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The Caloosa belle

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The Caloosa belle
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LaBelle, FL
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Independent Newspapers of Florida, Katrina Elsken - Publisher
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Vol. 49, no. 18 (Sept. 7, 1972)-
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Delivering Western Hendry Countys News Since 1922 July 19, 2018 Vol. 95 No. 29 Darrell Harris has announced that he will seek re-election as Hendry County Commis sioner for District 2. Mr. Harris wife was born in LaBelle and is retired from LaBelle Elementary School. Mr. and Mrs. Harris have four sons who at tended LaBelle schools and three of them currently reside and work in Hendry Coun ty. The couple has seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. Harris attends the First Baptist Church of LaBelle where he is an active member. As county commissioner, Mr. Harris has always made himself available to his constit uents to listen to individual concerns. He has been an active voice to ensure that all issues are addressed at the commission level. Mr. Harris serves as Chair for the Hend ry County West Recreation Board and has a passion for the citizens and youth of Hendry County. He has worked with youth for over 50 years and is still involved in youth pro grams including refereeing a variety of youth sports throughout the year. Mr. Harris is known for being a strong supporter of public safety as well as local veterans and the library system. While having a consistent record of ad vocating for lower taxes, Mr. Harris also rec ognizes the need for a diversied tax base to support the local economy. He believes in being aggressive to retain existing busi nesses and also bring in new businesses Harris seeks re-election to commission By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle On Thursday July 12 the monthly LaBelle City Commission meeting was preceded by a special Budget Workshop Meeting. The workshop started off with an update about the USDA Civic Center Project; the goal is to have it completed by the end of the year. Be advised that the Civic Center might not be available during the project. The Belle Arbor Jobs Growth Grant is in the second round of funding and a call with Governor Rick Scott is scheduled. The Vis ta Promise Zone is still being worked on, the commission has until the end of July to make a decision whether or not to go through with it. Next item was the budget update. They have seen growth in the valuation of prop erty. Health insurance for employees that work for the city has been increased by 4 percent. Dental plan is staying the same as last year. Property Insurance is 10 percent, that percentage might go down but for plan ning purposes they kept it at 10 percent. The Sherriffs Ofce is getting $255,000 this year, same as last year. One topic of dis cussion was that they dont get a good sense of where the money is precisely going. They put forward a motion to request a descrip tion of services by the Sherriffs Ofce. The Fire Department would like to have a third full time employee on hand. If they were to go to three full time reghters they would be looking at a $57,000 dollar increase in the re budget. To compromise the commission added an addition stipend within the existing dollar number of the total budget. There have been questions about the agreement with the rec board the extra $25 collected for recreational purposes. If that increase would go to the Forrey Park that would mean that city residents would pay more than county residents. They want to adjust the existing agreement so that the $25 would be under the city commissions discretion. The LaBelle street lighting there will be a converted to LED-lighting. City Hall Update; they are still working on getting a price for xing the portico. The City Commission meeting opened with a local ordinance of an amendment City Commission holds special budget workshop By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle Grayson Hicks of Streamline Construc tion and Consulting LLC together with Josue Pereira, JDP Consulting are working to get the wooden molds off of the concrete pour they did two weeks ago with Jackie Ratica of Special Concrete Design Inc. The new concrete foundation will relieve the strain placed on the Florida pine logs that have served as the buildings founda tion piers for the last 106 years along all four exterior walls as well as from the front wall to the rear wall of the building and in sever al other locations that showed the need for special attention. We have been able to salvage about 80 percent of the original lightered-pine oor ing, some of the planks we have are 27 feet long! says Grayson. The exciting but Work continues on the LaBelle Heritage Museum By Chris Felker INI Florida Hendry and Glades counties are includ ed in Gov. Rick Scotts 12 Counties Initiative, meant to address the challenges of econom ic development in a dozen of the states most rural, least developed counties and build on the strengths that exist in each. This week, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and ofcials from several other state departments and agencies conducted roundtable meetings for stakeholders in both counties. The Hendry County Roundtable took place the morning of Tuesday, July 10, at the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 S. W.C. Owen Ave in Clewiston. DEO Director Cissy Proctor kicked off the meeting at 9 a.m. with an introductory address. Then the state agency ofcials and community stakeholders present were intro duced, and there followed a short commu nity overview for the benet of unfamiliar ofcials. Next, for about an hour, various speakers talked about the communitys ma Hendry ofcials to state: Infrastructure is No. 1 See Museum Page 2 See City Page 2 See County Page 3 See Harris Page 2 Caloosa Belle/ Geoffrey Ionescu Some of the work being done to the LaBelle Heritage Museum.

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2 Caloosa Belle July 19, 2018 also challenging part of this project is that we are trying to salvage as much of the original museum as possible, which means working around the old structure. Plus we stumble onto a lot of things that you dont see on any regular jobsite. We have found all these bottles and cans (see picture) underneath the oor! says Grayson. Plus we found ve times that much in broken glass, Josue adds. Which makes this a dangerous site to work on, Grayson continues, But we nd a lot of interesting things underneath the oor. We found a hubcap, two doors, three windows, one street sign and much more stuff. There is a lot of history in this museum but also in the structure itself. Thats why we are salvaging as much of the original oor as possible, and on the outside of the building, we have kept the original Florida pine logs ex posed so you can still see the buildings original founda tion, says Grayson as he uncovers the pine logs. In the beginning of the project the front door of the museum would hit the oor of the front porch, it would only open up halfway. Every year the museum would sink a quarter inch, this is due to the six hertz of vibration later ally and horizontally that the building suffers just from the trafc on Bridge Street, Grayson explains. They discovered historic concrete steps when the non-historic front porch of the 106 year-old Poole build ing was removed preparatory to readying the main build ing foundation for stabilization. They decided at that point to return the front elevation of the building to the look it had before the downstairs front porch was added, some where between 1989 and 1992. The front steps will have a new but still historic look. Our next step is enforcing the beams that hold up the oor, Grayson says, after that we are putting a suboor in before we put most of the original pine ooring back in. All in all I am honored to have the opportunity to re store and preserve the LaBelle Heritage Museum and the his tory within it. Museum Continued From Page 1 to the agricultural zoning district. This was specically drafted based upon the interest of a large landowner of agricultural property to undertake some excavation activities. The current code limits excavation in the agri cultural zoning district for no more than 50 cubic yards or ve acres of land. Through a special exception approval process the land owner would like to excavate more than 50 cubic yards. Point of discussion was the distance between excavation and roads or housing and the allowed specic agricultur al destinations. Next up on the agenda was the Resolu tion of Support for the National Park System. A motion was put forward to do nothing with this resolution. On October 27 around 4 p.m. Main Street will be closed in the afternoon from Dollar General to Barron Park for the Halloween Parade after all the football activities. Lisa Sands of United Way thanked the City Commission for helping them raise funds for the local community. Scott Perry of the annual LaBelle Fossil Camp was approved for an exception to stay in the dock with two boats until August 3. On the new business agenda a motion was put forward to appoint Stacy Stevens to the Variance Board. Next item were the Reports Fire Chief Josh Rimes had 68 calls this month and the station is almost nished. Hendry County Sherriffs Ofce had 9,600 calls for service and 126 arrests. Another topic was the Hurricane De bris RFP. The County would like to get the debris removed quicker next time. Another point was that the website of the City of LaBelle has to be ADA compliant; it has to be viewable for somebody that is visually or hearing impaired. The rst public hearing of the budget workshop will be Sep tember 13, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The nal public hearing will be September 27 at 5:05 p.m. at City Hall. City Continued From Page 1 Caloosa Belle/ Geoffrey Ionescu All the bottles and cans found underneath the oor and jobs to Hendry County to increase the quality of life for residents. Mr. Harris has worked to bring a conser vative business approach to the county and has a strong working relationship with his other board members, the county staff and the citizens of Hendry County. He has worked hard to serve Hendry County with integrity and votes for what he feels is best for the county as a whole. Mr. Harris is always at the ready to assist residents of Hendry County and he can be reached directly any time at 863-673-5475 or 863-675-2565. Harris Continued From Page 1 Caloosa Belle/ Geoffrey Ionescu Grayson Hicks of Streamline Construction and Consulting LLC works on the oors of the LaBelle Heritage Museum.

