LAKE PLACID — Most who read this publication have likely become familiar with the name Ray Cerbone. The singer/songwriter has steadily built a local following since moving to Highlands County from Port Charlotte.

The Little Acorn project is geared to bring the scrub jays back to the area. The Lake Placid Garden Club’s next endeavor will be a bit more weeding and then re-potting the small plants to get them ready for in-ground planting.

If you have walked on one of the public trails at Archbold Biological Station, you’ve probably noticed one recurring theme: Sand! Bright, white, sugary sand. Sandy slopes, sandy depressions and sandy shoes (inside and out). Although deep sand may not be ideal for walking, it does create the …

LAKE PLACID — Bright and early on Thursday, July 16, three Lake Placid Garden Club members, Karen Denning, Sandy Otway and Peter Otway assisted Tessie Offner, a Florida Wildlife Officer, with weeding of potted oaks that will be planted in the scrub on the Lake Wales Ridge.

The Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 sponsored the Highlands Lakeside Theatre’s Summer Theatre Institute by way of a $2,000 grant to help with various expenses like wardrobe and makeup. The camp ran from June 15 to July 11 and was attended by 67 students. Pictured in the presentation from left to rig…

The Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 sponsored the Highlands Lakeside Theatre’s Summer Theatre Institute by way of a $2,000 grant to help with various expenses like wardrobe and makeup. The camp ran from June 15 to July 11 and was attended by 67 students.

Lake Annie at Archbold Biological Station has been an important research site for many years. In fact, there are records of research and sampling there even before the Station was built. One recent visiting Lake Annie researcher found fame this year as she was short-listed for an internation…

SEBRING — The Sebring Elks 1529 proudly sponsored the Highlands Lakeside Summer Theatre Institute by getting a $2,000 grant to help with various expenses such as wardrobe and makeup for their end of camp play. There were 67 students ranging from ages 8 to 18.

Quarantines, closed summer camps and activities, canceled travel plans, social distancing…parents are all too familiar with the struggle to maintain some normalcy this summer. With children out of school, many are probably a bit stir-crazy and parents are wondering what to do with these kids…

Touch, look, listen, and smell your way through an at-home nature senses scavenger hunt.

SEBRING — Highlands Lakeside Theater is pleased to announce that their Summer Theater Institute students will perform “Quarantine, the Musical“on Thursday, July 9 through Saturday, July 11. There will be two evening shows each of the three days, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

LAKE PLACID — If you were a veteran or a first responder, the place to be for 4th of July was at the American Legion Post 25 in Lake Placid. With dark clouds circling Highlands County, the rain managed to stay away from Highway 27, just north of the Town of Lake Placid. It was a sign that th…

The Freshwater Fishing Forecast for the second half of the first week of July gives anglers the end of a weak full moon phase and the development of the last quarter moon phase which occurs Sunday. A rainy season weather forecast is predicted to occur this week driven by a consistent west to…

SEBRING — Highlands County New Mount Olive A.M.E. youth ministry is a force to be reckoned with. These youth have been nonstop during the pandemic, bringing nutrition to the homeless of Lakeland. The youth members are as young as 13, who decided to form the “My Gift To You” Project, ensuring…

“We’re going to church! We’re going to church!” exclaimed our energetic 3-year-old grandson who loved to attend Sunday school and church with us. A reason to celebrate for him!

On March 25, 2020 the newly formed Community Response Team at Archbold Biological Station received an invitation: to join a pilot program focused on a clever idea for field stations across the country (like Archbold Biological Station), to mitigate for the loss of biological field opportunit…

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Highlands County New Mount Olive A.M.E. youth ministry served 50 youth in Highlands County, delivering food bags in the Avon Park area. Now they’ve taken their generosity to the streets of Polk County.

For the fourth time in three years, the South Central Florida Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) was one of a few chapters around the nation awarded the MOAA Foundation grant in the amount of $5,000.

SEBRING — The Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 proudly celebrated Flag Day (the birth of the American flag) at the regular Lodge meeting on Thursday, June 18. Exalted Ruler Wainetta Holmes and PDD Jim Mason resided over the beautiful ceremony giving the history of our Flag.

LAKE PLACID — Tomoka Heights is an “Over 55” residential community in Lake Placid. The residents are from all over the United States, Canada and other countries. They support the town of Lake Placid in many ways, including providing scholarships for Lake Placid High School Seniors. Fourteen …

When you are trying to construct a green “sustainable” building, the words “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” are just as applicable as they are for a wedding! Archbold Biological Station’s Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center provides some appropriate examp…

Do you ever find yourself feeling irritated and frustrated with your dog, and in response, you immediately begin yelling? This is not a good habit. Since dogs do not possess the same reasoning abilities as their human counterparts, they usually do not understand why you have raised your voic…

Mrs. Frances Hufty’s rattan dining table now resides in the Eisner Room at the Learning Center.

In the late 1990’s, a group of ornithologists, scientists that study birds, and bird conservationists articulated a simple idea: that there were millions of birdwatchers world-wide, and their numbers were growing even as those of the birds themselves were declining. They recognized that each…

Shiloh Rayne Perez was born at 10:09 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2020, to Deanna and Alfredo Perez of Avon Park at AdventHealth Sebring. She was 5 pounds, 7 ounces and 17 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Charles Gossick and Susan Gossick. Paternal grandparents are Alfredo Perez and Adr…

Sundew, Hatpins and Bladderwort flower in the exposed edges of a dried-down seasonal pond.

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