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25 ¢ 25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9 – 22, 2012 2012, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VI Issue #172 CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Marya Repko At a brief council meeting on November 6, Mayor Sammy Hamilton said that the new water lines linking up the wells with our water plant will be completed later this month or in early December. He is continuing to talk with FEMA about repairs to the damage caused by recent storms to the water plant and to our streets. The Mayor thanked Jim Coletta, outgoing County Commissioner, for the good things he’s done for the City. Councilor Elaine Middelstaedt said that the Everglades Lions Club was founded exactly 50 years ago on November 6, 1962. The whole year will be devoted to service, with the McLeod Park clean-up as just a start (see photo on page 3) Lt Mark Milligan reported only one incident of plastic gas containers taken from a boat on the Barron River. He reminded everyone of the School Careers’ Day on Thursday, November 15, when representatives from the Sheriff’s Office and other organizations would be present. NEW BAKERY by Patty Huff For one who really enjoys good cooking, I was excited to learn that Annie Pestolesi has opened a new business specializing in home-baked goods. It is a “cottage industry” and she is following up on her love of baking which she finds very therapeutic and relaxing. Sweet Disposition Bakery offers custom orders with delivery services, catering, and dessert platters. Some of Annie’s enticing items include monkey-bread, pecan bars, lemon-zucchini cookies and almond biscotti (all of which I have tasted and enjoyed!). Annie grew up in Orange County, California, before meeting her husband Ben in Arizona. They worked for various parks and then came to Big Cypress. For more info, stop by Island Caf, call her at 695-2542 or visit her website at Tim Nance New Commissioner On November 6 Tim Nance was elected to District 5 Board of County Commissioners. Mr. Nance was here in Everglades City on October 30 to meet with area residents (shown a bove with Larry Weber) and to express his interest in our community. He stated that he would like to hear from everyone about their concerns and has mailed residents a survey. You may contact him at his county office at 252-8097 or send your questions to him directly via email Commissioner Donna Fiala who represents Marco Island as well as Copeland/Lee Cypress and Port of the Islands was re-elected to District 1 for another term. Copeland is new to her district. She is available to meet and speak to any groups in this community and help solve or overcome any concerns. Commissioner Fiala may be reached via email at or contact her assistant at 252-8097. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Local History p. 9 Events p. 3 Museum News p. 9 School p. 5 Investments p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Books p. 7 FWC p.10 Glades Daze p. 8 Florida Flora p.10 Gulf Coast p. 8 Obituary p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: “Did You Know?” p.9


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9, 2012 email: PAGE 2 Dec 15: Lighting of the Tree, Christmas Parade Dec 21: Santa Visit Jan 11: ESHP Movie Night Jan 12: Art-in-the-Glades Jan 12-13: Turkey Shoot Feb 8-10: Seafood Festival THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Fri, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: 11/13, 11/20, 11/27 FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30-10:30 am, Community Church AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church NA: 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: Tue, 11/20 (9:30-10:30 am) Wed, 11/ 28 (9-10 am) Fri, 11/30 (9-10 am) Tue, 12/4 (4-5 pm) SHERIFF: 695-2007 CITY HALL: 695-3781 PUBLIC LIBRARY: 695-2511 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 695-3941 AIRPORT: 695-2778 FAKAHATCHEE: 695-4593 BIG CYPRESS: 695-2000 NATIONAL PARK: 695-3311 CURBSIDE TRASH PICKUP (FRIDGES, WASHING MACHINES, TVs): 252-2380 COLLIER COUNTY: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT Clocks Change 4 5 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm Book Fair Week ESHP Mtg Booster Club 6 Kids’ Clinic Gen. Election Coletta Visit City Council 7Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am FME Mtg BigC ORVs 8Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm RAPPER 9 10Panther Fest see p.3 Museum Reception see p.3,9 Open House Driftwood Spa see p.3 11 Veterans Day Services Everglades Com. Church see p.3 12 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm new moon 13Kids’ Clinic see p.3 OFCD Mtg see p.3 14Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 15Everglades Book Club see p.3 Career Day SAC see p.5 16 17Pet Vet see p.3 18 19 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 20Kids’ Clinic see p.3 Reach Out Mtg City Hall, 8:30 am 21Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 22Happy Thanksgiving RAPPER 23 Clyde Butcher Book Signing see p.3 24Clyde Butcher Book Signing see p.3 25 26 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 2728Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 29 30Historical Talk 5:30 pm see p.9 DEC1Swamp Heritage Festival see p.3 2 FOF Dinner/Talk 3 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm ESHP Mtg see p.9 Booster Club see p.5 4City Council 5Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 6RAPPER 7 8Art-in-the Glades NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2012


