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Delivering Western Hendry Countys News Since 1922 February 22, 2018 Vol. 95 No. 8 By Chris FelkerCaloosa Belle CLEWISTON County commissioners have declared Friday, March 2, as Manchu Warrior Day, partly to honor the memory of a Medal of Honor recipient from Hendry County who saved nine of his platoonmates in a 1968 battle during the Vietnam War. The proclamation was read into the record and passed unanimously by the Hendry County Board at its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13. U.S. Army Spec. 4 Nicholas Cutinha served with the Manchu Warriors (Company C, 4th Battalion, 9th Regiment, 25th Army Infantry Division) during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, and was fatally wounded during the rescue. The Manchu Warriors fought valiantly during the Battle of Hoc Mon on March 2, 1968, in which 49 of the units 92 soldiers were killed and 24 wounded in just eight minutes during an ambush. Spec. 4 Cutinha was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for valor under re, with the medal presented to his mother by President Richard Nixon. That medal is unique in the United States because its the only one on public display in a veterans facility. Board Chairman Mitchell Wills gave the oor to LaBelle American Legion Post 130 Commander Matt Kindermann, who said hed brought two of the surviving Manchu Warriors with him. He introduced veteran Doug Stowell, who snowbirds here in Hendry. Said Mr. Stowell: We really appreciate being honored in this way. As everybody knows, the Vietnam veterans didnt get much respect or appreciation when they came home, and ... we really appreciate it for the sacrices everybody made, and a lot of them made the ultimate sacrice. Mr. Kindermann then introduced Ron Price. He was actually ... at the Battle of Hoc Mon ... and lives in Southwest Florida as well. Our medal recipient is buried at Fort Denaud Cemetery. Ive maintained his gravesite for the last 10 years because all of his whole familys gone, said Mr. Price. Im very honored that American Legion Post 130 there in LaBelle (is marking) the 50th anniversary of the Hoc Mon ambush that we were in, when Nick Cutinha sacriced his life. He saved nine of my mens lives and took 15 of the enemies lives and, unfortunately, sacriced his life, too. So I thank you all for the proclamation and the honor of my fellow veterans. Mr. Price is vice president of the 9th Infantry Unique ceremony on March 3 at Fort Denaud Cemetery By Megan Nicole Narehood Special to the Caloosa Belle Before the LPA meeting on February 8, Mayor David Lyons announced that Pacic Tomato Growers canceled their application for a proposed facility. The proposed devel opment on 615 West Cowboy Way would have housed 466 migrant workers. A group of people left before Lyons called the LPA meeting to order. Zoning of properties and the impact they would have on the residential area located on East Yeomans Avenue, North Riverview Street, and North Oak Street were discussed at the Local Planning Agency Meeting. Public Hearings were held on proposed Ordinances 2018-01 Yeomans Avenue Small Scale Comprehensive Plan Amendment and 2018-02 Yeomans Avenue Planned Unit De velopment Rezone. The ordinances concern properties located at 257, 277, 295, and 351 East Yeomans Avenue, 51 North Riverview Street, and 50 North Oak Street. The changes were initiated by the city due to a conict be tween the future land use map and the zon ing map that needs to be corrected. Hearings held on ordinances at LPA meeting By Megan Nicole NarehoodSpecial to the Caloosa Belle Shellie Johnson plans to address the Barron Park Master Plan at her last meeting in March as LaBelle City Planner. On February 8, Johnson announced her time serving as City Planner will end later this month. She notied the City Commis sion her employment with En-Site is ending which means she will no longer be LaBelles City Planner. Johnson told the Commission she will be at the March meeting to nish up some loose ends. Johnson, who served as City Planner for the past 11 years, thanked the City Commis sioners for a wonderful experience. I often have to remind myself Im not an employee of the city because youve been so wonderful to me, said Johnson, Its easy to forget. Johnson leaving as City Planner Special to the Caloosa Belle/Courtesy photoThe Hendry County commissioners (rear) with, from left, LaBelle American Legion Post 130 Commander Matt Kindermann and Vietnam veterans Doug Stowell and Ron Price. For information on the 2018 Swamp Cabbage Festival see pages 6-15 Submitted photo/Megan Narehoo Shellie Johnson, who has served as City Planner for the last 11 year, plans to address the Barron Park Master Plan at her last meeting in March as LaBelle City Planner. See Ceremony Page 2 See Johnson Page 2 See LPA Page 2


2 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 1 2 0 1 S a n L u i z A v e C l e w i s t o n w w w c l e w i s t o n f l g o v For tee times call: (863) 983-1448 Proposed Ordinance 2018-01 changes the future land use map designation from residential to outlying mixed use allowing both commercial and residential properties in order make the lots consistent with the others in the area. Proposed Ordinance 2018-02 changes the zoning designation from B2 general commercial to B1 ofce professional. A B2 designation allows for intense commercial uses. Things like gas stations that we dont see being appropriate directly across the street from residences in a residential neighborhood, said City Planner Shellie Johnson A B1 designation allows for ofces and neighborhood services. Things like shoe repair or dry cleaners, said Johnson, It serves as a transition between more intense uses along the state road 80 frontage and the residential properties on the north side. The total amount of property affected is less than 20 acres and does not have to go to the state for review. Greg Sutton, who lives on East Yeomans Avenue, questioned the reason for the pro posed ordinances. He stated concerns over trafc in the area because a lot of people use Yeomans to cut across to state road 80. The road is already bad enough as it is, said Sutton. City Attorney Derek Rooney explained the impact the change would have on trafc in the area. By changing the map the city is mak ing trafc less intense on Yeomans, said Rooney. The changes allow for transitions be tween heavier commercial uses on State Road 80 and the residential neighborhood, said Johnson. The commission voted 5-0 to recom mend approval of the proposed change to Ordinances 2018-01 and 2018-02. LPAContinued From Page 1 Johnson told the commission she will be in LaBelle locally and will be available to help with the transition for whatever is next. Mayor Dave Lyons expressed his thanks to Johnson for her service as City Planner and in the community. Shellie has been great to us, said Lyons, Not only is she our city planner, she moved here, she became one of our residents, and one of our movers and shakers in the down town. For that Im grateful, he added. Commissioner Julie Wilkins told her fellow commissioners she met with Johnson about the Baron Park Master Plan because she keeps getting asked about it and said we need to do something. Wilkins wants to have a plan for Baron Park and start phasing things in. I would like to set a hearing date to look at the conceptual plan and make some decisions, said Wilkins, We need to know if we should invest in current assets. Wilkins asked Johnson what her thoughts were on the Baron Park Master Plan. I should bring it to the March meeting, said Johnson. Since Shellie is leaving us after that it would be a really good idea to catch it while she is here, said Wilkins, I would like to have the Baron Park Master Plan on the March agenda. Commissioner Wilkins told the commission the project is technically done as far as consultants go. Johnson responded to Wilkins and said, I plan to stay involved. JohnsonContinued From Page 1 Regiment Manchu Association and senior commander of the Disabled American Vet erans chapter in Cape Coral. Mr. Kindermann said the Medal of Honor is the nations highest military honor and that LaBelles Legion post is unique because it is custodian of Mr. Cutinhas medal. He explained: The medal thats hanging in the American Legion hall in LaBelle is the ac tual medal that was handed to the surviving mother by President Nixon, so its the origi nal. The case that its in had to be certied by the Secret Service to afford it a certain level of protection. The American Legion doesnt own the medal, its owned by the family, but the family just needed a place to keep it, and we make it available for public viewing. Added Mr. Price: Its the only veterans organization in the United States that has a Medal of Honor on display by the ... Depart ment of Defense. Noting this uniqueness of the event in the nation, Commissioner Karson Turner said: Mr. Chair, its the denition of Americana history, I mean, its amazing. Thank you all for what you have done for our country. Said Mr. Kindermann: March 2 is the actual 50th anniversary of the event. Were going to have a celebration at the American Legion. But Saturday morning, March 3, at 9 oclock at Fort Denaud Cemetery, were actually going to have the 50th anniversary celebration. And its going to be a formal ceremony ... at the cemetery because thats where Nicholas Cutinha is. The ceremony is open to the public and begins at 9 a.m. In other action, the board: Proclaimed the week of Feb. 18-24 as Engineers Week. The county will be participating by highlighting the work done by the Hendry County Engineering Department to help improve infrastructure in the county. Sommer Foster, president of the Calusa Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society, discussed what the society is doing to pro mote STEM programs in Southwest Florida schools. Approved an amendment that will reinstate the previous ve-day holding period specied in the county ordinance on impounded animals. Approved an agreement with the YMCA for a 2018 summer camp in the Harlem community. The YMCA conducted a successful camp in Harlem last summer, and commissioners asked that staff look into having county schoolteachers involved and said theyd like to see similar programs in Montura and Pioneer. CeremonyContinued From Page 1 A headline in the Thursday, Feb. 15, Caloosa Belle and The Clewiston News Crossroads exiting Hendry as of March erroneously implied that Crossroads Behavioral Health Center Inc. is leaving Hendry County as a service provider. The company only has canceled its contract to serve a limited number of clients whose services are paid for with state Department of Children and Families funding administered through the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network (CFBHN). Crossroads is, in fact, remaining in Hendry County to serve all of its current Medicaid, Medicare and third-party insurance patients. This means that if current patients of Crossroads may keep it as their provider as long as they want. Also, for anyone in need of counseling or psychiatric services, the company is accepting new patients. Independent Newsmedia Inc. regrets any inconveniences caused by the headline, which overly generalized about Crossroads terminating its contract with the CFBHN. Crossroads Correction Now playing at the FirehouseThe Firehouse Community Theatre continues with their 25th season with the hilari ous comedy romp ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID. This play is a rollicking tale of four loyal and determined women (who made a promise at their Senior Prom) denitively answer the question, Just how far are you willing to go to keep a promise to a friend? If youve ever elbowed a stranger out of the way to catch a brides bouquet, seriously questioned the men tal stability of the duo saying I do or been forced to wear the worlds ugliest bridesmaids dress, this deliriously funny JONES HOPE WOTTEN COMEDY is denitely for you...and your dearly beloved! Performances for Always a Bridesmaid are February 22 25 and March 1 4. All seats are $14.


Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher Society hosted their annual Scholarship Game Day on Saturday afternoon, January 27, at the Carlson UMC Fellowship Hall. Over fty Gamma Zeta Chapter members and their guests enjoyed various games, refreshments and a silent auction. The proceeds from Scholarship Game Day ticket sales and the silent auction will be awarded to deserving LaBelle area high school and college students who are plan ning a career in the eld of Education. Graduating LHS Seniors can easily apply for a Delta Kappa Gamma Scholarship. Stu dents should see their HS Guidance Coun selor for an application. Former college-aged recipients of the DKG Grant are also encour aged to re-apply. Completed applications must be returned to the LHS Counselors Ofce by Thursday, February 22. Gamma Zeta President Joy Bridwell congratulated two special LaBelle DKG members who were recognized by Hendry County Schools. Charter Member Joann Patterson was named as a Heritage Award Recipient. Joann has served as local teacher and principal for 40 years in the LaBelle community. Active DKG member and Fourth grade teacher Pam Cooper was also congratulated at Game Day for her honor as 2018 LaBelle Elementary Teacher of the Year. Gamma Zeta members are asked to mark their calendars for the next Gamma Zeta Chapter meeting on Monday, March 5 at 4:30 pm in the Beef OBradys Conference Room. R E D Three Cheese Pasta Salad Ingredients 1-14oz box small pasta shells, cooked al dente 28 oz cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped 1 8 oz pkg Monterey Jack Cheese, cubed 1 8 oz pkg Muenster cheese, cubed Salt and Pepper to taste 1 8 oz container grated Parmesan Cheese Italian seasoning to taste Olive Oil 4 to 5 small avocados, pitted peeled and cubed Drizzle of white vinegar Preparation: In a large mixing bowl, combine pasta, artichokes, Monterey Jack, and Muenster, tossing well to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning to taste. 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Exterior features include a double paved driveway with a detached 30X30 aluminum/steel work shop big enough for all the toys. $80,000 MANUFACTURED HOME This 3/2 manufactured home is a great place to relax or engage in water sports. The dock is built to accommodate boats, canoes, kayaks, and jet skies. The outdoor barbecue, picnic and bar areas make it easy for you to participate in the Florida life style that is waiting for you... and enjoy the water view from your home located in Ortona Locks on a canal that connects with the Caloosahatchee River or Intracoastal Waterway $109,000 180 N. Bridge St. LaBelle, FL 33935Sherri Denning Licensed Real Estate Broker. Associates: Beverly Curtis, Dottie Seibel, Emily A. Bates, Randy Williams, Susan Mercedes, Denise Walker, Gregory Bone, Lisa Cleghorn, Nikki Yeager, KC StanleyLynn and Wayne Simmons.COME HOME TO COUNTRY! Get away from the daily congestion of big city living and relax in the tranquil surroundings of mother nature. This 2 bedroom, 2 bath mobile home is a perfect weekend get-away, only a 45 minute ride to Ft. Myers and right at 2 hours from Ft. Lauderdale. Situated on just over 3 acres, ideal for cook outs, camp outs and fun gatherings. Call now and schedule your showing of this peaceful hide-a-way! $75,000 863-675-4500or visit our website at Se Habla Espaol 3 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 We are pleased to announce the ground breaking event for LaBelles most affordable riverfront community, Liberty Shores. We are located at 2865 County Road 78 on the magnicent Caloosahatchee River/lntra coastal Waterway. This gated subdivision will be featuring newly constructed homes on one forth acre home sites with river ac cess. Dont miss the Swamp Cabbage Festi val for pre-construction pricing starting from the low lOOs. Liberty Shores will be a 55+ community offering up to 1300 square foot homes un der air. Residents will have it all at Liberty Shores; the tranquility of waterfront living, scenic views, plenty of rewarding commu nity activities {Clubhouse Phase II), fun lo cal attractions, proximity to dining, theaters, and entertainment. Amidst all of these ben ets your mini home will be cost efcient and less laborious to maintain so you have the time and nances to enjoy all of these rewards. As you enter Liberty Shores you wont be able to miss our display of ags; the great American Flag and all of our branch mili tary ags! We proudly support our Veterans and will pay tribute to them by naming our streets after such great service men as Admi ral Bull Halsey and General Douglas MacAr thur. You do not have to be a Veteran to live at Liberty Shores but we salute those who have served to give us our Liberty. All 145 home sites will be waterfront! Your home will be either on the Caloosa hatchee River, 13 acre on site lake, or the Austin Canal. Our beautiful southern style homes will utilize green technology with a Styrofoam Insulated Panel System (SIPS) produced by Gramatica SIPS International { The Gramatica brothers; Martin, Bill and Santiago grew up and went to school in LaBelle and later became well known for their afliation in the NFL. Martin was with the 2002 Super Bowl Champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Bill was with the Arizona Cardinals while Santiago was an achieved USF athlete and academic. Since football the Gramaticas have had many more proud accomplishments including Gramatica SIPS International which has been producing a quality product with a multitude of benets since 2009. We are pleased to be promoting their product for your quality built home in Liberty Shores. Liberty Shores is thrilled not only to give you a home in paradise but intend to give back to our community and our veterans as well. In the course of our development we will collaborate alongside Gramatica SIPS lnternational/Gramatica Family Foundation and donate a lot and home to a Wounded Warrior! The rm assisting us with the marketing of our development is RE/MAX Gulf Coast Living. For more information please call Randy Lauer at 239-229-6000 or email at Feel free to contact him for additional information. Please visit our web site for more details and updates on our progress. Come join in the fun and start your new adventure at Liberty Shores! Liberty Shores to open soon Delta Kappa hosts Game Day Submitted photoFrom left to right: Joan Basquin, Joann Patterson, Beverly English and Jim Spallina. All artists and photographers are invited to enter original works into the Inspirations art show sponsored in the spring of each year by the Barron Park House Gallery located in LaBelle. This professionally judged and juried art show begins with a reception and judging at the Gallery on Friday, March 2 from 5 to 7 pm. The public is invited. The evening will include a silent auction and cash prizes awarded to winners. Receiving of art for this show is Tuesday, February 27 from 3 to 6 pm. Each artist or photographer may enter 2 pieces of original work that must be ready to hang with a wire hanging system. Pieces must be labeled on the back with artists name, title of art, medium, and price, if for sale. The cost for entering your work is $10 per piece for members of Arts of the Inland and $15 per piece for non-members. Membership applications will be available on February 27. AOI membership is $25.00 per year. Call Connie Killebrew at 863-674-1412 if you need more information. The Gallery is located at 471 No. Lee St. in LaBelle and is open from noon to 5 every Thursday thru Sunday. Stop by to see beautiful art hanging for the month of February and the featured work of Stephanie Flis, an art teacher at LaBelle High School. Artists and photographers enter your work at art show


4 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 To Reach UsMailing Address: P.O. Box 518 LaBelle, FL 33975 Physical Address: 22 Ft. Thompson Ave. Phone: (863) 675-2541 Fax: (863) 675-1449 Website: www.caloosabelle.comTo Submit NewsThe Caloosa Belle welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, story ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 675-2541 to reach our newsroom. The deadline for all news items is 11 a.m. on Monday prior to the following Thursdays publication. E-Mail: cbnews@newszap.comTo Place a Display AdPhone: (863)675-2541 The deadline for all advertising is 4 p.m. on Friday for the following Thursdays publication E-mail: cbadsales@newszap.comBilling DepartmentE-mail: billteam@newszap.comTo Place a Classied AdCall 1 -877 353-2424 to place it from home or go to www.newszap.comFor SubscriptionsPhone: 1-800-282-8586 Visit or email Katrina Elsken News and Ad Services: Dale Conyers Reporter: Val White Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee Advertising Sales: John SawatzkyOur PurposeThe Caloosa Belle is published by Independent Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of journalistic service to the citizens of the community. Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive on prot margins below industrystandards. All after-tax surpluses are reinvested in Independents mission of journalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the communitys deliberation of public issues.We Pledge To operate this newspaper as a public trust To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, purposeful neutrality, fairness, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conicts of interest or potential conicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion. I recently read somewhere (I cant remember where probably Facebook) that worrying is like praying for what you dont want. Have you ever noticed how true that statement is? Have you ever woke up and started fretting about all the things that lay ahead of you? Maybe youre worried about that deadline that is looming on your work project. Maybe youre worrying about money or bills. Maybe youre worried about your spouse or your children. Have you noticed how, when you wake up and begin your day in the headspace of worry, you start to notice all of the other things that you could worry about? Its like you opened the door to let one worry into your brain and then they all come pouring in like gangbusters. Truthfully, what is worry going to accomplish? It elevates our heart rate, shortens our breath, raises our blood pressure, and makes us feel like poo, sure! But does it have any, at all, inuence on the outcome of that which we are so anxious about? No! In fact, it really only makes things worse! This is why I have a nonnegotiable practice of prayer and meditation each day. I set strong intentions for how I want my day to go and then surrender the details of the outcome to a power greater than mine. Then I let it go and begin about my business of looking for all the things I can be happy about. That is really our job, to nd the things to be happy about, joyful about, to bless the things we love. To praise the things we are grateful for and exalt the things that we love to the forefront of our minds so that they can cast out the things that we fear. Our job is to give words to the things that are go ing right and to move our focus away from complaining about the things that are going wrong. Our job is to get into the ow of the universal force of wellbeing and allow our prayers to be answered with ease and grace. This week, when worry and anxiety comes to rob your joy, I encourage you to shift your focus and begin naming things youre grateful for. See how your outlook changes when you make it a priority to fo cus on the good. Worrying is like praying for what you dont want When is the news media going to wake up to the fact that we the people are sick and tired of hearing about the Russian what ever you want to call it. We are becoming a country that if you cannot twitter it does not count. What about we the people who not only do not use that tool but are sick and tired of the waste of time and mass waste of money and lack of completion of many problems that need to be solved. Wake up government and start doing your job instead of trying to be mr or missis of the world. Speak Out 1940s & 1950s LHS Class ReunionThe annual reunion of the those that at tented LaBelle High School in the 1940s and 1950s will be held Saturday, March 3, at the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center in LaBelle. The social time begins at 3:30 p.m. and the meal begins at 5:00 p.m. Theregistration cost is $12.50 per person and includes the meal. Please contact Dal las Townsend at (239) 250-5672 cell phone or email to register no later than February 26.Mops returns Momming is hard! Take time for your self and join us as we tackle motherhood, together. We meet Fridays at 10:30 a.m. on: March 2 and 23, April 6 and 20, and May 4 and 18. Letting love be the loudest voicepar ent with a fresh perspective & treat yourself with tenderness, being gutsyrelease your self from believing life has to look a certain way, and going rstbe part of the revolution of women choosing freedom over fear. We meet at: First Christian Church in the Chris tian Education Building located at 138 Ford Ave. LaBelle. For more information contact: Megan Narehood: (239) 206-9881 or mop Find us on Facebook at Mopsoabelle. Community Briefs By Chris FelkerCaloosa Belle CLEWISTON Attendance was up but livestock numbers were down this year at the Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show, which ran from Feb. 13 through Feb. 18 at the Hendry County Fairgrounds on South Francisco Street in Clewiston. Yvonne Swindle, president of the Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show Inc. Board of Trustees, said the fair organization team was quite happy with how the 2018 edition proceeded, even though there were fewer animals that made it into the show this year. We were very, very pleased for a sixday fair, and the people who came out and supported us, we are very appreciative of them, she stated, adding that organizers and participants as well were very thankful for the good weather we had. We were up in attendance. We do keep tabs on the attendance, and as far as the sales, it was fantastic, Mrs. Swindle reported. We had fewer animals this year than we did last year, and thats why the sales uctuated in that part. It was $168,000 in sales, I want to say. Last year, we had way more animals, and our sales were over $200,000. One highlight of the 2018 fair was a huge display of Hendry schoolchildrens artwork. In our exhibit hall, we had seven schools and close to 800 students respond to our call to display their artwork. We donated $100 per art class to them, Mrs. Swindle said. She noted there were some animals presented for the livestock show that did not meet the weight that we require for them to enter into the fair, which is one reason their numbers and sales gures were down. Although none of the steers were turned down, there were three that werent tame enough to come in. We do look at it that way for safety reasons, she added. And one that had been registered was not brought in for the weigh-in. Also, unfortunately, some of the pigs that had been in the rst weigh-in did not live to see the fair, she said. Highlights of the fair were the PeeWee Show and the Steer Show, plus the Little Miss Hendry County Pageant on Tuesday. The next day, youth showed off the hogs they raised at the annual Hog Show. The Junior Miss Hendry County Pageant took place Thursday, with the annual Livestock Sale & Auction on Friday, Feb. 16. Then Saturday, the Miss Hendry County Pageant was conducted, and on Sunday, the last day of the fair, there was a Black History Month Celebration. The fairs second All-Mens Bake-Off and Cake Auction this year beneted the effort to purchase a new agpole for the City of Clewiston, in order to safely display the huge, 20by 30-foot ag that the county fair organization presented to the Clewiston City Commission at its meeting Feb. 5. All hope that by next year, that ag will be apping off a tall pole somewhere along U.S. 27 to welcome visitors to the 2019 Hendry County Fair. 2018 Hendry Fair overtopped the fair-to-middlin bar Firehouse theatre announces Summer Youth Program Firehouse Theatre, Inc. is proud to announce their Summer Youth Program! Young actors in our community will have an opportunity to showcase their acting skills this summer! Kristen Geene, will be the director for ages 10 to 16. The play title will be announced at a later date. Video auditions are due by April 20. Interested youth actors must have a memo rized monologue and a 30 second vocal clip. Email auditions to Non-mandatory Readings will be held in May, but the times and additional information will be announced in April. Rehearsals will be from June 4 through June 13 from 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a lunch break from 12:00-1:00 (pack your own lunch)


5 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 You may not get much of a thrill from ling your taxes, but the pro cess becomes much more enjoyable if youre expecting a refund. So, if one is headed your way, what should you do with the money? The answer depends somewhat on the size of the refund. For the 2017 tax year, the average refund was about $2,760 not a fortune, but big enough to make an impact in your life. Suppose, for example, that you invested this amount in a taxdeferred vehicle, such as a traditional IRA, and then did not add another penny to it for 30 years. At the end of that time, assuming a hypothetical 7 percent annual rate of return, youd have slightly more than $21,000 not enough, by itself, to allow you to move to a Caribbean island, but still a nice addition to your retirement income. (You will need to pay taxes on your withdrawals eventually, unless the money was invested in a Roth IRA, in which case withdrawals are tax-free, provided you meet certain conditions.) Of course, you dont have to wait 30 years before you see any benets from your tax refund. If you did decide to put a $2,760 tax refund toward your IRA for 2018, youd already have reached just over half the allowable contribution limit of $5,500. (If youre 50 or older, the limit is $6,500.) By getting such a strong head start on funding your IRA for the year, youll give your money more time to grow. Also, if youre going to max out on your IRA, your large initial payment will enable you to put in smaller monthly amounts than you might need to contribute otherwise. While using your refund to help fund your IRA is a good move, its not the only one you can make. Here are a few other possibilities: Pay down some debt. At some time or another, most of us probably feel were carrying too much debt. If you can use your tax refund to help reduce your monthly debt payments, youll improve your cash ow and possibly have more money available to invest for the future. Build an emergency fund. If you needed a new furnace or major car repair, or faced any other large, unexpected expense, how would you pay for it? If you did not have the cash readily available, you might be forced to dip into your long-term investments. To help avoid this problem, you could create an emergency fund containing three to six months worth of living expenses, with the money kept in a liquid, low-risk account. Your tax refund could help build your emergency fund. Look for other investment opportunities. If you have some gaps in your portfolio, or some opportunities to improve your overall diversication, you might want to use your tax refund to add some new investments. The more diversied your portfolio, the stronger your defense against market volatility that might primarily affect one particular asset class. (However, diversication, by itself, cant protect against all losses or guarantee prots.) Clearly, a tax refund gives you a chance to improve your overall nancial picture. So take your time, evaluate your options and use the money wisely. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. What Should You Do With Your Tax Refund? Old Fashion Hamburger Sale The LaBelle Church of God will be serving Old Fashion Hamburgers on Saturday, February 24 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church fellowship hall at the corner of SR 80 and Elm Street. Hamburgers, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, and tea or water for only $8 dollars. Everyone welcome.Semi-Annual Yard Sale The Church of the Good Shepherd at 1098 Collingswood Pwky in Port LaBelle will hold their semi-annual garage sale on Fri day, February 23 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, February 24 8 a.m. to noon. Vendors from the area may set up for free both days. Call Gary or Barb Morrill at 863342-8415 for additional information. Come for the bargains, Stay for the fun.Ham & Yam Dinner A Gathering of Christian Men will hold their Ham & Yam Fundraiser on Saturday, March 3 starting at 5 p.m. until gone. There will also be a silent and live auction. The event will be held at Caloosa Baptist Church Grace Building, 550 W Hickpochee Ave. This fundraiser will support scholarships and other community outreach programs. Tickets available at Oak Realty, 863-675-0500, from any memmber of A Gathering of Christian Men by calling the numbers listed or at the door. For more information call Don Craig 863-675-6435; Dick Bruce 863-234-6762; Phil Pelletier 863-673-3280; Wayne Wilkins 863673-4529; Ed Kuntz 864-843-0977.Wild Game DinnerIts that time again! First Christian Churchs Annual Wild Game Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, from 5 7 p.m. or until its gone. There will be venison, pork, turkey, swamp cabbage fritters and more for only $10! We are located on the corner of Lee and Ford Streets. Come early and enjoy! For more information call 675-1366. Church Briefs On January 7, 2018, Caloosa Baptist Church ofcially welcomed their new pastor, James Hunt, along with his wife Ali and four children. Pastor James was born in Maine, lived in Oklahoma, graduated college in Clearwater, Florida, and served his rst 14 years of ministry mostly in south Florida. He married Ali in 1994 at First Baptist Church, Punta Gorda. Before coming to LaBelle, Pastor James served as Senior Pastor at First Southern Baptist Church, Guthrie, Oklahoma. Preceding his time in Guthrie, he was a pastor on staff for nine years at Council Road Baptist Church, Bethany, Oklahoma. While at Council Road he ministered to single adults, blended families, and began the Karis ministry, an effort focused on adoption, fostering, and orphan care. The Karis ministry owed out of his experience as an adoptive dad. Though he earned his Master of Theo logical Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theo logical Seminary, its his opinion that some of his best education was received through his journey of adoption. He and Ali have adopted four children as well as four dogs. It seems the number four is signicant for them! Dont be surprised if you pull alongside Pastor James truck at a stoplight and hear music. He likes many styles of music which he plays at near ear-damaging levels. He also enjoys boots and jeans, going for walks in the park with his family, kayaking, riding his motorcycle, landscaping his yard, and dining out with his wife. His dream car is a 1968 fully restored truck. Pastor James says that everything he is and hopes to be, everything about his ministry and life are all grace-enabled gifts from God. The most important thing hed like you to know is his Savior, the Lord Jesus. Just ask him because he would love to tell you all about Him. The folks at Caloosa Baptist Church invite you to join them any Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and meet Pastor James and his wonderful family! Caloosa Baptist Church welcomes Pastor James Hunt and family Submitted photoPastor James Hunt and his wife Ali.


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By Joseph H. Thomas Special to the Caloosa Belle Ramon and Bersabe Lopez Rodriguez, descendants of pioneer Spanish stock go ing back to the days when the Atlantic Coast of North America belonged to Great Britain and much of the Gulf Coast of North America including much of the present State of Texas was included in the Viceroyalty of New Spain, became pioneers themselves when economic adversity forced them to leave the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas where their families had lived for almost 200 hundred years and eventually settle in La Belle where they have been chosen as the 2018 Pioneer Family for the 52nd Swamp Cabbage Festival celebrated on the last full weekend in February. Many of the Spanish families lured into the Rio Grande Valley by the promise of land grants from the King of Spain were well aware they were serving as a buffer between the marauding Tonkawa, Apache, and Comanche tribes to the north and the more established and wealthier regions to the south in Old Mexico. Lopez family tradi tion tells the story of young Hipolita Falcon, whose family were pioneers near present day Laredo, abducted at the tender age of 16 by a band of Tonkawa in 1768 as she went down to the river to bring back water. Hi polita was held captive for some six years before she was able to escape and return to her family; Hipolita shared little of her life with the Tonkawas other than saying she had not been mistreated. Several years after her return she married Casimiro Benavidez and became a direct ancestor of Bersabe Lopez, who married 21 year-old Ramon Ro driguez in 1935 when she was not quite 18 years old. The newly married couple began to raise a family, but life in Texas during the l930s and 1940s was as difcult for them as it had been for their ancestors some 150 years ear lier. However Ramon had knowledge of ag riculture and citrus and soon became man ager of a large grove in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. Three girls Aurora, Flora, and Alicia were eventually joined by two sons Ramon and Raul and soon by Ade lina, the fourth daughter. Whether by plan or subconsciously, Ramon and Bersabe real ized that three of the four girls had names beginning with the letter A and the two sons both had rst names beginning with the letter R and decided they would continue with this family tradition in naming any subsequent children. A devastating freeze wiped out the citrus industry in South Texas, and the Rodriguez family became migrant farm laborers after almost 200 years of settled farming in the Rio Grande Valley. They ended up in LaBelle in the early 1960s, and Ramons background in citrus made it easy for him to t into Bob Paul, Incs new grove operation on the old Circle Bar Cattle Ranch. By this time the family had grown to its full complement of nine children with the addition of Ruben, Anita, and Ramiro. Ramon and Bersabe Rodriguez bought a house on Broward Avenue in LaBelle around 1970 and moved into town from Bob Paul, Incs labor camp south of LaBelle on the Immokalee Highway. Ramon Rodriguez passed away in 1995 after some 60 years of marriage but not before he could see that his children were not only a credit to him and their mother but also to their community. Bersabe Rodriguez turns 100 years old on December 11 but still nds time daily to tend to her roses, the envy of many a gardener. Her children, ve daughters and four sons, thirty-three grandchildren, sixty great grandchildren, and twenty-one great great grandchildren are the stars in her crown. Oldest daughter Aurora married Enrique Zepeda, an Army veteran and now retired from the U S Postal Service, and lives in McAllen, Texas; her sister Flora married Armando Ambriz, now retired from Palmer Steel Supply, and also lives in McAllen, Texas. Both older daughters are frequent visitors to LaBelle. The next daughter Alicia, widow of Juan Sauceda, lives in LaBelle, worked with her sister and brother-in-law at Contreras Restaurant and Berry Groves and Bob Paul, Inc., prior to retiring; Ramon Sanalfonso, the oldest son, married Soa Gonzalez and lives in LaBelle, enjoying his retirement from CenturyLink following his experience as a farm labor organizer with O.M.I.C.A. during and after his student days at the University of South Florida; Raul, the next son, who not only followed in his fathers footsteps but has also been with USPS is married to the former Elena Rodriguez; Adelina, known to all and sundry as Nina, is the wife of Arnold Contreras and is responsible for everything that comes out of the kitchen of their Contreras Restaurant on Highway 80 in LaBelle. Ruben, a football star at LaBelle High School in the 1970s, attended Minot State University in North Dakota, is married to the former Shana Pickett, and works for Plantation Bo tanicals in Felda. Anita (Anna), the youngest daughter, married A. J. Lozano and is retired from LaBelle Elementary School where she was the ELL Paraprofessional for 39 years. Ramiro, the ninth of the Rodriguez siblings married the former Soila Gonza lez, a younger sister of his brother Ramons wife Soa, and is the Recreation Director for Hendry County and Secretary to the Hendry County Recreation Board. PHILLIP PELLETIER,Hendry County Property Appraiser, would like to welcome you to the Swamp Cabbage Festivals 52nd Anniversary. HAVE FUN!!! 7 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 Rodriguez Family named the 2018 SCF Pioneer Family Submitted photoCirca 1960 Back [l-r] Aurora, Flora, Alicia, Ramon Sanalfonso, Raul and Adelina (Nina). Front [l-r] Ruben, Ramon with Ramiro in his lap, Bersabe and Anita.


