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Creator: Caloosa Belle
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S.H. Stalls
Place of Publication: LaBelle, Fla
Publication Date: December 18, 2008
Copyright Date: 2005
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Letters to Santa Corm

Pages 8,9 and 10 O


Delivering Westerr -Heendry Couzty's New *******IXF ADCO32 DA HISTORY
PO BOX 117007

A little comedy for
the season
Watch Jan Groves and
Bob Butts on stage at the Fire-
S house Cultural Center as they
show how public transporta-
tion and the New York Daily
Times crossword puzzle can
bring two people together.
2 ACROSS by Jerry Mayer
(Samuel French). a light com-
edy, began Dec. 11 and contin-
ues Dec. 19, 20, 21. Show times
7 p.m., Thurs., Fri. and Sat.; 2
p.m. Sun. Linda Reecer directs
this one. The Firehouse Cul-
tural Center, is located at 241
N. Bridge St., LaBelle. $12 with
reservation; $14 at door. Call

It's Pageant Time!
Who will be our 40th
Swamp Cabbage Queen? Will
you wear your tiara proudly
as you reign over the festivi-
ties and earn a great college
scholarship? All young ladies
from 13 to 21 who attend the
LaBelle School System, have
graduated from LaBelle High
School or are Home schooled
in the Greater LaBelle Area: If
you want to compete for the
title of Swamp Cabbage Queen
or Princess please call Jerri
Lynn at 239-989-7032.
Come to the down home
country .pageant on January
31 celebrating our heritage and
have a good time!

Visit Santa
Come visit Santa at Seacoast
National Bank, 17 N. Lee Street,
from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 18 and get a
S free family picture.

Legion serving
Christmas meals
American Legion Post 130
will once again be serving
Christmas dinner for those
alone or in need. The Post de-
livers as many as 500,meals
to the community on Christ-
mas Day. The tradition con-
tinues with volunteers starting
to cook, package and deliver
meals which include turkey,
dressing, potatoes, gravy, green
beans, roll, butter, salad, cake,
candy cane served with a bit of
Christmas cheer from the Post
and its supporters.
If you would like to help or
know someone who needs a
Christmas dinner, please call
675-8300. Remember to pro-
vide the person's name, ad-
dress and directions for deliv-

No Trash Pickup
There will be no trash or re-
cycle (Port LaBelle) pick up on
Thursday, December 25, 2008
or January 1, 2009 due to the
Christmas and New Year's day
Normal pick up will resume
the next scheduled day. Trans-
fer stations in both Clewis-
ton and LaBelle will also be
Please call 675-5252 if you
have any questions.

See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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More Holiday Fun: The Annual Boat Parade

Caloosa Belle/Dale S. Conyers
Swea Nightingale, a volunteer at the Caloosa Humane Society counts out change to a
customer before the start of the boat parade on Saturday, December 13. The Caloosa
Humane Society sells refreshments at this event to raise money for the shelter.

Submitted photo/Waddy Thompson
The view from the only sailboat in this years boat parade. Seven boats braved the cold-
er temperatures Saturday, December 13 and entertained the crowd of several hundred
gathered in Barron Park.

By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
Clewiston News
An oftentimes contentious fi-
nal meeting for the re\lew of a
contract to purchase U.S. Sugar
carried over,a day while propo-
nents and opponents madetheir,
A heated final few hours
seemed to test the patience of
even the most seasoned South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict board members on Tuesday;
in West Palm Beach, who could
be seen agitatedly rubbing their
faces, or grabbing their hair dur-

ing some of the thicker moments
of that meeting.
In the end, the board narrow-
ly voted to approve the contract
to purchase 180,000 of U.S. Sug-
ar's land, almost all of that com-
pany's land used in production.
It is one of the largest purchases
of land in the state's 163-year his-
A provision allows the district
to back out of the deal if ob-
structs their goal of water man-
agement, or if it carries the po-
tential of wiping out the district's

The 4-to-3 vote is the end of
a months-long back-and-forth
between the state and U.S Sugar
in delineating the terms of the
contract. In essence, it called for
the sale of the land for $1.34 bil-
lion, and of the4land to
U Sugar at $50 an acre for the
next seen years a figure that
was scrutinized by other farming
While a letter from Governor
Charlie Crist acknowledged the'
detriment that the loss of'such
a large employer could create,
and promised to urge along an

iendry wants

inland port

By Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Although Hendry County
may not be in the top runners
initially for the proposed in-
land port, the commissioners
learned at their Dec. 9 meet-
ing in LaBelle that, in the long
run, it could have a very good
So said consultant Janet
Watermeier during her presen-
tation to the board, Ms. Water-
meier explained how the 6,000
acre site adjacent to Airglades
Airport fits into the larger pic-
With a number of sites
throughout the area interested
in landing the prize, the Hendry
County site has some draw-
backs, but also some important

assets, she said.
If only the Port of Palm
Beach is involved, then Hendry
would not be a good choice
because Palm Beach would be
interested in keeping the inland
port as close as possible.
However if, as she suspects,
the Port Everglades and the
Port of Miami are also to be
involved, Hendry would make
very good sense because of its
central location and "connec-
tivity" with rail, Airglades, US
27 and SR 80.
The Hendry site has the
added attraction of limited en-
vironmental impact.
The main importance of an
inland port is that it would be
a catalyst for jobs and develop-
See BOCC Page 2

Impact fees top

on City agenda

With approximately and other safety equipment for
$1,000,000, of uncollected im- the fire trucks. The city will par-
pact fees between the two cities ticipate with 10% of this grant.
and the county (5% -business; Julie Wilkins was asked to
the rest residential with most of make a proposal to come be-
that mobile homes), discussion fore the Board about the sign
of the reinstatement of impact code for the downtown dis-

fees will resume at the Janu-
ary mieTiilJ The.county is to
resume discussion at their Feb-
ruary meeting after getting in-
put from the school board and
both cities.
The Fire Department has re-
ceived a $47,500 grant from the
Division of Forestry for air bags

- Construction was scheduled
to begin on the 900 feet deep
test well which will be a source
of water for the water treat-
ment plant. Completion should
be the first or second week in
See City -Page 2

economic transition plan, locals
echoed concerns of previous
The governor's remarks fo-
cused on the creation of a na-
tional resource mirrored only by
the Grand Canyon and Yellow-
stone National Park. The gover-
nor's words were simple, but his
ideals were lofty -- the benefits
of the purchase and subsequent
water project would last more
than 700 years into the future.
"Many people, including Mar-
jory Stoneman Douglas, have
looked forward to this day," the

governor wrote.
The majority of the board
members in favor seemed to hint
at setting a legacy for posterity.
Audience members brought
very little new information in op-
position, but spoke passionately
in defense of their community --
namely, that the lease price cre-
ated an unfair advantage for U.S.
Sugar, and that once the land is
purchased, from where will the
money come to fund the ambi-
tious water project?
See Sugar Page 2

The door is always open

at Oakbrook of LaBelle

By Barbara Oehlbeck
She says: "The door is al-
ways open and the light is al-
ways on..."
And there's always a smile
in her voice. Melaney Looper,
the Administrator of Oakbrook
of LaBelle, who is a licensed
nursing home administrator
with a master's science degree.
She is also a licensed and regis-
tered dietician.
It's probably safe to say that
this facility is unlike any other,
right here in LaBelle, a "little

southern cow town." It's a
matter of history that LaBelle
began as a cow town, proudly
and successfully. However
those days are long gone hav-
ing, given way to a number of
sophisticated housing develop-
ments, high tech businesses
that LaBelle never dreamed of
a few decades ago, all sorts of
entertainment including the an-
nual nationally known Swamp
Cabbage Festival each Febru-
ary, and, Oakbrook of LaBelle.
It's one thing to have a roof

over our heads, regular meals,
and a modicum of entertain-
ment. Yet it's quite another to
have amenities seven days a
week and nursing help around
the clock if and when needed.
Naturally there are many
questions that arise when
changes comes that prohibit
a family from caring for those
they love. These questions can
Does everyone who comes
to Oakbrook stay the rest of his
See Oakbrook Page 2

Submitted Photo/Misty HICKS
"The door is always bpen and the light is always on..." at Oak-
brook of LaBelle, where it's great to have amenities seven
days a week and nursing help around the clock.

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2 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, December 18, 2008

Continued From Page 1

or her life?
No. There is both long term
and short term care. And the
question often arises: What is the
Melaney Looper replies, "Long
term care means the resident has
conditions that most likely will re-
quire nursing care for the rest of
their life.
Short term care means the
resident can be treated for a short
time and then return home. Some
examples are knee and hip sur-
gery and antibiotic therapy.
Does Oakbrook provide Physi-
cal, Occupational and Speech
Yes, Physical, Occupational,
and Speech Therapy are pro-
vided. The Physical Therapist,
Dr. Tim, can help you get back
on your feet and walking again.
Kiki, Occupational Therapist, can
help with fine motor skills such
as dressing, grooming, and other
activities of daily living. Deana,
Speech Therapist, works with
swallowing issues as well as com-
munication and cognitive issues.
Regarding types of payment;
Oakbrook accepts Medicare, Med-
icaid, Private Pay, Hospice and
some insurances. If you are faced
with finding a home for someone
you love, it is suggested that you
call Oakbrook (675-1414) and ask
for Inez, the Business Office Man-
ager. Ask specifically about what
your insurance covers.
Another question: How do I
pay for a stay in Oakbrook? There
are-several options: Many people
think Medicare will pay for their
stay. For Medicare to pay, a person
must meet a 3-day hospital stay.
After 3 consecutive days of hos-
pital admission, Medicare can be
used. Medicare will pay the first
20 days with no out-of-pocket ex-
pense to you. After that, Medicare
can pay up to 80 additional days
with a co-pay from you of $128

Continued From Page 1

"When this deal breaks your
back financially, you will still have
the outcry from the public," said
Karson Turner, newly elected
Hendry County commissioner.
"The vision is 100 percent (right),
the process and manner of how
Sit's being implemented, it stinks.
When something stinks, you need
to flush it."
Mali Chamness, Clewiston
mayor, spoke softly about her
community's intentions. She
responded to accusations that
"special interests" such as Florida
Crystals wasresponsible for cart-
ing locals to the meeting to im-
plore board members to recon-
sider the purchase.
"No one in our community
has to spread lies, we know the
facts," said Mayor Chamness.
"We're coming because we're a
community that loves our town.
We want to live there generations

Continued From Page 1
ment, she commented. It is es-
sentially a distribution center, a
business park to move goods. It
would include light industry and
support services such as trucking
and possibly customs.
The inland port could bring
as many as 375 new jobs and
$900,000 in tax revenue per year.
Public hearings
A request to put in a dance
hall at Azteca SuperCentro on SR
29S at B Road was approved. The
board tied 2-2 when the request
came up Oct. 28. The Local Plan-
ning Agency recommended ap-
proval. Thee is already a drinking
establishment there; this request
was only to add live entertain-
ment. The board cut down their
operating hours on Sunday and

per day.
Private Pay is a room and board
charge of $170.00 per day plus all
ancillary charges such as medical
supplies, medications, etc.
Medicaid is provided by the
State of Florida. To receive Medic-
aid assistance, an individual must
meet the State of Florida's criteria
to qualify.
Oakbrook also accepts Hos-
pice. Hospice staff determines if a
person is eligible.
If you have an insurance pol-
icy, you need to check to deter-
mine if the insurance covers (and
if so, what percentage) your stay
in a skilled nursing facility. It's
also important to know whether
or not Oakbrook is in your insur-
ance company's "network" of
Regarding diet: what if there is
a need for a special diet?
Oakbrook has a complete Di-
etary staff and a full-time Certi-
fied Dietary Manager who can
meet your nutritional needs and
wishes. There is also a Consultant
Dietitian who visits regularly who
can help explain your therapeutic
Melaney goes on to say that
other questions almost always
arise, and she or a staff member
is always happy to fully answer
these questions, which can in-
clude: Do I have to get up at a cer-
tain time if I don't want to? The
answer to this is: No. You simply
need to let us know what time is
best for you.
Another question that's fre-
quently asked: Will I be bored
with nothing to do while I'm
there? Oakbrook has many mov-
ies, puzzles, games, and maga-
zines. They also have a daily
schedule of activities including
exercise, Bingo, cooking class,
religious services, etc. In addition,
residents enjoy bowling, fishing,
pool, baseball, and tennis using
the Wii game. The front porch is
the'place to meet and relax with
family and friends.
Respite services are also pro-
vided. Oakbrook works in con-

after generations and continue to
Mike Sole, secretary with the
Department of Environmental
SProtection, hoped the deal would
be approved.
"The Glades community, with-
out question, needs the support,
not only of this governing body,
but also the governor, the legis-
lature, the office of tourism, trade
and economic development," Mr.
Sole said, "This is the beginning,
but without the decision today, it
will be the end."
At one point during the meet-
ing, the discussion shifted to the
possibility of making a counter-
offer. The sense was that the lease
price was far too low, when inde-
pendent appraisers were valuing
it much higher. Is the district pay-
ing a premium, some asked?
But some on the board were
fearful that a counter-offer would
not be entertained by the sugar
company, and that it might be
the last offer the company would
take a look at.
"We need to be very cautious

reserved the right to add security
provisions later if necessary.
Alico will be allowed to put in
a mining operation on 281 acres
off Lexington in Port LaBelle, ad-
jacent to Pioneer Plantion. How-
ever, representatives will be going
to speak with Pioneer residents
concerning proposed blasting op-
erations. These will be limited to
Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
only and residents must be given
20-day notification beforehand.
Iglesia Cristiana will be al-
lowed to open on Nobles Road,
however, the church's request
to allow amplified music and
preaching outside was denied.
They may hold two outdoor
events per year.
Big Island, on SR 82 at the Lee
County line was approved for
mining. Mining has already been
going on there, however, pa-
perwork allowing the operation
could not be found.

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junction with families, Hope Hos-
pice and other services for your
loved one.
A "maybe" resident asks: Do
you provide therapy .services fol-
lowing a knee replacement pro-
cedure? The answer: Yes, physi-
cal therapy, occupational and
speech therapy services are pro-
vided. The staff works in conjunc-
tion with the therapy department
to assist in attaining the highest
practical level of well-being. Oak-
brook's therapy staff provides ser-
vices to short-term and long term
And, the Administrator adds:
we provide on-site laundry ser-
vices for your loved one.
The Medical Director of Oak-
brook of LaBelle is Dr. Kai-Fu
Chow, who has been a physi-
cian n LaBelle for over 25 years.
Dr. Chow specializes in Internal
Medicine. He normally visits the
facility four days per week but is
available 24 hours a day to the
nursing staff.
And the question: Do you
transport residents to appoint-
ments? For most appointments
residents utilize Good Wheels
services. However, families are
welcome to transport their loved
one if they prefer.
Oakbrook is considered to be
our residents "home", therefore
we do not have scheduled visiting
hours. Friends and family are wel-
come any time.
And inevitably the question
arises regarding nursing services.
Melaney Looper happily says,
"Our nurses are here 24 hours
a day, rotating 8 hour shifts. We
provide many different services
such as IV therapy, medication
administration, wound care, palli-
ative and comfort care during the
end of life, etc. Our CNAs (Certi-
fied Nursing Assistants) provide
24 hour care, rotating in 8 hour
shifts. They provide assistance to
your loved one with activities of
daily living.
In case of a hurricane, Oak-
brook of LaBelle has a Disaster
Preparedness Plan that is re-

about this issue of the price of the
land and our concern about pay-
ing for a premium -- which we do
regularly, for getting the right land
in the right place," said Shannon
Estenoz, district board member.
"That could be the thing that
causes this whole thing to fall
Eric Bauermann, another dis-
trict member, agreed.
"We're here at a momentous
time," Mr. Bauermann said. "Like
a piece of legislation, this is not a
perfect deal.' I'm not under any
personal delusion that this is the
perfect deal. This is our moment
in time and our moment in his-

viewed and approved annually
by Hendry County Emergency
Management that describes the
steps we follow for hurricanes
and other types of disasters. We
have a generator that will run our
critical equipment and our corpo-
rate office will supply us with one
that can run the whole building in
situations when the power is out
for a while. We are required to
have at least a one-week supply
of nonperishable food and wa-
ter. We plan ahead and bring in
additional medical supplies and
Smiling enthusiastically Mela-
ney adds," Our staff invites you to
come and take a tour of our facil-
ity. Here at Oakbrook of LaBelle
we provide a friendly 'family-like'
atmosphere that we'd like you to
experience. We're in the heart of
LaBelle on Broward Avenue."
Additionally she adds, "On the
rating scale for nursing homes
of 1-5, we are proud to have the
highest rating of 5."
And, there are days in the lives
of all of us that need a little if not
a lot of attention,and we're right
at the door of one of the most be-
loved. Christmas.
Christmas at Oakbrook is not
just a day with special food and
all the trimmings. The Oakbrook
"home" is beautifully decorated
inside and out. There are special
events going on, and just a few
days ago, the administrator her-
self, Melaney Looper, escorted
a group to Fort Myers to do their
Christmas shopping. This was not
a casual event assigned to a part-
time aid, it was Melaney herself
who went with them, shopped
with them answered their ques-
tions and brought them happily
and safely home.
Oakbrook of- LaBelle is a
Crown Jewel od LaBelle, and
Southwest Florida itself.

Continued From Page 1

January. During construction a
geologist will be collecting sam-
ples of drilling materials for de-
sign information of future wells.
After completion of the well, the
pilot testing phase will begin.
The property behind Florida
Community Bank is through fore-
closure. Bank wanting to negoti-
ate with the city. Board is willing
to look at this again and discuss
in January.
A $20,000 grant for an auto-
matic meter reader system with
75 new meters to be supplied.
These will be used for new ser-

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Not everyone saw it that way.
Debra Van Sickle, chief credit
officer for First Bank of Clewis-
ton, mustered up the strength
to speak, though she was visibly
She said the district was "cre-
ating and economic Hiroshima,"
and pleaded for a change in opin-
"I see this deal akin to swat-
ting a bumblebee with a sledge-
hammer," she said. "The odds of
getting the bumblebee are slim to
nil, but destruction is certain."
News Editor Jose Zaragoza can be

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provided me with the motivation to live
each day to the fullest. Life has become so
much more meaningful every moment."
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Residents want to pur-
chase and run Aqua Isles.
The Dec. 11, edition of the Caloo-
sa Belle contained an error. The
story on page two about Aqua
Isles was headlined "Aqua Isles
residents oppose sale. "In fact, as
stated in the story, the majority of
residents would prefer to be able
to purchase the park and run it
themselves. We regret the error
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ing can tell you, nobody wins.
From the offender that was arrest-
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costs, fines, jail time, and license
suspensions -- to the victim in a
car crash who has to have their
vehicle repaired or recover from
injuries sustained in the crash.
That is why the Florida High-
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will be joining with thousands of
other law enforcement and high-
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nation from Aug. 15, throughout
the Labor Day holiday to take part
in the Drunk driving. Over the
limit. Under arrest. crackdown on
impaired driving. "Impaired driv-
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epidemic of careless disregard for
human life," said Colonel John
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Highway Patrol. "In 2006, there
were over 22,000 alcohol related
crashes in Florida, almost 1,000
less than there were in 2005. We
want to keep that downward
trend going by removing the im-
paired driver before they are in-
volved in a crash. Our troopers
will be vigilant in attempting to
remove the drunk drivers from
Florida's roadways."
"Driving with a blood alcohol
content (BAC) of .08% or higher
is illegal in every state yet we con-
tinue to see far too many people
suffer from the bad choices made
by impaired drivers," said Electra
Theodorides-Bustle, executive
director of the Department of
Highway Safety and Motor Vehi-
cles. "Drunk driving is simply not
worth the risk. Our department is
committed to preventing sense-
less tragedy caused by drunk driv-
The Florida Highway Patrol
will be conducting sobriety check-
points and selective enforcement
patrols throughout the state to
identify and arrest .those who

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Santa's visit
Santa paid a visit to children at the RCMA Child Care Center in Immokalee on Dec. 11. Santa
handed out presents and candy to all and snacks were served. A great time was had by all
the children and adults..

