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Delivering Western Hendry Countys News Since 1922 April 19, 2018 Vol. 95 No. 16 Caloosa Belle/ Dale Conyers Anakaren Salinas has joined the Calo osa Belle team. Anakaren Salinas has been named adver tising account representative for the Caloosa Belle and Immokalee Bulletin, divisions of Independent Newsmedia, Inc. Were very excited to have Ana join our team, said INI Florida group advertising manager Jaime Limoges. Her excitement for the communities we serve is a source of inspiration to all of us. Salinas is a resident and native of LaBelle, formerly of Immokalee. My favorite thing about our communities is the way that ev eryone has each others back. I am happy to work for a company that tells that story in both print and online. In addition to print advertising sales, Sa linas will be working to launch new digital initiatives in the south Florida region. Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA is ded icated to community journalism. Its newspa pers and websites are published for, of and by the people. Independents news publica tions are dedicated to community journal ism, with a unique blend of issue-oriented stories, reader submissions and refriger ator news and photos. The Florida group includes operations in LaBelle, Immokalee, Clewiston, Belle Glade, Okeechobee and Glades County. Anakaren Salinas can be reached at (863) 675-2541 or by e-mail at asalinas@newszap. com. Salinas Joins Newspaper Team Submitted photo/ Megan Narehood Kristen Walker, teacher and mother of three, states concerns over accuracy of those in the Guardian Program if they are under stress. By Megan Nicole Narehood Special to the Caloosa Belle Residents of Hendry and Glades counties voiced their opinions on the Guardian Pro gram at the School Safety Forum on Mon day, April 9 at the LaBelel High School. Ramiro Rodriguez, head of the Hendry County Recreation Department, agreed with protecting schools but said there are other ways besides using guns. He suggested that teachers, administrators and staff carry ra dios. Communication is the best thing you can do, said Rodriguez. A thousand eyes are better than four deputies with guns. Gary Zielicke, a retired law enforcement ofcer, encountered an active shooter in Wisconsin on April 1, 1998. Mr. Zielicke said that a 14-year-old student, who scored poor ly on a test, took his dads three hunting guns and 800 rounds of ammunition to school. It took me three and a half minutes to get to the school, said Zielicke, and the shooter had already entered the school, shot win dows and exited the school. He told Hend ry Sheriff Steve Whidden that he is per cent behind the Guardian Program. Hugo Vargas, a parent of three students attending LaBelle High School, said he is completely for the program. Another person in attendance said, Per sonally, Im not for the program. But he added that there should be protection in schools. I believe there should be police of cers or trained security whose sole job is to protect the kids. Laura Germino, mother of a LaBelle High School student, said that arming anyone, ex cept for law enforcement, in schools is not safe. She said she would rather see more school resource ofcers in the schools. I feel allowing someone, who is not law en forcement, to carry a concealed weapon is not safe. Mike Kemp, an employee of Hendry County schools for over 15 years, said that hes undecided whether to support the pro gram. He said there are a lot of school dis tricts that are small and on a tight budget in Florida. Mr. Kemp asked what other districts are doing to protect themselves. Are there avenues other than the Guardian Program to protect the students, staff and children that we all care about? Ken Mayo, a soldier and fth-grade math teacher at West Glades Elementary, said he supports the Guardian Program. He said he will complete a training exercise to simu late engaging an enemy with an automatic weapon to protect our land in two weeks. At what point did I leave campus and tran sition into solider? Mr. Mayo asked. Where does one stop and the other begin? Im trained to do both. If you have the training, Residents share opinions on Guardian Program By Chris Felker Caloosa Belle CLEWISTON Former Hendry County Commissioner Janet B. Taylor appeared be fore her ex-colleagues last week in her ca pacity as a member of the board of Florida Community Health Centers to introduce Dr. Wilhelmina Lewis-Lyons as the FCHCs new CEO. A private, nonprot, tax-exempt 501(c) (3) institution designated as a Federally Qualied Health Center, FCHC operates a network of clinics in Clewiston, Moore Hav en, Okeechobee, Indiantown, Pahokee, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and Stuart; its corporate headquarters is in West Palm Beach. The clinics are accredited by The Joint Commis sion and comprise a comprehensive local health care system with over 400 employ ees, about 100 of whom are clinicians. Ms. Taylor was accompanied to the Hendry County Board meeting in Clewiston on Tuesday, April 10, by Nardina Johnson, the Clewiston centers manager. Were more than honored this afternoon to pres ent to you one of our own. Theres a history, and Im going to let her tell it. I want her to give you her story, how she came full circle with the Community Health Centers. With that, Dr. Lewis, who previously was the FCHCs chief medical ofcer, stepped to the podium. Its such an honor to be back in Clewiston today, she began. As Miss Janet said, this is my home. I was born and raised in Clewiston, and when Florida Community Health Centers opened 40-some years ago, I was on the playground, in front of what they called the Dome. I was going there with my mom for health care and, many years later, now I return and am honored to be the CEO for FCHC, which has been in Clewiston for all of that time. The FCHC has grown rapidly during the intervening decades, she pointed out. We now have 12 sites around Lake Okeechobee, but its very important that we continue to maintain a strong presence, and that we continue to increase our presence here be cause our mission is to provide cost-effec tive care, which means affordable care for all people regardless of their socioeconomic New Community Health Centers CEO introduced in Hendry See CEO Page 2 See Opinions Page 2


