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101 E. J. Arden Mays Blvd. Plant City, FL 33563 Phone 321-377-8953 Fax 813.764.0990 PUBLIShEr Paul Graham publisher@lakecountyfocus.com EDITOr IN chIEF Heather Graham heather@lakecountyfocus.com

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A king and queen, beads, parades, a street party, face painting, live music, carnival rides, and more beads. The spirit and frivolity of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras continues for the fourteenth year right in the streets of downtown, historic Leesburg.

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Crushed grapes, labor intensive work, fancy wine corks, family history and a beautiful setting in the hills of Clermont all make for an exceptional day at Lakeridge Winery! The Wine Fest was a fun way to spend a beautiful day in February with nothing but sun, music and wine tasting.

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Meet the 2011 Georgefest Queen, Nicki Coyle, and Georgefest King, John Roberts. Th is honor is bestowed upon these long time residents for their many contributions and commitment to the Eustis community.

The 109th Annual Eustis Georgefest Celebration - Th is year’s theme was “America the Beautiful” and as usual there was a patriotic feel throughout the three days of merriment. The weekend included carnival rides, a spectacular fi rework show over Lake Eustis, concerts, a parade, a classic car show, performances from local singing and dance groups, a hot dog eating contest, the Cypress Gardens water skiers, and much much more! Th is small town knows how to put on a BIG festival!

Dining & enteRtainMent

Inside Pisces Rising, cool sea tones meet with hues of peach, suggestive of the display one might witness as the sun slips beneath the sea. Th is tranquil decor and unique appeal of Pisces Rising has been a beacon to Mount Dora residents and visitors for the past seven years. With its creative approach to food, award-winning wine list, and spectacular sunset view of Lake Dora, Pisces Rising has established itself as a premier Lake County destination.

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arch is here and I must admit – I am already exhausted. Georgefest, Winefest, Mardi Gras, and No Duck Left Behind down… gearing up for Pig on the Pond, Bikefest, Planes, Trains, & BBQ, Class Race Boat Spring Fling, Sunnyland Antique & Classic Boat Show and Central Florida Dragonboat Festival… just to name a few. Somebody actually said to me the other day “there is nothing to do in Lake County.” I couldn’t help but laugh. It seems there is some festival or event everywhere you turn around here! And I will confess – I love it! Sitting out by the water with my family watching the fireworks over Lake Eustis (which were AMAZING, by the way), listening to music on the grounds of Lakeridge Winery, catching beads at Leesburg’s Mardi Gras parade, or watching hundreds of rubber ducks parachute from a seaplane are experiences to be treasured. While I have attended some of these events many times through the years, I have to give kudos to the event organizers for keeping each occasion unique and fresh year after year. And for myself personally, attending this year, as a resident of Lake County, everything has a different feel to it, more personal, more connected to a sense of pride in my hometown. We have recapped the events for you in this issue and I hope you will enjoy reliving them if you attended, or will plan to attend next year when you see what you missed. Be sure to check out the event calendar for all of the upcoming festivals, as well.

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chamber happenings East Lake March 17th the Eustis Chamber will hold a Business After Hours sponsored by Federal Trust Bank, Eustis. Food, fun, and a chance to win a 2011 Camaro. The event is from 5:30-7pm. March 19th - “Take Your Child to the Symphony” jointly sponsored by the Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra. A special program of music selected appeal to young people: popular theme songs drawn from movies and shows played in a classical style. The event will be held at First Baptist Church of Eustis at 3pm. March 29th - 2nd Business After Hours with Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening will be hosted by Joanne M. Keller, ARNP at Women’s Health & Wellness in Mount Dora from 5:30-7:30pm. Leesburg On Wendesday, February 16th, 2011, 66 people started the challenge to get healthy, not only for themselves, but for the businesses they work for!! There were two weigh-in times, from noon to 1:00 pm and 6:00 to 7:00 pm. There were lots of excited and eager faces in each group - they can’t wait for the next session to see their progress!! The groups will be meeting on Mondays from either 12:00 to 1:00 pm or 6:00 to 7:00 pm. for the next 12 weeks. There will be weekly coverage on Monday in the Daily Commercial, and LakeFront TV will also be documenting the event weekly on TV. The Business Wellness Challenge is brought

to you buy the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Leesburg. Mount Dora Join Mount Dora and Tavares Chambers for the biggest business to business expo in the area. So get out your business cards and attend this fabulous event. 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Expo Luncheon seating limited to 120. Special $25.00 ticket needed. 1:00 - 7:00 pm Vendor Exhibits open in Main Hall. 4:30 to 7:00 Joint Chamber Business After Hours. Being held at Lake Receptions 4425 Highway 19A, Mount Dora. 352-383-2165 Tavares The Sterling House hosted the February Business After Hours for the Tavares Chamber. Networking and socializing were the theme of the evening with great food, great staff and volunteers. Visitors enjoyed a tour of the facility with several staff members in attendance to answer questions. Contact them at 352.343.2500 for your personal tour today. Chamber

