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Thank You from Historical Society

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 9:50 am

The South Lake County Historical Society would like to thank all the wonderful people who made this year’s “Holidays in the Village” such an amazing success. First and foremost, we would like to thank all the individuals who put so much time and effort into decorating the Historic Village. This year’s theme was “Christmas across the U.S.A.” and the decorations transported us from Florida to New England, from New York

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Business Highlight

  • Clermont’s Hair Loss Specialists

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 1:38 am

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    Crowning Glory Clinique LLC officially opened its doors on November 8. It’s located in downtown Clermont at 835 7th Street, Suite 3 and is owned and operated by Tom Whitten. Tom, along with his wife Catherine of 34 years, have a passion for helping people with hair loss. Tom started losing his hair in his early twenties. Catherine walked alongside her mother Betty as she endured 5 years of chemotherapy

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  • Smith School of Music, Inc. Celebrates 17 Years in Clermont

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:39 am

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    J. LaVerne (Verne) Smith and Jeannette M. (Jeannie) Smith will celebrate their 17th year as Smith School of Music, Inc. on January 1, 2015. The Smiths have been offering private music lessons to students from Clermont and surrounding areas since the school was established on January 1, 1998. The purpose of their school is to train children, youth and adults in a quality music education, using standard literature, the classics,

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Happy Holidays!

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 11:14 am

The staff at The News Leader would like to wish all of our readers, clients and community partners very Happy Holidays! It has been our pleasure to bring you local community news and business information in 2014 and we look forward to continuing to celebrate our communities in 2015. Pictured from L-R, Front Row:  Maryanne Rogers, Becky Dandridge, Sharon Rouse, Andrea Garner, Ashley Abear, Deborah Vachon, Kelly Deardorff Back Row:

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  • Thanksgiving Dinner Donations

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 1:28 am

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    Pictured are volunteers who helped serve Thanksgiving Dinner to needy local families at Spiro’s Restaurant This past Thanksgiving the Blessed Sacrament Knights of Columbus Council #13240 joined with Spiro’s Restaurant (SR W. 50 Clermont) in preparing turkey dinners for the area’s needy and homeless. Spiro’s owner Rob Rybarezyk and family cooked the dinners. Over 500 dinners were packaged and distributed by Spiro’s staff, the Knights of Columbus, their families, and

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  • Last Weekend to Visit Holidays in the Village

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:25 am

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    This coming weekend, December 20th and 21st is the last chance to visit the 2014 “Holidays in the Village” at Clermont’s Historic Village & Museum located at 490 West Avenue in downtown Clermont. Come and see beautiful displays like the one above in the Cooper Memorial Library by Dominick Molinaro. The Village will be open from 1:00 to 8:00 PM both days with lantern tours available after dark. If you

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Oakland Nature Preserve Hosts 2nd Annual 3-Mile Nature Trail Run/Walk

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

Just in time to shed those Holiday pounds, Oakland Nature Preserve is hosting its 2rd Annual 3-Mile Nature Trail Run/Walk at Oakland Nature Preserve (ONP) on January 10, 2015. Registration fees are: ONP Members – $15 Non-ONP Members – $25 until December 31, and $30 from January 1 to race day. All proceeds from the race will go to support ONP. Register online at (click on “find event”, then

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  • Paladin Hall Martial Arts Ribbon Cutting

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 1:27 am

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    Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Paladin Hall Martial Arts owners Andrew Aleman & Michael Thompson along with many of their instructors, students & friends to their new facility located at 305 N. Hwy 27 Unit D in Minneola, FL (Minneola Plaza).  Paladin Hall Martial Arts provides a unique self-defense program allowing their students to participate in a variety of disciplines that are designed to meet each individual student’s goals. They offer both

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  • ‘Bicycle Re-Cycle’ Program Makes Unwanted, Unclaimed Bikes Available To Families

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:26 am

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    Pictured left to right: Eric Anderson, landfill supervisor, Eustis Police Evidence Technician Larry Elliot and Jacob Stanley, Environmental Waste Technician, load up unclaimed bikes for the county’s Bicycle Re-Cycle program They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but at the Lake County landfill, one man’s trash may become a precious holiday gift for a family in need. Through the Bicycle Re-Cycle program, Lake County has given out more

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Grassy Lake Students Enjoy Presentation

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 1:45 am

The fifth graders at Grassy Lake Elementary School enjoyed a presentation by two special guests from Kentucky. Larry and Mary Elliott are living historians who portray our nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. The Elliot’s travel throughout the country presenting history to our youth. Mr. Elliott is from Hodgenville, Kentucky where Abraham Lincoln was born. Mr. Elliot’s Great, Great, Great, Great Grandmother was the mid-wife who delivered

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  • South Lake Rotary Club

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 1:21 am


    The Rotary Club of South Lake County welcomed as their speaker on December 2, 2014 one of their newer members, Jennifer Billinger, a resident of Clermont. Ms. Billinger described to the club members her recent trip to the northeast USA, and how she was greeted by the members of the Savannah, Georgia Rotary Club. She described the design of their club banner which graphically portrays the layout of the city

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  • Looking For A Loveable Blond With Long Legs…Meet Lacie Under The Mistletoe!

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:33 am


    Hi there and Happy Howlidays! My name is Lacie and before we meet under the mistletoe, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was found wandering around a cemetery and was rescued by some of the volunteers from Houndhaven. My previous owners were tracked down, but they decided they no longer wanted me. I have become a favorite to many of the volunteers at Houndhaven and show

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Grassy Lake Elementary Visits Historic Village

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

Grassy Lake first graders learn about the railroad from Dodie King, Village Manager First grade students from Grassy Lake Elementary School visited the Historic Village and Museum on December 8th, 9th, and 11th. Accompanied by teachers, parents and other volunteers the students toured the Townsend and Kern Houses, the 1924 Train Depot, the original Cooper Memorial Library (where Tuesday’s students got to speak with Mrs. Bonnie Ray, the last librarian

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  • “Noels” Flower Show Award Winners

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 1:25 am

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    At the recent Clermont Garden Club’s Flower Show, judges awarded these ribbons: “Holiday Excellence Award” (for highest score in Floral Design division)- Chickie Broman, “Special Award” (for highest scoring beginner in Floral Design division) – Ruth Webb. In the Horticulture Division: “Award of Horticulture Excellence” (for the highest score in the Horticulture Division)- Pat Richardson; “Award of Merit” (Blue ribbons and 95 points or above)- Tina Worrell; “Growers Choice Award”-

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  • A Christmas Carol

    Posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:19 am

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    The cast members pictured (from left) are Trevor Colt (Scrooge) and Timothy Watt (Marley’s Ghost) This beloved holiday classic from Charles Dickens shows the miser Ebenezer Scrooge the true spirit of the season through visits form the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. The production runs December 11th through the 21st. Performance times are Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2:30pm. Ticket

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