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25 ¢ 25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 6, 2012 2012, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VI Issue #173 VETERANS’ DAY SERVICE At the Sunday Morning Worship Service on November 11, Veteran's Day, at Community Church, Pastor Bob Wallace, a retired Navy Chaplain, was in uniform and presented 22 veterans to the congregation. They were from left to right: Boyd Tuttle, Bob McBeath, Steve Clarke, Dave Snell, Joe Scott, Jim Tankersley, Mark Simms, Stan Kanning, Roy Valkema, Garey Kosens, George Hartman, John Trotsky, Nick Creveling, Ron Goldsmith, Richard Baier, Walter Burke, Larry Weber, Mike Homick, Skip Wood, Mitch Peters, and Dave Naske. They represented all services, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. Thanks to Helen Bryan for photo. RESTAURANT NEWS Everglades Scoop Sandy Dampier is back! Stop by for some home-made ice cream. Thanksgiving Day The Everglades Seafood Depot will serve Thanksgiving Dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Other restaurants that will also be open on Thanksgiving Day are: City Seafood, Island Caf for breakfast until 11 a.m., the Rod & Gun Cl ub with turkey and a regular menu, and The Catch at Port of the Islands serving Thanksgiving Lunch & Dinner. See page 11 for hours and telephone numbers. Havana Caf Dinners Beginning November 23 Havana Caf will be open for dinner every Friday and Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m. The Catch at Port of the Islands Fridays : fish fry, offering grilled Grouper, fried Cod and calamari with traditional hush puppies. Tuesdays : Pasta and Pizza, for just $12. December 12: “Bring Your Own Catch” night; an outside event with The Catch offering a salad bar and dressings for just $10. Benefit for Sophia Island Caf’s new outdoor dining deck was the scene on November 18 for the Naples Harley Davidson Poker Run organized by the Island Parks & Recreation Foundation to benefit 12-yearold Sophia Jellerson (shown above right), a Golden Gate Middle School student who is suffering from anaplastic thyroid cancer, a rare and fast growing form of thyroid cancer. It normally occurs in people over age 60 so treating Sophia has been challenging. On December 5 she will have results from her latest test. Read about Sophia and her struggle at For info, call 571-0951. BIG CYPRESS ACTIVITIES Big Cypress National Preserve is now offering this season’s ranger-led activities which will run from November 24 through April 14 Programs include: plants, animals, human history, and more. All ranger-led programs are free. Check the schedule posted at visitor centers and bulletin boards times, places, and subject. For reservations, call 695-4758 or see cy/planyourvisit/ran ger-led-activities.htm TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Taxing Things p. 8 Events p. 3 Gulf Coast p. 8 School p. 5 Museum p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Investments p. 9 Books p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Glades Daze p. 7 Florida Flora p.10 Fishing p. 8 Obituaries p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: “Everglades Outpost” p.7


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 23, 2012 email: PAGE 2 Jan 11: ESHP Movie Night Jan 12: Art-in-the-Glades Jan 12-13: Turkey Shoot Jan 19: Nike Missile Event Feb 2: Chok COG Winter Fest Feb 8-10: Seafood Festival Feb 16: Everglades Ultras Race Feb 19-23: MSD Festival THRIFT SHOP: Wed, 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: Dec 11, Dec 18 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: Wed, 11/28 (9-10 am) Fri, 11/30 (9-10 am) Tues, 12/4 (4-5 pm) Thurs, 12/6 (10-11 am) Mon, 12/10 (10-11 am) 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 18 19 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 20Kids’ Clinic 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 Linda Williams’ Home 8 am 29Parents Night (Math) see p. 5 30HistoryTalk 5:30 pm see p.9 DEC1Pancake Fly-In Breakfast see p.3 Swamp Heritage Festival see p.3 2 Fakahatchee Dinner/Talk see p.3 3 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm ESHP Mtg see p.9 FME Luncheon see p.9 4City Council City Hall, 5:30 pm 5Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 6AlAnon see p.3 RAPPER 7 BBQ Pork Dinner Everglades Community Church see p.3 8Pet Vet see p.3 Art-in-the Glades see p.3 Christmas Boat Parade 9 10 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg see p.3 11Kids’ Clinic see p.3 12Ladies Coffee Jan Brock’s Home 8 am 13Lions Club see p.3 1415Lighting of the Tree Christmas Parade 16 17 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 18Kids’ Clinic see p.3 19Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 20Everglades Book Club RAPPER 21 Santa’s Visit City Hall 22 NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2012


