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The Clewiston news
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Title: The Clewiston news
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Louis A. Morgan
Place of Publication: Clewiston Fla
Creation Date: September 28, 2006
Publication Date: 1928-
Frequency: weekly
Subjects / Keywords: Newspapers -- Clewiston (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Hendry County (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Hendry -- Clewiston
Coordinates: 26.753399 x -80.9336 ( Place of Publication )
Additional Physical Form: Also available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Dates or Sequential Designation: Vol. 2, no. 6 (Feb. 3, 1928)-
General Note: Tom Smith, editor.
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National Herb Day
program planned
Glades and Hendry Coun-
ties will be sponsoring a pro-
gram in honor of National
Herb Day on Oct. 14. The
program will be held at the
Hendry County Extension
Office and will begin at 10:30
a.m. Topics will include
growing, using, and enjoying
herbs in South Florida. After
the program the guests are
invited to visit an herb gar-
den. Bring a lunch and bever-
age, herbal pumpkin soup
and dessert will be provided.
For more information please
call the extension office at
(863) 946-0244 or email any
questions to
Free blood pressure
screening available
Palm Terrace of Clewiston
and Pharmacy Solutions
Home Care %ii provide free
blood pressure screening,
health information and door
prize drawings every Friday
at U-Save, 328 E. Sugarland
Hwy., Clewiston, all through
the month of October, start-
ing Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. until
Hunter safety
course planned
Florida Wildlife Commis-
sion 12-hour Hunter Safety
Education Course will be held
on Sept. 29, 30, and Oct. 1, at
the Dallas B. Townsend Ag
Center. For more information,
contact (863) 674-4092 or
(863)-983-1598. To register, visit
Soil and Water
District Board meets
Hendry Soil and Water
Conservation District Board
meeting to be held
The Hendry Soil and Water
Conservation District will
hold its' regularly scheduled
board meeting on Thursday,
Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. in the main
conference room of the Dallas
B. Townsend Agricultural
Building. Meetings are open
to the public.

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Clinic goes for world record

By Ideybis Gonzalez
Clewiston News
Wednesday morning, Sept. 20,
the staff at the Clewiston Animal
Clinic did something that not
many animal professionals ever
attempt: to set a world record.
The goal: spay 25 cats in two
hours and, no, a category for
spaying cats did not exist in the
Guiness Book of World
Records, but it may soon

The strange mission actually
has a positive message behind
it. Bringing awareness to cat
overpopulation, no matter how,
is critical, staff at the animal
clinic said.
Having cats spayed "will
reduce the amount of cats being
put to sleep," said Kathleen
McElroy, with Clewiston Animal
Control. According to her, the
clinic has to put down an aver-
age of 15 cats every week a

number that can easily be
decreased, she said.
And so, the morning started.
Veterinarian Matthew J. Toia
took center stage, flanked by his
team of helpers for the record-
setting attempt, Connie Beckett,
Jillian Pullen, Jessica Alvarez
and Michele Pilon.
The team had 25 cats, some
of which were provided by Lake
Park's Adopt-A-Cat program,
Caloosa Humane Society, Pets
in Distress and Clewiston Ani-

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mal Control.
One by one, the cats were
spayed, with the most careful
effort put forth to ensure that
everything went smoothly and
the cats were cared for properly.
Clewiston Mayor Mali Cham-
ness served as an official wit-
ness for the record attempt. She
decided early on that she would
play a role in the effort, herself a
champion of spaying.
"I truly believe it is very
important to have cats and dogs

spayed," Mayor Chamness said
while looking on as the staff
performed its procedure on the
The process was simple.
Each cat was placed under
anesthesia and was prepared
for the surgery. The actual sur-
gery took about four minutes
for each cat. Before all was said
and done, the group finished
the work at an hour and 54 min-
See Record Page 12

What's behind

a street's


Why do Clewiston
streets have
Spanish names?

By Nicole Cuny
Clewiston News
del Agua, and Obispo: These
are names of streets in Clewis-
ton. Have you ever wondered
why so many of the city's
streets have Spanish names?
When Clewiston was just a
small fishing'and'farmin g tot n
known as Sand Point, J. J. and
Marion O'Brien, along with
Alonzo Clewis, decided to turn
Sand Point into a booming
They sought out the help of

Submitted photo/HCSO
Sheriff Ronnie Lee accepted an award from his peers for outstanding service to the

Lee is named Sheriff of the Year

By Ideybis Gonzalez
Clewiston News
day Sept. 16, Hendry County
Sheriff Ronnie Lee was pre-
sented with the "Sheriff of the
Year" award at the Annual
Police Chiefs and Sheriff
Awards Luncheon at the
Verandah Country Club in Ft.
Honored by his peers for
excellence on the job, the
sheriff graciously accepted the
The luncheon was spon-
sored by the Southwest Flori-
da Crime Prevention and Com-
munity Policing Association,
Region 9, which covers Lee,

Collier, Hendry, Charlotte,
Glades and Desoto counties.
Sheriff Lee was recognized
for his outstanding achieve-
ments in crime prevention, his
work in taking drug dealers off
the streets and putting drug
"grow houses" out of business
throughout the county. He was
also recognized for his
humanitarian efforts assisting
citizens of Hendry County dur-
ing disasters like Hurricane
In addition, Sheriff Lee was
also recognized as a leader in
promoting special programs
for school-aged children and
senior citizens in both Hendry
County and Southwest Florida.

"An honor bestowed by
your peers is always extra spe-
cial and meaningful," said
Sheriff Lee as he accepted the
Sheriff Lee gave special
credit and recognition to the
members of the Hendry Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office. He also
thanked his wife, Cathy, sons,
Ron, Jr., and Ryan, and all the
families of all law enforce-
ment personnel for the sacri-
fices they make everyday.
"It was an honor to receive
the award," said Sheriff Lee.
"I enjoy working for the
public and being sheriff. My
whole life centers on law
See Sheriff Page 12

nationally prominent land
planner John Nolen in 1923.
Mr. Nolen (1869-1937), born
in Philadelphia, was the only
son of John Christopher and
Matilda Nolen. He was a town
and city planner and landscape
architect. He studied at Girard
College, a school for fatherless
boys, the University of Pennsyl-
vania, the University of Munich,
and the School of Landscape
Architecture at Harvard Univer-
sity. At Harvard, he studied
under Frederick Law Olmsted,
Jr. of the pioneer landscaping
firm of the Olmsted Brothers.
John Nolen was originally
hired by Mr. O'Brien and Mr.
Clewis for $10,000. Mr. Nolen
drafted a general plan for
See Names Page 12

Alicia Keen and

Company now

serving citizens

By Ideybis Gonzalez
Clewiston News
and Company Flowers and
Special Events has opened its
doors in Clewiston, taking over
for the New Creation Flower
Shop, which recently dosed its
Alicia Keen, owner of the
flower shop, has 15 years of
experience under her belt. By
her own account, she grew up
in a flower shop, following in
her mother's footsteps from
an early age.
Ms. Keen had success serv-
ing the Belle Glade area as a
full-service florist. Of the

prospect of working full-time
in Clewiston now, she said, "I
am very excited and ready to
When the opportunity to
expand her business to
Clewiston arose, Alicia decid-
ed to make the move. Now
she calls the city home after
settling down and getting mar-
Her store, located at 208 E.
Sugarland Hwy., specializes in
everything floral and Ms. Keen
hopes to continue offering
excellent service to the com-
See Keen -Page 12

Volunteer as a HRMC

auxiliary member
By Glenda Wilson ing copies.
Hendry Regional Medical Center The Auxiliary uses proceeds,
r, I,.x0',XTOCN Ir ,, -t from the gift shop to make pur-
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a break from the hum-drum of
your daily routine by getting
out of the house for at least
four hours a week and giving
some time to your community.
Hendry Regional Medical Cen-
ter (HRMC) is looking for men
and women who would like to
volunteer their services to the
HRMC Auxiliary.
Although they are located
most often in the gift shop, the
Auxiliary provides assistance
in other departments as well.
They may be seen folding tow-
els, offering directions, or mak-

chases for the hospital. In prior
years, purchases have includ-
ed surgical blood pressure
monitors, bed-chairs for family
members, and laboratory
If you visit the hospital
lobby, you can admire their
most recent purchases the
beautiful new furniture, lamps
and other amenities.
Please stop by the hospital
gift shop for an application or
call Pat Mason, the HRMC aux-
iliary president, at 983-2080 for
more information.

Submitted photo/HRMC
The ladies in the photo are: Jeannette Nicholson, left, and Nancy Powers. They are fea-
tured in the hospital gift shop.

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Pet Corner

CREW making strides towards recovery

Question: Dear Doc Savvy.
Hello my name is Sam. I have a
three year old neutered Rat Terrier
1 just rescued from a shelter. I
think my new
dog my have
some prob-
lems adjusting
to our home.
From what I
understand he
has been
moved to three
homes before
coming to us. Doc
He is very pro- Savvy
tective and ter-
ritorial with the family. He has
been showing a lot of aggression
towards any new people he
meets. We have had to kennel
him whenever we have guests.
Do you think this will change in
time? Is there any thing you can
suggest to help?
Answer: Hello Sam. You may
have a tough situation on your
hands, but I do not think it will be
impossible to change things up a

bit. I do think that in general, time
will be a big factor in adjustment
for your new pet, however there
are a few things I think you can do
to help.
What your dog needs is slow
consistent socializing with peo-
ple. Aggression can be associated
with fear and insecurity. Since
your home is this dog's fourth
home, security is definitely some-
thing this dog really needs. You
and your family will have to be
very reassuring to this pet on a
very consistent basis. This dog
needs a lot of time and commit-
ment. Take him out walking often,
and comfort him when around
others so that he will start to feel
more at ease. It may be that you
may never completely change this
dog's character, but I do think you
can make a difference.
Hope that helps,
Doc Savvy.
E-mail your pet questions to
DocSavvy@aol.com and check
out your answers weekly in The
Pet Corner.