Ambassadors and Staff joined Dr. Gary Allen with Mission Cardiovascular & Thoracic Sugeons for an Open House and Ribbon Cutting February 8, 2011. February’s Networking Luncheon was held on February 8 at La Yaquecita Mexican Grill, located on Alfred Street in Tavares. February Chamber Business Luncheon was sponsored by Florida Hospital Waterman. Pictured are Chamber Pres. Linda Bennett, Speaker – Dr. Gary Allen, Pres. & CEO of FHW Ken Mattison and Chamber Board member Bill Hartman.

Umatilla Umatilla hosts the 12th Annual Florida Black Bear Festival. Learn how to avoid attracting bears to home, school or recreational areas. Take a field trip into a bear habitat in the Ocala National Forest and learn about their foraging habits and behavior; visit the historic Carr Cabin or tour the Black Bear Scenic Byway. Children can make crafts and participate in interactive activities teaching them how we can live and recreate in bear country safely. The event will be held at Cadwell Park in Umatilla from 9am-4pm and is free to attend. For more information, call 352-669-3511 or log onto www.umatillachamber.org/blackbearfest

East Lake County Chamber of Commerce www.elcchamber.com 352-383-8801 Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce www.eustischamber.org 352-357-3434 Leesburg Chamber of Commerce www.leesburgchamber.com 352-787-2131 Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce www.MountDora.com 352-383-2165 Tavares Chamber of Commerce www.tavareschamber.com 352-343-2531 Umatilla Chamber of Commerce www.umatillachamber.org 352-669-3511

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karaoke master contest The Karaoke Master North contest concluded on February 26th at Café Gianni’s in downtown Eustis. The Ten Finalists competing are Paulette Phelps, Jessica Cortner, Elba Simpson, Rachel Smith, Glenn Mills, Tim Totten, Regan Hall, Terri-Ellen Ribble, Vicki Paul and Jenn Henson. A crowd showed up to support their favorite singer. The winners are: First Place: Glenn Mills, age 70 from Clermont $300 Second Place: Elba Simpson, age 59 from Clermont $150 Third Place: Terri-Ellen Ribble, Age 18 from Leesburg $50

rick copleY Win’s rugged maniac race in Jacksonville Over 2000 people descended on the Bostwick Creek Motocross Park on the outskirt on Jacksonville on February 26th for the Rugged Maniac Adventure race. This 5k race featured obstacles like 9 foot high wall, mud, barbed wire, sand and a leap over fire. When the last wave finished and the dusk had settled Rick Copley of Eustis was crowned the overall champion. His time of 21:40 out paced second place Jonathan Brown of Merritt Island by almost a minute.

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leesburg high Wins basketball championship The Leesburg High School boys basketball team won the Class 4A State Championship held in Lakeland by beating Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 66-58. The team was honored with a hometown parade to celebrate.

2011 Sunnyland Antique & Classic Boat Festival on Lake Dora Event Calendar FRIDAY, March 25

Antique/Classic Motorboats on display in the water and on land • Antique Outboard Motor Displays • Antique Classic Car Displays • Amphibious Car Display & Parade • Sponsor’s Row • Nautical Flea Market • Field of Dreams - Boats for Sale • Food and Beer Court • Picnic Area • Kid’s Park & Activities • Free Parking • Daily Admission $5 Weekend Pass $10

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SATURDAY, March 26 9 am to 5 pm - All Exhibits Open 9:00 am - Opening Ceremony 10:00 am - SCAMPY Youth Boat Launching 1:00 pm - Amphibious Car Club Parade & Splash-in 2:00 pm - Hagerty Youth Boat Judging 11am - 4pm - Youth Activity Tent TBA – Seaplane Fly Over

SUNDAY, March 27 9 am to noon - All Exhibits Open 9:00 am - Show Awards Presentations 10:00 am - On site Church Services (by boat) Noon -Trailer Services start to remove boats 2:00 pm Ship Store closes Thank you for Joining Us! General Admission: $5 per day or $10 All three days. Fee used to support Sunnyland


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food pantry. 100% of the money raised at the event was donated to Lake Cares, a grand total of $1467. Lake Cares is a “need-based organization whose goal is to feed the body, educate the mind and lift the spirit of all individuals. We accomplish this with a dynamic group of volunteers who source donations, package nutritious food to stretch a family’s food supply and distribute that food to qualifying residents in the City of Mount Dora and surrounding communities.” For more information on Lake Cares, log onto www.lakecares.org or call 352-3830100. Waggoner is a paralegal, non-lawyer, specializing in divorces. He can be reached at 407-339-8433. Reppy is owner of Dale’s Auto Repair in Leesburg. He can be reached at 352-787-5268.

