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The Caloosa belle

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The Caloosa belle
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Delivering Western Hendry Countys News Since 1922 August 2, 2018 Vol. 95 No. 31 By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle Saturday July 28 was the Hendry County CERT training where Hendry County Emer gency Management ofcials conducted training sessions for volunteers. Volunteers will help assist local citizens in case of any emergency event. Richard Lehmkuhl is the new Hendry County Emergency Management Director. The basic structure of the Hendry County Emergency Management falls under Inci dent Command Structure; everything is or ganized and compartmentalized in the most effective way to respond. So that we, for ex ample, can expand on a small incident that turns out to be a big event. So it can be as big or as small as is needed. Basically, we do the same thing that FEMA does but with a lot less resources because were local, Richard explains, Our job is to handle things locally. We work with the state and FEMA as a last resort. EM starts off with the Incident Commander, EMS and the Fire Department. If it gets bigger, the next step is reaching out to other counties and after that the state and then FEMA. A lot of people, Richard goes on, when they think of EM they think of hurricanes, but we deal with every hazard that affects this community; oil spills, trafc incidents, wildres, and also thunderstorms and ood ings. In case of an emergency, we manage the Fire Department and EMS, but we also provide them with additional resources when needed. Today we train volunteers to be involved in and dedicated to their own communities in emergency situations, Richard says, it is our goal to get volunteers in every commu nity that can go door-to-door to determine whether or not people need help. We train the volunteers in basic rst-responding on the community level; in basic rst-aid and search and rescue. Because with any big event, all the resources primarily go to the mass-populated areas rst and then the smaller communities. What is the best way to prepare for hurricane season? First of all you have to know and identify Emergency Management holds training By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle The LaBelle Downtown Revitalization Corporation(LDRC) is announcing the LDRC Saturday Market. It will be held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning October through November. The rst Saturday market in October will be held together with the Caloosa Humane So cietys Yard Sale that is held on Park Avenue and Bridge Street. Other small businesses will join the LDRC Market; Harold P. Curtis Honey Co. as well as Me and My Girls Antiques & Home De cor and lots more will be participating with products of their own. LDRC is looking for ward to see local farmers offering fresh fruit and vegetables. There will be plants and homemade creations like soaps, candles etc. Just as the DAV Flea Market that is held every Saturday. LDRC hopes that the Saturday Market will bring more business to LaBelle and help the Disabled American Veterans in their fund raising efforts. Various options are available for stalls. The application to sign up for the LDRC Sat urday Market can be found on: https://www. downtownlabelle.com/ldrc-saturday-mar ket. LDRC plans a Saturday Market By Chris Felker INI Florida Hendry County commissioners unani mously approved a Truth in Millage (TRIM) notication to taxpayers setting the max imum county property tax rate for scal 2018-19 at the same level as last year, 8.4909. However, theyve already instructed their staff to nd budget cuts so that they may instead adopt whats called the rollback millage rate which would keep their over all revenue roughly the same as they received in 2017-18. That rate will be lower, but due to increased property valuations for residents, the amount theyll pay in property tax is not likely to fall by much, if at all. As of July 1, that roll back rate was estimated at 8.2053 mills. A mill is $1 in tax per $1,000 in a proper tys assessed valuation, so for a house valued at $150,000 after the homestead exemption, an 8.4909 rate would mean a tax bill of about $1,274 while the rollback rate would make the bill approximately $1,231. On May 22, the Hendry County Board had voted to make adopting a budget using the rollback rate their top scal priority. The county commissioners also set their tentative and nal hearings for adoption of the scal 2019 budget. The rst will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the Clewiston City Hall commission chamber; the nal, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Hendry County Courthouse in LaBelle. County Administrator Charles Chapman presented the latest estimated revenue and budget numbers to the commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, July 24, in LaBelle, with his recommendation to set the TRIM rate at the same gure as last years nal tax rate. When he nished, Commissioner Darrell Har ris asked, Were you going to try to work back to get it to the rollback rate? Is that right? Mr. Chapman responded afrmatively, ex plaining, The guidance document that I sent out for the budget requests (from department heads) asked for substantial reductions in the budgets where possible. But there are more numbers yet to plug into the budget, he said. The biggest process that we have to still identify is the nal state revenue numbers; What are the bids on the County keeps maximum tax rate at 2017-18 level Counties will see if they might qualify By Chris Felker INI Florida With $3 million in grant money just made available for any necessary algae cleanups by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, ofcials in Glades and Hendry counties are looking into the possibility that they might be able to use some of that help. The FDEP announced the new grant program on Monday, July 23. Eligible are the counties of Glades, Hendry, Lee, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach and St. Lucie; and only the counties may apply. That means any affected municipalities or other entities that operate public water access, whose of cials want to seek a grant, must go through their county authorities rst. The program is being provided under Gov. Rick Scotts declaration of an emergency in those seven counties last month due to the algae blooms that this summer have fouled parts of Lake Okeechobee, the St. Lucie and Caloosa hatchee river estuaries, their tributaries and other local waterways, including canals, but the opportunity expires with the governors emergency order on Sept. 7. The cash is being made available, ac cording to FDEP, for containment, removal, cleanup, elimination, transportation and dis posal of algae thats accumulated in plac es such as public and private marinas, boat ramps and other areas where the public ac cesses affected waterways. In Hendry County, the Caloosahatchee River ows through its northeastern corner on its route through Lee County to the Gulf of Mexico. County Administrator Charles Chapman said Monday: We just now re ceived the application criteria for the grant. Were going through the process of looking at our estuaries and seeing if there are any projects that would t the criteria. He added that he hadnt gotten any re ports from the engineering ofce yet, but I hope to have that information either later this week or at the beginning of next week. But, Hendry, Glades to look into algae cleanup grants See Training Page 2 See Grants Page 2 See Tax Page 2

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2 Caloosa Belle August 2, 2018 1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres (239) 369-2101 www.LehighRegional.com the possible hazards and threats. One of the most important things is to mitigate, make a plan of at tack, prepare a basic survival kit for at least 72 hours. You need the basic survival needs: fresh wa ter, food, clean air and warmth. Think about it throughout the year. Because the power can go out in any severe thunderstorm. Buy supplies in small portions at a time, buy one extra can of beans or an extra gallon of wa ter every time you go to the store and store it in a portable contain er, dont wait until the last minute to prepare. Count on the fact that help is not necessarily going to be there in the rst 72 hours. Have a plan and work the plan. For more information, pick up an All Hazards Guide in English or Spanish from the county of ce or the library. There will also be some guides available at the Caloosa Belle ofce. Visit www. preparehendry.com to nd in formation regarding signing up for emergency alerts. Residents can also text HENDRYFLA to 888777 to anonymously sign up for emergency alerts. Training Continued From Page 1 health insurance RFP (request for proposals) going to result in, in terms of savings; and those types of infor mation moving forward. He added, however, that everyone in the coun ty courthouse knows its the county boards intent to hold the line on spending. Staff is very clear that weve heard the boards desire, and were going to do our best to present that back to you, said Mr. Chapman. Commissioner Michael Swindle asked, As well as whatever our loan situation may look like for capital improvement projects that we need to get done? Yes, sir, well have that information soon as well, Mr. Chapman answered. At a June 22 special meeting, the commissioners had voted to authorize him to approach nancial insti tutions and price lines of credit ranging from $4 million up to their rough total needs price of $5.4 million. Staff members are in the process of doing that now. Mr. Chapmans report also listed measures he and the department heads have taken in past scal years to keep spending down: a hiring suspension, unless a position is justied by revenue generated and public demand; removal of funding from all vacant positions that are not required; utilization of the countys Solid Waste Reserve Fund; and identifying county properties that can be sold to private parties. The report also notes that two cost increases are out of local control Medicaid spending and health insurance costs. But the board previously voted to put health insurance out to bid for the new scal year; Mr. Chapmans report said the health insurance committee is waiting to receive an analysis of the bids from the countys insurance broker and will not decide what to recommend until at least the rst full