Sorority chapter enjoys

'Last Summer Splash'

By Trish Adams
Executive Director CREW, Inc.
CREW staff and volunteers are
busy and things are happening
quickly. As you read about all the
activities going on, let me tell you
about a couple of needs we have. I
pray that you may be able to help
us discover a way to meet those
needs. We are growing fast and
this comes with added expense.
1. The city has donated an old
truck for us. However, we must
now pay for tag and title as well as
2. Our first rebuild has about
$3,000 left in costs, not to mention
the need for flooring as well.
3. We have found the way to
pay for one and a half roofs thanks
to the Rotary Club (we are expect-
ing their check any day) but still
need to find funding for the other
half of the roof.
We provided the community
with information about CREW in
Moore Haven at the County's Hur-
ricane Information Day a couple
weekends ago, and in Clewiston at
their weekend event marking the
anniversary of the devastating
storm in the 1929.
We had a volunteer group in
this past weekend from Palm Har-

bor, here for their fourth time.
They are already planning their
return in October. There are lots
of things happening with poten-
tial volunteers!
Our Cape Coral group, which
has also been here several times, is
coming back in late October as
well. Both these groups are
Methodists and we appreciate
UMCOR for promoting us and
telling people about the wonderful
volunteer experience they have to
look forward to here!
We are also expecting a group
from Mannassas, Md., from Nov.
12, to Nov. 17.
This group will have six volun-
teers who will need lodging at one
of the churches, the others in the
group are bringing RV's and some
others want to stay in a Hotel (at
their own expense).
A group from Plantation is look-
ing at a trip soon and talked to
Renee today!
A Presbyterian group in Pom-
pano Beach may come for 2-3
days. They are looking at Nov. 18.
Pastor Angel from the Community
Presbyterian Church (and our
CREW President) brought by one
of the Elders from his church to dis-
cuss a project they may be willing

to help with!
Trish is going to the Presbytery
Meeting on the East Coast with Pas-
tor Angel on Sept. 26, to set up an
information presentation that Pas-
tor Angel was instrumental in get-
ting created. The Presbyterians
continue to be very supportive of
CREW as well! They recently
donated a brand new computer to
replace the one that crashed with
all we need to run our DRD data
base as well to download videos
from our camera! In addition, they
just adopted our monthly cost of
cell phones, in addition to the $500
they gave to us to get started with
the phones!
The NFL is helping support
many of our volunteer groups and
has committed thousands of dol-
lars already, with more pending.
Trish is meeting this week with the
Empowerment Alliance to see
how we can work together for the
betterment of our community and
to get more clients needs met.
CREW, United Way and Volun-
teer Florida Foundation are in
negotiations this week about how
to help our residents with Hurri-
cane Mitigation.
Although most of have read it, I
have attached our newsletter, if you

have submissions for our next
newsletter, please contact the
CREW office. The newsletter is a
quarterly publication.
CREW T-shirts and golf shirts
are now available. Please call our
office if you would like one!
Thanks to David and his commit-
tee for all the hard work in getting
the logo done and the t-shirts creat-
Please visit our web site, note
there are updated pictures and
You can join our mailing list
there! Also please, visit our blog site
to see the great work our volun-
teers do, and feel free to leave us
comments, we love getting feed-
back. In fact, we have just created
surveys to give our volunteers and
donors that they can do anony-
mously on line to help us find ways
we need to improve. Links to the
web and blog site are below.
Long Term Recovery in Hendry
and Glades Counties for United
Way (863) 983-2390.

By Becky White
The Nu Kappa chapter of
Beta Sigma Phi enjoyed their
annual 'Beginning Day' hosted
by Becky White. The theme of
the get-together was "Our Last
Summer Splash".
'Secret Sisters' were revealed
as gifts were exchanged. Offi-
cers and chairpersons were
selected for the upcoming year.
Possible service projects and
socials were discussed. The

members in attendance were
Liz Harrington, Marsha Smith,
Julie Zambory, Nora Ornelas
and Betty Hodges.
A summer-time picnic fare of
chicken salad sandwiches,
chips, vegetables and M&M
cookies was served to the mem-
bers. A question and answer
game was played complete with
a loaded and aimed water pistol
awaiting an incorrect answer.
Everyone had fun and is ready
for the upcoming sorority year.


Jerry D. Smith
Jerry D. Smith, 64, of Belle
Glade, passed Monday, Aug. 14,
2006, with his family at his side at
Palm Beach Gardens Medical
Jerry was born Feb. 17, 1942,
in Dallas, Texas. He was retired
from the electrical business
where he served the Glades area
for 42 years.
Jerry was a proud member of
ithe American-Legion Post 20
'where he had many friends. He
served,in the United'States Army.,,
SJerry is survived by his'beloved
wife of 40 years Dawn Smith; his
daughter, Brandi (Fernando) Lez-
cano; his son, Brad Smith; his
grandchildren, Saia and Jess Lez-
cano; his sisters, Jolene Cunning-
ham and Donna Due Maddox;
and brother, Steve Baker.
Jerry had a great sense of
humor and will be missed by all
those who had the privilege to
know him.
Funeral services were held Fri-
day, Aug. 18, at Glades Funeral
Chapel in Belle Glade with Pastor
Alvin E. Nichols officiating.
Interment followed at Forever-
glades Cemetery in Belle Glade

with full military honors.

Clarice Marjorie
Lee Hardy
Clarice Marjorie Lee Hardy,
age 76, of Lake City, passed
away Sept. 22, 2006, in
She was born Feb. 28, 1930,
in South Bay to the Lake
Clarence M. and the late Hilda
Ann (Wilder) Lee. She was a
'homemaker. i
Survivors includes her hus-
band, Harold Hardy; daughter,
Susan'Hardy Lehn of Langley,
B.C. Canada; her sons, Clyde
Hardy, Lake City, Wayne Hardy,
Panama City; her sisters, Betty
J. Lee, Clewiston, Wanda Lee,
Clewiston; brothers, Ray Lee,
Clewiston, Robert G. Lee, New
Smyrna Beach; three grand-
children, and two great-grand-
Funeral services will be held
Thursday, Sept. 28, at 10 a.m. at
Akin-Davis Funeral Home, 438
E. Sugarland Hwy, Clewiston,
with Reverend John Hicks offici-
ating. Interment will follow in
Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Glades Health Care Center honors oldest resident

PAHOKEE September 30 is
a notable date at Glades Health
Care Center. It marks Sallie
Rushin's 101st birthday.
Mrs. Rushin was born on Sept.
30, 1905 as Sallie Floyd Maxey in
Rayle, Ga. She was one of nine
children having moved to the
Glades area with her family in
Mrs. Rushin is a devout Christ-
ian who loves to discuss the Bible.
She will be joined by family
and friends on Saturday, Sept. 30,
at 2:30 p.m. in the activities room
at the center to celebrate her
accomplishments and joys of
being 101 years old.
Sallie Floyd Maxey Rushin has
spent her life working, helping
others and living a life that we all
should exemplify. Happy 101st
Birthday Mrs. Rushin!
To put into perspective the
time passed since Mrs. Rushin's

birth, here are some statistics for
the year 1905.
There were only 8,000 cars
in the U.S., and only 144 miles of
paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in
most cities was 10 mph.
The average wage in the U.S.
was 22 cents per hour.
The average worker of the
day made between $200 and $400
Sugar cost four cents per
Eggs were 14 cents per
Coffee was 15 cents per
The American flag had only
45 stars on it.
(Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii, New
Mexico and Oklahoma had not
yet become states.)

Submitted to INI
101 year old Sallie Rushin (right) is all 'gussied up' in celebra-
tion of her upcoming 101st birthday. She enjoys her landmark
day with Maxcine Brocato, CEO of Glades Health Care Center.

Why is that we feel we have tpo
hold on to everything. This stuff is
suffocating our creativity and
holding us back from what we are
really supposed to be doing. It is
so hard to clean house when you
have clutter everywhere!
Anything can become clutter
when you don't use it, don't love it
and you don't have a place for it.
We collect things because we think
we may need them one day. All this
does clog up our homes and our
lives. That clutter becomes a stum-
bling block to our daily routines. It
gets in the way of living. We
become the caretaker of stuff
instead of living our lives. We have
a choice; our houses can become
a museum, a landfill or a home!

Three times a year we do a
Super Fling Boogie. This is when
we focus on getting rid of our clut-
ter. You can fling any time you
want to. You don't have to wait for
our Super Fling Boogies. You can
do a 27 Fling Boogie each day to
gradually eliminate your clutter.
This is a fun way of releasing your
Grab a grocery bag and run
through your home and gather up
27 pieces of trash to throw away.
Then put the bag in the trash can
and don't look in it. Next grab a
bag or box and run through your
home searching for things to give
away. The key word here. is run.
Do not think hard about this.
When you think too long on clut-

ter it will convince you that it has
to sta*! After you have collected 27
items to give to a thrift store then
go put the bag into your car to
donate next time you are out.
You have messed in your clut-
ter for years. It has dominated
your every waking moment. You
have tried to sort it, box it up, put it
in plastic tubs, cram it into closets,
fill up the garage and you have
even rented rooms for your clut-
ter! It has stolen your money,
robbed you of your time and put
your life in chaos! Why? All
because you thought you might
need it one day!
Then when you do need it;
could you actually find it in all your
pretty silk boxes, plastic tubs and

filled to overflowing closets? We
have alLbeen at this..point irn our
lives; looking for one item that we
have put in a safe place. This is
when all those boxes, tubs and
closets throw up all over your
cutesy organized clutter. We
spend our lives looking for things
in the mass of clutter.
Aren't you tired of these end-
less searches? If you learn nothing
else from me, I hope that these
words will stick with you. You
can't organize clutter; you can
only get rid of it. Spend a few min-
utes each day flinging your clutter.
Join us three times a year for a
Super Fling Boogie. Let go of your
clutter and make room for more
time foryou!

