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The Sisters of the Beach spread good cheer around the Island each day, but during Christmas they make sure that everyone gets in the spirit. They gather at Flounder's by the
dozens to celebrate the magic of the season. Their joyous voices can be heard above the clinking of champagne glasses as they toast a day that is theirs to share. Celebrating SOBs are:
(front row, L to R) Ginny Fitzgerald, Kathi Lewis, Karen Hagford, Jayne Redmond, Christine Hewerdine, Amy DePew, Dee Dee Green, Shari Strain, Beverly Sarasua and Samantha Peavey.
(Middle row, L to R) Amanda Thomas, Anita Solarski, Yoko Jimison, Samantha Yoko, Mavis Rosetti, Beverly Hughes, Paulette Provost, Christine Cook, Elaine Mitchell, Mary Drees, Jane
Peaden, Claudia Fischer, Mary Thibodeau, Nancy Kittel, Peggy Henshall, Patrice Friant, Barbara Peavey, Cathy Kress, Claire Marcey, Judy L'Oignon, Deb Friedman, Janet Peavey and Dana
Ellis. (Back row, L to R): Becky Shearman, Diane Collins, Lynn Cieutat, Charlotte Spencer, Lila Cox, Doris Hernandez, Cindy Lumpkin, Melanie Waite, Lynda Knell, Sandi Johnson, Danah
Gibson, Sharon Mattair, Gwen Gibson, Patsy Nail and Shelly Alexander. Where will the Sisters celebrate next? See story, page 2.
Photo courtesy of Barrier Island Girl Photography

Party On Grown Ups Christmas Is Coming Your Way

The rambunctious partiers,
the Sisters of the Beach are lead-
ing their peers, the twenty-one
plus crowd into the adult portion
of the Season Your Holidays with
Island Spirit. And what a portion
it is! The SOBs celebrated their
annual Christmas luncheon at
Flounder's on December 6. No one
can remember exactly how many
years that wild Christmas party
has taken place.
"We're pretty sure it's been
going on more than twenty years,
maybe, I think," said Christine
Bunkie Hewerdine.
Not that anyone cares about
such dull information. The ladies
have one goal having a wonder-
ful time during the Christmas sea-
The high flying organization
started more than thirty years ago
with a few island girls as the mem-
bers. It grew fantastically fast and
now sets the gold standard for par-
tying on the Beach.
If you are looking for the Sis-
ters of the Beach, you will prob-
ably find them at one or all of the
following parties which they have
stamped with their approval:
Sip and Sing Caroling Tour
All board at the Sandshaker,
December 18 at 5:30 p.m. for a night
of Christmas spirit served up in
two-part harmony. Grab a board-
ing pass and hold on tight, it's
going to be a fun ride.
Come early, the seats will fill
up fast on Chaddywacker's Christ-
mas Sip and Sing open air carol-

ing bus. It will launch from the
Sandshaker at 5:30 and roll west
to PegLeg Pete's. The bus will be
decked out for fun with lights and
music. Stops include the Dock, and
Crab's; then down to Paddy
O'Leary's and Paradise. The car-
olers will get to serenade every-
one at Flounder's; then on to the
Boardwalk as they make an ap-
pearance at the Amphitheatre.
Must be 21 to ride. Please bring
your best singing voice and a
bunch of Christmas spirit.
Adult Coloring Contest
Let Island spirit bring out
your inner artist on Saturday, De-
cember 19 at 6 p.m. at the
Sandshaker Lounge. The Shaker
supplies the crayons. You sup-
ply the imagination. Santa
Sonny Claus says everyone who
enters earns a free drink. No
charge to enter. Grand prizes for
first, second and third. Don't let
the kids have all the fun. Last
year's contest drew about thirty
Rudolph's Red Nose
Santa wants you to guide his
sleigh through downtown
Pensacola Beach. Come dressed
as one of the magical reindeer and
arrive at the Sandshaker on Sun-
day, December 20 at 2 p.m. There
will be a prize for the best costume.
The winner gets to lead the crowd
as they ramble, walk and amble to
Sabine Sandbar for Island Eggnog
at 2:30. There will be special drink
prices for merry people. Hooters

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is the next stop at 3 p.m. Bring
your camera and get your photo
taken with the Hooter's girls.
Then, it's on to Bamboo Willie's
for the Santa Look Alike and
Sexy Elf contests. Follow the
Red Nose. Ramble back to the
Shaker for the Wrap-Up Party at
4:30 p.m. with the Dirty Muther
Tuckers playing live music.
Santa Claus Look Alike and
Sexy Elf Contest
The stage is set for jolly,
bearded guys to win big prizes at
Bamboo Willie's, Sunday, Decem-
ber 20 at 3:30 p.m. Judges will be
looking for a St. Nick knock-off.
Beard, boots and good laugh re-
The Sexy Elf contest is new
this year. Be naughty or nice. No
charge to enter. Prizes will be
awarded at the conclusion of both
Christmas is for everyone, af-
ter all. Let the kids come to the fi-
nal events on the Island. Let them
take a final view of the spectacu-
lar ZooLights and then there are a
few events they can call their own
like Santa and his Paparazzi at Is-
land Style.
Santa and His Paparazzi
Photo Session
Island Santa awaits your ar-
rival in the Christmas room at Is-
land Style, December 20. The

sweet smell of peppermint candy
canes will lead you right to him.
It's your last chance to have
your photo taken and to speak
to him personally before he
leaves the island to prepare for
his worldwide trek on Christmas
Eve, so stop in between 2 and 4
p.m. at Island Style.

Candlelight and Carols
The choir of the Pensacola
Beach Community Church invites
visitors to join in their Island
Christmas Eve tradition of carol-
ing by candlelight at 6:30 p.m. The
candlelight is inspiring, the music
joyous and the Christmas spirit

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Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson, IV, right, and his
children, Grover and Anna, were charged with flipping the switch to
illuminate the island on November 27 at the Boardwalk. The ZooLights
came to life while the Joy For The Beach carolers led by Karen Jurkowich
provided a sing along. Clark and Company performed in the Amphitheatre.
The holiday events continue on the Beach through New Year's Day.

