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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn MARCH 30 APRIL 12 2012 2012, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VI Issue #156 Photo by Diana Curry MAMIE STREET UPDATE On March 20/21 Mamie Street was the scene of equipment arriving to grade and pave the portion leading to the historic Smallwood Store. It’s been almost a year (April 13, 2011) since FL-Georgia Grove LLP tore up the road and installed a fence around the property. Mamie Street was paved with asphalt just before the extended deadline of the court order to restore the road was about to expire. The Smallwood Store has suffered a great loss of visitors and expenses for legal fees have been very high. A celebrity fundraising breakfast at the Oyster House is planned for Saturday, April 14. More details in the next Rapper. First Baptist Church is holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday, April 1, at 1:00 p.m. The Sunday evening service at 6:00 p.m. that day will be followed by a prayer walk around the school which is starting FCATs. For info, call 695-3871. The Church of God in Chokoloskee will also have an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7. Each child should bring 3 hard boiled, colored eggs and their basket. If you want to donate Easter Prizes for the children, call-695-3735. Everglades Community Church is holding services at 7:00 p.m. on both Maunday Thursday and Good Friday. Holy Family Catholic Church will hold an Adoration of the Cross on Good Friday at 12:00 noon. The Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held jointly by all 5 local churches at the Everglades National Park on Easter Sunday, April 8, at 7:00 a.m. All are invited to attend and asked to bring their own lawn chairs, a flashlight and mosquito repellant. Hot coffee, sweet rolls, and donuts will be served on site at the park immediately following the service. This will be a good time for community fellowship. Florida Car Marathon Visitors at the Chamber Welcome Center on March 24 were able to watch 50 cars when they stopped for refreshments during their two-day, 500-mile round trip loop from Miami to Sarasota. The AATI (American Advanced Technicians Institute) was one of the sponsors of this annual marathon which brought in drivers from Europe and elsewhere. Among the cars that participated were a Lamborghini, Jaguars, Fiats, Saabs, and Ferraris. For a list, and info, visit INDEPENDENCE DAY Our Independence Day celebrations will be on Saturday, June 30. The theme of the parade is "Honoring Our Veterans.” There are prizes for the best floats! Fill in a parade entry form at City Hall or phone Elaine at 695-2695. Donation boxes have been placed around town to help pay for the fireworks. You can also drop drop in your cash or check at City Hall. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS nrrnnrrnn !"#n$rn%&'r&rn()n%r*$n+,-.n-r&n+,-rrn/00$n+,&123$&/4$/"&n++ /1-12n+ 5(r-r67 n


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn MARCH 30, 2012 email: PAGE 2 May 3: Nat’l Day of Prayer May 12: 911 Fish Fry June 1: Graduation June 30: Independence Day Cel ebration THRIFT SHOP: Tues, Thurs, Sat; 11 am to 3 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat; 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Friday, 1:30 to 4:30 pm LITTLE GATOR CLINI C: Tues, 5-7 pm, April 3,10,17 FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30-10:30 am, Community Church AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church N A: Sat, 11:30 am, Community Center (Skating Rink) MUSEUM: Tues-Fri; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat; 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SMALLWOOD STORE: Daily; 10 am to 5 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Wed, 4/4 (10-11 am) Mon, 4/9 (10-11 am) Fri, 4/13 (10-11 am) Tues, 4/17 (10-11 am) Thurs, 4/19 (1-2 pm) Mon, 4/ 23 (10-11 am) Fri, 4/27 (1-2 pm) SHERIFF: 695-2007 CITY HALL: 695-3781 PUBLIC LI BRARY: 695-2511 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 695-3941 AIRPORT: 695-2778 FAKAHATCHEE: 695-4593 BIG CYP RESS: 695-2000 NATIONAL PARK: 695-3311 CURBSIDE TRASH PICKUP (FRIDGES, WASHING MACHINES, T VS): 252-2380 COLLIER COUNTY: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 25 Coastal Cruise 26 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 27 28 Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 29 Deadline for Advisory Com. RAPPER 30 31 Calusa Days see p.3 APRIL 1 Palm Sunday Calusa Days see p.3 Easter Egg Hunt First Baptist see p.1 2 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm ESHP mtg 8:30 a.m. see p.9 3 Congressional Visit Coletta Visit City Council City Hall see p.3 Kids’ Clinic 5-7 pm see p.3 4 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am FME mtg 3:30 pm see p.9 5 Maundy Thursday ECC Service 7 pm see p.1 full moon 6 Good Friday Holy Family 12:00 noon see p.1 ECC Service 7 pm see p.1 7 Marsh Trail see p.3 Easter Egg Hunt Chok COG see p.1 8 Easter Sunday Sunrise Service Everglades Nat’l Park 7 am see p.1 9 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm OFCD Board see p.3 10 School Coffee 9am, see p.5 Kids’ Clinic 5-7 pm, see p.3 11 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 12 Great Gator Luncheon RAPPER 13 14 Smallwood Fundraiser see p.1 Mobile Pet Vet see p.3 Museum Reception see p.9 Book Signing see p.3 15 FOF Dinner see p.3 16 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 17 Reach Out City Hall, 8:30 am Kids’ Clinic 5-7 pm, see p.3 18 Ladies Coffee TBA 8 am 19 SAC School, 6 pm 20 new moon 21 22 23 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 24 25 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 26 RAPPER 27 see p.3 28 Pancake FlyIn see p.3 Med. Cabinet Museum Birthday APRIL 2012