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'Festival Latino' a smashing success

PAHOKEE On Saturday,
Sept. 16, the First Festival Latino
was held at the Pahokee Recre-
ation Field. The days activities fea-
tured a men's soccer tournament,
a.health fair, live entertainment, a
DJ, children's activities and
venders specializing in Mexican
food. Mariachi Pancho Villa and
Islay Javier Rodriquez a classical
guitarist also performed.
According to Maria Gonzales
of the Rural Christian Migrant
Association, "The event was a
huge success from the soccer
game, to the health fair, to the
entertainment and children's
activities, it was very well
planned. I have been receiving
calls from all over the area; every-
one had so much fun they want to
have more of these events. And
people from other areas have
been calling to learn how to put
on the same type of event in their
area. It really put Pahokee on the
map as a cultural center for the
Mexican community here in the
Glades. We are grateful to Mr.
Reed and the others who helped
plan and sponsor the event. We
want to be more involved in plan-
ning the Second Annual Festival
Latino because it really brought
the Mexican community togeth-
Terri Calsetta Director of Com-
munity and Patient Relations for
Glades General Hospital com-
mented, "For a first year event we
think it was pretty successful we
had a good crowd all day and
over 300 people attended the
Health Fair."
The soccer tournament pitted
four teams, two from Belle Glade
and one each from Pahokee and
Clewiston. The championship
was contested by Clewiston and
Belle Glade and played in a driv-
ing rain with lightening circling
the field. But quit? No way!
Clewiston won the title game on
penalty kicks when Belle Glade
failed on their final attempt.
According to Maria Gonzalez,
"The soccer tournament was
such a success that plans are
underway to form a league."
Early in the afternoon Festival
sponsor's provided a free meal to
everyone in attendance and six-
teen bicycles were given away
during the day. According to event
coordinator Terry Reed of the
Pahokee Beacon Center, "The
best partwas that families could
come and spend the day, get free
health screenings and informa-
tion, free entertainment, a free
meal and the opportunity to win a
free bicycle. Watching some of
the little kids get so excited to win


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Winners of the Festival Latino Soccer Invitational from Clewiston hold their trophy high in
celebration of their victory over Belle Glade by way of penalty kicks.

a bicycle actually brought a tear to
my eye."
However Mr. Reed quickly
credited others on the planning
"Planning this event was like
trying to hit a moving target.
Believe me, I had many sleepless
nights! I was lucky to have Terri
Calsetta helping, without her help
the outcome would not have
been as successful. There were
others that helped make this
event possible, Elizabeth Cayson
from the Health Care District,
Father John Mericantante, Maria
Gonzalez of RCMA and many,
many others. These are some of
the movers and shakers behind
the scenes that make things hap-
pen out here in the Glades," stat-
ed Mr. Reed.
Sponsors of the event includ-
ed, The Community Partnership
Group's Pahokee Beacon Center,
St. Mary Catholic Church of Paho-
kee and Glades General Hospital,
the Health Care District of Palm
Beach County. Children's Services
Council's Family and Community
Partnership, Everglades Area
Health Education Center, Fidelity
Federal Bank and Trust, Lake
Okeechobee Rural Health Net-
work, The Palm Beach County
Sheriff's Department, Community
Policing Unit, Palm Beach County
Library System, the City of Paho-
kee Community Relations Board
and the Pahokee Fire Depart-
With one festival under their
belt sponsors will begin prepara-
tions soon for next year's event.

1-estival Latino performer, Islay Javier Hoariguez entertained
more than 300 festival goers with classical Latin guitar

When asked what changes might
be planned Mr. Reed was quick to
reply, "I think waiting for the end
of the rainy season, more local
performers and getting more
community input are three issues
that immediately stand out, but
we will get everyone together and
have a meeting to discuss what
worked well and what might

need to be changed or
For further information please
contact the Pahokee Beacon Cen-
ter '(561) 924-6544, (561) 924-
3008. For information concerning
the Health Fair please contact Ms.
Terri Calsetta, Glades General
Hospital, (561) 996-6571.


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A commitment to Everglades

In a 200-page report released on
Sept. 26, the National Academy of
Sciences documented their in-
depth review of Everglades restora-
tion and acknowledged the state's
role in restoration achievements.
The report recognized numer-
ous state contributions to Ever-
glades restoration progress, includ-
State funding of $1.8 billion
for accelerated projects, known as
Sound science to support
restoration projects, including an
"impressive array of hydrologic
models" and well-executed adap-
tive management strategies
Early land acquisitions (more
than $1 billion), notably the ability
to acquire essential sites before
rapidly rising land prices made
restoration projects cost-prohibi-
A successful phosphorus con-
trol program, comprised of
Stormwater Treatment Areas
(STAs) and agricultural and urban
Best Management Practices
(BMPs), which together have pre-
vented almost 2,500 metric tons of
phosphorus from entering the

Kissimmee River Restoration,
located at the headwaters of the
Everglades watershed, noted for
already showing significant bene-
fits of its return to the natural sys-
"Restoring the Everglades is a
top priority for the state of Florida.
Protecting our environment is vital
to maintaining a healthy quality of
life and a robust economy," said
Governor Jeb Bush. "Florida is
steadfastly committed to securing
the future of this national treasure."
As mandated by the 2000 Water
Resources Development Act the
federal legislation that authorized
the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Project (CERP)-the
National Academy of Sciences
must prepare a bi-annual assess-
ment of CERP's progress. Twelve
panelists, from various academic
institutions, collected data, viewed
presentations, held meetings, took
field trips and interviewed numer-
ous individuals from more than a
dozen agencies and organizations
to assess the restoration progress
and its status.
"Florida remains steadfast in
our commitment to the Everglades
- honoring our promises and pro-

tecting one of the nation's greatest
natural wonders," said Carol
Wehle, Executive Director of the
South Florida Water Management
District. "Our science, our dedicat-
ed staff, our projects and our
progress are remarkable and will
continue to be so."
The report also identified the
well-known challenges of Ever-
glades restoration, namely South
Florida's rapid population growth,
encroachment of development on
natural areas, rising land costs and
financing concerns. Although it
noted delays in completion of
some. CERP components, the
report acknowledged that project
review processes, resolution of
stakeholder issues and budgetary
and staffing constraints con-
tributed to this concern.
"Florida is dedicated to restor-
ing the famed River of Grass, break-
ing ground on five projects just this
year," said Colleen M. Castille, Sec-
retary of the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection. "I com-
mend all of the staff at our state
agencies for their dedication and
perseverance to continue this
monumental effort."

FPL to gather opinions at open house

JUNO BEACH Florida Power
& Light Company announced on
Sept. 25, its' plan to host a series of
open house events in several loca-
tions in an effort to share informa-
tion and collect community com-
ments about its proposal to build a
state-of-the-art, advanced technol-
ogy coal power generating plant in
Glades County with associated
transmission facilities to be located
in Hendry County. These events are
an opportunity for the company to
personally share its plans for the
FPL Glades Power, Park project
with interested community mem-
bers as well as hear about their
interests and priorities.
FPL has scheduled a series of
open houses for community mem-
bers to speak one-on-one with
project team members, share
ideas, learn about the project, and
view maps of the proposed site as
well as potential transmission line
routes. Community members are
invited to attend at their conven-
ience, as no formal presentation is
planned for any of the meetings. To
ensure a convenient date, time and
location -for members of the com-

munity to attend one of the identi-
cal open house activities, FPL will
host them as follows:
Monday, Oct. 2, between 4-8
p.m. in the Doyle Conner Building
located at 900 South U.S. Hwy. 27
in Moore Haven.
Tuesday, Oct. 3, between 4-8
p.m. at the John Boy Auditorium
located at 1300 S.W. Owens
Avenue in Clewiston.
Thursday, Oct. 5th, between 4-8
p.m. at the LaBelle Civic Center
located at 481 Hwy. 80 West in
"At FPL we consider meeting
and communicating with our com-
munities in Glades and Hendry
counties an essential part of this
process," said Grover Whidden,
external affairs manager, for FPL.
"We promise to share information
and maintain an open dialogue
throughout the process."
The company is making the
investment in new power genera-
tion to meet the growing demand
for electricity and to maintain safe
and reliable service for the future.
The 1,960-megawatt plant
(two 980-megawatt generating
units) is planned to be built within

a 5,000 acre site approximately
five miles northwest of Moore
Haven. The first advanced tech-
nology generating unit is planned
to be in operation in 2012, and the
second in 2013.
The two units combined will
serve more than 650,000 homes
throughout FPL's service territory.
FPL's selection of an advanced
technology coal plant is to address
a need, also recognized by the
Florida Public Service Commis-
sion, for greater fuel diversity to
ensure a reliable supply of electrici-
ty for the future while utilizing
lower cost fuels.
The power plant will be accom-
panied by a new electric substation
in Hendry County and transmission
lines to connect to the state's ener-
gy grid.
Interested members of the com-
munity unable to attend the open
house events can still stay informed
by visiting www.FPL.com/glade-
spower, calling 1-888-256-2206 or
sending an email to Grover_Whid-
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Museum has grand opening
Two ladies from the community listen as Curator Jeff Barwick explains the history of
Harlem during the grand opening of the Clewiston Museum last week.

Submitted photo/High Tech Central
Recent Nursing graduate, Brenda Books with Sheila Sarver,
Health Science Education Department Chairperson at a cer-
emony which honored Ms. Books and two other graduates
for their achievements.

Practical nursing

student honored

Brooks, a Clewiston resident and a
June 2006 Practical Nursing gradu-
ate from High Tech Central, was
one of three honored guests to
receive an achievement award at
the Southwest Florida Workforce
Development Board's 2006 awards
ceremony held Ffiday, Sept. 15; at
the Sanibel Harbour Resort. This
award was given in "Recognition

of Personal Accomplishments Far
Exceeding Expectations."
As a student in this very difficult,
full-time program, Brenda left her
home in Clewiston every day at 5
a.m. to drive the distance to the Fort
Myers campus and the various cin-
ical sites throughout Lee County.
Birenda was also recognized at the
June graduation 'as the "Most
Improved Student."