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9, 2012 email: PAGE 3 HOLIDAY MAIL POSTING DATES : Military Nov. 13: Parcel Post Nov. 26: Space Available Dec. 3: Parcel Airlift Dec. 10: Priority and First Class Dec. 17: Express International – Europe Dec. 10: First Class Dec. 13: Priority Domestic Dec 14: Parcel Post Dec 20: First Class Dec 21: Priorit y Saturday, November 10 PANTHER FESTIVAL The 2nd annual Florida Panther Festival will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at North Collier Regional Park Free Admission. For more information, visit website or phone 353-8442, ext. 222. ---------------------------------------------------Museum Reception Byron M. Wood 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. see p.9 ---------------------------------------------------OPEN HOUSE Driftwood Spa 207 W. Broadway (Glades Realty Bldg) 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Veterans Day – November 11 Everglades Community Church will recognize our veterans at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day. Come join the congregation and wear your red, white and blue. Everglades Book Club The Everglades Book Club will meet on Thursday, November 15, at 9:30 a.m. at Sue Rogers’ home, 506 Collier Avenue. Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder will be discussed. For more info call Patty 695-2397 or Sue 695-9173. OFCD Advisory Committee There is a vacancy on the OFCD representing Chokoloskee, expiring on December 31, 2014. This 5-member committee advises the Board of County Commissioners on the budget and operation of the Ochopee Fire Control District. Members must reside within the taxing district. Term s are two years. To apply call Kristi Bartlett at 252-8097. Deadline is November 15. Everglades Community Church The Community Church on the Circle will start Adult Sunday School on November 25 at 9:45 a.m. ECC is also accepting donations during the next two Sundays of canned goods and vegetables, stuffing and cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving food baskets to be distributed to local families. Please leave donations in boxes in front of the Sanctuary. Thank you! Big Cypress Gallery Annual Holiday Book Signing with Clyde Butcher November 23 & 24 (239) 695-2428 or Thanks to Elaine Middelstaedt for this photo of volunteers at McLeod Park during the Nov 3 Lion’s Club clean-up. RESTAURANT INFO ---------------------------------------------------Island Caf now offering (11 am to 9 pm) fresh dough pizza with many toppings. Call 695-0003 to order. ---------------------------------------------------The Pizza Place & Sandwiches now offering shish kabobs. Call 821-9477 YARD SALE in Jerome Yard sale every Saturday and Sunday until Thanksgiving at 22777 State Rd 29 in Jerome. Call 695-2559 for information. ________________________________________________________ OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 10/23/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 10/23/12: Vehicle Accident, 84 Mile Marker I-75 10/25/12: Emergency Medical, 57 MM & US-41 10/26/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 10/28/12: Vehicle Accident, 72 Mile Marker I-75 10/29/12: Vehicle Accident, 44 Mile Marker I-75 10/30/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 10/31/12: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 11/03/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland 11/03/12: Emergency Medical, Rabbit Key 11/04/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 11/05/12: Fuel Leak, 70 Mile Marker I-75 11/05/12: Mutual Aid, Marco Island Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Tuesday, November 13, at Port of the Islands at 4:00 p.m. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will be in Everglades City to see patients on Fridays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the clinic behind the Fire Station. He accepts Medicare and insurance. For info, call (239) 642-5552. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will visit Everglades City on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9:00 am. to 1:00 pm at McLeod Park. If you want to pick up products (eg, flea drops) at that time, please order in advance by phone or website. Your order will be available and you will not have to wait in line to collect it. Residents may also take their pets to his office in Naples. For information, phone 777-PETS (7387) visit Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters is now open on Tuesdays in November from 5 to 7 pm. There are no drugs on the premises but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions. Swamp Heritage Festival December 1, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Ctr This family-friendly event will spotlight the people whose rugged strength and pioneering spirit contributed to the shaping of today’s unique and diverse culture. Through living history demonstrations, informative talks, presentations, and exhibits, everyone can learn what daily life was like in such a remote, and at times, inhospitable place. Free admission. For info, call 695-4758.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9, 2012 email: PAGE 4 Daily Weekly Monthly Rentals River Wilderness WATERFRONT VILLAS FREE WI-FI SCREEN PORCH CANOES SWIMMING POOL BOAT RAMP DOCK OUTDOOR BBQ 210 Collier Ave. Everglades City, FL 34139 239-695-4499 Triad Seafood Market & Caf Daily 10:30 am – until Full Table Service Stone Crabs Shrimp Conch Crab Cakes Homemade Key Lime Pies Orlo & Pam Hilton (239) 695-2662 “On the River behind the School” Open Daily 9 am – 8 pm Located behind Right Choice Telephone 821-9477 ANTS-ROACHES TERMITES BED BUGS FLEAS-TICKS SPIDERS RODENTS


