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Chris Gerbasi

Chris Gerbasi has been a journalist for more than 30 years, writing and copy editing for newspapers and magazines throughout Michigan and Florida, and covering everything from city hall to spring training.
Lake offices closed for holiday

Lake offices closed for holiday

All offices of the Lake County commissioners, clerk, property appraiser, supervisor of elections, and tax collector will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. The Lake County Animal Shelter, the Lake County Extension Center and Discovery Gardens, and all 15 Lake County libraries also will be closed for the holiday. LakeXpress, the fixed-route bus system, will not operate on Memorial Day. Lake County Connection,…
Victory Pointe groundbreaking set in downtown Clermont

Victory Pointe groundbreaking set in downtown Clermont

The city of Clermont is ready to move forward with the linchpin of its waterfront master plan. The groundbreaking for Victory Pointe is scheduled for 10am June 14 on Victory Way beside the Clermont Historic Village, 490 West Ave. Victory Pointe (shown in artist’s rendering) is an estimated $8.6 million stormwater management site combined with an ecological public park and event space. It is part…
Clermont hosts NAIA women’s softball World Series

Clermont hosts NAIA women’s softball World Series

Softball fans are in for a treat as the weeklong NAIA Women’s College Softball World Series comes to Legends Way Ballfields in Clermont. A free kickoff event to welcome the 10 teams competing for the NAIA championship is scheduled from 5:30-8:30pm Thursday at Waterfront Park, 100 3rd St., Clermont. The event will include food trucks, a live concert by country music artist Patrick Gibson, and…
Clermont police warn public about possible flasher

Clermont police warn public about possible flasher

Clermont police are investigating allegations of a man exposing himself to patrons of the Target store at 2660 E. Highway 50. A female customer told Target employees Monday, May 15, that a man had exposed himself to her in the parking lot as he sat in his vehicle, a police news release states. Target sent out correspondence to their employees to make them aware of the…
Camp Villages sign-up begins

Camp Villages sign-up begins

Residents of The Villages and their grandchildren can start preparing for the 17th edition of Camp Villages, the intergenerational summer program. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 23, for the camp that runs for nine weeks from June 12-Aug. 11, according to The Villages district website. More than 4,000 children are expected to participate in the camp’s 80-plus activities, which include sports, scrapbooking, gardening, kite-making,…
Leesburg is ‘open for business’

Leesburg is ‘open for business’

The city of Leesburg plans to educate local business owners about how to do business with local government and vie for government purchases with an upcoming workshop. Leesburg’s Procurement Division invites businesses to the free Gov-2-Biz workshop from 9-11am June 29. Registration is required as space is limited. Reserve a spot by visiting www.leesburgflorida.gov/purchasing and selecting the registration link, or send an email to purch@leesburgflorida.gov.…
‘Seaplane City’ gets video buzz

‘Seaplane City’ gets video buzz

A new online video is showing visitors why Tavares is known as “America’s Seaplane City.” The video shows seaplanes buzzing over Lake Dora and highlights community events on the lakefront downtown, and describes how important the seaplane image is to Tavares. The seven-minute video, posted recently by the EAA, or Experimental Aircraft Association, had nearly 4,000 views in its first few days online. Watch the…
Are you ready for the blues? Mount Dora’s got it

Are you ready for the blues? Mount Dora’s got it

It’s time once again to get your blues groove on. The ninth annual Mount Dora Blues-N-Groove Weekend is scheduled from noon-6pm Saturday at Elizabeth Evans Park, 100 N. Donnelly St. This is a rain or shine event. Formerly known as the Mount Dora Blues & Wine Festival, the Blues-N-Groove event continues the tradition of bringing fabulous blues music to the Mount Dora waterfront. The festival…
Police vs. fire department hoops game benefits ailing student

Police vs. fire department hoops game benefits ailing student

In the “Battle of the Shields,” Clermont police officers will play members of the Clermont Fire Department in a benefit basketball game to help support student-athlete Devonte Davis, in photo, who is battling a rare form of cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma. The game will tip off at 6pm Tuesday, May 23, at the East Ridge Middle School gymnasium, 13201 Excalibur Road, Clermont. Tickets for the game will…
New fieldhouse planned at Hickory Point Beach

New fieldhouse planned at Hickory Point Beach

The partnership between Lake County and the Florida Region of USA Volleyball just keeps getting bigger and better. County commissioners recently approved a new state-of-the-art fieldhouse that will be added to the 21-court Hickory Point Beach sand volleyball complex on Lake Harris in Tavares. The 4,000-square-foot auxiliary building, set to open in spring 2018, will feature locker rooms with showers, restrooms, meeting rooms, a training room,…
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