Doing the honor
Mayor Mali Chamness and Miller Couse, president of First Bank of Clewiston, cut the rib-
bon during the grand opening of the Clewiston Museum on Thursday, Sept. 21.

National Fire Prevention
Chamber Buzz

week to include contest

CLEWISTON In honor of
National Fire Prevention week,
Oct. 8, thru 14, the Clewiston Fire
Department and Explorer Post 120
will beholding a coloring and
poster contest thru all Clewiston
schools. Prizes %%ill be awarded
for two age groups, ages 5 \ears
thru 8 years will do a coloring
page and ages 9 years thru 12
.years wil. do an essay and poster
contest. The theme will be 'Get
out and stay out!' to show the
importance of having and practic-
ing a Fire escape plan.
Fire fighter Adrian Damms and
Explorer advisor Renee Varnum
along with members of Explorer,

Post 120 will visit the schools to
demonstrate Fire
Safety tips during this week.
To celebrate the dosing of Fire
Week, the Clewiston Fire Depart-
ment would like to invite the public
to attend an open house of Satur-
day, Oct. 14, from noon until 3 p.m.
Tours of the fire station, demon-
strations of fire equipment, food,
prizes and a raffle will be given
away. Also explorer post 120 will
be holding a community rummage
sale. All proceeds will go towards
the purchase of protective gear.
Come meet your local firemen
and join in the fun.

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Greetings! I have a lot to talk
about so let's get right to it! I
want to start this week with an
apology to one of our chamber
members. In our preparations
for the chamber dinner last
week, somehow we omitted a
past president from the list on
the program. Luan Walker from
Sugar Realty served as the
Chamber Board president in
2003. So to Luan and the mem-
bers of her board from that year
please accept my apology and I
promise at next year's dinner,
your name will be on the pro-
gram- or I they will have to find
another host because I will be
I hate when I host events and
then spend the next several days
remembering stuff that I intend-
ed to say but didn't. One of the
biggest omissions from the
chamber dinner was the busi-
ness of the year not only got a
plaque for display, but they don't
have to pay dues next year! I
wanted to make that announce-
ment in front of everyone and
see how many more entries we
got next year, but it slipped my
mind even though I had it writ-
ten down on my notes. Congrat-
ulations again to Roland Martins
Marina for winning the first

'Clewiston Chamber Business of
the Year' award and good luck to
everyone next year.
I don't know how many peo-
ple stayed home to listen to the
broadcast of the Clewiston Tiger
football game last Friday when
they played Glades Central.
Since the stands were packed
and I had to take a bus back to
the stadium from where I parked
my car, I'm guessing not many!
Actually, I know that the broad-
casts of the game both over the
air and on the internet are lis-
tened to by a great number of
Tiger fans here in town and
across the country. I was at the
game, and as I was sitting there
*and watched Clewiston pull off
that upset, I was thinking, "Man,
I bet Joe and John are going nuts
right now!" Joe Whitehead and
John Polhill are the voices of the
Clewiston Tigers on 99.5 WAFC.
They were calling the games
when I moved here and worked
beside them, and I say this as a
dedicated and die hard sports
fan- you will not find a better
team anyplace. The first thing I
did on Saturday morning was go
to WAFCFM.com because I
knew that the station would
have the game posted and I
could actually hear the call of
the overtime. Just as I suspected,
Joe and John went nuts! Joe is


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as smooth as any announcer I
have ever heard call a game on
TV or radio. You can feel his love
for the team. John is all about
passion and is not afraid to tell
you what he thinks, good or bad.
You can tell he is blue and gold
to the bone but will not let that
keep him from calling the team
out if they don't play the game
right. If you can not make it to
the stadium or on the road, I
promise you will feel like you are
sitting on the 50 yard line if you
find 99.5 on Friday nights.
If you want to hear high
school football broadcast at its
highest level, listen to Joe and
John. If you want to hear.them
go nuts last Friday- the website
has the overtime still (at least it
did as of my writing this col-
umn). That's all folks, see you
next week!

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FORT MYERS The South Flori-
da Water Management District
(SFWMD) is recruiting candidates
for training programs being con-
ducted in Hendry County to pre-
pare workers for jobs as heavy
equipment operators, according to
Alice J. Carlson, SFWMD governing
board member. The training and
workforce development is part of
the Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Project (CERP) Out-
reach Program to prepare resi-
dents to be hired by construction
contractors or subcontractors.
Trainees learn to operate bulldoz-
ers, dredges and other heavy
CERP is the Comprehensive
Everglades Restoration Project, a
decade-long, state and federal pro-
gram to restore and protect the
Everglades, and one of the projects
is in Hendry County. The $400 mil-
lion, C-43 reservoir is one of eight
projects that have been fast-
tracked as part of the state's Accel-
er8 initiative. The 25-square-mile,
water-storage area has been
designed to better manage the
amount and quality of water
released from Lake Okeechobee
into the Everglades and coastal
SFWMD is partnering with the
Education Center of Southwest
Florida, a vocational training center
that has been providing job skills
programs, classes and other edu-
cational opportunities in Hendry
County for three years. After com-
pleting the five-week program,
trainees are not required to work
for the SFWMD on the C-43 reser-
voir project, but the SFWMD will
be encouraging them to stay on by
offering bonuses and other incen-
"We have been able to sched-
ule the training in Hendry County
instead of asking trainees to go to
Jacksonville where classes are usu-
ally held," Ms. Carlson said. "That
means more people have access to
the opportunities. However, stu-
dents still have the choice of
attending either site. Incentives
such as scholarship money may be
available to qualified candidates,
so the training can be provided at
very low cost or possibly no cost to
the applicant."
When the reservoir is complete,
it will be one of the largest in the
world, according to Ms. Carlson.
"The sheer magnitude of the proj-
ect is adding a significant number
of jobs to the local economy,
which is especially important here.
Hurricanes during the last two sea-
sons delivered some harsh blows
to Hendry County and surrounding
areas. We are very pleased that the
SFWMD is able to bring both
employment opportunities and job
training to the area, which will
strengthen the workforce and con-
tribute to the economic health of
surrounding communities."
The next training class begins
Oct. 2, and will be held monthly
thereafter for the next year. For
more information about the jobs
training program, call Sonny Hugh-
es at (863) 675-6800, or Rhonda
Haag, SFWMD, at (239) 338-2929.
For information about the South
Florida Water Management Dis-
trict, visit www.sfwmd.gov.

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By Chris Fickey
Bucks Bass Tournament held in
Clewiston, on Lake Okeechobee
Sunday Sept. 24, was attended
by 103 teams fishing for the
$10,000 grand prize. This was an
extremely competitive tourna-
ment with 48 teams weighing in
fish. There were 22 cash prizes
and trophies awarded totaling
over $34,000. This tournament
had the largest participation of
anglers of any event since Janu-
ary on Lake Okeechobee.
The tournament was spon-
sored by the Hendry County

After two weeks of rain outs
and cancellations, the Tiger golf
team got its' season under way.
The Tigers are being led this year
by junior state finalist Brandon
Pena. Pena and his teammates
began the year with a pair of
tough losses at the Sun-N-Lake
Country Club in Sebring against
Lake Wales H.S. [186] and
Sebring H.S. [171], the Tigers shot
191 for the day. Pena was the
medalist by shooting a round of 2-
over par for the match.
The Fighting Tigers came back
on Sept. 5, against the Lake Placid
Sea Dragons with their first victory
on the year. Again, Pena was the
leading golfer with a nice round of
35 for the nine-hole match. The
Tigers defeated the Sea Dragons
by 19 shots with a score of 171 to
Lake Placid's 190. Josh Adams,
Justin Cotton, and Steven West-
berry all contributed to the Tiger's
winning effort.
The linksters played at the
Belle Glade Municipal Golf
Course on Sept. 12, against the

Tourist Development Council,
the Clewiston Chamber of Com-
merce, Roland and Maryann
Martin's Marina, Scott Martin's
Anglers Marina, Jolly Rogers
Marina, Gambler-Bang Lures,
Storm Boats, Clewiston KOA
Campground, Charlie's Worms
and Collier Business Systems.
The organizer for the event was
Shannon, Stephen & Cole Pro-
motions, Inc (S & S Promotions)
of Bradenton. S & S Promotions
has been hosting the BASS
BUSTERS Team Tournaments
every month in Clewiston for the
last 16 years with this being the
largest event so far.