Enjoy the History, Heritage and Heart at the 52nd Swamp Cabbage Festival!Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Bryant Roofing Inc. 8 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 By Nikki YeagerSpecial to the Caloosa Belle The 2018 Grand Marshal for the Swamp Cabbage Festival is Margaret England who is actually a Florida Native, living in LaBelle. She was born in Brooksville, FL into a Coast Guard Family: Chief Bosin Mate Bob England and mom Mae England. They lived in Floral City, FL, Sanibel Light Station, FL (1946-49), Puerto Rico, Ft. Myers, St. Petersburg, FL and Mobile, Ala. Margaret returned to Ft. Myers in 1961 when her dad retired. She has two children and two grandchildren who live in Tennessee and California. As an adult she has lived in Ft. Myers, Immokalee and now LaBelle since 1994. Margaret graduated from Ft Myers High School in 1964, received her AA at Edison Community College 1987; BS from the Uni versity of South Florida 1990 and graduate work in Library Science with her Masters from Florida Gulf Coast University 2004 (Ed ucation with technology emphasis). She has a very dynamic and varied working and volunteering experiences. She has been a Fire Tower Operator for the Florida Forest Service, Assistant Bookkeeping Su pervisor for the Lee County Bank, a School Library Assistant for 14 years. Margaret taught third and fourth grades for three years and was awarded LaBelle Elementary School Teacher of the Year in 1999. She was the LaBelle Elementary School Library Me dia Specialist for 16 years and she nally re tired in 2010. Retirement has given her time to pursue many various volunteer activities. She is a member of Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church where she serves on the Disaster Recovery Team and is the churchs webmaster. She volunteers with youth in the community. For the past three years she has been a Big Sister to a LaBelle area school students. Margaret is a Hendry County 4-H leader and currently helps with the Wildlife Team and Pollinator Nature Club. Margaret also serves Hendry County as a volunteer Emergency Management Reservist, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) member and member of the Hendry County Tourism Council. She helped with information for the newly published Hendry County Birding Guide. She has helped organize the Hendry/LaBelle Recreation Departments Earth Week Field Trips for the past 10 years and was an active member the Zac Reyna Playground Committee which established a multiage playground at the LaBelle Civic Park. She also actively promotes wildlife viewing opportunities in Hendry County. The recipient of the First South Florida Water Management Ambassadors Award for SF WMD volunteer service in March 2009, she has been the trip organizer for more than 200 trips to STA-5/6 (SFWMD Stormwater Treatment Area 5) since November 2005. She is a Certied Florida Master Naturalist and President of Hendry-Glades Audubon Society and complier for the STA 5/6 Christmas Bird Count. Other activities include treasurer of the Fisheating Creek Florida Trail Association Sub-Chapter formed by Hendry and Glades County outdoor enthusiasts. She has served as president of the LaBelle Kiwanis Club in 2001-2002 and volunteers at the LaBelle Kiwanis Thrift Store and coordinates the BUGs program for the elementary schools (The Kiwanis awards for kids Bringing Up Grades). Margaret is so busy in Retirement that she wonders how she ever had time to work! She has been on mission trips to Costa Rica and Cuba, with plans to return to Cuba this summer. She was awarded an all expense paid trip to the Audubons Hog Island Camp in Maine. You will nd her out & about in the community and seldom at home There is just so much to do and so many needs. If you nd a void in your life look to the 2018 Grand Marshal she will love more helping hands! England is 2018 Grand Marshal of the SCF parade Submitted photo/ Nikki Yeager Margaret England has been named the 2018 Grand Marshal for the Swamp Cab bage Parade.


