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LARGER TIDE TABLE The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2007 2007, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume I Issue #35 Meet George Burton The new aide to the local office of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart will be visiting City Hall on Tuesday, September 4, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. George told the Rapper that has lived in Naples for almost 20 years. Before becoming the Congressmans District Representative this summer, he was Director of Collier County Emergency Medical Services and then Executive Director of Childrens Medical Services at Naples Healthcase Systems. He is interested in special-needs children and he got to know the Congressman while searching for funding in Washington. Since he joined the staff, he has already visited around the area. If you can not stop in for a chat on Tuesday, you can contact him by phone at (239) 348-1620 or by email on George.Barton@mail.house.gov. BUSY WEEKEND After our quiet summer, here is a sample of activities to keep us occupied over the Labor Day holiday. Copeland Crusade The Highways & Byways Ministry will hold a free Chicken BBQ with music and preaching on Saturday, September 1 from noon until 4:00 p.m. in Copeland Panther Park (next to the Baptist Mission). Everyone is welcome. Labor Day Muck-About See Clyde Butchers latest photographs and enjoy live music and food over the weekend at the Big Cypress Gallery east of Ochopee. For reservations on a swamp walk, phone 695-2428 or fill in the form at www.clydebutcher.com Estuary Open House Glades Realty is showing this condo complex in ECity on Sunday and Monday between noon and 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop in and have a look and a chat. See advertising insert for details. Jay at Gumbo Limbo Paintings by Plantation Island resident Dick Jay feature at Gumbo Limbo Gallery in Chokoloskee until September 15. You can visit on Thursday to Sunday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m and enjoy a coffee drink while you admire the art work. See Averys article on page 9. RESTAURANT NEWS Camellia Street Grill will be closed for the month of September. Joanies Blue Crab Cafe will be closed until October 1. The Oyster House will open for the season on Friday, August 31. Hours will be 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. CITY COUNCIL A full City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 4 in City Hall at 5:30 p.m. There will also be a public hearing on the budget. The agenda is on page 7. A second public hearing on the budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 13 in City Hall. SCENIC HIGHWAY The Collier County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Board will discuss the Scenic Highway designation for part of the Tamiami Trail at the next meeting on Friday, September 14 at 10:00 a.m. in the County Commissioners Chamber at Government Center in Naples. If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 695-2397. Congratulations to Billy Howell and Geneva Brown Howell who were married 50 years ago on September 1, 1957 in Chokoloskee Church of God. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Fishing p. 8 Tides p. 3 Swamp Tales p. 8 Fire Dept p. 3 Florida Flora p. 8 Events p. 3 Dick Jay p. 9 Agenda p. 7 Tracy Stokes p. 9 People p. 11 Local History p. 9 Advertiser Spot-Light, Classified p. 8 FEATURE: SCHOOL NEWS page 5/6
