On Oct. 9, 100 adventurous individuals, including 87-year-old veteran Freddy Vocatura and veteran Patrick McElrath, who uses a wheelchair, parachuted into Lake Dora in an impressive aerial display. 

 Much like Christmas, Halloween is no longer relegated to a single day. A number of Halloween enthusiasts now begin decorating at the start of October. Hijinks and autumn revelry fill the air as individuals eagerly count down to the end of the month.

We are making decisions in response to this pandemic that will live on for generations. Once government makes a decision, it rarely ever changes the enacted policy.

You can sign up for Medicare Part B online! If you’re enrolled in Medicare Part A and want to enroll in Part B during the Special Enrollment Period, visit www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare.

SCORE, a national organization that provides free business mentoring services, has several upcoming online programs to help entrepreneurs and other small business owners maximize their efforts. Here’s a sampling:

YOUR Humane Society SPCA’s annual Strut Your Mutt® Day celebration is back, and it is working hard to help its animals during what has been a challenging year.

If you are considering investing in hearing instruments soon, be sure to ask your hearing care provider about telecoil technology. When used in tandem with a hearing loop, telecoils can dramatically enhance your listening experience in public places by sending sound directly to the hearing device.

Oct. 22, American Legion Tri-City Post 18 will host a free seminar, Medicare 101, to provide Medicare information and answer questions as the annual open enrollment period for medical coverage approaches. The class will start at 2 p.m. and is open to the public. The post is located at 401 E.…

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published “Voluntary Sodium Reduction Goals: Target Mean and Upper Bound Concentrations for Sodium in Commercially Processed, Packaged, and Prepared Foods,” guidance intended to improve nutrition and reduce the burden of disease, according to …

Over 500 visitors turned out for presentations, exhibitors, vendors, tours, and food at the Lake County Wildflower Festival on Oct. 2, held at Green Isle Gardens in Groveland. 

Wildwood Soup Kitchen, located at 203 Barwick Street in Wildwood, offers free hot lunches every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

So many folks struggle with their emotions to the extreme that they bow down to them, allowing anger, sadness, despair, etc. to navigate them into a hazy present and future. They allow their emotions to beat them into submission where they feel inadequate and insecure.

We are taking appointments Monday thru Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. We are located on 994 CR 529A in Lake Panasoffkee. For more information, email adoptionmanager@hsspca.org or call 352-793-9117. 

Getting ready for the holidays can often mean getting rid of all sorts of household items that are no longer needed. The Tri-County Community Center, located at 28444 Forbes Ave. in Nobleton, will be happy to include your stuff in its fund-raising yard sale, which is scheduled for early Dece…

Oct. 7, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office presented its new school resource officer vehicles at the Wildwood Community Center in Wildwood. Each of the three vehicles is themed to its coordinating school’s colors and logos. From left, Sumter County School District Superintendent Rick Shirley, De…

Sumter County citizens had to drive over the rough railroad crossing on C 472, between US 301 and Lake Miona. After three years of working with the railroad on contracts, budgets, schedules, etc., the crossing has been completed. 

The city of Tavares will be hopping Oct. 16, when its third annual Rocktoberfest takes over Wooton Park with a Monster Splash Seaplane Fly-In in the morning and events and activities throughout the day. The free, family-friendly event features live rock music, seaplane competitions, food and…

October is Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month, when most animal shelters promote the adoption of hopeful dogs waiting for their forever family. At YOUR Humane Society SPCA, volunteers are crucial to saving and nurturing the dogs and giving them their best chance of finding a loving home. One such vol…

After a year’s hiatus brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Pig on the Pond Community Festival, presented by Advent Health and the City of Clermont, returns Oct. 15–17 to Waterfront Park, located at 330 3rd Street in Clermont.

Oct. 16, all are welcome at the Mason Friends & Family Breakfast, 103 N. Florida Street in Bushnell. On the menu will be scrambled eggs, sausage links, biscuits, sausage gravy, grits, plain or blueberry pancakes, OJ, coffee, iced tea and water. 

Last year, the Florida Republican-led state government passed 210 new bills. How many old laws did they eliminate? I can think of only one.

Hollywood has coined the word “action” across a myriad of movie sets. It’s a cue the actors act upon to move and speak according to script, in order to bring alive someone’s brain child. 

Some of the terms and acronyms people use when they talk about Social Security can be a little confusing. We’re here to help you understand. 

We are taking appointments Monday thru Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. We are located on 994 CR 529A in Lake Panasoffkee. For more information, email adoptionmanager@hsspca.org or call 352-793-9117. 

For many who live in and around Clermont, Minneola and the rest of south Lake County, as well as those who traverse U.S. 27, the Citrus Tower is a given. After all, it would be next to impossible to miss seeing a structure that pierces 226 feet into the sky from one of the highest points in …

Did you miss the discussion with Sabin Streeter, senior director, “Finding Your Roots,” Series 7, and Beverly Steele, founder of Young Performing Artists, Inc. of Wildwood? The genealogy discussion covers the importance and interesting aspects of knowing your family history. Steele is also a…

Frances “Patsy” Teuton, age 79, passed away September 22, 2021, at home with loved ones by her side. Ms. Teuton was born in Jacksonville, FL. on May 2, 1942, to Herbert & Gladys (Evans) Sumner. She was a lifelong resident of Wildwood, FL., but currently resided in Mulberry, FL. She was a…

The seventh annual Experience Lady Lake Expo and Car Show is just around the corner. Nov. 17, all are invited to meet and support local business owners, including those representing health and wellness, insurance, financial, travel, home improvement and other companies. 

The vast majority of us, once we make a decision, almost never ever change our mind. Even when the data is clear that we are wrong. Even, when in retrospect, we made the decision for the wrong reason.

For about a month, I’ve suffered with deep muscle pain in my right arm; from my upper arm to my elbow to my wrist. I wasn’t sure where or why it originated. I’ve prayed and massaged the arm, applied heat and the pain persists. 

Recreational fishing is enjoyed by millions of people. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported that there was an 8 percent increase in anglers between 2011 and 2017. Expenditures by anglers nationwide rose 2 percent during the same time, from $45 billion to $46.1 billion. 

Smart homes can make life at home more convenient, especially for remote workers. However, a recent report suggests many smart homes are vulnerable to cyberattacks. In its “Smart Home Report 2019,” the cybersecurity firm Avast revealed that just under 41 percent of the 16 million smart homes…

Want to watch 100 military-trained paratroopers jump from a World War Two airplane and parachute into Lake Dora? Head to Wooten Park in Tavares, where visitors can catch the best views of the action, set to start Saturday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. Other areas that should provide decent views are t…

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  – Florida Museum of Natural History researchers are asking for help tracking two obscure species of ultra-fuzzy, fast-flying native bees that are most active from August through October. 

SECO Energy’s District 9 Trustee Morgan Hatfield has earned her Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Achieving the certificate is the initial step in the NRECA’s Director Education Program.

We are taking appointments Monday thru Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. We are located on 994 CR 529A in Lake Panasoffkee. For more information, email adoptionmanager@hsspca.org or call 352-793-9117. 

Some of the terms and acronyms people use when they talk about Social Security can be a little confusing. We’re here to help you understand. 

Since 1964, Oct. 15 has been known as National White Cane Safety Day, or Blind Americans Equality Day. New Vision for Independence, which has been helping people in Lake, Sumter and The Villages overcome vision loss since 2005, is offering special programs in recognition of the day.

I think we are all interested in improving our health in some way. Have you realized, though, that one way to fulfill this goal is to improve your hearing? 

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