Title: Immokalee bulletin
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Title: Immokalee bulletin
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LaBelle, FL
Publication Date: June 3, 2010
Copyright Date: 2010
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wash and yard sale Saturday, June
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Church, N. 15th Street across
from the post office. Proceeds
will help feed the homeless.
Primary election.
dates to remember
Registration Book Closing -
July 26; Early Voting -August
9-21; Election Day -August 24.

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SFWMVD ready for
rainy season..Pg. 3.

The School District of Collier
County invites the entire Immoka-
lee Community to be a part of the
planning process to build a new
facility on the site of the Bethune
Education Center. In doing so, it is
important to preserve the historic
nature of that building and site.
The district is seeking commu-
nity input and ideas. The planning
meeting will take place at 5 p.m.,
on Tuesday, June 8, in the cafete-
ria at Bethune located at 614 South
Fifth Street.
The following is an open mes-
sage to the Immokalee Commu-
nity from district Chief Operational
Officer Michele LaBute.
Dear Community Member,
As you know, the school district
has renovated and updated all of
the older schools in Immokalee
with the exception of the Bethune

Education Center. We're very excit-
ed that, despite the financial chal-
lenges we continue to face in these
difficult economic times, we have
been able to include the financing
for a project for Bethune in next
year's capital improvements bud-
get. This letter is to invite you, as a
member of the Immokalee Com-
munity, to be part of the planning
process for this project.
In the past, we have attempted
to repair and renovate the existing
Bethune Education Center build-
ing in order to continue to use the
site for our programs. As the facil-
ity is now approaching 60 years
old, it has become impossible
to renovate it to the educational,
health and safety standards we
have for all of our other schools.
Thus, our only recourse is to raze
the current building and build a

new facility on that site. In doing
so, it is important to us to preserve
the historic nature of that building
and site, including tribute to Mary
Bethune. We have some initial
thoughts on how to do this, but
are seeking community input and
We are hoping that you will
join us in a planning meeting, on
Tuesday, June 8, at 5 p.m., in the
cafeteria at Bethune. Our architec-
tural firm for this project, Schenkel
Shultz, will join us for that meeting
to hear your ideas.
Schenkel Shultz is also the firm
that designed the award winning
Immokalee Technical Center as
well as numerous other district
projects such as Gulf Coast and
Palmetto Ridge High Schools,
See BETHUNE Pagfe 2

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Serving Immokalee, Ave Maria and Eastern Collier County

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Vol. 43 No. 22




ARE YOU READY? According
to the National Hurricane Center,
this year could potentially be a very
busy season for hurricanes and
tropical storms. Take the time to
prepare early.
The Collier County Chapter
of the American Red Cross, the
Collier County Bureau of Emer-
gency Services, along with other
emergency service organizations
would like to help local residents
to be prepared. A presentation is
planned for Wednesday, June 23,
from 7 until 8 p.m. at the Parks and
Recreation Community Center, 321
North First Street, Immokalee. The
presentation will also host guest
p;iseente s finding acole eCoeun-
and the county Emergency Man-
agement Office.


WOmeH training

eVent Scheduled

Farmworker women, this event
is for you! This free event will pro-
vide great topics of information to
the farm worker women who has
desire to learn, succeed and share
knowledge with others. The train-
ing event will take place at RCMA
Charter School, 123 North Fourth
Street, Immokalee on Saturday,
June 5: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.- 1st Day
of Training; Sunday, June 6, 8:30
a.m.-2 p.m.- 2nd Day of Training.
See WOMEN Pagfe 2

Are you ready? Busy hurricane season predicted

Community invited to Bethune planning meeting

IWSD tap report

now available

The 2009 Quality on Tap Report has
been mailed to all of our customers. This
report shows the results of our water qual-
ity monitoring for the period from January
through December 2009. Additional cop-
ies will be available at the Eastern Col-
lier Chamber of Commerce, 1300 N. 15th
Street, Suite 2, Immokalee Branch Library,
at 417 North 1st Street, Lake Trafford Ma-
rina at 6001 Lake Trafford Road, and in
the IWSD office at 1020 Sanitation Road,
Immokalee. Copies are also available for
download from our website: (www.-iw-sd.
comn) in both English and Spanish.

