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Publication Date: December 10, 2009
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Thursday, December 10, 2009


Vol. 87 No. 48


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At a Glance


Parade Friday
Don't worry, kids. Santa will still
make it to LaBelle. Come on out
to the parade this Friday, Dec. 11.
Line up at U-Save 4:30 p.m.; start
at 5:30 p.m. Join Santa and compa-
ny! Bring your bicycles, trailers and
homemade floats. Walk or ride. For
information or to sign up call Me-
lissa Castillo at 675-1090.
The Chamber's Christmas in
the Park has not been rescheduled
- Santa's agenda is just too full.

Light Up LaBelle
The Greater LaBelle Chamber of
Commerce proudly presents its an-
nual Light Up LaBelle Contest. Pick
up your application at the chamber
office Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5
p.m. Residential and businesses
are welcome. Judging will be Dec.
18 after dark. Applications must be
returned to the chamber office no
later than Dec. 12. For more infor-
mation please call 675-0125.

Boat parade
Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m.
come to LaBelle's Lighted Christ-
mas Boat Parade. Viewers, any-
where on the river between Bar-
ron Park and Aqua Isles. Boaters,
gather at 6:30, 1/2 mile east of the
LaBelle SR 29 bridge for a prompt
7 p.m. start. Lead boat will be on
marine CH 71 and have a yellow
strobe light. No entry fee, no sign
up, no prizes, just plain enjoyment.
Rain date, next day, Sunday, same
time and place.
See Page 4 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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These cats were some of the lucky ones that have a healthy life to look forward to after their
experience at the Tenth Life Shelter.

Investigation nears completion
by Patty Brant the best of intentions, heavy parasitic loads.
Caloosa Belle LaBelle Animal Control Su- Fifty-five animal experts came
It doesn't take much to get in pervisor Doug Morgan said he together that first day, setting up
over your head, even if you have believes that's what happened a triage center to categorize the
at the Tenth Life Animal Shelter, cats' health status. Each was
located just off SR 80 between tagged, indicating categories from
LaBelle and Clewiston on the adoptable to euthanize.
previous site of Animal Rescue of Officer Morgan would not dis-
LaBelle. close the exact number of cats
Authorities have been inves- that were euthanized, but said
tigating the shelter where they originally it was thought up to
say some 600 cats were discov- one third of the cats would have
ered in various stages of health. to be euthanized, Fortunately the
S c A tip resulted in an unannounced final number was not that high,
visit to the shelter. Previous un- he said. All remaining cats were
announced visits to Tenth Life vaccinated, checked for rabies,
uncovered no serious problems, feline AIDS and feline leukemia.
LaBelle Animal Control Supervi- Those not inserted with identa-
sor Doug Morgan said. chips underwent that procedure
Submitted /Consie von Gontard Many of the cats on premises so they can be tracked.
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County


gets peek


at future
by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Even as it struggles through
these difficult economic times,
Hendry County is looking forward
to the day when it all starts to move
again.
Last month, the county com-
missioners held public hearings on
future developments that, if they
come to fruition, will preview big
changes.
A plan that could create another
city in Hendry County also found
favor with the board. Also located
in the southwestern section of
the county, the Rodina Commu-
nity Overlay is a new concept for
Hendry County on 26,000 acres of
Duda property west of SR 29. It has
a future land use of agriculture.
Developers have a long range vi-
sion for the property which will re-
quire further comprehensive plan
amendments later. The county
will be able to exert more control
when landowners wants to build
on the property.
Transfer of Development Rights
(TDRs) came into the discussion on
this property. TDRs allow develop-
ers to transfer rights to develop one
piece of property to another more
suitable one, to sell rights to hous-
ing units to another developer.
Hendry County does not have a
system for dealing with TDRs at this
point. In the near future the county
must decide what areas should be
TDR sending or receiving areas.
Developers envision Rodina as
a self contained development in-
cluding space set aside for services
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Future
Continued From Page 1

such as schools, EMS and even a hospital.
Such an ambitious project would require
them to seek higher densities using TDRs.
That evening, they were asking for a
blanket okay of residential areas, with in-
dividual plans to come later which could be
either approved or rejected.
Dr. Richard Woodruff WilsonMiller spoke
for the Duda family, saying this request
would be part of a series of comprehensive
plan amendments necessary to hone the
project to completion. The Duda family has
been in Hendry County for 40 years, and
wants to stay here. They see this as a mu-
tual process.
They were asking the county to add a
new category to the county's comprehen-
sive plan, called the Rodina Community
Overlay. It would be specific to this new
community only.
Representing the family, Tommy Duda
told the board his family grows citrus, row
crops, sod and sugarcane in Hendry. The
Rodina Community would parallel their Vi-
era project developed around 1-95 in 1989.
That project now encompasses 120 busi-
nesses providing 6,500 jobs. It is home to
20,000 residents in a total of 4,800 homes as
well as schools and other facilities.
The Rodina projects has regional land-
scape linkage with Corkscrew, the C43 Res-
ervoir Wildlife Management, OK slough wet-
lands and panther habitat. It would provide
blueways and greenways as buffers for sen-
sitive environmental areas and recreational
areas. Plans also include 13,000 acres for a
permanent preserve, while still supporting a
hospital, mall and job creation.
At this time, the county would not be
committing to allow what could be some
21,000 housing units, just beginning the
process that would allow the possibility of
incremental housing developments.
Conservancy of Southwest Florida Juli-
anne Thomas said she feels the plan is pre-
mature. She said there needs to be a distinc-
tion between conservation and agriculture
easements. She asked that the plan not be
transmitted yet.
From the Audubon Society, Pete Quasius
agreed. He said it would be an appropriate
receiving area for TDRs but that the issue is
density. Although he felt it was a fine proj-
ect, he wanted to know how it would effect


density in the rest of the county.
Commissioner Kevin McCarthy agreed
that this is the type of development Hendry
County is looking for but wondered how it
would impact the growth and development
throughout the county.
Dr. Woodruff explained that this would
not commit the county to the entire 21,000
units, only giving them the right to phase up
to 21,000. It could not prevent others from
applying for anything.
Commissioner McCarthy commented
that the whole plan will require long range
planning and probably much discussion
with DCA.
In the end the board voted 5-0 to approve
transmittal of the amendment to DCA.

Gardenier
In the southwest section of the county,
developers are seeking to change the land
use category of property known as the
Gardenier development, fronting on SR 82
and Church Road from agriculture to new
mixed use.
The Hendry County Board of County
Commissioners voted to relay the request
for a comprehensive plan amendment to
the Department of Community Affairs.
County Planning Director Vince Cautero
provided an overview of the Gardenier proj-
ect, situated on the north side of SR 82. He
said developers are hoping to put in retail
and residential uses. It is a long term project
with a 30-year plan running till 2040.
The area is surrounded by mines, tank
farms for oil collection and the county land-
fill. Mr. Cautero said the area is appropriate
for intensive commercial/industrial use, but
cannot accommodate residential use till ap-
proved by the commission. He said the big-
gest challenge to changing its use will be a
traffic count on SR 82. Current plans would
allow no more than 125 homes.
The proposed amendment was ap-
proved by the Local Planning Agency (LPA),
Pete Quasius of the Audubon Society said
he believes the plan is premature because
it envisions homes in the middle of an in-
dustrial area. He said he feels it could be an
employment center in that area.
Mr. Cautero said there would be little
impact at this location as it would be pre-
dominantly nonresidential and that there
are serious questions about where residen-
tial should go.
The commissioners voted 5-0 to transmit
the application for the comprehensive plan
amendment to DCA.


Cats
Continued From Page 1

Volunteers from many organizations have
assisted in caring for and locating appropri-
ate places for the cats. Volunteers from the
Bay Area Animals Disaster Response Team,
which is affiliated with the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Tampa Bay,
were still there last week. They respond to
animal disasters or large scale emergencies
and are certified through the US Humane
Society, FEMA and have taken Red Cross
courses. Volunteers are trained for all emer-
gencies including floods and aircraft evacu-
ation and work with domestic animals,
reptiles, livestock all types of animals. The
task force also included members of the
American Society for the Prevention of Cru-
elty to Animals (ASPCA), Humane Society
of the United States (HSUS), Hendry County
Sheriff's Office, LaBelle Animal Control and
veterinarians from the University of Florida.
Dr. Melinda Merck, Senior Director of Vet-
erinary Forensic Services at UF who worked
on the Michael Vick animal cruelty case,
was part of the team as well as Dr. Julie
Levy, Director of Maddie's Shelter Medicine
Program at the University of Florida.
According to Officer Morgan, Maury
Swee, owner of Tenth Life Animal Shelter,
has had the facility since 2002. The facility
received cats from various sources includ-
ing individuals who released them for a
"lifetime of care." Most of these owners put
up a $550 donation for the service. At the
time the investigation began, the shelter had
just three employees, although Officer Mor-
gan said the shelter had up to eight or nine
employees previously. He believes the shel-
ter has possibly harbored up to 1,200 cats.
After the authorities' visit, Mr. Swee re-
leased some 530 cats to Officer Morgan
of LaBelle Animal Control. Officer Morgan
said the easiest course of action, given the
number of cats involved, would have been
euthanization of all the animals. However,
most of the cats were savable.
Officer Morgan accepted Swee's release
of cats with the stipulation that he (Swee)
would be responsible for maintaining work-
ers and the facility until Dec. 8 when the
investigation was expected to be complete.
Last week, cats were still being transferred
to other agencies, being adopted to good
homes or reclaimed by their owners.
Officer Morgan said there were simply


too many cats and not enough people to
care for them. The investigation is continu-
ing but, apparently, funding was not nearly
adequate for such large numbers of animals.
They did not have the right type of food and
Officer Morgan said the wood enclosure on
site is not a good material for a shelter be-
cause it is porous and harbors disease. Such
a facility should be constructed of high tech
nonporous materials that will resist passing
diseases on from one animal to another.
He called the facility's records "a dis-
grace." The operation continued day-by-day,
updating records and giving the animals ba-
sic care. Many groups and individuals have
stepped up to help in the effort to care for
these animals. Petsmart Charities donated
280 bags of kitty litter, 56 bags of food and
250 carriers. Best Friends of Utah sent do-
nations and Officer Morgan said he was
expecting a $5,000 ASPCA disaster grant to
help out. Agencies that specialize in relo-
cating difficult cases, such as feral cats and
those not acclimatized to people, are also
helping.


