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SEE PAGE B1 REMEMBER WHEN | B3 SPORTS: Merritt returning to Sumter as national champion WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014 50 NEWSTAND INSIDE CLASSIFIED B5 CROSSWORDS B2 REAL ESTATE E1 REMEMBER WHEN B3 SPORTS B1 VOICES A4 WORD ON THE STREE T A2 SO UTH LAKE PRE SS V OLUME 99, NO. 25 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 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer C lermonts rst ever community pools, at 3700 S. Highway 27, were open for business recently, following the grand opening of the Clermont Arts and Recre ation Center. According to city ofcials, the pool area made up of a wading pool, a jacuzzi and standard pool has been brimming with activity. Regardless of the day, the common senti ment from poolside visitors is nally. Were super excited about nally hav ing a place to take our kids to in south Lake County where they can play in the water, said Kacey Bradshaw, there with Gilbert Pe rez and their two children, Savana and Le roy. Weve been taking them to Tavares and to Winter Garden to play in the splash pads there, but to have a pool here is great. Bradley Link, one of the eight lifeguards CLERMONT Local families enjoy first week of new community pools PHOTOS BY ROXANNE BROWN / DAILY COMMERCIAL ABOVE: In addition to the pool, members of the community are also allowed to rent space inside the building, from birthday and conference rooms to stages for performances and the gym. BELOW: Savana Perez jumps into one of the pools at the Clermont Arts and Recreation Center. Cannonball! ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer After working out of cramped quarters at various locations since September 2010, the Boys & Girls Club of Lake and Sumter Coun ties South Lake Unit showed off its new 8,200-square-foot digs last week at the Cler mont Arts and Recre ation Center. Its just amazing, Di rector Tracy Jones said. The kids are excited, the staff is excited, were just overjoyed. The club now has nine classrooms, la beled Brain Gain room, Performing Arts, Teen room, Arts and Crafts, Kiddie Camp (3 rooms), and Character and Cit izenship. And this doesnt include shared amenities in the build ing such as the gym nasium, theater room, pool area, playground and outside areas. Teen Coach David Roberts said he is hap py that the teens, for the rst time, have their own space at the club. I love it because it makes the teens feel like they are not being treat ed as little kids, he said. Theyre teenagers and I am excited for us, for them. Its going to take the teen programming to the next level. Ofcials are particu larly excited about the Summer Brain Gain program, developed specically for Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. It came about because statistics show that each summer, an estimated 43 million children in the U.S. miss out on ex panded learning oppor tunities that could pre vent them from falling behind before the next school year begins. Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing low-income children to fall further and fur ther behind, ultimately CLERMONT Summer programs off to fast start LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Andi Graff goes over class rules for her Kiddie Club group of 5to 7-year-olds. LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer livi.stanford@daily Lake County commissioners have restored bus service for LYNX Link 55 in south Lake, in creasing the bus trips from eight to 15 and offering evening ser vice. Dottie Keedy, director of com munity services, said at the June 10 commission meeting that the county could fund the bus service at an estimated cost of $138,699 through Federal Tran sit Administration 5307 funds, which does not come out of the general fund. When the Link 55 route which runs from Cagan Cross ings along U.S. Highway 192 to downtown Kissimmee was reinstated Jan. 12, the service only offered eight round trips instead of the 16 that riders and Lake County ofcials thought would be offered. County ofcials were stumped when they received a response from LYNX in December stat ing the company could only of fer half the number of trips at an increased cost of $16,000. The cost for the 16 round trips was originally $50,685. Furthermore, the bus service only offers four routes in the morning from 6 to 8 and four routes in the evening from 5 to 6:30. The service ended two and a half hours earlier than the agreed upon time, upsetting TAVARES LYNX south Lake bus routes will return That is federal money that is coming to the urbanized area of south Lake. We are using that money to assist the existing route in place for seven years to help people get to work and bring people into that part of the county. Commissioner Sean Parks SEE PROGRAMS | A2 SEE LYNX | A2 SEE POOLS | A2


A2 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 18, 2014 endangering their chanc es of high school gradu ation, club CEO Fred dy Williams said. We are committed to ensur ing that our communitys youth, especially those who need us most, grad uate from high school on time with a plan for the future. With modules topics such as Green Team, Wacky Watch and Con nect the Dots, partici pants can make sculp tures out of found objects, create weather in a bot tle, or even learn how they are connected to the pres ident of the U.S. Lifelong Clermont res ident Tim Murry, who spearheaded the push to bring a Boys & Girls Club to south Lake in 2007, said he is glad to see how the club has continued to grow since its opening. Its so good to know there is someplace like this for the kids of Cler mont, he said. It keeps them off the streets and gives them a strong foun dation. I am elated. CLERMONT Man charged after nearly running over cyclists A 34-year-old Mascotte man was ar rested June 7, accused of nearly run ning over several cyclists in a triathlon before trying to evade law enforce ment ofcers by jumping into a lake, arrest records show. Emmitt Kirby III was charged with reckless driving, refusing to obey po lice, resisting arrest without violence, knowingly driving with a suspended license, having a forged Florida tem porary tag with no vehicle registration and possession of marijuana. Lake County Clerk of Court and Lake County Sheriffs Ofce records show Kirby was out of jail on bond Saturday after being arrested on a fel ony battery charge on May 13. Hes back in jail without bond, jail records show. According to an arrest afdavit, a Clermont police ofcer said he saw Kirby driving a vehicle on June 7 that drove through two stop signs, the sec ond time almost hitting some triath lon bicyclists. Another ofcer, who was doing trafc control for the race, ordered Kirby to stop, but the sus pect quickly drove away, the afdavit states. Eventually, Kirbys vehicle hit a curb and the tires went at, but he then ed on foot before jumping into Lake Minneola, according to the afdavit. LAKE COUNTY Annual Click It or Ticket campaign nets 45 citations During a recently increased nation al effort to cite unbuckled drivers, the Florida Highway Patrol issued 45 seat belt ti ckets in Lake County, according to the agencys statistics on June 11. The annual Click It or Ticket cam paign ran this year from May 19 to June 1. According to the National Highway Trafc Safety Administration, which orchestrated the Click It or Ticket campaign, the use of seat belts in pas senger vehicles in the United States saved an estimated 12,174 lives in 2012. Seat belts have saved nearly 63,000 lives during the 5-year-period from 2008 to 2012. We know seat belts save lives and, while were encouraged that national seat belt use is at an all-time high, we wont stop our efforts until all motor ists make the simple yet safe choice to buckle up on every trip, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a press release. MOUNT DORA Wekiva Parkway discussion scheduled for June 24 T he Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will hold a public information meeting in Mount Dora on June 24 about Wekiva Parkway Sections 3A and Section 3B in Lake County. The public meeting at the Mount Dora Community Center, at 520 N. Baker St., is being held to review the latest preliminary design plans, FDOT spokesman Steve Olson said in a press release. The Wekiva Parkway project itself will connect State Road 429 to State Road 417, completing a 27-mile belt way around northwest metropoli tan Orlando, according to the FDOTs project website. This estimated $1.6 billion project includes $500 million of non-toll road improvements The meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Project information can be viewed at or CLERMONT Clermont Music Festival seeks sponsors for event Clermont Music Festival sponsors are being sought for the upcoming festival to be held on Oct.18. Numerous sponsorship opportuni ties are available. The festival is presented in part nership with the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation, assisting local families dealing with all aspects of cancer. For information, go to or email clermontmusicfest@hotmail. com. Area Briefs What south Lake residents are saying about ... CLASS SIZES What do you think of current class-size restrictions? I think it should be 30 or 35. I think that 18 or 20 is way too low. If you have a class of 35 and cut it down to 18, youve created two jobs and youre laying off teachers to save mon ey. Youve laid them off on one side to save mon ey and created more open ings on the other hand, or else youre overworking the teachers you have. Its a growing problem and itll continue to grow. KAY JOHNSON CLERMONT The smaller classroom, in my opinion, is better for the children, but in creases the cost and if the funds are not available to have qualied teachers in small classrooms, then stick with large class rooms. We need quali ty teachers, and pay them accordingly. DOLORES WALKER CLERMONT I dont think that there should be any more. I think there should be less. If theres too many chil dren in a classroom, I wor ry some children will get lost. We could have larg er classes if the teachers would contact the par ents about children who are unruly. I dont think teachers should have to discipline children. ELAINE HALEY MINNEOLA I think all classes should be small and all schools should be small. When they started building those huge schools, all kids learned was how to be in a gang give me the one-room school. DODIE KING VILLA CITY 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 PROGRAMS FROM PAGE A1 LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL At the registration desk, Gary Akins and his daughter Hannah are assisted by Susan