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Title: The Bay beacon
Alternate Title: Beacon
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Bayou Enterprises
Place of Publication: Niceville Fla
Niceville Fla
Publication Date: April 21, 2010
Copyright Date: 1992
Frequency: weekly
regular
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Subject: Newspapers -- Niceville (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
Newspapers -- Valparaiso (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Niceville
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Bluewater Bay
United States -- Florida -- Okaloosa -- Valparaiso
Coordinates: 30.516111 x -86.471667 ( Place of Publication )
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began Apr. 22, 1992.
General Note: Description based on: May 11, 1994.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Woman dies battling purse snatcher


Niceville resident, 25, was on her way to Air Force assignment in Texas M


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
A Niceville woman was killed
last week in Texas while fighting
to regain her purse from a thief.
The alleged robber was captured
and charged with murder.
Vanessa Pitts, 25, a 2003 grad-




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uate of Niceville High School and
a new member of the Air Force,
died April 12 in San Antonio,
Texas, of injuries suffered in the
aftermath of the robbery. Her
funeral will be held Saturday in
Niceville.
"Airman Basic Pitts was tray-


eling through San Antonio from
her home in Florida and was en
route to her first duty station at
Laughlin Air Force Base in Del
Rio, Texas," according to a state-
ment by the Air Force. She grad-
uated in March from a logistics
course, and in January from basic


training, at Lackland Air Force
Base, Texas.
According to a report by the
San Antonio Police Department,
the young airman was refueling
her car at an Exxon station when
a man snatched her purse. She
confronted the man, who sped off


in a blue pickup truck with the
young airman clinging to the run-
ning board and luggage rack.
Witnesses told police they saw
the driver deliberately swerving
the vehicle at speeds up to 70 mph,
Please see BATTLING, page A-6


Vanessa Pitts


Bridge tolls must rise soon, financier says


By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Persistent declines in revenue
may cause the Mid-Bay Bridge
to raise tolls as early as this sum-
mer.
During the April 16 meeting
of the Mid-Bay Bridge Authority


(MBBA), the board that man-
ages the bridge and its approach-
es, panel members heard a brief-
ing from Gregory B. Carey, an
investment banker from the Wall
Street firm of Goldman Sachs,
which advises it on financial
matters.


Carey did not suggest a spe-
cific amount for the proposed toll
hike, saying that he plans to pres-
ent a more detailed recommen-
dation at the next meeting of the
MBBA, scheduled for 9 a.m.,
May 6, at Niceville City Hall.
Currently, two-axle cars and


trucks pay a cash toll of $2.50, or
$1.50 if paying electronically
using a SunPass transponder.
The cash toll rises at the rate of
$2.50 per axle for vehicles with
more than two axles.
Carey said the MBBA had
not expected to consider a toll


hike before 2012, but a revenue
slump stemming from declines
in traffic for the past several
years makes it necessary to do so
now.
Carey said a toll hike will put
Please see TOLLS, page A-8


New tax seen



in Valparaiso


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Valparaiso residents and businesses
may soon be paying a new tax.
The Valparaiso City Commission
April 12 received a proposed ordinance,
drafted by the city engineer, that would
subject municipal utilities customers to a
stormwater management system "user
fee."
Officials say the new tax, if approved,
would be used to help Valparaiso pay for
any improvements needed to help the
city clean up rainwater that runs into bay-
ous and streams, in compliance with the
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination
System, or NPDES.
New construction is already is
required to comply with NPDES, but city
officials say they are concerned that
stricter drainage requirements could be
required of older construction as well. A
stormwater tax would help pay for any
such retrofits.
The city's engineering firm,
Polyengineering, has been working to
estimate how much impermeable surface
the average residential property contains.
Impermeable surfaces such as driveways
and roofs prevent stormwater from being
absorbed into the soil, instead diverting
much of it off the property to streets and
city drainage structures that eventually
dump it into public waterways.


The draft ordinance states that the city
commission would establish a "reason-
able stormwater fees" based on the rec-
ommendation of the city engineer. The
draft ordinance does not provide a rec-
ommended fee amount for property own-
ers, but does specify the fee would be
charged monthly via the municipal utili-
ties billing system.
Commercial utilities customers would
Please see TAX, page A-10


'Saturday in

Park' slated

By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
The 34th Annual Saturday in the
Park in historic Old Valparaiso promises
a day of family entertainment and old-
fashioned fun.
Folk artists, crafters, food, and live
entertainment, including country, blues,
jazz and ethnic music, will be featured
during the day-long festival on Saturday
at Perrine Park, on Westview Avenue.
The event, organized by the Heritage
Please see PARK, page A-10


Beacon photo by Del Lessard
Future taxpayer Nathaniel Boggs, 21 months, Crestview, reflected
the spirit of a Tax Day rally sponsored by the Niceville-Valparaiso
Tea Party. Nathaniel's father, David Boggs, a student at Northwest
Florida State College, was among about 200 people who attended
the rally at the Niceville civic center April 15.


Tea Party


rallies in


Niceville
By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
An estimated 200 people favoring
smaller government and tax cuts rallied
outside the Niceville civic center April
15 for the second annual Tax Day, spon-
sored by the Niceville-Valparaiso Tea
Party.
Plenty of bumper stickers, hand-let-
tered placards, antitax T-shirts and his-
toric flags highlighted discontent with
big government that has made the Tea
Party movement a national phenomenon.
Food vendors selling "Patriot Dogs" and
someone dressed as George Washington
made the event as much a community
picnic as a political rally.
"We're small, but trying to make a
difference", said Bob Atwood, of
Niceville, coordinator of the Niceville-
Valparaiso Tea Party. Atwood said the
grassroots organization was not support-
ing any political party, but was promot-
ing conservatism. Fiscal responsibility,
constitutionally limited government and
open, free markets are the group's three
core values, he said.
"We need some change, but change
Please see PARTY, page A-8


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Page A-2


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Arrests
Georgia Emmalee Murray,
unemployed, 56, of 278
Honeysuckle Drive, Niceville,
was arrested by Niceville police
April 11 for disorderly intoxica-
tion, trespassing, resisting an
officer without violence and for
felony violation of probation.

Rocky Joseph Robinson,
unemployed, 26, of 1725 Union
Ave., Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police April 10 on the
charges of shoplifting and resist-
ing a merchant in recovery of
property. Robinson was
allegedly observed taking sever-
al boxes of ammunition from
the sales floor of Kmart, 1140 E.
John Sims Parkway, emptying a
box of ammunition on the floor,
stuffing several shotgun shells
into his pockets, exiting the


store without paying for the
items, and fleeing from the loss
prevention officer.

