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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Vol. 88 No. 8

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At a Glance

Free C.N.A. classes
Oakbrook of LaBelle is offering
free CNA training with everything
you need to become a Certified
Nursing Assistant. Schedule to be
announced. Apply in person at
Oakbrook of LaBelle 250 Broward

Meet Charley's Aunt
Brandon Thomas's evergreen
1892 comedy Charley's Aunt, the
next LaBelle Firehouse Players pro-
duction, opens Friday, Feb. 26, at 7
o'clock at LaBelle's Firehouse Cul-
tural Center, 241 N. Bridge St. Char-
ley Wykeham and Jack Chesney's
plot to get Amy Spettigue and Kitty
Verdun to lunch to meet Charley's
rich aunt from Brazil and then ask
the young ladies to marry them,
but the aunt won't be able to come.
The girls will not come unless Char
ley's Aunt is there. What to do?
Lord Fancourt Babberley, who just
happens to be rehearsing the part
of an old lady for a college frat play,
is cajoled into impersonating Char-
ley's Aunt from Brazil "where the
nuts are." This starts the first act of
this zany British comedy that many
call one of the best comic farces
ever written. Advance reservations,
secured by Visa or MasterCard, are
$12 each; tickets at the door, on a
first come basis if available, are $14
each. Call (863)675-3066 to reserve
seats for Friday, Feb. 26 or March
5, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27 or
March 6, also at 7 p.m. or Sunday,
Feb. 28 or March 7, at 2 p.m.
See Page 4 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Royal smiles
2010 SCF Queens from left:
Tonie Marie Tolar (co-winner
of second runner up), Mar-
lana Nelson (co-winner of
second runner up and Miss
Congeniality), 2010 Miss La- '
Belle SCF Callie Burley (also
talent winner and Most Pho-
togenic) and Mallory Noelle
Allen (first runner up).

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Beauty, grace
2010 SCF Princesses, from
left: Alari Davis Foutch (sec-
ond runner up and Most
Photogenic), 2010 Princess
Kayla Keller (also co-winner
of the talent category and
Miss Congeniality), and Ash-
ley Briann Curry (first runner
up and co-winner of the tal-
ent category).

Alico names J.D. Alexander CEO

La Belle, FL, -- February 23,
2010 Alico, Inc. (NASDAQ:
ALCO), a land management com-
pany, has announced that Steven
M. Smith, the President and Prin-
cipal Executive Officer of Alico,
has submitted his resignation as
President and Principal Executive
Officer which was accepted Feb.
23 at a specially called meeting of
Alico's Board of Directors.

The Board elected Mr. JD Alex-
ander as President and Chief Ex-
ecutive Officer of Alico to replace
Mr. Smith. Mr. Alexander also
serves as the President and Chief
Executive Officer of Alico's con-
trolling shareholder, Atlantic Blue
Group, Inc., a position which he
intends to retain. He served as a
director of Alico, Inc. in 2004 and
2005 and has served on the Alico

Board since January 2008 to the
present. He also serves as the
Board's Vice Chairman and the
Chairman of its Executive Com-
mittee. Mr. Alexander has served
as a Florida State Senator from
2002 to the present and previous-
ly served as a Florida State Repre-
sentative from 1998 to 2002.
See Alico Page 2

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water in

180 days?
by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
LaBelle city commissioners
broke ground on the building to
house the new nanofiltration unit
for its water treatment plant. The
ground breaking took place before
the city commission meeting on
Feb. 11. The unit will treat 750,000
gallons of water per day and is
expected to provide much clearer
water for customers.
The city received a $1.9 million
"grant" for the system, which in-
cludes principal forgiveness. The
remainder must be paid back over
40 years.
The project is expected to be
completed in about 180 days.
Discussion of financing for the
proposed new water plant took up
a good deal of time at the Feb. 11
meeting. The news seems to be
encouraging, but remains ambigu-
City representatives met with
Rural Utility Services (RUS) re-
cently and came away feeling that
RUS is inclined to recommend ap-
proval of a loan for the new plant.
With bids coming in lower than ex-
pected for much of the city's work
recently, it's possible that only $15
million will be needed for the wa-
ter plant.
Worst case scenario, city wa-
ter customers could be looking at
a total $24 increase in their utility
bill, applied in three $8 increments
over two years. However, those fig-
ures could go down if the city can
significantly reduce the RUS loan it
See City Page 2
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"The Board believes that JD Alexander
and his team will help enhance the culture
of Alico and provide a more efficient finan-
cial environment going forward," said Ra-
mon Rodriguez, Chairman of Alico's Audit
Committee. Mr. Rodriguez also noted that
Mr. Alexander intended to serve without
additional compensation from Alico, other
than expense reimbursements and normal
compensation as a director, for a period of
at least four months. Upon the expiration of
this period, terms of compensation going
forward will be decided by the independent
directors of the Compensation Committee
of Alico's Board. Further, Mr. Rodriguez said,
"We appreciate JD's willingness to advance
Alico, and believe that this change will ben-
efit Alico and its employees."
Mr. Alexander stated, "I am confident
that, along with my long-time team, we can
work with the employees of Alico and create
a company that will be able to bring share-
holder value and a strong entrepreneurial
future. I thank the board for their trust and
confidence in me and look forward to work-

Continued From Page 2

If all goes well, the money could be re-
ceived in this fiscal year.
Advisor Grant Misterly of Applied Tech-
nology and Management (ATM) said "things
should be on their way" for the RUS loan.
Commissioner Hilda Zimmerly was con-
cerned about the possible $24 water in-
crease for city customers and was told that
is why the city needs to work to maximize
the amount of grants and appropriations it
receives. The planning process must go for-
ward, but the city is still working on getting
the best deal it can.
Mayor Paul Puletti agreed that $24 per
month would be "pretty stiff" for city water
customers, so they need to see what the fi-
nal numbers are. When, if all the numbers
are known it is still not feasible, the city may
have to walk away from a new water plant,
the mayor explained. He acknowledged that
could be difficult since the city is under a
state consent order to improve its system.

ing with them for the future of Alico and all
involved with the company."
On Feb. 18, Evelyn D'An resigned as the
Chair of the Audit committee and also from
the Board of Directors effective.
The other eight nominees to the board
will continue as directors. They are: John R.
Alexander, J.D.Alexander, Robert E. Lee Cas-
well, Ramon A. Rodriguez, John D. Rood,
Charles L. Palmer, Robert J. Viguet and Gor-
don Walker PhD. Mr. Rodriguez replaced
Ms. D'An as chairman of the company's au-
dit committee and as the committee's finan-
cial expert, as required by applicable SEC
and Nasdaq rules. Mr. Rodriguez also serves
as Chairman of the Audit Committee of Re-
public Services, Inc., a solid waste company
listed on the NYSE.

Andy Herrero Announces Run
for Commissioner seat in
Hendry County District 2
On February 5th, 2010, Andy
Herrero received notification
from Lucretia A. Strickland,
Supervisor of Elections of
Hendry County that all of the
necessary documentation has
been provided by Andy Herrero
and qualifies him as a candidate
to be placed on the ballot for
the Office of Hendry County
Commissioner District 2. This
seat is currently held by Darrell Harris.
This has been a long time desire for Andy
Herrero to run for this office, he states "I wanted
to run for this office because I knew that this
county must have good leadership and good lead
ership starts from the ground level."
Andy has been a resident of Hendry County
District 2 since 1997, he is probably best known as
Andy from All In One Carpet Cleaning/Handyman
Services. He and his family moved from Miami
thirteen years ago looking for the friendlier, home
town love which they found in LaBelle. Andy
Herrero's wife Lisa, is a Realtor with The King
Group. They have two sons; Alex who is a senior
at the University of Miami and will graduate in May
with a Pre Dental Major and a Criminology Minor.
He will then go on to dental school in the fall.
Brandon, is an 8th grader at LaBelle Middle School
who has a true love for fishing and the outdoors.
Andy stated that his top priorities if elected
would be to work with the other board members
and staff to improve the budget and financial posi
tion of our county. He goes on to express the
need to expand our local economy and attract
business and industry into Hendry county to cre
ate more jobs.
Anyone with questions for Andy, or those inter
ested in supporting or assisting with the cam
paign, may contact him at 863 675 7297 or 863
673 0065. Andy's email address is vote4andyher or you can reach him at his
Paid Political Advertisement by The Andy Herrero Campaign
Approved by Andy Herrero, Democratic

Submitted photo/Brenda Pearson

Global Volunteers
LaBelle resident Brenda Pearson re-
cently joined Global Volunteers, an
international volunteer organization
based in Minnesota, on one of its many
programs in China, teaching conversa-
tional English at Kunming University in
southwestern China. This particular
segment consisted of eight US volun-
teers from different backgrounds. She
even learned a little Mandarin. Some
programs consist of helping in orphan-
ages or other community projects.
There is no prerequisite, except to be
willing to serve. This is her second trip
with Global. For more information con-
tact Global Volunteers at 1-800-487-
......... 1074 or

Black History Month: Crispus

Attucks, Revolutionary hero

American revolutionary patriot Born: c.
1723 Birthplace: Boston
Of mixed African and American Indian
ancestry, Attucks was the slave of William
Brown of Framingham, Mass. Attucks es-
caped around 1750 to work on whaling
ships. On March 5, 1770, Boston patriot
Samuel Adams convinced sailors and dock-
workers to protest the presence of British
troops. Attucks was a leader of the 50 men
in the protest, shouting "Don't be afraid," as
they advanced on the British. The soldiers

fired on the protesters, killing Attucks and
four others in what became known as the
Boston Massacre. The bodies of the dead lay
in state at Faneuil Hall for three days before
receiving a public funeral attended by 10,000
people. Although the soldiers were acquit-
ted of the shootings on the grounds that the
seamen were inciting a riot, Attucks and the
others became heroes.
Died: 1770
Submitted by Henry Gresham

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February 25, 2010Caloosa Belle

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commissioner Charles
H. Bronson today urged state residents to
avoid falling prey to scam artists intent on
stealing your identity who may pose as U.S.
Census workers.
The federal government conducts a
census of all residents living in the coun-
try every 10 years, and Bronson stressed
that it is important to cooperate in the ef-
fort as the number of seats in each state's
congressional delegation and the manner
in which more than $400 billion in federal
aid is distributed during the next decade
depend on an accurate count.
However, it is an opportunity for scam
artists to trick residents into thinking that
they are government workers and steal
personal financial information that can
lead to identity theft.
"With a little caution and common
sense, residents can protect themselves
and their identity," Bronson said.
According to the federal government,
approximately 134 million households will
be mailed census forms on March 1. The
form includes 10 questions about your age,
date of birth, race and whether you own or
rent a home. It does not ask for your So-
cial Security number or information about

your taxes or income.
If you do not return a completed cen-
sus form by April 1, it is likely that a census
taker will either call or come to your door
to obtain the information.
Bronson is urging residents to observe
the following safety t
-- Do not provide your Social Security
number or any financial information, in-
cluding credit card or bank account infor-
mation, to anyone claiming to represent
the U.S. Census Bureau.
-- Never invite a census taker into your
-- All census takers carry official govern-
ment badges.
-- Census workers are supposed to pro-
vide you with a letter from the Census Di-
rector on official letterhead.
-- The Census Bureau will not contact
you by e-mail, so any website that pops up
disguised as a census survey is fraudulent.
The Census Bureau does not solicit infor-
mation over the Internet.
For more information about the 2010
census, residents can visit the U.S. Census
Bureau website at
or call the bureau's telephone assistance
center at 1-866-872-6868.


Avoid falling prey to

census scams

Maria Elena Hernandez, 42, was arrested
Feb. 20 and charged with cruelty to a child
mental or physical injury and cruelty to a
child urging other to act resulting in physi-
cal/mental injury. T. Shaw was arresting of-
Elizabeth Marroquin, 54, was arrested
Feb. 18 and charged with possession of
marijuana over 20 grams. T. Niedert was ar-
resting officer.
Brian Alfredo Baker, 23, was arrested Feb.
18 and charged with trespassing failure to
leave property on order by owner, cruelty to
child abuse without great harm and resisting
an officer obstruction without violence. Inv.
F. Herrera was arresting officer.
Cristo J. Soto, 29, was arrested Feb. 17
and charged with drug possession con-
trolled substance without a prescription. N.
Reed was arresting officer.
Armando Ochoa, 16, was arrested Feb.
17 and charged with aggravated assault with
deadly weapon no intent to kill. Ty Marshall
was arresting officer.
Diane Sharon Grady, 35, was arrested
Feb. 17 and charged with larceny grand theft
$300-$5,000. D. Lansaw was arresting offi-

Luis Aristedes Hernandez, 51, was arrest-
ed Feb. 21 and charged with trespassing on
property not a structure or conveyance and
possession of cocaine. CPD Officer J. Pilon

One black buff
laced hen with a
little white on the
top of her her.

One black & white
rooster with white
spots on his chest.

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was arresting officer.
Dwayne Lee Morgan, 22, was arrested
Feb. 21 and charged on a warrant with VOP:
felony or community control. H. Bledsoe
was arresting officer.
David Ray Thomas, 34, was arrested Feb.
20 and charged on a warrant with VOP: fel-
ony or community control. R. Shepherd was
arresting officer.
Keyesta A. Pourch, 25, was arrested Feb.
19 and charged with aggravated battery -
knew or should have known victim was
pregnant and property damage criminal
mischief under $200. CPD officer D. Col-
burn was arresting officer.

