Monday, November 23, 2015

Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

Frostproof, Fla. – A timeless Christmas family tradition of selecting a Christmas tree comes alive at Lake Wales Ridge State Forest. Explore a beautiful state forest, select a sand pine tree from the Arbuckle Tract and harvest your own Florida Christmas tree for ten dollars.

“You will need to bring your own hand saw and recommend gloves,” states District Manager Kawika Bailey, Florida Forest Service. “We invite you to meet our State Forest representative at the McLean Cabin prior to cutting your tree to ensure you obtain a special permit, adhere to tree size limitations and specific cutting locations.”

There are natural areas of scrub and sandhill ecosystems that contain dense sand pine saplings on the Lakes Wales Ridge State Forest and for five years the Annual Sand Pine Christmas Tree Sale has helped to thin out some of these stands on the Arbuckle tract. As part of management within these ecosystems, sand pine removal is desired in order to help maintain these ecosystems by not allowing sand pines to dominate these ecosystems.

Tree thinning is a term foresters apply to the removal of some trees from a stand to give others more room to grow. Trees spaced closely together compete for sunlight, water and nutrients. As these trees grow, each places increasing demands upon the site’s resources. The larger trees simply need more water, nutrients and sunlight than they did when smaller. Eventually, the site reaches a point where it can no longer support all of the young forest’s trees; weak trees die from resource limitations.

“You can help create a healthy forest and take home your own Florida Christmas tree,” explains Kawika.

Please contact Lakes Wales Ridge State Forest for select dates and times

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest
(863) 589-0545
851 CR 630 East
Frostproof, FL 33843

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Museum Monthly Meeting Featuring Tour Of Pioneer Aiken House

LABELLE, FL. -- Patricia Newell Johnson will present a short slide presentation at LaBelle Heritage Museum's 7 p.m. Thursday, December 3rd program meeting of moving and setting up the H A Rider House and Law Office from its location on the corner of Hickpochee Avenue and Lee Street when Clewiston National Bank now Seacoast National Bank first donated the buildings to the fledgling local museum to its move to a temporary location on South Lee Street made available by the Board of County Commissioners to their final home as an integral part of the LaBelle Heritage Museum Complex at 360 North Bridge Street in the Downtown LaBelle Historic District.

Following the short program, members and guests will be invited to take a short tour of the house built in 1905 by pioneer blacksmith George Aiken that also served as home to both Paul Eddy, editor of LaBelle's first weekly newspaper "The Caloosahatchee Current" as well as being Hendry County's first School Superintendent, and E. M. Cornette, one of Hendry County's early County Judges, before it became the longtime home of H. A. Rider and his family. Rider served as County Attorney, County Judge and Mayor of LaBelle during his 40-odd years in LaBelle and still has descendants living here.

Museum Vice-President Keitha Daniels has been instrumental in the current renovation and restoration project in the Aiken-Rider House along with decorating it for the Christmas Holidays and the December 12th Festivities in the Downtown LaBelle Historic District culminating with the Lighted Boat Parade sponsored by the museum.

Parking at LaBelle Heritage Museum itself is limited. However, Rene Curtis Pratt at Harold P. Curtis Honey Co. immediately across North Bridge Street from the museum has graciously volunteered the use of the Honey House's parking lot to LHM members and guests for its evening programs.

Eric Smikle Dies At 85

Eric Smikle, age 85, of LaBelle, passed away November 16, 2015 in LaBelle.

He was born Jan. 1, 1930 in Mandeviile, Jamaica, West Indies to the late Albert and the late Isadora (Williams) Smikle. He has lived in Florida since 2010 and also resided in New York from 1974 to 2010, in London from 1956 to 1974 and in Jamaica from 1930 to 1956.

Survivors include his sons: Jason Smikle and Steven Smikle, daughters: Vivienne Smikle and Yvonne Smikle, sister: Amy Smikle, grandsons: Brian Dacosta, Jason Smikle, Jr., Warren Smikle, Trevor Smikle, Austin Smikle, granddaughters: Peterkay Smith, Xiomara Cardenas-Smikle, Dallas Smikle, Jordan Smikle, six great-grandchildren, sister in law, Mervel Smikle; nephews: Ian Smikle; Brian Smikle; Raymond Smikle and Joseph Williams and niece: Bridgette Williams and daughter-in-law, Calara Cardenas.

He also was preceded in death by his brothers: Richard Smikle, James Williams and Arnold Jones, nephew, Olive Jones and niece, Sissy Jones.

A memorial service was held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Tracy Miller Wins At Social

Tracy Miller won a Cappuccino Machine at the recent Kiwanis and Chamber of Commerce Social at the Kiwanis Thrift Store in LaBelle.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Obituaries - Brianne Kirschner, Eula Johnson

Brianne M Kirschner, age 34, of Clewiston, passed away November 13, 2015 in Wellington. She was born Sep. 2, 1981 in Homer, LA.

She is survived by her husband: Matthew C. Kirschner, son: Matthew Craig Kirschner,Jr and three daughters: Rachael Nichol, Shauna Peacock, Heaven Peacock, mother: Jessica. She was preceded in death by her sister Penny.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 11:00 am at New Harvest Church, Clewiston.

Eula Vivian Johnson, age 75, of South Bay, passed away November 15, 2015, in Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade, Florida.

She was born March 22, 1940, in Mitchell County, NC, to the late Braxton and the late Decima (Meredith) McKinney. Mrs. Johnson married Charles Johnson. Mrs. Johnson worked as an Agricultural Research Technician for many years before retiring.

Survivors include her husband: Charles Johnson one sister: Gladys Saxon, three brothers: Norris McKinney, Wade McKinney, Wayne McKinney and several nieces and nephews and friends.

A Graveside service was held Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm at Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston with Rev. Rod Ruby officiating. Interment was in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston.