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Delivering Western Hendry Countys News Since 1922 April 26, 2018 Vol. 95 No. 17 Mayors Prayer Breakfast The Mayors Prayer Breakfast will be Thursday, May 3, at 6:00 a.m. at La Belle Civic Cen ter. A short welcome and breakfast will be gin at 6:00 a.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 a.m. This is open to the public and free of charge. Everyone is welcome to come and stay as long as they can. This is spon sored by A Gathering of Christian Men, City of LaBelle, Kiwanis Aktion Club, St. Mat thews House, and Preston Long from First Baptist Church. By Megan Nicole Narehood Special to the Caloosa Belle Commissioner Julie Wilkins requested to have a budget workshop at the Commission Meeting on April 12. Commissioner Tommy Smith was absent for the meeting. Commissioner Julie Wilkins requested to have a budget workshop for the second time, the rst time being the Commission Meeting on March 8, to get into detail about what different departments are allocated and if the amounts need to be changed. She said the Commissioners could meet 30 min utes earlier at a Commission meeting, so it wouldnt take up a lot of time. I would like to have a little more grasp of detail, said Wilkins. Mayor David Lyons asked Wilkins, Do you want to micromanage? If you want to go into detail, on what these guys do, that is what youre saying. No, said Wilkins. We are supposed to be the guiding hand of the city. If we dont look for new ways to improve, or to make things better, or, to even at least, think about if there are ways to do it better, are we doing our job? City Commission discusses budge issues Defenders of Wildlife preparing public for up-close encounters By Chris Felker Caloosa Belle VENUS With the uptick in the Florida panther population that appears to have become self-sustaining in recent years, concern among wildlife conservation or ganizations and federal and state agencies charged with wildlife protection has grown about the animals increasing interactions with humans. That inevitable result of their recovery is one big reason Floridians have been hearing and learning more about the endangered species lately, and it was the motivation for a Florida Panther Outreach Workshop conducted Saturday, April 14, at the Archbold Biological Station here. Around 50 people attended the sessions that went on for about six hours, learning from a host of wildlife experts and public agency ofcials about the implications of the panthers rebound in the decades since an active propagation and reintroduction program has reversed their slide toward ex Panthers recovery raises concerns & hope By Megan Nicole Narehood Special to the Caloosa Belle Lieutenant Shawn Reed, City Attorney Derek Rooney, Superintendent of Public Works Michael Boyle, and Finance Direc tor Ron Zimmerly presented reports at the Commission Meeting on April 12. Alexis Cre spo introduced herself to the Commission as LaBelles new City Planner. Lieutenant Shawn Reed from the Hend ry County Sherriffs Ofce reported persons crimes increased from last March. There were two robberies, two assaults, and six batteries. He said property crimes were down. There were seven thefts, ve burglar ies, and one criminal mischiefs in March. The Hendry County Sheriffs Ofce received 3,852 calls for service, 230 trafc stops, 106 arrests, 1,141 residential checks, 709 busi ness checks and 493 security checks. City Attorney Derek Rooney notied the commission that in May the medical mari juana ban will be due for its rst reading. Superintendent of Public Works Michael Boyle reported issues transferring water at the new water plant and they are modify ing the process of how transferring water works. We can make water, said Boyle, We just cant transfer it. He said they are looking into changing the pumps. Alexis Crespo, Vice President of Plan ning at Waldrop Engineering in Bonita Springs introduced herself as the LaBelles new City Planner. She started her career in 2005 at Brackman and Associates working under former City Planner Shellie Johnson and worked with her at Ensite. I am famil iar with the city of LaBelle and have good access to your institutional knowledge with your former city planner, Crespo said, I am really excited to provide cost effective solu tions the city needs moving forward. Cre spo requested to a resubmit of a PAR grant application. Her request passed 4-0. Finance Director Ron Zimmerly said the Mayor was served with a legal service for unpaid taxes on a property given to the city on Ford and Sunset. The property will go to a tax sale. The re station renovation is moving along nicely. Because of a change order they need to request around $31,000 extra. Crespo named as LaBelles new City Planner Submitted photo/ Megan Nicole Narehood Alexis Crespo introduces herself to the Commisisoners as LaBelles New City Planner on April 12. Submitted photo/ Megan Niclole Narehood Mayor David Lyons and Commissioner Wilkins discuss concerns about the City of LaBelles budget at the Commission Meeting on April 12. See Planner Page 2 See Budget Page 2 See Panther Page 2


2 Caloosa Belle April 26, 2018 Zimmerly recommend the change order to be passed. The execution of the order passed 4-0. He said the old water treatment plant at 250 South Main Street requires re pairs relating to Hurricane Irma damage. We have an insurance claim but are hoping to get help from FEMA, said Zim merly. The Commission passed the low bid of $24,450 from Beck Construction 4-0. Zimmerly said the Animal Control build ing also needs repairs due to damage from Irma. We also submitted an insurance claim for Animal Control and are hoping to get help from FEMA, said Zimmerly. The lowest bid for the repairs was from HL Ben net at $17,750. The Commission passed the low bid from HL Bennet 4-0. Planner Continued From Page 1 tinction. The event began at 10 a.m. with a wel coming address by Elizabeth Fleming, se nior Florida representative of Defenders of Wildlife (DOW), which coordinated it, and Christian Hunt, Southeast program associate for DOW. The purpose of the workshop is to provide volunteers, interested citizens and activists with some tools that you can use when you are talking with (people) to just be able to give out proper, accurate infor mation about panthers, said Ms. Fleming. She noted that with the recent discovery that panthers have become established north of the Caloosahatchee River, human encoun ters only will keep rising since that area is much more populated than where they had been ranging in Southwest Florida. One ex ample is that the number of the cats killed in collisions with vehicles has increased from 20 in 2011 to nearly 40 in 2017. Their spread north into areas where they had not been observed for about 45 years is another reason Florida panthers have been in the news. Sightings of the rst females seen