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By MARK VIOLA Staff writer In a year when the 58th annual Florida Forest Festival honored the states rich history under the theme of Viva Florida Forestry, the festival was historical itself on several notes, from a visit by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the celebrated return of several fan favorite activities, all attended by one of the larger crowds in recent memory. Although weather is never on call, if organizers could have put in an order for this past weekend, there would have been no difference from what arrived, with clear days waking up to crisp mornings and warming to comfortable afternoons. As usual, the weeks activities kicked off Thursday evening with the Fabulous Fireworks Display at Perry-Foley Airport, the multi-colored pyrotechnical show drawing oohs and aahs from the crowds, whether they were seated on the tarmac or parked along the nearby roadways. The next morning, more than 200 local students converged on Forest Capital State Museum for the Heritage Day Field Trip, which returned this year after a brief sabbatical. There they watched as demonstrators gave a brief glimpse of how the early settlers lived in this area while lumberjacks provided a pair of thrilling shows and personnel from the Florida Forest Service talked about forest re safety, which was the original purpose of the festival when it rst began in 1956. The activities moved downtown that evening as the Helping Hands of the Shelter hosted its annual Strutt Your Mutt Dog Parade at the Grand Pavilion in Rosehead Park, with 33 dogs competing for a variety of awards, including biggest, smallest and best Show your school spirit!Head Coach Ryan Smith of the TCHS Bulldogs is asking Taylor County to paint the town orange and blue in order to prepare for the district championship game this Friday, Nov. 1. The team will take on Ft. White Friday at Dorsett Stadium with kick-off set for 7:30 p.m. This game will determine the Class 2A district champions and the winner will have home eld advantage for the playoffs The coach is asking all residents to hang their bulldog ags and put out yard signs. All businesses are encouraged to show their spirit by displaying their orange and blue in support of the Bulldogs. A spirit line will be formed at 5:45 p.m. at the south end zone in order to welcome the Bulldogs as they walk over from the school to Dorsett Stadium. All fans and family are invited to be in line with all noisemakers available.VFW hosts annual Veterans Breakfast SaturdayVeterans of Foreign Wars Post 9225 will host its annual Veterans Breakfast this Saturday, Nov. 2, from 7-9 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the American Legion building on North Center Street/Veterans Drive. All veterans and their families are invited to attend.Costume contest Thursday at Chamber of CommerceGet ready for a ghoulish good time Halloween night (Thursday, Oct. 31) at the annual Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Costume Contest & Pumpkin Carving Contest, from 5-7 p.m. The contests are free to enter and awards will be presented for best costume, scariest, best group costume and best recycled costume as well as for the best pumpkin carving. For more information on how to enter, please call the chamber at (850) 584-5366.Dont be SCARED!Its all about the SCAREfactor at two community Haunted Houses planned Halloween night (Thursday). A Haunted Trail will be held at 604 East Bay Street, opening at dusk. Admission is free and organizers will be accepting donations for the Taylor County Guardian Ad Litem program. The sixth annual Baileys Haunted Acre will open Thursday night and continue through Saturday, 8 p.m. until. The haunting attraction will be located off Houck Road (follow signs). Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 43www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayOctober 30, 2013 Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-6 Sports . ..................... A-8 Community . ............ A-10 Classieds . ............ A-11Weather Wednesday 85 55 Thursday83 58 News Forum Scott shook every hand, served sh at festivalPoliticians far and wide are known for kissing babies and shaking hands, but only in Perry at the Florida Forest Festival can the governor of the State of Florida spend part of his day serving meals as part of the Worlds Largest Free Fish Fry. And that is just what Gov. Rick Scott did Saturday, Oct. 26, becoming the rst sitting governor to attend and take part in the festival since Gov. Lawton Chiles in the 1990s. Scott arrived in Perry early Saturday morning to walk in the King Tree Parade, shaking hands and posing for photos with the people lining Jefferson Street. The governor and his entourage then headed to Forest Capital State Park for the rest of the festivities, greeting more festival-goers and stopping for additional photos. Following the invocation and ag raising, Scott took the stage to deliver a few words to crowd. Its great to be here, Scott said. Congratulations on a great parade. It was so good to meet everybody. I hope everybody enjoys all of the great food this afternoon. Its wonderful to be right here in Perry, a great part of our great State of Florida. Have