$200.00 REWARD
No questions asked for the return of
2 chickens taken from latched pen.

February 25, 2010

Caloosa Belle

Caloosa Belle

February 25, 2010

county residents currently must travel else-
where to receive. It's that they "must" travel
elsewhere or they elect to travel elsewhere?
This hospital has never been popular with
people from LaBelle. The board "hopes" to
recruit an ear, nose and throat doctor, and
others to complement the 730 patients that
are treated in LaBelle monthly. Why wasn't
anything mentioned about the possibility
that a major hospital from Ft. Myers area is
planning to open an office in LaBelle with
3-4 doctors?
Mr. Beasley said his emergency room
has seen a steady growth and the facilities
are simply inadequate to care for the 1,000
patients on average the facility treats. Is this
1,000 a year? If so that's 2.7 people a day
over 365 days, if those statistics are correct,
they have a bigger problem than just need-
ing more room. Another obstacle is the loss
of money on a daily bases for indigent care
that wasn't addressed in this article. A larger
E.R. Room is going to contribute to this.
What's the bottom line here, do we abso-
lutely need a new larger hospital that people
in LaBelle don't use; are Clewiston custom-
ers being turned away because of problems
at the current hospital or do we want room
for more in county and out of county indi-
gents to be taken care of? There are a lot
of buts, maybes, expected and hopes to do
something by Mr. Beasley for LaBelle.
George D, Bostick Jr.
LaBelle Citizen & Voter

Caloosa Belle
Serving LaBelle Since 1922
To Reach Us
Mailing Address: PO. Box 518* LaBelle, FL 33975
Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave.
Phone: (863) 675-2541 Fax: (863) 675-1449

To Submit News
The Caloosa Belle welcomes submissions from its
readers. Opinions, calendar items, story ideas and
photographs are welcome. Call (863) 675-2541 to
reach our newsroom. The deadline for all news items
is 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the following
Thursday's publication.

given by God toward all people. I admire
Seth's passion and heart for his ministry. He
is connected with Berean Prison Ministry and
has served with that organization for many
years. Working together with other Chap-
lains all across the United States connecting
with people who need to hear the message
of hope, redemption and new beginnings
made possible by the grace of God.
Recently he gave me a copy of the follow-
ing "Recall Notice" issued by the folks at Be-
rean. It was written by inmate Mark Hoover
who is now at the Illinois River Connectional
Center located in Canton, IL. It is creatively
composed and issues a notification of the
love of God for everyone who is willing
receive it, believe it and make personal ap-
plication. As you read this piece, I hope you
note the artistic flair the author uses. How-
ever, more importantly, I hope you person-
alize the message. I believe it is worth the
read. Enjoy.
"The Master of all human beings (God) is
recalling all units manufactured, regardless
of make or year due to a serious defect in
the primary and central component of the
"This is due to a malfunction in the
original prototype units named "Adam" and
"Eve" resulting in the reproduction of the
same defect in all subsequent units. This
defect has been technically termed "sub-
sequential internal non-morality", or more
commonly known as S.I.N.

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Recall notice It didn't start with Toyota
By Les Morgan, pastor heard that Toyota is recalling millions of ve- "Some of symptoms include: Loss of di-
Caloosa Baptist Church, LaBelle hides due to a multiple malfunctions. The reaction, Foul vocal emissions, Amnesia of or-
Unless you live in a cave on the back- car company is in major damage-control igin, Lack of peace and joy, Selfish or violent
side of "Who-Gaa-Boo-Gaa Land" you have mode hoping to recover its reputation of be- behavior, Fearfulness, Idolatry, Rebellion,
ing a producer of safe, reliable automobiles. Depression or confusion in the mental com-
Letter to t e E it r My wife drives to work 50 ponent. This manufacturer, who is neither
Letter to the Editor miles one-way everyday liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing
Re: Hospital vote March 9 in a Toyota. I have many factory-authorized repair and service free of
Srsp l iends who also own the charge to correct this defect.
friends who also own the { "The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most
I read the (Feb. 18) article and a few Japanese-made "horse- "The Repair Technician, JESUS, has most
things that stick out as points of interest for less carriages" and you generously offered to bear the entire burden
me as a voter from LaBelle as printed in this probably know people ,- of the staggering cost of these repairs. There
article are: $2 million of the project is "ex- who also drive that brand is additional fee required.
pected" to go to strengthening the center's of car. Hopefully all of "The number to call for repair in all areas
presence in LaBelle. Mr. Beasley has not wa- Toyota owners will re- Dr. Les is: P-R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please up-
vered from a pledge not to raise taxes, "but" spond to the recall and Morgan load your burden of SIN through the REPEN-
it depends on many factors. Almost imme- will be safe as he or she TENCE procedure. Next, download ATONE-
diately after construction is completed, the motor across our land. MENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus,
board "hopes" to realize a savings in the Chaplain Seth Howard is a friend of mine into the heart component.
overall operation of the facility? who ministers in various jails throughout "No matter how big or small the SIN de-
Does this mean $100.00 savings or thou- Hendry County. Weekly he urges people of fect is, Jesus will replace it with: Love, Joy,
sands? Administrators are "hoping" to at- all colors, backgrounds, and social strata to Goodness, Faithfulness, Peace, Gentleness,
tract doctors to provide the services that respond to another type of recall -the recall Patience, Kindness, Self-Control. Please see

HIV/AIDS: Strategy to win the war

Leadership from the Hendry and Glades
County Health Departments attended the
Man Up-Town Hall Saturday, Jan. 30, at the
Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers. This
meeting with state and local leaders gave
an in-depth look at HIV disease and men's
healthcare in general and how it can impact
Southwest Florida. The Man Up -Town Hall
Meeting enables community leaders to be-
come involved and to stimulate the develop-
ment and implementation of community ac-
tion plans for the education and prevention
of HIV/AIDS. Over 75 people from the coun-
ties of Hendry, Lee and Charlotte attended
and the feedback was very positive.
Robert Bobo, Program Manager, Depart-
ment of Health HIV Hendry County, was the
facilitator of the event. Other local leaders
that attended included: Pat Dobbins, Admin-
istrator and Health Officer for the Hendry
and Glades County Health Departments and
LaSheba Travis, Program Manager, Hen-
dry and Glades County Health Department
Healthy Start, Teen Health and Employee
Health. Additionally, Dr. Jeffrey Beal, Medical
Director of HIV/AIDS, Tallahassee (formerly
of the Hendry County Health Department)
was one of the key speakers at the event.
Several follow up meetings to focus on
planning and prevention are being devel-

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...
The Caloosa Belle is published by Independent
Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique
trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of
journalistic service to the citizens of the community.
Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive
on profit margins below industrystandards. All after-tax
surpluses are reinvested in Independent's mission of jour-
nalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the
community's deliberation of public issues.

oped. These future meetings will be centered
on faith-based organizations, community-
based organizations, marketing/entrepre-
neur and fraternity/sorority group initiatives
for HIV education and prevention. Once a
schedule has been decided, one of these
meetings will be held in Hendry County.
The most important preventative mea-
sure we can take is to get tested and know
your HIV status. This knowledge helps peo-
ple to protect themselves and their partners
and helps those infected to seek care and
treatment. The Florida Department of Health
and Bureau of HIV/AIDS released a report
"The Crisis of HIV/AIDS Among Florida's
Men." This report revealed that 72 percent
of new HIV infections are among adult men.
It's time for men to "man up" and take the
responsibility for the consequences of their
sexual actions and other risk behaviors. You
can view the full report onwww.WeMakeTh- or
Education is a key component to fighting
this preventable disease. Now is the time to
educate yourselves, your families and your
communities. We must not be afraid to talk
about this disease. The Florida HIV/AIDS
hotline (1-800-FLA-AIDS) provides valuable
HIV/AIDS-related information and also pro-
vides HIV testing locations.

We Pledge...
* To operate this newspaper as a public trust
* To help our community become a better place to
live and work, through our dedication to consci-
entious journalism.
* To provide the information citizens need to make
their own intelligent decisions about public
* To report the news with honesty, accuracy, pur-
poseful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearless-
ness and compassion.
*To use our opinion pages to facilitate community
debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.
* To disclose our own conflicts of interest or poten-
tial conflicts to our readers.
* To correct our errors and to give each correction
the prominence it deserves.
* To provide a right to reply to those we write
* To treat people with courtesy, respect and

the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Believ-
ers' Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for
further details on the use of these fixes.
"WARNING: Continuing to operate the
human being unit without correction voids
any manufacturer warranties, exposing the
unit to dangers and problems too numerous
to list and will result in the human unit be-
ing permanently impounded. For free emer-
gency service, call on Jesus.
"DANGER: The human being units not
responding to this recall action will have to
be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect
will not be permitted to enter Heaven so
as to prevent contamination of that facility.
Thank you for your attention.
"Lovingly, God.
"P.S. Please assist where possible by no-
tifying others of this important recall notice.
You may contact the Father any by "Knee
Dr. Les Morgan is pastor of Caloosa Baptist
Church, located 200 yards behind Flora & Ella's
in LaBelle.

February 25, 2010 Caloosa Belle 5

School Briefs
Submitted photos/Nancy Cantu

COES January Early dismissal
LaBelle area schools will be dismissed
Students of the early on Friday, Feb. 26. No lunch will be
served that day. = School bus drivers will
Month follow their regular schedules based upon
the schools early release times.

It's Cowadunga time!
TOP: First row from left: Gabriela
Gomez, Tommy Leal, Gracie McGirt, You could win the $1,000 grand prize at
Felix Flores, Joe Olguin, Valeria Ja- Country Oaks Elementary Schools Cowa-
cob-Barrera, Estevan Galindo; Sec- dunga Thursday, Feb. 25. the fun begins at
ond Row: Colton Williams, Jenna Mc- 4 p.m. with food, drinks, games and music.
Clain, Baltazar Guillen, Jesse Taylor, Buy tickets at the COE Main Office.
Kyleigh Stitt, Amberli Guijosa, Hailey
Partin; Third Row: Eric Bedolla, Ro- LHS FCAT information
berto Gonzalez, Christianna Hernan-
dez, Cheila Trejo, Katie Pacheco, Important FCAT information for parents,
Leah Sams, Jekari Monroe. guardians and students,
FCAT Schedule:
Tuesday, March 9: FCAT READING 9th
BOTTOM: Front row from left: Andy and 10th grades and RETAKES Wednesday,
Rosado, Maison Piedra, David Mar, March 10: FCAT MATH 9th and 10th grades
Myra Prince, Karla Morales, Chelsea and RETAKES Thursday, March 11: FCAT
Trejo, Adah Andrade; Second Row: SCIENCE 11th grade.
Eric Garza, Vanessa Fernandez, Katie Juniors and seniors who have passed the
Whited, Jason Mathis, Gabriel Calde- FCAT will not be required to attend school
ron; Third Row: Chandler Rockwell, on March 9 and 10.
Jonathan Morales, Beverly Paz, Liz- FCAT scores are extremely important!
beth Beltran. Teodoro Canales. This information is used to make education-
al decisions for your student. Please make
sure your child attends school and arrives on
time during the testing days. A good night's
sleep and a good breakfast will help your
child achieve the best score possible.
-g i 5l _


First Baptist Church of LaBelle presents
Judgement House "Web of Lies", a story about
the dangers of internet social networking.
Friday through Sunday, March 5-7th.
Performances are 6:00 9:30 PM Friday and
Saturday, and 4-7 PM Sunday A group of 24 goes
through every 15 minutes. The reservation line
is now open by (o,/I. i. 675-2171.
A $3.00 per person donation is suggested.
The First Baptist church is located at
330 North Main St, LaBelle.



Sun am
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Cooling Pkwy
& Eucalyptus [ 'Port LaBelle
863-6 0385

Carlson Memorial
United Methodist Church
310 Campbell St.
LaBelle, FL 33935
Phone (863) 675-0656
Fax (863) 675-0640
Pastor John Bennett
9:00 a.m. Traditional Service
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Service

Put your love and faith in action at
International Christian Fellowship
233 Clark Street, LaBelle
Pastor Sammy Co
Worship Service 10:30 A.M.
Sunday School 11:00 A.M.
Evening Service 6:00 PM.
Monday Prayer 6:30 PM.
Wednesday Service 7:00 PM.
Thursday Bible Study 7:00 PM.
ACTS 2:38

Christ the

"Where everybody is Somebody andJesus is Lord
9:15 a.m Sunday Worship
Lord's Supper 1 st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
10:30 am. Bible lI .1,-
.4 miles west of Hwy 29 on CR 78

Caloosa Belle

February 25, 2010

Note deadline for exemptions

Phillip Pelletier, Property Appraiser, says
in today's economy every penny counts for
all of us. Why not take advantage of your
savings between now and March 1, 2010, by
coming to the Property Appraiser's Office in
the Courthouse, third floor in LaBelle during
office hours (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) Monday-Fri-
day or the Clewiston sub-office at 100 E. El
Paso same hours/days apply.
You may qualify for one or more of the
following exemptions:
1. Homestead Exemption, Disabled Vet-
eran's Exemption, Widow's or Widower's
Exemption, Non-Veteran Disability and
Blindness Exemption, Additional Exemp-
tion 65 years of Age or Older W/an Annual
Income $50,000.00 or less than $25,780 Per
Household (documentation is required),
Tangible Personal Property Exemption, Ag-
riculture Classification (Green Belt), Home-
stead Portability.
If you have recently purchased your prop-
erty the previous owners exemptions are
NOT transferable. New applications MUST
be filed in the event of any changes or deed
transfers. This would include changes in Ag-
ricultural Classifications also.
You should have received your automatic
renewal receipts for Homestead Exemp-
tion (white) and Agricultural Classifications
(green), if you still qualify keep your receipt
do NOT return it to our office.
To file for Homestead Exemption you
will have to furnish the following: Florida
Drivers License, Florida Vehicle Registra-
tion, Hendry County Voter Registration OR
Recorded Declaration of Domicile, Social Se-
curity Number, Permanent Resident Card (if
not a US citizen), Mobile Home Registration
or Title in order to purchase the permanent

"RP" sticker, if filling on a mobile home.
For those disabled persons that are un-
able to come to the Courthouse, please call
and arrangements will be made for you to
file an application for Homestead Exemp-
tion or any other exemption.

