If, due to COVID-19, you have lost your job, are underemployed or are seeking new training, Lake Technical College can provide career and technical training designed to open career opportunities. The college has partnered with Lake County to provide the “Elevate to Essential” scholarship to …

Leesburg kicked off the holiday season last week with Christmas displays in Venetian Gardens that light up early this year – and will stay lit longer than in the past. More than 1 million lights, including the centerpiece, a new 22’ musical Christmas tree, will be on display through Jan. 8, …

Do you provide care for a loved one, or are you facing challenges as you age? This column is designed to bring support, education and encouragement for those who have questions about aging or care for loved ones. 

Sadie is a playful 1 year old Terrier mix. She loves to play with toys and is an expert at tug-of-war. She is a gentle girl when playing and she walks well on a leash. Sadie is friendly with all people and does great with other dogs and cats! Stop by our shelter and take Sadie out to play, y…

This year’s celebration and parade, set to begin at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 by the Sheriff’s Office at Sinclair Ave. in Tavares, will have some high-level changes to promote social distancing: Additional sanitation stations are being added. The parade route will double in footprint to distance spec…

Lake County is partnering with Adult Medicine of Lake County to offer free COVID-19 rapid testing to Lake County residents through Tuesday, Dec. 8. The site will be closed on Sundays. 

Dec. 4, the 28th Annual Christmas Walk in downtown Mount Dora offers the community a fun family-friendly holiday street party, 6–9 p.m. The event will feature food and toy vendors, music, shopping opportunities and more. Free pictures with Santa will be taken in Sunset Park. Entertainment wi…

The 45th annual Cracker Christmas Parade & Festival will be a bit different than previous holiday festivities, as this year’s offering is a first-ever stationary parade and Christmas festival. Taking place Dec. 12 at North Lake Community Park, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., the celebration includes a d…

A phenomenon called “cabin fever” tends to set in around late autumn or in midwinter. Long hours of darkness coupled with cold, inclement weather often is a recipe for increased time spent indoors. For people who live alone, the effects of cabin fever might be more pronounced.

Until further notice, the Florida Department of Health in Lake County offers free COVID-19 testing at DOH-Lake Clermont WIC, 560 W. DeSoto Street in Clermont Monday through Friday. DOH-Lake Leesburg WIC, at 1904 Griffin Road in Leesburg, offers testing Tuesdays and Thursdays only. Testing st…

The Umatilla High School Aviation Club recently received a financial boost to help toward completion of an airplane students are building. The Marian S. Shuck Scholarship Trust donated $10,000 toward the purchase of the Finishing Kit section of the VANS RV-12 airplane, a two-seat, single-eng…

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Shopping at locally owned businesses benefits everyone from local business owners to the people they employ to the communities where they operate. As beneficial as shopping local can be for small business owners and the communities where they operate, the planet is perhaps the biggest benefi…

This year’s celebration and parade, set to begin at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 by the Sheriff’s Office at Sinclair Ave. in Tavares, will have some high-level changes to promote social distancing: Additional sanitation stations are being added. The parade route will double in footprint to distance spec…

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With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday in November kicking off the holiday shopping season, the U.S. Small Business Administration offers three tips to help small businesses thrive. According to the SBA, 60% of consumers plan to do half or more of their winter holiday s…

The Florida Commission on the Status of Women is seeking entries for the 2021 Women’s History Essay Contest for students in grades 6-8. The commission invites students, both boys and girls, to participate in order to gain a more relevant appreciation of women’s roles in history. Winning essa…

The 16th annual Toys for Tots Tournament by the Holiday Marine & Sea Tow Central Florida Lakes will be held Dec. 6, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Hurricane Dockside Grill in Tavares. Want to donate new and unwrapped toys? Call 352-878-4824 or 877-800-1492, ext. 3, for drop-box location and o…

The sixth annual Experience Lady Lake Expo is just around the corner. Dec. 2, all are invited to meet and support local business owners, including those representing health and wellness, insurance, financial, travel, home improvement and other companies.

The Town of Astatula recently had a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open its new community center. U.S. Rep. Daniel Webster, Lake County Commissioner Wendy Breeden and County Commission Chairman Leslie Campione were in attendance at the event.

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“I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Honoring Our Essential & Frontline Workers” is the theme of this year’s Lady Lake Christmas Parade, set to start Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. and traverse along Old Dixie Highway. For more information, call the Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce at 352-753-6029.

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Roxy is a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier weighing approximately 8 pounds. She just had 16 teeth removed. She previously had trouble eating because of tooth pain, but now she is pain-free and gaining weight. She only has three teeth, but is able to eat dry food, according to A Forever Home …

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Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC says the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with people in your househol…

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Initially launched during the COVID-19 pandemic as a temporary solution, Florida Department of Health’s virtual “Group Quit” by Tobacco Free Florida will continue as an online option for those looking for free support when making the decision to give up tobacco use.

Trout Lake Nature Center in Eustis will offer a special Field Learning Experience program on Sunday, Dec. 6. This event is by pre-registration only and is for school-age children and adults. From 1 to 3 p.m., small groups will be rotated through exclusive guided outdoor experiences and prese…

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The Toys for Tots donation drive is accepting applications from those who would like to receive toys. Through Nov. 30, those in need can visit Cooper Memorial Library in Clermont and TFT 2020 Warehouse (Phillips Collision Center), 3320 Hwy 27/441 in Fruitland Park, to get an application. 

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Nov. 15, three scouts were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in BSA Troop 250 at First United Methodist Church of Eustis, and one was awarded the Spirit of the Eagle.

Elena is a beautiful 2 year old Terrier mix. She has a playful and fun personality. She likes to be the center of attention and would love to be the only animal. She loves kids! Elena is ready to meet you at our shelter and will make a great companion!

The Beach Boys tribute show that was previously scheduled for November 18th at Living Drama Theatre has been postponed. Watch the paper for a new date coming soon.

Mount Dora’s 30th annual Lighted Boat Christmas Parade is set to take place on Dec. 5 with a theme of “Florida Christmas.” Awards will be presented for first, second, third and most creative vessels.

Seagull Cottage originated in Maine over 30 years ago. A lovely couple, “Capt. Jim & Elsa Stewart”, have owned and operated several locations very successfully. They started this location at Renninger’s in Mount Dora about 5 years ago.

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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…