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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 26 – NOVEMBER 8, 2012 2012, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VI Issue #171 NEW SPA OPENS Shannon Snyder is shown above in her new “Driftwood Spa” which opened this week in the Glades Realty Building. She offers massage therapy and spa treatments that are suited for everyone from the “mother-to-be” to the “sore and tired anglers.” She uses only organic and all natural products, as well as offering a variety of body lotions, body scrubs, and skin care items for both men and women. For a full list of services, call Shannon at 695-0069 or visit her website at the following STONE CRAB SEASON Stone crab season is a family affair at Grimm’s Stone Crab Market with Logan (son of Josh & Kelly, grandson of Howie & Deanna and greatgrandson of Wanda) up to his elbows in stone crabs on opening day. Photos submitted by Helen Bryan who enjoyed a great dinner with Grimm’s stone crabs. Kathy Linder at the Chamber Welcome Center with large crab claw. Photo by Tod Dahlke Congratulations Coach Welch Everglades City School presented Coach Rebecca Welch (AKA Coach Welch) a plaque to celebrate her 100th season coaching. She was honored for her role as a teacher, mentor and friend. She was recognized for being an important part of Everglades City School, the community and the lives of all students for the past 33 years. The plaque presented cannot begin to show how much the community and this school appreciates Coach Welch’s contributions. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Living Gulf Coast p. 8 Events p. 3 FWC p. 8 School p. 5 Museum News p. 9 Glades Daze p. 7 Investments p. 9 Recipe p. 7 Florida Tales p.10 Books p. 7 Florida Flora p.10 Fishing p. 8 Obituary p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: “Presidents in Florida” p.9


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 26, 2012 email: PAGE 2 Nov 30: Historical Talk Dec 1: Swamp Heritage Festival, Big C Dec 2: FOF Dinner/Talk Dec 8: Art-in-the-Glades THRIFT SHOP: Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Fri, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20 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, 11 am to 5 pm (opening at 10 am beginning Nov. 1) SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Fri, 10/26 (10-11 am) Mon, 10/29 (10-11 am) November: Check hours on office door 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 OCT 21 Photographic Workshop 22 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm Literacy Night 23Kids’ Clinic 24Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 25 RAPPER 26 27Halloween Party see p.3 Early Voting Starts see p.3 28 full moon 29 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm Parent Workshop see p.5 30Kids’ Clinic see p.3 Meet & Greet Tim Nance see p.3 Halloween 31 Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am NOV1Spaghetti Dinner see p.3 2 3McLeod Park Clean-Up see p.3 Early Voting Ends see p.3 Clocks Change 4 5 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm Book Fair Week see p.5 ESHP Mtg see p.9 Booster Club see p.5 6 Kids’ Clinic see p.3 Gen. Election see p.3 Coletta Visit see p.3 City Council see p.3 7Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am FME Mtg see p.9 BigC ORVs see p.3 8Lions Club Depot, 5:30 pm RAPPER 9 10Pet Vet see p.3 11 12 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm new moon 13Kids’ Clinic see p.3 OFCD Mtg see p.3 14Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am 15Everglades Book Club see p .7 SAC see p.5 16 17 18 19 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 20Kids’ Clinic see p.3 Reach Out Mtg 21Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am Thanksgiving 22 RAPPER 23 24 OCTOBER / NOVEMBER 2012


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 26, 2012 email: PAGE 3 Meet & Greet Tim Nance, candidate for Collier County Commissioner, District 5, will hold a Meet & Greet for ECity area constituents on Tuesday, October 30, at the Seafood Depot from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with refreshments provided All are welcome! COLETTA VISIT Collier County Commissioner Jim Coletta will be in Everglades City for the last time as Commissioner on Tuesday, November 6, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at City Hall. To make an appointment, phone 252-8097. He has invited anyone who wishes to join him for dinner at the Seafood Depot following the City Council meeting. CITY COUNCIL The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 6, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall. If you would like to speak during Public