week of August. Tax Continued From Page 1 Mr. Chapman explained, There are different areas where ... tributaries that hold more stag nant water than owing water may be having some algae problems. So we wont just take a quick look at it, and (county staff will) see if we can take advantage of this opportunity to do some environmental cleanup. In Glades County, where both the Caloo sahatchee and Fisheating Creek ow across nearly its entire width, County Board Chair man John Ahern noted that they also just learned of the grant money. The county is between managers now so administrative assistant/911 coordinator Susan Whidden was gathering relevant information, he said, explaining that she was going to talk with David Miller, the city manager (of Moore Ha ven), and see if any areas on the river need cleaning up. There are some areas where theres a lit tle bit of a problem, but its not like it was, said Mr. Ahern. Theres still a little left in the river, but its not like it was several weeks ago when the river was green. Once they opened the locks and started ushing it, it cleaned up a lot. In any case, the algae is not affecting an glers much, if at all. From the people whove been on the lake, you know, the lakes been ne. Theyve caught a lot of sh, he related. The waters up pretty high in Fisheating Creek. My sister and brother-in-law were up there and shed last week, but ... they didnt say anything about any algae. Asked whether theyve seen any algae blooms or clumps at Roland and Mary Ann Martins Marina & Resort in Clewiston, gener al manager Ramon Iglesias said: Weve had some small (patches) of algae in some stag nant water, but I have never seen any gua camole I call it the guacamole they keep showing the B roll of on the coast. No, very little. Palm Beach County Environmental Re sources Management Department Director Deborah Drum said on Tuesday: In this particular event this year, Palm Beach County has not experienced the wide spread blooms as other counties have. We are continuing to do our assessment on a weekly basis, and this week were going out to the Glades region ... to look at some reports weve received of some blooms in the L-10 structure area and in and around the lake ... We all know that there was a massive bloom and continues to be a massive bloom in Lake Okeechobee proper that affects mul tiple counties, Ms. Drum continued, but we have not seen widespread blooms in our coastal areas. And like I said, were going to continue to assess if we have any accumu lated areas in the western communities that might warrant looking into this program as a potential for removing algae or somehow mitigating for it. In Okeechobee County, Administrator Robbie Chartier told commissioners at their meeting July 26 that thereve been no reports of algae blooms in the county that would ne cessitate any cleanup. I dont see a reason to apply, she said. Grants Continued From Page 1

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August 2, 2018 Caloosa Belle 3 HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will conduct a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will take place on August 15, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the amendment is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The recommendations of the LPA will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The BCC will consider whether or not it wishes to transmit the amendment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This hearing will be held on August 28, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hicpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida. Petition Number: CPA18-0003 Applicant: Joe Marlin Hilliard, Trustee of the Joe Marlin Hilliard Revocable Trust dated November 5, 1973; Joe Marlin Hilliard as Trustee of the Marlin W. Hilliard Revocable Trust dated November 5, 1973; Joe Marlin Hilliard, II and Chelsa R. Hilliard; and Bryan R. Hilliard and Shea Hilliard Project size: 904 acres +/Location: 6000, 5800, 5670, 5600, 4640, 4550 and 4520 W. US 27, Clewiston, FL 33440 (Parcel IDs: 1-33-43-10-A00-0001.0000; 1-33-43-10-A00-0002.0000; 1-33-43-10-A00-0005.0000; 1-33-43-10-A00-0006.000; 1-33-43-11-A00-0003.0000; 1-33-43-11-A00-0004.0000; and 1-33-43-11-A00-0005.0000) Request: The applicant is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map by changing the future land use designation from Agriculture to Multi-Use Development on the subject property. Ordinance title: AN ORDINANCE OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, OR DINANCE 91-05, AS AMENDED, SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP, MORE SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING APPROXIMATELY +/904 ACRES OF LAND DESIGNATED AS AGRICULTURE TO MULTI-USE DEVEL OPMENT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition and ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners ofce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department by phone (863675-5240), email (mjohnson@hendrya.net), U.S. mail (P.O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (8636744194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at either meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendrya.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. ELECTION NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE PUBLIC TESTING FOR THE AUGUST 28, 2018 PRIMARY ELECTION Testing will be conducted on August 8, 2018, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Supervisor of Elections Ofce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle. CANVASSING BOARD MEETINGS The Canvassing Board will convene at the Supervisor of Elections Ofce located at 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle on: August 8, at 2:00 p.m. August 27, at 5:00 p.m. August 24, at 5:00 p.m. August 28, at 5:00 p.m. August 25, at Noon August 30 at 4:00 p.m. for the purpose of Canvassing Absentee Ballots, Early Ballots, Provisional Ballots, and the Votes cast in the August 28th Primary Election. The Canvassing Board will also select the precinct for the Post Audit. THE PUBLIC TESTING, CANVASSING, CERTIFICATION AND POST ELECTION AUDIT ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC POST AUDIT The Canvassing Board will convene for the Post Audit on September 7, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. AVISO DE ELECCIONE ES POR ESTE MEDIO DADO QUE LA PRUEBA PUBLICA DE LAS ELECCIONES PRIMARIAS DEL 28 DE AGOSTO DE 2018 La prueba se conducira el 8 de Agosto 2018, comenzando a las 2:00 pm en la Ocina de Supervisor de Elecciones, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle. REUNION DE LA JUNTA DE ESCRUTINIO La Junta de Escrutinio se reunir en la Ocina de Supervisor de Elecciones en 25 E. Hick pochee Ave, LaBelle: 8 de Agosto a las 2:00 pm 27 de Agosto a las 5:00 pm 24 de Agosto a las 5:00 pm 28 de Agosto a las 5:00 pm 25 de Agosto a las Noon 30 de Agosto a las 4:00 pm con el propsito de solicitacion boletas ausentes del Escrutinio, y boletas de votar tempra no, boletas provisionales, y los votos emitidos en la eleccion general del 4 de noviembre. La Junta de Escrutinio tambin seleccionar el precinto para la auditora posterior. LA PRUEBA PBLICA, ESCRUTINIO, CERTIFICACION Y POST ELECTORALES ESTN ABIERTAS AL P BLICO AUDITORIA POSTERIOR La Junta de Escrutinio se reunir para la auditora posterior el dia7 de Septiembre a las 4:00 pm. Brenda Hoots Supervisor of Elections Hendry County, Florida CN & CB Publish Aug 2, 2018 F.S. 101.68 F.S. 101.5612 F.S. 101.591 Special to the Caloosa Belle Immokalee Three years after a 2015 PETA investigation revealed at least 25 vio lations of animal-protection laws involving horric conditions and systemic abuse at no torious monkey importer and dealer Primate Products, Inc. (PPI), PETA is urging its 6.5 million members and supporters to demand that the dealer reveal what happened to one monkey, named Loretta, whose tragic story is told in a new PETA video. PPI has refused to respond to PETAs request for information about her fate. So far, over 22,000 people have e-mailed the dealer wanting to know her whereaboutsand the e-mails continue to pour in every day. PETAs investigation documented highly stressed monkeys living in bleak conditions of terrible privation. Loretta, a sweet, sub missive monkey, was caged with incompat ible ones who attacked her regularly. She had lacerations on her face and body and extensive hair loss, likely from plucking her own hair outa sign of extreme psycho logical distress. In cold weather, the other monkeys huddled together, leaving Loretta to shiver alone. Although PETAs eyewitness repeatedly reported Lorettas compromised welfare to PPI supervisors, they trivialized or ignored the reports and allowed her condi tion to deteriorate. Workers at PPI allowed a gentle, terri ed monkey to suffer without relief, even as she lost most of her hair in distress and trembled alone in the cold, says PETA Se nior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. PETA is calling on this horrendous monkey prison to stop hiding suffering in the shadows and to come clean about what happened to Lo retta. Following PETAs investigation of PPI, which revealed sick and injured monkeys forced to live in lthy, barren, and danger ous conditions, the U.S. Department of Ag riculture cited PPI for at least 25 violations of animal-welfare regulations. The agencys investigative arm also opened a formal in vestigation, which is still ongoing. PETA notes that PPI has shipped mon keys to the National Institutes of Health, Charles River Laboratories, and Columbia and New York universities and has received federal contracts worth more than $19 mil lion since 2000. Broadcast-quality video footage from PE TAs investigation is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org. PETA demands transparency from Primate Products

