Delivering Western Hendry Countys News Since 1922 August 23, 2018 Vol. 95 No. 34 By Chris Felker INI Florida The Hendry County Board voted unani mously at its regular meeting in Clewiston on Aug. 14 to contract with a new health insurance carrier, which could result in a nearly unheard-of savings to county taxpay ers of up to $86,000, possibly even more, in the rst year. Deputy County Administrator Jennifer Da vis, whos been working on the issue along side a county insurance advisory board with the advice of a private health agency, gave a detailed report to commissioners about the results of their request for proposals on health insurance for county employees. The committee came together and ranked proposals that we received. United Healthcare was ranked the number one pro poser, she said. Hendry Countys current insurer is Public Risk Management of Florida (PRM) and, already anticipating an increase greater than ination, the board had direct ed county staff to seek other proposals. PRM gave us a renewal, separately. You will see that PRM came in at a 6 percent increase over our current year (cost). And United, after they were ranked the number one rm, our insurance broker, who is here tonight as well as United ... went into a ne gotiation period with United Healthcare to see if they could get a better rate than even what was proposed, Ms. Davis explained. She provided the board with an exten sive summary of the details, saying Uniteds medical premium overall was 3.16 percent lower than the renewal rate of PRM for med ical only, and that its total premium was 2.83 percent lower for all lines, which include vi sion, dental and life as well as medical, or an $86,000-and-some-change savings in pre mium overall. Again, that includes all premi um, for the board (commissioners) and for what the employees pay. These are for base plans; three other, more comprehensive op tions are available for employees, but they pay the difference for those higher-priced plans, Ms. Davis added. She also said even more savings were possible for employees who choose those more comprehensive plans, putting Unit eds premiums for them at 9 percent to 11 percent less than those of other proposers. After some discussion with commission ers, Ms. Davis then gave the oor to broker Derren Bryan, chief operating ofcer of the countys agency, Albritton Insurance, to an swer any other questions the commission ers had. Commissioner Karson Turner had a few, and one was, What was the temperature in the room among the committee; were they on board with this? My goal is not for a one-year reduction to be increased tremen dously, he added. Mr. Turner noted that the commission several years previously had set a priority to monitor how employees were using the insurance but said its not being done and cant be with an HR department of one. In response, he was assured that would be an easier task with United Healthcare and learned from Mr. Bryan that Albritton would assist in that function. Mr. Turner then made a motion to accept the ranking of United Healthcare and autho rize the insurance committee, Mr. Bryan and Albritton, and county staff to negotiate and try to get even better rates. Commissioner Michael Swindle enthusiastically seconded. Mr. Bryan said: Weve engaged them and have been able to lower the numbers down pretty good. Id like to squeeze even harder at times. Our commitment at Albrit ton Insurance is just as strong as it has been. We understand how rural ... counties are stressed, especially with staff when it comes to employee benets. We strive to take the usual commission that an agent brings in and we hire someone local and they pay at tention to those benets every single day. He also characterized United as a strong carrier and said his company has other rela tionships with that provider. We know their ability to customize and to build plans based on the data of that community. We feel very strongly that theyre good partners as well. Hendry ditches old, goes with new health insurance provider Delivering Western Hendry Countys News Since 1922 August 16, 2018 Vol. 95 No. 33 Submitted photo/ Nikki Yeager LaBelle Veterans Park The Veterans Park com mittee consists of two ofcers from each orga nization American Le gion: Bill Davis, Steve Mockler; VFW: Marvin Ruble, Chuck Wilhelm and the DAV: Bob Kirk wood and Dave John son. The committee along with Darrell Har ris and Bill Maddox met with Ramiro Rodriguez, Director of the Hend ry-LaBelle Recreation Department to make plans for upgrading the park and locating the Veterans Wall along with the Liberty Bell that is being donated by KC Lynn honoring her husband, Richard Lynn. Work should begin mid-September, so be watching for changes to be taking place in time for a fresh new look for Veterans Day, November 11, 2018. To make donations or for application for the next engraving for the wall, contact Bill Davis, Command er of the American Legion 863-234-1768. To offer services and supplies for the upgrades, contact Ramiro at 863-673-4404. By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle Hendry County will be hosting free Community Clean-Up events in North and South LaBelle over the next month. Residents can drive up to the location and dispose of their waste with assistance from county employees. These clean-up events are held to help the community clean up their yards and homes of un wanted debris and waste. These events help Hendry County residents eliminate the cost of that disposal. These clean-up events are specically designed for residents of unincorporated Hendry County. They will not be accept ing any commercial waste or any waste from businesses, especially commercial tires. From residents, the county will be accepting tires, yard debris, hazardous waste and more. Furniture, White Goods and TVs can be placed curbside with regular trash pickup, please do not bring those items. Employees from several Hendry County departments within the Board of County Commissioners will be present for residents to ask questions or voice any concerns. Some of the participating departments are: Code Enforcement, Emergency Management, Road & Bridge, Waste and Mosquito Control. There will be free food and drinks available along with informational material and resourc es. The Community Clean-Up in North LaBelle will take place on August 25 at North State Road 29 and Marion St. from 9-12 p.m. or until bins are full. The South LaBelle clean-up will take place on Sep tember 8 at the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds on South State Road 29 from 9-12 p.m. or until bins are full. For more information regarding the clean-ups, residents are asked to call Hendry County Special Districts at 863675-5252. Hendry County related information can be found on the Hendry County website www.hendrya.net as well as the Hendry County Facebook page www. facebook.com/hendrycounty Community Clean-Up planned in North and South LaBelle
2 Caloosa Belle August 23, 2018 P I N K W A R R I O R S W A L K 2 0 1 8 5 K W A L K T O R A I S E F U N D S F O R L O C A L W O M E N S B R E A S T H E A L T H S A T U R D A Y 2 0 O C T 2 0 1 8 R E G I S T E R T O D A Y :S U G A R F E S T I V A L F I E L D 7 : 0 0 A M R E G I S T R A T I O N 9 : 0 0 A M W A L KW W W B I D P A L N E T / P W W 2 0 1 8 By Lisa Walker Special to the Caloosa Belle The Clewiston Chamber of Commerce hosted a Facebook live stream event Aug. 7 where candidates running for Hendry County School Board seats contended by answering a series of questions. Serving as moderator was the chambers executive director, Hillary Hyslope. For disclo sure, The candidates were all given our ques tions ahead of time so that they would be able to really think them through and answer to the best of their ability, stated the chamber in a Facebook comment. However, the forum was all the more challenging and horn-locking be tween the opposing School Board candidates. Kicking off the event was School Board Dis trict 4 incumbent Stephanie Schneider Busin, who is being challenged by Mercedes Perdo mo Reese. Following in the second segment was School Board District 5 incumbent Jon Basquin, whos being challenged by Maureen Cervino Quintero. The participating candi dates were all asked the following questions: Why do you desire to become a School Board member? What do you see as the School Boards roles and responsibilities? How should the board prioritize its goals? How would you as a board member be accessible to your community? One of the greatest challenges for the county is teacher recruitment and/or turnover. How do you go about nding highly qualied teachers, and more importantly, how can the school board better incentivize these qualied teachers to stay and become lifelong mem bers of our community? On teachers, quality teachers are cru cial to the continued betterment of the Hend ry County school system. How can a board member best support our current teaching staff? In your opinion, what is the biggest chal lenge facing our education system and school board, and how you plan to overcome it? In a phone interview with the chambers Director Hyslope, she said: We are pleased with the turnout and responses to the Face book live stream event with Hendry County School Board candidates. We are excited to host more events like this in the future so our community can make educated votes in this upcoming election. Over 2,000 viewers have watched the event, and it is still available to watch on the Clewiston Chamber of Commerces Facebook page, dated Aug. 7. Clewistons chamber plans to host anoth er Facebook live event like this for the Hendry County property appraiser race on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. Another upcoming event, in which the Clewiston City Commission races con tenders will participate in an in-person forum at the John Boy Auditorium, will