The Lake County Library System forgave $1,284 in overdue library fines in exchange for more than 2,300 food items donated to local community food pantries.
During the Food for Fines campaign, held May 16-28 at each of the 15 Lake County Library System libraries, non-perishable food was traded for absolved overdue fines.
South Lake Community Ministries, the Leesburg Food Bank, Lake Cares and Faith Neighborhood Center were among the 14 beneficiaries of the program.
Clearing fines from children’s library cards will allow them to fully participate in the summer reading program, and potentially prevent a seasonal slump in students’ reading habits, according to Lake County Library Services Division Manager Paul Alford.
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Wolf Branch Road between Heather Street and Britt Road/Niles Road will be closed from Monday, June 13 through Monday, Aug. 1.
Detour signs will be posted to alert the public to these changes, and drivers will be detoured to U.S. Highway 441, State Road 46, and Round Lake Road. Motorists are asked to allow for extra travel time, and to exercise caution while in the area due to the new traffic pattern.
The road closure is part of the Wolf Branch Sink Drainage Improvement Project by Lake County Public Works Department , which is designed to capture and provide water treatment of stormwater runoff in the area. The project lies within the Wekiva Springs Protection Area and is estimated to provide pollutant load reductions. The contracted project is funded by the Stormwater Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) Fund and a Lake County Water Authority Stormwater Grant Program agreement.
“Work is currently underway and a majority of the construction will be completed with lane closures that may cause delays for drivers traveling along Wolf Branch Road,” said Jim Stivender, Lake County Public Works Director. “Due to the limited area for the contractor to perform certain construction activities, a road closure will be necessary. We ask that motorists in the area are patient while our contractor completes this important environmental work.
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