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Updated: 11/14/2013 08:00:02AM

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There is only one more week to order poinsettias from Lake Placid Project Graduation in time for the Christmas season. Orders are now being accepted for live plants that will be available for pickup Saturday, Nov. 30 at TD Bank in Lake Placid from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Orders must be received by Nov. 13 to be included in the shipment.

Project Graduation is a celebration honoring Lake Placid High School’s 2014 graduates the night of their graduation with a night of fun in a drug and alcohol free environment, said co-planner Mercedes Fernandez.

Checks made payable to Lake Placid Project Graduation, P.O. Box 415, Lake Placid, FL 33862-0415 should accompany preorders. For more information contact Fernandez at 786-208-0729 or Charlotte McQuillen at 863-633-8450 or email: lphsproject

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Ridge Area Arc is looking for vendors to participate in its Fall Festival Hoedown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 on its main campus at 120 W. College Drive in Avon Park. Our friend Cindy Marshall, spokesperson for Ridge Area Arc, says vendors can rent an 8-foot by 8-foot outdoor space for $10 to sell trash and treasures, arts and crafts, food and beverages or provide an activity to raise money.

Vendors need to provide their own tent, table and chairs. No electrical service is provided. Set-up begins at 7 a.m.

Those wanting to be vendors at the Fall Festival need to fill out an entry form and turn in registration money by Friday. Entry forms are available at Arc’s main office. For more details call Marshall at 863-452-1295, ext. 124.

During the festival, music will be provided by Adam Martin of Avon Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch will also be served during those hours to benefit the Aktion Club of Highlands County which is raising funds to purchase Christmas gifts and food for needy children during the holiday season.

Ridge Area Arc’s plant nursery will be open and offering specials. Arc will be selling jewelry, shirts and other clothing items from its screenprinting department.

This event is a fundraiser to benefit Ridge Area Arc, a nonprofit organization which provides services for people with intellectual disabilities in Highlands County.

The Fall Festival is shaping up to be a full day of family fun. We’ll be there and we hope to see you there, too.

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Sometimes the best of intentions go awry. I wrote in early October of a change in ownership at Camp Florida Resort and two facts were misinterpreted. Riverview Bank took possession in 2010 — five years later than reported. And, Camp Florida itself was not purchased by Gary Blackwell. He bought 127 lots, eight park homes and the sales office and is an owner in the resort park.