also be livestreamed on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. Remember to cast your vote on election day, Aug. 28, or vote early this week. Hendry County School Board candidates go live Special to The Clewiston News/ Lisa Walker TOP: Hendry County School Board District 4 incumbent Stephanie Schneider Busin (left) and challenger Mercedes Perdomo Reese. BOTTOM: Hendry County School Board District 5 incumbent Jon Basquin (left) is being challenged by Maureen Cervino Quintero. Joe Thomas, president of LaBelle Her itage Museum, announced the museums 2018/2019 program meetings will resume at 7 oclock on Wednesday, September 5, at LaBelles Dallas B. Townsend Agricul tural Center, 1085 Pratt Boulevard, with a program by Annette Snapp, Ph. D., cur rently Charlotte Countys Historian at the Charlotte County Historical Center in Port Charlotte and formerly Operations Pro gram Manager at Ah-Tah-Thi: A Place for Learning at Big Cypress Seminole Reserva tion in Southeast Hendry County, History and Anthropology Professor at FGCU, and Southwest Regional Director of FPAN [Flor ida Public Archaeology Network]. Dr. Snapp, no stranger to LaBelle and LHM, will discuss the importance in dis covering, accurately describing, and pre serving as best as possible our areas ar chaeological sites, how our museums and preservationists can work together as well as working with individual municipalities and county government with the possible creation of a Hendry County Historical Commission as a goal. The doors to the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program is open to the public at no charge. Attendees coming from the North are reminded that the Caloosahatchee Riv er Bridge at LaBelle is experiencing night time closures for extensive maintenance and that de tours to the bridge at Moore Haven or possibly State Road 31 may be nec essary. LHMs Joe Thomas added the museums monthly programs are scheduled for the AG Center through December because of the unavoidable delay in the completion of the historic preservation work at LHMs 1912 Poole Store and Family Residence. The date of the programs has also been changed from the rst Thursday of the month to the closest Wednesday as the Hendry County 4-H Livestock and Small Animal Clubs have priority on the rst Thursday of the month through Fair com petition and Livestock Auctions than end in February. LaBelle Museum monthly programs resume in September Annette Snapp, Ph. D.
August 23, 2018 Caloosa Belle 3 HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON A SPECIAL EXCEPTION Notice is hereby given that the Local Planning Agency of Hendry County (LPA) will hold a public hearing on the following petition on September 12, 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 petition is consistent with the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. The recommendations of the LPA will be made to the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) for nal consideration at a public hearing. This hearing will be held on September 25, 2018, at 5:05 p.m ., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hicpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard at the public hearings with respect to the petition. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the petition is 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 email@example.com. Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar en esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. Petition Number: SE18-0001 Applicant: Florida Power and Light, represented by Darryl Kroeze, P.E., USA Engineering Inc. Resolution Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, GRANTING A SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO ALLOW CONSTRUCTION 320-FT SELF-SUPPORT COMMUNICATION TOWER IN A GENERAL AGRICULTURE (A-2) ZONING DISTRICT. Project size: +/6.65 acres Location: 3990 S SR 29 & S SR 29, LaBelle, FL 33935 (Parcel I.D.s # 1-29-43-29-A00-0002.0000; 1-29-43-32-A00-0002.0000; 1-29-43-33-A00-0002.0000; 1-29-43-28-A00-0001.0000) Request: The applicant is requesting a Special Exception for a construction of 320-foot self-support tower. Legal description of subject property: PARENT TRACT A TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND LYING IN SECTIONS 28, 29, 32 AND 33, TOWNSHIP 43 SOUTH, RANGE 29 EAST, HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, WHICH TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND IS DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: FROM THE WOODEN POST SAID TO MARK THE CORNER COMMON TO SAID SECTIONS 28, 29, 32 AND 33, RUN WESTERLY ALONG THE LINE BETWEEN SECTIONS 29 AND 32 AS MARKED BY SAID POST FOR 299.35 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING OF LANDS HEREIN DESCRIBED. FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING, RUN SOUTH, PARALLEL WITH THE WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SR NO. 29, FOR 190.0 FEET TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT ON THE SOUTHERLY LINE OF AN ELECTRIC TRANSMISSION LINE EASEMENT AS DESCRIBED IN O.R. BOOK 4, PAGE 14 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY; THENCE DEFLECT 91 LEFT AND RUN EASTERLY, PARALLEL WITH SAID LINE BETWEEN SECTIONS 29 AND 32 AND ALONG THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID TRANSMISSION LINE EASEMENT, TO AN INTERSECTION WITH THE LINE BETWEEN SECTIONS 32 AND 33; THENCE CONTINUE EASTERLY PARALLEL WITH A PROLONGATION OF THE SAID LINE BETWEEN SECTIONS 29 AND 32, DEPARTING FROM THE SOUTH LINE OF SAID LINE FOR A TOTAL DISTANCE OF 565 FEET FROM THE AFORE SAID CONCRETE MONUMENT, TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT ON SAID WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SR NO. 29; THENCE DEFLECT 88 TO THE LEFT AND RUN NORTHERLY ALONG SAID WESTERLY LINE (PASSING THROUGH A CONCRETE MONUMENT ON SAID RIGHT OF WAY LINE AT 161.10 FEET) FOR 505 FEET TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT AT A POINT 117.9 FEET SOUTHERLY FROM U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY MONUMENT 41RC 1952 TT; THENCE DEFLECT 91 LEFT AND RUN WESTERLY FOR 565.0 FEET TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT; THENCE RUN SOUTHERLY PARALLEL WITH SAID WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE FOR 315 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Special to the Caloosa Belle The Farm Service Agency will have a 2017 Wildres and Hurricanes Indemni ty Program informational meeting from 2 to 4 p.m. today, Aug. 23, at the Hendry County Extension Ofce, 1085 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle. This meeting is for vegetable growers and others. The new 2017 Wild res and Hurricanes Indemnity Program provides disaster payments to producers to offset losses from hurricanes and wildres during 2017 particularly losses of crops, trees, bushes and vines. Agricultural pro ducers affected by hurricanes and wildres in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming op erations. Sign-up began in July and contin ues through Nov. 16. You must sign up by making an appointment at your local Farm Service Agency ofce. Contact the Hendry extension ofce at 863-674-4092 for more information. Information meeting today on farm assistance program Special to the Caloosa Belle CLEWISTON The Hendry Regional Medical Center Foundation is planning a Keys to Health Dueling Pianos event on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Grove RV Resort in LaBelle. The HRMC Foundation invites anyone in terested to join its members for a fun-lled evening where their entertainers will com pete on the pearly keys in a high-energy, all-request singalong, in which the audience will be just as much a part of the show as the pianists. Tickets are $75 and include heavy hors douevres; there will be a cash bar. Limited bus transportation will be available from Clewiston to the event. Tickets may be purchased at www.bid pal.net/duelingpianos 2018, and more in formation is available by contacting Electa Waddell at 863-983-2735 or emailing ewad firstname.lastname@example.org. Dueling Pianos event to raise cash for HRMC is Sept. 29 By Chris Felker INI Florida A brand-new institution of higher learn ing has come to Clewiston, courtesy of the people at New Harvest Church, a non-de nominational church located just east of the Clewiston city limits. KingsGate College at New Harvest, 370 Holiday Isle Drive, was established as an extension site of Southeastern University, which is a private, Christian liberal-arts uni versity afliated with the Assemblies of God and based in Lakeland. KingsGate at New Harvest provides stu dents college age, adults and they also offer dual enrollment options for students in the churchs Harvest Academy Christian School, kindergarten through 12th grade affordable twoand four-year degree pro grams. The college was launched in a ceremony Sunday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. in the church. Senior Pastor Chuck Pelham welcomed sev eral city ofcials during their ceremony. Said Pastor Pelham: We are excited about the partnership opportunity Kings Gate College has as an extension site of Southeastern University. We believe through this opportunity we can help empower peo ple in our region and equip them through higher education to better reach their poten tial and achieve their dreams. KingsGate College will launch this fall with 22 students, four of whom are duel-en rolled high school students. Vanessa Roque, a new student who will start this fall at KingsGate College, said, As a busy mom of two boys, I love the exibility that KingsGate College offers, as well as the incorporation of the spiritual aspects. Extension of Southeastern U. opening soon in Clewiston Courtesy photo The launch of KingsGate College at New Harvest Church in Clewiston was announced during a service Sunday morning.