Hours extended
The office in LaBelle and in Clewiston will
be open until 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, and
also at the Community Center in Felda from
4-6 p.m. For more information please con-
tact: Our office in LaBelle at 863-675-5270 or
Clewiston at 863-983-3178. You can also visit
our website at
Remember March 1 is the deadline for

La Oficina del Tasador del

condado extended su horario
El Tasador del Condado, Phillip Pelletier,
ha extendido las horas de oficina para que
los residentes-duefios puedan aplicar para
las Exenciones del 2010. Las horas y lugares
son como sigue:
Las oficinas de LaBelle y Clewiston es-
tarAn abiertas hasta las 6:00PM, los jueves,
25 de febrero.
Tendremos representantes en:
El Centro Comunitario de Felda, el jueves
25 de febrero de 4:00 a 6:00PM.
Para mAs informaci6n puede llamar al:
863-675-5270, en LaBelle, o en Clewiston al
863-983-3178. Tambi6n puede visitarnos en
la "Red Mundial" en
Acu6rdece que el ultimo dia para aplicar
para loas diveras extenciones es marzo 1.

Community Brief

Tax service available W-2 was and tax statements for 2009; Photo
The V r Tax A e p ID for signers (if filing jointly, both filers must
T he Volunteer Income Tax Assistance pro be present to sign the return); 2008 tax re
gram (VITA) provides free and confidential fil- be present to sign the return); 2008 tax re-
ing of tax returns by IRS certified volunteers. turn and other tax information. Come to the
Services are targeted to families with chil- United Way office at 117 Fort Thompson Ave.,
dren earning less than $49,000. Provide the throughApril 15. Appointments required. Dial
following: Valid Social Security numbers for 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900 to make an appoint-
taxpayer, spouse and qualifying children; All ment or for information.


Hamp Charles Walker
LABELLE Hamp Charles Walker was called
home on Feb.
19, 2010. He left
this world sur
rounded by his fam-
He is survived
by his loving wife
of 34 years, Terri.
To his three chil-
dren Eric (Kristen),
Wade (Adriana),
and Bridget (Travis)
he leaves his devo-
tion to family and love of music. Survived by
his father, Earl Walker (Sue); brothers, Stanley
(Jan), Robert (Theresa), Gary Brenda), and Joey
Walker; his sister, Vicki Orsini (Oscar); as well

as many brothers and sisters in-law, nieces and
nephews. Survived also by his grandchildren,
Jordan, Brendan and Pedro, who will always re-
member grandpa for making them laugh and
hugging them too hard.
Hamp was preceded in death by his mother,
Janet; and sister, Della.
Hamp was an accomplished musician and re-
spected audio engineer having the opportunity
to travel the world doing the work he loved.
The family would like to thank all the family,
friends and especially Hope Hospice for their
outpouring of love and support. A memorial ser-
vice will be held in the near future. For informa-
tion contact
Koo, Koo, K'choo and Strawberry Fields Forev-
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home -





863-675-0898 OFC
NIKKI YEAGER, Broker Assoc. PAUL ROSER, Broker
239/564-2005 cell 239/564-2002 cell

Lf r T180 N Bridge St
CF TAG P LaBelle, FL
LANDCO (863) 675-6788
Donna Kane, Broker; Assoc: Trisha Arnold, Denise Walker,
Beverly Curtis and Wayne Simmons,

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
Classic 3BR/4BA riverfront home
w/den, full bar, dock & ramp. 4 bay
garage w/bathroom & office.
Completely furnished 3 BR/2 BA
riverfront home. Includes a boat
and a covered boat house
w/12,000 # boat lift. Lot across the
street is included in this price. All
you need to bring to this home is
your clothes. Bring an offer
2BR/2BA with den on river. Built in
01 this solid home offers tile and
laminate floors, lanai, vaulted ceil-
ing, alarm and a relaxed atmos-
phere. $299,900
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 dredging.
iT-nt --n;n- ;- - ;-n il
, , , , I I I,
.45 +/- ac cul-de-sac lot w/approx.
175 ft of water frontage & tons of

privacy. $149,900.
80+/- ac income producing citrus
grove '.i; i t;,,; i t; r m I"
split I .. 11 t
Oak hammock, ---- and pal-
mettos grace 1 +/- ac
II .1 I '

site. $949,000.
27.84 acres of beautiful pasture
land filled with large oak trees.
Borders the old river 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.
20 +/- ac. Backs up to Lykes
Brothers, fenced on three sides.
20 beautifully maintained acres
I . I.I . . I ... I I ,
end get-a-way Seller financing
available. $359,900.
20 acres of high and dry improved
pasture in Muse. Seller financing
available. $189,000.
Port LaBelle Ranchette. Build you
home on this 2.53 +/-acres with
230 ft of river. Seller will provide
boat dock permit. Owner says sell
I .I... l II $185,000.
....i ded 5+/-acres in
Muse $125,000.
fo, I ,' m i
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foreclosure homes

1165 & 1417

From '
2-4 pm .

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 27 & 28
700 S. Main Street LaBelle, FL

,fkt 863-675-4500
Investments Real Estae,nc
Inveslnenis S Real Eslale, Inc

ACRES with 3/2 mobile
home, large steel ...I i.-.
barns, cow pens,
guest/caretaker apt.,
500,000. BRING OFFERS!
fenced improved pasture.
May divide $5,500 per acre.
* 4.41 AC WITH mobile
home, Double J Acres,
* 2.5 ACRES, lots of trees,
private. $39,500.
* 10 ACRES Al Don Farming
Rd. REDUCED $70,000.
* 76+ ACRES South of
LaBelle, may divide, $5,500
29 S. Great location for con-
venience store, laundry,
restaurant, strip center, etc.
REDUCED $119,500
* 320 ACRES, MUSE, paved
road. Beautiful property
with creek. $9,800 PER
ACRE. Owner will consider
split into 2 parcels.
* .86 Acre, tree covered lot.
Ti,,i .,, 1 Seller financ-
... (59,900
* 16.79 ACRES South of
LaBelle, $129,500.
* BRING OFFERS: 5 Acres.
Lots of oaks. Beautiful home-
site. Sunset Trail, Muse.

. FARi a E 4I

t7l AUZv" mUl 111 i C ULUt
County Beautiful land, con-
venient location S of CR 760,
between SR17 and SR 31.
$3,514,800. BRING OFFERS!
beer and wine license. Busy
Cowboy Way Corner.
$450,000. SELLER FINANC-
* 5+/- ACRES, heavily
wooded with fixer upper
mobile. Kirby Thompson
* 2200 S.F. HOME on .9 AC
in DoubleJ Acres, $130,000.
* 14 ACRES, 1-75 AND
busy intersection, near
river $2,900,000.
* ALVA, 2 acre lot on busy
SR80 near intersection.
Front half zoned commer-
cial. $395,000.
OFFERS 39Acres in Ortona,
1561' riverfront, with 3
acres Commercial Zoning. 2
homes and 2000' of canal
frontage with direct river
ING. $2,395,000
E aTER 3000 s.f
,,I .... former drive-thru
store, corner of SR29 and S.
Industrial Loop. $499,000.
GROVE. Buy all or part, lots
of wildlife $6,000 PER ACRE
* Cozy home on 240' of
canal front with river access
in Ortona. 2 lots. $220,000

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February 25, 2010 Caloosa Belle 7

Go To
To see Pictures & Visual Taurs of all
Our180+/- Listings of Homes, Property
and Commercial/Industrial Sites.
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* aurni' barAtLuub 5 story uio noria styie )is/4.)nA nome
offers room for your extended family or just plenty of room for
you! This custom designed home features 2 fireplaces, 3
screened porches including a wraparound porch, intercom
system, and large caged pool & more! $749,000

* A GREAT HOME IN A GREAT AREA! This custom home, in a
beautiful neighborhood is waiting on you! The home features
tile flooring, cathedral ceiling, custom fans & light fixtures,
den or home office, caged pool & hot tub, fenced yard, a two
car detached garage + carport and much more! $320,000

* LOOK NO FUKlIHK!llus is the 3/2 weekend get away
you've always dreamed of! Secluded, private 20 +/- acres;
much of it native. See doves, otters, turkeys, deer and wild
hogs! Four wheel through native trails, fish in the stocked
pond (cat fish, bass, topiary), or horse back ride. $249,900

* WAS $349,900. NOW $224,900! Enjoy this riverfront home
with a proven and well-designed floor plan that takes full
advantage of gorgeous river views! This distinctive home fea-
tures a wide entry and formal living room that all overlook a
large screened lanai. The spacious family room and master
bedroom are both situated on the river and also open onto
the endosed porch. $224,900

rus grove help keep your taxes low while you wait for this
appreciating asset to sky rocket in value! Property has an exist-
ing 2 st i, i1'"' f I .,, ,,, ,ll. ,l ,, n 1 .. ,, above and
triple g... I I $219,000
* SHOWCASE OF VALUE! Quality's on display in this well-built
Kenwood home! Great 3BR/2BA split floor plan + two car
garage. Located in i i;-;.l-r---I of new, well-kept homes.
Home in dose to i .. 1, )n including carpet and all
appliances induding washer and dryer are included! $79,000
* THIS BANK OWNED 4 bedroom home on a 1+/- acre lot is
perfect for the growing family! The home is dean & in good
condition & a large spacious yard, makes this a deal you do not
want to pass up! $71,900
* FIX UP AND SAVE! 5 Bedroom 3 Bath mobile home on 1.25
acres. Zoned Rural Residential. Farm animals welcome!
mobile home on 1.25 acres. Zoned Rural Residential. Farm ani-
mals welcome! $45,000

CRLL 863-675-4500
Sherri Denning Licensed Real Estate Broker
Associates: Tony Barnes, Emily A. Bates
Cindi Beer, Paula Bl n-- Crr.- Bone,
Lisa Cleghorn, Bonnie 1 ........ .... onzalez,
Paul Meador, Nancy Lot ....ii. I. . Williams

land Investments & Real Estate
700 S. Main Street LaBelle, FL 33935


Foreclosure Listings Available ... Inracoastal Waterway & Ortona Locks $269,000
LaBelle &Lehigh. Call fordetails! 3BR/2BA WATERFRONT HOME w/125'
FEATURES OF THE WEEK! Caloosahatchee Rver frontage $284,900
3BR/2BA HOME Bank Foreclosure! Fixer-upper WATERFRONT LOT! Protected navigable oxbow
Moore Haven $19,900 w/direct access to river $109,900
3BR/2BA HOME in Laurel Oaks minutes fom Port HOMES
LaBelle Marina $133,900 2BR/1BA FIXER UPPER on %/ Ac lot-3 homesites
GREAT INVESTMENT! 3BR/2BA Home + $36,000
1BR/1BA Home + duplex (2BR/1BA & 1BR/1BA) 3BR/2BA WELL MAINTAINED fully furnished
located in the city on protected oxbow and access manufactured home in the city $45,000
to the Rver $224,900 3BR/2BA HOME! Large Oaks & nicely landscaped
20+/- Acres zoned A-2 w/ 4 -plex rental unit $99,500
$249,900 4BR/2 BA HOME Spacious w/large family room
CUSTOM 3BR/2BA HOME on 6 acres, detached $119,900
barn and iBr/lBa efficiency apartment $400,000 3BR/2BA CUSTOM HOME built in 2006
w/60' dock & protected boat harbor $499,900 3BR/2BA MOBILE HOME on 2.5 Ac $79,000
OWNER FINANCING POSSIBLE 3BR/2BA HOME on 2.5 Acres west of LaBelle
3BR/2BA CREEKFRONT HOMEw/Beautiful Rver $130,000
Views plus Mother-in-Law apartment $350,000 3BR/2BA CBS HOME: 5+/- acres in the country
dock-house, boat ramp, guest house & more 4BR/2BA MOBILE HOME! 5 +/-Acres, cleared w/
$325,000 fence& pond $160,000
SPACIOUS 3BR RIVERFRONT HOME. views of 12+/- ACRE Mi CIde_~RE fronting

on Hwy 78 West! $300,000
3BR/2BA HOME on 137+/- Acre! Commercial
Zoned, Hwy Frontage $450,000
3BR/2BA POOL HOME on 665 +/-Acres in Felda
PRIME ACREAGE! 1329 acres, 630 +/- feet
frontage on paved State Road 29 in Felda Zoned
Ag-2, can be split into 2 parcels Bring your agricul-
ture business to this perecr location! $398,000
2 +/- ACRES IN FELDA fonting on Hwy 29 possi-
ble commercial zoning $175,000
multi-family residential lots $85,000
2.09 M/L ACRES wAarge, beautiful oaks $58,520
61 +/- ACRES of Prime fertile land in Felda, less
than $8,600 /acre.
LOTS AVAILABLE... Please call for Details
C1 ZONED PROPERTY 100 x 295 includes a 30
x 60 steel Quonset building ahd shed $100,000
CUSTOM CABINET SHOP! 115 x 300 property
Re-route onHWY 78 gives business zoned location
excellent visibility 25' x 80 ft frame building

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Real Estate Corp.

