PALATKA, Fla., Jan. 5, 2023 — The St. Johns River Water Management District is now accepting applications for the 2025 Cost-Share Program. The District collaborates closely with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), local governments, private sector, and...
The Clermont Garden Club, led by members Helen Ribbe and Marion Johansen, presented 18 hand-made quilts to Minneola Place, an assisted living facility on South Main St. in Minneola. The colorful quilts were beautifully hand-crafted by the Cooper Quilters...
By Grace Rabano and The Clermont Garden Club Every month, from September through May, Clermont Garden Club members loan plants to Cooper Memorial Library and Clermont City Hall to promote horticulture awareness and connect our community to Clermont Garden Club’s...
submitted by A Forever Home Animal Rescue Jay is a 3-year-old Chihuahua mix weighing approximately 11 pounds. He came to us several years ago and was so scared that he was not adoptable. He is now socialized and ready for...
submitted by Nichole Smith, Montverde Academy   Students in Mr. Tom Narducci’s eighth-grade social studies class participated in a Shark Tank-style project for their midterm exam. Students were tasked with developing an idea of a good or service that can have...
Advent Health's groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of a healthcare facility in Minneola. Located near the Minneola interchange off the Florida Turnpike on Hancock Road, the four-story hospital promises to be a beacon of health to the growing population...
From the moment Portillo's opened its doors, the line has extended out the door showcasing the town's eagerness to indulge in the hot dog/hamburger haven.  The ample parking space makes the experience more accessible, and despite the lengthy queue,...
The scent of freshly cooked fried chicken wafts through the air, drawing eager diners into Bojangles, the new, fast-food restaurant, that opened at the intersection of Hwy 50 and Plaza Collina Blvd., Clermont.  The atmosphere is buzzing with excitement as...
  Grace O'Malley's Public House is coming to Clermont. The Irish pub will open at 2400 S Hwy 27, Clermont (previously occupied by Graffiti Junction). It is scheduled to open late in February.  Portillo's is holding its soft opening now. The...
By Mrs. Margaret Price, Assistant Dean of Students for Multiculturalism, Leadership, and Student Programs Lower School K-Kids have been busy serving the MVA community, as well as helping to fill needs in the larger community. Led by Ms. Kim Schield, a teacher...
By Nichole Smith, Communications Coordinator   November 29 through December 1, mentors met with students during their advisory period. They shared what their own experience was like when they took midterms for the first time and gave them tips on...
By Zehra Naqvi, Donor Relations Coordinator Francisco Lindor, a name synonymous with excellence on the baseball diamond, has not only left a lasting mark on the sport, but he has also made significant contributions beyond the field. The baseball luminary’s...
Terrific Kids is a Kiwanis-sponsored program that supports character building and recognizes students for modifying their behavior to become the best of who they are.      Kids at Central Florida Dreamplex were recently awarded certificates for being terrific kids this December.   Thank...
Article by Chuck Seaver, South Lake Tablet The property located at 620 West Montrose Street, Clermont, has a rich history of business operations from the early days of Clermont’s existence to the current occupant, the City of Clermont’s City Center....
By Nichole Smith The Middle School social studies department at Montverde Academy incorporates financial literacy into their curriculum. Ms. Courtney Williams, a sixth-grade social studies teacher at Montverde Academy, has spearheaded a program she calls Financial Fridays where she takes...
Submitted by Grace Rabano and The Clermont Garden Club   Members of the Clermont Garden Club, led by Helen Ribbe, beautified the grounds at Minneola Place, an assisted living facility on S.Main St. in Minneola. With a generous cash donation, the...
submitted by Pam Schmitz, Clermont Woman's Club   The Clermont Woman's Club members visited with many of their Clermont neighbors at Heritage Day.  They also took the opportunity to present their annual contribution to the Historical Society.    The Clermont Woman's Club is...
submitted by Kiwanis Club of Clermont   Paula Whetro, Executive Director of Building Blocks Ministries (BBM), was a guest at the Kiwanis Club of Clermont luncheon meeting. She updated the Club on BBM’s new facilities being constructed on Gadson Street in...
The sixth-grade students at Montverde Academy visited the Oakland Nature Preserve where they put on their gardening gloves and worked together to clear out invasive plants in that area. “Going to the sixth-grade field trip to the Oakland Nature Preserve...
 This quarter the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation (WGHF) commemorates the Downtown Historic District’s progress in recent decades with its new exhibit Modern Day Renaissance: The Winter Garden Story. It chronicles the town’s journey from abandoned streets and empty shops...
By Mrs. Kirstin Coffman, Director of Residential Life Howdy Partners! The boarding students at Montverde Academy strapped on their boots and put on their best hat to head over to our watering hole (aka the Dining Hall) to enjoy a cowboy-sized meal...
December 2023 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you Clermont! It does not seem possible that 2023 is nearly over, but as I look back, I believe it was a good year here in Clermont. I plan to spend some holiday...
Pumpkin, 7-month-old female German pincher weighing approximately 28 lbs.  This adorable girl has a shiny black and brown coat long legs and sleek body. She was adopted as a puppy and just returned when her owner became pregnant and...
By Nichole Smith, Communications Coordinator   Sixth-grade students were gearing up to take their first-ever midterm exams. To help them prepare, several students from the seventh- and eighth-grade classes volunteered for the Midterm Mentorship Program. November 29 through December 1, these...
Susan Ratcliff, an ESE teacher at Lake Minneola High School, has been teaching her students about careers, resume writing and interviews. As part of the curriculum, she had various guest speakers talk to the students about their careers. Savannah...
