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Title: Glades County Democrat
Alternate Title: Democrat
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Glades Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Moore Haven Fla
Publication Date: 12-08-2011
Frequency: weekly
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Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Moore Haven (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Glades County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Genre: newspaper   ( sobekcm )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Glades -- Moore Haven
Coordinates: 26.834167 x -81.096111 ( Place of Publication )
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Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1922.
Numbering Peculiarities: Vol. 8, no. 12 (June 21, 1929) issue misdated 1920.
General Note: Editors: R.B. Child, <1926>; Keathley Bowden, <1929>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 5, no. 29 (Sept. 24, 1926).
Funding: Funded in part by the University of Florida, the Library Services and Technology Assistance granting program of Florida, the State Library and Archives of Florida, and other institutions and individuals.
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0% IS BACK!!!!BUY A NEW 2011 F150 AND GET 0% APR FINANCING THROUGH FORD CREDIT FOR UP TO 60 MONTHS.**With approved credit. Some buyers will not qualify for 0% APR financing. Images are for illustration purposes only. Offer ends 01/03/12.NO DEALER FEE!! NO DEALER FEE!! Thursday, December 8, 2011 50¢ Plus tax Vol. 83 No. 121 Weekly Birdwatching column Page 7 Keenagers Christmas Party Page 9 Fewer students are using tobacco Page 12 SWINE PROSPECT SHOW HAS PARTICIPANTS FROM EIGHT COUNTIESBY MICHELLE RAYBURN AND LAURA MATHIS The 4-H Swine Clubs-Raisin’ Pork Pride from Hendry County led by Michelle Rayburn and Rooters from Glades County led by Ragen and Laura Mathis along with help from Pigs & Co. also from Hendry County led by Miranda Whidden, held their rst Annual Swine Prospect Show this past Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Hendry County Fairgrounds. This type of show is not exactly like the regular shows held at county fairs. The exhibitors do bring their animals and exhibit them but then they take them home and take what they learned and build from it for their county fair. These shows are not real common in our area so we wanted to give our members the opportunity to participate, learn, have fun and bene t their club all at the same time. So that is where the idea was born! This being our rst year we were not sure what to expect but the turn out far exceeded our expectations. We had 42 exhibitors from 8 different counties-Hendry, Glades, Lee, Charlotte, Desoto, Manatee, Highlands and Martin-participate in this show. We also had a great turn out of family members, friends and others who just came to watch the show, which in turn helped out our fund raising efforts by utilizing our concession stand! The show was judged by Don Strickland of Sarasota. We had 42 exhibitors with 45 different animals participate. All the animals looked great and the exhibitors did a great job showing them off. Our Grand Champion was a 219 lbs. Duroc X exhibited by Elizabeth King of Manatee County. Elizabeth was awarded a gorgeous buckle and a $150 cash prize. The Reserve Champion was a 189lb Yorkshire X exhibited by Brittany Ritenburg of Desoto County. Brittany was awarded a beautiful rosette and a $100 cash prize. All the participants were also able to sign up for the Showmanship Competition. This part was divided by age. The prize for Champion was a 100 percent payback in each division and a rosette. The Reserve won a nice show brush which had the show name engraved on it. In the Senior Showmanship competition we had 17-(14-18 year olds)-participate. The Senior Showmanship Champion was Tanner Mathis from Glades County. The Reserve Champion was Brittany Ritenburg from Desoto County. Next, we had 11 exhibitors in the Intermediate age division which were 11-13 year olds. The Intermediate Showmanship Champion was Pyper Skinner from Desoto County. The Reserve Champion was Kiara Slade from Highlands County. Lastly, there were 11 Junior Showmen ages 8-10 years old. The Junior Showmanship Champion was Jennah Hernandez from Hendry County. The Reserve Champion was Shayna Barnes from Glades County. We want every exhibitor to know that they are each a winner in our book and helped make this show so successful with all of their hard work and for that we thank them. Of course, events like these do not First-Ever Show Highlights Local SwineSEE SWINE  10 PHOTO / ELIZABETH DEVINEOne of the participants of the Swine Prospect Show shows off her pig during the event that attracted participants from eight counties.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 ........................................................ ........................................................ ........................................................ ........................................................ Muse Community AssociationDec. 10 Country Jam Session and Pot Luck Dinner at 6 p.m. Dec. 17 Bingo at 6 p.m. There will be no regular meeting for the month of December. They wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. All of the events are held at the Muse Community Center building located on Loblolly Bay Road. For more information, please call 863-6740467.Christmas on the CaloosahatcheeChristmas on the Caloosahatchee is going to be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tom Perry City Park in Moore Haven. If you are interested in having a booth please contact Shelley Jones at Moore Haven Elementary School at 863-946-0737 or by e-mail at shelley. jones@gladesschools.org.Christmas CantataA cantata, Bethlehem’s Child, will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at Maple Grove Baptist Church. This is a combined effort of Lakeport Christian Church and Maple Grove. They are extending an invitation to each one in the community. Please get this on your calendar and attend and nd the real reason for the season.Glades County TDC MeetingGlades County Tourism Development Council’s December meeting has been changed to Dec. 19. The meeting will be held in the Glades County Commission Chambers located at 500 Avenue J SW, Moore Haven, FL 33471 at 3 p.m.Glades County Tourism Development Glades County Tourism Development Council’s December meeting has been changed to Dec. 19. Meeting will be held in the Glades County Commission Chambers located at 500 Avenue J SW, Moore Haven, at 3 p.m.Fraternal Order of Eagles #4523The Fraternal Order of Eagles #4523 is located at 101 Avenue J in Moore Haven. All events are open to the public. December activities for members and friends: Tuesday: Bingo at 7 p.m. Friday: Steak Dinners from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday: Breakfast served on the 1st and 3rd from 8 to 11 a.m. Meetings: Men Aerie: 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7 p.m. Lady Auxiliary: 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7 p.m. Christmas Dance: Dec. 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. Special make up meeting Ladies Auxiliary #4523 and Initiation Class: Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. For information or applications call 863-9461523.Mini Health FairHope Connections in Moore Haven on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 11:30 a.m. The Glades RV Resort on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 9 a.m. Sportsman Village on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 10:45 a.m. M-RV Park on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 9 a.m.FIU Scholarship for Hispanic StudentsFIU’s Agroecology Program will award more than $330,000 in scholarships to Hispanic students by Dec. 15. FIU plans to give away 15 scholarships worth as much as $24,000 each to fund research, service-learning projects, professional networking activities and internships. The scholarships are designed to help students prepare for careers in agriculture, food and natural resource sciences. The funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program. Applicants must be current or prospective FIU students, United States citizens and of Hispanic origin. To arrange an interview with the Agroecology Program manager or director, please contact Evelyn S. Perez at 305-348-4493 or esuperez@ u. edu at the following information.Time to Register for Art in the ParkArea artists and craftsmen are cordially invited to exhibit and sell their work at “Art in the Park” in Moore Haven on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The purpose of the event, now in its seventh year, is to bring artists and the public together for their mutual bene t, in a pleasing setting where people can relax and linger. The venue is the Glades County Public Library and adjacent park across the street from the Caloosahatchee River in Moore Haven’s Historic District. Painters, sculptors, potters, photographers, and hand-crafters are encouraged to reserve their place now. Non-juried and free for artists and public. Parking is free and convenient. Exhibitors are responsible for their own setups. The event is sponsored by the Glades County Public Library and its advisory board. The library’s address is 201 Riverside Drive. For more information and to reserve a place, call Mary Booher, Director of Libraries, at 863946-0744. Lakeport Community Center Bible Study on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. For more information call George at 863-946-1222. Lakeport Community Center Yoga classes every Monday and Friday at 12:15 p.m. For more information call Dori at 863-227-1074. Lakeport Gators meet every Friday at 6 p.m. Come out and enjoy food, games, and crafts. For more information contact Ms. Brenda at 863532-8314. Vendors are wanted for the Sour Orange Festival that will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11. For more information call Dori at 863-227-1074. Lakeport Gators Kids Club would like to thank everyone who came out and supported our Community Flea Market on Saturday, Dec 3. Sour Orange Festival on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 a.m. Live music, crafts and food will be available from different vendors from local and afar. For more information, please contact Dori at 863-227-1074 or Brenda at 863-532-8314. There will not be a kids group on Friday, Dec. 16 or 23. Kids group will resume on Dec. 30. Children’s Lights of Love Boat Parade on Dec. 10 at the Harney Pond Canal starting at 5 p.m. Entry fee is one unwrapped toy per person. Admission is new unwrapped toy per car. All boats are welcome to participate. Registration forms to enter a boat can be picked up and dropped off at these locations: Twin Palms, Cheers and Beers, Duck Pub, Becks, Chappy’s, Harbor Community Bank, Lakeport Patty’s Bait Shop, Hideout Cafe, and Country Side Cafe. GLADES AT A GLANCE LAKEPORT NEWS Annual Yearly ProgressGCSD and MHES announce the release of Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) and school grade reports. MHES and WGS earned a letter grade of A from the Florida Department of Education and did not meet AYP. As required under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, the district has sent home letters explaining what AYP is, how it is achieved, and what we are doing to improve student achievement. Additionally, parents received information informing them Florida Virtual School is the school of choice.Project GraduationProject Graduation for the 2012 Seniors of Moore Haven High School is currently underway. We are in the process of raising money for the end of the year alcohol/drug free party for our graduating seniors. This program allows the seniors to have an organized, adult supervised evening on the night of graduation. Our hope is that the seniors who attend project graduation will have an enjoyable and unforgettable, but more importantly safe evening. We have already engaged in several fund raising activities that have been well received by the community, including several barbecues and a rib cook off. Our future activities will include a chili cook off, softball tournament, and more barbecues. Even with all this fund raising activity we still need your support to make this night happen for our seniors. Any donation in support of our Moore Haven High School 2012 Seniors would be greatly appreciate. Please send any donations to the following address: Project Graduation, P.O. Box 99 Moore Haven. Please make checks payable to Project Graduation. SCHOOL BRIEFS

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For Your Christmas ThinkingBY JACKIE MILLER, EVANGELIST First Christian ChurchAnd there were in the same country husbands and fathers keeping watch over their homes by night by going to work every morning to make lots of money. And lo, the smooth-voiced TV announcer came upon them and the glory shown out at them and they were sore afraid they would never be able to buy all the things their families w anted. And the TV announcer said unto them, “Fear not, for I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, w hich shall be to all parents, father, mother, child and relative. For unto you there is this day in the city where our store is a savior which is our credit manager. Y ou shall nd this wondrous one wrapped in red clothing, with a big stomach and sporting white w hiskers and called Santa Claus. He will be in our credit department where you can charge everything, with no payments until February.” And suddenly there was with the TV announcer a multitude of TV actors, praising the store and saying, “Glory to Santa the mostest and on earth lots of presents to all. And we’re open until 9 p.m. every night until Christmas.” And it came to pass that the TV actors faded away into the blood and gore of a high-rating children’s program, the fathers and mothers said to one another, “Let us now go even to this store w hich the TV announcer has made known to us.” And they came with haste, and found glittering wrist watches, fur coats, transistor radios, computers, iPhones, electric can openers, new dresses, and the wondrous one, dressed in red and with fake whiskers and a truly happy smile ... as he sat by the cash register, saying, ‘Ho, Ho, Ho!” And when they had made their purchases, they made known among all their friends and neighbors how they were going to have one of the best Christmases ever, but Santa Clause (the credit manager, that is) kept all the time contracts in his safe and pondered on all the interest he was going to collect.Advent, Preparing, Ingenious GiftsBY REV. SAM S. THOMAS, PH. D.+ Saint Martins ChurchOne Christmas, my daughter wanted a certain popular toy. All of the stores were out; I had tried every store but no luck. One manager told me that they had been out of them for awhile. All he had were damaged ones to be shipped back. I asked to see them. One of them was chipped, but the chip was still in the box. “How much?” I asked. The price was onefth of the regular price. He had a good compatible glue and I came out with what was needed to make a little girl happy. Her mother wanted a swing-set one year for their front porch. The lumber yards informed me they were discontinued. The nearest one was out too; but one of the clerks said, “All we have are pieces in the back.” That did it. Sure enough, there were the instructions for assembly of the one I hoped to nd and I sorted parts into piles; trying to gather up enough for as complete assembly as possible. Finally, the sales person said, “Look, you’re wasting my time, just take the whole lot and pay me half of what you’re looking for.” I did, found enough pieces to assemble two of them and needing only a small slat. That was a special time, too. Those holidays were special to me; I knew I found something my recipients really wanted. It took effort and ingenuity to get them but it was all worth it. We’re getting ready to celebrate another Christmas. Part of the joy is presenting to others something that is more than an off-thecounter gift or gathered up at the last moment. That’s hard to do! The Christmas story is about that kind of gift -a baby! That’s a more-than-special addition in any household. This story is about God saying “Tell you what! I’m going to send you a very, very special gift. I’ve picked it out for you, something you really need, you probably won’t be able to guess what it is, but it will serve you beyond your wildest dreams.” For the couple who had been entrusted with the baby, there were also bumps along the way -no room at the inn, a long journey due to law imposed by a foreign government during a dif cult time when the baby would be due -but an ingenious innkeeper and a diligent father make the arrangements for the special gift that is to come. Right now, we are called to prepare for Christmas; that is what this season of Advent is all about – getting ready. There are those times when I hoped I made the right preparations for others: Preparing-Advent. As I re ect, God prepared the season to come too. We’ve received a gift more useful, greater than we could imagine, something to carry us through. May this be a time to honor God’s gift to us through our giving to others and getting ready once more for His coming to us in just a few days. Christmas BluesBY PASTOR JOHN HICKS First United Methodist ChurchAlthough Christmas is supposed to be a time full of joy, good cheer and optimistic hopes for a new year, many people experience blues during this season of red and greens. Instead of being the “most wonderful time of the year” it turns out to be the “cruddiest season of all.” Some seem to be bummed out and can’t quite put their nger on the reason for feeling down. Many attribute the blues to being physical reactions caused by excess fatigue and emotional disappointments experienced during these months, as well as the stress. Some say that these Christmas Blues can result from the holidays seeming to overpromise and under-deliver for a number of people, leaving holiday happiness marked with “Return to Sender.” It is possible, however, that the Holiday Blues come into our lives not because we expect too much out of holidays, rather because we ask too little. Perhaps what we are really seeking is not happiness, but joy. Happiness is derived from the root “to happen.” Clearly, what happens to us will affect our happiness. Christmastime is full of happenings. There are so many happenings, in fact, that we start to believe that all the activity should add up to happiness. But trying to derive happiness out of activity is much like a dog trying to catch its own tail. The dog can see it, and almost grasp it. Yet as hard as he tries, he will never catch what he desires. What’s more, the faster he spins, the dizzier he will become. Joy, on the other hand, is not dependent on our circumstances, but on God Himself who dwells within us. For the believer, the “tail” of jo y will naturally follow us if we simply follow the Master. During this season, we will see people everywhere, ghting the traf c and the crowds. The y are out there in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Most people love the Christmas season and what it stands for, but some can’t see beyond the Christmas trees, the beautiful lights and the expectation of gifts. The Season of Christmas should be the season in which we truly show our love to others, unselfishly, unequivocally, with fervor! We should be so in love with our God that our faces shine with His presence; our eyes should light up for Him! People should recognize us as having something they want! And we should be ready to share that special something with them when we have the opportunity! To show love wherever we go and to whomever we come in contact with will drive away the blues of Christmas and bring Jo y to the World! 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 Open Evenings Emergencies Welcome All InsuranceWelcomeFREEDigital X-Ray & Consultation or Second OpinionNEW DENTURES$359starting at$99ea.starting at(D5110) (D5120)Exp.12/31/11Exp. 12/31/11Exp. 12/31/11(D2750) (D7140) FROM (D9310) (D0330)CROWNSEXTRACTIONS$499LIMITED TIME ONLY IMPLANTOLOGYISNOTARECOGNIZEDSPECIALTYBYTHEAMERICANDENTALASSOCIATIONANDFLORIDABOARDOFDENTISTRY. NEWTREATMENTPROGRAMONLY. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 1 8 6 3 9 8 3 9 1 4 8 5 Days SaleNov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 3 4 WEIGHTLOSS HEALTHCARE DERMATOLOGYi i n t h e Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat & The Sun C a l l T o A d v e r t i s e OPTOMETRISTS DENTAL 4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 C a l l T o A d v e r t i s e Clewiston News, Glades County Democrat & The Sun 1 8 6 3 9 8 3 9 1 4 8 DERMATOLOGY DENTAL OPTOMETRISTS 5 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Friday: Partly sunny, with a high near 78. East wind around 9 mph. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 62.Friday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. North wind between 6 and 9 mph. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Breezy, with a north wind between 7 and 16 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Weather forecast for Hendry, Glades, and Western Palm Beach counties collected from the National Weather Service. WEATHER Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 63. Northeast wind around 9 mph.Saturday Night: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 66.Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. 13.75 feetabove sea levelLAKE LEVEL Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers after 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. North wind between 11 and 13 mph.