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 23, 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: Priority Dec 22: Express Big Cypress Gallery Annual Holiday Book Signing with Clyde Butcher November 23 & 24 (239) 695-2428 or Swamp Heritage Festival Saturday, December 1 Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center 10 a.m. “ The Making of the "Big Cypress Swamp: the Western Everglades by Elam Stoltzfus, Film Producer 11 a.m. “ Marjory and the Big Cypress” by Marya Repko, Local Author 12 noon “The History of the Tamiami Trail” by Bob DeGross, Chief of Interpretation, Big Cypress Nat’l Preserve 1 p.m “Beer Worms, Square Grouper and Indians, Oh My!” by Maureen Sullivan-Hartung, Local Author 2 p.m. “Deaconess Harriet Bedell (1875-1969)” by Marion Nicolay, Living History Re-enactor Plus exhibitions, fireside chats, and interesting food. Free admission. Fun for all the family. For info, call 695-4758. AFG Al-Anon Family Group Help celebrate the “One Year Anniversary” here in Everglades City on Thursday, December 6 with fellowship at 11:30 am and the program beginning 12:00 Noon at Everglades Community Church. Speakers will include the parent of problem drinker, the child of a problem drinker, and the spouse of a problem drinker. Everyone is welcome. Everglades Community Church BBQ Pork Sandwich Dinner Friday, December 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Pork & Beans, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad Adults $10 Children $5 Tickets available at City Hall and Chokoloskee Post Office EVERGLADES COMMUNITY CHURCH Invites the Community to Advent Studies led by Pastor Bob Wallace "The Songs of Advent" Wednesday at noon Nov. 28 Zechariah's Song Dec. 5 Mary's Song Dec. 12 Angels' Song Dec. 19 Simeon's Song PANCAKE FLY-IN A pancake breakfast hosted by Wings 10,000 Islands Tours will take place at Everglades Airpark on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome. For info, phone Chuck at 695-3296. Fakahatchee Dinner/Talk Dr Roger Hammer, author of Everglades Wildflowers and other books, is the featured speaker at the Friends of Fakahatchee Dinner/Talk on Sunday, December 2, at the Seafood Depot. Tickets for the delicious roast beef buffet are $30 for members, $40 for guests. For info and reservations, call 695-2905 or see, click on Events. ART-IN-THE-GLADES Do your holiday shopping without hassle and support local vendors at Art-in-theGlades on Saturday, December 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in McLeod Park. There will be live music and food for sale at lunch time. Everyone is welcome to set up a table at no charge so if you want to hold a bake sale or have craft works to sell, phone Marya at 695-2905. ==================================================OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 11/06/12: Vehicle Accident, 65 MM US-41 11/07/12: Vehicle Accident, 55 MM I-75 11/07/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 11/07/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 11/11/12: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 11/11/12: Vehicle Accident, 54 MM I-75 11/11/12: Vehicle Accident, US-41 and SR 92 11/11/12: Emergency Medical, 65 MM I-75 11/12/12: Vehicle Accident, 64 MM I-75 11/13/12: Emergency Medical, SR-29 & I-75 11/13/12: Vehicle Accident, 57 MM I-75 11/15/12: Emergency Medical, 70 MM I-75 11/15/12: Emergency Medical, Port of Islands 11/16/12: Vehicle Fire, 1 mi S of US41 on CR92 11/17/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland 11/17/12: Emerg. Med, SR29 & Wagon Wheel 11/18/12: Brush Fire, 56 MM I-75 Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, December 10, 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, Dec. 8, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at McLeod Park. If you want to pick up products, please order in advance by phone or website. Your order will be available and you will not have to wait in line. Residents may also take their pets to his office in Naples. For information, phone 777-7387 or visit Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters is currently closed due to a death in the family but will be open again on Tuesday, December 11 and December 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Lions Club In our last issue, The Mullet Rapper stated in the City Council Report that the Lions Club was 50 years old. It is actually 60 years old this month, chartered in 1952. The next meeting is on Thursday, December 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Everglades Seafood Depot.