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn MARCH 30, 2012 email: PAGE 3 CONGRESSIONAL VISIT Monica Aranegui, the District Representative for Congressman David Riviera, will meet with constituents in City Hall on Tuesday, April 3, at 3:00 p.m. For info, phone 348-1620. COLETTA VISIT Commissioner Jim Coletta will meet with constituents on Tuesday, April 3, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. He will attend the City Council meeting and then have dinner at the Seafood Depot. To make an appointment, phone 2528097. CITY COUNCIL The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 3, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. To speak during Public Comments, please sign up before the meeting starts. MARSH TRAIL WALK Take a guided walk with a Conservancy naturalist at the 10,000 Islands Marsh Trail on US-41 on Saturday, April 7, from 9:30 a.m. until noon. Discounted fee for members of $35/adult, $18/under-12. Non-members $45/adult, $25/under-12. For info, call 239-404-4236. BOOK SIGNING There will be an illustrated presentation with historical photos by local author Marya Repko who has written several books on the history of the area on Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. For more information, call 695-4758. FOF Pythons Talk Larry Perez, a ranger at ENP, is giving a talk entitled “Everglades Pythons: A Decade of Change” at the Friends of Fakahatchee Annual Dinner at the Everglades Seafood Depot on Sunday, April 15, at 5:00 p.m. Perez has been studying exotics for many years and has just published a new book which will be reviewed in the next issue of the Rapper. Cost for the buffet roast beef dinner and talk is $25 for FOF members; $35 for non-members. For info, call 695-2905 or visit website where you can book online with a credit/debit card or download a form to send in with your check. Reservations required. BRIAN FITZGERALD FUNDRAISER If you were unable to attend the benefit for Brian, donations may be made payable to: NTAF Southeast Kidney Transplant Fund (In Honor of Brian Fitzgerald) and send to NTAF, 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120, Radnor, PA 19087. For info about NTAF (National Transplant Assistance Fund) see CALUSA DAYS Celebrate Archaeology Month March 31 & April 1 Learn about the prehistory and archaeological resources in the Ten Thousand Islands. Visit the Turner River and Sandfly Island shell mounds, learn about how the Calusa lived, and try your hand at tool making, atlatl throwing, mask painting, and more fun activities at the Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City. Activities are free except for the boat and canoe tours to the shell mounds. Call for more information: 695-3311. March 31 : Boat Tour to Turner River Mounds Motorized boat tours will leave at 9:00 & 9:.15 a.m., 11:00 & 11:15 a.m., and 1:00 & 1:15 p.m. and will include a thirty-minute stop and walk at the Turner River complex site. Visitors should arrive at least 15 minutes before hand. The tours cost $35 per adult (regular boat tour price). Reservations can be made at: www.evergladesnationalparkboattoursgulf ("Mangrove Wilderness" tour). April 1 : Boat Tour to Sandfly Island This will be a special boat tour at 11:00 a.m. that includes a stop and short walk on Sandfly Island, a prehistoric shell mound site. Reservations can be made at: www.evergladesnationalparkboattoursgulf (select "10,000 Islands"). The tour costs $26.50 (regular boat tour price). March 31 & April 1 : Canoe Tour to the Turner Mounds (2 hours) The trip will include a stop at the Turner River complex site and a ranger presentation on Calusa history. Bring your own canoe or rent one. Canoe rental is $26 and can hold 2 or 3 people. Singles pay for a canoe. 10 am to 12 pm. For reservations, call 695-3311. OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 03/13/12: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 03/15/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 03/15/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 03/16/12: Vehicle Fire, 66 MM I-75 03/16/12: Emergency Medical, 67 MM I--5 03/16/12: Vehicle Accident, I-75-and SR-29 03/17/12: Emergency Medical, SR-29 & US-41 03/17/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 03/17/12: Vehicle Accident, 56 MM I-75 03/18/12: Emergency Medical, 80 MM I-75 03/19/12: Emergency Medical, Plantation Island 03/19/12: Median Fie, 59 MM I-75 03/20/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee Island 03/22/12: Emergency Medical, 63 MM I-75 03/24/12: Grass Fire, 72 MM I-75 03/24/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 03/24/12: Smoke Investigation, 68 MM I-75 03/25/12: Vehicle Accident, 60 MM I-75 03/25/12: Vehicle Accident, 80 MM I-75 03/26/12: Fire Alarm, Marco Island 03/26/12: Emergency Medical, Janes Scenic Drive Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, April 9, at Port of the Islands. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will see patients on Fridays from 1:30 to 4:30 pm in the clinic behind the Fire Station. He accepts Medicare and insurance. For info, call (239) 642-5552. nrThe free walk-in clinic (behind the Fire Station) for youngsters will be open Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, from 5 to 7 pm. There are no drugs on the premises but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will visit the area on the second Saturday of each month. The next visit will be on Saturday, April 14, at McLeod Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For info, phone him at 777-PETS (7387) or visit the website online at Pancake FlyIn The last Pancake FlyIn for the season will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. until noon with pancakes courtesy of Chuck Gretzke and Wings 10,000 Islands Aero Tours. Everyone welcome – by air, sea, or land. Call 695-3296 for more information.