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UF's Dr. Julie Levy at Tenth Life.


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Caloosa Belle


Veterans to recognize


U-Save donation


The community is invited to take part in a
special ceremony Thursday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m.,
recognizing U-Save's generous donation of
a strip of land at the north end of the new
Veteran's Memorial Park. The area will add
to the parking area for the site.
The permanent donation was made pub-
lic at the Nov. 12 LaBelle City Commission
meeting and accepted by an appreciative
board. LaBelle veterans have been work-
ing hard for several years to make the park
a reality, honoring all American military vet-
erans.
The park has taken shape this year and


hosted its initial Veterans Day ceremony last
month. The centerpiece of the park, a mo-
saic eagle, is being donated by Fort Myers
Harley Davidson and is expected to be ready
soon. Landscaping is in and sprinklers are
in the works. Monuments for each branch
of the armed services are also planned for
the park.
All veterans and the entire community
are invited to attend the ceremony.
Memorial bricks are still being sold at
$100 each. A brick may be purchased for
any veteran, living or dead. Call American
Legion Post 130 at 675-8300.


Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden
and the national organization of Concerns
for Police Survivors respectfully request that
the citizens of Hendry County show support
for law enforcement officers and families of
officers who have died in the line of duty by
participating in the nationwide Project Blue
Light this holiday season.
In 1988 Mrs.
Dolly Craig of Phila-
delphia, PA, wrote
Concerns of Police
Survivors telling
them she was plan-
ning on displaying
a single blue light
to honor her son-
in-law who died in Earl Sermon Dyess
the line of duty in 1980
1986.
Project Blue Light honors and remem-
bers those law enforcement officers who
have given their lives while serving the law
enforcement profession and thanking those
officers who continue to work America's in-
creasingly dangerous streets each and every
day of the year.
Project Blue Light was developed by Con-
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the line of duty.
Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden
stated, "We are asking residents and busi-
nesses to include
blue lights in their
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honoring our fallen
and active officers.
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of the recent killing 2004
of four Lakewood
police officers as they prepared for their
shift.
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this Christmas season to remember those
that have made the
ultimate sacrifice
and the families
and friends they left '
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in Hendry County, Sgt. Michael Horne
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Army Pvt. 2 Martin M. Gomez, Jr. has
graduated from basic infantry training at
Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the
soldier received training in drill and cer-
emonies, weapons, map reading, tactics,
military courtesy, military justice, physical
fitness, first aid, and Army history, core val-
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LaBelle
Eddie DeLeon Jr., 30, was arrested Dec. 2
and charged on a Lee County warrant with
VOP; driving with a suspended/revoked li-
cense. Bond was $3,000. Sgt. Elver was ar-
resting officer.
Ryan Carl Timmons, 20, was arrested
Nov. 30 and charged with VOP: felony or
community control. C. Buchhofer was ar-
resting officer.
Elias Garcia, 29, was arrested Nov. 30 and
charged on a Collier County warrant for FTA:
expired driver's license over four months.
Deputy N. Kirk was arresting officer.

Clewiston
Henry Richardson King, IV 32, was ar-
rested Dec. 2 and charged on a warrant with
VOP: felony or community control. Sgt. El-
ver was arresting officer.
James Casey Skipper, 27, was arrested
Dec. 2 and charged with VOP: felony or
community control. Bonnie Weaver was ar-
resting officer.
Eladio Alonso Diaz, 52, was arrested
Dec. 2 and charged on a warrant as a fugi-
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rested Dec. 2 and charged on a warrant with
assault with intent to commit a felony, ag-
gravated battery causing bodily harm or dis-
ability and aggravated battery with a deadly
weapon. Bonnie Weaver was arresting of-
ficer.
Manuel Ortiz, 14, was arrested Nov. 30
and charged with burglary of an unoccupied
dwelling, larceny $300-$5,000, and dealing
in stolen property. CPD Officer Curtis Clay
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Caloosa Belle December 10, 2009


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Thanks for participating!
Holiday disappointment
I know kids were really disappointed that
the Christmas in the Park thing couldn't hap-
pen this year, especially since a lot of them
won't be having such a great Christmas this
year, what with people losing their jobs the
rest of us just waiting for the other shoe to
drop. Thanks to all the folks who worked
hard to put it on. I know it was a disappoint-


ment to them, too. Now, everybody out
for the parade tomorrow! And don't forget
about the boat parade too. There's still fun
stuff for parents and kids to do. Here's hop-
ing Mother Nature is more sympathetic next
year.

Swine flu
I see the health dept. is giving out the
swine flu shots. Let's all make sure we get
ours while we can.

Still give
I really liked the piece in last week's Ca-
loosa Belle about the American Legion's
Christmas dinner. He's right no matter
what we can all still give a little to help out
our friends and neighbors.


by Pat Dobbins
In showing our commitment to the
health and safety of our communities, the
County Health Departments within our re-
gion are expanding the target groups for the
H1N1 vaccination. "Please know that your
health departments are working very hard to
organize convenient vaccination times and
locations for you to receive the vaccine. We
are very excited to expand the target group
criteria." said Pat Dobbins, Administrator for
the Hendry and Glades County Health De-
partments.
Please note***The target group has been
expanded to include ALL persons aged 6
months through the age of 64. Additionally
the target group has been expanded to in-
clude persons 65 years and older who have
chronic health conditions.
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free. Please attend one of the "after-hours"
clinics listed below:
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The H1N1 vaccinations will be given to
the following groups:
All adults aged 25 to 64 (with or without
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Faith in the Marketplace:


We're waiting for Christmas!


by Ft. Alan Kelmereit
This season of the year is definitely a
time of waiting. Most people are waiting for
Christmas, some with happy expectations,
and some with dread of everything they have
to do, or think they have to do, between now
and then. And face it, there is a lot to do.
There are gifts to choose,
find and purchase. There
are card lists to update,
and cards top write and
send. There is the tree
what do we get this year,
a real tree (they're getting
incredibly expensive),
an artificial tree (they're
easy, and cheaper over
time, but they are "arti- Fr. Alan
ficial"), or no tree, just Kelmereit
other indoor decorations. Oh, and don't for-
get to get the house decorations out and put
them up.
Let me propose something a little differ-
ent. The real name of the season between
now and December 25, known to a rela
tively few people, is Advent. At the heart of
Advent is waiting for the coming of Jesus
with a sense of joyful expectancy. And it's
not just about Christmas. It's also a season
of reminding ourselves that, just as he came
once to be with us, he will return. And that
second coming is an event to be anticipated
with great joy, just as his first coming is an
event to be celebrated with great joy.
So, how do we celebrate Advent in a way
that helps us to prepare for Christmas more
calmly and with less stress than usual? First,
set aside a bit of time every day to read part
of the Christmas story in the Bible. Read
it with the family together, why don't you;
perhaps in the morning, or at supper time.
Do whatever works for your schedule. You
can find all sorts of Advent devotional books
with daily readings to help you think spiri-
tually about Christmas. You're going to be
near the stores shopping anyway, so it's no
big deal to stop into a
bookstore to find one.
Something else while you're out shop-
ping -don't ever pass a Salvation Army ket-
tle without putting a dollar in. It's not much
to you, but the Army makes incredibly good
use of it helping people who desperately
need help.


Staff
News Editor: Patty Brant
Advertising Director: Judy Kasten
Advertising Manager: Shawn Strawser
Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers
Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee
Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken
Publisher: Tom Byrd

Our Purpose...
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Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive
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Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the
community's deliberation of public issues.