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July 19, 2018 Caloosa Belle 3 Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are quite popular. At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade associa tion of U.S. investment companies. Given these numbers, it probably wouldnt be surprising if you inherited an IRA some day. But what should you do with it? First of all, youll need to be aware of some basic rules. If your parent, or any one other than your spouse, leaves you a traditional IRA one in which contri butions are typically tax-deductible and earnings can grow tax-deferred you can transfer the money into an inherited IRA, from which youll need to take at least a minimum amount of money technically called a distribution each year, based on your life expectancy. These distributions are taxable at your regular income tax rate. If youve inherited a Roth IRA, you also must take these minimum payouts, but the amounts wont count as taxable income, because your parents, or whoever left you the IRA, already paid taxes on the contribu tions that went into it. (To make sure you fully understand all the guidelines on distributions and taxation of inherited IRAs, consult with your tax advisor.) Its also important to understand how your inherited IRA will t in to your over all nancial strategy. Consequently, youll need to address these questions: How much should I take out each year? As mentioned above, you must take a distribution of at least a minimum amount from your inherited IRA each year if you dont, you may be subject to a 50% penalty on the amount you should have taken. But you can take out more than the minimum. In decid ing how much to take, youll need to evaluate a few factors. First, of course, is whether you need the extra money to help support your regular cash ow. Its possible you have other pools of in come from which to draw, and, in some cases, it may be advantageous for you to tap these sources rst. Another consider ation is taxes if youve inherited a tra ditional IRA, the more you take out each year, the bigger your tax bill may be. Should I keep the same investments? Inheriting an IRA doesnt mean youre stuck with the original account owners investment choices. You can change the investments to align with your goals and risk tolerance, both of which may change over time. How does the inherited IRA t in with my overall nancial strategy? Youll need to consider how your newly inherited IRA ts in to the big picture of your nancial strategy. Are you adding redundancies? If you keep the inherited IRA largely intact, how will it affect your current investment mix? Could the added income from required distribu tions change your retirement calculations or even enable you to retire earlier? You may want to consult with a nancial professional about these and other ques tions related to your inherited IRA. The person who left you an IRA worked hard for that money and thought enough of you to pass it on. Consequent ly, youll want to respect this inheritance and get the most out of it for as long as you can.This article was written by Ed ward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. What Should You Do With An Inherited IRA? jor goals, and participants were able to vote on which they considered most important. After a short break, they all discussed what they were taking away from the conference and what would happen next, then ofcials wrapped up the mornings activities around noon. DEO ofcials circulated a checklist be fore the meeting showing opportunities for improved economic outcomes and listed these categories of difculties the counties might be facing: high unemployment; min imal labor force growth, low labor force participation rate, annual wages below state average, fate of individuals with disabilities above state average, low population growth, few job opportunities, recipients of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) aid from the Department of Children and Families above the state average, half of workforce commute to another county, pov erty rate above state average, food stamp recipients above state average, and low edu cational attainment. Hendry was declared to be challenged in every single one of those categories. The goal of the three-hour meeting was for the more than 20 state agency repre sentatives who attended to actually visit the community, listen to local stakeholders themselves list the communitys needs and to help them brainstorm about solutions. After each of the dozen Florida counties have had their local stakeholder roundtable meeting, DEO is to develop action plans spe cic to each county for presentation to their county governing bodies. County Commissioner Emma Byrd was one of the local ofcials who took part in the meeting. It went very well, she said. Basically we talked about the needs of the county, and when we took the time to vote, the (top) need was infrastructure, (then) affordable housing, which seems to be a problem in our area even to get someone to just come in, but we need that type of help. So we were reaching out to the state, letting them know that we need help. She said that basic infrastructure needs such as sewer and water service need to be addressed, because the lack of them makes new housing too costly to build and thus too expensive for most people to buy. Two other issues she listed were educa tion and local amenities. Education was another big topic, and they talked about vo cational agriculture education, and they talk ed about shadowing, to make sure thats the area (students) want to be in, to prepare our young people for the real world, Ms. Byrd said. And they also spoke about bringing them home and keeping them home, but we have to have something to offer for them to be here, to stay here. For example, my children they come back to visit but none of them live here. She said that overall, it was a good listen ing exercise for the state ofcials. Commissioner Michael Swindle, who works as workforce development director for the Hendry public schools, said he was pleased by the roundtable session because that was the second-highest goal that the group overall set and gave the directive to the state agencies that we needed the most help in. Among the goals cited, he said, were be ing able to spin up workforce development training, to be able to have tuition reim bursement for students in our area because we live in an area of economic concern. Mr. Swindle continued, We made a very clear statement to them that we needed programs, we needed to be able to fund the programs, we needed to be able to get stu dents to be able to come to the programs with tuition vouchers so that we could re ceive training for our residents. And as for affordable workforce housing, we cant put in workforce housing if we dont have sewer, water, power and roads. Infrastructure alone makes it economically impossible for us to do it, he said. County Continued From Page 1 This Saturday, July 21 make plans to at tend the Annual Fallen Heroes Benet and Pork Dinner with all the xings. This years benet will take place at the LaBelle Amer ican Legion Post 130, 699 Hickopochee Ave., across from the Shell station. This year will be the 11th anniversary of two of LaBelles sons, Robert Hammond and Christopher Strickland, who both were killed in action in June of 2008. The bene t has transformed over the years, but the message remains the sameto honor and remember all our veterans for generations to come. Please join us at 9 a.m. for a short re membrance ceremony at the LaBelle Vet erans Memorial Park, at the corner of the Main Street and Hwy. 80, LaBelle with the benet to follow at the LaBelle American Legion Post 130 Hwy. 80 across from the Shell Station. Dinners will begin serving at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $10 donation and available at the Legion and the VFW Post currently and will be available at the door for eat-in or takeout. Some of the activities include a cake auction, cake walk, music, door priz es and plenty of fun. This year is an exciting time, as the com mittee and the loyal supporters of the park wait anxiously to install the latest addition to the park, the granite wall that will hold the Veterans names. The wall is scheduled to be installed this November. There is still time to get your Veterans name on the original engraving by attend ing this Saturday, and a donation of $100, forms will be available during the event. Remembering the Veterans of our community and our families is the whole meaning behind the park. As we move forward, the memorial park will continue to need the help and commitment of the community to make this center-piece of our community a meaningful place to hon or our Veterans. The benet is co-sponsored by the American Legion Post 130, Veterans of For eign Wars Post 10100, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 144. Fallen Heroes Benet Dinner

