The Farmer’s Market in Clermont runs every Sunday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., with plenty of fresh food and fresh air. Located around City Hall in downtown Clermont, the weekly event was canceled in late spring due to coronavirus precautions and reopened in late May with safety measures in place. Expec…

Join Marc Minno, author of “Florida Butterfly Caterpillars and Their Host Plants,” for a BioBlitz Nature Walk at Florida Scrub-Jay Trail. Registration is required. Call 352-429-5566 or email info@scrubjaytrail.org. Cost is $10/Florida Scrub-Jay Trail members and $15/non-members. The next Bio…

Paddles is a 7-month-old Dachshund mix weighing 25 pounds. The team at A Forever Home Animal Rescue is guessing he was named Paddles because he was born with his front paws facing completely outward, so they resemble paddles.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage…

For an up-to-date list of shelters in the area, check: https://www.lakecountyfl.gov/hurricane_guide/lake_county_shelter_locations.aspx

Once a hurricane bears down on Central Florida, you may not have enough time to shop or search for supplies. By gathering the needed supplies in advance, your family can be better prepared for an evacuation or extended home confinement.

The next membership meeting of the Groveland-Mascotte American Legion Post 239 is set for July 13, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. All functions are located at 307 American Legion Way, Mascotte. For more information, contact Don Grieb at 352-874-2623.

A popular nearby nature preserve soon will be upgraded to increase public access, thanks to a $365,393 grant from the West Orange Healthcare District. The funding will help Oakland Nature Preserve replace a lengthy wooden boardwalk that meanders northward to a covered lookout at the south sh…

The Florida Museum of Natural History reopens its permanent exhibits to the public on July 3. The museum, located on the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, is following guidelines of the University of Florida Board of Trustees, with counsel from UF Health. These include:

In preparation for students’ return to school in the fall, Lake County Schools is offering parents three options for how their children will resume their education: traditional in-school learning, full-time online learning through Lake County Virtual School, or modified-day learning, a combi…

July 10 at 11:30 a.m., Goodwill Industries of Central Florida’s Job Connection Center will host a free hour-long webinar for job seekers. The latest in a series of virtual presentations, it will focus on different types of interviews and provide advice on how to respond to frequently asked q…

Watermelons provide cooling, juicy refreshment during the warm days of summer. But while they’re most associated with summer, watermelons can typically be found in grocery stores year-round. Watermelons are members of the cucurbitaceae family, which includes other gourds, such as pumpkin, sq…

Have you seen Khan, an orange tabby, that has gone missing in Croom-a-Coochee in Sumter County? The 14-year-old neutered male cat is very sweet, and his owner misses him very much. Khan has thinning hair on his shoulders and is missing most of his teeth. He weighs about 10 pounds. Reward. Ca…

Out of the abundance of safety and precaution in light of COVID-19, the City of Groveland is continuing its Independence Day tradition with one big change: This year, Groveland will conduct a simultaneous dueling fireworks display on Saturday, July 4, at 9:15 p.m. for everyone to watch from …

Collaborating with Community Foundation of South Lake, Live Well Foundation of South Lake will provide $30,000 to assist with feeding those in need in South Lake County. Funds will be distributed in three $10,000 contributions for June, July, and August.

A Flag Day ceremony at the Lake of Clermont assisted living facility recently honored local veterans. Clermont Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5277, members began with a processional walk with the VFW flag toward the facility’s dining area, where all of the veterans in the facility were seated.

Stop by the Clermont Historic Village and snap a photo with this happy guy to celebrate Independence Day. The Village will be open for tours July 4, 1 to 4 p.m. Located at 490 West Avenue, the Village is open every Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free; however, a $5 donation fo…

NASCAR Sundays continue at the Groveland-Mascotte American Legion Post 239, with the July 5 race at the Indianapolis Speedway. Doors open at 1 p.m. The group’s next membership meeting is July 13, and doors open at 5:30 p.m. All functions are located at 307 American Legion Way, Mascotte. For …

Voters have until July 20 to register and/or make party affiliation changes if they plan to vote in the Aug. 18 Primary Election, according to Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays.

During this time when residents are using personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves from COVID-19, Keep Lake Beautiful would like to remind everyone to also protect our environment from PPE litter by properly disposing of these items.

June 18, Trey Thompson signed his letter of intent to join the men’s bowling team at Webber International University in Babson Park, Florida, for the 2020-2021 academic year. He graduated from high school in Clermont, home of PBA Hall of Fame Bowlers Norm Duke and Jason Couch. Shown here, Th…

New hours of operations for the Florida Department of Health in Lake County COVID-19 testing sites will be Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon on a first-come, first-served basis for residents and non-residents, including children. No testing criteria is required.

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to help change the life of a child?Guardian ad Litem volunteers advocate for abused and neglected children, making sure kids do not get lost in the overburdened legal and social service systems or languish in foster homes. Volunteers advocate for t…

The Lake County most recent annual financial reports, for fiscal year 2018-2019, are available online. Two versions are available, the 200-plus page Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and a summarized version called the Citizens’ Annual Financial Report. The comprehensive report pr…

Sunday, June 7, high school seniors were honored at Tuscanooga Baptist Church, located in a rural community four miles northwest of Mascotte, during its second morning worship service. Each graduate received a Bible with his or her name engraved on the front. Front row, from left: Bailey Mer…

To attract job-seekers, Lake County Schools is using advertisements created by students. Quiana Peterson, instructional recruitment partner for the district, visited various schools throughout the school year to discuss her job. She challenged students to make their own ads.

As the government eases lockdown and the economy begins to rebound from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, CareerSource Central Florida reopened its doors to customers earlier this month for in-person, by appointment services only, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at i…

To help deaf and hearing-impaired individuals navigate the pandemic and its accompanying masks, the Lions of District 35-O Hearing Program has a new project of providing free clear face masks and face shields to allow them to see and read lips and facial expressions.

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