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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26 – MAY 9, 2013 2013, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VII Issue #184 FAKAHATCHEE DINNER Friends of Fakahatchee members and guests honored Mike Owen, park biologist for 20 years, with a beautiful cake at the FOF Annual Dinner on April 14 in the Everglades Seafood Depot. Guest speaker was Jeff Klinkenberg, journalist with the Tampa Bay Times and author, who enjoys tromping in the swamp and paid tribute during his talk, saying "Mike teaches me to read nature". Jeff will be talking at the Tamiami Trail 85th Celebration on April 27 (see Books, p.7). 12th ANNUAL DIAMONDS TEA by Helen Bryan Reach Out Everglades & COPS sponsors a Tea each year for Everglades area Ladies that are 70 years and over. This year the Tea was held at the Seafood Depot with approximately 38 ladies in attendance. Our beautiful and gracious Hope Bowdey of Annandale, VA, (shown above) was the eldest of our Diamonds, having just celebrated her 90th birthday. From the beginning of Teas, Hope has been with us; she's a retired RN and a most outstanding lady of Chokoloskee Island's ORA and Everglades Community Church. When help is needed, you can count on Hope being there. Special gift was given to Diamond Laverne Stokes. Eight wonderful volunteers served our Diamonds at the Tea which was planned & directed by Anne Mitchell and Elaine Middelstaedt. Everyone enjoyed a most delightful time. TAMIAMI TRAIL ‘85 Celebrate with us on Saturday, April 27!!! It is the 85th Anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail, the 90th Anniversary of Collier County, the 60th Anniversary of Everglades City and the 15th Birthday of the Museum of the Everglades. The schedule of activities is: 10:00 a.m. Pancake Fly-In Airpark 11:00 a.m. Parade around Town Arts & Crafts Pavilion 12:00 noon Opening Ceremony 12:30 p.m. Sailor Children’s Circus Barbeque/Fish Fry 1:30 p.m. Speaker Jeff Klinkenberg 2:30 p.m. Old Timers’ StoryTelling 3:30 p.m. Guided Walking Tour Sailor Children’s Circus 4:30 p.m. Tea at Rod & Gun Club 5:30 p.m. Movie & Popcorn Parade will include Antique Cars, Children’s Circus from Sarasota, Barron Collier High School Band, Swamp Buggies and much more. There will be face-painting and a fun day planned for the whole family! FIREWORKS FUND Last year Island Caf and Gator Express had the most donations for the Fireworks Fund in their collection boxes. This year, there will be a trophy for the business that collects the most! You can also drop off a check or cash at Everglades City Hall or send your donation to: Everglades Fireworks Fund. P.O.Box 110, Everglades City, FL, 34139. Independence Day Celebrations will be held on June 29. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Florida Flora p. 8 Events p. 3 Gulf Coast p. 8 School p. 5 Florida Tales p. 9 Health p. 7 Sawfish p.10 Recipe p. 7 Savannah p.10 Book p. 7 AMIKids p.11 Fishing p. 8 Obituary p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: HELP FOR HAITI p.9 If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26, 2013 email: PAGE 2 May 27: Memorial Day May 29: BigC ORVs May 31: Graduation June 29: Independence Day Parade and Celebration THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Closed for summer LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Closed for summer 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: Office Hours posted on City Hall SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 21 Holy Family Pot Luck PBS Documentary 22 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm National Park Week April 20-28 23 24 Ladies Coffee Island Cafe 8 am full moon 25 SAC Mtg see p.5 RAPPER 26 27 Operation Medicine Cabinet see p.3 Pancake Fly-In see p.3 Tamiami 85th Celebration see p.1 28 29 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm 30 MAY 1 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 2 National Day of Prayer see p.3 3 4 5 6 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm ESHP Mtg Booster Club 7 Blood Mobile see p.3 8 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am Collier County Celebrations see p.3 9 Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm new moon 10RAPPER 11 12 Mothers’ Day Fish Fry ENP Deadline see p.3 13 Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm OFCD Mtg see p.3 Chamber Mtg 14 15 Crab Season Ends Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 16 SAC Mtg see p.5 17 18 19 20 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm 21 Reach Out City Hall, 8:30 am 22 Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 23 RAPPER 24 full moon 25 APRIL / MAY 2013