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Rick Scott, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and safety partners want to keep the downward trend heading in the right direction. Alcohol and drugs factored into nearly 19,000 crashes last year, leading to more than 13,000 injuries. December is designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving (3D) Prevention Month to promote safe driving as many will be traveling to celebrate the holidays with loved ones. To combat impaired driving, DHSMV has teamed up with the Governor’s Of ce, local law enforcement agencies and safety advocates to educate drivers and to enforce the Driving Under the In uence laws. To emphasize the importance of the issue, Gov. Rick Scott issued a proclamation to recognize 3D Prevention Month in Florida. “This is the season to celebrate with friends and family,” said Governor Scott. “My administration and all of our safety partners across the state of Florida are dedicated to making sure this season is celebrated safely. We plan to lead by example by practicing safe driving habits that include buckling up, driving sober and avoiding distractions while behind the wheel.” “We encourage everyone to plan ahead this holiday season to avoid drinking or drugged driving,” said Florida Highway Patrol Director, Col. David Brierton. “The Florida Highway Patrol will participate in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over national crackdown this month. We are encouraging all drivers to make good decisions.”Quick FactsDuring the four-day New Year’s holiday travel period in 2010, 32 people died on Florida’s roadways. Of those, 12 were alcohol-related. During the four-day Christmas holiday travel period in 2010, 24 people died on Florida’s roadways. Of those, eight were alcohol-related. Drug-related injuries and fatalities decreased between 2009 and 2010 from 1,090 to 1,063. Protect Your Family, Your Friends and Yourself During the holiday season and year-round, take steps to make sure that you and everyone with whom you celebrate avoid driving under the in uence of drugs or alcohol. Plan ahead. Always designate a sober driver before any holiday party or celebration begins, or take a taxi or public transportation to/from a party if you plan to drink alcohol. A taxi or bus ride is much cheaper than getting a DUI. Take the keys. Do not let a friend drive impaired. Be a helpful host. If you are hosting a party this holiday season, remind your guests to plan ahead and designate a sober driver, always offer alcohol-free beverages, and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver. Mind your meds. Heed the warning labels on prescription medicine bottles because even legal drugs can affect your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Dial *FHP (*347) on your cell phone to report an impaired driver. The Florida Highway Patrol joins law enforcement organizations across the nation this month to remove impaired drivers from the roadways. The Patrol, often working in conjunction with local law enforcement partners, will conduct sobriety checkpoints and aggressively enforce Florida’s DUI laws. FHP will participate in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving crack down between Dec. 16, 2011 Jan.2, 2012. To learn more about the Patrol and DHSMV, visit www. hsmv.gov, follow them on Twitter at @ FDHSMV or visit their Facebook page. Florida Highway Patrol Announces Crackdown SUBMITTED PHOTO Lake Okeechobee waters covered in closureBY AMANDA NALLEYFWCThe recreational harvest of snook will close in all Atlantic coastal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, beginning Dec. 15. The season will reopen in Atlantic state and federal waters Feb. 1, 2012. Snook season remains closed in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters through Aug. 31, 2012, a decision made by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) after prolonged cold weather during the 2009-10 winter that affected snook numbers. The extended Gulf harvest closure will help protect snook populations this winter, when they are most vulnerable to cold weather, and give snook added protection during next spring and summer’s spawning months. Anglers may still catch and release snook during the harvest closure, and the FWC encourages everyone to handle and release these sh carefully to help ensure their survival upon release. Snook regulations apply to snook harvested in both state and federal waters off Florida, and no person shall possess any snook caught during snook closed seasons. For more information regarding the management of snook in Florida, visit MyFWC.com/ Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Snook.” December Brings Closure Of Snook Season SUBMITTED PHOTO

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 N N O T I C E O F J O I N T P U B L I C H E A R I N G B E T W E E N T H E H E N D R Y C O U N T Y B O A R D O F C O U N T Y C O M M I S S I O N E R S A N D T H E H E N D R R Y C O U N T Y S C H O O L B O A R D T O D I S C U S S R E D I S T R I C T I N G Notice is hereby given that the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners and the Hendry County School Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comment concerning redistricting and related issues at 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2011, in the Commission Room, Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. All persons are invited to attend and be heard. Redistricting is the process by which the district boundaries for election of County Commissioners and School Board members are adjusted to account for changes in population reflected in the decennial census. The current district lines are proposed to be changed in several places. The proposed maps are available for inspection during normal business hours at the Supervisor of Elections Office at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by either board with respect to any matter 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. H e n d r y C o u n t y S c h o o l B o a r d B o a r d o f C o u n t y C o m m i s s i o n e r s o f H e n d r y C o u n t y S a l l y B e r g C h a i r w o m a n T r i i s t a n C h a p m a n C h a i r m a nA V I S O D E A U D I E N C I A P B L I C A C O N J U N T A E N T R E L A J U N T A D E C O M I S S I O N A D O S D E L C O N D A D O d e H E N D R Y Y L A J U N T A E S C O L A R D E L C O N D A D O D E H E N D R Y P A R A D E S C U T I R l a R E D I S T R I C T I N G Aviso queda habido cuenta de que la Junta de Comisionados y la Junta Escolar del Condado de Hendry sostendra una audiencia publica para recibir comentarios del public sobre cuestiones conexas y redistricting alas 5:00 pm el 13 de Diciembre del 2011, en la Camara de Comision en el Juzgado de Condado de Hendry ubicado en 25 East Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL. Todas personas estan invitadas a asistir y ser escuchados. Redistricting es el proceso mediante el cual se ajustan los limites del distrito para eleccion de comisionados del condado y miembros de la junta Escolar para esplicar los cambios de poblacion en el censo decenal. Las actuales lineas de distrito se proponen ser cambiado en varios lugares. Los mapas propuestos estan desponibles para la inspeccion durante horas normales de trabajo en la oficina del Supervisor de Elecciones en la Corte del Condado de Hendry, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida. Si una persona decide apelar cualquier decision tomada por una junta con respect a cualquier asunto discutido en esa reunion, tendra un expediente de las actuaciones y que, para tal efecto, necesite asegurar que un acta literal de las actuaciones se hace, que registro incluye el testimonio y la evidencia de que la apelacion es basarse. J u n t a d e l D i s t r i t o E s c o l a r d e l C o n d a d o H e n d r y J u n t a d e C o m i s i o n a d o d e l S a l l y B e r g P r e s i d e n t a C o n d a d o He n d r y T r i s t a n C h a p m a n P r e s i d e n t e 7 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 BY MARGARET ENGLAND Hendry-Glades AudobonThe 112th Annual Christmas Bird Count begins in a few weeks. From Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the A mericas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission -often before dawn. For more than one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season. A complete list of Florida CBC’s is on the Florida Ornithological Society web site at www.fosbirds.org. Birders and photographers are invited to participate in the Fifth Annual STA5-Clewiston Christmas Bird Count (FLSO) will be held on Saturday, Dec. 31. Accuracy is assured by having new participants join an established group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher. Count volunteers follow speci ed routes through a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle. One of the common wintering warblers often seen by birders and photographers in inland Florida during Christmas Bird Counts is the Palm Warbler (Eastern Species). The Palm Warbler is a small long slim songbird with a brownish back, chestnut “rufous” cap, faint streaks on its sides and bright yellow undertail. It constantly wags its tail. Their song is a weak, monotonous, buzzy trill and their call is a thin “tsip” or sharp “chip”. The Palm Warbler is sometimes confused with the adult Prairie Warbler who also wags its tail. The Prairie Warbler lacks the “rufous” cap, has bold dark streaks on its sides, yellow spectacles, and greenish back and reddish streaks on its back. The Eastern Species of the Palm Warbler breed in bogs and forests usually near water in Canada and Northeastern United States. Their nest, which is shaped like an open cup, is usually found on or near the ground in an open area. They migrate to the Southeastern United States, Yucatan Peninsula, Caribbean, Nicaragua, and Panama in the winter. They forage on the ground more than other warblers searching for insects and berries, but will sometimes catch insects while ying. Join Hendry-Glades Audubon volunteers for birding trips. You and your guests are invited participate in upcoming birding trips or the Christmas Bird Count Dec. 31 at STA5 (Stormwater Treatment Area 5). For more information, please e-mail Margaret England at sta5birding@embarqmail.com or by phone at 863-674-0695 or 863-517-0202. The schedule of STA5 trips through December 2012 and upcoming Hendry-Glades Audubon programs is available on the HGAS web site at www. hendrygladesaudubon.org Please send high resolution photos for upcoming news articles on songbirds and ducks. Photographer’s submissions will be credited. New and current Hendry-Glades Audubon Society “Facebook Friends” will be entered in a monthly drawing for a “Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America” during November and December 2011. “Like”, post a birding photo, or comment on “The Hendry-Glades Audubon Society Facebook” page to enter the next drawing. Inland Birding Fun: Palm Warbler (PAWA) PHOTO / LARRY FROGGEPalm Warbler. Margaret England