Glades Day Gators and Morning-
side Academy of Port St. Lucie. In
a close battle, the Tigers came
away with two more wins to up
their season record to 3-2. Team
scores for the day were Clewis-
ton-178, Morningside-180 and
Glades Day-190. Top golfers for
the Tigers were Brandon Pena,
James Miracle, Justin Cotton, and
Josh Adams.
With the Tigers riding a win-
ning streak of three matches, they
played host to the Labelle Cow-
boys and Moore Haven Terriers.
The Clewiston Country Club
proved to be a nice home course
advantage to the Tiger Pride with
two more victories. The Tigers
beat up on their opponents by
scores of Clewiston-190, Labelle-
216, and Moore Haven-261. The
Tiger medalist for the match was
a much-improved Josh Adams
with a nice score of 39. Josh was
followed by teammates Justin
Cotton, Jared Bacallao, and Matt
The Tiger golfers appeared to

A special thanks goes out to
all the members of the Bass
Busters staff for all their help and
The first place team of Steve
Meszaros and JC Gibson of
Royal Palm and West Palm
Beach, respectively, had an over-
all winning weight with 5 fish of
22.47 lbs. This took the $10,000
prize and a new broom for mak-
ing a "Clean Sweep". Great job
The second place overall
team and the winner of the first
place Big Bass award was the
team of Steven Yeatts and Keith
Feron of West Palm Beach. They

be primed and ready to go for the
Crutchfield/Hawkins State Invita-
tional in Sebring on Sept. 18. The
Tigers finished a disappointing
10th last year in a "flight" of 12
teams and had high hopes of a
better outcome at this year's
event. The Tigers played among a
field of 36 teams from as far away
as Jacksonville and Pensacola.
There were also several state
qualifiers on an individual level as
well as team qualifiers. This year's
tournament was played at the
Sun-N-Lake country club of
Sebring on two different courses.
The Tigers played on Turtle Run
golf course with the rest of their
15 team "flight."
Brandon Pena out classed the
field by shooting the best score of
the day on the Turtle Run course
by a 2-shot victory over his near-
est competitor from Indian Rocks
High School. Brandon had a 1-
under par 71 on the day. James
Miracle played a fine round of 5-
over par at 77 in the tournament.
The rest of the Tiger golf team at

weighed in three fish totaling
19.96 pounds overall and the
biggest bass weighing in at 9.71
pounds. This awarded them
cash and prizes of over $6,000.
The third place team overall
and the Second Place Big Bass
winners was the team of Jimmy
McMillian of Belle Glade and
Carmen Patti of Davie. Their
over weight of 17.33 pounds
won them cash of $4,000 and
the second place big bass
weighing in at 8.64 pounds,
earned them another $500 cash.
Fourth place overall was the
team of Ken Fitton of Loxahatch-
ee and Stephen Lee of Palm

the event included Justin Cotton,
Josh Adams, and Steven Westber-
ry. The team played well enough
to finish sixth out of 15 teams and
only 13 shots out of the lead from
the first place team of Lakeland
Christian, a top team at last year's
FHSAA state tournament.
The Fighting Tigers are having
a good year at this point of the
season as they prepare for the dis-
trict tournament. "This is the
most competitive Tiger golf team
Clewiston has had in a long time,"
stated Coach Mike Kemp. "We
have a great chance of sending a
team to the regional tourna-
ment," he said.
The 2006 Tiger golf team con-
sists of the following players:
James Miracle, senior; Josh
Adams, senior; Justin Cotton, sen-
ior; Jared Bacallao, senior; Jade
Weiss, senior; Brandon Pena, jun-
ior; Steven Westberry, junior; Tim
Burke, sophomore; Matt Ashton,
sophomore; Kyle Jones, fresh-
man; and Jose Cardenas, fresh-

ATVs to continue

restricted operation

Submitted photo/Krista Pencarinha
All American
During Cheer Camp this summer, Clewiston Tiger cheer-
leader, Kylie Pencarinha earned the privilege to try out
for the NCA All American Cheerleader. Of close to 400
participants at the camp, approximately 20 cheerleaders
were named All American Cheerleaders, Kylie was one of

da law goes into effect Oct. 1,
allowing licensed drivers to oper-
ate an ATV in daylight hours on
unpaved county and state desig-
nated roadways where the posted
speed limit is less than 35 miles
per hour. Ho\vever, on most state
forests, unpaved forest roads are
not included as they are not con-
sidered public roads or streets as
defined by Florida Statutes.
"Division of Forestry (DOF)
currently has a rule that only
allows for the operation of off-
highway vehicles in areas desig-
nated specifically for the activity"
said Mike Long, Director of the
DOF "We understand that OHV
(off-highway vehicle) riding is a
growing outdoor recreation activ-
ity in Florida and there is a need
for places for people to legally
ride, but not every forest road is
suited for this activity. Like any
recreational trail activity it needs
to be carefully planned with ade-
quate safeguards to prote, Flori-
da's natural systems and riders."
The Florida DOF, which man-
ages over one million acres of
public lands within 33 state
forests, currently has two areas
designated for ATV and off-high-
way motorcycle riding. Croom
Motorcycle Area, located in With-
lacoochee State Forests near
Brooksville, is a designated 2,800
acre riding park that has been
open to the public for nearly 30
years. DOF recently opened

Hunting opportunities expand

Small game hunters eager to
test their skills this fall have sev-
eral new opportunities with the
opening of three South Florida
Water Management District
areas to recreational hunting.
The District Governing Board
recently approved the opening
of public small game hunting
areas in Allapattah Flats in Mar-
tin County, Rocky Glades in
Miami-Dade County and at the
C-23/24 Reservoir project site in
St. Lucie County.
Hunting for hogs, rabbits,
quail, squirrel, waterfowl and
migratory birds will be allowed
at these sites under Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission rules and Florida laws.
"We are committed to mak-
ing the wonderful natural
resources entrusted to the Dis-
trict available for public use -
from hiking and bird watching,
to hunting," said Fred Davis,
Division Director for Land Stew-
ardship at the District.
The District began opening
more lands for recreational use
in 2004, in response to increas-
ing public interest in outdoor
activities on such lands.
The largest site, Allapattah
Flats, is expected to become a
permanent wildlife manage-
ment area in 2007 ensuring that

hunting can continue on the
land for years to come. The
Rocky Glades and the C-23/24
Reservoir project sites are due to
be used for future District water
management projects so hunt-
ing might not become a perma-
nent feature, but the District
wanted to expand recreational
opportunities at the sites in the
Each of the new hunting sites
is likely to appeal to hunters for
different reasons, said Jen
Williams, Public Hunt Areas
Biologist, for the FWC's West
Palm Beach Regional Office.
At Allapattah Flats, an area
with almost 21,000 acres open
to hunting, the biggest attrac-
tions are likely to be hogs and a
special opportunity dove hunt-
ing field west of Fox Brown
"The dove field is in a higher,
drier location than it has been in
past years so it should attract
more doves," said Ms. Williams.
"It was specifically moved for
that reason."
Doves are also expected to
be the primary draw at the C-
23/24 Reservoir project site and
at Rocky Glades, but both areas
may be good for waterfowl
hunting too. There is an existing
40-acre pond and many canals

included within the boundary of
the reservoir project site that
may attract waterfowl. The west
side of Rocky Glades gets fairly
wet and teal have been seen
there. These two areas follow
the statewide season for migra-
tory bird hunting, Williams
Throughout the District,
there are about 633,000 acres of
land where bird hunting, small
game hunting, or large game
hunting opportunities are avail-
able. A partial list includes the
Kissimmee River Valley Public
Use Area in Osceola, Okee-
chobee, Polk, Highlands and
Glades counties, Dupuis Man-
agement Area in Palm Beach
and Martin counties, Stormwa-
ter Treatment Area 5 in Hendry
County, and Corkscrew Region-
al Ecosystem Watershed
(CREW) Wildlife and Environ-
mental Area in Lee County.
For additional information
about small game hunting and
bird hunting, and hunting licens-
es, contact the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion at (850) 488-4676, or visit
the agency's website at
www.myfwc.com and click on
the hunting link.

another riding area in Tate's Hell
State Forest near Carrabelle, offer-
ing the public over 150 miles of
designated trails for off-highway
vehicle riding.
"The Division of Forestry is
.currently assisting the state in
finding more areas for people to
legally ride by overseeing the T.
Mark Smith Off-Highway Vehicle
Safety and Recreation program
which was enacted by Florida leg-
islature in 2002," Mike Long
added. "Every level of govern-
ment needs to be involved and
help find new places for this
growing activity". There is cur-
rently a Florida OHV Recreation
Advisory Committee made up of
agency representative and off-
highway vehicle enthusiasts that
are trying to locate new areas to
ride on public lands in Florida.
The new state law that goes
into effect Oct. 1, does allow for
an individual county to exempt
themselves from allowing ATV
traffic on unpaved public roads. If
anyone wishes to find out more
about the legality of riding ATVs in
their respective county they need
to contact their County Adminis-
trator's office for its current ruling
on this issue.

Springs. Their overall weight
with five fish was 17.09 pounds
and earned them $2,000 cash.
Fifth place overall on the day
went to the team of Jim Hurlock
and Charlie Librizzi of Lake
Worth. Their overall weight of
16.27 pounds earned them a
cash prize of $1,000.
Congratulations to all who
participated in this unbelievable
event and we look forward to
having everyone join us for the

Super-Bucks Series in 2007.
There will be four tournaments
with a guaranteed $5,000 first
place and one event with a guar-
anteed $10,000 first place.
For more information about
the Super-Bucks or Bass Busters
Bass Tournaments visit the offi-
cial website at www.bass-
bustersflorida.com or call Chris
Fickey at (941) 232-9539.
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work-force development agencies will provide information on the $1.8 billion
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for Everglades restoration.

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pre-qualification process for all Acceler8 contracts.

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CMS Band has great year planned

By Nicole Curry
Clewiston News
CLEWISTON Music is a
great way to express your feelings
and let yourself go from the every-
day life. At Clewiston Middle
School, some students make
music part of their everyday life.
The Clewiston Middle School
band program has an exciting
year in store. They have many
things prepared for this year
including guest conductors and
Under the direction of Luke
Hall, the program has grown
When he first arrived for the
2005-06 school year, the CMS

band program had roughly 30 stu-
dents. Now, just over a year later,
he has 84 members.
There were also only two pri-
mary bands in the program. Cur-
rently, Mr. Hall has six ensembles
within the band program includ-
ing a jazz band, a symphonic
band, and a woodwind quartet.
The Winter Concert, to be held
in December, will feature excerpts
from The Polar Express, The Nut-
cracker, and the Pink Panther.
Also, as a special treat, members
from the very first Clewiston band
program will be recognized.
The Spring Concert to be held
in early May will have a Batman
theme. Mr. Hall also has a special
treat in store for the audience.