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4 Caloosa Belle August 2, 2018 By Chris Felker INI Florida While two new litters of three Florida panther kittens each have been reported so far in 2018, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), mortality among the endangered species also grew, with three deaths during the past two months pushing the toll to 18 for the year. The latest casualties were discovered at the southern end of their range. A 4-year-old male found July 21 on Stewart Boulevard in Collier County, near the Picayune Strand State Forest, was the most recent; and a younger males carcass was discovered June 25 on State Road 29 a couple of miles south of County Road 858 in Collier. Both were struck fatally by vehicles. The other death was of a 9-month-old male panther struck on CR 833, just north of CR 832 in Hendry County, and found June 20. A new litter, just 26 days old, was discov ered on a private ranch and recorded by the FWC on June 16, two males and a female born to a mama panther wearing tag FP246. The other consisted of two females and one male born to tagged panther FP220 in the Big Cypress National Preserve, Turner River Unit, and recorded March 20. During the past two months, there have also been four panther depredations of live stock and pets reported, all in Golden Gate Estates inside Collier County. The animals killed were a calf, a cat, a goat and a minia ture donkey. Scientists from the FWC along with wild life advocacy organizations have been work ing this year to publicize a program that can help people keep their outdoor pets and live stock safe from the predator. Another part of these peoples job of protecting the endan gered species and keeping human neigh bors, children, pets and livestock safe from them in their Southwest and South Central Florida rangelands is advising how motorists can avoid harming Florida panthers in road way encounters. Sixteen of the 18 panther deaths this year were caused by vehicle collisions, two from unknown causes. One mortality, in May, occurred along a part of Alligator Alley that had been fenced to keep panthers off the road, but in a spot where the fencing was breached by Hurricane Irma. Bids for replacing that fence had been received by the state only the day before that panther fatality in May. Unfortunately, according to an FWC research scientist, nei ther the Federal Highway Administration nor Florida Department of Transportation con siders that type of repair to be an emergency. Elizabeth Fleming, senior Florida repre sentative for Defenders of Wildlife, said at the time that we have been requesting that FDOT make repairing damaged fencing a pri ority, but that did not happen soon enough. With more areas of downed fencing still needing replacement, state authorities are asking motorists to be on heightened alert in panther crossing areas (which are clearly marked by cautionary yellow FDOT signs). The FDOT and FWC request that drivers exercise additional caution while driving in areas of Southwest Florida that are panther habitat, especially near Big Cypress Nation al Preserve and Everglades National Park, and always use their headlights beginning at dusk and continuing until sunup. Motorists and truckers also are asked to report injured or dead panthers to the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). The panther, Floridas ofcial state an imal, has been listed as a federally endan gered species since 1967. As the state gains more human inhabitants, suitable habitat for panthers shrinks. Florida panthers nor mally live in remote, undeveloped areas. But while both the number of panthers and the number of people living and recreating in Florida are growing, so also are the chances of an encounter with a panther. Encounters with Florida panthers are rel atively rare but do occur, particularly in rural parts of Southwest Florida. If you live, work or play in panther habitat, there are things you can do to enhance your safety and that of your friends, family and animals. If you encounter a Florida panther: Keep children within sight and close to you. Give the panther space. Most Florida panthers will avoid a confrontation. Give them a way to escape. Do not run. Stand and face the animal. Make eye contact. Avoid crouching or bending over. Squatting or bending over makes you look smaller, resembling a prey-sized animal. Make yourself appear larger. Open your jacket, raise your arms, throw stones, branches, etc. without turning away. If attacked, ght back with whatever is at hand (without turning your back). For more information, read the FWCs i er on Panther Safety Tips. Anyone who feels threatened by a panther, or who has lost pets or livestock to a panther, is requested to call the FWCs Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888404-FWCC (3922), or #FWC and *FWC on a cellphone. There are also things residents can do to make their yard less attractive to panthers. Individual circumstances vary, but options to consider include: A secure enclosure or electric fence about 2 feet high around animal pens. Motion-activated lighting (a light that is always on may help you to see whats hap pening but will not deter a panther). Clear or mow vegetation that may pro vide concealment for panthers. Do not feed wildlife because panthers may be attracted to areas where prey ani mals congregate. Construct a secure pen for pets and livestock. The FWC offers further tips on its website, along with detailed instructions about how to build panther-safe outdoor enclosures for outdoor pets or livestock. Help is available also from Defenders of Wildlife, which may assist farmers or private livestock owners in nancing construction of outdoor pens. To learn more, go to their website at www.defenders.org. Floridians advised to watch out for panthers Special to the Okeechobee News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jack sonville District released the Draft Environ mental Assessment (EA) and Proposed Finding of No Signicant Impact (FONSI) for updating the 1986 Okeechobee Waterway (OWW) and Lake Okeechobee (LO) Master Plan. A public workshop is scheduled in La Belle and public comment will be accepted through Sept. 21. A Master Plan is required for each civ il works project for which the Corps has administrative responsibility. It serves as a planning document that anticipates what could and should happen at a Corps project, but is exible enough to address changing conditions. The primary goals of this Master Plan are to update the overall land and water management plan, resource objectives, and associated design and management con cepts, which: 1. Provide the best possible combination of responses to regional needs 2. Contribute toward providing a high de gree of recreation diversity within the region 3. Emphasize the particular qualities, characteristics, and potentials of the project; and 4. Exhibit consistency and compatibility with national objectives and other state and regional goals and programs. This Master Plan update includes cur rent and projected future land use and rec reational sites adjacent to the OWW and LO Project. The project is located in south central Florida within Glades, Hendry, Lee, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, and Martin Coun ties. This update of the OWW and LO Master Plan does not include operations of Lake Okeechobee or components of Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation. Items related to those projects are or will be covered under separate studies and future NEPA assess ments. Features being considered for replace ment from the current Master Plan are: Conversion of the abandoned camp ground at Moore Haven West to a Wildlife Management Area with access to the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail and day use area. This area could potentially include a new canoe/kayak launching facility and repair or upgrading of the existing boat ramp. Closure of the W.P. Franklin swim beach, while maintaining the picnic and shing areas. Closing the beach would en tail removing buoys and swimming signs and discontinuing sand renourishment, due to safety concerns. This site could include a canoe/kayak launch. The draft document and information re garding the public workshop and how to submit comments are available at: http:// www.saj.usace.army.mil/OWWMasterPlan Update/ Okeechobee Waterway plan under review

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August 2, 2018 Caloosa Belle 5 CITY OF LABELLE NOTICE OF PROPOSED ENACTMENTNotice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency and the City Commission, for the City of LaBelle, will hold public hearings on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall on 481 West Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida for the purpose of receiving public comment on the following proposed ordinance: ORDINANCE 2018-09 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF LABELLE, FLORIDA; AMENDING CHAPTER 4, ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4-77 OF THE CITY OF LABELLE LAND DEVELOMPENT CODE TO ALLOW FOR EXCAVATIONS EXCEED ING FIFTY THOUSAND (50,000) CUBIC YARDS, AND FIVE ACRES IN SIZE, BY SPECIAL EXCEPTION WITHIN THE AGRICULTURE ZONING DISTRICT; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, SEVERABILITY, CON FLICTS AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. Interested persons may appear on their own behalf or by agent or attorney. If anyone decides to appeal a decision made by the Agency/Commission with respect to any matter considered at the meeting or hearing, a record of the proceeding will be needed for the appeal and for that purpose(s), may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: IF YOU REQUIRE SPECIAL AID OR SERVICES AS ADDRESSED IN THE AMERICAN DISABILITIES ACT, PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY CLERKS OFFICE AT 863-675-2872, NO LESS THAN FIVE (5) DAYS PRIOR TO THE ABOVE STATED HEARING DATE. City of LaBelle City Commission David A. Lyons, Mayor HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will conduct a public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The hearing will take place on August 15, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, Florida. The LPA will determine if the amendment is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The recommendations of the LPA will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC). The BCC will consider whether or not it wishes to transmit the amendment to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. This hearing will be held on August 28, 2018, at 5:05 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hicpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida. Petition Number: CPA18-0004 Applicant: Southern Gardens Groves Corporation Project size: 682 acres +/Location: W. US 27 (NE corner of Whidden Corner), Clewiston, FL 33440 (Parcel IDs: 1-32-43-01-A00-0003.0000; 1-33-43-06-A00-0001.0000; 1-32-43-12-A00-0001.0000; 1-33-43-07-A00-0001.000; 1-32-43-12-A00-0005.0000; 1-33-43-07-A00-0002.0000; and 1-33-43-07-A00-0001.0100) Request: The applicant is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map by changing the future land use designation from Agriculture to Multi-Use Development on the subject property. Ordinance title: AN ORDINANCE OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY COMPRE HENSIVE PLAN, ORDINANCE 91-05, AS AMENDED, SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP, MORE SPECIFICALLY BY CHANGING APPROXIMATELY +/682 ACRES OF LAND DESIGNATED AS AGRICULTURE TO MULTI-USE DEVELOPMENT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard. Oral and written comments will be accept ed. A copy of the petition and ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners ofce, 25 E. Hick pochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the pro ceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department by phone (863-675-5240), email (mjohnson@hendrya.net), U.S. mail (P.O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at either meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendrya.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. 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 County Schools Open House RCMA Head Start Program is currently taking applications for registration for the 2018 2018 program year. This program offers Social, Dental, Health Services, as well as Hearing and Vision Screenings. Specialized in working with children with disabilities and their families. Meals are provided free of cost. REQUIREMENTS: Proof of Birth for child being enrolled, in come verication is necessary, accepting children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. For more info: RCMA Port LaBelle CDC, 6760 Santa Fe North, LaBelle, FL 33935. Located iat Mira Verde Complex. Phone 863-6744532. El programa de RCMA El programa de Head Start esta aceptan do solicitudes para 2018-2019 ao escolar. Este programa ofrece: Servicio Dentales, Sociales y de Salud, As como Pruebas de Lenguaje y Auditivas. Nos Especializamos en servicios para nios con impedimentos o limitaciones. Nosotros animamos la par ticipacin de los padres en la educacin de los nios. Proveemos todas las comidas libre de costos. REQUISITOS: Certicado de Nacimiento, Vericacin de Ingreso es necesaria. Aceptamos nios de 6 semanas hasta 5 aos de edad. For more info: RCMA LaBelle CDC, 3749 State RD 29 S LaBelle 863-674-4510; RCMA Krome 551 W Cow boy Way 863-674-4515; RCMA Glades West CDC. 2500 S County Line RD 731 W 863612-0783: RCMA Port LaBelle CDC, 6760 Santa Fe North, LaBelle, FL 33935. Situado en el Complejo Mira Verde. Telfono 863674-4532. Sign up for RCMA now

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6 Caloosa Belle August 2, 2018 On Saturday, July 14, an amazing late afternoon event took place to recognize and honor one of Hendry Countys pre mier professionals! Joanne Vorhees, ARNP, (Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner), has served women in the Department of Healths Womens Health program in Clewiston, LaBelle, and Moore Haven for 50 years! And shes NOT done yet! The Staff and Leadership decided it was time to honor this icon serving the community and Public Health. Joanne has served the com munity and helped women who are under served and without the needed resources for healthcare. Joanne was hired into the public health arena by Dr. Workman and Margaret Mor gan. These names may only be recognized by a few Clewiston folks. Prior to coming to Public Health, she practiced nursing at Hendry General (Hendry Regional Medical Center) in the Emergency Room and sur gery. Joanne was a Public Health Nurse for 25 years before pursuing her advanced degree as a nurse practitioner. At that time, she did it all, from epidemiology to prenatal ser vices, immunizations, family planning, and more! Joanne has been a great resource to the Health Department and the community! Joanne continues to serve women but now has served generations of women! Joanne also performs disaster duties and is one of the most resourceful Nurse practitioners I have ever met!, said Jennifer Hood, ARNP, Nursing Director for the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades counties. She has the knowledge and skills that has helped many of the people we serve. Joannes husband, Boyd, Jr. and his fa ther, Boyd Sr., (both deceased) worked many years at United States Sugar Corpora tion. Her son, Craig Davis attended Hendry County schools and lives in West Palm and has two sons and one daughter. Her grand son, Cody is a 23-year old Corpsman who wants to become a Physicians Assistant. The family has been long time residents of Clewiston and Joanne says she would not want to live anywhere else! Joseph Pepe, the Health Ofcer for the Department of Health in these Counties said Joanne has been loved by the community she serves. We hope she never retires! She is amazing and certainly a Public Health Icon! He read a congratulatory letter from the Sur geon General, Secretary of Health for the State of Florida, Celeste Phillips, M.D. The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has started a Joanne Vorhees Nursing Scholarship for those interested in pursuing higher education in Nursing. This scholarship is exclusive only to Hendry and Glades counties. Thats where we all come in! We all can donate to this fund to show our love, respect, sense of community, and admiration to this lady. Joanne could have gone anywhere with her skills. She stayed in our rural communities where she quietly made a difference. We need the community to help by donating to the scholarship initia tive. No amount is too small (or too large). Its another way to show love to these rural communities. Please help. Donate. Change a life in Hendry and/or Glades counties. The URL is: http://bit.ly/JoanneVorheesScholar ship ELECTIONS OFFICE NOTICE AUGUST 28, 2018 PRIMARY ELECTIONEARLY VOTING Will be August 13 August 25 for the Primary Election at the: LaBelle Elections Ofce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave. and Clewiston Elections Ofce, 1100 S. Olympia Street; Weekdays 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.; Weekends 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. VOTE BY MAIL Vote By Mail Ballots are also available. TO REQUEST A BALLOT BY MAIL FOR THE ELEC TION CALL 863-675-5230 OR 902-3392. DISABLED Anyone unable to Vote their ballot without assistance such as blind, loss of limb, or illiterate, please contact the Supervisor of Elections. ELECTION DAY The polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm for voters to cast their ballot. Please bring a photo and signature ID with you to the polls.AVISO DE LA OFICINA DE ELECCIONES 28 DE AGOSTO 2018 ELECCIN PRIMARIAVOTAR TEMPRANO Ser el 13 de Agosto hasta el 25 de Agosto para la Eleccin Primaria en la Ocina de Elec ciones en LaBelle, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave.y en la ocina de Elecciones en Clewiston,1100 S. Olympia Ave. Das de la semana de las 9:00 am hasta las 6:00 pm. Fin de semana de las 9:00 am hasta las 5:00 pm VOTE POR CORREO Boletas para votar por correo estn disponibles. PARA SOLICITAR UNA BOLETA AUS ENTE LLAME LA OFICINA DE ELECCIONES 863-675-5230 O 863-902-3392. INCAPACITADO Cualquier persona que no puede votar su boleta sin ayuda, como ciegos, la prdida de una extremidad o analfabetos, dirjanse a la Supervisora de elecciones. DIA DE LA ELECCION Las urnas se abriran desde las 7:00 am hasta 7:00 pm para que los votantes a emitir su boleta. Por favor traiga su identicacion con su retrato y rma para las urnas Brenda Hoots Supervisor of Elections Hendry County, Florida Publish August 2, 2018 F.S. 101.68 F.S. 101.5612 F.S. 101.591 CITY OF LABELLE BUDGET WORKSHOP/SPECIAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the City Commission of the City of LaBelle will hold a workshop/special meeting to consider the proposed 20182019 budget for the City of LaBelle and any other matters to come be fore it, at 4:30 p.m., on Thursday, August 9, 2018. The workshop/spe cial meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 481 W. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle. Everyone is invited to attend. If you need assistance, as per the Americans with Disabilities Act, please notify the Clerk at least two days prior to the meeting at City Hall 863.675.2872. Joanne Vorhees recognized for outstanding service Each year Hendry County Schools offer a summer program to students of migrant workers through the federal programs. This year the elementary students of LaBelle Schools studied cities, so to end the unit of study, students took a eld trip around La Belle to see how a city works together. The trip started at City Hall where stu dents learned about the responsibilities of the city commissioners and the Mayor. They were given a presentation by, Mike Boyle, who explained how the city was zoned for different operations of the city. Students learned that they can be more knowledge able about what the city is doing if they at tend the city commissioners meetings. Stu dent Sebastian Raymundo said, He like that we went to city hall and the the kids could ask questions. Next students visited the LaBelle re sta tion, students learned about different tools and trucks used by our city remen and women. Robby White and Amy Yeomans explained what types of tasks the reman and woman have to do in an emergency. Fireghter Meghan also demonstrated what a reghter looks like all geared up! I liked that we went to the Fire Department and they showed us what the people put on, said Christopher Ochoa-Ramirez. Students then traveled to Walmart. The staff at Walmart was so excited to have us there for a tour, even making all of the stu dents name badges! Students saw the store room and how it was organized, along with a tour of the entire store. They met different types of workers and saw how they did their jobs. Abraham Leon-ortiz said, I liked that Walmart showed us Walmart and that we got to go to the break room and have snacks: cupcakes, oranges, and juice. Students nished the trip with a visit to the Zak Reyna playground and heard from the Parks and Rec Director about the dif ferent parks in the area. Brenda Hoots also came to the park and spoke to the students about the importance of voting for local, state and national positions so that the right people get in ofce to make the right deci sions. Mrs. Hart from the Department of Recreation sent them on their way with a bag of summer goodies. Summer school students take a eld trip around LaBelle Courtesy photo Robby White and Amy Yeomans ex plained what types of tasks the reman and woman have to do in an emergen cy.