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Signi cant shift from a rainy October; Water conservation remains essentialBY RANDY SMITH SFWMDBelow-average rainfall marked the rst month of South Florida's dry season. November's sparse rainfall had minimal impact on regional water supplies, however, because record October rains replenished resources from Orlando to the Florida Keys, including Lake Okeechobee. "The short-term water supply outlook is favorable, and the next few months of typically cooler w eather means we lose less water to evaporation," said Susan Sylvester, SFWMD Chief of the W ater Control Operations Bureau. "But we still have a forecast of below-average rainfall for the rest of the dry season, so we must remain cautious. For water managers, this means continuing to store as much water as possible. For residents, this means continuing good water conservation practices." A total of 0.75 inches of rain fell across the 16-county District in November, representing 32 percent of the average for this time of year, or a de cit of 1.61 inches. All areas of the region were below average for the month, with the largest de cits along the east coast. Lake Okeechobee stood at 13.77 feet NGVD today, about a foot below its historical average for this time of year. The 730-square-mile lake, which serves as a backup water supply for South Florida, also received a major boost from October rains, rising about 2.5 feet since September 30. This moved the lake above its water shortage management zone. In response to these improved regional water resource conditions, the SFWMD Governing Board in October rescinded water shortage orders for South Florida, many of which had been in place since March of this year. The board did declare a water shortage warning to encourage vigilance and voluntary cutbacks. Frequent swings in South Florida's water conditions and the drier-than-normal La Ni–a forecast indicate that a return to water shortage is possible. Year-round landscape irrigation conservation measures remain in place. Text Box: Customers of the West Palm Beach and Lake Worth utilities remain under local orders limiting landscape irrigation to one day per week.Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule Adopted by the SFWMD Governing Board in November 2009, the Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule established a permanent two-day-aweek landscape watering schedule throughout the region, with a three-day-a-week provision for some counties. Utilizing the rule's exibility, some city and county governments have adopted alternative landscape irrigation ordinances or emergenc y actions based on local water demands or system limitations. For many areas, landscape watering schedules remain the same under year-round conservation measures as they were under water shortage restrictions. Details on landscape irrigation limits are available by contacting your local government or b y visiting www.sfwmd.gov/2days. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 P P R E S I D E N T I A L P R E F E R E N C E P R I M A R Y E L E C T I O N B o o k s C l o s e REGISTER TO VOTE: For the January 31, 2012, Presidential Preference Primary Election at the Supervisor of Elections Office, LaBelle Courthouse, the Clewiston Sub-office, any Drivers License Office, Public Assistance Office and all Public Libraries. The Voter Registration Books close on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. E L E C C I N D E P R E F E R E N C I A P R E S I D E N C I A L P R I M A R I I A L i b r o s S e C i e r r a n REGISTRESE para VOTAR el 31 de Enero, 2012, para la Eleccin de Preferencia Presidencial Primaria, registrese en la Oficina de Elecciones, en el Edificio de la Corte en LaBelle, y la Sub-oficina de Clewiston, y en la Oficina de licencia, Oficinas de Assistencias Publicas y Libreria Publica. Los libros de registracion se sierran el Martes, 3 de Enero, 2012 a las 5:00 p.m. Lucretia A. Strickland Supervisor of Elections Hendry County, Florida December 8, 2011 C.N. & C.B. F.S. 97.055 PLEASE BE ADVISED that pursuant to Chapter 194, Florida Statutes, the 2011 HENDRY COUNTY VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD will convene its final public meeting on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011 at 9:30 am in the County Commission Meeting Room, Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida, 33935 for the purpose of making final decisions based upon evaluations of the findings and recommendations of the duly appointed Special Magistrate on petitions duly filed with the 2011 Value Adjustment Board regarding 2011 property tax assessments, exemptions, deferrals, classifications and transfers of homestead assessment difference and to certify the 2011 tax roll. The VAB may consider other items as may be appropriate or timely. Anyone who appeals a decision made thereat will need a record of the proceedings and may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, including the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Barbara S. Butler, Clerk Hendry County Value Adjustment Board N O T I C E O F M E E T I N G H E N D R Y C O U N T Y V A L U E A D J U S T M E N T B O A R D 8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 South Florida Dry Season Begins With a Dry November SUBMITTED PHOTOOctober 2011 rainfall was 9.98 inches. SUBMITTED PHOTONovember 2011 rainfall was 0.75 inches.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 9 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 Natural resources under protection as wellThe newest additions to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement graduated Friday at the Florida Public Safety Institute near Tallahassee. Eleven individuals had all taken previous steps toward becoming law enforcement of cers, but they added another element to their mission Friday. They not only pledged their efforts to protecting Florida’s residents and visitors, but they also vowed to defend its unique and valuable natural resources. “Everyone in this class was already law enforcement certi ed before joining us,” said Col. Jim Brown, director of the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. “We are very pleased with the dedication and enthusiasm they already display for the job.” The beginning of each traditional FWC academy teaches basic law enforcement information to recruits. The nal eight weeks of each session constitute the breakout portion; this is when recruits learn the unique skills needed to be an FWC of cer. Since Friday’s graduates were certied previously, they attended only the breakout portion. Out of hundreds of applicants, only 13 were selected to begin the class, and 11 made it through the intensive training and physical demands to graduate. The training included rearms pro ciency, wildlife identi cation, defensive tactics, vessel and all-terrain vehicle operation, as well as a focus on state and federal wildlife and sheries laws. “We are excited about what these individuals bring to the FWC,” Brown said. “The group represents a wide variety of abilities and experiences.” Many are well-versed in law enforcement; their backgrounds range from being an FWC reservist and a son of a former Marine Patrol ofcer, to patrol deputies, a tactical team member and a corrections K-9 of cer. Four of these new of cers are military veterans, one having served in both Iraq and Kuwait. Several members are active in the National Guard or military reserves, and there are three with bachelor’s degrees. “Another notable characteristic about this group is a love for the outdoors. They are now pledging their efforts to protect the very natural resources they have enjoyed all of their lives,” Brown said. The 11 diverse individuals will now join a special group as they face the challenging and rewarding path ahead. As FWC of cers, they will patrol Florida’s lands – more than 34 million acres – as well as over 12,000 square miles of water. These of cers will be protecting the “Fishing Capital of the World” and one of the largest public hunting systems in the country. In addition to enforcing all state laws, FWC of cers are authorized to enforce federal sheries and wildlife laws. The graduates will spend the next three months with a eld-training of cer and are assigned to the following counties: Shelton Bartlett – Monroe Joseph Jenkins – Broward Jason Bryan – Clay Scott Kellerman – Broward James Buckley – St. Lucie Rewa Maldonado – Palm Beach  Hunter Caldwell – Dade Matthew Nasworth – Glades Matthew DallaRosa – Pinellas Jerry Yates – Lee Asa Dias Jr. – Broward 11 New FWC Of cers Ready To Protect State's People The small, brownish bird moved unobtrusively among the scrubs as it searched for seeds, while a young scientist observed and meticulously recorded its feeding habits and physical attributes. During his ve year scienti c research voyage, Charles Darwin would discover 13 different species of nches on a small group of atolls, known as the Galapagos Islands. The bird’s physical adaptations (beaks) and unique feeding niches eventually lead Darwin to publish a controversial book called “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.” Come join the Hendry-Glades Audubon at the Clewiston Museum on December 12th at 7 p.m., as we begin our exciting digital trip to other lands. We will travel to Ecuador’s Cotopaxi National Park, located in the breath-taking Andes Mountains and later to Darwin’s infamous Galapagos Islands, found 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. Our rocking chair adventure will end with a journey to Peru where mysteries of the Inca civilization are revealed at world renowned Machu Picchu, an ancient city with architecture and engineering as stunning as the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Photos of the Galapagos wildlife, Cotopaxi National Park and Peru’s ancient Inca architecture will be viewed through a new digital program produced and presented by Sam Fried. He has published 54 articles in eld guides, books, newspapers and magazines worldwide, including National Audubon, Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Birding and Living Bird Quarterly magazines. Mr. Fried also wrote several chapters of the Insight Guides books on birding in North America that was published by The Discovery Channel. Don’t miss out on this free, wonderful journey of exquisite photos. Contact Margaret England at 517-0202 or the Clewiston Museum at 863-983-2870 and reserve a seat! The Galapagos Islands and More PHOTO / SAM FRIEDSmiling Land Iguana. Remember when “hanging your stocking” did not mean a huge store-bought stocking facsimile, but one of your own socks? Of course, it also meant digging through the sock drawer to nd the very biggest one for Santa to ll. Decorations at the Westergaard House brought back memories for a lot of the ladies of Glades County Woman’s Club when they saw socks hanging from the mantel. A beautifully decorated “real” tree added to the thoughts of “when I was a little girl,” as each member told of memories from Christmases past. Kacie Swaford reminisced about visiting her grandparents, and Santa coming by on a re truck, and was surprised to learn he still does, as Pat Lucas said to let the city know where a child is watching for Santa. “Getting to know you, getting to know all about you” was a fun game during their annual Christmas party, as new members answered questions from their past. During a short business meeting, plans were nalized for the club’s participation in the Christmas on the Caloosahatchee festival. Be sure to check out their booth for pulled pork sandwiches and hot chocolate. Members should be at the city park by 4 p.m. to help set up their booth. Proceeds from the club’s fund raisers go to support the scholarships that they present each year. The club’s annual fashion show and luncheon were also discussed, and you will hear more about that later. “Save room for dessert” someone advised as the feast was being spread by Cracker Cookin’ and Caterin’. Don’t think you can nd a gift for $5 any more? Members had a hilarious time during the Chinese Auction with gifts that had a price tag of $5 or less. Put a bug in Santa’s ear, in case the ole budget is being stretched beyond recognition. The regular meeting date will return to the second Thursday in January, unless the hostess for the membership tea changes it. In that case, all members will be noti ed. Keenagers Christmas Party PHOTO / FLORIDA SPORTSMAN

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 11 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 PHOTO / ELIZABETH DEVINEReserve Champion Brittany Ritenburg from Desoto County. PHOTO / ELIZABETH DEVINEIntermediate Showmanship Champion Pyper Skinner from Desoto County. PHOTO / ELIZABETH DEVINEReserve Champion Brittany Ritenburg from Desoto County poses with Senior Showmanship Chamption Tanner Mathis.

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The Glades County Historical Society members are inviting Glades County citizens to its annual Christmas Open House on Friday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. There will not be a rm closing time in order to give all interested folks an opportunity to view the historic Bungalow-style home. The exterior of the house has been restored but the inside has been remodeled making it available to all non-pro t organizations for meetings. Recently an electric kitchen range built in 1921 was donated by Dan and LaVern Lawrence, winter residents from Columbia, South Carolina, and M Resort in Moore Haven. The gray and white enamel stove is in great condition thanks to loving care from Dan's mother. Members, Julie Wigton and Anne Coffey, drove to Columbia and picked up the stove a few months ago. Two off-duty county employees were kind enough to unload the iron appliance and place it in the kitchen. Now the group is wishing for an antique refrigerator! You know, one of those with the motor mounted on top? If you have one, please bring it to the festive Open House. Meantime cold punch is on the menu and lots of tasty refreshments. For further information, please call Julie Wigton at 863-946-2060 or Anne Coffey at 863-8015199. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 3387 S.Hwy 441 Okeechobee 863.763.2239 959 S. Main St. Belle Glade 561.996.7783 411 W. Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston 941.983.8373 2 PC. DARKDEAL€2 pc. chicken* (drumstick &thigh)€1 individual mashed potatoes with gravy €1 biscuitOffer expires 1/31/12 € *Available in GrilledLimit one per coupon at participating KFC restaurants. Not valid with other special offers. Tax extra. 2011 KFCC Limit one per coupon at participating KFC restaurants. Not valid with other special offers. Tax extra. 2011 KFCC Limit one per coupon at participating KFC restaurants. Not valid with other special offers. Tax extra. 2011 KFCC Limit one per coupon at participating KFC restaurants. Not valid with other special offers. Tax extra. 2011 KFCC$399BREAST DEAL€1 breast piece of chicken €1 individual side €1 biscuit €1 medium drinkOffer expires 1/31/12 € *Available in Original Recipe, Extra Crispy or Grilled$39910 BUCK VALUE MEAL€7 pcs. of chicken* (drumstick &thigh)€1 large mashed potatoes with gravy €3 biscuitsOffer expires 1/31/12 € *Available in Original Recipe, Extra Crispy or Grilled$108 PC. MIXED MEAL€8 pc. chicken* (white/dark)€1 large mashed potatoes with gravy € 1 large coleslaw €4 biscuitOffer expires 1/31/12 € *Available in Original Recipe, Extra Crispy, Grilled or Mixed$1499 12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 BY ELLEN HAWK GEAKE Glades County Democratic Party ChairWith the Florida Legislature having reduced the number of days when citizens can cast their votes, mail-in ballots are a way that voters can still cast a ballot at their own convenience and make their voices heard in the 2012 election. Mail-in ballots, also known as absentee ballots, vote by mail, or convenience voting are often the deciding factor in an election. Because of their growing importance, the outcome of next year's election could be decided at the kitchen tables of homes throughout Florida long before Election Day. Mail-in ballots offer a number of advantages. For one, we all know how dif cult it is to read the long constitutional amendments listed on the ballot cards. A mail-in ballot gives voters a chance to read each item carefully, ponder the issues, and make choices without the pressures or rush of the voting booth. Mail-in ballots also allow parents to show their children the voting process and how to participate in our shared democracy. Another bene t of submitting a mail-in ballot early is that candidate phone calls to a home end soon after computers record that a ballot has been received. The candidates and political parties take these voter names off their call lists and focus instead on those who may not have yet voted. In Glades County, mail-in ballots were used by 18 percent or 468 out of the 2612 people who voted in the last general election. Unfortunately, even those who requested mail-in ballots as recently as 2010 are required to submit a new request in order to receive a mail-in ballot for the 2012 elections. This tactic of requiring voters to reapply for mail-in ballots has proven to be part of a winning strategy for the Republican Party, but this year Democrats are making a push to sign up their party members for mail-in ballots as well. Because the Glades County Democratic Executive Committees is a member of the Florida Democratic Party's Small County Coalition, it is eligible for a small grant from the state party if one percent of the county's 6200 registered voters request absentee ballots prior to Dec. 15. The Glades County Democratic Party uses this grant money to fund mailings and activities promoting local Democratic candidates. To request a Mail-in Ballot, contact the Glades County Supervisor of Elections Holly Whiddon at 863-946-6005 or hollywhiddon@embarqmail. com. The Glades County Democratic Executive Committee can be reached at 239-245-9945 or info@GladesDemocrats.com for mail-in ballot registration assistance and general meeting information. Mail-In Ballots Could Swing Vote Fewer middle school and high school students are smoking cigarettes or using smokeless tobacco, according to 2011 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey. Compared to last year, this data shows a decrease of 9.2 percent among high school students and a decrease of 28.6 percent among middle school students. According to the 2010 survey, 10.2 percent of middle school students in Hendry said they smoked cigarettes on one or more of the past 30 days compared to a statewide average of 4.9 percent. At the high school level, 15.4 percent said they smoked cigarettes in the last 30 days compared to the 13.1 percent statewide. When it came to not using any tobacco products, 65.9 percent of middle school students said they had never smoked or used smokeless tobacco compared to the state average of 68.6 percent. At the high school level, 54.2 percent said they had never smoked or used smokeless tobacco compared to the 55.4 percent statewide average. In Glades, 4.4 percent percent of middle school students said they smoked cigarettes on one or more of the past 30 days compared to a statewide average of 4.9 percent. At the high school level, 18.9 percent said they smoked cigarettes in the last 30 days compared to the 13.1 percent statewide. When it came to not using any tobacco products, 71.1 percent of middle school students said they had never smoked or used smokeless tobacco compared to the state average of 68.6 percent. At the high school level, 39.7 percent said they had never smoked or used smokeless tobacco compared to the 55.4 percent statewide average. This year the numbers were even better; 11.9 percent of high school students and 3.5 percent of middle school students statewide reported that they smoked at least once during the past 30 days. More signi cantly, since the Tobacco Free Florida campaign launched in 2007, 17.9 percent fewer high school students and 42.6 percent fewer middle school students in Florida were current cigarettes smokers. And it was not just the children who were impacted by the state's anti-tobacco campaigns. Tobacco Free Florida said from 2007 to 2010, the smoking rate for adults in Florida decreased by 18.6 percent, resulting in nearly half a million fewer Floridian adult smokers an estimated savings of as much as $4.2 billion in personal health care expenditures. "The continued decrease in the smoking prevalence rate among our state's youth is a clear indication of the effectiveness of our tobacco prevention programs," said Dr. Frank Farmer, Florida's State Surgeon General. "However, tobacco prevention remains a critical issue in Florida where tobacco use remains the number one cause of disease and preventable death." Despite the promising decline of cigarette smoking among youth, the prevalence of smokeless tobacco use has trended upward among Florida youth over the past several years. This is consistent with an increase in smokeless tobacco use nationwide. Smokeless tobacco products are perceived to be less harmful. But in reality, these products contain more nicotine than cigarettes and have 28 cancer-causing agents. Fewer Middle and High School Students Use Tobacco Glades County Historical Society Holiday Open House SUBMITTED PHOTOWest Glades teachers vs PanthersWest Glades teachers had a friendly volleyball game against the lady panthers, in which the lady panthers won.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 HERES MY C HERES MY C ARD! ARD!These hometown businesses appreciate your support Call me for Free Initial Consultation 110 E. Washington Ave. € LaBelle, FL 8 6 3 6 7 5 5 7 7 6 STEVEN C. SPENC E Attorney At LawImmigration Criminal € DUI Foreclosure Defense 863-674-1775216 S. MAIN STREET UNIT #3 LABELLE, FL33935Located in the Court Plaza next to Hungry HowiesOpen: Tue, Wed & Fri 9 to 5 € Thur 9 to 6 € Sat 7 to 2 Closed Sun and Mon$90for 6 Weeks Call 863-983-9148 or e-mail us at slakeadsales@newszap.com to learn more! 13 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 BY PAT DOBBINS Hendry/Glades Health DepartmentsThe holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. It is also a time to pay special attention to your health and the health of your family. Give the gift of health and safety by following these holiday tips. Keep an eye on you children: Keep your children with you at all times while you are shopping. A ccompany and supervise your children in public facilities and restrooms. Have a plan in case you become separated. If your kids are old enough to understand, have a pre-designated spot to meet if y ou get separated. Teach children to look for people who can help, such as a uniformed security of cer, salesperson or even a mother with children. Remind children to remain in the area where they become separated. Your Child's Safety: Keep a watchful eye on y our kids when they're eating and playing. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, choking hazards (like coins and hard candy), and other objects out of kids' reach. Learn what to do for children who are choking. Make sure toys are used properly. Wash your hands often: Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and clean water are not available, use an alcoholbased product.Stay warmCold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry, and dress warmly in several layers of loose- tting, tightly woven clothing.Manage stressThe holidays don't need to take a toll on your health. Be aware of your actions, try not to overcommit or over-spend. Try to balance your work, home, and play. Get support from your family and friends. Try to keep a relaxed and positive outlook.Travel safelyWhether you're traveling across town or around the world, keep safety in mind. Do not drink and drive, and don't let someone else drink and drive. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to their height, weight, and age.Be smoke-freeAvoid smoking and breathing other people's smoke. If you smoke, quit today! Call 1-800QUIT-NOW or talk to your health care provider for help. Get check-ups and vaccinationsExams and screenings can help nd problems before they start. They can also help nd problems early, when the chances for treatment and cure are better. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives. Schedule a visit with your health care provider for a yearly exam. Ask what vaccinations and tests you should get based on your age, lifestyle, travel plans, medical history, and family health history.Prevent injuriesInjuries can occur anywhere and some often occur around the holidays. Use step stools instead of furniture when hanging decorations. Leave the reworks to the professionals. Wear a bicycle helmet to help prevent head injuries.Fire SafetyMost residential res occur during the winter months. Keep candles away from children, pets, walkways, trees, and curtains. Never leave replaces, stoves, or candles unattended. Don't use generators, grills, or other gasolineor charcoal-burning devices inside your home or garage. Install a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Test them once a month, and replace batteries twice a year.Handle and prepare food safelyAs you prepare holiday meals, keep you and your family safe from food-related illness. Wash hands and surfaces often. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping ra w meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces. Cook foods to the proper temperature. Refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perishable foods out of the refrigerator for more than two hours.Protect pets from rabiesPets are considered family members. Keep them healthy and safe as well. Visit your veterinarian with your pet on a regular basis and keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date. Do something positive for yourself and for those around you and you will be happier and healthier! An act of kindness goes a long way. Have a happy and healthy holiday season! Holiday Season Health and Safety Tips Area growers/farmers need to be on the watchBY GENE MCAVOYOver the Thanksgiving weekend, L and M Farms, LaBelle farm located on the Duda property off Hwy 29 was hit, despite locked gates and a quantity of ag chemicals stolen. Growers are advised to keep farm entrances and storage areas locked and maintain surveillance. Lock up all chemicals, they are essentially like cash money for a thief. Locate chemical storage well away from access roads. Be sure that all entrances to your farm are secure even trails through the woods accessible by vehicles as some thieves are reportedly using on-line satellite maps such as Google Earth to identify buildings and alternative ways of entering properties via the "back way". Request that chemicals be delivered on the days you need them and not before. Return excess chemicals to the chemical distributor. Not having a stockpile of chemicals in your shed you will decrease the opportunity for theft. Consider installing alarms or video cameras on chemical shed doors or windows. Buy only from reputable dealers and do not be tempted to buy "cheap" chemicals from unknown sources you are only supporting a thief and you may be next. It is strongly recommended that all equipment hand tools, power tools, be marked in a speci c manner that could help identify your tools if they are stolen or lost. Also consider marking car/truck batteries in a similar manner. All chemicals should be secured daily, in a secure container or building. All padlocks should be mounted in a manner in which it is dif cult to use bolt cutters to cut the padlocks. Growers may also want to consider video surveillance local companies like AgTronix can help with this and security systems. Look out for your neighbor and report suspicious vehicles and activities to the Sheriffs' Of ce. If you have information concerning this, or any other crime in Collier County you are urged to contact: Collier County Sheriff's Of ce at (239) 253-9300 Hendry County Sheriff's Of ce 863-674-4060 You can remain anonymous and be paid a reward if your information leads to an arrest by calling Crimestoppers at: 1-800-780-TIPS Chemical Thefts are Continuing Around Southwest Florida

