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25 ¢ The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 7 – December 20, 2012 2012, Snook Publications P O Box 617, Everglades City, FL, 34139 Volume VI Issue #174 PASTOR APPRECIATION DAY Chokoloskee Church of God celebrated Pastor Appreciation Day for Bishop Morris (who has served 17 years as Pastor) and Martha Dantin. Overseeing the Special Program wa s Assistant Pastor Lynnette Morris who was also recognized along with Youth Pastor Shannon Mitchell for their continual ministries. Retired Reverend Amos Browning gave a powerful Word from God ; Lynnette stated "We were blessed to have him." A delicious dinner was prepared by the Ladies; with special thanks to Betty Campbell, Gloria Holmes, and Crystal Potter for all their help and to Sister Dantin and Lisa Daffin for the beautiful flowers!! It was a great day for Pastor and Martha Dantin and all. Photo by Lisa DaffinHoliday Shopping Every year we encourage our readers to shop locally. Many small shops offer unique gifts (and gift certificates!). Individual arts and cr afts vendors will be at Art-in-the-Glades. Other ideas: Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center: books, t-shirts, pins, cards, souvenirs Camellia St. Grill: Everglades folk art Captain Doug’s: souvenirs, t-shirts. Chamber Welcome Center: t-shirts, books, souvenirs City Seafood: Gift shop, jewelry Clyde Butcher Gallery : books, prints, calendars, tree ornaments, t-shirts Driftwood Spa : hand-made soaps, body lotions, soy candles, and more Everglades Bait & Tackle: tackle Everglades Island Boat Tours: souvenirs Everglades National Park: books, video Everglades Nat’l Park Boat Tours: books, t-shirts, souvenirs Everglades Seafood Depot: jewelry Gator Express: souvenirs, t-shirts Glades Haven: fishing, wines, spices & hot sauces Indian Store at Fakahatchee Boardwalk: Indian crafts, clothing, cards Ivey House: books, art, t-shirts JT’s: books, cards, prints, gifts Jungle Erv’s Boardwalk: Gifts, souvenirs Museum of the Everglades: books, prints, cards, t-shirts, Trail memorabilia Oasis Visitor Center: books, t-shirts, pins, cards, souvenirs ORA: fishing, books Parkway: fishing Shealy’s Campground: souvenirs Smallwood Store: Indian crafts, books Thrift Shop: clothes, toys, books Win-Car Hardware: fishing, clothing, books, t-shirts, household goods Wooten’s: books, toys, souvenirsHoliday Events December 8 Art in the Glades, 10 am – 2 pm ----------------Museum Reception, 1-3 pm ------------------Christmas Boat Parade Meet in Barron River by Outward Bound by 5:30 p.m., boats to travel north, under bridge ending at Seafood Depot for live music. Everyone invited to participate. For info, (954) 892-9887 or (954) 560-7036 December 15 Christmas Parade Food, Fun & Fellowship – 5:00 pm Light Parade – 6:30 pm December 21 Mayor’s Luncheon, 11 am Santa’s Visit, Com. Ctr, 3:30 pm Lighting of the Tree, 5:30 pm CITY COUNCIL REPORT by Marya Repko Mayor Sammy Hamilton announced that the Mayor’s Luncheon will be held in City Hall at 11 a.m. with Santa arriving at the Community Center at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 21, and that the tree in front of City Hall will be decorated and lighted by the community at 5:30 p.m. To brighten us up for the holidays, the Mayor reported that the old globe street lights will be sanded and painted. One will be kept to make a mold for a reproduction so that even more can be installed. He also said that parts have been ordered for the new lights which have gone out. Kiddies and parents will be pleased that mulch will be laid in McLeod Park. The Mayor will be a VIP in the parade in Immokalee at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 8. TIDE TABLE RESTAURANTS If you have news, photos, announcements, or articles ... email mulletra pp er @g or phone 695-2397. CONTENTS Calendar p. 2 Airport p. 9 Events p. 3 Museum p. 9 School p. 5 Florida Tales p.10 Recipe p. 7 Sheriff’s Report p.10 Books p. 7 FWC p.10 Taxing p. 8 Florida Flora p.10 Gulf Coast p. 8 Obituaries p.11 TIDES & RESTAURANTS p.11 CLASSIFIED p.12 FEATURE: “CITY STUDENTS” p.9


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 7, 2012 email: PAGE 2 Jan 11: ESHP Movie Night Jan 12: Art-in-the-Glades Jan 19-20: Turkey Shoot Jan 19: Nike Missile Event Feb 2: Chok COG Winter Fest Feb 8-10: Seafood Festival Feb 16: Everglades Ultras Race Feb 19-23: MSD Festival THRIFT SHOP: Wed, Thurs, Sat, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm SKATING RINK: Fri, Sat, 7-10 pm DR DEMARTINO: Fri, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm LITTLE GATOR CLINIC: Dec 11, Dec 18 FOOD PANTRY: Sat, 8:30-10:30 am, Community Church AA: Wed, 5:00 pm, Community Church AL-ANON: Thurs, 12 noon, Community Church NA: Sat, 11:30 am, Community Center (Skating Rink) MUSEUM: Tues-Fri, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Sat, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm SMALLWOOD STORE & MUSEUM: Daily, 10 am to 5 pm SHERIFF AT CITY HALL: Mon, 12/10 (10-11 am) Fri, 12/14 (9:30 – 10:30 am) Tues, 12/18 (9:30 – 10:30 am) SHERIFF: 695-2007 CITY HALL: 695-3781 PUBLIC LIBRARY: 695-2511 