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Vol. 66, no. 44 (Dec. 7, 1989)-
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May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 1 The Cohen Chiropractic Group, PA241 S.E. 1 st St. Belle Glade, FL (Behind CVS) 561-996-9936 GladesInjuryCenter.comBACK PAIN? NECK PAIN? ACCIDENTS? 14.63 feetLast Year: 12.29 feet Lake LevelsSource: South Florida Water Management District. Depth given in feet above sea level When good algae goes bad ... Page 12 A forum series for families in the opioid crisis ... Page 11 PHS senior to attend Student Leadership Summit ... Page 16 See page 3 for information about how to contact this newspaper. Thursday, May 17, 2018 Vol. 92 Number 20 50 Plan for north lake reservoir changes put forth ... Page 7 Special to The Sun BELLE GLADE A group of high school students is getting a jump-start on training for a high-demand welding career, thanks to an initiative launched at Palm Beach State College (PBSC) in Belle Glade. In coordination with the Palm Beach County School District, the rst cohort of dual-enrollment welding students got under way last fall, and they are nearing the end of their rst year in the program. Business, school Glades students gain welding skills Special to The Sun/Courtesy of PBSC, photo by Al EvansDave Drewery of Van Linda Iron Works and Ken Knight of Knight Welding Supply speak to PBSC dual-enrollment welding students (from left) Kerry Mullins Jr., Arman Irons, Dioby Cherisme, Katelyn Finch, Schinay Joseph, Robert Curtis and Daujalonne Scarlett. Special to The Sun/ Courtesy of PBSC, photo by Al EvansStudent Katelyn Finch gets tips from Ken Knight of Knight Welding Supply, and in the background, Justin Hickman of General Sheet Metal Works advises student Dioby Cherisme. See SKILLS Page 9 By Chris FelkerThe Sun Pahokee city commissioners took care of a slew of housekeeping items at their recent meeting in addition to approving contracts for parts of the extensive renovation work being done at the lakefront marina and campground. One was hearing a report from the citys human resources manager, Jacqueline Ramsay, summarizing the commissioners evaluations of City Manager Chandler Williamson, whos been in of ce since 2015. She said that overall, his performance was exceeding expectations, although the thoughts of two of the ve commissioners were not included. Evaluations were submitted by two commissioners out of four, and one from the mayor, Ms. Ramsay said. Our newest incumbent, Commissioner Benny Everett, was not able to complete an evaluation based on his tenure. His predecessor refused and declined to complete one, and another commissioner was undecided when the evaluation was occurring. With all the submitted evaluations, the overall score for the city managers performance was ranked in the 85th percentile. Mr. Everetts predecessor was former Vice Mayor Nathaniel Holmes, whom he defeated in the March 13 election. The other commissioner who Ms. Ramsay said did not respond, Diane Walker, complained during the discussion that her evaluation had not been accepted, but it was several weeks late, according to Commissioners review manager evaluations Special to The Sun Members of the public are invited to attend the third annual Glades Citizens Criminal Justice Academy. Sessions will take place on ve consecutive Mondays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., on June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25 and July 2, at the Belle Glade Library/Civic Center, located at 725 N.W. Fourth St. in Belle Glade. The classes are free, and dinner will be served. Anyone over the age of 14 is welcome, and up to 15 hours of community service credit can be earned. The purpose of the Citizens Criminal Justice Academy is to provide fundamental information to citizens of Palm Beach County regarding the criminal justice system and how decisions are made. Participants will see demonstrations, meet with decision makers and tour the jail. Criminal Justice Academy offered in Belle Glade See MANAGER Page 6 See CRIMINAL Page 6


2 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 rf rrfr rntfb t bff tbtt tr May UPCOMING EVENTS: 5/17: Hendry County TDC Meeting, LaBelle, 3pm 5/17: Chamber Business Social, Hosted by Jimmy Pittman Electrical, 501 S. Francisco St., 5:30pm 5/18: Clewiston High School Graduation, Cane Field, 8:00pm 5/21: City Commission Meeting, Clewiston City Hall, 5:30pm 5/22: Hendry County BOCC Budget Workshop, 4:00pm; Meeting, 5:00pm LaBelle 5/22 Hendry County School Board Meeting, LaBelle, 5:00pm 5/22 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Seacoast Banks NEW location, 890 W Sugarland Hwy, Breakfast catered by Main Street Subs, 7:30am 5/22: Clewiston Cougar Quarter Auction, Central Elementary School, Doors Open at 5:00 pm 5/24: Clewiston Christian High School Graduation, Evangel Church, 7:00pm Special to INI Florida The American alligator is a conservation success story. Florida has a healthy and sta ble alligator population, which is estimated at 1.3 million alligators of every size. They are an important part of Floridas wetlands but should be regarded with caution and respect. Alligators become more active and visible during spring, when temperatures rise and their metabolism increases. Although serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con servation Commission (FWC) recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida and can be found any where there is standing water. Reduce the chances of conicts with alligators by swim ming only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Also, keep pets on a leash and away from the water. Because alligators control their body temperature by basking in the sun, they may be easily observed. However, the FWC urges people to keep their distance if they see one. And never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal. The FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program to address complaints concerning specic alligators. People concerned about an alligator should call the FWCs toll-free Nuisance Alligator Ho tline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286). SNAP uses contracted nuisance-alligator trappers throughout the state to remove alligators 4 feet in length or greater that are believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property. The FWC also works diligently to keep Floridians and visitors informed, including providing advice about living with alligators. Learn more about alligators at MyFWC. com/Alligator. FWC provides tips for living with alligators Special to INI Florida/FWC Alligators control their body temperature by basking in the sun. Dear friends in Belle Glade, South Bay and Moore Haven My name is Galen Hahn. I am a retired minister of the United Church of Christ. In the 1960s, I served as a chaplain in migrant camps in Frederick and Thurmont, Md. I have written a small book about that min istry and would like to get some copies to families who might have had people who went to these camps in the 1960s. If you would be so kind as to drop me a note, letting me know your name and con tact information, I would like to be in touch with you. Please feel free to share with me any memories (or recollections of parents or grandparents) from that time. I hope that I will hear from you. Sincerely, Rev. Galen Hahn 402 Frank Circle Thomasville, NC 27360 Letter to the Editor Special to INI Florida/Courtesy photo A newspaper clipping from the Belle Glade Herald.


May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 3 Published bye SunServing Western Palm Beach County Since 1929 To Reach Us Address: c/o Okeechobee News. 107 SW 17th St. Ste D., Okeechobee, Fl 34974 Website: bellegladesun.comTo Submit Newse Sun welcomes submissions from its readers. Opinions, calendar items, stories, ideas and photographs are welcome. Call (863) 763-3134 to reach our newsroom. Items may be mailed, faxed or emailed. e deadline for all news items is 12 p.m. Monday prior to the following ursday's publication. Email: or fax 863-763-7949...................................................................To Place A Display Ad Call (863) 763-3134, deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. E-mail: To Place A Classied Ad Call (877)353-2424 to place a classied advertisement from home. e deadline for all advertising is 12 p.m. Monday for the following ursday's publication. Fax: 1-877-354-2424 E-mail: Advertising Billing Department E-mail: To Start or Stop A PaperPhone: (800) 282-8586 E-mail: e Sun is delivered by mail or subscribers on ursday and is sold in racks and store locations in the Palm Beach County areas.Call (800)282-8586 to report a missed newspaper or poor delivery. USPS 117920 Published Weekly by Independent Newspapers, Inc. for $39.00 per year including tax. Periodical Class postage paidPublisher: Katrina Elsken Advertising: 863-763-3134E-mail: okeeadsales@newszap.comWe Pledge ... To operate this newspaper as a public trust. To help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism. To provide the information citizens need to make their own intelligent decisions about public issues. To report the news with honesty, accuracy, objectivity, fearlessness and compassion. To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions. To disclose our own conicts of interest or potential conicts to our readers. To correct our errors and to give each correction to the prominence it deserves. To provide a right to reply to those we write about. To treat people with courtesy, respect and compassion.Member of Golf Tournament returnsThe annual Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament returns to Sugarcane Golf Club, 2619 W. Canal St. North in Belle Glade, on Saturday, May 19, at 7 a.m. For information or to register call Brenda Bunting at 561-996-2745.Library seeking volunteersThe Loula V. York Branch, 525 Bacom Point Road in Pahokee, is searching for teen volunteers. Orientation will take place Saturday, May 19, at 2 p.m. If you are not able to make the May 19 orientation, there will be a makeup orientation session on Saturday, May 26, at 2 p.m. New volunteers should ll out an application before the orientation: For information, call 561-924-5928.Learn to build a resumeWest Technical Education Center Building 1, 2625 State Road 715 in Belle Glade, will conduct a workshop to provide resume-building tips on Monday, May 21, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP or for information, call 561-868-4068 or email classes offered at WTECRegister from May 21 to June 1 to take part in a Beginning Yoga class at West Technical Education Center, 2625 N.W. 16th St. in Belle Glade. Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 4 through July 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. To register: Apply online at aceschools or visit the front ofce Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. or 2-8:30 p.m.GTAC meets in PahokeeThe Glades Technical Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, May 24, at 9:30 a.m. at the Pahokee Campground & Marina, 190 N. Lake Ave. in Pahokee. The guest speaker will be Chandra Cosby, victim advo cate for Palm Beach Countys Public Safe ty-Victim Services Ofce. For information, contact 561-233-5303 or or 561-233-5567 or information session The Glades community is invited to hear about welding, diesel mechanic, cosmetolo gy, barbering, nails and facials programs at the Palm Beach State College, 1977 S.W. Col lege Drive in Belle Glade, on Tuesdays, May 29, June 26 and July 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. They will have representatives from advising, reg istrar, nancial aid departments and Career Source. For information, call 561-993-1143.PHS gives thanks for support The Class of 2018 of Pahokee High School would like to thank you for your sup port in their commencement ceremony. Ev ery guest must have a ticket, doors open at 6 p.m. and close promptly at 6:50 p.m. Please no owers, balloons, or noisemakers. They will not be permitted in the gymnasium. Thank you. Sun Spots Special to The Sun BELLE GLADE A Clewiston woman died from injuries sustained in a trafc crash at the intersection of Northwest 16th Street North and West Canal Street North in Belle Glade on Saturday, May 12. A Palm Beach County Sheriffs Ofce (PBSO) news release stated that at 12:28 p.m., a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu operated by LaQuittia Johnson, 26, of Pahokee was traveling north on Northwest 16th Street at the same time a 2015 Dodge Ram truck operated by James Brannon, 40, of Jacksonville was westbound on West Canal Street North. A 2015 Chrysler operated by Angela Johson, 54, of Belle Glade was traveling south on Northwest 16th Street and was stopped for a red light. The front of the Ram truck struck the passenger side of the Malibu as it entered the in tersection. The truck rotated clockwise and came to nal rest on the northwest corner. The Malibu also rotated in a clockwise direc tion and came to nal rest on the west side of Northwest 16th Street. A rear seat passenger, Tomesha Lane, 23, of Clewiston, was ejected and slid un der the front end of the Chrysler. Ms. Lane was reported to have been transported to St. Marys Hospital in West Palm Beach, where she died from injuries sustained in the crash. Kentoria Fowler, 31, of South Bay and Ms. Johnson were reported to have been trans ported to Lakedside Medical Center with mi nor injuries. The trafc accident was investigated by PBSOs Alan Soloway. Clewiston woman dies in trafc crash Special to The Sun BELLE GLADE Glades Central Community High Schools 2018 commencement exercise will take place Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the schools gymnasium, located at 1001 S.W. Ave. M in Belle Glade. Graduation is a dignied and solemn ceremony. Those planning to attend are asked to honor all graduates with behavior and attire suitable for the occasion. Flowers, balloons, horns and photography are not permitted. Professional photographs will be available for mail ordering. Graduation passes will be honored from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. During this time, only well-wishers with a pass will be allowed to enter the gym. After the ceremony, the gym will be opened to the general public and will close at 6:50 p.m. All other well-wishers will need to report the auditorium. The Glades Central High School family appreciates everyone adhering to these requests. Glades Central announces commencement exercise Special to The Sun The Lake Okeechobee Regional Eco nomic Alliance, known as LORE, is putting on a public workshop titled Using Social Media to Promote Your Business, targeted toward small-business owners in the Glades area, on Thursday, May 24. LOREs announcement of the session on social media said: Do you have a small business? Havent bought into the social media craze? Guess what? Silence is no longer an option. People are online talking about your company as you read this, whether you like it or not. If you dont engage in the conversation, you risk losing your customers. Join Rachelle Franklin, interim director of college relations and marketing at Palm Beach State College, in a discussion about how to get engaged, attract customers and grow your business. The workshop will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Pahokee, at 491 E. Main St., on May 24. Those interested in attending are encouraged to respond on LOREs Facebook page. LORE sets workshop for small businesses Special to The Sun PALM BEACH COUNTY Crime Stop pers of Palm Beach County needs your help in locating Patricia Coleman, aka Patricia Sparrow, a black female, 49, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, and she has multiple tattoos. Her last known address was on Northwes Ninth Avenue in South Bay. Coleman is wanted on a felony warrant for failure to appear to answer charges of burglary of a structure and petit theft. Anyone with information is urged to con tact Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS (8477), or you can remain anonymous by down loading the new app Connect & Protect, See Something Say Something for your Apple or Android smartphone. Crime Stoppers Patricia Coleman


4 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 We will be publishing a Special Tribute to the Graduating Class of 2018! Please place your ad to appear May 17th, 24th or 30th! Please call Stephanie at 863-763-3134 ext. 4230to place your ad or e-mail Deadline is the Friday prior to the run date. ATTENTION: PARENTS! Florida Highway Patrol, partners join in campaign called Click It or TicketSpecial to The Sun TALLAHASSEE The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) joins law enforcement and highway safety partners in participating in the national Click It or Ticket campaign that began on May 14 and runs through June 3. During the campaign, drivers will see increased education and enforcement on buckling up to help motorists avoid se rious injury and death. FHP is committed to raising awareness and educating the public. Not wear ing a seat belt is deadly, said Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, director of the Flor ida Highway Patrol. FHP will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to ensure everyones safety on Floridas roadways. In 2017, more than 600 people who chose not to wear their seat belt were killed in a vehicle crash. FHP reminds ev eryone that Florida law requires the use of seat belts by drivers and passengers in the front seat and all children under the age of 18 in the front or back seat of a motor vehicle. Wearing a seat belt is a quick and easy way to stay safer on the road. No matter how far youre going, the Florida Police Chiefs Association encourages all Flo ridians to buckle up, said Miami Shores Police Chief Kevin Lystad, president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association. Our Florida sheriffs are committed to protecting and ensuring the safety of the citizens that we proudly serve. The Click it or Ticket initiative is an outstanding way of reminding our citizens to protect those they love by insisting they wear seat belts. On behalf of our Florida sheriffs, I proudly endorse this Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles initiative, stated Sheriff Mike Adkinson, president of the Florida Sheriffs Association. During your travels, no matter where they take you, follow these safety tips to help you and your family Arrive Alive: Buckle up, every time. A seat belt is your vehicles best safety feature. Set the example. Make sure your rear-seat passengers are also buckled. They are more likely to injure themselves and other passengers in a crash if not buckled up. Seat belts plus air bags provide the greatest protection for adults. However, air bags are not a substitute for seat belts. Obey all speed limits. Traffic congestion and construction zones may require driving more slowly. Drive sober. One drink is one too many. Dont drive distracted: Anything that takes your full attention off the road, even for a second, could be deadly. Use caution when driving around bicycles or large commercial vehicles, and always look twice for motorcycles. Safety on the road is a shared responsibility. Buckle up every time; theres no second chance


May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 5 Frank Vasquez, Jr., 67 CLEWISTON Frank Vasquez, Jr. passed away on Thursday, May 10 2018. Frank is survived by his wife, Elvira, of 43 years. He is lovingly remembered by his children, April (Gene) Spencer, Stephen (Deandra) Vasquez, and Frances Vasquez; seven grandchildren, Brittany, Jacob, Justin, Trinity, Taylor, Chris topher and Maricella; his mother, Herminia Ferras; and siblings, Robert, Rachel, Gilbert, Vincent and Belinda; and many nieces and nephews. Frank honorably served in the United States Army, Field Artillery from Aug. 19 1970 to March 17 1972, duty stations included Fort Sill, Okla., and 2nd Battalion, 5th Artillery, US AREUR. Frank also worked at the U.S. Sugar Corporation in the Renery and Maintenance Department, retiring after 20 years. Frank spent his last days doing what he loved, enjoying the outdoors, shing and spending time with his family. There will be a private Celebration of Life get together for family. The family wishes to extend their gratitude for expressions of con dolences, support and prayers during this time. In lieu of owers, donations can be made to: Hope Hospice Development Ofce, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908; Donate Now Hope Healthcare Services. Jennifer Lee (Thies) Loos Jennifer Lee (Thies) Loos, formerly of Ft. Jennifer Lee (Thies) Loos Jennifer Lee (Thies) Loos, formerly of Ft. Jennifer Lee (Thies) Loos Thomas, Ky., passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at her home in Lakewood, Colorado after a lingering illness. Jennifer was born October 9, 1958 at St. Luke Hospital in Ft. Thomas, KY. Survi vors include her part ner Peter Purrazzella, Denver, CO., Jennifers precious children, Jonathan Loos, Seattle, WA, Katherine Loos, Denver, CO., Peters children, Mia Purrazzel la, Rebekah Purrazzella, Julianna Troiani, Jennifers father, Robert J. Thies, Cincinnati, OH, mother, Anne (Thies-Deuschle) Coffey, Moore Haven, FL, her twin sister, Genevieve Conroy, Pompano Beach, FL/Bahamas, sis ter, Celeste Keeney, Delhi, OH, Marie Thies, of Coral Springs, FL, brother, Terry Thies, Boca Raton, FL, mother-in-law, Beatrice Loos, Wil liamsburg, VA, brothers-in-law, Colin Conroy, Pompano, FL, Jerry Keeney, Delhi, OH, Karl Loos, Falmouth, MA, Steve Caputo, Summit, NJ, Charles Gildehaus, Concord, MA, sistersin-law, Ann Loos, Falmouth, MA, Sasha Thies, Coral Springs, FL, Jeannette Thies, Boca Ra ton, FL, Peggy Loos, Williamsburg, VA, Penny Loukakos, Williamsburg, VA, Patty Caputo, Summit, NJ, Bea Alice Loos, Acton, MA, Pa mela Gildehaus, Concord, MA, aunts, Cathy Humphrey-LaCour, Somerset, KY, Peggy Thies-Mahoney, & Paul Mahoney, Florence, KY, Marianne Thies, Bellevue, KY, uncles, David Humphrey, Latonia, KY, Michael Hum phrey, Carrollton, KY, Lee Weddle, Somerset, KY, and James Thies, Bellevue, KY. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Loos and her sister, Deborah Deuschle. After graduating from Highlands High school in 1976 with academic and track honors, Jen nifer received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern Kentucky University and a Masters Degree in Geology and Paleontology from the University of Cincinnati. Jennifer married Kenneth Dingwell Loos, of Bethesda, MD, also a geologist and graduate of University of Cincinnati where they met. After having their children, they spent several years in Stavanger, Norway, and Cairo, Egypt where Kenneth was employed by the Amoco Oil Company. Kenneth died of natural causes suddenly in Cairo at 42 years of age. She moved to Denver in 2011 with Peter where she enjoyed trail running, hiking, bik ing and attending concerts. A gifted Geologist; she was employed at Ageiss, Inc. in Denver. She took great pride in her work and will be missed by her coworkers. Jennifer had a sense of adventure and a erce, indomitable, independent spirit. She had a sharp wit and a contagious laugh, al ways looking for the great prank or good pun. She was a scholar and creative artist, but most of all, Jennifer was timeless in her support and love of her family. She fought to stay with them with a strength and courage that will for ever be her legacy. A Memorial Service, Life Celebration and Wake will be held at 619 Covert Run, Bellev Wake will be held at 619 Covert Run, Bellev Wake will be held at 619 Covert Run, Bellev ue, KY on Friday, May 18, 2018 beginning at 1 p.m. Parking is limited. Taking Uber or Lyft is encouraged. Bright dress encouraged. In lieu of owers, an educational trust fund for her three children is being established. Obituaries Merritt Max Cummings, 88 CLEWISTON Merritt Max Cummings passed away May 15, 2018 in Palms West Hospital. Max was born Apr. 9, 1930 in Avard, Okla. to Lester and Bernice (Hosman) Cummings. He honorably served his country in the Unit ed States Navy from 1947-1952. He met and married the love of his life and wife Angielean Nazworth in Jacksonville. He and Angie have lived in Jacksonville, Melbourne, Wichita, Kan., Oklahoma, and nally making Clewis ton their home in 1993. He and Angie were members of First Baptist Church of Clewiston. Max was a loving Christian man who loved his family and enjoyed spending time with each one of them. Max leaves behind his loving wife of 66 years, Angielean of Clewiston; children, Kay Walker and her husband Byron of Planta tion, Sandi Schaper and her husband Doug of Loxahatchee; six grandchildren, Kendra Wells and her husband Dr. Brian, Derek Da vis and wife Amie of Dallas, Texas, Amanda Walker of Plantation, Brandon Walker of Plantation, Alicia Hobson and her husband Darryl of Lake Worth, Austin Schaper and his wife Maria of Loxahatchee; one sister, Winnie Woolcock of Hayward, Calif. Max was preceded in death by his daugh ter, Sheila Curtis; sister, Jean Murphy; broth ers, Gary Cummings and Carl Cummings. Celebration of Maxs life will be held Sat urday, May 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. in First Baptist Church with Rev. Raul Zaldivar ofciating. Vis itation will be one hour before service. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu neral Home Clewiston. Obituaries should be submitted by sending e-mail to Customers may also request photos and links to online guest books. A link to the obituaries is available at Ascension Day: Ascension in my life and yoursThe Reverend Samuel S. Thomas, Ph. D.+Saint Martins Church, Clewiston I want you to go on! was a message I received in adolescence from the people around me. We had a neighbor who had come from Russia and Id walk by his house each day on my way to the bus stop for school. One day he asked me what I was going to do when I finished high school. I told him that I planned to attend college. He said, Thats good, thats something they can never take away from you. Later, as I reflected on his observation, I realized he knew something about loss and deprivation. He would have grown up in a time and place where everything could be and most likely was taken away. Later, I met many immigrants who had lived through the Second World War and came to North America. They worked hard, they educated their children, they were considerate of others and were grateful for what they found in the new world. My own recollections included a generation of parents who were willing to scrub floors so their children could go to college. The dream was that those who follow would benefit from their blessings and those who came to a better life from a harsher time would pass on what they had been given when their days here had ended. Parental love is the hope that the children will go on to a better and happier life than was lived in the past. It is a recognition that they did their best in their time, now the future rests with those theyve worked to equip to face another age. One of my seminary professors echoed this thought when he said: The disappointment of teaching is that you get to share and form the lives of so many entrusted to your care and then they graduate after a few years and you rarely get to see what has become of them. You have to hope you gave them the tools to work for the rest of their lives in places youll never see. Parents share this disappointment, too, as children go off on their own and leave home. People starting new careers or taking new career directions also jump off into new ventures with the trust that their former experiences will carry them onward and upward. All of these reflections came to mind as I quietly celebrated Ascension Day on our calendar. Jesus was known to be among His disciples for 40 days after Easter-Resurrection; to share with them and stand with them as living proof of the promise of the life to come. Then He lifted up His hands and blessed them. While He was blessing them, He left them and was taken up into Heaven (Luke 24:50-51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11). Jesus message always was, I want you to go on, and the Book of Acts is an account of their beginnings of the Church. He had laid the foundations, given them sufficient witness and guidance to continue on; now they were to go throughout all of the world, telling them, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you, and surely I am with you always to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20). Some of my most heartfelt moments have been when Ive looked back on what Ive been given by those who were my mentors during my discipleship years; at home, in school, on the various jobs Ive held, among advisors, friends and loved ones. They have been the ones who have helped me to go on, to accomplish what God has set out for me in life, and to be faithfully entrusted with those who will follow me. Those persons and our moments together were surely times of ascension by building on what they shared and gave. I am sure that there are such persons in the lives of all of us; who have helped us to rise and reach out. The Lord blessed and empowered His disciples; and has provided those in our lives to empower us to forth. Im grateful for what Ive been given and pray that I am faithful to their trust; I know you can be, too. Re ections from the Pulpit


6 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 HENDRY COUNTY NOTICE OF CHANGES TO THE PERMITTED, CONDITIONAL AND PROHIBITED USES WITHIN CERTAIN ZONING DISTRICTS AND OTHER CHANGES PERTAINING TO AIRPORTSHendry County proposes to adopt the following by ordinance: Ordinance Title: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING THE HENDRY COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES, CHAPTER 1-53, ZONING, SPECIFICALLY, SECTION 1-53-6.13, AIRPORTS; SECTION 1-53-3, ZONING DISTRICTS; AND SECTION 1-53-4, DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REGULATIONS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR CONFLICTS OF LAW; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, INCLUSION IN CODE, AND SCRIVENERS ERRORS; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. A public hearing on adoption of the ordinance will be held before the Board of County Commissioners on May 22, 2018, at 5:05 p.m. at the Hendry County Courthouse, Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, Florida. All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard with respect to the proposed ordi nance. Oral and written comments will be accepted. A copy of the changes are available for inspection at the Hendry County Planning and Zoning Department, 640 S. Main St., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at the Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners ofce, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, FL between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Maps depicting the affected areas around LaBelle Airport and Airglades Airport are adjacent to this advertisement. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. Any questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Planning and Zoning De partment, by phone (863-675-5240), email (, U. S. mail (P. O. Box 2340, LaBelle, FL 33975) or by fax (863674-4194). If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your at tendance at any meeting, please contact Hendry County Planning and Zoning at (863) 6755240; Hearing Impaired: Florida Relay 7-1-1; or e-mail Hendry County is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un intrprete que hable espaol para participar en esta reunin, por favor pngase en contacto con Myra Johnson al (863) 675-5240. It is a valuable opportunity to learn about procedures, meet experts, ask questions and see facilities in person. The Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, Sheriffs Ofce and Ofce of Community Revitalization sponsor the acade my. The rst two years of the academy have been overwhelmingly successful, with more than 40 participants graduating. Applications are required. For more information and to apply, visit the Criminal Justice Commission website (under Programs),, call 561-355-4943, fax at 561-355-4941 or email at This ve-week course is designed with the citizens of the western communities in mind, said Rosalind Murray, senior criminal justice analyst with the CJC. It is comprehensive and covers all aspects of criminal justice. It will include a tour of the jail as well. In addition, participants will hear from the Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; the federal agencies will sponsor a night; and juvenile justice with an emphasis on school safety will be prominently discussed. There is no limit on the number of participants, and students are welcome. Registration will close on Friday, June 1, at 5 pm. CRIMINALContinued From Page 1 the HR manager. She was obliged to com pile her summary without Commissioner Walkers input, she explained, after the deadline for submission had been extend ed from the election date until the end of March and then into April. Ms. Ramsay listed the specific areas that scored high for performance: indi vidual characteristics, 85 percent; fiscal/ financial management, 84 percent; pro fessional skills, 86.67 percent; community engagement, 84 percent; reporting, 85.33 percent. She continued: Mr. Williamson far exceeded the expectation in policy exe cution with a high average score of 90.67 percent. Mr. Williamsons score as it re lates to citizen relations and relations with elected members of the governing body met expectations with improvement. His annual performance goals for 2018-2019: 1.) to complete 100 percent funding projects from 2017 legislative ses sion; 2.) increase housing and economic investment in the core of the City of Pa hokee; 3.) complete gymnasium and ath letic fields renovation; 4.) increase citizen involvement with a minimum of two town hall meetings; 5.) sustain current funding stream for infrastructure projects for the 2019 legislative session. Mayor Keith Babb asked commissioners for comments, but there were none about the evaluation results, only Ms. Walkers remark, It was sent to me and I completed it, but it wasnt accepted. Ms. Ramsay noted, in response: I did speak with Commissioner Walker on two occasions, where she said she did not want to complete that. We did extend the deadline more than once so that every one could have sent these evaluations on time. Mayor Babb remarked, Im looking forward to our commission/manager retreat, and at that time Im hoping we would expound on the performance goals for 2018-2019 and come up with some measurements that we can all agree on. Overall, I think the city manager has done a great job. Commissioner Everett said he hoped the commission could track progress on the goals Mr. Williamson set. I am, too, looking forward to that, I think thats an excellent point that you made, Mayor Babb, regarding setting measurable goals ... Also, I definitely would like to discuss the two that were mentioned, citizen relations and relations with elected members, it said, met expectations with improvement, and I think those could be some guiding conversations in our commission/ city manager retreat. No date or venue has yet been set for a retreat, which would have to be open to the public; so far, Mr. Williamson said later, I think its more conversation than reality at the moment. In other business, commissioners: Canceled their scheduled meeting the evening of Tuesday, May 22, because it conflicts with the Pahokee High School commencement exercise. A special meeting may be called, Mr. Williamson said, if more contracts are finalized for other marina/campground/restaurant renovation work. Passed a resolution accepting the transferral of water towers and land from Palm Beach County Utilities, which formerly were operated by the now-defunct Glades Utility Authority. Mr. Williamson explained in response to a question from Commissioner Walker that the city now will be able to collect fees from telecommunications companies that have transmission equipment or wish to place some on the structures. Approved a resolution ratifying a contract the city entered into with EDSA Inc. of Fort Lauderdale for a vision plan for the city in July 2017, costing about $47,000. OKd a resolution providing for a contract with Holmes Janitorial Cleaning Services for services through Sept. 30 in the city facilities at 360 E. Main St. Approved proclamations of Municipal Clerks Week, Kids to Parks Day and Senior Corps Week. MANAGERContinued From Page 1