Langley. many shift workers. Numerous workers were paying an average of $70 a week to get home with a taxi because the evening service was not offered. LYNX ofcials said the change occurred be cause the Link 55 route was expanded into Osce ola County, adding three miles to the route. Commissioner Sean Parks spoke in support of continu ing to fund the bus route with FTA 5307 money. That is federal mon ey that is coming to the urbanized area of south Lake, he said. We are using that money to as sist the existing route in place for seven years to help people get to work and bring people into that part of the county. Commissioner Jimmy Conner agreed. Those folks that are us ing that service are work ing, he said. When bus service is not extended, people were walking in the dark to and from work on a busy road. That is a recipe for an accident to happen. Commissioner Tim Sul livan also spoke about the bus routes importance, but at the same time, said he was worried about how long the funds would be available. The FTA provides fund ing in seven different cat egories to state, regional and local governments to provide mass transporta tion services to the pub lic. FTA 5307 funds can be used in small urban ized areas for both capi tal improvements and op erations, according to the U.S. Department of Trans portation. LYNX FROM PAGE A1 the city hired to man the pools, said there have been no problems report ed since opening. Link said everyone just seems happy to be there. Im getting great feed back from everybody about how excited they are to have a place to swim, Link said. I love interacting with the pub lic and nd it very satis fying to know that I am here to ensure peoples safety. Parks and Recreation Director Dave Teske said he is pleased with the number of people who have not only signed up for the pool program, but who have also visited the facility for general tours. Teske said that on Fri day about 400 people who toured the building, and another 500 showed up Saturday to do the same. Since then, people have continued to trickle in requesting tours. On Monday and Tues day, people from area groups and summer camps who rented the pool in the morning splashed around. Then from 1 to 7 p.m., the pool opened to the communi ty, as it will seven days a week through September. The rates are $1 per day per person for resi dents of incorporated Cl ermont (tax-paying cit izens in the city limits) and $2 for non-residents. A one-week pass is $5 versus $10, a month-long pass is $15 versus $25, a single-season pass in $40 versus $70, and a family season pass is $120 ver sus $200. Members of the com munity are also allowed to rent space inside the building, from confer ence rooms to stages for performances and the gym. According to city of cials, residents can enjoy the gym for the day for $1, as can non-residents for $2. Finally, Clermont has stepped up, said Julia Fe lix, a Clermont resident who has a 7-year-old boy she plans to bring to the pool. I usually have to take my son all the way to Dis ney water parks to en joy the water or to splash parks around Lake Coun ty and Orlando and in Winter Garden, she said. Now, Clermont has this and its so convenient, its clean and, since they have lifeguards, its safe. It just looks so family ori ented and Im excited about it. POOLS FROM PAGE A1


Wednesday, June 18, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A3 Next school year every ele mentary student attending Lake County Schools will start and end the school day at the same time. The same goes for middle and high school students as Lake County Schools is standardizing bell schedules for the 2014-2015 school year, according to a press release from the district. The new bell schedule is: High school 7:20 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Elementary school 8:25 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Middle school 9:20 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. With many schools having an independent bell schedule, it presented challenges for Trans portation to ensure each stu dent arrived at school on time, John Davis, Chief of Operations for Lake County Schools, said in the release. A uniform bell schedule was proposed as part of the High School Redesign opportunity outlined in the EngageLCS ini tiative. Through the $1.2 million, grant-funded EngageLCS proj ect, Lake County Schools is eval uating the best use of its existing nancial resources. The new bell schedule cou pled with transitioning high school schedules from a block model (four periods a day) to a seven-period day will in crease the instructional time for each high school class period by as much as 40 hours per year, the press release said. There are a lot of good things happening in our schools, but we have noted some areas of concerns, Dr. David Christian sen, chief academic ofcer for Lake County Schools, said in the release. These changes will have a positive affect with stu dent achievement, resource op timization, teacher support and meeting the needs every student to ensure they are college and career ready upon graduation. TAVARES Schools plan to synchronize bell schedule LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer A Mount Dora resi dent with close ties to CEMEX and its plans to develop a sand mine in south Lake County has led paperwork to run against Commis sioner Sean Parks, who represents that area of the county. John Stump, who ac cording to an annu al report The Colinas Group led with the state on Jan. 13 is one of several vice presi dents with the group, said in an email mes sage he was not run ning at the request of CEMEX but at the re quest of friends, fami ly and colleagues. The Colinas Group was the engineering rm that did the site plan for the 1,196-acre sand mine in the cen ter of the planning area of the Wellness Way Sector Plan. The Coli nas plan was led last year and withdrawn last month because of objections about pos sible trafc impacts, according to a letter from CEMEX attorney Roger Sims. The sector plan would transform 16,000 acres in the southeast corner of the county into a hub for high-tech health care jobs and other indus tries, which would at tract people who like to bike, walk and enjoy an active, healthy life style. Wellness Way, which was envisioned by Parks, has been called the largest piece of undeveloped proper ty left in Lake Coun ty. The tract runs east of US 27 along the Or ange County border, running south from State Road 50 to U.S. Highway 192. Several Lake Coun ty commissioners say they had concerns about the effects of a controversial sand mine on other land owners, agricultural resources and trafc on U.S. 27. Additionally, a health expert previously said there are questions about mining and its effects on public health because of the particu lates it generates. While acknowledg ing he is vice president of the rm, Stump wrote in an email mes sage that he is a Florida licensed professional geologist with a title of vice president. That is my title; it is a title only, he wrote. I must market and do my own work, similar to a sole practitioner and apart from one small municipal job lead from a colleague in Sarasota last year I have not performed any work for other Co linas Group ofces. Candidate with ties to CEMEX runs against Sean Parks SEE CANDIDATE | A6 SUBMITTED PHOTO Terric Kids at Lost Lake Elementary in Clermont Sponsored by Clermont Kiwanis are: Kindergarten: Jayden Otero, Phillip Clark, Kymmora Samuel, Aria Sallin, Calina Brooks, Alyssa Allen, Kayla Gledhill. First Grade: Claire Byram, Valeria Carlos, Jazmin Pineda, Tyler Woodruff, Marissa Weaver, Aditya Hariram, Jordyn Somma, Vivian Hunter. Second Grade: Isabella Russell, Jonathan Kindle, Alejandro Seda, Aidan Cripe, Kyle Newland, Angel Marrero, Kathleen Antmann, Juliana Morales-Martinez, Colin Raleigh. Third Grade: Marley McQuaig, Adam Marin, Kristina Vela, Jeslanie Mercado, Maxime Laurore, Paris Cuaresma, Arianna Areizaga, Antonio Perez, Enzo Dullas, Brelyn Montgomery-Cajuste. Fourth Grade: Michael Berko, Gabriella Schmelze, Skylar Flemming, Zakk Robert, Sarah McLeod, Kayla Jones, Madelyn Vargas, Natasha Adorno-Matos and Chloe Vassell. Fifth Grade: Ramon Pena, Nathan Krajewski, Karen Nduese-Udom, Hunter Holliday, Adesh Ramsamooj, Cassandra Green, Alexa Cruz and Emmanuel Joseph. LOST LAKE ELEMENTARY TERRIFIC KIDS


A4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 18, 2014 The veterans suffer The Veterans Affairs medical system is taking a beating, and veterans are disregarded. Over the years and many vis its to Gainesville and Leesburg, plus others in the North, Ive had questions come to me which are old, but the rst one new with this upset going on. How many of these people that died waiting for appoint ments or treatments were ser vice connected? How many were receiving treatment for wounds or injuries that they re ceived while on active duty of 50 percent or more like me? Im rated at 90 percent. How many were seeking treat ment for non-service related problems for which they could use Medicare or Medicaid, or were asking for a rst appoint ment and would have to pay a surcharge to their insurance, second payer company but not the VA? How many were told that ser vice-connected vets might get appointments over non-ser vice-connected in certain cate gories and thus the long wait for appointments? You dont hear this on any TV or radio commentaries, read it in newspapers or hear about guys like me who are told that, were paid a good pension, so why dont we go to outside doc tors? by these guys who ar ent service connected but feel theyre entitled. The VAs been good to me, ef fective and efcient. When they opened it to everyone in 1995 things changed. So did the motto. It used to be, For those who bore the burden. It was explained to me that it meant those who had been wounded or injured during their service to the country. My letter outlining my disability ratings show com bat and non-combat ratings. I cant fool you. For all the millions of veterans over the years theyve treated, their failures are small. Sad, but all hospital systems have fail ures and none are as large as the VA hospital/medical system. CORNELIUS A. KELLY | Leesburg Obamas deceptions All of Obama and his admin istrations distractions, decep tions, lies, personal agendas, cover ups, and incompetence are nally being noticed even by the mainstream media, and those in his own party. Its not just the incompetence, irresponsibility, and dishones ty that are so incomprehensible, but the indifference even when lives have been lost in Benghazi, and more recently through the Veterans Affairs when Obama knew and even promised he would