Nicholas Lloyd Kagan,
unemployed, 23, of 201 E.
College Blvd., Apt. 55,
Niceville, was arrested by
Niceville police April 2 on the
felony charge of threatening a
public servant or his family,
three counts. On March 13
Kagan was arrested on charges
of aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon, criminal mis-
chief, resisting an officer with-
out violence and disorderly
intoxication. He was taken to a
local hospital for self-inflicted
wounds and while at the hospi-
tal allegedly threatened a police
officer and his family with vio-
lence several times.


Police Blotter
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the Niceville and Valparaiso police departments, the Okaloosa County and
Walton County sheriff's offices, other law-enforcement agencies, and the

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William David Grappy, a
restaurant employee, 21, of 343
Olde Post Road, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
April 9 on a misdemeanor
charge of violation of probation
on the original charge of battery.

Tina Marie Hill, 36, of 1750
Hopper St., Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
April 10 on the felony charge of
violation of probation on origi-
nal charges of grand theft and
burglary.

Christopher Ronald Hall, a
tattoo artist, 37, of 103 Aurora
St., Valparaiso, was arrested by
Niceville police, subsequent to a
traffic stop, April 8, on the
charges of knowingly driving
while license suspended or
revoked, habitual offender, child
neglect, possession of less than
20 grams of marijuana and pos-
session of drug paraphernalia.
Tina Michell Williams, an
assistant restaurant manager, 34,
of 11 Powell St., DeFuniak
Springs and a passenger in
Hall's vehicle, was arrested the
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child neglect without great
harm, possession of a controlled
substance without a prescrip-
tion, Xanax, possession of less
than 20 grams of marijuana and
possession of drug parapherna-
lia. Police pulled Hall's vehicle
over for speeding and based on
two eyewitnesses that reported
both occupants smoking from a
small pipe. Because the win-
dows were up police determined
that a small child strapped in a
car seat in the rear of the vehicle
was forced to inhale the mari-
juana smoke.

Matthew Allen Taylor, an
electrician, 27, of 251 Willow
Ave., Freeport, was arrested by
Niceville police, subsequent to a
traffic stop for no seat belt in
use, April 2, on the charges of
possession of controlled sub-
stance, 10 "roxy" pills, the street
name for roxycontin, and pos-
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unemployed, 20, of 142
Baywind Drive, Niceville, was
Please see BLOTTER, page A-3


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BLOTTER
From page A-2

arrested by sheriff's deputies
April 8 on a misdemeanor viola-
tion of probation charge on the
original charges of driving while
license suspended or revoked
and DUI.

Alexandria Grace Farstad, a
restaurant hostess, 18, of 111
Antiqua Cove, Niceville, was
arrested by sheriff's deputies
April 7 on the charge of car bur-
glary. Farstad was allegedly
observed on a security camera at
the Destin Commons parking
garage getting out of a black
truck and trying the handle on a
blue sedan which was parked
and locked on the first floor of
the parking garage, 4300
Legendary Drive, Destin.
Farstad then allegedly tried
the passenger-side door handle
on a white GMC truck parked
next to the blue sedan, opened
the unlocked door, entered the
vehicle and began to rummage
around inside. Farstad was inter-
rupted when the owner of the
white GMC truck arrived and
got Farstad out of the truck.
Farstad fled in the black
truck. Farstad had been inter-
viewed and identified by a
deputy approximately 15 min-
utes prior during a suspicious
vehicle report at a Destin con-
venience store. The deputy was
able to positively identify
Farstad from the surveillance
video.

Ronald Eugene Peterson, 68,
of 418 Bullock Blvd., Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies April 6 on the charge of
domestic violence battery.

Stacey Rae Dent, 35, of 1405
Date Palm Circle, Niceville,
was arrested by sheriff's
deputies March 26 on one
felony charge of worthless
check, for a bad check for $256,
and on misdemeanor worthless
check charges, 19 counts.

Ronald Scott Blakenbaker,
41, of 1116 S. Cedar Ave.,
Niceville, was arrested by sher-
iff's deputies April 7 on a viola-
tion of probation charge on the
original misdemeanor charges
of driving while license sus-
pended or revoked.

James Richard Lilly Jr., 29,
of 215 Kelly Road, Niceville,
was arrested by Valparaiso
police March 31 on the charge
of fleeing and eluding a police
officer. Lilly, who was riding a
motorcycle when he was first
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56 mph in a 35 mph zone, and
for twice failing to stop for stop
signs. Lilly, who failed to stop
for a police chase car with lights
and sirens on, finally laid the
bike down while attempting a
right hand turn onto a gravel
road, pinning his leg. Lilly
refused treatment from EMS.
Thefts
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500 block of Garden Oak Cove
reported April 7 that someone
burglarized her vehicle and stole
a Sunpass transponder.
Criminal Mischief
A Valparaiso resident from
the 300 block of Chicago
Avenue reported that unknown
persons) caused an estimated
$200 damage to a work trailer
parked in the front yard some-
time March 22-23.

A Valparaiso resident from
the 400 block of Escanaba
Avenue reported that sometime
March 26-28 unknown
persons) placed several items
in the swimming pool, including
a dozen rocks, a metal grate,
wood, a couple of tomato
planters and a piece of PVC
pipe.

A Valparaiso resident from
the 100 block of Edge Avenue
reported that unknown persons)
scratched the right side of his
SUV, from the front bumper to
the rear bumper, sometime
March 28-29. Damage was esti-
mated at $500.

A Niceville man reported that
unknown persons) slashed the
sidewalls on two tires on his
vehicle while it was parked in
the parking lot, 1015 E. John
Sims Parkway, April 2, while he
was working.

A Niceville resident from the
100 block of Lanman Road
reported April 4 that someone
damaged his yard and newly
planted trees

A Niceville resident from the
3900 block of Summerwood


Court reported March 29 that
unknown persons) had scat-
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and turned on a water hose for
about 90 minutes.
Other
A 16-year-old Niceville boy,
a student, was issued a notice to
appear by sheriff's deputies,
March 25 in Destin, for posses-
sion of less than 20 grams of
marijuana and for possession of
drug paraphernalia.