PSC highlights Utility payment programs

the holiday season can be damp-
ened for Floridians struggling to
pay their utility bills. The Florida
Public Service Commission (PSC)
wants Floridians to know that
help may be available.
"The holiday season can be
stressful for those who are wor-
ried about paying bills," Chair-
man Matthew M. Carter II said.
"Many utility companies, as well
as local charities, have programs
available to assist residents. Flor-
ida recently received more than
$100 million dollars from the'
federal government for the Low-
Income Home Energy Assistance
Program (LIHEAP), which helps
low-income residents pay their
utility bills."
Utility customers experienc-
ing financial hardship can also
contact their electric company
and local charities to inquire
about financial assistance offered
locally. Customers can call the
PSC's consumer assistance line
at 800-342-3552 for information
about programs in their area or
for information on how to work
out a utility payment plan. If you
rely on power to run medical
equipment at home, contact your
* power company and enroll in the
company's program for custom-
ers who must have electricity for
medical reasons.
Following are some of the as-
sistance programs available from
the five investor-owned utilities
(IOUs) regulated by the PSC:
Florida Power and Light's
program is called Care to Share.
The program provides emergen-
cy assistance funds to customers
who are in a crisis situation and
unable to pay their electric bill.
The funds are disbursed through
local non-profit organizations.
Progress Energy Floridapro-
vides assistance through the En-
ergy Neighbor Fund. The monies

Horse found off Evans Road
and SR 29 South if you have lost
a horse, please contact the Hen-
dry County Sheriff's Office at 674-

collected are distributed to needy
customers through local aid agen-
Tampa Electric Company
offers a 62+ Plan. TECO's pro-
gram helps customers who are
62 years-of-age or older work out
payment options.
Gulf Power provides emer-
gency assistance to customers
who need help with energy bills,
repairs to heating and air-condi-
tioning equipment, and other en-
ergy-related needs. The programs
assist the elderly, the disabled, the
sick, and others who are experi-
encing financial hardship.
Florida Public Utilities Comn-

pany will, on a case-by-case basis,
offer extended payment options.
The company also refers custom-
ers to agencies that provide assis-
At least 18 municipal and co-
operative systems throughout the
state also have emergency assis-
tance programs.
Lastly, customers can reduce
their electric bills by learning how
to reduce their energy use. En-
ergy conservation brochures are
available on the PSC Web site at:
aspx or by calling the PSC's toll
free assistance line.

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ing cocaine within 1,000 feet of a
place of worship. Arresting officer
was Brett Daley.
*Fabian Dagnilo, age 29, was
arrested on Dec. 10 as a fugitive
from justice. Arresting officer was
Larry Preece.
Arnulfo M. Rayo, age 44, was
arrested on Dec. 13 for aggravat-
ed battery with a deadly weapon.
Arresting officer was Cpl. Olvera.
*Feliz Tiburcio, age 30, was
arrested on Dec. 12 on charges
damage property-criminal mis-
chief $1,000 or more. Arresting
officer was Cpl. Olvera.
*Donald mathis, age 44, was
arrested on Dec. 9 on charges fail-
ure to appear for felony offense.
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on their cell phone for up-to-the
minute updates on traffic conges-
tion, road construction, lane clo-
sures, severe weather and travel
delays on Interstates and major

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Safety and Motor Vehicles encour-
ages anyone with a valid Florida
driver license or identification
card to go online to www.flhsmv.
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information gives law enforce-
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Annual fundraiser a
The Education Center of
Southwest Florida, Inc. Board of
Directors would like to express
our sincere appreciation to all the
individuals, businesses and orga-
nizations which help make our
Annual Fundraiser at the Captain
Hendry House a success Thurs-
day, Dec. 4. Many purchased tick-
ets, provided items for auction,
bought raffle tickets for the shed
as well as, donated cakes and
door prizes. We would also like
to thank our, sponsor for the eve-
ning, Florida Community Bank.
Others contributing to the suc-
cess of the event are: ALICO for
contributing for the meal, The
SWFL Workforce Development
Board, Gator Hammock, Ad-
vanced Auto, NAPA, Lyons Print-
ing, Flora and Ellas, ACE Hard-
ware, Quality Electric, LaBelle
Plumbing, Ron Zimmerly, Repre-
sentative Denise Grimsley, Florida
Community Bank, The United
States Sugar Corporation, Merit
Petroleum, The Veranda Restau-
rant, Gator Hammock, Mike's
Musical Memories, the City of La-
Belle,. Captain Scott Hughes and
all those who purchased tickets
and donated cakes for the silent
Captain Hendry Dinner Chair-
man, Janice Groves, and the EC-
SWF Board of Directors would
especially like to thank the fol-
lowing for help in organizing
the event: Kim Hamilton, Estela
Hernandez, Geri Yoraschek, Scott
Royal, Sonny Hughes, Joe Flint,
Julie Wilkins, City of LaBelle em-
ployees and James Paul for pro-
viding the flowers for the event.
The evening included music
by Mike's Musical Memories, a
catered meal of venison, pork
and chicken by Gator Hammock,
door prizes, a silent auction that
included great cakes, fuel from
Merit Petroleum, a fishing trip
from Blackwater Charters, and
a drawing for a 10 x 12 ft. shed
that was won by Dave Lyons of
Lyon's Printing and an update of
the Education Center's certifica-
+ tions, training activities and move
to Highway 29 south of LaBelle.
The Education Center is a Ca-
reer and Technical School pro-
viding training opportunities for
counties in Southwest Florida,
especially in Glades and Hendry.

In 2008 training focused on con-
struction trades, commercial driv-
er's license and advanced train-
ing in construction and heavy
equipment in the Big Cypress
National Preserve. 2009 training
will focus on Certified Nursing As-
sistant, Introduction to Craft Skills
in Construction, Basic and Inter-
mediate Computer skills, Quick-
books office accounting and.
Green-Collared job training. The
Education Center has taken steps
forward receiving certification by
the Commission for Independent
Education an agency of the Flori-
da Department of Education and
certification to conduct NCCER
classes for construction by the
National Center for Construction
Education and Research for three
Please call 863-675-6800 and
leave your name and phone num-
ber for information, questions,
and applications for training. The
Education Center of Southwest
Florida, Inc. is a Non-profit 501 C3
and any donations you make are
tax deductible.
The Board of Directors

Park Thank you
"THANK YOU", and Merry
Christmas to all who decorated
the park this year!! What a de-
lightful stroll among the Christ-
mas trees and light, to sip hot ci-
der under our lovely "Town Oak",
and enjoy a little, "River Time!
Holiday Magic!"
Justa Kidagain

Warm, fuzzy thanks
A warm thank you from the
Caloosa Humane Society,this
year's sponsor of LaBelle's lighted
Christmas Boat Parade,to all the
boaters and, all the viewers that
cheered them. While somewhat
fewer boats this year, the decora-
tions seemed even better than be-
fore.Off course ,thanks to all who
patronized the Humane Society's
food concession at Barron Park,
the place where the boats dou-
bled back for a second pass to the
delight of all. Everyone had fun
on boats and on shore in spite of
a rather cool evening. Mark your
calenders for next year's event on
Saturday, Dec.12, 2009!

Weather Forecast
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 81. East winds will be between
5 and 7 mph.,
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 56. Winds will
be from the east between 3 and 7 mph.

Extended Forecast
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 80. Winds will be from the east
between 3 and 5 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57. Winds will be
light and from the east.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 78. Winds will be light and
from the east.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with'a low around 57.
Sunday: Partly cloudy, with a high near 80 and a 10 percent chance
of showers.
Sunday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
Monday: Partly cloudy with a high near 75 and a 20 percent
chance of showers.

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Letters to the Editor

Aqqa Isles' Goal-
Resident Ownership!
In last week's newspaper there
was an article regarding Aqua
Isles Mobile Home & RV Park
that many homeowners in the
community felt did not accurately
represent their feelings regarding
a resident purchase of the com-
Resident ownership of mobile
home parks is a good thing and a
growing trend in the state of Flor-
ida. An Aqua Isles Not-for-Profit
Cooperative would be formed
with residents owning their own
lots as well as a share in the rest of
the park. The shareholders would
pay a minimal maintenance
monthly fee as well as real estate
taxes on their own lot. All main-
tenance fees and rents received
each mdnth would be used to
operate the park, make needed
improvements and pay down
the master mortgage. The Coop-
erative's board would be elected
from among the shareholders
and they would hire a profes-
sional management company to
manage the park and implement
policy set by the shareholders.
The residents were not given
an opportunity to buy the park
about 1.5 years ago when the
park was sold for approximately
ten million dollars. Rents have
increased to the point where the
park is currently worth sixteen
million dollars.
Resident ownership has be-
come popular throughout the
state of Florida because it has
many advantages and allows ho-
meowners to control their own
destiny. It allows them to control
their rents and assessments. It al-
lows them to share in the future
appreciation of the value of the
community. It enhances the value
of their homes. It allows them to
have a voice in the management
and operation of the community.
It allows them to establish the
park as a senior community and
most importantly, it protects them
from developers who could close
the park and redevelop it to some
other use.
This is an opportunity that
many of the residents are deter-
mined to capture. Participation
from the homeowners continues
to grow each day as they move
forward toward their goal of
resident ownership in February
Thank you,
Olivia Toler, Treasurer
Aqua Isles Mobile Hom-
eowners Board

or Bodacious
Audacious or Bodacious? That
is the question facing the Ameri-
can people as a result of the
Presidential election. Much has
been made of the bitterness that
remains as a result of the "end-
less" primary and the tumultuous
Presidential campaign, but not to
fear, "hope and change" would
seem to be evolving. I just heard
that in a gesture of good will and
bipartisanship during this Christ-
mas season, Governor Palin has
invited President elect Obama and
Vice President elect Biden to an
all expense paid Moose hunting
trip in Alaska. Leaving nothing to
chance, she has arranged for Vice
President Cheney to instruct them
in safe gun handling and shooting
skills, and Senator Ted Kennedy
will be their designated driver. Of
course, like my wife keeps telling
everyone, I'm gullible, and I be-
lieve her. So; who am I to ques-
tion much of anything that is hap-
pening in this topsy turvy-world
today. Today, you teach a child
to be polite and courteous, and
when they grow ip they'll never
be able to learn how to merge
in traffic. So that also makes me
doubt the worth of experience, as
it seems to me today, that expe-
rience is the only thing you have
left when everything else is gone.
Look at all those people who
signed up for those sub-prime
loans. A lot has been made of the
sense and worth of using logic
as a guide in life, but if the world
were really logical, wouldn't it be
men who ride side saddle? I have
been known to be indecisive.
Now I'm not sure. For example,
I had never tried Buffalo wings
until a couple of weeks ago, and
now I'm not certain, is it just me,
or don't they really just taste like
chicken? Growing up in the "orig-
inal" depression, I learned often
and early on that you had better
keep both feet on the ground.
But today I've come to learn that
if you do, you'll probably never
get your pants off. Having sur-
vived that "depression" and now
having to endure this latest "bail-
out" infested economic crisis, all
I would really like is a chance to
prove that money can't make me
happy. When we moved to Flori-
da in 1993, one of my objectives
was to control my weight with
the opportunity for exercise 12
months out of the year. One form
of exercise that I had been told
was an excellent weight watcher
was swimming. So swim I do, but
now I've been challenged with

the statement that if swimming
is that good for your figure, how
do we explain the size of whales?
Well, by this time, you are either
confused, bored or wondering
what the devil brought on this
article. It was my wife, encourag-
ing me, in honor of the upcom-
ing holiday season, to get off my
political soapbox, and do some-
thing "jolly." I apologize if, on
such short acquaintance, I have
touched your "funny-bone" and
lightened the somber mood sur-
rounding us all today. So maybe
it's time we all "think young", for-
get the gloom & doomsayers, and
get "pampered."
T. W. Bill Neville

More on Aqua Isles
Your December 11 article on
the possibility of Aqua Isles ceas-
ing to exist, noted some benefits
LaBelle gets from our community
of retiree homeowners and part-
timers. Many Aqua Isles residents
are. active volunteers and support-
ers who help make LaBelle a bet-
ter community.
The possibility of losing Aqua
Isles will have additional negative
impacts. For example, Aqua Isles
residents pay a significant portion
of recent water quality upgrades.
If we're gone, water bills will have
to be raised. The City and County
will lose other taxes and local
businesses and restaurants will
lose customers. Then there's Aqua
Isles itself. What will it turn into if
the current' homeowners leave?
Who will replace them? How will
this demographic change impact
the surrounding community?
Local government officials
should become involved at a con-
sulting level in order to protect the
interests of Aqua Isles homeown-
ers and the City of LaBelle, which
are similar. Aqua Isles should be-
come resident owned to keep the
neighborhood stabilized.
I own a mobile home in Aqua
Isles, and am one of the majority
of homeowners who are against
the resident ownership deal being
offered us, even though it jeopar-
dizes my investment and the op-
portunity to be a part of the La-
Belle community which I love.
When I considered buying a
home in Aqua Isles 6 years ago, I
was assured by Aqua Isle's own-
ership that Florida law would pro-
tect my investment by giving home
owners 1st option on any sale. I
bought my home based on that
assurance. I also joined a Florida
mobile homeowners association
that was recommended, because
I was told they would protect my

interests as a retirement park ho-
meowner. Well, guess what? I
was wrong on both points.
The people who told me the
homeowners would get 1st op-
tion to purchase, were quietly
selling Aqua Isles to an outside
investment firm for a price of 10
million dollars. When this be-
came known, a majority of Aqua
Isles Homeowners Association
members voted to exercise their
option to purchase Aqua Isles
as a resident owned community,
myself included.
In spite of our interest, Aqua
Isles was sold to an outside invest-
ment firm at the peak of the real
estate market for 10 million dol-
lars. We homeowners were never
given an opportunity t:;exercise
our option, and never given a sat-
isfactory explanation by anyone,
including our Florida homeown-
ers association, of how all of this
chicanery occurred.
A couple weeks ago, an at-
torney/real estate salesman came
to Aqua Isles to explain our op-
tions. He recommended the resi-
dents purchase Aqua Isles for 16
million dollars. His scare tactics
convinced some homeowners
that they have no other realistic
options; hence they support be-
ing financially blackmailed. Most
residents like myself want to buy,
but only for what Aqua Isles is
worth. It appears that not enough
residents are being convinced to
allow the deal to proceed.
SIf a resident owned agreement
isn't reached soon, the outside
investors who now own Aqua
Isles may seek alternate ways to
halt the financial bleeding caused
by their ill-timed investment. The
least expensive way to recover
their losses might be to eliminate
age restrictions on who can stay
in Aqua Isles. Then, as senior citi-
zens abandon their homes for a
more peaceful environment, the
Aqua Isles investors group can
rent the foreclosed trailers to
whomever they desire.
You say there's a Florida law
that prevents this scenario? Is
this the same legislation that pro-
tected our first option to purchase
two years ago?
Thanks for consideration
to publish.
Mike Bilcsik

It happened on the Brooklyn subway

By Les Morgan, pastor
Caloosa Baptist Church, LaBelle
SPaul Deutfchman, in Great
Stories Remembered, published
by Focus on the "..
Family Publish-
ers, December '
* 1996, tells a very :,: "
moving story.
Though I have
read it many p'w "-1
times, I am con-
tinually gripped
by its drama Les
and power. As Morgon
Christmas is
nearing, allow this story to be
amazed at the presence of God
in such a personal way, Marcel
Sternberger was a methodical
man of nearly 50, with bushy
white hair, guileless brown eyes,
and the bouncing enthusiasm
of a czardas dancer of his native.
Hungary. He always took the 9:09
Long Island Railroad train from
his suburban home to Woodside,
. N.Y, where he caught a subway
into the city.
On the morning of Jan. 10,
1948, Sternberger boarded the
9:09 as usual. En route, he sud-
denly decided to visit Laszlo Vic-
tor, a Hungarian friend who lived
in Brooklyn and was ill.
Accordingly, at Ozone Park,
Sternberger changed to the sub-
way for Brooklyn, went to his
friend's house, and stayed until
.midafternoon. He then.boarded a
Manhattan-bound subway for his
Fifth Avenue office. Here is Mar-
cel's incredible story:
The car was crowded, and
there seemed to be no chance
of a seat. But just as I entered, a
man sitting by the door suddenly
jumped up to leave, and I slipped
into the empty place. I've been
living in New York long enough
not to start conversations with
strangers. But being a photog-
rapher, I have the peculiar habit
of analyzing people's faces, and
I was struck by the features of
the passenger on my left. He was
probably in his late 30s, and when
he glanced up, his eyes seemed to
have a hurt expression in them.
He was reading a Hungarian-lan-
guage newspaper, and something
prompted me to say in Hungarian,
"I hope you don't mind if I glance
at your paper."
The man seemed surprised
to be addressed in his native lan-
guage. But he answered politely,
"You may read it now. I'll have

time later on."
During the half-hour ride to
town, we had quite a conversa-
tion. He said his name was Bela
Paskin. A law student when
World War II started, he had been
put into a German labor battalion
and sent to the Ukraine. Later he
was captured by the Russians and
put to work burying the German
dead. After the war, he covered
hundreds of miles on foot until he
reached his home in Debrecen, a
large city in eastern Hungary.
I myself knew Debrecen quite
well, and we talked about it for a
while. Then he told me the rest
of his story. When he went to
the apartment once occupied by
his father, mother, brothers and
sisters, he found strangers living
there. Then he went upstairs to
the apartment that he and his wife
once had. It also was occupied by
strangers. None of them had ever
heard of his family.
As he was leaving, full of sad-
ness, a boy ran after him, calling
"Paskin bacsi! Paskin bacsi!" That
means "Uncle Paskin." The child
was the son of some old neigh-
bors of his. He went to the boy's
home and talked to his parents.
"Your whole family is dead," they
told him. "The Nazis took them
and your wife to Auschwitz."
Auschwitz was one of the
worst Nazi concentration camps.
Paskin gave up all hope. A few
days later, too heartsick to remain
any longer in Hungary, he set out
again on foot, stealing across bor-
der after border until he reached
Paris. He managed to immigrate
to the United States in October
1947, just three months before I
met him.
All the time he had been talk-
ing, I kept thinking that somehow
his story seemed familiar. Ayoung
woman whom I had met recently
at the home of friends had also
been from Debrecen; she. had
been sent to Auschwitz; from
there she had been transferred to
work in a German munitions fac-
tory. Her relatives had been killed
in the gas chambers. Later she
was liberated by the Americans
and was brought here in the first
boatload of displaced persons in
Her story had moved me so
much that I had written down
her address and phone number,
intending to invite her to meet my
family and thus help relieve the
terrible emptiness in her life.

