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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Vol. 88 No. 31

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At a Glance

Bridge update
According to Debbie Tower of
the Florida Department of Trans-
portation, repairs and renovations
on the LaBelle Bridge are on track
to be essentially completed so it
can reopen to traffic as scheduled
on August 8. However, it may be
quite late in the day when that
occurs. She said traffic should be
traveling normally Monday morn-
ing. She also said it may take some
time for workers to gather up all
the signs related to the closing.
The public is reminded that
there may still be as many as 20
overnight bridge closings after Au-
gust 8 to complete work. It will,
however, be open for daytime traf-

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Bridge closing a trial for businesses

by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Monday morning, August 8, a
collective cry of joy will rise from
LaBelle and all who have to travel
across the LaBelle Bridge. It will be
the day when traffic finally returns
to normal after a month of detour-
ing all the way to Fort Denaud or
Moore Haven to cross the river.
Meanwhile, for the next few
days business people are still
struggling with a triple whammy
- the normal summertime blues,
the tanked economy and the
bridge closing.
With the bridge closed, practi-

cally all through traffic and foot
traffic has come to a halt, particu-
larly in the business area close to
the river.
Bridge Street Coffee and Tea
Company owner Charlie Harris
took over the business three years
ago. The coffee shop is a popular
spot for adults and teens and is lo-
cated on Fort Thompson Ave. Af-
ter school lets out for the summer,
he said business always declines.
Each summer has been an im-
provement over the last, he said,
until the bridge closed. "That's a
new kink."
"This really hurts. It was a grad-

ual drop off until the bridge closed.
And customers tell me they watch
cars making U-turns when they
turn north onto Bridge Street from
SR 80."
A sign there declares the road is
closed to through traffic. However,
the road and shops located on ei-
ther side of N. Bridge Street lead-
ing up to the bridge have always
been open for business.
"This area's businesses com-
pliment each other," Charlie said.
"They bring foot traffic in to each
other." That is, when there is any.
Charlie faxes lunch specials to
good customers, and Monday -

Law enforcement: Courage on four legs

the first day the bridge was closed
- was his hardest hit. He faxed
everyone he could think of that
day on behalf of all the area mer-
chants, letting people know that
they're still open.
Businesses in the immediate
area have been heavily impacted,
he said, as people have had to re-
adjust their schedules.
He feels there was a lack of
planning to help businesses deal
with the inconvenience, but hopes
that on August 8 everything will be
"back on track."

See Bridge Page 2


Caloosa Belle
Dogs have skills people simply
do not. That's what makes them
invaluable in police work. Their
sense of smell, their instincts, their
reaction times are far superior to
humans in many aspects of law
enforcement. It's what also puts
them into danger when they are
called in to search a building or
chase a suspect.
Hendry County Sheriff's Office
currently includes three K-9 offi-
cers: Major, with handler Deputy
Kristi Herrera, Kilo, with handler
Deputy Nathan Kirk and Halo,
with handler Deputy Jackie Gar-
rett. All three are trained for both
patrol and drug work. Patrol in-
cludes street patrol, building and
area search and tracking.
A fourth dog, Gunny, is being
trained along with handler Deputy
Leanne Chevalier.
These four-legged law enforce-
ment officers need and deserve
just as much protection from the

Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Sheriff Steve Whidden is pictured with K-9 patrol officers Kristi
Herrera with Major, Nathan Kirk with Kilo, Sgt. Bruce Slade and
Jackie Garrett with Halo.

dangers of their job as their hu-
man counterparts. K-9s are often
sent in to search buildings or are
called on to chase suspects, leav-
ing them open to violence. Two
members of the Retired law En-
forcement Association of South-
west Florida, a new group initiat-
ed in March 2009, were in Hendry

County last week to help make the
job a little safer for these dedicat-
ed canine public servants. Group
President Ray Hubbert and Mem-
bership Chairman Vince Schach-
ner presented each of the three
HCSO K-9s with a vest that will
See Canines Page 3



by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
The saga of the Sheriff's
Clewiston Sub-office continues.
At their July 27 meeting, county
commissioners accepted the low
bid of $10,000 to demolish the
old building. Damaged by Hurri-
cane Wilma in 2005, the building
has been vacant ever since.
County Administrator Judi
Kennington-Korf explained that
FEMA's original offer changed in
a very short time period, causing
some confusion as to the coun-
ty's options. She told the board
that there were three options:
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He's trying to pull in customers with spe-
cial events, like a classical acoustic guitarist
on Friday evenings. The shop also hosts sev-
eral social group meetings regularly.
Customer K.K. Young feels strongly that
residents need to support local businesses
like the coffee shop. She said Charlie is a
"go getter" and people should recognize
and reward excellent customer service by
going a little out of their way during this dry
Cutting Edge Hair Salon just moved to 27
Fort Thompson Ave., right next to the cof-
fee shop, from around the corner on Main
Street. As a long time hair stylist in LaBelle,
owner Sandy Golemme is used to slow
summers, but says this one has been a real
trial. She has also used fliers to help custom-
ers realize she is still open and is planning
lower prices for back to school.
Matt Germaine of Forrey's Grill said it's
been a struggle keeping his percentage in
line. He did say his lunch crowd has not
been hurt too much by the bridge closing-
locals are still stopping by. His dinner crowd
has seriously slacked off, he said, possibly
because Forrey's isn't on the main highway
where traffic is unobstructed.
He has consolidated his core employees,
giving them as many hours as he can and
said he appreciates the "regulars" sustain-

Continued From Page 1
FEMA could pay 100 percent to rebuild
the sub-office but it would be limited to all
its original functions only;
FEMA could pay 90 percent to rebuild it,
if the county wants to add other county of-
The third option, which included demo-
lition reimbursement and rental reimburse-
ment for space at the Clewiston Towne
Center, has been taken off the table.
Commissioners unanimously voted to
seek 100 percent funding and county em-
ployees would stay where they are now.
That would allow all previous functions
housed at the sub-office including Consti-
tutional officers and a multi-use room.
Two mobile homes on the property, also
destroyed by Wilma, provided additional
space for the sheriff's office and for the Di-
vision of Drivers License. Since the Tax Col-
lector now functions as the DMV service, it
would also be allowed in a new facility built
with FEMA funds, as would standard up-
grades, including Americans with Disabili-
ties Act improvements. Space for required
early voting would also be permissible.
The commission hope to replace the old
8,200 square feet old building with a 10,000

ing their business.
He added that he's been having one or
two good nights per week, possibly because
people are combining their errands and
time out. Like the other local merchants,
Matt is just hoping that business gets back
to normal in August and September.
At Country Peddlers longtime LaBelle
resident Louise Perkins said this past month
is the worst she's seen it in 35 years. Used
to be there were other sources of income,
she said, you could work watermelons, sod,
do field work. No more.
In addition to her daughter Debbie To-
lar's antique sales, Ms. Perkins moved her
live plant sales to Country Peddlers a while
back, but nothing is selling right now.
Jennings Hardware, LaBelle's oldest
business, established in 1911 has been feel-
ing the pinch for a while now. Larry Woos-
ley, whose grandfather was a founder of the
business, shakes his head and says their
business is down by a half.
"I'm looking for a job it's to that point.
This knockdown is a hit we could not stand.
We're renting space in the building," he
"Business fell off years ago and the
lack of business makes us unable to stock
shelves properly. Things are different these
days. Some customers can't pay their bills. I
just praise God anyway. I thought we had it
covered but it went worse than expected. If
we have to close our doors there's nothing
we can do."

square foot facility, but Ms. Kennington-Korf
said she is unsure what FEMA will allow.
Actual construction remains unsettled
since FEMA has yet to approve the request
and funding for the project has yet to be
appropriated by Congress, Ms. Kennington-
Korf told the board.
Commissioner Karson Turner said he
has contacted Congressman Tom Rooney's
office and received assurance of help in
expediting this process but warned that
the county should not "put a lot of stock in
something that may not be there."
Former Director of Special Projects Ron
Zimmerly was at the meeting and told the
board that originally the county had no idea
what type of funding might be out there
and wondered if in view of all the time this
project has taken that the county might
need a larger stick.

Port LaBelle office
Commissioners unanimously approved
the interlocal agreement between the coun-
ty, Port LaBelle Community Development
District and the Sheriff's Office to accept the
CDD's gift of a new office at 9045 SE Rain-
tree Blvd. The 6,000 square foot building
was purchased by the CDD to fulfill its com-
mitment to provide police protection. Some
$575,000 held in trust from Port LaBelle
residents paid for the building. The facility

Patti Nixon, Larry's sister and owner of
You Say Sew, located in Jennings Hardware,
said that alterations and custom sewing has
helped keep her afloat. She's afraid that,
with the bridge closed so long, people will
have changed their habit of coming through
town and make the damage permanent.
"The economy is really kicking every-
one," she said, adding that many business-
es cannot meet the guidelines for stimulus
money, closing another possible avenue
for help. The only solution she can see is to
keep diversifying.
Telina Campo opened her thrift store
called Good Cents in Jennings on May 15.
She said people can't afford things like
clothes, dishes and toys in this economy so
opening her business makes sense. She said
walk-in customers were pretty good before
the bridge closed. "I saw an immediate dif-
ference. When the bridge closed, custom-
ers went down by half." However, Telina
is already expanding her space to bring in
items she has stored.
LaBelle Plumbing is not located in the
immediate area of the bridge, but it's a
prime example of a small business that re-
lies on making service calls for its success.
That means being able to cross the LaBelle
Bridge. Having to go around to Fort Denaud
adds a good 20-25 minutes to a service call.
That means more gas and also cuts down
on available time for additional calls.
And there has been another problem.
LaBelle Plumbing owner Richard Yora-

will house Road Patrol, Narcotics, Investi-
gations, Internal Affairs, Victims Advocate,
Crime Scene Investigation and training. Ad-
ministration, dispatch and the jail will all re-
main at the main office on Bridge Street.
Port LaBelle CDD Executive Director
Lester Baird said the money has been in
escrow since 1983-89. This two-acre site
is larger than a previously identified lot on
West Raintree and already has a large build-
ing appropriate for the purpose. The Sher-
iff's Office will be responsible for regular
maintenance on the building.