Continued From Page 1

the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administra-
tive Center, and the current renovations on
Immokalee High School.
For your information, the Bethune Edu-
cation Center houses most of our Alterna-
tive School Programs in Immokalee, such
as Phoenix and New Beginnings. Because
of the condition of the main building, most
of these classes are currently meeting in

por th 1.ad Stt Prowla saondh F ral Pro
grams, including Title I and Migrant Educa-
tion. These offices were previously housed
at the former TLC Pre-K Center and are cur-
rently in rental space.
We look forward to this meeting as an
opportunity to hear about the features of
that site that are important to the commu-
nity and to brainstorm ways of preserving
the history of the Bethune site while pro-
viding a pleasant, safe, healthy educational
facility for our students and staff. We hope
that you will attend the meeting and invite
you to bring other community members
who wish to participate.

Free saltwater fishing weekend

*Flashlight and batteries
*Radio Battery operated and NOAA
weather radio

wit h Fxr ateyadcha trdd ona (o
cordless) telephone set. (If the power is out
a regular landlinee" telephone will still work
as long as the phone lines are operational.)
*Cash (with some small bills) and credit
cards Banks and ATMs may not be avail-
able for extended periods
Toys, books and games
Important documents in a waterproof
container or watertight resealable plastic
bag -- items such as insurance, medical re-
cords, bank account numbers, Social Secu-
rity car etc.
*Tools keep a set with you during the
*Pet care items such as proper identifi-
cation, immunization records, medications,
food and water for pets, a carrier or cage,
muzzle and leash.
In addition, when a storm threatens,
make sure all vehicles have full gas tanks.
After a storm, it may be some days before
you can buy gasoline again.


Continued From Pagfe 1

Topics of discussion will be Leadership, Cul-
ture/History, Women's Health, Self-esteem,
Team Work and Healthy Relationships.
Breakfast, lunch and daycare will be pro-
vided to participants free of charge!
There is limited space! You must call and
register before the training day!
Contact: Maria or Magdalena 239-657-
This non-profit event is sponsored by:
The Flonida Coalition Against Domestic Vio-
lence, The shelter for Abused Women &
Children and by The Farmworkers Associa-
tion of Florida, Inc.
Mily Treviffo is the Training Instructor,

June 3, 2010

The National Hurricane Center (NHC)
advises all Floridians to prepare for hurri-
cane season. Even those who live inland can
be hit by a hurricane, as residents learned in

200B4e ad 200orm threatens, each family
should have a hurricane plan.
*Discuss the type of hazards that could
affect your family. Know your home's vulner-
ability to storm surge, flooding and wind.
*Locate a safe room or the safest areas
in your home for each hurricane hazard. In
certain circumstances the safest areas may
not be your home but within your commu-

nt*Determine escape routes from your
home and places to meet. These should be
measured in tens of miles rather than hun-
dreds of miles.
*Have an out-of-state friend as a family
contact, so all your family members have a
single point of contact.
*Make a plan now for what to do with
your pets if you need to evacuate.
*Post emergency telephone numbers by
your phones and make sure your children
know how and when to call 911.
daCh ck your inlsuranceecdo erae flood
ers insurance.
*Stock non-perishable emergency sup-

