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Debbie Turner’s Cancer Center

Debbie Turner is a cancer survivor who doesn’t want anyone to fight cancer alone. After her own battle with the disease, she developed the non-profit, Debbie Turner’s Cancer Care & Resource Center, to provide support to patients of all ages.

The organization is a total volunteer based cancer center that treats any type cancer, at any age. They take care of the whole family by providing services such as transportation, full salon with wigs, hats, make up hygiene, a computer lab, medication, support groups, medical supplies, health fairs, food — and any thing else that the families or kids need.

You can support Debbie Turner’s mission by playing in the upcoming Cancer Center Golf Tournament at Forest Lake Golf Club. Catherine Hanson Real Estate is a proud sponsor!
For more information call 407-464-0978. Or make a donation at www.wecareapopka.com.

Upcoming Events in East Lake County

There is always a reason to explore and have fun in East Lake County, Florida. From annual festivals to weekly events, East Lake County offers many opportunities for exciting activities. Enjoy these upcoming events in Lake County courtesy of the East Lake Chamber of Commerce

Fri, April 13, 2018, 6:00 PM

Sat, April 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Sat, April 14, 2018, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sat, April 14, 2018, 8:10 AM

Sun, April 15, 2018, 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

Wed, April 18, 2018, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Thu, April 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fri, April 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

Sat, April 21, 2018, 7:30 AM

Mon, April 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

Sat, April 28, 2018, 8:30 AM

Sat, April 28, 2018, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Sat, April 28, 2018, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Fri, May 4, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fri, May 4, 2018, 12:00 PM

Sat, May 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

Mon, May 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wed, May 9, 2018, 6:00 PM

Thu, May 10, 2018, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Fri, May 11, 2018, 12:00 AM

Sat, May 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

Sat, May 12, 2018, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Wed, May 16, 2018, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Mon, June 4, 2018, 6:00 PM

Sat, June 9, 2018, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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Run the Mount 5K, Mount Plymouth

Our team is ready to suit up as superheroes for this year’s Run the Mount 5K in Mount Plymouth on April 14, 2018 sponsored by East Lake Community Church. Join team members from Catherine Hanson Real Estate, Inc. to run (and walk) this fun race in our neighborhood!

This is no ordinary 5K, it’s an adventure! The race will start at Scott Park, Mount Plymouth. At the sound of the horn you will begin your 3.1 mile run around the old Mount Plymouth golf course.  On your journey, you will scale mountains (run small hills), roam the prairie (run on the golf course) and escape wild animals (probably squirrels). But don’t worry it’s nothing you can’t handle. Finally, you will finish back at the park for water, snacks, and awards.

We hope to see you there!

Grand Opening: Wekiva Parkway Section 2

Central Florida Expressway Authority will be celebrating the opening of the next five miles of the Wekiva Parkway on March 31, 2018. The grand opening will include a 5K race, a one-mile family fun run/walk, community group exhibits, music, distinguished speakers and a ribbon cutting event. SIGN UP for the 5K here.

The Wekiva Parkway includes several wildlife protections, so environmental agencies and wildlife conservation groups also will have booths and displays. Since the Wekiva Parkway features innovative technology including all electronic tolling, exhibits also will be on hand for some of the latest vehicle technology.

The new stretch of parkway will be located between State Road 46, Round Lake Road, Kelly Park Road and County Road 435 / Mount Plymouth Road. This portion of the parkway will provide a crucial expressway connection to SR 46 and communities throughout Lake, Orange and Seminole Counties.

The long-awaited, 25-mile toll road will complete Central Florida’s beltway, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. Environmental protections include purchasing 3,400 acres of land for conservation along the corridor, building nearly 1.5 miles of wildlife bridges, limiting the number of interchanges and including wildlife jump-outs, bat houses and special fencing.

Wekiva Parkway

The landscape sure is changing around town! The Wekiva Parkway is being developed jointly by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX). CFX is finishing the last of five parkway sections, totaling 10 miles and more than $270 million in construction costs.

The entire parkway through Lake, Orange and Seminole counties is anticipated to be open to traffic by early 2022.

This estimated $1.6 billion project includes $500 million of non-toll road improvements including:

  • Widening seven (7) miles of SR 46 in Lake and Seminole Counties
  • Rebuilding the US 441/SR 46 interchange in Mount Dora
  • Shifting the CR 46A connection to SR 46 out of the Seminole State Forest so wildlife can move more safely between habitats
  • Providing non-tolled, one-lane service roads parallel to the parkway in part of east Lake and Seminole Counties
  • Building a 10-mile, multi-use trail along portions of the parkway in east Lake and Seminole counties

Environmentalists refer to the Wekiva Parkway as a good example of transportation planning through environmentally sensitive areas. Authorized by the 2004 Wekiva Parkway & Protection Act, parkway development has included conserving more than 3,400 acres of land. The parkway will include three wildlife bridges and a new, high-profile bridge over the Wekiva River. The wildlife bridges will contribute to safer and enhanced wildlife passage between the Seminole State Forest, Rock Springs Run Reserve and the Lower Wekiva River Preserve. The parkway will be largely elevated to reduce accidents between vehicles and wildlife.

