded to 53 calls compared with Lake County Fire Res cue responding to 7. Further, in April, the county responded to ve res in Groveland, compared with 40 the Groveland Fire Depart ment responded to. Lt. Brian Gamble, vice president of the Profes sional Fireghters of Lake County, said while he agreed the clos est unit provides bet ter service overall, he questioned providing compensation for the agreements. That is the thing that concerns me: the nan cial burden of compen sation, he said. Our budget is $1 million short. The county re de partment has a $1.2 million decit to ll in order to keep 12 re ghters whose posi tions are funded by an expiring grant. Gamble said within the last month the de partment cut quarterly training and the educa tion budget. You have to look at what is the nancial im pact of the ISBA agree ments, he said. Jolliff said each agree ment with a city will cost the countys re depart ment about $40,000. He said the agree ments are still cost ef fective because they eliminate the need for the county to build new re stations for about $1 million apiece. While Campione said she supported the au tomatic aid in the ISBA, she believed the ISBA boundary to be too large, encouraging resi dential sprawl. It is not fair to re quire property owners and businesses to an nex into the city until they are contiguous to the city limits, unless they agree to do so, she wrote in an email mes sage. Jim Hitt, Clermonts economic development director, said proper ty owners have signed agreements, knowing they would be annexed. It brings property we are already servicing eventually into the city, he said. We are primarily looking at non-residen tial. Clermont City Man ager Darren Gray also said that while other cities have automatic aid agreements with the county, Clermont is the rst city that will share a station with county re ghters. Gray said he believes the partnership will reap many benets for both the city and county. What itdoes for Cler mont and its residents is provide a means for managed future growth. It also provides for the countys rst joint city-county re station. That partnership will enhance public safety so that it doesnt mat ter whose name is on the re truck. It also en hances our inter-gov ernment communica tions and cooperation. By not duplicating ser vices, it will save tax payer dollars. Clermont City Coun cil members were scheduled to discuss the amended agree ment on Tuesday and vote on it on Aug. 12. RESPONSE FROM PAGE A1 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer The largest organ ic hydroponic green house in Florida, cover ing 440,000 square feet, took root in Groveland about a year ago, said Hannah Wooten, Or ganicaWorlds executive assistant for research and development. The project, now in its construction phase on 120 acres at 3145 Aus tin Merritt Road, will be completed this fall. This rst greenhouse, cover ing 5.5 acres, will allow 77,000 heads of lettuce to be grown weekly. Eventually, 66 acres will house greenhous es that will each feature a different type of veg etable. Wooten said the second will be a tomato greenhouse. Our goal is to provide good food to the mass es, Wooten said. As of now, OrganicaWor ld produce will be dis tributed through the big box stores, and we are sold out for the next two years. Each 440,000-squarefoot greenhouse will be engineered with cus tom growing systems that will hydroponically grow an array of organic vegetables, fruits, herbs and nutraceuticals. OrganicaWorlds vi sion is to build one new greenhouse facility every 90 days and with it, bring different employment opportunities to the area. Wooten said the compa ny will begin hiring in the fall and anticipates hir ing about 100 employees for positions, including technicians and admin istrative personnel. Wooten said Organi caWorlds hope is to ex pand to other parts of Florida and throughout the United States. It also hopes build on existing relationships with Va lencia College and the University of Florida, to introduce a learning program from intern ships to more intensive research projects. She said its part of the companys plan to share with others a unique way of growing vegetables. Perhaps the most unique of OrganicaWorlds tech niques is the system the company uses for col lecting rainwater and re cycling it to water its veg etables, Wooten said. Our greenhouses will all be built in a way that rainwater can be cap tured on the rooftops of the greenhouses, cap tured and collected by four 500,000-gallon cis tern systems, Woo ten said. Its fantastic for water conservation and essential in allow ing us to be able to recy cle the water and nutri ents needed to grow our vegetables in the most effective way possible. Wooten said the pro cess will be at its peak during rainy seasons when a lot of water can be collected and stored for later use in the cis terns. And produce is not all OrganicaWorld has in store, because the remaining acres will be used for a super green feed facility where Wooten said the com pany will grow living animal feed to be sold GROVELAND Greenhouse project provides organic produce SEE PRODUCE | A5 OrganicaWorlds vision is to build one new greenhouse facility every 90 days and with it, bring different employment opportunities to the area.