The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 31, 2007 email:email@example.com PAGE 2 phone: 695-2397 SEPTEMBER 2007 THRIFT SHOP: CLOSED FOR SUMMER BREAK SKATING R INK: Friday/Saturday, 7:00 10:00 pm FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30 to 10:30 am, Community Chur ch ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Wed, 5 pm, Community Chur ch MUSEUM: Tues-Fri, 9 am to 5 pm; Sat, 9 am to 4 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: daily 11 am to 5 pm NATIONAL PARK GULF COAST VISITORS CENTER: daily 9 am to 4 pm (boats 8:30 am to 4:00 pm) CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INFORMATION CENTER (Carnestown) : daily, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: 8/31 (9-11am) 9/4 (3-5pm) 9/5 (9-11am) 9/10 (n oon-2pm) 9/13 (noon-2pm) 9/14 (9-11am) TELEPHONE NUMBERS: Sheriff: 695-2007 Fire Dept: 695-2902 City Hall: 695-3781 Library: 695-2511 HUNTING SEASON BEGINS ... be careful walking in the woods!!! SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT AUGUST 26 27 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 28 29 Ladies Coffee Triad Seafood 8 am 30 School Early Release 31 SEPT 1 Clyde Butcher Muck-About see p.1 Copeland BBQ see p.1 2 Clyde Butcher Muck-About see p.1 Estuary Open House see p. 1 3 Labor Day Hour of Prayer Everglades First Baptist Church 7 pm 4 Jim Coletta City Hall 1-4pm George Barton City Hall 3-5pm City Council Budget Hearing City Hall 5:30 pm 5 Ladies Coffee Seafood Depot 8 am 6 Great Gators School, 9:30 Lions Club Karen Cabrals Home, 7 pm 7 8 Bike Ride see p.3 9 10 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church, 7 pm 11 Fly the Flag Day 12 Ladies Coffee Roadkill Cafe 8 am 13 Budget Hearing City Hall, 5:30 pm Open House School, 6:30 am Big Cypress see p. 3 14 MPO meeting 10 am Naples see p.1 15 16 17 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Mission, 7 pm 18 Reach Out meeting cancelled 19 Ladies Coffee Triad Seafood 8 am 20 School Early Release Lions Club Seafood Depot 7 pm Copeland Civic 7 pm 21 22 Mobile Pet Vet McLeod Park 9 am to 1 pm Copeland 2 to 4 pm 23 Mobile Pet Vet McLeod Park 9 am to 1 pm Surgery Only 239-777-PETS 24 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 25 SAC meeting School, 3 pm 26 Ladies Coffee Seafood Depot 8 am 27 Storter Exhibit at HMSF see p. 9 28 29
The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 31, 2007 email:firstname.lastname@example.org PAGE 3 phone: 695-2397 Coletta Visit County Commissioner Jim Coletta will be at City Hall on Tuesday, September 4, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm to welcome local constituents. He will also be attending the City Council meeting at 5:30 and invites residents to join him after that for dinner at the Seafood Depot. Phone Lisa Resnick at (239) 252-8097 to make an appointment or email Jim at email@example.com. OBITUARIES Robert Vernon Griffin 76, of Naples died suddenly on August 27. Born in Ochopee, he was the son of Hazel Pettit Griffin and the late Edward Alto Griffin. The family was prominent in the area and he wrote about his memories in books entitled Everglades Outlaws. Dennis George Murray 43, of Hobe Sound died on August 20. His wife Morgan Murray worked at Everglades City School several years ago and he had been a charter boat captain here for three years. Sign the memorial guest book at www.youngandprillfuneralhome.com Building Inspector Ken Badke will be in City Hall every Thursday from 8:00 until 10:00 a.m. He can be reached at other times on (239) 777-7882. This was just the beginning of a full eclipse of the moon which took place on Tuesday, August 28, early in the morning, when the earth passed in front of the moon, blocking out the light from the sun. Note that we now have new and full moon symbols and on the calendar. BIKE RIDE There will be a 20-mile ride along the Loop Road on Saturday, September 8 beginning at 9:30 a.m. from Monroe Station. Phone (239) 246-0259 or email Fair325@aol.com. For more information see www.amblers.floridatrail.org Big Cypress ORV Meeting There will be a meeting to discuss ORV trails within the Turner River Unit at the Preserve headquarters in Ochopee on Thursday, September 13, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to give their opinions. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 08/08/07: Vehicle Accident, 70m I-75 08/09/07: Vehicle Accident, 67m I-75 08/11/07: Vehicle Accident, 80m I-75 08/11/07: Vehicle Accident, 77m I-75 08/11/07: Median Fire, 81m I-75 08/12/07: Chest Pains, Plantation Island 08/13/07: Vehicle Accident, 80m I-75 08/13/07: Vehicle Accident, Ochopee 08/14/07: Person Feeling Dizzy, Ochopee Fire Station 08/14/07: Vehicle Accident, 80m I-75 08/15/07: Person Feeling Dizzy, SR 29 & I-75 08/15/07: Vehicle Accident, Turner River Rd & US 41 08/16/07: Vehicle Accident, 62m I-75 08/16/07: Boat Accident, Everglades National Park HQ 08/17/07: Person Fell, Lee Cypress 08/17/07: Unknown Medical Problem, Port of the Islands 08/17/07: Vehicle Accident, Lee Cypress 08/18/07: Vehicle Accident, 65m I-75 08/18/07: Person Fell 55m I-75 08/18/07: Vehicle Fire, Ochopee 08/20/07: Vehicle Accident, 4m East of Oasis Ranger Station 08/21/07: Assault Victim, Everglades City 08/22/07: Brush Fire, US 41 Ochopee Post Office 08/22/07: Smoke Investigation, US 41 & New River Strand 08/23/07: Vehicle Accident, 79m I-75 08/24/07: Chest Pains 78m I-75 08/24/07: Vehicle Accident, 62m I-75 08/25/07: Dog Bite, Lee Cypress 08/26/07: Vehicle Accident, 74m I-75 08/27/07: Vehicle Accident, 69m I-75 08/27/07: Vehicle Accident, 69m I-75 MOBILE PET VET Dr Baker will be here on Saturday September 22 She will also be doing surgery on Sunday, September 23. by previous appointment only. Phone 777-PETS to arrange a time. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER INFORMATION FROM http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 08/31/2007 Fri 12:04AM 0.3 L 04:48AM 3.0 H 12:2 7PM 0.1 L 05:35PM 09/01/2007 Sat 12:40AM 0.5 L 05:17AM 3.1 H 01:1 9PM 0.1 L 06:41PM 2.6 H 09/02/2007 Sun 01:16AM 0.7 L 05:51AM 3.1 H 02:2 0PM 0.1 L 07:59PM 2.4 H 09/03/2007 Mon 01:54AM 0.9 L 06:36AM 3.1 H 03:3 1PM 0.1 L 09:35PM 2.2 H 09/04/2007 Tue 02:46AM 1.0 L 07:42AM 3.0 H 04:5 1PM 0.1 L 09/05/2007 Wed 01:15AM 2.2 H 04:31AM 1.1 L 09:2 2AM 2.9 H 06:06PM 0.1 L 09/06/2007 Thu 01:58AM 2.4 H 06:03AM 1.1 L 11:0 0AM 3.0 H 07:12PM 0.1 L 09/07/2007 Fri 02:22AM 2.4 H 07:12AM 1.0 L 12:1 5PM 3.1 H 08:07PM 0.1 L 09/08/2007 Sat 02:35AM 2.5 H 08:06AM 0.8 L 01:1 2PM 3.2 H 08:53PM 0.1 L 09/09/2007 Sun 02:41AM 2.5 H 08:53AM 0.7 L 01:5 7PM 3.3 H 09:34PM 0.1 L 09/10/2007 Mon 02:51AM 2.5 H 09:34AM 0.5 L 02:3 6PM 3.3 H 10:09PM 0.2 L 09/11/2007 Tue 03:07AM 2.6 H 10:12AM 0.4 L 03:1 1PM 3.2 H 10:42PM 0.3 L 09/12/2007 Wed 03:27AM 2.8 H 10:49AM 0.3 L 03:4 6PM 3.1 H 11:13PM 0.4 L 09/13/2007 Thu 03:48AM 2.8 H 11:24AM 0.3 L 04:2 2PM 2.9 H 11:41PM 0.5 L 09/14/2007 Fri 04:10AM 2.9 H 11:59AM 0.2 L 05:0 2PM 2.8 H
The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 31, 2007 email:firstname.lastname@example.org PAGE 4 phone: 695-2397 Breakfast / Lunch 695-2214 Open Wed Sun. 10 am 3 pm (closed Mon/Tues) 10% off with this coupon P.O.Box 887, Marco Island, FL, 34146 Phone: 239-394-5151 / Fax: 239-394-5807 EMAIL: email@example.com n n n n Yarns and Hand Knits Lessons 3804 E. Tamiami Trail Naples, FL 34112 239-793-8141 firstname.lastname@example.org www.knittingwithnancy.com Jan Brock n
The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 31, 2007 email:email@example.com PAGE 5 phone: 695-2397 nnr phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: www.collier.k1 2.fl.us/evg NEW FACES IN THE NEW YEAR The Pre-K class (photo above) still has room for chil dren who are 4 years old so if you have a youngster who is not enrolled, please contact the school. And, see page 6 t o meet their teacher Amy Wowk. The principal Mr Bobby Jones told the Rapper that the total enrollment in Everglades City School is 149, up fr om last year. There are eight new teachers: Mark Ceval los (math), Julio DeLarosa (Social Studies & Spanish), Paul DAgostino (Middle School), Elizabeth Ihle (Language Arts) plus the four we are featuring this week, Amy Wow k (Pre-K), Tracy Jones (2 nd Grade), Patti Jones (3 rd & 4 th Grades), and Karen Nicholson (ESE Exceptional Studen t Education). Come