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 695-3941 AIRPORT: 695-2778 FAKAHATCHEE: 695-4593 BIG CYPRESS: 695-2000 NATIONAL PARK: 695-3311 CURBSIDE TRASH PICKUP (FRIDGES, WASHING MACHINES, TVs): 252-2380 COLLIER COUNTY: 252-8999 SUN MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 2 Fakahatchee Dinner/Talk 3 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm ESHP Mtg Airport Advisory FME Luncheon 4City Council City Hall, 5:30 pm 5Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 6AlAnon RAPPER 7 BBQ Pork Dinner Everglades Community Church see p.3 8Art-in-the Glades -------------Museum Reception see p.9 -------------Christmas Boat Parade see p.1 9 Chokoloskee Church of God Hosting Marco COG see p.3 10 Hour of Prayer Holy Family Catholic Church 7 pm Library Book Sale OFCD Mtg see p.3 11Kids’ Clinic see p.3 Chamber Gen. Election see p.3 12Ladies Coffee Jan Brock’s Home 8 am Advent see p.3 new moon 13 Lions Club see p.3 1415Yard Sale see p.3 Pet Vet see p.3 Christmas Light Parade see p.1 16 Yard Sale see p.3 Chokoloskee Church of God Children’s Christmas Play see p.3 17 Hour of Prayer Everglades Community Church 7 pm 18Kids’ Clinic see p.3 ReachOut Mtg see p.3 School Holiday Concert see p.3 19Ladies Coffee Havana Caf 8 am Advent see p.3 20Everglades Book Club see p.3 RAPPER 21 Mayor’s Luncheon Santa’s Visit Com. Ctr. Lighting of the Tree see p.1 22 23 24 Hour of Prayer Copeland Baptist Church 7 pm 25Merry Christmas 26Ladies Coffee City Seafood 8 am 27full moon 28 29Pancake Fly-In 30 New Year’s Eve 31 Hour of Prayer Chokoloskee Church of God 7 pm JAN 1Happy New Year 2Ladies Coffee Island Caf 8 am 3RAPPER 4 5 DECEMBER 2012


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 7, 2012 email: PAGE 3 HOLIDAY MAIL POSTING DATES : Military Dec. 10: Priority and First Class Dec. 17: Express International – Europe Dec. 10: First Class Dec. 13: Priority Domestic Dec 14: Parcel Post Dec 20: First Class Dec 21: Priority Dec 22: Express Everglades Community Church BBQ Pork Sandwich Dinner Friday, December 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Pork & Beans, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad Adults $10 Children $5 Chokoloskee Church of God Chokoloskee COG will host Marco Island Church of God choir under the direction of Greg Barrett to present their Christmas Program at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 9. Everyone is welcome. Chokoloskee COG will present their annual Christmas play on Sunday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m. for the community. Please come and see the children starring in their play under the direction of Sister Hazel Mitchell. Everglades Library Book Sale During the week of December 10 our Library will hold its annual book sale. Chamber General Meeting Everglades Chamber of Commerce invites all businesses to attend its General Election Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11 at the Seafood Depot. Ballots to be completed and turned in by 4:00 p.m. at the Welcome Center the same day or bring to meeting by 6:30 p.m. LADIES COFFEE The annual Christmas Ladies Coffee at Jan Brock’s home will be held on December 12 in Ochopee. Please bring a dish and a “fun” $5 or less Christmas gift (wrapped). For info, call 695-2397. EVERGLADES COMMUNITY CHURCH Invites the Community to Advent Studies led by Pastor Bob Wallace "The Songs of Advent" Wednesday at noon Dec. 12 Angels' Song Dec. 19 Simeon's Song Lions Club The Lion’s Club will meet on Thursday, December 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Everglades Seafood Depot. The annual Turkey Shoot is scheduled for the weekend of January 19-20 If you are interested in becoming a member, contact Elaine Middelstaedt at 695-2879. YARD SALE 29 Plantation Pkwy Everglades City Vintage and modern rods & reels, nets, old lures, flies, tools, nautical, dishes, cut glass, bikes, old pictures, art, furniture and more. Saturday-Sunday, December 15-16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone 695-4288. Reach Out Meetings Reach Out, our neighb orhood charity, will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall. Next meeting is on December 18. Call Carol at 695-2277. School Holiday Concert Join the Everglades City students as they celebrate the holidays with a very special concert on Tuesday, December 18 Get in the holiday spirit by joining us for this entertaining event. The concert will be held in the Cafeteria at 6 p.m. Operation Santa Mail Local residents are able to “adopt” a needy family and fulfill a Dear Santa letter request. Those who wish to participate should contact Debra Mitchell at (239) 573-9638 or email her at, by Dec. 19 A Dear Santa letter will be provided and one or all of the items mentioned can be purchased and mailed to the child’s parent. Specific instructions will be provided with the Dear Santa letter to participants in Operation Santa Mail Everglades Book Club The Everglades Book Club will discuss “ Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel” by Helen Simonson at its 9:30 a.m. meeting on Thursday, December 20 at Linda Williams’ home on Dupont Island. Everyone is