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 subject of several law enforcement studies, including the Force Science Research Center and it is routinely taught in law enforcement academ ics nationwide, said Forgie. While no single rule can arbitrarily be used to determine when a particular level of force is lawful, the 21-foot rule has been demonstrated to be a reliable guideline to establish the reaction ary curve of a law enforcement of cer and when the use of lethal force is necessary. Forgie added that the research cen ter has concluded that relying upon a Taser when defeating an edged weapon attacker is a serious mistake and could be disastrous if ineffective; leaving very little time, if any, to tran sition to the rearm. As is standard protocol with many law enforcement agencies on ofcer involved shootings, the case was for warded to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for review and the review was forwarded to the State Attorneys Ofce. The ofcer shot Saum just af ter 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 22. According to FDLE interviews, Saums mother and grandmother said he had mental problems. They had initially called the Sheriffs Ofce to their home that morning in an attempt to get Saum to a mental health facility because he was acting strange and paranoid. However, responding deputies didnt believe Saum t the criteria to be forced to a facility. Later in the day, the grandmother called back saying that Saum had stated I want to die, before he grabbed a kitchen knife, left the home, and repeatedly cut himself as he walked back and forth in front of the home. Saum was treated on the scene af ter the shooting and was taken to Or lando Regional Medical Center for his cuts and gunshot wound. The of cers also were cleared of wrongdo ing by the a Sheriffs Ofce internal investigation. The shooting was one of four this year by law enforcement in Lake County. On July 12, deputies respond ing to reports of a suicidal man, shot to death the suspect, Harold F. Roudebush, 54, after he alleged ly came out of the house holding a handgun under his chin and then leveled it at deputies. On April 15, deputies shot Lynn Owen Burnett, 60, in the stomach af ter he allegedly leveled a rie at them. On Jan. 7, a Eustis detective shot to death 47-year-old Vernum Blunk after ofcers from Eustis and Lees burg police departments came to the suspects home to talk about al legations of sexual misconduct with a child and possession of child por nography and Blunk allegedly pulled a gun on them. Forgie said Friday that his ofce has not nished reviewing the three other law enforcement shootings. DEPUTY FROM PAGE A1 to local farmers. Feed will be grown in seven-day cycles, con tinuously, and delivered to farmers as a living, nu trient rich, certied or ganic, super green feed. The result, Wooten said, will be that local consumers will have ac cess to more affordable organic milk and meat options without having any concern that they contain hormones and antibiotics. In addition, Wooten said the company will have a 5,400-square-foot facility complete with wet and dry research labs where a team of per sonnel, including doc tors, technicians, scien tists and research experts can perform their own experiments on new plants, growing, packag ing and processing tech niques. Wooten said the com pany hopes to become the leader in the organ ic industry, an indus try that she said is rap idly growing all over the world. We hope to become the world leader of hy droponic organic pro duce, Wooten said. And we believe we are very unique all the way around not only be cause of our techniques but because of the scale of the entire operation. PRODUCE FROM PAGE A4