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9, 2012 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: BUSINESS LUNCHEON at EVG by Elaine Middelstaedt On Friday, November 2, a luncheon was held at EVG for local businesses to hear Dr. Larry Biddle speak about how we can help students at all levels of our school succeed. Prior to the luncheon, Dr. Biddle held highly energe tic and successful rallies with middle and high school students. He told us that we need to celebrate academic achievement, and gave many concrete examples of how to do so, in order to generate an enthusiasm for learning among our students. Learn more about the program and its methods at where you will need to register as a member of the Everglades City School community. One of the results of the meeting was the idea of establishing an “Everglades City Educational Foundation” as a fundraiser for the school, a much more productive fundraiser than cookie dough and wrapping paper. If you are interested in helping to establish and be on the board of directors of this new Foundation, please contact Mrs. Glenna Potter at the school. The suggestion was that approximately seven people from the community at large should be the initial directors. Halloween Party & Trick-orTreating Matt Chappell A big welcome to our new science teacher, Matt Chappell, who grew up in Kentucky and moved to Nashville to attend Lipscomb University on a tennis and academic scholarship. After returning to Kentucky as a tennis pro in Lexington, Kentucky, Matt started working at a biotechnology company before moving to Florida to get his Masters in Teaching Science at the University of Tampa. He was a science teach er in Lakeland for six years before moving to Everglades City High School and says he loves it here and that there are so many polite and kind students. He also knows that the fishing is better here, too. It’s one of his many hobbies; others include writing country and educational songs, playing the guitar and drums, tennis (of course), basketball, Kentucky basketball and family. We’re excited to have someone with Matt’s talents and interests teaching our students! Girls’ Basketball Team Tues, Nov 13 GCHS at 5:00 p.m. (HOME) Pennies for Pasta November 26 through December 14 Classes pre-K through 12th will receive a box from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to donate money. The class that raises the most money will be rewarded with a pasta party from the Olive Garden. (The school keeps no money; nor do they receive a percentage of what is raised.) GREAT GATORS for October Pre-K Dalton Lucas, Kelly Smallwood, Alethia Weeks K Waylon Demere, Chyann Nicholson, Zoe Wells 1st Danny Pablo-Ramire z, Kaitlyn House, Gabe Herrin 2nd Christian Keefe, Addy Martinez-Valdes, River Brown Book Fair On-Line Although the Book Fair is over, it is still possible to purchase books on-line. If anyone is interested, find books for everyone, from preschool to adults. All purchases benefit the school and orders ship to the school for FREE! Deadline is November 20 Go to the web address to shop – COLLEGE TO CAREER FAIR Thursday, November 15, 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Cafetorium PLEASE SEND CONFIRMATION TO: IMPORTANT DATES Mon-Thurs After School Program, 3-4 p.m. Nov 5-9: Book Fair, Media Center Thurs, Nov 15: Career Da y, Cafetorium,11:30 a.m. Thurs, Nov. 15: SAC Meeting, Media Ctr, 6 p.m. Nov 21-23: Thanks g ivin g Brea k


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9, 2012 email: PAGE 7 DID YOU KNOW? The following is an excerpt from a research article published in June titled “ Estimating Distribution of Hidden Objects with Drones: From Tennis Balls to Manatees” by Julien Martin, Holly H. Edwards, Matthew A. Burgess, H. Franklin Percival, Daniel E. Fagan, Beth E. Gardner, Joel G. Ortega-Ortiz, Peter G. Ifju, Brandon S. Evers, Thomas J. Rambo: “Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones (shown above) have been widely used in military applications. Recently, civilian applications have emerged, including: traffic monitoring, law enforcement, oil and gas pipeline threat detection, and the monitoring of wildlife species….UAV may have several advantages over manned aircraft for wildlife surveys, including reduced ecological footprint, increased safety, and the ability to collect high-resolution geo-referenced imagery that can document the presence of species without the use of a human observer…Our study was motivated by our work on the endangered Florida manatee…in determining the spatial distribution of manatees in warmwater…where they aggregate in large numbers during cold weather.” For more information, see the complete article at: 10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0038882#s3. Another article, also published in June titled “ Florida vies to be America's drone capital ” states “The demand for drones is expected to be so high during the next few years that the state of Florida is devoting a large chunk of funding in hopes of someday being