2009 Year in Review
Delivering Western Hendry County's News Since 1922
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At a Glance
The Alzheimer's Associa-
tion, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter
has announced three upcom-
ing trainings for Family Caregiv-
Jan 9- What is Dementia?
What is the Difference Be-
tween Alzheimer's and other
Dementias: Services You May
Jan 30- Safe Return/Medic
Alert Wanderers ID Program:
How it Works? Safety In the
Feb 9- Challenging Behav-
iors, Do's and Don't's: The
Gems of Caregiving
All Trainings are from
At Barron Public Library,
461 North Main Street.
For more Information and
to register, please call Lisa Ro-
driguez, Program Specialist by
Jan. 8, 2009 at 1(863) 385-3444
(Seating is limited). No cost.
Commodities to be
The Hendry County Food
Bank will be distributing USDA
Commodities at the Dallas
Townsend Center on Thursday
January 29, 2009 from noon till
approximately 3 p.m. Individu-
als are eligible if they receive
Food Stamps, TANF, Supple-
mental Security Income ( SSI
),Medicaid or Residence in
Public Housing funded by Mu-
nicipal, County, State or Federal
Government. Individuals can
also be eligible based on our
income guideline chart.
Enjoy the Laff Revue
LAFF REVUE by Lansing
Corbett (Baker's Plays). Direc-
tors Martha Pierce and Jack
Neitzke. Laff Revue is a script-
ed version of past talent and
variety shows with the main
characters being the emcee
and comedian -- all wrapped
around a rather corny comedy
that takes place in the 1940s.
Performances: Jan.. 22, 23, 24,
25 and Jan. 29, 30, 31 and Feb.
1. Show times 7 p.m. Thurs., Fri
and Sat.; 2 p.m, Sun. Firehouse
Cultural Center, 863-675-3066,
241 N. Bridge St., LaBelle; $12
with reservation; $14 at door.
Old Timers' Dinner
Make plans to attend and
mark your calendars for the
kickoff event of SCF, the Old-
Timers' Dinner, Thursday, Feb.
19, at LaBelle Civic Center. It's
in HONOR of our Old-Timers,
not just for Old-Timers. Cater-
ing is by Buddy Taylor/Gator
Hammock, and tickets sold
in advance at $15 each with
tables for 10 at $150 available.
Doors open at 4:30 and dine at
The LaBelle Adult School
will be offering GED Testing
January 12, 13 and 14. Must
Pre-Register. If you have any
questions please contact the
LaBelle Adult School at 674-
4118 for more information.
See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.
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Smiles: New Constitutional officers take oaths
Submitted photo/Bill Warren
Smiles all around for the newly sworn in Constitutional officers. They were sworn in by
Circuit Court Judge Christine Greider Tuesday morning. From left: Sheriff Steve Whid-
den, Clerk of Courts Barbara Butler, Judge Greider, Property Appraiser Phill Pelletier
and Tax Collector Peggy Hampton.
Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Clerk of Courts Barbara Butler Election Supervisor Lucretia Strickland.
Submitted photo/Bill Warren Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Tax Collector Peggy Hampton Property Appraiser Phill Pelletier
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Sheriff Steve Whidden
On her second day in Hendry County, 20th
Circuit Court Judge Christine Greider ad-
ministered the oath of office to the Consti-
tutional officers on Tuesday, Jan. 6. From
Naples, Judge Greider has 2.5 years expe-
rience as a judge. After administering the
oaths, she presented each officer with a
printed copy of their oath of office.
In addition to first term officials Sheriff
Steve Whidden and Property Appraiser
Phill Pelletier, Tax Collector Peggy Hamp-
ton took her oath for the seventh time, Su-
pervisor of Elections for the fifth time and
Clerk of Courts Barbara Butler for the third
Mr. Pelletier took office in spite of an on-
going lawsuit filed by former Property
Appraiser Kristina Kulpa after losing the
election by just five votes.
New Property Appraiser sworn in spite of
By Patty Brant
The principals in the lawsuit
former Hendry County Prop-
erty Appraiser Kristina Kulpa
brought against the Hendry
County Canvassing Board, Su-
pervisor of Elections Lucretia
Strickland and new Property
Appraiser Phill Pelletier were
all present for a hearing Tues-
day, Jan. 6, at the Courthouse.
Earlier that morning, Mr. Pel-
letier had just taken the oath
of his office and Ms. Strickland
had been sworn in for her fifth
It was Circuit Court Judge
Christine Greider's second
day at her new post in Hendry
Ms. Kulpa filed the lawsuit
after losing the Nov. 4 election
to Mr. Pelletier by just five votes.
A recount confirmed that same
At the end of the hearing,
which was to hear a motion to
shorten the time for discovery,
the only thing that had changed
was that the attorneys would
decide on a date to continue
Judge Greider provided three
possible dates for the hearing:
Jan. 21, Jan. 23 or Feb. 6.
The hearing was postponed
after Owen Luckey, attorney for
Ms. Strickland, brought to the
attention of the court that he
has a significant hearing loss
which would be a problem
since Ms. Kulpa's attorney, Pe-
ter Feamon, was present only
Hearing Mr. Luckey's asser-
tion, the judge declined to con-
tinue the hearing, citing strict
adherence to the Americans
with Disabilities Act.
For his part, Mr. Feamon said
he was unaware of the need for
any special considerations.
Mr. Luckey was also con-
cerned that there had been no
time to coordinate necessary
procedures with the Court-
house since it was filed just be-
fore the Christmas holidays.
The Hendry County Repub-
lican Party has provided $7,500
to assist with Ms. Kulpa's attor-
The county will be paying
attorney fees for Ms. Strickland
and Mr. Pelletier.
Victim of violent assault
By Jose Jesus Zaragoza
LABELLE -- Doug Morgan
had never during his career
as an animal control worker
seen anything similar: the three
month-old puppy didn't want
to get up.
It didn't want to move.
While other dogs her age
cannot contain their rambunc-
tious ways, this dog just lay
Officials with the Hendry
County Sheriff's Office say
the reason is because the 20-
pound puppy was the victim of
a violent sexual assault.
They have charged a 58-
year-old LaBelle man with the
Jose Alberto Alvarez was
detained on charges of animal
cruelty after investigators say
the suspect was caught during
the heinous act.
According to the sheriff's of-
fice, a young man first spotted
the suspect engaging in sexual
intercourse with the puppy at a
residence on C. Road. The wit-
ness had heard cries from the
dog and came upon the scene,
watching how the suspect also
beat the dog in the head with
When confronted by the
witness' guardian, the suspect
reportedly agreed it would not
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New sheriff takes reins
By Patty Brant
As Hendry County's new
sheriff Steve Whidden prepared
to take office, he sat down to
explain to the residents what
they should expect from his ad-
Sheriff Whidden said em-
ployees can expect the new
regime to exact a new level of
accountability from each divi-
Chief Deputy Chuck Pow-
ell said the public will witness
a new level of transparency in
the department. He said the
public will know, to the fullest
extent possible, how HCSO is
Sheriff Whidden agreed that
this transparency would begin
to establish more accountability
of officers and the department,
and increase public confidence
The sheriff said the public
will first notice a change in the
attitude of deputies. One of
the first acts Sheriff Whidden
plans is to have a one-on-one
talk with each deputy, to make
sure they understand what is
expected of them and to clear
up any misconceptions.
HCSO employs some 160
people; approximately 50
sworn road deputies; 27 cor-
rections; 9-10 investigators; and
2 ag deputies. He said approxi-
mately 12 employees would
not return after the change in
administration; few of them
He has even retained some
of those in management, in-
cluding Rick Waldren and Don
Rodriguez, although they are
now in different positions.
Another change for the
Whidden administration is the
addition of "more experienced,
Chief Deputy Powell added
that performance measures
will be put in place similar to
CompState, based on New
York City's highly successful re-
See Sheriff Page 2
ualoosa uelle/Fanty rant
Steve Whidden, new Hendry County Sheriff, swore in
deputies and corrections officers on Monday and Tues-
day. He, himself, publicly took his oath of office with the
other Constitutional officers Tuesday morning.
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2 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 8, 2009
It's that time of year again.
The third Annual Pet Fest pre-
sented by the LaBelle Commu-
nity Woman's Club, is scheduled
for Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
at the Barron park.
The day will begin with the
Blessing of the Animals and the
pet parade. This will be followed
by events throughout the day.
There will be food, vendors,
exhibits and games for the kids.
The day will end with reading
pet's names put on the "Rain-
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sponse to Times Square crime is-
sues. The chief deputy said it is a
"mechanism to capture statistics
and data from employees includ-
ing road deputies and bookkeep-
ers." The raw data is formatted to
highlight work loads and efficien-
cy, so that residents' needs may
be adequately addressed.
He added that managers will
be "empowered to make deci-
He said managers will be held
accountable for deputies' perfor-
mance and be provided with the
tools to correct any problems.
Weekly progress reports will be
required with rewards given for
good jobs as well as assistance
for resolving issues.
The sheriff also said there will
be more law enforcement pres-
ence in outlying areas.
No desk jockeys allowed the
sheriff's management team will
be "hands on", heading out to
the streets regularly to see what
is happening for themselves.
HCSO will continue to foster
close relations with Glades, Lee
and Collier counties to increase
the effectiveness of all.
The chief deputy also said the
new administration will break
the "us/them" barriers within
the department becoming one
team and sharing information
within the department.
The public can also expect
to be privy to as much informa-
tion as possible. HCSO is a gov-
ernment agency, the sheriff said,
and the public has right to know
about budget and other impor-
The new sheriff admits that
he and his team will have limited
fiscal control their first year, since
the budget has already been es-
tablished. He promises to work
with the county commissioners,
though, and has already been in
contact with County Administra-
tor Judi Kennington-Korf.
With the budget as tight as it
is, the new administration will be
looking at each classification be-
fore authorizing budget items.
Chuck Powell, Sheriff
Whiden's choice for chief dep-
uty, was a Lee County sheriff's
employee since 1976, and has a
very diverse background in law
enforcement. He managed a $6
million budget in his division
and has served as both a district
commander and division. He has
worked in human resources, pur-
chasing, technology, volunteer
services, community relations
and media. He was a K-9 officer
eight years; a traffic officer five
years; was a School Resource Of-
ficer; and a certified adult educa-
bow Bridge" a place where
pets who have gone on wait
for their human families and
New this year will be the
Talkin' Monkeys group, games
for kids, low cost pet vaccina-
tions which will be provided
from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and pet
For more information, call
Sharyn at 863-675-6081.
Sheriff Whidden said he ap-
proached Chuck Powell to be
his chief deputy because of his
experience in both criminal and
administrative aspects of law en-
forcement and because he is a
"leader." Sheriff Whidden said of
him, "I believe he is the highest
qualified administrator ever" at
the Hendry County Sheriff's Of-
Marci (Martinez) D'Huynslager
is the Number 3 officer at HCSO
now, as Operations Manager. She
is a Georgia Bureau of Investiga-
tions graduate, has a degree in
criminology, is bi-lingual; and a
member of the Florida Latino Of-
ficer Association. She has expe-
rience as both a state and local
investigator. She has worked for
HCSO off and on for about ten
years and will be responsible for
the office's fleet, 911 dispatch,
records, IT, supply and purchas-
Capt. Keith Bennett heads
up Law Enforcement services
over both Road Patrol and the
Criminal Investigations Division.
He is to foster their cohesion as
a team. He has been an investi-
gator for eight years, including
time as a supervisor, and was on
Road Patrol for four. Countywide
there are two lieutenants under
Bennett: Kevin Nelson in LaBelle
(longtime Collier County deputy
and former candidate for Hendry
County sheriff) and Eddie Wilcox
(well respected former Glades
County officer with Hendry for 8
years) in Clewiston.
It will be Training Director
Dave Harney's job to make sure
all personnel keep up with the
Jail Lt. Mike Kosh is the new
Jail Administrator. He has many
years in Corrections and is a cer-
tified jail inspector.