a great event today. He then helped serve at the Worlds Largest Free Fish Fry, joining festival volunteers who lined up next to other celebrity servers including U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, State Rep. Halsey Beshears, State Sen. Bill Montford and Commissioner Pam Feagle. We were pleased that the governor was so well received as he walked through the parade and he took the time to talk to the people he passed, Festival Board Member Dawn Taylor said. Were especially pleased he spent the time to meet with the volunteers in the cook house before the sh fry and learned more about the history of our festival. For those who posed for photos taken by the governors staff, the pictures are available at: http://flgov.smugmug. com/GovernorRickScott/ October-2013/10-26-201358th-Annual-Forest/. Gov. Rick Scott walked the entire parade route Saturday, shaking hands and posing for photos all along the way. He then headed to Forest Capital along side local volunteers, politicians and representatives. Big smiles all around for 58th annual Florida Forest Festival The log rolling competition is always a highlight of the lumberjack show presented during the Florida Forest Festival--even if it means a wet dip into what was surely cold water given the low temperatures at night over the weekend. TCHS band director resigns mid-seasonPlease see page 7For the second time this school year, Taylor County High School (TCHS) is searching for a new band director. TCHS Principal Audie Ash conrmed Tuesday that Band Director John W. Gardner Jr. resigned last week. Gardner was hired in September after former band director, Stewart Schlazer, resigned just days before the start of the school year in August. As for Gardners resignation, Ash would not elaborate on the situation, stating only that the school is in the process of looking for a new band director, adding they were looking for someone who can t our school and t the students and improve our program. In the interim, the school will bring in a mentor director, a retired band director from Tallahassee to assist the band during the transition, he said. Hes a very accomplished band director, Ash said. Hes not interested in the position; he just cares about kids. The band is expected to perform at this Fridays home football game, when the Bulldogs will face Fort White for the district title, as well as during next weeks homecoming festivities. Ethan and Josh Williams were all smiles when selecting a prize at the carnival.(Photos by Susan H. Lincoln, Mark Viola and Meredyth Hope Hall ) (Photo by Mark Viola)
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A-3 Taco Times October 30, 2013 Everybody loves a... King Tree Parade King Tree Parade award winners will be Perry News-Herald.
By LORI WIGGINS Family & Consumer Sciences Agent III Halloween marks the beginning of a two-month season packed with parties and dessertsnow thats scary for anyone who is trying to manage his or her weight. Beyond the fun-size (and therefore calorie-controlled) candies of Halloween, several fall treats are big calorie bombs. Be on the lookout for these surprisingly high-cal foods, which can add up fast if you let your guard down.Pumpkin-avored baked goodsPumpkin itself is a healthful food. Plain pumpkin puree contains a dose of vitamin A and ber for a small amount of calories. But pair it with sugar, cream cheese frosting, shortening and butter and youve got a high-cal treat dressed in a healthy-looking orange outt. Restaurants and coffee shops are the biggest villains, promoting their pumpkin scones, mufns, donuts and breads, which can contain up to 630 calories per serving. Dont let low-fat versions trick your either; low-fat is not the same thing as low-calorie. Your best bet is to avoid all of these pumpkin treats, unless you look up the nutrition facts before you bite and decide that it can t into your day. TRICK: You can bake your own pumpkin treats using less sugar and fat, plus whole-grain goodness. Use a mini mufn tin to help with keep your portions in check and steer clear of these seasonal baked goods!Hot seasonal beveragesSometimes there is nothing more enjoyable than sipping a hot drink on a crisp fall day. Many coffee joints offer special seasonal beverages during the holidays. While plain coffee is low-cal, seasonal lattes and drinks contain a lot of sugar, and most boast a heavy dose of cream, too. A medium pumpkin spice latte with whole milk is 410 calories at Starbucks. As liquid calories do not aid in fullness or satiety, these calories probably are not worth it! TRICK: Order a small beverage and lighten the load by requesting fat free milk and holding any whipped topping. Freshly brewed chai tea can be a great alternative that is virtually calorie-free, but look out for blended drinks that often contain cream, syrups and lots of added sugar. Caramel apple anythingYes, its obvious. If you cover a healthy fruit with sugar, it becomes a less healthy choice. Simple caramel apples seem innocent, but they can pack 300 calories onto that little wooden stick. Pop extra sprinkles, candies or nuts onto the outside of the apple and itll amp the calorie level even further. Its also good practice to avoid caramel apple desserts and baked