ewcomer to Lake County, Nicholas Waggoner (Dog PI) quickly fell in love with this great community and led to a desire to give back. His enthusiasm inspired him to put together “Scooby & Nick’s First Annual Charity Chili Cook-Off ” held on Sunday, February 13th to benefit Lake Cares Food Pantry in Mount Dora. Together with good friend Dale Reppy (Scooby) , Waggoner recruited local businesses to donate auction items and to come out to support the event by making, or just eating, chili. The community responded, with over a dozen chilis being entered into the competition, and approximately fifty people coming out to sample. Local musician and business owner, Rick Merrill donated his time to entertain the crowd with live music. A 50/50 raffle was held and the winner generously donated the money back to the

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king and queen, beads, parades, a street party, face painting, live music, carnival rides, and more beads. The spirit and frivolity of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras continues for the fourteenth year right in the streets of downtown, historic Leesburg. Mardi Gras of Leesburg is one of the fun-filled family events that the Leesburg Partnership sponsors to further and maintain the town’s heritage, which was declared Florida Main Street City in1994. The crowning event sets the stage for twelve hours of merriment on Saturday. King Rex and Queen Divine were crowned on Friday evening, based upon the highest total of funds raised for the Leesburg Partnership. Of only four total businesses participating, Joyce Huey, who owns Two Old Hags Wine Shop, and Al Cardiello of Infinity Fitness raised the most, and earned them the royal treatment. Overall, the funds raised totaled $91,676.23, over twenty thousand dollars more than the previous year. King Rex Cardiello had a goal of raising the

most money for Leesburg through various fitness related events, “Let’s get physical, do something fun and raise money through fun fitness.” Three parades throughout the day, and the pets take center stage at 2 pm. Residents Daniel and Shannen Fitzgerald came out for their love of dogs. Transplants from New York, the Fitzgerald’s have been in Lake County for a year, and Shannen says, “[Mardi Gras] brings everyone out. We didn’t know there were so many young people here.” Joanne Ames of Paws Therapy was present at a booth showcasing the good work they do. People can “see what nice dogs we have.” Therapy dogs are used in hospitals, schools and nursing homes. Kathy Reynolds says, “They put a smile on residents’ faces.” The many canine participants in the afternoon parade accomplished smiles and much more for Leesburg families.

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Chamber Ambassadors welcomed Studio D to their new facility located next to Gold’s Gym in the Kmart Shopping Plaza at 1050 E. Hwy 50 Suite C in Clermont. Ask for “D” himself (owner Demetrius Isom) when you stop by or call him at (352) 394-1386! Clermont Bicycles along with owners Jim and Roberta Reale were recently welcomed to the South Lake area by Chamber Ambassadors! They are located next to Home Depot on Hwy 50 in Clermont. Chamber Ambassadors helped the SouthLake Art League to celebrate the grand opening of their new art gallery located within Cagan Crossings.

CHAIRMAN’S GALA

The 2011 Chairman’s Gala was held Saturday, February 5th at the Heritage Hills Clubhouse. During the Gala the 2010 Citizen of the Year was announced. The 2011 Officers and Board of Directors was also installed during by Lake County Judge Donna Miller. The new Officers include new Chair John Moore (Orlando Health), Vice Chair Kasey Kesselring (Montverde Academy), Secretary Lucy Hage (Goin’ Postal), Treasurer Ron Wallace (Daily Commercial/South Lake Press), Immediate Past President Mike Bucher as well as incumbent Directors and new Directors Wendy Terry (McGladrey), Gary Tolley (Advantageous Media Partners) and Michelle Michnoff (BankFIRST).

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The 2010 Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Kim and Rod Jemison by Lucy Hage, Chair of the Community Relations Committee. The Jemison’s have been in South Lake for more than 15 years. Born in St. Petersburg, they moved to South Lake around 1994, and have been married 8 years. They opened their business in 1996, and they are very involved in our community. The Jemison’s have contributed to the Band Boosters for South Lake High School, serve meals to the homeless at Thanksgiving and Christmas, set up the Groveland Christmas Stroll, provided free decorations for the July 4th Groveland Event Stage , partnered with Pig On the Pond for more than 10 years by decorating the main stage at no charge, created the centerpieces for more than 60 tables each year for the Teacher Appreciation Breakfast and providing vases of flowers at no charge for many locations throughout South Lake.