x it before he was rst elected. This has not been the most open and transparent administration. It becomes increasingly ap parent as each scandal unfolds how grossly inept and unpre pared Obama was and still is to be president, and command er-in-chief of this country I love. If you once forfeit the con dence of your fellow citizens you can never regain their re spect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all the time, but you cant fool all of the people all of the time, Abraham Lincoln. MARION SCHOELLER | Eustis The war on wealth Lyndon Johnsons war on pov erty was a war on wealth. It was inspired by a Democrat to get votes and carried forth by Republicans because it worked. Like cancer in a healthy body, it spread from the wealthy to the middle class and is now eat ing away at the low income peo ple through higher prices on ev erything, cause by the printing of Federal Reserve jokes backed only the word of politicians. We are lling our wallets with diluted money and the citizens that follow the politicians think the economy is improving. I guess when everyone has a wheelbarrow full of $100 bills we will have reached nirvana and everybody will be called wealthy even though it will take half of a wheelbarrow of $100 bills to buy a loaf of bread. We lost touch with reali ty when we let politicians be come leaders instead of public servants. VERNON HALL | Umatilla S teve Coburns sour grapes remarks follow ing the Belmont Stakes might have been impolitic, even unsportsmanlike, but the part-owner of California Chrome certainly ramped up the debate over whether changes are needed to the Triple Crown format. California Chrome, of course, lost the Belmont last weekend after winning the rst two legs of the Triple Crown the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. He is the 12th horse to go twofor-three in the Triple Crown since the last horse completed the trifecta, Ocala-born and trained Afrmed in 1978. Coburn, who has since apologized for his postrace comments, complained about horses run ning in the Belmont after skipping one or both of the rst two legs of the Triple Crown. Its not fair to these horses that have been in the game since Day One, Coburn ranted. Its all or nothing because this is not fair to these hors es that have been running their guts out for these people and for the people who believe in them. This is a cowards way out in my opinion. This is a cowards way out. All or nothing. While eight of the 10 horses in the Belmont had not run as recently as Califor nia Chrome, that is nothing new for the Triple Crown. In Afrmeds Triple Crown run, only he and his rival Alydar ran all three races. In Seat tle Slews 1977 crown-winning season, only three horse ran all three legs. The same for Secretariat just three horses ran all three legs of the 1973 Triple Crown. The fact is horses typically are not bred or trained to win the Triple Crown anymore. They are bred for speed, and that means the Kentucky Derby. They also do not run as many races, as a rule, as they did in the 1970s when horse racing had its last three Triple Crown winners. Instead, the goal today is to win the Kentucky Derby anything beyond that is icing on the cake. And while the elds for Afrmeds, Seattle Slews and Secretariats Belmonts were much smaller than California Chromes, the races have become much bigger individually for breeders and trainers. Rather than requiring horses to run in all three events, which is unlikely to happen given injuries and specialization among horses, the real debate now should center on whether to change the scheduling of the Triple Crown races. One pro posal being oated is instead of the traditional and grueling ve-week stretch, the races would be held the rst weekend in each May, June and July to give the horses more rest. Because, again, horses today are just not bred or trained for the endurance the ve-week schedule demands. Does horse racing need to look at its premier event and consider changes? No question giv en its declining attendance and public inter est. Should those changes include requiring any horse that runs the Preakness and/or Belmont to also run the Derby? Absolutely not. In the meantime, Ocalas Afrmed is still the last thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown. From YOUR EDITORIAL BOARD STEVE SKAGGS ....................................... PUBLISHER TOM MCNIFF .................................. EXECUTIVE EDITOR SCOTT CALLAHAN ................................. NEWS EDITOR WHITNEY WILLARD ........................... COPY DESK CHIEF GENE PACKWOOD ...................... EDITORIAL CARTOONIST O PINION WHATS YOUR OPINION? The SOUTH LAKE PRESS invites you to write letters to the editor expressing your original thoughts on topics of public interest. Letters should be no longer than 350 words. They must be original, signed with the full name of the writer, and include the writers address and telephone number for verication. We reserve the right to edit for length to make room for more letters. Letters also will be edited for grammar, clarity, taste and libel. We accept no more than two letters per month from the same writer. No open letters, form letters or copies of letters to third parties will be published. We do not publish unsigned letters. Submissions are not returned. We retain the right to archive and republish any material submitted for publication. You can submit your letters by: Email (preferred) to: By regular mail to: Letters to the Editor, 732 W. Montrose St., Clermont, FL 34711 By fax to: 352-394-8001 EDITORIALS Editorials are the consensus opinion of the editorial board, not any individual. They are written by the editorial staff but are not signed. GUEST COLUMNS If you would like to submit a guest column on a local, state or national issue, email your submission to southlakepress@dailycom, or mail it to Letters to Editor, 732 W. Montrose St., Cl ermont, 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. A 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 Triple Crown controversy The forest is not a trash can The Ocala National Forest is one of this countrys nation al treasurers and I am frank ly tired of the uneducated, lazy people in our society who feel they can abuse this free forest. Let me rst start off by saying that the forest is not a dump ing place for your unwant ed animals, livestock, pets or household garbage. The Lake and Marion County Animal Control, Lake and Marion Humane Society, as well as the Forestry, FWC and law en forcement cannot come and pick up unwanted pets. These animals suffer more by being dumped, without food and water, besides the predators that will attack these defense less pets. The result is a terri ble death. Whatever your reasoning is, stop dumping them in the for est. Call one of the agencies mentioned above and they will educate you on what to do. How would you like it if you were caught doing this, and your punishment would be to dump you the same way? I cannot save every ani mal and am very tired of see ing dead pets in the forest. For those that are doing it or any one out there having knowl edge of those individuals, please stop them. There is no reason for this major problem to be occurring and getting way out of hand. As far as the dumping of personal or com mercial garbage, shame on you. There are programs out there for free that you can take your unwanted items. SUE LEWIS | Altoona LETTER of the WEEK DOUG ENGLE / HALIFAX MEDIA GROUP


Wednesday, June 18, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A5 352-394-8228Ron Becker, Director $675 DISCOUNT VITAMINS4375 S. Highway 27 Clermont, FL 34711 352-394-8487 DISCOUNT VITAMINS (IN THE KINGS RIDGE PLAZA) Everything Discounted 20-50%WE CARRY MANY MAJOR BRANDS: $5.00 OFFPURCHASE OF $25 OR MORECoupon good through 8/1/14 40% OFF LIFE EXTENSION EVERYDAY ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer In a given year, Clermont averages about 40 new busi nesses, so ofcials are sur prised to count off 50 com mercial enterprises that have either set up shop or have an nounced plans to do so in the rst ve months of 2014. In that short time, weve ended up going over whats been typical in the last four to ve years, said Jim Hitt, the citys economic develop ment director. Among the higher prole businesses to have opened so far this year are WAWA, Rooms to Go, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, Advanced Auto Parts, Batteries Plus Bulbs and Wafe House. The open ing of Dicks Sporting Goods is just a few weeks away. Hitt said its not just large franchises that are coming to Clermont, but mom-andpop stores that are taking over and rejuvenating empty buildings. Included among the new businesses are Nolands Roof ing, Garners Emporium, The Urban Spot taco lounge, Chris tian Brothers Automotive, All About the Nail Boutique, AGY Pavers, Real Team Realty, De vice Doctorz and Marias Mex ican Store and Thrift. Many doctors and law of ces and nancial institu tions also are on the list, plus Zab Thai Restaurant and Su shi, which took over the for mer Perkins/NY Pizza Build ing on State Road 50 and Citrus Tower Blvd. Phase two (192 apartment units) of The Vista at Lost Lake made the list, having started the additions in Feb ruary. They are building brand new buildings to run their businesses out of and also lling up the open store fronts that we had, Hitt said. Even the downtown district is seeing an increase in new businesses with at least six new stores that are opening or that have opened, a trend Hitt said is excellent because the more people they can at tract downtown for shop ping, eating and recreating, the better. According to information provided by Hitt, some of the businesses coming to the downtown area are The Barn Yarn, Ericas Tea Room, Victo rias (gifts), Granny Nannies and Tattletales (security). Newly opened are The Lab Hair Studio and Clermont Waterfront Bikes and Boards. These mom-and-pop businesses are the backbone to any city, Hitt said. Were seeing a lot of those and a lot of bigger businesses its a good mix. And from an economic standpoint, Hitt said these new businesses are doing just what they should for the community, keeping people local and busy. They are providing jobs, location services and plac es for people to go, he said. Whether its in larger or smaller plazas, these compa nies are lling the gaps. Clermont has been able to grown very well over the years, even through the downturn in the economy, and now with the little up turn weve been seeing, its booming now. The whole idea is to capture the jobs here and were doing it. CLERMONT Clermont attracting businesses at record rate ROXANNE BROWN / DAILY COMMERCIAL