Thursday, July 19, 2018

Theatre Cleanup Day July 28

Theatre cleanup day can make a dramatic difference!
The LaBelle Firehouse Community Theatre invites you to join in their annual summer cleanup day on Saturday, July 28th from 8:30am until 12:30pm.

Come out to help give our theater some loving attention! During the busy rush of the season, with new shows opening days after one just closed, there are always things that just don't get done! Volunteers are welcome to come and go as they can.

As a ‘thank you”, the theatre will provide a free lunch to all volunteers!
“It’s a general day to dig out all the old set pieces, organize and just give the theatre a really good cleaning”, “said the Firehouse Theatre president Cindy Shough. “It’s a big project, but if you get 25 people to come in and help, it gets done pretty quick.” “We need to get some things organized and cleaned so we are ready for our exciting 26th Season!”

If you can help on clean-up day, great! If you can't, maybe you can stop by to take a tour of the theatre or ask any questions about future volunteer opportunities at the theatre.

The theatre is always in need of volunteers to help with productions, back stage help, lighting, sound, props, costumes, etc.
The current volunteers for the theatre include board members, actors, the director and supporters of local theater.

If you are interested, or if you have any questions, please call the theatre at (863) 675-3066. Leave a message and someone will return your call.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Obituaries - Betty Lewis, Robert Cockram

Betty Jean Roper Lewis, age 74 of Alva Florida died Friday July13 2018. Born in Rutherfordton North Carolina on December 20,1943. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Ethel Roper. Betty was a resident of Alva, Florida for 40+years.
She is survived by daughters, Lisa Sears and Lora Lewis. A sister Faye Womack and a brother Jimmy Roper. Grandchildren: Jessica, Jason (Christy), Jarred, Kalin and Megan (Alan). Great-Grandchildren: Olivia, Rebecca, Levi, Gavin, Colton, Cadence and Jackson.
She was preceded in death by, husband Herman Travis Lewis and son Travis Mark Lewis. Numerous brothers and sisters. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening July 17 from 6 to 8 at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home in Fort Myers. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 18 at the Alva Church of God in Alva with Rev. Jacob Newton officiating. Grave side service to follow at the Alva Cemetery.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Fort Myers.
Robert Stevens Cockram, age 56, of Moore Haven, passed away July 14, 2018 in Alva.
He was born Mar. 12, 1962 in Fort Myers, FL, to Paul and Sylvia (Thomas) Cockram. Robert worked for Aim Engineering for many years as a DOT Inspector. He attended First Christian Church in LaBelle. He enjoyed traveling to Georgia and spending time in the woods. Robert was a loving father, grandfather and brother to his entire family, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include three sons: Daniel Cockram of Moore Haven, FL, Caleb Cockram of Lakeland, FL and Josh Wooten of Lakeland, FL, and two daughters: Brittany Herring of Clewiston, FL and Valerie Howell of Okeechobee, FL, four brothers: Gerald (Susan) Herndon, Darrell Herndon, Richard Cockram and Michael Herndon, and three sisters: Cheryl Dix, Joyce (Bradley) Goode and Janet Hill, Grandchildren; Mackenzie Cockram, Emma Cockram, Sophia Cockram, Alaina Herring, Sara Howell, Dylan Howell.
Celebration of Robert's life will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 19, 2018 at First Christian Church in LaBelle, with Pastor W. T. Maddox, Jr officiating, visitation will be one hour prior to service. Burial is in Ortona Cemetery, Moore Haven. Family has requested casual attire for the service.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

LaBelle Bridge Closing Overnights And Weekends For Repairs

LABELLE, FL. -- Bridge repair and construction will begin in mid-August on the LaBelle Bridge. Note the Department of Transportation's announcement for details on closings and hours.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Fighting For Lower Drug And Insurance Costs - Commentary

I recently took my son to the emergency room after he suddenly became ill. Once the doctor completed his/her diagnosis we returned home to get my boy in bed and resting. I then went to the pharmacy for my son’s prescriptions. When it came my turn in line I was shocked by the high cost so I asked the pharmacist to hold off on the purchase until I could call the doctor’s office and find out if there was a cheaper alternative. While waiting for the call back from the doctor’s office I started talking with another person in line.
I said to him, “So, you in here filling a prescription? Are the prices ridiculous or what?” Not giving him a chance to respond I just kept on complaining, “Insurance doesn’t cover hardly anything these days even though it costs me $10,000 a year plus the $5000 deductible.”
He looked at me puzzled and said, “Really? At least you have insurance. Most people I know don’t have any insurance; they can’t afford it.“
It took a second and then I realized that I was complaining about something not everyone in this country has. We moved up in line and I stayed quiet the whole time thinking how my wife and I would feel and wondering what we would do if my family could not afford health insurance. Just the thought turned my stomach.
It struck me there and then why each election is so important. Right now too many of our politicians in Tallahassee and Washington are making decisions that protect the huge profits of insurance companies, drug makers, and private hospitals but ignore the medical needs of regular people. Other modern countries have health systems that take care of everyone’s basic needs at reasonable costs, so why can’t the USA have a system like these other nations or even simply allow me to buy medicare? Politicians say they are trying to get medical and insurance prices lower, but I think they will only end up recreating the low-end health policies with, like before, fine print that excludes pre-existing conditions and almost everything else from coverage.
A couple weeks ago at a meeting in LaBelle I met candidates for the Florida legislature who said they are running largely because of the health care issue. All four women share a concern for accessible, affordable health care. We need these women representing Hendry & Glades Counties.
Ramon Rodriquez, III

Friday, July 13, 2018

Volunteers For Health And Wellness

Glades & Hendry Counties, FL (July 13, 2018)— The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida is seeking volunteers to lead health and wellness workshops across the region. AAASWFL offers workshops to assist adults age 60 and over, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers in seven counties: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota.

Volunteers have the opportunity to lead fitness workshops focused on the unique needs of older adults. Specifically, these workshops are designed to teach older adults preventative measures to avoid falls, improve their balance, and manage chronic conditions. Classes include Tai Chi for Arthritis for Falls Prevention, A Matter of Balance, Walk With Ease, the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program, and Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. Training is provided for these programs, and AAASWFL provides mileage reimbursement for volunteers.

Workshops are typically held on weekday mornings and afternoons, so volunteers with flexible schedules are appreciated. Volunteers should also be at least 18 years of age, have a valid drivers’ license, and must be able to pass a background screening. While not mandatory, experience with teaching, instruction, public speaking, health care, nutrition, or community outreach is helpful.

In 2017, AAASWFL staff and volunteers led 30 health and wellness workshops across Southwest Florida, assisting nearly 500 individuals.

Potential volunteers may contact Sherry Young, AAASWFL Health & Wellness Coordinator, at (239) 652-6900 for more information. Volunteer applications can also be found at the AAASWFL