TAVARES — The Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program is releasing its 2010 calendar, which is available for a suggested donation of $5 with the proceeds benefiting the volunteer program.
The winning entry for the 2010 Adopt-a-Lake calendar is a photograph of Lake Minneola by Luke Cunningham.
More than 300 entries were received during a contest to select photographs for the calendar. From the 300 photographs, 27 were selected as semi-finalists and were posted on the Adopt-a-Lake Web page for public voting. Online voting ran for two weeks to select the finalists and more than 500 votes were cast. The photograph receiving the highest number of votes was of Lake Minneola taken by Luke Cunningham. His photograph is given the honor of gracing the cover of the calendar.
The calendar includes full-page photographs of the 14 semi-finalists that received the highest number of votes and smaller photographs of the runner-up entries. The calendar also includes “Clean Lake Tips of the Month,” standard holidays and environmentally related holidays and events.
Calendars are available at the Lake County Water Resource Laboratory, located at 12923 County Landfill Road in Tavares. Calendars are also available by mail. Send a check, payable to the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, to Adopt-a-Lake Program, PO Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778 (an additional $1 is required for postage).
The Adopt–a–Lake Program is similar in some aspects to the County's Adopt-a-Roadway Program. The program encourages local civic organizations, individuals and fraternal and business groups to adopt a segment of a lake's shoreline. Unlike an adopt-a-roadway program where litter cleanup is the sole component, the Lake County Adopt-a-Lake Program is comprised of three separate components: Water-quality monitoring, public education and pollution prevention. Volunteers can elect which components of the program best fit their desired level of participation.
For more information, call Cathie Catasus, Adopt-a-Lake Program Coordinator, at (352) 253-1659 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.