The Navy shaped Myra Johnson into the person she is today

LABELLE — Veteran Elmira Leticia Johnson, better known to everyone in LaBelle as Myra Johnson, was born in Immokalee and raised in the LaBelle/Immokalee area. “To get away from small-town life and see the world,” Myra joined the Navy on July 22, 1991. She ended up in the Navy because they recruited her first. She […]

Nicholas J. Cutinha – Medal of Honor

Some things cannot be forgotten. Some things should never be forgotten. Those two realities come together in the story of a young man who lived in LaBelle for a time as a boy, and did more in his short life than can truly be comprehended. Nicholas J. Cutinha was just one of a generation of […]

Statue for Cutinha

McDonalds of LaBelle along with members of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter #144 of LaBelle will be taking donations and funds for the memorial and statue for Metal of Honor Recieptiant Nicholas J. Cutinha. SPEC 5 Cutinha was from Alva, FL and was killed in action in Vietnam on March 2, 1968. He is buried […]

New Group for Women Veterans of Hendry and Glades

Florida is home to the second largest population of women veterans in the nation, with more than 144,000. Women veterans are one of the fastest growing segments of the veterans’ population. Local veteran, Tyra Bebon is focused on reaching out to all local veterans and helping to form connections and build a supportive network, especially […]

Wreaths Across America: local fallen heroes honored

Wreaths Across America Day is an annual tribute to veterans, where donated wreaths are laid throughout cemeteries nationwide. An act that aspires to raise awareness of the sacrifices veterans make for our country. It is observed on a Saturday in mid-December each year. This year it was held on Saturday, December 14. It all started […]

LHS Graduate becomes Lieutenant Commander

I had the pleasure of running into the accomplished 2005 LHS graduate, Katherine “Katie” Fromm, and her mother, Diane Fromm, at the LHS Homecoming Game. Her proud mother told me that Katie was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Reflecting on growing up in […]

A Cub Scout is Reverent

For elementary school-aged Cub Scouts, the word reverent is difficult to understand. Most Scouts comprehend the other words of the Scout Law that they profess at the start of each Cub Scout meeting, words like trustworthy, friendly, brave, and clean. Reverent, however, is not a word commonly found in their weekly spelling quizzes or spoken […]

Meet Major Henry A. Avellaneda

(Submitted photo) Avellaneda as a JROTC Instructor, with one of his students. By Danika J. Hopper Caloosa Belle Local veteran, Henry Avellaneda, served in the Air Force for 20 years, retiring from active duty, as a Major in January, 1996. “I really enjoyed my time in the Air Force. It was a great experience that […]

Goodwill Center serves up MRE for Veterans

Goodwill’s new Community Resource Center has a one-stop office for Veterans called the Military Resource Encounter or the MRE, that offers multiple services to veterans and their families. This is a branch of their Community Support Services that is working in connection with several different agencies in order to attempt to help veterans access all […]

U.S. Sgt. E-3 Harlee S. Harn

Being able to interview our local veterans, and share their stories has become such a wonderful part of my life. When learning about Harlee Harn’s years in the Air Force, and his life after getting out, I found out this American Hero had to wait nearly 38 years for his first Veteran’s benefits. “When I […]