Comments, sign up before the meeting. GENERAL ELECTION Early Voting will take place from October 27 through November 3, including Sunday, October 28, in City Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Bring a picture ID such as a driver’s license. Sample ballots are available at website on the "My Sample Ballot" web page. Make sure you read the sample ballot before you vote! It is very long. Besides the candidates from President down to lo cal judges, there are 12 amendments in obscure wording. You can read interpretations of these amendments at or in the Naples Daily News You should mark your sample ballot and bring it with you to the polling station so you can copy your answers quickly onto the real ballot. The General Election polling station is in the Community Center (behind the Fire Station) and open on Tuesday, November 6, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. WATER CHARGES You’ll notice on your next water bill that the minimum residential rate for ECity residents has increased to $18 for the first 3,000 gallons used ($19 for other urban service areas). Over that amount, it is $4 per 1,000 gallons and when you reach 10,000 gallons the incremental rate is $6. HALLOWE’EN PARTY Saturday, October 27 Come celebrate! There will be hot dogs, cold drinks, treats and prizes for the best costumes at McLeod Park. Watch out for little goblins in your neighborhood. Trick or Treat 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free Cookout 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Water Balloons 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Spaghetti Dinner Dr. Larry Biddle, a well-known nationwide motivational speaker, will be sharing his expertise in working together as a community to enhance our student’s educational experience. He assists students in working up to their full potential. Parents, staff and community members are invited to a spaghetti dinner on Thursday, November 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria at the School. Please RSVP by October 30 at 695-2561. McLeod Park Clean-up The Lions’ Club is sponsoring a clean-up of McLeod Park on Saturday, November 3, beginning at 10 a.m. Everyone invited! Run for the Orchids The Naples Orchid So ciety’s annual Fall Orchid Sale is scheduled for Saturday, November 3, from noon to 3:00 p.m. in the Baker Center Gym at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive, in Naples. Free admission. For more information, call 404-1916 or 262-0987 or visit BigC ORVs The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee will meet on Wednesday, November 7, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center, 33000 Tamiami Trail, in Ochopee from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. For information, phone 695-1107 or visit website at OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 10/09/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 10/10/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 10/11/12: Boat Sinking, Chokoloskee 10/13/12: Vehicle Fire, 65 Mile Marker I-75 10/13/12: Vehicle Accident, 66 Mile Marker I-75 10/14/12: Fire Alarm, Everglades City 10/14/12: Vehicle Accident, 66 Mile Marker I-75 10/14/12: Vehicle Accident, 65 Mile Marker I-75 10/15/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland 10/16/12: Vehicle Accident, US 41 and SR 92 10/16/12: Vehicle Accident, 65 Mile Marker I-75 10/16/12: Vehicle Accident, US 41 W of SR 29 10/17/12: Fire Alarm (mutual aide), Marco 10/18/12: Emergency Medical, Chokoloskee 10/21/12: Emergency Medical, 60 MM I-75 10/21/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Tuesday, November 13, at Port of the Islands at 4:00 p.m. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island is returning to 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, November 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McLeod Park. Residents may also take their pets to his office in Naples. For information, phone 777-PETS (7387) or visit Little Gator Clinic The free walk-in clinic for youngsters is now open on Tuesdays in October and November from 5 to 7 pm. There are no drugs on the premises but Dr. Barnard can write prescriptions. PANTHER FESTIVAL The 2nd annual Florida Panther Festival will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at North Collier Regional Park Free Admission. For more information, visit website or phone 353-8442, ext. 222. The MEDICAL CLOSET at the Thrift Shop has canes, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, to loan out. Stop by if you need something or p hone Helen at 695-3298.