Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Music At L.J. Nobles Center Friday

LABELLE, FL. --  Join Marlin Yelton and Cor-Nan Coldiron Fridays from 12 to 2 p.m. for music and jamming at the L.J. Nobles Senior Center on Cowboy Way (The Hope Center next to the airport).

Bring yourself, friends, a musical instrument and join in for an informal music session every Friday.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Walk Across Florida - Gold Head State Park

Excerpts from A Walk Across Florida by Bob Kranich

At times I had some unusual happenings on my cross state adventure. The following is one of them. This part of my story also continues to show the friendliness of strangers I met along the way.

It was chilly and damp from the weather the previous night….

My map showed me that there was a railroad “Y” just south of Starke on the main Seaboard Air Line track heading towards Gainesville. This would take me towards the east a couple of miles…...

I headed down the railroad track and sure enough, there was the “Y” and the Seaboard Air Line branch line heading east. There was a railroad freight station almost at the “Y”. A station attendant hollered in a friendly way to me as I walked by,

“I bet when you get to a stream you’ll take a swim!” I laughed and shook my head yes.

It was nice hiking this old track. It was also overgrown like the two other tracks I had been on. The ties were sunk in the dirt, consequently there were no bumps. It was very much like hiking a woodland trail….

There was a dark oil stain down the center of the tracks. I guessed that the diesel switcher that made this run must be a very old veteran. According to my map the railroad curved to the northeast and that was when I should find a road on the right heading south. The track made its turn to the northeast. There then appeared on the left side of the tracks signs on some pine trees:

Posted No Hunting Keep Out

Du Pont Industries

My map had the crossed picks on it which stood for a mining operation. A small one-lane paved road came in from the left; it had a cattle guard across it. This road crossed the tracks so I took it to the right. I didn’t see any signs there. As I came out of the extreme dense vegetation along the railroad right-of-way, I was surprised. I was now in what had the appearance of desert-drifting sand dunes with occasional clumps of grass and low bushes hanging on precariously. It was really a mined over area. They had removed all of the top soil, took what they were looking for and left just sand. It seems that this mining operation was very large, for as far as I could see there was just sand and scrub vegetation.

I have since done some research on this Du Pont mining. The area is called the Trail Ridge Deposit*. It was discovered by Du Pont geologists in 1947. In it were heavy titanium minerals such as ilmenite, leucoxene and rutile…..

After about three miles I came to an intersection. There was another fence across the road that I was on….a sign proclaimed:

Road Closed Detour Impact Rd

Travel Safely

Stabilized by US Eng. Btn.

I took the road, supposedly called Impact Road heading east. There was no street sign on a post. After a couple of miles on this bright, hot, sandy road, I came to a small creek and filled my canteens. I didn’t know exactly where I was but I was heading in the right direction. In about 4 miles I came to a huge shiny aluminum tower on the left. I started to pass it but then reconsidered. I’d go up and look around, maybe I could see that forest tower that appeared on my map near the Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park. This would be my next destination and hopefully campsite for the evening. I set my pack down and started up. There were nice metal stairs and a handrail, freshly painted silver. On the top it had a roof and except for the posts holding it up and the metal locked shed, it was open with a railing all around. I was about 60 feet up and it was nice and windy up here This sure wasn’t a fire tower! The view was great. There was a clearing, and I could see water towers to the north and lots of lakes. I couldn’t see the fire tower southeast towards my destination. It was somewhat far away. I climbed down and was just about to put on my pack, when I saw a sign lying face down in the dirt at the base of the tower. My curiosity got the best of me and I flipped it over. It read,

Navy Bombing

Target Tower

About the Author: After getting out of the Army Bob Kranick 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

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Obituaries - Rafael Miranda, Ralph Taylor

Rafael Miranda, age 89, of LaBelle, passed away July 20, 2016 in LaBelle. He was born July 7, 1927 in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, to the late Pablo and the late Aurelia (Febo) Miranda.

He is survived by his wife: Delia Reyes, son: Carlos Miranda, three sisters: Ana Miranda, Josefina Miranda and Carmen Miranda, grandchildren, Ivonne Miranda-Lomax and Natalie Miranda.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 25, 2016 at 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL. Interment with military honors will be Monday, July 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm in Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, FL.