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Parcels, Owner Finance Avail. €Sky Valley Lots: deeply discounted Ready To BuildŽ €1.25 Ac. lots Montura Ranch Estates $6K and Up €20 Acre Ladeca$150K €E. Del Monte/N. Francisco, Res. Lot $75K €185 Ac former shrimp/fish farm So. LaBelle $4,500 per acre €918 Acre former shrimp farm So. Clewiston $6,500 per acre €N. Fransisco Res. Lot $25K, Owner Financing €2 Residental lots horseshoe acres $7500 each €812 Maryland Ave. (Mobile Home Lot) $11,000 €5 ac. Queen Ave. wooded $25K C O M M E R C I A L / I N V E S T M E N T / R E N T A L S €Moore Haven Medical Office w/ Equipment for sale or lease €Gas/Convenience Store, CR 833 $350K €Industrial/Rail Business Park, CR 835. Sale or Lease €Hwy 27, 14,279 sq. ft. Commercial Building $349K €Hwy 27 Frontage-Former Sonnys Lot (1.9 ac) $450K €525 E El Paso Office w/ apt. excellent condition $105K €Comm. Building Moore Haven U.S. 27 For Lease €.35 ac. Corner LotEast of Bello's Jewelry $65K €Corner Lot, Hwy. 27 Frontage reduced $155K €Hwy. 27 Clewiston Auto Repair Shop $350K €2bd/1BA Moore Haven $500mo. €3/2 Port Labelle $850 mo. For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Employment Full TimeQuality Control Inspector Experienced in materials and equipment used in construction and maintenance in a variety of facilities. Must be able to communicate and provide written reports clearly, computer skills a plus. Send resume to R & D Maintenance Services Inc 475 Ridgelawn Road, Clewiston, FL 33440 Must be able to pass a drivers license check and employment drug screen. EEO employer TEMP MECHANIC MECHANICAL SKILLS. Safely fabricate, install, inspect, maintain, troubleshoot and repair conveyors, hydraulic systems, gear boxes, pumps, turbines, steel structures, chutes, pipelines, valves, vessels, pressure vessels. WELDER WELDING SKILLS-PASS 6G WELDING TEST. Utilize miscellaneous metal working equipment and processes such as arc welding, oxygen/acetylene, MIG, TIG and plasma methods to perform welding functions. Email brief paragraph of experience to: Jdooley@ussugar.com or apply online at www.ussugar.com Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! Theclassifiedads 14 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011

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Employment Full Time Railroad Locomotive Mechanic/Electrical Repair of locomotive mechanical, electrical, and associated equipment to FRA standards. Have knowledge of and ability to repair rail cars and their associated equipment. Be prepared to help when called out for derailments and train breakdowns. Carry out inspections on Locomotives, railcars and equipment to FRA standards. Diesel Locomotive OR Tugboat experience needed. United States Sugar Corporation is one of America’s largest diversi ed, privately held agribusiness rms. The company is headquartered on the southern shore of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee. In addition to growing, milling and re ning cane sugar, US Sugar owns a short line railroad and its Southern Gardens subsidiary is one of Florida’s foremost producers and processors of oranges and orange juice products. 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For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Buildings & Sheds FurnitureEntertainment Centers Three piece pine entertainment center with 2 matching end tables and sofa table ($500 obo); Three piece dark wood entertainment center ($300 obo).. (863)228-2258 or (863)228-2262 WILDWOOD 1 Bedroom unfurnished. Call: 863-983-3151. Apartments1 BR apt. on quiet riverfront, very private, furnished, water included, no pets, non smoker, adults only, $650 mo., 1 yr. lease 239-337-5859 CLEWISTON Apt for rent, 2 br/ 1.5 ba, good location. $550 per mo. 409 San Pedro. Call Roberto at (305) 951-7666 Houses RentCLEWISTON 1004 Johnson Rd., 2BR/1BA, $650 mo. + $500 sec., no inside pets. Hugh yard. Call Tricia (863)228-6664. LABELLE River front, 4br, 2ba, of ce, 2 car garage, on 3 acres. Eatin-kitchen, Great room, screened lanai, large covered boat dock, $1200/mo. 1st/sec dep. (801)664-9530 ~ MOORE HAVEN ~ 2BR, 1BA double lot, fenced yard, car port, new tile $650/mo. (863)509-0096 Rental NeededCLEWISTON Single retiree, nancially secure, looking to rent a room north of Hwy 27 in Clewiston. (863) 228-3909 For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Land Sale25 Individual acres in Clewiston plus 5 aces in Homestead area & 2.5 acres in N. Miami area (High Density) for sale or exchange for one entire 30-50 acres. Call (305)945-0566 or email: gwdlvcorp@yahoo.com For more listings, go to www.newszap.com Mobile Home Rent~ MOORE HAVEN ~ Mobile Homes from $300 & Up. 2BR, 2BA $500/mo. Lg 1BR APT $450/mo. Lg Eff. APT w/ utilities paid. $160/week. (863)509-0096 Obispo Ave 2 Bedroom $300 + Lot Ready to Move in 863-983-8106 Mobile HomeSaleBANK REPO’S Starting at $15,000 Mobile Home Angels 561-721-2230 CLEWISTON 2005 Single 14x70. 3BR/1BA. All appls. New hardwood rs. & storage bldg. (10x10). $39,900. Call 863-983-9382 NEW ‘12 SINGLEWIDE 3 BED 2 BATH $33471 Set up, Air, Skirting and Steps 800-330-8106 NEW 2012 DOUBLEWIDE 3 BED 2 BATH $41571 Set up, A/C, Skirting and Steps Easy Financing!!! 863-983-3016 New doublewide for sale at $49,900. No money down on your lot. 863-673-4325 or 863-228-5931 Very large doublewide 5br, 2 bath located in Horseshoe Acres. Immaculate condition. Very easy nancing with your good credit. 239-823-6849 or 863-675-8888NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION Pursuant to Ch 715.585(6) F.S. United American Lien & Recovery as agent with power of attorney will sell the following vehicle(s) to the highest bidder subject to any liens; net proceeds deposited with the clerk of court; owner/lienholder has right to hearing and post bond; owner may redeem vehicle for cash sum of lien; all auctions held in reserve Inspect 1 week prior @ lien facility; cash or cashier check; 15% buyer prem; any person interested ph (954) 563-1999 Sale date December 30, 2011 @ 10:00 am 3411 NW 9th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 24610 2000 Chevrolet Vin#: 2GCEC19V8Y1219662 lienor amt $5544.90 Licensed & bonded auctioneers ab422 au 765 & 1911 404317 CN 12/8/2011 Attention Comcast Customers in all areas excluding Lakeport, Moore Haven, Okeechobee and Palm Bay Please note this is a correction to the legal ad published on November 17th, 2011: • TV Chile will remain on channel 631 until further notice. Please call 1-800-COMCAST (266-2278) if you have any questions. After a notice of a re-tiering of a video service or a rate increase, you may change your level of service at no additional charge for a period of 30 days from the effective date of the change. Otherwise, changes in the services you receive at your request may be subject to the upgrade or downgrade hlitdthltdPilifliblf Finditfaster.Sellitsooner Public NoticeHighlands County HOME Consortium Notice of Public Hearing on the FY 2010-2011 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report The Highlands County HOME Consortium receives funding for DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME). HUD requires that the Highlands County Consortium prepare a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) on the accomplishments of each the programs goals and objectives in the Consortium’s 5-year Consolidated Plan for Housing. Notice is hereby given that the Highlands County Consortium will conduct a public hearing on the Consortium’s activities undertaken during the FY 10/11. Citizen comments form this hearing will be reported in the CAPER. The hearing will be held as shown below: Hendry County Administration Of ce Conference Room #1 640 S. Main St LaBelle, FL 33935 December 16, 2011 10:00 am All residents are encouraged to attend. For additional information and for persons requiring special accommodations please contact the Highlands County Housing Of ce at 863-402-6648, 7205 S. George Blvd., Sebring FL 33875. A Copy of the CAPER may be viewed at the above listed SHIP of ces in each county, and at www.hcbcc.net. 404566 CN 12/8/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Florida Bids, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2278 2007 1214334-010000U0120 James Sykes Lot 15, Block U, Harlen Addition No. 3, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 7, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404371 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 Find it faster. Sell it sooner in the classifieds Shop here first! Thlifidd Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding, LLC, the holders following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of p r and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3577 2008 4104329-030000L0020 Odilance Silien Tract L2, Block 2102, Port LaBelle, Unit 3, a subdivision according to t h thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 73, Public Records of Hendry C Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law, the prope scribed in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the C Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 w the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S Clerk of Circui t Hendry County, 404379 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3617 2008 4104329-03020980170 Robert Goldberg Lot 17, Block 2098, Port LaBelle Unit 3, a subdivision according to the plat thereof Recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 73, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404386 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding, LLC, the holders following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of p r and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3980 2008 4104329-04021560040 Tracy J. Miller Lot 4, Block 2156, Port LaBelle Unit 4, a subdivision according to t h thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 86, Public Records of Hendry C Florida Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law, the prope scribed in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the C Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 w the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S Clerk of Circui t Hendry County, 404370 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 Public Notice Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011YEAR END SHED SALE YOUR FIRST PAYMENT IS YOUR DOWN PAYMENT ALL SIZES AVAIL AS LOW AS $100.00 DOWN 863-983-8106 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the h of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to sued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description o f erty and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2539 2008 1314433-A0001780000 Georgina Garcia The South one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast on e ter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of S 31, Township 44 South, Range 33 East, Hendry County, Florida. Sub j an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also kn o Tract 5768, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owne r Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law, the prope r scribed in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the C Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 w the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Clerk of Circui t Hendry County, 404384 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the h of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to sued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description o f erty and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1544 2008 1154432-A0000370000 Carlos R. Morales The North one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northeast on e ter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Secti Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 3274, M Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owne r Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed accor ding to law, the prope r scribed in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the C Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 w the 12th dayof January2012