Millage for 2010-11
Two public hearings have been set to
consider next year's millage rate. The tenta-
tive rate will be decided at the BOCC's regu-
lar meeting at Clewiston City Hall 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 14. The final decision will be 5:30 p.m.
at the Courthouse Sept. 28. Commissioners
indicated that they want to hold the millage

schek said at times he has been prevented
from crossing Fort Denaud Bridge, with its
10,000 pound limit, even though his truck
meets the standard. He went to the trouble
of having his work truck weighed at the
weigh scale on Main Street, by his office, and
it weighed out at 9,750 pounds. He even got
a certificate stating the truck's weight and
checked in with the county's engineering
department. He was approved for crossing
at Fort Denaud.
Still, he said he is occasionally prevented
from crossing there. One FHP trooper asked
him to please use the Alva Bridge because
they were getting complaints about "vehi-
cles like mine" crossing there. The trooper
was very polite, Richard said, and said he
understands, People are often ignorant of
what a service truck weighs. He's even got-
ten to go ahead to cross, then been denied
on the return trip.
He also said he feels pick up trucks haul-
ing trailers should be weighed and counted
separately by the axle like they are at toll
During the first couple weeks the bridge
was closed, he said he had to cross the river
four or five times a week, adding time and
expense to his trips. By the way, he said he
has not added that expense to his service
calls. The last couple weeks he has not had
to cross as often for calls.
This has definitely been inconvenient,
Richard said. "My truck doesn't run on wa-

rate at the current 6.5 mills. The role back
rate the rate required to bring in the same
amount of taxes as this year is 7.5484.

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help protect them while in dangerous situa-
tions. The HCSO K-9s are the sixth, seventh
and eighth dogs receiving vests through the
group. The 110-member organization cov-
ers the entire 20th Circuit.
Mr. Schachner retired from St. Georges
County, Maryland, and Mr. Hubbert was a
federal agent with ATE Neither, however,
has ever worked with a K-9. The group was
looking for a project to help law enforce-
ment officers, and this one seemed a natu-
ral fit.
These light-weight, custom fit vests will
protect the dogs' vital organs in case of an
attack. Eight measurements are provided
for each dog so the vest fits perfectly and
provides maximum protection.
In fact, they said these vests are even bet-

ter than the ones issued to regular officers,
Mr. Schachner said, adding that the group's
goal is to provide one for every K-9 officer
in Southwest Florida. The vests are stab and
bullet resistant and help deflect the impact
of blows.
Although no HCSO K-9s have been seri-
ously injured in the line of duty, Halo has
suffered several punches and kicks while on
Before presenting the vests to the dogs
and their handlers at the sheriff's office in
LaBelle on July 22, the men metwith officers
at Clewiston Police Department and Glades
County, preparing to provide vests for their
K-9s as well. CPD has two and Glades Coun-
ty has one. Thus far, the group has provided
vests for two dogs in North Port, two in Ven-
ice and one in Punta Gorda.
Sheriff Steve Whidden said the SO is
thankful for the donations of these vests,
which cost about $1,500 each a cost the
department cannot afford, especially during

these economic times. Chevalier. He will also be fitted for a vest,
A new K-9, named Gunny, is currently thanks to the efforts of the Retired Law En-
being trained with handler Deputy Leanne forcement Officers of Southwest Florida.

Arrest reports

Linda Lynette Cartejal, 35, was arrested
on a warrant July 27 and charged with ag-
gravated battery first degree felony with ag-
gravated battery, burglary with assault or
battery and robbery of a residence home
invasion with a firearm or other deadly
weapon. She is accused of being part of a
trio of women and one man who allegedly
came to the victim's home and offered sex
for money. The women then reportedly let
the man in. He had a knife which he alleg-
edly used to stab the victim in the face, arms
and chest. A necklace valued at $130, $90 in
cash and a Duda ID card were also taken.
The other women: Margaret M. Astorga,
25, and Allison C. Rourk, 31, were arrested
and charged earlier. The incident took place
March 31. The women were identified from
a photo lineup. The man involved has not
been identified.
Jesus Alfonso, 36, was arrested August 1
and charged with possession of cocaine. N.
Kirk was arresting officer.
Robert J. Rosario, 21, was arrested August
1 and charged with battery of a law enforce-
ment officer, firefighter, EMT, etc., criminal
mischief over $1,000 and disorderly intoxica-
tion in a public place cause a disturbance. N.
Kirk was arresting officer.
Thalia Eduarda Trejo, 19, was arrested
August 1 and charged with possession of
marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture,

or deliver schedule I and possession of un-
der 20 grams of marijuana. L. Brooks was
arresting officer.
Benjamin Edward Gordon, 42, was ar-
rested July 26 and charged with burglary of
an unoccupied dwelling unarmed and lar-
ceny $300-$5,000. R. Waldron was arresting
Jason Anthony Waugh, 29, was arrested
July 27 and charged with a nonmoving traf-
fic violation habitual offender Driving with
a suspended license. CPD Det. Taylor was
arresting officer. M. White was arresting of-
Lenette Nelson Burnett, 49, was arrested
July 30 and charged with larceny theft be-
tween $300-$5,000. CPD Officer T. Gonzalez
was arresting officer.
Jose Bonifasio Alvarez, 42, was arrested
July 31 and charged with traffic offense DUI
alcohol/drugs fourth or subsequent offense,
DUI unlawful blood alcohol accompanied
by a person under 18 years of age and non-
moving traffic violation driving with a sus-
pended license second offense. CPD Officer
Blackman was arresting officer.
Ramone Denard Hughley, 23, was arrest-
ed August 1 and charged with aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon with no intent
to kill and battery touch/strike. G. Perry was
arresting officer.

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WRDA and Caloosahatchee Reservoir Project by SCCF
Last Thursday the House Transportation sured its members to abandon "earmarks." their support of the reservoir. In the work on 202.225.2536; local: 239.573.5837) to ex-
and Infrastructure Committee approved a Despite past support of the C43 project, Rep- this bill, Chairman James Oberstar argued press our disappointment in their rescinding
$6 billion Water Resources Development resentatives Tom Rooney and Connie Mack that WRDA projects should not be consid- support for the C43 project. Remind them
Act (WRDA) that authorizes 300 nationwide pulled their support of the C43 project and it ered earmarks stating, "Never in the history that WRDA projects are just authorizations
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needed funding for Kissimmee River resto-
ration, it does not include three critical Ev-
erglades projects; the Caloosahatchee C43
reservoir, the C-111 canal to restore flows
to Florida Bay and the Biscayne Bay Coastal
Wetlands that would restore freshwater
flows to Biscayne National Park.
For the past seven years we have been
working to get the C43 reservoir project on a
WRDA bill. This project would provide stor-
age to help address excess flows to the Ca-
loosahatchee estuary. Without this project
included in this year's WRDA bill it will be
at least two years at a minimum before we
get another chance to get the project autho-
rized. Although designed to be passed every
two years the last two WRDA bills were au-
thorized in 2007 and 2000. So the timing of
this bill is important.
This year, Republican leadership pres-

C43 Project not an earmark
For the past seven years we have been working to get the C43 reservoir project on a WRDA bill.
This project would provide storage to help address excess flows to the Caloosahatchee estuary.
Without this project included in this year's WRDA bill it will be at least two years at a minimum
before we get another chance to get the project authorized. Although designed to be passed
every two years the last two WRDA bills were authorized in 2007 and 2000. So the timing of this
bill is important.

is not an earmark, it is a process for authoriz-
ing projects only. Projects then are eligible
for and have to get appropriation funding
before construction can begin.
We had this conversation on the hill this
spring at the Everglades Summit when we
met with congressional offices asking for

Corps of Engineers been considered ear-
The House bill, H.R. 5892 faces an up-
hill battle and as yet there is no compan-
ion bill in the Senate. We are asking you
to write to Representatives Rooney (phone
DC: 202.225.5792) and Mack (phone DC:

not earmarks and ask them to reconsider
and support adding C43 on this WRDA bill
for the benefit of our estuary and economy.
Then write to our Senators and ask them
to insure these projects make it onto any
Senate bill that is drafted. Senator George
Lemieux; local office phone: 239.332.3898.
Senator Bill Nelson; DC phone: 202.224-
5274; local phone:
239.334.7760 The House has recessed
so please call and write both their local and
Washington offices.
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Pilot project to help preserve clean water for Everglades National Park

Building on historic agreements to ad-
vance construction on Everglades restora-
tion projects, the South Florida Water Man-
agement District (SFWMD) Governing Board
and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recent-
ly approved another key Project Partnership
Agreement to test technology for preserving
clean water in Everglades National Park. If
proven effective, technology developed dur-
ing the pilot project will significantly benefit
Everglades restoration and water quality im-
provement efforts in the park as well as be-
yond its boundaries.
"Working with our federal partners, the
State of Florida and the District have been
leaders in developing the tools and technol-
ogy to restore America's Everglades," said
SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Eric
Buermann. "This pilot project promises to
significantly advance restoration efforts in
Everglades National Park and will provide
valuable knowledge to benefit the broad ef-
fort to revive the River of Grass."
Retaining clean water in the Everglades
requires controlling and managing seepage
of water from the wetlands. This is integral
to success of the Comprehensive Everglades

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Restoration Plan (CERP). The L-31 North
(L-30) Seepage Management pilot project
will help to identify the appropriate technol-
ogy that will prevent clean water from seep-
ing out of Everglades National Park through
South Florida's porous underground rock
layers. A second goal is to help retain clean
water in Water Conservation Area 3B in Mi-
ami-Dade County -an area of the remnant
Everglades, which has the highest seepage
rate in the area.
"The pilot project was developed with
extensive input from the public and numer-
ous stakeholders," said Ken Ammon, PE.,
SFWMD Deputy Executive Director Ever-
glades Restoration and Capital Projects. "Ex-
perience gained from this project will have
far-reaching benefits and moves us closer to
achieving restoration goals to protect the Ev-
erglades and South Florida's environment."
The pilot project will test two structural
seepage reduction technologies -spe-
cifically, steel sheet pile and a slurry wall
-while also testing the ability to seasonally
manage seepage flows through pumping
operations to create a "hydraulic barrier."
"Reducing seepage from the Everglades

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is vital to its restoration, but accomplishing
this is no easy task. It's not simply a mat-
ter of installing a wall that stops all easterly
flow out of the park," said Stu Appelbaum,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville
District Deputy for Restoration Program
Management. "We have to manage and
control for variable flow rates via a system
of features. That's why this pilot test is so im-
portant. We're committed to protecting and
restoring the Everglades, so we will look at
how different strategies perform before we
proceed with larger scale implementation of
any strategy."
The slurry wall technology is similar
to the technology now being used by the
Corps to reduce seepage from portions of
the Herbert Hoover Dike surrounding Lake
The Project Partnership Agreement al-
lows the Corps to award a contract for con-
struction and testing of the pilot project, at
an estimated cost of approximately $9.3 mil-
lion using federal stimulus funding. The ef-
fort was also made possible by the landmark
August 2009 Master Agreement between the
SFWMD and the Corps.

