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ELLE


Delivering Western Hendry County's News Since 1922

VOUBER 3


At a Glance

Caregiver Trainings
in LaBelle
The Alzheimer's Associa-
tion, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
has announced three upcom-
ing trainings for Family Caregiv-
ers.
Jan 30 Safe Return/Medic
Alert Wanderers ID Program:
How it Works? Safety In the
Home/Wandering Prevention
Feb 9- Challenging Behav-
iors, Do's and Don't's: The
Gems of Caregiving
All trainings are from 10
11:30 a.m. at Barron Public
Library, 461 North Main Street.
For information and to register,
call Lisa Rodriguez, Program
Specialist at 1(863) 385-3444
(Seating is limited). No cost.

Get commodities
The Hendry County Food
Bank will distribute USDA
Commodities at the Dallas
Townsend Center on Thurs-
day, Jan. 29, from noon till ap-
proximately 3 p.m. Individuals
are eligible if they receive Food
Stamps, TANF, Supplemental
Security Income (SSI), Med-
icaid or Residence in Public
Housing funded by Municipal,
County, State or Federal Gov-
ernment. Individuals can also
be eligible based on an income
guideline chart.

You can audition for
upcoming plays
The Firehouse Players will
hold auditions at 10 a.m. on
Saturday, Jan. 17, and 6:30
p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at
the Firehouse Cultural Center,
241 North Bridge Street for
the roles of Lady Bracknell,
a lady of indeterminate age,
and Cicely Cardew, an 18 year-
old lass, in Oscar Wilde's The
Importance of Being Earnest,
the March production at the
Firehouse Cultural Center, as
well as for the players in the
April production of three one-
act plays: Anton Chekov's The
Boor with Helena Popov, a
young widow, Grigori Smirnov,
proprietor of a country estate,
Luka, a servant, and several
walkons; Neil Simon's Visi-
tor From Forest Hills featur-
ing Norma and Roy, parents
of the bride, with Mimsey and
Borden, the bride and groom,
having only a few lines each;
and, When Shakespeare's La-
dies Meet (with Apologies to
the Bard) featurng Juliet from
"Romeo and Juliet", Portia
from "The Merchant of Ven-
ice". Desdemona from "Othel-
lo", Cleopatra from "Antony
and Cleopatra", Ophelia from
"Hamlet", and Katharine from
"Taming of the Shrew" which
rounds out the trilogy.
For information, contact
Joe Thomas, (863)234-1894, or
Terri Lazar, (863) 675-2392.

Old Timers' Dinner
Plan to attend the SCF kick-
off event, the Old-Timers' Din-
ner, Thursday, Feb. 19, at La-
Belle Civic Center. It's in honor
of our Old-Timers, not just
for Old-Timers. Catering is by
Buddy Taylor/Gator Hammock,
and tickets sold in advance at
$15 each with tables for 10 at
$150 available. Doors open at
4:30 and dine at 6 p.m. Call the
chamber at 675-0125; 675-0374
or 675-1338 for tickets.

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

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Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Divers from Punta Gorda Police Department recovered several items, including a Coca
Cola vending machine and a newspaper rack, from the Caloosahatchee River while
searching its depths for stolen ATM machines.


Economy will



affect schools


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This stolen ATM machine was dredged up from a pond on E Road


Convenience stores targeted


On Thursday, January 08,
2009, Punta Gorda Police De-
partment Dive team responded
to the Hendry County Sheriff's
Office as requested to offer as-
sistance in the recovery of sto-
len ATM machines.
After an intensive investi-
gation by Hendry County In-
vestigators Fernando Herrera
and Robert Archer, numerous
arrests have been made in the
burglaries of area convenience
stores. Arrested were Juan
Diaz, Jesse Fussell, Joey Lopez,
Bruce Green and Sean Abbott.
Between the dates of Sep-
tember 3 and December 14,
2008, a series of commercial
burglaries were committed by
a small group of suspects tar-


geting area convenience stores
in Hendry County.
Authorities say the perpetra-
tors would typically shatter the
glass doors, make entry and
secure the ATM or safe with a
chain or snatch strap and us-
ing various stolen vehicles, they
would pull the ATM or safe free
from its housing. The ATM or
safe would then be loaded into
the stolen vehicle and driven
to an isolated location where
it would be dismantled and the
contents removed. The damag-
es and losses to area businesses
are estimated at approximately
$50,000.
During the investigation and
interview of the subjects, in-
vestigators were told that one


or more of the stolen ATMs
were dumped into the Caloo-
sahatchee River off of the Ft.
Denaud Bridge. On Jan. 9 at
approximately 10 a.m., mem-
bers of the Punta Gorda dive
team assisted investigators of
the Hendry County Sheriff's
Office in an attempt to recover
the machines that had been
disposed of. While their recov-
ery efforts were unsuccessful,
Investigators followed up on a
lead from witnesses and were
able to recover another ATM in
the shallow end of a pond in
rural Hendry County.
Investigators were able to
recover three ATM's, however
See ATM Page 2


By Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
City residents can expect a
modest increase in their water/
sewer bills in the near future.
The city commissioners will
vote on an increase at their Feb.
12 regular meeting. The meet-
ing will begin at 7 p.m. at city
hall.
In the meantime, the com-
missioners will be studying a
comparison of utility rates for
surrounding areas.
After taking the heat for a
large increase in city utilities
several years ago, the board is
attempting to keep ahead of
rising costs by implementing
incremental utility rate increas-
es. The discussion took place at
the city commission's regular
January 8 meeting.
According to the proposed
fee schedule, the average wa-
ter/sewer bill would increase
about $3 for 6,000 gallons con-
sumption for city customers
(from $54.49 to $57.92); and
about $2 for customers outside
the city (from $30.73 for water
only, to $32.67)
Charges for surrounding ar-
eas range from a high of $98.83


in the City of Fort Myers for wa-
ter and sewer ($106.74 outside
Fort Myers) to a low of $52.08
for Clewiston customers.
The board also passed a res-
olution seeking state funding
for a new water plant. The res-
olution is to be presented to the
Legislative Delegation meeting
in LaBelle on January 27 at 9:30
a.m. The Florida Legislature
has declined to help out be-
fore; however, citing President-
Elect Barack Obama's planned
public works package to help
stimulate the economy, Mayor
Puletti was hopeful this time
money might be found.
The city is under a consent
order from the Florida Depar-
ment of Environmental Protec-
tion to build a new water treat-
ment plant. Demand has also
exceeded the current plan's
capabilities. The public con-
tinually complains about water
quality although it is meeting
minimum standards and clarity
has improved markedly.

Impact fees
Hendry County Commu-
See City Page 2


From the Hendry
County School Board
The economy, everybody's
talking about it. The down
turn has affected all of us. The
School Board is no exception.
The revenue necessary to run
schools comes directly or in-
directly from sales and prop-
erty tax. Ask any local business
person and they'll tell you that
sales are down. Local property
values and tax collections are
at a record low. There is sig-
nificantly less revenue flowing
from both the State and County
to operate our schools. Almost
all of the State's educational
dollars are apportioned on a
per student basis. The School
District is experiencing the low-
est student enrollment in eleven
years, and there are all indica-


tions the District will continue
to lose students during these
economic hard times.
The recent County Referen-
dum has allowed the District
to move capital outlay money
into the general operating
budget, and cost containment
strategies put in place last year
have allowed the District to get
through the first half of this
year. Over eighty percent of the
District's budget obligates sala-
ries and benefits for close to
one thousand employees. The
District's 2008-2009 budget is
based upon local and State rev-
enue that has steadily decreased
over the last six months, and a
budget for the remaining year
and next year that may con-
tinue to experience significant
See Schools Page 2


By Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Preparations for the 2009
Swamp Cabbage are well un-
der way. This year's festival,
Feb. 21 and 22, is shaping up to
be another winner, focused on
the theme: "Creating Tomor-
row's Heritage... Today."
SCF has chosen a Pioneer
Family. For 2009 that honor
goes to the Oscar L. Langford
Jr. family. The Langfords have
been in LaBelle since the late
1940s.
David Childs, manager of


the U-Save is Grand Marshal.
He has a reputation for always
lending a helping hand to local
causes.
The Queen and Princess
pageants will be Friday, Feb. 20,
this year. The young ladies are
working hard on their routines.
Head on over to the LaBelle
High School Auditorium Feb.
20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.
Parade entries are being ac-
cepted till Feb. 2. Go to the SCF
Web site at www.swampcab-
bagefestival.org for your entry
See SCF Page 5


Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Front row: Beverly Lucas and Travis Dowhen. Standing from left: Sherry King, Carolyn
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2 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 15, 2009


Pilot recycling program

extends to Felda


The Pilot Curbside Recycle
Program is now expanding to
the Felda community. Felda resi-
dents should be aware that:
Two (2) blue bins with an
instruction flyer will be dropped
off to residents- January 26,
2009.
First Pickup will be Mon-
day, February 2, 2009 and every
Monday thereafter until further
notice. Please have bins at curb-
side by 7 a.m. Participation will
determine the program's con-
tinuation.


One container will be for
paper products (newspaper,
junk mail, magazines, telephone
books and cardboard)- Not ac-
cepted: Styrofoam and enve-
lopes with plastic windows
Glass, plastic, and cans
(jelly jars, milk jugs, food & soda
cans) please rinse the contain-
ers Not accepted: Bulk glass
and plastic grocery bags
Contact the Special Districts/
Recycling office at 863-675-
5252.


Correction


In last week's story about for-
mer Hendry County Property Ap-
praiser Kristina Kulpa's lawsuit
over the election, the Caloosa
Belle story stated incorrectly that
Hendry County is paying for new
Property Appraiser Phillip Pelle-
tier's attorney fees. Actually, the


Schools
Continued From Page 1
State cutbacks.
Every family, every organiza-
tion needs a "Rainy Day" fund.
The District's reserves are at an
all time low, and there is very
little money to cover any unfore-
seen problems through the sec
ond half of the year. The State, in
an attempt to balance its budget,
has made significant reductions
in District revenues, and the
Commissioner of Education, Eric
Smith, has predicted even larger
cutbacks in the future.
What has the Local School
Board done in response to this
ever increasing financial emer-
gency? Starting in October nu-
merous meetings have been
held with Principals, Department
Heads, Presidents from both
employee collective bargain-
ing organizations and School
Board members. School Board
members have asked difficult
questions and have consistently
pressed District staff for answers.
The District plans future infor-


City
Continued From Page 1

nity Development Director Vince
Cautero was dispatched to the
meeting to seek the City of La-
Belle's input into impact fees.
The county was also seeking the
City of Clewiston's recommen-
dation before making a decision
next month.
Impact fees, which have been
collected through the county,
were suspended for a year begin-
ning Jan. 8, 2008, with an exten-
sion till Feb. 28, 2009.
Mr. Cautero provided figures
on the amount of impact fees
collected from October 2005-Jan.
2008, totaling $202,533.06 for La-
Belle in road and school impact
fees; $484,388.67 for Clewiston;
$1.7 million for Hendry County.
Uncollected impact fees, from
Jan. 9, 2008-Dec. 31, 2008, (the
time the fees have been suspend-
ed) came to $141,834.67 for La-
Belle; $138,646.73 for Clewiston;
and $802,934.54 for the county.
Mayor Paul Puletti wondered
if impact fees are reinstituted,
might it keep some businesses
from coming to Hendry County
- undercutting the area's need to
grow and supply jobs. Mr. Cau-
tero responded that there is not
enough data to provide a defini-
tive answer.
County Director of Grants and
Special Projects Ron Zimmerly
said most big companies had


county is providing the attorney
for Supervisor of Elections Lucre-
tia Strickland in the suit. However,
Mr. Pelletier the candidate op-
posing Ms. Kulpa in the election
- must provide his own attorney.
The Caloosa Belle apologizes for
the error.


mational meetings for schools,
departments and the public at
large.
None of the cost reduction
or cost containment strategies
are easy, and many will be pain-
ful. As the economic picture has
worsened since Superintendent
Rick Murphy took office in No-
vember, he has provided an open
and candid environment, and
he's consistently encouraged ev-
eryone to come forward with a
plan. He's stated on many occa-
sions "we can't solve these diffi-
cult problems, unless everyone is
allowed to express their opinions,
and we all work together."
The School Board will consid-
er recommendations from the Su-
perintendent and his Leadership
Team at their regularly scheduled
meetings in January. Mr. Murphy
has said "we must continue to
serve the students and families
within our community to the best
of our ability. These cuts will not
jeopardize that goal. As we move
through these difficult times,
there must be minimal negative
impact to the classroom, and we
must try to protect our students
and employees."


built impact fees into their bud-
gets. However, that was before
the economy went into such a
deep slump.
Mr. Cautero said other com-
munities are wrestling with the
problem by dropping or tempo-
rarily suspending impact fees.
Superintendent of Public
Works Michael Boyle asked if ty-
ing impact fees to the number of
jobs a business will bring into the
community might help attract
business while continuing to col-
lect some impact fees. Mr. Cau-
tero agreed it may be a possible
solution.
Real estate broker Sherri
Denning cited LaBelle's stag-
nant growth and suggested that
continuing impact fees would
be imprudent at this time since
there are not enough rooftops
to generate anything but small
establishments. She said nothing
should be done to prevent larger
businesses from moving here.
Julie Wilkins, also in LaBelle
real estate, added that only small
builders are working in LaBelle at
this time many contractors and
sub-contractors have gone out of
business.
The suggestion of phasing im-
pact fees back in by the number
of new rooftops going up was
raised it could provide relief for
incoming businesses without
having a larger effect at this time.
From Bonita Bay Group, Paul
Pass noted that the city needs to
be careful of long term effects.
He said the economy depends


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Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant

Two for one
Former community blood drive coordinator Phyllis Moody
jokes with current coordinator and former American Legion
Post 130 Commander Bill Davis has he donated blood Jan.
8. Bill is a "double red" donor, meaning he donates two units
of pure red cells rather than whole blood. The pure red cells
may be given directly to a patient without going through the
normal testing and screening process. The blood drive is a
continuation of Post 130's service to the community. At their
annual Christmas dinner, they served 539 dinners.



