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Vol. 43 No. 13


IMMOKALTEE




ULLETI
Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County

Thursday, April 1, 2010


Harvest Fest photos...
Page 8

Egg Hunt Fun Day
set for April 3
The Egg Hunt Fun Day at
Immokalee Sports Complex locat-
ed at 505 Escambia St. will begin
at 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday,
April 3. The event will also include
a giant slide, food and prizes. At 11
a.m., an egg hunt will take place
for all ages. Admission to this Eas-
ter event is free. Call 239-657-1951
for more information.
Visit www.collierparks.com for
more information and find us on
Facebook!

Courts office closing
The 20th Judicial Circuit of
Florida, Collier County, has de-
cided to suspend its Immokalee
court and court related functions,
as well as Probation services, ef-
fective June 1, 2010. As a result,
the Clerk of Courts will review
the need to continue its satellite
operations in Immokalee. The
Probation office operation will be
moved to the Naples courthouse.
The current budget situation has
caused the consolidation and
does not allow for satellite opera
tions. Immokalee operations will
be re-established as soon as they
may be adequately funded. The
Clerk welcomes public input prior
to making a decision which may
significantly impact the Clerk's
services to Immokalee residents.

See Page 2 for information about
how to contact the newspaper.

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Immokalee youngsters are having a "spashing good time!" A partnership formed between
Housing and Family Services and the YMCA gets kids "into the swim" at the Immokalee
Pool. Sporting their Splash Week YMCA t-shirts are: L-R Gabriel Aguilar, Daniel Trejo-
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Fireman promoted to Deputy Chief of Operations


On March 12, Lt. Raul Di-
mas Jr. accepted the position as
Deputy Chief of Operations. Chief
Scott Birge stated "each candi-
date interviewed, held individual
beneficial attributes, making the
decision even harder, it was the
Lt's added knowledge in admin-
istrative duties that contributed to
the deciding factor".
Lt. Raul Dimas was born and
raised in Collier County. He be-
gan his career as a volunteer
firefighter with the Immokalee
Fire Dept. in the summer of 1986;
he continued as a volunteer fire-
fighter throughout his senior year
while attending Immokalee High
School, graduating in 1987. In
July of 1989 he was offered the
position as a full-time firefighter.
He attended the Fort Myers Fire
Academy in the fall of 1989, grad-
uating from fire school as a cer-
tified firefighter in Dec. of 1989.
Fire fighter Dimas Jr. was then
promoted to Lt. in 1992. With
the ever changing advancements
in technology and various com-
ponents within the fire industry
Lt. Dimas Jr. continued his edu-


cation through Edison College,
Florida State Fire College and at-
tended various fire related classes
offered. In July of 2009 he was
awarded a plaque for his 20 years
of service and dedication to the
Immokalee Fire Control District.


The Immokalee Fire Control Dis-
trict congratulates Lt. Raul Dimas
Jr. and look forward to expanding
on his experience and leadership
abilities as the new Deputy Chief
of Operations.


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Lt. Raul Dimas, Jr is presented with a plaque for his recent
promotion by Chief Scott Birge. Dimas was promoted from
his current title of Lieutenant to Deputy Chief of Operations.


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Courtesy photo
Devout Priest, Father Sanders
says the Holy Thursday Mass,
1981
See SANDERS Page 2


Immokalee

remembers

Father Rich-

ard Sanders
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church,
Immokalee, celebrated the 25th an-
niversary of the death of a beloved
priest, Father Richard Sanders, on
March 18. Father Sanders served in
Immokalee from 1981 until 1985,
when he died of a massive heart at-
tack and subsequent strokes at age
47. Prior to Immokalee, he started
the first Hispanic Mission at St. Pe-
ter the Apostle Church in Naples,
and before that he was a Trappist
Monk at Our Lady of Mepkin Ab-
bey in South Carolina.
The people of Immokalee loved
him so much that they buried him
on the church grounds, opposite
the grotto of Our Lady of Guada-
lupe and next to his church that
is now called Sanders Hall. His
headstone reads, "Love One An-
other as I Have Loved You." Since
Father Sanders' death, the parish
has been managed by Scalabrin-
ian priests, an Italian order started
by John Scalabrini that ministers
to migrants worldwide. Father Pio
Battaglia, the current pastor of Our
Lady of Guadalupe, remembered
the years of the Vatican 11 Council