4 Caloosa Belle August 23, 2018 Guest Op Ed By Commissioner Darrell Harris I have had the privilege of serving as County Commissioner for District 2 for 17 years. Continuing to create an environment for growth in all areas of the County has always been one of my priorities. I have enjoyed working with the dedicated staff members in Hendry County government. Together we continue to work with the resi dents of Hendry County to achieve our high est potential. However, there is still room to grow, and we would like nothing more than to fulll those needs in the most efcient way possible. Putting our residents rst has been, and will always be, my top priority. With our residents as our main focus, we continue to create the highest quality of life possible and achieve growth. One of the ways we can achieve this is by investing in and installing infrastructure roads, sidewalks, sewer and water lines is needed to lay the foundation for growth in our county. Having infrastruc ture in place will enhance the overall qual ity of life in Hendry County by allowing for more housing development and business attraction. The Board of County Commissioners approved a project to construct sidewalks along County Road 78 from Crescent Ave. to the existing sidewalk near the intersection of County Road 78 and Old County Road 78 Paid for by FDOT, this project has been completed. We have also approved side walks and paving projects for various areas of District 2 and the rest of Hendry County, including Fort Denaud Road. These sidewalks will complete the alter native transportation right-of-way improve ments in these areas. We believe that having sidewalks along these roads is a public safe ty issue, but sidewalks are so much more. Many people walk, jog or bike along our roadways as a primary source of recreation and exercise. The approved and future pav ing projects offer residents and visitors safe routes to reach their end destinations. While public safety is a top priority, these projects compliment both safety and recreation di rectly improving quality of life experiences for our residents and visitors. Sidewalks provide greater access to out door activities for families to safely ride bikes or walk dogs. Sidewalks are shared spaces that allow for more interaction with our communities. Whether its a fun run or a quick walk to pick up groceries, our goal is to connect our communities together. Naturally, the County must prepare to welcome and provide for the expansion of our population, which will also add depth to our tax base. A look at local records indicates that from October 1, 2017, through July 20, 2018, the County issued permitting for 70 mobile homes, 127 site-built homes and 4 modular homes a total of 201 new residences. Most of these are in Port LaBelle. In addition, the City of LaBelle issued permits for approxi mately 15 new homes. In the area of safety, the County is work ing to place a retruck in the North LaBelle area. Hendry County is preparing for the sale of Airglades Airport which will diversify the local economy, provide job growth and in crease the County tax base. Hendry Coun ty entered into a public-private partnership for this project as the County is not in the nancial position to develop this project on its own without increasing the tax burden to its residents. The County has been working hard to be ready for the future in many ways. Some of these projects include: The LaBelle Airport Terminal is current ly under construction, funded 100 percent by FDOT. FDOT and FAA shared funding for its design. Re-marking the runway and associated taxiways also paid for by FDOTwere completed in January. FDOT is footing the total design and construction costs for the Reconstruction of the Threshold Lighting and Runway End Pavement Modication Project at the airport. The design is complete and the Invitation to Bid for construction has been issued. The Master Plan update for LaBelle Air port is under way, again with FAA and FDOT funding. Design and construction for paving Ro deo Drive from SR 29 to LaBelle Airport is being totally funded by FDOT. Design plans are currently 60 percent complete. Design for rehabilitating the existing aircraft tie-down apron at LaBelle Airport is also under way. The County is funding 10 percent for its design, with the FFA covering 90 percent. Engineering reports much action on Hendry County roads as well, starting with the long-awaited, FDOT funded Helms Road Extension. The initial two lanes are in and crews are working on the other two. Design plans for Forrey Drive are near ing 90 percent completion. Work is expect ed to begin in September. Again, FDOT is funding the entire design and construction of the project from Cowboy Way to State Road 80. Improvement plans for Fort Denaud Road are at 60% Two major road projects remain for Hendry County. The four-laning of SR 80 should be complete in about two years and SR 29, from the bridge to the county line, is to be four-laned by FDOT. State Road 29 south from the intersec tion of Cowboy Way is to be four-laned for 5 miles. Three different turn options have been discussed in particular: the Portereld Oil turn issue has been resolved with ingress and egress at Rodeo Drive; turn lanes for Wilson and Evans Roads are still being discu ssed. FDOTs Five-Year Work Program for Hendry County includes: Resurface SR 80 from north of Bee Creek to north of Fort Thompson Ave. PD/E and construction 2018/19. Resurface Cowboy Way from SR 80 to Bridge St. 2019/20. Widen and resurface Fort Denaud Road from SR 80 to Fort Denaud Bridge Way 2018/19. Widen and resurface CR 78 from Kirby Thompson Road to Fort Denaud Bridge Way 2018/19. Of course, not everything is in progress. Some completed paving projects include: Nobles Road Alex Blvd. Whidden Road Ivan Ave, Caloosa Estates County recreation projects include: Adding four backstops for four practice elds and water lines for restrooms at the Sports Complex on Forrey Drive For Davis-Pratt Field, the County added a 20x30 open pavilion, upgraded backstops and fencing and added new drainage to the entire parking lot The County has added fencing around ve soccer elds at the Hendry-LaBelle Sports Complex Kid Jones Park has been improved with four oak trees and a gazebo At Bob Mason Park riverbanks have been cleared to enhance its appearance and use with gazebos, picnic tables and barbe cue grills The Rodeo Grounds have been im proved with new bucking chutes and a con crete slab under the pavilion Hendry County is participating in the fu ture of energy production with the FPL Ham mock Solar Energy, which opened operation March 1, 2018, on 400 acres off Sears Road. Hendry County has been hosting cleanup events throughout the County over the summer. The next event will be held this Saturday, August 25 in North LaBelle on North State Road 29 at Marion Ave. The nal clean-up will take place in South LaBelle on Saturday, September 8 at the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds. Residents are encouraged to bring their yard waste, tires, household hazardous waste and other items they would like to dis pose of. This is for residents only, commer cial/ business waste will not be accepted. I look forward to building opportunities for recreational activities throughout our County and increase public safety. I will con tinue to make people my priority and strive for the potential the County can reach. I be lieve we should be mindful to reduce the tax burden on our residents, but we must remain committed to offering the highest quality of services to our residents. I believe that we can lay the foundation for continued growth as well as improve and ensure a high quality of life in Hendry County for genera tions to come. All the Commissioners of Hendry County have concerns for the entire County. We are all working together to make Hendry Coun ty a better place in which to live, work and raise our families. Please feel free to contact me 24/7 with any concerns or questions at 863-673-5475. Infrastructure to Lay Foundation for Growth