north of the river since the 1970s were conrmed in late 2016, with two separate lit ters of kittens, one panther depredation of a domesticated animal and one intra-species aggression mortality documented in 2017. Thus, DOW is employing a proactive ap proach, preparing people especially ranch ers and farmers to coexist with panthers in areas where they had not bred in decades. The presentations given were: Florida Panther Recovery Past, Present and Future, by David Shindle, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Florida panther coordinator; Flori da Panther Management, Conict and Out reach, by Mark Lotz, a panther biologist for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC); Panther Coexistence Programs, by Lisa Ostberg, coexistence co ordinator for DOW; Panthers North of the Caloosahatchee River, by wildlife biologist Jen Korn, a former FWC employee who now works for Johnson Engineering and DOW; and Opportunities to Help Panthers, given by Ms. Fleming and other panther advocates, who spoke about additional out reach events and distributed materials re garding living with wildlife. There was also a presentation titled Liv ing with the Florida Black Bear, given by FWC bear biologist Sarah Peltier. Afterward, there was a panel discussion and Q&A for audience members involving all the afore mentioned experts, plus an optional tour of the Florida scrub habitat on the Archbold property led by Mr. Hunt. Breakfast snacks and, later, lunch and time for networking were provided. Mr. Shindle talked about the Puma concolor coryi subspecies history that led up to the point where, as early as the mid-1950s, it had disappeared in most of its historical range, which extended over all of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas and parts of Tennessee and South Carolina in addition to Florida, where, by the early 1970s, the population had dwin dled to only 10-20 individuals. Panthers were heavily hunted beginning in the early 19th century, being perceived as threats to live stock, game animals and even humans, and in 1887, Florida began offering a $5 bounty for killing one. As late as 1968, they were considered a detriment to cattle and poul try raisers, he said. That all began to change after the En dangered Species Act of 1973 became law in the United States and the panther was voted Floridas state animal in 1981. In 1985, a genetic restoration effort started after the effects of inbreeding began manifesting be cause of the Eastern panther subspecies isolation from other, Western subspecies. Then, in 1995, eight females were brought from Texas to the Everglades, where they were released into the wild, and ve suc cessfully bred with Florida panthers, pro ducing at least 20 kittens. By 2007, the popu lation had tripled to about 100. Today, there are thought to be up to 230. Due to efforts by federal and state agen cies and private conservation organizations such as DOW and the Nature Conservancy, more and more land has been protected from development in the state, creating a sort of panther pathway that has enabled the expansion of their range. Though they still focus on bringing more habitat under protected status, the groups realized they had to do more to educate the public and mitigate the impact of panthers expansion on private landowners. So DOW has established a Livestock Indemnity Pro gram to reimburse ranchers who lose live stock to panther predation, as long as it is documented by reporting to the FWC, and the Livestock and Pet Enclosure Program, which assists ranchers and homeowners in protecting their domestic animals with por table pens that are panther-proof. Also, state and federal agencies have de veloped a response plan, which enables the trapping and relocation of individual pan thers that become too comfortable around people and pets or too much of a threat to domestic animals. They are also working to update their Panther Recovery Plan to make their goal of a sustainable population com patible with ranching and also hunting and recreational access to state lands. But, while it remains a federal crime to kill a panther, the subspecies is still a very long way from no longer being endangered. Taking it off that species list will require doc umentation of at least three separate pop ulations of about 240 cats sustaining them selves at t hose numbers for at least a dozen years. Panther Continued From Page 1 If you have individual issues with some thing in the budget you can have an indi vidual meeting with the department, said Mayor Lyons. We talked about maintenance before and there is a lot of stuff that needs TLC, said Wilkins, Then the cost of it comes up. How much money is there for us to do stuff like that? The pump at Barron Park has been down for at least three, maybe ve years, said Wilkins. Basically, if Im curious about the bud get, I just need to deal with it all on my own, said Wilkins, you all dont care? Is that what it boils down to? We all care, said Commissioner Daniel Akin, it just sounds like you have individual questions. I already asked the same ques tions, though. Its a owchart issue. There was a time, in the past, where the departments sat down and gured out how many employees were needed and how much it would cost, said Wilkins. Akin said LaBelle has a strong Mayor system. LaBelle has a strong Mayor system and it is the Mayors job to check on the budget. If I have individual questions about the budget I ask, said Akin. Mayor Lyons said he meets with the de partments once a week and it is handled. I told them from the get-go when I got this job. Im not going to micromanage these de partments, said Mayor Lyons. The thing about things not getting done is a valid point, said Akin, The thing about the park, I know I asked a few times before you were on the board. Were the ones that are ultimately re sponsible, whether were strong Mayor or not, said Wilkins. She said Mayor Lyons has weekly meetings, but we dont. If we have staff we are not using could that money go over to paving more streets? asked Wilkins, because we do need more streets paved. If we budgeted the same budget weve had for the past ten years except for minor increases and we have less staff that we dont have by attrition then we are funding positions that are no longer there so if they are not there can we use that money for something else or do we need a staff person? To me thats a board decision. I try to be aware of what we can do with the money that we have available, said Mayor Lyons, I dont like to spend time working on a lot of projects I know we have no chance of getting funded. Budget Continued From Page 1 Caloosa Belle/ Chris Felker Lisa Ostberg, coexistence coordinator for Defenders of Wildlife, with DOWs Christian Hunt, shows the audience a model of the safety pen that keeps pets and livestock safe from predation by Florida panthers or black bears.