Students Take Scientific Tour

Pensacola Beach Elementary
School students from the third,
fourth and fifth grade took a sci-
ence related field trip in Novem-
ber and they had a ball. Joy
McLaurine, third grade teacher, re-
ported to the Pensacola Beach El-
ementary School board at their No-
vember 30 meeting that the trip
was an extremely valuable experi-
"We went to the Navarre Sci-
ence Center which is on the east end
of Santa Rosa Island on Navarre
Beach. This is a cooperative effort
between Santa Rosa County and
Navarre High School, McLaurine
said. "The kids experienced topics

in Aquatic Biology, Environmental
Science and Zoology."
The building for this program
was donated by Santa Rosa
County and the equipment is sup-
ported through grant money. Stu-
dents pay a charge to attend the
center and the money goes toward
paying for the utilities.
In keeping with the science
theme, the Board gave unanimous
approval for the University of
West Florida to host their Science
Camp during the summer.
"This is a wonderful collabo-
ration," Jeff Castleberry, principal,
said. "We have a facility which
can offer them both surf and

sound access. We benefit from the
positive publicity and the rent
they pay."
A greater emphasis has been
placed on science at the Beach
School as a result of its inclusion
on the state standardized FCAT
The students' last day of
school before the holiday break
will be December 18. They will re-
sume classes on January 4.
The next meeting of the
School Board will be Monday,
January 25. All meetings are open
to the public.
For more information, visit


Island Times

December 15, 2009

December 15, 2009 Island Times PAGE 3

Barefoot on the Beach

By Jane Waters Cooper 9

If you have a feeling you have read this story before, you are probably right. Since we reprint this fantasy every
year at Christmastime, it slides comfortably into Beach lore. We believe it should be repeated every year, because it
has good thoughts. It's all about a devoted married couple, unbroken friendships, loving, sharing, and living life
in the exotic lane. It also reveals the secret that thousands of people who visit Pensacola Beach never want to
leave, but like Santa some insurmountable obstacle stands in their way. It teaches us that families all over the
world are really just like us, Beach folks in their hearts. And all of us Beach dwellers know the lesson we learn
from it that no matter what issues are lapping at our shores, we will somehow protect our enchanted way of life.
We will prevail because every Christmas Eve we are blessed with a sprinkling of elfin dust when Santa stops by to
check on his property. Hey, Santa and Rosa, your island is alive and well.

How Santa Nameb His IsIanb

When Santa Claus visits the
Island every Christmas, he always
brings Mrs. Claus along. She doesn't
make many business trips with her
husband, but she has a special rea-
son for returning year after year to
the Beach.
This legend goes far back to a
time when there were few living
things on the Island. The white sand
glistened for miles and miles, un-
touched by streets or structures. Or
people. Santa, who was making his
annual rounds that year, decided the
uninhabited white stuff he noticed
below would make a safe landing
place for his sleigh so he and the
reindeer could take a break. He fas-
tened his seat belt, and turned on
his twinkling lights. The eight tiny
reindeer brought the heavily laden
sleigh down easily. It nestled in the
soft sand, a distinctly different run-
way from their usual snowy rest
stops. Santa got out of the sleigh,
loosened his belt, stuck his boot in
the squeaky sand, and exclaimed to
the reindeer, "Hey, we landed in
Donner and Blitzen snorted be-
cause the snow ball they tried to
make wouldn't stick together.
I may relocate my workshop to
this Island, Santa mused. We could
eliminate the woodcutter section,
and add those guys to the toy mak-
ing division. Think how happy the
kids would be if we produced more
toys than ever.
He pondered the possibility as
he removed his heavy jacket and let

the sun shine on his chest. We
would never have to arrange for va-
cations, because no one would
want to leave paradise. Our new
work uniforms would be long shorts
and t-shirts. All our raw materials
could come in like magic on the wa-
ter. We'd never have to thaw out the
cans of paint.
Santa pulled off his heavy
boots and pants and jumped into the
Sound for a swim wearing only his
candy striped underwear.
We would have to put up a new
sign. That old North Pole sign is
pretty worn out anyway. What can I
name this place?
Then a Christmas light ex-
ploded in Santa's head. He would
name this romantic little Island after
his beloved wife and himself. Santa
Rosa Island. Santa liked the sound
of the new name.
Reluctantly, he put his heavy,
red suit back on, and prepared the
reindeer for take off. After the world-
wide delivery trip ended, and he was
resting by a big open fire in his liv-
ing room at the North Pole, he told
his wife, Rosa, about his plan to
move the entire operation to a truly,
magnificent place surrounded by
sparkling water. A place that was
warm and cozy. Where the elves
could test the water skis, yachts,
fishing rods, and sailboards the year
"Ah, Rosa, I have found para-
dise," Santa said. "A romantic place
for the two of us."
Rosa pushed her spectacles up

on her nose, and Santa knew he was
in trouble She only did that when
she was getting ready to yell at him
about major problems like running
out of Barbie dolls or drinking too
much Coca-Cola.
"Santa," she said in that awful
tone of voice, "How could you play
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So, Rosa had the last word,
Santa could never move to a place
where his old sidekick, Frosty,
would never survive. Santa did not
move his factory to the Island.
But one starry Christmas eve,
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time. Just long enoughto put a small
sign, "Santa Rosa Island."
So that's how the island got its
name. And that is the reason Mrs.
Claus climbs aboard the sleigh on
the night Santa makes his annual
visit to Pensacola Beach. After all
it's not every wife who has a whole
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SRIAboard memberDr Thomas
Campanella, who lives in Villa Sabine,
tried to find time to host a party for
his December first birthday. He and
his wife Debbie had so many meet-
ings, football games and holiday
parties scheduled that he just gave
up. So, here's to the busy Doc-
Happy Sixtieth Birthday fromlsland

Dee Riley was busy showing
her daughter, Sherry, the ZooLights
and all the hot spots on the beach.
When Sherry returns to Texas, Dee
will jet over to California where she
plans to visit Big Bear and the entire

The Sisters of the Beach send
their best wishes to each other and
to the readers of Island Times. They
arrived at Flounder's on December 6
for their annual Christmas Brunch.
Some SOBs live on the beach; oth-
ers across the bridge. Some came
from hundreds of miles away and
one visited from Australia. Here are
a few of their comments:
The SOB Brunch is my favorite
party of the year. I cannot imagine
Christmas or life without my Sisters.
May the best of your past, be the
worst of your future. Kathi Lewis
Love all of these ladies so much.
We are so lucky to have each other.
Charlotte Spencer
To be a part of all the fun and
love again! Karen Hagford
Hoping all my wonderful SOB
girls have a wonderful holiday sea-
son. I am so lucky to have all of you
in my life! Love you all.
Paulette Provost
I am having a great time. I just
moved here from Bennington, Ver-
mont and I love it. Mary Thibodeau
Long live the SOBs!
Courtney Winstead
Merry Christmas and Happy
New Year to all our old beach bud-
dies and all of our new beach bud-
dies. Support our troops.
Amy Cheshire DePew
Beautiful women, beautiful mo-
ments. Patrice Friant
We Wish You A Merry Christ-
mas and Happy New Year. Claire

Middle school student Josie
Collins is the talented artist who cre-
ated the illustrations for the Island
Style Coloring Contest. She inher-
ited the task and her talent from
Bonnie Elbert, her grandmother.
Winners of the contest will appear
in the December 29 edition of Island

Former Beach business owner
Danah Gibson is a rock 'n' roll trivia
buff, so it is no surprise that she
spent her birthday at the Hard Rock
in Biloxi with her sister Gwen and a
few friends.

