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Delivering Western Hendry Countys News Since 1922 July 26, 2018 Vol. 95 No. 30 By Dale Conyers Caloosa Belle Improvement plans are underway for La Belle Elementary School, which was given a failing grade by the state. The districts School Grades were also presented at the July 17 meeting of the Hend ry County School Board. Dr. Barbara Mundy, Director of Federal Programs explained the scoring system. Over all the Hendry County School District (HCSD) had a C average with 576 points for 2017/18, this was 52 percent of the possible points, it was a 30 point gain over 2016/17 when the district had 50 per cent of the possible points. In 2015/16 the district had 48 percent of the possible points. Each school is graded based on the com ponents for which it has sufcient data. School grades provide an easily under standable way to measure the performance of a school. Parents and the general public can use the school grade and its compo nents to understand how well each school is serving its students. Schools are graded A, B, C, D, or F. In 2017-18, a schools grade may include up to eleven components. There are four achievement components, four learning gains components, a middle school accel eration component, as well as components for graduation rate and college and career acceleration. Each component is worth up to 100 points in the overall calculation. Letter grades of each school in the district were presented. LaBelle Middle School held steady from 2017 with a C average in 2018. Clewiston Middle School held steady from 2017 with a C average in 2018. LaBelle Elementary School dropped from a C in 2017 average to a F in 2018. Westside Elementary School went from a D in 2017 to a C in 2018. Eastside Elementary School went from a D in 2017 to a B in 2018. Central Elementary School went from a C in 2017 to a B in 2018. LaBelle High School held steady with a C average. Improvements planned for LaBelle Elementary On June 25, 2018, I was honored with the appointment as Hendry County Property Ap praiser by Governor Rick Scott. I started my career in 1989 in Palm Beach County and, after 17 years there, I transferred to Hendry County Property Appraisers Ofce in 2006. I became the Chief Deputy for Phillip Pelleti er in 2009 and had the privilege to work un der his leadership until he retired in March of 2018. During my career, I have worked in several departments within the Appraisers Dena Pittman for Hendry Property Appraiser By Geoffery Ionescu Caloosa Belle The City of LaBelle Election was held on July 17. Early voting was from July 7 to July 14. The election had a very low voter turn out of 11.18 percent. Of the 2039 registered voters only 228 cast their ballots. Thomas A. Smith was reappointed as Clerk Commis sioner as there were no other candidates for that position. The position of Treasurer Commissioner was a very close race be tween Hilda Zimmerly and Cindy Pearce. With 115 total votes for Zimmerly and 113 for Pearce, Hilda Zimmerly was reelected as Treasurer Commissioner. Zimmerly keeps commission seat Courtesy photo Dena Pittman is running for the posi tion of of Hendry County Property Ap praiser. See Pittman Page 2 By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle The Florida Department of Transporta tions contractor, Seacoast Inc. will begin work on the drawbridge in the city of La Belle from Bridge Street (SR 29) over the Caloosahatchee River in Hendry Country on August 13, and construction will end in early 2019. The project entails repairing and rehabili tating the drawbridge. Currently, overweight vehicles are not permitted to use the bridge; these scheduled improvements will allow trucks to use the bridge, shorten their travel distances and improve travel times. While work is being done on the bridge, temporary bridge closures will occur during nighttime/overtime hours from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., beginning August 13, weather permit ting. Trafc control devices and aggers will be on site to help motorists through the con struction zone. There is a possibility that the bridge will be closed during weekends. If full bridge closure is required, message boards will be in place to notify drivers of the closures and the detour route; full bridge closure hours will be from Fridays 10 p.m. to Mondays 6 a.m. only. There will be limited pedestrian access on the bridge. The estimated total construction cost is $1.4 million. Please drive safely and watch for construction crews in the work zone. For more information about the project contact Community Outreach Manager, Cor rine Burgess (863) 225-0422. State Road 29 LaBelle Draw Bridge Project By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle Jane Hateld is the new Principal of LaBelle Elementary School: I started my teaching career as an English teacher at Clewiston High School for twelve years. After that I worked in Naples at Gulf Coast High School for two years. Then I became an assistant principal at LaBelle High School and West Glades after that and now Im back in LaBelle. Im happy to be here but it Hateld named LaBelle Elementarys new principal Caloosa Belle/ Geoffrey Ionescu Jane Hateld has been named the new principal at LaBelle Elementary. See Principal Page 2 See Grades Page 5


