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Char Zopfi choked up when she passed by the Field of Flags Memorial Display, above and below left, honoring those who died on 9-11. "I felt like crying for the souls who perished that day," said Zopfi, 73, secretary of the Veterans Memorial Park of The Villages, which hosted the dedication of a 9-11 memorial statue three years ago at site of the Field of Flags, The Villages Public Safety Department at 3035 Morse Blvd. That also is the site at 6 p.m. today of a Remembrance Day event that will include as a speaker Jeff Atwater , the state's chief financial officer.
Students from far and wide representing 64 countries - from Angola to Vietnam - will raise their home country's flags shortly after sunrise today at an annual ceremony celebrating the diversity of the international student body at Montverde Academy. The public is invited to join more than 1,000 Montverde Academy students, faculty, parents and staff members at 8 a.m. at the school's Centennial Plaza to celebrate and acknowledge students who learn, live and grow together each year at the private boarding school.
After several hours of discussion and citizen comments, commissioners voted to tentatively increase the tax rate by 13.8 percent, resulting in $3.5 million in cuts, including phasing in the completion of the new courthouse over the next few years. Their efforts resulted in a tentative tax rate of $5.38 per $1,000 of taxable valuable.
The Lake County Water Authority is accepting applications for its annual "Drop-by-Drop: You Make a Difference!" mini grants to promote awareness and education of freshwater-resources in Lake. Community and education grants of up to $2,000 will be awarded to teachers in public and private schools, and local groups such as homeschooled groups, Boy and Girl Scouts, homeowner associations and municipalities.
Youth, ages 8 to 19, can making powerful "trashion" statements by designing an outfit of wearable art based on the creative use of "trash" found, salvaged and repurposed materials. At least 60 percent of creation must be made from recycled goods.
John Brandeburg, one of the founders of the Leesburg Lightning baseball team and husband of School Board member Rosanne Brandeburg, died of a heart attack Sunday. He was 70. "He was a man that would do anything for anyone," his wife said Monday.
With bee populations dramatically decreasing globally in recent years, many area residents have decided to create backyard beehives to help continue to pollinate their gardens and have their own honey. To help with the efforts to maintain healthy bee populations in Lake, the University of Florida 's Lake County Extension Office is hosting "The Buzz on Bees" at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lake County Agriculture Center, 1951 Woodlea Road.
A Leesburg man was killed Thursday when a pickup truck turned into the path of his motorcycle on Country Road 561 in Lake County, a Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman said in a statement. George Watson, 45, of Callahan, had stopped a 2001 Ford F-250 pickup truck on the shoulder the road near Bates Lane, FHP Sergeant Kim Montes said in a statement.
The city's first new fire engine since 2005 will be dedicated during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. today at the Fire Department, 100 W. Norton Ave. Those who attend will be able to take part in the first wash and dry of the new engine, which was built by Pierce Manufacturing and replaces a 1998 pumper. "The dedication will also include a short demonstration of the engine's abilities and a 'ceremonial pushing' of the vehicle into the station bay," according to the city.
REELING. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A LOT OF PATIENCE. THEY'RE HAVING FUN WITH THAT. I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT.
A man was arrested in Lake County on allegations of leaving his young daughter alone in a shopping cart inside a Walmart. According to Clermont police, a Walmart worker discovered the girl alone in a cart in an aisle of the store.
Being good neighbors is what Dianne and John Garvis of Clermont always hoped to be, but they never knew how this notion would result in helping so many.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 05:13 pm
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