Get ready for slap



stick laughs


Get ready for the Laff Revue!
The '40s are back with its own
style of slap stick and cornball hu-
mor. Ah, the good ol' days watch
as self-styled playboy emcee and
a woman-crazed comedian vie
for the talented ladies of the com-
edy troupe.
LAFF REVUE by Lansing Cor-
bett (Baker's Plays). Directors
Martha Pierce and Jack Neitzke.
Laff Revue is a scripted version
of past talent and variety shows
with the main characters being
the emcee and comedian -- all
wrapped around a rather corny
comedy that takes place in the
1940s. Performances: Jan.. 22, 23,
24, 25 and Jan. 29, 30, 31 and Feb.


on new growth that current resi-
dents should not be saddled with
paying for.
Impact fees are intended to
make growth pay for itself, rather
than shift the burden of paying
for additional infrastructure and
services onto current residents.
The board recommended the
county delay implementing im-
pact fees f, until the end of Febru-
ary 2010. The motion, made by
Commissioner Greg Bone and
seconded by Commissioner Ly-
ons, passed 4-0. Commissioner
Hilda Zimmerly was not present
at the meeting.


1. Show times 7 p.m. Thurs., Fri
and Sat.; 2 p.m, Sun. Firehouse
Cultural Center, 863-675-3066,
241 N. Bridge St., LaBelle; $12
with reservation; $14 at door.
Directors Martha Pierce and
Jack Neitzke unfold a ribald eve-
ning of comedy that will take you
back.
Performances: Jan.. 22, 23, 24,
25 and Jan. 29, 30, 31 and Feb. 1.
Show times 7 p.m. Thurs., Fri and
Sat.; 2 p.m, Sun. Firehouse Cul-
tural Center, 863-675-3066, 241 N.
Bridge St., LaBelle; $12 with res-
ervation; $14 at door.


ATM
Continued From Page 1

storeowners have been unable to
identify individual machines due
to their condition upon recovery.
With the assistance of Lee and
Charlotte county law enforcement
authorities, and through suspect
interview, it has been determined
that three of the above listed sus-
pects allegedly committed similar
crimes in Lee county.
The investigation is continu-
ing.


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Hendry County areas every
Thursday. Copies of the paper can be
found at various stores throughout
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Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant

Dedicated donor
The community blood drive Jan. 8 brought out some very
dedicated blood donors. For instance, Eugene Roux of Palm-
dale has almost provided 98 pints of the life giving fluid over
the years. Mr. Roux has been donating blood for 35-40 years,
he said, beginning when his nephew had a kidney transplant
and blood donations helped save his life.


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HENDRY COUNTY BOARD

OF COUNTY

COMMISSIONERS NOTICE

OF CHANGE TO

PERMITTED USES IN

CERTAIN ZONING

CATEGORIES


The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners
proposes to adopt the following by ordinance:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY,
FLORIDA, AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY
CODE OF ORDINANCES, MORE SPECIFICALLY
TABLE 53-1 TABLE OF USE REGULATIONS, TO
PROHIBIT AGRICULTURE IN RG-1, RG-1M,
RG-2, RG-2M, RG-3, RG-3M, AND RG-4, PRO-
VIDING FOR SEVERABILITY, PROVIDING FOR
CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND
SCRIVENER'S ERRORS; AND PROVIDING AN
EFFECTIVE DATE.

A public hearing on the ordinance will be held on
January 27, 2009, at 5:05 p.m., at the Hendry County
Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 East
Hickpoochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida.

All persons wishing to be heard on this issue may
appear at said meeting. If a person decides to appeal
any decision made by the Board with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or
she will need a record of the proceedings, and that,
for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that
a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and evidence upon
which the appeal is to be based.

A copy of the proposed Ordinance is available for
inspection on weekdays between the hours of 8:30
a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Office of the Clerk, 2nd
Floor, Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East
Hickpoochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida.

Janet B. Taylor, Chair
HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS


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Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 15, 2009 3


Community Briefs


Relay for Life to meet
A Relay For Life of LaBelle
Committee Meeting will be held
on Jan. 27, at the Community
Christian School, 1092 E. Cowboy
Way, LaBelle, at 6 p.m. For more
information, please call 863-675-
0885.

Books-4-all
The Four Feet Fur ^ Feathers
4-H Club is hosting a free book
giveaway Saturday, Jan. 24, from
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free children's,
juvenile, adult, fiction and non-
fiction books. If you would like
to swap books or donate new
or gently used school supplies
(pens, pencils, notebooks, mark-
ers, etc.) please come!

Cargivers to meet
LaBelle's Caregiver Support
Group is he.ld the last Wednesday
of every month. The next meeting
is Jan. 28 at First Christian Church
of LaBelle 2-4 p.m.
Take a break, relax and join us
for some group conversation cen-
tered around you- the Caregiver!
This group is open to all care-
givers. Snacks and Coffee will be
provided! R.S.VP. & information
call # 1-866-231-0921.

Walkathon provides
free mammograms
Be part of the Second An-
nual Lucy's Angels Bosom Bud-
dies Walkathon Jan. 31, to help
provide free mammograms for
people in Hendry and Glades.
Come to Barron Park for lineup
at 9:45 a.m. You can sign up at
Florida Community Bank, the
LaBelle Chamber of Commerce
of Fort Knox Storage. Also at the
park: food, fun, music, activities
for kids and performances by the
Universe All Stars at noon. Craft
and retail vendors welcome. Call
863-675-3236.

Salvation Army
appreciates volunteers
The Salvation Army will host
its Annual Evening of Apprecia-
tion on Monday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m.,
at the Carlson Memorial Method-
ist Church.
"We are truly grateful for ev-
eryone who supports this minis-
try," said Lisa Sands, Office Co-
ordinator of the LaBelle office.
"We could not do what we do
without the volunteers who come
here faithfully to help us. We are
blessed to have such great people
in LaBelle who care about oth-
ers," added Sands.
Last year, The Army had 10
routine volunteers who logged
1,373 volunteer hours. During
Christmas, 494 volunteers and
bell ringers logged 1,161 volun-
teer hours.
The Salvation Army of Lee &
Hendry Counties would like to
see all its volunteers out on Febru-
ary 2nd. For reservations, please
call The Salvation Army office at
863-674-1441.


It's Pageant Time!
Who will be our 2009 Swamp
Cabbage Queen? Will you wear
your tiara proudly as you reign
over the festivities 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 Prin-
cess please call Jerri Lynn at 239-
989-7032.
NOTE: The pageant date has
changed to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.
Come to the down home country
pageant celebrating our heritage
and have a good time!

MLK march planned
The community is invited to
the annual Martin Luther King Jr.
March Monday, Jan. 19, begin-
ning at 10 a.m. Come to MLK and
Cowboy Way.
City Farm tour tickets available
The Hendry County Farm-City
Tour Council will hold its 28th
annual farm tour of the Hendry
County agricultural industry, Sat-
urday, February 7, 2008. Tickets
for the tour cost $60 per person
and the participants will be able
to catch a modern air conditioned
tour bus at the U-Save Supermar-
ket Center on Palm Beach Blvd.
in Fort Myers or at the Rodeo
Grounds in LaBelle.
Deadline for ticket sales is
January 30. For additional infor-
mation about the tour and how
to purchase tickets for the tour,
stop by Hendry County Extension
Service Office, 1085 Pratt Blvd, La-
Belle. You may also call or e-mail
dcabrera@ufl.edu. Make checks
payable to: Hendry County City-
Farm Tour.

Tahoe raffle
deadline coming up
Time is running out to get your
Chevy Tahoe raffle ticket. Only
$25 a chance and only 100 tickets
to be sold. Raffle will be held at
noon on Jan. 30. You can pur-
chase your ticket at the Kiwanis
Thrift Store or at LaBelle U-Save.

Widows to meet
The Widows Support Group
will meet for lunch at the Forrey
Grill, Thursday, January 15, at
11:30 a.m. All widows welcome.

FCB partners with
Lucy's Angels
Florida Community Bank is go-
ing pink again this month to raise
money with Lucy's Angels for
free mammograms. You can buy
raffle tickets for a chance to win
a homemade pink ribbon blanket
donated by Mary Bartoshuk. Tick-
ets available at FCB.
Sign up for the Bosom Buddies
Walkathon scheduled for Satur-
day, Jan. 31, at Barron Park. Form
a team of five or more and reg-
ister by Jan. 16 to receive a free
T-shirt and discount on your en-


try fee. Entry fees start at $12 per
person. Stop by FCB to register.
All proceeds go to Lucy's Angels
for breast cancer care.

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.

Angel Food pick up
January's Angel Food pick up
will be Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. at Christ
Central in LaBelle at the main
office, 120 College Street. Get a
box of restaurant-grade food at
discount prices. Food stamps
accepted. Call 863-675-2100 for
more information.

Yummy spaghetti
Come to American Legion
Post 130, 699 Hickpochee, for a
great spaghetti dinner every third
Wednesday.

Computer classes to
resume
Pastor Avery's computer
classes continues with one-hour
classes at 10, 11 and noon. The
classes are based on the need
of the students. Beginner classes
teach how to maintain your com-
puter word processing and digital
film editing. There is an after-
school class in movie making for
students of the school system and
homeschoolers. Moviemaking
class contains: Recording digital
sound, video editing, lighting and
some chromakey effect. To regis-
ter for the class call 863-675-0900.
All classes are free to the public
class sizes are limited. Classes are
located at LaBelle Assembly of
God, 123 Fraser Ave. across from
the Edward Upthegrove elemen-
tary school.

"Relay for Life" Golf
Tournament
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, nearest 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.

Work day at the
LaBelle Nature Park
The Hendry/LaBelle Recre-
ation Board and Coalition for
Eco-Recreation would like to in-


Arrests


Usbardo Lopez, 23, was ar-
rested Jan. 5 on a charge of felony
probation violation. Perry Short
was the arresting officer.
James Mitchell Franklin, 47,
was arrested Jan. 5 in LaBelle on
a charge of aggravated stalking,
follow, harass, threaten. R. Shep-
herd was the arresting officer.
Janet Zapata, 22, was arrested
Jan. 6 in LaBelle on a charge of
cruelty toward child, abuse with-
out great harm. Mike McVey was
the arresting officer.
LaJuan Martell Simmons, 19,
was arrested Jan. 6 in Port La-
Belle on a charge of burglary of a
dwelling unarmed. Deputy Jackie
Garrett was the arresting officer.
Timothy Odell Ward, 22, was
arrested Jan. 6 on a charge of
felony probation violation. Perry
Short was the arresting officer.
Rolando Garcia, 32, was ar-
rested Jan. 6 on a charge of felony
probation violation. Christian Bu-
chhofer was the arresting officer.
Harvey Albert Morse, 65, was
arrested Jan. 7 in LaBelle on
charges of sex offender violations,
fail to notify change of residence,
failure to register, failure to report.
Bonnie Weaver was the arresting
officer.
Brodrick Deshawn McKenzie,
14, was arrested Jan. 7 in LaBelle
on charges of burglary to a struc-
ture unarmed with person inside,
larceny petit theft or subsequent
offense. Deputy K. Thomas was
the arresting officer.
Patricia Kaye Frickenschmidt,
37, was arrested Jan. 8 in LaBelle
on a charge of felony probation
violation. Nathan Kirk was the ar-
resting officer.
Victor Resenoiz, 24, was ar-
rested Jan. 8 in LaBelle on a
charge of fugitive from justice in
state. Deputy Leigh Cora was the
arresting officer.
Michael Anthony Todaro, 32,
was arrested Jan. 8 in Port LaBelle


on a charge of fugitive from jus-
tice in state. George Elver was the
arresting officer.
Daniel Jason Frey, 29, was ar-
rested Jan. 8 in LaBelle on a charge
of cocaine possession. Nathan Kirk
was the arresting officer.
Samuel Gonzales, 32, was
arrested Jan. 9 in LaBelle on a


charge of fugitive from justice in
state. Sgt. Perry Short was the ar-
resting officer.
Jarred James Priest, 33, was
arrested Jan. 9 in LaBelle on a
charge of fugitive from justice in
state. Sgt. Perry Short was the ar-
resting officer.


January 16, 17 and 18, 2009
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Performance times: 6:00 PM -9:00 PM Fri&Sat
4:00 PM -8:00 PM Sun
Reservation line is open at 863-675-2171.
A $3.00/ person donation is suggested and taken at registration.
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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-
vided
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-
turepark.net

"Little Big Town" coming
Upthegrove ElementarySchool
PTO invites you to a PRIVATE con-
cert, by invitation only, of "Little
Big Town" (made famous by their
hit song "Boondocks") on Sun-
day, Jan. 25, at the LaBelle High
School Auditorium. There will
be catered hors d'oeuvres and
buffet at 6 p.m. with the doors
open for acoustical concert at
7:30 p.m. Seats are available for
a minimum donation of $125 per
person. Seating is limited, make
your reservations today! Dress:
Cowboy Formal. Please contact
lisast.john@yahoo.com (863)
675-4027 or mdhudson@strato.
net (863) 885-1392 for tickets.

