Shopping at locally owned businesses benefits everyone from local business owners to the people they employ to the communities where they operate. As beneficial as shopping local can be for small business owners and the communities where they operate, the planet is perhaps the biggest benefi…

The 16th annual Toys for Tots Tournament by the Holiday Marine & Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes will be held Dec. 6, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Hurricane Dockside Grill in Tavares. Want to donate new and unwrapped toys? Call 352-878-4824 or 877-800-1492, ext. 3, for drop-box location and o…

The sixth annual Experience Lady Lake Expo is just around the corner. Dec. 2, 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 Town of Astatula recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new community center. U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, Lake County Commissioner Wendy Breeden and County Commission Chairman Leslie Campione were in attendance at the event.

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“I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Honoring Our Essential & Frontline Workers” is the theme of this year’s Lady Lake Christmas Parade, set to start Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. and traverse along Old Dixie Highway. For more information, call the Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce at 352-753-6029.

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Roxy is a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier weighing approximately 8 pounds. She just had 16 teeth removed. She previously had trouble eating because of tooth pain, but now she is pain-free and gaining weight. She only has three teeth, but is able to eat dry food, according to A Forever Home …

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Seagull Cottage originated in Maine over 30 years ago. A lovely couple, “Capt. Jim & Elsa Stewart”, have owned and operated several locations very successfully. They started this location at Renninger’s in Mount Dora about 5 years ago.

Do you provide care for a loved one, or are you facing challenges as you age? This column is designed to bring support, education and encouragement for those who deal with memory loss, have questions about aging or care for loved ones. Today, we have two questions from our readers.

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Raymond “Ray” Ordell Halverson (1934-2020) went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 22, 2020 at the age of 85 after a short but rough battle with cancer. The funeral service will be held at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, 890 Abrams Road, Eustis, Florida at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28. It will al…