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In an abundance of caution, the South Lake Chamber of Commerce has postponed its Chamber Golf Tournament and South Lake Business Awards. The South Lake Business Awards will now be held on Oct. 1, 2020, at the Magnolia House at Trilogy. The Chamber Golf Tournament will be held on Dec. 4, 2020…

What is the new normal? For some, it involves a lack of grocery products, toilet paper or high-demand cleaning items, such as hand sanitizers on the shelves of local stores. For others, it’s a routine change, from in-person conversations to phone calls.

Loving pets want to be right by their owners’ sides as much as possible. As a result, a boisterous puppy may follow underfoot while a cute kitty will snuggle on the sofa with its owner. Even though pets prefer to stick close by, there are times when distractions, events or noises can cause a…

Saturday, April 18, from 9 – 11 a.m., members of the Clermont Garden Club will be selling caladium bulbs in front of the Garden Club, 849 West Avenue near downtown Clermont. You won’t even have to get out of your car to purchase them, because volunteers are offering drive-thru service. Calad…

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Lake County residents now have a Citizens Information Line to call with their COVID-19 inquiries relating to local government operations, small business resources, county transit services, veterans information, re-employment resources and much more.

As a community, we are under a great deal of pressure these days. We’ve all been affected by the viral COVID-19 pandemic in some way and are being asked to make sacrifices in our daily lives for the greater good of society.

Kids aren’t the only ones who might get a bit stir-crazy as people stick closer to home these days. The following programs offer a variety of things to occupy young and not-so-young from the comfort of home.

Leaf is a 3-year-old, 11-pound, male domestic shorthair blend. His foster mom says he is such a pleasant guy to have around and fits right in. A true lap cat who loves to be with people, Leaf is playful and affectionate — and would love to become part of your family.  Just last weekend, he g…

The coronavirus pandemic is having a negative impact on blood donations across the country, according to OneBlood, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood. To maintain the critical blood supply local hospitals need, OneBlood enco…

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Lake Support and Emergency Recovery, Inc. (LASER) to collect food items to meet the immediate needs of Lake County families struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The food drive will remain active until further notice.

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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.

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Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, hopping down the walking trail! That’s right, Peter Cotton Tail is at Clermont’s Historic Village just waiting for individual children to come by and take their picture with him.

Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, which is the Friday before Easter Sunday. Christians believe that Jesus Christ was flogged and abused in other ways en route to his crucifixion, which ultimately ended with his death. So why would such a day ever be comme…

Starting this week, Junior Achievement of Central Florida (JACF) will be sharing weekly “at home” JA programs and activities that can help K-12 students boost their understanding of managing money and setting goals, becoming career-ready at every stage and unleashing their “inner entrepreneu…

Slicing into the first tomato of the season is a much anticipated moment for gardeners. Tomatoes are among the most popular fruit or vegetable plants grown in home gardens. Much of that popularity may be credited to the fact that red, ripe tomatoes have a delicious, juicy flavor that serves …

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Introducing the gorgeous Layla! They say blondes have more fun, and Layla’s idea of fun consists of belly rubs and snuggling. This sweet girl was originally surrendered to Animal Control, along with several other dogs, by a breeder. She then thought she found her forever home, but Layla real…

Events and activities cancelled. CDC social distance recommendations. Children schooling at home and adults working in home offices. Now that many people are self-quarantining or experiencing stay-at-home orders, why not start a hobby?

A local network of volunteer grocery shoppers has been formed as a way of giving back to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The idea is simple: If you are in a high-risk category for contracting COVID-19, a volunteer will pick up groceries or prescriptions for you, so you can limit …

The Lake County Veterans Service Office is temporarily closed to the public to help prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), but it will continue to provide services by phone and email. Veterans needing assistance may call 352-742-6585 or send emails to veteraninfo@lakecoun…

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The shortage of hospital beds, resources and staff creates a notable challenge as the number of COVID-19 diagnosed patients is on the rise. As a partner in healthcare, Community Health Centers, Inc. (CHC) has announced immediate appointments for dental emergencies at the following locations:…

March 4, the officers of A Touch of Glass Corvette Club, Inc. and Chip Gannaway gathered at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet in Eustis to present Cornerstone Hospice with a check for $1,000.  This is the eight consecutive year of giving, with cumulative gifts totaling $8,600. Vann Gannaway has sponso…

To help its members and the community navigate local business information during the pandemic, the South Lake Chamber of Commerce has dedicated a page on its website for COVID-19 coronavirus updates. Visit https://www.southlakechamber-fl.com/covid-19-business-resources-information for more i…

Beautiful is an 8-year-old, female German Shepherd blend.  Her family moved out and left her in the backyard alone and without food.  When found, Beautiful weighed 37 pounds and was starving and barely walking.  X-rays showed she had been shot with a BB gun, and she still has a few pellets i…

The coronavirus pandemic is having a negative impact on blood donations across the country, according to OneBlood, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood.

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As more and more of the planet’s residents hunker down at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are finding interesting projects and activities to keep their youngsters busy. Here are several free options to consider.

What exactly is COVID-19, and why has it become a case for concern? The human coronaviruses are a family of viruses that are typically known for causing the common cold. We all know what the common cold is: cough, runny nose, fever that lasts for a few days and then resolves. Most people do …

Clermont Garden Club member Chickie Broman (right) is pictured with Ray SanFratello and the plant she is displaying this month. She says, “Never throw away a broken pot. Use it for your plants in a creative way!” The succulents in this pot need medium light and just a little drink every thre…

The coronavirus pandemic is having a negative impact on blood donations across the country, according to OneBlood, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood. To maintain the critical blood supply local hospitals need, the public is…

With schools, offices, and other public spaces closing across the country, Ranger Rick magazine is offering kids a way to stay entertained and engaged in the natural world. The magazine website is free to all visitors through the end of June. In addition, all the digital editions of the maga…

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