2 Caloosa Belle April 19, 2018 ability and desire to keep our children safe, then you have what it takes. Jamie Ledford, whose husband teaches at LaBelle High School and has a son in sec ond grade, said she prays for the safety of her family when they go to school and work. I dont love the idea of having anyone ad ditionally armed, but budgetary restrictions are what they are. She said that if someone is highly trained to protect her family, she supports the program. I trust the board is going to make the right decision, said Mrs. Ledford. I am putting the safety of my fam ily in your hands. Kristen Walker, teacher and mother of three, said shes concerned about a shooter on campus but said it would be even worse if an employee accidentally shot students. Im concerned, as a parent and a teacher, that we could have someone on campus whose shooting accuracy is less than 20 per cent and we have 800 students on campus, Mrs. Walker said. The bullets are going to go somewhere. Brian Quinn said that the only person who can stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun. I want a solider protecting my children, he said. Chris McAvoy, whose daughter is about to start kindergarten, said he is pro-gun and pro-Second Amendment. He said he wants to make sure there is more than nothing that can be done. One thing I kept hearing out of police ofcers and the school board in Fort Lauderdale with the Parkland shooting was there is nothing we can do, Mr. McA voy said. He added that the writing was all over the wall with the kid at Parkland who shot many students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The sheriff there said we cant arrest him, we cant charge with anything, hes a minor, Mr. McAvoy said, adding I dont think thats acceptable. Kevin Holland, a teacher at LaBelle Mid dle School, said, I would die for your kids. He said the Guardian Program isnt an extra burden on teachers and staff; it takes some burden off of the employees. No one told me what theyre going to do when an active shooter is there. Opinions Continued From Page 1 status, Dr. Lewis told the Hendry commis sioners. We want to thank the Board of County Commissioners for the support that theyve given us over the years. In 2013, we came and asked your support as we were obtain ing a grant for renovations that allowed us to expand pediatric services as well as increase dental services to community citizens who might not otherwise be able to afford care. And because of the support of this board, we were able to do so. And recently we hosted a chamber open house at that loca tion to show some of those expanded ser vices, she said. Dr. Lewis was recently named the FCHCs president and CEO to replace Dr. Michael Gervasi, who retired effective March 31. She is a board-certied family practice physician with a background in geriatrics and is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Col lege of Medicine. We are here as committed community partners, and if theres anything at all that I or our organization can do for yourselves or the citizens and your constituents, please do not hesitate to contact either Miss Janet, Miss Nardina or myself, and well be glad to answer that call. We appreciate your help to us, and we are here committed to be of help to Clewiston and Hendry County, Dr. Lewis nished. Thank you very much for bringing your talents back home, County Board Chair man Mitchell Wills told Dr. Lewis. We ap preciate that. Commissioner Michael Swindle piped up to add: Can I say that Miss Lewis is the same age as my sister, and I remember all through growing up, Miss Lewis has always been impressive and shes even more so to day, so thank you for being here. Thank you so much, and tell Jennifer I said hi! Dr. Lewis responded. CEO Continued From Page 1 Submitted photo/ Patty Brant Retirement Celebration After serving the LaBelle community for the past 36 years, Kai Fu Chow, M.D. is retiring. Please join his staff for a Retirement Celebration from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on April 26 at the LaBelle Internal Medicine ofce, 930 S. Main Street Suite C. RSVP by April 23 to 863-674-5525. Submitted photo/ Trenton Muntz Recent happenings at the Rotary On Tuesday, April 3, the Rotary Club of LaBelle inducted four new members into our Club. The new members of the Rotary Club of LaBelle are Grayson Hicks, Donna Akin, Jennifer Davis, and Dwayne Pratt. The Club also heard a presen tation from Crime Prevention Ofcer Ruby Garcia on identity theft prevention efforts that are being conducted locally by the Hendry County Sheriffs Ofce. TOP: New Member Photo(Left to Right): Mel Karau, Grayson Hicks, Joe Timm, Donna Akin, Jennifer Davis, Dwayne Pratt and Judi Kennington-Korf. BOTTOM: Sheriffs Ofce Photo: Lieutenant Michael Rowan, Ofcer Ruby Garcia and Judi Kennington-Korf, President of the Rotary Club of LaBelle.


