Another Lake County teen has earned the rank of Eagle Scout – Eustis resident Wesley Gantz, who was recognized in a Court of Honor Jan. 2. Troop 250 held the ceremony at the First United Methodist Church in Eustis, and Gantz’s two older brothers, Wyatt and Daniel, also Eagle Scouts from Troo…

While the current COVID-19 situation has changed everything for everyone, sometimes all you can do is take a bad situation and make the best of it. Business closings and economic woes flood the news, along with the illness that is taking its toll on the world.

Many people will say that no movie marathon is complete without a big bowl of popcorn. Movies and popcorn have been linked for decades, but popcorn is more than just a must-have on movie night. 

Feb.6, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Graham’s U Pick Peaches is hosting the 2021 Central Florida Peach Blossom Festival. Food trucks, photo opportunities, vendors and more will be on hand at the orchard, located at 14803 Lake Yale Road in Umatilla. Visit Graham’s Facebook page for further information.

Many counties across the St. Johns River Water Management District had a very dry December, with much of Lake County receiving less than an inch of rainfall during the month.

Personal growth is at the heart of many New Year’s resolutions. Few paths to positive personal growth are more noble than resolving to help others through increased acts of generosity and kindness. 

Ricky is a handsome 5 year old male American Bulldog mix. He does great with other dogs and would do best in a home with older kids and no cats. Ricky does not do well in the kennel environment and would do best with meeting new people in our play yard. Ricky is a playful boy and is ready to…

For his 90th birthday, Chuck Cook decided to celebrate in a big way and traded in his 2014 Corvette for a shiny red 2021 Corvette from Cecil Clark Chevrolet. His wife, Barbara, as well as family and friends from A Touch of Class Corvette club, joined in the celebration as he picked up his new ride.

Feb. 6 and 7, members of the First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora will conduct free tours of the church’s 27 stained-glass windows, which date from 1958. Learn about the themes portrayed in the windows located in the church sanctuary, as well as their construction history. Tours are F…

Esme Dellinger, Sylvia Davis and Brooklyn Powhida of  Girl Scout Troop 9595, handed out free trees during the Arbor Day Celebration last Saturday in Tavares.

Tech afficionados often know when the latest gizmos and gadgets are slated to hit the market and be made available to consumers. Anticipation tends to build around everything from the latest version of a popular smartphone to a new incarnation of a beloved gaming system. But perhaps no advan…

The Lake County Water Authority invites local children ages 4 and up to participate in a free fishing clinic to be held at Hickory Point Recreational Facility, 27341 SR 19, Tavares, from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 6.

SCORE Mid-Florida, which serves Sumter, Marion and Lake counties, has several upcoming online programs to help entrepreneurs and other small business owners maximize their efforts. Here’s a sampling of programs scheduled over the next few weeks:

The Lake Beautyberry chapter of Florida Native Plant Society is planning an online program Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. titled “Beauty of the Small Wild Ones.” Presented through the Zoom platform, the free program will highlight award-winning nature photographer Steven Long’s macro images of the small …

The City of Tavares’ 4th Annual Arbor Day Celebration will be Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Wooten Park in Tavares. Event sponsors include Lake Soil and Water Conservation District, UF/IFAS Lake County Extension and Florida Forest Service. 

Learn about reptiles at Trout Lake Nature Center’s Friday Night Naturalist program when Jessica Hartman of Scales and Tails in Eustis presents an informational program Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. Live animals will be featured in her presentation, along with information about care, temperament and the …

David Averill has been appointed to serve as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora. The appointment was made by Bishop Ken Carter and the appointive cabinet of the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Averill succeeds Rev. Gary Upleger, who ser…

Jesse’s Fund for Therapy Dogs recently received a generous grant from the W. Noyes & Ruth D. Baker Grant Charitable Trust/The First National Bank of Mount Dora Trust to help pay major medical expenses for active therapy dogs in Lake County.

According to AmeriCorps, Martin Luther King Day is the only federal holiday in the United States that is designated as a national day of service. The holiday takes place each year on the third Monday in January. In 2021, Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated Jan. 18. The day honors Marti…

Jan. 23–24, Log Cabin Park in Lady Lake will host the 15th annual Art in the Park Festival. Admission is free to the event, which runs 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday at 106 US Hwy. 441/27 in Lady Lake. For more information, contact the Lady Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 3…

Portions of the Lake Apopka Loop Trail will be intermittently closed to all public access as construction gets underway on a Lake Apopka Duda property water storage improvement project. While portions of the Loop Trail will be closed intermittently during construction, the popular Lake Apopk…

SCORE Mid-Florida, which serves Sumter, Marion and Lake counties, has several upcoming online pro-grams to help entrepreneurs and other small business owners maximize their efforts. Here’s a sampling of programs scheduled for January:

The University of Tampa virtually hosted its 151th commencement on Dec. 5 to honor 618 degree-seeking candidates. Three local students graduated from The University of Tampa. Brianna Civiero, of Mount Dora, graduated with a master of science in entrepre-neurship. Hannah Zavodney, of Sorrento…

Plans are under way for the centennial celebration of the Lake County Fair April 8–17, 2021. The 10-day event, presented by Vann Gannaway Chevrolet, is set to take place at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Eustis and feature livestock shows, youth exhibits, live entertainment, carnival rides a…

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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…