to the Open House on Thursday, September 13 We meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafetorium and then visit individual classrooms. From Savannahs Eyes Hurray! Were back to school and it is great. There are a lot of new students and teachers that are very nice, and all of my friends are there, too. We would like to welco me all of the new students and teachers. Also, we would like all parents to join us for Open House at our School on September 13 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in all classrooms. We would also like the parents to come to our SAC* meetin gs (first one is September 25) and support our School so we can have the best year possible. Oh, and welcome back a ll last years teachers and staff, too! Savannah Oglesby is a 5 th grade student this year at Everglades City School. She is a regular contributor to this paper. *There will be an article about SAC in the next issue of the Rapper IMPORTANT DATES Thurs, Aug 30: Early Release Day Mon, Sept 3: Labor Day holiday Thurs, Sept 6: Great Gators, 9:30 a.m. Thurs, Sept 13: Open House, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thurs, Sept 20: Early Release Day Tues, Sept 25: SAC, Media Center, 3:00 p.m. Thurs, Sept 27: Report Cards (grades 9-12) Students bringing packed lunches from home should have the following drinks: Water, Juices, Powerade, Gatorade, Vitamin Water. NO CARBONATED DRINKS OR POWER DRINKS such as Coke, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sprite, Red Bull, Vitamin Energy Drink, Monster, Sobe Dragon, or Jolt Energy Drinks. PARENTS: Please do not send them with your students. Volleyball Schedule Wed, Aug 29 Palmetto Ridge (J.V.) Home 4:30pm Fri, Aug 31 Seacrest (V.) Home 5:00pm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Tues, Sept 4 Cape Coral Christian (V.) Home 4:30p m Thurs, Sept 6 Immokalee (V.) Away 5:00pm Tues, Sept 11 Florida Christian (V.) Home 5:00pm Mon, Sept 17 West Glades School M.S) Home 5:00pm Wed, Sept 19 Gulfcoast (Freshman) Away 5:00pm Thurs, Sept 20 Cape Coral Christian (V.) Away 3:30pm Mon, Sept 24 S.W.F.C (V.) Home 5:00pm Tues, Sept 25 Gulfcoast (Freshman) Home 5:00pm Thurs, Sept 28 Evangelical Christian (J.V.) Away 5:00pm -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Mon, Oct 1 Immokalee (V.) Home 5:00pm Tues, Oct 2 Lely (J.V.) Away 5:00pm Fri, Oct 5 S.W.F.C.(V.) Away 5:00pm Mon, Oct 8 Community School (J.V.) Home 5:00pm Mon, Oct 8 Community School (M.S.) Home 6:30pm Tues, Oct 9 Florida Christian (V.) Home 5:00pm Thurs, Oct 11 Canterbury (J.V.) Away 5:30pm Fri, Oct 12 West Glades School (M.S.)Home 5:00pm Mon, Oct 15 St. John Neumann (J.V.) Away 5:30pm Tues, Oct 16 Seacrest (V.) Away 5:00pm Thurs, Oct 18 Evangelical Christian (J.V.)Home 5: 00pm
The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 31, 2007 email:firstname.lastname@example.org PAGE 6 phone: 695-2397 nnr phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: www.collier.k1 2.fl.us/evg WELCOME TO NEW TEACHERS !!! Amy Wowk (pre-K) was raised in New Britain, CT, along with two brothers and a sister. She grew up dancing, playing the violin and bandura (a Ukrainian stringed instrument), and singing in the church choir. In college and in Graduate School she studied Dance, Education, and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages). Last summer Amy moved to Kissimmee where she enjoyed Disneyworl d with her two children, Jonathan (age 15) and Sofia (a ge 2). This past weekend they moved to Naples. Amy and her family are enjoying all the Everglades has to offer : they have been on the Ten Thousand Island boat ride, seen t he beautiful dolphins, and visited H.P. Williams Roadside Park to take pictures of alligators (which are new to them !). Amy says it's exciting to see different wildlife and lea rn about a new eco-system first hand. Everglades City School a nd the Collier County District School Board have been very welcoming and