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26, 2013 email: PAGE 3 Operation Medicine Cabinet The Collier County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor Operation Medicine Cabinet on the steps of City Hall from 10 to 11:30 am on Saturday, April 27, just prior to the Tamiami Trail Celebration. Please bring all your outdated medicines for disposal. PANCAKE FLY-IN The last pancake breakfast hosted will take on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Everyone is welcome. For info, call Chuck at 695-3296. Gator Express Gator Express is now accepting food stamps. At the same time they have expanded their selection of food items and fishing/tackle supplies. Beer and cigarettes are on sale, and live shrimp available for purchase. Subway (now offering buy one/get one free through April 30) is open from 7 am to 7 pm (same as convenience store). Call 695-3937 for information. RIGHT CHOICE Supermarket Right Choice Supermarket, our friendly little grocer, has added many more food items to its shelves in the last few months. Every shelf is full of brand name products. Their meat and beverage selection have also expanded; if you can’t find something, just ask Petra and she’ll try and get it for you. Great job and great reason to shop locally Summer hours are 9 am to 7 pm daily. BIG CYPRESS CAMPFIRE RESTRICTIONS Big Cypress National Preserve announced campfire restrictions based on local fire danger index, and dry, windy conditions. The lighting and maintaining of a fire, including campfires, in the backcountry is prohibited. Campfires are restricted to developed campgrounds in established fire grates or fire rings only, and must be attended at all times. Report any incidences to a park ranger at 800-3425869. For more information on the role fire within the Preserve go to eregime.htm Everyone is invited to join on Thursday, May 2, at 12:00 noon on the City Hall lawn for this annual event to “Pray for America”. Representatives from area churches, Mayor Sammy Hamilton, Ochopee Fire Control District, and Collier County Sheriff’s Office will take part. A light luncheon follows. For info, call Elaine at 695-2695. BLOOD MOBILE The Blood Mobile will be coming to Everglades City School Tuesday, May 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is open to the public. The recipient for this drive is Joann Harris Mandola of Bonita Springs. She has a severe immunodeficiency disease and receiving blood is a necessity for her survival. If interested, please contact Candi at the school at 377-9803 or email to sign up for a time to donate. Collier County Celebrates In celebration of Collier County’s 90th Anniversary, the Collier County Public Library and the Museum will host local artists, keynote speakers and the burying of a time capsule at the Naples Depot from 1:00 to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, May 8. That evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at North Collier Regional Park, the Parks & Recreation Department, along with the County Museum, will present “A Brush with History” featuring artists, authors and local residents who will be sharing stories. For info, call 252-8476 or visit PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT The Collier MPO announced a public comment period for the draft Public Involvement Plan (PIP) which will close on May 10 The plan identifies federal, state and other requirements, goals, objectives, policies, and the process by which the public will have full access and participation in these planning activities. The document may be viewed at or copies are available at Everglades City Hall. _OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 04/08/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 04/08/13: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 04/08/13: Public Assist, Copeland 04/10/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 04/10/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 04/10/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 04/13/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 04/14/13: Vehicle Accident, 81 Mile Marker I-75 04/14/13: Vehicle Accident, 65 Mile Marker I-75 04/15/13: Emergency Med, 63 Mile Marker I-75 04/15/13: Emergency Medical, Everglades City 04/17/13: Fire Alarm, Port of the Islands 04/18/13: Vehicle Accident, 74 Mile Marker I-75 04/18/13: Vehicle Accident, Ochopee 04/18/13: Mutual Aid, Marco Island 04/19/13: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 04/21/13: Emergency Med, Port of the Islands 04/21/13: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 04/21/13: Emergency Medical, Plantation Island 04/21/13: Fire Alarm, Ochopee 04/21/13: Emergency Medical, Plantation Island 04/22/13: Emergency Med, 70 Mile Marker I-75 04/22/13: Power Line Down, Everglades City Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, May 13, at Port of the Islands at 4:00 p.m. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will return to Everglades City to see patients next season. We wish to express our appreciation for his visits here. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will not be visiting Everglades City until August or September. For more information, phone 777-7387 or see Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters is closed for the summer. THRIFT SHOP HOURS The Thrift Shop, behind the Fire Station, operated by our neighborhood charity Reach Out, is now open on Thursday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PLEASE do not leave donations on the porch when the shop is closed! ENP Comments The deadline for submitting comments on the ENP Draft General Management Plan is May 12. The Draft is available for at: (then go to the “Open for Comment” link). For information, call 305-242-7700.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26, 2013 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” Varick Niles' Studio EVERGLADES ARTS 110 Camellia Street Open Fridays & Saturdays 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (thru April) Painting demonstrations 1 – 3 pm For info, call 239-261-9592 O p en 6 am


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26, 2013 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: ww GREAT GATORS for April (not previously reported) Pre-K Gilly England, Jessia Cruz, Morgan Forbes Kindergarten : Emersyn Brown, Jade Feeman, Kaylee Henry, Gena Collins 1st Grade: John Mark Gilmore, Carson Foss 2nd Grade: James Collins, Slade Johnson, Bentley Randall 3rd Grade: Tyler Bruscini 6th Grade: Bailey Richards 7th Grade : Rachel McMillin 8th Grade: Ricky Roldan High School: Savannah Humphries Summer Activities Schedule June 10 Apply for Teen Academy June 24 Build-a-Boat (High School) July 1 Build-a-Chair (Middle School & High School) July 8 Summer Camp (K-5 th), $20/week, 9 am-2 pm July 11 CCSO "Escape" trip July 15 Summer Camp (K-5 th), $20/week, 9 am-2 pm July 18 CCSO "Fun & Sun" trip July 19 Hot Summer Nights Note: Permission slips for above have been sent home by the school. They should be returned personally to Jimmy Quintana at the school (and not to administration office). 2012-2013 School Panoramic Pictures Panoramic = $12.00 Make checks payable to: Everglades City School Please turn in order to the front desk or student's teacher before Wednesday, May 8 First grade class in handmade Earth Day shirts! They collected: 28 lbs. of trash, mostly plastics, and 5 lbs of drink containers. Students wrote about the experience in response journals. Mrs. Owen reviewed the ones who wrote the most and we have 3 winners. 1st Aulbrey Wooten 2nd – Katie Collins 3rd – Carson Foss BIG CYPRESS Teacher Program Big Cypress is now accepting applications through May 13 for its Teacher Ranger Teacher program which is an opportunity for teachers to connect with national parks through a summer work experience. Teachers selected spend the summer performing various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the Preserve. This program allows parks to reach teachers and students who have had little or no experience with a national park setting and provides opportunities to explore the relevance that National Park Service sites can have in their lives. Teachers selected will spend six weeks working side-by-side with park rangers performing various duties such as developing and presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, reviewing existing or developing new curriculum-based education materials, or undertaking special projects. The program provides a stipend and professional development credits. For more information, visit the following address: IMPORTANT DATES Thurs, April 25 SAC Meeting, Media Ctr, 6 pm Sat, April 27 Tamiami Trail Celebration April 29-30 No School Mon, May 6 Booster Club Fri, May 10 PreK Graduation Sat, May 11 Prom Thurs, May 16 SAC Meeting, Media Ctr, 6 pm Fri, May 17 H.S. Academic Awards, Seafood Depot, 6 pm Mon, May 27 No School, Memorial Day Fri, May 31 Graduation Tutoring for students: Danielle Swisher at 280-8971 or email


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26, 2013 email: PAGE 6 Tri-County Cooling & Refrigeration, Inc. Sales Service Maintenance CALL ANYTIME 239-253-4860 Licensed CAC 1817126


