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The Santa Rosa press gazette
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Chest pain. It may mean nothing. But it may take ever ything. By AARON LITTLE 623-2120 alittle@srpressgazette.com According to Joy Tsubooka, Santa Rosa County public information of cer, damage assessment by state, Federal Emergency Management Administration and local teams has concluded. The estimated total number of residences affected by last weeks ooding was 782, with 212 of those receiving major damage, one destroyed and 34 inaccessible. Businesses affected totaled 51, with 32 receiving major damage and three inaccessible. Tsubooka said these numbers mean the county met state and federal damage thresholds for individual assistance for residents and businesses. The governor has done his part, she said, meaning Rick Scott submitted the application for a disaster declaration to the federal government, and now the county is waiting on the president to sign the declaration, thereby releasing funds for individual and business relief. On the community level, help is already coming together. We are trying to mobilize volunteers, said Kyle Holley, development director at United Way Santa Rosa. The biggest request we have right now is getting items out of peoples homes. Holley said United Way is getting the most requests from senior citizens who need help clearing their homes of damaged material. Another need Holley addressed was housing. The apparent need is for those displaced by the ood, but work crews will need a place to stay as well, he said. This will place a big burden on hotels, he said. Holley said once the federal government passes a declaration of disaster for Santa Rosa County, FEMA will meet 75 percent of the total monetary need presented, and the county will be responsible for Society ............................................. A2 Opinion ........................................... A4 Lifestyle ........................................... B1 Sports ............................................... B2 Diversions ........................................ B4 Classi eds ........................................ B6 TABLE OF CONTENTS Volume 106 Issue 37 Jim Fletcher Publisher 623-2120 news@srpressgazette.com By PAMELA HOLT 623-2120 | @pamelaholtpg pholt@srpressgazette.com As most Santa Rosa residents know, Milton Cemetery has graves of people who lived in Milton long ago, many who made history, and some who made Santa Rosa County their home, reared a family and were laid to rest. However, located in two plots of the cemetery are tiny graves Bill Bledsoe, caretaker of the cemetery, calls Babyland. Bledsoe said the infants buried within the plot were either stillborn or had very short lives. Some were babies of military families, only in the area for a short time. More recent inhabitants of the plot were babies who were stillborn and abandoned. Bledsoe said the saddest situation to him is some babies only lived a day or so because the mother was on drugs. When mothers abandon their dead baby, the hospital sends the body to the funeral home, he said. They ask me to bury them, and I donate the plot. My heart goes out to the babies. I cannot imagine people abandoning life. There are no decorations celebrating the lives, no permanent headstones. Weve had parents return throughout the years. About a month or so ago, we had a couple who live in the Northwest come, looking for their babys grave. They sent money once they got home to clean up the area, Bledsoe said. He said volunteers to keep up the cemetery are few and far between. We need people who care about the cemetery to give an hour a week. Just an hour and it would make all the difference in the world and have a beautiful, historic resting place. The City of Milton does not own the cemetery, Bledsoe said. Its a private cemetery, and he said there is no money to hire a regular groundskeeper. We need help. By AARON LITTLE 623-2120 alittle@srpressgazette.com Construction crews will be busy this summer after the county nishes clearing debris and concrete from the future site of the Bagdad Mill Site Park, said Vernon Compton, project director at The Longleaf Alliance. Compton said one of the rst things going into the park is a multi-use trail and parking lot. Ultimately, he said, visitors can look forward to picnic tables, a shing pier, a boat dock, a dog park and interpretive signs explaining signi cant points of history in the park as well as noting local wildlife. Compton said the Bagdad Waterfronts Florida Partnership has put a tremendous amount of volunteer hours into the park and helped to raise money to see the park realize its potential. The parks opening will be a milestone six years in the making, from when the Partnership rst worked with Santa Rosa County and a landscape architect in 2008 to incorporate community input into a plan for the park. The ood: the hurt and the help SHERIFFS REPORT A7 BY THE NUMBERS Many homes and businesses were damaged by last weeks ooding. Residences affected: 782 Major damage: 212 Destroyed: 1 Inaccessible: 34 Businesses affected: 51 Major damage: 32 Inaccessible: 3 WAVE MAKERS ON THE BLACKWATER RIVER SOCIAL SANTA ROSA PHOTO Camden McCarthy of Milton, 18 months old, waves at Jet Skis and boats while playing at Russell Harbor Landing last weekend with her family. See more Social Santa Rosa photos on Page B1 Bagdad Mill Site Park closer to completion Milton historic cemetery seeking volunteers for upkeep 75 cents Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Gazette Santa Rosas Press Find breaking news at www.srpressgazette.com Tweet us @srpressgazette and like us on facebook.com SOCIAL SANTA ROSA PHOTOS PAGE B1 See FLOOD A8 .86 seconds faster than No. 2 By AARON LITTLE 623-2120 alittle@srpressgazette.com Hometown racing champion Chris Escobar did it again at the True Street drag racing event at the Maryland International Raceway in Mechanicsville on Saturday, averaging 8.042 seconds in three passes. Chris Escobars determination wins Maryland SPECIAL TO THE PRESS GAZETTE See ESCOBAR A8

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Society A2 | Santa Rosas Press Gazette Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Elected OFFICIALS COUNTY GO VERNMENT COUNTY COMMISSION District 1: Vacant District 2: Bob Cole, 8651 Riverstone Road, Milton, FL 32583; phone 983-1877. Email is commcole@santarosa..gov District 3: Don Salter, 6000 Chumuckla Highway, Pace, FL 32571; phone 983-1877. Email is commsalter@santarosa..gov District 4: Jim Melvin, 6495 Caroline St., Milton, FL; phone 983-1877. Email is comm-melvin@santa rosa..gov District 5: Lane Lynchard, 6495 Caroline St., Milton, FL 32570; phone 983-1877. Email is commlynchard@santarosa..gov The Santa Rosa County Commission meets at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays. The leaders meet in committee at 9 a.m. Mondays preceding the Thursday meetings. Meetings are held in commission chambers of the Administrative Complex on U.S. 90. Phone 983-1877 for information or to reach their of ces. SANTA ROSA COUNTY SHERIFF Wendell Hall, 5755 E. Milton Road, Milton, FL 32588; phone 