If you've been finding yourself missing
church on Sundays this is a good time to go
back. Don't feel embarrassed about missing
-everyone will be happy to see you. If you
don't have a church, start now to find one
where you feel welcome, preferably one
that can help you learn to use Advent time to
prepare for Christmas, so that you'll have a
place to be Christmas morning. And remem-
ber, whether you're going back or starting
fresh, going to church is not about making
you feel good, or happy, or righteous. It's
about going to worship God, about estab-
lishing a relationship with him. It's some-
thing he wants, so if you don't have one, all
you have to do is show up.
Finally, get real about the gifts. You don't
have to give the biggest, best present ever,
or the most expensive one. Dollar value is
a really bad substitute for love value, and
nearly every recipient knows the difference
with crystal clarity. Christmas is a season for
recalling and celebrating that God loved you
enough to come, live as one of us, and die
in order that you can have life, now and in
the future. That's the gift of all gifts, and it's
yours for the receiving. Have a peaceful Ad-
vent, and a blessed Christmas.
Fr. Alan is pastor of Church of the Good Shep-
herd, one block south ofRt 80 on Collingswood
Pkwy, Port LaBelle. Services at 9:00 am Sundays
and 9:30 am Thursdays. 863-675-0385. Faith-
Marketplace@embarqmail.com

Thank You

Kindnesses to Kingshouse
residents
Kingshouse Retirement Center wishes to
thank Mr. Jim Conyers for the lovely flowers
he brought to Kingshouse for Thanksgiving.
KRC also wishes to thank Gloria Kirkwood
for the videos she brought for the veterans
to watch. All these acts of kindness are
much appreciated by the residents and staff
at Kingshouse. Thanks to those individuals
who go out of their way to bring joy to our
residents.
Stafford and Annette King


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their own intelligent decisions about public
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December 10, 2009 Caloosa Belle


Live the Season with drive

through Nativity experiences


by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Christmas is all about love and coop-
eration. In the Christian spirit, two LaBelle
churches are coordinating their efforts to
bring live Nativity scenes to the commu-
nity.
This year marks the sixth time Life Min-
istries has generously heralded the season
with its drive through Nativity. This year
Healing Waters is also planning a drive
through Nativity.
Healing Waters will be first to open its
Nativity, which will run from Dec. 11-13.
Life Ministries will follow up from Dec.
16-18. Both performances will be from 6-9
p.m.
Both are presented free of charge not
even love offering will be requested. Mem-
bers of both churches are presenting these
ambitious gifts as displays of faith.
Healing Waters is located at Birchwood
and SR 80 and is setting up its scene behind
the church. Members of the church were
looking for a Christmas outreach and this
seemed the perfect thing. Their initial Na-
tivity scene drive through, entitled "Gift of
Hope," follows Christ's story from Christ-
mas to the cross.
Life Ministries' offering, called "Believe,"
starts at Genesis and continues the story all


the way to the Resurrection. Their produc-
tions include some 50 actors every night
along with another 30 behind the scenes
to set up stages, lights and complete the
production.
Both presentations include stations
where vehicles can stop to view scenes
such as the Nativity, the dedication of Jesus
as a baby, Jesus in the temple, the crucifix-
ion and Jesus' empty tomb. At each station
viewers will hear recordings of appropriate
Scripture.
Members of Healing Waters are grateful
to Life Ministries for helping them tremen-
dously in their first effort.
Life Ministries has been putting on the
Nativity scene every other year. The two
churches are exploring the possibly of al-
ternating years so the community will have
a scene every year.
Asia Rodriguez of Life Ministries and
Rita Dunne and Jennifer Griffin are pleased
to be working together with a sense of uni-
ty and invite the community to enjoy the
extraordinary spirit of the season at each
drive through Nativity.
Don't forget the hot chocolate and cook-
ies that will be served up at each with an
extra helping of the meaning of Christmas.


Submitted photo

Exhibit for ACT
Local contemporary artist Raymond
Hernandez was awarded the City of
Fort Myers 2009 Arts and Culture
Grant. The grant will sponsor the art-
ist's exhibition "Now and Then" at
the Arts for Act Gallery in downtown
Fort Myers. Proceeds go to the Abuse
Counseling and Treatment, a circle of
support services for victims of domes-
tic violence and sexual assault serving
Lee, Hendry and Glades counties. The
exhibit showcases works from the late
1980s-2009 through Dec. 29.
Along with the exhibition the artist will
hold a workshop on acrylic painting to
five area high school students spon-
sored by the Alliance for the Arts.


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Church Briefs


Enjoy spaghetti dinner at
First Church of God
Enjoy a spaghetti dinner including green
beans, salad, garlic bread, tea and dessert
for $5 at First Church of God on Hwy. 80W
this Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at 5 p.m.

Helping hands for Christmas
Marcia's Helping Hands Mission is pre-
paring for Christmas Project. Last year this
mission gave away 2,000 packages to fami-
lies that had not been able to otherwise have
a Christmas.
This year we are asking for you help in
bringing local families some joy the Christ-


mas Season. There will be collection box
placed at Family Eye Care and Carlson Me-
morial UMC. For items such as clothes, toys,
shoes, socks, coloring books, crayons and
candy. If you would like to send in a mon-
etary donations please send it to Marcia's
Helping Hands Mission at 3531 Ft. Adams
Ave. LaBelle FL 33935. If you require addi-
tional information please don't hesitate to
contact Marcia Carter at (863) 675-8607.

Ready for Bingo?
Bingo is played Fridays from September
through May at Our Lady Queen of Heaven
Catholic Church on Bridge Street, LaBelle at
7 p.m. Early Bird starts at 6:45 p.m. Come
join the fun and visit with your friends.


Community Briefs


Salvation Army volunteers
The Salvation Army LaBelle is looking for
volunteers for its annual Christmas Kettle
Campaign. Individuals, groups or organiza-
tions are needed to ring the bells for one day
in 10 one hour slots. Please call 863-674-
1441. The campaign runs through Dec. 24.
Also, please sponsor a family for a for
Christmas Gifts or Food Box please stop by
or call 863-674-1441. They anticipate a huge
need in our area this year.

Christmas Trees are here!
This yearly fund raiser is an excellent way
for our LHS Key Club to raise money for the
projects they support. Sales are ongoing.
The WGS Builder's Club will help as LaBelle
Kiwanis Club members interact with our
youth and serve our community. It is also a
great way to develop leadership qualities in
our future leaders.
Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiv-
ing sales will be from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., with
plenty of help on hand to trim and load your
tree. After that, trees sales will be manned
on Sunday from noon-7 p.m., Monday
-Fridays from 3-7 p.m., and on Saturdays
from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. You can always purchase
your tree during normal Thrift Store hours,
Monday-Friday as early as 9 a.m., but there
is no trimming available.
Thanks to Mr. Lawrence O'Ferrell and Mr.
Bob Moss delivery of 225 Fraser Firs from


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Blue Ridge Trees in Sparta, NC are expected.
Trees will range from 5'-9' in height, $30 and
$65. We appreciate the support of our com-
munity.

LHS '60s reunion
If you graduated from or attended LHS
from 1959-69 please mark the weekend of
March 12-14, 2010, on your calendar for a
multi-class reunion. If you would like to help
plan or need more information, please call
Sue at 863-675-4803 or Jayne at 863-517-
0337.


SCommunity'

Toy Drive

December 12, 2009
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rodeo Grill and Salvation
Army are teaming up to bring
some holiday joy to the chil-
dren of LaBelle. Bring an
unwrapped toy on or before
December 19th and receive
soft drinks on the house!
We will be having pictures
with Santa, car and bike
show, music and family activ-
ities through out the day.

Ya'll come on down
Call 863-675-7006
For more information

Wishing everyone a
happy holiday
L^ season!


December 10, 2009


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Community Briefs


We can still give
American Legion Post 130 is still looking
for names and addresses of anyone in need
of a Christmas dinner. Donations and volun-
teers are still needed for this very important
annual project. Please call 675-8300.

Kids only shopping
Kiwanis Thrift Store will hold its 5th an-
nual "Children Only Christmas Shopping" on
Friday evening, Dec. 11, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Children ages 4-12 are welcome to come to
the thrift store and shop for Christmas gifts
for their friends and family. Volunteers will
be on hand to supervise the younger chil-
dren, if needed. free gift wrapping by LHS
Key Club. Coffee, juice and snacks will be
provided for parents while you wait.

Christmas toys needed
For the last several years the Salvation
Army, the United Way, the LaBelle Post Of-
fice and the Hendry County Emergency Ser-
vices have worked together to gather items
for Christmas gifts for the children in west-
ern Hendry County.
The gifts, together with those donated by
Marcia and Dick Carter, the Salvation Army
Volunteers of The Year 2009, are distributed
by the Salvation Army by the week before


Christmas. Last year 2,000 kids were served
through the efforts of all these agencies, mis-
sions and friends. There has been a marked
increase in those needing assistance this
year so community support of this project is
greatly needed.
If you would like to donate an unwrapped
gift for a precious child, you may drop it off
any time at the Salvation Army, 180 North
Main Street, the United Way House, 117 Fort
Thompson Avenue or the Hendry County
Emergency Services toy drive at the Winn
Dixie Dec. 12.

Business questions answered
Another opportunity for the potential
small business owner is made available by
the Small Business Development Center
(SBDC) of FGCU. Scheduled 10 a.m. to noon
for Tuesday, Dec. 15, at Clewiston City Hall,
115 W Ventura, Clewiston and again on
Thursday at LaBelle City Hall, 481 W Hick-
pochee Ave. the two hour workshops will
answer the questions you need to ask your-
self on your venture to starting your own
business. Register on-line at www.fgcu.edu/
sbdc: $20 per workshop.