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26, 2013 email: PAGE 7 Health, Wellness, and Green Living I love kale chips! They are a nutritious, delicious, guilt-free snack, and they are extremely easy to make. I happen to like my chips straight up with a dash of salt, but it’s always nice to mix it up – and it may just get the most unsuspecting people to love kale! I know this may seem a little far out but they really are crunchy and a good substitute for potato chips!, Parmesan Kale Chips Recipe 1 bunch of Kale Sea Salt Extra Virgin Olive Oil Parmesan Cheese (finely grated 0r “shake” style) A Rack An oven safe drying rack works beautifully, but a cookie sheet will do too. Preheat your oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Tear your kale into bite sized pieces – I actually like mine a bit bigger than bite sized. Thoroughly wash and pat dry your kale – you can let it air dry if you have the time. Toss your pieces of kale with 1-2 tbs of olive oil, salt (1/4 tsp, or to taste) and Parmesan cheese (2 tbs, or to taste) and place in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Bake on rack until the edges of most of the chips are a bit browned. Set your timer to 5 minutes and go from there – on an oven safe drying rack like this mine usually take around 6-7 minutes but I like to keep an eye on them from around the 5 minute mark. Enjoy, and feel free to get creative by adding other seasonings to your chips! Shannon Snyder lives in Everglades City with her husband Billy, their two sons and their dog Ruby. She is the owner of Driftwood Spa offering massage therapy and spa services (closed for the summer). Recipe for Good Eating Spicy Meat Loaf Submitted by Mike McComas Ingredients: Spices: 2 whole bay leaves, 1 TBS salt, 1 tsp cayenne red pepper, tsp white pepper, tsp cumin, tsp nutmeg 4 TBS butter (unsalted), cup chopped onions, cup chopped celery, cup green peppers, cup chopped green onions, 2 tsp minced garlic, 1 TBS Tabasco,1 TBS Worcestershire cup evaporated milk, cup catsup, 1 lbs ground beef, lb ground pork, 2 eggs (beaten), 1 cup very fine dry bread crumbs Combine the spices in a small bowl and set aside. Melt bu tter in a saucepan over medium heat and saut the next 7 ingredients together with the spice mixture for about 5 minutes, stirring well. Add evaporated milk and catsup. Cook for another two minutes, then remove from heat and cool to room temperature. In an ungreased baking dish, combine ground beef, pork and eggs together with the sauted vegetables (remove bay leaves). Mix thoroughly by hand and shape into a loaf. Bake at 350 uncovered for 25 minutes, then for another 35 minutes at 400. Serve immediately. Spicy but very good! If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf – Book Review “Alligators in B-Flat, Improbable Tales from the Files of Real Florida” by Jeff Klinkenberg reviewed by Patty Huff If you heard Jeff Klinkenberg’s presentation at the recent Fakahatachee dinner at the Seafood Depot, you are familiar with his informal, honest style of speaking about the “real” Florida. He loves the characters that make Florida what it is: a diversity of all cultures, individuals who have lived out in the woods, caught snakes (as he did as a child) and have their own experiences to share. Jeff is a storyteller. He has been a journalist for the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Petersburg Times ) since 1977. Growing up in Miami, he shares his own stories about south Florida, and in this book he covers the entire state, chocked full of memorable people from every way of life. In our area Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf is featured as well as the ol d “Gator Hook Lodge” (now gone) on Loop Road, and Rick Cruz and the Fakahatchee Strand. Since my husband and I have biked around the back roads of Florida, many places were familiar to me. However, I learned a lot more about the people in those small towns (I always stopped by the corner of 98 & 267 in North Florida to buy honey; now I know more about the man selling my favorite tupelo honey). There are so many interesting Floridians in this book: Tim Chapman; the Flip-Flop Man; the man who lives on his own Huckleberry’s Raft; and the Wo rm Grunters. He talks of places that are no more, and places that he still likes to vis it. He also talks about our wild critters: the alligators, bears, the sea turtles, panthers an d iguanas. You’ll enjoy reading Jeff’s stories of Florida and its people. Jeff will be speaking at the Tamiami Trail Celebration this weekend and he’ll have this book for sale. Don’t miss the opportunity.