Justin Daniel Koch, a stu-
dent, 19, of 1695 Parkside
Circle, Niceville, and Todd
James Van Dam, 19, a student,
of 4172 Chacato Cove,
Niceville, were each issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies at a Destin beach,
March 26, for underage posses-
sion of alcohol.


Amanda Pearl Bridges,
unemployed, 18, of 105
Windlake Court, Niceville, was
issued a notice to appear by
sheriff's deputies on Okaloosa
Island, March 30, for underage
possession of alcohol.

A 15-year-old Niceville boy,
a home school student, was
issued a notice to appear by
sheriff's deputies April 6 for
retail theft. The boy was
allegedly observed stealing a
$26 cap at a Destin store, 4308
Legendary Drive.

Angela M. Telemacque, a
student, 19, of 320 Jackson
Circle, Valparaiso, was issued a
notice to appear by sheriff's
deputies on Okaloosa Island,
April 11, for underage posses-
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First father-son team in Florida Legislature


Matt Gaetz takes

House seat
By Mike Griffith
Beacon Correspondent
Matt Gaetz, winner of a special elec-
tion last week for the District 4 seat in
the Florida House of Representatives,
was sworn in to office Thursday.
Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach
Republican, said his primary goal in
office will be "to promote a conserva-
tive agenda, to stand up to big govern-
ment, and to fight wasteful spending."
Gaetz, 27, and his father, Don Gaetz,
a Niceville Republican who represents
District 4 in the Florida Senate, are
apparently the first father and son to
serve simultaneously in the Florida
Legislature.
Their legislative districts overlap.
Both districts include the Twin Cities
area.
Asked if he plans to run again in
November to keep the seat he just won
to complete the remaining six months


Matt Gaetz is sworn in to the District
4 seat in the Florida House of
Representatives Thursday.
of former Speaker of the House Ray
Sansom's term, Matt Gaetz replied,
"Certainly," and said he plans to con-
tinue promoting his conservative val-
ues as a legislator.


Matt Gaetz defeated Navarre
Democrat Jan Fernald by a 2-1 margin
in the special election, which was
called after Sansom, a Destin
Republican, resigned to avoid a House
ethics probe stemming from Sansom's
2009 indictment on misconduct
charges.
As for how closely his policies will
parallel those of his father, Matt said
that he and his dad have similar politi-
cal views, but will not necessarily agree
on every issue.
For example, Matt said, "My dad
supports Gov. Charlie Crist for the U.S.
Senate (Republican primary), while I
support Marco Rubio."
Separately, Don Gaetz said he is not
worried about any political differences
with his son. "As his father, I'm very
proud of him," said the senior legisla-
tor.
The elder Gaetz said he is especially
pleased that about six percent of Matt's
votes in last week's special election
came from voters not registered as
Republicans, indicating that Matt has
bipartisan appeal.


"As far as I know," said the senator,
"Matt and I will be the first father-and-
son team to ever serve in the Florida
Legislature. My hope is that we will
work together as partners on legislation
to help improve jobs and economic
development in Florida."
A researcher in the office of the
Secretary of the Senate confirmed that
"there has never been a father-and-son
duo in the Legislature."
While the Legislature is in session,
said Don Gaetz, he and Matt will reside
in "the little house in Tallahassee," a
small, two-bedroom house the family
bought when Matt was living in the city
as an undergraduate at Florida State
University.
"I'll be in one of the bedrooms,
while Matt will be in the other bedroom
at the other end of the house, sort of
like the House and Senate chambers at
the state Capitol," Don said. "We can
meet in the living room for two-man
conference committees."
Another potential disagreement,
said Matt, may arise over Senate Bill 6,
a controversial proposal to tie the pay


Vicky and State Sen. Don Gaetz at
their son's swearing in.
of Florida's public school teachers to
the academic performance of their stu-
dents. Although his father has been a
supporter of the bill, Matt said, "I still
have many questions about it." On
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apparently trying to throw off
Airman Pitts, until he struck the
back of another vehicle, sending
her crashing to the pavement
several hundred feet from the
gas station where she had been
robbed. She died of her injuries
at Wilford Hall Medical Center,
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The man arrested for Pitts'
murder is Lorenzo Leroy
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capital murder, and bail has
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parents, Charles and Maria Pitts,
talked about their only child,
whose body they had just
brought back from San Antonio
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expected, her father said, was
that instead of stopping or
throwing the purse out the win-
dow of his truck, the robber
drove off at high speed, making
it impossible for Vanessa to
either get off the truck or hang
on.
"Several people who were
eyewitnesses spoke to us while
we were in San Antonio," Mr.
Pitts said. "They told us that the
driver sped off at between 50
and 70 miles per hour, with
Vanessa hanging on the side of
the truck, screaming for him to
stop and let her off. Instead, the
witnesses said he kept swerving
back and forth in a deliberate
attempt to shake her off, and
then deliberately collided with
another vehicle."
Her parents said they are
proud of their daughter. After
graduating from Niceville High
School, they said, Vanessa had
taken several courses, including
architecture, at Northwest
Florida State College, and had
worked at several jobs, mostly
in retail sales at stores along the
Emerald Coast, before deciding
to begin a career in the Air
Force.
Charles Pitts said Vanessa's
funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m.
Saturday, April 24, at Heritage
Gardens, Niceville.
Former teachers and class-
mates recalled Vanessa's student
career at Lewis Middle School.
Lewis Principal Billy Mikel
said Vanessa attended the school
in 1997 through 1999, earning
As and Bs and playing softball
and basketball, among other
activities.
"She was a lovely person,
never complained, and a pleas-
ure to teach," said Lewis coach
Tom Burke.
"She was a great student who
was always prepared, very cor-
dial just a good all around per-
son," said Bob Payne, another
coach.
"Vanessa was such a good
kid, very dependable, consider-
ate, responsible, and likable by
all," said Anne Peters, a teacher.
"She and I played on the
1999 championship volleyball
team together," said Krysta
Forte, a former classmate of
Pitts who now teaches at Lewis.
"We were practically insepara-
ble our seventh and eighth grade
years. Vanessa was a genuine
friend whom I could trust."