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Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3619 2008 4104329-03020990020 Open Space Land, LLC Lot 2, Block 2099, Port LaBelle Unit 3, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 73, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404391 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3542 2008 4104329-02020800140 Judy G. Hunnel Lot 14, Block 2080, Port LaBelle Unit 2, a subdivision according to the plat thereof Recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 60, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404369 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Verona A, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1407 2007 1224432-01000700040 Zo Do LLC & Janet Ames Scharf Lot 4, Block 70, Montura Ranch Estates, First Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Pages 37, 38, and 39, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404349 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Tarpon IV, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1410 2007 1224432-01000700130 Zo DO LLC & Janet Ames Scharf Lot 13, Block 70, Montura Ranch Estates, First Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Pages 37, 38, and 39, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404367 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3692 2008 4104329-03021190160 Edasmet C. Chang & Said Eltanawy Lot 16, Block 2119, Port LaBelle Unit 3, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 73, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404354 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1634 2008 1224432-01000030080 Azteca Montura Inc Lot 8, Block 3, Montura Ranch Estates, First Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Pages 37, 38 and 39, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404340 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Winder VI, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 157 2007 1064428-A0000930000 John C. Shelley Swearingen The East one-half of the Northeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 6, Township 44 South, Range 28 East, Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404336 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 4025 2008 4104329-05021860240 Manuel Garcia Lot 24, Block 2186, Port LaBelle Unit 5, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 104, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404380 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2543 2008 1314433-A0001940000 Raul Martinez The South one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southwest onequarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 31, Township 44 South, Range 33 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5703, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404389 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Jolene Funding, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 3637 2008 4104329-03021040060 Maribel Lombo, Ramon Leyva Bahar & Carlos A. Nieves Lombo Lot 6, Block 2104, Port LaBelle Unit 3, a subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 73, Public Records of Hendry County, Florida Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404345 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 16 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1875 2008 124432-A0001040100 Izquiderdo Amparo Gonzalvo The South one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest onequarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 24, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 40 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5216, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404351 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2584 2008 1314433-A0003940000 Pagan Juan H. Matias The North one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southeast one-quarter of Section 31, Township 44 South, Range 33 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5982, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404352 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2548 2008 1314433-A0002260000 Everlinda Toledo The South one-half of the Northwest one-quarter of the Southwest onequarter of the Southeast one-quarter of the Northwest one-quarter of Section 31, Township 44 South, Range 33 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5826, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404342 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1897 2008 1254432-A0000230000 Berner Joseph & Lindalle Joseph The South one-half of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northwest onequarter of the Northwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the West 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5152, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404378 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids, in triplicate, subject to the conditions herein, will be received until Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 2:00 PM by the Hendry County Board of County Commissioners, at the Hendry County Complex, Clerk of Circuit Court, Attn.: Barbara Butler, C.E. Hall Building, Administrative Wing, 2nd Floor, Room A-226, 50 South Bridge Street, LaBelle, Florida 33935; for furnishing all labor and materials and performing all work connected with a project for the Airglades Industrial Park Road, Water, and Sewer Improvements (Hendry County Bid Number 2012-07). A Pre-Bid Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at 11:00 AM at the Airglades Airport Terminal Building. Bidders are invited to submit bids for this work on the bid forms provided. Other bid or proposal forms will not be accep ted. The complete examination and understanding of the Contract Documents consisting of the project plans and speci cations including all addenda or other revisions, and site of the proposed work is necessary to properly submit a bid. On or after December 1, 2011 Contract Documents consisting of the project plans and speci cations and all addenda or other revisions will be available for examination and may be obtained from the of ce of URS Corporation, 7650 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, Florida, 33607-1462, (Phone: 813-675-6538; contact Kelli Leonard) for the non-refundable amount of $100.00. The Contractor must purchase the Contract Documents from the Engineer of Record in order to be considered a responsive bidder. A Bid Bond in the form as bound in the Contract Documents or Certi ed Check in the amount of not less than ve percent (5%) of the total amount bid must accompany each Bid. Successful Bidder will be required to execute and to provide a Payment Bond and Performance Bond each in an Amount of not less than one hundred percent (100%) of the total value of the Contract awarded to him with a satisfactory surety or sureties for the full and faithful performance of the work. The Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d) and 49 CFR, Part 26, Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Programs, hereby noti es all bidders that it will af rmatively ensure that disadvantaged business enterprises are afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex or national origin in consideration for an award. No bid may be withdrawn after closing time for the receipt of bids for a period of ninety (90) days. The Board of County Commissioners of Hendry County reserves the right to waive any informalities or irregularities in or reject any or all bids and to award or refrain from awarding a Contract for the work. Contractor selection and disquali cation criteria are set forth in Hendry County Ordinance No. 2001-08. HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Date: November 16, 2011 By: Tristan Chapman, Chairman 403220 CN/CB 11/24;12/1,8,15/2011 Public Notice Public Notice