Marcey, Judy LeBum, Peggy
Henshall, Chrissy Cook, Lynn
Cieutat, Gwen Gibson, Beverly
Sarasua, Diane Donahue Collins,
Shari Strain
Oh, my Sisters. What a great
day. I love you all and always will.
Bunkie Hewerdine
You girls are one of the great
wonders of the world. Mary Drees
Life is better with a little fairy
dust. The world is a better place
when you have sisters to love and
enjoy. Jayne Drees Redmond
Life is good and the many years
are precious. Beverly Hughes
My first time to be an SOB. The
beach sisterhood is the greatest ex-
perience. Doris Hernandez
My first SOB party and I am
having a blast. Thanks so much for
the sisterhood. Cindy Lumpkin
Predictions for 2010 The Saints
first Super Bowl appearance and
world championship followed by a
great day for a Mardi Gras parade
on the Beach. Lila Cox
In 2010, I wish everyone health,
happiness, jobs, raises, no hurri-
canes, and a Happy Mardi Gras!
Melanie Waite
I am grateful for the Sisters of
the Beach. I hope to be a better sis-
ter, wife and mom in the New Year. I
love you all and this beautiful beach.
Sandi Johnson
Hope to see everyone of you
here next year happy and healthy.
Lynda Knell


The Trivia Master was back to
his old arrogant self. He was strut-
ting around admiring his untouched
supply of a shipment of brand new
t-shirts, until an eleventh hour email
arrived from Kathryn Curle who said
that the Island Sundry Shop is the
answer you seek to the question,
"For many years, a couple owned a
popular shop on the Beach, first at
the Casino and later on Via de Luna.
What was the name of the shop?"
Lots of wrong answers arrived
first. The most popular was Dinah's
Shore Shop. Dinah's little boutique
was located on Pensacola Beach
Blvd. in the shadow of the Marina
Restaurant. But, Susan Kennedy,
Joann Hargrove and Dave Wheeler
from Atlanta all sent it in as their
Knight of the Trivia Roundtable
Sir Bill Greene said he was mailing
his answer from his sandbox in the
Arizona desert. He thought the an-
swer was Herbie T's, owned by

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Louise and JR Turner. Well, that
shop was located on Via de Luna
and was owned by Herb Turner, Jr.
It's always good to hear from a
Knight, right or wrong.
The Trivia Master also got a
note from Doug who said the shop
was Discount Beachwear, part of the
Sea Gallery stores owned by Jim and
Bonnie Elbert. Now, expanded to
four stores owned by the Elbert's son
Jeff, and Mario Roberts. All true, but
not the answer.
The Island Sundry Shop, was
owned by Elsie Wolters and her hus-
band, Jack. Tourists used to buy
their swim suits from this shop when
they came to visit instead of buying
them at home before their trip to the
Originally, Elsie and Jack owned
the Seaside Shop in the old, revered
Casino. They met there when he was
a Marine, fighting in an exhibition
match, and she was attending a party.
They were later married. Elsie still

lives in Pensacola. Her husband
passed away in 2002.
Can you outwit the Trivia Mas-
ter? Will the tall stash of brightly col-
ored t-shirts stay intact? Are the
players good at math and measure-
ment? We will soon know.
You can stand on the ground
and estimate or you can hire a cherry
picker to help you out with this one.
What is the height of the Beach Ball
Water Tower in the Casino Beach
parking lot?
The answer which comes clos-
est to the correct height without ex-
ceeding it, will be declared the win-
ner. Go, players. You have your mis-
Rules are the same. Be the first
to email the correct answer to win a
coveted t-shirt. Send your an-
swer to islandtimes@ bellsouth.net
with "trivia" in the subject line and
include your name, phone number.
Hurry! Deadline to answer is Friday,
December 18,2009.

December 15, 2009 Island Times PAGE 5


Notice is hereby given that the Santa Rosa Island Authority is
seeking sponsors for the next season of Bands on the Beach.
The cost is $30,000.00; we could have multiple sponsors to
divide the cost; as an example if six businesses choose to
sponsor the cost for each would be $5,000.00. The SRIA will
present Bands on the Beach and all sponsors will be listed in
ads and on banners at the Pavilion.

If your business is interested in sponsoring Bands on the
Beach, please submit your proposal by noon on January 13,
2010 in a sealed envelope to:

P.O. Box 1208
Gulf Breeze, FL 32562
Attn: Executive Director W. A. "Buck" Lee

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Only restaurant on Pensacola Beach offering breath taking views
of the Gulf while dining directly on the beach. Come as you are
straight off the sandy beach and enjoy our indoor/outdoor bar and gulf
side deck. Crabs has the largest selection of Crab on the beach, was
voted Best Crab by News Journal readers. She Crab Soup, Stuffed
Blue Crabs,Alaskan Snow, King orDungeness you'll find them all!
We have many other seafood favorites on our menu as well as a great
assortment of chicken, steaks and pasta dishes. Don't forget to try one
of our signature drinks like 'The Crab Trap' which come with a souve-
nir glass to keep!
Open 7 days a week. Sunday Brunch with live Steel Band. Look
for the Red Roof on Pensacola Beach. 850-932-0700

A little bit of paradise at this open air, island style bar with its
own private white sand beach. Pull up a rattan stool. Cold beer. Live
Music. Exotic Libations. Friendly locals. Lunch and Dinner every-
day. Sandwiches. Salads. Fresh Catch of the Day. Renee's Famous
Shrimp Salad. Happy Hour 11-7. Live Bands. Poker on Monday
and Wednesday.
Tucked away in the parking lot of the Paradise Inn, it's di-
rectly on Santa Rosa Sound. Boat and Bicycle parking. Open 7
days. 850-916-5087.
The Gulf Coast's Premier Entertainment Complex. Seven rooms
of fun all under one roof! Karaoke, Texas Hold 'Em, Team Trivia,
Pool, Video games & more. Live Entertainment 7 nights a week.
Live music on 4 stages every Friday & Saturday night. Serving
lunch and dinner. New Gift Shop! Located in Historic Downtown
Pensacola at 130 East Government Street. Open Monday Satur-
day from 11 until 2:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. until 2:30 on Sunday. Ring
434-6211 or visit www.rosies.com

Celebrating 30 years of Floundering neathh the moon and
stars. Offering fresh Seafood including Tuna, Mahi and of course
Flounder! Award winning chowder, po boys, burgers and
Pensacola Beach Style baked oysters. Sample our Fresh catch
including the Shrimp Boat Platter- loaded with shrimp cocktail,
BBQ shrimp, fried shrimp, popcorn shrimp and U-peel ems.
Kids love our Pirate Ship playground located on our beach well
within view of dining parents. For late night revelers- Flounder's is
host to the worlds finest beach bands. Dance all night on Flounder's
beach to the most popular bands from across the south.
Open 7 days a week. Sunday Brunch. At the Traffic Light on
beautiful Pensacola Beach, 850-932-2003

Ahoy, Matey. You've found a Pensacola Beach treasure.
Pirates welcome. Fresh Gulf seafood served in the galley or
outside on the awning covered deck. Glass front bar overlooks
LaFitte Cove. All kinds of oysters. Live lobster. Gumbo. Din-
ner specials nightly. Sizeable sandwiches and burgers for Land-
lubbers. Take home a t-shirt.
Look for the Jolly Rogers flying over the west end of the
Island at 1010 Fort Pickens Road. We're here everyday at 11.
932-4139. www.peglegpetes.com
Score! Don't miss a point. See it all in high definition 11
big screens, 42 televisions. If it runs, jumps, races, it's here.
Famous for Thursday Wing Night. Burgers. Seafood and Ribs.
Kids menu for the JV players. Full bar. Indoor or outdoor
seating. Video sports games.
Centrally located on Via de Luna, just east of the main
parking lot and the traffic light. Kick off at 11 a.m. seven days a
week. 934-3660.