983-1100. Email is whall@srso.net SANTA ROSA COUNTY CLERK OF COURTS Donald Spencer, P.O. Box 472, Milton, FL 32572; phone 983-1973. Email is santacourtfeed@chjn.net SANTA ROSA COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR Stan C. Nichols, 6495 Caroline St., Suite E, Milton, FL 32570; phone 983-1800. Email is snichols@srctc. com SANTA ROSA COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER Greg Brown, 6495 Caroline St., Milton, FL 32570; phone 983-1880. Email is info@srcpa.org SANTA ROSA COUNTY ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR Tappie Villane, 6495 Caroline St., Milton, FL 32570; phone 983-1900. Email is villane@santa rosa..gov S T A TE G O VERNMENT Rep. Doug Broxson: 5988 Hwy 90, Pensacola State College, Milton Campus, Building 4000, Room 4013, Milton, FL 32583, phone 626-3113. Email is Doug.Broxson@myoridahouse.gov Sen. Greg Evers: 209 E. Zaragoza St., Pensaco la, FL 32502, phone 595-0213. Email is Evers.Greg. web@senate.gov Gov. Rick Scott: PLO5 The Capitol, 400 S. Mon roe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399; phone 488-7146. Email is _governor@myorida.com F EDER AL G O VERNMENT HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Rep. Jeff Miller: 336 Cannon House Ofce Building, Washington, D.C. 20515; local phone is 479-1183; D.C. Ofce phone (202) 225-4136. Pen sacola ofce address: 4300 Bayou Blvd., Suite 13, Pensacola, FL 32503. Toll free number is 866-3671614. Website: http://jeffmiller.house.gov SENATE Sen. Marco Rubio: 284 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; phone 850-433-2603. Website: www.rubio. senate.gov Sen. Bill Nelson: Room 571, Hart Sen ate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; phone 202-224-5274; fax 202-224-8022. Website: http://billnelson.senate.gov WHITE HOUSE President Barack Obama: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500; phone 202-456-1414. Email is president@white house.gov Vice President Joe Biden: Office of the Vice President, White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20500; phone 202-456-1414. SC H OOL G O VERNMENT SCHOOL BOARD Superintendent: Tim Wyrosdick, 5086 Canal St., Milton, FL 32570; phone 983-5000. Email is wyrosdickt@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us District 1: Diane Scott, 5710 Munson High way, Milton, FL 32570; phone 983-0413. Email is scottdl@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us District 2: Hugh Winkles, 5684 Nicklaus Lane, Milton, FL 32570; phone 623-6299. Email is winkleseh@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us District 3: Diane Coleman, 9400 Octavia Lane, Navarre, FL 32566; phone 939-2661. Email is colemanmd@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us District 4: Jennifer Granse, 3266 Abel Ave., Pace, FL 32571; phone 995-8785. District 5: Scott Peden, 3156 Pins Lane, Gulf Breeze, FL 32563; phone 934-0701. Email is pe denst@mail.santarosa.k12.fl.us The Santa Rosa County School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Thursdays at 5086 Canal St. in Milton. Phone: 983-5000. CI TY G O VERNMENT Milton City Hall, Mayor Guy Thompson, 6738 Dixon St., Milton, FL 32570, phone 983-5400. City Manager is Brian Watkins Town of Jay, Mayor Kurvin Qualls, 3822 Highway 4, Jay, FL 32565, phone 675-2719 Gulf Breeze City Hall, Mayor Beverly Zim mern, 1070 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561, phone 934-5100. City Manager is Edwin Buz Eddy w w w .sr pr essgaz ett e .c om email: ne w s@srpr essgaz ett e .c om 623-2120 Press Gazette BIRTHDA Y CLUB From Staff Reports S anta Rosa M OAA yard sale The Santa Rosa branch of the Military Ofcers Association of America is having a yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon May 10 at 6425 U.S. 90 in Milton, in the Goodyear Store parking lot. MOAA is raising funds for scholarships to help Santa Rosa students. For more information, call Joel Segraves at 994-0818 or Jack Culberson at 564-5207. S anta Rosa Democrats The Santa Rosa County Democrats March potluck dinner meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 15 at the United Way Headquarters, 6479-A Caroline St. (U.S. 90) in Milton. The program will include the potluck dinner and a business meeting. All Democrats are invited. For more information, call Mary Johnson at 225-1725. Dragony concert The Dragony Gallery will sponsor a concert featuring Nicky Mathews and Tim Goudy at 3 p.m. May 17. If you like guitar and mandolin playing and soulful singing, then come to this event for a great afternoon of music. Tickets, $10 per adult, can be purchased at the Dragony Gallery in advance or at the door before the show. Bring a snack to share. The Dragony gallery is at 6815 Caroline St. in Milton, across from Main St Caf and Post Ofce Antiques. For more information, call Sally Miller at 981-1100. S anta Rosa C ounty Bridges out of Poverty yard sale A Getting Ahead yard sale will be May 23-24. Donations can be made by dropping off items from 1-7 p.m. May 23 or 7-8 a.m. May 24 at Parkmore Plaza Shopping Center. If you have items to pick up, contact Jim Marcombe at 623-4678 or jmarcomb@ bellsouth.net. Organizers need volunteers to help set up on Friday, work the sale Saturday and break down Saturday afternoon. Pensacola Numismatic S ociety The Pensacola Coin Club meets the third Thursday of the month. This month the meeting will be May 15 at Sonnys Barbeque, at 630 N. Navy Blvd. Come early to dine and look over door prizes and rafe coins. A coin auction is after the meeting. Club dues for 2014 will be collected. There is no cost unless having dinner. For more information, call Mark Cummings at 332-6491. Pace F ire and Rescue annual picture fund drive The Pace Fire and Rescue District is conducting its annual Picture Fund Drive for 2014. The proceeds will go toward their local benevolent fund, which helps displaced citizens and businesses in the Pace area. To achieve this goal, Chief Donnie Wadkins asks for every household within the Pace Fire/Rescue area to support this effort. The drive will continue through June 1. Walker Lee Peanut Ethridge, Jr., born Oct. 15, 1948, went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, after an illness of heart disease and lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cleo Chessher-Ethridge; and father, Walker Ethridge, Sr.; brother-in-law, Rod James; and niece, Sandy James Pace. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharrell Ethridge; a daughter, Andrea Raley; son-inlaw, Duane Raley; two grandsons, Justin and Jordan Raley; two sisters, Annette James and Ebbie Lee; brother-in-law, Bob Lee; along with a very special nephew, Rick Daughtery. He is also survived by his sisters by marriage, Linda McInnis, Betty Grice and Shirley Crain; and brother-in-law, Wayne Crain. Peanut was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved his family more than life itself. His greatest joy in life was his grandchildren, who he lovingly called his boys. He will be missed tremendously. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, at the Lewis Funeral Home, Milton Chapel with the Rev. Alton Nixon, the Rev. Jimmy Pittman and the Rev. Lee Bott ofciating. Burial followed in Crain Cemetery. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 2, 2014, at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the nurses on the second oor, sixth oor and Critical Care Unit of West Florida Hospital for the tremendous care he received during the last six months. They gave him great care but also compassion and love, which we will never forget. Donations can be made to East Milton Assembly of God Backpack Club to assist with feeding children. Walker Lee Peanut Ethridge, Jr. 1948-2014 Special to the Press Gazette Milton Benevolent Cemetery is in desperate need of volunteers for much needed ground maintenance. Clubs, businesses and individuals are all welcome. Within the cemetery are notable historic gures including a Revolutionary War veteran, the rst Florida State Supreme Court Chief Justice and the notorious Martha Beck. This call out is for volunteers to show their community pride. Caring for a grave site takes about an hour every two weeks. Weed eaters are a plus. Days and hours can t anyones schedule. The cemetery is not city-owned. It is a private burial site owned by the families who have grave plots. There are no funds to hire groundskeepers. Donations to the cemetery are welcome. For more information, call Bill Bledsoe, manager, at 686-1122. Everyone at Milton Chevrolet is proud of three ne employees who helped stranded drivers whose vehicles were submerged on Avalon Boulevard last week. These three young men, Jon, Ryan and Cole, worked until 1 a.m. helping those in need. Cole worked in his bare feet. They pulled 15 cars out of the water, took stranded people to their homes and kept countless others from driving in this ash ood. Milton Chevrolet is very proud of their efforts and sense of duty and wants the community to know of their willingness to help others. The Press Gazette welcomes the Local Society Page We are looking for your... Club News Engagements Anniversaries Wedding Announcements Birth Announcements Baby of the Week Who is Who Send your Announcements to: news@srpressgazette.com Jason Ates: May 7 Marsha Cale: May 7 Michael Cadwell: May 9 Jean Schuler: May 9 Rita Ansley: May 9 Grace Singley: May 9 Wayne Garlock: May 9 Jane Garlock: May 9 Mara Klee: May 10 Rose Marie Farhart: May 10 Obituary Going ABOVE AND BEYOND Congratulations Community BRIEFS SPE CIAL T O THE P RE SS GAZ ETTE Scholarship presented by Alpha Delta Kappa Madison Barnes, senior at Milton High School, was awarded a scholarship from the FL Delta Chi chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority of outstanding women educators. Lisa Murphey presented the gift. Barnes was selected from several applicants for her outstanding student achievement and contribution to MHS and volunteer work in her church and community. Barnes will pursue a career in elementary education and special education at University of West Florida. She is the daughter of Buddy and Shannon Barnes. Milton Cemetery in need of volunteers

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Local Santa Rosas Press Gazette| A3 Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Special to the Press Gazette West Florida Healthcare has named registered nurse Barbara J. Herring to the position of oncology patient navigator. Since beginning her nursing career at West Florida Hospital in 2002, Herring has worked in the areas of medical/surgical, telemetry, coronary care, mammography and radiation oncology. In her new role as patient navigator, Herring will serve as the constant point of contact for patients and their families throughout the continuum of care as she walks them through the cancer treatment process. Some of her specific responsibilities will be scheduling appointments for patients, coordinating with others on the health care team about treatment plans, providing clarification about diagnoses and treatment options, serving as a support person and offering information to patients and family members about available resources. Herring earned her nursing degree from Jefferson Davis Community College in Brewton, Ala. She is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program at Pensacola State College. A member of the Oncology Nursing Society, Herring has been active with the American Cancer Society, serving for two years as West Florida Healthcares Making Strides against Breast Cancer team captain and Relay for Life team co-captain. BARBARA HERRING West Florida Healthcare names new oncology patient navigator Special to the Press Gazette On Thursday, May 8, Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye, by master photographers and historians Billie and Robert Nicholson, will go on the shelves for the rst time in Pensacola bookstores. Kicking off a four-month book tour of this photo documentary, also on May 8, the authors will be hosted by April Stokes, owner of Turn the Page Books, at a premiere book launch reception and book signing at her bookstore, 9105 Gulf Beach Highway in Pensacola. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation by the authors at 6:30 p.m. Several of the last remaining Pearl Harbor survivors, with stories and original pictures in the book, are now in their 90s and live in the Pensacola area. They are slated to attend the reception and will be part of the evenings presentation. The 80-page, premium color rst edition tells the story of the Pensacola community coming together to make an elderly veterans dream come true: to return to Pearl Harbor and say one last goodbye to his friends and comrades who were with him so long ago on Dec. 7, 1941. Filled with photos by the Nicholsons of the survivors recent return to Pearl Harbor, the book is interspersed with historic pictures and eyewitness accounts of the attack and pays homage to these military veterans of our Greatest Generation for their extraordinary courage and personal sacrice. Author Robert Nicholson said, The book was designed as a keepsake, rst edition, hard cover and lets the reader visually experience the enduring triumph of the human spirit, making our country great during World War II. Author Billie Nicholson calls Stokes bookstore just perfect for the launch of a historic book of this kind with a little shop around the corner feeling of nostalgia, a real bookstore of the time. Dont miss this opportunity to be a part of history. Proceeds from all book sales of Pearl Harbor Honor Flight: One Last Goodbye will benet the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. Pearl Harbor survivors to gather for book signing HEATHER JONES RECEIVES ROTARY PEN S PECIAL TO T H E P RESS G AZETTE Rotary President Rhett Fendley presents the prestigious Rotary pen to Heather Jones with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Heather told the club of all the work the FCA is doing in local schools and the impact the organization is having on the young men and women of the area. Heather also reminded the club the young people they are reaching today are tomorrows leaders and how important it is to give them a solid foundation. Find out more about the FCA at www.fca.org, and reach them locally at 474-9322. The Rotary Club meets weekly at Grover Ts BBQ and invites everyone to join.