5- S.M iSt LaelF

86 675197

see! $70,000.
Corporate owned! 3/2 2006 CBS home in
Lehigh Acres near SR 80. Needs minor
repairs. $59,900.
Lehigh Acres 3/2 2007 CBS home
w/2 car garage, ceramic tile, and spacious
S kitchen. $59,900.
pi k.c.. 1 i ... p l i, 1, s n..n p i Corporate owned- Centrally located in
I ..... I .. ". CBS -$54,900.
i,. t s w o bt anI Corporate owned! 3/2 near schools. Move
counter tops and much more. $209,500. in ready condition. $43,000.
H Corporate owned! 3/2 located near schools
HOMES and shopping. Needs a little TLC $29,900.
SRiverfront Immaculate 3/2 waterway Corporate owned! Located in teh heart of
estate on 1.14+/- acres outside of LaBelle. Lehigh Acres, close to schools and shopping.
Home is 2,425 sq. ft. i ..i area with over- $25,000.
spacious kitchen, pantry, screened pool and a Corporate owned! Centrally located in
1,944 sq. ft. workshop with office, bath and a Lehigh Acres, JIN MRBme in good condi-
generator compressor room. $795,000. tion. $24,90ONTRACT
* Horse lovers welcome! 4/2.5 on 3.24+/- in LaBelle Corporate owned! 2/1.5 home in
Port LaBelle Ranchettes. 2,500 sq. ft I I1 11. Port LaBell. r, ... i ,.,,ed porch,
area, 2 car garage, wrap around porch and single car .. SOLD!!! I repaired.
more. $335,000. $24,900.
* Corporated owned! Georgous, needs a lit- LaBelle 3/2 ,, II i ... is a little
tie TLC, 4/3, 3 car garage on 5.09+/- acres TLC. Makes SOLD!! ...... home.
with caged rp$nllln lthn cabinets, $24,900.
granite .Is. i Ti.r ts more. Great investment potential! 1BR/1B home
$299,900. on a corner lot. Homes needs some work...
* Corporate owned! Immaculate home locat- but is priced to sell. $17,000.
ed in city limits cLNDER3 with courtyard MOBILE HOMES
style pool, (C9QlipRfl solid surface ...,i .. .. .. 2,152 sq ftoflux-
counter tops and much more. $209,500. -i-r- I;-n- TI-, 4BR/2B home on 10+/- acs
* Corporate owned! 2004 CBS home on t i1 ... .family room, master suite
4.98+/- acres located west of LaBelle, w/ office, covered porch, and fencing for
Ceramic tile, fireplace, spacious rooms & horses. This one is a steal @ only $250,000
much more. $199,900. Size will surprise you! 2BR/2B home on
* Corp ....i.i i home on 10+/-acres is very well kept. Features a warm
6.48+/- R M completely comfortable living room w/gas fireplace, spa-
fenced. li..MI N IR cious kitchen, front & real covered porches.
* Corporate owned! Immaculate 4/3 CBS in $250,000
Clewiston subdivision. Spacious kitchen, for- Immaculate 4/2 on 9.54 acres. Spacious liv-
mal dining c ll 11,l'w w/walk-in ing room, family room in.l.. In.. mas-
shower, close. .. ?....~~ ..I schools, ter suite, lots, lots of more. $154,900.
$179,900. Country living at its best! 3/2 on 2.30+/-
* Corporate owned! 4/2 CBS home on.95+/- acres outside city of LaBelle. Over spacious
of an acre. Located between Clewiston and kitchen & master bath. New carpet through
LaBelle. $94,900 out home. $149,900.
* Cozy2/1 in Port LaBelle. Completely 3/2 manufactured home on 4+/- acres in
redone form top to bottom. Have to Muse. Partially cleared and fenced.

* Relax the rural way! Situated on 1.25 acs in
growing Montura, beautiful new 2006 3/2
manufactured home. SELLER FINANCING
AVAILABLE! $129,900
* 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.
* 4/2 on 10+/- acres in Pioneer Plantation.
With 2,356+/- sq. ft. I i .... area, spacious
living room with fireplace. $89,900.
* 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.
* 4/2 manufactured home located in
Immokalee near schools and shopping.
* Affordable starter 3/1.5 on corner lot in
Moore Haven. $50,000.
Call about our vacant land!
* 2.72+/- partially fenced acreage in Muse.
* .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.
* 2 Monturalots- $5,500 each
* Call about our Port LaBelle lots!
* 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.


$22,000 3/2 in the city
limits, needs TLC. Bank
Foreclosure Sold As Is.
$46,900 3/2 very clean
home. Forclosure. Make
$54,999 4/2 in
Tn-1-.-. Oaks S/D.
CI I Iools
$59,000 3/2 in Ortona
$64,900 New MH on 1/2
ac off SR29
$89,000 3/2 in Moore
Haven Yacht Club 1200
Sq Ft.
$117,000 4/2 Newer MH
on 12 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.
$375,000 3/2 on 30 Ac in
Muse, Oaks, Creek, &
Great Pasture.
$35,000 Super cute, 2/1
block home w/galvalume
roof. Short Sale
'""" UNDER ....
$42,000 3/1 Concrete
Block Home. Perfect
starter home or invest-
$56,500 Seller will pay
$2,500 toward
repairs/closing costs. In
the city, corner lot.
$67,000 UNDER/2, built
in 20oOMYNT CT
$74,000 2/2 in Port
LaBelle, large porch.
$129,000 3/2 Modular,
Make Offer.

....'Oiz .. gt!,
$169,90(UNDERon 3+/-
acres CiNMTCT
$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.
Unbelievable Reduced!
$309,000 3/2 Upgrades
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$89,900 1/2 Acre
Commercial Lot on Davis St.
$199,000 Vacant 2 ac. on
SR 80, just west of town
$200,000 State Road 80
Corner /2 Ac, B-1 w/bill-
board income.
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REDUCED $299,000 -
Short Sale! 2 Steel Bldgs,
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$395,000 1 ac on Main
St., busy downtown loca-
tion w/older bldg.
$399,000 4.5Ac, 2400
Steel Bldg Industrial,
Possible Lease Option.
$550,000 5 Ac +/-
Industrial. Will split,
Cleared & Filled, Seller
$55,000 2/2 MH in River
Oaks/Ortona, now water-
$139,900 Over 1 ac. on
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$189,000 Manufac-tured
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$192,500 Old Ft.
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$199,000 Hidden
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$395,000 High Elevation
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on the River. Great invest-
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units per ac.
$4,900 Moore Haven
Yacht Club lot
$5,900 Port Labelle
Lots, Seller financing
$7,00 QrtLj Iome-
site, S.L Dl l lewer
$8,900 Mobile home
lots, south of town
$13,1-OJ c in
Mont IL "c
$39,900 2.2 Ac Rural
Residential Fenced
$49,00JUNDER Estate

$65,000 4.2 ac. on
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Well, septic & pad in
$100,000 2.5 Ac Hwy 27,
$125,000 Ft Denaud
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$495,000 Development
Potential Platted lots on
16+/- Ac.

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Associates: Shary Weckwerth,
Lisa Andrews, Sandra Alexander
and Roxie Cisneros

Community Briefs

Transfer Station closed
The transfer station located in LaBelle
will be closed for the Swamp Cabbage Fes-
tival on Saturday, Feb. 27. Regular hours of
operation will resume on Monday, March 1.
The Clewiston transfer station will be open.

Customer appreciation at
First Bank
First Bank of Clewiston LaBelle Branch
hopes you will join them to celebrate Cus-
tomer Appreciation Day Feb. 26, from 11
a.m.-2 p.m. They will be serving kabasa sau-
sages and hamburgers.

Old gold for United Way
Help the United Way by bringing in your
unwanted gold and silver jewelry, dental
gold and sterling silver flatwear to the Unit-
ed Way office, 117 Fort Thompson Ave., Fri-
day, Feb. 26, 9-11 a.m. You can make a little
money while Noble Jeweler contributes to
United Way.

Spring craft event March 4
The public is invited to the 2010 Spring-
fest Craft Fair at Whisper Creek RV Resort
March 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Whisper Creek is one mile north of the
bridge on SR 29N. Free admission with lots
of door prizes and raffle items. Refreshments
available from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

VFW 10100 plans
Thursday, Feb. 25, Music with John
and Friends 4-7 p.m.; $4 supper.
Friday, Feb. 26, Music by L&L Band 4-7
Saturday, Feb. 27 Men's Rib Dinner 11
a.m., $8; 1 p.m., Music with Pee Wee.
Sunday, Feb. 28, pancakes and sau-
sage, 9 a.m.; $4.
The post is located on SR 29S next to the
rodeo arena.

Glades offers
emergency information
Come to an information fair at the
Muse Community Association, Loblolly
Road, March 13 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with Glades
County Emergency Management, Health
Dept., Mental Health Dept., Sheriff's Office
and Red Cross providing information. CPR
sign up, first aid classes for certificates. The
bloodmobile will be on hand as well. Face
painting and fun for the kids! MCA yard sale
7 a.m. ($5 donation for a table) and pancake
breakfast from 7-9 a.m. ($3 donation). Enjoy
hamburgers or hot dogs kids free, dona-
tions are asked from adults, please.
The MCA will use any proceeds to con-

tinue expanding the playground across from
the fire station. Call 863-234-2052 for infor-
H1N1 vaccinations will be available and
hurricane information as well. Take advan-
tage and register for the Special Needs Shel-

LHS '60s reunion
This reunion is for anyone who attended
or graduated from LHS from 1959-69. March
12 is the icebreaker at Don's Steakhouse
starting at 6:30 p.m. in the lounge. There is
a cover charge. March 13 is a barbecue at
Corky and Mary Risley's home on Ivan Blvd.
starting at 1:30 p.m. with the meal served
later. There will be music from the '60s and
a raffle. Please forward your RSVP with $25
per person immediately to Sue Moss Schru-
ers, 1135 Ivan Blvd. LaBelle, FL 33935. For
more information please call 675-4803 or

Attend citizen's academy
Apply now for the Sheriff's free 14-week
Citizen's Academy. Sessions last about two
hours and explain the latest trends and pro-
cedures in law enforcement as well as the
duties and responsibilities of the various
departments. It includes a day at the fir-
ing range learning firearm safety and firing
Participants must be over 18, have a
background free of felony and violent mis-
demeanor convictions. Stop in and pick
up an application, fill it out, and indicate
whether you prefer a daytime or nighttime
academy. Dates for the upcoming academy
will be announced. Call Lt. Susan Harrelle at

LHS '40s and '50s reunion
If you graduated from or attended LHS
during the 1940s and '50s please save Sat-
urday, March 13, for a multi-class reunion at
the Dallas B. Townsend Building, 1085 Pratt
Blvd. beginning at 2 p.m.
The cost will be $10 per person. Please
bring a salad, vegetable or dessert. To make
reservations or for more information please
call Martha Raye at 863-675-0891 or JoAnne
at 863-675-1407.

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Pick up a race registration form at Lang-
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Note: you have automatically been assigned
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Once you log into your Participant Cen-

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Poppy Days are here
American Legion Auxiliary volunteers
will distribute the familiar red, handcrafted
poppies honoring America's war dead on
Saturday, and Sunday, Feb. 27-28, designat-
ed as Poppy Days by Auxiliary Unit #130 in
LaBelle. Volunteers will have a booth next to
the American Legion Riders located on Lee
St. to remind America-at-peace of the price
of war and the sacrifice of millions of lives.
At the same time, the poppy distribution
honors all of America's veterans of five wars
and two conflicts.