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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn MARCH 30, 2012 email: PAGE 5 Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695 -2561 website: From Savannah’s Eyes March 20 was an extraordinary day! I went to a Miami Heat game (basketball game) at the American Airlines Arena. At school our principal Mrs. Brummer said that if we get good grades and did well on the FCAT’s then we would be able to go watch a Miami Heat game! It was only for 6 th through 12th grade. Oh wow did I have a blast! On the trip there some people read, so me talked about the game, some took a nap, and others like me just looked out the window and watched the land change from a prairie of grass and trees, to a concrete city. Miami was such a cool place but even though I've been there a lot there is still so mething about the feeling of being in a place outside of your general ar ea. When we got to Miami, we stopped to eat at Burger King. After this we went straight to the Arena. There wer e hundreds and hundreds of cars and people in lines and crosswalks. I was amazed! About 90% of everyone I saw outside was wearing something with the Miami Heat on it: from jackets to jerseys to hats, they were all decked out! As we got off the bus, we got into our groups, took a few (more like a lot) of pictures in fro nt of the arena, got our tickets and went inside to find our seats. We were so high up we could see everything! When everyone took the ir seats the game started, they introduced the players and th en it was time to "play ball"! At first, I wasn't really a fan o f basketball unless it involved our schools team. But, after watching t his game I can now say that I am a Miami Heat fan! LeBron Jam es and Dwayne Wade were dunking and the whole team was just awesome! The whole crowd was standing up and cheering them on and after a while I started doing the same thing! In t he end Miami Heat won against the Suns and it was time to l eave. I went to the gift shop and got a Miami Heat hat and bag. When we all met up outside after taking such a long time to get out of the thousands of people making their way out, we all went to the bus. On the ride home it was about 11.02 p.m. when we first got on the bus and we drove home, finally reaching our destination at 1:30a.m. I was so tired I fell asleep on the ride back hom e and didn't even know it! But I had such a fun time and if anyon e asked me to do it again my answer would be a definite yes! Spring Break is in a week and I can't wait to see wha t adventures I go on this year! Rooting on Miami Heat! With love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is in the 9 th grade at Everglades City School and is a regular contributor to this paper. BASEBALL HOME GAMES Fri, 3/30 Oasis Charter 4:30 p.m. SOFTBALL HOME GAMES Tues, 4/10 SWFL Christian 4:30 p.m. Fri, 4/13 CSN 4:30 p.m. GREAT GATORS Pre-K – Zoe Wells K – Riley Weeks 1 – River Brown 2– Chloe Carver 3,4 – Alexis Hendrickson 5 – Seth Hooks 6 – Tori Wells 7 – Braxton Kidder 8 – Savannah Humphries High School – Nic Jones Volunteers for the School were treated to a special “a ppreciation” breakfast on March 22. Kindergarten students stopped by to offe r their thanks with a handshake and a hug for the community members who have so generously donated their time. For m ore info, call Gina at 695-1561 or see /evg Environmental Resource Academy To learn more about this program and CTE, visit websit e Fact Sheet also available on school’s website. Tutoring Classes Offered Tutoring Subjects: music theory, music history, world and America n history, anthropology, geography, government, Spanish, French, English, writing, biology, chemistry, Algebra I, Arithmetic. Musi c Lessons: violin, voice coaching, master classes. College counse ling: undergraduate and graduate level application process, specialization/major consulting, application essay editing. Lesso ns are private and will be customized to the needs of each client Also looking to perform as violinist, composer and vocalist for hire. For information and fees, e-mail Danielle Swisher at or call (239) 280-8971. Junior Ranger Day Everglades National Park is holding Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, March 31, for 8-12 year olds but kids of all ages are welcome with their families. Activities include a fre e tram ride at Shark Valley. For info and reservations call (305) 242-7753. The theme is “Let’s Move Outside” and the aim is show that t he Park can be fun. IMPORTANT DATES April 2-6 Spring Break Monday, April 2 Booster Club, 6;30 pm Tues, April 10 Community Coffee, 9 am Thurs, April 12 Great Gator Luncheon Thurs, April 19 SAC, 6:00 pm