A free saltwater fishing weekend will be
offered to help draw visitors to the beauti-
ful Sunshine State. Both residents and non-
residents in Florida can fish for saltwater
species around the state without a license
during the upcoming weekend of June 5
and 6, which is the first weekend after Flor-
ida's popular red snapper season opened
in the Gulf on June 1. All other fishing rules
"Florida is the fishing capital of the
world," Crist declared, "and our beaches
are clean, the fish are biting, and we invite
our friends to enjoy some Florida hospital-
"Gov. Crist's actions to offer free fishing
this weekend and next will do wonders for
our business communities that have been
suffering cancellations since the oil spill

started," FWC Chair Barreto said.
The FWC will continue to monitor all
of the potential impacts of the oil spill on
Florida's fish and wildlife and continue to
be involved with many aspects of the oil
spill response, Barreto added. In addition,
the FWC has consulted with key represen-
tatives from several fishing organizations
in Florida who are very concerned about
inaccurate public perceptions regarding
the condition of Florida's fisheries and the
state's marine environment. There has
been strong agreement from these stake-
holders that the fishing business in Florida
is "as usual" and that fishing remains a safe
and viable recreational and commercial
Go to MyFWC.com/Fishing to learn
about fishing regulations in Florida.

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Water management district ready for rainy season

rain falling across the District, May 2009 be-
came the wettest May on record, according
to District records dating back to 1932.
October 2009 was one of the driest Octo-
bers on record, with only 1.16 inches of rain
falling, compared to a historical average of
3.76 inches. After a dry start through most
of November, the 2009-2010 dry season saw
above-average rainfall. An average of 23.24
inches of rainfall fell across the District dur-
ing the 2009-2010 dry season through May
28, representing 127 percent or 4.99 inches
m ei tha dthde average fo ths ciepe r o
storm that dropped up to 15 inches of rain
in a 24-hour period on areas of the east
coast, representing a one-in-100O-year storm.
At a time when evaporation typically begins
to exceed rainfall, March and April instead
combined this year to produce nearly half of
the dry season total (11.29 inches), making
the two-month period the wettest March/
April on record for the District.
Flood control in South Florida is a shared
responsibility between the District, county
and city governments, local drainage dis-
tricts and residents. Residents can do their
par by:
Knowing whether they live next to a pri-
mary canal maintained by the District or a
secondary canal maintained by a municipal-
ity or drainage district
Making sure trees or other vegetation dO


Charles B. Hadley III, 64
IMMOKALEE -Charles B. Hadley III, 64, of
Immokalee, passed away unexpectedly at home
May 25, 2010.
Mr. Hadley was born in Miami, Fla., to the late
Charles B. Hadley II and Vera Ruth (Williams)
Hadley on Aug. 12, 1945. Charles enjoyed work-
ing as a ranch hand on a cattle ranch.
He is survived by sisters, Delila Foerman,
Gwen Rhodes, Karen and Rhoda, along with
many nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service was held Saturday, May
29, 2010, at the Family Prayer Center, Immokal-
ee, with Pastor Brone Flint officiating. Sign the
guest book at bristerfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were entrusted to Brister Funer-
al Home, Immokalee.

Weather Forecast

Weather forecast for Collier County from the National Weather Service
Local Forecast
Thursday: Partly sunny. A slight chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower
90s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.
Friday: Partly sunny with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s.
Chance of rain 20 percent.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.
Thursday: Partly sunny with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s. Light
winds becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Isolated showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid
70s. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Friday: Partly sunny with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 90s.
Friday night: Partly cloudy. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows
in the mid 70s.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower

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As a wetter-than-normal dry season of-
ficially comes to a close, the South Florida
Water Management District (SFWMD) is en-
couraging residents to prepare for the sum-
mer rainy season and hurricane season.
As part of its preparations, the District is
launching a new webpage with informa-
tion on the shared responsibilities of flood
control in South Florida and what residents,
businesses and local governments can do to
prepare for a storm. The District also held a
media briefing detailing operation of the re-
gional flood control system, preparations for
the rainy season and continual maintenance
to protect residents.
"South Florida's ever present water
management challenge is balancing flood
control, water supply and the health of the
natural system for 7.5 million residents," said
Tommy Strowd, SFWMD Deputy Executive
Director of Operations and Maintenance.
"While it is difficult to predict how the wet
season will unfold, a focus on smart strate-
gies, such as continual maintenance, will
help us meet the challenge.
Balancing the sometimes conflicting mis-
sions of flood control, water supply and envi-
ronmental protection is a daily challenge for
the SFWMD.
Structural maintenance and upgrades, ac-
complished primarily during the dry season,
are critical to ensuring that the regional flood
control system of 2,600 miles of canals and
levees operates at optimal capacity. During

