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Area leaders talk about resolutions for 2015

Some historians believe New Year’s resolutions started with the Babylonians, who made promises to their gods at the start of each year to pay their debts and return borrowed goods.

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Wednesday 01/07/2015
Period attire and pieces help bring back re-enactments to life
Posted: January 07, 2015

It cost Kent Low about $600 alone for the replica of the U.S. field artillery uniform he wore for his role as the ghost of Pvt. Ransom Wilson in the annual Dade’s Battle re-enactment in Sumter County this weekend.

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Saturday 09/27/2014
Reliving history through the pages of the South Lake Press
Posted: September 27, 2014

Clermont begins its 125th anniversary celebration, Friday, Oct 16, at the South Lake Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Jenkins Auditorium in historic downtown Clermont with a slide show and narrative recap of the city’s colorful 125-year history.

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Wednesday 09/24/2014
A perfect storm is forming in the trucking industry
Posted: September 24, 2014

Two rather large and emerging issues are facing housing — huge increases in trucking costs and a shortage of skilled craftsmen. Today’s column focuses on the trucking crisis facing America. Next week, we’ll discuss America’s shortage of skilled craftsmen.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Lake County housing market continues to struggle
Posted: September 17, 2014

According to RealtyTrac, Florida leads the nation in foreclosures, despite an overall 3.9 percent decline since last August. More troubling is the 74 percent increase in new foreclosure filings from July to August, and that number is up 24 percent from the prior year.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
The whiter the concrete foundation, the better
Posted: September 10, 2014

Most well-constructed homes in Lake and Sumter counties begin with a strong concrete foundation and slab, built with high-quality concrete by experienced craftsmen. A good concrete foundation has properly sized footers to support the load-bearing points of the home. The concrete slab should be level, with minimal cracking and a finish that is almost chalky white in appearance, and prepped for flooring.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
Internet makes do-it-yourself projects easier
Posted: September 03, 2014

Let’s face it, when it comes to home repairs there are some people who are just better and more astute with a do-it-yourself project than others. If you don’t have an inkling of how to tackle a DIY project, then don’t. Instead, hire a professional.

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Wednesday 08/27/2014
Professional home inspections important when buying a home
Posted: August 27, 2014

Home inspections have become an important part of the home-buying process, as insurance companies no longer automatically insure homes constructed with outdated building codes, and financial institutions seek assurances the homes they are financing are free of defects.

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Wednesday 08/20/2014
Cherry Lake Tree Farm has new boss
Posted: August 20, 2014

A sprawling tree farm in Groveland listed by Lake County’s Economic Development office as a major employer has a new boss.

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Candidates for Clermont Council discuss economic development
Posted: August 20, 2014

In Clermont, three candidates put their name in the hat for a chance to occupy seat 5 of the City Council.

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Softball game this week to benefit the homeless
Posted: August 20, 2014

New Beginnings of Clermont is hosting a local-celebrity-studded softball game today.

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Lifelong dreams important to senior home buyers
Posted: August 20, 2014

Right now, tens of thousands of baby boomers are daydreaming about the day they can retire to Florida. Pictures of tropical weather, golf courses, beaches and the homes of their dreams have been vividly etched into their subconscious. For the first time in their adult life, it’s all about them and what they want.

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Wednesday 08/13/2014
Lake County’s 18-percent increase in property taxes will devastate seniors
Posted: August 13, 2014

I n late July, the Lake County Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to increase the property tax millage rate by 18 percent to fund raises for county employees, the purchase of new vehicles, expansion of parks and more money for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

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Wednesday 08/06/2014
Home financing availability improving
Posted: August 06, 2014

For millions of Americans, the inability to obtain financing for a new home or remodel has created a sense of entrapment and hopelessness.

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Wednesday 07/30/2014
Consumers should beware of 'value engineering'
Posted: July 30, 2014

Slick wordplay has become the jewel of fast-talking marketers and politicians. For instance, when a politician talks about increasing revenues, what he really means is he wants to raise taxes. In the construction industry, the term "value engineering" doesn’t mean building to higher quality but rather taking a shortcut to meet bare minimum standards in order to save money.

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Wednesday 07/23/2014
All caulk is not the same
Posted: July 23, 2014

No item used in a home during construction or maintenance is more important than caulk. For many homeowners and builders, caulk is the least researched and most misused product in the home.

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Wednesday 07/16/2014
Homeowners should utilize the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter
Posted: July 16, 2014

The largest investment most people will ever make is their home, and there is no better advocate for homeowners in regard to affordability, building standards and consumer protection than the Home Builders Association of Lake-Sumter.

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Wednesday 07/09/2014
New roof coating offers real protection from leaks
Posted: July 09, 2014

With heavy rainstorms so prevalent this time of year, many owners of manufactured homes, businesses, homes with metal roofing, campers and flat roofs battle endlessly against roof leaks. Unlike roofs with conventional three-tab or architectural fiberglass asphalt shingles, in which roof penetrations are typically easier to see, these other roofs can develop leaks anywhere. Finding a leak in a manufactured home, flat roof or camper is virtually impossible in some cases.

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Saved at a movie, Cyndi Bryan hopes to return the favor
Posted: July 09, 2014

Bill and Cyndi Bryan, local business owners and members of Brookside Church in Minneola, have started a new ministry there called Reels on Wheels.

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Wednesday 07/02/2014
Roofing takes the brunt of summer weather
Posted: July 02, 2014

It’s summertime in Central Florida, and in a matter of minutes the weather can go from hot and sunny to stormy with the temperature dropping 25 degrees. Extreme weather changes are rough on your roof and, according to Mike Curry of Curry’s Roofing, most homeowner’s have no idea until it’s too late.

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