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Santa Rosas Press Gazette (USPS 604-360) is published twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays for $39 per year (in county) by Halifax Media Group. Periodicals postage paid at Milton, Florida. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Santa Rosas Press Gazette, 6629 Elva St., Milton, FL 32570. To report news or for information, subscriptions and advertising, call 623-2120. 6629 Elva St. Milton, FL 32570 Gazette Santa Rosas Press SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN COUNTY One year ................................. $39 Six months ........................ $19.50 13 weeks ............................... $9.75 OUT OF COUNTY One year ................................. $62 Six months ............................. $31 13 weeks ............................. $15.50 SENIOR CITIZEN (OVER 62) One year ................................. $32 Six months ............................. $16 13 weeks .................................... $8 Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. Mothers sacrice for their special needs children Dear Editor, As Mothers Day approaches, we are reminded of how much mothers give to make life good for their children. Whether they are working or stay-at-home, moms sacrice their own well-being at times to provide physically and emotionally for their children. Having worked closely with the families of Special Olympics over the past three years, I am absolutely amazed at the love, care and hard work that goes into parenting a child with special needs. That constant care cannot end when the child becomes an adult; it is a lifetime commitment. Yes, these children are Gods beautiful miracles and a wonderful blessing, but I think these moms have a huge job and are many times never recognized or given thanks for it. Local organizations such as Special Olympics and Autism Pensacola, among others, can give families a much needed outlet and support for their unique life challenges from day to day. I wanted to share a letter I received recently from the mother of a new athlete in our gymnastics program that really touched my heart. She wrote: Hello Jessica, I wanted to send this email to let you know how much I appreciate everything that you and your volunteers do. Last night my daughter went to her rst gymnastic practice at 1st city gym. I was nervous because I have taken her to other gyms and it hasnt always worked out for us. But last night, from the minute we walked in, we felt very welcomed. My daughter had fun she was excited and relaxed which is so unusual for her. The coaches were great, they were very patient and calm they talked directly to her and looked at her and treated her like an athlete. And they never asked me once what her diagnosis was and I was so thankful because sometimes I just would like to be with my child not always explaining her disability. My daughter had the biggest smile on her face throughout the practice. At that practice she and I had no worries. She was just another athlete and I am so grateful. I am so happy Ive been telling everyone all day at work about our experience and Ive cried tears of joy twice today. I just wanted you to know how amazing this experience has already been for me and my family and I cant wait for next Tuesday. There are not enough words in my heart that would express how thankful I am for the Special Olympics and the volunteers and coaches. She signed the letter Thank-you, Barbara. Jessica Barrale Pensacola Contact Congress if you want climate change action Dear Editor, The extreme ooding Pensacola, Santa Rosa and many other areas in Florida just suffered from a massive storm system that devastated much of the Southeast was what climate change looks like. It is the nature of climate change that no one weather event can be proven to be caused by it, but extreme weather and freakishly powerful storms are its hallmark. Katrina, Sandy and the polar vortex were all manifestations of climate change. So are the droughts and wildres out West. Climate scientists now agree, 99.9 percent, that we need action on climate change and that action must come soon (The National Academy of Sciences). Last year, there were 10,833 peer-reviewed climate science papers published, and only two of them dispute the dangers of manmade global warming. We will see much worse soon, as we have about three decades of carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere that havent even heated up yet. Isnt it time to do something? A consumer-friendly tax on fossil fuels one that they pay directly, 100 percent, to us, the taxpayers would phase out fossil fuels without hurting the economy: no government regulations, revenue-neutral, a tax swap. Solar and wind become cheaper than fossil fuels; we use the extra tax money to buy solar and wind energy. As they scale up, clean energy will be cheaper than fossil fuels are now. This plan is supported by eight Nobel economists. The Citizens Climate Lobby has the details. Contact Congress if you want climate change action. Lynn Goldfarb Lancaster, Penn. School Board candidates Dear Editor, I have attended several meetings this election cycle, listening to campaign talks about how qualied candidates are for the job they seek. The most glaring fault of most is the overkill of the expression I think... Who cares what a candidate thinks? I want to hear what the candidate knows. What solutions the candidate has for improving our school district. Not that it needs much with the exception of ridding itself of federal control. On that point, only one has been vocal about getting rid of the Federal Department of Education: Debbie Ginnoe. On Thursday, the four candidates for District 3 spoke at a forum, and I heard three candidates say I think. It was repeated like some people add you know. If I knew, why are you telling me? Again, Debbie Ginnoe is the only candidate I recall that did not tell us what she thinks. I urge voters to attend these forums; listen carefully to what the candidate says. Bill Bledsoe Milton Democrats trying to hide failures Dear Editor, Democrats again want to raise the minimum wage because they dont know how to create jobs. If Democrats could create jobs, the average wage earned would go up naturally with economic growth and not articially with economic recession, which causes ination. As an employer, if you have 10 job openings and 300 people apply, you can offer less money. If you have 10 job openings and three people apply, you then have to offer more money to attract more applicants. Obamas administration has no idea what it takes to make America prosperous. Just like cutting $752 billion from Medicare and saying they had cut waste and fraud from the program is like escorting every customer out of the store and then saying you have cut theft. The Obama administration has again proven history correct in that private investment generates money and that jobs dont have to be part of that equation. Solyndra, $500 million government (taxpayer) investment and $0 return on investment, along with many others. Investors invest to get a return on investment (economics 101), they wont risk their capital for minimal