helpful to the new teachers and Amy woul d like to thank the Everglades community for being so friendly and so supportive of our school. She feels it is a privilege to work with the children and adults here. Karen Nicholson (ESE) is happy to say that she is a new teacher in our enchanting, friendly, little island of the Everglades. Although new here, she has taught with Collier County Schools for over ten years. Karen is returning after staying home for two years with her two sons Johnny (6 years old) and Tommy (4 years old). Her husband, John, owns a company in Naples and they have been in Naples and Marco Island for over 13 years. Karen has lived many other places around the world and enjoys getting students exc ited about learning and their future goals ... learning is e xciting! Patricia (Patti) Jones (3 rd & 4 th Grades) in photo left, was born in Tampa but grew up on the other coast near West Palm Beach. She says she is happy to be a native Florida girl. Patti has been in Collier County since 1996 and has taught for CCPS for seven years, mostly in Immok alee. She feels so fortunate to be teaching in the Everglad es community that very much reminds me of the Florida I remember growing up in. Patti says that has received such a warm welcome from everyone she has met here and i s so looking forward to her time here with the students a nd community. Tracy Jones (2 nd Grade) right in photo, recently moved here from Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two sons. Their elder son, Nicholas, is in 5 th grade and the younger, Cameron, is in 1 st The family lives in Naples, but the children come with her to school in Everglades City Tracy previously taught at a small private school in suburban Columbus. She graduated from the Ohio State University and for a time worked in the Ohio House of Representatives. Tracy enjoys reading, watching her sons play sports, and being with friends and family. Shes excited to be a part of the Everglades City School fam ily and definitely enjoying her second graders. The Rapper will have interviews with the rest of the new teachers in our next issue.
The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 31, 2007 email:email@example.com PAGE 7 phone: 695-2397 PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING AND CITY COUNCIL MEETING SEPTEMBER 4, 2007 THE CITY OF EVERGLADES CITY WILL HOLD A CITY COUNCI L MEETING ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2007 AT 5:30 PM CITY HALL CHAMBERS, 102 COPELAND & BROADWAY, EVERGLADES CITY, FLORIDA. THERE MAY BE OCCASIONS WHEN ONE OR MORE C OUNCIL PERSONS WILL PARTICIPATE BY TELEPHONE. AT THE ABOVE LOCATION THERE WILL BE PRESENT A SPEAKER TELEPHONE SO THAT ANY INTERESTED PERSON CAN ATTEND THE MEETING AT THE ABO VE LOCATION AND BE FULLY INFORMED OF THE DISCUSSION S TAKING PLACE EITHER IN PERSON OR BY TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION. 1. INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ****PUBLIC HEARING**** [A] FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE 2007-02 AN ORDINANCE DETERMINING AND FIXING THE MILL AGE RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2007-2008; FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING SUFFICIENT F UNDS FOR THE GENERAL OBLIGATION FOR THE CITY OF EVERGLADES CITY. [B] FIRST READING OF ORDINANCE 2007-03 AN ORDINANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF ADOPTING THE FISCAL BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2007-2008. [C] SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE NO. 2007-01 AN ORDINANCE OPTING OUT AND EXEMPTING THE CITY OF EVERGLADES CITY FROM THE PROVISIONS OF SECTION 101.657, FLORIDA STATUTES, RELATED TO EARLY VOTING AND THE REQUIREMENTS THEREOF; REPEALING ALL ORDINAN CES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. ****REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING**** 2. ADOPT TENTATIVE MILLAGE/ORDINANCE 2007-02 3. ADOPT