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Local Bikers on a Mission: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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altLake County, FL, – The Lake County Chapter of ABATE of Florida, Inc. (American Bikers Aiming Towards Education) has taken a stance to promote the Governor’s signed proclamation. Governor Rick Scott has recognized Florida’s largest Motorcycle Rights Organization, our request and efforts, and has declared May 2011 as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Through this proclamation, ABATE asks for the public to be aware of motorcycles on our highways and byways. The Lake County Chapter has taken that with much pride and has gone one step further. The chapter’s Safety Director, Al “Scooter” Monteleone, along with many others, have accomplished having the cities of Lady Lake, and Leesburg sign their own proclamations. Safety Director Monteleone in cooperation and appreciation of Clear Channel has a digital billboard on Hwy 27 northbound in Lady Lake, portraying on all three sides to “Watch out for Motorcycles” to the local heavy traffic area. Monteleone has also traveled to Sumter County and had the Board of County Commissioners there recognize and sign into effect a similar proclamation for their county. The Lake County BCC has recognized May in a signed resolution put together by the committee members of the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team. ABATE sits on this as chairperson.

ABATE of Florida’s Lake County Chapter is well-known for their hard work and dedication to public education and motorcycle awareness within the community. They presently teach ABATE’s Motorcycle Safety Awareness Program to the Leesburg High School’s Drivers Ed class, originally as a “pilot program” that was started over 4 years ago. We recently taught this same class to students at South Sumter County High School, and plan to continue to do in the future. The MSAP classes and their trained instructors are available for any business, school, or committee groups. There is no charge for this educational program. Members of ABATE are all volunteers and donate their time and service for the mere hope that they may save lives.
 

Big Fat Man Has a Big Fat Heart!

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3 year old Malia Jusczyk has a very aggressive childhood cancer known as Stage IV  Neuroblastoma. The cancer has metastasized into her bones and bone marrow. Immediately after the debilitating diagnosis, Malia's parents, Megan and Glen, left Orlando, Florida in order to provide their daughter with the best treatment currently available to her at the Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston, Massachusetts.

To survive, Malia's little body now has to endure six rounds of chemotherapy, two stem cell transplants, radiation, surgery, countless blood transfusions, etc. For families affected by neuroblastoma, the medical costs alone typically exceed $500,000. With many costs not covered by health insurance, this experience can devastate a family financially.

To raise money for Malia's treatment Bill Siegenthaler, a local businessman, has decided to lose 100lbs by his birthday December 2nd. For every pound he loses between now and then he is asking people to pledge 25 cents, 50 cents, a dollar, whatever they can afford.

We at Towndigger.com applaud his efforts  and I think that this is a great way to get attention for this wonderful cause! So please help and tell your friends.
Visit his site at www.thefattestloser.com
 

Lake County Community Safety Traffic Team Reminds Residents to ‘Click it or Ticket’ Day and Night

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altEUSTIS — The Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is joining local and national law enforcement offers and highway safety advocates for the 2011 National Highway Traffic Administration’s (NHTA) “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement mobilization occurring May 23 through June 5.

During the mobilization, local law enforcement will be cracking down on motorists who fail to wear their seat belts – both day and night.

According to the NHTA, nighttime passenger vehicle occupants are among those least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in crashes when unrestrained. In 2009, 11,593 passengers died in motor vehicle crashes nationwide between the nighttime hours of 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. Of those that died, nearly two-thirds were not wearing seat belts at the time of their crashes.

“Many more nighttime traffic deaths can be prevented if more motorists simply start wearing their seat belts,” said Sgt. Tom McKane, Chairman of the Lake County CTST. “This is why the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team is strongly supporting enhanced nighttime enforcement of seat belt laws during the upcoming Click It or Ticket campaign, and why we will be out in force to remind drivers and occupants to always wear their seat belts – both day and night.”

During the upcoming campaign, law enforcement will be cracking down on Click It or Ticket violators around the clock, so local motorists are encouraged to be prepared to buckle up. If law enforcement finds passengers on the road unbuckled anytime or anywhere, they will be issued a ticket — not a warning.

The NHTA’s high-visibility enforcement campaigns, such as Click It or Ticket mobilizations, are credited with increasing the national seat belt usage rate from 58 percent in 1994 to an observed usage rate of 85 percent in 2010.  In 2009 alone, seat belts saved 12,713 lives nationwide.

For more information on the Lake County Community Traffic Safety Team, please contact Cheryl Sutherland at (352) 483-9048 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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Hello everyone! You may have noticed the site has not been updated in a while. That is going to change! Brushfire Studios now owns and operates Towndigger.com.
We will be making some improvements here on the site. For Starters our classifieds are now being hosted by ClermontConnect.com . They are now easier to use and will reach a much wider audience. We will be posting new articles everyday keeping the site fresh current and exciting! If you have anything you would like posted on our news section or calendar of events please send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Thanks for sticking with us and look for exciting things to come!
 

South Lake High Educator Named Outstanding Math Teacher by Florida Engineering Foundation

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South Lake High Teacher Darlene Hoke accepts the Outstanding Math Teacher Award from Scott Johnson, a representative from the Florida Engineering Foundation.GROVELAND — Darlene Hoke, Math Teacher at South Lake High, was recently selected as the grades 6th-12th statewide winner for Florida Engineering Foundation Outstanding Mathematics Teacher Award at the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics state conference in Orlando.

The Florida Engineering Foundation, in cooperation with the Florida Council of Teachers of Mathematics, awarded Hoke with $1,000 and a plaque.

“Gosh, how do you respond to the excitement of winning an award,” said Hoke when asked how she felt about receiving the award. “My first thought was, are you sure I won this award? I honestly didn’t believe it.”

The Florida Engineering Foundation was looking for a math teacher in grades 6th-12th who most creatively used or promoted engineering and technology in his or her mathematics lessons in the classroom. Hoke’s submission included creative lesson plans that she used in her Geometry Honors, Algebra I and Algebra IA/B classes.

An example of her award-winning lessons was she gave groups of students a fixed income of $500. She asked them to construct bridges with straws and tape; straws costing $15 apiece and tape at $2 per inch. Students then tested the bridges for durability. Another activity that she submitted for this award was product design. Students chose a product package that could be redesigned to reduce waste, space and still be appealing. This activity had many different options for students to select from so that they could utilize their differing learning modalities. Hoke is planning more innovative lessons to introduce students to engineering and technology.

“I am working on purchasing supplies for rocket building so that students can investigate parabolas in Algebra II,” she said.
 
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