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TAVARES — Lake County Schools will begin accepting applications for 2022-23 Educational Choice transfers from Lake County residents on Tuesday, Feb. 1. The Open Enrollment window will remain open through April 30 for Lake residents. A second 2022-23 window, for all Florida residents, opens in June.

The Daughters of the American Revolution Bertha Hereford Hall Chapter ended 2021 strong, with members collecting gas cards, food items, household supplies, toiletries, clothes, calendars, Christmas cards and monetary donations in support of veterans.

At a Jan. 20 ceremony at the Supreme Court of Florida, The Florida Bar will recognize 20 lawyers in each of Florida’s 20 judicial circuits for their work on behalf of low-income and disadvantaged clients. Attorney David C. Sasser, 5th Judicial Circuit (Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumt…


Emed Shasid, new owner of Buster Tubbs Bar and Grill in Tavares, embraced entrepreneurship at an early age. Born in Egypt, he and his two sisters were raised in Jersey City, New Jersey. At the age of 12, Shasid had his first newspaper delivery route.

Holding a grudge is the equivalent of holding ourselves in a chokehold. Squeezing and squeezing until we cut ourselves off from the abundant life that Jesus sacrificed to give us. We’re the ones who suffer, not the persons that we hold ill will toward. 

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Salley Clare (Pagenkemper) Baumann was born October 22, 1946, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania to Arthur and Doris (Braun) Pagenkemper. Sallye Baumann died on December 7, 2021, at the age of 75 in Tavares, Florida.

Editor’s note: David Dunn-Rankin, who many readers know through his weekly column, is CEO of this newspaper’s parent company and the son of Betty Dunn-Rankin. The following originally ran in the Venice Gondolier. 

Loving caretaker and father, William Robert “Bob” Friedman, 78 of D’Iberville, MS, passed away on November 5th, 2021, in his home.

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.

Wilson Crandall May 6, 2021 Wilson Trafton Crandall, age 77, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at the Edgewater Health and Rehabilitation Center in the Waterman Village of Mount Dora, Florida from complications relating to Parkinson’s disease.

Richard (Rick) Russell Livingston passed away on the afternoon of November 18, 2020 in Anderson, South Carolina at 71 years of age. He was born in Lakeland, Florida on April 29, 1949 as the first born child of Nelda Forehand Livingston and Wiley Richard Livingston, Jr. He served in the Unite…

Millie Rue Romney Dunn age 100 of Mount Dora, Fl, formerly of New Smyrna Beach FL and Westwood, MA, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 joining her pre-deceased husband of 68 years James Owen Dunn Sr. She was born in Salt Lake City, UT on August 11, 1920. She graduated from the Univ…

Cameron Lee Cruz, age 43, passed away unexpectedly in Mount Dora, Florida on December 5, 2020. Cameron was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Cam was beloved at every school he was at, starting at Crestwood Elementary in Rockford, Michigan where he became fast frie…

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…