One of America's great steakhouses; proudly serving USDA
Prime Steaks, seafood and Irish specialties including Irish fisherman's
bouillabaisse, Corned Beef and Cabbage and Shepherd's Pie all inside
a turn of the century New York Irish Saloon themed pub. McGuire's
is celebrated for its atmosphere, boasting more than 750,000 signed
dollar bills hanging from the ceilings of the pub. Live entertainment
coupled with great food and warm and friendly service by Employees
who Give a Damn! Visit our on-site brewery and the O'Tolf Wine
Cellar featuring the complete vertical collection of the Chateau Mou-
ton RothschildArtist Series. Featured on NBC's 'Today' Show, highly
recommended by Fodors, Frommers andAAA travel guides, Florida
Trend Magazine Hall of Fame Member.
Open every day at 11 am, 850-433-6789 mcguiresirishpub.com

The World Famous Sandshaker"- a Pensacola Beach Tradition
since 1973. It's the Home of the Original Bushwacker and has been
selling this signature drink for over 30 years. The Shaker was the 1st
bar on the Beach to offer this tasty frozen concoction. Live Music
Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun. Karaoke Tuesday. "Grilling & Chillin"
with Lost Kees, Sat-Sun 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Across from the Boardwalk on Pensacola Beach. Open 10
am until 3am. 850-932-2211. www.sandshaker.com for photo gal-
lery and event schedule.
Open at 7:30 a.m. six days a week. Closed on Tuesday. Owned
and operated by friendly natives serving locally produced seafood
and delicacies. The Fish Tacos are an experience to enjoy. The own-
ers say their goal is to preserve the unique flavors of the Gulf Coast.
Go fresh. Go native. Specialty desserts top off expertly prepared
meals. Seating is informal. Art gallery setting with local artists dis-
playing whimsical works.
45 Via de Luna. Downtown Pensacola Beach. 934-4848.


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PAGE 6 Island Times


What a splendid and incredible
day we all shared at the SOB Christ-
mas Brunch. Mucho thanks to
Lewis Irby, manager of Flounder's
along with our wonderful waiters
Stuart and William. They kept the
bubbly flowing and endured our not-
so-melodious singing. Those of us
who can't sing know it, but still be-
lieve in making a joyful noise.
Miss Jane (Waters Cooper) was
treated to her annual Christmas Cara-
van after the brunch where we as-
saulted her ears with our joyful
noise. Jayne Dress tried very hard
to coordinate us and assigned each
of us a different verse of the Twelve
Days of Christmas. She was not
completely successful.
Miss Jane even gave up pre-
cious time from watching her Saints
game to stay on her deck and listen
until we left. We all know that shows
how much she really, really loves us!
Almost as much as we love her...
She also sends Frank downstairs
with a basket of treats carefully
picked out and individually gift
bagged for every Sister who shows
up! She may never know how much
we love these gifts from her and what
they mean to each of us.
They remind me of our Grannie's
Christmas box from home. Eachyear
my Mother (called Grannie by ev-
eryone) insisted on having a gift
under her Christmas tree for each
person in our family. And there's a
heckuva lot of us! She would shop
all year for these gifts and you could
not possibly guess what would be
inyourbox. There was always more
than one thing and you couldn't help
but love it all. Because we knew it
came from love even after she
changed from boxes to the easier gift
Since my mother has passed
away, we miss getting Grannie's gift
and I think we always will. So you
can see how precious it is to me to
receive those lovely gift bags from
Miss Jane (and Frank).
We added an extra stop this year
by Loretta Browder's house. You
might think our singing had im-
proved by then. You would be very,
very wrong. So we're not sure if

Loretta was crying from happiness
or the pain caused by our joyful
noise! We love you, too, Ms. Lo.
My Mama loved all the Holi-
days, although Christmas was her
favorite. She somehow managed to
teach us about the birth of Jesus and
about Santa Claus. She taught us
about the Crucifixion and the Rising
of Christ along with the story of the
Easter Bunny. She taught us so well
and with such love, that we were
never confused nor did we ever ques-
tion any of it. She showed us that
there is always more than one way to
see and appreciate things in life and
for this I will always be grateful.
This week's recipe comes from
a memory of my Mama's cooking
during the Christmas Holidays. Al-
though it is not her recipe (she
would never make turnovers with
canned biscuits) it is as close as I've
been able to find. I hope you enjoy
it as much as we did when Mama
cooked them. So, let's cook!
Apple Cinnamon Turnovers

1 Med. Tart apple, peeled and
1/ Cup Applesauce
% Tsp. ground Cinnamon, divided
Dash ground nutmeg
1 Tube (7 1/ oz.) refrigerated
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. sugar

Combine the apple, applesauce,
1/4 tsp. cinnamon and the nutmeg.
Separate the biscuits, roll out each
one into a six-inch circle.
Place a biscuit on a greased
baking sheet. Place a heaping table-
spoon of apple mixture in the center
of each. Fold in half andpinchedges
to seal. Brushwithbutter. Combine
the sugar and remaining cinnamon;
sprinkle over tops. Bake at 400 de-
grees for 8-10 minutes until edges
are golden brown.
Of course, Mama fried hers on
top of the stove with a little grease.
I'm sure these may be healthier but
I'm willing to bet they won't taste as
good as Mama's did.
Enjoy, share and have a very
Merry Christmas!
See ya in the kitchen.

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edly given a nice project to work on
in West Virginia and we really
needed to get back to work. Keep
sending the emails. We will stay in
touch and be back to the Beach, and
to Texas Hold 'Em 4444 Fun as soon
as possible.
Merry Christmas to all!
Sean and Pam Gough

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I thank all of you who came up
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ZooLights on the Beach. I took my
four-year-old grandson Andrew to
view them and we both loved it. His
favorites were the train, planes and
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January 4
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January 11
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January 18
Wrecks Meeting PegLeg's
January 25
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February 1
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Mardi Gras on the Island
Nereids King Kake Party, Paradise, 3 PM
Nereids Moonpie Party, Sandshaker
Krewe of Junanoo, Chili CookOff, Shaker, 1 PM
Nauga Champagne Breakfast, Dock, 10 AM
Krewe of Brewe Black Tie Ball, Elk's Lodge
Nereids Mystical Ball, Elk's Lodge
Bananimals Ball, Bay Beach Inn
Beach Babe Contest & Cajun Boil, Shaker, 3 PM

