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From LaBelle, Florida for Hendry and Glades County and the Lake Okeechobee region. Don Browne, editor.

What You Need To Know - Influenza Season

TALLAHASSEE--The Florida Department of Health (Department) encourages Floridians to get vaccinated against influenza (flu). After vaccination, it takes about 2 weeks for the body to develop protection. Flu shots are the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu and its potentially serious impacts.

During the 2019--2020 flu season, an estimated 20,000 deaths were caused by flu nationally, and 14 deaths in those younger than age 18 were reported in Florida. In recent weeks, flu activity has begun to increase in the state. It is important to take steps now to prevent the spread of flu in our communities.

Flu shots are offered at most health care provider offices, retail pharmacies, and urgent care facilities. Floridians can locate a flu shot near them by visiting the Department's Locate a Flu Shot webpage.

To learn more about the flu, other vaccine-preventable diseases, and where to find a vaccine provider near you, visit

Flu is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. There are 2 main types of influenza viruses: Types A and B. The influenza A and B viruses that routinely spread in individuals (human influenza viruses) are responsible for seasonal flu each year.

Flu can cause mild to severe illness. Fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, and headaches are common symptoms. Some groups, such as older adults, young children, individuals who are pregnant, and those with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications.

Flu can spread through respiratory droplets made when individuals with flu cough, sneeze, or talk. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Symptoms can begin about 2 days (but can range from 1-4 days) after the virus enters the body. Additionally, some individuals with flu can be asymptomatic, meaning that they have no symptoms.

You may be able to pass on flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick:

Those with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins.

Some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick.

Some individuals, especially young children and those with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with the flu for an even longer time.

While seasonal influenza viruses are detected year-round in the U.S., they are most common during the fall and winter. The exact timing and duration of flu seasons varies, but flu activity often begins to increase in October. Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although significant activity can last as late as May.

Every flu season is different, and flu can affect everyone differently. It can mean a few days of feeling bad and missing work or result in more serious illness. Seasonal flu shots are designed to protect against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

All flu shots in the U.S. are "quadrivalent" vaccines, which means they protect against 4 different influenza viruses: an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and 2 influenza B viruses.

Can keep you from getting sick with flu.

Can reduce the risk of flu-associated hospitalization and death.

Can reduce severity of illness in those who get vaccinated but still get sick.

Is an important preventive tool for individuals with certain chronic health conditions.

Helps protect individuals who are pregnant during and after pregnancy.

Can be lifesaving in children.

Can protect you and those around you.

For more information and key facts about seasonal flu shots, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

In addition to getting a flu shot, the Department also recommends the following to help reduce your risk of getting the flu:

Avoid close contact with those who are sick when possible.

Stay home when you are sick. Stay home at least 24 hours after your fever is gone (without using fever-reducing medication) except for medical care or other necessities.

Wash hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds.

Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Use your tissue, sleeve, or elbow to cover your cough or sneeze.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you do get sick with flu-like illness, call your health care provider and ask about flu antiviral drugs.

Antiviral drugs are prescription medications that can make your illness milder or shorten the time that you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complications.

Flu and COVID-19 have overlapping signs and symptoms. Testing can help distinguish between the diseases, but health care providers should not wait for results before prescribing antivirals for priority groups, which include those who are hospitalized, have severe illness, or are at higher risk for flu complications.

Antiviral drugs work best when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, so be sure to contact your health care provider right away.

Posted by Don Browne at 11:43 AM No comments:

Firehouse Theatre Holidays For Toys For Tots

The Firehouse Community Theater is pleased to announce their 7th annual Christmas Holiday Songs and sing-along to benefit Toys for Tots.

Get into the holiday spirit and sing along to some of your favorite songs of the holidays with the guidance and direction from Nick Fidanza, FCT Board member!

If you don't want to sing, join in the fun by just listening! This will be a fun event for the whole family! (Kids of all ages!)

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there giving out candy canes! Get your cameras ready!!

The sing-along will be held at the Firehouse Community Theater on Sunday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is a $10.00 donation for Toys for Tots or you can bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more.

Thank you to the community for supporting this wonderful event over the years. We hope to see you there!

If you cannot attend, but would like to drop off a toy to benefit Toys for Tots, or make a donation, or need more information, please call the theater and leave a message.(863) 675-3066. Someone will return your call!

The Firehouse Community Theatre is located in beautiful downtown LaBelle at 241 N. Bridge Street, LaBelle.

Posted by Don Browne at 2:53 PM No comments:

Obituaries - Jean Ann Wallace age 84; Nada Easterly Thigpen, age 93

Jean Anne Wallace 84, of LaBelle, FL passed away Tuesday November 16, 2021 in Lehigh Acres, FL.

She was born in Watertown, NY to Orson and Dorothy (Talbott) Cook.

She was a Registered Nurse.

Surviving are her Husband: Rev. Joseph C. Wallace

2 Daughters: Kimberly Parkes and Patricia Kennedy

2 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson.

The Family will receive friends on Tuesday November 30th from 10 to 11 AM at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church 310 Campbell St. LaBelle, FL 33935.

Funeral Service will be at 11 AM at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor's Victoria Gutherie and Peggy Benson officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by the Akin-Davis Funeral Home 560 E. Hickpochee Ave. LaBelle.

On Monday, November 15, 2021 Nada "Naomi" Easterly Thigpen, age 93, a longtime resident of LaBelle, FL passed away peacefully in her sleep in Lake Placid, FL.

Naomi was born January 25, 1928 in Ortona, FL to the late Charles Jacob Easterly, Sr and Daisy Faulkner Townsend Easterly.

She was preceded in death by her husband Reverend Elbert "Bill" Alexander Thigpen whom she married in 1946.

Shortly after birth, her family moved to Naples, FL where she lived until her early teens when her family relocated back to LaBelle. She attended LaBelle High School.

In her young years, she enjoyed various jobs, many of which included social engagement. She worked in the hospitality field as well as providing care to young children with special needs.

Naomi had a very outgoing personality which was a complimentary trait for the life as the wife of a minister. Naomi's talents were many, she was an extremely gifted seamstress, had a knack for arts and crafts, a fabulous cook, loved plants and flowers, she was a beloved wife, loving mother, precious grandmother (Mamaw), amazing great grandmother, and a treasured friend, confidant, and mentor to many.

Naomi is survived by her 3 children: Gregory Clark Thigpen (Tina); Lennon Grant Thigpen (Susan) and Genia Sue Phillips (Paul); 8 grandchildren: Tammy Thigpen Tiansay, Jeremy Thigpen, Brent Thigpen, Stephen Thigpen, Heath Ferreira, Lexi Ferreira, Michael Worley and Bradley Godette and 14 Great Grandchildren.

Naomi's life will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 23rd @ 1:00 PM in LaBelle, FL @ Christ Central Church, 813 Hickpochee Ave, LaBelle, FL with burial service immediately following at Ortona Cemetery.

Posted by Don Browne at 12:17 PM No comments:

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Obituaries - Billie, Woodrum, Johnson, Tucker, Weiss

Dannee Gene Billie, age 27, passed away in Hollywood, Florida.

Dannee was born in Fort Myers, Florida on November 17, 1993 to the late Danny Billie and Loraine Billie. She enjoyed playing basketball, spending time with friends, watching movies, spending time with family.

Dannee leaves behind her motherl Loraine Billie, brother; Alfred Billie, sisters; Heather Billie and Tiffany Billie, and many extended family members.

Graveside service celebrating her life will be 10 am, Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Big Cypress Cemetery on Big Cypress Seminole Reservation with Rev. Salaw Hummingbird officiating.

Akin-Davis Funeral Home in Clewiston is in charge of the arrangements.

Corrine Adele Woodrum, age 93, of Moore Haven, passed away in Lehigh Acres, Florida on November 15, 2021.

She was born June 20, 1928, in Muskegon, MI, to the late Henry and the late Cornelia (Scutter) Kersting. Corrine was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother to her family. She enjoyed wood crafting, gardening and playing the guitar.

Survivors include two sons: Tim (Carylen) Woodrum of Deer Lodge, TN and Monty (Jeannette) Woodrum of Moore Haven, FL, daughter; Fayme Sheffield and her husband Jim of Alva, FL, six grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren and many extended family members.

A memorial service will be held on November 24, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home where visitation will be held immediately prior to the service. Corrine will be cremated and her cremains will be buried next to her husband Donald "Don" Woodrum in Fort Denaud Cemetery. .

Margaret Ann Johnson, age 59 of LaBelle passed away at Hope Hospice in Lehigh Acres on November 14, 2021, after battling cervical cancer for almost two years.

Margaret was born May 8, 1962 in Pensacola Florida to the late James and Ollie Smith. She was an amazing woman who was loved by all who knew her. Margaret was a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, a prayer warrior, a loyal wife and friend, and a mother figure to several teens who came into her life throughout the years, needing discipline, guidance and unconditional love. Her passing has left a huge void in the hearts and lives of many.

Margaret leaves behind her husband, Cecil Johnson, her daughter; Jewel Landrum, her son in law; Justin Landrum, her two beloved grandsons; Andon and Cole Landrum, her two sisters; Jewel Blocker and Shirley Kelly and many friends and extended family members.

Margaret's life will be celebrated on November 22, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. at Akin - Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Kevin Joe Tucker, age 52, of LaBelle, passed away on November 14, 2021, in LaBelle, Florida.

He was born Jan. 19, 1969 in Lee County, FL, to the late Travis Ezeakiel and the late Edna Josephine (Thompson) Tucker. Mr. Tucker married Lorenay Jimenez. He was employed with Everglades Equipment since he graduated high school. Kevin enjoyed working cattle, fishing, hunting, spending time with friends and his co-workers. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog Fan. He loved his hunting dogs.

Kevin leaves behind his loving wife Lorenay, Tucker of LaBelle, stepson; Nathanael Campos of LaBelle who he cared and loved as his own, his aunt Martha Ray Humphries of LaBelle, his cousin Heidi Lederer and her husband Charles, his loving cousin Chloe and a host of cowboy friends.

Kevin was also preceded in death by his brother; Kirby Travis Tucker.

Celebration of Kevin's life will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at First Baptist Church in LaBelle, visitation will be Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home -- LaBelle. Burial will take place in Fort Denaud Cemetery next to his parents.

Richard Herbert Weiss, MD, 98 years old passed away on November 12, 2021 at Gulf Coast Village.

Per his wishes his body will be donated to science, there are no services planned at this time.

Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Fort Myers is in charge of arrangements.

Posted by Don Browne at 12:38 PM No comments:

Florida Politicians Prohibit Vaccine And Mask Mandates

Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Florida Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson to sign legislation that were passed through a Special Session of the Florida Legislature and are effective upon the Governor's signature.

In Florida, effective immediately:

✓ Private Employer COVID-19 vaccine mandates are prohibited.

‣ Employees can choose from numerous exemptions, including but not limited to, health or religious concerns; pregnancy or anticipated future pregnancy; and past recovery from COVID-19.

‣ Employees can choose to opt for periodic testing or PPE as an exemption.

‣ Employers must cover the costs of testing and PPE exemptions for employees.

✓ Employers who violate these employee health protections will be fined.

‣ Small businesses (99 employees or less) will face $10,000 per employee violation.

‣ Medium and big businesses will face $50,000 per employee violation.

✓ Government entities may not require COVID-19 vaccinations of anyone, including employees.

✓ Educational institutions may not require students to be COVID-19 vaccinated.

School districts may not have school face mask policies.

School districts may not quarantine healthy students.

✓ Students and parents may sue violating school districts and recover costs and attorney's fees.

"Governor DeSantis was clear: no Floridian should lose their jobs over vaccines mandates," said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez. "I applaud the leadership of President Simpson and Speaker Sprowls for their efforts in protecting Floridians. The Free state of Florida will never bend the knee to the Biden Administration's unconstitutional overreach."

"The mission of this special session was to ensure that the law reflects the values of liberty in our state," said Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo. "Floridians are now protected in their jobs, at school and as parents to choose how to protect themselves from COVID-19. Thank you Governor DeSantis for your leadership in making practical and informed decisions based on science."

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