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Updated: 11/07/2013 08:00:02AM
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Youngsters at Lake Placid Elementary School will be collecting nonperishable food items Nov. 11-20 as a part of Thanksgiving In The Heartland. The collected food will be displayed on the stage in the school cafeteria to allow the children to see the fruits of their efforts grow each day.

The Lighthouse Team from LPES will deliver the donated food to Rev. John Karl and the New Testament Mission in Sebring. Event organizer Chris Capuano said many Lake Placid area businesses have pledged support, too.

And what’s in it for the young students? “The reward is a good feeling inside knowing you helped people in need,” Capuano said.

That’s a great reward ... and a great lesson for the youngsters, too.

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A reminder: The Journal is planning an upcoming holiday section and one of the planned stories will list charitable good works in the community in which the public may wish to participate, either financially or by some other donation.

If your organization is planning a holiday food drive on behalf of local needy families, if you are participating in a toy collection, or some other type of holiday charitable good works, The Journal would like to hear about it. It may be featured in the upcoming section so the public can be aware of donation opportunities.

The deadline for the response is Friday, Nov. 8.

Information about charitable good works can be emailed to Journal correspondent Norma Rizer at or drop off printed materials at The Journal office, 231 North Main Avenue, Lake Placid.

We’re also looking for your favorite holiday recipes. Baked goods, pastries, that special green bean casserole all the family craves … all the little things that make the holidays special at your house. Holiday recipes should be emailed to or dropped off at The Journal.

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The Greater Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce is in need of four instructors to teach the Junior Achievement Program: two at Lake Placid High School and two at Lake Placid Middle School. This is the ideal opportunity for a retired professional who is interested in giving back to our community and helping students achieve their potential. Interested individuals can simply contact the Chamber at 863-465-4331 for more information and program schedules.

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Community improvements will be the topic Monday evening when the Highway Park Neighborhood Council meets at 7:30 at New Life Assembly Church at 114 Cloverland St. Residents of the community and those interested in helping with improvements are asked to attend, said spokesman Patricia Ayala.