returns while government with no investment makes the lions share (common sense 101). Steven M. King Milton Friday, 11:06 a.m. This is Bobby. I was just thinking about growing up with all those swimming places around Milton and Santa Rosa County that are gone now. You could spend all day and half the night at Allens Dam. Now its all private and grown up with weeds so you couldnt swim if you wanted to. Mossy Hole is private now. The Jim Dandy is all houses. Wayside Park at Pond Creek, you could spend all day and half the night there, but now its so polluted you cant get in the water. Folsom Beach in Bagdad is all houses now. There were numerous places at Garcon Point on both sides. You could go and spend the day or camp, but there are so many houses, you cant do that anymore. Im sure I left out a lot of places, but things have really changed. There are no places for kids to swim unless you have a pool or go to the Gulf. Thank you. Friday, 3:12 p.m. This is Raymond. Thank you for the opportunity to say whats on my mind. Im trying to say that I think Americans in this country still have a tight grip on being prejudiced. I think they ought to realize and look back in history at who were slave owners and warmongers. Theyve done a lot of bad stuff. There were a lot of presidents compared to one now whos biracial, as you call it, but more look at him as being black. Its time to stop being prejudiced and start being humans and recognize other people as being humans. By G L ENN MO LL ETTE Special to the Press Gazette For the rest of his life, Donald Sterling will be remembered for racist remarks even though they were made in private. Paula Deen and Cliven Bundy will also be remembered for their racist remarks, as will Don Imus. Imus made on air comments in 2007 about the Rutgers womens basketball team. Regardless of all the good any individual may have done in life, it only takes one racist remark to dismantle an entire kingdom. I thought Joan Rivers really sounded stupid on April 22 when she appeared on the Today show and compared accommodations in her daughters guest room to those the Cleveland women kidnapped by Ariel Castro experienced when they were held captive and raped for 10 years. She was trying to be funny, but bad stuff that happens to people is not funny. Sterling, Deen and Imus have made massive amounts of money and did not do so out of ignorance. Although Deen suffered nancial consequences, Sterlings wealth is in no danger as he stands to make even more prot selling the San Diego Clippers. We need to eliminate racism all around. Black people should eliminate the N word and all other terminology that is offensive. There is no excuse for it in music, comedy or professional sports. Racism is not just about African Americans. Slurs made about our Hispanic, Latino and Asian citizens are just as painful. America is now hugely multicultural and is becoming more so almost every day. Its no longer the blacks and the whites. America cannot remain the No. 1 country in the world until we see each other as fellow Americans regardless of race or gender. It will take all of us to solve our issues including energy, clean water, jobs, debt, defense and the endless list. If we continue to devour and hurt each other, we will destroy ourselves from the inside. Only teams win games. One individual seldom carries a team to a championship. Regardless if its football, basketball or baseball, everyone is necessary to bring about victory. There cannot be inward ghting, jealousy, hatred and name calling. Such activity divides a team and guarantees defeat. We have to work harder in this country to move beyond color, gender and ethnicity. We must see the bigger picture. It can no longer be the attitude of us four and no more. We must make our circle bigger including all that love our country, abide by our Constitution and pledge allegiance to the same ag. Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. Contact him at GMollette@aol.com. Like his Facebook page at www.facebook. com/glennmollette. You could go and spend the day or camp, but there are so many houses, you cant do that anymore. America cannot win with racist attitudes Having worked closely with the families of Special Olympics over the past three years, I am absolutely amazed at the love, care and hard work that goes into parenting a child with special needs. That constant care cannot end when the child becomes an adult; it is a lifetime commitment. Who cares what a candidate thinks? I want to hear what the candidate knows. What solutions the candidate has for improving our school district.

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Santa Rosas Press Gazette| A5 Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Special to the Press Gazette American Family Care is the second largest privately owned urgent care operator in the country. Dr. Bruce Irwin founded the company in 1982 in Hoover, Alabama, with a business model of putting the patient rst. The clinic is designed, equipped, and staffed to provide accessible primary care, urgent care, minor emergency treatment, and occupational medicine. The clinic has a hightech and high-touch digital x-ray system, onsite laboratory, state of the art diagnostics, and EMR (Electronic Medical Records). The clinic is staffed with kind, caring, and compassionate healthcare professionals. Hours of operation are 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Our goal is to provide 100 percent patient satisfaction as it states in our campaign: PS: Its All About YOU! AFC has treated over 10 million patients in its over 30 year history. AFC has an aggressive growth plan with the acquisition of Doctors Express (DRX), the largest national urgent care franchise. By the end of 2014, AFC/Doctors Express will operate more than 160 facilities in 26 states, providing care to more than a million patients. It is our mission to provide the best healthcare possible in a kind and caring environment, while respecting the rights of all patients in an economical manner, at times and locations convenient to them. The companys vision and mission for healthcare is the same today as it was in 1982. AFC is nationally recognized as a leader and innovator in the delivery of accessible primary care. As Dr. Irwin has said many times, Without our patients, AFC would serve no purpose. After thirty years of caring, we are still here and growing. For more information, visit www.afccares.co m Our Pace Clinic is at 4713 U.S. 90 Pace. Call 304-0694 for more information. *Account opening subject to a pproval. Certain restrictions a ppl y Annual Percenta ge Y ield (APY) accura te as of 07/24/13. Ra te tiers are as f ollows: 1.50% APY a pplies to balances of $.01 $10,000 and 0.10% APY a pplies to balances over $10,000 as long as qualica tions are met each monthl y qualica tion cycle. 0.05% APY a pplies to all balances if qualica tions are not met. All balances will earn 1.50% APY to 0.10% APY as long as qualica tions are met. Ra tes ma y change after the account is opened. Fees ma y reduce earnings. No minimum balance required. No monthl y ser vice charge. A vaila ble to personal accounts onl y A TM fee refunds up to $15 per cycle when qualica tions are met. Visit GoGulfWinds.com f or details. Federall y insured b y NCUA. Fr ee Checki ng with Inter est ... ee Che cking Fr ... est with Inter G o G ulf W i nds c om 1 50 50 50 % APY No Monthly Fee A TM Fee Refunds www .kubota.com R ealtr ee is a r eg ist er ed tr ademar k of Jor dan O ut door En t er pr ises L t d Business Review American Family Care: Its all about you PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE PRESS G A ZETTE