A new Wafe house is open at 2480 E. Highway 50 in Clermont. Staff Report The Florida Supreme Court is throwing out the murder convic tion of an Indiana man sentenced to death 25 years after a Sumter County slaying. The court ruled June 12 that there wasnt enough evidence to reasonably con vict Carl Daus ch, 56, for the July 1987 mur der of Adrian Mobley. On July 15, 1987, Mobley was found on County Road 475, just north of Bush nell hog-tied with a blue bed sheet and white T-shirt, raped and beaten to death. An autopsy revealed the 27-year-old elec tronics manager at the Wal-Mart in Bushnell had been kicked and stomped so hard that a fracture to the nasal bone caused massive swelling in the brain, which was the approx imate cause of death. Mobleys 1981 red Honda Accord was also missing. It later turned up in Whitehouse, Tenn., just north of Nashville. Douglas Lee, a re serve law enforce ment ofcer, said the man he saw aban don the car and run away was a white male about 5-foot, 9-inch es tall, weighing 165180 pounds, with dirty blond hair and facial hair. Dausch is 6 feet tall and at that time weighed 225 pounds, court documents show. The case was revived in 2002 when the Flor ida Department of Law Enforcement received a grant to analyze DNA from cold cases. DNA from a cigarette butt found in Mob leys car point ed to Dausch, an Indiana pris on inmate at the time, serving 60 years on an unrelated rape and battery con viction. He was tried in 2011 and Sumter County Judge William Hallman approved a jurys 8-4 death sentence vote in 2012. But the court ruled that the evidence in the case wasnt strong enough for a murder conviction and that there was some credi bility to Dauschs claim that he was a hitchhik er that the real killer picked up after steal ing Mobleys car. According to court documents, although Dauschs ngerprints were found on the out side of the car and on a wrapper found inside the passenger side of the vehicle, none of his prints were found on the drivers side. Court voids Dauschs murder conviction DAUSCH ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer A handful of organi zations took part in a di saster drill last week in Clermont, honing their response skills with a mock medical helicop ter crash at South Lake Hospital. Preparedness is, of ten times, the key to success, so its import ant to have drills like this, Lt. John Her rell of the Lake Coun ty Sheriffs Ofce said of Wednesdays drill. And no, you cant al ways prepare for every scenario, especially in cases like the Ground hog Day tornadoes (in 2007) and the Blue Rhi no explosion (in 2013), but if were able to get together in simulation exercises to practice im portant elements that can help us better com municate and work to gether, its a great op portunity. The scenario was played out by South Lake Hospital staff, members of the Cler mont Police and Fire departments, the sher iffs ofce, Lake Coun ty Emergency Manage ment, Lake Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Air Methods, the air care company that op erates South Lake Hos pitals helicopter ser vice. The drill kicked off at 9:01 a.m. with a call that a medical helicop ter had crashed on the north end of the hospi tal campus, across from the Emergency Room entrance. One person played dead, two had to be transported by air and one by ground to Or lando Regional Med ical Center in Orlan do because they had mock critical injuries, and one was wheeled into South Lake Hospi tal with mock minor in juries. According to hospi tal spokeswoman Kim Couch, the facility con ducts several drills in volving staff each year to comply with accredi tation standards. Emer gency agencies from throughout the coun ty are invited to partic ipate in a large drill at CLERMONT Emergency officials participate in annual mock disaster drill LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Triage personnel from Lake County EMS work on a critically injured victim, while a member of the hospital ight crew looks on and two Clermont reghter/paramedics head back to their truck. SEE DRILL | A8


A6 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Place your ad here and reach the Local Market!VERY AFFORDABLE!Call today 352-394-2183 Commission Chair man Jimmy Conner said Stumps candidacy is based on sand mine special interests. This guy does not even live in the district, he said. Stump lives in Mount Dora, according to Lake County Super visor of Elections doc uments. It is very ob vious he is CEMEXs candidate. It is a retal iatory move by CEMEX against Commissioner Parks. The thing that con cerns me the most is we are supposed to rep resent the people and not special interests, he said. It is very obvi ous to me that CEMEX is going to use political action committees and spend a bunch of mon ey smearing Commis sioner Parks. In response, Stump wrote he has never con sulted on a mining ap plication in his life. I have never worked with said company, nor have I done any min ing-related consult ing work in the past 25 years, he wrote. I am surprised and disap pointed that my op ponent has wasted no time in stirring up some unfounded rumor to smear me, when he has not met me, or to my knowledge, inquired about me to others be fore. Parks said he has not stirred up anything and has just focused on his campaign. Conner said Stumps company did the work for CEMEX. It is not rocket sci ence to see how CE MEX is behind this can didacy, he said. It will become crystal clear throughout the cam paign where his money is coming from. Parks said he loves serving the people and will continue to focus on the issues important to Lake County includ ing economic prosper ity, water resource pro tection and quality of life. I think people know how hard I work and know how involved I am with the commu nity and will see this through the campaign, he said. While stating that he would move to south Lake if elected, Stump said it is countywide election. Ill work very hard to represent the values of south Lake County and the concerns of Lake County as a whole, he said. CANDIDATE FROM PAGE A3 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Several candidates led last week to run for Clermont City Council. The seats up for re-election in Clermont are Seat 1, held by Rick VanWagner; Seat 5, currently held by Tim Bates; and Seat 3, held by Mayor Hal Turville. According to city ofcials, Bates and VanWagner were the only candidates to prele. Bates is seeking re-elec tion to Seat 5 but VanWagner is vying for the mayoral Seat 3, opposing Turville, who has been mayor for eight twoyear terms. This race will also mark the rst time Turville has faced any opposition since 2004. Turville did not return re peated calls about wheth er he intends to seek re-elec tion. No one has publicly announced their intention to run for Seat 1 held by Van Wagner. In Clermont, if there are more than two candidates who qualify for any open seat, a primary election will be held. If that were the case this year, a primary election would be held on Aug. 26. If there is a clear winner af ter the primary election, that person would take the seat. If there is no clear winner, however, the top two candi dates would move on to the general election in No vember. I am excited about this election, VanWag ner said during a fund raising reception for his campaign held at Grafti Junktion in Cl ermont earlier this week. I feel Clermont needs some one to take it to the next lev el and I want to be that guy. I feel like Clermont has so much potential, especially when it comes to our econo my, and if we put both hands on the wheel, we can make this city economy robust. In the neighboring town of Groveland, the qualifying pe riod for the upcoming elec tion also runs from noon to day until noon Friday. Grovelands seats up for re-election are District 1, the mayoral seat currently held by Tim Loucks; District 3, currently held by Dena Swe att; and District 5, held by longtime councilman John Grifin. According to Grovelands city clerk, Loucks has preled and will be seeking elec tion to the mayoral post. Al though he was chosen in Nov. 2013 to take over former mayor Jim Gearharts seat af ter his resignation, this will be Loucks rst time seeking election to that post. He wont be alone during campaign season, howev er, since former Mayor Mike Radzik has already turned in any paper work for the District 1 seat as well. Sweatt also has preled for a seat, which she currently holds since she was chosen by council to ll Loucks seat when it was vacated. No one has pre-led for District 5, but anyone wish ing to run can do so by vis iting City Hall and submit ting their paperwork before noon on Friday, when quali fying ofcially closes. It is not known whether Grifn will seek re-election. In Mascotte, Seat 2, held by Louise Thompson, and Seat 4, held by Brenda Brash er, are up for re-election, but qualifying is not until either the second or third week in August, according to the city clerk. Minneolas qualifying is from noon on Aug. 11 to noon on Aug. 15. At stake is Seat 2, held by Lisa Jones, and Seat 4, held by Kelly Price. Montverdes election, an an nual caucus where residents can nominate people for open at-large seats on any given year, will be held at 6:45 p.m., on Aug. 12 at Town Hall. According to the towns clerk, there are two at-large council seats currently held by Joe Wynkoop and Jim Peacock that are up for re-election. CLERMONT Mayor Hal Turville picks up first challenger in 10 years TURVILLE SUBMITTED PHOTO The newly elected ofcers for the Summit Greens Womens Club for 2014-15 are, from left, Judy Leiser, recording secretary; Lonnie Perrelle, treasurer; Connie Albright-Manteris, vice president; and Linda Thomen president. Not pictured, Margaret Sterricker, corresponding secretary. NEW OFFICERS AT SUMMIT GREENS WOMENS CLUB SUBMITTED PHOTO Terric Kids at Cypress Ridge Elementary in Clermont are: Cadence Gertsman, Braden Simmons, Ronald Wyatt Bandy, Evan Naile, Faith Ramsey, Brayden Couture, Nicholas Aquilino, Timothy Moses, Madisyn Paul, Elijah Antonetty, Megan Murray, Calvin Picard, Gannon Johnson, Samuel Aubuchon, Natia Augustin, Carmell Brown, Carlos Martinez, Robert Falcone, Camden Fisher, Sariah Espada, Darrell Cole Story, Jordan Ramawad, Emma Cartwright, Kayleigh Shank, Rebekah PerryLind, Emilio Del Dago, Cecilia Peroni, Gabriella Lyons. TERRIFIC KIDS AT CYPRESS RIDGE ELEMENTARY


Wednesday, June 18, 2014 SOUTH LAKE PRESS A7 CLERMONT BLESSEDSACRAMENTCATHOLICCHURCH English: 4 pm and Spanish: 7 pm 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon (Contemporary Mass) 5 pm (Contemporary Mass) 3:00 pm 3:45 pm (Eng.) 6:15 pm 6:45 pm (Sp.) Corner of Hwy 50 & 12th St. (Rt 561) CROSSROADSAMILYELLOWSHIPChristian Non-Denominational Where our priority is God, Families & Community 15701 S.R. 50, #106 Clermont, FL 34711 At Greater Hills and Hwy 50 Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m. Children classes both services Men and womens monthly meetings Open prayer Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. Sr. Pastors Jim and Linda Watson Assoc. Pastors Lee and Vanessa Dobson Phone: (352)242-1144 God is good...all the time! IRSTUNITEDMETHODISTCHURCHMaking 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 GRACECOMMUNITYCHURCHCLERMONTL Many Other Activities each week Jon Bekemeyer, Senior Pastor 407-877-4048 LIBERTYBAPTISTCHURCH Bible Fellowship Groups 9:30 am Worship Service 10:40 am Family Prayer Service 6:00 pm Bible Study 7:00 pm Groups for adults, teens, and children Chris Johnson, Senior Pastor For directions and more information, visit: 11043 True Life Way Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.0708 NEWACOBSCHAPELMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCH Pastor: Rev. Rex Anderson Assistant Pastor: Rev. Darryl Church Youth Pastor: Rev. Tone Lundy Church Clerk: Mrs. Lucressie D. Mcgriff Church Motto: Equipping Changed People for A Changing World! Schedule of Worship Services Sunday Morning Service 11:00 a.m. Youth/Adult Bible Study Thursdays 6:45 p.m. e-mail addresses: (Pastor Anderson) (Church Clerk) Contact: Lucressie Mcgriff 352-348-7955 REALLCHRISTIANCHURCHHelping Real People Find Real Faith Saturday 6:00pm Sunday 9:30am, 11:15am & 6:00pm Vida Real (en espaol), Domingos a las 6:00pm Family Night is every Wednesday! Lil Life Groups (Nursery 5th grade) 6:30-7:30pm The Way (Middle School) 6:30-7:30pm Catalyst (High School) 7:30-8:30pm Real Parenting 6:30-7:30pm SOUTHLAKEPRESBYTERIANCHURCH 131 Chestnut St., Clermont 352-394-2753 East Ave 1 block south of SR 50 Worship Times: Sunday 9 AM (Contemporary); 11 AM (Traditional) Church school for all ages 10:00 AM Childcare provided Youth Group Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM ST. MATTHIASEPISCOPALCHURCH574 West Montrose Street Clermont, FL 34711 352.394.3855 8:00 am (Rite I) 10:00 am (Rite II) 5:00 pm (Praise & Worship) Mens Prayer Breakfast WOOTSONTEMPLECHURCH GODINCHRISTElder T.L. Wootson 836 Scott St. Clermont, FL 34711 394-1396 or 394-3004 Sunday 11:00 am & 7:30 pm Thursday 7:30 pm FERNDALE ERNDALEBAPTISTCHURCHat CR455 & CR561A 407-469-3888 Pastor: Gordon (Bird) Sanders Sunday School: 9:15 am Sunday Morning Worship: 10:30 am Evening Worship & Discipleship Study: 6:00 pm TeamKid: Sunday 6:30 pm Wednesday: 7:00 pm Prayer Service, Youth Activities, Mission Kids for Children Groveland IRSTBAPTISTCHURCH GROVELAND Sunday School 9:45 am Sunday Services 10:50 am & 6:00 pm Wednesday Service 6:30 pm MT. OLIVEMISSIONARYBAPTISTCHURCHSunday Worship Service 11:00 AM Sunday School 9:30 AM Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Youth Bible Study Wednesday 7:00 PM Come As You Are. All Are Welcome! MINNEOLA CONGREGATIONSMINNEOLAA Progressive Jewish Congregation Shabbat services are conducted every Friday at 7:30 pm Services are held at the synagogue located at: 303A North US Highway 27, Minneola Religious School, Mens Club & Womens Club NEWLPRESBYTERIANCHURCH18237 E. Apshawa Rd. Minneola, FL 34715 Music Ministries 407-920-0378 Sunday School 9:30 am Worship 10:45 am TLIVINGGOD Sunday School 9:30 am Sunday Worship & Childrens Church 11:00 am Sunday Evening Worship 6:00 pm Wed Worship & Youth Service 7:00 pm Rev. Loyce Rowland MONTVERDE WOODLANDSLUTHERAN15333 CR 455, Montverde, FL 34756 407-469-2525 Pastor Rev. Dr. Brian Kneser Sunday Service 8:30 am & 11 am Sunday School 9:45 am OAKLAND PRESBYTERIANCHURCH218 E. Oakland Ave. (1/2 mile N. Hwy 50 at Tubb St./ West Orange Lumber) 8:45 am Contemporary Worship 9:45 am Sunday School For All Ages 11:00 am Traditional Worship Nursery Provided All Services 407-656-4452 Dr. Robert P. Hines, Jr. Gathering PlacesSpiritual WorshipforSouth Lake South LakeGathering PlacesSpiritual Worshipfor BECKERFUNERALHOMErfn tbt352-394-7121806 W. Minneola Ave.,Clermont,FL Cremation ChoicesDirect Cremation$675Plus Container Ron Becker,Director352-394-8228921 S.US Hwy 27,Minneola,FL IN MEMORY DEATH NOTICES Claude Lockhart Austin Jr. Claude Lockhart Austin, Jr., 92, of Hen dersonville, NC, died Wednesday, June 12, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg. Juanita F. Billings Juanita F. Billings, 75, of Lady Lake, died Sun day, June 8, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home and Cre matory, Leesburg. Jason Lamar Bryant Jason Lamar Bryant, 41, of Apopka, died Sat urday, June 7, 2014. Page-Theus Funerals & Cremations. Leesburg. Muriel Dockendorf Muriel Dockendorf, 90 of Leesburg, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Pensacola Memori al Gardens and Funeral Home. Millie Dunk Millie Dunk, 93, of Leesburg, died Sunday, June 8, 2014. Beyers Fu neral Home and Crema tory, Leesburg. Paul David Ertley Paul David Ertley, 83, of Leesburg, died Thursday, June 12, 2014. Page-Theus Funeral Home, Leesburg. Linda J. Henning Linda J. Henning, 54, of Lady Lake, died Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Page-Theus Fu neral Home, Leesburg. Patricia Jean Jackson Patricia Jean Jackson, 53, of Gilbert, AZ, died Sunday, June 1, 2014. Marvin C. Zanders Fu neral Home, Inc., Apop ka. James Joseph Kenny Jr. James Joseph Kenny Jr., 69, of Bushnell, died Monday, June 9, 2014. Banks/Page-Theus Fu nerals and Cremations, Wildwood. Phyllis M. Lewis Phyllis M. Lewis, 84, of Avon Park, died Sunday, June 8, 2014. Banks/Page-Theus Fu nerals and Cremations, Wildwood, FL Mattie Carolyn Martin Mattie Carolyn Mar tin, 75, of Orlando, died Thursday, June 5, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funer al Home, Altamonte Springs. Mary A. Miller Mary A. Miller, 99 of Leesburg, died Sun day, June 8, 2014. PageTheus Funeral Home and Cremation Ser vices, Leesburg. Jean L. Moore Jean L. Moore, 78, of Eustis, died Thursday, June 12, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatil la. Patricia Anne Pendarvis Patricia Anne Pendar vis, 61, of Umatilla, died Sunday, June 8, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla. Willie Mae Simon Willie Mae Simon, 58, of Leesburg, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Rocker-Cusack Mortuary, Leesburg. Kenneth Suttereld Kenneth Suttereld, 55, of Paisley, died Sun day, June 8, 2014. Beyers Funeral Home, Umatil la. Richard Taylor Richard Taylor, 76, of Mount Dora died Sun day, June 8, 2014. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home, Eustis. Michael John Whitlow Michael John Whit low, 41, of Leesburg, died Sunday, June 8, 2014. Banks/PageTheus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood. Claudette L. Whitaker Claudette L. Whitaker, 69, of Mount Dora, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Marvin C. Zanders Fu neral Home, Inc., Apop ka. Staff report The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled some red light cameras in Florida are illegal but not any of them in Lake County. The court ruled that red light camera ordinances in Aventura and Orlando vio lated a state law that requires uniform trafc enforcement. The decision only applies to cities that installed red light cameras before a 2010 law al lowing them was enacted. Groveland and Clermont are the only two cities in Lake County with red light camer as. Grovelands two cameras on Orange Street (State Road 50) and North Lake Avenue went up in 2010, while Cler monts six cameras at four in tersections on S.R. 50 went live in January. A municipality is given broad authority to enact ordi nances under its own homerule powers. However, Justice Charles T. Canady stated in his ruling that municipal or dinances must yield to state statutes. State law didnt provide municipalities the neces sary authority or direction to enact red-light camera or dinances until the passage of the Mark Wendell Trafc Safety Act, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Charlie Crist in mid-2010. Clermonts red light camer as raised the ire of motorists earlier this year until a clear majority of the initial cita tions were rescinded upon review. The city has since raised more public aware ness about what violations will be cited and has put up more signs warning that the cameras are in use. Grovelands cameras ha vent made the city much money but have slowed down trafc, ofcials previ ously said. Halifax Media Group contribut ed material to this report. Supreme court rules against some red light cameras


A8 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Mon. Fri. 9am to 4pm, Sat. by appointmentLAKE COUNTYS MOST TRUSTED NAME IN HEARING AIDS Alan Boone, HAS, BC-HIS President & Wife Linda221 N. US Hwy 27, Suite H(Across from the Citrus Tower)CLERMONT243-HEAR ( 4327 )2755 S. Bay St. Suite F (Across from Tractor Supply Company)EUSTIS483-HEAR ( 4327 ) least once a year, how ever, to allow the oppor tunity for collaboration and cross-agency pre paredness. It helps us become a stronger team, said Clermont Fire Depart ment spokeswoman Pa mela McDuffee. According to Couch, each agency had an observer and evalu ator watching close ly as their emergen cy personnel arrived to work the scene and treat mock victims. They were checking whether proper communication guidelines were being followed and how well people worked together. There was also an in cident command center established and mock media representatives on hand. After the drill, participants from every agency got together for a critique. Couch said one thing noted was the need for better communication between agencies, mak ing sure responders use as much plain language as possible during an emergency. Paramedics may code their patients in jury statuses with col ors like red, green and black, while here at the hospital, we tend to use words like minor, stable or critical to describe injuries, Couch said. DRILL FROM PAGE A5 LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Drill participants gather around an Orlando Regional Medical Center helicopter. ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Clermont council members last week approved an agree ment which would al low the city to annex unincorporated coun ty land the city already serves with water and sewer. The move may allow Clermont to better co ordinate the develop ment of properties to the eastern and south ern limits of the city, which includes the proposed Sector Plan area. According to Cler mont Economic De velopment Director Jim Hitt, the city would gain access to about 27 or 28 parcels that are not annexed but still receive city ser vices. Those proper ties are located along State Road 50 and in clude businesses such as the Toyota, Hon da and Nissan dealer ships and others inside Plaza Collina. Hitt said the agree ment allows Clermont to review and approve projects in accordance with the citys own Land Development Code. Perhaps the biggest benet, he said, is that the properties that fall within the extend ed boundaries would be included in the shared-response area for re and rescue ser vices. Thats big, Hitt said. He explained that when people within those new boundaries call for re or emergency ser vices, dispatch would be able to send help from county or city res cue units, depending on who is closer. Councilman Ray Goodgame said ap proving the annexa tions within the next few months means the city could receive tax money in 2016. This means Cl ermonts individual property owners will not carry the entire tax load for running the city, Goodgame said in an email. Hitt said now that the Clermont Coun cil has approved the ISBA, the next step is getting the agreement approved by the Lake County Commission, which is scheduled to consider the issue on July 8. Its a common sense thing, based on development, he said of the agree ment. It would mean a higher efciency rate for those properties based on location. We basically surround the areas already and pro vide water and sewer to them. CLERMONT City looking to extend boundaries This means Clermonts individual property owners will not carry the entire tax load for running the city. Councilman Ray Goodgame LIVI STANFORD | Staff Writer Lake County commis sioners agreed June 10 to present a cost anal ysis to the city of Lees burg, showing how at least $500,000 could be saved if the county takes over the citys re de partment. City Manager Al Min ner previously said if the department does not merge with Lake, the city will have to re duce departmental ex penses and increase taxes. He said the citys re and emergency services budget has a shortfall of $3 million. The re departments budget for scal year 2014 is currently at $6 million, according to city ofcials. The scal year 2015 budget shows that cost decreasing by $500,000. Currently, the city of Leesburg has 58 re ghters, six re appa ratus vehicles, four re stations and works in three-person crews. The city asked the county in March to con sider a merger and two options were outlined to county commission ers last week. Option one would cost $5 million, and include keeping 51 personnel, having all four stations remain open with ve staff trucks and would provide Advanced Life Support. The number of reghters would not be reduced in the rst op tion, but management could be reduced, coun ty ofcials conrmed. The second option would reduce the num ber of personnel to 36. Two stations would have rural stafng and two other stations would have urban stafng, in cluding three battalion chiefs. All stations, staff ing and ALS would re main the same as the previous option, cost ing the city a total of $3.9 million. It is a cost savings for the city, Lake Coun ty Fire Chief John Jol liff said of the propos als, noting the second option would result in a reduction in reghters and management. Minner said Wednes day he has not had the opportunity to crunch the numbers from the county. We dont have a cho sen pre-destiny on what we are going to do with the re department, he said. We are looking for a way to get quali ty service to Leesburg citizens, and gure out how to provide that quality service and save taxpayers money. On one hand, Minner said the city was reach ing out to the county, but, on the other hand, he said Leesburg Fire Chief David Johnson is working on a sustain ability plan for the de partment. We do think we are going to need addition al revenue, Minner said. The best way is in the form of a re assess ment fee. City commissioners voted this week to im plement a Fire Services Assessment Study to de termine whether a re assessment fee is feasi ble for the city, accord ing to city documents. Leesburg has near ly 11,000 parcels of land and almost 3,000 of those have residences valued at $50,000 or less, mean ing under homestead ex emption, the owners pay no property taxes for city services. Minner said Johnsons plan also would look at personnel in the areas of attrition. My assumption is that one or both of these plans may affect per sonnel, the city manag er said, referring to the county options and the citys plan. While county of cials say there will be a cost savings in merging, Minner said the city has not had the opportu nity to analyze wheth er there would be a cost savings. Stephen Koontz, coun ty budget director, said if the city wanted to merge with the county, it could pay for services by con tracting with the county or being included in the countys re assessment, which would include the Municipal Service Taxing Unit property tax with in the city limits. A third option would include a combination of the two. Leesburg Mayor John Christian said it was hard to compare the countys option with the citys option be cause they city doesnt currently have a re as sessment. You are comparing a re service with no as sessment, he said. Christian said he had faith in the re chiefs sustainability plan and would prefer keeping the department as part of the city. It is not about us or the county, he said. It is about what are we willing to pay for? We built a Class A re de partment and I think it boils down to, what do you want to pay for? What do our resi dents come to expect from Leesburg Fire De partment that is the deciding factor. I am ex cited about (Johnsons) plan bringing forward to the city commission. County Commission er Welton Cadwell said a discussion on wheth er Leesburg would con tribute to re impact fees needs to occur if the merger progresses. Other issues need to be ironed out as well, he said. County offers savings on saving lives THERESA CAMPBELL / DAILY COMMERCIAL Fireghter Leonides Gonzalez puts on his helmet June 11 while undergoing an inspection at Leesburg Fire Station No. 2.


B1 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 18, 2014 YOUR CONTACT FOR SPORTS SPORTS EDITOR ................. FRANK JOLLEY TELEPHONE .............................. 365-8268 FAX .......................................... 394-8001 EMAIL ......... S PORTS and LEISURE FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer Beach volleyball is about to become a reality in Lake County. The Hickory Point Beach Sand Volleyball Complex, lo cated at the Hickory Point Recreational Park in Tavares, is set to open July 5 with a day of festivities, including food, music, family entertainment and tournament play for adults and juniors. Activities in the daylong event begin at 9 a.m. and will run until all tournament play is completed at the new est sand volleyball facili ty in the state. The highlight event will be played in the National Volleyball League and ROX Beach Series Tour in the Adults AA, A, BB and B divisions and Juniors in the 12u-18u divisions. Recreational players will compete in six-player teams, according to ofcials in the Florida Region of USA Volley ball ofce in Eustis. Admission to the volleyball complex is free for all of the activities scheduled for July 5, said Ashley Shewey, mar keting coordinator for the Florida Region of USA Vol leyball. Shewey also said that spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets since no seating has been installed at the Hickory Point facility. Everyone, from volleyball fans to members of the com munity, are invited to attend the grand opening. Ofcials say there will be plenty of family related activities and entertainment. In addition, free parking is available at Hickory Point, along with permanent re strooms, a childrens play ground, outdoor showers near the courts, nature trails, a swimming area, and barbe cue grills with picnic tables. Hickory Point is only ve miles from the Tavares wa terfront restaurant district. The new sand volleyball complex has professional grade net systems, two feet of washed white sand on each court an intercom sys tem and stadium lightning. The complex is at 27341 State Road 19 in Tavares. Those interested in com peteing in the tournament can sign up at www.ori TAVARES Volleyball facility at Hickory Point to open July 5 FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer Kirsti Merritt left South Sum ter High School for the Uni versity of Florida as one of the schools most decorated soft ball players. Shes coming back to Sumter County as a na tional champion. Merritt blasted a three-run homer and made a diving catch in the sev enth inning to lead the Gators to a 6-3 win on June 3 against Al abama in the Wom ens College World Se ries in Oklahoma City. She joined Earl Everett as the only former Raiders to win NCAA national championships at the Division-I level. Everett won a national title in 2007 as a starting linebacker for Florida. For Merritt, who led the Ga tors with a .500 batting average in the WCWS and tied for the team lead with two home runs, the reality of the Gators accomplishment has yet to set in. She has spent much of her time since Florida returned with the champion ship trophy helping out with a softball camp. Not surprisingly, Merritt was one of ve Gators named to the WCWS All-Tournament team. I dont think there are any words for the feeling (of win ning the national champion ship), Merritt said. It de nitely hasnt sunk in yet. Its a HALIFAX MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTOS Floridas Kirsti Merritt (24) at bat during the second game of the Gainesville Regionals in the 2014 NCAA Softball Championships at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville on May 17. BELOW: Merritt looks to throw to rst after elding a ground ball during a game against Ole Miss on March 9. South Sumters Merritt leads Gators to softball glory National chomp-ions CAREER STATISTICS SOPHOMORE BATTING AVERAGE: .299 HOME RUNS: 13 RUNS BATTED IN: 52 FRESHMAN BATTING AVERAGE: .280 HOME RUNS: 6 RUNS BATTED IN: 29 PAUL BARNEY I Staff Writer When Joshua Corder was named the new vol leyball coach at Mount Dora Bible, his grand mother read the arti cle the school put out about 1,000 times. To say grand ma is excited for her grandson would be an un derstatement. Shes ecstatic, much like Cord er, who got the job about three weeks ago after Mike Apon te stepped down to fo cus on his growing busi ness. I love the school, love the kids there, said Corder, who has served as the schools JV vol leyball and varsity as sistant coach since ar riving in the fall of 2012. Im really excited to see what I can do here. So is the rest of the community, which has given