April 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 3 Every month, you pay your mortgage. And, depending on your circumstances, you may be able to afford to put in addi tional payments perhaps sizable ones. But should you? Or, if you really have the extra money, should you invest it? Initially, you might think it would be quite nice to rid yourself of that mort gage sooner, rather than later. But is it really the burden it seems? Actually, you get some real benets from a mortgage. It certainly provides something of great value to you your home. If you got your mortgage or re nanced your home within the past de cade or so, you are borrowing money at a pretty favorable interest rate, by histori cal standards. And even assuming a mild rate of ination, such as weve had for the past several years, youll essentially be paying off your mortgage with cheap er and cheaper dollars over time. Plus, your interest payments may well be tax deductible. (The new tax laws limit de ductions on new mortgages of $750,000 or more. For questions on your specic situation, consult your tax professional.) So, given these advantages, an argument could be made that you should be in no hurry to pay off your mortgage. Still, you might be tempted to make the extra payments because youll be build ing home equity. After all, isnt this equity valuable? It is to a degree. The larger your home equity, the more money youll get to keep when you eventually sell your home. But in the meantime, that home eq uity may be less useful than you might imagine. For one thing, just building more equity wont make your home more valuable it will rise (or fall) in value along with whatevers happen ing in the housing market. By contrast, you could take the extra money and buy more shares in an investment such as stocks and the more shares you own, the more valuable your investment will be if the price per share rises. Also, if you were to experience a tem porary job loss or some other nancial emergency, your home equity might not help you much; if youre not working, you could even have trouble getting a home equity loan. Conversely, your in vestment portfolio can offer you greater liquidity, depending on your specic investments. Most investment vehicles, such as stocks and bonds, generally can be sold quickly, without much difculty. (Keep in mind, though, that if you were forced to sell investments when their price was down, you could take a loss on the sale.) Clearly, you could gain some advan tages by using any extra money to invest, rather than paying down your mortgage. Nonetheless, you may simply get emo tional and psychological satisfaction by speeding your progress toward the day when your house is paid off and that type of satisfaction certainly has value. Youll need to weigh these intangible factors carefully in deciding whether to increase your investments or make extra mortgage payments because, ultimate ly, you need to feel that youre doing the right thing, for the right reasons.This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Should You Make Extra Mortgage Payments or Boost Your Investments? By Chris Felker Caloosa Belle HENDRY COUNTY A county school bus carrying 10 children was struck just after 7 a.m. Tuesday by a 2001 Isuzu Rodeo SUV whose driver and up to four passengers ed the scene after the accident, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. Trooper S. Rongish said that the crash happened at the intersection of County Road 833 with CR 835 south of Clewiston when the Isuzu driver began to pass the school bus in a no-passing zone after its driver, 58-year-old Regina Wright of Clewiston, had activated her left turn signal at CR 835 and begun to make the turn. She noticed the oth er vehicle approaching, the report said, and Ms. Wright swerved to the right as the other driver did also, and the front of the SUV col lided with the rear of the bus. Neither Ms. Wright nor any of the school children was injured. Trooper Rongish re ported that the Isuzus occupants all had ed on foot before he arrived at the scene; they were described as Hispanic men ranging in age. Hendry County sheriffs deputies also re sponded to assist in trying to locate the oc cupants of the SUV and its driver; however, no one was found in a search of the area. Anyone who might have information re garding the crash or the SUV occupants is asked to contact Trooper Rongish at 239938-1800. School bus struck by hit-andrun passer; no one injured LaBelle Heritage Museums May 3 Pro gram meeting will be a special presen tation of acclaimed Hollywood director Nicholas Rays awed 1958 masterpiece Wind Across The Everglades starring Christopher Plummer, Burl Ives, and Gypsy Rose Lee and featuring a number of wellknown Florida personalities including Totch Brown and Corey Osceola at the Felda Community Center, 1100 CR 830, Fel da 33930 at 7:00 p.m. Winds Across The Everglades, was originally over four hours of lm edited to approximately an hour and a half by its producer Budd Schulberg, hints at what it might have been if its di rector Nicholas Ray had not let personal problems overshadow his attention to the completion of this lm. Since there is limited seating at the Fel da Community Center, advance general admission reservations available at www. are strongly recommended. The door prize drawing will be made from the printed advance tickets unless the ticket holder has proof on a smart phone of making a reservation. Felda is located between LaBelle and Im mokalee on State Road 29, and directions to the Felda Community Center are avail able through both MapQuest and Google for those unfamiliar with the area. Museum holds special program at Felda Community Center on May 3 Submitted photo/ Trent Muntz Recent happens at the Rotary On Tuesday, April 10, the Ro tary Club of LaBelle heard from Kathleen Smith, the Pub lic Defender for Floridas 20th Judicial Circuit. The 20th Ju dicial Circuit includes Char lotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. The Public Defender in the 20th Judicial Circuit is responsible for pro cessing 40,000 cases a year from misdemeanors to capital murder cases. Ms. Smith has over 28 years experience as an attorney. She was appointed and elected to serve as Public Defender in 2008. Left to Right: Kathleen Smith, Public De fender for the 20th Judicial Cir cuit and Judi Kennington-Korf, President of the Rotary Club of LaBelle.