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.The ride will begin at 10:30
a.m. meeting and end at Harley
Davidson in Fort Myers. Register
from 9-10 a.m. Fees are $10 per
biker and $5 for each additional
person. For information call Mike
Puckett at 239-707-3778.

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!

Scout meeting times
announced
Boy Scout Troop 9 meets ev-
ery Tuesday evening from 7-8:30
p.m. at Carlson Memorial United
Methodist Church 310 Campbell
St. Boy Scouts are for boys ages
11-18. Call 863-983-7719 for more
information.
Cub Scout Pack 9 meets every
Monday evening from 6-7 p.m. at
Carlson Memorial United Method-
ist Church 310 Campbell St. Cub
Scouts are for boys from first to
fifth grade. Call 863-673-4952 for
more information.

More Than Manatees
Celebrate the outdoors and
discover there are More Than
Manatees @ Manatee Park on
Saturday, January 24, 2009 from
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Live Butterfly Exhibit, Calusa
Indian technology demonstra-


tions provided by Ft. Myers Beach
Mound House, Kayak for limited
time for Free sponsored by the
Southwest Florida Paddling Club
and Backwater Paddlers, Live
reptile program @ 1:00pm spon-
sored by Calusa Nature Center,
Educational Programs presented
for every hour on the hour at the
Live Oak Amhitheater. All Pro-
grams are free with paid parking.
Manatee Park is open daily
from 8:00am- sundown. The
Visitor Center and Gift Shop
are now open from 9:00 am-
4:00pm daily. Parking is $1.00/hr
per vehicle, maximum $5.00. No
Pets. Manatee Park is located at
10901 Palm Beach Blvd. 1.3 miles
east of
I -75 on SR 80 directly across
the street from the FPL power
plant. For more information go to
www.leeparks.org

Muse plans pot luck
Everyone is invited to the Muse
Community Association's luck
dinner and karaoke Saturday, Jan.
17, at 6:30 p.m. Bring a covered
dish and meet your neighbors.
The regular monthly meeting
is Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. Get informed
about activities and improve-
ments being planned. For further


information call Jimmy Cianfrani,
president, at 674-0467.

File for 2009 tax
savings early
Phillip Pelletier Hendry County
Property Appraiser would like all
Hendry County property owners
to know that the deadline for filing
any 2009 Homestead Exemption,
limited income Senior Exemption
or Agricultural Classification is
March 2, 2009. Mr. Pelletier wants
everyone to be sure that they ap-
ply for these benefits before the
deadline so his office is now ac-
cepting applications for early fil-
ing of your 2009 homestead and
portability benefits.
Avoid the lines in January and
February or taking a chance of for-
getting to file before the deadline
You can go to our website
www.hendrvprop.org 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
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Speak Out
Have a comment, opinion or question about a public issue?
Post it anytime at the LaBelle public forum at newszap.com.
It is a hometown site, so visit the page as often as you would
like and share your comments (but no personal attacks or pro-
fanities, please). You can also make a comment by sending an
e-mail to cbnews@newszap.com. Excerpts will be published in
the newspaper as space permits.

Bilingual coupons
ENGLISH, PLEASE: About one month ago, I received some fast
food coupons in the mail or in the local Caloosa Belle. I could not be-
lieve that the coupon was written all in Spanish then on the bottom it
had English. This chain gives back to LaBelle and I get that they are try-
ing to get Spanish people to come there and eat. But, shame on them
for not keeping English the primary language here in LaBelle, USA.

No respect for hard work, property
ROSE RUSTLERS: Between sundown Friday, January 2, and 7:30
the following morning rose rustlers hit Porpoise Drive in Aqua Isles. I
have lived in our local riverfront mobile home retirement community
since 1994 and never had to worry about petty theft and vandalism,
but all that changed this past weekend. My Blue Moon rose bush was
stripped of three of its tennis ball-sized lavender blooms and a fourth
had its petals shaken off. This was no random act but something
planned in advance. The culprits carefully cut the roses so they could
show off their plunder once they got home.
I take pride in growing roses here in my hometown LaBelle, and
those who know me also know I take just as much pride in sharing
my roses. I would have gladly given the thieves a couple of blooms if
they had only knocked on my door and asked if I minded if they took
a rose or two. As it is, they only showed exactly how petty, mean-
spirited, and basically dishonest they are. Today, it's roses; what is it
next week, a car with the key left in the ignition? Only you, the rose
rustlers, know the answer to my question.

Helping The Economy
LOSING SOME BETTER THAN LOSING ALL: There are some seem-
ingly small measures that could be taken that I believe would help the
economy and spur a little growth. It is simple. Everyone would need
to agree to take less pay than they are now. It should not be imposed
on anyone in the $20,000. or less category of income, but starting with
$30,000. income, those people should accept a 10% pay cut. Starting
at the $60,000. level the cut should rise to 20%.. If an $80,000. a year
person has to begin living on $64,000. a year etc. etc. it seems to me
the program would have a positive effect on the country. Cut out ALL
bonuses, live on decreased income. If people have committed every
single cent to their mortgages and new cars and whatever else, they
will lose it all anyway if they lose their jobs. Isn't SOME income better
than losing it all?
AMERICAN DREAM: The person who begins their working life as
a store stocker, not content, learns, works hard and is promoted to
section manager, still driven for a better life for his family works hard,
learns, studies, they could be fishing, resting, whatever.. but works
hard, puts in effort and now is manager of his store, doesn't stop there
wants his family in a better, safer neighborhood, nicer clothes, better
food etc... and works and works while others, content, are still stock-
ing the shelves, he now has several stores HOW DARE YOU CALL
CHASING DILIGENTLY THE AMERICAN DREAM....GREED!!!!! many
people chasing an American dream, working hard, striving to be the
best going from private to commander, and you call that GREED!!! I
call it SUCCESS!!!!

Article in the Caloosa Belle
PROTECTING CHILDREN: I have just read the Caloosa Belle and
I am sick. There are a lot of sick people in this world but children
and animals are helpless they can't protect themselves against the
sick people of the world. If this sick person can harm an animal our
children are not safe on the streets. I hope that this person is never al-
lowed on the streets again.
ALL THE NEWS: The press needs to print the news, both the good
and bad. It allows us insight on what may be lurking around the cor-
ner good or bad.
MORE DISHEARTENING NEWS: The article just above the one with
the puppies made me about as sick as that one, regarding "Election
Suit Continuing". I am a Republican but I cross party lines to vote for
who I think is the best candidate at times. The Republican party had
better not ever call me for a donation if they don't want to hear an
earful. Now......what can we do about the county charging us for at-
torney fees for both the defendants? Ms. Kulpa evidently thinks there's
a whole lot of corruption to be uncovered and I must say, nothing
would surprise me any more, but I wish the taxpayers didn't have to
pay the bill for all this.
(Please note: The article about the election lawsuit contained an
error. Hendry County is paying attorney fees for Ms. Strickland be
cause she was working in her official capacity during the election.
Mr. Pelletier, a candidate at that time, must pay for his own legal
representation.)





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Letters to the Editor


Inappropriate content
As a citizen of LaBelle for over
50 years, I have never been so up-
set with anything printed in our
local newspaper as the article of
the 'Puppy Needing Rehabilita-
tion." The front page!
First off, as an adult, I did not
appreciate being lured by the de-
ception of the innocent title, to not
know I would have to entertain
such horrible thoughts! Thoughts
that people should/would never
think of doing or of being done.
What about people who dearly
love their pets in a healthy way?
No consideration was given for
them.
Second, the abuse and injuries
described was not appropriate or
necessary for the welfare of our
public knowledge. There was
no consideration obviously for
younger adults or older children
whom would read this article.
Why should they have to enter-
tain these kinds of perverted sto-
ries in their minds?
I believe this was a disgrace on
our community to have this print-
ed in such a sordid manner.
I request for the future, please
do not allow these types of de-


scriptive stories to be printed in
our local newspaper.
Sincerely for the best interest
of all people,
Debbie Lavender

Choo Choo Training
As we have now crossed the
threshold of another year, with
the tumult and tragedies of 2008
in our rear view mirrors, I want to
share a piece of my past with you.
Without knowing it back then, I
was fortunate enough to have
been given some of the best ad-
vice at a time when I was laid off
with 3 children, ages 5 through
2, and another on the way. That
advice, which came in the form
of a verse, I think might have
some traction and help some of
the people being hit by the cur-
rent economic crisis to get "back
on track." "Some people ride the
train of life looking out the rear.
Watching the miles of life roll by,
and marking every year. They sit
in sad remembrance of wasted
days gone by and curse their life
for what it was, and hang their
head and cry. But don't concern
yourselves with that, just take on
a different vent. Look forward to


what life holds, and not what has
been spent. So strap yourselves
to the engine, as securely as can
be, you want to be out in front to
see what you can see. You want
to feel the winds of change blow-
ing in your face. You want to see
what life unfolds, as you move
from place to place. You want to
see what's coming up, not look-
ing at the past. Life's too short for
yesterdays, it moves along too
fast. So if the ride gets bumpy
while you are looking back, go up
front, and you may find, your life
has jumped the track. It's all right
to remember, that's part of histo-
ry. But up front's where it's hap-
pening, where there's so much
mystery. The enjoyment of living
is not where we have been. It's
looking ever forward to another
year and ten. It's searching all the
by-ways, and never should you
refrain. For if you want to live your
life, you gotta drive the train."
Now I don't know that this
will heal any, let alone all, of the
wounds you are now being sub-
jected to, but back in the reces-
sion of 1958, it provided the stimu-
lus for turning our totally negative
employment and family situation


into a positive career launching
change in our lives. I was forced
to make a life changing decision,
and move my family away from
our families in Indiana, by train,
to Buffalo, New York, and accept
a position in sales with a Plastic
Material Supplier. That train ride
and geographical relocation,
resulted in a forty year career in
Plastics sales and sales manage-
ment. I trust that this article may
in some small way serve to help
any of you faced with similar cir-
cumstances as we work our way
out of today's economic turmoil.
I learned a long time ago that
"Intelligence doesn't necessar-
ily have to mean educated, and
creative doesn't have to mean tal-
ented." "Work is like air. It's not
all that important, unless you're
not getting any." And, an article
should be like a mini-skirt. Long
enough to cover everything, but
just short enough to keep it in-
teresting. I trust I've met that test,
again today. Remember! "Stay on
track" and may God Bless us all in
this new year.
Respectfully,
T. W. Bill Neville


Faith in the Marketplace: Instructions on how to make an idol


By Fr. Alan Kelmereit
First, let me be clear. This is
not a column of tips about how
to make yourself a shoe-in for
American Idol!
The idols I'm
talking about
are the ones
we worship.
You don't wor-
ship an idol?
Hmmmm.
The Old Tes-
tament proph- Fr. Alan
ets describe Fr. Alan
Kelmereit
the process
of making an idol quite literally.
First, you cut down a tree. Then
you make furniture and things
from the wood. Next, you cut up
what's left as firewood for cooking
and heating. Finally, you take the
stub end, good for nothing else,
carve features on it, and place it


on a shelf. Then you get down on
your knees and worship it, pray to
it, and beg it to take good care of
you. A sarcastic description to be
sure, but one meant to be taken
very seriously.
Do you have an idol, or per-
haps more than one in your life?
Not one made of wood, but one
that occupies a central place in
your life. The Air Force stationed
my family and me in Guam for
three years in the early 80's. It was
a great assignment, and I was
able to teach scuba diving while
I was there. I decided I wanted
to be rated as a Master Instruc-
tor before I left, and that become
the center of my life. Other than
work, everything I did revolved
around that one goal, and be-
fore we left the Island I became
a Master Instructor. It felt great for
a little while but now I look back


and see all that I gave up with my
family, all that they had to give up
because of me, and how often
God was given a back seat, and I
wonder what was so all-fired im-
portant about it. Ironically, I nev-
er taught another student once I
achieved that rating.
The operative definition of
'idol' here is "whatever takes a
central place in your life." Even
for those of us who say we wor-
ship God and go to church regu-
larly, setting up other idols is still
an open possibility. Some make
money their central concern.
Reportedly, John D. Rockefeller,
when asked how much money
is enough replied, "just a little bit
more." Others build their lives
around their jobs. Some put fam-
ily or other people in that central
position. Power, prestige, foot-
ball, you name it: there are all


kinds of things which we make
the central concern of our lives. It
is quite possible to believe there
is a God, even to attend church,
and still have one of these idols
as our main focus in life. When
you get right down to it, what is
important to you is always shown
by your actions, what you skip
and what you don't, by how you
spend your time, and by where
you commit your resources.
It's still early enough in the
new year for some self exami-
nation and a resolution or two if
your decide you need them.
Fr. Alan is pastor of Church of the
Good Shepherd, one block south of
Rt 80 on Collingswood Pkwy in Port
LaBelle. 863-675-0385. Comments
and questions should be sent to
FaithMarketplace@embarqmail.com.


