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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn AUGUST 21 SEPTEMBER 3, 2009 2009, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL 34139 Volume III Issue #88 New Airport Hangars It’s finally happening at the airport. The foundations for the new hangars are being dug and are almost ready for the concrete to be poured, according to workmen at the site just before we went to press. The finished building should be ready in time for “season”. WE BUILT A BOAT !!! Ten local youngsters can be rightly proud of the boat they built, emblazoned on the stern with the name “MARINE I” from “EVERGLADES C ITY, FL”. It was the product of first-ever “Build-a-Boat” project or ganized by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. During the week of Augus t 10 th they put together a 12-foot Bevin Skiff from a wooden kit supplied by the Marine Ind ustries Association of Collier County Foundation and launched it, amidst much good humor and fanfare, on August 14 behind Capt Doug’s. According to Lt. Harold Minch, officer in charge of t he project, “they learned to work together and to be responsible”. They also had lectures about marine safety so they will be prepared to take their tests for t he Safe Boating Certificate. It was evident at the launch that the teens had developed a good rapport with the officers. Cpl. Steve Loyd of CCSO's Youth Relations Burea u said, "They enjoyed it, we have too. We're going to do it again." Simila r projects are planned for next year throughout the county but we were the first. This unique skiff will reside at the Junior Deputies’ Cam p on CR-951 for use by other youngsters. The ten local participants were John Carter, Dylan Lucas, Wesley Sylvest, Patrick Ridgway, Kyle Loyd, Reagan Richardson, Peyton Beeb e, Tyler Pasiek, Linzy Fails, and Louis Daniels. TIDE TABLES RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletrapper@gmail.com or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS nrrnrnnnrn !"#rn$%&n 'rn(rn)*+n('n)) +,'nr n))

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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn August 21, 2009 email: mulletrapper@gmail.com PAGE 2 www.evergladesmulletrapper.com Sept 30: BigC Addition Lands comments due Oct 2-4: RedSnook Tournament Oct 10-17: 10K Island Refuge Week (new trail) THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Fri, Sat; 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri & Sat; 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. MUSEUM: Tues-Fri; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily; 11:00 am to 5:00 pm FOOD PANTRY: Sat; 8:30 to 10:30 am, Community Churc h ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Sat; noon, Community Chur ch SHAMROCK BANK: Tues; 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. L ITTLE GATOR CLINIC: closed for the summer SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Fri, 8/21 (11 am – noon) Mon 8/24 (10-11 am) Wed, 8/26 (10-11 am) Fri, 8/28 ( 9-10 am) Mon, 8/31 (4-5 pm) SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 16 17 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 18 19 Ladies Coffee Backcountry Cafe 8 am new moon 20 Copeland Civic 7 pm RAPPER 21 22 23 24 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm Back to School 25 26 Ladies Coffee Backcountry Cafe 8 am 27 28 29 Mobile Pet Vet see p.3 30 Mobile Pet Vet see p.3 31 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm Under-Age Alcohol see p.3 SEPT 1 Snook Season Opens see p.8 2 Ladies Coffee Backcountry Cafe 8 am FME mtg Museum, 9 am 3 Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm see p.3 full moon 4 RAPPER 5 Butcher Weekend see p.8 Museum Reception see p .9 6 Butcher Weekend see p.8 Labor Day 7 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church, 7 pm Butcher Weekend see p.8 8 Congressional Visit 3 pm, see p.3 Coletta Visit 3 pm,. see p.3 City Council 5:30 pm, see p.3 9 Ladies Coffee Backcountry Cafe 8 am 10 11 12 SCV Depot, 6 pm 13 14 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm OFCD Bd Fire Sta, 6 pm 15 Reach Out mtg City Hall, 8:30 am BigC ORV mtg Comm. Center 3:30-8 pm 16 Ladies Coffee Backcountry Cafe 8 am 17 Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm see p.3 Copeland Civic 7 pm new moon 18 RAPPER Anglers’ Cup see p.8 19 Anglers’ Cup see p.8 AUGUST SEPTEMBER 2009