Corder nothing but support. Its outstanding, Corder said of the feed back hes received. People all around the community have been texting and calling me, telling me theyre so ex cited for me and wish ing me good luck. In fact, it was Apon te who recom mended Corder for the job. Originally from Huntsville, Ala., Corder has de grees in Bible and Theology from Harding Uni versity. He has coached for multiple club volleyball teams, including Rocket City Volleyball Club, Juice, and ST7. While with ST7, Cord er coached its 14U White team and 16U Navy team to successful seasons that featured rst-place nishes in the PVA Tournament, a Gold Bracket nish at the Southern Sizzler, a rst-place nish in the Bronze Bracket at the PVA Pre-Nationals Tournament and a rstplace nish in the Gold Corder to lead Mount Dora Bible volleyball program CORDER PAUL BARNEY I Staff Writer When it came to bas ketball, training young kids wasnt on Pat Burkes mind. In fact, when he re tired from playing ve years ago after stints in Europe and with the Or lando Magic and Phoe nix Suns of the NBA, Burke dabbled in radio and television for Au burn University and the Magic, respectively. A friend of mine asked me if I ever trained kids, Burke said. He had his two sons, so anyways, those two boys and I actually started working out in my backyard. In a short period of time it went from two kids to about 20 kids. The rest is history. Burke talked to his wife about starting his own business, and thats when HOOPS Pat Burke Training Facili ty in Mount Dora was born. Serving Orlando and Central Florida, HPBT was founded in 2010 with the goal of chang ing basketball in the area and changing the way serious athletes train. What makes it differ ent from other training facilities is its HOOPS Life program, a 12-week Burke getting joy out of coaching kids basketball SEE MERRITT | B2 SEE MDB | B2 SEE HOOPS | B2


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Solution on page B7 surreal feeling, a dream come true. Im sure it will sink in a little more when I get home and spend time with my family and friends. The national champi onship was the perfect ending to Merritts sec ond season at Florida. She backed up a solid freshman campaign in which she hit .280 with six homers and 29 RBIs with a breakout soph omore season .299 batting average with 13 homers and 52 RBIs. She hit a walk-off home run to lift the Ga tors past Washington and into the WCWS. In Oklahoma City, Merritt had the rst hit, scored the rst run and hit the rst home run of the tournament. Ive always worked hard to get better each year I play, Merritt said. I dont ever want to be satised or feel like I cant get any better. Even though she comes from a relatively small school that is not considered a softball hotbed, Merritt doesnt believe the fact she and Everett are nation al champions and from the same high school is a coincidence. In fact, she considers it a statement about the type of student-athletes produced by the school. When we leave South Sumter were focused on our goals and driv en to succeed, Mer ritt said. South Sumter produces a lot of stu dent-athletes. The foot ball team gets a lot of at tention, but a lot of our other sports teams are good, too. South Sumter is a great school with a lot of great coaches and student-athletes. Im proud to tell oth ers I graduated from South Sumter. Merritt has good rea son to boast of her con nection with the Raid ers. She is one of the most-decorated stu dent-athletes in school history. During her ca reer there, Merritt earned varsity letters in softball, volleyball, basketball, weightlifting and track. She batted .491 as a senior in 2012 and helped South Sumter to the Class 4A region al quarternals. She played travel ball with a variety of teams, in cluding the Gainesville Gold from 2007-10 and helped the Gold win the 2008 Amateur Softball Association of Ameri can State A Champion ship. Merritt also compet ed in the state track and eld nals. Her ac ademic prowess also earned a place in the National Honor Society in 2011 and 2012. Her coaches and teachers remember Merritt as the epito me of a student-ath lete. They talk about her willingness to help oth ers and her drive to be the best at anything she did. Kirsti is one of the best multi-sport ath letes we have had at South Sumter, said Ty Lawrence, a longtime teacher and coach at the school. She also enjoys helping younger girls get better. All any one ever has to do is ask her for help. In fact, she already said she would help my 11-year-old daughter. You cant nd anyone who can think of a bad thing to say about her. Shes such a great person. Sufce to say, South Sumter High School is extremely proud of her. Merritt said the re sponse from Sumter County in the days that have followed the Ga tors win has been over whelmingly positive. Her family in Lake Panasoffkee, she said, has been bombarded with congratulatory text messages. Merritt also said a local restaurant where she has worked stayed open late during the WCWS so residents could grab a bite to eat and watch her play. I cant wait to see ev eryone and thank them for their support. Merritt said she hopes members in her com munity consider her a role model, especially area girls who are play ing softball. Her suc cess, she feels, can be proof that you dont have to come from a big city or a softball hotbed to ascend to the games highest level. You have to be will ing to work hard, Mer ritt said. Outwork ev eryone else. It can be done and Im proof of it. If you have the tal ent and the work ethic, you achieve anything. I want to be the exam ple for all the girls in Sumter County who are playing softball. If you want it bad enough, you can do anything. MERRITT FROM PAGE B1 Bracket at the 2014 AAU Chill Blast. He also led hi s 16U team to a rstplace nished at the Kissimmee-St. Cloud Tournament. What drew him to MDB is the support the athletic depart ment gives its sports, not to mention the camaraderie between the coaches. All the different sports support each other and the administration treats them all equally, Corder said. Corder said its a blessing to take over what is already a successful volleyball program. Corder hopes this season to add pride and growth to the program. Our school has a lot of success in a lot of different sports, and Id like to see some success in volleyball that leads to pride, Corder said. Then Id just like to see growth in the girls, not that there hasnt been any in the past, but growth as far as their volleyball skills and then as people. I really enjoy the kids here and would like them to have goals outside of volleyball, so Id like to see some growth spir itually and personally for the girls. MDB FROM PAGE B1 seaso n introducing how basketball relates to life. The program is designed to develop young kids both on and off the court. The children will re ect how theyre actual ly being throughout their lives, whether its with their mom and dad and their siblings or at school, Burke said. What we do is beyond basketball. Its actually teaching kids self-awareness, which is way more than just teach ing them jump shots. Burke said he has re ceived great feedback from parents saying theyve never experienced anything like this. People all the way from Apopka, Clermont and Lake Mary come for the program, which is designed for boys and girls aged 7-13. H oops also offers sum mer camps in Clermont and Mount Dora, where Burke and his staff were Monday as young camp ers were playing real games. In the summer, the actual training facil ity houses just competi tive athletes, while Mount Dora High School is used for the camps. The camp features guest speakers such as former professional players, refer ees and coaches, strength and agility training, oncourt player development and instruction, nutri tional education, an em phasis on life skills and an All-Star game. Each player receives a basketball and a camp certicate. Some of the best parts about Burkes job are the ability to support and assist youth in the area as well as create oppo r tunities for kids to build condence, leadership, mentorship and sports manship. Theres just so many things that kids may or may not have at a young age that I get to do through basketball, Burke said. Basketball is an easy way for children to show ex actly how theyre being in life, whether theyre work ing with their families or at school. What we do is we get to work with them and introd uce life skills through the game. There are some chal lenges too, though. Life is always going to present challenges, Burke said. Each indi vidual player is, of course, different. Whether its something with commu nication, playing aggres sive, condence, or any thing, we always have a way of working with that player. Those are big chal lenges, especially for a young child to gure out. HOOPS is committed to helping children become a complete basketball player by the time they come through all the pro grams and are playing for their high school team. The next camp at Mount Dora High School is July 7-11. Camps at the Cler mont Arts and Recreation Center run June 23-27 and July 14-18. All camps are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and cost $395 per session. HOOPS FROM PAGE B1 A friend of mine asked me if I ever trained kids. He had his two sons, so anyways, those two boys and I actually started working out in my backyard. In a short period of time it went from two kids to about 20 kids. Pat Burke


