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Delivering Western Hendry Countys News Since 1922 April 12, 2018 Vol. 95 No. 15 By Patty Brant Special to the Caloosa Belle For years there has been a widely held be lief that education training is the way this long-time agricultural area will survive and thrive in the future. Although it is a standing goal to bring vocational training to Hendry and Glades on a large scale, the reality has been extremely difcult to accomplish. For several years both Hendry and Glades have been systematically working toward that goal. The Glades County Regional Train ing Center (GCRTC) is at the core of the plan, the place where they hope to provide the training that will spark this areas economic rebirth by providing trained employees for manufacturing and logistics jobs. Interest has waxed and waned over the years as a number of large companies have shown strong interest in the center, then backed away as the recession took its toll. Now the counties are again ready to pool their efforts to make that center, which is lo cated at U.S. 27 and SR 78 near the Glades County Sheriffs Ofce and health depart ment, a focal point for growth. Several years ago, the State of Florida provided $3.5 million for the centers rst year and Glades kicked in $0.5 million for the building and parking lot, along with an other $1 million for infrastructure, including roadway, electric and water. The facility is currently offering GED and citizenship classes, provided by the Glades County School Board, and CDL classes, by Suncoast Trucking. At a joint meeting Thursday, April 5, com missioners, administrators and educators from both counties continued brainstorm ing about the future of GCRTC and its poten tial impact on the area. A successful training program like the one envisioned for the cen ter could provide residents with good, solid employment and the county with economic stability. Planners know that goal is not yet in reach, and they know they will need support from outside the immediate area to make it Progress on training center picks up speed By Patty Brant Special to the Caloosa Belle Opportunity. Thats what this country means to Dr. Kai-Fu Chow, who has served LaBelles medical needs since 1981. Born in a crushingly poor small town in China, Dr. Chow was 15 when he emigrated to Miami with his parents and brothers. His grandparents had preceded them to the US and had become American citizens. In China his father had owned a shoe heel factory and his mother was a nurse. After such unusual success in their home land, when they came to America, they had to make a living by opening a small grocery store. In 1966 the family applied for green cards so they could work in their chosen land. All the boys had to get up and go to the whole sale market early every morning to purchase the days stock, then go back to the store and stock shelves and price items before school. When their school day was over, they continued to work the store. Dr. Chow recalls his amazement when he rst came to this country at the free public education, including 15-cent school lunches and free books. A solid education was available for everyone. All you had to do was apply yourself. This was opportunity that did not exist in his old world. Building on their hard work, the fami ly later started a restaurant where the boys were also busy bussing tables, waiting ta bles, cooking and so on. His years working at the family market and restaurant were tough, but he is grate ful for them because he gained a good work ethic and learned the value of hard work. I realized what hard work was, he said, and came to appreciate what my parents gave up for us. As a boy in China he and his friends would dream of one day inventing some wonderful thing maybe even winning a Nobel Prize not that any of them really understood what that was. They just knew it was the best you could do. That was their goal. Toiling in the grocery store and restau rant, the family was doing all right, but not nearly well enough to send their boys to col lege. But, this amazing new country provided still more opportunity, in the form of schol arships. Dr. Chow made the most of his pub lic education; graduated from the Universi ty of Miami and went to study medicine in Maryland. Courtesy of the National Health Service Corps program, which provides an education in return for professional services Dr. Chow: An American success story Megan Nicole Narehood Special to the Caloosa Belle Members of the Hendry County School Board spoke about safety procedures al ready in place and measures being taken to improve our childrens safety at the School Safety Forum on April 9. Im the rst Superintendent in Hendry County history that actually has to worry about children being murdered, said Su perintendent Paul Puletti, Im dreading the time something happens where children are murdered on school grounds. Puletti said that, according to the state, school districts can choose to have school resource ofcers at every school, have a po lice ofcer, who is part of the municipal po lice department at every school, or a Guard ian Program. Weve had school resource ofcers in every school since 2012 and we have one municipal police department thats in Clew iston, said Puletti, the state says if the Sher iff, county, and superintendent want to par ticipate in the Guardian Program, they can. The school district is going to write a school safety plan, Puletti said, probably in December, depending on how funding is allocated. The Guardian Program is the one program that is going to cost us nothing. The program is fully funded through the school safety grant and allocations, said Puletti. Lucinda Kelley, Deputy Superintendent for Continuous Improvement, Human Resources and Operations, spoke about hardening our schools and prevention measures that will be in place as of the 2018HC School Board holds School Safety Forum Submitted photo/ Patty Brant After 36 years of serving the LaBelle area, Dr. Chow will be retiring at the end of the month. See Retire Page 2 See Safety Page 3 See Training Page 2