Susan Harrelle comes back as
Public Information Officer, and is
also in charge of the Explorers,
DARE program, School Resource
Officers and community rela-
tions. Look for her at many com-
Sheriff Whidden notes that
all his top people will be multi-
Heading into office, Sheriff
Whidden's team was looking
for the number of civil processes
and warrants in the system. They
were also seeking information on
a supply inventory, total number
of vehicles and firearms in the
department, information on pur-
chases, items seized, any items
scheduled for destruction and
evidence. Now that they have to-
tal access to the department, they
are planning office placements
and maintenance operations.
Sheriff Whidden said he
hopes to have an independent
audit soon just to ensure all
state and federal guides have
been adhered to.
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Get ready for Pet Fest
coming January 17
Sheriff Whidden said he had
not been afforded as much ac-
cess to department information
as he had hoped in the weeks
leading up to actually taking of-
fice, so he and his team were
making the best of things.
He said he and Chief Deputy
Powell had talked to some of the
sheriff's employees before tak-
ing over and Sheriff Lee allowed
them to use the gun range to
swear in deputies Monday and
Tuesday. He said that, according
to state law, the incoming sheriff
actually completes the necessary
paperwork right after the elec-
tion. It must be notarized and re-
turned to the Secretary of State,
and is dated to take effect at mid-
night Jan. 5. Taking advantage
of this, he swore in law enforce-
ment and corrections officers
Monday and Tuesday, again to
take effect at midnight Jan. 5. He
said he felt it was critical to swear
in these employees, making their
transition as seamless as possible
for the officers and public.
The new sheriff took part
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Five days later, on Jan. 3, the
young boy heard the dog cry-
ing again. When he went to in-
vestigate, he found the suspect
extremely intoxicated and the
puppy was lying on her side and
could not get up. She would not
eat and her tail area was wet
Although he didn't see any-
thing this time, the boy said it
was easy to tell what had hap-
He called the sheriff's office
to report the crime.
The witnesses said the sus-
in the public swearing in of all
the Constitutional officers Tues-
day morning in the new circuit
Sheriff Whidden said he was
the only sheriff-elect at the Flor-
ida Sheriff's Association new
sheriffs conference not hired on
as an employee of the depart-
ment after the election. Conse-
quently, he and other members
of his administrative team had to
pay their expenses tot he confer-
ence out of pocket.
Sheriff Whidden said that,
while all crimes will be ad-
dressed, he sees the most im-
mediate need as addressing gang
activity. He said it is growing
quickly, especially in the Clewis-
The sheriff is also aware that
economic factors and cutbacks
will have a deep impression on
his administration, but hopes to
focus on working toward the de-
partment's accreditation when
However, he pointed out, "It's
law enforcement first."
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The suspect denied that the
dogs belonged to him.
Investigators arrested him.
Two days after the crime, Mr.
Morgan said the puppy took its
first steps again.
"She's been on painkillers be-
cause she's been awfully sore,"
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Jose Angel Lopez, 36, of La-
Belle, was arrested Dec. 30,
charged with property damage
$1,000 or more, burglary of struc-
ture. Fernando Herrera was the
Bruce Lee Green, 27, of La-
Belle, was arrested Dec. 30,
charged with property damage
$1,000 or more, burglary of struc-
ture. Fernando Herrera was the
Jessie Jefferson Fussell, 39, of
LaBelle, was arrested Dec. 30,
charged with property damage
$1,000 or more, burglary of struc-
ture. Fernando Herrera was the
Sean Thomas Abbott, 36, of
LaBelle, was arrested Dec. 30,
charged with property damage
$1,000 or more, burglary of struc-
ture. Fernando Herrera was the
Juan Diaz, 24, of LaBelle, was
arrested Dec. 30, charged with
burglary of structure. Fernando
Herrera was the arresting officer.
Jack Arnold Winters, 43, of
LaBelle, was arrested Dec. 30,
charged with traffic violation ha-
bitual, driving while license sus-
pended. Justin Smith was the ar-
Heather Marie Delgado, 31, of
Port LaBelle, was arrested Dec.
30, charged as a fugitive from jus-
tice. Donald Lansaw was the ar-
Alfredo Velasco, 24, of LaBelle,
was arrested Dec. 31, charged
with DUI first offense. Rick Per-
rian was the arresting officer.
Jose Angel Lopez, of Port La-
Belle, 36, was arrested Dec. 31,
charged with property damage,
burglary of structure. Fernando
Herrera was the arresting officer.
Sean Thomas Abbott, 36, of
Port LaBelle, was arrested Dec.
31, charged with property dam-
age, burglary of structure. Fer-
nando Herrera was the arresting
Ralph Herbert Landrum, 23,
of Port LaBelle, was arrested Dec.
31, charged with property dam-
age, burglary of structure. Fer-
nando Herrera was the arresting
Hugh Campbell, 57, of LaBelle,
was arrested Dec. 31, charged
with felony failure to appear.
Artie Thompson, 15, of La-
Belle, was arrested Dec. 31,
charged with burglary of struc-
ture. Concetta Shepherd was the
Eric Douglas Sanders, 39, of
LaBelle, was arrested Jan. 1,
charged with felony violation of
probation. Kristy Herrera was the
Jason Bruce Walker, 38, of
LaBelle, was arrested Jan. 2, as a
fugitive from justice. Jesse Poole
was the arresting officer.
Kevin Wayne Weinkauf, 52,
of LaBelle, was arrested Jan. 3,
charged with felony violation of
probation. Jesse Poole was the
Robert Wayne Carter, 30, of
LaBelle, was arrested Jan. 3,
charged with felony violation of
Jose Alberto Alvarez, 58, of La-
Belle, was arrested Jan. 3, charged
with animal cruelty, cause death,
pain or suffering. Terri Hessler
was the arresting officer.
Tomas Quintanilla, 19, of La-
Belle, was arrested Jan. 3, charged
with aggravated stalking after
injunction for protection. Larry
Preece was the arresting officer.
Margarito Garcia, 28, of La-
Belle, was arrested Jan. 4, charged
as an out of state fugitive. Terri
Hessler was the arresting officer.
Anthony Charles Bearrington,
19, of LaBelle, was arrested Jan.
4, charged with obstruction jus-
tice. George Elver was the arrest-
A Boynton Beach man died
in a motorcycle crash Jan. 1 in
According to the Florida
Highway Patrol, William M.
Dodson, 66, died after his 2002
was struck by a 2003 Ford driven
by 42-year-old Norma L. Risner
The Risner vehicle was west-
bound in on SR 78W and had
just entered the left run lane at
the intersection with Buckhead
Drive. Mr. Dodson and his pas-
senger, 62-year-old Patricia A.
Dodson, were eastbound on SR
78W. M. Risner failed to yield to
Mr. Dodson's right-of-way by
making a left turn onto Buck-
head Drive, striking the left side
of the motorcycle with its front
left side. Ms. Dodson suffered
serious injuries and was trans-
ported to St. Mary's Hospital.
The motorcycle overturned
and came to a final rest in the
grassy median separating SR 78
and Buckhead Drive.
Trooper R. Verbiest was the
crash investigator and Cpl. J.
Rongish the homicide investiga-
Local governments asked
for more transparency
TALLAHASSEE, FL Attor-
ney General Bill McCollum today
called on local governments,
sheriffs and school districts to
make government transparency
their New Year's Resolution and
to commit to providing enhanced
access to information before Sun-
shine Sunday in March. In a letter
sent to Florida's sheriffs, county
commissions and school boards,
the Attorney General reminded
local leaders that with advances
in technology, government in
the sunshine can be as easy as
uploading information to public
"As Florida is a national lead-
er in providing public access to
government records, merely re-
sponding to requests is no longer
sufficient in light of the techno-
logical advances which make
it infinitely easier, cheaper and
more efficient to do so," wrote At-
torney General McCollum. "Open
government is not only good gov-
ernment; it is the right of the tax-
The Attorney General encour-
aged government and school of-
ficials to immediately place on
their websites the email address
and phone number for their pub-
lic records points of contact. Ad-
ditionally, the Attorney General
asked the government leaders to
have their contracts and current
budgets posted online in time for
Sunshine Week, which starts on
To ensure that open government
remains a top priority in the state,
the Attorney General also asked
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Caloosa Belle/Patty Brant
Firefighters fought hard to save Purkey's Restaurant in Hen-
By Patty Brant
The State Fire Marshal spent
Monday sifting through ashes
after Purkey's Restaurant, 4730
Hendry Isles Blvd., caught fire
Sunday night, Jan. 4.
The Oliva family, was awak-
ened by neighbors pounding on
their door to warn them of the
fire. Patricia Dougherty and Rafael
Martinez first noticed the blaze as
they were passing by; they called
911 and alerted other neighbors
who roused the family. Thanks to
these neighbors, Felix and Patri-
cia Oliva, with daughter Jennifer,
made it safely out of the house.
However, the home was con-
nected to the family business, in-
cluding a restaurant/lounge and
Pioneer Plantation Fire Chief
Edith Timms said she thought
the fire started in the store area
of the building but was unable to
say the actual cause as of Monday
Firefighters from Pioneer were
joined by LaBelle and Montura.
Clewiston also sent a fresh crew
to relieve some of the exhausted
firefighters. The Red Cross was
also on the scene.
The call came in shortly after 9
p.m. and crews remained on the
scene till about 4 p.m.
Hope HealthCare Services
is working to raise awareness
among veterans and their families
about the care available to them.
According to Hope President
and CEO Samira K. Beckwith,
more than 50 thousand veterans
die each month in the United
States, many of them in Florida.
"Unfortunately many of them are
not getting the care they deserve.
They may be eligible for hospice
care and other services without
even knowing it," she said.
The organization has added an
information page for veterans to
their Web site, to describe the ser-
vices available and how to access
them. It includes a conversation
with Pete Drake, who served his
country as an AB-3, Third Class
Aviation Boatswain Mate in the
Navy, stationed on the USS Mid-
way. He is now a Hope Hospice
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"America's veterans have
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vice and dedication. It is our hon-
or and privilege to serve them, en-
suring that they receive the care
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TIME TO BOW OUT GRACEFULLY: Everybody can understand why
you'd want a recount when there's only a five vote difference between
the winner and loser. But, come on, Ms. Kulpa, it's time to give it up.
This lawsuit is only making the taxpayers foot the bill for your inability
to accept defeat. If you, as a public servant, really had the public's inter-
est at heart, you'd bow out gracefully instead of clapping the taxpayers
with huge attorney's fees especially in these economic times.
SPEED BUMPS: think using speed bumps is a terrible way to deal
with the problem of speeding. Why should every other citizen pay a
price for what a few idiots are doing? Too bad the neighbors couldn't
all be alerted to not travel the area for a week, and then place concrete
blocks out there. Remove them in a week and maybe the speeders
would get the message.
HIRE LOCAL FOLKS: Why is the county bringing in laborers from
outside to do things like dismantle old airport hangars? I thought the
county was supposed to be trying to hire local people, especially with
all the unemployment here.
Faith in the Marketplace
Make effective New
Christmas has passed, the
new year has begun. Actually,
the new year is already seven
days old. Which brings me to a
are you doing
with your new
Or should I
ask, how many
have you al-
My record has Fr. Alan
never been Kelmereit
too good, so
if you've already broken some,
you have my sympathy and my
company. How about some seri-
ous resolutions, though, the kind
it takes real effort to keep, but are
If you are a business owner,
why not resolve to be scrupulous-
ly honest in all your dealings with
everyone? You're thinking, "I'm
But I mean scrupulously hon-
est, honest to the penny, honest
even when it costs. Those are the
times it's tempting to cut corners.