invited. =================================== OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL DISTRICT 11/20/12: Fire Alarm, Marco Island 11/21/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland 11/21/12: Emergency Med, 78 MM I-75 11/22/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland 11/22/12: Vehicle Accident, 76 MM I-75 11/23/12: Emergency Med Everglades City 11/23/12: Emergency Medical, Ochopee 11/23/12: Emergency Medical, Copeland 11/24/12: Vehicle Accident, 47 MM US 41 11/24/12: Emergency Med., Chokoloskee 11/24/12: Mulch Fire, Chokoloskee Island 11/25/12: Vehicle Accident, 68 MM I-75 11/29/12: Emerg. Med, Everglades City 11/30/12: Fire Alarm, Marco Island 11/30/12: Brush Fire, 76 MM I-75 11/30/12: Emergency Med, 63 MM I-75 12/01/12: CCSO Assist, Everglades City 12/01/12: Vehicle Fire, Copeland 12/02/12: Tree Fire, Plantation Island 12/02/12: Emergency Med, Chokoloskee 12/02/12: Emergency Med, Plantation 12/01/12: Good Intent, Everglades City 12/03/12: Fire Alarm, Everglades City 12/03/12: Emergency Med, Port of Islands Ochopee Fire Control District Advisory Board will meet Monday, December 10, at Port of the Islands at 4:00 p.m. DOCTOR’S CLINIC Dr. Kirk DeMartino of Marco Island will be in Everglades City to see patients on Fridays from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the clinic behind the Fire Station. He accepts Medicare and insurance. For info, call (239) 642-5552. MOBILE PET VET Dr. Lopez will visit on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 am to 1 pm at McLeod Park. If you want to pick up products, please order in advance by phone or website. Residents may also take their pets to his office in Naples. For information, phone 777-7387 or visit Little Gator Clinic Dr. Barnard is back and the free walk-in clinic for youngsters will be open on Tuesday, December 11 and December 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Big Cypress ORV NEWS New ORV Permit office hours at the Oasis Visitor Center: Thursday through Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (closed on Christmas Day). Contact the ORV Permit Office at 695-1205.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 7, 2012 email: PAGE 4 Daily Weekly Monthly Rentals River Wilderness WATERFRONT VILLAS FREE WI-FI SCREEN PORCH CANOES SWIMMING POOL BOAT RAMP DOCK OUTDOOR BBQ 210 Collier Ave. Everglades City, FL 34139 239-695-4499 Triad Seafood Market & Caf Daily 10:30 am – until Full Table Service Stone Crabs Shrimp Conch Crab Cakes Homemade Key Lime Pies Orlo & Pam Hilton (239) 695-2662 “On the River behind the School” Open Daily 9 am – 8 pm Located behind Right Choice Telephone 821-9477 ANTS-ROACHES TERMITES BED BUGS FLEAS-TICKS SPIDERS RODENTS


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 7, 2012 email: PAGE 5 SCHOOL NEWS Everglades City School phone: 3779800 website: From Savannah’s Eyes The cheerleaders have already started working on the homecoming routine for January. This year is going to be amazing; we have more stunts, dances, and other incredible things. I can't wait till homecoming! This past Thursday, my parents and I went up to Third Street Old Naples to go to the Winter Festival. When I got out of the car, it felt like I was walking in a winter wonderland, in real life! There were lights everywhere, music, snow, and even carriage riding with horses guiding the way. I actually thought I was in a movie or in a dream it was so magical! If you have never been, it is every Thursday night starting at 6:00 p.m. all the way till Christmas. Once you go, you'll want to go back; trust me! We’re already planni ng on going again. It's a great experience for people of all ages. Can't wait till January! Love, Savannah Savannah Oglesby is a student in the 10th grade at Everglades City School and a regular contributor to this paper. GREAT GATORS for November Pre-K Hannah Levingston, Briar Hamblin K Ida Jones, Max Collins 1st Katie Collins, Pallas Pike 2nd Mackenzie Gibson, Trey Bee Pennies for Pasta Olive Garden Pasta Party for the cl ass that raises the most money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Canned Food Drive Class with the most donations wins a Pizza Party Healthy Snack Program Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm Looking for volunteers to prepare fruits/vegetables in the cafeteria and distribute to the el ementary classrooms. Call Gina Gilmore at 377-9800 for more information. Donate While You Shop You can help support our school with your holiday or year-round shopping by logging onto when you want to shop. You will need to sign on with your email address and a password. Once you log on, list Everglades City School as your choice, then click on the store (amazon, target, etc.) and start shopping! A percentage will be sent to Everglades City Schools as a donation. AnnaYacono The Kindergarten class has a wonderful new teacher with lots of experience. Ms. Yacono has been a teacher in the Collier County School system for the past 29 years. Anna was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. During that time she did spend five years in Washington, D.C., returned to Bogota where