by Patty Brant
Severe budget constraints are the norm
these days at all levels of government as well
as businesses and personal households. Still,
local government must seek outside funding
for big ticket construction.
County and city officials gathered at the
annual Legislative Delegation meeting last
month to present their wish lists informally
at Flora & Ella's Restaurant.
Hendry County's wish list included local
demographics like our 20.2 percent unem-
ployment rate, documented by the Agency
The City of LaBelle and Chamber of
Commerce invite everyone to the enjoy
another Farmers Market Saturday, Dec.
11, at Barron Park. 7 a.m. till noon.
In addition to farm fresh local produce,
you'll want to take advantage of the op-
portunity to stock up on local handcraft
items. Don't panic but Christmas, after
all, is only two weeks away!
You can also enjoy a hearty Rotary
Club breakfast of sausage, pancakes, cof-
fee and orange juice for just $5.
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In addition, staff asked that the Legislature
consider the "significant" financial challeng-
es to the county and its vigorous attempts to
control them. County commissioners have
kept the millage at 6.5 for the fifth straight
year to alleviate as much of the ad valorem
tax burden on residents as possible.
The presentation also pointed out the
county's acceptance into the Airport Pniva-
tization Pilot Program, along with air cargo
plans geared toward building Airglades Air-
port into a regional import-export hub.
A general request for assistance for infra-
structure needs is included in Hendry Coun-
ty's funding wish list.
In an attempt to demonstrate the coun-
ty's need, the presentation included negative
forces the county is trying to overcome. For
instance, Hendry has the highest population
over 25 with less than a high school diploma
-46 percent, the highest in the state, and a
poverty rate of 23.8 percent, according to the
UJS Census 2010.
Hendry County is in the South Central
Florida Rural Area of Critical Economic Con-
cern; is the largest Rural Enterprise Zone in
As has been the case for the past few
years, the county's top priority for funding
is SR 80, continuing the four-laning project
east of LaBelle all the way to US 27. This year
the county hopes for $5.3 million for the on-
The county is also asking for a $1.5 mil-
lion Small County Courthouse Improvement
appropriation to correct mortar joint failure
in the 84-year-old building and to reinforce
Both the county and the City of LaBelle
are seeking funding to extend Helms Road
from SR 29 to SR 80. The county is seeking
$3 million for the project.
Hendry County is hoping to garner Flor-
ida Department of Environmental Protec-
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Eight-year-old Justin Nickelson brought his dog, Tiger, for his talk with San-
ta. Justin and Tiger are part of the 4-H Silver Spurs Horse Club and, yep,
Tiger goes riding too! Justin is a second grader at UES. The piles of snow
were just the beginning. There were games and food, a beautiful Nativity by
First Baptist Church to remind everyone of the Reason for the Season and,
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There was so much going on Friday, Dec. 3, that it couldn't be contained at
Barron Park. Susie's Sweet Smiles on Fort Thompson Ave. invited kids over to
enjoy gingerbread cookies they decorated themselves. Just down the street,
Bridge Street Coffee Shop was open for the big Christmas celebration as well.
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-$25,000 for irnprovernents to the
Firehouse Corniunity Theatre roof.
-$4 million for the extension of
Helms Road from SR 29 to SR 80 to
alleviate traffic on Cowboy Way and
for the construction of a new Edison
State College campus near that in-
The city asks that the legislature include
SCRAP ((to resurface or reconstruct county
roads) and SCOP (for repairing bridges, pay-
ing roads, road-related drainage, resurfac-
ing or reconstructing roads or constructing
capacity or safety irnprovernents to county
roads) funding for small municipalities.
In addition, the city would like the leg-
islature to clarify the basis for determining
transportation expenditures that determine
local option fuel tax distribution and to post-
pone irnplernentation of the on-site sewage
treatment and disposal systern evaluation
program for septic tanks until Jan. 1, 2016.
The city asks for the restoration of fund-
ing for solid waste grants for litter control,
waste tire and recycling programs and for
the inclusion of small municipalities at a re-
Both Hendry County and the City of La-
Belle urge the legislature to continue fund-
ing for programs designed to promote eco-
nornic development, rural infrastructure,
funding for fiscally constrained counties;
to operate Florida's Court Systern in rural
counties; aid to public libraries and require
Visit Florida to fund rural tourism at an ap-
The city and county are hopeful the legis-
lature will fund the Srnall County Outreach
Program (SCOP to repair or rehabilitate
county bridges, road paying, road-related
drainage issues, resurfacing or reconstruct-
ing county roads) and the Srnall County
Road Assistance Program (SCRAP to resur-
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tion grants or appropriations to rehab Port
LaBelle Utilities' gravity sewer systern ($.5
million), for Felda MSBU and North LaBelle
storrnwater irnprovernents ($1.6 million
and $1 million respectively) and for Air-
glades Airport Utility Systern force main line
extension. ($2.5 million).
Frorn South Florida Water Management
District, requests include $.5 million to con-
struct the Four Corners Canal that receives
water from Charlotte, Lee, Glades and Hen-
City of LaBelle
By continuing its 3 Inill ad valorern mill-
age rate for 2010-11, the City of LaBelle
(population 4,569) has provided tax relief
for residents, taking a loss of sorne $130,000
in property taxes (which would have been
collected if the city corniissioners had ap-
proved the rollback rate of 3.61893 mills).
The city's wish list starts off with $ 200, 000
in Florida Recreation Development Assis-
tance Program grants for irnprovernents to
Barron Park. These include:
-A wading pool/water park, pavilion
with ADA restrooms, playground,
fishing pier and shuffleboard court.
-$200,000 for Phase Two of the La-
Belle Regional Sports Park Complex
being developed on Forrey Road.
-$15,320,120 for its 1.5 Ingd reverse
osinosis nernbrane water treat-
-$494,500 for the RO plant from SF-
-$436,113 for irnprovernents to
the adjacent dock at the new city
-$43,600 to rehab Captain Hendry
House, built circa 1914.
Nelson graduates from Chief Executive Seminar
The Florida Criminal Justice Executive
Institute announces the graduation of Hen-
dry County Chief Deputy Kevin Nelson from
the Chief Executive Seminar at the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in
The graduates represent criminal justice
agencies around the state who serve in a
leadership role within their agency.
"Chief Nelson is a fine example of the
type of leadership needed to assist in guiding
the Hendry County Sheriff 's Office in a posi-
tieu tS f trssv mane, said se d
is an example of the type of training our em-
ployees and staff are receiving."
Chief Nelson was hired in January 2009
as Road Patrol Lieutenant supervising Patrol
Sergeants and deputies.
He was promoted to the position of Chief
Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden
will be will holding classes for individu-
als interested in obtaining a Concealed
Weapons Permit. This will be a 4 hour
course which consists of both classroom
and firearm r nge nst uctionth edy
County Gun Range and taught by Hendry
County Sheriff's Office State of Florida
Certified Firearms Instructors. Students
will need to bring their own handguns
and at least fifty (50) rounds of ammuni-
tion, holster (or the method in which you
will plan to use to carry), both eye and
ear protection. There is a $25 per person
fee. You must be at least 21 years of age to
participate. Concealed weapons applica-
tions are available at the Hendry County
All interested citizens should contact
Lt. Susan Harrelle at either (863) 674-5604
or by e-mail at sharrelleehendrysheriff.
org. A date and time will be announced
based on the number of participants and
will be directly contacted by the Sheriff's
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Deputy in July 2009. As Chief Deputy, he is
the senior most manager immediately below
the Sheriff and in the absence of the Sheriff
assumes command of the department.
He started his career in law enforcement
in August 1980 as an auxiliary deputy with
the Collier County Sheriff's Office, becom-
ing a full-time deputy in April 1981.
Chief Nelson retired in November 2004 at
the rank of Captain. He has been a resident
of LaBelle since 2003.
He is involved in the community and has
served as Past Master for the LaBelle Mason-
ic Lodge, Past President of the Rotary Club
of LaBelle, member of the Board of Direc-
tors for the LaBelle Chamber of Commerce
ad member of the First Baptist Church of
The seminar met for one week each
month for three months at FDLE's Head-
quarters in Tallahassee.
Graduates took classes on topics such as
demography, budgeting, legacy leadership,
ethics and implementing strategic change.
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On Friday night, Dec. 3, between the
hours of 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday morn-
ing, Dec. 4, Sheriff Steve Whidden and Hen-
dry County Sheriff's Office deputies, assisted
by the Department of Transportation, con-
ducted a DUI Sobriety Checkpoint near the
intersection of Case Road and State Road 29
South, in LaBelle.