You could also resolve to treat
your employees the exact same
way you'd like to be treated if you
were an employee. I know, you're
thinking, "I treat them pretty
good." I also know you'd rather
not be treated "pretty good" your-
self, you want to be treated very
well. It's fairly easy to treat a top
drawer employee well, after all,
you don't wasn't to lose her, or
But what about the average
employees who do fine most
of the time, but frustrate you no
end at times? It's tempting to just
let things go with them, so the
challenge to see your own face
when you look mad them can be
Of course, if you treat them
the way you want to be treated,
they might just become better
Now, for you employees who
are pumping your fists and mut-
tering, "right on!" there are a cou-
ple of significant resolutions you
could make as well. How about
resolving to be scrupulously
honest in your dealings with ev-
eryone, especially your boss and
You're not going to be happy
every day with the way things are
going, but that's not an excuse
for being less than honest. After
all, the cost of not being honest is
high loss of self respect and the
respect of others. You could also
resolve to work as if you owned
If you don't think the boss
treats you very well, perhaps your
best work will help him, or her, to
see the value of treating you bet-
Perhaps you'll be surprised to
find you feel better about your
work and yourself when you're
giving it your best.
For the rest of you, why not
try rewording these same two
resolutions to fit your situation? I
can pretty well promise you that if
you do, and if you keep the reso-
lutions as well as you're able, you
will have a better year.
Don't believe me? Try it for
My resolution? I intend to leave
every person I meet this year with
something positive, whether it's
large or small. It may just be a
smile or a "hello."
It may be a bit of encourage-
ment, or an easing of pain or
grief. It might be help for some-
one in need.
That's a tall order, but I know
I can count on God to work with
me on this one. By the way, if you
adopt one of my suggested reso-
lutions, expect to find God work-
ing with you on them as well.
Happy New Year!
Fr. Alan is pastor of Church of the
Good Shepherd, located one block
south ofRt. 80 on Collingswood
Pkwy. in Port LaBelle. 863-675-0385.
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Letters to the Editor
To the person or
persons who stole my
First of all, shame on you!!! I
just want to let you know that you
stole the Christmas gift that was
given to my seven-year-old son
from his uncle. I'm sure that you
do not care since you were brazen
enough to come up on my front
porch and help yourself to it.
But I would like you to know
that I reported it stolen and if I
see it, I will take it back. It broke
my heart to see tears streaming
from my son's face when I had to
tell him that you stole it from my
home on New Year's Eve night.
If you are the parent of a child
that came home with a blue Mon-
goose bike with skulls on it, a
black and white seat and pegs on
the front and back, please do the
right thing and make them return
it to my son.
Bikes don't magically appear
in yards or kids' possessions with-
out coming from somewhere.
We have all the paperwork that
belongs with this.
I pray that I will be able to make
an example out of you. I have al-
ways told my children that you do
not take things that don't belong
to you, but obviously, you do not
follow the same ethics. The thing
that bothers me most is the fact
that you came onto my property
and helped yourself to something
that meant a lot to my son. It's sad
that we will have to chain up the
next bike he gets when he's not
riding it, but you will never have
the satisfaction again.
For us a lesson learned; for
you, don't forget what they say
Constitution Article V
"The Congress, whenever
two thirds of both Houses shall
deem it necessary, shall propose
Amendments to this Constitution,
or, on the Application of the Legis-
latures of two thirds of the several
States, shall call a Convention for
proposing Amendments, which,
in either Case, shall be valid to all
Intents and Purposes, as Part of
this Constitution, when ratified by
the Legislatures of three fourths
of the several States, or by Con-
ventions in three fourths thereof,
as the one or the other Mode of
Ratification may be proposed by
the Congress; Provided that no
Amendment which may be made
prior to the Year One thousand
eight hundred and eight shall in
any Manner affect the first and
fourth Clauses in the Ninth Sec-
tion of the first Article; and that no
State, without its Consent, shall
be deprived of its equal Suffrage
in the Senate."
Amendments Article XVII
The Senate of the United States
shall be composed of two Sena-
tors from each State, elected by
the people thereof, for six years;
and each Senator shall have the
qualifications requisite for elec-
tors of the most numerous branch
of the State Legislatures.
When vacancies happen in
the representation of any State in
the Senate, the executive author-
ity of such State shall issue writs
of election to fill such vacancies:
Provided, That the Legislature of
any State may empower the exec-
utive thereof to make temporary
appointments until the people fill
the vacancies by election as the
Legislature may direct.
This amendment shall not be
so construed as to affect the elec-
tion or term of any Senator cho-
sen before it becomes valid as
part of the Constitution.
Did all states ratify the 17th
amendment to the Constitution,
or just the minimum number re-
There must be a few states
that refused to ratify the 17th! Plus
states admitted to the Union after
the ratification, but they may not
apply in this matter!
From what I read above, the
last clause of Article V, any state
that did not ratify the 17th amend-
ment still holds power to select
Senators for the US Senate via the
state legislatures, not voted on di-
rectly by the People. Only by the
state's "Consent" shall the People
or law deprive the state "of its
equal Suffrage in the Senate."
States that did not ratify the 17th
did not "Consent". (I also must
wonder if states can withdraw
their "Consent", despite ratifica-
tion? Irrelevant for now!)
As the Constitution & 17th
amendment is written, it appears
any state that did not ratify the
17th amendment, did not "Con-
sent" to it, & is not required to
submit the election of US Sena-
tors to the People.
They would continue to se-
lect them via state legislatures as
before, & may be violating facets
of the Constitution & law other-
The Best to You & Yours,
Health care plan
Obama was not my choice,
but with all he promised no won-
der he won. His talk of socialized
medicine probably put him over
the top since what we have today
leaves much to be desired.
Health care costs are a burden
to corporations and business. We
already have social security, medi-
care, medicaid, drug plans, etc.,
and abuse is prevalent in them
If we do come up with a
medicare type plan it will protect
against inflated doctor and hos-
pital costs to the individual since
they allow so much.
This plan, I am sure, would
entail dental care also since their
charges are out of control. I had
a tooth filled in Naples in Decem-
ber for $120.00 and had another
small one done in LaBelle. Their
charge was $233.00. Need I say
Nine year-old offers best gift to God
By Les Morgan, pastor
Caloosa Baptist Church, LaBelle
Recently a friend of mine was
in Blairsville, Ga. and read an
article in the local newspaper. I
share this true story of a nine year
old from Tennessee with you be-
cause it had a
pact on me.
was in a poor
area of the
A church had
a bus minis-
try that came Dr. Les
knocking on Morgan
the door one
afternoon. The kid came to the
door and greeted that bus pas-
tor. The bus pastor asked if his
parents were home and the small
boy told him that his parents took
off every weekend and leave him
at home to take care of his little
brother. The bus pastor couldn't
believe it so he asked him to re-
peat it. The young man gave the
same answer, and the bus pastor
asked if he could come in. and
talk with him. They went into
the living room and sat down on
an old couch with the foam and
springs exposed. The bus pastor
asked the kid, "Where do you
go to church?" The young man
surprised the visitor by replying,
"I've never been to church in
my whole life." The bus pastor
thought to himself about the fact
that his church was less than three
miles from the child's home. "Are
you sure you have never been to
church?" he asked again. "I sure
haven't" came his answer. Then
the bus pastor said, "Well, son,
more important than going to
church, have you ever heard the
greatest story ever told?" and he
proceeded to share the Gospel
with this little nine year old boy.
The young lad's heart began to be
tenderized and at the end of the
bus pastor's story the bus pastor
asked if he wanted to receive this
free gift from God. The youngster
exclaimed, "You bet!" The kid and
the bus pastor got on their knees
and the lad invited Jesus into his
heart and received the free gift of
salvation. They both stood up and
the bus pastor asked if he could
pick the kid up for church the next
morning. "Sure," the nine year old
replied. The bus pastor got to the
house early the next morning and
found the lights off. He let himself
in and snaked his way through
the house and found the little boy
It's Pageant Time!
Who will be our 2009 Swamp
Cabbage Queen? All young ladies
from 13 to 21 who attend the La-
Belle School System, have gradu-
ated from LaBelle High School or
are Home schooled in the Greater
LaBelle Area. If you want to com-
pete for the title of Swamp Cab-
bage Queen or Princess please
call Jerri Lynn at 239-989-7032.
NOTE: The pageant date has
changed to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20.
Come to the down home country
pageant celebrating our heritage
and have a good time!
MLK march planned
The community is invited to
the annual Martin Luther King Jr.
March Monday, Jan. 19, begin-
ning at 10 a.m. Come to MLK and
FCB partners with
Florida Community Bank is go-
ing pink again this month to raise
money with Lucy's Angels for
free mammograms. You can buy
raffle tickets for a chance to win
a homemade pink ribbon blanket
donated by Mary Bartoshuk. Tick-
ets available at FCB.
Sign up for the Bosom Buddies
Walkathon scheduled for Satur-
day, Jan. 31, at Barron Park. Form
a team of five or more and reg-
ister by Jan. 16 to receive a free
T-shirt and discount on your en-
try fee. Entry fees start at $12 per
person. Stop by FCB to register.
All proceeds go to Lucy's Angels
for breast cancer care.
Angel Food orders due
Orders for January's Angel
Food are due Jan. 9 by 4 p.m.
Pick up will be Jan. 24 at 3 p.m.
at Christ Central in LaBelle at the
main office, 120 College Street.
Get a box of restaurant-grade
food at discount prices. Food
stamps accepted. Call 863-675-
2100 for more information.
Luckey to speak
Larry Luckey will be speak-
ing at the LaBelle Heritage Mu-
seum meeting Thursday, Jan. 8,
at 7 p.m., LaBelle Masonic Lodge,
Jaycee/Lions Drive. Please bring
family, friends, neighbors. Re-
freshments will be served.
Computer classes to
Pastor Avery's computer
classes continues with one-hour
classes at 10, 11 and noon. The
classes are based on the need
of the students. Beginner classes
teach how to maintain your com-
puter word processing and digital
film editing. There is an after-
school class in movie making for
students of the school system and
class contains: Recording digital
sound, video editing, lighting and
some chromakey effect. To regis-
ter for the class call 863-675-0900.
All classes are free to the public
class sizes are limited. Classes are
located at LaBelle Assembly of
God, 123 Fraser Ave. across from
the Edward Upthegrove elemen-
A representative from the So-
cial Security will be at the United
Way House, 117 Fort Thompson
Ave., Tuesday, Feb. 3 and March 3
from 9 a.m.-noon.
If you have questions about
Social Security or Supplemental
Security Income or need help in
completing an application for old
age, disability and survivors insur-
ance; Medicare or Supplemental
Security Income benefits, you may
asleep in his bed. He woke up
the little boy and his brother and
helped them get dressed. They
got on the bus and ate a donut for
breakfast on their way to church.
Keep in mind this little boy had
never been to church before.
The church was a real big one.
The little kid just sat there clue-
less of what was going on. A few
minutes into the service these
tall unhappy guys walked down
to the front and picked up some
wooden plates. One of the men
prayed and the kid with utter fas-
cination watched them walk up
and down the aisles. He still didn't
know what was going on. All of a
sudden like a bolt of lightning it
hit the kid what was taking place.
These people must be giving
money to Jesus. He then reflect-
ed on the free gift of life he had
received just twenty-four hours
earlier. He immediately searched
his pockets, front and back, and
couldn't find anything to give Je-
sus. By this time the offering plate
was being passed down his aisle
and with a broken heart he just
grabbed the plate and held on to
it. He finally let go and watched it
pass on down the aisle. He turned
around to see it passed down the
aisle behind him. And then his
also call 1-800-772-1213 Monday-
Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Ortona Community Asso-
ciation will hold its first pancake
breakfast of the new year on Sat-
urday, Jan. 10. from 7-9 a.m. at the
Ortona Community Hall, Ortona
Locks Road (Highway 78A). The
all-you-can-eat breakfast includes
sausage, pancakes juice and cof-
fee for $4. For further information,
contact: Fran Way at 863-675-7880
or e-mail: email@example.com.
"Relay for Life" Golf
On Saturday, January 31, there
will be a Golf Scramble to benefit
"Relay for Life." The tournament
will be held at "The Glades" on
Route #80 East with a "shotgun
start" at 8:30 a.m. The format
will be 4 person teams in three
categories men's women's and
mixed. The cost is $40per person
(includes cart), and advanced
reservations are encouraged.