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Public NoticeNOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS Hendry County, Florida (the “County”) hereby provides notice, pursuant to Section 197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem special assessments to be levied within the Banyan Village area, Port LaBelle Plat Units 10-13, within the unincorporated area of the County, for service assessments for maintenance of the potable water service lines within that area commencing with the Fiscal Year beginning on October 1, 2012, and continuing each year until the particular lot shall hook-up to and become a customer of the utility. The County will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2011, in the Commission Chambers, Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the proposed form of resolution, which contains the legal description of the real property subject to the levy, are on le at the County Administration Of ce, 640 S. Main Street, LaBelle, Florida. In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the County with respect to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the above-referenced public hearing, a r ecord of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Clerk at (863) 675-5217, seven days days prior to the date of the hearing. Darrell R. Harris, Chairman BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA 402357 CN/CB 11/17,24;12/1,8/2011 Public Notice Public NoticeNOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS Hendry County, Florida (the “County”) hereby provides notice, pursuant to Section 197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem special assessments to be levied within the West Hendry County Recreation Municipal Services Bene t Unit, within the unincorporated area of the County, for assessments on commercial properties for recreational purposes within that area commencing with the Fiscal Year beginning on October 1, 2012, and continuing each year until discontinued by the County. The County will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2011, in the Commission Chambers, Hendry County Courthouse, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida. All interested persons are invited to attend and be heard. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the proposed form of resolution, which contains the legal description of the real property subject to the levy, are on le at the County Administration Of ce, 640 S. Main Street, LaBelle, Florida. In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the County with respect to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the above-referenced public hearing, a r ecord of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should contact the County Clerk at (863) 675-5217, seven days days prior to the date of the hearing. Darrell R. Harris, Chairman BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA 402361 CN/CB 11/17,24;12/1,8/2011 Public NoticeCity of Clewiston Public Hearing NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Clewiston City Commission will conduct a PUBLIC HEARING on December 19, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Hall Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida. During the Public Hearing, the City Commission proposes to enact nal passage of the ordinance which is set forth as follows: ORDINANCE NO. 2011-04 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING THE VACATION AND ABANDONMENT OF THAT PORTION OF THE BASILAN CRESCENT STREET & PLAZA LYING NORTH OF LOTS 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 OF BLOCK 498, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT OF THE GENERAL PLAN OF CLEWISTON, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGES 71 THROUGH 78, WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CITY OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available in the City Clerk’s Of ce, City Hall, 115 W. Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida, for the inspection of any interested parties and interested parties may appear at the meeting and be heard with respect to the proposed ordinance. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, any person requiring special accommodations at the meeting because of a disability or physical impairment, should contact the City Clerk’s of ce at 863-983-1484, at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Clewiston City Hall is a wheelchair accessible building. If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, such person may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and any evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Steve McKown City Manager 404314 CN 12/8/2011 Public Notice NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Tarpon IV, LLC, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 2605 2007 2164329-A0000090100 Brian K. Quinn Begin at the Northeast corner of Section 16, Township 43 South, Range 29 East, Hendry County, Florida; thence South 00 degrees 50’ 32” East 2445.71 feet to the Point-of-Beginning; thence South 89 degrees 37’ 06” West 719.28 feet; thence South 00 degrees 51’ 26” East 121.83 feet; thence South 43 degrees 02’ 43” East 695.13 feet; thence N 89 degrees 37’ 06” East 252.28 feet; thence North 00 degrees 50’ 35” West 633.22 feet to the Point-of-Beginning. EXCLUDING the Northerly 175.87 feet of the Easterly 175.87 feet and EXCLUDING the following: Begin at the Northeast corner of Section 16, Township 43 South, Range 29 East, Hendry County, Florida; thence South 03 degrees 31’ 11” East 2624.37 feet to the Point-of-Beginning; thence South 86 degrees 51’ 28” West 667.33 feet; thence South 45 degrees 48’ 22” East 617.84 feet; thence North 86 degrees 51’ 28” East 252.28 feet to the East line of Section 16; thence North 03 degrees 36’ 11” West along the East line 454.34 feet to the Point-of-Beginning. Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404382 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice Public Notice NOTICE OF HEARING WATER CONTROL PLAN AMENDMENT CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT To the owners and all persons interested in the lands corporate and other property in and adjacent to the Central County Water Control District, “the District.” You are noti ed that the District has led in the of ce of the secretary of the District a resolution to consider approval of an amended water control plan, “WCP,” to provide for the following elements making the District’s WCP consistent with the District’s Environmental Resource Permit with South Florida Water Control District; and, providing for a special assessment associated with the completion of the District’s Reservoir Levee. Said amendments are summarized as follows: 1. Completion of Reservoir Levee Improvements -Construction of the 2.5 miles of the levee that remains to be completed in order to allow water retention at design/permitted capacity; 2. Installation of Two (2) Additional Pumps The installation of two additional pumps upon completion of the Reservoir Levee thereby increasing the District’s permitted pumping capacity from 250,000 gpm to 300,000 gpm, a net 50,000 gpm theoretical increase in pumping capacity; 3. Inclusion of Woodlands Subdivision in the District’s Geographical BoundariesThe District’s legal description contains a scrivener’s error thereby not closing the legal description of the Woodland’s Subdivision as it relates to the geographical boundaries of the District; 4. Provision for a Special Assessment Funding the Reservoir Levee CompletionThe District intends to fund the Reservoir Levee Improvements referenced herein by a special assessment not previously authorized by law through the provisions of Chapter 298, Florida Statutes; and, On or before its meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the District Administrative Of ces, Montura Ranch Estates, 475 South Cabbage Palm Road Clewiston, Florida, 33440 written objections to the proposed plan amendment may be led with the District at the aforementioned address. A public hearing on the proposed plan amendment will be conducted at the scheduled meeting and written objections will be considered at that time. At the conclusion of the hearing the Board of Supervisors may determine to proceed with the process for approval of the proposed plan amendment and direct the District Engineer to prepare an engineer’s report identifying property to be taken, if any, assessing bene ts and damages, and estimating the cost of improvements associated with the proposed plan amendment. A nal hearing on approval of the proposed plan amendment and Engineer’s report shall be duly noticed and held at a regularly scheduled Board of Supervisor’s meeting within 60 days after ling of the engineer’s report with the Secretary of the District. CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT 404315 CN 12/8,15,22/2011 Public Notice 17 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Chapter 197.512 Florida Statutes NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT County of Hendry, Florida, the holders of the following certi cate has led said certi cate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certi cate number, year of issuance, description of property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: CERT. NAME IN NO. YEAR DESCRIPTION WHICH ASSESSED 1893 2008 1254432-A0000120100 Rafael Rodriquez Journet Julia Rivera Corujo The North one-half of the Southeast one-quarter of the Southwest one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of the Northeast one-quarter of Section 25, Township 44 South, Range 32 East, Hendry County, Florida. Subject to an easement for an access road of the East 30 feet thereof. Also known as Tract 5127, Montura Ranch Estates, an unrecorded subdivision Less and except Gas, Oil and Mineral rights not owned by prior owner. Subject to existing easements and right of ways of record. All of said property being in the County of Hendry, State of Florida. Unless such certi cate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certi cate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Clerk’s Of ce, 2nd Floor, Administration Wing, LaBelle, Florida, at 11:00 A.M. on the Second Thursday in the month of January, 2012 which is the 12th day of January, 2012 Dated this 30th day of November, 2011 Barbara S. Butler Clerk of Circuit Court Hendry County, Florida 404368 CN 12/8,15,22,29/2011 Public Notice 1-INVITATION TO BID BID # 2011-2 CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT Canals 7 & 8/Riverside Sealed bids for the replacement of the above referenced Canals 7 & 8/Riverside will be received by the Central County Water Control District Board of Supervisors, hereinafter referred to as “District” at: 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street Clewiston, Florida 33440 until 2:00 pm local time on December 27 for furnishing labor and materials and performing all work set forth in the Invitation to Bid, Instruction to Bidders, Bid Form, Construction Contract, Detailed Speci cations and Drawings which comprise the Bid Documents. Immediately following the scheduled closing time for the reception of bids, all bid proposals which have been submitted in accordance with the conditions of the Invitation to Bid, Instructions to Bidders and any Addenda issued in relation to this Project will be publicly opened and read aloud_ Bidder is responsible for the delivery of bid and bids received after the speci ed day and time will not be opened. The Work is described as Canals 7 & 8/Riverside and is outlined in drawings and speci cations prepared by the District’s Chief Engineer, Rock Aboujaoudd, P.E. The work requires the successful bidder to replace two existing culverts with culverts of the same type and size and the replacement of the headwall at each end of the culverts. Construction drawings and Speci cations may be obtained from Rock Aboujaoude, P.E. (contact person) at 154 N. Bridge Street, LaBelle, Florida (863/612-0011), or from the District’s of ce at 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street, Clewiston, Florida (863/983-5797). Each bid must be submitted, in duplicate, on the prescribed bid form and accompanied by bid security on the prescribed form, payable to the Central County Water Control District Board of Supervisors, in an amount not less than ve percent (5%) of the bid amount All subcontractors shall be declared on a separate form. All bids shall be opened and read aloud on December 27 at 2:00 PM at the District of ce located at 475 S. Cabbage Palm Street, Clewiston, Florida. Bidders are welcome to attend. The successful Bidder will be required to furnish the necessary Insurance Contracts and Certi cates of Insurance. These shall be either executed by or countersigned by a licensed resident agent of the surety or insurance company having its place of business in the State of Florida. Further, the said surety or insurance company shall be duly authorized and quali ed to do business in the State of Florida and shall have an A.M. Best rating of A-minus or better and who is listed on the United States Treasury Department’s T-list as acceptable to issue bonds for the applicable dollar amount. The Bid may be withdrawn prior to the date and time of bid opening. Bids shall remain open and subject to acceptance for a period of forty ve (45) calendar days after the date of bid opening. No bidder may withdraw their Bid for a period of forty ve (45) calendar days after the date of Bid opening. In order to perform public work, the successful Bidder shall have all licenses and permits required by Federal, State, and local statutes, regulations and ordinances. Before a Contract will be awarded for the work contemplated herein, the District will conduct such investigations as are necessary to determine the performance record and ability of the apparent low Bidder to perform the size and type of work speci ed under this Invitation to Bid. Upon request, the Bidder shall submit such information as deemed necessary by the District to evaluate the bidder’s quali cations. The District reserves the right to award the bid to the lowest responsible and quali ed bidder based on available funding. The District reserves the right to reject any or all Bid(s) and/or to waive any irregularities at the District’s sole discretion. It also reserves the right to postpone the award of the Contract for a period of time which postponement, however, shall not extend beyond ninety (90) calendar days from the bid opening date during which, the District at its sole discretion may release the Bid security DATED this day of December, 2011. ATTEST: Central County Water Control District By:Carolyn (Cookie) Hester, Dist. Mgr. 404500 CN 12/8,15,22/2011 Public Notice Public Notice DIRT SALE BID The Barron Water Control District is accepting sealed bids for the sale of about 280,000 cubic yards of dirt along several canals. Bids will be accepted until 9:00 AM, January 5, 2012, at the District of ce, 3293 Dellwood Terrace, Port LaBelle, FL. To inquire and receive detailed bidding speci cations and instructions, call 863-675-0346 or email BWCD12@embarqmail.com or visit the of ce. The owner reserves the right to hold all proposals for sixty (60) days and to reject any or all proposals, with or without cause, to waive technical errors and informalities or to accept the bid in its judgment best serves the owner. Lester B. Baird, Sr., General Manager Barron Water Control District 404137 CGS/CB 12/8,15/2011 LEGAL NOTICE The following vehicles will be sold at public auction at Clewiston Towing 600 E Sugarland Hwy Clewiston Fl 33440 on December 19, 2011 at 10:00a.m.: 2000 Ford, VIN: 1FMZU72X4YUB36954 2001 Mitsubishi, VIN: 4A3AE85H21E190288 1993 Ford, VIN: 1FMCU22XXPUB36352 2007 Pontiac, VIN: 1G2AL15F977167459 2002 Ford, VIN: 1FAFP33P02W185057 2001 Toyota, VIN: 4T1BG22K71U083303 404611 CN 12/8/2011 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 262008CA000430XXXXXX LASALLE BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR THE MLMI TRUST SERIES 2007-HE1, Plaintiff vs. JOSE E. CERVANTES; ANTONIA PEQUENO, et al., Defendants RE-NOTICE OF SALE PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 45 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order or Summary Final Judgment of foreclosure dated October 6, 2008 and an Order Resetting Sale dated November 30, 2011, and entered in Case No. 262008CA000430 XXXXXX of the Circuit Court of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in and for Hendry County, Florida, wherein LaSalle Bank, N.A. as Trustee for the MLMI Trust Series 2007-HE1 is Plaintiff and JOSE E. CERVANTES; ANTONIA PEQUENO; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 1; UNKNOWN TENANT NO. 2; and ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING INTERESTS BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST A NAMED DEFENDANT TO THIS ACTION, OR HAVING OR CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE OR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY HEREIN DESCRIBED, are Defendants, I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash on the Second Floor in front of the Main Clerk’s Of ce at the Hendry County Courthouse, 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935 in Hendry County, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. on the 28th day of December, 2011, the following described property as set forth in said Order or Final Judgment, to-wit: THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF THE NORTHWEST ONE-QUARTER OF THE NORTH ONE-HALF OF BLOCK 39, LABELLE, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE 47, PUBLIC RECORDS OF LEE COUNTY, FLORIDA, LYING AND BEING IN HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNERS AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Sheila Mann, Court Operations Manager, whose of ce is located at Lee County Justice Center, 1700 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901, and whose telephone number is (239) 533-1700, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this noti cation if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. DATED at LaBelle, Florida, on December 2, 2011. BARBARA BUTLER As Clerk, Circuit Court By: J. Bevis As Deputy Clerk SMITH, HIATT & DIAZ, P.A. Attorneys for Plaintiff PO Box 11438 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33339-1438 Telephone: (954) 564-0071 404564 CN 12/8,15/2011 LIEN SALE 2006 Alumacraft FL #5352 ND VIN3 ACBW4623H506 A sale is to be held at Jolly Roger Marina, 1095 E. Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston, FL commencing at 1:00 PM on December 20th, 2011.404405 CN 12/8,15/2011 Public NoticeIN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR HARDEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2006DR-400 IN RE: THE MARRIAGE OF THOMAS ZUNIGA, Former Husband, and MELISSA ZUNIGA, Former Wife. NOTICE OF ACTION FOR MODIFICATION OF CHILD SUPPORT TO: MELISSA ZUNIGA L/K/A 2006 Lighthouse Lane Labelle, Florida 33935 YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a modi cation of Child Support action has been led against you and that you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on William L. Allen, Esquire, whose address is 5835 U.S. Highway 98 South, Lakeland, Florida 33812, on or before December 16, 2011, and le the original with the Clerk of this court at Post Of ce Box 9000, Drawer CC-2, Bartow, Florida 33831, before service on the Former Wife or immediately thereafter. If you fail to do so, a default may be entered against you for the relief demanded in the petition. Copies of all court documents in this case, including orders, are available at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce. You may review these documents upon request. You must keep the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s of ce noti ed of your current address. (You may le Notice of Current Address, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form12.915). Future papers in this lawsuit will be mailed to the address on record at the clerks’ of ce. 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. Dated on this 10th day of October, 2011. B. HUGH BRADLEY Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Connie Coker DEPUTY CLERK 403063 CN 11/24;12/1,8/2011 NOTICE OF MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 14, 2011 CHANGE OF LOCATION Notice is hereby given that the location and time of the December 14, 2011 regular Board Meetings for the East Beach Water Control District, Pahokee Water Control District, East Shore Water Control District, Pelican Lake Water Control District, South Shore Drainage District, South Florida Conservancy District and the Clewiston Drainage District has been changed. The combined meeting will meet at Southern Gardens Groves, located off Flaghole Road, west of Clewiston, on Friday, December 16, 2011, beginning at 10:30 A.M. FOR THE DISTRICTS BY: /s/ David R. Davis, District Manager 404258 SUN 12/8/2011 Public NoticeNOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE CENTRAL COUNTY WATER CONTROL DISTRICT You are hereby noti ed that the Regular Meeting of the Board of Supervisors of the Central County Water Control District will be held on Wednesday,December 14, 2011 at 7 pm at the Central County Conference Room located at 475 S. Cabbage Palm St. Montura Ranch Estates, Clewiston, Florida. The purpose of this meeting is to transact any and all business which may come before the Board. If a person decides to appeal the decision of the Board of Supervisors with respect to any matter considered at the public meeting or hearing herein referred he or she may need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is based. 404313 CN 12/8/2011 Public Notice you looked for it? Your new home could be in todays paper. Have you looked for it? 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18 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 BY STATEPOINTTips For Holiday Car TravelIt`s almost time to pack the kids and presents into the car and head out to visit family for the holidays. Whether your trip will take you over the river or through the woods, getting to grandmother’s house can mean overcrowded roads, tough driving conditions and many repetitions of “Are we there yet?” A little preparation can help make your holiday car trip safer and more pleasurable. Keep your little ones protected. Holiday road trips can be dangerous due to slippery conditions and additional motorists on the road. Many of the newest child seats rely on innovative plastic materials for safety features -threeand ve-point harness systems, shock absorbing foam padding, head impact protection and re-resistant upholstery -that help protect your children on the road. Fuel-up in advance on gas -a full tank helps avoid extra stops along the way. And consider installing a cell phone app that geo-locates gas stations with lower gas prices. Lighter vehicles often are more fuel-ef cient. So if your family can t comfortably, a smaller, lighter car could save on gas money. One reason is that today’s cars employ many design, comfort and safety features made with lightweight plastics, which helps reduce overall vehicle weight to improve fuel economy. Modern automobiles now are made of 50 percent plastics by volume, but only 10 percent by weight. If you have been considering purchasing a new car, there may be no better time than the holidays. Many dealers offer signi cant holiday discounts, so this could be a great time to prepare for that upcoming holiday road trip. Pack healthful road snacks. Consider foods such as cheese sticks, carrots and dried fruits. Buy in bulk and pack individual portions in conv enient re-sealable plastic bags and containers. A void overly sugary treats that may make it harder for kids to sit still. Transport food safely. Bring holiday dishes in coolers and containers so you can safely go straight from your kitchen to the car to the holiday table. Lightweight plastic coolers are easy to transport and help keep prepared foods cold by trapping cool air inside and keeping out warmer air. A irtight plastic containers help keep individual dishes fresh. Use space-saving packaging. Packing for a holiday trip can be challenging, so consider using airtight plastic “space saver” bags that prevent w rinkles, keep your clothes fresh and save space – this could even cut down on the number of bulky suitcases that could block the driver’s visibility. Recycle along the way. When snacking on the road, reuse plastic grocery bags to collect y our recyclable plastic bottles, containers, bags and wraps until you can drop them in a recycling bin. For additional tips on car safety, recycling and more, visit www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com. But above all, pack a map or bring a GPS so the kids can answer the question: “are we there yet?” Learning to read a map is a valuable life skill!How To Protect Holiday Tech GiftsIt’s going to be a high-tech holiday season. Whether you are buying a mobile device for a loved one or browsing online stores on your tablet from the comfort of your couch or using your smartphone to comparison shop while you cruise the mall, technology is taking holiday shopping into the 21st century. Consumers who dread the crowds of brick and mortar holiday shopping increasingly are using the Web to look for deals and compare prices. Mobile apps also can help consumers search and identify the item they want, determine its availability and locate the most convenient place to pick it up or have it delivered. Additionally, new mobile couponing apps often offer local deals. “High-tech shopping is a growing trend in several 2011 holiday shopping surveys as 46 percent of consumers plan to make mobile purchases of everything from clothes to gift cards this holiday season,” said Joe Erdeman, president of Assurant Solutions’ extended protection solutions business. “Shoppers sur ng their smartphones also will look for great deals on high-tech devices with 36 percent of shoppers planning to purchase one or more gadgets for friends and family during the holiday season.” Whether you are giving or receiving these high tech gadgets, it is important to remember that these devices are signi cant nancial investments. And savvy shoppers not only look for great value, but also peace of mind. Protection plans can help by making sure that such expensive devices remain in good working condition when the time comes to trade in and upgrade to the latest and greatest. Mobile device owners can be very hard on their smartphones or tablets, resulting in accidental damage and loss so you may want to consider purchasing a protection plan. When purchasing a protection plan it is important to review the terms and conditions, according to the experts at Assurant Solutions, a leading global provider of extended warranties. Some plans offer a wider range of protection than others. Be sure to ask the following questions: Is the plan transferable to the gift recipient? Is accidental damage covered? What about loss and theft? Can the item be traded in later for store credit toward an upgrade? Your recipient may not need all features, but you should know what you’re getting. In addition, every shopper should remember to keep their receipts. More information can be found at www.assurantsolutions.com. Additional protection for expensive technology is a thoughtful way to ensure your mobile gift will stick around for a long time to come.Make Your Holiday Season Extra FestiveIn the rush of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget what the holidays are about. Make sure to spread some cheer and to make the season extra festive for your family and friends. Here are some fun ideas to ensure your holiday season is a joyous one that brings out the best in you! Hang a wreath. Even if you don’t get to the lights or the tree, a simple live wreath will transform your home from Grinch-worthy to Santawelcome. The wonderful scent will let visitors know upon arrival that you’re in the spirit of the season. Send holiday cards early. Start spreading cheer by getting your holiday greetings into your recipients’ hands as soon as possible. Ideally, holiday cards should be mailed the Friday after Thanksgiving, according to the experts at online stationery store Minted.com. If your cards are mailed early, people actually have time to notice and appreciate them. If you need more time and exibility, sending a Happy New Year card is a great option. Host a stamping / addressing party. Eggnog, fresh cookies, envelopes, stamps and address lists are all you need for a festive, yet productive evening! Turn on some carols and you’re ready to tackle this task. Invite some friends and chat between writing personal notes on each card or enlist children to help stamp and seal! Throw a cookie party. ’Tis the season to indulge your sweet tooth. But if it’s too much work to make sugar cookies, butter cookies, molasses drops, gingerbread and thumbprints all by yourself, throw a party where everyone brings a plate of cookies! Send out invitations to make the night extra special and ask guests to RSVP with the type of cookie they’ll bring, so you don’t end up with four types of peppermint bark! Display holiday cards. Colorful cards act as instant, free decorative pieces. The mantle is an obvious choice, but if you don’t have one, hang a piece of string and clip cards to it with clothespins. Bonus points for red or green pins! Send personalized thank you cards. Just because the season must end doesn’t mean you need to stop spreading cheer. Why not order personalized note cards along with your Christmas cards for the inevitable thank you notes to come? Write notes for gifts received and for the pleasure of attending parties or dinners. While perfecting your manners, order personalized children’s stationery so kids can learn this important discipline. Festive cards with their names make this chore more fun. You can nd personalized cards for adults and kids online at such websites as Minted. com, saving you a trip to the stationery store. Get involved. Whether you participate in decorating the neighborhood, giving gifts to the needy or delivering food to the hungry, sel ess actions help brighten the season. This year don’t lose the joy amidst the hustle and bustle. Early Holiday Season Tips SUBMITTED PHOTOProtect your holiday tech gifts, like this smartphone, with protection plans, apps and other gear. SUBMITTED PHOTOMake this Christmas more festive with holiday shaped cookies.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 19 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 PHOTO / SUSAN PROWANTGearing up for Christmas on the CaloosahatcheeLeft: Nila Seales and Mattie Bass hard at work untangling Christmas lights for Christmas on the Caloosahatchee. Right: Jordan D rayton, Hiilda Davila, Ayush Gupta, Jared Brickel, and Autumn Martinez all members of Moore Haven High School’s Beta Club work to untangle lights for Christmas on the Caloosahatchee. Agriculture is adapting to technological advancesAs agricultural technology becomes more sophisticated and production and marketing become increasingly challenging in a global environment, education will be all the more important to those seeking careers in agriculture. “In the next 20 years, I think there will be huge opportunities for students to nd challenging, rewarding careers in agriculture,” Randy Knight, president of the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, said in a panel discussion at the annual conference of the Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association. “I think the future for ag jobs looks really, really bright.” Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum agreed: “More and more we in agriculture have come to take technology for granted, and the next 15 years will see a multiplication of the achievements in this eld. “My big message to students is, ‘Go beyond high school; get as much education as you possibly can.’ For someone in high school thinking about a future in agriculture, to be competitive they will need as much education as possible. We’re seeing more innovations in production agriculture every day, and the science behind this technology will continue to proliferate.” Burgeoning populations and improving incomes emerging markets will increase food demand and “offer great opportunities for countries that are on the cutting edge in research and technology,” Keenum says. “China is investing way more in agricultural research than we are, as is Brazil, and I worry that these countries could take over as leaders in technological development if we in the U.S. don’t step up our agricultural research programs.” Carlisle Clarke, agricultural liaison for Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said because of the far-reaching impact of food production, not only in U.S. but globally, “We have to continue making investments in ag research and technology. It’s something that can’t be ignored — it’s the future.” He said Sen. Cochran has tried to prioritize funding for agricultural research through institutions like Mississippi State University “in order to address concerns that we presently face, as well as to prepare us for the much greater needs of the future.” Bert Greenwalt, who farms with his family at Hazen, Ark., and is professor of agricultural economics at the Arkansas State University College of Agriculture and Technology said, “It’s all about ‘how can I add value to my family’s farm business if that’s where I will return, or how can I add value to my future employer if I go into the job market? Education is vital to being able to add that value.” Education Increasingly Important to Those Seeking Careers in Ag SUBMITTED PHOTOFarming isn’t just about riding tractors anymore. It’s about knowing what, how and when to plant and grow what you need.

