This year’s Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society conference, “Exposing Brick Walls & Family Secrets,” will be held as a live virtual experience you can enjoy from home. The event will be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

May 12, Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society will host a program with Arlene Bird, who will offer ways to do DNA family research without breaking the bank.

Family Matters of Central Florida is offering its first “Friends Matter” summer camp program for pre-K through fifth grade students. The program will run in two-week sessions June 7­­–July 16, from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

New rules designed to protect Florida from high-risk, nonnative reptiles came into effect April 29. To help people who have pet green iguanas and tegus come into compliance, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding Tag Your Reptile Days throughout the state, off…

Tango the macaw has a lot of people to thank for his safe return home April 22, after he spent the preceding three days and four nights on his own. The three-year-old bird was found about 10 miles from his Sorrento home, at Rock Springs Elementary School in Apopka.

This sunset photo was taken by local photographer Larry H. Oskin last month by Clermont Beach near downtown Clermont. He said, “My fine art photos have been published in local, national and international publications, plus hung in art galleries and art museums.” We can see why. Thanks for sh…

The American alligator, an important part of Florida’s wetland habitats, is a conservation success story. Florida has a healthy and stable alligator population, which is estimated at 1.3 million. They are found in all 67 counties in Florida. Warm spring weather means alligators’ metabolism i…

The Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville is offering free admission to all fee-based exhibits for active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day, May 15, through Labor Day, Sept. 6, as a part of the nationwide Blue Star Museums initiative.

 Lake County Schools welcomed 2021 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees on April 21 in a small ceremony at the Rogers Park Center in Leesburg. This year’s inductees are Jacqueline Ashley, Leesburg High School, class of 1970; Denise Burry, Tavares High School, class of 1983; Keith Murphy, Mount Dora…

Lake County Schools is requesting that parents and students complete surveys to provide their input on experiences and opinions regarding their schools.

A new non-profit initiative has opened at Cagan Crossings in Clermont, supporting hospitality industry workers impacted by the pandemic by offering a place to sell goods, and pick up groceries, pet food and other essentials.

Clermont Garden Club delivered its April plant of the month to the Cooper Memorial Library – a colorful Bromeliad.(Bromeliaceae). This plant was loaned by club member Sandi Eckstein, shown at left, with library assistant Liam Wagler.

IMPOWER, a statewide nonprofit behavioral health and child well-being organization, is offering Lake County residents affected by COVID-19 free mental health and substance misuse services via telehealth.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund, a national legal advocacy organization for animals, is offering an additional $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for writing “Trump” on a manatee in Citrus County. The reward now totals up to $…

Sunsets can be pretty dramatic in Florida, and reader Dave Carroll’s photo is a nice example of that. He said the sky looked like it was on fire, and he snapped this photo in his Clermont neighborhood to prove it. 

To assist those struggling with the loss of a loved one, feelings of isolation or uncertainty caused by the ongoing pandemic, Cornerstone Hospice is expanding its offering of support groups for members of the community in Lake, Sumter, Orange, Osceola, Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. Th…

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April 8, Chip Hawthorne of Main Street Mower, a local mower dealership, drove a lawn mower from one side of the state to the other. His goal in what he called a “mowathon” was to raise funds for West Orange Habitat for Humanity.

The South Lake Business Leaders (SLBL) is hosting a Boots and Bunny Review May 1 at Lake Catherine Farms, 5849 Lake Catherine Road, to support the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit whose sole mission is to support South Lake County residents as they cope with the emotional and …

At their general meeting on April 3, South Lake Art League members voted in their new board of directors: Lisa Harris as president, Dorris Delbridge as vice president, Daniel Henderson as treasurer, Linda Hansee as secretary, and Kitty Adler, Kathy Henderson and Alana Jones.

You may have already noticed an increase in activity in your gardens. Insects are hatching, flowers are blooming and fruit is ripening. It is not too late to get started on your very own butterfly garden. A butterfly garden will need plants to host caterpillars as well as plants that provide…

In an interview with the News Leader, 95-year-old Tracy, who said he rides his bike five miles every day, attributed exercise ang eating well to his longevity.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, air currents can carry pesticides that were applied to nearby properties. That means even people who do not apply pesticides in their lawns and gardens can still be at risk of exposure to these potentially harmful chemicals. People concerned …