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Updated: 11/14/2013 08:00:01AM

Austin, Scott to be honored as LP Pioneer Man, Woman

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Peggy Scott and David Austin will be recognized as the Pioneer Woman and Man for 2014 by the Lake Placid Historical Society in a Saturday event that highlights Pioneer Week. The 31st annual Pioneer Week is Highlands County’s oldest such tribute to early settlers.

Scott and Austin will be presented by Maxine Kelley and Debra Worley who submitted their nominations. The honorees will share their family history and tales of growing up in Lake Placid, and a few photos. “Bring your own Lake Placid historic high school yearbooks, calendars, family photos and other relevant documents to display at the event or donate to the society,” urged spokesman Kay Tarr.

The covered dish dinner event will open at 1 p.m. in the back room at the Caladium Arts & Crafts Cooperative at 132 E. Interlake Blvd., Lake Placid.

Those attending are asked to bring a covered side dish to share. The choice of side dish or dessert can be told when making reservations by calling 863-699-1376 or the Depot Museum at 863-465-1771. The Historical Society will provide a choice of ham or turkey as well as beverages. Space is limited to the first 60 reservations.

Previous winners of the Pioneer Man and Woman of the Year honor include Grace Williams, Wayne Thompson, Betty Ray Roberts, Jerry Pendarvis, Carolyn Rider, Don Bates, Maxine Kelley, Dee Dee and Charlie Stidham, and former Historical Society Presidents Theresa Rhodes and Sonny Stalls; all are planning to attend.

The event is open to all currently paid members of the Historical Society. Those interested in becoming members should call or visit the Depot Museum at 12 Park Street or visit the website at