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The Trading Post conjures up memories
of bygone days -days when folks in LaBelle
lived closer to their roots -days when they
relied on themselves and each other for their
everyday needs.
It was the vision of M.G. and his wife Dai-
sy Touchstone Davis that started the Trading
Post and eventually built it into the business
center it was for decades. The pair met in
Mississippi and married in 1928. They came
to LaBelle with Daisy's father, Barry Touch-
stone, who ran a sawmill here. Mr. Touch-
stone commuted between LaBelle and Mis-
Actually, it was Daisy who started the
Trading Post, serving lunch to sawmill work-
ers on the front porch of the couple's old
mill shack located at the time on Hall Street,
across from what is now Don's Steak House.
The delicious meals she and daughter Wei-
ma cooked for the men were so popular that
their little business kept getting bigger. M.G.
decided to add other items to their stock and
the Trading Post soon outgrew the family's
According to family lore, Berry Brown
Touchstone moved to Florida from Missis-
sippi in the 1920s with eight of his nine chil-
dren to the Immokalee area. For 19 months
the family lived in the pioneer wilderness
while Berry established his first sawmill.
The youngsters adjusted readily to the coun-
try school and the predominantly Indian
classmates. They made many friends among
the natives and a then 16 year old Johnny
Cypress remained close to the Touchstones
throughout his life.
After the mill was in good running order
Berry eyed other locations for more instal-
lations. He moved his family to Bayshore,
a colony north of the Caloosahatchee river,
which offered the luxury of a store and post
office. Sawmills in LaBelle and Naples were
in the early stages when the 1926 hurricane
dampened his enthusiasm. Fearing for his
family's safety he took his wife and daugh-
ters back to Gulfport while the boys stayed
to tend to the business, in 1928 he decided
to return to Florida and made his home in
LaBelle. He later became ill with diabetes
and sold all his mills. His sons then worked
in construction. Eventually the children went
their separate ways.
In 1928, daughter Daisy, who had stayed
in Mississippi, married Merle Davis from
Ohio. His father was a road contractor in
three states. Merle was the only son of nine
siblings not associated with the oil business.
In 1932, Merle and Daisy with their two
young children, Jack and Weima, visited
with her family in LaBelle. They decided to
stay and he bought a three-room cottage
on Hall St. Merle sold his holdings back in
Mississippi and looked for something to do.
That "something" was the Trading Post. By
1939, he had to move to a larger place on
the main highway. Meanwhile, the timber
was running out and mills were closing.
Money was scarce so most transactions
were done by bartering-which inspired the
store's name-The Trading Post.

M.G. and Daisy Touchstone Davis.
Sadly, the couple's son Charles died as a
young child.
In between working at the store in every
capacity, Daisy had three more children,
Richard "Bo", Martha Kate and Danny. Busi-
ness boomed with the return of good times
and the trading post became somewhat of

Submitted photo

a tourist attraction. It was Daisy and Merle's
wishes that the children would follow in
their footsteps. But Jack married Betty Dana
and had his own business, the Diamond Oil
Company in LaBelle, Weima, after complet-
ing finishing school in West Palm Beach,
married Dr. E. J. Hall and moved to Miami,


neer Family
Richard "Boe" married Irene Townsend and
joined her family in Australia at Stapleton
Station. Eventually, they returned and sold
their land and to A Duda & Sons.
Boe eventually went to work for the Sem-
inoles at their slaughterhouse. He developed
Seminole Swamp Seasoning, which is avail-
able in markets.
Martha Kate married Hayward (Gene)
Cross and they took over the Trading Post,
Danny married and pursued several careers
before returning to LaBelle. In 1954 Berry
Touchstone died at the age of 77, his wife,
Georgeanna, died in 1973 at the age of 95.
During the 1960s the Trading Post busi-
ness boomed. When Merle turned over his
keys to the store he told his daughter, Martha
Kate and her husband Gene Cross he told
them, "Don't change anything, the old tim-
ers won't like it."
The Trading Post was known far and
wide for its many hard to find items needed
for the rural life style and also modern day
necessities. In earlier years it had an ice-
house with home delivery to supply many
residents with block ice before they had
electricity in homes.
The store was also known for a food
seasoning produce locally called "monkey
See Family Page 13


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Swamp Cabbage 2010 Weekend Party
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Thursday- February 25. 2010
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Music by Rod Snow & Steel Rail Band 6pm -10pm

Saturday February 27. 2010
Lounge OPEN TO PUBLIC 8am*
American Legion Auxiliary Lunch from 12pm to 2pm
Sandwiches $3.00 Includes Potato Chips & Pickle
Music by Rod Snow & Steel Rail Band 1 P.M. 5pm
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Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Community Flea Market 8am-3pm,
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Sunday February 28, 2010
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American Legion Breakfast from 8am to 1 lam
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February 25, 2010 Caloosa Belle

2010 Princess Kayla Keller's con-
temporary dance to "Life After You"
showed off her years of experience.

Miss LaBelle SCF Callie Burley's ex- Caloosa Belle photos/Patty Brant
pressive dance and signing wowed the 2010 Marlana Nelson, Miss Congenial-
judges in the talent contest. ity, as a Flower Child.

Ashley Curry, co-winner of the Prin- Talent has a lot of meanings as Prin-
cess talent contest sang "Outside My cess contestant Dakoda Rutter pre-
Window." pares to break a board.

First runner up Mallory Allen enjoys
a laugh with emcee Kim Kemp during
her stage interview.

Welcoming everyone to
LaBelle's Annual
Swamp Cabbage Festival
Have a safe and fun weekend.

Sheriff Steve Whidden
Hendry County Sheriff's Office

Welcome to LaBelle's
44th Annual Swamp Cabbage Festival


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2010 Swamp Cabbage Priness Kayla Keller
2010 Swamp Cabbage Queen Callie Burley

and Daisy Touchstone
2010 Pioneer Family

Paul Puletti
2010 Grand Marshal

North Bridge St.
LaBelle, FL
(863) 675-1313



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Grand Marshal: Paul

Puletti loves public service

By Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
The 2010 SCF Grand Marshal lives his
commitment to the City of LaBelle, consid-
ering both the short and long view of what
may be best.
A 1975 graduate of LaBelle High School,
Paul Puletti brings that sense of the whole
picture to both his community endeavors.
Moving to LaBelle 1974 Paul's mother,
Martha Puletti Briede, worked at the local
newspaper, the Caloosa Belle, for many
years as advertising rep and as editor. During
high school Paul was on the morning ses-
sion from 7-9 a.m. and "hung out" at the pa-
per where he did odd jobs and took up the
semi-official position as "gopher" -unpaid,
of course.
He went to the University of Florida to be-
come a teacher, but was told that the schools
would be saturated with teachers until 2000,
so he opted to study journalism instead.
When he graduated in 1979, he came back
to the area and became a reporter for the
Clewiston News and Glades County Demo-
crat, then managing editor at the Caloosa
Belle in 1980.
To further his career, he went to work for
a newspaper in Jupiter where he met and
married his wife, Cheryl. They now have
three daughters and four grandchildren.
Back in LaBelle again, he returned to the
Caloosa Belle. However, his love for public
service led him to run for a city commis-
sioner's seat in 1984. The paper's policy had
a prohibition on employees working as an
elected official, so Paul decided to go back to
his first career love, teaching. In the district,
he has served as both teacher and admin-
istrator. While working in the schools, he
served two terms on the commission in the
1980s, then returned in 1997 when he was
appointed to fill Bob Howard's seat. During
the interim he continued service to his city
on the variance board and has 26 years of
experience with the city at this time.
He is committed to his work with the
city and enjoys the comparatively immedi-
ate satisfaction that it can provide. A recent
example would be the sidewalks the city just
put in.
Teaching, on the other hand, requires a
lot more patience for your reward. It's a lon-
ger process in seeing results, he said. "Kids
don't understand you've won the argument
for about 20 years" he quips. It just takes that
long to get it.
He was invited to a 20-year reunion last
year, he recalls, and caught up with former
students who are now doctors, attorneys
and engineers. It can be hard to reconcile
the adult version with the student of years
ago. He said he enjoys seeing the students
take over on their own, but it's hard to real-
ize they're adults, he mused.
Teaching has many rewards. A while ago
he received a letter from a former student
in appreciation for Paul's contribution to his
education. "I never dreamed I had impacted
that student," he said. Another example.
City Attorney Jimmy Luckey is also a former
student of Paul's. Once, years ago, Jimmy

2010 SCF Grand

Submitted photo
Marshal Paul Puletti

drove several other students to Paul's house
and egged it. Sitting at the board meetings
with the city attorney, working together and
sharing in the fruits of his education for the
good of their city "does my heart good," the
mayor said.
All kids can't wait to get out of LaBelle,
Paul points out, but after a while many of
them realize that their roots are here after
all. It's the place they want to be and it's a
good place to raise children.
Paul confesses that for a long time he
took for granted the beauty of this place,
but rediscovered it in escorting outsiders
through the town. He could see that beauty
through their eyes the old oaks, the river,
the community.
"As mayor I want to see us learn from
what just came through," he said, refer-
ring to a spate of huge annexation requests.
"That's okay," he said, "but we need to ex-
pect them to do their part. The city can't do
all the work." He wants to refocus on the
townsfolk who pay the bills through their
"We sort of lost track that we serve the
LaBelle residents," he pointed out. The city
needs to protect their interests, he affirms.
In 1997 the city started to talk about a
new water plant. Finally a design is ready
and the city is looking at funding now.
He said that through the recent experi-
ence with developers, the real estate boom
and now the crash, he has learned what La-
Belle almost lost in the rush to make a profit.
Downtown LaBelle could have been a ghost
town with the "mom and pops" shut out.
"The small independent business people
built this town and have been the backbone
of our business district ever since I can re-
member," he commented. He doesn't want
the city to make the mistake of losing focus
on its true heart again.
Fortunately, the economy has slowed
down, he said, although he regrets that peo-
ple got hurt in the process. Still, he feels it's
time to step back now and consider how to
avoid these issues in the future.
The 2010 SCF Grand Marshal loves public
service with the city, but is back to living his
ultimate dream, teaching seventh grade so-
cial studies. "I almost forgot how much I like
to teach," he said.

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Surving members of the
Davis family still living
in LaBelle, Weima Hull
Lowery and Danny Da-
vis. Another sister Martha
Kate Cross resides in Old

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February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010 Caloosa Belle

Continued From Page 9
dust." It was produced in the Trading Post
meat department. Now known as Ever-
glades Seasoning it is distributed all over the
United States but is no longer owned by the
Davis family, being sold in 1993.
In 1987 the Trading Post was sold to
become a strip mall more suitable for the
growing area.
In LaBelle the Davises and the Trading
Post were a tradition and a legend.
Merle died in 1990 at the age of 84 and
Daisy in 1991 at the age of 81. The surviving
members of the family are Weima Hull Low-
ery and Danny Davis both living in LaBelle
and Martha Kate Cross who resides in Old

Actually, it was Daisy who started the
Trading Post, serving lunch to sawmill work-
ers on the front porch of the couple's old
mill shack located at the time on Hall Street,
across from what is now Don's Steak House.
The delicious meals she and daughter Wei-
ma cooked for the men were so popular that
their little business kept getting bigger. M.G.
decided to add other items to their stock and
the Trading Post soon outgrew the family's
M.G. Davis' mother was a full-blooded
Iriquois named Kate Hancock to whom he
bore a very strong resemblance. M.G. had
only a first grade education. His formal edu-

cation was limited to writing his name and
ciphering, but he had a good head for busi-
ness. Another LaBelle pioneer, Joe Risley,
taught him how to write out a check and he
was equipped for the job at hand.
With no bank in LaBelle at the time,
cash wasn't easy to get so people needed
a way to cash their checks. At the Trading
Post they could turn over their checks and
receive "babbit" (specially minted coins that
could be used to purchase merchandise at
the Trading Post. It worked so well that other
LaBelle businesses also accepted the Trad-
ing Post babbit as well.
As late as the 1950s the Trading Post was
still the place where Seminoles got sugar,
coffee and dry goods. Weima remembers
riding down to the reservation with her dad
and brother Jack in a wagon and later a
pick up truck. It was always an adventure.
They'd camp out under a big tree. Their fa-
ther would throw a big mosquito net over it
and they'd sleep in the back of their vehicle.
Sometimes the Seminoles would walk into
town. Other folks who lived far out of town
would come in to buy or trade, and all would
camp behind the store. The Seminoles often
traded hides that Weima and brother Jack
would have to salt down to preserve. Then
the hides were taken to the dock and sent
The couple had six children: Jack, Wei-
ma, Charles, Boe, Martha Kate and Danny.
Only Weima and Danny remain, both live in
the area.
Danny grew up in the '50s listening to
stories from old timers and cherishes those
stories from old men idling time away on a




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Hendry County

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SR 80 corner SR 29

Phone (863)-675-5217

bench outside the Trading Post, a bottle of
whiskey in their boot and a chew in their
Over the years, Danny has held many dif-
ferent jobs. As a boat captain he could sail
anywhere except the Mississippi River and
North Sea, he mostly sailed the Carribean
and inland US waterways. He had several
contracting jobs and did some farming. He
had a welding shop in town for a while.
Nowadays he does a little farming and
mostly donates the food to food banks and
community and churches. He has a special
fondness for the birds he feeds on his 18
acres in Muse, including wild turkeys and
Danny readily admits getting into every-
thing as a kid: driving the Trading Post de-
livery truck to haul trash to the dump and
regularly leaving piles of boxes all over the
road. The next day the law would be around
for him, and make him pick it all up again.
In 1956 his daddy bought a new delivery
truck from Blitz Wegman. Danny still re-
members almost destroying that brand new
truck -twice. His daddy got it back in run-
ning condition and used it for many years.
Danny kept that truck till the '80s.
He remembers Ola Mims, the last person
to drive a wagon to town from the south La-
Belle woods to pick up supplies.
Weima remembers riding with her daddy
and brother Jack to the reservation on Fri-
days in a wagon pulled by mules, and late
a truck, the still dirt SR 29 to trade sugar,
coffee, dry gods for hides. Her daddy would
through a mosquito net over a tree and the
kids would sleep in the back of the wagon

or truck on the supplies. Her daddy would
spend the nights talking to his friend Morgan
Smith, the only Seminole she ever knew to
have a beautiful Tennessee Walker. For a
long time Weima thought it was a dream
till a few years ago when she went to the
Tribe's library on Big Cypress and saw the
portrait of Morgan Smith and his beautiful
Weima was a licensed hunting guide and
for many years trained dogs. She has been
involved in the humane society and is still
very active personally in saving strays.
M.G. and Daisy Davis did more than start
a business that catered to local's needs for
decades. They helped build the community
that we all know and love today. They helped
set the standards that continue to serve La-
Belle and its residents well.

