Beginners Basic birding class

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of Lake County is hosting a beginners class on basic birding Sunday February 25th 2 -4 pm at Trout Lake Nature center  530 East  Cr 44. Eustis, Florida. Birding is the fastest growing activity in the US and Central Florida is a birding hot spot. Birding is a great activity because its inexpensive, easy, it connects people to nature and it can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. Birding can be an individual hobby, a family activity, or a group event that can be done in your back yard, at a local wildlife refuge or an exotic international location Birding is  often combined with hiking, kayaking, photography and traveling so there is something for everyone.
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Internet and Email Scams

By Chief McKinstry  – Lady Lake PD

As the Chief of Police for the Town of Lady Lake I am often asked, “What can I do to stop folks from becoming a victim of a scam?”   I can tell you the most important thing we all can do is pass the following information along to our friends, family and co-workers so they are aware of these common scams and prevent them from becoming a potential target.

Phishing

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The most widespread internet and email scam today is the modern day “sting” con game. “Phishing” is where digital thieves lure you into divulging your password info through convincing emails and web pages. [Read more…]

Nothing but Networking Business Lunch

Pictured is a group of business people that attended January’s “Nothing but Networking Business Lunch”. It is put on by the Lady Lake Chamber and usually some 50 business people attend. This one was held at the Waterfront Inn. We network from 11:30 to 12, have lunch and talk during lunch, with the people at our tables and learn more about each other’s businesses. I have met some great people at these networking events.

Art in the Park

Pictured are some of the visitors in one of the aisles of Art in the Park, an annual free event. There were over 70 vendors showing their Arts and Crafts to the crowds of people attending. Some of the Crafts were necklaces, earrings, broaches and scarves, etc. Many art exhibitors showed their talents and they are talented. The event was held at the Log Cabin Lady Lake Florida. A great time was had by all.

Tri County Grange #215

Tri County Grange #215 will meet Monday, Feb. 12, at 2:00 PM at the Fruitland Park Library, 230 Berckman St.

A report will be given on the recent  State Grange Session held recently in Kissimmee.  Light refreshment will be served.

Tri County Grange serves those who reside in Lake. Sumter and Marion Counties.

Guests and snowbird grangers are cordially invited.   For more information contact  Master Howard Sechler at 484-225-0780, or Secretary  Mildred Teisinger at 740-819-4786.

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of Lake County

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society of Lake County  is sponsoring a birding, botany & wildlife  field trip on Sunday, February 11th 7 am to 12 pm to Orlando Wetlands Park in east Orange County.  They will be traveling through the park by tram and the  trip will be led Wetlands Park volunteers.  The park is home to diverse plant life  several species of ducks, grebes, Belted Kingfishers, shorebirds, wading birds, Purple Gallinule, night herons, Bobcat and  Alligators.   The area has walking trails and  fantastic photography opportunities.

Space is limited to 15 people, so sign up soon. Carpool options may be available.   Please bring binoculars, camera, spotting scope,  lunch, & warm clothes.     [Read more…]

Gov. Scott Appoints Two to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Robert Spottswood and the appointment of Gary Lester to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Spottswood, 60, of Key West, is currently the vice-chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He is the chief executive officer of Spottswood Companies, Inc. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law. Spottswood is reappointed for a term beginning January 12, 2018, and ending January 6, 2023. [Read more…]

LifeSouth Remains in Emergency Need – Donate Blood Today

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers still faces emergency need for all blood types, especially type O, and is asking the community to donate blood today.

The blood center remains on emergency appeal, although a decline in donations is typical during the winter and holiday months. LifeSouth needs the support of our community more than ever. Donors are urged to give blood during this critical time to ensure hospitals maintain the blood supply needed to save lives. Traumas and accidents can strike at any time, putting our community at risk.

“If you’ve never donated before, now is the time,” said LifeSouth District Director, Ed Keith,  “Please don’t wait for a trauma to occur, your donation is needed now.”              [Read more…]

Internet and Email Scams

As the Chief of Police for the Town of Lady Lake I am often asked, “What can I do to stop folks from becoming a victim of a scam?”   I can tell you the most important thing we all can do is pass the following information along to our friends, family and co-workers so they are aware of these common scams and prevent them from becoming a potential target.

Phishing

The most widespread internet and email scam today is the modern day “sting” con game. “Phishing” is where digital thieves lure you into divulging your password info through convincing emails and web pages. These phishing emails and web pages resemble legitimate credit authorities like Citibank, eBay, or PayPal. They frighten or entice you into visiting a phony web page and entering your ID and password. Commonly, the guise is an urgent need to “confirm your identity”. They will even offer you a story of how your account has been attacked by hackers to lure you into entering your confidential information. [Read more…]

OPEN REGISTRATION FOR SPRING CAP CLASSES NOW OPEN

REGISTRATION FOR SPRING CAP CLASSES NOW

MARION COUNTY, Florida (January 4, 2017)- The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO)

Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) program, a free 13-week educational course about the operations of the Sheriff’s Office, is currently accepting applications for classes beginning in January 2018. During the program, MCSO staff will highlight all units within the Sheriff’s Office, giving citizens an in-depth understanding of what the agency is doing for the community. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the agency, personnel, equipment, policies, and procedures.

  • The Villages Mulberry Recreation Center (8445 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages, FL 32159) will host a class on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, January 23, 2018. This class is open to the public.

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