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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn August 21, 2009 email: mulletrapper@gmail.com PAGE 3 www.evergladesmulletrapper.com UNDER-AGE ALCOHOL If you serve alcohol, you should be aware of the legal issues and, especially, your liabilities in giving youngsters a drink. Business owners, householders, parents, and neighbors are all invited to a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 31, in the Community Church Fellowship Hall. The workshop is sponsored by the City, Chamber of Commerce, Community Church, and Sheriff’s Community Safety Team. For info, phone 695-3781 or stop in at City Hall. CONGRESSIONAL VISIT Monica Aranegui, the new District Representative in Collier County at the office of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, will meet with constituents in City Hall on Tuesday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m. For info, phone 348-1620. COLETTA VISIT Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta will be in ECity on Tuesday, September 8, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. to meet with constituents at City Hall For info, phone 252-8097. MORE News & Events on page 11 This sculpture was made especially for the Shamrock Bank in City Hall by local artist Rita Larue who collected most of the shells herself. Everyone is welcome to stop in and see her intricate work on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when the bank is open for business. LIONS CLUB MEETS The Lions Club will meet on the first and third Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Seafood Depot during September. For info, phone Elaine at 695-2695. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 08/06/09: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 08/07/09: Vehicle Accident, 71mm on I-75 08/07/09: Electrical Fire, Everglades City 08/08/09: Vehicle Accident, 80mm on I-75 08/08/09: Vehicle Accident, 66mm on I-75 08/08/09: Breathing Problems, 70mm on I-75 08/09/09: Back Pain, Copeland 08/09/09: Emergency Medical 25400 Birdon Rd, Ochopee 08/10/09: Fire Alarm, 33100 US-41, Ochopee 08/10/09: Vehicle Accident, 50mm on US-41 08/13/09: Vehicle Accident, 60mm on I-75 08/14/09: Emergency Medical, 63mm on I-75 08/14/09: Vehicle Fire, US-41 and SR-92 08/14/09: Vehicle Accident, 72mm on I-75 08/15/09: Vehicle Accident, 76mm on I-75 08/15/09: Emergency Medical, 66mm on I-75 08/16/09: Median Fire, 73mm on I-75 08/17/09: Vehicle Accident, 51mm on US-41 08/17/09: Vehicle Accident, 63mm on I-75 08/17/09: Vehicle Fire, 53mm on I-75 MOBILE PET VET Dr Baker will be here on Saturday, August 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in McLeod Park, ECity, and from 2 to 4 p.m. in Copeland. She will also be here for surgery on Sunday, August 30 by previous appointment only. You can phone her at 777-PETS (7387). For more info, see www.naplesmobilepetvet.com CITY COUNCIL Everglades City Council will meet on Tuesday, September 8, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall when the budget will be presented for the first time. The Rapper will print a summary in the next issue. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER INFORMATION FROM http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 08/21/2009 Fri 03:54AM 2.7 H 10:50AM 0.3 L 03:5 1PM 3.5 H 11:28PM 0.0 L 08/22/2009 Sat 04:24AM 2.9 H 11:38AM 0.2 L 04:4 1PM 3.2 H 08/23/2009 Sun 12:06AM 0.2 L 04:55AM 2.9 H 12:2 6PM 0.1 L 05:35PM 2.9 H 08/24/2009 Mon 12:44AM 0.4 L 05:29AM 3.0 H 01:1 6PM 0.1 L 06:33PM 2.6 H 08/25/2009 Tue 01:20AM 0.6 L 06:07AM 2.9 H 02:1 2PM 0.2 L 07:37PM 2.4 H 08/26/2009 Wed 01:58AM 0.8 L 06:53AM 2.9 H 03:1 6PM 0.3 L 08:51PM 2.1 H 08/27/2009 Thu 02:42AM 0.9 L 07:52AM 2.7 H 04:3 1PM 0.3 L 08/28/2009 Fri 09:10AM 2.7 H 05:45PM 0.3 L 08/29/2009 Sat 02:10AM 2.2 H 05:44AM 1.0 L 10:3 2AM 2.7 H 06:50PM 0.3 L 08/30/2009 Sun 02:33AM 2.3 H 06:53AM 1.0 L 11:4 3AM 2.8 H 07:44PM 0.2 L 08/31/2009 Mon 02:33AM 2.3 H 07:44AM 0.9 L 12:3 8PM 2.9 H 08:28PM 0.2 L 09/01/2009 Tue 02:17AM 2.4 H 08:25AM 0.8 L 01:2 2PM 3.0 H 09:06PM 0.2 L 09/02/2009 Wed 02:28AM 2.5 H 09:02AM 0.7 L 02:0 0PM 3.1 H 09:40PM 0.2 L 09/03/2009 Thu 02:48AM 2.5 H 09:37AM 0.6 L 02:3 5PM 3.2 H 10:11PM 0.2 L 09/04/2009 Fri 03:11AM 2.7 H 10:11AM 0.5 L 03:0 9PM 3.2 H 10:41PM 0.2 L

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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn August 21, 2009 email: mulletrapper@gmail.com PAGE 4 www.evergladesmulletrapper.com n n n n Yarns and Hand Knits Lessons 3804 E. Tamiami Trail Naples, FL 34112 239-793-8141 knittingwithnancy@embarqmail.com

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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn August 21, 2009 email: mulletrapper@gmail.com PAGE 5 www.evergladesmulletrapper.com nr Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 69 5-2561 website: www.collier.k12.fl.us/evg From Savannah’s Eyes Well, the date is finally here. On the 24th, I will be i n the 7th grade! All of my friends are ready to come back to school and so am I. It has been a short summer, and my parents still can't believe I will be in the 7th grade this year. I have been practicing volleyball five days a week and loving it. My birthday is coming up on the 20th and I will be 12 years old. Usually, school starts on my birthday but his year it is four days later. I want to thank everyone th at reads my articles and appreciate them. It makes me reall y happy! With love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is in the 7th grade at Everglades City School and is a regular contributor to this paper. BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES Among the items that are needed by elementary school children as they start the new year are plastic baggies, paper towels, crayons, pencils, paper, and folders. Each teacher has a separate list which is available at the front desk of the school. Many of the items are available at Right Choice Supermarket and at the Green Gator Variety Store (behind the Backcountry Cafe). Both of these outlets have copie s of the lists so stop in and support our local suppliers. Swimming on the Weekend Sun-N-Fun Lagoon at North Collier Regional Park on Livingston Road in Naples will be open on weekends after school starts on August 24. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Entry cost depends on height: children shorter than 48 inches (4 feet) are $5.50 each rather than the normal entry fee of $12 which is only $10 for Collier Country residents with a Florida Driver’s License. There are special deals for party pack ages. For info, call 252-4021. While the 13 to 17 year-olds were building a boat (see front page) younger members of the community had free tennis lessons courtesy of the Players’ Club & Spa at Lely Resort. Club pro Denny Rager brought rackets & balls for th e kids to use and enjoyed his week here. He said that the Clu b tries to do a project every summer and, when he saw the empt y courts here, he decided to bring tennis to ECity an d contacted Reach Out, our neighborhood charity. It certainly was a busy week! Chokoloskee Church of God held Vacation Bible School from August 10 through 1 4 and welcomed youngsters for a varied program. IMPORTANT DATES Mon, Aug 24: School Starts Mon, Sept 7: Labor Day Wed, Sept 16: Early Dismissal (11:45 a.m.)