2 Caloosa Belle April 12, 2018 to underserved communities, he became a doctor in internal medicine and found his future in caring for the people of LaBelle. In 1981 he set up his practice here. Thirty-six years ago he chose LaBelle not knowing what to expect. Looking back he says LaBelle has really been a blessing for him. He realizes that his experience here has been totally different from that of a doctor in Fort Myers. People appreciate me here, he notes. He feels his service to LaBelle is all part of paying back this country for the opportunity it afforded him as a young immigrant. These days he is reecting on the tremen dous changes in medicine over almost four decades. As a practitioner of internal med icine, he has watched the profession move toward specialization and it does not please him. More legality issues crept in as his prac tice became more limited so many more referrals to specialists; so much dependence on computers; so much less human inter action. To Dr. Chows way of thinking, comput ers have had a limiting affect on the human touch of medicine, making it increasingly more impersonal. He added, Ive never got ten used to it. In truth, Dr. Chow is a little apprehensive about what to do when he nally hangs up his stethoscope for the last time. At the top of his thoughts are his elderly parents, who are in a nursing home. Theyre in their early 90s and he feels the need to spend more time with them. He will also be giving up his position as medical director at Oakbrook Nursing Home. Hell also certainly be spending more time with his lovely wife, Reiko, who re mains the concert master for the South west Florida Symphony in Fort Myers after many years. LaBelle folks will remember the incredible concert events she brought here for several years. Her efforts provided locals with the opportunity to enjoy some much-appreciated quality classical music in our own back yard. Perhaps best of all, Dr. Chow and Reiko will surely be getting to know their rst grandchild better a boy. His father, the Chows eldest son, David, is a doctor in San Francisco, working with neuroreceptors. Their second son has a video game de sign company and the youngest has his heart set on becoming an actor. This amaz ing chain of success began with the hard work of immigrants making the most of American opportunity. Dr. Chow wants to express his apprecia tion for the invaluable experience his pa tients and the area have provided him. You have treated me so well. I couldnt ask for anything better, he said. He also wants to point out the impor tance of social programs like the one he credits for allowing him to get his medical degree. He can attest that these programs not only provide for individuals, but also yield dividends to communities for decades. More opportunity for those willing to in vest in themselves and this country. A self-declared putterer, Dr. Chow will have lots of time to do home projects like putting an addition on his home. He is also an avid tennis player, so hes looking forward to a lot more time on the court. Coming to this country as he did as a young boy with so little except his family Dr. Chow discovered opportunity part of the greatness that is America. In this next phase of his life, he looks forward to even more opportunity. There will be a going away party for him at the ofce on April 26 from 2 5 p.m. The staff would like to welcome the community to say their goodbyes. Retire Continued From Page 1 so. One of the topics of discussion was lin ing up just that kind of support. In previous conversations, the commis sioners had discussed hiring a director for the facility. However at the joint meeting they were more inclined toward hiring a sin gle administrative person to coordinate the center. The planners had a consensus that the GCRTC should be run through the Local Ed ucational Agency (LEA), keeping control of the project local. However, the hope is that an experienced educational entity can be found to under write and run the project. Planners are look ing forward to providing a center like iTech in Immokalee, on a smaller scale. Collier County Public Schools, with its highly successful iTech facility, is willing to work on the project. In fact CCPS Superin tendent Dr. Kamela Patton is scheduled to visit here in the next few weeks. Assistance is also being sought from Flor ida Gulf Coast University, Hodges University, Florida Southwestern College, Fort Myers Technical College and more An experienced educational entity will be able to run the facility and expand into ap propriate courses for incoming businesses. Perhaps, a local VISTA volunteer, which would not require any local funding, would be useful as well. Planners are seriously considering using money from Hendry, Glades and the South west Florida Workforce Development Board (each has pledged $20,000) for three years to cover salary and benets for an adminis trator to coordinate the facility. Senator Denise Grimsley is looking at possible funding that might be available from Senate Bill 10, which expedites con struction of water storage reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area. Tuition may also provide some funding. Planners agreed that they need to mar ket the center to area high school students, including Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee and other surrounding counties to make the project viable. There are many variables to consider, but the commissioners would like to see some additional progress for the fall term. They re alize local students are at an economic dis advantage and this center could ultimately provide them with a way of life through a good living in the trades. The two commissions will meet again on June 12 at 11:30 a.m. in Glades County to continue sharing information and discus sion points. Training Continued From Page 1 Submitted photo/ Patty Brant Glades County Regional Training Center.