Prizes will be awarded to winning
teams, nearest to pins and long
There will also be a raffle fea-
turing terrific prizes donated by
area businesses. Cash and prize
donations, as well as hole spon-
sorship ($100/hole) would be
very much appreciated.
For more information and/or
to reserve a spot, call 517-2377
"Little Big Town"
Upthegrove Elementar School
PTO invites you to a PRIVATE
concert, by invitation only, of "Lit-
tle Big Town" (made famous by
their hit song "Boondocks") on
Sunday, January 25, at the LaBelle
High School Auditorium. There
eyes remained glued on the plate
as it was passed back and forth,
back and forth all the way to the
rear of the sanctuary.
Then he had an idea. This little
nine-year-old boy, in front of God
and everybody, got up out of his
seat. He walked about eight rows
back, grabbed the usher by the
coat and asked if he could hold
the plate one more time. Then
he did the most astounding then
I have ever heard of. He took
the plate, sat it on the carpeted
church floor and stepped into the
center of it. As he stood there he
lifted his little head up and said,
"Jesus, I don't have anything to
give to you today, but just me. I
give you me!"
That is pretty good preaching
for a nine-year-old, isn't it?
Nails didn't hold Jesus to the
cross love did!
Consecrate yourself to Christ
in a fresh way this new year. He
will receive you-sins, short-falls,
insecurities He will take you just
as you are.
Dr. Les Morgan is pastor of Caloosa
Baptist Church in LaBelle, located
200 yards behind Flora & Ella's.
will be catered hors d'oeuvres
and buffet at 6 p.m. with the
doors open for acoustical concert
at 7:30 p.m. Seats are available for
a minimum donation of $125 per
person. Seating is limited, make
your reservations today! Dress:
Cowboy Formal. Please contact
lisa firstname.lastname@example.org (863)
675-4027 or mdhudson@strato.
net (863) 885-1392 for tickets.
Enjoy an "Evening Under the
Stars" filled with live music, deli-
cious hors d'oeuvre, dancing and
fun. LaBelle High School's Al-
lied Health Academy invites you
to join them at the LaBelle High
School on Jan. 10, 2009.
A dance will be held from 7
p.m. till midnight for adults 21
and older. Tickets will $15 for a
single adult and $25 for a couple,
if purchased before Jan. 10. Tick-
ets will also be sold at the door:
$20 for a single adult and $30 for
The dance will be a formal
black tie affair, so put on your
best dancing shoes and come
join the fun at an "Evening Under
Contact Shana Rodriguez at
LHS for tickets. They may also be
purchased from Academy mem-
bers. Call 674-4120 ext. 273 or
673-0234 over the holidays.
Get your flu shot now
Hendry Regional Medical Cen-
ter is offering flu shots for $20. For
additional information call Con-
venient Care Center at 675-2356.
Widows to meet
The Widows Support Group
will meet for lunch at the Forrey
Grill, Thursday, January 15, at
11:30 a.m. All widows welcome.
Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 8, 2009
Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 8, 2009 5
Enjoy a chicken dinner at the
Church of the Good Shepherd fel-
lowship hall, 1098 Collingswood
Pkway in Port LaBelle Friday, Jan.
16 from 5-7 p.m. A complete
chicken dinner is $6.50; chicken
only $4. Children 12 or under
$3.50 (1/4 chicken). For ticket
reservations please call Janet at
675-7058. Your call will be retur-
nef for confirmation. Take outs
On Thursday, Jan. 8, at 6 p.m.
food and fellowship, 7 p.m. gos-
pel music and the word brought
this month by the district overseer
of the Church of God of Proph-
ecy of this area. Come, listen and
hear the words of the Lord by
Roger Byrd of Arcadia. They will
be looking for you at the door of
the Palmdale Community Center
on the corner of 5th and Main. All
Missionaries speaking at La-
Belle Assembly of God Sunday
morning January 11 at the 9:45
and 11 a.m. services.
During the last two years and
currently, John and Patti Negron
are serving with Latin America
Library Services, with offices in
Springfield, Missouri. This minis-
try is involved in preparing high
quality reference libraries for
Bible schools in Latin America
and the Caribbean. They also
travel to the field for training.
John and Patti have been As-
semblies of God missionaries for
many years and are members of
the Peninsular Florida District.
They are on their periodic itiner-
ation and will speak about their
ministry at the LaBelle Assembly
of God at 9:45 and 11:00 AM on
January 11th, 2009. The church
is located at 123 Fraser Avenue
'For The Lord'
Freedom Fellowship Minis-
tries is beginning a new program
called For the Lord, geared toward
young people ages 17-30. It's a
small group setting for support
and continuous lifestyle improve-
ment for young people struggling
with things like addiction and
personal problems. Meetings are
Mondays 7-8:30 p.m.
For more information, please
call Freedom Fellowship at 612-
Come to New
New Beginning Full Gospel
Church, 4501 Birchwood Park-
way, Port LaBelle has Sunday
services at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.;
Wednesday at 7 p.m. They wel-
come anyone without a church
across from the Edward A. Up-
thegrove Elementary school.
For more information call 675-
John and Patti served as
Church planting missionaries
in Spain for 18 years and then
moved to Guatemala in 1997.
In Guatemala, they teamed up
with several Guatemalan pastors
for church and school construc-
tion and taught at the school of
evangelism and the school of
missions in Guatemala.
One of the highlights of their
nine years in Guatemala was
teaming up with a church in
Springfield, MO. that brought a
team for five consecutive years
to remodel a Bible school in the
Coban area. This included the
Negron's raising funds on a pre-
vious itineration for a wonderful
jumps nearly 12 Percent
in the Lifeline Assistance (Life-
line) program increased by nearly
12 percent, according to the Flor-
ida Public Service Commission's
(PSC) Annual Lifeline Report.
The Lifeline program makes tele-
phone service more affordable
for low-income residents.
"Imagine being without a
phone. The fact is that some
Florida residents are phoneless
year-round, and we want them to
know help is available," said Mat-
thew M. Carter II, PSC Chairman.
"Each year, through our outreach
efforts, many eligible Floridians
sign up for Lifeline and stay con-
nected to family, as well as to vital
As of June 2008, nearly 184,000
eligible customers participated in
the Florida Lifeline program. In its
2008 report sent to the Governor
and the Legislature, the PSC attrib-
uted increased Lifeline participa-
tion to the automatic enrollment
process initiated in April 2007 by
the PSC and Florida's Department
of Children and Families.
Under the federal Lifeline pro-
gram, telephone customers who
participate in certain public as-
sistance programs are entitled to
receive a basic telephone service
discount of at least $13.50 per
month, a savings of $162 per year.
Link-Up Florida (Link-Up) pro-
vides a 50 percent reduction in
the telephone service installation
charge, up to a maximum of $30,
for qualifying households that do
not currently have telephone ser-
"A telephone is no longer
a luxury, but a necessity," said
Chairman Carter. "In difficult
economic times, it's important
for residents to know about these
benefits. A telephone offers safe-
ty and peace of mind in emergen-
cies and in everyday living."
Chairman Carter added,
"We're working with telephone
companies, the Office of Public
Counsel, and many other groups
to promote Link-Up and Lifeline,
and we're hoping the public will
also spread the word about these
Eligibility for Link-Up and
Lifeline includes participation in
at least one of these programs:
Temporary Cash Assistance, Food
Stamps, Medicaid, Low-Income
Home Energy Assistance Pro-
gram, Supplemental Security In-
come, Federal Public Housing As-
sistance (Section 8), and National
School Lunch Program's free
lunch program. A family whose
income is at or below 135 per-
cent of the federal poverty level
guidelines may also qualify. For a
family of four, that requirement is
a maximum monthly income of
Applying for Lifeline is easy.
For assistance, Florida residents
may call their local phone com-
pany, the PSC at 1-800-342-3552,
or the Office of Public Counsel at
1-800-540-7039. Information is
also available at www.floridapsc.
com and www.floridaopc.gov/
The PSC is committed to mak-
ing sure that Florida's consumers
receive their electric, natural gas,
telephone, water, and wastewa-
ter services in a safe, affordable,
and reliable manner. The PSC ex-
ercises regulatory authority over
utilities in the areas of rate base/
economic regulation; competitive
market oversight; and monitoring
safety, reliability, and service.
For additional information,
Michael Herndon and Anna Thompson.
Robbie and Robin Thomp- at their home on January 24,
son, along with Larry and Sylvia 2009.
Hill, would like to announce the .
engagement of Anna Thompson They will reside in LaBelle
and Michael Herndon. with their children, Abby and
The ceremony will take place McKenzie.
28th City Farm Tour
The Hendry County Farm-City
Tour Council will hold its 28th
annual farm tour of the Hendry
County agricultural industry, Sat-
urday, February 7, 2008. Tickets
for the tour cost only $60.00 per
person and the participants will be
able to catch a modern air condi-
tioned tour bus at the U-Save Su-
permarket Center on Palm Beach
Blvd in Fort Myers or at the Rodeo
Grounds in LaBelle.
You will then be transported
with knowledgeable tour guides
to various stops around the coun-
ty where you can get a close up
look at some of the most efficient
farmers in the world.
Hendry County is one of the
largest agricultural counties in the
state and is largest producer of or-
anges in Florida with over 75,000
acres of groves. In addition, Hen-
dry County is the second largest
producer of sugarcane, third larg-
est in vegetable production and
fifth largest in beef cattle.
This year's tour will feature
a variety of interesting stops at
some of Florida's most sophisti-
cated agricultural operations in-
cluding vegetable transplant and
ornamental nurseries, citrus, sod,
sugarcane and vegetable produc-
tion as well as one of the largest
beef cattle ranches in the state.
There will also be fresh Florida
orange juice breaks at strategic
stops along the way.
As an extra-added attraction,
lunch will feature a delicious melt
in your mouth steak lunch with
all the trimmings served by the
Hendry County Cattlemen's As-
sociation at Cannon Hammock
Park a peaceful tropical hard-
wood hammock on the edge of
In addition to the opportunity
to see Florida agriculture up close
and personal you will tour some
of the most unspoiled wild lands
in all of southwest Florida where
each turn of the road will reveal
natural splendor and a chance
to see a variety of wildlife. All at-
tendees will be given a free bag of
mixed vegetables and citrus fruit
from the agricultural producers
of Hendry County to take home
Deadline for ticket sales is Jan-
uary 30, 2009. For additional in-
formation about the tour and how
to purchase tickets for the tour,
stop by Hendry County Extension
Service Office, which is located at
1085 Pratt Blvd, LaBelle, Florida.
You may also contact the office as
Phone: (863) 674-4092
Fax: (863) 674-4637
Letter: Hendry County Exten-
sion Service, PO Box 68 LaBelle,
FL 33975-108, Make checks pay-
able to: Hendry County City-Farm
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Christ the King
"Where everybody is Somebody ---
andJesus is Lord."
9 a.m Sunday Worship
1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday
10:15 am. Bible Study
.4 miles west of Hwy 29
on CR 78
Missionaries to speak
at Assembly of God
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6 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 8, 2009
The REAL Road to
Are you ready to jump-start Classes will include local pro-
your business? Then it is time to fessionals such as bankers, at-
get REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship torneys, and CPAs who offer their
through Action Learning) through expertise to the program.
this unique "active learning" op-
portunity for individuals interested
in starting or expanding a small
business in Hendry County.
Experience hands-on how to
identify and develop necessary
business skills, search and locate
small business opportunities in
the community, and prepare a
business plan (including a mar-
keting plan and financial projec-
tions), all of which are necessary
to make your BUSINESS SUC-
The program is supported
through Florida Small Business
Development Center Network,
Florida Gulf Coast University, and
Southwest Florida Workforce De-
velopment Board, Inc. Initial cost
is $100; upon successful comple-
tion of the class you get a $90
refund. Classes begin February
2 at 6:00 PM at Florida Commu-
nity Bank. Call Janice Groves at
863-840-2279 today to insure your
place in the class and start on the
road to business success.
