Reader Robin Hamel has shared another great nature photo with us – this time, a Roseate Spoonbill in flight. These stunning pink birds are typically seen in Florida’s coastal areas, but they do show up on occasion in Lake County, too. They get their name from their spoon-shaped bills, which …

Dakota is a beautiful 2 year old female Black Lab/Terrier mix. She has a friendly and sweet personality and will make a wonderful family companion. Dakota likes to play and is great with other dogs (cats unknown, but can be tested if needed). Dakota is ready to find her furever home and is w…

Beau was born under a porch in Tavares about 12 months ago. She has Cerebellum hyperplasia (wobbly cat syndrome), which is caused by a virus and is characterized by the cat exhibiting involuntary movement while walking and partially losing balance. 

The Florida Department of Health in Lake County, in collaboration with the Lake County School Board, will conduct school immunizations for school-age children Aug. 7 and Aug. 14, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.  at three area locations: Clermont Health Center, 875 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont; Umatilla Hea…

The start of the school year can bring uncertainty for many students. They may worry about a new school, new teachers or making new friends. Concerns about COVID-19, in-person classes, and whether to wear a mask certainly can add to any anxiety or stress that children may experience.

Parents are tasked with teaching their children many lessons. Some are more obvious, like how to live safely or how to ride a bike or tie their shoes. Other lessons are more complicated and abstract, especially as they pertain to issues like respect. 

ORLANDO, Fla., July 15, 2021 – About 430 people were hospitalized last week with COVID-19 in AdventHealth hospitals across Central Florida, an increase of more than 100 people since the same time last week, and a result of the highly contagious Delta variant.

July 17 and 18, the Hydro-Turf HydroDrag US Nationals World Championship was held in Tavares, and the city was ready now that its Seaplane Base and Marina re-build project is complete. The “World’s Fastest Event on Water” attracted racers from all over the United States.

Hippie Kitty Doggie Day was held in Elizabeth Park last Saturday to raise funds to carry on Marie Rich’s legacy of helping animals. Rich, a former Mount Dora City Council member, local real estate agent and an advocate for any animal in need, passed away this time last year in a car accident…

This week we recognize John Quincy Adams, Gerald Ford, the Bill of Rights, Apollo 11, the 25th Amendment, Amelia Earhart and the moon landing.

July 31, University of Florida/IFAS Extension is presenting an in-person program, “Take Control of Your Money: Credit and Spending.”

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…

A blessing of students and school personnel will be held on Sunday, Aug. 8, at First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora. The blessing will be conducted during the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. traditional services and the 9:30 a.m. contemporary service. 

The Florida Department of Health in Lake County, in collaboration with the Lake County School Board, will conduct school immunizations for school-age children Aug. 7 and Aug. 14 at the Clermont Health Center, 875 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 

The Lake County UF/IFAS Extension Office invites nature lovers to attend “Tour the Wonders of Water,” an informative morning of talks followed by an exclusive hike at Wolf Branch Sink Preserve.

New rules designed to protect Florida from high-risk, nonnative reptiles came into effect April 29. The rule changes to Chapter 68-5, F.A.C. specifically address 16 high-risk invasive reptiles, including pythons, tegus and green iguanas, that pose a threat to Florida’s ecology, economy and h…

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission just released its waterproof 2021–2022 manatee and sea turtle decals. The collectable decals help fund manatee and sea turtle conservation efforts and raise awareness about the species, their habitats and the challenges they face, accordi…

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.

July marks the 56th anniversary of Medicare. Did you know you can apply for Medicare online even if you are not ready to start your retirement benefits? Applying online can take less than 10 minutes. There are no forms to sign and we usually require no additional documentation. We’ll process…

We have so much to be proud of here in Lake County Schools. We are part of a community that cares about and supports its children. With dedicated teachers, staff and administrators coupled with strong parent engagement and the support of community businesses and organizations, our students h…

When a hurricane strikes, it may not leave your family much time to respond. Along with the high winds, flooding and tornadoes spawned by the hurricane, there is a chance it could cut water, electricity and telephone services for days.

By enrolling in summer semester courses, 1,401 students continue to work on their future goals. In doing so, they also each received up to $1,000 in economic aid from Lake-Sumter State College, for a total distribution of $836,350.

The Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Free Florida program in Lake County includes outreach to educate employers on the importance of adopting a Tobacco/Smokefree Grounds Policy, including Electronic Vapor Products (EVP).

Hurricane season has just started, but as many people know, giant storms can decide to take aim at any time throughout the year. While the potential impact and landfall of these storms is unknown, boaters should still be prepared and know what steps need to be taken.

Lake County Water Authority has proclaimed July 2021 as “Lakes Appreciation Month,” and residents are asked to help celebrate by submitting photos for possible inclusion on the LCWA Facebook page, along with lake protection tips and facts.

ORLANDO, Fla., July 8, 2021 – The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across AdventHealth’s hospitals in Central Florida jumped by about 100 during the past two weeks, to about 310, as the hospital system is finding more cases of Delta, Gamma and other variants of the virus.

Lake Technical College has scheduled its regular Board of Directors meeting on July 26 at 4:30 p.m. The meeting, open to the public, will be held in the school’s Tech Dining Room, 2001 Kurt Street in Eustis. Call 352-589-2250 for more information.

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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…