The results of this checkpoint are:
208 cars were stopped
No valid driver's license: 6
.Driving with License Suspended/Re-
Possession of Marijuana over 20 grams:
Possession forged Drivers License: 1
Possession of alcohol by Minor (Under
The goal of the Chief Executive Seminar
is to prepare Florida's Criminal Justice lead-
ership for the challenging and changing de-
mands of the future.
Class participants study trends and events
that may affect criminal justice professionals
and the state and develop new leadership
skills to address and manage the changes
that lie ahead
The Florida Criminal Justice Executive In-
stitute, established within the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement and affiliated with
the State University System, was established
in 1990 by the Florida Legislature, which
recognized the need for an innovative and
multifaceted approach to the education and
training of criminal justice professionals.
Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden
stated, "I look forward to our continued
ing the Hen-
ment of our
munity" Chief Deputy Kevin Nelson
Army Pfe. Angelica A. Ramirez has gradu-
ated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill,
During the nine weeks of training, the sol-
dier studied the Army mission and received
instruction and training exercises in drill and
ceremonies, Army history, core values and
traditions, military courtesy, military justice,
physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship,
weapons use, map reading and land naviga-
tion, foot marches, armed and unarmed
combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.
She is the daughter of Renato Ramirez of
Ramirez graduated in 2010 from LaBelle
Offt Certiffeate to
Forre p's Grill
heLaBelle Sports Network and the Caloosa Belle, announces a
photo cntestsfor tthe b titcommn nntyhsport lho ogratph psted
online, go to newszap.com, click on the LaBelle homepage, then
the Sports tab in the upper right. Photos must be posted on the
site by December 31 and will be judged by the editorial team of
the Caloosa Belle and Community Sports Desk. Winner and win-
ning photo will appear in the paper. Interested teams and
klrwiic can go directly to the site, or contact Renee Hawley by e-
I.. ..I .1 rhawnley@communitysportsdesk~com or by phone at
888-853-7904 for a demonstration or to get start~i
Renae Ella Woodard, 39, was arrested
Dec. 5 and charged with possession of co-
caine and possession of drug equipment. N.
Kirk was arresting officer.
Leticia Rodriguez, 17, was arrested Dec.
5 and charged with a nonmoving traffic vio-
lation operating a motor vehicle without a
valid license, grand theft motor vehicle and
probation violation child in violation of im-
posed conditions. N. Kirk was arresting of-
Daniel Zachary Wiesenthal, 35, was ar-
rested Dec. 4 and charged with possession
of marijuana over 20 grams. N. Kirk was ar-
Randy Jason Clark, 39, was arrested Dec.
4 and charged with possession of marijuana
over 20 grams. N. Kirk was arresting officer.
Jose A. Zavala, 29, was arrested Dec. 4
and charged with a nonmoving traffic viola-
tion operating a motor vehicle without a val-
id license and possession of a forged driver
license or ID card. F. Herrera was arresting
Luther Furtick Jr., 62, was arrested and
charged on a warrant with burglary with as-
sault or battery. R. Garcia was arresting of-
Manuel Duran, 32, was arrested Dec. 3
and charged with possession of a forged or
altered instrument. R. Steed was arresting
Army Pfe An elica Ramirez
graduates from basic training
Holiday Health and Safety Tips for a special time of year
December 9, 2010
by Pat Dobbins
The holidays are a time to celebrate, give
thanks and reflect. They are also a time to
pay special attention to your health and the
health of your family. Give the gift of health
and safety by following
these holiday tips.
Watch the kids: Keep
your children with you
at all times while you are
shopping. Accompany and
supervise your children in
public facilities and rest-
Have a plan in case
you become separated. If Patricia
your kids are old enough Dobbins
to understand, have a pre-
designated spot to meet if you get separated.
Teach children to look for people who can
help, such as a uniformed security officer,
salesperson or even a mother with children.
Remind children to remain in the area where
they become separated.
Kid safety: Keep a watchful eye on your
kids when they're eating and playing. Keep
potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks,
household items, choking hazards (like
coins and hard candy) and other objects out
of kids' reach. Learn what to do for children
who are choking. Make sure toys are used
Wash your hands often: Keeping
your hands clean is one of the most impor-
tant steps you can take to avoid getting sick
and spreading germs to others. Wash your
hands with soap and clean running water
for at least 20 seconds. If soap and clean wa-
ter are not available, use an alcohol-based
Stay warm: Cold temperatures can
cause serious health problems, especially in
infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress
warmly in several layers of loose-fitting,
tightly woven clothing.
Manage stress: The holidays don't need
to take a toll on your health. Be aware of
your actions, try not to over-commit or over-
spend. Try to balance your work, home,
and play. Get support from your family and
friends. Try to keep a relaxed and positive
Travel safely: Whether you're travel-
ing across town or around the world, keep
safety in mind. DO NOT drink and drive, and
don't let someone else drink and drive. Wear
a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a
motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in
the car using a child safety seat, booster seat,
or seat belt according to their height, weight
Be smoke-free: Avoid smoking and
breathing other people's smoke. If you
smoke, quit today! Call 1-800-Q)UIT-NOW or
talk to your health care provider for help.
Get check-ups and vaccinations: Ex-
ams and screenings can help find problems
before they start. They can also help find
problems early, when the chances for treat-
ment and cure are better. Vaccinations help
prevent diseases and save lives. Schedule
a visit with your health care provider for a
Ask what vaccinations and tests you
should get based on your age, lifestyle, travel
plans, medical history and family health his-
Prevent injuries: Injuries can occur
anywhere and some often occur around the
holidays. Use step stools instead of furniture
when hanging decorations. Leave the fire-
works to the professionals. Wear a bicycle
helmet to help prevent head injuries.
Fire Safety: Most residential fires oc-
cur during the winter months. Keep candles
away from children, pets, walkways, trees
and curtains. Never leave fireplaces, stoves
or candles unattended. Don't use genera-
tors, grills, or other gasoline or charcoal-
burning devices inside your home or garage.
Install a smoke detector and carbon monox-
ide detector in your home. Test them once a
month, and replace batteries twice a year.
Handle and prepare food safely: As
you prepare holiday meals, keep you and
your family safe from food-related illness.
Wash hands and surfaces often. Avoid
cross-contamination by keeping raw meat,
poultry, seafood and eggs (including their
juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and
Cook foods to the proper temperature.
Refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perish-
able foods out of the refrigerator for more
than two hours.
Don't forget your pets! Protect pets
from rabies: Pets are considered family
members. Keep them healthy and safe as
well. Visit your veterinarian with your pet on
a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations
Do something positive for yourself and
those around you and you will be happier
An act of kindness goes a long way! Have
a happy and healthy holiday season!
By Les Morgan, pastor
Caloosa Baptist Church, LaBelle
When Orville and Wilbur Wright finally
succeeded in keeping their homemade
airplane in the air for fifty-nine seconds
on December 17, 1903, they rushed a tele-
ga stgrtheia sister inshDa~yton, Ohit I selling
read, "First sustained flight today fifty-nine
seconds. Hope to be home by Christmas."
Upo eevn th nw the ste w s
expc te abeu Itthe se jces that se u sd t
eth nee iapr Trb extan o je th I legram
not--the newspaper headline stated in black,
bold letters, "POPULAR LOCAL BICYCLE
MERCHANTS TO BE HOME FOR HOLI-
DAYS." The scoop of the century was missed
because an editor missed the point.
Christmas is a very special time of the
year. The love people feel toward others is
expressed in the deepest ways. The tunes of
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Christmas carols being sung, and the birth
of Jesus being retold has caused even the
most "tight-fisted" of individuals to loosen
and participate in joyous giving. Clearly the
example set by the love of God in giving His
Son for the world He loves inspires people
unl e e, ifewe are honest we would all
have to admit it is easy to forget this central
theme of the Christmas holidays. In fact,
were it not for an occasional "jolt" periodi-
callly, we mghhtrnot remember the true cen-
trAofew years a r cived such a "jolt"
from a story I read. I share it with you below
with hopes that if you need a bit of a "zap"
to get your focus re-centered of the birth of
Christ, this story will do the trick.
'A man named Paul received an automo-
bile from his brother as a Christmas present.
