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Ellen Peterson's Memorial Celebrations

Ellen Peterson passed away on October 14, 2011. Her complete obituary was published on October 16, 2011. She wanted two going away celebrations to be held: one at her Happehatchee Center in Estero and one at Fisheating Creek in Palmdale.

The celebration to be held at Fisheating Creek in Palmdale will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2011 at 1:00 in the afternoon at the Fisheating Creek Outpost. Campground fees will be waived and light refreshments will be served. As a part of the celebration, in accordance with Ellen's wishes, we will paddle a short distance down Fisheating Creek to the huge bald cypress known as the Memorial Tree. Canoes and kayaks will be available to use, but please bring your own if you can. Please contact Paula House if you need any additional information at: [email protected]

The Happehatchee celebration will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 beginning at 3:00 in the afternoon at the Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Road, Estero. Plan to stay into the evening for food, frivolity, and friendship. In Ellen's own words this will be "a final bash (that's a funeral) …inviting any of my former Edison students, NOW partners, environmental activist cohorts, civil justice co-workers, marchers for the Immokalee tomato pickers, Fisheating Creek lovers, coal plant eliminators, and Everglades defenders…". If you would like to lend a hand to help with this celebration or if you need any additional information, please contact Ann Smith at: [email protected]

Published in The News-Press on Oct. 23, 2011
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