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4 Caloosa Belle July 19, 2018 A Gathering of Christian Men Pastors can keep us informed of family or personal crisis where special needs are pres ent. We have been able to work with Kiwan is Club and St Matthews House. They have been a blessing to us. We can nd a way to help those in need. We support our organization with one fund raiser a year. It is the Ham and Yam Dinner with live auction and silent auction. No one gets a salary. We are strictly a volun teer organization. All money collected goes into community projects and scholarship program and our operating expenses. The only requirement is that you believe in God and are doing your best to live by his rules. We all sin. We all have to ask for for giveness. All denominations are welcome. LaBelle is a wonderful place to live. Working together we can make it better. Re member: All it takes to destroy a community is for good men to do nothing. HELP! I am Ed Kuntz, President of A Gathering of Christian Men. I am asking all Pastors to recruit volunteers for our organization. This is what I hope for: A group of good men, willing to work out disagreements so our organization can con tinue to help make LaBelle a better place to raise a family. How and what we do will be discussed at the meeting in late August. This date will be in the Caloosa Belle mid -August. We need new ideas and new members. Those will ing to serve as an ofcer in our organization are greatly needed. This does not involve a lot of time. Young families with children are very busy, but one day a month should be possible. We must learn to solve our problems by communicating with each other. Walking away from a problem solves nothing. Please dont let our organization fold up. We have good men with great hearts willing to train volunteers. We are mostly older men with worn out bodies. Thats why we need young men willing to help our organization make LaBelle a better place to live. Please come to our organizational meeting.Lis ten, ask questions, bring new ideas. All are welcome. Pray for A Gathering of Christian Men to continue helping. We need your help! Thank you Ed Kuntz, President High prescription costs I recently took my son to the emergen cy room after he suddenly became ill. Once the doctor completed his/her diagnosis we returned home to get my boy in bed and resting. I then went to the pharmacy for my sons prescriptions. When it came my turn in line I was shocked by the high cost so I asked the pharmacist to hold off on the pur chase until I could call the doctors ofce and nd out if there was a cheaper alterna tive. While waiting for the call back from the doctors ofce I started talking with another person in line. I said to him, So, you in here lling a pre scription? Are the prices ridiculous or what? Not giving him a chance to respond I just kept on complaining, Insurance doesnt cover hardly anything these days even though it costs me $10,000 a year plus the $5000 deductible. He looked at me puzzled and said, Real ly? At least you have insurance. Most people I know dont have any insurance; they cant afford it. It took a second and then I realized that I was complaining about something not ev eryone in this country has. We moved up in line and I stayed quiet the whole time think ing how my wife and I would feel and won dering what we would do if my family could not afford health insurance. Just the thought turned my stomach. It struck me there and then why each election is so important. Right now too many of our politicians in Tallahassee and Wash ington are making decisions that protect the huge prots of insurance companies, drug makers, and private hospitals but ignore the medical needs of regular people. Other mod ern countries have health systems that take care of everyones basic needs at reasonable costs, so why cant the USA have a system like these other nations or even simply allow me to buy medicare? Politicians say they are trying to get medical and insurance prices lower, but I think they will only end up rec reating the low-end health policies with, like before, ne print that excludes pre-existing conditions and almost everything else from coverage. A couple weeks ago at a meeting in La Belle I met candidates for the Florida leg islature who said they are running largely because of the health care issue. Catherine Price is running for the Florida Senate Dis trict 26 seat being vacated by Denise Grims ley. Catherine has both agriculture and nurs ing experience, so she seems perfect. The other candidate running to represent Glades County is Audrey Asciutto. She is trying to replace Cary Pigman in Florida House Dis trict 55. In Hendry County districts are Anisa Karim (Florida Senate District 28) and Jen nifer Boddicker (Florida House District 80). All four women share a concern for acces sible, affordable health care. We need these women representing Hendry and Glades counties. Ramon Rodriquez, III LaBelle Letters to the Editor By Chris Felker INI Florida Hendry County emergency management ofcials are conducting Community Emer gency Response Team (CERT) training ses sions this month. They started July 14 and continue on the next two Saturdays, July 21 and July 28, in LaBelle. County Administrator Charles Chap man says that having sufcient numbers of trained CERT volunteers countywide is cru cial when it comes to assisting citizens after an extreme weather event, natural disaster or community emergency. The most recent example would be the battering that Hendry County took during Hurricane Irma last fall. Our Community Emergency Response Teams are critical to our success in cover ing the entire county, Mr. Chapman said, describing the challenge that a rural county such as Hendry faces in an emergency. We have 1,200 square miles of property that is under our jurisdiction, and we only have a three-person emergency management de partment. A ier the county has been circulating outlines the training, which consists initial ly of 24 hours of learning split among the three days: The CERT Program is all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family and your neighborhood in an emer gency situation. Its meant for volunteers 15 or older, and an annual refresher course is given as well. The ier lists several objectives covered in the program: Describe CERTs function; Prepare participants for a disaster; Identify and reduce potential re haz ards; Apply basic re suppression strategies and safety measures; Apply techniques for the three killers airway, bleeding, shock; Conduct triage under simulated condi tions; Select and set up a treatment area; Identify size-up requirements; Debris removal and victim extrication how-to; and Safety measures before, during and after search and rescue. The sessions are taking place at the Hendry County Emergency Operations Center, 4425 W. State Road 80 in LaBelle, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those Saturdays. Mr. Chapman explained that being able to tap a volunteer corps greatly helps in meeting residents immediate needs after a catastro phe, saying the purpose is to help folks make sure they have the information about where are their shelters, what is in a hurricane pre paredness kit, how to be the eyes and ears in the community whenever an emergency comes, and to help feed information back to the emergency operations center. That, he said, is extremely critical to our overall success and mission planning and making sure the resources get out to the com munities where theyre needed most. Anyone with questions, he added, should contact Emergency Management Director Richard Lehmkuhl at 863-674-5400. Thats the best person; if you cant get Richard, ask for Roberta Thomas, he said. Hendry offers CERT training this month