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closed for the installation of
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group of fine and performing arts
scholarship students, the
Soundsations Show Choir, will per-
form their season finale concert
April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the main
stage theater at the college's Mattie
Kelly Arts Center on
the Niceville campus.
Tickets: $15 adults and
$10 youth 18 & under.
NWFSC students free
with student ID.
The performance group will
present a lively variety show of
song and dance featuring every-
thing from Broadway tunes to
gospel. To purchase tickets, go to
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at 729-6000 or stop by weekdays 9
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just good, basic American folks
trying to make sure they're lis-
tened to and paid attention to."
Medal of Honor recipient Bud
Day was the keynote speaker and
seemed to get the loudest cheers.
"We are not the first to protest
taxes," Day said, referring to the
Boston Tea Party in 1773, when
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Before accounting for inflation,
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than the bridge itself did when it
opened in 1993.
MBBA board member Lois
Hoyt expressed doubts about
Carey's recommendation for a toll
increase. "This is a difficult time
for a toll increase," she said.
"There have been Tea Party ral-
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foreign crown." "Do you see any
similarities," Day asked referring
to today's congressional represen-
tatives and the administration of
President Obama "not as represen-
tatives of us but of the 'foreign
crown.'"
Day listed some of the move-
ment's grievances: A universal
health care bill recently passed by
a Democratic Congress and
signed by the president, though
opposed by a majority of in the
country, he said, was proof that
America was being changed from
a republic to a "high-handed
autocracy."
tive."
Carey replied that other toll
road and bridge authorities
throughout the United States have
recently been raising tolls. "Those
that have not," he said, "have seen
their bond ratings reduced," mak-
ing it harder to borrow at favor-
able interest rates. A toll increase
now, he said, might help avoid a
larger hike in the future.
Carey said the national eco-
nomic recession has brought some
good news for the MBBA,
because construction costs are
lower than they once were.
"Construction costs are now about
25 percent below our previous
projections," he said. "This is a
good time to build."
Bob Kellner, from HDR
Engineering, the consulting firm
planning and managing the con-


Day said the long process of
passing the health care bill was
done in secrecy and back-room
deals that he described as
'bribery" and a failure of candi-
date Obama's promise of trans-
parency.
Several Republican Party can-
didates, as well as local leaders of
the Libertarian Party (Peter
Blome, Niceville) and Whig Party
(Wendell Griffith), also spoke at
the rally, echoing the anti-incum-
bent, antitax fervor of those
assembled.
"I do not trust either of the
(major political) parties we have
today," said Griffith, a professor at
nector project for the MBBA,
agreed that now is an economical
time to build. He told the MBBA
that he is in frequent communica-
tion with construction companies,
and that such companies are sub-
mitting lower priced bids than
usual in hopes of obtaining busi-
ness during the national recession.
Kellner also said he expects to
help host a public review of plans
for phases 2 and 3 of the connec-
tor road project on May 20 at the
Niceville Community Center. He
said the review will include dis-
plays of drawings of construction
plans, and engineers and man-
agers will be on hand to answer
questions. He said the public
review will probably begin at
between 5:30 and 6 p.m. and con-
tinue until about 7 p.m.
MBBA Executive Director Jim
Vest said that within the last sever-
al weeks, traffic and toll revenue
have increased. He said toll rev-
enue was up nearly 2 percent in
March, compared with the same
month in 2009, and that in the first
two weeks of April, revenue has
been up about 8 percent. "We had
a good spring break," Vest said,
"and it looks like things are
improving.
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Northwest Florida State College.
Valparaiso resident Candy
Hansard held a cardboard placard
emphasizing the "tax day" part of
the rally. Only 47 percent of all
Americans actually pay federal
income taxes, Harsard said, a situ-
ation she called "unsustainable."
"It's a revival of Constitutional
authority," said Stan Justice, of
Niceville, describing the Tea Party
movement. The retired Air Force
veteran borrowed a religious
phrase in stating that "revivals
start at the bottom. We as a peo-
ple, we've lost sight of our respon-
sibility that our (Constitutional)
framers gave us."
Year 2011. The draft includes
operation and administrative
expenses of $13,762,960, up from
$13,222,540 from the FY 2010.
Total revenue, according to the
draft, is expected to be about
$15,150,000, down from the FY
2010 level of $16,300,000. Vest
said he will present a revised
budget proposal at a public hear-
ing during the May 6 MBBA
meeting in Niceville. The final
MBBA budget proposal, he said,
will be presented to the Okaloosa
County Commission May 18.
In other business, MBBA
Chairman Gordon Fornell pre-
sented Seminole resident Mavis
Adams with a street sign for
"Mavis Way," the name of the
new access street being paved
along the south side of Seminole
to help residents gain access to
State Road 20, which bisects the
Seminole neighborhood, after it is
widened from two lanes to a four-
lane divided highway.
Adams was instrumental in
convincing the MBBA of the need
for such an access road. Fornell
said the street is to be named after
Adams' first name, Mavis,
because the name Adams is a
common one and is already used
for many streets throughout
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The seventh annual Bob Hope
Memorial Charity Golf
Tournament, a major annual
fundraiser for the Air Force
Enlisted Village, will be held
Friday, May 14, and Saturday,
May 15, at the Fort Walton Beach
Golf Club.
The four-person scramble
begins at 12:03 p.m. with play on
The Pines course. Golfers will
play The Oaks course Saturday,
after which awards and a barbecue
lunch are scheduled. There will be
prizes for winning teams, skill
contests and an opportunity for a
hole-in-one prize. The price per
golfer is $150 and includes green
fees for The Oaks and The Pines,
golf cart, range balls, commemo-
rative coin, ditty bag, on-course
refreshments, continental break-
fast Saturday and lunch both days.
Hole sponsorships are also avail-
able for $100.
Registration and payments can
be accepted at
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the Air Force Enlisted Village at
651-3766.