On Christmas Eve when Paul came out of his
office, a street urchin was walking around
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the shiny new car, admiring it. "Is this your
car, Mister?" he asked.
"Paul nodded. 'My brother gave it to me
for Christmas.' The boy a
was astounded. 'You mean
your brother gave it to you
an i in t sohst yo~uenhoet
"Of course Paul knew
what he was going to wish
hor ha bot er litke bh Dr. Les
lutw t the lad said jarred Morgan
his heel ewa n o
"I wi h," the boy went on, "that I could
be a brother like that."
"Paul looked at the boy in astonishment,
then impulsively he added, "Would you like
to take a ride in my automobile?"
"Oh yes, I'd love that."
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Publisher: Tom Byrd
The Caloosa Belle is published by Independent
Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique
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journalistic service to the citizens of the community.
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Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the
community's deliberation of public issues.
"After a short ride, the boy turned and
with his eyes aglow, said, "Mister, would
you mind driving in front of my house?" Paul
smiled a little. He thought he knew what the
lad wanted. He wanted to show his neigh-
bors that he could ride home in a big auto-
mo't Paul was wrong again. "Will you
stop where those two steps are?" the boy
asked. He ran up the steps. Then in a little
while Paul heard him coming back, but he
litl rthr The yun~g r ca wsunnabhl
to walk due to a crippling disease that had
taken the major use of his legs. The older
bother sat him dowr on the b ttom step
othe rtof squeezed up against him and
"There she is, Buddy, just like I told you
upstairs. His brother gave it to him for Christ-
mas and it didn't cost him a cent. And some
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To treat people with courtesy, respect and
A brother who understood the meaning of Christmas
Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Far left: Barron Library got a last min-
ute visit from an authentic box car from
the Holocaust era recently. The boxcar
is part of a traveling exhibit on the Ho-
locaust, Hitler's solution to the "Jewish
problem." It is unknown if this actual
boxcar was used to transport human
cargo to concentration camps, but
it has been documented that it is the
type used and was in use in Germany
at that time. The boxcar was only at
Barron Library last week, but has been
exhibited in LaBelle previously. The
boxcar is housed at the Holocaust Mu-
seum of Southwest Florida, along with
4~ many exhibits from the era. Young DJ
Conner, a fifth grader at UES, took time
after school to quietly inspect the arti-
fact that represents so much pain.
At left: Posters like this one guide visi-
ms= tors through the holocaust era boxcar.
The exhibit is part of the Holocaust
Museum of Southwest Florida, which
begins with the infamous attempt by
Nazi Germany to eradicate the Jews
TE-'" and other "undesirables" and contin-
>; l'"iCues to mark numerous other attempts
f .h~ ge--*******1'u at genocide throughout the world.
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day I'm gonna give you one just like it... then
[nou an ss for yo rsl Kal the pre things
ing to tell you about."
"Paul got out and lifted the lad to the
front seat of his car. The shining-eyed older
brother climbed in beside him and the three
of them began a memorable holiday ride.
"That Christmas Eve, Paul learned what
Jesus meant when he had said, 'It is more
blessed to give than to receive."'"
How about you? How do you intend
to walk through Christmas this year? Mad
abu h oduo oture ecnoy dn ocusd
you doubt there will be much under the tree
with your name on it?
Or will you focus on the Greatest Giver of
them all, and let His love flow through you
Here's how I see it -we can be like the
newspaper editor and miss the scoop of the
century and focus on bicycle merchants
rolling into town from North Carolina, or
we can participate in the greatest event of
any century -the coming of Christ, and cel-
ebrate His love and mercy
goHon sly, you can have my bicycle. I'm
It's your call.
Dr. Les Morgan is pastor of Caloosa
Baptist Church in LaBelle, located 200 yards
behind Flora & Ella s on Highway 80.
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Signs of Christmas
You may have noticed new additions to LaBelle's annual Christmas decora-
tions, just in time for the Light Up LaBelle Parade and the kick off to LaBelle's
celebration of Christmas. The Gathering of Christian Men and the Greater
LaBelle Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to add Merry Christmas -
Welcome to LaBelle signs. These signs were installed at four entrances to
LaBelle: just as you come over the bridge on your right, on SR 80 East at the
Barron House and the West just before MLK Blvd. and SR 29 just before Cow-
boy Way on the right. The signs are enhanced with garland and spot lights
for nighttime visibility. The Gathering of Christian Men is a nonprofit group
that gathers on the third Monday of each month in area churches for a meal
and fellowship. For information about the group please contact Mark White,
239-707-6137 or Wayne L. Wilkins, 863-673-0767. In addition, this commu-
nity minded group provides scholarships and donations and participates in
worthwhile projects like these signs. Thanks to those helped: City of LaBelle,
Lyons Printing and Sign-A-Rama, Vision Ace Hardware, Log Cabin Barbecue
Restaurant and area churches.
With the release of recent 3-D movies
and cable networks launch 3-D networks
and programming for newly-released 3-D
televisions, the trend towards this new tech-
nology is hard to miss-except for the mil-
lions of Americans who literally can't see it.
Movies including "Avatar" and "Alice in
Wonderland" have already left their impres-
sion on the 3-D screen and new movies
using the technology are making their way
into theaters across the country. Meanwhile,
ESPN and the Discovery Channel are prepar-
ing to broadcast in 3-D. This new technology
is catching the eyes of fans nationwide, but
some people may not be able to enjoy the
3-D experience because of vision problems.
"People who have even the smallest vi-
sion misalignment or those without equal
vision in both eyes may not be able to see
3-D images properly," said Dr. Randall T. Par-
nish, Jr., of Family Eye Care of Labelle. "For
people with unstable focusing or difficulty in
coordinating vision with other senses, view-
ing 3-D TV or movies can cause headaches
and other uncomfortable side effects."
According to the American Optometric
Association (AOA), anywhere from three to
nine million people have problems with bin-
ocular vision prohibiting them from watch-
ing 3-D TV and movies. Binocular vision is
the ability to align both eyes accurately on
an object and combine the visual images
from each eye into a single, in-depth per-
ception. The problem comes from fatigue
caused when 3-D technology forces the eyes
to make adjustments to focus simultaneous-
ly on images that are near and far away.
Symptoms indicating a potential prob-
lem with the ability to see images in 3-D vary
from person to person. According to the re-
sults of the AOA's American Eye-Q@ survey,
the majority of individuals who suffer from
3-D vision complications most often experi-
ence headaches (13 percent), blurred vision
(12 percent) and dizziness (11 percent).
If you answer yes to any of the following
questions, the AOA recommends seeing a
doctor of optometry for further evaluation:
Is 3-D viewing experience not as vivid as
it is for others watching the same picture?
Rose 1Marie Dukes, 66
LABELLE- Rose Marie Dukes, passed away
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Survivors include her husband, Richard Dukes;
one son, Rick Dukes of Muse, Fla.; and one
daughter, Lisa Sands of Muse, Fla.; grandchil-
dren, Shane Sands and Reese Sands; one broth-
er; and seven sisters.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memori-
al donations be sent to Hope Hospice, 9470
Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33907.
Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funer-
al Home, LaBelle.
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Do you experience eyestrain or head-
aches during or after viewing?
Do you feel nauseous or dizzy during or
Are you more comfortable viewing 2-D
TV or movies instead of 3-D TV/movies?
Is it difficult for your eyes to adjust back to
normal after watching 3-D TV/movies?
Dr. L. Lamar Youmans of Family Eye Care
of Labelle says "Studies show optometric vi-
sion therapy can help alleviate problems such
as lazy eye, convergence insufficiency, poor
focusing skills and other visual problems that
are discovered by some when viewing 3-D
programming and make the experience of
watching these movies more enjoyable."
Optometric vision therapy is a sequence
of therapeutic procedures individually pre-
scribed and monitored by an optometrist to
develop efficient visual skills and processing.
I'ollowing a comprehensive eye examina-
tion, the optometrist may prescribe vision
therapy if the results of the exam indicate a
need and if it is determined an appropriate
treatment option for the patient. The vision
therapy program is based on the results of
standardized tests, the needs of the patient,
and the patient's signs and symptoms. Opto-
metrie vision therapy re-educates the brain to
achieve single, clear, comfortable, two-eyed
vision that improves eye coordination, focus-
ing and eye movement, ultimately enhancing
the 3-D viewing experience.
The AOA also recommends visiting a doc-
tor of optometry on a regular basis for com-
prehensive eye exams to help ensure healthy
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Light up a child's life thiS
The Guardian ad Litem Program invites
you to assist the children in our community
that have been abused, neglected, or aban-
doned. Gifts are needed to ensure that these
children have a happy holiday season.