she finished high school before she attended and graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois, w ith a degree in Elementary Education. She taught Pre-K in Dallas, Texas, before moving back to Wheaton to start her Masters’ in Early Childhood Education degree which she completed at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Anna lives in Marco Island has three grown children: Nick who owns 3 different businesses (one a paddleboard business with his fiance BreAnne), Christian who plays bass with the Sow-Flo band at Stevie Tomatoes (you may have also heard them at the Seaf ood Festival), and Rachael who is studying nursing at Edison Community College. Boys’ Basketball HOME Games Thurs, Dec 13 Community School JV 5 pm Fri, Dec 14 MICMS JV 5 pm, Varsity 6:30 pm Thurs, Dec 20 Oasis Charter JV 5 pm, Varsity 6:30 pm See website for full schedule of Away and Home Games Everglades City School Fall Scholastic Book Fair Thanks to the support of the entire school and community, our Scholastic Book Fair was a huge success. The result was record breaking books sales! We would like to thank the following who were instrumental in the daily operations: Nikki Ellison-Sylvest, Jan House, Jacque Wood, Mandi O’Connell and Rudy Oglesby. Everglades City School would like to extend a special thank you to all the wonderful people who sponsored the “class baskets” of books for the various teach ers and library. We are so appreciative for the donations fro m local businesses that enabled us to purchase all our “class ba skets” for the entire school! We had three levels of business sponsors; Gold Level – $100 donation or more, Silver Level $50 or more and a Bronze Level $20 or more. Your generosity will help build our literacy program! GOLD LEVEL SPONSOR SILVER LEVEL SPONSOR Everglades Private Airboa t Tours Grimm’s Seafood Snook Publications Wooten’s Everglades Airboat Island Caf Speedy’s Boat Tours Mr. & Mrs. Johnson BRONZE LEVEL SPONOR Captain Doug’s Everglades Tours Doug & Alma Jean House Totch’s Island Boat Tours Back Country Fishing Camellia Street Grill IMPORTANT DATES Tues, Dec. 18: Holiday Concert, 6 pm Dec. 19, 20, 21: Early Release Days, 12:48 pm Dec. 24 – Jan 4: Winter Brea k


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The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 7, 2012 email: PAGE 7 The Everglades Association is proud to partner with The National Park Service and Everglades National Park to present “ A Nike to Remember” Saturday, January 19, 4:30 p.m. An evening of information, education, food and drink. Private viewing of the recently acquired cold war era Nike Missile Call Patty Huff at 695-2397 for tickets and more information. Recipe for Good Eating Easy Spaghetti submitted by Patty Huff Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef (or beef/pork combination) 1 TBS olive oil Herbs to taste: sage, parsley, oregano 3 cups chopped spinach 1/3 cup bread crumbs (panko) 1 egg, lightly beaten 5 cloves of garlic, minced Salt and pepper to taste 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes 2 cups water 8 oz spaghetti (broken in half) 1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped Parmesan cheese Mix together: ground beef, 1 cup of chopped spinach, herbs, panko, egg, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1 tsp salt. Form into 30 small meatballs; heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet. Brown meatballs on all sides and transfer to plate. In the same pan, add the rest of the chopped garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, water, spaghetti, and tsp of salt. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and continue cooking on low heat until pasta is soft (about 10 minutes). Add meatballs and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes. Turn heat off and add rest of spinach and basil. Serve with grat ed Parmesan cheese. If you have a favorite re cipe to share, please phone or email us. Patty Huff Off the Shelf – Book Review "Emus Loose in Egmar, Big Stories from Small Towns" by Judy Muller reviewed by Patricia Huff As mentioned before, I enjoy non-fiction books and that I get a lot of my reading material ideas from listening to the radio driving to Naples. Last year I heard Judy Muller talk about her latest book “Emus Loose in Egma,” a story about small town newspapers and how in those communities, “journalism is not dead.” In fact, readership is thriving. As Ms. Muller notes, where else are you going to find out about the births, the deaths, and the local happenings around town. One editor is quoted as saying “the school is the hub of the community” which is what I believe in Everglades City. We have many visitors and tourists to the area who read our paper; however, the children and their families are what give this town its identity. Ms. Muller says “Without a paper, their paper, they feel disconnected from their neighbors. With a paper, they have a sense of their collective history, a continuity of shared experiences.” This is the satisfaction I get from publishing our little “ Mullet Rapper ” – that people feel a part of each other in our little