WASHINGTON — A new AARP Fraud Watch Network report is alerting consumers of scams they could encounter over the holidays. Of those surveyed, 75% percent reported they have been targeted or experienced at least one form of fraud that can be tied to the holidays.

VENUS — Among the wall of green oak leaves and palmetto fronds, a silver shimmer catches the eye of Tori Bakley, a research assistant at Archbold Biological Station. Torn and tangled in the scrub oak branches, a deflated balloon still manages to shine in the afternoon sun — the third release…

LAKE PLACID — The Highlands County Concert Band, a pillar of the local musical community for the past 45 years, will present a Christmas concert titled “The Spirit of Christmas” at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Placid’s Genesis Center on Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. This will be a free conce…

A sample of Gopher Tortoise scat dissected to reveal many pieces of plastic and vegetation. The plastic was determined to be from a balloon using a small label that was still legible on one of the pieces. Photo by Tori Bakley, previously published in Herpetological Review.

A bundle of mylar/helium balloons caught in Lyonia and palmettos in the Archbold scrub.

After taking off 2020, the Walk for Memories comes back strong and with a new name. The Board of Directors agreed to rename the Walk for Memories after one of Change of Pace’s long-time clients, Jackie Johnson.

SEBRING — Bare Wood Market in downtown Sebring is starting their Sebring Artists Market, which will feature the works of Florida artists. They want to provide our community the opportunity to appreciate ‘fresh local talent.’ They will have art available for sale.

The Bert J. Harris Agricultural Center in Sebring was filled with people both inside and outside, as they browsed vendor booths and beautiful plants at the Let it Grow! 2020 Garden Festival and Plant Show. The weather was fine; warm and sunny.

I am here at the Oleoball Turkey Penitentiary in North Carolina. I have been chosen by the warden to interview one of the gobbler inmates on death row. His name is Tom Turkey and he is the 394 descendant of Tom Turkey The First, who came to America centuries ago.

SEBRING — VFW Post 4300 visited Sebring Middle School and Sebring High School last week to award this year’s winners of the Patriot’s Pen award and the Voice of Democracy award. Patriot’s Pen is an essay contest for students grades 6-8 that has students express their views on a particular pa…

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VFW Post 4300 Commander Greg Schneider presented students at Sebring Middle School with the awards for the Patriot’s Pen award. From left; VFW Post 4300 Commander Greg Schneider; Third Place winner Isabella Hovenstine; Second Place winner Jamarech Weston; First Place winner Maralena Boothe; …

SEBRING — Sebring Elks 1529 has once again been blessed with a continued interest in our Lodge. This month we have 13 new members which we look forward to getting to know and to share the “Noble Work of this Order of Elkdom.”

Last month, Archbold Biological Station’s Director of Education Dustin Angell and Katie Caldwell, the Jill Abrahamson Memorial Environmental Education Intern, were invited to present on Archbold’s virtual education projects for the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) conference by…

LAKE PLACID — Growth is certainly something a business strives for and gladly accepts. However, when that growth comes faster than expected, it can create challenges.

SEBRING — The Tanglewood Special Events team is pleased to announce their season offerings for the 2021-2022 season. It has been several years since they were able to open up their clubhouse to not only professional entertainers, but also being able to offer these shows to the community.

LAKE PLACID — On Nov. 9, 20 Lake Placid Garden Club members and guests traveled to Venus to visit Costa Farms. The farms have approximately 180 acres under roof. Everyone saw the growing buildings and also their potting operations.

LAKE PLACID — The laughter could be heard outside Toby’s Clown School and Museum in Lake Placid on Sunday. After COVID had put a damper on graduation festivities for the previous 18 months, it was back to clowning as usual, with a graduation ceremony for seven new graduates.

LAKE PLACID — Eleven members of the Lake Placid Garden Club met Nov. 8 at the Meadowlake gazebo to make beautiful Thanksgiving arrangements for the Orchid Cove Health Center. They made 18 arrangements even though their hands and fingers were a bit stiffened by the cold morning.