4 Caloosa Belle April 26, 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. 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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. When I was a child, there was one week around this time of year when my mother would bring out a big antique metal bowl. I remember that bowl so well; it was coated with a layer of white porce lain and a single red line was painted on the outer rim. My mother would ll the bowl with warm water and a splash of lemony scented Mr. Clean, and when I saw this sud-lled bowl, I knew what that meant; it was spring cleaning time. My job was to remove all of the photos, paintings, and adornments hanging on the walls and to wash, from oorboard to ceiling, every wall in the house. While I was busy taking everything apart and making the place smell like lemon, Mom was empty ing drawers and cabinets and purging the things that we no longer needed or used. This process lasted the bet ter part of a week because we went room by room. Though the task was arduous it pro vided an opportunity for my mom and I to talk together while we cleaned and to work on a shared goal. We felt so much satisfaction when we were nished and I was glad to nally be able to resume my torrid Super Mario Bros. video gaming schedule. This is a great time of year to spring clean our lives as well. What thoughts, beliefs, or behaviors are we holding on to that we dont really need or use anymore? How would it behoove us to purge those things that ar ent serving us anymore? How much better could we show up as the best versions of ourselves if we werent carrying around the added weight of fearful thoughts, limiting beliefs, and self destructive behavior? This week lets work together on a shared goal of cleaning up the inner recesses of our minds by taking out that big bowl full of energy cleanser (real and honest reec tion) and wipe away the things that arent serving us anymore. Lets be as diligent at cleaning up our inner world as we are about tidying up our homes. Lets create a refuge of peace inside the temples of our minds; so much so, that when we lay our heads on our pillows at night, and close our eyes, we are comforted by the mindset that weve created instead of haunted by the fears that lurk in the corners of our dreams. Its a good time to spring clean our lives Special to the Caloosa Belle On April 12, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board approved the purchase of 2,510 acres in Glades County that will expand the ongo ing Lake Hicpochee Shallow Hydrologic En hancement Project. This project will benet the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary and watershed by adding opportunities for wa ter storage. Its simple math, really. More complet ed projects mean more water storage op portunities, said SFWMD Governing Board member Jaime Weisinger. Some might glance over this as just another approval to purchase land, but in fact this action ushers in an important restoration project to benet the Caloosahatchee River. SFWMD began construction of the rst 670 acres in April 2017. This $18.4 million project adds approximately 1,500 acre-feet of shallow water storage while improving the areas ecology. The rst phase is expect ed to be completed in October of this year. The 2,510-acre purchase from A. Duda & Sons Inc. uses funds specically appropri ated by the Florida Legislature in 2016. This acreage could provide another estimated 9,000 acre-feet of shallow storage for local stormwater and Lake Okeechobee regulato ry releases that would otherwise go into the Caloosahatchee Estuary. Additionally, SFWMD is in the process of building the massive C-43 West Basin Stor age Reservoir farther downstream. Once completed, this reservoir will be able to store another 170,000 acre-feet of water and serve as the primary recovery strategy for the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary mini mum ows and minimum water levels. All the pieces of the restoration puzzle are beginning to come together, Weising er said. The parcels, including Lake Hicpochee, all t together to restore and protect the health and beauty of the Caloo sahatchee Estuary for future generations. Stage set for expansion of Lake Hicpochee Welcome to the new world I was coming home from down town La Belle around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and when I came up to Cowboy Way by Winn Dixie the right turn lane was backed up to the en trance. As I came up to Cowboy Way cars were cutting out in front of me and then turning right. As I pulled up to the stop sign, I saw a hood up on a car in the right turn lane with a lady at the wheel. I pulled across street parked my truck and went over to see if I could help. She had an engine problem so I told her to get in the car and I would push her around the corner and pull off on to the grass. The part that got me upset is the fact that all the people in all the cars going around would not stop to help and when I went to push by myself not one got out and offered to help. Welcome to the new world And yes there were plenty of young men all in a hurry. Bad Repairs I have been ghting over an incomplete list of repair work to be done on my double wide manufactured home since December 1 of last year. This of course was due to Irma. The person I used was sent to me by one of our local mobile home dealers of which I had complete faith in. When the person arrived I went over all items with him I let him and his crew do what I assumed was everything but a few days later strange nois es from under my home caused me to open up the side panels to nd out they had never covered the under side plastic torn the last time by the hurricane They have come out two or three times and made excuses then the last time started to repair the bad areas and when I had to go for a short time my wife called me and said they were gone 10 mins after I was. Now I am having a major rodent problem and still have not been able to get the company that sent them here to even come out to look at it. Also I have been informed he was not licensed. Speak Out Special to INI Florida/ SFWMD This photo, taken in February 2018, shows the ongoing construction of the Lake Hicpochee Shallow Hydrologic Enhancement Project, which is expected to be completed in October.