You can help by choosing an ornament
from one of the trees located at the Seacoast
National Banks in LaBelle and Moore Ha-
ven. The LaBelle 4-H arts and craft children
hand made each ornament for the trees, as
a community project under the leadership of
Mary Coronado and Tammy McCluskey and
the Seacoast National Bank in LaBelle and
in Moore Haven. You will need to purchase
a holiday gift for the child listed. Please re-
turn the gift unwrapped with the ornament
stahddato D r 1stNational Bank by
Please note that the children cannot re-
ceive gifts that are edible, religious or violent
(such as guns) in nature.
Kids 12 and Under
Get R 4d to Sh y
This Saturday, Dec. 11, from 8:30-10 a.m.
kids 12 years old and under can come into
the Kiwanis Thrift Store to do some "bargain
holiday shopping" for their families. The
store is only open for kids, but LaBelle Ki-
wanis Club members will be there to help
the kids do their shopping.
Parents/Adults will be asked to wait out-
side where they can enjoy coffee, juice and
cookies while their little ones shop. Key
Club- LaBelle High School will be there to
offer free gift-wrapping so the kids can take
their treasures home. Regular store hours
begin at 10 a.m.
So come on over to the Kiwanis Thrift
Store this Saturday and let the kids have a
holiday shopping experience!
Chamber Christmas House,
Light up LaBelle
Something new! The chamber is getting
Santa's Christmas House ready. Chamber
members may sign up to set up gift items
for sale at the chamber, on the corner of SR
80 and Bridge Street, beginning Dec. 6. Call
Sara at 675-0125 to set up a day to display
your sale items.
Look for the chamber's lunch specials
at Santa's Christmas House, too, or Flora &
Ella's pie and coffee specials
There will also be free wrapping for gifts
purchased at Santa's Christmas House.
Deadline to register for the annual Christ-
mas Light up LaBelle contest is Dec. 15.
There are two categories: residential and
business, with two place winners in each
You better start decorating now! Judging
will be Dec. 17.
Breakfast with Santa
The American Legion Auxiliary Unit
130 in LaBelle will host the annual Break-
fast with Santa on December 11 from 8-11
a.m. Children will receive a gift and a visit
and breakfast with Santa. Children 8 years
and under eat free. Ages 9 to adults will be
charged $3. This event will take place at the
American Legion Post at 699 Hickpochee
Ave. (SR 80 west. Put this exciting event on
yur calendar for a morning of fun. Open to
te pu lc.
Christmas Showcase coming
Nothing gets you in the holiday mood
like a big C~hristmas Showcase and does the
Firehouse Community Theatre have one for
you! Come to the theater, 241 N. Bridge St.
Dec. 10, 11, 17 or 18 at 7 p.m. or Dec. 1
of 19 at 2 p.m. to enjoy an original adapta-
tion of The Gift of the Magi by our own Joel
Hawkins along with a Candy Cane Christmas
by Darby Chism, a Christmas Choral produc-
tion directed by Nick Fidanza and some of
Carolyn White's original poetry. A little bit
ofh iote isnp ror everyone to get us in the
do r!c el $ofo yu r reeti n. Tctkhe
hotline 863-675-3066 or go to www.fire-
houseculturalcenter. com for more informa-
Crafts for Christmas
A Christmas Craft Show will be held
Dec. 11 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Rec hall
at Whisper Creek RV Resort, 1887 N. SR 29
(one mile north of the bridge). Thirty ven-
dors will provide a large variety of crafts and
holiday gifts including some baked goods.
Coffee and donuts as well as lunch will be
available for purchase. Door prizes will be
given away every ten minutes. For additional
information, contact Marji Fuller at 239-838-
It's Christmas tree time!
Key Club-LaBelle High School will host
its annual Christmas Tree sale at the Kiwanis
Thrift Store, 155 South Bridge Street. Pro-
ceeds go to Key Club-LaBelle High School
and Builders Club-West Glades School.
These are youth programs sponsored by the
LaBelle Kiwanis Club. Tree sales are as fol-
lows: Monday through Fridays from 3-7:30
p.m, Saturdays 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sundays
12:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Come to Christmas Social
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Chamber of Commerce invite you to their
annual Christmas Social. Join them for wine,
hors d'oeuvres and fun Dec. 9, 5:30-7 p.m. at
First Bank LaBelle Branch.
at humane society
All pets at Caloosa Humane Society are
25 percent off for a limited time! The special
begins on Dec. 9 and will be going on until
Dec. 31. With an approved adoption appli-
cation you can adopt a pet for the following
Kittens are now $56.25. Cats are now
$37.50. Mixed breed puppies are now
$112.50. Adult dogs are now $75. Purebreed
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days!! You can visit the pets at Caloosa Hu-
mane Society at 1200 Pratt Blvd, check us
out online at www.caloosahumanesociety.
org or call us at 863-675-0997.
Pancakes for breakfast
Ortona Pancake Breakfast The Ortona
Community Association will hold its first
pancake breakfast of the winter season on
Saturday, Dec. 11, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at
the Ortona Community Hall, Ortona Road
(Highway 78A). The all-you-can-eat break-
fast includes sausage, pancakes juice and
coffee, all for $4.
Donate to Animal Control
Anyone with dog houses or cages they
no longer need is asked to donate them to
LaBelle Animal Control. You can call 675-
3381 for more information.
MCA to meet Dec. 16
Muse Community Association monthly
meeting will be held on Thursday Dec. 16, at
7 p.m. Mark your Calendar for this event. The
Association meets the third Thursday of ev-
ery month. We encourage all residents to at-
tend, bning a friend. Come out and meet your
neighbors, your input, ideas and suggestions
is greatly appreciated. Refreshments will be
sThe meeting is held at the Community
Center Building on Loblolly Bay Road. For
further information call 863-674-0467.
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week of Dec. 20-24. It will reopen for busi-
ness Dec. 27.
There will no curbside recycle pickup for
the North Service District (Port LaBelle, Ca-
loosa Estates, Riverbend) on Dec. 22. Waste
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LM S boy s basketball rebuilding
December 9, 2010
The only school in the immediate area
with a competitive girls powerlifting team,
LaBelle High School began its 2010-11 sea-
son by hosting Lake Placid on Tuesday, Dec.
7, at 5 p.m. The school will now host an
eight-team invitational at 5:30 p.m. on Fri-
day, Dec. 10.
"I'm excited about the upcoming sea-
son," said coach Jenny McClain. "We have
a great turnout of girls for the team. Some
returnees who I expect to see great things
from are Alexis Caputo, Alex Pequeno,
Amanda Lopez, Emily Leon, Brittany Ballard
and Kayla Kelley. Some rookies who I expect
to see great things from are Crystal Gaskin,
Korri Turrlington and Shelby O'Bannon."
There are 10 weight classes in girls pow-
erlifting. The school's top two lifters for each
weight class compete for the team's score.
They compete in the bench press and the
clean-n-jerk, and each lifter attempts three
lifts. The greatest weight for bench press
and greatest weight for clean is then added
together for an individual score.
The competitor with the greatest amount
of weight for each weight class wins, earn-
ing points up to six places. If there is a tie
in pounds lifted, then the girl weighing the
"I'm hoping that the interest in girls pow-
erlifting continues to increase," McClain
said. "It is not a sport that makes women
have manly bodies, which is the stereotypi-
cal assumption, but rather a sport that can
transform a girl into a strong, toned, athletic
build. By doing so, this sport helps with teen-
age girl body image and self-esteem."
Those interested in more information
about the team may call McClain at the
Only three games into the 2010-11 sea-
son, the LaBelle High School varsity bas-
ketball team has already been involved in a
blowout (65-31 win over ECS on Nov. 23), a
squeaker (52-51 victory over Clewiston Nov.
24) and something in between (63-58 loss at
Arch Bishop Curley Nov. 30).
"We played well against a zone defense
versus ECS, we played a good half-court
defense against Clewiston and we showed
signs of improvement against Curley, which
returned all of its starters from last year,"
said Cowboys coach Dave Kelley.
