Carolers bring Comfort and Joy

Pam Gonzalez, says her mother, Elidia Gonzalez Cisnero, was an Oak Brook Heath and Rehabilitation Center resident who always looked forward to the holidays because that’s when the most visitors would come. Last year. Gonzalez and her mother discussed their concerns about the residents that might be alone during this time. Her mother suggested that […]

Florida Thanksgiving Traditions

Boiled peanuts, hoecakes, corn pone, and fried catfish- these are the dishes I hear the elder Floridians discussing while sitting around the table as they reminisce about their good ol’ days. While we sometimes still serve up fried gator tail, roasted bananas drizzled with cane syrup, and swamp cabbage casserole, long forgotten are the days […]

Osceolas: Florida’s Wild Turkeys

Recently, I was awoken by some terribly loud tapping and banging noises coming from my front yard. Upon investigation, there stood a trio of Florida wild turkeys. One of which, was sparring with his own reflection, in the side of my car. Smaller and darker than your usual, farm-raised, Thanksgiving-table turkeys, Osceolas, like the ones […]

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 […]

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 […]

Inspiring LaBelle – Kelly Boone works tirelessly for the community

(Submitted photo) Proud mom and Executive Director of LDRC posts, “This is the Wearable Art from Thistle & Thorn, for Wharf Walk! Hannah was the lucky one to wear it and she rocked it! -beard and all!” Kelly Boone, is a mom of 16 year old twin daughters, Hannah and Haley and dog mom to […]

Hendry Country’s new Clerk of Courts sworn in

Our new Hendry County Clerk of Courts, Kimberley Barrineau, was sworn in to her position by the Honorable Judge Sloan at the Courthouse on Friday, November 1, 2019. Her title is AD Interim Clerk of Courts, until her official appointment by the Governor. Barrineau grew up in Hendry County, and has lived here all of […]

Expressing local concerns over espresso with Senator Rick Scott

Early Monday morning, as the delicious aroma of espresso and chai tea wafted through the air, the tables were a buzz with the chatter of the current goings-on throughout Glades and Hendry counties, at Bridge Street Coffee & Tea. Senator Rick Scott was seated next to Mayor David Lyons, and surrounded by other public officials […]

Multi-Generational Legacy Planning with Ray Backstrom

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Ray Backstrom, administrator of the “LaBelle Community Forum” a Group on Facebook that aims to foster connections within our community. We discussed our love of the Caloosahatchee, how wonderful LaBelle is, and all things boats. Shortly after meeting him, we found ourselves stranded a mile or so from […]

LHS Band receives Excellent Rating

Our beloved LaBelle High School (LHS) Marching Band traveled to Fort Myers High School, for their required, nerve-wracking Band Music Assessments this past weekend. “The purpose of the Band Music Performance Assessments, as stated on the official Florida State Music Association’s website, is to provide opportunities for students and directors to perform in an environment […]