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More than 75 enthusiastic and loyal customers of ALDI were lined up Thursday morning, waiting for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the renovated grocery store on U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Lady Lake.

Al Ware, of the Del Webb community, had been the first to arrive — at 6:15 a.m. — more than two hours before the grand reopening.  

Patiently waiting for the store’s reopening are Al Ware, of Stone Creek_ Pat Jeschke and Sue Mitman, both of Spruce Creek South_ Linda Carter, of Rio Grande_ BJ Howard, of Santo Domingo, and Lois Raley, of Briar Meadow.

Right behind him was Lana Carter, a Village of Rio Grande resident.

“For the past six years I have been an exclusive shopper of ALDI’s,” she said.  “I feel it has superior brands, the produce is very fresh, and I appreciate its ‘double-back’ guarantee.”

Jim Radatz and Les Bullock, both of Stone Crest, were two of the early shoppers.

The inside of the store was redesigned to promote its fresh food, meat, and produce sections and wide selection of cheeses.

“We now have a new look with new graphics that highlight the different areas, a new color scheme, brighter lighting, and wider aisles,” explained Bob Schmalz, ALDIs Division Director of Store Operations. 

Chad Kalter, corporate director of Customer Relations, left, and Bob Schmalz, division director of Store Operations, inspect the produce section immediately before the store’s opening

There also are new coolers, freezers, and shelving units.

“This store was built in 2008.  Now, after this eight-week renovation, we expanded from 12,000 13,000 square feet that will allow us to introduce new products during the coming year,” Schmalz added. “

The chain was founded by Karl and Thoe Albrecht who had taken over their mother’s grocery store in Essen, Germany. They choose the name that was short for “Albrecht-Diskont.”

The first store in the United States opened in 1961 in Iowa.  Now, the American division, headquartered in Batavia, Ill., operates 1,750 stores in 35 states, and expects to increase to some 2,000 in the next four years.

A $1.6 billion initiative is underwriting the remodeling of the Lady Lake location and 1,300 other stores through 2020.

Angela Maci, shift manger and training captain, completes last minute stocking of the wine shelves. A ribbon was cut at the store on Thursday morning. The queue of waiting customers, a half-an-hour before the doors’ opened to the public at ALDI.

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Debris from a collision shut down traffic Thursday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Sumter County.

Aurelio Sanchez, 55, of Miami had been driving a semi at 9:44 a.m. in the outside lane of I-75 north of State Road 44 when his truck rear-ended another semi, operated by 55-year-old Gregory Meyers of Lakeland, which was stopped on the outside shoulder, according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol. The FHP report noted there had been heavy rain in the area.

Debris from a collision shut down traffic Thursday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Sumter County.

A third semi, driven by 34-year-old Anthony Dickens of South Carolina, was struck by debris from the collision.

All three truckers suffered minor injuries. All three had been wearing seatbelts.

Sanchez was ticketed on a charge of careless driving. Meyers was ticketed for impeding traffic.

The report indicated the shutdown lasted “several hours.”

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To the Editor:

Media is lying as usual. Of the 12,000 children being held over 10,000 were sent by parents, alone or with strangers.
You don’t see that on the news.
Illegal Immigration reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act was signed by Bill Clinton on Sept. 30, 1996. They have been doing this since then. Where was your outrage then?
The ONLY reason this is getting air time now is political. Every one of those liberal hacks you see so sad now, all can be found making speeches supporting it when Clinton signed it into being. Like everything else against Trump its a bunch of whiney socialists trying to bring him down and regain seats in Congress. There is no genuine outrage only another power play. Russian collusion didn’t work, old porn star scandal, forcing multiple cabinet changes, libs don’t care who they destroy or how, as long as they keep their precious seats of power. Quit watching CNN, or at least find the truth for yourself.
As far as evil and unchristian, well they all know what’s waiting when they cross.They know there is a right way and an illegal way. If they’d go a few miles east or west and go through a portal they’d be screened and legal. But they know they don’t qualify because of history or don’t care so ya split them up let due process take its course and ship all them back. There are plenty of AMERICAN children that need help and this takes that from them.
Trump has done more to reboot America in 515 days then liberals have in a long time.
Watch the hearings and see just how the liberals’ BS attempts are unraveling, not on the news, selective sound bites are all you’ll get. Watch and see. By the way another FBI agent that could have testified against Hillary was found dead. Bet you didn’t hear that on CNN.

Don Hickey
Lady Lake

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The Tall Trees Adult Pool will be closed for maintenance on Monday, June 25.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact the Laurel Manor Recreation Center at  751-7110.

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The Villages Public Safety Department was called Thursday afternoon to the Village of Pine Hills after a vehicle collided with a home.

A man had been driving when he experienced a medical episode and his vehicle struck a home at 3480 Dewitt Circle.

Damage was minor after a car hit a home on Dewitt Circle in the Village of Pine Hills.

The damage was reportedly minimal.

It was the second such incident this week. A similar crash occurred Monday night in the Village of Virginia Trace.