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 23, 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 23, 2012 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: From Savannah’s Eyes We had our first girls’ basketball game against Gulf Coast High School, and they did great! I have to give the girls credit for their first game of the season and making a lot of points! The cheerleaders were so excited; we were all glittered up and cheered and cheered! Finally, after 5 years of waiting, the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn Part 2 opened in theaters (it is the last one of the series). My cousin and I went to go see it at the Mercado Silverspot where it was booming with people. As we took our seats and before the movie started, a commercial showed a guy talking to his friends and to his daughter about his girlfriend and about marriage. Then it showed him running to the movie theater. Suddenly, the lights came back on, and there was the same guy with his girlfriend, proposing to her at the premiere! It was the cutest thing ever!! Everyone started clapping when sh e said yes; a great start for the movie. I wish them the best, with their marriage and can't wait to go see the movie again! Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 10th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. SUN-N-FUN LAGOON OPENS FOR FALL/THANKSGIVING BREAK Friday through Sunday, Nov. 25 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The park is offering a special discount to Collier County residents with a Florida driver’s license showing a County address ($2 off for those 48-inches or taller and those less than 48-inches tall $5.50: children three and under enter free). Sales tax to be added. SAC Meeting H.C. Rackley was appointed Co mmunity Representative at the November 15 SAC meeting. The next SAC meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 6 p.m. in the Media Center. Danielle Swisher was one of many participants in the C2C (College to Career) program held for middle and high school students on November 15 in the Cafetorium. Ryan Roberts Ryan Roberts moved to Collier County in 2011 to teach Social Studies at Golden Gate High School. Everglades City is fortunate to have Ms. Roberts now instructing our Middle and High School students. She is a native of Troy, New York, graduating from Russell Sage College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Sage Graduate School in Troy. In add ition to her teaching duties, Ms. Roberts is the Girls’ Varsity Basketball and Softball Coach, the Student Council Advisor, the Junior and the Senior Class Advisor, Social Committee Member and Soci al Studies Department Chair. Thanks, Ryan, for your commitment to our students and welcome! Boys’ Basketball HOME Games Tues, Nov 27 Immokalee JV 5 p.m. Varsity 6:30 p.m. Girls’ Basketball HOME Games Thurs, Nov 29 St. John Neumann 5:00 p.m. See website www.collierschools .com/evg for full schedule Pennies for Pasta November 26 through December 14 The class that raises the most money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be rewarded with a pasta party from the Olive Garden. Canned Food Drive Now until December 14 Class with the most donations wins a Pizza Party GREAT GATORS for October Pre-K Trenton Dampier K Kaylee Henry, Ida Jones 1st Wyatt Sylvest, Taylor Mayberry 2nd Cayla Starr, Emily Ortiz, Madison Forbes 3rd Brady Bowen 4th Jesse Goff 5th Destany VanLeeuwen 6th Samantha Bruscini 7th Scout Morris 8th Courtney Jim H.S. Reagan Richardson Most Improved – Typer Pasiuk THANK YOU A special thank you to all the wonderful people who sponsored the “class baskets” of books for the various teachers and library. Your generosity will help our students with our literacy program. Everglades City School would like to thank the following people who were instrumental in the daily operations of the fair: Nikki Ellison-Sylvest, Jan House, Jac que Wood, Mandi O’Connell and Rudy Oglesby. Please refer to the EVG website for a complete list of our sponsors and more to come in the next Mullet Rapper IMPORTANT DATES Nov 21-23: Thanksgiving Break Thurs, Nov. 29: Math Night 6 p.m., Media Center Mon, Dec. 3: Booster Club, 6 p.m.