In the win over ECS, point guard Braxton
Ford scored 15 points and dished out seven
assists, shooting guard C.J. Jones tallied 19
points, and center Ian Kelley and forward
Derrick Bass combined for 15 points and 23
Against Clewiston, Ford, Kelley and Jones
hit their final eight free throws to seal the vic-
tory, with Jones contributing 19 points. In
the loss to Curley, Jones poured in 18 points
and made six steals, Kelley netted 11 points
and grabbed a dozen rebounds, Ford scored
11 points and added four assists, and Bass
had six points, eight boards and two blocks.
The Cowboys will be at Bishop Verot to-
night and home versus Southwest Florida
With only one starter returning from
last year's squad -and only five overall -
the LaBelle Middle School boys basketball
team is in for a rebuilding year this season.
"We're a very inexperienced basketball
team this year with a lot of room to grow,"
said coach Craig Mehlenbacher.
"We have the potential to be a pretty
good team, but we are in the process of
a major transformation this year with only
five players coming back from last year's
The lone returning starter is Danny
Keller, who will be the team captain. Other
players are Omar B, Keneth Carrion, Bryce
Godwin, Joey Leon, Jose Lopez, Michael
Lopez, Baylen McCormick, Jasard Mendez,
Dane Mourfield, Esteban Plaza and Jose
Ramos. Managers are Jeffery Harris and
LaBelle began its 2010-11 season
Wednesday, Dec. 1, at West Glades. Next
up were Glades Day and at Marco Island
on Dec. 8 and 9, respectively.
Andrea Lutkenhaus and Paige Taylor were
the go-to players as the LaBelle High Girls
Basketball Dec. 1, at LaBelle High School fell
short to Dunbar 45-24.
The Cowgirls lost a tough, hard-played
game to Dunbar High School, 45-24 in
LaBelle. The Tigers, favorites to win the
district, simply out rebounded the Cow-
girls, and played super defense against us.
Sophomores Andrea Lutkenhaus and Paige
Taylor led the Cowgirls with 11 points and
5 rebounds, and 4 points and 2 rebounds
respectively. The Cowgirl will go to Dunbar
High School Dec. 13 for a return matchup.
LHS loses to Bishop Verot
Michelle Gielow and Jaquonza Taylor
were the go-to players as the LaBelle High
Girls Basketball Saturday at LaBelle High
School fell short to Bishop Verot 56-12.
The Cowgirls were beaten by the Vikings
of Verot on Saturday, Dec. 4, but a lopsided
56-12 score. The Bishop Verot Girls simply
dominated the game from the beginning,
and never gave the girls a chance to redeem
themselves. The Cowgirls will take this as a
learning experience and move on. We do
get a chance to play them again, and we will
look forward to that.
Sophomore Jaquonza Taylor led the
Cowgirls with 8 points followed by Michelle
Gielow's 2. The girls played Island Coast
Monday night and host Gateway Charter
Thursday night (tonight) here in LaBelle.
Christian rodeo Dec. 11
The Gathering of Christian Men will hold
a C~hnstia Rd do se. 1, h 70 ismat the
moted by Gethsemane Ranch Rodeo Associ-
atin all-ine772t5 7-0380 or 772-260-9902
p.m. For more info Call Dave Randant 673-
Boys basketball takes two of three
G1rls basketball suffers losses
MeH'S slow pitch
Players 55 and older are invited to play
Men's Slow Pitch at 9 a.m. Monday and Fri-
days through March 31 at Davis-Pratt field.
Enjoy the fun and exercise! Contact Ron
Highfield 810-858-7083 or George at 603-
Salazar's 1Machine Shop supporting LaBelle's 2010 Relay for Life
NOLAN ROBERT JONES
October 6, 2010, in Fort Myers, FL. He
weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces, and was
20 inches long. He is the first born son of Andrew
and Lindsay Jones of LaBelle, FL. His maternal
grandparents are Tristan and Donna Chapman of
LaBelle. His paternal grandparents are Mary Ann
Jones and the late Robert Jones of Clewiston.
His great-grandparents are Lloyd Chapman and.
Lelo Watts of Bradenton, Paul and Reda LaVoy
of Temperance, MI, Ann Brown and the late
Stephen Brown of Miami, and Mary Katherine
Jones and the late Thomas Jones of Clewiston.
December 9, 2010
employment and the people who worked
here. Meeting Mr. Salazar reinforced all that
had been shared with me this day. You could
see it in the way he interacted with his em-
ployees. In leaving, I thanked them again
for supporting Relay For Life and letting me
see the people that they are, hopefully new
friends. For more info on Salazar's Machine
Shop go to www.salazarmachine.com.
The company's visionary creator twenty
five years ago is still the main driving force
today. Mr. Pete Salazar, III was raised in
Immokalee, and started his career in weld-
ing and metal working right out of high
school by attending the Albuquerque Tech-
nical Vocational Institute in Albuquerque,
In 1978, Mr. Salazar received his foun-
dational training and certification as a pipe
welder. The following year he and his wife,
Linda, moved to Lansing, Michigan in search
of better opportunities in his field.
Pete and his young family lived in Lan-
sing for 5 years as he gained numerous ex-
periences working in structural building and
continued his education by attending Lan-
sing Community College. He studied in sev-
eral areas such as drafting, machining, and
mathematics, earning more accreditations.
Later, in 1984, the family returned to their
hometown of Immokalee, where Pete be-
gan working for a local structural steel firm,
quickly achieving supervisor status. During
this time, he also began teaching welding in
the evenings at Lee Ccounty Vocational Tech-
nical Center in Fort Myers.
Nevertheless, Pete had a desire to operate
his own venture. He developed a five year
plan to bring him closer to his goals. In 1985
Salazar Welding was created, a one man op-
eration with his "old pick-up truck and his
trusty 1959 welder." It wasn't until 1987 that
he hired his first employee and purchased
another truck and welder. As much as he
loved teaching, Pete had to bring it to an end
afer es::.: ears due to the demands of a
In the past 25 years, Mr. Salazar has seen
his company grow from a one man weld-
ing operation to numerous employees, two
locations totaling over 26,000 square feet
of workspace, a fleet of vehicles, machin-
ery, and equipment. Since the company's
humble beginnings, the company has not
forgotten the core values of always helping,
listening, and filling the customer's needs,
and doing whatever it takes to get the job
done. Along with this mindset, other values
like integrity, honesty, reliability, and respect
have all directly attributed to the success of
the company, and the numerous awards
Salazar Machine & Steel, Inc. has received
for service and innovative designs.
Awards for the firm's patented designs
include the 2006 Innovation Award by the
Economic Development Council of Collier
County and the 2007 Florida Governor's
New Product Award (small company cat-
egory) by the Florida Engineering Society,
2008 National New Product Award by the
National Society of Professional Engineers.
Mr. Salazar has also been profiled over the
years in the Naples Daily News as an up and
coming entrepreneur, and was also awarded
the National 2008 Success Story of the year
by the Migrant Education Harvest of Hope
program and the 2008 Agriculturalist of the
Year by the Eastern Collier Chamber of Com-
Mr. Salazar attributes his success to his
commitment to his family, values, faith and
by Mary Risley
Walking into Salazar's Machine Shop in
LaBelle I had no idea what I would be leav-
ing with. What did I know about a machine
shop? I just wanted to thank them for sup-
porting Relay for Life. A young man named
David met me at the door with a warm smile
and an extended hand, which immediately
put me at ease. We talked for a short time,
all the while David filling me in on the tech-
nology of a machine shop.
At this point I said, "This is an amazing
shop, but I want to know who all of you
are." His smile spread even bigger and he
asked if I had time to stick around. His boss,
Pete Salazar, was coming in from his shop in
Immokalee and he wanted to meet me.
While waiting I began to take pictures as
we casually walked through the shop.
The pride in David's voice as he ex-
plained Pete Salazar's background or a new
machine, spoke volumes as to this place of
Your wedding day is one of the most spe-
cial in anyone's life. The dress, the ceremo-
ny, the rings, the reception and the cake,
The bride and groom work hard to tai-
lor their wedding to their own tastes and
that's where Debble Woodford, aka "D Cake
Lady,"acan really help A ter rting frm 2
hobby of 32 years to the next step.
Wedding cakes are her passion and she
now has much more time to devote to turn-
ing them into the edible treasures every
bride and groom hopes for.
You can now order your wedding cake
from "D Cake Lady" through Susie's Sweet
Smiles at 31 Fort Thompson Ave.
Debbie attended classes at Wilton in
Chicago to learn the basics of cake decora-
tion and has expanded her skill with years
of experience. She's serious about wedding
cakes and is joining the National Association
of Wedding Professionals. She said she may
even be able to steer one of its conventions
If you're planning your big day, you can
check out her Web site deakelady.com for
photos of her wedding creations, from the
most elaborate to the classic and intimate.