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The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn MARCH 30, 2012 email: PAGE 7 nrn nrn nrn nrn CONCH CHOWDER by Vicki Wright and Georgia Ehrlund Ingredients: lb Bacon, chopped 2 cups Chicken Broth 1 large Onion, chopped Fresh chopped Herbs: Parsley & Basil (handful) 4-6 Scallions, chopped Thyme & Oregano (1/2 handful) 1 cup Celery, chopped 6 Cloves of fresh Garlic, choppe d 1 large can diced Tomatoes tsp Bijol powder (found in s pice section) 4 large peeled diced Potatoes 2-3 cups Ground Conch (or fr esh fish, shrimp) 6 Carrots, peeled & chopped Salt & Pepper to taste cup Green Pepper, chopped Tabasco or your choice of Hot Pepper Lightly brown bacon in large soup pot. Add remaining ingredient s except for conch; bring to a simmer and cook 2 to 3 hours. Add conch at las t hrs of cooking (also add lima beans at this time if you like them). This chowder has been a big hit with the Paddle-In at JT’s over th e past few years and we now have the recipe to share with our readers. If you have a favorite recipe to share, please phon e or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf – New Books "A Jolley Good Time" by June Jolley Dyches reviewed by Marya Repko Here's another book of memoirs that describe growing up in E verglades during the 1930s and 1940s. The author was the younger daughter of Judge S.S. Joll ey after whom the Marco Island bridge is named. By profession, he was a butc her and grocer who worked for the Collier Corporation but he was appointed a judge by then-Governor Scholtz in 1935 and served until 1959 when he died. June recalls some of the mischief she and her sister Ma ry Ann and her friend Judy Herren got up to as youngsters when there were no televis ions or computer games to keep them occupied. They teased the monkeys in the cage behind the Inn, hounded visiting dignitaries like Dwight Eisenhower for autographs, and pla yed ball with Ted Williams. Highlight of the week was a visit to the movies at Cl ub Everglades ("the theater") and the arrival of the ice cream truck. And, of course, they w ent to Everglades school where they played basketball and learned about nature from Miss Ne al. The family moved to Naples in 1949 where June finished her se condary education and met her future husband Jim Dyches who is related to the Barfield family in Marco Island. She includes chapters about both those places, little villages when she remembers them. After marriage, she & Jim lived in various Ameri can and foreign homes while he worked as a Naval officer. They retired to Marco wher e they built a house. Longtime ECity area residents will recognize many of th e photos of friends, some old and others contemporary, taken during reunions. The book is a vailable at the ECity branch of the Collier County Public Library or online at Medicines that you no longer need or are out-of-date can be safely thrown out in the secure container just to the left of the front door as you enter City Hall. The drop box is emptied by the Coll ier County Sheriff’s Office and its contents are burned.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn MARCH 30, 2012 email: PAGE 8 Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay April marks the beginning of consistently warm weather. Deerflies and mosquitoes take the place of cold fronts. For those of us who love to fish the Glades, this is okay. Tarpon fishing should only improve. Thes e fish move into the coves near deep channels and can be taken w ith a well-placed cast. If you find a school of Tarpon, keep an eye out for triples; they often move into shallow water toge ther. Snook should start their migration to the outside from the ba ckcountry bays and some of the large fish will move from the Gul f wrecks to the outside points. On a positive note, Snook fishing has improved; there are more fish this year than last yea r. Trout fishing is still good and while you’re drifting for them, you might pick up a Cobia, Tripletail or even a Mackerel. Redfishi ng has been productive both in the backcountry and on the outside coast. Windy days can make it difficult to get offshore; but, w hen it gets nice, the shallow Gulf wrecks will produce good catches of Permit, Snapper and Cobia. Capt. Bill Lindsay lives in Chokoloskee and has been fishing in the Everglades National Park for over 30 years. In 1992 he was Master Angler of the MET Tournament. Telephone 6950314. FWC News FWC is holding a free hunter safety course on March 31 and April 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Everglades Conservation & Sportsm an Club Inc., 50900-50999 Loop Road, Ochopee, FL 34141. For info, call 561-625-5122. Commercial king mackerel fishers harvesting from waters off Monroe County will be able to land and sell their harvest in C ollier County from April 1 through June 30, when the waters off Collier County ar e usually closed to harvest. April 7 is one of the license-free fishing days for freshw ater fish. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) SAWFISH SIGHTINGS The sawfish research team have been in our waters this wee k, tagging new young ones. We will have a report from them in the next i ssue of the Rapper. If you see a sawfish, please report it to: Online at By phone: (352) 392-2360 or (352) 871-8230 By e-mail: The smalltooth sawfish is a protected species. HELP THE PARKS! The Everglades Association is looking for individuals to s erve on its Board. Since its inception in 1951, the Everglades Ass ociation has supported four South Florida National Parks (Biscayne, Dry Tortugas, Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve) with educational and interpretative programs. Th e Board is seeking members who would like to support the ongoing partnership. For info, visit www.evergladesassociation.o rg or contact Patty Huff at 695-2397. nr by Charles Sobczak (Excerpt from The Living Gulf Coast available at the Chamber Welcome Center and the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Black Vulture ( Coragyps atratus ) Other names: black buzzard / Status: FL=stable, expanding int o the Northeast, IUCN=LC / Life span: to 25 years / Length: 24-27 in. (60-68 cm) / Wingspan: 54-60 in. (137-152 cm) / Weight: 4.8 lb (2.18 kg) / Nests: on the ground in remote palmetto stands / Found: All Counties, near coast, mainland / Months found: (lower case indicate d breeding season) jfmamjjaSOND The black vulture commonly soars with the turkey vulture and is hard to distinguish from its close cousin when more than 100 feet high. As it gets closer to the ground, the black vulture’s grayish-black head and whitish wing tips become easier to distinguish. Another difference between the two birds is the wing shape in flight. Whereas the turkey vultur e tends to keep its wings in a distinctive V shape, the black vul ture keeps its wings flatter, flapping far more often than does the soaring turkey vulture. There are other differences. The black vulture does no t have the well-developed sense of smell of the turkey vulture. A s a result, it often lets a solitary turkey vulture discover the kill, then gangs up to chase the individual bird off and take over the ca rcass. It also sometimes preys on live chicks in heron and pel ican rookeries. Although its wingspan and body are shorter, the black vult ure weighs more than the turkey vulture and is more aggressive It tends to be less common along the coastline than inland but can sometimes be seen along the coast, especially during red t ide events. It nests on the ground, preferring open spaces a midst dense saw-palmetto thickets. Photos by Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To fin d out more about the author and his books, visit www.indigop BigC Airboat Access Zone 4 airboat access was closed for 60 days on March 23 f or recreational ORVs due to low water conditions. Pending water levels, this unit will re-open to access by airboats on May 22. All other management units within the Preserve that all ow for wheeled ORV access remain open through June 3. For information, call Bob DeGross at 695-1107 or go to


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn MARCH 30, 2012 email: PAGE 9 OBITUARIES Mary Louise Weeks, age 67, passed away on March 14, 2012. She was a resident of Everglades City and Lake City/Live Oak. She is preceded in death by her husband Mason Weeks and her mother Connie Sauder. She is survived by her 2 sons James and John Jolliff, twin daughters Denise and Darcy (Webb), sisters Sheila (niece Vicki) and Dorothy and brothers Rollo, Arthur and Donnie, and numerous grandchildren. Services will be private. -------------------------------------------------------------------Jacqueline (Jackie) Roehm, formerly of Everglades City, passed away peacefully on March 24 in Naples. Jackie will be remembered by all of her bridge friends who enjoyed her friendly nature and her laughter. She is survived by her husband Jim and two daughters Carol Anderson and Karen (Robert) Merrill, 1 grandchild, and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were held on March 27 in Naples. Gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. -------------------------------------------------------------------Laberta Brown Thompson, age 96, passed away on November 2, 2011. She lived in Everglades City, Immokalee, and LaBelle. Her life will be celebrated at the International Christian Fellowship Church, 233 Clark St, LaBelle, on April 1. Laberta was born on Chokoloskee of pioneering stock; her parents were John J. Brown II and Alice McKinney Brown. Her husband Waddy Thompson and son Oscar preceded her in death as did her brothers Bert, “Peg”, and “Totch”. Survivors include her sister Audrey Hancock, son Waddy, and daughter Vivian plus many other relations. She was a devoted wife and mother, an excellent seamstress, and enjoyed working in her yard. ESHP News The next ESHP Board meeting is on Monday, April 2, in the Historical Library in City Hall at 8:30 a.m. If you haven’t seen the Klotz Collection of historic buildings, visit the old Council Chamber in City Hall. Cards are available for purchase. nnrn The Artist for the months of April and May is Brian Call whose photography captures the essence of the Everglades. Brian has been active in ecological organizations such as Friends of the Panther Refuge and has been resident artist at the Deering Estate as well as exhibiting for Naples Backyard History. He is quoted as saying “We are losing wilderness areas at an