community. Ms. Muller travels around the back roads of smal l-town America and tells about the life and times of various editors and publishers, the hardships, the commitment to truth, and the stories of America. For me, it was interesting reading. Youth Volunteers On Sunday, November 18, Youth Pastor Shannon Mitchell of Chokoloskee Church of God brought seven youth who volunteered to pack Thanksgiving Food Baskets at the Everglades Community Church and deliver the baskets to our community (total of 30 homes were visited). This is an annual Community Project headed up by Chris Ammerman along with other adult workers. The MEDICAL CLOSET at the Thrift Shop has canes, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, to loan out. Stop by if you need something or phone Helen at 695-3298.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 7, 2012 email: PAGE 8 TAXING THINGS by Mike the Tax Guy Depreciation and Amortization for the Fishing Industry Amortization The Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993 section 197 allows an amortization deduction of certain intangible property acquired for the production of income and is amortized over a 15-year period. The term “section 197 intangible” is defined to include “any license, permit, or other right granted by a governmental unit or any agency or instrumentality thereof.” Consequently, the definition of an amortizable intangible can be interpreted to include a limited entry fishing permit. Depreciable Life of a Fishing Vessel Water transportation equipment such as barges, tugs, and similar transportation equipment have a class life of 18 years and a MACRS recovery period of 10 years. Fish tender vessels and fish processing vessels are considered water transportation equipment and should also be depreciated ov er a period of 10 years. Fishing boats used in one's fishing trade or businesses are depreciated over 7 years. You can generally depreciate a net, pot, or trap in your fishing trade or business as 7 year property. However, if based on your own experience you determine that any of these items will not be used for more than one year in your business, you may be able to deduct the entire cost as a business expense. Depreciating Fishing Nets Fishing Nets are expected to last longer than the year they are placed into service; therefore, th ey are capital assets and require depreciation treatment. Fish Processing Equipment It has been the long standing position of the Internal Revenue Service that fish processing equi pment falls under the Asset Class 20.4 as food production and manufacturing equipment and should be depreciated over 7 years. Some taxpayers are erroneously treating these assets as "special handling devices," as described in Asset Class 20.5, and are depreciating them over 3 years. A taxpayer's reliance on the economic life of the assets corresponding to the 3-year recovery period is unsupported since recovery periods are statutorily defined by class lives and do not correspond to economi c lives. The fact that a taxpayer's fish processing equipment is species sp ecific does not justify a shorter recovery period. Special handling devices such as returnable pallets, palletized containers, boxes, baskets, carts and flaking trays used in a taxpayer's fish processing facility may be classified under Asset Class 20.5 and be depreciated over 3 years. For further information contact the Fishing Tax Center at HOUSEHOLD TIPS 1. Use staple remover to add things to your key chain. 2. Use nail polish to identify different keys. 3. Use a rubber band vertically around the center of an open paint can to wipe your brush on and avoid dripping. 4. Use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies. 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) Hooded Warbler ( Wilsonia citrina ) Other names: none / Status: FL = stable, IUCN = LC / Length: 5.1 in. (13 cm) / Wingspan: 7 in. (17 cm) / Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz (9-12 g) / Life span: to 8 years / Nests: in northern Florida and the Southeast U.S. / Found: All Counties, coastal, near coas t, mainland / Months found: jfMAmjjaSOnd (the birds are here only during the capitalized months). The name of this striking songbird is derived from the black cap, or hood, that encircles the bright yellow face of the male. Its coloring is exactly opposite the common yellowthroat, which sports an olive green cap and a black mask around the ey es. Finding one of these manic little birds in your binoculars, even for a brief moment, is a real treasure. The hooded warbler does not nest or stay very long in Florida, but uses it as a rest stop on its long journey across the Gulf of Mexico every spring and fall. The months it is found here can vary, depending on the onset of winter. The northern range of the hooded warbler is not as expansive as some warblers; it tends to stay within the boundaries of the great eastern hardwood forest from Pennsylvania to eastern Texas and north to the Ohio River Valley. Although its population dropped after the removal of most of this hardwood forest during the first wave of European settlement (1600-1900), this bird