Monday August 16, 2021

Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida reports that four out of every five adults over the age of 60 have at least one chronic disease, and nearly as many have two or more. Chronic diseases cause almost two-thirds of all deaths among seniors each year. Fortunately, there is good news… free programs are available locally for people with chronic illnesses to take charge of their health. The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is offering free six-week Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) online workshops for individuals living in Hendry, Glades, and surrounding counties. A link to the online class (using Zoom) will be provided to participants after they have registered. A trainer is also available to meet with participants virtually and provide instructions on how to join prior to the first class.To register, contact Sarah Gualco, at sarah.gualco@aaaswfl.org or by calling the Elder Helpline toll-free at 866-413-5337 (41-ELDER).

Election day is tomorrow in the City of LaBelle. The incumbent, Dave Lyons has been mayor since 2012 and has served as a commissioner since 1988. His opponent, Julie Wilkins, has been a commissioner since 2015, and is hoping to be the next Mayor or LaBelle. Tax Assessor Commissioner and Tax Collector Commissioner are both running unopposed. Voting will be at the LaBelle Civic Center from 7AM to 7PM, Tuesday, August 17. For more information, visit hendryelections.org.

A news source reports that Glades Central Raider Ja’Kavion Nonar, who stands 6 foot 7, and 280, is getting noticed by more colleges. Nonar is rated a three-star prospect in 247 Sports’ composite rankings. He is listed as the No. 123 offensive tackle in the 2022 class. The senior Raider committed to Pittsburgh on June 27. But lately, other college programs have increased their interest in Nonar. On Aug. 7, he picked up a scholarship offer from Florida. On Aug. 12, Ole Miss offered him. Nonar said he would like to get up to Gainesville and Oxford, Mississippi, just to see what other programs are all about.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ban on school mask requirements was challenged last week by a Leon County Circuit Judge. Parents from several Florida school districts want the governor’s prohibition on mandatory masking lifted, as children head back to school. Palm Beach County’s school district implemented mandatory masks for children on campus with an opt-out option. DeSantis said PARENTS should decide whether their children will wear masks in classrooms. But with infections from the delta variant continually rising, some districts are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instead. Meanwhile, Broward County’s teacher’s union president says three teachers and an aide have died of COVID-19 in just 24 hours.

Free Drive Thru Food Pantry

Wednesday, Aug. 18

10 a.m. – Noon

Feeding with Hope, John Boy Auditorium, Clewiston

1200 W C Owen Ave., Clewiston, FL 33440