From left, MOAA Chapter Toy Program Coordinator Glenn West, Salvation Army Major Tim Roberts, MOAA Chapter Legislative Affairs Chair Tom Nunnallee and MOAA Chapter President Mike Borders, along with Christmas toys for the kids.

Hurricane Irma’s path across Florida. Archbold received heavy rains and wind from the eastern eyewall of the storm. Photo credit: National Weather Service.

Concussions have been connected to myriad mental and physical impairments — from depression to vision issues — but many people, including the medical community, aren’t aware how closely hearing impairments and concussive events are bound around one another. We know that the vestibular system…

Athena Marie Caridi was born at 1:51 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 to Katelyn Hitt and Andrew Caridi of Avon Park at AdventHealth Sebring. She was 8 pounds, 1 ounce and 20.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Cynthia Sawyer and Jay Hitt. Paternal grandparents are Carol and Marcus Spears.

Holiday foods are all around us at this time of year. And enjoying these pies, cakes and delicious meals is taken for granted by most us. But what if you had chronic mouth pain? This occurs with a condition called “Burning Mouth Syndrome,” which feels like its name. There are usually no sore…

Ringing or noises in the ear is actually a pretty common phenomenon. Just under 50 million people in our country suffer from the dreaded tinnitus. It might be ringing, chirping, clicking or humming. It can even be music. Actually, the list of sounds is quite long. If you are hearing somethin…

Many factors contribute to holiday stress. Some are controlled while others are not. To minimize your stress, focus on those that are within your control. Probably first and foremost among these is the related expenses. To avoid over extending yourself financially, set a budget for all holid…

“The first instrument we learn to play is the body,” according to Yehudi Menuhin, a 1900s American-born violinist considered to be one of the greatest in the 20th Century. Menuhin emphasizes that with “unflagging patience we refine and animate every cell, unlocking and liberating capacities …

SAN DIEGO — A company that claims to have the first drug to slow mental decline from Alzheimer’s disease made its case to scientists last week but left them sharply divided over whether there’s enough evidence of effectiveness for the medicine to warrant federal approval.

SEBRING — Join AdventHealth Sebring for a free “Urinary Incontinence: You’re Not Alone!” lecture on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m. Join us to learn more about the often-unspoken topic of incontinence in women. The lecture will cover the types of incontinence, causes and management options. The…

Stacked carefully are several favorite books that my husband Ken bought for me. I’ve read and re-read them over the years.

Women from Primera Iglesia Hispana Assemblies of God and Iglesia De Dios joined together in October for “Women of Faith United,” their first joint Coffee Party. Activities Director Daisy Dominguez, who put this event together, said, ‘It is time that our churches and communities come together…

SEBRING — Patriots Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) recently held their December meeting at Inn on the Lakes in Sebring. A festive time was had by all as member Julie Bartlett gave a short history of colonial decorations. She then led all those in attendance in creating …

“Weather data have been collected at Archbold Biological Station for nearly 90 years,” said Kevin Main, land manager for Archbold. “We have daily high and low temperature, and daily rainfall going back to 1931. In 1982 additional sensors were added to measure humidity, soil temperatures and …

SEBRING — The South Central Florida Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) donated Christmas toys to the Highlands County Salvation Army in a joint effort to make Christmas a little brighter for local children. The chapter members support this program each year. The c…

Pictured left to right: Beth, Royal, Meredith, Bonnie, Gary, Roberta and Lara, all from the Beginner Yoga Class at the Highlands County Family YMCA on Monday nights.

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The Avon Park Founders Garden Club presented the Yard of the Month Award to Richard Hollingsworth of 20 E. Circle Street.

This home is located at 603 Lake Blue Drive in Lake Placid. This property has been priced for sale at $239,900 and is listed with Dawn Dell of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Properties Group.

SEBRING — The AdventHealth Wellness Centers in Sebring, Wauchula and Lake Placid are offering “Dealing with Grief During the Holidays” classes. These presentations offer practical, actionable strategies for making it through the holiday season. View a video featuring advice from people in gr…

As one approaches the Archbold Biological Station on Old State Route 8 both sides of the road are lined with dense even stands of knee-high grass. A distinctive feature of this grass is its clumps of messy blackish seed heads.

Happy holidays everyone! Here we are again, walking through store after store, attempting to find the perfect gifts for relatives, friends, our child’s teacher or coach. Who doesn’t like to eat? Surprise your loved and cherished ones by making or buying healthy edible gifts that also convey …

Pictured from left to right: Sponsor Maria Muenz, Joan Towe, Linda Fett, First Vice President Barbara Packard, Sue Readnour, Millie Matthews and Sandy Welch.

LAKE PLACID — GFWC Lake Placid Woman’s Club added four new members to their group at their November meeting, bringing the total of new members since September to 12. The group honored 14 women veterans at the luncheon, one from WWII. The group listened to the guest speaker, LPPD Chief James …

The grief process, for adults as well as children and teens, is like sailing across a stormy sea. When we first experience a great loss, we are launched into a tempest of emotions. We feel surrounded by darkness and heavy waves of anguish. Comforting words are drowned out by howling winds of…

The true story is told of a pair of Michigan robbers who entered a record shop nervously waving guns in the air. The first one shouted, “Nobody move!” When his partner moved, the startled first bandit shot him.

As we put Thanksgiving celebrations to rest (but hopefully not daily gratitude), we step into another celebratory season.

On Sunday, Nov. 24, A Tellabration (an international weekend of storytelling help around the world) was held at Sunshine RV Resort’s clubhouse. Pictured are Jerry Smith, Pam Minton, Dr. Joel Ming, Hank Matson and Donna Wilson.

LAKE PLACID — On Sunday, Nov. 24, A Tellabration (an international weekend of storytelling help around the world) was held at Sunshine RV Resort’s clubhouse. The audience was entertained by five storytellers from South and Central Florida. Jerry Smith from Winter Park; Pam Minton, Dr. Joel M…

Dense stand of Tanglehead Grass along Old State Route 8 beside the Archbold Biological Station.

So you know how I love to use plants as ‘medicine’ and frequently recommend herbs to you? Well, there are certain plants that are dangerous, especially at this time of the year. Not all plants are medicine!

Antibiotics are important medications. It would be difficult to overstate the benefits of penicillin and other antibiotics in treating bacterial infections, preventing the spread of disease and reducing serious complications of disease.

I thought today that I would put out a reminder to everyone to have their hearing instruments serviced and in tip-top shape for the holiday season. For Thanksgiving, we (Barbara, Bonnie, and I) headed up to the mountains of Tennessee. (Kendra headed to family in D.C.) First we headed to Sanf…

How do we build confidence in our balance as we stand, walk, move, and do Yoga “balance poses?” There are two beginning steps: Practicing yoga balance poses begins in the “mind,” as we build confidence and trust and strength to stand or move without support. Sounds simple but it takes practi…