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August 2, 2018 Caloosa Belle 7 Okeechobee907 NW Park Street (863) 763-2984Arcadia1011 E Oak Street (863) 494-6088Dundee27995 Hwy 27 (863) 439-6655www.ElisWesternWear.comCant make it to one of our three locations?Shop the sale online!Sale excludes: Saddles, Tack, Ropes, Jewelry, Felt & Straw Hats, and AccessoriesAugust 3rd 12th All Shirts, Jackets, Boots, Shoes, Caps, Purses, Backpacks, Wallets, Belts, & Socks!All Jeans & Shortsrfntb b ttf bbf fntn Courtesy photo/ Karen Hildebrand Rock Jewelry and Recycled Art Participants in Barron Librarys Rock Your World, enjoyed presentations by both Cristina Hutson and Carlos Inocente. Mrs. Cristina showed the children numerous different kinds of rock used in jewelry making, and then demon strated how she makes earrings from them. Mr. Carlos, along with his help er, Michelle, showed the students how to use all different kinds of trash to create beautiful pieces of art. Following his presentation, all of the children had the opportunity to create a one of a kind, big, beautiful piece of art. (see photo) Barron Library wishes to thank ALL presenters from this summers program ROCK YOUR WORLD at BARRON LIBRARY! It takes so many willing partici pants to make the librarys summer programs a success. Thank you to all the families and day camps, who brought your children to the weekly sessions as well. 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 Lying Game, by Ruth Ware. The club meets at the library the second Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. 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 Courtesy photo/ Karen Hildebrand LIBRARIES ROCK Rock Your World at BARRON LIBRARY, has come to an end. The last program was an awesome time with Patty Regis ter, from GATORAMA, as our present er. The children always look forward to the chance to actually hold an alliga tor. Thank you Ms. Patty, we appreciate you! Check for details, at Gatorama. com, on the upcoming Hatching Festi val. It will begin around August 18 . what fun it must be to hold an alligator egg while its hatching! COOL!

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August 2, 2018 Caloosa Belle 9 Courtesy photo Invitation to the candidates LaBelle Assembly of God is extending and invitation to all candidates to at tend the church with the purpose of having informed voters. The Candidates do not speak in the church service. Following the service they pass out print ed campaign material. And then there is what Pastor Avery calls THE ROAST where the hard questions are asked. On election day the pastor and the church does not want the voter looking at a bunch meaningless names. They trust informed voters that will improve our government and our lives. This Sunday, August 5 we will be having two candidates for the Hendry County School broad. Mary Robinson is leading this project, if you are a candidate you can call her at 863-517-2677 and she will schedule you into the service. LaBelle Assembly of God is located at 139 Fraser Avenue. Everyone is wel come including all candidates. For more information call 675-0900. If you have a question about whether your vote counts. The last city election was decided by two votes. 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! Gran Campaa Garden of Prayer LaBelle Community SDA Ministries ex tends our 11 a.m. Sabbath morning Pastoral Garden of Prayer to anyone and everyone whose mind is heavily burdened. You know how heavy your situation is. James 5:16 re minds us to pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righ teous man has great power and wonderful results. You can join our prayer list of over 100 by sending your familys name to P.O. Box 1885 LaBelle, FL 33975. Pastor Rupert A. Balfour, PhD Church Briefs Courtesy photo Kiwanis present check The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle presented a $1,000 check to the Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coa lition. The donation was matched by the United Way for Hendry and Glades counties. Pictured are members of the Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition Board Members (Left to right) Harry Vasquez, Frank Harris, Lisa Sands (Unit ed Way), Tena Harris, Yvette Wingate, Margaret England(also a Kiwanis member) and Terri Mi azga.

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We know Taylor will do a great job nishing out the remain der of her year. Please join us in congratulating our 2018 Swamp Cabbage Queen Miss Taylor Randant. By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle The internet is an irresistible place. We are constantly, mindlessly scrolling through the virtual world. We carry our phones with us all day, and put it next to our beds when we go to sleep. This has given us short attention spans, anxiety and restlessness. Of course, our smart-phones have so much positive in uence on our everyday lives. But we have to be aware of the social consequences that come with it. Our smart-phones should be seen as something that is supplemental to our everyday lives, as opposed to a replace ment for our everyday lives. It is very easy to give in to the constant stream of information and distraction, because it distracts us from ourselves and it makes us feel good. Sherry Turkle, a researcher on psycho analysis and human-technology interaction says that we are alone together. People want to be with each other, but also else where at the same time. According to Turkle, people are becoming more and more lonely, but at the same time afraid of intimacy. We are only at the foot of the mountain when it comes to understanding technology and the internet, and increasingly our smart-phones are impacting our everyday social lives. When we text or post something on Facebook, we have time to delete, edit and change our words. We can paint an ideal picture of ourselves. But this is not who we are. When having a face to face conversa tion with somebody, sometimes we get awkward and dont know what to say or uncontrollably blur out in comprehensive gibberish. But that is what makes us human. Another effect of our smart-phones is that we are always on, always connected, we are constantly being bombarded and interrupted with pictures, videos, texts and emails. Our brains are being overloaded with information. But these distractions make us feel good, if only for a brief mo ment. We get used to instant gratication; Dont remember that actors name? Google it! Every answer is at our ngertips, but we keep scrolling and swiping, because we are never fully satised. Im not saying go on a Buddhist-med itation retreat to re-connect with your in ner-self. But we have to realize that more and more social media is replacing actual social interaction with other physical human beings. Because of this we lose the capacity to develop meaningful human relationships. This continuous stream of information is not good for our brains either; every now and then our brains need downtime: a mo ment of rest, of silence, to give chance for self-reection. A few years ago these mo ments of downtime happened when waiting for the bus, when walking to class or waiting for a meeting to begin. Now, the only safezone seems to be the shower. We need that moment of silence, to self-reect, to be able to let ourselves feel bad about something, to give in to our emotions and accept them, instead of owering them up with another Snapchat lter. In these moments of silence in be tween chaos and distractions is where ideas happen, where we build a f oundation for our minds and where our imagination ourishes. Smart-phones should be a supplement to our everyday lives Widows Support Group The Widows Support Group will meet August 16 at 11:30 a.m. at Amigos and Beer. All widows welcome. 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. Audi tions will take place on Saturday, August 4 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Firehouse Com munity Theatre. The play will be directed by Maureen Doucette. Rehearsals will start the week of August 6. Play will run October 5 and 6. If you have any questions, please call the Firehouse Community Theatre at (863) 675-3066, leave a message and someone will return your call! 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. La Leche League of Hendry County The La Leche League will meet the sec ond Thursday every month from 5-7p.m. at Barron Library, 461 N Main Street, LaBelle. At La Leche League Meetings we provide breastfeeding education and support. You can look, listen and ask questions. Some par ents help each other and nd friends. Come when you can and leave when you need to. You are always welcome! The League will meet on the following dates in 2018: July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11, No vember 8 and December 13. For more infor call Maria at 863-612-6264 or drop her an email too Maria.LLLHendryCounty@gmail. com. You can also learn more at http://lll orida.com/lalecheleague/ Community Briefs