August 23, 2018 Caloosa Belle 5 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 text amendment to the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan and conduct a preliminary review of the related SR 82 Mixed Use District Detailed Specic Area Plan (DSAP). The hearing will take place on September 12, 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 Com prehensive 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 September 25, 2018, at 5:05 p.m., at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hicpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida. Petition Number: CPA18-0005 Applicant: Stephane Gardinier o/b/o Gardinier Florida Citrus Inc. & HCGM, LLC, represented by Pavese Law Firm c/o Katherine English, Esq. and Waldrop Engineering c/o Alexis V. Crespo, AICP Request: The applicant is requesting to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan relating to the Future Land Use Element, specically Objective 2.1, SR 82 Mixed-Use District, Objective 2.7, Development Districts for the Southwest Hendry County Sector Plan, Objective 2.9, DSAP Requirements for SR 82 Mixed-Use District, Objective 2.10, Residential/Non-Residential Development Ratio, and Objective 2.13, Water and Wastewater, and certain supportive Policies related to the aforementioned Objectives. The DSAP RZ18-0005 will also be preliminarily reviewed with CPA18-0005, and includes the property shown below. This transmittal hearing is the rst step in a two step public hearing process to amend the Hendry County Comprehensive Plan. A second hearing will follow the Department of Economic Opportunitys review of the application. 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 (863-675-5240), email (mjohn email@example.com), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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. By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle The Rentz Law Firm, P.L.L.C. just moved into 97 Park Ave. Meet attorney Kirk Matthew Rentz, II. He just moved his law rm into one of the oldest houses in LaBelle. Matt is dedicated to assisting clients with a wide range of le gal matters. His practice focuses on Estate Planning and Administration, Medicaid Planning, Asset Protection and Business Law. Matt was born and raised in Southwest Florida and is a member of the Florida Bar. Im from LaBelle, Matt explains, I went to Auburn University, but the only reason I went out of State is because I always knew I wanted to come back and live here for the rest of my life. The Rentz Law Firm, P.L.L.C. is located at 97 Park Avenue in Downtown LaBelle. It is one of the oldest houses in LaBelle and has been home to a lawn mower dealership, massage salon and the Riverside Real Estate ofce for a long time. D.A. Doc Mitchell actually built this house in 1912 and used it as his drug store, Matt explains, at the time the store was lo cated on Bridge Street next to Harold P. Cur tis Honey Co. In 1925, when the Florida Leg islature chartered the City of LaBelle, which replaced the Town of LaBelle, Doc Mitchell was named the rst Mayor of LaBelle. At some point they moved the whole house to right here on 97 Park Avenue. Right now, Im still renovating; I tell people Im either do ing ofce work or legal work, and by ofce work I mean renovating inside and working on the yard outside. I love this house, I have already started putting pictures up to show the history of LaBelle and my family, Matt says. Im an attorney by day and a football coach by night, Matt goes on, Im an as sistant coach of the littlest kids of the LaBelle Longhorns, which is a lot of fun. The hel mets are usually too heavy for the kids, so sometimes when they fall down they cant get up and they help each other out, which is really cute. For more information or to make an ap pointment with Matt visit www.rentzlaw rm.com. Business Corner Caloosa Belle/ Geoffrey Ionscu Matt Rentz with his new sign in front of 97 Park Ave. QUILTING CLUB Anyone interested in learning to quilt, or if you would just en joy the company of others while working on individual projects, join this fun group on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30. CHESS CLUB Offering a time for experienced players to compete, and also an opportunity to learn how to play, every Monday evening from 5:30 7:30 p.m. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME every Tuesday morning at 10:45. Bring your little ones for fun stories and projects. BARRON BOOK CLUB Book selec tion for September 10, is By Invitation Only, by Dorothea Benton Frank. The club meets at the library the second Monday of every month at 6:30 pm. If you enjoy reading and discussing your thoughts, you may be per fect for the Barron Book Club. Everyone is welcome! KOMPUTERS for KIDS the library is still working with Komputers for Kids Community Outreach of Southwest Flori da, who make rebuilt computers available to families at an affordable price. Special offers available during this back-to-school season. Check them out at Barron Library. Barron Library Happenings
6 Caloosa Belle August 23, 2018 I am Mercedes Perdomo Reese and Im a candidate for Hendry County School Board District 4.Vote for change and new representation A positive voice to represent you on the school boardVote for that change at the Primary Election on August 28thPaid Pol. Ad. Paid for and approved by Mercedes Perdomo Reese for Hendry County School Board District 4 NOTICE OF MEETING 2018 HENDRY COUNTY VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARDPLEASE BE ADVISED that pursuant to Chapter 194, Florida Statutes, the HEN DRY COUNTY VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD (VAB) will convene its Organizational Meeting on, Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10:30 a.m in the Commission Chambers at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida, for the purpose of considering matters pursuant to the requirements of Florida Statutes, Chapter 194 and other items as may be appropriate or time ly. Petitions, complaints and appeals led with the VAB will be referred to hearings conducted by Special Magistrates at the Hendry County Courthouse; or at other designated locations as needed. This meeting is open to the public, and interested citizens are invited to attend. The Board will not be considering Special Magis trate recommendations at this meeting. Anyone who appeals a decision made by the VAB will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, in cluding the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. The VAB may discuss other related is sues in addition to the above matters at the sug gestion or request of the Chairman or members prior to or during the meeting. Barbara S. Butler, Clerk, Hendry County Value Adjustment Board 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 Happenings at the LaBelle Moose Lodge The LaBelle Moose Lodge at 230 Jaycee Lions Drive will have: (863) 675-6255 Tuesday and Thursdays-Wings and appe tizers 5-7 p.m. Friday and Saturdays-Dinner served 5-7 p.m. KARAOKE every Friday and Saturday @ 6:30 p.m. and Sundays at 4:00 p.m. SPECIAL EVENTS: Live Band and Food Saturday, Sept. 1 Walker Experience 7-10 p.m. La Leche League The La Leche League will meet the sec ond Thursday every month from 5-7 p.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: Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec.13. For more info call Maria at 863-612-6264 or email too Ma ria.LLLHendryCounty@gmail.com. Community Briefs Special to the Caloosa Belle Patricia Ann Bosley began her 4-H experi ences in 1978 in a small community between Clewiston and LaBelle. Patricia enrolled her three older children in the local 4-H club, but soon the volunteer leader moved away. Instead of disbanding the club, Patricia be came the new volunteer leader for the Pio neer Arts and Crafts 4-H Club. Presently, Pa tricia is the 4-H leader of the Pioneer Sewing 4-H Club and the Pioneer Small Animal 4-H Club. Previously, she served as the Pioneer Dairy Goat 4-H Club leader. In addition to being active in the Hend ry County 4-H Club Program, Mrs. Bosley is strongly involved in her community. For 16 years she has held the position of secretary for the Pioneer Neighborhood Watch Or ganization. Moreover, Patricia has been an outstanding 4-H club leader for 41 years in Hendry County. She has helped numerous youth in the Pioneer Community to over come many barriers to help them achieve their goals in 4-H and in life. Learning to work with a diverse group of youth, Patri cia has learned to adapt to difcult situa tions and circumstances while maintaining balance and conformity within the Hendry County 4-H Club Program. Patricia was awarded the Hendry Coun ty 4-H Outstanding Leader Award in 1980, 1987 and 1997. She was also awarded FAE 4HA Friend of 4-H in 2001 and captured the