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August 5, 2010 Caloosa Belle

Banyan Village may get

additional assessment

by Patty Brant
Caloosa Belle
Banyan Village property owners are look-
ing at an additional assessment to pay off
construction of water lines that make their
properties buildable.
At their July 27 regular meeting, Hendry
County Commissioners decided to move
forward with an additional supplemental
assessment to cover increased costs for con-
The resolution passed by the board re-
quires the county to advertise a public hear-
ing for Tuesday, August 24, on the matter.
The county imposed special assessments
for Banyan Village water lines in 2005. This
second supplemental assessment for the
Banyan Village landowners is needed to
cover additional costs of water lines. Actual
costs outstripped estimations prior to con-
Using the uniform method will allow the
county to place these new assessments on
the owners' tax bills. By law, such a new as-
sessment will have to be imposed by Sept.
15 in order to be placed on the next tax bill.
A two-step process is required to imple-
ment a special assessment on properties
benefitted by capital projects. The board
took that first step at its July 27 meeting,
passing a resolution which sets the bound-
aries, a methodology for calculating the as-
sessments and sets a public hearing for the
final resolution.
The second step is the public hearing.
The original assessment for Banyan Vil-
lage water lines, $1,640 per residential lot,
was to be collected over 20 years and will
collect $5,971,240.
Actual costs of construction totaled
$7,157,950.92. Of that $6,923,492.06 is for
residential properties within the MSBU. Only
those benefiting from the utility line will be

The additional assessment per parcel will
total $298.81. That amount may be prepaid up
front or pay in installments over 15 years the
remainder of the original assessment term.
In 2009 the county finally agreed to put in
water lines to Banyan Village as per agree-
ment when the county stepped in and took
over Port LaBelle Utilities. The utility cus-
tomers had asked the county to step in after
General Development and then Gulf Atlantic
Communities went bankrupt.

Park renaming
The commissioners voted to rename East
Park in Clewiston to W.C. "Bo" Pelham, Jr.
Park in honor of the former Hendry County
commissioner who recently passed away.

In other business
Fire Chief Ray Pittman filled commission-
ers in on developments since he took charge
of the Felda Fire Department in December
2009. Chief Pittman said the department
now has seven members and has an agree-
ment with Immokalee Fire Department for
free training.
IFD also has agreed to help cover the
area of Hendry County around Hendry Cor-
rectional Institution including medical calls
and brush fires.
Felda firefighters are also being wel-
comed to a Firefighter I class being held in
Glades County.
The FFD budget remains the same as pre-
viously. The chief said he expects the depart-
ment to be back up to 100 percent capacity
For their part, commissioners expressed
their appreciation to Chief Pittman for his
hard work in working through issues at the
Felda Department.

Random act of kindness
"Rogue" Garden Club members spent some time sweltering in the mid sum-
mer heat recently, sprucing up a little bit of downtown. Here, they added a
dash of color and freshness to the front of the Caloosa Belle office. Prefer-
ring to remain anonymous, these shadow gardeners only hope their good
deeds will bring some joy to their community.

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It's time to nominate a

Woman of Year in Agriculture

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida Agriculture
Commissioner Charles H. Bronson an-
nounced that nominations are being ac-
cepted for the 2010 "Woman of the Year
in Agriculture" award. The award, now in
its 26th year, recognizes women who have
made outstanding contributions to Florida
"This award spotlights the vital role of
women in Florida agriculture and serves to
encourage other women to get involved in
the business," Bronson said. "Many women
have made significant contributions over
the years in developing and sustaining this
important industry, which has an overall
economic impact estimated at more than
$100 billion annually."
Those nominated for the award will be
judged by a panel familiar with Florida ag-
riculture. The award will be presented on
February 10, 2011, during the opening-day
luncheon of the Florida State Fair in Tam-
The Florida Department of Agriculture
and Consumer Services, which sponsors
the event, has sent nomination forms to

agricultural organizations around the state.
The deadline for submitting nominations
to the Department is November 1, 2010.
Nominations remain active for two years;
after that time they must be resubmitted in
order to be considered.
For more information about the "Wom-
an of the Year in Agriculture" award includ-
ing screening criteria and biographies of
previous winners, or to obtain nomination
forms, call Richard Gunnels at (850) 488-
3022 or visit http://www.florida-agriculture.
Previous winners of the "Woman of the
Year in Agriculture" award are:
-2009 Marcia Lightsey, of Lake Wales
-2008 Patsy Nathe, of Dade City
-2007 Colleen Boggs, of Homestead
-2006 Iris Wall, of Indiantown
-2005 Marlene Strickland, of Sarasota
-2004 Martina "Teena" Borek, of Home-
2003 Jennie Lee Zipperer, of Fort My-
2002 Annette Barnett Land, of Branford

-2001 Barbara Carlton, of Sidell
-2000 Helen Houck, of Perry
1999 Vina Jean Banks, of Balm
-1998 Nancy Gurnett Hardy, of Winter
-1997 Gertrude "Trudy" Carey, of Hills-
borough County
-1996 Norma Stokes, of Highlands
-1995 Louve "Vee" Frierson Platt, of
Clewiston, and Patricia Robbins, of Miami
-1994 Anne Wardlaw Dickinson, of
-1993 Sarah W Bailey, of St. Johns
-1992 Carol C. Murphy, of Volusia
1991 Ruth M. Tucker, of Brevard County
1990 Jeanette Barthle, of Pasco County
1989 Belle Jeffords, of Alachua County
1988 Carolyn Reed Kempfer, of Osceo-
la-Brevard counties
1987 Dorothy Conner Shipes, of Lake
-1986 Ruth Wedgworth, of Belle Glade
-1985 Jo Ann Smith, of Marion County.


Edna Y. Stewart, 75
LABELLE -Edna Y. Stewart, age 75, of La-
Belle, passed away Aug. 1, 2010, in Fort Myers.
She was born Sep. 10, 1934, in Lee, the daugh-
ter of the late James Owen Johnson
and the late Mary Mozzell (Bunell) Johnson. She
was a longtime resident of LaBelle. She was a
member of First Baptist Church of LaBelle and
The Red Hats.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Glenn
Stewart; son, Gene Yarbrough of Sacramento,
Calif.; brothers, Charles Johnson of Havana,
Lonnie Johnson, and James Johnson, both of
Georgia; three grandchildren and two great-
grandchildren. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Roy E. Yarbrough.
Services were held Wed, Aug. 4, 2010 at Akin-
Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle with Rev. Frank
Deerey officiating. Interment followed in Fort
Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home -
Thomas Milton Taylor, 76
FELDA Thomas Milton Taylor, age 76, of
Felda, passed away Aug. 2, 2010, in LaBelle.
He was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Felda, the son of
the late Marvin Nixon Taylor and the late Edna
Louette (Townsend) Taylor. Tommy was a fifth
generation Floridian and lifelong resident of Fel-
da. He was a Deacon at Mt. Zion Primitive Bap-
tist Church in Felda. He was a devoted husband,
father, grandfather, brother and friend to many.
He was a gifted guitar player and enjoyed per-
forming with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Illene
(Barnes) Taylor; son, Thomas Steven Taylor (Di-
anna) of Felda; daughters, Susan Lancaster
(Charlie) of Felda, Jeanette Van Loo (Scott) of

Felda and Sandra Howard (Matthew) of La-
Belle; brothers, Fred Lee Taylor of Naples and
Dan E Taylor of Lakeland; grandchildren, Jo-
seph Kennington, Susan A. Taylor, Stephanie
Wright, Justin Taylor, Jamie Howard Lipford
(Dustin), Andy Taylor, Matthew D. Howard, Kel-
ly Jean Taylor, Shelby Van Loo; and great-grand-
children, Christian Kennington, Cyrus
Kennington, and Nathaniel Lee Ledford.

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Aug. 5, 2010, at Mount Zion Primitive Baptist
Church in Felda with elder Marvin Wingate offi-
ciating. Interment will follow in Felda Cemetery,
Felda. Visitation was held Wednesday, Aug. 4,
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hot meals, personal care, homemaker servic-
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Bible study group
Community Ladies Bible Study will begin new "Revelation Study" on Aug. 20, at LaBelle Assembly Of God, the com-
munity ladies that gather every Friday, at noon to 1 p.m will be going into a new study, "The Book Of Revelation." Kathy
Avery, teaches the class. All ladies are welcome! If You are a working lady and only have a lunch break, bring your lunch
with you and enjoy the study. LaBelle Assembly Of God is on Fraser Ave. Across from the Edward Upthegrove Elemen-
tary School. For more information call 863-675-0900 and ask for Kathy.

Goodwill welcomes Rodriguez as director

Moore Haven- Goodwill Industries of
Southwest Florida, Inc. (www.goodwillswfl.
org) is pleased to announce that Belinda Ro-
driguez has joined the organization's volun-
teer Board of Directors.
An honor graduate of Moore Haven Ju-
nior Senior High School's class of 2000, Ro-
driguez joined First Bank in October 2000
as a teller in the Clewiston Main Office. She
has since worked her way up to Branch
Manager and Loan Officer at the First Bank
Moore Haven branch.
Rodriguez received her diploma in Finan-
cial Services Operations and Mortgage Lend-
ing from the Center for Financial Training in
Lauderhill. She has continued her education
with the Florida Supervisors Academy and
the Florida Bankers Association in Tallahas-
She is also a Notary Public with the State
of Florida, and owns and operates her own
cleaning service in the Clewiston and Moore
Haven area.