She has created lots of memorable wed-
ding cakes, in particular one the groom de-
signed with the couple's personal touches
including UF and USF initials, orange slices,
sea shells and other symbols important to
Debbie said she particularly loves to
work with fondant because she can sculpt
anything the bride and groom want for their
cake. Check out her Web site or call Debbie
Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Wedding cakes are Debbie Woodford's
Weddmng cakes a work of art
Submitted photo/M~lary Rieley
Salazar's Machine Shop, Relay sup-
December 9, 2010
Ranch Supply, during their hours of opera-
tion: at Embroidery Gone Wild, 11 a.m.-4
p.m., Winn Dixie front parking lot Saturday,
Dec. 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Foster Children Wishes hopes to provide
each Foster Children in Hendry and Glades
County at least one new toy at Christmas
which will engage their education produc-
tively and allow their happiness to shine
through their beautiful smiles.
Nature Park Trail Cleanup
The Hendry/LaBelle Recreation Board
and Coalition for Eco-Recreation would like
to invite community organizations, youth
groups and individuals to a two hour LaBelle
Nature Park Trail Cleanup on Saturday, Dec.
11, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Hats, gloves, long
pants, sturddy shoe tn cn ec rerel a e
to bring their own rakes and shovels. Wa-
ter will be provided. Call Margaret England
at 674-0695 for information. The LaBelle
Nature Park is located at Hardee Street and
Fraser on the Caloosahatchee River in La-
Belle. For directions and information: http://
COWboy Closet online
Cowboy Closet is now, permanently on-
line! Check out h'Il' **'' In.:,-' 1.. t.webs.
com for information on sales and open
dates. Coming up, December 18 All items
50 percent off 8 a.m. to noon. Make sure
yudcheck the steL eo en dates.c Gt items
dents by donating items to the store. We can
always use quality items for resale. Email
cowboyclosetehendry.kl2.fl.us for more
Be R FrieHR Of the Library
Barron Library is looking for individuals
who are interested in being part of a new
'Friends of the Library' group. If you are ener-
getic, full of great ideas and not afraid to work
for a great cause, please call the library direc-
tor at 863-675-0833 for more information.
Caregiver support group
met hin I llearhe e on Tp trsdGy opf
each month at 1 p.m. at Oakbrook of La-
Belle, 250 Broward Ave. The support group
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The next meeting is Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. ACE
HomeCare sponsors the support as part of
its Community Outreach Program. Contact
863-677-1100 for further information.
Join book club
Anyone who is interested in participating
in the Barron Library Book Club is invited to
rutend thbeemonnhly dme ts.1The nextmeet-
The book to be discussed is Still Alice by Lisa
Genova. The book selection for the January
2011 meeting is The Friday Night Knitting
Club by Kate Jacobs. The library has copies
of these books available for use.
VFW plans activities
Enjoy music and dance at VFW Post
10100 with the Jammers Thursday, Dec. 9
(tonight), 4-7 p.m.
The Men's Auxiliary will serve a pork din-
ner Friday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m.; $8.
There will be a children's hayride from
the post to Oakbrook Nursing home at 5
p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. Santa will be at the
post before the ride.
Turkey Shoot Sunday, Dec. 12 1 p.m. at
the post home on SR 29S.
The post will pay for the membership of
any armed forces personnel currently serv-
ing in harm's way. A gift idea for someone
serving our country. Please call 863-675-
Fashion show planned
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130 will
have a fashion show Sunday, Dec. 12, 1-3
p.m. at the Legion Post 130, 699 Hickpochee
Ave. (SR 80). Tickets are $8 for the show and
luncheon, available at the post lounge.
The Hendry County Tobacco-Free Part-
nership meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 14, at
Carlson Memorial U~nited Methodist Church,
310 Campbell St., 4-5 p.m. Updates on all
tobacco program initiatives, training in to-
bacco basics and school data from the so-
cial norms surveys will be available. Come
make a difference in the lives of our youth,
adults and visitors. Drug Free Hendry Co-
alition meeting immediately after. Refresh-
ments provided. Contact Valarie James at
863-674-4041 ext. 128 for information.
CrittesS, Cows and CowboyS
Bob Montanaro, administrative assistant
for the Pelican Island Audubon Society, will
present Critters, Cows & Cowboys: A Photo-
graphic Exploration in the Wildlife and Work
of a Florida Cattle Ranch" at the Clewiston
Museum 109 Central Avenue (863) 983-2870
on Monday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Admission is
free and open to the public. This program is
sponsored by Hendry-Glades Audubon So-
ciety. Critters, Cows & Cowboys" illustrates
the critical role ranches play in protecting
Florida's diverse habitats while chronicling
encounters with the many species of wildlife
that call Treasure Hammock Ranch home.
Additionally, the program reveals what a
year of work is like on a Flonida cattle ranch
-from the stereotypical images of cowboys
on horseback herding cattle to the more re-
alistic hot and dusty workday spent on foot
moving cattle individually through the cow
pens for vet checkups and myriad other ac-
tivities. For information about this program,
birding tours or the Dec. 18 Christmas Bird
Count, contact: Margaret England 863-674-
069 5 sta5birding eembarqmail.com
closing Dec. 20-24
In an effort to support Hendry County's
cost cutting furlough days, the Property Ap-
praiser's office will be closed an additional
three days for the Christmas holiday Mon-
day, Dec. 20-Friday, Dec, 24 and will resume
regular office hours of 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on
Monday, Dec. 27.
The office will also be closed Dec. 31
in recognition of New Year's Day. Phillip L.
Pelletier and Staff would like to: Wish you a
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
bright for foster kids
Foster Children Wishes is collecting new,
unwrapped motivational and educational
tools/toys, outdoor motivational toys such as
sports games, etc. during the week of Decem-
ber 10-14 to distribute as Christmas gifts to Fos-
ter Children in Hendry and Glades County.
Toys may be dropped off Dec. 9-14 at: Ro-
deo Bar and Grill, The Coffee Shop andThe
You can be SCF queen, princess
The Swamp Cabbage Festival Queen-
Princess Pageant practices continue Dec. 12
and 19, Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30. All at Barron
Park 2 p.m.
Sign up forms can be picked up at the
First Bank of Clewiston from Kim or at Lang-
ford Ford from Melinda.
Princess contestants may be age 12-16
years; queen contestants 17-24 years. Call
Jerri Lynn 239-989-7032.
Widows t0 meet
The Widows Support Group will meet
Dec. 16 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch at Flora &
Ella's Restaurant. All widows welcome.
Turkey and ham shoot
Pioneer VFD will hold a turkey and ham
shoot Dec. 17-18, beginning at 7 p.m. Come
to the station at 2499 Hendry Isles Blvd.
Sunday, Dec. 19, one year anniversary of
the Motorcycle Round up and car show at
Dec 11 Ortona at Shady Gatorz Saloon
there is going to be a grand opening barbe-
cue and live music, vendors welcome.
Dec 16 Kruisin with Kati Lunch ride, leav-
ing the BP gas station in LaBelle at 9:45.
Going to Indiantown then around Lake
Okeechobee. This is an almost all day ride.
Church Briefs ..
December 9, 2010
Submitted photo/M~lary Rieley
Faith Sherrod, Preston Long III, Tyler Sherrod, Gary Ben Hull and Paul Luckey,
First Baptist Church Praise Band, played for the residents at Oakbrook on Sat-
urday, Nov. 20. The residents really enjoyed an afternoon of music and look
forward to their return.
United Methodist Church
310 Campbell St.
LaBelle, FL 33935
phone (863) 675-0656
Fax (863) 675-064o
Pastor John Bennett
9:00 a.m. Traditional Service
10:00 a.m. Sunday School
11:OO a.m. Contemporary Semvice
FULL GOSPEL TABERNACLE
1058 Thigpen Rd.
LaBelle, FL 33935
Sunday 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Wednesday Nite 7 p.m.
a.In. and 6 p.In. and on Tuesday, Dec, 29 at
New Testament Baptist Church is located
at 300 S, Davis St, corner of Bryan Ave.