April 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 5 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 Kid-lit classic __, Plain and Tall 6 Dust Bowl refugees 11 Part of many a texting request 14 Unborn, after in 15 Its a Wonderful Life director 16 Pitcher rim 17 *Tricky puzzle 19 Tenn. neighbor 20 Commuters woe 21 Astronomy : Urania :: poetry : __ 22 Basic chord 24 City between Paris and Marseille 25 Just this time ... 27 Mensa membership consideration, perhaps 30 Most plucky 31 Myanmar, formerly 32 SeaWorld attraction 33 Stonestreet of Modern Family 36 Actress Wasikowska 37 *Let me give it a shot? 40 __ Today 41 Essentially fatfree 43 Credit report blot 44 Film with dusty streets, typically 46 Seconds flat 48 Eight dry gallons 49 Hiya! 51 Genesis creator 52 Pasture measures 53 Users shortcut 55 Meditation beginning? 58 Marine pronoun 59 *Historic route west 62 Noir hero 63 Large jazz combo 64 Tourist __ 65 Origin of an eggshaped spaceship 66 Locations 67 Praise 1 Alg. or geog. 2 Razor brand 3 20 quires 4 First name in shipping 5 Bees nectar reservoir 6 Vast expanse 7 Longtime pitcher Jim with the nickname Kitty 8 By its very nature, in law 9 Afore 10 Being and Nothingness philosopher 11 *Unvarnished facts 12 Fragrant bloom 13 Fictional falcon seeker 18 Relaxed pace 23 Left the runway 24 Apollo lander, briefly 26 General Bradley 27 AT and PS/2 computers 28 Nestl __ 29 Calamity, and whats literally hidden in the answers to starred clues 30 Complain 32 Be right with you 34 Ah! Say no more 35 Poet Sandburg 38 Like New Mexicos climate, largely 39 Darned if I know! 42 Style 45 Cool-cucumber link 47 Poultry magnate John et al. 48 Alpine capital 49 Must 50 Yellowish pigment 51 Highland Games participants 54 A Death in the Family author 55 Agreement 56 Wealthy, in Jurez 57 Ben Gurion airline 60 King at Versailles 61 King in old Rome rfntbtttb rffnt nbnEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis Submitted photo Pet of the Week Sam is wandering around the build ing wondering when it will be his turn to go home and start his happily ever after?! He is about ve years old and a bit overweight. He does have the typical cat-itude. He loves to be loved on, until hes had enough, hes kind of like a SweetTart. He will need to be in a home where people under stand the complex way a cats mind thinks. He is very low maintenance, give him some food and hes a hap py camper (kind of how he got to be so pudgy). Please come by and meet Sam, open your heart and home to him, and show him that everyone de serves a second chance at FURever. If you are interested in taking Sam home, please come to Caloosa Hu mane Society 1200 Pratt Blvd., La Belle. 863-675-0997


6 Caloosa Belle April 26, 2018 Wayne Stanley Brown, 77 LABELLE Wayne Stanley Brown passed away April 19, 2018 in Fort Myers. He was born Dec. 4, 1940 in Saint Paul, Minn., to the late Wal lace M. and the late Clara M. (Wildenau er) Brown. Wayne was a resident of La Belle since 1983 and a former resident of Saint Paul, Minn. He was owner-operator of Belle Hatchee Marina in LaBelle with his wife, Dolly. Wayne was a member of VFW At Large, American Legion Post#130 in LaBelle and he was a member Lions Club in LaBelle for 19 years. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Glendoris Caroline Felde of Lehigh Acres; niece, Amie Joe Woods of Lehigh Acres; niece, Alexandra Knuth of Lehigh Acres; and nephew, Savion Woods. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Margaret Dolly Brown; and son, James Vincent Brown. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle. Eunice Wilberta Rennolds, 92 Eunice Wilberta Rennolds passed away April 16, 2018 in Winter Park. She was born in Arcadia. Her son Wilbur, two grandsons and dear family and friends survive her. Services were held in Winter Park. To leave an on-line condolence, please visit Alberto Longoria Jaques, Sr., 71 IMMOKALEE Alberto Longoria Jaques, Sr. passed away on April 14, 2018. He was born May 5, 1946 in Rio Bravo, Mexico. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Maria L. Jaques; one son, Demetrio Jaques. He is survived by three sons, Albert Jaques, Jr., Juan F. Jaques, Jose Jaques; and three daughters, Griselda Jaques, Maria Jaques, and Angie Jaques-Bembry. He also leave behind several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Viewing was Wednesday, April 18. 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Graveside service was 10 a.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Lake Trafford Memorial Gardens. Sign the online guestbook: Michael Allan Wickenden LABELLE Michael Allan Wickenden passed away at his home in LaBelle on April 19, 2018. Born in Waco, Texas on May 25, 1938, Mike was the son of the late Aubrey G. Wickenden and Thelma (Leach) Wick enden. Mike is survived by his two children, Keith (Kit) Wickenden of Na ples and Karen (Kevin) Artone of Centreville, Va.; as well as grandchildren, Spencer Wickenden of Jacksonville, Shea Wickenden of Tallahassee, Kyle Artone of Richmond, Va., and Kolby and Kendall Artone of Centreville, Va. He is also survived by his sister, Carol Sue Wickenden of Naples. Mike was predeceased by his wife, Brenda Joyce Morris Wickenden; and their infant son, Kirk. Mike retired from the United States Navy in 1975. He had a 20-year career which included service on several ships, but his happiest years began in Dec. 1965 when he graduated from the U.S. Naval Submarine School. He was an Engineman on two submarines, the USS Segundo and the USS Trutta and he served on the Segundo during the Vietnam War. He received several awards including four Good Conduct Awards, a Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, a Vietnam Campaign