Rocky Bayou Country Club
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Low Gross K. Neville/L.
Barrett 74
Net: 1st Right 1st, P. Bell/P
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Kilgore 59
2nd Flight 1st, M. Potter/V.
Stack 59; 2nd, J. McClelland/L.
Maurer 61; 3rd, A. Weeks/V.
Ritchie 61
3rd Flight 1st, M.
Chapman/N. Estes 57; 2nd, B.
Hanson/F. Jacobs 59; 3rd, A.
Ramey/F. Niccolai 60
4th Fight 1st, H. Kirby/J.
Boggs 56; 2nd, B. Sims/C. Boggs
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5th Fight 1st, K. Sheehan/S.
Belli 55; 2nd, L. Fryer/S.
Greenslade 60; 3rd, B. Graves/D.
Pendergast 60
6th night 1st, A. Wittkopp/S.
Miller 54; 2nd, 0. McCord/S/
Breckenridge 58; 3rd, G. Hall/L.
Moore 58; 4th C. Ryan/P.
McNeil 59
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Sandy Miller; hole-in-One ; hole
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inches; hole No. 12 R. Hake; 5
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Wednesday, April 21
Ruckel@Meigs, baseball and
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Lewis @Pryor, baseball and
softball, 3:30
Destin@Shoal River, baseball
and softball, 3:30
Destin@Davidson, track, 3
Ruckel@Lewis, track, 3
Thursday, April 22
NHS@Choctaw, baseball,
6:30
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finals@NWF State College, TBA
RBCS@District Tournament,
softball, TBA
RBCS @Walton, baseball, 5
Lewis-Meigs, golf@Eglin
Ruckel@jackson, golf, 3


Destin-Pryor, boys golf,
Regatta Bay, 3
Destin-Pryor, girls golf, Golf
Garden, 3:30
Destin@St. Mary, tennis, 4
Ruckel-Jackson, tennis,
Bluewater Bay, 3:30
Lewis-Bruner, tennis, Eglin,
3:30
Friday, April 23
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Monday, April 26
Ruckel-St. Mary, tennis,
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Museum of Northwest Florida,
has also scheduled a variety of
cultural dance troupes, story-
tellers, historical exhibits, tradi-
tional trade demonstrations, and
museum tours.
Children's crafts, a petting
zoo, bubble-gum blowing and
watermelon-eating contests for
the youngsters are on the agen-
da.
The annual springtime festi-
val, to be held from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m., will highlight the Heritage
Museum and its efforts to pre-
serve and promote local history.
New this year are a series of
exhibition tours inside the
Heritage Museum designed to
answer frequently asked ques-
tions and showcase new dis-
palys it its growing collection,
said Michelle Severino, director
of the museum.
Severino said the museum's
archives will also be open
Saturday, giving visitors a
chance to view some of their
rarely seen collections, includ-
ing mid-19th century documents
and photographs.
Funds raised from Saturday
in the Park are needed to keep
the Heritage Museum open and
operating, said Severino. The
annual event is the museum's


TAX
From page A-1
also be billed monthly with a
minimum of one "equivalent
residential unit" (ERU).
Businesses with bigger roofs or
parking lots would be charged
more.
The ERU would be set in the
same resolution that would set
rates, according to the draft
ordinance. Resolutions setting
or raising rates require only one
public hearing by the city com-
mission, while ordinances
require two.
The draft ordinance would
allow some property owners to
be exempted from paying the
monthly stormwater fee.
During the city engineer's study
of impermeable surfaces, some
waterfront homeowners con-
tended that the stormwater
runoff from their property is not
treated by any city drainage


Beacon photo
The annual Saturday in the Park festival will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Perrine Park and the
Heritage Museum on Westview Avenue, Valparaiso. Pictured, a scene from last year's festival.


primary fund-raiser. "It's really
essential to our success," she
said.
The fun will begin with the
Heritage Museum's 5K and
Kids 1 Mile Fun Run. Late reg-
istrations begin at 7 a.m. The
5K run starts at 8 a.m. with a
musket shot by the Walton
Guard, a Civil War reenactor
group.
This year organizers have
signed more than 100 artisans,
crafts people, antique dealers


systems, and is either absorbed
on the property itself or dis-
charged directly into the bayou.
The draft ordinance would
allow property owners to avoid
paying the monthly tax by hir-
ing an engineer to certify that
100 percent of the runoff from a
100-year storm would be
retained on the property.
Niceville enacted a
stormwater fee in April 2002,
setting the initial rate at $1.50
per month for all residential
customers, with commercial
rates set the same or higher
depending on the amount of
impermeable surfaces.
Through a series of annual
increases, Niceville residential
users are now paying $4.05 per
month, with rates raised most
recently last September.
No date was set to hold the
first public hearing on
Valparaiso's proposed
stormwater ordinance.


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historical reenactments by the
Walton Guard and by medieval
enthusiasts.
Throughout Perrine Park will
be traditional trade demonstra-
tions in wood turning, needle-
work, basketry, tatting and bob-
bin lace.
The Heritage Museum,
across Westview Avenue from
Perrine Park, will host exhibits
and historical tours, storytelling,
old-fashioned games, toys and


contests.
Outside there will be contin-
uous live entertainment on two
stages.
Raymond Melvin, of Milton,
will make a special presentation
on the area's turpentine and log-
ging heritage at 2 p.m. Melvin
has a collection of turpentining
and logging implements dating
from the late 1800s and early
1900s, when these pursuits were
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Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Perrine Park & Heritage Museum, Westview Ave.,
Valparaiso
Time Event Place
9 a.m............Opening Ceremonies..................Center stage
9:15..............A-Dance Studio........................... Stage in G len
10:00............Valp. Elementary......................... Stage on Green
Pioneer Kids................................ M useum
10:30............Fish Tales..................................... M useum
11:00............Edge Ensembles......................... Stage on Green
Ruckel Jazz Band .......................Stage in Glen
Dig it Up! Archaeology................Behind Museum
11:30............Panhandle Pioneers ................... Museum
Agape Squares ...........................Stage on Green
RBCS Jazz Band........................Stage in Glen
12 p.m..........Old-fashioned Storytime.............Museum
Barber Shop Singers ..................Stage in Glen
12:30............Native American Settlers..............Museum
SCA, Irish Blend.......................... Stage on Green
12:45............EC Community Band..................Stage in Glen
1:00 .............RBCS Chamber Choir................Stage on Green
Watermelon Contest...................Center Stage
1:30..............Bubble Gum Contest.................. Center Stage
2:00 .............W alton Guard .............................. Stage on Green
Lumber & Turpentine Demo.........Museum
Jazz W orkshop............................ Stage in Glen
2:30..............The Highsteppers........................ Stage on Green
2:45..............Jazz Ensem ble............................ Stage in Glen
3:30..............Lewis Jazz Band......................... Stage in Glen
4:00 .............Eglin Salsa Dancers ................... Stage on Green
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'Blue Heron' speaks
"Blue Heron," aka Farris Powell of Shalimar, gave a pres-
entation on Indians of the Southeastern United States
since the arrival of Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon in
1513. By 1730 most Creek Indians used flintlocks to hunt
and dressed in European fabrics of wool, linen or cotton,
he said, gained largely through the deerskin trade, he
told about two dozen members of the Okaloosa County
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fancier peacock feathers to the more familiar Plains
Indians' head bonnets of eagle feathers.