Some teachers of Clewiston Mid-
dle School will be joining the band
during the concert.
With these upcoming events,
students are hard at work prepar-
ing for the concerts. Rehearsals
are held after school for each
ensemble to spend extra practice
time sharpening its skills.
The Clewiston Middle School
band had a prominent guest con-
ductor come speak to and prac-
tice with them Sept. 22. Karen
Crocker, director at Atlantic High
School in Delray, came to see how
well each ensemble is function-
ing. She will focus on improving
techniques that Mr. Hall has
already taught the performers.
"We have invested thousands

of dollars into new equipment
and instruments to establish a
band that will keep growing," says
Luke Hall. "We don't want the
kids to stop after eighth grade."
Mr. Hall encourages all of his
students to continue their music
education throughout their high
school years as well.
With six ensembles and 84 stu-
dents, Mr. Hall feels that this will
be an excellent year for the
Clewiston Middle School band
He hopes this year will spark
local interest so that people in the
community will support the band
program and continue to support
it when their children are in high

School Happenings

Submitted photo
Family fun
Jordan Potter and teacher, Kristen Gilliam enjoying the
craft projects at Eastside's Family Fun Night.

DOE budget request

is the highest ever

of Education (DOE) Commissioner
John L. Winn announced the 2007-
2008 education budget request
from the Florida Department of
Education the highest request
ever approved by the State Board of
Education. The budget request
includes $21.1 billion for the K-20
operating budget, a 9.87 percent
increase over the current appropri-
ation. The State Board of Education
approved the budget during its
meeting in Tallahassee last week.
"This ambitious budget will
make certain we continue to bol-
ster reading instruction, reform sec-
ondary education and reward high-
performing teachers," said
Commissioner Winn. "We must
wisely invest these dollars to pre-
pare students for academic success
now and in the future."
The 2007-2008 budget recom-
FEFP Funding: For the Florida
SEducation Finance Program an
increase of more than 10 percent
for a total of $20.2 billion. Funding
i per student is requested at $7,105.
an increase of 9 percent compared
to the current appropriation.
Class Size: To ensure compli-
ance for the class size mandate, the
Department of Education is
requesting $2.9 billion, an increase
of 33 percent compared to the cur-
rent budget appropriation. To date,
This will be the largest appropria-
tion for class size.
Pay For Performance Plan:
The funding request for the Special
Teachers Are Rewarded Plan, creat-
ed by the 2006 Florida Legislature
to recognize and reward outstand-
ing teachers, is $1-62.6 million, an
increase of 10.24 percent. This will
help Florida reward teachers; assis-
tant principals and principals for
Voluntary Prekindergarten
Program (VPK): The VPK program
is helping Florida's youngest stu-
dents develop critical readiness and

literary skills necessary to succeed
in school. Included in the budget
request is $441.6 million to serve an
estimated 158,078 four-year-olds.
Reading Initiatives: Reading
instruction is a key component to
make certain that students succeed
in all subjects. To expand reading
instruction in Florida, the budget
request includes $215.8 million for
the Just Read, Florida! program. Of
this amount, $137.8 million is fund-
ed through the FEFP.
Community College and
Workforce Education Program:
Florida faces critical workforce
shortages in nursing, education
and manufacturing. Through Com-
munity College and Workforce
Education programs, the Depart-
ment of Education is helping meet
the demand of these shortages.
The budget request for Workforce
Education includes $621 million,
which is $63 million or an 11.3 per-
cent increase over the current
appropriation. The budget request
for Community Colleges includes
$1.3 billion which is $109 million or
a more than nine percenrincrease
over the current appropriation.
Student Financial Aid: The
budget request includes a 15.3 per-
cent increase in state student finan-
cial aid programs for a total of
$566.6 million. The Bright Futures
Scholarship Program that rewards
high school students for academic
achievement will have an increase
of more than $22 million -
expanding opportunities for an
estimated 159,800 students.
"An increase of more than 10
percent in the FEFP means more
money for our schools to invest in
increasing student learning gains,"
said Florida State Board of Educa-
tion Chairman Philip Handy. "This
is the strongest budget we have put
forth because it is built with buy-in
from our stakeholders and reflects
the strategic imperatives of the

CSBG education

support assistance

Community Services Block Grant
(CSBG) Family Self-Sufficiency
Program, of Hendry County is
presently looking for ten (10) full
time students swho have obtained
grants or student loans for ongo-
ing education or long term job
skills that need to drive excessive
distances for classes.
We are otlering support serv-
ices in the form of gas vouchers
to be provided as class atten-
dance is verified 'to assist low-
income persons to continue their

pursuit of education and/or job
skills with increasing gas costs.
A potential client needs to call
(863) 675-5356 in LaBelle, (863)
983-1469 in Clewiston for an
application beginning Oct. 2.
The client must be low-income,
full time attendance and travel
more than thirty miles to the
education tacilitv. Eligibility is
determined on the total house-
hold's income. Families that
have never received funds from
the CSBG Family Self-Sufficiency
Program will have priority.

Central Elementary
Friday, Sept. 29, will be the
last day of the Book Fair.
BINGOI Come out to our
annual Chili Bingo on Thursday,
Oct. 12.
Have a good meal and win
some fabulous prizes playing
Bingo. We still need parent vol-
unteers to make this night a suc-
cess. Please call the office at
(863) 983-1550. Proceeds from
Chili Bingo go to Multi-Media
There will be no school on
Friday, Oct. 13, the day after Chili
Bingo. This will be a Profession-
al Day for teachers.
Our second grade students
have been working hard on the
musical, "How Does Your Gar-
den Grow?" This musical will be
presented on Oct. 19, at 9 a.m.
and 7 p.m. Since the school
theme is Garden of Knowledge,
Mrs. Denault,
Music teacher, decided to
highlight it with this musical.
The first nine weeks will end
on Monday, Oct. 9. Report cards
will be sent home on Monday,
Oct. 16. Parent conferences will
be the following day after
Eastside Elementary
Eastside had its first School
Advisory Council meeting on
Tuesday, Sept. 19, officers were
elected for the 2006-2007 school
year. Chairperson is Mr. Ronald
Dierks, Co-Chairperson is Mrs.
Cynthia Potter, and Secretary is
Mrs. Lori Duckstein. Mrs. Duke,
presented the budget for the cur-
rent school year. She explained

how the budget directly corre-
lates with the school improve-
ment plan. Mrs. Duke also
reviewed the Adequate Yearly
Progress Report from the 2005-
2006 school year. She explained
that Eastside was successful in
all areas except for writing.
Upcoming events to look for-
ward to: Book Week will take
place in November, and Fantasy
Theater will be here during that
month as well. There will be a
Hoe Down on Nov. 3. Reminders
will be sent home about these
events as they get closer.
Oct. 12, will be a half-day for
students, and there will be no
school on Oct. 13. These two
days will be for teacher plan-
The AR Rally and Walk-A-
Thon were both a great success,
and loads of fun. The students
all enjoyed the AR Rally and
were all decked out in red,
white, and blue. If anyone
walked into the cafeteria during
the Rally, they would have
thought the American Flag was
spread out across the floor. The
students really showed their
pride in America that day with
all the red, white, and blue
clothes and accessories. Mrs.
Perry still has some patriotic
items for sale in her office for the
next All-American Day. Stop by
and see Mrs. Perry if you need
something patriotic. Also, Mrs.
Perry still has a few t-shirts left. If
you don't have one, check with
her t9 see if she has your size.
Remember the shirts are $11 for
one and $21 for two.
The exotic theme "Reading
Rain Forest" sponsored by

School News in Brief

CES Chili Bingo
event planned
Central Elementary will be
having their annual Chili Bingo on
Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 until
8:30 p.m. Come out for a night of
family fun and great prizes.
Health information
tech orientation
Orientation for the Medical
Secretary/Health Information
Technician courses will be held at
the Community Prayer Worship
Center located at 141 Bond Street,
Clewiston. The date for orienta-
tion is Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. Please
contact Angel Braham, Program
Coordinator at (561) 209-3740, or
Denese Francis, Clinical Instructor
at (561) 449-6322. For more infor-
mation in Spanish contact Marcy
Rios, Clinical Instructor at (863)
applicants wanted
If you know of a young person
pursuing a college degree with
the goal of working in Florida's
fruit and vegetable industry,
please let that student know
about the Syngenta Crop Protec-
tion Scholarship. The $1,000
scholarship will be awarded at
FFVA's 63rd Annual Convention.
To learn how to apply, contact
Martha Tucker at (321) 214-5200

or via email at
Literacy program
The Clewiston Library, in con-
junction with the Harlem Library,
has completed training volunteers
to serve as tutors to local adults
who need assistance in reading
and writing literacy. Trainers from
Palm Beach County presented
two intensive training workshops
in order to certify these volun-
teers. These services are offered
to adults 18 and over who recog-
nize the need to read and write
with more proficiency. The ses-
siors are free to participants and
the hours are flexible, scheduled
around the needs of the individu-
als who sign up for the program.
Each person will be assessed by
the program director and paired
with a certified tutor. In an effort
to meet the needs of the commu-
nity, the sessions will take place at
the Clewiston Library, as well as
in Harlem. For additional informa-
tion, please drop by the Clewiston
Library or the Harlem Library for
an application. You may also con-
tact the Program Director, Sue
Vaughn, at the Clewiston Library,
(863) 983-1493 or at home at
(863) 983-1365. The paperwork is
also available from Barbara
Oeffner, Clewiston Library Direc-
tor (863) 983-1947 or Florida
Thomas, Harlem Library Director
(863) 902-3322.