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July 19, 2018 Caloosa Belle 5 By Katrina Elsken INI Florida The latest images from space show the blue-green algal bloom on Lake Okeechobee is decreasing. Imagery from July 2 showed signs of cyanobacteria in 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee. Since the satellite images are only avail able at set intervals, NOAA was unable to get usable photos July 6-13 due to cloud cover. The July 14 image shows algae in less of the lake, and more importantly, that the con centrations have decreased in areas where there is cyanobacteria. The NOAA imagery does not indicate what kind of cyanobacteria is present. There are thousands of types of cyanobacteria, al though only about a dozen have been doc umented in Lake Okeechobee. Some not all of the types of cyanobacteria known to live in the lake can produce toxins under certain conditions. However, even cyano bacteria that can produce toxins does not always do so. Dr. Edward Phlips, a professor with the University of Floridas Department of Fish eries and Aquatic Sciences, explained the casual observer may not even notice the bloom. Massive blooms dont always start at the surface, he explained. It can be in the wa ter column. Cyanobacteria have gas vesicles which act as buoyancy control devices. The vesicles can be expanded and lled with gas, caus ing the cyanobacteria to oat on the surface, or deated, which causes the cyanobacteria to descend into the water column. Just because you dont see it, doesnt mean theres nothing going on, he said. The NOAA image does not show what the human eye sees. Its computer-generat ed imagery using data the satellite collects to locate concentrations of cyanobacteria in the water. Different colors on the imagery show areas of varying cyanobacteria con centration. The NOAA image does not show how many different types of cyanobacteria are present, or which types of cyanobacteria are present. It does not show whether or not toxins are present. Oceanographer Michelle Tomlinson of the NOAA National Ocean Service explained they have been monitoring satellite photos of the lake since the start of June. They do similar studies of other lakes in the United States. The algorithm we developed for the imagery is showing cyanobacteria blooms, she explained. So it is separating out the cyanobacteria from any other background algae in the lake. There may be some non-harmful phytoplankton mixed in there but what you are seeing is the concentration of the cyanobacteria. Oceanographer Rick Stumpf with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science explained: The satellite is seeing the concentration up to 1-2 feet deep into the water. So even when the water will not show the scum everyone notices, the satel lite can see how much bloom there is at that level. He said the areas that show as red on the imagery are higher concentrations and those are the areas people are more likely to actually see scum on the water surface. Also, each satellite pixel covers the area of a stadium. In contrast, someone on the eld can only make out maybe 30 yards across, he added. Mr. Stumpf explained that NOAA also uses different wavelengths of light, including red and near-infrared, that the satellite detects that cant be seen with the human eye. Dee Ann Miller, of the Florida Depart ment of Health, explained: Some not all blue-green algae can produce toxins that can contribute to environmental prob lems and affect public health. Little is known about exactly what environmental condi tions trigger toxin production. Over time, these toxins are diluted and eventually break down and disappear. Persistent blooms are routinely moni tored and retested. Because you cannot tell if algae is producing toxins by looking at it, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) coordinates with the wa ter management districts and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to routinely sample observed and reported algal blooms and test for algal identication and toxin levels. So far, samples taken from the lake have shown no toxins or levels of less than 10 micrograms per liter. The World Health Organization considers levels below 10 mi crograms per liter to be safe for recreational contact. There have been no sh kills reported on Lake Okeechobee this summer. Area anglers report the shing has been very good this summer, especially early in the morning when the water is cooler. According to Florida Sea Grant, it is im possible to tell the difference between a bloom on the surface and a bloom in the water column from satellite images alone. Special to the Caloosa Belle/ NOAA The July 14 imagery from NOAA shows the cyanobacteria is still in about 80 percent of the lake, but the concentrations have lessened as indicated by the reduction in the red and orange areas. PROGRAM 2018 Diabetes Classes:July 24 & 26 August 14 & 16 To register for classes please call 863-983-1123. Hendry Regional Medical Center 524 West Sagamore Ave., Clewiston NOAA imagery shows lake algal bloom decreasing Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition: July Meeting Do you have unmet needs resulting from Hurricane Irma and have exhausted all oth er resources? Please contact us to nd out what support may be available for you and your family Contact Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition Coordinator: Terri Miaz ga Phone: 813-892-5021 Fax: 863-675-9393 E-mail: hgunc133@gmail.com c/o LaBelle United Way House 133 N. Bridge Street La Belle, FL 33935. Non-prot representatives and other interested parties who would want to help Hendry and Glades Coun ty residents with unmet needs because of Hurricane Irma are invited to meetings at the following location and date: First Unit ed Methodist Church located at 331 West Osceola Avenue Clewiston, Florida 33440 on Friday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m. Community Briefs

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6 Caloosa Belle July 19, 2018 Now Accepting New Patients Hanin Abou Ayash, MDCertied by the American Board of PediatricsMedicaid and Most Insurances Accepted. Discounted Fees Based on Income. You can make an appointment with Hanin Abou Ayash, MD by calling 1-844-FHCSWF or 1-844-342-7935. Hanin Abou Ayash, MD is accepting new patients at our First Choice Kidcare ofce located at: 930 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL 33935National Quality Leader Path Excellence in Patient Service Award Winner Medical CannabisJuan R. Puerto, MD 555 N 15th St. Suite A Immokalee, FL 34142Some Facts:1. NO ONE HAS EVER DIED FROM CANNABIS. 2. CANNABIS IS NOT A GATEWAY DRUG. IN FACT, IT IS A GREAT EXIT DRUG FOR OPIOIDS, ALCOHOL, AND OTHER HARMFUL SUBSTANCES. 3. CANNABIS DOES NOT KILL BRAIN CELLS. IT IS ACTUALLY A NEUROPROTECTECTANT AND SERVES TO PROTECT NERVE CELLS AGAINST DAMAGE, DEGENERATION, OR IMPAIRMENT OF FUNCTION. 4. ALL CANNABIS IS MEDICINE AND HAS MEDICAL BENEFITS. MAINLY AS AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND PAIN RELIEVER. (239) 657-2779 Brenda F Pruitt, 69LABELLE Brenda F. Pruitt passed away July 2, 2018, in Fort Myers. Brenda was born in Tiptonville, Tenn. on Feb. 17, 1949, to Har vey and Lula Webb Warren. She married Larry Pruitt in 1980. Brenda and Larry have made LaBelle their home for 40 years. Brenda loved to play poker and bingo. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Brenda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister who will be dearly missed by everyone who loved her. Brenda leaves behind her loving husband of 38 years, Larry Pruitt of LaBelle; children, Ronald Davis, Gary Pruitt, Laura Ann Warren, Pamela Marbry and Sonny Marbry. She also leaves behind thirteen grandchildren and ve great-grandchildren, four brothers and one sister, Kenny Warren, Jimmy Warren, Jeff Warren, Roger Warren and Mary Warren. Celebration of Brendas life was held 9 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2018 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home. Pastor Mitchell Wills ofciated. Burial was immediately after the celebration in Fort Denaud Cemetery. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle. Robert Stevens Cockram, 56 MOORE HAVEN Robert Stevens Cock ram passed away July 14, 2018 in Alva. He was born Mar. 12, 1962 in Fort Myers to Paul and Sylvia (Thomas) Cockram. Robert worked for Aim Engineering for many years as a DOT Inspector. He attended First Christian Church in LaBelle. He enjoyed traveling to Georgia and spending time in the woods. Robert was a loving father, grandfather and brother to his entire family, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Survivors include three sons, Daniel Cock ram of Moore Haven, Caleb Cockram of Lakeland and Josh Wooten of Lakeland; and two daughters, Brittany Herring of Clewiston and Valerie Howell of Okeechobee; four brothers, Gerald (Susan) Herndon, Darrell Herndon, Richard Cockram and Michael Herndon; and three sisters, Cheryl Dix, Joyce (Bradley) Goode and Janet Hill; grandchildren, Mackenzie Cockram, Emma Cockram, Sophia Cockram, Alaina Herring, Sara Howell, Dylan Howell. Celebration of Roberts life will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at First Christian Church in LaBelle, with Pastor W. T. Maddox, Jr. ofciating, visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial is in Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven. Family has requested casual attire for the service. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home LaBelle. Free Movie Night First Baptist Church LaBelle, 330 N. Main Street, is hosting another free movie night on July 20 at 6:30 p.m. We will be show ing Paul, Apostle of Christ and we would be happy to have you join us! This event is open to the public, so bring some friends and enjoy learning more about Paul. Youth Group First Christian Church, located at the cor ner of Lee and Ford Streets, would like to invite all children ages 5 18 to our Wednes day Night Youth Group. The basketball hoops are warmed up and games are ready to entertain, excite, and promote Christian fellowship. The evening also includes indoor games, a time of music, skit practice and more. This is a great summer activity that will carry on through the year. If youd like more information, please contact Cindy or Dave Alexander at 863-673-7567 or 239-3401575. Hope to see you here! Free Family Movie Festival Every Tuesday in July, showings 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. July 24 Daphne & Velma July 31 The Boss Baby The movies are shown ad the LaBelle Assembly of God, 139 Fraser Avenue across from the Edward A. Upthegrove Elementary School. For more information call 675-0900 Church Briefs Obituaries All Veteran names that are on bricks at the Veterans Memorial Park will be on the new veterans granite wall to be in place by Veterans Day, November 11, 2018. A list of updated names can be found at www.Davchapter144.org. E-mail Bob Kirkwood at bobkirkwood9@Gmail.com to make corrections. August 1 is the deadline to make cor rections or add new names to the wall. To add new names of Veterans, applications are available at the Caloosa Belle ofce, VFW and American Legion. Checks for $100 must be made payable to Fallen Heroes and may be mailed to the American Legion, Post 130, 699 W. SR80, LaBelle, FL 33935, or dropped off at the Legion lounge. Your sons, daughters, grandchildren, relatives and/or friends who are or were Veterans are eligible to be placed on the wall. Veterans Memorial Wall:

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July 19, 2018 Caloosa Belle 7 U.S. Sugar Employees Celebrate Summer of Giving t work, our employees are producing food to feed American families. After the harvest season ended this year, our employees began participating in a Summer of Giving, where they have been dedicated to giving their time to local charities and organizations. We are proud of our people who spend their summers helping serve the many different needs of our communities.A Community Relations Manager Jennifer Black presenting the keys to a Chevrolet van to the City of South Bay for their summer camps and senior programs Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry CountiesWe support 4-H members throughout our local communitiesWe proudly support our local Public Safety Academy Courtesy photo/ Trenton Muntz Recently at the Rotary On Tuesday, July 10, Florida State Representative Byron Donalds. Represen tative Donalds spoke to the Rotary Club about this past legislative session, Lake Okeechobee releases, the recent algae issues, and dealing with the stresses of being in ofce. Pictured: State Representative Byron Donalds and Fred Kobie, President of the Rotary Club of LaBelle. Cowboy Day LaBelle High Schools Open House will be held on August 8. The schedule is as follows: 9th Grade8:00-10:00 a.m.; 10th Grade10:00 AM-12:00 p.m. ; 11th Grade1:00-3:00 p.m.; 12th Grade7:00 p.m. LaBelle Back to School Expo The LaBelle Back to School Expo will be from 4 6 p.m. on August 2 at the LaBelle Civic Center, 481 W. Hickpochee Ave. (be hind City Hall). Help prepare our students to get the best startd on the 2018-19 school year. Receive valuable information for fam ilies. Backpacks with some school supplies will be distributed to the rst 300 children (k-12 only/Child must be present). For more information contact Lisa at the United Way at (239) 433-7559 or Melissa at the Depart ment of Health at (863) 302-6039. School Briefs VFW Post 10100 ALL DINNERS FOR JULY ARE $6.00l!! July 19 Thurs. Lasagna Dinner. Serving will begin at 5:00 p.m., cost $6.00. July 20, Fri. Karaoke with 2 Sharps. This is cover dish dinner. Music will begin at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. July 28, Sat. Chicken and Rib Dinner. Serving begins at 5:00 p.m. and cost is $6.00. Free Juke Box on Fri. nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Queen of Hearts, drawing is at 7:00 p.m. Hamburgers Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best Hamburgers and fries in town. Grilled to perfection. Have it your way. Mens Night, Every Mon. Night 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $1.00 off exclude Draft and Soda. Ladies Night, Every Thursday, $1.00 off, exclude Draft and Soda from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 1st Thursday of every month House Committee Meeting at 6:30 p.m. 1st Thursday of every month Veterans Regular Meeting at 7:00 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of every month The Aux iliary Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Bingo every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Turkey Shoot 2nd and 4th Sun. of every month at 1:00 p.m. Hall rental available to the PUBLIC. We are a Smoke Free Dining Room. We are lo cated on Hwy 29 next to the Rodeo Grounds. For further information call 863-675-8008 Community Briefs

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8 Caloosa Belle July 19, 2018 R E D Sausage Rolls Ingredients 1 16 oz pkg of Sage avored bulk sausage 1 8 oz pkg of cream cheese 1 8 oz cans of crescent rolls Preparation: Preheat oven to 375. Cook sausage and drain. Return sausage to skillet and add cream cheese, stirring over low heat until cheese melts. Remove from heat and set aside. Roll out dough onto baking sheet, being careful not to tear triangles apart (leave in 2 big sheets). Press seams together. Spoon half of the sausage mixture on each sheet and spread out evenly. Roll dough length wise, jellyroll style. Bake 20 minutes, or until brown. Slice and serve warm. 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, Deborah Rodriguez, Stacy Pate & Alex DeStefano419 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. 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 www.newhorizons-re.com 580 S. MAIN ST. LABELLE 863-675-1973 Greg Miners Lic R.E. Broker; Associates Delia Miners, Neal Livingston, Phil Lewis Se Habla Espanol www.labelleriverside.com Riverside Real Estate45 South Riverview Street LaBelle, FL 33935 863-675-2718SE HABLA ESPAOL Marilyn Sears Lic. Real Estate Broker COUNTRY LIVING ON 2.49 ACRES IN MUSE This spacious 4 bedroom manufactured home features split oor plan, 16 tile ooring throughout, Kitchen upgrades include newer cabinetry. Exterior features include oversized covered carport, front covered porch and back covered deck which runs full length on the home. Property is completely fenced. $149,000 FAMILY HOME situated on 4.27 +/acres in the heart of Muse. This CBS home offers more than 1500 sq. ft. of living space with an awesome open split oor plan, 3 BR/2 BA and a single car garage. tile oors throughout, an oversized family room that boasts a custom stone replace, a formal dining area with spacious kitchen, a walk in pantry and ranch style eat-in bar. $244,900 180 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 Stanley-Lynn and Wayne Simmons. A GREAT HOME IN A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD! Located in the Laurel Oaks community, this CBS home features an open oor plan, split bedrooms, a nice open kitchen, with dining area, a huge master suite, walk in closets, screened lanai, a two car garage, and much more! The neighborhood is great, with very little traf c, central water and sewer and is near the Port LaBelle Marina! Schedule your appointment to see it today! $184,900. 