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As the Airbus 320 turned north and began to descend on the final approach to land, my left window seat gave me a view of the Rockies and the Front Range in the late afternoon sun. This was not what you would see on flights in the east. Shortly after we softly kissed the runway the pilot anno…

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MidFlorida Auto Show boasted a RoadRally event and Mr. Harris booked us as a team. New to such madness, I worried my little roadster would get beat up. A quick search online explained better what we were getting into.

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It’s not the fault of the police that there is speeding on Lakeview Drive. With the exception of late night driving, the vast majority of speeding on Lakeview is because working people and parents work longer and longer hours. Some hold more than one job and they must use the 35 mph Lakeview…

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Highlands County had been known as “A Positive Place for Kids” for almost two decades. Recently, that tagline was updated to “Great Futures Start Here.” Both describe very well the vision of the Boys & Girls Clubs.

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In Highlands News-Sun Publisher Tim Smolarick’s opening sentence in his “My Impression” column titled “7 words may be battle cry” published on 10 November, he accused an elected official of baiting another elected official during a recent Town Hall meeting in Lake Placid. Wow, that’s quite a…

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Good food and home-cooked meals are on everyone’s minds this month. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching and even more holidays after that, I’d say I, like everyone else, am in feast mode at nearly any given moment these days. Catch me wearing stretchy pants and oversized hoodies all month …

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Veterans Day is the day we honor all men and women who have served and given years of their lives to protect those at home who rarely acknowledge the sacrifices that the veterans have made to protect this country and our way of life. They risked all in dangerous situations for little pay and…

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After a seemingly eternal summer, fall has set upon Highlands County and November has begun. With the colder temperatures, colored leaves, and snowbirds come election season. Candidates are beginning to line up their candidacies for various offices throughout the country, varying from Distri…

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There is nothing like an elected official baiting another elected official in an open meeting. Strategically the goal is to get the official being baited to speak about the issue, either there or in the future. This is known as taking the temperature of the room and, if it is hot, deflecting…

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The mapping of our country’s future doesn’t begin at the ballot box. Rather, the seeds we need to secure the future of our republic take root in classrooms — elementary, middle and high schools. But in the classrooms on college campuses, nourishing those seeds has become an outright battle.

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In the interests of full disclosure, I will admit that I am a solid Baby Boomer, born in 1958. It’s strange, because I don’t feel that old. I have trouble realizing that my youngest turned 30 this year, much less that I’ve become the older generation the younger one rails against.

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Florine Anderson, site director of the Avon Park location of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Highlands County, remembers the first day “Mark” (named changed) started attending her club. He was one of the most outgoing kindergarten children, with a friendly smile and bright eyes. Mark was very …

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Visiting family for the holiday season is one of the most difficult things for me to plan. I’m sure a lot of people living away from family have this same issue. I work a job with variant hours that also stays open for all holidays except Christmas Day. On top of that, my mother and siblings…

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Being an American in this the first 19 years of the new century is way more complicated than being an American in the first 19 years of the 20th Century … or is it? Things like airplanes, radio receivers and air conditioners were invented in the first 20 years of our last century and America…

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Last week I told you about a haunted house experience taking place in Summertown, Tennessee. Called the McKamey Manor, it requires a participant to sign a 40-page waiver, pass an onsite drug test, and have a doctor’s note stating you’re physically and mentally fit for the experience.

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Sugar-seeking children should be thanking their lucky chocolate-coated bars for Mr. Harris’ keen awareness of the holiday season. Last weekend we were enjoying a delightful breakfast courtesy of his culinary prowess when he suddenly spoke aloud. “When is Trick or Treat?”

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I wish I had more occasions to write about local hero’s. I cannot ignore this one. Some quick background: I am new this year to Highlands County. I decided after 50 years of dodging personal medical responsibility to “man Up” in my retirement and focus, if not obsess, on my health and well b…

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