Thursday, February 21, 2019

Swamp Cabbage Festival Parade Saturday February 23

What's Happening For Swamp Cabbage Festival 2019
LABELLE, FL. -- The annual Swamp Cabbage Parade steps off on Park Avenue near the river at 10 a.m. Saturdaty and moves south down Bridge Street ending at the Catholic Church about 11 a.m. This is the second year the parade travels southward instead beginning at the Church and moving north.

After the parade, Barron Park takes the crowds Saturday and Sunday for free entertainment on the stage all day long including cloggers, vocalists, bands and dancers. For sale will be crafts, food and drink.

Nearly all the community organization, motels, and restaurants will be serving up music, food and beverages at their locations, and the annual rodeo entertains at the Rodeo Grounds, while the LaBelle Heritage Museum offers up boat rides and history lessons along the Caloosahatchee River Saturday and Sunday.

Photo: Budweiser Clydesdales from the 2018 Parade

Friday, February 15, 2019

Obituary - Susan J. Browning

Susan J Browning, age 68, of LaBelle, passed away February 13, 2019 in LaBelle.
She was born July 17, 1950 in Vero Beach, FL, to the late John B and Kathleene D (Hogan) Johns.
Survivors include her husband: Arthur E Browning
son: James E (Cathy) Beck
two daughters: Laura D (Bo) Norris and Amy S (Ronnie) English
Mother: Kathleene D (Hogan) Johns
two sisters: Janet (Juan) Santos and Kathleen (Kenny) Hamilton
13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren
Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:00 am at Christ Central Church 540 1st Street LaBelle with Mitchell Wills, Keith Barber, and Jim Yates officiating.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Susan G Komen Foundation.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Captain Chris And Little Toot At U Of Findlay Event

FORT MYERS, FL. -- LaBelle's own little "giving tugboat" Little Toot and Captain Chris made an appearance at the gathering of friends and alumni of the University of Findlay (Ohio) and the Mazza Musuem Tuesday evening at Pincher's Restaurant and Edison Marina in Fort Myers.

Captain Chris made a presentation about how he found Little Toot in LaBelle in a shed along the Caloosahatchee River, then owned by Mr. Campbell, and how finding the boat and the restoration of the 25-foot Crosby Tug became life changing for Chris.

The University's Mazza Museum, with one of the world's largest collections of original children's book art was represented by it's director Ben Sapp and a presentation of watercolor art by Linda Gramatky Smith, daughter of world famous author and artist Hardie Gramatky (photo left), a senior animator for Walt Disney, and author of the children's book Little Toot, first published in 1939.

Mrs. Smith finished Gramatky's  latest book in the series, Little Toot And The Loch Ness Monster in 1989 on the 50th anniversary of Little Toot, with the help of her mother Dorothea Cooke Gramatky, also an artist. Much of Gramatky's art and a copy of his desk is on display at the Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio

The University's President Dr. Katherine Fell and other faculty members also gave short presentations Tuesday night before an audience of about 100.

The University of Findlay is a private University established in 1882 known for science, health professions, animal science and equestrian studies programs.

Captain Chris has been sharing his stories and the non-profit Little Toot Foundation activities with the city of LaBelle community through cooperation with the Barron Library, LaBelle Heritage Museum, Downtown Development Corporation, and the Hendry Schools, where this week he made a presentation to LaBelle Elementaty School students accompanied by Chris' parents Mr. and Mrs. Robin Obetz.

(Gramatky photo courtesy Mazza Museum, University of Findlay)

Obituary - Antonio Canales

Antonio H Canales, Jr, age 67, of LaBelle, passed away February 10, 2019 in Fort Myers.
He was born Aug. 28, 1951 in Calallen, TX, to the late Antonio and Fidela (Hernandez) Canales Sr.
Survivors include his wife: Mildred (Caustrita) Canales
two sons: Antonio Canales III and Thomas Canales,
two brothers: Benito Canales and Adan Canales
two sisters: Rachel Canales Wise and Delia Canales Garcia
10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild
several nieces & nephews
The family will receive friends on Thursday February 14th from 5 to 7 PM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home- LaBelle Chapel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday February 15th at 11 AM at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, LaBelle. with Father David Vidal officiating.
Interment will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Monday, February 11, 2019

How Long Will You Live? - Extending Your Lifespan

The Social Security Administration has a handy web page that will allow you to see on average how many more years at your current age and gender you may be expected to live. They point out the result is an average and will depend on many factors.

A page from the University of Pennsylvania similarly gives your expected years left to live, but factors in lots of additional facts, including smoking, drinking, and exercise history, and how changing lifestyle can add or subtract to your lifespan.

Click to check your estimated lifespan: