Lake Placid author to speak at rally in SC LAKE PLACID - Mack Payne, an award-winning speaker from Lake Placid, has been tapped to speak at Rally in the Alley, a political event sponsored by the Aiken County, South Carolina Tea Party to be held Oct. 12 with a primary goal of increasing voter education. The Aiken County Tea Party was founded in October 2010 with a mission to promote adherence to the U.S. Constitution. Its motto comes from Sam Adams: "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." Speakers at the event will cover various political issues and include challengers for the seat held by Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator from South Carolina.Payne was asked to speak about his recent book, "Vietnam Veteran Memoirs," and how noteworthy issues from the Vietnam War era are related to current developments going on in the world today. He will offer suggestions on how to approach current situations based on his experiences during the Vietnam War era. Payne has spoken at patriotic meetings across the state and uses episodes from his book to illustrate and promote concepts of freedom and liberty in a dynamic speaking performance. His book is available at Amazon.com or at www.vietnamcopy.com. Local clowns attend convention JACKSONVILLE - The Southeast Clown Association held its annual convention Sept. 4-8 in Jacksonville. Several local clowns participated in many classes and competitions. They included Keith "Toby" Stokes, Sandy "Giggles" Pelski, Crissy "Mz. Daizy" Melnitzke, Al "Big Al" Pelski, Esther "Loopy" Lane, Joan "Flitter-Bye" Powers, Sue "Petals" Shillady, Carol "CeeCee" Clements and Darrell "Stringbean" Jingst. Toby was presented with the prestigious President's Award for his life of devotion and dedication to clowning. During the competitions that took place at the convention, he won third place in the paradeability category. Giggles won third place in group skits, second in walk-arounds, and third in novice hand art and walk arounds. Mz. Daizy won first place in single skits, advanced hand and full face art, and second in paradeability. She also won Best in Show in scrapbooks. Stringbean took home two medals: third place in novice balloons and third place in single skits. Rotary learns about 'bionic leg' LAKE PLACID - Stephanie Wells, accompanied by Susan Staffieri, recently presented a program about Nurse On Call Home Health Care to the Lake Placid Rotary Club. The organization is a Medicare-certified agency that has been in business since 1989. Their goal is to provide the best possible home health care for the best recovery. With a corporate office in Lake Worth, services are available in most Florida counties and in other states. Nurse On Call is the exclusive provider of "bionic leg" technology in Florida. The Bionic Leg is a battery-operated smart device that is activated by the patient's intent to move, which helps the patient relearn how to use the affected limb. Combined with repetition, this concept supports the principles of neuroplasticity and active motor learning that has been shown to be highly effective and lasting. Specifically, this device is used by therapists with mobility-impaired patients and is designed to strengthen stance, improve gait and enhance active motor learning while protecting its users. It is a therapy tool that can be used in conjunction with nearly any existing therapy method or technology to optimize patient outcomes. For more information, call the Nurse on Call Sebring office at 385-4325 or visit www.nurseoncallfl.com. The Rotary Club of Lake Placid meets at 6:44 a.m. Wednesdays at Platters Restaurant.