May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 7 Flow-through wetland, more marshes are proposed in Glades CountyBy Katrina ElskenINI Florida As the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project (LOWRP) moves through the planning phase, some changes have been proposed by the Project Delivery Team (PDT). The plans previously under consideration include reservoirs in Glades County, north of Lake Okeechobee, ranging from 5 to 15 feet in pool depth. A new plan uses a reservoir with an average depth of 4 feet, with a halfmile buffer around the reservoir. This feature would be operated more like a ow-through wetland for storage, providing both storage and wetland benets. Stakeholder input is a key component of this planning effort and we have taken this into consideration as we developed the pro posed tentatively selected plan for the project, explained Jenn Miller of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In response to concerns raised during the plan formulation process, the project team has revised the proposed tentatively selected plan for the project. In addition to the originally proposed 80 Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) wells, the proposed tentatively selected plan includes a 12,000-acre wetland attenuation feature. The primary purpose of the wetland attenuation feature is to provide water storage with ancillary habitat benets, she continued. It is anticipated that the project will pro vided 448,000 acre-feet of storage per year, 400 million gallons per day from the ASR wells, and 48,000 acre-feet from the wetland attenuation feature. The estimated 48,000 acre-feet of water storage from the wetland attenuation feature is based on a static volume, but it will be operated dynamically, which will provide more than 48,000 acre-feet during operations. We will also be restoring 5,300 acres of wetlands along the historic Kissimmee River, which will provide ancillary water storage benets as well, she added. The features of the proposed tentatively selected plan provide features that will enable us to get to construction as quickly as possible. Additionally, the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Project is unique to other restoration projects within the system. It provides direct benets to Lake Okeechobee by helping to control a healthy lake stage envelope, by having more exibility to maintain the lake within the preferred range of 12.5 to 15.5 feet. The changes to the proposed plans were presented at the May 2 LOWRP PDT meeting. A draft of the plan is scheduled for release June 29. The public review and comment period will be June 29 through Aug. 13. Public meetings to review the plans are planned for early July. Plan for north lake reservoir changes proposed A continuing series TRUTH


8 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 Special to The Sun BELLE GLADE A wrap-up session for the Leadership Glades Class of 2017-18 took place on Wednesday, April 18, immediately following the monthly Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce breakfast, reported Brenda Bunting, the chambers executive director. Several great suggestions were given by the class members on how to improve the program, Ms. Bunting said, and many com mented about how benecial and educa tional the program had been for them. Chamber First Vice President Steve Nolin was the facilitator for the event, which took place in the cafeteria at Lakeside Medical Center. The graduation ceremony for the class was conducted at 5:30 p.m. on May 8, at the Sugarcane Growers Cooperative. The Belle Glade Chamber will now be taking applications for the Leadership Class of 2018-19, which will begin in September. For more information, call the chamber at 561-996-2745. 15 MONTHCD SPECIAL 2.03%APY*$500 MINIMUM OPENING DEPOSIT 205 South WC Owen Ave Clewiston, FL 33440 Phone: (863) 983-6181 Fax: (863) 983-0607*Annual Percentage Yield Leadership Glades wraps up for 2017-18 class Special to The Sun/Courtesy of Belle Glade ChamberBelle Glade Chamber First Vice President Steve Nolin (left) addresses the Leadership Glades 2017-18 class at its last session before graduation. Special to The Sun BELLE GLADE The eighth-grade students, faculty, staff and administrators of Lake Shore Middle School (LSMS) announce their annual eighth grade promo tional exercise, which will be Wednesday, May 30, in the gymnasium. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. To ensure the success of the ceremo ny and limit interruptions, the doors of the gymnasium will be closed at 6 p.m. and all late arrivals will be redirected to the cafeteria for alternative accommodations. Please plan to arrive at least 20 minutes early to ensure you are able to locate parking, receive additional instructions, if necessary, and be admitted into the gymnasium. The school is located at 425 W. Canal St. North in Belle Glade. All guests are asked to park in the parking area located on Fourth Street. The attire for girls will be knee-length white dresses (no spaghetti straps, belts or halter tops allowed), skin tone or white stockings, and black shoes (no ip ops or slides). The boys will wear long-sleeve white shirts, black neckties, black slacks, black socks and black shoes. LSMS is requesting that parents refrain from bringing owers or balloons to the ceremony, so as to not cause a distraction to everyones viewing pleasure. If you have any questions or concerns about the promotional exercise, you may contact the school at 561-829-1100. Lake Shore Middle School to have promotional exercise Special to The Sun/ Muck 7 Youth EliteMuck 7 Youth Elite dominates football tournamentsRival youth football teams unite and dominate 7-on-7 football tournaments in the 12u division. The cities of Belle Glade, Pahokee and South Bay youth football teams came together and formed a 7-on-7 team by the name of Muck 7 Youth Elite. This is the rst year this has happened, and the team has already won three 7-on-7 tournaments, in Orlando, Bradenton and Miramar. In each event, the team nished undefeated. They have been awarded automatic bids to tournaments in Atlanta, Indianapolis and Cocoa Beach due to their elite performance. Coach Shaine Laramore and coach Xavier Bryant stated that these kids always compete against each other as rivals, so they wanted to put them together to build positive relationships. Building positive relationships among the teams will result in friendly competition when they do meet up as rivals. Congratulations to Muck 7 Youth Elite on their success.


May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 9 Thank You to Our Employees for a Safe and Successful Harvest Season ince 1931, our employees have been planting, harvesting, and growing local food. As our sugarcane and citrus harvest season comes safely to a close, we would like to recognize and celebrate the hard work our employees put in every single day to feed American families. SFeeding American FamiliesEach year, we plant, harvest, and process sugarcane into nearly 850,000 We can produce up to 90 million gallons of pure Florida orange juice each year and community partners saw the students demonstrate their knowledge and skills on Monday, May 7, at the Technical Education Center on the Belle Glade campus. While high school students typically dual-enroll at PBSC to pursue an Associate in Arts transfer degree, the college created this opportunity in the Glades region for those who want to go directly into a trade career. Its great to see their enthusiasm for the program and for the skills that theyre learning, said Dr. Gloria McAllister, program director for Postsecondary Adult Vocational certicate programs on the Belle Glade campus. I think its a wonderful opportunity for them to develop their skills early. Dr. Roy Vargas, dean of academic affairs for the Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves campuses, thinks the initiative has strong potential given the response of business partners to the evening welding program for adults on the Belle Glade campus. Some companies have even created a special job category to facilitate hiring program graduates. Theres a need for more employees with these particular skills, and the college has been investing in expanding opportunities, Mr. Vargas said. The colleges collaboration with industry will open the door to jobs for these new students, who are going to graduate from high school with the welding certicate. Our goal is to provide a great workforce for this area. Learning in the I-beam Playground: In this initial year, the students began with the core or pre-welding skills before training in basic welding techniques. They focused on applied math skills and material science, how to operate power tools and machinery to prepare surfaces for welding and, most importantly, job safety. Students get hands-on experience in a lab that replicates an authentic welding environment, right down to the steel, which is why the lab is dubbed the I-beam Playground. Its set up like a real job site, with fabrication and installation areas, so that when students go into the eld, nothing is strange to them. They can make the connection to something they did in class, said Anton Pastuszak, lead welding instructor, who also oversees the evening welding program. Steel is very expensive, Ms. McAllister notes, and the I-beam Playground is unique in the state because nobody can afford this level of steel. We cant, either, but because of Antons connections with industry partners, hes able to get the steel donated to the college and even transports it here on his trailer. Next school year, the incoming cohort is expected to grow to 20, the maximum allowed. High school students who start the welding program in their sophomore year and continue through their senior year can successfully complete the program and receive a PSAV certicate along with their high school diploma. In addition, students earn three levels of certications from the highly respected National Center for Construction Education and Research. Those who dont complete the PSAV program while in high school may come back to the program as adults and nish up. This program puts the students ahead, said Dr. Peter Barbatis, vice president of student services and enrollment management. As a college, were very excited about the opportunity to offer vocational education to high school students, which leads to college and industry credentials and direct entry into the workforce. Mr. Pastuszak agrees that the students will be workforce-ready. Even now, if a company were to come out, they would realize that the students know exactly what an embed is, they know what an angle clip is, they know bolted connections, coping a beam, welding down decking, plumbing columns, everything. What we are teach ing the students is exactly what the industry needs. Two students eager to ll those jobs are Kerry Mullins Jr. and Daujalonne Scarlett, sophomores at Pahokee High School. Both gave a shout-out to Mr. Pastuszak for giving them the opportunity. He told us since day one that this was one of the most in-demand jobs in the world, but its also one of the most danger ous, Mr. Scarlett said. Ever since he told us that, we took it seriously; we had to be determined and make sure we do what we should do. I know this is a very demanding job, Mr. Mullins added. But were going to pull through it. Id like to stay here for the next two years and start my career as a welder. SKILLSContinued From Page 1 Special to The Sun/ Courtesy of PBSC, photo by Al EvansPBSC dual enrollment welding students Kerry Mullins Jr., Tamarick Best, Arman Irons and Daujalonne Scarlett connect a steel beam to two steel columns.


