Monday, January 15, 2018

Trail Program And Hike This Month

Appalachian Trail Program and Supermoon Hike
LABELLE, FL. -- Adults, Youth and Families are invited to attend the Fisheating Creek Florida Trail Association meeting and program by Stephen Nisbet Jr. on “Appalachian Trail Gear” Thursday January 25 and “Supermoon Hike” at Ft Center WMA on Wednesday January 31.

Stephen Nisbet Jr. will present his informative program at 7 pm Thursday January 25 at the Carlson United Methodist Church Annex (House behind church facing Riverview Drive) 310 Campbell Street LaBelle, FL 33935

Enjoy a “Supermoon Hike” (5miles) on Wednesday January 31 at Ft. Center WMA. Carpool from Barron Park in LaBelle at 4pm or meet at Fisheating Creek Fort Center Wildlife Management Area located at 3019 Banana Grove Rd, Moore Haven, FL 33471 at 5pm

Directions: US 27 in Moore Haven, follow SR 78 east to Lakeport. Look for the turnoff for Banana Grove Road on the north side of the road, between two branches of Fisheating Creek. There is a sign at the entrance “Fisheating Creek Wildlife Management Area.” Follow the unpaved road for about a mile to reach the trailhead parking area on the left. 

Bring dinner, water, flashlights, bug spray, and snacks contact Deanna Filkins at 863-234-8181 (cell/text) or dkfilkins@aol.com Margaret England mlelighthouse863@gmail.com or 863-517-0202(cell/text) Like us on Facebook: Fisheating Creek Florida Trail Association.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Long Term Recovery Group Meets Jan. 26

Hurricane Irma has left some members of our communities with unmet needs; those are needs that will not be met by insurance or government assistance.

FEMA estimates unmet needs in Glades County at approximately $400,000 and $960,000 in Hendry County and those figures do not include households who did not register with FEMA. Unmet needs can include housing, repairs, household goods, and other necessary items.

With the assistance of the FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison there has been several meetings held between Hendry and the Glades County citizens, business owners, representatives from faith based organizations and volunteers where the formation of a Long Term Recovery Group, currently known as the Hendry/Glades Unmet Needs Coalition (UNC), has been established. The Chairman (Luis Napoles), Vice Chair (Normand Charest), Secretary (Yvette Wingate) and Treasurer (Margaret England) have volunteered to lead in getting this group started. Our organization will be affiliated with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties through a 501(c)(3).

There are also volunteers and various groups such as the Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Mennonites, the Salvation Army, the United Way and local businesses who want to help rebuild after disaster with funds, supplies and volunteers. The UNC provides the organizational framework they will need to accomplish these tasks.

We need volunteers to assist in our mission. Volunteers need not have any special education or special skills. Nevertheless we welcome all volunteers as the task we are facing will require many hands. We are inviting local citizens who are interested in helping those in our community who are less fortunate and who still have unmet needs, to attend one or more of our organizational meetings. This does not imply obligation. Our next organizational meeting will be Friday, January 26, 2018 at 1 pm at the Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church at 310 Campbell Street, Labelle.

Those persons who wish to fill out a referral form to receive services for unmet needs as a as a result of hurricane Irma may do so at the above scheduled meeting.

John Hollingsworth Injured In US27 Crash

CLEWISTON, FL. -- According the the Florida Highway Patrol, John Hollingsworth 77 of Moore Haven was seriously injured in a crash Friday at 4:53 p.m. west of Clewstion.

Hollingsworth was westbound on US-27 near County Road 720, west of Clewiston driving a 1998 Dodge Durango in the inside lane as Luis Antonio Nazario, 39 of Orlando driving a Volvo truck with trailer, was eastbound on US-27 in the outside lane.

The Dodge traveled southwest into the median and Hollingsworth lost control. The Dodge crossed the grass median and entered the eastbound lanes of US-27. The left front of the Dodge struck the left
side of the truck, rupturing it's left fuel tank. The Dodge was propelled back into the median and
overturned onto its roof. The truck rotated counterclockwise and came to rest in the eastbound lanes
of US-27.

Hollingsworth was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, The crash is under investigation.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Obituaries - Norma Kentish, Kenneth Collier

Kenneth David Collier, age 70, of Moore Haven, passed away January 8, 2018 in Moore Haven.

He was born Aug. 21, 1947 in Moore Haven, FL, to the late Ira and Sarah Belle (Williams) Collier. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a jet mechanic. He worked as an automotive/small engine mechanic after the service.

Survivors include:

His mother Sarah Belle (Williams) Collier, a brother: Thomas Campbell Collier and two sisters: Irene Darlene Hunter and Dianne Conley,

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday January 20, 2018 at 2 PM at the First Baptist Church Moore Haven, FL with Pastor Sherill Tillery officiating. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Norma Leonie Kentish, age 88, of West Palm Beach, passed away January 6, 2018 in Port St. Lucie.She was born Sep. 11, 1929 in Kingston, Jamaica to the late Horatio Seville Jackson and the late Ethel Berlicia (Harper) Jackson

Survivors include her step son: David Harris, brother: George S. Jackson, sisters: Beth Stween, Madge M. Tinglin, Barbara Wilkins and Faye C. Jackson, one grandchild, one Great-Grandchild and many nieces & nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Lloyd Marlowe Kentish and son: Lloyd Marlowe Kentish, Jr.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 14, 2018, 10:00 am at Episcopal Church Of The Good Shepherd, 1098 Collingswood Pkwy, LaBelle with Rev. Alan H. Kelmereit and Rev. Panel Guerrier officiating. Visitation will be Sunday from 30 Minutes Prior to the service at the church.

Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

A Walk Across Florida - The Mystery Note

Excerpts From A Walk Across Florida by Bob Kranich

I was on Conch Key. I went down from the road to the shore and sat under a large mangrove to draw and look around. This mangrove was more like a small tree. As I was observing my surroundings, I saw it, washing back-and-forth and rolling around in the sand with the movement of the waves, a glass milk bottle. 

There was something strange about this milk bottle. 

It had a cork in the top, and inside I could see some kind of folded paper. I picked it up and popped the cork. In it was a yellow piece of notebook paper folded three times to allow it to fit into the bottle. 

I had found a distress note. 

Some folks obviously were visiting someone in Marathon and desired to have some fun. They stated that they were stranded on Conch Key and needed help.

One never knows just what one will find around the next corner. I would like to have found the person they said to notify. I was sure that he would really have had a laugh over it.

Here is the note:

HELP
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
WE ARE STRANED ON AN
ISLAND OF WHICH WE THINK
IS CONCH KEY. WE CANNOT, BY
ALL OBVIOUS METHODS, DETERMINE HOW
LONG WE HAVE BEEN HERE AND OF
COURSE CAN NOT KNOW WHEN WE
MAY BE DEPARTING. YOUR HELP
IS SINCERELY REQUESTED. IF THIS
NOTE IS POSSIBLLY FOUND PLEASE
NOTIFY MR. ROY_______ OF CORAL
KEY VILLAGE R. #1 BOX_____ MARATHON,
FLA. OF OUR DISTRESS. SHOULD ANY
EXPENSE BE INCURRED OR OTHER
WISE INFERRED PLEASE BILL JOE____
OF AN ADDRESS UNKNOWN
AT THIS TIME. WE RESPECTIFULLY
REQUEST YOUR INDULGENCE.
            THE  DISTRESSED

About the Author: After getting out of the Army Bob Kranich backpacked from the Georgia border to Key West in a 40 day adventure walk across Florida. His recently published book A Walk Across Florida is available from his website or Amazon.com