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ON THE COVER: Harold Newton (1934-1994) “River Road,” not dated. 

Read more about the Highwaymen on page 40.


Hello and Happy February!  This month we honor Black History Month.  What started as a grassroots effort to promote Black Americans’ achievements in 1915, it wasn’t until 1976 that President Gerald Ford officially recognized February as Black History Month.  Asking the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”  

In this month’s issue we welcome guest writer, Brenda Joyce Patterson.  Brenda is an accomplished writer and poet and I’m so excited to share her thoughts with our readers.  We also visit the Polk County History Center to learn about Black History right here in Polk County.  Our tour guide Jayme Jamison pointed out, “National heroes are great – local heroes are even better,” and we couldn’t agree more.  You can take this self-guided tour, and we have more info about that in our story.

Also in this month’s issue, we visit a local business called 16.92.  A Lakeland resident has created the first mobile matcha and coffee pop-up cart. You can find him around Polk County serving up matcha lattes with beautiful flavor combos. He has big plans, and we loved talking with him about it.  Prima from Open Door Wellness talks to us about her journey over the last few years and the business she started as a result of that.  We talk with them and even more inspiring residents in the February issue; I hope you too will feel inspired by the excellent work they’re doing in our community.  

Keep tagging your FB and IG posts with #lkldhaven, and you might find your post in the next issue.  Check out our Top Ten lists and our calendar with both virtual and in-person events around town. Stay safe & have a great month!



Amy Sexson


Haven & LKLD Magazines


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