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May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 11 Special to The Sun Hanley Foundation, a statewide leader in substance use disorder prevention, education and advocacy for access to quality treatment, recently announced the launch of Project C4OPE, a program designed to connect families who share the experience of a loved one who has died of opioid overdose, survived an overdose, or are at high risk for overdose. Palm Beach County leads the state in opioid-related overdose deaths, with more than 600 recorded in 2017 alone and more than 5,000 total opioid overdoses recorded in 2016. Families in the opioid crisis from across Palm Beach County were invited to connect at Origins Resource Center in West Palm Beach on April 26, for the rst gathering of Project C4OPE, an opportunity for them to express their needs and wants around the topic of opioid overdose. Meetings are free and open to the public with advance reservation. The rst forum will inform future topics for the continuation of the series in other locations throughout Palm Beach County. The Glades region Project C4OPE meetings will be held on the second Thursday of each month at the Lakeside Medical Center, 39200 Hooker Hwy. in Belle Glade. Under the direction of Hanley Foundation educator Barbara Shafer, the Project C4OPE sessions will offer a safe place for families to discuss overdose prevention and education topics of interest. The program was announced during the 2018 SUD Talks, held Saturday, April 7, at Florida Atlantic University and was funded through a grant from Palm Beach County and the Southeast Florida Behavioral Health Network. We understand that the individual who has experienced an overdose is not the only one who has endured a traumatic event, said Jan Cairnes, CEO of Hanley Foundation. Family members often feel judged or inadequate because they could not prevent their loved ones overdose. It is important for the community and families to work to gether to obtain support following an overdose, or education on preventing a future overdose. Following the initial Project C4OPE session on April 26, Hanley Foundation facilitators and group leaders will host ongoing forums in four Palm Beach County geo graphic areas: encompassing communities in the north, central, south and western areas. Monthly events to be announced as dates and locations are scheduled will involve discussion of topics including: Strengthening our understanding of the opioid epidemic, Non-addictive strategies to manage chronic pain, Raising the level of opioid prescriber education, Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), Overdose-reversing medications, Other topics identied as important by the family members. As Project C4OPE forums expand, Han ley Foundation expects to begin introduc ing new programming including opioid and alcohol prevention programming to children aging out of the foster care sys tem and parenting programming through homeless shelters. For more information about Project C4OPE, please visit www.hanleyfounda or call 561-2682355. Steps being taken in Palm Beach County to improve school safety As our hearts still ache for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School communi ty, the School District of Palm Beach County continues to study the details from the Park land tragedy to identify opportunities to im prove the safety of our campuses. As educators, we know the importance of safety and security in our schools. Students cant focus on learning if they dont feel safe. While we may not be able to share every aspect of our security plans with the public, I am committed to keeping our community informed to the fullest extent possible. Here are some steps our district is taking to improve safety and security at our schools: At the beginning of April, a team of professionals representing large urban dis tricts from across the country visited dis trict schools, conducted interviews and reviewed our security protocols. Ive asked them to identify the things the district is do ing well, as well as areas for improvement. The ndings of this visit are expected in the next month. Prior to spring break, all secondary schools, in addition to elementary school campuses that do not yet have single points of entry, were authorized to hire a tem porary position to assist with monitoring school entries, parking lots or other areas identied by the principal. The district facilities team has created safe rooms in schools where students would have historically had to enter a hallway to seek shelter in a locked classroom. New doors and locksets have also been installed for classrooms that did not have a locking mechanism. The facilities team continues to expedite work orders to ensure every teach er is able to lock their classroom door. The School Police Department and staff from the Operations Division contin ue to identify projects that will occur when students are on campuses for the summer. Thanks to the communitys generous sup port of the penny sales tax, all schools were scheduled to receive $40 million of security improvements over the next few years. The School Board has directed this work be accelerated wherever possible, and we are working aggressively to do so. The StudentProtect App, a new app that allows students, parents and staff to report threats and suspicious activity directly to local law enforcement, has launched as a collaboration between the School District of Palm Beach County, School District Police Department and Palm Beach County Sheriffs Ofce. The app has the ability for the user to dial 911 and have the exact GPS location of their mobile device sent to rst responders. Senate Bill 7026 will provide resources to expand mental health services to students as well as provide an ofcer in every school. While the district ramps up efforts to recruit and hire 75 additional school police ofcers, we have asked our many partner law enforcement agencies to assist us with covering campuses until new ofcers are in place. When schools start the new year in August, every campus will have a police presence. It goes without saying, however, that the safety of our schools, and even our neighborhood spaces, is a community effort. Our best defenses are inevitably in a strong community commitment to keep our eyes open to at-risk behaviors, inappropriate conversations or social media posts, and to alert ofcials when a concern arises. In a society that prides itself on minding its own business, we have to be willing to step across our fences to say something if we see something, and to ask for help where we see help is needed. Palm Beach County has a long-standing history of supporting its children it is my hope that the heightened sense of awareness the Parkland tragedy has created becomes an enduring awareness used to advance our work around community safety, mental health services and accessibility, and building strong communities. Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools Jurors provide crucial public service in Palm Beach CountyServing on a jury is more than just a civic responsibility. A juror has the power to transform a persons life. It is one of the most important roles a citizen can play to serve in their community, in the justice system and their country. At the Clerk & Comptrollers Ofce, we manage Palm Beach Countys jury system, which randomly selects prospective jurors from a database of drivers license and identication card records in Palm Beach County. Last year, more than 163,000 county residents were summonsed for jury duty making decisions that have the potential to affect entire communities. Understanding that jury duty may impact your daily routine, we offer many conveniences to make serving easier. Rescheduling is simple if youre unable to report when summonsed. There is complimentary parking, movies in the juror waiting area, free Wi-Fi in the courthouse, and computer access in the juror room. Jurors may also bring along laptops, tablets and cellphones to use while waiting. Unfortunately, only about one-third of jurors summonsed for court actually appear for service. The United States Constitution guarantees all of us a right to trial by an impartial jury of our peers, a right that is vital to our democratic system and would be impossible without the thousands of people who serve every year. I encourage you to embrace your responsibility as citizens to simply report to duty when summonsed. Most jury services entail a single day at the courthouse. And, those who do serve on a jury quickly realize and appreciate the weight of responsibility to their community. We have many resources on our website to help potential jurors understand the selection process, learn juror expectations and requirements, and prepare for their service. Visit Thank you to all who have served and will serve jury duty in the future. Sharon R. Bock Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County Letter to the Editor A forum series for families in the opioid crisis Special to The SunImportant Dates May 1-31: Haitian Heritage Month May 1-31: Mental Health Awareness and Trauma Informed Care Month May 13-19: National Police Week May 16-18: Safety Patrol annual trip to Washington, D.C. May 23: Multicultural Day at RES May 28: Memorial Day/no school May 30: Fifth Grade promotional cer emony June 1: Last day of schowol for stu dents June 18: First day of Summer Reading AcademyRES is on FacebookAll parents are encouraged to follow Ros enwald Elementary on Facebook at https://! Rosenwald Elementary School News PBSO/PAL Tri-City Basketball Academics and Mentoring Summer Camp will take place June 4 through Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Glades Central Community High School (ages 13-18 in high school), 1001 S.W. Ave. M in Belle Glade; and Lake Shore Middle School (ages 7-12), 425 W. Canal St. North in Belle Glade. For information, call Kenneth Torrence at 561-329-8322 or Kevin Jackson-Hamilton at 561-797-2796. Join Tri-City Summer Camp