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 23, 2012 email: PAGE 7 GLADES DAZE by Patty Huff While visiting friends in south Alabama this past summer, my husband Steve had the opportunity to experience using a paddleboard made by Dragonfly Boatworks, Inc. On e of the unique advantages of these boards is that they are designed for fishing. Now we own two 13’6” boards, each equi pped with a cooler, a rod holder and anchors. At first I was apprehensive about paddling around where gators roam in the Everglades; but once we launched the boards and I discovered how stable they were, I thoroughly enjoyed the day. The water was clear enough to see the bottom of the bay and calm enough to fish around the oyster bars. A great day out in the glades! RIVER OF GRASS GREENWAY UPDATE As reported in the September 28, 2012, issue of The Rapper a Feasibility Study and a Master Plan are being developed for the River of Grass Greenway (ROGG) pr oject, a proposed bicycle/pedestrian pathway between Naples and Miami. In January and February 2013 public workshops will be held in Naples, Everglades City and Miami for residents and visitors to participate in the pro cess. In the meantime an interactive website is now available online for anyone interested in learning more about ROGG and to comment about the pathway directly. It is important to have the public’s input at this stage in developing the Master Plan. For more information, call Patty Huff at 695-2397 or visit Also, information is available on Recipe for Good Eating Left-over Turkey submitted by Patty Huff Ingredients: 2 – 2 cups Left-over Turkey (chopped) 1 Apple (peeled and chopped) cup Dried Cranberries 2 TBS Green Onions (chopped) 1 Celery Stalk (chopped) 2 TBS Fresh Parsley (chopped) Salad Dressing: cup Plain Yogurt cup Mayonnaise TBS Curry Powder (yellow) 1 TBS Honey tsp Ginger Salt and Pepper to taste Mix dressing ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring well. Fold in the turkey, apple and other chopped items. Serve on lettuce; this is an easy day-after lunch and not too filling! If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf – New Book "Everglades Patrol" by Tom Shirley reviewed by Marya Repko To get into the spirit of the Swamp Heritage Festival at Big Cypress National Preserve (see page 3) I’ve been reading the exciting memoir s of an FWC law enforcement officer who patrolled the greater Glades most of his life. His book almost reads like a series of episodes from the 1960s TV seri es featuring Lincoln Vail – there are airboat chases, hairy rides in airplanes, poachers and gators to catch, friendly outlaws to watch, and drug smugglers to tail. Author Tom Shirley grew up in Miami but enjoyed exploring the adjacent Glades as a youngster so the job as a patrolman was ideal. And, he is a caring observer of this rare environment who warns us “It is extremely important that Flood Control officials not let the Everglades get this dry. Th ey are altering the Everglades so much that it is becoming unbalanced, and if these practices are not checked, they will certainly destroy it.” This fascinating book is available at the Ev erglades City branch of the Collier County Public Library. EVERGLADES OUTPOST WORLD CLASS by Mike Klein Everglades airport may not be officially de signated as an international facility, but we still manage to attract pilots and flying enthusiasts from around the world. We have hosted student pilots from Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, and numerous other European and Latin Am erican countries. This postcard was sent to us from a visitor who belongs to a German sailplane club. It reads “Hello, Mr. Klein. You remember the Germ ans visit at your airport in November 2006. We’ll send you best regards from our home and wish you and your staff a happy and healthy New Year. Walter and Emma.”