goods from most restaurants. Most dont even contain a single serving of fruit and more than their fair share of calories and fat. TRICK: Enjoy your apples by cutting them into wedges and dipping them into low fat caramel dip, fat free vanilla yogurt or peanut butter. Chocolate fun-size candies They may be teeny-tiny, but at an average of about 100 calories a pop, these popular fun-size treats can really add up! Sure theyre smaller than a full size bar and offer builtin portion control, but how often do you stop after just one? Its far too easy to eat four of ve little candies, thinking youre not doing much damage, but that can easily add up to 400 or 500 calories in a matter of minutes. The bars that hide the most calories are those that contain peanut butter, coconut, chocolate, caramel and nuts. TRICK: Start reading fun-size labels before throwing out the package so that youre not eating blindly; these calories do count. Figure out the best choice for you and stick with that particular treat. Fun-size peppermint patties, Twizzlers and Skittles have about half of the calories of the average chocolate bar but keep in mind these can still add up. A-4 Taco Times October 30, 2013 Living November vows planned Gary and Norma Holden announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Suzanne, to Robert Daniel Lee, the son of Jim and Anna Lee. The wedding will be Nov. 16, 2013. Family and friends are invited to attend. Watch out for sneaky, fall pleasures Touchton-MurphyMegan Touchton and Robert Murphy remind friends and relatives of their wedding Saturday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. in Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Perry. A reception will immediately follow at the Perry Elks Club. Wedding reminderJudge Lewis visits Perry to autograph new bookLeon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, a native of Taylor County, will be at the Book Mart on Friday, Nov. 1, to sign copies of his newest book, Delusional. The book, set in North Florida, is the third installment in his Ted Stevens Mystery Series. Stevens new client is a mental patient who is either a delusional, psychotic killer or an innocent man framed for the murder of his psychologist. Lewis rst penned Conict of Interest followed by Privileged Information. He is the son of the late Alma and James A. Lewis. Trick or Treat ?
A-6 Taco Times October 30, 2013 Religion 4 churches scheduled Fall Festivals Thursday, Oct. 31 New Home Baptist New Home Baptist Church will celebrate fall on Thursday with a hayride, bounce house, slide and games beginning at 6 p.m. Urging friends and neighbors to come for an evening of safe and free Christian fun, the church welcomes children, birth through sixth grade. Food, fun and fellowship are promised; the event concludes at 8 p.m. Lakeside BaptistLakeside Baptist Church reminds everyone to come and bring the children to its Fall Festival Thursday, Oct. 31, from 5-7 p.m. Games, food and fellowship are promised. San Pedro Baptist San Pedro Baptist Church will join the fun and celebrate fall with its second annual Chili Cook-Off also on Oct. 31.The event begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 8 with games for all ages promised. Northside invites all to City ParkPromising bounce houses, cotton candy, hot chocolate, popcorn and candy, Northside Church of God will hold a fall festival at City Park (across from the Chamber of Commerce) from 5-8 p.m. The event is free to all. Paul Jefferson MaloneyPaul Jefferson Maloney Jr., 77, of Steinhatchee, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Doctors Memorial Hospital in Perry. He was born Feb. 10, 1936, in Ormond Beach to parents, Paul and Julia (Tant) Maloney. A Christian, he was a member of the American Legion and was also very involved with his sons scouting activities. He was a plumbing apprentice instructor for 17 years. Survivors include: his wife of 55 years, Barbara (Reed) Maloney, Steinhatchee; two sons, Thomas Michael (Marianne) Maloney of New York and Patrick Reed (Kristen) Maloney of Orlando; eight grandchildren; one greatgrandchild; and one brotherin-law, Gerald Reed. No services planned. Joe P. Burns Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Obituaries Churches urge community participation Homecoming in SteinhatcheeFriendship Chapel of Steinhatchee will observe Homecoming this Sunday, Nov. 3, with special music provided. The church urges, Please come out and join us. World Day of Prayer observedThe First Bethlehem District will participate in the World Day of Prayer on Monday, Nov. 4. Locally, members of New Brooklyn Missionary Baptist Church will gather at 7 p.m. to pray for events in this county, state, country and world. We invite everybody to come and pray with us as we pray for the prosperity and peace of our nation and world, said organizers Lessie Dunnell and Joan Brooks along with the Rev. D. L. McBride, pastor.Three-day camp meetingPower of the Cross of Ministry is staging a three-day camp meeting at Lighthouse Revival Center Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The center is located at 808 Granger Drive. Services will be held at 7 nightly. The Rev. Dennis Nobles can be reached for additional information by calling 295-1449.
