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Lady Lake Chamber celebrating a Grand / Re-opening by having a Ribbon Cutting at Beef O’Brady’s. As you can see there were plenty of people in attendance. They are located 8720 SE 165th Mulberry Ln, The Villages, Fl 32162. Go see them. You will not be disappointed. Photo by Janet Fraley of the Lady Lake Chamber.

Lady Lake Chamber Nothing But Networking was held last month at RoadHouse Grill. Approximately fifty business people attended. A lot of information was shared. Business people meeting business people, sharing information and learning more about the others’ businesses. You help them and they will help you.

Next month the Nothing but Networking will be held at Eaten’s Beach. A great place on the water overlooking the lake. It will be sold out. Any questions about the Lady Lake Chamber call 352-753-6029

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The Lake County sheriff’s undercover narcotics detectives, in conjunction with the Clermont, Leesburg, and Eustis Police Departments, just concluded two simultaneous operations this week that targeted high-level traffickers responsible for distributing methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, marijuana, and cocaine throughout Central Florida. Dubbed Operation Pull the Plug and Operation C.E.L.L. Block, the two investigations lasted approximately 6 months and resulted in detectives’ obtaining 67 arrest warrants.

During Operation Cell Block, detectives identified Jy’kez Jackson as being responsible for distributing trafficking amounts of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl in South Lake County. As the investigation progressed, it was determined that Mr. Jackson was not only distributing methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl, but he was also responsible for distributing marijuana and homemade marijuana edibles, which were manufactured from marijuana, THC oil, and cereal. During the course of the investigation, Alphonsa Williams was also identified as a high-level methamphetamine trafficker and supplier who was operating out of Wildwood, Florida. Continue reading

Lady Lake Chamber holds a Business Luncheon called “Nothing But Networking”. They hold it in different restaurants. 50 to 60 Business people attend, but we have had as many as 100. We had so many people last month I misplaced my camera, which I found it later. The business people show up at 11:30, check in at the door and they are given a number. Everyone networks for a half hour. At twelve you go to the table that has your number and sit with the people at that table, order your lunch, learn about the business people at your table. You ask about their business and then tell them about your business. Especially share what is a good referral for you. If you want to find out, more call Janet at 352-753-6029 These businesses are good people looking for the same thing as you – MORE BUSINESS! Help each other!

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody today presented Seniors vs. Crime volunteer Bryan Lifsey the 2018-2019 Advocate of the Year Award for working to protect seniors from scams. Lifsey is one of five Seniors vs. Crime volunteer sleuths nominated for the award. These Super Senior Sleuths are taking extraordinary steps to assist consumers through Attorney General Moody’s Seniors vs. Crime Project.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I am thrilled to present our inaugural Senior Sleuth Advocate of the Year Award to Bryan Lifsey. Bryan volunteers his time with our Seniors vs. Crime Program to help seniors and stop scams targeting older Floridians at our regional office in The Villages. Florida is lucky to have such dedicated volunteers like Bryan, our other Super Senior Sleuths and every volunteer who gives their time and talents to help our office protect vulnerable Floridians.” Continue reading

Lady Lake Chamber Business to Business Expo was a great success, with over 50 venders exhibited. It is an expo not open to the public but to the businesses that participate.

Let me try to explain how it works. Say you have eight rows of exhibitors. Four of the rows go to the other four rows to listen to their information. In a couple of minutes a bell rings and you move on to the next business. That continues until every business person in the first four rows sees everyone in the second four rows. At this point half of the people have seen half of the businesses. You then do the same thing in reverse.

There were plenty of volunteers helping. Most were Lady Lake Chamber Ambassadors. The pictures you see are compliments of Village Spectator & Lady Lake Magazine.

The event is held every year. Watch for the announcement in this paper next year.

Disclaimer: We tried to put the name of the business with the picture. There were a few we could not ID. For that we apologize!

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Sue Kelley has left the Lady Lake Chamber. When she accepted the job as executive Director she had a different vision of where the Chamber needed to go. She took it there. It has grown by leaps and bounds. The Chamber has had as many as 100 business representatives for a lunch meeting…not bad.

When I ask Sue about doing an article announcing her leaving she said NO! So she is not going to be happy with me but I have to say she will be missed by many.

As I understand she is going back to Grand Oaks and to do their marketing. They have a Grand Place there and she will share it with everyone she meets. Sue is internet savvy and will add that to her box of tools.

Sue cares about people. They will see that and they will listen to her! Good Luck Sue.

Now you see, that did not hurt.


  Flags & Flag Poles is a LOCAL Family owned & operated business. The family came here from North Carolina they believe in the good old style of helping their neighbors. The family consists of husband, wife and their son.

Come meet Linda, the smiling face behind the counter and Bill, who can help you with all your repair needs or just stop by and say “hi” and hear the friendly “Southern” accent of Linda.

The family has served the local area for over 15 years and have done hundreds of installs during that time.

The family is so happy to have so many customers support them over the years and keep them busy & successful. If not for our local customers we would not be here today.

The family also wants to say thanks to all the military members who have served for the United States of America. Thank you for your service and continued service of those that still protect us so we can have the freedom we enjoy every day.

Flags & Flag Poles offer all types of flags like military, states, some countries, and handicap flags. We stock garden flags of all types, golf cart flags and stick flags to line your driveway during the patriotic Holidays. Continue reading

Information furnished by Chief Tempest

Experience has taught us that the best thing to do before a hurricane is prepare, so you can be confident during a storm that you’ve done everything you can to keep your family safe.  As your Chief of Police, I want you to know that during a hurricane, the men and women of the Lady Lake Police Department are here to help, but the responsibility of preparation begins with you!  As a local law enforcement agency, we work with our local, state, and federal partners to improve our response, cooperation, and communication during hurricanes. Just as we at LLPD plan for unexpected weather emergencies, there is plenty you can do to make yourselves, your families and your homes ready for hurricane season.  Don’t wait for a storm to threaten!

First, create a disaster supply kit that will last your family three to seven days.  Ask yourself what you would need if you couldn’t get to a grocery store, pharmacy, bank or gas station for several days.  Your kit should include a gallon per person per day of water, non-perishable food, a can opener, blankets and pillows, rain gear and sturdy shoes, first aid items, prescription drugs, toiletries, a flashlight and batteries, a battery-operated radio, a fully-charged cell phone as well as a non-cordless phone.  Pack any special food, medicines or supplies you might need for an infant, an elderly person or a pet.  Make sure you have credit cards and cash on hand and gas in your vehicle.  Put all of your important documents such as insurance and medical records, bank account numbers and your social security card in a waterproof container or waterproof plastic bag.  You can research more at Continue reading

Lady Lake Area Chamber wants to thank The Grand Oaks Resort for hosting a wonderful Hob Nob event! The networking was in full swing while the food and drinks were being served.  You don’t want to miss out on Networking monthly. Join The Lady Lake Area Chamber. Give us a call, 352-753-6029.

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