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Twila Robinson

An Ocala woman died after a collision early Thursday morning on Interstate 75 in Marion County.

Twila Robinson, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Marion County Fire Rescue.

She had been northbound at 5:20 a.m. on I-75 at Mile Marker 364 when her vehicle was struck in the left rear section by a 2011 BMW driven by 47-year-old Grady Wilson of Norman Park, Ga., according to an accident report from the Florida Highway Patrol.   

The collision caused Robinson to lose control of her vehicle. It left the roadway and struck several trees. The vehicle overturned and she partially fell out of the sunroof which had been broken open.

She had not been wearing a seatbelt, the report noted.

Wilson was not injured.

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Residents of The Villages joined communities worldwide to celebrate International Yoga Day on Thursday morning at Lake Sumter Landing. Held on the summer solstice since 2015, International Yoga Day has been celebrated in The Villages as Yoga on the Square since the beginning with an outdoor yoga session open to everyone.  This year was no exception.

Residents arrived at the square on a hot, sunny morning with yoga mats in hand prepared to carry on the tradition.

Katie Burns has organized this event all three years, the first two through her association with MVP and this year the event was organized with The Villages Recreation Department and The Villages Health.

Katie Burns

“Everything just fell into place this year,” said Burns. She sees this event continuing and was delighted that so many yoga instructors who teach classes at the recreation center participated. In addition to the main instructor leading the class, instructors were interspersed throughout the crowd so that everyone could follow along.

“I love this event,” said busy yoga teacher Colleen Carone. She teaches yoga at Eisenhower, Bradenton, Fenney and Rohan recreation centers. “It allows everyone to be exposed and give yoga a try. It is also just exciting to be part of a global activity. When you see yoga groups from all around the world highlighted on the news tonight, it will be nice knowing we were also part of it right here at Lake Sumter.”

International Yoga Day was celebrated at Lake Sumter Landing.

A tag team of instructors led an hour-long yoga session including a warm up, cool down and many sun salutations and downward dogs in between. The session was finished off with a nice relaxing meditation referred to by one instructor as yoga dessert.

Yoga on the Square participants enjoyed sunshine during the whole event, escaping the rain that soon followed. Another part of the International Yoga Day tradition seems to be following yoga dessert with coffee and muffins judging by the number of folks headed to the open eateries on the square.

Bill Siewertsen

Village of Hemingway resident Bill Siewertsen was trying yoga for the first time.

“I am looking for something new,” said Siewertsen. “I’ve tried a few things since moving here and nothing has seemed quite right. I know I need to be doing more for exercise than walking my dog.”

He said that he really enjoyed the parts he could do and looks forward to trying yoga again.

“My son said jokingly it might be a good place to meet women, and I think he was right,” noting the mostly female crowd.

Mother/daughter team Joyce McKee and Karen Canby have been to Yoga on the Square every year. “We love outdoor yoga,” said Canby. “We do it often on the beach when visiting my sister.”

Joyce McKee, Barb Stout and Karen Canby.

They struck up a conversation with Barb Stout who moved to The Villages in December and was attending for her first time. “I loved the energy of all the people here,” said Stout.   All three agreed it was a great way to see the various yoga instructors and their styles. As far as for the heat, “We just pretended we were doing the style of yoga called hot yoga.”

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The Lake County Economic Prosperity Office of Visit Lake will host an application learning session for the tourism Capital Projects Funding Grant program at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17 at 20763 U.S. Highway 27, Groveland.

The program, which is funded through the Lake County Tourist Development Tax, allows local organizations owned and operated by not-for-profit organizations and open to the public for recreational activities, cultural events and performances, to apply for funds for capital infrastructure projects that will enhance Lake County as a tourist destination.

Applications are due Friday, August 24 by 5 p.m. with the first preliminary hearing scheduled for 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 and the second hearing set for 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. Both hearings will take place at the Lake County Administration Building Board Chambers, located at 315 W. Main St., Tavares.

Requirements to be eligible for the Tourist Development Capital Project Funding Program include the following:

  • Projects must be located within Lake County and serve to establish new or expand existing facilities for recreational activities, cultural events and performances that host and promote events in Lake County which will bring substantial numbers of overnight tourists/visitors to the county.
  • Applicants must provide a fifty percent (50%) match of the budget for the total cost of an approved capital project.  Examples of in-kind match are: donated goods and services, land, facilities, etc. Value estimates must be verifiable.  Land value, whether purchased or in-kind, may only account for 25% of the total project cost or 50% of the Applicant match, and all land value must be verified by a certified appraiser. Applicant must submit proof of other sources which, when combined, provide total funding for the full capital project. 

There are no guarantees that applicants will be awarded funding. Even though a project may qualify, decisions regarding the award of the funds and the amount awarded are at the sole discretion of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners.

To obtain an application for the Capital Projects Funding Program, or for more information, contact the Office of Visit Lake at 352-742-3918 or visit https://lakecountyfl.gov/agencies/economic_prosperity/visit_lake/capital_projects_funding_program.aspx .