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SURE deadline announced

Washington, August 2, 2010 -USDA
Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator
Jonathan Coppess has announced that pro-
ducers have until Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010,
to submit an application for payment under
the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance
Payments (SURE) Program. SURE provides
financial assistance for crop production and
or quality losses due to a natural disaster.
"We want producers to be aware of this
deadline so they are certain to visit their FSA
county office to file a 2008 SURE program
payment application no later than Septem-
ber, 30, 2010," said Coppess. "It is important
to finish the current 2008 SURE program
sign-up because the authority for the Recov-
ery Act supplement for payment benefits
expires at the end of the current fiscal year
and the Department of Agriculture will then

start the 2009 SURE sign-up application pro-
FSA began accepting and processing
2008 SURE program applications in January
2010, and the American Recovery and Rein-
vestment Act of 2009 (RecoveryAct) allowed
for a one-time increase in the calculation of
2008 SURE payments that are filed by Sept.
30, 2010. Producers who do not file a 2008
SURE program payment application by Sept.
30, 2010, will not be considered eligible for
2008 SURE program payments.
Producers are encouraged to file an ap-
plication for 2008 SURE payments regardless
of whether they think they may or may not
qualify. An electronic calculator and infor-
mation are located at http://www.fsa.usda.
gov/FSA/sure, or producers can contact their
local county FSA office.

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Caloosa Belle

Integrity Martial Arts and Fitness Center opens

The product of a single-parent family in a
rough Fort Myers neighborhood, Lee Rutter
took up martial arts at the age of five in order
to defend himself and his loved ones.
Thirty years later, Rutter is imparting his
knowledge of martial arts to young people
and adults in LaBelle and the surrounding
area as co-founder of the Integrity Martial
Arts and Fitness Center. Rutter and fellow
co-founder Vince Rublel are both third-de-
gree black belts.
"We're both working on our fourth-de-
gree belts now, and we each hope to attain
that next level by October 2011," Rutter said.
"Personally, I've been involved in taekwondo
for about 20 years and in mixed martial arts
for six years, and have been teaching fitness
kickboxing for seven years."
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday be-
tween 5:30 and 8:15 p.m., Rutter and Rublel
offer multiple classes in a variety of martial
arts including jujutsu, wrestling and Sambo
(Russian grappling) to a wide variety of age
and skill levels.
"People get into martial arts for different
reasons, but it's mainly about self-defense,
self-control, self-discipline and honor," Rut-
ter said. "Martial arts is also frequently a big
help for kids who have issues at home or at
school, or with conditions such as ADHD."
At one time, there were nearly 60 students
at Integrity. Currently, due to the economy
and competition with other sports, there

are a total of 22 male and female students.
Smaller classes means more individual at-
tention from Rutter and Rublel, making this
a great time to get involved in a discipline
that is healthy for the body, mind and soul.
Martial arts benefits the student in count-
less ways, including the learning of correct
breathing techniques, strength, flexibility,
movement coordination and stamina. Con-
centration and determination are also often
improved once someone becomes involved
in martial arts, as well as a person's sense of
respect and justice.
"Integrity is something we stand for. It's
one of our life skills," Rutter said. "It goes
into everything we do. Our students learn
different life skills while they're learning
how to defend themselves. And once you
get into martial arts, you want to learn more
and more."
Rutter, who did some training with Chuck
Liddell, a former Ultimate Fighting Champi-
onship light heavyweight champion, will be
a guest judge for a mixed martial arts com-
petition on Sept. 3 at the Seminole Gaming
Palace in Immokalee. On Sept. 18, Integrity
Martial Arts students will take part in the Tae-
kwondo Grand Prix in Sarasota.
For more information about Integrity
Martial Arts (870 W Hickpochee Ave.), call

Submitted photo
Lee Rutter with two of his students at an event they recently attended.

Sport Shorts

Volleyball tryouts
Tryouts will be held August 19 from 9
a.m. to noon at LHS for new members of
the LaBelle High School Volleyball team.

Football practice begins
Coach Bennett would like to announce
that mandatory 2-a-day football practices
will begin Monday, August 9, and will go
through Friday, August 13. Regular practices
will begin Monday, August 16.

Attention shotgun shooters
The Caloosa Sports Shooters are accept-
ing donations to be used for improvements

to the Civilian Shotgun Range of Hendry
County. They are working on a plan for a
five-station shooting sport. This is an adapta-
tion of sporting clays. They need to purchase
three new machines and materials for safety
barriers and shooting stands.
Guns, ammunition or any items that can
be recycled to provide money for this proj-
ect will be greatly appreciated. Of course,
money is also acceptable. Money donations
should be made by check to the Caloosa
Sports Shooters.
For more information or to arrange pick
up for donations, call Ed Kuntz at 675-6432
or Dave Alexander at 675-0500. Thank you
for your support.

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School Briefs

UES information
The teaches first day at Upthegrove El-
ementary School will be Monday, August
16. Open house is Thursday, Aug. 19, from
5-6:30 p.m. All parents/guardians and stu-
dents who wish to meet their teacher for the
year are welcome. The first day of school
will be Monday, August 23. If you have any
questions please feel free to call the school
at 612-0750.

School supply giveaway
Life Ministries' Back To School Give Away
will provide 200 back packs with school sup-
plies for K-5 on August 14 at 10 a.m. Regis-
ter now through August 5 at Life Ministries,
725 SR 80 or call 863-675-8855 from 9 a.m.-

Get your free school supplies
The Hendry Educational Support Person-
nel Association (HESPA) wants to help get
your child started off right for the first day
of school. HESPA will be handing out 1,500
backpacks with school supplies for students
(K-12). Plus students can also get a free back
to school hair cut. This will take place at La-
Belle High School Sunday, August 15, at 2
p.m. Hotdogs and drinks will be on sale for a
$1 each. With the purchase of a hotdog and
a drink you will receive a ticket for a chance
to win a $50 gift card to Walmart.
Money and donations received will go
towards next years school supply giveaway.
Items in book bags are paper, pencils, pens,
scissors, ruler, two paper folders, two glue

sticks, crayons for (K-5) and colored pencils
(6-12) pencil box or bag. Donations for next
year can be sent to:
HESPA, 1890 Phillips Rd., LaBelle, FL
33935. If you have any question feel free to
call: Crystal Kirtley 863-517-2386.

Apply now to new school
International Christian Academy, located
at 233 Clark Street, is now accepting appli-
cations for the 2010-11 school year. Plans
are to offer 21st century technology, physi-
cal education, foreign languages (including
sign language), liturgical dance, music, and
art in addition to the core subjects. To have
your child ready to start school August 23,
immediate registration is encouraged. For
further information, contact Tracy Co at 863-
675-1112 or 863-675-ICA7 (4227).

Open house dates
LaBelle Area
LaBelle Elementary School -August 19,
(5-6:30 p.m.)
Country Oaks Elementary School -Au-
gust 19, (5-6:30 p.m.)
Upthegrove Elementary School August
19, (5:-6:30 p.m.)
LaBelle Middle School -August 19, (1-3
LaBelle High School -Seniors and par-
ents -Thursday, August 19, (7 p.m.)
Freshman and parents -Friday, August
20, (8:30-11:30 am)
Sophomores & Juniors & Parents -Fri-
day, August 20, (1-2:30 p.m.)

Clewiston Area
Central Elementary School
(5-6:30 p.m.)
Eastside Elementary School
(5:30-7 p.m.)
Westside Elementary School
(4-5:30 p.m.)
Clewiston Middle School
(5-6:30 p.m.)
Clewiston High School
(6:30-8 p.m.)

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help to make it a success. Just $5 will pro-
August 19, vide a student with a book bag, paper, pen-
cils, crayons, a ruler, scissors and folders.
-August 19, HESPA is hoping to hand out 2,000 bags this
year. Donations are much needed. If you or
-August 19, your place of business would like to donate,
please contact Crystal Kirtley 863-517-2386
August 20, or you can send your donations to HESPA,
1890 Phillips Rd, LaBelle, FL 33935. HESPA
August 19, thanks you for your support.

LHS senior Cowboy night

This year's "School Supply Giveaway" Parents and LHS Seniors please plan to
is coming up soon. The Hendry Support attend LHS Senior Cowboy Night to be held
Personnel Association (HESPA) needs your Thursday, Aug. 19, at 7:00 p.m.

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Welcome back!
American Legion Post 130 LaBelle was the proud sponsor of three Boy's
State attendees, again, this year. Carl Baker, Boy's State Chairman, (center
back row) welcomed the three back from Tallahassee on July 10 in Fort My-
ers. All three attendees are juniors at LaBelle High School with grade point
averages 4.0 or above. Pictured (left to right) John Marotti, Santiago "Trey"
Reyes III and Lucas Talada. Everyone was very impressed with the week
long event that brings over 500 other young men from Florida to experience
our state government first hand. Trey Reyes was acting Mayor for the newly
formed "city." This year was especially eventful for Lucas Talada, who earned
a 2+2 Scholarship during the festivities. The scholarship pays full tuition
for two years at Tallahassee Community College and two years at Florida
State....Go Seminoles!

August 5, 2010

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Church Briefs

Christian Men to commemo-
rate 9/11
The Gathering of Christian Men of Hen-
dry County is planning a gospel concert
commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks on this
country in 2001. The event will be held Sept.
11 at the LaBelle Civic Center starting at 7
p.m. Schedule to appear are: Rob and Joy
Armstrong, Dave Randant, Dillon Thomas,
Mercy and Grace and more.
Admission will be free a love offering
will be accepted. For more information con-
tact Larry Woosley at 673-0335.

Cowboy Gospel coming
Welcome to the Cowboy Gospel at the
Felda Community Center, August 10, 7 p.m.

Gospel music and singing. Preaching by
Mike McDowel.

Faith in Action at ICF
Faith in Action continues to be demon-
strated at the International Christian Fel-
lowship, 233 Clark Street, as they extend
their ministry to encompass a new private
Christian school. The ministry will be under
the direction of Tracy Co, M.Ed. who has a
vision for quality education, from the Chris-
tian perspective. Mrs. Co has been involved
in public, private and homeschooling edu-
cation. She desires to see the opportunity for
quality Christian education to be extended
to children of all economic and social class-
es. Mrs. Co praises the International Chris-
tian Fellowship for their support and biblical
demonstration of faith.