Dr. Les Morgan: Men, women speak different languages


By Les Morgan, pastor
Caloosa Baptist Church, LaBelle
It should not be stunning to
read that men and women speak
two different languages. While
each may
use the same
nouns and ad-
jectives, and
may even talk
with similar
annunciations,
they often are
saying some-
thing much D e
different. Such Dr. Les
are the differ- Morgan
ences between "man-ese" and
"woman-ese."
As a man, I am wanting to
help with my fellow brothers of
the world know how to "decode"
some of this "foreign language"
that we hear from our human
counter-parts, (AKA, women.)
Perhaps the following will be
helpful to some poor souls who
are struggling to "get it." Then
again, maybe not.
Before I reveal some of the real
meanings to some keywords spo-
ken by women to men, let me first
say that I, too, had to learn how to


interpret "woman-ese." And, I am
continuing to "go to school" on
this assignment. While I thought
I was aware of the meanings of
some of the following statements,
I discovered I was often clueless.
The reason was simple- I was
reading from the "Man diction-
ary." This volume gives complete-
ly different definitions to various
words or phrases, resulting in
some severe miscommunication.
Believing the Lord Himself
would have us as men to connect
with the key women in our lives,
men, please allow me to supply
you with some terms as defined
in the "Woman-ese Dictionary."
A wise man will refer to this arti-
cle often and in a routine pattern.
(Dear God, please help them!)
1) "Fine." This is a word wom-
en use when they are right and
you need to shut up.
2) "Five minutes." If she is get-
ting dressed, this could mean half
an hour. Five minutes is only five
minutes if you have just been giv-
en five more minutes watch the
game before helping around the
house.
3) "Nothing." This is the calm
before the storm. This definitely


means, "something," and you
should be on your toes. Argu-
ments that usually begin with
"Nothing" usually end with
"Fine."
4) "Go ahead." That is a dare,
not permission. Do not- repeat!
-DO NOT do what you just said
you were going to do!
5) Loud sigh. This is actu-
ally a word, but is a non-verbal
statement often misunderstood
by men. A loud sigh means she
thinks you are the biggest idiot
who has ever stood up on two
feet, and she is wondering why
she is wasting her time arguing
with you about "nothing." (Im-
mediately refer back to #3)
6) "That's okay." This very
likely could be one of the most
dangerous things to hear from a
woman. Most often it means she
wants to think long and hard be-
fore you will pay for your mistake,
misjudgment, or basic action you
just did.
7) "Thanks" If a woman is
thanking you, do not question,
faint, or take further action. Sim-
ply say, "You're welcome" and
quietly walk away and move on.
8) "Whatever." This is a wom-


an's way of saying, "Go jump in
the lake!"
9) "Don't worry about it. I got
it." This, gentlemen, is also a very,
very dangerous phrase to hear
from her. This statement usually
occurs after she has asked you to
do something several times, (or
for several years) but now she is
going to do it herself. This will lat-
er result in a man asking, "What's
wrong?" (For further clarification,
and instruction, refer back to #3
immediately.)
So, where do we go from
here, men? First, admit you need
a "Woman-ese" dictionary. Sec-
ond, tell the woman in your life
you want to love her, nurture her
and learn to listen better. Third,
ask the Lord who made these
beautiful creatures we call "wife"
to teach you to be what she needs
in a husband, and never- repeat!
-NEVER stop pursuing that goal.
Dr. Les Morgan is pastor of
Caloosa Baptist Church and is on
a continual pursuit of clear com-
munication with men and wom-
en, though he has not mastered
it yet! (smile)


Thank You


Legion Christmas dinner
The Christmas meal was do-
nated by: American Legion Post
130, Auxiliary Unit 130, Sons of
the Legion Squad 130, Legion
Riders, Disabled American Vet-
erans Chapter 144, Kiwanis Club
of LaBelle, Heritage Real Estate,
Oak Realty Inc., CPR Tools Inc.,
Winn-Dixie, J&J Produce, U-Save
Supermarket, LaBelle Dodge
Chrysler, DiPofi Insurance Agency
Inc., Vision Ace Hardware, Fam-
ily Eye Care, Akin-Davis Funeral
Home, Big Lake National Bank,
Old Cypress Community Bank,
First Bank of Clewiston, Florida
Community Bank and Cargiulo
Tomato.
Legion, auxiliary and commu-
nity volunteers helping included:
Pat Sinkovic, Paul Kraft, Jeff La-
zar, Terri Lazar, Pat Hashman,
Bob Hashman, Diane Olsen, Di-
ane Orr, Greg Olsen, Roy Dean,
Wayne Brown, Dale Smith, John
Schall, Merrill Spahlinger, Yolkes
Petrenz, Stan Brown, Dick Berg,
Daniel Wagner, Kara Sears, Ja-
net Schall, Marie Kussman, Evert
Snider, Craig Bartoshuk, George
V Albert, Pete and Florence Bar-
toshuk, Myrel and Fran Spailenger,
Sue Wagner, Dan Wagner, Steve
Hoffman, Cindy Hoffman, An-
drew Hoffman, Bryan Hoffman,
Anne Martin, Ray Martin, Walt
Spam Sinkovic, David R. Johnson,
Tony Alvarez, Shelley Mills, John-
ny Caldwell, Nikki Yeager, Nikki
Timberlake, Katie Bryce, Phyllis
Moody, Ravi Bhadwandin, Vigona


Bhadwandin, Randy Hamilton,
Tammy Hamilton, Paige Ham-
ilton, Christopher Wolfe, David
Hamilton, Collin Wolfe, Dave
Holleybeck, Ray Leventhsal, Sha-
ron Leventhal, Bob Schall, Marcie
Stirp, Jumin Vidal, Liz Penewdot,
Jose Penewdot, Candy Alvarez,
Chassey Hicks.

Salvation Army
(LaBelle, FL) LaBelle is the
little community that could. Once
gain, the generous residents of
LaBelle made the 2008 Holiday
Season possible for the hundreds
of families who needed help due
to a struggling economy.
During Thanksgiving, The
Army was able to assist 85 fami-
lies with a Thanksgiving meal.
Thanks to all who volunteered,
donated, and collected canned
goods.
With overwhelming support
of LaBelle residents, The Salva-
tion Army raised over $21,000.00
in its Red Kettle Campaign. "La-
Belle has again, proven to be a
wealth of volunteers and a won-
derful & giving community," said
Major Art Penhale, Corps Officer
for The Salvation Army of Lee &
Hendry Counties. "The support
of this community is greatly ap-
preciated and we could not do it
without you. We have seen a 68
percent increase in the number of
clients asking for assistance over
the past year due to tough eco-
nomic times," Penhale remarked.


Another successful drive was
the 2008 Christmas Project. The
Army distributed new toys to over
200 families struggling economi-
cally throughout LaBelle. With
help from The Post Office, Dollar
General and Johnson Engineer-
ing as collection sites, The Army
helped bring Christmas to ap-
proximately 600 kids. In addition,
Marcia's Helping Hands Mission
has been a very special partner in
The Army's 2008 Christmas Proj-
ect.


Christmas is the largest fund-
raising and outreach event of the
year for The Salvation Army. Mon-
ies raised during the Kettle Cam-
paign go not only to support the
Christmas Project (distribution)
program, but also allows The
Army to continue providing ser-
vices and programs throughout
the year.
Donations can be made to The
Salvation Army local office at 180
N. Main Street or by mail P.O. Box
218, LaBelle, FL 33975.


Witch's Brew


By Pudge Lehman
Christmas is done for 2008
and here comes Swamp Cabbage
2009. From January on, the meet
ings are held every week until the
event is over. Instead of trying to
get my artificial tree back in the
box, almost impossible for an old
lady, I have ordered a tree bag. It
has a handle and a zipper....
As I write this.. my former su-
pervisor, I was 70 and she was
barely 18, is packing to leave and
continue her education. We will
miss you Whitney Longnecker...
Jim and Charla did a fantastic job
raising her. She is one wonderful
young lady.
When you are cleaning be
sure to let the cleaner you are us-
ing do the work. Let it sit for a few
minutes before wiping it up.
To keep those big bottles of


soda from going flat, before put-
ting it back in the fridge, gently
squeeze the bottle until the soda
is at the top and then quickly put
the top back on. This keeps it
from going flat for a longer time.
Did you know that bleach los-
es it's effectiveness after about 6
months? Me neither but it does..
Funny headlines: SOMETHING
WENT WRONG IN JET CRASH.
EXPERT SAYS or....
POLICE BEGIN CAMPAIGN
TO RUN DOWN JAYWALKERS
(sounds a little drastic don't you
think?) or.....
JUVENILE COURT TO TRY
SHOOTING DEFENDANT (that
would cost the taxpayers a whole
lot less money.)
Have a wonderful year!


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Youngblood, Cheney plan November sunset wedding Caloosa Baptist makes


Jade Marri Youngblood and
Lawayne Cheney Jr. announced
their engagement on Christmas
Eve.


High School and the University
of Central Florida where she re-
ceived her Bachelor of Arts in Lib-
eral Studies and is continuing her
Masters Degree in Accounting at


Florida Gulf Coast University. She
works at Robert M. Coleman's Of-
fice in Felda, FL where ironically
she met the man of her dreams,
Mr. Lawayne Cheney Jr. who is
the co-owner of Cheney Nursery
and Landscaping.
The couple's love of early
morning walks, family and the wa-
ter brought them closer together,
Lawayne took Jade to the beach
for their morning walk and asked
a passerby to please take a Christ-


mas Eve morning photo for them
and, catching her completely off
guard, he got down on one knee
and asked Jade to marry him, She
enthusiastically said yes.
Jade is the daughter of Jeff
Youngblood and Bob and Debbie
Coleman all of Felda, FL.
Lawayne is the son of Wayne
& Billie Cheney of Immokalee,
FL. The couple is planning a sun-
set wedding in early November
2009.


Church Briefs


Jade Marri Youngblood, Lawayne Cheney Jr.


Submitted photo


Submitted photo

Fifty-five years together
Mr. and Mrs Lynn Bowman of LaBelle are celebrating their
55th wedding anniversary. Lynn F. Bowman and Patricia A.
McDonald were married on January 23, 1954, at St. Mary's
Catholic Church in Cattaraugus, New York. They are celebrat-
ing the day with a Mass at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church
on January 23, 2009. Mr. Bowman is president of Bowman
Farms. Mrs Bowman is a homemaker.


Continued From Page 1
form and return it by mail to SCF
Parade Entry, Post Office Box
2081, LaBelle, FL 33975 or call
863-675-2995 for information.
Want a booth at Barron Park?
You better hurry! They're going
fast and the deadline is Feb. 1.
Get your application at the La-
Belle Chamber of Commerce or
on line at www.swampcabbage-
festival.org.
The 5K Run/Walk will be Sat-
urday morning, Feb. 21, at 8:30.
Pre-registration is $22 (must be
postmarked by Feb. 14). The cost
will be $25 from 7-8 a.m. on race
day; $15 for youth 18 and under.
You may also register on line at
www.fortmyerstrackclub.com.
For more information on the
race, call Bonnie Denning at 239-
229-1819 evenings or email bon-
nie@labellere.com
As always, entertainment has
the spotlight in the park. This year
you'll enjoy LaBelle's Buckshot
Band, the Blue Steel Blues Band,
Fiddlin' Bill and LaBelle's own
Country Rhythm Cloggers as well
as the 2009 Queen and Princess
and other local talents.
Enjoy bull riding at the rodeo
grounds Friday, Saturday and
Sunday, Feb. 20-22.
The lawnmower races will
take place Saturday after the pa-
rade and Sunday at 1 p.m. Enthu-


siasts are bringing their machines
in from all over the country, so
expect a rip roarin' time.
Don't forget the Old timers
Dinner kicks it all off Thursday,
Feb. 19, at the LaBelle Civic Cen-
ter. Doors open at 4:30 for social
time with dinner at 6 p.m.
The SCF committee is meet-
ing at City Hall every Monday
evening at 6:30 until festival time.
All are encouraged to come be a
part of LaBelle's biggest party.

Christ the King
Lutheran Church


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and Jesus is Lord."
9 a.m Sunday Worship
Lord's Supper
1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
10:15 am. Bible Study

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Third Sunday sing
Plan to join your friends at First
Christian Church, on the corner
of Lee and Ford Streets, for dinner
and singing at the Third Sunday
Sing. It happens Jan. 18 at 5 p.m.
There is no charge for dinner and
no offering will be collected. For
more information call 675-1366.

You can have a nice,
clean vehicle
For The Lord (FTL) is planning
a car wash Saturday, Jan. 24, at
the U-Save from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Suggested donations $5 per car;
$10 per truck.

Attention youth
Youth Awakening at Freedom
Fellowship Ministry Friday, Feb.
6 and Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.
both nights. For more information
contact Sara Barnes at 673-7786.

Christian Men to
gather
The Christian Men's Gather-
ing invites you to Eastside Baptist
Church, 1095 Carlyle St., for fun


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Preston Long will speak. For more
information call Steve at 234-8109
or Ed at 675-6432.

Chicken dinner
Enjoy a chicken dinner at the
Church of the Good Shepherd fel-
lowship hall, 1098 Collingswood
Pkway in Port LaBelle Friday, Jan.
16 from 5-7 p.m. A complete
chicken dinner is $6.50; chicken
only $4. Children 12 or under
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7058. Your call will be returned
for confirmation. Take outs avail-
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'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
personal problems. Meetings are
Mondays 7-8:30 p.m.
For more information, please
call Freedom Fellowship at 612-
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By Les Morgan, pastor
Caloosa Baptist Church, LaBelle
Dr. Ernest Carswell, an out-
standing preacher of the Word,
and his wife, Betty Jean, an ac-
complished pianist, will be minis-
tering at Caloosa Baptist on Jan.
18, in both the morning and eve-
ning services.
Dr. Carswell has served the
Lord most of his life. After gradu-
ating from Baylor University, he
began pastoring, fulfilling the
call he felt was on his life from a
young age.
He also completed the pro-
gram at Southern Baptist Theo-
logical Seminary, and later earned
a doctorate from New Orleans
Theological Seminary. He was
pastor of churches in Kentucky
and Georgia, and then served the
First Baptist Church in Taylors,
S.C. for nearly thirty years.
During his ministry in Taylors,
S.C. the church saw significant
growth and had a powerful im-
pact throughout upper South Car-
olina region. After Pastor Carswell
retired, Dr. Frank Paige became
the pastor of First Baptist, Tay-
lors. Dr. Paige was then elected
president of the Southern Baptist
Convention, a post he held until
June, 2008.
Betty Jean is a very accom-
plished pianist. She will be min-
istering in music in the morning
service on Jan. 18 and then per-
forming a Gospel concert that
evening.


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professional musician, having re-
corded many albums and played
Gospel music most of her life.
She has accompanied many
leading Christian artists in various
concerts. She also has played for
Cliff Barrows and George Beverly
Shea, both associated with the Bil-
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Her love for Christ and the church
is evidenced in her presentation
as she plays.
The greater LaBelle commu-
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at Caloosa Baptist on Jan. 18. The
morning worship is at 10:30 a.m.
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ECSWF sponsors courses


The Education Center of
Southwest Florida has immediate
openings in the upcoming basic
computer course scheduled to
begin Saturday, January 1,7 from
9-11:30 a.m. The cost is $125 for
the four classes.

Basic Computer
Literacy
The Education Center of
Southwest Florida has immedi-
ate openings in the upcoming
basic computer course sched-
uled to begin Saturday January
17 from 9-11:30 A.M. The cost is
$125 for the four classes. This is


an enrichment class with no cer-
tification. Call 675-6800 or email
Shughesedcenter@embarqmail.
com for questions or to register.

NCCER Construction
Craft Skills Level I
The Education Center of
Southwest Florida is receiv-
ing applications to enroll in the
first construction trades level I
course. The cost for the course is
$750. Classes will be scheduled
in the evenings at the Education
Center at 4930 SR 29 S. Call 675-
6800 to receive an application or
email Sonny Hughes, director, at


shughesedcenter@ embarqmail.
cor. This course provides na-
tional certification by the National
Center for Construction Educa-
tion and Research.

Commercial
Drivers License
The Education Center of South-
west Florida is receiving applica-
tions to take CDL training. Call
675-6800 or email shughesedcen-
ter@embarqmail.com to receive
an application or more informa-
tion. Costs vary with the length of
the course taken.


Time to order Girl Scout cookies


GULFCOAST OF FLA- Girl
Scouts will be taking orders for
Girl Scout cookies from January
9 through January 26. Girl Scout
cookies will be delivered to local
warehouses for distribution on
Saturday, February 7. At that time,
girls of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast
Florida, Inc. will participate in a
direct sales period through March
8. (Girl Scout cookies cannot be
purchased at local warehouses.)
Thousands of girls of Girl
Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.
are developing entrepreneur
skills as they provide the com-
munity with a special treat-Girl
Scout cookies. All eight varieties
of Girl Scout cookies have zero
trans fat per serving, in compli-
ance with FDA regulations. Girl
Scout cookies are available for
a cost of $3.50 per package and


include the popular Thin Mints,
Samoas, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos,
Trefoils, Lemon Chalet Cremes,
sugar-free Chocolate Chips, and a
new cookie this year- Dulce de
Leche, a sweet, indulgent cookie
rich with milk caramel chips and
stripes.
Many successful business
women today say they got their
start selling Girl Scout cookies.
Girl Scouts practice useful life
skills such as goal setting, money
management, decision-making,
customer service, and teamwork
and they have fun! During cook-
ie activities, girls are members of
a team working towards a com-
mon goal, with each girl striving
to do her best. Customers get a
great product and all of the pro-
ceeds support Girl Scouting in the
local community.


Girl Scout cookie proceeds
benefit local Girl Scouts. A per-
centage goes directly to Girl Scout
troops to support troop activities
such as field trips, camping, and
service projects.
The remainder benefits all girls
throughout the Girl Scout council
by providing Girl Scout program,
financial assistance so all girls can
have access to Girl Scout opportu-
nities, recruitment and training of
adult volunteers, special events,
and camp and building mainte-
nance and development.
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Flori-
da, Inc. is chartered by Girl Scouts
of the USA and serves nearly
11,000 girls in Manatee, Hardee,
Highlands, Sarasota, DeSoto,
Charlotte, Lee, Glades, Collier and
Hendry counties.


VA assisting Veterans with health care


For veterans struggling finan-
cially due to a job loss or de-
creased income, the Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers an
assortment of programs that can
relieve the costs of health care or
provide care at no cost.
Veterans whose previous in-
come was ruled too high for VA
health care may be able to enter
the VA system based upon a hard-
ship if their current year's income
is projected to fall below federal
income thresholds due to a job


loss, separation from service or
some other financial setback.
Veterans determined eligible
due to hardship can avoid co-
pays applied to higher-income
veterans. Qualifying veterans may
be eligible for enrollment and re-
ceive health care at no cost.
Also eligible for no-cost VA care
are most veterans who recently
returned from a combat zone.
They are entitled to five years of
free VA care. The five-year "clock"
begins with their discharge from


Birding Tours


Through a partnership with
Hendry-Glades Audubon, the
South Florida Water Management
District will offer to the public es-
corted birding tours at the South
Florida Birding Trail Stormwater
Treatment Area 5 (STA-5) south
of Clewiston in eastern Hendry
County. Tours are open to any-
one, but participants must regis-


ter to reserve a space on the trips.
Meet at the STA5 gate at 8:30 a.m.
To sign up for the STA-5 Birding
Tour: Send an e-mail to Margaret
England, at sta5birding@embarq-
mail.com with your name and
contact information including an
emergency cell number for the
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3 ACRE (6 LOTS) on corner of Hwy 78 and
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4BR/2BA HOMEI Seller will contribute towards
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3BR/2BA HOMEI Large Oaks and nicely land-
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4BR/2BA CBS HOME IN TOWN. $155,500
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the military, not their departure
from the combat zone.
Each VA medical center across
the country has an enrollment
coordinator available to provide
veterans information about these
programs. Veteran's may con-
tact VAs Health Benefits Service
Center at 1-877-222 VETS (8387)
or visit the VA health eligibility
website at www.va.gov/healthe-
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Robins a good omen especially now


By Barbara Oehlbeck
This time of year in the late
afternoon, the sun hangs low
over the west wing of the old
barn, now weathered and faded
so much that it appears to have
grown there... sorta like the big
oak that's holding up its south
corner.
In the course of the day, it takes
a bit of planning to walk there at
exactly the right time to see the
sun's slanting rays just before it
slides down the sky in a flaming
scarlet sea across the south pas-
ture.
But lady luck did her part on
next to the last day in the first
month of this New Year. Follow-
ing the narrow trail-like road that
winds past the barn in a big curve
around sprawling palmetto is-
lands, suddenly there was a mov-


ing cloud of rustling wings rising
in a great rush from the bayberry
bushes hugging the fence. Hun-
dreds of robins!... their orange-red
breasts glowing in the winter sun.
They settled on the new green of
the pasture, their blackish heads
bobbing up and down as they
pecked and pulled at any tempt-
ing morsels they could find.
If we're lucky they'll be here
a day or two, but they never stay
long.
They're too anxious to be
on their way north... as near as
Georgia or as far away as Alaska.
Robins are among the most well-
known of North American thrush-
es.
They are handsome 9 to 10-
inch birds and frequently return
to the same place each year to
build their nests.


The European robin, called
the redbreast, is somewhat small-
er than the American robin, but
its plumage is similar. It is also a
thrush.
According to an old English
legend, this "pious bird with the
scarlet breast" mercifuly picked
a thorn from the crown of Christ
as He was on His way to Calvary.
As the bird carried the thorn in its
beak, a drop of blood fell from the
thorn to its breast, dyeing it red.
Regardless of when they come
or go, on their way south often
as far away as Mexico-or on
their way "home" to mate and
build and raise a family,
They are a sign of returning
spring, a sign of hope, a good
omen.


Obituaries


Obituaries shouldbesubmitted
to the Caloosa Belle by e-mailing
obits@newszap.com. Customers
may also requestphotos andlinks
to online guest books. A link to the
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Robert Eugene
McClenithan Sr., 65
PALMDALE Robert Eugene
McClenithan Sr., of Palmdale,
passed away Dec. 27, 2008, in Cape
Coral. He was 65.
He was born Nov. 18, 1943, in Fort
Myers. He was a lifetime resident of
the area and has lived in Palmdale
for the past ten years.
Survivors include one son, Robert
Eugene McClenithan Jr. of LaBelle;
daughters, Cassie Renee Peppers of
Cropwell, Ala., and Michelle Green
of Georgia; mother, Grace Hite of
Dothan, Ala.; brothers, Pete
McClenithan of Clewiston, and Lloyd
McClenithan of LaBelle; sisters, Ar


meta Hunter of LaBelle, and Louise
Green of Dothan, Ala.; and five
grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, in Fort
Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle, with
Pastor Mike MacDowell officiating.
Interment followed in Fort Denaud
Cemetery.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu-
neral Home, LaBelle.
Susan Hester Bancroft
FELDA- Susan Hester Bancroft,
age 71, of Felda, passed away Mon-
day, Jan. 12, 2009, in Fort Myers.
She was born Feb. 20, 1937, in Fel-
da, to Alvin Vernon Hester and Alma


Lois (Sumner) Hester. She was a
lifelong resident of Felda.
Survivors include sons, Michael Ed-
ward (Jan) Bancroft of Alpharetta,
Ga., and Gary Wayne (Michelle)
Bancroft of Naples; one daughter:
Sharon (Bruce Sr.) Corbitt of La-
Belle; sisters, Dorothy Hester of Le-
high Acres, and Alice Santoyo of
Naples; ten grandchildren; and one
great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Fri-
day, Jan. 16 at Lee Memorial Park
Chapel Mausoleum. Interment will
follow in Lee Memorial Park, Lehigh
Acres. Visitation will be Thursday
from 7-9 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral
Home, LaBelle.


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The Heat took over the court against the Bulls Jan. 8 as the
Junior Pro Basketball League. Games are at the LaBelle El-
ementary School gym. For more information call Darrell Har-
ris at 675-2565 or Pat Langford at 675-1686.


Sport Shorts


Sign up for
baseball, softball
Baseball and softball sign-ups
have begun. If you have a child
between the ages of 4 and 16
years of age for girls and 4 and 15
years of age for boys, bring them
by to register. Volunteers will be
at the Winn Dixie Shopping Cen-
ter every Saturday from 9 a.m.
to noon and every Sunday from
1-4 p.m. through the month of
January. The last day to register is
Sunday, Feb. 8, at 2 p.m. at Davis
Pratt Park. You may also sign up
on-line by going to this website:
www.LabelleLittleLeague.org or
stop by Ragin' Graphics located
@ 84 N. Hickpoochee Ave.


Volunteer for
Little League
LaBelle Little League, Inc., is
currently accepting applications
for volunteer coaches for softball
and baseball. For baseball coach-
ing applications please contact
Ricky Bass at 863-673-1940. For
softball coaching applications
please contact Kim Marroquin at
863-673-4741.

Dodgeball, kids!
Come to the Dodgeball tourna-
ment Saturday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m.
at Upthegrove Elementary gym
for grades 7-12. Call Sara Barnes
at 673-7786.


Submitted photo

Everybody loves soccer
The Lehigh Youth Soccer Association Lady Lightning U14
Girls Team had a major accomplishment recently, winning
at the Kelme Cup in Naples. Lehigh Lady Lightning lost
their first game to the San Carlos Scorpions 5-1. Then
went on to win the second game against ICSA (Cape Cor-
al Soccer) 4-1 and since they shared the same record at
the end of the day, they had to play the ICSA team again
Sunday morning, Lehigh won 1-0 in overtime. Lehigh met
San Carlos Park in the final and won 1-0. Standing from
left: Kelsey Anders, Randi Nichols, Alexandra Gerberick,
Peyton Walls, top scorer Kayla Keller from LaBelle, Victo-
ria Lara, Megan Saxty, Marjorie Roman and Coach Miguel
Denny. Kneeling: Tara Archer, Cierra Garcia, Indira Denny
Brooklin Walls and Samantha Krause (GK). Not pictured:
team manager Kim Anders, Coaches: Jeff Gerberick and
Chris Saxty. T & M Portable restrooms of LaBelle was their
sponsor.


Las Noticias en Espanol


Nuevo Alguacil
Como el nuevo alguacil del
Condado Hendry Steve Whidden
se prepar6 para ocupar su oficina
y explicar a los residentes lo que
el piensa en hacer durante su ad-
ministraci6n. El primer cambio
que piensa hacer es hablar muy
claramente con los oficiales para
decirles cuales son las expecta-
ciones que se espera de ellos de
esta manera no habrAn malos en-
tendidos.
La Oficina de la policia emplea
a mas de 160 personas. Aproxi-
madamente 50 son patrulleros
de caminos, mientras que 27 son
oficiales de correccionales, 9-10
investigadores y dos agentes ofi-
ciales. Whidden dijo que posible-
mente 12 empleados no van a
regresar despu6s del cambio de
administraci6n, unos cuantos de
esos empleados son oficiales. Rick
Waldren y Don Rodriguez que tra-
bajaban en el manejamiento de la
oficina fueron transferidos a otras
posiciones diferentes.
Otro cambio grande seria la
contrataci6n de investigadores
con mas experiencia. El director
de los oficiales, Powell,dijo que
el rendimiento de los policies
serA medido como el sistema que
tienen en La Ciudad de Nueva
York donde se da mucho apoyo a
los oficiales. El alguacil dijo que
una de las cosas mas importantes
que tienen que erradicar son el
crecimiento de las pandilas espe-
cialmente en el area de Clewis-
ton.