Ralph L. Taylor, age 87, of Felda, was called home by the Lord July 21, 2016 in peace at home. He was born Mar. 9, 1929 in Felda, FL, to the late Emory S. and the late Elsie (Sumner) Taylor.

Ralph was a lifetime resident of Felda. He was a deacon of the Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church.

He is survived by his sons: James R. Taylor (Diane), Paul E. Taylor (Sandra), David Taylor; daughters: Joanne T. Sutton (Phillip), Martha E. Estep (Bob), eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Comella Taylor and brothers, Stancil Taylor and Norman Taylor.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 11:00 am at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church, with elder Hollis Albritton, Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Felda Cemetery, Felda. Visitation will be Monday, July 25, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home – LaBelle.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Obituaries - Glen Hudson, Daniel Piotrowski

Glen Dee Hudson, age 77, of LaBelle, passed away suddenly July 19, 2016 at his home. He was born Apr. 22, 1939 in Westville, FL, to the late Walter Lee and Elvie Mae (Lashley) Hudson. 

Mr. Hudson married Sandra Faye Tillman. He served in the United States Army for two years in the Military Police division, receiving the Good Conduct Medal and Marksman Badge. He work for the Florida Department of Transportation for many years as a heavy equipment operator.

Survivors include his wife: Sandra Faye Hudson and two sons: Ronnie Hudson of LaBelle, FL and Michael Hudson of Ocala, FL, two sisters: Margaret Gunter and Mavis Hawthorn, Grandchildren: Randy Hudson, Amanda Hudson, Noah Pierson, Arthur Pierson, Emily Hudson, Ana Maria Hudson and McKenzie Hudson.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents, son; Randy Hudson, who passed away in 1990, grandson, Ronnie Hudson, Jr who passed away in 2011.

Celebration of Glen's Life will be held Friday, July 22, 2016 at 11:00 am at Caloosa Baptist Church, LaBelle with Dr. Les Morgan presiding. Interment with Military Honors conducted by the LaBelle American Legion in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Visitation will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

Daniel Lawrence Piotrowski, age 64, of Clewiston, passed away July 19, 2016 in Lehigh Acres with his loving husband at his side. Daniel was born in Utica, New York on July 18, 1952 to Richard and Julia Young Piotrowski. 

Daniel married Kenneth R. Alford. He worked for over 25 years as a Registered Nurse. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. He enjoyed playing the trumpet.

Daniel is survived by his loving husband of nineteen years; Kenneth R. Alford of Clewiston, Florida, his loving father; Richard Piotrowski of New Hartford, New York, his loving step-mother; Donna Piotrowski of Rome, New York, his caring siblings; Richard Piotrowski of Oviedo, Florida, Charmayne Talerico of Longs, South Carolina, Alan Piotrowski of Jacksonville, Florida, David Piotrowski of Longs , South Carolina, and Deana Gifune of Rome, New York, daughters; Sherry Ryczek of Albany, New York and Tina Piotrowski of Amsterdam, New York. Three grandsons and 2 granddaughters also survive Daniel.

Daniel was a loving and caring husband, son, brother, father, grandfather, and a delightful person to be around, who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Cremation arrangements are being handled by Akin-Davis Funeral Home- Clewiston.

Firehouse Players Ready For Coming Season

LABELLE, FL. -- The Firehouse Community Theatre season kicks off on October 28th with "Farce of Nature", a comedy about the crazy happenings at the finest little fishing lodge in the Ozarks. This play will win you over - hook, line and sinker. 

Then in December, get into the season with "Humbug", a Christmas Carol with a modern twist. If you ride by the Firehouse Theatre, you will see a kite in the oak tree. The kite, along with a big yellow sign is an exciting announcement of "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" (The Musical). It will please audiences of all ages in January. 

At the end of February, get ready to laugh along with "Drinking Habits II" where the Sisters of the Perpetual Sewing are back for more high jinks. 

In March, you can put on your boots for "A Little Bit Country", a fun musical review of some of your favorite country songs. For the final production (not part of season tickets) the "Off-Bridge-Street Production" will present "On Golden Pond", a funny study of an elderly couple facing their twilight years.

Open try-outs will be on Saturday, August 6th at 10am at the Firehouse Theatre on Bridge Street in LaBelle.