is returnin g in lockstep with the gradual return of the secondand third-growth forests. In southeastern Canada the hooded warbler is considered endangered, though numbers are increasing in that range as well. As it passes through Florida the hooded warbler feeds on weevils, fungus and bark beetles, and various flies. As is the case with all small songbirds, predation can occur from many sources. Birds such as the chuck-will’s-widow have been known to catch and eat the hooded warbler on the fly, and raptors such as merlins, Cooper’s hawks, and screech owls al so take their toll. In its South American wintering grounds, predation comes from a most unlikely creature, the ne otropical green frog. Its nests are raided by almost all of the smaller inhabitants of the hardwood forests, from opossums to crows to black rat snakes. Photo by Judd Patterson Author’s Note: There are more th an three dozen warblers, wrens and sparrows that will be passing through Southwest Florida during the next six weeks. Most are on their way to the Caribbean or Central and South America. For birders, fall means warblers. Charles Sobczak lives and writes on Sanibel Island. To find out more about the author and his books, visit


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 7, 2012 email: PAGE 9 Chuck Gretske of Wings Airtours recently arrived from Alaska and hosted the first fly-in pancake breakfast on Dec. 1. The next one is scheduled for December 29 Everyone is invited whether you fly in or arrive by land or sea to view the airplanes, chat with other aviation enthusiasts, and meet new friends; you will want to keep an eye on our schedule for this ever popular monthly event. Meanwhile, check out the AOPA website for some great aerial video in and around the Everglades and operations out of X01 by the AirCam contingent. AOPA LIVE THIS WEEK: LOW AND SLOW OVER THE EVERGLADES Join up in low-and-slow formation over the Everglades at an AirCam fly-in, and get an unmatched view of the "river of grass" from above. See the video (November 22) NEW BUSINESS There is a new cosmetologist in town located at the Barber Shop in the Right Choice Building. Maria is offering manicures, pedicures, facials, haircuts, colors and more. Maria will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stop by and visit Maria or call her for an appointment at (7860 443-7973. HIGHWAY CLEAN-UP The Ladies Coffee group and the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation join together every season to pick up the trash along CR-29 from one mile south of US-41 to the Everglades City bridge. Please help us keep this area clean. We work on Thursday and Friday mornings beginning around 8:30 a.m. If you are interested, call Pat Rinkevich at 695-4642. MUSEUM of the Everglades NEWS The current exhibit for the month of December in the Pauline Reeves Gallery features the art work of Inez Hudson, titled “Everglades – Near and Dear .” The Friends will sponsor a reception to meet the artist from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, at the Museum, 105 W. Broadway. Light refreshments will be served. Inez Hudson is a self-taught artist who draws inspiration from changes in the natural environment, capturing the vivid brilliance of color and atmosphere. She says she is greatly influenced by the art of Norman Rockwell, and her paintings are designed to tell a story or simply engage one with the attention to detail. Inez served two terms on the board of the Marco Island Center for the Arts, teaches oil painting, and was a founding member of the Artist Colony at the Esplanade on Marco Island. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Selected items from the Storter Collection Exhibit will be on display through January 2013 at the CCSO “CommUnity” Gallery in the Sheriff’s Office in Building J at the Government Center, 3319 Tamiami Trail East, in Naples. For more information, phone 252-0810. City Students Visit the Glades Seventh grade students from Gulf Stream School in Delray Beach enjoyed a field trip to Everglades City during the week of November 25. Bryan Cook, son-in-law of Peter and Nancy Schmidt, has been bringing his students here for several years. He says it is the best way to teach them about the Everglades, rather than sitting in a classroom. Staying at the Iv ey House, they spent two days kayaking in the Ten Thousand Islands, then bicycled to Chokoloskee to visit the historic Smallwood Store & Museum before enjoying “Gator 12-foot Subs” catered by Deborah Trujillo. Captain Doug’s donated favors to the group as well as Martha Daniels who donated her grandfather’s book “Totch” to the school’s library. In September the students received copies of the Chamber of Commerce’s Visito rs Guide in which they learned about the opportunities of exploring the Everglades. De borah Trujillo noted that the students were so very nice, polite and thanked her for such a nice lunch. She also said how very much they enjoyed and were impressed by our city, most had never seen anything like this, especially so close to the me tropolitan area. They were amazed at no traffic lights, no fast food, and safe cycling!


