Sunday, November 18, 2018

Senator Nelson's Statment On Loss In Election

ORLANDO, Fla. – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson issued the following statement today on the final results of Florida’s U.S. Senate race:

“Well, things worked out a little differently than Grace and I had hoped. But let me say, I by no measure feel defeated.

“And that’s because I have had the privilege of serving the people of Florida and our country for most of my life.

“And I don’t think anyone could have been as blessed. It has been a rewarding journey as well as a very humbling experience.

“I was not victorious in this race but I still wish to strongly re-affirm the cause for which we fought: A public office is a public trust.

“First, I want to say thanks to all of you who rallied to our cause, you walked the precincts, knocked on the doors, made phone calls, and contributed your time and your resources.

“And with an optimistic heart, I wish to say something else: We may have been heavily outspent in this campaign, but we were never outworked.

“To all Floridians, whether you voted for me, or for my opponent, or you didn't vote at all, I ask that you to never give up this fight.

“You must fight to protect the fundamental right to health care and against any attempt to rollback our progress on things like pre-existing conditions.

“You must fight to preserve the natural wonders of this state, from the Everglades to the Pine Forests to the beaches and offshore waters.

“Say ‘no’ to drilling - not one rig off our coastline.

“As a country, we need to continue to launch rockets and explore the heavens.

“I have seen the blue brilliance of the earth from the edge of the heavens. And I will fight on to save this planet, our homes and our cities, from the spreading plague of the greenhouse gases that infect our atmosphere, and play havoc with our weather, and risks the planet our children and grandchildren will inherit.

“Every single one of us needs to keep fighting to strengthen Social Security and Medicare, for the generations that are there and to come. It’s your Medicare, it’s your Social Security; you pay into those programs. They belong to you, and not to the politicians who are plotting to rob your retirement.

“I will continue to fight on and on for the inalienable human rights that are the soul and glory of the American experiment: civil rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, and the sacred right to vote.

“We must end all forms of voter suppression, make it easier for Americans to vote, and honor the ideal that we are governed by the majority and not by the minority rule.

“There are great decisions ahead that will shape the course and character of America in the 21st century.

“And yes, I will continue to fight hard for what’s right, and I will also encourage others to seek common ground with their colleagues on the other side of the aisle.

“Inevitably, at times, that effort will fall short. But we have to try. We have to move beyond a politics that aims not just to defeat but to destroy; where truth is treated as disposable, where falsehoods abound, and the free press is assaulted as the ‘enemy of the people.’

“There’s been a gathering darkness in our politics in recent years. My hope today can be found in the words of John F. Kennedy, who said civility can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.

“Thank you, all. God bless you, and God bless our country.”

At The Firehouse Theatre November 30

The Firehouse Theatre Presents "Assisted Living, the Musical".
This hilarious show pokes fun at ourselves and the senior situations that always seem to arise. The Pelican Roost is a full-service retirement village for those embracing their twilight years and the funny facts of life that comes along with them. This show tells the tales that your Granny would never tell and will knock you off your rocker!! Get ready to laugh until you cry!

Tickets are on sale now at or call the ticket hotline at (863) 675-3066 (Leave a detailed message and someone will return your call).

The play is being directed by Maureen Duecette and will be presented on Nov 30, Dec 1, 2 and Dec 7, 8, 9.(Friday and Saturday shows are at 7pm, Sunday shows are at 2pm)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Noreen Berden Opens Furniture Chalk Paint Shop

LABELLE, FL. -- Noreen Berden is sharing her vintage and re-purposed furniture and chalk painting supplies at the Cottage Under The Oaks at 95 Fort Thompson Street in LaBelle. The Cottage features vintage clothing and items. 

Noreen's Prissy Possum has vintage furniture, Miss Lillian's No Wax Paint and supplies for furniture chalk painting and recycled goods.

Noreen says her shop has "Delightfully Junky Stuff. See her web page at

The Cottage Under the Oaks and Noreen's Prissy Possum shop opened for business today,

Friday, November 16, 2018

Dannie Kilpatrick Dies At 95

Dannie Kilpatrick, age 95, of Moore Haven, passed away at home November 11, 2018.
She was born June 15, 1923 in Moultrie, GA, to the late James Ivie and the late Maggie (Blanton) Ammons. She was a few months old when her family moved to a farm in Madison County Florida. Dannie married the love of her life D.R. Kilpatrick on July 14, 1948. They lived around the Okeechobee area before moving to Clewiston in 1959, then moving to Moore Haven in 1980. She received the Citizen of the Year award in 1994 and was a member of various Cattle Associations and other organizations such as Friends of the Library and the Eastern Star. Dannie proudly became an honorary Glades County Deputy for her 95th Birthday. Dannie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many people and will be greatly missed.
Dannie is survived by her children: James Russell Kilpatrick (Marylou), Troy Wendell Kilpatrick, Ann Akin (Cecil) and Drayton Kilpatrick, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; D.R. Kilpatrick, children; Linda Sue Lucey and Laurlene K. Mims and grandchildren; David Kilpatrick and Jimmy Kilpatrick.
Visitation was Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 05:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm at the Ortona Cemetery Pavilion, Moore Haven with Pastor John Booher officiating.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Dannie to: Glades County Library, P.O. Box 505, Moore Haven, FL 33471; Real Life Children Ranch, 7777 US Hwy 441 SE, Okeechobee, FL 34974 or to David Kilpatrick Memorial Scholarship, checks may be made payable to: Moore Haven High School Scholarship Organization, P.O. Box 795, Moore Haven, FL 33471
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Sandra McClinton Speaking At December 1 Meet

Can Women Improve Hendry County Voter Turnout?

Hendry County's 50.45% voter turnout for the recent Midterm Election was substantially higher than most of our recent city and county elections; however, it was the lowest turnout of all Florida's 67 counties including those in the Florida Panhandle that were still in the early stages of recovering from Hurricane Michael.  

Hendry County and its rival for consistently having the highest unemployment rate in the state, Sumter County, trailed the average turnout out by some 15 percentage points.  What causes this voter apathy and how can it be corrected?

Perhaps establishing chapters of the Florida Democratic Women's Club in Hendry County can help identify and solve the problem.  Sandra McClinton, former chair of the Lee County Democratic Party and current district chair of Democratic Women's Clubs in Southwest Florida, will be a speaker at the 9:30 a.m. December 1 meeting of the Hendry County Democratic Party to be held at the Pioneer Plantation home of Henry and Victoria Avellaneda, 2100 Riviera Avenue, Clewiston 33440.  

Now is the time to start planning for increased voter participation by Hendry County's voters in the 2020 election cycle. This meeting is open to the public, and all Hendry County Democrats interested in learning what can be done to encourage and improve citizen participation in government are invited and welcome.