Immokalee Bulletin


April 1, 2010


SANDERS
Continued From Page 1

and the great turmoil in the Church and the
society, until its culmination with worldwide
protests in 1968. It was during those years
that Fr. Sanders reviewed his Trappist voca-
tion and choose to serve the Church work-
ing among the poor.
Father Sanders served alone in Immoka-
lee at a time when most Hispanic immigrants
came to their priest for almost everything. He
kept clothing and food at the rectory/office
and when migrants knocked on the door,
day or night, he would give them clothing
and make them soup and sandwiches. He
was the first Immokalee priest to learn Hai-
tian Creole, as the Haitians had only recently
started coming when Father Sanders arrived.
He also sent a bus to Devil's Garden to pick
up Guatemalans and would not start Mass
until they arrived.
The recent freeze has shown how devas-
tating freezes can be on migrant farm work-
ers, and there were four freezes during the
four years Father Sanders spent in Immoka-
lee. His staff managed Guadalupe Social Ser-
vices, and he helped the SSND sisters open
the Guadalupe Center Soup Kitchen and
Clothing Room. One of his biggest concerns
was the terrible worker housing in Immoka-
lee, and he hired the staff that would later
develop Immokalee Non-Profit Housing and
build a subdivision named after him, called
Sanders Pines. He also recognized the need
for a new and larger church, as growing
numbers of people had to stand outside the
church to hear Mass. He started the plans

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and the tund-raising for a new church, but
never lived to see it.
The 25th anniversary celebration Mass
was attended by about two hundred people
of mixed ethnicities, with music provided by
the Guatemalan choir. The Mass was led by
Father Pio Battaglia, the Scalabrinian pastor
of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and concelebrat-
ed with Father Benjamin Casimir and Father
Onorio Benacchio.
After the Mass, Father Sanders' older
brother Jim Sanders, who had flown in from
New York for the celebration, talked and re-
ceived a standing ovation when he told the
people how much their love had meant to
his brother. Fanoly Dervil, Father Sanders'
old roommate and Haitian Creole teacher,
spoke about his old friend, in three languag-
es.
The people processed to Father Sanders'
gravesite, and sang and prayed. Members of
the band who played at Father Sanders' fu-
neral 25 years ago led the people in one of
the most touching songs, Te Vas Angel Mio
("My angel, you are departing you leave
my heart wounded and my soul to suffer.")
Afterwards, delicious food was served
by volunteers in Sanders Hall that was deco-
rated with the colors of Latin America, and
memories were shared by all. The center-
piece for the service was an enlarged pho-
tograph of Father Sanders, framed with his
Mexican Mass stole and his chalice and
paten which were given to the parish by Jim
Sanders. Father Pio gratefully accepted the
gifts in the community's name.


Special to the Immokalee Bulletin /Joanne Loukonen

Always Royalty
These ladies will always be "Royalty" as they are previously crowned Harvest
Festival Queens. The Harvest Fest began with the crowning of the queen in 1965
and the last queen was crowned in 1993.


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By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
County Commissioner Jim Coletta of Dis-
trict 5 and local church representatives from
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints will be meeting to discuss proposing a
Proclamation for a "Day of Service" on April
24, to benefit the community of Immokalee.
The proposed beautification project involves
over 600 volunteers from the communities
of Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Fort Myers,
Immokalee, Lehigh Acres, and Naples.
On April 24, 908 Roberts Ave W -
Immokalee- 9 a.m. 2 p.m.
Organized crews of volunteers will gather
with donated resources to paint approxi-
mately 14 homes and 1 church between 9
a.m. and 2 p.m. Youth from ages 12-18 are
making over 100 hygiene kits to donate to
the Shelter for Abused Women and Children
in Immokalee. Younger children are making
goodwill baskets. The day will end with a
lunch provided by more community volun-
teers.
The day is part of a Southeastern United
States program whereby thousands of vol-
unteers donate hundreds of hours of service
to their communities on April 24, aimed at
bringing relief to those struggling because of

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News Editor: Patty Brant
Community News Editor: Dee Hamilton
Advertising Director: Judy Kasten
Advertising Services Coordinator: Dale Conyers
Advertising Services: Barbara Calfee
Publisher: Tom Byrd
Executive Editor: Katrina Elsken

Our Purpose...
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Newspapers of Florida. Independent is owned by a unique
trust that enables this newspaper to pursue a mission of
journalistic service to the citizens of the community.
Since no dividends are paid, the company is able to thrive
on profit margins below industry standards. All after-tax
surpluses are reinvested in Independent's mission of jour-
nalistic service, commitment to the ideals of the First
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and support of the
community's deliberation of public issues.


the economic downturn.
For more information on the Day of Ser-
vice in the Southeastern United States, visit
www.dayofservice.org


Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
Here's a group of hardworking volun-
teers helping to get it done cleaning
and clearing during a recent effort in
the local Immokalee area. The group is
from Montana and are working during
their Spring Break.

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Driver disappears after crash

Authorities say only minor injuries oc- abandoned the crash scene. He was the only
curred in a two-vehicle crash in Immokalee occupant of the vehicle.
early on March 29. At about 6 a.m. a driver The driver of the bus, Mr. Wilson, and
identified only as "Carlos" was traveling
southbound in the left turn lane of East Main passengers Anthony Wayne, 43, of LeHigh
Street, approaching the intersection of CR Acres and James Cooper, 36, of Immokalee
846, He was driving a 1996 Izusu. were all uninjured.
A second vehicle, a 1992 International Several other passengers in the bus suf-
bus, driven by Earle Wilson, Jr., 64 of La- feared minor injuries: James ender, 23, Er-
Belle, was northbound in the inside lane. e mble, n 3, e
According to Florida Highway Patrol, the nest Gamble, 27, John Garbello, 33, Joey Jo-
Izusu driver failed to observe the bus and seph, 23, Terry McGruff, 39, Bernardo Black,
made a left turn into the Sunoco gas station 43, James Bradford, 47, Edwin Parrilla, 28,
at 726 E. Main Street. The front of his vehicle Marcus Gaskin, 29, Anthony Hickman, 23
struck the front of the bus and rotated coun- and Robert Magno, 45, were taken to either
terclockwise then overturned on its right Nd Cober o w a to. All
side. At the same time, its roof struck the North Collier or Physicians Regional. All
front left of the bus. were from Immokalee. None were wearing
After the crash, the driver of the Izusu seatbelts.


Volunteers to gather for


community clean up project




April 1,2010 Immokalee Bulletin


Letters to the Editor


Roe v Wade anniversary
Last Jan. 22, close to 50 people gathered
together to stand up for the right to life of
unborn children. That day marked the 37th
anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade de-
cision that gave woman the legal though
not the moral right to kill their unborn
children by abortion. Abortion is permit-
ted from conception through nine months
of pregnancy. One-half of all abortions are
performed on minority babies.
Once again, to draw public attention
to this tragedy, Dr. Villarosa organized the
demonstration, which included members of
Couples for Christ Youth, students from Ave
Maria University, religious sisters, and fami-
lies with children from the surrounding area.
The participants held signs expressing the
truths to which they came to testify, such as
"Abortion Kills Children" and "Abortion Hurts


Children." They also held crosses, made last
year, each of which represented one million
babies killed by abortion. As they stood along
the sidewalk, the participants prayed for an
end to the destruction of human life. At the
end of the hour, the demonstrators knelt in
a circle on the grass and prayed for unborn
children and their parents. They also prayed
that abortionists and those who work for
them will have a change of heart, that gov-
ernment officials will promote the culture of
life and not of death, and that people who
are against abortion, yet remain silent, will
become more active in the defense of life.
Mothers in a problem pregnancy can get
help for themselves and their unborn babies
by contacting the Immokalee Pregnancy
Center which is located at 106 2nd St (The
Amigos Center). This center can be reached
at 239-657-2016.
Mary Jo Klein, PhD


Local Forecast
Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service
Immokalee Forecast
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 59. East wind between 4 and 7 mph
becoming calm.

Extended Forecast
Friday: Sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming east between 4 and 7 mph.
Friday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61. East wind between 5 and 8 mph
becoming calm.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 85.
Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 63. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a
high near 85.
Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 62.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85.