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 23, 2012 email: PAGE 8 Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay Cool weather usually means slower Redfish action. This year our Redfish action has remained great through November. Many fishermen are catching over ten big fish a day. Most Redfish are taken on the outside; this year big groups have moved into the backcountry as well. Anglers report having more than one nice Red charge a top-water plug at the same time. Snook fishing has also remained good in the backcountry. If you work hard casting plugs in the backcountry, you should be rewarded with a few nice ones and lots of little fish. Cold fronts push trout, sheepshead, mackerel, pompano and black drum into our area. When fishing out in the Gulf, be ready to tangle with cobia. On calm days they will sw im on the surface. A jig or topwater plug in the right spot will do the trick. If you want to try something different, try anchoring and chumming with block chum for mackerel and bluefish. If you want to catch some black mullet with a cast net, there are plenty around. Blue crabbing is also a great way to enjoy the b ackcountry if you’re not fishing. TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy Employers Hiring Veterans by Year’s End May Get Expanded Tax Credit Employers planning to claim an expanded tax credit for hiring certain veterans should act so on, according to the IRS. Many businesses may qualify to receive thousands of dollars through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, but only if the veteran begins work before the new year. Here are six key facts about the WOTC as expanded by VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. 1. Hiring Deadline: Employers may be able to claim the expanded WOTC for qualified veterans who begin work on or after Nov. 22, 2011 but before Jan. 1, 2013. 2. Maximum Credit: The maximum tax credit is $9,600 per worker for employers that operate for-profit businesses, or $6,240 per worker for tax-exempt organizations. 3. Credit Factors: The amount of credit will depend on a number of factors. Such factors include the length of the veteran’s unemployment before being hired, the number of hours the veteran works and the amount of the wages the veteran receives during the first-year of employment. 4. Disabled Veterans: Employers hiring veterans with servicerelated disabilities may be eligible for the maximum tax credit. 5. State Certification: Employers must file Form 8850, PreScreening Notice and Certification Request for the Work Opportunity Credit, with their st ate workforce agency. The form must be filed within 28 days af ter the qualified veteran starts work. For additional information about your SWA visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s WOTC website. 6. E-file: Some states accept Form 8850 electronically. Visit the website and enter ‘WOTC’ in the search field for forms and more details about the expanded tax credit for hiring veterans. 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) R ing-billed Gull ( Larus delawarensis ) Other names: none / Status: FL=stable, IUCN=LC / Life span: to 27 years / Length: 16.9-21 in. (43-51 cm) / Wingspan: 41.3-46 in (105-115 cm) / Weight: 10.6 oz -1.9 lb (300-720 g) / Nests: across the northern tier of the U.S. and well into northern Canada / Found: Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier Counties, coastal / Months found: JFMAMjjasOND (Ring-billed gulls breed in the north, lower case indicates the months they spend north of Florida). The ring-billed gull is easy to identify. Look for the bright yellow bill with a clear black ring extending around both the upper and lower beaks. No other gull or tern has this distinctive characteristic. The ringbilled gull has adapted well to human landscapes and is frequently found in parking lots, near landfills, on golf courses, and in other urban locations. This is a fairly large gull and has been known to interbreed and hybridize with smaller gulls such as Franklin’s, black-headed, and laughing gulls. It is an attractive bird, with lovely white spots mottled over the black tips at the end of its wings. It can be readily found along the beaches or sitting on the large exposed sandbars during low tide almost anywhere along the coastline. This gull feeds on fish, carrion shrimp, and crabs. Because it has adapted so well to humans, it also feeds on potato chips, Doritos, and bread crumbs, and has even been known to beg. Feeding the ring-billed gull, or any bird, makes it more aggressive and can create a nuisance bird. However tempting, feeding any wildlife should always be avoided. The ring-billed gull is sometimes preyed upon by falcons and eagles, and its nests can be raided by Arctic foxes, coyotes, and bobcats. A colony nester, the adult ring-billed gull has been observed returning to nest within three feet of where it was born. Photo by Rob Pailes Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To find out more about the author and his books, visit RedSnook Tournament Forty-four teams participated in this year’s RedSnook Catch & Release Charity Tournament held November 24, generating a record $125,000 to support the water quality protection and game fish research conducted by the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Visit website for photos and a list of winners.