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26, 2013 email: PAGE 8 Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay High winds and cold fronts should be behind us, the Poinciana trees are starting to bloom and many of our winter residents have left for their Northern homes. Of course, the mosquitoes and deer flies have also arrived. All this adds up to lots of tarpon and big spawning snook. Captain Andy Lee has been catching large tar pon on almost every charter. It’s important to get out on the water before the afternoon sea breezes and thunder storms move in. Find an area that looks productive, take your time and look for rolling tarpon. The rest is up to you. Snook season is still closed, but redfish and trout should keep the fish dinners on the table. If it gets real hot in the middle of the day, you can bounce jigs in the deep passes and channels on the falling tide. This method can produce snook, redfish and trout. Offshore permit fishing should be excellent. Tripletail and cobia will be out in the Gulf in good numbers. Good luck! Capt. Bill Lindsay lives in Chokoloskee and has been fishing in the Everglades National Park for over 35 years. In 1992 he was Master Angler of the MET Tourna ment. His telephone number is 695-0314. FLORIDA FLORA by Patricia Huff Cohune Palm ( Attalea cohune ) While visiting the Naples Botanical Gardens last month, I came across this unusual palm. During its youngest stage, the trunk grows underground with only the long fronds growing above ground. As we continued to walk along the path, we saw several other Cohune palms at different growth stages, including a mature tree with the fronds straight up. At home I researched it. I told my husband all about it, and of course he knew more than I did and said we had seen several at Fairchild Gardens in Miami. I think what impressed me in Naples was seeing the palm in its early stages and progressing to its full grown size. It is truly one of the most majestic of all palms with its pinnate, feather-shaped leaves reaching up to the sky. The Cohune grows naturally in Central America. Its palm oil was used in the Mayan culture for a lubricant, for cooking, soap making and lamp oil. Its heart is considered a delicacy w ith the fruit made into sweet meats. Wine is made from the sap of its heart. Besides practical uses, it’s a beautiful palm at every stage. 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) Northern Mockingbird ( Mimus polyglottos ) Other names: mockingbird, eastern mockingbird / Status: FL=stable, IUCN=LC / Life span: to 14 years / Length: 8-10 in. (21-26 cm) / Wingspan: 12-14 in. (31-35 cm) / Weight: 1.59-2.05 oz (45-48 g) / Nests: throughout SW Florida / Found: All Counties, coastal, near coast, mainland / Months found: JFmamjjaSOND (lower case indicates breeding and nesting season). “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy...but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Made famous by Harper Lee’s riveting tale of racism and intolerance in To Kill a Mockingbird this small passerine (perching bird) is Florida’s state bird and its most beloved singer. Scientific observation has confirmed that the scope and beauty of its songs are nothing short of amazing. A northern mockingbird, which might live to be 14 years old, will add variations to its own song throughout its entire adult life. It has been noted to sing more than 400 song types and has a unique ability to mimic other species’ songs, hence the name. The male has two distinct sets of songs: one for spring and another for the fall. It is sheer joy to sit back and take in the lovely serenade of this magnificent songbird perched high atop a telephone pole in the early evening. On moonlit nights the mockingbird has been known to sing straight through the evening until dawn. The mockingbird is easily distinguished from its close cousin, the catbird, by its gray and white plumage. It has adapted well to Homo sapiens expanding its range all the way into Alaska by learning to live in proximity to human development. It feeds predominantly on insects, berries, and invertebrates. It is monogamous and breeds for life. Photo by Bob Gress Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To find out more about the author and his books, visit SHERIFF’S REPORT Please remember to help us keep our neighborhoods safe by reporting any suspicious activi ty immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Offi ce at 252-9300 or in emergencies by dialing 911. Also don’t let yourself become an easy victim – always remember to lock your doors.