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Local A6 | Santa Rosas Press Gazette Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Special to the Press Gazette Pensacola State College will present the thriller Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club May 15-18 at the Jean and Paul Amos Performance Studio, Building 23, at the corner of 12th Avenue and College Boulevard. Show times are 7:30 p.m. for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances and 2:30 p.m. for the Sunday matinee. Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club is a new stage mystery featuring the famed sleuth in a tale of romance, twists and chills. In the heart of London, some of Europes most powerful men gather to play a game of murder, known as The Suicide Club. The clubs new member is Sherlock Holmes, brilliant, brooding and the greatest detective in the world. However, Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson, always nd themselves one step behind as the corpses of Europes power-players start turning up all over London. This sharp new Holmes adventure is written by Jeffrey Hatcher and is based on characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Suicide Club by Robert Louis Stevenson. Cast members are Jerod Perez as Sherlock Holmes, Tyler Cole as Dr. Watson, Troy Forster as Prince Nikita Starloff, Meg Gray as Christiane de La Begassier, Liz Edwards as Club Secretary, Tara Moore as Miss Williams, Robert Gill as Mr. Richards, Todd Faust as Mr. George and Mr. Roundy, Carlos Rivera as Mr. Henry, Saleem Krichi as Mycroft Holmes, Timothy Chandler as Inspector Micklewhite and A.C. Crosse, Melissa Funk as Mrs. Hudson and Older Lady, and Mary Laveque as Lucy OMalley and Magicians Assistant. All seats are reserved. Ticket prices are $11 for adults; $9 for seniors 60 and older, children and nonPensacola State College students; $7 for PSC staff, faculty and retirees and PSC Seniors Club members; and one free ticket for PSC students with current college ID. Purchase tickets at www.pensacolastate. edu/mt or at the Lyceum Box Of ce, Building 8, Room 861, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tickets are also available at the door, one hour before a performance. For reservations or more information, call 484-1847. Nobody delivers like we do. Debbie Coon: Media Consultant. Diver. Mother. Chamber Ambassador. Everyday Debbie dives right into her work. She uses her expertise to ensure your messages are reaching the greatest number of potential shoppers in your paper every week. She blends her passion and professionalism to help businesses continue to be pro table. Diving is one of her hobbies. But, when Debbie is not underwater in the Gulf, youll nd her at Chamber ribbon-cuttings or attending Business Network International meetings or events and volunteering in her community. Because of our employees, we deliver more than news to Milton. Its just another way were connected to our local communities. A Halifax Media Group Company 2108979 PSC to present Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club By AARON LITTLE 623-2120 alittle@srpressgazette.com More than the gourmet yogurt will have a delightful taste at So-Yo, A Southern Frozen Yogurt Shop in Pace. Owners Shelly and Eric Price said they were such fans of frozen yogurt, they would drive far out of their way to have some. When they found the miniature golf and batting cage facilities on Woodbine Road, Shelly Price said, It could be so much more. Two years ago, the Prices turned the property into a brightly colored, family welcoming frozen yogurt shop and activity center and began attracting neighborhood youth, families and seniors alike. With young people nearby playing with hula hoops, basketballs and the playground equipment, Price said, Its a safe place for kids. At Fridays Cruise Night, Price, in a classic poodle skirt, said So-Yo regularly hosts theme nights and invites the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus every year. On Sundays, church-goers looking for a place to bring the family regularly come to So-Yo. Price said they play Christian rock on the weekends and are mindful of the lyrics in the music they play during the week. The shop sells yogurt by weight, so customers are free to mix avors and toppings. Price said So-Yo does not use powder mixes for any yogurts or sorbets. She said Honey Hill Farms ingredients go into tantalizing avors like the Espresso, Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, and Southern Butter Pecan yogurts, and Pink Lemonade sorbet. Price said avors change all the time, but they regularly stock vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and sea salt caramel pretzel. People get mad if we dont, she said. With a rm handshake, manager Jayme Tharp said the fresh-baked cupcakes So-Yo also serves contain no shortening but real butter. Price also said So-Yo caters to those with gluten-free and sugar-free needs. The So-Yo staff is not shy about giving a taste of every avor because they know one bite is never enough. Keep up with announcements, events and fantastic new yogurt, sorbet and cupcake avors at So-Yo on their Facebook page. PHOTOS BY AARON LITTLE | Press Gazette RIGHT: From left are Jordan Moore, Jayme Tharp, Shelly Price and Nathaniel Vincent. Price, owner of SoYo, says the shop caters to families, attracting youth and seniors alike with its family-friendly atmosphere. Its a safe place for kids, she said. BELOW: Price says the staff enjoys theme night, when they dress up to entertain customers. Cruise Night found Price in a classic poodle skirt. So-Yo: Frozen yogurt with a Southern hospitality topping

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Santa Rosas Press Gazette| A7 Wednesday, May 7, 2014 M edicar e ev alua t es plans based on a 5-S tar r a ting sy st em. S tar R a tings ar e calcula t ed each y ear and ma y change fr om one y ear t o the ne x t *Based on inf orma tion fr om M edicar e .go v (10/13). C alling the abo v e number will dir ec t y ou t o a lic ensed sales agen t T he benefit inf orma tion pr o vided is a brief summar y not a c omplet e description of benefits F or mor e inf orma tion, c on tac t the plan. Limita tions c opa ymen ts and r estric tions ma y apply B enefits f ormular y pharmac y net w ork pr o vider net w ork pr emium and/or c o -pa ymen ts/c o -insur anc e ma y change on Januar y 1 of each y ear Y ou must c on tinue t o pa y y our M edicar e P ar t B pr emium. Y ou must r eside in the plan ser vic e ar ea. Cig na-HealthSpring is a v ailable in F lorida in the f ollo wing c oun ties: Ba y Escambia, and S an ta Rosa. Cig na-HealthSpring is c on tr ac t ed with M edicar e f or HMO PPO and PDP plans and with selec t S ta t e M edicaid pr og r ams