Asalto
Don Morgan nunca habia
visto algo parecido durante toda
su carrera como controlador de
animales y la cosa increfble es
que una perrita de 20 libras fue
victima de un violento asalto sex-
ual. Jose Alberto Vasquez de 58


afios fue detenido y acusado de
crueldad animal despu6s que los
investigadores lo agarraron en un
acto tan horrible. De acuerdo con
el informe de la policia, un hom-
bre joven mir6 al hombre cuando
tenia el encuentro sexual con la
perrita en una residencia de la
Calle C. El testigo dijo que oy6 la
perrita llorar y lleg6 a la escena
donde el sospechoso le pegaba
a la perrita con un palo. Cuando
el testigo enfrent6 al sospechoso,
este dijo que no iba a volver a
pasar lo que el habia visto.
Cinco dias mas trade el 3 de
enero el hombre joven oy6 a la
perrita llorar de nuevo. Volvi6 a
investigar y esta vez encontr6 al
sospechoso intoxicado y la per-
rita no se podia mover, la parte
de su cola estaba llena de sangre.
Aunque el testigo no vi6 nada la
segunda vez el dijo que era facil
adivinar lo que le habia pasado al
pobre animal, entonces llam6 a
los oficiales y report6 el crimen. El
testigo dijo que el sospechoso se
habia movido alli recientemente,
antes del incidente con la perrita,
el hombre habia aparecidon con
tres cachorros diciendo que los
habia encontrado, uno de ellos
desaparec6.
Dos dias despu6s del crimen
la perrita comenz6 a caminar,
tuvieron que darle medicina para
el dolor y antibi6ticos. Para los
trabajadores que estAn costumb-
rados a ver animales abandona-
dos este crimen los sorprendi6.
La acusaci6n en contra del
sospechoso es dificil de creer. El
estado de Florida no tiene leyes
definidas en contra del abuso
sexual de un animal por medio de
una persona, en este caso especf-
fico, el abusador serA acusado de
crueldad animal. Mientras tanto
la perrita se estA recuperando en
espera de ser adoptada.


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* Want country living without the long drive to Corporate owned! 3/2 just a few miles south of
the city? Get the best of both worlds with this LaBelle. Needs alittle TLC. $48,900
3BR/2BA home on 2.29+/- acres on Case Road. Call about our vacant land!
Enjoy the quiet & privacy plus a wood burning ********** LOTS **********
fireplace, vaulted ceilings, and Texas sized .29 +/- acre in Belmont S/D. Priced to sell at
rooms! $124,900. only $42,000. Possible seller financing.
* Two for the price of one! All on one acre 3/2 Call about our Port LaBelle lots!
well maintained manufactured home plus a 2/2 ********** COMMERCIAL **********
manufactured home. Plenty of fruit trees andoak REDUCED! Great investment property!
trees. All offers welcome! $114,900 Located just feet from SR80 in LaBelle. The build-
* Let's make a deal! 3 bedroom 2 bath home fea- ing has over 1800 square feet of office space and
tures built in cabinets, large master bath, spa- has plenty of roomforparking. The floorplan has
cious kitchen, and plenty of elbow room thru the the advantage of being able to be split into 2 sep-
rest of the house. Outside you will find a fenced arate rental offices, while still providing a com-
yard and storage shed. $110,000 mon lobby area. $369,900
* Needing Privacy? Beautiful 4.58 a/c +/- with Log Cabin BBQ Centrally located in LaBelle
older mobile home. (potential rental income) with 167+/-feet of frontage onSR80. $279,000!
outside citylimits. Priced to sell! $93,000 Prime 20+/- acre potential commercial parcel
* Great home, Great price, hard to beat! located near West Glads Elementary in Muse and
Remodeled 3/2 on 50 acre in Horseshoe Acres. A just minutes away from downtown LaBelle.
must see! $77,000. $3.50 per square foot.
* Immaculate 3/2 located in LaBelle city limits. Invest now -build later! Corner lot outside city
Fenced back yard, metal roof, paved circular limits near town. $155,000.


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Fireplace Fixture 600
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GOLDEN OAK Drop front sec-
retary 1900's Very nice
condition. $325.
(863)675-1218
RINGER WASHER Antique, in
working order $100 Firm
(863)467-4449
SINGER SEWING machine -
Singer sewing machine with
cabinet/table, good condi-
tion. $100. (863)467-5299


HENDRY REGIONAL
M MEDICAL CENTER
"Wfhere It's lTA)bout getting Better'
Full time ER/CCU Nurse Manager
5 plus yrs clinical exp req. Must also have 3 yrs of ER/CCU skill
competencies with oneyear of mgmt exp pref. Must possess a valid
FL RN license. ACLS and PALS req.
Full time -ARNP (Hndry 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 5 yrs 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 -Administrative/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.
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 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
Technologist in Florida
Full time LPN (HFCC)
Candidate must possess a valid Florida LPN license
Full time Foundation/Marketing Assistant
Must have exp with MS Office apps and possess a high degree of
clerical and organizational skills with strong communication
and interpersonal skills. Writing and graphics exp pref.
Full time Med/Surg Manager/ADON
Masters degree is desirable, BSN min. (5)yrs of recent clinical hospital ex.
Demonstration of management communications, interpersonal and financial
accountability skills through increasing job responsibilities and (3)years prior
mgmt position. Licensed as an RN in the State of Florida. BLS, ACLS, and
PALS certification re., RNC desirable.
Part time -HOUSEKEEPER (weekends)
Must have 1-2 yrs Hospital or Hotel experience. Must be
able to maintain a safe, sanitary environment.
mww.hendyregional.org
Fax resume to: 863-983-0805
Drug Free Workplace EOE


ELECTRIC WATER HEATER 40
gal. NEW IN BOX GE. 12
YEAR TANK WARRANTY
$320. (863)634-6189
KITCHEN-AID WASHER and
Dryer Almond color good
condition; electric; will sell
together or seperate $175.
(863)763-1377
REFRIGERATORS 2, good
working condition, 1 Ig., 1
small. $140/will separate.
Call 863-634-5236
SMALL REFRIGERATOR Hai-
er, 3 cu ft, like new, all
manuals, paid $91 sell for
$60 (863)763-0853
WASHERS & DRYERS
STACK UNITS
$100 & up, 1 yr warranty
REFRIGERATORS & STOVES
(239)694-0778



SHED 12x24, 4 windows, 2
doors, ready for electric. La-
Belle $1000.
(863)612-0992


THREE WHEELER three
wheel bicycle fair condition
$65. (863)467-9040

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FRENCH DOOR 36" Brand
new 36"x80" Maple wood
Glass french door.
$100/neg. (863)357-2611
OVER THE fridge cabinet -
36"x12" nutural solid oak
over the fridge cabinet.
$30/neg. (863)357-2611


CRIB SET (POOH) 10 piece
+ free toys, everything great
cond. call for info $80.
(843)271-0733
FISHER PRICE CRADLE
SWING Pd 150$ Swings 2
ways, 6speeds +ALOT
MORE! $80. (910)546-2367
POOH SWING Days of hunny
infant swing. Like new, must
see paid $110 asking $50.
(843)271-0733


CLOTHING Girls' pageant
dresses. White,size 10 slim
and Fuscia size 12 slim.
$150. (863)558-0085


BASEBALL CARDS -
Unopened boxes. 1987-89
$150/neg. (863)612-1211



COMPUTER Black Dell, XP
Pro, Office, Games, Educa-
tional Tony $129.
(863)517-2782
DELL 962 ALL IN ONE
PRINTER WORKS GOOD
NEEDS INK COPY SCANS,
FAXES $30/neg.
( 8 6 3 ) 7 6 3 0 3 8 0
(863)697-9521


ANTIQUE TREDDLE Sewing
Machine Must sell. $125.
(863)357-0166
BAKER'S RACK 5 Shelves 2
Drawers Light oak black
iron in good shape $50/or
best offer (863)467-7996
BRAND NEW Sleeper Sofa -
Pottery Barn style tan/blue
linen stripes! $400/or best
offer. (863)357-5773
CHAISE CHAIR & Christmas
houses chair seats 2 peo-
ple easy, good cond
$100.00 obo. 10 christmas
houses w/ alot of acc.
$40.00 obo. $140/or best
offer. (863)357-2816
(863)447-0965
COMPUTER DESK White.
Some storage. LaBelle $15.
(863)517-1663
COUCH & LOVESEAT Colors
are green & beige. Excellent
condition $350. Or best of-
fer. (863)357-3650
DINING ROOM Table Beauti-
ful 42x42 table with exten-
sion plus 4 matching chairs.
$200. (863)675-3516


Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Board is
accepting applications for a
Recreational Director. Applications
and job descriptions are available at
the Recreation Office at 310 West
Cowboy Way. Applications will be
accepted until position is filled.

Veterans preference as outlined in the
Florida Statutes. Hendry County is an
equal opportunity employer. Drug
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DINING TABLE Round
wood/iron table W/4 chairs.
anytime $150.
( 8 6 3 ) 4 6 7 9 1 2 5
(863)634-4945
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
for 32" TV All wood storage
drawers/glass door, $200
(863)357-4532
LARGE LIGHT Oak Computer
Desk Large good desk with
lots of storage. $40/or best
offer (863)467-7996
MAGNETIC TWIN SIZE MAT-
TRESS Kenkopad, cost
$400 new, will take $100,
like new (772)971-9474
MATCHING BEDROOM Set
3pc twin, cottage style-
mattress included $350.
(863)983-7734
ROCKING CHAIR Wood and
wicker. LaBelle $20.
(863)517-1663
SINGLE BED bedroom sets (2)
with chest of drawers &
dresser with mirror, new
mattress covers, sheets and
blankets all included. $200.
(863)467-0234
SLEEPER-COUCH lyr old
Black cloth.Good condition-
call before 9 pm leave mes-
sage $400. (863)763-8562
SOFA FLIP'S DOWN INTO
DOUBLE BED, COLOR BLUE,
EXCEL CONDITION $175.
(863)763-1997
SOFA SLEEPER Queen size.
excellent condition very
clean $150/or best offer.
(863)357-7065

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GOLF CLUBS 4 sets, 1 left
handed, metal woods, irons,
putter, bag, balls, $390 will
sell sep. (863)946-3123
RIFLES, SHOTGUNS, PISTOLS
(30) Remington, Rugers,
Brownings, S&W, Fox,
$5000 or sell sep
(863)532-9881 Okeechobee



M1A RIFLE Springfield Ar-
mory M1A. Never fired pre-
ban. $1600/neg.
(863)673-3893
SAVAGE MODEL 99E .308
caliber with scope. Excellent
condition. $600/or best of-
fer (863)673-3893
SHOT GUN Browning, A2000
12 gage mag., Automatic.
Like new. Only shot 2x's.
$340 (863)612-1211



COMPUTERIZED TREADMILL
Used 6 times. Can fold to
store. $458.00 New. $250.
(863)227-2567
EXERCISE TABLE Stauffer,
motor driven. Works great.
$50 (772)971-9474
HEALTH EXCERCISE bike -
New exercise bike with back
support, programs, checks
your pulse paid 300. $125.
(863)634-5236
PRO-FORM TREADMILL -
Works perfect, spacesaver
w/2FREE wrist/ankle wgts.
$150. (910)546-2367
WELDER PRO Club Weight
Bench and 3001b weight
set $350/or best offer.
(863)885-1172
WESLO CADENCE TREAD-
MILL 830 Extended strides,
auto incline, $125. Call
(863)467-8681
WESLO G -30 treadmill An
ideal treadmill for beginners,
the Weslo G-30 offers a 1.0
Continuous Duty HP motor.
Mint condition! $100/or best
offer. (863)634-5506



AUTO INFLATING AIR BED -
Plug in fill w/air, instant bed.
Like New $100.
(863)357-6190
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
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SCOOTER Meritus S541
$695 (863)983-7949
SCOOTER -Handicapped, 2
seater, 4 wheel, $800 or
best offer (863)467-6009



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FOUR LOW RIDER 17" chrome
rims, universal lugs, 2 tires
$100 For All (863)801-4940
GENERATOR 11 hp, 5650
watt. LaBelle $300.
(863)612-0992
NEW WELDER Hobat 10,000
watt, 20 hp Kohler motor
$2,700 (863) 840-0505
NOW AVAILABLE! 2009 POST
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
NO EXPERIENCE, PAID
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VACATIONS. CALL
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TWO Awnings- 60" X 48" ask-
ing $50 for both
(863)467-6009
WOOLEY SHED 14 X 22 A/C
Auto garage door, paid
$9500 will sell for $5000
Neg. (863)697-3108



AKC Affenpinscher rare, non
shed, toy size. Champion
sired. $575. Toy fox terrier
$200. 863-675-1571
BLACK LAB 8 mos old, very
friendly, neutered & house-
broken, all shots, needs a
yard. $100 (863)484-2052
CLEWISTON FREE 6 mth old
Brown mixed female dog
very friendly $0.
(863)263-1601
CLEWISTON FREE Mixed
Hound Puppies 6 weeks
old-2Boys & 3Girls $0.
(863)228-7792
FISH TANK 50 gal. w/ stand,
rocks, & 2 fish. Okeechobee.
$100/or best offer.
(561)719-5411
JACK RUSSELL PUPS pure-
bred, $100, (863)675-2844
YORKIE 2 12 week old fe-
males with papers and shots
$800 Firm, Ready to go!
(863)467-0218



HOT TUB 4 person Octagonal
hot tub, new pump, new mo-
tor,Runs great!!! $1000.
(863)233-1223