Jack had a son, Ray Merle, and daughter
Jackie Davis Finfield. Weima has two chil-
dren: son Ethridge James Hall Jr., and Mary
Kimberly Hartman. Boe and Irene had one
son, Shawn, and also adopted Boe's cousin,
Glenda Gail. Boe later married Linda Dekle
Davis. The couple had one daughter, Sava-
nah. Martha Kate and her husband Gene
Cross, another pioneer family member, had
three children: Hayward Cross Jr., deceased,
Kelly Byrd and Tracy Mills. Danny has two
sons, Max and Josh.

Welcome to the 44th Swamp Cabbage Festival


Hi-Lites, Low-lites, Color, Perms, Cuts, Razoring,
Relaxers, Waxing, Piercing, Mani's & Pedi's

Hair Cuts Only $8

Salon Located Across
Whisper Creek's R.V

Monday 8-5
Tuesday 8-5
Wednesday 8-5
Thursday 8-7
Friday 8-5
Saturday 8-2
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Caloosa Belle

Submitted photo
Listen to a
Left: County music leg-
end Bobby Bare will
perform in Barron Park
on Saturday.
Submitted photo
Look at a
Right: Acres of bikes
will be on display Satur-
day, east of Barron Park
on Lee Street.

Entertainment in the Park

Saturday, Feb. 27
12:00 -Opening Prayer Mayor Paul Pu-
National Anthem Mercy and Grace
12:10 Mercy and Grace
12:45 Queen & Princess Performance
1:00 Awards & Announcements
1:15- Buckshot Band
2:00 Country Rhythm Cloggers
2:45 Chris McArthur
3:30 The Dance Company
4:30- Bobby Bare

Sunday, Feb. 28
8:00 Christ Central
9:00 Christ Central
10:00 Brooke Huffmaster
11:00 Zena Gatch
12:00 Queen & Princess Performance
12:20 Sparrow Family Reunion
1:00 Brass Heart Band
2:00 Showtime Cloggers
2:45 Mercy & Grace
3:30 -American Racket
4:15 Andy Bratcher

Retail & Donation Center
Celebrates the

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This year we are cor-
porate sponsors of
South Central Florida
Car Club and we'd love
to invite car owners
and enthusiasts to join
us for the

4th Annual Legends of the Road
Cars will be displayed on Ft Thompson Ave
(Bridge St-Main St) and Bronco Dr.


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Festival Scheduled Events I M F Whitney Thompson

Swamp Cabbage Parade
Starts Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. (Bridge will close
at 9:30 a.m. and re-open at 12:15p .m.

5K Run-Walk
Saturday, Feb. 27, 8:30 a.m.

Bass Tournament
Sunday Feb. 27, Caloosahatchee River
- LaBelle Boat Ramp from first sunlight to
2:30 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for: 1st,
2nd, 3rd place; Father & Son/Daughter; 1st
Big Bass & 2nd Big Bass; Starting time will
be determined by registration.

Friday 6:30 p.m. Gates open; 8 p.m. Show
starts Saturday 3:30 p.m. Youth Rodeo 6:30
p.m. Gates Open 8 p.m. Show Starts Bull
Riding & Barrel Racing Sunday 2 p.m. Gates
open 3:30 p.m. Show starts.

Car Club Show
South Central Florida Car Club invites
car owners and enthusiasts to join them for
the 4th Annual Legends of the Road Super
Cruise Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cars will be
displayed on Ft. Thompson Ave. (between
Bridge St. and Main St.) and Bronco Dr.

2010 Bike Show
Saturday, east of Barron Park on Lee Street.

Nasgrass Lawnmower Races
Racers have been invited from all over the
Southeast for the TWO DAY Event! Come out
to the Hendry-LaBelle Mowersports Park off
Cowboy Way for two days of family fun and
Races start at: 2:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 27,
(after parade) and 1 p.m. Sunday Feb. 28.
Event includes: Lawnmower Drags, Nine (9)
Oval Track Classes, and two Enduro Classes
of Mowers racing to see who's the Fastest
in the South! Admission: $5.00 for Adults
Kids 12 & Under free!
All spectator proceeds will benefit Healthy
Start Southwest Florida!

Rotary Armadillo Races
In the park, Saturday and Sunday.

Caloosahatchee Cruise
"3rd Annual Swamp Cabbage Festival
Narrated Caloosahatchee Cruise"
Featuring: Local History, River Lore and
More. Sponsored by "Riverwatch" Caloosa-
hatchee River Citizen's Association. Limited
number of tickets available at $20 each. The
1 /2 hour cruise will leave the LaBelle City
Dock at 2:30 on Saturday February 27th.
Off site parking available. Handicapped
shuttle will be available. For information or
to purchase tickets contact: Margaret Eng-
land 863-674-0695 or e-mail: margaret@

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February 25, 2010

Bug-a-Boo Kids, Inc., cool stuff at a savings

Even when the economy is tough, girls
will be girls. That means mothers just can't
resist dressing them up in great style.
One of the problems is, little girls just
keep growing relegating all those beautiful
clothes to the back of the closet.
That's what made Kristi Barton decide to
open Bug-a-Boo Kids, Inc., a resale store for
all sorts of kids' stuff.
She just opened Feb. 1 and is still doing
some last minute decorating in her cool
beach theme, but it's all there both new
and "previously loved" stuff for girls and
boys sizes 0-12.

Bug-a-Boo offers great kids' clothes, toys,
furniture and accessories at affordable pric-
es for all your kids' different stages. You will
find great new and pre-owned kids' stuff of
all kinds.
Kristi has two older boys, ages 18 and 12;
but their girls Kenna (Bug), age 7 and Kris-
tina (Boo), age 3 months were the inspira-
tion for the shop. As the mother of girls, she
said, she found first hand they just had way
too many clothes and wondered what to do
with them all. Bug-a-Boo is a "resale" shop,
she points out, not a consignment store. She
buys all the clothes, toys, shoes, jewelry,

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Meet Dylan, 12, with Kristina (Boo), three months. and Kenna (Bug) in back,
age 7, at kid-friendly Bug-a-Boo Kids, Inc. Stop there for "previously loved" kids
clothes, furniture and accessories.

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strollers, bassinets, high chairs and so on,
outright and puts them into her shop for the
next family to enjoy.
This is Kristi's first business, but she con-
sulted with lots of experts and is determined
to make this work and grow. She encour-
ages people to bring in their good kids' stuff
for resale. It's good for you bringing in a
nice bit of change for you and it will help
others make the most of their kids' clothing
Even in a poor economy, there's always a
need nice things for kids after all, kids still
grow, even in bad times.
Look for Bug-a-Boo Bling dazzling tanks,

Hendry Hospital Authority Bond
Referendum Election
The Hendry County Canvassing Board
will convene on March 5th at 5:00 pm,
March 6th at Noon, March 8, at 5:00 pm
and March 9th at 6:30 for the purpose of
Canvassing Absentee Ballots and the
Votes cast in the Hendry County Hospital
Authority Limited Ad Valorem Tax
Revenue Bond Referendum Election, at
the office of the Supervisor of Elections,
Courthouse Complex, Annex Bldg., 25 E.
Hickopochee Ave., LaBelle, Hendry
County, Florida.
Autoridad del Hospital del Condado de
Hendry de Bono Referendum Eleccion
El Condado de Hendry Junta de Escrutinio
se reuniran alas 5:00 pm el 5 de Marzo, el
6 de Marzo medio dia, el 8 de Marzo alas
5:00 pm y el 9 de Marzo alas 6:30 pm, para
el proposito de Juntas de Escrutina de
boletas de ausente y los Votos dela
Eleccion, para la Junta dela Autoridad
Limitado Impuesto ad Valorem Bonos del
Hospital del Condado de Hendry en la
Oficina de Supervisor de Elecciones,
Courthouse Complex, Annex Bldg., 25 E.
Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Condado de
Hendry, Florida.
Lucretia A. Strickland
Supervisor of Elections
Hendry County, Florida
FS. 109.141

T-shirts, hair bows, socks and hats that girls
just can't resist, along with custom made
headbands made by Kristi herself.
Looking for an item you just can't find?
Kristi has a "wish list" for customers. If she
doesn't have what you want, she'll take your
name and number and call you when she
finds it.
Come to Bug-a-Boo, Kids Inc., a kid
friendly store that has moms and dads in
mind, too.
Bug-a-Boo Kids Inc., is open Tuesday
through Friday 10-5:30; Saturday 10-2. It's
located at 216 S. Main St. Call 675-8167.


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Horse for Sale 7 yr.
old Arabian Mare, halter
broke $750.00 and a
19 yr. old Quarter horse
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Horse for Sale 7 yr.
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broke $750.00 and a
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LARGE 1 BRfurn. apt.
on Hall St. S., LaBelle. 5
mins. from shop., banks
& Courthouse. Inclds all
utils, W/D, Direct TV, in-
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LG Efficiency Furnished.
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Rent Reduced
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Ceramic tile throughout
311B Hickory St. 1Br/lBa
$425 per month plus
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470 Bryan Ave. 2Br/lBa
$525 per month plus
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Caloosahatchee Ave
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Cowboy Way & Kennedy
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tax: 5'x10' $42.80;
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Condo in Port LaBelle
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river view, New appli-
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round $800 mo (utilities
paid) 863-673-2532

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A vacancy has occurred on the Board of Supervisors of the Port LaBelle
Community Development District. The remaining Board is authorized to ap-
point a successor to the Board to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the
term. Applicants are sought for the position and must be a resident of the
District. Applications should be submitted no later than 2:00 P.M.,
3/15/2010. Interested persons should submit a letter of interest statng
their background and experience. Letters may be hand delivered only (no
mail receptacle) to 3293 Dellwood Terrace, LaBelle, FL or mailed to the fol
lowing address:
Board of Supervisors
Port LaBelle Community Development District
PO. Box 1605
LaBelle, FL 33975
., 1 1 4 IW

Florida Department of Transportation Project
Bids will be received by the District One Office until 2:00 PM. on Thursday
March 18, 2010, for the following Proposals:
E1H87- A Certification of Qualification is not required for Drainage improve
ments, curb
and gutters, sidewalks and signing and pavement marking on State Road 17
in Polk County. Budget Esbmate: $123,642.00
E1I28- A Certification of Qualification is not required for Thermoplastic and
Painted Long Line Striping and Marking and Retro Reflective Pavement
Markers in Desoto & Hardee Counties. Budget Estmate: $108,586.00
E1I29- A Cerbfication of Qualifcabon is not required for Road and Bridge
Sweeping in Highlands & Okeechobee Counties. Budget Esbmate:
E1I30- A Certification of Qualification is not required for Countywide Ferbliz-
er Applicabon in Polk County. Budget Estimate: $180,000.00
Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on
our website at contractsadministrationdistrictl
#PLANHOLDERS%20LIST or by calling (863) 519-2559.
346722 CGS/CB 2/25;4/4/10

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7Public Notice

Take notice that Hendry County Board of County Commissioner Represen
tatives and the Hendry County Professional EMT & Paramedics Union Repre
sentabves will conduct negotiations regarding the contract for the Hendry
County Professional EMT & Paramedics Local 4520 at 9:00 a.m., March 3
2010, at the Hendry County Courthouse Square, Conference Room, 165 S
Lee Street, Florida.
The session is open to the public, but no public comment will be taken.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with re
aspect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she wil
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 evidence upon which the appeal is to be
Janet Taylor, Chair
346736 CB/CN 2/25/10

The Joint Glades/Hendry Local Coordinating Board for the Transportation
Disadvantaged will have a meeting on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 10:3C
a.m. It will be held at the Glades County Courthouse, 500 Avenue J South
west, Moore Haven, Florida.
All meetings of the Local Coordinating Boards are open to the public. In ac-
cordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons who require spe
cial accommodations under the Americans with Disabilites Act should
contact Brian Ralmondo at the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Counci
by calling (239) 338-2550, Ext. 211 or by e-mall at
at least seven days prior to the meeting. If you are hearing or speech im-
paired, call (800) 955-8770 (Voice) or 800-955-8771 (TDD).
The SWFRPC's planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI ol
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary
who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color
religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or familial status may file a com-
plaint with the Florida Department of Transportation, District One, Title VI
Coordinator, Gina Glbreath at 863-519-2345 or by writing her at P.O. Bo
1249, Bartow, Florida 33831. Public participation is solicited without regard
to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.
347044 GCD 2/25/10