Guru Indian Restaurant knows and sincerely appreciates the extremely important value of our Clermont Police and Fire Departments. To help our local First Responders, Guru Indian Restaurant recently catered complimentary holiday meals for their entire departments. Clermont Police Deputy Chief...
submit by Grace Rabano, Publicity Lead for Clermont Garden Club   This month's Clermont Garden Club Yard-of-the-Month for December takes us to a home at 499 E. Minnehaha Avenue and corner of Disston Avenue. Current homeowner Nefyali Rivera inherited this beautiful garden...
The Good Four Tunes, a newly formed barbershop quartet, was featured at the December meeting of the Clermont Historical Society. The quartet may be new, but its members are all seasoned performers as was demonstrated by their beautiful harmonies on old standards like “Let...
Hi, my name is Bandi. I’m a 6-yr-old male Jackabee (Jack Russell beagle mix). I weigh approximately 12 lbs.  I have a strong body with short legs. You can see the beagle in my face but all the rest is...
As a thank you for participation at our Clermont Woman's Club's fashion show, President Helen Cooney and Treasurer Debbie Milwee presented a donation to Lt.Col. J. Pylant and students of the NJROTC Program at South Lake High School.  Since...
Articles and Photos by Chuck Seaver, South Lake Tablet   Johnsons Village Marketplace, located in historical downtown Clermont, 550 West Avenue, celebrated an official ribbon-cutting hosted by the South Lake Chamber of Commerce on Monday, December 18th. Conveniently located at the...
Johnsons Village Marketplace,  located at 550 West Avenue in downtown Clermont, celebrated its official opening on Monday, December 18. The South Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony opening the business to the community.   Nestled in Historic Downtown...
The South Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted a festive holiday breakfast on Friday, December 15 at Clermont City Center. The event included a special musical performance by the Lake Minneola High School chorale group, Sola Vocé; a chance to...
By Grace Rabano & The Clermont Garden Club Every month, from September through May, Clermont Garden Club members loan plants to Cooper Memorial Library and Clermont City Hall to promote horticulture awareness and connect our community to Clermont Garden Club’s...
Article and Photos by Chuck Seaver, South Lake Tablet Volunteers gathered under cloudy and drizzly skies at Oak Hill Cemetery, 801 East Avenue, Clermont on Saturday, December 16th to honor those who have served our country and community. Each year at...
At Lake Apopka Natural Gas District (LANGD), we pride ourselves on the service we provide and the recognition we receive for a job well done. When we look back on 2023, we can do so with satisfaction, knowing that...
By Dr. Caryn Long, Director of Educational Technology and Innovation MVA’s Middle School robotics teams performed well at the House of Bacon Prequalifier at the UF Agricultural extension grounds in Orlando on December 2, 2023. Students on Teams #Grandma, #Grandpa, and...
2023 The Year of Blessings As we begin the Christmas Season, we want to tell you how thankful we are with the many people who gave their time, talent, and treasures in 2023. It gives us great joy knowing that...
New Beginnings of Central Florida has proudly welcomed Jeremy Elliott as their new Community Resource Manager. Executive Director Steve Smith notes, “In this pivotal role, Elliott will serve as a beacon of compassion, connecting our community with the diverse resources...
Tesla Clermont sales, service and delivery center recently celebrated its grand opening.  The 61,000-square-foot store features state-of-the-art electric vehicles and supercharger stations, pick-up stations, and maintenance service. The Purchase of a new Tesla is eligible for a $7,500 federal tax...
by Chuck Seaver, South Lake Tablet The Battle of the Badges took place at the Aurelia M. Cole Academy, 150 Pitt Street, Clermont, on December 8th at 6 pm. The annual charity basketball game is a friendly match between Clermont...
Meet Pongo, the spirited senior canine with a heart full of zest and a wagging tail brimming with tales of adventure!   Pongo is the epitome of love wrapped in fur. His superpower? Hugs! There's nothing quite like a Pongo hug...
South Lake High School running back Kevens Charles has been selected to play in the 68th Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic on December 20th at the Villages.   Coach Lord proudly states, "Charles had an outstanding season for the...
The Kroger Delivery Groveland Fulfillment Center recently made a nearly $2,000 donation to the nonprofit Find, Feed & Restore. The donation will go towards the organization’s new Hannah Grace Gardens Affordable Housing Project, which broke ground in Mascotte last...
Article and Pictures by Chuck Seaver, South Lake Tablet Hammer & Company Barbershop, 1600 Hancock Road, Clermont, celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the South Lake Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, December 6th. Conveniently located at the intersection of Hancock Road...
by Julia Flohr   SOUTH LAKE AQUATIC CLUB (SLAC) member Rory Connelly reached the Junior National qualifying in the 100 butterfly and maintained above a 3.5 GPA to reach Scholastic All-American for USA Swimming. He is in Columbus, Ohio this week...
By The Animal League   Sofie is the cutest little 13-year-old black and white Maltese/Yorkshire Terrier (Morkie) blend. Miss Sofie is a quiet and dainty girl weighing in around 7 pounds. Although she can be a little shy when meeting new...
Roxie is a 12-year-old Maltese weighing approximately 11 pounds. This sweet girl was dumped at a high-kill shelter and was on the euthanizer list when we rescued her. She is blind but is so sweet and lovable that you...
Lake Technical College, a leader in workforce training, is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a significant grant for semiconductor and advanced manufacturing expansion. This grant, which comes through the Florida Job Growth Grant fund, will provide...
 by Donna Digennaro, Clermont Historic Village If you didn’t have a chance to go to the Heritage Day Festival at the Historic Village, you missed a fun-filled day—Mother Nature even cooperated with perfect temperatures and nice breezes off Lake Minneola.  The...
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