Breakfast at school every day

Hendry County Schools offer breakfast
at no charge to all of their students, every
school day. Breakfast times may vary from
school to school, so check with your child's
school office for the time schedule. Break-
fast is the most important meal and needs
to be a part if your child's educational day.
The National School Breakfast Program
was enacted to ensure that school chil-
dren are being served a nutritious break-
fast daily. Studies have proven that higher
academic and social achievement occur
when breakfast is consumed. Make sure
that your child starts off his day right with
breakfast at Hendry County Schools.

Desayuna en escuela
Escuelas del Condado de Hendry of-
recen desayuno sin cargo para todos sus
estudiantes, todos los dias. El horario del
desayuno puede variar de escuela a es-
cuela, asi que verifique con la oficina de
la escuela de su hijo para el calendario. El
desayuno es la comida mas important y
debe ser parte del dia escolar de su hijo. La
Direccion Nacional de Desayuno Escolar
se promulgo para garantizar que los esco-
lares se sirve el desayuno todos los dias nu-
tritius. Asegurese de que su hijo comienza
su derecho dia con un desayuno en las Es-
cuelas del Condado Hendry.

Edison State College grant to train

workers in Lee and Collier counties

The Department of Continuing Education
at Edison State College is selected to provide
'Train the Trainer' sessions to area manufac-
turing companies.
The courses will ultimately lead to hir-
ing 168 new employees and upgrade skills
of 261 existing employees in Lee and Collier
County. The 'Train the Trainer' workshops
are made possible through a $383,112 grant
from Workforce Florida. Beginning inAugust
Edison State College Department of Continu-
ing Education will host a series of seminars
for existing managers in local manufactur-
ing arenas. The seminars will help existing
employees become skilled trainers for future
new employees at their current company.
Through the Workforce Florida Grant
participating manufacturing companies may
attend the 'Train the Trainer' seminars at no
cost. Additionally, participating manufactur-
ing companies will receive grant funds to
hire and train new employees.
"Edison State is extremely pleased to be
selected to help Workforce Florida and local
manufacturing companies in their expan-
sion plans," said Adrian Kerr, Director of
Continuing Education at Edison State Col-
lege. "This presents a terrific opportunity
for job training and job growth right here in

our communities."
To date eight manufacturing companies
are participating in the grant program. It is
open to other interested businesses.
For more information, on the Workforce
Grant and 'Train the Trainer' seminars please
contact Adrian Kerr (239)432-5233.
For media inquiries contact, Catherine
Bergerson, Director of Communications and
Marketing, 239-489-9460 or mbergerson@
Edison State College is celebrating nearly
50 years of excellence in Southwest Florida.
Edison State is the largest, most established,
most accessible and most affordable school
of higher education. We serve more than
20,000 students per year in 5 counties with
campuses in Lee, Collier and Charlotte, and
a center serving Hendry/Glades and a virtual
campus, Edison Online. For more informa-
tion please visit Edison
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -July 28, 2010 -The
Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Flor-
ida (ELC) in collaboration with The Chil-
drens Forum and Community Coordinated
Care For Children, Inc. (4C) are proud to re-
port only four percent of child care provider
classrooms assessed are scoring low com-
pared to 24 percent in the previous year.
School Readiness Child Care providers
who are involved with ELC and receive state
funding are evaluated using the Environ-
ment Rating Scales (ERS). ERS assessments
are highly reliable and valid assessment tools
used world-wide to determine the quality of
early learning programs. They specifically
evaluate infant and toddler classrooms and
preschool classrooms in child care centers
as well as family child care homes.
During the 2008/2009 year, 24 percent of
providers assessed on the ERS scored below
a 2.0 on their initial, base-line ERS evalua-
tions. That was before extensive training
and technical assistance was offered to child
care providers. This year, 2009 / 2010, with
ongoing support, professional development
and technical assistance for providers, the
programs scoring at or below a 2.0 is now
only four percent.
ECERS (Early Childhood Environment

Rating Scale) is used for assessing preschool
classrooms in child care centers. ITERS (In-
fant Toddler Environment Rating Scale) is
for assessing infant and toddler classrooms
in child care centers. FCCERS (Family Child
Care Environment Rating Scale) is used to
assess family child care environments. The
scale is 1-7 with a one being considered the
lowest or a zero.
Providers are assessed on the compo-
nents of space and furnishings, personal
care routines, language and reasoning skills,
activities for children, interactions between
caregivers and children as well as program
structure. 4C provider consultants follow up
by providing technical assistance to child
care staff to facilitate ongoing, continuous
improvement after the review.
The Early Learning Coalition of South-
west Florida exists to enhance the quality
of children's lives by providing low-income
families, early childhood educators, care-
givers and community partners in Collier,
Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties, with op-
portunities to positively impact the future.
For details on our many services or to do-
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"Where everybody is Somebody and esus is Lord
9:15 a.m '~i l. 1,.- Worship
Lord's Supper 1st, 3rd & 5th 'i.Lil .,
10:30 am. Bible Study
.4 miles west of Hwy 29 on CR 78

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
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Community Briefs

Aerial mosquito treatments
Hendry County will conduct aerial adult
mosquito control operations over the coun-
ty as mosquito population levels warrant.
The treatments will be performed during
evening hours, weather permitting.
The insecticide to treat for adult mosqui-
toes is approved for application by the Envi-
ronmental Protection Agency and the State
of Florida. This operation will be conducted
by Clarke.
If you have any questions concerning this
operation, please call Clarke at 1-800-443-
2034 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Salvation Army open longer
The Salvation Army of LaBelle has extend-
ing its hours on Wednesdays only. It is now
open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Regular hours for Monday, Tuesday, Thurs-
day, and Friday will still be 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
All clients requiring assistance in Spanish
are asked to schedule an appointment with
She is available Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2
p.m. Please feel free to call if you have any
questions 863-674-1441.

Road closure in Clewiston
Hendry County Engineering announces
that improvements are scheduled to be
made on Francisco Street, at the RR cross-
ing, on August 14, 15 and 16, 2010. During
construction, that portion of the road will be
completely closed to local traffic.
If you have any concerns, please contact
the following: Steve Fort, Superintendent,
Hendry County Road & Bridge, (863) 675-
5222 or (863) 983-1588.

Guide to invasive plants
Gardeners, foresters, landowners and
others concerned about nonnative invasive
plants in the South can now request free
copies of "A Field Guide for the Identifica-
tion of Invasive Plants in Southern Forests."
The long-awaited book is an update of the
very popular "Nonnative Invasive Plants of
Southern Forests: A Field Guide for Identifi-
cation and Control," published by the Sta-
tion in 2003.
SRS Research Ecologist Jim Miller co-
authored "Invasive Plants in Southern For-
ests" with SRS Research Technician Erwin
Chambliss and Research Fellow and Exten-
sion Specialist at Auburn University Nancy
People can request copies of "Invasive
Plants in Southern Forests" by sending their
name and complete mailing address, along
with book title, author, and publication num-
ber GTR-SRS-119 to:
"Invasive Plants in Southern Forests" is
posted in PDF format on the SRS website at In
addition, the book is available in html format
People interested in using images from the
book can download files at http://www.for-

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utiful, rare water- 3/2, ; ock. Near home in quiet area.
front property Brid county Park & Country living close
zoned Commercial Boat Ramp. Bank to town. Short notice
w/2 homes Owned, Quick Close. to show

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

Farabee Rd off SR 31,
Charlotte Co 80 acres of
paradise! Improved pasture,
oaks and palnettos, a few
natural ponds. Surrounded
by citrus groves on 3 sides.
Old mobile home in oak
hlamimock. $280,000
870 W. Hickpochee Ave. (SR 80)
Call inda at 863-517-1153
Linda Delde Davis L[c. Real Estate Broker
Nancy C. nson Sales Assoc.
Call Nncy at239-872-5487

$89,900 1/2 Acre Commercial $495,000 2 Homes for the price
LotonDavisSt. of 1 on 2.5 ac. w/boat docks.
$199,000-Vacant 2 ac. onSR 80, Circular drive w/water feature
justwest of town adorns the entrance. Too many
REDUCED 199,900 I ac on upgrades to list! Additional guest
Main SL, busy downtown loca
tion w/older bldg. $499,000 C ..i. r...i reep
$200,000- SR 80 Corner V2 Ac, B "' Lg
1 w/billboard income.
REDUCED 29900 Bank $550,000 Spectacular 7 Ac
Pasture w/Oaks, 500 Ft on the
'i'i 1' i. I I over 8000 River. Great investment, future
i ....I 'Ac land use 3 units per ac.
.329.000 I" I".' I LOS&LIND
$550,0-, i --, ,/ $3,200 Port LaBelle Lots, Seller
Industrial. i ,. .i i & financing
Filled, Seller Financing. 4,900 Moore Haven Yacht Club
Water/sewer nearby lot
WATERFRONT 8,900 Mobile home lots, south
of town
$49,000 3/2 MH in River of town
Oaks/Ortona, waterfront! $39,900 2.2 Ac Rural
139,900- er 1 ac. on the river, Residential, fenced, mobiles or
Ft Denaud Rd. single family permitted
$192,500 Ft Denaud I Ac $65,000 4.2 ac. on Fernwood.
192,500 Denaud Great buy! Well, septic & pad in
$395,000- High Elevation with place.
long views, 5 Ac. $495,000 Development
$389,000 3/2 Super CBS river Potential Platted lots on 16+/-Ac.
home w/pool on Oxbow w/dock

Terri Banky Lie. Real Estate Broker
Associates: Shary Weckwerth,
Lisa Andrews, Sandra Alexander
and Roxie Cisneros

Well-loved and well-
tended 2BR/2BA mo-
bile home. Backs up to
soccer park for walking,
-j-" in- or biking.
i. ,I,,, walking distance
to Winn-Dixie, doctors,
restaurants $29,900

F,.$ 863-675-4500
Southern or visit our website at
180 N. Bridge St. LaBelle, FL 33935
Sherri Denning Licensed Real Estate Broker
Associates: Trisha Arnold, Tony Barnes, Emily A. Bates,
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Real Estate Corp.