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enthusiasm and excitement for
our students at Eastside Elemen-
tary School. Monkeys, birds, and
snakes were just some of the
craft activities that Eastside stu-
dents made with their parents at
Eastside's Family Fun Night on
Thursday, Sept. 14. It was not
just an ordinary event. The
teachers, staff, and parents
joined Mrs. Dierks' efforts by
preparing crafts, activities and,
refreshments for more than 140
parents and students.
One of the highlights of the
evening was the number of par-
ents who donated books to their
child's teacher to increase their
classroom library. "The Family
Fun Night was scheduled from
5:30 until 7 p.m., but at 7 p.m.,
the parents and students were
so involved in making the crafts;

we kept the fair open until 7:30,"
said Mrs. Dierks, Media Special-
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seeing the parents, students, and
teachers working together on
fun activities. It was priceless!"
Mrs. Dierks would like to thank
all who participated and the vol-
unteers for making this event a
huge success.
Throughout the week, par-
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helped support Eastside's Media
Center by purchasing education-
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would encourage students to
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Arrest Report

Road Watch

This column lists arrests, not
convictions, unless otherwise
stated. Anyone who is listed here
and who is later found not guilty,
or has the charges against them
dropped, is welcome to inform
the newspaper. We will confirm
the information and print it.
Western Palm Beach

Belle Glade
Harresha Salter, 21, of North-
west Eighth Street, Belle Glade,
was arrested on Sept. 19, by PBSO
on a warrant charging him with
domestic battery. No bond was
Charlie Simmons, Jr., 27, of
Northwest Avenue P, Belle Glade,
was arrested on Sept. 19, by PBSO
on a warrant charging him with
aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon without intent to kill. No
bond was set.
Manuel Garcia-Garcia, 40, of
West Canal Street, Belle Glade,
was arrested on Sept. 20, by PBSO
and charged with felony battery.
Bond was set at $3,000 bond.
*John H. Dent, 45, of Bethune
Street, Belle Glade, was arrested
on Sept. 20, by PBSO on a warrant
charging him with felony battery
and sex offense unnatural and
lascivious act. He is being held
without bond.
Derrick M. Bryant, 23, of
Southwest Fifth Street, Belle
Glade, was arrested on Sept. 20,
by PBSO on a warrant charging
him with unarmed burglary of a
dwelling and neglect of a child.
No bond was set.
Preston Vickers, of Belle
Glade, was arrested on Sept. 21,
by PBSO on a warrant charging
him with battery. No bond was
Francky Blaise, 21, of South-
west Eighth Street, Belle Glade,
was arrested on Sept. 22, by PBSO
and charged with aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon
without intent to kill. He is being
held without bond.
Vernon McClendon, 28, of
Northwest Avenue D, Belle Glade,
was arrested on Sept. 22, by PBSO
on a warrant charging him with
destroying evidence tampering
with or fabricating physical evi-
dence possession and or use of
narcotics equipment. He was
released on $3,000 bond.
Marvelous Jermaine John-
son, of Glades Glen Drive, Belle
Glade, was arrested on Sept. 23,
by PBSO and charged with fraud -
impersonation false ID given to
Law Enforcement Officer resist-
ing officer obstruction without
violence and driving while license
suspended. He was also booked
for Lee County Sheriff's Office for
violation of probation posses-
sion of cannabis. No bond was
Rudolph Atkins, 38, of
Southwest Ninth Street, Belle
Glade, was arrested on Sept. 24,
by PBSO on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation or
community control aggravated
assault with a deadly weapon;
indecent exposure and resisting
officer without violence. No bond
was set.
Roger J. Hughley, 22, of
Southwest Ninth Street, Belle
Glade was arrested on Sept. 24,
by PBSO and charged with aggra-
vated battery on a pregnant per-
son. No bondwas set.
Roosevelt C. Robinson, 44,
of Glades Drive, Pahokee, was
arrested on Sept. 19, by PBSO on
a warrant charging him with fail-
ure to appear driving with
license suspended with knowl-
edge with prior. He was booked
for Martin County then released
on a $5,000 surety bond.
*Javaris Kenard Wallace, 18,
of Holman Court, Pahokee, was
arrested on Sept. 20, by PBSO and
charged with aggravated battery

on a pregnant person. No bond
was set.
Ingrid Johnson, 45, of Rardin
Avenue, Pahokee, was arrested
on Sept. 20, by PBSO on a warrant
charging her with sale of cocaine
within 1,000 feet of place of wor-
ship or business. She is being held
on $50,000 bond.
Angela S. Wilson, 41, of
Palm Boulevard, Pahokee, was
arrested on Sept. 20, by PBSO and
charged with aggravated battery
using a deadlyweapon.
Dredrick Donnell McKinney,
23, of Padgett Circle, Pahokee,
was arrested on Sept. 22, by PBSO
and charged with violation of pro-
bation. He was booked for Hills-
borough County Sheriff's Office
on an active warrant for violation
of probation petit theft. He was
later released on a $2,500 surety
Shamara Young, 21, of Hol-
man Court, Pahokee, was arrest-
ed on Sept. 22, by PBSO and
charged with failure to appear for
sentencing on June 6, 2006; giv-
ing false name to law enforce-
ment; driving while license sus-
pended; unlawful speed and no
proof of insurance. She was
released on $2,500 surety bond.
Lavenski Smith, 20, of
Banyan Avenue, Pahokee, was
arrested on Sept. 23, by PBSO on
a warrant charging him with bat-
tery touch or strike. No bond
was set.
Rico Kendall Filme, 20, of
Bay Bottom Road, Pahokee, was
arrested on Sept. 24, by PBSO and
charged with battery by person
detained in prison or jail facility.
No bond was set.
Carlos Orlando Ramirez, 41,
of Lake Avenue, Pahokee, was
arrested on Sept. 25, by PBSO and
charged with battery touch or
strike. No bond was set.
Shedrick McKelton, 29, of
East Seventh Street, Pahokee, was
arrested on Sept. 25, by PBSO on
a warrant charging him with pos-
session of cocaine with intent to
sell, manufacture or deliver and
possession of cocaine. He is
being held on $5,000 bond.
South Bay
Johnny Banks, 44, of South
Bay, was arrested on Sept. 18, by
PBSO and charged with first
degree arson of a dwelling. No
bond was set.
Heather Fender, of North
U.S. 27, South Bay, was arrested
on Sept. 19, by PBSO and charged
with violation of probation -
grand theft. No bond was set.
Maurice P. Coney, 22, of
Southwest Seventh Avenue,
South Bay, was arrested on Sept.
20, by PBSO and charged with
aggravated battery causing bodily
harm or disability and resisting
officer with violence. No bond
was set.
Lois Denise Bullock, 41, of
Levy Road, South Bay, was arrest-
ed on Sept. 25, by PBSO and
charged with contempt of court -
violation of no contact order. No
bond was set.
Katrina Kay Silva, 39, of
Clewiston, was arrested Sept. 19,
and charged with probation viola-
tion for a felony, Kelvin C. Robin-
son of the Hendry County Sher-
iff's Office was the arresting
Paronda Laterrian Williams,
33, of Clewiston, was arrested
Sept. 18, and charged with proba-
tion violation for a felony.
Leonard Riordan of the Hendry
County Sheriff's Office was the
arresting officer.
Tammy Lynn Landrum, 40,
of Clewiston, was arrested Sept.
20, and charged with failure to
appear for a felony offense. Bon-
nie Weaver of the Hendry County
Sheriff's Office was the arresting
Andy Spencer Gowdy, 37, of
Clewiston, was arrested Sept. 20,

and charged with possession of a
weapon. Nathan E. Kirk of the
Hendry County Sheriff's Office
was the arresting officer.
Levi Campbell III, 24, of
Clewiston, was arrested Sept. 19,
and charged with probation viola-
tion for a felony. Jesus Olvera of
the Hendry County Sheriff's
Office was the arresting officer.
Bond was set at $5,000 cash.
Glades County
James Koger, 18, of Okee-
chobee was arrested on Sept. 11,
by SPD Detective Bronson on an
active warrant of grand theft. He
was later released on a $15,000
surety bond.
Charles Richter, 45of Labelle
was arrested on Sept 12, by
Deputy Tito Nieves on the charges
of possession of marijuana under
20 grams and possession of drug
paraphernalia. He was later
released on a $1,500 surety bond.
Lauro Flores, 25, of Moore
Haven was arrested on Sept. 12,
by Deputy Jason Griner on the
charge of failure to register vehi-
cle, attaching tag not assigned,
NVDL and false ID to Law
Enforcement Officer. He was later
released on a $2,000 surety bond.
Audley Campbell, 25, of
Pahokee was arrested on Sept 12,
by Deputy David Hampton on an
active warrant for VOP. He was
later ROR'ed.
Anthony Downing, 20, of
Moore Haven was arrested on
Sept. 13, by Deputy Richard
Ermeri on an active Warrant for
violation of probation. He
remains in custody with bond set
at $2,500.
Oscar Alarcon, 47, of
Hialeah was arrested on Sept. 14,
by Deputy Joe Sapuppo on an
active warrant for VOP. He
remains in custody without privi-
lege of bond.
Jack Winters, 41, of Labelle
was arrested on Sept 17, by
Deputy Jason Grinner on the
charges of failure to register vehi-
cle, attaching tag not assigned,
DWLS and violation of probation.
He was later released on a $5,500
surety bond.
Lorenzo Beaver, 42, of
Moore Haven was arrested on
Sept. 17, by Deputy Jason Grinner
on an active warrant for VOP. He
remains in custody without privi-
lege of bond.
Renee Hernandez, 33, of
Labelle was arrested Sept 18, by
Deputy Robert Davis on the
charges of aggravated assault.
She was later released on a $3,500
surety bond.
Emery Fish, 45, of Okee-
chobee was arrested on Sept 18,
by Deputy Dewayne McQuaid on
an active warrant for VOP. He was
later released on a $2,500 surety
Alberto Cruz-Jarquin, 20, of
Moore Haven was arrested on
Sept. 18, by Deputy Queenie Bell
on an active warrant for FTA. He
was later released on a $2,500
surety bond.
Jess Waits, 28, of Ft. Laud-
erdale was arrested on Sept 19, by
Deputy Richard Ermeri on the
charges of possession of con-
trolled substance without pre-
scription and possession of mari-
juana under 20 grams. He
remains in custody with bond set
at $3,500.
Victoria lezzi, 43, was arrest-
ed on Sept. 19, by Deputy Holly
Ramsey on active warrant for 30
counts of forgery and scheme to
defraud. She remains in custody
with bond set at $50,000.
Timothy Powell, 28, of
Clewiston was arrested on
Sept.21, by FHP Trooper Jordan
-Escalona on the charge of Pos-
session of firearm by convicted
felon and an active warrant from
Orange County. He was later
released on a $5,000 surety bond.

