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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

Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce held their monthly Nothing But Networking Luncheon. That is when 40 to 50 business people assemble and learn about each other’s business. This last month it was held at Demshars Restaurant  on the square. Good food / good company / good business! Thanks Lady Lake Chamber. Remember, don’t keep your Chamber a secret.

Lady Lake Chamber holds Ribbon Cuttings for their members. This ribbon cutting was for Clear View Optics. Good luck Clear View Optics!


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.

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society (OVAS)  presented Lavon Silvernell of Astatula with the Conservationist of the Year award at their Holiday Luncheon on December 3rd.   OVAS was founded in 1966 and has been a conservation advocate in Lake County for over 50 years. They presented their  first Conservationist of the Year Award in 2008 to recognize someone who had significant conservation achievements in Lake County.  Last year, Welton Cadwell, former Lake County Commissioner,  received the award, recognizing him for a “Lifetime of Conservation”.   Continue reading

Phoca Press announces the launch of Air Capabilities of the U.S. Navy SEALs: A History of Innovation by The Villages resident Captain (SEAL) Norman H. Olson, U.S. Navy (Retired). We will also be hosting a special pre-launch celebration and book signing will be held at the Evans Prairie Country Club December 9 and a book signing at his home drop zone at Skydive City, Zephyrhills, Florida December 10, 2017.

Evans Prairie Country Club Pre-Launch at The Villages
December 9, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Captain Norman Olson will host an afternoon of question and answer, sharing of historic photos and memorabilia and book signing.

Publishers Note: I first met Glen when he attended a Select Business Associates meeting. I could see immediately the talent. I went to his Gallery in the Six Gun Plaza which is by appointment only. You would be amazed by his metal sculptures. Take the time to check this out, especially if you want something special or different or your trying to decorate your office with that special look. Many years ago I bought a sculpture of a fishing boat made of copper. It turns out it was a Glen Cove creation. I was please that I found that connection.

The following is information I saw on a brochure and a fair business profile.

Glen Cove Metal sculptures is an independently owned metal craft business owned by Air Force veteran, Paul Tester. Paul retired from the USAF as an aircraft structural repair technician who also trained many other Japanese and German military personnel in metal working techniques. He eventually resided in Florida and started teaching in the Marion County School system. Continue reading

Pictured are some of the business people at the Lady Lake Chamber Hob Nob event. What is a Hob Nob you say??? It is a group of local businesses assembled by the Lady Lake Chamber, getting together and visiting with each other and talking about their businesses, sharing information while enjoying the hospitality of Dempshar’s Restaurant in the Village. They are located in Spanish Springs on the Square. The sponsors for the event were Villages-News and Villages Plus. Continue reading

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of Lake County, FL.  is hosting a guided hike of Lake Apopka’s North Shore and Environs on Saturday September 23rd.  Lake Apopka is a premier birding area in central with over 362 species of birds and as we head into fall season the migratory birds will begin to arrive.   Lorne Kaldorf Malo Regional Biologist at Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be  the guide for this hike  beginning at 7:30 am from the St Johns River Management Field house office at 25 633 County Rd  448A in Mt Dora.    The fee for this hike is  $10 for members and $20 for non members. Please contact Stacey Kelley at or 352-408-2901 to register. and on facebook

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