April 12, 2018 Caloosa Belle 3 April 22 is Earth Day. First observed in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into an international celebration, with nearly 200 countries holding events to support clean air, clean water and other mea sures to protect our planet. As an investor, what lessons can you learn from this special day? Consider the following: Avoid toxic investment moves. Earth Day events show us how we can help keep toxins out of our land, air and water. And if you want to keep your in vestment ecosystem healthy, you need to avoid making some toxic moves. For example, dont chase after hot stocks based on tips you may have heard or read. By the time you learn about these stocks, they may already have cooled off and they may not even be appropriate for your goals or risk tolerance. Another toxic investment move involves trying to time the market that is, buying investments when they reach low points and selling them at their peaks. Its a great theory, but almost impossible to turn into reality, because no one can re ally predict market highs and lows and your timing efforts, which may involve selling investments that could still help you may disrupt your long-term strategy. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Reduce, reuse, recycle is a motto of the envi ronmental movement. Essentially, its encouraging people to add less stuff to their lives and use the things they already have. As an investor, you can benet from the same advice. Rather than constantly buying and selling investments in hopes of boosting your returns, try to build a portfolio that makes sense for your situation, and stick with your hold ings until your needs change. If youre always trading, youll probably rack up fees and taxes, and you may well end up not even boosting your performance. It might not seem exciting to purchase investments and hang on to them for decades, but thats the formula many successful investors follow, and have followed. Plant seeds of opportunity. Another Earth Day lesson deals with the value of planting gardens and trees. When you invest, you also need to look for ways to plant seeds of opportunity. Seek out investments that, like trees, can grow and prosper over time. All investments do carry risk, including the poten tial loss of principal, but you can help re duce your risk by owning a mix of other, relatively less volatile vehicles, such as corporate bonds and U.S. Treasury secu rities. (Keep in mind, though, that xedrate vehicles are subject to interest-rate risk, which means that if interest rates rise, the value of bonds issued at a lower rate may fall.) Match your money with your val ues. Earth Day also encourages us to be conscientious consumers. So, when you support local food growers, you are helping, in your own way, to reduce the carbon footprint caused in part by trucks delivering fruits and vegetables over long distances. Similarly, you might choose to include socially responsible investing in your overall strategy by avoiding investments in certain industries you nd objectionable, or by seeking out companies that behave in a manner you believe benets society. Earth Day is here, and then its gone but by applying some of its key teach ings to your investment activities, you may improve your own nancial environment.This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Keep Your Investment Ecosystem Healthy Deputies with the Hendry County Sher iffs Ofce want to ask parents to BE AWARE. It was reported earlier in the day that a female identifying herself as a DCF Investiga tor, employed with the Department of Chil dren and Families, attempted to enter the home of a woman telling her she was there to conduct a home check and to check up on her child due to prior allegations. When the reporter refused to allow the fe male into her home and said they would contact law enforcement, she began to back away to her vehicle telling her, well I have everything I need to close the case and left the area. Hendry County Sheriffs Ofce followed up with Department of Children and Fami lies and was told that no one should have been at her house yesterday. The victim did not recognize the woman and was unable to get a tag number from the vehicle. The suspect female was not able to provide any identication nor was she wearing any clothing that would identify her as a DCF Investigator. Hendry County Sheriff Steve Whidden said, The fact that someone would go to a persons home, identify themselves as an Investigator and attempt to gain entry is very concerning to us. We are asking if you see or hear anything suspicious to contact the Hendry County Sheriffs Ofce immediate ly. The reporter described the vehicle as a 2000-2010 white Volkswagen Beetle with a black top. Suspect female is described as approx imately 5-5, 30-40 years of age, thin build with dark colored hair. If you have any information or know who this may be please contact the Hendry County Sheriffs Ofce at 863-674-5600. Woman attempts to enter home identifying herself as DCF Investigator 2019 school year. Hardening our schools is a hard thing, our buildings were built before we thought anything like Columbine was possible, said Lucinda Kelley, we have our work cut out for us and we are very committed to do that. Prevention measures include an app on students Chromebooks or phone, so they can notify school administrators of a sus pected threat, and adding additional staff members, who are licensed mental health professionals, to care for students in need of mental health services. I assure you we are working very hard on the prevention piece and we will give you updates as we go, said Kelley. Dr. Robert Egley, Deputy Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, spoke about the safety measures put in place since the shooting at Parkland High School. Dr. Egley said gates are the rst exterior defense the schools have. We are trying to get some gates that have need to have a key code punched in for them to open, said Dr. Egley. Many schools have shatterproof glass and hurricane shut ters that reduce a shooters chance to be able to break the glass and unlock the door. Safety procedures already in place are making sure teachers lock their doors, checking visitors identication, revising exit routes for evacuations, having multiple exit strategies, having cameras in the building, and using the public-address system. Dr. Egley said students can only have clear, see-through backpacks, so people can see what students are carrying. Egley said if there is reasonable suspicion someone is carrying something in their band instrument case, or softball case, it will be searched. By far, one of the most powerful preven tions are people that call us at school and notify us of a student carrying a weapon, said Dr. Egley, hardening our schools in volves parents, teachers, law enforcement, administration, and the transportation de partment. The Hendry County School District will host a forum at the Clewiston High School Auditorium on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. This discussion regarding school safety concerns and ideas is open to the public. Safety Continued From Page 3 Submitted photo/ Megan Narehood Dr. Robert Egley, Deputy Superinten dent for Teaching and Learning, ex plains safety procedures already in place to protect students in Hendry County Schools at the School Safety Forum on April 9.


April 12, 2018 Caloosa Belle 5 Hendry Regional Medical Center Welcomes Lisa Marra, MSN, ARNP-C, a family nurse practitioner! Hendry Regional Convenient Care Center 450 South Main Street, LaBelle. To schedule an appointment call 863-675-2356. Submitted photo Christian Men hang new signs A gathering of Christian Men put up new church awareness signs on the four corners of LaBelle assisted by men from the Saint Matthews house. One of many projects the Christian Men take on. If your church wants to be listed please call our president Ed Koontz at 863849-0977 Submitted photo Busy April at the Gallery Lots of activities are happening at the Barron Park House Gallery in April. The entire Gallery is dedicated to the artwork of our local students and their teach ers. This exhibit may be seen until May 1. Pictured Stella Luckey (top photo) and Becca Pratt (bottom photo), LaBelle art teachers showing their students art work at the Barron Park House Gallery. Award winning artist Penny Fox is offer ing two art classes this month. The rst class is Friday, April 20 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The subject is Florida Birds. Another class will be held Friday, April 27 at the same time, and the subject is Florida Flowers. Penny teaches realistic and impressionistic art for intermediate or beginning painters. You may register at the Gallery or contact Penny at for more information. On Thursday, April 19, the Chow Down Food Trucks will return from 5 to 9 that evening. The gallery and gift shop will be open for your viewing and shopping pleasure, and a bounce house will be available for the kids. Mark your calen dars to come to the Gallery for some food and fun! The Gallery is located at 471 No. Lee St. and is open Thursday thru Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.