 

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A resident of the Village of Chatham has reported that $1,400 worth of jewelry has gone missing from her home.

The 76-year-old woman who lives on Royal Pine Court on Wednesday reported the missing jewelry to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The missing jewelry includes a 14-carat gold semi solid 28-inch Franko chain valued at $1,250 and a sterling silver chain with a pendant valued at $150.

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Dr. Gabe Mirkin

Karen Carpenter and her brother Richard sang together to form “The Carpenters”, one of the leading singing groups in the 1970s. When she died of heart failure at age 32, she made the world painfully aware of a disease called anorexia nervosa.

Dieting by Age 16
Karen was born in 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut and moved with her family to Los Angeles, California. By age 15, she and her brother had already recorded songs and the attention they received made her acutely self-conscious about her weight. She was 5’4″ tall and weighed 145 pounds. At age 16, she tried the Stillman Diet and lost 25 pounds by severely restricting fatty food and drinking eight glasses of water a day.

Her brother wrote and sang most of the songs while Karen sang and played the drums. The Carpenters signed their first recording contract when she was 19, and their recordings, personal appearances and TV shows made them famous. She was an accomplished drummer, but drummers are usually in the back of the stage to avoid drowning out the singers. She eventually stopped drumming so her outstanding voice could be heard better up front and closer to the microphone.

Karen Carpenter

Something was Wrong
In those years, you could tell that something was wrong because the Carpenters frequently cancelled appearances. She appeared unhealthfully thin, weighing only 90 pounds when she was 25. Richard appeared to be forgetful, and it was later found that he was addicted to Quaaludes. In 1978, the Carpenters stopped touring and in 1979 Richard went into treatment to cure his dependency on this drug.

Quaaludes are no longer available in the United States, but they were heavily prescribed in the 1970’s to help people fall sleep, and to relax tight or sore muscles. They relaxed a person by lowering blood pressure and slowing heart and breathing rates. They were among the most abused drugs in America in the 1970s because they increased sexual arousal. However, they also caused loss of feeling in the fingers and toes. When taken in large doses they caused slurred speech, headaches and eye pain, and could even cause a person to stop breathing.

A Sad, Short Life
She lived with her parents until she was 26, and dated many famous men such as Steve Martin and Alan Osmond. At age 30, she married a real estate developer named Thomas James Burris. She became furious with Burris because she desperately wanted to have children and he did not tell her that he had had a vasectomy, so they divorced after only 14 months of marriage.

She required constant treatment from psychiatrists for her anorexia, but was so obsessed with losing weight that, on her own, she took thyroid and laxative pills. Being anorexic causes horrendous loss of bone and irregular heart beats. Taking thyroid pills when your thyroid is normal causes both of these side effects, even when you are not anorexic. Taking laxatives can cause harmful loss of fluids and keep the body from absorbing vital nutrients. When she was 32, Karen had lost so much fluid that she was dizzy and unable to function, and had to be hospitalized to be given fluid through her veins. After she left the hospital, she returned to California and soon afterwards, at her parents’ home, her heart failed and she died.

The autopsy reported that she died of “emetine cardiotoxicity”. That means that she died from an irregular heart beat caused by syrup of ipecac, readily available over-the-counter, to make herself vomit. However we do not know if this is true because no ipecac bottles were found in her apartment and there were no reports of her vomiting. She had a history of having taken thyroid pills that certainly can damage the heart to make it beat irregularly and laxatives that can cause severe dehydration that also interferes with the heart’s ability to pump blood through the body.

Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia usually starts in the teens and is far more common in women than men. It can cause the bones to break with the slightest pressure, kidney failure, irregular heartbeats and sudden death.

Nobody knows the cause of anorexia, but it is associated with jobs and recreational activities that require thinness such as modeling, ballet, and gymnastics. It often occurs in people who are compulsive and have to do things very well and at a high level. It can be associated with stressful events, such as divorce, moving to a new town or school, or losing a loved one. There may be a family history of anorexia.

People with anorexia usually have incredibly strong denial that they have a very serious and life-threatening disease. People who suffer from anorexia
• think they are overweight when they are often very thin,
• make everything else in their lives secondary to losing weight,
• severely restrict how much they eat,
• spend a tremendous amount of time exercising, and
• often vomit and use laxatives and diuretics.

Treatment for Eating Disorders
Since doctors do not know what really causes anorexia, treatment often takes years and may continue for the entire life of an affected person. Any person once diagnosed with anorexia has to be aware that it can recur any time in the future. A dietitian may try to teach anorectics how to eat, a psychiatrist or counselor will try to help them through stressful situations, and a doctor may prescribe drugs to help control emotions. However, if an anorectic’s weight drops precipitously, he or she must be controlled in a hospital under very strict medical supervision. Anorexia is a very serious disease that usually exceeds the control of the patient.

Dr. Gabe Mirkin is a Villager. Learn more at www.drmirkin.com

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