It seemed impossible that there
could be any connection between
these two people, but as I neared
my station, I fumbled anxiously in
my address book. I asked in what
I hoped was a casual voice, "Was
your wife's name Marya?"
He turned pale. "Yes!" he an-
swered. "How did you know?"
He looked as if he were about
to faint.
I said, "Let's get off the train."
I took him by the arm at the next
station and led him to a. phone
booth. He stood there like a man
in a trance while I dialed her
phone number.
It seemed hours before Marya
Paskin answered. (Later, I learned
her room was alongside the tele-
phone, but she was in the habit
of never answering it because she
had so few friends and the calls
were always for someone else.
This time, however, there was
no one else at home and, after
letting it ring for a while, she re-
When I heard her voice at last,
I told her who I was and asked
her to describe her husband. She
seemed surprised at the question,
but gave me a description. Then
I asked her where she had lived
in Debrecen, and she told me the
Asking her to hold the line, I
turned to Paskin and said, "Did
you and your wife live on such-
and-such a street?"
"Yes!" Bela exclaimed. He was
white as a sheet and trembling.
"Try to be calm," I urged him.
"Something miraculous is about
to happen to you. Here, take this
telephone and talk to your wife!"
He nodded his head in mute
bewilderment, his eyes bright
with tears. He took the receiver,
listened a moment to his wife's
voice, then suddenly cried, "This
is Bela! This is Bela!" and he be-
gan to mumble hysterically. See-
ing that the poor fellow was so
excited he couldn't talk coher-
ently, I took the receiver from his
shaking hands.
."Stay where you are," I told
Marya, who also sounded hysteri-
cal. "I am sending your husband
to you. We will be there in a few
Bela was crying like a baby
and saying over and over again.
"It is my wife. I go to my wife!"
At first, I thought I had better
accompany Paskin, lest the man
should faint from excitement, but

I decided that this was a moment
in which no strangers should in-
trude. Putting Paskin into a taxi-
cab, I directed the .driver to take
him to Marya's address, paid the
fare, and said goodbye.
Bela Paskin's reunion with his
wife was a moment so poignant,
so electric with suddenly released
emotion, that afterward neither
he nor Marya could recall much
about it.
"I remember only that when
I left the phone, I walked to the
mirror like in a dream to see if
maybe my hair had turned gray,"
she said later. "The next thing I
know, a taxi stops in front of the
house, and it is my husband who
comes toward me. Details I can-
not remember; only this I know-
that I was happy for the first time
in many years.....
"Even now it is difficult to be-
lieve that it happened. We have
both suffered so much; I have
almost lost the capability to not
be afraid. Each time my husband
goes from the house, I say to my-
self, "Will anything happen to
take him from me again?"
Her husband is confident that
no horrible misfortune will ever
again befall the. "Providence has
brought us together," he says sim-
ply. "It was meant to be."
Skeptical persons will no
doubt attribute the events of that
memorable afternoon to mere
chance. But was it chance that
made Marcel Sternberger sud-
denly decide to visit his sick friend
and hence take a subway line that
he had never ridden before? Was
it chance that caused the man
sitting by the door of the car to
rush out just as Sternberger came
in? Was it chance that caused
Bela Paskin to be sitting beside
Sternberger, reading a Hungarian
Was it chance-or did God
ride the Brooklyn subway that af-
1 believe God did ride the sub-
way that day in Brooklyn. I also
believe He rode from Heaven to
earth to come to do what no one
else could do come to be our
This Christmas season, please
go to the church of your choice
and worship the God who went
to such extremes to show you,
and the world, such a powerful
Dr. Les Morgan Is pastor of Caloosa
Baptist Church in LaBelle, located

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Bee Healthy Bee Happy

Twelve days of health for the holiday season

UES students of the month
Students selected for this month's students of the month at Upthegrove Elementary School
are: Row 1 are: Yanira Hernandez, Edilia Rodriguez, Mia Erebia, Laelynn Bottoms, Kiana
Rodriguez, Mia Erebia. In row 2 are:-Camrann White, Odalys Martinez, Alyxia Hernandez,
Samantha Ochoa, Kameron Higginbotham, San Juana Morales. In row 3 are: Jordan Miller,
Brandon Perez, Marycruz Deras, Grayson St John. Row four includes: Aaron Hand, Santos
Vela, Albert Villa, Valentin Gomez, Marquis Mitchell, Bradley Bassett.

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COES Students of the Month younger group
First row: Marisol Jimenez, Raylin Perez, Isaac Bone, Adrian Gonzalez, Luis Andrade, Kath-
lene Goodman, Cruz Carreno, Novie Kohutek. Second row: Dylan Eppers, Serafin Zuniga, Ta-
tiana Hernandez, Nadia Castillo, Leticia Gomez, Felipe Castillo, Jekhari Monroe. Third row:
KatibPacheco, Joana'Cruz, Kiara Rosado, Luis Gutierrez, Israel Alegria, Kennedi Serrano,
Francisco Grifaldo. Not pictured: Estevan Galindo.

By Brenda Barnes
Hendry County Dept. of Health
Ah, the holiday season has
snuck up on us once again. You
may be feeling a little stressed
out, but getting through the holi-
days doesn't need to take a toll on
your health. Try to manage your
time wisely by keeping a close
watch on over-commitments and
over-spending. It may be hard to
do this time of year, but try to bal-
ance your work, home, and play.
Ask for support from your fam-
ily and your friends. Try to keep
a relaxed and positive outlook.
When you feel over stressed or
over worked this holiday season,
take a moment to look back on
something good in your life. Give
a big smile and let those "warm
and fuzzy" feelings tale over that
The holidays are supposed to
be a time to celebrate with family
and friends, a time to give thanks
for the people that you have in
your life, and a time to reflect.
Holidays are also a time to pay
special attention to your health.
Give the gift of health and safety
to yourself and others by follow-
ing these holiday tips from the
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention: (put the words to the'll know it)
1. The first way to health, said
the CDC to me: Wash your hands
to be safe and healthy.
2. The second way to health,
said the CDC to me: Bundle up
for warmth, and wash hands to
be safe and healthy.
3. The third way to health,
said the CDC to me: manage your
stress, bundle up for warmth,
and wash hands to be safe and
4. The fourth way to health,
said the CDC to me: Don't drink
and drive, manage your stress,
bundle up for warmth, and wash
hands to be safe and healthy.
5. The fifth way to health,
said the CDC to me: Be smoke-
free, don't drink and drive, man-
age your stress, bundle up for
warmth, and wash hands to-be
safe and healthy.
6. The sixth way to health, said
the CDC to me: Fasten belts while
driving, be smoke-free, don't drink
and drive, manage your stress,
bundle up for warmth, and wash
hands to be safe and healthy.
7. The seventh way to health,
said the CDC to me: Get exams
and screenings, fasten belts while
driving, be smoke-free, don't drink

and drive, manage your stress,
bundle up for warmth, and wash
hands to be safe and healthy.
8. The eighth way to health,
said the CDC to me: Get your vac-
cinations, get exams and screen-
ings, fasten belts while driving, be
smoke-free, don't drink and drive,
manage your stress, bundle up
for warmth, and wash hands to
be safe and healthy.
9. The ninth way to health,
said the CDC to me: Monitor the
children, get your vaccinations,
get exams and screenings, fasten
belts while driving, be smoke-
free, don't drink and drive, man-
age your. stress, bundle up for
warmth, and wash hands to be
safe and healthy.
10. The tenth way to health,
said the CDC to me: Practice fire
safety, monitor the children, get
your vaccinations, get exams and
screenings, fasten belts while driv-
ing, be smoke-free, don't drink
and drive, manage your stress,
bundle up for warmth, and wash
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11. The eleventh way to health,
said the'CDC to me: Prepare din-
ner safely, practice fire safety,
monitor the children, get your vac-
cinations, get exams and screen-
ings, fasten belts while driving, be
smoke-free, don't drink and drive,
manage your stress, bundle up
for warmth, and wash hands to
be safe and'healthy.
12. The twelfth way to health,

said the CDC to me: Eat well and
get moving, prepare dinner safely,
practice fire safety, monitor the
children, get your vaccinations,
get exams and screenings, fasten
belts while driving, be smoke-
free, don't drink and drive, man-
age your stress, bundle up for
warmth, and wash hands to be
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Foundation gives $150,000 to hospital

By Glenda Wilson
On Dec. 9, Robbie Castellanos,
Chairman of the HRMC Founda-.
tion (pictured on right), was all
smiles as he proudly presented a
check in the amount of $150,000
to Craig Cudworth, Hospital CEO,
and Victor Blandford, Chairman
of the Hospital Board of Authori-
ty. The funds will be used towards
the initial costs of the architectural
fees for the schematic design and
planning phase of the new emer-
gency room construction project.
The architectural firm, DEJA (Da-
vid E. Johnson Architect), recently
hired by Hendry Regional Medical
Center, will submit the completed
plans to the Agency for Health
Care Administration (AHCA) for
The Hendry Regional Medi-
cal Center (HRMC) Foundation
is comprised of leaders from
Clewiston, LaBelle and Moore
Haven who are committed to the
challenges of raising charitable
funds for the healthcare system of
the hospital.
This past year they gave
$30,000 to Hendry Regional to
refurbish the patient rooms,
and, prior to that, they presented

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A check for $150,000 was presented to Craig Cudworth, Hos-
pital CEO and Victor Blandford, Chairman of the Hospital
Board of Authority by Robbie Castellanos, Chairman of the
HRMC Foundation (on right). The funding will support design
and planning of the new emergency room construction proj-
ect at Hendry Regional (HRMC).

$150,000 to the Convenient Care
Center in LaBelle. (Opened in Oc-
tober of 2007, the LaBelle facility
has already served the healthcare
needs of over 7,000 patients!)
The HRMC Foundation mem-

bers extend a special thank you
to the community for their contin-
ued efforts in "Giving the Gift of
Good Health," and wish everyone
a safe and happy holiday!

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FCB raising fund

for Hope Hospice

Caloosa Belle/Shawn Str
Sue Williams, Judy Reinbott, Susan Vaughan and all of
ida Community Bank wants everyone to get into the ho
spirit by helping them raise funds for Hope Hospice.

The H6pe Hospice Tree is on
display in the Florida Community
Bank-lobby with beautiful but-
terflies available for customers
to purchase. The butterflies are
purchased in memory of friends
and loved ones who are in Hos-
pice Care or have passed away,,
with complete proceeds going to
Hope Hospice for their continued
work in this area.
Additionally, Florida Commu-
nity Bank sold punch and cook-
ies during Christmas in the Park,
with all proceeds going to Hope
Hope Hospice, a not-for-profit
organization, provides resident of
Lee, Hendry and Glades counties
with more than $1 million in un-
reimbursed care annually.- Hope
Hospice will never refuse treat-
ment to anyone simply because

of an inability to pay for ser
Florida Community Ban
be selling butterflies'throu
the holiday season and hop
in the spirit of Christmas ou
tomers and friends will hell
funds for this great organize
Florida Community Ban
full service, community I
financial institution that pr
high quality financial service.
products tailored to fit the ii
ual needs of each client in a
and flexible manner. With
in Hendry, Charlotte, ColliE
Lee counties, Florida Comi
Bank is financially strong,
mitted to profitable growtI
focused on doing what is rig
just what is permissible f
people and businesses of
west Florida. We are "Roo
History and Growing the Fu

Submitted photd/Waddy Thomr

It would take more than a band-aid, super glue and
tape to put this car back together after the LaBelle
Department ripped it apart during a Jaws of Life der
station in the U-Save parking lot.

Health Dept. nam<

new administrator

Department of Health (DOH) an-
nounces the appointment of Pa-
tricia K. Dobbins as Administrator
of the Hendry and Glades County
Health Departments effective
Dec. 12.
Deputy Secretary for Health
Jean Kline, R.N., B.S.N., M.P.H.,
said, "I am pleased that Patricia
Dobbins will continue her excel-
lent service to the Hendry and.
Glades County Health Depart-
ments. Ms. Dobbins' leadership
experience as Executive Commu-
nity Health/Nursing Director has
been an asset to the dedicated
teams at the Hendry and Glades
County Health Departments."
Ms. Dobbins passionately
stated,' "I have so enjoyed my 20
years in public health, first with
the wonderful colleagues in Lee
County and then in Hendry and
Glades Counties. Working with
the dedicated employees who
make a daily difference in rural
public health is a privilege. I look
forward to continuing the mis-
sion of public health as we work
together through -partnerships to
build healthier communities in
Hendry and Glades Counties."
Patricia Dobbins holds a Mas-
ters of Science' Degree in Health
Services Administration. She has
practiced professional nursing for
35 years in a variety of settings,
which includes the Veteran's'Ad-
ministration, in urban and rural
hospitals, as a Nurse Educator for
15 years, as an entrepreneur and
business owner, and currently as
the Executive Community Health
Nursing Director of the Hendry
and Glades County Health De-
partments. Ms. Dobbins has held
her current position for 18 of her
20 years with the state.
Ms. Dobbins is active in numer-
ous local, regional, and state orga-
nizations, committees, task forces
and coalitions as ad advocate for
rural uninsured or underinsured.
She 'has served in leadership

roles for the Florida Asso
of Public Health Nurses a
Florida Public Health Asso
and has received a Public
Nursing Leadership Award
* cia Dobbins is a graduate
University of South Florida
Health Leadership Institu
Robert Wood Johnson Ex
Nurse Fellows Program, a
National Rural Health Asso
Fellows Program.
Ms. Dobbins has ser
an Adjunct Professor at
Gulf Coast University and
the School of Nursing's A
Board. She is a member
.Florida Rural Health Asso
and serves on the Board
Lake Okeechobee Rural
Network. She also serves
Boards of the Healthy Star
tion and the Early Learning



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Darlene L. Rebhorn, 69
SANDWICH, IL Darlene L. Reb-
horn, passed away on.Tuesday, Dec.
9, 2008, in Alden of Waterford in Au-
rora, after a long battle with Alzhei-
mers disease. She was 69.
She was bornon Aug. 26, 1939 in
Aurora, the daughter of the late Mar-
rion N. and Evelyn (Cusic) Bigham.
Darlene was a teacher for many
years at the Lynn G. Haskin Elemen-
tary School in Sandwich, Ill., and
was a member of the T.R.S. She was
a member of the United Church of
Sandwich. Darlene was a loving
mother, grandmother, great-grand-
mother, sister and aunt, who will be
deeply missed by her family .and
rawser many friends.
Flor- In addition to her parents, she was
Aliday preceded in death by her son, Ran-
dall Rebhorn; and her brother, Allen
vices. She is survived by her children,
ik will Rhonda Rebhorn, of Chesterton,
ighout Ind., Russell (Pamela) Rebhorn, of
)e that Sandwich, Ill., and Roger (Teresa)
ur cus- Rebhorn, of Sandwich, Ill.; her
p raise grandchildren, Lisa, Ian, Cory, Han-
ation. nah, Katie, and Drew; her great-
ik is a grandchildren; her sisters, Shirley
based, (Ronald) Reeve, of Lake City, Fla.,
ovides and Marsha Lowery, of Birds, Ill.;
es and and several nieces and nephews.
ndivid- A funeral service was 7 p.m. Fri-
caring day, Dec. 12, 2008 at the Nelson Fu-
offices neral Home & Crematory, 1275 S.
er and Countyline Road, Sandwich, Ill.
munity Burial will be private.
corn- Memorials in Darlene's name may
h, and be made to the Alzheimer's Associa-
ght not tion, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17,
or the Chicago, IL 60601-7633.
South- Arrangements by Nelson Funeral
ited in Homes & Crematory.
Lture." J S Dees, 82
LAKE PLACID J S Dees, of Lake
Placid, passed away on Monday,
Dec. 15, 2008, in Lake Placid Health
Care Center. He was 82.
He was born in LaBelle and came
to Lake Placid in 1990, from Miami
He was a Veteran of the U. S. Navy
serving in World War II. He was a
TV Engineer and a Presbyterian.

Hope Cares

for Veterans

Hope .HealthCare Services
is working to raise awareness
among veterans and their families
pson about the care available to them.
According to Hope President
and CEO Samira K. Beckwith,
more than 50 thousand veterans
duct die each month in the United
Fire States, many of them in Florida.
mon- "Unfortunately many of them are
not getting the care they deserve.
They may be eligible for hospice
care and .other services without
e S even knowing it," she said.
The organization has added an
information page for veterans to
their Web site, to describe the ser-
Svices available and how to access
them. It includes a conversation
with Pete Drake, who served his
country as an AB-3, Third Class
)ciation Aviation Boatswain Mate in the
and the Navy, stationed on the USS Mid-
)ciation way. He is now a Hope Hospice
Health patient.
1. Patri- "America's veterans have
of the earned our gratitude for their ser-
Public vice and dedication. It is our hon-
te, the or and privilege to serve them, en'
ecutive during that they receive the care
and the and respect that they deserve,"
)ciation Beckwith added.
Hope is accredited by the
ved as Community Health Accreditation
Fved as Program (CHAP), the national
Florida leader in improving the quality ol
Sis on care in the home care industry,
advisory and is a recipient of the nationally
of the acclaimed Circle of Life Award fol
ciation excellence and innovation in pa-
of the tient care. Licensed by the State ol
Health Florida since 1984.
on the Support Hope as a donor o01
t Coali-, volunteer by calling 800-835-1673.
g Coali- For more information: http:/,

He is survived by two brother-in-
laws, Walter Wooten of Ortona,
Florida and A B Pooser of Fort
Myers; three nieces and six neph-
Visitation will be today, Dec. 18,
2008, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Chandler
Funeral Home Chapel. A Graveside
Service will be Friday 2 p.m. at Orto-
na Cemetery Ortona, with Pastor
Ray Cameron.
Arrangements Entrusted to Chan-
. dler Funeral Home.

Paula Jimenez, 82
LABELLE Paula Jimenez, 82, of
LaBelle, passed away Saturday, Dec.
13, 2008, in Lehigh Acres.
She was born July 26, 1926, in
Orocovis, Puerto Rico to the late
Ramon Torres and the late Juana
Survivors include four sons, Marce-
lino, Jose Ines, Paulino, Gabriel; sev-
en daughters, Adelaida, Olga,
Evangelista, Gloria, Basilisa, Carmen
Lydia, Myrna.

She was preceded in death by her
sons, Pedro and Luis; and daughter,
Funeral services were held, Tues-
day, Dec. 6, 2008, at Our Lady
Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in
LaBelle with Father Luis F. Albarra-
cin officiating. Interment followed in
Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. The
nine days will be celebrated on
Christmas Eve at 806 Denis Ave. N in
Lehigh Acres.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu-
neral Home LaBelle.


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Caloosa Belle, Thursday, December 18, 2008

LHS Wrestling team

showcases talent

By Coach Armando Ayala
LaBelle High School Wrestling
Senior Team Captain, DJ Timms
demonstrates dominance on the
mat by executing technique, his
will and determination, to win the
Class 1A State Championship at
the 140-pound Weight class. So
far this season, Timms has placed
first at the Golden Gate invita-
tional, Park Vista Invitational and
the Okeechobee Classic. He was
voted "Most Outstanding Wres-
tler" for the lighter weights at the
Park Vista Invitational.
"DJ definitely has the skills to
win a State Championship with
determination 'and dedication to
reaching that goal it can happen,"
says Coach Ayala.
Wrestling is a sport that tests
athlete's mental, physical and
technical abilities to overcome an
opponent. Lacking one of these
skills could spell disastrous for a

Team members, Armando
Ayala, 189 lbs and Jorge Gullien,
160 Ibs both secured third place
finishes at the Golden Gate Invi-
tational. Kane Owens reached
the finals at Park Vista taking
second place in his weight class.
Freshman Andy McAvoy 119 lbs,
finished second place at the Park
Vista JV Tournament and fourth
place at the Okeechobee Clas-
sic when he had to step up and
wrestle at the Varsity level. Timo-
thy Fromm placed second at the
Okeechobee Classic, his first tour-
nament of this season. Other team
members having early success on
the JV Team are: Freshman Gary
Hull 119 Ibs, second place, Wolf-
gang Lynn 119 lbs, first place, Ste-
ven Whidden 152 Ibs, third place
and Christen Sugar 140 lbs fourth
place, during the Park Vista JV
The coaches this year for La-
Belle Cowboys Wrestling are
Head Coach Armando Ayala,
Former LHS Wrestler Mickey Clay
is the Assistant Coach and Colin
Sparks, also a former LHS Wres-
tler will also he helping out.


233 N. Bridge St On the corner of Bridge St & Washington 863-675-0500

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3Bd/2Ba Doublewide on 2.5 Ac. Completely
Fenced With out building. Asking $149,000
1/1 OXBOW DR. Condo $550/M
2/1 AVE H --Moore Haven w/d $550/M
3/1 MLK. IR. Blvd with Carport $600/M

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180 N Bridee Si. LaBelle, FL
(863) 675-6788

Submitted photo/LHS

Winning team
LHS Wrestling team Coach, Ayala and Assistant Coach,
Mickey Clay with their winning team after the Park Vista Tour-

Donna IFine, Broker. Associates
Triiha Arnold. Denise Walker,
Beverly Curis, Part,, Walker.
Wayne Simmons, Charlene Bowen

Fully furnished 4/2 Palm Harbor manufactured
home on 10 +/- beautiful acres. $725,000.
Scenic setting in West Glades Co. 2080 sqft 3/2
home on 5 ac. w/ 24x40 workshop & covered
porches. $355,000
2004 Fleetwood m/h on 2.82 acs. Features include
garden tub, separate shower, spacious kitchen
w/breakfast bar, formal dining, 2 storage sheds,
carport. Lots of space: $180,000
Out of the tension zone. On 5 acres off a quiet
road is a furnished 3BR/2BA with large oaks and
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Genuine Country Feel! Enjoy peaceful days and
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family to enjoy $159,900.
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Separate laundry room, security windows, & water
softener. $130,000.
Country getaway 3 br/2 ba manufactured home
on 2 1/2 acs, fenced and cross-fenced and ready
for horses. $110,000.
3/2 doublewide M/H on 2.5 +/- ac in Pioneer.
Spacious 1809 sq.ft. 3/2 on 1 ac. Vaulted ceilings,
breakfast bar, formal living/dining rooms, family
room, & large master suite w/enormous tub.
Fully furnished 2/2 mobile home on cleared &
few of the many added features. $93,700
3 BD/2BA doublewide on 3.26 beautiful acres on Case
Rd. Home needs TLC Adjoining parcel available.
2006 3 BD/2BA on 1.49 beautiful acres on Case Rd.
Adjoining parcel available $90,000
3/2 mobile in need of repairs, located close to schools
this home offers great potential. $39,900.
.53 +- ac in the city on the North side of SR 80.
.53 +/- ac in the city on the North side of SR 80.

Call or stop by to see more information on all of our listings!

274 N Bridge St LaBelle,FL 33935
Mel King Lie. RE Broker

3/2 DERBY LN Mobile $650/M
3/2on 3rd Ave. Duplex $700/M
2/2 //1 on Showboat Plaza $700/M
3/2/1 4023 E PALOMAR $750/M
3/2 SEMINOLE on 1 acre $750/M
3/2/2 7018 PILGRIM CT $750/M
3/2 340 N. RIVERVIEW ST $750/M
3/1 4007 ALBANY- $750/M
3/2/2 5006 WILDGOOSE new home $750/M
3/2/1 4006 RYE CT $750/M
2/2/1 TOWNHOUSE $750/M
3/2 4910 SEMINOLE on 1 acre $800/M
3/2/2 7018 PILGRIM CT $850/M
2/2 CONDO- Furnished- Lehigh -.$1,000/M
3/2.5/3 ON RIVER For Sale Also $2,000/M

s,+ .. I,.i ,.11 CR 78 in nice established neigh-
...,i,....I I,:l .:,I lot with trees that skirt the
I""',l....' *$84,49OO
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- .. i'.: .i.., .f a tree filled V +/- ac in town
i., ,-. ,: ,:,,-, this 1/2 ac. is located west of
It E:il. I. ... of the most desirable areas.
$5 .000
.. + ,.,1,,i,..: lot in the city. $49,900
... ., i,, fI un S/D $45,000
i,1 .1, H-l ,11 .:. .50 ac+/- $43,000 to $55,000
S.2.) /- tc ul S1,idy Lane in Ortona. $35,000
Many to choose from 1/4 +/- ac. lots in Lehigh
Acres, $24,000 and up
.21 +/- ac. Residential lot in Tropical Gulf Acres in
Punta Gorda. Backs up to a canal. Priced to sell.
Wide variety of homesites in all units of Port
LaBelle. Something for everyone 1/4 ac. to 1/3
+/- ac. Starting at $6,700.
Development potential 8.2 +/- ac of high density
future land use. $975,000
1.15 +/- ac of commercial property w/Cowboy
Way frontage. $575,000.
4.61 +/- ac zoned 1-2. $550,000
HWY 80 frontage in city limits with B-2 zoning.
This .97 acre parcel is your golden opportunity
Additional out parcels and seller financing avail-
able $450,000
Location with a Future! .90 acre in the city limits
offering 200' on SR 80 with B-2 zoning. $392,000
Well established, newer built laundry mat located
south of tovn on SR 29. Sparkling clean and in a
location with promising growth. $375,000
Ideal business corner w/potential for growth.
Additional building site to the east. Building previously
used as attorney's office. 16x12 Storage shed. Centrally
located one block off SR80 & one block from Hendry
Co. Courthouse. $350,000
LAND AND BUILDING ONLY! 1,907 sq. ft. -show-
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Business property w/ office on .65+/- ac on Main
St. $299,900
.82 acre industrial parcel on S. Industrial Loop.
Priced to Sell! $185,000.
Located in the LaBelle Courthouse business
District just one block north of HWY 80 w/B-1 zon-
ing, this well maintained home offers endless pos-
sibilities. Call Now! $175,000

Visit s at

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Outstanding team member
LaBelle High School Wrestling team star, DJ Timms with his
"Outstanding Wrestler" of the tournament trophy.

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5069 NE Tradewinds Cir. 3/2/2 $124,900
7049 Tide Cir. 3/2/2 $159,900
7035 Beaver Cir. 3/2/2 $179,900
9004 E. Broad Cir. 3/2/2 $179,900
LEASED 6049 Acorn Cir. 3/2/2 $179,900 .
3069 NE Beechwood. Cir. 3/2/2 $179,900
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Acreage and Commercial Property also Available


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Holiday sounds
Community Christian School students in fifth through
eighth grade treated residents of Silky's Group Home to
some sounds of the holidays. The group joined the resi-
dents on Dec. 12, singing Christmas songs.

********** HOMES **********
* Beautiful custom built hme on river w/high
ceilings, split floor plan, stainless steel appli-
ances, caged pool and large patio area. Also
includes a 10,000 pound boat lift. $525,000
* Corporate owned! 4/3, caged pool, steal
building, and huge gazebo all on 3 acres right
outside of LaBelle. $158,900
* Nice 3/1 CBS in Port LaBelle. Seller says make
offer! $105,000.
* Corporate owned! This 2006 CBS home is a'
steal. NDE t ONTRA rad-
ed kitched cabinets. 104,500
* Nic ''' rad-
ed kit cf 419 ,'1 ,W ,
* Fisherman's weekend retreat: 3/2 stilt home,
w/covU iRfnONTRACTve in
condition. $80,000.
* Pri e wlla D iti fl",o far
from tiJ W IU. "AL 1
* Corporate owned! 3/2 CBS located in Lehigh
Acres.UNDE gG TRAC utes
form Ft Myers. $78,000.
* Corporate owned! 4/2 located only a couple
miles away form Lake Placid, $69,900.
* 1,446 sq. ft. urtjt" l(yflrpet, corner lot.
$68,900. ...

c 22 o vse rsized corner lot in LaBelle. Ceramic
* 2/2 on oversized corner lot in LaBelle. Ceramic

tile, single car garage. Screened porch and lots
more. $64,900.
* Lehigh Cororate owned! 2006 CBS home
with NtERt ONT G iRAT con-
dition. $57,000
* ^Lei iatfi i4 car
garageUt ralr ti U more.
* Lehigh Corrate owned! 3/2 CBS in immac-
ulate cUNBERedONTRATuyer.
* Lehigh Centrally located 3/1.5 CBS home on
.30 ofan acrea, $44,900.
* Great investment potential! 1BR/1B home on a
corner lot. Homes needs some work... but is
priced to sell. $25,000
********** MOBILE HOMES **********
* Need more "living" room? 2,152 sq ft of luxuri-
ous living. This 4BR/2B home on 10+/- acres has
it all, from it spacious family room w/stone fire-
place, master suite w/ office, covered porch, and
fencing for horses. This one is a steal @ only
* Size will surprise you! 2BR/2B home on 10+/-
acres is very well kept and former module home.
Features a warm comfortable living room w/gas
fireplace, spacious kitchen, front & real covered
porches. $250,000
* Minutes from tranquility! Nice 3/2 manufac-
tured home on 2.41+/- acres. Ample kitchen,

stone fireplace and plenty of yard. $155,000.
* Plenty of room for gardening on these 2.29+/-
acres with a 3/2 manufactured home. Motivated
seller. $150,000.
* Relax the rural way! Situated on 1.25 acs in
growing Montura, beautiful new 2006 3/2 manu-
factured home with over 1100 sq ft of living area.
* Want country living without the long drive to
the city? Get the best of both worlds with this
3BR/2BA home on 2.29+/- acres on Case Road.
Enjoy the quiet & privacy plus a wood burning
fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and Texas sized
rooms! $124,900.
* Two for the price of one! All on one acre. 3/2
well maintained manufactured home plus a 2/2
manufactured home. Plenty of fruit trees and oak
trees. All offers welcome! $114,900
* Let's make a deal! 3 bedroom 2 bath home fea-
tures built in cabinets, large master bath, spa-
cious kitchen, and plenty of ellow room thru the
rest of the house. Outside you will find a fenced
yard and storage shed. $110,000
* Needing Privacy? Beautiful 4.58 a/c +/- with
older mobile home. (potential rental income)
outside city limits. Priced to sell! $93,000
* Great home, Great price, hard to beat!
Remodeled 3/2 on .50 acre in Horseshoe Acres. A
must see! $77,000.
* Immaculate 3/2 located in LaBelle city limits.

Fenced back yard, metal roof, paved circular
driveway, and much more. $75,000
* Starter home or investment! 2/1 on 1.86 acres with
Florida room and covered porch. Priced to sell.
* Corporate owned! 3/2 just a few miles south of
LaBelle. Needs a little TLC. $55,575.
* Affordable starter or rental home. 3/1.5 on corner
lot in Moore Haven. $50,000.
Call about our vacant land!
********** LOTS **********
* .29 +/- acre in Belmont S/D. Priced to sell at
only $42,000. Possible seller financing.
* Call about our Port LaBelle lots
********** COMMERCIAL **********
* REDUCED! Great investment property!
Located just feet from SR80 in LaBelle. The build-
ing has over 1800 square feet of office space and
has plenty of room for parking. The floorplan has
the advantage of being able to be split into 2 sep-
arate rental offices, while still providing a com-
mon lobby area. $369,900
* Log Cabin BBQ Centrally located in LaBelle
with 167+/- feet of frontage on SR80. $299,9001
* Prime 20+/- acre potential commercial parcel
located near West Glads Elementary in Muse and
just minutes away from downtown LaBelle.
$3.50 per square foot.
* Invest now build later! Corner lot outside city
limits near town. $155,000.

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8 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, December 18, 2008

Elementary School

Mrs. Jordan's Class

Dear Santa,
How are you & your wife, &
the elves, & your reindeer doing?
I am doing fine in school.'I am
going to send this to you. I want
these for Christmas a new pair of
shoes, x box 360, x box, laptop,
skate bords, a bow & arrow, En-
cyclopedia set A-Z, a big Ameri-
can flag, thank you very much
Merry Christmas
Alejandro Browning

Dear Santa,
Hi Santa? How is Mrs. Claus,
the elves, and the reindeer? I have
been very nice this year. Here are
the things I want this year. The
first thing is a mp3 player and the
second thing I want is a labtop
and the last thing I want is some
schoolsupplies for next year.
Merry Christmas,
Stephanie Benitez

Dear Santa,
Hey Santa, How are you and
Mrs. Claus and the elf's and
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen,
Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen,
Rudolph and your Sleigh?
The things I want is one X
box-360 controller, a Gears of
War Xbox-360 Video game, a star
Wars The Clone Wars AT-ET and
a Obi-Wan figure and a Bichicle
Mezeka Vehicle.
I forgot to tell you Im you in a
play Hooray!!!
Merry Christmas,
Thayer Stem
PS. If your lucky and I have
enough money I'll get you a Trid-
mill so you can start working out

Dear Santa, How are you
doing? Aow is Miss Claus do-
ing? How are your elfves doing?
I would like a Play Station two,
three, PSP, and a labtop. that is
what I want for Christmas. I hope
you make it come true.
Merry Christmas,
Sincerely, Briseida L. Aguilar

Dear Santa
How are your elves? Well this
is what I want for Christmas.
I want a Narnia 2 Movie, and a
Idog with a Itouch. Plus One Mil-
lion Dollars, and a remote con-
trol Boat.
Merry Chrismas,
Cesar Dobbins

Dear Santa,
I wonder what your doing
right now. I bet your elvs are do-
ing good. I wonder how it feels
like to be Santa. the very first
thing I want is the game Wii
and an Ipod that comes with the
camra. The very last thing is a
great time with my family.
Merry Christmas
Rosio Moreno,

Dear Santa,
Hey Santa I hope you your
elves and Mrs. Claus are doing
fine. I have been good this year
so I hope I get lots of presents.
The number one thing I want is a
Wii, the second thing I want is a
XBOX 360, the third thing I want
most of all is a PSP. Please and
Merry Christmas,
Angel Vargas

Dear Santa, How are you
doing? I am doing good if you
ase me. How is Mrs. Closs and
roodalf and the others? I want
Toy Solders with an Xbox 360
and a remote counted plane with
a computer and a bike.
Merry Christmas.
Tristan Williams

Dear santa, I now I was a little
mean, but I want for Christmas is
a Xbox, Xbox 360, Ps3, Ps2, Psl,
Psp, Paint Ball Gun.
Merry Christmas,
Carlos Reyna

Dear Santa,
How are you Santa? I am do-
ing gart. How is your elf? How
is your wife? I now you are do-
ing gart dis year. I now am not
naughty this yare. I want for
christmas a game name Top Gun
Sand five Hot Wheels car3 please!
Merry christmas,

Dear Santa,
How are you and your wife
and the elves? Do you get gifts
on Cristmas? If I didn't get pres-
ents I would be miserable! What
do you do when it's not close to
christmas time? The main thing I
want for cristmas is a pogo stick
and that's all I have to say.
Merry christmas,
lyler Burton

Dear Santa,
How are yqu doing? How is
Mrs. Clauas doing? How are the
Elves? How do you get all those
presents all over the world?
Are the bells on the harnest re-
ally magic? I want a playstaion.
I want a Xboy 360 and A radio
control truck.
Merry chrismas,
Carson Hayes

Dear Santa
How doing? I am do-
ing fine. How is Mrs. Claus do-
ing? Also the elves?
For Christmas I want my mom
to have enough money to pay
the morgeg. The second thing is
a ferret. That is all I want.
Merry christmas,
Carina Castano

Dear Santa,
What I want for chrismis is a
Star wars: the clone wars AtbEt.
I also want two: StarWars: the
clone wars repodlik crugers and
the repodlik flago ship and give
my brother the same thing and
my brother some star wars: the
clone wars figers, And any thing
Kyle Holt

Ms. Lofton
3rd Grade

Dear Santa,
What are you and Mrs. Santa
doing? I am doing so good at
school and home. For christmas
I want you too come and make
me have the best christmas
Lov, Charmikka Broughton.

Dear Santa,
How is Rudolph and are the
elves busy? I am doing good in
school and can I have a ipod
toutch and 1 new skatbord and
so I can see my family at mexi-
Andres Chairez

Dear Santa,
How are you an Mrs. Santa?
I'm doing good in school. I'm
having straight A's too. I hope I
can get two or one game for my
nintendo ds. And I hope that my
whole Family and friends are bet-
ter and less sick. I love you Santa,
Luz Flores

Dear Santa
How are you and your wife?
How are the reindeer? Santa I
want a psps, fourwheeler, bull-
dog. If you can do that for me
Love, Jesus Gonzalez

Dear Santa,
How are you doing? I am do-
ing good in school geuss what
I want a ipodtouch. I have two
more thing if you can take me on
your sled
Sincerely Love Alex Ibarra

Dear Santa,
How is Rudolph? I'm eat-
ing Heathy food. If there is such
thing as a book that helps you
beat Kindom Hearts 2. I would
like a puppy And a movie for my
from, Calista Jones
Dear Santa, How are you do-
ing? I have been good in school.
I wish for a Laptop and some
cloths but the most importment
thing is I wish you a Merry Christ-
mas. Love Madelyn Munson

Dear Santa,
How are you doing? I have
bin doing good in school. I wish
I had a Wii, a 4 wheeler, a mp3
Love Gary Perez

Dear Santa,
How short are the elves. I have
been helping my sister with her
home work. Can I have a X box
360. Can we have a pool. Can we
all have a good day.
Josue Rios

Dear Santa,
How are you can you still fit in
chimneys. I eat healthy food. and
I want a Psp and a skateboar and
a Playstation 3.
Sincerely Diego Roblero

Dear Santa
How bright is RudolPh's
nose? I helP my mom around the
house. I wish for A wii and a lap-
top and some clothes.
Mirian Ruiz

Dear Santa,
How bright is rudolph's nose?
I have been mowing the lawn. I
help my mom clean my room.
Three things I want is a skate-
board and I want my grandma
to come from Mexico and some
Ernesto Saucedo

Dear Santa, Did you have .a
great summer?. How is Mrs. San-
ta. Can you give me a Nintendo
DS and a ipod and a skateboard
if you can. I have been helping
my mom. sincerely, Sebastian

Dear Santa,
How is Mrs. Santa? I have been
helping my mom for the baby. I
wish I had a another barbie, a an-
other baby, doll and I wish I get a
meduim house Santa.
Evelia Zamora

Dear Santa,
how have you binin the work
shop? I have bin helping my
mom with my wonderful chores
if you can I would love an Ipod
ads and last but not lest a blue
psp thank you.
Kaleandra Solis

Ms. Williamson
3rd Grade

Dear Santa,
What I want for christmas is
a trampoline or a big swimming
pool. Another thing I want is
a wii with games. I would like
cloths and jewlery. I want a Han-
naH.Montana stage with a micro-
phone but the stage needs to be
small. I would also want a High
School musical digital camera and
a ipod Touch.
Merry Christmas,

Dear Santa,
I would like some kneeknock-
ers and some pants and a dog..
And a DS game about dogs and
a pretty hooded jacket and boot
with fur. And some shoes cool
Merry Chirstmas,
Kymberlee Chance

Dear Santa,
What I want for Chrismas is
a lot of Wresleing cards. A Wii
with a lot of Games and a wres-
lein gene for Wii. A spiderman
costume for me.
Sincerily Salvador,
Merry Chrismas

Dear Santa,
can you give me for christ-
mas, a wii, with a game that you
thik is good for me. A internet if
I'm good or noty. Merry Chist-
mas, Rene

Dear Santa,
I would like an Ipod or a P.S.P.
Also I would like a happy day for
my family. Also can I get a cum-
puter or a High School Musicel
activity please. Santa I also want
to meet you in person and your
raindeers and have a very good
christmas. Also another thing I
want to go to Mexico.
Merry Christmas,
Stephany -9

Dear Santa, I want a dog and 2
pairs of pants. I want 3 shirts and
a game for my DS I want Sonic
and Dog and I most like want
BaBies. I want lots of toys. and a
laptop with internet that you do
not have to pay for. I also want
it to snow or just see snow, and
that's all I want.
the End,
Merry christmas,

Dear santa,
I want a ps3. And voide games
and play guns and boad games.
Toys card games to. But most
of all I want you to fix my dads
back. I would not want any thing
elase, if that hapind. That would
be a Christmas miracle.
Merry Christmas

Dear Santa,
What I want for Chrismas is a
Xbox 360 and the Game is Halo
3 the Game and lots more stuf
like 3 different cides of games for
psp and I wish I'hade a Wii and
Shoot Gun and lots of toys and a
Dell laptop that has internet. And
I want a cool treehouse that has
a tv and a pet Shark and a Soet


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Jenny Morgan would like to wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year'

Meching in Side my treehouse
that has lot of sistam and lot of
Merry Chrismas, Santa.
Erik 13 Salinas

Dear Santa,
I want for Christmas is glasses
that you wear. And a gutar. And
a little minnie digital camera's of
High School Musical. Then I want
some boots but furry, sixe 3. And
a watch, necklace, bracelet. Next
a dress, jacket and a all the shirts
of HSM3. The dolls of HSM3 and
a bike.
Merry Christmas,

Dear Santa,
I hope you can give me a Nin-
tendo Wii, but their more, than
that. I want a MP3 player to. I
would like a game. I would like
a swimming pool. A trampleing,
but I want more like an IPOD.
last but not least a bike.
Merry Christmas,
Jaime Rios

Dear Santa,
I would like a New game for
my Gamecube. I would like a
New iPod touch. I would like a
New bike. I would like a New
tv. I would like a X box 360 with
games. I would like a Will with
games.I would like New shoes
Merry christmas
Sergio 14

Dear Santa,
I will like a i touch and Han-
nah Montana shose and a sate
ove Hight school muscle 3. And a
new Hannah Montana bookbag
or Hight school muscle bookbag.
Merry christmas

Dear Santa,
I wis you cud Brmeme in ipod
that I rile wot Becus my mom
and Dad do not have mune for
in ipod I now you wast to much
mune but I rile wot it.
Merry Christmas
Luz Maria

Dear Santa,
I want a X Box 360 the game

star wars the complete Saga and,
I want Lego Indiana Jones and, a
samas the little ones and, a PSP
and a skine playstointoin.
Merry Chistmas.