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 7, 2012 email: PAGE 10 Florida Tales “The Eagle Almost Landed” by Chester Keene I never played a game of golf and really didn't care. The terminology was of no interest to me. When I first came to work for the City, one of the first calls I received was about an argument that was starting to get out of hand at the 19th.Hole. I didn't even know this was the name of a high class watering hole at the end of the Golf Course. I arrived to find the Bartender outside waiting on my arrival. Back in the day we had to go through the back door or service entrance. Only the Detective in plain clothes could use the front entrance. The High End Hotels managers didn't want to alarm the guests and give them an impression something was wrong and perhaps give them a bad name. Anyhow, I met the Bartender and he pointed out the two “Altercators” at the end of the bar. Fist had not yet started to fly, but a lot of yelling was going on. I stepped in between them and asked, "what caused this"? On e of them said" an Eagle stole my Birdie". I asked "who owned the Bird"? Then, things quieted down to a low chuckle in the Ba r. Come to find out an Eagle which was nesting in a tall pine tree on the Fairway swooped down and picked up the golf ball that would have been a Birdie. They shook hands and I walked away shaking my head. Chester Keene is a retired law enforcement officer and Florida native. He retains the copyright to this article. S HERIFF’S REPORT On November 19 after 1:00 am a fishing boat docked at Chokoloskee Island Park Marina was burglarized. A canvas fishing tackle case and 3 fi shing rods and reels that were unsecured were removed from the boat. Boat owners are reminded that unsecured property le ft on your boat becomes an easy target for thieves to walk away with! Marina owners can also assist by reminding boat owners using their facilities to secure their property as well. Should you have any information concerning this theft please call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 252-9300. Help to dete r crime by always securing your personal property and remembering to report any suspicious activity immediately to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. A vehicle was broken into and items stolen on Saturday, November 24, between 2:55 and 3 p.m. The vehicle was parked alongside Burns Rd. In addition the Federal Park Service also reported that they have had vehicles burglarized on Nov. 22 and the morning of Nov. 24 in the parking areas of Kirby Storter and Oasis Visitor Station. Residents are reminded to make sure your vehicles are always locked and to never leave valuables in plain view and unattended. In addition, please be sure to report any suspicious persons or activity observed to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 252-9300 If you have any information con cerning criminal or suspicious activity please notify the Collier County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 252-9300 non-emergency or “911” for emergencies. FWC News FWC asking motorists to slow down During this holiday season, FWC is urging motorists to be extra vigilant when traveling through panther country. The major human-related cause of panther deaths is vehicles striking these large cats. FWC biologists attribute the majority of the documented panther deaths in 2012 to collisions with vehicles. By slowing down when you are driving along rural highways, especially where panther crossings are identified, you can help the Florida panther. People can assist the FWC by reporting sightings of an injured or dead panther by calling the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or #FWC or *FWC on a cell phone. Another option is texting (standard usage fees may apply). For more information on Florida panthers, go to Also, this is the most active time of year for Florida black bears as they stock up on calor ies for the coming winter. Though black bears don’t really need to put on pounds to survive the state’s usually mild winters, they behave as if they do – eating about three times as much as usual. FWC asks people to be extra diligent in securing food sources around their homes and businesses that can attract bears an d create problems. It is against the law to have food and attract ants out for bear s to access. And as bears are looking for food, the ea sier a food item is to get, the more likely it is that a bear will take advantage of it. Go to to learn more about living in bear country. For wildlife info and regulations, see Wildlife Alert Hotline: 888-404-FWCC (3922) FLORIDA FLORA Giant Yarey Palm (Copernicia fallaensis) by Patricia Huff The Copernicia fallaensis is considered rare in its native land of Cuba and endangered of being extinct, partly due to the lack of funds to preserve the remaining palms (less than 100 mature trees near the town of Falla for which the palm was named). The leaves are used for thatch and we aving and is the reason that the number of trees are harvested. It produces a huge, smooth, light gray trunk with enorm ous rounded leaves. This palm can reach as high as 67 feet and is majestic to view. Although it is similar to the Bailey and the Bismark palm with its blue green frond, the frond of the Fallaensis is not folded, henceforth the enormous size is evident. This Giant Yarey Palm is still considered to be most magnificent. This giant palm is slow growing but adapts well to a wide range of conditions in the tropics.