April 19, 2018 Caloosa Belle 5 Port LaBelle Inns Saturday, April 21, 2018 3 RD ANNUAL HARVEST DAY Hay Rides, Canoeing, Fishing, Vegetable Picking, Food and Fun Games for the Day Join Us form 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1563 Oxbow Dr LaBelle 33935 (863)675-4411 Honor Roll for the 3rd Quarter at Up thegrove Elementary School Third Grade All As : Delila Garcia, Jenna Grimaldo, Libny Hernandez, Izabel Minguela, Jacob Perez, C.J. Hogan, Julissa Mendoza, Isabella Peck and Vanessa Ramos. All As and Bs: Angelique Perales, Paylee Purvis, Sylvia Reyes, Sean Rivas, Ol ivia Vasquez, Manuel Aguilar, Rafael Moli na, Jalissa Williams, Karol Brooks, Hailey Burgett, Andy Canche, Izabella Chance, Celene Loreto, Traisia Love, Elisia Taylor, Harry Vazquez, Austin Alfaro, Addison Dele on, Braulynne Flores, Nevaeh Nix, Lorenzo Reyes, Justin White, Diego Gomez and Ale jandro Garcia. Forth Grade All As : Drayton Akin, Ja cob Bischel, Kyle Boyce, Alondra Deleon, Marlyn Guzman, Kaleb Mclymont, Yeni Re sendiz, McKenzie Salinas, Alexandra Tack, Blas Molina, Fabian Serrano-Chairez and Alexis Rico. All As and Bs: Antonio Arenivar, Travis Bressette, Lizette Morales, Yair Zuniga-Or tiz, Nayeli Cruz, Xochilevette Garcia, Yadira Gonzalez, Cole Landrum, Vanessa Morales, Christopher Cepero, Kelsey Cornelison, Emi ly Gallardo, Zachary Herrera, Karen Mendez, Aryana Sigala, Matthew Stuhlman, Cayden Collins, Brandon Deras, Denis Jimenez, Ya net Martinez-Moreno, Zyler Vasquez, Kevin Wilson, Izayah Woodham, Jonathan Espi noza and Ricardo Perales. Fifth Grade All As: Jack Dillman, Carli Ford, Madison Moreno, Rosalidia Soto, Jessi ca Vasquez, Roger Casanova, Diego Gomez, Jocelyn Hernandez, Eddiana Rodriguez, Charlize Lopez, Kenzie Wills, Adamary Ro driguez and Ivan Covarrubias. All As and Bs: Jae-P Casiano, Ruth Estrada, Elsy Marquez, Zander Marroquin, Joey Moon, Yocelyn Arias, TraMaria John son, Mariely Martinez, Jacob McCallister, Adrian Orduna, Jazlyn Prince, Thomas Wil son, Kaleb Acuna, Kenny Brooks, Saul Lo pez, Jamarcus Mitchell, Macey Seibel, Dom inic Villa, Grace Hyde, Raul Rivera and Ury Escobedo. Upthegrove 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Submitted photo/ Laura Lofton LHS March Students/ Athletes of the Month LaBelle Highs Male Student of the month is Jaden Sherrod and female is Jaileen Galaviz. Our male Student-Ath lete for the month of March is Tyler Burton and our female is Sa die Gaskins. Submitted photo New classes offered at Barron Park House Gallery Award winning artist Penny Fox is offering two art classes this month at the the Barron Park House Gallery located at 471 No. Lee St. in LaBelle. Her 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 and beginning painters. You may register at the Gallery or contact Penny at penel for more information. The Gallery is open Thursday thru Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It will also be open Thursday evening, April 19, during the Chow Down Food Truck event from 5 to 9 p.m.


6 Caloosa Belle April 19, 2018 Submitted photo Pay It Forward The West Glades second grade classes wrote letters to the Coral Springs Police Department and to some of the ofcers involved in the Parkland shooting. They also placed their hands on a banner say ing thanks. The department received the poster and letters today and sent their thanks to West Glades for thinking of them. The second guy from the left is a friend and he was brought to tears by the thoughtfulness of our students. Good Shepherd Schedule 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. Yard Sale Planned The Caloosa Baptist Youth will hold a Yard Sale on April 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have household items and clothes. Also selling hot dogs, chips and soda. The youth are earning money to go to camp. The yard sale will be next to Popeyes. 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 Nicole Michele Leeming, 30 LABELLE Nicole Michele Leeming passed away April 10, 2018 in LaBelle. She was born Jan. 27, 1988 in Fort Myers to father Timothy Leem ing and mother Phyllis Leeming. Nicole was a dedicat ed hard worker. She was employed at Savea-Lot since she was 15. She also worked part-time at Shortcakes in LaBelle for her long-time friend Ashley Short. She was also employed at Loves in Moore Haven where she had her special family of friends. She will be missed dearly by all of her co-workers. She was always smiling and had a warm caring heart. She was a member of the Moose Lodge in LaBelle. She leaves behind her Dad, Timothy Leeming of Okeechobee; Mom, Phyllis Leeming; and Step-Dad, Mike Knotek of LaBelle; Sister, Kristin Leeming (Shane Widden) of Alabama; Maternal Grandmother, Charlotte Harvey of Morriston; Maternal Grandfather, Harold Harvey of Williston; Paternal Grandmother, Nancy Conklin of Palmdale; Paternal Grandfather, the late Gene Conklin. Aunts Dot Cates, Dianne Davis, and Kim Searcy, all of LaBelle, Uncles Mike Davis of LaBelle, Eddie Hall of Naples, Shaun Harvey of Williston, Shawn Searcy of LaBelle and Bill Leeming of Sebring; Niece, Daisy Widden; and Nephew, Slayd Widden of Alabama; 1st Cousins Charles Troia (Kimberly Williams) and Travis Searcy of LaBelle, June Hall of Alaska, Zeb Hall of Naples, LeAnn Hall of Punta Gorda and Jessica Harvey of Williston. She had many 2nd cousins. She will be missed by her extended family of friends. We will miss her smile and kind heart. She was loved by all that knew her. Funeral Services were held April 14, 2018 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor Bill Maddox ofciating. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle. 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 Kuntz at 863843-0977 Church Briefs Submitted photo Lucky Quilt Winner Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at the last Spaghetti and Famous Meat balls dinner of the Spring season drew the winning number for the hand made quilt. The quilt was made by Kati Redmond. The winning number was held by LaBelle resident Sandra Woosley, she received her quilt on Saturday from dinner Good Shepherd vestry member Mary Hollingsworth. A special thanks to all who support Good Shepherd. Obituaries


April 19, 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 Subject of a historic 1919 sports deal, with The 5 Type of large TV 11 Pre-LCD screen 14 Enthusiastic 15 Virgil epic 16 Informal greeting 17 Rooftop energy generators 19 Hieroglyphics snake 20 Standard deviation symbol 21 Picked-up pickup, perhaps 22 On the level 23 Keats __ to a Nightingale 24 Hopper 26 Markets 27 Removable denture 31 Marseille menu 33 College Football Playoff gp. 34 Image on a 42Down, briefly 35 TV hillbilly __ May Clampett 36 Looks toward 38 Opening night nightmares 39 Lovey-dovey murmur 40 Surrounding glow 41 Peter or Paul 43 Apollo 11 achievement 46 Latin clarifier 47 Fearful squeal 48 Dr.s group 51 Medium rare 52 Farriers file 55 Restrict 57 Witness 58 Eidetic memory 60 Kin of -trix 61 Geometric figure with equal angles 62 Sicilian rumbler 63 AL and MO 64 Tropical fruit 65 Peters out 1 Opera villain, often 2 Skirt 3 Poppycock 4 Dutch export 5 Mushy food 6 Absorbed, as lessons 7 Ill-fated Boleyn 8 Ooze 9 Bloom County reporter 10 They often adorn city buses 11 Fraud 12 Consequential 13 Prepares for printing 18 Moroccos capital 22 __ Aviv 25 Filled with rage 26 Relaxing getaway 27 Get too personal 28 Peruvian of yore 29 Big shot in the sky 30 Glasgow gal 31 Least fair, in a way 32 State of seclusion 35 17-, 27-, 43and 58-Across begin with types of them 37 Constellation near Scorpius 38 Oinker 40 Museum filler 42 Common 34Across site 44 Query 45 Position strategically 48 Cremona craftsman 49 Now We Are Six author 50 Geography volume 52 Santa __: Sonoma County seat 53 At the apex of 54 The Star Wars films, e.g. 56 Like most cupcakes 58 Helpful hint 59 Messenger __ rfntbt rffnt nbnEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Submitted photo Pet of the Week Lobo is an eight year old Shar-Pei mix. He has found his way back into our shelter after the health of his owner declined, and she was un able to care for him any lon ger. This sweet hunk of love would make a wonderful ad dition to any home! Please check out Caloosa Humane Societys Adoption Center at 1200 Pratt Blvd., LaBelle. or give them a call 863-6750997 if you are interested in adopting Lobo. He deserves a second chance at forever love.