2 Caloosa Belle July 26, 2018 The Hendry County School District will soon consider a measure to continue to impose a 1.50 mill property tax for the capital outlay projects listed herein. This tax is in addition to the school boards proposed tax of 4.773 mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion of the school board. THE PROPOSED COMBINED SCHOOL BOARD TAX INCREASE FOR BOTH OPERATING EXPENSES AND CAPITAL OUTLAY IS SHOWN IN THE ADJACENT NOTICE The Capital Outlay tax will generate approximately $ 3,058,765 to be used for the following projects: CONSTRUCTION AND REMODELING Construction of up to four (4) Modular Classrooms MAINTENANCE, RENOVATIONS AND REPAIRS Reimbursement of the maintenance, renovation and repairs paid through the General Fund as permitted by Florida Statute District Wide Repair and Maintenance MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES Purchase of up to six (6) School Buses Purchase of Maintenance Vehicles NEW AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT, COMPUTER AND DEVICE HARDWARE AND OPERATING SYSTEM SOFTWARE NECESSARY FOR GAINING ACCESS TO OR ENHANCING THE USE OF ELECTRONIC AND DIGITAL INSTRUCTIONAL CONTENT AND RESOURCES, AND ENTERPRISE RESOURCE SOFTWARE District Wide School Furniture and Equipment PAYMENTS FOR EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND SITES DUE UNDER A LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENT Annual lease payment for qualied zone academy bonds for various facilities All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be held on July 31, 2018 at 5:30 P.M., at Hendry County School Board meeting room, Old Courthouse, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will be made at this hearing. NOTICE OF TAX FOR SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAYThe Hendry County School District will soon consider a measure to increase its property tax levy. Last years property tax levy: A. Initially proposed tax levy...... $13,084,703 B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment Board and other assessment changes ................................................-$5,654 C. Actual property tax levy......... $13,090,357 This years proposed tax levy.. $13,324,742 A portion of the tax levy is required under state law in order for the school board to receive $36,509,913 in state education grants. The required portion has decreased by 0.99 percent and represents approximately six tenths of the total proposed taxes. The remainder of the taxes is proposed solely at the discretion of the school board. All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing on the tax increase to be held on July 31, 2018 at 5:30 P.M. at the School Board Meet ing Room, Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. A DECISION on the proposed tax increaseand the budget will be made at this hearing. NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE THANK YOU!! I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your May God Gless You, Hilda ZimmerlyPaid Political Advertisement. Paid for by the Hilda Zimmerly Campaign. Approved by Hilda Zimmerly ofce and have the experience necessary to understand every aspect and role of the Property Appraiser. As I move into this im portant position, I am proud to say that I will lead this ofce with respect, character and integrity. I have worked under four Property Appraisers in my nearly 30 years of employ ment, and while each one held different tal ents and beliefs, my most important goals are to always serve the public in a kind and courteous manner and to uphold the law while creating a fair and equitable tax roll. I am excited to announce that Lucia Her nandez will serve as my Chief Deputy. Lucia has been a tremendous asset to this ofce the past eleven years, starting as a Record Specialist and quickly moving to Adminis trative Assistant. Lucia works closely with the Department of Revenue, our Software programmers and the Department Heads of various ofces within the county. Her talents are appreciated by many both in and out of this county. I know she is capable of fullling this position with great success. I have also promoted Nick Tanner to Appraisal Director. Nick has been with this ofce for nearly ve years, becoming a Certied Florida Evalu ator in the rst two years of employment. Nick played a tremendous role during the conversion of our new software, assisting with the intricate aspects of valuations, cal culations and data imports. Nick has been a Field Analyst and has assisted in Value Ad justment Board proceedings as well as the valuation process of both Residential and Commercial properties. I am very condent of the abilities of my entire staff and will con tinue to serve our County with excellence. On a personal note, I have lived in Hend ry County for 22 years, having moved to Clewiston after marrying my husband Mike Pittman in 1996. We have raised two daugh ters in Clewiston, both graduated from Clewiston High School with honors and now attend college. Our daughters kept us very busy as they were both 3-sport athletes throughout high school and played travel ball on weekends and during the summers. I also have two beautiful step-daughters and four amazing grandchildren. Hendry County is the place where I call home and it is my pleasure to represent you well and serve you to the best of my ability. I thank you for your support in the November Election, please re member Pick Pitt for Property Appraiser. Pittman Continued From Page 1 i s going to be a challenge, the overall grade of our school was an F so we really have to get that grade up. But Im condent we will do better next school year, we hired some good new teachers, new custodians and even ofce staff, Hateld says. We are starting a program called AVID; Advancement Via Individual Determination, it is a program that in secondary targets kids in the middle, to get them thinking about being ready for college and going to college or getting secondary training to prepare for a career. The focus is on getting kids orga nized and having a view for the future. The LaBelle High School and Middle School al ready have it, so the kids can continue the program when they continue their educa tion. In their senior year, for example, the program can help them apply for college scholarships and help them with their col lege application, so all in all it is a kind of support system. The parents are involved in this program as well so Im excited about getting that started, Hateld explains. I also departmentalized fourth and fth grade, which means specic teachers are going to teach specic classes which spreads the workload. This gives the teach ers an opportunity to focus more on their specic class and the children. Fortunately, the State of Florida will give the school fund ing to help better the school. With that Im going to hire a reading and a math coach to get our overall grade up. Principal Continued From Page 1




