Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Obituaries - Jessie Humphrey, Jane Swails

Jane Travis Swails passed away on July 20, 2014 at Joanne's House at Hope Hospice of Bonita Springs after aggressive battles with cancer. Jane was a Fort Myers native and graduated from Fort Myers High. She was 58.

Jane is survived by her loving and dedicated husband Mike, daughter Ginger, granddaughters Gwendolyn, Gracie and Gabriella and grandson, Benito, her mother Marjorie Starkey Travis, sister Marjorie Katherine "Kay" , brothers Eddie (Jeanette) and Mark (Kelly), several nieces and nephews, as well as several close friends whom she considered family. She was predeceased by her father, Harold E. Travis.

Jane retired from the Lee County Clerk of Courts after 23 years. She was loved and respected by those who worked with her. Jane was the longtime Criminal Clerk for Judge Maria Gonzalez. She was also dedicated to several activities with her family and grandchildren, such as 4-H, Bull Pit Ministries and the Horse Community Projects.

A celebration of Life service is scheduled on Friday, July 25, at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, 560 E. Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle at 3 p.m. with a covered dish pot luck reception to follow at the LaBelle Rodeo Grounds, Hwy 29 Rodeo Drive, LaBelle.


Jessie L Humphrey, Jr age 85, of Lake Placid, formally of Clewiston passed peacefully away in Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease with his family by his side.

Jessie was born on December 06, 1928, in Alamo, Georgia to Jessie L. and Evie Harville Humphrey. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1948-1952. He met and married the love of his life, Joyce Peacock. Jessie was a self-employed insurance agent for many years.

Jessie leaves behind his loving wife, Joyce, two daughters; Diana Thompson and Lou Ann Rawls, and one son; Larry Humphrey, along with four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, two sisters; Eleanor Weathers and Edwina Sanders. Many other family members also survive.

Life celebrating services will be held Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Canal Point Baptist Church where Dr. Bill Taylor is officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until service time in the church. Burial at 2 p.m. in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Why You're Feeling So Hot And Miserable

It's Not The Humidity, It's The Dew Point That's Making It Stifling

LABELLE, FL. -- You've been able to take the summer heat all through June and the beginning July, but this week you're feeling miserable outside of an air-conditioned building. Why is that? The temperature, the humidity?

Most people think high humidity is why they feel miserable. Well, that's not exactly they truth of the matter.

It's not just the humidity that making you feel stressed. Relative humidity numbers actually are the highest early in the morning when the air is more saturated with moisture, as the sun obviously hasn't been able to burn off that moisture. But mornings are often very pleasant feeling. So what's going on here?

It's really the dew point that's causing the discomfort our body feels, the the abnormally high "heat index" numbers we see on weather reports.

The body is normally at about 98.6 degrees, so if the temperature of the air is well below that, it's able to use the skin and perspiration and any breeze blowing across the skin to keep one feeling cool. But, as the temperature rises, the "dew point" of the air also rises significantly, (that being the temperature at which if would rain or fog if the temperature fell to that point.)

A temperature of 90 degrees, and a dew point of 55 to 60 would feel comfortable, but when the dew point reaches 70 to 75, a typical situation in South Florida, you're feeling pretty bad! The higher the dew point the more humid it is, and your body is not able to cool itself down to meet the increased air temperature without more cooling breezes or evaporating moisture from the skin to keep the body comfortable

Summer Dew Points And How You Feel (courtesy of Washington Post)
Dew point
How Humid it Feels (and subjective description)
Below 55Dry (Pleasant)
55-60Hint of humidity (Still comfortable)
60-65Moist (Tolerable)
65-70Sticky (Becoming unpleasant)
70-75Muggy (Gross)
Above 75Sultry (Oppressive and unbearable)

Some of the consistently highest dew points in the U.S. are found along the Gulf Coast and in Florida. When dew point reaches the 70s that's when your body has a rough time keeping cool, and feels more uncomfortable as the dew point climbs.

The solution to staying comfortable (if you're not able to lower the dew point by going inside an air-conditioned space) is to find a way to cool the skin even when the dew point has risen. Start with fans blowing on yourself if inside a not air-conditioned space. 

When outside go to a shady place with a breeze blowing on your skin. Patting bit of water on your skin, allows cooling evaporation to take place, lowering your body's unpleasant feeling considerably.

When to shut or open the windows in a space that's not air conditioned?  A personal guideline for open vs. closed windows is to close them when the temperature is above 78 degrees or the dew point is above 57.

To find your current Heat Index, or how hot your body feels go to your favorite online weather service or try the National Weather Service's weather prediction service to calculate your own.

Florida Heat Index Map - Where It Feels Really Hot

To Calculate The Heat Index - "How Hot Your Body Feels"  from the National Weather Service.

High School Solar Cells Capture Sun's Energy

LABELLE, FL. -- LaBelle High School is part of Florida Power and Light's partnership program with communities across Florida to better understand and use solar energy. Across Florida, over 100 locations, including schools and other facilities have installed solar systems, turning sunshine into clean energy.

At the high school on Cowboy Way, east of the city, individual solar panels capable of producing 240 watts of energy each, are combined into arrays that can produce up to 5,000 watts an hour, or 5kW on a bright sunny day.

On average the school site has been producing about 21 kW hours each day. A typical home may use about 30 kW per day during the hottest summer months.

Statistics about the solar panel output is available for viewing here: LaBelle High School Solar System

Why Solar Is Not More Popular In Florida?

Florida Power And Light Solar Rebate Programs

Local News Blog Reaches 1,500,000 Views This Week


LABELLE, FL. - The Southwest Florida Online news blog this week passed the 1,500,000 page view mark,with now over 4,250 stories posted online, all of which can be searched on the news page by keywords or subject.

Editor, Don Browne thanks all his contributors and sponsors over the years who have kept an alternate news source available online for Southwest Florida, Hendry and Glades County.

Sponsors and Contributors:
Gary Peters Computer Services, email and website, phone (863) 675-7925
Alden A. Rumfelt, Attorney At Law, email, phone (863) 673-0251
Clewiston Pawn, Inc., phone (863) 983-7330
Kiwanis Club of LaBelle - "Changing the world one child and one community at a time"
Phillip's AC And Heating Services, phone (863) 675-2878
Armando's Barber Shop, phone (863) 673-2265
Randy's Garage, phone (863) 675-7603 tires, (863) 675-1032 auto services
Stratonet Internet Service, website, phone (888) 382-8503

Friday, July 18, 2014

Emergency Food Assistance Program Tuesday At Church

LABELLE, FL. -- Food from the Department of Agriculture's Emergency Food Assistance Program will be distributed Tuesday, July 22 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Caloosa Baptist Church in downtown LaBelle across from City Hall.

Partners in the operation, expectying to see 300 people participate in receiving food are the Harry Chapin Food Bank,, Walmart, and United Way.

Food distribution is limited to families on government assistance including SNAP, Medicaid, TANF, and SSI or those with qualifying low income.  Forms will be available to qualify. Bring boxes and bags to hold the food.