COMMERCIAL SEWING Ma-
chine Works good. Must
sell. $150. (863)357-0166



COMPOUND BOW BASS PRO
QUIVER,ARROWS.60
LBS.31"PULL.LIKE NEW.
$125. (863)763-4588
MOTORCYCLE HELMET -
Brand new HBC Helmet.
Open faced with visor. $50.
(863)357-2611
REMMINGTON 700 BDL ,
270 New in box $550. FIRM
(863)697-1198
SLATE POOL Table Large ta-
ble (98" X 54") Leisure Bay,
Blue felt top, great condition.
Oversized ball and claw legs.
Balls & Cues included. Con-
tact Tues-Sun anytime
$650/or best offer
(863)467-9125
(863)634-4945


SWAMP BUGGY-Palm Beach
Style 350 Auto, 400 Turbo
Trans, Offset 12x24 Tractor
Tires $4500 (863)447-5456



SPEAKERS- 2 15" Kicker CVR
in box with 2000 watt amp
$600. (863)697-9014



PHILLIPS 60" Big Screen TV,
Digital ready, very nice con-
dition. Call Billy $500 Nego-
tiable (863)467-7011
TELEVISION 65", Mitsubishi,
excellent condition, $700
(239)340-8503
TELEVISION 52" Phillips & En-
ter. Center 74"Hx102"W,
holds TV, $650 for all or sell
sep (863)675-8987



CRAFTSMAN 10" Radial Arm
Saw Excellent condition
Hardly used. $150/neg.
(863)467-8823
CRAFTSMAN CONTRACTOR -
Craftsman 10" Cabinet saw.
New Model 22114N
$500/firm. (863)467-8823
PRESSURE CLEANER pres-
sure cleaner with Honda en-
gine. Like new condition.
$200. (863)467-5299



AIR HOCKEY Table Full Size -
Like New-Played on only a
few times. Includes Every-
thing! $100. (863)357-5773



WANTED: non-working medi-
cal scooters. (863)610-1120


Agriculture



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 835
Horses 840
Landscaping
Supplies 845
Lawn & Garden 850
Livestock 855
Poultry/Supplies 860
Seeds/Plants/
Flowers 865




SQ 720 BUSH HOG- 6 ft, Good
Condition $1500
(863)430-6987



BUNTON ZTR Comm Mower -
ZTR 50"cut, 20HP Kohler
Works great $2400/or best
offer. (863)697-2032
CRAFTMAN RIDING lawn
mower $400/or best offer
(863)234-0819
239)645-9596
LARGE STAGHORN AIR FERN
$250 Water fountain pedes-
tal style $60.00
(863)610-2993
LEAF MULCHER Used very
little $195. (863)675-1218
Moving Must Sell- Like New
Craftsman 5600 Watt, 10 HP
Generator $500 OBO
(863)763-5389
PUSH MOWER 20" B&S en-
gine, runs and cuts great!
35. (863)532-0188
RIDING MOWER Huskee, like
new, 42" cut, 22hp Kohler
mtr, less than 20 hrs.,
$1100. (863)843-0759 or
(863)675-0910
RIDING MOWER Yard Man
42"cut, 15 HP Kohler Runs
great. $250. (863)532-0188


CATTLE OILER $15
(863)675-0349
HEADGATE with mounting
brackets $100.
(863)517-0470
Okeechobee Livestock
Market Sales
Every Monday-12pm & every
Tuesday-11am. 763-3127


Floearsme 085
DWARF RED Button Ginger
Lily- Plants come in 1-3 gal-
lon pot sizes $12.
(863)675-3741
LADY PALM Grows well in-
side or outside $21.
(863)675-3741


Rentals



Apartments 905
Business Places 910
Commercial
Property 915
Condos/
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
$25,000! Only $225/Mo! 3
Br $12,500! Only $199/Mo!
5% down 15 years @ 8%
apr. for listings
(800)366-9783 ext 5669.



INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOP -
4000 sq ft, w/offices, all
new, $1750/mo
(863)675-3424



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


3Br 2Ba Foreclosure!
$11,000! Only $199/Mo! 5%
down 15 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 4 Br $259/Mo! for list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
5798.
CANAL HOME large 3/2, den,
library, FL. room, w/d, huge
private corner lot. Call
970-728-8011
COTTAGE FOR RENT: Under
the oaks, furnished or unfur-
nished, utilities incl.
(863)517-1000
Duplex Apt.- 3 br, 1 bath on
Belmont St. Very clean, yard
is maintained, Adults Only.
No Pets. $650 per month.
1st month & $650 sec. de-
posit + ref's. 863-612-9881
or 239-691-6847
FRASER AVE. 3BR/2BA,
fenced yard w/shop, non
smkg. env., no pets, lease
$625 mo. + $625 sec.
(863)675-2392
LaBelle Immaculate 2BR,
2BA w/Bonus Den/Office.
1 Car garage. Fenced yard.
Close to Rt. 80 & Shopping.
$725 mo. Call Kathy @
239690-3085 or Bill @
239 849-0770
LABELLE: 3br/2ba, w/in city
limits. $650/mo + sec dep
& ref. Non-smoking env,
fenced yard. 954-325-0309
OAK AVENUE 2BR/1BA, c/a,
nice, non-smkg. env., no
pets, lease, $575 mo. +
$575 sec. (863)675-2392
PORT LABELLE 2003 4BR,
2BA, CBS home, close to
elementary sch. Immed.
move-in. $1,000/mo. 1st,
last & sec. 863-675-1380 or

PORT LABELLE, 2BR, 1.5BA,
single family house, w/gar-
age, $700 mo. plus ec.
dep. 863-634-2975.
RENT/OWN: LaBelle, 2/2 +
office, pool, dock, 2 car gar-
age & shop, exclusive area.
863-843-0237



LABELLE Office Space in
Strip mall, 800 sq ft,
$300/mo + deposit.
(863)675-7555


MOORE HAVEN- Furn. rm,
A/C, Dish Satellite, Movie
channels, Util incl $125. wk.
$125. Sec dep (863)946-0355





FORT KNOX
SELF STORAGE
New Ig. units avail.,
air conditioned &


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

LABELLE RENT-A-SPACE
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 Eslate

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Business Places -
Sale 1005
Commercial
Property Sale 1010
Condos/
Townhouses Sale1015
Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Investment
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Property Inspection1060
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Sale 1070
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080



FORECLOSED HOME AUC-
TION FLORIDA STATEWIDE
Auction starts Feb 7th 1000
Homes MUST BE SOLD! Free
Brochure (800)678-0517
USHomeAuction.com REDC.
LaBelle
New Home Buyers
Finish off that purchase
right! Visit White's
Furniture & Appliances
1060 Highway 29
South LaBelle
(863)675-0717.

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FATHER & SON seeks to rent
land for hunting squirrel,
hogs or turkey. Respectful of
property. Can pay rea-
sonable fee. (561)248-2866




BUY LAND TODAY
5 Acres La Deca?
S2 12 Acres Pioneer?
21/2 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
(863)673-5071


20+ ACRES & POST & BEAM
BARN $119,900. New
22X30 post & beam barn
built on gorgeous 20+ acres
in the country. Potential to
subdivide. Near FL/GA bor-
der- 90 minutes Jackson-
ville. Excellent financing. Call
now (800)898-4409, x 2167
Florida Foreclosure! 37 AC-
$39,900 Nice homesite set-
ting in picturesque oak
grove. Tons of deer & wild-
life. Perfect for hunters! Call
Jack at (800)242-1802



***FREE Foreclosure List-
ings** Over 200,000 prop-
erties nationwide. LOW
Down Payment. Call NOW!
(800)741-4732.
Golf Lot Bargain! NOW
$39,900 (was 139,900) In-
cludes Membership! Rare
opportunity to own a beauti-
ful view homesite in upstate
SC's finest golf community-
NOW for a fraction of it's val-
ue. Paved rds, water, sewer,
all infrastructure completed.
Get much more for much
less. Low rate financing
avail. Call now
(866)334-3253 x 2126.
MID TENN MTNS By Owner, 5
acres, perfect mountaintop
cabin-site w/woods. Small
stream in back of property. A
must see! $26,900. Owner
Financing (931)445-3611.
TENNESSEE LAND RUSH!
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
living, no impact fee.
(330)699-2741 or
(866)550-5263, Ask About
Mini Vacation!
VIRGINIA MTN CABIN, Ready
to move in! Great views!
Near large stocked trout
stream, private, 2 acres, only
$159,500. (866)275-0442



WANTED COW PASTURE ,
10-200 acres,
(561)248-2866


Mobile Homes



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.
239-693-2790
LABELLE Case Rd. on 2/2
acres, small barn in back,
bring your horses, $725 mo.
+ sec. 239-209-0245
LaBelle, 3 BR, large deck with
bench, all drywall, newly re-
modeled with new carpet.
$175/wkly. 863-673-5704


MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT
1,2 & 3 Bedrooms
Low Deposits &
Reasonable Payments
863-983-3554
NEWLY REMODLED 3/2 on
fenced acre. $650 mo. 1st,
last & $500 sec. dep. +
ref's. (863)517-1824




$3,000 de deposito. Llame
para mas informacion
863-612-6511
BANK REPO'S
MOVE TO YOUR LAND
Mobile Home Angels
561-721-2230
BHR 2br, 2ba, Ig lot, 17 x 42
screened lanai, boat slip, un-
deroof w/lift, sprinkler sys-
tem, clean & quiet, sea wall
& lake access, $120,000 or
lease option.(859)661-4344
Casa manufacturada 4/2ba
$49,000 Financiamiento ra-
pido y facil. Si tiene el torre-
no posee. Llame para mas
info 863-612-6511
Casa manufacturada lista para
ser aquilada. Financiameinto
disponible. LLame para mas
info 863-675-8888 Lorena
Doublewide 3/2ba on .5 acre
between LaBelle & Immokal-
ee. Only $3,500 down. Call
for more info 863-612-6511
DOUBLEWIDE MOBILE HOME
3BR, 2BA, 1 acre corner
lot. (863)673-0369
LAKE ACCESS WATERFRONT
SWMH, 1/1 with additional
room, on rental lot. Call for
details, leave msg
(863)763-8054
-MOBILE HOME SALES-
Huge 4BR/3BA
32x80 Set up on Your
Lot- $550 Monthly
800-330-8106 or
863-467-6622
MOBILE HOMES
Need your mobile
home moved? We have
28 years experience.
Call for your Free Quote!
(863)983-8106
OWNER FINANCING
WITH 15% DOWN
3BR/2BA Doublewide,
Ig. landscaped lot in
Tanglewood near schools.
Brick skirting, w/d,
c/a, ready to move in.
(863)-675-8010/675-4272
Replace your old mobile.
4/2ba DW only $49,900 Bad
credit, no credit, we can help
if you own your own lot. Call
for more info 863-612-6511


Recreation



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



CENTER CONSOLE MAKO
17FT Select 90 HP Mercu-
ry on trailer, runs great.
$1350. (239)878-7533
FIBERGLASS CANOE Select -
in great condition $125.
( 8 6 3 ) 2 3 4 0 8 1 9
(863)234-0819
(239)645-9596
HYDRASPORT BASS BOAT -
16'4"., with a 115 HP Out-
board Motor, New carpet &
cover, Trailer included
$5000 Firm (863)467-2316
OPEN BOW BOAT, 17 Ft. w/
Trailer. $300 FIRM
(863)763-0812
SULLIVAN, 1994 14' alum.,
20HP Merc, Johnson trl mtr,
live well, Magic tilt trl,
$1,400. 863-763-2526



HOLIDAY RAMBLER RAMB-
LET 1972 2 axle,2 a/c,in-
terior needs work must sell
$700. (863)467-4650
Holiday RV Breckenridge
Park Model Dealer, New
starting at $24,900. Rt. 41
South, Ft. Myers, between
Alico Rd. & Corkscrew Rd.
(239)590-0066
Holiday RV Cash for your RV
or Park Model Trailer
(239)590-0066
Itacsa by Winnebago, 1987
22' onan generator, self con-
tained $2,000 LaBelle
(239) 200-1159
JAYCO 1999, 27' MINI
MOTORHOME- V10 Ford en-
gine, 4 new tires, very low
miles, needs some repairs,
best offer gets it. can see at
4012 SW 11th way-Okee
$9,999 (863)634-5487
JAYCO '01 35ft, 3 slides,
loaded, $13,900
(863)983-4949
TRAIL-LITE BANTAM '99 -
Kitchen & Bathroom, 26'
w/Fold Out Ends. Asking
$4000 (863)467-0031


YAMAHA WAVERUNNER
1994 runs good trailer in-
cluded new tires on trailer
$700. (863)801-3899



BOAT MOTOR 15HP Long
Shaft $400/firm.
(863)467-7606
TRAILER HITCH- for boat or
trailer, off a Ford van, bolts
on, cost $120 asking $80.
Neg (863)610-0521.