is aint our rst RodeoSWAMP CABBAGE FESTIVAL 2018*Featuring: PERKINS SWAMP CABBAGE FRITTERS AND GATOR TAIL (Located at the rst booth at the main park entrance.)IT HAS BEEN A PERKINS FAMILY TRADITION FOR THE LAST 30+ YEARS, TO BRING TO YOU THE FINEST QUALITY OF OUR ANCESTORS SURVIVAL FOOD, FOUND IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA.Yall come by and see us to experience Living o the Land. Harvested, processed, blended and prepared locally. 9 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 Swamp Cabbage Friday Feb. 23 Friday 4 p.m. Special See Food Buffet (Youll See & eat more than Seafood) It is coordinated and presented by Chef Ray who is a retired military chef with 55 years of experience. The Buffet will include sh (baked & fried plus crabcakes), beef tips & noodles, turkey & dressing, ham and lots more sides & xins for $10. Auxil iary desserts available for $1. The Desperado Band will be playing in the lounge 7-11 p.m. Open to the Public. American Legion Post 130, 699 W SR80, across from the Shell Sta tion.Swamp Cabbage BBQ Sheriff Steve Whidden, cordially invites you and your family to the Hendry County Sheriffs Ofce Swamp Cabbage Festival Barbecue. On Saturday, February 24, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Hendry County Sheriffs Ofce 101 South Bridge Street LaBelle. There will be plenty of Good Food Ribs, Chicken, Hot Dogs, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Potato Chips; Cake and Cookies; Sodas and Bottled WaterCaloosa Humane Societys The 13th Annual Swamp Stomp 5K Run/ Walk to Benet our Animals will be on Saturday, February 24, starting at 7:30 a.m. Grandeur Oaks Town Center. Register at: or pick up registration forms at CHS, CHS Veterinary Clinic, Chamber of Commerce, and Big Iron Barbell. See you on the 24!Legends of the Road ShowOn February 24 the South Central Florida Car Club will host 12th Annual Legends of the Road Super Cruise and Show. This event is open to all makes, models and years of anything with wheels. 50+ Trophies will be awarded. Dash plaques to the rst 100 registered. $15 at gate to register. 50/50 and door prizes up for grabs. So dust off your ride and join for a fun lled day. This event is held in conjuration with the 52nd Swamp Cabbage Festival, food and craft vendors in the park. Parking at river front at the end of Main Street North. Registration open 8:00. Come early and stay late. Info call 863-6740128 or 863-634-1791.Caloosahatchee Excursions.Saturday and Sunday of Swamp Cabbage Weekend, Feb. 24 and 25, the LaBelle Heritage Museum is hosting the Caloosahatchee River Excursions four times each day: 8:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Capt. John C Cookman will pilot M/V River Queen, his eco-friendly tour boat for an almost two hour cruise of the river showing how the River IS and How it Once Was. Advanced Tickets $30 ($40 at pier if available). For more Info and Reservations go to www. or call 863-6740034 or Pat at 239-910-1538. Swamp Cabbage Happenings about town


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11 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 Courtsey photos/Kass Whidden Swamp Cabbage Princess court, First runner up Camryn Nash, Princess Ryley Boudreau, Second runner up Hailey Prince and second runner up Novie Ko hutek. Courtsey photos/ Kass WhiddenSwamp Cabbage Queen court, First runner up Taylor Randant, Second runner up Myra Prince, 2017 Queen Alyssa Johnson, 2018 Queen Mahalet Gonzales, Second runner up Kiley Prevatt. 2018 SWAMP CABBAGE ROYALTY


Thursday, February 22 6-10 p.m. Old Timers Dinner (Heritage Museum), LaBelle Civic Center Friday February 23rd 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Barron Park Opens for Vendor Setup 7-10:30 pm Hendry County Cattlemens Rodeo-LaBelle Rodeo Grounds Saturday, February 24 Mickey Foster MC of Entertainment 6:00 a.m.:15 am Caloosa Humane Societys 5K Swamp Stomp 8:00 a.m. Barron Park Opens for Vendors 9:00 a.m. Park opens to visitors 10:00 a.m. Parade starts 8:30 a.m. River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront 11:00 a.m. River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront 11:30 a.m. Opening Prayer & National Anthem 11:45 a.m. Grand Marshal, Pioneer Family Intro 12:00 p.m. Showtime Cloggers 12:30 p.m. Roger Jokela 1:15 p.m. Queen & Princess Intro / Performances & Parade Awards 1:30 p.m. Unforgiven Band 1:30 p.m. River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront 2:15 p.m. Neon Summer 3:00 p.m. Joe Mobley 3:30 p.m. Chris MacArthur and the Florida Cracker Boys 4:00 p.m. River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront 4:15 p.m. Country Rhythm Cloggers 5:00 p.m. Darryl Worley Park Entertainment ends 6:30 p.m. 7-10:30 p.m. Hendry County Cattlemens Rodeo-Rodeo Grounds 9:00 p.m.-1 a.m. Cattlewomens Dance LaBelle Civic Center Sunday, February 25 8:30 a.m. River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront 9:00 a.m. Park opens to visitors 10:00 a.m. Press On 10:30 a.m. Roger Jokela 11:00 a.m. River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront 11:15 a.m. 2018 Queen and Princess Intro & Performances 11:30 a.m. Ayla Lynn 12:15 p.m. Sugar Lime Blue 1 p.m. Hendry County Cattlemens Youth Rodeo Hendry County Rodeo Grounds 1:00 p.m. The Dance Company 1:30 p.m. River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront 2:00 p.m. 64 to Grayson Gospel Band 2:45 p.m. Athletic Ambitions 3:15 p.m. Tru Country Band 4:00 p.m. River Cruise Heritage Museum, Barron Park Riverfront Park Entertainment ends 4 p.m. 100+ Locations Statewide Locally Owned & Operated www.greatorida.comHablamos EspaolREPRESENTING A+ COMPANIES Auto Home Motorcycle Commercial GREAT PRICES. GREAT SERVICE.INTERNATIONAL DRIVERS LICENSEIMMEDIATE SR 22 FR44 250 S. Bridge St. Ste.D LaBelle 863-675-5002 MON-FRI 9 A.M. -5:30 P.M. LABELLE ENJOY THE 52ND SWAMP CABBAGE FESTIVAL Have a Safe and Fun Swamp Cabbage Weekend Shape Tomorrow By Voting Today From the Supervisor of Elections & Staff Brenda K. Hoots Supervisor of Elections Hendry County, Florida 863-675-5230 or 863-902-3393 12 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 Happenings in Barron Park on Swamp Cabbage Weekend Caloosa Belle/ Val White Ions Fry Bread is one of the most popular vendors in the park.


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By Megan Nicole NarehoodSpecial to the Caloosa Belle On February 8, City Commissioners voted to increase street vendor fees during the Swamp Cabbage Festival to $225. Ellen Woosley, Swamp Cabbage Festival Chair man, brought concerns regarding street vending to the City Commission. Woosely told the Commission she wanted clarication on street vending during Swamp Cabbage Festival and referenced Ordinance 2015-16. Woosley read the ordi nance to the Commissioners In the event of controversy regarding the issuance or non-issuance of a permit the City Commission shall make a nal determi nation as to the application, said Woosley The Swamp Cabbage Committee usually isnt involved in street vending permits, said Woosely. This year there is confusion about who is responsible for people approving street vending applications during Swamp Cab bage. We sent street vendor applicants to the city and the city sent them back to us, said Woosely, We told them the city has to issue the permit. Woosley told Commissioners about her concerns with the city charging street ven dors lower fees during the festival. If we continue to allow $75 permits people are going to start moving out of the park and we are not going to have a festival anymore because theyll all be street vending, said Woosley. Woosley told the Commissioners she would rather not have any street vending at Swamp Cabbage Festival. She said a few businesses in town inquired about street vending during Swamp Cabbage. We were told years ago businesses cant do anything outside their store unless it coincides with what they sell inside their store on a daily basis, said Woosley. Mayor David Lyons said the Citys fees for street vending during the festival should be the same as the Swamp Cabbage Fesival Fees. We should protect them, said Mayor Lyons, Theyre the ones drawing 25,000 people to LaBelle. Woosley said matching Swamp Cabbage fees would help. My board and I will have no problem with that, said Woosley. People wont pay the higher rate to street vend, said Commissioner Julie Wilkins We accommodated street vending during Swamp Cabbage by using the permit process to regulate it, said Commissioner Wilkins. Vending occurs on the street because it is cheaper than in the park, said Wilkins, If it is the same price that is a deterrent and we probably wont have to deal with the issue A motion was made to set all street vending during Swamp Cabbage weekend to the same it is in the park. The motion passed 5-0. I think the festival is big enough to support outside vendors if they are paying the same fee and the park is maxed out, said Mayor Lyons City Planner Shellie Johnson said a reso lution sould be mde for every year during the Swamp Cabbage Festival for vendors outside the festival to pay the same as the vendors inside the festival so you dont have to go through this every year. An amendment was made to change all street vending fees during Swamp Cabbage weekend to $225. 