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LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer S outh Lake Regional Wa ter Initiative ofcials re cently learned that south Lake County will need twice the water previously thought to accommodate its burgeoning population in the next 20 years. It is estimated that by 2035, residents in south Lake will need 63 million gallons of wa ter per day, up from previous estimates of 30 million gallons. And water experts say that by 2035, six of the regions lakes will fall beneath their minimum levels if the projected ground water withdrawals are allowed to occur. Because of these projections, the St. Johns River Water Man agement District would not is sue new water permits. Ofcials say they are anx ious to nd an alternative wa ter supply to meet future wa ter needs in south Lake, and to identify ways to conserve water. Earlier projections by the Central Florida Water Initiative, working in conjunction with the SLRWI to nd an alterna tive water source, did not ac count for the change in devel opment patterns that are seen in south Lake county, like Villa City or the new interchange in Minneola. Commissioner Sean Parks, co-founder of the SLRWI, a co alition which includes the cit ies of Clermont, Groveland, Minneola, Mascotte, Mont verde, the South Lake Cham ber of Commerce, private utility companies and the county, said the coalition will form a task force this fall to emphasize wa ter conservation. The task force will be open to anyone who wants to partici pate and will be comprised of representatives from the coun ty, city and various landscape and agriculture-related busi nesses, according to Parks. I think we need to show the benets of conservation to the citizens and that it will bene t them personally, he wrote in an email. We need to show that is the right thing to do for SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | C1 SPORTS: Former MDHS star making big hits for Knights WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014 50 NEWSTAND INSIDE CLASSIFIED B5 CROSSWORDS B4 REAL ESTATE E1 REMEMBER WHEN B2 SPORTS B1 VOICES A4 WORD ON THE STREE T A2 SO UTH LAKE PRE SS V OLUME 99, NO. 32 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 PHOTOS BY BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL ABOVE: Kids play on a oating dock on Lake Minneola in Minneola. Low water levels have made many docks on the lake useless, some stopping far short of the waterline. BELOW: Boats sit in shallow water next to a dock on Lake Minneola. Dying of thirst Water demand projections increase substantially in south Lake I think we need to show the benefits of conservation to the citizens and that it will benefit them personally. Commissioner Sean Parks ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer All ve of south Lakes municipalities have ei ther set or are in the pro cess of setting tax rates for scal year 2014-15, which begins Oct. 1. A mill is equal to $1 in tax for each $1,000 worth of assessed prop erty value. Florida al lows cities to tax proper ty owners up to 10 mills. The municipalities also have identied their rollback rates the rate the cities would have to charge to gener ate the same amount of revenue as last year. In Groveland, the tax able values increased, so if we only needed to bring in the exact same revenue for the upcom ing scal year than we did in the current s cal year, we would use the rollback rate, said Gwen Walker, Grove lands nance director. All of south Lakes municipalities Cler mont, Groveland, Mas cotte, Minneola and Montverde have been crunching num bers, but only Mascotte has nished the process of setting a nal millage rate before the Septem ber deadline. Mascotte ofcials de cided on a rate of 9.30 mills versus the current rate of 9.61 mills. Mas cottes rollback rate is 9.07 mills. The goal is our city tax rate will be down 2014 versus 2013, and when you add the city tax rate to the county EMS tax rate, we will want to be lower than 10 mils, which is where we have been the last three years, City Manager Jim Gleason wrote in an email. In Clermont, the pro posed rate is 3.72 mills, which is the same as the current rate. The roll back rate of 3.59 mills. Grovelands rate is currently set at 5.47 CLERMONT Officials still talking tax rates in south Lake ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Mascotte city ofcials are considering con tinuing an 18-month moratorium on some building and impact fees for new homes in the city. That means a waiver on fees covering police, re, parks, roads and wastewater. Not includ ed would be a waiver on Groveland or Leesburg wastewater impact fees that Mascotte charges for home build-outs, which are pass-through costs to the city. The move comes after LGI Homes approached the council on June 16 with a plan to purchase buildable lots in the Garden of Lake Jackson, which neighbors Cher ry Lake in Groveland, where it is also con structing homes. LGI is requesting the waiver because it costs $7,000 more to build a home in Mascotte than in Groveland. Build ing fees are cheaper in Groveland and costly septic systems are not needed since the city has a central wastewa ter system. Mascotte considering waiving some fees for new homes ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer About 65 people showed up at an education forum hosted by Lake County Schools Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley last week to hear about the state of local education. Education topics dis cussed at Clermonts City Center included school per formance, student-school ratio projections, gradu ation rates, college readi ness programs, volunteer CLERMONT Moxley shares district insight at forum From left, Lake County School Board member Rosanne Brandeburg, Superintendent Dr. Susan Moxley and Clinton Pownall, the South Lake Chamber of Commerces Education Committee chair, talk after an education forum in Clermont. ROXANNE BROWN / DAILY COMMERCIAL SEE WAIVERS | A2 SEE RATES | A2 SEE MOXLEY | A2 SEE WATER | A2


A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, August 6, 2014 GROVELAND Fight at job leaves one worker injured and other arrested A new employee at a Groveland business was arrested last week after allegedly beating up a co-worker who was apparently pushing him to work harder. The victim told police that his Carbide Industries co-worker, Aldrick M. Jones, told him he would count to 10 before knocking him out only to count to one and start beating him, according to an arrest afdavit. Jones, 20, was charged with aggravated battery and remained in the Lake County Jail Tuesday, a day after the July 28 incident, on $5,000 bail. According to its website, Carbide Industries provides high-quality products such as plywood and composite cabinets. The arrest afdavit adds when Groveland ofcers reached the scene, they found Jimmy D. Wheeler with a bruise under his left eye, a cut above it and his shirt covered with blood. Jones told ofcers he was working when Wheeler started telling other employees to have him work harder. Jones said when another employee had him cut some wood, Wheeler allegedly pulled the wood off the table, threw it on the oor and cursed at him. Jones said Wheeler eventually hit him with a piece of wood, which led to him punching Wheeler. CLERMONT 475-unit development to start in Clermont The developer of Hammock Pointe in Clermont, which has more than 150 home sites in the close-out stage on Hammock Point Circle, is gearing up for a 475-unit project on Old Highway 50. Esplanade at Highland Ranch, a community for people 55 and up, will have oneand two-story homes priced from the low $200,000s, according to Taylor Morrison of Florida Inc., the developer. The company spent $17.3 million for the 579-acre tract last November, property records show. The rst phase of the project, with about 70 home sites, is expected to be completed early next year. According to the developers website, the property will feature conservation areas and many of the homes will have lake or pond views. Plans call for a clubhouse with a tness room and general purpose room, swimming pool and hot tub, catering kitchen and covered lanai. CLERMONT Music festival seeking sponsors for event on Oct. 18 Sponsors are being sought for the upcoming Clermont Music Festival to be held in downtown on Oct. 18. The festival is presented in partnership with the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation. For information, go to www.gccf. us to download forms or email CLERMONT Three hospitalized in 7-vehicle collision At least three people were taken to hospitals during a seven-vehicle, chain reaction crash Friday afternoon on the Florida Turnpike in Lake County. One woman was own to Orlando Regional Medical Center in serious condition and two others were taken to South Lake Hospital by ambulance, said Trooper Wanda Diaz. Other than it being a chain reaction, details of the crash were not available. But it occurred about 4 p.m. Friday near mile marker 279 outside of Clermont and took ve tow trucks to clear, Diaz said. All southbound lanes of the Florida Turnpike, also known as State Road 91, had reopened by Friday night. Diaz said the crash remains under investigation. Area Briefs What south Lake residents are saying about ... SKATEBOARDERS Do you feel that skateboarders should