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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…
Hooray! Hooray! First of May!

Hooray! Hooray! First of May!

From May Day to Stars Wars, it’s a month for celebrating.  Story: Fred Hilton You can make a strong argument that May is the best month of them all. First, it has the shortest name. It’s only three letters long. Anything that has just three letters has to be good—like nap, dog, cat, fun, eat, beer and wine. (You count letters your way, and I’ll…
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…
Visit the library from your home

Visit the library from your home

Have you ever heard of the Florida Electronic Library? It’s available on your computer, tablet, or whatever device you use to read online material. It’s very easy to access. Simply go to mylakelibrary.org, and on the home page under Databases, you’ll find Florida Electronic Library. You can look for resources or search topics, find resources for students from K-12, browse newspapers and magazines, and even…
Mom, don’t call me, I’ll call you

Mom, don’t call me, I’ll call you

More and more children are enjoying the benefit of having their own cell phone at a fairly young age. And sometimes, it’s not just the kid who thinks it’s a good idea—parents find that connection to their child gives them more peace of mind. “I do feel safer now that she has her own phone,” says Ally Hosterman, of Leesburg. “She’s seldom away from me,…
Gotta get your name on!

Gotta get your name on!

Looking for personalized unique gifts for parents of newborn babies? Or maybe something to give a new mom or a bride and her wedding party? Gotta Get Your Name On!, 1124 Bichara Blvd., The Villages, provides a variety of items—blankets, robes, clothing, accessories—that can be monogrammed with names, dates, and sweet messages. “The robes are really popular with the matching slippers and makeup cases, and…
James Combs’ The Hit List

James Combs’ The Hit List

According to the Eustis Police Department, a 26-year-old man used a baby stroller to steal shampoo from a local grocery store. This guy apparently isn’t right in the head…and shoulders. A Eustis woman is facing felony battery charges after police say she hit her boyfriend over the head with a roller skate and broke it. Let’s be perfectly clear about something. This wasn’t a hate…
Local entrepreneurs connect through website

Local entrepreneurs connect through website

A new website is helping Lake County entrepreneurs find resources and promote their businesses. The Florida High Tech Corridor Council has created the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center at flvec.com. The site offers business owners access to a database of local and statewide resources, including help with licenses, business mentoring and coaching, networking, and venture capital. FLVEC also promotes entrepreneurs by publishing profile articles about them…
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