4 Caloosa Belle July 26, 2018 A job well done To all the men at St. Matthews House that have been participating in the events with the Hendry LaBelle Recreation Board, you are doing a good job here in LaBelle with our parks. I wanted to let you know just how much I appreciate the work you have done and acknowledge your presence in help ing us reach our goals and targets for these parks. You have the power to raise above any situation that comes your way and you have decided to change and follow a better path. I appreciate you, your work and the way you worked. Sincerely, Director Ramiro Rodriguez Who will make America Great Again It will not be any political party or any single man or woman. Making our country great will have to start at home. We must teach our kids and grandkids right from wrong. We must explain to them what re spect means and its importance in their life. We must show by example the respectful way to live. We must teach our kids that bad behavior gets punishment. Spankings, not beatings, never hurt a child. If we start at an early age, spankings should not be needed for long. Of we do not teach our kids to fear doing wrong at an early age what will they be like as an adult. Praise them often for good behavior. As parents we must learn to solve our problems rather than running away from them. Single mom and dads must work together for their kids sake. Children need both parents. We must teach them to take pride in whatever they do and to stand up for what is right. Our kids and grandkids will be tomor rows leaders. We must instill morals and see that they know that you usually get treat ed the way you treat others. It is not the po litical party, the color of a persons skin or sex that makes them a leader. We must explain to them that it is okay to disagree with others, but necessary to respect their opinions. We all know what is said about opinions anyway. If we truly want to make America great, we must accept this responsibility ourselves. Family values and living by good examples is a must. Our county is a melting pot of many plac es. But we all want the same thing. That is a safe place to raise a family. Every person must take pride in their work, whether it be a doctor or a teacher or a common worker. Neither your job or the color of your skin or your money shows your worth. It is what is in your heart. We must try to not judge oth ers because you dont know what is going on in their life. We must learn to compromise for the good of all. Kindness never hurts anyone. Those who would destroy us preach hate and untrust. Use your head and heart to ex amine what you hear. Not everyone is going to tell you the truth. We must remember that a country divided among its people is a country evil men will try to conquer. If we all work hard at what is good for us and our country, we will be great again. Just stop and think about how many things we do that people in other countries cannot. Every person is needed to make America great again. But then what do I know? Im just an old cityed country boy. God bless you all Ed Kuntz Letters to the Editor Theres a lot of talk in the self-help and personal growth and develop ment world about purpose; living your lifes purpose, living a life of purpose, and living a purpose driv en life. The problem is that there are about as many different denitions of the word purpose as there are people on the planet! How are we supposed to know if we are living on purpose if we dont exactly know how to dene it? How are we supposed to learn from other people how to live a pur pose driven life if we dont know how they dene purpose or if their deni tion of purpose vibes with our own? Many of us FEEL that we have a purpose for our lives but we dont really know how to step into our pur pose. When we dont know how to fulll that call that we feel in our gut we can become frustrated, depressed, overwhelmed, and even angry. But, as I said before, there IS a lot of talk on the sub ject of purpose to be had, we just have to get clear on how we dene purpose and to discover the teacher or mentor who denes purpose similarly so that we can be guided in a way that feels authentic. My understanding of purpose, is when we can marry our passions, desires, and tal ents, with a heart of service to others. When we can do the things that we love to do, are good at doing, and gure out how to do them in a way that makes the world a better place, I believe we are in alignment with our purpose or calling. To gain clarity on your purpose here are some journal prompts! How do you dene purpose? Do you feel you are living in alignment with your purpose? Does all the talk about purpose get you confused and overwhelmed because you dont know what the heck your purpose is? To learn more about Val White and his purpose visit Want to learn more about your purpose VFW Post 10100 ALL DINNERS FOR JULY ARE $6.00l!! July 28 Sat. Rib and Chicken Dinner. Serving will begin at 5:00 p.m. Aug. 3, Fri. Meatloaf by Chuck and Mary. Serving will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the cost $6.00 Aug. 4, Sat. Karaoke with Chris and Bet ty Ann, Music will start at 5:00 p.m. Aug.11, Sat. Pork Loin Dinner. Serving will begin at 5:00 p.m., cost is $6.00. Steve White is in the HOUSE! Karaoke starts at 6:00 p.m. Aug.17 Fri. 2 Sharps Karaoke and cover dish dinner. Music will begin at 5:00 p.m. Aug. 24 Fri. Ham Dinner. Serving begins at 5:00 p.m., cost $6.00. SUMMER SPECIAL Every Tues. Free pool table from 5:00 p.m to 9;00 p.m. Wear your VFW T-Shirt and get .50 off your drink. Beer and Soda excluded. Free Juke Box on Fri. nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Queen of Hearts, drawing is at 7:00pm. Hamburgers Every Saturday from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Best Hamburgers and fries in town. Grilled to perfection. Have it your way. Mens Night, Every Mon. Night 6:00pm to 8:00pm. $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. Parkinsons Support Group The Parkinsons Disease Support Group meeting at the Hope Senior Center on Cow boy Way on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, has voted not to meet in the months of July or August. Although not formally meeting, support is always available by call ing 843-342-8013. Community Briefs