The MULLET RAPPER What’s Happening in the Everglades City Area DECEMBER 7, 2012 email: PAGE 11 RESTAURANTS Camellia Street Grill (695-2003): 12 noon – 9 p.m. daily City Seafood (695-4700): 6:00 am – 6:00 pm; daily Fish Market also open Everglades Seafood Depot (695-0075): 10:30 am 10:00 pm; daily Thanksgiving Dinner 10:30-3 pm Everglades Scoop (695-0375): 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Tues-Sun Gator Express (695-3937): 7:00 am – 7:00 pm; daily $5 specials & 10% discount to locals Glades Haven Deli (695-2091): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Havana Caf (695-2214): 7:00 am – 3:00 pm; daily 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Dinner Fri-Sat Island Caf (695-0003): 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; daily Ivey House (695-3299): 6:30 – 9:30 am; daily Continental breakfast, box lunches Joanie’s Blue Crab Caf (695-2682): 11:00 am – 4:00 pm; Thurs thru Mon Oyster House Restaurant (695-2073): 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun thru Thurs 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Fri, Sat Pizza Place and Sandwiches (821-9477): 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; daily (takeout) Rod & Gun (695-2101): 11:30 am 9:00 pm; daily Sunset Raw Bar & Grill: (next to Glades Haven Deli) 11:00 am to 11:00 pm; Fri-Sat-Sun Susie’s Station (695-2273): 11:00 am 5:00 pm; daily The Catch at Port of the Islands (239-394-3005, ext. 507, 1): 12 noon – 10 pm (Tues – Sun) now serving Sunday Brunch Triad Seafood (695-2662): 10:30 am (call for hours); daily Fish Market also open Right Choice Supermarket (695-4535): 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, Mon-Sat 10:00 am – 6:30 pm, Sun Grimm’s Stone Crab (695-3222): 8:00 am – 6:00 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 Paramedic Kelly Grimm conducted CPR (including choking classes) at Everglades Community Church on November 25 with approximately 20 persons attending. TIDES FOR BARRON RIVER Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W http://TIDESANDCURRENTS.NOAA.GOV OBITUARIES Phillip A. Lawry 60, passed away on December 1, 2012, in Arizona where he moved in September 2011, seeking the good life remembered. He was very happy to be back in the desert riding his new motorcycle. He had lived in Everglades City for many years where he was predeceased in 2008 by Carol Moseman, his wife of 25 years and the love of his life. Phill had an empathy with engines and was a qualified aircraft engineer. He always felt challenged to fix anything mechanical put before him. He was also a talented and enthusiastic cook, as well as an accomplished angler (although he was allergic to fish). Phill had a quirky sense of humor, was witty and well-read, and enjoyed surfing the net for snippets of esoteric information. He kept to himself but was a loyal friend to those privileged to know him. Our condolences to the family of Linda and Craig Williams whose father Joseph passed away at age 82 on November 27. There was a gathering of friends and family in Naples on December 1. A memorial service will be held in Michigan on December 27. Memorial contributions may be made to the Avow Hospice of Naples, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105. Online condolences may be shared at or for Craig and Linda at or at funeral home -------------------------------------------------------Also condolences to the family of Opal Calico who died peacefully in her home on Friday, November 30. Her daughter Arlene Gates with her husband Dave (Gator) are winter residents of Ochopee. Gator is one of the guitarists at Everglades Comm. Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Plaza, Da yton, OH 45404. THRIFT SHOP The Reach Out Thrift S hop, behind the fire station, is now open on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There are a lot of holiday decorations and gifts for those looking for something special. If you would like to volunteer, stop in or phone Helen at 695-3298. 12/07 Fri 04:10am 0.5 L 12/07 Fri 09:10am 2.1 H 12/07 Fri 04:01pm 0.5 L 12/07 Fri 09:24pm 2.7 H 12/08 Sat 05:11am 0.3 L 12/08 Sat 10:34am 2.1 H 12/08 Sat 05:01pm 0.6 L 12/08 Sat 10:08pm 2.8 H 12/09 Sun 06:06am 0.0 L 12/09 Sun 11:45am 2.2 H 12/09 Sun 05:57pm 0.7 L 12/09 Sun 10:52pm 3.0 H 12/10 Mon 06:58am -0.2 L 12/10 Mon 12:45pm 2.4 H 12/10 Mon 06:51pm 0.8 L 12/10 Mon 11:36pm 3.2 H 12/11 Tue 07:49am -0.4 L 12/11 Tue 01:37pm 2.5 H 12/11 Tue 07:43pm 0.8 L 12/12 Wed 12:21am 3.4 H 12/12 Wed 08:39am -0.6 L 12/12 Wed 02:25pm 2.5 H 12/12 Wed 08:34pm 0.8 L 12/13 Thu 01:05am 3.5 H 12/13 Thu 09:28am -0.7 L 12/13 Thu 03:12pm 2.5 H 12/13 Thu 09:24pm 0.7 L 12/14 Fri 01:52am 3.5 H 12/14 Fri 10:15am -0.7 L 12/14 Fri 03:58pm 2.5 H 12/14 Fri 10:13pm 0.7 L 12/15 Sat 02:41am 3.4 H 12/15 Sat 11:02am -0.6 L 12/15 Sat 04:44pm 2.5 H 12/15 Sat 11:04pm 0.6 L 12/16 Sun 03:35am 3.2 H 12/16 Sun 11:49am -0.4 L 12/16 Sun 05:30pm 2.5 H 12/16 Sun 11:57pm 0.6 L 12/17 Mon 04:38am 2.9 H 12/17 Mon 12:36pm -0.2 L 12/17 Mon 06:15pm 2.5 H 12/18 Tue 12:56am 0.5 L 12/18 Tue 05:48am 2.6 H 12/18 Tue 01:26pm 0.1 L 12/18 Tue 07:00pm 2.5 H 12/19 Wed 02:04am 0.5 L 12/19 Wed 07:02am 2.2 H 12/19 Wed 02:19pm 0.3 L 12/19 Wed 07:46pm 2.5 H 12/20 Thu 03:18am 0.4 L 12/20 Thu 08:21am 2.0 H 12/20 Thu 03:18pm 0.5 L 12/20 Thu 08:33pm 2.5 H EVERGLADES CITY Lat: 25.87N Long: 81.37W see for weather and for storms


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