* Corporate owned! 4/2 on 2.45+/- acres
outside of LaBelle. New carpet adn fresh
coat of paint. Ready to move in. $44,900.
* Corporate owned! 2004 CBS home on
4.98+/- acres located west of LaBelle.
Ceramic tile, fireplace, spacious rooms &
much more. $189,900.
* Corporated o gRCBS home locat-
ed in Clew ;tAtiMiAtlr popping and
schools. $11 .""'.
* Centrally located in LaBelle, close to
schools, shopping and financial institutions.
Zoned B-1 $115,000.
* Corporate owned! 3/2 Florida Cracker
style home. Located a few miles from
Clewiston on 1.16+/- acres. $85,000.
* Corporate owned! 3/2 CBS home in the
heart of i. i, I f. l 10 sq. ft of
living are, ,. '' ?, r,7 I detached
garage. $79,900.
* Corporate owned! 4/2 CBS home on
50+/- of an acre with over 3,400+/- sq. ft. of
living area dn 2 car garage. Needs a little TLC
* Corporate owUNO.ER06 CBS home on
50+/- of an lpf flM#l. near SR 80.

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580 S. Main St. LaBelle, Fl.
863 675-1973
Ifyou are thinking ofbujing or selling, give us a call!
Check us out online at
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Greg Miners Lic R.E. Broker Associates Art Fry, Defia Miners,
Hugo Vargas & Neal Livingston Se Habla Espanol

* Corporate owned! 1 ... Condition.
Features den, enormous rooms, 2 car garage
and fenced yard. $59,900.
* Corporate owned! 4/2 CBS home located
off Belle Blvd near SR82 $55,000.
* Ready to i#DEgRndition. 3/1 CBS
home locCOlTRIAkJ city limits.
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* Corporate owned! 2/2.5 located on corner
lot in Lehigh Acres. $39,900.
* Corporate owned! 3/2 on one acre in
Muse. What a deal! $33,900.
* Great investment potential! 1BR/1B home
on a corner lot. Homes needs some work..
but is priced to sell. $17,000.
* Immaculate 4/2 on 9.54 acres. Spacious
living room, family room w/fireplace, large
master suite, lots, lots of more. $154,900.
* Country living at its best! 3/2 on 2.30+/-
acres outside city of LaBelle. Over spacious
kitchen & master bath. New carpet through
out home. $149,900.
* 3/2 manufactured home on 4+/- acres in
Muse. Partially cleared and fenced.
* Two for the price of one on 1 ac. 3/2 well
maintained manufactured home + a 2/2
manufactured 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.
* Immaculate 3/2 located in City of LaBelle
on ove, .II I l. 11, .1 II .

and carpet, master bath has tiled shower,
overspacious kitchen and much much
more. Priced to sell at $69,900.
* Corporate owned! 4/2 on 2.45+/- acres
outside of LaBelle. New carpet adn fresh
coat of paint. Ready to move in. $44,900.
* 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 financ-
* Buy now, build later Nice city lot in
Belmont subdivision. $35,000.
* Nice 1.25+/- ac. in Montura $8,000.
* 2 Montura lots $5,500 each
* Call about our Port LaBelle lots!
* Prime 20+/- ac potential commercial par-
cel located near West Glades Elem. in Muse
&just minutes away from LaBelle. $3.50 per
sq ft.
* Invest now build later! Corner lot out-
side city limits near town. $85,000.
* Corner lot w/2 ,I1 l.i. and fenced.
* Establishment centerally located in the
heart of LaBelle. Family owned and operat-
ed for many years. Sale includes building,
land, inventory, and license for package
sales and on premises consumption.



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structures, pressurized vessels and pres-
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lene-oxygen torch and related equipment.
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Qualified applicants
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of AP/AR, Inventory
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Fixed Assets Manage-
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must also possess
strong knowledge of
Microsoft Software and
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also be able to multi-
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huge playground,
wonderful staff.
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Hip Hop. Registra-
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10 wks old, miniatures,
2 males, 1 female, $75
ea. neg. (239)247-2452
after 4 pm

Retired Show Dogs, toy
size for adoption. Some
pups available. Young
macaw, trained and
talks. 863-675-1571

Standard poodle pups
ready Aug 12 $450

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LaBelle 3 Bdrm and 2
Bdrm & Iba Large
screened in deck, chain
link fence. A/C $135
wk. + $200 sec. dep.
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Be your own Boss
stylist, skin care, mas-
sage therapist, nail
tech. Private studio,
and chair lease
available Great location
Upscale salon in
Downtown LaBelle

3BR/2BA, huge living,
dining, den, Fla. rm.,
gar., carport, boathouse,
dock/boat ramp. Ref's
req. $850/mo.

BLVD., 4br/1 1/2ba, LR,
DR, Room A/Cs, New Ce-
ramic & Carpeting. City
Water & Sewer, No Pets;
Non Smkg. env., Ref's,
lease, $625 mo + $625
sec. 863-675-2392

LABELLE Old Florida-
Style Home near Taco
Bell, 3 br/lba, Room
A/Cs, Lg LR/DR, City
Water & Septic, No Pets;
Non Smkg. Env., Ref's,
lease, $575 mo + $575
sec. 863-675-2392

LABELLE 3/2, New
kitchen, laminate floor-
ing, large master bed-
room, spacious lot.
$750 mo. + sec. dep. &
1st month. Call

Large 3BR/2BA home
for rent in good neigh-
b o r h o o d .

2br, Iba, just remodeled,
231 College St. LaBelle,
$400/mo. (863)843-2495

1BA. $650/mo. + dep.
Call (863) 673-6362

Port Labelle 3br/2ba,
wood floor, granite
countertops, $725 mo.

3BR, 2BA, gar., fenced,
9022 Maywood Circle.
$800/mo. $2400 move
in firm. 954-873-3322

Downtown LaBelle -
Rent room, very nice
2BR, 2BA home. $100
week & $100 sec. $200
moves you in. Full
house privileges. Call
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2ba, screened porch,
new tin roof & new vinyl
siding. $20,000 or Best
offer. (863) 674-1244

Palm Harbor Homes
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LABELLE 2 br/2 ba very
nice double wide, 7 miles
north of Bridge on Hard-
top. 10 acres of paradise;
No Pets; Non Smkg. env.,
Ref's, lease, $650 mo +
$650 sec. 863-675-2392

LaBelle 3BR, A/C, Very
large kitchen. Home is on
large lot with mature oak
trees. Pets welcome.
$550 mo. + sec.

LaBelle -1974 N. Bridge
St., CLEAN 2br, $450
mo. + $250 dep.

3 mi S of river. Dbl wide
3br/2ba on 1.5 acres.
$795 mo. + $795 dep.

3 bedroom, 2 bath, $90
per wk, plus deposit.
(863) 673-6362

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Florida Department of Transportation Project
Bids will be received by the District One Office until 2:00 PM. on Thursday,
August 19, 2010, for the following Proposals:
E1189- A Certification of Qualificabon is not required for Miscellaneous Con-
crete Repair in Manatee & Sarasota Counties. Budget Estimate: $149,696.00
E1190- A Certification of Qualifcabon is not required for Clearing & Grub-
bing, Power Shearing, & Tree Trimming & Removal in Charlotte, Lee,
Glades, & Hendry Counties. Budget Estimat: $155,317.00
E1191- A Cerfication of Qualication is not required for Sign Installation,
Repair, Replacement, & Attenuator Installation & Replacement District
Wide. Budget Estimate: $309,900.00
Complete letbng advertisement informabon for this project is available on
our website at
or by calling (863) 519-2559.
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Notice of Meeting
of the Rural Area Plan Ad-Hoc Committee
The Committee will conduct a special meebng on Thursday, August 12,
2010, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Conference Room A-118, 165 S. Lee
Street, LaBelle, FL 33935 to discuss te findings of the Florida Department
of Community Affairs. The public is invited to attend.

Questons should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department at
863-675-5240, or email vcautero (
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AUCTION on Friday,
August 6 at 9:00 a.m. at
1225 NW Ave. L,
Belle Glade, Florida
SProperty of Arthur McCloud
Fishing Poles, Fish Aquarium, kids
car, tackle boxes, (3) drinking water
coolers, (1) Johnson boat motor,
clothes, shoes, miscellaneous boxes.
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BID NUMBER: 2010-27
OPENING DATE AND TIME: August 13, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
Sealed Bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of
Hendry County, Florida, "Flaghole Road Culvert Replacement"' In order to
be considered, bids must received by the Board of County Commissioners at
the C.E. Hall Building (Clerk's Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse
Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by August 13, 2010 at
2:00 p.m., at which time all responses to this request will be recorded in the
presence of one or more witnesses.
On or after August 2, 2010, a copy of the Instucbons and Bid Documents
can be obtained from the Hendry County Purchasing Department, located at
165 S. Lee Street, LaBelle, Florida (for pick up), Post Office Box 2340, La-
Belle, FL 33975 (mailing address) or by calling (863) 675-5220 or
(863) 983-1585.
Bidders are encouraged to attend the Pre-Bid Conference on Thursday,
August 5, 2010, at 10:00 a.m, at the Engineering Department, 99 E.
Cowboy Way, LaBelle, Florida 33935.
This solicitaton does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to
pay any costs incurred in the preparabon of a response to this Bid, or to
contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all
submittals received as a result of this solicitabon, or to cancel in part or in
its entirety this Bid, if it is in the best interest of the County to do so.
Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer
and Drug/Smoke Free Work Place.
Janet B. Taylor, Chairwoman
Board of County Commissioners
361273 CB/CN 7/29;8/5/10