July 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 5 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 Country Oaks Elementary School climbed from a C in 2017 to a B in 2018. Edward A. Upthegrove Elementary held steady with a C from 2017 to 2018. Clewiston High School held steady with a C from 2017 to 2018. LES was one of the 33 F scores in the state. Improvement plans for LES are still being implemented. The school has one year to improve to a C before further action is taken by the state. Raises for the school board members were also discussed. In February of this year, District 4 School Board Member Stephanie Busin announced during board member business that she had made the personal decision to forgo the raise from the legislature, because dis trict-level administration reported that it wasnt going to be possible for the Board to offer a raise to our instructional staff. That was hard on my heart. I believe in the im portance of supporting and compensating school-level staff as they are our boots on the ground and the ones who are ultimately held accountable for student outcomes. At that time, Mrs. Busin asked the rest of the Board to consider this option. Three other board members agreed that this was a very good idea, and opted to forgo their raises as well. Later, in June, Superintendent Pulet ti informed the Board that a contract was agreed to by both the negotiation team and the HCEA. Due to a surplus in funding, the new contract would include a raise for teachers. After Mrs. Busin inquired about re suming her legislature-approved raise going forward, the other school board members were contacted and given the same option. At the July 17 meeting, the District 3 School Board Member Amanda Nelson and the District 2 School Board Member Sally Berg announced that they will be divid ing and giving back a portion of their raise money to each Hendry County School. Both members will be traveling to all 12 schools to deliver a check to the principals to do with as they see t. Mrs. Nelson stated we had already decided to decline the raise, and I feel that donating the money back to the schools rather than being reimbursed is the right thing to do. There are no strings at tached, and each administrator can use the funds in whatever capacity they need. In other business, board members were updated on the Clewiston High School Colle giate Academy. Jose Roquett, administrator of the Collegiate Academy and Amanda Leh rian, Director of the Florida Southwestern State College (FSW) Hendry Glades Curtis Center, said the Collegiate Academy is a rstof-its-kind program for FSW and CHS. While FSW provides dual enrollment for local high school students at all four college locations, the distance from CHS to any FSW location can make travel difcult for students. When the program was introduced there were 47 students in the rst semester and at the end of the rst semester they added ve more making 52 students enrolled in the program. Currently there are 75 students en rolled in the Collegiate Academy and accord ing to Jose Roquett the program will top out with 80 students. The professors who teach there have given all positive feedback on the students and their willingness to learn. At the end of the rst semester the stu dents earned a combined 700 college credits and 90 percent of the grades were As and Bs. The average grade point average for these students was 3.54 which is a high B and it beat the other dual enrollment pro grams on all the FSW campuses. Neither the students or their guardians pay for the credit hours. The HCSD pays FSW a reduced rate per credit hour from funds provided in the Florida Education Fi nance Program. Also at the July 17 meeting, Marc Wad dell, who recently retired from his teaching position at Clewiston High School, was hon ored. Mr. Waddell was presented a plaque for his 11 years of service to the district by Chairman Jon Basquin and Paul K. Puletti, Superintendent of Schools. Grades Continued From Page 5 Cross Country Practice The rst day of LHS cross country prac tice is Tuesday July 31 at 6:30 a.m., for all re turning varsity runners. J.V. and new runners will start Monday, August 13 after school. All runners must have an updated FHSAA sport physical before they can participate. Football Practice Football Practice begins Monday, July 30 at 8:00 a.m. If you are interested in playing football please contact AD/HC Chris Siner at Go Cowboys! Attention Golfers Any one interested in playing golf for LaBelle High School this year, practice will begin on August 6 at 3 p.m. Golfers (Boys and Girls) should report to the ag room and remember you must have a physical on the FHSAA form. If you have any question con tact Coach Burton at 674-4120 ext 282 or 673-4047. 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