follow the same rules that motor vehicle operators follow? Absolutely. I assume that if theres a skateboard and theres a stoplight and they dont stop they could cause an accident and cause harm to themselves and others. JENNIFER ATKINSON CLERMONT No. It would cost money. How are you going to en force it? ROGER WOHLGEMUTH CLERMONT I think that they should do the same thing as cars, cause they can end up hurting someone if they dart out. If they go too fast they can also fall and if theyre not wearing pads and stuff they can hurt themselves. MELISSA DANIELS GROVELAND I feel they should, be cause its, like, less people getting hurt. ADIAH LOOMIS GROVELAND 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 The staff also has met with Central Meridi an Corporation (Knights Lake) and Flagship LLC about the waivers. The po tential number of build ing permits affected by the proposed waiver could top 600. In summary, the staff found that although the city would take a substan tial loss in impact fees, the amount could be made up over time through taxes and fees. Without additional rooftops, we cannot expect to attract retail and com mercial to State Road 50, City Manager Jim Gleason wrote in a staff summa ry report. Staff believes it would be in the citys longterm interest to approve an 18-month moratori um on collection of specif ic impact fees in the city to see if we can create a more level playing eld and af fordable home to ensure our economic vitality. The item will be placed on the Aug. 18 agenda for a nal public hearing and council vote. WAIVERS FROM PAGE A1 mills, with a proposed rate of 5.99 mills, accord ing to a directive from city council members to staff. The rollback rate is 5.31 mills. City Manager Redmond Jones presented council members with three pos sible millage rates: 6.41 mills, which he called the Premier City, a 5.99-mill rate, which he dubbed the Moving Forward rate and 5.80-mill rate, which he named The Right Di rection rate. The city council favored the sec ond option. Minneolas proposed tax rate is 6.25 mills ver sus the current rate of 6.3676. The rollback is 6.14. Charlotte Gentile, the citys nance manag er, said until the bud get process is complete, everything is subject to change. In Montverde, the cur rent tax rate is 2.83 with a proposed rate for the next year to stay the same. Montverdes roll back is 2.94 mills. RATES FROM PAGE A1 opportunities and the new Florida State Stan dards being introduced into schools this year. Moxley addressed ques tions posed by the com munity through the dis tricts website. A one-hour, open forum followed Moxleys presentation. She added that fu ture forums are being planned on a rotating ba sis throughout the county. Clinton Pownall, the South Lake Chamber of Commerces Education Committee chair, was impressed with what he heard about career and technical education and how much it has grown within the district. I dont recall the school district ever going out of their way to engage the community like it is doing under Dr. Moxleys lead ership, Pownall said. I mean, to be putting out the word like she did with initiatives and goals, it was kind of like a state of the district. It was very im pressive. However, former School Board member Jim Mill er thought Moxley focused too much on positive top ics and not enough on the challenges and opportu nities that need to be ad dressed and improved upon in the school district. Weve got F schools but were doing a great job? Miller wondered after the meeting. This was more of a press release on the dis tricts accomplishments. Moxley talked about im proved graduation rates, a $500,000 NOW grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and how the career and technical ed ucation program is our ishing. During a ques tion-and-answer ses sion, some in attendance brought up concerns about the new Flori da State Standards that are replacing some of the FCAT tests. Others brought up the issue of cutting recess time to al low for more testing. Moxley explained that the district is not com pensated for recess time by the state, like study hall and other non-academic classes. MOXLEY FROM PAGE A1 our very unique region. Some residents dont see the benets of day-to-day conservation. Parks said the goal of the task force is to devel op and implement strat egies for conservation of water resources. We need to cut the de mand for potable water sources in half, he wrote. Alan Oyler, a techni cal consultant to the SLR WI, said south Lake could save $11 million in costs for nding an alternative water supply if conser vation methods are em ployed. We need to ratchet back our future demands so we dont spend so much try ing to nd that new water, he said. The task forces goal is to come up with recommendations that can be implemented in south Lake County, partic ularly for use with new de velopment. If water conservation efforts are put in place, Oyler said, the number of wells needed for an alter native water source could be reduced. Water conservation works and makes nan cial sense, he said. Oyler cautions that south Lake County has just ve years or so to nd an alternative water supply before withdraw als from the aquifer could affect lakes, wetland and springs. While the lack of rain fall is a major factor af fecting low lake levels, ir rigation also contributes to the problem. County leaders are looking for answers deep er underground in the largely untapped Low er Floridan Aquifer al though they acknowledge that much is not known about that water source and they predict there will be substantial chal lenges in tapping it and using it. Still, the lower aquifer is seen by many communi ties in Florida as the best hope for a cost-effective solution to the states ap proaching water short age. Water experts say the upper aquifer cannot supply a growing state much longer, so many counties Orange, Mar ion, Polk and Lake among them are beginning to explore the lower aqui fer deeper beneath the ground. One key challenge, however, is determining whether the two aquifers are truly separated by a conning layer of earth and are not simply part of the same aquifer system. But because the low er aquifer is largely un tapped, much about it remains a mystery to sci entists and geologists. The SLRWI is receiving $300,000 from the state to study whether the lower aquifer is a viable alterna tive water source. The coalition has re ceived four proposals from engineers interested in conducting the study, Oyler said. The study is expected to be completed by next fall. Oyler said the challenge in withdrawing water from the lower aquifer is there are areas in the con ning unit, separating the aquifers, that are pret ty robust and other areas that are poorer. Drilling in the low er aquifer is like potluck, Oyler said, adding that one area could produce good water quality and the other area 15 miles away could have poorer quality. South Lake current ly has eight wells draw ing water from the lower aquifer. Moving our wells far ther away from our lakes and moving them down to the lower Floridan Aquifer may be our tick et to satisfying future de mands without violating minimum ows and lev els, Oyler said. That is what our consultant will be evaluating in the up coming joint study. Groveland Mayor Tim Loucks, who co-founded the SLRWI, said an inland desalinization plant may be needed to clean any brackish water found in the lower aquifer. We have to consid er one of the primary wa ter supplies for the lower Floridan Aquifer at low er levels is seawater, he said. As a result, Loucks rec ommended utilizing the lower Floridan wa ter source regardless of its quality in a large scale in land desalinization oper ation using our existing transmission infrastruc ture. WATER FROM PAGE A1


Wednesday, August 6, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 D004368 SUBMITTED PHOTO Doris Bloodsworth, public information ofcer for the city of Clermont, was the guest speaker at the weekly Kiwanis Club of Clermont meeting on June 17. She talked about the initiatives the city is undertaking and the citys summer recreation program which is serving more than 300 Boys & Girls Club youth at the new Clermont Arts and Recreation Center. President Alan Garcia thanked her and presented her with a club pin. DORIS BLOODSWORTH GUEST AT KIWANIS MEETING LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer The Lake County School District was one step ahead of state requirements to add in structional time for the lowest performing schools based on its reading assessments. The district adjusted its bell schedule, adding read ing time to the day and sav ing $1 million from its bud get, according to School Board members. It would have forced us to make some deep cuts in the budget, School Board member Tod Howard said. David Christiansen, the districts chief academic of cer, said the decision to standardize the bell sched ule was a critical one. We did not just want a few schools to have extra time, he said. We wanted all kids in Lake County to have addi tional instructional time at every level. The district added 20 to 30 minutes at every level, Christiansen said. If the board had not made the change, he said, the dis trict would have had to spend an extra $1 million to pay employees for addition al time and added transpor tation costs. Christiansen said the boards decision this past spring bodes well for the dis trict. For us, it is a feather in the cap, he said. We were pro active and we got in front of this. We struck the right bal ance between instruction al time and basically giving our teachers the time to plan and collaborate. Board member Bill Mathi as said it shows real lead ership that we already rec ognized we were weak in reading and writing compe tencies. TAVARES New bell schedule saves school district $1 million