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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn August 21, 2009 email: mulletrapper@gmail.com PAGE 7 www.evergladesmulletrapper.com Congratulations to Grimm’s Seafood who had a great write-up in Southern Living magazine. If you can’t find a copy, you can read the article online by typing “Grimm” into the search box at www.southernliving.com Grimm’s own website www.crabsr.us is featuring Florida lobster this month which it will send overnight packed in ice to anywhere in America. The local retail market for fresh fish sales in Dupont is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Paws to Reflect by a Squeedilifferous Pusslet The weather here in Connecticut has been torrid. I mean, eighty-five may not seem hot to you people in the Glades, but you don’t have to wear a long silky coat when you go outdoors. By late morning, I’m ready to come back in and bask by the air conditioner. Besides, there’s a humming-bird out there who thinks she’s a fighter plane: chased me under the chaise lounge yesterday morning. Someone ought to inform her that cats eat birds. Somewhere in the garage I saw an old badminton racket, and think I’ll make a point of keeping it handy. A pusslet has the right to defend herself. My dad spent last week in Burlington. I’m told it’s an island in lake Champlain just off the coast of Vermont. Seems it use to be part of the shore till a bunch of irate Vermonters cut it adrift. They couldn’t deal with so many ethnic restaurants and a skyscraper six stories high. Not the sort of progress Vermonters like. Progress in Vermont consists of carrying your cow in the back of your truck so you can utilize all that free methane to drive to work. But the cheese is out of this world… Pusslet is assisted by “Constant Waterman” whose book about boating is available for sale around town. n n n nr r r r Watermelon Salad by Patricia Huff Cubes of fresh watermelon, chopped onion, crumbled feta chee se (amounts depends on number of people served) Dressing: lemon juice (3 T), extra virgin olive oil (1/3 cup) salt and pepper to taste Garnish: mint leaves Mix in a large bowl: watermelon, onion, feta cheese Make dressing and pour to taste on above ingredients; garnis h with chopped mint leaves Easy and refreshing on these hot summer days. Angels of the Swamp by Patricia Huff What would our little town be without a supermarket? We do have convenience stores that carry lots of little last-m inute needed items, but our handy grocery store stocks just about everything on our lists. Petra Gengenbach and brother-in-law A ndy Gengenbach are usually there to help us find whatever we need; if not, Ka thy Forbes and Matthew Smith are there to assist. Over the past severa l years, since Petra and her husband Nick purchased Right Choice Supermarket, many new sele ctions have been added to their inventory. If they do not have an item, they will order the special product and then continue to keep it on their shelves. They have high quality brands, as well as less expensive items. We are grateful to have a reliable store just around the corner. We would like to express our appr eciation to Petra for ordering special products and offering them at low prices for many of our charitable events in town. Angels in our midst. IS YOUR CHARITY REGISTERED? If your charity collects money from the general public, you should b e registered with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services There are heavy fines for not being on the DACS list. You can download a PDF f orm at http://www.800helpfla.com/socbus.html Another useful website for charities is www.stayexempt.or g which has tutorials about getting a 501(c)(3), filing the IRS-990 form, and disclosure regulations. On a sidelight, we read in Philanthropy News Digest that volunteering in 2008 increased, according to the “Volunteering in America 2009” re port by the Corporation for National and Community Service. In particula r, more young adults (ages 16-24) took part in volunteer activities. In tot al, about 8 billion hours of service, with an estimated worth of $162 billion, were vol unteered by all ages. For more news, see www.foundationcenter.org/pnd/news Our thanks to Elaine Middelsteadt for the two tips abo ut charities above.