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August 2, 2018 Caloosa Belle 11 By Dr. Andrea Livingston, Au.D, CCC-A, American Board of Audiology, Audiology Department Hendry Regional Medical Ctr Clewiston The external ear is the site of many infections and inammatory con ditions. One of which causes a frequent troublesome malady called swimmers ear or diffuse external otitis. Swimmers ear usu ally occurs in the summer and can present symptoms within 24 to 48 hours after swim ming. During the early stages of swimmers ear, patients experience tenderness of the auri cle or ear and later can develop into pain. They may also note a purulent or yellow discharge from the ear. On examination, er ythema or redness and swelling of the ear canal are noted. A decrease in hearing can also be evident. If an adult or child experi ences pain, discharge, and diminished hear ing in an ear, they should seek immediate medical attention for a complete evaluation. Careful cleaning of the ear canal removes debris and helps eradicate bacteria. Any time the external auditory canal is cleaned and cerumen is removed, the canal does be comes more vulnerable to infection. As the summer begins, children and adults who fre quently get their ear canals wet swimming, or participating more in outdoor sports, are encouraged to dry them promptly. Medical treatments range from irrigating the ear with an antiseptic solution to remove pathogenic bacteria. Antibiotic drops, and depending on the severity of the infection, oral antibiotics can also be prescribed by physicians. If the ear canal is very swollen, then a small ear wick or pack is placed in the ear canal by the physician. This wick is usually removed in 24 to 48 hours. What are some ways to prevent swim mers ear? Preventative measures are important to review. Patients are encouraged not to place any object or instrument in their ear canal, even the use of cotton tipped applicators are not advised. These instruments can push debris closer to the ear drum and further in jure the canal skin. Any manipulation of the skin of the external auditory canal (such as scratching or overzealous cleaning) should be avoided. Here are some suggested tips to keep in mind for the next few months in order to avoid wet ears: Dry ears thoroughly after swimming. Some home remedies that have been used for keeping the ear dry and bacteria free include: Hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar Use a hair dryer on Low to blow warm air at the entrance of ear canals until ears are dry. Use over-the-counter or custom-mold ed ear plugs to block water from entering ear canals. Use a swimmers cap pulled down over the ears to block splashed water in ears. Limit underwater swimming, especial ly in open, untreated Rinse ear canals with clean water after swimming in lakes and rivers, especially if water is polluted. Never swim underwater or allow water in ears with eardrum perforations or pres sure equalization tubes placed in the tym panic membrane by an Otolaryngologist / Ear, Nose & throat physician) Never allow water into surgically mod ied ear canals, especially those with previ ous mastoid operations. In summary, swimmers ear or external otitis is a common summer illness. Appro priate advice regarding ear hygiene and in fection prevention can allow you to have a fun lled summer doing all your favorite outdoor activities! To schedule an appointment with Dr. Livingston, HRMC Audiologist, call 863-9023049. About Hendry Regional Medical Center: Hendry Regional Medical Center is a 25bed critical access hospital that incorporates modern technology with state-of-the-art medical staff to care for its patients. Hendry Regional Medical Centers mission is to ex cel in quality, compassion, and innovation to make our community healthier. NOTICE OF CHANGE OF POLLING PLACE PRECINCT NO. 9 HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THATThe Church of the Good Shepherd, has been designated as the ofcial Polling Place for Hendry County Precinct No. 9; Said location be ing situated at 1098 Collingswood Pkwy., Port LaBelle, Hendry Coun ty, Florida, Given under my hand and seal this 24th day of January, 2018.AVISO DE CAMBIO DE VOTACION COLOCA PRECINCTO NO 9 CONDADO DE HENDRY, FLORIDA POR ESTE MEDIO SE DA AVISO QUE La Iglesia de el Buen Pastor ha sido designado como el lugar de votacion ofcial para el Condado de Hendry,distrito electoral No. 9; Dicho lugar esta situada en el Condado de Hendry 1098 Colling swood Pkwy, Port LaBelle, Florida. Dado bajo mi mano y sello este 24 de Enero de 2018. Brenda Hoots Supervisor of Elections Hendry County, Florida 101.71 F.S. 8/02/18 CB & CN HENDRY COUNTY AMENDED NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGNotice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the following ordinance to rezone property on August 14, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. at the Clewiston City Hall, Commission Chambers, 115 W. Ventura Ave, Clewiston, Florida. NOTE, this is an amended notice of public hearing to correct the ordinance title and to change the date and location of the public hearing from the advertisement that was published on May 31, 2018. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard at the public hearings with respect to the proposed ordinance. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition and the ordinance are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners ofce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Department, by phone (863-675-5240), email (mjohnson@hendrya.net), U. S. mail (P.O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 675-5240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail mjohnson@hendrya.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar un esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. Petition Number: RZ17-0010 Applicant: Eagle Canal, Inc., represented by Rock Aboujaoude, P.E., Rock Enterprises, Inc. Ordinance Title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A ZONING DISTRICT BOUNDARY CHANGE FROM GENERAL AGRICULTURE (A-2) AND RURAL RESIDENTIAL (RR) TO THE PLANNED UNIT DEVELOPMENT (PUD) ZONING DISTRICT TO ALLOW FOR A MINE ON +/98 ACRES; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Project size: +/98 acres Location: Clewiston, FL 33440 (Parcel IDs: 1-31-43-04-A00-0002.0100; 1-31-43-09-A00-0001.0100; 1-31-43-10-A00-0003.0100; 1-31-43-15-A00-0001.0400; 1-31-43-22-A00-0001.0000; 1-31-43-27-A00-0001.0000; and 1-31-4-34-A00-0001.0000) Request: The applicant is requesting a rezone on the subject properties from General Agriculture (A-2) and Rural Residential (RR) to the Planned Unit Development (PUD) to allow for a mine. Legal description of subject property: A 150 R/W lying in Sections 4, 9, 10, 15, 22, 27 and 34, Township 43 South, Range 31 East, Hendry County, Florida being 20 feet Easterly and 130 feet Westerly of a survey line described as beginning 4110.78 feet East of the Northwest corner of said Section 4; thence South 0 deg. 03 51 East 189.30 feet; thence South 44 deg. 59 31 East 4088.84 feet; thence South 0 deg. 08 01 East 1795.97 feet; thence South 0 deg. 05 41 East 2380.30 feet; thence South 0 deg. 06 11 East 5159.11 feet; thence South 0 deg. 05 41 East 14,890.14 feet to a point 918.7 feet East of the Southwest corner of said Section 34 less that part lying within R/W of State Road #80. Less and except any additional portion conveyed to the FDOT for road R/W. Protect Your Ears When you Hit the Water This Summer

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12 Caloosa Belle Thursday, August 2, 2018 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 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 Central County Water Drainage District is looking to hire a journeyman Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic with the skills to per form a full range of overhaul and repair work on heavy-duty mobile equipment and vehi cles powered by internal combustion engines (gasoline, butane, diesel or multi-fuel). Types of equipment repaired include, but not limit ed to, construction and industrial equipment, i.e., excuvators, front end loaders, cranes, bulldozers, road graders, rollers, heavy duty compressors, large generators, tractors, large trucks, hydraulic lifts, vehicles and accessory equipment and attachments etc. Must have the ability to do the work of a Heavy Mo bile Equipment Mechanic without more than normal supervision, which includes the abil ity to able to remove, adjust, replace, clean, and install a variety of parts, components, bearings, springs, shock absorbers, wheel F\\000OLQGHUV\017\003VWDUWHU\003PRWRUV\017\003PXI\300HUV\017\003DQG\003RWKHU\003 items of similar complexity. Also perform engine tune-ups and adjust brakes. Assist in the removal, disassembly, repair, and reassembly of engines and transmissions. Applications may be picked up at Central County Water Drainage District, 475 S. Cab bage Palm Street, Clewiston FL (Montura Ranch Estates) 33440. 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 Lost Lost Dog Small, Black long hair. Near Broward and Clay St on Friday July 20. Reward offered for safe return. Needs medication. Call 863612-7336 Employment Full Time Cox Air Conditioning is looking for experienced A/C Service Tech and Installers. Must have at least 2 years experience Self-motivated, basic tools for the job Clean driving record Pay based on experience Quarterly Bonuses Take home vehicle Stop in to apply at 99 N Industrial Loop, LaBelle, FL 33935. 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 www.newszap.com 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. 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 Service 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! 863673-6388. Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: BILLS TOWING SERVICE INC gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 08/13/2018, 9:00 am at 176 N. INDUSTRIAL LOOP LABELLE, FL 33935, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. BILLS TOWING SERVICE INC reserves the right to accept or reject any and/ or all bids. 1GCCS19WXX8148463 1999 CHEVY KMHDN46D54U790099 2004 HYUNDAI KMHDU46D57U073841 2007 HYUNDAI 3GNDA23D88S615075 2008 CHEVY 1G3NK52T8YC372605 2000 OLDSMOBIL 278306 CB 8/2/2018 Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: BILLS TOWING SERVICE INC gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 08/13/2018, 9:00 am at 176 N. INDUSTRIAL LOOP LABELLE, FL 33935, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. BILLS TOWING SERVICE INC reserves the right to accept or reject any and/ or all bids. 1GCCS19WXX8148463 1999 CHEVY KMHDN46D54U790099 2004 HYUNDAI KMHDU46D57U073841 2007 HYUNDAI 3GNDA23D88S615075 2008 CHEVY 1G3NK52T8YC372605 2000 OLDSMOBIL 278306 CB 8/2/2018

