FOCUS Magazine March 2016
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LEGACIES: THE ADVENTURES OF ANN DUPEE FOODIE: PUDDLE JUMPERS IN PHOTOS: HUGE HEART & INSPIRING WOMEN
GUN CONTROL INTHE CROSSHAIRS
THE UNIVERSE GOESTO BAT... IN PITTSBURGH
THE UNIVERSE GOESTHE UNIVERSE GOESSTORIES OF THE UNIVERSE
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FOCUS On the Arts: Richie Q28From entrepreneur to author to saxophone player...
FOCUS On Better Living: Eat to the Beat of a Different Drum30
Marcs Remarks: Yeah. Lets Celebrate the B 4
Lake Legacies: The Adventures of Ann Dupee12
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March 2016 | Volume 9 Issue 3 | FocusLakeCounty.comFOCUS ON CONTENTS
FOCUS In Photos: Heart Health, Inspiring Women, 6 Hands24 FOCUS On Home: The Cost of Green Building35
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Photography Bonnie Whicher Photography; Devin Collins
Contributors Don Magruder; Bob Blanchette; Jaime Alonso
FOCUS On Philanthropy: Inspiring Extraordinary Women5
FOCUS Flashback: Clermont Citrus TowerSuzy Boggus: Live in Lake County33
FOCUS On Mind: Green is More Than Just a Color13
FOCUS Foodie: Puddle JumpersEnjoy lakeside dining while watching seaplanes take off and land.
FOCUS On Events: Calendar22
FOCUS On Lake County: The Putt Stops Here36Local courses are honored by Golf Advisor rankings.
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FOCUS On the Issues: Gun Control in the Crosshairs6Carey Baker and Marvin Jacobson
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Lakes Green Scene8What Lake County is doing to go green.
FOCUS On Education: Lakes Schools Funding ImbalanceLake County Schools are getting short-changed. We explain why and the impact.
Green building is tied to another green.
Here Comes The SunA solar farm could be coming to Lake County.
Hidden Gems: Emera lda Marsh34Birds, a hidden lake, and lots of hiking trails.
Stories of the Universe: Introduction19Stories of the Universe: The Universe Goes to Bat
Lake-Sumter State College Foundation Receives $5,600 from Red Apples Media
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PUBLISHER: MARCS REMARKSCONGRATULATIONS are in order! In case you missed it, the Lake County School System improved from a C-rated to a B-rated district for the 2014-2015 school year! Within that increase, eight individual schools earned As for that year and 19 earned Bs. Thats compared to the previous year, in which only six
schools earned As while 10 earned Bs. And on top of that, as weve previously reported, Lake is also at a signi cant funding disadvantage, ranked 66th of Floridas 67 counties for per-student funding.
Some, including two school board members who were quoted in the Daily Commercial, expressed reservations about the improvement, sighting a lower threshold to achieve these grades. To that I say, are you kidding me?
In fairness, Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart also cautioned against comparing the 2014-15 grades to previous years. But to take anything away from the students, teachers, par-ents and faculty, who are constantly tasked with teaching to the test, is offensive and counter-productive; an improvement is an improvement. Neither the teachers nor the students changed the benchmarks, and in fact, had to adapt their curriculum and learning yet again, as the state test was changed, yet again.
When a baseball team moves their homerun walls in a few feet (within MLB regulations) to improve the chances for all who play in that sta-dium a better chance of hitting homeruns, fans dont care they enjoy the homeruns and they count just the same.
I was recently at a luncheon for the Lake 100 and asked Robert Chandler IV, Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Director, how important a districts school rating is in recruiting new busi-ness and he indicated it was among the top three factors. I dont know about you, but if Im looking at relocating to the area, the forward momentum to a B from a C looks pretty appealing to me. Do we still have enormous opportunities to improve? Of course we do! But one way to improve is to build upon momentum. The psychological impact of the district-wide B on the teachers and students should not be taken lightly. Rather, it should be celebrated by all who have even a small part in that improvement and success.
The Leesburg City Commission recently ad-dressed the idea of throwing a parade for Danny Trevathan, former Leesburg High School football player and member of the 2016 Super Bowl champs, the Denver Broncos. I even noticed a full-page insert in the Daily Commercial congratu-lating him. Not to take anything away from Dan-ny and his professional success, but perhaps wed be better served spending whatever time and re-sources we would invest in a Danny Day into a celebration of the schools that improved. Should every school be honored? Nope. We covered that a few months ago in our Participation Awards column. For those who improved, harness that emotion and success and continue to build upon it. For those who did not improve or slipped, look to those with success and strive to be among them when the next grades come out.
In the meantime, few things deserve more attention and support within our community than education. Especially when grades improve!
Marc Robertz-SchwartzPublisher, FOCUS Lake County
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Since assuming manage-ment of LSTV in 2013, Red Apples Media has designat-ed a percentage of revenue generated from third-party production agreements and other media opportunities to the LSSC Foundation, said Marc Robertz-Schwartz, President of Red Apples Media. Last year, our com-pany donated $1,185 to the Foundation as a result of 2014 revenue generation. We are thrilled to have
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Lake-Sumter State College Foundation Executive DirectorRosanne Brandeburg accepted a $5665 donation from Red Apples Media president, Marc Robertz-Schwartz.
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