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rock NWFSC campus


Inaugural show

benefits school

foundation
By Andrea Reite
Beacon Correspondent
Cars, motorcycles and
bouncy castles were just a
few of the things that made
the first "Rockin' the
Campus" car and motorcycle
show a success Saturday at
Northwest Florida State
College. Sponsored and
organized by the college
ROTC program, proceeds
from the show went to benefit
the NWF State College
Foundation, which funds
many local scholarships.
Pfc. Lyndsay Nance helped
create and
organize
the event,
along with
Capt. Dave
Avallone.
"We are ,
both car
and motor-
cycle
enthusi- Pfc. Lyndsay
asts, ANance
Nance said.
"We knew this was a low-cost
way we could raise money for
scholarships and have some
fun as well."
More than 44 cars were
registered for the event, as
well as seven motorcycles.
R&J's Auto Concepts, an
event sponsor, brought several
cars for display, including a
Lamborghini and Mercedes
SL 600. Along with the vehi-
cles, a Palletized Load
System (PLS) with a Humvee
was displayed in front of a
National Guard booth. Live
music was played in the
amphitheater throughout the
event.
The automobile "People's
Choice" winner, selected by a
vote of spectators, a 2007
Ford Shelby GT 500 owned
by Kev Michelson. The
motorcycle visitors liked best
was a 2005 Honda RC51
owned by Jose Diaz. Voted
best car audio sound was a
2008 Ford Expedition owned
by Angelo Lozano.
Niceville resident Ray
Kurtz displayed his orange
1970 Road Runner, saying it
"is one of the only examples


Beacon photos by Andrea Reite
Niceville resident Ray Kurtz relaxes beside his orange 1970
Road Runner.


of its type in this color in the
U.S. It is the way you would
have seen it if it came off of
the showroom floor."
A turquoise 1965 Pontiac
GTO was the pride of Rocky
Bayou resident Tom
Anderson. "I had a car identi-
cal to this one before I went
to Vietnam in 1968,"
Anderson said. "I sold it when
I came back and started a
family. I spent 40 years look-
ing for another one."
Devon Burton, 11, said he
enjoyed the show because of
the motorcycles. "The motor-


cycles are my favorite," he
said. "I find them interesting
and I am definitely interested
in riding them."
Nance said she was pleased
with the inaugural show.
"I think we have had a
wonderful first year event
turnout," she said. "We have
had tons of volunteers come
out for this event, from police
to EMTs. The community has
really rallied around this
event for us."
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Rocky Bayou Christian School students Ben Shaessler,
left, and Bill Hudson, work on a rubber band-powered
aircraft as part of the Industry Design Engineering And
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petition. More photos, B-2.


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with children in the area.

Rocky Bayou Christian
Academy announced the win-
ners of the students and athletes
of the month for February and
March. The two high school
winners were junior John
Stevenson and sophomore
Naldi Fonseca. The junior high
school winner was Tyler
Paskell (eighth grade). The male
athlete of the month was John
Thomas (baseball) and the
female athlete of the month was
sophomore Brittany Tiller
(softball). The Student
Government Association over-
sees this contest and students are
nominated by faculty and staff.
Academic winners for March
are seniors Corrie Sober and
Aaron Cain. The junior high
school winner was Ashley Lee
(eighth grade). The male athlete
of the month was junior
Brannon Tolbert (baseball).
The female athlete of the month
was freshman Kristen
Bernheisel (track and field).

The Christ Our Redeemer
Council of Catholic Women has
announced that Logan
McDonald, a Niceville High
Senior, and
Crisely
Melecio-
Zambrano,
attending the
University
of Central
Florida,
were chosen
as 2010
Logan McDonald recipients of
"The Our
Lady of Good Counsel
Scholarship." The $500 prize
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Wednesday, April 21, 2010


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Navy Senior Chief Petty
Officer Joey R. Short, a 1975
graduate of Niceville Senior
High School, and nearly 1, 000
sailors and Marines attached to
USS Bataan (LHD 5) recently
returned to Norfolk, Va., after
10 weeks supporting Operation
Unified Response in Haiti.
The ship surged from
Norfolk Jan. 14, just 48 hours
after a 7. 0 magnitude earth-
quake caused severe damage to
Haiti's capital city of Port-au-
Prince and surrounding areas.
Arriving on Jan. 18, Bataan's
crew members immediately
began providing disaster relief
to the people of Haiti.
Navy and Marine helicop-
ters as well as landing craft air
cushions (LCAC), which are
vehicles designed for land and


sea, transported nearly 1, 000
pallets of relief supplies, med-
ically evacuated 97 patients to
Bataan and provided transport
for another 524 Haitian patients
to and from the Navy hospital
ship USNS Comfort (T-AH
20), the aircraft carrier USS
Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and hos-
pitals throughout Port-au-
Prince.
Bataan's medical team also
provided services ashore for
approximately 2, 000 patients
and delivered the ship's first
baby-8-pound, 3-ounce "Theo
Joe." As part of their preventive
medicine campaign, Bataan
also coordinated with the U.S.
Public Health Service in immu-
nizing nearly 10, 000 people.
Bataan operated primarily
off the coast of Grand Goave,
Haiti, and conducted "22
Sailors Ashore Missions"
(SAM), ultimately removing
150 tons of rubble, building 65
shelters for 130 families and
distributing more than 500,000


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Throughout the relief effort,
the Navy and Marine Corps
team worked with various U.S.
and partner government organi-
zations, independent aid organ-
izations and local Haitian lead-
ers to deliver aid and allow the
organizations to return to their
pre-earthquake capacities.
Bataan is scheduled to begin
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Alec R. George
Sept. 6, 1962-April 1, 2010
"For I know what I have
planned for you, 'says the
LORD. I have plans to pros-
per you, not to harm you. I
have plans to give you a future
filled with hope."
And so with this verse from
Jeremiah 29:11, Alec makes
his journey home, leaving his
daughters Bryn Wilson
(Chad) and Leigh Ann
George, wife Sandra, his
brother and best friend Skip
George, his parents Hal and
Ann George, granddaughters
Ainsley and Layla, several
aunts, uncles, cousins and a
nephew to make his journey
home.
Alec had a wonderful and
caring heart especially for
those who are struggling in
this world. One of the things
he enjoyed most was deliver-
ing Meals on Wheels during
his lunch hour while he was in
the Air Force. He was a great
chef and musician with many
musical instruments.
Alec graduated from
Niceville High School in
1980. He was retired from the
USAF and was employed as a
Test Engineer at General
Dynamics in Tallahassee, Fla.,
at the time of his death. His
military career included par-
ticipation in the Bosnian War
and Desert Storm. He served
numerous overseas tours.
A memorial will be
announced at a later date.