Prevent tobacco use
Tobacco-Free Partnership of Hendry


Obituaries


Florine May Rhymes, 77
OKEECHOBEE Florine May Rhymes, age
77, of Okeechobee, passed away Nov. 3, 2009,
at St. Lucie Medical Center.
Born July 15, 1932, in LaBelle, to the late Ros-
sie "Tony" and Ivy May she was a homemaker of
the Brethren faith. She enjoyed yard work, gar-
dening, reading and cooking. She was a mem-
ber of the Brethren Church in Bassinger.
She was a beloved wife to Herman Rhymes;
mother to Jody Rhymes and Judy Stacy all of
Okeechobee; grandmother of three grandsons.
She is also survived by a host of nieces and
nephews.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
19, at Grace Brethren Church with Pastor Jim
Waters officiating.
Gladys Marie Altman, 85
LABELLE -Gladys Marie Altman, age 85, of
LaBelle, passed away Dec. 4, 2009, in LaBelle.













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She was born Nov. 16, 1924, in Alva, the
daughter of the late Barney Lloyd and Wavie
Etta (Lee) Williams. She was a Homemaker.
She was a member of Church of God in LaBelle
for many years. She married Hoyt Altman; he
preceded her in death on Jan. 12, 1987.
Gladys was also was preceded in death by one
son, Harley Altman who died June 5, 1995.
Survivors include one son, Joe (Janet) Altman
of LaBelle; one daughter, Kathy Pate of LaBelle;
two brothers, Ed Williams, and Doyle Williams;
and one sister, Faye Crouch.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday,
Dec. 12, at Church Of God-LaBelle, Highway 80,
LaBelle, with Rev. Harold Hanks officiating. In-
terment will be Saturday, Dec. 12, in Muse Ce-
metery Muse. Visitation will be Friday from 6-8
p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home -
LaBelle.

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County
The Florida Department of Health an-
nounces a public meeting of the Tobacco-
Free Partnership of Hendry County to which
all persons are invited Tuesday, Dec. 15, at
4:15 p.m. at Carlson Memorial United Meth-
odist Church, 310 Campbell St.
They will consider Tobacco Prevention &
Policy Change Training. A copy of the agen-
da and/or meeting minutes may be obtained
by contacting Valarie James, Tobacco Pre-
vention Coordinator, Hendry County Health
Department, 1140 Pratt Blvd, or call 863-674-
4041 ext 128 for more information.

Fill the ambulance
Hendry County Public Safety, Glades
County Public Safety and the United Way
would like to announce that the Second An-
nual Fill the Ambulance Toy Drive.
On Dec. 12, in partnership with the
United Way the Second Annual Fill the Am-
bulance Toy Drive will be held in the Winn-
Dixie parking lot, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please
bring toys for all age ranges of children or
donate monetary contributions that will be
used to purchase toys and meals for families
in need.

Cruise to buffet dinner
The South Central Florida Car Club invites
you to attend our Cruise-in and Christmas
Buffet Dinner on Dec. 16, from 6-?? p.m. at
Port LaBelle Inn. Enjoy all you can eat din-
ner buffet for $15 with music and dancing
to follow.
Please bring an unwrapped toy we can
give to a child in Hendry and Glades Coun-
ties for Christmas and a car-related gag gift
to swap with those attending the dinner. Call
Tom Corbitt at 863 234-8343 or Ellen Beers
at 863 674-0128 for more information. The
public is invited so come look at the neat
cars, bring your own neat car, have a fantas-
tic meal and listen to the great music. A cash
bar will be available, door prizes and special
prices for overnight quests at the Inn. Ya'll
come!

No car and bike show
Due to unforeseen circumstances Rodeo
Grill will be postponing the car and bike
show originally planned for Dec. 12.
They are still working with the Salvation
Army to collect toys for distribution here in







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LaBelle. If you have any questions, please
call Miss Jean at (863) 675-7006.

Toy drive and pulled pork
Bring a new toy or cash donation to Ga-
tor Bait Pub at Pioneer Plaza, Pioneer Plan-
tation on Hwy. 80 east of LaBelle, on Dec.
19 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and get a free pulled
pork plate.

MCA plans regular meeting
Mark your calendar for the regular month-
ly meeting of the Muse Community Associa-
tion, Thursday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. It will be
a short meeting with karaoke to follow. All
residents are encouraged to attend and bring
a friend. Refreshments will be served.

Turkey and ham shoot set
Come to the Turkey and Ham Shoot at
Pioneer Volunteer Fire Department, 2499
Hendry Isles Blvd., Dec. 18-19 beginning at
7 p.m.

Free blood pressure check
Heartland Registry, Inc., a private duty
nursing business, will host a free blood pres-
sure clinic and refreshments during its open
house Thursday, Dec. 17, from noon till 4
p.m. Heartland Registry invites everyone to
visit their new location at 238 N. Bridge St.
For further information you may call 675-
1231.







Community Briefs


No garbage pickup
There will be no garbage pickup on Fri-
day, Dec, 25, or Friday, Jan. 1, in unincor-
porated Hendry County. Pickup will resume
on the next scheduled pickup day. Please
call 863-675-5252 with any questions.

First Bank playing Santa for
the needy
First Bank is collecting items for the Sal-
vation Army Food Pantry for the holidays.
Please drop off canned food or dry goods to
the LaBelle branch so that it can be distrib-
uted to the local citizens of Hendry County.

Storyteller at library
Willie Johns, a Seminole Tribe of Florida
"Story Teller" will be the special guest at
Barron Library on Monday, Dec. 14, at 3:30
p.m. He will be telling stories from the past
as well as introducing children to some
culture of the Seminole Tribe. All children
attending will have a chance to win door
prizes. Mark your calendar now and plan on
bringing your children for this educational
event on Dec. 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Skeet tourney planned
The Clewiston High School Criminal
Justice Class and Clewiston Police Dept.
Explorers are sponsoring a trap/skeet shoot
Saturday, Dec. 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at
the Hendry County Gun Range. Help send


the Criminal Justice class to Washington,
D.C. Enjoy open or ladies tournaments.
Cost $50 for 50 targets.
All shooters must bring #8 shot shells,
factory loads, please. All prices include
lunch; prizes for top three finishers and last
place. There will be a practice tower. All
proceeds will benefit the CHS Criminal Jus-
tice class trip to Washington, D.C. and the
CPD Explorers. If you have any questions
please call Det. D. Colburn at 863-983-1474
at the CPD or e-mail colburndj@flcnj.net.
Make checks payable to Clewiston Police
Explorers. You can send or drop of your reg-
istration at the CPD, 205 W Ventura Ave.,
Clewiston, FL 33440. You may also register
at the range that day.

Pancake breakfast
The Ortona Community Association will
hold its first pancake breakfast of the win-
ter season on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 7-9
a.m. at the Ortona Community Hall, Ortona
Road (Highway 78A). The all-you-can-eat
breakfast includes sausage, pancakes juice
and coffee for $4.

Special guest at boat parade
Dec. 12 the Annual Christmas Lighted
Boat Parade will be floating by the park.
Special Guest, Gioia Bruno from Expose'
will be singing and joining in the Christmas
caroling! Gioia has given her time to us for
the benefit of the animals. Venders and the
concession stand will be open and serving a


delicious assortment of Christmas Cookies
n snacks and hot Chili n Hot Dogs, coffee,
hot chocolate, cold drinks. Proceeds from
the concession go directly to the care of ani-
mals at the Caloosa Humane Society!

Breakfast with Santa
planned
Breakfast with Santa will take place Sat-
urday, Dec. 12, from 8-11 a.m. at the Ameri-
can Legion Post 130, 699 Hickpochee Ave.
Pancakes, sausage, juice, milk or coffee.
Free for children 8 and under, $3 for parents
and children over age 8. Be the first to let
Santa know what you want for Christmas.
Receive a small gift while they last. Bring
your camera to take a picture. Elves, bal-
loons and fun. Hosted by Auxiliary Unit
130.

Come to brunch buffet
Hosted by American Legion Auxiliary
Unit 130 a Brunch Buffet Sunday, Dec. 20,
from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Menu: scrambled eggs,
bacon, sausage, potatoes, French toast,
sliced ham and turkey, soup, fruit salad,
rolls, condiments, coffee and tea. All you
can eat tor $7. Public Welcome. Located at
699 Hickpochee Ave. (SR 80) LaBelle.

Come to roast beef dinner
Hosted by American Legion Auxiliary
Unit 130, a roast beef dinner on Wednes-
day, Dec. 16, from 5-7 p.m. Menu: roast


beef, baked potato, green beans, roll, cof-
fee and tea. $6. Desert available $1. Public
Welcome. Located at 699 Hickpochee Ave.
(SR 80).

Widows to meet
The Widows' Support Group will meet
for lunch at Victoria's on Dec. 17 at 11:30
a.m. They will have a free will offering in-
stead of a gift exchange. All widows are
welcome.

Give a memory for Christmas
Derek's Detailing is hoping to give back
to the community this Christmas.
Please bring an unwrapped gift or $10
to the shop at 283 S. Bridge St., any Sun-
day from 10 am.-3 p.m. Toys collected will
be delivered to local kids in need on Christ-
mas.

Free computer class
Each Monday morning at 10 a.m., 11
a.m. and noon Pastor Avery teaches a one-
hour computer class. For beginners and
people interested typing, photo editing,
movie making, E-mailing and searching the
web. Computers are provided for the class
or if the student has a laptop they can bring
their own.
This a hands-on class. Just bring a note
pad and pen. To reserve a place call (863)
675-0900. LaBelle Assembly of God is lo-
cated at 123 Fraser Avenue (across from the
Edward Upthegrove Elementary School).