For information or transportation please
call Senior Pastor Ben Millican 863-673-0782;
Associate Pastor James Wryals 863-673-
1120; Asst. Pastor Ciro Castillo 863-517-0377
or Asst. Pastor Jose Serrano 863-612-5426
Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Testarnento (New
Testament Baptist Church), les invita a corn-
partir can nosotros en nuuestra Carnpana
de Avivarniento de Navidad can el Evange-
lista y Artista Vestor Arnold, presentando
"La Palabra de Dios" en palabra y en arte. La
persona con inas invitados recibira el dibujo
El dibujo de tiza sera sobre el terna del
serrnon de la palabra de Dios.
Los dibujos revelaran irnagenes goe no
se pueden ver a simple vista sino can una
luz negra, por ejernlo corno Jesus en las
Los servicios seran sabado, Deciernbre
25 3 p.In., Domingo, Deciernbre 26 10a.n.
and 6 p.In. y Martes 7:30 p.m.
La Iglesia Bautista Nuevo Testarnento es
localizada en el 300 S, Davis St. esquina de
Para inforinacion a transportation
pueden Ilarnar a Senior Pastor Ben Millican
18636 6-0782 1 tcite Pa tr rrcesa 1ry
86-1-37 or Asst. Pastor Jose Serrano
Time now to celebrate the
Healing Waters Farnily Life Center invites
the entire cornrunity to enjoy the Journey
of a Promised Hope, a living Nativity with
connecting modern farnily issues with the
events of Christ's life.
The event will take place Dec. 10 and
11, from 6-9 p.m. at SR 80E and Birchwood
Parkway (entrance on Birchwood Pkwy.)
Hot chocolate and cookies will be provided
for those who attend this absolutely free
For those who feel led to make a do-
nation, all funds will be forwarded to the
Salvation Arrny to help LaBelle's needy get
through sorne difficult times.
Kids musical Dec. 12
A Kids' Christmas Musical of Hope will
be presented by the Children's Choir of First
Baptist Church LaBelle on Sunday Morning,
Dec. 12, at 11 a.In. under the direction of
Mrs. Debbie White.
You might wish upon a star, catch a fall-
ing star, recite starry-eyed poems like "star
light, star bright, the first star I see tonight -'
you might sing songs about twinkling stars'
have stars in your eyes, thank your lucky
stars or utter strange, cultural phrases like
"my stars and garters.
Each of those have their place in culture
lore and history, but there's only been one
time in all of history where one could actu-
ally see and be witness to the "Star of Wom-
der," the star that helped mark the Iniracu-
lous birth of our Savior.
Along the way you'll meet such bright lu-
Ininaries as Superstar, Shooting Star, Lucky
Star, Falling Star, Rock Star, the North Star
and a constellation full of stars (the kids
choir) as they anxiously watch the biggest
announcement in history unfold: the Birth
Corne be a part of this exciting presenta-
tion this Sunday at 11 a.In.
Cowboy Gospel planned
TuAs ar ewelclolrnaat In. Coao RGo pe
Center, 3025 CR 78W.
There will be a special message by Broth-
er Cliff Gobble.
Christmas revival planned
New Testament Baptist Church (Iglesia
Bautista Nuevo Testarnento), would like to
invite you to our Christmas Revival, to hear
ChalkeArtis anhdeE ngdels GVe t n Arnolld a
All services are bilingual, (English and
The person that has the most visitorS
with then will receive the chalk art drawing
for that service. The chalk art drawing will
be the there of the message from God's
Wo e drawings will reveal unseen irnages
when a black light is applied, such as Jesus
corning in the clouds.
The services will be Saturday, December
25 at 3 p.In., Sunday, December 26 at 10
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Interested in becoming a middle school
teacher? The State of Florida predicts it will
need to hire more than 3,000 middle school
teachers in the next several years, yet until
now there was no public or private school in
Southwest Florida to educate Middle School
Math, Science or Language Arts teachers.
The School of Education at Edison State
College has launched three new baccalaure-
ate degree programs to address three of the
state's enitical teacher shortage areas. The
programs will prepare graduates to secure
teaching positions in 5-9 grade levels in the
applicable program discipline.
"We have an opportunity to provide more
students access to in-demand careers in
education," explained Dr. Erin Harrel, Dean
of the School of Education at Edison State
College. "It is time for students in Southwest
Florida to have an opportunity to become a
middle school teacher without travelling far
The occupation of middle grades educa-
tion ranks 36th out of the 100 fastest growing
occupations in Florida. The Florida Agency
for Workforce Innovation finds that by the
2012-2013 academic year there will be a
need for an additional 3,397 middle grades
math, science and language arts teachers
in Florida. These figures present a signifi-
cant increase in the number of new middle
grades teachers needed in the state.
Ernie Branson is seizing the opportunity.
After years of working in retail management
and in transportation, Branson realized that
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Edison State would afford him the opportu-
nity to make a fulfilling career change. He
will be part of the Middle School Language
Arts program at Edison State.
"I've thought about teachers who had
a positive influence in my life," explained
Branson. "I had a hard time in 7th and 8th
grade. I credit many of those teachers with
my coming out of that time on the right side.
I hope to have that same positive influence
on other young people."
Branson, whose long-term plans include
both teaching and pursuing a Master's de-
gree, chose Edison State for several reasons:
"The school has an excellent reputation -
I've spoken with friends who had great ex-
periences," enthused Branson. "The student
body isn't just typical demographic. I'm not
the only person who's been out in the work-
ing world and back to get a degree. That has
a lot to do with why I chose Edison State and
why I am staying for my bachelor's. I'm so
happy I can stay now for my entire under-
Edison State College is enrolling students
for the Spring 2011 semester now through
January 6. To learn more about the B.S. in
Middle Grades Language Arts Education with
ESOL endorsement, B.S. in Middle Grades
Mathematics Education, or B.S. in Middle
Grades Science Education, visit the website:
http://www. edison. edu/academics/.
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look pristine 5 acres w/oaks,
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538,ooo- 3/1Cocrete Block
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$79,000 -Newer CBS w/gran
ite countertops, cathedral
ceilings. Like new condition.
0129,000- 3/2 Modular, Make
$287,500 Historical home
built in the 1920's in the heart
of LaBelle on I ac. 6BR/2BA
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Pet of the Week
Jack is a two-year-old Labrador Re-
triever/Hound mix. He is a gentle soul,
who is good with everyone including
children. He would love to live with a
family that likes to go for walks, he is
fantastic on a leash. Jack loves playing
in the yard with his favorite toy. Jack's
adoption fee is only $100, which in-
cludes neuter, micro-chip, worming
treatment, vaccination (except rabies)
and 30-45 days of free health insur-
ance. Anyone interested in adopting
Jack or one of his friends can come to
Caloosa Humane Society at 1200 Pratt
Blvd. and fill out an adoption applica-
tion or call 863-675-0997. You can also
check out our Website at www.calOO-
sahumanesociety.org for a fun video
of Jack playing with his favorite toy.
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heavy equip operations, construction and main-
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Groundskeeper Facility Maintenance Experience
with commercial mowing, landscape equipment
Both positions require clean driving record, FT
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REAL ESTATE AUCTION
Nominal Opening Bid: $1,000
690 Niles Street, La Belle
4BR 2BA 2,052sf+/- mobile/mnftd home*
Sells: 3:30 p.m.,
Thursday, Dec. 16 on site
Open to the Public
Open this weekend, please go to
or call 800-801-8003 for detailS.
Many properties now available for online
bidding! A Buyer's Premium may apply.
William & Willi m
FL RE LIC#BK3223097 DANIEL NELSON
BROKER, W&W RE LIC#1032049
HOLIDAY MOVE IN SPECIAL. I
Pay no rent through December 31st.
$177 Sure Deposit (non-refundable)
**Restrictions Due Apply *
* 2 BEDROOMS AT $364.00 PER MONTH
* 3 BEDROOMS AT $411.00 PER MONTH
*4 BEDROOMS AT $464.00 PER MONTH
APPLICATION FEE REDUCED TO $20.00
li iteod ocnu ann o r -a~rmRronrdks r*
LOCATED AT: CALL US AT:
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Give your family the greatest present
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*Restriccions Si Son Ap icadas***
* 2 RECAMARRAS A $364.00 POR MES
* 3 RECAMARRAS A $411.00 POR MES
*4 RECAMARRAS A $ 464.00 POR MES
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Dale a su familiar el present mas mejor
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It'a time for the
The Swamp Cabbage Pageant proudly
presents the Little Ms. and Mr. Swamp Cab-
bage Photo Contest December 28, 2010 thru
January 28, 2011.
There are five age divisions for little Ms.