National 4-H Council Lifetime Volunteer Award in 2003. Congratulations on being inducted in the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame on August 1, 2018. Patricia Bosley Inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame Submitted photo Pictured left to right: Barbara Bosley Parmer, Fred Bosley, Patricia Bosley, Nan cy Bosley Long and Cindy Bosley Acree. Cattlewomens Beef Cook-Off Aug. 25 The Hendry County Cattlewomens Asso ciation Beef Tailgate Cook-Off is coming up, and the group is seeking participants both to cook and judge the entries. Those interested are asked to let them know by registering to their event on Facebook or by email. The Beef Tailgate Cookoff is meant to help kick off college football season with the cookoff, a Tailgate Themed Silent Auction and an All About Beef Talk. Participants are asked to dress in their favorite teams garb. The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, with the Cookoff Kickoff at noon, the auction from 12:30 to 1:15, the All About Beef Talk at 1:20 and the Scoreboard Review at 2 p.m. Because of a very generous dona tion the association just received, the entry fee has been discounted to $25 (it was $45), and that covers a pair of cooks and includes the 2019 Cattlewomens local dues. There is a $10 fee to be a judge for both categories, which are Hendry County Cattlemens Left over Ribeye, and Ground Beef, sponsored by Winn Dixie in LaBelle. The venue is the Dunwoody Lodge, 1909 Flaghole Road, Clewiston. Email email@example.com for more information or to register. MOPS Resumes MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will begin their regular meetings with sepa rate childcare on Friday, September 7 at First Christian Church at 9 am. Meetings are held on the rst and third Friday of the month from September through May from 9 am-11:30 am and childcare is provided at no cost. Expectant mothers and moth ers with children from birth to age six are invited to join us for coffee, coloring, and conversation. Motherhood is hard, and we believe mother better when we mother to gether. MOPS is a place to nd support and form sincere friendships. It is a place where moms can relax and nd out they are not alone on this wonderful journey of moth erhood. Moms will nd themselves saying, Me too. First Christian Church is located at 138 Ford Ave. LaBelle, FL. For more infor mation contact Megan Narehood at (239) 206-9881 or email mopsoabelle@gmail. com. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/ MOPSofLaBelle. Community Briefs
August 23, 2018 Caloosa Belle 7 e o ces of Stephen Purvis, D.O. Orthopedic Surgeon, located at 525 West Sagamore Avenue in Clewiston and 450 South Main Street in Labelle will be closing e ective August 31, 2018. For any immediate questions, call 863-902-3093. Copies of patient medical records may be picked up at the orthopedic o ce located at 525 West Sagamore Avenue, Clewiston, Florida. Please contact your Primary Care Provider for assistance in locating a physician to continue any ongoing treatment. Stephen Purvis, D.O. Orthopedic Practice Submitted photo Pet of the Week Meet Lewis! Hes a four month old domestic short hair neutered male kitty! He loves to play and is just adorable! Three of his roommates just got adopt ed and hes ready for his furever family, too! Please consider adding Lewis to your family. Come meet Lewis at the Caloosa Humane Society, 1200 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, FL 33935, or check him out on our website Caloosahumane society.org. By Geoffrey Ionescu Caloosa Belle Dr. Darryl E. Damons Ofce welcomes a new DMD dentist Matthew Conley: I grew up in LaBelle so Im very ex cited to practice dentistry here, Matthew explains. I graduated from LaBelle High School, they have a program that if you graduate there, you get two years of FSW education. With that I got a general degree in business. It has always been a lifelong dream to become a dentist so after I got my business degree I went to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) where I got my DMD degree, Matthew says. I al ways wanted to practice dentistry here in LaBelle because Im from here and I know a lot of people in the community. LECOM is making a special effort to train their dentists in a broad spectrum, Dr. Damon continues. Matthew brings all as pects of general dentistry to our practice, so our patients dont have to go to Fort Myers for specialized care. We welcome Dr. Conley to the practice and in so doing are able to double our ofce hours to better serve our community. Darryl E. Damon, DMD is open from Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dr. Darryl Damons Ofce welcomes new dentist Matthew Conley Caloosa Belle/ Geoffrey Ionscu Matthew Conley (left) with Dr. Damon. Submitted photo/ Trenton Muntz Recently at the Rotary On Tuesday, August 14, the Rotary Club of LaBelle heard from Liz Fields from Rotary Camp. Ms. Fields spoke to the Club about the services and functions of Rotary Camp. Rotary Camp Florida is a spe cial needs camp near Brandon, Florida that supports all ages and can provide services to those with special needs. The Club also welcomed their newest member, Mrs. Jessica Jones. TOP: Liz Fields with La Belle Rotary President Fred Kobie. BOTTOM: Holly Kobie, New Rotarian Jessi ca Jones, and LaBelle Rotary President Fred Kobie.
8 Caloosa Belle August 23, 2018 2018 LHS Varsity Football Schedule 8/17/2018 Friday Non-District 07:00PM Away Golden Gate Pre-Season Classic 8/24/2018 Friday Non-District 07:00PM Away SWFL Christian 8/31/2018 Friday Non-District 07:00PM Home Evangelical Christian 9/7/2018 Friday Non-District 07:30PM Away Clewiston 9/14/2018 Friday Non-District 07:00PM Away Oasis 9/21/2018 Friday Non-District 07:00PM Home Bishop Verot 9/28/2018 Friday Non-District 07:00PM Home St. John Neumann 10/12/2018 Friday Non-District 07:00PM Home Lake Placid 10/19/2018 Friday Non-District 07:00PM Away East Lee County 10/26/2018 Friday Non-District 07:00PM Home Community School 11/2/2018 Friday Non-District 07:00PM Away Moore Haven 2018 JV Football Schedule 8/23/2018 Thursday 6:00 PM Away Barron Collier 8/30/2018 Thursday 6:00 PM Away Lake Placid 9/13/2018 Thursday 7:00 PM Away Clewiston 9/20/2018 Thursday 6:00 PM Away Bishop VerotFreshman Game 9/27/2018 Thursday 7:00 PM Home Clewiston 10/4/2018 Thursday 6:00 PM Home Lake Placid 10/25/2018 Thursday 6:00 PM Home East Lee County 2018 Girls Golf 8/23/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Away Riverdale 8/29/2018 Wednesday 3:30 PM Away Clewiston 8/30/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Away Lehigh 9/6/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Away Southwest Florida Christian 9/11/2018 Tuesday 3:30 PM Home Southwest Florida Christian 9/18/2018 Tuesday 3:30 PM Home Lake Placid 9/20/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Away Clewiston 9/25/2018 Tuesday 3:30 PM Home Moore Haven 10/2/2018 Tuesday 3:30 PM Away Lake Placid 10/4/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Home Moore Haven 10/15/2018 Monday 8:30 AM Away Cape Coral, Cypress Lake, Dunbar, Ida Bak er, Island Coast, Lehigh, Mariner, North Fort Myers 2A-20 Girls Golf District 10/15/2018 Monday 8:00 PM Away TBA Districts TBA LaBelle Volleyball 2018 8/14 Preseason @ Riverdale v. River dale TBA 8/16 Preseason @ Riverdale v. NFM TBA 8/23 North Ft. Myers 5:30/7 8/30 @ Oasis 6/7:00 8/31 Canterbury 5/6:00 9/5 @N. Ft. Myers (Varsity Only) 6:00 9/6 CSN 6/7:00 9/13 Clewiston 6/7:00 9/14-15 Winter Park Showcase (Varsity Only) TBA 9/18 Verot 6/7:00 9/20 Charlotte 6/7:00 9/22 @ Riverdale Tournament (JV Only) TBA 9/24 @ Riverdale 6/7:00 9/27@ S.J. Newmann 6/7:00 10/2 FBA Naples 6/7:00 10/4@ Gateway 6/7:00 10/5@ Canterbury 5/6:00 10/6 @ Charlotte Tourney (Varsity Only) TBA 10/8@ Clewiston 6/7:00 10/9 @CSN 6/7:00 10/11Gateway 6/7:00 10/15-18Districts @ Gateway TBA 10/24Regional Quarternals TBA 10/30 Regional Seminals TBA 11/6 Regional Finals TBA 11/10 FHSAA State Seminals TBA 10/29 Regional Finals TBA 11/5FHSAA Seminals TBA 11/11-12 FHSAA Finals TBA 2018 Boys Golf 8/16/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Away Clewiston Pre-Season 8/21/2018 Tuesday 3:30 PM Home Moore Haven 8/23/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Away Riverdale 8/28/2018 Tuesday 3:30 PM Away Southwest Florida Christian 8/29/2018 Wednesday 3:30 PM Away Clewiston 8/30/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Away Lehigh 