medal and a Vietnam Service Medal. Mikes second career began when he moved to Southwest Florida to work for Exxon in its oil elds in the Sunniland Trend in the Big Cypress National Preserve. He might have told you that he had oil in his blood since his father worked for and retired from the Company as they called it. It began as Humble Oil and Rening Company of Texas and eventually became Exxon in 1972. Many of Mikes stories were based on living in company camps in East Texas during the 1940s and 1950s. Mike eventually retired from Exxon in 1993 when Exxon left the Florida oil business. A devoted Catholic, Mike attended mass almost every day after he retired. He was a member of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in LaBelle since 1979. His devotion to the Church was strong, and his faith even stronger. Mike never met a stranger and always had a story to tell and re-tell. His two favorite topics were growing up in East Texas living in the Companys camps and the years he served on submarines. A mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in LaBelle with Father Chester Domaszewicz presiding. In lieu of owers, donations may be made to Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 355 S. Bridge Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at Obituaries Free Speech Free AdsYour community directory is a click away! Good Shepherd Schedule Sunday, April 29 Worship Service 10 a.m. ofcated by Bishop Dabney Smith Di ocese of South West Florida 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. VBS at Carlson Memorial Kids, get ready to take a trip to Baby lon to see Daniels faith and courage for the Lord. At Carlson Memorial UMC, June 11-15, 9 a.m. 1 p.m. Lunch included. For campers who will be entering PK3 through grade 5 next fall. Register on our website! 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 Church Briefs Local Artist displays work at Los Angeles Zoo The work of local award-winning artist and realtor, Shary Weckwerth, has been selected by ABUN (Artists and Biologists United for Nature) to be displayed at the Los Angeles Zoo. ABUN focuses on en dangered species and their habitats. The Los Angeles Zoo invited ABUN to partner with them in installing 6 demonstration gardens designed to attract native birds as a tool to teach about the importance of providing habitats for them. The gar dens were launched on April 21 and are located throughout the zoo. Each garden matches the geographic theme of the an imals in that area. The geographic areas represented are California, Baja, North America, Australasia, Africa and South America. Sharys winning bird illustra tions will be exhibited in the South Amer ican garden. Shary began painting and drawing as a child. She attended art classes at the University of Arkansas and was a member of the Conway League of Artists where she participated in ongoing exhibits on Petit Jean Mountain and semi-annual juried art shows. After moving to Florida, she continued to paint and has worked in several mediums, but painting with oils is her preference. Shary is on the governing board of Arts of the Inland which sponsors the Barron Park House Gallery and Gift Shop. Her work is often on display at the Gallery, and she has won several awards at the Gallery judged and juried art shows. She is also a realtor at Belle Realty in LaBelle.


April 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 7 R E D Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake Ingredients 1 box of chocolate fudge Cake mix 1 cup sour cream 1 cup water cup vegetable oil 3 eggs Peanut Butter Icing: cup butter cup creamy peanut butter 1/3 cup milk 1 tsp vanilla 1 box of confectioner sugar cup salted peanuts Preparation: In a large bowl, mix all cake ingredients with an electric mixer for 2 to 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour onto prepared cookie sheet, bake 18 to 22 minutes or until toothpick test clean. Cool completely, about an hour on cooling rack. Icing: In a 2 quart saucepan, heat butter, peanut butt and milk over med-low heat, stirring constant ly until butter and peanut butter is melted, heat to boiling, remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Working quickly add confectioner sugar 1 cup at a time, beating with a whisk until mixed well and smooth. Immediately spread icing over cake. Sprinkle with peanuts. Enjoy! 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 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. A BEAUTIFUL THREE BEDROOM, TWO BATH CBS HOME ON ACREAGE! This home features tile ooring throughout, granite countertops, stainless appliances, a spacious master suite with separate tub and shower, upgraded xtures, recessed lighting, and screened porches on both the front and back! This home has been lovingly maintained, and comes with all appliances, outdoor storage shed and possibly even the furniture! All located on a very nice 2.5+/acres! Horses and other livestock are permitted. $215,900 863-675-4500or visit our website at Se Habla Espaol 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. UES 3rd Quarter Honor Roll West Glades School Citizens of the month for March Top left: KG-2nd Grade: Selena Comi, John Dupree, Leland Pascual, Jackson Beer, Ashley Aguilar, Aiden Gonzalez, Mia Mendoza, Alondra Villeda, Jordy Cruz, Randy Wallace, Angelina Gallegos and Scarlett Smith. Not Pictured: Val entina Pegueros. Middle left: 3rd-5th Grade: David Chis, Jesus Reyes, Kaison Romero, Clayton Lynch, Deyde Trejo, Kylie Murawski, Christian Romero, Kaelyn Murray and Uriel Orduna. Not Pictured: Giselle Melgoza. Bottom left: 6th-8th Grade: Zoie Gregorio, Michael Waldron, Jessica Chis, Josh ua Green, Haylee Randant and Leonardo Carreon.