the past five years, the District has invested
$240 million in essential maintenance work,
Hardening and overhauling pump sta-
tions; Overhauling gated spillways; Replac-
ing project culverts; Dredging canals ; Sta-
bilizing canal banks; Enhancing stormwater
treatment areas.
As the summer rainy season and hur-
ricane season approach, many canals and
lakes from Orlando to the Florida Keys are
lowered, creating additional capacity to store
stormwater and provide flood protection.
District crews also inspect many of the ap-
proximately 1,300 water control structures
and 64 pump stations.
South Florida's weather can transition
rapidly from drought to flood, especially dur-
ing hurricane season from June 1 through
November 30. For example, Tropical Storm
Fay brought an average of more than 7.5
inches of rain to the region over six days in
August 2008, causing flooding in areas that
just weeks before were parched from a two-
year rainfall deficit.
Challenges for water managers have
been highlighted by these recent weather
November 2008 throu h April 2009
marked the driest six-month period in South
Florida, according to District records dating
back to 1932.
In 2009, the sea-breeze cycle ushered in
the wet season in May. With 9.04 inches of

not encroach on canal maintenance right-of-
Reporting the location and condition
of any clogged or damaged facilities to the
proper authority.
Keeping ditches, swales, drainage grates
and retention lakes clear of debris, trash and
other discarded material.
More tips on how residents can prepare
for the rainy season are available on the Dis-
trict's new Rainy Season Readiness website.
For updates from the District in case of an
emergency, follow the District's Twitter feed:

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Students First

Immokalee High program

sets trends for young students

School Shorts

Summer school programs announced
The School District of Collier County is releasing information for its summer programs.
Elementary school students in the district who are struggling with reading may be eli-
gible to attend Summer Elementary School Intersession which will operate from 8 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Monday- Thursday, beginning Monday, June 28, and running through Thursday,
Aug. 5. District 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who have failed one or more core courses
may be eligible to attend Middle School Course Recovery which will operate from 8 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Monday- Thursday, beginning Monday, June 28, and running through Thursday,
Aug. 5. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Collier County Parks and Recreation
Department. Transportation will also be provided for summer programs as per State and
local policy.
Parents of eligible students will receive a letter from the school principal regarding the
location of the summer program and registration procedures.
To learn more, please contact your child's school.

IHS Chorus entertains crowd
The Immokalee High School Choir under the direction of Mrs. Rebecca Perez, gave
a wonderful evening of music to an appreciative crowd for its final performance of the
school year. This was the first time they have had a solo performance without other musi-
cal groups from the high school, and they showed themselves very capable of providing a
full concert. In addition, several choral solos were performed by Kathy Rojas, Nephthalie
Milfort, and Angie Viau. Musical selections by the chorus and soloists included "Bridge
Over Troubled Waters," "My Heart will Go On," "My Funny Valentine," and concluded with
a rousing "Grease Medley." Following the performance a number of special awards were
presented to select students.

Fall registration opens at Edison State College
Registration for Fall classes at Edison State College is open to all Degree-Seeking stu-
dents. Registration opens to the general public June 14. Edison State College officials en-
courage anyone interested in taking classes this fall to register as soon as possible because
classes will fill up quickly.
"We want to accommodate every student who chooses Edison State College," said Dr.
Steve Atkins, Vice President for Student and Academic Affairs. "Early enrollment allows us
to best prepare our professors and classrooms for the students."
In the past three years enrollment at Edison State College has grown more than 50-
percent, bringing total student enrollment to more than 21,000. ESC has been the fastest
growing state college in Florida for the past two years.
For more information about how to register for classes please visit www.edison.edu/
registrar. To request more information about classes at Edison State College, visit www.
Edison State College is Southwest Florida's largest, most established, most accessible
and most affordable school of higher education serving more than 20,000 students in 5
counties with campuses in Lee, Collier and Charlotte, and a center serving Hendry/Glades.
Many classes are available online at www.edison.edu.