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Employment Full Time A.Duda and Sons Inc. has a great opportunity for a Security Gate Guard at its Labelle/Felda Farm. Looking for a dependable team player. Duda offers Please apply at : 12250 South S.R. 29 Felda, Fl.Gate 4 Employment Full Time Duda Farm Fresh Foods is now accepting applications for various positions: Security Gate Guard Night Sanitation Foreman Welder Machine Bag Op/Foreman Forklift Operator rance, 401-k with company match, medical insurance, direct deposit, vacation, tuition reimbursement (full-time), and paid holidays. Passing drug screen is a must. Duda Farm Fresh Foods, Inc. is a local farming and vegetable processing company and is a subsidiary of A. Duda & Sons, Inc., a well-established, diver90 yrs. If interested visit to apply on-line or applications can be found at 6000 Duda Rd., Belle Glade, Florida. SE HABLA ESPANOL. M/F/H/D/V. EOE Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!2x2 Classified Fillers Business Oppor tunities NOTICEIndependent Newspapers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or considered fraudulent. In all cases of questionable value, such as promises of guaranteed income from work-athome programs if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is. If you have questions or doubts about any ad on these pages, we advise that before responding or sending money ahead of time, you check with the Better Business Bureau at 772-878-2010 for previous complaints. Some 800 and 900 telephone numbers may require an extra charge, as well as long distance toll costs. We will do our best to alert our reader of these charges in the ads, but occasionally we may not be aware of the charges. Therefore, if you call a number out of your area, use caution. Lawn & Garden Gonzalez Lawn Service, LLC: Complete lawn care; pressure cleaning; tree trimming; and general repair. Lic & Insured. Call today for your free estimate! 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Call 608-751-2585 Public Notice *NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS Florida Department of Transportation Project day, March 15, 2018 for the following Proposals: E1R60-R0 Pipe Lining, Repair, Desilting, and Video Inspection in Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, & Highlands Counties Maximum Budgetary Ceiling Amount: $268,000.00 E1R61-R0 Sign Installation, Repair, Replacement and Pavement Markings Removal and Replacement District-Wide. Budget Amount: $410,800.00 Complete letting advertisement information for this project is available on our website at : or by calling (863) 519-2559. 484482 CN/CB 2/22;3/1/2018 Public Notice The Joint Glades/Hendry Local Coordinating Board for the Transportation Disadvantaged will have a meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. It will be held at the RCMA-KROME CENTER, 551 W. COWBOY WAY, LABELLE, FLAll meetings of the Local Coordinating Board are open to the public. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact Marcia Staszko at the Central Florida Regional Planning Council by calling (863) 534-7130, Ext. 128 or by e-mail at at least seven days prior to the meeting. The CFRPCs planning process is conducted in accordance with Title VI of who believes he/she has been discriminated against because of race, color, plaint with the Central Florida Regional Planning Council, at (863) 534-7130. Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status. 484517 CGS 2/22;3/1/2018 Reading a newspaper helps you plan your time wisely.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more! Reading a newspaper makes you a more informed and interesting person.No wonder newspaper readers are more successful! Reading a newspaper leads you to the best products and services.No wonder newspaper readers earn more money! Reading a newspaper provides the opportunity to get involved in your community.No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Reading a newspaper helps you get more out of life.No wonder newspaper readers have more fun! Reading a newspaper helps you understand the world around you.No wonder newspaper readers enjoy life more!2x2 Classified Fillers Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING The Port LaBelle Community Development District Board of Supervisors will conduct a special meeting and a public hearing at 5:30 PM on Thursday, March 1, Dellwood Terrace, Port LaBelle, Florida. The purpose of the public hearing is to consider and take public comment upon an Application for Permit to Cross Greenbelt at North Frontier Circle to allow transport of spoil onto and upon District roadway(s) and to conduct routine business that may require Board action. This meeting is open to the public. Jason Martinez, Chairman 484367 CN/CB 2/15,22/2018 16 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 Public Notice


Ortona Fireghters needed The Ortona volunteer reghters need our help! PLEASE Join us for an informal meeting on Monday, February 26 from 7-8 p.m. at the Ortona Community Center, 2086 Ortona Locks Road. A Volunteer Fire Chief will provide an overview of: responsi bilities of volunteer reghters, their training and time commitment. Also included will be other ways we can help support this es sential service. For more information please contact Shirley Nugent at 863-227-5560 or American Legion Events Feb. 25 Sunday Breakfast Buffet, 8-11 a.m. $8 Biscuits & gravy, eggs, casseroles, bacon, sausage, French toast, fruit, orange juice, coffee. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy a terric breakfast. Public is welcome. Feb. 23 Friday 5 p.m. Sea Food Buffet with sh, shrimp, beef tips, turkey, ham and all the xins for $10. Auxiliary des serts available for $1. Desperado Band will be playing in the lounge 7-11 p.m. Feb. 24 Saturday Wings & Cabbage Fritters served all day in the lounge! Desper ado Band 7-11 p.m. Feb. 25 Sunday Breakfast Buffet 8-11 $8; Desperado Band playing from 12 noon 4 p.m. Like our Facebook page to get all the weekly updates, the newsletters and calen dars on our website at www.legionpost130. com Do you need meeting space?The American Legion is offering meeting space to any local non-prot organizations or hobby clubs, some restrictions apply, as a services-in-kind donation.Call the Post at 863-675-8300 and leave a message for the Commander concerning Meeting Space. American Legion Post 130 is located on SR80 West, across from the Shell station. For further information call 863-675-8300. VFW Post 10100 Events Feb. 24, Sat. Swamp Cabbage Fritters, the BEST Fritters in town! Serving will begin at 11:00 a.m. Feb. 25, Sunday, Breakfast Buffet, All You Can Eat! Serving will begin at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $6.00. March 1, Thurs. Nomination of ofcers. All Veteran members should attend. This is your opportunity to make a difference. Meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. March 3 Sat, Golf Tournament, call the VFW Post for details 863-675-800 March 3, Sat. Karaoke with Chris and Betty, Music Begins at 6:00pm. Free Juke Box on Fri. night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. March 15, Thurs. Free Appreciation Dinner for Veterans, Guest $5.00 Cost. Serving will be at 6:00 p.m. March 16, Fri. 2 Sharps Karaoke and cover dish dinner Music begins at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. March 24, Sat. Poker Run, proceeds will go for markers at the Cemetery. For details call the VFW Post. Queen of Hearts is now open to the Public. Drawing is at 7:00 p.m. Hamburgers Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best Hamburgers and fries in town. Grilled to perfection. Have it your way. Ladies Night, Every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ladies drink at 1/2 Price.Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 3:00 p.m. til 8:00 p.m. 1st Thursday of every month House Committee Meeting at 6:30 p.m. 1st Thursday of every month Veterans Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of every month The Auxiliary Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Bingo every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Turkey Shoot 2nd and 4th Sun. of every month at 1:00 p.m. Hall rental available to the PUBLIC. We are a Smoke Free Dining Room. We are lo cated on Hwy 29 next to the Rodeo Grounds. For further information call 863-675-8008 American Legion Auxiliary Breakfast BuffetsFebruary 25 and March 4 Sundays, The American Legion Auxiliary is hosting their famous Breakfast Buffet, 8-11 a.m. $8 Biscuits & gravy, eggs, casseroles, bacon, sausage, French toast, fruit, orange juice, coffee at the American Legion Post 130 at 699 W. SR80 across from the Shell Station. Open to the Public. Everyone welcome to the smoke free dining room. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy a terric breakfast. Free HIV testing The Florida Department Of Health in Hendry and Glades counties will offer free HIV testing for anyone in observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NWGHAAD at the following lo cations: 1100 Olympia (Clewiston); 450 S. Main (temporary, LaBelle); and 1021 Health Park Dr (Moore Haven). Although NW GHAAD is actually March 10, the free HIV testing will be on Friday, March 9 and Monday, March 12 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Although more men than women in the USA are infected, HIV positive females face unique challenges. HIV infection can, however, be managed as a chronic disease if receiving medical care. Get educated. Get tested. Get treated.DAV hosts ea marketThe Disabled American Veterans host a ea market every Saturday, off Martin Luther King Blvd. Call 863-612-0300. FSASE Scholarship OpportunityBrenda Hoots, Supervisor of Elections, invites eligible students to apply for a $1,200 scholarship through the Florida State Asso ciation of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). FSASE will award scholarships in 2018, for detailed information and forms please visit our website Your completed paperwork must be submitted to our ofce by March 29, 2018. For additional information, please contact our ofce at (863) 675-5230 or (863) 983-1592.Oportunidad de BECA FSASEBrenda Hoots, Supervisor de Elecciones, envita a los estudiantes elegibles para aplicar para una BECA de $1,200, a traves de la Asociacion del Estado de la Florida del Supervisor de Elecciones (FSASE). FSASE otorgara becas en 2018, para mas detalle de informacion y formas, por favor visite nuestro sitio web Su documentacion completa debe ser presentada a nuestra ocina por Marzo 29, 2018. Para mas informacion, por favor contacte nuestra ocina a (863) 675-5230 o (863) 983-1592.Corn Beef Cabbage DinnerOur Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church 355 S.Bridge Street will be having their annual Corn Beef and Cabbage dinner on Sunday March 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the church hall. Only 200 tickets will be available. $10 per ticket. Cash prizes will be awarded. 50/50 drawing. Desserts available for donation. Take out dinners available. For more info or to purchase tickets please call the church ofce at 675-0030 Or 675-1077.Democrats to meet in Clewiston on March 10Hendry County Democrats and supporters will meet at Clewistons Sunrise Restaurant, 842 East Sugarland Hwy, on Saturday, March 10, for a Special Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to meet announced and prospective Democratic candidates for local to district to state-wide and national ofces to be decided upon in the 2018 elections. Known Democratic candidates with available contact information have already been invited, and all Democratic incumbents and prospective candidates for Hendry County Commission, School Board, and Hospital Authority to 20th Circuit State Attorney and Public Defender and Florida Senate District 28 and House District 80 as well as Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Ofcer, and Commissioner of Agriculture along with Representative for Congressional District 25 and US Senate or their campaign staffs are also welcome. Everyone planning to attend -interested voter and candidate alike -is asked to contact Sunrise Restaurant (863)983-9080 no later than Wednesday, March 7, with names and number attending the Hendry County Democrats Breakfast as a courtesy to let the restaurant know how many guests to anticipate. Free 2018 Veterans Spring Gobbler Turkey Hunt Ron Stevens is looking for six Military Veterans or Active Duty personnel to par ticipate in a free turkey hunt. The event will take place on March 16, 17, and 18 at Garcia International Farms Headquarters. Each hunter will have a professional hunter to assist them and make it a successful day. Big Cypress RV Resort and Campground will provide housing for all participants. There will also be a full-blown Florida Cracker cookout at the farm. Because space is lim ited, get signed up quickly. Hunters should make arrangements to furnish their own rearms and any personal equipment. For more information, please call Ron Stevens at 239-410-1245, Dave Johnson at 239-3409706, Ricky Garcia at 239-404-4827 or Frank Dana at 239-633-3999. Thank you for your service!Attention Chess PlayersA Chess Club is starting in LaBelle. Meet ings will be on Monday nights at Barron Library from 6 to 8 p.m. Free lessons for beginners! All ages welcome. If you have a chess set, please bring it. For more informa tion call Barron Library at 863-675-0833.Barron Library HappeningsChess Club Offering a time for experi enced players to compete, and also an op portunity to learn how to play, every Monday evening from 6:00 8:00 Preschool Story Time Bring your tod dlers/preschoolers for stories and a fun activ ity, every Tuesday morning at 10:45. Basic Computer Class Call the library to reserve your place in the next class. There is a $20 fee for the ve sessions. Class size is small, so dont delay. Books for Sale Assortment of gently used books for sale, $1 per book. Sewing for Beginners watch for infor mation about the next class, consisting of ve sessions.Friday Night Bingo The Ortona Community Association weekly Bingo is back. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with hamburgers, hot dogs chicken patties, snacks, soda and ice cream for sale. Games begin at 7:00 p.m. and last cards are sold by 6:45 p.m. Proceeds from bingo and food sales support programs for Ortona children. OCA Events are held at the Ortona Community Building, 2086 Ortona Locks Road (Hwy 78A). For further information contact: Fran Way at 863-675-7880 or email 17 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 Public Notice INVITATION TO BIDSealed bids will be received by the Port LaBelle Community Development District Chairman Public Notice Community Briefs


To keep your heart healthy, contact Cardiology Partners. February is American Heart Month 532 West Sagamore Avenue Clewiston, Florida 33440 863-902-3021 18 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 Junior Pro Basketball Submitted photo 2018 Jr Pro Basketball Champs The 2018 Jr Pro Basketball Champs are Team Liberty Pictured from left to right in the front row are Aleah Barron, Ciarra Hernandez, Alizay Vasquez and Lainee Aguiar. In the back row are Myranda Pequeno, Angeleigh Diaz, Marissa Burchard, Haleigh Campbell, Kayleigh Rivas and Myah Pequeno. Not ShownEmorie Anderson, Isabella Williams and Mackenzie Herrera. The Coaches were Roy Campbell and Chris Hernandez. Submitted photo/Nikki Hull Elijah Williams Boys B shoot out winner with 13 points and refree Darrell Harris. Submitted photo/Nikki HullFredrick Bernard Boys A shoot out winner 12 points with referee Darrell Harris. Submitted photo/Nikki Hull Jr Pro B Team Pictured but not in order, 44 Bo Collier, 30 David Garcia, 20 Chris Hernandez, 21 Zachary Campbell, 5 Austin Price, 33 Dylan Phillips, 13 Lorenzo Arango, 10 Logan Alexander, 24 Andrew White, 14 Jevon Bass and 11 Corinthian Williams. Submitted photo/Nikki Hull Jr Pro Girls All Star Winners Coached by Roy Campbell, 42 H. Campbell, 12 C. Hernandez, 24 M. Burchard, 12 A Diaz, 22 K Rivas, 11 M Pequeno, 41 Z Morena, 51 A Villa, 14 C. Espisoza and 23 K Murray.


Box Oce 561-993-1160 Buy tickets @ All dates, artists and programs subject to change. 1977 College Drive, Belle Glade, FL 33430 Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts Comedian Ventriloquist Taylor Mason Friday, February 23, 7:30 PM The Annie Moses Band Thursday, March 1, 7:30 PM Million Dollar Quartet Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 PM FREE CONCERT!US Army Field Band Jazz Ambassadors Monday, March 12 7:30 PM The MACG Band Friday, March 16, 7:30 PM Comedian Ventriloquist A CHAMPIONSHIP A CHAMPIONSHIP A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON 2017-2018 SEASON 2017-2018 SEASON 2017-2018 19 Caloosa Belle February 22, 2018 1 Gusto 5 Reynolds Wrap maker 10 Reptile house attractions 14 __-Seltzer 15 Luxury hotel with a YouFirst rewards program 16 Nothing but 17 Keep ones landlord happy 19 Cross the threshold 20 Tricky 21 Big name in dangerous stunts 22 Sierra follower, in the NATO alphabet 23 Box instruction 26 Not familiar with 29 Staff symbols 30 Part of Q.E.D. 31 __ Belt 34 Jan. honoree 37 Optional learning 40 Suffix with concert 41 __ Fideles 42 Back in the day 43 They may be counted 45 Golden number? 46 Usually not a good way to get married 51 Exposed 52 Film with talking bugs 53 NFLs Jaguars, for short 56 The Year of Magical Thinking author Didion 57 You listen to me, and an instruction about what to look for in 17-, 23-, 37and 46-Across 60 Qatari bigwig 61 Chicagos __ Planetarium 62 Roughage source 63 Facetious nickname for a big guy 64 Gnocchi topping 65 Kan. neighbor 1 Prepares, as leftovers 2 Mideast airline 3 Absolut rival 4 Bit of ink 5 Naproxen brand 6 Two Women Oscar winner 7 Fool for You Grammy winner Green 8 Have 9 PEI hours 10 The African Queen co-star 11 Under consideration 12 Straighten 13 Church council 18 Octminus one 22 The Gondoliers girl 23 Four-letter word 24 Rainbow __ 25 As a result 26 Fruity soda 27 Yeats home 28 Top-rated evening TV show of 1961-62 31 Turkey on rye, e.g. 32 Actress Witherspoon 33 Some badges 35 Centers of activity 36 Seat for a dummy 38 Relaxed 39 Ratted (on) 44 Literary award named for a writer 45 Dix et un 46 __ dart 47 Wynonnas mom 48 Cries 49 Commencement 50 In __: unborn 53 Sudden movement 54 __ Sea 55 Lawless character 57 Go out in the afternoon? 58 Keats poem 59 The Leftovers airer By Bruce Haight (c)2014 Tribune Content Agency, LLC rffnt nbnEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Submitted photo/Trent MuntzThis week at the RotaryOn Tuesday, February 13, the Rotary Club of LaBelle heard from Lisa Sands. Ms. Sands is the Manager for United Way for Hendry and Glades Counties. United Way works with local agencies and creates initiatives that provide service to the community. If you know anyone that could use assistance, residents can call the 211 hotline twentyfour hours a day for non-emergency referrals to health, social services, and information for veterans and their families. Picture Caption (Left to Right) Lisa Sands, Hendry Glades Manager for United Way, and Judi KenningtonKorf, President of the Rotary Club of LaBelle.


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