Mrs. Barbara Stinnett
3rd Grade

Dear Santa,
Is it cold there Santa?
My name is Pedro Castillo an
I on the good list Santa. I wish I
had a new bike that is green and
a game for ds and I want to go to
disny world.
Pedro Castillo and Merry

Dear Santa,
How is the weather up at the
North Pole?
My name is Monica Banda.
I have been good sometimes.
When you are carrying your bag
full of toys remember to bring me
a turtle, and maybe some cloths,
and a phone.
Monica Banda

Dear Santa,
Santa, is Christmas the best
time of the year you love?
I'm Kyle Heggie Santa Claus.
Have I been good Santa Claus?
Santa when your packing your
bag, can you bring me a 70cc
dirtbike, a couple of playstation
and DS video games, and a lot of
remote control toys.
Love always
Kyle Heggie

Dear Santa,
Are you ready for Christmas I
My name is Samuel
I have been good all year
I got you 3 wishes this year. 1.
I want a xbox 360 2. I dirt bike 3.
New Ipod.

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Letters Ms. Paul Upthegrove
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Dear Santa,
Is it cold in the North Pole? My
name is Freddy Mendez. Santa
am I in the good list or the bad
list? If am in the good list can I
have a wresiler, a toy with colors
and numbers and makes sound
for my baby brother, and cloth-

Dear Santa
Are you working good with
the elves. My name is Jesus
Tamez. I tryed to be good but I
was not perfect.
I wish I had Wii for a game.
I wish I had a Ds for Christ-
I wish I had a ipod for Christ-
Jesus Tamez

Dear Santa,
How is the weather at south
Hi I am Janet Raya.
Have I been good or naughtly
I wish I have a DS for Christ-
I wish I have a wii.
I wish I get a game for the
Janet Raya

Dear Santa,
I'm I in her good list Santa how
.is Rudolph. -I am nine years old
and I am in school. I been good a
lot of time ok Santa. I want a wii
and lot of gifts on Christmas and
psp and ps3 Merry Christmas
Santa and Mrs. Santa.
Your friend
Marvin Raya

Dear Santa
Is it preety in the South pole?
I am Alexis Brummett.
I have tryed to be good.
Here is what I wish for. I wish
I had a ipod.
T .'wish for apupy.
I wish I had a new pair of ear-
That is all I wish for.
Love, Alexis

Dear Santa,
Are you busy with the elfs?
Santa my name is David Andrade.
Santa am I a good boy because I
was trying to be a good boy am I
on the good list I hope I am. can
I please have a wee, a game for
my PsP, and a Palysachen game
called Raw vs Smack down 2009.
Mary Chritmas Santa

Dear Santa,
Am I on the good list this
year? My name is Kacie. I think
I am on the good list this year. I
wish that I had fish things to go
with my room, and a blue lava
lamp sencerely,
Kacie T.

Dear Santa,
how is Rudolph is he ready for
the best Christmas ever. Well my
name is Francisco Gomez. I been
good. I would like an Xbox and a
pool and a skate bord.
Sincerely Francisco

Dear Santa,
How is the weather at the
South Pole?
My name is Juan G. Madrid.
Am I on your kid's good list?
If I am can I have a four wheel
and laptop and a Merry Christ- evrerone.
Juan G. Madrid

Dear Santa I've been good this
year and I was wondering if you
can get me a video game called
the incredible HulK and un ipod,
four wheeler, game boy, and
a camera. I hope you bring my
all those things irt your sack for
Christmas santa.
Love Pedro N.

Dear Santa
Am I on the good list? Well I
think I shud be, Well you bring
me three gifts whin you pack
up? if you do here are the three
things. A pare of tenushoes I
where a sisyes four or a five. A
radeyow please. The last thing is
make my Mom and Dad happy.
Marry Christmis Santa P.S. thank
you for every thing Sincerely
Angelica Cuellar
Dere Santu
howe are you doing: If bene
good thess yere uell tried to. I
want a baek and bender rose and
Have a Happy holloda

Dear Santa,
I want for Camistas is for
neinand Des and a x box 360
with holol 3 1 2 and langes. One
playstsh 2 with sicuo and shes
and a new bike with brusths and
two peoalpe.
Edgar Vasquez
Dear Santa,
I want present. What kind?
Well I want a laptop, a real bra-
clet, and fancy cloths with some
high heels. Next, I want a board
with an earaser and expo, Then
a desk. The reason .1 want these
stuff its because I play teacher I
want the laptop on my desk. 'A
braclet because I always wanted
one in years, I want the fancy.
cloths to wear while I'm play-
ing then some high heels for I
can tap While I am walking. And
Finilly I want a board with expos.
Santa I wish you can give me all
this stuff but if you can Just give
me a laptop. Please that's all I tell
Aleida Jimenez
Dear santa,
If you please may you bring
me a nintendo DS, a new bike, a
pair of tennis shoes, a gameboy,
a remote control car, six pakets
of notebooks like this a set of
legos,.and a cap.
I hope you can bring me all of
Neftali Arellano
Ps. you can bring me somth-
ing you might think I would like
Dear Santa,
Should like for you to give me
something. This is what I would
like for Christmas. I want a bra-
clet, earings, A small White board
with the expo, New clothes, New
Shoes, HaNNaH Montana Neck-
Lace, HANNH Montan watch,
A Laptop, psp and a HaNNAH
MONtana Magazina, HANNAH
MoNtana POSter a calader too A
Phone 2 Boxcar children Books.
Book, A HANNA MONtan Movie
The 3 D. That's all Hope you get
me something.
Jennifer Ixmay
Dea Santa
I want an XBOX 360 with
Halo, Halo 2, and Halo 3. Want
a playstation 3 with Gitar Hero
3. I want a nintido DS with Gitar
Dustin Cooper
Dear Santa,
I want a new skateboard and
a new toy remote chroll car. Want
I really want is a Logo bloks. But I
want a D.S. Game with pokemon
game. I want a baseball kort, I,
want new clouth and sum shoes.
And for my family I love them I
want them to have fun.
Love Ricardo Balderas
Dear Santa,
I want a small, little puppy for
chrismas and 20$ to buy things
for my pupy and can I get apart
of your hair. I want to show if you
are real or not. If you don't get
me hair then your not real. I wish
I could go to the northpole and
see how you make the toys San-
ta, What is chrismas about. Can I
please shave your beard. ooooh
and a PSP and games for it.
Dulce Callijas
Dear Santa,
I want Hannah Motana toys
please and i want sing it for wii.
I want a Hannah Motana camera
and i want a monkey phonto that
holds photos from a camera. I
love you Santa. And Hannah Mot-
ana stuff for my room. And Han-
nah Motana Mp4 player that is a
ridoe. I want the Hannah Motana
game' for ds. I want a Hannah
Motana t.v, Santa i want to get a
picture with you Santa.
Love Haley

Mrs. Greenleaf
3 Grade

Dear Santa Claus,
I want something for Christ-
mas. I want a Littest pet Shop for
Christmas. I even want a Barbie
the Pet Show for Christmas and
I want something else it is a cup
cake machine. I even want a fake
horse, the color of it is brown
and white and that's all, Love
Berniece Cervantes from LaBelle
and you live at the North Pole

Dear Santa
Hi I would like this for Christ-
mas. I would like a electric scoot-
er, MP3 player, Nintendo DS,
Guitar Hero Aerosmith, a little
Rudolph toy, and a puppy.
Your friend,
Martena Gutierrez

Dear Santa,
How are you at the North Pole.
For Christmas I want a Nintendo
DS Please deliver my presents
when I am sound asleep.
Your friend

Dear Santa Claus
For Christmas I want a play
Station 3, a wii a Pysco, an elec-
tric,Scooter, and Ipod and a Cin-
derella bed I also want a Cinder-
ella tv, a puppy, a kitten, and a
Nintendo DS, a princess doll, and
a Mp3 player
Your friend
Shacora Denise Jones.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Claus,
Hi! I'm hoping I didn't get my-
self on the naughty list, just be-
cause I fight with Shaelyn. Santa,
I would like the Holiday Barbie,
Rinco's Surf Shop, a Bratz Girls
Really Rock Doll With a set of
drums, and maybe a Lemany
Snicket book, if I can get all of
it. If they have a backstage case
for my Hannah Montana doll.
Does Mrs. Claus sew? How are
the elvqs? I hope the elves are
Preparing for Christmas. I might
bake cookies for you and Mrs.
Claus. Save some for Mrs. Claus.
Kayley Boddy

Dear Santa Claus,
How has your day been at the
North Pole? I really want a new-
born kitten and a MP3 player. I
want the kitten because one of
my kittens died. I want the MP3
player because my CD player
doesn't work anymore. I have
been very good.
Happy Merry Christmds
Your Friend;
Odalys Martinez Villa

Dear Santa,
How is it in the North Pole?
SHow are you and Mrs. Claus, and
how is Rudolph and the ethers?
What I want for Christmas is
a Play Station 3, Nintendo DS,
Xbox 360, new bike Spyro the
game for Play Station 2, and last
Spider-Man 3 the game for Play
Station 2.

Dear Santa,
Hey, how is North Pole? I want
to go there. For Christmas I want
Nintendo DS and decorations for
my room. I'm a good student but
don't ask Mrs. Greenleaf Bye.
Gabriela Pleitez

Dear Santa
How are you doing up there?
How are your elves too? Also
how is Rudolph? How are you

and your nine reindeer Rudolph,
Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Don-
ner, Vixen, Prancer, .Dasher, and
Dancer. Here is what I want for
1 Game boy
2 eletri scootar
3 lap top
4 Cell Phone
5 bookshelf
6 more books
7 bigger white board
8 MP three player
9 pod
10 PSP
11 The Dimed Castels
12 Bigge TV set
Your friend
Emilie Hull

Dear Santa
How are you doing in the
Noth Pole? I want a DS, Playsta-
tion, mp3 player, Age of Empire,
computer, Prancer and Dasher.
Dorian Strickland

Dear Santa
I want to know how you are.
Is Rudolph doing ok? Santa I
want Guitar hero Aerosmith, Ni-
tendo dS play Stion 3, play Sta-
tion 1, and games.
p.s. I-have been a good boy
Your friend
Kohl Carmona

,Deer Santa,
I wont for Christas a D,S, From
Santa claus. And a Mp3 player.
Jonathan Escobedo

Dear Santa Claus
I want an Ipod with movies
and songs. and games, a DS with
games. Mps player with songs
and a PSP with games come with
it. new Bisecl, Bionicle, the good
guys and transformers. That's all
I want
Your friend
Hazoel Villaneva

Mrs. Groce
3 Grade

Dear Santa,
I hope you are having a good
time up in the North pole.
I bet the reindeer are ready to
It must be cold up at the North
Somepeople I meet don't be-
lieve in you, but I do. And I have
been good this year. I hope you
bring me lots of presents! I don't
care what you bring me cause
I like all your gifts like that doll
house from last year!
Emily Royal

Dear Santa, I have been a good
little Baby Boy. I have helPed my
mom, my dad and Braty little
Brother and my Big Sister too.
Oh ya so I have been a good Boy
who helPs. But I want tell you
everything I wont. First I want a
remote control Cobra Mustange
GT, a Red mongoose Bike, a Led
TV, a cell Phone and Finally to get
the movie I go to Jupan.
Love Luis Custodie

Dear Santa,
I have helped- my step mom

feed our baby goats. I wonder
if it is cold at the North Pole be-
cause it is a little cold down here
in Florida. I hope it is hoter soon
because I am used to the hot in-
stead of the cold. I want a t.v. for
my room and an I pod to listen
to in the car and other places. I
would like to have a nintendo
and another game called ninten-
dogs. It is a fun game.

Dear Santa,
I was good all year. And I want
my family to have a very very spe-
cial christmas and I want whole
family to have matching rings.

What I would like for christmas
is an I Pod & Nintendo Ds & a
fancy diamond ring. If you can
get that I would like for my mom
is a blue fuzzy sparking dress and
for my dad maybe three or four
golf clubs an I wish my family a
great merry christmas.
Hi Santa

Dear Santa
How are you? I hope it's cold
up there. Well it's hot down here.
I hope are ready to come to La-
Belle Florida. I have been good
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this year. Oh and I Just been bad then we can camp so I v
one time. I hope you don't put go to MY house and I v
coal in my stocking for that. I a good chfistmas and mi
been cleaning my room helping and you and all of your el
my mom, and doing my chores. your wife Love: Austin M(
I hope you bring me lots of toys
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because I never played one r .
Love 3 Grade
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p.s. Nintendo's are cool

Dear Santa,
How are you santa? I bet there
is now rest for the elves and you
Santa., I hope it is so cold, up
there. I would like a lot of stuff
Santa. I would like to have a bike.
If I could write more letters to
you on one of them I Would say
thank you Santa and hello Santa.
Love blake Crawford f
to Santa

Dear Santa, I have been good.
Can you come to my house and
Bring me Presnts? I want a Four
wheeler, A truck And That's All I
am helping my Mom still around
The Yard and When I'm Done I
will Do The Kitchen. Then It will
Be christmas and when You bring
my presents I can open Them.
Love, Thomas

Dear Santa,
I have bEEn really good This
year. I hope you bring me lots of
I would like you to bring me
a dog it's namE is Biscuit it does
all kinds of things: Thank you so
mucH Hope I get It
Love, Jordan Miller

Dear Santa,
How are you? I've been very
good this year. I've been helping
my mom out around the house.
I'Ve been wishing to get some
toys. I want the All'terrain tacti-
cale enforcer lego set and the At-
tack republican,gun Ship set for
Christmas I hope you bring them
love Jake Coronada
-r Dear Santa
I helped my mom vaccume
the carpet and helped my mom
mow the lawn. I helped my
brother clean his room a lot of
times and helped my mom dry
and clean the dishes. I want the
Legend of King Arthur
P.S. I want the whole lego set
,of Legend of King Arther
Love Jose Java

Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want. a lot of
toys. I've been so good. And I
help my mom with the dishes at
home. And I help clean the yard.
I also got gopd grades on my re-
port card. The toy I want the most
is a nintendo Ds. I wish I can see
the elves. I wounded if it is really
cold at the North pole,
By Jaileen Galaviz

Dear Santa Clause
How are you this year? I have
been good this year (well not
that much) But I have the same
grade I had last reportcard. I
have helped my Mom and Dad
do work and do what they say so
can you Bring Me a Presents like
a XBOX 360 or nintendo wii and
nintendo Ds and IPod and I wish
you a Merry Christmas
Love Zenia Mendoza

Dear Santa,
for christmas I hope you can
give me an Ipod this year I wish
you can put songs on it like Han-'
nah Montana High school musi-
cal Jonas Brothers and Ashley
Tisdale goby o Donis and soulja
bpy and soulja girl and. Miranda
Love Yessica

Dear Santa
I have been good this year But
all I. want is peace cause I want
this christmas to be peaceful and
for giveful and no toys or game
or any thing elas just peace But.
:Just one thing I is a chywawa
cause their so cute and a PSP and
a Baby Wild Dog and that's all I
please make it peaceful please.
Love Jose Narez

Dear Santa
I know you have been work-
ing hard. So have 1. I have been
really good. I help my Dad at
work and at home. I help my
mom with mY sister and clean
the house and decorate the tree
and put up the christmas lights. I
clean the pets cage wash Dishes,
help put up stockings. I hope you
can get me a DS trampoline and
a Pool
Sincerely Ramon

Dear Santa.


Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is a
wii, Xbox 360, and lego star wars
for Playstation2. I can't wait to go
to my gradma's house. We're go-
ing to eat roast beef.
Jose Hernandez-Trejo

Dear Santa,
You know what I want for
Christmas? It is a new veiod
games. You know what they are
called? The First one is sonic un-
leashed and the Second is god of
war changes of ulipus in eluding a
PSP. And the third one is Called
Bleach With a wii for my brother.
A finally the last thing I want is
god of war. Also there the great-
est thing I want is a game boy
with Pack Man.
Sincerely Felix Flores

Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want a Tribot
So I can use him as an alarm so I
can wake up in the morning be-
cause I always wake up late, be-
cause I have basketball games in
the morning at eight a.m. What
I really want is a wii with every
control because there is this.wii
play game and it has baseball,
bowling, golf, and basketball I
want the wii wheel because it
has a Mano cart game and that's
what I want for Christmas
love Isaiah

Dear Santa,
This is what I want for Christ-
A ball, jumprope, a Iphone, a
laptop, a PSP. a puppy, and a pige

Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want a bike,
a game boy, a Xbox with a Xbox
game, a Nentindo DS with a
Nentindo DS game with it, A Han-
na Montana twister dance game,
a laptop with games to put on my
laptop, a mp3 player, a Ipod, and
a Jungle in muy pocket, A Tinker-
bell collectshone, earrings a Har-
ry Poter book set, a DVD movie
player with movies with it, a Bolt
game with my Nentindo DS, my
little pet shop degenle game, and
a watch, A Hanna Montana Ja-
ket, a fourweeler, a Scooter, and
moon Sandidirt bike, wii
Deanna Martinez

Dear Santa,
Things I want for Christmas
are ... Laptop,.Guitar Hero world
tour for Xbox 360 Thats all I want
fo Christmas. Thank you for all
the Presens you leave my family
arid I.
P.S. Thank you
Navi Garcia

Dear Santa,
I' wish I could have a horse
trailer, a bunny, a skate board, a
guitar, a wii, a globe of the united
states, and a CD of Talle Switht.
Karli Henry

Dear Santa,
I was a good boy. I wanted to
know can I get a four wheeler? If
you can't get it I want a motor-
cycle. I will probably take care
of my monm and dad. Can I get a
Xbox 360 and a will and to stay at
my friend's house?
Marquis Mitchell

Dear Santa,
I want a Movie The Movie I
want is Alvin and the Chipmunks.
I want a guitar. I Love guitars.
. They are awesome. I want a
Song Tayller Swith.
SLove Vanesa

Dear Santa,
I want a bike and DS, remolt
control truck, scooter, four weel-
er, Xbox 360, dirtbike, wii, Play
Stayshon two, MP3 Player, IPod,
60 Yu-GuOh cards, and 59 Boca-
Alexander Lares

Dear Santa,
All the things I want are a blue
laptop, a new flat screen TV, ten
different shorts, and ten shirts.
One of the ones I really want are
all the R.L. Stine and Jude Blume
books. The last thing is a MP4
Player. Please I've .been good all

Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want two new
DS games. For clothes I want
High school muscle clothes. Will
I get a Wii for Christmas? For one
of the DS game I want is Imagein
Popstar. I want to go to Mexico
for Christmas. I want a puppy
for Christmas. That all I want for
Angela Leos

Dear Santa,
Do you know what I want for
I want a video game and I
want a MP3 player. I want a new
bike, a huge T.V., and a comput-
Tanya Ramirez

Dear Santa,
My family and I would like a
wii and games like wii fit, Gutair
Hero, and Mario games. In my
stocking I want boy things. Our
backup is a trampolene. So we
can bounce and do flips. Our
family has been really good.
Maddie Johnson

Dear Santa,
I want a XBox for Christmas I
want a bike and I. want a big tv
for my Mom. I want to go See
Bo Campbell

Dear Santa,
I like you so much and am
I still on the nice list too let me
know. and Santa can I have some
ricky ricota books and captain
underpants books too. love Bry-
an Cornejo P.S. I like legos.

Dear Santa,
All the gifts. I want is a Cand
land, a wii, a scooter, a new bike,
a DS, a Xbox 360, a Guitar Hero
game, a MP3 Player, IPod, a idog,
a Play Stayshon3, a tramplen,


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Dear Santa,
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Cristmas is my favorite holiday.
I like cookies and milk too.
Love, Monique Lareto

Dear Santa
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If I get one, or two, or three, or
Four presents.
Love to all
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Auctions 105
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Personals 150
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Pregnant? Considering adop-
tion? A successful educated
woman seeks to adopt, and
needs your help Will. be a
loving full-time mom. Finan-
cial security. Expenses paid.
Call Lisa. (800) 900-2980,
pin 00. FL Bar# 0150789.