the country’s hub for unmanned aerial vehicles.” For info, see Recipe for Good Eating Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Bars by Annie Pestolesi Note: toast all of the pecans (2 c total) on a rimmed baking sheet at 350 until fragrant (about 8 minutes), stirring once. Crust 1 cup (5 oz) unbleached all-purpose flour 1/ 3 cup packed (2 1/3 oz) light brown sugar 1/4 cup pecans, toasted and chopped coarse 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp baking powder 6 TBS (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into inch pieces and chilled Pecan Filling 1/2 cup packed (3 1/2 oz light brown sugar 1/3 cup light corn syrup 4 TBS (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1 TBS (or a dash more) bourbon or dark rum 2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp sa lt 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2 cups pecans, toasted and chopped course 1/2 cup 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (depending on your taste for chocolate) CRUST: Adjust an oven rack to middle position and he at oven to 350. Line a 9” sq baking pan with foil allowing extra foil to hang over the edge s. Lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Process the flour, brown sugar, pecans, salt, and baking powder in a food processor until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal, about five 1second pulses. (If no food pr ocessor is available, use a pastry blender or knives to cut in the butte r.) Add butter and pulse until the mixture resembles sand, about eight 1-second pulses. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake until the crust is light brown and springs back when touched, about 20 minutes. FILLING: While the crust bakes whisk the brown sugar, corn syrup, melted butter, bourbon, vanilla, and salt together in a medium bowl. Whisk in the egg until incorporated. Mix in pecan pieces until just coated. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of baked crust. Pour filling on top of the hot crust. Bake until the top is brown and cracks start to form acr oss the surface, 22-25 minutes. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack 1-2 hrs; Remove from ba king pan by lifting the foil sling. Cut into bars and enjoy. If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf Book Review "The Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson reviewed by Patricia Huff Fascinating true story of what was happening behind the scenes in building the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, known as the Columbian Exposition, celebrating the 400th anniversary of Columbus coming to the New World. This book covers the life of one of this country’s greatest architect s Daniel H. Burnham who was recognized internationally. His dedication to put Chicago on the map and surpass the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris is a testament to what one man can do in the face of adve rsity: hurricaneforce winds, temperatures below zero, economic collapse, bank closures, labor union strikes, among other difficulties; yet, Burnham was able to inspire his workers to overcome these obstacles and open the fair on schedule. What I found most interesting was the creativity of the times; the Fair brought together brilliant men whose inventions still ha ve relevance today. To compete with the spectacular tower built by Mr. A. G. Eiffel at the Paris World’s Fair, Mr. George W. G. Ferris convinced the organizing committee to accept his proposal to build the world’s largest “wheel”. A furniture maker named Elias Disney was one of four thousand workers; later he would tell stories to his son Walt about the “magical” White City. New devices were seen for the first time: the movi ng pictures on Edison’s Kinetoscope, the first zipper, an all-electric kitchen where pancakes were made under the brand name of Aunt Jemima’s; a new gum called Juicy Fruit was introduced; a new beer made by Pabst was given the top ‘Blue Ribbon” award. There were 6.5 million people living in the United States in 1893 and 27.5 million visits were recorded (700,000 on one day). A parallel true story was about a mass murd erer who was the “Dev il” in this book. For some mystery readers it may be interesting, but it was too gruesome for me. The story of the 1893 World’s Fair was compelling enough for me not to put the book down. You may find a copy in all major bookstores, online or at our County Library.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9, 2012 email: PAGE 8 GLADES DAZE by Adela Padron-Butler My Buddy EJ Part two: Having conquered the camping thing, our next excursion would involve a boating, fishing and walking an island trip. We prepared by getting EJ beach shoes, hat, sunglasses and all the trappings of a day on the water and in the sun. Our destination was to be Round Key. We departed on the designated day, late morning, to an outgoing tide, extreme heat and no breeze. As we approached the island, EJ and I prepared to disembark. Once on the island, we walked both on the sand and in ankle deep water trying to keep cool. EJ kept flinching and stopping to remove his shoes; he was bothered by grains of sand accumulating inside of them. He opted to take his shoes off and preferred to walk barefooted on the shell and rock strewn surface. Known for its sandbar, it took a while to get to the actual island because we were shelling along the way. I was pointing out