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Children's author
Children's author Hester Bass will
be at Bayou Books in Niceville
Thursday, April 22, from 2-4 p.m.
signing copies of her latest work, "The
Secret World of Walter Anderson,"
which won the 2010 Orbis Piccus
Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for
Children.
Cutest baby contest
Submit your entries to the Relay
for Life Cutest Baby Contest by 4
p.m. April 23. Send a color or black
and white photo-
graph (4-by-6 is
best) with the
baby's name, age
at time of photo-
graph, person
making entry's name, address and
phone number, along with a $10 entry
fee (payable to American Cancer
Society) to: Cutest Baby Contest, City
of Niceville Relay for Life, 212 N.
Partin Dr., Niceville FL 32578.


It doesn't matter how old the per-
son in the photograph is now. Contest
is sponsored by the City of Niceville
Relay for Life Team for the American
Cancer Society. Winners will receive:
$100 Savings Bond from Peoples
National Bank, $30 gift certificate for
Giuseppi's Wharf Restaurant, "Cutest
Baby" plaque, picture in The Bay
Beacon. Winner will be notified by
April 26.
Troy alumni to meet
The Emerald Coast Alumni
Chapter of Troy University will hold
its spring membership meeting 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 22, at the Elks Lodge
on Okaloosa Island. Barbecue will be
provided, along with baked beans and
potato salad. No charge for members
and $5 for nonmembers.
Memberships will be accepted at this
meeting.
There will be a silent auction and
door prizes.
The annual scholarship golf tour-
nament will be held Friday, June 11, at
Shalimar Pointe Country Club.
Information: 685-1332.
Saturday in the Park
On Saturday, April 24, beginning
at 9 a.m., the Heritage Museum of
Northwest Florida will host its 34th
annual Saturday in the Park Festival
and Heritage 5K and Kid's Fun Run at
Perrine Park, Valparaiso.
The festival will include more than
100 artisans, craftspeople, antique
dealers and food vendors, as well as
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The Heritage Museum will host
exhibits and historical tours, story-
telling, old-fashioned games, toys and
contests including bubble gum blow-
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Vendor spaces are still available.
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High School cheerleaders will be held
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Pre-register by email, sending
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Schola Cantorum
The Northwest Florida State
College's Schola Cantorum chorus
will perform a program called "Sing
to Me Heavens," composed of sacred
selections which include several
gospel spirituals, Monday, April 26, 7
p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic
Church, Niceville. The NWFSC
Schola Cantorum is composed of
singers of all ages from across the
two-county area who present music
from across the ages. Info: director
John Leatherwood, at 729-3132.
Encaustic art exhibit
The Niceville Library is featuring
an encaustic art exhibit and display by
local artist Sue Tarkin through May
29.
Encaustic art is an art form for
anyone. The artist puts wax on an iron
and creates. Anyone can make cards
and paintings, photo books and jewel-
ry. Her display shows everything you
need to get started.
Valparaiso book sale
Friends of the Valparaiso
Community Library are having a
spring cleaning sale. Hardback books,
books on cassette tape and VHS for-
mat films are $1 each or seven for $5.
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CALENDAR
From page B-3
library (please call before making a
delivery). The sale runs through May.
Info: 729-5406.
Artists display works
Area artists from the Local Color
Artists Club will feature their latest
works of art at the Artful Things
Gallery, 1087 E. John Sims Parkway,
Niceville, through May 6.
Artists displayed are: Amy Jo
E Rosati, Bill
Stephenson, Gini
Simpson, Helen
Blair, Lou
Kaunzinger,
H Lynette Miesen,
Marie Jackson and Patricia Mauldin.
Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-
4p.m.
Jazz dinner tix on sale
Tickets for the seventh annual
NHS Jazz Dinner Saturday, May 1, 6
- 9 .p.m. in the Community Life
Center at Niceville United Methodist
Church, are available through April
22. The dinner, catered by chef
Cameron Rodgers, includes grilled
chicken breast as the main entree. A
silent auction will include a wide vari-
ety of items. The NHS Jazz Bands will
be joined by returning guest artist sax-
ophonist Jerry Ball, a well-known pro-
fessional musician on the Mississippi
Gulf Coast. Tickets are $30 each
Tuesday or Thursdays at the NHS
band room, noon-2 p.m. Contact any
band student to order tickets, or call
897-4379. Entire tables of 8 may be
reserved for $300.
Send email inquires to ques-
tions@nhseaglepride.com.
Scrabble Anyone?
If you enjoy playing Scrabble,
don't miss the Niceville Public
Library's Scrabble table for adults


April 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. To
reserve a spot: 729-4090.
Plew Evening of Art
Plew Elementary School will hold
its annual Evening of the Arts, the
school's largest
fundraiser, 5-8
p.m. Thursday,
April 22. Students
create artwork, as
do local artists, to
sell and auction at
the event. The evening includes
gallery viewing, auctions, a craft/gift
shop and refreshments.
Valparaiso bike ride
Bicycle ride through Valparaiso at
3 p.m. Thursday, April 22, and meet
members of the Adventure Club.
Gather at the strip mall at the intersec-
tion of John Sims Parkway and
Highway 85. Supper after the ride at a
nearby restaurant. Info: Bruce
Blackwelder 301-9452.
Dance Facets 2010
The Northwest Florida State
College's Humanities, Fine and
Performing Arts Division dance pro-
gram presents "Dance Facets 2010"
April 23-24, 7:30 p.m., at the Mattie
Kelly Arts Center on the NWF State
College Niceville campus.
Tickets are $15 adults and $10
youth. Proceeds go to support the
Frances Smith Herron Dance
Endowment. Tickets: mattiekellyarts-
center.org, call 729-6000 or stop by
the box office Monday through
Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The box office
will also open at 6 p.m. each night of
the performance for at-the-door ticket
sales.
Boating course offered
A public
k course on safety
and proper proce-
dures in handling
watercraft will be
offered at Destin
Coast Guard