9/6/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Away Clewiston, SWFL Christian 9/11/2018 Tuesday 3:30 PM Away Ida Baker, Lehigh 9/18/2018 Tuesday 3:30 PM Away Lake Placid 9/20/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Home Clewiston 9/25/2018 Tuesday 3:30 PM Home Moore Haven 10/2/2018 Tuesday 3:30 PM Away Lake Placid 10/4/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Home Moore Haven 10/11/2018 Thursday 3:30 PM Away Clewiston, Moore Haven, Afatchee Hend ry/Glades Championship 10/15/2018 Monday 8:00 PM Home TBA District Tournament 2018 Cross Country 8/25/2018 Saturday 7:30 AM Away Lehigh Lehigh Lightning Invite 9/8/2018 Saturday 7:30 AM Away Fort Myers Fort Myers Invite 9/15/2018 Saturday 8:15 AM Away Barron Collier, Bishop Verot, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Charlotte, Everglades City, Golden Gate, Gulf Coast, Ida Baker, Island Coast, Lehigh, Lemon Bay, Mariner, North Fort Myers, Oasis, Seacrest Country Day, Village School 29th Annual Triton XC Inv 9/22/2018 Saturday 7:30 PM Away North Port 9/28/2018 Friday 4:00 PM Away TBA Flrun ners.com 10/13/2018 Saturday 7:30 AM Away Lely Lely Invitational 10/20/2018 Saturday 8:00 AM Home TBA Caloo sa Chase 5k Run R E D Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta with Chicken Ingredients box penne pasta, cooked to al dente and set aside 2 to 3 Tblspn olive oil 2 good sized, boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into thin slices ( to ) 5 -6 cloves garlic, minced 4 Tblsp all-purpose our 3 Tblsp butter 2 cups half n half 1 cup chicken broth 1 tsp. Italian seasoning 1 pkg. grated Parmesan cheese, divided (6 to 8 oz.) Optional, fresh chopped parsley Salt and pepper Preparation: In a large deep skillet, heat olive oil. Add chick en and season with salt and pepper. Cook until chicken is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside. Add 3 Tblsp of butter to the skittle and melt, then stir in garlic and cook for 1 minutes. Stir in our and Italian seasoning and cook for about a minute or until golden. Whisk in half n half and chicken broth. And simmer for several minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in half the Parmesan cheese until melted. Toss the cooked pasta and chicken with the sauce to coat, then stir in the remaining Parme san cheese and the optional parsley. This dish is quick and easy to prepare and De licious! 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 HOMES Perfect for rst time homebuyer or as an investment. 4/2 home in Clewiston. Needs some TLC. $78,000. Great investment opportunity 3/1 home in Clewiston. Needs dome TLC $67,600. Fixer upper. 2/1 CBS home in North Ft Myers $42,500. 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 UNDER CONTRACT UNDER CONTRACT www.labelleriverside.com Riverside Real Estate45 South Riverview Street LaBelle, FL 33935 863-675-2718SE HABLA ESPAOL Marilyn Sears Lic. Real Estate Broker FAMILY HOME 2BR/2BA plus den which could be 3rd BR, sunken family room with cabana style roof, eat in kitchen with breakfast bar & all GE Pro le appliances, living room & dining room. Call us to nd out more about this amazing home. $150,000 HOME Fall in love with this unique Brick/CBS construction split oor plan which offers over 2,100 square foot of living space. Interior features include a split oor plan with vaulted ceilings, sunken living room, 4+ bedrooms, 2 BA and a 2 car garage, well equipped eat in kitchen, with breakfast bar, pantry, pass thru window, formal dining area and separate den. Three sets of French doors all open to the rear screened lanai perfect for entertaining new roof in 2017 and much more. $239,900 180 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. LOCATED ON THE OLD RIVER AND BY THE DOWNTOWN LABELLE BRIDGE, on 1/3 acre, xeriscaped for low maintenance. The open entry porch leads into a vaulted formal living and dining room with one of the two master bedrooms, full baths, large sewing/laundry room, and two car garage on the north end of the home. A second master bedroom, full bath, and third bedroom on south end. The kitchen features a breakfast bar and the family room offers built-in bookcases and, a bay window/window seat with views of one of LaBelles nest oak tree specimens. Top it off with a SCREENED PORCH OVERLOOKING THE OLD RIVER. $269,000 863-675-4500or visit our website at www.soland.com Se Habla Espaol LaBelle High Schools Fall Sports Schedule
Thursday, August 23, 2018 Caloosa Belle 9 Employment Full Time A.Duda & Sons Tractor Driver A.Duda & Sons has a great opportunity for a Tractor Driver at its Moore Haven and LaBelle Farms. Looking for a dependable team player. Duda offers great benefits and candidate must be able to successfully pass a drug/background screening. Apply in person: A. Duda & Sons 3635 North US 27 Moore Haven, FL 33471 OR A.Duda & Sons 12250 S. SR 29 Felda, FL 33930 Gate #4 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TWENTIETH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR HENDRY COUNTY CIVIL ACTION CASE NO. 18-DR-370 IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF LIVIA C. ROMAN Petitioner/Wife, and JUSTINIAN GROZA, Respondent/Husband. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE (NO CHILD OR FINANCIAL SUPPORT)TO: JUSTINIAN GROZA Last known Address: 3020 36th St. SW Lehigh Acres, FL 33976 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for dissolution of marriage has been filed against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on LIVIA C. ROMAN whose address is 1750 Case Road, LaBelle, FL 33935 on or before September 20, 2018 and file the original with the clerk of this Court at 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL 33935 before service on Petitioner or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. The action is asking the court to decide how the following real or personal property should be divided: NONE. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Courts office notified of your current address. (You may file Designation of Current Mailing and E-Mail Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.915.) Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed or emailed to the address(es) on record at the clerks office. WARNING: Rule 12.285, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure, requires certain automatic disclosure of documents and information. Failure to comply can result in sanctions, including dismissal or striking of pleadings. Dared: 8/10/2018 CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Deputy Clerk 281442 CB 8/23,30;9/6,13/2018 Dissolution of Marriage/Divorc Dissolution of Marriage/Divorc Employment Full Time A.Duda & Son s Sod Sales Coordinator Labelle/Felda Farm A.Duda & Son s has a great opportunity for a Full Time Sod Sales C oordinator at it s Labell e Fe lda Fa rm. Looking for a dependable team player with the following skills : Strong computer an d communication skills must be able to prioritize daily duties Must have experience with Microsoft Suit e (W ord, Excel, Po wer Po int) Must be able to develo p and maintain good communication with customers in sales an d current accounts. Scheduling sod orders and processing invoices. Importing of Citrus tickets and processing of contra ctor harvesting and hauling citrus invoices Prepar ation of monthl y reports. Answer main switchboard with a smile. Maintenance of va riou s spreadsheet s Accounts Pa ya bl e experience preferred B ilingual (Spanish) a plus A dditional duties as n ecessary Duda offers great benefits and candidate must be able to successfully pass a drug/background screening. A pply in person: A.Duda & Son s 12250 S. SR 29 Fe lda, FL 33930 Gate #4 Employment Full Time A.Duda & Son s Sod Sales Coordinator Labelle/Felda Farm A.Duda & Son s has a great opportunity for a Full Time Sod Sales C oordinator at it s Labell e Fe lda Fa rm. Looking for a dependable team player with the following skills : Strong computer an d communication skills must be able to prioritize daily duties Must have experience with Microsoft Suit e (W ord, Excel, Po wer Po int) Must be able to develo p and maintain good communication with customers in sales an d current accounts. Scheduling sod orders and processing invoices. Importing of Citrus tickets and processing of contra ctor harvesting and hauling citrus invoices Prepar ation of monthl y reports. Answer main switchboard with a smile. Maintenance of va riou s spreadsheet s Accounts Pa ya bl e experience preferred B ilingual (Spanish) a plus A dditional duties as n ecessary Duda offers great benefits and candidate must be able to successfully pass a drug/background screening. A pply in person: A.Duda & Son s 12250 S. SR 29 Fe lda, FL 33930 Gate #4 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 Part Time Person Needed To work in 6 acre organi c Mango Grove on Pine Island. Po ssible live-in. Will Pa y for gas mileage. 