Letter From The Publisher
The holiday season is quickly approaching and even though it doesn’t seem quite like fall here in the Heartland, I love seeing all the bright fall decorations around the communities. This time of year is filled with fall festivals and family gatherings; eventually cooler weather will be joining us. Sharing special moments with my family and friends for these occasions is so special to me but also makes me think of the people that are less fortunate. Let us all take time this holiday season to reach out to someone in need with a kind smile, clothes, or maybe a hot meal. Let us be mindful of others in this season of giving.
We are honored to have Sebring High Students Branden Beckman and Brooke Queen grace our cover and share their amazing story with you. At only 17 years old these students chose to join the Army National Guard and spend their summer at the National Guard Split Training Program. Beckman and Queen are the faces of our Country and I know you will enjoy reading about their decision to serve our Country. Thank you Caroline Maxcy Fox for capturing the beautiful photos of our students and Rafael Pacheco for creating our unique cover design.
We stepped out of the Heartland a little to share with you a unique group of women, “Sisters on the Fly”. Photographer Emily Plank joined the sisters for an Old-Florida weekend adventure of kayaking on the Chassahowitza River. This sisterhood comes from all walks and seasons of life and travels the U.S. year round giving them a variety of adventures from camping, hiking, fishing, etc. This might be something our lady readers might want to look into. I know I would enjoy it!
We are celebrating two Anniversaries in this issue that we think you will enjoy reading about the history. South Florida State College Performing Arts is celebrating 35 years. Visit their website at www.southflorida.edu for show listing and times. We are also celebrating Sebring Historical Society’s 50 Year Anniversary with you. We are thankful to the individuals keeping Sebring’s rich history alive.
We love hearing from our readers and want to share all your comments so we have brought back our page “From Our Readers”. Take a look on page 18 and please keep all your thoughts and comments coming through email or social media.
This past August The Florida Magazine Association (FMA) held the 2018 Charlie Awards dinner and Gala honoring winners and special award recipients. Heartland LIVING is humbled and proud to again be the recipient of eight Charlie Awards, one gold, two silver and five bronze. We continue to strive to bring you the best quality publication showcasing your Heartland community and I couldn’t have accomplished any of this without my amazing team.
They say it takes a village to raise a family and that’s how I feel about my team, it takes each and every one of us to produce this ‘Labor of Love’ every issue and I am overwhelmed by their God given talents. I’m looking forward to our continued journey together!