Krewe of Kids Parade
Wrecks Grand Costume Ball
Queen's Dinner, Flounder's, 7 PM
King's Dinner, Elk's Lodge, 7 PM
Wrecks Champagne Breakfast
Krewe of Wrecks Parade, 2 PM
Red Beans and Rice Luncheon, Casin
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The banquet table will be set
with gold rimmed glasses and spar-
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arrive at the home of Karen Cook
Cowen on Decem-
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should be pajamas or space suit.
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Sponsors Turned On By Band Concert Series

Santa Rosa Island Authority
Executive Director Buck Lee made
an announcement that was music
to the ears of the Full Board at
their meeting, Wednesday, Decem-
ber 2. Bands on the Beach, the
popular summer concert series on
Tuesday nights at the Pavilion will
continue through 2010, but the
$30,000 tab will be picked up by
Beach businesses rather than the
Santa Rosa Island Authority.
"At the conclusion of our
regularly scheduled band con-
certs, Beach businesses asked
that the bands continue," Buck
Lee, executive director said.
"They sponsored a few additional
weeks. Now some have offered
sponsorship monies for the entire
2010 series."
The sponsorship will include
a business banner and mention in
all the advertising that the SRIA
sends out. The SRIA will be the
promoter and presenter of the
events and will maintain control
of hiring the bands.
Letters will be sent to all
Beach businesses offering them
the opportunity to sponsor Bands
on the Beach. Ads will be placed
in the Pensacola News Journal,
Island Times and the Gulf Breeze
News to attract sponsors. Dead-

line for committing the sponsor-
ship will be January 15.
Leaseholders will now be able
to get information on storm dam-
age, evacuations, returning to the
island, damage assessments and
road closures through the SRIA
email messaging system.
"It's easy to do," Lee said. "A
couple of people have already
signed up. The SRIA website is
www. sria-fla.com. You can click
on the e-alert sign up on the left
hand sign and complete a short
form requiring name and email ad-
After signing up, an opt-in
email will be sent as a confirma-
Postcards explaining the pro-
cess have been mailed to all lease-
Mike Langston, Baskerville
Donovan, reported to the Board
that the Traffic Circulation and
Parking study by Tindale-Oliver
was completed and was being re-
viewed by Escambia County.
Langston also said that Little
Sabine Bay Restoration is ongo-
ing. He pointed out certain
changes have been made in the
piping route because of high
tides, a high water table and also
to avoid sewer and water line con-

"The project is on schedule,"
Langston said. "It will be complete
by June."
The chairmanship of the
Board went to Tammy Bohannon
in a unanimous vote to accept the
following slate: Bohannon, chair-
man; Ed Guernsey, vice-chairman;
Dave Pavlock, secretary-treasurer;
and Vernon Prather, acting secre-
A new liquor store will open
on the Beach in early 2010 since
Aloha Wines and Liquors re-
ceived permission to sublease the
former Baars Realty building on
Pensacola Beach Blvd.
Florida Pizza Kitchen will
move from its Via de Luna loca-
tion in front of Paddy O'Leary's to
the area in the Soundside Market,
formerly leased to Domino's Pizza.
Maureen LaMar, manager of
the Visitor's Information Center re-
ported that November of 2009 to-
tal visitors pretty well matched
those of November 2008.
"We had visitors from 47 of
the 50 states," LaMar reported.
"States sending the most guests
were Florida, Alabama, Georgia,
Louisiana, Michigan, Wisconsin,

Missouri and Mississippi."
Good Time Tours, a member
of the Beach Chamber received
permission to have a spot in the
Visitor's Center parking lot to pick
up riders headed for the casinos
along the Gulf Coast.
"It is really a service for win-
ter," Lee said. "Since we have am-
ply space for them to park, this is
fine. They want to pick up snow-
birds at the VIC."
And, as a final item of busi-
ness, Board Chairman Tammy
Bohannon appointed Fred Gant to
continue as a member of the Steer-
ing Committee which looks over
the plans for the Redevelopment

and Beautification of the Island.
It was not without controversy
since members Guernsey and Tho-
mas Campanella felt she should
serve in that capacity as the Board
Chairman. However, the vote was
4 to 2 in favor of Gant.
The next meeting of the SRIA
will be the committees at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16. All
meetings are held in the Island
Authority Boardroom and are
open to the public.

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PAGE 10 Island Times December 15, 2009

Wrecks Take On Marines For Thanksgiving Dinner

Fifty-six United States Marines
landed at the Elk's Lodge on
Thanksgiving Day and they en-
joyed a full course dinner, thanks to
the Krewe of Wrecks.
"Godbless America," said Run-
ning Around Wreck Jeff Goudey.
"We had a great Thanksgiving with
the troops. They came early and
started with dessert, but we fooled
them, we had more desserts."
Paulette Provost, reigning
Wrecks queen, told the members at
their November 30 meeting at Para-
dise, that the NewYearwillbe started
off royally and all ladies should get
out their tiaras for the Tiara Night at
Flounder's on January 4.
"If you don't have a tiara or
can't find yours, go out and buy a
new one," Paulette said. "Do not
come to the meeting with a naked
head. The queen has spoken."
The Christmas spirit has taken
over the Wrecks and they will be
collecting food for Manna Food
Bank. Non-perishable food items
can be brought to Sidelines during
the Monday, December 21 meeting.
Reigning King of Coma Don
Richards announced that the
Wrecks float has undergone repairs.
"It was in good shape for the

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Lucky, lucky Bob Condon won
the 50-50 drawing. After he asked
Mary Drees to pull the winning num-
ber, she did and it happened to be
The Wrecks were a restless
group at the Paradise meeting in-
cluding hostess, Renee Mack. Al-
most everyone was anxious to get
to their TV sets to watch the Saints
and the Patriots. Their loyalty was

Soloist Alexa McKnight
delivered a show stopping
performance at the Joy For
The Beach Concert, Decem-
ber 7 at Our Lady Catholic
Mission. The program,
which is written and directed
by Beach Realtor Karen
Jurkowich, is sponsored by
the Pensacola Beach Opti-
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December 15, 2009 Island Times PAGE 11

BUSINESS BUZZ..............

Award-winning Chef Mark
Murphy has joined the culinary team
at Flounder's according to General
Manager Lewis Irby. He is stirring
things up in the kitchen with
flounderific new dishes.
Joyce Brown at Native Caf6
says turn on and tune in for the Gulf
Coast's Network series that airs from
7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday
nights through December 24. You
will see familiar, friendly island na-
tives on the television.
If you have always wanted to
be in the heart of downtown
Pensacola Beach, now's your
chance. One of the rare commercial
spaces has come available for rent.
Call Gary Humphrey at 850-324-2763
to learn more about this.
All eyes will be skyward in July
on Pensacola Beach. The Beach
Chamber will dazzle the night skies
with a Fourth of July Fireworks
Show on Sunday, which will kick off
the week long Red, White and Blues
week. As soon as the sparks die
down, the Blue Angels will heat up
the skies over the Beach with their
impressive maneuvers which start
on Wednesday, July 7. The Blue
Angels Air Show will be Saturday,
July 10 with both civilian and mili-
tary aircraft performing breathtaking
As Saints fever grows, Carol
Campbell stocks up on more and
more fanware. Fleur-de-lis glasses,
bags and home d6cor are every-
where in her Blue Sky Gift Shoppe
in Gulf Breeze, right past the Sonic.
She also has collegiate ornaments
and gifts. Geaux see her.
High atop the Soundside Mar-
ket sits the Pointe South Real Estate
office. The friendly staff is welcom-
ing a new office manager, Bobby
York. Bobby will fit in just fine on
the Beach. He had a great time at the
Shaker at the Chamber's Business
After Hours last month.