863-675-4500or visit our website at www.soland.com Se Habla Espaol Courtesy photo Pet of the Week The Caloosa Humane Societys pet of the week is Bealle, a seven month old spayed female black-mouth cur mix. Her personality is as cute and fun as she is. Bealle loves to play and gets along well with other dogs. Shes look ing for her furever home and her furev er playmates. If you have room in your heart and home please come and meet Bealle at the Caloosa Humane Society, 1200 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, FL 33935, or check her out on our website Caloosa humanesociety.org Courtesy photo/ Ron Dunbar Student Drivers 2018 Top Drivers The following students were selected as the top drivers for the 2018 Sum mer School Drivers Education Program. The program helped prepare over 65 students to drive safely and lawfully and exempted each individual from taking the Florida Driver License Class E Knowledge Exam and Driving Skills Test. From front to back are Nyah Aguilar, Christianna Hernandez, Alex Davis, Karisia Guzman, Aveary Vargas, Jaden Razo, and Clay Campbell. A big thank you to Superintendent Paul Puletti and the Hendry County School Board for continuing to offer this very valuable program to help save lives. Lehigh Regional Medical Center follows this trend Lehigh Acres Over the years hospitals across the nation have implemented the pay-rst policy in an effort to divert patients with routine illnesses from the Emergency Room (ER) after they undergo a federal ly required screening. In the ER at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, patients under go a federally-required medical exam by a qualied medical professional to determine if their symptoms are potentially life-threat ening or not. If they do meet the criteria, further treatment will be initiated. If the ini tial medical screening determines that their reason for receiving care is not considered a true emergency, they will be asked to make a payment upfront. Patients who decline the up-front payment are given a list of primary care providers or walk-in clinics in the area. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, That about 8 percent of ER visits are for non-urgent problems that could be treated less expensively in a doctors of ce or a walk-in clinic. In a 2010 Health Af fairs study, Found that 27 percent of those visiting an ER could be treated more cost-ef fectively at a doctors ofce or through a walk-in clinic. Gary Bell, CEO of Lehigh Regional Medical Center states, A lot of this is really about educating the community on proper usage of the ER and what other com munity resources are available. Our ER is not a walk-in clinic. # # # About Lehigh Regional Medical Center: Lehigh Regional Medical Center, a mem ber of Prime Healthcare, is accredited by The Joint Commission with the Gold Seal of Approval as an 88-bed acute-care hospi tal. Committed to compassionate care, Le high Regional Medical Center has uniquely served its ve-county community in Lehigh Acres, Florida, since 1965. The hospital pro vides specialty care services that include Emergency Services, Cardiology, Critical Care, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, Gynecology, Hyperbaric Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Oto laryngology, Pathology, Pulmonology and Wound Care. We deliver patient-centered healthcare with dignity and respect for all. For more information, please visit www.le highregional.com. More emergency rooms nationwide use a pay-rst policy for non-urgent care

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 Caloosa Belle 9 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 20TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 18000403CAAXMX CITY OF LABELLE, FLORIDA, Plaintiff, vs. THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND ALL THE TAXPAYERS, PROPERTY OWNERS AND CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF LABELLE, FLORIDA, INCLUDING NON-RESI DENTS OWNING PROPERTY OR SUBJECT TO TAXATION THEREIN AND OTHERS HAVING OR. CLAIMING ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN PROPERTY TO BE AFFECTED BY THE ISSUANCE OF NOT TO EXCEED $252,700 CITY OF LABELLE, FLORIDA CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT REVENUE BOND OR TO BE AFFECTED IN ANY WAY THEREBY, Defendants. NOTICE AND ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE TO: THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND ALL THE TAXPAYERS, PROPERTY OWNERS AND CITIZENS OF THE CITY OF LABELLE, FLORIDA, INCLUDING NON-RESIDENTS OWNING PROPERTY OR SUBJECT TO TAXATION THEREIN AND OTHERS HAVING OR. CLAIMING ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN PROPERTY TO BE AFFECTED BY THE ISSUANCE OF NOT TO EXCEED $252,700 CITY OF LABELLE, FLORIDA CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT REVENUE BOND TO BE ISSUED IN ONE OR MORE SERIES OR TO BE AFFECTED IN ANY WAY THEREBY: All capitalized terms not otherwise defined herein shall have the meaning in the Complaint (hereinafter defined). The above cause is before the Court upon the Complaint filed on June 26, 2018 the Complaint), by the CITY OF LABELLE, FLORIDA (the City) for the purpose of: (i) determining the power of the City to undertake the Projects, to apply proceeds of the Bonds to finance and the Cost of the Projects, to covenant to budget and appropriate the Legally Available Non-Ad Valorem Revenues to pay the Bonds, and to pay the Bonds from such Legally Available Non-Ad Valorem Revenues as set forth in the Complaint; (ii) determining the power and authority of the City to issue the Bond as set forth in the Complaint; (iii) determining that the adoption of the Bond Resolution, the issuance of the Bond, and the provisions, covenants and agreements contained in the Bond Resolution are valid, legal and binding, and all said proceedings, and the Bond is validated and confirmed; and (iv) determining that, upon the issuance of the Bond pursuant to the Bond Resolution, the Bond will constitute a valid and binding special obligation of the City and will be enforceable against the City in accordance with their terms, as such terms are set forth in the Bonds and the Bond Resolution, and (v) seeking a judgment of this Court validating the Bond. WHEREFORE, the Court being fully advised in the premises: IT IS ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the State of Florida, through the State Attorney of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Florida, and all the taxpayers, property owners and citizens of the City of LaBelle, Florida, including non-residents owning property or subject to taxation therein and others having or claiming any right, title or interest in property to be affected by the issuance of not to exceed $252,700 City of LaBelle, Florida Capital Improvement Revenue Bond or to be affected in any way thereby, are each hereby required to appear and show cause, if any there be, before this Court on the 14th day of August, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the chambers of the undersigned Judge at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, in the City of LaBelle, Florida, why the prayers of said Complaint should not be granted and why the proceedings for the Bond Resolution and the Bond, the application of proceeds of the Bond for the purposes set forth in the Bond Resolution, and said Bond when issued pursuant to the Bond Resolution should not be validated and confirmed as therein prayed. AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Clerk of this Court or Plaintiff, be and is hereby required to give notice of such hearing by publishing this Notice and Order to Show Cause in the manner required by Section 75.06, Florida Statutes in the Caloosa Belle, a newspaper of general circulation published in the City of LaBelle, the territory to be affected by the issuance of the Bond, in Hendry County, Florida, once each week for two (2) consecutive weeks prior to said hearing, the first publication to be at least twenty (20) days