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 23, 2012 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY Contributed by Ron Boyce The Swamp Boys at AMI Kids recently experienced a great canoe trip on the Turner River in Big Cypress Swamp. Did you know that the Turner River is the only river in the Everglades that goes from the Tamiami Trail all the way to the Gulf? It is named after a local who guided an Army party up the river to battle Billy Bowlegs in the Big Cypress Swamp. It didn’t turn out that well for the Army officer who died in an ambush, but Mr. Turner lived to farm another day on the coastal islands at the mouth of the Turner River. The Swamp Boys learned about the history of this area and about environmental science, hands on! HISTORY TALK Pioneering Medicine in the Marco Wilderness Imagine Marco Island in the early 1900s wilderness! Not much was there except W.T. Collier's trading post, a few scattered houses. That is what Drs. Mary and Lewis Olds found when they arrived. But, they were both medical experts and could help their neighbors. Times were tough and the Olds family farmed like everyone else. Local historian Betsy Perdichizzi has unearthed the family letters and compiled a fascinating real-life history. She will present unseen photos and read excerpts on Friday, November 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jinkins Fellowship Hall at Everglades Community Church. This event sponsored by ESHP is free and open to the public. For info, see or phone 695-2905. ESHP News The next Board meeting of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is on Monday, December 3, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall. Members are welcome to attend. MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS Only one week left to see the remarkable metal sculptures by Byron Wood titled “Contemporary & Traditional Metal Artwork of the Everglades .” 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. All members of the Friends of the Museum are invited to attend the Annual Membership Meeting & Luncheon on Monday, December 3, at 12 noon. The speaker will be Marya Repko presenting “The History of Sanibel Island.” If you would like to become a member of the Friends, please call Helen Bryan at 695-3298. Please call Martha at 695-0008 to RSVP for the luncheon. The Storter Collection Exhibit has been extended through January 2013 at the CCSO “CommUnity” Gallery in the Sheriff’s Office in Building J at the Government Center, 3319 Tamiami Trail East, in Naples. For information, phone 252-0810. INVESTMENT INSIGHTS by Darcie Guerin, CFP Raymond James & Associates, Inc. "No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new informat ion from age and experience." Jonathan SwiftBecause we’re living longer and healthcare co sts are higher, it’s important to understand Medicare’s role in your financial plan. MYTH: Medicare is free! FACT: Not quite. Beneficiaries receive free preventive screenings for mammograms, colonoscopies, and annual wellness visits. You’re responsible for co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles. Many Medicare beneficiaries buy Medigap supplemental insurance plans. MYTH: Medicare covers everything. FACT: No, it doesn’t cover dental, vision and hearing. Prescription drug coverage is offered through Part D and Medicare Advantage plans. MYTH: Medicare Advantage plan or Part D fills the gaps. FACT: It’s complicated. These plans offer optional coverage through private insurance companies. MYTH: Medicare won’t cover me. FACT: You cannot be rejected because you’re too sick or be charged higher premiums. MYTH: I’ll be notified when it’s time to sign up for Medicare. FACT: No. Unless you’re already receiving Social Security benefits, you must apply for Medicare. You won’t receive no tification on when or how to enroll. recommends reviewing current coverage each year. Making sense of Medicare is an important piece of your retirementplanning. Ask a trusted professional for help in planning for your wealthcare. Stay focused and invest accordingly. Information obtained from outside source believed to be reliable, but accuracy isn’t guaranteed. Views expressed are the current opinion of the author and subject to change without notice