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 26, 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 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 OCTOBER 26, 2012 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 377-9800 or 695-2561 website: From Savannah’s Eyes Volleyball season is officially over and I am so proud of our Lady Gators this season! We did great, and I can't wait till next year to play again. Cheerleading and basketball are coming up soon and I am so excited! We have a new cheerleading coach this year; welcome Mrs. Jacque Wood! She helped out last year and was great. I would like to thank our principal, Mr. Spano, and vice principal, Mr. Ragusa, for coming to every game this volleyball season no matter if it was home or away! You guys are the best. This weekend is our Halloween dance that is sponsored by our Booster Club! This year the theme is going to be glowing and black lights. If you don't have a co stume, then you can't get in the party. This year I am going to be Sleeping Beauty and I am so excited to get my groove on at the dance! Can't wait!! Going to dance the night away! Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is in the 10th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. Tutoring Classes for Students Will teach almost any age and almost any subject, including photography and environmental science. Willing to barter. Contact Tom Andler at (561) 309-9463 for more information. Tutoring Classes Offered Tutoring Subjects: music theory, music history, world and American history, anthropology, geography, government, Spanish, French, English, writing, biology, chemistr y, Algebra I, Arithmetic. Music Lessons: violin, voice coaching, master classes. College counseling; specialization/major consulting, application essay editing. Lessons are private and will be customized to the needs of each client. For information and fees, e-mail Danielle Swisher at or call (239) 280-8971. Boys’ Basketball Assistant Coach position available to start immediately. Call Michele Wheeler at 377-9800. School Book Fair November 5 – 9 Come shop before or after school. There will also be an On-Line Book Fair if you can’t join us. EVG’s On-Line Fair offers the same rewards to EVG as the school fair. Please come out or shop on-line at to support EVG! Jean Murphy Originally from Wisconsin, Jean Murphy moved to South Florida at the age of 42 after her daughter graduated from high school. Jean grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where she worked for 35 years for a family-owned retail store that sold everything from hardware to groceries (and cheese, of course). In Naples Jean continued in retail for another seven years before becoming an office manager at the Duchess Condo in Marco. Jean started working in food service with a part-time position at Lely High School, then at Seagate before entering the Collier County Schools management training program. She was assigned to Golden Gate Elemen tary/Intermediate as Assistant Manager, then again at Lely High School before coming to Everglades City School in October of 2011. Healthy food choices are now being implemented natio nwide; and according to the auditors, Collier County has set the standards high for all of Florida, as well as the rest of the country! Jean's interests also include motorcycle riding which she has enjoyed since she was a teenager. We are fortunate to have Jean Murphy a part of our school and community. New Volunteer Program Three days a week volunteers circulate around the elementary classes with fruits and veggies for snacks. The students are encouraged to try new things and discover their likes and dislikes for healthy food. Boys’ Cross Country Team Thurs, November 1 FHSAA Class 1A District Finals TBA Girls’ Basketball Team Thurs, November 8 Preseason contests Tues, November 13 GCHS at 5:00 p.m. (HOME) District Title 1 Parent Workshop Monday, October 29, from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. Language development strategies for parents of elementary students. This workshop will help you work with your children at home so that they can do their best at school. Translations, refreshments and child care will be provided. Renewal of Tax Neutral Flexible Funding Collier County School District proposes to renew the 2008 voter approved referendum to allow the District the option to reduce the capital tax millage by .25 mills and increase the operating millage by .25 mills to maintain economic stability. This will not result in any increase to the taxpayer. IMPORTANT DATES Mon, Oct. 29: Parent Workshop, Cafeteria Thurs, Nov 1: Dinner & Speaker, Cafeteria Mon, Nov 5 Booster Club, 6:30 pm, Media Ctr Nov 5-9: Book Fair, Media Center Nov 21-23: Thanksgiving Break


