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 …

SFSC honored Associate in Science in Nursing (ADN) students from its evening and weekend program in a traditional pinning ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 7 in Avon Park. The graduates are Angelica Alicea, Vanessa Davidson, Johanny Gonzalez, Ngoc Le and Carlos Vega of Highlands County; Viridiana C…

In the posture Board Pose, the body is held erect while standing, as the arms are lifted to the sky. One foot is extended with the heel firmly rooted in the ground and balanced with the other leg straight. By aligning the arms straight up and legs extended long and tight, the breath is heigh…

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.

The connection between smoking and heart disease, cancer, and respiratory problems gets all the attention, but the effects of smoking on hearing have long been known. If you’re one of the 40 million U.S. adults who smokes cigarettes — or someone who lives with a smoker — read on to find out …

There are many factors that must be taken into consideration when deciding which style of hearing instrument would be the best for you. I always tell people that the VERY most important thing about your hearing instrument is that YOU want to wear it. (And of course that you do). We must be d…

The art of breathing deep and relaxed with a straight sitting posture or in Triangle, Warrior and other standing postures, is a practice to massage the intercostal muscles in the front of the body along with the diaphragm. When you exhale, lift those muscles up the front of the body maintain…

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…

GENEVA (AP) — A panel of experts commissioned by the World Health Organization has criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of the coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner.

The race against the virus that causes COVID-19 has taken a new turn: Mutations are rapidly popping up, and the longer it takes to vaccinate people, the more likely it is that a variant that can elude current tests, treatments and vaccines could emerge.

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 …

Hypertension refers to high blood pressure, and while doctors sometimes define this differently based upon your age, it is usually something like 140 over 90. These numbers are further defined as your systolic blood pressure over the diastolic blood pressure. The systolic is always the first…

Once, a lady was bitten by a dog with rabies. Her minister, knowing that hydrophobia was an incurable disease, called on her and tactfully suggested that she write down her last wishes before the vicious disease took its toll. She agreed and began writing while he waited. She wrote and wrote…

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spread out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought” (Jeremiah 17:7,8).

AVON PARK — South Florida State College (SFSC) honored 12 Associate in Science in Nursing (ADN) students from its evening and weekend program in a traditional pinning ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 7 in the Alan J. Wildstein Center for the Performing Arts at SFSC on the Highlands Campus in Avon …

ou know that exercise does your body good, but you're too busy and stressed to fit it into your routine. Hold on a second — there's good news when it comes to exercise and stress.

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…

For much of their growing up years, in order to avoid their persistent questions, our youngest grandchildren were not told when Gramma and Pop-Pop were arriving.

Yoga migrated from the East and awakened the curiosity of Victorian women. “Downward Dog” was a posture Victorian women were able to do in their long dresses and corseted waists. these “New Age” Victorian women dared to initiate this expanded philosophy into everyday life.

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.

Drs. Rajeswari and Ashok Sonni, and the Sonni Family Foundation, contributed to the Clinical Scholarship Program with a lead gift of $25,000, noting that education and advancement are key to success. Along with their generous contribution, Dr. Rajeswari Sonni is the newest voted in member of…

Hearing is important. It is important that you keep stimulating your brain with sounds and information. When you have a hearing loss your brain goes into a fog. It’s harder for you to carry on a conversation. Having a hearing loss effects your ability to remember details. After all, you can’…

SEBRING — In lieu of the annual AdventHealth Heartland Region Foundation gala, the Foundation team, hospital administration and board members shifted strategy and hosted an online auction and virtual 5K/10K, raising more than $86,000 to go toward a Clinical Scholarship Program.

Editor’s note: The Victorian Era is a term used to refer to the period of 1820 to 1914 in the United Kingdom, not the United States.

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…

Heartburn, nausea, constipation or other gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are no fun. Unfortunately, neither are many of the medications used to treat them. Some popular categories of medication that can upset your stomach include antibiotics, cholesterol pills, acid blocking heartburn drugs a…

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I am not against prayer in any form! However, I am against lying to sinners and telling them prayer alone is what saves them. The Bible clearly teaches a person is not saved by prayer, rather he’s saved by faith alone.

Visualize the power of the eagle as you stand firmly in “Eagle Pose,” slowly inhaling and exhaling. Feel your harmony! Let go of all negative stories in the mind and body. Be free! Feel the extension of the body and mind and rejuvenate the spirit.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Dr. David Tom Cooke says his choice to participate in a clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine is like his grandmother’s decision to leave the Jim Crow South to work in California’s naval shipyards during World War II. She was determined to contribute even though the c…

We all know how important it is for our heart to be in tip top shape. Not only is good cardiovascular health important to be able to enjoy an active vibrant life, it’s important for your hearing.

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