EOC and Immokalee get ready


for coming hurricane season


By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Dan Summers, Director of Collier Coun-
ty's Bureau of Emergency Services led a
meeting at the iTECH Center in Immokalee
to prepare a course of action to see that a
command center in Immokalee-called the
IRCC (Immokalee Recovery Coordinating
Center) could operated effectively and effi-
ciently from this state-of-the-art vocational
education center recently opened.
Accompanying Dan Summers was Judy
Scribner, Immokalee's frequent link to the
EOC accompanied Dan, along with Deputy
Ron Mosher, Robert Halman, and I HOPE
Executive Director Rick Heers on a tour of
the iTECH center led by Gerald Williams,
Coordinator of Workforce Education at the
CCPS facility Ron Mosher, with Rick Heers
acting as backup will direct activities at the
IRCC in the event of a natural disaster hitting
our area.
Plans were laid out as to how operations
could continue even if our community was
out of power for an extended period of time.
The facility also appears to be a possible
staging site for delivery of FEMA emergency


food supplies to the community in an emer-
gency.
Collier County will participate in a state-
wide hurricane exercise in early May, with
the IRCC going through the drill to be sure
that all bases have been covered for future
disaster events


Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
A busier than normal hurricane season
is expected this year and planning is
key to being ready. A team including
Judy Scribner, Dan Summers Robert
Halman and Ron Mosher are discuss-
ing feasibility of setting up command
at the iTECH Center.


Immokalee Foundation



welcomes new director


The Immokalee
Foundation is pleased
to announce Liz All-
britten as the new
executive director.
For the past 23 years,
Liz has built a r~sum
that spans higher ed-
ucation, educational
programs, and non- Exec. Director-
profits. Most recently, Liz Albritten
she served as The
Immokalee Foundation's director of pro-
grams.
"Liz is a tireless and inspirational lead-


er," says John Henry, board chair of the
Immokalee Foundation. "Her leadership
skills and experience make her the right
person to grow the organization."
In her new position, Allbritten will be
responsible for furthering the Foundation's
mission, enhancing its programs, and ex-
panding its relationships throughout the
region.
"The Immokalee Foundation is a tre-
mendous organization," says Liz. "I am
excited about continuing the great work of
the foundation and increasing the opportu-
nities for the children of Immokalee."


Guest Commentary


Improving Florida's
education adopting
the Common Core
State Standards
I give a standing ovation that the release
of the Common Core State Standards for
public input as a common sense step to-
ward a better education system. These con-
sistent standards may be defined as a simply
as the skills and knowledge young people
need to be successful in careers and college.
The standards are evidence and researched
based; include rigorous content and applica-
tion of knowledge through high-order skills;
build upon strengths and lessons of current
state standards; aligned with college and
work expectations; informed by other top
performing countries, so that all students are
prepared to succeed in our global economy
and society.
Teachers and parents know what they
need to do to help them. As a parent and
grandparent, I know clear consistent stan-
dards empowers parents to work with their
child (ren) in achieving their learning objec-
tives.
The best and most exciting points that
the standards establish is what students
need to learn, but they will not dictate how
teachers should teach. Instead, schools and
teachers will collaborate and decide how
best to assist students reach their highest
potential through critical thinking and prob-
lem solving skills to reach the standards. The
consistency of the standards translates into
what all parents want for their students, the
ability to graduate from school prepared to
succeed, and build a strong future for them-
selves and the country.
Using the Common Core State Standards
should mean that a parent who must move
from one school to another, the student will
assimilate into any school because of con-
sistent standards across the state and nation.
The rigor of academia will be consistent and
the student's diploma upon graduation will


mean the same as the top schools through-
out the country no matter where student
may decide to go for higher education or into
the career world. In short, our students will
be prepared to compete in the global world
and economy. Parents, this means that you
will save money on college remedial courses
that often are required for admittance into a
college, university or technical school.
Teachers, principals, parents and others
should take the time to review the stan-
dards during this public comment period.
Please go to http://www.corestandards.org/
to view the Common Core State Standards,
and I urge you to take advantage to this
short period offered for public comment.
The standards are expected to be finalized
in early spring. There was only a twenty-day
window for public participation. Log on to-
day to provide your thoughts at http://www.
corestandards.org.
Respectfully submitted by: Karin
Brown, President
Florida Parent Teacher Association
(FPTA)
KarinB277@aol.com

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School News in Brief


Yoga classes offered at
iTECH
Need a stress release? Want to get in
shape?
Yoga is a great way to do both. Conve-
nient and here in Immokalee. Two classes
to choose from. Monday and Thurday from
noon until 1 p.m or Monday and Thursday
from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. Both classes are
$60 for a 15 class session. Classes run from
April 8-May 27. Yoga is for everyone so bring
your mat and join in. Contact your doctor
first before beginning any new exercise rou-
tine if you have health concerns. Call the
iTECH Center now for your reservation at
239-658-7080.

Free On-Line Tutoring
Free online tutoring service by Tutor.com
connects students to expert tutors for many
subjects including English, math, science,
etc. using the Internet. Available to students
K to adult Monday-Friday from 2 p.m until
close at Immokalee Community Park, 417 N.
First Street. Call for more information at 239-
657-2882.

