Sunday, January 20, 2019

Eclipse Of The Moon Tonight

Watching The Eclipse Of The Moon

LABELLE, FL. -- Tonight will be a rare opportunity to see an eclipse of the moon as the sun casts a shadow of the earth on the full moon.

The partial phase of the eclipse begins at 9:36 pm Eastern time. The full eclipse will be seen as a blood-red shadow cast on the moon begins at 11:41 pm Eastern and finishes at 12:43 am on Monday morning.

Here's what you will see from a video and commentary by Don Browne of the eclipse of the full moon that happened April 2014, as the earth stood between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the moon; the stray sun beams around the edge of the moon creating a reddish hue on the entire moon for several hours that morning.

Click on the YouTube logo (or click here) to go to the YouTube channel to select different sections of time to view parts of the 45 minute video.

Celebration In The Sky Fireworks At Casino

IMMOKALEE, FL. -- "Celebration in the Sky," described as the largest land-based fireworks show in Southwest Florida was presented January 19 at the Seminole Casino in Immokalee.

The show Saturday night was produced by Zambelli Fireworks, one of the largest fireworks companies in the world.

Zambelli's productions are some of the largest in the world. Their displays include a variety of shells and high-intensity multi-shot devices choreographed to lights and a custom soundtrack.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Medicare Advantage Enrollment Until March 31

 The new year once again brings new changes to Medicare. One of the biggest of these changes is the new Medicare Advantage open enrollment period. The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida and the SHINE/SMP Program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders/Senior Medicare Patrol) wants seniors to know that they may be able to take advantage of this new period, which is currently underway and continues through March 31.

“Medicare Advantage open enrollment gives beneficiaries with buyer’s remorse an opportunity to switch plans,” explains Camilita Aldridge, SHINE Manager at the Area Agency on Aging (AAASWFL). “In past years, folks with Medicare Advantage had just six weeks switch back to Original Medicare. Now, they have three full months to either switch back or choose a more suitable Advantage plan.”

AAASWFL’s SHINE counselors are available to help beneficiaries evaluate their choices during Medicare Advantage open enrollment. Volunteer SHINE counselors provide free, unbiased, and personalized assistance with Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug plans, and long-term care insurance options. SHINE is a program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and part of the national SHIP Program. 

Medicare Advantage plans, sometimes called Part C plans, are typically HMOs or PPOs offered by private insurance companies. They cover all of the services offered by Original Medicare but typically work with a network of local providers. Most Part C plans also provide prescription drug coverage.

This year, many Medicare Advantage plans are offering more supplemental benefits than in the past. Thanks to changes in Medicare, nearly half of the plans available are now offering coverage for items like transportation services, nicotine replacement therapy, and even over-the-counter medications. While these new benefits can be enticing, not everyone needs them.
“Many times, people enroll in a Part C plan because they heard rave reviews from a friend or neighbor, but we all have different needs,” explains Aldridge. “Depending on your doctor, your medical conditions, your prescriptions, and your budget, there might be a better plan for you. Our counselors can help you evaluate all of the plans available to you, and the service is completely free.”

Beneficiaries who are currently enrolled in Part C plans may switch plans once during the Medicare Advantage open enrollment period. However, people who are currently enrolled in Original Medicare may not take advantage of this new open enrollment period. 

SHINE empowers seniors, their caregivers, and family members to make informed decisions about health care coverage. SHINE counselors can also help beneficiaries understand benefits available through Medicare, like preventative health care services. Additionally, SHINE counselors assist low-income Medicare beneficiaries with applying for cost-savings programs and educate beneficiaries to protect, detect, and report potential errors, fraud, and abuse with their Medicare coverage. 

AAASWFL provides SHINE counseling services at locations across Southwest Florida. To make an appointment with a SHINE counselor, call AAASWFL’s toll-free Elder Helpline at 1-866-413-5337 (866-41-ELDER). A list of counseling sites can also be found on the statewide SHINE website:

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Obituaries - Edward Soulliere, Scott Martin