A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, August 6, 2014 Obama the puppet Quoting Aristotle, Tolerance is the last virtue of a dying society. Being ignorant of Obamas friends and acquaintances who are of questionable charac ter has led America on a down ward spiral, aided by a shad ow government and a tolerant electorate. Obama, the man most of America voted for without knowing who he was, is noth ing more than the puppet of a group of wealthy globalists led by George Soros and Hillary Clinton. Their super rich mem bership and organizations have inltrated the Democratic Party along with communists and those who believe in Allah. Clinton and Soros share the same hatred of Israel and both hate the military. Do you think Hillary will be ef fective as the Commander-inChief if the military is needed? Does Benghazi come to mind, where four Americans were killed? Hillary for president? I dont think so! LARRY BIDDLE | Lady Lake No tax dollars for contraception Again the entitlement men tality of our citizenry raises its head through a recent letter, which claims that blocking the Obamacare contraception man date would deny women their right to birth control. Its a perfect example of what we used to call convoluted logic because it contains so many twists and turns that it resem bles a person undergoing con vulsions, until it arrives where the subject wants it to be. It is a complete deception. Throughout my lifetime, women have always had the right and access to birth control in one form or another at their own ex pense. Denial of the mandate does not change that. Contraception itself is not being denied just the govern ment paying for it. Why should my tax dollars, directly or indirectly, through Obamacare, pay for any wom ans choice to practice contra ceptive measures which are against my religious beliefs? I proudly admit that I am among that group which the writer er roneously claims is only 1 per cent who never practiced birth control. I also dispute her atti tude that its about companies, not the individuals who own them. Small companies, and even larger ones, represent owners and stockholders who have in dividual rights. They cannot be separated. ROBERT HEITZMAN | Leesburg The Iron Horse was a man apart Like every boy growing up we all had idols and people we re ally respected. Number 4 for the New York Yankees was mine. I remember seeing the movie Pride of the Yankees starring Gary Cooper. I was enthralled, and any time I had an extra dime I went to see it again. It re ally was not a very good movie. And years later reading every thing I could about him I dis covered he really was the Iron Horse. He played through many in juries. He fractured every n ger on both hands, and the lit tle nger on his left hand four times. He suffered from lumba go, had at least two concussions, cracked several ribs, had a cou ple of busted toes, sprained his ankle a half-dozen times and had so many sores and blisters that he often used a sponge on his bat. He stated that You cannot stop us Dutchmen, and said, People come to see me play and not sit on the bench or hear me say Im tired. He played in 2,130 straight games, and in 1931 he played every inning of every game. He played even though he was di agnosed with a disease named after him until his death two years after he retired. It is almost laughable to hear current players taken out of the game because I felt a twinge in my arm, or I felt tightness in my leg or had a blister or I need a rest. Even now, every time I read his nal speech or listen to it through the reverberations in old Yankee Stadium, tears well up in my eyes. JOHN BRECK | The Villages T he Lake County School District ofcials swung and missed on two opportunities last week to demonstrate true leadership in times of crisis. First, the new principal of struggling Eustis Heights Elementary asked the School Board for permission to institute a dress code in the belief that it would help instill pride, reduce jealou sies and generally set a tone that would remove obstacles to learning or, better, inspire academ ic excellence. Principal Rhonda Hunt is no rookie, inciden tally. Shes a seasoned educator who was handpicked by Superintendent Susan Moxley to x Eustis Heights when the school earned an F from the Florida Department of Education last month. One of her rst orders of business was instituting a dress code, and not a drastic one at that. The uniforms feature navy, light blue, pink, white or hunter green polo shirts with khaki, blue or black bottoms. The board never got to make a decision be cause Moxley pulled it off the agenda, citing protocol issues and timelines that needed to be followed before the board could vote. Or maybe it was the crowd of angry parents who showed up to protest the dress code. In any case, Mox ley and the board delayed action until later in August, and, at least for now, held back their support for a principal who seemed to be the only person in the room with a plan for xing Eustis Heights the principal. The second missed opportunity came when school ofcials held an education summit in Leesburg to address this citys two failing public schools and one failing charter school. The principals of those schools were pas sionate in their remarks. Moxley talked about the need for community involvement and the school districts commitment to helping all stu dents succeed. But city ofcials and parents came to the summit hoping to hear specic plans for ad dressing the schools woeful performances, and they didnt. They heard Moxley call for additional dialogue with the community, whoever that is. And they heard her insist that the district must enhance, develop and stretch all of our students in the community to have many varieties of learning experiences to support their academics. What that means, we dont know. What we do know is that, given the opportunity to support a principals plans for turning around a fail ing school, the districts top ofcials meekly de layed taking action. And given the chance to as sure frustrated parents that they had a plan for addressing Leesburgs failing schools, they of fered nothing but generalities. This is a critical moment for these schools. They are failing, according to the state. The stu dents and parents deserve to know what the dis trict administrators are doing about it, but, at least last week, the district didnt have solutions. Its not too late, but for now, school district leaders get an incomplete grade. 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. 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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 School District offers no answers for F-rated schools Dems blocking immigration reform too Something is missing from Gene Packwoods editori al cartoon on July 11 show ing the GOP sitting atop im migration reform with 55,000 illegal children being held in limbo. Whats missing is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama. Why ar ent they sitting there too? The U.S. Senate, with President Obamas blessing, has approved its version of im migration reform. All undoc umented immigrants are to be legalized, paving the way to American citizenship. This would mean millions of future Democratic voters. The House has said, No! We wont discuss this topic until the borders are sealed and the tide of illegal immigrants has been stopped. Both sides of the political aisle know the majority of voters are fed up with the choice between two extremes, amnesty or depor tation. But both political parties refuse to budge from their view points. Consequently, the topic comes up again and again, but nothing is being done to solve the problem. The House has suggested a series of smaller reform bills might be more practical, but Obama, refusing to come off the campaign trail, and Reid have both said in effect, No, its legalize them all or its nothing. Most people probably dont know that three out of four im migrants in this country are legal residents. Those people followed a path to become citizens. The illegal immigrants already here can do the same thing, but most wont, hoping the Democratic Party will somehow make that decision moot for them. Dont expect anything differ ent in the next Congress. And dont expect anything different from the mainstream media. That includes editorial cartoon ists. Republicans will be blamed for all the problems Obama and Reid have created. Just dont be lieve everything you read. There is plenty of blame to share on both sides of the po litical aisle. But you wont know it if you keep reading only one point of view the progres sive, liberal point of view. SONNY HENINGER | Leesburg LETTER of the WEEK There is plenty of blame to share on both sides of the political aisle. But you wont know it if you keep reading only one point of view the progressive, liberal point of view.


A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, August 6, 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 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! 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 ) ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Special Olympics ath letes competed in a stand-up paddle board event at Clermonts Wa terfront Park early Sun day morning. The competition, held at Bikes and Boards, a water equipment rent al facility along Lake Minneola at 15 Second Street, featured seven Lake County athletes who have been train ing since May, as well as nine athletes from Cit rus County. The athletes com peted at four distances ranging from a quarter mile to 2 miles, either laying down on, sitting, kneeling or standing on the boards. Tessie Smith, a certi ed paddle board coach with Special Olympics, said the athletes ef forts and strong will im pressed her. Paddle boarding is something anyone can do but it does take in credible balance and core strength, Smith said. All the athletes did great thought. They just dont stop. Mary Adamson, Lake Countys Special Olym pics director and a teacher at Lake Hills School in Howey-inthe-Hills, said standup paddle boarding has been part of the Spe cial Olympics for the past three years. In Lake County, however, this is the rst year that ath letes have done it. Jane Smith, another certied stand-up pad dle board coach for the Special Olympics, has been training with the athletes every week and organized the event so they could gauge their progress against people from other counties. Her goal is to get the athletes ready for an in vitational at the Florida Keys on October 12. Smith also want to grow the sport by nd ing another place to train at in Eustis. In Cl ermont, Tim and Dawn Engle, the owners of Bikes and Boards, do nate the boards and their facility for train ing. Smith said the ath letes in Lake County get together for practices at Waterfront Park every Sunday. We are all for giving the athletes the oppor tunity to get the train ing they need, Tim En gle said. Weve been working with them and their coaches regarding how to execute the pro cedure of paddle board ing. The athletes have gotten pretty good. On Sunday, the ath letes showed visitors what they could do. Athletes competed in all levels, and for some the courses proved a little more treacherous than the training routes they were used to. Regardless, every ath lete nished. To see the athletes nishing, however, and accomplishing what they may not know they could even do, is amaz ing, Adamson said. I could tell all of the ath letes were excited about today, though, because most of them not only arrived anxious but ear ly. They were ready to go before we were. Kyle Krekler, 25, from Tavares competed at the event in a level two 1500 meter route. His grandmother, Anne Osborne, who watched as he made the trek from one marker to the other, said his lines were not as straight as usual, but good none theless. Kreklers coach for the day Chris Rapaisar da from Orlando said he was impressed that Krekler stood on the paddle board the entire time. Jessica Coleman, 28, from Eustis, a kayak er, sat on the board, but tried to stand. Her mother Barbara Coleman, said she was proud of her attempt. Special Olympians climb aboard a new event ROXANNE BROWN / DAILY COMMERCIAL Lake County athlete Jessica Coleman, 28, nears the end of the course of a Special Olympics paddle board competition at Bikes and Boards at Waterfront Park in Clermont Sunday. CLERMONT MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer Two people were arrested on July 30 after allegedly using a puppy to distract a Lady Lake store clerk from seeing them steal a case of beer. John David McCrea, 42, and Charm A. Gilbert, 40, both of Lady Lake, were charged with petit theft and have been released without bond from the Lake County jail. According to an arrest afdavit, a man and two women came into the Circle K convenience store on La Grande Boulevard about 4 a.m. on July 30 in Lady Lake and wanted to buy beer. The clerk told them it was after 2 a.m. too late to sell beer. The clerk said Charm, who she later identied from a photo lineup, and the other woman distract ed her by showing the clerk a pup py while the man took an 18-pack of Natural Ice beer from the store and placed it into the rear of a golf cart. The man allegedly denied stealing the beer before he, Charm and the other woman took off in the golf cart. The afdavit adds responding Lady Lake police ofcers said the clerks description of the male sus pect with a laceration on his head matched that of McCrea. Police went to the area of McCreas home on Dustin Drive where they said they found him and Charm in the golf cart with the beer still in the back. After the clerk identied them in a photo line-up as the suspects, the couple was arrested. Its unclear what happened to the third suspect. Three fail to distract store clerk with puppy LADY LAKE


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A8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, August 6, 2014 r f f nt b b rfSel ected fro m Historic Downt own Clermont's 80-plus members, we're pleased to present the CDP Featur ed Business of the Month...FINDERS KEEPERSFINDERS KEEPERS was opened on November 1, 2010 on 8th and Mo ntro se stree ts 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 owni ng her own sma ll bu sines s. Not exactly sure what Finders Keepers would be toda y it has evolved into a Unique Gift, Home Dcor and gently used Furniture boutique. Custo mers enjoy the uniq ue 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 expand ed twice in the past 4 years, Pat contributes her success to her husband Bobs sup port and the assi stan ce of her ba by 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 gre at fur niture for you r home FI NDERS KEE PERS is wh ere you wil l fin d it. Ope n Tuesd ay thro ugh Sat urda y from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p. m. and Su nday 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 bouti que. Stop in and say Hi, you never know what you may find. Pat and her husband Bob Matson have lived in Cl ermo nt fo r the past 11 year s and have 4 ch il d ren and 8 grandchi ldren. When not working 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 open in t he capab le hands 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 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer The closed Dairy Queen on State Road 50 in Clermont, which will be torn down to make way for a new OReil ly Auto Parts store, gave local reghters an ex cellent opportunity to train last week. Fireghters prac ticed forcing open win dows with re poles, breaching walls, run ning search and rescue drills, and trained in ladder placement and roof ventilation. The department is always grateful to have a real building to work with because it gives us the opportunity to train for that real situation, spokeswoman Pamela McDuffee said. McDuffee said train ing locally is less cost ly than having to drive and take equipment to the countys training fa cility in Tavares, espe cially if multiple crews are involved. We have used the training site in Tavares for some bigger scale training before, but what we cant do is send multiple crews all at once, she said. Thats why it is so nice when we have a local site where we can conduct this type of training for all our crews and still be able to meet the needs of the community. CLERMONT Closed store gives firefighters rare opportunity LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL A reghter uses a pole to break a window at the closed West Orange Lumber Com pany in Groveland has been ac quired by Builders FirstSource Inc., a leading supplier and manufacturer of structural and related building products. West Orange, 8601 Justice Place, supplies lumber, roof and oor trusses, custom windows and doors, as well as installa tion services, to both residential homebuilders and commercial contractors in the Central Flor ida region, according to a press release from GlobeNewswire. The companys sales were ap proximately $15 million for s cal 2013. The acquisition of West Or ange provides us with an ex tensive customer base that includes custom and semi-cus tom builders, along with com mercial contractors, and ts nicely within our overall growth strategy, Builders FirstSource CEO Floyd Sherman said in the release. This new location also offers onsite manufacturing ca pabilities of roof and oor truss es, and will allow us to more easily serve the fast growing, northern portion of the Orlan do market, providing us with an excellent opportunity to sig nicantly grow our share in this market. Neil Britt, owner of West Or ange, said the sale presents a bright future for the companys employees. I am very grateful for the loy al years of service from the West Orange employees and for the long-standing supplier and cus tomer relationships that have been built over the years, he said in the release. This is a great opportunity for all. John Arellano, vice president of West Orange Lumber, will re main as the general manager of the operation. Started in 1953, West Orange Lumber has expanded its oper ations to include West Orange Door, West Orange Window and West Orange Truss. GROVELAND Local lumber company sold PHOTO COURTESY OF WEST ORANGE LUMBER Started in 1953, West Orange Lumber in Groveland has expanded its operations to include West Orange Door, West Orange Window and West Orange Truss. Builders FirstSource recently bought the company. MILLARD K. IVES | Staff Writer A 68-year-old resi dent of The Villages ar rested for having sex in one of the retirement communitys public squares was sentenced last week to 180 days in the Sumter County jail the same plea deal al ready given to her codefendant. Dress in a striped jail uni form with tears in her eyes and standing beside her lawyer, Mar garet Peggy Klemm said, Im very sorry, followed by an inaudi ble set of words when Judge Thomas Skidmore asked if she wanted to say something on her behalf to the court. Klemm lat er waved good bye to her husband Frank before being led out the Sumter Coun ty courtroom back to jail to serve the remain der of her 180-day sen tence on the indecent exposure and disor derly conduct charges stemming from the June 2 romp, as well as the resulting probation violation. She will get credit for about 40 days already served behind BUSHNELL Sexcapade nets woman 180 days in jail KLEEM SEE COURT | A9


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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. 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According to the Sum ter County Sheriffs Of ce, deputies received a call about 10:30 p.m. on June 2 about two people having sex at the pavil ion in the Lake Sumter Landing Market Square of The Villages a place already popular for live, nightly entertainment. When deputies arrived, Klemm and 48-yearold David M. Bobilya al legedly were still having sex with their clothes partially removed. Investigators believe the couple was intoxi cated at the time. The 180-day sentence given to Klemm will run concurrent with an other 90-day jail sen tence on a probation vi olation for a prior DUI charge from this year that had already been downgraded to reckless driving charge in anoth er plea deal. Family and friends of Klemm, a wife of 50 years and grandmother of 14, had already start ed a campaign to free her or get a more le nient sentence. Family members said they be lieve the romp that has made national and international news and has been the butt of jokes of comedians has led to the courts be ing too harsh on her. Shes not a threat to society, Klemms oldest son, Steve Klemm, said in an earlier interview. Theres no reason for the judge to throw the book at her. Mary Klemm, Marga ret Klemms daughter in-law, said it was to tally out of character for her mother-in-law. Alan Kaye, Marga ret Klemms lawyer, wouldnt comment af ter the hearing Wednes day on whether he thought the sentence was fair. However, As sistant State Attorney Tina Smith, who pros ecuted the case, said Kaye wanted the defen dant to be released on time already served. Smith said the 180 days in jail was an ap propriate sentence. They were accused of having sex in a pub lic family place, Smith said outside the court room after the hearing. Steve Klemm wouldnt say what he thought happened that night, but added his moth er hasnt consumed al cohol since the DUI charge and all the cir cumstances surround ing the public sex al legations havent been released. Steve and Mary Klemm said the sexcapade alle gations has been hard on the family, including Frank Klemm who has already racked up more than $20,000 in legal bills on his credit cards on be half of his wife. He just wants her home so they can be together and work on their problems, Steve Klemm said. A website dedicat ed to freeing Marga ret Klemm had already raised almost $3,000. Frank Klemm said in the courtroom Wednes day just before the hear ing began that while his wife has had medical is sues in jail she has re ceived a lot of support so much nancial sup port that she had to be moved to a less crowd ed cell to stop people from ganging up on her for her money. COURT FROM PAGE A8 THERESA CAMPBELL | Staff Writer The Leesburg City Commission last week waived utility deposits for new businesses interested in occu pying space at Lake Square Mall. We are thrilled that our city lead ers see the potential here at Lake Square, as we do, and the new pro posal will go a long way in helping is in our efforts to revitalize the mall, Lake Square Mall Manager Jennifer Glidewell said. When I was a teen ager and young adult, this mall was the place to be, and we rmly be lieve that it can be that again. Glidewell said the mall has poten tial tenants that have been waiting on the commissions decision be fore moving forward on their leases. I have four that I am negotiating with right now. One potential tenant is looking at two different locations for two different purposes and was just waiting to hear what the de cision would be, Glidewell said. I am very happy to be able to tell them the good news. This new pro posal is a great incentive to get oth ers to call Lake Square Mall their home as well. LEESBURG City trying to attract new businesses to mall BRETT LE BLANC / DAILY COMMERCIAL Cathy Mitchell, left, and Don Mitchell, right, owners of Fabulous Finds, assist a customer with a purchase at their store in Lake Square Mall on July 25.