6 Caloosa Belle April 12, 2018 Womens Conference Community Harvest Worship Center Womens Conference will be on April 14 with the Rev. Marilyn Weeks from Brooks ville FL. A very powerful woman of God, she has been in ministry for over 40 years. Preaching and teaching the word of God seeing many healed, delivered and set free. Theme: In every season; to everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m., ser vice 10:00 a.m., Lunch following the s ervice. Registration is $20. For more information call 863-673-6328 or 863-675-0938. Gran Campaa Garden of Prayer LaBelle Community SDA Ministries ex tends our 11 a.m. Sabbath morning Pastoral Garden of Prayer to anyone and everyone whose mind is heavily burdened. You know how heavy your situation is. James 5:16 re minds us to pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righ teous man has great power and wonderful results. You can join our prayer list of over 100 by sending your familys name to P.O. Box 1885 LaBelle, FL 33975. Pastor Rupert A. Balfour, PhD Good Shepherd Schedule Friday, April 13 Final Spaghetti and Meatballs Dinner of the Season 5 p.m. Rafe Drawing for Quilt at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 29 Worship Service 10 a.m. ofcated by Bishop Dabney Smith Di ocese of South West Florida A Gathering of Christian Men The monthly meeting of A Gathering of Christian Men will be held at the Dallas Townsend Building, 1085 Pratt Blvd. on the third Monday of each month. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Pot Luck meal. Please remember to bring a dish to share. We will then continue with our business meeting. You are really needed. Hello LaBelle!My Business Is Introduce yourself to new customers in our next local shopping guide! Its a great way to showcase your products and services to consumers who care about keeping our community vibrant and strong by supporting local businesses like yours,Ads are just $35Call 863-675-2541 today, and let us start spreading the word about your business. Shelburn WilliamsWelder/FabricatorCustom Welding & Fabrication Trailer Repairs Body Swaps Equipment Repairs Flat Beds Hitches Mobile Welding Marine Repairs210 N. Industrial Loop LaBelle, FL 33935 863-234-8064 Beverly Ann Bush, 59 FELDA Beverly Ann Bush, born April 21, 1958 as Beverly Ann Phillips passed away April 1, 2018. Her mother Rosalie Wright passed away July 17, 2016. Survived by Her loving Husband of 40 years Raymond C. Bush, her children Ray mond Charles Bush II and Katherine Stitely. 3 grandchildren Sophia Bush, Liam Bush, and Delilah Bush. Her father Earl Samuel Phillips and eldest brother Earl Samuel Phillips Jr., Beloved Step Mother Martha Belew and Step Brother Billy Belew. She lived her own way. Never cared for those that judged or talked trash. She instead choose to love. She always had a genuine compliment for everyone. She built people up rather than tearing them down. She wasnt afraid of anyone. She lived by her own rules. She would come to her own conclusions about people and would give you the shirt off her back if you needed it, or bracelet off her arm if you complimented it. She was spirited and free and No one Dare Tame her, yet she tamed us. Her favorite color was purple, she loved horses, dragons, and her pets, Buster, Daisy, and Tabby. Her favorite lm was All Dogs go to Heaven. Favorite song Steve Miller Band Big ole Jet Airliner.....dont carry her too far away. Obituaries Church Briefs Submitted photo Salute to Veterans Grandmas Grove RV Parks Snowbird Choir, gave a perfromance on Sunday, March 18. It was a salute to Veterans and their families with some Gospel songs. It was well received by all. Submitted photo/ Val White FGCU Students help at Firehouse Students from Florida Gulf Coast University in a Team and Group Processes Class, as part of their team service learning project this semester, came to help out around the Firehouse Community Theatre this past season. They spent time getting to know our community by volunteering to usher and run concessions and most recently they came to re-paint the exterior of the theatre building. Pic tured from left to right are Gabriella Jeter, Stephron King, Scott Wampler, Glenn Guest, Hunter Might and Willie Brice. The Firehouse Community Theatre is very grateful for these young adults who have donated their time to assist in the the atre communities ongoing efforts to continue to provide quality entertainment and arts programs to the people of LaBelle. Submitted photo Good Job LMS! LMS students who ran the Insane Inatable 5k Saturday, April 7. Students had a great time together while running through inatable obstacles!