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 26, 2012 email: PAGE 7 GLADES DAZE by Adela Padron-Butler My Buddy EJ Ernest Joseph is a big name for my precocious, little seven year old (going on sixty) nephew who, along with his brother (Joseph Ernest), pay homage to my dad's name albeit a bit scrambled. This dynamo of a child loves to spend time in the Everglades with us: Uncle Bill and Tia Adela. Not so much b ecause of the fishing and boating but because he has the run of the house, refrigerator, TVs and our time (he's the baby in a family of six). He is nerdy, preferring to engage in reading, drawing, educational programs and asking hundreds of intelligent questions in a day all in the comfort of air conditioning. Prior to the start of this school year, we were once again honored w ith his company for ten days and right away we knew it would be a different experience. Upon arrival, he bounded up the stairs lugging his essentials and bearing a partially toothless grin. He had grown in stature and sported a mop of hair that had evaded cutting all summer. He had a list of all the things he wanted to do during his stay including camping out. Camping out?!!! Uncle Bill got busy pulling gear out of storage in preparation for the adventure before us. All the commotion took place upstairs on our back screenedin porch safe from the elements and critters. The first night, he went into the tent which he had furnished with a mattress, bolster pillow, DVD player, cell phone, long life battery flashlight, books, food, drink and a cover. Around one in the morning I heard him come inside the house and found him sleeping in his bed the next day. I asked him what had happened and he said the fish jumping in the canal and the raccoons foraging for food had kept him awake. The next several nights were similar and he seemed more at ease about the whole ‘outdoor' concept. By the third night he was done with the idea of camping out and was ready to undertake the other items on his to-do list. He had proven to himself that he had the mettle to camp out like his sisters and brother had done before him. To be continued... Recipe for Good Eating Healthy Halloween Treat submitted by Patricia Huff Ingredients: 1 banana 1 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup oats (not instant) cup molasses 1 egg white cup raisins 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp baking soda Preheat oven to 350. Mash banana in a bowl. Slowly add flour and oats and mix well; then add egg white and molasses, stirring until everything is combined completely. Add the raisins, spices and baking soda, again mixing well. Scoop out a rounded spoonful of batter onto a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes 20-25 cookies. Every Halloween I try to find something “healthy” to give the goblins who come Trickor-Treating. I usually bake cookies and wrap up two in orange or black tissue paper with a similar color ribbon. Also add fruit which th ey enjoy. Have fun and Happy Halloween!! If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf – New Books Murder on O'Hollow's Eve and Other Short Stories by Danielle Swisher reviewed by Patricia Huff One of Everglades City School graduates has published her first book and working on several others. Danielle Swisher has dedicated th is book to three of her former teachers at our school who encouraged her efforts in creative writing. Creative is the key word. Danielle is very bright and has drawn upon her experiences of traveling in Europe after spending her junior year of college in France. Poetry is a part of these 21 short stories as well as stories of fishermen in the 10,000 is lands. There is a story for just about every reader. Her book is available at Amazon. I think you’ll enjoy this book and we’re proud of Danielle for using her talent in publishing this entertaining collection of her stories. Everglades Book Club The Everglades Book Club will hold their first meeting of this season on Thursday, November 15, at 9:30 a.m. at Sue Rogers’ home, 506 Collier Avenue, in Everglades City. The book to be discussed is "Mountains beyond Mountains" by Tracy Kidder ( see Rapper Book Review 4/16/10 ). For more info call Patty 695-2397 or Sue 695-9173. The new Book Club is welcoming new members. Please join us! HOUSEHOLD TIPS for Coffee Filters submitted by Helen Bryan 1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers. 2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling. 3. Protect China by separating your go od dishes with a coffee filter between each dish. 4. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter. 5. Protect a cast-iron skillet: Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust. More later on practical uses for coffee filters…..


