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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

Marion County, Florida (August 27, 2017)- Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes

detectives have released additional information this morning in reference to the suspicious death investigations conducted on Saturday, August 26, 2017, in Weirsdale. At 9:38 a.m., Saturday morning, MCSO deputies received a call for service in reference to two unresponsive individuals in a car in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store located at 13842 SE Highway 42. When deputies arrived on scene, they discovered victims Stephanie Gonzalez (DOB: 03/23/1978) and Jeffery Durden (DOB: 05/07/1973) deceased in a maroon SUV parked towards the rear-side of the business. Continue reading

Grand Opening and open house of the Villages Hospital Joint Institute. Dr. Williams is cutting the ribbon. Senator Daniel Webster looking on, while the Lady Lake Chamber members and visitors enjoyed.

The Joint Institute at the Villages Regional Hospital executive team attended the event. Those attending received an exclusive first look at the technologically advanced joint institute.

There was plenty of networking & heavy hor d’ouevres!


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

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