Enr ollmen t in Cig na-HealthSpring depends on c on tr ac t r enew al Cig na H5410_14_16361 A c c ept ed 04202014 AUSTIN, CLAYTON BROOKS, MICHAEL BRYANT, CHRISTOPHER HOSKINS, MICHAEL KIMREY, DAKOTA KOTHMANN, SEBASTIAN KOTHMANN, TRACI MARIE, ROBINSON, CHARLES SALTER, LARRY SIMMONS, ISAIAH SMITH, DARRELL VILLALOBOS, JAIRO Special to the Press Gazette State Attorney Bill Eddins an nounced Friday Lee Calvin Pardue was convicted of Sexual Battery on a Child (2 counts), Lewd or Lascivious Molesta tion, Promoting a Sex ual Performance by a Child (5 counts) and Possession of Photos Depicting Sexual Con duct by a Child (25 counts). A Santa Rosa County Jury deliber ated for about an hour before nding the 44 year old Pensac ola man guilty of all charges. Pardue had been arrested on November 8, 2012 following an investigation by the Santa Rosa County Sheriffs Ofce after Pardue had told an acquain tance he took sexual photos of him self with a child. While babysitting one of the victims during the summer of 2012, Pardue committed sexual acts on the child. The images depict ing these acts and also images of two different children were discovered on Pardues digital camera during a search of his home by investigators. These children were able to be iden tied by sheriffs ofce investigators, who found both of the victims had been to Pardues home. Pardue faces a mandatory life sen tence on each of the sexual battery counts, a maximum sentence of life for the Lewd or Lascivious Molesta tion, and a total of 200 years for the remaining charges. Circuit Judge Marci Goodman scheduled sentenc ing for June 16, 2014. Pardue faces charges in two other cases for Lewd or Lascivious Moles tation and Using a Computer to Fa cilitate or Solicit the Sexual Conduct of a Child. Both of those cases are currently scheduled for trial on July 7, 2014. Assistant State Attorney Stephanie Pace prosecuted the case. For further information, contact Stephanie Pace at 983-4453. LEE CALVIN PARDUE SRSO: An arrest is not an indication of guilt. The determination of guilt and innocence is ultimately the responsibility of the courts. AUSTIN, CLAYTON EUGENE 52, Navarre, sex offender violation BROOKS, MICHAEL WAYNE 54, Navarre, moving trafc violation, out of county warrant, resist ofcer BRYANT, CHRISTOPHER DELAINE 26, probation violation x3, resist ofcer, obstruct police HOSKINS, MICHAEL WAYNE 43, out of state fugitive KIMREY, DAKOTA JOHN 21, Molino, fraud, out of county warrant KOTHMANN, TRACI MARIE 34, Quinn Street, Milton, larceny x2 KOTHMANN, SEBASTIAN KORD 38, Quinn Street, Milton, larceny x2 ROBINSON, CHARLES RANDALL 28, Pensacola, probation violation SALTER, LARRY RONELL 35, Pensacola, probation violation SIMMONS, ISAIAH PHILIP 24, Pensacola, aggravated assault-weapon SMITH, DARRELL WINSTON 31, homeless, public order crimes, moving trafc violation VILLALOBOS, JAIRO RAFAEL 41, Navarre, failure to reg as criminal, sex offender violation Pardue found guilty Could face a 200-year sentence Sheriffs REPORT Law Enforcement Special to the Press Gazette The Santa Rosa County Sheriffs Ofce Law En forcement Memorial Ser vice is at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 13. This yearly event is held in recognition of fallen law enforcement ofcers in the state of Florida. The event is open to the media and the public. The event will be held at the SRSO Main Ofce at 5755 East Milton Road in Milton. This year Congress man Jeff Miller is the guest speaker. Fallen Ofcers for 2013: Deputy Sheriff Daniel Rivera of Broward County Sheriffs Ofce Sergeant Mike Wilson of Charlotte County Sher iffs Ofce Master Deputy Sheriff Joseph Shane Robbins of Polk County Sheriffs Ofce Sergeant Gary Mo rales of St. Lucie County Sheriffs Ofce K9 Koda of Leon Coun ty Sheriffs Ofce K9 Gus of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission K9 Max of Miami Gar dens Police Department The following is the VIP guest list: Honorable William Eddins, State Attorneys Ofce Mr. James Parker, State Attorneys Ofce Honorable Judge John Simon Honorable Judge Goodman Honorable Judge John Miller Honorable Judge Giraud Honorable Judge Hilliard Honorable Judge Rimmer Magistrate Michele Inere Warden Richard Com erford, SR Correctional In stitute & Staff Milton Police Depart ment, Chief Greg Brand & Staff Milton Police Depart ment, Captain David Cox Milton Police Depart ment Captain Tony Tindell Gulf Breeze Police Department, Chief Rick Hawthorne Florida Highway Pa trol, Captain Lynn Fleming & Staff FDLE Special Agent Carl Causey & Staff Sheriff Larry Ashley & Staff of Okaloosa County Sheriffs Ofce Crestview Police Department, Chief Tony Taylor Captain Matt Cough lin, NAS Whiting Field Escambia County Sheriffs Ofce, Sheriff Da vid Morgan & Staff Pensacola Police De partment, Chief Chip Sim mons & Staff City of Milton Fire Dept. Chief John Reble & Staff U.S. Marshals Ofce, Sixto Boyer & Staff Board of County Com mission, Mr. Hunter Walker & Staff Commissioner Lynchard Commissioner Jim Melvin Commissioner Don Salter Commissioner Bob Cole SR Clerk of Courts, Donald Spencer & Staff SR Property Apprais er, Greg Brown & Staff SR Tax Collector, Stan Nichols & Staff Santa Rosa County Sheriffs Ofce holds Law Enforcement Memorial Service

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Local A8 | Santa Rosas Press Gazette Wednesday, May 7, 2014 the remaining 25 percent. However, Holley said the government places a dollar amount on volun teer hours, which will go toward the remaining percentage. Churches care and the United Way cares, but theres more to it than that, Holley said. He ex plained tracking volunteer hours means saving money for the county; and according to Volunteer Florida, Scotts commission on community ser vice, FEMA recognizes the value of an average volunteer hour in Florida at the rate of $21.24. Tsubooka said residents who have unmet needs such as housing, food, clothing or other essential services are asked to call the Citizen Information Center at 983-INFO (4636). Resi dents south of the Yellow River can call 490-6399 or visit the Volunteer Reception Center at the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church, Fairpoint Campus, 75 Fairpoint Drive in Gulf Breeze, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those north of the Yellow River should call the United Way at 623-4507. Tsubooka also said individuals or groups who would like to make donations should call the United Way. It is vital that all volunteers and groups work ing in the area work through the Volunteer Re ception Center or United Way, Tsubooka said. She said help can be best managed through the organization to reach areas in need fastest and keep from interfering with emergency response systems. Holley said local churches have re ceived information from United Way encourag ing their congregations to count their volunteer hours and submit them to further monetary help for county residents affected by the ood. FLOOD from page A1 Special to the Press GazetteFOOD SA F ETY: PREVENTING F OOD-BORNE DISEASES People should not eat any food that may have come into contact with contami nated water from oods or tidal surges. Commercially prepared cans of food should not be eaten if there is a bulg