Computer class helps
answer questions
Bilingual staff from Naples Free-Net an-
swers your computer and Internet related
questions. Class size is limited to 7 partici-
pants. The classes will take place on Thurs-
days, April 15, May 13, at 6 p.m. at Immoka-
lee Community Park at 417 N. First St. in
Immokalee. Call 239-657-2882 for more in-
formation.

Walk in I.H.S. race
against cancer
Immokalee High School will hold a mini
relay in support of Relay for Life. Walk with
them April 17, beginning at 9 a.m. from the
high school past the football field, down
Main Street, Immokalee Road and back to
the high school. Just a $5 registration fee will
help support the cause. You can preregister
by sending your check to Immokalee High
School Athletic Dept., Atten: Mrs. Ayers, 701
Immokalee Drive, Immokalee FL 34142. For
more information, contact Kelly Stevenson at
239-377-1920.


IHS to hold 20 year reunion
Save the Date June 12 and 13! Immoka-
lee High School old classmates will come
together and reconnect. The class of 1990
is celebrating the ocassion with what will
prove to be a memorable reunion. All of
the fun will take place at the Crowne Plaza
Hotel in Fort Myers. Events include a recep-
tion dinner, dancing and lots of reminising.
The weekend-long event will continue the
following afternoon with a "Family Day"
at Lakes Regional Park. The park plans in-
clude an old fashioned "cookout" and sev-
eral outdoor activities for the entire family.
For more information and to register, please
go to: www.dassreport.org classreport.org/>. Click your way to the IHS
site and sign up to be included in all of the
announcements and updates. You can also
e-mail Pete Cade at: pcade@hodges.edu or
call him at: 863-228-1359. The deadline to
register is quickly approaching so please do
not delay. Hope to see you there!
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Students First


Good-bye to one,
hello to another!
By Joe Landon
Collier County District Schools
There also seems to be reason for a
"season" here in Collier County. Pretty soon
the big "SEASON" will be ending. We'll be
saying goodbye to all of our good snow-
bird friends for another year, wishing them
safe travel up north. And hurricane season
is around the corner, beginning on June
1. Right now it's brush fire season. Let's
focus on that one for the moment. There
isn't much we can do about any of the
seasons here at the school district offices,
but in the unfortunate event of a brush fire
closing a road needing to be traveled by a
school bus or two, there IS something we
can do to help you. While the school will
be calling parents of students who should
be on the bus that can't get through, we'll
also post a Late Bus Notice on the top, right
side of home page of the district Web site
(www.collierschools.com), and news up-


dates will be placed on the page as well
under "District News." What I want you to
know is that the Late Bus Notice pops up
routinely anytime a school bus may be run-
ning more than a half hour behind sched-
ule on any afternoon. It isn't just reserved
for brush fire season. So if your child rides
a bus home, you might routinely check
for a Late Bus Notice on your computer
around the time your child is due home. If,
by chance, more than one bus is running
late, a listing of the bus numbers of the
buses that are delayed can be found there
as well. Now, if an entire school is dismiss-
ing all students later than usual for some
reason we'll post a similar Late Dismissal
Notice on the home page of our Web site.
It's not every day that a bus runs late, and
yours hopefully may never be late. And it's
rare for a school to delay dismissal of stu-
dents, but it happens. We just thought that
knowing where you can check to find out
if a bus is late, or if students are being sent
home later than usual, might be helpful.


imluIe School01
IHS student accepted into prestigious


orientations


scheduled
If you're the parent of a child getting ready
to take the big step from elementary school
to middle school next year, believe it or not,
it's just a few short months away! To help
make this transition as smooth as possible,
the School District of Collier County's mid-
dle schools have scheduled Middle School
Orientations for incoming students and their
parents. All orientations will take place on
Thursday, April 8.
Immokalee Middle School at 401 Ninth
Street in Immokalee will hold their session
at 6 p.m. Call for information at 239-377-
4200.
Parents and students at all the orienta-
tions will have the chance to meet with staff
to discuss course selections. The schools
will also have demonstrations by music and
art students.
To learn more, please contact the schools
directly.