6 Caloosa Belle July 26, 2018 Free Movie Night First Baptist Church LaBelle, 330 N. Main Street, is hosting another free movie night on August 10 at 6:30 p.m. We will be showing Gods Not Dead and we would be happy to have you join us! This event is open to the public, so bring some friends and enjoy. 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 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 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 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 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 Jarret Earl Murray, 37 LEHIGH ACRES Jarret Earl Murray passed away July 20, 2018 in Lehigh Acres. He was born Feb. 19, 1981 in Fort Myers to Gerald and Donna (Scroggins) Murray. Mr. Murray married Vanessa Jacobs. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for many years. He and his family Attended Christ Central Church in LaBelle. He was a loving caring husband, father, son, brother and friend who will be missed dearly by everyone who loved him. He leaves behind his loving wife, Vanessa Murray of Lehigh Acres; children, Landen, Alyssa, Lyla Murray, Jacob McCallister and Hannah McCallister; parents, Gerald and Donna Murray; sister, Cheryl Lynn Marsh; and many extended family members. Memorial celebration of Jarrets life will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 1 p.m. in Christ Central Church where Pastor Mitchell Wills will ofciate. Cremation arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu neral Home LaBelle. Obituaries Church Briefs Courtesy Photo/ Trenton Muntz Recently at the Rotary On Tuesday, July 17, the Rota ry Club of LaBelle heard from Anna, a local Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) program attendee. She updat ed the club on her experience at RYLA and on the leadership qualities that the Program in stills in young leaders that participate in this opportunity. She hopes to return next year. From left to right: RYLA Gradu ate with Holly and Fred Kobie. Wednesday, August 8th Central Elementary School 6:00 8:00 p.m. Eastside Elementary School 5:00 7:00 p.m. Westside Elementary School 3:00 5:00 p.m. Clewiston Middle School 12:30 3:00 p.m. Clewiston High School 6:00 8:00 p.m. LaBelle Elementary School 9:00 11:00 a.m. Country Oaks Elementary School 9:00 11:00 a.m. Upthegrove Elementary School 9:00 11:00 a.m. LaBelle Middle School :30 2:20 p.m. LaBelle High School 9th grade 8:00 10:00 a.m. 10th grade 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 11th grade:00 3:00 p.m. 12th grade 7:00 p.m. Hendry Schools Open House Schedule


July 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 7 By Katrina Elsken en-USINI Florida The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Friday reported that the algal en-USbloom on Lake Okeechobee has decreased en-US to about 30 percent of the lake. In addition, en-US about half of the bloom has decreased sig nicantly in concentration. At its peak on en-USJuly 2, the bloom was in about 90 percent of en-US the lake, according to NOAA data. The image acquired by NOAA on July 18 shows that the bloom area has decreased to en-USabout 30 percent (184 square miles) of lake en-US area, down from about 60 percent on July en-US 17. The concentration in the bloom has also en-US decreased. About half (54 percent) of the en-US bloom area on the July 18 image has cyano bacteria concentration of less than 100,000 en-UScells per milliliter (cells/ml). Concentrations en-US in the red areas are more than 1 million en-US cells per milliliter. The massive algae bloom that covered nearly all of Lake Okeechobee a week ago en-USappears to be undergoing a change based on en-US satellite images from July 17 and 18. Those en-US successive images suggest a progressive de cline in the spatial extent of the bloom. At en-USthis time it is unclear what is happening due en-US to a lack of data, stated Karl Havens, direc tor, Florida Sea Grant. Based on research conducted in other lakes, there are a couple of reasons why en-USthe bloom may be shrinking. First, the Mi crocystis bloom in Lake Okeechobee might en-UShave used up all of the dissolved inorganic en-US nitrogen in the water and now it is gurative ly starving. Second, and somewhat related, en-USit might be that the bloom is going through en-US a replacement cycle, where Microcystis will en-US be replaced by a different kind of algae that en-US can get its nitrogen from the atmosphere, en-US such as Anabaena. That species of blue-en-US green algae has formed large blooms in en-US Okeechobee in past years. Because the state of Florida does not have a systematic and comprehensive algae en-USbloom monitoring program in the lake, with en-US sampling frequent enough to determine en-US what is happening, we may never know the en-US cause of the observed changes. The satellite images are only available at en-USset intervals. Due to cloud cover, no usable en-US images were available July 6-13.en-US The July 14 image showed algae in about en-US 80 percent of the lake, and also that the conen-US -en-US centration was decreasing. July 17 imagery en-US showed the bloom continue to decrease, as en-US did the July 18 imagery.en-US The NOAA imagery does not indicate en-US what kind of cyanobacteria is present. There en-US are thousands of types of cyanobacteria, alen-US-en-US though only about a dozen have been docen-US -en-US umented in Lake Okeechobee. Some not en-US all of the types of cyanobacteria known en-US to live in the lake can produce toxins under en-US certain conditions. However, even cyanoen-US -en-US bacteria that can produce toxins does not en-US always do so.en-USAccording to Dr. Edward Phlips, a profesen-US -en-US sor with the University of Floridas Departen-US -en-US ment of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, algal en-US blooms can be in the water column and the en-US casual observer may not even notice it. en-US The NOAA computer imagery uses scans en-US in a spectrum of light the human eye cannot en-US detect.en-US Cyanobacteria also have gas vesicles en-US which act as buoyancy control devices. The en-US vesicles can be expanded and lled with gas, en-US causing the cyanobacteria to oat on the suren-US -en-US face, or deated, which causes the cyanobacen-US -en-US teria to descend into the water column.en-US The NOAA image does not show what the en-US human eye sees. Its computer-generated imen-US -en-US agery using data the satellite collects to locate en-US concentrations of cyanobacteria in the water. en-US Different colors on the imagery show areas en-US of varying cyanobacteria concentration. The en-US NOAA image does not show how many difen-US-en-US ferent types of cyanobacteria are present, or en-US which types of cyanobacteria