April 12, 2018 Caloosa Belle 7 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 Molodi An Experiment in Body PercussionFriday, May 4 7:30 PM A CHAMPIONSHIP A CHAMPIONSHIP A CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON 2017-2018 SEASON 2017-2018 SEASON 2017-2018 1 18th Greek letter 6 Instagram account creator 10 Gunpowder container 13 Contest submission 14 Campus sports gp. 15 Call, retro-style 16 Symbol of a good try 18 To be, to Cato 19 Just okay 20 Place to apply gloss 21 Use unwisely, as time 22 Movie for all 26 Organ near the stomach 29 Playground threat 32 Rips 33 Clash of clans 34 Ornamental pond fish 35 JFK postings 36 Straight-A students bane 38 Show sleepiness 39 Christmas tree 40 Follow ones new job, in Realtorspeak 41 Private student 42 Go up alone 44 Persian Gulf ships 45 Lady Chatterleys Lover author 48 Gaze intently 50 Before, to Frost 51 Like skyscrapers 55 Bee flat? 56 Noted O.J. Simpson attorney 59 Bone-dry 60 Bartlett cousin 61 Like the man of ones dreams 62 Marry 63 Yeah, sure! 64 Tractor maker 1 Goes out with 2 Data 3 Classic Pontiacs 4 Wont you be my neighbor? TV host 5 Nautical consent 6 Not up to the job 7 Check (out) 8 Musical skill 9 Singer in an interrogation room? 10 Musical inspired by The Taming of the Shrew 11 Fort Worth-toDallas direction 12 Merriment 15 Passed out cards 17 Caramel-topped custard dessert 21 Like some very bad pitches 23 Legal matter 24 God, in Grenoble 25 Reasons for school absences 26 Sheet music quintet, and with 31-Down, what the first letters of 16-, 22-, 36-, 45and 56-Across represent 27 Danger 28 Seinfeld cocreator 30 Farther down 31 See 26-Down 33 Progressive Insurance spokeswoman 36 Dracula star Lugosi 37 Furrow the fields 38 Christmas season 40 Part on stage 41 Muscle spasm 43 Destroy, as files 44 Premium plane seat, usually 46 Pee Wee in Brooklyn 47 Upright 48 Pygmalion playwright 49 Radial __ 52 Out of the wind 53 Gonerils father 54 Country singer Lovett 56 Source of DVD warnings 57 Easy throw 58 Help out r fntb rffnt nbnEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Submitted photo Pet of the Week Bella is a six year old, domestic shorthair. She came into our shelter two months ago when she and her brother found themselves at Animal Control. Her brother was adopted last month and Bella hasnt quite been herself since. Since her broth er has been gone, weve noticed quite a change in her, including hair loss. This sweet, loving cat would make a perfect companion for any household. She needs a warm lap to sit on, and also a loving family that will make her feel right at home. Please come by Caloosa Humane Society Adoption Center at 1200 Pratt Blvd., LaBelle, to meet sweet Bella and help mend her broken heart. For further questions on Bella or any of our other lovely animals, please call us at 863-675-0997.


8 Caloosa Belle April 12, 2018 Submitted photo/ Trent Muntz Happenings at the Rotary On Tuesday, March 20, the Rotary Club of LaBelle heard from Dr. Sarah Strauss. Dr. Strauss is an Assistant Professor of Soil Microbiology at the UF/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center in Immokalee. Dr. Strauss presented about a recent research trip that she took to Antartica and talked about local agricultural issues and how IFAS is a vital resource to local agriculture leaders. Dr. Strauss research program at IFAS focusses on characterizing and managing plant and soil microbial community interac tions to better improve the well-being of vegetable and citrus crops. Picture, Left to Right: Dr. Sarah Strauss, Assistant Professor of Soil Microbiology at UF/IFAS and Judi Kennington-Korf, President of the Rotary Club of LaBelle. Submitted photo New bikes for local kids Commissioner Darrel Harris, along with Toys for Tots, assisted in distributing bicycles to children in the LaBelle community. The bicycles were generously donated by Waste Connections, Inc. Thank you to Waste Connections for giving back to the community! By Phillip Keyes Special to the Caloosa Belle Brethren at LaBelles Masonic Lodge have been quietly busy so far this year, which means theyre about to go pub lic again with two big events imminent: a golng tournament, on April 14, which will benet local scholarships, and continuing visibility at several community-wide events. The LaBelle Masonic Lodge member ship is frequently viewed as one of the most energetic groups of men within Southwest Florida, and perhaps even the entire state, said Tony Weems, of North LaBelle, and Master of the Lodge. Our activities and vis ibility in Western Hendry County is keeping our members busy and we are making a difference for a great many area residents. Being a community-involved organiza tion is also credited as a driving forces be hind the tremendous increase in member ship of the Lodge. Last years membership increased by 20 percent, and currently there are a number of membership applications being either reviewed or pending presenta tion. Freemasonry is an international fra ternity for men and traces it origins back to Biblical times. The golf tournament will be on Satur day, April 14, at The Glades RV & Golf Re sort located on SR-80 about 15 miles east of LaBelle. Four member teams are being registered now at $50.00 per person at the pro shop or by calling Tony at 863 263 5513. There will prizes for the team with the low est score, a putting contest, and door prizes. There are still a few opportunities for spon sorships and businesses interested in this advertising may also call Tony or stop by the pro shop at The Glades. Weems said all the proceeds from the tournament will go toward funding the continued education scholarships that the Lodge awards each year to LaBelle area graduates. LaBelles Masons going public with activities La Leche League The La Leche League will meet the sec ond Friday every month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Parrish Chiropractic, 80 N Main Street, LaBelle. La Leche League helps mothers breastfeed through education, en couragement and mother-to-mother sup port. We offer informal monthly gatherings, email and phone support for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Dads, children, and breastfeeding support people welcome. Come join us! Community Brief Hendry and Glades County residents, representatives of local organizations, churches, businesses and non-prot orga nizations are invited to participate in Hend ry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition meeting to be held Friday April 13 at 1 p.m. at the. Clewiston Public Library, 120 West Osceo la Avenue, Clewiston. The mission of the Hendy/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition is to partner with faith-based organizations, vol unteer and social agencies, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, business and individual volunteers who seek to address the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the individuals and families affected by natural and man-made disasters in Hendry and Glades counties. Speakers are available upon request to share information and answer question about this coalition of local volunteers and agencies serving Hendry and Glades Coun ty residents impacted by Hurricane Irma. For information contact Terri Miazaga, HGUNC Coordinator Phone: 561-516-2103 Fax: 863-675-9393. E-mail Mailing address: Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition c/o LaBelle United Way House, 133 N. Bridge Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. Visit the Hendry/ Glades Unmet Needs Coalition Facebook page. Unmet Needs Coalition plans meeting Submitted photo Last show of the season Held over for another week! La Belles own Elton John imperson ator will be performing with the Fire house Singers nightly at 7 p.m. from April 12 14 and the April 15 Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. at the Firehouse Community Theatre. Come out and see this fantabulous celebration of the Theatres 25th Anniversary! Get your tickets by calling our ticket ho tline at (863) 675-3066 or online at, and come on down and enjoy the show. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door. The Firehouse Community Theatre is located at 241 N. Bridge Street in LaBelle.