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 26, 2012 email: PAGE 8 Fishing Report by Captain Bill Lindsay November is one of the best months to fish the Everglades. Water levels and temperatures both drop a little in the back country. Snook will feed all day long because 90 mid-day temperatures are a thing of the past. Redfishing was great all summer long and should remain so. Baby tarpon are still in the creeks that drain into the large ba ys in the back country. During a day of fishing there is a good chance of catching a large Black Drum, both in the back country and in the coves on the outside. Approaching cold fronts will push Cobia, Mackerel, Bluefish and Pompano into our area. It’s been a great year for Tripletail, and now that stone crab season is open there will be plenty of crab pot floats to check for them. Sometimes these unusual fish will not be on the surface. I know of severa l creative anglers who blind cast next to crab pots and do well. I have taken several of them casting jigs in Rabbit Key Grasses. When running from one area to another, look for Pompano “skipping” in your boat wake, stop and cast small jigs into the area. Capt. Bill Lindsay lives in Chokoloskee and has been fishing in the Everglades National Park for over 30 years. In 1992 he was Master Angler of the MET Tournament. Telephone 695-0314. FWC News Loggerhead sea turtle nesting was near a 24-year high along 250 miles of Florida beaches this y ear, according to data compiled by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers. The loggerhead is listed federally as a threatened species. In 2012, index beach surveyors counted 58,172 loggerhead nests, one of the highest counts since monitoring began in 1989. Nesting on these beaches peaked at 59,918 nests in 1998, and hit a low of 28,074 in 2007. High water levels have prompted the FWC to issue another executive order, temporarily re stricting public access to Holey Land and Rotenberger wildlife management areas. These same restrictions have been in place fo r the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA since Sept. 10. This action is necessary because high water forces area wildlife to take refuge on tree islands and levees, resulting in high levels of stress for these animals. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) Images of Clyde Butcher Followers of Clyde Butcher’s photography have asked for years if his wife Niki had any images of Clyde out in the swamp. Now she is sharing their adventures with others. To see her first collection of 19 images, visit their website Big Cypress Gallery is now offering Saturday and Private Swamp Walks. For information and reservations, email or call 695-2428. Also, Clyde's 2013 Calendar is still available with free shipping. They make great gifts. Go to the website to order or stop by the Gallery in Ochopee. 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) Purple Gallinule ( Porphyrio martinica ) Other names: blue peter, mud hen, pond chicken, bonnet-walker, purple swamphen (European species) / Status: FL = stable, IUCN = LC / Length: 14.2-14.6 in. (36-37 cm) / Wingspan: 21.7 in. (55 cm) / Weight: 7.3-10.2 oz (208-288 g) / Life span: to 22 years / Nests: in mainland SW Florida / Found: All Counties, near coast, mainland / Months found: JFmamjjaSOND (lower case indicates nesting season). Clearly related to the coot, common moorhen, and the recently imported European bird, purple swamp hen, the purple gallinule is a member of the rail family of birds. Other members of that family include the sora, clapper, and king rail. Although common throughout the state in the summer months, most of the northern birds head toward the Everglades and the southern end of the peninsula during the winter months, making it an intra-state migrant. Some of the best places to view this attractive bird are on the Anhinga Trail in the Everglades and throughout the numerous overgrown canals and marshes of Glades and Hendry counties. The purple gallinule is an inland and mainland species and is only rarely observed along the barrier islands of Florida. The species has an extensive range throughout Central and South Amer ica, where it can be found as far south as Argentina. The purple gallinule is one of the most colorful and beautiful of all the birds of Florida. Its rich, iridescent purple plumage contrasts with its bright, candy-corn colored beak. The purple gallinule is equipped with extremely large, bright yellow feet that allow it to forage atop lily pads and other floating vegetation. There it feeds primarily on seeds, leaves, insects, frogs, snails, spiders, and fish and has even been known to feed on the eggs of other marsh-nesting birds such as redwing blackbirds and ducks. Photo by Judd Patterson Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To find out more about the author and his books, visit RedSnook Tournament Catch-and-Release RedSnook Tournament will be held November 2-4 to benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. For more information, see or phone 403-4219. SAWFISH SIGHTINGS If you see a sawfish, please report it to: Online at www.flmnh.ufl. edu/fish/sharks/sawfish By phone: (352) 392-2360 or (352) 871-8230 By e-mail: sawf The smalltooth sawfish is a protected species.