CHURCH OF THE
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Holy Eucharist
Sun. 8:00 and 10:00 am
Healing Eucharist
Thur. 9:30 am
Bible Study
Thur. 10:30 am
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601 E. Hickpo hee, LaBelle
675-3595
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Sunday Services
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Worship Service 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Services
Prayer Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Youth Group 6:30 p.m.
Children's Ministry 7:00 p.m.
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Crowd enjoys annual Capt. Hendry ECSWF fundraiser


The Education Center of Southwest Flor-
ida celebrated its 10th anniversary with the
annual Captain Hendry Dinner fundraiser on
the banks of the Caloosahatchee under the
grand old oak trees last Thursday evening.
Although it was a bit wet, close to a hun-
dred supporters attended and enjoyed a
Christmas Season traditional dinner of turkey
and ham with all the fixins catered by Gator
Hammock. Entertained by Christmas tunes
played by Music Mike, the crowd took part
in a silent auction and then bid on live auc-
tion items, all donated by local businesses
and individuals who support the Education
Center annually.
The event this year was sponsored by
First Bank, Florida Community Bank, Sea-
soast Bank, ALICO and the Hendry/Glades
Regional Hospital.


All proceeds from the auctions and the
meal tickets go to the operation of the Edu-
cation Center during the 2010 year.
The board of the directors and staff of the
education want to extend their sincere ap-
preciation to all that helped make this fund-
raiser a success this year and ask that you
continue to promote this career and techni-
cal education center located at 4930 SR Hwy
29 S in LaBelle.
A satellite Career and Service Center is
now located on the campus operated by the
Southwest Florida Workforce Development
Board to help the unemployed and busi-
nesses seeking employees.
The website for the Education Center is
educationcenterswfl.com and the e-mail ad-
dress is edcenter2002@embarqmail.com.
Call 675-6800 for additional information


about how you can support this non-profit cation Center are tax deductible and 2009 is
501 (C) (3) school. All donations to the Edu- coming to an end very soon.


School Briefs


Early dismissal planned
Hendry County Schools will be dismissed
early on Friday, Dec. 18, for Christmas Break.
Lunch will be served on this day. School bus
drivers will follow their regular schedules
based upon the schools early release time.

McTeachers serving tonight
Upthegrove Elementary School teachers
and staff are working at McDonald's tonight
Thursday, Dec. 10. The school will make a
percentage of the profit of the sales between
5-8 p.m. Please come out and support our
school.

Walk-A-Thon rescheduled
The LaBelle Elementary School Walk-A-
Thon has been rescheduled to Friday, Dec.
11. Pre-K-2: 9 a.m.; Grades 3-5: 9:30 a.m.

Come to LMS Science Fair
Take notice of the hard work and bril-
liance demonstrated by the youth of our
very own community! After three months of
hard work and dedication, it's time for IMS
students to present the conclusions of their
individual science research projects.
The LaBelle Middle School science com-
petition will be held during school hours on
December 10. The highest scoring projects
will qualify to advance to the Regional Sci-
ence Fair in Okeechobee.
Students' projects will be on display in
the Middle School gym on Thursday, Dec.
10, from 5-7 p.m. The LMS administration,
teachers, staff and students invite everyone
to share in the excitement of new discover-
ies, as students showcase their research and
conclusions. More importantly however, is
your support for the students, along with
their perseverance and diligent work. At this
demanding time of year we trust you will
mark your calendars, then attend.

LHS: Gold for cash exchange
LaBelle High School will host a GOLD
for Cash Exchange on December 15th from
2:30-4:30 p.m. in the media center. Nobles
Jewelers will make a donation to the LHS


Athletic Department for all gold and silver
that is turned into cash that day. This ex-
change is open to the public. Nobles Jewel-
ers will pay all customers directly by check
and no cash will be on the premises.
Bring in your broken, unwanted jewelry
pieces, dental gold, coins and items of ster
ling silver to turn them into money and help
support LHS Athletics in the process.

Host exchange student
EF Foundation for Foreign Study, a non-
profit organization that works with students
from other countries who want to improve
their English and travel abroad, is looking to
place a group of students ages 15-17 years,
with volunteer host families.
The students would attend LaBelle High
School and become a part of your family
and community for 6- to 12 months. These
students are coming to America to improve
their English language skills and to experi-
ence American family life.
Although we are already working on
placing students for next school year we
have a few arriving for 6 months in Janu-
ary who still need families assigned ASAP! If
you think you might be interested please call
and discuss this with Laura Barry EF IEC/Re-
cruiter, 808-551-5613 or e-mail; llbarry01@
msn.com.


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Dr. Misotti's Talkin' Monkeys Project in Pioneer rescues unwanted and abused
monkeys. The artwork is a means of raising money for the shelter.



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December 10, 2009 Caloosa Belle


Marroquin celebrates 15

years in daycare field


Mary Ann Marroquin is be-
ing recognized for 15 years
of service to this community.
She is the center director and
teacher of Marroquin's Learn-
ing Center.
The center holds an excel
lent license with the state of
Florida D.F.C and also the Gold
Seal. The center is accredited
by the Nation Accreditation for
Family Child Care nation wide


Submitted photo
Mary Ann Marroquin


(NAFCC). She has been work-
ing closely with the Southwest
of FL Child Care, Community
Coordinated Care for Children
(4'c) and the Early Learning
Coalition for the last 15 years.
Ms. Marroquin has provid-
ed VP.K. since 2005 and, along
with her staff, offers child care
and teaching in English and
Spanish to children one to five
years and after school kids.
She is proud to hold through
the years, so many excellent
parent recommendations.
Her philosophy is to be
able to give all the children lov-
ing care and to teach them to
accomplish their goals when
they enter the public schools.
She is a very friendly Christian
person who gets along with
her staff.
Marroquin Learning Cen-
ter is considered to be one
of the best in the community.
Ms. Marroquin welcomes
new children to the daycare
located at 1172 Choctaw Ave
and can be reach at (863)675-
2057.


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The power

of pennies
West Glades library
students heard an FRA
book titled "Listen to
the Wind" by Greg
Mortenson and Susan
L. Roth. They learned
how Dr. Greg helped
to build a school in
Korphe, Pakistan, by
having children from
all over the world col-
lect pennies and do-
nate to the project.
WGS library students
collected "Pennies for
Pantries" and were
able to collect $129.94
to purchase food for
Thanksgiving bas-
kets prepared by two
school clubs. Thanks
to parents who al-
lowed their children to
bring money in for this
worthwhile project.
Students realize that
even our pennies add
up and can be used to
help others in need.


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Submitted photo
TOP: Carlene Campbell at her winning
competition in Miami.
Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
RIGHT: Carlene back in LaBelle with
her first place trophy.


Chasing her


body building


dream

by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Carlene Campbell has conquered anoth-
er milestone in her quest to hone her body
to perfection. She took first place in the 2009
South Florida Fitness and Figure Champion-
ship for women over 50. The competition
was held in Miami on Nov. 28. The competi-
tion is a national qualifier her success there
means she can now can compete at the
tougher, higher national level.
Training at that level naturally gets harder,
Carlene said, with a little less emphasis on
cardio training, but the loss of more weight
and body fat. She took off 1.5 pounds for the
competition, making her a sleek 98 pounds,
with just 6-7 percent body fat. She is now
even leaner, with more muscle definition.
She was again coached by Shain Wyka
for this event.
Carlene came home from her first com-
petition, the Royal Palm Classic Body Build-
ing and Figure Competition last September,
with a second place trophy in the open tall
category and a third in novice figure.
At 51, Carlene has been an avid fitness
enthusiast for 23 years. She is a certified
trainer, aerobics instructor and manager at
the Big Iron Barbell.
Currently in the off season, both Carlene
and her husband, Mark, are taking a much-
needed break to reflect, relax and enjoy the
holidays. She credits Mark with being her
rock. She said he dries her tears when she's
tired of trying and picks her back up. "He
enabled me to do this," she said.
The couple is also choosing an event for
Carlene for next Spring while she continues
as a personal trainer and manager at Big
Iron Barbell, giving 100 percent to training
her clients.
Carlene wants to thank owners of the Big
Iron Barbell Tara Beer, Amy and Glenn Holt
as well as all her Big Iron family and friends
for their support and enthusiasm.


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4000 sq ft of warehouse & office space, LB-I-2 zoning
(Industrial),paved & landscaped parking lot, easy access to SR
29,and SR 80, and the LaBelle Air Port! Three large roll up bay
doors, air conditioned office space and reception area! $279,000


* FULLY ENTITLED 3+ ACRE TRACT in the heart of downtown
LaBelle with a PUD ordinance in place with the city. The approved
plan in for 3 free standing 3 story bldgs with mixed use and 5,000
+/- retail space and 19,530 sq ft of office space and forty-five 1,490
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State Road 80, and two side streets with access available from State
Road 80. and dual access on side streets. Concrete block building
is 20,000 +/- Sq. Ft. with 2,600 +/- Sq. Ft. currently leased to den-
tist office and remainder in shell with building floor plan allowing
flexibility. (See back) Ample paved parking with additional land
available for more parking or additional buildings on each corner.
On State Road 80 with cose proximity to State Road 29 and
approximately 20 miles from State Road 27 (East) and I-75 (West).
Plaza for sale; units available for lease. This is a Short Sale and may
have some time constraints. l1800,000

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Reverlv Curtis Wavne Simmons. & Telin Camnnos


WATERFRONT HOMES
Classic 3BR/4BA riverfront home
w/den, full bar, dock & ramp. 4 bay
garage w/bathroom & office.
$999,000!
Boaters dream location and hurri-
cane hole are the words to
describe this wonderfully unique
.60 ac. property on the point with
deep water dockage for 4 boats.
Docks have water and electric.
Immaculate 3BR/2BA + large
Florida room with tile throughout
and a 3 car garage with apartment.
This is the ideal location for
boaters, especially during a hurri-
cane. $499,900
WOW will be your first impression
when you see this 4 BD/3BA river-
front home on 4.95 acres. Spacious
open floor plan, caged inground
pool with spa that overlooks the
river. One of the few riverfront
homes where horses are allowed.
Acreage can be split for an addi-
tional home site. $499,900
Furnished Intracoastal 3BR/2 BA
riverfront home includes a cov-
ered boat house w/ 12,000 # boat
lift. Lot across the street is includ-
ed in this price. $350,000.
WATERFRONT HOMESITES
240 ft of navigable creek front.
River access and dock permit.
Deed restricted community, .72
+/- ac. $399,900.
Own your own island! 12.64 acres
with 1940 feet on the river. The
property has old river on the back
that can be permitted for dredg-
ing. Current zoning is ag/residen-
tial but can be rezoned to single
family residential. $380,000.