A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 23, 2014 r f f nt b b rfSe lec ted fro m Hist ori c Down town Clermont's 80-plus members, we're pleased to prese nt the CD P Fe ature d Business of the Month...FINDERS KEEPERSFINDERS KEEPERS was opened on November 1, 2010 on 8th and Montr ose street s in Hist oric Downtown Clermont. Owner, Pat Matson, who retired afte r 30 years in the corporate business world, decided she could finally follow her dream of own ing her own sma ll bu sin ess. Not e xactly sure what Finders Keepers wou ld be today it has evolved into a Unique Gift, Home Dcor and gently used Furniture boutique. Cust omers enjoy the unique ite ms they can purchase at Finde rs Kee pers and appreciate the ever tur ning invento ry with new items bein g intr oduced daily. A ccor ding to Pat fin ding the tr e as ures 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 port and the assis tan ce of her ba by girl , 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 gre at fur nitu re for you r hom e FINDER S KEEP ERS is wher e you will find it. Ope n Tu esday throu gh Sat urda y from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 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 Stop in and say Hi, you never know what you may find. Pat and her husband Bob Mats on have lived in Cler mont for the past 11 years an d have 4 ch il d ren and 8 gra ndchildren. When not worki ng they love to travel and are getting ready for a three week Norway trip in July. Not to worry FINDERS KEE PERS wil l be ope n in t he capab le hand s of Jen. To be sure there will be a huge sale when momma is gone. r f n t b f nf b f t b b f n f LOOKING FOR PA RTS? SEE JULIE (352) 394-61 11 r fnn ttt b Ih ave par ts for all major appliances and air conditioning and authorized repair ser vice too!rr Ron Beck er Dir ector352-394-8228 r f nt b t $675 t HWY 27/4 41 2 miles fr om Hwy 27 rf nnftb 787-4440 tnfrfn n nntr nrf bfnffn bt r rn n $300OFFRE MA NU FA CTURED CAR TSCas h or ch ec k. Mu st pr ese nt ad on pu rch ase Lim ite d Ti me Offer See stor e for details DEATH NOTICES Alexander Bauerle Alexander Bauerle, 85, of Leesburg, died Sunday, July 13, 2014. Becker Funeral Home, Clermont. Sharon Ann Bridgman Sharon Ann Bridg man, 50, of Webster died on July 16, 2014. Banks/Page-Theus Fu nerals and Cremations, Wildwood. Dr. Todd Philip Ginestra Dr. Todd Philip Gin estra, 47, of Leesburg, died Wednesday July 16, 2014. Page-Theus Fu nerals & Cremations, Leesburg. Nathaniel Ladesic Nathaniel Ladesic, 14, of Astor, died on July 17, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home Astor. Madeline Lawrence Madeline Lawrence, 74, of Weirsdale, died Monday, July 7, 2014. Page-Theus Funerals & Cremations, Leesburg. Willard L. Levingston Willard L. Levingston, 87, of Fruitland Park, died July 18, 2014. Bey ers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, FL. Carlos Ivan Maldonado Carlos Ivan Maldo nado, 57, of Lake Plac id, died Thursday, July 10, 2014. Banks/PageTheus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood. Margaret Jane Martin Margaret Jane Mar tin, 93, of Tavares, died Saturday, July 12, 2014. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations, Tavares. Ross Montgomery Ross Montgomery, 58, of Ocala, died Monday, July 7, 2014. Page-Theus Funerals & Cremations, Leesburg. Lila Jean Myers Lila Jean Myers, age 90, of Tavares died on Saturday, July 19, 2014. Steverson Hamlin & Hilbish Funerals and Cremations. Jeffrey A. Starkweather Jeffrey Allan Stark weather, 53, of Web ster, died Friday, July 11, 2014. Banks/PageTheus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood. Mildred M. Thomas Mildred M. Thom as, 67, of Leesburg, died Thursday, July 10, 2014. Rocker-Cusack Mortu ary, Leesburg. Venia Mae Wheat Venia Mae Wheat, 96, of Leesburg, died Sun day, July 13, 2014. Bey ers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg. Sharon M. Ybarra Sharon M. Ybarra, 55, of Leesburg, died Mon day, July 7, 2014. PageTheus Funerals & Cre mations, Leesburg. IN MEMORY ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Residents no longer walk the halls of the his toric Lake David Hotel in Groveland, but the owner hopes to change that after the 107-yearold building was con demned last week. Owner Greg Burrowes said he is working with the city on a plan to bring the building up to code after unsafe condi tions were found when reghters responded to a call in June about a ceiling caving in in one of the shared bath rooms in the facility. Code enforcement of cers followed up and reportedly found ex posed and uncoat ed wires near leaking water, 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 infesta tion. Burrowes was given until July 11 to x the problems or be shut down, leaving tenants including a family with a son getting ready to enter into his senior year at South Lake High School, a few veterans, an elderly man and oth ers scrambling for accommodations. The family and one man, Herbert Rhea, 70, GROVELAND Historic hotel still closed, but tenants have been relocated SEE HOTEL | A7 LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL George Rosario, a retired U.S. veteran and American Legion liaison, worked to mediate a solution between the city, the hotel owner and the residents.