ing or opening on the can or screw caps, soda bottle tops or twist-caps. Undamaged, commercially canned foods can be saved if labels are removed and cans are dis infected in a bleach solution. Use 1/4 cup of bleach in 1 gal lon of water; re-label the cans including expiration date and type of food. Assume home-canned food is unsafe. Infants should preferably be breast fed or fed only premixed canned baby formula. Do not use powdered formu las prepared with untreated water; use boiled water in stead. When the power is out, refrigerators will keep foods cool for approximately 4 hours. Thawed and refriger ated foods should be thrown out after 4 hours.S ANITATION AND HYGIENE: PREVENTING WATER-BORNE ILLNESS Basic hygiene is very important during this emer gency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water. Use only water that has been boiled or disinfect ed for washing hands before eating, after toilet use, after helping in cleanup activities and after handling items contaminated by oodwater or sewage. Flood water may contain fecal matter from sewage systems, agricul tural and industrial waste and septic tanks. If you have open cuts or sores exposed to the oodwater, keep them as clean as possible by wash ing them with soap and dis infected or boiled water. Apply antibiotic cream to reduce the risk of infection. If a wound or sore develops redness, swelling or drain age, see a physician. Do not allow children or pets to play in oodwater. They can be exposed to water contami nated with fecal matter. Do not allow children to play with toys that have been in oodwater until the toys have been disinfected. Use 1/4 cup of plain bleach in 1 gallon of water to disinfect toys and other items.P OWER OUTAGES: PREVENTING F IRE HAZARDS Using battery-powered lanterns and ashlights is preferred. NEVER use candles.P OSTF LOOD CLEAN-UP Clean up debris carefully to avoid injury and contami nation. Chainsaws should only be operated in safe con ditions (not in water-soaked areas) and by people who are experienced in proper use. Lift heavy debris by bend ing knees and using legs to help lift. Wear shoes to avoid injury to the feet from glass, nails or other sharp objects. Avoid contact with downed power lines. Be alert to wildlife (snakes, alligators, etc.) that may have been displaced as a result of the ood or storm. If you see a snake or other wildlife, back away from it slowly, and do not touch it. If the snake is in your home, immediately call the animal control agency in your county.C LEARING STANDING WATER: PREVENTING MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESS Heavy rains and ooding can lead to an increase in mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset. To protect against mos quitoes, the Department of Health urges the public to remain thorough in their personal mosquito protec tion efforts by following the suggestions below: D rain standing water: Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, owerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected: discarded old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that arent being used. Empty and clean birdbaths and pets water bowls at least once or twice a week. Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that dont accumu late water. Maintain swim ming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinat ed. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use. C over your skin with clothing: If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves. C over your skin with repellent: Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Al ways use repellents accord ing to the label. Repellents with 10-30 percent DEET, pi caridin, oil of lemon eucalyp tus and IR3535 are effective. Use mosquito netting to pro tect children younger than 2 months old. C over doors and windows with screens: Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios. T ips on repellent use: Always read label directions care fully for the approved usage before applying a repellent to skin. Some repellants are not suitable for children. Prod ucts with concentrations of up to 30 percent DEET are generally recommended. Other potential mosquito repellents, as reported by the Centers for Disease Con trol and Prevention in June 2007, contain picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. These products are generally avail able at local pharmacies. Look for active ingredients to be listed on the product la bel. Apply insect repellent to exposed skin, or onto cloth ing, but not under clothing. In protecting children, read label instructions to be sure the repellent is age-appropri ate. According to the CDC, mosquito repellents contain ing oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on chil dren under the age of 3 years. DEET is not recommended on children younger than 2 months old. Infants should be kept indoors or mosquito netting should be used over carriers when mosquitoes are present. Avoid applying repellents to the hands of children. Adults should apply repellent rst to their own hands and then transfer it to the childs skin and cloth ing. If additional protection is necessary, apply a per methrin repellent directly to your clothing. Again, always follow the manufacturers directions. T ips on eliminating mosquito breeding sites: Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters. Remove old tires or drill holes in those used in playgrounds so they will drain. Turn over or remove empty plastic pots. Pick up all beverage contain ers and cups. Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water. Pump out bilges on boats. Replace water in birdbaths and pet or other animal feeding dishes at least once a week. Change water in plant trays, includ ing hanging plants, at least once a week. Remove vegeta tion or obstructions in drain age ditches that prevent the ow of water. For more information, contact your county health department or visit www. doh.state..us or www.Flori daDisaster.org. Also, visit the following websites for other state and federal information on emergency and disaster planning: www.redcross.org, www.ready.gov or www.fema. gov. Follow these health tips after a ood Escobars Ford SVO ran 0.86 seconds fast er than runner-up Anthony Leone out of West Grove, Penn. Escobar almost broke 8 seconds for the win. Chris is driving the fastest street legal car in the country, said Steve Sapp, general manager of Chris Escobar Racing and Escobars stepfa ther. Sapp said Escobar is making an eighth of a mile in 5 seconds, close to an aircrafts takeoff speed without a catapult. Your typical highend car you buy is 300 to 400 horsepower. His is 1400. Sapp also said Escobar doesnt use nitrous oxide, just compressed carbon dioxide shot into the intercooler. He said Escobar doesnt get excited about the races because he expects to win. Sapp shared a story about car trouble Escobar had before the race. He said Escobars intercooler, which is behind the bumper, cracked. He tore everything out, got it welded Saturday morning, put it all back together and won the race, Sapp said. More than anything else, that amazes me, his sheer determination to be the best. Escobars next event is June 12 in Ohio. ESCOBAR from page A1