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Placid Lakes Social Circle, Pioneers to meet Thursday

The Placid Lakes Social Circle will meet Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Placid Lakes Country Club. Plans for upcoming day trips will be discussed, and Sir Lawrence will have a collage of photos taken on the group’s recent cruise to the Caribbean.

The Placid Lakes Pioneers will host an organizational meeting at the Placid Lakes Country Club starting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Early Placid Lakes residents are encouraged to bring along any photos, news releases, and memorabilia.

Square dance club to host St. Paddy’s dance

The Pine Ridge Promenaders will host a St. Patrick’s Day dance Thursday. Larry Chatos will begin early rounds at 7 p.m., and Mike Doughty will start calling at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome and square dance attire is optional.

The dance will be held at Sunshine RV Resort, located south of Lake Placid on State Road 70, just east of US 27. For more information call Jim at 863-243-1226

‘Downtown Needs’ to be Chamber luncheon topic

Ken LeBlanc, owner of The Cottage Company, will explain a new Downtown Needs Assessment Project when he speaks today (Wednesday) at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce.

The luncheon is sponsored by The Cottage Company and will be at the Lake Placid Camp & Conference Center. Cost is $10 per person and the luncheon is open to Chamber members and their guests only.

For more information or to make luncheon reservations, call the Chamber at 863-465-4331.

Nellie Hammond Scholarship to again honor LPHS grad

The Nellie Hammond Scholarship will again be awarded to a member of the graduating class at Lake Placid High School. This will be the second year the scholarship has been awarded in memory of Hammond, who died in December 2010.

Hammond was an active member of the community and deeply commited to education and children.

Charles Harrington, a former Lake Placid resident and a good friend of Mrs. Hammond, established the scholarship last year in her memory.

Retired nurse, co-author to host book talk at LP library

Co-author Nancy Reder will hold a book signing at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at the Lake Placid Memorial Library.

Reder, a retired registered nurse, teamed with Ken Routson to write their experiences with caring for Alzheimer’s patients. Both made their homes in Dayton, Ohio at the time. The result of the collaberation is The Gifts of Autism and Alzheimer’s: Stories of Unconditional Love & Selt-Determination. Published in 2013, this work is a compilation of insights, observations, and inspiring personal stories by and about individuals with autism and Alzheimer’s.

Readers will be able to explore the strong possibilities that long-term chronic stress, a lifetime of emotional instability, and “resisting life” all play a major role in damaging the immune system, consequently perhaps causing Alzheimer’s. Research shows the ramifications of inflammation with Alzheimer’s and the abnormal levels of the stress hormone cortisol that are present in children with autism and persons with Alzheimer’s.

Reder will talk about prevention and perhaps future cures within the new and progressive sciences of neuroplasticity and epigenetics.

Seminole history, culture to be presented March 24

Van Samuels, outreach specialist with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, will present a program on the history and culture of the Seminole Indian nation Monday, March 24 at the Circle Theater in Sebring.

The 2:30 p.m. presentation is sponsored by the Highlands County Genealogical Society and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Tickets are available at the Circle Theater, at the downtown Sebring Chamber of Commerce, or by phoning 863-471-6499.