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B1 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, August 6, 2014 YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTS SPORTS EDITOR ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE .............................. 365-8268 FAX .......................................... 394-8001 EMAIL ......... S PORTS and LEISURE PAUL BARNEY | Staff Writer ORLANDO Jordan Ozeri ties has never been outside the country. That will change for the Mount Dora native come Aug. 30, when the University of Central Florida opens the season against Penn State in Dublin, Ireland. Its very exciting for me, and I know the team is really excited, said Ozerities, a redshirt senior defensive back for the Knights. Its going to be a great experi ence. A great experience for an ex perienced roster. UCF, which opened preseason camp Thursday, has 20 seniors on the roster compared to last years seven. Ozerities is one of nine returning defensive starters. In fact, the Knights ranked No. 28 in the USA Today Presea son Amway Coaches Poll re turn all four starting defensive backs, including seniors Bran don Alexander, Clayton Geath ers and redshirt sophomore Jacoby Glenn. Alexander, Geathers and Ozerities have combined to play in 110 games while mak ing 84 starts. Ozerities start ed all 13 games at cornerback last season, recording 59 tack les, smashing his previous high of 21. He also had 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack, one interception and six break-ups. Ozerities, the only player on the roster from the Lake and Sumter county area, is excited to be part of an experienced group. Weve got a lot of seniors on defense, a lot of seniors on of fense, he said. Weve got a lot of leadership and the chemistry has gotten stronger through the summer. Even though UCF returns a lot of players from last seasons team, it lost quarterback Blake Bortles. Bortles, of course, was drafted third overall by the Jack sonville Jaguars in this years NFL Draft. Ozerities said Bortles is a great example of what type of football program the Knights have. When I was a freshman, Blake wasnt even a starter, but to see his maturity and growth through out the year this program, it will do that to you, Ozerities said. It will make you a man and make you mature while its build ing you as a football player and a smarter person. Bortles helped lead the Knights to a 12-1 record last sea son, an American Athletic Con ference championship and a win over Big 12 champion Bay lor in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. The 12 wins set a school record. The Knights were one of four unranked teams in the presea son polls along with Auburn, Baylor and Michigan State to reach a BCS Bowl last season. UCF again isnt ranked in the preseason Top 25, and thats just ne with its players. The team is taking it one game at a time, and a good thing, too. The Knights will carry a school-record ninegame winning streak into this season. Im very excited. We had a great season last year, Ozerities said. Were looking to duplicate that this year and win another conference championship. Ozerities, a four-time All-Ar ea pick at Mount Dora High School, wants to show that kids can come from a small town and still have success at the col lege level. Basically, if you work hard and you stay persistent and you persevere, anything is possible, Ozerities said. Back on the gridiron Ozerities one of nine returning defensive starters for the Knights PAUL RYAN / DAILY COMMERCIAL University of Central Florida defensive back Jordan Ozerities (38) closes in on South Carolina running back Mike Davis (28) during a 2013 game in Orlando. Ozerities, a former Mount Dora High School standout, is about to begin his nal season with the Knights. PAUL BARNEY I Staff Writer Jeremy Thompson wasnt re ally expecting his South Lake Dixie Youth 12U All-Star team to make it very deep this season. Expectations, though, some times have a way of being ex ceeded. The team just returned from Freeport, where it captured the state tournament title. Now, the team will represent the state of Florida in the World Series, the rst time in south Lake history that a team has made it to the Dixie Youth World Series. Im extremely excited, said Thompson, who coaches the team alongside Thom Koby larczk and Tony Shaver. Theyve come a long way in a short peri od of time. The boys have really worked hard and I think theyve kind of shocked a lot of people. The All-Star team, which is comprised of the 12 best play ers from South Lake Dixie Youth, went 4-2 in the district tournament and nished sec ond behind Bushnell. At the state tournament, the team went 3-0 and hit 14 home runs, defeating Bushnell, 8-5, in the decisive game. It was a bit of revenge for the South Lake Dixie All-Stars, who lost twice to Bushnell in districts. Our boys played a phenom enal game that championship game in the state tournament, Thompson said. Brett Kelly came in and pitched a phenom enal game and we had some big home runs from a couple of kids. The boys just swung the bats really well, we pitched well and we had some phenomenal defense, so that really helped. Thompson is hoping that momentum carries into the World Series, which will be held in Lexington, S.C. I believe well do pretty good, Thompson said. Get ting through the teams that we played in district and get ting through the teams that we played in state, I think weve got a pretty good chance. Opening ceremonies for the World Series begin Friday and the tournament runs through Aug. 14. FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer Francisco Lindors climb to the Major Leagues is nearly complete. The former Montverde Academy baseball standout was promoted recently to the Cleveland Indians Triple-A af liate in Columbus, Ohio, and Lindor has wasted little prov ing he belongs, hitting .323 in his rst eight games, including 10 hits in his last 31 at bats. Lindor made an immedi ate impression when he ar rived in Columbus, scratch ing a hit, stealing a base and scoring a run in his rst game with the Clippers, an 8-5 come-from-behind win against Louisville. In addi tion to his prowess at the plate and on the basepaths, Lindor showed off his defen sive chops by helping turn four double plays. Hes also helped Columbus move into sole possession of rst place in the Internation al Leagues Western Division, building a 2 1/2 game lead over Indianapolis since join ing the Clippers. I love winning, Lindor told reporters after his rst game. I hate losing. Theyre doing a great job here from what the guys are telling me. I just want to be part of it. Im not going to be the guy that changes everything. Im here just to play and be part of the great things the guys are doing now. Many baseball pundits ex pect Lindor to be called up to the major leagues in Sep tember, when rosters can be expanded to 40 players. Clevelands current starting shortstop, Asdrubal Cabrera, is expected to become a free agent in the offseason and Lindor is considered the In dians shortstop of the future. Lindor spent time on the Indians spring training ros ter during the past two sea sons, giving manager Terry Francona an opportunity to see how he performs in a bigleague environment. Kid does everything, Fran cona said in 2013. He plays defense, runs the bases, hits for average, impacts the game in every aspect he touches. Hes one of the special pros pects in all of baseball. Lindor shining in Triple-A after promotion South Lake All-Stars to play in Dixie Youth World Series PHOTO COURTESY OF CARMEN DANIELS The South Lake Dixie youth 12U All-Star team includes players Ryan Monaghan, Max Kurtz, Jacob Kerns, Brett Kelly, Johnny Ball, Justin Grecco, Hunter Andrews, Jayce Thompson, Maveric Ferguson, A.J. Shaver, Hunter Daniels and Jayson Brackmon, and coaches Tony Shaver, Jeremy Thompson and Thom Kobylarczk. PAUL BARNEY I Staff Writer Noah Cornman is still two years away from getting his drivers li cense, but the kid they call Little Gator isnt shy about getting be hind the wheel. A native of Sorrento, Cornman, 14, has been racing since he was 6 years old and has over 30 career wins and two major championships. He recently made his NASCAR Pro Late Mod el debut at New Smyrna Speedway. It was pretty exciting for me because the Pro Late Model is another step in my career to NA SCAR, said Cornman, who just received his eighth-grade diploma online at Florida Virtu al School. Cornman got his start racing go-karts when he was 6. At age 8, he moved up to Bandole ro racing before compet ing in Legends cars at 12. Cornman started driving a full-sized car at the be ginning of the year. He drives his No. 30 Gatorland Late Model car at nearly 120 mph. That will have to change, of course, once Noah gets his actual drivers license. When he gets on the road hes going to have to slow it down a lit tle bit, said Cornmans father, Scott. Theyre used to going 100 miles per hour literally bumper to bumper. Hes going to have to learn to give people more space. He denitely loves his speed. The faster he can go, the happier he is. Noah received his NASCAR license about a month ago and is sponsored by Connec tions Academy, Florida Virtual School and Ga torland. What he en joys most about racing is the competition, the friendliness and how everyone is willing to lend a hand at the track. Its just a fun time, he said. Some of Noahs favor ite tracks hes raced at include Charlotte Mo tor Speedway, where he placed fourth in the Jack in the Box Summer Shootout, and Orlando Speed World, where he won in 2010. Noah will have the chance to compete in NASCAR-sanctioned events on the Home Tracks circuit through out the Southeast later this year. Sorrento native makes NASCAR Pro Late Model debut PHOTO COURTESY OF LITTLE GATOR MARKETING Noah Little Gator Cornman poses in front of his Gatorland Late Model car at New Smyrna Speedway earlier this month.