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A7 CLERMONTBLESSEDSACRAMENTCATHOLICCHURCH rf rnrtfnrb 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) CROSSROADSFAMILYFELLOWSHIPChristian 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!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. All Are Welcome! bf rfrb n r ftnr r ftnrfMINNEOLACONGREGATIONSINAI OFMINNEOLAA 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 rnfrnrr n NEWLIFEPRESBYTERIANCHURCH, PCA18237 E. Apshawa Rd. Minneola, FL 34715 Music Ministries 407-920-0378 Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:45 amTEMPLE OF THELIVINGGOD n 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 RowlandMONTVERDEWOODLANDSLUTHERAN(LCMS)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 amOAKLANDPRESBYTERIANCHURCH218 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. 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 slept at a nearby park for at least one night. Residents already had paid Burrowes their July rent and they worried when, or if, they would get their money back. In all, at least a dozen people were affect ed, including the property man ager, who also lived on site. George Rosario, a retired U.S. veteran and American Legion li aison, got involved and worked to mediate a solution between the city, the hotel owner and the residents. The city ended up putting ten ants up in a nearby hotel for a couple of nights, but, by Sat urday, all had been perma nently placed either by family members, friends or local orga nizations. Rhea, however, boarded a Grey hound bus Monday and is head ed to Ohio to stay with family. On Saturday, Burrowes re funded every penny of what ten ants had paid for their July rent, Rosario said. Jones also veried that Bur rowes agreed to reimburse the city for any money spent on ho tel accommodations that trans pired. Im very happy that the ten ants were taken care of and as for getting involved, Rorario said. I felt like that for whatever rea sons, God chose me for this mis sion. Im a very religious person and seeing it (mission) to the end meant a lot to me personally. City Manager Redmond Jones II said he felt the tenants were victims of the situation and praised his staff for helping him coordinate getting the tenants relocated. Despite having no legal ob ligation, the city staff showed what makes the city of Grove land a great organization, he said. Despite not being required, staff contacted several resources to aid and assist these residents in nding the resources they needed, including shelter. HOTEL FROM PAGE A6 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer The same commit tee that worked with Wilesmith Advertis ing and Design to de velop the city of Cler monts new logo and tagline is considering two rms to head the citys master plan ning process. City ofcials said this is the next step in a three-tier process to take Clermont for ward, a process that started with a group of visioning sessions City Manager Dar ren Gray headed last summer to hear from residents, ofcials and business owners about the citys evolu tion over the next 20 years. Participants were asked what they did and did not want to see in the branding process, which re sulted in updating the citys motto and tagline from Gem of the Hills, to Choice of Champions, a phrase more in line with the citys com mitment to health, wellness and tness. In the master plan ning process, plans that will map out the citys vision for the foreseeable future will be developed by the selected company based on input from the visioning sessions as well as natural city progression. The committee is made up of depart ment heads chosen by Gray: Econom ic Development Di rector Jim Hitt, Police Chief Charles Broad way, city spokesper son Doris Blood sworth, Development Services Director Bar bara Hollerand and Environmental Ser vices Director James Kinsler. Clermont still choosing firm for master planning PHOTOS BY LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL ABOVE: The hotel shows some relatively recent maintenance work on the upper balcony. BELOW: Hotel manager Steve Attinger is shown.