8 Caloosa Belle April 26, 2018 HENDRY COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NOTICE TO PREQUALIFIED BIDDERS INVITATION TO BIDNotice is hereby given that the District School Board of Hendry County, Florida, will receive bids until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Hendry County School Boards Finance Ofce, at which time they will be opened and tabulated. Project Title: LaBelle High School Electrical Switchgear Replacement Project Location: 4050 E. Cowboy Way LaBelle, FL 33935 Name of Owner: Hendry County School Board P. O. Box 1980 LaBelle, FL 33935 Project Scope: Furnish all labor and materials required to replace the electrical switchgear per plans and specications. Site Examination: Contact Kevin McCarthy, Director of Facilities, 863-674-4184, to examine the site. Place for Receipt of Bids: All bids shall be delivered to: Hendry County School Boards Finance & Purchasing Ofce, 111 Curry Street, LaBelle, FL, or Mailed to: Hendry County School Boards Finance & Purchasing Ofce, P.O. Box 1980, LaBelle, FL 33975. Obtaining Bid Documents: Bid Documents including drawings and specications will be electronically submitted to the prequalied bidders at no cost, by contacting Kevin McCarthy, Director of Facilities at All bids must be enclosed in a sealed envelope plainly marked on the outside: Bid #: Q180005 Labelle High School Electrical Switchgear Replacement. Bid Date: May 4, 2018. The School Board of Hendry County reserves the right to reject any and all bids received, and to waive any and all irregularities in regard thereto. No bids may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time for receipt for bids for a period of sixty (60) calendar days without consent of the Board. Hendry County School Board Jon Basquin, Chairman CITY OF LABELLE NOTICE OF PROPOSED ENACTMENTNotice is hereby given that the City Commission, in its capacity as the LaBelle Local Planning Agency for the City of LaBelle will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.; AND, the City Commission will hold a public hearing on June 14, 2018 both at City Hall at 481 West Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida for the purpose of receiving public comment on the following proposed ordinance: CITY OF LABELLE ORDINANCE 2018-08 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF LABELLE, FLORIDA, AMENDING ARTICLE V, ADDING SECTION 4-82 OF THE CITY OF LABELLE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO PROHIBIT MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITIES WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY; PROVID ING FOR CODIFICATION, SEVERABILITY, CONFLICT AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. COPIES OF THE ORDINANCES AND COMPLETE LEGAL DESCRIPTION ARE AVAIL ABLE UPON REQUEST AT LABELLE CITY HALL AND A GENERAL LOCATIONAL MAP IS SET FORTH BELOW. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. Interested persons may appear on their own behalf or by agent or attorney. If anyone decides to appeal a decision made by the Agency/Commission with respect to any matter considered at the meeting or hearing, a record of the proceeding will be needed for the appeal and for that purpose(s), may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: IF YOU REQUIRE SPECIAL AID OR SERVICES AS AD DRESSED IN THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT, PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY CLERKS OFFICE AT 863-675-2872, NO LESS THAN FIVE (5) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ABOVE STAT ED HEARING DATE. City of LaBelle City Commission David A. Lyons, Mayor Submitted photos Tournament of Champions III Fun day of competition in LaBelle, at this years Tournament of Champions III. A special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors this year: Hungry How ies, Chick-Fil-A, Alico, Log Cabin, K&M, Bridget Walker Scott, Matthew & Ashley Shaw!! Also, proud to announce with the teams and sponsors this year, we reached our goal and raised a little over $1,000 for the Jr Pro Schol arship!!! Cant wait to do it again next year, hopefully we can grow it to 32 teams. Top photo: The teams who participated in this years event Middle Photo: Congratulations to the champions this year: Congratulations to 3point shootout winner: Fred Williamson IV Bottom: Fred Williamson IV and Eric Herrea present County Commissioner Darrell Harris (Center) with a check for $1,000 for a Jr Pro Scholarshop.


Thursday, April 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 9 Gar age/ Ya rd Sales Garage Sale 230 Fraser Ave April 28, 8 til? Antiques, movies, CDs, Beds, stove, furniture, washer, dryer, paintings, pictures. Fishing, hunting, tools, etc Yard Sale 1699 Park Lane Sat, April 28, 7am til? Lots of Treasures Furniture, Fashion jew elry, household items, womens & men clothing Employment Full Time A. Duda & Sons is looking for 2 full-time Tractor Drivers to join our team. Please apply in person @ A.Duda & Sons 12250 S SR 29 Felda, Fl. 33930 Gate Or call the office Ask for Susie Nieto 863.675.0545 ext. 3110 Seeking Experienced (2+ yrs min), licensed Insurance Sales Repre sentative (440 or 220). You will quote clients via telephone sales, lead generation, referrals. Basic insurance office responsibilities. You will build and develop client relationships promoting Bruce Hendry Insurance agency products includ ing Auto, Home and Commercial products. Great pay and bene fits. Experience in high paced insurance sales preferred. Email resume to: 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 FT. DENAUD Large efficiency apartment on Caloosahatchee River w/dock, pool, & laundry. $725 mo. includes all utilities. 1st, last & sec. dep. One person only, no smoking, no pets... FIRM. 954-873-3322 Affordable single office for rent in LaBelle. Internet, kitchen, confer ence rooms, good park ing, close in. Also virtual office services available. Call Lori 239-292-4458 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 LaBelle, Port LaBelle, new section. 3 bed room, 2 bath, 2 car garage. Granite counter tops, tile floors. Built in 2009. $159,900 (954)873-3322 MONTURA Site built 3/2 /2 home in Montura fresh paint inside and out new carpeting. 863214-0073. Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-789-7530 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 R oofing R oofing Tr ee Re moval/ T rimming Tr ee Re moval/ T rimming rrfrn t rrfrn brrn trr rrfrfrntr rrfr f r rr rrrfrnf r r frrfr fr frr rrfrn rr rrfrn f f rrfrn rr r rrfrnfr rr r r rrr rrfrnrrr rr nr r rrfrnr rr n r rr rrf tff r rrfrn tfr rrfr rrfr rrrrfrr rn r r rrr fr rr rr f rrfrn r rr rrfrn rn f rn f rrrfrn frr r rrfn rf ffn frrfrn Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for Full-time Secretary, for the 4-H Depart ment. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on May 4, 2018 at the Human Resources Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. A complete job posting and application forms are available on the Hendry Hendry County is a VP, EEO/AA, DFWP employer and participates in E-Verify. Individuals needing assistance in the application process should contact the County Human Resources department at 863-675-5352 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Seminole Tribe of Florida Heavy Equipment Mechanic Skilled work in the repair and maintenance of the Environmental Resources Management heavy equipment such as graders, backhoes, and loading shovels used in construction, log ging, and other industrial equipment. Must be able to work independently in the maintenance of equipment for safe and proper oper ation and inspections to detect defects when equipment malfunctions. HS Diploma/GED is required. Valid FL drivers license is required. 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10 Caloosa Belle April 26, 2018 American Legion Events Happy Hour Monday Friday 11a-1p, and 4p-6p. (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. May 28 Monday Memorial Day, the American Legion and VFWs Annual Memo rial Day Ceremony at the Felda Cemetery at 9 a.m., followed by the ceremony at the Ft Denaud Cemetery at 11 a.m. Public is invit ed and encouraged to attend. Like our Facebook page to get all the weekly updates, the newsletters and calen dars on our website at www.legionpost130. comAmerican Legion Post 130 Meetings: (All Members welcome) May 2 Wed 7:30 p.m. American Le gion Riders meeting May 3 Thurs 6 p.m. DAV (Disabled American Veterans) meeting May 9 Wed 6 p.m. Sons of the Amer ican Legion meeting May 17 Thurs 7 p.m. American Le gion Meeting and American Legion Auxiliary 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. 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, 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 26, Thurs. Open Face Pork Dinner. Se rving 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 Cup Cake Wars and Bake Sale The LaBelle Womans Club is sponsoring the Cup Cake Wars again this year on May 11 at their Club, 382 W Hickpochee Ave, La Belle, FL 33935, Cup cakes for judging can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon with awards given out at 3 p.m. The sale of cup cakes and other baked goods will start at 11 a.m. until gone. Come and get something for Mom for Mothers Day on Sunday, May 13. Cup cake entries for judging can submit up to two entries per person/business with a min. of 12 cupcakes per entry. For infor mation call Chris at 207-745-9872 or email 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. 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: 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: 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. Community Briefs


April 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 11 WWW.HRMC.US|863-983-3000 The Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, recognized outstanding college stu dents during the State Board of Education meeting at LaBelle High School on March 27. One of those students is Trent Brown, a junior at the Collegiate Academy at Clewis ton High School. Trent Brown epitomizes the characteris tics we seek to highlight with the Commis sioners Leadership Award, and it was an honor to recognize him at the March State Board of Education meeting, said Commis sioner of Education Pam Stewart. Despite facing many physical hardships, Trent has excelled academically and serves as a role model to his educators and fellow students. The perseverance he has shown is a great reminder that challenges do not have to lim it us. Instead, they can help us discover and develop the gifts we have buried inside. Trent was born with a rare disease called recessive multiple epiphyseal dysplasia disorder that affects bone and joint devel opment, especially of the long bones. As a result of this disorder he travels predom inantly by wheelchair. Despite the physical challenges he faces, he has focused on ex celling academically and has been an hon or roll student since kindergarten. In high school he has completed honors and AP classes. Through the Collegiate Academy, he takes college classes full time and is on track to earn his high school diploma and an associate in arts degree from Florida South Western State College simultaneously. His current GPA is a 4.0. He plans to continue his studies either in psychology or law after graduation. Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Floridas largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher ed ucation. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with twoand four-year degrees, and professional certications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercolle giate athletics program in the fall 2015. Visit for more information. Clewiston Academy Student honored at recent meeting Submitted photo Trent Brown center with State Board of Education members. The Class of 2018 Senior Awards/Scholarships Night LaBelle High School cordially invites fam ily and friends of the Class of 2018 to the Se nior Awards and Scholarships Night. The oc casion will take place on Tuesday, May 8 at 7 p.m., in the LaBelle High School auditorium. Seniors receiving an award or scholarship will be given an invitation. For questions concerning this event, please contact Mrs. Zimmerly or Mrs. Brown at (863)674-4120, or by email at zimmerlym@hendry-schools. net or 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. 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-August 3 (closed on July 4th). There is a weekly fee of $70 or $65 with automat ic draft. No registration fee or deposit. The campe is for ages 5 to 12 (All campers must have completed 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. School Briefs Submitted photo Baseball celebrations The LaBelle High School Baseball celebrated the Class of 2018 on Friday against Mariner. Although they lost, they are having a terric season and their record is 16-5. They nish the regular season on Thursday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at LaBelle against Avon Park. They begin the playoffs on May 1 at 6 p.m. at LaBelle against Glades Central and with a win will play on Thursday, May 3 in the District Championship against the winner of Clewiston vs Lincoln Park at 6 p.m. The Seniors pictured are #3 Jaxon Purvis, #13 Angel Vargas, #15 Ty Bur ton, #21 Efrain Torres and #22 Zach Price. The rest of the team that will be returning next year are Juniors: #1 Bryce Hall, #2 Enrique Hernandez, #8 Ty Nesbitt, #10 Joe Vidaurri, #23 Ty Vahle, #24 Maison Piedra, #33 Dylan Villa, Sophomores: #12 Dillon White, #27 Trace Burchard. The JV nished their season with a win and the future looks bright for base ball at LaBelle High. The members of the JV team are: Davion Blanco, Antho ny Pequeno, Paul Morrison, Kaden Grimaldo, Adam Reinbott, Lane Murray, Lane Hingson, Zach Mann, James Campbell, Jacob Howard, Kody Spiers, Ethan Holt, Jonathan Munson, The teams would like to thank all the people that have supported them this season and without the help of the community they would not have had as successful season as they did. Thanks again!


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