SUZUKI RM 125 2000 dirt-
bike, very low hrs, runs good
$1000/or best offer.
(863)763-6297
TRAIL BIKE 125 '04 runs
good, $600 (863)801-5678
YAMAHA 750 VIRAGO 1992 -
17,000 miles, shaft drive,
saddle bags, runs great.
$2300/or best offer.
(863)357-6315



HONDA RANCHER 2005,
350 4X2, low hours, good
cond. $2600 Neg.
(863)430-6987
MINI SPRINT RACE CAR -
750 Kawasaki engine, Four
torsion bar suspension
$3500 (863)805-2877
SUZUKI 500 VINSON 05 like
new, 696 miles, 4 WD,
winch, trailer, $4500 or best
offer (863)697-1771


Automobiles



Automobiles 4005
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Construction
Equipment 4025
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
Vans 4070



CHEVROLET CORVETTE 1996
Air bags, alarm sys. Anti-
lock brakes, bucket seats,
loaded, p/w, snrf, V-8, rear
defrost, tinted windows, cc,
CD, auto. Alloy whls. A/c
black sp 50k runs fast 5,7 It
$14000. (863)357-3305
FORD ASPIRE '96 40 mpg, 5
spd, AC, 85K, $1200 or best
offer (239)590-85721
FORD MUSTANG '96 auto,
AC, good on gas, $2500 or
best offer (863)763-0380 or
(863)697-9521
FORD PROBE 1997 4-cyl,
air bags, alarm sys. Bucket
seats, 1 owner, a/c, auto.
Cc, fwd good pull behind for
rv.red $3000.
(863)357-3305
FORD TAURAS XL 1997 4
doors, 70,000 original miles,
one owner, everything works
great mpg!!! $2300/or best
offer (863)447-0941
(863)447-0965
HONDA ACCORD 1990 -
Great on gas! Trust worthy
car 2 doors $1200/or best
offer. (863)228-7102
HONDA CIVIC 1995 runs
good $2000/or best offer.
(863)261-1181
OTHER Select Fiberglass
tool box for full size pick up,
(863)675-1690

door, 4 cyl., auto, cold A/C,
P ood rubber & gas mileage,
850. Call 863-763-2526
TOYOTA COROLLA '92- Auto,
AC, asking $1250 "as is"
Neg. (863)697-9005 or
(863)532-0189 Anytime



DODGE RAM P/U 1988 -
4-wd/318/4 spd/granny low
gear $2000/neg.
(863)227-2583



CLUB CAR TWO SEATER
2002 Excellent condition,
Hurry Call today won't last.
$1795. (863)843-0062
EZ GO Used, Good condition,
charger, $900 or best offer
(863)697-1350
GOLF CART YAMAHA GAS
Select New Engine
$895. (863)675-1472



POSITIVE TRACTION Unit -
For 1/2 Ton Pick-up Truck
$200. (863)801-5687
RIMS -Chev Silverado, Brand
New, slotted Grey steel,
16"-8 lug center caps,lug
nuts, $100. (561)573-3499
TONNEAU SOFT COVER like
new,fits 6.5 ft. bed,roll
up,clamps on, $150.
(863)635-5186
TRANSMISSION Good-used
4L60E from GM 1500 4X4
$400. (863)801-5687
VENT SHADES BRAND
NEW,smoke,Dodge Mega
Cab 4 door $25.
(863)635-5186

I^^ ^ ^ 'I3I


FORD F250 XL 1993 4x4,
351 auto, longbed, runs
good needs TLC $2500/or
best offer. (863)763-6297
JEEP COMANCHE 1990 -
2WD, 5 speed, runs good.
30" buckshot tires $900/or
best offer (863)612-6350
TOYOTA PICKUP, '94 2 whl.
dr, runs good, $20 to fill,
doesn't burn oil, cold a/c,
$3100 neg. (863)674-1181



CHEVROLET BLAZER 1996 -
Sporty wheels 4-wd,Navy
blue,2 dr V-6, Must sell!
$2500. (863)467-4650


I b i i


I b i i


NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING
NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS
Hendry County, Florida (the "County") hereby provides notice, pursuant to Section
197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collect-
ing non-ad valorem special assessments to be levied within the Banyan Village area,
Port LaBelle Plat Units 10-13, within the unincorporated area of the County, for capi-
tal costs associated with construction of water lines for Banyan Village and service
assessments for maintenance of such water lines commencing with the Fiscal Year
beginning on October 1, 2009, and continuing each year until discontinued by the
County. The County will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uni-
form method of collecting such assessments authorized by Section 197.3632, Flori-
da Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 5:00 p.m. on January 27, 2009, in the
County Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpoochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. Such
resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the
boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the proposed form of
resolution, which contains the legal description of the real property subject to the
levy, are on file at the County Administrator's Office, 165 S. Lee Street, LaBelle,
Florida. All interested persons are invited to attend.
In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the County with respect
to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the above-referenced
public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event,
such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to
be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should
contact the County Clerk at (863) 675-5217, seven days days prior to the date of
the hearing.
Janet B. Taylor, Chair
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF HENDRY COUNTY FLORIDA
305123 CB/CN 1/1,8,15,22/09

NOTICE OF MEETING DATES
OF THE RURAL AREA PLAN AD-HOC COMMITTEE
This Committee was formed by the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners
to review the County's Rural and Agriculture Lands Study conducted by RWA, Inc.
and make recommendations to the Board on long-term goals and land development
regulations with regard to the report. The future meetings will be held on the first
and third Tuesday of each month, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Emergency Medical
Services Station, Training Room, 1050 Forestry Division Road, LaBelle, FL 33935.
Future meeting dates through April are: January 20, February 3, February 17, March
3, March 17, April 7, and April 21,2009.
Questions should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department at
863-675-5240, or emall vcautero@hendrvfla.net
307428 CB/CN 1/15/09

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
HENDRY COUNTY CONSTRUCTION LICENSING BOARD Notice is hereby given that
the Hendry County Construction Licensing Board will hold a meeting Thursday,
January 22, 2009 at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission
Chambers, 25 East Hickpoochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. The meeting is open to
the public. The meeting site is accessible by the disabled.
Please Note: The time of all CLB meetings is now 6:00 p.m.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any
matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and
that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the pro-
ceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which
the appeal is to be based.
Hendry County Construction Licensing Board, Richard Yoraschek, Chair
307473 CB/CN 1/15/09

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
HENDRY COUNTYAFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Notice is herby given that the Hendry County Affordable Housing Advisory Commit-
tee will hold a meeting Wednesday January 21, 2009 at 4:00pm at the Hendry
County Administration conference room located at Courthouse Square, 165 S. Lee
Street, LaBelle. The meeting is open to the public. The site is handicapped ac-
cessible.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he/she will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to be based.
HENDRY COUNTY AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
307449CB/CN 1/15/09

NOTICE OF SCHEDULING OF NEGOTIATING SESSION WITH
HENDRY COUNTY PROFESSIONAL EMT & PARAMEDICS' LOCAL 4520
Take notice that Hendry County Board of County Commissioner Representatives
and the Hendry County Professional EMT & Paramedics Union Representatives will
conduct negotiations regarding the contract for the Hendry County Professional EMT
& Paramedics' Local 4520 at 10:00 a.m., January 21, 2009, at the Hendry County
Courthouse Square, Conference Room, 165 S. Lee Street, Florida.
The session is open tothe public, but no public comment will betaken.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any
matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the
proceedings and, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim
record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evi-
dence upon which the appeal is to be based.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF HENDRY COUNTY FLORIDA
Janet Taylor, Chair
307374CB/CN 1/15/09

PUBLIC NOTICE
Pursuant to Chapter 298.12, Florida Statutes, a meeting of landowners of BARRON
WATER CONTROL DISTRICT will be held at 10:00 A.M., January 29, 2009, at the
District office at 3293 Dellwood Terrace, Port LaBelle, Florida, 33935.
Te purpose of the meeting is to elect one member of the Board of Supervisors and
review annual reports.
Landowners may cast one vote for each acre or fraction thereof owned, either in
person or by proxy. Proxy forms are available by calling 863-675-0346. The Board
of Supervisors will meet immediately after adjournment of the Landowners' Meeting.
Tis meeting is open to the public.
Mark D. Colbert, Chairman
305742 CB/CN 01/08,15/08


ENCLOSED UTILITY Trailer -
2003 6' x 12' 3500 lb. single
axle. Lighted interior Very
nice condition. White.
$1700/or best offer.
(239)986-0296

UTILITY TRAILER 4x6, like
new, purchased 2 mos. ago,
$400. (863)843-0759 or
(863)675-0910

UTILITY TRAILER single axle
ENCLOSED 6X12
vent,lights,side,rear doors.
$2300. (863)634-2303

WORK TRAILER heavy duty
single axle good work trailer
wood floor $150.
(863)801-3899

Need a few more bucks
to purchase something
deer? Pick up some
extra bucks when you
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10 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 15, 2009


Marroquin's Learning Center


earns national accreditation


Math honors
Newest initiates in the LHS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the national math honor society.
They were inducted on Dec. 10. In the first row (from left to right) are: Jena Howard, Chan-
dler Bridwell, Chelsea Bridwell Second row are: Santiago Reyes (President), Alexa Pena,
Shamus Samerdyke, Cynthia Rosario Back row: Trevor Selph, Humberto Salinas, Jr., Jus-
tin Phillips. Not pictured: Wolfgang Lynn and Cody Suchomski.



Get ready for third Annual Pet Fest


It's that time of year again. The
third Annual Pet Fest, presented
by the LaBelle Community Wom-
an's Club, is scheduled for this
Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.-3
p.m. at the Barron Park.
The day will begin with the
Blessing of the Animals and the
pet parade.
This will be followed by events
throughout the day. There will be
food, vendors, exhibits and games
for the kids.
Register your pets at 9:30 a.m.
for the parade; at 10:00 will be the
blessing of the animals with the
parade to follow.
Entertainment takes center
stage at 11:00 with the LaBelle
Dance Studio, 11:45 agility train-
ing by Cabana Downs and the
cloggers at 12:30.
Then at 1:30 enjoy a presen-
tation by Debbie Missotti of the
Talkin' Monkeys Project and a
Hendry County K9 demonstration
at 2:15.
At 2:45 will be the reading of
names of deceased pets written
on the Rainbow Bridge. Raffle


ualoosa belle/Patty urant
This young lad was happy to show off his pet turtle.


drawings wind up the day at 3
p.m.
The day will also include low
cost pet vaccinations from 11
a.m.-3 p.m. and pet grooming.
There will also be face painting,
a 4-H petting zoo, food and ven-


dors.
The LaBelle Woman's Club
wishes to send a big thank you to
LaBelle Chrysler and the Kiwanis
for being sponsors this year.
For more information, call
Sharyn at 863-675-6081.


Help minimize the local wildfire threat


TALLAHASSEE- Florida Ag-
riculture and Consumer Services
Commissioner Charles H. Bron-
son today advised residents that
below average rainfall for the last
four to five months has signifi-
cantly increased the state's wild-
fire risk.
The torrential rain associated
with Tropical Storm Fay last sum-
mer has been all but offset by
the recent drought. In fact, the
Keetch-Byram Drought Index,
which measures available soil
moisture and runs from 0 (satu-
rated) to 800 (desert-like), cur-
rently stands at 511- more than
double the normal drought index
this time of year.
During the past year, 2,894
wildfires have burned nearly
106,000 acres in Florida.
To minimize the wildfire risk,
Bronson is asking residents and
visitors to do their part, including:
Never leave any fire unat-
tended.
Clear an area to bare soil for
campfires, and be sure they are
put out before you leave.
Report any suspicious fire by
calling 911.
Do not burn yard waste dur-
ing dry, windy conditions.
Do not toss cigarettes or
other lighted materials out of car
windows.


Moreover, Bronson encour-
ages residents to protect their
homes from fires by clearing
leaves and pine needles from the
roof and gutters, removing dead
vegetation from around the home
and trimming trees and limbs
within 15 foot of a chimney.


For more information on fire
prevention tips, as well as burn-
ing rules and regulations, visit
the Florida Division of Forestry's
website at www.fl-dof.com or
call your local Division of Forestry
office.


(Salt Lake City, UT)- Mary
Ann Marroquin, owner of Mar-
roquin's Learning Center has
recently been awarded a National
Accreditation from the National
Association of Family Child Care.
"I chose to pursue the accredi-
tation," says Mary Ann, "because
I wanted my large family day care
to demonstrate its commitment
to providing quality care for the
children. This level of commit-
ment sets my day care apart from
the other average child care pro-
grams."
Mary Ann has been provid-
ing care in her home for 14 years
and has been in the field of early
childhood for 20 years. Her pro-
gram offers many unique ameni-
ties such as bilingual teachers, a
school readiness program, and
the expertise to work with chil-
dren with special needs or learn-
ing challenges.
Marroquin's Learning Cen-
ter collaborates with the school
district to provide Voluntary Pre-
Kindergarten (VPK) to four year
olds. Mary Ann also works closely
with the local health department,
providing ear/eye tests for all the
children each year.
The National Association of
Family Child Care offers accredita-
tion to providers across the coun-
try, aiding them in raising their
standards of quality care. Mary
Ann feels the self-study process
in particular helped her to take a
close look at her program to en-
sure that it demonstrated a high
quality of care.
"This process also benefits the
children and families," says Mary
Ann, "to know that the children
are in a very good and safe pro-
gram and to know that the quality
care never stops, it keeps on im-
proving," she said.
The city of LaBelle benefits
from accreditations such as this
as it is an indicator that quality
care is available for parents in this
community.
Children benefit from accredi-
tation as it indicates they will be
cared for in a safe, nurturing en-
vironment and that their educa-
tional needs will be met.
In addition to NAFCC, Mary
Ann belongs to the St. Jude In-
dian Children Association and the
Boys Town Association.


Mary Ann plans on continu-
ing her journey towards a higher
level of professionalism and is ex-
pected to finish her Association of
Arts degree in Early Childhood by
next fall.
In addition, she is supporting
her staff in reaching their goals
of completing the Child Develop-
ment Associate certification.
For more information about
NAFCC, receiving an accreditation
or finding an accredited provider,
visit www.nafcc.org.


About National Association
of Family Child Care
The National Association of
Family Child Care is a nation-
wide non-profit organization that
serves family child care providers
by offering national accreditation,
representation on the national
level on child care issues and
policy, a national annual confer-
ence, and support in the impor-
tant work they do.
For more information please
visit: www.nafcc.org.


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