Villages Honor Flight’s fourth flight for 2017 will depart Sept. 6 taking 40 area veterans to Washington , DC . While in Washington , the veterans will visit Arlington National Cemetery and various war and service memorials. Since the first flight in May 2012, Villages Honor Flight has flown 925 veterans to Washington , D.C.
This flight, the organization’s 35th, includes one WWII veteran, 28 Korean War veterans, eight Korea-era and three Vietnam veterans. (15 Army, 14 Navy, four Marines, and seven Air Force) They live in The Villages, Belleview, Brooksville, Fruitland Park , Lady Lake , Leesburg, Melrose , Mount Dora , Ocala , Silver Springs, Summerfield, and Wildwood. Villages Honor Flight serves veterans from the Central Florida counties of Lake, Sumter , Marion , Citrus and Hernando. Each veteran has a volunteer guardian to assist him/her during the trip. Continue reading
Suspect Shot and Killed by Victim During Armed Home Invasion In Summerfield
On Monday, August 14, 2017, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) deputies responded to a residence located at 10420 SE 158th Place in Summerfield in reference to an armed home invasion. When deputies arrived on scene, they made contact with the victim, who stated that a suspect armed with a handgun entered the home and injured his dog. The victim told deputies that he barricaded himself in a room in the house to get away from the suspect and the suspect attempted to forcefully enter the room. The victim stated that he then shot the suspect and the suspect fled the residence. Soon after the home invasion, the suspect was dropped off by unknown persons outside the Ocala Health Summerfield Emergency Room, where he was later pronounced deceased. Continue reading
The third annual Super Expo was held at the Wildwood Community Center. There were free door prizes and lots of samples and free stuff. The expo sponsors were JP Tours and Stetler Media & Expos. Some of the vendors featured were businesses in the fields of home improvement, renovation, health, wellness, travel, local retailers, media and more. Litterally hundreds of visiters appeared as a steady stream. Most had bags full of goodies given by the vendors. I/We at TomL Publishing LLC met a lot of new people and met some people we have not seen for a while. I hope we can help some of them and I hope some can help me. Continue reading
The American Legion, Post 18 in Wildwood, located on Hwy 44 just east of Hwy 301, will host a luncheon August 11th from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Menu: Ham, Potato Salad, Green Beans, Bread, Dessert, Beverage. Donation is: $7.50. Come enjoy good food & Fellowship with the hundreds that will be there. Regular meeting is on Monday August 14th at 7:00pm. We will have free coffee and pizza, also left over dessert from the luncheon. For info call (352) 748-7009
D J Lynch
Director of Activities
P O Box 1198
Wildwood, Fl. 34785
The Korean War and Korean Defense Service Veterans of Lake County Chapter 169 Inc. meets every 3rd Saturday at the Silver Oaks Room Saddlebrook Recreation Center 3010 Saddlebrook Lane, The Villages, FL. First meeting is on September 16th This is to replace other 3rd Saturday meetings. All Veterans who ever served in Korea are urged to attend. Call (352) 748-7009 for info.
MVP Athletic Club was honored May 10, 2017 as more than 300 local dignitaries looked on, receiving the 2017 Lake County Community Service Award for involvement and service in our The Villages – Spanish Springs Town Square, The Villages – Brownwood Paddock Square, Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties and Lake County communities
The Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of Lake County, FL will host a program on Eagle Watch 2 p.m. Sunday May 7th at Trout Lake Nature Center 520 E County Rd 44 Eustis, FL.
Shanwlei Breeding Eagle Watch Coordinator of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland, FL and volunteers will discuss this 25 yr citizen science program that monitors bald eagles in central Florida. Volunteer training for Eagle Watch will be held in late summer.
Registration and refreshments will begin at 1:30 pm. the meeting is free and open to the public. Details: www.oklawaha-audubon.com or call 407-230-5404
OCALA METRO POSTS THIRD FASTEST JOB GROWTH RATE IN FLORIDA
OCALA, Fla. (April 21, 2017) – If not yet in full bloom, the economy is certainly growing stronger in the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion region.
According to today’s employment summary by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), the unemployment rate in March for the CareerSource CLM region was 5.2 percent, down 0.7 percentage point since February and 0.6 percentage point lower than the area’s rate a year ago of 5.8 percent.
Out of an expanded labor force of 201,238, there were 10,556 unemployed, a drop of 1,281 over the month and 915 less than a year ago. Significantly, there were 190,682 people with jobs throughout the three counties, an increase of 1,893 over the month and 5,882 more than in March 2016.
Additionally, the DEO reports that the Ocala metropolitan statistical area (MSA) posted 103,700 nonfarm jobs in March, an increase of 4,000 new jobs for a 4.0 percent growth rate over the year. That’s the third fastest rate among all Florida’s metro areas.
For the third consecutive month, the Ocala MSA continued to hold the fastest annual job growth rate compared to all metros in Florida in professional and business services, at 11.0 percent. The Ocala MSA had the third fastest job growth rate in mining, logging and construction at 10.4 percent.
Kathleen Woodring, CareerSource CLM’s executive vice president, said that the region is gaining momentum when it comes to positive economic indicators.
“This is exactly what we like to see: expansion of the labor force fueled by strong job growth,” she said. Continue reading
BRADENTON, Fla. — Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida businesses created 53,800 private-sector jobs in the first two months of 2017, bringing the total number of new jobs added since December 2010 to 1,346,200. Governor Scott made the announcement at Bealls, Inc. in Bradenton. The retailer, which is headquartered in Florida, has created more than 300 jobs across the state over the past two years and employs more than 8,500 Floridians.
Governor Rick Scott said, “I am proud to announce that Florida’s private-sector businesses have created nearly 54,000 new jobs in 2017. Over the past six years, we have been relentless in our efforts to make Florida the most business-friendly state in the nation because a job is the most important thing to a family. It is incredibly disheartening that politicians in the Florida House have voted to jeopardize programs that create opportunities for our families, visitors, military members and job creators. However, we will continue to fight for important economic development tools like Enterprise Florida and VISIT FLORIDA and the critical impact they have on supporting our growing economy.” Continue reading
112.8 million tourists visited Florida in 2016
FLORIDA– Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida set another record in tourism by welcoming the highest amount of visitors in the state’s history with 112.8 million visitors in 2016. This is the sixth consecutive record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous high of 106.6 million in 2015 by 5.9 percent. Tourism jobs also hit a record high in 2016 of 1.4 million jobs, exceeding the previous record in 2015.
Governor Scott said, “Today, I am proud to announce that Florida has once again welcomed a record number of tourists with 112.8 million visitors to the state in 2016. Visitors spent $109 billion and supported a record 1.4 million Florida jobs in 2016 – a testament to the vital importance of tourism to our growing economy. Continue reading