The Avon Park Founders Garden Club held their October meeting at the home of Denis and Victoria David. Victoria also presented the program on raising worms and using their castings to make fertilizer to use on plants.

SEBRING — Recently, The Elliott Team at Keller Williams held a Drive In Movie Event at Firemen’s Field parking lot to benefit Hope Haven Transitional Housing.

SEBRING — Lunch Club Wednesday, a ladies networking club, recently met in Highlands County at the Sebring Elks Lodge. There are over 200 women (career, retired, stay home moms, students, etc.) that meet twice a year for lunch with a guest speaker, door prizes, women in business showcases and…

Nowadays scientific research programs at Archbold Biological Station collect massive amounts of data daily through various automated and physical means, as well as all the ‘legacy data’ that have been collected dating back to1941. Where does all the data go? How do scientists make sense of a…

SEBRING — Rick Strzelewicz and Teri Georgilakis would like to announce the wedding of their daughter Colleen Strzelewicz of Sebring, to Nicholas Pepin of Chicago, Illinois, the son of Pablo and Mercedes Pepin.

DAVENPORT, IOWA — Taryn O’Bannon of Sebring graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Florida campus in Port Orange, Florida on Sept. 25.

The last time this group met was in March, the week before COVID-19 and the lock down was announced. They were delighted to find the Sebring Elks Lodge was ready to serve as the perfect venue during the pandemic and welcome them, business as usual, this October.

The Lake Placid Garden Club’s 10th annual Holiday Home & Garden Tour will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Pictured: 12 members of the Lake Placid Garden Club met at the Placid Lakes Town Hall to work their “magic” on several unique craft items.

The GFWC Lake Placid Woman’s Club delivered 25 one gallon Ziploc bags to the Highlands County Veterans Services recently. Pictured from left to right: Denise Williams, county Veterans Service director and Carol West, assistant director of Veterans Services.

SEBRING — The GFWC Lake Placid Woman’s Club delivered 25 one gallon Ziploc bags to the Highlands County Veterans Services to be distributed to the homeless veterans camp in Highlands County. The bags contained personal toiletry items, paperback book, word search books and some snacks. This i…

One major thrust of scientific research from Archbold Biological Station focuses of the flora and fauna of the Lake Wales Ridge, which runs from northern Glades County, through the middle of Highlands and Polk counties, and up into parts of Lake, Orange and Osceola counties. However, much of…

The streets of Victorian England come to life as ‘Oliver’ comes to the Blackman Stage at Highlands Lakeside Theatre, Friday, Oct. 23 – Nov. 8. This show is a musical masterpiece based on the timeless Charles Dickens novel.

Present for Garden Club Therapy were, from left: Jennifer Marsh, Pat Reiser, Joyce Miles, Marian Chambers, Cheryl Jonovic, Sandy Rosch and Karen Denning. The Club made 18 floral arrangements from cuttings in their gardens and delivered them to Lake Placid Health Care Center.

SARASOTA — Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center officially announces the launch of its new website and can be viewed by visiting www.LighthouseEducationCenter.org. Funding for the upgrade of the new website was provided by the Harold E. and Ruth M. Niles Fund of the Community Foundation o…

November is quickly approaching! While we won’t see fall happenings in Florida the same as other places, we will still enjoy all that fall has to offer. Apple cider, pumpkin pie, family; all some of my personal favorites! This year, though, we all (well, those 18 and older) get to participat…

AVON PARK — There are several good reasons to have a container garden. Two of those being that you don’t have to get down on the ground to do your gardening and secondly you can more easily change out your plants for the seasons. Both of these are reasons that Lorene Byrd, 412 S. Verona Ave.…

AVON PARK — Members of the Aktion Club of Highlands County assisted the Avon Park Museum on Saturday morning, Oct. 3, in a landscaping project along Museum Avenue in Avon Park.

Archbold’s Buck Island Ranch is a large scale working cattle ranch in south central Florida, in the Headwaters of the Everglades. Buck Island Ranch is classified as a cow/calf operation, meaning the main goal is to maintain a breeding herd of cows that produce a calf annually.

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Congratulations to our new member in the Highlands Chapter, compatriot Robert Snyder of Lake Placid. Robert’s ancestor was James Russell, who served as a Private under Captains Irwin, Robinson and McKee and under Colonials Perry and Campbell.

SEBRING — The Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 is privileged to welcome four new members this week. Pictured from left to right: Johathan and Christina Spiegel, Stacy Hill and Joe Stockenberg, are all wonderful additions to the Brotherhood of Protective Order of Elks.

SEBRING — Tony Faverio has been selected as October’s Elk of the Month for Sebring Elks Lodge 1529.

Waking up at 4 a.m. is never easy, but for Avian Ecology research assistants Fabiola Baeza-Tarin and Chelsea Wisner, the reward of seeing Florida Grasshopper Sparrows makes those dark mornings worth it. With headlamps adorned, the biologists brave the clouds of mosquitoes and the soggy prair…

Research assistant Rebecca Windsor uses controlled hot water treatments to eradicate Red Imported Fire Ant mounds near an active Florida Grasshopper Sparrow nest.

All Florida Grasshopper Sparrows are banded at the four monitored populations to study their annual survival and movements across the landscape.

Nestled on the shores of Lake Jackson is a hidden gem that is starting to sparkle again. Highlands Art League (HAL), under the direction of Susan Gunter Roberts, is coming alive to the delight of Highlands County artists and art enthusiasts.

SEBRING — On Sept, 24, at 8 a.m. Karen Denning, Sandy Rosch, Sandy and Peter Otway arrived at Royce Ranch to continue our weeding and re-potting acorn project. Tessie Offner, Florida Wildlife Volunteer Coordinator informed us that we would be weeding and re-potting more “baby” flowers from t…

To celebrate women in the workplace and this year’s centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, Archbold Biological Station is highlighting contributions made by women in our scientific community. For the past half-century there has been a strong presence of…

AVON PARK — The Avon Park Founders Garden Club began holding meetings in September. The meeting was held at the Avon Park Depot Museum. Elaine Levey, director and curator of the Museum, gave a most interesting talk about the history of the museum and led the group on a tour. After the tour, …

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