alarming rate, and developing a greater sense of intimacy with the earth and its natural cycles is of critical importance. Hopefully my nature photography w ill contribute to inspiring this kind of emotional and spiritual connection that is so urge ntly needed.” A reception to meet the artist will be hosted by the F riends of the Museum on Saturday, April 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited! The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5: 00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no admissio n charge but donations are welcome. For information, phone 695-0008. The Friends of the Museum will have their next Board Meeting at the Museum on Wednesday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy Deducting Charitable Contributions Donations made to qualified organizations may help reduce t he amount of tax you pay. A legitimate tax deduction must be given to a qualified organi zation. Also, you cannot deduct contributions made to specific individuals, political organizations or candidates. 1. To deduct a charitable contribution, you must file Form 1040 and itemize deductions on Schedule A. If your total deduction for all noncash co ntributions for the year is more than $500, you must complete and attach IRS Form 8283, Noncash Charitable Contributions. 2. If you receive a benefit because of your contribution suc h as merchandise, tickets to a ball game or other goods and services, then you can deduct only the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received. 3. Donations of stock or other non-cash property are usual ly valued at the fair market value of the property. Clothing and household items must gener ally be in good used condition to be deductible. Special rules apply for vehi cles. 4. Fair market value is generally the price at which pro perty would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither hav ing to buy or sell, and both having reasonable knowledge of all the relevant facts. 5. Regardless of the amount, to deduct a contribution of ca sh, check, or other monetary gift, you must maintain a bank record, payroll deduction rec ords or a written communication from the organization containing the name of the organization and the date and amount of the contribution. For text message donat ions, a telephone bill meets the record-keeping requirement if it shows the name of the r eceiving organization, the date of the contribution and the amount given. 6. To claim a deduction for contributions of cash or pro perty equaling $250 or more, you must have a bank record, payroll deduction records or a wri tten receipt from the qualified organization showing the amount of the cash, a descriptio n of any property contributed, and whether the organization provided any goods or service s in exchange for the gift. 7. Taxpayers donating an item or a group of similar items valued at more than $5,000 must also complete Section B of Form 8283, which generally r equires an appraisal by a qualified appraiser.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn MARCH 30, 2012 email: PAGE 10 n n n n “Acrefoot Johnson” Part 5 by Chester Keene The word got out about Acrefoot taking his son to Ft. Myers strapped in a chair on his back. The stories were he had started a passenger service on his route. People said Acrefoot lost his job carrying mail because of this, that was not true. The Florida southern Railway was extended from Bart ow to Punta Gorda in 1886. Acrefoot didn't miss the job because he got a better paying one when he moved to Nocatee, Fl. up th e road from Ft. Ogden on 17. Here he furnished cord wood for the St eam Locomotives and Cross-ties for the railroad tracks. It was told should a train come by he would run alongside looking at th e passengers to their disbelief. He would then run faster get in front of the train and cut into the woods. All kinds of bets were put on Acrefoot’s prowess to his great strength, he could split m ore wood than two men, grub palmettos faster than two men could s tack them. Acrefoot carried a rifle as many a pioneer did ba ck in the day to ward off panthers, bears, wolves and sometime rattlesnakes. On one trip it was told that he had an encoun ter with two panthers, they had him in between them and one jumped on him and he fought it with and killed it with his bare hugh hands. He said he "I thought it had me before I busted its ne ck. The two boats he used to cross the Peace River, both were on th e other side where someone tied it off and a salesman was there wo ndering how he could get across the Alligator infested river. He offered Acrefoot five dollars to get it and take him across, John son didn't answer quick enough and the man said "I'll give you ten dollar s". Acrefoot dove in and swam through the alligators and brought t he boat back, the salesman said "what some men will do for ten dollars" as he was being poled across the river. Acrefoo t said "I'd done it for five" Johnson died in 1922 he had 8 children. H e is buried at the cemetery near Nocatee. The Headstone rea ds “James