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The Lady Lake Chamber has an event each month that encourages Businesses to network. They call it “Nothing But Networking” and it is held at different area restaurants that can accommodate 40 to 50 people. Pictured here after I had just handed out free Village Spectators newspaper’s to all attendees. This table playfully held up our papers, which made a great picture for me to promote the paper. Thanks to all at the table! If you are interested in knowing more about the Lady Lake Chamber call 352-753-6029.

 

Writers to Benefit from Editor’s Expertise

Many writing workshops are taught by writers, but Ocala-based editor Karin Nicely will be approaching the process from a different point of view.

“A lot of programs encourage authors to just get their story down without structure or planning—in other words, utilizing freewriting techniques. But that can result in some serious issues, which often become time-consuming and costly to fix at the editing stage.”

Ms. Nicely, who has worked with publishing houses such as Prentice Hall and Southwestern Collegiate, now works primarily with independent authors in several genres. With her writing workshops, to be held locally in The Villages, she hopes to make the road from concept to writing to publishing easier and more enjoyable for her clients.  Continue reading

Business To Business Expo was held at Water Oak Club House and was sponsored by the Lady Lake Chamber. The Business to Business started a few years back. It is not open to the public,  just participating businesses. There were eight rows of vendors. The first four rows would go spend a set amount of time at the other four rows. Each time the timer went off you would advance to the next vendor. The vendor would talk to the business people in front of them until the timer went off again and they would advance to the next vendor. It can get kind of complex but it was well organized by Sue Kelley and the Chamber volunteers. The pictures here are just a few of the businesses. Continue reading

The best way to reduce the risk of a traffic crash is to practice safe driving behavior.   Here are some helpful tips to keep you safe.  All of the following information is readily available from driver handbooks and other government agencies:

When you’re behind the wheel of a car – whether alone or with passengers – driving safely should always be your top concern.  We are more distracted than ever, so it’s crucial to know the basics of safe driving and practice them every time you’re on the road.  Your safety, and the safety of others depend on it.

Pedestrians

It is the motorist’s responsibility to do everything possible to avoid colliding with any pedestrians. Bicyclists, skaters and skateboarders in a crosswalk or driveway are considered pedestrians. Turning motorists must yield to pedestrians at intersections with traffic signals.  Motorists must yield to pedestrians crossing the street or driveway at any marked mid-block crossing, driveway or intersection without traffic signals. Continue reading

Fishing off Aruba: Bob Irwin of Bob’s Coins & Jewelry, Inc. and Wendy Netherclift of TomL Publishing LLC pictured in Aruba on a fishing trip. Bob said he wanted to target a Marlin and that’s what he did. The Marlin weight was approximately 450-500 lbs 12’ long, the largest Marlin the Charter Boat Captain had ever seen on that side of the island. It was caught and release. They were fishing in 1600 feet of water. The trip also caught 8 tuna 70-80 lbs and 5 tuna 20-30 lbs.

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  • A four-way stop is any intersection with a stop sign in each direction, a flashing red light in each direction, or an inoperable traffic light.  Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.
  • Four-way stops are usually (but not always) labeled as such, having a rectangular sign below the octagonal shape which reads something to the effect of, “4-Way Stop,” “Four-Way Stop,” or “All-Way Stop.”
  • Each driver arriving at a four-way stop must first come to a stop, then one driver proceeds at a time.
  • If turning, as you approach a four-way stop, use your turn signal about one hundred feet prior to reaching the stop sign. The four-way stop is one of the most crucial places for using your turn signal compared to almost any other driving situation.
  • Four-way stops always operate in a clockwise direction. So, the car furthest to the right always has the right of way, and then cars take their turns in a clockwise direction.
  • If multiple cars approach a four-way stop at about the same time, the driver who comes to a complete stop first proceeds first.
  • If two or more cars arrive at a four-way stop simultaneously, the driver furthest to the right always proceeds first, and each next driver in the clockwise direction follows.
  • If four cars arrive at a four-way stop simultaneously, drivers going straight should proceed first. If all four are turning right, they may all proceed simultaneously. These aside, there is no distinguishable way to see who should go first, so the intersection is at a standstill until one driver gets up the nerve and begins to inch forward, alerting the other drivers of his or her intentions, and proceeds through the intersection (thus starting the clockwise rotation from that driver).
  • If two cars opposite each other are proceeding straight, both turning right, or one proceeding straight with the other turning right, they may go at the same time. The turn then goes to the adjacent cars at the stop, who may follow the same rule if applicable.

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Pictured are Children from Villages Elementary School of Lady Lake, with the Town Council showing their Water Awareness poster. The second annual Water Awareness Poster Contest was a great success. This is put on by the Town of Lady Lake and the Florida Governmental Utility Authority.

PAKMAIL held an open house to show off their new store opening on 17th St. Ocala Business Leaders, clients and friends attended. Huge facility and they are well on their way to filling it up. Pictured from  left Russ Moore and Walter Arnold.

By Chief McKinstry

Next time you are in a car driving through a residential neighborhood, try this experiment: glance at your speedometer when you’re in the middle of a block.  You will probably find it is pretty easy to reach or top 25 mph.

To someone on foot or in a golf cart, navigating narrow streets and unprotected intersections, it feels like you’re driving too fast.  And they’re probably not wrong.  As you cruise up to 25 mph (on streets outside a school zone), try to imagine that a golf cart swerves into your lane, or a ball rolls right in front of you with a kid chasing it.  Or that someone with an armful of groceries opened a car door without looking, or that a pedestrian in dark clothes stepped into a poorly lit intersection.  Would you be able to stop in time?  Maybe, maybe not. It would depend on how soon you saw whatever you were about to hit.

Then drop your speed to 20 mph. With that small change, it becomes much easier to halt the momentum of 3,000 pounds of metal. Continue reading

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