Sebring provided fine weather for the third Annual Sebring Soda Fest held downtown around the circle and in Circle Park. Two cool and sunny days, Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, saw people excited to be outside and enjoying a favorite annual event.

Sebring provided fine weather for the third Annual Sebring Soda Fest held downtown around the circle and in Circle Park. Two cool and sunny days, Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, saw people excited to be outside and enjoying a favorite annual event.

SEBRING — Women in Action and the Women in Action Committee hosted their second community event on Saturday, March 20, at the Island View Restaurant at Sun ‘N Lake in Sebring. There, the group celebrated International Women’s Day with their event theme of “Walking with Purpose.”

Women In Action Committee: Kristin Miners, Lett Perez, Lillie Barrera, Amelia Duran, Yesica Perez and Grechell Aguilar, with two of the guest speakers (center) Chantel Gilmore and Maylene Candelario.

AVON PARK — When Jim and Ethelene Allard moved into their home at 2350 N. Carpenter 10 years ago, there was very little green on the property. Today there are several areas planted with a variety of green things.

AVON PARK — The Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive for Persons with Developmental Disabilities has been in existence since 1970. For every donation, each donor is offered a piece of candy by the Knight present, most commonly a Tootsie Roll. Because of these little gifts of appreciation, …

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN — The following student has received academic honors from Milwaukee School of Engineering for the 2021 Winter Quarter:

From left: Knights of Columbus, Council 5441 Knight Tom Blomeke, Ridge Area Arc CEO Kathleen Border and the 2021 Tootsie Roll Drive chairman, Arnold Austin, present a check of nearly $2,000. The funds were collected during the annual Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive at the north and so…

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Archbold volunteer Linda Gette has traveled south from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to Archbold for the past seven winters. She spends several months each year providing aid to all the Station’s research programs and more. She recently offered her reflections on the world of Archbold…

The Lake Placid Garden Club continued their Acorn Project on March 19. Sandy Rosch, Karen Denning, Peter and Sandy Otway, Agnes and Bill Smith, Carol Lambert and Richard Smith participated.

A small black fly sits on a Saw Palmetto blossom sipping nectar. Suddenly, a fine-mesh net scoops up the fly. It will be taken to the Archbold Biological Station insect lab and identified under a microscope. Its association with Saw Palmetto flowers will be added to a huge list of relationsh…

“The Sound of Music” is one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Highlands Lakeside Theatre (HLT) is presenting this phenomenal play from March 26–April 11. The cast is quite large and very talented.

“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20). Please observe carefully the array of witnesses listed in verses 5-8. It is interesting to note the writing of Muhammad some 600 years AFTER the resurrection: “And …

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — The following local residents have earned a degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university has graduated over 218,000 students from across the country since its inception in 1997.

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Garden Club continued their Acorn Project last week. “On March 19 at 7:40 a.m. (with our eyes barely open due to the time change), Sandy Rosch, Karen Denning and Peter and Sandy Otway, made our way to Royce Ranch to talk to our rapidly growing acorns,” the club …

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AVON PARK — Aktion Club of Highlands County Secretary Michael Sweet, of Sebring, has finally received his medal for winning first place at the Aktion Club International Speech Contest last year. He received the actual award at an Aktion Club meeting on March 18 at Heartland Horses in Avon Park.

AVON PARK — When Jim and Ethelene Allard moved into their home at 2350 N. Carpenter 10 years ago, there was very little green on the property. Today there are several areas planted with a variety of green things. The most impressive plant in the yard is an enormous Bismarck palm in the back …

Collecting stems of Titusville Scrub Balm to grow new plants for translocation. This team consisted of a collaboration between Archbold scientists: Scott Ward (front left) and Haley Dole (back left), Floravista Inc.: Suzanne Kennedy (back right), and Brevard County EEL land manager: Jonny Ba…

Anna Clarke from Bok Tower Gardens processes stem cuttings of Titusville Scrub Balm. Photo by Cheryl Peterson.

Avon Park Founders Garden Club finds new home for stone angels from Wild Building. They will now reside at the Depot Museum.

SEBRING — The 2021 Highlands County Master Gardener Volunteer Class visited Highlands Hammock State Park on March 10. The class will be completed on March 24 and the group will be welcomed into the Master Gardener Volunteer group. After a guided tram ride in the park, they took time to pose …

AVON PARK — The elegantly detailed angel statuettes that adorned the Wild Building have found a new home. Even angels have guardian angels, it would seem. The “rescue” began a few years ago when the Wild Building was first being discussed for renovation or possible demolition. Would the ange…

Many plant and animal species in Florida are considered rare for one common reason: loss of native habitat. Much of this loss is due to land conversion for agriculture, urban and suburban development, or lack of appropriate land management. Natural areas that these rare, threatened, and enda…

LAKE PLACID — On Tuesday, March 9, the following members met at the Meadowlake gazebo to create 18 arrangements from their yard clippings: Marian Chambers, Joyce Miles, Sandy Rosch, Pat Reiser, Jennifer Marsh and Karen Denning. Joyce Miles crocheted shamrock pics for the arrangements. The be…

SEBRING — The Sebring High School Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) has recently received the results for their district competition, which consists of several counties. Members in the chapter had the opportunity to compete in various events, against members of other chapt…

LAKE PLACID — COVID-19 caused St. Patrick to miss a big party last March 17, 2020 at Wet Dogs Brewing. He promised to show up this year and revel with Lake Placid folks to enjoy a beer, some dancing by Irish dancers, led by Alexandra “Shreds” Maxwell, and her students. They will be joined by…

LAKE PLACID — On Sunday, Feb. 21, Toby’s Clown School graduated five new clowns. They all developed clown characters and unique costumes, while learning ballooning, face painting, magic and skit development during their three-day course. They are now ready to spread smiles, love and laughter…

The newest clown graduates from Toby’s Clown School. Back row, from left: Karen Brown (Gotty Gee), Stephen Morris (Fla$hee Ca$hee) and Monica Goranson (Daisy Dollar). Front row, from left: Tina Antonucci (Dr. T.P.) and Gracie Solomon (Sunflower).

SEBRING — For 15 years the Orchid Society of Highlands County’s Annual Show and Sale has been a highlight for visitors and residents. This year was no different. In spite of the pandemic, organizers just had to put a little different twist on their Feb. 27 and 28 show that resulted in a huge…

Highlands Art League (HAL) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Coats has been named their new executive director. Coats is a very interesting woman with an international background and a varied art interest.

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Saturday boasted a clear blue sky, warm temperatures and a cooling breeze. It was a perfect day for an outdoor family event at Lakeshore Mall, especially one that will help raise awareness in our community for suicide prevention in veterans, law enforcement officers and first responders.

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When Dr. Joan Morrison first arrived at Buck Island Ranch as a University of Florida graduate student studying Crested Caracaras, she had no idea that after nearly 30 years she would still be coming to the Ranch to study these unique birds of prey. Caracaras are native to Florida and are eas…

AVON PARK, Fla. — The South Florida State College (SFSC) Foundation, Inc. recently created The Randy Allwood Memorial Automotive Scholarship as a tribute to Randy Allwood, a lifelong auto mechanic who resided in Sebring.

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