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Robert Burns, considered Scotland’s national poet, was born on Jan. 25, 1759. While he died in 1796, his legacy lives on – along with annual birthday celebrations that have been going on since 1801.

My husband and I recently updated our cellular phones from the dinosaur age. There was no way we could stick with phones that didn’t allow us space to take more pictures of our sweet grandbabies at Christmas. That’s where we drew the line. 

At last Wednesday’s AdventHealth News Briefing, Dr. Vincent Hsu, the hospital system’s executive director of infection prevention, cautioned that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. 

Welcoming a baby to your family is an exciting time. Doing paperwork, even for something as important as a Social Security number for your newborn, is probably one of the last things you want to do. We’ve made it easy. If your child is born in a hospital, the most convenient way to apply for…

 Journey is a stunning 2 year old male Terrier mix weighing 70 lbs. He is a happy boy who enjoys being around people and does well with other dogs (cats unknown, but can be tested). Journey is ready to be your loving companion and is available to adopt at our shelter.

Dec. 18–19, participants in the annual race took to the streets of Mount Dora for a festive run. A portion of the event proceeds help support Mount Dora High School FFA and Run 4 a Cause Foundation.  

United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties, based in Leesburg, is offering a free 15-week course that provides resources and instruction related to budgeting, job seeking, home buying, acquiring a GED and more.

Sugar is as sweet as her name suggests. She is a beautiful 4 year old female Catahoula mix. She enjoys exploring in the play yard and does great with other dogs (cats unknown, we can test). Ready for some Sugar sweetness? Visit her at our shelter.

In August 2020, the Central Florida Expressway Authority launched its planning process for the agency’s 2045 Master Plan. The goal is to identify potential transportation projects for the toll-road system over the next 25 years.

This week we celebrate some Presidential birthdays, Apollo 8 and things that happened during the Great Depression.

Community members, Lake County Schools employees and eligible students can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at no cost at four elementary schools across the county. The Florida Department of Health in Lake will offer the immunizations, along with Pfizer boosters for those who completed th…

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Ring in the new year with the annual Dade’s Battle Reenactment, a look at Sumter County 186 years ago, when the Second Seminole War began. The Dec. 28, 1835, clash occurred at what is now Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, a National Historic Landmark. 

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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…