Are you ready to hit the links again? It’s time to tee it up again for the annual Howard Stockton Memorial Golf Tournament. This year’s outing will be held in May. This is a very special event which is held in memory of Howard Stockton, former Executive Director of the Chamber who devoted much of his time to helping drive the growth and prosperity of our community. A portion of the tournament proceeds go toward the Howard Stockton Memorial Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to students who possess solid moral character, strong leadership skills and a devotion to community service. For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cheryl Fishel (407) 625-3818 or email cherylfishel@cfl. rr.com right away to reserve your spot!.

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March Chamber Breakfast: When: Friday, March 18th Where: Jenkins Auditorium 621 W. Montrose St Time: 7:15 – 8:30 a.m. Program: Nancy Clutts former Tavares Mayor on Community Building and Business Development Sponsored by: Granny Nannies Co-sponsored by: sponsorship available Catering by: Jackie’s Creative Catering, Inc. Cost: $8 member; $10 non member

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codY Jack’s chili cookoff Cody Jack’s Seafood of Minneola hosted Chili for Charity to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Live music and cornhole competitions, along with chili tasting was enjoyed throughout the day. The winners of the chili cook-off were 1st place: The Cooks, 2nd Place: Jay and Connie, 3rd Place: Dutch Holt. A grand total of $1080 was raised for MDA.

neWlYWeds Jim & Beth Voss are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Andrea Voss to Justin Brooks. The wedding was at Celebration Golf Club. They will reside in Clermont.

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hero of the month aWard 10-year-old Brian Daniel of Clermont was awarded the Haven’s Kid’s Wish Networks’s Hero of the Month award. He is one of only 16 children in Lake County to receive the Hero of the Month Award. This is a nation-wide program, with the Haven being the only organization in Lake County to participate.


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rushed grapes, labor intensive work, fancy wine corks, family history and a beautiful setting in the hills of Clermont all make for an exceptional day at Lakeridge Winery! The Wine Fest was a fun way to spend a beautiful day in February with nothing but sun, music and wine tasting. The bands played during the day and you could sit and enjoy your drink or walk around the many vendor booths for a beautiful piece of jewelry, tapestry or stained glass pieces. There were even wine corks made out of Georgia marble with your favorite college team! If you know very little about wine or love it, visit the Winery to learn about how this extraordinary process is completed and the history of their journey that brought them to

our area. As the largest of only 16 wineries in the state, they have one of the best views over the arbor that will take your breath away. Our tour guide, Tom was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor which made it enjoyable learning about the history of it. The best part came at the end where we sampled each one to find just the right one to take home. From a Cuvee Noir Reserve that has a deep, rich color of burgundy with a hint of oak and spice to their newest creation Proprietor’s Reserve that is a blend of the muscadine grape that is perfect as an after dinner wine. Book a party for that special someone or a wedding- they will never run out of champagne! Don’t forget the stomping of the grapes during the fall harvest! Call @ 1-800-768-WINE or email www.lakeridgewinery.com for more details on upcoming events.


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he formal affair Thursday at Summerville at Oak Park, an assistedliving facility, brought new meaning to the words senior prom. Brittney Wamback, 17, wore a lavender formal evening gown and carried a red carnation boutonniere as she strolled down one of Summerville’s hallways, looking for her date’s room number. “I’ve never done this before,” she said about pinning the boutonniere. “I hope I don’t hurt him.” Finally, the East Ridge High School senior knocked on the door and greeted her date, 71-year-old Joe Armstrong. “You ready?” she asked. “Look at this,” Armstrong said. “You’re looking good, darling.”

“Thank you,” she said, while smiling and pinning the carnation on Armstrong’s lapel without injury. Their meeting marked the start of a pairing of students from East Ridge and Ocoee high schools and seniors from the assisted-living facility. Terri Glimcher, activities director at Oak Park, said the senior prom came about through Bridging the Generations, a program she implemented four years ago to bring together seniors and students from local schools. More than 60 students and a few teachers from East Ridge and Ocoee decorated the lobby, turned dance floor and dressed up for the senior prom that had a Chinese New Year theme. Glimcher introduced the prom king, Martin Nazario, an East Ridge forensics teacher, and

the queen, Cookie Lindine, 77. The prince was Ocoee senior Darius Jones, 18, and the princess, Frieda Hartfelder, 92. “A lot of these folks never attended a senior prom,” Glimcher said. “It was during the Depression. They only had ... shoes, food and necessities.” She told the crowd the dance took months of planning and encouraged the participants to have fun. “You’re not getting older,” she said. “You’re getting what?” “Better!” the seniors replied. For the next hour, students danced with their dates and others to the tunes of disc jockey Larry Ryder. Referring to his princess, Jones said, “She’s amazing. She’s light on her feet, too. She’s got me going in circles.” Between dances, couples walked down to get their pictures taken by professional photographer Orlando Rivera. One older man sat for a photograph with his date, who wore a red sequined dress. “I know that dress is beautiful,” Rivera told the man. “But you [have] got to look at me.” All 62 residents who attended will get a photograph. Throughout the night, the residents and their dates munched on a Chinese hors d’oeuvres,

