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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…
Women who inspire

Women who inspire

Some think they have to wait for inspiration. I believe you carry it around with you from the people you’ve met along the way. These women inspire me in more ways than I can say. Story: Leigh Neely // Photo: Fred Lopez Finding inspiration is something writers think about often. You may witness a simple act that triggers something in your imagination to create a…
Grace, beauty, ballet

Grace, beauty, ballet

“Snow White” is a beloved Disney movie, but the Mount Dora School of Ballet’s performance of the ancient story will be the darker version from the original fairytale. The ballet will be performed May 20-21 at Lake-Sumter State College. Writer: Leigh Neely // Photos: Fred Lopez “It’s something we haven’t done before,” dancer Annika Slaby says. “It’s kind of nice how we’re not taking it…

A Ring Of Fire

Wildfires in Idaho were frequently in the news this summer, and Lake County Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Randy Jones spent 21 days deployed there formulating a structure protection plan to save homes. Jones, a structure protection specialist, was called to the Selway Complex just outside Elk City, Idaho. He serves on the Southern Area Incident Management Red Team with the National Interagency Fire Center. The…
Home, sweet (upscale) home

Home, sweet (upscale) home

STORY: James Combs+Shemir Wiles There are homes, and then there are “homes”… That’s the mantra thousands Lake County residents who are enjoying life comfort fabulous homes safe neighborhoods that offer the amenities you’d expect from a vacation resort. See for yourself as we tour four of the most desirable places to live in Lake County. Harbor Hills Country Club Gentle, rolling hills and scenic, winding…
Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

PHOTOS: Mark Rothschild History comes alive in sixth most-visited country As our plane approached the runway in Istanbul, Turkey, a wave of ambivalence permeated my consciousness. My wife and I planned this trip on and off for three years. We were enthralled with the prospect of seeing Istanbul, Cappadocia and Ephesus. Yet, two questions persisted: Would we be abducted by ISIS and then beheaded? Would…

New tag office

Kudos to Lake County Tax Collector Bob McKee for taking the hassle out of titling cars, renewing license plates and registering vehicles. I recently visited the brand spankin’ new Tax Collector’s office in the old Golden Corral building in Leesburg and I have to say I was totally impressed by the modern building and the organized way business is being done. You’ll notice the improvements…
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