Last October, the Leesburg Center for the Arts (CFA) kickstarted a program aimed at giving regional artists space to exhibit and bring attention to the potential of vacant downtown buildings. The program, known as the Storefront Art Program, is now exhibiting its second group of artists. 

Four SECO Energy trustees recently earned certifications intended to better help them serve in their roles on the not-for-profit electric cooperative’s board. Certification is through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Lieutenant Christie Mysinger, commander of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office resource deputy program, oversees 30 deputies and 52 armed guardians assigned to Lake County District schools. At a recent Kiwanis Club of Umatilla meeting, she gave club members and guests an informative insight int…

Last month, Golden Triangle Moose Lodge members Gary Harrison and Shawn Tracy traveled to Zephyrhills Lodge to team up with Betty Seals and Martha Allbaugh to play in Jack & Jill Scotch doubles tournament. The team played Feb. 6 to determine placement on Feb. 7 for a 3 Elimination series…

Sunsational Farms, located at 40541 Roger Giles Road in Umatilla, is hosting Big Orange Day on March 6, 1–8 p.m. Activities include face painting, a Kids Zone, BBQ & Chili Cook-Off, a vendor market, raffles, live music, a petting zoo and more. For admission cost and more details, contact…

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:

To assist in the massive power restoration effort in Texas following deadly ice storms, SECO Energy released five Pike Electric crews and three Nelson Tree crew modules. The contractors left SECO on Feb. 15 to help restore power to some of the 4 million-plus Texans left without power.

Davidson of Dundee is still owned and operated by the Davidson family. As you drive on US Highway 27, just north of the turn-off for Legoland (formerly Cypress Gardens), the signs beckon you to stop in for citrus candy, jelly and marmalade, Florida souvenirs and fresh citrus fruit.

Lake Technical College welcomes hundreds of students each year into our 30-plus career and technical programs. It has been our mission and privilege to prepare them for their future careers. This past year has been no different. Even though the global pandemic challenged us in every way, our…

As we look forward to spring planting, now is the time to create your garden plan. While the climate in Florida allows for a wide range of plants to grow, using Florida native plants has a wide range of benefits, including: Saving time and money, reducing water use, using less chemicals in t…

Ben Wilcox, a former journalist who worked for Common Cause Florida before becoming research director for Integrity Florida, focuses on “Ethics & Money in Politics” in an online program that was presented via Zoom on Feb. 22. Integrity Florida is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institu…

The weekly Farmers Market relocated Feb.16 to the Rolling Acres Sports Complex, 250 Rolling Acres Road, Lady Lake, due to road construction near Log Cabin Park, its former location. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Tuesday. Visit the Lady Lake Farmer’s Market Facebook page for more inf…

This year, America Saves Week runs Feb. 22–26.  The week is a great time for people to assess their own saving status, as planning and saving are key to a successful retirement. 

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Last week, AdventHealth announced it has updated the visitor policy at its Central Florida Division facilities, allowing two visitors per day per patient. Visitors may leave and return on the same day; however, visitors must be the same two people per day. The updates, which are now in effec…

The loss of a loved one, fears related to COVID-19, and even the toxic political climate can all cause sadness, stress and anxiety. Cornerstone Hospice offers the community many support groups to help adults and children deal with and process those feelings. Participants meet by video confer…

Speed networking meets business expo when Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce hosts its sixth semi-annual business event April 15, 1–4 p.m. Attendees can gain business referrals and connect with businesses during the event. The in-person expo will be at the Water Oak Recreation Center, 106 Evergre…

Spring is in the air, although the actual first day of spring isn’t until March 20. Last week, Clermont News Leader editor Laura Bennett-Kimble captured this photo of a busy red-shouldered hawk as it flew a fluffy tuft of Spanish moss back to its nest.

We’re beyond thrilled about the arrival of our granddaughter, Claire Tyler--who is not pictured above--this past Super Bowl Sunday. Her daddy, Tyler, is a huge Bucs fan so her birthdays will be super special. 

Albert is a handsome 5 year old Hound mix that can’t wait to find his furever home! He loves attention and cuddling. Albert gets along with kids, other dogs, and cats. He really is the total package! Albert came to us after being shot in the leg. Despite this traumatic experience he is still…

Jake Broadway, a math and science coach at Eustis Elementary School, recently was awarded a $2,500 grant through the State Farm Teacher Assist program for a new “Number Talks” program meant to help students at the school build and strengthen math skills. 

As of Feb. 10, the Florida Department of Health in Lake County’s COVID-19 immunization site at Groveland Amazon distribution center site was closed due to lack of vaccine availability. Closure was expected to last through Monday, Feb. 15, with the site re-opening once the next vaccine shipme…

The Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) Lake County Chapter will host Jay Wilson, APR, CPRC, principal at SCU, who will discuss “Digging Deeper into Research” and how research impacts public relations work.

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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…