First Bank gives $100,000
to hospital foundation
First Bank and Hendry Regional Medical Center employees.
By Glenda Wilson
On Wednesday, December
31st, First Bank employees, along
with their board members and
members of the Hendry Regional
Medical Center (HRMC) Founda-
tion, gathered around First Bank's
Christmas tree to present the hos-
pital foundation with a check for
In 2006, the First Bank of
Clewiston made an initial pledge
of $500,000 to the HRMC Founda-
tion; this was First Bank's third gift
towards that pledge. The funds
will be restricted to the construc-
tion of the new emergency room,
surgery suite and laboratory at
Hendry Regional Medical Center.
Though global financial lend-
ing opportunities have greatly
affected the ability to borrow,
the Foundation and the Hospital
Board of Authority are committed
to moving forward with the emer-
gency room construction project.
At their September board meet-
Obituaries should be submitted
to the Caloosa Belle by e-mailing
may also request photos and links
to online guest books. A link to the
obituaries is available at www.
Doris Ruth Cutshall, 68
ALVA -- Doris Ruth Cutshall, age
68, of Alva, passed away Jan. 1,
2009, in Alva.
She was born March 5, 1940, in
Fort Myers, daughter of the late Paul
Meshach Rennolds and the late Eth-
el (Cook) Rennolds. She was the Li-
brarian at The Barron Library for 35
years until retirement in 2007. She
was a graduate of LaBelle High
School and a lifelong resident of the
area. She was a member of First
Survivors include her husband:
Perry Gray Cutshall, son: Robert Paul
Hansen, daughter: Ramona Sue Holt
(Victor Charles), both of LaBelle,
step-children: Perry Glen Cutshall,
LaBelle, Laurie Ann DeGlaw (Bob-
by), luka, MS, brother: Larry Ren-
nolds (Margie), LaBelle, sister: Ann
Brown (Donald), Fort Myers, and
Funeral services were held Sunday
Jan. 4, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Akin-Davis
Funeral Home in LaBelle with Chap-
lain Chuck Wester officiating. Inter-
ment followed in Alva Cemetery.
ing, the hospital board of direc-
tors selected and hired DEJA (Da-
vid E. Johnson Architect) firm to
design the new emergency room,
surgery suite, and laboratory.This
firm will work under the direction
of John Albert from American
Health Facilities Development
(AHFD), the project management
firm hired to oversee the con-
struction development. DEJA has
begun the preliminary develop-
ment of architectural schematics.
In the meantime, Hospital Admin-
istration is diligently negotiating
with lenders for the financing of
the new facility, which will cost
approximately 17 million dollars.
Once financial negotiations are
completed, the architectural de-
sign and engineering plans will
be submitted to the State for ap-
The hospital foundation mem-
bers wish to thank First Bank for
their wonderful generosity and
The family suggests memorials to
Hope Hospice, 25 Homestead Road,
Unit 35, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Fu-
neral Home- LaBelle.
LABELLE Samuel Clayton Hen-
derson, passed away Thursday, Dec.
25, 2008, in Cape Coral Hope Hos-
pice after a long illness. He was 73.
He was born on Dec. 27, 1935 in
Clearwater, to Margaret (Sawyer)
and Frank Henderson. He has resid-
ed in LaBelle since 1990. He was a
disabled veteran of the U.S. Navy, re-
tiring in 1972. He worked for GTE of
Tampa as Chief Engineer from 1973
to 1988. He was a member of the
Masonic Temple of Tampa, Church
of God of Clearwater, and the Ameri-
can Legion 130 of LaBelle.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia,
whom he married on May 25, 1988
in Tampa; a son, Sean Henderson,
of Tampa; three stepchildren, Kirstie
White, of Tacoma, Wash., Bryan
Goodwin, of LaBelle, and Cheryl
Baird; six siblings; and eight grand-
Cremation was at Fort Meyers Me-
morial Garden in Fort Meyers.
No memorial is planned at this
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Fully furnished 4/2 Palm Harbor manufactured
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furnished 2/ mobile home on geared &
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2006 3 BD/2BA on 1.49 beautiful acres on Case Rd.
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2/2 z 1 on Showboat Plaza $700/M
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.40+/- ac lot off CR 78 in nice established neigh-
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2008 in Review
July 3, 2008
The entire community was
reeling from the news of the trag-
ic deaths of two servicemen from
LaBelle. Staff Sgt. Chris Strickland
and Chief Warrant Officer Char-
lie Hammett were killed just one
day apart as they performed their
duties, one in Afghanistan, the
other in Iraq. Army Chief War-
rant Officer Hammett died June
24 in a bombing as he and other
Americans walked into a meeting
to help the Iraqi people emerge
from their nightmare. He was as-
signed to the 3rd Brigade Combat
Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort
Marine Staff Sgt. Strickland
died June 25 while defusing an
explosive device in the desolate
regions of Afghanistan. He was
assigned to the 1st Marine Logis-
tics Group, 1 Marine Expedition-
ary Force, Camp Pendleton, Ca.
July 10, 2008
LaBelle said a sad but proud
goodbye to one its own Satur-
day, July 5. Marine Staff Sgt. Chris
Strickland was remembered by
family, friends and comrades
in arms with tears, prayers and
precious memories at a memo-
rial service held at First Baptist
Church. Outside members of the
Patriot Guard Riders stood in re-
Army Chief Warrant Officer
Robert Charles Hammett, Jr., who
died in Iraq June 24 was buried in
his wife's home town of Tucson,
The slate of candidates for
county offices to be listed on No-
vember ballots was finalized June
20. Voters had to be registered to
vote by July 28 in order to cast a
ballot in the Primary (August 26)
and General (November 4) Elec-
July 17, 2008
South LaBelle Village, the first
development planned for the
huge Paul annexation off SR 29S,
got unanimous approval from the
city commission for groundwork
that will finally allow this project
to go forward as soon as utilities
are available. However, an eco-
nomic downturn would put yet
another halt to the plan.
July 24, 2008
County Administrator Wayne
O'Neal found himself summarily
The surprise motion was made
by Commissioner Darrell Har-
ris in the last few minutes of the
regular commission meeting. He
complained that Mr. O'Neal was
"not focused" on the job and on
his important duties.
July 31, 2008
Gene McAvoy, County Exten-
sion Director and Regional Veg-
etable Agent with the UF/IFAS
Hendry County Extension Office,
was awarded the Distinguished
Service Award by the National As-
sociation of County Agricultural
Agents, recognizing at least ten
years of outstanding service as a
member of the Cooperative Ex-
LaBelle's fallen heroes USMC
Staff Sgt. Christopher Strickland,
and Army Chief Warrant Officer
Robert Charles Hammett, were
honored at a benefit on Saturday,
July 26. Approximately 1,000 peo-
ple came to honor the fallen he-
roes and over $6,000 was raised
just at this benefit for the fami-
The City of LaBelle was mak-
ing plans for the Walgreens phar-
macy chain to come to town. It
would be another disappoint-
ment later in the year.
The public learned that the
South Florida Water Management
District entered into a non-binding
"Statement of Principles" with the
United States Sugar Corporation
for the acquisition of the compa-
ny's assets for the purpose of Ev-
erglades restoration. The State of
Florida and the District were ne-
gotiating a contract for this acqui-
sition, one of the most significant
opportunities to protect the River
of Grass since the designation 60
years ago of Everglades National
August 14, 2008
What's made from citrus peel,
is high in antioxidants, low in car-
bohydrates, gluten free and has
scientists scratching their heads?
The public first heard about
CitruSmart, a new food grade
supplement being manufactured
in LaBelle. Robert Jones and
his team believed this discovery
would create a revolution in the
food and health industries.
August 21, 2008
In a move to tighten up the
county's budget, Hendry County
commissioners opted to discon-
tinue Economic Development
Council Executive Director Janice
Groves' employment and to fold
the EDC's responsibilities into the
Grants and Special Districts De-
partment, under Ron Zimmerly.
Debbie Misotti's Talkin' Mon-
keys Project rescued abused and
Located in Pioneer Plantation,
the project provided safe harbor
in a setting as close to each ani-
mal's natural habitat as Debbie
can make it.
They were housed in spacious
cages with sturdy roofs and spe-
cial night homes attached. These
night homes were built as com-
fortable sleeping quarters
September 4, 2008
Sherry Ringler was named
the Florida Middle School Physi-
cal Education Teacher of the Year
from the Florida Alliance for Phys-
ical Education, Health, Recre-
ation, Dance and Sports. She was
scheduled to address her peers at
a convention in October.
Tim Mahoney (FL-16), along
with FEMA and Glades County
officials, inspected homes dam-
aged by Tropical Storm Fay and
met with residents displaced
by the storm. Although Glades
County sustained serious dam-
age in Tropical Storm Fay, FEMA
had not included the County in its
Individual Assistance (IA) disaster
September 11, 2008
Former Cowboy Hal Bennett
took over as head football coach
for LaBelle High School. The for-
mer offensive lineman took over
from his former coach, Ron Dun-
September 18, 2008
Florida Community Bank pro-
vided lunch for emergency work-
ers, in recognition of their continu-
ing efforts in keeping our city and
county safe. All local emergency
workers were invited to enjoy the
lunch Sept. 11, the seventh anni-
versary of the attacks on America
in New York, the Pentagon and
September 25, 2008
The Disabled American Veter-
ans Chapter 144 showed off its
new 2008 Ford Taurus van at the
DVA Community Market on La-
bor Day weekend. It was one of
three the DAV uses to operate the
Hendry County Veterans Trans-
port program. The new van was
donated by Bay Pines VA Medi-
cal Center in St. Petersburg as a
replacement for the aging Ford
Windstar they were using for trips
to Ft. Myers and Okeechobee.
The city began to think about
scaling down its proposed plant
to 2.5 million gpd. However, RUS
was the original funding source,
and that organization was no
longer able to accommodate La-
Belle's funding needs.
So, the idea was to downsize
plans yet again, down to one
million gpd, then add additional
phases as growth requires.
October 2, 2008
The fate of the Clewiston sub-
office, which had been vacant
since Hurricane Wilma, was still
undecided. The county was get-
ting cost estimates as well as
looking at a couple buildings for
possible purchase. Meanwhile,
the county was still renting space
to conduct its business as it con-
tinued to make plans.
October 9, 2008
The election year stirred up
more interest than any in recent
memory. The Ford/Sunset Park
Community Association worked
hard to bring this election to the
people it served. The group spon-
sored two Meet the Candidate
forums, splitting the large num-
ber of candidates in half. Both
evenings brought out longtime
voters, new voters and those who
had not cast a ballot in years.
Law enforcement officers with
the Florida Fish and Wildlife Con-
servation Commission (FWC)
was investigating the death of a
27-year-old Tampa man from in-
juries sustained in a personal wa-
tercraft (PWC) accident.
Michael Poole died at Lee Me-
morial Hospital Saturday, Oct. 4,
one day after the accident.
October 16, 2008
The Edison College Mass Com-
munications Class in LaBelle was
looking beyond the classroom for
educational experiences. They
sponsored a candidates forum for
Sheriff Ronnie Lee and his oppo-
nent Steve Whidden.
October 23, 2008
Hendry County held a joint
governmental meeting regarding
its attempts to site the Inland Port,
or a portion of it, in the county,
with a tour and luncheon.
October 30, 2008
LaBelle celebrated another
first for one of its favorite sons.
The school retired 2001 LaBelle
High School graduate Clay Timp-
ner's baseball jersey. The former
Cowboy centerfielder and pitch-
er made his debut in the major
league April 8 with the San Fran-
What began as a rather con-
tentious meeting at the Pioneer
Community Center ended on a
more cooperative note as people
made their feelings known on a
proposed Off Highway Vehicle in
Pioneer Plantation. The proposed
site was the old Pioneer landfill,
which was closed down in 1997.
County Grants and Special Proj-
ects Director Ron Zimmerly con-
ducted the informational meeting
and began by presenting the steps
the county has taken so far.