April 12, 2018 Caloosa Belle 9 Thursday, April 12, 2018 Caloosa Belle 9 Hendry County Clerk of Court is seeking applications for Staff Accountant Staff Accountant job duties: Maintains and balances an automated consolidation system by imputing data, scheduling required jobs, verifying data Analyzes information and options by developing spreadsheet reports, verifying information Prepares general ledger entries by maintaining records and files, reconciling accounts Prepares payments by accruing expenses, assigning account numbers, requesting disbursements, reconciling accounts Answers accounting and financial questions by researching and interpreting data Protects organizations value by keeping information confidential Accomplishes accounting and organization mission by completing related results as needed Requires a BS Degree in Accounting or 5 years of ac counting experience. Please send resumes to: Clerk of Court, PO Box 1760, LaBelle, FL 33975, Attention: Finance Director Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic# CCC037019 981 Cowboy Circle Office (863)675-7045 Fax (863)612-1158 Lic#CCC1325950 Ofce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 Gar age/ Ya rd Sales Yard sale 1044 Dutch Ct Fri. 4/13, 8am til? 3 wheel bike, elliptical, helmets, recumbent bike, matchbox cars, plants, household and much more Yard Sale 4017 E Palomar Cir, April 14, 7am-1pm clothes and lots more Employment Full Time Triple J Grassing is currently seeking an ex perienced, Crew Lead/ Foreman with a clean driving record. Class A drivers license not nec essary, but will be given preference. Must have experience running a crew. Pay is dependent on experience. This is a working foreman position. If interested, please call Bryan at (239)284-7088. Serious inquires only. Benefits: Weekly Pay Paid Holidays after 90 days & Vacation after one year. Health, Dental, & Vision Insurance after 90 days. 401k after one year We are an Equal Oppor tunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Employment Full Time Triple J Grassing is currently seeking to hire motivated, hardworking, individuals to lay sod. We offer weekly pay, benefits after 90 days, and 401k. You will need two forms of valid ID. If interested please fill out an application in person at 2360 Prince St, Ft. Myers, 33916. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY. Benefits: Weekly Pay Paid Holidays after 90 days & Vacation after one year. Health, Dental, & Vision Insurance after 90 days. 401k after one year WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND DRUG FREE EMPLOYER. Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspa pers 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 772878-2010 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. Apartments SWF Goodwill Housing is now accepting applica tions for its LABELLE 1 & 2 bedroom and its LE HIGH 2BR HUD Section 811 barrier-free apart ments for people with PHYSICAL disabilities. For more information and application contact us Monday through Friday 10:00 am 3:00 pm at 863-674-5779. Income based rent income restrictions apply. Storage Space Rent LABELLE RENT-A-SPACE Cowboy Way & Kennedy Blvd. Monthly includes tax: 5x10 $42.80; 8x10 $53.50; 10x10 $58.85; 8x25 $96.30; 24hr access $25 returnable key deposit. 863-675-2392 Houses Sale MONTURA Site built 3/2 /2 home in Montura fresh paint inside and out new carpeting. 214-0073. Mobile Homes Sale Mobile Home fixer upper 3 bedrooms, 2 bath large screen room. Quick Sale. 863-328-0002 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your Home! R oofing R oofing Tr ee Re moval/ T rimming Tr ee Re moval/ T rimming


10 Caloosa Belle April 12, 2018 Basics of Alcohol Inks at Barron Library Basics of Alcohol Inks class will be of fered at Barron Library, Monday evening, April 16, from 5:30 7:45. The class will be taught by local artist, Shary Weckwerth, who does beautiful work. Class fee is $20, with all the art supplies, including a 4x4 ce ramic tile (gloss white), being furnished for you. If you have your own Alcohol Inks, you may want to bring them along. Class space is limited, so dont delay. You may either stop by the library to register, or call at 863675-0833. Shary teaches a fun class . you wont want to miss this opportunity. You will be surprised at how quickly you create a piece to be proud of. Code Enforcement in your area Hendry County Code Enforcement will be in the Flaghole and Montura areas this Saturday April 14, 2018. Ofcers will be handing out informational yers on Coun ty ordinances and will be available for any questions you may have on requirements for property maintenance. Widows Support Group The Widows Support Group will meet April 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Log Cabin BB Que. All widows welcome. Credit Counseling for Homeownership The Home Ownership Resource Center of Lee County, Inc. (HORC) in collabora tion with Hendry County Housing and State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) will be hosting credit counseling classes to assist prospective home buyers with the opportu nity to improve credit scores. Oneonone Counseling will be available at HORCs of ce by appointments only, after taking the class. Classes will be held on a quarterly basis as follows: T hursday, April 19, 2018, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. (this class will be held at First Bank, 301 W. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, FL) Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Location: Dallas B. Townsend Agricultur al Center, 1085 Pratt Boulevard, LaBelle, FL 33975. Orientacin de Crdito para Propiedad de viviendas El hogar propiedad recursos centro de Lee County, Inc. (HORC) en colaboracin con la Asociacin de Iniciativas de Vivienda del Estado y Vivienda del Condado Hendry (SHIP) organizar clases de asesora credi ticia para ayudar a los posibles compradores de vivienda con la oportunidad de mejorar los puntajes de crdito. Asesoramiento indi vidual estar disponible en ocina de HORC por citas solamente, despus de tomar la clase. Las clases se impartirn trimestralmente como sigue: Jueves, 19 de abril de 2018, 5:30 a 7:00 p.m. (esta orientacin ser en First Bank, 301 W. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, FL) Martes, 17 de julio de 2018, 5:30 a 7:00 p.m. Martes, 16 de octubre de 2018, 5:30 a 7:00 p.m. Ubicacin: Dallas B. Townsend Agricul tural Center, 1085 Pratt Boulevard, LaBelle, FL 33975. American Legion Events (April through September Fish Fries are only held the First Friday of each month) May 4 Friday 5-7 p.m. Fish Fry with assortment of sh, shrimp, crabcakes & chicken with cole slaw, baked potato or French fries & roll $9. Homemade desserts by the American Legion Auxiliary are avail able $1/slice to support our Veterans. Kara oke begins at 7 p.m. Dining room is smoke free and open to the public. Like our Facebook page to get all the weekly updates, the newsletters and calen dars on our website at www.legionpost130. com American Legion Post 130 Meetings: (All Members welcome) Ap. 19 Thurs 7 p.m. American Le gion Meeting and American Legion Auxiliary Meeting May 2 Wed 7:30 p.m. Riders meet ing May 3 Thurs 6 p.m. DAV (Disabled American Veterans) meeting May 8 Wed 6 p.m. Sons of the Amer ican Legion Meeting American Legion Post 130 is located at 699 SR80 West, across from the Shell sta tion. For further information call 863-6758300. Dining room is open to the public and smoke free. The Food Trucks are back The Food Trucks will be back at the Bar ron Park House, 471 N Lee St at Barron Park on Thursday, April 19 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Art Gallery will be open for your viewing pleasure. There will be bounce houses for the kids and dont forget the good food from the food trucks. LaBelle Garden Club Meets The LaBelle Garden Club will meet Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at the Dal las Townsend Center, 1085 Pratt Blvd. The Guest Speaker will be Alice Oldford from Lake Placid with a presentation about Sus tainable Living. She will have information and recipes from several books she has written. Bring your questions and any plants or home grown produce to share. Refresh ments served. Check out the website La, which is chock full of information on the unique conditions of gardening in LaBelle. Bring friends and neighbors. For more info call Nikki at 239564-2005 or Margaret at 863-517-0202. Barron Library Happenings CHESS CLUB Offering a time for expe rienced players to compete, and also an op portunity to learn how to play, every Monday evening from 6:00 8:00. BARRON BOOK CLUB The Book Club meets the second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm, at the library. Everyone is welcome to attend. SCORE Seminar Simple Steps for Start ing Your Business, on the dates below from 5:30 7:30 pm: Spanish sessions, May 3 English sessions, April 19, and May 17 PRESCHOOL STORY TIME Bring your toddlers/preschoolers for stories and a fun activity, every Tuesday morning at 10:45. BASIC COMPUTER CLASS Call the li brary to reserve your place in the next class. There is a $20 fee for the ve sessions. Class size is small, so dont delay. Swing Into Spring Swing Into Spring, a benet for United Way of Hendry & Glades will be on Satur day, April 28 from 5-8 p.m. at the River Bend Motorcoach Resort, 5800 W SR 80, La Belle. Individual tickets are $50 per person. For reservations or aditional information contact Lisa at 239-433-7559. VFW Post 10100 April 13, Friday, Chicken Parmesan Dinner. Serving begins at 5:00 p.m. Coast is $8.00. April 20, Friday 2 Sharps Karaoke and Cover Dish Dinner. Music will Begin at 5:00 p.m. April 26, Thursday Open face Pork Loin Dinner. Serving will begin at 5:00 p.m. Cost is $6.00. Free Juke Box on Friday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Queen of Hearts drawing is at 7:00 p.m. Hamburgers Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best Burgers and Fries in town. Grilled to Perfection. Have it your way. Ladies Night, Every Thursday, $1.00 off, exclude Draft and Soda from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Happy Hour: Mon.Fri. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 1st Thursday of every month House Committee meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. 1st Thursday of every month Veterans Regular meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of every month The Aux iliary meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Bingo every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Turkey Shoot 2nd and 4th Sunday 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 South next to the Rodeo Grounds. For further information call 863675-8008 Scholarship Opportunity for FL Southwestern Graduates The Rotary Club of LaBelle is offering a scholarship to a student who has attended and graduated from Florida Southwestern College (or will graduate by August 2018) and will be attending a public university or college in the State of Florida in the fall as a junior.There are some specic requirements applicants must meet.For more details and to request an application you can send an e-mail to or request one from the Financial Aid ofce of Florida Southwestern College. Applications must be submitted and received by mid night May 11, 2018. Public Notice Public Notice Community Briefs


