From the Orange County Commission District 2 office 

Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson, Loomis Outdoor Adventures at Kings Landing, Wekiva Island, Advanced Disposal Services and Audubon Society are hosting a Rock Springs Run/Wekiva River Cleanup on Wednesday, July 19, 2017.  Volunteers will be participating in a 4- to 6-hour canoe ride down Rock Springs Run/Wekiva River cleaning up litter and invasive plants as they go.  The event kicks off at 11:45 a.m. at Kings Landing, 5722 Baptist Camp Rd, Apopka, FL 32712 and concludes at 5:00 p.m. with a group photo and a tally of all the trash collected at Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Dr, Longwood, FL 32779.

For more information on the cleanup, please contact Commissioner Nelson’s office at 407-836-5919


  1. I was reading Apopka Critic today and his memorial to Roger Williams. It doesn’t seem like 10 years has passed since his death. He was strict on our school’s dress code, for sure. I thought highly of Principal Williams but got ticked off at him when I was called to the principal’s office and he sent me home because of my scooter skirt I had on, and he told me to come back to school when I come dressed more appropriately……LOL

  2. What ticked me off so bad was I had babysit for money and bought material and a pattern and made my scooter skirt myself sewing it carefully and ironing it, and had bought a crisp white peasant blouse to wear with it. I knew I was lookin’ good when I walked to school that day, and got compliments all day long until I was called to Principal William’s office. At least I knew I was lookin’ good when I had to walk home with it on.

  3. He didn’t let girls wear pants for a long time. Then when he allowed them, it was pant suits, not jeans. It was skirts and blouses or dresses, seriously. At some point he did give in a little, but he told boys they would not get to walk across the stage and get their diplomas and graduate if their hair touched their collars. My husband had pretty wild out of control hair back then, but pushed it up to look shorter. Whenever my husband and I watch the school kids going to and from Apopka High now the way they dress we shake our heads, and say that Roger Williams would freak out if he saw them going to school dressed like they do now, with torn jeans with holes, blue hair, etc. LOL He was a fine man, and now that I am older and wiser, that is what is needed now in the schools, it is just I didn’t appreciate his discipline at the time. May he RIP.

  4. The street there next to where the grandstands were torn down (Edwards Field) is where my drivers ed classes took place. Coach Ward was the instructor and he would have 3 or 4 of us at time in the car and we would practice parallel parking, three point turns, practice stopping smoothly, etc. right along there, and then he would have us drive around the curve at the cemetery, and back around. I wasn’t aware previously that Coach Ward could cuss like that!…..we backed over the orange cones, stopped too hard, and one boy I won’t reveal his name, turned the corner and drove over the curb roughly and too far out into someone’s yard, while making a turn. LOL I already had practice as I learned to drive in the ally way behind where Bryan Nelson’s insurance office is now, and believe it or not, my daddy took me in the car to Plymouth Sorrento Road to learn to drive…..not a good idea now days to go to that road to learn to drive!

  5. As far as Edward Field memories and the school football games held out there, the school teenagers used to slip off to the cemetery at night for their rendezvous……LOL Ya’ll know I know who you were, but I won’t tell, so don’t worry……..

  6. The news of more sinkholes in Land of Lakes, the two homes swallowed up…brought back memories of when the famous Winter Park sinkhole opened up. My mother and I drove over there to see for ourselves the giant sinkhole. We parked along where the elderly lady lived that heard the cracking and sinking noises during the night from her bedroom, and her home was right near the edge, and was fenced off when we got there. That was May of 1981 and I couldn’t believe that it had been that long since we drove over there to see the sinkhole. 36 years ago! It had almost undermined the dry cleaner, swallowed cars, a motorhome, undermined a swimming pool, and was huge, bigger than Dream Lake, much bigger! Now it looks so innocent. I bought a Life magazine that had the Winter Park sinkhole story, I think the photos were the cover story, as well as I remember, now I am not sure what I did with that magazine I had put back to keep.


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