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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn August 21, 2009 email: mulletrapper@gmail.com PAGE 8 www.evergladesmulletrapper.com Big Cypress Guide The Preserve has produced a new 4-page guide for a scenic dr ive along Turner River Road, looping around to Birdon Road, and back to the Trail. Did you know that H.P. Williams Roads ide Park was named for Homer P. Williams who was an engineer dur ing the building of the Trail? Or, that red-cockaded woodpeckers nest in pine trees so that the resin which flows when they peck at it will scare off predators? You can download a copy of the guide, which has fascinating facts and beautiful photos, at website www.nps.gov/bicy Click on “Plan Your Visit” and then on “Brochures”. Fishing Tournaments The Anglers’ Cup Big Snook Challenge September 17-19 Everglades City, social events at the Seafood Depot Registration until: August 31 Website: www.TheAnglersCup.com Conservancy RedSnook Catch & Release October 2-4 Launch at Chokoloskee, Goodland, or Naples Registration until: September 11 website: www.conservancy.org/redsnook SNOOK SEASON STARTS Snook season opens again on September 1 The size limit for “keepers” (smaller or larger ones should be released) in Gulf waters, Monroe County, and Everglades National Park is between 28” and 33”. Only one (1) fish per person per day is allowed to be harvested. A Snook Permit ($2.00) is needed with your saltwater license. Snatch hooks and spearing are prohibited. And, it is illegal to buy or se ll snook. The season will closed again in our waters from December to February. Butcher Gallery & Swamp Walks Niki Butcher will be demonstrating the technique of hand-painting photographs during the Open House at the Big Cypress Gallery over Labor Day weekend, September 5-7 There will also be a new exhibit of Clyde Butcher’s 1998 “one of a kind” photos which were discovered lurking in a shed and a view of the 6 x 4 foot oil painting of Clyde by Nicholas Petrucci. If you want to do some holiday shopping, the 2010 calendars featuring the Big Cypress are available for sale. The Gallery will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Niki’s demonstrations will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and on Monday at 10:00 a.m. Reservations for the “Muck About” swamp walks are full for the mornings but there are still a few places in the afternoons. You can book at www.clydebutcher.com or by phone on 695-2428. Everyone is welcome to come along to the Open House at the Gallery. FWC NEWS FWC is working on draft rules for listing and managing endangered and threatened species. Public comment is welcome before September 9 when the rules committee will present its draft at the FWC meet ing. To read more, see www.myfwc.com and select “Imperiled Species Listing” in the Quick Clicks box. For info, phone (850) 251-2130. Red Snapper is off the menu for recreational fishing. The season in the Gulf waters closed on August 15 and will not open again until June 1 next year. It is hoped that stock s will be built up during this break.

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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn August 21, 2009 email: mulletrapper@gmail.com PAGE 9 www.evergladesmulletrapper.com n Mystery on our Shores There is a Lane Cove on the maps between Everglades and the Fakahatchee River and there used to be a Lane River but now it’s called the Ferguson River. So, who or what was Lane? It was very probably a person or family because it has also been spelt “Layne”. Rob Storter (Crackers in the Glade) tells of a “Mrs Thompson living at the old Layne Place”. John Henry Thompson, who sailed a boat for the infamous Edgar Watson, moved around among the islands and lived for a while at “Lane’s Place”, according to Tebeau’s classic history book Florida’s Last Frontier. Thompson was alive in Chokoloskee when the book was written in 1957. In David Graham Copeland’s notes, John Ferguson settled at the “Layne Place” and raised fruit. In 1886 he sold out to Myers who then sold in 1890 to John Henry Daniels who subsequently moved to Fakahatchee Island and sold his holding to Layne who never lived there. Shortly after that, Gandees bought the Layne Place but got in trouble and moved away. There is also a note that Jim Daniels had a syrup mill at the Layne Place. There was a botanist named James E. Layne who discovered a rare orchid Cranichis muscosa in the Fak swamp in 1903 but died soon after, according to D. S. Correll in his book Native Orchids of North America North of Mexico This plant was found again by Fak biologists Karen Relish and Mike Owen in 2004. So, was it “Lane” or “Layne”? And, what became of the family? Or, was it just the old botanist who bought and sold some land on a whim? Who built the house on the west bank of the river? If you have any clues, please phone Marya at 695-2905. MUSEUM NEWS “Everglades Forever” is the theme of the new exhibit for the month of September in the Pauline Reeves Gallery at the front of the Museum of the Everglades. Edwin Villasmil and Elba Martinez are artists, environmental activists, and