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After the U.S. declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, the Arcadia Commercial Club (ACC) — a forerunner of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce — invited the federal government to build an aviation training camp near the city. The Nov. 22, 1917, Lakeland Evening Telegram newspaper reporte…

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On the 125th anniversary of the purchase of the property on which St. Edmund the Martyr Episcopal Church was built, Deacon Robert Vaughn shared the church’s history with the DeSoto County Historical Society. Church members hosted the Society’s luncheon meeting on Thursday in the “old church”…

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Before dawn in early November and looking east, we see the bright planet Venus. If you missed it on Nov. 6, it rested near the slender crescent moon, making for a beautiful arrangement in the pre-dawn sky. But know that Venus will grow brighter all month long.

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After the U.S. declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, the Arcadia Commercial Club (ACC) — a forerunner of the DeSoto County Chamber of Commerce — invited the federal government to build an aviation training camp near the city. The Nov. 22, 1917, Lakeland Evening Telegram newspaper reporte…

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Who were the 45 World War I veterans memorialized on the plaque south of the DeSoto County courthouse “erected by the Red Cross chapters of DeSoto County in honor of the sons of DeSoto who served their nation and the cause of humanity in the World War”? When it was dedicated in 1920, DeSoto …

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The monthly Arcadia Garden Club meeting was Oct. 1 at the local clubhouse, with 26 members and five guests attending. It opened with an informative program on fairy and miniature gardens. Dolly Tomalinas, a Port Charlotte Florida Master Gardener, presented the unfamiliar topic to the group v…

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Strolling downtown along Oak Street, look north at Polk Street, across from city hall, where you see what looks like a garden planted in the alley. How can that be, you wonder.

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There are many bicycle events that are popular across Florida and that attract thousands of cyclists from in and outside our state. That level of interest is exactly what the organizers of Ride for Tiny Town are hoping for with their first annual cycling event next Feb. 9.

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The L&E Club held its first meeting of the season on Oct. 2. Mary Ann Treadwell joined hostesses Sue Maassen and Sue Overcash in welcoming members to her home. Desserts of chess and pecan pies were served.

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When a cup of creamy chocolate milk spills, is it OK to cry? During a tour of Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City, it’s just what I wanted to do after knocking over my complimentary cup of chocolate milk while trying to snap the perfect photo for Instagram. Granted, it was only about an ounce —…

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The DeSoto County Historical Society features Dr. James “Jim” McCann Morqus, who served as Arcadia’s optometrist from 1914 to 1957, in an exhibit at Sevigny Associates Eye Care, 2442 SE Highway 70, Arcadia. The display is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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When Randy Padgett was a youngster, there were no cellphones or tablets. Kids in rural Florida devised their own entertainment, though their folks might’ve skinned them for pursuing it.

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The DeSoto Educational Foundation will offer an occasional Meet the Teacher profile of DeSoto County educators in the Arcadian. This week meet Lucretia Gilmore.

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