Notice is hereby given that the School Board of Hendry County will hold
the following Workshop to discuss Budget Issues:
Tuesday, March 2, 2010, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the School Board
Meeting Room, Hendry County Courthouse, 2nd floor, 25 E. Hickpochee
Ave., LaBelle, Florida
All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the issues
at said meetings.
Sally Berg, Chairman
346631 CB/CN 2/25/10

The Glades-Hendry County Joint Local Coordinating Board announces a
public hearing to which all persons are invited.
DATE AND TIME: March 15, 2010,10:30 a.m.
PLACE: Glades County Courthouse, BOCC Conference Room, 500 AVE J SW,
Moore Haven, FL 33471
:lude: Minor Update of the Transportabon Disadvantaged Service Plan
(TDSP) and Annual CTC Evaluation Report.
You may view the agenda on the SWFRPC website at
The SWFRPC's planning process is conducted in accordance with Tile VI of
the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes. Any person or beneficiary
who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color,
religion, sex, age, national origin, disability or familial status may file a com-
plaint with the Florida Department of Transportation, District One, Title VI
Coordinator, Gina Gillbreath at 863-519-2345 or by writing her at PO. Box
1249, Bartow, Florida 33831. Public participation is solicited without regard
to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.
347045 GCD 2/25/10

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7Public Notice

Barron Water Control District will
accept sealed bid proposals up to
4:00 PM., March 15, 2010, for the
sale of a 2002 Ford F-150 4x4
truck in "as is" condibon with a
minimum bid price of $700.00.
Anyone interested may submit a
proposal to te District office at
3293 Dellwood Terrace, Port La
Belle, or mail to PO. Box 1606,
LaBelle, Florida 33935. For addi-
tional information, call
863-675-0346 between the hours
of 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 PM. Mon-
day Friday.
The District reserves the right to
reject any or all bids with or with-
out cause and to accept the bid
that, in its judgment, will be in the
best interest of the District.
Lester B. Baird Sr
General Manager
Barron Water Control District
346907 CB/CGS 2/25/10

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Notice is hereby given that the
Hendry County Insurance Advisory
Board will hold a meeting March
1, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., at e Hend-
ry County Courthouse Square,
Conference Room, 165 South Lee
Street, LaBelle, Florida.
If a person decides to appeal
any decision made by the Board
with respect to any matter dis-
cussed at such meebng, he/she
will need a record of the proceed-
ings and that, for such purpose,
he/shmay need to ensure that a
verbatim record of the proceed-
ings is made, which record in-
cludes me testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is to be
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Ag conference held

in Hendry County

On Jan. 21, an agriculture conference was held in Hendry Coun-
ty at the Port LaBelle Inn, hosted by Phil Pelletier, Hendry County
Property Appraiser and organized by Karen Robinson, Agriculture
Appraiser to discuss and provide information in reference to the
Conservation Easements, Legislative changes and Citrus Health Re-
sponse Program (CHRP). Representatives from 16 different county
Property Appraiser Offices, the Department of Revenue as well as
Fee Appraisers and grove owners attended this conference and par-
ticipated in the afternoon round table discussion. Speakers included
George Wheeler, Senior Appraiser for Department of Revenue, Gay-
lord (Jay) A. Wood, Esq., discussing Conservation Easements and
Legislative changes. Richard Gaskalla, Director, Division of Plant In-
dustry, Ron Hamel, Gulf Citrus Growers Assn., Inc., and Phillip Pel-
letier presented information on the Citrus Health Response Program
One major topic, conservation easements created by a new law
that was enacted by the Legislature creating an exemption for real
property dedicated in perpetuity for conservation purposes and re-
quirements to file an application to be assessed for lands subject to
a conservation easement, environmentally endangered or land used
for outdoor recreational or park purposes. The speakers addressed
some complex issues and many aspects that are still open to inter-
pretation of the law. With this being said it also has great potential
in effecting our local Tax Base.
Abandoned groves are becoming a serious issue of specific con-
cerns like canker and now the spread of Asian Citrus Psyllid also
know as "Citrus Greening." CHRP provides an opportunity for the
owners of abandoned citrus groves to continue to qualify for tax
benefits even though the grove may be abandoned and not in pro-
duction. This program is an effort to stop the spread of citrus disease
especially to confront the spread of Citrus Greening. CHRP is an in-
centive for owners to maintain, push their abandoned groves or kill
the citrus tree. Owners must meet certain qualifications and agree-
ments in order to continue the Agricultural Classification. If you feel
you qualify please contact our office at 863-675-5270.
The conference concluded with a very productive round table
discussion, between property appraisers, citrus leaders, and the fee
appraisal community dealing with a variety of topics which includ-
ed valuing working waterfront, developing citrus base land values,
bees, silviculture, even clam farming. The positive outcome sparked
interest from the participants in hosting future meetings with similar
agricultural forum.

Naval Academy

accepting applications

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Applications are being accepted Feb. 1
through March 31 for the United States Naval Academy Summer
Seminar (NASS) 2010. NASS is designed for students who will have
just completed their junior year of high school in the summer of
2010. This program is a fast-paced, six-day experience for high-
achievers who may be interested in pursuing an appointment to
one of the nation's service academies and serving as a military offi-
cer after graduation. NASS is held in three sessions: June 5-10, June
12-17 and June 19-24.
Summer Seminar introduces students to the opportunities at the
Naval Academy where academics, athletics, and professional train-
ing play equally important roles in developing our nation's leaders.
Students will live in the dormitory, Bancroft Hall, eat in the dining fa-
cility, King Hall; participate in academic and leadership workshops;
and experience a variety of other activities at the academy. Students
will have an opportunity to see first-hand what the academy has
to offer through its exceptional academic, athletic, extracurricular
activities and leadership training programs.
Students with questions about NASS and the application process
should call 410-293-1549 or visit The
deadline for applications is March 31, 2010. For more information
about Naval Academy athletics, extracurricular activities and other
general information, visit

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for consistency with the Hendry CountyLand Development Code.
The recommendations of the Local Planning Agency will be made to the Board of County Commissioners for final consideration at a public hearing. This hearing will be held
on March 23, 2010 at 5:05 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida.
Copies of the files and information. i.... i. I 1.1. are available for public inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 165 South Lee Street,
LaBelle, Florida, and may be viewed I i I ,.. J. I ., /from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If- r-.1' --i.-- t-r1 r i... i i i.h IF. i *.i respect to any matter
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PDJW, LLC, represented by Rock Enterprises, Inc.
0 SR 82, adjacent to the Lee-Hendry County line
338 acres +/-
The applicant is requesting an amendment to PUD Ordinance 2008-19 to allow additional uses: heavy recreation, off-site signs, and water management.

Legal description of subject property:
Description f PUD
The East 1/2 of Section 31, Township 45 South, Range 28 East, Hendry County, Florida, lyinm
north of the north right-of-way line of State Road 82, less the following:
Beginning at the northeast corner of said Section 31:
Thence SOO 00' 34"W 1 i i east line of the northeast one-quarter (NE /4) of said Section 31
(said line i ... i. I. I. earings for this description), a distance of 2632.54 feet to the eas
quarter (1 1, I .I action 31;
Thence S00O 01' 40"W 1 ii. .. f the southeast one-quarter (SE /4) of said Section 31
a distance of 2221.831 i 1 II. .. .11. ..-of-way line of State Road 82 (200 foot right-of-way);
Thence N73 30' 50"W along said north right-of-way line, a distance of 1173.74 feet to the center.
of an existing 12 foot gravel road;
Thence N01 56' 58"W along said gravel road, a distance of 3275.75 feet;
Thence N01 35' 13"W a distance of 1257.54 feet to the north line of the Northeast /4 of sail
Section 31;
Thence S89 34' 00"E, along said north line, a distance of 1273.28 feet to the Point-of-Beginning.
Along with:
The west half of said Section 31 lying north of State Road 82.
LESS AND EXCEPT the Deed of Conservation Easement recorded in the Official Records o
Hendry County, Florida, at Book 814, Pages 1294-1319

Petition Number: SE08-0008
Applicant: Cooperative Producers, Inc/AT&T, represented by Chris Lee, Spire Deve
Location: Along Lee-Hendry County line; South of Wheeler Estates, adjacent to th
Property size: 3.0 acres +/-
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Community Briefs

American Legion events
Hosted by American Legion Auxiliary
Unit 130. Breakfast Buffet on Sunday,
March 7, from 8 11 a.m. Menu of scrambled
eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, grits, sau-
sage gravy, chip beef, biscuits, pancakes,
coffee and juice. All you can eat for $6. Pub-
lic Welcome. Located on 699 Hickpoochee
Ave (SR 80), LaBelle.

Stuffed Pork Chop Dinner
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130
will host its Famous Stuffed Pork Chop
Dinner Thursday, Feb. 25, 4-7 p.m. Menu:
Stuffed Pork Chop, mashed potatoes/gravy,
green beans and roll, dessert included. $7.
Public welcome; 699 Hickpochee Ave. (SR

Auxiliary canteen serves meal
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130
serves food every Tuesday evening in the
main hall during members only lounge
bingo. 4:30-7 p.m. Sandwich or soup $3.50
each, Lunch plate/dessert $5; desserts $1.
(Menu varies each week). Public welcome;
699 Hickpochee Ave. (SR 80).

Quit Smoking Now
Quit Smoking and Quit Chew/Spit To-
bacco today! A Free community health
promotion program to be held at the Hen-
dry Regional Convenient Care Center, 450
South Main Street, LaBelle, March 3-April 7,
Wednesday for five sessions 5:15-6:45 p.m.
For information or to register please call
Nora Duley-Maldonado/Valerie James at the
Hendry County Health Dept. 863-674-4041
ext 128. You may be eligible for nicotine re-
placement therapy, gum, patches, lozenges
while supplies last.

Lost your horse?
Two horses were recovered loose on
the roadways in Montura. If you have lost
a horse, please contact the Hendry County
Sheriff's Ag Unit at 863-983-1443 or 863-674-

Help for Haiti
The Salvation Army is seeking donations
for the people of Haiti. You can contribute in
several ways: Text: "HAITI" to 52000 to give
$10 to The Salvation Army's relief efforts in
Haiti. The $10 will be applied to your bill;
Log on to and
make a donation; or call 1-800-Sal-Army.
You may also drop off your check to your lo-
cal Salvation Army office, 180 N. Main Street.
Write "Haiti earthquake" on the memo line.

Seacoast, Red Cross seek
donations for Haiti
Seacoast National Bank is working with
local chapters of the American Red Cross to
support international relief funds for Haiti
through financial support. Seacoast will ac-
cept monetary contributions (made payable
to American Red Cross) at all Seacoast Na-
tional Bank offices for the Red Cross.

February 25, 2010

Church Briefs

Church of God cooking burgers
LaBelle Church of God will sell old fash-
ioned hamburgers, cole slaw, baked beans
and a drink for $6 at the church, Hwy. 80 and
Elm Street, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. 2 p.m.

Mission trip dinner
Eastside Baptist Church is having a din-
ner to raise monies for mission work in Ari-
zona. The meal consists of grilled pork steak
or 1/2 grilled chicken, green beans/potatoes,
cole slaw, roll, tea and dessert. It will be

Air Conditioning & Electric, Inc.

863 675-0022
LICENSE #'s:CAC1815066 ER0001347

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served from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 5, at
the church social hall. A drive-thru service
will also be provided. Delivery is available
when five or more meals go to one loca-
tion in town. Tickets are $8. Call Raymond
Crawford at 675-1845 or Marilyn Barrios at

Come to prayer breakfast
All are welcome to attend the Gideon
Prayer Breakfast every Saturday at 7 a.m. in
the back room at Flora & Ella's Restaurant,

S Carpet and
Upholstery Cleaning
Deep Clean, Sanitize and Deodorize
Aso Available after Extraction & Restoration
PRESSURE WASHING Over 20 years experience
SNo Gimmicks No Hidden Costs Fee Quoes
Call to schedule 863-675-7297

Mobile & Home Repairs Ceilings, Walls, Floors
OFFICE (863) 675-5919
CELL (863) 673-0861
Owner Roger Alexander, SR.
Lic HC096.SP and Insured


Call us at 863-675-2541
to place your ad here

550 SR 80W The Gideons are in 190 coun-
tries and their ministry is to provide a Bible
for every individual in the world.

Collection for Haiti
Marcia's Helping Hands is currently col-
lecting donations for the victims in Haiti.
They are in dire need of Food (non-perish-
able), blankets, sheets, pillow cases, towels,
wash cloths, tooth brushes, tooth paste and
soap. They also need first aid kits, bandages,
baby supplies, children's clothes, crutches

The company with integrity
Often imitated, never duplicated
SRdsidend & Commerialdd Pmping
Rpairs & New Indlkilons
S 137 S. Industrial Loop #2
LaBelle, FL
863-675-0636 or 239-694-1067

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R. Crews Septic Inc.
Hey folks, we have a special going on here and we
want you in on it!! We want your stinky business, and
Iif you don't call us we both lose money!! Need your
septic tank pumped out?? Call us:
(after hours and weekends, an additional charge
**Hendry and Glades Counties**
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280 north bridge street labelle, fl
located in the historic loney building

and medical supplies. There are three drop
off points; Kings House 151 S. Missouri St.
and Carlson Memorial UMC 310 Campbell
St. and Marcia Carter. Should you have any
question 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.