educators from Miami who have concentrated recently on the Everglades. Their goal is to investigate the relationship between art, society, and nature and to create awareness of the need to protect our natural resources. There will be reception to “Meet the Artists” on Saturday, September 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by a Guided Walking Tour of Histo ric Buildings. Everyone is welcome! For info, phone the Museum at 695 -0008. Follow up on “Three Cups of Tea” by Patricia Huff Some time ago I wrote a review of the book “Three Cups of T ea.” Now, during this time when so many of our troops are going to Afghanistan, I’ve been wondering how the schools have fared amidst the violence in the a rea. On August 13 CNN had a program about the children in Islamic countri es. Greg Mortenson was interviewed about his school projects, and he is as active as ever. With private donations from around the world, he has built 78 schools in remote, poverty-stricken areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan. In additio n, his foundation, the Central Asia Institute, administers 48 other schools in r efugee camps for a total of 28,000 children in the two countries. More recently, as shown in the TV program, Mr. Mortenson has been working closely with the military who are also participating in the opening of schools and handing out supplies to the students. Greg Mortenson has devoted his life to building 131 secular schools for girls in Pakistan and another 48 in Afghanistan. He was quoted in a recent New York Times article: “W hen a girl gets educated here and then becomes a mother, she will be much less likel y to let her son become a militant or insurgent.” Do give this book to a relative or friend. Or, give a kidd ies’ book as a baby gift or for a youngster’s birthday with a card saying tha t you are also donating a small amount of money (in the child’s name) to the Three C ups of Tea School program to help another youngster across the seas to learn to read. For more information about Greg Mortenson’s projects, visit his website www.threecupsoftea.com MARCO LIBRARY The Marco Island Public Library will be closed for the m onth of September while the new Rose Hall addition is constructed. The library i s part of the Collier County system so books may be returned at any other branch. Stamp Collecting Stamps are miniature works of art that document our social a nd economic history (remember when it cost only 3¢ to ma il a letter?). The National Postal Museum has received a large donation from the late George W. Brett who was the foremost authority on phi latelic matters. For info about this fascinating hobby, see www.postalmuseu m.si.edu

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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn August 21, 2009 email: mulletrapper@gmail.com PAGE 10 www.evergladesmulletrapper.com BIG CYPRESS COMMENTS About 30 people attended the informational meeting about the Big Cypress Addition Lands on August 12 and 11 of them spoke. Park personnel presented the three Alternatives of the General Management Plan for these new parts of the Preserve. Written comments are due by September 30. They can be submitted either online or by post. You can see the documentation at www.nps.gov/bicy or request a copy by phoning 695-1168. BIG CYPRESS RALLY There will be a rally sponsored by the Big Cypress Sportsmen’s Alliance on Sunday, August 30, at 1:00 p.m. at the rest area near the 63 Mile Marker on I-75 (Alligat or Alley). For info, phone (239) 370-8532. Another useful website for tracking hurricanes show s the path and the intensity. See www.wunderground.com/tr opical This screen is the “Storm History”. by Patricia Huff Wild Allamanda (Urechites lutea) This beautiful flowering vine grows up to eight feet tall. I t has golden yellow, trumpet-shaped blossoms and blooms almost year round in South Florida. The leaves are bright green, oval and two inches long. The Wild Allamanda is native to Florida but also grows in the West Indies. It i s salt and drought tolerant and fast-growing. It serves as a ni ce ground cover, is not invasive, and will also grow on a trel lis. This particular Wild Allamanda vine is growing just outside the entrance of the Rod and Gun Club if you’d like to see it. The flowers and foliage are poisonous if eaten so be carefu l in planting; otherwise it is a beautiful, wild-growing vine that will add color to any garden. n nn nn n n n by Marya Repko John C. Gifford (1879-1947) was one of a few early residents in Florida who explored native plants and wrote about them. He was a popular professor of Tropical Forestr y at the young University of Miami and lived in a controlled wilderness in Coconut Grove where one of his neighbors was David Fairchild. Originally in favor of drainage with canals and dikes, he later came out with his book Reclamation of the Everglades with Trees He wrote in 1935, “Every tree is an efficient pump ... water from a forested watershed is always preferable because of its purity and regularity.” One of his practical tips is to pile up stones around the trunks of trees to keep the roots moist and cool.