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26, 2013 email: PAGE 9 Florida Tales “Construction of the Tamiami Trail” by Chester Keene My Uncle R.C. Keene was born the year the Titanic sunk in 1912. He went to school but as most young men quit and worked to help with the family. His dad worked for the railroad and he knew what hard long work was. In his young teens he was hearing about this road that was being built going across the Everglades to the east coast from the Everglades side. He, being not married or committed to any one project, he heard they were hiring men to work. He knew something about blasting stumps and rocks watching and helping around the farm. He and a few more adventure seeking young men struck out on the experience of their life. Upon arrival, he ran into a Mr. Lewis Thorp, he was in charge of blasting and grading the road for the trail. Mr. Thorp liked what he told him and being somewhat living not too far from the area of work, having confidence not getting homesick and slipping off without notice after he hired him. He said they started off in shifts, working along with the Indians that would supply meat for the cam p when needed, also cut the cypress trees for the survey crew an d other task that were asked of them. They kept smoke fires going to try to help ward of the hoards of insects that were of a constant distraction to them. Also, some "Low Bush Lighting" was slipped into camp and that seemed to make them less bothersome. Mr. Thorp liked the rock blasted as fine as it could be when dug by the Walking Dredge, making it compact better when rolled. He talked about the free time they had and would explore the Glades and fish. He had never seen a prettier place to be so hard on humans. Working on Mr. Thorp's crew was a plus. His cr ew had the best cook in that section of camp and all the engin eers would eat there also. That was a good moment, getting some fine home cooking that far away from home. The Trail was completed and work winding down he headed back to the Arcadia area and took a job as a meat cutter up until WWII started. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. HELP FOR HAITI We are Ralph and Barbara Peters. We have spent the winters in Chokoloskee for 25 years. We love it here. About 11 years ago our parish in Quincy, Ill., our home town, decided they wanted to help a third world country. Through the help of an organization they picked Haiti, St. Antoines parish in Lavanau, Haiti, a very small community in the lower h ills of the mountains. So our parish decided to take a collection the first Sunday of each month and send it to that parish. Our pastor after a year decided to go there to see how our monthly donation was helping. So Ralph and I and another gentleman decided to go with our pastor. We saw the horrifying conditions: the desperate need for health care, the starvation, what they lived in, how the children were cared for because of their poverty. When we got back home it was as if God told us we had to help these people. That was the start of our mission. We started by having drives like soup suppers, and many things that we could think of to raise money. We got doctors and nurses to go so we could help them with their health care, especially with the children. The doctors said we needed clean wate r. So we raised funds to have three wells dug. Our first clinics were in garages. Then father asked some nuns from Dominican Republic to work with us. With their help from one of their organizations in Spain they sent money for a clinic to be built. That was so wonderful. We are able to take care of about 600-1000 people in a five day period. We usually go for a week in January. Our mission only survives by the donations of generous people. Every penny we acquire goes completely toward medicines and health supplies and whatever else it takes to help these people. We have had open heart surgery on an 8 year old girl at Joe Di Maggio Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale. It was all funded by generous people. We have brought several young boys to the U.S. because of heart problems. We do all we can for these poor people. They have nothing. They are lucky to have something to eat each day. The children want to go to school, but can't because it cost a small stipend which they cannot afford. We also try to help that problem. We had a tremendous drive and sent a container with supplies to build houses after the earthquake. We built 5 houses. They are very appreciative people for the little they receive. We will continue to go to help these people as long as our health an d age permits. We are committed to this mission as well as all the people who join us each time we go. Thank you for allowing us to share our story.