M. Johnson cross-country walking mailman affectionately known as Acrefoot Johnson.” His creed, "The mail must go through got to the Caloosahatchee River and crossed around Russell Par k area putting his clothes in the lard can to keep them dry. On the south side of the river he redressed and found a store and woke up the owner who sold him a pair of shoes. Reversed his actio ns at the river and got home for a good old Hoedown. My Great-granddad Elias Britt Keen(e) told my Granddaddy, who also liked to play the fiddle and he and Granny would do the same thing later af ter they married in 1904. (That's another story in its self) When Acrefoot’s son Elias was about half grown up he came down with a Fever that wouldn't go down with cold compresses. Acrefoo t was so concerned he strapped a chair to his back and too k him to a doctor in Ft. Myers. To be continued… Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article SHERIFF’S REPORT As always, please remember to secure your premises. Keep valuables out of sight when you leave your car and be sure to lock it. Report any suspicious activity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 695-2007. 7 Easy Ways You Can Help Keep Collier County a Great Place and a Safe Place: *Like us on Facebook at Follow us on Twitter at iff *Check out our safety messages at and our YouTube channel, Download our iPhone app, CCSO2go, which is free in the iPhone App Store. *Call our Crime Prevention Bureau at 239.252.0700 to organize a Neighborhood Watch group or schedule a free hom e or business security inspection. *Watch "On Scene," a monthly television show that pro vides an up-close look at CCSO, information on how to stay sa fe, information on wanted criminals and more. "On Scene" ai rs on the Collier County government television channel, the Col lier County School District's Education Channel and www.ccs *Go to and subscribe to the Collier Star e-newsletter, which delivers agency news to subscr ibers' email in-boxes daily. ADOPT-A-ROAD Sponsored by Everglades Society for Historic Preservation and Wednesday Ladies Coffee Group Amazing, but it is the end of another winter season! All should be pleased with the good work done by the people in our area. W e are so fortunate to also have visitors that appreciat e this community and beautiful location. This year it became appare nt that friendships were developing between couples and individua ls that team up to clean the roadside. Bottles picked up (amo ng a variety of items) so they are not broken and could inju re a biker, a person walking, or the critters that inhabit the Mang roves and waterways. Chatted with a man at the post office that mentioned he picks up trash when taking a walk. The folks from Col lier County that coordinate road maintenance stated that voluntee rs working on the road clean up save money so the County has additional funds for playground equipment and other projects t o benefit families. For all you do – you are remembered and appreciated; this includes everyone in Chokoloskee, Plantation Island, and Everglades City. Pat Rinkevich Editor’s Note: A special thank you to John Oke from VR Corp who collected trash on his own throughout the season and returned a lost money clip to its rightful owner. John fo und the item alongside the road after falling off a fisherman's boat; luckily, the clip contained insurance information (plus th e $200) to locate the owner; John graciously refused the reward t hat was offered to him.


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn MARCH 30, 2012 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANT NEWS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 Noon – 9:00 pm; daily 6–9 pm; Fri, Sat: Country Music City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 10:00 pm; daily Everglades Scoop (695-0375): 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; daily Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sun Thurs 7:00 am – 8:00 pm; Fri, Sat Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun Thurs 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri, Sat Havana Caf (695-2214): 7:00 am – 3:00 pm; daily Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Continental breakfast, box lunches Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 11:00 am – 4:00 pm; Wed thru Mon Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri, Sat 4:30 -6:30 pm – Early Bird Specials Right Choice Pizzeria (695-3663): 5:00 – 8:30 pm; ThursSun (takeout) Rod & Gun (695-2101): 7:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast; daily 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Susie’s Station (719-0190): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily Triad Seafood (695-0722 or 695-2662): 10:30 am – 6:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535) 9:00 am – 7:30 pm, Mon-Sat 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Sun Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222) 8 am to 6 pm; Mon-Sat Loco’s Produce (Fri, Sat, Sun) Frank’s cell phone (239) 462-7050 7:00 am 2:00 pm; ECity Post Office 2:00 – 4:00 pm; outside ORA (Sun) Our seasonal restaurants continue to stay open in April: Camellia St Grill, Everglades Scoop, Havana Caf, and Triad as well as the other year-round restaurants welcome you. A beautiful day at the Panther Refuge National Wildlife Center. Walking trails are open daily from dawn until dusk, just a mile north of I-75 on SR29. 