prior to said hearing date. AND IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that by such publication of this Order, the State of Florida and all the taxpayers, property owners and citizens of the City of LaBelle, Florida, including non-residents owning property or subject to taxation therein and others having or claiming any right, title or interest in property to be affected by the issuance of not to exceed $252,700 City of LaBelle, Florida Capital Improvement Revenue Bond or to be affected in any way thereby, shall be and they are made parties defendant to this proceeding, and that this Court shall have jurisdiction of them to the same extent as if specifically and personally named as defendants in said Complaint and personally served with process in this cause. DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Hendry County, Florida, this 6th day of July, 2018. JAMES D. SLOAN CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE 273443 CB 7/19,26/2018 Public Notice Public Notice REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR ELEVATOR MAINTENANCE, HENDRY COUNTY COURTHOUSE RFP NUMBER: 2018-18 OPENING DATE AND TIME: August 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.Sealed Proposals will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, Florida, for Elevator Maintenance Services at the Hendry County Courthouse. In order to be considered, proposals must be received by the Board of County Commissioners at the C.E. Hall Building (Clerks Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by August 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., at which time all responses to this request will be recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses. A copy of the Instructions and RFP Documents can be obtained from the Hendry County Maintenance Department, located at 3300 Utility Drive, LaBelle, Florida (for pick up), Post Office Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975 (mailing address), by calling Judith McElhaney at (863) 675-5260, or e-mailing jmcelhaney@ hendryfla.net. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this RFP, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a result of this solicitation, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this RFP, if it is in the best interest of the County to do so. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer and Drug/ Smoke Free Work Place. 275040 CN/CB 7/19/2018 Public Notice Public Notice REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS HENDRY COUNTY, CITY OF CLEWISTON & CITY OF LABELLE DISASTER DEBRIS REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL SERVICES RFP No. 2018-17 Opening Date and Time: August 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.The Hendry County Board of County Commissioners, the City of Clewiston and the City of LaBelle are seeking proposals to obtain the services of qualified firms to remove, process, and lawfully dispose of disaster generated debris (other than hazardous materials and household putrescible garbage) from public property, public rights-of-way, publicly maintained canals, publicly maintained waterways, natural waterways and private roadways in unincorporated Hendry County, the City of Clewiston and the City of LaBelle in response to an emergency event such as, but not limited to, hurricane(s) or other natural or manmade disaster(s). Vendors must have the capability and ability to rapidly respond to wide scale debris volumes typically produced in hurricanes, tornadoes, and other disaster types as well as small scale debris volumes. The Vendor must handle debris management activities in Hendry County, Florida in accordance with applicable regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Florida Department of Health (FDH), Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) in conjunction with the local governments needs. The Vendor shall have an excellent understanding of the documentation involved for the reimbursement from FEMA, FHWA, or other Federal Agencies, and the State relief programs to make the process of cost recovery efficient and accurate. The processes and documentation required will be in strict compliance with FEMA, FHWA, or other Federal Agencies, and other State relief program regulations regarding eligibility. Contracts must meet rules for Federal grants, as provided for in Title 2 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 200 in order to be eligible for reimbursement under the Public Assistance Program. In order to be considered, proposals must be received by the Board of County Commissioners at the C.E. Hall Building (Clerks Office) in the Hendry County Courthouse Complex, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida by August 9, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at which time all proposals will be recorded in the presence of one or more witnesses. A copy of the Instructions and Request for Proposal documents can be obtained by visiting the Countys website located at www.hendryfla.net under the public information tab, or by calling Kelly ONan at (863) 612-4727, or e-mailing Ms. ONan at konan@hendryfla.net. Non-mandatory pre-bid meetings will be held on Wednesday August 1, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Hendry County Engineering Department located at 99 E Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935 and Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Janet B. Taylor Auditorium located at 1100 S. Olympia Street, Clewiston, FL 33440. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County, the City of Clewiston or the City of LaBelle to award any contracts or to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this solicitation. The County reserves the right to cancel this procurement or reject any and all responses for any reason set forth in Hendry County Code Section 1-2-185(c)(3)a and may choose to re-procure at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. 275086 CN/CB 7/19,26;8/2/2018 Public Notice Public Notice Employment Full Time Now hiring: Apply in person Greenhouse Sprayers Heavy Equipment Diesel Mechanic Keepsake Plants 2201 Owanita Road Alva, FL 33920 (239)728-2535 ext. 3131 THE CITY OF LABELLE IS ACCEPTING APPLICA TIONS UNTIL JULY 27, 2018 OR UNTIL FILLED FOR 2 FULL TIME LA BORERS. APPLICANT MUST HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENT. CDL IS PREFERRED. IF IN TERESTED YOU CAN PICK UP AN APPLI CATION AT LABELLE CITY HALL 481 WEST HICKPOCHEE (HWY 80) BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM, MONDAY THRU FRIDAY OR ONLINE AT CITYLABELLE.COM. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. THE CITY OF LABELLE IS A DRUGFREE WORKPLACE. Business Opportunities NOTICE Independent Newspa pers will never accept any advertisement that is illegal or consid ered 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 num ber out of your area, use caution. Houses Rent RIVER HOME 2BR, 3BA, 2 Car Garage, Florida Room, corner lot on canal & river, East of LaBelle, $1100/mo. 970708-9993. 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 Campers / RVs Wanted all Travel Trailers, Motor Homes and Fifth Wheels. Any Condition, Cash paid on the spot Call 954-595-0093 Lawn & Garden Gonzalez Lawn Service, LLC: Complete lawn care; pressure cleaning; tree trimming; and general repair. Lic & Insured. Call today for your free estimate! We get the job done! 863-673-6388 Public Notice LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Fort Knox Self Storage located at 1025 Com merce Drive, LaBelle Florida 33935 intends to sell or otherwise dispose of the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said propertv under the Florida Self Storage Facility Act Statutes (83.80183.809). The public sale or other dis position of the following household/ Misc items property will take place at Fort Knox Self Storage 1025 Com merce Drive, La Bedle FL 33935 .July 21, 2018 at 11:00am This public sale requires a 50.00 cash deposit on an winning bids. 863-675-1025 Roxanne Ruiz Tania Cisnero Azucena Rodriguez Aguilar Brandon Perez 273694 CB 7/12,19/2018 PORT LABELLE 4544 SPRINGVIEW CIRCLE, FRI. 7/20 & SAT. 7/21, 9AM-5PM. Moving Sale Every thing Must Go! Miscellaneous 4 metal/wood din ing chairs for $50. Call 863-675-4393 Garage/ Y ard Sales The most important 20 minutes of your day is the time spent reading with your child from birth to age nine.

