AVON PARK — On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Ridge Area Arc and Hands for Homeless commemorated the life of Dr. King and reflected on his dream for equality and civil rights for all people by working together on an MLK Day of Service project. The organizations recognize that the iconic civil …

Marian Chambers, Joyce Miles, Laura Krumm, Pat Reiser, Sandy Rosch and Karen Denning met on Jan. 12 at the Meadowlake gazebo to make arrangements for the Lake Placid Health Care Center residents. Photo taken by Karen Denning.

LAKE PLACID — On Jan. 12, members of the Lake Placid Garden Club—Marian Chambers, Joyce Miles, Laura Krumm, Pat Reiser, Sandy Rosch and Karen Denning — met at the Meadowlake gazebo to make arrangements for the Lake Placid Health Care Center residents. Their cold fingers did not stop them fro…

Eric Stein (1957-2021), Archbold Biological Station’s Chief Financial Officer for 15 years, passed away in Sebring from complications of COVID-19 on Jan. 13, 2021. Always kind, immensely friendly, forever-smiling, ever-humorous, Eric served as one of the great “unsung heroes” of Archbold, a …

LAKE PLACID — Joseph Borowski received the prestigious Melvin Jones Award from Lion Gary LaSpina, President of the Lake Placid Club. Lion Joe has been a member of the Lions Club for 30 years, beginning in York, Pennsylvania. The award is given to members with a commitment to serve their comm…

On Jan. 8, Karen Denning, Sandy Rosch, and Sandy and Peter Otway, traveled to Royce Ranch to work on their acorns, flowers and bushes under the direction of Tessie Offner, Florida Wildlife coordinator. The shift after this, Agnes and Bill Smith, Carol Lambert and Julie, one of the Ridge Rang…

On January 4th, the Garden Club planted four knockout rose bushes and four white lantanas on Main Avenue around the flagpole. Photo provided by C. Denning.

LAKE PLACID — Joseph Borowski received the prestigious Melvin Jones Award from Lion Gary LaSpina, President of the Lake Placid Club. Lion Joe has been a member of the Lions Club for 30 years, beginning in York, Pennsylvania. The award is given to members with a commitment to serve their comm…

LAKE PLACID — On Jan. 8, Karen Denning, Sandy Rosch, and Sandy and Peter Otway, traveled to Royce Ranch to work on their acorns, flowers and bushes under the direction of Tessie Offner, Florida Wildlife coordinator.

SEBRING — The Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 continues to grow in membership. On Jan. 7, four new members were initiated in this great Brotherhood. Pictured left to right: Nick Tidwell, Sharee Tidwell, Tara Allison and Donna Thomas.

LAKE PLACID — On Jan. 4, the Lake Placid Garden Club team of Carol Lambert, Ed Fabik, Karen and Chuck Denning planted four knockout rose bushes and four white lantanas on Main Avenue around the flagpole. “Thank you to the Keep Lake Placid Beautiful organization who provided funding for the b…

Rebecca Trager Lott is a young college professor whose husband Ben was killed in a freak accident while out jogging. During this difficult time, she has support from her family and friends as she tries to cope with her grief.

In the fall of 2020, Archbold Biological Station biologist Dr. Betsie Rothermel, along with Drs. Sarah Fitzpatrick and Gideon Bradburd of Michigan State University’s W. K. Kellogg Biological Station, were awarded a grant through the National Science Foundation to fund a study based at Archbo…

The Holy Trap Ministries Inc. held its seventh annual Christmas event during the week of Christmas 2020. The organization distributed 36 gift bags to children across the community with the help of the HCSO COPS ADAPT Unit.

SEBRING — The Church of Buttonwood Bay has announced that the congregation has made its annual pre-Christmas contributions to various social service agencies in Highlands County to assist them in making the Christmas holidays brighter for those in need.

SEBRING — The Holy Trap Ministries Inc. were able to distribute 36 Christmas gift bags to children in the community during the week of Christmas. With help from their volunteers and sponsors, this year’s seventh annual event was a success for the Ministry. “We love the children of our commun…

SEBRING — Ken Wheeler has been chosen Sebring 1529 Elk of the Month for January 2021. As the Sebring Elks are looking to relocate, he and his wife Jean have spent many hours looking for options regarding, renovating existing buildings, leasing on short term and buying land to build. He has u…

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The last day of 2020 was filled with Hope for the future. Hope that the pandemic that has plagued the world, our small community in 2020 will soon come to an end. Hope that the vaccines will protect us from the coronavirus. Hope that the economy and all those still unemployed will recover an…

Deputy Ben Jones and K-9 Gentry were honored on Dec. 21 with the First Responder-Law Enforcement Award by Sebring Elks Lodge 1529. Pictured from left; Past Exalted Ruler Judy Hanson, Exalted Ruler Wainetta Holmes, Jones and Gentry, Sheriff Paul Blackman and K-9 Unit Sgt. Scott Williams.

Deputy Ben Jones and K-9 Gentry were honored on Dec. 21 with the First Responder-Law Enforcement Award by Sebring Elks Lodge 1529. Deputy Jones is pictured with his family, from left; brother Matt, mother Cindy, brother Nate and sister Emily.

The 2020 year began like any other at Archbold…research programs continuing their long-term studies, college graduates arriving to begin their internships, university professors and elementary school teachers scheduling their yearly excursions. Executive Assistant Laura Reed remembers starti…

SEBRING — Each year the National Elks sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest for students 5th through 8th grade “to promote patriotism among young people.” The winner of the Local Lodge has his or her essay submitted to the District contest, then to the State and finally to the National Elks …

Jesse’s Auto Body’s Lacy Thomas is presented with a plaque for the category —Crazy Creative, from Bare Wood Market’s second annual Parade of Trees charity fundraising event. The event raised $1,100 dollars for Ridge Area ARC.

The Children’s Museum of the Highlands’ Executive Director Kelly Dressel is presented with a plaque for the category — Best Business, from Bare Wood Market’s second annual Parade of Trees charity fundraising event. The event raised $1,100 dollars for Ridge Area ARC.

Individual entry Deborah Foxworth is presented with a plaque for the category— Most Whimsical, from Bare Wood Market’s second annual Parade of Trees charity fundraising event. The event raised $1,100 dollars for Ridge Area ARC.

Beauty Fit For A Queen’s Brittney Fann is presented with a plaque for the category — Drop Dead Gorgeous, from Bare Wood Market’s second annual Parade of Trees charity fundraising event. The event raised $1,100 dollars for Ridge Area ARC.

The Manor at Lake Jackson’s Michelle Dannels is presented with a plaque for the category — This One’s Got It, from Bare Wood Market’s second annual Parade of Trees charity fundraising event. The event raised $1,100 dollars for Ridge Area ARC.

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