BLONDE LAB Approx 2 yr.
old male. Lost in vic. of Cle-
wiston. Dearly missed.
Please call (863)805-2822

CATS Free to a good home.
2 Beautiful cats. Neutered
and shots current. Leave a
message if no answer.
Mammograms, Breast Can-
cer Info FREE
Towing, Tax Deductible,
Non-Runners Accepted,
SHED 1977, metal, 810 sq.
ft., to be removed from lot,
can be reassembled or sold
for scrap. (561)697-1821

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8am ?,
480 Caloosa Estates Drive

PORT LABELLE S31, 12 20,
8am til 1pm, 4005 Albany
Rd., in back of house. Elec-
tronics, Bed, Baby Items,
Clothing, TV & HH Items &
* Much More.

Tall Guy- Secure, Semi-Re-
tired, 60, To meet Attractive
Gal or Couples for Dining,
Traveling, etc. (863)946-3123
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Wanted 220
Job Information 225
Job Training 227
Sales 230

Nurse Manager
2 yrs supervisory exp.
needed and current FL LPN
license. Competitive salary
& Excl benefits. Fax re-
sume to (561) 924-3405
or apply at:
FL Community
Health Centers,
170 S. Barfield Hwy,
Ste 103, Pahokee, FL.
Must have 1 yr. exp.
Bilingual Spanish/English
pref. Competitive salary and
exc. benefits. Fax resume
to: (863)983-9604,
or apply at
FL Community Health Ctrs
315 South W.C.Owen Ave
Clewiston, FL
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Collingswood Apts., LaBelle,
FL., Resume/apply (Mon or
Thur) 4001 Collingswood
Pkwy., La Belle, FL., 33935
Fax: 863-675.8860 or call
Must know QuickBooks,
Part-time, Immediate position.
Please e-mail resume to:
or call (863)675-6800 for appt

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Opportunities 305
Money Lenders 310
Tax Preparation 315

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Consolidated Citrus
Limited Partnership
is looking for qualified
candidates for the
-. position of

at our Immokalee location. The
successful candidate will have four
years citrus production or related
experience. Must display excellent
leadership skills and be capable of
excelling in a team-oriented envi-
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plus. We offer excellent salary and
benefits, including 401(k). Fax or
email resumes to: 239-275-4973 or
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Babysitting 405
Child Care Needed410
Child Care Offered415
Instruction 420
Services Offered 425
Insurance 430
Medical Services435

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Employment Preference
The Tribal Council gives preference in all of its employment practices to Native Americans. First preference in hiring,
training, promoting and in all other aspects of employment is given to members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida who meet
the job requirements. Second preference is given to other members of federally recognized Native American Tribes who
meet the job requirements.
If you are interested in applying for any of these positions complete an Application and return it to the Casino HR
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Yoder Brothers, an International leader in the Horticulture indus-
try has an immediate opportunity for a Diesel/Gas Mechanic.
Qualified candidates must have a minimum of 2-5 years experi-
ence. Interested individuals seeking year round employment and
excellent benefits apply in person or email resumes to:

Miss Betty's Tack 10% off
my wholesale price for Dec.
will do Lay-A-Way for Xmas.
Call 863-342-4163 located
at 2260 Howard Rd. LaBelle


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Air Conditioners 505
Antiques 510'
Appliances 515
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Bicycles 530
Books I Magazines535
Building Materials540
Business Equipment 545
Carpets/Rugs 550
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Clothing 565
Coins/Stamps 570
Collectibles 575
Computer/Video 580
Crafts/Supplies 585
Cruises 590
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Firewood 605
Furniture 610
Furs 615
Health & Reducing
Equipment 620
Heating Equipment/
Supplies 625
Household Items 630
Jewelry 635
Lamps/Lights 640
Luggage 645
Medical Items 650
Miscellaneous 655
Musical Instruments 660
Office Supplies/
Equipment 665
Services 670
Photography 675
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Equipment 690
Satellite 695
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Television/Radio 715
Tickets 720
Tools 725
Toys 9 Games 730
V CRs 735
Wanted to Buy 740

ton, mobile home pkg, 10
KW heat, 60K BTU, 13.0
Seer, $2700 (863)634-5759
CONDENSER UNIT 2 1/2 ton -
2005 Trane 2.5 ton con-
denser I can install for $200
$850. (863)673-0920

TRACTOR. Excellent condi-
tion. $1200. (863)467-1930


erupright) $100/neg.
LARGE KENMORE refrigerator-
Black side by side, Indoor
ice/water dispenser. $275.
MINI FRIDGE Kenmore, 4.6
cu. ft. Like new. $80 or best
offer. (863)261-4862
TOP like new $100
STOVE Ge white electric
stove very good condition.
$125. (239)935-9601
$100 & up, 1 yr warranty

SEAL A MEAL Rival, with
bags, like new, a great bar-
gain $35 (863)467-8140
NEW, all accessories, $200
new will sacrifice for $145

cle engine. Cost $900 ask-
ing $400 (863)467-4551
Schwinn Stingray 24" bicycle
in great condition $60.

& Porcelain. Size's up to 21"
x 21". Large selection. $5
per box. (863)675-5741

GRACO 3 in 1 bed, white
metal, like new, $100. Call
(863)763-7609 Okeechobee
WHITE CRIB with Girl's Pottery
Barn Bedding Pink/white
floral bedding.Good condi-
tion. $250. (863)610-1750

size 3X, with tickets, name
brands, $30 or will sell sep-
arate (239)292-7509
SZ 12 Dress Light blue sleev-
less tea length custom maid
chiffon/satin material $75.
White with ice blue trim hand
embroidered w/sequins.
$600/neg. (863)697-2705



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our deadlines have changed.
All Display Advertising will be due on
Wednesday, December 24 at noon.

Classifed Display Ads are due by
5 pm on Tuesday, December 23
Classified Liner Ads are due by
11 am on Wednesday, December 24

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12 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, December 18, 2008

Fl Tim

Wfiere It'sAffA aiout qetnitA (Better"
Full time ER/CCU Nurse Manager
S*plus yrs clinical exp reQo Must also have 3 yrs of ER/CCU skill
competencies with one year of mgml exp pref. Must possess a valid
FL RN license.'ACLS and PALS reQ.
Full time ARNP (Hendry Regional Cardiology)
Must possess a valid FL ARNP license. 2+ yrs exp In a family/pedi-
atric/urgent care setting pref, Must possess excellent communication
skills to interact with patients, staff, and the community.
Full time Laboratory Manager
Must have a min of 5yrs exp and FL licensure as a Clinical Supervisor in the
areas of Chemistry, Hematology, Serology, Immunohematology, and
Microbiology. Previous mgmt exp pref. Must also possess excellent customer
services skills to interact with patients, staff, and visitors.
Full time Administratlve/Data Support Asst (Quality)
Previous exp in an office setting pref. Must have exp with MS Office
apps. Must possess excellent organizational, customer service and
.communication skills.
Part time ER Registration Clerk (Sat/Sun 7pm 7am)
2yrs exp in a healthcare related field pref. Must have strong customer
service skills and the ability to engage in public contact work with
patients and co-workers.
Full time Department Secretary (Human Resources)
Previous exp in an office setting preferred. Must have exp with MS
Office applications. Must be conscientious of the confidential nature
of personnel information and possess excellent written, verbal, and
organizational skills.
Full time HIM Supervisor
RHIA with two+ yrs sup exp or RHIT with three+ yrs sup
exp. Must demonstrate an excellent command of the ICD-9-CM
Classification system and DRG methodology. Must have the
ability to use computerized medical record abstract and
encoder, and possess good technical skills.
Full time Registered Nurse
(Openings for Med/Surg/ER/CCU)
Must possess a valid FL license w/ at least I yr. exp in area of expertise.
Full time Radlographer/Mammographer
Must be ARRT registered and licensed as a Radiologic
STechnologist in Florida
Full time LPN (HFCC)
Candidate must possess a valid Florida LPN license
Fax resume to: 863-983-0805
Drug Free Workplace EEOE

.Postage Stamps & U.S. Sil-
ver coins. (239)694-0199

3000+cards variety of years
great gift. $75.
James Gibson 16x20 no
frame $250. Firm 467-0139
or 801-4699. Okeechobee
One man's trash is
another man's treas-
ure. Turn your trash
to treasure with an ad
in the classifieds....


Cognac color stain...some
scratches...solid...has elec-
tric and phone hookup with
pull out desk. $300/neg.
PATIO BAR Formica,3 doors
& 2 shelves with 4 high back
swivel wicker stools. $225.
good condition $25.
SOFA BED Berkline queen
newly re-upholstered.
$200/or best offer.

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Powerful deep cleaning
truck mount system

French Provincial $75.
King headboard,Dresser
w/mirror,Armiour $350 for
all (863)697-6570

BLUE FOX Fur size 8,cleaned
& conditioned, paid $1000
call after 6 $600/firm.

EZGO Gas Golf Cart. Roof,
windshield, mirrors, starts
and runs good. $875.
(863) 675-3330
GOLF CLUBS 4 sets, 1 left
handed, metal woods, Irons,
putter, bag, balls, $390 will
sell sep. (863)946-3123

7MM MAUSER Carbine Bolt
Action Military Sporterized
Rifle, Ft. Pierce $200.
$225. Call (502)931-8101
HOWA MODEL 1500 270
w/scope/sling, ammo, seri-
ous inquiries only, $700 neg.
INTERARMS 270 Scope &
sling, exc. cond. $325. Call

AB LOUNGE Excellent condi-
tion, no dvd $60.
times, $350. Call
$1000. (863)634-0099
Upright No.126
purchased new Feb 08, Sell for
$200 (904)364-7561
Driving Exercise Table w/ ac-
cessories. $50
WEIDER PRO club weight
bench/weight set 3001b
weight set $350.
work out equipment
$75/neg. (863)697-0136
Your next job could be in
today's classified. Did
you lookfor it?

like new, complete sys.
$199. (863)517-2782
burner, XP Pro, New "19
LCD, $299. (239)247-4839
GREEN $450/or best offer.
DELL XP Xmas Special
* 4000+ games and school
progs. Tdny $75.
LAPTOP- Fast 2.4 ghz XP Pro,
Office, wireless, $299.
( 2 3 9)2 47 -4839
PRINTER Lexmark, prints
and does photos, works on
98 & XP computer, w/disk
$35 (863)763-1997

WOOD LATHE 38 inch rail,
cut diameter 12" some tools
$75. (863)234-1344

BED Twin w/Fame, Mattress
& Box Spring. Like new. $75
or best offer. (863)261-4862
around doors with lots of
storage. LaBelle $35.'
desk/shelf light wood/metal
color, excellent condition.
$60. (863)532-9634
DARK BLUE courderoy lazy
boy recliner 2 years old,Ex-
cellent shape $125,
DINING ROOM set 3 chairs
round table 2 china cabinets
$150/firm. (561)790-3681
Dining Room table- light oak
w/ leaf, 4 matching chairs,
padded seats, like NEW
$300 (863)801-9379 OKEE
IRON TABLE with 2 chairs,
LG. BUNK bed/dresser/desk -
Exc. cond. Rarely Used. Pd
1200 $700/or best offer.
BADCOCK, Full size. Good
condition. $100 or best offer.
(863)634-6087 Anytime.
MATTRESSES (3) 2 full & 1
twin, complete w/boxsprings
& frames, like new, $250 for
all will sep. (772)971-9474


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Centrifugal Operator/Mechanic

Primary Function:

Operate batch or continuous centrifugals and associat-
ed equipment under the direction of the Shift Manager
making A, B, or C sugar to specification.


Operate batch or continuous centrifugals and associat-
ed equipment under the direction of the Shift Manager
making A, B, or C sugar to specification.
Perform breakdown and routine maintenance on ma-
chines and associated equipment as required.
Perform routine tasks of inspection, calibration, sam-
pling and maintenance.

US Sugar has entered into negotiations to sell its land
and assets to the South Florida Water Management Dis-
trict for Everglades restoration. However, there will be a
transition period and the Company intends to operate its
business as usual for the foreseeable future. We believe
our sugar and citrus processing factories will continue
to operate well into the future. In addition, the Company
has announced generous severance packages to em-
ployees who lose their jobs.

United States Sugar Corporation is one of America's
largest diversified, privately held agribusiness firms.
Employee owned with great benefits including outstand-
ing medical, 401K, and retirement income and employ-
ee stock ownership.

Fax 863-902-2886
Apply online at

good condition,$10

bottom is refrigerator, 3
temps, holds 3 or 5 gal jug,

Portable sinks $295,Bench-
es, Amoires & Antique piec-

BLUE Automatic lift chair
$350. Great

for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid iftqualified 'Housing
available. CALL Aviation In-
stitute of Maintenance
from Home. *Medical,
*Business, *Paralegal,
*Computers, *Criminal Jus-
tice. Job placement assis-
tance. Computer available.
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
.(866)858-2121, www.Cen-
$600 for both, will sep, or
best offer. (863)946-0184
COMMERCIAL-Slanted hot
dog roller grill w/sneeze
uard & drawer. Model 31S
Like New $100
Two years old New $3500
Will sell for $1500 OBO
$250. (863)763-4713
Like New Craftsman Portable
Generator 5600 Watt 8600
Surge 10 HP OHV $375.
(863)610-1811 Okeechobee
MASSAGER Brookstone, 5
spds. of intensity. Adaptor
for auto use. Like new. $40
(863)763-7609 Okee
tric, $50. Call 863-674-1498
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
(800)910-9941 TODAYI REF
OLD RECORDS 33's & 45's
collection in great shape.(tho
dusty!)call after 6pm. $50.
Bruebeck, Shearing, For
Freshman & Sinatra .10
cents each. (863)357-4195
ladder back chair $15. each,
Oil painting $35.
Scooter -Sunrunner TM4, 300
Ib wt limit, front chrome
bumper. Like new, 3 yr old
$1,000 obo (863) 675-3851
Machine, Robin=6.5 air
cooled 4 cyl, engine. ATV
style suspension w/coil over-
shocks, duel seat w/re-
tractable safety belt, duel
wheel torque conv drive disc
brakes, brush bars much
more $1400 (863)763-6888
863-763-3631 LEAVE MES-
SAGE $200. (863)763-3631
gooseneck stock trailer great
condition $3000/firm.
WINE RACK holds 27 bottles -
41 3/4 high, 2 ft wide 1 ft
deep, light color wood.
$100/neg. (863)447-0689

61 keys, 210 soundtone
bank, like new, w/stand
$125 (863)675-9331
Pd $379, Programmable,
100 songs, dnld more,
$150. (863)697-6382
FENDER FB-54 5 string ban-
jo, purchased 7/07, sell
$250 (863)357-3848
watts, 2- 12" speakers, like
new, $250 (863)763-8667
MANDOLIN leather case,
acoustic/electric, made by
Washburn, new setup, $475.
Call 863-467-0940
15" & horn, $375 for pair
er Gibson case, $375. Sell-
'ing out. Call 863-467-0940

purebred, $150, your choice
MIXED BLACK Lab female
puppy Free to good home
$0. (863)263-1601
PIT BULL PUPS Blue Brindle.
Parents on site. $300
PITBULL Blue, Male, 3 yrs.
old. Great guard dog. Not
good w/kids. $200 neg Good
home only. 863-634-7892
SMALL Toy Fox terriers,
champion pedigrees.
Christmas Special $200-
$300 863-675-1571

KODAK 5 MP Digital Camera -
With photo printer. Excellent
condition. $100.


power up for Satellite, TV &
VR. $99. (863)675-3741

asking $80 (86.3)983-6450

DEER HEAD w/ wooden
back, $85 (863)946-3123
Weight Lifting Machine.
Great Cond $250/firm.
Style 350 Auto, 400 Turbo
Trans, Offset 12x24 Tractor
Tires $4500 (863)447-5456

ter sound system New In
the box. Great Christmas gift
$400. (863)763-2692
CAR AUDIO Equipment- 2 15"
Kicker CVR speakers in box
with a 2000 watt amp $600.
Techwood, 1500 watts, 4-15
speakers incld. $800 OBO

Projection bought in 2005,
moved too large for living
room, excellent cond, great
picture & sound $800 cash
only call to see, great
Christmas gift
SONY 27", with stand, sacri-
fice for $100.
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
the classified

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SADDLE 10" youth po-
ny/horse with both cinches.
Call eve/wkd $125.
SADDLE 10" youth saddle
will fit pony. Great Christmas
present! Eve/wkds. $75.

SONY WEGA 32" High Def. rv
It's 2yrs. old. Excellent con-
dition. $350.
TELEVISION 60" Phillips- like
new-grey in color $500.
TV 20" with new converter
box. 863-675-3401 $60/or
best offer. (863)675-3401
ZENITH TV 61" screen, good
condition. $800 or best offer

BRIGGS & Stratton Generator -
5250 watts, 7350 surge, Pd
$750, used 22 hrs, $425.,

DVD Collection 100 Movies,
used once, asking $200 for
all,will divide 863-342-4163,
2260 Howard Rd. LaBelle
sonic Records, Erases &
Plays DVD's Ft. Pierce
$125. (772)461-8822
amp&remote, 12" L7, grill,
farad cap used in fact. pack-.
age $400. (863)634-2131,



Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Farm Services
Offered 825
Farm Supplies/
Services Wanted 830
Fertilizer 635
Horses 840
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Flowers 865

65hp, Model 2550, asking
$5000 (305)773-4023 La
MENTS Tiller $400, Disker
6' $400, Box Blade $350,
Blade $300, 12' Schultz
Cutter $4000
(305)773-4023 LaBelle

Paint, 11 yrs old, rides West-
ern, & Mare 14 yrs old, rides
Western & English. Papers
included. $1000
lide "flex" tree, tooled, suede
seat. $100/firm.
new, have pics. Contact
Sueann $400/neg.
Child's 12"reg=11"treeless,
suede seat, great condition.
$100/firm. (772)263-1178

(2) ZTR Commerical Mowers -
Bunton 50 inch cut 1 good &
1 for parts call 4 info
$2500/neg. (863)697-2032
condition, extra drum and
,blades $350/or best offer.
Craftsman Lawn Tractor 42"
cut 16.5 HP Runs Great
$375. (863)610-1811 in
GOOSENECK 8 x 24 20ft flat-
bed 4ft dovetail,ramps,good
tires,elec brakes,Okee
$2800/neg. (863)697-2032
Moving Must Sell- Like New
Craftsman 5600 Watt, 10 HP
Generator $500 0B0
RIDING MOWER 14hp, runs
good, needs a little TLC, $75
SARLO BUSH Hog Mower 24"
6.5 HP Briggs Intek, Runs
great, new blade. $85.
$100/or best offer.
Mower 22" 6.5 HP OHV
Briggs&Stratton. Runs great
$45. (863)532-0188

nmnnr Ir^y

T&A Hay $12 10% Sweet Feed $7.50
Round Bales $50
Al Curry 239-872-0998
275 Kirby Thompson Rd, LaBelle, FL 33935 .

Okeechobee Livestock
Market Sales
Every Monday-12pm & every
Tuesday-11am. 763-3127

Trees 3 ft tall $48.
When doing those chores is
doing you in, it's time to
look for a helper in the

makes you a more informed
and interesting person. No
wonder newspaper readers
are more successful


Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Property 915
Townhouses Rent920
Farm Property -
Rent 925
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rent 945
Roommate 950
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
Rent 960

Bank Foreclosures! 4 Br
$25,0001 Only $225/Mol 3
Br $12,5001 Only $199/Mo!
5% down 15 years @ 8%
apr. for listings
(800)366-9783 ext 5669.
City of LaBelle 1 BR Furnished
efficiency. $600/mo. Incids
all utilities + satellite tv.
East Fort Myers, 2bd 1ba,
central heat & a/c, close to
shopping & transportation.
Call aft 6 (239) 694-8871
LABELLE waterfront 2br apt.,
furnished w/boat ,docking,
great views, no smoking,
800/mo (239)337-5859

Mechanical Shop 30x50, 264
N. Bridge St. $800 month
675-1838 or 675-2264.