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 26, 2012 email: PAGE 9 LOCAL HISTORY by Marya Repko Presidents in Florida Just in time for the general election, here’s a new book about the influence of U.S. Presidents in Florida and our influence on them. The 2000 election wasn’t the only one decided by our state. In 1876 Florida held the balance when Republican Rutherford B. Hayes defeated Democrat Samuel Tilden amid allegations of corruption. In those days, voting was limited to white men although black men could vote at the Republican National Convention to help choose a candidate. The first “tourist” president in office was Chester A. Arthur who visited Jacksonville with a retinue of officials and reporters in 1883 for his health. He enjoyed fishing near Orlando but went back to Washington sunburned. Since then, other presidential visitors have included Teddy Roosevelt who made Pelican Island the first bird sanctuary in the country in 1903, William Howard Taft who travelled on the “overseas railway” to Key West in 1912, Calvin Coolidge who dedicated the Bok Tower in Lake Wales in 1929, and Herbert Hoover who visited the Collier-owned Useppa Island to fish. More recently, Harry S Truman is famous for his Little White House in Key West, the Kennedy family had a home in Palm Beach, Nixon had one on Key Biscayne, and George H. W. Bush fished in the Keys. Unfortunately, visits by Eisenhower, Truman, and Nixon to the Rod & Gun Club in ECity are not mentioned. This paperback by UCF teacher James C. Clark is good reading if you like snippets from history focused on a theme. The author has done thorough research to provide background and there are lots of old photos from the Florida State Archives. The book is available at the ECity branch of Collier County Public Library. ESHP News The next Board meeting of the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation is on Monday, November 5, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall. The agenda focuses on plans for the winter season. Everyone is welcome to contribute ideas and to attend the meeting. For info, phone 695-2905. MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS The new exhibit for the month of November in the Pauline Reeves Gallery will feature the metal sculptures of Byron M. Wood, titled “Contemporary & Traditional Metal Artwork of the Everglades .” The Friends of the Museum will sponsor a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, November 10, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Museum, 105 W. Broadway in Everglades City. Light refreshments will be served. Byron has spent hours kayaking with his wife in the waters of the Everglades, and the sights have inspired many of his creations. Each piece is sculpt ed directly on metal, using a combination of traditional forging or blacksmithing techniques and contemporary welding and metalworking techniques. It takes thousands of hammer and tool operations and continually working the metal until it reaches the final state the collector sees in the gallery. The rich colors, deep bronzes, cobalt blues, purples and brasses are the natural result of carefully applied extreme temperatures. The finish is then protected with a high quality lacquer. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no admission charge but donations are welcome. For information, phone 695-0008. The Friends of the Museum will have their next Board Meeting at the Museum on Wednesday, November 7, at 3:30 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. INVESTMENT INSIGHTS by Darcie Guerin, CFP Raymond James & Associates, Inc. “Friends and good manners will carry you where money won’t go.” Margaret Walker, American Poet, 1915-1998. “A slumber party with structure,” that’s how last week’s 18th Annual Women’s Advisor Symposium was described. Imagine 170 Type-A female advisors in one space; the energy was electric and the camaraderie is priceless. Here are a few take-aways from this meeting of the minds. Update: It may take years for meaningful improvement in U.S. labor market conditions. There was also concern around th e unintended consequences of the Fed’s quantitative easing policies (expanded money supply), in conjunction with hyper-easy money conditions (low interest rates). Pay yourself