New England school for coming fall


Immokalee High School (IHS) is proud
to announce that ninth grade student Dieu-
sica Dieujuste has been accepted to the
Governor's Academy in Massachusetts for
the 2010 fall school semester. Dieusica has
been awarded a full scholarship to attend
this prestigious boarding school.
For her acceptance, Dieusica took the
PSAT, had a personal interview, and com-
pleted a lengthy application. She has been
actively involved in both academic activities
and sports at IHS this year. She's a member of
the College Reach Out Program (CROP), the
Renaissance Club, BETA, and Scholars Club.
She is a member of the cross country and
track teams, the newly formed girls lacrosse
team, and the IHS Band Color Guard.
Dieusica received a letter from the Di-
rector of Admissions, Michael J. Kinnealey,
outlining reasons for her acceptance. "I am
so proud of you, Dieusica. More than most
students in this applicant pool, you have tak-
en advantage of every opportunity in your
school to improve, and we are the beneficia-


ries of your diligent and aspirational effort.
Your essay captured that transitional real-
ity beautifully, even poignantly." He further
states, "You have earned a place amongst a
bright, talented and ambitious collection of
students, and yet your enrollment will mark
the beginning of your journey of becoming
a leader."
Dieusica is the youngest of three children
of Madsene and Marie Dieujuste, coming to
the United States when she was just seven
years old. According to Migrant Resource
Teacher Mellony Tracey, "The progress she's
made with the English language and her
academics in this amount of time is remark-
able."
Dieusica says she is very excited of her
acceptance, but "nervous" too. Her family
plans to visit the Academy in April. Dieusica
says the hardest thing was for her parents "to
let me go, but they are proud of me now."
To learn more, please contact Mellony
Tracey at 239-377-1800.


RMCM program rallies


support for Education Grant


CHS Healthcare and Ronald McDonald
House Charities of Southwest Florida are
rallying supporters to vote for our Ronald
McDonald Care Mobile program to re-
ceive a $5,000 health care education grant.
It has been one week since Ronald McDon-
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Open Doors campaign. There is still time
for you to participate, the vote is open until
April 30. Please help us get the word out.
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I HOPE partnership feeds


hungry in Immokalee


By Rick Heers
Special to the Immokalee Bulletin
Eighty-eight cartons of dried food packets
put out by "Kids





Against Hunger"
arrived this week in
Immokalee thanks
to a cooperative re-
lationship between I
HOPE, one of its
sister Disaster Re-
covery Programs,
LASER (Lake And
Sumter Emer-
gency Relief), and
Morrison United
Methodist Church Rick Heers
of Leesburg. The
church paid for all the food products and or-
ganized a youth group who packaged all the
food for shipment to Immokalee.
Representatives from LASER heard Rick
Heers' plea for assistance for unemployed
farm workers in Immokalee last month at
a Florida VOAD meeting in Orlando, and
worked with the youth of Leesburg, who put
together over 3,000 packages of dried rice
and vegetables, each of which has 6 serv-
ings of nutritious meals. LASER delivered the
food to Immokalee this week, and a local


Pastor
meals.


Haitian Church-Fountain of Grace Church of
God, and a Hispanic Church-Peniel Mission,
that is regularly feeding 600-800 farm work-
ers each Friday.


Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Rick Heers
David Grove, Supervisor of I HOPE on
the left, and on the right is Pastor Wil-
son Joseph receiving a shipment of
9,500 meals.


Miguel LU LI Estrada of Peniel Mission LIIinLII the center, also receiving 9,500
Miguel Estrada of Peniel Mission in the center, also receiving 9,500


Little league club seeks photographer


Immokalee Little League is seeking pro- taviles@guadalupcenter.net; Treasu
posal to be submitted for a photographer Lori Garcia 239-935-9182, email: 1
for this year's season. Please submit your marhotmail.com; Equipment Mana
proposal to anyone of the board members mar@hotmail.com; Equipment Manai
below. Closing date is Tuesday, April 6. William Trevino, 239-357-3823 email: \
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Pets of the Week
Izzy is just 1 year old. She is a female Hound mix and loves to go for walks
and play fetch. Maggie is a 2 year old female Shepherd mix who loves to sit
with you. Maggie loves to be outside.
Adopt from Collier County Domestic Animal Services located in Naples at
7610 Davis Blvd. Please call 239-252-PETS (7387) or visit DAS online to find
a lost or adoptable pet at: www.collierpets.com and give these loving pets a
chance at a new home. Cats are $60 to adopt and dogs are $85.