are present. en-US It does not show whether or not toxins are en-US present.en-US According to oceanographer Michelle en-US Tomlinson of the NOAA National Ocean en-US Service, NOAA does similar studies of other en-US lakes in the United States. The algorithm we en-US developed for the imagery separates out the en-US cyanobacteria from any other background en-US algae in the lake, she explained. There may en-US be some non-harmful phytoplankton mixed en-US in there, she added.en-US Oceanographer Rick Stumpf with the en-US NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean en-US Science explained: The satellite is seeing en-US the concentration up to 1-2 feet deep into the en-US water. So even when the water will not show en-US the scum everyone notices, the satellite can en-US see how much bloom there is at that level. en-US He said the areas that show as red on the en-US imagery are higher concentrations and those en-US are the areas people are more likely to actualen-US-en-US ly see scum on the water surface.en-US Also, each satellite pixel covers the area en-US of a stadium. In contrast, someone on the en-US eld can only make out maybe 30 yards en-US across, he added. Mr. Stumpf explained en-US that NOAA also uses different wavelengths of en-US light, including red and near-infrared, that the satellite detects that cant be seen with the human eye. According to Dr, Havens, algae blooms could be controlled by cleaning the water be fore it enters the lake and other waterways. The solution to the algal bloom problem en-USis to clean up the nutrient sources north of en-US Lake Okeechobee and in the land around the two estuaries, he explained in a July 20 com en-USmentary on the Florida Sea Grant website. en-US Control of dispersed sources of nutrients in en-US those watersheds will be a huge challenge en-US and while projects are underway by the state en-US to accomplish them, it could take decades before substantive results are seen. R E D Spinach and Tomato Pasta Toss Ingredients 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 1 Tblspn olive oil 1 6 oz pkg baby spinach 1 -14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano 1cup of shredded mozzarella cheese 4 TBlspn grated Parmesan Salt and pepper to taste 2 cups penne pasta, cooked ac cording to directions Preparation: In a large saucepan over medium high heat, saute mushrooms in oil until tender. Add spinach and to matoes. Cook 2 minutes, or until spinach wilts, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and keep warm. Place cooked pasta in large serving bowl. Add tomato mixture and cheese, tossing gently to combine. 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. 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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. FIND YOUR HAPPY PLACE HERE with Protected Harborage for your boat and this Tranquil & Lovable 2 bedroom 2 bath home situated in the city limits on .70 acre located on an oxbow. This home features a metal roof, a wonderful Florida room with plank cathedral ceiling and plenty of windows allowing for great light and great views down to rivers edge. The fenced yard has plenty of tropical plantings and several storage sheds for tools and toys. The dock offers protected harborage from river wakes, water and electric is available and was once home to a 42 sport sher with a 5 foot draft. $235,000 863-675-4500or visit our website at Se Habla Espaol Algae bloom in Lake Okeechobee is shrinking en-USThe July 18 NOAA image en-US shows the algae bloom en-US is in about 30 percent of en-US Lake Okeechobee. Most en-US of the bloom is also now en-US the lower concentraen-US -en-US tions less likely to be en-US visible on the surface.


8 Caloosa Belle July 26, 2018 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 By Chris Felker INI Florida On Monday, June 25, Florida Gov. Rick Scott elevated Chief Deputy Hendry Coun ty Property Appraiser Dena Pittman to the post of Hendry County property appraiser. Ms. Pittman, 49, a Clewiston resident and a Republican, was appointed to ll the seat of Hendry County Property Appraiser until Nov. 13, 2018, when a new appraiser will be sworn in after the Nov. 6 election. She lls the vacancy created by the res ignation of Phillip Pelletier, who decided earlier this year to retire and submitted his resignation effective March 30. He had served the county for 31 years and was elected property appraiser in 2010. Pittman is appointed Hendry appraiser Courtesy photo Alton Kid Jones Park The Kid Jones Park was completed in 2009. This park has the only covered and light ed basketball court in LaBelle. The park is home to the Black Her itage Festival which is held every third Satur day in May. This festi val is a celebration of the cultural diversity of LaBelle citizens. Kid Jones is three acres in size and has a play ground for younger children, a covered pavilion, a forth of a mile walking trail, baseball elds and restrooms. The pack has several picnic tables and a swing set. Kid Jones has a large covered pavilion available for rent. This park also has the new addition of a gazebo. There is a lot of open space for people to enjoy picnics. Anyone requesting additional information can call the Recreation Board at (863)675-5347. Attention teens and tweens! The Firehouse Community Theatre would like to invite all teens and tweens (ages 11 to 17) to audition for an upcoming play: Night of the Teenage Zombies. Au ditions will be on Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Firehouse Communi ty Theatre. The play will be directed by Mau reen Doucette. Rehearsals start the week of August 6. Run dates are October 5 and 6. For more info call the Firehouse Community Theatre at (863) 675-3066, leave a message and someone will return your call! Community Briefs