TENTATIVE BUDGET/ORDINANCE 2007-03 4. ADOPT ORDINANCE NO. 2007-01/OPTING OUT-EARLY VOTING 5. MAYORS REPORT 6. COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT REPORT 7. PROCLAMATION/EVERGLADES COMMUNITY CHURCH 8. PROCLAMATION/SOUTH FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRI CT 9. BUDGET AMENDMENTS 2006-2007 10. BAD DEBTS AND EQUIPMENT WRITE OFF FOR 2006-2007 11. PUBLIC COMMENT 12. NEW BUSINESS 13. OLD BUSINESS 14. APPROVAL OF BILLS 15. APPROVAL OF MINUTES 16. REPORTS (A) CITY ATTORNEY (B) COUNCIL PERSONS: JOHNNIE POTTER, JAMES LAN DRUM, TAMMY SMALLWOOD, MCBETH COLLINS, PARKER OGLESBY 17. ADJOURNMENT NOTICE : ALL PERSONS WISHING TO SPEAK ON ANY AGENDA ITEM M UST REGISTER PRIOR TO THE MEETING. ALL REGISTERED PUBLIC SPEAKERS WILL BE LIMITED TO F IVE (5) MINUTES, UNLESS PERMISSION FOR ADDITIONAL T IME IS GRANTED BY THE MAYOR. ANY PERSON WHO DECIDES TO APPEAL A DECISION BY THIS COUNCIL WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS PERT AINING THERETO, AND THEREFORE MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RE CORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, UPON WHICH THE APP EAL IS TO BE BASED THIS AGENDA WAS POSTED AT CITY HALL AND BROADCASTED ON THE LOCAL TV CHANNEL, THIS 28 DATE OF AUGUST 20 07 BY DOTTIE JOINER, CITY CLERK.
The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 31, 2007 email:firstname.lastname@example.org PAGE 8 phone: 695-2397 Fishing Report by Bill Lindsay Snook season opens September 1 st with new rules: One fish limit per person, 28-33 inch (pinched tail). These new limits carry a very small keeper slot size. A month and a half additiona l closed period has been added to Gulf waters even though we get a larger slot size than the Atlantic coast. Looks to me like the Feds have their oranges and apples mixed up. Hopefully, the dog days of August temperatures are behind us and we can enjoy fishing in the middle of t he day. Snook fishing should be good and top water plugs will wo rk well during the morning and late afternoon hours. Duri ng the middle of the day, go deep with lures or at least cast into shady areas under mangroves. Redfishing has been good all summer and should remain so. Snapper, trout, and tarpon fishing is productive as long as you know where to fin d them. Tripletail fishing is worth it if the weather is calm. Offshore permit grouper and snapper on the shallow Gulf wrecks should remain strong. Capt. Bill Lindsay lives in Chokoloskee and has been fishing in the Everglades National Park for 27 years. In 1992 he was Mast er Angler of the MET Tournament. This is the swamp lily or string lily, a member o f the Amaryllis family. According to Roger Hammer in his book Everglades Wildflowers The leaves and bulbs are poisonous to humans if eaten but are a favored food of t he Lubber grasshopper. You can just see one in the shade on a leaf under the flower in this photo taken on August 17. Other varieties may be smaller and pure white. The ann ual bloom lasts only about a week. S WAMP T ALES by Bob N. Wallace Fried gator tail, rattlesnake steak, frog legs and raw oys ters. Have I lost my mind? Many people often say Yuck! at the sound of such morsel s of food. But dont knock these tasty tidbits until you have tried them. I grew up in Oklahoma where there have always bee n Spring rattlesnake round-ups, hunts and festivals in communit ies like Apache, Mangum, Waurika, Okeene and Waynoka. I never tried this epicurean delight, but I asked how fried rattlesn ake tasted and was assured it tasted like fried chicken. Ill t ake their word for it. What about gator tail? Thats a delicacy found on many restaurant menus in the Everglades area. I have tried gat or tail, which tastes to me like it has a pork chop taste, and I believe it goes best with traditional Southern Florida fixins such as cheese grits, sausage and gravy biscuits, and fried okra. It can so metimes be rather tough to chew, but when done