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. B3 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 18 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 E-MAIL .... HOMETOWN: London, England OCCUPATION: Licensed agent with New York Life Insurance spe cializing in insurance for individ uals and businesses, retirement planning, and long-term care. FAMILY: Married to my love ly wife, Holly Grant, for 17 years. Together we have three beautiful children, Andrew, 16, Austin, 12, and Alissa, 7. What do you enjoy most about south Lake County? What I truly enjoy about south Lake County is the sense of com munity; people genuinely care about each other. Although the area seems large, it really does feel like small-town living. From the local gift shop to the local pro duce farms, everyone supports each other. As a resident and a business man, I rst-hand have experienced the warmth of this community. The area is so pic turesque too. I love the hills and lakes of South Clermont. It truly is a great place to raise a family. 1) If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sen tence, what would it be? I believe that God puts each of us here for a special purpose, and we have the choice to walk in that calling. When we do, we become a gift and a blessing to every one around us. Life is not always about what you can get out of it, but what you can give back to it. 2) Name a person or incident youve come across recently thats touched you in some way. Why did this person or incident impress you so much? I try to give back to the community along with my church family. I have helped to feed those in need by serving a hot breakfast to hungry men and women. Every time I do volunteer, I am touched by the peo ple and their sense of gratitude. It blesses me to be able to serve and give back. I live a blessed life and it is a great feeling to serve and encourage someone with a kind word and a hot meal. 3) How does what you do contrib ute to the welfare of the area? Being an insurance agent with New York Life is all about educat ing individuals and business own ers on how they can protect their families, business and their invest FROM THE FILES | 26 YEARS AGO 1988 Reliving history through pages of the South Lake Press Meet Your NEIGHBOR GARRY GRANT ATTEMPTS TO SAVE LAKE APOPKA Attorneys for the St. Johns River Water Man agement District have led suit in circuit court in an attempt to end illegal agricultur al discharges into Lake Apopka. The suits were led June 1 against A. Duda and Sons in Lake County Circuit Court and against the Zell wood Drainage District in Orange County Cir cuit Court. The suits seek per manent injunctions to stop the non-permit ted discharge of ag ricultural wastes into Lake Apopka. In 1982, the Department of En vironmental Regulation (DER) issued a tem porary operating per mit for the farmers dis charges, but this permit expired April 1, 1987. The farmers have not received additional per mits; therefore have been discharging in vi olation of state law. The suits led also ask for up to $10,000 per day in civil penal ties assessed from April 2, 1987 until the mat ter is resolved. Further, the District is asking for damages to cover the cost of correcting harm done to Lake Apopka by the non-permitted dis charges. Soon after an agree ment was reached be tween St. Johns Riv er Water Management District and A. Duda and Sons, which cur rently farms over 6,000 acres of land on Lake Apopkas north shore. St. Johns Executive Di rector Henry Dean said, Although this consent order required a degree of compromise on both sides, we are certain it will result in a substan tial reduction of agri cultural discharges in just a few years. We see a reduction of 80-90 percent of the nutrients Duda now pumps into the lake as a preferable alternative to ve years of court litigation. The consent order gave Duda two years to construct a 256-acre pond to retain water on site rather than dis charging it into Lake Apopka. Duda must then maximize the use of this stored wa ter to meet its irrigation needs. After the two-year construction period, Duda will be issued a ve-year temporary op erating permit for the system. INDUSTRIAL PARK A new industrial park is coming to the Flori da Turnpike-U.S. High way 27 area. Novel ty Crystal, located on the east side of 27, with access onto OBrien Road, is zoned industri al. Novelty Crystal will build a 60,000-squarefoot building on 30 acres of the 192 acres they have purchased SEE DUPEE | B4 SEE NEIGHBOR | B4 ROXANNE BROWN | Staff Writer Cameron Smith, 16, of Cl ermont, and Chris Nagy, 16, of Winter Park, returned from Chicago this last week after taking part in the Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic. The clinics mission is to provide accomplished high school sailors with intense, high-quality sailing instruc tion by top collegiate coach es, according to its website. This year it included coaches from Stanford, Dartmouth, Cornell and Georgetown. Before leaving, both Smith and Nagy said they were ex tremely excited about the opportunity. Smith said his mother practically forced him into sailing when he was just 8 years old, but he is thank ful now because he wants to continue doing it through high school, college and for as many years as possible. He helped form the Eustis Sailing Club, a team made up of sailors from high schools across the state. Cameron was chosen by his peers as the captain and MVP of the team this year. I love the fact that you can propel yourself with no mo tors and that when youre out on the water, you have to gure out what to do in a va riety of different situations, Smith said. Once you start racing, youre hooked. Cameron said he hopes to sail in college, be on the World Racing Team and start a sailing club in south Lake County. He said what he loves most about sailing is the adrena line charge. I like the feel of a nice fast boat on a windy day, Nagy said. The adrenaline you get from it is great. Its kind of like a trapeze and it makes me feel like whatever hap pens, happens. CLERMONT Teens selected for competitive sailing clinic in Chicago PHOTOS COURTESY OF CAMERON SMITH ABOVE: Cameron Smith, 16, has been sailing since the age of 8. BELOW: Smith, left, and Chris Nagy were invited to take part in the Neill Advanced Sailing Clinic in Chicago.


B4 SOUTH LAKE PRESS Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Selected from Historic Downtown Clermont's 80-plus members, we're pleased to present the CDP Featured Business of the Month...FINDERS KEEPERSFINDERS KEEPERS was opened on November 1, 2010 on 8th and Montrose streets in Historic Downtown Clermont. Owner, Pat Matson, who retired after 30 years in the corporate business world, decided she could finally follow her dream of owning her own small business. Not exactly sure what Finders Keepers would be today it has evolved into a Unique Gift, Home Dcor and gently used Furniture boutique. Customers enjoy the unique items they can purchase at Finders Keepers and appreciate the ever turning inventory with new items being introduced daily. According to Pat finding the treasures 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 support and the assistance of her baby 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 great furniture for your home FINDERS KEEPERS is where you will find it. Open Tuesday through Saturday 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 Matson have lived in Clermont for the past 11 years and have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. When not working they love to travel and are getting ready for a three week Norway trip in July. Not to worry FINDERS KEEPERS will be open in the capable hands of Jen. To be sure there will be a huge sale when momma is gone. LOOKING FOR PARTS? SEE JULIE (352) 394-6111 Montrose St. m 3 www .hankselectriccler mont.comI have parts for all major appliances and air conditioning and authorized repair service too! for expansion of other manufacturing and distribution companies in the Crystal Lake Industrial Park. Most of the original 20-25 employ ees will be unskilled labor. The plant will run in three shifts. Novelty Crystal has three product lines, which include retail (giftware and housewares,) food service equipment and lamp and lighting compo nents. A location in Elmhurst, N.Y. will be moved here in two-three years, at which time employment is estimated to be 100. NEWS OF NOTE Clermont Garden Clubs new ofcers will be: Mrs. David Peterson, president; Mrs. Robert Battersby, vice president; Mrs. William Hennessey, second vice president; Mrs. Lloyd Evans, recording secretary; Mrs. John Reynolds, corresponding secre tary, and Mrs. Michael Conley, treasurer. Lake County School Board recognized media specialists James Dawkins of Cler mont Junior High and Margaret Kirwan, Clermont Elementary, for automating their media centers. Clermont High Schools ace righthander Walter Wilkerson signed a profes sional baseball contract with the San Di ego Padres. Seasonal boat ramp passes for the Jay cee Beach boat ramp are available at Cler mont City Hall for $20 during regular busi ness hours. Stacy Spradlin won the title of Victori an Pageant at Orlandos Ramada Inn. She had the pageants highest scores and won a four-foot trophy, plus a $225 beauty en try fee paid to the national nals. She also won the talent competition and was sec ond runner-up in sportswear. A junior at Clermont High School, Stacy thanks her supporters and sponsors, Clermont Chamber Executive Director Margaret Tyndal, Peoples State Bank of Clermont and Olivenbaum Insurance Agency. Virginia R. Vatev is among 101 graduat ing medical students to be honored at a student recognition ceremony at Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. She will begin a residen cy appointment in medicine at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleve land, Ohio. Virginia is the daughter of Dr. Borislav and Radka Vatev of Clermont. Dominos Pizza opened in Clermont. DUPEE FROM PAGE B3 ments. From life insurance to retirement strategy, we pro vide protection in the event of the unthinkable happen ing. You can feel secure know ing your family will be protect ed and provided for. When you make it to retirement you can live a life without compromise and still leave a legacy behind when you are no longer here. 4) Name one of your great est accomplishments so far. Although I pride myself on sev eral of my business accom plishments, my greatest ac complishment is being a family man. I have been with my wife for 20 years and I am blessed to have 3 children. My 2 sons are smart and athletic. My daughter is no doubt the prin cess of my heart. My wife and I are also involved in ministry locally in south Lake County at Living Message Church. 5) Whats something youve al ways wanted to do but havent? When I was a child I always dreamed of learning to y a helicopter. I served in the United States Marine Corps for 8 years and I enjoyed y ing in one. Hopefully one day I will learn how to be the pilot and not the passenger. 6) What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community? The rst place I would start is your local churches that are serving the community. Then the chamber of commerce if you are a business also pro vides resources to the commu nity. Non-prot organizations in south Lake County are also a great place to volunteer. NEIGHBOR FROM PAGE B3 PHOTOS BY LINDA CHARLTON / SPECIAL TO THE DAILY COMMERCIAL Junior plays the bass pans while J.P. mans the congas. The two are with the New Generation Branches Steel Orchestra. THE THIRD ANNUAL TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN & JERK FESTIVAL IN CLERMONT Bambi Loketo dances under the pavilion. Lax Daley prepares fresh coconuts to sell. Ferrer and the rest of the band Caribbean Groove entertain under the small pavilion.


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