Road watch for week of Sept.
Prepared by Florida Depart-
ment of Transportation, District
1 Office, Bartow.
For additional information
call (863) 519-2362.
To obtain a copy of the week-
ly Road watch report, log onto:
Motorists are reminded to
wear safety belts and drive with
caution, courtesy, common
sense, and patience as they trav-
el through work zones. Remem-
ber, speeding fines are doubled
in work zones.

Glades County
U.S. 27: South of S.R. 29 near
Boar Hammock: Maintenance
contract project -- No lane clo-
sures are anticipated at this time,
but motorists should expect pos-
sible slow moving traffic and
delays while crews work on
guardrail replacement.
S.R. 78: From Potato Farm

Road to Lower Nicodemus
Slough: Maintenance contract
project -- Motorists should
expect traffic restricted to one
lane in this area, as well as slow
moving traffic and possible
delays while crews clean road-
side ditches.
At the intersections of S.R. 29
and S.R. 78, and S.R. 78 and U.S.
27: Maintenance contract proj-
ect -- Crews will be restriping
and replacing rumble strips at
these intersections. Motorists
should expect intermittent lane
closures, as well as slow moving
traffic and possible delays.

Hendry County
U.S. 27: North of Clewiston to
S.R. 80: Maintenance project --
No lane closures are anticipated
at this time, but motorists
should expect possible slow
moving traffic and delays while
crews work on guardrail
S.R. 29: At the intersection of
S.R. 29 and Cowboy Way: Main-
tenance contract project --

Crime Stoppers

The Palm Beach County Sher-
iff's Office is seeking assistance
from the public in locating the fol-
lowing "wanted fugitive."
Erivaldo Ramos, 31, is a white
male with black hair and brown
eyes. He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and
weighs approximately 160 pounds.
He is also known as "Eric"
Ramos; Eric Lopez and Ramos
Perez. His last known address was
Royal Palm Mobile Home Park in
Clewiston where he previously
worked as a "planter."
He is wanted for failing to
appear for sexual battery charges;

obstruction by
disguised per-
son and viola-
tion of proba-
tion sexual
battery. '
If anyone
has any infor-
mation about
this wanted
fugitive, they Erivaldo
are asked to Ramos
contact the
Crime Stoppers at 1 (800)-458-TIPS
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West of Seventh Avenue North-
west: Construction project --
Work continues to widen and
reconstruct the existing two-lane
roadway to four lanes with a cen-
ter dual left turn lane. The work
includes drainage improve-
ments, signals, and street light-
ing. Traffic is traveling in the final
configuration. Construction cur-
rently includes completion of
various items of work through-
out the project. Contractor is
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The $15.3 million, 6.6 mile con-
struction project includes classi-
fications milling and resurfacing,
widening, subsoil removal,
drainage, signing, signalization
and utility relocations from east
of Fifth Street to north of Hooker
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travel lanes and shoulders with
new signs, new pavement mark-
ings and guardrail; a reinforced
driving surface; and drainage
and utility enhancements. The
construction, which began
December 2004, is being per-
formed by Community Asphalt
Corp., and is expected to be
complete January 2007.

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EDC Banquet: Another successful year

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Staff at the Clewiston Animal Clinic set out to create a new
record in the Guiness Book of World Records: cat spaying.
Staff assistant Jessica Alvarez with the Clewiston Animal
Clinic, and Kathleen McLeroy with Clewiston Animal Con-
trol, prepared the cats for the record attempt.

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utes, a few minutes under its
original goal.
The group made contact
with the Guiness Book of World

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Clewiston's design, and con-
struction began in Clewiston.
With the Mediterranean
theme popular in California and
other parts of Florida, Mr. Nolen
decided to emphasize this theme
in Clewiston's plan. The theme
had been made popular by Addi-
son Mizner, a resort architect
with no formal training.
In the general plan, Mr. Nolen
split Clewiston into sections.
Each section was named in the
Mediterranean style: San Pedro,
San Juan, Santa Maria, and Mar-
Streets were named in this
fashion, also: Del Monte Avenue,
Avenida del Rio, and many more.

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enforcement and the welfare of
Ihe community," he said.
His staff agrees with the
,W aid
"I feel honored ,working
together with him," said Captain
Don Rodriguez. "He is one of the
best sheriffs I have ever worked
for. He deserves it, 100 percent."
The sheriff's administrative
staff surprised him by attending
the luncheon, knowing Sheriff
Lee was going to be honored.
The sheriff thought he was just
attending a luncheon and never

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In store, the shop has a vari-
ety of home d6cor accessories,
gifts, and much more. She also
offers a variety of scented can-
dles from Colonial Candle Com-
Premium flowers shipped in
from around the world for that
extra special message are in
abundance. Ms. Keen and her
staff prepare fresh arrange-
ments daily, with a detailed eye
for each client's needs.
As a way to give back to the
community, Ms. Keen is plan-
ning to create a special section
in her store she will call "Doc's
Corner," in memory of the late
Doc Keen, a well-known veteri-
narian. Featuring western-
inspired gifts and accessories,
20 percent of all the proceeds
will go to the Clewiston 4-H

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Records before the attempt,
and planned on submitting an
application before the record
attempt is officially recognized
by the record book.
The group will then focus on
its next goal: spaying 100 cats in
eight hours.

In keeping with the Mediter-
ranean style, Mr. Nolen empha-
sized the use of the Mediter-
ranean style in the architecture
of buildings. Many homes in
Clewiston reflect some aspects
of the Mediterranean style. The
Kettle House, located at 402 East
Pasadena Avenue, has stucco
interior, a very popular Mediter-
ranean style home d6cor.
After being hired to land-
scape Clewiston, Mr. Nolen
adopted the Mediterranean style
theme as a predominant design.
Early Clewiston officials did
carry out a large portion of Mr.
Nolen's general plan.
Residential tracts were estab-
lished and parks were created,
providing the general look of the
city as we know it today and the
street names we are all familiar

"I feel honored working
together with him. He
is one of the best sher-
iffs I have ever Worked
for. He deserves it, 100
- Captain Don Rodriguez

expected to be presented with
an award.
"Sheriff Lee really cares
about his community and goes
out of his way for anyone in
need," Captain Rodriguez

"We also specialize in
party planning, wed-
dings, special events
and corporate events."
Alicia Keen,
owner of the flower shop

scholarship fund.
Creating anything from the
simple sophistication of a dish
garden to a ballroom filled with
candles and flowers, Alicia
Keen and Company promises
to make good on creating those
special moments that a family
will hold on to long after the
event has ended.
"We also specialize in party
planning, weddings, special
events and corporate events,"
said Ms. Keen.
The shop is open Mondays
through Saturdays, opening at 9
a.m. each day.

By Kristin Hunter
INI Florida
LABELLE The Hendry
County Economic Development
Council Business and Industry
Appreciation and Annual Dinner
or (EDC) banquet was held Fri-
day, September 22, at the Civic
Center. The EDC is an intermedi-
ary between businesses and local
elected officials to aid in local
economic development.
There were two outstanding
businesses this year. The criteria
for becoming an outstanding
business is making a contribution
to economic development.
Sonny Patel and his wife Usha,
the owners of the Best Western
and the Holiday Inn Express in
Clewiston have achieved this.
CHL Home Builders, Inc. has
constructed over 100 homes in
Port LaBelle in the past two years
and is currently in the process of
developing a town house project.
CHL has been an active business,
making the community better.
Mark Lapp, the attorney for CHL
builders accepted the award for
Outstanding Business.
The outgoing chairman Debo-
rah Van Sickle said, "This past
year the EDC has worked on Eco-
nomic Development Leadership
creating jobs and an infrastruc-
ture to do so through a visioning
process of issues that are impor-
tant to citizens such as the South-
west Florida Education Center, a
career and technical school,
which is a long term project. The
SFWMD helped pay for heavy
equipment operator classes from
a grant that was helped written
by EDC donating $250,000 this
year and $300,000 next year. This
will allow people to get heavy
equipment jobs to build the C-43
project that is supposed to be
started in the spring of 2007. Deb-
orah wanted to thank the peo-
ple/businesses who have helped
cultivate the community because
she said, "without the risk takers,
economic development would
cease to exist." She said, "The
council has continued to develop
and grow through an effective
budgeting process." The EDC has
focused a lot of time and energy
on growth. With the help of busi-
nesses they have made a differ-
ence in the community."
The Clewiston Commerce
Park at the old airport site is
another important EDC endeavor
to promote job creation. The EDC
will be donating $250,000 from
set aside funds approved by the
county commissioners toward
this project matching $250,000
from the City of Clewiston.
Another project of the EDC is
the new Hendry/Glades Leader-
ship program. The orientation
dinner will be held October 21 for
the pioneer class. Twenty people

INI/Patty Brant
From left: EDC Outgoing Chairman Deborah Van Sickle with Outstanding Business Appreci-
ation Award recipients Sunny and Usha Patel owners of Best Western and Holiday Inn
Express in Clewiston and EDC Executive Director Janice Groves.

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New incoming EDC officers Chairman Jeni Dyess, Vice Chairman Kevin Thomas, Secretary
Cheryl Eby and Treasurer Scott Royal.

from a variety of businesses were
chosen for this first year. There
will be six sessions one day per
month. It is an educational
process that will be applicable to
everyday work life. They will be
discussing important topics
including environmental, growth,
and civic and cultural issues.
A silent auction featured
paintings donated by local
artists, Sheila Robinson, Esther
Beavers and Mary Walsh. Win-
ners were Tuesday Tritt, who bid
$125, for the first painting, Mari-
lyn Sears who bid $250 for the
second painting and Scott Royal
who bid $150 for the third paint-
ing. The proceeds go to the small
business assistance fund to fill
the gap for immediate small
business expenses.

EDC Outgoing Chairman Deborah Van Sickle presents Mark
Lapp, the attorney for CHL Home Builders, Inc. with the Out-
standing Business Appreciation Award.

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