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Officials object to residents’ buying bridges to pay for Villages’ advertising

Two elected officials in The Villages have raised objections to residents one day soon purchasing the golf cart bridges that will act as billboards advertising Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villagers’ son sentenced in latest thefts from residents at Colony Cottage pool

The son of a Villages couple has been sentenced in his latest round of thefts from residents at a swimming pool here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villager arrested at medical office won’t be prosecuted in battery case

A Villager who was arrested at a local medical office won’t be prosecuted in a misunderstanding involving her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Opinions

Willie Nelson’s drummer dies of pneumonia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks back on the life of Paul English, who was Willie Nelson’s drummer and best friend for nearly sixty years.

Villages Developer should take interest in need for affordable housing

There’s a massive shortage of affordable housing in the tri-county area surrounding The Villages and it’s time for government leaders – along with the Developer of the mega-retirement community – to step up to the plate and fix the problem.

Hooray for computers!

Columnist Barry Evans looks at all the ways computers have simplified our lives.

Obituaries

LaSalle Elaine Gilmore

Elaine Gilmore enjoyed traveling around the world, gathering mementos and memories with her friends. She also loved to bowl in leagues with her friends and co-workers.

Douglas L. Wilcox

Douglas Wilcox and his wife founded the Michigan Club South, and ran a euchre club and a table shuffleboard club.

Claude Alan Canady

Claude Canady will be remembered fondly for his fun personality, hard-work ethic, and love for animals.

Two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ Disease linked to hot tub at Water Oak

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Two confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ Disease have been linked to a hot tub at Water Oak.

Water Oak is located off U.S. Hwy. 27/441 in Lady Lake.

The Florida Department of Health in Lake County is conducting an investigation of the two laboratory-confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ Disease traced to the hot tub at the club house at the 55+ community of about 1,100 manufactured homes in Lady Lake.

The Department of Health wants to know if anyone else may have become ill.

Anyone who may have visited the Water Oak clubhouse hot tub since Feb. 1 who may have experienced symptoms or have been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Disease is encouraged to call the Department of Health at (352) 771-5573.

Legionnaires’ Disease can have symptoms like many other forms of pneumonia, so it can be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms of the disease can include cough, high fever, shortness of breath, muscle aches and headaches. The symptoms usually begin two to 14 days after exposure to bacteria. Most healthy people who contract Legionnaires’ Disease recover from the infection and most cases can be treated successfully with antibiotics, according to the Department of Health.

Legionnaires’  Disease is caused by the Legionella bacteria that exists naturally in the environment. It can also be found in man-made water systems such as hot tubs, spas, cooling towers, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems or parts of the air-conditioning systems of large buildings.

Legionnaires’  Disease cannot be spread person to person, according to the Department of Health.

The first recognized cases of Legionnaires’ disease occurred in 1976 in Philadelphia. Among more than 2,000 attendees of an American Legion convention held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, 182 attendees contracted the disease and 29 of them died.

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Live square entertainment for Monday, February 24

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Officials object to residents’ buying bridges to pay for Villages’ advertising

Two elected officials in The Villages have raised objections to residents one day soon purchasing the golf cart bridges that will act as billboards advertising Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villagers’ son sentenced in latest thefts from residents at Colony Cottage pool

The son of a Villages couple has been sentenced in his latest round of thefts from residents at a swimming pool here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villager arrested at medical office won’t be prosecuted in battery case

A Villager who was arrested at a local medical office won’t be prosecuted in a misunderstanding involving her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Letters

Violate the rules and face the consequences

A Village of Rio Grande resident says if you violate the rules, you ought to face the consequences.

The gates definitely keep us safer

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Tall Trees resident says the gates keep us safer. In particular, golf carts and bicyclists.

Rules are rules

A Village of Winifred resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says she’s sympathetic to the Villager who painted her house trim a rogue color, but “rules are rules.”

Trolleys could ferry Fenney residents to town squares

In a Letter to the Editor, a Villager suggests using the trolleys to ferry residents to the town squares north of State Road 44 in The Villages.

The gates help keep us safe

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Osceola Hills resident says gates in The Villages help keep residents safe.

Crime

Villagers’ son sentenced in latest thefts from residents at Colony Cottage pool

The son of a Villages couple has been sentenced in his latest round of thefts from residents at a swimming pool here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villager arrested at medical office won’t be prosecuted in battery case

A Villager who was arrested at a local medical office won’t be prosecuted in a misunderstanding involving her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Villagers’ daughter back behind bars after flunking drug test

The daughter of a Villages couple is back behind bars after flunking a drug test.

Judge grants motion for Villager to travel north to face sex charges

A judge has granted a motion that will allow a 68-year-old Villager to travel north in April to face charges of sexually assaulting an underage family member.

82-year-old Villager ordered into anger management over butter brawl

An 82-year-old Villager has been ordered into anger management after a brawl over a stick of butter with his adult daughter.

Health

Singer-songwriter David Olney died onstage of heart attack

The death of singer-songwriter David Olney, who suffered a heart attack and died while performing onstage, reminds us of the value of knowing CPR. Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his thoughts.

Hard living took toll on shock jock Don Imus

Hard living took a toll on shock jock Don Imus, who has died at age 79. Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks back on his life.

More controversy on eggs

In the past 10 years, 60 percent of the studies on eggs and cholesterol have been funded by special interest industry groups. So are eggs good for you? Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his unbiased opinion.