Thursday, July 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 9 Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for a Water and Wastewater Treat ment Plant Operator. Applications will be plete job posting and application forms are needing assistance in the application process Employment Full Time Employment Full Time 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 oo ng R oo ng Tr ee Re mo va l / Tr imming Tr ee Re mo va l / Tr imming Employment Full Time Flash Trucking Wanted Drivers New Pay increase 401K Health Insurance vacation pay Great Equipment Call Matt Shop 863-674-1011 cell 941-232-5403 ADVERTISEand Get Results click on classifieds 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. Furnitur e 4 metal/wood dining chairs for $50. Call 863675-4393 Houses Rent RIVER HOME 2BR, 3BA, 2 Car Garage, Florida Room, corner lot on canal & river, East of LaBelle, $1100/mo. 970708-9993. 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 A.Duda & Sons Heavy Equipment Operator Be able to operate efficiently and productively the road grader. Able to grade dirt roads, cut ditches and level fields for purposes of drainage or farm production. Operate the rubber tire backhoe. Such tasks include digging up existing irrigation lines, clean ditches, set header pipes, drain water off roads and patch holes. Some backhoe work is with a rake, be able to clear right of ways and fence lines. Willing and able to get down in the irrigation trenches and utilize a hand shovel when needed. Glue large irrigation lines. Operate a tractor and some basic farm implements including mowers, discs, and plows. Must successfully be able to pass Physical/drug/background check. Please apply in person @ A.Duda & Sons 12250 S.SR. 29 Felda, Fl. 33930 Gate #4 Or call the office Ask for Susie Nieto 863-675-0545 ext 3110 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Employment Full Time The most important 20 minutes of your day is the time spent reading with your child from birth to age nine. Ad Appears In the Newspaper and OnlineFree of Charge! Reasonable Rates for Private Party Ads Place Your Ad Online, From the Comfort of Your Home! leads you to the best products and services.READING A NEWSPAPER... 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 Lost Dog Small, Black long hair. Near Broward and Clay St on Friday, July safe return. Needs medi cation. Call 863-612-7336 Lost


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. E-mail Bob Kirkwood at 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. Swamp Cabbage Festival Committee Meeting The Swamp Cabbage Festival will meet the rst Monday of each month in prepara tion for the 2019 Festival. The meetings are open to the public as well as anyone interest ed in volunteering. Please join us at LaBelle City Hall, 481 W Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, FL 33935 at 6:30 p.m. For more informa tion, call our ofce at 863-675-2995. Meeting Dates: August 6, September 10, October 1, November 5, December 3 and January 7 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. American Legion Events Happy Hour Monday Friday 11a--6p. (April through September, Fish Fries are only held the First Friday of each month) 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. Applications available at the Caloosa Belle, American Legion and VFW. Email bobkirkwood9@ to make correction to any names on present bricks. Check updated list at: 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) 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 August 16 Thurs 7 p.m. American Legion & American Legion Auxiliary meet 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. Thursday, July 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 10 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 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 under the public information tab, or by calling Kelly ONan at (863) 612-4727, or e-mailing Ms. ONan at 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. 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July 26, 2018 Caloosa Belle 11 The Martin County North Little League 11U All Star team made history on Sunday, July 15. The team beat Northeast St. Petersburg, 3-2, at Dr. Phillips Park in Orlando to win its rst Florida State Championship in the 11U Division. The road to becoming State Champi ons began in Port St. Lucie, where over the course of two weeks, the 11U All Star team from Martin County North Little League won the District 17 title. A week later, the team traveled to Delray Beach for the Section 2 tournament where they were once again victorious. The team took their role representing the Treasure Coast and Southeast Florida seriously in the State Championship at Dr. Phillips Park in Orlando, winning two out of 3 games in pool play over the course of three days. Among those teams played were Pat and Rhonda Langford grandsons team (Luke Fleming) from South Ft Myers. Excitement was high going into the championship game against Northeast St. Petersburg on Sunday. The opponents scored 2 runs early, but MCNLL pitcher, Logan Saake, remained calm under pressure and the team never gave up. In the top of the 6th inning Martin County North hitters put 3 runs on the board including a triple by Baron Meister. Barons parents are Donnie and Joy Meister, previ ously from LaBelle. Baron is the grandson of Don and Donna Meister of LaBelle. This set the team up to take home the hardware! The boys celebrated their big win post game, running the eld with their State Champions banner, chanting Martin Coun ty and spraying bottles of Perrier. The team from Martin County North will now represent the state of Florida at the Lit tle League Tournament of State Champions in Greenville, NC, beginning July 27. The week long tournament will also in clude the state champions from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The team includes Ryan Baum, Cody Bennin, Luke Ciliberti, Graham Garner, Tan ner Hughes, Caden Kokinda, Aiden Levy, Baron Meister, Noah Monsour, Will Perry, Logan Saake, Michael Sanchez, Austin Son nenberg, and Sal Yonta, Jr. The team is managed by Chris Kokinda and coached by Joe Ciliberti, Seth Levy, Tim Monsour