Democrat Steve Whidden
bested incumbent Sheriff Ronnie
Lee in the General Election. Also
elected were: Phillip Pelletier over
incumbent Property Appraiser
Kristina Kulpa, although Ms.
Kulpa would later challenge the
results; Rick Murphy as Superin-
tendent of Schools; Barbara But-
ler remained as Clerk of Courts;
Tristan Chapman won District 3
commission seat; Janet Taylor
held on to her District 1 commis-
sion seat; school board
November 13, 2008
In an election year filled with
high emotions, vigorous debate
and historic implications Hendry
County was not without its own
Election Day twist.
Just five votes separated in-
cumbent Property Appraiser
Kristina Kulpa and her opponent,
Phillip Pelletier. After the recount
Monday, they were still separated
by five votes, confirming challeng-
er Phill Pelletier as the winner.
However, Ms. Kulpa continued
to search for any recourse in chal-
lenging the outcome.
November 20, 2008
The Greater LaBelle Chamber
of Commerce is once again step-
ping up to help her out, planning
another Christmas in the Park cel-
ebration for Friday, Dec. 5.
U.S. Sugar Corp. announced
it had entered into an agreement
with Coskata, Inc. of Warrenville,
IL to explore building a 100 mil-
lion gallon per year cellulosic
ethanol facility in Clewiston. The
facility would be the world's larg-
est second generation ethanol
facility. It would convert left-over
sugar cane material into ethanol
and would help Florida meet its
aggressive second generation
ethanol mandate set by Governor
November 27, 2008
Dr. Patricia Land expanded her
role as Edison College Campus
President to include the Hendry/
Glades Center at Edison State Col-
The expansion is a homecom-
ing for Dr. Land who taught 7th
and 8th grade English at Clewis-
ton Middle School in the 1970s.
December 4, 2008
Consolidated Citrus, Florida's
largest citrus producer, complet-
ed construction of housing units
for 128 guest workers at Gator
Slough Grove in Hendry County.
The buildings, which were con-
structed in compliance with H2A
federal guest worker standards,
include four 30-bed units for
guest workers and a fifth building
for on-site residential managers.
At just over three months of
age Dobby, the infant gibbon born
at The Talkin' Monkeys Project
in Pioneer Plantation, was right
on target developmentally. The
Talkin' Monkeys Project, the life
work of Debbie Misotti, is a sanc-
tuary for abused and unwanted
Debbie said Dobby was sitting
up and has even starting to sing
like his elders.
December 11, 2008
Hendry County commissions
vented their agitation with Gov.
Crist and what they perceived to
be his lack of follow-through in
not coming up with an economic
plan to help the area transition
through the loss of its largest em-
The deal sealing South Florida
Water Management District's pur-
chase of United States Sugar Cor-
poration is expected to be signed
Dec. 15, despite the lack of any
sign of the promised economic
At their Dec. 9 meeting in
LaBelle, Hendry County com-
missioners voted to contrib-
ute $10,000 to an effort to December 25,2008
delav the contract vont
Fisheating Creek was planning
a celebration for Saturday, Jan.
10, with interpretive hayrides;
stories of Fisheating Creek, its
history and more.
An oftentimes contentious final
meeting for the review of a contract
to purchase U.S. Sugar carried over
a day while proponents and oppo-
nents made their arguments.
A heated final few hours
seemed to test the patience of
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1 bedroom $472 month
284 Bryan Avenue
LaBelle, FL 33935
Sharon or Ashley
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741 S Bridge St
(By Randy's Garage)
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Air Conditioners 505
Appliance Parts 520
Beauty Supplies 525
Books & Magazines535
Business Equipment 545
Children's Items 555
China, Glassware, Etc. 560
Drapes, Linens & Fabrics 595
Fireplace Fixture 600
Health & Reducing
Household Items 630
Medical Items 650
Musical Instruments 660
Plumbing Supplies 680
Pools & Supplies 685
Sewing Machines 700
Sporting Goods 705
Stereo Equipment 710
Toys & Games 730
Wanted to Buy 740
GOLDEN OAK Drop front sec-
retary 1900's Very nice
LARGE ANTIQUE Coffee Table
$250. One small antique end
table $50. (863)763-5501
RINGER WASHER Antique, in
working order. $100 Firm
SINGER SEWING machine -
Singer sewing machine with
cabinet/table. good condi-
tion. $100. (863)467-5299
DISHWASHER G.E. BUILT
IN, COLOR WHITE $35.
FRIDGIDARE- Side by side re-
frigerator, ice/water in door,
white, 26 cubic ft, works
great $100 (863)763-7983
KITCHEN-AID WASHER and
Dryer Almond color good
condition; electric; will sell
together or seperate $175.
MICROWAVE goldstar $12.
REFRIGERATORS 2, good
working condition, 1 Ig., 1
small. $140/will separate.
WASHERS & DRYERS
$100 & up, 1 yr warranty
REFRIGERATORS & STOVES
HORSE TROUGH Rubber-
maid 50 Gallon. $40/firm.
SHED 12x24, 4 windows, 2
doors. ready for electric. La-
THREE WHEELED bicycle -
THREE WHEELER three
wheel bicycle fair condition
PLASTIC CULVERT 30 inch
by 20ft. cash $450.
STORKCRAFT ASPEN BABY
3 in 1 crib with drawer & mat-
tress $100 (863)763-7983
BASEBALL CARDS -
Unopened boxes. 1987-89
THREE MCDONALDS Train
Sets, Still in boxes. asking
$150. Also 20 Piece Teapot
COMPUTER Black Dell, XP
Pro, Office, Games, Educa-
tional Tony $129.
BAKER'S RACK 5 Shelves 2
Drawers Light oak black
iron in good shape $50/or
best offer. (863)467-7996
BRAND NEW Sleeper Sofa -
Pottery Barn style tan/blue
linen stripes! $400/or best
CHAISE CHAIR & Christmas
houses chair seats 2 peo-
ple easy, good cond
$100.00 obo. 10 christmas
houses w/ alot of acc.
$40.00 obo. $140/or best
COUCH & LOVESEAT Colors
are green & beige. Excellent
condition $350. Or best of-
ENTERTAINMENT CENTER -
for 32" TV All wood storage
drawers/glass door, $200
LARGE LIGHT Oak Computer
Desk Large good desk with
lots of storage. $40/or best
MAGNETIC TWIN SIZE MAT-
TRESS Kenkopad, cost
$400 new, will take $100,
like new (772)971-9474
SOFA FLIP'S DOWN INTO
DOUBLE BED, COLOR BLUE,
EXCEL CONDITION $175.
Join all the people who
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GOLF CLUBS 4 sets, 1 left
handed, metal woods, irons,
putter, bag, balls, $390 will
sell sep. (863)946-3123
RIFLES, SHOTGUNS, PISTOLS
(30) Remington, Rugers,
Brownings, S&W, Fox,
$5000 or sell sep
M1A RIFLE Springfield Ar-
mory M1A. Never fired pre-
SHOT GUN Browning, A2000
12 gage mag., Automatic.
Like new. Only shot 2x's.
qi 0 I2 I0
Used 6 times. Can fold to
store. $458.00 New. $250.
WELDER PRO Club Weight
Bench and 3001b weight
set $350/or best offer.
AUTO INFLATING AIR BED -
Plug in fill w/air, instant bed.
Like New $100.
AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train
for high paying Aviation
Maintenance Career. FAA ap-
proved program. Financial
aid if qualified Housing
available. CALL Aviation In-
stitute of Maintenance
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from Home. *Medical,
*Computers, *Criminal Jus-
tice. Job placement assis-
tance. Computer available.
Financial Aid if qualified. Call
BRAND NEW- 2 sheets of
foam rubber in plastic
3x55x78 $50. Each
GENERATOR 11 hp, 5650
watt. LaBelle $300.
NEW WELDER Hobat 10,000
watt, 20 hp Kohler motor
$2,700 (863) 840-0505
NOW AVAILABLE! 2009 POST
OFFICE JOBS. $18-$20/HR.
NO EXPERIENCE, PAID
TRAINING, FED BENEFITS,
(800)910-9941 TODAY! REF
STAINLESS STEEL prop -
Used QuickSilver, 23 pitch,
off of 135HP Merc. $125/or
best offer. (863)634-9339
TANK 100-250 gallon, it had
potato defoamer in it. It is
non hazardus. $100/or best
WOOLEY SHED 14 X 22 A/C
Auto garage door, paid
$9500 will sell for $5000
BLACK LAB 8 mos old, very
friendly, neutered & house-
broken, all shots, needs a
yard. $100 (863)484-2052
CLEWISTON FREE 6 mth old
Brown mixed female dog
very friendly $0.
CLEWISTON FREE Mixed
Hound Puppies 6 weeks
old-2Boys & 3Girls $0.
FISH TANK 50 gal. w/ stand,
rocks, & 2 fish. Okeechobee.
$100/or best offer.
LAB MIX PUPPIES black, big
blocky heads & feet, good
YORKIE 2 12 week old fe-
males with papers and shots
$800 Firm, Ready to go!
JACUZZI like new, 7' square,
cover, heater & lights, $1500
COMPOUND BOW BASS PRO
PAINTBALL GUNS (2) lots of
REMMINGTON 700 BDL ,
270 New in box $550. FIRM
SWAMP BUGGY-Palm Beach
Style 350 Auto, 400 Turbo
Trans, Offset 12x24 Tractor
Tires $4500 (863)447-5456
TELEVISION 52" Phillips & En-
ter. Center 74"Hx102"W,
holds TV, $650 for all or sell
Widescreen 56 inch TV and
Playstation 2 $500.
BAND SAW 14 inch band
saw, 4 speed and spare
blades (central machinery)
MILLER ECONOTIC WELDING
POWER SOURCE w/tank &
flow meter & foot control,
PLASMA CUTTER Snap-On,
Y555 hi-low, new lead, extra
tips, will cut up to 1/2 inch,
PRESSURE CLEANER pres-
sure cleaner with Honda en-
ine. Like new condition.
AIR HOCKEY Table Full Size -
Like New-Played on only a
few times. Includes Every-
thing! $100. (863)357-5773
Christmas Trees 745
Farm Equipment 805
Farm Feed/Products 810
Farm Miscellaneous 815
Farm Produce 820
Services Wanted 830
Lawn & Garden 850
SQ 720 BUSH HOG- 6 ft, Good
MARE- 10 years old, good
with kids. $600 OBO
NEW SILVER western show
saddle In time for Xmas.
Loaded with silver never
been on a horse. perfect for
local shows. 16" seat medi-
um tan leather. Will make a
great 1st. show saddle. Call
after 5:30 pm or leave mes-
sage before & I will return
your call $1000/neg.
LARGE STAGHORN AIR FERN
$250 Water fountain pedes-
tal style $60.00
LEAF MULCHER Used very
little $195. (863)675-1218
PUSH MOWER 20" B&S en-
gine, runs and cuts great!
RIDING MOWER Huskee, like
new, 42" cut, 22hp Kohler
mtr., less than 20 hrs.,
RIDING MOWER Yard Man
42"cut, 15 HP Kohler Runs
great. $250. (863)532-0188
FRASER AVE. 3BR/2BA,
fenced yard w/shop, non
smkg. env., no pets, lease
$625 mo. + $625 sec.
LABELLE 3 BR, 1%/ BA, Lg.
kitch, Liv. Rm., 50' Covered
porch. 2/2 acres. Secluded.
MOORE HAVEN 3br, 2ba, All
appl, W/D, laminate floors,
arage, handicap access.
1100 mo. (863)946-3333
SWEET CYPRESS RANCH
T&A Hay $12 10% Sweet Feed $7.50
Round Bales $50
Al Curry 239-872-0998
275 Kirby Thompson Rd, LaBelle, FL 33935
CATTLE OILER $15
Every Monday-1i2pm & every
Tuesday-11 am. 763-3127
DWARF RED Button Ginger
Lily Plants come in 1-3 gal-
lon pot sizes $12.
LADY PALM Grows well in-
side or outside $21.