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k e note
speakers this
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referring to

book, Oh,
/the Places
Or; You'll Go, in
Col0 e CouO her remarks.
Class of 2010, the places we will go will be
like none explored before. This is the end
to one chapter and the beginning of one
more." And may I add, hopefully a won-
derful chapter. On behalf of the School Dis-
trict of Collier County, I pass along heartfelt
congratulations to all of our grads -the
members of the Class of 2010! Have a hap-
py Graduation Day! And grads, don't forget
about Project Graduation, from 11 p.m.
tomorrow night through 4 a.m. Saturday
morning, at the Greater Naples YMCA on
Pine Ridge Road near Airport Road in Na-
ples. It's a safe, fun way to celebrate with
an all-night buffet, "laser battle," karaoke,
"money machine madness," pool-side car-
nival games, a rock wall, a DJ spinning the
tunes for dancing, and a bunch of other
great stuff. The district thanks the YMCA
for making Project Graduation happen,
and we congratulate the organizers on the
event's silver anniversary.

The Immokalee High School (IHS) Teen
Trendsetters Reading Mentors program
continues to be a success in its second
year. The program started last year with 30
IHS teens mentoring third grade students at
Highlands Elementary School. This school
year, 30 IHS teens (some new, some re-
turnees) once again provided service, this
time to Immokalee Community School
second grade students. The program has
garnered national recognition, including
a prestigious leadership award from Youth
Service America.
The program places Lead Teen Trend-
setters and an advisor from an area high
school working together with a neighbor-
ing elementary school. Approximately 15
teens are paired with 15 younger students.
The teens arrive at the elementary school
once a week for one-hour mentoring ses-
sions. Together, the students get to know
one another and spend valuable time read-

ing and enjoying other educational activi-
ties. There is an open enrollment for the
Mentor Teen Trendsetters volunteer pro-
gram due to students taking part in extra-
curricular activities throughout the school
To ensure quality mentoring sessions for
the elementary students, the high school
mentors receive instruction in a specialized
40-minute curriculum called Brainstorm
and are also provided leadership training.
In addition to the Brainstorm workbooks,
each participating elementary student may
receive as many as 27 Scholastic readers
throughout the year to add to their own
home library! The program provides all
materials, including the books and curricu-
lum, which was developed in partnership
with Scholastic, Inc.
To learn more, please contact Teen
Trendsetters sponsor Ada Campos at 239-



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Collier County District Schools
The song lyric goes, "It's a time for joy, a
time for tears, a time we'll treasure through
the years. We'll remember always, gradua-
tion day." And tomorrow IS graduation day
for more than 300 seniors graduating from
Immokalee High School and another 2,300
seniors graduating from other Collier Coun-
ty public high schools. As the song tells
us, it will be a special day: "When the ivy
walls are far behind, no matter where our
paths may wind. We'll remember always,
graduation day." Okay, so Immokalee High
School doesn't have ivy climbing its walls,
but our students and family members will
no doubt make great memories tomorrow
evening, and hopefully the students have
great memories of their days attending high
school here. The lyrics of the "Graduation
Day" song, recorded by the Four Freshmen
and Tommy Sands way back in the 1950's,
and sung by The Arbors and Beach Boys
in the 60's, speak to the sadness and hap-
piness of the day: "Though we leave in
sorrow, all the joys we've known, we can
face tomorrow knowing we'll never walk
alone." Seniors do face the unknown, a
real world existing outside the safe con-
fines of a high school, be it on a college
campus or in the workplace. But hopefully,
thanks to values instilled in them by fam-
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Gracie has finally found a home. The 19-
year-old thoroughbred came to Domestic
Animal Services in September 2009, after
being abandoned several months earlier
by her previous owner. A neighbor cared
for her in the interim, but eventually called
DAS when it became clear no one was re-
turning for the horse.
DAS staff and a host of dedicated volun-
teers have worked tirelessly over the past
eight months to attempt to place Gracie in
an appropriate home. As a racehorse, Gra-
cie had 37 starts between 1996 and 1998
rit no ns apa re flnm rnd (the
may have been in PMU service. "PMU" is
an acronym for "pregnant mare urine "
from which hormone replacement phar-
maceuticals are made. Gracie has some
lameness and cannot be ridden, which
made finding a new home for her espe-
cially challenging.
"We blanketed the horse rescue com-
munity so thoroughly with information
about Gracie that one day I did an Internet
search to find out more about her condi-
tion and the third or fourth hit was her fly-

