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If you’ve taken your clock to The Clock Shop in Eustis for repair, you’ve probably met Marna Wrosch, a likeable gal with a keen sense of humor. Over the past ten years, she worked at The Clock where she exceled as a skilled woodworker and clock specialist. A Chicago native, Wrosch recently d…

Treadwell Farms, a family-owned hemp business based in Lake County, and Ravenous Pig Brewing Company have teamed up to brew an amber ale with hemp leaves grown and harvested by the farm. Called Treadwell Red, it doesn’t contain CBD or THC, as the leaves were used to create this brew.

It’s easy for adults to experience a little nostalgia when holiday shopping for their children. The holiday season has long been considered a special time of year, and much of that magic can be traced to the joy kids feel when unwrapping gifts from mom, dad and, of course, Santa Claus.

Families, businesses, schools and just about everyone had to modify daily life in dramatic ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the most significant effects of COVID-19 – beyond the health implications – have been the changes in outings and gatherings and the ways holidays are celebrated.

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

New England clam chowder is a common menu item throughout the world. Chowder is a rich, hearty soup with seafood or chicken with a base of salt pork or bacon combined with a medley of vegetables to include onions, celery and potatoes. Supposedly in the 18th century, clam chowder was introduc…

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

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting nominations for the 2022 National Small Business Week Awards. The awards recognize achievements of SBA-assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and the nation’s economy.

Have you been feeling sluggish lately? Is it hard to get going in the morning? It is not uncommon to experience this lack of energy. With all the demands life has to offer it is no wonder we all need a little pick me up every now and then. Luckily there is a new craze that is taking the nati…

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There is a hidden gem in Mount Dora Marketplace. It is restaurant Feast, which opened in 2020 and offers selective paninis, wraps, salads and flatbreads. Owner Michele Farmer opened Feast after creating A Moveable Feast in 2017, which delivers homemade meals straight to your home or office i…

Do you believe in magic? You just might after visiting Phil Barnard’s Magical Meat Boutique in Mount Dora. Not only is this British pub an authentic rendition, the story of its creation is magical. Barnard Butchers, a generational, family-owned business dating back to the 1500s, opened the M…

Mid-Florida SCORE, part of a national organization that provides free business mentoring services, has two special online programs in November that are designed to help entrepreneurs and other small business owners maximize their efforts. 

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Never been to Maine but always dreamed of feasting on Maine lobster and a delicious bowl of New England clam chowder? No need to pack your bags. Just visit Let’s Do…A Maine Lobster Roll on N. Donnelly Street in downtown Mount Dora.

Every town seems to have its local favorite pizzeria. If you happen to be in Mount Dora, then PizzAmoré could very well be the place for you. Located in an historical 1929 cottage off East 5th Avenue, it is operated by restaurateur Leigh Love and executive chef Jesse Thomas.

Sept. 25–Oct. 31, East Lake County Chamber of Commerce will present their 14th annual Pumpkin Patch, taking place at 24214 Sorrento Avenue (formerly SR 46).

The Florida Public Relations Association Lake County Chapter invites marketing and communications professionals to learn about how the iOS 14.5 update and its changes to user permissions could impact their outreach efforts.

SCORE, a national organization that provides free business mentoring services, has several upcoming online programs to help entrepreneurs and other small business owners maximize their efforts. Here’s a sampling:

Alee Academy Charter High School recently welcomed Cindy Emerick as its new director. The Lake County resident began her full-time teaching career at Alee Academy in 2007, serving as a teacher and an administrator. She earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from the American Coll…

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 upcoming live events offered online:

July 23 at 11:30 a.m., Goodwill Industries of Central Florida’s virtual Job Connection team will host a free webinar on effective job search techniques. This course will teach participants how to navigate exploring potential vacancies that fit their skills and interests, including what key w…

Oct. 14, the Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 7th semi-annual Business to Business Expo. Promoted as “speed networking meets business expo,” the four-hour event will provide attendees access to business referrals and a chance to connect with area businesses.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended the application date for its new Community Navigator Pilot Program. It will now accept proposal submissions through July 23 and anticipates making award decisions by September.

Leslie Manning, a native New Yorker who moved to central Florida in 1995, enjoys bringing exceptional food and art to her Howey-in-the-Hills marketplace. The historical building of the Howey Market provides a venue for local artists to sell their high-quality crafts and a home for Roosters K…

The Florida Public Relations Association Lake County Chapter will host guest speaker Anthony Morrison, two-time senior social media producer for Good Morning America, in an interactive chat June 16 via Zoom. 

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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…