Roscoe is an 8-year-old chihuahua mix weighing approximately 7 pounds. This handsome boy came from a high-kill shelter, and the person who dropped him off said he was a stray. The staff knew he was their dog because he started crying and was trying to leave with them, so he felt betrayed and…

Join Lake County Water Authority naturalists on a hike of Hidden Waters Preserve in Eustis on April 11 at 9 a.m. Be prepared for a strenuous hike, since the change in elevation on this 90-acre property is approximately 105 feet. Tour guides will showcase the unique features of this property,…

Why do we prescribe burn forest and grassland? That is a simple question; however, prescribed fire is not a simple subject. The answers to the question, and the logic behind the answers can take years of practice and study to be fully understood. 

At its 83rd annual meeting, SECO Energy celebrated “Just Business.” The not-for-profit energy cooperative’s March 25 virtual gathering, called the Annual Meeting of the Membership, was available to members via Facebook live, YouTube and live streaming.

“Beautiful Lake County: Protecting and Enjoying Our Waterways” is the subject of a free, online panel discussion on April 11, at 7 p.m. Panel members include four Lake County environmental advocates – Peggy Cox, Susan Fetter, Maryann Krisovitch and Dr. Beverly Ward.

The 13th annual Planes, Tunes & BBQ event will be held April 9–11 in Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby Street, Tavares. The family-friendly event features live music, a twilight airshow, seaplane competitions, BBQ, vendors, family fun zone and more.

From Colt Creek State Park in Lakeland to Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area, which straddles the Orange/Osceola county line, and beyond, organizations across the state are celebrating Florida’s gopher tortoises on their special day, April 10. Designated by the Gopher Tortoise …

Easter is coming and it’s time to put up the tree. For those thinking right now that trees are for an entirely different Christian holiday, you are both right and wrong. Even though trees may be more widely associated with Christmas, Easter trees are an increasingly popular and festive tradi…

Easter is a Christian holiday that is steeped in tradition. Families have their own Easter traditions, some of which are secular in nature while others are faith-based. The Catholic Church has its own Easter traditions, and perhaps none are as awe-inspiring as the celebration of Easter Sunda…

SCORE Mid-Florida, which serves Lake, Sumter and Marion 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:

Last Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced new eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida. Beginning March 29, all individuals age 40 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning Monday, April 5, all individuals age 18 and older will be eligible to recei…

Everything about Southern Hill Farms makes you feel like you’re far away from Central Florida’s main attractions. It’s nestled between Winter Garden and Clermont on a back dirt road; however, it’s only three miles off Highway 27 and 18 minutes from the Magic Kingdom. 

Lake County has extended the deadline for county residents to apply for rental assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Residents must meet the following criteria: Primary residence must be in Lake County and applicants must be renters, rent must be past due, applicants mu…

The city of Mount Dora has teamed up with OneBlood to host a blood drive on Thursday, April 8. During this drive, OneBlood will be collecting blood, and also checking blood pressure, pulse, temperature, COVID-19 antibody test and iron count, as well as providing a cholesterol screening.

Singletary Park, located at 1902 S. 14th Street in Leesburg with direct access to Lake Harris, will close for parking area maintenance March 29 through April 1. Crews will sealcoat and restripe the entire lot. The work should take four days, with the park expected to reopen on April 2. Durin…

The centennial celebration of the Lake County Fair will soon be here, with the event running April 8–17. Held at 2101 N. CR 452 in Eustis, it will feature all the traditional entertainment and fun you’ve come to expect at the local fair.

The weekly Lady Lake Farmers Market, temporarily relocated to the Rolling Acres Sports Complex due to road construction, will return to its home near Log Cabin Park, 106 Hwy 27/441, on March 30. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday. Visit the Lady Lake Farmer’s Market Facebook page…

Last Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-67 (Amending Executive Order 20-315 - Vaccine Administration/Protecting Florida’s Seniors), which took effect on Monday, March 22. It states that vaccinations will now be given to all persons 50 years of age and older, as well as long-…

“For someone who a few weeks ago complained about how much taxes your company had to pay, you sure make it sound like the Republicans in Tallahassee are all to blame. Yet you think they should raise state taxes to take the ‘burden‘ off local governments. Isn’t that what local governments are…

Most learning resources for business owners focus on either start-ups or mature businesses. To help business owners who are growth-oriented women entrepreneurs beyond the start-up phase and already generating revenue, yet looking to grow and scale, SBA created Ascent. It’s an interactive dig…

The National Navy SEAL Museum and Memorial, located in Fort Pierce, awards scholarships to children of U.S. Special Operations members each year. College tuition scholarships, along with preschool, K-12 and tuition awards, are based on financial need of U.S. Special Operations members. 

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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…