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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn August 21, 2009 email: mulletrapper@gmail.com PAGE 11 www.evergladesmulletrapper.com RESTAURANT NEWS Backcountry Cafe (695-2552): 6:00 am 3:00 pm.; daily Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): Closed for Summer City Seafood (695-4700): 11:00 am 6:00 pm; daily Fish market also open Everglades Scoop (695-0375): 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Mon Sat Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am 9:00 pm; Sun Thurs 7:00 am 10:00 pm; Fri, Sat Glades Haven Deli (695-2746): 6:00 am 6:00 pm; Sun – Thurs 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri, Sat Food service stops 1 hr before close Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): 8:00 am – 3: pm; Mon Fri Fish market (grouper/pompano) Havana Cafe (695-2214): C losed for summer Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Cold breakfast buffet Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe (695-2682): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; Wed Mon Closed Tuesday JT’s Cafe & Gallery (695-2630): 1:00 – 5:00 pm; Sat Gallery & Gift Shop also open Leebo’s Rock-Bottom Bar: 3:00 pm; Mon Sat noon; Sunday Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): Closed for summer Port of the Islands (239-394-3101): 7:00 – 10:00 am; Mon-Sat 7:00 – 11:00 am; Sun Hot and cold breakfast menu Right Choice Pizzeria (695-3663): 5:00 9:00 pm; Thurs-Sun (takeout) Rod & Gun (695-2101): 7:00 10 am Breakfast; daily 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Cabana Bash: 4 7 pm, Sat Susie’s Station: 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily Triad Seafood (695-0722): Closed for summer For a list of church services and park openings, see our website or phone us. Reach Out, our neighborhood charity, gave out school clothes and supplies in the Community Center on August 8. Besides lots of undies, there were slacks and polo shirts in various colors for parents and kids to select. Sign Up Now! The next session of Sheriff's popular Citizens Academy is set to launch on September 21. The six-week course offers an up-close look at how CCSO keeps Collier County safe. Citizens Academy participants will learn about the inner-workings of different areas of the agency, including Major Crimes, Safety and Traffic Enforcement, Crime Scene and more. Participants can even sign up to do a ride-along with a CCSO deputy. And, for the first time, CCSO's Citizens Academy will include visits to the Naples Jail Center, the Special Operations facility and the county's new Emergency Services Center. Classes take place from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. each Monday. The location of the first class will be the CCSO Professional Development Center, 615 Third Avenue South, Naples. For info, phone (239) 793-9145 or see www.colliersheriff.org and click on “Sign Up Now”. Application forms are also available in City Hall. CORRECTION In our 8/7/09 report about the Copeland Baptist Church Vacation Bible School, we misspelled the name Detweiler. Apologies! OBITUARIES Theresia Ann Butler 76, passed away on August 7 in Eatonton, GA. She was the wife of former ECity mayor “Snapper” Butler who predeceased her in 1998 and mother of Glenna (Johnnie) Potter, Doyle Carlton Butler Jr., Clint (Kathy) Butler, and Edward Butler. She was born here to the late Ira and Freda (Boggess) Hancock and leaves many friends in our area. Her son Clint emailed: She went very quickly and thank God with very little pain and suffering. I know she is in a better place but it sure is going to be hard. We appreciate all your prayers. Ken Abrams 80, a seasonal resident at the VR Corp, passed away suddenly from a bee sting at his home in Armonk, NY, on August 9. According to a local friend, “he was just an all around happy and good guy”. Homer Cox 84, passed away peacefully on August 10 at his camp in the Big Cypress near Ochopee. He was the epitome of a true, original Gladesman. Much of the food he and his wife Dorothy consumed was either grown or harvested from their homestead which they hardly ever left. He loved the swamps and all they contained, for every minute of every day of every year for 5 or 6 decades. He was also not at all shy to explain to Park Rangers the error of their ways as only he could do it. His friend Frank Denninger, who emailed this news, wrote, “He would give you the shirt off his back.” VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Greet Visitors in the Museum Meet people from around the corner or around the world! Phone Martha 695 0008.