and Sal Yonta Sr. A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the team with the next step in their journey. ll-11u--state-champs-to-nc Any funds raised here will go directly to ward travel expenses, including hotel, gas and meals for each of the 14 players during the tournament. For more information about Martin County North Little League, visit www.mcn Wishing Our Employees a Safe and Happy Summer t work, our employees are producing food to feed American families. When the harvest season ends, they take time to enjoy their families and serve our communities. We wish all of the people of U.S. Sugar a happy and healthy summer doing what matters most enjoying their loved ones.A Martin County North Little League 11u Wins State Championship The Firehouse Community Theatre in vites you to join in their annual summer cleanup day on Saturday, July 28 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Come out to help give our theater some loving attention! During the busy rush of the season, with new shows opening days after one just closed, there are always things that just dont get done! Volunteers are welcome to come and go as they can. As a thank you, the theatre will pro vide a free lunch to all volunteers! Its a general day to dig out all the old set pieces, organize and just give the the atre a really good cleaning, said the Fire house Theatre president Cindy Shough. Its a big project, but if you get 25 people to come in and help, it gets done pretty quick. We need to get some things orga nized and cleaned so we are ready for our exciting 26th Season! The theatre is always in need of volun teers to help with productions, back stage help, lighting, sound, props, costumes, etc. The current volunteers for the theatre include board members, actors, the direc tor and supporters of local theater. If you are interested, or if you have any questions, please call the theatre at (863) 675-3066. Theatre cleanup day planned


12 Caloosa Belle July 26, 2018 1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres (239) 369-2101 Moore Haven Glades and Hendry Coun ty Democrats traveled to Broward County last weekend to advocate local interests at the Florida Democratic Partys annual Lead ership Blue conference. Representing the Glades County Democratic Party was chair woman Mary Giddens. Mary delivered a re port to the Democratic Small County Coali tion on restructuring the coalition to better address the economic, health and education issues crucial to smaller counties. Speaking before the entire Florida Dem ocratic Party Central and Executive Commit tees was Glades Democrats vice chair John Capece. He reported on actions of the Leg islative Liaison Committee, a group assigned to help communicate key priorities of the issue caucuses to Democratic members of the state legislature. Capece explained, The Florida Demo cratic Party has 18 separate caucuses, where we deal with the concerns of veterans, se niors, business owners, Hispanic and other groups. Right now a new caucus is being assembled to focus on agriculture. It rep resents an effort by Florida Democrats to help bridge the ever widening, false per ceptions divide between urban and rural voters. Representing Hendry County at the weekend working meetings was rst time delegate Ramon Rodriguez. His involve ment brings Clewiston, LaBelle, and other small communities back into active engage ment with Democrats statewide. Ramon will be leading work on a new organizing grant project for Hendry Democrats. As a regular working man from LaBelle, I was a little nervous about attending this meeting, but then I was surprised to see how other Democrats wanted to hear from me about our needs and issues. It showed me that we all want the same things good jobs, quality schools, and affordable health care, said Rodriguez. The Hendry and Glades Democratic dele gations will help plan the upcoming Florida gubernatorial debate scheduled for July 18, 7pm at Florida Gulf Coast University. Issues critical to rural communities will be part of the questions posed to the ve candidates Gwen Graham, Chris King, Andrew Gillum, Jeff Green and Philip Levine. Rural Democrats engage state party Courtesy photo Mary Giddens, Chair of the Glades County Democrats, speaks to the Flor ida Democratic Party Small County Coalition. Courtesy photo Pet of the Week This is Lola. Shes a two and a half year old spayed female domestic shorthair kitty that is looking for love. Lola loves to snuggle and shes ready to come snuggle with you while youre watch ing your favorite movie or reading the latest bestseller. Come on down to the Caloosa Humane Society, 1200 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, FL 33935, and meet here today or check her out on our website PAINTING WORKSHOP Join the Con dent Creator, and learn to create beautiful and fun abstract paintings that you will be proud of! Monday, August 6, from 5:30 7:30 p.m. all supplies will be furnished by your presenter. Class fee is $10 and will be limited to the rst 10 who sign up. Dont miss this awesome workshop. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME . MOV ING AGAIN, this time back to Tuesday morning at 10:45 Bring your little ones for fun stories and projects. BARRON BOOK CLUB Book selec tion for August 13 is The Liars Club, by Mary Karr. The club meets at the library the second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm. If you enjoy reading and discussing your thoughts, you may be perfect for the Barron Book Club. Everyone is welcome! CHESS CLUB Offering a time for ex perienced players to compete, and also an opportunity to learn how to play, every Monday evening from 5:39 7:30 p.m. FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE BOOKS for 2018/2019 are now available. KOMPUTERS for KIDS the library is still working with Komputers for Kids Com munity Outreach of Southwest Florida, who make rebuilt computers available to families at an affordable price. Check them out at Barron Library. Barron Library Happenings