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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. Yard Sale for the animals The Caloosa Humane Society is holding a yard sale on Sat. Aug 4 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with many items including rugs, clothing, decorations & knick-knacks, vin tage items, tools, collectables, household necessities, books, furniture & lots of new items! Have fun and help support our mis sion and the animals in our care. Location: 390 N. Bridge St. (behind and in the LaBelle Auction building, corner of N. Bridge St. and Park Ave.) For more info call 863-675-0997. Tobacco-Free Meeting The Drug Free Hendry County Coalition and the Hendry Tobacco-Free Partnership meeting will be held on August 9, at 4:00 p.m. at the Carlson Memorial United Meth odist ChurchFellowship Hall 310 Camp bell St. LaBelle, FL. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more infor mation call Andrea May at 863-674-4041 ext. 6017 or email Andrea.May@health.gov. 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. 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 NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING HENDRY COUNTY RFP 2018-18 FOR ELEVATOR MAINTENANCE HENDRY COUNTY COURTHOUSE SELECTION COMMITTEE MEETINGNotice is hereby given that the Hendry County RFP 2018-18 Selection Committee will hold a meeting on August 8, 2018 at 10:00 a. m., at the Board of County Commissioners Administrative Office, 640 S. Main St, LaBelle, Florida. The meeting is open to the public. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Please note that matters may be discussed at the meeting which are not on the prepared agenda for the meeting. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Keitha Daniels at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail Keitha. daniels@hendryfla.net. Si necesita la assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para participar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 6755220. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 278320 CN/CB 8/2/2018 Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NOTICE OF BUDGET WORKSHOPSNotice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a workshop on August 14, 2018, at 4:00 p.m., at Clewiston City Hall, Commission Room, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida to discuss the 2018-2019 county budgets and related issues. The Board will also hold a workshop on August 28, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida to discuss the 2018-2019 county budgets and related issues. The meetings are open to the public. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at these meetings, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Please note that matters may be discussed at the meetings which are not on the prepared agenda for the meetings. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at either meeting, please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail keitha.daniels@hendryfla.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para participar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. 278296 CN/CB 8/2/2018 Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on August 14, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., at the City of Clewiston Commission Chambers, Clewiston City Hall, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, to discuss a request to rename the Harlem Civic Center to the Harlem Civic and Cultural Center. The meetings is open to the public. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Please note that matters may be discussed at the meeting which are not on the prepared agenda for the meeting. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meetings, please contact Hendry County Administrators Office at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail keitha.daniels@hendryfla.net. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para participar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. 278394 CN/CB 8/2/2018 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN:Daniel I Delacruz 275 E. Seminole Ave. LaBelle, FL. 33935 Michael J. Deluca III 4451 CR 78 Ft. Denaud FL. 33935 Victor M. Duprey 215 N. Utopia St. Clewiston, FL. 33440 Robert L. Everett 1850 Old US 27 Lot 31 Clewiston, FL. 33440 Stephanie Gonzalez 570 Courtney Ct. LaBelle, FL. 33935 Frances A. Hodges 721 Mississippi Ave. Clewiston, FL. 33440 Brodrick D. Mckenzie 524 E. Sagamore Ave. Clewiston, FL. 33440 You are hereby notified that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Hendry County, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligibility by the Supervisor, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. Call 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592.El Aviso se da por Este Medio:Informamos que su eligibilidad para votar esta en cuestion. Usted tiene que comunicarse con el Supervisor de Elecciones, del condado de Hendry, Florida, a mas tardar 30 dias despues de la fecha de este aviso publicado para recibir la informacion al respecto de su inelegibilidad potencial y el procedimiento de resolver este caso. La falta de respuesta puede resultar en la determinacion de ineligibilidad por parte del Supervisor, y su nombre sera eliminado del sistema estatal del registro de votantes. Llame al 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592. Brenda K. Hoots Supervisor of Elections PO Box 174 LaBelle, FL 33975 Hendry County, Florida F.S. 98.075 277367 CN 08/02/2018 Hendry County Legals Hendry County Legals Thursday, August 2, 2018 Caloosa Belle 13 ACROSS 1 Sardine cousin 5 My take is ... 10 Princess from Amphipolis 14 Iota 15 One-up 16 Head With Pipe artist Nolde 17 Watchable, in a way 18 Jar for leafy vegetable storage? 20 2000s World #1 female golfer 22 Nurture 23 Word with cake or break 24 Actor Jackies pet fish? 27 __ Love (Maroon 5 hit) 29 Smoking, perhaps 30 Half a score 31 1959 novel in whose film version Mary Crane became Marion Crane 33 Giant 36 Rabbits friend 37 Opine ... or create four long answers in this puzzle? 41 Literary __ 42 More than hammer home 43 Video game segments 45 Jr.s jr. 46 Spot for a soak 49 With 60-Down, only South Korean World Golf Hall of Fame inductee 50 Emulate an inveterate swindler? 53 Small songbird 54 Work on a canvas? 56 Unfortunate 57 Vessel with limited space? 61 Bards verb 62 See Dad Run star 63 Steer snagger 64 Mishmash 65 TripAdvisor alternative 66 No worries 67 White side, maybe DOWN 1 More than peck 2 Head __ 3 Besides 4 Plymouths county 5 Org. with a multiring logo 6 No __! 7 Whitewater figure 8 Pitcher? 9 Green sage 10 Survey taker, at times 11 Text clarifier 12 Compliment on a course 13 Antacid brand word 19 Old PC monitors 21 Martins start? 25 Hollywood glitterati 26 Sambuca flavoring 28 On a sugar high, say 31 Psychologists concern 32 Quaker Honey Graham __ 33 Toast, with a 34 U.S.-U.K. separator 35 Truth is more of a stranger than fiction writer 37 The works 38 Second section of Verdis Requiem 39 Fit nicely 40 Quarters, e.g. 44 Daffy Duck has one 46 Move on a screen 47 Shakespearean heiress 48 But I digress ... 50 Trainee 51 Marine predators 52 Bygone birds 53 Mango tango smoothie server 55 Prefix with cardial 58 Post-spill need 59 __-Aztecan languages 60 See 49-Across By Julian Lim Tribune Content Agency, LLC 01/16/15 01/16/15 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: RELEASE DATE Friday, January 16, 2015Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword Puzzle Edited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis xwordeditor@aol.com Community Briefs

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14 Caloosa Belle August 2, 2018 If you have older family members whose cognitive functions or decisionmaking abilities have declined, or who are lonely or recently widowed, you might need to help protect them against nancial scams. What steps should you take? First of all, try to gain a good sense of their overall nancial activity. Look for red ags, such as a reluctance to discuss money matters, consistently unpaid bills, unexplained withdrawals, mysterious wire transfers or a sudden need to pur chase large quantities of gift cards. And watch out for new best friends or care takers who show an unusual interest in your loved ones nances. Whether or not youve observed any of these activities, you can help your el derly family members by making these moves: Have checks (such as Social Security payments) directly deposited. You can help your family members avoid a lot of potential trouble by having their checks deposited directly into their bank accounts. Seek permission to become a joint account owner. By becoming a joint account owner on your elderly fam ily members checking and savings accounts, you can review statements for suspicious activity. Of course, your loved ones may be initially reluctant to add your name, but if you have a good rela tionship with them, you should be able to explain the benets. Shred bank statements, credit card offers and notices of lottery or sweep stakes winnings. One of the most useful gifts you can give to your elderly family members may be a shredder. Encourage them to use it to shred old bank state ments, credit card offers and other nancial documents. Get on a do not call list. Telephone scammers are persistent and devious. By registering your family members house and cell phones at www.donotcall.gov, you may be able to reduce their expo sure to unwanted calls. Obtain power of attorney. By creating a power of attorney, your loved ones can designate you or another trusted relative or friend to assist with their nances now for day-to-day assistance and protection from scammers and later, should they become incapacitated. Again, you will need to employ some sensitivity when discussing this issue. Check references of caretakers. As mentioned above, some caretakers are, unfortunately, dishonest. Before you hire one, check out this persons refer ences. And even when you do, be careful scam artists have been known to use accomplices as references, so you will need to be thorough in your research and questions. Get to know your family members nancial advisors. If possible, become acquainted with your older family mem bers nancial advisors. Any reputable advisor will welcome a connection with their clients loved ones. And if you are involved in any estate plans, this multigenerational relationship will prove ben ecial for