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 695-2695 or email &12-$(/$$"$18$ Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W nrnrr 03/30 Fri 02:09pm 0.9 L 03/30 Fri 08:29pm 2.3 H 03/31 Sat 05:23am 0.1 L 03/31 Sat 11:24am 1.9 H 03/31 Sat 05:29pm 0.9 L 03/31 Sat 10:19pm 2.3 H 04/01 Sun 06:21am 0.1 L 04/01 Sun 12:15pm 2.1 H 04/01 Sun 06:36pm 0.8 L 04/01 Sun 11:33pm 2.4 H 04/02 Mon 07:12am 0.0 L 04/02 Mon 12:52pm 2.2 H 04/02 Mon 07:29pm 0.6 L 04/03 Tue 12:33am 2.5 H 04/03 Tue 07:57am 0.0 L 04/03 Tue 01:23pm 2.5 H 04/03 Tue 08:16pm 0.3 L 04/04 Wed 01:25am 2.7 H 04/04 Wed 08:40am 0.0 L 04/04 Wed 01:53pm 2.7 H 04/04 Wed 09:02pm 0.1 L 04/05 Thu 02:12am 2.8 H 04/05 Thu 09:22am 0.1 L 04/05 Thu 02:21pm 2.9 H 04/05 Thu 09:48pm -0.2 L 04/06 Fri 02:59am 2.8 H 04/06 Fri 10:03am 0.2 L 04/06 Fri 02:49pm 3.0 H 04/06 Fri 10:34pm -0.4 L 04/07 Sat 03:48am 2.8 H 04/07 Sat 10:43am 0.3 L 04/07 Sat 03:20pm 3.2 H 04/07 Sat 11:20pm -0.5 L 04/08 Sun 04:40am 2.6 H 04/08 Sun 11:24am 0.4 L 04/08 Sun 03:53pm 3.2 H 04/09 Mon 12:09am -0.5 L 04/09 Mon 05:38am 2.5 H 04/09 Mon 12:05pm 0.5 L 04/09 Mon 04:32pm 3.2 H 04/10 Tue 01:01am -0.5 L 04/10 Tue 06:42am 2.3 H 04/10 Tue 12:49pm 0.7 L 04/10 Tue 05:19pm 3.1 H 04/11 Wed 01:57am -0.4 L 04/11 Wed 07:51am 2.1 H 04/11 Wed 01:41pm 0.8 L 04/11 Wed 06:21pm 2.9 H 04/12 Thu 03:00am -0.2 L 04/12 Thu 09:04am 2.0 H 04/12 Thu 02:53pm 0.9 L 04/12 Thu 07:46pm 2.7 H


The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn MARCH 30, 2012 email: PAGE 12 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 3/30/12 The MULLET RAPPER nrnnrnn PUBLISHER Patricia A. Huff, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 (239) 695-2397, EDITORS Patty Huff & Marya Repko CONTRIBUTORS Helen Bryan, Darcie Guerin, Chester Keene, Mike Kle in Bill Lindsay, Lisa Marteeny, Savannah Oglesby, Trina Mitchell, Charles Sboczak PRODUCTION layout: Marya Repko, printing: Hinson Studios 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 $38 per year by US Post 9,+:);rrn r !"#$ %! "& $# See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. n n n n ----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Lot on Chokoloskee; on canal behind Post Office. Call (561) 622-6011 or email: ------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: 10 x 10 Storage units at 103 S. Storter, $60/mo. Call (727) 430-3460. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: 3 lots in Chokoloskee, 2 on Calusa Dr, Lot M-4; Lot M-5 (filled); Lot by cemetery. Call (419) 441-2068 or (740) 864-2179. --------------------------------------------------FOR RENT: Studio apartment for rent. $600 a month or 1200 sq ft commercial space with office & handicapped-accessible bath w/shower plus apartment for $1000 a month. Call 239-340-4770. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: If you're into fishing, this is the place for you! Lovely duplex with each unit having 2 bedrooms & 2 baths. Lower level completely redone. Located in Chokoloskee on a canal, deeded waterfront, with dock & lift. Reduced to $375,000. Call Bonnie Woodward, Keller Williams Realty, (239) 860-6369. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: AmeriGlide Outdoor stair lift. Rarely used. Purchased new for $2,200; will sell for $1,500 or best offer. (239) 695-3554. -----------------------------------------------FOR SALE: Waterfront lot #149 with electric boat lift in ORA RV Park in Chokoloskee. Also, FOR SALE: 40-ft 5th wheel. Excellent condition; located at Outdoor Resorts in Chok. Call 695-0202 --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 14” Wood Cutting Band Saw, good condition. Call 695-0243 ------------------------------------------------CLASSIFIEDS only $10/issue phone 695-2397 or email n n n n --------------------------------------------------RENT TO OWN : House at 5% interest rate. $1025 a month for 30 Years & you own it. House & Barn on 1.02 Acres in Fakahatchee Strand State Park. Call Don at 321-439-7635. See more info & pictures at -------------------------------------------------HELP WANTED: Leave name and number at 695-2273. Will call back. --------------------------------------------------WANTED : Joanie’s Blue Crab looking for retiree two days a week. Call Joanie for more info at 695-4271 or 695-2682. --------------------------------------------------CASHIER WANTED : Gator Express & Everglades Gas Station are looking for a cashier. Call 695-3937. --------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2397 See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website. We may not have had a St. Patrick’s Day Parade but that didn’t stop Jitters from celebrating with a green bow on his collar. Send us your Pet Pics by email or post.