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, August 6, 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 ..... FROM THE FILES | 26 YEARS AGO 1988 Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press CLERMONT NIGHT AT BASEBALL CITY Clermont and south Lake County broke all attendance records for a City Royals baseball game at the beautiful new multimillion dollar stadium at Boardwalk and Baseball. Monday night, June 12, was Clermont Night. Boardwalk and Base ball Public Relations Di rector Kim Rester Sams, of Clermont, offered us 5,000 tickets to the game, free of charge. And almost half that amount, 2,352 to be ex act, took advantage of this great opportunity. The evening was beautiful, a perfect night for Americas fa vorite pastime. Every seat was a good seat and the kids had fun chasing foul balls. The game was exciting as the Lakeland Tigers, an A team of the Detroit Tigers, beat the Kansas City Royals A team by two runs. There was a huge cheer from the audience when the Clermont High School baseball team was complimented for making it to the state baseball nals, which were played at this same stadium last month. (The stadium has since been torn down.) Never in my wild est dreams did I think I would be standing on the mound throw ing a pitch in such a setting. Ive had some phone calls about my wicked left arm, and even though the ball bounced once, it did make it to the catcher. I was invited to throw a ball since Clermont Night was co-spon sored by the South Lake Press (I was then editor/ owner) and the South Lake (Breakfast) Kiwan is Club. Kiwanis presi dent Steve Grimm did the honor for Kiwanis and threw the ball right to the catcher. Many people went away extra winners at Clermont Night with one of the many great door prizes that were donated by local mer chants and business people. It was very heart warming to have the business people ask ing to donate door prizes, and Boardwalk and Baseball was great in programming the scoreboard and run ning the names of those participating mer chants many times. REAL ESTATE Clermont City Council approved a condition al-use permit to estab lish a shelter home at the old Gables House. Rep resented by Clermont attorney Roy Caldwell, the house, located at the southeast corner of Fifth Street and Minneola Av enue (it has since been moved to north of Lake Louisa Road), is to be a shelter for neglected or abused children under 18 years of age. THERESA CAMPBELL | Staff Writer L ake County natives and brothers Kurt Brouwer, 40, and Tom Brouwer, 45, had the rare honor of serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman for 1 years at the same time. Kurt was only 12 when I went in the Navy, Tom said, noting they didnt get a lot of brother-to-brother time while growing up. I only got to see him when I could get home on leave, so it was a great treat for me to share my last tour with him. It was the highlight of my career, Tom said. Both say April 26, 2013, was a special, unforgettable moment on the ship, the day when Tom had the honor of taking his lieutenant commander insignia and pinning it on his younger brother, whom had been pro moted to the same rank. I have been very successful in my career and I always tried to pass my rank devices down to someone I saw great poten tial in every time I was pro moted, Tom said. But when it came to having the chance to pass down my nal rank I would hold to my brother, it was more than words can de scribe. He also made the pinning ceremony a bit comical for Kurt and the crowd. After he pinned the new ranking on Kurts col lar, Tom grabbed his younger brother by his ears and licked his forehead, which generat ed confusion and some strange looks among the crowd. It was one of the most com ical episodes on the ship, Kurt said. The ship is a big place and not all of the ofcers on the ship knew that we were broth ers, but when the rest of the of cers of the ship were informed of this fact, there was a lot of cheering and laughter. To my understanding, it was the most eventful pinning the Truman has ever had. It was spontaneous, Tom said of his actions, while admit ting he is known in the fami ly for doing zany things. If you ask my mom, its all the time. Both graduates of Tava res High School, the Brouw er brothers are the sons of John and Kathy Brouwer of Lees burg, and they also have an old er brother, Michael Brouwer of Clermont. I always gave Kurt a lot of ribbing and telling him he got his commission the easy way since he went to college and then got his commission, said Tom, who claims he had to earn his the harder way. I started as enlisted and worked my way up the ranks from E-1 to chief, and then was selected as a limited duty of cer Mustang and worked my way up from ensign to lieu tenant commander, Tom said. And just to prove to him any body can go to college, I also got my degree. The brothers discovered hav ing the same name and rank on the ship often confused sailors from different departments. Hey, do you know that there is a guy on here with the same name as you? some would ask. Kurt would respond, Yeah, thats my brother. Yet many sailors didnt believe him. Most people would say there is no way that they are broth ers, Tom said, noting Kurt is the one with an infectious pos itive attitude. It drives me nuts sometimes but he is one of those guys that everybody loves. He is always upbeat and happy. We have completely difference personalities. The two said they had too many funny moments on the ship, and that they became closer while aboard the USS Truman. Being able to serve with my brother on the Truman was a great time, Kurt said. We of ten hung out with each other. This made the stressful times aboard the ship more bearable due to the ability to vent any problems to him and seek guid ance when needed. We have always been close, Tom said. We come from a pretty close family, but I did en joy getting some of the time back that I missed when he was growing up, and that also in cluded tormenting him a little. He is my kid brother after all. Joining the Navy was not Toms initial plans. He remembers he wanted to join the Lake County LEESBURG Brothers in arms Tom and Kurt Brouwer served together on USS Harry S. Truman PHOTO COURTESY OF TOM BROUWER Lake County natives and brothers Tom Brouwer, 45, and Kurt Brouwer, 40, are photographed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman, where they were both assigned for 1 1/2 years. We have always been close. We come from a pretty close family, but I did enjoy getting some of the time back that I missed when (Kurt) was growing up, and that also included tormenting him a little. He is my kid brother after all. Tom Brouwer ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Director Kent Van derberg said that if any one is in need of a seri ous case of the giggles, they should attend a showing of Beyond Therapy, a play that opens Friday night at the Moonlight Players Warehouse Theatre, lo cated at 735 W. Minne ola Street in downtown Clermont. I rst heard this play as a recording. I was driving in my car listen ing to it and I ended up having to pull over be cause I was laughing so hard that my eyes were tearing up and I couldnt see right. I couldnt go on (driving), Vander berg said. The tagline for Be yond Therapy is, A comedy about losing your mind and nding your heart, Vanderberg said. He said the play is about two people, Bruce, played by Joe Irwin and Prudence, played by Alyson John son, who are seeking a date using personal ads, on advice of a therapist. Bruce and Prudence end up going on a disas trous blind date lled with awkward happen ings, like Bruces inap propriate comments about Prudences chest, the discovery that he has Bob, his male live-in Beyond Therapy is beyond funny PHOTO COURTESY OF KENT VANDERBERG From left, William McCoy as Bob, Joe Irwin as Bruce, Marcie Schwalm as Charlotte and Alyson Johnson as Prudence rehearse at the Moonlight Players Warehouse Theatre in Clermont for Christopher Durangs Beyond Therapy. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer The Moonlight The atre, founded in 1994 by Jan Sheldon, is celebrat ing its 20th anniversary this year. Over the years, Shel don has acted and di rected in many of the shows and has also been president of the execu tive board of directors for the nonprot orga nization since day one. Last week, however, she stepped down and sug gested Tom Kline as her successor. The board voted and appointed Kline as the next presi dent. Its exciting and scary at the same time. Its go ing to be a lot of work, CLERMONT Moonlight Theatre founder passes presidential torch SEE THERAPY | B4 SEE THEATRE | B4 SEE BROTHERS | B4


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The two end up fall ing for each other in a way that is actually kind of sweet, Vanderberg said. The only warning Vanderberg has about the play is its mature subject matter and lan guage. It is not appro priate for anyone under the age of 16. The play may cer tainly raise a few eye brows but by the end of it, everybodys feel ing so good that its not even the focus at all, Vanderberg said. He said Johnson was THERAPY FROM PAGE B2 DEATH NOTICES Jake Leray Brown Jake Leray Brown, 38, of Mount Dora, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. Marvin C. Zanders Fu neral Home, Inc. Apop ka. Vera Lenon Brown Vera Lenon Brown, 59, of Mount Dora, died Thursday, July 24, 2014. Marvin C. Zanders Fu neral Home, Inc. Apop ka. Donald David Dewey Donald David Dew ey, 75, of Leesburg, died Monday, July 28, 2014. Banks/Page-Theus Fu nerals and Cremations. Wildwood. Mary Lee Edge Mary Lee Edge, 73, of Umatilla, died July 30, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla is han dling arrangements. Betty Taylor Garris Betty Taylor Garris, 78, of Wildwood, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Banks/Page-Theus Fu nerals and Cremations, Wildwood. J. Paul Jessup J. Paul Jessup, Major (RET) US Army. 45, of Tavares, died Monday, July 28, 2014. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Fu nerals and Cremations, Tavares. Julia Kellogg Julia Kellogg, 76, of The Villages, died Thursday, July 31, 2014. Banks/Page-Theus Fu neral Home, Wildwood. George P. Marks George P. Marks, 95, of Tavares died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Steverson, Hamlin & Hilbish Fu nerals and Cremations, Tavares. Martin L. Rees Martin L. Rees, 64, of Grand Island, died Monday, July 28, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. Avis Sears Avis Sears, 94, of Lub buck, TX, formerly of Lake Panasoffkee, died Thursday, July 31, 2014. Banks/Page-Theus Fu neral Home, Wildwood. Mildred M. Thomas Mildred M. Thom as, 67, of Leesburg, died Thursday, July 10, 2014. Rocker-Cusack Mortu ary, Leesburg. Betty P. Watkins Betty P. Watkins, 86, of Wildwood, died Sunday, July 27, 2014. Banks/Page-Theus Fu nerals and Cremations. Wildwood. William S. Wilcox William S. Wilcox, 89, of Eustis, died Monday, July 28, 2014. Harden/ Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis. IN MEMORY but I feel really good about where the the ater is going, said Kline, who has direct ed many plays and musicals at the Moon light. Sheldon, who will still be involved in the theaters productions, felt it was time to pass along some of the du ties to someone who is not only passionate about the organization but knows the ropes, can handle the admin istrative duties and ev erything else that goes with the role. Sheldon said she will still have some inu ence over board deci sions. She will also have more time to work with the city and the community to get a new building for the theater. Sheldon also is researching grants to fund construction and renovations for a dif ferent facility. I wouldnt give up my family, I couldnt give up my school, I didnt want to stop di recting or acting, so it only left the presiden cy, she said of nding time for her future ef forts. Sheldon wants a big ger facility to not only seat more people, but have space for class es and workshops for area children and teens. Even now, Shel don said a group of about 15-20 kids, who were hanging out at the theater formed an improv group that per forms at the Moon light. They are called The Lunatics. THEATRE FROM PAGE B2 LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Outgoing president Jan Sheldon and incoming president Tom Kline toast each other in a symbolic passing of the torch in the Moonlight Players Warehouse Theatre. born to play Prudence and Irwin, a long time performer at the Sak Comedy (Im prov) Lab in Orlando, who is new to scripted play world, caught on beautifully. Beyond Therapy is the third play Vander berg has directed at the Moonlight. Oth ers under his belt are Three Days of Rain and Our Town. Vanderberg, a vid eo producer at Dis ney for more than 25 years, has also act ed in many plays throughout the years. I love doing this and I know people are going to love this play, Vanderberg said. Beyond therapy will run for two weekends only, August 8th-17th, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 352-319-1116. Reservations are highly recommended for this limited run, Vanderberg said. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 352-319-1116. For more informa tion, visit www.moon Sheriffs Ofce, but after he reached the age to be able to go to the police academy, the economy had worsened and there was a hiring freeze. The military turned out to be a good ca reer move, he said, al lowing him to work his way through the ranks to become an ofcer, followed by being able to share the experience with his younger broth er. Tom remembers his father thought it was cool that his sons were aboard the USS Truman at the same time. My mom wasnt so sure. I have had a trend my whole career that when I go to a ship for some reason, I end up in the middle of a con ict overseas, Tom said, recalling his mom was worried it would happen again. However, the deploy ment was delayed. Tom was able to retire to Southern Maryland last October after 26 years of active service, before the ship was deployed, and Kurt transferred back to Florida and is now stationed in Jack sonville. BROTHERS FROM PAGE B2


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