239-283-8920. 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. Commercial Property Office/ business space for rent 216 S. Main St unit 4, LaBelle. Good location, good store front. More info call Patel: 407-697-4643 or 407-697-9083 Houses Rent EXECUTIVE HOME FOR RENT. CALL SHERRI @ 863-675-0829 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 Automobiles Hyundai Elantra (2014), red outside, black inside. Clean, 63,276 miles. $9,500 OBO Call Dan 239-464-8633 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 LEGAL NOTICE Notice is hereby given that Fort Knox Self Storage located at 1025 Commerce Drive, LaBelle Florida 33935 intends to sell or otherwise dispose of the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said propertv under the Florida Self Storage Facility Act Statutes (83.801-83.809). The public sale or other disposition of the following household/Misc items property will take place at Fort Knox Self Storage 1025 Commerce Drive, La Bedle FL 33935 .July 21, 2018 at 11:00am This public sale requires a 50.00 cash deposit on an winning bids. 863-675-1025 Ernest Snyder Isabel Diaz-De La Rosa Tranda Lashay Jones Justin Archey Ruth Searcy Mark Skervin Melissa Candia 281024 CB 8/16,23/2018 Employment Full Time READING A NEWSPAPER MAKES YOU A MORE INFORMED AND INTERESTING PERSON. No wonder newspaper readers are more popular! Central County Water Drainage District is looking to hire a Highway Maintenance Tech. Duties include, Operating basic highway main repair and clean highways and right-of-ways; Moves and loads supplies and materials; route markers, and pavement markings; Performs emergency response activities sures, placement of signs, and erecting bar ricades; minor repairs, preventative maintenance, refueling, and pre-trip inspections; Performs miscellaneous labor tasks; Performs job documentation Performs related job duties as assigned. Cleans debris from roadways and right a ways. Must possess a valid and clean,drivers license and clean background check. Applications may be picked up at Central County Water Drainage District, 475 S. Cab bage Palm Street, Clewiston FL (Montura Ranch Estates) 33440.
ChuChus Show the Love Benet A Special Fundraiser for ChuChu, who has been the manager of the American Le gion Post 130 Lounge for years, is planned for Saturday, August 25th from 11-3. Chu Chus Show the Love Benet will include the Desperado Band, Silent Auction, Dessert Auction, Gun Rafe and Pull Pork Dinner/ Baked Beans/ Coleslaw & Brownie $8. All proceeds to help with expenses after her sudden stroke. Prayers welcome. Open to the Public.If you would like to help in any way, please call Cindy at 863-234-9003 or firstname.lastname@example.org. American Legion Post 130 is located at 699 SR80 West, across from the Shell station. Dining room is open to the public and smoke free. Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition meetings schedule Do you have unmet needs resulting from Hurricane Irma and have exhausted all oth er resources? Please contact us to nd out what support and volunteer opportunities may be available. Contact Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition Coordinator: Terri Miazga Phone: 813-892-5021 Fax: 863-6759393 E-mail: email@example.com c/o LaBelle United Way House 133 N. Bridge Street LaBelle, FL 33935. Non-prot repre sentatives and other interested want to help Hendry and Glades County residents in their Hurricane Irma recovery are invited to meet ings at the following locations and dates: ASeptember: Glades Regional Training Cen ter located at 1030 Industrial Drive Moore Haven, FL 33471 on Friday September 7, at 1:00 p.m. and Friday Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. The Veterans Memorial Wall Thank you to everyone who submitted the name or names of Veterans to be en graved on the granite wall to be dedicated Veterans Day, November 11 Veterans whose names are on a brick at the Veterans Park will be on the Wall. Even though appli cations have closed for the rst engraving, applications with funds may still be sub mitted to the American Legion for the next engraving at The American Legion Post 130, 699 W. SR80, LaBelle, FL or email Bobkirk firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE DISCRETIONARY ONE-CENT SMALL COUNTY SURTAX Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on September 11, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., at the Clewiston City Hall, Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, to consider an ordinance relating to the discretionary One-Cent Small County Surtax entitled as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE HENDRY COUN TY CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 1-2, ARTICLE V, DISCRETIONARY ONE-CENT SMALL COUNTY SURTAX, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 1-2-74, USE OF PROCEEDS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The meeting is open to the public. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Commission with respect to any mat ter discussed at such 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. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for inspection on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Office of the County Attorney, 110 Broward Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail keitha. email@example.com. 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. Run Date: 8/23/2018 281988 CN/CB 8/23/2018 Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on September 11, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., at the Clewiston City Hall, Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Flori da, to consider an ordinance relating to alcoholic beverages entitled as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE HENDRY COUN TY CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 1-15, PARKS, RECREATION AND SEMIPUBLIC PARKING LOTS, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 1-153, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES PROHIBITED; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The meeting is open to the public. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Commission with respect to any mat ter discussed at such 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. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for inspection on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Office of the County Attorney, 110 Broward Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail keitha. firstname.lastname@example.org.Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la assistencia de un interprete que hable espanol para partic ipar un esta reunion, por favor pongase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. 282140 CN/CB 8/23/2018 Public Notice Public Notice 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 HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO CONSIDER ADOPTION OF AN ORDINANCE RELATING TO THE DISASTER EMERGENCY FUND Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on September 11, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., at the Clewiston City Hall, Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, to consider an ordinance relating to the disaster emergency fund entitled as follows: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE HENDRY COUN TY CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 1-2, ARTICLE IV, DECLARA TION OF STATE OF EMERGENCY, SPECIFICALLY SECTION 1-2-61, DISASTER EMERGENCY FUND; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The meeting is open to the public. All interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Hendry County Commission with respect to any mat ter discussed at such 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. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for inspection on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at the Office of the County Attorney, 110 Broward Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at the meeting, please contact Hendry County Administration at (863) 675-5220; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail keitha. email@example.com. 