As one approaches the Archbold Biological Station on Old State Route 8 both sides of the road are lined with dense even stands of knee-high grass. A distinctive feature of this grass is its clumps of messy blackish seed heads.

Happy holidays everyone! Here we are again, walking through store after store, attempting to find the perfect gifts for relatives, friends, our child’s teacher or coach. Who doesn’t like to eat? Surprise your loved and cherished ones by making or buying healthy edible gifts that also convey …

Pictured from left to right: Sponsor Maria Muenz, Joan Towe, Linda Fett, First Vice President Barbara Packard, Sue Readnour, Millie Matthews and Sandy Welch.

LAKE PLACID — GFWC Lake Placid Woman’s Club added four new members to their group at their November meeting, bringing the total of new members since September to 12. The group honored 14 women veterans at the luncheon, one from WWII. The group listened to the guest speaker, LPPD Chief James …

On Sunday, Nov. 24, A Tellabration (an international weekend of storytelling help around the world) was held at Sunshine RV Resort’s clubhouse. Pictured are Jerry Smith, Pam Minton, Dr. Joel Ming, Hank Matson and Donna Wilson.

LAKE PLACID — On Sunday, Nov. 24, A Tellabration (an international weekend of storytelling help around the world) was held at Sunshine RV Resort’s clubhouse. The audience was entertained by five storytellers from South and Central Florida. Jerry Smith from Winter Park; Pam Minton, Dr. Joel M…

Dense stand of Tanglehead Grass along Old State Route 8 beside the Archbold Biological Station.

The Avon Park Founders Garden Club has begun decorating City Hall in Avon Park with festive decorations including this wreath that contains plastic bags to make the flowers.

AVON PARK — The Avon Park Founders Garden Club is busy decorating City Hall for the Christmas season. The theme this year is “A Winter Wonderland.” Predominate colors used are silver and white with splashes of red and gold. There is an emphasis on recycling in making the decorations. The flo…

SEBRING — The Sebring Elks 1529 installed five new members in the month of November. As our membership is growing, we still would love to have more smiling faces. Pictured from left to right: Wayne Bonnell, Glenda Swann, Karen Collette, Duane Reichl and John Petrosky.

From left; Terry Daisey; Vicki Criswell; Ruth and her husband, former Pastor Emil Moldrick; and Dr. Antonio Roa, family physician and director of the CHIP Program.

From left; Terry Daisey; Vicki Criswell; Mike Conley, administrator of Sebring Moose Lodge 2259; and Mike Schwacke, governor Sebring Moose Lodge 2259.

The living world may be richer and more interesting than we imagine, so much so that it is a major challenge to formally assess this wealth. At the Archbold Biological Station scientists have recently measured one dimension of this rich living heritage.

From left, Terry Daisey, former WOTM officer; Highlands County Tax Collector Eric Zwayer; and Vicki Criswell, WOTM Senior Reagent, Chapter 873.

SEBRING — Mrs. W is an 82-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2016. She is a deceased Navy veteran’s wife. Her condition created many difficulties including forgetting to pay the taxes on her mortgage-free home. Her dementia requires full care 24-7.

SEBRING — The November meeting of the DAR was held at Inn on the Lakes. The guest speaker was author, Ken Breslauer, who gave a slide show presentation of “Florida Tourism Before Disney,” highlighting roadside attractions that have all but disappeared. The next meeting will be Dec. 2 featuri…

SEBRING — Jim Pollard of the Highlands County Historical Society recently addressed the meeting of the UDC. He gave an interesting and informative presentation on the history of Hendricks Field. The next meeting will be held on Dec. 10 and will feature a history of the Gamble House which is …

Dr. Greg Sonnier of the Agroecology Program at Buck Island Ranch describes discoveries in pasture management and wetland ecology at the 2018 Archbold Symposium.

Dr. Mark Deyrup at last year’s Archbold symposium presenting research on Orb Weaver spiders conducted with Dr. James Carrel.

Archbold scientists are always busy as bees, trying to untangle the mystery of Florida’s ecosystems and the many unique organisms that call them home. But, once a year they stop fieldwork and data analyses, and gather to meet, learn and celebrate each other’s accomplishments for the year at …

We are situated on a unique landscape, the Lake Wales Ridge. Formed millions of years ago when most of Florida was underwater, it is one of the most diverse spots in Florida, home to dozens of rare and endangered species found nowhere else on Earth. One of the rarest is Florida Ziziphus.

It was not quite a year ago the Highlands County Master Gardeners had their inaugural Garden Festival and Plant Sale. They themed it, “Let It Grow!” And grow it did; from a great plant sale to a fantastic festival.

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AVON PARK — Jim and Sandy Friend received the Yard of the Month Award presented by the Avon Park Founders Garden Club.

Mackenzie Jo Cooper was born at 9:07 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 to Alexis Cooper and Joseph Cooper II of Sebring at AdventHealth Sebring. She was 8 pounds, 2 ounces and 20 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Rick and Vicki Pontius. Paternal grandparents are Joseph and Wendy Cooper.

Eugenia takes a look at her birthday cake before it is cut. From left to right: Jane McGrew-Holman, Eugenia Holman, Phillip Holman and Pastor Tod Schwingel.