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26, 2013 email: PAGE 10 SAWFISH REPORT 2013 Sawfish Abundance Survey in Everglades National Park By: Dana M. Bethea NOAA Fisheries Panama City Laboratory Panama City, FL The March research expedition was fruitful despite cooler temperatures and windy conditions. The field team was successful in capturing two newborns near r eceiver stations at the mouth of the Lopez River, one newborn in Mud Bay, and one age-1 juvenile (200 cm stretched total length) at Pavilion Key. In addition, two animals were recap tured from efforts made in February. All animals were rel eased alive and in good health. Please remember that acoustic receiver stations are still anchored on the eastand westsides of Chokoloskee Island and along Turner River, Hurdles Creek, Mud Bay, Cross Bays, Sunday Bay, Crooked Creek and Lopez River. Stations are designated with a large white hard plastic float and the top of the station (the T-bar) may be seen at low tides. Acoustic receiver stations will be removed this year in May. The Smalltooth Sawfish Abundance Survey field team will be back in Everglades City May 5-10. Smalltooth sawfish were listed as endangered in 2003 under the Endangered Species Act and the current core population is limited to waters off the coast of southwest Florida. It is illegal to target, possess, or injure this animal, but incidental encounters with fishermen do occur. If you see or encounter a smalltooth sawfish, please contact the International Sawfish Encounter Database at (352) 392-2360. Input and cooperation from the public is greatly valued. Please exercise caution when untangling a sawfish from fishing line and never remove the saw. This research follows permits EVER-2013-SCI-0008 and ESA-13330. Funding is provided through the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional O ffice in St. Petersburg, FL. Photo caption: Ashley Pacicco (left) and Paul a Higginson (right) measure a recaptured smalltooth sawfish at Turner River March, 2013. Photo credit: Dana M. Bethea, NOAA Fisheries Panama City Laboratory SAWFISH REPORTS 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. From Savannah’s Eyes Softball season is officially over, and the feeling is bittersweet. I had such a blast playing for the first time and can’t wait to play again next year! Our Sports Banquet was held on April 20. I’m going to look back on all the sports that I played this year and talk about them a little bit. For our last game of the softball season we didn’t win but there were some amazing plays th at happened during the game; for instance, a first year player and 6th grader Natalie Thompson caught her first pop fly in the outfield, and we were all so proud! Then, an 8th grader Ashlyn Goff caught two pop flies in the outfield! These weren’t just any hits to the outfield either; they were high up in the air and far away hits. Everyone did great this season and we are going to miss Morgan Daffin who is a senior this year and pitched the last game (she was excellent!). All the girls played amazing throughout th is season and we worked as a team. Ryan Roberts, a teacher at our school, was our new coach this year. She played softball in hi gh school and went on to play in college. She did great for her first year as a coach and every single time I’m in the hallway at school I always hear either “Oglesby” or “Parking-Lot” co ming from her and she always makes me laugh (those were my nicknames during softball). Cheerleading this past year was so much fun! We had a new coach, Jacque Wood, who used to be a cheerleader at Barron Collier and also cheered in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade her senior year! She taught us lots of cool stunts and dances that even made us dance in class du ring school! Even though there were only 7 Varsity cheerleaders, we still had a blast. They, and some basketball players, enjoyed wo rking out before the season to get in shape! Thanks to the JV cheerleaders who helped us cheer and who performed the homecoming routine with us. Last, but certainly not least, volleyball season was amazing! We had an awesome team this year; we worked together and succeeded in everything we tried! An example of this would be probably the best memory I have which is when we beat Barron Collier High School! I remember being in the front row fixing to switch with my friends Ana and Kristin when I looked up at the scoreboard and the score was 11-11. I then told them “Hey it’s 1111, Make a wish!” And we all three wished for us to win which in the end we did! That will be in my memory for as long as I live! Our coach Rebecca Welch has been with us for so many incredible years, and we love her dearly. She always makes us strive to do our very best and tells us to never give up! She is truly a great inspiration, and I am so excited to play volleyball this coming year! Also we are goi ng to miss seniors Reagan Richardson and Morgan Daffin next season; you guys did awesome, and we will miss you so much! Love playing sports, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 10th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area APRIL 26, 2013 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANTS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 