SEBRING — Join AdventHealth Sebring for a free “Hypertension: It’s Not Just the Numbers” lecture on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. to learn more about the often underappreciated and misunderstood topic of high blood pressure. The definition, causes, consequences and prevention of hypertension …

The small, neatly kept stack of air mail letters from the 1940’s were Mom’s treasure … World War II letters from my father-in-law, Ray, to his sweetheart, Martina. After the war, she would become his bride.

Well, you did it ... you finally listened to your friends and family (and possibly to my articles) and got a hearing evaluation. Maybe you did it “just to prove them wrong.” Deep down you knew you were missing a little bit of the conversation. The result: you have a “high frequency hearing loss.”

Plant Ecology staff count flowering stems of Garrett’s Mint (Dicerandra christmanii) outside Sebring. Staff left to right: Stephanie Koontz, research assistant; Seth Raynor, intern; Lexi Siegle-Bates, research assistant.

The Skylarks orchestra, a 10-piece “Swing-Era” musical group performed for the MOAA chapter members attending the gala dinner.

MOAA chapter board members take oath of office. From left to right: Bob Posthumus, Membership; Craig Smith, Personal and Surviving Spouse Affairs; Dave Grey, Treasurer; Bob Brooks, Newsletter; Doug Tait, Secretary; Glenn West, Vice President; Mike Borders, President.

There is much debate in this nation about whether or not to restrict access to guns. As a scientist, I tend to look at data and then draw conclusions. Thus, I looked at the statistics from Chicago, which has some of the strongest gun laws in the United States, and which at first glance appea…

Yoga postures have inherited their names from ancient, esoteric Indian texts translated today as “Garudasana” or “Eagle Pose.” Eagle Pose challenges the body to move through awkward twists and turns making adjustments to feel poised and graceful. Garudasana expresses a flowing sense, transmu…

AVON PARK — Heartland Cultural Alliance presents its Inaugural Florida Art & Heritage Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 25, at Main Street and Museum Avenue, Avon Park.

In November of 2019, the Plant Ecology Program at Archbold Biological Station completed its 19th year of monitoring, of a rare mint, Titusville Balm (Dicerandra thinicola), found only in Brevard County. In addition to this species, staff also worked in Highlands County to monitor populations…

Several years ago, a radio program out of Michigan reported the following true story on the air. It involved a man who bought a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee for $30,000. As a result of his purchase on credit, he ended up with monthly loan payments of $400. After his purchase, the owner and …

SEBRING — The South Central Florida Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) held a gala dinner with members and their spouses Jan. 16 at the Island View restaurant of Sun N’ Lake in Sebring, a news release states.

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WASHINGTON — With health care an election-year priority, a major doctors’ organization on Monday called for sweeping government action to guarantee coverage for all, reduce costs and improve the basic well-being of Americans.

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The uncomfortable symptoms may occur at any age, and hormone imbalances can lead to prostate enlargement. The condition is abbreviated as BPH, which stands for Benign Prostatic Enlargement. Unfortunately, we’re seeing BPH and prostatitis occur younger and younger, like for men in their 30’s!…

The present moment is reality but “the past” may be stored in “muscle memory,” i.e. tensions, tightness or physical constrictions that limit full range of body motion. Habits are subconscious behaviors captured in the physical, mental or emotional body. Yoga practice helps to free constricti…

If you experience a persistent ringing in your ears, you are not alone: some 50 million people across the U.S. experience tinnitus. For some, it is an occasional nuisance that is easily ignored. But for those less fortunate, it can interfere with many aspects of their daily lives as a psycho…

SEBRING — Join AdventHealth Sebring for a free “Hypertension: It’s Not Just the Numbers” lecture on Thursday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. Join us to learn more about the often underappreciated and misunderstood topic of high blood pressure. The definition, causes, consequences and prevention of hyper…

The Avon Park Founders Garden Club presented the Yard of the Month Award to, from left to right: Laura, Bill and Enrique Clay. Not pictured is Miguel Clay. The yard is at 600 S. Lake Blvd.

Archbold Biological Station is pleased to announce its release of its fourth edition of “The Scrub Coloring Book!” Thanks to a wonderful and generous donation by Dr. Warren Abrahamson and his wife Chris, Archbold was able to revise and print the latest edition of its coloring activity book. …

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and I’m willing to bet you’ve experienced more than one yourself. Millions of people endure this pain on a regular basis just in the United States alone. In the January 2020 edition of the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, there was a ca…

PORTLAND, Ore. — Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations.

Now that we are firmly into 2020, it’s time to start looking at goals for the new year. Looking at what I’ve lost the past year, my primary goal would be to lose an additional 40 pounds, which would bring me to the goal I set for myself last year at 100 pounds lost.

SEBRING — Looking for a fresh start? Need a new Plan to accomplish your goal to be the best you in 2020? Starting Jan. 8, TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is introducing a new Focus on Weight Loss Program, an 8-week series to help you get on track fast and reach your goals this year.

Has it ever happened to you? You’re sure you understand each other. But you’re really clueless.

SEBRING — Blues musician Ben Prestage will open Highlands Hammock State Park’s 2020 Music in the Park concert series on Saturday, Jan. 11. Prestage is billed as “one of today’s most talented outsider musicians” and has been described as “the future of American Blues, Roots Music and Americana.”

There is a saying that goes, “It’s not like ecology is rocket science… it is much harder.” That facetious phrase reminds us that ecosystems—habitats and the web of life they support—are more complicated than perhaps they seem. Communicating environmental issues can be challenging as well. Ho…

“I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” (John 16:20 NIV).

In law enforcement, we witness relationships at varying points along the emotional spectrum. Unfortunately, a greater number of our job-related encounters involve the worst times in the dissolving of a couples courtship or marital unions. Many times the children are the ones who are the wors…

The present moment is reality, so let’s explore a new yoga pose for the new year. In yoga we confront new postures every time we throw out the yoga mat that invigorates new learning. As we move into each new pose, we do the best we can and adapt our body to move forward. We begin to learn a …

Caregivers are important for many reasons. While many of our patients are married and have spouses to help with their needs, many people do not. So who constitutes a caregiver? Really, just about anyone who helps someone else with tasks that they can no longer perform.