Questions for school district leaders invited


The Superintendent and the School
Board Chair are currently welcoming view-
er e-mail questions for this week's eCon-
nection TV show taping. The e-mail ad-
dress: eConnection@collier.kl2.fl.us. On
the show, questions submitted by viewers
will be answered by Dr. Dennis L. Thomp-
son and Kathy Curatolo. Questions may
also be sent directly to the eConnection
show host, Jan Goldsmith, at janeducation-


tv@aol.com. First names only are used on
air. The eConnection show is on TV nightly
(Monday thru Saturday) at 9 p.m. on The
Education Channel, Comcast cable 99. The
show being taped this week will begin air-
ing on Monday, April 5. The current show,
on this week and next, features the Super-
intendent and School Board Member Pat
Carroll fielding viewer questions.


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Collier County earns reaccreditation of its parks


Collier County Parks and Recreation De-
partment has achieved reaccreditation by
the Commission for Accreditation of Park
and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).
Parks and Recreation is one of only 90
park and recreation agencies in the country
to currently hold national accreditation, and
the National Recreation and Park Associa-
tion (NRPA) announced Collier County's dis-
tinguished accomplishment on March 19 in
Washington D.C. at the organization's 2010
Legislative Forum.
"The process of reaccreditation is exten-
sive and to accomplish this, our team con-
tinually monitors our business and custom-
er processes to ensure we are meeting the


public's needs," said Collier County Parks
and Recreation Director Barry Williams.
"We invite residents and visitors to rediscov-
er our fantastic park system, where there is
something for everyone."
After completing the reaccreditation ap-
plication, Collier County developed a detailed
self-assessment, which was then followed
by a visit in December 2009 by a CAPRA-
appointed review team of experienced park
and recreation professionals. Finally, CAPRA
conducted a review of the Collier County's
scores and the Commission then formally
awarded reaccreditation to the department
on March 19.
Every five years, an accredited agency


must be thoroughly reviewed to ensure
continued compliance with accreditation
standards covering all areas of operation.
National accreditation requires park and
recreation agencies to respond to 144 stan-
dards representing elements of effective
and efficient operations. To become accred-
ited, agencies must fully meet 36 standards
deemed fundamental to a quality agency
and at least 92 of the remaining standards.
Collier County passed all 144 standards with
a perfect score.
The Commission is comprised of repre-
sentatives from the National Recreation and
Park Association, the American Academy for
Park and Recreation Administration, the Na-


tional Association of County Park and Recre-
ation Officials, the International City/County
Managers Association, American Associa-
tion for Physical Activity and Recreation, the
Armed Forces Recreation Society, and the
Council of State Executive Directors.
For additional information on park and
recreation agency accreditation, contact the
National Recreation and Park Association's
Accreditation Manager James O'Connor by
calling 703-858-2150. Media may also con-
tact Collier County Parks and Recreation
Regional Manager Shari Ferguson for inter-
views by calling 239-252-4030.


Exhibit focuses on



rural lifestyle history


Away from the tourists and crowds and
tucked away in forgotten rural landscapes,
are Floridians hanging on to vanishing life-
styles and livelihoods. They continue in ways
of life that are disappearing. At the Cross-
roads, a new exhibit at Immokalee Pioneer
Museum at Roberts Ranch, combines photo-
graphs and selected oral histories to help the
public learn more about the people, stories
and events that make up rural communities
in Florida.
The black and white photographs de-
pict people who still enjoy a simpler way
of life. These images offer a frame-by-frame
glimpse into the lives of those who weave
the past into the fabric of the future.
"Without the stories and documentary
photography, the personal perspectives
on historical events may be lost," said Eric
Dusenbery, photographer of At the Cross-
roads and executive director of Cinderic
Documentaries, Inc., a nonprofit organiza-
tion with a mission to preserve history and
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traditional culture of vanishing places and
lifestyles. "It's vital we document and record
the history of these rural areas, and the im-
portance of the subjects and their relation-
ship to the community before it's too late.
All too soon the opportunity will be lost for-
ever."
Dusenbery photographed people on
their front porches, in fishing boats, inside
their barns and other locations while listen-
ing to their stories.
"People tell their stories and explain how
things used to be," Dusenbery said. "It was
the 'good old days." Many people may have
forgotten the history along the banks of me-
andering rivers and streams, but not rural
folks who know every inlet and the secrets
hidden in palmetto swamps."
The exhibit will be featured at the
Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts
Ranch through March 31. For more informa-
tion, call 239-658-2466.


Courtesy photoNera Floyd
This photo of Vera Floyd on her front porch is part of the exhibit the Cross-
roads, at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch. The museum com-
bines many old photos of "rural life" with other historical backgrounds to edu-
cate visitors of life in rural communities.


Horse owners urged to vaccinate

animals for mosquito borne diseases


With the arrival of spring and warmer
weather, Florida Agriculture and Con-
sumer Services Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson today reminded horse owners to
get their animals vaccinated for mosquito
borne diseases.
The two principal equine diseases asso-
ciated with mosquitoes are Eastern Equine
Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus
(WNV), and the majority of cases of each
can be prevented with proper vaccinations,
according to animal health officials.
"The key is to make sure that a horse
has been vaccinated against these mosqui-
to-borne diseases and to check with your
veterinarian to determine whether an ani-
mal's booster shots are up to date," Bron-
son said.
So far this year, Florida has no equine
cases of EEE or WNV, but that can change
quickly as mosquito populations increase
significantly with the warmer weather and
can explode in areas with heavy rains and
standing water.
Humans, too, need to minimize their
contact with mosquitoes as mosquitoes
remain the largest carrier of diseases that


Sun N Fun announces

Spring Break hours

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon Water Park will open
up for Spring Break from Saturday, March 27
through Monday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. each day.
Relax right in your own back yard this
Spring Break at Sun-N-Fun Lagoon's family
friendly attractions. Plus, Collier County resi-
dents with a driver's license showing a Col-
lier County address receive a discount of $2
on entries for those 48 inches or taller!
With a Florida Driver's License showing
a Collier County address, you and your party
will receive $2 off any 48 inch or taller entry,
normally $12. Children three and under enter
free and those shorter than 48 inches are just
$5.50. Add sales tax to all fees listed above.
Group rates, seasonal passes and party pack-
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Toward that end, Bronson is recom-
mending that Floridians:
Remove standing water from their prop-
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kiddie pools, old tires, birdbaths and any
other receptacle that holds water.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants
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Harvest Fest Parade A fresh way to bring in Spring


Special to the Immokalee Bulletin/Joanne Loukonen
Little Jesse Loukonen doesn't look too happy about his "face art" at the Harvest
Fest held on March 20, but his brother, Johnny Loukonen is pleased to get to
hold a soft rabbit at the children's petting zoo at the event. -


Partnership and Splash


Fest get kids 'into the swim'


Immokalee Housing & Family Services
(IHFS) announced at the beginning of
Spring Break a partnership with YMCA of
the Palms (YMCA). The IHFS after school
program to children in the Eden Park area
- School's Out. The program takes place
Monday through Friday afternoons and dur-
ing school vacations at the Carl J. Kuehner
Community Center at Timber Ridge.
This spring break, YMCA has offered stu-
dents of the IHFS School's Out program the
opportunity to participate in Splash Week:
a program in which children learn about
water safety. As the warmer months arrive
many children will be closer to water haz-
ards. According to the US Consumer Prod-
uct Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) the
risk that children face in regard to drowning
not only occurs in a public swimming pools,
but also in inflatable backyard swimming
pools, bathtubs, and even buckets. IHFS is
dedicated to ensuring the safety of the chil-
dren in our community.
What began on March 29, has brought
nearly 50 children, ages 3-12, transporting


them to the Immokalee Sports Complex
(known locally as the "Immokalee Pool")
to take part in the Splash Week program.
YMCA is focusing on teaching basic swim-
ming skills intertwined with YMCA core val-
ues caring, honesty, respect and respon-
sibility. The program and transportation is
being provided by YMCA.
The families and children of Immokalee
Housing and Family Services are grateful for
the opportunity to partner with YMCA of the
Palms. Sheryl Soukup, executive director of
IHFS shared her enthusiasm about Splash
Week.
"We are so excited that YMCA of the Palms
was able to fund the program in Immokalee
this year. Our students participated in Splash
Week two years ago, and we still see them
proudly wearing their Splash Week t-shirts.
They regularly ask when they will be able to
go to the pool again, since it is a very special
and favorite activity for the schoolchildren at
IHFS," says Soukup.


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The Harvest Fest Queens Float included many of the Harvest Queens crowned
beginning with the first one in 1965 Grace Osceola Holdiness, Bernadette Star-
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Pam Lewis-Adams (1975), Toni Gibson (1984), Loretta Miller (1986), Jennifer
Whately-Rhoden(1992) and last queen, Lori Loukonen-Steele (1993). Immoka-
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