Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
3:16 am
March 29, 2017

IN THE KNOW

A sneak peek into the fascinating people who make Lake and Sumter counties great.

JOSH TAKES ON: Super Bowl 2017

JOSH TAKES ON: Super Bowl 2017

  *THE REAL REASON: Zoo Atlanta named a baby cockroach after the New England Patriots quarterback to fulfill a debt to Roger Williams Park Zoo and Carousel Village in Rhode Island after their hometown Atlanta Falcons were defeated by Brady in Super Bowl LI. “Before the game, our two zoos decided the losing side would name one of their baby animals after the winning team’s…
Fourth Location for Seniors vs. Crime

Fourth Location for Seniors vs. Crime

A new office for Seniors vs. Crime will operate out of Moyer Recreation Center in The Villages. This is the same office as the Fruitland Park Police substation in the Village of Pine Ridge. Hours are 10am to 2 pm on Tuesdays, managed by John Townley, a volunteer. The purpose of these offices is to keep residents of the area aware of scams and crimes.…
Person of Interest: Michael Rankin

Person of Interest: Michael Rankin

Leesburg Deputy City Manager/Economic and Community Services Vital stats: Michael and his wife Kristi, who works for Ro-Mac, made a commitment last June to keep Main Street Antiques open in downtown Leesburg. The pair will celebrate three years of marriage in August.   We see Main Street Antiques as: An opportunity to invest in the community who supports us. What it takes to juggle the…
Foundation funds new Beacon programs

Foundation funds new Beacon programs

Beacon College in Leesburg has received a $50,000 grant from the David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation to boost career-readiness programs for students with learning differences (LD) through a residential experience. The grant allows the college to launch its innovative First Career and postgraduate Beacon Certificate programs. “The Clare Foundation has assumed a leadership role in advancing Beacon’s vision of a superior undergraduate…

A new chapter in philanthropy

Members of Pennbrooke Fairways Book Club in Leesburg love to read and share their passion with young readers. The 30-plus members recently donated 110 books of “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, to Oak Park Middle School’s Language Arts Department. Pictured are Bill Miller, the chief academic officer from Lake County Schools, along with Oak Park’s Language Arts Chair…

Rock the boat

It’s a beautiful March day in Tavares. A great blue heron stands statue-like on the banks of Lake Dora while a great bald eagle spreads its wings and soars overhead. The sun’s rays shine down on shiny, sleek wooden boats displayed in water and on land, stretching as far as the eye can see. This scene becomes reality when the Sunnyland Antique Boat Festival makes…

Garden fair takes root

The sixth annual Landscape and Garden Fair is a free botanical-themed festival filled with activities for the entire family. Slated 9am to 4pm March 25 and 10am to 3pm March 26 at the Lake County Extension Center’s Discovery Gardens, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares, the fair is sponsored by Lake County, University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County, and…

Outstanding Student: Annie Mansfield

Age: 17 // Senior at First Academy-Leesburg Vital Stats: The 5-foot-10-inch outside hitter played a vital role in the Eagles’ first district volleyball championship against Orlando Christian Prep. Started playing volleyball competitively in eighth grade; she has been attending First Academy-Leesburg since fifth grade. Signed volleyball scholarship to play at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, a NCAA Division II school. One word that describes…

Leading students into uncharted waters

Sometimes, teachers need to think outside the box…and the classroom. Just ask Leesburg High School teacher Tessa Clark. To help her advanced placement (AP) environmental science students prepare for their final exam in May, she is allowing them to test the quality of water at Lake Louisa State Park, Leesburg Canal Street Waste Water Treatment Facility, and Bourlay Historic Nature Park. Tessa secured a $2,000…

2016 FACERS Award

The Florida Association of County Engineers and Road Superintendents (FACERS) awarded Lake County Public Works, and its collaborative team, the recipients of the 2016 State and Local Collaboration Project of the Year for the the Lake County Roundabout Project at County Roads 561 and 455. Pictured (left to right) is Jim Stivender, Lake County Public Works; Tony Nosse, FDOT District V Safety; Richard Atta-Armah, HDR;…
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