The Florida Governmental Utility Authority ("FGUA") announces a public
meeting and public hearing to which all interested persons are invited. The
:GUA is a legal entity and public body created pursuant to the provisions of
Section 163.01, Florida Statutes, and an Interlocal Agreement among Citrus
county, Florida; DeSoto County Florida; Hendry County, Florida; Pasco
County, Florida; Polk County, Florida, and Lee County, Florida. Notice is
lereby given that the Governing Board of the Florida Governmental Utility
Authority will conduct a public hearing to consider creation of the Lehigh
Mandatory Connection Assessment Area, and to impose non-ad valorem as-
sessments against certain property located therein and collecting the as-
sessments on the ad valorem tax bill. The meeting and public hearing
will be held at 1:00 p.m. on August 19, 2010, at the Majestic Golf
Course, Clubhouse Crown Meeting Room, 350 Homestead Road
South, Lehigh Acres, Florida 33936-8216. The FGUA Board will ad-
Jress general operating issues of the FGUA. All customers of the FGUA, af-
Fected property owners, tenants or occupants, and all other interested
Persons, shall have an opportunity to be heard concerning the Lehigh Man-
Jatory Connection Assessments and to file written comments with the
GUA. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the FGUA with
respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a
record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record is
nade, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be
nade. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons
feeding special accommodabons or an interpreter to participate in this pro-
:eedin should contact the Clerk to the FGUA Board at (877) 552-3482, at
east three business days prior to the date of the hearing. I you have any
questions, please contact the Clerk to the FGUA Board at (877) 552-FGUA.
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Nobce is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency (LPA) of Hendry
County will hold a public hearing on August 11, 2010 at 6:00 p.m., at
the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee
Ave, La Belle, Florida, to discuss proposed changes to the Hendry County
Land Development Code. The LPA will determine if the changes are consis-
tent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan and will review the chang-
es for consistency with the Hendry County Land 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 August 24, 2010 at 5:05 p.m. at the Hendry
County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle,
Copies of the files and information regarding the petibon are available for
public inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department,
165 South Lee Street, LaBelle, Florida, and may be viewed Monday through
Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect
to any matter considered at such meebng or hearing, he/she will need a
record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record in-
cludes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.
Applicant: Hendry County Board of County Commissioners
Orvell Howard, Chair Janet B. Taylor, Chairwoman
Hendry County Local Planning Agency Hendry County Board of County
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BID NUMBER: 2010-21
OPENING DATE AND TIME: AUGUST, 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.
;ealed Bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of
-endry County, Florida, for 'Uniforms Supplied for Hendry County
Employees'" In order to be considered, bids must received by the Board of
countyy Commissioners at the C.E. Hall Building (Clerk's Office) n the Hend
y County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida
)y AUGUST 11, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., at which bme all responses to this
request will be recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses. Bids re-
:elved after this date and time will not be opened or considered.
Scoy of the Instructions and Bid Documents can be obtained from the
Henry County Purchasing Department, located at 165 S. Lee Street, La-
3elle, Florida (for pick up), Post Office Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975 (mail-
ng address) or by calling (863) 675-5220 or (863) 983-1585.
rhis solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to
)ay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this Bid, or to
contractt for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all
;ubmittals received as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in
ts enbrety this Bid, if it is in the best interest of the County to do so.
Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug/
smoke Free Work Place.
planet B. Taylor, Chairwoman
3oard of County Commissioners
361102 CB/CN 7/29;8/5/10

Nobce is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commis-
sioners will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at 5:05
p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 East
Hickpoochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida, to consider an ordinance relabng to
the discretionary One-Cent Small County Surtax entitled as follows:
All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the pro-
posed ordinance.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County
Commission with respect to any matter discussed at such meeting, he/she
will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she
may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based.
A copy of the proposed Ordinance is available for inspection on weekdays
between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Office of the County
Attorney, 165 South Lee Street, LaBelle, Florida.
Janet B. Taylor, Chairwoman
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CASE NO. 10-270-CA
acting through the United States De-
partment of Agriculture, Rural Devel-
opment, f/k/a Farmers Home
SELINA K. FUDGE, heir and lineal de-
heir and lineal descendant of EDITH
and all unknown heirs, devisees,
grantees, assignees, tustees, or oth-
er claimants claiming by, through,
under or against the Estate of EDITH
TO: Any and all unknown heirs, devi-
sees, grantees, assignees, bustees,
or other claimants claiming by,
through, under or against the Estate
last know residence and address:
last known residence and address:
1032 Alabama Avenue, Clewiston,
Florida 33440
ELIZABETH FORD, Deceased, last
known residence and address: 909
Greenwood Drive #7, Valdosta,
Georgia 31601.
ELIZABETH FORD, Deceased, last
known residence and address: 909
Greenwood Drive #7, Valdosta,
Georgia 31601
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action
to foreclose a mortgage regarding
the following property in Hendry
County, Florida:
Lot 9, Block B, of Harlem Addition
No. 9, Phase One, according to the
plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 6,
ages 138 and 139, of the current
Public Records of Hendry County,
has been filed against you and your
are required to serve a copy of your
written defenses, if any, to it on;
Attorney for Plaintiff, Boswell & Dun-
lap, LLP, 245 South Cenbal Avenue,
Post Office Drawer 30, Bartow, FL
33831, within thirty (30) days after
the first publcabon of this Notice of
Action, and file the original with the
Clerk of this Court either before ser-
vice on Plaintiff's attorney or immedi-
ately thereafter; otherwise a default
will be entered against you for the
relief demanded in the Complaint or
DATED on this July 22, day of July
33901, TELEPHONE (863)335-2299,
1-800-955-8771, OR VOICE (V)
1-800-955-8770, VIA FLORIDA RE-
Clerk of Circuit Court
Post Office Box 1760
LaBelle, Florida
BY: J. Bevis
Deputy Clerk
Frederick J. Murphy, Jr Esquire
Boswell & Dunlap LLP
Post Office Drawer 30
Bartow, FL 33831
Attorneys for Plaintiff
Telephone (863)533-7117
Facsimile (863)533-7255
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14 Caloosa Belle August 5, 2010

Sealed bids, in triplicate, subject to the condit
until Tuesday, August 31, 2010, at 2:00
Board of County Commissioners, at the Hend
Circuit Court, Attn.: Barbara Butler, C.E. Hall B
2nd Floor, Room A-226, 50 South Bridge Street
subsequently opened in a meeting to be held
licly read, for furnishing all labor and materials
nected with a project for the Airglades A
Rehabilitation (Hendry County Bid Number 20
A Pre-Bid Conference is scheduled for Friday,
AM at the Airglades Airport Terminal Building.
Bidders are invited to submit bids for this wor
Other bid or proposal forms will not be accepted
The complete examinabon and understanding
consisting of the project plans and specificati
other revisions, and site of the proposed work
mit a bid. On or after July 30, 2010, Contr
the project plans and specifcabons and all ad
be available for examination and may be obta
Corporation, 7650 W. Courbtey Campbell
33607-1462, (Phone: 813-675-6538; contact
fundable amount of $100.00. The Contractor
Documents from the Engineer of Record in ord
sive bidder
A Bid Bond in the form as bound in the Con
Check in the amount of not less than five pero
bid must accompany each Bid.
Successful Bidder will be required to execute
Bond and Performance Bond each in an Amou
dred percent (100%) of the total value of the
a satisfactory surety or sureties for the full an'
The Board of County Commissoners of Hendr
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S
26, Parbcipation by Disadvantaged Business E
Transportation Programs, hereby notifies all bic
ensure that disadvantaged business enterprises
to submit bids in response to this invitation a
against on the grounds of race, color, sex or na
for an award.
No bid may be withdrawn after closing time for
nod of ninety (90) days.
The Board of County Commissioners of Hendry
waive any informalities or irregularities in or
award or refrain from awarding a Contract for
bon and disqualification criteria are set forth
No. 2001-08.
Date: 07/29/2010 By: Janet T
361146 CB/CN 7/29;8/5,12,19/10

File No. 2010-061-CP
The administration of the estate of
Albert Traub, deceased, whose date
of death was March 25, 2009, is
pending in the Circuit Court for
Hendry County, Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of which is P.O.
Box 1760, LaBelle, FL 33975 1760.
The names and addresses of te per-
sonal representative and the person-
al representative's attorney are set
forth below.
All creditors of the decedent and
other persons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this notice is re-
quired to be served must file their
claims with this court WITHIN THE
All other creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims or
demands against decedent's estate
must file their claims with this court
The date of first publication of this
notice is August 5th, 2010.
Personal Representative:
Donna Strausser
7565 Grady Dr.
N. Ft. Myers, Florida 33917
Attorney for Per-
sonal Representatve:
Daniel J. Endrzal, III
Attorney for Donna Strausser
Florida Bar Number: 300860
1533 Hendry St., Ste. 303
Ft. Myers, FL 33901
Telephone: (239) 728-8555
Fax: (239) 337-1466
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Community Briefs

So you want to

ry County Complex, Clerk of own business
lding, Administrative Wing, O n a busine
, LaBelle, Florida 33935; and
n he Clerk's o .and pub- SWFL MicroEnterprise will hold an infor-
irport Runway 13-31 national meeting Monday, Aug. 16, at the
2) a Firehouse Cultural Center, 5:30 p.m. Anyone
August 2010, who thinks they might be interested in start-
k on the bid forms provided. ing their own small business is welcome.

of the Contract Documents
ons including all addenda or Sales tax holiday
is necessary to properly sub-
ract Documents consisting of FrOm Aug. 13-15 the State of Florida has
denda or other revisions will From A g. 1-1 e ae f rida
ned from the office of US declared a sales tax holiday on school sup-
Causeway, Tampa, Florida,
:ell Leonard) for the nonre plies, books, clothing and footwear. The tax
must purchase the Contract
er bt be considered a respon- break is intended to help Floridians prepare
for the school year.
tract Documents or Certified
ent (5%) of the total amount

and to provide a Payment Woosley banquet coming up
ontaf to less ton nh Please join us for the Danny Woosley Me-
:ontact awarded to him with
d faithful performance of the moral Scholarship Banquet at the LaBelle
Civic Center Friday, August 20.
ry County, in accordance with
S.C. 2oood) and 49 CFR, Part Social hour begins at 6 p.m. with an open
nterprises in Department of
ders that wi armatvely bar, steak dinner with all the fixin's at 7 p.m.
adre arded befudl scrnt and the live auction at 8 p.m. There will be
national origin in consideration a silent auction along with raffle drawings

r the receipt of bids for a pe- throughout the evening.
Tickets are $50 for singles and $75 for
County reserve the right to couples, available at Big Iron Barbell or Jen-
reject any or all bids and to
the work. Contractor selec nings Hardware.
in Hendry County Ordinance If you would like more information or are

Y COMMISSIONERS interested in becoming a sponsor, please call
aylor, Chairwoman Ricky Bass at 673-1940.

Meet and greet candidates
The Muse Community Association pres-
NOTICE TO PUBLIC ents Meet and Greet your candidates Thurs-
endry County Hospital Au- day, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Muse Commu-
Board of Directors will con nity Center on Loblolly Road (Hwy. 720).
a their monthly business
g beginning at 1pm on Mon- Candidates will present their platforms
ugust 19th, in the Conference
at Hendry Regional Medical from US Senator, Governor, to local level
524 West Sagamore Avenue,
on, Florida. government.
CN8/5/10 Come out, get informed and bring a
friend. Refreshments will be served. For fur-
10 ,...,..... their information call 674-0467.