Humphrey will prepare ham with the
help of the fine Irish lass Christy
Sullivan. Anne Vinson is cooking
sidedishes. Bring a dish to share.
Dinner willbe served at 12:30 p.m.
Sidelines, PegLeg's, Paradise,
Flounder's, Crab's, McGuire's Irish
Pub, Bullfeathers, Surf Burger and
Native Cafe will all be closed on
Christmas Day.

Alabama graduate Laura Lee
has two things to cheer about. She
has been promoted to director of
communications for the Pensacola
Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and
the Pensacola Bay Area Convention
& Visitors Bureau. She will promote
the Pensacola Chamber alongside
her role as promoting the Pensacola
Bay Area as a premier destination
for tourists. And, her alma mater- is
headed to the National Champion-
ship Bowl Game.
Some of the Beach bartenders
will be preparing for Santa's arrival,
so check your list twice before plan-
ning a Christmas Eve toast. Early
closings include Flounder's and
Sabine Sandbar at 6 p.m.; PegLeg's
at4 p.m. and Sidelines at 5 p.m. Para-
dise Bar and Grill will be closed De-
cember 24 and 25. The Sandshaker
and Paddy O'Leary's will be open
as usual for Christmas Eve.
Listen for the whirring sound
of blenders making Bushwackers at
the Shaker about noon on Chrismtas
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T4y E. TO U onE
by E.K Hewson

Dear Santa,
I know it's been a long time
since I've written. Do you consider
three and half decades too long? I
can't believe Ijust asked you a time
related question considering you can
travel around the world and deliver
presents to good little girls and boys
all in one evening. And not get
caught. Hmmm.
Well, I wanted to share with
you that once again, I believe. You
see my Christmas spirit has been a
little off this year. Usually by now,
anything that is not moving in my
home ends up with some kind of
holiday decoration on it, in it or
around it. The shinier, the better,
too. However, this year, I lugged
down all 35 green and red bins from
the attic after Thanksgiving and
then they just sat in the garage for
days. Unopened. Untouched.
Then something mystical hap-
A couple of weekends ago, I
watched the New Orleans Saints
play the Washington Redskins and
much like those sappy made for tele-
vision snowman movies, there was
magic in the air at FedEx Field. Bit-
ter, ice cold magic, but it was still
there. More importantly, I learned

how to believe in all things impos-
sible and unimaginable once again.
You see there were about two
minutes left in the game and the
Redskins were about to score again.
The Saints were looking down the
barrel of their first defeat of this sea-
son. I was facing a longer than two
hour drive home and was chilled to
the bone. So I made the calculated
decision to leave and get a head start
on the 90,000 Redskin fans who
would be (1)boasting over the win,
(2) trying to pick a fight, or (3) tak-
ing my spot on 1-95. Bottom line is
I headed to the warmth and safety
of my car.
Once again I stopped believing
in the improbable. I had lost the faith
in the fleur de lis adorned helmet,
much like in the red and white fur
trimmed coat.
As I safely navigated my way
out of the parking lot and while wait-
ing for a stop light to change, I tuned
into the Redskins' radio station to
listen to what I thought would be the
post game highlights, or for me
lowlights, only to find out it was a
tie game and had gone into OT At
first, I felt like reindeer droppings
for leaving before the last snap of
the football in regulation time, but
then as my fingers and toes began

to regain feeling, I realized I could
still believe from the warmth and
safety of my car.
While the Saints marched down
the chewed up grass for the game
winning field goal in OT, I felt like
my UGG boots were no longer two
sizes too small and that all the deer
trying to cross the rural roads I drive
daily would all have noses that
glowed red especially on foggy
nights. As I pulled into my driveway,
I knew what I had to so. With the
speed and agility of Darren Sharper,
the determination of Robert
Meacham and the precision of Drew
Brees, I carried all 35 of my holi-
day bins upstairs from the garage
into the living room, unloaded and
scored the perfectly decorated house
in no time at all.
So, Santa I truly believe. I do. I
do. I do. And I only have one present
on my Christmas wish list. Yes, you
know exactly what it is -- tickets to
the Super Bowl XLIV preferably at
the 50 yard line behind the Saints'
bench. Remember, I truly do believe
- even if it took me years to get back
in the game. Love, Lizzard.
Until next time...Merry Christ-
mas and Geaux Saints!

The Breakfast with Santa foster children's event coordinated by
Pensacola Beach's Pandora de Balthazar, requires hundreds of
volunteers. Student volunteers at the Island Times sponsored
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See what the

Braving the cold to cheer
the Saints are (L to R):
"The Colonel" Harry,
"The Kid" Harry and Liz
Hewson, Island Times
Columnist and native
Orleanian. The Saints
won in overtime Sunday,
December 6 outlasting
the Washington
Redskins, 33-30. The
Hewsons reside in Tall
Timbers, Maryland.

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Scher Takes Top Spot

Texas Hold 'Em champ Justin
Scher added another Player of the
Month title to his trophy case for
savvy play during November's
weekly games. Eric Weatherford was
the runner-up.
"We will announce the Player
of the Year award on December 30,"
said Rick Uzdevenes, poker pro-
moter. "Scher and Phil Tracey are
both in contention."
Texas Hold Em 4444 Fun games
are hosted at Paddy O'Leary's and
the Sandshaker on Pensacola
Beach. Everyone is welcome to join
the game. Only a basic knowledge
of the game is needed. Players must
be 21 or older. The results are as
Paddy O'Leary's
November 28
1. Justin Scher
2. Pam Gough
November 29
1. KristinLarmier
2. Todd Lentini
December 1
1. Jenny Doherty
2. Trace Lewis
3. Justin Scher
December 3
1. Justin Scher
2. Ted Gorder

December 5
1. Billie Urquhart
2. Ted Gorder
December 6
1. Jenny Doherty
2. Russell Patterson
November 30
1. GlenBurleson
2. Larry Paz
December 7
1. Mike Wood
2. JeryLimle
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The Beach poker family wel-
comes back Shirley Nolan to the
The Christmas Eve game is on!
Paddy's at 7. Should be very spir-
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Best wishes for a happy and
wonderful holiday from Rick and
Tanie T1zdevenes

Justin Scher earned a player of the
month award at Texas Hold 'Em
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TWICE AS NICE! The four-month-old Asmar twins, Lily, left, and Sawyer,
right, sit on Santa's lap as his paparazzi photographer snaps photos at
the Pensacola Beach Chamber's Season Your Holidays event on the
Boardwalk, December 6. Barrier Island Girl photographer and Beach
resident DJ Zeminick captured this shot for the twins' parents, Joel
and Meri Asmar of Pensacola Beach.