This article provided by Darcie Guerin, Associate Vice President, Investments, & Branch Manager of Raymond James & Associates, Inc. Member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC 606 Bald Eagle Dr. Suite 401, Marco Island, and FL 34145. She may be reached at (239)389 1041, email Website: Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and federally registered CFP (with flame logo), which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 23, 2012 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “Tried and Fried” by Chester Keene Back in the Scrub country of Central Florida was an elderly little woman. She was called Aunt Mittie, and people sought her out for her fine Rhode Island Chickens. Her Eggs she sold were of the same quality and had a taste of their own. Didn't matter if baked, roasted or fried; there was something different than the store bought kind. The chickens were plump and maintained in good shape. They were kept in a chicken pen made of chicken wire and was built on the ground. The pen could be moved every so often to new ground that has all kinds of weeds and bushes on it. The chickens would peck it clean of all foliage and insects, clean down to the ba re ground. After the Free Range Chickens pecked it clean it, was moved to another weeded patch, along with the Chicken Coop insi de the fenced area. The picked over ground was planted with vegetables which were also sold along with the Fowls; they too had a good taste. The people that bought the chickens (and they were also a favorite of the Preachers for Sunday Dinners) always wondered why the good taste? The chickens were always content to stay in the confines of the pen and Coop and not fly away. This was the case for the hens, but an Old Red Rooster made his getaway and was found walking sideways down the center of the road and was attacking the cars and people that tried to "Shoo“ him off the road. He spurred one of the neighbors Dogs enough for them to call animal control. Animal control arrived and started after the Rooster with a net, well Old Red was slick enough and had some street smarts and took off right around the back of Aunt Mittie’s house. The officer spied him behind this small shed, and what he was about to discover was the "Secret Recipe" for Aunt Mitties good tasting chicken. She had a Moonshine Still right close to the chicken pen and would throw the Mash over the fence to the chickens in the pen. Even after they shut her down on the Still, her loyal patrons would still keep buying her chicken and eggs. They loved for her to tell that story over and over. As for "The Old Red Rooster”, he ended up in a Pot of Dumplings. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. S HERIFF’S REPORT During the evening hours of November 8, four individuals committed retail/grand theft of liquor from Glades Haven in Everglades City. Following investigation, District 7 Investigator Mike Stevenson located and charged four individuals from Immokalee with this theft. If you have any information concerning criminal or suspicious activity please notify the Collier County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 252-9300 non-emergency or “911” for emergencies. FWC News Now that the weather outside is chilly, Florida manatees are migrating to warmer waters. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) cautions boaters to be vigilant about slowing down and watching out for manatees. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) FLORIDA FLORA Pati Queen Palm (Syagrus botryophora) by Patricia Huff A close cousin to the Queen Palm ( see last issue ), it is considered one of the world’s most beautiful palms. It is also fast growing with a netted-weave slender singl e trunk and graceful fronds. Its leaves are 10 to 12 f eet long and arch out almost in a semi-circle. In its native habitat the Pati Queen grows in lowland areas of the rainforest on the Atlantic Coast of Brazil. The yellow-green fruit forms a cluster. At its early stages this palm prefers shady areas but thrives in the sun. Some believe that the Syagrus botryophora could become extinct because the Brazilian rainforest is being eradicated and the young plants depend on the forest canopy for cover. The palm is considered rare in south Florida. Butterflies in the Garden Thanks to Pat Rinkevich for sending this beautiful photo.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 23, 2012 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANTS 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 Thanksgiving Dinner 10:30-3 pm Everglades Scoop (695-0375): 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; daily Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily $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 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Dinner Fri-Sat 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 (695-2273): 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 Juli Calderone, Helen Gorecki’s daughter, who took this photo of Mary Ann and Jim Coletta at the Seafood Depot with friends. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV OBITUARIES Gene Davidson 83, of Everglades City, passed away on November 9. Born in Georgia and a long-time resident of this area, Gene retired in 1992 from Collier County Sheriff’s Department as a Senior Road Sergeant. He and his wife Voncile spent their summers in N. Carolina. Gene enjoyed fishing, gardening and spending time with his family. Services were held in Naples on November 12. Donations may be made to Avow Hospice, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105. For online condolences, visit www.hodgesfhatnaples Gene left behind his wife of 63 years, Voncile; a son Jeff (Leaetta) Davidson; three daughters, Lynn (Jerry) Krueger; Jeanie (David) Weigel; and Julie (Scott) Black; and nine grandchildren. Larry G. Demere “Curlew Bones,” passed away November 15 while at his home in Chokoloskee with his family by his side. Born on Chokoloskee Island on June 3, 1939, Larry was 4th generation from the Island. When he was 16 he moved to Marathon, Florida, where he met Janice Sadler. The two fell in love and married September 12, 1958. Larry was a commercial fisherman and had a love for being on the water. He and Janice moved back to Chokoloskee in 1977 where he continued commercial fishing and owned a local fish house. Later, he became a fishing guide in the backcountry of the Everglades. Anyone who knew Larry knew that he was an honest, hardworking man. He would tell you his greatest accomplishment and the most important thing in his life was his family. This was evident by the special relationship he had with his wife, children, grandchildren, and his great grandchildren. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Demere, his mother Bertie Demere, and his brother Lonnie Demere. He is survived by his precious wife of 54 years, Janice Demere, 3 loving children Donna (Glenn) Pace, Barbie (Bart) Stokes, and Larry Wayne (Tracy) Demere, grandchildren Derrick (Mandi) O’Connell, Megan (Andy) Beck, Amanda Stokes, Teala Stokes, Haylee Stokes, Colton Stokes, Amy (Matthew) Smallwood, Trisha Demere (Raymond Ferguson), great-grandchildren Chandler O’Connell, Miranda O’Connell, Kelly Smallwood, and step-grandchildren Alicia, Dustin, and Charlie Pace. Larry will be greatly missed by countless family and friends. While the family will not be holding a public service, we would like to thank everyone for their tho ughts and kind words. 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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area NOVEMBER 23, 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 11/23/12 PET PICS Ebony and Jack enjoy an early morning walk around the neighborhood with their owner Elaine Middelstaedt. Send us your Pet Pics by email or post. SNOOK CLASSIFIED -----------------------------------------------------FOR SALE : Kenmore Washing Machine. Works good. $100 OBO. Call 695-4273. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE: 2005 Dodge Ram pickup truck; hemi 5.7 ltr, white, good condition, A/C, tool box. $5500.00. Call 695-2397. --------------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Double wide 3/2 on waterfront; walkway/mooring to water. $134,500. Call Pat (239) 352-7328. -----------------------------------------------FOR SALE BY OWNER: Lot on canal behind P.O. in Chokoloskee. Call (561) 622-6011 or ------------------------------------------------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/mo 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: Lovely duplex with each unit having 2 bedrooms & 2 baths. Lower level completely redone. Located on a canal in Chokoloskee, deeded waterfront, with dock & lift. Reduced to $299,900. Call Bonnie Woodward, Keller Williams Realty (239) 860-6369. ------------------------------------------------CLASSIFIEDS only $10/issue p hone 695-2397 or email us 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. ------------------------------------------Staff wanted : Greeter, hostess, cashier all in one. Leave name at 695-2273. --------------------------------------------------Tutoring for students: Danielle Swisher at 280-8971 or email 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 Helen Bryan, Linda Friar, Darcie Guerin, Chester Keene, Mike Klein, Elaine Middelstaedt, Savannah Olgesby, 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. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Museum of the Everglades Phone Martha 695-0008. Reach Out Thrift Shop Phone Helen 695-3298 See the Rapper in full color! Visit our website.