ING & RECOVERY gives Notice of Fore-
closure of Lien and intent to sell these
vehicles on 08/20/2010, 10:00 am at 74
33935, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of
the Florida Statutes. TIMS TOWING &
RECOVERY reserves the nght to accept
or reject any and/or all bids.
2002 Ford
1992 Oldsmobile
1987 Chevrolet
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Ortona to host candidates
Hugo Geistman, President of Ortona
Community Association, invites the public
to meet the local candidates at a political ral-
ly Thursday, August 12, 7 p.m. at the Ortona
Library on Ortona Locks Rd.

Attention writers
The Writers Group will meet at Barron Li-
brary Thursday, August 12, at noon. Bring a
sandwich if you like for this casual meeting
of anyone who enjoys writing. All are wel-

Service men, women

join vet group
VFW Post 10100 will pay for the mem-
bership of any armed forces personnel cur-
rently serving in harm's way. Please call 863-

Spaghetti at the VFW
VFW Post 10100 Ladies Auxiliary will
serve spaghetti and meatballs, salad and
dessert Friday, August 6, at 5 p.m. for just
Remember the turkey shoot the second

and fourth Sunday of each month at 1 p.m.
Hamburgers every Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1:30

Animals found
Animals found running loose in the Mon-
tura area: two horses, one bull, one calf, one
goat. Please contact the Hendry County Sher-
iff's Office Agricultural Crimes Unit Sgt. Charles
White at 863-805-5000 to claim your livestock.

Garbage pick up change
Through August 8, residents north of the
LaBelle Bridge will receive garbage pick up
starting at 6 a.m. and residents south of the
bridge will receive garbage pick up later than
they are accustomed to.
This change is due to the bridge closing. If
you have any questions, please call the WSI
office at 863-675-2481 or Hendry County at

Widows to meet
The Widows Support Group will meet
August 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Beef O'Brady's for
lunch. All widows are welcome.

LHS plans consignment store
LaBelle High School business students
will run a consignment store this upcom-
ing fall. They can use some clothes racks,
shelves and basic supplies. If you have any
items that you can donate or sell at a reason-
able price, please call Kevin Lutkenhaus at
674-4120, or email at lutkenhausk@hendry.
We will be opening our store to the stu-
dents and community throughout the year. If
you would like to help, please let us know.

SCF: You can still submit a

poster, theme for 2011
The Swamp Cabbage Festival Commit-
tee has extended the deadline for the 2011
theme and poster design till the Monday,
September 13 meeting (Monday, Sept. 6,
will be Labor Day). The meeting will begin
at 6:30 p.m. at the LaBelle City Hall. The
poster size is 16" x 20" and must incorporate
a cabbage palm and the theme.
The 20 inch depth is necessary to include
the artwork on the 2011 t-shirt. Once se-
lected, the committee reserves the right to
make needed changes to the artwork in or-
der to accommodate its use in various ways.
Entries can be received at City Hall any time
prior to the August meeting.

DAV tracks cool weather
Want to know when cool weather will ar-
rive? Look on the bulletin board at the DAV
Community Market on Saturday mornings.
For years, DAV Commander Steve Williams
has responded to complaints about the hot
weather by telling people how many weeks
were left before it arrives.
This year he placed a tracking chart on the
bulletin board. First thing Saturday morning,
he crosses off one more week. "That's how
you approach the subject," says Steve. "You
can complain that we have to deal with this
heat and humidity for another four months

or you can say there are only 10 weeks left
until cool weather arrives. I prefer the latter
because next week, there will be only 15
weeks left," he explains.

Fish fry, breakfast
American Legion Post 130 invites the com-
munity to its Fish Fry every first Friday of the
month at 5 p.m. and breakfast buffet first Sun-
day at 8 a.m. in the Legion Hall on Hwy. 80W

Donate old cars
Now that summer is here people may be
thinking of donating their old cars a pat of a
clean up.
The Boys and Girls Clubs would be happy
to take your old cars. People donating to the
clubs will not only get rid of the unwanted
car, but will be contributing to the clubs.
Boys and Girls Clubs really work with kids in
most communities and offer a safer place.
If you wish to donate a car, call 800-246-
0493 donations are tax deductible.

GOP headquarters open
The Republican Party Of Hendry County
Headquarters Office at 200 Main Street will
be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesday and
Saturday each week until further notice.
Please call 863-675-4924 or stop by the
office if you have any questions concerning
candidates, early or absentee voting, voter
registration or election dates.

Auxiliary canteen

serves meal
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130 serves
food every Tuesday evening in the main hall
during members only bingo, 4:30-7 p.m. Vari-
ety of sandwiches and finger foods $3.50 each,
desserts $1. (Menu varies each week). Public
welcome; 699 Hickpochee Ave. (SR 80).

Speak up for kids
Anyone interested in becoming a Guard-
ian ad Litem Program should contact Angela
Boykin, Volunteer Supervisor, at 863-674-
4190, for more information or see www.

Volunteer Help Wanted
Become a Girl Scout Troop Leader and
get your troop started now. Set your own
schedule, make new friends and most of all
make a difference in girl's lives! If you are or-
ganized, patient, fun and good with children
as well as good with working with other
adults the rewards can be priceless. Train-
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Florida's 2009 crash statistics available on line

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -Florida's crash
fatality rate dropped last year to the lowest
rate on record. The Department of Highway
Safety and Motor Vehicles provides details
on that statistic and much more in its Traffic
Crash Statistics Report 2009, which is now
available online. The report summarizes
data that state and local law enforcement
agencies submit to DHSMV
"The report shows that we are moving
toward the Department's vision of a safer
Florida," said DHSMV Executive Director
Julie L. Jones. "While multiple factors in-
fluence the numbers, the declining trends
are a testament to the emphasis that law
enforcement agencies, safety advocates
and businesses have placed on saving lives
on our roadways. DHSMV will continue to
work with our safety partners to add to the
momentum we have gained in recent years
so that we continue to see crashes, deaths
and injuries decline in years to come."
Some positive trends the report high-
lights include:
Crash-related fatalities on Florida road-
ways decreased 14 percent between 2008
and 2009, from 2,983 to 2,563. This is the
fourth consecutive year that traffic fatalities
have decreased.
The number of deaths per 100 million
miles traveled dropped to 1.3 last year the
lowest the state has ever reported. As a note
of comparison, the rate was 5.8 deaths per
100 million miles 40 years ago.
Alcohol-related traffic fatalities fell by
14 percent between 2008 and 2009 from
1,169 to 1,004.

Witches Brew

by Pudge Lehman
Many, many years ago Paul Puletti's
mom, Martha, wrote an
article about the traf-
fic light on Main street
and SR 80. She re-
marked that if you
had to get across at
that light, pack your
lunch. If Martha is
looking down on LaBelle,
and we know she is, she would say
"Pack a lunch, supper and an overnight bag
to get across the river... I had to get to SR
27 last week. I live about five minutes from
N. LaBelle. I'm exaggerating just a little bit
when, three days later, I arrived at the N. La-
Belle traffic light. My heart goes out to all the
people who have to make that detour.
The next time you come across a rather
large box ... save it. When raking leaves turn
it on its side and rake the leaves into it. You
can also use it when using a leaf blower in
the carport.
New products turn up at an alarming rate
these days. If you have half empty bottles of
hair conditioner just use it when you shave
your legs. Use a clean dish soap container
to hold bleach. Use a squirt in the dishwater
when needed.
I spent a wonderful week with my sister,
Dawne, at a condo on the beach. Just so you
know, that sighting of a large, pink, wrinkled
whale that was spotted in the surf on New
Smyrna Beach was a mistaken identity.

Motorcycle fatalities (drivers and pas-
sengers) dove 24 percent between 2008 and
2009 from 532 to 402.
Bicyclist and passenger fatalities de-
creased 15 percent between 2008 and 2009
from 118 to 100.
Pedestrian fatalities decreased four per-
cent between 2008 and 2009 from 502 to

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Fatalities of teen drivers and passengers,
ages 15 -19, fell significantly by more than
20 percent between 2008 and 2009 from 193
to 153. Teen drivers continue to over repre-
sent in terms of crash frequency, posting the
highest rate of crash involvement of any age
cohort at 381 per 10,000 licensed drivers.

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45 Bryan Ave. LaBelle FL 33935
Phone: (863) 675-3427

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or any special events
For information call 863-675-3641

A complete copy of the Traffic Crash
Statistics Report 2009 is available at www. under Traffic
Crash Facts. The website also provides the
report from previous years.
To learn more about DHSMV and the ser-
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Submitted photo
Returned to
A little puppy stolen from the Caloo-
sa Humane Society July 22 has been
found and is back with his sister. Ca-
loosa Humane Society Executive Direc-
tor Suzanne Bonnell said a lady called
the shelter last Friday after reading the
story about the missing Rat Terrier/Po-
meranian or Spitz mix in the Caloosa
Belle. The caller said he just walked
up to her door in Port LaBelle Friday
morning. Animal Control Officer Doug
Morgan went to pick up the puppy
and, sure enough, it was the right one.
The humane society is closed on Sun-
day and Monday; open Tuesday 11-7;
Wednesday-Friday 11-4; and Saturday
10-5. Call 675-0997.

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Don't be late for this very important date!
Take a stroll "Through the Looking Glass," the children's play version of Alice in Wonderland. Shows Aug. 5, 6 and 7. The Firehouse Cultural Center's Chil-
dren's Summer Theater Program proudly presents Through the Looking Glass, in association with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., adapted by James DeVita,
music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur. Showtimes are August 5, 6, 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door or $7 in advance. To order
tickets, call the box office at 863-675-3066 or email Left: front row from left: Joelie Shock, Sevyn Shock, Carina Castano,
Camryn Nash and Natalie Welky. Second row: Gabriehl Shock, Kristen Rodriguez, Brianna Carnevalino, Mia Castano, Haley Boone and Hannah Boone. Back
row: Sean Carnevalino, Talitha Shock, Emily Schwarz, Nicole Rodriguez and Caleb Rodriguez. Right: Emily Schwarz, center, shakes hands with Brianna Car-
nevalino, left, and Mia Castano, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, respectively (or is that Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum?).

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