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Christmas Drive
Caring & Sharing in South
Santa Rosa County is in need of
food donations, you can assist by
dropping off non-perishables like
canned fruits, canned meats, cereal,
oatmeal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta,
and soups, (please, no glass) at the
GulfBreeze ChamberonHighway 98.
For more information, please
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arrived via jet ski and made his way up the crowded steps to Surf
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The National Naval Aviation
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NAS is getting in the Chrismas
spirit. The Museum will host a free
Christmas Concert, December 17,
featuring the Navy's New Orleans
"Show Band."
The holiday concert will be
from 6-8 p.m. in the Blue Angels
Atrium. The 18-member ensemble
will fill the air withbig band, jazz and
sounds of the season.
The museum has plenty to of-
fer in addition to 30,000 square feet
of exhibits. Don't miss the Top Gun
Air Combat Flight Simulator, the
IMAX theatre, Cubi Bar Caf6 and
the Flight Deck Store.
The National Naval Aviation
Museum features free admission and
a full slate of events throughout the
year. For a complete list of Museum
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Bama's biggest fan, Barry
McCleary, has been huddled up
making a game plan to predict which
college teams will score big on Bowl
Game Day.
"I have been a college football
fan all my life,"says McCleary, who
is an attorney in Pensacola. "I use a
combination of experience, superior
reasoning skills, intuition and some-
times I just guess!"
Barry made his picks and left a
spot for you to do the same. Island
Times will tally his score and report
the percentage of correct choices in
our January 12 edition.
Will you be a winner, too?
Mark your choices and mail them
to: Island Times, PO Box 844, Gulf
Breeze, FL 32562. Hurry, we need
to receive them before game time
on December 19.
Entrant with the most correct
answers scores an Island Times t-

New Mexico:
St. Petersburg:
R+L Carriers New Orleans:
MAACO Las Vegas:
Credit Union Poinsettia:
Sheraton Hawaii:
Little Caesars:
Meineke Car Care:
Gaylord Hotels Music City:
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Champs Sports:
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Pacific Life Holiday:
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces:
Brut Sun:
Capital One:
Konica Minolta Gator:
Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi:
Allstate Sugar:
AT&T Cotton:
AutoZone Liberty:
Valero Alamo:
Tostitos Fiesta:
FedEx Orange:
BCS National Championship Game:

2009-10 College Football Bowl Schedule
Teams Date/Time
Wyoming v. Fresno State Dec. 19, 3:30 p.m.
Rutgers v. Univ. of Central Florida Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
MTSU v. So Mississippi Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Oregon State v. BYU Dec. 22, 7 p.m.
Utah v. California Dec. 23, 7 p.m.
SMU v. Nevada Dec. 24, 7 p.m.
Ohio v. Marshall Dec. 26, noon
N. Carolina v. Pittsburgh Dec. 26, 3:30 p.m.
Boston College v. USC Dec. 26, 7 p.m.
Kentucky v. Clemson Dec. 27, 7:30 p.m.
Texas A&M v. Georgia Dec. 28, 4 p.m.
Amry or UCLA v. Temple Dec. 29, 3:30 p.m.
Miami v. Wisconsin Dec. 29, 7 p.m.
Idaho v. Bowling Green Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m.
Nebraska v. Arizona Dec. 30, 7 p.m.
Air Force v. Houston Dec. 31, 11 a.m.
Stanford v. Oklahoma Dec. 31, 1 p.m.
Missouri v. Navy Dec. 31, 2:30 p.m.
Minnesota v. Iowa State Dec. 31, 5 p.m.
Virginai Tech v. Tennessee Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m.
Northwestern v. Auburn Jan. 1, 10 a.m.
Penn State v. LSU Jan. 1, noon.
W. Virginia v. FSU Jan. 1, noon
Oregon v. Ohio State Jan. 1, 3:30 p.m.
Florida v. Cincinnati Jan. 1, 7:30 p.m.
S. Florida v. N. Illinois Jan. 2, 11 a.m.
Connecticut v. So. Carolina Jan. 2, 1 p.m.
Oklahoma State v. Mississippi Jan. 2, 1 p.m.
East Carolina v. Arkansas Jan. 2, 4:30 p.m.
Texas Tech v. Michigan State Jan. 2, 8 p.m.
TCU v. Boise State Jan. 4, 7 p.m.
Georgia Tech v. Iowa Jan. 5, 7 p.m.
Central Michigan v. Troy Jan. 6, 6 p.m.
Texas v. Alabama Jan. 7, 7 p.m.

NFL Network

Barry's Pick
Fresno State
So Mississippi
Air Force
Virginia Tech
West Virginia
South Florida
South Carolina
Texas Tech

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Wildlife and Wine A Safari Adventure By MarciaHoven

I just returned from a South
African adventure where Pam and
Russ Baird from Gulf Breeze served
as excellent tour guides for our trip
to Kruger National Park. Travel-
ing with us were Maria and Wayne
Lohman, residents of Pensacola
Pam and Russ were very orga-
nized and had the van loaded with
supplies and fully equipped. They
were ready to roll upon our arrival
at Tambo International airport in
We spent six days in the Kruger
National Park staying at Skukuza
and Letaba lodges. These are mod-
em and well-equipped accommoda-
tions, so we did not have to rough
We couldn't have had better or
more knowledgeable tour guides
since Pam and Russ visit Kruger

Park yearly. They know the ani-
mals habits and habitats. We were
in luck as we spotted four of the big
five. The big five are elephants, rhi-
nos, lions, buffalo and leopards.
Leopards are the hardest to locate,
and in spite of the rainy season be-
ing late, and the trees bare, the leop-
ards still managed to avoid us.
As with any visit to South Af-
rica, the wildlife experience is awe-
some and sometimes entertaining.
The day that our tour guide Pam
awakened to find a monkey on her
bed staring at her, was a highlight
of our trip! (Who left the door open
It is impossible to see all of
Kruger. It is huge, about 20,000
square kilometers or roughly the size
of Wales. The days we spent there
were wonderful, but we had many
more miles to travel.


Maria, Wayne and I travelled on
to Capetown where we stayed on the
Indian Ocean at Bantry Bay. The
hotel was built on rocks and we spot-
ted whales and seals from our bal-
cony while sipping excellent South
African wine which we picked up at
the wineries in Stellenbosch.
The entire country is gearing up
for the World Cup next year. Two
new stadiums have been built in
Capetown and Durban. All major
cities are preparing for their guests.
After leaving Capetown, I trav-
elled to Durban, and tried my best
to stay on the left side of the road
while driving down the South Coast
of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to
rejoin Pam and Russ at their lovely
home at Ramsgate.
Ramsgate has a beautiful beach,
but it was time to return to my beau-
tiful beach on Santa Rosa Island.

