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12 x May 18 - 31, 2017 x n Bay Hill Give Kids The World Village celebrated the birthday of founder and former Bay Hill resident Henri Landwirth. The organization hosted a party in his honor and unveiled a new intergalactic makeover to its popular Ice Cream Palace, which will be renamed after Henri. The building’s name and theme will celebrate Henri’s history with the early space industry in Cocoa Beach. The village also launched a fundraising campaign to pay for capital and operating costs. For more information, visit n Dr. Phillips Dr. Phillips resident George Rahi of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate was awarded an International Diamond Society Award. The award is earned by the top 11 percent of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide. George received the honor because of his market knowledge, industry experience and dedication to his clients throughout 2016. n Windermere IN YOURNEIGHBORHOOD Clarke Toole (right), Florida president of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, presents an International Diamond Society Award to Dr. Phillips resident George Rahi. On National Mayor’s Day of Recognition for Service, mayors across compiled by Lauren Salinero the nation took time to recognize the numerous volunteers who work to make their communities better. Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn delivered a proclamation at the council meeting to recognize the “many volunteers who are willing to Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn (back, third from left) recognizes town volunteers (front, l. to r.) Leesha Miller, Nora Brophy, Jacqueline Rapport, Theresa Schretzmann- Myers, Richard Montgomery, Vicki Hearst, Susan Norris Carter, Angela Withers, Stephen Withers, Karen Fay, and council members (back, l. to r.) Jim O’Brien, Molly Rose, Robert McKinley, Allen Pichon and John Armstrong. give of their time and talent to make our community a better place to live and work.” He then thanked the Day Camp Summer 2017 June 26 - July 21 Teen Camp: June 26 - July 7

council members seated with him, noting their service and the many hours they spend receiving no compensation as the ultimate volunteers. He noted that “volunteers have been the backbone of what makes our town great through their selfless commitment and ask nothing in return.” He then asked the volunteers in attendance, which represented just a portion of those who serve, to join his council members to be recognized. n Winter Garden During Florida Wildlife Federation’s 80th annual Conservation Awards Banquet, 14 outstanding Florida conservationists were recognized for their conservational achievements. Award winners were chosen from nominations made to the federation’s board of directors based on each nominee’s accomplishments on behalf of Florida’s fish, wildlife and natural resources. Among those was Winter Garden resident Jim Thomas, who was selected by FWF’s board of directors to be inducted into its Conservation Hall of Fame. Winter Garden residents Maiya and Maria Lester decided to put Maiya (left) and Maria Lester of Winter Garden take in their first puppy, Felton, as volunteer puppy-raisers for Canine Companions for Independence. x May 18 - 31, 2017 x 13 their love of puppies to good use by helping change lives as volunteer puppy-raisers for Canine Companions for Independence. Maiya, a junior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School, and Maria make up an excellent mother/daughter team. They recently took on their first puppy, Felton, an 8-week-old yellow ball of fur with lots of potential but in need of help to shape it into a trustworthy assistance dog. Once the dog is turned back to Canine Companions for additional training, it will have mastered 30 commands and gone through basic obedience instruction and socialization opportunities. Maiya and Maria went through a rigorous selection process to become volunteer puppy-raisers. They will help socialize puppies and develop the canines’ confidence by taking them to many places, allowing them to meet new people, walk amid crowds and traffic, and otherwise become familiar with the world around them. They also will provide a safe home and give lots of love. n Et Al Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips’ new membership chairman, John Skandamis, together with club Rotarian sponsor Rebecca Murray welcomes new member Tim Lambert to the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 5/31/17 5/31/17 5/31/17 5/31/17