,ant Roof.

Residential & Commercial
Member of the BBB
Metal Roofs, Re-Roofs, Roof Repairs
Office (863) 675-7045
I license -( ( ( I ,,*r, ,

American Legion Post 130

Fish Fry Friday's

Spm-7pm $7.00 Public Welcomed
699 W. SR 80 Laelle,FL (863) 675-8300

Renier's Well DrIIng Contractor
*Installation & Repairs
Woter Systems License
Residential & Commercial 322
Cel Office
561-271-5314 63-675-1739
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Eagle Scout rank achieved

from LaBelle Troop #9

This article recognizes the latest Boy
Scout from Troop #9 to achieve the Eagle
Scout Rank in Boy Scouts, Mike Reed. This
achievement is a great honor because it
means more than dedication through hard
work, leadership and adventure.
When one begins on the Trail to Eagle,
one begins the transition from boyhood to
manhood by learning the scouting outlook
on life. The scouts learn about the oath, the
meaning of the scouting emblems, and the
meaning of living by the Scout Laws. Scouts
learn that a scout is trustworthy, loyal, help-
ful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient,
cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
They learn the importance of fam-
ily, community and country through the
required merit badges. Every Eagle Scout
must earn 21 merit badges, some of which
are required. Every Eagle Scout must sur-
pass a Board of Review and Scoutmasters'
conference for each of the following ranks:
Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star
Scout, Life Scout and lastly the Eagle Scout
Rank. Every Eagle Scout must successfully
undertake a leadership service project to
benefit the community, religious, or educa-
tional entity separate from the Boy Scouts of
Mike Reed has completed this extensive
project at LaBelle Middle School by putting
in a mulch trail for the track team, PE classes
and for teachers. Major contributions toward
the project came largely from Mr. Mock from
LMS Athletics as the project guide, Jarvis at
the County Barn who provided the mulch for
the project, Tommy O'Ferrell and Glen Miller
at Hendry Construction who excavated the


Submitted photo/Mike Reed
Troop 9's newest Eagle Scout, Mike

track, the Reed and Schauer families for
mulch distribution and Mr. Peterson Panther
District Advancement Chairman who gave
pointers and approved the project. Special
thanks to Mr. Riggs for guidance from Troop
After everything, the meaning to be an
Eagle Scout is something that lives long be-
yond being a Boy Scout. The foundations of
Scouting live on in an Eagle Scout forever,
and to be an Eagle Scout means that he lives
in accordance with the Scout Oath and Laws
in his everyday life. Mike is the son of proud
parents John and Faye Reed of LaBelle.

Air Force Airman William P Murphy grad-
uated from basic military training at Lack-
land Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive,
eight-week program that included training
in military discipline and studies, Air Force
core values, physical fitness, and basic war-
fare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn

four credits toward an associate in applied
science degree through the Community Col-
lege of the Air Force.
He is the son of Patrick Murphy of La-
Belle and a 2007 graduate of LaBelle High

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Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant

Kiwanis supports Junior Pro
LaBelle Kiwanis Club President Nell Broom, left, and Kiwanis board member
Sue Williams, right, presented a check for $500 to Darrell Harris for the La-
Belle Junior Pro basketball league.

Church Brief

Freedom Counseling Center
Freedom Counseling and Service Center
has relocated and changed hours. The new
location is 1301 SR 29N, one half mile north
of the drawbridge. The new hours are Mon-
day only 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for the food bank. If

you need assistance at other times call the
office at 863-612-9899. Counseling and class
hours are as follows: Choose Life for hurting
people on the second and fourth Tuesdays
of the month at 7 p.m.; and Overcoming Ad-
dictive Behaviors on the second and fourth
Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

Win a $25
Gift Certificate to
Forrey's Grill
ii,. I I I 1 ir rk and the Caloosa Belle, announces a
.1 ...i.i. .. ,. .1 ii .1 community sports photograph posted
.i.... ,i .. g..i . ... Iite To visit the LaBelle Sports Network
,."i .i... ..1.... .. ... in, click on the LaBelle homepage, then
Ill1 '. ...1 i i.I. n ... I I. ,er right. Photos must be posted on the
.ii i. March 1st ....I ill be judged by the editorial team of the
i ,i ...... I i,. ..... ........unity Sports Desk. W inner and winning
i,. I,, I 11.1.. 11 ... II, iaper. Interested teams and leagues can
...- ,l, .11 i,. II. ..r contact Renee Hawley by e-mail at or by phone at 888-853-
7904 lu, d imiunillIicat or to get started.

Murphy graduates from Air

Force basic training

Caloosa Belle

February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010 Caloosa Belle

.Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant

Supporting our kids
Once again Langford Ford has stepped up for young LaBelle athletes, do-
nating a new scoreboard for
the Junior Pro Basketball
League. Junior Pro has been
helping to develop young
athletes for over 40 years.
The Langford family agree
they are pleased they are
able to continue support-
ing our youth. Pictured from
left: Pat Langford hands the
scoreboard remote to Darrell
Harris as Paul Langford andorehoad C o
Aaron Hand, who installed 1. &Mjl T _" ,
the new scoreboard, enjoy e dlte To Our Youth i9
the moment. ..... Since 19-75


Sports Shorts

Attention shotgun shooters
The Shotgun Range at the Hendry County
Sheriff's Gun Range will be closed Feb. 27
for Swamp Cabbage weekend.
First come shooters can get free lessons
on trap and skeet shooting. Call Ed Kuntz
for arrangements 675-6432. Range hours are
Saturday and Wednesday 8 a.m.-noon. Les-
sons will be another time. Also, come join
Caloosa Sports Shooters ($25 per year) and
shoot at night on Thursday nights. All trap
and skeet rounds of 25 targets are $4 per
For more information call Dave Alexander
863-675-0500 or Ed Kuntz 8630675-6432.

Skeet Shoot Fundraiser
Come to the Second Annual Skeet and
Trap Shoot that benefits the local Boy Scouts
of LaBelle on March 13, at the Hendry Coun-
ty Sheriffs Gun Range. The cost is $50 for
individual shooters, $250 for a team of five,
including ammunition and a free lunch for
shooters. Awards and prizes will be given to
the top shooters. The event starts promptly at
9 a.m. Also, Pistol Pete's Hunting and Shoot-
ing Supply of LaBelle will raffle a shotgun at
a cost of $10 per ticket or three for $20.
To sign up or sponsor a team, please call
Dave Alexander at 863-675-0500. To buy
a raffle ticket, call Pistol Pete's at 863-612-
HUNT or stop by their store at 417 W Hick-
poochee Ave in LaBelle. All proceeds will go
to the local Boy Scouts for Summer Camp
and Summer Camp Supplies.

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time when newspapers
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purchasing an e-subscription.
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issue. This will allow you to read
the entire newspaper online even
when you're traveling.
Please call 1-800-282-8586
or subscribe online at

Enter Network photo contest

The LaBelle Sports Network, the online
community sports Web site brought to you
by the Caloosa Belle, announces a photo
contest for the best community sports
photograph posted to our online sports
Web site. We will be giving away a $25
gift certificate to Forrey's Grill to the best
digital community sports photo submitted
and posted on the LaBelle Sports Network!
Photo must be posted on the site by March
1st and will be judged by the editorial team
of the Caloosa Belle and Community Sports
Desk. Winner and winning photo will ap-
pear also in the paper.
If you're not familiar with LaBelle Sports
Network, we invite you to check it out! It's
the "Facebook" of community sports. To
visit, simply go to, then click
on the LaBelle community page, then click
SPORTS on the upper right part of the page

and then select LaBelle Sports Network.
Local school teams and community rec-
reational teams are already utilizing this
innovative FREE resource for the commu-
nity. Interested teams and leagues can go
directly to the site or contact Renee Hawley
by e-mail at rhawley@communitysports- Call Renee toll free at 888-853-
7904 for a demonstration or to get started
right away. Local businesses interested in
finding out how to become an advertising
sponsor can contact their local advertising
representative at 863 675 2541. Twenty per-
cent of all online advertising revenue will
be distributed to participating teams, so
this is also a great opportunity for LaBelle
businesses to not only reach an online au-
dience, but to also demonstrate their sup-
port for our community sports teams and

Cowboy baseball turns up the heat

The LaBelle Cowboy baseball squad is
off to a 2-0 start with victories over Glades
Day and N. Fort Myers last week. Against the
Gators from Glades Day, the Cowboys got a
strong pitching performance from sopho-
more Steven Sodrel for a 6-0 victory. He
pitched six innings, giving up only four hits
while striking out ten. Sophomore Bo Me-
ador and seniors Angel Alvarez and Sammy
Zamarron had two hits a piece for the Cow-
boys; senior Frankie Self added a triple.

Against the Red Knights from Fort Myers,
the Cowboys exploded for 11 hits on their
way to an 11-5 win.
Cowboy Junior Josh McCardel was 3 for
4 at the plate with a double and two runs
scored. Sammy Zamarron and freshman
Austin Garcia were 2 for 3 and an RBI.
Angel Alvarez pitched three strong in-
nings for the Cowboys, giving up only one
hit while striking out six.



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Gulf Citrus presents 'Brilliant Orange' Awards

Four Hendry County "first year" teachers
were recently presented "Brilliant Orange"
Awards in recognition of their outstanding
classroom performances during the 2009-
2010 school year. The teachers were recog-
nized during the 2010 Golden Apple Teacher
Recognition Dinner held at the LaBelle Civic
Center LaBelle, on Feb. 2. The awards were
fittingly named "Brilliant Orange," as Hendry
County ranks as one of Florida's top orange
producing counties.
Ron Hamel. Gulf Citrus Growers Associa-
tion's executive vice president, presented the
"Brilliant Orange" awards to the four teach-
ers selected as the best "first year" teachers
in Hendry County for the 2009-2010 school
Recognized were: Priscilla Canales, a
third grade teacher from Central Elementary
School in Clewiston: Stephanie Williams,
a second grade teacher from Westside El-
ementary in Clewiston; Michelle Zimmerly,

a second grade teacher from Upthegrove
Elementary in LaBelle and Tobe Smith, a
Clewiston High School Exceptional Student
Education (ESE) teacher.
The Gulf Citrus Growers Association, in
conjunction with the Foundation For Hen-
dry County Public Schools, Inc. annually
selects the "Brilliant Orange" teachers based
on nominations from each of the school's
administrators. GCGA is a trade association
representing citrus growers in Charlotte,
Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties.
Priscilla Canales' principal, Anna Jo
Springfield, says, "She has the "classroom
management" skills of a teacher who has
been in the classroom for many years! She
has been able to create a "classroom" . .
of mutual respect and "caring" between her-
self and her students.
Her positive attitude and work ethic are
infectious! She IS making a "difference" at
Central Elementary!

Stephanie Williams' principal, Richard
Shearer, writes, "She hit the ground "run-
ning"... spending nights and weekends pre-
paring for her first day in the classroom and
has not stopped! She is not shy about ask-
ing questions from our staff... and "soaks
up" information and knowledge ... like "a
She puts her students at ease and cre-
ates a secure learning environment! We are
very pleased to have her in the classroom at
Westside Elementary.
Michelle Zimmerly's principal, Larry
Luckey, II, says, "Mrs. Zimmerly is a "natu-
ral" when it comes to teaching children. She
develops meaningful lessons that meet or
exceed ... standards, while engaging every
She has created excellent learning "part-
nerships" with her students and their parents
. which enhance the education process.
She is clearly a "team player" and her peers

describe her as "caring," "affectionate,"
"motivational" and "firm"!
Of Tobe Smith, Clewiston High School
guidance counselor Greg Korean writes,
" Mr. Smith stepped into "key" roles ... in
our Exceptional Student Education (ESE)
department... to fill the void left by TWO
departures . and he has done a remark-
able job! He serves as "official recorder"
of the RTI (response to intervention) team,
and also serves as an active RTI committee
member. Smith teaches the Career Explora-
tion class and works to enhance students'
employment opportunities within the com-
A true "ambassador ... he always has
a pleasant attitude and willingness to help
young people! He puts his personal interests
aside ... is a hard worker, a "do-er" and has
a genuine interest in helping young people

ualoosa Belle/iray uranm
Gulf Citrus Association's 2010 Brilliant Orange teachers are, from left: CHS
ESE teacher Tobe Smith, Upthegrove second grade teacher Michelle Zimmerly
and Central Elementary third grade teacher Priscilla Canales are pictured with
Gulf Citrus Grower Association's Executive Vice President Ron Hamel. Stepha-
nie Williams, a second grade teacher at Westside Elementary School and new
mother, was unable to attend.

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Who is Charley's Aunt?
Is it Joel Hawkins, left, or Tina Kirby? Come to the LaBelle Cultural Center
production of Charley's Aunt Friday, Feb. 26 or March 5, or Saturday, Feb. 27
or March 6, at 7 p.m. or Sunday, Feb 28 or March 7, at 2 p.m. Call 863-675-
3066 to reserve your seat for $12 or take a chance and come to box office at
241 N. Bridge St. half an hour before the performance date to buy a ticket
for $14.

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