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September, 2018
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Museum Programs Resume In September
Joe Thomas, president of LaBelle Heritage Museum, announced the museum's 2018/2019 program meetings will resume at 7 o'clock on Wednesday, September 5, at LaBelle's Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center, 1085 Pratt Boulevard, with a program by Annette Snapp, Ph. D., currently Charlotte County's Historian at the Charlotte County Historical Center in Port Charlotte and formerly Operations Program Manager at Ah-Tah-Thi: A Place for Learning at Big Cypress Seminole Reservation in Southeast Hendry County, History and Anthropology Professor at FGCU, and Southwest Regional Director of FPAN [Florida Public Archaeology Network].


Dr. Snapp, no stranger to LaBelle and LHM, will discuss the importance in discovering, accurately describing, and preserving as best as possible our area's archaeological sites, how our museums and preservationists can work together as well as working with individual municipalities and county government with the possible creation of a Hendry County Historical Commission as a goal.

The doors to the Dallas B. Townsend Agricultural Center will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program is open to the public at no charge. Attendees coming from the North are reminded that the Caloosahatchee River Bridge at LaBelle is experiencing nighttime closures for extensive maintenance and that detours to the bridge at Moore Haven or possibly State Road 31 may be necessary.


LHM's Joe Thomas added the museum's monthly programs are scheduled for the AG Center through December because of the unavoidable delay in the completion of the historic preservation work at LHM's 1912 Poole Store and Family Residence. The date of the programs has also been changed from the first Thursday of the month to the closest Wednesday as the Hendry County 4-H Livestock and Small Animal Clubs have priority on the first Thursday of the month through Fair competition and Livestock Auctions than end in February.

Alden A. Rumfelt, Attorney At Law
135 Riverbend Drive
LaBelle, Fl 33935
Phone (863) 673-0251 email

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Clewiston, Moore Haven, Belle Glade and LaBelle
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Kiwanis Club Of LaBelle The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle is proud to sponsor three Service Leadership Programs

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KEY Club                 LaBelle High School- Sponsor, Tracy Nobles

Builder's Club        West Glades School - Sponsor, Doreen Backes

AKTION Club       LaBelle - Sponsor, Martha Stephens


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  • Bill Neville
    Mama Mia
  • Commentary by T. W. Bill Neville

It was the July 4th weekend in 1974 and my “Beautiful Betty” wife and I were in Jamaica for the first time celebrating our twenty fifth Wedding anniversary with our Cuban DR. and his Scottish wife who were regulars in Ocho Ros Jamaica. It was there that we met “Momma Mia” and her families who welcomed us into what they called the “JULY” club. They all hailed from New Jersey and New York and some American Jamaica residents.

We had just buried my Father, with funerals in California and final interment in Indiana. Whether it was all the stress of this or not, my wife came down with Phlebitis and If it hadn’t been for our Dr. going to Jamaica with us she we would not have gone. She always never let illness keep her down and she turned out to be a star attraction with the “natives” who refered to her as the “Lady with the sick leg” and carried her to and from the beach and made sure her “rum” punch glass never ran dry, with snacks and meals galore. Not to be denied, she was up and starring on the dance floor 3 nights after we arrived, bandaged leg and ALL!!

This is the same “LOVELY” lady who, at 5ft tall & 100lbs. delivered FIVE bouncing BOYS in a span of 9 years. The “original” Momma Mia dubbed Betty “Momma Mia” 2 and their friendship was sealed. We, and all our boys and their families continued our visits to Jamaica for 10 years until political insurrections made it too dangerous. The “Momma Mia” title stuck and OUR “Beautiful Betty” took her “title” with her when she died at age 86 yrs. In June of 2015.

GOD BLESS!!! ALL MOTHERS!!! My “MOTHER”, Born 1906—Died 1969, orphaned when she was 10 years old and she & 2 younger brothers put in an orphan’s home until warded out when she was 16. Although I didn’t know IT, she really was MY “Momma Mia”, sans the “July Club” and Jamaica.



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A live web camera page has added a new twist to social networking while promoting the Hendry county area. In mid-November 2007 through 2010 the live video cast began to spread the word around the world about Southwest Florida, and the LaBelle/Hendry/Glades county area. In February 2009 a 3-D video camera was added.

A "featured producer" on the former Justin.TV, Don broadcast primarily on the weekends and his broadcast page had 10,000 to 20,000 viewers pass through each hour that he was broadcasting live. In October 2010, over 1,000,000 new viewers visited LaBelle online. 

LaBelle's "lifecasting" video page attracted viewers from all around the world, even a surprise visit from a French man who was climbing Mournt Everest, the world's highest mountain.  A map on the webcast's page showed from where the visitors were coming.

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