right, it is delic ious. Frog legs, thought by some to be survival food, along wit h squirrel, opossum, raccoon and wild boar, are often calle d a delicacy. Frog legs may be found on the menus of some of the finest restaurants anywhere and are often compared to t he taste of white chicken. I happen to like frog legs and recommend the m to your palate. Oysters can really be a turnoff to many people. The f irst time I was ever confronted by this menu item it was an experie nce. They were fried on a hot plate of steel over an open fire a nd were covered by wet burlap bags. It didnt take long for the soun d of popcorn to come from under the wet bags when the oyster shells had opened enough to reveal the morsels inside ready to ea t. Soon after, I was introduced to raw oysters. That was a rea l mental block for me that soon became a welcome gastronomical delight. However, its best not to eat raw oysters these days unless you are certain of their origin and when they were harvested. Clams and oysters, can cause hepatitis if taken from polluted water s. If you are visiting in the Everglades area, there are a lot of adventurous things to do in the outdoors and in the restaura nts. Try different foods and look at it as an adventure. But, do nt blame me if you later have a dose of Pepto-Bismol for dessert. Bon Appetite and good luck! nr nr nr nr by Marya Repko ( with thanks to friends and neighbors who have share d their bounty) Okra are so plentiful now that it is hard to figure out wh at to do with them before they grow so big on the plant that th ey get woody and inedible. If that happens, save the seeds for n ext year! We often think of okra as the slimy veggie served up in s tews. However, it can also be cooked for a very short time (throw whole pods into boiling water for 1 or 2 minutes until they turn darker green) and then eaten like asparagus, dipped into spicy mayonnaise. Or, let it cool and then slice up into a s alad to give a crunchy interest. If you want to freeze okra to use later (sliced and saut ed with garlic and onion and freshly-ground black pepper as a side dish ), boil briefly as above and put it into tight containers while still hot.
The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 31, 2007 email:email@example.com PAGE 9 phone: 695-2397 Tracy Stokes has launched a new book entitled Birds, Bees and Cypress Trees which is described as a visual journey through images captured in the Florida Everglades. She wrote in an email, I worked very hard on it and had A LOT of fun putting it together! It's packed with color photographs taken from just outside my back door. Tracy is organizing signings at various locales around town and will be at Big House Coffee in Chokoloskee on Saturday afternoon. The books are also available for sale at the Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center in Carnestown (US-41 & SR-29). You can see sample pages and order online at www.evergladeswildlife.net n Mark your Calendar! There is an Opening Reception on Thursday, September 27 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. for an exhibit of the Storter Collection at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida in downtown Miami. More information in our next issue or phone Patty on 695-2397. nrnr Artist Dick Jay is the Real Thing by Avery Sumner nrn nnn r r! rr r rn "n #r !$ %n nr & rr# r r 'rrnn n$ r n rrr ( r)nr r r *r !r nrrnnr +r rn r r rnn nr -rr n $r( ((n+nrr n -.!n n rr/r 01 r$r !$ r rr2 nr n 1#( n$ n(((rr rn! rn 2! r r n r rr!r r &nr rr !n nn rr r+ r &-,3rnr r! r" Avery Sumner owns Gumbo Limbo Gallery/Big House Cof fee on Chokoloskee, the store begun by C.G. McKinney in 1890. He also wrote weekly columns for area newspapers. In the spirit of McKinney this is part of a series of from today's storekeepe r. Sumners essays are also published in Tropicalia a weekly magazine inside The News-Press of Ft. Myers. See www.news-press.com to view others.