A-7 Taco Times October 30, 2013 Blanket distribution slated Thursday at senior center In anticipation of the forthcoming cold season, Rep. Halsey Beshears and Farm Share, a non-prot organization, dedicated to recovering, sorting, packing and distributing essential items to individuals in need, will host a blanket distribution at the Taylor Senior Citizen Center Thursday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. We were contacted by Farm Share and told they had a large quantity of blankets that they would like to distribute in some rural counties in District 7, Beshears said. We knew immediately that we wanted to be a part of this distribution effort. Farm Share is delighted to be working with Rep. Beshears to help provide warm blankets for seniors and families in need across North Florida, Farm Share Founder and President Patricia Robbins said. We want to encourage everyone to come by the Senior Center and pick up a blanket. We would especially like to see that the elderly, homeless, and less fortunate are able to receive an article that would provide warmth and individual protection, continued Rep. Beshears. The senior center is located at 800 West Ash St. in Perry. tail wagger. (Results of the Strutt Your Mutt will be included in Fridays Perry News-Herald.) Meanwhile, a veritable otilla of handmade pirate ships cruised around the courthouse square during the Kids Parade, with children--and their parents-taking this years marauding theme to heart, helping make the 2013 procession one of the longest yet. For more on the Kids Parade, including winners, please see page A-10. The pirate ships were followed by a eet of classic cars in the Gaslight Antique Car Parade, which honked their way through downtown before returning to Perry Square for a street dance. One of the years new events, the Kids Run, saw strong participation in its rst year as the race wound its way around downtown. The Grand Pavilion at Rosehead Park was the setting for scary stories, told by librarian Kim Pegg. The festivals big day kicked off with the return of the Great Race, a 5k run downtown. (Further coverage of both races will be included in subsequent editions.) The King Tree Parade was longer than it has been in some time and was welcomed by one of the largest crowds in years, lling the sidewalks of Jefferson Street from the Perry Womans Club to Old Dixie Highway. For more photos of the parade, please see page A-3. The longer-thanaverage parade kept people downtown for longer than usual, but soon enough Forest Capital State Park was lled with people, both locals and those from around the region. People go to the festival for a wide variety of reasons, from the free lunches given out by the Worlds Largest Free Fish Fry to the live entertainment on stage, from the saw and loader competitions to lumberjack shows, from shopping among the arts and crafts vendors to the classic car show. All were out in force Saturday afternoon, even one family who traveled to Perry, as they have done for the past several years, so their children could take part in the lumberjacks Kids Camp trying their hand at log-rolling. (For more coverage of Saturdays activities, please see page A-12.) In the end, countless hours of volunteer labor combined with a cooperative Mother Nature to provide everyone, regardless of their reason for attending, new memories to add to the festivals evergrowing traditions, which is writing its own chapter in the states even longer history book. FOREST FESTIVAL Continued from page 1Old traditions lead to new memories for thousands of festival attendees Looking for families with service members overseasThe Taylor County Veterans Services Ofce is asking for at least two families who have a service member serving overseas for the countys Veterans Day Ceremony. For more information, contact Joe Collins at 843-0815 or 584-4596. Representative Halsey Beshears, shown above with his daughter, State Senator Bill Montford and Gov. Rick Scott, will be distributing blankets at the Taylor County Senior Center Thursday.
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A-9 Taco Times October 30, 2013 Park dedication Saturday Steinhatchee Elementary School has announced its honor roll for the rst grading period of the 201314 school year: Kindergarten Daniel Blakney, Christopher Brigalia, Troy Charles, Chelsey Hooten, Curtis Kostenbauder, Corbitt McKinney, Spencer Murphy, Brooklyn Reed and Leslie Roberts. Summer Brigalia, Kylie Carr, Steven Loy, Rudra Patel, Camden Ramsdell and Damian Wright. William Boyington, Coltin Lambert, Connar Lambert, Luke Majors and Waylon Webb. Dakota Haston, Emily Lundy, Madison McMillan and Kale Schroeder. England and Desiree Wright. Chris Davis, Noah Francis, Braxton Knight, Brenna Land, Elijah Lynch, Rainey and Destiny Velasquez. Gavin Brown, Owen Dodd, Kade Dodd and Kaylee Overstreet Wade Roberts. Lincoln Clark, Evan Dodd, Paige Hires, Tripp Mitchell, Lindsey Webb and Braxton Wicker. Steinhatchee Elementary recognizes its honor roll students for rst 9-weeksStudents will a perfect attendance record at Steinhatchee Elementary School for the rst nine-weeks grading period were: Lambert, Connar Lambert, Rudra Patel and Damian Wright. and Elijah Lynch. and Baxton Wicker.Who had perfect attendance?
Junior pirates Set Sail to a Forest of Treasures in the 58th annual Florida Forest Festival Kids Parade Friday, Oct. 25. We selected the pirate theme to compliment the festivals theme Viva Florida Forests which ties into the states 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leons landing on Floridas east coast, Kids Parade Chair Tanya ONeal said. The parade was a family affair with participants including mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. Taylor Countys 2013 Distinguished Young Woman MaKenzie Cannon, along with Little King Hudson Harvey and Little Queen Kaylan Kirk joined Smokey Bear in leading off the parade. Joining them were forestry queens from the national, state and local level as well as local Boys Scout and Girl Scout troops. Hundreds gathered on the downtown square to watch the pint-size buccaneers walk around the block. Following the awards ceremony, children threw themselves into playing games that were set up in the back parking lot of the courthouse. Taylor County High School JROTC cadets helped man each game booth. Parade entry winners for the night were: Jolly Roger, Nathaniel Faglie. place, Bike of Treasure, River Arnold; second place, Ann & Mary Bonney Read The Pirate Queens, Brailynn and Trinity Omans; and A-10 Taco Times October 30, 2013 Community Set Sail to a Forest of Treasures (Left and above) Capt. Nathanial Faglie and crew (parents Ashley and Rachel Faglie) won the Please see page 13Pirates stormed the streets of downtown Perry, laying siege from brightly decorated tricycles and wagons. and Trinity Omans) placed second place award category. (Left) Children enjoyed a penny scramble at lot of the Taylor County Courthouse. JROTC cadets helped oversee the game booths.
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A-14 Taco Times October 30, 2013 Its a party! Parrotheads in Perry-dise members and the Taylor County Middle School Band kept one another company while awaiting their turns in the 58th annual Florida Forest Festival King Tree Parade Saturday. They passed the nearly two-hour-wait by dancing to Jimmy Buffett tunes, playing Limbo and cheering on participants as they rolled by. Local Parrotheads will keep the party rolling with a special th Wednesday social/meeting (Wednesday) at Old Mexico Restaurant. All members and interested persons are invited to attend. Local singer/songwriter Taylor Chafn will be performing a set at the gathering, which starts at 7 p.m.