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Garden Club wish to give a big thank you to everyone who contributed to Manna Ministries at the club meeting held on Nov. 10 at the Town Government Center. Anita Hurley, director, indicated the total food weight was 1,444 pounds. “which was amazing,” said the Cl…

Members of the Lake Placid Garden Club worked on their garden project at Royce Ranch Nov. 11. Pictured from Left: Karen Denning, Agnes Smith, Sandy Otway, Sandy Rosch and Linda Logan.

Lake Placid Garden Club members met at the Meadowlake gazebo to make beautiful Thanksgiving arrangements for the Orchid Cove Health Center. Front row: Joyce Miles, Sandy Rosch, Mary Flummer, Laura Krumm and Jennifer Marsh. Back row: Elizabeth Heller, Pat Reiser, Georgette Bonneville, Stephan…

“Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann is a narrative nonfiction novel detailing the cold-blooded murders of Osage Native Americans. Thoroughly researched over years, the book combines the thrilling twists and turns of a crime investigation wi…

It may be hard to believe, but biologists still do not know many of the details of where individual plant species occur. Mapping these occurrences, or ‘species distributions,’ is particularly important for threated and endangered species, to ensure they receive the management needed for thei…

SEBRING — Don’t miss artist Larry Felder’s first solo exhibition since joining the Highlands Art League two years ago. He will be showing his older, large paintings in MOTA’s upstairs gallery, and his newest still life works in MOTA’s downstairs gallery.

SEBRING — Aktion Club of Highlands County had tremendous success at the Highlands Quarters For A Cause event on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Sebring by raising $1,047.

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Sebring Elks 1529 welcomes 13 new members. Front row, from left: Sharon Keiber, Donald Staton, Jenny Staton, Annie Carr, Kim Albritton, Jeanny Campbell and Scott Kirouac. Back row, from left: Ricky Peltier, Steve Kirovac, Greg Carr, Richard Vosburgh, Dan Lavetta and Maureen Cool.

Cabbage palms (Sabal palmetto) line the Archbold Expeditions Plaza at Archbold Biological Station.

VENUS — As you read this, world leaders are meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. This conference, known as COP26, is the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties. This inter-continental collaborative effort aims to combat global climate ch…

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LAKE PLACID — Giant scale models of World War II ships will set sail from the Military Sea Services Museum, homeported in Sebring, early Thursday morning bound for Lake Placid. USS Enterprise will be escorted by USS Samuel B. Roberts down U.S. 27 to the Veterans Day Parade that kicks off at …

SEBRING — The Sebring Arts and Crafts Festival returned for its 54th annual celebration. Thousands flocked to historic downtown Sebring to enjoy this much anticipated event on Saturday, Nov. 6.

When she isn’t writing bestselling novels that explore Native American life, Louise Erdrich runs a bookstore in Minneapolis that sells Native literature and art. Her latest book, “The Sentence,” combines her interest in both in a shaggy-dog ghost story that unfolds over a year in a city scar…

AVON PARK — The Heartland Cultural Alliance is pleased to announce they are hosting the works of Cindy Rose Eaton for the month of November at the Peter Powell Roberts Museum. The artist reception was held on Saturday, Nov. 6. As always, the monthly reception was free and open to the public.

SEBRING — Highlands Hammock State Park is celebrating the history of Florida cattle ranching at the 35th annual CCC Festival on Nov. 13. The park’s signature event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Though most people associate cattle with the West, cattle first came to the United States through Fl…

AVON PARK — Buy a ticket to celebrate the greatest two minutes in sports. Ridge Area Arc and Johnson Stivender Wealth Advisors will once again host its audience participation fundraiser, The Sebring Derby. The Derby brings the excitement of thoroughbred racing to Highlands County. The 2021 S…

SEBRING — Last year, when COVID was at its peak, Halloween was mostly forgotten. No gatherings, no sharing of candy, no ringing doorbells. Outside events consisted of a few, and much appreciated, Trunk-or-Treat events so kids could have a little break from the pandemic restrictions.

SEBRING — Highlands Hammock State Park has resumed a full schedule of tram tours for the busy fall/winter season. Trams will now run Tuesday through Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and an additional tram departing at 3 p.m. may be added based on visitor demand. Visitors are advised that on some…

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