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September 19, 2017

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CFB’s big plans for 2018

CFB’s big plans for 2018

During the first quarter of 2018, Citizens First Bank in Leesburg will be leaving its familiar yellow building for new offices at the corner of U.S. Highway 441 and Lee Street. Construction will begin on the property soon. CFB will also be opening a new branch office in Fruitland Park at the corner of U.S. Highway 441 and Palm Street, a new convenience for these…
Learning about veterans

Learning about veterans

Summer students of Lake Montessori School were impressed during their recent visit to Veterans Memorial Park in Leesburg. Donald Van Beck, executive director of the memorial, talked to the children about the many names on the memorials and what it means to see them there. There are more than 9,000 names of local veterans inscribed on the wall. “This is for kids and grandchildren,” Don…
The fashion of aging

The fashion of aging

The median age in The Villages is 68 and in Sumter County, it is 65. The definition of old is maturing right along with the population. According to recent studies, most Americans want to live to 100 (at least). No one can definitively say if it’s good genes or plenty of money for good care, but Kirk Douglas is 100, and Betty White and Carl Reiner…
The Hit List

The Hit List

A German shepherd that serves as part of the Mount Dora Police Department K-9 unit is recovering from a stroke suffered during a run. Hang in there, my furry friend. Things might be a little “ruff” right now, but with the proper rehabilitation you’re destined to make a paws-itive recovery. Police recently busted 30 Lake County businesses for selling alcohol to minors. These business owners…
Breaking ground

Breaking ground

New Beginnings of Central Florida recently broke ground for Woodwinds Community, which will feature 96 affordable apartments on a 10-acre site on South Grand Highway in Clermont, near the intersection of Citrus Tower Boulevard. The lack of affordable housing is the leading cause of homelessness, according to New Beginnings’ president and founder, Steve Smith. Woodwinds residents will have access to New Beginnings’ social services, including classes…
Combating brain drain

Combating brain drain

Nationally recognized psychiatrist and pediatrician Dr. Joe Bates inspired Villages residents with his prescription for “brain cardio” from his bestselling book, “Making Your Brain Hum.” He says a person can have a healthy financial life, spiritual life, physical health, family and career, but the one prerequisite to all of these is a healthy mind. “We spend billions as a whole for body workouts,” he says.…
Dedicating Veterans Village 

Dedicating Veterans Village 

Reed Vohhold, retired Coast Guard, and his wife of 43 years, Michele, became the first couple to move into Veterans Village in Umatilla, one of 13 homes being built for military members, veterans, or widows of veterans. More than 100 people attended the dedication of the Vohhold home, including U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster and Lake County Commissioners Sean Parks, Tim Sullivan, and Leslie Campione. “Our…
The night they drove down Old Dixie

The night they drove down Old Dixie

Leesburg is benefiting from a Florida Department of Transportation program. Dixie Avenue will look and feel a little more “complete” after a $4 million makeover beginning this summer. The FDOT Complete Streets project runs the length of Dixie Avenue (State Road 44) from U.S. Highway 27 to East Main Street, just south of U.S. Highway 441, city spokesman Derek Hudson says, to improve roadway access…
Dream big

Dream big

Dreaming is free, as Blondie sang, but fulfilling dreams doesn’t come cheap. That’s why the Central Florida Dreamplex, with a little help from Tim Tebow, is having its fifth annual gala fundraiser and silent auction from 6-11pm Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Clermont Arts & Recreation Center, 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27. Proceeds benefit the more than 1,000 children and adults annually served by Dreamplex…
Free pet adoptions

Free pet adoptions

The public is invited to Lake County Animal Shelter for a “Hot Dogs, Cool Cats” event from 10am-3pm Aug. 5 at the shelter, 28123 County Road 561, Tavares. In addition to the free pet adoptions, families can also enjoy free hot dogs and popsicles from 11am-2pm. “Summer is a wonderful season for families to consider adopting a pet,” says Brian Sheahan, Lake County’s community safety…
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