12 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 By Katrina ElskenOkeechobee News Algae is everywhere, and thats a good thing because without it, there would be no life on planet Earth. Algae is the base of the food chain and produces about 75 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere. Under certain conditions, algae grows rapidly, forming a bloom. Algal blooms are not always harmful, explained James M. Sullivan, Ph.D., a research professor with Florida Atlantic University. Most of the time, algal blooms are not harm ful, he said. Most often, algal blooms are bene cial to the ecosystem. But under certain conditions, some kinds of algae produce toxins. These are referred to as Harmful Algae Blooms, or HABs. What makes good algae go bad? Researchers will have another tool to answer that question in June, thanks to NASA. Due to a cooperative effort by NASA, Florida Atlantic Universitys Har bor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the South Florida Water Management District, a SeaPRISM device will be installed on a tower in Lake Okeechobee the week of June 11. We need to understand what causes HABs, Dr. Sullivan said. HABs are a world wide problem, he explained. The SeaPRISM is a solar-powered robotic device that will be installed on an existing SFWMD tower near the middle of the lake, he said. The SeaPRISM has a cell link so that data collected goes directly to NASA. The data will be available to researchers online. The SeaPRISM device is about 2 feet long and about 8 to 10 inches wide. It will move with the sun so that the cameras can take clear photos of the sky and the water without glare. Usually a SeaPRISM is set up to take photos every hour, but it can be pro grammed to take photos more frequently. The device uses lters to take photos at different wavelengths. The color of the water will help researchers map the algae content and the turbidity of the water. Cyanobacteria (sometimes called blue-green algae) has a unique color that the SeaPRISM can track, he explained. NASA uses the SeaPRISM data to calibrate satellites. Satellite pho tos can be distorted by the atmosphere, he said. The SeaPRISM cameras, which take photos of the water and the sky, can be used for satellite calibration validation, he said. While satellites take photos of Lake Okeechobee every few days, the SeaPRISM will take photos hourly or even more often. Dr. Sullivan said Lake Okeechobee was chosen for a SeaPRISM device because of its size. Lake Okeechbee is big enough to be seen from a satellite, he said. Researchers hope the additional data will help them understand the causes of toxic algal blooms. He said Harbor Branch will also do sampling on the lake. Dr. Sullivans research interests range from the biological and physical mechanisms controlling the spatial-temporal dynamics of phytoplankton/zooplankton populations in the coastal oceans, Harmful Algal Bloom (red tide) dynamics, bioluminescence in the ocean, and the development and use of optical and autonomous sampling instrumentation and analytical techniques needed to study these complex processes. Equipment he has developed or co-developed includes a moored autonomous vertical proler, a bathyphotometer, an in situ hyperspectral spectrophotometer and an in situ holographic microscope for 3-D characterization of undisturbed particles in the ocean. Dr. Sullivan earned his masters and doctorate in biological oceanography with specializations in phytoplankton physiology and ecology, as well as bio-optics and biophysics, from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (URI-GSO). Prior to joining Harbor Branch, he was research faculty at URI-GSO and a senior oceanographer for WET Labs Inc. M a y 1 9 2 8 2 0 1 8 P u r c h a s e o f a n y s i z e M a t t r e s s a n d G E T A F R E E B E D F R A M E Great American Gun Show Big Weekend Event, Buy-Sell-Trade Okeechobee, FL May 19-20, 2018Okeechobee KOA Convention Center4276 Hwy 441 South, Okeechobee, FL 34974$1.00 OFF Admission 12 and under FREE with adult admissionSaturday 9-5 Sunday 10-4 Vendors Call 865-453-0074CCW Classes at 10am and 2pm. Only $49. For more information please call 561-214-5115 NASA will help SFWMD and FAU study algal blooms in lake A continuing series TRUTH Courtesy photo/NASA The SeaPRISM device will be mounted on a South Florida Water Management District tower that is already in Lake Okeechobee. Okeechobee Orchid Club to host annual Wild Orchid WalkOKEECHOBEE The Okeechobee Orchid Club will be on the annual Wild Orchid walk on June 2. Anyone interested in joining, please attend the monthly meeting on Monday, May 21, at the UF/IFAS Extension Ofce located at 458 U.S. 98 in Okeechobee. The Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. followed by the Orchid Club at 7 p.m. For information, contact Sue at 561-762-2788.


May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 13 Employment Full Time Employment Full Time Seminole Tribe of Florida: Electrician This is skilled work at the journeyman level regarding the installation alteration, maintenance and repair of electical systems, Resdential facilties Duties include working independently with considerable latitude in determining methods of work and using specialized tools and testing instruments of Diploma/GED is required. Minimum of one Submit Resume to: or apply at R oo ng R oo ng Metal Roofs Re-Roofs Roof Repairs Seamless Gutters Soffit & Fascia Free Estimates Lic#CCC1325950 Ofce: (863) 675-7045 1050 Commerce Dr. Suite B. Fax (863) 612-1158 Services *PRESSURE WASHING* FREE ESTIMATES. HOUSES, BOATS, SHEDS, DRIVEWAYS AND MORE CALL ANYTIME 386-288-7098 Miscellaneous Notices Contractor Needed that is licensed and insured to build a Preschool. Must be experienced with references or portfolio of work completed. Please send information to: P.O. Box 433, Pahokee, Florida 33476 or abidingfaith. Attention: Shirley or KR Garage/ Ya rd Sales CLEWISTON 614 East Pasadena Avene, Sat. 5/19, 7am ? Fishing equip., HH Employment Full Time Glades Electric Cooperative has a position available for a fulltime Member Service Representative in Lake Placid. Qualifications Customer Service experience preferred, Technical skills, effective problem solver, learning agility, self-motivator, cash handling experience, good communication skills. GEC offers an excellent salary and ben efit package, is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Contact the District Office Manager at or call (863)946-6200. Employment Medical Dental Assistant Must have 1 yr exp. Bilingual (Spanish/ English) preferred. Competitive salary & excellent benefits. Fax resume to (561) 472-9692 or apply at Florida Community Health Center, 1021 Health Park Dr. Moore Haven, FL e-mail jobs@fchcinc. org EOE/DFWP. 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Call 716-2441639. *PRESSURE WASHING* FREE ESTIMATES. HOUSES BOATS, SHEDS, DRIVEWAYS AND MORE CALL ANYTIME 386-288-7098 Public Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE: TIMS TOWING & RECOVERY gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicles on 06/01/2018, 10:00 am at 74 S INDUSTRIAL LOOP LABELLE, FL 33935, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. TMS TOWNG & RECOVERY reserves the right to accept or reject any and/ or all bids. JH4DC548X3C018528 2003 ACURA 262222 CN 5/17/2018 NOTICE: AUCTION on Friday, May 18th, 2018 At 9:00 am at 1225 N.W. Avenue L, Belle Glade, FloridaProperty of: Carmetha Walker: Headboard Mattress & Box Spring Miscelaneous Bags and items. Property of: Michael Rogers: Kids Toys, Kid Bke and Miscellaneous bags and items. 259623 SUN 5/10,17/2018 Hendry County BOCC is seeking applications for a full-time Residential Building Inspector. Applications must be received at the Human Resources Department, 640 South Main Street, LaBelle, FL 33935. A complete job posting and application forms are available on the Hendry County website at Hendry County is a VP, EEO/AA, DFWP employer and participates in E-Verify. Individuals needing assistance in the application process should contact the County Human Resources department at 863-675-5352 Foreman Radish Leaf Celey Harvest. Full-Time Hourly. South Florida vegetable producer has an opening in their machine and hand-cut harvest oper ations primarily planning and seeing that orders are filled as specified by Harvest Manager, assisting super visos and coordinating with labor contractor, makng daily reconciliations, and yield projections. Work environment is outdoors over uneven terrain. Required: valid FL drivers license, good working knowledge of Excel, good English communication skills, HS diploma (or equivalent), and must pass background check, physical, and drug screen. Helpful if bilingual. 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14 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 Public Notice Public Notice HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NOTICE TO BIDDERSSealed bids, in triplicate, subject to the conditions herein, will be received until June 21, 2018 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, 25 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935; for furnishing all labor and materials and performing all work connected with a project known as Apron Rehabilitation at LaBelle Airport (Hendry County Bid Number 2018-15). A non-mandatory Pre-Bid Conference is scheduled for May 31, 2018, at 11:00 AM at the Hendry County Engineering Department, located at 99 E. Cowboy Way, LaBelle, FL 33935. Bidders are strongly encouraged to attend. Bidders are invited to submit bids for this work on the bid forms provided. Other bid or proposal forms will not be accepted. The complete examination and understanding of the Contract Documents consisting of the project plans and specifications including all addenda or other revisions, and site of the proposed work is necessary to properly submit a bid. Contract Documents consisting of the project plans and specifications and all addenda or other revisions will be available for examination and may be obtained from the office of AECOM, 7650 W. Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, Florida, 33607-1462, (Phone: 813-636-2139; contact Diane Kline). There is a $25.00 for each electronic copy set (PDF) of the Contract Documents. Return of the Contract Documents is not required and the amount paid for the Contract Documents is non-refundable. 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 Certified Check in the amount of not less than five 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 per cent (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 notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively 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. This project has a DBE goal of 14.1% No bid may be withdrawn after closing time for the receipt of bids for a period of one hundred twenty (120) days. This solicitation does not commit Hendry County to award any contracts, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of a response to this Bid, or to contract for any services. The County reserves the right to reject any or all submittals received as a result of this solicitation for any or no reason, or to cancel in part or in its entirety this Bid, if it is in the best interests of the County to do so. The County May re-procure at the discretion of the Board. Contractor selection and disqualification criteria are set forth in Hendry County Ordinance No. 2016-14, as recorded in Ordinance Book XVIII, Page 208. Hendry County is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer. Si necesita la asistencia de un interprete que hable espaol para participar en esta reunin, por favor pongase en contacto con Veronica Gonzalez al (863) 675-5324. HENDRY COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS 262167 CN 5/17,24,31;6/7,14/2018 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE NINETEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR OKEECHOBEE COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CIVIL ACTION Case #: 2012-CA-000751 Bank of America, N.A. Plaintiff, -vs.Cristela Rodriguez, Natural Guardian of Laisha Alfaro, a Minor; Cristela Rodriguez, Natural Guardian of Juan Alfaro, a Minor; Laisha Alfaro, a Minor; Juan Alfaro, a Minor; Gustavo Antonio Alfaro, Jr. a/k/a Gustavo Alfaro, Jr.; Unknown Spouse of Gustavo Antonio Alfaro, Jr. a/k/a Gustavo Alfaro, Jr.; Baziliza M. Cruz; Rene Cruz; Okeechobee Landings, Inc. d/b/a Easy Life Subdivision Defendants .NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to order rescheduling foreclosure sale or Final Judgment, entered in Civil Case No. 2012-CA-000751 of the Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit in and for Hendry County, Florida, wherein Bank of America, N.A., Plaintiff and Cristela Rodriguez, Natural Guardian of Laisha Alfaro, a Minor are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Barbara S. Butler, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT 25 EAST HICKPOCHEE, 2ND FLOOR, LABELLE, FL 33935, AT 11:00 A.M. on June 27, 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: LOT 121, HOLIDAY ISLES, UNIT NO. THREE, A SUBDIVISION IN SECTION 14, TOWNSHIP 43 SOUTH, RANGE 34 EAST, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGES 115 AND 116, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF HENDRY COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH THE DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME YEAR 1995, MAKE CRESCENT LIMITED, INC/ CRESTMOBILE VIN NUMBER 146M8973A AND VIN NUMBER 146M8973B, WHICHBY IN TENTION OF THE PARTIES AND UPON RETIREMENT OF THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE AS PROVIDED IN319.261 FLA. STAT., SHALL CONSTITUTE A PART OF THE REALTY AND SHALL PASS WITH IT. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER 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 the ADA Coordinator;l 700 Monroe Street, Suite 1213, Fort Myers, Florida 33901 (239) 533-1521 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification of the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days. If you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. Barbara S. Butler CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Hendry County, Florida J. Bevis DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 262232 CN 5/17,24/2018 Public Notice Public Notice SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE OF WORK PLANNotice is hereby given that pursuant to The Water Rights Compact Among the Seminole Tribe of Florida, The State of Florida, and The South Florida Water Management District, the 5th Amendment to the 31st Annual Work Plan of the Seminole Tribe of Florida has been submitted to the South Florida Water Management District (District). The Seminole Tribe of Florida (Tribe), 6073 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33024, has submitted, on April 23, 2018, the 5th Amendment to the 31st Annual Work Plan. The Work Plan describes existing and proposed activities on Seminole land. The work proposed includes one (1) project in the Big Cypress Reservation and two (2) projects in the Brighton Reservation: Big Cypress Reservation 1) Dakotah Cypress, Cheyenne Kippenberger, and Scarlett Jumper Access Way the Tribe is proposing to do incidental activities related to the development of three access ways along the Districts right-of-way along Northwest Canal Street into the homesites for three Tribal Members. No impervious surfaces will be created. No stormwater management systems are anticipated. Brighton Reservation 1) Janelle Robinson Brazilian Pepper Removal the Tribe is proposing to do incidental activities related to Brazilian Pepper removal along the Districts right-of-way at the Harney Pond/C-41 Canal for the homesite of a Tribal Member; 2) L-59 Temporary Structure the Tribe is proposing to install an earthen plug in Borrow Canal L-59 West on the northeastern corner of the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. The Big Cypress Reservation is located in Broward County, Township 48 South, Range 34 East, and, in Hendry County, Township 47 South, Ranges 32-34 East. The Brighton Reservation is located in Glades County, Township 40 South, Range 32 East; Township 39 South, Range 32 East; Township 39 South, Range 33 East; Township 38 South, Range 33 East. Interested persons may comment upon the Amendment or submit a writ ten request for a copy of the Amendment by either of the following methods: 1) Submitting a written request to: Regulation Division, South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406; or 2) Submitting an electronic request at Such comments or requests must be received within 30 days from the date of publication. No further public notice will be provided regarding this Amendment. A copy of the Staff Report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an Administrative Hearing regarding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request therefore after reviewing the Staff Report. 261601 CN 5/17/2018 Public Notice Public Notice SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT PUBLIC NOTICE OF WORK PLANNotice is hereby giventhat pursuant to The Water Rights Compact Among the Seminole Tribe of Florida, The State of Florida, and The South Florida Water Management District, the 5th Amendment to the 31st Annual Work Plan of the Seminole Tribe of Florida has been submitted to the South Florida Water Management District (District). The Seminole Tribe of Florida (Tribe), 6073 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33024, has submitted, on April 23, 2018, the 5th Amendment to the 31st Annual Work Plan. The Work Plan describes existing and proposed activities on Seminole land. The work proposed includes one (1) project in the Big Cypress Reservation and two (2) projects in the Brighton Reservation: Big Cypress Reservation 1) Dakotah Cypress, Cheyenne Kippenberger, and Scarlett Jumper Access Way the Tribe is proposing to do incidental activities related to the development of three access ways along the Districts right-of-way along Northwest Canal Street into the homesites for three Tribal Members. No impervious surfaces will be created. No stormwater management systems are anticipated. Brighton Reservation 1) Janelle Robinson Brazilian Pepper Removal the Tribe is proposing to do incidental activities related to Brazilian Pepper removal along the Districts right-of-way at the Harney Pond/C-41 Canal for the homesite of a Tribal Member; 2) L-59 Temporary Structure the Tribe is proposing to install an earthen plug in Borrow Canal L-59 West on the northeastern corner of the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation. The Big Cypress Reservation is located in Broward County, Township 48 South, Range 34 East, and, in Hendry County, Township 47 South, Ranges 32-34 East. The Brighton Reservation is located in Glades County, Township 40 South, Range 32 East; Township 39 South, Range 32 East; Township 39 South, Range 33 East; Township 38 South, Range 33 East. Interested persons may comment upon the Amendment or submit a writ ten request for a copy of the Amendment by either of the following methods: 1) Submitting a written request to: Regulation Division, South Florida Water Management District, 3301 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33406; or 2) Submitting an electronic request at Such comments or requests must be received within 30 days from the date of publication. No further public notice will be provided regarding this Amendment. A copy of the Staff Report must be requested in order to remain advised of further proceedings. Substantially affected persons are entitled to request an Administrative Hearing regarding the proposed agency action by submitting a written request therefore after reviewing the Staff Report. 261602 GCD 5/17/2018 NOTICEBBC meeting #2018-02 Notice is hereby given that the Board of Building Commissioners of the City of Clewiston, Florida, will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 5:30pm in the city hall commission chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida. The purpose of this hearing is to consider the disposition of the following properties located in the City of Clewiston: 408 E Ventura Ave Clewiston, FL 33440 Block 367 Lot 15, GPOC 824 E Concordia Ave Clewiston, FL 33440 Block 152 Lot 33, GPOC This hearing will be conducted pursuant to Section 18-175, Clewiston Code of Ordinances. The City of Clewiston is an equal opportunity provider and employer. City Hall is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Accommodation requests or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to the meeting. Please contact the City Clerks office at (863) 983-1484, extension 227, or FAX (863) 983-4055 for information or assistance. All persons interested may appear and be heard. If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the City Commission with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, the person will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, the person may need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. I, the undersigned authority, do hereby certify the above Notice of Meeting of the Building Board of Comissioners of the City of Clewiston is a true and correct copy of said Notice and that I posted a true and correct copy of said Notice at the front and rear entrances of City Hall, a place convenient and readily accessible to the general public at all times. 261439 CN 5/17/2018 NOTICE OF PROPOSED ENACTMENT OF ORDINANCENOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Clewiston City Commission will conduct a PUB LIC HEARING on June 4, 2018 at 5:30 p.m., or as soon as practical thereafter, in the City Hall Commission Chambers, 115 West Ventura Avenue, Clewiston, Florida. During the Public Hearing, the City Commission proposes to enact sec ond reading of an ordinance which is set forth as follows:ORDINANCE NO. 2018-03AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF CLEWISTON, FLORIDA, ABANDONING AND VACATING TWO EASEMENTS, LOCATED UNDERNEATH SUGAR REALTY (MSW HOLDINGS) LOCATED AT 700 W. SUGARLAND HWY. A copy of the proposed ordinance is available in the City Clerks office, City Hall, 115 West 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. If any person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or public hearing, 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. City Hall is wheelchair accessible and accessible parking spaces are available. Accommodation requests or interpretive services must be made 48 hours prior to the meeting. Please contact the City Clerks office at (863) 983-1484, ex tension 227, or FAX (863) 983-4055 for information or assistance. The City of Clewiston is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Mary K. Combass, Interim City Clerk City of Clewiston, FL 261607 CN 5/17/2018 Hendry County Legals Hendry County Legals NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN:Juliet Aguirre 1041 Hull St. LaBelle, FL. 33935 Jamie L. Anderson 2179 Scott Rd. Ft. Denaud, FL. 33935 Gary L. Wisemandle 4001 Collingswood Apt D23 LaBelle, FL. 33935 You are hereby notified that your eligibility to vote is in question. You are required to contact the Supervisor of Elections, in Hendry County, Florida, no later than thirty (30) days after the date of this published notice to receive the information regarding the basis for your potential ineligibility and the procedure to resolve this matter. Failure to respond may result in a determination of ineligi bility by the Supervisor, and your name will be removed from the statewide voter registration system. Call 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592. El Aviso se da por Este Medio: Informamos que su eligibilidad para votar esta en cuestion. Usted tiene que comunicarse con el Supervisor de Elecciones, del condado de Hendry, Florida, a mas tardar 30 dias despues de la fecha de este aviso publicado para recibir la informacion al respecto de su inelegibilidad potencial y el procedimiento de resolver este caso. La falta de respuesta puede resultar en la determinacion de ineligibilidad por parte del Supervisor, y su nombre sera eliminado del sistema estatal del registro de votantes. Llame al 863-675-5230 or 863-983-1592. Brenda K. Hoots Supervisor of Elections PO Box 174 LaBelle, FL 33975 Hendry County, Florida F.S. 98.075 261306 CN 05/17/2018 Public Notice Public Notice STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATIONGlades Electric Cooperative, Inc. is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utility Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1975, as amended; Executive Order 11246, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture which provide that no person in the United States on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, disability or handicap shall be excluded from participation in, admission or access to, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of this organizations programs or activities. The person responsible for coordinating this organizations non-discrimination compliance efforts is Jeffery R. Brewington, General Manager of Glades Electric Cooperative. Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feels that this organization has subjected them to discrimination may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/or file a written complaint with this organization; or the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250; or the Administrator, Rural Utility Services, Washington, D.C. 20250. Complaints must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discrimination. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible. 261987 CN 5/17/2018 ON 5/16/2018 IMPORTANT NOTICE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATEMENTGlades Electric Cooperative, Inc. is an Affirmative Action organization and will continue to meet its non-discrimination and affirmative action obligations by insisting that all contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and others who do business with the Cooperative also adhere to strict non-discriminatory and affirmative action practices. Additionally, Glades Electric Cooperative will continue to insist on full compliance of its Affirmative Action Plan in its hiring, promotion and other employment practices. The Cooperative invites and encourages all minority individuals and groups to participate in all its membership activities, to be active in the vending of materials and supplies, and to enter bids on contracts for services needed by the Cooperative. Any minority individual or minority group interested in participation in any of these activities and needing more information about equal opportunities at the Cooperative may contact Jeffery R. Brewington, General Manager and Affirmative Action Compliance Officer, Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc., by writing to him at Glades Electric Cooperative, P. 0. Box 519, Moore Haven, FL 33471, or by calling him at (863) 946-6200. 261985 CN 5/17/2018 ON 5/16/2018 PUBLIC HEARING AND MEETING NOTICEThe Joint Glades/Hendry Local Coordinating Board for the Transportation Disadvantaged will hold a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. and a regular Board meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Glades Health Department Conference Room, 1021 Health Park Drive, Moore Haven, FL 33427 All meetings of the Local Coordinating Board are open to the public. 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May 17, 2018 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee 15 By Katrina ElskenINI Florida If only ... If only former Governor Charlie Crist had not pursued a grand plan to purchase 187,000 acres of farmland south of Lake Okeechobee for $1.7 billion, the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir would have already been built. Back in 2004, then-Gov. Jeb Bush wanted to do something to speed up the work on Everglades restoration. His Acceler-8 plan funded eight major projects including an EAA reservoir. Acceler-8 also included the C-43 reservoir on the Caloosa hatchee River and the C-44 reservoir on the C-44 canal that connects with Lake Okeechobee at Port Mayaca and empties into the St. Lucie river. By accelerating the funding, design and construction of these projects, the Everglades will ex perience positive benets much sooner and in a more cost-effective manner. As opposed to the pay as you go approach, taxpayer dollars need ed for construction will be signicantly leveraged. The South Florida Water Management District will nance project construction with Certicates of Participation revenue bonding. Financing and fast-tracking these projects NOW helps avoid the inevitable increases in construction materials and labor costs, explained a 2004 SFWMD press re lease. Clewiston residents remember the sound of blasting as work started on the EAA reservoir. And they remember when it stopped after a group of environmental organizations had led a lawsuit about the reservoir. According to a SFWMD report In 2007, environmental organizations sued to stop con struction of a large EAA reservoir. These groups objected, stating that the district was accelerating restoration beyond the governments ability to keep up. The district suspended construction of this large EAA reservoir in 2008, and the environmental organizations dropped their lawsuit. At recent public meetings, representatives of the environmental groups said they did not oppose the reservoir, but wanted the government to ensure the water stored would be used for environmental purposes, and not for water supply for urban and agricultural areas. Under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, the EAA reservoir is for both environmental restoration and water supply. Then Gov. Crist had unveiled his River of Grass plan. The state could not afford both the River of Grass purchase and the EAA reservoir work. The governors new project took precedence. The EAA reservoir project was no longer a priority. The state had to pay the construction company around $25 million in penalties and nes for breaking the contract. The A-1 property was converted to shallow storage. As the SFWMDs new plans to build the EAA reservoir that original reservoir plan often comes up in meeting discussions. If only that reservoir construction had been completed, some argue, the massive freshwater releases could have been avoided. According to the SFWMD data, theyre wrong. If only that reservoir had been built ... it would have made little difference in the freshwater discharges to the coastal estuaries. The reservoir alone is static storage. During the rainy season it will quickly ll up. At the start of the wet season in 2017, the rains south of the lake were heavier than the rains in the northern basins. While the lake levels were below 12 feet, the water conservation areas were so full from direct rainfall that billions of gallons of water had to be back-pumped into Lake Okeechobee. (The back-pumped water was clean water from the water conservation areas not water from the EAA.) If the EAA reservoir had been in place last summer, it would have been full long before Hurricane Irma headed toward Florida, bringing with it enough rain raise the lake level more than 3 feet. The rainfall data includes that if the EAA reservoir had already been in place ... we would have had the same discharges east and west as we did without it. The Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) includes the projects that are key unclog ging the system and restoring the ow to Ever glades National Park. Without CEPP, the water stacks up in the wa ter conservation areas because it is blocked to the south by the Tamiami Trail and it is blocked to the east by the East Coast Protection Levee. And when there is no more room in the water conser vation areas, no lake water can be released south. CEPP is a $1.9 billion slate of storage and con veyance projects on land already in public owner ship south of Lake Okeechobee. CEPP is congres sionally authorized and awaiting funding. As with all of the Everglades projects, funding is the key. EAA reservoir alone wont stop discharges


16 Serving the communities south of Lake Okeechobee May 17, 2018 Special to The SunArt News BELLE GLADE Gove Elementary artists creations were exhibited at the Dol ly Hand Theater. Students in grades four through six produced beautiful art projects all year. They have experienced working in a variety of media and subject matter. Exam ples of their drawings, paintings and collag es were displayed in the lobby of the theater for the patrons and public to view and enjoy. They hope you had the opportunity to visit the show and see the work of these talented students. Upcoming Events May 17: Summer Slide Book Distribution, 3-6 p.m. May 18: Reading Counts, 8:30-11 a.m. May 22: PBSO Glades Central HS presentation, 8:30-9:30 a.m. May 23: Spanish Spelling Bee, 8 a.m. to noon May 28: Memorial Day/no school May 30: Fifth & Sixth Grade Bash, noon to 2 p.m. May 30-31: Summer Slide Book Distribution May 31: Special Education Award Ceremony June 1: Last day of school for students Gove Elementary School News Machele MartinNJHS Chapter Adviser The Pahokee Middle School National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) recently con ducted its annual induction ceremony and proudly welcomed new inductees and salut ed transitioning eighth-grade students. The guest speaker was Tamara Starks, re-entry manager for the Palm Beach Sheriffs Ofce and a graduate of Pahokee Middle High School. In establishing the theme Preparing Today to Lead Tomorrow, Ms. Starks expounded on the ve pillars of the NJHS: leadership, character, scholarship, service and citizenship. She challenged students to live up to the ideals of the ve pillars. After the ceremony, a delicious meal of various kinds of food provided by the fam ilies of the National Junior Honor Society members was enjoyed by all attending. PMS welcomes news inductees to NJHS Special to The Sun/NJHS From left: NJHS Chapter Advisor Machele Martin, keynote speaker Tamara Stark and PMS Principal Dewayne Dennard. Special to The Sun/ NJHS The 2018 inductees into the Pahokee Middle School National Junior Honor So ciety. Special to The Sun/Courtesy photoPHS senior to attend Student Leadership SummitAmani Briana Burden, a senior at Pahokee High School, has been selected as one of only 200 seniors nationwide as a recipient of the 2018 Bank of America Student Leadership Scholarship. Miss Burden will graduate as salutatorian of her class with a 4.85 HPA and attend the University of Florida. She is the senior class president and holds ofces in the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, as well as participates in many other clubs, sports and community service projects. She will take an all-expenses-paid trip for the Student Leadership Summit to take place in Washington, D.C., July 8-13. Special to The Sun/Courtesy photoSubaroos prepare for Razorback InvitationalsThe Pahokee Middle School Subaroos are in countdown mode, preparing for their participation at the Razorback Invitationals in Fayetteville, Ark. The team was recognized at the Pahokee City Commission meeting on May 8 and at the Palm Beach County School District on May 9. The team wants to thank all those sponsors who in more ways than one have helped to promote, motivate and support the teams efforts this First Lego League season.