including chicken wings, egg rolls, teriyaki beef, sweet-and-sour chicken, coconut shrimp and fortune and almond cookies. The dessert room was lined with cakes and cookies. Local merchants donated the food and flowers. Glimcher said the senior prom has been planned since November. She and Wendy Cartwright, a leadership teacher and Student Government Association adviser at Ocoee High, came up with the idea. Cartwright said this year’s Student Government Association state project is to do something with seniors. So, when she heard about Bridging the Generations from a colleague, she contacted Glimcher. When Glimcher took the idea back to the residents council, they were all for it, she said. “They said that they had never gotten to go to the prom and that it was a big part of growing up that they missed,” she said.

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& reminiscing! Today Nicki’s son Tim is married to Kelly & together they have 4 children. Her daughter, Kim is married to Bobby Linn & together they have 3 children. Nicki likes having her family close by. Nicki enjoyed 46 wonderful years of marriage to Jim before his passing 11 years ago. Now she spends much of her time volunteering for local organizations such as Angel Flight where she was chosen Earth Angel Volunteer of the year. In addition, she donates her time to Hospice, the Bay Street Players, & The Samaritan Inn, a shelter for homeless families in Leesburg. Nicki is a member of the Chamber & has served on the Board of Directors. She is also a chamber Ambassador & was given the Volunteer of the Year Award at the 2010 Gala Awards Banquet. She has been an active member of the First Baptist Church of Eustis since 1972 where she is “ the greeter with a smile ” on Sunday mornings. Volunteering gives her the chance to meet new people & serve her city. She is the “ people person extraordinaire. ” Nicki loves to travel & is always ready at any opportunity to see & do something different. She is fun & energetic & loves living in Eustis. She is proud to tell everyone about her city!

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wife Dee & had 4 children. They moved to Eustis so the children could be raised in a small town atmosphere. Three of the children still live in town & one lives in Palm Beach Gardens. John has been married to his present wife Molly for 36 years. Between John & Molly, they have 7 children, 12 grandchildren, & 5 great grandchildren. John is a life member of the Eustis Elk Lodge & Past President of the Eustis Kiwanis Club. He was president of the Lake County Board of Realtors in 1974, 1982 & 1992. He was Realtor of the Year in 1975. He is a graduate of the Realtors Institute & holds a Senior Residential Appraiser designation. He started John Roberts Realty in July of 1971. John & Molly own a home in Eustis, an office building downtown & a home in the Smoky Mountains. John is currently on the Chamber ’ s Board of Directors & is Chair of the Economic Development Committee. John loves the city & says “This is a very exciting time for Eustis. We have lots of new ideas & we’ r e rolling up our sleeves. ” John Roberts Realty & Appraisal Service is in its 40th year in business this year...always in Eustis.


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Feature» 109th Eustis Georgefest Celebration

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his old fashioned festival continues to surprise! This year’s theme was “America the Beautiful” and as usual there was a patriotic feel throughout the three days of merriment. The weekend included carnival rides, a spectacular firework show over Lake Eustis, concerts, a parade, a classic car show, performances from local singing and dance groups, a hot dog eating contest, the Cypress Gardens water skiers, and much much more! This small town knows how to put on a BIG festival!

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CAN I SHOOT? A Article submitted by: Laura Hargrove, G&H Law

s an attorney I have often been confronted with the question, “Can I shoot?” If I am inside my house and someone breaks in can I shoot them? If I am sitting in my car and someone tries to take my car can I shoot them? If I am walking in public and someone tries to rob me can I shoot them? The answer seems simple since the Florida Legislature enacted the “Immunity from Criminal Prosecution and Civil Action for Justifiable Use of Force” law in October of 2005, commonly referred to as part of the “Stand Your Ground” law. (Fla. Stat. § 776.032). The “Stand Your Ground” law substantially amended prior law and eliminated the duty to retreat before using deadly force.

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Florida Statute § 776.013, entitled “Home protection; use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm,” states that a person is presumed to have the reasonable fear necessary to use deadly force if the person against whom the deadly force was directed was unlawfully and forcefully entering or had entered specified areas, including a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, “or if the person had removed or was attempting to remove another person against [his or her] will” from these areas. For the presumption to apply, the statute also requires that the person who used the deadly force “knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful

a gun demanding your money and you are in fear of your life. Based on the above Florida Statutes, and assuming that you have the proper permits to carry a gun, you can defend yourself with deadly force. Now that does not mean that you will not be arrested and charged with a crime. Law enforcement has a duty to investigate all killings, and make arrests or refer the case to the prosecutor. Even if you believe that you are following the law to a tee, you could end up having to defend yourself twice. So, it comes down to a matter of interpretation and the exact facts that are involved on a case by case basis. While I may not give an exact answer to the question of “Can I shoot,” I can provide the information on the law to allow someone to make a decision. It will come down to a split second decision that of which the outcome will never change once the trigger is pulled. Law enforcement officers have many hours of training on use of deadly force; leave it to them if you can. If you have a question or a topic that you would like covered please contact Gause & Hargrove at (352) 343-7424 or info@ ghlaw.com.

