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Norm’s Palette

Norm’s Palette

Story: Leigh Neely  // Photo: Fred Lopez Nestled in the center of North Baker Street, Norm’s Palette just may be Mount Dora’s special secret, but it’s definitely “a destination for the senses.” Norm’s Palette is cozy and welcoming. You can lounge in a seating area while having wine with friends or sit at the bar and talk with Norm while enjoying a beer. The menu always…
Sushi Storm Thai and Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Storm Thai and Japanese Restaurant

Story: James Combs // Photo: Fred Lopez When dining out, I rarely venture outside my comfort zone of Mexican food, cheeseburgers, and seafood. However, there are those rare occasions when I actually expand my culinary and cultural horizons. Dining at Sushi Storm Thai and Japanese Restaurant was one of them. This restaurant rocks…and rolls! Located in Clermont, Sushi Storm features table seating, as well as a…
KC Theatrical Productions showcases talent

KC Theatrical Productions showcases talent

Story: Theresa Campbell Joan Knapton, the producer behind KC Theatrical Productions, loves to bring top Broadway shows to the local stage, and she’s now preparing for the October production of Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” in The Villages. KC is an acronym for Knapton and Company. “I always produce the shows or direct them and have somebody with me, another director or a very strong choreographer.…
Outstanding Student: Darian & Raelyn Heers

Outstanding Student: Darian & Raelyn Heers

Age: 17 // SENIORS AT EUSTIS HIGH SCHOOL     Vital Stats Darian, above left, is eight minutes older than her identical twin, Raelyn, right. Both sisters have GPAs above 4.0, including advanced placement and honors courses. They were inspired to volunteer and work at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis by their grandmother, Natalie Windsor, who’s the horse barn manager at the camp for children…
Donation powers Lake Technical College program

Donation powers Lake Technical College program

Lake Technical College’s new Center for Advanced Manufacturing aims to be one of the premier workforce training facilities in Central Florida. That mission received a boost when PowerTech Generators, based in Leesburg, donated five diesel engines worth more than $100,000 to the CAM and its diesel mechanic program. Lake County Economic Development brought the business and the college together for a deal that will help…
Straighten up, there’s a new pastor in town 

Straighten up, there’s a new pastor in town 

Congregational Church of Mount Dora, 650 N. Donnelly St., recently rang in a new pastor with pomp and circumstance. Rev. Gary Marshall was scheduled to be installed April 30 in front of congregants, ministers from local churches, a representative from the National Association of Congregational Churches, and a 40-member choir during a service followed by a social hour and refreshments. The reverend, 76, retired in…
Where the food feeds your soul

Where the food feeds your soul

When you hear the words “Angel’s BBQ,” you know you’re in for some good eating. It’s been around the area for a while. The food at Angel’s BBQ & Fried Chicken, 1322 N. 14th St. in Leesburg, is known as “real home cooking that’s good for the soul” and receives rave reviews and comments from visitors that this is some of the best BBQ around.…
Enjoy the best of both worlds on Cinco de Mayo

Enjoy the best of both worlds on Cinco de Mayo

It’s no secret that most Cinco de Mayo celebrations eventually wind up at the nearest watering hole, where favorite Mexican and American beverages flow freely. For the holiday, why not combine two of those favorites into one drink: beer margaritas. And it’s so simple: Prep time is five minutes, and the beer margaritas are ready in five minutes. This doesn’t require a mixologist. Ingredients 1…
Custom travel to Peru

Custom travel to Peru

Ricardo Soriano, a native of Peru and owner of Cozco Handcraft Gallery, 1121 Main St., The Villages, will host and escort a 10-day tour, to what he calls the “magical world of Peru,” this month and again in October in his homeland. Travelers will see Machu Picchu, also known as the Lost City of the Incas, which is noted as an impressive sight as it…
‘Euphoria’

‘Euphoria’

By Lily King. A romantic and intelligent page-turner. Story: Diane Dean “Euphoria,” written by award-winning author Lily King, is a historical novel based on Margaret Mead’s experiences in the 1930s in New Guinea. The story revolves around Margaret’s anthropological study of the tribes there, but it also is a love story. The New York Times book review called it “a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale…
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