LAKE PLACID — Most who read this publication have likely become familiar with the name Ray Cerbone. The singer/songwriter has steadily built a local following since moving to Highlands County from Port Charlotte.

Hearing is one of our body’s most amazing processes. Our hearing is a very delicate and intricate system. The ears work together, thus have synchronous parts.

Strengthening the human immune system begins in the Mind, “thinking” and evaluating conscious choices, beginning with food selections. Seductive pictures of food packaging produced by advertising agencies to sell products can be convincing. Thus, we need to research food labels and country o…

Nothing can ruin a perfectly nice picnic or hike like an insect sting! It could lead to local discomfort, swelling, redness and pain. In fact, it could cause an anaphylactic reaction to those people who are truly allergic to an insect’s venom.

The Little Acorn project is geared to bring the scrub jays back to the area. The Lake Placid Garden Club’s next endeavor will be a bit more weeding and then re-potting the small plants to get them ready for in-ground planting.

We watched as a tiny chickadee took up residence in our somewhat new yet weather-beaten birdhouse. I had just mentioned to my husband that I wanted to paint it to match our house.

Two football players were taking an important final exam. If they failed the test, they would not be allowed to play in the big game that weekend. The exam was fill-in-the-blank, and the last question read, “Old MacDonald had a ___________.” Bubba was stumped. He had no idea what the answer …

If you have walked on one of the public trails at Archbold Biological Station, you’ve probably noticed one recurring theme: Sand! Bright, white, sugary sand. Sandy slopes, sandy depressions and sandy shoes (inside and out). Although deep sand may not be ideal for walking, it does create the …

LAKE PLACID — Bright and early on Thursday, July 16, three Lake Placid Garden Club members, Karen Denning, Sandy Otway and Peter Otway assisted Tessie Offner, a Florida Wildlife Officer, with weeding of potted oaks that will be planted in the scrub on the Lake Wales Ridge.

The Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 sponsored the Highlands Lakeside Theatre’s Summer Theatre Institute by way of a $2,000 grant to help with various expenses like wardrobe and makeup. The camp ran from June 15 to July 11 and was attended by 67 students. Pictured in the presentation from left to rig…

The Sebring Elks Lodge 1529 sponsored the Highlands Lakeside Theatre’s Summer Theatre Institute by way of a $2,000 grant to help with various expenses like wardrobe and makeup. The camp ran from June 15 to July 11 and was attended by 67 students.

Lake Annie at Archbold Biological Station has been an important research site for many years. In fact, there are records of research and sampling there even before the Station was built. One recent visiting Lake Annie researcher found fame this year as she was short-listed for an internation…

When an adult tells a child “There are many genders,” you know we have drifted a long ways from July 4th, 1776, and the Biblical worldview reflected in the Declaration of Independence.

SEBRING — The Sebring Elks 1529 proudly sponsored the Highlands Lakeside Summer Theatre Institute by getting a $2,000 grant to help with various expenses such as wardrobe and makeup for their end of camp play. There were 67 students ranging from ages 8 to 18.

Professional Master Body-Builder and Fitness Instructor at the Highlands County YMCA, Jeff Duffesay teaches a class using weights and similar postures that assists in intensifying a yoga practice to build strength, tone, condition and lengthen muscles.

The retina is a delicate tissue that surrounds the back part of your eye, and it is easily harmed. Taking care of the retina is important for vision, and black currants are rich in compounds that neutralize free radicals which would otherwise assault and destroy your retina! Then you wouldn’…

“Strength training” in today’s reality has many meanings that involves research, body awareness and practice to determine the most beneficial results for each body type. Training with weights and plates increases the size of muscles if practiced continually with correct form. A mixture of fu…

Let us talk for a moment about the importance of wearing your hearing instruments during this COVID 19 pandemic. Is it really all that important? After all; you are mostly just staying at home and not talking to many people... Why waste the batteries? Yes, I have been asked these things seve…

Some studies suggest that people with high blood pressure are more at risk of getting seriously ill with and dying of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). But some experts say that the people with high blood pressure who’ve gotten the sickest with COVID-19 were older and had other medical co…

The summer heat is upon us. Many of our northern visitors have decided to stay due to the craziness and concerns of COVID-19. The last few weeks have brought some tremendously high temperatures. Typical of this time of year is the onslaught of grueling humidity. Just yesterday we had a coupl…

Yoga is about health and wellness beginning with positive thoughts and actions that we inspire. Thus, find your way to a quiet beach, pool or pond and transcend personal limitations in today’s water yoga.

Contact tracing is a tool that can help slow the spread of infectious diseases, such as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). In communities using contact tracing, clinics, labs and hospitals send the names of people who have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19 to their local health department.

SEBRING — Cornerstone Hospice is hosting Virtual Volunteer Training from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, for anyone interested in discovering more about volunteering for hospice. You can join us from your Smartphone, tablet or computer in the privacy of your own home to learn more. Plea…

I’m reading a book called “The Island” (Victoria Hislop), which is about a leper colony, and the book is set in the 1900s where people with leprosy were exiled to an island called Spinalonga, off the coast of Crete (Greece). And people were sent there to live and to die. The island is abando…

Quarantines, closed summer camps and activities, canceled travel plans, social distancing…parents are all too familiar with the struggle to maintain some normalcy this summer. With children out of school, many are probably a bit stir-crazy and parents are wondering what to do with these kids…

Touch, look, listen, and smell your way through an at-home nature senses scavenger hunt.

Yoga is about health and wellness beginning with positive thoughts and actions that we inspire. Thus, find your way to a quiet beach, pool or pond and transcend personal limitations.

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