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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn August 21, 2009 email: mulletrapper@gmail.com PAGE 12 www.evergladesmulletrapper.com One of the lessons at the Chokoloskee Church of God Vacation Bible School was “Fruits of the Spirit”. See more of Helen Bryan’s photos on page 5. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS date _______________________ Please make check payable to “Snook Publications” and send to Snook Publications, P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 3 4139 ___ The MULLET RAPPER by post ($38) ___ The MULLET RAPPER by email ($10) NAME ___________________________________________ EMAIL _____________________________________________ __ STREET / P.O.BOX: ALTERNATE ADDRESS _________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___ CITY ____________________________________________ CITY _____________________________________________ ____ STATE ________ ZIP ____________________________ S TATE _________ ZIP ________________________________ MONTHS AT ALTERNATE ADDRESS __JAN __FEB __MAR __APR __MAY __JUN __JUL __AUG __SEP __OCT __NOV __DEC 8/21/09 ----------------------------------------------------HOUSE NEED CLEANING? Cheryl's Cleaning Business is the helping hand you need. Call Cheryl at 239-745-6291. ----------------------------------------------------Put your job ad in the Rapper. No charge – phone 695-2397. The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn PUBLISHER Patricia A. Huff, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 (239) 695-2397, mulletrapper@gmail.com EDITORS Patty Huff & Marya Repko CONTRIBUTORS Helen Bryan, Barbara Daniels, Bill Lindsay Lisa Marteeny, Shirley Leonard, Savannah Oglesby Mike Klein, Phill Lawry, Trina Mitchell, Sunny Burk e PRODUCTION layout: Marya Repko, printing: Snook Publications PUBLISHER’S STATEMENT We aim to provide local news of interest to the ext ended community of Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Plantation Island, Lee Cypress, Copeland, Jerome, and Ochopee. We strive to present the facts accurately without political bias or personal opinion. The views expressed in signed articles are not nece ssarily those of the editors or publisher. SUBSCRIPTION RATES 25¢ per issue or $38 per year by US Post .** /!012rrn nnnr nnnnr www.evergladesmulletrapper.com n n n n ----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: House and Barn on 1.02 Acres. Zoned (A). Sale price $139,000 ($59,000 below appraised value) or for rent at $900/mon. For more info, call 321-439-7635. ----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: 3 lots in Chokoloskee, 2 on Calusa Dr, Lot M-4 $105,000, Lot M-5 (filled) $135,000, Lot by cemetery $79,000. Phone owner at (419) 441-2068 or (740) 864-2179. ----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Lot on Plantation Island with Boat Ramp and Dock, $75,000. Phone 239-825-4502. ----------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: Mobile Home on Canal, 29 Plantation Drive, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, unfurnished, $500 per month or $600 per month with lawn maintenance. Call 239-250-0668 ----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Deeded waterfront home on a quiet canal; 2 kitchens, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, remodeled, furnished, new A/C, new dock. $525,000 (owner licensed realtor). Call 239-860-6369 ----------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: Nice furnished hotel condo efficiency at Port of the Islands, includes ALL, only $900/mon. Phone (239) 269-2511. ----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: matching sofa & love-seat, beige muted stripes, good condition, only $175. Phone Joe at (239) 642-8866. ----------------------------------------------------Snook Classified is $10 per issue. Phone 695-2397 or email us. r r r r r r r r phone 695-2397 or email mulletrapper@gmail.com EVERGLADES LIONS CLUB Serving our community with eye and hearing assistance since the 1950's. Call us with your needs. New members welcome. Come join our unique organization. Phone Elaine at 695-2695 or email emiddel@aol.com Help the Scouts If you would like to help the Girl Scouts with their publicity, they are looking for volunteers to write stories and take photos. For info, contact Amanda at (239) 561-1800 ext. 406 or at amandaj@gsgcf.org