8 Caloosa Belle April 19, 2018 THE CLASSIFIEDS To place an ad call 863-675-2541 or go online to 400 WORDS + 4 PHOTOS ON LINE FOR FREE Place your FREE ad online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at click on classi eds! FREE CLASSIFIED ADS in any of these Florida Papers for as as Immokalee Bulletin, Caloosa Belle, Clewiston News, Okeechoobee News, Glades County Democrat and Belle Glade Sun Submitted photo Encouraging the Military During a study on How to Be Responsible and Helpful Community Members, West Glades School second graders in Mrs. Flemings class decided that en couraging our military members shows respect and support for others. They chose to PAY IT FORWARD by writing letters of encouragement to Whitney Range, a past student of Moore Haven High School and the daughter of Colleen and Sheriff David Hardin and the late Bruce Ball. Whitney is in training in Okla homa and will soon be serving our country in the United States Army. Submitted photo Pay It Forward During a Social Studies lesson on How We Can Be Good Community Lead ers, West Glades students in Mrs. Flemings second grade class decided to PAY IT FORWARD by donating items to be included in Blessing Bags for the homeless. They brought in pretzels, soap, washcloths, chapstick, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, combs and granola bars. These items will be placed in gallon Ziplock bags and distributed to homeless women and children in our area.


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10 Caloosa Belle April 19, 2018 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, crab-cakes & 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 meeting 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 additional information contact Lisa at 239-433-7559. VFW Post 10100 April 20, Friday 2 Sharps Karaoke and cover dish dinner. Serving begins a 5:00 p.m. Cost is $8.00. April 26, Thurs. Open Face Pork Dinner. Serving will begin at 5:00 p.m. Cost is $6.00. 1st Thurs of the month is House Commit tee meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. 1st Thurs. of every month Veterans Regu lar meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. 2nd Wed. of every month is The Auxiliary meeting begins at 7:00 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. Free Juke Box on Friday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Queen of Hearts drawing will every Sat. at 7:00 p.m. Mon. is Mens night. $1.00 off drinks, ex cludes Draft and Soda from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thurs. is Ladies night. $1.00 off drinks, excludes Draft and Soda from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Hamburgers Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Best Burgers Fries in town grilled to perfection. Have it your way. Bingo every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Turkey Shoot 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 1:00 p.m. Hall Rental available to the Public. We are a smoke free dining room. For additional information call 863-675-8008 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 require ments applicants must meet. For more de tails and to request an application you can send an e-mail to jordan2200@embarqmail. com or request one from the Financial Aid ofce of Florida Southwestern College. Ap plications must be submitted and received by midnight May 11, 2018. La Leche League of Hendry County 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! Parkinsons Support Group The Parkinsons Disease Support Group meets the second Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at LaBelle Senior Center and fourth Tuesday at Sal Cal Pizza from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more info contact Hope Connec tion at 863-675-1576. Community Briefs


April 19, 2018 Caloosa Belle 11 West Glades School Kindergarten Orientation West Glades will have a kindergarten ori entation on Thursday April 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. If you have a child coming to KG at WGS please come join us and bring birth certicate, shot record, physical and proof of address. Project Graduation LaBelle High School is planning this years Project Graduation event. All parents of juniors and seniors are encouraged to participate in the planning process. The next planning meeting will take place on Mon day, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the LaBelle High School Media Center. Project Graduation is an all night party for