noon – 9 p.m. daily Closing for the season on May 15 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 Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Havana Caf (695-2214): Closed for the season 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 Rod & Gun (695-2101): 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Subway at Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily $5 specials Buy 1/Get 1 Free thru 4/30 Sunset Raw Bar & Grill: (next to Glades Haven Deli) 11:00 am to 6:00 pm; Tues thru 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 Summer hours Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): 8:00 am – 5 pm, Mon-Sat Loco’s Fresh Produce (239-462-7050): 7:00 am 3:00 pm; Thurs, Fri, Sat (ECity Post Office parking lot) 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm; Thursday (Chokoloskee) AMI Kids Fundraiser AMIkids Big Cypress are getting ready for their BOWLING FUNDRAISER on Cinco de Mayo, May 5. They start with Mrs. Sheila Harris Schutz and some bowling pins, add some Swamp Boys and paint and they’re off to a good start. Later, a trip to the Center for the Arts and have Caesar and Susan mix in their magic with the board volunteers and the Swamp Boys and they’ll have the first run of bowling pins ready for the team trophies. OBITUARY John Lemle “Jack” Pennell, 67, passed away on April 8, 2013, at Avow Hospice in Naples, FL. Born on September 26, 1945 in Miami, FL, he grew up in the beautiful City of Miami Springs. Jack graduated from Miami Central High School and Miami Dade Community College, and resided in the area until 1991. He was a Master Plumber, and joined the family business, “Yell for Pennell” Plumbing. Jack moved to Everglades City, FL in 1991 and founded Pennell Plumbing with his brother Harvey Pennell. He could easily be recognized around town by his humorous T-shirts and his infectious smile. He sat on the Ochopee Fire Board and served the community as a member of the Lions Club in Everglades City. He is survived by his son, Jacob Lemle Pennell, brothers, William “Bill” Pennell and James “Harvey” Pennell, sister, Suzanne Pennell Brinks, and cousins, The Brookbank’s and The Dressel’s. Jack had a big heart and a bigger sense of humor, and he will be dearly missed by all of those whom he loved and cherished throughout his life. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 04/26 Fri 03:59am 2.6 H 04/26 Fri 10:38am 0.5 L 04/26 Fri 03:08pm 3.3 H 04/26 Fri 11:24pm -0.5 L 04/27 Sat 04:50am 2.6 H 04/27 Sat 11:19am 0.6 L 04/27 Sat 03:43pm 3.3 H 04/28 Sun 12:11am -0.5 L 04/28 Sun 05:47am 2.4 H 04/28 Sun 12:02pm 0.7 L 04/28 Sun 04:23pm 3.3 H 04/29 Mon 01:02am -0.4 L 04/29 Mon 06:49am 2.3 H 04/29 Mon 12:50pm 0.7 L 04/29 Mon 05:13pm 3.1 H 04/30 Tue 01:56am -0.3 L 04/30 Tue 07:53am 2.2 H 04/30 Tue 01:48pm 0.8 L 04/30 Tue 06:20pm 2.9 H 05/01 Wed 02:57am -0.2 L 05/01 Wed 08:57am 2.2 H 05/01 Wed 03:04pm 0.8 L 05/01 Wed 07:52pm 2.6 H 05/02 Thu 04:03am 0.0 L 05/02 Thu 10:01am 2.2 H 05/02 Thu 04:30pm 0.8 L 05/02 Thu 09:24pm 2.5 H 05/03 Fri 05:09am 0.1 L 05/03 Fri 11:00am 2.3 H 05/03 Fri 05:48pm 0.6 L 05/03 Fri 10:50pm 2.4 H 05/04 Sat 06:09am 0.2 L 05/04 Sat 11:49am 2.5 H 05/04 Sat 06:52pm 0.4 L 05/05 Sun 12:08am 2.4 H 05/05 Sun 07:04am 0.3 L 05/05 Sun 12:28pm 2.6 H 05/05 Sun 07:46pm 0.2 L 05/06 Mon 01:12am 2.4 H 05/06 Mon 07:53am 0.4 L 05/06 Mon 01:02pm 2.8 H 05/06 Mon 08:34pm 0.1 L 05/07 Tue 02:02am 2.4 H 05/07 Tue 08:37am 0.5 L 05/07 Tue 01:33pm 2.9 H 05/07 Tue 09:17pm -0.1 L 05/08 Wed 02:43am 2.4 H 05/08 Wed 09:18am 0.6 L 05/08 Wed 02:03pm 3.0 H 05/08 Wed 09:58pm -0.1 L 05/09 Thu 03:19am 2.4 H 05/09 Thu 09:57am 0.6 L 05/09 Thu 02:32pm 3.0 H 05/09 Thu 10:36pm -0.2 L EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and for storms 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 APRIL 26, 2013 email: PAGE 12 SNOOK CLASSIFIEDS -----------------------------------------------------------REAL ESTATE FOR SALE ------Panoramic views of Chokoloskee Bay from this 3-bed, 2-bath home. Deeded waterfront, open floor plan, high ceilings, terrific kitchen. 2 storage rooms for fishing/hobby equipment. $1,100,000. ------Perfect getaway spot in Everglades City. Fish, kayak, bird watch or boat to your heart's content when you buy this great 2-bed, 2-bath condo located on Lake Placid in Everglades City! Beautiful views of the lake. Offered at $179,900. -------Motorhome site for sale in luxurious Outdoor Resorts in Chokoloskee. Deeded dock & lift included. Go rgeous views of Chokoloskee Bay. 40' Tr avel Supreme Fifth Wheel may be purchased separately. Outdoor Resorts has 3 pools & hot tubs, 2 tennis courts, exercise room. Only 30 minutes to Marco Island or Naples. 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