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10 Caloosa Belle July 19, 2018 Widows Support Group The Widows Support Group will meet July 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Sal Cals Pizza. All widows welcome. Veterans Memorial Wall All Veteran names that are on bricks at the Veterans Memorial Park will be on the new veterans granite wall to be in place by Veterans Day, November 11, 2018 A list of updated names can be found at www. Davchapter144.org. E-mail Bob Kirkwood at bobkirkwood9@Gmail.com to make cor rections. August 1 is the deadline to make corrections or add new names to the wall. To add new names of Veterans, applications are available at the Caloosa Belle ofce, VFW and American Legion. Checks for $100 must be made payable to Fallen Heroes and may be mailed to the American Legion, Post 130, 699 W. SR80, LaBelle, FL 33935, or dropped off at the Legion lounge. Your sons, daughters, grandchildren, relatives and/or friends who are or were Veterans are eligible to be placed on the wall. MOPS Summer Fun MOPS Summer Fun will begin the last week in July with a special story time pre sentation at Barron Library on July 25 at 10:45 a.m. Enjoy a story about ice cream, do an ice cream craft, and play with the ice cream food truck. Then join us for a play date on July 27 at 10 a.m. at Zachary Rey na Memorial Playground. During the month of August, we will have movie days at First Christian Church, a play date at Zach Reyna Playground, and our Open House. All events are on Friday mornings at 10 a.m. Movie Days are: August 3Ice Age (The origi nal), August 17Wall-E, and August 31Finding Nemo. The playdate is August 17 at Zachary Reyna Playground. Our Open House will be August 24 at First Christian Church. All events are free. First Christian Church is located at 138 Ford Ave. LaBelle, Florida 33935. Zachary Reyna Memorial Playground is located at 800 Jaycee Lions Dr. LaBelle, FL 33935. For more information contact Megan Narehood at (239) 206-9881 or MOPSOFLABELLE@gmail.com. American Legion Events Happy Hour Monday Friday 11a--6p. (April through September, Fish Fries are only held the First Friday of each month) April through September, Fish Fries are only held the First Friday of each month) July 19 Thurs 6 p.m. Installation of Ofcers 6:00 Meet & Greet; 6:30 Dinner served followed by the Installation at 7:00 p.m. for all branches of the American Legion Family. July 21 Saturday 9 a.m. Fallen Heroes Remembrance Ceremony at Vet erans Park, followed by benet fun at the American Legion with lunch at 11 a.m. $10 Donation tickets for the luncheon are avail able at the VFW, American Legion (or at the door). Funds raised are for the Veterans Wall which will be placed in the Veterans Park this fall of 2018. It will have all names that are on bricks now, plus new names can be added through August 1, 2018. The American Legion is 699 W SR80, across from the Shell Station. EVERYONE WEL COME Come support our local Veterans. August 1 Wednesday Deadline to add a veterans Name to the Veterans Wall which should be installed at the Veterans Memorial Park by Veterans Day. Applica tions available at the American Legion and VFW. Email bobkirkwood9@gmail.com to make correction to any names on present bricks. Check names on the list at www. Davchapter144.org August 3 Friday 5-7 p.m. Fish Fry with assortment of sh, shrimp, crabcakes & chicken with cole slaw, baked potato or French fries & roll $9. Homemade desserts by the American Legion Auxiliary are avail able $1/slice to support our Veterans. Kara oke begins at 7 p.m. Dining room is smoke free and open to the public. Like our Facebook page to get all the weekly updates, the newsletters and calen dars on our website at www.legionpost130. com American Legion Post 130 Meetings: (All Members welcome) July 19 Thurs 7 p.m. American Le gion Family Installation of Ofcers August 1 Wed 7:30 p.m. American Legion Riders meeting August 2 Thurs 6 p.m. DAV (Dis abled American Veterans) meeting August 8 Wed 6 p.m. Sons of the American 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. Friends of NRA invites you: To the 4th annual Greater LaBelle Friends of NRA event on July 20. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the LaBelle Civic Center 481 W. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL 33935. Contact Ron Zimmerly at 863-234-8397 or Ron@ ThreeZEnterprises.com. For TICKETS and details www.friendsofnra.org/eventtickets/ Events/Details/10?eventId=54958 Relay of Life Needs You Relay of Life LaBelle needs you! They are looking for teams! Churches, schools, non-prots, businesses, clubs and friends! For more information call Vicki Reynolds, Event Lead at 863-234-2405 or Amanda Dreszer, Community Manager at 239-2975484. Join them in the Fight against Cancer. 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. 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July 19, 2018 Caloosa Belle 11 Give Me a Call to advertise your business here!863.342.4348 SERVICE from the NEIGHBOR YOU KNOW & TRUST Guaranteed used appliance sales Appliance Repair Services For All Major BrandsOfce: 863-674-5008 Cell: 863-673-8944FREE LOCAL DELIVERY Se habla Espaol Courtesy photo/ Joy Bridwell LHS Students Visit Japan From June 19-29, 23 LaBelle High School students, alumni, and family members traveled with Mrs. Joy Bridwell to Japan for an educational and cultural eleven day adventure. The group visited Tokyo, Kamakura, Hakone, Odawara, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyaji ma Island and Osaka. Along the way, the travelers learned much about Japans history as well as its pop culture. The participants toured Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, technology showrooms, Samurai castles, bamboo forests, deer parks, geothermal vents, museums and fun shopping districts. The group also heard an interesting presentation by a retired sumo wrestler, saw a kimono fashion show, met with Japanese students, and stayed one night in a traditional ryokan-style hotel where all of the participants wore yatakas and sang karaoke. The group traveled by planes, bullet trains, ferries, subways and buses. Travel is such a wonder ful way to learn more about this world we live in. The Japan trip marked the eighth time Mrs. Bridwell has taken students abroad. She truly enjoys providing opportunities for students to experi ence other cultures. Participants on this trip were Chelsea Bridwell, Emma Bridwell, Joy Bridwell, Patrick Bridwell, Josena Contreras, Jasper Dz uong, Jocelyn Dzuong, Ramon Figueroa, Jeff Granims, Jered Hampton, Norma Maciel, Rebecca Maciel, Jack Neel, Gustavo Pardo, Margie Pardo, Raul Pardo, Frank Puletti, Andy Rosado, John Walker, Jimmy Williams, Stephanie Williams, Jack Wilson and Leland Wilson.

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12 Caloosa Belle July 19, 2018 1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres (239) 369-2101 www.LehighRegional.com By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle The annual LaBelle Fossil Camp is for boys and girls from 8 to 14 years old with an interest in fossil hunting. Campers learn about the LaBelle area before the coming of humans, through fossil identication and eld fossil hunting experiences. In the lab, next to the Barron library, the campers will learn about the diversity of prehistoric life that lived in the LaBelle area. I join Scott Perry a fossil hunter since he was a kid and the founder of LaBelle Fos sil Camp to go fossil hunting for the day. On the boat he explains what a day of fossil hunting looks like: We start our day with breakfast in the lab at 8 a.m. After that the campers learn about fossil identication through games and other activities before we get on the boat, Scott Explains. After a beautiful boat ride on the Caloosa hatchee River its on to the eld experience: the campers excitedly disembark the boats and throw off their life-jackets. They have ar rived in Fort Denaud, where the archaeolog ical site is. At the site the kids try to nd fossil evidence of prehistoric life in the area. After two hours of fossil hunting and a short lunch break the campers get back onto the boat for the long trek back to LaBelle. To stay enter tained as sailors do the kids pick up the variety of instruments that are on board and start playing songs, until the cabasa shaker falls overboard! Immediately the crew goes into man-overboard-procedure. The captain circles back while one of the fossil hunters jumps in the lifeboat and grabs the cabasa shaker to save it from drowning. After celebrating the rescue of the caba sa shaker the fossil hunters have one more stop; the Army Strong site. In the banks of the Caloosahatchee River the campers suc cessfully dig for more fossils. Back in the lab the kids identify their nd ings: shark teeth, fossilized turtle shells, jars of river water and limestone matrix. Inter ested in Fossil Hunting? Contact Scott Perry at 409-502-9029 or stop by at the Barron Li brary, 461 N Main St, LaBelle. LaBelle Fossil Camp explores sites along the Caloosahatchee River Caloosa Belle/ Geoffrey Ionescu The archaeological site in Ft Denaud. Caloosa Belle/ Geoffrey Ionescu Docking the boats at the site in Ft Denaud.