Baby: Newborn-11 months;
Toddler: 12 months-24 months
Preschool: 3-4 years
Big Kids: 5-6 years
*Youth 7-10ssheo sd be entered into the
age category that they will meet on Dec. 28.
There is no entry fee for contestants. Par-
ents/guardians must provide driver's license
and contact numbers.
Votes for contestants will be calculated a
penny per Vote. All Money mustbe rolled!
i. COmplete entry form and return to
Melinda at Langford Ford Parts Dept., before
displaying photo, fact sheet and vote con-
2. Obtain permission from business
where containers are to be displayed.
3. Containers may be a large jar, small
bucket, decorated box. etc. that has a secure
COVer with a slot for inserting money Please
make copies of the display form as needed.
4x6 or 5x7 photo is recommended.
4. Monies should be collected weekly
frOm each display site and turned into Melin-
da at Langford Ford Parts Dept. ALL MONEY
MUST BE ROLLED!!
5. All money must be turned in by 5 p.m.
anuaCyo28te t~alrts will be introduced on-
stage at the pageant in February. Winners
will be announced at that time. Winner in
each category will receive a crown and par-
All money collected is used to support
the Swamp Cabbage Queen and Princess
Pageant Scholarship as well as The Little Ms.
and Mr. Photo Contest.
The pageant committee reserves the right
to reject any entry that does not meet the
standard set forth by the pageant's policies.
by Pudge Lehman
If yOur compost heap has wire sides plant
flOWefing Vines all around it. Makes an unat-
tractive area really pretty.
This week a local tree service trimmed
the oak tree that had been sweeping my roof
for a long time. I've never seen two young
men work so hard and the clean up was
Attach a sturdy plastic pail or metal cof-
fee can to the side of the building with long'
galVanized, screws. Loop the garden hose
afOund it and store the nozzles and sprayers
On the inside.
An expanding file folder will store differ-
ent grades of sandpaper in each slot. Also
put the instruction manuals and warranties
for your shop tools in the remaining slots.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
PORT LABELLE UTILITY ADVISORY BOARD
Notice Is hereby given that the Port LaBelle Utility Advisory Board will hold
a meeting Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at 1:00 RM., at the Hendly
County Courthouse, 25 East Hlckpoochee Avenue, Commission Chambers,
LaBelle, Florida. The meeting Is open to the public. The meeting site Is ac-
cfa erilebon eddels so appeal a decision made with re pectt~o any mat
ter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a recordspof the proceed-
nerbatandrecr ofhe perhe inoss Is mde whch r~eejd Iclde ~he t st?
mony and evidence upon which the appeal Is to be based.ereDviCa
Port LaBelle Advisory Committee
372694 CB/CN 12/9/2010
5775 SR 80 LaBelle, FL
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Bring this ad and
receive $50 off
first months rent
Cowboy Way & Kennedy
Blvd. Monthly includes
tax: 5'x10' 42.801;
4 18 8; 8x25596x.300;
December 9, 2010
Now Aceng s.
available to qualified
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PORT LABELLE Unit 1,
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garage. Built 2005.
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LABELLE 15 or leSS
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present use or invest-
mo bl Someokfinancwnn'
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$2000 down. Owner fi-
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Mercury Cougar 1997,
XR7. 92,000 miles,
cloth interior, clean,
$50.0i0eor B st ofeo
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NOTTCF TO PURITC
The Hendly County Hospital Au-
thority Board of Directors will con-
duct their monthly Board meetng on
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372111CB CN 12/9/2010
Dr. Catherine E. Moon
announces that she has
retired and closed The
Psychology Center of La-
Belle. Requests for
records should be mailed
to PO Box 478, LaBelle,
371209 CB 11/18/2010
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tile throughout. Private
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garage, fenced in yard.
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office & large Family
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non smoking environ-
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Labelle Dodge Collision Center
All Makes & Models Repaired
We Accept All Insurance
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Metal Roofs Seamless Gutters
Re-Roofs Soffit & Fascia
Roof Repairs Free Eshimates
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Labelle Dodge Car Rentals
we Rent cars At Competitive Prices
7 Days A Week.
American Legion Post 130
FishFry Every Friday 5pm-7pm $7.00
BINGO Every Monday 6:30 pm
Breakfast Brdfet 1 & 3 Sunday 8am-l lam $6.00
699 W. SR 80 LaBelle, FL (863) 675-8300
PAli Wekcoed Ugiops IM.o4
December 9, 2010
which will be held in Sebring.
Students' projects will be on display in
mnists ti n, te crs, s~tai, n stude tsr i
vite everyone in the cornrunity to share in
the excitement of these new discoveries, as
students showcase their research and con-
clusions. Your show of interest and support
are very important to the students and will
encourage then to keep up their hard work.
Sign up for C.N.A. program
The Edison State College Hendry/Glades
Center launched a Certified Nursing Assistant
program CNA program is a 120 hour course.
It is currently accepting applications for the
Spring Semester. Edison State College Hen-
dry/Glades Center offers Associates degrees
ranging from Criminal Justice to EMS as well
as several certificate courses. Applications
for Spring enrollment are being accepted
through January 3. Applications for financial
aid must be received by December 1, 2010
to guarantee processing prior to the start of
the Spring semester.
For more information about educational
opportunities at Edison State College, Hen-
dry/Glades Center, please contact Crystal
Saldana at (863) 674-0408.
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Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Walk a Little More
LaBelle High School students in Mary
Sue Smith's English II classes were
treated to a new cultural experience
in poetry recently. Brenda Goodwin
"The Crayon Lady" made a special ap-
pearance in Ms. Smith's classes Dec.
2. "The Crayon Lady" often appears
at area schools and events using her
special rhythmic talents to paint neW
pictures for individuals with her words.
Using a student's own chosen word or
memory, she demonstrated impromptu
poetic raps designed to help students
"find you inside of you." She explained
that the students could get in touch
with themselves by getting in touch
with their experiences, both good and
bad. She cautioned them not to hide
their memories and turn inside be-
cause these are the things that make
us what we are. She encouraged them
to write their own poems. Ms. Smith
told them that poetry will take them tO
another place. She invited "The Crayon
Lady" to her classes to help students
appreciate poetry as something that
truly affects them, to learn how rhythm
and rhyme can help them escape and
to express themselves.
After three months of hard work and ded-
ication, it's time once again for LMS students
to present the conclusions of their individual
science fair projects. The LaBelle Middle
School Science Fair competition is being
held today (Dec. 9) during school hours.
The highest scoring projects will then quali-
fy to advance to the Heartland Regional Fair
*Tree Trimming& e oa
*Shaping & Topping
Licensed and Insured
Caloosa Belle/Dale Conyers
You've seen them at various business-
es entrances throughout town. The
holidays are here and that means the
Salvation Army Bell Ringers are back
out, reminding most of us just how
blessed we are and that there are many
others who are not. When you see the
Bell Ringers, listen to that little voice
tfromp ingnyo .to ig a Rtleideeper for
be out until Dec. 24. You can still sign
up to help. Bell Ringers are needed
Monday through Friday. Call 674-1441
to schedule a day and time. Make it a
family affair or bring a friend along.
You can also help by donating toys
for families in need. Please donate an
unwrapped toy for a girl or boy ages
13 and under. Bring your donation
go 180 N. Main St. Call 674-1441 for
more information. Mayor Paul Puletti is
pictured placing the first dollar in the
Salvation Army bucket during kick off
ceremonies last week.
the American Legion
Come to American Legion Post 130, on
SR 80W, for breakfast the first and third Sun-
days of every month from 8-11 a.m.
December 9, 2010
The offices of the Hendry
COunty Board of County
COunty Tax Collector,
Hendry County Property
Appraiser and Hendry
COunty Supervisor of
Elections will be closed
due to an employee fur-
IOugh from Monday,
December 20, 2010
December 22, 2010. The
Offices will also be closed
in Observance of the
Christmas holiday on
Thursday, December 23,
2010 and Friday,
December 24, 2010. All
offices will re-open for
regular hours on Monday,
December 27, 2010.
Cp ....,. .
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Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Top: Members of the First
Baptist Church of LaBelle
kept Christ in Christmas
with a live Nativity scene
in Barron Park Dec. 3, at
this year's Christmas in the
Park put on by the Cham-
ber of Commerce.
Bottom: The Grinch is al-
most as popular as San-
ta himself! As everyone
knows, the black-hearted
Grinch turned into one of
the Christmas faithful by
letting the season into his
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