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B1 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, July 23, 2014 YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTS SPORTS EDITOR ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE .............................. 365-8268 FAX .......................................... 394-8001 EMAIL ......... S PORTS and LEISURE FRANK JOLLEY | COLUMNIST J onathan Lucroy made history on July 15 in Minne apolis during Major League Baseballs an nual All-Star game. The former Umatilla High School standout became the rst gradu ate from an area school to start or play, for that matter in base balls midsummer clas sic. And to top it all off, Lu croy proved he deserved to be in the starting line up by cranking out a pair of doubles with two RBIs. In other words, he was responsible for plat ing 67 percent of the Na tional Leagues runs in a 5-3 loss. But, even more than that, Lucroy proved to every youth base ball player in Lake and Sumter counties that they can reach the big stage. Now if Milwaukee where Lucroy plays catcher can reach the World Series, the mes sage hell be sending will be immense. When I was younger, too many years ago to boast about, I remem ber spending my sum mers on the sandlots in west Orange Coun ty. A group of us would get together and spend the day playing and more importantly pretending to be Bob Gibson or Hank Aaron or Willie Mays or Nolan Ryan. Thats all we had in those days. Every now and then, wed learn of a player from Cen tral Florida in the big leagues, but this was B.D. Before Dis ney and things were much different than they are nowadays. In those days, you could drive miles and miles without hitting a trafc signal or a stop sign. Orange groves dot ted the landscape and the Citrus Tower was THE tourist attraction. But now, kids have Jonathan Lucroy! Hes already accom plished a lot of what was only a dream to most of us. In many ways, July 15 was monumental for baseball in Lake and Sumter counties. It was bigger than any Lees burg Lightning game, although the Flori da College Summer League was a stop for Lucroy on his journey to the big leagues. Nothing against the Lightning, but how ap propriate was it that Tuesdays game was rained out early enough that fans could get home for the National League player introductions? The baseball gods of ten work in mysterious ways. Baseball in Lake and Sumter counties reached the big leagues when Lucroy squat ted behind the plate as Adam Wainwrights bat terymate and called pitches for Derek Jeters rst at-bat in his nal All-Star game. When Lucroy came to bat in the second inning and ripped a double to left, area baseball fans stood in unison and highved everyone in sight. Lake County was a baseball haven. For a time, it even seemed like Lucroy had a shot at being named the games Most Valu able Player. The likeli hood of that happening wasnt good unless the National League won the game. But, Lucroy was likely the only National league player who couldve won the award. What a great night for Jonathan Lucroy. What a monumental night for Lake County baseball! Frank Jolley is a columnist for the Daily Commercial. Write to him at frank.jol All-Star game big for Lucroy, Lake County FRANK JOLLEY SPORTS EDITOR PAUL BARNEY I Staff Writer A lot of factors make the Great Floridian Triathlon in Clermont one of the best in the country. Not only does it feature chal lenging courses and waterfront parks, but its family friendly as well. So friendly in fact, Triathlete magazine named the GFT one of the top family-friendly events in the nation in its August edition. Quick, head to the news stands. Its always great to have any recognition like that, said Fred Sommer, president of Sommer Sports, which oversees the race. It makes it a lot easier. You have to have family events in order to keep them busy and interested. Sommer said what stands out the most at this race is its close proximity to entertainment, with major Orlando tourist at tractions 30 minutes away. The Great Floridian Endur ance Festival, held in October, is also a spectator-friendly event that offers three triathlons, two aqua bikes, two relays, two road races and an open-water swim. The GFT, which is Oct. 18 at 7:30 a.m. at Clermont Water front Park, includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. Weve received very posi tive feedback, Sommer said. Weve established a lot of par ticipants. That includes more than 