Monday, March 25, 2019

Bird Migration With Kate Borduas April 8

LABELLE, FL. -- Learn about the how and why birds are able to make epic migration journeys during Kate Borduas presentation “Myths and Mysteries of Migration” at the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society meeting at 7 pm, Monday April 8, 2019 at the Dallas Townsend Hendry County Extension Building 1085 Platt Boulevard, LaBelle.

For most of history people observed that birds disappeared in cold weather - but no one knew where they went or why. Modern ornithologists have now learned a great deal about the “How and Why” of migration and the truth is every bit as amazing as those earlier fictions

Kate Borduas is a Florida Master Naturalist, President of the SunCoast Chapter of Master Naturalists and Florida Scrub Jay Docent. She volunteers, leads excursions and gives presentations with the goal of initiating folks into the wonders of nature.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Obituaries - Magan Raynor, Vivian Kehl, Victoriano Vasquez

Magan May Raynor, age 23, of Immokalee, passed away March 18, 2019 in Estero.
She was born Dec. 21, 1995 in Fort Myers, FL, to Lisa Raynor. Magan worked as a cook. She was a loving daughter, mother and friend who will be missed by everyone who knew her.
She leaves behind her loving mother; Lisa Raynor, her adorable children; Silas Navarrete, and Aliana Raynor along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
Funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Immokalee on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., where visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. Burial will take place in Baptist Cemetery next to her grandparents.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Vivian Kay Kehl, age 59, of LaBelle, passed away March 18, 2019 in Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres.
She was born Sep. 2, 1959 in El Centro, CA, to Barton L and the late Barbara M (Kopp) Stehle. Vivian married James Kehl; he survives. Vivian was a store manager for Handy Convenience Store in LaBelle for many years. She and her husband moved to LaBelle 19 years ago from Wisconsin. Vivian was a sweet caring and loving wife, mother, sister and friend who will be missed dearly by everyone who knew her and loved her.
Vivian also leaves behind her father; Barton Stehle, children; Michael, Tyler and Michelle, siblings; Bill Stehle, Linda Sweet, Patty Warner, and Wilma Pitts along with many nieces, nephews and other family members.
Memorial gathering for family and friends will be held from 5-7 pm Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home. Come share your memories of Vivian with her family and other friends.
Victoriano Vazquez, age 77, of Clewiston, passed away March 9, 2019 in Loxahatchee.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Clewiston, Clewiston with Pastor Raul Zaldivar officiating. Interment will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston. Visitation was Friday, 30 minutes prior to service at First Baptist Church of Clewiston, Clewiston, FL.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Good And Bad - 2019 Health Ratings For Hendry/Glades

Hendry and Glades Counties —The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties said today it "recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2019 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation." This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available here to study the rating made in the 2019 report.

Out of 67 Florida counties, Hendry ranked 32nd in health outcomes (length of life and quality of life); 36th in health behaviors, 65th in clinical care, 67th (lowest in Florida) in social and economic factors, and 11th in physical environment.

Glades county scored respectively in the above categories: 48th in health outcomes, 49th in health behaviors. 67th (lowest in Florida) clinical care, 53rd social and economic factors, 2nd in physical environment.

Common to both counties compared to the rest of the U.S. are high unemployment, single parent families, children in poverty, lack of primary care physicians, dentists, and mental health providers.

“This report reflects county level rankings, but to promote health and preventative care, it involves many partners including governmental agencies, school/education, businesses, civic organizations, and members of our community. This report helps our communities to understand that where we live, work, learn and play can have effects on our overall health.” said Joe Pepe, Health Officer/Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties.

These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country, and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners. The health department works in collaboration with local governments, non-profit organizations, health care facilities, business groups, schools, faith-based organizations and many other stakeholders to improve the health of all people in Hendry and Glades Counties. These rankings use data related to physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.

“In an effort to improve our overall health, local stakeholders, partners and volunteers meet regularly as a group called the “Healthier Hendry/Glades Task Force”. This group has been engaged in community health assessments. These assessments included input from the public in ‘hard to reach areas’ and identified some ideas that we will use to structure our efforts to improve the health in our communities.” said Lisa Sands, Manager for United Way Hendry/Glades.

In Hendry and Glades Counties, the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health that have been identified by the community. The department has partnered with many stakeholders to implement the CHIP and collaborates regularly to track progress. “The collaboration of the Healthier Hendry/Glades Task Force has been instrumental in the revision and implementation of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) in Hendry and Glades Counties” Pepe said.

To explore more health indicators in your county, visit County Health Ratings.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Scam Phone Calls From IRS - Warning To Taxpayers

By Sherry Young, 
Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator

Tax season is underway, and unfortunately that means that phone scam season is also in full swing. Every year, the Internal Revenue Service sees a surge in scam phone calls to taxpayers, and each year the scammers seem to become more sophisticated and aggressive when targeting us. According to the IRS, scammers have bilked Americans out of more than $63 million in the past six years. The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida wants to ensure that you’re aware of these scams—and that you know what to do if a scammer tries to contact you.

Most of these scams come in the form of phone calls claiming to be from the IRS. Potential phone scam victims are often told they owe money that must be paid immediately. Fake “IRS agents” may threaten their victims with arrest, prison, deportation, or other penalties if they don’t pay a bogus tax bill. When unsuccessful on the first attempt, phone scammers may call back trying a new strategy.

To try to fool their victims, scammers may use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They may be able to recite the last four digits of our Social Security numbers, or even make it look like the IRS is calling by spoofing the IRS toll-free number on our caller IDs. If they know our email addresses, they may even send bogus IRS emails to their victims to support their phone calls.

While the situation may seem helpless, there are some important facts to keep in mind if you think you may be the target of a potential IRS scam. First, the IRS will always send taxpayers written notification via U.S. mail—not a phone call, not an email, and not a text message. The IRS never asks for credit or debit card information or bank account numbers over the phone, and will never demand immediate payment over the phone. And even if you owe the IRS money, agents will not take enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation.

While it’s important to recognize these scams, its equally as important to report them so our friends, families, and neighbors don’t fall victim. If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, politely hang up then do one of these two things:

If you owe taxes—or think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at their phone number: 800-829-1040. The IRS employee on the phone can help you with your payment issue.

If you know you don’t owe taxes—or if the caller makes threats of arrest, deportation, or something similar, report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at (800) 366-4484. You should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” at

Your local Area Agency on Aging has resources and information on how seniors can protect themselves from identity theft and other scams. You can call AAASWFL’s Elder Helpline at 866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER) to request materials or a presentation on these topics and other forms of financial abuse and fraud.

Critically Injured Passenger In Port LaBelle Crash

LABELLE, FL. -- Joseph Knotek, 52 of LaBelle was traveling south on Birchwood Parkway near S.R. 80 in a 2006 Ford E-250 truck at 3:35 p.m. Monday and failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the roadway to the right.

The truck overturned off road and came to final rest upright facing east.

Notification of next of kin is pending for the critically 27-year old injured passenger.

Knotek had minor injuries and the FHP is investigating whether alcohol or drugs were factors in the driver or passenger. Both were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital.

Charges are pending investigation.