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Workout at the Workplace D Article submitted by: Roseanne Breckels, MS, CSCS, ACMS HFS

o you want to be more alert at work, have more energy and less sick days? Then it is time to get exercising. It is proven that physical activity stimulates brain chemicals that leave you feeling happier. A workout at the gym, a brisk 30 minute jog or walk can help combat the high levels of stress overtaking many lives today. If you have a gym membership, use it. If you do not have access to a fitness facility, exercise at work! It is not necessary to have brand new exercise machines to get healthy; all you need is open space for added physical activity, smart and healthy food and beverage choices and a positive attitude. With time being a limiting factor for most of our daily routines, try working out at your workplace. Going into

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work early, or staying an extra 30 minutes could be the trick in getting you one step closer in achieving a higher level of fitness and leading a more enjoyable life. Tips for success: • Find a workout buddy; an exercise partner will hold you accountable and make your exercise time more enjoyable. • Set realistic goals; establish short and long term goals that are realistic and attainable. • Corporate fitness program at work; to push your fitness to the next level, talk with your supervisor about starting a corporate fitness program lead by a degreed and certified trainer. There are a multitude of reasons that a company should implement a wellness program, both personally and professionally.

team members together and foster stronger working relationships. Exercise stimulates the release of endorphins which provide a sense of euphoria, resulting in improved moods at the office. Now is the time to participate in a regular exercise program for you, and for those around you. Suggested program design: • Aerobic Fitness: Make sure to get in at least 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise (walking, jogging, biking, swimming, etc) most days of the week. • Strength Training: This is a vital part of any exercise routine for any person or fitness level. Aim for two to three days per week of weight bearing exercise to increase bone strength and lean muscle mass. • Flexibility: It is important to balance muscles by stretching them post workout. This will improve range of motion and promote better posture. This is the year to throw out all the excuses. There are 1,440 minutes in every day, schedule 30 of them for physical activity! You will not only look and feel better; you will boost self confidence, self-esteem and decrease your risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Adjusted caloric intake, balanced with added exercise is the start for a healthier lifestyle.


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rank Goodman is a junior at Christian Home and Bible School. After graduation, Frank plans to attend college and study Electric Engineering and Computer Science. His love of technology started in the 8th grade, when taking Physical Science. His teacher at that time, Mr. Bill Hamilton, told him about a robotics program, where he could have fun with his newfound interest.

Frank joined the Robotics program as a member of FIRST Team 1557 in 2008. The team is made up of students from all over Lake County. The club promotes science and technology, while designing and building

robots for competitions. Frank is a Dean’s List semi-finalist. He is only one of five students to achieve this award from the FIRST Robotics competition, which an estimated 40,000 students from around the world participate in. Outside of school, Frank has a job doing web design. In his spare time, he takes classes at Lake Sumter Community College in Leesburg. We wish Frank luck in his future endeavors! To learn more about the Robotics team, go to www.12voltbolt.com

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focus » Dining Profile

Pisces Rising Award-Winning Waterfront Dining

Article submitted by: Heather Graham and Photos by Bonnie Whicher, Bonnie Whicher Photography

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nside Pisces Rising, cool sea tones meet with hues of peach, suggestive of the display one might witness as the sun slips beneath the sea. This tranquil decor and unique appeal of Pisces Rising has been a beacon to Mount Dora residents and visitors

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for the past seven years. With its creative approach to food, award-winning wine list, and spectacular sunset view of Lake Dora, Pisces Rising has established itself as a premier Lake County destination. Proprietor Anney Winters moved to Mount Dora from the Florida Keys, where she

enjoyed dining with fresh seafood and magnificent sunsets. After relocating, she realized the need for a restaurant offering this in downtown Mount Dora. Where Pisces Rising stands was formerly a home which was completed in 1920. The house was kept intact and the restaurant built around it, to include an open kitchen, main dining room, and the inside bar, which is named The 239 West Lounge. The large deck outside boasts a second bar and quickly became “the place to be” for watching the sunset over Lake Dora. The combined areas can seat approximately 250 patrons. “Artistic Food is Made Here” is proudly stated on the wall inside of Pisces Rising. In a town known for its arts, Chef Alexander Gandia muses “It only makes sense for the food to also be art.” Specializing in steaks and seafood, the menu flaunts their signature “Creoleribbean” flair, with dishes that combine