Follow along for construction updates and grand opening events on Wekiva Parkway’s Facebook page.

 

 

Lake County may lose rural status for USDA housing programs

USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) housing programs have helped thousands of families over the years purchase homes with no money down.  The program was instituted about 40 years ago to promote homeownership in rural areas.  For years, Lake county was considered rural and this has been no doubt a popular financing option.  You could not get this loan in Orlando!

Photo: Lake County Florida Tourism

 

Now that Lake County is the seventh fastest growing county in the state according to our Lake County Economic Development Department, we may be at risk for losing this loan for our area.  USDA is conducting a review of all areas under its jurisdiction to identify areas that no longer qualify as rural for housing programs. The last rural area reviews were performed in 2012-2013 using the 2010 census data.

Here are the areas currently under review: Lady Lake, Eustis, Tavares, Mount Dora, Clermont, Four Corners.

If you have been considering buying a house with no money down, don’t delay!  Reach out to The Catherine Hanson Real Estate team or contact me, Mary Rhodes, from The Mortgage Firm for more information.

The author of this post, Mary Rhodes, is the Branch Manager/Loan Originator at The Mortgage Firm in Mount Dora. You can contact her by calling 321-689-5754 or mary.rhodes@TMF.mortgage.

4th Annual Punkin Chunkin Contest at East Lake County Library

You don’t have to travel far or spend a lot to experience the drama and excitement of medieval Europe right in your own back yard. The 4th Annual Punkin Chunkin contest was held at the East Lake County Library in Sorrento. Several well organized and enthusiastic teams set up their trebuchets and catapults in order to see who could come closest to the castle (actually a 30 gallon garbage can in disguise) 100 feet away. The projectile was an orange object known as a pumpkin! The teams competed in several categories; closest to the castle, best decorated artillery, best costumes and the “best” decorated gourd (pumpkin).
If you are not familiar with the trebuchet (ours is known as the “Hanson Hurler”), it is an engineering marvel that transfers potential energy into kinetic energy and launches an object a great distance. The design is a classic STEM project of the Middle Ages. By the way if you are not familiar with STEM, ask an elementary or middle schooler. They know all about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — all key skills used by the backyard engineers, mathematicians, scientists and physicists that built our machine. It was a well orchestrated activity, with half the family designing the frame and the other half building the arm. Once complete, many of the grandchildren did a marvelous job of painting both the trebuchet and each other! This was a fun family activity that continues each year. We spend the morning fine tuning the Hurler, compete, and then we think about how we can improve our machine for next year. Now that is excitement!

This year the “Hanson Hurlers” were able to capture 1st place in the most accurate category as our second toss landed just ONE (1) foot from the target! We also took home the trophy for the best decorated structure (see how that paint job paid off). However, the real winners were those members of the family that had fun getting ready for, participating in and then sharing the activity. Stay tuned to learn of the date for next year’s event so you to can become part of all the excitement.

Catherine

Free Wi-Fi during Hurricane Irma

Free Xfinity Wi-Fi is being offered at select sites in Florida during Hurricane Irma. The Wi-Fi is offered at various indoor and outdoor hotspots, including businesses, parks and shopping districts. Xfinity hotspot locations are listed online.

How do use the free Wi-Fi:

  • Once in range of a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
  • Xfinity internet customers can sign in with their usernames and passwords and they will be automatically connected to Xfinity WiFi hotspots in the future.
  • Non-Xfinity internet subscribers should visit the “Not an Xfinity Internet Customer” section on the sign-in page to get started. Non-customers will be able to renew their complimentary sessions every 2 hours through September 15.

To help our agents prepare for Hurricane Irma, we will have limited office hours today through Monday. We are always available at 352-383-3772 or realestate@catherinehanson.com. Please plan ahead and stay safe!

For more information, visit Lake County’s hurricane guide.

Walk to support Easter Seals of Central Florida

Please join Easter Seals and team members from Catherine Hanson Real Estate, Inc. at Camp Challenge for a family fun walk around the nature trail and an authentic camp experience complete with carnival games, tie-dye, and arts and crafts. Walk With Me is Easter Seal of Central Florida’s signature fundraising event giving children and adults with disabilities the opportunity live, learn, work, and play to their full potential. We are proud to sponsor this event and hope to see you there!

WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Camp Challenge
$10 Registration (Includes t-shirt, carnival games, and goody bag)
FREE for children 10 and under
*Food and extra activities available for additional fee*

Visit walkwithme.org/centralflorida to sponsor, start a team, or volunteer.

Mount Plymouth Historic Bike Loop

Hop on your bike to discover the new and beautiful Mount Plymouth Historic Bike Loop in Lake County, Florida. You can bike for miles through the peaceful neighborhood while learning about the natural and historical sites in the area.

The Historic Bicycle Loop winds through Mount Plymouth using existing neighborhood streets. In the future, this Loop will connect to the Wekiva Trail, which will traverse right through Mount Plymouth-Sorrento.

On this route, you’ll discover the entrance to the old Mount Plymouth Hotel, Gingerbread Houses designed by Sam Stoltz, beautiful natural surroundings and more.

Mount Plymouth Historic Bike Loop Map