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Ocala Downtown Market
310 SE 3rd St, Ocala, FL
From The Ocala Downtown Market (ODM) is the place where a diverse array of farmers, artisans, craftspeople, and food trucks come together to sell their products to customers from Ocala, Marion County

America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher
Appleton Museum
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, will be the premiere venue for “America’s Everglades: Through the Lens of Clyde Butcher.”

Kings, Queens, and Castles at the Discovery Center
Discovery Center
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Registration is $6/person.
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Lady Lake Chamber Hob Nob is an event hosted by the Lady Lake Chamber and a local Restaurant. The last one was held at Demshar’s near Spanish Springs  in the Villages.  Local business people come to communicate with each other about their businesses, get to know other business people and enjoy the event. Door prizes are given out, furnished by businesses attending. Usually 75 to 100 business people attend. Join the Chamber, stay in touch with your community and the events.

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  Chief Tempesta originally started his law enforcement career post 9/11 with the NYPD.  He relocated to Florida with his wife, following family to the Lady Lake area.  Chief Tempesta has worked for the Lady Lake Police Department for the past 14 years being promoting through the ranks.  Chief Tempesta has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and will be completing his Masters in Criminal Justice this April.  Chief Tempesta is a graduate of the University of Louisville- Southern Police Institute- 72nd Command Officer Development Course.  He has also attended the 17th session of the Florida Executive Development Seminar (FEDS) course as part of the FBINAA-LEEDA.

Nothing But Networking: pictured are a few business people discussing the events they are sponsoring and schedule of Chamber events. This luncheon is held every first Thursday of the month. If you are interested in attending call the Chamber at 352-753-6029

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By TomL

You, as a resident of Lady Lake, should go and sit through some of these meetings. Now at a workshop the public cannot talk; they just listen, but that is the way you get informed. For instance, Commissioner Vincent mention that he was impressed by the Town Manager’s interview that she let him sit through. Vincent said she did a good job. The Mayor was not happy. He said he should not have sat through the interview; that he had compromised all they have tried to do in letting the Town Manager how to do her job without interference. Vincent said he never said a word; just sat there and listened and was impressed by the interview. The Mayor was still not happy. It was almost like he was protecting the Town Manager from one of her bosses. SO MUCH FOR TRANSPARENCY!

Anyway the Council agreed to put the vote of the Town Charter review which has not been done in 40 years on the meeting agenda. Commissioner Hannon has been bringing the Town Charter discussion up for a long time. It is on record that several of the Commissioners have said that they have read the Town Charter. First the Town Charter is out dated; second I have been looking on the internet for a legal description for a Township and there are actual boundaries but it takes a legal mind to understand them. As I understand it, a Village and a Township are similar. Continue reading

The Lady Lake Police Department is co-hosting the Seventh Annual Scam Jam Shred-a-thon along with Citizens First Bank on April 27, 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  This will take place in the north front parking lot of Target located at 716 N. Hwy 27 in Lady Lake.  This program is designed to increase public awareness with regard to current trends in criminal scams affecting our community.  Additionally, the Lady Lake Police Department will have educational information available to help citizens protect their identity and personal financial information from being compromised.  Residents will be able to bring documents that are no longer needed to be destroyed at this event.  Several shredding trucks are being made available courtesy of Citizens First Bank.  Community partners for this event are Citizens First Bank, Target, Seniors vs Crime, and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.  There is a 3 box/bag maximum.

Nothing But Networking a Lady Lake Chamber event was held at the Texas Road House Grill. Feedback  from the 100 who attended was “it was great!”. This was the second event at the Texas Road House Grill. If you would like to attend call the Chamber 352-753-6029 to make arrangements. Tell them Tom sent you!

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(Anything I say is my opinion only!)

Feb 4th the Commission meeting was called to order. Minutes of the last meeting on the subject of Chief McKinstry and the Town Manager were handed out. They were not accurate. The first two things that I noticed were that when the Commissioners voted not to review the Town Charter, Kussard said “if it is not broke don’t fix it!” (That was left out!)  The Charter has not been reviewed in 40 years! Also left out of the minutes of the last meeting was when Councilman Dan Vincent made a motion to ask for Town Managers resignation. Kolgaard said “Go for it!” (That was left out!)

Later I ask Holden who approves the minutes of the meetings. He said Kris Kolgaard. At the first meeting because of the arguing back and forth, Councilman Tony Holden asked for a special meeting to discuss the Town Manager and the forcing out of the Chief McKinstry!

The special meeting was called to look at the Town Manager’s Job performance and the possible re-hiring of Chief McKinstry.

The meeting started civil. The Councilmen and Councilwoman were each asked if they had anything to say. Continue reading

By TomL

The Villages / Lady Lake Florida.

Approximately 9:30 AM, Sunday Feb. 10th, Paramedics were called to assess a man who was acting strangely and saying “people are eating brains out”. The Lady Lake Police Department was called to assist. A Villages security guard pulled up and left his vehicle running. The accused just got into the security Community Watch vehicle and drove off, leaving the paramedics and LLPD. The chase began!

Two Lady Lake police cars went on a high speed chase through the densely populated residential area, then chasing him onto a Golf Course endangering many lives as the two Lady Lake Police cars pursued the man in the Villages Security car. One golfer witness said the vehicles actually came flying over the hill landing, then fishtailing out of control. One lady golfer reported they had to run for cover. The lady said they actually ran over her golf towel. The high speed pursuit caused two accidents, injuring one driver. Luckily they were minor injuries. The lady said her hip was hurting. Continue reading

Art in the Park was a great success again. The weather was great. Lot’s of visitors strolling through the park, looking at the exhibits in amazements. There food vendors so you could enjoy the event, eat lunch and just relax. Art in the Park is hosted and put on by the Lady Lake Chamber. It is an annual event you don’t want to miss. Watch this newspaper for the next announcement in 11 months. Put it on your calendar!

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