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Glades CountyUS 27: From the Bridge to SR 78 east: Maintenance contract project --Crews will be cleaning the sewers. No lane closures are anticipated and motorists should expect possible slow moving traf c.Hendry CountySR 80/US 27 Interchange Improvements: Construction project ---This project modi es the SR 80/US 27 interchange by constructing an overpass for SR 80 eastbound traf c to US 27 northbound and for US 27 northbound traf c to SR 80 westbound. The project also realigns US 27. Motorists are advised to be aware of construction vehicles entering and leaving the work zone project and to use caution driving in this area. -Crews are placing ll dirt, installing drainage and constructing walls for the new overpass. -Crews are working in the median. The speed limit on US 27 is 55 mph in the construction area. Additional improvements include a traf c signal at the overpass, lighting at the interchange and widening approximately 3/4 mile of SR 80 to four lanes. Project completion is at the end of 2013. The contractor is Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, Inc. SR 29: From County Line to CR 78A: Maintenance project --Crews will be repairing and reshaping the shoulders, with lane closures. Flagmen will be present to assist with traf c. SR 29: South from CR 832 (Keri Road) to A Road: Maintenance permit project --Crews will be placing power poles and ber in this area. Motorists should expect possible lane closures, weather permitting with agmen on site to assist with traf c. 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 20 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee December 8, 2011 Navigational dredging to ensure Lake Okeechobee access from the Harney Pond Canal into the lake is about 75 percent complete. This project is the second of three components in a $5 million partnership between Glades County and South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to provide improved navigation into Lake Okeechobee during summertime loww ater events on the lake. Also during this phase of construction, approximately 800 feet of spoil berm adjacent to the Harney Pond Canal will be removed to improve habitat for wildlife and wading birds and to take away impediments to water movement in the area, creating better conditions for spawning sh. W ork at the Harney Pond Canal is expected to be completed sometime in January. Providing navigation to Lake Okeechobee during even very low water events in order to support the area economy is a shared dream between Glades County Commission Chairman Russell Echols and city of Moore Haven Mayor Bret Whidden. The rst of the three project components, maintenance of the Pearce Canal in Buckhead Ridge, was completed in 2009. The nal project will be widening and deepening the Moore Haven Canal, leading from Moore Haven to the Monkey Box, and deepening the connection from the Moore Haven Canal to the McTush Canal. This will ensure that shermen throughout Glades County will have access to Lake Okeechobee, even when the lake reaches very low water levels. AIM Engineering and Surveying, Inc., headquartered in Lehigh Acres, has been chosen by Glades County to design, obtain permits, and supervise construction of both the Harney Pond Canal and Moore Haven Canal portions of this project. The Moore Haven Canal project is currently in the permitting phase. Glades County has received all required permits to widen and deepen the Moore Haven Canal from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the SFWMD and is currently working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete the permitting process. American Earth Movers, out of Miami, was chosen by Glades County to perform the dredging and berm removal work at Harney Pond Canal. For more information about these projects, please contact Glades County Manager Wendell Taylor at 863-946-6000. Harney Pond Canal Navigation Channel Dredging Project PHOTO / DAVID WHIDDENCounty Commission Chairman Russell Echols surveys containers of spoil material removed from the channel that will connect the Harney Pond Canal with McTush Canal, creating a deep water access to Lake Okeechobee at this popular shing spot off of SR 78 in Lakeport. Roadwatch for the Week of Dec. 4

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The Christmas season brings lots of holiday activities for residents of the Lake Okeechobee area, including parades, festivals and sightings of a famed visitor from the North Pole.Santa on the firetruckUp north, Santa Claus may travel by sleigh, but in the Sunshine State, he is more likely to travel by other means. In the City of Okeechobee, Santa makes annual visits around the town on a re truck. These visits, sponsored by the City of Okeechobee Fire Department, will take place the evenings of Dec. 15, in the Northwest and Northeast sections of the city; Dec. 16, in the Southwest section of the city; and, Dec. 17, in the Southeast section. It has become a tradition for local children to watch for the retruck and a chance to w ave at Santa Claus as he goes by.Boat parades popularSanta is often a passenger in holiday boat parades in Florida. Evening parades are especially beautiful as the lights from the boats re ect on the w ater. The 22nd Annual St. Lucie County Holiday Boat Parade is scheduled for Dec. 10. The festivities begin at the South Causeway at 4 p.m. with music, food, drinks, and even a visit from Santa. The parade starts at 6 p.m. and begins at the Fort Pierce City Marina. V iewing stations will be at the South Causeway Park, Public Beach, Harbor Cove, Mangrove Matties, Chuck’s Seafood, On the Edge, the Tiki, Cobb’s Landing or any waterfront restaurant in that area. For more information, v isit www.miatc.com. St Lucie County’s Festival at South Causeway Park is also on Dec. 10. The festival will begin at 4 p.m. There will be music, vendors, Santa and the characters of the Feast of Santa Lucia. In Okeechobee, Butch’s Redneck Yacht Club hosts an annual boat parade. This year’s boat parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 17 on Taylor Creek. The boats will line up in Taylor Creek at the boat ramp behind the Burger King restaurant on State Road 70 at 5:30 p.m. The parade will start at 6 p.m. Any boaters who would like to participate are welcome. Since this is a night parade, boats should be decorated with lights. Creative decorations are encouraged. The parade will travel south down Taylor Creek to Butch’s Fish Camp where judging will take place for the best decorated oat. In Glades County, Lakeport will host the rst Childrens Lights of Love Boat Parade on Dec. 10, in the Harney Pond Canal. Entry fee is one unwrapped toy per person. Spectators are also encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate. The toys will go to the Christmas Toys for Lakeport Tots drive. Santa Claus will arrive on a retruck at 5 p.m. and be available for photos. Boats may be put in the water at dusk. All boats are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Rhonda Linn at 863-946-0957. For more information on holiday boat parades online, go to www. oridabywater.com.Lighted holiday paradesSanta can also be found in Okeechobee’s Lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 in downtown Okeechobee. Santa has arrived by various means in the parade over the years but he’s always at the end of the parade. The Lighted Christmas Parade has been a tradition in Okeechobee for more than 20 years. It was originally sponsored by the Okeechobee Chamber of Commerce. When the Chamber of Commerce disbanded due to economic issues, Okeechobee Main Street stepped up to sponsor the parade. It’s always on the second Saturday in December. Okeechobee Main Street will host a Christmas festival in Flagler Park (at the intersection of State Road 70 and U.S. Highway 441) during the day, starting at 9 a.m. Around 6 p.m. when it gets dark, it’s time for the parade. Parade rules require that all entries be decorated with holiday lights. Cowboys even string colored lights on their horses’ saddles and bridles. The parade provides a chance for local residents to use their imaginations. In the 2010 parade, (see cover photo) a ower shop oat recreated Whoville from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The theme for this year’s parade is “An Old Fashioned Christmas.” Visitors to the park can also enjoy the giant 4’ by 8’ holiday cards set up for the “Holiday Stroll in the Park.” The display is part of an annual fundraising activity by the Okeechobee High School band boosters. Participants pay the band boosters to set up their cards, and awards for the most creative cards are given in several categories. The City of Pahokee will host a Christmas Parade on Dec. 12. The parade will start in front of Pahokee High School, 900 Larrimore Road. The parade will go from the school to East Main Street, then from East Main to South Lake Avenue, from South Lake to Fifth, then a right on West Fifth Street, then a right on Rardin Avenue then a right onto Bacom Point Road and nally back to South Lake Avenue. Approximately 40 entries include schools, businesses, local government o cials, churches and clubs. Parade entrants will line up at 5 p.m. and the parade will start at 6 p.m.Clewiston plans WonderFULL weekThis year the City of Clewiston has planned a week long holiday celebration. Saturday, Dec. 10 also kicks o the WonderFULL Week of Christmas in Clewiston with a breakfast at the Evangel Church, 350 S. Berner Road in Clewiston at 8 a.m. Suggested donation is $6 for adults, $3 for children. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Clewiston Library, 120 W. Osceola Ave., will host an art show. At noon, there will be a senior luncheon at the First United Methodist Church, 331 W. Osceola Ave. At 7 p.m. a Christmas Cantata will be presented in the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 W.C. Owen Ave. On Sunday, Dec. 11, the Christmas Cantata will be presented again in the John Boy Auditorium at 7 p.m. On Monday, Dec. 12, a drive-thru nativity scene will be presented in the Christmas Florida style ... no snow but plenty of fun 2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 File photoFlorida holiday parades are known for the creativity of the participants. File photoEven the horses are decorated with lights in the Okeechobee Christmas parade. File photoThe Holiday Stroll in the Park giant card display in Okeechobee’s Flagler Park is sponsored by the Okeechobee High School Band Boosters. See CHRISTMAS — Page 3

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 2011-2012Buy tickets online!www.dollyhand.org Box Office: 561-993-11601977 College Drive | Belle Glade campusAmerican Spirit The New Patriotic MusicalNov. 14 at 7:30pmThe 23rd Annual Living Christmas TreeDec. 3 at 7:30pm Dec. 4 at 3:00pmMiracle on 34th StreetDec. 15 at 7:30pmJay Johnson in The Two & OnlyŽJan. 12 at 7:30pmGuy PenrodJan. 26 at 7:30pmThe Improvised Shakespeare CompanyFeb. 14 at 7:30pmBrigadoonFeb. 16 at 7:30pmThe Bronx WanderersFeb. 23 at 7:30pmJim Witter in The Piano MenŽMarch 2 at 7:30pmThe Allan Harris QuartetMarch 15 at 7:30pmPalm Beach State College Music DepartmentMarch 22 at 7:30pmCeltic Fire: Irish Music & Dance with Riverdances Michael LondraMarch 23 at 7:30pm30th Anniversary Celebration Buffalo Rome and Larry GatlinApril 17 at 7:00pmMissoula Childrens TheatreMay 5 at 11:00am & 7:00pmStreet Beat, Inc.May 11 at 7:00pm Find us on € 30THANNIVERSARYSEASON€ 3 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 Community Presbyterian Church at the City Swimming Pool’s parking lot on West Osecola Avenue. The Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony, sponsored by HRMC Foundation, at the Foundation House in Clewiston, 544 W. Sugarland Highway, will be at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13. The annual ceremony honors friends and loved ones who are no longer with us. Donations are given in the memory of those the lights symbolize. For more information, call 863-983-2735. W ednesday, Dec. 14, will bring special holiday church services in Clewiston. A t 6 p.m. the First United Methodist Church will host a covered dish dinner and fellowship. At 6:30 p.m. the First Baptist Church will host adult Bible study, prayer and youth services. At 7:15 p.m. New Harvest Church will hold prayer and worship services. Friday, Dec. 16, brings the WonderFULL Lights and Tours Contest at the Historic Clewiston Inn from 6 to 9 p.m. The tour, which includes sugar cookies and cocoa, is $2 per person. Active Citizens for Children and the City of Clewiston will host Winter Wonderland 2011 on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Clewiston City Park, east of the pool. Visitors can play in the snow, meet and take pictures with Santa, enjoy Christmas music, train rides, ice skating and sledding. There will be a slide, a bounce house, booths and hay rides. Booths are available for $25. For more information, call 863-228-0299. For more on Clewiston events, see the Clewiston News page on Facebook. The annual Christmas on the Caloosahatchee celebration, a Moore Haven tradition, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tom Perry City Park. There will be games for children, booths with arts and crafts, lots of foods and desserts. Santa will be there to meet with the children and pose for photos. CHRISTMASContinued From Page 2 File photoSanta Claus can be found visiting festivals and parades throughout South Florida between now and Christmas.