pretty shells worthy of collecting, while he snubbed them and picked broken ones and oy ster shells with 'personality'. I loved that this little guy knew what he wanted and was being so independent, while making a mental note on how this can backfire. When we finally got to the island, I suggested we walk the perimeter to continue looking for treasures, while EJ insisted on walking through the middle of the small island. Stubbornness runs in our family. The foliage had th inned due to recent storms so I could keep an eye on him and Bill did the same from the boat cruising around the island. Within minutes he managed to exit the island on the gulf side and proceed ed to walk without shoes into muck and water to his knees. The rescue was swift and not without trauma, mainly mine. I calmed him, gave him water and he climbed on my back as he refused to take another step. So picture this: I am now carrying his hat, shoes, shells, water and I have a wet 50 pound kid clinging to my back as I slowly make our way out of the mire. I managed this for about 30 yards, getting him to a grassy area in the water th at he could safely walk. As for me, I collapsed in the water where I cooled off and got my breath back after ten minutes or so. I asked him if he had learned a lesson and he said yes; listen to Tia. The rest of our day out on the water was uneventful except for a pod of young dolphins that must have sensed young EJ on the boat and put on quite a show for us. We ate lunch under the shade of the boat's canopy and began cruising back toward Everglades City, making a pit stop on Indian Key, where we, took a dip in the warm water. Not ready to call it a day we went home via the Barron River, taking in the sights and activities on shore. As for Bill, he did not score any fish on this day but he claims taxiing us around was entertaining enough for him. We all slept like babies in our comfy beds that night. Adela Padron-Butler retains all copyrights for this article. The Living Gulf Coast by Charles Sobczak (Excerpt from The Living Gulf Coast available at the Chamber Welcome Center and the Big Cypress Swamp Visitor Center) Florida Softshell Turtle ( Apalone ferox ) Other names: flatback, pancake turtle, river flyer / Status: FL= stable, IUCN=LC / Length: 6-25 in. (1563 cm) / Weight: 20-50 lb (922.5 kg) / Life span: to 30 years / Reproduces: lays 2-3 clutches of 12-20 eggs in burrows on land / Found: All Counties, coastal, near coast, inland / Months found: JFmamjjaSOND (lower case indicates breeding and nesting season). A favorite food of the American alligator, the Florida softshell turtle can be found in almost every pond and lake in Southwest Florida. It is easily recognized by its unusually long snorkel-like snout and flat, oliveblack carapace, which resembles stretched leather. The largest Florida softshell on record topped the scales at 93 pounds (42 kg). The average size found in this region is 25-35 pounds. The softshell turtle is cap able of pharyngeal breathing. This means it can bypass its lungs by taking in oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide through a special membrane that lines the throat, creating a direct gas exchange w ith the water. Think of it as a turtle gill device, giving the softshell the unique ability to remain underwater for extended periods of time. It is, in effect, part fish. The Florida softshell turtle is primarily a carnivore, dieting on insects, crustaceans, mollusks, fi sh, waterfowl, and amphibians. It has also been known to eat other turtles. Softshell eggs and hatchlings are heavily preyed upon by otters, raccoons, skunks, and snapping turtles. Adults are taken by alligators and humans, who turn it into turtle soup. On land the softshell turtle can be very aggressive and should never be handled. It is capable of delivering a nasty bite, and because of the habitat it thrives in, infection is a strong possibility. Photos by Eric Holt Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To find out more about the author and his books, visit


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9, 2012 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY COMMUNITY CHURCH BIBLE RESTORED The Everglades Community Church has just had their Bible repaired. It was donated by Barron Collier’s wife Juliet Carnes Collier with the quote on the cover “In Loving Memory of Barron Collier” and has an inscription on the inside: Presented to the Everglades Community Church in loving memory of her husband Juliet C. Collier March 23, 1941 Barron Collier was born in 1873 and he passed away after a probable heart attack in 1939. The Community Church was completed in October 1940 on land that the Collier Corporation donated. Our thanks to Pastor Bob & Millie Wallace for sharing this news and photos with us. ESHP News At the recent Board meeting of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation, plans were made for events in the winter season, including the talk “Pioneering Medicine in the Marco Wilderness” on Friday, November 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Church. The next ESHP Board meeting is on Monday, December 3. For more info, call 695-2905 or see or. MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS The new exhibit for the month of November in the Pauline Reeves Gallery will feature the metal sculptures of Byron M. Wood, titled “Contemporary & Traditional Metal Artwork of the Everglades .” The Friends of the Museum will sponsor a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, November 10, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Museum, 105 W. Broadway in Everglades City. Light refreshments will be served. Byron has spent hours kayaking with his wife in the waters of the Everglades, and the sights have inspired many of his creations. Each piece is sculpt ed directly on metal, using a combination of traditional forging or blacksmithing techniques and contemporary welding and metalworking techniques. It takes thousands of hammer and tool operations and continually working the metal until it reaches the final state the collector sees in the gallery. The rich colors, deep bronzes, cobalt blues, purples and brasses are the natural result of carefully applied extreme temperatures. The finish is then protected with a high quality lacquer. 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 admission charge but donations are welcome. For information, phone 695-0008. The Friends of the Museum will have their Annual Members Meeting & Luncheon at the Museum on Monday, December 3, at 12 noon. All members are invited to attend. INVESTMENT INSIGHTS by Darcie Guerin, CFP Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Velocity of Money VoM measures how often a dollar is spent on new goods and services. It is calculated by dividing Gross Domestic Production (GDP) by the total money supply. Economists who differ on specific GDP growth rates do agree that global economic growth has slowed. Increased money supplies and lower GDP rates equal much lower VoM. The velocity rate is used to measure an economy’ s strength so lower isn’t necessarily better. Why it Matters Higher VoM means more economi c activity. Suppose a farmer sells fruit and vegetables directly to a restaurant preparing lunches for local businesses. Money changes hands and cycles through the co mmunity. The farmer pays bills with money received from the restaurant owner who pays her bills with money from diners and the cycle continues. In the 1990’s money was moving around at a good clip and the VoM was high. According to Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED), the VoM is now at the lowest level since the 1960s although the money supply has increased exponentially. Stay focused and invest accordingly. Information obtained from out side sources is believed to be reliable but we make no guarantee as to its accuracy or completeness. Opinions and estimates are as of a certain date and subject to change without notice. Investing involves risk, and investors may incur a profit or a loss. Past performance is not an indication of future results. C ertified Financial Planner Board of Standard s Inc. owns the certification marks CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally regis tered CFP (with flame logo), which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial an d ongoing certification requirements. Diversification and strategic asset allocati on do not ensure a profit or protect against a loss. This article provided by Darcie Guerin, CFP, Associat e Vice President, Investments & Branch Manager of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Member New York St ock Exchange/SIPC 606 Bald Eagle Dr. Suite 401, Marco Island, FL 34145. She may be reached at (239)389-1041, email darcie Website: Investing involves risk, and investors may incur a profit or a loss. Views expressed are the current opinion of the author and subject to change without notice. Info rmation obtained from outside sources believed to be reliable but accuracy is not guaranteed.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9, 2012 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “Easy Pickings Back in the Day” by Chester Keene Back in the day, not too long ago, you could get something to fix a meal with in a short time. About all you had to do was to head towards the Beach or Bay. Back then most folks had a big washtub they carried with them in the back of a truck or a cut down car with a platform built on it, some had Swamp Buggies or a Jeep. All you needed was an Ax, Fishing gear and a net. All you had to do was get down to the water’s edge where you could find many things to eat there or take home. You could stomp up a bushel of clams while wading and pulling along your tub on the muddy bottom bays and inlets. You could also take chicken necks or fish heads and tie them to the mangrove roots hanging in the water and check them every so often. The dip net you used was rotted out a long time ago and was replaced with chicken wire. There were oysters hanging on the mangrove roots called "Coon" oysters. They would grow in clusters and were exposed by the outgoing tide. On the outgoing tide you could also take a small mesh castnet and catch shrimp, or walk out to the oyster bar and get a mess as big as a number 10 shoe size. Maybe if you wanted you could roundup and catch fiddle r crabs to catch a sheepshead or redfish and if you caught some live bait, you may hang a few Snook. On the way through the woods you could find a Swamp Cabbage to cut and while cleaning it eat the tender "Goody" off the boots from it. This was a family outing most of the times when you could drive down the beaches to some of the Passes. Sometime you would have a shore lunch before returning home and a bon-fire. These were some great memories of back in the day. Photo Courtesy