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. 281981 CN/CB 8/23/2018 Public Notice Public Notice 10 Caloosa Belle August 23, 2018 ACROSS 1 PBS science series since 1974 5 Barton of the Red Cross 10 Secret language 14 Fictional rabbits title 15 Persian Gulf tanker 16 __ about: roughly 17 Soccer scoring opportunity 19 Lang of Smallville 20 Hairpiece 21 How French dip sandwiches are served 22 Nerudas __ to Wine 24 Vice presidential hopeful 27 Cultural no-nos 29 Goings-on 30 Hamilton opponent 31 NFL Hall of Famer Lynn 33 Returning to action, and, on a gridiron, what each first word of 17-, 24-, 47and 55-Across is 39 Am not! reply 40 Whacked arcade critter 42 Greek markets 45 Between-meals meals 47 Musical symbol 50 Disney frame 51 Vaulted church areas 52 Singer NewtonJohn 54 Table salt, to a chemist 55 Hold thats illegal in amateur wrestling 59 Buenos __ 60 Characteristic 61 Frustrating toy for Charlie Brown 62 Rule, Britannia composer Thomas 63 Breaks bread 64 Shoveled precipitation DOWN 1 Football Night in America network 2 Guatemala gold 3 Spinal bone 4 River of Pisa 5 Habeas __ 6 Compare 7 From another planet 8 Camcorder button 9 Raiders of the Lost __ 10 Op-Ed piece 11 Deep into the pub crawl, say 12 Dunkin __ 13 Take off the board 18 Currency since 1999 21 Winery process that can take years 22 Wagering letters 23 Apply haphazardly 25 Potato state 26 __ of the above 28 Tolkien monster 31 Look of disdain 32 Scale amts. 34 Wii game rides for Mario and Luigi 35 Dies __: hymn 36 Physicians org. 37 Soft shoe 38 Sommer of films 41 Immigrants class: Abbr. 42 Live-in nanny 43 Stranded motorists aid 44 Threat-ending words 45 Tours of duty 46 Campbell of Scream 47 Info-gathering exchange 48 Ryan with a record seven no-hitters 49 Hardy of Laurel & Hardy 53 Classes 55 Teleflora rival 56 Sch. in the smallest state 57 Oklahoma tribe 58 Cutting-edge By Michael Dewey (c)2015 Tribune Content Agency, LLC 01/20/15 01/20/15 ANSWER TO PREVIOUS PUZZLE: RELEASE DATE Tuesday, January 20, 2015Los Angeles Times Daily Crossword PuzzleEdited by Rich Norris and Joyce Nichols Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org Community Briefs
August 23, 2018 Caloosa Belle 11 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 25 Saturday, 11-3 ChuChus Show the Love Benet includes the Des perado Band, Silent Auction, Dessert Auc tion, Gun Rafe and Pull Pork Dinner/Baked Beans/ Coleslaw & Brownie $8. Proceeds to help with expenses after her sudden stroke. Prayers welcome. The Public Welcome. September 7 Friday 5-7 p.m. Fish Fry with assortment of sh, shrimp, crab cakes & chicken with cole slaw, baked po tato or French fries & roll $9. Homemade desserts by the American Legion Auxiliary are available $1/slice to support our Veter ans. Karaoke begins at 7 p.m. Dining room is smoke free and Public is Welcome. 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) September 5 Wed 7:30 p.m. Amer ican Legion Riders meeting September 6 Thurs 6 p.m. DAV (Disabled American Veterans) meeting September 12 Wed 6 p.m. Sons of the American Legion meeting September 20 Thurs 7 p.m. Amer ican Legion meets American Legion Auxiliary will not meet during September. 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. VFW Post 10100 ALL DINNERS FOR AUGUST ARE $6.00!! Aug. 24 Fri. Ham Dinner. Serving begins at 5:00 p.m., cost $6.00. Aug 25, Sat. Razors Edge is in the House for Karaoke. Music will begin at 5:00 p.m. Aug. 29 Wed. Sheppards Pie Dinner. Serving will begin at 5:00 p.m. Cost is $6.00. Aug. 31, Fri. Spaghetti Dinner. Serving will begin at 5:00 p.m. Cost is $6.00. Sept. 1, Sat. Chris and Betty Ann are in the House for Karaoke. Music will begin at 5:00 p.m. Sept. 8, Sat. Fish Fry Dinner cooked by Shelly with all the xins Serving will begin at 5:00 p.m. and the cost is $6.00. Music by Razors Edge. Sept. 14, Fri. Beef Tip & Noodle Dinner serving will begin at 5:00 p.m. Cost is $6.00 Sept. 21, Fri. 2 Sharps Karaoke are in the House. Pot luck Dinner Bring your favorite dish. Music begins at 5:00 p.m. SUMMER SPECIAL Every Tues. Free pool table from 5:00pm to 9;00pm Wear your VFW T-Shirt and get .50 off your drink. Beer and Soda excluded Free Juke Box on Fri. nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Queen of Hearts, drawing is at 7:00 p.m. Hamburgers Every Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best Hamburgers and fries in town. Grilled to perfection. Have it your way. Mens Night, Every Mon. Night 6:00pm to 8:00pm. $1.00 off exclude Draft and Soda. Ladies Night, Every Thursday, $1.00 off, exclude Draft and Soda from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 11:00am to 1:00pm and 4:00pm 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. 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 Community Briefs
12 Caloosa Belle August 23, 2018 1500 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres (239) 369-2101 www.LehighRegional.com An emaciated caramel-colored dog is brought to the lobby of the Caloosa Humane Society Shelter, her ribs protruding and her appetite voracious. All eyes are on the res cue dog as she laps up the dish of food pre pared to help ll out her large frame. Outside, an energetic bulldog named Chubbs tests the strength of his leash as Kennel Technician Patrick Grant soothes the rescue pup, whose new t-and-trim gure no longer matches his name. Executive Director Jennifer Johnson rushes to beat the clock and deliver 10 strays to a Naples adoption center before they close. These are snapshots of a day in the life of animal shelter employees. The LaBelle no kill shelter cares for hundreds of dogs and cats annually and re lies on many volunteers to perform some of the less appealing shelter jobs, such as cleaning the kennels and litter boxes. That doesnt bother Grant, who began volunteer ing at the shelter as part of the Able Trust Florida High School High Tech Program, which is offered at several high schools, in cluding LaBelle High School. Administered by Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, the program helps stu dents with disabilities or disadvantages es tablish career goals. Grant had an allergic reaction to plastic ear tubes, which caused deafness for two years and delayed his speech development. The shelter seemed like a good t for the teen, who has owned and cared for dogs, cats, birds, sh and hamsters as pets. After graduation, Grant tried working a job as a retail stocker and janitor, but he changed course and applied to work at the shelter be cause he likes hanging with the animals. Hes a model employee: says Shelter Manager Ida Erwin. I dont know of many kids who dont like animals, but it has to be the right t. Its nice to show the students what a job can be and to give them some thing constructive to do in the community. Several students enrolled in the program have chosen the shelter, which allows them to volunteer before and after school and during the summer months. Education is huge and if we can give these young adults a step up in life to nd their passion, we will, Johnson said. Student with disabilities nds a niche caring for Caloosa Humane Society animals Submitted photo Executive Director of the Caloosa Humane Society Jennifer Johnson and Pat rick Grant. 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. LHS Classes of 1970 1979decade reunion The reunion will be on Saturday, Sep tember 15, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Quart House Restaurant in LaBelle. For more information text or email: Judi Ken nington-Korf. email@example.com or call her at 239.560.7285. Cindy Howard Miller 863.673.3855. or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share this info on social media, call, text or email your classmates and mark your calendar. Its going to be an exciting time!! Swamp Cabbage Festival Committee Meeting The Swamp Cabbage Festival will meet the rst Monday of each month in prepa ration for the 2019 Festival. The meetings are open to the public as well as anyone interested in volunteering. Please join us at LaBelle City Hall, 481 W Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, FL 33935 at 6:30 p.m. For more in formation, call our ofce at 863-675-2995. Meeting Dates: September 10, October 1, November 5, December 3 and January 7 Community Briefs