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The online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, defines "tradition" as a practice, custom, or story that is memorized and
passed down from generation to generation, originally without the need for a writing system. Many traditions
have grown up around Christmas, associated with the Story of Christmas that has been handed down for over two
centuries. Others have evolved which only slightly have to do with the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus. It
was made clear to me that traditions are not only important to adults, but to children as well, when my seven-year
old great grandson was speaking of the activities of Christmas and said, "Well, we always get up Christmas
morning, open our presents, eat breakfast, our families get together and we open more presents, eat dinner, play
with our toys, and then go home."
That was a tradition that meant a lot to him. One of the traditions I enjoy is sharing the poem by theologian,
philosopher, Howard Thurman:

Christmas returns, as it always does, with its assurance that life is good.

It is the time of lift to the spirit, When the mind feels its way into the commonplace, And
senses the wonder of simple things: an evergreen tree, Familiar carols, merry laughter.

It is the time of illumination, When candles burn, and old dreams Find their youth again.
It is the time of pause, When forgotten joys come back to mind, and past dedications
renew their claim.

It is the time of harvest for the heart, When faith reaches out to mantle all high en-
And love whispers its magic word to everything that breathes.
Christmas returns, as it always does, with its assurance that life is good.

Whatever traditions we may observe, may we all experience "the time of lift to the spirit," "the magic word"
whispered by love, and recognize that "Christmas returns, as it always does, with its assurance that life is good."

Volunteers Honored At FULL SERVICE
Beach School Program HAIR SALON
Principal Jeff Castleberry told
the standing room only crowd at the
Beach School holiday program De-
cember 4 that the volunteers at the
Beach School mean the world to
him. In recognition of their efforts,
he presented red poinsettias to Vol-
unteers of the Year in the following
categories: Youth Volunteers Shelby Bring
Hobbs and Cassie Lane; Parent Vol- the
unteers Karen and Todd McCurdy; whole
and Community Volunteers the
Pensacola Beach Optimist Club. family! \on 9to5
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ognized forbeing such willing help- sat 10 to 5
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My sister, Queen Sugar to all
you natives, turned me on to a re-
ally good book. It wasn't the type
of book I would normally read, but
she had read it twice. It was that
good! The name of the book is
"The Art of Racing in the Rain"
by Garth Stein, and it is so clev-
erly written. The story is about a
family, but what makes this book so
unique is the narrator it's the fam-
ily dog Enzo. He gives the reader
interesting insights from a dog's
perspective that are quite pro-
found. Enzo makes you think a lot
about how you treat an animal
which leads me to last Christmas.
I was delivering presents to
Queen Sugar and her husband,
Richard, when all of a sudden I
felt eyes staring at me. It was so
intense that I looked down and
those amber-colored Chesapeake
Bay Retriever eyes were trained

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Daisy Ms. Christmas Spirit!
on me. They were Daisy's eyes and
yep she was staring at me. She was
sending me a
message loud
and clear in
my head,
"Where are
my Christmas
I felt aw- '
ful. How could
I have forgot-
ten Daisy at -'
Christmas? I '-' .
told her, "Iam ,' ;'
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now and will Daisy Johnson
get you a su-
per, duper Christmas present."
She backed away and stood be-
hind Richard's leg.
Well, I came back with a bright
shiny silver lunch box filled to the
brim with treats and pull toys. Daisy

knew immediately it was for her and
insisted on opening it.
Sugar had to
assist, but once
the box was
open, Daisy
dived in claim-
ing her pre-
wasn't the end
of it. She
placed the
lunch box in a
certain spot in
the living room
where it has re-
mained. So this year the first per-
son I bought a present for was
Daisy. You may wonder why I am
treating Daisy like a person?
Read the book, and you'll

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reading' the water

by Saltwater Rick

- I remember
when I was a kid
back in the 60s in Gulf Breeze, all I
wanted at Christmastime was fish-
ing stuff, a football and every couple
of years a new bike.
Most of time you could find me
down at Shoreline Park, Deer Point
or up at the old Three Mile Fishing
Bridge hanging out, fishing and sell-
ing my recently hooked Croakers
and White Trout to the tourist fish-
ing the bridge. Then I'd head on
down to the ol' Shop EZ, which is
now a flower place at Hoffman
Drive and Highway 98. I'd get a
coke and a pickle and sit on the side-
walk with my dog "Little Joe" and
count out-of-state car license plates
as they rumbled past me on their
way to a beachside vacation.
In those days you rode your
bike around, to school, to the ball
park, everywhere. Boy, how things
have changed!

I still have most of my old fish-
ing reels, and as luck would have it,
they are collector's items, but I
wouldn't sell them for anything. You
just can't sell memories. I can't any-
I guess what I'm getting' at is,
forget about all this crap that hooks
up to the television and computer
and get yourself and your kids some-
thing that will last a lifetime and feed
you to boot. Go down to your fa-
vorite tackle shop and give yourself
oryour loved ones anAmerica-made
Rod and Reel, a locally made cast
net or just a couple of nice lures as
stocking stuffers. It's the best thing
you can do. Then, do yourself and
your family a favor and Go Fishin!
Hope you enjoy readingn the
water," and thanks for supporting the
Island Times! And, most important,
thanks Mom. Merry Christmas and
I love you.

Four hundred athletes competed in the Jingle Bell Run on Pensacola
Beach, November28. Eight-year-olds Hannah Richards, left, and Chloe
Huntley, right, of Pensacola Beach, hoofed the 3.2 mile run dressed
as reindeer. Mom Karen Krosnoksy trotted along with them.
a. I -.LL. =. .......

Local Rec


Fish Action Gets

Attention on ESPN
Pensacola. ing the fall months make Pensacola
The Pensacola Bay system, rich Bay a haven for redfish and a popu-
in sea grass beds as well as artificial lar destination for anglers.
and natural reefs, is one of the state's Kevin Broussard and his father
largest watersheds. The characteris- Cajun Phil took home the grand
tically cool and brackish waters dur- prize of $50,000.

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The Jingle Bell Run on Pensacola Beach includes a children's fun
run and Santa Claus chase. Ready for the starting line on November
28 are (L to R): Emma Thompson, Annalise Rotunda and Dory Donatelli.

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Fishing fans can get a good look
at professional Redfishing action
when Pensacola and the Pensacola
Seafood Festival will be featured on
ESPN2 as part of two 30-minute
broadcasts of the 7thAnnual Crown
Royal Redfish Cup tournament se-
Part one of the three-day tour-
nament held in Pensacola will
broadcast at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday,
Dec. 19 on ESPN2. Part two will
broadcast at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday,
Dec. 26.
The Crown Royal Redfish Cup,
the most lucrative and most viewed
redfish tournament circuit in the
world, was founded in 2003 and has
been seen by more than 18 million
viewers on ESPN2.
The 2009 tournament series
consisted of 112 of the world's most
elite saltwater anglers competing in
four regular season events to qualify
as one of the top 21 teams to advance
to the Redfish Cup Championship,
which was held in Pensacola, Sept.
Competition began in April in
Punta Gorda, Florida with additional
events in Texas, Louisiana and Mis-
sissippi before wrapping up in

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December 15, 2009

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