.45 +/- ac cul-de-sac lot w/approx.
175 ft of water frontage & tons of
privacy. $149,900.
ACREAGE
80+/- ac income producing citrus

$6,500/ac.
Oak hammock, Tr-- and pal-
mettos grace I _. -' +/- ac
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site. $949,000.
27.84 acres of beautiful pasture
land filled with large oak trees.
Borders the old rver and adjoining
island. Future land use is residen-
tial. Buy it now and watch your
investment grow. $600,000. Buy
the acreage and adjoining island.
40 +/- ac of serenity in a park-like
setting located in Muse.
$460,000.
20 +/- ac. Backs up to Lykes
Brothers, fenced on three sides.
$400,000.
20 beautifully maintained acres
S i. .. I .1 1 I I
end get-a-way Seller financing
available. $359,900.
... i,, i I i i improved
S 1 i i financing
available. $179,000.
Beautiful wooded 5+/-acres in
Muse $125,000.
Pioneer, Montura, Ledeca &
Lehigh Propeties acreage: call for
prices.!
Lookingfor a bank
foreclosure list
Come see us!


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* Relax the rural way! Situated on 1.25 acs in
growing Montura, beautiful new 2006 3/2
manufactured home. SELLER FINANCING
AVAILABLE! $129,900.

HOMES
* Riverfront Immaculate 3/2 waterway
estate on 1.14+/- acres outside of LaBelle.
Home is 2,425 sq. ft. i I ... -. with over-
spacious kitchen, pantry, screened pool and a
1,944 sq. ft. workshop with office, bath and a
generator compressor room. $795,000.
* Horse lovers welcome! 4/2.5 on 3.24+/- in
Port LaBelle Ranchettes. 2,500 sq. ft i I 11..
area, 2 car garage, wrap around porch and
more. $335,000.
* Corporate o-~..' -: i ..... lit-
tle TLC, 4/3, 3 UNDER .. .:res
with caged pBGNIC RACTIen cabinets,
granite counter tops and lots more.
$299,900.
* Corporate owned! 3/2 CBS home on
6.48+/- acres with pool and completely
fenced. $204,400.
* 4/2 Cr" I, '_, l. f, '"side of
LaBelle ... I ,.in sd
* Corporate Owned! 3/2 2006 CBS home
outside 1ii. nrntl ...i ..'. I
few mirl. ih ,e ".4 M .1 li .11"'1o
$72,900
* Cozy 2/1 in Port LaBelle. Completely
redone form top to bottom. Have to see!
$70,000.
* Ci u 11 'UNDER ".. in new
like, ...I. pnr T ,,
* N,.. i I ''" T 1i l . Iler says
make offer! $65,000.
* Corporate owned! 3/2 2007 CBS home in
Lehigh Acres. $63,900.
* Corporate ownlNIEfally located in
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near park, boat 1.5+ ac. Covered on protected harbor,
ramp & town. All ap- dock & boat slip on river access, huge
pliances included 246'+/- riverfront, oaks, fenced, gated


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* Corporate owned! 3/2 2005 CBS home in
Lehigh Acres. Needs a little TLC. $50,000
* Corporate owned! 3/2 centrally located in
LehighAcres. I i i .... ,1 1 .....
Needs a little TLC. $47,900.
* Corporate owned! Centrally located in
Lehigh Acres, 2/1 CBS home in good condi-
tion. $34,900.

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on a corner lot. Homes needs some work...
but is priced to sell. $17,000.
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munity Centrailirgat ,i~ve in ready
$14,900.
MOBILE HOMES
* Need more i 11,. room? 2,152 sq ft of
l'i--iiiri-i- I;-ii Tl-- 'BR/2B home on 10+/-
. I. , 11, .. i, ,. family room, master
suite w/ office, covered porch, and fencing
for horses. This one is a steal @ only
$250,000
* Size will surprise you! 2BR/2B home on
10+/- acres is very well kept. Features a warm
comfortable living room w/gas fireplace, spa-
cious kitchen, front & real covered porches.
$250,000
* Immaculate 4/2 on 9.54 acres. Spacious liv-
i,,. ,, I, , ,, In,,- ,.. I- .. m as-
ter suite, lots, lots of more. $159,900.
* Country living at its best! 3/2 on 2.30+/-
acres outside city of LaBelle. Over spacious
kitchen & master bath. New carpet through
out home. $149,900.
* 3/2 manufactured home on 4+/- acres in
Muse. Partially cleared and fenced.
$145,000.
* Relax the rural way! Situated on 1.25 acs in
growing Montura, beautiful new 2006 3/2
manufactured home. SELLER FINANCING
AVAILABLE! $129,900


* 4/2 on 10+/- acres in Pioneer Plantation.
With 2,356+/- sq. ft. i i .... area, spacious
living room with fireplace. $102,900.
* Two for the price of one on 1 ac. 3/2 well
maintained manufactured home + a 2/2 man-
ufactured home. $100,000
* Want country living without the long drive
to the city? Get the best of both worlds with
this 3BR/2BA home on 2.29+/- acres on Case
Road. $97,000.
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* Immaculate 3/2 located in City of LaBelle
on oversized lot, features woodlike flooring
and carpet, master bath has tiled shower,
overspacious kitchen and much much more.
Priced to sell at $69,900.
* Let's make a deal! 3/2 home features built
in cabinets, large master bath, spacious
kitchen, and plenty of elbow room. Outside
you will find a fenced yard and storage shed.
$69,000
* 4/2 manufactured home located in
Immokalee near schools and shopping.
$55,000.
* Affordable starter 3/1.5 on corner lot in
Moore Haven. $50,000.
* 3/2 N l.. L ; .;, I ;,,,;, Close to
schools I....T to R80
$49,960.t R T
Call about our vacant land!
LOTS
* 2.72+/- partially fenced acreage in Muse.
$75,000.
* .29 +/- acre in Belmont S/D. Priced to sell
at only $42,000. Possible seller financing.
* Buy now, build later Nice city lot in
Belmont subdivision. $35,000.
* Nice 1.25+/- ac, in Montura $8,000.
* Call about our Port LaBelle lots!
COMMERCIAL
* Prime 20+/- ac potential commercial parcel
located near West Glades Elem, in Muse &just
minutes away from LaBelle. $3.50 per sq ft.
* Invest now build later! Corner lot outside
city limits near town. $100,000.


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Terri Banky Lic. Real Estate Broker
Associates: Shary Weckwerth; Susan Hill,
Nick Rota, Lisa Andrews, Sandra Alexander
and Roxie Cisneros


MANUFACTURED
HOMES
$29,000 3/2 in the city
limits, needs TLC. Bank
Foreclosure Sold As Is.
$59,000 3/2 in Ortona
$64,900 New MH on 1/2
ac off SR29
$69,900 4/2 on 2 Ac.
Foreclosure, Sold As Is -
Over 2,000 sq. ft. built in
1996
$79,900 3/2 on 2 ac. in
Muse.
$89,000 3/2 in Moore
Haven Yacht Club 1200
Sq Ft.
$117,000 4/2 Newer MH
on /2 Ac, Seller Motivated.
REDUCED! $119,000 -
3/2 on 2 '/2 Ac Recent
Updates 1436 Sq Ft.
$125,000- Newer 3/2 on a
nicely located 5 ac. parcel
in Muse.
$150,000 3/2 on 6 Ac,
Marshall Field Rd. Seller
Financing.
$375,000 3/2 on 30 Ac in
Muse, Oaks, Creek, &
Great Pasture.
HOMES
$39,000 Well main-
tained Country Village
2/2
$69,000 2/2 Great
Starter in Port LaBelle.
$69,000 3/2 in town, cor-
ner lot.
$74,000 2/2 in Port
LaBelle, large porch.
$79,900 Newer 3/2, built
in 2005, Short Sale.
$125,000 CBS 3/2 w/2
car garage on 2 ac, Short
Sale.
$129,000 3/2 Modular,
Make Offer.
$157,500 3/2 in Laurel
Oaks, needs TLC, Seller
Financing.