of Linda Soto Harvard.Coconut/Estero FL Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. SHERIFF’S REPORT If you have any information con cerning criminal or suspicious activity please notify the Collier County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 252-9300 non-emergency or “911” for emergencies. FWC News A lligator hunting season closed on November 1. All Statewide Alligator Harvest Progr am permit holders are required to return completed copies of harvest report forms or unused CITES tags by November 15 The best way to submit your alligator harvest report is to use the online form Return unused tags in a padded or cardboard envelope to prevent loss during shipping. Use a traceable mail serv ice when returning forms or unused tags. Return to: FWC Alligator Management Program 620 S. Meridian Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 Home owners have been calling FWC when they find gators in creeks or canals behind thei r homes. To be considered a “nuisance” gator, it has to be at l east 4 feet in length and a threat to people, pets or property. Alligators are a unique icon of the south Florida environment, and FWC provides a brochure “A Guide to Living with Alligators” which may be found online at Helen Bryan emailed us this photo of a nuisance 7’9” alligator in her backyard. She called FWC who sent a trapper contracted by them to come to her house and remove the gator. Anyone with concerns about a nuisance alligator may call FWC’s toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 1-866-FWC-GATOR (866-392-4286). For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) FLORIDA FLORA The Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) by Patricia Huff The Queen Palm, a native of So uth America where it grows in swampy low-elevation areas, is a po pular fast-growing tree (up to 50 to 75 ft) in sub-tropical and tropical regions in south Florida for landscaping. Its fronds fa ll gracefully and should be pruned only when they turn yellow or brown (excessive pruning will slow the growth and weaken the tree). The Queen Palm is considered a low-maintenance tree and likes full sun, but for healthy growth manganese should be used to avoid “frizzy top.” The flowers are creamy color and the inflorescences bright orange/yellow. The leaves and fruit are fed to cattle, mostly milking cows, and the seeds crushed and fed to poultry. The trunk may be used for salt water piers since it is immune to the marine boring worms. NOTE: Thanks to George Furrer, Mike Owen and Jay Staton, all three identified the “unknown” orchid featured in our last issue. It is the “Yellow Helmet” Orchid ( Polystachia concreta ) that our friend Bill Roth photographed while fishing in the Everglades.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9, 2012 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANT NEWS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 noon – 9 p.m. daily 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): Re-opening TBA Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 5:00 pm; Mon 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; Tues Sunday $5 specials & 10% discount to locals Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Havana Caf (695-2214): 7:00 am – 3:00 pm; daily Open for dinner Fri-Sa after 11/22 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; Thurs thru Mon Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri, Sat Pizza Place and Sandwiches (821-9477): 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; daily (takeout) Rod & Gun (695-2101): 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Sunset Raw Bar & Grill: (next to Glades Haven Deli) 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; Fri-Sat-Sun Susie’s Station (719-0190): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily The Catch at Port of the Islands (239-394-3005, ext. 507, 1): 12 noon – 10 pm (Tues – Sun) now serving Sunday Brunch Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am (call for hours); daily Fish Market also open Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Mon-Sat 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Sun Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): 8:00 am – 5 pm, Mon-Sat Loco’s Fresh Produce Frank’s cell phone (239) 462-7050: 7:00 am 3:00 pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat ECity Post Office parking lot Thanks to George Furrer who emailed his drawing of the old Barron River Marina with Chickee Bar which is no longer there. OBITUARY Margaret L. Turecek Condolences to Mitch Peters, the Community Church organist whose mother-in-law, Margaret “Maggie” Turecek, age 90, passed away on October 21. Born in Johnstown, PA, she moved to Johnson City, NY, becoming involved in the school chorus and church choir. Margaret married Martin Turecek in 1941 in Endicott, NY, and they were fortunate enough to celebrate 65 years together. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother and grandmother to her family and was employed by IBM for 41 years, transferring to Boca Raton for her final 5 years of employment. Upon her retirement, she and Martin moved to Naples, and in her spare time enjoyed cooking. Maggie was pr eceded in death by her husband, five siblings and a son-in-law, Edward Garbarino. She is survived by her daughters, Terri Garbarino and Lori (Mitch) Peters; eight grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 11/09 Fri 05:43am 0.5 L 11/09 Fri 10:57am 2.5 H 11/09 Fri 05:49pm 0.6 L 11/09 Fri 11:03pm 2.9 H 11/10 Sat 06:31am 0.3 L 11/10 Sat 11:56am 2.7 H 11/10 Sat 06:37pm 0.6 L 11/10 Sat 11:37pm 3.1 H 11/11 Sun 07:18am 0.0 L 11/11 Sun 12:49pm 2.8 H 11/11 Sun 07:23pm 0.7 L 11/12 Mon 12:10am 3.3 H 11/12 Mon 08:05am -0.2 L 11/12 Mon 01:38pm 2.9 H 11/12 Mon 08:09pm 0.7 L 11/13 Tue 12:44am 3.5 H 11/13 Tue 08:52am -0.4 L 11/13 Tue 02:26pm 2.9 H 11/13 Tue 08:54pm 0.8 L 11/14 Wed 01:20am 3.6 H 11/14 Wed 09:40am -0.5 L 11/14 Wed 03:16pm 2.9 H 11/14 Wed 09:39pm 0.8 L 11/15 Thu 01:59am 3.7 H 11/15 Thu 10:28am -0.5 L 11/15 Thu 04:10pm 2.8 H 11/15 Thu 10:26pm 0.8 L 11/16 Fri 02:43am 3.6 H 11/16 Fri 11:18am -0.5 L 11/16 Fri 05:06pm 2.7 H 11/16 Fri 11:15pm 0.8 L 11/17 Sat 03:34am 3.4 H 11/17 Sat 12:09pm -0.3 L 11/17 Sat 06:02pm 2.6 H 11/18 Sun 12:10am 0.9 L 11/18 Sun 04:40am 3.1 H 11/18 Sun 01:03pm -0.1 L 11/18 Sun 06:58pm 2.5 H 11/19 Mon 01:15am 0.9 L 11/19 Mon 06:04am 2.8 H 11/19 Mon 02:01pm 0.1 L 11/19 Mon 07:51pm 2.5 H 11/20 Tue 02:33am 0.8 L 11/20 Tue 07:31am 2.6 H 11/20 Tue 03:04pm 0.3 L 11/20 Tue 08:44pm 2.6 H 11/21 Wed 03:53am 0.7 L 11/21 Wed 08:56am 2.4 H 11/21 Wed 04:07pm 0.5 L 11/21 Wed 09:33pm 2.6 H 11/22 Thu 05:02am 0.5 L 11/22 Thu 10:22am 2.3 H 11/22 Thu 05:06pm 0.6 L 11/22 Thu 10:19pm 2.7 H EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and for storms The MEDICAL CLOSET at the Thrift Shop has canes, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, to loan out. Stop by if you need something or phone Helen at 695-3298. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Greeters at Museum of the Everglades Phone Martha 695-0008 Thrift Store Help Phone Helen 695-3298 Everglades Area Hot Lines Narcotics Anonymous (NA) 239-216-1208 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 313-530-3395 AlAnon 239-263-5907 12-Step Meeting Schedules are available in City Hall and Chokoloskee Post Office


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 9, 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, 34139 ___ The MULLET RAPPER by post ($38) ___ The MULLET RAPPER by email ($10) NAME ___________________________________________ EMAIL _______________________________________________ STREET / P.O.BOX: ALTERNATE ADDRESS _________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ CITY ____________________________________________ CITY _________________________________________________ STATE ________ ZIP ____________________________ STATE _________ ZIP _________________________________ MONTHS AT ALTERNATE ADDRESS __JAN __FEB __MAR __APR __MAY __JUN __JUL __AUG __SEP __OCT __NOV __DEC 11/9/12 PET PICS This friendly little “lost” cat has been visiting the Ivey House. If you recognize this photo, call the Ivey House at 695-3299. Send us y our Pet Pics b y email or p ost. SNOOK CLASSIFIED -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Double wide 3/2 on waterfront; walkway/mooring to water. Price $134,500.00. Call Pat at (239) 352-7328. -----------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Lot on Chokoloskee; on canal behind Post Office. Call (561) 622-6011 or email ------------------------------------------------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 & handicappedaccessible 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 $299,900. Call Bonnie Woodward, Keller Williams Realty, (239) 860-6369. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : 14” Wood Cutting Band Saw, good condition. Call 695-0243 ------------------------------------------------CLASSIFIEDS only $10/issue phone 695-2397 or email us at JOBS --------------------------------------------------PUT YOUR JOB ADS IN THE RAPPER no charge! phone us at 695-2397 --------------------------------------------------Retail Sales position at Clyde Butcher Gallery. Part-time two days/week (Fri and Sat) with car allowance. Call Jackie Butcher at (941) 486-0811. ------------------------------------------Wanted: Housecleaner Please email or phone 616558-9235. --------------------------------------------------Staff wanted : Greeter, hostess, cashier all in one. Leave name at 695-2273. --------------------------------------------------Servers/Bartenders and Kitchen Staff now being hired at The Catch at Port of the Islands restaurant. Experienced Professionals please apply to: or call (239) 370-1299. --------------------------------------------Tutoring for students: Danielle Swisher at 280-8971 or email and Tom Andler at (561) 309-9463 The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area PUBLISHER Patricia A. Huff, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 (239) 695-2397, EDITORS Patty Huff & Marya Repko CONTRIBUTORS Adela Padron-Butler, Helen Bryan, Linda Friar, Darcie Guerin, Chester Keene, Elaine Middelstaedt, Melissa Owen, Charles Sboczak PRODUCTION layout: Marya Repko, printing: Hinson Studios PUBLISHER’S STATEMENT We aim to provide local news of interest to the extended community of Everglades City, Chokoloskee, Plantation Island, Lee Cypress, Copeland, Jerome, and Ochopee. We strive to present the facts accurately with no political bias or personal opinion. The views expressed in signed articles are not necessarily those of the editors or publisher. SUBSCRIPTION RATES 25¢ per issue or $38 per year by US Post 2012, Snook Publications. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission. See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.