first : Women typically interrupt their careers for family, are less likely to enroll in employer’s retirement plans and on average women outlive men by 5.5 years. Counteract these factors by saving regularly. St art small and think big, it is never too late. Be Prepared: If faced with divorce or widowhoo d, you may need to manage your family’s finances at a moment’s notice. If you're already the financial manager, teach your partner so they're prepared in case of an emergency. Ask for help: Find a professional partner to help you lead a fuller, happier live. Investing is a valuable and powerful tool Stay focused and invest accordingly. Investing involves risk, and investors may incur a pr ofit or a loss. Views expressed are the current opinion of the author and subject to change without notice. Information obtained from outside sources believed to be reliable but accuracy is not guaranteed. C ertified 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. 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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 26, 2012 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “The Day before My Birthday” by Chester Keene Last week I was thinking back in time like I do most often. I lost my Father right after my birthday in 1962; he was 46 years old. He taught me a lot of things while alive. Taught me how to swim at a very early age, fish, and hu nt and be a mechanic. He had an auto repair shop when you could work on them before computers. Your eyes and ears were that. I tu rned wrenches for a while, then took up a different direction in work. He always said "Son it's a tough world out there, learn all you can". My mother, she had her hands full raising us 7 kids. She always made sure we had clean clothes to wear and never went to bed hungry; if you did, that was your fault. I missed very few meals. We all had a Boarding Hand reach around the table. She worked hard, first in a packing house sorting Gladiolus. She was raised during the depression and made sure we got an education, which she was not afforded at that time. She got us off to school and made sure we did our homework and our chores after school. She became a Mother at an early age; my Dad worked on Airplanes at the Carlstrom Field Airbase in Arcadia, FL during WWII. He also rabbit hunted for my Uncle who had a business shipping them to Chicago during the depression to make ends meet and caught Snakes for Ross Allen's Snake Farm. We never knew what we would have for supper because we raised or ha rvested most of our food. When you asked "Moma what's for supper" she would say “Poor Joe”. Now we call it mystery meat. Anyw ay, she overcome all this, too, because she was raised country a nd had lots of love and comfort of family. These are some of the traits she instilled in me and my siblings. I try not to dwell on it other than thinking of it because you can't go back except in your mind. I do have lots of fond memories; these are mine and can't be taken from me. I was watching the Sunset the day before my birthday; I looked up at my truck sitting in the driveway. What I saw was her sitting in the passenger’s seat, looking at me smiling and said “Let’s go for ride Son”. I still miss her and my Dad, so if your Parents are still here with you, love them like there is no tomorrow. Photo of My Mother, Ora Keene, in her younger days Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. New Online Service Collier County Library Cardholders can now reserve (up to 6) and renew DVDs online. Previously, online renewal was limited to printed materials, audiobooks, and music CDs. The exception for renewing any item is that if the item is already reserved by another cardholder, it cannot be renewed. Cardholders can log into their account using the "My Account" link on A "New Arrival" link lists the most recently released films, ma king it easy to access new titles.SHERIFF’S REPORT If you have any information con cerning criminal or suspicious activity please notify the Collier County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 252-9300 non-emergency or “911” for emergencies. COMMISSIONERS APPROVE FUNDS FOR MCLEOD COMMUNITY PARK The Board of County Commissioners, at its meeting on October 9, approved funds for the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department to assist Evergl ades City with necessary improvements at McLeod Community Park. This action was requested by Mayor Sammy Hamilton and moved forward by County Commissioner Jim Coletta, District 5, who was happy to request the funding from the BCC. Everglades City receives recr eational services from the county’s Parks and Recreation De partment, which also addresses the needs of the neighboring communities of Chokoloskee, Copeland, Plantation Island and Jerome. BCC approval of funding for McLeod Community Park will assist with additional safety surfacing under and around the established playground amenities. Join the Lions Club on Saturday, November 3 to help clean up the Park. FLORIDA FLORA Unknown Everglades Orchid (latin name ?) by Patricia Huff Our friend Bill Roth was fishing with my husband Steve a few weeks ago when they came across this miniature orchid. The flower bloom is the same size as the Everglades Orchid but the shape and color are different. I haven’t been able to officia lly identify this one so if you know what it is, email or call me at 695-2397.