er," said Shelter Operations Manager Nan
Gerhardt, who headed up the placement
Director Amanda Townsend suggested
to the Collier County Museum that Gracie
be considered for a living exhibit at Roberts
Ranch in Immokalee. Although the ongo-
ing expense and required care made that
idea unfeasible, the suggestion brought
Gracie to the attention of Roberts Ranch
Museum Manager Lee Mitchell, who has a
small farm and livestock of his own. Lee
visited DAS and fell for Gracie. She will
now reside on his 20 acres with four other
horses and some goats.
"We're thrilled Gracie has finally found
the permanent loving home she deserves,"
said DAS Director Amanda Townsend.
"That she will have other horses and live-
stock to live with is especially gratifying.
She is happiest when she has other ani-
mals around."
Each year, DAS takes in approximately
6,500 or more homeless animals.
For more information, contact Camden
Smith at 239-252-5326.

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Bromelia Apartments gets new owner
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low income elderly and handicapped. After construction updates and corrections, Bromelia
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Three Florida panther experts recently re-
ceived a conservation award from the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for their
work in managing the endangered species.
Darrell Land and Mark Lotz work on the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Com-
mission's (FWC) panther team, and Debo-
rhB Jnsen ehea sa np te panther program
have spent considerable time during their
careers to conserve Florida's state animal for
future generations. Part of this conservation
strategy was development of a plan to help
deal with interactions between people and
Land, the FWC's panther team leader,
wrote the original Panther Response Plan
and worked on various drafts before the final
plan was approved in 2007. Using a puma
management plan developed in the Western
United States, the current plan balances pub-
pc saf sty whil stiH prr etun ganr ndang rn
versity of Florida with his master's degree in
1985, Land has been involved with the state's
panther team.
"In the past decade, there has been a not-
ed increase in human-panther interactions in
South Florida," Land said. "This plan, created
in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wild-
life Service and the National Park Service,
ensures those interactions will be handled
efficiently to the benefit of both people and

The USFWS acknowledged that Jansen's
input into the plan development was crucial.
She received the award because of her expe-
rience in dealing effectively with human-pan-
ther interactions, which enhanced develop-
ment of the plan. She heads up the panther
capture team for Big Cypress, where she has
worked for the past 30 years for a variety of
agencies, such as the FWC and the National
Park Service. Her wildlife career began in Ev-
erglades National Park working with croco-
diles. Lotz's interest with panthers began as
a seasonal firefighter with the USFWS at the
Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. He
has been on the state's panther team since
1994. Lotz received the award because of
his work on the ground actually carrying out
the plan by responding to all human-panther
calls on both private and state lands. The

records of these reports aid in the updates
needed each year to the plan to assist in ad-
dressing public safety issues and protection
of Florida panthers.
The panther's numbers declined to ap-
proximately 30 cats by the early 1980s, but
efforts to conserve its dwindling population
began as early as 1958, when the state listed
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health and physical problems. A genetic-
restoration project in 1995 brought success
by improving the genetic health and vigor of
the panther population. Today, biologists es-
timate there are approximately 100 panthers
in South Florida. One of the biggest threats
today involves negative outcomes from hu-
man-panther interactions.
"The Florida Panther Response Plan is a
crucial tool for all of the partners in South
Florida to use to protect the panther popula-
tion from further danger," said Kipp Frohlich,
fTheh rbCsmperiledr ,eaieskSeedion ed
represents the solid partnership that exists
on the panther team across agencies. Flori-
da's panthers are in good hands."
For more information on Florida's state
animal, visit PantherNet at www.floridapan-