the spicy influence of Creole cooking with tropical touches, such as the inclusion of bananas or pineapple, customarily associated with Caribbean fare. All dishes are prepared from scratch, using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients available. The menu changes seasonally to allow Chef Alex to create dishes that highlight seasonal ingredients while they are at their peak. Menu favorites include the Paella Pisces Rising, prepared with chicken, shrimp, mussels, and Andouille sausage in a white wine fish broth over yellow rice, or the “Award-Winning Cuban Snapper,” where the whole snapper is seasoned with Island Spices and flash fried. Designed to tantalize your eyes as well as your tastebuds, sample the Polenta Berry Salad. Fresh berries, cherry tomatoes, and a mix of spring greens are tossed with a homemade Champagne Vinaigrette and served on a bed of crispy, fried polenta rectangles. Keeping up with the latest European trend of “foams,” Chef Alex whips up a Cilantro Cream foam to accompany fresh Blackened Grouper, served with his signature Caribbean Rice. To create this “moro rice,” Chef Alex starts with a traditional black bean stew, which he then mixes with yellow rice, folding in ham, garlic, and sweet plantains. Round out your dining experience with one of Pisces Rising’s signature desserts. Made from scratch by their in-house pastry chef, Pisces Rising offers choices worth saving room for. The mile high Sunshine Orange Cake delights the tastebuds with light, citrus-flavored layers, while the Key Lime Pie has a flaky, lighter-than-air crust and a fluffy meringue to perfectly complement the tangy Key Lime filling. With two full bars and live music on the deck, Pisces Rising also serves as a great entertainment venue. The inside, upper level is a perfect setting for a private party, whether celebrating a birthday or anniversary or even a shower. Chef Alex was voted “Best Chef in Lake County” for 2010 and the restaurant has been awarded The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence three years in a row. They have also been voted “Best Seafood Restaurant in Central Florida” by the viewers of WESH-TV, among many others. Pisces Rising is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and offers a Sunday Brunch Menu. They also feature Wine and Dinner Pairings the third weekend of every month. For more information on Pisces Rising, log on to www.piscesrisingdining. com or call 352-385-2669.


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entertainment » event calendar

Lake County March 10th-13th, Thurs – Sun

Bassmasters 2011 Elite Series rolls into town. The Wooton Park event will include food vendors, kid’s activities, family fun and entertainment. Qualifying is on Thursday & Friday, the final weigh-ins are Saturday & Sunday. For more information, call 407-566-2134 and www.sports.espn. go.com

March 11th – 12th, Fri-Sat

The 13th Annual Pig on the Pond event includes a sanctioned BBQ competition, midway carnival, crafters, food vendors, entertainment under the main tent, kid’s zone, sponsor row and more. Pig on the Pond is focused on raising funds for scholarship and educational programs in South Lake County. The festival is from 5pm-10pm on Friday and 10am-10pm on Saturday at Clermont Waterfront Park. Admission is $2. For more information, call 352-516-5897 or log onto www.pigonthepond.org

March 12th-13th, Sat-Sun

Montverde Academy hosts the 34th Annual Eagle Track and Field Invitational. The competition field will include Mount Dora Bible, Lake Mary Prep, Umatilla High, Orlando Luteran, and Master Academy. The event begins at 9am and is free to spectators. For more information, call 407-4692561 or log onto www.montverde.org

March 12th, SatUrday

Gator Harley-Davidson hosts a Green Bag & St. Patty’s Day Celebration at their Leesburg location. The event is from 10am3pm and includes live music, free food, and beer (until gone). For more information, call 352-787-8050 or log onto www. gatorharley.com The Tremain’s Lounge at Lakeside Inn, Mount Dora, invites you to join them for Johny Carlsson, Jazz Pianist. Enjoy a cozy atmosphere, specialty drinks, and bar menu from 7-10pm. For more information, call 352-383-4101 or log onto www.lakesideinn.com

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calendar of events

Mar 16th, 23rd, & 30th, Wednesday

Cagan Crossings Libraray hosts Lego Club from 4-5pm. Lego Club is open to all ages. A variety of Legos are available for kids to build with and show off to fellow club members. The club is free to join. For more information, call 352-243-1840 or log onto ww.mylakelibrary.org

March 16th, Wednesday

The Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce and the Tavares Chamber of Commerce join forces to present a Chamber Business Expo at Lake Receptions from 11:30am8:00pm. Booths cost $250. For more information, call 352-343-2531 or log onto www. tavareschamber.com

March 17th, Thursday

Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra presents “ A CELTIC CELEBRATION.” Lake County’s own professional symphony orchestra of 60 members will delight the audience with “Lord of the Dance,” “Irish Suite,” “Danny Boy,” “Irish Rhapsody” and other Celtic festivities. The beautiful music chosen for this season is by the late founder, composer andpianist Guy Saint-Clair. The performance will be held at the St. Patrick Catholic Church at 7:30pm. Tickets are $42 in advance and $45 at the door. For more information, call 352-589-1500.

