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Hurricane Season is Here!

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:24 am

The Atlantic hurricane season began June 1, and now is the perfect time for residents to take a few simple safety steps to help keep their families prepared during any emergency. On average, six hurricanes develop in the Atlantic Ocean each year, with three of them becoming major hurricanes, according to the National Weather Service. “Hurricane season runs through Nov. 30, with the peak period ranging from early August through

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  • Coldwell Banker Tony Hubbard Realty Is Proud To Announce An Additional Location Now Open In Minneola!

    Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:32 am

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    Minneola continues to grow with both residential and commercial development. The projected demographics reveal that there will be an increase in traffic on Highways 27 and 50, but the new Florida Turnpike Interchange that is scheduled for completion at the end of next year will alleviate some of that volume. For the residential purposes, this should mean an increase in the buyers that will become commuters traveling both toward Central

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  • The Village Goldsmith Celebrates Twenty-First Anniversary

    Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:30 am

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    Wow! Can you believe that is has been 21 years since we (Jim and Betty Johnson) chose to share our dream in this Gem Of The Hills Community with you? We opened The Village Goldsmith on June 14, 1994 at 630 W. Hwy 50, Clermont, and have been in the same location, with the same phone number (352-394-4429), and the same dedication to quality workmanship,  partnered with customer service. In

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Clermont Performing Arts Center

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:13 am

The Clermont Performing Arts Center (CPAC) just launched its new website,, which is packed with colorful images and descriptions of the 13 shows in the main performance hall and the four programs in the black-box theater. The website also includes two on-site festivals: Gospelmania and Randy’s Pickin’ Parlor, a bluegrass extravaganza that will be live-streamed internationally. The black-box theater will be a hot spot on alternating Tuesday evenings with

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  • Sydney’s Reading and Learning Center

    Posted on June 2, 2015 at 1:09 am


    Sydney is bringing summer fun and education to the West Oaks Mall. Every weekend in the month of June, Sydney and her friends can be found at the West Oaks Mall in Sydney’s very own reading and learning center. The West Oaks Mall has gracelessly donated space (the former Gordon’s Jewelry Store) to the Read to Sydney organization. Each weekend Sydney and her friends will be providing fun and educational

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  • Memorial Day in Clermont

    Posted on June 1, 2015 at 1:07 am

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    The Memorial Day service was well attended Monday at the Waterfront Pavilion. Many organizations honored our military and their families, especially the family of Alexander Miller. The service was organized by the I.W. Hatcher Marine Corp League, Tomoka Chapter, D.A.R.; VFW Post 5277; Blessed Sacrament Assembly #3025; South Lake High School JNROTC and local scout troops. The Cargill family and Jim Hanks provided music. Guest speaker was Will Sutter portraying

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East Ridge Volleyball Camp

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 1:25 am

The East Ridge High School would like to invite the community members ages 7 (2nd grade) through 18 (12th grade) to the ERHS All Skill Volleyball Camp. Play­ers will learn proper techniques for passing, serving, setting, and attacking. Each day will consist of skills and drills, followed by players working in game situations. Camp staff will include several highly experienced coaches from top select volleyball acad­emy and Clermont high school

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  • South Lake Men’s Golf League

    Posted on June 1, 2015 at 1:18 am


    The South Lake Men’s Golf League has openings for golfers who enjoy a friendly round of competitive golf! Every Thursday morning the SLMGL plays at a course in the Clermont area. This is a great league for all golfers of any skill-level and convenient for those who travel and/or not able to make a regular weekly commitment. USGA handicaps are established after three rounds and golfers play for weekly prizes

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  • Local Swimmer Breaks Another Record!

    Posted on May 31, 2015 at 1:10 am

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    National Training Center (NTC) Aquatics swimmer Benjamin Mack-Jackson, age 12, recently broke the Florida Swimming 11-12 Boys 200 Meter Long Course breaststroke record during the “ 2015 Memorial Meet” on Sunday, May 17, in Sarasota, FL. His time was the fastest time in the country for his age group so far this year. The previous record time of 2:41.35 had been posted on July 24, 2008, and was broken by

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Student Receives DAR Award

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:04 am

South Lake High School JNROTC Cadet Lieutenant Angelique Celaya was given the annual Daughters of the American Revolution award by Tomoka Chapter members Susan DeHart, Regent and Carolyn Darling, Veterans Chairman at South Lake High School award ceremony Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The award is given to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence, dependability, good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership and a patriotic understanding of the importance of

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  • South Lake Junior Womans Club Awards College Scholarships

    Posted on June 2, 2015 at 1:00 am

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    Every year the GFWC South Lake Junior Womans Club awards female seniors and/or single moms who are continuing their education, a scholarship for college.  The criteria we use in choosing an individual is based on GPA, family situation, their contribution to the community as well as writing an essay and submitting letters of recommendation from teachers, supervisors, etc.  This year we had the honor of awarding 3 High School Seniors,

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  • Houndhaven Hunk of the Week

    Posted on June 1, 2015 at 1:57 am

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    Georgie…He’s not a king, but he sure is a gentleman! Hello ladies and gentleman!  My name is Georgie and I’d like to pull up a chair and sit with you for a spell while I share my story. I was found as a stray, and they were unable to locate my owners, so Houndhaven came to my rescue. After I arrived they discovered I was heartworm positive, but they fixed

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The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 1:21 am

This soulful, urbanized retelling of L. Frank Baum’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, brings the familiar characters to life in a modern, musical setting. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2:30pm, May 8 through June 7. Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $15 for children. Call 352-319-1116 for reservations. The Moonlight Players’ Warehouse Theater is located in Historic Downtown Clermont at 735 W.

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  • Summer Hours for Farmer’s Market

    Posted on June 2, 2015 at 1:23 am


    The Downtown Clermont Sunday Farmer’s Market summer hours of 9:00am to 2:00pm are now in effect from the first Sunday in May through the last Sunday in October. “Snowbird Season” market hours are until 3:00pm, November through April. Open every Sunday year-round, the old-fashioned, outdoor Farmer’s Market is in its eighth year of providing fresh produce, food prep/storage products, honeys, jams, fresh baked bakes and other bakery items, cottage Industry

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  • Insect Safari: Classifying Insects at Oakland Nature Preserve

    Posted on June 1, 2015 at 1:07 am

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    Join us at Oakland Nature Preserve on Saturday June 6th at 10am for this month’s Insect Safari. Join ONP Entomologist Christy LeDuc as she explains how to classify insects. Is that a fly or a bee… or wait, is it a fly mimicking a bee?! Learn the differences between insects and how to tell them apart. Christy will teach you how identify and classify insects so you can become an

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