everyone. Ask to meet any new friends they have met online. When someone is lonely, they become vulnerable to on line friendships. Sometimes, these new friends make promises of meeting, but never show and then they suddenly need money for one reason or another. It can be challenging to guard against all threats posed by the scammers of the world. But by staying alert and taking the appropriate preventive actions, you may be able to help safeguard your loved ones nancial security. This article was written by Ed ward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Help Protect Vulnerable Family Members from Scam Artists Hendry Democrats meet in LaBelle on August 18 Hendry County Democrats will meet at LaBelles Big V Restaurant one block west of the Hendry County Courthouse on SR-80 on Saturday, August 18, for a 9 oclock breakfast meeting to plan GET OUT THE VOTE for the August 28 Primary Election that will choose the Democratic Candidate to be Floridas next governor and the opportunity to learn more about the unopposed Democratic candidates whose names are already set to be on the November 6 General Election Ballot that include Tony Aguilar running for Hendry County Property Appraiser, Jennifer Boddicker running for Florida House of Rep resentatives District 80, and Annisa Karim running for Florida Senate District 27. Mary Barzee Flores running for U S Representative CD 25 and incumbent U S Senator Bill Nel son are already experiencing a barrage of extremely negative TV spot announcements since Florida is considered a must win state for control of the U S Congress. All interested Democrats and like-minded voters are welcome to join a cadre of already active local and area Democrats for break fast at the Big V Restaurant, well-known throughout Southwest Florida for its biscuits and sausage gravy. Remember, all politics is local. Even one vote can make a difference in the outcome of an election as it could make or break a tie. Florida Election law calls for tie votes to be broken by drawing straws or tossing a coin. Lets make the outcome of the 2018 Florida Election the Will of the People and not random chance! 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 American Legion Events Happy Hour Monday Friday 11a--6p; Lounge opens 10 a.m. M-Sa; 12 noon on Sunday. (April through September, Fish Fries are only held the First Friday of each month) 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 2 Thurs 6 p.m. DAV (Disabled American Veterans) meeting August 8 Wed 6 p.m. Sons of the American Legion meeting August 16 Thurs 7 p.m. American Le gion & American Legion Auxiliary meet September 5 Wed 7:30 p.m. American Legion Riders 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. MOPS Summer Fun 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 morn ings at 10 a.m. Movie Days are: August 3Ice Age (The original), 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 MOPSOFLA BELLE@gmail.com. VFW Post 10100 ALL DINNERS FOR JULY ARE $6.00l!! 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 6:00pm to 8:00pm 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 6:00pm to 8:00pm 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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August 2, 2018 Caloosa Belle 15 FORT MYERS Florida SouthWestern State College has named Dr. Debbie Psi hountas as Dean of the School of Business and Technology for the college. She will oversee the plans and execution of educational activities and programs for the School of Business and Technology. Dr. Psihountas was most recently a pro fessor of nance at Webster University in the Walker School of Business and Technology, and held several leadership positions over the years at Webster including MBA direc tor, Business department chair, Interim chair of Business and Management programs at Websters Geneva, Switzerland cam pus. Shes also previously worked as adjunct faculty at several universities while also working full-time in the private sector. In 2012, she was named as an American Council on Edu cation Fellow, and worked with the president of Ball State University for the 2012-13 academic year. She has also previously held a number of sales, consulting, and corporate leader ship positions with organizations including NCR Corporation, Merrill Lynch, and Procter and Gamble. Psihountas has been recognized as a St. Louis Business Journal Most Inclusive Leader, a YMCA Womens Leader of the Year, a 2008 Woman of Achievement by the Hellenic Spirit Foundation at the University of Missouri St. Louis, and has been a grant recipient and commencement speaker in addition to holding a number of committee chair and other leadership roles. She earned her bachelor of science degree in Interna tional Business, with honors, from Bowling Green State University, her MBA with a con centration in quantitative analysis from the University of Cincinnati, and her Ph.D. with a major in nance and a minor in real estate from the University of Cincinnati. Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Floridas largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher ed ucation. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with twoand four-year degrees, and professional certications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercolle giate athletics program in the fall 2015. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information. R E D Herbed Linguine with Shrimp Ingredients cup half-and-half 3 TBLSP freshly chopped basil 2 TBLSP freshly chopped Parsley 2 TBLSP Shredded Parmesan tsp salt pkg of Linguine, cooked al dente lb. medium shrimp, cooked and peeled cup sour cream Preparation: In a large non-stick pan over me dium heat, combine half-and-half, basil, parsley, Parmesan and salt. Add linguine, tossing gently to coat. Cook 5 minutes; stir in shrimp. Cook 1 more minute, or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat and stir in sour cream. This is a great quick meal. Enjoy! RECIPE OF THE WEEK SUBMITTED BY SOUTHERN HERITAGE REAL ESTATE Stop in for a complete list of available properties or check us out online at: WWW.BELLEREALTY.COM Belle Realty Co. 863-675-7522 Terri Banky Lic. Real Estate Broker Associates: Shary Weckwerth, Lisa Andrews, Deborah Rodriguez, Stacy Pate & Alex DeStefano419 Hickpochee, LaBelle, FL 33935 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.BRAND NEW CBS, 4 BEDROOM HOME IN LABELLE, Priced to sell! This home features tile throughout, an open oor plan, granite counter-tops, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and a huge laundry room! This is perfect for a growing family, or has great investment potential as a rental! Located in an area that is still mostly undeveloped, with very little traf c, close to schools, and central water. $159,900 863-675-4500or visit our website at www.soland.com Se Habla Espaol For Sale by Owner Home $184,900 (3bed/2bath 1,536 sq/ft) Beautiful Port Labelle home in Laurel Oaks. Well maintained. New stainless steel kitchen appliances. Washer and dryer included. Screened in back patio. High ceilings in family room. Large master bedroom and walk-in closet. Willing to negotiate some on price. Call or text home owner directly at 863-673-6500. FSW Names Psihountas Business Dean Courtesy photo/ Trenton Muntz Recently at the Rotary On Tuesday, July 24, the Rotary Club of LaBelle heard from Patricia Dobbins. Ms. Dobbins informed the Club of scholarships that are available to students in Hendry and Glades Counties, including the Anne Vorhees Nursing Schol arship and the First Generation Scholarship. Pictured Patricia Dobbins with Fred Kobie, President of the Rotary Club of LaBelle.

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16 Caloosa Belle August 2, 2018 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. (behind City Hall). Help prepare our students to get the best start on the 2018-19 school year. Receive valuable information for families. 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 Me lissa at the Department of Health at (863) 302-6039. We are excited about the upcoming 2018-2019 school year! Parents and students, please be advised that FSA and EOC scores can be viewed via the FOCUS parent/student portal. Directions to set up the parent FOCUS account, can be found on the LaBelle High School website. Schedules will be available to view/print beginning on August 6 via the FOCUS par ent/student portal. We encourage students to view their schedules in advance of Cow boy Day to allow more time to meet teach ers and nd their classes. Wednesday, August 8 Cowboy Day Schedule: Each grade level should report to the au ditorium rst. Parents are strongly encour aged to attend. Students will be given locker assignments, bus information, parking de cals,and ID badges on Cowboy Day. 9th grade: 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10th grade: 10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 11th grade: 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 12th grade: 7:00 p.m. 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 Cross Country Practice The rst day of LHS cross country practice was 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 begas Monday, July 30. If you are interested in playing football please contact AD/HC Chris Siner at Sinerc@hendry-schools.net. 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 remem ber you must have a physical on the FHSAA form. If you have any question contact Coach Burton at 674-4120 ext 282 or 673-4047. Yard Sale Fundraiser Come sell or shop at the LaBelle Longhorns Booster Clubs Yard Sale Fundraiser on August 11 starting at 8 a.m at the Davis Pratt Football eld. If you have been thinking about having a yard sale, this is the perfect place to come and sell. Yard sale spaces are $25 for a 12X12 spot. Rent a space and keep the prots. For more information or to reserver your spot call Paige at 863-517-0168 or email at pnf1985@gmail.com. Spread the word and Thank You for your help to support the LaBelle Longhorns. Sports Shorts LHS Counselors Corner: Back to School Edition School Briefs