As a young woman longing for marriage and family, I prayed for a mate. To have someone I belonged to and who belonged to me for life was my aspiration.

LAKE PLACID — Highlands County, are you ready for the heavy!? The Sebring metal militia known as Covered In Black, are storming into town for a thunderous Halloween concert party Saturday, Oct. 30.

AVON PARK — The Aktion Club’s Fall Trash & Treasure Sale will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Ridge Area Arc, 4352 Independence St., Avon Park, (off College Drive).

Many years ago when I lived in another part of the country, my house was located only a few blocks from a horse and dog track. Although the town in which I lived was small, it grew significantly one week each year when the races were held. On one such occasion, a local man asked me if I woul…

The following is an actual Religious Exemption we created for my son, Josiah, and his lovely wife, Brittnee. Feel free to use any part of this to assist in creating your own. Credit for much of the content goes to Liberty Council Action, a wonderful resource.

Thyroid disease is occurring at epidemic rates yet many physicians still do not know how to properly evaluate a patient for a thyroid or adrenal condition. Most of the time, you have to take control of your own health care decisions and lab evaluations in order to get well.

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. …

WASHINGTON, DC — The White House recently announced a new $1 billion investment to increase the supply of rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to more than 200 million per month by December. It is a signal from the Biden administration that although U.S. cases continue to decline, aggressive public…

Reflections on Silver Lake presented additional donation checks to its 2021 local charities, Peace River Center- Victim Services, Samaritans Touch and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Recipients each received checks for $625. Reflections summer residents contributed $1,875 through weekly “Share the…

Yoga is the enhancement of a balanced healthy regimen of postures to build and maintain a healthy body at any age and physical conditions to contend with unexpected injury. At least once a month, we practice “Body Sculpting” using 3- to 5-pound weights when initiating specific yoga postures.…

Tinnitus, ringing, or clicking in your ears can be brought on by different reasons. While it may just be a nuisance for some people it can be quite bothersome for others. Tinnitus can cause anxiety, sleeplessness and an inability to concentrate. People just wish for “a break”. Many people ha…

I love cheese and eat all kinds of it, but that’s because I am among the lucky ones who has no genetic problems processing it. Today I’m going to talk a lot about cheese, just as one example to make the case against tyramine, which causes headaches.

SEBRING — Highlands Hammock State Park is seeking arts and crafts vendors and heritage demonstrators for the 35th Annual Civilian Conservation Corps Festival scheduled for Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The CCC Festival is the park’s signature event and a wonderful opportunity for artisans t…

SEBRING — Central Florida Hearing Services, a locally owned practice providing consultations, diagnostics, and custom solutions in the identification and treatment of hearing, equilibrium, and tinnitus disorders, has launched a hearing aid blessing to someone for the holidays.

I pulled a pile of mail from the mailbox and began my trek home from the cluster box. Once home, I thumbed through the mail … mostly non-essential (junk!). Then I saw it.

Bunny (left) and Rudy, two members of Buck Island Ranch’s new grazing research herd.

Agroecology research assistant Lydia Landau walks ‘The Boys’ to a new experimental pasture.

VENUS — You might not look twice at this small group of 10 steers at Archbold Biological Station’s Buck Island Ranch. This motley crew of young steers are mostly Florida Cracker Cattle, except one Watusi — discernible by his massive horns compared to the rest and named “Bunny” for his sweet …

On Saturday, Sept. 18, at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Union Congregational Church in Avon Park, James Dean, president of Highlands Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, presented to Ralph S. Stivala III, a member of the Avon Park Troop, who had just become an Eagle Scout, a Certific…

The Heartland Cultural Alliance (HCA) is pleased to announce that they are returning to holding their monthly artist receptions on the first Saturday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. The receptions were halted when COVID came into the picture.

SEBRING — California Toe Jam Band is a great group of guys who nearly everyone in the county is familiar with. Their longevity speaks to their enduring popularity with the people here and throughout Florida. Even as far North as Watkins Glen, N.Y., there are people who know these southern-fr…

Food shortages are continuing as grocery stores face supply chain issues and fewer deliveries. I highly recommend that you learn to freeze some things for the winter season. It’s also a good idea if you live in snowy areas and don’t feel like driving out in a blizzard to get one lemon!

VENUS — The red-cockaded woodpecker is native to the pine forests of the Southeast. Once critically endangered by the broad-scale loss of these forests, the birds have rebounded due to management efforts on public and private lands. The Avian Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station ha…

When it became apparent that gluten was a culprit in my digestive issues, I eliminated it. So, when a neighbor friend gave me a beautiful round loaf of sourdough bread, I thanked her but related my gluten dilemma.

The fictional story is told of a group of scientists who got together and decided that mankind had come far enough on its own that it no longer needed God. So, they picked a representative from among their number to go and inform God that they finally were through with Him. The scientist wal…

Having completed its rapid upward growth ‘rocket’ phase, this longleaf pine sapling is putting energy into developing branches in addition to continued vertical growth.

A grass-stage longleaf pine. Longleaf pines can remain in this stage anywhere from one to more than 15 years before initiating upward growth.

SEBRING — The Heartland American-Israeli Initiative represents a group of Highlands County Christians and Jews. Their mission strives to support vigorously the long standing partnership between the United States and Israel by heightening awareness at the grass roots level among government re…

Aging.. It’s one of those things that we all have to deal with in life; like it or not. Lots of things happened to us as we age. We gain weight! UGH! We slow down, even when we don’t think we are moving slower... You KNOW that you are! Our touch gets a little less sensitive. Maybe our vision…

SEBRING — On two Fridays in September several members showed up early to do some of the heavy lifting on the Military Sea Services Museum exterior maintenance. It was all Glen West’s idea to draft two of the newest members, Steve Albert and Gil Uribe, into some very hot and sweaty work. They…

The Heartland Cultural Alliance (HCA) is pleased to announce that they are returning to holding their monthly artist receptions on the first Saturday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. The receptions were halted when COVID came into the picture.

As children we dressed in our best to head out to church on Sunday morning. Our parents walked us to our Bible study classes and depending on your church, they may have retrieved you at the end of the service or you may have joined them for the sermon. Was this a family tradition or a much a…

Veterans are a most cherished part of the Elks’ love of our Nation. The Elks have many programs to help and recognize not only our veterans but also all first responders. The Honor of Flight is special as it recognizes those who fought in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam War, by fly…

Patients often ask if there is anything new in technology that will help them hear better, that will help them to understand better. We are asked this on a daily basis by patients whose hearing aids are 10 years old and even by people whose aids are only a year old. It is a reality ... peopl…

Medication errors refer to mistakes in prescribing and dispensing medications. These errors injure hundreds of thousands of people every year in the U.S. Common causes of medication errors include drug names that sound alike, medications that look alike, and medical abbreviations. Most medic…

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