Business Places 910
Farm Property -
House Rent 930
Land Rent 935
Resort Property -
Rooms to Rent 955
Storage Space -
DUPLEXE 2BR 1BA in the
Belmont area of LaBelle, nice
neighborhood, convenient lo-
cation, VERY REASONABLE!
INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOP -
4000 sq ft, w/offices, all
LABELLE- DUPLEX, Belmont
St., 3br, lba, $700/mo. 1st
+ Sec., (863)517-0551
3Br 2Ba Foreclosure!
$11,000! Only $199/Mo! 5%
down 15 years @ 8% apr.
Buy, 4/BR $259/Mo! For list-
ings (800)366-9783 Ext
CANAL HOME large 3/2, den,
library, FL. room, w/d, huge
private corner lot. Call
COUNTRY VILLAGE- 1br, lba,
must have good ref's & sec.
Non smoking environment.
No pets, $500/mo
Barber Real Estate
Duplex Apt.- 3 br, 1 bath on
Belmont St. Very clean, yard
is maintained, Adults Only.
No Pets. $650 per month.
1st month & $650 sec. de-
posit + ref's. 863-612-9881
Earn some extra cash.
Sell your used items in
OAK AVENUE 2BR/1BA, c/a,
nice, non-smkg. env., no
pets, lease, $575 mo. +
$575 sec. (863)675-2392
PORT LABELLE 2003 4BR,
2BA, CBS home, close to
elementary sch. Immed.
move-in. $1,000/mo. 1st,
last & sec. 863-675-1380 or
3 bedroom, 2 bath
home, double garage,
lanai, like new.
Security deposit &
PORT LABELLE, 2BR, 1.5BA,
single family house, w/gar-
age, $700 mo. plus sec.
RENT/OWN: LaBelle, 2/2 +
office, pool, dock, 2 car gar-
age & shop, exclusive area.
MOORE HAVEN- Furn. rm,
A/C, Dish Satellite, Movie
channels, Util incl $125. wk.
$125. Sec dep (863)946-0355
New Ig. units avail.,
air conditioned &
non-air, each unit
fenced & well lighted,
space for boats,
RV & trucks.
1025 Commerce Dr.,
Cowboy Way & Kennedy Blvd.
5'x10' $42.80 mo. incl. tax.
8'x10' $53.50 mo. incl. tax.
10'x10' $58.85 mo. incl. tax.
8'x25' $96.30 mo. incl. tax
24 hr access $25 returnable
key deposit. 863-675-2392
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Farms Sale 1020
Houses Sale 1025
Hunting Property 1030
Property Sale 1035
Land Sale 1040
Lots Sale 1045
Open House 1050
Out of State -
Property Sale 1055
Real Estate Wanted 1065
Resort Property -
Warehouse Space 1075
Waterfront Property 1080
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WANTED COW PASTURE ,
Mobile Home- Lots 2005
Mobile Home- Parts 2010
Mobile Homes- Rent 2015
Mobile Homes Sale 2020
For Rent 2BR/2BA Mobile
Home, w/20 acres, good for
horses, $700 mo.
LaBelle, 1475 N. Bridge St
1br & 2br avail, $450. mo. &
up. Ref. & Good Credit. Call
LABELLE 2br, 1ba, C/A,
Heat, W/D, in town, $300
sec. & $140 per week.
LABELLE Case Rd. on 22
acres, small barn in back,
bring your horses, $725 mo.
+ sec. 239-209-0245
LaBelle, 2 BR, large deck with
bench, all drywall, newly re-
modeled with new carpet,
LaBelle 2br/2ba dblwide, wa-
terfront. 1295 sq ft. $670
mo + dep (239) 247-1053
or 997-1069 nice setting
MOBILE HOMES FOR RENT
1, 2 & 3 Bedrooms
Low Deposits &
NEWLY REMODLED 3/2 on
fenced acre. $650 mo. 1st,
last & $500 sec. dep. +
On acreage, 4 bed 2 bath on
Evans Rd. (863) 673-0861
3/2ba con 1/2 acre de terreno
$3,000 de deposito. Llame
para mas informacion
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Mobile Home Angels
Casa manufacturada 4/2ba
$49,000 Financiamiento ra-
pido y facil. Si tiene el torre-
no posee. Llame para mas
Casa manufacturada lista para
ser aquilada. Financiameinto
disponible. LLame para mas
info 863-675-8888 Lorena
Doublewide 3/2ba on .5 acre
between LaBelle & Immokal-
ee. Only $3,500 down. Call
for more info 863-612-6511
LABELLE- 541 Bennett&
Elm, corner lot, 2br, 1ba,
stove, refrig., c/a, w/d, city
water/sewer, Low down pmt,
Owner finance, $64,000
-MOBILE HOME SALES-
32x80 Set up on Your
Lot $550 Monthly
Need your mobile
home moved? We have
28 years experience.
Call for your Free Quote!
ORTONA 3/2, '02, 28x60
Mobile, 80x100 lot, fenced,
carport, screened porch,
shed, $75,000 firm.
WITH 15% DOWN
Ig. landscaped lot in
Tanglewood near schools.
Brick skirting, w/d,
c/a, ready to move in.
Replace your old mobile.
4/2ba DW only $49,900 Bad
credit, no credit, we can help
if you own your own lot. Call
for more info 863-612-6511
Jet Skiis 3015
Marine Accessories 3020
Marine Miscellaneous 3025
Sport Vehicles/ATVs 3035
HYDRASPORT BASS BOAT -
16'4"., with a 115 HP Out-
board Motor, New carpet &
cover, Trailer included
$5000 Firm (863)467-2316
OPEN BOW BOAT, 17 Ft. w/
Trailer. $300 FIRM
Holiday RV Breckenridge
Park Model Dealer, New
starting at $24,900. Rt. 41
South, Ft. Myers, between
Alico Rd. & Corkscrew Rd.
Holiday RV Cash for your RV
or Park Model Trailer.
TRAIL-LITE BANTAM '99 -
Kitchen & Bathroom, 26'
w/Fold Out Ends. Asking
1994 runs good trailer in-
cluded new tires on trailer
BOAT MOTOR 15HP Long
TRAILER HITCH- for boat or
trailer, off a Ford van, bolts
on, cost $120 asking $80.
SUZUKI RM 125 2000 dirt-
bike, very low hrs, runs good
$1000/or best offer.
HONDA RANCHER 2005,
350 4X2, low hours, good
cond. $2600 Neg.
MANCO 90 CC '04 runs
great, looks great, low hours,
600 neg (863)228-7118
SUZUKI 500 VINSON '05 like
new, 696 miles, 4 WD,
winch, trailer, $4500 or best
YAMAHA BANSHEE 2000, 4
Wheeler, lots of upgraded
parts, also have spare parts.
$4000 Neg. 863-781-1358
Autos Wanted 4010
Classic Cars 4015
Commercial Trucks 4020
Foreign Cars 4030
Four Wheel Drive 4035
Heavy Duty Trucks 4040
Parts Repairs 4045
Pickup Trucks 4050
Sport Utility 4055
Tractor Trailers 4060
Utility Trailers 4065
FORD TAURAS XL 1997 4
doors, 70,000 original miles,
one owner, everything works
great mpg!!! $2300/or best
HONDA ACCORD 1990 -
Great on gas! Trust worthy
car. 2 doors $1200/or best
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I bi iHe
NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING
NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS
Hendry County, Florida (the "County") hereby provides notice, pursuant to Section
197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collect-
ing non-ad valorem special assessments to be levied within the Banyan Village area,
Port LaBelle Plat Units 10-13, within the unincorporated area of the County, for capi-
tal costs associated with construction of water lines for Banyan Village and service
assessments for maintenance of such water lines commencing with the Fiscal Year
beginning on October 1, 2009, and continuing each year until discontinued by the
County. The County will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uni-
form method of collecting such assessments authorized by Section 197.3632, Flori-
da Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 5:00 p.m. on January 27, 2009, in the
County Commission Chambers, 25 E. Hickpoochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. Such
resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the
boundaries of the real property subject to the levy. Copies of the proposed form of
resolution, which contains the legal description of the real property subject to the
levy, are on file at the County Administrator's Office, 165 S. Lee Street, LaBelle,
Florida. All interested persons are invited to attend.
In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the County with respect
to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the above-referenced
public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event,
such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is
made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to
be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a
special accommodation or an interpreter to participate in this proceeding should
contact the County Clerk at (863) 675-5217, seven days days prior to the date of
Janet B. Taylor, Chair
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF HENDRY COUNTY FLORIDA
305123 CB/CN 1/1,8,15,22/09
Pursuant to Chapter 298.12, Florida Statutes, a meeting of landowners of BARRON
WATER CONTROL DISTRICT will be held at 10:00 A.M., January 29, 2009, at the
District office at 3293 Dellwood Terrace, Port LaBelle, Florida, 33935.
The purpose of the meeting is to elect one member of the Board of Supervisors and
review annual reports.
Landowners may cast one vote for each acre or fraction thereof owned, either in
person or by proxy. Proxy forms are available by calling 863-675-0346. The Board
af Supervisors will meet immediately after adjournment of the Landowners' Meeting.
This meeting is open to the public.
Mark D. Colbert, Chairman
305742 CB/CN 01/08,15/08
Police Impounds! 95 Honda
Civic $500! 96 Toyota Cam-
ry $600! 97 Honda Accord
$700! for listings call
(800)366-9813 Ext 9275
Police Impounds for Sale! 96
Honda Civic $500! 00 VW
Jetta $900!! for listings call
(800)366-9813 Ext 9271
TOYOTA COROLLA '92- Auto,
AC, asking $1250 "as is"
Neg. (863)697-9005 or
DODGE RAM P/U 1988 -
4-wd/318/4 spd/granny low
EZ GO Used, Good condition,
charger, $900 or best offer.
GOLF CART new batteries,
$800 or best offer
GEO PRIZM 1992 4 Door, 5
speed, Toyota Engine, Parts
only $350. Neg
TONNEAU SOFT COVER like
new,fits 6.5 ft. bed,roll
up,clamps on, $150.
VENT SHADES BRAND
Cab 4 door $25.
FORD F250 XL 1993 4x4,
351 auto, longbed, runs
good needs TLC $2500/or
best offer. (863)763-6297
JEEP COMANCHE 1990 -
2WD, 5 speed, runs good.
30" buckshot tires $900/or
best offer. (863)612-6350
TOYOTA PICKUP '94 2 whl.
dr., runs good, $20 to fill,
doesn't burn oil, cold a/c,
$3100 neg. (863)674-1181
FORD EXPEDITION XLT 2001
All power, Ice cold A/C,
Cloth interior. Runs great.
ENCLOSED UTILITY Trailor -
2003 6' x 12' 3500 Ib. single
axle. Lighted interior. Very
nice condition. White.
$1700/or best offer.
Shop here first!
The classified ads
HEAVYDUTY SINGLE AXLE
UTILITY TRAILER 4X8, 15"
wheels, 28" tall steel sides,
UTILITY TRAILER 4x6, like
new, purchased 2 mos. ago,
$400. (863)943-0759 or
UTILITY TRAILER single axle
ENCLOSED 6X12 vent,
lights, side, rear doors.
WORK TRAILER heavy duty
single axle good work trailer
wood floor $150.
Public Notice 5005
State Public -
Legal Notice 5500
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
The Port LaBelle Community develop-
ment District will hold a Workshop and
Board of Supervisors' Special Meeting on
Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 6:00 PM.
at the office of the District located at
3293 Dellwood Terrace. The purpose of
the workshop is to discuss the greenbelt
use and access to the Caloosahatchee
River and the Board of Supervisor's
meeting is to conduct routine business
which may require action by the Board.
This meeting is open to the public.
305741 CB/CN 01/08/09
CHANCE'S TOWING & RECOVERY WILL
SELL THE FOLLOWING VEHICLES BY
AUCTION @ 340 N. INDUSTRIAL LOOP
LABELLE, FL. 33935 ON THE FOLLOW-
ING DATES DUE TO NON-PAYMENT FOR
TOWING AND STORAGE CHARGES.