400 volunteers from many Central Florida civic organizations. The swim course is in Lake Minneola, where athletes will swim two laps of a 1.2 mile course. The bike course is a three-lap course covering 112 miles. The run course is a full marathon, a three-lap course covering the South Lake Trail. To be eligible, participants must be age 18 and older on the day of the race and be part of a twoor three-person relay team. Awards will be given to the top ve overall nishers, top ve ac tive military, top masters nish ers, top ve nishers in each age group and the top ve Clydes dale/Athena nishers (men 200 pounds, women 150 pounds) ages 18-39 and 40 and over. Information from greatoridian. com was used in this story. GFT recognized by Triathlete PHOTO COURTESY OF SOMMER SPORTS A triathlete completes the swimming portion of a recent Great Floridian Triathlon as fans cheer. The triathlon was recognized as one the nations most family friendly events by Triathlete Magazine. ZACHARY HANKLE Special to the Daily Commercial The Florida Collegiate Summer Leagues an nual midseason break for its All-Star game and Home Run Der by at Sanford Memori al Stadium gave several members of the Lees burg Lightning an op portunity to showcase their skills for fans and professional scouts. Leesburg had ve representatives play ing for the FCSL North team, which lost 11-8 to the South. Players from Lees burg, DeLand and San ford formed the North team, while Winter Park, Winter Garden and College Park made up the South team. The Lightning had three players Shea Pierce, Brett Jones and Colby Lusignan con tributing at the plate for the North team, while pitchers Bran don Caples and Kyle Schackne stepped up on the mound. Pierce, Jones and Lusignan were a com bined 2-for-9 for the North with two runs scored, while Schackne pitched a scoreless in ning. Despite the loss, Lightning players said they gained experience by playing in the AllStar game. It was great repre senting the Lightning in the game, but I was focused more on better understanding my op positions tendencies, Pierce said. Players use All-Star game to prep for playoffs FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer Following an impressive performance at the USA Weightlifting Youth Nation al Championships recent ly, Lake Countys Iron Jungle weightlifting club raised its game to a new level. Iron Jungle, the only weightlifting team in Lake and Sumter counties, picked up six medals three gold, one silver and two bronze at the Sunshine State Games at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland. Morgan Rhone, Alexis Smith and Jose Barajas won gold medals for the Iron Jun gle. Katrina Lanier picked up a silver medal in her rst meet with Iron Jungle, while Warren Brown and Alexan dria Mitchell earned bronze medals for the club. Our ladies performed re markably well at the Sun shine State Games, bring ing home four medals, Iron Jungle coach Josh Boyer said. But our male competitors did well too, with two med als. Im very proud of our club as we continue to make progress toward becoming a nationally recognized orga nization. Rhone, lifting in the Youth Division at 53 kilograms (about 116 pounds), used the momentum she rode to a top-10 nish at the Youth National Championships to personal records in the Clean and Jerk, Snatch and total weight. She hit on ve of her six lifts in both disciplines. Rhone lifted 43 kilograms (95 pounds) in the Snatch and 57 kilograms (125 pounds) in the Clean and Jerk. She n ished with a nal combined total weight of 100 kilograms (220 pounds) for the clubs rst gold medal of the com petition. Smith hit on four of six lifts en route to her gold med al-winning effort. Competing in the Youth Division at 75 ki lograms (165 pounds), Smith, like Rhone, nished with a to tal weight of 100 kilograms. She had a personal best of 47 kilograms (103 pounds) in the Snatch and 53 kilograms (117 pounds) in the Clean and Jerk. After securing the gold medal, Smith attempted to establish a new personal mark with 58 kilograms (128 pounds). Barajas, the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 1A state champion at 169 pounds, was the Iron Jungles only gold medalist among its male lifters. Competing in the Junior Di vision at 85 kilograms (187 pounds), Barajas hit a person al record Snatch of 97 kilo grams (214 pounds) and 125 kilograms (275 (pounds) in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 222 kilograms (489 