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Lake County residents encouraged to attend safety fair to submit suggestions about future bus service

RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2006

LEESBURG — While children learn safety tips at the 2006 Back-to-School Safety Fair on Saturday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lake Square Mall, adults can discover how a future fixed-route bus service in Lake County can make their daily commutes hassle free.

The Lake County Department of Community Services and the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization are currently planning to launch a new bus service along U.S. Highway 441 from Lady Lake to Mount Dora in early 2007. The coordinating agencies are asking for the public’s help with determining the location of bus stops.

The new bus service is expected to help meet the public transportation needs of Lake County residents and reduce traffic congestion on U.S. Highway 441. A series of public meetings are expected to be scheduled in August to further inform the public about the future bus route and to gauge each community’s interest regarding the service.

The 2006 Back-to-School Safety Fair provides families an opportunity to prepare for the school year by offering several important safety programs including bicycle and helmet safety, a child-seat checkpoint, free school immunizations, child identification and other displays and demonstrations. Children can also meet Sir Gus Jr., the kissing camel, at the fair. The 2006 Back-to-School Safety Fair is sponsored by Publix, Coca-Cola, AAA Auto Club South and the 18th Masonic District.

For more information about the 2006 Back-to-School Safety Fair, call Noble Olasimbo or Cheryl Sutherland at (352) 253-4986.

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