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Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of Lake County is hosting a beginners class on basic birding Sunday February 25th 2 -4 pm at Trout Lake Nature center  530 East  Cr 44. Eustis, Florida. Birding is the fastest growing activity in the US and Central Florida is a birding hot spot. Birding is a great activity because its inexpensive, easy, it connects people to nature and it can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Birding can be an individual hobby, a family activity, or a group event that can be done in your back yard, at a local wildlife refuge or an exotic international location Birding is  often combined with hiking, kayaking, photography and traveling so there is something for everyone. Continue reading

Pictured is a group of business people that attended January’s “Nothing but Networking Business Lunch”. It is put on by the Lady Lake Chamber and usually some 50 business people attend. This one was held at the Waterfront Inn. We network from 11:30 to 12, have lunch and talk during lunch, with the people at our tables and learn more about each other’s businesses. I have met some great people at these networking events.


Pictured are some of the visitors in one of the aisles of Art in the Park, an annual free event. There were over 70 vendors showing their Arts and Crafts to the crowds of people attending. Some of the Crafts were necklaces, earrings, broaches and scarves, etc. Many art exhibitors showed their talents and they are talented. The event was held at the Log Cabin Lady Lake Florida. A great time was had by all.

Tri County Grange #215 will meet Monday, Feb. 12, at 2:00 PM at the Fruitland Park Library, 230 Berckman St.

A report will be given on the recent  State Grange Session held recently in Kissimmee.  Light refreshment will be served.

Tri County Grange serves those who reside in Lake. Sumter and Marion Counties.

Guests and snowbird grangers are cordially invited.   For more information contact  Master Howard Sechler at 484-225-0780, or Secretary  Mildred Teisinger at 740-819-4786.

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of  Lake County  is sponsoring a birding, botany & wildlife  field trip on Sunday, February 11th 7 am to 12 pm to Orlando Wetlands Park in east Orange County.  They will be traveling through the park by tram and the  trip will be led Wetlands Park volunteers.  The park is home to diverse plant life  several species of ducks, grebes, Belted Kingfishers, shorebirds, wading birds, Purple Gallinule, night herons, Bobcat and  Alligators.   The area has walking trails and  fantastic photography opportunities. Continue reading

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Robert Spottswood and the appointment of Gary Lester to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Spottswood, 60, of Key West, is currently the vice-chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He is the chief executive officer of Spottswood Companies, Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. Spottswood is reappointed for a term beginning January 12, 2018, and ending January 6, 2023. Continue reading

MARION COUNTY, Florida (January 4, 2017)- The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)

Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) program, a free 13-week educational course about the operations of the Sheriff’s Office, is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in January 2018. During the program, MCSO staff will highlight all units within the Sheriff’s Office, giving citizens an in-depth understanding of what the agency is doing for the community. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the agency, personnel, equipment, policies, and procedures.

  • The Villages Mulberry Recreation Center (8445 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL 32159) will host a class on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 23, 2018. This class is open to the public.

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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit wrapped up a two-month operation yesterday evening that targeted illegal gambling establishments throughout the county. During the investigation, which detectives dubbed Operation Jackpot, detectives obtained search warrants for 10 business and made 4 arrests on various charges.

The investigation was initiated after receiving multiple citizen complaints about several of the businesses possibly being illegal gambling establishments, as well as similar tips received through Central Florida CRIMELINE.

As the investigation progressed, detectives were able to establish that all 10 locations were engaging in illegal gambling activities, and as a result, search warrants for each location were obtained. Continue reading

Birding is the fastest growing new activity and January is peak birding time in central Florida so join Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society for a field trip and start 2018 off right.  On Friday, January 5, 2018, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm they will be doing Golf Cart Birding with the Villages Birding Club which is free.  On Sunday, January 14, 2018, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm they will be going to Circle B Reserve Birding and the cost is  $10 for members and $15 for non members.  Both trips will have expert guides and everyone is welcome no matter what your level of experience.  Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars, cameras,  hats, water, snacks and wear comfortable hiking clothes and shoes.  Email or call/text 609-553-0757  for details to register in advance.

The National Grange, headquartered in  Washington DC has issued a charter for a new chapter of their Fraternal organization here in Florida.  Named Tri County Grange #215 of Florida, it has been established in Lake County.

Barbara Borderieux, State Master/President recently presented the charter to Howard Sechler of Leesburg, who will serve as Master/President of the local group.

The Grange is a Fraternal organization, founded after the Civil War, in 1867, as a non profit, non partisan group with an agricultural base in history. The National Fraternity  has just celebrated their 150th year in December. The Grange is part of nearly 2,000 hometowns across the United States, and is the first national organization to give full voice and vote to women 50 years before Congress adopted the same.  It stresses family values and community service in their activities and events.  They have a strong legislative voice and each year contribute many volunteer hours to worthwhile projects. Continue reading

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