Station Saturday, April 24, 8:30 a.m.
to approximately 4 p.m.
This will be taught by instructors
of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, and suc-
cessful completion is accepted by
most insurance companies as a
requirement for a reduction in boat
insurance premiums.
Fee for the course is $45, which
includes the textbook and lunch with
the station crew. Attendance is limited,
and reservations must be made by
calling Nancy Kenaston at 581-2528
prior to April 22.
Preparedness Expo
Helping Hands/Linking Arms Day
of Service-a group of Okaloosa and
Walton county churches, other non-
profits and businesses-will host the
third annual Emergency Preparedness
Expo at Northwest Florida State
College, Building K, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, April 24. The expo will help
prepare citizens for the upcoming hur-
ricane season as well as some other
life emergencies, such as the sudden
loss of a job. Exhibitor slots are still
available and can be secured by call-
ing Tom Murray, 678-0719.
Teddy Bear Clinic
Twin Cities Hospital will hold its
18th annual Teddy Bear Clinic
Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This
annual children's health fair provides a
fun and educational way for kids up to
the age of 12 to familiarize themselves
and become com-
fortable with the
hospital and vari- J'n
ous local doctors. ,,
Parents are invited _-
to bring their chil-
dren and their
teddy bears for teddy bear exams,
hearing screenings, immunizations,
fingerprinting, nutritional education,
games and prizes. The event also fea-
tures special guests Nickelodeon stars
Dora the Explorer and Diego, 10 a.m.-
1 p.m. and Bearamy from Build-A-


Bear Workshop, Posse the Chihuahua,
Nonie's Ark, and the Army Ranger
Camp Snake Team.
Twin Cities Hospital is located at
2190 Highway 85 N., Niceville. Info:
729-9460.
Say 'So Long, Insecurity'
The United Methodist Church
Niceville Women's Ministry plans a
live simulcast of a one-day Fellow
Women's
Ministries, Beth
Moore study, "So
Long, Insecurity,"
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturday, April
24. Doors open at
8 a.m. with lunch at 11 a.m. (box
lunch provided for those who regis-
ter). A love offering will be taken.
Simulcast will be at the church
Community Life Center, 214 S. Partin
Drive, Niceville. Info: Marilyn Turk,
678-5827 or Susan Hiemstra, 678-
2342.
Hospice remembrance
Covenant Hospice invites
bereaved hospice families, as well as
community members who have
endured the loss of a loved one, to
attend a special Remembrance
Celebration on Sunday, April 25, at 2
p.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic
Church, 1200 Valparaiso Blvd.,
Niceville. This is a combined celebra-
tion for all of Okaloosa and Walton
counties.
Covenant Hospice patients and
community members who have died
will be remembered and celebrated by
family, friends and staff. The celebra-
tion will include music, candle light-
ing and selected readings. You may
bring in a photo of your loved one on
the day of the program to be displayed
on our picture board. A reception with
refreshments will follow. 850-729-
1800.
Driver safety program
The Niceville Public Library will


host an eight-hour, two-day AARP
driver safety course Tuesday, April 27,
and Wednesday, April 28, in the
Niceville Community Center, 204 N.
Partin Drive, next
door to the library.
Cost is $12 per
person for AARP
members or $14 U U
or non-members.
Payment is requested prior to class.
Space limited. Register at the
Niceville Library Reference Desk.
Questions: Lora, 729-4090.


Jazz concert
The Jazz Ensemble of Northwest
Florida State College will present a
free concert of jazz favorites on
Tuesday, April 27. at 7:30 p.m. in the
main stage theater of the Mattie Kelly
Arts Center on the NWFSC Niceville
campus. The Jazz Band is comprised
of NWFSC students and community
members and is led by Fred Domulot
and Tom Latenser. The free concert is
a non-ticketed event and seating is on
a first come basis. Doors open at 7
p.m. 729-5382.


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Edge students enjoy


noisy ride to school


By Del Lessard
Beacon Staff Writer
Fire sirens were screaming as
two Edge Elementary School
students arrived at their school
Friday morning.
"It was cool," said Greyson
Gilbert, 10, who took the fourth
grade honors for best fire safety
essay. Greyson said he enjoyed
sounding the siren aboard
Engine 21 and seeing "people
staring at me and plugging their
ears!" Sharing their brother's
enjoyment, Greyson's three sis-
ters, 4-year-old twins Annalise
and Aspen and 6-year old Bella,
a first grader, enjoyed the spe-
cial ride to school with their
brother.
"It was awesome," said Erica
Garland, 11, an Edge fifth grad-
er who wrote the best Niceville
essay on fire safety at her grade
level. "It was really cool," she
said about learning the after-
noon before that she had won.
Greyson and Erica were greeted
by principal Shelly Arneson,
reporters, teachers and school
board member Howard Hill.
Inside, one classmate told a
reporter that she wasn't sur-
prised that Greyson won
because he was the "best writer
in fourth grade."
The special attention the two
grade schoolers enjoyed was
part of their reward for writing
the best fire safety essays in a


Greyson Gilbert and Erica Garland were all smiles after their
ride to school on a siren-blaring fire engine Friday.


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students in three Niceville
schools-Plew, Edge and Rocky
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ed plaques and T-shirts to the
winners at an honors assembly
later in the day.


Bluewater students visit White House
Bluewater Elementary School students Cecelia, left, and Aubree Voth attended the White
House Easter Egg Roll over their spring break. Aubree is a second grader and Cecelia is in
the Voluntary Prekindergarten Program. Their younger brother, Emmett, also participated.
Catherine Voth, their mother, chaperoned the trio, whose father is deployed to Afghanistan.


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Coffee brings computers
Valparaiso Elementary School was the grateful recipient of five new Dell Computers, cour-
tesy of Community Coffee's Cash for Schools Program. VES students, staff, friends and
family have collected Community Coffee UPCs to send to the company via the school's
PTO for the past three years, resulting in more than $2,000 in funds for the school, but the
computers were in addition to funds already earned from labels this year. From left: com-
pany representative John Hardy, students Chelsea Fry, Rachel Havard, Desiree Mannard
and Justin Haymond, PTO chairman Chante Shartz and principal Mike Fantaski.


DMS scholars take first place
The Destin Middle School Varsity Academic Team, after nine action packed rounds with
eight other middle schools, clinched first place in the most recent Academic Tournament
at Pryor Middle School. Winning seven of the eight rounds in which they participated, the
Marlins racked up 1,400 points to win in their division. From left: coach Sage Mallory, Sam
White, Ryan Rasins and Luis Melicio-Zambrano.


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