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Barbara Vaughan, of Mount Dora, shared her photo of an anhinga drying its wings on the boardwalk at Lake Dora in the early morning light. The species is found in freshwater and coastal waters around the state, where it likes to go fishing by diving underwater to catch its meals. Unlike cormo…

Marty is a friendly 6 year old male Terrier mix. He does well with other dogs (cats unknown, but can be tested). Marty is a smart pup who recently completed an 8 week program learning basic and intermediate obedience. Consider meeting Marty at our shelter, he’s ready for his chance at a fure…

Tavares – Lake County is reminding residents of the summertime fertilizer ordinance which prohibits applying fertilizer containing nitrogen and phosphorus to turf or landscaping between June 1 and Sept. 30.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’ Farm Service Agency has begun mailing farmers its pre-filled applications for the Emergency Relief Program (ERP), a new program designed to help agricultural producers impacted by wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, winter storms and other qualifying natural …

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) announced that 12 new specialty and military license plates are being delivered to tax collector offices and license plate agencies statewide. Floridians who purchased presale vouchers for the specialty …

Christine Halloran has been named Eustis’ city clerk, following the retirement of Mary Montez, who worked for the city for 10 years. Montez plans on spending time with family and traveling, as well as gardening and volunteering her time with local organizations.

At the 2022 National Senior Games held last month in Fort Lauderdale, Tavares resident Larry Davis was part of the Bombers basketball team, which placed third in their category, earning a bronze medal in the 85-plus division. 

The Marianne Beck Memorial Library is hosting the third annual Youth Art Contest as part of its monthly Meet the Artist program. This year’s theme is “Oceans, Lakes and Rivers,” inspired by the 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” summer reading program. The contest submission deadline is July 1 a…

Mid-Florida SCORE, part of a national organization that provides free business mentoring services, has many upcoming online programs lined up. The programs are designed to help entrepreneurs and other small business owners maximize their efforts. 

CREATE Conservatory is a K-6 school that opened its doors in the fall of 2020. In its first year of operation, all of the students at CREATE showed an average of three years of growth in one year. This kind of data isn’t typical, and neither are their methodologies. CREATE teaches STEM educa…

Outdoor living spaces are a wildly popular trend. A 2021 survey conducted on behalf of the International Casual Furnishings Association and American Home Furnishings Alliance found that 90 percent of individuals surveyed felt outdoor living spaces are more valuable than ever. That popularity…

 June 5, at the Cauley Lott Park in Mount Dora, community members Shaka Dlamini and Eric Brent put together a free event to promote positivity and growth within their community. It was also to celebrate the Lake County homecoming weekend with a couple of friendly basketball games, among olde…

Assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation will begin a three-day examination at the Eustis Police Department Aug. 2, when they will review all aspects of the department’s policies, procedures, management practices, operations and support services, according to t…

During the May SECO Energy board of trustee meeting, SECO Energy Board President Gerald Anderson and CEO Curtis Wynn recognized longtime District 8 Trustee William (Bill) W. James, Jr. and District 4 Trustee Richard Dennison with certificates of appreciation presented on behalf of the board.

June 3, the Lake-Sumter Seminole Club hosted its annual Seminole Send Off for incoming Florida State University freshmen and their families. The event was held at the Rogers Park Building in Leesburg. 

If you want a fresh look for your castle, now is the time to change it up! Showcase Furniture in Mount Dora has over 12,000 square feet of beautiful furniture for every room. There are many sets and pieces in stock and ready for delivery and their annual July 4th sale stats today! Although t…

Scouts post colors at Moose Lodge No. 874: From left, AnnaBree Peake, Alex Yeagley, Reilly Yeagley, Levi Peake and Scouts leader Sara Harper. Golden Triangle Moose Lodge No. 874 is located at 1901 Titcomb Street in Eustis. Photo courtesy Michael D. Rowlett.

Domino is a playful 8 month old male Terrier mix currently weighing 56lbs. He LOVES the water and splashing around. He enjoys socializing with other dogs and is friendly with people. Domino will need a person or family that will continue with his training so that he can learn basic puppy man…

This week, A Forever Home Animal Rescue is featuring Lil Bit and Jake, a bonded “brother and sister.” Lil Bit is a 2-year-old female Chug (Chihuahua pug) mix weighing 25 pounds. Her brother, Jake, is a 10-year-old Boston terrier weighing 32 pounds. 

Deep breathing exercises can help individuals maintain personal health and well-being. According to the American Institute of Stress, 20 to 30 minutes per day of “belly breathing,” also known as abdominal breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, can reduce stress and anxiety. The American Sleep…

Fishing is a favorite recreational activity for many people in Florida, but how much do we know about the state of freshwater fisheries across the state?

Last month, U.S. Marine David Gonzalez walked 22.2 miles to raise funds for veteran nonprofit organization Mission 22, with his destination Amvets Post 1992 in Mount Dora.

Local parks don’t take care of themselves, and the city of Tavares has been working to improve several lately, including the Tavares Nature Park on Milwaukee Avenue.

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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…