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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 31, 2007 email:firstname.lastname@example.org PAGE 11 phone: 695-2397 Tribute to Ms Frances Family, friends, and neighbors gathered at Fuller Funeral home in East Naples on Ms Frances Hodges 101 ST birthday, August 22, to celebrate her life on earth which passed af ter a brief illness. Pastor John Gilmore of Copeland Bapti st Mission led a lively and inspiring ceremony, saying that we are in grief until we rejoice that a child of God h as gone to glory. The Rev, as Ms Frances called him, said t hat he thought she would be around forever. She was always ale rt and outspoken and feisty. He said our memories will keep her alive and asked th at we share. So many people said that she was like a mother to them; my big momma, according to one contributor. Sister-in-law Jessie Green relayed that Ms Frances told her I worked for what I got and I talk with Jesus eve ry day. Jessie then led the singing of when you hear Im ho me going, dont worry about me. Her adopted daughter Will ie Mae emotionally recalled that they had ups and downs but went to the Bible when there was trouble. She is grate ful to Ms Frances for teaching her about the Lord and encouraging her to get a good education. Neighbors and friends said they remember her smile an d how she used to do things for everyone. She paved th e way because she was so strong-willed. Her loves were fis hing, shopping, eating, and laughing. A friend related about be ing high-jacked for a family reunion in Alabama that la sted three months! A neighbor said time is the most valua ble thing you can give some one and regretted (probably echoing the thoughts of many in the congregation) th at we had not spent enough of it with her. We heard in an a musing and well-told story about how on Ms Frances last birt hday she caught a fish on Naples pier thanks to a strange r who encouraged her to pull in a snapper that he had snagged. Listening to all the affectionate tributes, her brothe r Reverend G. D. Green from Greensboro, Alabama, said h e was heartened by the great support she had here and remarked that she had a way of encouraging people to m ake them do good things for themselves. He thanked ever yone and said if you were her friend, you are mine! Pastor Gilmore told how Ms Frances once appeared at Copeland Baptist Mission just as he was beginning the service because her ride had not arrived; her faith w as so strong she had struggled on her own to walk there ra ther than miss Sunday worship. As he said, what better birt hday present than to hear Jesus welcoming you ... A fund in Ms Frances memory has been set up by Rea ch Out, our neighborhood charity. You can contribute by sen ding a check to the Frances Hodge Memorial Fund payable to Reach Out Everglades, P.O.Box 894, Chokoloskee, FL, 34138. GOLDEN MARRIAGE Congratulations to Pastor Morris and Mrs Martha Dantin of Chokoloskee on their 50 th wedding anniversary. They are seen in this photo renewing their vows at the chapel called Almost Heaven in t he Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. They met when he was stationed in the Army at Ft. Ritchey, MD, only a few miles from where they marri ed as teenagers. Although they had a small ceremony then, through the years we have found that it is not the w edding that makes a marriage. We thank God for blessing our marriage. FROM A LINC LETTER ... Some uv ya have asked or wondered among yourselves just what ole Linc ud do when he cant do all those things he used ta do? Like those years when him & Bea travelled all over North America on tha back roads inna tent with uh station wagon or uh Ton Pickup with uh camper shell uh home built custom van with 12 volt DC solar electric, 120 volts AC inverter gas & propane engine, computer, printer, all wave radio bands, uh slide-in-over-the-cab-camper with all uv tha stuff we had inna van but with more space, volume, watts, heat exchangers and secret compartments for illegal stuff like more money, gun, gold nuggets and medication. Or whatta bout those Boonie trips, those 4 day3niters that I took at least once with Bea but mostly with ole Joe & Bill or after they died with ol e Bob Floyd & Bill Greeman. Or those long trips like with Bob Thomas clear down ta Key West and back up across Florida Bay, computersatalite guided! Or up ta Ft.Myers tha Caloosahatchee cl ear over to Clewston! Yep whatll ole Linc do now bein up inta his 90s! Yep, ya wondered what hed do without his beer mankin, his beloved garden & good ole Peaches, tha solar lectric, tha 100 ft. tower and repeater. So let me tell ya just what Im doin now. Bea & me er kinda babysittin uh brand new house anna cat or two, now an then. Were just kinda sojournin over her e in Vero Beach, still keep some good ole roots in Plantation I sland, Marco and Naples. We do the health care bit doctors, de ntist, cardiologists, therapistists uv one kind or another. The yre mostly tha ones that been tellin me Ima mirical o le man with a uh pretty good body, lots uh white hair anna very activ e mind! Well, Im havin uh great time cookin for one thing, takin receipts an tinkerin with em. Playin around with me ats, fish, flours, yeasts, spices and all that stuff kinda like uh Emeril shadow. Cook books R fun readin and bein uh chemist & former food technologist (among other things) Im hav in fun & Bea likes tha relief from kitchen duties. This is an extract from a long missive that Lincoln Frost sent to his email pals and has graciously let us reprint
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