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area OCTOBER 26, 2012 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANT NEWS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 noon – 9 p.m. daily City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 10:00 pm; daily Everglades Scoop (695-0375): Re-opening TBA Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 5:00 pm; Mon 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; Tues Sunday $5 specials & 10% discount to locals Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun Thurs 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; Fri, Sat Havana Caf (695-2214): Re-opening Nov. 1 7:00 am – 3:00 pm; daily Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Continental breakfast, box lunches Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 11:00 am – 4:00 pm; Thurs thru Mon Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri, Sat Pizza Place and Sandwiches (821-9477): 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; daily (takeout) Rod & Gun (695-2101): 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Sunset Raw Bar & Grill: (next to Glades Haven Deli) 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; Fri-Sat-Sun Susie’s Station (719-0190): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily The Catch at Port of the Islands (239-394-3005, ext. 507, 1): 12 noon – 10 pm (Tues – Sun) Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am (call for hours); daily 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 Rewis’ boys fishing after dinner at Seafood Depot docks while enjoying a beautiful Everglades sunset. Photo by Katie Rewis OBITUARY Dr. Fleming Blackwell "Sonny" Cooley, 78, of Plantation, FL, died October 4, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ellen Rodriguez Cooley; his former wife, Carolyn Cooley; daughters Dana Cooley Schaefer, Jennifer Cooley McArdel, and Christine Cooley Montgomery; step-daughter, Catherine Rodriguez; and three grandchildren, Clint Schaefer, Ella Filler and Harrison Filler. Dr. Cooley was a Commander in the Navy, one of the first pediatric dentists in Broward County, and a great favorite of his many patients. He was an avid fisherman who was well known on Chokoloskee to his friends as "Sonny" or just "Doc". He first came to Chokoloskee in 1961 an d stayed at Parkway in the early years and later moved behind the Chokoloskee Post Office where he spent many happy years coming back and forth from the east coast of Florida. Services were private. Those wishing to make a donation can send a check to the "Everglades Community Church", P.O. Box 177, Everglades City, FL 34139. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV 10/26 Fri 12:47am 2.9 H 10/26 Fri 08:07am 0.3 L 10/26 Fri 01:38pm 2.8 H 10/26 Fri 08:20pm 0.6 L 10/27 Sat 01:16am 3.0 H 10/27 Sat 08:50am 0.2 L 10/27 Sat 02:19pm 2.8 H 10/27 Sat 09:01pm 0.7 L 10/28 Sun 01:43am 3.1 H 10/28 Sun 09:30am 0.1 L 10/28 Sun 02:54pm 2.8 H 10/28 Sun 09:38pm 0.8 L 10/29 Mon 02:10am 3.2 H 10/29 Mon 10:07am 0.0 L 10/29 Mon 03:27pm 2.8 H 10/29 Mon 10:14pm 0.8 L 10/30 Tue 02:37am 3.2 H 10/30 Tue 10:44am 0.0 L 10/30 Tue 04:01pm 2.7 H 10/30 Tue 10:46pm 0.9 L 10/31 Wed 03:03am 3.2 H 10/31 Wed 11:20am 0.0 L 10/31 Wed 04:38pm 2.7 H 10/31 Wed 11:17pm 0.9 L 11/01 Thu 03:29am 3.2 H 11/01 Thu 11:57am 0.0 L 11/01 Thu 05:21pm 2.6 H 11/01 Thu 11:46pm 1.0 L 11/02 Fri 03:55am 3.1 H 11/02 Fri 12:36pm 0.1 L 11/02 Fri 06:11pm 2.5 H 11/03 Sat 12:14am 1.0 L 11/03 Sat 04:25am 3.0 H 11/03 Sat 01:18pm 0.1 L 11/03 Sat 07:06pm 2.5 H 11/04 Sun 12:48am 1.0 L 11/04 Sun 04:02am 2.8 H 11/04 Sun 01:05pm 0.2 L 11/04 Sun 07:03pm 2.4 H 11/05 Mon 12:41am 1.1 L 11/05 Mon 04:55am 2.6 H 11/05 Mon 02:00pm 0.3 L 11/05 Mon 07:59pm 2.4 H 11/06 Tue 02:12am 1.1 L 11/06 Tue 06:37am 2.5 H 11/06 Tue 03:02pm 0.4 L 11/06 Tue 08:53pm 2.5 H 11/07 Wed 03:43am 1.0 L 11/07 Wed 08:27am 2.4 H 11/07 Wed 04:03pm 0.5 L 11/07 Wed 09:42pm 2.6 H 11/08 Thu 04:49am 0.8 L 11/08 Thu 09:48am 2.4 H 11/08 Thu 04:59pm 0.5 L 11/08 Thu 10:25pm 2.8 H EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and for storms


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