pounds). Lanier, competing in the Junior Division at 75 kilo grams, picked up a silver medal in her rst club meet. She hit on ve of six lifts, hit ting on 43 kilograms in the Snatch and 66 kilograms (145 pounds) in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 109 kilo grams (240 pounds). Mitchell, in her rst club meet, earned a bronze medal in the Youth Division at 53 ki lograms with a total weight of 66 kilograms (145 pounds). She hit on ve of six lifts. Warren Brown, who lift ed in the Junior Division at 77 kilograms (170 pounds), nailed all six of his lifts with 84 kilograms (185 pounds) in the Snatch and 103 kilograms (227 pounds) in the Clean and Jerk, good for a total of 187 kilograms (412 pounds). All three totals were person al records. Iron Jungle Weightlifting steps up at Sunshine State Games PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSH BOYER Iron Jungle weightlifting coach Josh Boyer, center, poses with club members, from left, Alexandria Mitchell, Katrina Lanier, Morgan Rhone and Alexis Smith. All four medaled recently at the Sunshine State Games.


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 23, 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: Clermont, origi nally from N.J. OCCUPATION: Professional singer, Christian recording artist, actress at TBNs Holy Land Expe rience FAMILY: David Rivera, hus band of six years, and dog, Macy What do you enjoy most about south Lake County? What I enjoy most about south Lake County is the respect for God and family that I see strongly here. I love that some businesses are closed on Sundays, its clean and quiet and I enjoy the smalltown feel, even though it is grow ing quickly. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sen tence, what would it be? Love people, love family, love and serve God with all of your heart and be real. 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? Sheila Ray Charles, daughter of legendary performer Ray Charles. I found it refreshing for someone with her name, who has grown up around fame, to be so humble, so down to earth and to love and re spect people. I was impressed by her testimony of how Jesus deliv ered her from drugs and prison. 3) How does what you do contrib ute to the welfare of the area? By using the gifts God has given me, it encourages people through their faith and restores their hope if they are facing a dark situation or challenge. When I get on stage and minister through music and word, it touches hearts and lives every day. It is only through the Lord that I am able to make such a powerful impact. 4) Name one of your greatest ac complishments so far. Going on tour to India and sing ing to 30,000 people and see ing 1,000 come to Christ through our concerts there, and hosting on TBN television Disneys Night of Joy in 2012. Also receiving an IAAPA nominee for Best Female Performer, one of three females in the entire world of theme parks, including Disneyland Paris, Univer sal Japan, etc. And recording with Grammy award-winning producer, Dru Castro. FROM THE FILES | 25 YEARS AGO 1989 Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet Your NEIGHBOR WHITNEY RIVERA B & W CANNING IS BACK IN BUSINESS B & W Canning Co. in Groveland is back in business according to company president Bin Harmon. B & W began opera tions in 1943. Original partners were Gene Bus by and Norton Wilkins. At the time it was basi cally an unloading sta tion, buying bulk quan tities of oranges brought in on small trucks. The citrus was then loaded on boxcars for shipment to other plants for pro cessing. Within a year, the company began its rst attempts at can ning citrus concentrate. In October 1946, B & W Canning took on a new challenge: canning fresh fruit. Joe Toot le set a record of 10,000 grapefruits peeled in a single day by a single worker. Its a record that most likely will never be broken as the com pany discontinued the process in 1971. According to compa ny ofcials, Joes closest competition came from his wife, Ruby Tootle, a 43-year B & W employ ee who currently serves as supervisor of the blending and canning department. Today the original partners are long gone. B & W operates as a co operative with approx imately 19 grove own ers/partners working together to process and sell their citrus product at a reasonable prot. Originally all the fruit processed through B & W was grown within a 35-mile radius of the plant. However, freez es in 1983 and 1985 not to mention