St., 3br, Iba, $700/mo. 1st
+ Sec., (863)517-0551

3Br 2Ba Foreclosure!
$11,0001 Only $199/Mo! 5%
down 15 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 4/BR $259/Mo! For list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
3BR, 2BA, Screen Porch,
Hot Tub. W&D, $850 mo.
Call for info. 863-634-5236
CANAL HOME Ig. 3/2, den, li-
braly, Fl. room, w/d,. huge
private corner lot,
must have good ref's & sec.
Non smoking environment.
No pets, $500/mo
863)675-5968 Margaret
Barber Real Estate
kitch, Liv. Rm., 50' Covered
porch. 2/2 acres. Secluded.
$850/mo (863)675-0104
LaBelle Immaculate 2BR,
2BA w/Bonus Den/Office.
1 Car garage. Fenced yard.
Close to Rt. 80 & Shopping.
$775 mo. Call Kathy @
(239690-3085 or Bill @
LABELLE: 2br/1ba in town.
Nice neighborhood. $600
mo. Call (863)673-6388 or
LaBelle, 3BR, 2BA, 1/2 Acre,
Fenced in with gate access.
$750 moves you in... no
dep! (239)910-0065
2BA, CBS home, close to
elementary sch. Immed.
move-in. $1,000/mo. 1st,
last & sec. 863-675-1380 or
single family house, w/gar-
age, $700 mo. plus sec.
dep. 863-634-2975.

Responsible, good natured
person, $350 mo. + $175
deposit, share utilities &
household. Call Charlie
Grab a bargain from your
neighbor's garage, attic,
basement or closet in
today's classified.
Looking for a place to
hang your hat? Look
no further than the

river. Dbl. wide. 3br/2ba.1.5
acres. $900 mo. + $900
dep. (305)872-4042 or
Mobile Home 3BR/1BA,
$100 wk. 863-612-4832 or
863-674-1333 Muse area
half acre. Close to town.
$575. mo. + sec. dep.

All Homes must go. Dealer is
liquidating homes at invoice
and below. Call
(863) 673-4325

I PubicfNot^ice

New Ig. units avail.,
air conditioned &
non-air, each unit
alarmed, area
fenced & well lighted,
space for boats,
RV & trucks.
Manager on-site,
1025 Commerce Dr.,
LaBelle. 863-675-1025.

Cowboy Way & Kennedy Blvd.
5'x10' $42.80 mo.incl. tax.
8'x10' $53.50 mo. incl. tax.
10'x10' $58.85 mo. incl. tax.
8'x25' $96.30 mo. incl. tax
24 hr access $25 returnable
key deposit. 863-675-2392

Real Estate

Business Places -
Sale 1005
Property Sale 1010
Townhouses Sale 1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection 1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080

New Home Buyers
Finish off that purchase
right! Visit White's
Furniture & Appliances
1060 Highway 29
South LaBelle
LEHIGH -1713 Margate
Blvd., 3BR, 2BA, C/A, stove,
refrig., W/D, City water/sew-
er. Owner finance. $74,000.
Low $ down, Move in today!
Call Joe (239) 368-7433

5 Acres La Deca?
21/2 Acres Pioneer?
2 1/2 Acres Montura?
**Port LaBelle Lake Front?
** Port LaBelle Wooded?
Ideal for RV/Mobile Home
**2nd Home/Retirement
Also: 1 1/4 acres in Montura
w/Super Clean Late Modle
Double Wide. $92,400.
Call Owner

acres, perfect mountaintop
cabin-site w/woods. Small
strearh in back of property. A
must see! $26,900. Owner
Financing (931)445-3611.
Mountain and Coastal Es-
tates up to $80,000 OFF!
Prices from $29,900! Ashe-
ville and Boone area proper-
ties. (800)455-1981,
1+acre to 2acre homesites,
wood, views. Starting at
$59,900. Tenn River & Nick-
a-Jack view tracts now
available! Retirement guide
rates this area #2 in U.S.
places to retire. Low cost of
giving, no impact fee.
(330)699-2741 or
(866550-5263, Ask About
Mini Vacation!

MobileHomes |

Mobile Home Lots 2005
Mobile Home Parts 2010
Mobile Homes Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020

For Rent 2BR/2BA Mobile
Home, w/20 acres, good for
horses, $700 mo.
LaBelle, 1475 N. Bridge St
lbr & 2br avail, $450. mo. &
up. Ref. & Good Credit. Call
LABELLE 2br, Iba, C/A,
Heat, W/D, in town, all until.
except elec., $600/mo

All new mobels in stock re-
duced to 2005 prices. New
doublewide $46,900. Very
easy financing, Lots
available. (863) 675-8888
Mobile Home Angels
Dealer Repo's- 3 & 4 BR
homes available near or be-
low factory invoice prices.
These homes are new & fi-
nancing is available with low
down payment
(863) 675-4325
55+ La Belle, Florida
GATED, Clubhouse, Heated
Pool. Lease your 60 x 90 lot,
beautiful country living. In-
cludes lot, lawn service, wa-
ter, sewer and trash pickup,
$200/mo. Models available
for immediate occupancy or
order your own on your lot.
30 minutes from Ft Myers.
M-F, 863-675-7555.
New 3br/2ba DW on half acre
lot. Very easy financing with
low down payment. .Call
New 4br/2ba doublewide only
$49,900. Lowest price in SW
Florida. We also have land
avail. Low down payment,
low monthly payment
(863) 673-4325
ORTONA 2/1, mobile, & lot,
$34,500 or best offer
ORTONA 3/2, '02, 28x60
Mobile, 80x100 lot, fenced,
carport, screened porch,
shed, $75,000 firm.
Zone 11, 2,400 sq ft, 1999 mo-
bile. Excellent for Glades
County. Mint condition,
4br/2ba financing avail
$49,900 incl setup and a/c
(863) 673-4325


Boats 3005
Campers/RVs 3010
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Motorcycles 3030
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035

Decked over, with trailer, as
is, no motor or prop $3000
OBO (863)763-7174
200hp rude fast hull
80+mph needs work
$3000. (561)261-0658
CANOE Gruman, 17', with
paddels & optional third seat,
$350. (863)675-0349
LANDAU 16 Ft., Aluminum,
Flat bottom. 30 hp Yamaha.
Center Console. Electric.
start. $2500 (267)574-9661
Large pontoons, 70hp John-
son, runs perfect $3000/or
best offer. (863)634-8007
Pontoon Boat- 20', trl, motor,
power inverter, lights, live
well, $3500 neg. or Trade
(863) 610-0521
WELLCRAFT 2000 18 Ft.
180 Fisherman T-top. 90 hp
Johnson Ocean Pro. Brand
new power pack. Having ba-
by.. must sell. $7900 or
best offer (863)227-0407

$2500/or best offer.
Love the earth Recycle
your used items by
selling them in the

Sbedroom/bath travel trailer.
Has gas/electric. in good
working condition, call for
details. $1700
-*19' Van Camper, 38k mi.,
exc. cond., 3-Way refrig.,
a/c, tv/vcr, generator, twin
beds, great for 2 people,
$25,000. (863)467-1618
SANDPIPER 2002, 30 ft 5th
Wheel, 2 slide outs,great
shape ready to go $5000
Kitchen & Bathroom, 26'
w/Fold Out Ends. Asking
$4000 (863)467-0031

engine w/kill switch. Recent-
ly serviced. Exc. cond. $395

low miles, New $1200 ask-
ing $ 800 (863)467-4551
GSX-R 600 2003 Black/
Chrome frame, 21,100 miles
Clean Florida title, $3000
Call Matt at 954-513-9613
2001 Haines pipes, saddle
bags. 11000 Miles
$5000/neg. (863)697-6054
2002, 500 cc's. $1800
SUZUKI 650 1986 Good
Condition. $1400/or best of-
fer. (863)675-0246

Good Condition $900.

HONDA 126M, 1985 3 wheel-
er, mint cond. $600/neg. or
trade for canoe of same
cond. Call 239-961-3157
'97 kick start, runs good,
ood tires, posi traction rear,
700. (863)763-2526 eves.
good shape, $500.
Green, 2WD, runs good
$1000. (863)801-3459
2006 Papers included
$3500/neg. (305)773-4023
La Belle
Good condition $900.
'06 fully loaded, orig owner,
papers incld, $6000
(305)773-4023 LaBelle
Blown engine, Great for parts
$200. (863)634-8007
Starter in excellent working
condition $50.
2000 Complete without
motor $250/or best offer.
2007 Runs good $4500/or
best offer. (239)464-4249
SANDRAIL 2005 1600 cc
VW,Red w Crome Engine,
lights, Labelle $3500/or best
offer. (305)773-4023 Labelle
TTR-125, used very little,
g reat cond. Big Wheel,$1800
BO $350 in extras.
Your new car could be in
today's paper. Have
you looked for it?

SUBMITTED BY: R. Scott Cooper DATE: 1/13/09
SUBJECT AREA: 340 Bullying and Harassment
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF PURPOSE: The proposed rule establishes the policy for
bullying and harassment of students.
CITATION OF LEGAL AUTHORITY 1006.147, 784.048(1)(d), 1006.09(6), and
1006.07(2) ES.
CITATION OF SPECIFIC LEGAL REFERENCE: 1006.147, 784.048(1)(d), 1006.09(6),
and 1006.07(2) ES.
FULL TEXT: A copy of the full text of the proposed rule may be obtained, without
cost, at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
EXCUTIVE SUMMARY: The proposed rule established the policy for homeless stu-
STATEMENT OF REGULATORY'COSTS: The proposed policy revision will create no
j,i, ,; n .. ... I"jini i c impact in excess of $100.00 except for the costs of
." ,, .
LOCATION OF MEETING, TIME AND DATE: Hendry County School Board Meeting
Room, 475 E. Osceola Avenue, Clewiston, FL at 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter
as the matter may be heard on January 13, 2009.
Notice: Any person who wishes to provide the School Board with information re-
garding the statement of estimated regulatory costs, or as soon thereafter for a
lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days after publi-
cation of this notice.
Notice: If requested in writing and not deemed unnecessary by the Agency Head, a
Rule Development Workshop will be held at a time and date to be advertised in
the future.
Notice: The procedure for obtaining a public hearing on this proposed rule is to re-
quest, in writing, a hearing. The request shall be submitted to the Superintendent
of Schools, in writing, within 21 days after publication of this notice. The request
shall specify how the person requesting the public hearing would be affected by
the proposed rule, The School Board, upon appropriate request, shall give affect-
ed persons an opportunity to present evidence and argument on the issues under
Notice: Inspection and copying of all written materials constituting public records
submitted to the agency regarding draft rules may be obtained by request, in writ-
ing, to the Superintendent of Schools.
Notice: The School Board may recognize any material which may be judicially no-
ticed and to incorporate them into the record of the rule making proceeding. The
School Board may incorporate material by reference into the proposed rule.
Notice: If you need an accommodation in order to participate in this process, please
notify the Superintendent of Schools at (863) 674-464 2 or at the Hendry Cunty
Courthouse, LaBelle, Florida 33935 at least 48 hours priorto the meeting or work-
Notice: If the School Board adopts the proposed rule, one certified copy of the pro-
posed rule shall be filed in the Office of the Superintendent of School pursuant to
120.54(3)(e), FS.
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with florida room. Rent per
month is $750.
$1000 239-657-2711 (Im-


Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070

ACURA VIGOR- 1994,Auto,
167k miles,power every-
thing, runs great! $2500
OBO (863)634-4557
BUICK SKYLARK, '91 4'cyl.,
cold air, new tires, muffler &
alternator, exc. cond., $1150
or best offer. (863)677-1742
1990 runs good, excellent
gas mileage, 4-cyl $600.
must sell if you were previ-
ously interested please call
again great on gas auto-
matic $2500/neg.
(863)763-03 8 0
PREME 1991 Tinted win-
dows, auto. A/c, alloy whls.
new tires runs great
$1200/or best offer.
Police Impounds! 94 Honda
Civic $600! 92 Acura Integra
$700! 96 Toyota Camry
$850! for listings call
(800)366-9813 Ext 9275.
very low miles, good condi-
tion, $2000 (863)261-4781
spd., All electric. AC. $900
$800 080 (863)634-4508

FORD F150- 2000, 5 spd ext
cab, runs great, $5000 Price
negotiable (863)634-1556
Drive,1998 Excellent cond.
high miles, 4 dr, boat hitch.
$2500 Firm (863)467-6469
LaBelle Hunting Jeep runs or
for parts. $400. For more in-
formation call

EZ GO Used, Good condition,
charger, $900 or best offer.

2003 FORD sport track hard
bed cover $100/neg.
F250 YEAR 2005 -
$150/neg. (863)763-6276
ENGINES 85-86 Chev 305 &
350. $500 for both or will
sell separate (863)805-2877
FORD 302 Block Bored 40
over 302 block and- other
parts- for it! $500.
FORKLIFT 1952 Clark forklift,
runs but needs hydraulics
$1500. (863)675-3741
trailer hitch came off of
Toyota Tundra. Good condi-
tion. $75. (863)763-2692
RACK for long wheel base
Ford truck $150.
$150/neg. (863)763-6276

CHEVROLET 1994 2500 V8
auto extcab Ibed towpack
topper exc cond $3500.
CHEVROLET 2500 1989 -
Great work truck. 2nd owner
119K or. mi 4X4, cold a/c
$3000. (863)673-6819
F150-1998 New Motor, New
Tires, Runs Great $5000
OBO (863)763-7174
FORD F-250 1983 Diesel,
a/c, 4spd, runs great, in
Okeechobee $1200/or best
offer. (863)697-3865
OTHER Select Fiberglass
tool box for full size pick up
A-1 condition $100.


CHEVY BLAZER, '92 runs
good, looks good, $2,000 or
best offer. (863)763-2724
2 dr, looks good. $2500 Sell
or Trade (863)467-4650
Chevy Suburban 4x4-1998-
Leather interior, Burgundy &
Gold, 3rd seat, Rear A/C
$3750. (863)634-0512
AC, black W/grey interior.
Runs Great $1500/or best
offer. (863)801-3174

SUBMITTED BY: R. Scott Cooper DATE: 1/13/09
SUBJECT AREA: 339 Homeless Students
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF PURPOSE: The proposed rule establishes the policy for
homeless students.
CITATION OF LEGAL AUTHORITY: 1001.42, 1001.43, 1003.01(12), and 1003.21
F.S.; Te McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act U.S.C. 11431-11436; Title
I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 20 U.S.C.
6311-6315; and The Individuals with Disabiliies Education Act 20 U.S.C.
1400 et.seq.
CITATION OF SPECIFIC LEGAL REFERENCE: 1001.41, 1001.42, 1003.01(12), and
1003.21 FS.
FULL TEXT: A copy of the lull text of the proposed rule may be obtained, without
cost, at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.
EXCUTIVE SUMMARY: The proposed rule established the policy for homeless stu-
STATEMENT OF REGULATORY COSTS: The proposed policy revision will create no
additional district economic impact in excess of $100.00 except for the costs of
printing and distributions.
LOCATION OF MEETING, TIME AND DATE: Hendry County School Board Meeting
Room, 475 E. Osceola Avenue, Clewiston, FL at 5:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter
as the matter may be heard on January 13, 2009.
Notice: Any personwo wishes to provide the School Board with information re-
garding the statement of estimated regulatory costs, or as soon thereafter for a
lower cost regulatory alternative must do so in writing within 21 days after publi-
cation of this notice.
Notice: II requested in writing and not deemed unnecessary by the Agency Head, a
Rule Development Workshop will be held at a time and date to be advertised in
the future.
notice: The procedure for obtaining a public hearing on this proposed rule Is to re-
quest, In writing, a hearing. The request shall be submitted to the Superintendent
of Schools, in writing, within 21 days after publication of this notice. The request
shall specify ow the person requesting the public hearing would be affected by
the proposed rule. The School Board, upon appropriate request, shall give affect-
ed persons an opportunity to present evidence and argument on the issues under
Notice: Inspection and copying of all written materials constituting public records
submitted to the agency regarding draft rules may be obtained by request, in writ-
ing, to the Superintendent of Schools.
Notice: The School Board may recognize any material which may be judicially no-
ticed and to incorporate them into the record of the rule making proceeding, The
School Board may incorporate material by reference into the proposed rule.
Notice: If you need an accommodation in order to articulate in this process, please
notify the Superintendent of Schools at (863) 674-464 2 or at the Hendry County
Courthouse, LaBelle, Florida 33935 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting or work-
Notice: II the School Board adopts the proposed rule, one certified copy of the pro-
posed rule shall be filed In the Office of the Superintendent of Schoo pursuant to
120.54(3)(e), FS.
302551 CN 12/4,11,18 CBO 12/18/08

I P lIIc

I PuliNoIcfe

Notice for Early Public Review of a Proposal to Support Activity In
the 100-Year Floodplain and Wetland
To: All Interested Agencies, Groups, and Individuals
This is to give notice that Hendry County has submitted two 2) applications for a
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the Florida department of
Community Affairs. The two (2) CDG projects covered by this notice are the
08DB-A08 grant and the 08DB-H03 grant The funding is provided by the U.S. De-
partment of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and will be used to rehabilitate
and/or demolish and construct replacement housing units that already exist in the
This notice is required by Section 2(a)(4) of Executive Order 11988 for Foodplain
Management, and by Section 2(b) of Executive Order 11990 for the Protection of
Wetlands, and is implemented by HUD Regulations found at 24 CFR 55.20(b) for the
HUD action that is within and/or affects a floodplain or wetland.
Construction will be undertaken in the 100 year floodplain. Hendry County is inter-
ested in alternatives and public perceptions of possible adverse impacts that could
result from the project as well as potential mitigation measures. All rehabilitation
and/or demolition and replacement housing construction to be undertaken with both
grants will take place on existing owner-occupied housing units that are already lo-
cated in the floodplain,
Written comments must be received by Hendry County, Post Office Box 2340, La-
Belle, Florida 33975-2340 ATTN: Ron Zimmedy on or before Monday, January 5,
2009. Mr. Zimmerly may also be contacted by telephone at 863-675-5264 or at the
Hendy County Administration Building, 165 S. Lee Street, LaBelle, Florida.
Additional information may be obtained by contacting Ron Zimmerly, Hendry County
Grants and Special Projects Director, at the address and telephone number listed
Date Issued: December 18, 2008
Environmental Certifying Official
Hendry County Board of Commissioners Chair
303986 CB/CN 12/18/08
2009-05 OPENING DATE AND TIME: January 7,2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Sealed Bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry
County, Florida, for "Demolition and Removal of a County Owned Building". In order
to be considered, bids must received by the Board of County Commissioners at the
C.E. Hall Building (Clerk's Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E.
Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by January 7,2009 at 2:00 p.m., at which time
all responses to this request will be recorded in the presence of one or more wit-
A copy of the Instructions and Bid Documents can be obtained from the Hendry
County Purchasing Department, located at 165 S. Lee Street, LaBelle, Florida (for
pick up), Post Office Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975 (mailing address) or by calling
(863) 675-5220 or (863) 983-1585.
This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any
costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this Bid, or to contract for any ser-
vices. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a re-
sult of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this Bid, if it is in the best
interest of the County to do so.
Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug/Smoke Free Work Place.
Janet B. Taylor, Chair
Board of County Commissioners
304420 CB/CN 12/18/08

RFP No. 2009-09
Opening Date and Time: January 5, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is soliciting proposals
from qualified Auditing Firms.
In order to be considered, submittals must be received by the Board of County Com-
missioners at the C.E. Hall Building (Clerk's Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse
Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by January 5, 2009 at 2:00
p.m., at which time all responses to this request will be recorded in the presence of
one or more witnesses.
A copy of the Instructions and RFP Documents can be obtained from Hendry
County Administration Departme, located at 165 S. Lee St., LaBelle, Florida (for
pick up), Post Office Box 2340, LaBelle, Florida 33975 (mailing address), or by call-
ing (863) 675-5220 or (863) 983-1585.
This solicitation does not commit the Board of County Commissioners to award any
contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this RFR or
to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all sub-
mitals received as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in its entirety
this RFR ifit is in the best interest of the County to do so.
Hendr Count is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug/Smoke Free Work Place.
3033 38 C/C 12/11,18/08

PDhlip Intipmc

- All power, Ice cold A/C,
Cloth interior. Runs great.
$3500 (863)763-8027

2007, 20x8, excellent condi-
tion, $4500 (863)517-2944
HAULMARK 2006 Enclosed
Trailer $2000/or best of-
fer. (863)357-6140
$600 or best offer.
Axel, New Tires $900 OBO

ECONOLINE 250 1987 Lad-
der Racks. Good work van.
$1200 or trade pickup of =
amount. (863)467-2609
FORD E150 1984 V8 auto-
matic window van used as
work truck good condition
$1000. (239)935-9600 ,
FORD E350 Econoline 14' box
truck (2000) $3500 obo
(863)673-1226 or 675-8946
How fast can your car
go? It can go even
faster when you sell it
in the classified.

Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500

TC0737A010809, UNTIL FRIDAY, DE-
304294 CB/IB 12/18,25/08
Notice is hereby given that on
12/20/2008 at 11:00 AM at FORT
merce Drive, LaBelle, FL,
863-675-1025, the undersigned, FORT
KNOX SELF STORAGE, will sell at Pub-
lic Sale by competitive bidding, the
personal property heretofore stored
with the undersigned by:
Misc. items
303562 CB 12/18/08
Time to clean out the
attic, basement and/or
garage? Advertise
your yard sale in the
classifieds and make
ybur clean up a breeze!

Blankets for the
Carlson Memorial United
Methodist Church and First Bank
are joining forces to collect blan-
kets for the Homeless Coalition.
During these cold months, those
who are blessed to have shelter
and warmth should give to those
who do not. You can bring CLEAN
used blankets or purchased ones.
They can be dropped off at First
Bank, 301 W Hwy 80, or Carlson
Memorial UMC at 310 Campbell
Street. The blanket drive will end
Dec 29.

'For The Lord'
Freedom Fellowship Minis-
tries is beginning a new program
called For the Lord, geared toward
young people ages 17-30. It's a
small group setting for support
and continuous lifestyle improve-

ment for young people struggling
with things like addiction and per-
sonal problems.
Meetings are Mondays 7-8:30
For more information, please
call Freedom Fellowship at 612-

Christmas Eve service
Christmas Eve praise and
worship will be led by Pastor
Jay Goforth of Healing Waters
Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 6:30 p.m.
at Barron Park. All ar welcome.

Come to New
New Beginning Full Gospel
Church, 4501 Birchwood Park-
way, Port LaBelle has Sunday
services at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.;
Wednesday at 7 p.m. They wel-
come anyone without a church


Holiday services
Christ the King Lutheran
Church Christmas services are
planned for Wednesday, Dec. 24,
at 4 p.m. and New Year's services
are planned for Wednesday, Dec.
31, at 4 p.m. Sunday services are
set for 9:15 a.m. and Bible study is
set for 10:15 a.m. Christ the King
Lutheran Church is located at 350
C.R. 78, just 4/10 mile west of
Highway 29. Sunday services reg-
ular times are 9 a.m., the Lord's
Suppet is set for the first, third and
fifth Sundays each month. Pastor
Fred Koehler welcomes every-

Christmas Eve
Candelight Service
The First Baptist Church of La-
Belle, 330 North Main Street, will

hold a Christmas Eve Candelight
Lord's Supper Service on Decem-
ber 24 starting at 6 p.m. Please
come and join us for this special

Grace Baptist Church
Christmas Eve Service
Grace Baptist Church, located
at 4200 N.E. Eucalyptus Blvd., in
Port LaBelle, will have a special
Christmas Eve Service, Wednes-
day, December 24, at 6:30 p.m.
Chalk artist Vester Arnold will
present a brief message while
drawing a beautiful picture. The
picture will be given away to
one of those visiting the church.
A nursery will be provided. For
,more information call: (863) 675-
3349. Pastor Zimmerman and
Grace Baptist wish all of LaBelle
a Merry Christmas!

Community Briefs

Seacoast invites
Santa letters
Children of all ages are invited
to mail their letters to Santa at all
Seacoast National Bank locations
in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin,
Palm Beach, Okeechobee, Hard-
ee, Desoto, Highlands, Hendry
and Glades counties through Dec.
20. For those who wish to join
in the merriment, letters can be
dropped off at festively flocked
mailboxes located in the lobby
at each branch where kids can
personally mail their letters no
postage required! Regardless of
the heavy workload in Santa's
workshop this time of year, each
letter will receive a message from
Santa sent via U.S. Post. To locate
a branch location nearest you,

Breakfast with
Santa planned
Breakfast with Santa will take
place on Saturday Dec 20, from
8-1.1 a.m. at the American Legion.
Post 130, 699 Hickpochee Ave.
Pancakes, sausage, juice, milk
or coffee. Free for children 8 and
under, $4 for parents and children
over 8. Last chance to visit with
Santa and tell him what you want
for Christmas! Receive a small gift
while they last. Bring your camera
to take a picture, elves, balloons
and fun.

Lunch with Santa at
the United Way
The United Way and Healing
Waters Family Life Center are
sponsoring a lunch with Santa
at the United Way House at 117
Ft. Thompson Ave. The date and
time are Saturday, December 20,
from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. The charge
is $5 for a picture with Santa. In-
cluded in the charge is a lunch
of a hot dog, chips, a drink and
a cookie. Also included is a small
gift for the child. Parent's lunch
can be purchased for $2. Call 211
for more information. This is the
last chance to be photographed
with Santa as he has to return to
the North Pole to load his sleigh
for Christmas!

Evening Under
the Stars
Bored of sitting at home with
nothing do do or no place to
go? Well, come and enjoy an
"Evening Under the Stars" filled
with live music, delicious hours
d'oeuvre, dancing and fun. La-
Belle High School's Allied Health
Academy invitse you to join them
at the LaBelle High School on
Jan. 10, 2009. A dance will be
held from 7 p.m. till midnight for
adults 21 and older. Tickets will
$15 for a single adult and $25 for
a couple, if purchased before Jan.
10. Tickets will also be sold at the
door: $20 for a single adult and
$30 for a couple.
The dance will be a formal
black tie affair, so put on your
best dancing shoes and come
join the fun at an "Evening Under
the Stars."
Please contact Shana Rodri-
guez at LaBelle High School for
tickets. They may also be pur-
chased from Academy members.
Call 674-4120 ext. 273 or 673-0234
over the holidays.

Be an Angel...
Bring in a new, unwrapped
toy or make a monetary donation
and we will make you an Angel
on our Christmas Tree! First Bank
will partner with a local church to
provide Christmas presents to lo-
cal children in need.
All donations should be in no
later than December 22, 2008.

Drop off gifts
Family Eye Care Center, 100
N. Main Street, is again a drop off
point for Toys for Tots. Please be

Turkey shoot planned
Pioneer VFD, 2499 Hendry
Isles Blvd., is planning a turkey
shoot for Dec. 19 -20 beginning at
7 p.m. Turkey donation $3, ham
donation $4.

Get your flu shot now
Hendry Regional Medical Cen-
ter is offering flu shots for $20. For
additional information call Con-
venient Care Center at 675-2356.

MCA meeting
Muse Community Association
monthly meeting will be held on
December 18, at 7 p.m. All resi-
dents are invited. Bring a friend or
your neighbor. Community input
is appreciated. Refreshments will
be served.

Legion bingo
The American Legion, 699
Hickpochee Avenue West, holds
bingo every Monday night start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy
an evening of bingo!

GED testing
The LaBelle Adult School will
be offering GED Testing January
12, 13 and 14. Must Pre-Register.
If you have any questions please
contact the LaBelle Adult School
at 674-4118 for more info.

Classes offered
The LaBelle Adult School will
be offering Substitute Teacher,
Computer and possibly a Conver-
sation Spanish class the second
week of January. Sign up at the
LaBelle Adult School. If you have
any questions please contact the
LaBelle Adult School at 674-4118
for more info.

"Relay for Life" Golf
On Saturday, January 31, there
will be a Golf Scramble to benefit
"Relay for Life." The tournament
will be
held at "The Glades" on Route
#80 East with a "shotgun start"
at 8:30 a.m. The format will be 4
person teams in three categories -
men's women's and mixed. The
cost is $40 per person (includes
cart), and advanced reservations,
are encouraged. Prizes will be
awarded to winning teams, near-
est to pins and long drives, etc.
There will also be a raffle fea-
turing terrific prizes donated by
area businesses. Cash and prize
donations, as well as hole spon-
sorship ($100/hole) would be
very much appreciated.
For more information and/or
to reserve a spot, call 517-2377
and 675-3825.

Flag football game
The weekend of February 28
has been set aside for the an-
nual Heather Marie Fry Old Tim-
ers Flag Football Game. We need
teams to participate, players to
play and businesses and people
to help sponsor this event. If
you are interested in doing any
of these things, please call Tony
(673-5739) or Debbie (673-0894).
All proceeds to benefit LaBelle's
2009 Relay for Life.

Food drive
for homeless
The Hendry-Glades Homeless
Coalition is collecting food. Please
drop off food items any time this
month at United Way House, 117
Fort Thompson Ave., Hendry
County SHIP Office, 164 S. Lee
St. LaBelle or 100 E. El Paso Ave.
Clewiston, or the Glades County
SHIP Office, 196 6th St. Moore
Please bring canned items
with pop tops or foil peeled tops,
energy bars, Pop tarts, bottled
water, peanut butter, crackers in
sealed packages, plastic forks,
spoons and knives.
For more information call Er-
ica Villafuerte at 863-946-6004 or

e-mail hendrygladeshomelessco-

Work day at the
LaBelle Nature Park
The Hendry/LaBelle Recre-
ation Board and Coalition for
Eco-Recreation would like to in-
vite community organizations,
youth groups and individuals to
a LaBelle Nature Park Trail Clean
Up on Sat. Feb. 1, 2009 from 8 un-
til 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed
to rake and pull weeds around
the gentle old oak and rake trails
leading to the old oak. Gloves,
long sleeved shirts; long pants,
sturdy shoes and insect repellent
are recommended. Participants
are encouraged to bring their
own gloves, rakes, clippers, and
wheelbarrows. Water will be pro-
Call Margaret England at 863-
674-0695 for information. The
LaBelle Nature Park is located at
Hardee Street and Fraser on the
Caloosahatchee River in LaBelle.
Website: http://www.labellena-

Widows to meet
The Widows Support Group
will meet for lunch at Flora & El-
la's Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. Instead
of a gift exchange, there will be a
free will collection for charity. All
widows are welcome.

Ride to help
cancer victim
Motorcycle riders are invited
to a poker run Jan. 17 for Randall
Nychyk Jr., a six-year-old boy di-
agnosed with an inoperable brain
tumor. Little Randall has been
through various treatment and
visits St. Jude's Hospital regularly
for follow up and re-evaluation.
Proceeds from the ride will go
to St. Jude's Children's Research
Hospital in Randall's name.
The ride will begin at 10:30
a.m. meeting and ending at Har-
ley Davidson in Fort Myers. Regis-
tration is from 9-10 a.m. Fees are
$10 per biker and $5 for each ad-
ditional person.
Prizes for first, second and
third best hand, 50/50 raffle and si-
lent auctions, For information call
Mike Puckett at 239-707-3778.

Bike and car show
Everyone is welcome to the
Rodeo Bar and Grill community
toy drive Saturday, Dec. 20 from
noon-4 p.m. No registration. just
bring one unwrapped gift no
stuffed animals please. There will
a $100 first place and $50 runner-
up prize for the car show; food
and drink specials. The car show
is sponsored by Meadowlark Rv
Campground; the bike show by
the Rodeo. Kids get your picture
with Santa! Call 675-7006 for in-

Volunteer for Hope
Hope Hospice will conduct a
volunteer training class at its of-
fice located at 80 Sugarland Park
Drive, Clewiston, FL 33440.
Saturday, January 10: 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. Light Breakfast and lunch
Volunteers are needed for
many tasks including patient care,
transportation, and office. Span-
ish language skills a'plus.
No experience necessary.
Attendance the entire day is re-
quired. A volunteer application,
TB test, and criminal background
check are to be completed prior
to the class. To enroll, call Joe
Pardi at 863-983-7771 extension

Come to breakfast
American Legion Post 130 and
its auxiliary host a breakfast spe-
cial every Sunday from 7:30-11
a.m. at the post home, 699 Hwy.
80W $6 per plate. All welcome.

Pick up political signs
All political candidates and
appropriate business and hom-
eowners should be aware that
campaign signs need to be re-
moved within 30 days after the

File for 2009 tax
savings early
Honorable Kristina Kulpa
would like all Hendry County
property owners to know that
the deadline for filing any 2009
Homestead Exemption, limited
income Senior Exemption or Ag-
ricultural Classification is March
2, 2009. Ms. Kulpa wants every-
one to be sure that they apply for
these benefits before the deadline
so her office is now accepting ap-
plications for early filing of your
2009 homestead and portability
Avoid the lines in January and
February or taking me chance of
forgetting to file before the dead-
You can go to our website and down-
load your application form. By
doing this you will be sure that
you have all necessary docu-
ments with you when you come
to the office to apply. Our offices
in Clewiston and LaBelle are open
from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday
thru Friday. If you need additional
information you can call 863-983- +
1591 in Clewiston and 863-675-
5270 in Labelle.

Legion Auxiliary
year closes
American Legion Auxiliary's
year is a close. There
are still some of our members
who have not paid this years
dues. As of Dec. 31, their card will
no longer be in effect. We under-
stand the economy is in really bad
shape and it is effecting all of us
including our veterans. We will
continue to raise money for our
vets and their families. There are
our breakfasts on the first and
third Sundays. We also host a din-
ner in the middle of every month.
The next one is scheduled for Jan.
14. It will feature shrimp creole
over rice. The public is always

Don't lose your
The Honorable Kristina Kulpa,
Hendry County Property Apprais-
er wants everyone to remember
that if you relinquished your Flori-
da Homesteaded property in 2007
or 2008 and have already (or are
going to) pre-file for 2009 on your
new Florida homestead you may
be eligible for the new "portability
If you qualify for portability it
will allow you to carry your cap
(Save Our Homes) with you to
your new Florida property.
If you are upsizing, meaning
the market value of your new
homestead property is greater
than your old homestead prop-
erty, you will be able to carry your
"Save Our Homes" benefit for-
ward up to $500,000.
If you are downsizing, mean-
ing the market value of the new
homestead property is less than
the old homestead property, you
will carry the SOH benefit forward
based on a percentage of old to
new homestead up to $500,000.
You can go to our website and down-
load the information for what you
need to bring with you to pre-file
for 2009 homestead plus an appli-
cation for portability. If you have
relinquished your Florida home-
steaded home in 2007 or 2008 but
have not yet purchased another
home you can also download a
"Request For Removal of Tax Ex-
If you have additional ques-
tions please call our office and my
staff will be able to assist you. In
Labelle call 863-675-5270 and in
Clewislon 863-983-3178.

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14 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Painted Buntings are back

Full moon adds to the Boat Parade
The Full Cold Moon or the Full Long Nights Moon, as it was called by some Native Ameri-
can tribes because the Winter cold has fastened its grip, and the nights are at their longest
and darkest. Also sometimes called the Moon before Yule. The term Long Night Moon is
a doubly appropriate name because the midwinter night is indeed long and the moon is
above the horizon a long time. The midwinter full moon takes a high trajectory across the
sky because it is opposite to the low sun. The moon will also at a perigee (closest ap-
proach to Earth) on Friday, at a distance of 221,560 miles from Earth.

By Barbara Oehlbeck
On wings of cheer and joy, the
painted buntings are back in this
part of our world. They seem to
be a bit out of schedule which is
that they usually leave us here in
(Florida) by late October, and re-
turn in mid-April. But who cares
when they appear! Just so they
don't forget us. To those of us
who cherish the sight of them,
Painted Buntings are among the
most colorful birds of the Sun-
shine State.
The head of the male is deep
blue. Its chest and belly are bril-
liant-reddish orange while'its
wings and tail are dark and its
back is a greenish-yellow.
The female Painted Bunting is
not "painted" so brilliantly as her
mate, nevertheless she is a stun-
ning bird of bright green above
and light green below.
And they require so little. They
love backyards patches of tangled
vines and shrubs which is their
favorite cover material along
with dense, brushy vegetation
along roadsides and fence lines.
And they take thankfully to wa-
ter, most anything that will hold
fresh water Florida's abundance
of ponds, rivers; runs, and creeks
are also highly to their liking
Painted Buntings breed from
northern Brevard County, con-
tinuing north along the St. Johns
River as well as coastal' counties
along the Atlantic.
Both the male and female
build the cup-shaped nest in
which they produce one to two
broods per year, each with 3 to 4
eggs. Spanish moss is a favorite
building material and they prefer
placing their nest at the end of a
branch in the moss.

Caloosa Belle/Dale S. Conyers
A male Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris/Other names: Non-

In some areas they are seen
frequently at feeding stations al-
though they also feed on small
fruits and various insects. .
Some of these jewels of the
sky over winter in central and

south Florida.
There are those who vow that
no other bird compares with the
male Painted Bunting. Its brilliant,
stunning colors stand out like a

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Clean up efforts
Future Business Leaders of America from LaBelle Middle School and LaBelle High School
once again joined volunteers representing LaBelle High School, Riverwatch, Rotary, and
Kiwanis at the LaBelle Nature Park Trail Cleanup. During the Dec. 6, morning event the stu-
dents removed weeds growing under the park's gentle old oak tree while other volunteers
- cleared the trail bordering the.dry oxbow on the east side of the 10.35 acre park. The stu-
dents left with smiles and plans to return to help in the Park. The community service provided
by the FBLA and other volunteers is appreciated. From left to right are: Herod Spangler
and Adan Ramirez (LMS FBLA), Brytnie Jasiak, David Donaldson, and Jessica Barron (LHS
FBLA), Timmy Smith (LMS FBLA), Lori Spangler and Chelsea Bridwell (LHS FBLA), Ms. Hig-
ginbotham, Mr. Beavers, and Maria Ramos (LHS student).

Celebrate the history of Fisheating Creek

'On Saturday, Jar. 10, from 10
a.m. until 2 p.m. come and join
us in celebrating at Fort Center
on Fisheating Creek Water Man-
agement Area field office, 3010
Banana Grove Road, off C.R.
78 north of Moore Haven with
interpretive hayrldes; hear the
fascinating stories of Fisheating
Creek, learn the history, meet the
animals and people connected
with the water, ay. Early morning
birding tours by reservation only
- call Liz Sparks at 850-922-6160.
Also available \will be paddling
trips and guided hikes.
Please join Florida Fish &
Wildlife Commission ('FWC) at
Fisheating Creek \VMA at the
Field Office located on Banana
Grove Road, just off C R. 78 north
of Moore.Haven, Jan 10, Irom 10
a.m.-2 p.m. We are celebrating a
new trail opening at Fort Center
with lots of fun, hands-on activi-
ties and dynamic speakers shar-
ing the story of Fisheating Creek
through time. There is no admis-
sion fee and plenty of entertain-
ment for all ages.
Audubon volunteers will
be leading early morning birding
tours by reservation only begin-
ning at 8 a.m. Call Liz Sparks at
850-922-6160 to sign up.
Ride an interpretive hayride
with biologists to the new Ft. Cen-
ter trail.
Learn hov\ to read animal
tracks with David Austin, retired
Kristin Wood, Director of
FVC 's Chinsegut Nature Center,
will share 'Incredible Edibles' -
common plants good enough to
*...Tom Matthews, FWC invites
yo,u to meet 'critters of the creek'
up close and personal.
SKayak and canoe trips of-
fered depending on water lev-
Learn birding and wildlife
viewing basics.
Local conservation groups
will have exhibits.
Speakers will do' presenta-
Ken Meyers Swallowtail
kites of Fisheating Creek.

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Nancy Dale Cow Hunters of vendor will join us.
Wild Florida. Event will be cancelled for
Archeologists the early in- rain.
habitants of the creek. Call Liz Sparks at 850-922-6160
(More to be announced) to make birding tour reservations,
Traditional country cooking' or ask for more information.

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