PURSUANT TO SUB SECTION 713.78 OF
THE FLA. STATUTE. CHANCE'S TOWING
& RECOVERY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO
ACCEPT OR REJECT ANY AND/OR ALL
JANUARY 21, 2009 @ 8:00AM
305951 CB 01/08/09
THE LABELLE POST OFFICE is now tak-
ing bids for a contract cleaner Clean-
ing must be completed prior to 6 am
Mon Fri. Contractor and employees
must be able to pass a background
check. Anyone interested should con-
tact JoAnne Massey, Postmaster at
863-675-8806 Bids will close Satur-
day January 31, 2009
305875 CB 1/8,15,22,29/2009
Las Noticias en Espanol
The American Legion, 699
Hickpochee Avenue West, holds
bingo every Monday night start-
ing at 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy
an evening of bingo!
Honor a veteran
Honor a special veteran with a
brick at the new Veterans Memo-
rial, across from the Courthouse.
Call American Legion Post 130 for
Amateur Radio exams
Amateur (Ham) Radio Exams
will be given at First United Meth-
odist Church of Moore Haven on
Saturday Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. The
cost is $14 per exam and walk-ins
are welcome. First United Meth-
odist Church is located at 300
Avenue L on the corner of Third
Street in Moore Haven. For details
contact Pastor Thom Street at
The LaBelle Adult School will
be offering Substitute Teacher,
Computer and possibly a Conver-
sation Spanish class the second
week of January. Sign up at the
LaBelle Adult School. If you have
any questions please contact the
LaBelle Adult School at 674-4118
for more info.
Marianne Korosy to
present program on
Hendry-Glades Audubon So-
ciety will meet Monday, Jan. 12,
at 7 p.m. at the Cooperative Ex-
tension, Dallas Townsend Build-
ing 1085 Pratt Blvd. in LaBelle. A
program on "Bachman's, Hen-
slow's, Grasshopper and Florida
Grasshopper Sparrows winter
diets and habitat associations and
implications for conservation of
grasslands" will be presented by
Researcher Marianne Korosy. For
information about HGAS meet-
ings or bird tours call: Steve Buc-
zynski, Chapter President 863-
902-0856 or Margaret England
Boy Scout Troop 9 meets ev-
ery Tuesday evening from 7-8:30
p.m. at Carlson Memorial United
Methodist Church 310 Campbell
St. Boy Scouts are for boys ages
11-18. Call 863-983-7719 for more
Cub Scout Pack 9 meets every
Monday evening from 6-7 p.m. at
Carlson Memorial United Method-
ist Church 310 Campbell St. Cub
Scouts are for boys from first to
fifth grade. Call 863-673-4952 for
Work day at the
LaBelle Nature Park
The Hendry/LaBelle Recre-
ation Board and Coalition for
Eco-Recreation would like to in-
vite community organizations,
youth groups and individuals to
a LaBelle Nature Park Trail Clean
Up on Sat. Feb. 1,2009 from 8 un-
til 10 a.m. Volunteers are needed
to rake and pull weeds around
the gentle old oak and rake trails
leading to the old oak. Gloves,
long sleeved shirts, long pants,
sturdy shoes and insect repellent
are recommended. Participants
are encouraged to bring their
own gloves, rakes, clippers, and
wheelbarrows. Water will be pro-
Call Margaret England at 863-
674-0695 for information. The
LaBelle Nature Park is located at
Hardee Street and Fraser on the
Caloosahatchee River in LaBelle.
El 24 de diciembre la com-
pafifa Seis Eles (Six L's) don6 en
Immokalee $112.000 para apo-
yar los programas de cuidado
de nifios y tutorias despu6s de la
escuela que son administrados
por La Asociaci6n Cristiana de
"En nuestra opinion la edu-
caci6n de los nifios es la fun-
daci6n de un pais fuerte". Dijo
Larry Lipman presidente de CEO
Seis Eles. "Lo que RCMA hace
en Florida contribuye grandiosa-
mente a construir esa fundaci6n.
Es un gusto ser parte de este tra-
El sistema de cuidado de nifios
mas grande de Florida proveido
por RCMA ofrece cuidado de cali-
dad y educaci6n a mas de 8.000
nifios en las areas rurales donde
las familias pobres trabajan en
la agricultura. Da asistencia a 21
condados incluyendo Collier con
mas de 1.300 nifios.
De acuerdo con la Directora
Ejecutiva de RCMA Barbara Main-
ster, la donaci6n de Seis Eles per-
mitird a la organizaci6n: Dar cui-
dado a mas de 150 nifios por una
temporada completa en Immoka-
lee. Proveer tutorias despu6s de la
escuela a mas de 50 estudiantes
en la Escuela Comunidad que es
administrada por RCMA. Apoyar
el programa de alfabetizaci6n
llamado Leer es Funadamental
dando libros gratis a los nifios tres
veces por afio.
"Nosotros creemos que RCMA
hace un trabajo importante y es-
tamos muy felices de apoyar el
programa de cuidado para los
bebds, el programa de alfabet-
izaci6n para que las familias dis-
fruten de la lectura con sus nifios
en las casas y ayudar a los estu-
diantes con las tutorias que ellos
necesitan despu6s de la escuela".
Brabara Mainster dijo que
el apoyo de seis Eles ayudard a
cambiar la vida de los nifios ya
que desde el nacimiento a los 5
afios son las edades criticas para
el dearrollo de los nifios. "Esta-
mos profundamente agradecidos
por la generosidad de Seis Eles
especialmente cuando nos traje-
ron esta donaci6n en el dia de la
Seis Eles es uno de los produc-
tores y empacadores de tomate
mas grande del pais. Desde 1986
la compafifa a empacado unos 15
millones de cajas de tomate.
RCMA fue fundada en las Areas
rurales de Miami para proveer
cuidado de nifios a las familias
pobres trabajadoras. Sus centros
a trav6s de toda la naci6n ofre-
cen cuidado de calidad, especial-
mente el aprendizaje del ingl6s es
prioritario para los preescolares.
Con su base en Immokalee, RCMA
es una organizaci6n sin fines de
lucro y religi6n que trabaja con
donaciones federales asi como la
generosidad de negocios, funda-
ciones y otras organizaciones.
La Escuela de Adultos de La-
Belle anuncia que estara dando
clases para maestras sustitutas,
computadoras y Espafiol conver-
sacional en la segunda semana
de enero. Si desea informaci6n
acerca del examen de Estudios
Generales (GED) llamar al nime-
SIIl Forums: Join
10 Caloosa Belle, Thursday, January 8, 2009
Edison State College welcomes
largest Spring student enrollment
On Wednesday, January 7th
Edison State College will start
a new semester of classes. So
much is new this year including
many new faces.
Enrollment is up 14-percent
over Spring 2008. This marks an-
other record breaking Spring se-
mester enrollment of 12,711 stu-
dents enrolled at our Campuses
in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry/
Glades and on-line.
Enrollment as of January 5th
In addition to the new stu-
dents, Edison will host it's first
ever Welcome Week. Beginning
Wednesday through Tuesday Jan-
uary 13th everyone on campus
will enjoy a variety of fun activi-
ties ranging from live music to ice
Also new this semester, Edi-
son State will begin offering new
I am looking for a puppy that
can grow-up with my children.
I am looking for a breed or mix-
breed that will be patient, loving
and protective. Is there any certain
breed I should be looking for?
I have found over the years,
that there are different personali-
ties in each breed. The questions
you should be answering before
you begin your search are:
*How active is my family?
Come out for men's
From now through March 31,
men's slow pitch will be in swing.
Come to Davis-Pratt Park for fun
and exercise no commitment.
Bring your ball, glove and bat for
fun at 10 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. once
or twice a week. For more infor-
mation, contact Ron Highfield,
Grandma's Grove, Lot 68; phone
Flag football game
The weekend of February 28
has been set aside for the an-
nual Heather Marie Fry Old Tim-
ers Flag Football Game. We need
teams to participate, players to
play and businesses and people
to help sponsor this event. If
you are interested in doing any
of these things, please call Tony
(673-5739) or Debbie (673-0894).
All proceeds to benefit LaBelle's
2009 Relay for Life.
board to meet
The annual meeting of the
Board of Directors of LaBelle
Longhorn Booster Club, Inc., a
Florida non-profit corporation,
will be held at Davis Pratt Field, in
the boys locker room, on Jan. 15,
at 7 p.m., to consider and vote on
the election of thirteen directors
and the transaction of such other
business as may properly come
before the meeting. The Board
of Directors has fixed the close of
business on October 31, 2008, as
the record date for the determina-
tion of those active paid booster
members entitled to vote at the
meeting. If you do not plan to at-
tend, please complete, sign, date,
and return a proxy with a desig-
nee clearly indicated so that your
vote will be counted at the meet-
ing. You may obtain a proxy by
calling the Corporate Secretary at
Kayak clinics offered
at Manatee Park
Saturdays, January 3, and Jan-
uary 31, 2009 from 8:30-10:30
Suzanne M. Bonnell
*What size dog do we want/
*Do I want the added costs of
Wednesdays, January 7, Jan.
14, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, 2009
from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Learn the basics of Kayaking
and paddle the Orange River
with an instructor! This class
will introduce you to basic kay-
Then you will have the op-
portunity to use your new skills
on a guided trip on the Orange
River. Launch from Manatee
Park kayak launch. Please bring
water bottle, sun-screen and
shoes that may get wet.
Children must be accompa-
nied by an adult. $25.oo fee.
Register by calling 533-7440 or
Manatee Park is open daily
from 8:00am sundown. The
Visitor Center and Gift Shop are
now open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
daily. Parking is $1.00/hr per ve-
hicle, maximum $5. No Pets.
Manatee Park is located at
10901 Palm Beach Blvd. 1.3
miles east of 175 on SR. 80 di-
rectly across the street from the
FPL power plant. For more in-
formation go to www.leeparks.
Bachelor Degree Programs in Su-
pervision and Management and
Elementary Education on the Lee
The first class of future fire-
fighters starts classes this week in
the newly opened Fire Academy
partnership between Edison State
and North Naples Fire and Res-
In anticipation of the larger
class Edison State has added more
classes this semester. Classes are
still available. Registration runs
regular professional grooming?
*Will the dog be an inside or
After you can answer these
questions, you can begin your
research for the breeds that suit
your wants and needs. Then, af-
ter finding a few breeds that may
be suitable, you will begin you
search for the personality that will
best suit your family.
We have many pure-bred dogs
and many mixed-breed dogs that
come through our shelter and we
have found that it is not specifi-
cally the breed that makes them
a good choice but the individual
through Tuesday, January 13th.
For more information visit www.
Edison State College is serves
students in 5 counties including
campuses in Lee, Collier, Char-
lotte counties and a center serv-
ing Hendry/Glades and many
classes are available on-line. For
more information, please contact
Catherine Bergerson at 239-489-
personality that makes them the
For further help on this sub-
ject you can visit the internet site
Petfinder.com. There you will find
a library link that has great infor-
mation on breed choices, training
and much more. Our website is
hosted by Petfinder.com and we
enjoy many benefits from our
relationship with this wonderful
Wishing you all the luck in the
world in your search for a new
furry family member,
Suzanne M Bonnell
Win handmade blanket
Raffle tickets for the breast cancer blanket are available at
Florida Community Bank. The cost of the tickets is one for $2
or three for $5. The drawing will take place at the 2009 Bo-
som Buddies Walkathon on January 31. Entry forms for the
walkathon are also available at Florida Community Bank. All
proceeds will benefit Lucy's Angels for Breast Cancer Care,
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Starting the New Year right
Integrity Martial Arts & Fitness Center is kicking off the New
Year with special events and promotions in Tae Kwon Do and
kickboxing enrollment for Caloosa Belle readers. Just tell
them you saw this announcement. You can call them at 863-
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Dr. Jeff Zimmerman is installed as the new President Elect
of Kiwanis by Past Lt. Governor Joan Miller while new
President Nell Broom looks on, giving her stamp of ap-