graduates at the school the night of graduation (May 19 this year). The intent is to give the class one last time to be together and in a safe environment. Each graduate receives gifts throughout the night, food is provided, and various types of enter tainment are provided. We greatly appreci ate the help of parents and the wonderful support of local businesses. Summer Day Camp A Summer Day Camp will be held Coun try Oaks Elementary School, 2052 NW Eu calyptus Blvd., LaBelle, FL 33935, from June 4-June 29 and at Upthegrove Elementary, 280 N. Main St., LaBelle, FL 33935, from July 2-Au gust 3 (closed on July 4th). There is a weekly fee of $70 or $65 with automatic draft. No registration fee or deposit. The campe is for ages 5 to 12 (All campers must have com pleted VPK). Camp Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There are three ways to register and pay: 1. Visit the Fort Myers YMCA (1360 Royal Palm Square Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33919 2. Go online at 3. Attend registration event at Country Oaks Elementary on Wednesday, May 9 and 16 from 6-7 p.m. Hendry County Schools neither endorse nor sponsor this event, product or service, no endorse the views of the sponsoring or ganization. R E D Sour Cream Pound Cake For Sister Hull Ingredients 3 cups sugar 2 sticks of butter, softened 6 eggs 3 cups our tsp baking soda tsp baking powder 8 oz sour cream 1 Tblsp vanilla Preparation: Preheat oven to 325. Cream together the butter and sugar, then add 1 egg at a time mixing well after each addition. Mix together the dry ingredients and slowly add to the butter mixture. Mix ing as adding. Add in the sour cream and the vanilla, mix well. Bake in a prepared bundt pan for 70 minutes, test, may need additional time. RECIPE OF THE WEEK SUBMITTED BY SOUTHERN HERITAGE REAL ESTATE Stop in for a complete list of available properties or check us out online at: WWW.BELLEREALTY.COM Belle Realty Co. 863-675-7522 Terri Banky Lic. Real Estate Broker Associates: Shary Weckwerth, Lisa Andrews, and Deborah Rodriguez419 Hickpochee, LaBelle, FL 33935 UNDER CONTRACT HOMES Investment opportunity! 6/4 CBS duplex, with each unit having a single car garage. Close to SR82 in Lehigh Acres. $185,900. Immaculate 3/2 home centrally located in Clewiston. Tile and wood like ooring, thru out, spacious bedrooms, stainless steel appliances, family room and much much more. $185,000. Great Investment Property! 4/3 CBS home in Greenbriar Subdivision in Lehigh Acres. Home is in need of repair $145,000. 3/3 on 2.3+/acres with a second oor 2/1 apartment, detached 2 car garage. $145,000. 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 UNDER CONTRACT SOLD UNDER CONTRACT 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.LOCATED IN ONE OF LABELLES NICEST NEIGHBORHOODS! This home has a landscaped yard, with some of LaBelles famous old oaks, a fenced backyard, and a large screened lanai with tile ooring. This home features vaulted ceilings, wood laminate ooring, two master suites with walk in closets, 2 full baths, and sliders onto the lanai. There is a large laundry room with a half bath, a two car garage and much more! $169,000. 863-675-4500or visit our website at Se Habla Espaol Submitted photo School Library Week West Glades School students in Mrs. Huysmans kindergarten through fourth grade classes participated in School Library Week by decorating grocery bags with information and illustrations about their favorite books. Winn Dixie pro vided over 275 bags that were decorated and returned to the store to use for customers groceries. Stop by Winn Dixie and see some of the artwork done by local students. Submitted photo Successful Fundraiser During the month of March, The Quart House restaurant held a fundraiser for seven year old Kaleb Flores who was born with Bilateral Microtia with Aural Artesia. This means he has no outer ear and no ear canal. The Quart House donated $2 of every kids meal sold during the month of March. Stella Luckey led a group of Easter bunny painters donating her talents and art supplies. A good time was had by all. The Quart House would like to thank everyone who graciously donated to helping Kaleb on his journey to, Hear the World. With the communitys help we raised over $1,400 which will help assist Ka lebs family with the rst of six operations. Please keep Kaleb and his family in your thoughts and prayers as he has his rst operation on April 11. School Briefs


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