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BRIGHTON SEMINOLE CASINO Highway 721 west of Lake Okeechobee on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation17735 Reservation Road Okeechobee, FL 349741.800.360.9875seminolebrightoncasino.com 4 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 A sleigh full of cash and prizes to be given away in DecemberBRIGHTON SEMINOLE RESERVATION—The Grinch is nowhere to be found during December at Seminole Casino Brighton, where a series of holiday promotions mean cash and prizes for hundreds of casino patrons, including one who will win a new car. Slots players can win more than $57,000 in cash and slot machine free play through Dec. 24, with 24 winners of $100 cash or free play every day. Players will also earn daily entries now through Dec. 25 into a drawing for a 2012 Lexus CT200 Hybrid, with the winner’s name drawn on Monday, Dec. 26. For bingo players, a special Christmas Eve Bingo session starts with early birds at 12:45 p.m. and regular session players at 1 p.m. Bingo packs are $18, $28 or $55, w ith no evening bingo session scheduled on Christmas Eve. Poker players can compete for seats in a $10,000 Cash & Free Play Texas Hold’em Tournament on Christmas Day. Players can win seats at the tournament table at satellite tournaments Dec. 11 and 18, or they can win seats based on play. Five slots players can win their way into the New Year by taking home $2,012 in cash on New Year’s Eve at Seminole Casino Brighton, which will also o er free party favors, a balloon drop and a midnight free champagne toast. The casino will feature a New Year’s Eve $9.95 prime rib dinner special from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and a New Year’s Eve Bingo session with $37,000 in prize money and presale tickets available through Dec. 29. A New Year’s Eve Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament at 7 p.m. o ers a $2,400 prize pool with a $50 buy-in for 40 poker players. Slots players can also win their share of $10,000 in cash drawings on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 1 and 2, when 50 winners each day will win $100 in cash. About Seminole Casino Brighton Seminole Casino Brighton is a 27,000-square-foot casino with 371-slot and gaming machines, a seven-table poker room, high-stakes bingo seats, a full-service restaurant and lounge. Its warm and friendly sta ultra-modern air-conditioning system, clean atmosphere, and rewarding casino promotions are a welcome alternative to big city gaming. The Seminole Casino Brighton is located on the Brighton Seminole Reservation, 17735 Reservation Road, (State Road 710) in Glades County. For more information, call toll-free 800-360-9875 or 863-467-9998. Or visit www.seminolebrightoncasino.com. Brighton casino to give away cash, prizes and a new car Car club meets in LaBelleThe South Central Florida Car Club meets the third Tuesday of every month from September through June, from 5-8 p.m. The December event will be Dec. 20. Come to Barron Park, located in LaBelle at SR 29 (Bridge Street) and the Caloosahatchee River. Turn north o SR 80 on to SR 29N. The park is at the foot of the LaBelle Bridge. Whether you h ave a great ride yourself or just enjoy looking, the SCFCC’s monthly Hot Rides & Hot Dogs Cruise In welcomes everyone. All area car owners and auto enthusiasts are invited to come out to join in, for an evening of fun. Cars and trucks of all years, makes and models are welcome and encouraged to join. For more info contact Tom at 863-234-8343 or Bud 863-634-1791. Courtesy photoClassic vehicles such as this 1974 Kenworth truck can be found at the Hot Rides and Hot Dogs Cruise In.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 5 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 The Christmas Toy ShopLABELLE—The Firehouse Community Theatre, located three blocks north from the intersection of State Road 29 and State Road 80 in LaBelle, will present “The Christmas Toyshop” by Michele L. Vacca, on Dec. 9, 10 and 11. The play will be directed by Mike Shough and produced by special arrangement with CLASSICS ON STAGE! of Chicago. This original fantasy will appeal to the entire family with the enchantment and excitement of Christmas. Christmas musical selections will be performed by the Firehouse Singers under the direction of Nick Fidanza. Productions are Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For information call 863-675-3066, or visit their web site at www. rehouseculturalcenter.com.Miracle on 34th StreetBELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 1977 College Drive in Belle Glade, will present Barter Theatre’s “Miracle on 34th Street” on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. A favorite holiday tale by Valentine Davies, made famous by the movie of the same name, it’s the story of the year as Kris Kringle—aka Santa Claus—goes on trial. Macy’s becomes the friendly store to shop, two lost souls nd each other and a little girl discovers her childhood through her belief in miracles. “Delectable Delights,” a Dessert Bu et will be available prior to “Miracle on 34th Street” (for an additional fee) from 6 to 7 p.m. Sample many wonderful desserts at this bu et of sugary, lowsugar and sugar-free treats. For more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www.dollyhand.org.Josh Wilson in concertOKEECHOBEE—On Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m., Josh Wilson presents “Noel,” a unique Christmas experience, recording 20 instruments live on stage, at Okeechobee Church of God, 301 N.E. Fourth Avenue. The concert will feature Christmas songs and radio hits including “Before the Morning,” “I Refuse,” and “Fall Apart.” For more information online go to okeechobeecog.com, or call 863-697-0270 or 863-763-4127. Tickets are available at the Okeechobee Church of God or from iTickets.com.Okeechobee Community Choir Christmas CantataFrank & Brooke Carter recently composed a cantata especially for the Okeechobee Community Choir. The cantata will be presented at the First United Methodist Church of Okeechobee on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. and, Sunday, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. For more information, call Sandy Perry at 863-634-7714. Camel LotBELLE GLADE—“Camel Lot” a musical based on the birth of Jesus and a camel sales lot, will be presented at the First Baptist Church of Belle Glade, 17 N.W. Avenue B, on Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. Approximately 50 children will be in the show. Admission is free. Call 561-996-5596 for more information.Majesty of ChristmasCLEWISTON—A Christmas Cantata will be presented Saturday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in the John Boy Auditorium, 1200 South W.C. Owen Avenue in Clewiston. Come and enjoy a 60-voice choir performing “The Majesty of Christmas,” by Tom Fettke, accompanied by live orchestration, in association with the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce 2011 WonderFULL Week of Christmas and the Clewiston Ministerial Alliance. During the cantata, children can enjoy an arts and crafts program in the Beardsley Room. Everyone will join together afterwards for refreshments. Donations will be accepted to cover the expenses of the presentation.Bethlehem’s ChildGLADES COUNTY—A cantata, “Bethlehem’s Child,” will be presented on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at Maple Grove Baptist Church, 120 State Road 78. The cantata is a combined e ort of the Lakeport Christian Church and the Maple Grove Baptist Church.Come, Let Us Worship the KingBELLE GLADE—The Community United Methodist Church in Belle Glade will present the Christmas cantata “Come, Let Us Worship the King” at 7 p.m. on Dec. 18, at the Community Methodist Church, 401 S.W. First Street. A chorus of approximately 25 persons will perform. Admission is free. For more information, call 561996-5568.The Gift of ChristmasPAHOKEE—Good Shepherd Church of Pahokee, 1800 Bacom Point Road, will present “The Gift of Christmas,” at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 18 and 8 p.m. on Dec. 19. Adult and children’s choirs will perform, concluding with Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Admission is free. For more information, call 561924-7284.Children’s celebrationPAHOKEE—Harvest AME Church in Pahokee will present a children’s celebration on Dec. 25, at 11 a.m. with song and dance to Christmas music. For information, call 561-924-4263 o r 561-261-6220.IRSC Fine Arts Department Holiday ShowFORT PIERCE—Ring in the season with sounds of the holidays! From Inspirational carols to nostalgic T.V. memories and a visit from Santa, the “IRSC Holiday Show” brings holida y favorites for everyone to the McAlpin Theatre. Join the entire Indian River State College Fine Arts Department for a very special McAlpin OnStage production for the whole family that is sure to become a season tradition as they present the “IRSC Holiday Show.” Featuring song, dance, musical performance and an appearance from Santa, the “IRSC Holiday Show,” is a performance tha t all will enjoy as the IRSC Fine Arts Departmen t helps ring in the holiday season. Shows will be Dec. 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., in addition to a 2 p.m. performance Dec. 10. For more information, call t 772-462-4750 or toll-free at 1-800-220-9915. Jay Johnson in “The Two and Only”BELLE GLADE—The Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, will present the “The Two and Only,” on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. This 2007 Tony Award Winner for Best Theatrical Event stars Jay Johnson, who is best known for his role as Chuck on the groundbreaking television series, SOAP. Jay brings his cast of puppets to the stage in this comedy about nding your voice in one of the funniest, most wonderful and original theatrical experiences in recent years. It’s about life, growing up, having a dream and everything in between. For more information, contact the Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center, 561-993-1160, or see their web site at www. dollyhand.org. Plays, concerts, dance programs and more ... PERFORMING A RTS The Dolly Hand Performing Arts Center Josh Wilson IRSC will present a holiday show. 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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 6 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 Highlands Hammock State ParkOne of Florida’s oldest parks—opening to the public in 1931—this park was established when local citizens came together to promote the hammock as a candidate for national park status. An elevated boardwalk traverses an oldgrowth cypress swamp. Highlands Hammock o ers a full-facility campground, as w ell as a youth/group tent campground. A museum showcasing the history of the CCC is open 9:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Highlands Hammock State Park is located o US 27 on SR 634 (also known as Hammock Road), four miles west of Sebring. A Music in the Park Concert, is set for Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m.—an evening outdoor concert featuring Highlands County Students for a Christmas Show in the park’s picnic area. Picnic baskets/coolers are welcome. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, ashlight and bug spray. All ticket proceeds bene t park improvements v ia the Friends of Highlands Hammock. Concert admission is $5. per person (accompanied children 12 & under admitted free of charge.) Park entrance fee of $6 per car is waived after 6 p.m. on concert nights. Call 863-386-6094 for more information.Fort Pierce Inlet State ParkThe shores and coastal waters at this park provide an abundance of recreational opportunities. The breathtakingly beautiful half-mile beach welcomes visitors for swimming, snorkeling, sur ng, and scuba diving. Beachcombing, picnicking, or just relaxing on the sand are also popular activities. Dynamite Point was once the training site for WWII Navy Frogmen, but is now a haven for birdwatchers. Along the south end of the park, Fort Pierce Inlet is a popular place for anglers to catch their dinners. Jack Island Preserve, located one mile north of the park, has trails for hiking, bicycling, and nature study. At the west end of the Marsh Rabbit Run Trail, visitors can climb an observation tower to get a bird’s-eye view of Indian River and the island. A primitive youth/group campground is available on a reservation basis. Call the park at 772-468-3985. Located four miles east of Fort Pierce, via North Causeway.John D. MacArthur State Beach ParkA unique mixture of coastal and tropical hammock and mangrove forest, this barrier island provides a haven for several rare or endangered native tropical and coastal plant species. The park’s Nature Center shows visitors why the park is a biological treasure. Visitors can swim, picnic, and surf at the beach; scuba diving and snorkeling are also popular activities. Visitors can sh from nonswimming areas of the beach. Located in northern Palm Beach County, 2.8 miles south of the intersection of U.S. 1 and PGA Boulevard on A1A. For more information call 561-624-6950. On Jan. 7, 7 to 9 p.m. enjoy MacArthur Under Moonlight. This concert series is held once a month. January’s musician is Alex Kash, a songwriter, 12string acoustic guitarist and solo artist. His music combines Americana, Soul, R&B and Jazz sounds. No reservations required and children under age 10 are free. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call the Ranger Station at 561-624-6950. On Jan. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., Bluegrass Music, Conch Stomp Band will play a variety of bluegrass songs. This program is free with park admission. Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State ParkThis remote and sweeping preserve is reminiscent of western prairies. Bu t here, cabbage palms dot the landscape. Dry prairie is an imperiled habitat and hosts rare and endangered species, including the Florida grasshopper sparrow, burrowing owl and the crested caracara. With 116 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, you can be on the trail all day and never see another visitor. Buggy tours are o ered on weekends and national holidays from fall to early spring. The park is approximately 25 miles northwest of the City of Okeechobee. To get there from Okeechobee, take Hwy. 98 north to C.R. 700A or U.S. 441 to C.R. 724. Follow the signs. State parks offer outdoor fun and concerts under the stars Courtesy photoA barefoot couple walks on the beach. Courtesy photoKayaking is a popular activity near John D. MacArthur Beach State Park.

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2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 27, 2010 7 Okeechobee News December 9, 2011 New Florida Trails Chapter t o Meet on Dec. 11GLADES COUNTY—Join the Fisheating Creek Florida Trails Association Sub-Chapter for their monthly program followed by a hike on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. Meet at the Screen Room at the Fisheating Creek Outpost Campground in Palmdale. The program topics will be “Building a Stile” and “Blazes” (the standard trail marking system used by hikers). Bring water and wear closed-toed w alking shoes for the leisurely hike on the Lost Lake Trail. Families, youth and adults are welcome. The day-use fee will be waived for participants who help pick up liter during the hike. For information contact Betty Loomis at 863-946-3560 or Margaret England at 863-674-0695. Become one of the founding members of this new Florida Trails Association Chapter being organized by Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee County residents and v isitors. Visit and “Like” Fisheating Creek Florida Trails Association Facebook page.Christmas Craft ShowLABELLE—The annual Christmas Craft Show at Whisper Creek RV Resort w ill be on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The resort is on Hwy. 29 one mile north of the bridge. Co ee and donuts as well as a special lunch will be available for purchase. Door prizes w ill be drawn every 15 minutes. Free admittance. Contact Marji Fuller at marj ifuller@gmail.com or 269-838-3012 for more information.Craft Fair in BHRBUCKHEAD RIDGE—The Buckhead Ridge Moose Lodge will hold their Third A nnual Craft Fair on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The craft fair will feature handmade and handcrafted items showcasing area crafters and artists. Come see new, rst time displays, y our favorite crafters return, and a breakfast that can’t be beat. Pine needle art, homemade candy and pickles, jewelry, quilts, furniture, yard decorations and much more will be on sale. For more information call Bonnie at 863-357-1556.Civil War battle re-enactmentFORT PIERCE—The 11th Annual “Raid on Fort Pierce” Civil War Reenactment will take place in Savanna County Park, 1400 East Midway Road in Fort Pierce on Dec. 10 and 11. The Living History will take place from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the battle is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Entry fee for adults is $6; children over 5 years, $1, under 5 are free. Parking is FREE! The reenactment is of a ctional Civil War battle in period uniforms and replica period weapons. This battle is hosted by the 8th Florida Company C and the 75th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Proceeds help fund the 11th annual Raid on Fort Pierce Event and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, George W. Thomas Camp 1595.A Night in BethlehemLABELLE—First Christian Church invites everyone to “A Night in Bethlehem.” This event will give guests an opportunity to explore a busy marketplace in Bethlehem with opportunities to interact with shopkeepers leading up to a living Nativity. There will be hands-on experiences in many of the shops, making it an evening to remember. The event is set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10, and 11, from 4-8 p.m. at the corner of Lee and Ford Streets in LaBelle.Heart Gallery on displayOKEECHOBEE—The Heart Gallery of Okeechobee and the Treasure Coast will be on display through Dec. 12, at Indian River State College, Dixon Hendry Campus, Building B, 2229 N.W. 9th Avenue. The Heart Gallery is a unique and stirring traveling photographic exhibit featuring children in foster care hoping to be adopted. These children h ave been removed from home due to abuse, neglect or abandonment. They are “di cult to place” children who are older (7-17 years of age), sibling groups, minority or bi-racial, who may h ave phy sical or emotional or behavioral. For more information, contact Frank Avilla at 772-429-2009.Audubon offers bird watching opportunitiesHENDRY COUNTY—Through a partnership with Hendry-Glades Audubon, the South Florida Water Management District will o er to the public, escorted birding trips to Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5) located south of Clewiston in eastern Hendry County. Trips are limited to 60 participants. Registration required. Participants meet at STA5 gate at 8:30 a.m. To sign up for a trip, send an e-mail to Margaret England, at sta5birding@embarqmail.com with your name and contact information including an emergency cell number for the tour day, the date you want to go, and the number in your party. You may also le ave a message at 863-674-0695 or 863-517-0202. Birding trips are planned for Dec. 17, Dec. 31 (the Christmas bird count), and Jan. 14.Cookie exchange benefits local teenCLEWISTON—On Dec. 17, the Community Christmas Cookie Exchange at Civic Park in Clewiston will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants are asked to bake a minimum of four dozen cookies, then buy other cooks’ cookies for $3 a dozen. There will be a best-cookie contest. Proceeds will bene t the family of Darius Redd, a Clewiston football player who is awaiting a heart transplant. For more information, call 863-983-7979.Register for Art in the ParkMOORE HAVEN—Area artists and craftsmen are cordially invited to exhibit and sell their work at “Art in the Park” in downtown Moore Haven on Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information and to reserve a place, call Mary Booher, Director of Libraries, at 863-946-0744.Star of Wonder Show at Hallstrom PlanetariumFORT PIERCE—Indian River State College’s Hallstrom Planetarium will present “Star of Wonder,” on Dec. 9 and 10. In the planetarium show, “Star of Wonder,” audiences will join in the search for the star that may h ave guided the Magi over two thousand years ago. A family holiday tradition since 1993. Shows on Friday are at 7 and 8 p.m. Shows on Saturday are at 1 and 2 p.m. For ticket information, call the IRSC Box Of ce at 1-800-220-9915.Live nativity sceneLABELLE—Take time from your bus y schedule and bring your loved ones to enjoy the live nativity drive-thru at Life Ministries Church at 725 West Hwy-80 in LaBelle. The presentation this yea r will tell “Why Jesus was Born.” The presentation will be three nights: Dec. 14, 15 and 16 from 6-9 p.m.Holiday non-profit market FORT PIERCE—On Saturday, Dec. 10, Heathcote Botanical Gardens will hos t the 5th annual Heathcote Holiday NonPro t Market. Treasure Coast Non-Profit Organizations will be selling holida y gift items: jewelry, artwork, handcrafts, baked goods, concert tickets, memberships, gifts for shermen, nature lovers, animal lovers, history bu s and more. Every gift that is sold bene ts the selling organization. Admission to the Gardens is FREE for the day. “It’s our Christmas gift to the community,” said Heathcote Activities Director, Cindy Hall. “There are so many wonderful non-pro t organizations on the Treasure Coast, working hard to make this a better world. The Holiday Non-Pro t Market is one way we can help each others’ e orts.” For more information about the Heathcote Holiday Non-Pro t Market, call the Gardens at (772) 464-4672 or visit www.heathcotebotanicalgardens.org. 210 Savannah Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34982 .Once Upon a Midnight ClearFORT PIERCE—Indian River State College’s Hallstrom Planetarium will present “Once Upon a Midnight Clear,” on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. “Once Upon a Midnight Clear” is a concert under the stars featuring live electronic winter music of world-renowned composer and artis t Jonn Serrie. For ticket information, call the IRSC Box O ce at 1-800-220-9915. Festivals, fairs, holiday displays and special events... Courtesy photo/ Margaret EnglandHikers enjoy the Fisheating Creek area. Courtesy photoThe Raid on Fort Pierce is a ctional Civil War battle. Courtesy photo/White tailed kite Courtesy photo/ IRSCOnce Upon a Midnight Clear features live electronic music.

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