Dinner time! The Clermont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5277 is hosting a fundraising spaghetti dinner June  26, 4–6 p.m. Open to all, the dinner will be offered as both take-out and dine-in. The spaghetti and meatball dinner includes salad, bread and dessert for $8 donation per person. The …

May rainfall was well below average across the St. Johns River Water Management District, with only a few areas of near-average rainfall in southeast Orange, northern Brevard and southeast Marion counties.

June 19, the city of Groveland is hosting its first annual Juneteenth Celebration at Lake David Park, 450 South Lake Avenue in Groveland. The family event, which runs 11 a.m.–3 p.m., will include live entertainment, food, family activities, music and more. “Our event is going to be focused o…

July 4, the city of Clermont’s annual Independence Day celebration – Red, White & Boom – will light up the sky after taking a hiatus last year due to the global pandemic. The festivities will be from 7–10 p.m., with fireworks at 9:15 p.m., at Waterfront Park, located at 300 Third Street.

Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter has received the 2020 Non-Profit of the Year Award by the Lake County Chamber Alliance, which recognizes those whose dedication, self‐less service and commitment have made a difference in the community.

 June 3, registration opened for the 2021 Florida Python Challenge®, which will be held July 9–18. Members of the public can take online training and then compete to remove invasive Burmese pythons from the wild. 

Many people are still unemployed and unsure of how they will find their next job opportunity. To help them through this time, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida offers Job Connection services, including a variety of online webinars. Throughout the pandemic, the nonprofit has been hosting…

Hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov. 30. One of the areas people are frequently concerned with is the trees in their landscapes. You may hear a lot about “hurricane pruning” and other ways to get trees “ready” for hurricanes. The truth is, prepping trees for hurricanes is something that s…

Tavares – The Lake County Board of County Commissioners will remember the Colonial Patriots by dedicating a liberty tree in a public ceremony on June 24 outside of the Lake County Administration Building, located at 315 W. Main St. in Tavares. The public is invited to attend.

When a hurricane strikes, it may not leave your family much time to respond. Along with the high winds, flooding and tornadoes spawned by the hurricane, there is a chance it could cut water, electricity and telephone services for days.

The Hurricane Season has officially begun! The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts about 13 to 20 named storms this year. This number includes about 3 to 5 major hurricanes! Although Lake County is in Central Florida, far away from the most catastrophic effects of…

The Lake County Library System is offering two programs this summer – one involving free pet adoptions from the Lake County Animal Shelter and the other encouraging residents to explore the county’s nature parks with children’s reading events at area parks. 

The St. Johns River Water Management District recently completed the final treatment application of a proprietary algicide as part of an innovative pilot project at Clermont’s Lake Minneola to suppress or control cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, in the lake.

Recent Montverde Academy graduate Jacob Williamson earned a scholarship to join the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps and is set to attend Auburn University, where he plans to major in civil engineering.

 Jack Hallett was born on Nov. 17, 1920. During World War Two, he was a fighter pilot who flew over Normandy, was shot down twice, dusted himself off and stayed in the fight for freedom. His outstanding career earned him the rank of major, and he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. R…

Students, employees and community members who received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine last month at middle schools across the county can receive their second doses through Friday at these three locations: Umatilla Clinic, 249 E. Collins Street, Umatilla, and Leesburg Clinic, 2…

The exact causes of many headaches continues to confound medical researchers. Though the Cleveland Clinic notes that certain environmental factors, such as exposure to allergens or strong odors from household chemicals, can trigger headaches, the mechanism that causes muscles or blood vessel…

ORLANDO — Many people are fascinated with the tragic story of the Titanic, a magnificent “unsinkable” passenger ship owned by White Star Lines that did indeed sink on its maiden voyage. This is the only exhibition that features actual items recovered from the Titanic’s wreck site. It is a ve…

The Lake-Sumter Seminole Club recently announced that six high school graduates have been awarded a total of $ 7,000 in scholarships to attend Florida State University in the fall. 

After 11 years leading Lake Technical College, Dr. Diane Culpepper will retire Aug. 31. During her tenure, the college added nine new career training programs: Pharmacy Technician, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, HVAC/R, CNC Production Specialist, Enterprise Desktop and Mobile Support Technol…

“I love Clermont because the city has not lost its beautiful natural environment, embodied in the manmade environment. This to me is what truly makes Clermont City charming,” said reader Sharon James-Fahie, who shared her photo of Clermont’s waterfront park. “You can drive, cycle, walk, stro…

Volunteers are needed for a food drop at Minneola City Hall on Friday, June 11 from 9 a.m.–noon. Volunteers should arrive at 8 a.m. Contact Keith Whitacre at 952-239-5870 or Keith.whitacre@gmail.com with questions.

Unemployed people over age 55 who live in Lake and Sumter counties, as well as in Seminole, Marion, Hernando and Pasco counties, can receive free training and help finding job placements at nonprofit organizations, such as museums, libraries, Goodwill, cities and counties.  

Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogy Society offers a chance to get in touch with other family historians on Zoom to share knowledge and discuss a genealogical topic in an informal manner. 

The manatee, Florida’s official state freshwater mammal, has a surprising presence in our local lakes. While commonly sighted in rivers, springs and estuaries, manatees have been able to transverse the lock systems connecting the Harris Chain of Lakes to the Oklawaha River.

In its continuing outreach to connect with community members, the Clermont Police Department will host its next Coffee with a Cop event from 8:30–10:30 a.m. June 25 at Golden Hills Coffee Roasters in downtown’s Montrose Street Market, 793 W. Montrose Street.

In recognition of National Garden Week, which is sponsored by the National Garden Club, Inc., and runs June 6–12, a group of Clermont Garden Club members created a window display at Cooper Memorial Library. The colorful exhibit will be displayed through the month of June.  

As the sun gets higher in the sky and summertime temperatures are on the rise, both the Sunday Farmers Market in downtown Clermont and the Friday Cagan Crossings Farmers Market have updated their hours for the summer.

UANA Union Americana de Natacion chose Clermont for its 2021 UANA Tokyo Olympics Swimming Qualifier, which was held at the National Training Center in late May.

Did you know the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers spring/summer wild hog hunting at 26 wildlife management areas across the state?

 Recently, Trout Lake Nature Center said good-bye to Mr. G, its Gopher Tortoise Education Ambassador, as he began a new chapter back in the wild. G came to TLNC over five years ago through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Tortoise program. G had been injured at the mal…

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