In these strange times, more people may be finding themselves in need of some assistance, whether it’s related to mental health services, financial aid or something else that’s weighing them down. United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties provides 2-1-1, an information and referral service th…

Clermont Baptist Church will be handing out free nonperishable food this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 16115 Old Highway 50 in Clermont. This is the second Saturday the church has offered the service.

Lake County Fire Rescue plans to begin sterilizing N95 masks for reuse among first responders in Lake County. In partnership with the Florida Department of Health, the Lake County Office of EMS and Medical Director, and the Lake County Office of Public Safety Support, the procured hydrogen p…

According to Albert Einstein, every crisis is an opportunity for education and innovation. As we find new ways to entertain our homeschooled children, working on improving their oral health can be a great way to start reinforcing good habits.

 In light of concerns about COVID-19, various health organizations have issued specific instructions on how to maintain personal safety and cleanliness. These recommendations involve using common household products to sanitize homes, offices and public spaces. As people take such precautions…

Sunshine Community Foundation has established a COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which will operate in partnership with local governments, schools, the private sector and individuals to address current and emerging needs, and strategically fill gaps in support to expand local capacity to su…

Hurricane season officially kicks off June 1. Are you ready? May 3-9 is National Hurricane Preparedness Week. Organized by NOAA’s National Weather Service, the awareness campaign focuses on how to plan ahead for hurricanes. 

After careful consideration and discussion with City Manager Darren Gray, the City of Clermont reopened the city’s boat ramp and all city parks with select amenities, effective May 1, Mayor Gail Ash announced last week.

Mother’s Day is a great time of year to honor mothers and attempt to give back just a portion of the tireless love and devotion moms offer their children. Some children provide large gestures, while others feel it’s the little things that can help a mom to feel appreciated. 

Officer Conrad Buckley, who served as a patrol officer the City of Clermont for two years, has died due to the coronavirus, the Clermont Police Department announced last week. He had traveled to the Boston area to attend to a family emergency at the end of March and self-quarantined per CDC …

Are you looking to find more internal peace and balance amidst the current chaos? Don’t know how you will make it another month under a stay at home directive? Need an excuse to pull away from electronics?

Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 534 recently named William McCarthy of Tavares the 2020 winner of a $10,000 Ray Scholarship. The scholarship will provide funds for a young person to complete flight training for a private pilot’s license at any flight school.

A Forever Home Animal Rescue is open and safe to visit. The organization is following social distance rules, with one family in the lobby at a time, as well as outside meet-n-greets. People can stop by for a visit any day of the week at 2950 CR 561 in Tavares between noon and 4 p.m.  

Forty Easter baskets brightened the holiday for little ones in need when the Groveland Masonic Lodge #190 donated the baskets to the Faith Neighborhood Center earlier this month. Shown here are Faith Neighborhood Center Executive Director Patricia Kry, center, and Lodge members Mike Mohr, le…

When Little Lake Harris Shores resident Debi Cobb found herself staying home in response to COVID-19, she quickly realized she needed something to keep her busy, and she started thinking of all the fabric that she’d hung onto for years. Maybe she could make protective face masks.

If you haven’t received your stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service yet, you may want to look up the payment status. You can check the status on your “Economic Impact Payment,” also called stimulus checks, by visiting this page on the website:…

COVID-19 testing opportunities have increased in Lake County, as the county partners with Adult Medicine of Lake County, the City of Leesburg, Lake Sumter State College and the Florida Department of Health to offer testing at three locations at a reduced cost.

Some 600 families received free dinner April 10, when the City of Groveland partnered with Hope International Church and others for a Community Unity Drive-Thru event. Each family received one free large pizza and a two-liter soda, as a “thinking of you” gesture to the community.

Debbie Selsavage, president of Coping with Dementia LLC, and Linda Burhans, host of Connecting Caregiver Radio, have teamed up to offer online support group meetings for friends and families of individuals living with dementia.

The Kings Ridge Women’s Club is accepting applications for college scholarships for 2020 from students graduating from East Ridge High School, Lake Minneola High School and South Lake High School.

Calling all good eggs! The Clermont News Leader is seeking reader help in identifying random acts of kindness people have experienced or initiated in these times of COVID-19.

April 22 is Earth Day, and even though people aren’t organizing group activities to honor the 50th anniversary of this environmentally focused day, there’s still plenty going on around the world.

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