a 1962 freeze almost as dev astating altered the companys standard operating procedures. After a drop from a high of 3 million boxes of citrus processed at B & W to a low of 600,000 boxes processed in 1987, the co-op began looking at alternatives and buying from grow ers across the state. Ac cording to Harmon, B & W expects to process 4 million boxes of citrus in 1989. Vice president is Dick Toole and General Man ager is Glenn Jones. A picture showed employ ees representing 117 years of B & W experi ence Margaret Moul ton, Joanne Bergstrom, Doris Rogers, Shirley McQuaig, Kathryn Max ham, Kay Frazier and Pam Bryant. Ruby Too tle had 43 years seniori ty. (Story by SLP staff re porter Terri Coole.) BADCOCK HOME FUR NISHING CENTERS 85TH ANNIVERSARY SALE Mrs. Joseph Muir was presented an Honorary ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Clermont gospel singer Audra Jones, 38, has been singing since she was a child. We have a tape of me singing when I was like 5 years old and I remember always singing through my childhood. I would sing at church with my dad and in high school, I would do a lot of pageants I would sing in, Jones said. For the past 15 years, Jones and her husband have led the worship choir at various churches and are now the worship leaders at The Lords House, a church in south Cl ermont near Four Corners. She was featured Sunday night on Season 7 of BETs Sunday Best, a reality gos pel singing competition. The prizes include a singing con tract under host Kirk Frank lins label Fo Yo Soul, cash and more. The judges on the show are Yolanda Adams, Donnie Mc Clurkin and Kierra Sheard. Jones has also performed at The Holy Land Experience in Orlando for the past four years. Jones said she per formed and sang in the role of Mother Mary but had to quit to do Sunday Best. Jones auditioned in Atlan ta earlier this year. Sundays show was the third episode of the season. Jones sang The Battle is the Lords for her audition and Because of Who You Are on the rst episode. Its so awesome to be a part of this. I watch Sun day Best all the time, and I was thrilled that they picked me to be on it after my audi tion, Jones said. Its a good year. Everyones great, so whichever way it goes in the end will be ne. I just know that Ive gotten really close with all the contestants and will be good friends with them forever and ever now. Those wishing to connect with Audra and show sup port can nd her on Face book under audrajones, on Instagram by using @au drasB7 or on Twitter using @ audraSB7. I was never a big user of social media before this, but ever since I got on the show, people from way back when I was in high school have been popping up to support me, Jones said. Its been a great experience. CLERMONT Local singer a top 20 finalist in BET singing competition PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL CAIRNS Clermont gospel singer Audra Jones is one of the top 20 nalists on Season 7 of BETs Sunday Best, a reality gospel singing competition. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Diane Travis of Tra vis Realty in Clermont, who has been compet ing in duathlons since 1998, took part in the US Duathlon Nation als Saturday in St. Paul, Minn. On May 31 and June 30, Travis, 60, was in Pontevedra, Spain for the World Duathlon Championship, where she took second place in her age group with a time of 1:22:46. In Minnesota, Travis was going for the gold. Her time and place ment after Nationals will determine wheth er she qualies for next years world com petition, set for October 2015 in Australia. I never thought I would still be com peting, but its just so much fun, Travis said. I get to travel all over the world with people and fellow athletes Ive come to know. What can be better than that? Im blessed. Travis said she has always been athlet ic, having waterskied and played racquet ball for years. Then she began attending the local duathlons put on by Sommer Sports in Clermont. Travis said she nev er knew about duath lons, which involve running and biking, but once she caught wind of them, she started training. Once I started, I nev er stopped, she said. According to the USA Triathlon 2014 Na tional Championships website, the race dis tances for Saturday are as follows: Standard Distance: 4.6k run 31.2k bike 4.4k run; CLERMONT Realtor competes in duathlon championships TRAVIS SEE HISTORY | B3 SEE DUATHLON | B3


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