March 18th-20th, Friday-Sunday

Enjoy Mount Dora Art League’s Annual Spring Art Show in the Donnelly Park Building. Show is open from 4-6pm on Friday, 10am-6pm on Saturday, and 10am4pm on Sunday. The reception and awards is Saturday from 4pm-6pm. For more information, call 338-735-0128.

March 18th, Friday

Cooper Memorial Library hosts a “Self Defense for Seniors” seminar from 10am11am. This free training session will teach seniors how to protect themselves. Selfdefense training includes skills of perception, empty hand, practical weapons, and fitness. The class is fun and healthy, for men and women. For more information, call 407-924-9695.

March 19th, Saturday

The second annual Mount Dora Classic Car Festival, featuring classic and exotic cars, will be held in downtown Mount Dora from 9am-4pm. Admission is free. Car registration is $25. For more information, call 352-630-9356 or log onto www. lakedoraclassic.com

March 19th-20th, Saturday-Sunday

The Classic Raceboat Regatta will include raceboats demonstrating racing events on a mile oval course at Wooton Park from 9am-4pm. Cost to attend is $3 For more information, call 352-455-6271 or log onto www.classicraceboatassoc.com

March 23rd, Wednesday

W.T. Bland Public Library invites Lego lovers from kindergarten to fifth grade to join their Lego Club, which meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 4pm. Participation is free. For more information, call 352-735-7180 or log onto www.mylakelibrary.org

March 24th-27th, Thursday-Sunday

The Sunnyland Antique & Classic Boat Society Show returns to Wooton Park in Tavares for their annual event. This year’s theme is race boats. The event is from Thursday-Sunday, from 10am-6pm. For more information, call 352-742-6402 or log onto www.acbs-sunnyland.org

March 26th, Saturday

Umatilla hosts the 12th Annual Florida Black Bear Festival. Learn how to avoid attracting bears to home, school or recreational areas. Take a field trip into a bear habitat in the Ocala National Forest and learn about their foraging habits and behavior; visit the historic Carr Cabin or tour the Black Bear Scenic Byway. Children can make crafts and participate in interactive activities teaching them how we can live and recreate in bear country safely. The event will be held at Cadwell Park in Umatilla from 9am-4pm and is free to attend. For more information, call 352-669-3511 or log onto www.umatillachamber.org/ blackbearfest The Clermont Women’s Club Hosts the 9th Annual Woman’s Expo to benefit local charities. The event will be held in the gymnasium at Minneola City Hall from 10am-2pm. For more information, call Basha at (352) 241-9580

March 26th-27th, Saturday – Sunday

Kick off the 2010 triathlon season with the 28th Annual Great Clermont Triathlon Super Sprint at Waterfront Park in Clermont. Saturday events’ distances include a 200-yard swim, 8-mile bike and 2-mile run. The Duathlon consists of a 1 mile run, 8 mile bike, then a 2 mile run. Sunday’s event distances include both an international distance (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run) and sprint distance (.75 swim, 20K bike and 5K run). For more information, including pricing, call 352-394-1320 or log onto www. triflorida.com

April 2nd, Saturday

Tavares invites you to join them for Planes, Trains, & BBQ. This full day of family fun includes an air show, kid’s activities, a car show, a sanctioned barbecue competition, plane rides, train exhibit, and a country music concert featuring Colt Ford. Tickets for the concert at $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. For more information, call 352742-6319 or log onto www.tavares.org

April 7th-10th, Thursday-Sunday

Leesburg Downtown Partnership hosts the 15th Annual Leesburg Bikefest. Lake County comes alive with the roar of over 200,000 thousand bikers from throughout the US. Downtown is open to motorcycles only! Live bands on 8 stages all day and night, Ms Bikefest Contest, Rat’s Hole Custom Motorcycle Show, Biker Demonstrations, Stunt Riding, Festive Food, Merchandise Vendors and much more. Non-Stop Street Party! For more information, log onto www.leesburgbikefest.com

April 8th, Friday

Stroll Mount Dora and enjoy art and entertainment, featuring dozens of artists, at several venues throughout the downtown area from 6pm-8pm. For more information, call 352-383-0880.

April 8th-9th, Friday – Saturday

The 9th Annual Central Florida Dragon Boat Festival kicks off on Friday night with the wakening of the dragon, followed by a fireworks display over Lake Dora. Saturday features an action-packed day with highly competitive races in the water and entertainment on land. Gate fee is $3. For more information, call 352-343-2531 or log onto www. Cfdragonboat.org


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