A thousand coupons have been donat-
ed to CCSO to help emphasize the impor-
tance of good decision-making, being kind
to others and doing the right thing.
Youth and Delinquency Services Divi-
sion Cmdr. Beth Jones said the coupons
are a great tool for deputies to approach
and develop relationships with youngsters
in Immokalee.
CCSO is also taking part in Operation
Chill where 7-Eleven has donated 2,000
free Slurpee coupons. These coupons are
being distributed to kids throughout Col-
lier County to help encourage and reward
positive behavior.

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His older brother, Ryan, is Armando's role Armando signed to play for Maryville. Ryan
model. Ryan is a 2007 graduate of Immoka- is a student at Baptist College of Florida and
lee High School and a good athlete. Sizing plans to go into the ministry. Ryan said he's
his older brother up athletically, ArmandoalysbedrvntpechHeicoi-
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size over his older brother. More important-
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been there for me." Ryan and Armando are the sons of Ar-
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devoted to youth, recreational and leisure
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organizations, schools and individuals can
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highlight exceptional occurrences in the lo-

cal sports community.
For an example of an Outstanding Play,
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Page, click on Immokalee, then select the
sports tab and go to ECCSN. Once on the
site, select "Sports Wire" and then click
on "Outstanding Play." You'll see seventh
grader Nate Jensen of Holy Rosary School
in Kenosha, WI making an incredible, full-
court basketball shot, which his mother
filmed from the bleachers.
For an example of an Outstanding Perfor-
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By Patty Brant
Immokalee Bulletin
Immokalee resident Armando Ayala, a
graduating senior at LaBelle High School, has
signed a letter of intent to play football next
year at Utica College in New York. He said
he opted to go to Utica College to broaden
his horizons. Armando expects to continue
playing the linebacker position there.
Armando attended Immokalee High
School for two years and finished at LaBelle.
According to Armando, football taught him
a good work ethic.

and wol lov t pla fobaabloa ter c ege
but will be studying physical therapy. In 20
years, he just wants to be a success at what-
ever he does.
His proudest accomplishment has been
to get accepted at college to go forth and
take on the next level.

Submitted photo
Brothers, Armando and Ryan Ayala

ta ir tietgetth Sumnm ehe to wi
be going off to college in separate di-
rections. Armando has just signed to
play football for Utica college in New
York in the fall.

Big Cypress National Preserve is seeking
people interested in assisting visitors in the
back country. These Back Country Volun-
teers will be trained in the use of Off-Road
Vehicles (ORV) and will travel along back
country trails that allow for ORV use assist-
ing and educating visitors as needed.
Volunteers will also perform minor trail
maintenance and identify major trail issues
that need to be addressed.
We are seeking applicants from the lo-
cal area that are willing to volunteer one or
two weekend days per month.
Candidates should be customer service
oriented, enjoy the outdoors, have a basic
understanding of back country travel and
be a good team player. Prior knowledge of
Big Cypress trails and ORVs is beneficial,
but not necessary. To become part of the
program, a short training commitment will
be required.

Volunteers will travel in teams while in
the back country using National Park Ser-
vice provided swamp buggies, ATVs, or
UTVs and will be required to wear a vol-
unteer uniform.
The goal of the program is to increase
the ability of the NPS to contact, assist and
educate visitors in the Preserve back coun-
try, assist with minor trail maintenance as
needed and aid in the monitoring of the
back country trail system.
Interested parties may find a more de-
tailed description of the program require-
ments at http://www.nps.... ... 1.i. , 'll'I-
p ortyourpark/b ackcountry-volunteer. htm
You may apply on-line for this volunteer
opp ortunity at: https://www.volunte er. gov/
gov/uiapply.cfm?ID= 10621
For more details call Park Rangers Iso-
bel Kalafarski at 239-695-4757 or MaryJo
Shreffler at 239-695-1117.

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