On Sunday January 13, 2019 Edward Soulliere, loving husband and father of three children, passed away peacefully at Hope Hospice House.
He was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on June 2, 1942, to Edward Sr. and Jeanette LeBlanc. 
He moved to Detroit, Michigan with his high school sweetheart Lynne Flewelling where they settled down and got married.
He had a little Hardware Wholesale business where he travelled the state of Michigan; he was very big in Consumer Advocacy for the Appliance Industry he also worked in the Appliance Industry.
He enjoyed playing hockey as a goalie in an Over 30 league in Livonia, Michigan. When they arrived in LaBelle they got involved in the Firehouse Community Theatre where he sang with the Firehouse Singers and also was a volunteer at the Theatre.  His Church Family was very important to him; he served on the Council at Christ the King Lutheran Church.
Edward was preceded in death by his father Edward, mother Jeanette and his sister Linda. He leaves behind his wife Lynne, three children, Kelly, Robin & Eddie (Gillian), his brother Randy (Karen) and sister in law Karen Nosotti, his grandchildren Tim (Dana), Billy (Darsie), Josh (Christie Ann), Michelle (Brooks),  Chelsea (Emilie), Flynn, nieces and nephews, Shannon (Chad), Chris (Emma), Kevin (Francesca), Kim (Ken), Randi Lynn, Kelsie (Jessica), Kim (Locky) and Jason, great nieces & nephews Tiffany, Dylan, Nicholas, Michael, Emily, Jax, Sabrina, Addison, along with five great grandchildren, Kayleigh, Jayden, Colton, & Kayleb and many many very close friends.
A celebration of life will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 350 CR 78, LaBelle, Florida at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday January 27, 2019.
Scott R. Martin, 62 passed away unexpectedly in LaBelle Florida on Jan. 10, 2019 with his best friend and wife of 35 years, Anne, by his side.
Scott was born Jan. 19, 1956 in Saranac Lake, NY. And lived in Glastonbury, CT for 39 years before moving to Florida in 2018.
'Scooter', as he was known to family and friends, was an outgoing and larger than life individual. He befriended many who knew they could always count on him for help.
Scooter enjoyed playing golf and following sports, especially his New England Patriots. He was an enthusiastic fisherman and was very proud of the large bass he recently caught in Florida's Caloosahatchee River.
In the past several years he developed a passion for grilling and smoking meats. His family and friends enjoyed many delicious meals prepared by him. Scooter loved his family. While in CT he was a boisterous and well-known fan of his four CT nephews at their hockey, lacrosse, soccer, baseball and football games.
He was predeceased by his parents, Bob and Peggy Martin of Saranac Lake, NY and his father-in-law Oscar W. Hoffman, Bowling Green, OH and Labelle, FL.
Besides his wife, Anne, he will be greatly missed by his immediate family: brothers Kevin Martin (Licia) of Newport NC, and their children John Robert and Amy; Robert Martin of Durham NC; Dan Martin of East Hartford CT and daughter Karlee; and sister Michelle Martin-Kersey (Colleen) of Woodbridge VA and son Cogan.
Scooter was also a well-loved member of the Hoffman family including his mother-in-law, Marie Hoffman, of St. Petersburg FL; brother-in law: Gary Hoffman (Deborah) of Del Ray FL and sons Adam Hoffman (Jessica), Brett Hoffman (Lindsay), Craig Hoffman (Clarisse) and Zachary Hoffman; brother-in-law Michael Hoffman (Lynne) of Marietta GA and children Megan Zeller, Jessica Kipp (Brian), Kristy Hoffman, Bob Hoffman (Laura); sister-in-law Susan Wagner (Dan) of Bowling Green OH and children Andrea Ditzig (Adam), Garret Euler (Marissa), and Danielle Wagner; sister-in-law Barbara Hoffman of Redlands CA; brother-in-law Steve Hoffman (Cynthia) of Tierra Verde FL and sons Bryan Hoffman (Michael), Brandon Hoffman and Andrew Hoffman.
There will be a memorial service in Saranac Lake, NY at a later date.
Donations can be made in Scott Martin's memory to The Bowling Green State University Hoffman Scholarship Fund. (Contact Ken McIntire 419-262-1833).
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
Severa M. Herrera, age 77, of Clewiston, passed away January 9, 2019 in Loxahatchee.
She was born July 26, 1941 in Dilley, TX, to the late Jesus and Matilda (Gonzales) Mendoza.
Survivors include her husband: Domingo Herrera Jr., two sons: Domingo Herrera II and Jesus Herrera, three daughters: Agnes Gonzalez, Jessica Herrera and Yomeida Herrera, thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren and two sisters: Francisca Miranda and Concepcion Mendoza.
Services will be private.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Info On Arsonists Sought By Forest Service

PALMDALE, FL  On Saturday, January 12, 2019, the Florida Forest Service and Glades County Fire Department responded to several arson set wildfires on the western part of Lake Okeechobee, Curry Island at Vance Whidden County Park. 

Dried out marshes fueled the inaccessible 300-acre wildfire. Even though the wildfire posed no immediate threat to structures, smoke has impeded visibility along State Road 78 and neighboring communities. Over the weekend, the Florida Highway Patrol has strategically placed smoke-on-the-highway signs to warn commuters to use caution in the area. Commuters are advised to be aware of intermittent road closures due to smoke.

In an effort to control the fire, a 1,500-acre burn-out operation is currently being implemented by the Florida Forest Service. “Forestry Firefighters are setting fire along a control line (roads and existing natural barriers) to consume the fuel between the edge of the fire and the control line,” explained Forest Area Supervisor Joe deBree with the Florida Forest Service. “The goal is to create a “black” or burned area so when the oncoming fire meets the “black” area, there will be no more fuel for it to consume, and the fire will eventually burn itself out. By using this burnout technique, firefighters are reducing the overall duration of the incident by speeding up the burning process which would likely burn naturally for days.”

The Florida Forest Service is asking the public for information about the cause of this wildfire, please contact their office at (863) 467-3221 and ask to speak to the district manager or fire investigator. Woods arson is a felony in Florida and, when convicted, the guilty person could serve up to five years in prison, pay a fine of $5,000 and be liable for the cost of suppressing the fire.