April 12, 2018 Caloosa Belle 11 R E D Tater Tot Casserole Ingredients 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup 1 8 oz container of sour cream 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 1 bag of tator tots, thawed stick of butter Preparation: Combine the chicken soup, sour cream and cheese in a large bowl, stir to combine then add Tater Tots. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir until mixed well. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 casserole dish and top with butter slices. Bake at 350 fro 30 min utes or until bubbly and golden top. Enjoy! RECIPE OF THE WEEK SUBMITTED BY SOUTHERN HERITAGE REAL ESTATE CUSTOM 3/2 + DEN RANCH HOME tucked beneath the oaks on 7 AC at the end of a gated private drive. Home features a brick replace, oversized screened in lanai and an outdoor brick BBQ patio. Outbuilding has open storage and an of ce/ man cave... Priced at just $329,000. Call 863-675-7522 for more info Belle Realty Co. Terri Banky Lic. Real Estate BrokerSOLD SOLD UNDER CONTRACT Call about our vacant land! LOTS Industrial Zoned property south of LaBelle. 4 parcels, total of 4.63+/acres $540,000. Vacant Industrial 4.5 +/acres. Located in LaBelle, zoned LB-I-2. $125,000. .29 +/acre in Belmont S/D. Priced to sell at only $35,000. Possible seller nancing. 1.25+/acre lots in Montura. Possible seller nancing $21,000. .24+/acre corner lot right off of SR 80 in Alva. $20,000. 1.25+/acre tract in Hendry County $18,000. 1.84+/acres south of LaBelle $18,000. 1.25+/acre tract in Okeechobee $9,500. Call about our Pt LaBelle lots! Please visit our website at 580 S. MAIN ST. LABELLE 863-675-1973 Greg Miners Lic R.E. Broker; Associates Delia Miners, Neal Livingston, Phil Lewis Se Habla Espanol SOLD Riverside Real Estate45 South Riverview Street LaBelle, FL 33935 863-675-2718SE HABLA ESPAOL Marilyn Sears Lic. Real Estate Broker MANUFACTURED HOME 2/1 with 2.5 acres has a nice 480 sqft addition fully permitted, gutted giving you the opportunity to make it completely your own! Has a small shed in the back, along with a nice pond full of sh! $95,000. HOMESITUATED ON 8.56 +/ACRES, home offers more than 1500 square feet of living space with an awesome open split oor plan, 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths and a single car garage, custom stone replace, formal dining area with spacious kitchen, large screened lanai that overlooks a fenced pasture. $314,900. 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.AFFORDABLE WATERFRONT RIVER HOME ON THE CALOOSAHATCHEE, situated on a dead end street, west of LaBelle. Enter through the beautiful front door to river views. The large kitchen overlooking the river is the gathering room, the perfect spot for dinner and activities. Features a formal dining room, great master bed and double bath. Two additional bedrooms and 2 additional full baths make this a great family home. This is a great opportunity to own a RIVERFRONT HOME! $279,000. 863-675-4500or visit our website at Se Habla Espaol Submitted photo Grades K-2 Back row from left to right: Genesis Barrientos, Logan Depue,Kath erine Ordunis, Angel Moreno, Alicia Rivera, James Scriven and Carlos Aguilar. Third Row: Kaylianne Vanderbaan, Nezailee Fernandez, Januel Arias, Rihanna Franco, Jenny Garcia, Raquel Deleon and Juan Gonzalez. Second Row: Abigail Walker, Jason Hernandez II, Luis Aleman, Ivan Moreno, Litzy Gomez and Angie Prado. Bottom: Mason Flournah and Izavian Figeroa. Submitted photo Grades 35 Back Row from left to right: Lillian Vasquez, Geovanni Laracuente, Jose Pena, Ishmael Villanueva, Anthony Gutierrez and Perla Gomez. Middle Row: Angel Orduna, Brookelynn Villa, Genevieve Carman, Abigail Salazar, Jaco by Gonzalez, Jaylynn Stewart and Travis Searcy. Bottom Row: Valeria Sorcia, Matthew Figueroa, Alyssa Topper, Donavin Green and Anthonny Portillo. COES Leaders of the Month for February Submitted photo Congrats LHS Boys Weightlifting Team! The LaBelle High School Boys Weightlifting Team had ve young men ad vance to the State Finals in Panama City at Arnold High School on April 6. The team brought back the State Runner Up Trophy with a combined total of 13 team points, in a three way tie with Bradford and Madison County High School. Senior Santiago Morales became one of the most decorated school athletes at LaBelle High School by becoming back to back State Champion in the 119 weight class and breaking the state record in the clean & jerk with a successful lift of 250 lbs. His lift broke a record that had been held for the past 14 years. Senior Edward Brown came in third place in the 139 weight class, Junior Jaime Deras Jr nished fth place in the 139 weight class, Senior Felix Flores came in seventh place in the 129 weight class and Sophomore Jonathan Castro came in 11 place in the 119 weight class. The last time LaBelle High School has nished this high at the state level was the 1996 Football team. Coach McClain would like to thank all those that contributed to the success of the program and the boys that continue to work so the team will grow and be successful.


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