SEBRING — Where were you when it happened? This is a question that sometimes brings people to their knees in grief and disbelief. People lost loved ones, friends, co-workers and so much more on Sept. 11, 2001. The world changed forever on the day, one that we should never forget.

VFW Post 4300 Honor Guard members participated in a rededication of VJ Day in Sarasota on Saturday, Aug. 14. Pictured are John E. Vawter Sr., Senior Vice Commander VFW honor degree the grand of Florida; Committee Chairman Woody Schiffman; Jim Fiedler; Honor Guard Capt. Mike Rogers; and Co-Ca…

BRADENTON — John E. Vawter Sr. of Sebring presented our nation’s flag flown over the White House to VFW Post 10141 (Bradenton) Senior Vice Commander Dave Kerr and Post Auxiliary President Jennie Muhlhauser, as a token of their support for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Honor Degree Milit…

August brings us four new members and many more applicants for next month. We are welcoming to our Elks family; Clifford Rhoades, Jo Thompson, Violet Oliver and Gael Carrano. Thank all of you for wanting to be a part of our great organization!

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. — Tufts University has awarded approximately 1,500 undergraduate students degrees in disciplines ranging from the sciences and engineering to the humanities and fine arts during its online degree conferral ceremony commemorating the accomplishments of the Class of 2021.

Grief is our reaction to all kinds of loss in life. Think about how disrupted and disoriented you’ve felt in your own losses, great and small: in the death of a loved one, loss of a job or home or financial resources, miscarriage, a move, independence, or a loss of relationship or identity. …

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From left: John E. Vawter Sr. of Sebring; VFW Post 10141 Senior Vice Commander Dave Kerr; and VFW Post 10141 Auxiliary President Jennie Muhlhauser. Vawter presented the Bradenton Post with the flag as a token of their support to the VFW Military Order of the Cootie (MOC).

Red rat (corn) snakes and other snakes can appear to be cracks in the road in poor light or at a distance.

Box turtles and other turtles/tortoises should be held with two hands and carried across the road in the direction they were heading.

The Lake Placid Noon Rotary presented a considerable amount of food, some cash donations from members and a check for $1,200 to the Lake Placid Middle School’s Dragon’s Den. The $1,200 was part of the funds raised from the World Famous Wild Game Dinner, held annually in December. Pictured, f…

LAKE PLACID — On Thursday, July 29, the Lake Placid Noon Rotary was visited by the Dragon’s Den from Lake Placid Middle School.

VENUS — Highlands County, Florida is home to some amazing wildlife. Several species in this region are found nowhere else in the world, and many are threatened or endangered. Unfortunately, you can drive any road through Highlands County and be sure to see roadkill. Mortality from vehicle st…

August is filled with multiple days commemorating the men and women that have served our country in the Armed Services. These days include celebrating the Air Force, Coast Guard, Purple Heart recipients, and Navajo Code Talkers, as well as the celebration of the U.S Department of Defense and…

VENUS — Meredith Heather, research assistant and graduate student in Archbold’s Avian Ecology program, emerged from the tall, dense Florida scrub after observing a family of Florida scrub-jays for more than an hour. Ryan Howell, a research assistant and drone pilot in Archbold’s GIS Program,…

Archbold GIS research assistant/drone pilot Ryan Howell preparing for a drone flight.

Florida scrub-jay on a sand live oak, a typical Florida scrub shrub that needs regular fire.

The Sebring Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) has donated funds to a local organization. NARFE has a history of supporting Alzheimer’s research as well as care. Recently, funds were donated to Change of Pace (COP) in Sebring. COP is a non-profit which provi…

Some people are sticklers for holding a copy of a book in their hands, or maybe you’re not the biggest fan of technology, but there are some benefits to using ebooks and digital audiobooks aside from the fact that they are offered free for patrons through the Heartland Cooperative. Imagine g…

Sebring resident John E. Vawter Sr. was honored by the VFW at a ceremony in Bradenton. The event was hosted by VFW Post 10141 Commander Bob Muhihauser; co-hosted by VFW Post 3233 Sarasota Elwood Schiffman; and Robert Greene, Quarter Master PT 17 of Bradenton.

VFW Post 4300 Honor Guard Co-Captains Mike Rogers, John Geddis and Harry Stewart. They attended a special ceremony honoring John E. Vawter Sr. of Sebring as the elected Senior Vice-Commander of the VFW Honor Degree Military Order of the Cootie. The ceremony was held in Bradenton.

John E. Vawter Sr. of Sebring was honored at a ceremony in Bradenton as the elected Senior Vice-Commander of the VFW Honor Degree Military Order of the Cootie.

BRADENTON — A reception to honor John E. Vawter Sr. of Sebring as the elected Senior Vice-Commander of the Florida Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Honor Degree Military Order of the Cootie, was held at VFW Post 10141 in Bradenton. Representatives from VFW Palmetto Post 2488, Sarasota VFW Post…

VENUS — You may have seen it along the roadside or even on your own property, the climbing vine known as Old World climbing fern (Lygodium microphyllum) that quickly overtakes native vegetation. First introduced to Florida as an ornamental vine around the turn of the 20th century, Old World …

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Disney Springs is the place for some serious shopping and entertainment. While masks are not required for those fully vaccinated, screening is required. You need to go through a security check point and purse check (for females with purses) before being allowed to enter th…

Gross primary productivity estimated by remote sensed model for Buck Island Ranch in 2017.

From left: Buck Island Ranch Postdoc Research Associate Dr. Xukai Zhang and intern Caroline Wade sampling above ground biomass of grass for validating a remote sensed model.

On Saturday, June 19, Lake Placid Garden Club members traveled to Royce Ranch and planted 80 various plants grown and nurtured by Garden Club volunteers. Here, Gabriel Rogasner planting beard tongues.

VENUS — Since the first satellite was launched into orbit in 1957, satellites have been integrated into our everyday lives, even though they are in orbit hundreds or even thousands of miles above us. Daily satellite applications assist by providing the first weather forecast in the morning t…

Stories are mirrors or windows. In those that are mirrors we see ourselves within the pages. Looking in mirrors we realize that there are others out there just like us, experiencing the same struggles, achievements and joy. Mirrors provide us with a sense of belonging and help us further our…

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