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25 Years Ago – 1989

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Ann Dupee

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 6:00 am

Kyle Promotions, Clermont’s specialty advertising and printing company, has moved from Westgate Office Plaza near City Hall to 748 West Ave.

Additional seating and better stadium access will greet fans as the Kansas City Royals open their second spring training season at Boardwalk and Baseball, just south of I-4 on U.S. Highway 27.

Myth About Beef from Gatorland Meats at 627 8th St., in Clermont. Myth: Beef will not fit into a low-calorie diet. Fact: Three ounces of cooked, lean beef contains only 189 calories. In comparison, three ounces of roasted chicken without skin contains 162 calories, three ounces of fried chicken with skin contains 246 calories and three ounces of pork contains 198 calories.

Bay Lake Beef and Swine 4-H Club’s new officers are: Jerry Osteen, president; Mandy Carter, treasurer; Deann Carlton, secretary; Joe Symmes, reporter. Other club members are Clay Burns, Missy Carter, Jamie and Julie Eley, Matthew and Ryan Godwin, Jeremy and Kristy Newman, Steven Park, Andy Tomlinson, Jayson Tootle. Sponsors are Linda and Terrell Newman.

Where citrus was once king, grapes might just be heir apparent, especially if the new Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards on US 27 is as successful as owners plan it to be. Community leaders from south Lake County enjoyed a pre-opening tour and wine tasting in late January as the winery played host to the Clermont Chamber of Commerce and South Lake and Clermont Kiwanis Clubs.

Once completed, the winery will feature a 50-foot wooden horseshoe bar inside its main foyer. The second floor foyer will double as a museum, featuring artifacts and photographs from Lake County’s history. Twenty-one acres of vines are planted to date.

Jo Fleming, a native of Miami Beach, provides the Friends of Cooper Memorial Library display. Shown are items on which pressed flowers have been attached, including cards, pictures, tallies, bookmarks and candles. The flowers are dried and arranged on the desired surface, covered with sheer rice paper and then brushed with diluted clear glue.

Groveland City Council approved a $2 fee hike for monthly residential refuse service, from $6.25 per residence to $8.25.

Clermont High School senior Stacy Spradlin won the the Victorian Pageant at the Ramada Inn in Altamonte Springs.

Imagine This was the January bulletin board theme created by Mrs. Sandra Reaves’ first-grade class at Groveland Elementary. Integrating disciplines of social studies, language, creative writing, science, math, reading and art, students imagined what it would be like if it snowed in Florida in the winter.

Ed Fleming and Green Valley Country Club’s Tournament Committee had a new tournament. Members played the front nine twice, with handicap, to figure the low net for just one, the best nine. Reporter Betty Mohan said it was great; you played your own game and tried to better your score, but it didn’t keep you from encouraging your partner.

Clermont’s Ricardo Lewis set the Flagler College scoring record with a 40-point performance against Edward Waters at the Saints gymnasium in St. Augustine.

Honors keep rolling in for Clermont athlete Cedric Jones, son of Mary Jones, as he closes out his career at Western Kentucky University. The most recent award was the Most Outstanding Special Team plaque for the 1988 season. Cedric participated in the NCAA 1988 Division 1-AA quarterfinals and was Offensive Player of the Week in the Austin Peay game for his kicking efforts.

Jeff Ladd, current president of South Lake (Breakfast) Kiwanis, presented 1987-88 president Steve Grimm with a handsome plaque. Ladd also presented a plaque to 1986-87 president Mike Conley.

Clermont Junior High School’s student publication, The Iron Feather, asked students, "What is the most needed facility for teens in Clermont?" Shawn Tierney: movie theater and park for skaters. Melissa McGibbon: ice skating palace. Angie Costly: a mall (with at least a Belk-Lindsay included). Brett Green: water park and movie theater. Christi Vance: larger, better schools.

In 1929 Harry Stokes and Leonard Fields started Stokes and Fields Insurance Agency upstairs in the Roe Building. Fred B. Kreider bought it in January 1946, and Axel Olivenbaum was employed as an agent, and bought the company in October 1950. During the years Olivenbaum served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War, his sister, Mrs. Anna Braddock, operated the agency. In February 1966, it was purchased by the Millican and Beseke Agency.

Olivenbaum's son, Glenn, joined the agency in 1971, after being discharged after five years in the U.S. Air Force. The agency was incorporated in 1978 as Olivenbaum Insurance, Inc. with Axel as president, Glenn as vice president and Ruth Harrison as secretary/treasurer. Another of Olivenbaum's sons, Donald, joined the agency in 1979 as an agent and became vice president in 1980. Glenn moved up to president and Axel became secretary/treasurer.

In 1980, the firm moved next door from 776 Montrose St. (now home to South Lake Art League) to 892 Montrose St. On September 1, 1981, the firm purchased Don Meeker Insurance. In 1989, Donald had just completed 20 years service in the 20th Special Services Army National Guard. Glenn and Don, who were active members of the Clermont-Minneola Lions Club, sold the agency and are retired.

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