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$179,900 4/2 in Muse
Country Cabin on 2+ Ac.
$225,000 3/2 in Gated
Riverbend Estates, Seller
says Make Offer.
$299,000 Country home
on 5 Ac. many updates,
newer roof, over 2,000 sq.
ft. & 2 car garage.
$459,000 3/2 Upgrades
adorn CBS Country Pool
Home w/outbuildings, rid-
ing arena, 13 Ac.
COMMERCIAL/
INDUSTRIAL
$119,000 1/2 Acre
Commercial Lot on Davis
St.
$199,000 Vacant 2 ac. on
SR 80, just west of town


1-2.
$269,000 State Road 80
Corner /2 Ac, B-1 w/bill-
board income.
$395,000 1 ac on Main


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St., busy downtown loca-
tion w/older bldg.
$395,000 4800 Sq. Ft.
Steel Bldg. on fenced 1 Ac
Industrial, Short Sale.
Approved
$399,000 4.5Ac, 2400
Steel Bldg Industrial,
Possible Lease Option.
REDUCED $399,000 -
Short Sale! 2 Steel Bldgs,
over 8000 Sq. Ft. Zoned
PUD on 2+ Ac.
$559,000 3 Ac+/- with
Bldg on Sr 29, C-2 zoning.
$675,000 5 Ac +/-
Industrial. Will split,
Cleared & Filled, Seller
Financing.
WATERFRONT
$55,000 2/2 MH in River
Oaks/Ortona, now water-
front!
$159,000 Over 1 ac. on
the main river, F Denaud
Rd.
$189,000 Manufac-tured
home on 1 ac., Ortona
$192,500 Old Ft.
Denaud 1 Ac.
$199,000 Hidden
Hammock 1 Ac w/dock.
$395,000 High Elevation
with long views, 5 Ac.
$389,000 3/2 Super CBS
River Home w/pool on
Oxbow w/dock on double
lot.
$499,000 Eagle Point
lAc Deep Water &
Protected Harbor w/ Lg
Dock.
$425,000 3/4 in Ft.
Denaud on 2.6+/- ac with
228 ft. riverfront.
$695,000 Spectacular 7
Ac Pasture w/Oaks, 500 Ft
on the River, Below
Appraisal.
$1,550j. i late
Hom Q DIIl .on
the River, ,oubTe Dock,
Really Private.
LOTS & LAND
$4,900 Moore Haven
Yacht Club lot
$5,900 Port Labelle
Lots, Seller financing
$9,900 Mobile home
lots, south of town
$13,500 1.25 Ac in
Montura Ranches
$49,000 2.2 Ac Rural
Residential Fenced
$65,000 4.2 ac. on
Fernwood. Great buy!
$69,000 Estate
Homesite in Oak Haven.
2 ac with great oaks.
$83,000 6.5 Ac Very
Private, F RD
$100,000 2.5 Ac Hwy 27,
Clewiston
$125,000 Ft Denaud
Acres, 8 ac. private loca-
tion
$495,000 Development
Potential Platted lots on
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on Hall St. S., LaBelle. 5
mins. from shop., banks
& Courthouse. Inclds all
utils, W/D, Direct TV.
$800/mo. 239-370-8532





COUNTRY VILLAGE
2br, 2 full ba, 1 car gar-
age. Very nice & clean.
No pets. $650/mo
(863)675-0943 or
(863)673-7169


LEHIGH ACRES -Sale or
Rent, 3br, 2ba, 2 car
garage, $74,900 or best
offer (239)860-8582


PORT LABELLE, 2/1 w/
Florida Rm., Screen
porch, garage & free
community heated pool.
No deposits. $675 mo.
(863)885-2650


Port LaBelle, Large
3BR, 2BA. Nice neigh-
borhood. $700 mo.
Margaret Barber Real
Estate. (863)675-5968
or (863)221-2944.


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home on Howe Ave.
$575 mo 786-278-5821





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Cowboy Way & Kennedy
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8'x10' $53.50;10'xl0'
$58.85; 8'x25 $96.30;
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$109,900 or best offer.
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mi SE of LaBelle
$400/mo, $200 security
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AC, Ig deck, oak trees,
$150/wk. $350 to move
in. Call (863)673-5704

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURTOF
THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
GLADES COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CASE NO. 08-CA-000235
U.S. BANK, N.A.
Paintiff,
v.
ANGELA FUSSELL; BILLY J. FUS-
SELL; PATRICIA A. FLETCHER; ROG
ER DALE WILSON; KATHLEEN
WILSON; and all unknown parties
claiming by, through, under or
against the herein named Defen-
dants, who are not known to be
dead or alive, whether said unknown
parties claim as heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees, lienors, credi-
tors, trustees, spouses, or other clai-
mants; TENANT #1 and/or TENANT
#2, the parties intended to account
for the person or persons in posses-
sion; NATIONAL CITY BANK, SUC-
CESSOR BY MERGER TO HARBOR
FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
Notice is hereby given that, pursu-
ant to the Rnal Judgment of Foreclo-
sure dated December 2, 2009, in this
cause, I will sell the property situat-
ed in GLADES County, Florida, de-
scnbed as:
THE WEST ONE-THIRD OF THE
NORTH ONE-HALF OF THE
EAST ONE-HALF OF THE WEST
ONE-HALFOF THE SOUTH-
EAST ONE-QUARTER OF SEC-
TION 9, TOWNSHIP 42
SOUTH, RANGE 28 EAST,
GLADES COUNTY, FLORIDA.
LESS THE NORTH 30 FEET FOR
ROAD RIGHT OF WAY. TO-
GETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN
2006 GENM DOUBLEWIDE MO-
BILE HOME HAVING CIN NUM-
BER GMHGA10660679B, TITLE
NUMER 0095339159; AND VIN
NUMBER GMHGA10660679A,
TITLE NUMBER 0095338898
a/k/a 26355 MUSE ROAD S.W.,
LABELLE, FL 33935
at public sale, to the highest and
best bidder, for cash, at the front
steps of the Glades Courthouse, 500
Avenue J, Moore Haven, FL South
entrance, Flonda, at 11:00 o'clock
a.m. on 1/14/2010.
Any person claiming an interest
in the surplus from the sale, if any,
other than the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens must file
a claim within 60 days after the sale.
Dated at Moore Haven, Florida, this
3rd day of Dec. 2009
Joe Flint
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jennifer Bevis
Deputy Clerk
Douglas C. Zahm, PA.
18820 U.S. Hwy 19 N., #212
Clearwater, FL 33764
(727)536-911 Phone
(727)539-1094 Fax
In accordance with the Ameri-
can With Disabilities Act, per-
sons needing a special
accommodation to participate in
this proceeding should contact
the Senior Deputy Court Admin-
istrator whose office is located
at the Lee County Justice Cen-
ter, Room 1213, 1700 Monroe
Street, Ft. Myers, Florida,
33901, telephone number
(239)335 2 2 9 9 ;
1-800-955-8770 (V), via Florida
Relay Service, not later than
seven (7) days prior to the pro-
ceeding.


Opportunities with SFWMD Await Businesses
Session to provide information on upcoming
Prequalfied Vendor Solicitation
West Palm Beach, FL The South Florida Water Management District
(SFWMD) is hosting a series of informational sessions for businesses inter-
ested in learning about the District's upcoming solicitation for CONTRAC-
TOR PRE-QUALIFICATION; SOUTH FLORIDA WATER
MANAGEMENT DISTRICT CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.
The sessions will give business owners and executives the opportunity to in-
teract with contract specialists and project manager to discuss the upcom-
ing solicitation. Each session will be held at the following locations /dates
bmes:
* December 14th from 10:00-11:00 a.m.: Clewiston Field Station, 2425
Hookers Point Road, Clewiston, Florida 33440, (863) 983-1431
* December 17th from 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Miami Field Station, 9001
NW 58th Street, Miami, FL 33178 (305) 513-3420
* December 18th from 2:00-3:00 p.m.: SFWMD Headquarters, Storch
Room, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 (561)686-8800
The purpose of the upcoming solicitation will be to obtain qualification and
experience informabon from firms in order to pre-qualify contractors for ma-
jor constucbon work in support of South Florida Water Management Dis-
tict Programs. Once qualified, contactrs will be provided the opportunity
to bid on construction projects throughout the South Florida area. Esmated
values of these projects will range from $500,000 to $200,000,000. Con-
tractors will be considered qualified by meeting a set of minimum require-
ments, as will be specified in the upcoming solicitation. Qualified
contractors will en be categorized by project size (estimated contact val-
ue) and primary type of construction work. This solicitaton will add
firms to the previously established Qualified Contractors List. If a
firm is currently pre-qualifed with the District, that firm will not
need to pre-quality again unless applying for additional categories.
To learn more about the sessions, please visit www.sfwmd.gov or call Cathy
Richards at (561) 682-2813.
341023 ON 12/09/09 & CGS 12/10/09


NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
HENDRY COUNTY INSURANCE
ADVISORY BOARD
Notice is hereby given that the Hend-
ry County Insurance Advisory Board
will hold a meeting December 15,
2009 at 11:00 a.m., at the Roland
Martin Marina Clubhouse, 920 E Del
Monte Avenue, Clewiston Florida.
Ifa person decides to appeal any de-
cision made by the Board with re-
spect to any matter discussed at
such meeting, he/she will need a
record of the proceedings, and that,
for such purpose, he/she may need
to ensure that a verbabm record of
the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony and
evidence upon which the appeal is to
be based.
Hendry County Insurance
Advisory Board
341079 CGS/CB 12/10/09


PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE
Wanda and Larry Higdon
Okeechobee, Florida
The following vehicle will be sold
for non-payment of storage on:
December 24,2009 at 3:00 p.m.
1990 Ford F250 SLT Lariat
This ad is placed in accordance
with Florida Statute 1985,
Secbon 83.806
341029 CGS/CB 12/10,17/09

NOTICE TO PUBLIC
The Hendry County Hospital Au-
thority Board of Directors will con-
duct their monthly Board meeting
beginning at 1pm on Friday Decem-
ber 18th, 2009 in the Conference
Room at Hendry Regional Medical
Center, 524 West Sagamore Avenue,
Clewiston, Florida.
341075 CGS/CB 12/10/09


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Board Certified in Family Practice
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the University of Massachusetts
Complete Primary Care for Your Family

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920 Cowboy Way
LaBelle, FL


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1530 Lee Blvd Suite 1800
Lehigh, FL


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137 S. Industrial Loop #2
LaBelle, FL
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Fish Fry Every Friday 5pm-7pm $7.00
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December 10, 2009 Caloosa Belle


Chad Lutkenhaus making a n
LaBelle High School has turned out some Coast University. At 6'5" and 200 pounds,
fine young athletes, including Chad Lutken- Chad plays small forward for the Eagles, but
haus, who is currently a junior at Florida Gulf is currently sidelined with an ankle sprain.


Submitted photo


2009 LHS Basketball Team


Cowboys' basketball


drops to 3-2 on season


After starting out the season with excit-
ing wins against Immokolee, ECS and Gate-
way Charter, the LaBelle Cowboys dropped
a hard fought game against the Clewiston
Tigers.
Down eleven at half-time, the Cowboys
had trouble at the free throw line going 13
for 25 in the second half. The upstart Cow-
boys feature five Sophomores and four Ju-
niors. Senior Captain Adrian Pena has been
steady but did not have a good night shoot-
ing against Clewiston. Dale Thompson, the
other Cowboy returning Senior, was out to
play in an All-star football game. Dale's ath-
leticism was missed against a very athletic
Clewiston team.


The youthfulness of the Cowboy team
has shown in their sometimes inconsistent
play. Examples would be the 52 first half
points against Gateway Charter High and a
season low 14 points versus Miami's Arch-
bishop Curley. By mid-season we will have
everyone playing more consistently, Coach
Kelley predicted.
LaBelle's leading scorer is Sophomore
point guard, Braxton Ford, averaging 17
points a game. The team's leading rebound-
er is also a sophomore, C.J. Jones, with 8.5
rebounds averaged each game. The Cow-
boys play at home on Dec.ember 10 against
Dunbar and Dec. 17 against Gateway Char-
ter.


lame for himself at FGCU


According to FGCU Head Coach Dave
Balza, Chad has the most game experience
of any of the current FGCU players. He has
been a starter for the Eagles four times this
year and four times last year. His three-year
stats at FGCU include a team high of 66
games. He averages 16 minutes per game
and us 43 percent from the field, Coach
Balza said. Chad is also second in his team
in steals. His teammates voted him team
captain.
He has played Michigan State, the Univer-
sity of Miami, Kansas, University of Florida
and other major Division 1 school. Coach
Balza noted that Chad is a team leader and
standout with a terrific work ethic.
"He does everything the right way on and
off the court," Coach Balza said of Chad.
This is Coach Balza's ninth year at FGCU and
his 21st in coaching.
Chad is also a representative on the Eagle
Council for the third year. There are two
athletes from each team on the 30-member
board which helps shape the department.
Part of their focus on community service.
Just last month members of the Eagles, in-
cluding Chad, worked at the Community
Cooperative Ministries Soup Kitchen. They
participate in Eagle Reading -a program in
which ball payers read to elementary school
students providing role models for fertile
young minds. Another of the programs
Chad has been involved in is Make a Wish,
in which he took an eight-year-old boy who
wants to be a basketball star under his wing.
Chad and his teammates took the boy into


Submitted photos
FGCU's Chad Lutkenhaus, a former La-
Belle Cowboy, playing hard at Miami.


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Who wants a skatepark?
The Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Dept. is
holding a meeting with all youth and adults
interested in its skate park project Thursday,
Dec. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Rec Office, 310
W Cowboy Way. They will discuss fundrais-
ers, look over park designs and choose a
location for the park. If you have any ques-
tions feel free to call the Rec Office at 863-
675-5347.

Attention shooters
Join the fun at the Hendry County Gun
Range Wednesday and Saturday mornings.
Shoot trap or skeet for $4 per 24 targets. If
you like night shooting come join the Caloo-
sa Sports Shooters on Thursdays. For infor-
mation contact Dave Alexander at 675-0500.
Caloosa Sports Shooters will be glad to
work with non-profit organizations for fund-
raisers at the range.


Sports network launched
Youth, adult recreation leagues and sports
teams in the LaBelle area now have an excit-
ing online sports page and resource, LaBelle
Sports Network. The web address is: http://
fl.newszap.com/LaBelleSportsNetwork
Team representatives can post their
schedules, game stories, statistics, standings
and photos on dedicated web pages on the
site. Each league or team will be provided a
username and password so they can update
anytime, from anywhere they have internet
access. In addition to appearing on the Web
site, selected league and team information
will be collected and published in the Ca-
loosa Belle print editions.
Community Sports Desk representative
Renee Hawley will demonstrate how easy
it is to submit information. A percentage
of Web advertising sales on the site will go
back to the participating teams and leagues.
Contact Renee Hawley by e-mail at rhaw-
ley@communitysportsdesk.com or call 888-
853-7904.


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their locker room and made him feel like
"one of the guys." In FGCU Toys for Tots fans
can bring a toy to a game through Dec. 12 to
be distributed to children's hospitals.
Coach Balza said Chad's parents are to
be commended for raising a "solid kid" and
that his yeas as a Cowboy football player
helped him develop his toughness, hussle
and physical style of basketball.
Not only has Chad earned a starting spot
with the Eagles, he has been chosen for the
All Atlantic-Sun Academic Team is a mem-
ber of the Dean's list







HRMC Convenient Care


Center lights up for season .


With colored lights, special events and
smiles all around, Christmas is all around us
and part of that wonderful feeling may be
attributed to a beautiful Community Christ-
mas Tree in front of the Hendry Regional
Medical Center Convenient Care Center on
Main Street.
The tree stands as a symbol of the sea-
son, thanks to the community spirit of the
Hendry Regional Center Foundation. Mem-
bers of the foundation, convenient care
employees and members of the community
gathered in front of the facility Dec. 1 for the
tree lighting ceremony. Colorful lights spon-
sored by individuals filled the tree, honoring
or memorializing loved ones.
Foundation Chairman Robbie Castella-
nos provided a few comments to mark the
occasion. He told the group gathered out-
side the LaBelle facility that the foundation
has raised some $2.2 million for the Hendry
Regional Medical Care system, including the
facility in LaBelle. He said the foundation
accepts all types of donations including a
handicapped bus donated for transporting
patients from Urgent Care to the medical
center in Clewiston and clinical equipment
which was then either used or sold to ben-
efit the system. The foundation has provided
$100,000 worth of x-ray equipment at the
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Convenient Care Center in LaBelle and for
patient rehab in Clewiston.
Although we are all seeing difficult eco-
nomic times during this traditional time of
giving, Mr. Castellanos recommended that
people continue to give. How much? "Give
whatever makes you proud," was his sug-
gestion. He reminded folks that every dollar
donated goes into the health care system
and to the community.
Members of the Carlson Memorial Unit-
ed Methodist Church choir added an extra
touch of festivity to the brief ceremony with
renditions of Silent Night and We Wish You
a Merry Christmas.
Terri Lazar labored lovingly to decorate
the inside of the Convenient Care Center
while employees' efforts made sure the out-
side also reflects the glorious season we're
in.
HRMC is undergoing some changes at
this time. After some five years at its helm,
CEO Craig Cudworth is taking a position in
Texas to be closer to his grandchildren. Al-
though he said it was a "very difficult deci-
sion," he is certain the hospital will be left
in good hands. Lynn Beasley will serve as
interim CEO beginning Dec. 19. A new CEO
is expected to be named next February or
March after a nationwide search.
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Pictured from left: Scrooge (Bob Butts) and Jacob Marley (Jim Bishop).


Christmas Carol plays


out on Firehouse stage


If you're one of those people who just
doesn't feel like it's Christmas till you've
heard Tiny Tim "bless us every one," then
you can start celebrating. Get ready for
Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" adapt-
ed for the stage by Anthony E. Palermo.
This musical adaptation stars Bob Butts as
Ebenezer Scrooge, Nancy McGlasson, Dave
Johnson and Jim Bishop as First, Second
and Third Spirits plus Charles Dickens' Mar-
ley's Ghost, Tiny Tim, the Cratchit family,


Fezziwig and Nephew Fred -- all of Dickens'
children and characters!
There will be plenty of opportunities to
catch this great Christmas classic with per-
formances Dec. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20.
Show times are 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday;
2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 with res-
ervation; $14 at door. The Firehouse Cultural
Center, 241 N. Bridge St., LaBelle. 863-675-
3066.


Submitted photo
Members of the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church choir added festive
holiday music to the community tree lighting event Dec. 1.


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