Wednesday May 26, 2021

The Guardians of The Glades is congratulating some local teachers! Out of 7 teachers, 4 in the Glades have earned 2021 Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education! The teachers are Benjamin Ford and Jayna Smith of Gove Elementary, Mari Orsenigo and Carla Little-Griffiths of Glades Central. Congratulations to these Glades area teachers, on your awards for Excellence in Education!

On March 12, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act, authorized State WIC Agencies, to enhance the WIC benefit for a period of four months, expanding the vegetable and fruit voucher from $9/month for children and $11/month for women to $35 per month, per participant.  Florida WIC will be implementing the increase beginning June 1, until September 30, 2021. This means all women, and their children who are 1 – 4 years old, who participate in the WIC Program, will receive an increase in their fruits and vegetables cash voucher to $35 per participant, per month.  For more information on enrollment and eligibility for the WIC Program, contact the Florida Department of Health in Hendry Glades Counties. 

The Okeechobee Forest Division urges residents and visitors to refrain from outdoor burning, especially during periods of increased wildfire danger.  As of May 25th, there are 71 active wildfires burning 5,544 acres statewide. With continued dry weather and increased wildfire activity locally and across the state, residents in Glades, Highlands, Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie counties, are asked to refrain from any outdoor burning until the area receives significant rainfall. Burn authorizations will be issued on a case-by-case basis until further notice. It’s important that everyone takes steps to prevent wildfires along with reducing vehicle caused wildfires. The most common way is when the dead vegetation touches the vehicles exhaust system, including the catalytic converter, which can reach up to 1,400 degrees. With the right weather conditions, all forms of motorized vehicles can be fire starters.  

The Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Board will hold a special meeting on June 1, at 9:00 a.m. at the Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Office, to discuss a bid for a Baseball Lighting Project at the Hendry-LaBelle Regional Sports Complex. The meeting will be open to the public. If you have a disability that will require special assistance or accommodation for your attendance at a meeting, please contact Hendry-LaBelle Recreation Board at (863) 675-5347; hearing impaired: Florida relay 7-1-1; or e-mail lilly.hart@hendryfla.net.

Although Summer is still officially around 3 weeks away, summer vacation officially starts this week, for some students and teachers in Hendry County. Balloon bouquets and caps and gowns, are commonplace this week, as elementary and middle schools celebrate the achievements of their pre-k to 8th grade students, with parties, graduation and award ceremonies. Congratulations to all of our graduates and students. It’s been a tough year. Well done, kids. Have a great summer.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be providing free food in Clewiston and Moore Haven from 10 a.m. – Noon today!  They will be in Moore Haven,
on the Chalo Nitka Grounds, located at 301 10th St. from 10 to noon, and in Clewiston from 10 a.m. – Noon at the John Boy Auditorium at 1200 W C Owen Ave.